The Western operatives in Mariupol

chronicle, thriller

In order to preserve a supremacy on the decline if not already an illusion, for its new world order against a multipolar one, the West, that is to say the USA and their vassals, is at cold war against Russia and China. When the posture is admitted, usually in UK, one claims the ambition is to extend democracy worldwide, actually an Anglo Saxon political, social and economic model, in the best economic and financial interest of the Middle-Earth. Although not the main subject here, we will note that this model is compatible in Ukraine with a fascist deep State, Nazi militias and fascist action to resolve a political issue.

That is why the West is supporting Ukraine, like a forward operating base (FOB), with weapons, ammunition, intelligence and also the direct involvement of military operatives. The siege of Mariupol has been an epic and even funny illustration of this direct involvement.

The military context

On February 24, 2022, Russia starts in Ukraine a special military operation. Its public goals are the liberation of the Donbass, a separatist Russian-speaking region in southeastern Ukraine, war torn for eight years, the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine.

Mariupol is a port on the Black sea, that the separatist Donetsk people’s militia (DPM) is approaching from the east, when Russian marines land to the west. On March 11, the city is encircled and the siege begins

Tanks and infantry are working together to suppress the Ukrainian firing positions in Mariupol. Here is a screenshot from an amateur video, on March 11, the 125 mm HE shell from a T-72 hits an appartment

The ideological atmosphere

Since the beginning of the local conflict in 2014, the city is headquartering Azov regiment (2014–?), a Nazi formation within the Ukrainian national guard. It has been mostly recruited in western Ukraine and far-right militants from 22 different countries have also joined it. Here is, at the center, the badge of Azov, which is displaying the Wolfsangel (wolf hook), the same heraldic charge which was before the emblem of the 2. SS-Panzerdivision Das Reich (1941–1945)

While daily, via social networks, Azov is calling worldwide fascist sympathisers for help, two PSYOPs (psychological operations) are engineered in the city in March 2022. On 9, it claims that Russia has shelled a maternity, which was actually a garrison. On 16, the destruction of the Drama theatre is another one.

Aside the fascist deep State, the formal Ukrainian government is also exploiting these PSYOPs, in their common hope of triggering the official and massive involvement of NATO in the war. The Western support is galvanizing them. Government after government, Ukraine has not seriously negotiated, has not implemented 2015 Minsk accords, is less ready than ever for territorial concessions. The ruling Ukrainians would sacrifice their own population to preserve their power and their wealth. They would even risk WW3, probably nuclear, that a NATO massive involvement would trigger.

The chronological facts

  • November 16, 2017

A multinational team inspects Nazi Azov regiment. According to its official site, the issue is its need of assistance from partner countries, in regard to its anti-terrorist operations. The terrorists are therefore the separatist Russian-speaking people in the Donbass, that Azov is shelling and fighting since 2014

Within a ‘multinational team’, US major John Alan Gavrilov (left) meets the staff of Azov (right) on Novembrer 16, 2017

The domain azov.press is since to sell, but the page has been archived.

> Terrorism is a modus operandi, the word is overused today, contains no information about the ideology behind. Terrorism is violent action to terror civilians, in order to achieve a common political goal. Carl von Clausewitz would have probably written that terrorism is war against civilians.

When Jihadists attacked in Paris on November 13, 2015, they were terrorists. When they defended Raqqa against Syrian Marxist Kurds, their action was military. Funny how the Turkish authorities are regarding the Kurdish fighters, in Turkey or Syria, as terrorists. When Jihadists blow up in the Sahel a French armored car, their action is also military. Funny how States, in anti-terror posture, are often attacking civilians.

A bad habit is to declare terrorist a whole organization. Its drift is to declare terrorist every non State military formation, whatever their modus operandi. In our instance, obviously, the people of the Donbass and its military forces are no way terrorists.

  • February 26, 2022

Here is in the evening, two days after the beginning of the Russian special military operation, the situation map in Ukraine and Donbass. On the Black sea, between Crimea and Donetsk people’s republic, Mariupol is not yet encircled

  • March 11, 2022

George Galloway interviews Scott Ritter, former intelligence officer within the US marine corps, former UN inspector in Iraq, who has always said that no weapons of mass destruction (WMD) were there. Ritter stresses that Azov regiment is the military branch of a wide Nazi organization, one amid several other fascist groups, that their members have infiltrated the top of defense and security apparatus, that these fascists are a deep State, have weighted against a peaceful solution in the Donbass. He concludes

[…] and the biggest embarrassment of all is when British, American and Canadian troops go to Ukraine to train that military and NATO tactics, NATO equipment, the photographs show, that they’re training the Azov battalion, because those were the first units Ukrainian military brought forward for training. We trained Nazis, literally

As US social networks will be enforcing censorship of factual and objective analysts, Twitter will permanently ban Scott Ritter on April 12, 2022. Your servant will have been censored on LinkedIn late March

Three months later, on June 9, Ukrayinska Pravda online newspaper will write how the encirclement of Mariupol, in March, is a nasty surprise for the Ukrainian State and probably, its Western curators

[…] There were two reasons why the siege happened. First, the Russians’ incomprehensible breakthrough from Crimea, which was not stopped by anyone […] If all the cities, beginning with Henichesk, Melitopol, and Berdiansk, had held their defence as firmly and fought back as decisively [as the defenders of Mariupol did – ed.], then the enemy would never have covered the distance between Crimea and Mariupol in four days […]

  • March 12, 2022

Here is a situation map in Mariupol on March 12. Azov national guard regiment, one national guard brigade (12th), two regular brigades and smaller elements are stuck in Mariupol, may be 16,000 service members. The author of the map is Erwan Castel, former intelligence officer within the French army, veteran in Donbass, who is living now in Donetsk

On April 16, the Russian defense ministry will release precise data (cf. infra) about the siege. The Ukrainian garrison was lighter on March 11 : 8,100 service members all in all.

  • March 18, 2022

As headquarters of Nazi Azov regiment, Mariupol is a strategic symbol, the symbol of the war that Ukraine is carrying out for eight years against the separatist population in the Donbass, its refusal to negotiate, in accordance with the fascist deep State.

Azov publishes a propaganda video where some members, outside the city, vow to attack and break its encirclement. The background is blurred, in order to prevent localization, but the video is probably from Kharkov area, where elements of the regiment have been incorporated in the regular army, as two recce battalions

(Screenshot)
  • March 25, 2022

French president Emmanuel Macron announces

[abstract] we have decided on an exceptional humanitarian operation to evacuate civilians wanting to leave Mariupol. This operation will be carried out in conjunction with Turkey and Greece […]

Vladimir Putin will say NIET on March 29.

> Regularly, Russia is enforcing a unilateral silence regime, in order to enable civilians to leave the battlefield, but according to many witnesses, the Ukrainian forces are using them as human shields. Mariupol is a Russian-speaking town and Azov is contemning the inhabitants.

  • March 28, 2022

Amid the remnants of enemy fighters, the Russian forces and Donetsk people’s militia (DPM) find these documents, related to British national Shaun Pinner, 48 years old.

> His Ukrainian hierarchy was probably keeping the copy of his passport, Pinner was certainly not a State operative, rather a mercenary

(Social networks)

Here is a new situation map from Erwan Castel (cf. supra). According to him, about 5,000 able-bodied Ukrainian service members may still defend the city. He assesses the duration of the resistance to two weeks (April 11)

  • March 30, 2022

One Ukrainian helicopter is shot down above the Black sea, while its crew is attempting to reach Mariupol.

> The flight is probably an exfiltration attempt, which occurs the day after French president Emmanuel Macron has failed to implement his own humanitarian corridor. The same day, Éric Vidaud is sacked due to his insufficient reports over Ukraine. The French general was commanding the DRM (Direction du Renseignement Militaire, military intelligence).

What could have been the job of the DRM in Ukraine ? To predict the date of the encirclement of Mariupol ?

Why is this particular failure so serious ? Because French operatives are still in Mariupol ?

General Eric Vidaud (Valérie Koch /SIPA)

On May 31, Ukraine will release a splendid retrospective video, which will mix footage of the suicidal exfiltration attempts. Helicopters are flying at very low altitudes to escape radars

(Screenshot)

> As an ideological reminder, the end of the video will be a short interview of Nazi militant Andriy Biletsky, leader of National Corps political party, founder of Azov regiment.

  • March 31, 2022

According to Donetsk people’s republic (DPR), two Ukrainian helicopters have been shot down in the vicinity of Mariupol. They have flew to the city, that they have left half an hour later.

