Ukrainian civilians are being detained and deported to Russia through so-called filtration operations, according to a newly declassified report from the National Intelligence Council, which provides analysis for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
“The filtration process includes temporary detention, data collection, interrogation, and in some cases abuse of detainees” at 18 or more processing centers, the document says.
The U.S. Department of State has called on Russia to halt these filtration operations, estimating they have resulted in the forced deportation of between 900,000 and 1.6 million Ukrainians, including 260,000 children.Rapes, Murders, Kidnapping, Slavery
After so many civilian murders, rapes, tortures, kidnappings, and enslavements, you’d think that we would grow hardened to Russian atrocities in Ukraine. But knowing that the criminal Russian government is kidnapping young children for deportation to Russia for reasons unknown, is enough to raise my disgust levels toward Russia even higher.
Is the Russian Economy Collapsing?
The Russian oil and gas industry is the foundation stone for the Russian economy and the Russian government. But Russia cannot produce much of its oil & gas without the help of international oil field services companies — most of which have pulled out of the country.
The Russian upstream industry has also long been reliant on Western technology, which combined with the loss of both Russia’s erstwhile primary market and Russia’s diminished economic clout leads to even the Russian energy ministry revising its projections of long-term oil output downward.
There is no doubt that, as many energy experts predicted, Russia is losing its status as an energy superpower, with an irrevocable deterioration in its strategic economic positioning as an erstwhile reliable supplier of commodities.Imploding in Slow Motion
Russia can afford to lose many of the destroyed tanks, planes, helicopters, and armored vehicles now rusting away in Ukrainian ditches and fields. But Russia cannot afford to lost its pilots, its officers, and its elite level fighters in the special forces and paratroopers. This is a loss that Russia will feel for generations to come.
An advanced weapons system provided by the U.S. has allowed Ukraine to destroy 50 Russian ammunition depots since arriving in June, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said Monday in televised remarks.
“This cuts their logistical chains and takes away their ability to conduct active fighting and cover our armed forces with heavy shelling,” Reznikov said.Dozens of Top Ranked Officers Killed So Far
Other Russian officers recently killed include two high ranking colonels who were flying fighter aircraft over Ukraine.
A claim concerning the fatalities was made by the city’s Russian-installed administration, which attributed the strikes to HIMARS weapons Kyiv had recently received from the U.S. Ukraine’s armed forces did not, on this occasion, confirm whether the strikes had been launched using such weapons.
Among the victims of the strike was Chief of Staff for the 22nd Army Corps of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Major General Artem Nasbulin, according to a post on Telegram by the spokesman for the head of the Odesa regional military administration Serhiy Bratchuk.
“There is information about the liquidation of another Russian general after HIMARS missiles hit the headquarters in the Kherson region. The chief of staff of the 22nd Army Corps of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (military unit 73954, Simferopol) Major General Nasbulin has gone to war,” Bratchuck said.Generals and Colonels Fall Prey to War
Russian Artillery Barrels Starting to Wear Out
Russian forces have been firing a lot of artillery shells through low quality cannon barrels. The wear and tear is beginning to show.
We spoke about the barrel life of Russian artillery, which is of vastly inferior manufacture. And it is simply a question of math. The Russians have about 110 battalion tactical groups in Ukraine. Each Russian BTG has three batteries of artillery. Each battery has six guns. That comes to about 1,980 artillery pieces. The Russians are firing an estimated 60,000 shells daily, which comes out to about 30 rounds per artillery piece.
Russian artillery has a barrel life of between 2,000-2,500 rounds, meaning they need to send barrels in for maintenance or replacement in less than 100 days. Thus Russia’s artillery will probably need a massive overhaul in short order. This is an area to watch closely in the coming days and weeks.A Longer War Than Expected
More Evidence of Russian Barbarism
“The Russians are using the scorched-earth tactics across the entire Donbas,” Donetsk Gov. Pavlo Kyrylenko said on television. “They fire from the ground and from the air to wipe off entire cities.”
The invading forces also struck cities in Kharkiv. One of them was Chuhuiv, where workers searched for survivors under rubble after 12 rockets landed before dawn, damaging a cultural center, school and other infrastructure, authorities said.
“All these years our society, residents have been creating and building comfortable life conditions,” Mayor Galina Minayeva said. “And now the enemy is destroying all this, killing children, peaceful residents. It’s very hard to describe all this.”
Russian forces in Melitopol are threatening to blow up the infrastructure if Ukrainian forces liberate the southeastern city, Mayor Ivan Fedorov told Interfax-Ukraine. Russian troops are positioning their military equipment and military facilities in the immediate vicinity of residential high-rise apartment buildings so the Ukrainian military can’t respond to shelling, the mayor said.
Putin’s original aim was to take over the entire country of Ukraine, and call it the newest part of the rapidly expanding Russian Empire. This would have increased the population of Russia by almost 45 million people. But contrary to expectations, Ukraine did not back down. Now Putin is left with a dirty war of his own making, against a peaceful neighbor whose people are the most like Russians of any other country. Now the hatred in Ukraine against all things Russian is palpable. And it will persist for generations.