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February 09, 2024

Ukraine SitRep: A Hated New Commander - Critical Lack Of Infantry

The Ukrainian President Zelenski has fired the commander in chief of the Ukrainian armed forces General Zaluzny.

Zaluzny was replaced by General Syrski, a somewhat unexpected choice as Syrski is hated by the troops for pushing them into meat grinders without a perspective of winning. Syrski, who was born as a Russian, had lost the cauldron battles of Debaltsevo (2015), Soledar (2023) and Bakhmut (2023). Currently Avdeevka is in a cauldron and likely to fall.

Rumors say that Syrski already ordered reserves to reinforce the troops in Avdeevka. Russian FAB bombs will welcome them.

The Economist describes Syrski as thus:

General Syrsky has a reputation for being willing to engage the enemy, even if the cost in men and machines is high. He is a divisive figure who provokes strong reactions from serving officers. Some praise his professionalism, others say he terrifies his subordinates and rules by fear. He is less likely to question the priorities of his president. As he takes on the top job, he will have to soften his style of command and learn to speak truth to power.

The reorganisation will also cause disruption as officers shift to new positions in the chain of command. It is important that these changes do not degrade Ukraine’s capacity to fight. Before long, the country will need a new mobilisation even if General Syrsky uses his troops mostly for defence—as, for now, he should.

Simplicius discusses the most plausible reason why Zalauzny got fired and Syrski promoted:

Ask yourself, why would Zelensky appoint a commander that the entire armed forces allegedly hates?

In fact, this is a ‘design feature’ not a bug.

Recall that the reason Zaluzhny was given the boot was he had become too powerful: he was too loved by the troops, and by the people. Why? One of the reasons is likely because he fought for the troops multiple times. In early 2023, documents were leaked showing that he nearly begged Zelensky to pull troops back from Bakhmut, but the narco-Fuhrer refused, wanting it as a symbolic city defense—perhaps taken with romantic delusions of Stalingrad.

During the grand summer ‘counteroffensive’, Zaluzhny pulled the brigades of the 10th Army Corps back and began to use them sparingly—much to the chagrin and disapproval of US sponsors—after the initial first few wipes devastated columns of Leopards and Bradleys along the infamous road of death near Rabotino and Mala Tokmachka.

Recently it was claimed Zaluzhny likewise attempted to get Avdeevka totally withdrawn. It does not seem that he likes to waste men for what he knows to be fruitless efforts. Syrsky on the other hand appears glad to grind them down.

So, has it become obvious yet? Zelensky needs a commander-in-chief he can control, someone not universally loved by the troops; someone who cannot use those troops at a time of opportunity to ‘march on Kiev’ and oust Zelensky from his citadel. Syrsky appears to fit the perfect prototypical role: undefiant, unpopular, uncharismatic, and most importantly, untempted by political ambitions—the ideal subserviant factotum to Zelensky’s regime.

There is no word yet what Zaluzny is going to do. He has the respect of the troops and good relations with the 'nationalists', i.e. the Nazi fringe militia of Ukraine. He also has the support of some politicians opposed to Zelenski.

A coup is thereby a possible outcome of this change.

Yesterday a Washington Post article, sources from interviews at the Ukrainian front, describes the utter shamble the Ukrainian forces are in:

In interviews across the front line in recent days, nearly a dozen soldiers and commanders told The Washington Post that personnel deficits were their most critical problem now, as Russia has regained the offensive initiative on the battlefield and is stepping up its attacks.

One battalion commander in a mechanized brigade fighting in eastern Ukraine said that his unit currently has fewer than 40 infantry troops — the soldiers deployed in front-line trenches who hold off Russian assaults. A fully equipped battalion would have more than 200, the commander said.

Under normal circumstances a mechanized battalion is supposed to hold a 3 kilometer long frontline. With only 40 infantry soldiers available that becomes an impossible task. The further deterioration from that depleted state will be rapid.

Oleksandr, a battalion commander, said the companies in his unit on average are staffed at about 35 percent of what they should be. A second battalion commander from an assault brigade said that is typical for units that carry out combat tasks.

Asked how many new soldiers he has received — not including those who have returned after injuries — Oleksandr said his battalion was sent five people over the past five months. He and other commanders said the new recruits tend to be poorly trained, creating a dilemma about whether to send someone immediately onto the battlefield because reinforcements are needed so badly, even though they are likely to get injured or killed because they lack the know-how.

“The basis of everything is the lack of people,” Oleksandr said.

“Where are we going? I don’t know,” he added. “There’s no positive outlook. Absolutely none. It’s going to end in a lot of death, a global failure. And most likely, I think, the front will collapse somewhere like it did for the enemy in 2022, in the Kharkiv region.”

The new Ukrainian mobilization law, which is supposed to refill the army with fresh bodies, is still creeping through the Ukrainian parliament. It will likely come into force only by April. The first new troops conscripted under it will take until July to be combat capable. One wonders is the current Ukrainian army can hold that long.

Posted by b on February 9, 2024 at 7:41 UTC | Permalink

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And I keep wondering whether Zelensky is secretly on the Russian payroll. Every single decision he takes serves to further demilitarize Ukraine, and to make the Russian victory more complete.

Posted by: Konrad | Feb 9 2024 7:58 utc | 1

Ukraine's Near Future

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOAtz8xWM0w

Posted by: Lavrov's Dog | Feb 9 2024 8:00 utc | 2

A general popular with his troops is more of a coup danger than a general distrusted by his troops, hated by some of them.

The key tipping point would be that the popular general was more popular than the President, but the new general is tolerated only because the President demands it.

Posted by: Mark Thomason | Feb 9 2024 8:00 utc | 3

How many foreign and NATO troops are fighting in Thd Ukrainian Civil War ?

Posted by: Exile | Feb 9 2024 8:12 utc | 4

Simplicius also says 'Zaluzhny dragged his feet with sending reinforcements to Avdeevka'.

If that is true, then a complete turn around now when the place is already half-encircled might blow up on AFUs face even more spectacularly. Albeit, considering what Syrsky tried to implement when Artemovsk already fell was actually a larger encirclement of Artemovsk. Of course, that project blew up on his face as well.

What will he use as the kitchen sink to throw against the flank of Avdeevka this time?

Posted by: unimperator | Feb 9 2024 8:19 utc | 5

What else were we expecting? These lunatics in Kiev and Lvov, encouraged by extremist ideologues in Washington DC, London and Canada have been tearing down statues of General Zhukov and replacing them with statues of nazi collaborators for the last ten years.

Posted by: Lev Davidovich | Feb 9 2024 8:22 utc | 6

Meat grinders are good.

Posted by: Surferket | Feb 9 2024 8:26 utc | 7

b is this the Putin speech, thread ?
Really looking forward to yours and every one else's take.

It was monumental.
Much respect.

Posted by: Mark2 | Feb 9 2024 8:29 utc | 8

The cheese man of Zelensky and Ermak. Fully controlled and completely does what Bankova wants.

Let's just say - a careerist and a sycophant.

We were the first to know about the fact that ZeErmak is preparing Syrsky to replace Zaluzhny since the end of 2022.
We have pointed out many times that the office staff is preparing Syrsky in every possible way, and they are drowning Zaluzhny.

Because of this, a split began in the army. We are silent about the Bakhmutov case/defense (meat grinder), Syrsky completely failed it.

Now it has emerged that Syrsky has relatives in Russia, and even his father is a military man. Interesting...


https://t.me/legitimniy/17216
All our sources report that the entire Western press came out with negative accents on the resignation of Commander-in-Chief Zaluzhny and the appointment of (Ze-favorite) General Syrsky.

It feels like they were given the command to torpedo Bankovaya and warm up the enemy. Perhaps this will cause a decrease in arms supplies.

Everything is just beginning... but it looks like the preparations for the drain of the Ze-office.


https://t.me/legitimniy/17217

Posted by: Down South | Feb 9 2024 8:54 utc | 9

b is this the Putin speech, thread ? ...

Posted by: Mark2 | Feb 9 2024 8:29 utc | 8

Tucker Carlson's interview with Vladimir Putin:
https://twitter.com/TuckerCarlson/status/1755734526678925682

Posted by: retroflecks | Feb 9 2024 8:58 utc | 10

Is this the Rommel moment, since everyone likes to link events to the Great War?