Russian and Chinese journalists have gone to the site of one crash. The helicopter was clearly from the 18th Ukrainian air brigade (Poltava airbase). A dozen dead crew members and passengers are lying there. One is still wearing bandages, the trace of first aid, which means that the helicopter has loaded service members in Mariupol and was coming back to its base

A picture of the crash is shared in social networks on March 31

Two Ukrainians are alive and prisoners. They are talkative, Russian journalists are interviewing them. One is intelligence officer, call sign Belmak, the other one is member of Nazi Azov regiment, call sign Odessit. The operation was under command of the military intelligence department, GUR. Out of four helicopters, two managed to escape to Ukrainian controlled areas.

According to an unconfirmed military leak, two French operatives of the DGSE (Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure, foreign intelligence, military) may be among the dead passengers.

Meanwhile, the cleansing operations are ongoing. Here are fighters in Mariupol of the separatist DPM

(Alexander Ermochenko / Reuters)
  • April 4, 2022

A new microcomic is published in the The Tales Of Ukranazistan

  • April 5, 2022

According to the Russian defense ministry, two more Ukrainian helicopters have been shot down in the morning, while their crews were attempting to reach Mariupol from the sea.

> The incident is clearly the third suicidal exfiltration attempt in one week, since French president Emmanuel Macron has failed to implement his own humanitarian corridor.

According later to Russian journalist German Vladimirov, from anonymous military source, Western operatives from France, Germany, Sweden and UK are stuck with the survivors of Nazi Azov regiment, in Azovstal steel mill. They have even gotten in touch with the Russian forces, in order to request their exfiltration.

> All these information about foreign operatives are not official, so far. The Russian authorities do not need to make them public, since these individuals may be a leverage during negotiations with the West.

  • April 8, 2022

At 8:38 pm UT, 30 km southeast of Mariupol, a Ukrainian cargo vessel, under Maltese flag, changes its course and starts to sail toward the besieged port. The Apache (IMO 8955586) is remaining silent on the international radio channel and Russian ships fire warning shots. While signal fires are visible on the Ukrainian controlled part of the shore, the patrol ships start to fire direct shots and at 9:30 pm UT, the Ukrainian crew surrenders. The Apache is boarded and seized.

> If the vessel was carrying supply, the Russian defense ministry would stress it, speak about the shipment. That is rather a new exfiltration attempt

The Apache cargo vessel is pictured on August 20, 2021, in the Bosphorus
  • April 9, 2022

Russian reporter Semyon Pegov shows us from the west the harbor of Mariupol. Beyond, we can see the stacks of Azovstal steel mill. According to him, the Russian forces and DPM are controlling so far 70% of the port

(Screenshot)

Georges Malbrunot is a senior French reporter, is working currently for newspaper Le Figaro. His anonymous source within French intelligence has told him that British SAS (Special Air Service) and US Delta (1st special forces operational detachment) are fighting in Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian special military operation.

A few days later, on April 13, US company Maxar Technologies will publish a splendid satellite photo, taken on April 9, of Azovstal steel mill

  • April 10, 2022

Here is a very nice situation map in Mariupol on April 10. The three Ukrainian strongholds are the port, in the southwest, Azovmash plant, northeast, Azovstal steel mill, southeast

  • April 11, 2022

As expressed on social networks, the moral is poor within the garrison of Mariupol and among its sympathisers worldwide

(Social networks)

Eduard Basurin is military spokesman in DPR. Mariupol harbor has been cleansed and on TV, he speaks about his plan to smoke the enemy inside a several-floor Bunker, under Azovstal steel mill.

> Failing secret negotiations between Russia and the West, if the Western operatives have not been exfiltrated, they may be inside this still mysterious Bunker. According to the rumor, they are several dozens

A usual Ukrainian illustration of Azovstal steel mill

Via its Telegram channel in the evening, Azov claims that the assailants would have carried out a chemical attack, which would cause respiratory failure and vestibulo-atactic syndrome.

Sarin nerve agent may cause such symptoms. But Western media don’t react and later, Ukrainian Nazi Andriy Biletsky adds that the attack would have injured three people, who would be now in satisfactory conditions.

> The toll seems so light. I guess the attack is fake or false, I mean Azov becomes nervous.

  • April 12, 2022

They have run out of ammunition and food in Mariupol. Alongside his comrades, he surrenders to the Russian forces and DPM. 28-year-old Aiden Aslin is a British national, also called Johnny or Cossack Gundi. He fought in Syria within the Marxist Kurdish militia YPG, has joined in 2018 the Ukrainian marines, against the separatist people in the Donbass.

> As he has himself explained, when he returned home, the British intelligence questioned him. Aslin is a mercenary, not a State operative. When Volodymyr Zelenskyy created on February 27 his international legion of territorial defense, in order to gather foreign fighters in Ukraine, the Russian authorities have stated that these mercenaries would not be regarded as POW (prisoners of war). His case is particular, since he has fought for Ukraine for three or four years. We will see his fate

From his own social networks accounts, British mercenary Aiden Aslin is at right

The same day, more than 1,000 service members, survivors of the 36th marine brigade, surrender too and the authorities of DPR declare that Azovmash plant is cleansed. Kiev will confirm later the lose of the stronghold.

According to Ukrainian sources, almost all infantrymen have been killed or injured and within the brigade, even cooks were fighting.

> I guess that the marine formation, maybe 4,000 service members late February, has been annihilated. Azovstal steel mill and its mysterious Bunker are the last Ukrainian stronghold in the city.

Meanwhile, life goes on in the neighborhoods where fighting have ended and the Russian authorities are distributing food

(Sergey Ilnitsky / EFE – EPA)
  • April 13, 2022

Young Gabriel Attal is spokesman of the French government. With an idiotic nationalistic pride, so French, he claims that France is in the world, since 2014, the main weapons provider of Ukraine, that the shipments are worth €100M since February 24, 2022, beginning of the Russian special military operation.

> Besides the French involvement for eight years against civilians in Donbass, weapons delivery means training, at store or/and at destination, with French instructors

(Screenshot)

They appear in the evening in a video that Nazi Azov regiment publishes on Telegram, probably from the Bunker in Azovtal, confirm the lose of Azovmash plant. At left, lieutenant colonel Denys Prokopenko is commanding Azov. At right, major Serhiy Volyna is active commander, after the death or capture of his superiors, of the 36th marine brigade, which has been practically annihilated

(Screenshot)

Meanwhile, the cleansing is going on. On the outskirts of Azovstal, the Ukrainian forces have dug communication tunnels between basements of the buildings, where the Russian army and DPM are chasing them

Russian Telegram channels share this photo on April 13, about the cleansing operations on the outskirts of Azovstal steel mill
  • April 14, 2022

Russian authorities and DPR are regarding British national Aiden Aslin (cf. supra) as a mercenary. His interrogation is broadcasted on TV

(Screenshot)

According to Akhmed Dudayev, information ministry of the Chechen republic, US special services representative Joseph Ward Clark, 34 years old, is dead in the Donbass. According to his passport, Clark landed in the Netherlands on March 11, entered Poland on 13

In a video published on Telegram on April 14, Akhmed Dudayev displays the passport of Joseph Ward Clark

Ned Price is spokesman of the US State department. During his daily briefing, a journalist questions him about Joseph Ward Clark :

Staying on Ukraine, pro-Russian social media accounts published what appears to be the US passport of an American citizen named Joseph Ward Clark, claiming that he was captured or killed. Can you confirm whether or not that’s the case ?
[Ned Price] I cannot confirm that because reports that this US citizen was captured in Ukraine are not true. Can’t offer anything further due to privacy considerations, but those reports and those claims are not true.
So are you saying that he wasn’t captured, but is the possibility that he was killed or is – it’s entirely false ?
[Ned Price] I’m limited in how much I can say due to privacy considerations, but I have reason to believe that this individual is safe.

> We can translate

Joseph Ward Clark or whatever his name has lost this passport, but has managed to escape. I can assert that he is so far safe, but cannot say more, because of defense considerations. He is our man [intelligence officer or special forces serviceman]

  • April 15, 2022
Here on April 15, DPM and Chechen national guard are conducting joint operations in Mariupol (social networks)

Andrey Klimov is a member of the federal council, the upper house in Russia, deputy chair of the committee on foreign affairs. He declares

[…] we already have prisoners among the military personnel of NATO countries, we will show all this when we put them on trial. The whole world will see what really happened […]

This screenshot is showing elements of the Chechen national guard in Mariupol on April 15. Akhmed Dudayev (cf. supra) is at left
  • April 16, 2022

> Today is an anniversary, 77 years ago, the Soviet army started the final offensive across the Oder river and two weeks later, destroyed in Berlin the Nazi State.

