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THE BAKMUT DIVERSION AND THE DONBAS DEFENSE – A VIEW FROM DONETSK

A radically different, even disquieting interpretation of what could well be the pivotal battle of this entire conflict.

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by Russell Bentley

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A "Wagner musician" in the Bakmut area. The Wagner PMC has proved to be one of the most valuable and heroic formations in the Russian armed forces. (TGP screenshot)

Everybody in the world is talking about Bakmut these days, and the AFU/NATO Spring Offensive that is expected before the end of April, less than a month away. The Wagner Musicians are having a hard fight in Artemovsk/Bakmut, but do continue to advance.  The largest concentration of  UAF/NATO troops on the Donbas Front today is definitely there. Or at least in that vicinity. Pregozhin reports a ukrop troop concentration of 80,000 soldiers in the area.

Other reports from Bakmut mention "several hundred tanks and IFV's" in Bakmut, which is a formidable task force, but nowhere near 80,000.  And, in fact, 80,000 troops is far more than would be required for a total rout of the Wagner and RF Army forces around Bakmut. The nazis have concentrated some of their most savage fighters, not in the city itself, but in the vicinity, including AZOV, the "Free Russians", AIDAR, 1st Border Detachment, and 241st Territorial Defense Brigade, all of which are genuine hardcore nazis, and among the best equipped in the ukrop army. There are also an unknown but militarily significant number of highly trained and motivated foreign "mercenaries" from NATO countries in the area. The estimates vary widely, but all agree the number is in the thousands.

Currently, and as usual, the main determining factor in whether Wagner will be able to surround, take, and hold the city (or even hold their current positions) will again be the amount of fire and material support they get (or don't get)  from RF Army Command, which has so far proven itself to be rather dubious at best.  If the AFU/NATO make a concentrated counter-attack on Bakmut, a failure to have sufficiently reinforced and re-supplied the Russian and Republican troops will be a virtual death sentence for the Wagner "Musicians", among the greatest Heroes of this war. There also remains a risk, and serious indications, of counter-attacks in the Zaporozhia  and Ugledar areas, but I think these will probably be feigned, and not occur unless a prior breakthrough by the ukrops develops elsewhere first.  And by "elsewhere", I do not mean Bakmut, I mean the major cities along the Donbas Front - Gorlovka and Donetsk/Makeevka.


CURRENT TROOP CONCENTRATIONS ALONG THE Donbas FRONT ACCORDING TO UKRAINE MEDIA SOURCES (Scale: I--------------I 50 Km/30 miles) (Source - https://militaryland.net/maps/deployment-map/)


One scenario the "experts" have so far failed to mention is the very real and ongoing danger that the ukrops may make another attempt to do exactly what they originally planned to do in March of 2022 - break through the Donbas Front and enter directly into the main cities of the DPR.  Understand that the second biggest concentration of ukrop troops after Bakmut is between Ugledar and Avdeevka, right along the Donetsk/Makeevka city limits. It would be no cakewalk, but if the ukrops can break through our defenses on the edge of these cities, and advance 15 Km (less than 10 miles) from their present positions, they will literally be in the center of Donetsk and Makeevka, the two biggest cities in the DPR.  Gorlovka, the 3rd biggest city in the DPR, also still remains on the firing line, with significant ukrop army concentrations on the edge of the city.  It is less than 30 Km (20 miles) from Bakmut to the center of Gorlovka. All the units around Bakmut could instead attack Gorlovka, a move that no one seems to be talking about, but one I sure hope our guys are prepared to deal with.

 
If the nazis can occupy Gorlovka, they can occupy Makeevka and Donetsk which completely changes the dynamics of the whole war. If the nazis enter Donetsk, Makeevka and/or Gorlovka, it makes the battles for Bakmut and Ugledar superfluous. And if Donetsk, Makeevka and Gorlovka are occupied by nazi troops, the Zaporozhian land bridge to Crimea, and Crimea itself, can be dissected at leisure, because if Russia loses Donetsk, Makeevka and Gorlovka, they have already lost the war. And if Donbas falls, Crimea will fall, and if Crimea falls, Russia will too. This possibility is very real, and the AFU/NATO attack will almost certainly occur within the month.

