From the Saker
Day 3 of the Russian operation in the Ukraine – OPEN THREAD
26 February, 2022
I found pretty decent maps on the YouTube channel of Iurii Podoliaka and I will do something ugly but, I hope, effective: add a few things to his maps with my thick black marker.
But first, this: it appears that yesterday Putin had ordered a temporary stop to the Russian offensive while talking with “Ze” but when the latter stop talking, Putin gave a “full ahead” order.
I will begin with an older (by a few hours) map of this:
The ugly think black lines are from me.
Starting at the top left and going clockwise here is what is important:
- Kiev will soon be encircled
- The Ukie forces in the Donbass are fleeing hoping to avoid being surrounded, or “cauldroned” if you wish, (look how long and narrow the red lines are around the Ukies!)
- Mariupol is almost surrounded
- Nikolaev is under attack
Now, another of these maps, but updated.
Again, going clockwise can clearly see the race between the evacuating Ukie forces from the Donbass and the attempt by Russian forces to envelop them in an “operational cauldron”, exactly as predicted.
Next, Nikolaev is either fully surrounded or will be very soon.
So, what does all that mean?
It means that we are coming to some kind of informational climax here. So far, in the West, that information is suppressed (even Sputnik and RT are under regular DDoS attack). I won’t even bother on the 500 foot high wave of disinformation produced by western PSYOPs in the social media. The bottom line is this, pretty soon I expect
- The operational cauldron in the Donbass to lock in the Ukie forces which did not have time to evacuate
- The entire coast from roughly Nikolaev to Mariupol will be liberated
- Kiev will be if not physically surrounded, then at least “surrounded by fire”, which means that main axes of evacuation will come under steady Russian fire control
Notice something else. In the 2nd map, some cities in the Russian rear are circled in blue: Chernigov, Konotop, Sumy, Kharkov and Kherson. I would add Mariupol to that list. These are all cities which were cut of from the rest of the Ukie forces, but which still have pockets of resistance inside, that is especially true of Mariupol where a large Nazi contingent appears to be ready to take its last stand.
All this is to say that the mopping up operations inside bigger cities might take a while. That is normal and won’t affect any outcome.
So right now the western PYSOPs can still throw out as many claims as it wants, but pretty soon the entire narrative will collapse, at which point the Russia-hating-and-bashing hysteria will reach a new feverish pitch. Be mentally prepared for that.
I will conclude with something quite typical: remember how yesteryear tons of weapons were distributed in Kiev? Well, overnight, various gangs have been engaged in firefights, but not against Russians (who have still not entered the city), but against each other. Some of the wannabe Ukie Volkssturm even took a group of SBU officers prisoners. Some rumors report 60 dead or so just overnight.
Let’s hope that this crazy nonsense stops and that some Ukrainian commanders will restore law and order before their entire country turns into a “Mad Max Zone”. If such commanders are found, I am sure that the Russians will not only not engage them, but will even offer some degree of collaboration.
Putin tried to reason with Ze. Predictably, this did not work.
Now the Russians badly need to find somebody to talk to on the other side. If they don’t, Russia will have to continue to take unilateral actions and turn up the pain dial on both Banderastan and the West.
I hope to be back with a summary of the day later.
This is Hal Turner’s reporting, minus the videos
Banks around the world risk having their main banking offices hit with Russian missiles if they cut Russia off from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) Banking system, as some countries are endeavoring to do. Such is information LEAKING out of Russia Saturday and is NOT yet “official.” Says one Russian, “If the Banks want to wage war against Russia, they should expect war to be waged back upon them – personally – in the buildings where they work.”
Cutting Russia off from SWIFT is a “matter of days”, according to a central bank within the euro zone according to a report from Reuters.
Inside Russia, plans are being reviewed as to what response the nation might make if the West “attacks” Russia economically. Russian President Vladimir Putin was explicitly clear during his speech wherein he announced Russia would be moving to de-militarize and de-nazify Ukraine: “Anyone who interferes will have consequences the likes of which they have never seen in history.” Hitting central bank buildings with precision missiles would likely fit that description.
President Putin’s exact quote was ““I would now like to say something very important for those who may be tempted to interfere in these developments from the outside. No matter who tries to stand in our way or all the more so create threats for our country and our people, they must know that Russia will respond immediately, and the consequences will be such as you have never seen in your entire history. No matter how the events unfold, we are ready. All the necessary decisions in this regard have been taken. I hope that my words will be heard.”
Such action by Russia would, of course, be considered an act of war by the nations wherein the banks are actually hit. But a war breaking out between NATO and Russia has been ALMOST a foregone conclusion since the Russian operation began.
Putin, in an earlier speech after a 6 hour meeting with French President Macron made clear: “The military capability of Russia to NATO is incomparable. (Meaning NATO is superior) We know that. But Russia is also a nuclear power. And our capability is superior to many others in this area. If the West engages Article 5 (NATO mutual defense), you will be drawn into a war with Russia without your consent. It will be a war that no one will win (Meaning an actual nuclear war, which is the only war that most everyone agrees “cannot be won and must never be fought.”). President Macron doesn’t want that. I don’t want that.
Here is video of President Putin saying it:
So Putin has already laid out the cards for the whole world to see. If the West persists in interfering with what Russia is doing, it not only may trigger a direct response with missile strikes against the Banks, it may unleash actual nuclear war.
NUKE MISSILES MOVING!
Last night, Russian TOPOL-M intercontinental ballistic missiles – nuclear missiles – were moving on Truck Launchers around Moscow and on highways moving toward Europe. Photos and video of those nuclear missile movement appears below:
Terrifying new photos and video have came out of interior Russia showing road-launchable TOPOL-M intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM’s). The TOPOL-M is a nuclear missile with a single warhead of 800 kilotons (800kt) and a range of about ten thousand kilometers (10,000km)
The photo below shows one such missile (of several in this particular group) moving on the highways immediately outside of Moscow, Russia.
The fact that these missiles are OUT IN PUBLIC, and moving, should be all you need to know about where this Ukraine/NATO trouble is actually heading.
As we saw with the Russian troop build-up around Ukraine, Russia does not bluff. When they move military gear, they intend to use it.
We are now in grave danger from the shenanigans our governments are pulling with Ukraine.
YOU absolutely must have emergency preps: Food, water, medicines you need to live on, a way to generate electric to keep the food in your refrigerator from rotting, fuel for that generator, a way to generate emergency heat and fuel for that method. If you have a fireplace or wood burning stove, clean it out, make it ready and for God’s sake buy a few Cords of wood for fuel. Have portable radios for news and information (Shortwave AM/FM are best), Flashlights for every member of your family, and plenty of spare batteries for all of it.
UPDATE 6:15 PM FRIDAY EST —
People in Russia are starting to upload videos to social media. Here’s at least THREE MORE TOPOL-M nuclear missiles on the move:
And even MORE! These on the “Ring Road” around Moscow:
From the Russian Foreign Ministry Friday night: Russia is approaching the point in its relations with the US beyond which there is no return.
Whether this converts into Russia firing missiles into the Central Banks that ban it from SWIFT, remains to be seen. Clearly they wouldn’t have to do that to ALL central banks, just to enough of them that the rest decide living is more important to them. And if they start to see their Banker pals blown up, many people think the rest would choose life rather than choose making economic war on Russia. It’s just a matter of how many Bankers have to get killed before the rest stop their economic war.