Major news broke that the Nova Khakovka dam has been completely destroyed. This is the central, extremely important dam that was critical to the whole Kherson situation last year. It was the sole reason Russia retreated, as the threat of destroying the dam kept their troops on the right/western bank of the Dnieper river highly vulnerable.
This totally feels like the Nordstream hit. Nobody wins but the consensus is universal, those guys are nuts.
I would bet it was most likely special forces from the west, don't forget a destroyed and suffering Russia and Eastern Ukraine (which is set to be part of Russia) is the best outcome for US/Nato. The more Ukrainians (future Russians) and Russian strategic interests get hurt the more points the West believes it gets in its high score. Even if its not tactically significant, its still good strategically to destroy it, just like it is to kill as many Ukrainians, Russians, and destroy as much of the land and infrastructure as possible. Its Russia who will have to pay for it in the future, and repair and manage the damage and suffer the ecological/financial consequences for all of this.
This dam sure changes the playing field rather drastically. Nuke plant is #1 problem/priority.
Ka52 had hits with about 25 seconds between firing & termination. They are sitting way back from the lines.
I'll bet the allies blew the dam because they are going to retake Kherson which is a citadel effectively and they never should have left it. But they did. I don't know why. But Kherson is a Russian federated republic now isnt it? So they are going to retake it. But it would be madness to attempt it while the dam remains as a threat all the time.
So remove the threat.
They then need good dry road and air supremacy to be able to speed much troops and munitions across that flood plain during the night.
Still going to be bloody awful. It is a citadel. Plains to the north. Floodplain to the south below them.
But I'll bet that's what's happening.
Serious Battle of the Bulge vibes.
Am actually surprised the dam was destroyed. If the Russians did it, they went from limited SMO to WW3 footing overnight. If the Ukrainians did it... desperation? Is this the false flag?
As for the offensive. I had been wondering for some time why Russia allows the offensive to happen at all. And I feel more convinced of this now. The longer they sit around and wait, the more damage gets done. The attacks into Belgorod are amazing actually. If the equivalent in 2003 happened, say, Saddam activated iraqi sleepers in US border states and blew up a few buildings and killed some civilians, you can imagine the reaction.
I also don't subscribe to the view that a failed offensive = stopping western support. If anything it will prelude even greater material support up to and including direct involvement.
I'm sure the Russians have their plan, and are operating on a different timeline, but on the ground realities have a way of taking things over
Pray, action, my goodness, I am back to post a comment. Turn of events has me on edge💙🇷🇺❤️
These failures in Ukraine are a protent to what's coming for the collective western ponzi. Compound interest on idiocy.
Now you're doing real-time, in-depth analysis? Larry Johnson's going to think you're an army of AI bots.
This is really horrible and people are dying! “This just proves to me more than anything that they’ve completely given up on actually trying to win the real land war, and are now only focusing on winning the simulation.”
Dear oh dear, it's like the impetus we all feel to stare at a road accident as we pass, a combination of a perversion to see the gore and then horror at what is revealed.
Feel great pity for these guys charging artillery barrages, but sadly it is going to happen, hope the Ukrainian army does collapse so this carnage can be over with.
May I ask what is the source of the first piece of footage shown?
Today it really is FUBAR. What a mess. Can't wait for what Wimsey has to say.
Ukrainian Soldiers are being brought to the US for treatment. Metallica James Hetfield visits the wounded in Vail CO.
Desperate people do desperate things. Ukraine clearly blew up the dam as retaliation and to disrupt Russia and make false accusations. This was predictable and many predicted this happening months ago. Should not be a shock to anyone. Asymmetric warfare is largely what Ukraine is reduced to. They are getting beaten to a pulp, and more massive missile strikes took place tonight. Stay calm, and carry on.