Tests of new weapons, fortifications on the border, hundreds of thousands of civilians on military records and partisan warfare – Kiev continues to work out a force scenario for solving the problem of Donbass. Despite the announcement of a ceasefire, shelling of the unrecognized republics continues. They are preparing for the worst and expecting provocations.
An anti-tank crew of the Ukrainian military occupies a position on a low hill somewhere in the Donbass. In the hands of one of the fighters – the American A-TGM Javelin. The operator looks out in the eyepiece of the command and launch unit for an old armored personnel carrier with a tank turret a couple of kilomete-rs from the position. Laun-ch – the rocket, having ma-de a spectacular “slide”, ru-shes to the target. However, an ammunition worth 175 thousand dollars explodes a dozen meters away.
This training was captured on video by the journalists of the “Dom” TV channel, which broadcasts to territories not controlled by Kiev. Therefore, we decided to reshoot, having previously ignited a fire in the body of the target tank – this way it is easier for the thermal homing head not to miss. The second shot is a direct hit.
The APU has almost a hundred Javelin ATGM systems and about 500 missiles for them. The belief of Ukrainian generals in the overseas miracle weapon is apparently mystical. Otherwise, their boastful statements cannot be explained: supposedly with the Javelins, they will not only return Donbass, but also take the Kremlin by storm. However, the first ATGM firing once again proved that no “wunderwaffe” exists. American weapons have both obvious advantages and equally obvious disadvantages.
But Kiev can get something more serious from the allies. The Washington Post recently reported that “in the event of a Russian invasion” the United States will organize a partisan movement in Ukraine – the Pentagon will train more than half a million underground workers with experience in the war in the Donbass. And so that the “invaders” burn the ground under their feet, the partisans, according to the newspaper, will be armed with new “toys” – for example, portable anti-aircraft missile systems Stinger.
Ankara also expressed unconditional support for Kiev. “The Russia-Ukraine and Russia-NATO conflicts have reached dangerous proportions. The fact that we have a comprehensive relationship with Russia does not mean that we will ignore our principles and close relations with Ukraine. our national security, “said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavosoglu against the backdrop of increasing the combat readiness of NATO’s rapid reaction forces across Europe. The 40,000th multinational contingent of the alliance is commanded by Turkey this year.
Women – under arms
Further evidence of preparations for the offensive: the news agency of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense reported that several hundred thousand women would be put on military registration. The list includes 35 specialties – from catering, law and economics to publishing and printing. In case of aggravation, Ukrainian women will be mobilized and put under arms.
At the same time, the Ukrainians are equipping the border with Russia, or, as they say on the website of the border service, with an “aggressor country.” A protective rampart and a network of trenches are being built despite the frost, although work is usually stopped in winter. In anticipation of the “invasion army” in Kiev, they decided to block dangerous directions at all costs. Local media showed the special equipment of the engineering troops in the area of the Sumy frontier detachment, which controls 560 kilometers of the border.
Not everyone in Ukraine liked militarization. For example, residents of the village of Velikiy Glubochek in the Ternopil region in the west of the country refused to host a territorial defense brigade. We conducted a survey: out of 353 people, 344 were strongly opposed, since there is a hospital and a kindergarten near the supposed base of the military.
Restless and on the Black Sea coast. The partisan group “Free City of Odessa”, opposing the Kiev regime and the NATO occupation of Ukraine, reported that members of the liberation movement set fire to two command and staff vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the territory of the military unit with Molotov cocktails. And they expressed their readiness to continue the underground struggle.
Vladimir Putin spoke about the danger of a new war in Donbass at an annual press conference. According to him, the Armed Forces are preparing another operation in the uncontrolled territories.
Western countries, the president noted, warn Moscow against any measures to protect the inhabitants of the LPR and DPR. And if the Kremlin intervenes, they will impose new sanctions. Putin stressed: Russia is not worried about the Donbass issue because of the good life – it has to take into account the situation in the neighboring country.
“We must live with an eye on what is happening in Ukraine,” the Russian leader said.”.
The West has a different opinion on this matter. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that fighters of American private military companies are preparing a provocation with chemical weapons in the Donbass. A terrorist attack on one of the industrial enterprises of the DPR or LPR, which will provoke the release of toxic substances into the atmosphere, would be an ideal reason for Kiev to launch a military operation against the “terrorists”. And Russia, in the eyes of the US and the EU, would appear as a state supporting “militants.”
“The United States of America imported various types of weapons to Ukraine,” said Eduard Basurin, spokesman for the People’s Militia of the DPR. delivered the chemical itself. It is in 40-mm containers, can be used with grenade launchers. The weight is small. It can be thrown off from drones.”
It is possible that the United States and its allies want to play in the Donbass a scenario similar to the Syrian one, when the notorious White Helmets organization organized provocations with the use of poisonous substances, creating a pretext for another invasion of Western countries into the territory of sovereign states. The DPR promised to strengthen the protection of chemical industry facilities in the republic.