Fever of surrender hits Putin’s army after Russian army collapses


Facebook/Vyacheslav Zadorenko via Reuters

Facebook/Vyacheslav Zadorenko via Reuters

Imagine this: You are a Russian soldier, stuck in Kherson, waiting for a Ukrainian attack. Your supply route across the Dnipro has been cut off by a rocket attack. Your ammunition depot keeps getting blown up. And you’ve seen thousands of your colleagues flee the battlefield. Stunning Ukrainian attack located in the northeast of the country.

You can stay and fight, but you don’t have to risk your life for a war that isn’t even officially a war. Or we can take the word of President Volodymyr Zelensky, who promised that all surrendering Russian soldiers would be treated with respect, in accordance with the Geneva Conventions.

Ukrainian military spokeswoman Natalia Khmeniuk said on Monday that a number of “other” Russian military units around the southern city of Kherson began to file lawsuits demanding peace, saying, “Ukrainians over surrender and transfer under international law. We are trying to negotiate with.” ”

Morale in Vladimir Putin’s battered and hollowed out army seemed to have hit rock bottom, but her claims were entirely credible. The question is how many Russian troops in Kherson’s pocket will follow it, and what will happen to Putin’s war if his army in Kherson collapses or gives up like those in the Kharkov and Donetsk regions? Can the experts who predicted the coming winter and the long and brutal war to come be proven wrong?

The Kharkov offensive was an astonishing success, as Ukrainian forces recaptured thousands of square kilometers in just a few days. Ukrainian forces are said to have retaken a further 20 settlements on Monday as Russian forces have abandoned more occupied territories than ever before and fled across the border. Soon, Ukraine, whose troops have already reached Russia’s borders at some point, will threaten territories held by Russia since Putin’s first invasion of Donbass in 2014. .

Ukrainian commanders made a fool of the Russians, as they did when they blocked the first advance in Kyiv in February and March. Guardian Newspapers reported last weekend that the long-rumored Kherson Offensive and the method repeatedly foretold by Ukrainian officials was a “massive special disinformation operation aimed at luring Russians into fortified positions around Kherson. ” was reported. When that happened, Ukraine launched its newly acquired HIMAR rockets onto the bridge across the Dnipro River, cutting off the Kherson Group from reinforcements and supplies.

It was entirely believed that Kherson would top the counterattack list. It is the largest city and the only provincial capital occupied by the Russians in the Six Month War. For Russians, it was the gateway to the port of Odessa, the city most coveted by Russians. For Ukrainians, Kherson’s rule will pave the way for Crimea.

The Southern Command of Ukraine confirmed that the Kherson Offensive had begun on August 29, but urged people not to report or speculate about its progress, citing “operational security”. For the first time, journalists were barred from the front lines.

However, while Kherson’s attack was not a complete “feint”, the actual battle was about to unfold hundreds of kilometers away. The Russian front captures important strategic cities such as Balakriya, Kupiansk and Izium in a matter of days. Hundreds of Russians were reportedly killed and thousands were captured in the raids.

Washington Post report On Monday, Russian troops stole cars and bicycles to escape, first tricking Ukrainian drones into stealing civilian clothes.

“They just dropped their rifles to the ground,” said Olena Matvienko, in a village outside Kharkiv, near Kharkiv. The village was occupied by Russian forces in the first days of the war, but fled in panic after an attack by Ukrainian forces.

“They came to our house to get our clothes so the drones wouldn’t see us in uniform. They took our bikes. I kept my gun pointed until I handed it over,” Matvienko said.

Russia’s collapse threw out Putin’s TV propagandists and warmongers in chaosit is unclear who should take responsibility, and Putin himself refuses to acknowledge the crisis.

His spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday, “The special military operation will continue and will continue until the objectives originally set are achieved.

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