Ukraine War Day #92: How “Vostok” Battalion Took Mariupol (concluded)

ERRATA: In original post, had wrong picture of Zaluzhny, that was actually Ruslan Khomchak, the former Commander-in-Chief. Will now replace his pic with that of the more potato-headed Zaluzhny. Thanks to commenter “raghead the friendly terrorist”, for noticing!

Dear Readers:

Today concluding my translation/review of this piece by reporter Dmitry Steshin, as he interviews DPR Vostok Commander Alexander Khodakovsky.

vs Professional Soldier General Valery Zaluzhny
Watch for this Catfight: Lusya Arestovich of the Clown’s Camarilla…

But first one quick BREAKING NEWS type note. Or, file this under “Cat Fighting”, if you wish. This is something to keep your eyes open for in the next day or so. I was reading yesterday, in the various military blogs that I follow, of a new spat between Valery Zaluzhny (Ukrainian Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces) versus Volodimir Zelensky (Supreme Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces). As soon as the Popasna Flower bloomed, Zaluzhny, professional soldier that he is, somebody who actually went to Military Academy and has read books, pointed out to his boss that tens of thousands of his best men are about to be surrounded in the Lisichansk/Severodonetsk Cauldron. Zaluzhny requested permission for his soldiers to perform a tactical withdrawal Westward before it’s too late. (According to Ukrainian law, soldiers are not allowed to withdraw from the front line without the explicit permission of El Supremo.)

Backstory: Zelensky and his camarilla, which includes Alexei (aka “Lusya”) Arestovich, a complex and highly intelligent yet also dilettantish and completely insane guy who considers himself to be a great military genius — have run this war into the ground. General Zaluzhny knows they are doomed but is too loyal to stage a coup; however he was able to extract at least one concession from the Clown In Chief, namely that he has the right to order a withdrawal when he deems it necessary, on his own judgement, without having to wake up the Clown, say, in the middle of the night, from one of his cocaine binges. Zaluzhny won that concession, BUT!!! Zelensky still has to give the permission in advance. And, here is the really interesting bit: Zel told Zaluzhny he may order the retreat on his own judgement, but only AFTER May 27! Which is tomorrow, Friday.

So, what big thing is supposed to happen between today and tomorrow? I don’t know, but I can’t wait to find out. Some people say there will be a big plot twist, like maybe the entire Polish army rushing to the rescue some time this afternoon? Other evil minds claim that Zelensky is secretly working for Putin. Like, he would have phoned Putin on his secret burner and asked, “Is the cauldron ready yet?” And Putin would have replied, “Hey, Volodya, can you give me just one more day to get everything ready?”

Anyhow, back to our lede:

The Big Battalions Are Decisive

We continue translating the interview between Steshin and Khodakovsky.

Steshin: We have been talking about technology. But what about people? How have they been performing: Ordinary soldiers? Spetznaz?

Khodakovsky: You may be surprised to hear my conclusion: It’s the army which fights, all the same. Not the Spetznaz. Don’t get me wrong, the Spetznaz guy is a very valuable soldier, both according to his equipment, as well as his training. But the military result is given by the [regular] army, in the majority of cases. If you were to use Spetznaz in place of [regular] soldiers, then things would end rather quickly. Of course, when it comes to a duel rifle vs rifle, the better-trained soldier, with the better reflexes, would win. But even he has no immunity against incoming from hidden positions.

Steshin: I understand what you’re getting at. In the past few years the Spetznaz have been hailed as “our everything”.

Khodakovsky: For sure, a lot of resources have been invested in the Spetznaz formations. Whereas the [regular] army were sort of pushed to the side, treated sort of like grey mice. By the same token, the drone reconnaissance program has been implemented at the level of Headquarters, while it really should be in every single company. I’ll go ever further: there should be a drone and its operator in every storming group, which is smaller than a platoon. When I say this to people who are responsible for the unmanned drone operation, it’s like a revelation to them. But for us, it’s already become common practice.

Steshin: What’s next? What tasks has the Vostok Battalion been given to do next? And just in general, in our theater of military operations.

Khodakovsky: First we’ll finish with this whole Azovsteel business. We have already transitioned from purely military tasks to more specialized ones. Now that all these enemies have been taken prisoner, the next step is to finish the entire clean-up operation. We need to find out if there is still anybody left down there. We also understand that the enemy might have left some caches, or even — this is not as crazy as it sounds — groups of diversionaries. We encountered precisely that, when we were fighting near Volnovakha. There was a group hiding out in a cache, in the middle of the night they opened a hatch to get some air, one of our patrols just happened to notice and sounded the alarm. And this happened after we had already taken Volnovakha and considered it to be ours! In Azovsteel there are tons of places to hide out and wait it out, until nobody is left but regular police, and everybody has relaxed their guard. Where are we off to now? It could be anywhere, there are still lots of places… And we are considered “universal” now [all-purpose], we know how to fight, and we can also carry out special operations.

Steshin: I have the feeling that people in the Ukraine have still not fully absorbed the fact that their “Fortress Azovsteel” project, which they hyped to the entire world, has finally ended? What will happen once they figure this out?

Khodakovsky: The official propaganda in Kiev can say whatever they wish. They can spin it like, “We evacuated out own people out of the factory.” But the reality is more banal, and even somewhat humiliating: A grouping which outnumbered us, was squished into a corner and had to raise the white flag. They gave up. The enemy has understood that every grouping he has, every grouping currently hunkering down in the cities, we can bring them all down to the status of “the defenders of Mariupol”. They might continue their usual tactic of hiding in the cities, using civilians as “human shields”. But it didn’t help them then [and it won’t help them now]. They had eight years to plan for this war, they boasted that they had the “strongest army in Europe”, and look what happened, it was all destroyed. By us. Not without a lot of effort. But that is what makes our victory all the more significant.

