The breaking news (and I will cover this in more depth in tomorrow’s post) is another major Russian attack against Ukrainian infrastructure. Yesterday the Russians went medieval on the hydro-technological infrastructure of Krivoy Rog. Like, blowing up a big huge dam (Karachunovskaya) on the reservoir to raise the level of the Ingulet River; which caused massive flooding downstream. From what I read, parts of downtown Krivoy Rog were flooded, ironically people were left without drinking water and had to dash to the supermarkets to buy bottled water.
The name Krivoy Rog, by the way (Ukrainian spelling is Kryvyi Rih), means “twisted horn” or “crooked horn”, you know, like those animals whose horns grow out and curl backwards. I don’t know how or why the city got such a strange name, but I’ll research it properly in time for tomorrow’s post.
Anyhow, the Russians, being the philanthropists that they are [sarc], did not do this just to be mean. They claim this was an absolutely necessary step to deflect that big Ukrainian Zaporozhie counter-offensive, that everybody has been talking about. We’ll discuss the ethical considerations in tomorrow’s post, and whether or not this should be deemed as a war crime (since it is directed at civilian infrastructure). Realistically, this act has caused a significant advantage for the Russian military operation, as it caused several of the Ukrainian pontoon bridges to float away. Recall that, as we discussed, the Ukrainians had so many possible places of attack, as to keep the Russians on edge as to which location they try to raid first. What I am trying to say, is that this was a military-tactical decision from the Russian side. And successful, from the looks of it, although one should always heed the words of Sun Tzu when he advised: “Never under-estimate your enemy.”
Ukrainians Continue To Plan Their Counter-Offensive
I have this piece from reporter Elizaveta Bulkina. As we know the Ukrainian army got a boost when America started giving it HIMARS system. Even if they are not exactly the “game-changer” that some predicted, they certainly helped (the Ukrainians) become even more destructive than they were before.
Now we are learning that the Ukrainians are beefing up their Zaporozhie line with more HIMARS, presumably as a prelude to the planned counter-offensive. In addition to HIMARS the Ukrainians are bringing in “Radio-Electronic” complexes called Bukovel. This information was reported by Vladimir Rogov, from the Zaporozhie administration.
Rogov: We have counted at least 3 Bukovel systems. The Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) are organizing storm groupings for “intel via combat”, in other words to probe for weaknesses in our line. So far all of their probes have met with a harsh response. The UAF are actively using drones. We have strengthened our defensive lines. We still don’t know where they are planning the brunt of their counter-offensive.
Bulkina reports on Ukrainian activity on a slightly different part of the front: near the borders of Luhansk Oblast. There too they are relying heavily on their American HIMARS.
Andrei Marochko is an officer of the Peoples Militia of the LPR. He reports that Ukrainian troops are probing the area around the LPR border, maybe even within 10 kilometers. Moreover, they are shelling the heck out of LPR territory, using their HIMARS. For example, they heavily shelled the town of Stakhanov.
No Money For Collaborators
In this other piece by reporter Anton Nikitin, we learn that refugees from the Kharkov District who fled to Russian territory, had their bank accounts frozen by the Ukrainian government. This was reported by Tatyana Moskalkova, who is the Human Rights Ombudsman for the Russian Federation.
Moskalkova: Many of these refugees spent years saving up their hryvnas, this money comes from their pensions, their salaries, their savings. And now they come to find that their ATM cards don’t work any more, they are unable to take their own money out of their accounts. The Kiev regime has frozen their accounts.
The article goes on to say that the total number of refugees from Ukraine to Russia, since February 24 of this year, has exceeded 4 million people.