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The Real News About Ukraine






Ukraine has suffered troop losses of between 400 and 500,000 and Russian troops are advancing with increasing rapidity on all fronts. Arkhangelskoye and Kotlyarivka have been taken by Russian troops and the critical strategic town of Chasov Yar is about to fall. Even where Ukrainian troops had some success in breaking through at Rabotino in the Zaporizhzhia region they are now in retreat.

Particular progress is made in western Donetsk with retreating Ukrainian troops unable to establish new defensive lines quickly enough and newly mobilised troops no match for the Russian army.

The total losses of the armed forces of Ukraine in April 2024, according to reports from the Russian Ministry of Defense, amounted to 29,445 people with total loses since the beginning of 2024 amounting to 112,820 killed and wounded.


These reports refer only to front line losses not counting military personnel killed by  Russian long-range precision weapons and aircraft deep in Ukrainian territory, the latest of which, in Odessa where warehouses with NATO Storm Shadow missiles were struck, was particularly devastating in terms of senior military personnel. According to former People’s Deputy Gopko the strikes were “very accurate” which she attributed to “the leaking of information to the Russian intelligence services.”

The effect of these attacks has been evidently aided by efficient intelligence gathering from underground groups and spies within the Ukrainian government and military. That’s what happens when you intervene in a civil war!

According to retired Ukraine State Security Service colonel Oleg Starikov the new Mobilization law (and the attempt to force Ukrainian refugees of military age abroad to return) will not help Kyiv turn the tide of the war; untrained recruits cannot defeat the Russian army. According to Starikov Ukraine no longer has a regular army; the NATO trained army of 400,000 has been largely destroyed by Russian troops in two years of fighting. There remain a few professional brigades with unexperienced officers and recent poorly trained recruits.

There is massive internal resistance to the war inside Ukraine with 12m having left the country, some 650,000 men of military age living abroad, even more in “internal exile” fleeing the government’s press gangs who kidnap them off the streets, the daily flight of potential soldiers over the borders to Moldova and Romania (often with border guard help, doubtless at a price) and as People’s Deputy of Ukraine Yuri Kamelchuk said:

“At least 15 thousand Ukrainian military personnel received disciplinary punishments for refusing to follow orders”

They are apparently not sent back to the battlefield. So, desperate for new bodies to be hurled into the front line, Kiev’s new mobilisation law declares the mentally ill and mentally retarded will be drafted into the Armed Forces. Men and women will also be considered fit for service even if they have HIV, hepatitis, tuberculosis or cancer.


Widespread corruption has siphoned off much of the $200bn of western civil and military aid to Ukraine. So much money meant for the building of defence lines as the Ukrainian army retreats have been misappropriated by middlemen and contractors.

”We have nothing!” complained Ukraine General Krivonos angrily on live television about a lack of ammunition. Krivonos emphasized that military operations cannot rely solely on the sacrifice of soldiers’ lives.

If we (the Ukrainian authorities) had not embezzled funds but instead invested them, we could have allocated 25-35 million – but unfortunately, this is not the case! We have numerous factories capable of quickly repairing equipment, but unfortunately, this is not happening.”


In recent weeks the speed of Ukraine’s losses of towns and villages has been increasingly rapid with a dozen or more towns surrendered to Russian troops especially in the West of Donetsk. They include Novobakhmutovka, Semenovka, and Berdychi, most of Kislovka, and Kotlyarovka and most recently Ocheretino, Keramik and Arkhangelsk.

Since the beginning of 2024 the Russian Armed Forces have taken control of 547 square km of territory within the regions which are now part of the Russian Federation

The last key towns in the province like Kramatorsk Pokrovsk and Severodonetsk are the only remaining targets before Ukraine is swept out of Donetsk province altogether and the road is clear to the river Dnieper.

Kramatorsk is also on the road to Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second biggest city and a major industrial hub. It is NOT part of those provinces now integrated into Russia but has become a priority target for Russian forces since it is a base for much shelling of towns inside Russia.

The Russian’s prime targets are the remaining parts of the four provinces (now declared to be in Russia) Luhanks, Donetsk, Zaporizhia and Kherson.

Kharkiv is under particular threat of attack and Ukrainian authorities have begun an urgent evacuation of the last industrial enterprises from the city. The Turboatom plant was moving all its production facilities to the western regions of Ukraine. Ukrainian journalist Anton Gura:

“As often as I drive along the Kharkov highway, I see an endless stream of trucks from Kharkov towards the West. Businesses are leaving. And this is despite Terekhov’s (the mayor of Kharkiv) statement that everything is fine.”

The attacks on Odessa and Kharkiv suggest their ambitions extend to all those provinces where they believe they have majority support from their mainly Russian populations.

This would of course be a devastating loss of the whole of Ukraine’s Black Sea coast in the south and its second biggest city in the north. The map below shows the aspirations of some Russian sources for the integration into Russia of that whole area known historically as Novorossiya. It coincides approximately with the lands returned to Russian control from the Lithuanian Polish Kingdom in 1686.

The justification of these ambitions is clear from the voting pattern in the 2010 elections which gave President Yanukovic victory with the votes of large majorities in these areas – until he was violently overthrow by the western inspired and western financed Maidan revolution in Kiev in 2014. The USA alone contributed $5bn. The blue areas show the Yanukovic support which in fact covers a greater area in eastern Ukraine than that indicated in the map below.