RIP Motorola and Givi
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14 Responses to Ukraine War Day #92: How “Vostok” Battalion Took Mariupol (concluded)

  1. Stephen T Johnson says:

    Hmmm…what’s the big surprise? Polish intervention? Snake island round 2? Kim leading the charge against Kherson?
    I wait with bated breath.


    • yalensis says:

      Maybe, at High Noon tomorrow (Kiev time), Zelensky will beam up into his flying saucer, then zoom back to his own galaxy. Leaving us all in astonishment, jaws wide open and teeth clattering to the ground. Wouldn’t that be something?


  2. Cortes says:

    Thanks Yalensis.

    Forgive me going completely off-topic, but I thought you may enjoy:

    I await the inevitable banishment. (Ovid was cheesed off by being “relegated” to the area now known as Constanta, Romania… “just a joke, Caesar Augustus, just a joke…)


  3. What will happen on Friday, 27 May?

    I assume it’ll be another attempt to take Snake Island, to try for some propaganda “victory” before the collapse on the Donbass front. If they try it, it’ll be the most telegraphed military attack in history.


  4. Alai, are you sure that’s Zaluzhny in the photo? Zaluzhny doesn’t wear glasses, isn’t white haired – he’s only 48 – and has a very square face.


    • yalensis says:

      YIKES, you are absolutely right! I just did some more research to check. That photo was of the former commander in chief Ruslan Khomchak. I am so sorry for mixing up these photos, everybody. It was an honest mistake, I promise.

      I will go back into my post and replace that photo with a photo of the real Zaluzhny. And raghead, you will be awarded the highest medal for having very good eyes, the Order of the Ragheaded Factchecker!

      [Just in my own defense, I have always had poor facial recognition skills, ever since childhood. This has gotten me into several awkward situations in the course of my life…]

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  6. Bukko Boomeranger says:

    What’s the back story on that photo of Lusya? (Should it be “Lucy”?) Part of his drag act in some prior year’s Eurovision extravaganza? Spotting it before I read the post, my immediate thought was “Is that blonde actually a man? Because the jaw line and hint of 5 o’clock shadow are suss.” Sure enuf! Not that I swing that way, but if I WAS a fan of the trans, all I can say about Loose Lusya is “rowrrrrrr…”


    • yalensis says:

      Hey, Bukko, we’re on the same page here, I also find Lusya weirdly attractive, not that I swing that way either, but I can totally understand why some much of the Ukrainian people are completely hypnotized by him. He has been called the “psychologist of the Ukrainian people”, he does podcasts every night and spews a lot of B.S., like “Don’t worry, we’re winning”, etc., and his followers hang on to his every word. He’s like a cult leader.

      In summary, Alexei Arestovich is a very nice looking man, he has a pretty mouth and face, the only thing I don’t like about him is his Nazi haircut with the shaved sides. This is what he looks like in his “manly” form, when he’s feeling down in the dumps:

      Anyhow the back-story: No, it wasn’t Eurovision. Back in the day (I think this was around 2013) Alexei starred in a movie which was like the Ukrainian rip-off of “Tootsie”. I haven’t seen the movie, so I don’t really know the plot, but it’s my understanding his character dresses up like a woman as a way of disguise, his ultimate goal being to get his old girlfriend back. His alter-ego is a nightclub drag singer called “Lusya [Lucy] Karamelka”, the “little candy-girl”. Pretending to be a woman, Lusya seduces his girlfriend’s new beau, as a way of showing her the guy is a jerk. Or something like that.

      Go onto youtube and type the search string “Arestovich Lusya Karamelka the candy girl”, you will see some very cute things, including Lusya dancing and singing. Be warned, though, Alexei is a very sexy creature and he might “gay” you if you don’t resist.

      In conclusion, it goes without saying that the Russian internet, being so homophobic, can’t get enough of this, considering it to be humiliating rather than uplifting. Personally, I am hoping that “Lusya” survives this war, when it’s over his Ukrainian Nationalist people will be muchly in need of his psychological counseling, to help them get through what just happened to them.


      • Bukko Boomeranger says:

        Seeing the photo of the manly version of Arestovich, I vote for him remaining a girl. Which he might become if he’s put into a Russian (or DPR) prison. I saw an interesting Twitter thread in April about “cocks” in Russian prison, which is their version of “punks” — lowest men on the pecking order. In addition to getting beaten up and used for sex, they have to sleep on the floor next to the squat toilets and other indignities. It’s a power/domination thing primarily, not sexual. The thread had some great cartoon illustrations of the “cock” as a human body with a sad rooster’s head on it. Provided an interesting insight into an aspect of Russian culture. Sorry I don’t have a link. Because it’s on Twitter, it’s not as easy to Oogle as a blog post would be. And I am NOT going to do a Web search for “cocks in Russian prisons” because I know what that would bring up…


        • yalensis says:

          Oh, I hope that doesn’t happen. I mean to say, Arest-ovich definitely deserves to be arrested (haha!) for his crimes, but I can’t stand the thought of sexual violence to anybody, even prisoners. Maybe even especially prisoners. I have some very firm beliefs about that.
          The mark of a good penal system (no pun intended) is when prisoners are properly cared for. They don’t have to be coddled, but they should not be abused either. They deserve to have at a minimum food, water, clothing, and a safe place to sleep. Even criminals deserve a minimal amount of human dignity. I think Dostoevsky would agree. Prison abuses is one of the things I despise most about American culture too.


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