The Fall of Bakhmut and Beyond – What Next …?
Russia’s long grind to take the city of Bakhmut was completed last Friday,
with the clean-up and capture of abandoned Ukrainian units still inside the
city and surrounding area continuing as the priority task for the Russian
military, now underway. Bakhmut became to Zelensky, in many ways, what
Stalingrad became to Hitler during WWII. In many ways, the Russian High
Command turned Bakhmut into the graveyard of the Ukrainian Army.
Years from now on, when we look back at this war, Bakhmut will occupy a
special place as having been a turning point … for now, to what end.
It is important to understand that Bakhmut is not as economically
important as Mariupol to the south, which fell to the Russians a year ago in
May 2022, but it is geographically significant. That is why Ukraine fought
so desperately to hang on to it and expended the lives of tens of thousands
of its soldiers in a vain effort. It was also too important to Zelensky because
it kept the lie and the narrative going in order to continue to justify the war
in an attempt to justify the flow of U.S. aide – military equipment, arms
and munition and DoD contract assistance. It is a vicious circle. Again, all
built on a lie spewed by the U.S. political and military leadership, the
military industrial complex, and the defense contractors to produce and
make billions in profits off of U.S. taxpayer dollars. All echoed by the
corrupt and phony NeoCon, Neo-Liberal War Mongering Forever War
politicians on both sides of the aisle – Democrats and Republicans. They
are all the stupidest and the most ignorant fucking morons to ever walk the
face of the earth, literally. Every one of them -- and equally their fans,
supporters and donors.
Having served on the White House NSC staff, I can tell you that, anyone
who walked into the Biden Oval Office or into the conference rooms of the
NSC staff and said the things that I do about the Ukraine conflict would be
escorted off the grounds immediately ... or worse.
It is important to understand that the administrative stated, aka the Deep
State, is an ideologically-pure organization that has decided that it is
winning a war or must win a war against Russia in order to extend
LGBTQRS, and everything else to the rest of the world. And that our way is
the only way. It's us or destruction. It lacks clear strategic imperative, geo-
political logic and clearly driven by 100% manipulated and politicized
intelligence orchestrated by the politically placed leadership and longtime
indoctrinated civilian senior ranks that began on day one of the Clinton
administration and accelerated during the Obama reign.
Now with Biden Regime, there can be no compromise. Their attitude
transcends lunacy with the holier than thou, ‘We are right. We are morally
superior. The Russians are evil and deserve to be destroyed. If you don't
take that position, you're out.’
In the meantime, the Russian’s military’s contract private military company
(PMC) similar to the U.S.’ “Blackwater” … Wagner’s senior leader, Yevgeny
Prighozhin, announced on Friday that, “Ukrainian troops completely
retreated from the eastern border of Bakhmut, noting that the fighters of
the Wagner PMC began operations to clear the area from the soldiers
remaining there, who, most likely, would not be able to retreat.
The reality is that nearly a month ago it became clearly obvious how bad the
situation was for Ukraine as the Ukrainian Vushniks began to withdraw
from the center of the city along secondary roads, after Russian forces and
Wagner PMC took fire control of the main supply routes and Bakhmut’s
defenders were essentially running out of time and again, by early Friday
Bakhmut has fallen into Russian hands.
Bakhmut marks the second time since the start of the Special Military
Operation (Russian operations inside of Ukraine) that Ukraine has been
unable to stop a comprehensive Russian attack and unable to mount a
counter offensive to rescue trapped forces. The first failure was Mariupol,
last spring. That attack was led by the Chechen units of the Russian Army.
Once Mariupol was secured and the Ukrainian troops rounded up, the
Chechens were redeployed to the rear to rest and refit.
Just like the Chechens did in Mariupol, the Wagner Group was the
spearhead of the Russian attack in Bakhmut. We anticipate in the coming
weeks, the Russian General Staff but if past is Russian prologue is correct,
we expect the Wagner Group to be pulled off the line, as happened with the
Chechens, and be that force will redeploy – being sent to a secure area in
the rear to rest, recuperate and refit.
Russia’s siege on Bakhmut started a year ago in May 2022 by intense
shelling, with the main assault on the city starting on August 1, 2022,
following the fall of Mariupol the damage inflicted on the Ukrainian
military is stupefying, its staggering. By the numbers: Ukrainian casualties
(military and civilian), including missing and captured, exceed 600,000.
Roughly 50,000 Ukraine military. Even if we assume the numbers are cut