Tuesday, January 24, 2023

What To Expect From Russia and Putin in the Ukraine War in 2023; Russians Unsuccessfully Try to Advance on Avdiivka Front; Ukrainian Troops Make 'small gains' Near Kreminna; Bring On the Debate About the U.S. Fight for Ukraine, LIVE UPDATES and MORE

NY POST: What to expect from Russia and Putin in the Ukraine War in 2023:
On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that Russia intends to end hostilities in Ukraine. Don’t buy it, Putin is all spin and the war is almost certain to continue. And as the war drags on, Putin’s hand will be continue to be felt across Ukraine — and quite possibly the world.
By now Putin realizes that Ukraine is not about to capitulate. To the contrary, Volodymyr Zelensky is securing a steady stream of Western weaponry and 100 Ukrainian soldiers are in Oklahoma training to use the Patriot missile defense system. Along with Germany and France, the US is also sending 50 Bradley Fighting Vehicles to hunt down Russian T-90 tanks. Rightfully emboldened, Kyiv plans to launch another counter-offensive, striking “deeper and deeper” into Russia, according Ukraine’s military intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov who promised the “hottest” fighting in March.
Russia is responding accordingly. In December, Defense Minister Shoigu announced plans to beef up Russia’s military from 1 to 1.5 million, with 315,000 additional soldiers and another half-a million conscripts added towards that goal. And last week Putin switched commanders again, tasking the chief of the military general staff, Valeriy Gerasimov, to lead combat operations in Ukraine. Gerasimov’s deputy: Sergei Surovikin, AKA “General Armageddon.”
This is a clear sign of more to come. A close ally of Putin’s, 67 year-old Gerasimov was a field commander in Chechnya from 1998 to 2003. On Putin’s orders, he “cleaned” – aka destroyed – its capital, Grozny, in 2000, killing tens of thousands in the process. Gerasimov is also the author of a special “total warfare” doctrine integrating conventional, asymmetric, and guerrilla tactics.
Nonetheless, on Christmas Day, Putin announced that Russia is ready to negotiate an “acceptable solution” to the war. This was another lie. Days later, Russian missiles began hammering Ukraine for a week. On January 5th, Putin called for a temporary ceasefire in observation of Orthodox Christmas from January 6 to January 7th, another spin. Despite the ceasefire, Russia continued to pummel Ukraine with missile and drone strikes. Putin is not interested in settling for peace. He views this conflict as existential and considers Ukraine as part of Russia’s strategic buffer against NATO. Any talk from Moscow about a cease fire is pure deception. --->READ MORE HERE
Russians unsuccessfully try to advance on Avdiivka front – General Staff report:
The Russians are focusing their efforts on attempts to completely occupy Donetsk Oblast, and have conducted unsuccessful offensive operations on the Avdiivka front.
Source: The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Facebook
Quote: "The enemy does not abandon its aggressive plans, the main efforts are focused on attempts to completely occupy the Donetsk Oblast. They conducted unsuccessful offensive operations on the Avdiivka front. Continued offensive attempts on the Bakhmut and Zaporizhzhia fronts, increased the intensity of aircraft use. In other areas, they’re on the defencive."
Details: During the day, the Russian invaders committed 26 air strikes and 15 attacks from multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS).
On the Volyn, Polissia, Sivershchyna and Slobozhanshchyna fronts, no offensive groups were detected. Units of territorial troops are being moved to Belarus. In order to maintain the army in readiness for use, the deadline for checking the combat readiness of the Armed Forces of Belarus has once again been extended. This time until 30 January. The threat of provocative border armed incidents remains.
The Republic of Belarus continues to provide full support to Russian aggression. In addition to joint exercises, Russian units are being trained on the territory of Belarus.
Russians do not stop artillery attacks along the entire contact line. Areas of the settlements of Bachivsk and Volfyne, Sumy Oblast, as well as Veterynarne, Kozacha Lopan, Strilecha, Krasne, Starytsa, Ohirtseve, Vovchansk, Budarky, Kolodiazne and Novomlynsk in Kharkiv Oblast, were affected by invaders’ mortar and artillery fire. --->READ MORE HERE
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