The Russian Special Operation: An Early Strategic Overview

Illustrative image DEAR FRIENDS. IF YOU LIKE THIS TYPE OF CONTENT, SUPPORT SOUTHFRONT WORK : MONERO (XMR): 8332UX6Ero53cnz2dKzmfRYtDa5DZ9wRsBfKHcYPHzTvBTTSgLGaC8f8Eo8QsmaoRsCosURvfjv4uiyFcm2WHEf5TfuRYY9 BITCOIN (BTC): bc1q2u872wf5t6tunuzxc5jq6wzz5jwr3ew2q8htxw BITCOIN CASH (BCH): qqrjde2cq9g473687utlwh4p7ngdaacca5wdraxatl PAYPAL, WESTERN UNION etc: write to info@southfront.org , southfront@list.ru Written by Cato for SouthFront Now that we are just over 24 hours into the Russian Federation’s initiation of armed intervention on a massive scale in Ukraine, I wanted to take the opportunity to write down my initial thoughts and brief strategic analysis. At this point there is so much that is unclear, and much of this has to do with Russian EW efforts in the theater of operations (which encompasses most of the territory of Ukraine). There is also quite a bit of distraction/disinformation being utilized by both the Kiev regime and the Russian Armed Forces for varying reasons. Coupled with other elements of its attack, Russia will use the fog of war to its advantage, while Ukraine will attempt to paint as positive a picture as possible to mislead the public and its potential allies. I’ll start by stating that despite the varying media commentary to the contrary, the official recognition of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Peoples Republic and the Luhansk

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Overview Of Military Developments In Ukraine. Ukrainian Forces Killing Civilians (Videos)

Click to see full-size image On the night of February 25, the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) showed resistance in several cities of Ukraine, fightings and sporadic clashes broke out on the streets. If on the first day of the operation, Russian forces avoided attacks on civilian infrastructure by entering cities without firing a single shot, almost not engaging in battles with Ukrainian military, the second day of the operation will likely be more bloody. The UAF are resisting in the residential areas in the cities and in their suburbs. On February 25, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are actively deploying military equipment on the streets in Kiev and Kharkiv. Urban combat is always bloody, and it is very difficult to avoid collateral damage. Zelensky said that 137 Ukrainians were killed in a day, 316 wounded. According to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the Russian Armed Forces lost 7 aircraft, 6 helicopters, more than 30 tanks and 120 armored vehicles, up to 800 personnel. During the fighting, more than 150 servicemen of various security agencies of Ukraine laid down their arms and surrendered, Major General Igor Konashenkov, an official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, said. During the special military operation,

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Ukraine: Results Of First Day Of Russia’s Military Operation (Videos)

Click to see full-size image As a result of the strikes of the Russian armed forces, 83 ground objects of the military infrastructure of Ukraine were put out of operation, including at least 11 airfields of the Ukrainian Air Force, 3 command posts, a base of the naval forces of Ukraine, as well as 18 radar stations of the S-300 and Buk -M1 anti–aircraft missile defense systems. Since the beginning of the military operation, two Ukrainian Su-27, two Su-24, one helicopter and four Bayraktar attack UAV have been shot down, according to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation The moment of the fall of an aircraft in Vyshgorod was captured on the video. According to some reports it was a Russian helicopter.

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Eight Hours After Start Of Russia’s Military Operation In Ukraine. First Russian Losses

Click to see full-size image The morning of February 24 was marked by a statement by Russian President V. Putin on the provision of military assistance to the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. The decision was made following the demands of the DPR and the LPR for military support. The main objectives outlined by the President are the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine and the protection of civilians in the DPR and LPR. At the moment, the situation indicates a military operation by the Russian Army. The territory enshrined in the constitutions of the DPR and LPR is being liberated from the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The main strikes are carried out against military infrastructure located on the territory occupied by the Ukrainian army. Importantly, Russian weapons are not striking civilian infrastructure. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Russian Armed Forces took out the military aviation and air defense infrastructure of Ukraine. Two Su-24s of the Ukrainian Armed Forces were shot down near the villages of Smeloye and Stepovoye. According to the LPR People’s Militia. So far, military facilities near major Ukrainian cities of Mariupol, Berdyansk, Zaporizhia, Dnipro, Kharkiv, Sumy, Mykolaiv, Kherson, Odessa, Zhytomyr, Lutsk, Ivano-Frankivsk and Chernihiv

