Every day for a week I wanted to post this video, but each time I missed the opportunity. Today for the first time I saw another boring video on the channel of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation from Bakhmut, it tells how army units hold the flanks, and how they have everything PERFECT. Perhaps, they decided to take over the agenda. Once again, just in case, I’ll say that the Russian Armed Forces are mostly good fighters, but what’s the use to recruit 300, 500, or at least 900 thousand of them, when, in view of the almost complete absence of a built-in combat control system in the troops, coherence of actions, communications, reconnaissance complex, fire support, training, etc., etc., they will simply be crushed as below in the video. Below in the video is how a week ago the 3rd Assault Brigade “Azov” of the Armed Forces of Ukraine took the platoon-strongpoint (48°29’13″N 37°54’57″E) of the Russian Armed Forces, which is located 2.5 km south of those positions that they had taken a little earlier (that footage with the 72nd brigade infantry fleeing from an enemy tank).
The assault itself lasts about 16 minutes, filmed in one shot. During this time, the enemy crosses 305 meters. Where are the hand-held anti-tank weapons? Where are the anti-tank firing points with ATMs? Where is the minefield with TMs? Where is the fire support from the flanks (from perpendicular woodlines) on the left and right? WHY THE FUCK DOES THE BMP RIDE SLOWLY IN OPEN SPACE FOR 15 MINUTES? What did they say in that video by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation? “We’re burning enemy vehicles as they approach”?
Why were our servicemen simply crushed, on foot? Probably, the “Wagnerites” are to blame for this again, and not the commanders of the RF Armed Forces on the ground. I’ll just say for myself that I can’t imagine that we could go like this along the woodline, hiding behind vehicles, where the enemy is on the defensive. Most likely, we would not even have had time to dismount from the vehicles, we would have been burned on the way. The enemy placed TM mines at all approaches. The BMD could not even go to the line to pick up the wounded, so they were dragged through one more woodline. And when a group of VDV was withdrawn (only 300m) to occupy a site in the “gray zone”, they were immediately cut off from the neighboring woodline by enemy fire, preventing us from leaving and gaining a foothold at a previously set point.
Comment: This is the commentary of Grey Zone, a Wagner-friendly war blogger. It’s not so much a commentary as a cry of anguish and despair. More than anything else, what this video shouts is that the VDV troops around the ever so important Bakhmut are woefully inadequate in the defense. What does that say for the rest of the Russian forces manning the Fabrege line across southeast Ukraine? They were manning entrenched positions. They weren’t under intense artillery fire. Yet it looks like most of them high-tailed it out of there. The few that remained appeared to retreat to dugouts before they were killed. The conduct of a successful defense requires skilled, motivated troops with bold and determined leadership just as the conduct of a successful offensive. Defense is not easy. And it doesn’t appear the Russians are up to it.
As for the Ukrainian squad conducting the assault, they exhibited all those traits. They assaulted dismounted because of the threat of mines and advanced in the tracks of their MICV (mechanized infantry assault vehicle). This is one of the Dutch donated vehicles very similar to the MICVs I saw being tested at Benning (now Moore) when I was going through Infantry Basic. They’re only slightly better than the original M-113 APC. This one seems to be armed with a 50 cal MG. The squad was expecting engineer support which never arrived. They made effective use of grenades and rifle grenades, but had no artillery support. They still managed to take the strongpoint without casualties. That should not have happened in the face of a competent, if not determined, defense.
Putin and his generals should be shivering in their boots watching this video. Grey Zone obviously is.