04.19.22 09:00 UTC UPDATE:
And this morning the world awakens to what will be one of the bloodiest battles of the war:
Trust me. This is the neo-Naze Ukrainian fanatics versus the pro-Russian fanatics. And it will not be pretty.
More confirmation this morning:
The offensive will have air cover for once, it would appear:
Apr18 #Kadiivka, Luhansk oblast (occupied): Russian aircraft over the city https://t.co/ctoV96cQOl— English Luhansk (@loogunda) April 19, 2022
Reports are conflicted, as expected, as to which cities and villages are under which side’s control:
From the Daily Sabah in Turkey:
Greece confiscates Russian oil tanker under scope of EU sanctions
Not too smart on their part as Putin will be taking names and making a list of whom to sabotage economically in the very near future.
From the Russian news service TASS:
Kiev plots killing of civilians near Odessa it will blame on Russia — Defense Ministry
The propaganda of both sides may never stop.
And now a different take from a pro-Russia Twitter account which has been fairly reliable with their news updates:
This news was to be expected:
DNR artillery night strike pic.twitter.com/aU5JvxuG0H— ZOKA (@200_zoka) April 19, 2022
This is not relative to the battles today, but a great example of what real combat is all about for the video game addicts out there:
Extremely intense scene of a Russian ambush on Ukrainian support group as experienced by female UA soldier. pic.twitter.com/RNjyG1Sq04— 3Tro³ (@TriTro29) April 14, 2022
More updates will be provided via my Telegram channel throughout the day…
I’m back and so are the updates.
Tonight it would appear the assault on the Donbass region in Eastern Ukraine is fully underway. Despite poor estimates from the West and OSINT community, and an early jump per my own estimates, the Russians have launched an all out assault in the region per early reports and this was warned about by some former American military leaders as of two days ago:
2 DAYS AGO VIDEO👇— AZ Military News (@AZmilitary1) April 19, 2022
‼️One of the very rare people,the legendary Douglas Mcgregor who is not affraid to tell the truth about this war and about erverything‼️
‼️He predicted many things this is a MUST WATCH VIDEO‼️👇 pic.twitter.com/A1W7WMtjvG
So if you are still based in the Stone Age with a prehistoric connection, sorry, not sorry, as there will be a LOT of videos posted the next 96 hours as this war starts to draw closer to an end, instead of an extension. The belief in Washington, DC is that if the Ukrainians can survive the next 30 days, the war will be extended throughout the summer.
However, if 60%+ of their military capabilities are annihilated in Eastern Ukraine over the next 3 weeks, the ability to prevent a Russian victory becomes minimal at best. The Ukrainian forces are running low on food, trained personnel, and worse, ammunition. Without the latter it does not mater just how many “battlefield video victories” are posted as the Russians have the numbers.
On to the updates for yesterday and tonight:
Another video of intense Russian MLRS attacks on #Mykolayiv tonight pic.twitter.com/i5NCoFKvDN— marqs (@MarQs__) April 18, 2022
Zelensky announces the offensive has begun:
The Russians are cranking it up tonight!
Outgoing Russian MLRS from #Kherson towards #Mykolaiv tonight pic.twitter.com/Ynob2c7E7c— marqs (@MarQs__) April 18, 2022
And the RuAF is showing up in force today:
✈️Aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces over the city of Stakhanov (LNR) today,close to Poopasna(the most fortified area)in Donbass✈️— AZ Military News (@AZmilitary1) April 18, 2022
Poopasna has a strategic value and there is more action around in that area…
2nd phase looks is on… pic.twitter.com/wcwwTxGKkS
Nikolayevsk getting hammered tonight:
💥More and more shelling around the area of Nikolayevsk tonight💥 pic.twitter.com/5lcUUKW2p8— AZ Military News (@AZmilitary1) April 18, 2022
LNR artillery in action tonight:
💥LNR arty firing a little bit earlier today in Donbass towards UAF positions💥— AZ Military News (@AZmilitary1) April 18, 2022
‼️All points to that,that the 2nd phase has started‼️ pic.twitter.com/lpkipJ3iGh
Sucks to be them:
💥💥Explosions are reported in Kharkiv and Mykolaiv. An air alert has been declared in all regions of Ukraine.— AZ Military News (@AZmilitary1) April 18, 2022
The Russian army looks like has begun the 2nd phase of the offensive in Ukraine💥💥 pic.twitter.com/IqaXVSkq5V
Not a good day to be a Ukie soldier…
🇷🇺 Russian bombardment on all the frontlines with the 🇺🇦 Ukrainian armed forces in Donbass, eastern Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/4vVBdDPb3X— Intelsky (@Intel_sky) April 18, 2022
Meanwhile earlier, it’s apparent that the battle in Mariupol is almost over with the massive bombardment of the neo-Nazi forces embedded there:
Azovstal plant in Mariupol.https://t.co/BsbcjCnTRY pic.twitter.com/xZhLDDKncu— Status-6 (@Archer83Able) April 18, 2022
More fighting around the last foothold of the Ukrainian forces in Mariupol:
Fighting AzovSteel pic.twitter.com/PeNhL8dj3i— ZOKA (@200_zoka) April 18, 2022
Reinforcements for this offensive were pouring in earlier today:
ANNA NEWS met reinforcements in Donetsk pic.twitter.com/XDWkbXiSUA— ZOKA (@200_zoka) April 18, 2022
It’s early, but a logical strategy:
This is a very good question. We do not. I believe there are three possible scenarios here.— Russians With Attitude (@RWApodcast) April 18, 2022
1) An offensive on Pavlograd to create a huge cauldron & cut off ALL possible supply routes.
2) A big Donbass cauldron.
3) Multiple small cauldrons.
Very rough sketches. https://t.co/ezWzcWUAna pic.twitter.com/H5VpTgttUk
From Zaporozhye area, just effing wow:
Frontline East of Zaporozhye right now.— Arrow Intel (@IntelArrow) April 18, 2022
This is literally the largest battle since operation Desert Storm 30 years ago, or maybe even WW2. pic.twitter.com/yomD4GIMZs
just f’ing wow:
More in the early A.M., I promise…and all day via my Telegram channel, linked at the upper right.