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Russian Retaliation Strike Happened (VIDEO)

After years of tolerating violence and bullying by Kiev regime, Moscow decided to retaliate vigorously. On February 24, 2022, a special operation to enforce peace in Ukraine was launched. Before that, the Kiev regime was given a week to stop a new wave of aggression against civilians in the DPR, LPR. The Russian Army began to retaliate along the entire front line. Russian MRLS systems are shelling Ukrainian fortified positions in the direction of Mariupol

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BREAKING. Ukrainian Military Conflict Currently Underway

On February 23, a unit of the Ukrainian Armed Forces crossed the Seversky Donets and with artillery support attacked the heights near Nikolayevka. They dislodged local militia fighters there and attempted to entrench themselves but were subjected to strong retaliation. Tanks from Luhansk supported by artillery soon counterattacked. As a result, the UAF unit was eventually repulsed despite their early success in taking the high ground. Frontline casualty assessment alleges 9 UAF soldiers killed.

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Ukraine’s Hybrid War Against Russia Revealed

Illustrative Image DEAR FRIENDS. IF YOU LIKE THIS TYPE OF CONTENT, SUPPORT SOUTHFRONT WORK : MONERO (XMR): 8332UX6Ero53cnz2dKzmfRYtDa5DZ9wRsBfKHcYPHzTvBTTSgLGaC8f8Eo8QsmaoRsCosURvfjv4uiyFcm2WHEf5TfuRYY9 BITCOIN (BTC): bc1q2u872wf5t6tunuzxc5jq6wzz5jwr3ew2q8htxw BITCOIN CASH (BCH): qqrjde2cq9g473687utlwh4p7ngdaacca5wdraxatl PAYPAL, WESTERN UNION etc: write to info@southfront.org , southfront@list.ru Russia’s active actions against its western neighbor Ukraine are a response to numerous provocations by NATO countries and Kiev itself. Moscow has been forced to shift to active confrontation to the West in response to numerous operations carried out on Russian territory, including in cyberspace. The blame for the unleashing of hostilities between Russia and Ukraine, which have not yet begun, is attributed to the Kremlin’s “imperial ambitions”. However, the war began years ago, and it was launched by Kiev. While the West is trembling under the threat of attacks by “almighty” Russian hackers, and Ukraine has allegedly suffered more than one high-profile hacker attack in the last month alone, the Ukrainian and Western Special Operations Forces are actively conducting numerous information attacks on Russian territory. To conduct information warfare with Russia, in 2016 Ukraine created specialized military structures, centers for information and psychological operations (CIPSO) of the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF). The activities of these centers are managed by the IPSO

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Today’s Emergencies Act, and Anti-Russian False Flags Echo the Gouzenko Hoax That Unleashed the Cold War

by Matthew Ehret Today, a new coordinated psychological operation has been sprung to convince every living patriot across the Five Eyes sphere of influence that the enemy of the free world who lurks behind every conspiracy to overthrow governments, and western values are Russia and China. Over the past months, slanderous, and often conjectural stories of Chinese and Russian subversion has repeatedly been fed to a gullible western audience desperate for an enemy image to attach to their realization that an obvious long-term conspiracy has been unleashed to destroy their lives. While the left has been fed with propaganda designed to convince them that this enemy has taken the form of the Kremlin, the conservative consumers of media have been fed with the narrative that the enemy is China. The reality is that both Russia and China together have a bond of principled survival upon which the entire multipolar order is based. It is this alliance which the actual controllers of today’s empire wish to both destroy and ensure no western nation joins… especially not the USA. Every day we read that secret lists of millions of Chinese communist party members have infiltrated western national governments or that espionage

