June 3rd, 2022
1. President Zelensky cannot be trusted not to use weapons to attack targets in Russia, Moscow says
Ukraine cannot be trusted to abide by Washington’s wishes and not use U.S.-supplied rocket launchers against targets in Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on June 1st.
Kiev has a poor record on keeping its word, the official claimed. Peskov was commenting on the U.S. decision to provide Ukraine with HIMRAS multiple rocket launchers. U.S. officials stated that the weapon systems would not be used against targets in Russia, arguing that this made Washington not a party to the Ukraine conflict. It is a direct party. The U.S.-made weapons kill a lot of people in Ukraine.
When asked about the promise, Peskov said Russia didn’t trust Zelensky to keep his word. Zelensky has been breaking his word throughout his relatively short political career, “starting with his main election campaign promise to put an end to the war in southeastern Ukraine,” Peskov clarified.
President Joseph Biden is not trusted in Russia either because he initiated sending enormous amount of heavy lethal weapons into Ukraine for destruction of the Slavic nations, their economy, religion and culture.
The Ukrainian ombudsperson, Lyudmila Denisova, has been removed from her post over spreading ‘fakes’ about Russian forces. The official has been accused of failing to perform her duties and in particular of spreading unverified information. Such actions only served to tarnish Ukraine’s image, MPs have argued. The ombudsperson had “hardly exercised her powers to organize humanitarian corridors” or prisoner exchanges, a Ukrainian MP, Pavel Frolov said. He criticized her for spending most of her time abroad as the conflict unfolded.
2. Humanitarian situation
The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) and Ukrainian nationalist formations are still acting against the Ukrainian civilians and the citizens of Donbass republics, and are hitting social infrastructure facilities for military purposes, including:
a) in Odessa, territorial defence units equipped weapons and ammunition depot in the lyceum building (Yelisavetinskaya Street) and trenches and a stronghold near the dormitory and school No. 56 (Tenistaya Street), without evacuating residents from nearby houses;
b) in Nikolaev, Ukrainian armed formations equipped barracks in schools No. 1 (Aivazovskogo Street) and No. 7 (Potemkinskaya Street), and in kindergarten No. 70 (Faleevskaya Street) and school No. 24 (Lesnaya Street) - warehouses with rockets for MLRS;
c) in Kramatorsk, Donetsk People's Republic, militants of the Ukrainian armed forces equipped strongholds on the territory of the Machine-Building College (Bolshaya Sadovaya Street) and general education schools No. 10 (Khabarovskaya Street) and No. 16 (Leonid Bykov Street), with armoured vehicles and large-calibre artillery placed in the adjoining territory;
d) in Slavyansk, Donetsk People's Republic, nationalists have equipped firing positions in the building of the vocational engineering lyceum (Koltsevaya Street) and placed artillery and MLRS in the courtyard.
The militants, knowing that civilians would be victims of such criminal actions, deliberately target Russian Armed Forces positions from residential areas, provoking them to return fire in order to subsequently place responsibility for possible civilian casualties on Russian servicemen.
According to reliable operational information obtained through the interception of radio communications, the Kiev regime is planning to carry out another inhuman provocation in Shostka city, Sumy Region. Long-range missile systems are expected to be delivered to Shostka from the USA in the near future, with which the Ukrainian armed formations are planning to strike at the Russian Federation territory directly from residential areas of the town on the orders of the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU). The Ukrainian neo-Nazis hope to provoke the Russian Armed Forces into returning fire and then accuse them of indiscriminate strikes on civilian infrastructure and the killing of Ukrainian civilians. This provocation will involve Ukrainian and foreign journalists at the instructions of the Kiev authorities to prepare fake photos and videos on the scene.
In addition, around 7:00 pm (Moscow time) on May 31, 2022, retreating units of the 79th Airborne Assault Brigade of the AFU detonated a tanker containing a toxic chemical substance (nitric acid) at Severodonetsk Azot enterprise in order to stop advancing units of the Russian Armed Forces and formations of the Donetsk People's Republic by creating a chemical contamination zone. After the explosion, an orange-coloured toxic cloud rose to an altitude of about 1 km and moved towards Kremennaya and Rubezhnoe. The Ukrainian neo-Nazis were not deterred by the fact that innocent civilians had suffered as a result of this terrorist act involving a toxic chemical substance. The Kiev authorities have once again shown their criminal and cynical nature. Terror and genocide against its own people have become the norm in Ukraine.