Another British mercenary appears alive. Shaun Pinner (cf. supra) was anti-aircraft gunner, Ukrainian 36th marine brigade, 1st battalion. He is now under responsibility of DPR. The first words of his self-criticism fill me with optimism

(Screenshot)

Retrospectively in 2018, Shaun Pinner, second from right, seemed a proud member of Nazi Azov regiment

(Social networks)

The Russian defense ministry releases precise data about the siege. On March 11, the Ukrainian garrison was composed of the 36th marine brigade, 109th territorial defense brigade, 503rd separate marine battalion, elements of the 53rd mechanized and 17th antitank brigades, elements of Nazi organizations Azov, Aidar and Pravyi Sektor, police and border guards, 8,100 service members all in all. 1,464 are so far prisoners, maybe 2,500 entrenched in Azovstal steel mill. More than 4,000 are dead (the overall Ukrainian military fatalities are at least 23,367).

SIGINT (signal intelligence) has unveiled that the survivors have run out of food and water. In the evening, Russia offers the militants of the nationalist battalions and foreign mercenaries a chance to surrender the day after, in the morning. Volodymyr Zelenskyy states that peace talks will end if the last defenders are eliminated.

> What is so important in Mariupol to justify a so childish statement ? Zelenskyy may also fear that the fascist deep State kills him if Azov staff is wiped out.

The same day, the Nazi regiment publishes on social networks a defiant photo of alleged fighters in Azovstal,

while British tabloid Daily Mail is imagining how they could resist in the underground tunnels of the steel mill

  • April 17, 2022

The Russian forces and DPM are ceasing fire from 4:00 to 11:00 am UT, in order to allow the last defenders of Azovstal to surrender. The artillery still fires 122 mm Shrapnel shells, which are carrying leaflets, not bullets. The message is SURRENDER !

(Screenshots)

According to the Russian defense ministry, SIGINT unveils that the Ukrainian central command orders Azov to shoot anyone about to lay down weapons, among Ukrainian soldiers or foreigners.

> I guess that Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the fascist deep State do not share the same point of view. We should be able to better understand the difference later. Assuming they are in harmony, we note that Ukraine is attempting to prevent the elimination (cf. supra) of Mariupol garrison but forbids its surrender.

According to HUMINT (human intelligence) among prisoners, up to 400 foreign mercenaries are still stuck in Azovstal. Most of them have come from Europe and Canada. The 2,500 defenders are occupying six underground floors, have much ammunition, but less food or water. Several hundreds are already injured.

In the afternoon, air forces and artillery resume their work on precise targets in the steel mill

(RIA Novosti)
  • April 18, 2022

How Easter is joyful, when the Red banner is raised in Azovmash, the plant which has been seized on April 12

(Social networks)

Viktor Medvedchuk is a political opponent in Ukraine. The State security (SBU) has arrested him on April 12 and Volodymyr Zelenskyy gleefully published on his Telegram channel the photo of the hobbled old man

On behalf of the Ukrainian authorities, the political prisoner Medvedchuk asks on TV to be exchanged for Mariupol garrison.

> Kiev has understood that the city is already lost but wants to prevent the death or custody of Nazi fighters and foreign mercenaries [Russian vocabulary]. I guess that Ukraine and its allies wish to prevent publicity about the identities of some individuals stuck in Azovstal steel mill.

The Russian response is mischievous. Both British prisoners, Shaun Pinner and Aiden Aslin, ask to be exchanged for Medvedchuk.

How Easter is funny when Serhiy Volyna, active commander of the annihilated 36th marine brigade, stuck with Azov and foreigners in Azovstal, asks publicly the pope for help.

> He tells us the hell on earth, the hell that his ideology and actions have triggered

The Ukrainian media are publishing the photo of Serhiy Volyna, who is asking the pope for help

Heavy strikes are still targeting the steel mill. In the evening, Azov regiment shares on social networks a video where its commander, Denys Prokopenko, complains about the shelling to the leaders of the world and claims that civilians are among Nazi fighters. A distinct video shows women and children, alone, in an alleged shelter.

> The battle reaches its climax, moaning are a new stance. During the first stages, civilians were de facto human shields, these are are now claimed. The West is a good audience for false humanitarian pretext. These women and children may be their own families or simply, the video is a fake

This screenshot is from a video which is shared on social networks, about the shelling of Azovstal on April 18
  • April 19, 2022

The context of the siege is changing, at least one Donetsk battalion has left Mariupol for an undisclosed area of the special military operation, the offensive resumes in eastern and southern Ukraine.

> The main apparent goal may be, north of Mariupol, the encirclement and destruction of the Ukrainian forces in Donbass, about 60,000 service members

(Komsomolskaya Pravda)

At noon UT, a new unilateral ceasefire is implemented around Azovstal, to allow the surrender of nationalist battalions and foreign mercenaries. The Russian defense ministry demands at least the release of all civilians from the steel mill.

> This new opportunity to save civilian lives should satisfy Denys Prokopenko (cf. supra), if indeed, these alleged civilians were not human shields.

Sadly, nobody comes through the humanitarian corridors, no new surrender nor alleged civilians. Here is a Chechen checkpoint

(Screenshot from Russian news channels)

After the end of the ceasefire, some gunmen attempt in vain to escape in broad daylight

(Screenshot)

In the evening, major Serhiy Volyna (cf. supra) publishes on Facebook a new video from Azovstal. He addresses all world leaders, pleads with them to use the procedure of extraction, to bring fighters and civilians to safety, in the territory of a third party State

(Screenshot)

> If these civilians are real, they are hostages or rather, I guess, relatives of the Nazi fighters, who don’t want them to escape through Russian humanitarian corridors.

Although not the main subject here, the testimonies are now overwhelming and the Ukrainian crimes against people in Mariupol are so serious, that the nationalists are probably fearing a backlash against their own relatives. These civilians are also a pretext for the escape of the fighters. And the Western support is encouraging the plea for an exfiltration. Such deceitfulness is not surprising, in regard to the supremacist ideology or the Western strategy.

My point here would be rather to assess the responsibility of Western operatives in these crimes.

  • April 20, 2022

Among Western, especially British, politicians and main media, the state of mind about Ukraine is hysteria. Graham Phillips is a British journalist who has interviewed British mercenary Aiden Aslin on April 18. At home, Phillips is now regarded as a war criminal

(Twitter)

> The point is that Aslin would be a prisoner of war (POW), who should not be questioned publicly. But Russia has stated on February 27 that foreign mercenaries would not be regarded as POW and anyway, his interview was deliberate. Actually, the problem is that Phillips’ work does not feed the Western narrative. Harassment is also a method of censorship.

The newsworthy circus is going on. Captain Sviatoslav Palamar, call sign Kalina, is deputy commander of Nazi Azov regiment. He speaks in a video released in the evening. The Russian shelling would prevent the civilians from leaving Azovstal.

> He lies in accordance with the new communication strategy, for an evacuation to a third party State. Today, like yesterday, the Russian forces and DPM implemented a unilateral ceasefire, to allow the surrender of fighters and/or exit of the alleged civilians. If no civilian from Azovstal took during the ceasefire the Russian humanitarian corridors, 127 more were freed from the basements of buildings on the outskirts of the steel mill

(Screenshot)
  • April 21, 2022

The assault formations leave Mariupol for other areas of the special military operation. DPR police and Russian elements remains in the city. Azovstal will be besieged, artillery and mortars will shell the steel mill until the surrender of Nazi fighters and foreign mercenaries

Screenshot from an amateur video on April 21, when Somalia battalion, DPM, leaves Mariupol

> According to HUMINT, the garrison has run out of food and water. No more Russian or Republican will die in the basements of nowhere, Azovstal. But the members of the garrison will, die or surrender. Russia is conducting an efficient war. I guess that so far, in Ukraine and the Donbass, the balance of military fatalities is about one to ten. Humor is the best tribute to the supremacist fighters and foreign mercenaries in Mariupol

(DaZbastaDraw)
  • April 22, 2022

According to Turkish daily Aydinlik (socialist, not really a propaganda organ for Recep Erdogan), from anonymous sources, probably Russian, probably a security or military tip, Azovstal garrison is numbering about 2,000 Ukrainians and 400 Foreigners.

> I guess that these foreigners are not all service members or civil servants from their home countries, but mostly mercenaries.

Among the foreign States operatives, about fifty are French. Some are instructors for the weapons that France has delivered, others are intelligence officers for the Ukrainians.

> Fifty is huge. I fear that among foreign States operatives, the French are the majority.

