Martial Law In Ukraine Extended Until 21 November 2022
Russian soldiers begin to confess to their crimes
Grain blockades, nuclear power plant dangers, and everyday there seem to be some Ukrainian traitors being caught or imprisoned. We are nearing the six month mark of this war, but where is it headed?
Do we in all honesty expect Russia to retreat? If so when? After the annexation of the Donbas, and after foreign soldiers have been killed by a firing squad? It will be too late for them if that happens.
Are we waiting until NATO has had enough, and then they will step in to help as they have done in other conflicts like Bosnia and Herzegovina (it was not a NATO member and still isn’t)? It was initially political and then extended to a deployment of soldiers because it was apparent that without NATO intervention the country would have been seized. It did take 3.5 years though for them to act under UN approval. Can Ukraine last that long?
Can there be a workable peace deal, without Ukraine having to cede any land? Unlikely unless Russia stops claiming that Ukraine is Russian and always will be. What will happen to the war crimes tribunal that should be set up? If there is a peace deal/surrender, then it means that all guilty parties that committed war crimes would have to be tried.
Perhaps Ukraine will have enough weapons and manpower to defeat the Russians? That is what the western allies hope, and that their own men don’t have to get involved. History tells us that this scenario is unlikely for a total defeat of the Russians, because external help is needed for an aggressor to surrender.
Meanwhile, Russia is seeking allies and bribing them with grain and gas, while the West hope that Ukraine can reclaim Kherson, Crimea. Mariupol, and the Donbas. That is what they need to do to kick the Russians out, but at the same time to keep an eye on the Belarusians who have been supporting Russia.
Tales of the survivors are being shared and their stories are horrific, and with accompanying images that in this day and age should be confined to the history books. We are thankful to the journalists who are able to document their stories of evidence of war crimes, and crimes. There was robbery, looting, torture and murder, all carried out by Russian soldiers. I have read the article (translated) and it is heartbreaking and sickening, and these families have lost everything and their loved ones, and for what? Men who signed up to defend Ukraine were targeted and killed before they could even defend their country. That information must have come from a traitor, and that is why a peace deal will never work until all the conspirators are exiled or are imprisoned. The journalist interviews some of the Russian soldiers who admit they went to Belarus for military drills and then knew they were to enter Ukraine for a ‘special military operation’.
Danilov recalls that initially, in January 2022, he and his colleagues were sent to Belarus “for exercises.” Already during the exercises, many, according to him, “began to guess” that they could be sent to Ukraine. In February, a “special operation” was announced to the military.
“They said that now we will go for three days to intimidate,” says Dmitry. - The special operation has begun, Lugansk and Donetsk are now recognized as people's republics, they will be included in the Russian Federation, and you will leave from there. And we're still out."
He also says that he and his colleagues were given provisions and uniforms for a three-day forced march: “There was no opportunity to wash. Basically, I had to change clothes, look for something more or less in size, suitable for the military. The servicemen looked for "something suitable", as a rule, among the personal belongings of local residents.
The main goal of the "special operation" in the understanding of Danilov is "the liberation of Ukraine from the Nazis." “In our understanding, the Nazis are those who wanted to create peace, so to speak, with a side that is directly constantly trying to threaten Russia,” he says. At the same time, in Andreevka, according to Dmitry, he communicated, as a rule, with "quite adequate locals."
According to the interviews, the Belarus military exercises began on 11 January 2022, so why didn’t anyone notice this and take action? Perhaps because the traitors had concealed the actions?
Daniil Frolkin, whom we call up immediately after Danilov, says that he left for “exercises” in Belarus on January 11th. Judging by his words, the servicemen there did not undergo any special training before the “special operation”. This is how he describes his stay in the border area on the eve of the war: “We arrived, we just lived at first in the base area, everything, then we were scattered around the areas of concentration. My platoon had the duty to feed the battalion. They prepared food, washed themselves, went to bed. Dinner was prepared, washed up, went to bed.
Frolkin, according to him, found out that he was going to war on February 23, at the formation after a festive dinner. “At first at four o'clock in the morning they wanted to advance, then they postponed it to three. They approached me at one in the morning, they said: park the car.