Most of those who are qualified to have an opinion expect a major UAF/NATO offensive before the end of April, if not sooner. A very dangerous and serious attack, with existential implications for Donbas, Russia and the world. Actions and statements by NATO and Ukrainian forces almost guarantee an offensive is coming, and soon. The only, and key, question, is where. Consider the following -

The original attack plan, scheduled for the first week of March, 2022, for a decisive Ukrainian victory over the DPR/LPR/Crimea was to begin with a concentrated assault on the major cities of the Republics - Lugansk, Gorlovka and Donetsk/Makeevka. That plan has been postponed by the SMO, but it has not been abandoned or forgotten. Russia's lack of military progress, the fact that after a year of heavy fighting, the UAF/NATO military positions near these cities are effectively in the same place they were a year ago, in the same positions the original offensive was planned to be launched from, is almost an invitation for them to try again. And while Russia has significantly reinforced troop strength in the cities, it would not, and does not, preclude the possibility of the  UAF/NATO trying it again. The fact is, confirmed by sources from both sides, that in spite of heavy losses, Ukraine currently has a reserve force of 200,000 troops, in theater, and ready for action. The number of Russian troops in the Donbas theater of operations is not known, but what is known is that Russian forces have also suffered heavy casualties over the last year, and it does not appear that the reserve troops raised are actually in the conflict zone, ready for action. The original attack was planned with 150,000 UAF/NATO troops involved. Now, they have 200,000...

PHOTO OF THE ACTUAL ORIGINAL UAF/NATO ATTACK PLAN FOR MARCH 2022. PRIMARY TARGETS - GORLOVKA, MAKEEVKA, DONETSK (SOURCE - https://t.me/hackberegini)

 

If UAF/NATO counter-attacks from Bakmut or Ugledar, or towards Melitopol or Berdyansk, what are the military advantages? Very little, if any. The first two are empty cities razed to rubble, the second two are over 100 Km from the current UAF/NATO positions on the Zaporozhia Front, across open and empty enemy territory, with UAF/NATO assault groups and re-supply columns open to attack from both sides along the entire route.  A frontal attack on the Bakmut or Ugledar Fronts gain the UAF/NATO nothing of military value, and only place the attacking forces deeper within the pincers that the Wagner and DPR forces have worked so hard to create, and again, in empty, open enemy country, vulnerable to attack from both sides.

But if the 80,000  UAF/NATO troops around Bakmut suddenly withdraw to Konstantinivka, giving a "victory" to Russian Forces attacking Bakmut, which move in to take the empty pile of rubble, the ukrop troops are free to move south along the Ukrainian-controlled T0304 and T0516 highways, and by the time they reach the front line RF/DPR positions, they are literally 7 Km ( 5 miles) from the city center of Gorlovka. If half the 80,000 troops from Bakmut area move on Gorlovka, they will certainly break the Gorlovka Front (barring Russian use of tactical nukes) and be able to move into the city. If the other 40,000 troops move down the H20 Highway, (which is also under UAF/NATO control and mostly out of range of Russian artillery) they can break the northern pincer of the Russian attack on Avdeevka and simultaneously attack Yasynuvata, and moving south behind the Front, split Makeevka and Donetsk. Factor in the artillery in and behind Avdeevka, and the UAF troops concentrated around Ugledar making a sudden shift to Mariinka, about 15 miles (24 Km) north and all the major DPR cities suddenly, in a matter of a day or two, find themselves facing another 100,000 to 200,000 combat-ready troops, in addition to the thousands already there, right on their doorstep, if not actually within their city limits.

If a UAF/NATO assault force is able to advance a mere 15 Km (9 miles) forward from their present positions on the city limits of Donetsk/Makeevka and Gorlovka, they will literally be in the center of these cities, surrounded by well over a million Russian civilian human shields, which negates Russia's main military advantages - air, missile and artillery power. Occupying these cities also gives the invaders the opportunity to loot food, water, fuel, housing and other resources that do not exist in razed cities or open terrain, and do not have to be transported forward or even paid for. Furthermore, an attack on the main cities would immediately trigger a mass exodus of refugees towards the Russian border, which would cause instant gridlock, paralyzing the roads between the cities and border in both directions.

