Ukraine War Day #103: Severodonetsk Update Plus Cossacks

Dear Readers:

For today’s post I have two topics, first a battlefield update, and then a “feel-good” story (well, feeling good if you like Cossacks!)

Several Donuts

Little joke there. One of the military channels I follow, Defense Politics Asia, Wyatt (who is ethnic Chinese-Malay working out of Singapore) hilariously butchers Slavic place names, and at one point started calling this city Several Donuts; which became a meme.

Anyhow, I saw this piece, the reporter is Alyona Zadorozhnaya. Rodion Miroshnik, who is LPR Ambassador to Moscow, denies that the Ukrainian army re-took Severodonetsk, despite so much speculation (and jubilation) in Westie media: “We have not seen any kinds of counter-offensives on the part of the Ukrainian armed forces in the region of Severononetsk. The main problem we are facing, is the shelling coming out of the Lisichansk and Privolye [Russian Приволье, transcribed Ukrainian spelling Pryvillyia] Platzdarms. But our troops will be there soon enough,” he reassures optimistically.

In above map I marked Privolye with a red arrow (near the top). I also placed an arrow near the bottom pointing to a town called Borovskoye, on the Left Bank of the Severodonetsk River. That’s the place where Military Summary Analysis (one of the main channels I watch for day-to-day battle info) claims the actual counter-offensive took place. Not in Severodonetsk. According to Dima, at said channel, the Ukrainian side, showing some tactical intelligence, noticed the upcoming danger of the Russian flanking maneuver around Lisichansk and decided to try to cut if off. Not having hardly any soldiers of their own to carry out this counter-offensive (Ukrainian soldiers are mutinying en masse and refusing to carry out suicidal counter-offensives), Ukrainian brass had to send in the foreign mercenaries, the International Legion. And that’s what this whole thing was all about. Possibly. Probably. [We still don’t know who won, though, or if the battle is still ongoing around Borovskoye-Sirotine area.]

Rodion Miroshnik

Returning to Zadorozhnaya’s piece, which now seems all the more plausible, in light of this info flowing in from various angles: Miroshnik reiterates, and reassures, that the entire residential half of Severodonetsk remains under full Russian/Chechen control. Ukrainian resistance has been isolated to the Azot factory in the industrial zone.

Recall that yesterday, in a literal “fog of war” story, we were hearing that the Ukrainians had exploded vast tanks of nitric acid in Azot; and some analysts postulated the Russian forces may have pulled back out of Severodonetsk precisely for this reason (hopefully wearing gas masks). But now that story doesn’t seem so likely any more either. I mean, if the Ukrainians had blown up so many chemicals, then they wouldn’t have stuck around either, but apparently they are still holed up in Azot themselves.

So we don’t really know whom or what to believe. But perhaps we can believe Miroshnik, because he backs up his words with receipts; namely Kadyrov has posted videos on social media, in which his soldiers from the Special Ops group “Akhmat” are seen strolling through the center of Severodonetsk like a walk in the park. I have not seen those videos myself, but presumably they bear timestamps proving that this was after the Ukrainians claimed the Chechens had been driven out.

Miroshnik: “In conclusion, there have not been any Ukrainian counteroffensives or any other kinds of actions that would lead to a change in the overall situation. It’s not if but when we take Lisichansk — that’s just a question of time. Currently there is active fighting going on. Just in the past 24 hours we struck the enemy’s equipment six times. We have suffered some losses on our side, unfortunately; but there are also liquidated militants on the other side.”

Kadyrov: “The Nazis keep yapping and gaslighting Ukrainian people and the world, claiming that Severodonetsk is under the control of the Ukrainian armed forces. But even a blind man can see that there are no Nazis left in the city, so all their pseudo-heroic pronouncements are not worth even a boiled egg. They fled from the city, they are hiding out in the industrial zone, where they, and their foreign mercenaries friends will be slowly, but surely, dispatched to meet Bandera.”

Zaporozhian Cossacks To Discuss Integration With Russia

For this story, the reporter is Evgeny Romanov. Ataman Sergei Yurchenko, of the Zaporozhie Oblast Cossacks, announced that his guys are conducting negotiations to join the All-Russian Society of Cossacks.