Two members of the DGSE (Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure, foreign intelligence, military) indeed died in a Ukrainian helicopter shot down on March 31. One of them was an electronic intelligence specialist (SIGINT / ELINT).

Emmanuel Macron is fearing such a publicity before the second round of the presidential election, on April 24, has given the order to not surrender.

> According to this detailed account, their own hierarchy, not Azov Nazis, is preventing the French from surrendering

Volodymyr Zelenskyy meets Emmanuel Macron in Paris on December 9, 2019

Except Azovstal steel mill, where 2,400 Nazis and Foreigners are stuck and shelled where needed, Mariupol is now peaceful. The fighters who are refusing to surrender and try to escape are shot, the schools begin to accommodate kids

(Washington Post)
  • April 23, 2022

Nazi Azov regiment publishes a new video on YouTube.

> I stress it : NAZI Azov regiment is managing a channel on YouTube. The US sharing platform is regarding this media as consistent with the guidelines of the community, while Russian news channels are censored. Azov is a real family, writes its community manager (CM), consistent, I guess, with the tradition of the Lebensborn e.V.

Nota bene : I am against all censorship. Adult people should be free to assess every content and make their mind on every subject. The US religious prudery has nothing to do with my civilization. And I can’t stand double standards or bad faith, in one word, Tartuffe.

The title in Ukrainian means Forgotten by the world, but not by Azov ; as a regiment, Azov helps civilians in the basements of Azovstal

(Screenshot)

We can see Azov fighters in the basements of a damaged facility. They bring toys to a second underground floor, in a room where a dozen, may be two dozens, children are living. Many women are also there, do not seem to be all mothers, are wearing grey and red uniforms of owning company Metihbect (Metinvest). Some children are there without parents. The women are not so friendly with the fighters, at least cautious with them. In short, they would like to be elsewhere.

> If the scene is not staged, these civilians are not relatives of Azov fighters, but once more human shields and the arguments of a new communication strategy, for the extraction of everybody, civilians and fighters, to a third party State, while the Russian forces and DPM are implementing a daily silence regime, in order to allow the evacuation of civilians and/or the surrender of fighters. The civilians may be not even informed of the ceasefires. Azov could release them but do NOT.

  • April 24, 2022

Today is Orthodox Easter and the Russians are merry. Here is a funny microcomic about Azovstal. One comic effect is that many racist Ukrainians and their memes in the West are calling the Russians Orcs. But at right, we can recognize Denys Prokopenko (Azov) and Serhiy Volyna (36th marine brigade). I love it

(DaZbastaDraw)

Mariupol Now is a local Ukrainian channel on Telegram, hostile to Russia, which is usually sharing videos and photos of the damages in the city. Its original picture of the destroyed Drama theater, on March 16, documented the PSYOP that Nazi Azov regiment engineered. The channel publishes a photo that a friend has sent from a Bunker under the steel mill, then deletes it, but too late. According to the caption, the garrison is low in water, food and drugs

(Screenshot)

> The servicemen are wearing blue armbands, are therefore irregulars : Nazi paramilitaries (Azov, Aidar, Pravyi Sektor) or militiamen (109th territorial defense brigade).

Meanwhile, with artillery support, elements of DPM and Russian marines are cleansing a facility at the northeastern edge of Azovstal, in order, I guess, to tighten the encirclement

(Screenshots from the report that Alexander Sladkov makes on April 24)
  • April 25, 2022

> Today is an anniversary, 77 years ago, the Soviet army achieved the encirclement of Berlin and started the final assault against the Nazi State

Late April 1945, the Soviet 100th heavy artillery brigade, here a 203 mm howitzer, is operating in Berlin suburb

As usual, Moscow has announced the implementation of humanitarian corridors on the outskirts of Azovstal, from noon to 6:00 pm UT. As usual the Russian forces and DPM will cease fire, in order to allow the exit of civilians, whom they will check and identify.

Kiev protests that no accord has been found and complicit Western media are broadcasting the Ukrainian statement as if Russia was preventing the exit of civilians.

> Pure rhetoric : such accord is useless, since the Russian forces and DPM are actually enabling on the ground the exit of civilians. The Ukrainian fantasy is to conduct a complex operation, which would exfiltrate incognito the Nazi staff and some Western VIPs. The newsworthy circus is going on. Kiev, the complicit Western media and the Nazi fighters, who are detaining them, will be responsible for the possible death of civilians hostages.

Otherwise, bad news for Azov, Azovstal will not be restored, announces the new mayor whom the DPR has appointed.

> If I was a fighter inside, no civilian hostage would protect me and I would be anxious about the risk of more lethal weapons, like thermobaric bombs.

  • April 26, 2022

The analysis of videos that Nazi Azov regiment has published, their details, localize some civilians inside the Bunker 18207, at coordinates 47.102558, 37.593167

  • April 27, 2022

On Facebook, major Serhiy Volyna (cf. supra) publishes a new plaintive video from the underground of the steel mill, requests once more for civilians and fighters an international extraction, which would be like operation Dynamo in Dunkirk, France, late May 1940.

> Since his enemies are Russians and Nazis in his ranks, his situation reminds me rather the Untergang in Berlin Bunker late April 1945 or the fate of Friedrich Paulus’ 6. Armee in Stalingrad. Anyway, the Ukrainians are often using demagogy toward the US or in this case, UK, their more fanatical support in Europe

The Führerbunker has been built in the garden of the chancellery
  • April 28, 2022

As usual, the Russian aerospace forces (VKS) have carried out night operations above Azovstal. The official channel on Telegram of Nazi Azov regiment publishes a video which is showing the aftermath in the Bunker of a strike

(Screenshot)

Antonio Guterres is secretary general of the United Nations. Two days after a trip to Moscow, he arrives in Ukraine for talks with Volodymyr Zelenskyy. His technical goal is to broker an evacuation of Azovstal, where the United Nations and the International Red Cross would be involved.

> In my mind, several categories of people are stuck in the steel mill : Ukrainian fighters, mostly Nazis, foreign mercenaries, Western operatives, fighters’ relatives and civilian human shields. Clearly, the Ukrainian authorities wish to exfiltrate the fighters, to Ukraine or a third party State. And the civilians are nothing but a leverage. I guess that the Russian will is to catch publicly the fighters and above all, the Western operatives

Antonio Guterres crosses the border from Poland to Ukraine (Chine Nouvelle)

After his meeting with Guterres, Volodymyr Zelenskyy declares himself and is not even kidding [abstract]
ready for immediate negotiations, [believes] a successful outcome is possible in terms of unblocking Azovstal steel mill [and therefore, evacuating everybody]

> The Western support is a substitute for his failing sense of reality and military balance of forces. He does not give a damn about civilians. His top priority is to save the Nazi staff and Western operatives. His foreign allies agree at least about the latter. The fascist deep State and his Western supports are constraining his stance.

  • April 29, 2022

A family has managed to escape from the basement of Azovstal and Izvestia interviews the parents. Nazi Azov regiment is simply not informing its human shields of the ceasefires. But the father has found a radio. According to him, 71 hostages are still in the Bunker, no more

(Screenshot)

> The father was working in the steel mill, time and war have changed his mind, until he has decided to save his family. Because ten years ago, on social networks, he was a Ukrainian nationalist

The day after, CNN channel will publish new satellite photos from Maxar Technologies, taken on April 29. The facility is heavily damaged

  • April 30, 2022

> Today is an anniversary. 77 years ago, the Soviet army had cornered him in his Berlin Bunker and Adolf Hitler, leader of the German Nazi State, shot himself.

After the mediation of Antonio Guterres (cf. supra), a UN and Red Cross convoy passes Bezimenne, on its way to Mariupol, about 30 km to the west. Its goal is the evacuation of people from Azovstal

(Screenshot)

> What will be the result of the negotiations ? In my mind, about 2,000 Ukrainian Nazis – including several hundreds wounded – hundreds foreign mercenaries, dozens Western operatives, 71 civilians are still in the steel mill.

In support to the defenders and civilians at Azovstal, demonstrators in Kiev are displaying the flag of Azov regiment and the posters that the Nazi organization has published since the beginning of the siege

(Hanna Kurtsanovska / Svoi.Global)

At 3:43 pm UT, Russian TASS news agency reports that 25 civilians, including six children, have left the enclave during the daily ceasefire.

In a new video published on the Telegram channel of Azov at 6:26 pm UT, Captain Sviatoslav Palamar, deputy commander, tells that the Nazi regiment has brought twenty civilians at the meeting point. He seems also ready to release all other civilians.

Later, Russian reporter Semyon Pegov (cf. supra), from several sources, confirms that two groups got out, the first 25 people on their own and that the other ones were filtered.