There are only three border crossings between the DPR and Russia - Uspenka, Marynivka and the southern crossing at Novoazovsk. The closest to Donetsk is Uspenka, at a distance of about 100 Km, over poorly maintained, mostly 2-lane roads. The other two border crossings are further, with inferior roads in worse condition. And while the DPR is de jure now part of the Russian Federation, de facto, the border inspections and passport control still continue as before, with the resulting lines of scores, if not hundreds, of waiting vehicles at the border, (even under normal conditions) which will be the cork that will quickly block all the roads, all the way back to Donetsk, in case of an attack, or even the credible threat of one.

The instant gridlock would make Russian reinforcements from the Southern Military District in and around Rostov, Taganarog or Sambek extremely slow and difficult, if not impossible. And whatever Russian reinforcements did arrive to defend the cities, would arrive after a more than 100 Km road march across open country, undoubtedly under fire, only to arrive and have to go directly into combat against an already ensconced enemy, dispersed throughout a built-up urban area filled with friendly civilian human shields.

On March 23rd, it was reported by EurAsia Daily and others that Taiwan has already delivered «almost 1,000» drones to Ukraine that were not only capable of dropping bombs, but were also programmed to function as a swarm, and interact autonomously with each other. UAF terrorists have already posted multiple videos of their production and use of chemical weapons, including one which filmed two Russian soldiers being killed by poison gas. DPR military has also published a video of one of their soldiers suffocating after an enemy drone dropped a poison gas bomb near his combat position. The production and use of chemical weapons by ukrop nazis has been confirmed by multiple sources on both sides.  The UN and OPCW have studiously ignored the irrefutable proof of these war crimes and the use of these prohibited weapons, effectively giving the "green light" to their further and wider use. They have been, and will be, used.

Now, imagine a thousand, or even a hundred, drones swarming across the Front and into a major city full of civilians. If even a few civilians or soldiers were killed by poison gas, how long do you think it would be before videos of them convulsing and choking to death in the streets got on social media and panic starts?  Ukrop media says the drones will be used to sow panic, "in Crimea", but there are no major population centers within drone range in Crimea. But Donetsk/Makeevka and Gorlovka are literally on the front lines, and heavily populated. It is no secret that there are not enough gas masks for the soldiers here, much less for the civilian population in these cities. If you were a nazi terrorist with a thousand swarming drones and chemical weapons, where would you use them? In the empty rubble of Bakmut? The open fields on the way to Melitopol? Or in the major cities of Donbas?

I am not a military genius, but I have read Sun Tsu, Von Clauswitz, Patton, Rommel, and Che Guevara. I have studied history. And I have played a lot of chess,  and I have learned from all of the above. I am, as Scott Ritter recently pointed out, not an "intelligence officer", but unlike Ritter, I am intelligent. As a combat veteran, I have learned that the most important skill a soldier can have is to clearly see and analyze reality, and from this understanding, be able to predict what the enemy will do next, by putting myself in my enemy's position and asking myself what I would do if I were him.

I also understand that everything our enemies say in public is a lie. When the NATO nazis announce they are going to send depleted uranium ammunition to Ukraine, it means it is already here. The more Zelensky says he does not have enough weapons and ammo to mount an offensive, the more he really means he already has. The goal of those who own and control the Kiev Regime and the NATO and Western militaries and governments is to destroy Russia as an obstacle to their ambitions for world domination, while causing as much death and destruction as possible. If I was them, and that was my goal, and I had their weapons and assets, 1,000 swarming drones, poison gas, 200,000 soldiers in reserve, and no human conscience, where do you think I would use them? Where would you?

There comes a time in a chess game where competent observers can tell with a high degree of certainty who will win and who will lose. And from there it is not far to the point of inevitability, where there may still be a few futile moves to make, but the game is already and irreversibly lost. In the Donbas War today, it is not quite yet "Mate in three", but it is close. But the game, and the war, can still be won. As a combat veteran and patriotic citizen defender of Donbas and Russia, and as a competent observer, I have a few suggestions...
 