Ataman Yurchenko doesn’t hide his pro-Russian views.

Yurchenko: “The Cossacks of the Zaporozhie Oblast have entered into this initiative. We are currently discussing this issue in every city, in every region; the issue is whether we should join the All-Russian Cossack Society. We are conducting negotiations with Ataman Nikolai Doluda of the All-Russian Cossack Society. We are also consulting with State Duma Deputy Viktor Vodolatsky. In the very near future we will be convening a session of the Great Cossack Circle (Казачий Большой круг). We always used to take part in Cossack events on the Don, in the Kuban [peninsula], as well as in Moscow and other territories of the Cossack troops. […] And of course we are currently striving to become a part of the broader friendly family of Russian Cossacks.” Yurchenko also noted that Cossack culture is very much developed in Zaporozhie. Every city and region contains sophisticated Cossack organizations. From the very start of the Russian Special Operation, the Zaporozhian Cossacks have been actively helping the public cope, maintaining law and order, and assisting with humanitarian and social tasks.

Yurchenko again: “We Cossacks, we are not just a social organization. We are also people who [traditionally] come to the defense of the government; who help to keep public order; who work with the youth, just the way it is done in Russia. And the Cossacks of the Zaporozhie Oblast, also support this kind of work. […] We are trying to form Cadet classes in the Zaporozhie Oblast, military cadet classes of the Cossack corpus. We want to re-educate youth who have been brainwashed by Western values, by pseudo-patriotic slogans, we want to help bring them out of that false consciousness, and show them what true patriotism consists of. This is much needed right now.”

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21 Responses to Ukraine War Day #103: Severodonetsk Update Plus Cossacks

  1. Stevelancs says:

    Ramzan Kadyrov posted this today 6th June at his Telegram Channel. There is a video also.. “Friends, I have repeatedly stated and confirmed by video recordings the fact of taking the entire residential area of ​​the city of Severodonetsk. The Akhmat fighters in these videos moved freely along the main street and the central avenue of the city. But the Nazis stubbornly hang noodles on the ears of the Ukrainian and world community that Severodonetsk is under the control of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

    My dear brother, assistant to the Head of the Chechen Republic Apta Alaudinov, recorded another video especially for us, in which he rode through the streets of the city in a car with Akhmat license plates, showed the building of the city SBU, talked with the sellers of a working store and …, lo and behold! Local residents have not seen a single Nazi over the past few days, and they have not heard of anyone’s attack at all. What’s with the face, Nazis?

    Now it is clear even to the blind that there are no Nazis in the city, and all their pseudo-heroic statements are not worth a damn. They fled the city, friends, went to the industrial zone, where our guys and the LNR fighters are systematically and slowly sending them and foreign mercenaries to Bandera.

    So, if a statement pops up again on the network that the Nazis are advancing on Severodonetsk or holding it in the best traditions of Rimbaud or the Terminator, drive these liars away.

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    • yalensis says:

      Awesome. I had seen part of that quote. “Nazis stubbornly hang noodles on the ears…” I made an artistic choice to translate that Russian idiom into American idiom as “Nazis gaslighted…”
      Kadyrov really has a way with words, I love it! My favorite part of his quote is when he promises to send the Nazis to meet up with their hero Bandera…”

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      • Stevelancs says:

        In Russian the first paragraph..
        Друзья, я не раз заявлял и подтверждал видеозаписями факт взятия всей жилой зоны города Северодонецка. Бойцы “Ахмат” в этих видео свободно передвигались по центральной улице и центральному проспекту города. Но нацики упорно вешают лапшу на уши украинской и мировой общественности о том, что Северодонецк находится под контролем ВСУ.

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        • Stevelancs says:

          I’m trying to work out how to copy the video. I got it to the downloads folder on my computer but when I try to drag it here it just opens and begins to play.

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          • Stevelancs says:

            This should link to the original post
            https://t.me/RKadyrov_95/2264

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          • yalensis says:

            Are you looking at video on Telegram? I also have not figured out how to copy Telegram videos, which leaves me dependent on youtube, and that’s not a good place to be.
            If you figure it out, please let me know!