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Number Of Shelling On LDPR Greatly Increased Before Russia Recognized States As Independent And Almost Stopped Right After

The Ukrainian Armed Forces started intensive firing on residential buildings in the settlement of Horlivka. Shells hit in the courtyard during February 21. The blast blew out the windows. Residents had been evacuated in case the house collapses. According to the local sources, a shell hit a residential building in the city of Donetsk. The wreckage blocked a woman from leaving the rubbles. It was confirmed by specialists from the Emergencies’ Ministry, that a gas pipeline had been damaged. Thirty-five houses in the private sector at the outskirts of Donetsk were left without gas supplies.

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20.02.2022 Ukraine War Overview. Kiev Escalating Situation Amid Donbass Bracing for Homeland War

At around 5 a.m. on February 20, units of the Ukrainian Army 79th airborne assault brigade crossed the Seversky Donets River and attacked the positions of the LPR People’s Militia near the village of Pionerskoe. With massive artillery support, Ukrainian soldiers attempted to assault one of the observation posts. Fierce clashes broke out. The Ukrainian Army suffered losses and was forced to retreat. As a result of the aggression of the Ukrainian Army, five residential buildings were destroyed and civilian casualties were reported.

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Another Day Of Still Local War In Eastern Europe

In the afternoon of February 19 and on the night of February 20, the Ukrainian army continued its attacks in the direction of Donetsk and Luhansk. The artillery cannonade does not calm down. Around 1 a.m. on February 20, the southwest of Donetsk was subjected to heavy artillery fire. As a result of the shelling, another section of the gas pipeline on the outskirts of the city in the village of Ivanovka, the Kievsky district, that located on the bypass road that connects Peace Avenue and Kievsky Avenue, was hit. In the city center, Kirovsky district, Petrovsky district, near Donetsk airport, Makeyevka, Gvardeika, strong cannonade was also heard. After a short lull by 2 a.m., the shelling of Staromikhailovka village with heavy weapons resumed. There are numerous video and photo footage from the ground.

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Zelensky’s Knocking At The Ber’s Door

Written by Alex Gallant exclusively for SouthFront The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) reported that, on the evening of February 16th, 189 ceasefire violations were recorded in the Donetsk  region, and 402 in the Luhansk region. The shelling from the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) continued on the evening of the 18th in settlements like Zaitseve and Gorlovka. Following the heightened tensions of the last 48h, Kyiv continues to transfer additional units in Donbass, seemingly in preparation of a potential large-scale “invasion” announced by the Biden’s administration on Thursday.

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Determined To Instigate War In Ukraine (Videos, Photos)

Click to see the full-size image Despite apparent de-escalation attempts by Russia, it seems that ‘Ukrainian leaders’ and its foreign sponsors are determined to instigate the war. Over the past 24 hours, forces of the Kiev regime have been consistently taking efforts to deploy even more forces to the contact line with Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics in the East. At the same time, particular units of the Ukrainian Army and affiliated militant organizations are blatantly violate the ceasefire regime in the area. These developments are accompanied by reports that representatives of the post-Maidan Ukrainian elites are fleeing the country. Furthermore, reports claim that Mr. Zelensky himself ordered to evacuate his parents from the country. ‘Just in case’ as the leaked audio tape says:

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BREAKING: Decisive Night For Eastern Ukraine (Videos, Photos)

Click to see full-size image The failure of the information campaign aimed at provoking an armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine on February 15-16 did not bring the Ukrainian regime and its patrons to their senses. Since the night of February 16, the shelling of the DPR and LPR by the UAF has sharply intensified. By the afternoon of February 17, the frequency of the attacks reached the intensity of 2014-2015.

