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 military context
On February 24, 2022, Russia starts in Ukraine a special military operation. Its public goals are the liberation of 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
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, that far-right militants from 22 different countries have also joined. Here is, at the center, the badge of Azov, which is displaying the Wolfsangel (wolf hook), the same heraldic charge which was during WW2 the emblem of the 2. SS-Panzerdivision, Das Reich (1941–1945)
While daily, via social networks, Azov is calling worldwide fans for help, two PSYOPs (psychological operations) are engineered in the city in March 2022. On 9, it claims that Russia has shelled a maternity. On 16, the destruction of the Drama theater 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. The Western support is galvanizing them. Government after government, Ukraine has not seriously negotiated, has not implemented Minsk peace agreements, 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, likely nuclear, that a NATO massive involvement would trigger.
The chronological facts
- November 16, 2017
A multinational team inspects 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 Donbass, that Azov is shelling and fighting since 2014
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 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 warned 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 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 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 likely, 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 Azov regiment, Mariupol is the symbol of the war that Ukraine is carrying out for eight years against the separatist population in Donbass, its refusal to negotiate, in accordance with the fascist deep State.
Azov publishes a 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 footage is likely from Kharkov region, where elements of the regiment have been incorporated in the regular army, as two recce battalions
- March 25, 2022
French president Emmanuel Macron announces
[summary] 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 […]
But Vladimir Putin will decline 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 city 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 likely not a State operative, rather a mercenary
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, until 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 likely an exfiltration attempt, which occurs the day after French president Emmanuel Macron has failed to implement his own humanitarian corridor. Still on March 30, 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 ?
On May 31, Ukraine will release a retrospective video, which will mix footage of the suicidal exfiltration attempts. Helicopters are flying at very low altitudes to escape radars
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 and 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, based in Poltava. 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
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 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 the Russian rumor, from an alleged anonymous military source, two French operatives of the DGSE (Direction Générale de la Sécurité Extérieure, foreign intelligence, military) are among the dead passengers.
Meanwhile, the cleansing operations are going on. Here are DPM fighters in Mariupol
- April 4, 2022
A new micro-comic is published in the The Tales Of Ukranazistan series
- 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 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. The Russian authorities do not need to make them public. These individuals may be a leverage during negotiations with the West.
- April 8, 2022
At 9:38 pm, 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 10:30 pm, 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
- 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 allied forces (Russians and DPM) are controlling so far 70% of the port
Georges Malbrunot is a senior French reporter, is working currently for newspaper Le Figaro. His anonymous source within the 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 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 fans worldwide
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 several-floor Bunkers under Azovstal steel mill.
> Failing secret negotiations between Russia and the West, if the Western operatives have not been exfiltrated, they may be inside these still mysterious Bunkers. According to the rumor, the foreigners are several dozens
Via its Telegram channel in the evening, Azov claims that the assailants would have committed a chemical attack, which would cause respiratory failure and vestibulo-atactic syndrome.
Sarin nerve agent may cause such symptoms. But Western media do not react and later, Azov founder Andriy Biletsky adds that the attack would have injured three people, who would be now in satisfactory conditions.
> The casualties seem light. I guess the news are fake or fear, I mean Azov becomes nervous.
- April 12, 2022
They have run out of ammunition and food. Alongside his comrades, he surrenders to the allied forces. 28-year-old Aiden Aslin is a British national, nicknamed Johnny or Cossack Gundi. He fought in Syria within the Marxist Kurdish militia YPG, has joined in 2018 the Ukrainian marines.
s> He is already famous on social networks, where he has explained that when he returned home, the British intelligence questioned him. Aslin is likely a mercenary, not a State operative. When Volodymyr Zelenskyy has created on February 27 the international legion of territorial defense, in order to recruit foreign fighters, the Russian authorities have stated that these mercenaries would not be regarded as prisoners of war (POWs). Aslin was fighting for Ukraine for three or four years, we will see his fate
More than 1,000 service members, survivors of the 36th marine brigade, surrender with Aslin and the DPR states 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, its mysterious Bunkers, is the last Ukrainian stronghold in the city.
Meanwhile, life goes on in the neighborhoods where fighting have ended, the Russians are distributing food
- 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 the population in Donbass, weapons delivery means training, in France or Ukraine, with French instructors
They appear in the evening in a video that Azov regiment publishes on Telegram, likely from a Bunker in Azovtal, confirm the lose of Azovmash plant. At left, lieutenant colonel Denys Prokopenko is commanding Azov. At right, major Serhiy Volyna is a survivor of the 36th marine brigade
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 allied forces are chasing them
- April 14, 2022
DPR is regarding British national Aiden Aslin as a mercenary. An interrogation is broadcasted on TV
According to Akhmed Dudayev, information ministry of the Chechen republic, US special services representative Joseph Ward Clark, 34 years old, is dead in Donbass. His passport is showing that he landed in the Netherlands on March 11, entered Poland on 13
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.