After the invasion of Ukraine, Frolkin claims, many of his colleagues tried to quit, but no one succeeded for a long time.
“The refusenik boys went to the brigade commander [Azatbek Omurbekov], and he started yelling at them, humiliating them: “I will execute you because they don’t want to go into battle.” In fact, the special operation is a voluntary topic. And we, it turns out, were harnessed voluntarily-compulsorily, - says the military man. - They told me, like you can’t refuse like that, like there will be a criminal, like go further, ride. Now we have been taken back [to the territory of Russia], and tomorrow we are leaving again for the third direction already ( the conversation with Frolkin was recorded on July 20. - Approx. ed. ). The business trip should last no more than three months. After three months, signatures must be collected again, who will go voluntarily. That is, according to the law, they have no right to keep us here, but they do not care about this law.
The first hand account tallies with what has been reported, that the invasion began under the guise of military exercises, the soldiers were untrained, and as it as a ‘special military operation’ it was voluntary, and after 3 months, soldiers have to sign up again. One soldier even opts to film a confession of what the Russians call a ‘business trip’:
- I, a soldier of military unit 51460, guard corporal, Frolkin Daniil Andreevich, confess to all the crimes that I committed in Andreevka, to shooting the civilian population, robbing the civilian population, confiscating their phones and that our command does not give a fuck our fighters, all the infantry that fights on the front line, on the front line. And after that, I want to say: take measures to punish the commanders - Omurbekov Azatbek Asanbekovich, guard colonel, guard lieutenant colonel Dmitrenko, zampotyl ( deputy commander for logistics and supplies. - Approx. ed.) of our brigade, Colonel Klobukov, and the head of intelligence, Lieutenant Colonel Romanenko. He was in charge of the intelligence service, which did a poor job of reconnaissance and led our people to their deaths. Also, the deputy commander of the brigade, Lieutenant Colonel Prokurat, gave the order to shoot.
“I understand that I can be imprisoned for all this information,” he says. “Not even for the fact that I did all this garbage in Ukraine. And for that information [about the command]. I just want to confess everything and explain what is happening in our country. I think it would be better if this war did not exist at all.
Day 173 (15 August)
New Zealand is the latest country to send troops to help train Ukrainian soldiers. They will send 120 personnel to the UK. We wonder when France will send some personnel across the Channel, as it’s not exactly far to go?
The Ukrainian Parliament has voted to extend martial law for another 90 days until 21 November 2022.
Latvia has donated further equipment to Ukraine, two Mi-17 helicopters and two Mi-2 helicopters. Latvia knows that they would be on Putin’s list should Ukraine fall, and like most former USSR states are keen to remain independent.
A building in Popasna where a number of Wagner mercenaries were was destroyed using long range weapons. Apparently the location was disclosed by a pro-Russian journalist. The Wagner group are associated with a number of alleged war crimes.
Russian journalists are helping with the identification of those who committed war crimes in Ukraine by interviewing them, and getting them to admit to their activities. Most of the interviews are in Russian, and I hope they can translate them (other than using an online translator) because it is the West that need to be convinced to help Ukraine more
Russia seeks to strengthen ties with North Korea again, just like the old days of the USSR. North Korea sees this as a good step, where both countries can work together against ‘hostile forces’ namely the USA. North Korea is one of the two countries that recognises the breakaway states of Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic as part of Russia, the other being Syria. This is sounding like the preface of a Doomsday novel…
There are issues as to whose side the Middle East countries would support in the event of a World War. Russia has opened up their businesses for foreign investment, and it has been revealed that Saudi billionaire (Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal) invested in Gazprom and Rosneft just prior to the invasion of Ukraine, suggesting that there had been advance notice of the invasion
Zelenskyy dismisses a further three heads of the security services (SBU) in Kyiv, Ternopil, and Lviv. This is because Russian agents managed to sign up as Ukrainian volunteers, and another was a Russian with a criminal record, and the heads of the regions failed to prevent this.
As we know, many of the attacks have been due to inside help from proxies and pro-Russians, and that is why Zelesnkyy has come down hard to ensure stringent checks are carried out on those who join the battalions, and who are given access to sensitive data.
Putin has been at a trade fair today, and claimed that the plan to liberate Donbas is going to plan!