Russian MoD emphasizes once again that in carrying out the tasks of the special military operation, the Russian Armed Forces treat the local population extremely humanely and do not strike at civilian infrastructure facilities. There are no complaints from Ukrainian civilians.
3. Situation on the battlefields
Cowardly avoiding combat engagements with the united Russian and Donbass troops, the AFU and nationalist units continue shelling residential and social infrastructure areas in Donbass by using heavy artillery and MLRS, including the U.S. M777 howitzers that arrived near the DPR and the LPR. Like German fascists during the WWII retreating AFU formations explode everything that are used by rank-and-file people, many of them being Ukrainian citizens.
During last four months, AFU units fired 36,000 shells and missiles at civilians living in Donbass. They killed 136 civilians there, including children.
What could happen with the citizens of Donbass, if Russia decided in February 24th, 2022 not to protect them from the third Ukrainian aggression?
Against the backdrop of Kiev's political catastrophe in Mariupol and military failures in Donbass, the Kiev regime, with British financial support, has organised the production of "morale raise" videos for Western and Ukrainian audiences.
In particular, on May 28, staged video was filmed near Meshkovka, Nikolaev Region, of the alleged "high efficiency" of the use of Western weaponry by Ukrainian nationalists. To add more drama to the future film, at the insistence of British supervisors, a re-enactment of never-existing battle between Ukrainian Nazis and outnumbered "Russian soldiers" was created on the set. The roles of "opponents" of the Ukrainian Nazis in the staged short film were performed by members of the local territorial defence unit wearing red armbands. In the absence of trophy Russian equipment, the mock enemy appears in the frame using Ukrainian APCs and armoured vehicles.
In total, 186 Ukrainian aircraft and 129 helicopters, 1,087 unmanned aerial vehicles, 328 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,386 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 462 multiple launch rocket systems, 1,760 field artillery and mortars, as well as 3,376 units of special military vehicles were destroyed during the operation
More and more Ukrainian GIs declare that they are not going to fight any more. They claim that they do not have enough food, reinforcements, weapons and professional commanders. Nearly 16,000 Ukrainian troops are nearly trapped in a cauldron in the area close to Donbass.
Ukrainian troops moral is at a very low level. Many AFU units refuse to fight due to lack of support by the central Government, too many losses and reduced weapons and ammunitions supply, having no desire to kill their fellow countrymen, major differences between the AFU and nationalist formations, and substantial disagreements between President Zelensky and the national military command who unlike the latter seeks ways to safe manpower.
3. The fate of foreign mercenaries in Ukraine
The overall number of foreign mercenaries to Ukraine to take part in combat operations against the Russian Armed Forces has virtually dried up since the beginning of May.
According to the data available by the Russian MoD, the total number of foreign mercenaries in Ukraine has now been almost halved from 6,600 to 3,500. At the same time, the number of mercenaries in combat units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) and National Guard in Donbass occupied by them has decreased considerably.
Hundreds of foreign mercenaries in Ukraine were eliminated by Russian long-range precision weapons shortly after their arrival while they were undergoing pre-training and assembled into tactical groups. Most of the mercenaries lost their lives in the combat areas due to their low level of training and lack of combat experience.
The commanders of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and National Guard units, which included foreign mercenaries, are not sparing them in their efforts to reduce losses amongst their Ukrainian servicemen. Captured mercenaries tell interrogators that they are the first to be sacrificed. Due to the Kiev regime's silencing of the losses and the absence of remains, relatives of the mercenaries in their countries of residence simply do not know about their deaths.
Faced with a real combat situation and heavy losses among servicemen of the AFU, the National Guard and foreign ‘soldiers of fortune’, a significant number of mercenaries prefer to leave Ukrainian territory as soon as possible, but the Kiev regime prevents them from going abroad in every possible way.
The Kiev regime's urgent attempts to guarantee the mercenaries legal protection by including them in the military units of the AFU or the National Guard, or by issuing them illegally current Ukrainian passports, will not save any of them from criminal tribunal.
Russia realizes that under international humanitarian law, foreign mercenaries arrested in Ukraine are not and will be not considered as combatants and the best option for them is criminal liability.
Written by Vladimir P. Kozin