Ukraine – the situation (September 22)

Ukraine – the situation (September 22)


  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a “partial mobilization” calling up 300, 000 reservists efficient September 21. This individual made clear that he no more sees the Ukraine intervention as a restricted “special military operation” but as a combat “the  entire army machine of  the  collective West. ”
  • “In  the  event of  a  threat to  the  territorial integrity of  our own country and  to  defend Russia and  our people, we will certainly make use of  all weapon techniques available to  us. This is not a  bluff, ” Putin said in a televised address.
  • The four partially Russian-occupied oblasts (regions) of Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson will hold referenda upon accession to The ussr starting on Friday.
  • Collective Western response was derision – “sign of failing, ” said UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace; “panic, ” said Dutch Excellent Minister Mark Rutte; “sign of some weakness, sign of Ruskies failure, ” stated US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken; “act of frustration, ” said German born Chancellor Olaf Scholz – topping all.
  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated Russia will be unable to win a nuclear war and would certainly face unprecedented effects if it used nuclear weapons.
  • After quick and substantial increases last week, the Ukrainian offensive in the East/Center theater over the past 3 days has made minimum progress and lost momentum. The offensive in the South introduced with fanfare (as a feint? ) in late August has not taken off.


Ukrainian forces continue to push on Russian roles around Lyman and points east. The particular assault on Lyman has, according to a good anonymous Pentagon established, evolved into a good artillery duel.

The Russians have established two north-south defensive lines, the first along the Oskol River, the 2nd some 20 kms further east along the Kharkiv/Luhansk oblast border.

Further south, action around Bakhmut continues with combating reported in Soledar for the first time in a week. Russian bloggers declare that Russian forces lastly have control of Zaitseve, just southeast of Bakhmut.

Russian forces continue to operate northwest associated with Donetsk City, pressing out of Pisky in order to Pervomaiske and Nevelske, as well as to the south west towards Marinka meant for small grinding gains behind massed artillery support.


To the level that there is a battle, it’s an executive battle in the Kherson region as Ukrainian artillery continues to hit at Russian Outlines of Communication (LOCs) while Russian engineers continue to build plus repair pontoon connections and operate ferries across  various rivers.  

Russian sources say that southwest of Kherson Ukrainian forces are on the defensive on the M14 Roadway to Mykolaiv, as well as some thirty kilometers west associated with Kherson along the coastline road in the area of Oleksandrivka

Around the Ukrainian bridgehead over the Inhulets River, some 60 kilometers northeast of Mykolaiv, Russian causes probed into the left flank of the Ukrainian salient just southern of Davydiv Brid. The bridgehead has existed in its present shape for some six months.


The Situation is establishing an overall interim net assessment of the present status of opposing forces and likely dispositions into the winter time.

Be enough it to say right here and now that the unison “judgment” of Western leaders has a lot more in common with the disciplined official language (“Sprachregelung”, or “speech code”, in the East Australia of old) compared to with reality.

We listened properly to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s talk and disagree not just with Western leaders’ scripted rhetoric but also with our colleague Stephen Bryen (see their accompanying piece here ) – at least on one point: Putin’s speech was not incoherent.

Putin offers quite coherently and with ample reason figured the war is no longer (if ever it was) an issue between him plus Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky about Ukraine and Russia but instead is about Russia and the West – along with America in the lead.

Vladimir Putin is under rising pressure for challenges on the battlefield in Ukraine. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Putin made clear because the driven snows to come that he knows that the West – and first and foremost the US – does not want a proper settlement but rather the particular destruction and decapitation of the Russia he’s long led.

Putin will therefore no longer fight a restricted war and can be anticipated to deploy the particular entirety of his resources to earn the fight. The final sentence in his speech was very clear: Putin now sees themselves in the historical line of Russian leaders who have saved the Motherland from destruction.

“It is our historical custom and  the  future of  our country to  stop those people who are keen on  global domination and  endanger to  split up and  enslave our Motherland. Rest assured that we will do it this time as  well, ” he said.

Stephen Bryen is right: We have been at a moment a lot more dangerous than the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Not because Putin is incoherent, but because of his apparent cold determination to outlive and win, and because of US President May well Biden and his advisers’ evident inability in order to devise or even so much as consider a diplomatic solution.

Western military pundits, and maybe also NATO Admin General Jens “Great Dane” Stoltenberg, whom simply regard the particular Russians as finished will want to consider these types of realities.

Indeed, a denuded Kharkiv front, with the advantage of real-time NATO cleverness and virtually all Western weapons, was rolled up by well-trained Ukrainian forces taking pleasure in up to 5: one troop superiority. The Russians were taken by surprise and paid for it dearly.

There are many types of that in military history. In World War II there were four battles of Kharkiv, fights involving millions, not a few thousand. The particular Germans won 3; the Russians gained the last one that measured.

A Russian mobilization, to be sure, will take time – even a part one of reservists who may have previously served. But the call-up creates the opportunity within two to three several weeks to shift trained and fully equipped forces, for example , from your Far East to the Donbas front. They can be replaced as the reservists show up to speed.

As or more importantly, this will now be a total war. Civilian infrastructure will be targeted because Russia’s air plus naval forces is going to be fully utilized. The shifting tides associated with war will not probably immediately turn back within Russia’s favor.

But short of direct NATO surface or air treatment, a cold, hard and destructive winter season looms on the horizon.

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