> Good, 71 (cf. yesterday) minus 45 is 26. Pegov, too, thinks that Azov is trying to bargain, that all this circus, with the UN and Red Cross, is a Western attempt to exfiltrate guests, important foreigners.

  • May 1, 2022

> Today is an anniversary, 77 years ago, the last Nazi defenders of the Reichstag, 800 out of 2,000, surrendered to the Soviet army. Berlin garrison officially capitulated the day after

Freed and filtered civilians are brought at a temporary accommodation center, under Russia and DPR control, in Bezimenne, about 30 km west of Mariupol

(Alexander Ermochenko / Reuters)

According to the Russian defense ministry, 80 people got out today, on their own or after Azov has released them. Many are speaking to Russian journalists, one thinks that 300 civilians may still be inside the steel mill. A woman reports that a mercenary general is stuck there. She did not see him but he is famous amid the garrison because in touch with Volodymyr Zelenski.

> Such general is so far a rumor. Under police investigation for alleged sexual misconduct in the 90s, lieutenant general Trevor Cadieu has retired from the Canadian military and left for Ukraine on April 5, more than three weeks then after the encirclement of Mariupol.

Besides, the DPR prosecutor opens criminal cases against three foreign mercenaries taken alive : Aiden Aslin (cf. supra), Shaun Pinner (cf. supra) and Morocco national Brahim Saadoun.

Sergey Lavrov is the Russian minister of foreign affairs. On Italian Rete 4 private TV channel, he says in the evening

[…] Kiev authorities are trying by all means to achieve the withdrawal of the Ukrainian radicals from Azovstal, because Western officers and mercenaries may be among them […]

  • May 2, 2022

> Today is an anniversary, 77 years ago, the Nazi garrison of Berlin surrendered and the Red Banner was raised at the top of the Reichstag, that the Soviet had cleansed the day before

According to the authorities of the DPR, 214 people, including 33 children, got out Azovstal today. They are mostly civilians, except at least one Nazi fighter, who has tried to escape among them, but has been caught. His custody is an opportunity to watch his tattoos

(Screenshot from NTV TV channel)

> Many, even among millennials, still know what is the swastika, at right. ROA, at left, means Russkaya Osvoboditel’naya Armiya (Russian Liberation Army), also called Vlasov army (1944-1945). Nazi Germany recruited the members of this military formation among Soviet prisoners of war, Ukrainian, Belarusian or Russian. Soviet Union later tried general Andrey Vlasov, who was hanged on August 1, 1946.

After the daily ceasefire, the military operations resume over the steel mill, as shown in an amateur video from the freed city, where life goes on

(Screenshot)
  • May 3, 2022

Azov fighters take advantage of the daily ceasefire for evacuation of civilians, to get out the Bunker and occupy new firing positions on the surface. But immediately, the Russian forces and DPM engage these new targets and wipe out the Nazis. The ceasefire is broken.

According to Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Chechen republic, about 150 civilians are still detained in the steel mill.

  • May 4, 2022

According to Enver Tskitishvili, general director of Azovstal, 36 underground shelters could accommodate there more than 12,000 people. Five of them could withstand a direct hit of nuclear warhead.

In the afternoon, the Ukrainian authorities announce to media that they have lost communication with the garrison of the steel mill. Later, Russian reporter Semyon Pegov gives a probable explanation : a UR-77 mine clearing equipment is used there for denazification

(Screenshot)

> The UR-77 is launching two line charges, which are accumulating 1,450 kg plastic explosive.

  • May 5, 2022

According to Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin press secretary, the survivors of Azovstal Nazi garrison are still detaining hostages. They are now proposing an exchange to the Russian and DPR forces : ONE TON OF FOOD AND DRUGS FOR 15 CIVILIANS.

Meanwhile, life goes in Mariupol, Donetsk people’s republic, where the name of the city is now written in Russian

After much demagogy toward the US and UK, Azov is playing the Turkish card. In the evening, a new pathetic video introduces Hassan, alleged military medic, allegedly in the Bunker, who pleads with Recep Erdogan for extraction

(Screenshot)

> So strange that the main channel on Telegram of the Nazi organization releases this video, but not its community manager in Mariupol.

According to senior journalist Elijah J. Magnier, negotiation may be underway for the exfiltration of Western and Israeli operatives to Belarus.

  • May 6, 2022

A new anecdote today, during the daily ceasefire for the evacuation of their civilian hostages, half a dozen Nazis have attempted to break the encirclement in a civilian car, but an anti tank guided missile (ATGM) has been faster. The staff of Azov is claiming that the allied forces (Russia & DPR) have broken the ceasefire, has published a video which is showing an injured survivor of the attempt, as a plea for the evacuation of its wounded. 50 more real civilians have left the steel mill.

  • May 7, 2022

Yan Gagin is adviser to Denis Pushilin, head of the DPR. In an interview today with RIA Novosti, he confirms that Western operatives, primarily from Europe, are stuck in Azovstal. The latest information which are fueling his analysis are the testimonies of civilians freed from the steel mill and POW.

Irina Vereshchuk is the deputy prime minister of Ukraine. She states in the afternoon that all children, women and elderly, have left the steel mill.

Later, via its main Telegram channel (not in Mariupol), Nazi Azov regiment confirms that all civilians are free, attempts to make us cry about its wounded fighters in the Bunker.

> The community manager is angry, begins to understand how he is a loser. I guess that Europe will soon pay the price for its support to Ukrainian Nazis, like the previous bill for the support to Jihadists in Syria. Volodymyr Zelenskyy may be the first, the fascist deep State in Ukraine will not forgive the annihilation of Azov staff in Mariupol.

  • May 10, 2022

According to a so far reliable Ukrainian source, Iryna Vereshchuk (cf. supra), more than one thousand fighters are still stuck in Azovstal, including several hundreds wounded ones.

> Since March 11, about 7,000 Ukrainian fighters have been killed or taken prisoners in Mariupol.

In the afternoon, Azov publishes a pictures set of its wounded members in the basement of Azovstal. In a typically nationalistic mixture of bravado and whine, the Nazi organization pretends to defend the civilized world, calls the United Nations and Red Cross for the evacuation of its fighters

(Azov)

> I do not believe that they will manage to escape, maybe the Western operatives but not the Ukrainian Nazis nor foreign mercenaries. Their probable fate reminds me the parade in Moscow on July 17, 1944, when 57,000 German POW were displayed

(Russian archives)
  • May 11, 2022

The pope meets two women from Ukraine, who are pleading for the exfiltration of their spouses, currently fighters in Azovstal

(Ukrainian propaganda)

More seriously, the Russian investigators have searched two biolaboratories in Mariupol, established so far that since 2014, cholera pathogen was collected there. The strains were sent to the public health center in Kiev, responsible for the onward shipment to the US, which were funding dozens biolaboratories in Ukraine. The personnel started to destroy slowly the evidences on February 25, the day after the beginning of the special military operation. Mariupol was encircled on March 11

(Russia defense ministry)
  • May 13, 2022

As far as I know, here is its first picture at the outskirts of Azovstal. This Tyulpan 240 mm self-propelled mortar is firing a laser-guided precision bomb, which is carrying 21 kg high explosive. In comparison, a common 152 or 155 mm howitzer shell is carrying about 7 kg explosive

(Social networks)

> I guess the Tyulpan is sealing tunnels exits, before infantry is gaining ground on surface.

  • May 14, 2022

The allied forces have searched a base of Azov regiment in Yuryevka, a sea resort, about 40 km southwest of Mariupol. Amid historical references and local emblems, they have found Western business cards from Canada, France and Germany. Christophe Boursin is civil servant within the French foreign affairs ministry, first secretary of the embassy in Kiev

In the morning, a Chinese channel reports from Azovstal

Here is a current situation map : Nazis are repelled in the depths and the allied infantry is gaining ground on surface

In the evening at Eurovision, the Ukrainian band salutes with the fist on the chest, like the service members of Nazi Azov regiment, calls

[…] please help Ukraine Mariupol, help Azovstal, right now

Ukraine wins the song contest

(Screenshot)

Meanwhile in the US, white supremacist Payton Gendron, 18 years old, drives 300 km from his home, to a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, where he assassinates ten Black and Hispanic passersby and customers, with his assault rifle. He has already explained himself in a manifesto on the web. Terrorism is the exact word for such attack.