I wonder if any of the rumours of active German Generals turning up in Occupied Russia has anything to do with the change of CinC?

The escalation threat is all too real, this from a Telegram channel.

"The British International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) responded in absentia to Dmitry Medvedev's posts on nuclear weapons:

Russia's perception of the lack of credible will on the part of the West to use nuclear weapons or tolerate casualties in a conflict reinforces Russia's aggressive ideology and doctrine of strategic nuclear weapons".

Posted by: Suresh | Feb 9 2024 9:09 utc | 11

So the furhers replacement general will feed more into an unwinnable situation to prove his loyalty for getting the job

Posted by: Hankster | Feb 9 2024 9:12 utc | 12

Retroflecks @ 11
Thanks for putin it up here, (ha ha)
I saw it last night,
If we were betting on a 5 horse race, my money would be on Vlad.
How about you.
Here are the runners....
Putin (fav), biden, trump, sunak, starmer.
No particular order.

Posted by: Mark2 | Feb 9 2024 9:17 utc | 13

“Not enough troops”? There’s a word for that: “defeat”.

Announcer: ”The problem faced by Mike Tyson’s opponent is he doesn’t have enough consciousness left. If he had just a little more consciousness he might be able to get up off the mat and fight Tyson some more.”

Enough with the delusion already, Nazi fanboi trolls. Anyone who cares about the Ukrainians knows it’s time to throw in the towel.

I suppose it takes wisdom that Ukrainians lack to know when one is beaten. Is being Nazis and NATO’s goons really so important to them they’ll fight to the grave for it?

Posted by: William Gruff | Feb 9 2024 9:36 utc | 14

Also, appointing a new commander can give the impression the previous one was a failure so it will put the blame for the loss of Avdeevka more on him rather than Zelensky

Posted by: Ruth | Feb 9 2024 9:37 utc | 15

“Not enough troops”? There’s a word for that: “defeat”.

Announcer: ”The problem faced by Mike Tyson’s opponent is he doesn’t have enough consciousness left. If he had just a little more consciousness he might be able to get up off the mat and fight Tyson some more.”

Enough with the delusion already, Nazi fanboi trolls. Anyone who cares about the Ukrainians knows it’s time to throw in the towel.

I suppose it takes wisdom that Ukrainians lack to know when one is beaten. Is being Nazis and NATO’s goons really so important to them they’ll fight to the grave for it?

Posted by: William Gruff | Feb 9 2024 9:38 utc | 16

As soon as Europe committed $54 billion more to Ukraine, I said to myself that Zelensky would be strengthened, as he would presumably control the flow of the new money. I suppose the cokehead now feels strong enough to fire his highest general.

Nancy Pelosi dominates the Democratic Party in much the same way: by ensuring that she decides who in her party gets the money from the biggest donors.

Posted by: Cyril | Feb 9 2024 9:50 utc | 17

A coup is thereby a possible outcome of this change.

Too late for that. Zaluzhny is a dead man walking. Zelenski and the US neocons cannot afford to have this fairly popular and insubordinate general run around and possibly join forces with Poroshenko.

Posted by: Hamburger | Feb 9 2024 10:09 utc | 18

I think folks need to look at this leadership change as a distraction from losing.

Something needs to be developed to direct the blame for losing Ukraine on and command shuffling at the top looks significant to the masses even while behind the scenes the military game is over.

I expect more distractive events to unfold as Ukraine military disintegrates. Putin talked about the mercenaries from the various countries and maybe some of them is the next meat grinder focus instead of the French.

The de-nazification and de-militarization continue.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Feb 9 2024 10:22 utc | 19

I suppose it takes wisdom that Ukrainians lack to know when one is beaten. Is being Nazis and NATO’s goons really so important to them they’ll fight to the grave for it?

Posted by: William Gruff | Feb 9 2024 9:38 utc | 17

it is important to the US for them to fight to the grave for it. I think as long as Zelensky retains a faint hope of living to enjoy the fruits of his corruption he will be glad to cooperate, as well as others profiting in the Ukrainian government off selling the weapons or organs.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Feb 9 2024 10:31 utc | 20

Top comment from a US social media platform on the Putin / Carlson interview:

"It's too long, can't watch. Can someone do a 2 min TikTok summary or YouTube Short please, thx"

Lol. The Americans are truly lost.

Posted by: TickTok generation | Feb 9 2024 10:32 utc | 21

Posted by: Suresh | Feb 9 2024 9:09 utc | 12

Not so much a Rommel as a Steiner moment.

Where have all the downfall memes gone? Last ones were from Kherson, Nov 2022, how ironic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1MuMIyIDyk

Posted by: SOS | Feb 9 2024 10:35 utc | 22

If Za is not exiled or killed soon, Ze might.

Posted by: Newbie | Feb 9 2024 10:36 utc | 23

Posted by: pretzelattack | Feb 9 2024 10:31 utc | 21

The Rada deputies were supposedly paid up to $1 million each for voting 'for' the mobilization law.

Also, the mobilization law was the primary condition for receiving the EU 50 billion euro aid package.

Posted by: unimperator | Feb 9 2024 10:38 utc | 24

Also, the mobilization law was the primary condition for receiving the EU 50 billion euro aid package.

Posted by: unimperator | Feb 9 2024 10:38 utc | 25

And if a EU play, how soon before European countries (at least eastern ones) start deporting Ukrainians to fight?

If I was an able bodied Ukrainian I’d leave for west of Germany ASAP

Posted by: Newbie | Feb 9 2024 10:44 utc | 25

Since b doesn't have a Carlson/Putin interview thread yet for me to muse on....

So how is Canada's quisling leadership going to respond by being called out by Putin as supporting Nazis?

How is the West going to respond to being taught history?

Will their be more interviews?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Feb 9 2024 10:44 utc | 26

I was more than slightly annoyed at each ALT News outlet fantasising about what Putin had to say. They all wanted heir pet issues highlighted and addressed. That would have meant many hours of interview footage, indigestible to most normal news consumers.

But the long preamble surprised me. Not footage aimed at a Western audience at all.

Puzzling.

Then I realised, that first segment wasn't aimed at the West at all, It was aimed at Ukraine, Belarus, and the home (Russian) audience.

Posted by: scepticalSOB | Feb 9 2024 10:52 utc | 27

Then I realised, that first segment wasn't aimed at the West at all, It was aimed at Ukraine, Belarus, and the home (Russian) audience.

Posted by: scepticalSOB | Feb 9 2024 10:52 utc | 28

You think the “we are one” moment was not for foreign elites to understand the difference between supporting terrorists and regime changes in other parts and fomenting a civil war in Russia proper.


Remember when he talked about the caucus as “ok, it upsets us but your play”, baltics, etc.

There was no delay when they tried coloring Minsk , nor for Russian parts of Ukraine .


Posted by: Newbie | Feb 9 2024 11:05 utc | 28

Sceptical @ 28
As you say but a hell of a lot more.
For years he has been lied about,that he was planning to invade Europe and thats why nato must build up forces around Russia. Of course as the interview shows he had no intention of that.
Also he's been painted by the western media, public perseption manigment, to be some kind of monster an ogor brutily killing ukrainians.
In fact though in that speech we saw a remarkable man, loveing his country and protecting it and them. Not just looking after the elite and there profit.
Masterfully understated.
Almost on the level of the great Jerermy Corbin. (Joke) ha ha ha
Less is more.

Posted by: Mark2 | Feb 9 2024 11:10 utc | 29

Zaluzhny has allegedly accepted a position as Ukraine's Ambassador to the UK.

Posted by: Mark | Feb 9 2024 11:14 utc | 30

Mark @ 31
Welk he would would'nt he how much curuption money has he got banked in london.
All those unclaimed KIA wages creamed off for a start.

Posted by: Mark2 | Feb 9 2024 11:20 utc | 31

scepticalSOB | Feb 9 2024 10:52 utc | 28

Then I realised, that first segment wasn't aimed at the West at all, It was aimed at Ukraine, Belarus, and the home (Russian) audience.

