Just a very quick one today. Ukraine is losing this war of attrition, slowly but surely, with every day that passes. Not able to launch a counter-offensive or regain any lost territory, the only real things it has left in its arsenal, are sabotage and terror attacks. Every successful operation (for example, the murder of Darya Dugina) makes the Ukrainian patriots feel a little better; gives them a few moments of mental peace, a sense of power, and hope for the future. But only a few moments. And then they will need another fix.
Especially dangerous are those who used to fight in the Azov Regiment and somehow managed to escape that culling. These guys are the best trained in diversionary actions, and know how to use explosives, or work as snipers. Nothing that they can do, at this point, will make a difference in the overall vector of the war; but they can cause trouble and grief for the Russian side, that’s for sure.
Not sure this guy in today’s story fits into that category though; or is just a wannabe. I saw this piece by reporter Dmitry Zubarev. The content: A supporter of Azov was detained in Kaliningrad. His mission was to perform sabotage acts “against objects of the Baltic Fleet and the Khrabrovo Airport”. Personally, I would not deem such acts to be categorized as “terrorism”. The murder of Darya Dugina, a civilian, was terrorism. Sabotage against military objects is not necessarily terrorism, in my view, in the course of a war. And the editors of this piece don’t call it terrorism either, they call it diversionism.
Be that as it may, it is interesting to note in the photo of the arrest, the arrested man, looks like he is handcuffed but still able to carry his own luggage; they blurred out his face, but if you look closely you can see that he sports that famous “Azov” haircut, the mohawk with the shaved sides.
Pretty easy to catch terrorists when they all have the same hair-do, Am I right? Wanna bet he’s also got swastika tattoos? Let’s make it easier for the cops…
They don’t give the man’s name. Just say that he was born in 1967 (which would make him around 55 years old, if my math is correct), a local resident of Kaliningrad, and a supporter of the Azov Regiment. Cops say that his mission was to set off some bombs, and then flee from the enclave. When searching his home, they found 5 kg of TNT equivalent, and some “communication” (presumably on his computer) with Azov. Also “agitational literature” and forbidden symbols.
“Under questioning, the detained man gave a full accounting…” Yeah, I’m sure he did…. He will be charged with Statute 205 (preparing a terrorist act) and Statute 223 (unlaw possession of weapons).