> Gendron used to display the Schwarze Sonne, a historic Nazi symbol, that Azov regiment is also featuring on its publication and badge

> Scary constancy of the Western inconsequence, at least since Syria, where there were good and bad Jihadists, those were controlling neighborhoods in Aleppo (al Qaeda) and those were attacking in Europe (the Caliphate). Today, Nazis are good in Ukraine and obviously bad in Buffalo

(2017 sketch, The Tales of Ukranazistan)
  • May 15, 2022

In the morning, the allied forces celebrate the Ukrainian victory at Eurovision song contest, with incendiary ammunition at Azovstal

(Screenshot)
  • May 16, 2022

On May 20, a retrospective video on social networks will show the last fighting at the exit of the tunnel -the last open, I guess, after artillery has sealed the other ones- where the garrison will surrender in the coming days

(Screenshot)

According to the fighters of the DPM on the ground, nine representatives of Azovstal garrison have got out with a white flag for negotiation. The issue is the evacuation of the wounded, as POW, of course

(Ukrainian propaganda)

At 1:50 pm UT, the Russian defense ministry confirms that a ceasefire has been implemented for the surrender of the wounded enemies, who are taken to a hospital in Novoazovsk, DPR. The day after, it will release a retrospective footage, where able-bodied prisoners appear too

(Screenshot)

> A strict gag order is enforced amid Ukrainian and Western media. Volodymyr Zelenskyy wishes martyrs, not survivors who may dream of his death after the defeat in Mariupol. The surrender of the wounded is a local initiative, not an order from Kiev.

The situation is now tough and his speech is so far the only publication today, on the Telegram channel of Azov in Mariupol. At 6:05 pm UT, Denys Prokopenko (cf. supra) starts, between the lines, to justify the fact that the surrender has begun.

> The West does NOT deserve the death of so many men and women.

At 6:55 pm UT, the first footage of evacuated wounded fighters appears on social networks

Later, the Ukrainian defense ministry, then Volodymyr Zelenskyy, acknowledge the defeat in Mariupol, the evacuation of 264 fighters, including 53 wounded ones.

> The Ukrainian propaganda suggests that the 211 able-bodied POW would be soon exchanged. Of course, they won’t

(Alexander Ermochenko / Reuters)
  • May 17, 2022

Alexander Khodakovsky is commanding Vostok battalion, DPM. He tells that a new batch is about to surrender from Azovstal.

The GRU (Russian military intelligence) is inspecting the Bunker, where according later to the rumor, between 2,000 and 2,500 alive people are still staying, 200 corpses are lying in refrigerators. Still armed, servicemen of Nazi Azov regiment are clearing mines, DPM is monitoring them.

> Look at their shoulder patches : 14. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS Galizien and a modernized Totenkopf, 3. SS-Panzerdivision

(Dmitri Steshin / Komsomolskaya Pravda)

In the evening, Emmanuel Macron says by phone to Volodymyr Zelenskyy that French weapons shipments to Ukraine will grow in the coming weeks.

> I guess that the French operatives are already in or close to custody. Some able-bodied prisoners have been taken from DPR to Rostov, Russia.

694 fighters will have surrendered today, when the operations will stop after 10:00 pm

(Social networks)
  • May 18, 2022

> Funny how the Western media are supporting for days the grotesque Ukrainian claims of an evacuation operation in Azovstal. Many remain so far at the first step of grief : shock and denial.

As for the heroes, Azov appears as a gang of very common nationalists, full of morbid fantasy, cruel when strong, pathetic when defeated. With bravado and whine, they stood two months behind human shields, surrendered when alone

Humor on social networks

Maria Zakharova is spokesperson of the Russian foreign affairs ministry. While the surrender is ongoing in Mariupol, she states that the Ukrainian forces have attempted to destroy the detention center in Yelenovka, Donetsk people’s republic, where are taken the most POW from the steel mill, to kill their detained fellows, that the air defense managed to shoot down the missiles.

> As a reminder, the Tochka strike which slaughtered refugees in Kramatorsk, on April 8, was obviously a Ukrainian attack.

771 more fighters surrender today from the basement of Azovstal.

  • May 19, 2022

Dmitri Steshin is reporter in Mariupol for Komsomolskaya Pravda. In the morning, he states that Sviatoslav Palamar (cf. supra) has surrendered the day before, at 8:00 pm UT, has been taken to Russia, where the intelligence will squeeze him.

At 6:40 pm UT, the Telegram channel of the Ukrainian Pravda publishes a new video, where Palamar seems still in the Bunker.

> His speeches were usually released on the Twitter account and Telegram channel of the garrison, which are silent since the last message from Denys Prokopenko, on May 16. The video is short, 18 seconds, gives no information on the context, except […] 85th day of war […] may have been prerecorded, in order to boost the Ukrainian morale

(Screenshot)

According to the new count of the Russian defense ministry, 179 more people have surrendered there, the total is 1,908.

For Reuters, Alexander Ermochenko takes this photo, where in June, British public and media will identify, with a white beard at the center, 59-year-old mercenary John Harding, nicknamed Pops

  • May 20, 2022

At 11:18 am UT, the Telegram channel of Azov in Mariupol releases a new video of lieutenant colonel Denys Prokopenko, commander of the Nazi formation, the right arm lightly injured. He suggests that the surrender is almost completed, will end soon with the exit of the corpses.

> 1,908 people [Russian defense ministry] have already laid weapons since May 16, out of 2,500 at most, according to the intelligence. 200 corpses are lying in refrigerators

(Screenshot)

> The same Telegram channel has published nothing, between this video and the previous message from Prokopenko on May 16. I guess Palamar’s one, yesterday, was indeed a prerecorded fake, in order to boost the Ukrainian morale.

At 1:57 pm UT, Russian reporter Irina Kuksenkova witnesses the surrender of major Serhiy Volyna, active commander, after the death or capture of his superiors, of the annihilated 36th Ukrainian marine brigade.

> Irina Kuksenkova was injured on April 12, in the vicinity of Azovstal, when the garrison shelled with mortars a group of journalists

Her profile photo on Telegram

At 5:19 pm UT, she asserts the surrender of captain Svyatoslav Palamar, call sign Kalina, deputy commander of Azov regiment. His superior, lieutenant colonel Denys Prokopenko, comes out at 6:21 pm UT.

The evacuation operation [Volodymyr Zelenskyy] is completed in the evening. All in all, 2,439 people [Russian defense ministry], 531 today, have laid down their weapons in Azovstal since May 16. Life has won

Victory in Azovstal (Komsomolskaya Pravda)

About the foreign involvement, journalists interview Serhiy Volyna, who is elusive

[Q :] are there foreigners on the territory of the plant ?
[A :] generally there were…
[Q :] VIPs ? [NOOO, let him speak]
[A :] I don’t know about it
[Q :] who was, where was they ?
[A :] there are foreigners in the units of the armed forces of Ukraine
[Q :] are the curators foreign ?
[A :] I don’t know any foreign curators who would give any instructions […]

(Screenshot from RIA Novosti)
  • May 21, 2022

Denis Pushilin is head of DPR. He states that according to preliminary information, foreign citizens are among the prisoners from Azovstal.

From others sources, the dead bodies are still inside and the site is heavily mined.

  • May 22, 2022

While search and mine clearing are ongoing in the steel mill, Alexander Khodakovsky (cf. supra) displays a satellite phone of the OSCE, which has been found in the Bunker.

> The OSCE is the supposed neutral, intergovernmentalOrganization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

The troops from Chechnya are shock formations against Ukraine. Ramzan Kadyrov is head of the Chechen autonomous republic in Russia. On his Telegram channel, he releases a funny fictional video, where he drives himself the POWs from Azovstal

(Screenshots)
  • May 23, 2022

Two new stars are added on the memorial wall of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), US foreign intelligence. Two officers have fallen since the previous ceremony

> The fall of Azovstal is probably a coincidence. The ceremony is annual, not always in May, stars are added when needed, two in 2021, none in 2020.

  • May 24, 2022

Before the fall of the steel mill, Emmanuel Macron used often to phone Vladimir Putin and its evacuation was his leitmotiv. The last call was on May 3, nine days after the second round of the French presidential election, the last civilians left on 7.

> IF French operatives are still alive and prisoners, they should be among VIPs who have been taken to Rostov, Russia.

  • May 28, 2022

Silent more than three weeks, Emmanuel Macron phones once more Vladimir Putin, with Olaf Scholz, the German Kanzler. Among other unrealistic pleas, one is interesting [official report of the French presidency]
the president of the republic and the German chancellor have called for the release of some 2,500 defenders of Azovstal, taken prisoners of war by Russian forces […]

> The allied forces are detaining about 8,000 POW. 5,500 of them, including 1,500 marines captured in Mariupol in April, are not interesting Macron, but the 2,500 last defenders of Azovstal. Because of a few dozens French service members and civil servants ?