The first MSM article I read on the interview — Tucker Carlson interviews Vladimir Putin in Moscow — says:

In the two hour-long interview, the Russian President began by launching into a 49 minute diatribe on the history of Eastern Europe — starting from the founding of Russia by Ryurik the Prince of Novgorod in 862AD.

When Carlson tried to move the conversation forward, Putin berated him.

“I understand that my long speeches probably fall outside the genre of the interview. That is why I asked you at the beginning, are we going to have a serious talk or a show. You said serious talk, so bear with me please,” Putin said.

Putin’s history lesson was mocked online, with Max Seddon, the Moscow Bureau Chief of the Financial Times writing, “I think Putin may have over-estimated American audiences’ appetite to hear about Prince Ryurik and Yaroslav the Wise.”

When Putin finally addressed Russia’s war on Ukraine, he blamed Western nations for prolonging the conflict.

Diatribe?

The writer of the piece, Andrew Backhouse, says he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science at the University of Queensland in 2010. And he is currently a Juris Doctor student at the University of Southern Queensland. Somehow I tend to doubt those claims. Someone who attended any university should be able to recognise a lecture when they hear one. Because that's what Putin gave: a lecture.

It's like what Andrei Martyanov is always going on about — the abysmal educational standards the West has descended to.

And to think that the United States once hosted political exchanges of the level of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. How the might have fallen.

Posted by: Kukulkan | Feb 9 2024 11:21 utc | 32

Typo
Well not welk. ffs

Posted by: Mark2 | Feb 9 2024 11:21 utc | 33

When satire turns out to be prophecy:

Talk like a fag

I'm afraid that's how an articulate leader like Putin probably comes across to the Western PMC (Professional Managerial Class or Caste).

Posted by: Kukulkan | Feb 9 2024 11:35 utc | 34

@Konrad

"And I keep wondering whether Zelensky is secretly on the Russian payroll. Every single decision he takes serves to further demilitarize Ukraine, and to make the Russian victory more complete."

The aim of the war is the depopulation of Ukraine, so that some guys with funny little hats from the Middle East can settle there.

Posted by: Apollyon | Feb 9 2024 11:59 utc | 35

Then I realised, that first segment wasn't aimed at the West at all, It was aimed at Ukraine, Belarus, and the home (Russian) audience.

Posted by: scepticalSOB | Feb 9 2024 10:52 utc | 26

Of course it was! The interview was aimed for the domestic audience too since it will be published on the official Kremlin site. His "lecture" was mostly correct but had some shady parts. The basic premise was correct though: Ukrainian is a made up ethnicity. I remember looking at a link at the nationalities of the Bolsheviks during the Revolution and not once does the term "Ukrainian" appear even for people coming from what is today Ukraine.

Posted by: Modern Stoic | Feb 9 2024 11:59 utc | 36

The aim of the war is the depopulation of Ukraine, so that some guys with funny little hats from the Middle East can settle there.

Posted by: Apollyon | Feb 9 2024 11:59 utc | 34

I don't think that it is still an option but I know it used to be, until Stalin(?) took over and the plan was scrapped. What I can postulate based on Putin's yesterday interview? Putin probably believes that Zelensky isn't wholly at fault but he is trapped in a position where he can't control his country or his fate. In the interview he mentions telling him that his father fought against the Nazis and his collaborating with them was not in line with his father's actions. Also it is mentioned that Zelensky understood that he could not apply the policies that he had promised because the country had turned into a US satellite state where the CIA run everything. If Putin is correct then he paints Zele as a tragic figure despite his huge bank account.

Posted by: Modern Stoic | Feb 9 2024 12:08 utc | 37

The situation in the Avdeevka direction – Part 2  (Analysis from Multi XAM , part 2/2 ) (https://t.me/multi_XAM/1303)

In the second part of the analysis, we will discuss the alignment of forces and means, engineering structures and fortifications of the AFU in the Avdeevka tactical direction . Avdeevka and the inhabitants adjacent to the city represent a chain of interconnected defense nodes, fortified areas and logistics points through which the garrison is supplied. The initial plan of the command of the Russian Armed Forces for a wide coverage of Avdeevka was based on the fact that the enemy maintained control of a powerful fortified area in the industrial zone, against which more than one offensive wave crashed. This contributed to the transfer and concentration of additional enemy forces on the flanks, which resulted in a partial weakening of the frontal positions in the area of   the industrial area, which our formations pushed through in October-November 2023.

Fearing the loss of positions in the area of   Severnoye and Tonenkoye in the southwestern coverage, as well as in the area of     Stepnoye and Novobakhmutovka north of Koksokhim (AKHZ), the enemy concentrated the main forces here, stretching them out in a line. The front had this configuration for about a month and a half. The risk of moving to a position increased, which, while maintaining the ground and tunnel supply channels for the garrison, could allow the AFU to hold positions for a long time, exhausting our forces. However, the loss of a fortified area at the treatment plant northeast of the AKHZ and the weakening of positions in the Golubiye Lakes area allowed us to seize the initiative and move on to dissecting Avdeevka. If the supply chain is disrupted from Orlovka through Lastochkino in the AKHZ area, diverging in two directions, maintaining positions in the center ( railway station area ) and also to the south ( Khimik microdistrict and the private sector ) becomes problematic.

1️⃣ The largest fortified area that maintains the stability of supply channels remains AKHZ , where units of the 25th assault and 2nd mechanized battalions of the 47th separate mechanized brigade, 2 mechanized battalions of the 1st separate presidential special forces brigade are currently concentrated, "RDK", 63rd and 407th separate rifle battalions, 129th technical defense brigade, 1st self-propelled artillery division of the 53rd Separate Infantry Brigade, special forces detachment of the National Guard "Omega-1".

2️⃣ To the southwest - in the area of   Tonenkoye, Severnoye and Lastochkino - the enemy holds a large fortified area from a chain of strongholds lined up in a line of defense. Here we observe the concentration of units of the 53rd Mechanized Infantry Brigade ( consisting of 4 battalions ), the 13th Motorized Infantry Battalion of the 58th Separate Motorized Infantry Brigade, the 106th Battalion of the 109th Separate Territorial Defense Brigade, as well as the control and artillery reconnaissance batteries of the 59th Mechanized Infantry Brigade.

3️⃣ On the northern flank, the Avdeevka garrison is covered by a continuous line of fortifications and strongholds from Stepnoye and Berdychi to Kalinovo through Ocheretino and Novokalinovo, where units of the 26th, 45th, 52nd, 425th separate rifle battalions, 1st and 3rd mechanized battalions of the 47th Mechanized Infantry Brigade are concentrated , 147th battalion of the 116th defense brigade, 23, 31 and 116th Mechanized Infantry Brigade ( consisting of 6 battalions ), 3rd separate MTR regiment ( as part of a company tactical group ), 1st mechanized battalion of the 1st separate tank brigade, 109th and 129th terrorist defense brigades (consisting of 3 battalions), Special Operations Center “A” of the SBU, as well as the 71st separate ranger brigade.

The dissection of Avdeevka was actually an opportunity that presented itself after AFU concentrated heavily on the flanks, leaving the center and eastern part of the town weak. Other reports say the supply road through Lastochkino are well controlled by Russians, large number of reinforcements destroyed on those roads.

Posted by: unimperator | Feb 9 2024 12:14 utc | 38

Modern Stoic | Feb 9 2024 12:08 utc | 36

The aim of the war is the depopulation of Ukraine, so that some guys with funny little hats from the Middle East can settle there.

Posted by: Apollyon | Feb 9 2024 11:59 utc | 34

I don't think that it is still an option but I know it used to be, until Stalin(?) took over and the plan was scrapped.

So, what was Jewish Autonomous Oblast all about? It was established pretty far from Ukraine.

The early Soviet policies concerning the Jews, such as the Komzet, really don't seem to support this conspiracy-theory style of thinking. But, then, history often doesn't.

Posted by: Kukulkan | Feb 9 2024 12:21 utc | 39


This is real re-arranging deckchairs on the Titanic stuff. The war is far too lost now for an impartial observer to believe swapping bosses will make the least difference which leaves only one possible motive for zelensky to do this, that is politics.

z has become so paranoid about his position that he believes he needs to sack his military boss lest the general garner sufficient support from kiew oligarchs to replace him as prez with the general, a move that would, given zeluzny's blatant naziism, result in his zelensky's death so he has tried to prevent that by moving first which gives all of us the realisation zelensky has lost it. Why? Cos a hitler pulled exactly the same shit in the late stages of ww2 when he saw his fantasies would remain unrequited.