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The UAE, Saudi Arabia, US, and UK are Complicit in Committing War Crimes in Yemen

Illustrative Image Written by John Smith I’ve previously written concerning the fact the War in Yemen should never have occurred in the first place and the what and how required to achieve peace; either by dividing Yemen in two, North and South Yemen as per the pre-1990 borders, or under a Unity Government.  However, seeing as that even today, this idea of peace is fleeting away due to the unwarranted missile and bomb strikes upon Houthis in North Yemen, specifically the continual destruction of civilian targets and assets by the Saudi and UAE military. Efforts by the United Arab Emirates and the Saudi-led coalition to evict the Houthis from major strategic areas have exacerbated the conflict, forcing United Arab Emirates and the Saudi-led troops to relax targeting rules and put markets, hospitals, and social gatherings, even prayer activities, at risk. Aside from weddings and social gatherings, individuals and groups have been attacked with very little regard for recognized international humanitarian law. A 60 percent spike in civilian casualties was reported within the last 90 days of 2021, as per Save the Children, with 2022 now poised to have far-reaching effects for civilians as a result of the intensification of the

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The True Story of Trudeau’s 1st War Measures Act of 1970

By Matthew Ehret The following two part series was co-written with Paris-based journalist Benoit Chalifoux and myself (first published in Canadian Patriot #4 in 2013) documenting the inside job run by Anglo-Canadian intelligence networks during the first Trudeau dictatorship of Canada in October 1970. Due to the current activation of the Emergency Measures Act by Justin Trudeau on February 14 in response to the Freedom Convoys and blockades both in Ottawa and across various provinces of Canada, I thought it fitting to republish the text in full here. Where part one deals with some important contextual backstory, part two breaks down the facts of the October Crisis inside job itself. It is also worth noting that the driving force behind the border blockades and the Ottawa protests which are spreading across the world are not the same process. Facts on the ground in Windsor and Manitoba demonstrate that unlike the freedom convoy, the border blockades are not organic and carrying many signatures of stage managed operations put on with a complicit media and fools to justify such an unjustifiable crackdown. Sovereignty or Technocracy: A Tale of Two Revolutions Until 1947, Canada was known as “The Dominion of Canada”.  While its title

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Yemen, The War That Should Have Never Been And How To Achieve Peace

Houthi members inspect the damage after a reported airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition targeted the presidential palace in the Yemeni capital Sana’a, Dec. 5, 2017. Written by John Smith In military history, the term “we learn from history, that we never learned from history” could be no truer than in Yemen. Two wars are raging in Yemen that the United States and the UK are complicit in: the first conflict has been a continuous counterterrorism battle against a Yemeni Al Qaeda’s affiliate, known as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and ISIS; the other is an intense civil war that has spread into other Middle East nations, initially Saudi Arabia but now also the United Arab Emirates. How did we get to where we are today? Yemen’s history is complex but we can make it simple by bringing the person who is mainly responsible for what we have today, former Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was killed in December 2017 during an ambush. Ali Abdullah Saleh was the President of North Yemen, initially, and after the fall of the Soviet Union, he became the President of a unified Yemen. Although his country was awash in poverty, Saleh

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Ground Forces Of Iran

Donate ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE Written by Colonel N. Turchin, Candidat of Military Sciences, Lieutenant-Colonel A. Volodin; Originally appeared at Foreign Military Review 2020 #6, translated by AlexD exclusively for SouthFront The ground forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) are one of the main branches of the armed forces of the country, which are organisationally part of the army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC), they have their own management system and are subordinate to the commanders of the army and IRGC. The Ground Forces of the Army (GFA) are designed to solve strategic, operational (operational-tactical) tasks in land theaters of military operations by conducting or participating in independent or joint (with other types of armed forces) air-ground defensive (offensive) operations on their territory, and if necessary, beyond its borders. The main tasks of the GFA: in peacetime: maintaining the necessary level of combat training of personnel, ensuring readiness for operational and mobilisation deployment; operational equipment of the country’s territory, creation of weapons stocks, military equipment and other material resources; participation in the elimination of the consequences of natural disasters; in the threat period: increasing the number of personnel, increasing the combat and mobilisation readiness of troops; completion of formations

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