  • May 30, 2022

Released on social networks, a pictures set is showing POW from Mariupol in a camp in Donetsk people’s republic

  • June 1, 2022

> The issue is not in Mariupol, Foreign operatives are not at stake, but it highlights France and the ideological atmosphere in Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Ukraine. In the region of Kharkov, a Russian shelling fatally injures French Nazi militant Wilfried Blériot

  • June 2, 2022

Elena Shishkina is heading in DPR the committee of the people’s council. She states

[…] the international tribunal for Ukrainian neo-Nazis who have committed war crimes in Donbass will become part of the process of denazification of Ukraine […] The first stage of the tribunal will be held in Mariupol, will be called Mariupol tribunal. In addition to the Ukrainian Nazis who have committed crimes in Mariupol, foreign mercenaries and NATO instructors will also be tried there […]

> Are these NATO instructors currently detained in DPR Yelenovka center or in Rostov, Russia ? Will they rather be tried in absentia, after identification through documents and testimonies ?

The same day, Dmitro Kuleba, Ukraine foreign affairs minister, writes to Josep Borrell, his counterpart in the European Union, demands, without kidding, the censorship of European media about the defeated and detained Ukrainian garrison of Mariupol, including Nazi Azov regiment

  • June 4, 2022

The investigations are closed and DPR is about to start the trial of three foreign mercenaries, Sean Pinner (UK), Brahim Saadoun (Morocco) and Andrew Hill (UK). Here they are, at various times, different states of mind

(Social networks)

They are charged with mercenarism, participation in crimes aimed at the violent seizure and retention of power, training for the purpose of terrorist activities on the territory of the DPR, may face death penalty.

> Meanwhile, Aiden Aslin (cf. supra) is also awaiting his trial, has spoken to journalists, several Russian, one British, after his capture, has conceded that the nationalist battalions had committed war crimes in Mariupol. DPR is allowing him to publish videos on YouTube.

  • June 7, 2022

Aiden Aslin, Sean Pinner and Brahim Saadoun appear before the court in DPR. The three have been taken prisoners in Mariupol. I am wondering where is Andrew Hill, who was scheduled but has been captured in the region of Nikolaev

(Screenshot)

TASS news agency quotes an anonymous law enforcement source, more than one thousand Ukrainian service members and foreign mercenaries have been transferred from DPR to Russia, after their surrender in Mariupol.

> About 4,000 prisoners have been taken in the city, about 1,500, mostly marines, in April, about 2,500 from Azovstal in May. Therefore, 3,000, regular service members and Azov rank and files, are still detained in Donbass.

I guess that a few hundreds Azov stars and therefore, several hundreds foreigners have been transferred. That’s huge. And among hundreds foreigners, I think dozens are Western operatives, I mean service members or civil servants from their home countries.

  • June 9, 2022

At the initiative of la France, chief of staff Thierry Burkhard has a phone conversation with Valery Gerasimov, first deputy defense minister of Russia.

In DPR, the court sentences to death foreign mercenaries Aiden Aslin, Sean Pinner and Brahim Saadoun, who can appeal or seek pardon. If the head of the DPR pardons, the death sentence may be commuted to 25 years in penitentiary colony.

> Note that the Ukrainian terrorist attacks, during the trial, were definitely not a support to the defendants. The allied forces are winning in the north and in front of Donbass, despite an encirclement threat, the Ukrainian artillery has sped up the shelling of residential areas in Donetsk, now with Western weapons and 155 mm ammunition.

Later, ultra-Thatcherist (far-right) British foreign secretary Liz Truss comments

[…] this is a sham judgment with absolutely no legitimacy […]

(Richard Pole / The Times)

> The legitimacy of Donetsk people’s republic is precisely the point. Truss supports badly the defendants. Definitely, the British arrogance must be slapped.

On February 27, asked in a BBC interview about the call from Volodymyr Zelensky for foreigner fighters, Truss said these would fight for freedom and democracy not just for Ukraine but for the whole of Europe,that she would support Britons going to Ukraine to fight if that is what they want to do.

> But I guess she will not ask to replace the convicted mercenaries in front of the firing squad.

Besides, about censorship in the West, which looks like the empire of lies : the same day, in the evening, after six papers, since March, about war between Ukraine and Donbass, my account on Medium platform is under investigation or was found in violation of the Medium Rules

For my readers, Medium responds Error 410, indicates that access to the target resource is no longer available at the origin server and that this condition is likely to be permanent.

> I guess that to be seemly, I should not seek reality but write novels like this splendid one, published in France today. When French chauvinism takes refuge in fantasy : on February 24, beginning of the Russian special military operation, Emmanuel Macron orders the DGSE (Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure, foreign intelligence, military) to SAVE ZELENSKY. But I am obsessed with reality : if la France managed to exfiltrate now via diplomatic ways the service members and other civil servants who have found themselves stuck in Mariupol, the achievement would be pretty good

  • June 11, 2022

According to a RUMOR today, Israel had deployed 21 service members in Mariupol. These officers and ensigns were involved in the training of the Ukrainian forces in communication via Starlink satellite system, aerial reconnaissance and sabotage. They have been taken prisoners when Azovstal garrison surrendered on May 16-20. The investigation has concluded that they were not involved in fighting, did not directly injure civilians or allied service members. The Israeli government has requested their secret liberation, that Russia has negotiated. They have been released in Abu Dhabi.

> Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett visited the United Arab Emirates on June 9

  • June 14, 2022

Russian daily newspaper Izvestia publishes a copy of an alleged memorandum from the Ukrainian defense ministry, which enforced on February 24, at the beginning of the Russian special military operation, a decree of Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

In collaboration with the State security agency (SBU, subordinated to the president), the employees of the defense ministry were ordered to destroy the personal files of anyone within the Center for the Public Health, Anti-Plague Institute, Zhytomyr (west of Kiev) regional administration or Laboratory Centers, who had worked with US companies Metabiota or Battelle

> These information can be correlated with the report that the Russian defense ministry has published on May 11 (cf. supra), about the collection of cholera pathogen in Mariupol biolaboratories.

  • June 19, 2022

According to an anonymous security source, via TASS news agency, the commanders (at least Denys Propkopenko and Sviatoslav Palamar) of Nazi Azov regiment have been transferred to Lefortovo prison, Moscow

Their last pictures , from Azovstal in May
  • June 25, 2022

Under the title Commando Network Coordinates Flow of Weapons in Ukraine, Officials Say, the New York Times writes

[…] American and other allied special operations forces have trained with their Ukrainian counterparts for years […] A secretive operation involving U.S. Special Operations forces hints at the scale of the effort to assist Ukraine’s still outgunned military […] some C.I.A. personnel have continued to operate in the country secretly, mostly in the capital, Kyiv, directing much of the vast amounts of intelligence the United States is sharing with Ukrainian forces, according to current and former officials. At the same time, a few dozen commandos from other NATO countries, including Britain, France, Canada and Lithuania, also have been working inside Ukraine. The United States withdrew its own 150 military instructors before the war began in February, but commandos from these allies either remained or have gone in and out of the country since then, training and advising Ukrainian troops and providing an on-the-ground conduit for weapons and other aid, three U.S. officials said […] The commandos are not on the front lines with Ukrainian troops and instead advise from headquarters in other parts of the country or remotely by encrypted communications, according to American and other Western officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss operational matters […] The C.I.A. officers operating in Ukraine have focused on directing the intelligence that the U.S. government has been providing the Ukrainian government. Most of their work has been in Kyiv, according to current and former officials […] The former Trump administration official said Special Operations Command had small groups of American operators working in the field with Ukrainian officials before the war. The American teams were sometimes called Jedburgh, a reference to a World War II effort to train partisans behind enemy lines, the official said […] Those efforts, the official said, ended before the Russian invasion but would have been helpful if they had continued during the war […]

> The New York Times confirms an open secret. Western operatives from several countries are working in Ukraine since 2014, as advisers, instructors and intelligence officers. The withdrawing of 150 US service members was announced at the beginning of the Russian special military operation. Some Westerners have remained, others have come back. Their exposure has always been a main issue and as far as possible, they are staying in headquarters. Mariupol was a major command post. The pending question is how many have not left the city before its encirclement on March 11.

  • June 26, 2022

On June 8, the allied forces have found in Azovstal that a blast furnace had been used during the siege as a crematorium, human remnants inside and clothes outside. During thorough investigation in the basement of the steel mill, the remnants of a dozen incinerated corpses have been so far uncovered and nearby, the scraps of a US passport card, maybe related to a woman : [….] Louise [….]ford, born on April 7, [….]