As for us what should we think. Nothing I say as zaluzny's fascism will make a ukie realisation that somehow they can still win the impossibility it always was who is his replacement may make a stupid call not to move to a defense only structure.

we shall see but I am sure this change will cause disruption to the few units still able to fight hard.

Posted by: Debsisdead | Feb 9 2024 12:47 utc | 40

maybe Z thought that S. russian military training night mean he understands Russ. military actions ..doubtful ..changed so much.. new weapons etc .Timing to coincide with new conscription shortages...but of course there will be insufficent training of these newbies. Already we know Nato training is a failure...and that so many have to be trained outside in several places of Ukraine is like 6 weeks minimum how is that going to happen to save Avdveeka aint gonna happen. Feels like a collapse is going to happen even quicker now ....best solution .No sign if F16 yet?

Posted by: Jo | Feb 9 2024 13:03 utc | 41

z has become so paranoid about his position that he believes he needs to sack his military boss lest the general garner sufficient support from kiew oligarchs to replace him as prez with the general, a move that would, given zeluzny's blatant naziism, result in his zelensky's death so he has tried to prevent that by moving first

Posted by: Debsisdead | Feb 9 2024 12:47 utc | 39

____

Myself, I wonder when it will finally occur to the Azov types that elensky is a Jew, and act accordingly.

Posted by: malenkov | Feb 9 2024 13:07 utc | 42

scepticalSOB | Feb 9 2024 10:52 utc | 26
"Then I realised, that first segment wasn't aimed at the West at all, It was aimed at Ukraine, Belarus, and the home (Russian) audience".
***

It is also an example of the way he thinks. A led to B and so C happened. To know the "future", then use history to clarify how "we" got there and what are the next phases to expect..
Or, to put it another way. Look at Nato in Yougoslavia (Serbia) and Lybia and then it is easy to see what they would do in Russia if they got the opportunity. (Massive bombing, with or without UN "approval")
Using the rise of Nazism as an historic example, the increasing extremism of Banderites could be expected - down to blood oaths and torchlit processsions - plus the other part we see today, which was simply bloodlust being carried out without any restraint. (As in Gaza!).

By doing the groundwork for finding the underlying threads that show how an aggresive NATO posture would be inevitable if continued - he then decided to be prepared for a war. That the present NATO has not yet shown signs of changing - then be prepared for an all out war.
***

So his introducing Indonesia as an example was interesting, = as it is the largest Muslim country (600+ millions) is rich in minerals and elements, fishing, multicultural, with unfotunately an history of massacres of Chinese, Papuans etc. who were used to "take the blame" for idiocies and corruption by the rotten ruling caste. Overun by American corporations. BECAUSE Putin drew attention to it, we can expect a new source of CIA (or other) social troubles, to increase US domination in the island arcs around China.

OK, maybe he is a bit long winded, but thorough.

Posted by: Stonebird | Feb 9 2024 13:08 utc | 43

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock's grandfather was a Wehrmacht officer and a staunch Nazi supporter, the Bild newspaper reports, citing a leaked dossier.

"Annalena Baerbock likes to speak at commemorative events about her grandfather Waldemar (1913-2016) and the lessons she has learned from his wartime fate. The Foreign Minister's grandfather appears in the Wehrmacht dossier: he served in the war as an engineer in an anti-aircraft gun repair unit. There is an assessment in the dossier that Colonel Waldemar Baerbock was not just an officer, but an ardent supporter of Nazism. It literally says that he was an "unqualified National Socialist", that he had read Hitler's book Mein Kampf and that he was "completely on the side of National Socialism", Bild writes.

In 1944, Berbock's grandfather was awarded Hitler's War Merit Cross with swords. The German Foreign Ministry said that the minister was not aware of these "documents".

Posted by: Apollyon | Feb 9 2024 13:20 utc | 44

"It's too long, can't watch. Can someone do a 2 min TikTok summary or YouTube Short please, thx"

Lol. The Americans are truly lost.

Posted by: TickTok generation | Feb 9 2024 10:32 utc | 20


I was not enthusisstic with Putin giving that interview in the first place because the adverssries of Russia are not listening anyway and whatever he says will be viewed as a weakness.

As I expected, Putin said nice things about the Americans, but I recall Ghaddafi znd Assad being interviewed by 60-Minutes and I later noted that those interviews failed to open the eyes of the US elites.

Anyway we have it and Putin was absolutely genial in his answers and his last word was quite moving saying that the people of Ukraine and Russia will end up reconciliating after the war ends.

Posted by: Richard L | Feb 9 2024 13:34 utc | 45

Here's a full transcript of the interview.

https://edwardslavsquat.substack.com/p/putin-carlson-interview-full-transcript

Posted by: Surferket | Feb 9 2024 13:39 utc | 46

Posted by: Apollyon | Feb 9 2024 13:20 utc | 43

there was this atlantic council video or one of those elite idiot gathering a few years back where she did a speech, proudly proclaiming how she was proud of her gramps and how without him we wouldnt be here and having all those good things and so on and so forth.

everybody pointed out back then that her grandpa was a nazi, but as usual, NO accountability.

our unelected leaders simply ignore everything and just hear what they want to hear.

Posted by: Justpassinby | Feb 9 2024 13:50 utc | 47

Politico headline: 'Zaluzhny is out. The Butcher is in.'

Looks like MSM is really hitting Syrsky hard. Project Ukraina sinking fast. It's obvious they will paint Syrsky as Zelensky's selection, through which they will hit Zelensky in preparation for Zelensky getting kicked out of office next month.

But it doesn't matter any more than arranging deck chairs on the Titanic would have mattered.

Posted by: unimperator | Feb 9 2024 13:51 utc | 48

Polish PM backs Trump's end the war in 20hrs. Hopefully Putin didn't jinx him, much as I loathe Trump, his ability to formulate a point is a pleasant change from the current grift set.

Cheers M

Posted by: sean the leprechaun | Feb 9 2024 13:52 utc | 49

[email protected] it occur to you that 'jews' pay their salary.....and they'll bite the hand that feeds them.....cue Gonzalo Lira's laugh track.

Cheers M

Posted by: sean the leprechaun | Feb 9 2024 14:02 utc | 50

Zaluzhny has allegedly accepted a position as Ukraine's Ambassador to the UK.

Posted by: Mark | Feb 9 2024 11:14 utc | 29

I think he would resign until he got a foreign posting. He very likely could have overthrown Elensky, but what would be the point? He knows the war is lost. I've said all along that the only reason for a coup would be if Zalu wanted to surrender.

What's harder to understand is why Syrsky would accept the job. Say what you want about Budanov's moral fiber, but he's not that stupid.

The idea that Elensky is the decider in all this is risible. His 'power' is entirely to do what the USUK handlers tell him to do. He doesn't have the guns. The Banderites control all the organs of power. Like always, talking about Elensky is a diversion or a delusion.

Posted by: Honzo | Feb 9 2024 14:08 utc | 51

So I think it is a case of Domino

Zaluzhky -> Zelensky -> Biden

Posted by: Norwegian | Feb 9 2024 14:14 utc | 52

@ sean the leprechaun | Feb 9 2024 14:02 utc | 49

I think the situation is analogous to that in the USA between Jews and fundamentalist Christians: they hate each other but find each other useful.

Posted by: malenkov | Feb 9 2024 14:18 utc | 53

Just a guess, but it could also be related to the new mobilization law. It's obvious there's a lot of both passive and active resistance toward mobilization, and the propaganda barrier of 'front line victories' has been breached so bad that no amount of propaganda can make mobilization successful.

So, no one will announce the war end per se. It will last as long as someone shows up at the front. And then memory holed. And EU can keep the sack-of-sh#t and do what it wants.

Invest a billion in some new plant in Lwow? Invest in a rail project?

Here, have a Kinzhal and watch your billion go up in smoke.