It is perfectly clear what the outline of a negotiated peace could be. Putin has said he would not wish Russia to control areas where the majority of the population opposed integration into Russia.

But making peace is the last thing on the minds of the West and as Seymour Hersh reported in March:

Negotiations on Ukraine could have begun several months ago, but the US authorities threatened Zelensky with deprivation of funding.

Hersh’s US source admitted:

“We were on the verge of starting reasonable negotiations several months ago, before the re-election of Vladimir Putin and Zelensky’s military degradation. However, the US leadership presented Zelensky with an ultimatum: no negotiations or settlement, otherwise we will not support your government with the $45 billion in non-military funds that Ukraine receives annually “


The quote above shows how much of US aid is non military and indeed that the vast majority of the recent US “military aid”package passed by the US congress consists not of weapons for Ukraine but funds to replenish US weapons stocks (and their urgent improvement given the failure of Abrams tanks – now withdrawn from the front line –  patriot missile systems, Bradley infantry vehicles and Himars – now victim of superior Russian Electronic Warfare). Another large part of the package is for daily Ukrainian budget funding and a system to prevent fraud and theft of US aid!

When “selling” Ukraine aid to US citizens politicians make it clear how it is Americans who profit: As US Secretary of StateAntony Blinken has said:

“The money allocated to Ukraine remains in the United States and provides good jobs.The new money we invest almost all stays in the United States, that is, in our industrial base. They provide good jobs in the US. But we can also help Ukraine”


The US neocon establishment is now considering a 10 year financial package for Kiev, a regime which is collapsing on the military front and facing insurrection internally, provoking conflict with European neighbours (demanding the return of refugees to fight) and showing no ability to counter corruption, even on the front line.

The Neocon indifference to the physical destruction of Ukraine and the loss of over 400,000 troops is because they see Russian losses (probably about 50,000) and a Russian state under pressure. But Vladimir Putin has enjoyed a resounding electoral victory, Russia’s growth outpaces all European economies and the USA’s, sympathy for Russia in the global south is rising, the war has had knock on effects in loss of western influence among former allies like Turkey, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and UAE, the rise of the BRICS, the driving of Russia into the arms of China, the Russian boost to the North Korean arms industry and economy, the withdrawal of many countries gold reserves from the USA and the growing marginalisation of the US Dollar as the global reserve currency.

All these disasters show what a catastrophic geopolitical decision it was to spend 20 years expanding NATO and the EU Eastwards and the military build up of Ukraine as the battering ram to destroy Russia.

If the West will not make peace then their populations are likely to sweep them from power – eventually.

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  1. Interesting.
    I heard this morning that Putin is now been in power for 30 years and is the longest serving since 18** something.
    Not bad for a young fella.

    I watched a video last night which was a a take of of Trump and Putin.
    It was comparing trumps stand on his problems as he related them to Putin.quite interesting when you thought about it as they were actually comparing Trumop as a supposed dictator v’s Putin as one. Rather clever phycollogy. Most would miss it.
    On u tube if you want to find it.



  2. Ukraine was neutral between Russia and America until Obama’s brilliantly executed Ukrainian coup, which his Administration started planning by no later than June 2011, culminated successfully in February 2014 and promptly appointed a rabid anti-Russian to impose in regions that rejected the new anti-Russian U.S.-controlled goverment an “Anti-Terrorist Operation” to kill protesters, and, ultimately, to terrorize the residents in those regions in order to kill as many of them as possible and to force the others to flee into Russia so that when elections would be held, pro-Russian voters would no longer be in the electorate.

    The war in Ukraine started in 2014, as both NATO’s Stoltenberg and Ukraine’s Zelensky have said; but Russia responded militarily on 24 February 2022 in order to prevent Ukraine from allowing the U.S. to place a missile there a mere 317 miles or five minutes of missile-flying-time away from The Kremlin and thus too brief for Russia to respond before its central command would already be beheaded by America’s nuclear strike.

    However, even after at least $360 billion in support to Ukraine’s war against Russia after Russia’s invasion, from the U.S. and its colonies and their IMF, Ukraine’s prospects of winning against Russia have been declining not increasing throughout the course of the war and are now close to nil.



    • All pushed by Victoria Jane Nuland
      Real family name Nudelman
      From a Russian-hating jew family from Ukraine region.

      The bitch quit/ was fired/told to resign recently.
      I guess her more than 10 year campaign against Russia is over.
      She wont be carrying the ‘merican flag into Moscow on the back of a tank.

      You lost bitch.
      and cost hundreds of thousands of lives,
      millions of injuries,
      damaged families,
      created many widows
      displaced people ,
      wrecked homes ,
      left the earth poisoned with depleted uranium and other armaments

      …but hey you got to test out the Russian war capabilities and technology on someone else’s land, not USA.
      all that intel.
      A good pension comes with that.



  3. Nigel Casey, the British Ambassador in Moscow, was “invited” to the Kremlin on Monday and was read the equivalent of the riot act in diplomacy. The West is about to back down in Ukraine. Russia has drawn a massive red line on the British Ambassadors forehead.



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