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Ukrainian forces and volunteers handed Putin one of his 'most comprehensive routs' in a small town

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Ukrainian forces and volunteers handed Putin one of his 'most comprehensive routs' in a small town

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3.17.22
"The Russian invasion of Ukraine has largely stalled on all fronts," Britain's Ministry of Defense said in a public intelligence assessment early Thursday. "Russian forces have made minimal progress on land, sea, or air in recent days and they continue to suffer heavy losses. Ukrainian resistance remains staunch and well-coordinated. The vast majority of Ukrainian territory, including all major cities, remains in Ukrainian hands." One Ukrainian town, Voznesensk, is still in Ukraine's hands because Ukrainian soldiers and local volunteers repelled a Russian attempt to capture it, in "one of the most comprehensive routs President Vladimir Putin's forces have suffered since he ordered the invasion of Ukraine," The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, based on reporting in the strategically located southern town of 35,000.

"Judging from the destroyed and abandoned armor," the Ukrainians "eliminated most of a Russian battalion tactical group on March 2 and 3," killing an estimated 100 Russians and capturing or destroying 30 of 43 Russian tanks and other vehicles, the Journal reports. "The Ukrainian defenders' performance against a much-better-armed enemy in an overwhelmingly Russian-speaking region was successful in part because of widespread popular support for the Ukrainian cause — one reason the Russian invasion across the country has failed to achieve its principal goals so far." Conservatively, more than 7,000 Russian troops have been killed since Putin's Feb. 24 invasion, "a staggering number amassed in just three weeks of fighting," The New York Times reports. "Pentagon officials say a 10 percent casualty rate, including dead and wounded, for a single unit renders it unable to carry out combat-related tasks," and "Russian casualties, when including the estimated 14,000 to 21,000 injured, are near that level."


Russian POW's are saying that the Kremlin has stationed special police at the rear of Russian battalion's with orders to shoot all deserters.

As much as they would rather not, Russian soldiers have nowhere to go but forward into Ukrainian killing zones.
 

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Love hearing you repeat all of the very things the Ukeys are being accused of .

This is what the Neo Nazi and mercenary factions started to do immediately after being over run .

I wonder if Ukraine will totally surrender this weekend ? A good chance .

Would loved to be a fly on the wall listening to Z the Coke head right now
 

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Love hearing you repeat all of the very things the Ukeys are being accused of .

This is what the Neo Nazi and mercenary factions started to do immediately after being over run .

I wonder if Ukraine will totally surrender this weekend . A good chance .

You misspelled UKRAINE MILITARY.
 

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The original article, at the Wall Street Journal is a great read. It is both sad and gratifying to read the opening paragraph:

OZNESENSK, Ukraine—A Kalashnikov rifle slung over his shoulder, Voznesensk’s funeral director, Mykhailo Sokurenko, spent this Tuesday driving through fields and forests, picking up dead Russian soldiers and taking them to a freezer railway car piled with Russian bodies—the casualties of one of the most comprehensive routs President Vladimir Putin’s forces have suffered since he ordered the invasion of Ukraine.

The Russians rapid advance hoped to sever the line of communications, giving a gateway to attack Odessa from the back. Instead, in the two day battle, Ukraine's local volunteers and the professional military, eliminated the Russian battalion tactical group over two days.

Being in an overwhelming Russian speaking region did little to help Putin's army.

“Everyone is united against the common enemy,” said Voznesensk’s 32-year-old mayor, Yevheni Velichko, a former real-estate developer turned wartime commander, who, like other local officials, moves around with a gun. “We are defending our own land. We are at home.”

30 of 43 Russian combat vehicles, including tanks, destroyed as well as a Russian helicopter. Russian survivors retreated more than 40 miles, only to be pounded by other Ukrainian units. And the Ukrainians did it without a single tank...just using RPGs, Javelins, and artillery. At least 100 dead Russians.

The citizenry was amazing:

Mayor Velichko worked with local businessmen to dig up the shores of the Mertvovod river that cuts through town so armored personnel vehicles couldn’t ford it. He got other businessmen who owned a quarry and a construction company to block off most streets to channel the Russian column into areas that would be easier to hit with artillery.
Ahead of the Russian advance, military engineers blew up the bridge over the Mertvovod and a railroad bridge on the town’s edge. Waiting for the Russians in and around Voznesensk were Ukrainian regular army troops and members of the Territorial Defense force, which Ukraine established in January, recruiting and arming volunteers to help protect local communities. Local witnesses, officials and Ukrainian combat participants recounted what happened next.


The Russians started with missiles strikes, destroying the town swimming pool and hitting high rises. Russian troops were dropped by helicopter as a Russian armored column attacked, guided by a local woman collaborator. It advanced with 400 troops. Some apparently ransacked villager homes for valuables and food. (A woman who cooked for the troops for pay is so hated she can't live there anymore.).

Then as the Russians began setting up there 120mm mortars in a wheat field, Ukranian shelling began. Mr. Rudenko, owner of a gravel and sand trucking company was hidden in a grove, on a phone with Ukrainian artillery, sending coordinates with the Viber social messaging app. Others also phoned in the strikes.

Ukrainian regular troops and Territorial Defense forces then moved in hitting vehicles with Javelin missiles. Russian armor caught fire—including three of the five tanks in the wheat field—soldiers abandoned functioning vehicles and escaped on foot or sped off in the BTRs that still had fuel. They left crates of ammunition.

The Russians had orders to come in, seize, and await further instructions,” Mr. Dombrovsky said. “But they had no orders for what to do if they are defeated. That, they didn’t plan for.”

When villagers returned to their village days later, they found their homes ransacked. “Blankets, cutlery, all gone. Lard, milk, cheese, also gone,” said Ms. Horchuk. “They didn’t take the potatoes because they didn’t have time to cook.”

The Russians were kind enough to leave 15 working or salvable combat vehicles including tanks.

Power came back on, so did utilities. ATMs were restocked, grocery store also stocked, and village cleaned up. Now the villagers say that when the Russians return, they will kill them with their own tanks and guns.


Ukrainians are some people.
 
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