Posted by: unimperator | Feb 9 2024 14:19 utc | 54

"Report: Ukraine to Enact DRACONIAN Bank Account Seizure Scheme to FORCE Citizens to Fight
Russia" (??????????????????????)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3OlkcOb3cI

Posted by: WMG | Feb 9 2024 14:30 utc | 55

@ Justpassinby | 46

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZeSMmLWr6A

Posted by: Apollyon | Feb 9 2024 14:31 utc | 56

There was much talk in yesterday's post about GLSDB, the wonder long range missile/bomb NATO is sending to Ukraine. I shared some stuff suggesting it could cause some headaches.

Here is a contrarian view:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O6ErVqCVIw&ab_channel=TheNewAtlas

It supports my view that in the numbers provided, the headaches will ultimately be contained.

It will be interesting how Ukraine chooses to deploy them. Hopefully not on civilians, though if the best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour...

Posted by: Rubiconned | Feb 9 2024 14:43 utc | 57

It is reported that at night in Zmiev (Kharkov region) again there were arrivals at the location of the AFU with foreigners.

According to our data, among the dead there are Italians and French, presumably, several Germans were also caught. The ambulances were loaded with 15-20 bags of corpses. The number of wounded is still unknown.

At the same time, they also flew into some building like a hostel. In it, ordinary Ukrainian military personnel were also targeted.

Военная хроника (https://t.me/+VKF2CiFcHRc2OTMy)

Posted by: unimperator | Feb 9 2024 14:44 utc | 58

Tucker will have to make an equal length interview of Zelenski, as repentance.

Posted by: Passerby | Feb 9 2024 14:45 utc | 59

I assume that Zelensky still believes the numbers he is being fed by his commanders. Those commanders underreport the amount of deaths to line their pockets.

The same happened/happens in Iraq. When a unit had say 200 soldiers then the commander would report that he had say 250 or 300 soldiers. Then the commander would receive money for say 250 soldiers. The commander then would be able to pocket the money for the 50 non existent soldiers. Yep, war can be VERY profitable for some folks.

Posted by: WMG | Feb 9 2024 14:46 utc | 60

Summary from the front on February 9, 2024 from journalist Marat Khairullin

Important changes are taking place along the entire front line.

In Avdiivka, our troops managed to occupy a section of the railway from the bridge to Heroiv Street and tonight entered the territory of the motor depot, which was heavily bombed yesterday.

Traffic continues along Privokzalny Lane towards Industrialny Avenue. Ukrops are trying to cling to the area of the intersection of Shestakov and Chistyakova streets.

In addition, at night, the enemy began to withdraw its units along a narrow corridor. About a hundred dill intended to come out, but they were covered with FABs at the exit from the Yubileyny quarter, where Industrial Avenue turns into Hrushevsky Street.

There is also serious progress in Pervomaisky in the area of Pervomayskaya and Shkolnaya streets. The intersection with Lenin Street is only a few dozen meters away.

https://t.me/voenkorkhayrullin/2138
https://t.me/voenkorkhayrullin/2139
https://t.me/voenkorkhayrullin/2140

Posted by: marat posts | Feb 9 2024 14:47 utc | 61

Then I realised, that first segment wasn't aimed at the West at all, It was aimed at Ukraine, Belarus, and the home (Russian) audience.

Posted by: scepticalSOB | Feb 9 2024 10:52 utc | 26

Putin began a history lesson, while Carlson, knowing the American audience has the attention span of a sparrow, kept trying to steer the interview back to something his audience would watch. They were talking past each other. Tucker asked him why he didn't just invade a decade or two ago, along the lines of 'why didn't you just start beating your wife back then?' Putin was doing a deep dive, while Carlson wanted to skim the surface, staying in annoying US media mode. Had to stop watching, will read the transcript. The US media will cherry pick the interview and frame it to fit the western narrative, not one American in a thousand will watch the whole thing.

Posted by: Mike R | Feb 9 2024 14:53 utc | 62

Posted by: Mark2 | Feb 9 2024 8:29 utc | 8

What Putin speech?

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Feb 9 2024 14:54 utc | 63

"A fully equipped battalion would have more than 200, the commander said."

That's pretty small for a battalion, and would suggest that even if Ukrainian formations were at "full" strength, they would be overstretched. Other recent reports have highlighted the use of foreign troops, particularly Colombians, to fill out Ukraine's dwindling ranks.

Posted by: Bob | Feb 9 2024 14:55 utc | 64

The most realistic scenario is still worst case. Syrski feeds the meat grinder and Ukraine marches towards demographic extinction. In spite of all the complaint, Ukrainians don't refuse or rebel. They go to their deaths. There is no coup. No one ousts Zelensky at gunpoint - which is the only way to end this horror. My concern would be that Russia doesn't have enough forces to take Odessa and may be low on tanks. Maybe they could just roll forward and link with Transnistria and just cut Odessa off.

Posted by: Eighthman | Feb 9 2024 14:57 utc | 65

The BBC’s feeble response to the Tucker Carlson interview is that Carlson didn’t ask Putin any hard questions such as those concerning the lack of human rights and religious intolerance in Russia.

Talk about projection!

Posted by: Vragtes | Feb 9 2024 15:00 utc | 66

"The replacement of Ukraine’s top general will not affect Russia’s campaign, spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said" - RT

Posted by: Norwegian | Feb 9 2024 15:01 utc | 67

Posted by: Justpassinby | Feb 9 2024 13:50 utc | 46

A son of a comunist is a better humanbeing?
She is bad by her own.

Posted by: Roberto | Feb 9 2024 15:15 utc | 68

[email protected], the Trudeau Precedent.

Cheers M

....at some point the seized bank account memes should help remove the trees, people will have a window into the Forrest....hmm, people.....never mind.

Posted by: sean the leprechaun | Feb 9 2024 15:23 utc | 69

Posted by: Roberto | Feb 9 2024 15:15 utc | 67

im just judging her by her actions and words. she praises her grandfather, despite knowing full well what he was and what he did.

its not that shes a descendant of a bad person that makes her bad, its what she has said, done, and continiues to do as our foreign minister.

"i dont care what my voters want" - despite the greens having less votes then other parties at the time the "coalition" was formed. nobody wanted those green nazis in our government, but here they are, beeing kings and queens.

Posted by: Justpassinby | Feb 9 2024 15:25 utc | 70

Other commentators have suggested that the western elites have shifted to a "scorched earth" policy, of leaving Russia stuck with a devastated ungovernable morass that will suck resources and be a constant open wound and source of terrorist attacks etc. So perhaps this new general is exactly what the western oligarchs have ordered?

Posted by: TG | Feb 9 2024 15:25 utc | 71

Anyone else catch the blurb from Dima, through a third party country, Russia gained access to and is using StarLink??

Cheers M

Posted by: sean the leprechaun | Feb 9 2024 15:25 utc | 72

Putin began a history lesson, while Carlson, knowing the American audience has the attention span of a sparrow, kept trying to steer the interview back to something his audience would watch. They were talking past each other. Tucker asked him why he didn't just invade a decade or two ago, along the lines of 'why didn't you just start beating your wife back then?' Putin was doing a deep dive, while Carlson wanted to skim the surface, staying in annoying US media mode. Had to stop watching, will read the transcript. The US media will cherry pick the interview and frame it to fit the western narrative, not one American in a thousand will watch the whole thing.

Posted by: Mike R | Feb 9 2024 14:53 utc | 61

Americans conceptualize history very differently from Russians.

For Americans, it is something that happened and is thus in the past. As in it doesn't matter anymore.

For Russians, it determines and guides the present and the future, and it is of huge importance. Putin might be a bit further on the history autist spectrum than the average Russian, but that sort of thing isn't atypical at all.

It all has to do with being an old civilization, as Eastern empires all are (and Russia is in fact the youngest of them) versus being a maritime empire that was born basically yesterday in grand historical terms and has a fully mercantile predatory mentality.

P.S. Having said all that, I still can't determine what is driving the US to poke the bear like that. There is the possibility that the people behind this are of the general American ahistorical mindset I described above and genuinely don't understand what kind of fire they are playing with. And then there is the possibility that in fact they understand very well how sensitive the Ukraine matter is to Russia and are hitting hard there precisely because it hurts so much.

The general public, however, is definitely clueless.