Wars are won by the side that makes the least mistakes. And they are lost by military commanders who make egregious mistakes, and are allowed to continue to do so. The litany of mistakes by the top Russian military decision-makers, the complete disregard for the most basic principles of military science, in both their number and severity, cannot be excused, and can only be explained by a level of astronomic stupidity or something worse, on the part of those responsible. And these mistakes, if indeed that's what they are, predate the SMO by years. To think that the same ones who have wasted an ocean of blood and a mountain of gold only to bring their Motherland to the threshold of disaster, will suddenly unveil some brilliant plan to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat is delusional. They should have been replaced months, if not years, ago, and as long as they maintain decision-making authority over military operations, they are the greatest impediment to the possibility of Russia saving itself from the dire situation it now finds itself in. They must be replaced immediately by competent, serious and combat proven soldiers of the caliber of Khodakovsky, Pregozhin, and Surovikin.

Russia's most imperative task is to prevent the entry of UAF/NATO units into the urban areas and civilian concentrations of the major cities of the DPR, at any cost, up to and including the use of tactical nuclear weapons. The cities on the Donbas Front should be massively reinforced, starting yesterday, to the point where a breakthrough, even by an assault force of up to 200,000 will not be possible, understanding that an enemy advance of just a few miles changes the entire dynamic of the war, militarily and politically, putting Russia at great risk and serious disadvantage. Russia only gets one chance to get this right. If the nazis make it into the main cities of Donbas, Russia has lost Donbas, Crimea and the war.

There are thousands of combat veterans of the DPR defense forces who, for one reason or another, are not currently on active duty. I myself am one of them, due to the fact that I am 63 years old. But I have a Makarov pistol and my trophy AK, and can still defend my home and country if need be. Russia should immediately begin forming and arming civilian self-defense units, whether their existence may be considered militarily significant or not. If the nazis take the Donbas cities, they have often and openly announced their plans for "filtration" of the entire civilian population. To be "filtered" by nazis is a death sentence, simply a code word for genocide. Russia will be complicit in this nazi genocide if it fails to defend more than a million of Russian citizens, and refuses them even the means to defend themselves.

Russia must immediately, fully and permanently prevent the movement of troops and weapons from the West to the Donbas Front. The primary method of transport for these troops and weapons is by rail, on railroad bridges across the Dnieper River. There are 40 bridges that cross the Dnieper River in Ukraine, 12 of which are operational railroad bridges. To destroy some or all of these rail bridges (which should have been done in the first few days of the SMO) will severely degrade the ability of UAF/NATO forces to rotate, reinforce and resupply the nazis attacking the Donbas Front. Vladimir Putin was recently asked directly by a Russian journalist about these railroads and bridges. He answered that what could be done, had been done, and that the reason the bridges still stood was because it was not possible to destroy them. I believe this was the first time I have ever heard him lie.
 

"USE IT OR LOSE IT..."

 
 
I was trained as a Combat Engineer in the US Army, and that training included specifically learning to build and destroy bridges. Russia has the technical ability and military arsenal to destroy these bridges and prevent their reconstruction, but somehow, lacks the political will to accomplish this military imperative. The TU-22M strategic bomber can carry 18 FAB-500 bombs, a total payload of almost 20,000 lbs of high explosives. Russia has recently begun using the upgraded version of FAB-500 to satellite-guided smart bombs (comparable to US JDAM bombs) which can be released and guided to target from as far as 40 miles (63 Km) away.  There are 12 rail bridges across the Dnieper in Ukraine, none of which could remain operational after a strike by 18 satellite-guided bombs of 1,100 pounds each. Russia had at least 63 TU-22M's in service in 2018, it probably has more today. Do the math.

Yes, major airstrikes on bridges in central Ukraine would entail some serious risks, and the loss of some aircraft is almost a certainty. But the southern bridges near Kherson and Odessa could be approached from over the Black Sea, the central bridges near Zaporizhia and Dnipropetrovsk approached from Russian-controlled territory east of the river, and the northern bridges near Kiev, from Russia itself (or even shorter from Belarus), all of which put planes on target with relatively short flight times in UAF/NATO controlled airspace. Risky and potentially costly, yes, but totally possible, and absolutely essential.  The Russians may suffer significant losses of their air force in an air raid on the Dnieper rail bridges, but the alternative is to lose the war, and suffer a devastating and humiliating defeat.

Above all, Russia's political-military and political leadership must understand that the NATO nazi invasion of Ukraine today, is and will remain, every bit as much of a lethal threat to Russia's existence as a nation and survival as a people as the German nazi invasion of 1941 was. And it must be fought with the same dedication, wisdom and sacrifice as the Great Patriotic War, because the stakes are the same for Russia and for Russians - Victory or Death.

