And the western media’s train ride to Crazy Town continues to hurtle down the tracks, unaware that the bridge over the Dnieper River has disappeared. The best poetic imagery I can ask for tonight is to try to capture the pathology of so-called journalists to publish nonsense. A new meme has emerged today – the Wagner Group is being wiped out.
Take a look at Shannon Vavra doing deep state stenography for the Daily Beast:
According to a Russian non-governmental organization, tens of thousands of fighters are missing or dead fighting in Ukraine for the Wagner Group, a Russian private mercenary fighting group. . . .
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The cited figure is the latest indication that Wagner’s fighting strength in Ukraine is declining, even as Russia works to secure a victory on the battlefield nearly a year after the Ukraine invasion.
Wagner Group fighters have been involved in heavy fighting in Soledar in recent weeks, a town Russia has won. White House National Security Council coordinator John Kirby last told reporters that Wagner was largely responsible for the gains made in nearby Bakhmuth at “extraordinary cost,” since many of Wagner’s recruits had minimal training after recruiting 40,000 criminals. week
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hinted at the dramatic losses the Russians are suffering in Soledar in a recent speech.
Unlike the Baghdad Bab, President Zelensky is enabled by Western government leaders and media pundits, as he clings firmly to the belief that Ukraine still controls Soledar. But the reality displayed in the map below tells a different story:
“Regional Defense Headquarters of the DPR announced the liberation of Krasnopolevka.” As you can see on the map, Krasnopolevka is northwest of Soledar. Russia’s Wagner Group isn’t behaving as a depleted force as a hemorrhaging crew. The Russians are moving methodically to surround Ukrainian forces in the cauldron, and Zelensky continues to insist that he is winning. I learned that Zelensky, as a former comedian, was channeling his inner Monty Python as the Black Knight with Ukraine.
This is a perfect example of art reflecting reality regarding the Ukrainian military effort. Russian advances were not limited to Bakhmut and Soledar. Russia is extending its bridgehead in the direction of Seversk (which is north of Soledar) and attacking the villages of Razdolovka, Nikolaevka, Vesely, Vyemka, and Ivano-Daryevka. An impressive display of war prowess from the spent energy of ex-convicts.
All Ukrainian leadership is out of touch with reality:
In this morning’s report, the Ukrainian General Staff confirmed that Russian fighters have advanced significantly along the Artemivsk-Konstantinovka highway and are attacking Predtechino and Stupochek.
North of Artemivsk, the offensive on Paraskovevka and Krasnaya Gora continues. Also, the offensive in the city of Artemovsk continues – fighting in the eastern and southern parts of the settlement.
Zelensky’s former communications spinmeister, Olaisky Arestovich, is singing a markedly different tune these days when it comes to Russian special military operations:
After leaving the post of adviser to the office of the president, Arestovich began all serious naivety – he said that the Russian special operation was conceived as a bloodless operation and should pass without casualties.
“They tried to conduct a wise war … such an elegant, beautiful, lightning-fast special operation, where decent people, without any harm to a kitten or a child, exterminated the few who resisted. And they did not exterminate them, but to surrender, change sides, understand and so on. He didn’t want to kill anyone. Just sign the sacrifice.”
I’m surprised Arestovich is still alive. Comments like these make him a prime target for assassination by Zelensky’s group.
Arestovich is not only in hot water. Ukraine’s Defense Minister Reznikov faces an explosive scandal for his unusual skills as a retail grocer and generator salesman:
Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov – one of the leading faces of the war against Russia – is now under fire on the home front as government corruption investigations rocked the country over the weekend. . . .
Both inquiries are related to war profiteering and prompted a pledge of immediate action from President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday night. The case involving the Ministry of Defense involved the purchase of military rations at inflated prices – which has emerged as top news in Kyiv. Almost simultaneously, the deputy infrastructure minister was sacked in a case related to overpriced public procurement of electrical generators. Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau said it was investigating both matters.
A combination of military losses and rampant corruption resulted and signaled the unraveling of the Zelensky government. The bad news comes on the heels of the loss of leadership at the Interior Ministry in recent weeks. There is no Wonder Waffen waiting in the wings to protect Ukraine at this point. Even if the Germans decide to send caves and forty-year-old “modern” main battle tanks, Ukraine lacks the manpower and time to train a unit of tank operators capable of operating effectively on the battlefield. But these facts do not prevent Zelensky from insisting that “this is just a flesh wound.”