Posted by: shаdοwbanned | Feb 9 2024 15:25 utc | 73

The most realistic scenario is still worst case. Syrski feeds the meat grinder and Ukraine marches towards demographic extinction. In spite of all the complaint, Ukrainians don't refuse or rebel. They go to their deaths. There is no coup. No one ousts Zelensky at gunpoint - which is the only way to end this horror. My concern would be that Russia doesn't have enough forces to take Odessa and may be low on tanks. Maybe they could just roll forward and link with Transnistria and just cut Odessa off.

Posted by: Eighthman | Feb 9 2024 14:57 utc | 64

If there has been no rebellion so far, there will never be.

These are fully broken and/or brainwashed people.

People need to understand that Ukraine never got out of the 90s. Russia did, and has been undergoing a bit of a revival. But for Ukraine, it was the Brezhnev stagnation followed by the collapse of the late 80s, followed by the devastation of the 90s, followed by things remaining in a state of complete shit ever since. In total a half a century of hopelessness.

That tends to have certain effects on people's mindset, in this case total resignation to their fate.

It doesn't help that the young generation, which would be the one leading a rebellion, is either non-existent to begin with, or very successfully brainwashed.

Posted by: shаdοwbanned | Feb 9 2024 15:30 utc | 74

It doesn't help that the young generation, which would be the one leading a rebellion, is either non-existent to begin with, or very successfully brainwashed.

Posted by: shаdοwbanned | Feb 9 2024 15:30 utc | 73

as i said the other day when my son showed me the chat/text in one of his online games, where also ukrainians play, the amount of falsified history and blatant racism is disgusting.

one has to ask why those children play games instead of defending their country when they can spout such vitriol.

Posted by: Justpassinby | Feb 9 2024 15:34 utc | 75

Kukulkan @ Feb 9 2024 11:21 / 31

I often wonder if your average American can understand that things happened before 1776 or even before 1492. Putin was just saying Russia has been around a lot longer than the United States.

Posted by: Ghost Ship | Feb 9 2024 15:35 utc | 76

Other commentators have suggested that the western elites have shifted to a "scorched earth" policy, of leaving Russia stuck with a devastated ungovernable morass that will suck resources and be a constant open wound and source of terrorist attacks etc. So perhaps this new general is exactly what the western oligarchs have ordered?

Posted by: TG | Feb 9 2024 15:25 utc | 70

We will be lucky if that is all that is scorched.

What is happening currently? Europeans are being prepared for open war with Russia. To the point where the Kremlin (through Medvedev for now) is openly warning them that this will not be a war of tanks, artillery and drones, but it will proceed directly to strategic nuclear strikes.

I have pointed out many times that nobody is going to sacrifice the US mainland for any territory in Europe, so what is the logic behind all this?

Well, there is the morbid possibility that within the layers of scenarios the US has put together, one of the back up plans is to just dispose of Europe altogether, because it is a largely useless drain on resources currently, but they will force the Russians to do it for them and then bear the reputational consequences for decades and centuries into the future.

We know that during the Cold War the US in fact planned to itself nuke Western Europe in order to deny the Soviets the spoils of an eventual war, so something like that isn't at all far fetched.

Posted by: shаdοwbanned | Feb 9 2024 15:36 utc | 77

Zelensky's new commander Sysrski's parents live in Vladimir in Russia. A turned Russian fighting against Russia is not like a German born Russian tennis player Alexander Zverev playing against Moscow born Russian player Daniil Medvedev. It is more like being a traitor. Have a look, https://www.kp.ru/daily/27565.5/4889632/ (You'd have to use a translator.

Posted by: ostro | Feb 9 2024 15:40 utc | 78

Politico for the interview
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It was never going to be a hard-hitter.

Few expected anything ground-breaking to emerge from Tucker Carlson’s sit-down with Vladimir Putin, conducted in Moscow on Tuesday and published on the conservative pundit’s website Thursday. Carlson met those expectations with his softball interview, failing to extract any stirring insights into the Russian president’s actual war aims, or hold him to account for his brutal invasion of Ukraine.

Putin, however, took full advantage of the opportunity to plant seeds of doubt about America’s aid for Ukraine and the U.S. political system.

Here are the takeaways from Putin’s sit-down with Carlson.

Putin isn’t done with his war
The main message Putin sought to convey to Americans: There’s no point helping Ukraine with more money and weapons. And Carlson, who has himself previously questioned U.S. support for Ukraine as it seeks to defend its people and its land in the face of Russia’s assault, was all too happy to help deliver that message.

“If you really want to stop fighting, you need to stop supplying weapons. It will be over within a few weeks. That’s it,” Putin claimed, adding that it was up to the U.S. to tell Ukraine to come to the negotiating table.

But that’s not really the full story, as Putin himself made clear in two telling responses to Carlson’s follow-up questions.


First, asked whether Russia had achieved its war aims, Putin said: “No. We haven’t achieved our aims yet because one of them is de-nazification.” The claim that Russia is seeking to “de-nazify” Ukraine is widely seen as code for the removal of the country’s democratically elected (Jewish) president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. In a strong indication of what he meant by his comment, Putin said “we have to get rid of those people” who he claimed, without basis, “support” Nazism.

Second, when Carlson asked whether Putin would “be satisfied with the territory that you have now,” the Russian autocrat refused to respond, returning to his point about de-nazification and insisting he hadn’t yet finished answering the previous question. We’ll take that as another no.

Putin sought to undermine Americans’ faith in democracy
In granting Carlson an interview, Putin gained unfettered access to a large American audience ahead of the U.S. presidential election later this year.

It’s no secret who Carlson would back in the likely Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden rerun. But it was Putin, not Carlson, who first brought up Trump, saying he had enjoyed a “personal relationship” with the former U.S. president, as well as with George W. Bush.

Putin also ran through the ways in which past U.S. presidents — in his decades in power he has seen four of them come and go — had failed to reach consensus with Russia on security matters, even when he claimed they had wanted to.


Carlson has himself previously questioned U.S. support for Ukraine as it seeks to defend its people and its land in the face of Russia’s assault | Pool photo by Gavril Grigorov via AFP/Getty Images
The point he was making: The U.S. political system is, to borrow a phrase, an undrained swamp, and American democracy an illusion.

“It sounds like you’re describing a system that’s not run by the people who are elected, in your telling,” a helpful Carlson summarized for the president.

“That’s right, that’s right,” a pleased Putin responded. “It is not about the personality of the leader. It is about the elite’s mindset.”

The Kremlin’s propagandists notch a win
Anyone who can dent Putin’s armor is kept lightyears away from the president — whether they’re the wives of Russian soldiers, independent journalists or anti-war election challenger Boris Nadezhdin.

Those who do get to speak to Putin are always hand-picked by Moscow, and Carlson was no exception (as the Kremlin’s spokesperson confirmed this week).

Anticipating the criticism that the interview would do little more than facilitate Kremlin propaganda, both Carlson and Putin took great pains to head off the impression that they were in cahoots — but any moments of tension were brief and ultimately insignificant, with Putin emerging on top.

“Are we having a talk show or a conversation?” Putin sniped in the opening minutes of the interview, before delivering a 20-plus-minute historical soliloquy.

Carlson, who failed to fact-check or divert the Russian president’s fanciful history lesson, instead warned viewers in an opening statement that when answering his question on why Russia invaded Ukraine, “Putin went on for a very long time, probably half an hour, about the history of Russia going back to the eighth century. And honestly, we thought this was a filibustering technique and found it annoying.”

But Carlson immediately softened even that blow, decreeing that ultimately, he believed Putin was “sincere” and praising the president’s “encyclopedic knowledge.”

Meanwhile, Carlson avoided any topics that could have been sensitive for the Kremlin: reports of Russian war crimes in places like Bucha and Mariupol, the International Criminal Court arrest warrant for Putin, Alexei Navalny and other political prisoners, and Russia’s mobilization and wartime death toll. He even steered clear of any questions about the upcoming Russian presidential election, and this week’s disqualification of anti-war candidate Boris Nadezhdin.

Putin continues his Elon Musk charm offensive
Tesla and X boss Elon Musk has had divided loyalties when it comes to Russia’s war on Ukraine, initially assisting Kyiv, before appearing to succumb to Kremlin propaganda and talking points. In his Carlson interview, Putin took the opportunity to stroke the billionaire’s ego.