I have said since I arrived in Donetsk in 2014, that "As goes Donbas, so goes the world."  Those of us who have stood our ground for 9 years and fought the nazis of the 21st century to a standstill on the Donbas Front have not only defended ourselves and Russia, but the future of Humanity from those who would exterminate most of the world's population, and enslave the rest. And now, the denouement is upon us. One bright, cold day this April, the clocks will strike thirteen, and the decisive battle of this 9 year war will take place. That day may well turn out to be as portentous as October 24th, 1929 or September 1st, 1939.  Or May 9th, 1945. The UAF/NATO offensive is coming. We will soon see where it lands, and whether Russia will win or lose this war.

If Russia is prepared and under competent and serious military and political leadership, Russia can break the upcoming nazi offensive, the UAF will be finished, and NATO will withdraw, or at least have serious reservations about the advisability and ability to remain or invest further billions in a lost war. Russia can then advance to Kiev and take control of it, and all the territory east of that. This will achieve the stated goals of the SMO - the denazification and demilitarization of Ukraine, and the removal of all military threats to the Russian Federation and its People from Ukrainian soil. There are only two outcomes. Victory or Death.

 
Not just for Russia, but for Humanity itself. Who defends Donbas, defends Russia. Who defends Russia, defends the world. Davai!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Originally from Texas, Russell Bentley has been living in the Donetsk People’s Republic for eight years where he now has obtained official citizenship. He left the United States in late 2014 to join the DPR army to defend the breakaway republic from the NATO-backed Kiev regime. He said the suffering of innocent people at the hands of “NATO Nazis” compelled him to volunteer. Bentley has fought on the frontlines where he has seen many of his comrades-in-arms killed. He recently attended the funeral of one of them, Sergey Lysenko, a fighter and poet who was killed in the battle for Volnavaha on May 9, Victory Day. More recently, he has been broadcasting and working in communications to convey to the world what is really happening in the Donbas and Ukraine.

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rik myers

Ukraine nazi army will never set foot in Donetsk again. get real

grr

Great article Russ. Thank you.

JohnT

Thank you Russell!

It is difficult to figure how the tide is turning based on endless Telegram accounts of Russian, DPR, LPR, and Wagner successes against a well founded suspicion of Western media lies and deception for decades.

If the enemy has amassed such numbers so close by, it seems that neutralization must proceed apace by any means necessary. Times they are a changin. Let us hope a better world is born.

Prayers for the suffering.

Best to you and yours from a long time follower and US veteran sick of the crimes of my country.

JohnT

Subhuti37

This article by someone who is actually living in a neighborhood that has gotten shelled for 9 years tells a narrative that is quite the opposite of what anyone either on the Russian side or the West is saying. I have not heard of any of the well known commentators like Larry Johnson, Scott Ritter, Doug MacGregor considering this as a possibility. Why?

Stockyty

I don’t think they have the manpower or the materiel to mount such a risky offensive.
Again, Ukraine has not been able to defeat Russia in a frontal offensive.
Russia is no longer overstretched and should AFU try a massed frontal offensive, expect it to be the end of them.

Максим Соколов

Don’t panic. It is totally normal that if NATO will come with 1,000 tanks, they will advance a few kilometers. They also advanced in Kherson and Izium, and we are still alive. This war will end when USA is bankrupt. When the Not Sees conquer Donetsk, then Russia will level Kiev. If the Not Sees conquer Crimea, then Russia will flatten Washington and London. NATO has only the choice of loosing the war conventionally, or loosing the nuclear war.

Esho

I hope Russia sucker punches London and the whole USA into a coma…. before they even have a chance to come out of it alive and retaliate…

MaRcO

Hey Russ, I was sharing the same opinion with you about the necessity of destroying infrastructure such as major bridges, railways, border crossings… and coming from Serbia, which was bombed by NATO, I see where that is coming from. US and NATO have a lot of experience in modern conflicts and that seems like a logical direction of military action. The only thing that comes to my mind as to why the Russians are not doing that is that they are most likely planning on crossing Dnieper river once they brake Ukrop army in Donbas and they will need bridges… Read more »

Kepkomandant

тако је!

justobserver

Nice text. The author however, missed to include in his analysis hyper sonic Kinzhals from which so far there is no defense. Weapons against which there is no defense can bring victory and end of the war.

edwardi

Well that is discomforting analysis. We are certainly getting a different picture from Col. McGreggor and Scott Ritter who say Russia is pounding Ukraine mercilessly. Russia just mobilized a lot of soldiers, better get them started up.