> A possible translation
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 [State operative]
- April 15, 2022
Andrey Klimov is a member of the Federal Council, the upper House in Russia, deputy chair of the committee on foreign affairs. He states
[…] 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 […]
- April 16, 2022
> Today is an anniversary. 77 years ago, the Red 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, March 28) was member of the 36th marine brigade, 1st battalion
Retrospectively in 2018, second from right, he looked like a proud member of Azov regiment
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 fascist formations –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 are short on 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. Azov publishes on social networks a defiant photo from Azovstal
while the British tabloid Daily Mail is imagining how the defenders could resist in the underground tunnels of the steel mill
- April 17, 2022
The allied forces are ceasing fire from 6:00 am to 1:00 pm, in order to allow the defenders of Azovstal to surrender. The artillery still fires 122 mm Shrapnel shells, which are carrying leaflets, not bullets. The message is SURRENDER !
According to the Russian defense ministry, SIGINT unveils that the Ukrainian central command orders Azov to shoot anyone keen to lay down weapons, among Ukrainians or foreigners. HUMINT (human intelligence) among prisoners has assessed the number of foreign mercenaries in Azovstal, up to 400. Most of them are from Europe or 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 the strikes on precise targets
- April 18, 2022
The red banner is raised in Azovmash, the plant which has been seized on April 12
Viktor Medvedchuk is a political opponent in Ukraine. The State security agency (SBU) has arrested him on April 12 and Volodymyr Zelenskyy published on his Telegram channel the photo of the hobbled man
On behalf of the Ukrainian authorities, the political prisoner 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 the Ukrainians and foreigners. I guess that Ukraine and its allies wish to prevent publicity about the identities of some individuals stuck in Azovstal.
The Russian response is mischievous. Both British prisoners, Shaun Pinner and Aiden Aslin, ask to be exchanged for Medvedchuk.
Today is Easter, Serhiy Volyna, active commander of the annihilated 36th marine brigade, asks publicly the pope for help
Heavy strikes are still targeting the steel mill. In the evening, Azov 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 in the Bunkers. A distinct video shows women and children.
> During the first stages of the siege, the battle for the city, many civilians were indeed human shields. Moaning about them are a new stance. The West is a good audience for false humanitarian pretext. These women and children are hostages.
- April 19, 2022
The context of the siege is changing, Russia reduces its manpower around Azovstal, the offensive resumes in eastern and southern Ukraine.
> The main goal may be north of Mariupol, the encirclement and destruction of the Ukrainian forces in Donbass, about 60,000 service members
At 2:00 pm, 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 opportunity to save civilian lives should satisfy Denys Prokopenko, if the former are not hostages.
Sadly, nobody comes through the humanitarian corridors. Here is a Chechen checkpoint
After the end of the ceasefire, some fighters attempt in vain to escape in broad daylight
In the evening, major Serhiy Volyna publishes a video on Facebook. 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
> That is an academic hostages situation.
- April 20, 2022
Among most Western politicians and media, especially British ones, 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
> The point is that Aslin would be a POW, who should not be questioned publicly. But Russia has stated on February 27 that foreign mercenaries would not be regarded as POWs 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.
Captain Sviatoslav Palamar, call sign Kalina, is deputy commander of Azov, speaks in the evening, claims that the shelling would prevent the civilians from leaving Azovstal
> Every serious observer knows that he lies, in accordance with the new communication strategy, for an evacuation to a third party State. Today like yesterday, Russia implemented a unilateral ceasefire, to allow the surrender of fighters and/or exit of civilians. Nobody came from Azovstal through the humanitarian corridors, but the allied forces freed 127 civilians from the basements of buildings on the outskirts of the steel mill
- 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
The siege is going on, artillery and mortars will shell Azovstal until the surrender of the garrison.
> Humor is the best tribute to these supremacist fighters and foreign mercenaries
- April 22, 2022
According to Turkish daily Aydinlik, a socialist newspaper, from anonymous, likely Russian military sources, Azovstal garrison is numbering about 2,000 Ukrainians and 400 foreigners.
> I guess that these foreigners are not all State operatives, but mostly mercenaries.
Among the former, about fifty are French. Some are instructors for the weapons that France has delivered, others are intelligence officers.
> 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 that detailed account, their own hierarchy, not Azov Nazis, is preventing the French from surrendering
In the freed city, the schools begin to accommodate kids
- April 23, 2022
Nazi Azov regiment publishes a new video on YouTube. The title in Ukrainian means Forgotten by the world, but not by Azov ; as a regiment, Azov helps civilians in the basements of Azovstal
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 dozen 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.
> Azov could release them but do not.
