Comment: This is a great report on two resistance cells in occupied Kherson. It’s not clear how closely these two cells worked with Ukrainian Intelligence or Special Operations units. It appears that any official control or guidance was loose at best. They appear to have formed spontaneously rather than through any deliberate plan. This documentary also does a good job of showing the toll that resistance work takes on its participants, whether they are successful or not.
The first cell is a good mix of three people who knew and trusted each other long before the occupation. The encrypted communications must mean some kind of initial intel or spec ops guidance and/or support, but the one member’s forays into assassination is a horrible move for an intel collection cell. No intel or spec ops controller would have let that develop. That cell was lucky, effective but lucky to come out of it alive. The second cell was too large and composed of many people who did not appear to know each other. It broke all the rules of security and cellular structure. It’s little wonder they got rolled up.
My guess is that Richard Engel’s team was never able to contact any government organized resistance cells. Any trained professional running those cells would never allow that. Between controlled resistance networks and these spontaneous cells, the Russian certainly have their hands full in the occupied territories. As the Ukrainian counteroffensive nears, the resistance will become even more active. It will be an integral part of the counteroffensive. That is how the doctrine of national resistance is supposed to work.