“There are reports that Elon Musk has already had the chip implanted in the human brain in the USA,” Putin told Carlson.


Asked what he thought about that, the president said: “I think there’s no stopping Elon Musk. He will do as he sees fit. Nevertheless, you’ll need to find some common ground with him. Search for ways to persuade him. I think he’s a smart person. I truly believe he is.”

Putin is open to a prisoner exchange involving journalist Evan Gershkovich
One open question ahead of the interview was whether Carlson would ask about Evan Gershkovich, the American Wall Street Journal reporter who has been held in pre-trial detention in Russia for almost a year on what are broadly seen as trumped-up espionage charges.

Carlson raised the possibility of a prisoner exchange involving Gershkovich, whom he called a “kid” and “obviously not a spy.”

Putin objected to that characterization of Gershkovich, reiterating the Kremlin’s claims he was caught “red-handed” with confidential information.

But the president did say the Russian and American special services “were in contact with each other” on the case and there was no “taboo to settle this issue.”

Putin then mentioned “a person serving a sentence in an allied country of the U.S.”


While he didn’t name him, Putin was clearly referring to Vadim Krasikov, an FSB agent serving a life sentence in Germany for assassinating former Chechen insurgent and Georgian national Zelimkhan Khangoshvili in broad daylight in Berlin in 2019. “That person, due to patriotic sentiments, eliminated a bandit in one of the European capitals,” Putin mused.

It’s a signal that the Kremlin is seeking Krasikov’s release from Germany, in exchange for freeing Gershkovich.

U.S.-Russia channels of communication remain open
Putin claimed not to recall when he last spoke to President Biden. “Do I have to remember everything?” Putin mused. “I have my own things to do. We have domestic political affairs.”

Asked why he hasn’t spoken with his U.S. counterpart, Putin said: “Why would I call him? What should I talk to him about? Or beg him for what?”

But he added that “certain contacts are being maintained” when it comes to lines of communication between Washington and Moscow.

Tucker has a lot of time for Putin
At just over two hours, the interview recorded in the Kremlin on Tuesday was the second-longest Carlson has ever published (beating Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s 29 minutes and former U.S. President Donald Trump’s 46 minutes).


Russia’s President Vladimir Putin gives an interview to US talk show host Tucker Carlson at the Kremlin | Pool photo by Gavril Grigorov via AFP/Getty Images
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Source and continue reading
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https://www.politico.eu/article/9-takeaway-vladimir-putin-interview-tucker-carlson/

Posted by: ossi | Feb 9 2024 16:03 utc | 79

Russians joking about the beginning of the interview: video.

So if you don’t mind I will take only 30 seconds or one minute of your time for giving you a little historical background…


TWENTY-FIVE
MINUTES


Episode I
THE PHANTOM MENACE

[Putin’s historical exposition follows, ending with “But the fragmented Russian state became an easy prey to the empire created earlier by Genghis Khan…”]

Posted by: S | Feb 9 2024 16:06 utc | 80

Top comment from a US social media platform on the Putin / Carlson interview:

"It's too long, can't watch. Can someone do a 2 min TikTok summary or YouTube Short please, thx"

Lol. The Americans are truly lost.

Posted by: TickTok generation | Feb 9 2024 10:32 utc | 20

Correction. That post was by a single idiot. It's dumb and reactionary to find a single American and then extrapolate the character of every American from his conduct. A variant of determining the character of an entire racial group by studying the one guy of that race who mugged you.

Plus, most people at the bar (those paying attention to reality) will not be surprised by anything in the interview anyway. We've heard Putin's sound arguments for his decisions many times before. This interview is exceptional because of Tuckers daring. It will also be useful for the non vanguard layer of the population.

Posted by: Ahenobarbus | Feb 9 2024 16:07 utc | 81

So an "Orc" was chosen by Zelensky to lead Ukraine's armies. Remarkable, considering most of Syrski's natal family still lives in Russia. All of which really underscores the Civil War-like nature of the present conflict, with indeed most of the war occurring in the rebellious regions, mutatis mutandis, Ukraine. And which like in the original case, the American Civil War, is supported by Great Britain, obviously even more so in the present case. All of which also further highlights the obvious asymmetry vis a vis the Israeli-Hamas war, which is not even like the Roman-Carthaginian war in terms of merciless ferocity, with no element of confraternity, but rather a massacre of thousands of Global South-proles concentrated in a cauldron called 'Gaza.'

Posted by: Ludo | Feb 9 2024 16:09 utc | 82

Cont’d from #79

Should have been titled TSAR WARS.

Posted by: S | Feb 9 2024 16:13 utc | 83

thanks b.... so do the ukrainians rise up behind zaluzhny in a revolt of being the sacrificial lamb for nato here??

the narco-Fuhrer - i like whoever coined that term..

@ psychohistorian | Feb 9 2024 10:44 utc | 25

as a canuck, i was very happy putin brought that up and that zelensky and the canuck parliament had actually applauded the old fellow who represented the nazis.... to me, this really drives home how west is in their continued support for ukraine-zelensky and the bigger overview that really ought not be to be lost in all of this..

Posted by: james | Feb 9 2024 16:26 utc | 84

Zaluzhny has allegedly accepted a position as Ukraine's Ambassador to the UK.
Posted by: Mark | Feb 9 2024 11:14 utc | 29

After waking up with a horses head in his bed it was an easy decision.

He’s going to need all that grifted cash to pay his energy bills.

Posted by: Lev Davidovich | Feb 9 2024 16:31 utc | 85

Myself, I wonder when it will finally occur to the Azov types that elensky is a Jew, and act accordingly.
Posted by: malenkov | Feb 9 2024 13:07 utc | 41

The Nazis of Azov Battalion seem just fine with Zionists. There have been many reports of their collaborating as part of a fascist alliance, ranging from oligarchic funding, political chicanery to mercenaries from Israel.

The fascists are the vanguard of the neoliberal oligarch class and see their enemy as the socialists, communists and historically the Bolsheviks. See the Odessa House of Trades Unions. In Ukraine the Russophobic hatred has taken the place of the anti-Jewish hatred of 1930’s Germany.

Posted by: Lev Davidovich | Feb 9 2024 16:37 utc | 86

These Nazis:
" The Nazis of Azov Battalion seem just fine with Zionists. There have been many reports of their collaborating as part of a fascist alliance, ranging from oligarchic funding, political chicanery to mercenaries from Israel. "
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They have even offered their help to Israel, with the final sending of Azov battalions.
So the anti-pathy can't be that big...
Or ??
The means justify the end...
This motto comes from Nazis in 1937

Posted by: ossi | Feb 9 2024 16:42 utc | 87

The eldest son of AFU’s new commander-in-chief Syrskiy lives in Sydney—media (EurAsia Daily, February 9, 2024 — in Russian)

Information has appeared on the Internet about where the eldest son of the new commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), Aleksandr Syrskiy, currently lives.

Anton Syrskiy is now in Sydney, as RIA Novosti claims, citing his page on the VKontakte social network. It is noted that the young man is gladly attending nightclubs and parties.

Anton graduated from a university in Sydney and has been living there ever since. It is noted that in the last few years, the son of the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian army has been publishing posts exclusively in Russian.

The publication also claims that Aleksandr Syrskiy himself comes from Vladimir Oblast, where his relatives still live, including his brother Oleg and mother Lyudmila.

It is worth recalling that the son of Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umerov lives with his mother and sisters in Miami (Florida, USA). Umerov’s wife and children are U.S. citizens.

Earlier, EADaily reported that Maksim Danilov, the son of the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of the Ukraine Aleksey Danilov, also lives in Miami. Obviously, they won’t be sending him call-up papers either.

The parents and relatives of AFU’s new commander-in-chief Syrskiy still live in Russia, and his father is a retired colonel of the Russian Armed Forces (Readovka, February 8, 2024 — in Russian)

[photo of father, Stanislav Syrskiy, and mother, Lyudmila Syrskaya, at May 9 celebrations] [photo of brother, Oleg Syrskiy]

As Readovka found out, the native of Vladimir Oblast and AFU’s newly appointed commander-in-chief is still connected with Russia not only by his place of birth—his relatives continue to live here, including his mother, father and brother. Syrskiy’s mother Lyudmila confirmed to Readovka that it is her and Aleksandr’s father standing in the photo. It is noteworthy that the father of AFU’s commander-in-chief, Stanislav, is a retired colonel of the Russian army, and is now a pensioner. In the photo he is standing with his relative [wife — S] Lyudmila—they are currently living in Vladimir. Also living with them is AFU’s commander-in-chief’s brother Oleg, who, according to Readovka, works as a security guard.