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            • Stevelancs says:

              Did the Russian reveal whether this translation was slightly off?
              “Nazis stubbornly hang noodles on the ears…”
              If you ask at Quora about downloading vids from Telegram there are a number of answers, and it seems to depend on where you are downloading to – PC, Android, iMac etc.

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              • yalensis says:

                “вешать лапшу на уши” – literally “to hang noodles on somebody’s ears” is strange Russian idiom which can be translated in many ways into English: To blow smoke, to B.S. someone, etc. I prefer to translate as “to gaslight someone”. I am sure there must be some kind of history behind this phrase, but I don’t know what it is! Is said to be derived from some kind of prison jargon.

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  2. colliemum says:

    Thanks, yalensis – still very much war-foggy, isn’t it! So ’tis another day of wait-and-see …

    But since you’re mentioning Cossack and Atamans, I simply cannot resist to present this famous song about Ataman Platov. In the middle of this song you’ll hear the deepest, blackest bass voices you could wish for:

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  3. Stephen T Johnson says:

    Wally is hilarious.
    Severodonetsk is very confusing.
    But, the good guys are going to win

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  4. daniel_s says:

    In line with your analysis: My local MSM outlet (Tagesanzeiger.ch) cites ukrainian sources saying that AFU, after having ventured into the city, are back in Azot plant.

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    • yalensis says:

      Yup. Even the Ukrop Guvnor Gaiday (=Heyday) is admitting that the vaunted counter-offensive was a big nothingburger. Whew! Stayed tuned, though, I’ll have some more news on this, hopefully in tomorrow’s post.

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  5. the pair says:

    the kiev junta could tell me water was wet and i wouldn’t believe it at this point. as i’m typing this the wire service legacy news is saying “20,000 dead civilians” and “300 hospitals attacked”. funny they never directly say by whom. reminds me of the “last hospital in syria” being bombed 50 times in 40 locations.

    i predicted the chechens would get involved (while laughing at a MSM article claiming russia was bringing “terrorists” from syria to fight on its side) but i had no idea how effective they’d be. i don’t know enough about kadyrov or how he runs things domestically to have a solid opinion on that (plus it’s none of my business as a westerner) but he is impressive when the tires hit the road. plus he shares putin’s affection for tigers which i admit is an easy win with me.

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    • yalensis says:

      Well said! Also, Westie media knows damned well who is killing those civilians, but they try to fudge it, in the hopes that their readers are idiots. (Which many are, but not all.)

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      • Peace says:

        …not all readers my Friend 🙂 I am investigating and analyzing and comparing and translating…and THINKING! 🙂 Western media shots out all the news on this issue thinking: if they don’t mention it it will go away or it does not exist. They are grabbing on any fake news and multiplying that. Nobody talks about peace anymore; that is against the rule. Riding in the wake of the war and grabbing shady businesses; pushing their business onto other continents. Mainly taking over the EU. Forcing the currency go down trying to prevent BRICS doing business in Euros. The support from west is tremendous but the whining from zelensky never ends; where the money and weaponry goes….nobody tells anything. Nobody cares about the attrocities; the west does not know anything about the issue! Media is one sided only – they are pulling the plug even if they flushing themselves down the drain.

        Peace!

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        • yalensis says:

          Well said, and peace be upon you as well.

          Speaking of Zelensky’s whining, I was reading yesterday how he is demanding from Western leaders pretty much everything they have in the world: all their tanks, all their planes, all their rocket launchers, and all their money too, it goes without saying. Frankly, I almost wish the West would send to Ukraine every single weapon in the world, it’s like sending them into a black hole, and maybe that’s the way to finally bring peace to this tortured planet.

          On that note: A couple of days ago I was watching Alexei Arestovich on his nightly blog with Feigin, a slightly inebriated Alexei was trolling the West by showing photos on his phone, of rows and rows of tanks (probably hundreds of them) standing on a training ground somewhere in Washington DC. And he was like, “These tanks are just standing there and doing nothing, they could be sending them to us.”
          And I was thinking, Well, Alexei, maybe the Americans want to keep at least something for themselves, you know, just for a rainy day!

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