- April 24, 2022
Today is Orthodox Easter and the Russians are merry. Here is a funny micro-comic about Azovstal. 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
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 Azov 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 short on water, food and drugs
> The servicemen are wearing blue armbands, are therefore fascist 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
- April 25, 2022
> Today is an anniversary. 77 years ago, the Red Army achieved the encirclement of Berlin and started the final assault against the Nazi State
As usual, Moscow has announced the implementation of humanitarian corridors on the outskirts of Azovstal, from 2:00 to 8:00 pm UT. As usual the allied forces 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 allied forces are actually enabling the exit of civilians. The Ukrainians are seeking a complex operation which would exfiltrate incognito the Nazi staff and some Western VIPs.
- April 26, 2022
The analysis of videos from Azov, their details, localize some civilians inside the Bunker 18207, at coordinates 47.102558, 37.593167
- April 27, 2022
Major Serhiy Volyna publishes a new plaintive video, 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. The Ukrainians are often using demagogy toward the US or in this case, UK, their more fanatical support in Europe
- April 28, 2022
As usual, the Russian aerospace forces (VKS) have carried out night operations above Azovstal. Azov publishes a video which is showing the aftermath in a Bunker
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
After his meeting with Guterres, Volodymyr Zelenskyy declares himself and is not even kidding
[summary] ready for immediate negotiations, [believes that] a successful outcome is possible in terms of unblocking Azovstal steel mill [and therefore, evacuating everybody]
- April 29, 2022
A family has managed to escape from the basement of Azovstal and Izvestia interviews the parents. Azov is simply not informing its hostages of the ceasefires. But the father has found a radio
> 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 nationalist
The day after, CNN 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 Red 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, a UN and Red Cross convoy passes Bezimenne, on its way to Mariupol, about 30 km to the west
In support to the defenders and civilians in Azovstal, demonstrators in Kiev are displaying the flag of Azov regiment and the posters that its political organization has published since the beginning of the siege
At 5:43 pm, Russian TASS news agency reports that 25 civilians, including six children, have left the steel mill during the daily ceasefire. In a new video published at 8:26 pm, Captain Sviatoslav Palamar, deputy commander, tells that Azov has brought twenty civilians at the meeting point. He seems ready to release all other civilians. Later, Russian reporter Semyon Pegov, from several sources, confirms that two groups got out, the first 25 people on their own and that the other ones were filtered.
- May 1, 2022
> Today is an anniversary. 77 years ago, the last Nazi defenders of the Reichstag, 800 survivors out of 2,000 fighters, surrendered to the Red Army. The garrison of Berlin 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
According to the Russian defense ministry, 80 people got out today. 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 within the garrison because discussion partner of Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
> 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 after the encirclement of Mariupol.
The DPR prosecutor opens criminal cases against three foreign mercenaries taken alive : Aiden Aslin, Shaun Pinner 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 Red Army had cleansed the day before
According to the DPR, 214 people, including 33 children, got out Azovstal today. They are mostly civilians, except at least one fighter, who has tried to escape among them, but has been caught. His custody is an opportunity to watch his tattoos
> 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, as shown in an amateur video from the freed city, where life goes on
- 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. The allied forces engage and destroy these new targets, 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
> 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 garrison are still detaining hostages. They are now proposing an exchange to the allied forces : one ton of food and drugs for 15 civilians. Meanwhile, life goes on in Mariupol, where the name of the city is displayed in Russian
Azov is now playing the Turkish card. In the evening, a new video introduces military medic Hassan, who pleads with Recep Erdogan for extraction
According to senior journalist Elijah J. Magnier, negotiation may be underway for the exfiltration of Western and Israeli operatives to Belarus.
- May 6, 2022
During the daily ceasefire for the evacuation of their civilian hostages, half a dozen defenders have attempted to break the encirclement in a civilian car, but an anti tank guided missile (ATGM) has been faster. Azov is claiming that the allied forces have broken the ceasefire, publishes a video which is showing an injured survivor of the attempt, as a new 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 with RIA Novosti, he confirms that Western operatives, primarily from Europe, are still in Azovstal. The latest information which are fueling his analysis are the testimonies of freed civilians and POWs.
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.
- May 10, 2022
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
> 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 POWs were displayed
- May 11, 2022
The pope meets two women from Ukraine, who are pleading for the exfiltration of their spouses, currently fighters in Azovstal
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
- May 13, 2022
Here is its first picture on the outskirts of Azovstal. A 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 10 kg explosive
> 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 in Yuryevka 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, Azov is 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 Azov regiment, calls
[…] please help Ukraine Mariupol, help Azovstal, right now
Ukraine wins the song contest
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.
