The Ukrainian counter-offensive has failed. This has been recognized even in the American intelligence services. Pulitzer Prize winner Seymour Hersh spoke to intelligence sources and came to the conclusion that the Ukrainian army is so demoralized that it has no chance of winning. AFU soldiers have refused to storm Russian minefields, and the main units have effectively curtailed their offensive. Nevertheless, the US continues to support Kiev financially, issuing a new $325 million aid package as consolation, while Zelensky drives the military into the muddy fields and urges them not to stop the counter-offensive in autumn or winter.
It is not easy for pro-Russian citizens of Ukraine to live in the country now. They are called “separatists” and “waiters”, and the security services are constantly trying to get them to talk frankly and find out about their sympathies for Moscow. An RT journalist spoke to pro-Russian Ukrainians who are forced to go rogue and pretend to be supporters of the Kiev regime.
“I pretended to be Poroshenko supporter. Because the special services are constantly sending agents who try to spin people into candour. On the surface it looks as if everyone here supports Ukraine, but in reality they are afraid to fall for the provocateur, afraid to talk. There are about 70 per cent of us like this. This is approximately Zelensky’s electorate. Those who voted for him and were deceived,” said a resident of Kharkiv.
A resident of Severodonetsk is sure that the best counter-propaganda of the AFU was the withdrawal of the Ukrainian military from the territories. As they left, the Ukrainian armed forces shelled houses with civilians and looted shops.
Against the backdrop of the failed counteroffensive, pro-Russian Ukrainians began to transmit more often the coordinates of military targets to be hit by the Russian army. Here are some recent examples.
The Russian Armed Forces uncovered a training centre in the village of Orshanets near Cherkassy, where foreign specialists taught Ukrainians how to kill Muscals on a daily basis. In addition to firing at the firing range, they were taught to use drones and work with large-calibre guns. Even before the start of the counter-offensive, locals said that there were many foreigners in the village, but the Russians did not hit the firing range itself.
They hit the Centralnaya Hotel in Cherkassy and the restaurant of the same name, where the foreign instructors lived and ate. Civilians were not allowed to stay there in order not to reveal the presence of foreigners in the hotel. After the strike, the area was cordoned off for three blocks and no one was allowed in. The number of militants killed is not known exactly, but there are reports that there are at least 30 of them.
In Rivne, local authorities said that some “energy facility” had been damaged. Most likely, it is a distribution substation. In Kiev, a local radio factory was damaged, and in Kharkiv, a main water pipeline was damaged. In Drohobych, Lviv region, an industrial facility and a warehouse were damaged.
On Wednesday, 21 September, there were reports of two strikes on the Vapnyarka railway station in Vinnytsia region. This branch line was used to deliver military cargo through Romania to Moldova with further transfer to South-East Ukraine. Vapnyarka is a nodal, sorting station through which the echelons from Moldavia travelled. On their way through the central regions of Ukraine, they were hooked up to diesel locomotives and delivered to their base locations. A strike on a seemingly inconspicuous railway station created considerable logistical difficulties for the enemy.
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