Putin’s battle plans & Ukraine invasion maps as (un)-covered by Western media

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RT/Moscow: The same US “intelligence community” that brought us ‘weapons of mass destruction in Iraq’ and ‘Trump-Russia collusion’ claimed in November that Moscow is preparing to invade Ukraine any day now.

The harder Moscow denied it as ‘fake news’, the louder – and more vivid – the allegations became. Things went into overdrive after high-level security talks between Russia and the US appeared to end in failure, with Washington rejecting Moscow’s ‘red lines’ out of hand.

Daily Mail draws maps of ‘full-scale invasion’

“Moscow [has] moved as many as 100,000 troops, as well as tanks and missiles, close to the border” with Ukraine, the Daily Mail claimed on Wednesday. Variations on this line have been reported by just about every major outlet – and many minor ones – in NATO countries over the past six weeks.

The tabloid published multiple maps of how the fantasy ‘invasion’ would unfold.

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At least the Mail admitted the claim comes from Kiev, and attributed the estimate that Russia has “a further 3,000 military personnel” backing 35,000 “rebels” within Ukraine to the same source.

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The Daily Mail further raised a hue and cry on Wednesday over several Russian ships sailing through the Baltic Sea that “might” be headed to Ukraine, even as planeloads of British missiles were en route to Kiev.

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The paper also quoted anonymous senior officials at the UK Defence Ministry, saying they “strongly believe [Russian President Vladimir Putin’s] preference is for a full invasion rather than a limited offensive.”

The Sun predicts Russia is ‘sleepwalking into Vietnam’

Russia could “sleepwalk into ‘Vietnam War’ in Ukraine invasion facing kill zones, guerrillas & US special forces,” The Sun proclaimed on Wednesday, quoting a former US colonel who fought in Afghanistan. They also cited someone from the Henry Jackson Society lobby group who said that the CIA will be funding a guerrilla war in Ukraine, with “American forces on the ground assisting the Ukrainians though not actually fighting.”

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Reuters evokes specter of WWII Battle of Berlin

Columnist Peter Apps on Wednesday conjured the imagery of “the largest combined arms military operation undertaken by Russia since the Battle of Berlin in 1945” for Reuters, citing the US think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). The organization was also behind the map of how the ‘Russian invasion’ might unfold.

Bild explains how Putin can ‘destroy Ukraine’

“This is how Putin could destroy Ukraine,” German tabloid Bild said on Wednesday. The scenario, penned by Julian Röpcke, also featured a fanciful map with lines and arrows of three “phases” of the “invasion.”

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CNN pulls out the maps

British journalist Tim Marshall on Tuesday unfolded a map of Europe for CNN, to explain to Americans how this is all about the Carpathian Mountains, or something.

Crimea Bridge ‘bomber’ posts Paint job

Washington Examiner columnist Tom Rogan, of ‘Ukraine should bomb Putin’s Crimea bridge’ infamy, also reached for the map for his analysis on Monday – a homemade one drawn in MS Paint on a Google background.

Washington Post enlists Bolton to unveil Putin’s strategy

Major US outlets also fortified the ‘Russian invasion’ narrative. Sunday’s Washington Post ran an opinion piece by neoconservative war hawk John Bolton, who claimed he knew Putin’s strategy for Ukraine and that the US needed one to counter it.

“The United States and NATO should surge shipment of lethal military assistance to Ukraine (and possibly Georgia and others) and redeploy substantial additional forces there — not to fight, but to train and exercise with Ukrainian counterparts. Let Russian generals, looking through their field glasses, see American flags in Ukraine and wonder what it means,” Bolton wrote.

Economist’s sage advice

The UK-based Economist subtitled its coverage of the hypothetical conflict “The guns of January” on Monday, referring to Barbara Tuchman’s famous book about the start of WWI, before laying out three scenarios for potential Russian interventions, all of which “would necessitate a big war.”

“The odds have now increased that there will be some kind of dramatic but limited military operation in Ukraine,” The Economist quoted a British Russia-watcher now working for a think tank in Estonia.

A retired US general who served as a military attaché in Moscow claimed that “The Ukrainians will fight and inflict major losses on the Russians.”

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9 COMMENTS

  1. russians are laughing at this moment, me too about the daily mails dreaming for the weatern / nato countries…
    russia will not send even 1 soldir into ukranistan, it can take out the entire nato+ukra millitry hardware from outside in an hour,
    and then their genderd software will run away as fast as they can run anyway
    loooooooooool
    Lord please let it rain a little brain in the west

  2. Two obvious things make this report cow dung. 1. The Russians have 100,000 “troops” sitting for weeks on the Ukrainian border. Where did they come from? Sounds like some major homeland security issue. 2. John Bolton giving anybody advise about anything. How does this idiot without portfolio keep getting “work” as a source of intelligence? OK, George W Bush got elected president. Twice. Livin’ in the USA!

  3. The fourth picture make me ask…..why somebody in Moscow should be so fool to send a ship in a trip so long by sea when they can send the same in a short trip by railroad or highway inside their own country??

    • Adrian, you probably forgot that Russians are terrible with their improvisation)) They could also take the northern route, and even circumnavigate Australia along the way)))

  4. “Everyone thinks of himself as a strategist, seeing the fight from afar.”

    The flow of information nonsense flooded the entire media space. They compete in obvious and predictable things. Because they all think and want us to do so. Putin and the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, I am absolutely convinced of this, will act in a way that few people will expect.
    But at the same time, I have no shadow of a doubt that if the Ukrainian Nazi junta from this corrupt country 404 dares to cross the red line, they will certainly get in their teeth. The response of the Russian Federation will be fast, lightning-fast, spot-on. This will lead to the loss of the statehood of this territory. I can’t even call them a country. This is the territory of 404 (computer error code), as we call them.
    By the way, have you heard the Ukrainian anthem? Birds will die right in flight from this dreary dog’s outing.
    They have done everything possible to earn our contempt for them. And yet, hundreds of thousands of residents of 404 come to Russia to work, to relatives or to get married.

  5. Competition for the bullshit crown

    Will Stewart is in fact a thoroughly real albeit deeply private person. He’s totally absent from social media, and not a single outlet that publishes his work has his photograph. Nevertheless, the “Companies House” UK corporate registry lists him as the director of a company called “East2West Limited,” registered in January 1996, which corresponds to when Stewart first appeared in the Russian Foreign Ministry’s records as a foreign correspondent.

    https://meduza.io/en/feature/2019/10/23/bullshitting-russia

    • The remarkable output of Will Stewart. Results using Daily Mail search facility.
      Guess who is the baddy in all of them.
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  6. The Western wh*re media, mentally-sodomized beyond all redemption, will attempt to depict unlikely scenarios of Ukranians resisting the Russian troops. Delusional, at best!! On the contrary, the Russians have so many millions of Ukranian refugees in their country who can’t wait to take back their country from the Zionist oligarch puppet-masters in Kiev and their Anglo-American partners in crime. Then, from there, it won’t take too long to liberate the rest of Europe.

  7. I will stick my neck out and say that this reminds me of the three (Four?) times in my lifetime that the Jehova’s witnesses have predicted the End of The World. The Russians say they are not planning to invade unless the Ukrainian Junta try to solve the problem of the rebellious provinces by force. My bet is that if the UJ does not try to solve that problem by force, the Russians will not invade. If the US/NATO continue to stonewall the Russians (I.e. do not live up to the agreements they signed with Russia in 1997.) the Russians will do something that the US/NATO will not like one bit, but it will not be an invasion of Ukraine.

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