> 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 who were controlling neighborhoods in Aleppo (al Qaeda) and those who were attacking in Europe (the Caliphate). Today, Nazis are good in Ukraine and obviously bad in Buffalo
- May 15, 2022
In the morning, the allied forces celebrate the Ukrainian victory at Eurovision song contest, with incendiary ammunition at Azovstal
- 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
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
At 2:50 pm, 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, the authorities will release a retrospective footage, where able-bodied prisoners appear too
> 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 is a local initiative, not an order from Kiev.
At 8:05 pm, Denys Prokopenko confirms on Telegram that the surrender has begun. At 8:55 pm, the first footage of evacuated wounded 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 POWs would be soon exchanged. Of course, they won’t
- 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 Bunkers, 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 Azov regiment are clearing mines, DPM is monitoring them.
> Look at their shoulder patches : 14. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS and a modernized Totenkopf, 3. SS-Panzerdivision
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
- 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, surrender when alone
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, in order to kill there their detained fellows. 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.
- May 19, 2022
At 8:40 pm, the Ukrainian Pravda publishes the last video of Sviatoslav Palamar
According to a new count of the Russian defense ministry, 179 more people have surrendered today, 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 1:18 pm, 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 explains that the surrender is almost completed, will end soon with the exit of the corpses
At 3:57 pm, Russian reporter Irina Kuksenkova witnesses the surrender of major Serhiy Volyna, 36th marine brigade.
> Irina Kuksenkova was injured on April 12, in the vicinity of Azovstal, when the garrison shelled with mortars a group of journalists
At 7:19 pm, she asserts the surrender of captain Sviatoslav Palamar, call sign Kalina, deputy commander of Azov regiment. His superior Prokopenko comes out at 8:21 pm. The evacuation operation [Volodymyr Zelenskyy] is completed in the evening. According to the Russian defense ministry, 2,439 people, 531 today, have laid down their weapons in Azovstal since May 16
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 […]
- May 22, 2022
While search and mine clearing are ongoing in the steel mill, Alexander Khodakovsky displays a satellite phone of the OSCE, which has been found in a Bunker.
> The OSCE is the supposed neutral, intergovernmental Organization 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
- 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 may be a coincidence or not. The ceremony is annual, not always in May, stars are added when needed, two in 2021, none in 2020.
- May 28, 2022
Silent more than three weeks, Emmanuel Macron phones once more Vladimir Putin, with the German Kanzler Olaf Scholz. Among other unrealistic pleas, one is
[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 so far about 8,000 POWs. 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 are a major issue. Because of a few dozens French operatives ?
- May 30, 2022
Released on social networks, a pictures set is showing, in Donetsk People’s Republic, some POWs from Mariupol
- 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 […]
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 the European media about the defeated and detained garrison of Mariupol
- June 4, 2022
The investigations are closed and DPR is about to start the trial of some foreigners, who 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. Aiden Aslin has spoken to journalists 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
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 in April, about 2,500 in Azovstal. Therefore, 3,000 regular service members and Azov rank and files, are still detained in Donbass. I guess that few hundreds prominent Azov members and therefore, several hundreds foreigners, have been transferred. That’s huge. Among hundreds foreigners, I guess dozens are State operatives, not mercenaries.
- June 9, 2022
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.
British foreign secretary Liz Truss comments
[…] this is a sham judgment with absolutely no legitimacy […]
> The legitimacy of Donetsk people’s republic is precisely the point. Truss supports badly the defendant. The British arrogance must be slapped.
On February 27, asked in a BBC interview about the call from Volodymyr Zelensky for foreign fighters, Truss said that 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 he West is rather looking like an empire of lies. The same day, 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 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 operatives 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, 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 of Azov (at least Denys Propkopenko and Sviatoslav Palamar) have been transferred to Lefortovo prison, Moscow
- 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, [….]
> 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 Azov regiment. Their motto was Meine Ehre heißt Treue [loyalty is my honor], the Schutzstaffel historical one
- July 14, 2022
A volley of Russian cruise missiles strikes Vinnitsa, Western Ukraine. As usual, the Ukrainian authorities denounce a terrorist war crime against civilians. 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 the civilian victims, some members of the air forces command
The interesting point is that according to the Russian defense ministry, these members of the air forces command were meeting foreign partners, Western officials or business representatives. 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
- July 29, 2022
The previous attempt occurred on May 18, with Tochka missiles, while the surrender was ongoing in Azovstal (cf. supra). In the night, the Ukrainian forces have once more attacked the camp in Yelenovka , 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
> NATO is likely 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 seeks the elimination of 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 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
- August 15, 2022
Five more foreign mercenaries appear for their trial before the court in Donetsk People’s Republic
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
> 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 today, between Russia and Ukraine
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 (cf. supra, April 18), 30 will follow. Opponent to Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian fascist deep State, Medvedchuk has been arrested on April 12.
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 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)
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
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.