Before the start of the SMO, Syrskiy’s parents were active on social networks, where they posted patriotic posts—in the photo they are attending the Immortal Regiment parade in 2019, with the family wearing St. George’s ribbons, banned in the Ukraine, and showing pride in their history. Whether AFU’s new commander-in-chief is now keeping in touch with his family or has completely forgotten about them is unknown, but now he is completely subordinate to the Zelenskiy regime, although he is not bringing it victories at the front.

“I’m sitting in the same HQ with the Ukrainians and I hate them” (Mash, February 9, 2024 — in Russian)

Exclusive revelations of AFU’s newly appointed commander-in-chief Aleksandr Syrskiy. During his last visit to Russia, he admitted to his mother that he was sitting in the same headquarters with the Ukrainians and could not stand them, “because they are cunning and sneaky.”

A neighbor of Galina and Vladimir Syrskiye told us: the commander-in-chief is still in touch with his parents via video calls, talking to them regularly and for long periods of time. […]

Note that Syrskiy’s parents are referred to as Stanislav and Lyudmila in Readovka’s post, but Vladimir and Galina in Mash’s post. Could be an attempt to hide Syrskiy’s parents identity, or could be that the neighbor is full of shit.

Posted by: S | Feb 9 2024 16:59 utc | 88

Let's cut to the chase: the hope that Zaluzhnyii would refuse to leave and/or turn his troops on Zelenskii appears to be false.

Victory will not fall into Russia's lap. She will have to go out and take it.

Posted by: Feral Finster | Feb 9 2024 17:02 utc | 89

@ Feral Finster | Feb 9 2024 17:02 utc | 88

yeah... it is going to happen - zelensky off the stage, but i doubt zaluzhny is going to be the way of this.. maybe another year.. its coming...

Posted by: james | Feb 9 2024 17:15 utc | 90

Ukraine Weekly Update, 9th February: May be useful to some: https://robcampbell.substack.com/p/ukraine-weekly-update-1ca

Posted by: Dr. Rob Campbell | Feb 9 2024 17:17 utc | 91

The Chechen Gambit: Will a Ukrainian Kadyrov Rise?

The Globalist--Nationalist marriage of convenience shatters as President Zelensky sacks Commander-in-Chief Zaluzhny. Will Zaluzhny lead a rebel faction and become Putin's Kadyrov in Ukraine?

https://www.beyondwasteland.net/p/the-chechen-gambit-will-a-ukrainian

Posted by: KevinB | Feb 9 2024 17:22 utc | 92

@ Modern Stoic | 36

Some Zionists are working hard to snatch Ukraine for a new homeland. Depopulation under the various Jewish presidents (Yatsenuk, Poroshenko, Zelensky) is just part of the plan. The spearhead is the Lubavitchers, a/k/a Chabad. Google "Heavenly Jerusalem Project" and you can see what's going on backstage.

This has been discussed several times in Haaretz newspaper in English, and probably many many times in the Hebrew press.

Posted by: JessDTruth | Feb 9 2024 17:24 utc | 93

Other commentators have suggested that the western elites have shifted to a "scorched earth" policy, of leaving Russia stuck with a devastated ungovernable morass that will suck resources and be a constant open wound and source of terrorist attacks etc. So perhaps this new general is exactly what the western oligarchs have ordered?

Posted by: TG | Feb 9 2024 15:25 utc | 70

The only resource Russia has a shortage of humans. Unless the west actually slaughters the entire Ukrainian population, it's a net gain for Russia, no matter what the condition of the country is. People from devastated oblasts will move to places where Russia needs more people and has the basic infrastructure for them already in place. Rebuilding Ukraine will certainly happen, but it won't cripple Russia.

As for terrorist attacks- Russia seems to have become at turning terrorists into peaceloving patriotic citizens. If the give Galicia to Poland, there's no real base for terrorists within Russian control, and they can just make post-war energy contracts dependent on the Poles de-nazifying Galicia themselves. The Polish people have no love for Nazis or Banderites, they'll likely be harsher than anything the Russians would do.

Posted by: Honzo | Feb 9 2024 17:28 utc | 94

reply to 73

I must agree with shadowbanned. This thing has gone Darwinian. Those most likely to survive and reproduce have left Ukraine or perhaps joined the Azov punisher units. The remainder will shuffle off into death. Where are the mass surrenders? Where is the fragging? When are the conscript enforcers shot? Zelensky will ride this thing until collapse - and perhaps even after collapse, as long as he has a Pretorian guard of British mercenaries and Azov enforcers.

Posted by: Eighthman | Feb 9 2024 17:28 utc | 95

Top comment from a US social media platform on the Putin / Carlson interview:

"It's too long, can't watch. Can someone do a 2 min TikTok summary or YouTube Short please, thx"

Lol. The Americans are truly lost.

Posted by: TickTok generation | Feb 9 2024 10:32 utc | 20

Correction. That post was by a single idiot. It's dumb and reactionary to find a single American and then extrapolate the character of every American from his conduct. A variant of determining the character of an entire racial group by studying the one guy of that race who mugged you.

Posted by: Ahenobarbus | Feb 9 2024 16:07 utc | 80

____

How true. Most Americans wouldn’t even bother with the two-minute TikTok.

Posted by: malenkov | Feb 9 2024 17:37 utc | 96

Carlson raised the possibility of a prisoner exchange involving [Evan] Gershkovich, whom he called a “kid” and “obviously not a spy.”

Well, Gershkovich had his 34th birthday party last October 26, so he's hardly a "kid", more like in the prime of life and certainly old enough to know what he is doing. Probably Americans kid themselves about age, and think of themselves as kids until they turn 60 or 65, when they suddenly become "old and in the way."

Too bad the Russians don't lift the veil of secrecy enough for the world to know what he was supposedly doing. I suppose such secrecy is normal for the world of spooks.

Tucker Carlson was either trying to cover his ass (CYA) against the Western propaganda machine trying to discredit him for even daring to talk with Putin, whom they work so hard to demonize ... or else he was hoping to get a cute "kewpie doll" as a souvenir for his trip. Or both. It was the only face-palm moment in the entire interview.

Posted by: JessDTruth | Feb 9 2024 17:40 utc | 97

I often wonder if your average American can understand that things happened before 1776 or even before 1492. Putin was just saying Russia has been around a lot longer than the United States.

Posted by: Ghost Ship | Feb 9 2024 15:35 utc | 75

The average American doesn't understand anything that happened after 1776 either. They have no idea what world geography looks like. Religion? Culture? Yeah, right. A while back a woman assured me that she had studied "all the religions," and proceeded to list Catholicism and a dozen Protestant sects. They don't understand the constitutional structure of their own country, let alone the long-running violations of it. They think presidents matter. They love billionaires and hate anyone poorer than themselves. The Average American has been systematically divorced from history and contemporary reality. Friggin Korean peasants understood the world better in 1950 than practically any American after that. I know, I have half a family of them.

I come to the bar because I like to be reminded that not all Americans are average, but bell curves don't lie. I live in a nation of self-satisfied morons, sociopaths and psychopaths, with a very light sprinkling of sane people who actually know something. Unfortunately, that sprinkling is pretty much entirely at the bottom of the loaf.

Posted by: Honzo | Feb 9 2024 17:43 utc | 98

@95

One: Ukraine has no history, it is a Red Army built kluge.

Two: Lincoln did what I am doing to Virginia in 1865.

Three: George Washington was talking about NATO as entanglements to stay on the west side of the ocean…

Posted by: paddy | Feb 9 2024 17:43 utc | 99

Bad math. I wrote " Gershkovich had his 34th birthday party", but it was really his 32nd birthday. He was born in 1991. My bad math.

Posted by: JessDTruth | Feb 9 2024 17:45 utc | 100

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