(Screenshot)

> As a reminder, when the garrison surrendered, about 200 other corpses were lying in refrigerators. These were dead Ukrainian fighters, that Azov did not try to burn.

  • July 5, 2022

Not directly related to Western operatives, rather about the guys they have worked with : TASS news agency reports that among the Ukrainian service members who have surrendered from Azovstal, some will soon be tried in Donetsk People’s Republic for their crimes, such as sniping of civilians, assassination of prisoners… etc

They are alive members of a recce and sabotage group which was called SS Bears, I guess a sub-unit within Nazi Azov regiment. Their motto was Meine Ehre heißt Treue [loyalty is my honor], the Schutzstaffel historical one

(Social networks)
  • July 14, 2022

In Vinnitsa, Western Ukraine, a volley of Russian cruise missiles demilitarizes a building where members of the air forces command are meeting foreign curators, Western officials or business representatives.

The Ukrainian authorities denounce a terrorist war crime against civilians, but more pragmatic, the US embassy urges its citizens to leave the country. As usual in the coming days, provincial media and indiscretions on social networks will start to disclose the identities of civilian victims, members of the air forces command

On July 17, Volodymyr Zelenskyy will sack the head of the State security (SBU).

  • July 16, 2022

Russian journalist Marina Kim interviews 59-year-old British mercenary John Harding, detained in Donetsk since he has surrendered in Azovstal on May 19 (cf. supra). He has not yet been tried, is fearing death penalty, pleads for his life with Boris Johnson

(Screenshot)
  • July 29, 2022

In the night, the Ukrainian forces have once more attacked the camp in Yelenovka (the previous attempt occurred on May 18, with Tochka missiles, while the surrender was ongoing in Azovstal, cf. supra), Donetsk People’s Republic, where POWs from Mariupol are detained. According to republican military spokesman Eduard Basurin, the artillery systems were US made HIMARS and some rockets have reached their target. 53 prisoners have been killed, 71 have been injured

(Eva Bartlett)

> NATO is probably commanding the Ukrainian batteries of US multiple launch rocket systems (MRLS). The prominent Azov members and I guess, Western operatives, are detained in Russia. However, this attack is the elimination of some witnesses. What could be another reason for targeting former Ukrainian service members with highly precise ammunition ? The action is obviously a war crime.

  • August 8, 2022

Head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin confirms that among the Ukrainian service members who have been taken prisoners in Mariupol, the war criminals, I guess for example the staff of Nazi Azov regiment, will be tried in the city. On August 6, the former Ukrainian mayor of Mariupol has published on his Telegram channel a picture which is alleging that a cage is being built in the philharmonic

(Social networks)
  • August 15, 2022

Five more foreign mercenaries appear for their trial before the court in Donetsk People’s Republic

(Screenshot)

From left to right, they are John Harding (UK, cf. supra, July 16), Vekoslav Prebeg (Croatia), Matthias Gustavsson (Sweden), Dylan Healy (UK) and Andrew Hill (UK, cf. supra, June 4).

  • August 20, 2022

As a reminder, British journalist Graham Phillips has already interviewed British mercenary Aiden Aslin on April 18 (cf. supra), was therefore called a war criminal in the British parliament. On July 26, the government has added Phillips on a sanctions list, frozen his bank accounts. YouTube has also censored the video of the interview.

The authorities in Donetsk has later allowed Aslin to publish videos on his YouTube channel, where he has sometimes denounced the Ukrainian war crimes he had witnessed.

On June 9, the court in Donetsk has sentenced to death mercenaries Aiden Aslin, Shaun Pinner and Brahim Saadoun (cf. supra), but the defendants have appealed. On July 29, with US made rockets, the Ukrainian artillery shelled the pretrial center in Yelenovka (cf. supra), killed 53 inmates. At the same time, the rumor was spreading that the death sentences had been enforced to the three mercenaries.

Aiden Aslin is alive and has recorded on August 8 a video, which was released on his Youtube account on August 16

(Screenshot)

> I guess that in his first videos, Aslin was attempting to trigger an action of the British government, which could have exchanged and freed him. He has received a reply on July 29, with the shelling in Yelenovka.

Today, YouTube has censored Aslin’s channel, likely at the instigation of the British government.

  • September 21, 2022

While History is speeding up through the announcements of the near return of Donbass and southern Ukraine to Russian federation, where 300,000 reservists are mobilized, Turkey and Saudi Arabia have brokered a large prisoners swap, which is implemented on September 21, 2022, between Russia and Ukraine

Freed Russian prisoners of war (POWs) are back home on September 22 (Social networks)

According to updated information the day after, 215 Ukrainians and foreign mercenaries have been freed through various paths. A first batch of 58 men came back to Russia, including Ukrainian political prisoner Viktor Medvedchuk, 30 will follow. Opponent to Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian fascist deep State, Medvedchuk has been arrested on April 12 (cf. supra).

Since the beginning on February 24 of the Russian special military operation for liberation of Donbass, denazification and demilitarization of Ukraine, Ukrainian propaganda channels have proudly shared despicable videos which were displaying torture and assassination of Russian POWs. As expected, the survivors were poorly fed, humiliated and beaten. Seven of them are now hospitalized. To survive the battle as a prisoner is not a right, war is not a game that a player could leave when fed up, no mercy is not a crime. But even the mere mistreatment of POWs, whose surrender has been previously approved, is a war crime.

Among the freed Ukrainians, dozens are members of Nazi Azov regiment, have been captured between March 11 and May 20, date of the Russian victory in Mariupol and the last surrenders from Azovstal steel mill. According to unconfirmed reports about the deal, the prominent characters of the Nazi formation should stay in Turkey. Here are from left to right, captain Sviatoslav Palamar (2nd), lieutenant colonel Denys Prokopenko (4th) and major Serhiy Volyna (6th, 36th marine brigade, not Azov)

(Social networks)

Funny how Ukraine and its Western sponsors have attempted on July 29 to wipe out some of these inconvenient witnesses, through the shelling of Yelenovka pretrial center. 53 inmates have been killed and I am wondering how all that stuff will go.

Via Saudi Arabia, several foreign mercenaries are also freed. Here are from left to right, British nationals John Harding, Shaun Pinner and Aiden Aslin

(Social networks)

The two latter have been sentenced to death in Donetsk People’s Republic, but anyway, the region will soon return to Russia, where capital punishment is no more enforced.

My expertise is that dozens Western operatives, especially French ones, were also captured in Mariupol, were later freed through such deals, but secret ones.

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12 responses to “The Western operatives in Mariupol”

  1. […] La France apparaît modérée à beaucoup d’Ukrainiens et de supporters occidentaux les plus virulents. C’est bien ingrat, car elle a réaffirmé sa volonté d’armer l’Ukraine et il reste probable à ce jour, que des fonctionnaires français en activité aient été tués ou capturés, lors de la précédente défaite ukrainienne à Marioupol. […]

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  2. […] is evacuation, said Zelenskyy about the defeat in Mariupol. German president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, added on June 17 that the […]

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  3. […] their military defeats in Mariupol and Lugansk People’s Republic, the Ukrainians have increased their terror shelling of urban […]

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  4. […] residential areas in Donbass, where no troops are stationed, no military value facilities are set. The special military operation encircled and besieged the Ukrainian garrison of Mariupol, including the core of Azov. 3/1 is the common balance of forces, in order to achieve a successful […]

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  5. […] areas in Donbass, where no troops are stationed, no military value facilities are set. The special military operation encircled and besieged the Ukrainian garrison of Mariupol, including the core of Azov. 3/1 is […]

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  6. […] Have you noticed the symbol on the coffin ? The Wolsfangel (wolf hook) was a 15th-century heraldic charge in Germany, not Poland nor Ukraine, that everybody would have forgotten, except specialists. But the Nazis have included it in their runic symbols system between the 1930s and 1945. Among the nationalists, mostly from western Ukraine, former Poland, who later started to worship local historical Nazi Stepan Bandera as a national hero, some have chosen again the Wolfsangel as their emblem. They are members since 2014 of supremacist paramilitary organization Azov, who has been defeated in May, at the end of the siege of Mariupol […]

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  7. […] Borrell, his counterpart in the European Union, demands the censorship of European media about the Ukrainian defeat and prisoners of war (POWs) in […]

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  8. […] separatist Donetsk People’s Republic. The previous attempt occurred on May 18, while the surrender of the Ukrainian garrison in Azovstal, Mariupol, was ongoing, the center was accommodating the prisoners of war (POWs). The republican and Russian […]

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  9. […] Borrell, his counterpart in the European Union, demands the censorship of European media about the Ukrainian defeat and prisoners of war (POWs) in […]

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