• War in Europe Attack on Belgorod: a humiliation with three objectives
  • War in Europe Ukraine matches its forces with Russia before its counteroffensive

The war in Ukraine is accelerating on all fronts. After a winter with hardly any movements and whose main milestone was the pyrrhic capture of Bakhmut by Russia, Kiev's troops have initiated all previous movements to carpet their announced offensive.

If Kharkiv's counterattack last September began with the publication of a video showing hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers singing their anthem before going into action, now its commander-in-chief, Valeri Zaluzhni, has posted another on his Telegram channel that shows, with a Hollywood aesthetic, Ukrainian troops mixing the Christian Our Father with the patriotic call to arms "to drive the enemy out of Ukraine" and lead to Cape "The Sacred Revenge".

Beyond its motivational role, the Leopard 2 A4 that appear in the images are striking, similar to those sent by Spain (or they may be, directly, the six Spanish battle tanks) in addition to other Western components, reserved for this operation of historical importance.

Zaluzhnyi himself announced that "Ukraine is ready", thus killing two birds with one stone: on the one hand, he launches the operation without the Russians knowing how, where and when it will happen. On the other, it shows that he is still alive, since Russian propaganda had invented an operation in which the Ukrainian general would have died. All fake. Zaluzhni is still alive and at the wheel.

Attacked ports

Kiev multiplied the attacks in depth in the last hours to crush the Russian logistics, something usual when an operation of this magnitude is going to be launched. The ports of Berdiansk and Mariupol were hit by Storm Shadow missiles, London's latest gift to the Ukrainian war effort. Thanks to these projectiles, the resistance now reaches places where it did not reach before, creating a great disruption to the troops of the Z, who will have to move all their stores of weapons and fuel if they do not want to see everything jump through the air.

In addition, the Russian rebels in the service of Ukraine returned to do theirs on the border after their excursion through Belgorod. This time, the points chosen to attack were the Brovnichi and Sushani passes, in the Russian region of Bryansk. There is still no data on how many kilometers they penetrated or how many villages they traveled, but they are becoming a challenge for Russia, which has left that border line in charge of poorly armed recruits.

The Ukrainian troops were able to verify that Wagner's mercenaries are withdrawing to three points outside the city of Bakhmut, as indicated by its owner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, known as "Putin's chef", to leave it in the hands of regular troops. Although the advance has slowed in recent days, the Ukrainian brigades defending that front are trying to encircle the Russians inside the destroyed city on the flanks. But within the current war effort, which seeks frontline ruptures in more critical locations, this operation seems more secondary.


In these moments of doubt, after a disappointing winter in the military, in Russia the navajeo between the most radical factions intensifies. In some parts of the Russian federation, election posters have appeared with the face of Yevgeny Prigozhin, Wagner's boss, referring to his bravery, unlike others "who live in a bunker", in reference to Defense Minister Shoigu and even Putin himself.

Another who has come to the fore is the terrorist Igor Girkin, one of those responsible for the downing of commercial flight MH17 over occupied Ukraine in 2014, to criticize Yevgeny Prigozhin himself after doing it daily with Putin. Russian radicals are beginning to accept that the war is going from bad to worse and that it will be very difficult for Putin to emerge from this adventure. That is why they are already placed on the starting grid. Among them, Prigozhin is the best placed, because he has an army at his service.

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