Walter

Rus, Greetings. We have a slight acquaintance…about a cousin of mine, “solar guy”, and so on. The essay seems reasoned and solid. I note that the prospect of seeing your sacrifice wasted together with being under nazi guns tends to bring focus. It also makes analysis of geopolitical currents more difficult. People nearby trying to kill you… Mooting the idea that VVP and his cohort may be more interested in shaping the Peace than upon the war itself. Such assumption might create the “necessity” of using the Donbass cities and people as bait. I agree that VVP lied about the… Read more »

Esho

Sorry…. VVP = ?
it must definitely be the Scoundrel I think it to be… VVP maybe a decent politician during peaceful times, but is a detrimental leader during war….

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Walter

VVP is the elected Czar of the Russian Empire. Such rulers must be. And must be as tough as necessary for the health of the State and of the People.

Most of the wars going on today are American, in support of nazi brigands and sodomites.

But some people would replace VVP with O’Biden.

No doubt that would not be “detrimental”, Friend.

Let’s swap Putin for O’Biden and see to whose detriment that is.

Seriously, amigo…you would have another opinion if you knew more about it.

Best!

James

I know that all americans, myself included, that are on Russia’s side have been frustrated about the way they are waging this war in slow motion. I have long suspected that the Russian military wants the west to pour its weapons in so that they can destroy them. This disarms the nato countries and leaves them wide open for a future invasion if necessary. However, this tactic is going too far and now they are about to lose the war over it. At some point it must be stopped, and as Russ described- that point in time is right now.… Read more »

Mohale Thoka

A lot of ‘ifs’.

Esho

I’ve new this from the beginning.. Putin underestimated the necessary Russian resources to win this war decisively. Putin should be hanged and quartered for his incompetence should Russia lose this war…. Also it seems the Russian Army is either weak or incompetent, or compromised or all of the 3, I’m betting all 3.. I sure hope for humanity’s sake I’m wrong though

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Giacomo

Why do you think 200.000 men will be capable of reaching strategic areas if aerial space is controlled by Russia?

Last edited 1 year ago by Giacomo
Pavel

Thanks for your insightful analysis. Is it not the case that Russian forces have moved reinforcements into spaces they control, behind the current battle lines, to harden them defensively? I have heard over and over again that, generally speaking, it’s easier to defend than to attack. If Ukrainian troops break through the front lines, is it really nothing but open space between that breakthrough and important cities in Donetsk? Surely Russia, if it has the resources, would arrange things so that such a breakthrough leads into more and more severe defensive resistance.

Zefplok

There are several factors not helping the kokhols to win this “spring offensive”. First : the rain, a wet spring and you can forgot about moving massive things in the country. Then there are not much covers on the south part of the front, it is literally called “tank’s plain” for a reason. Massive use of chemical warfare will trigger a nuclear reaction ; wanna play the WMD game ? Massive use of drones is more problematic on the spot, but you make it looks like a tactical single shot with no major strategic implications for the rest of the… Read more »

Zan

even the very best list of conditionals only amounts to a complex hypothetical. Russell Bentley could be occupying the Oval Office if only this, and then this, and then this….happened. this is an interesfong article, but it amounts to concern creep. tactical and strategic options are limited by resources and logistics and one must always giard agsinst concern creep because concern creep becomes paranoia, and nothing is more deadly to war planners than paranoia. Bentley writes: The more Zelensky says he does not have enough weapons and ammo to mount an offensive, the more he really means he already has…… Read more »

frank Szilagyi

Hi, I wonder why Russia not obtained a no fly zone in Ukraine in first place

Iver McTin

As George Patton said, “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”

I hope those who strongly disagree with your perspective nevertheless appreciate how valuable and essential it is to have divergent viewpoints in order to avoid falling into a groupthink death trap. Thank you sir for your service.

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