We Told You So

Five days ago, we reported that Russia was abandoning Kherson in Ukraine and withdrawing its troops to the East bank of the Dnipro river to prevent being cut off and annihilated by the armed force of Ukraine.

On November 9th, Russian General of the Army Sergey Surovikin met with the Russian army staff in a heavily scripted and staged briefing where Gen. Surovikin gives a glowing assessment of their successes on the front but then walks it back recommending a “maneuver” to the West bank of the Dnipro river, saying that it was necessary to ensure the safety of civilians and to preserve the lives of their troops in Kherson. A video of this briefing with a decent translation into English is found below.  They only seem to confuse the banks of the river as left and right rather than East and West.



This video is obviously for the consumption of a Russian audience with its talk about wanting to save the lives of Russian troops(this will be news to them), while claiming to have inflicted catastrophic losses on Ukraine, including 12,000 dead, numerous planes and helicopters destroyed, 6 anti-aircraft systems destroyed, 800 vehicles including 23 combat vehicles and MLRS systems. He claims that all the attacks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been repelled. Of course, this flies in the face of the plain fact that the defeated Ukrainian army is pushing Russia out of its territory almost everywhere.

Defence Minister Shoigu then interrupts him to say that recently mobilized reservists should remain in the rear and train with those with combat experience before being sent to the front and then only if they have the right military occupational skills.

This comes in the midst of widespread reports from Russian draftees claiming(not without evidence) that they are ill-equipped, ill-fed and being rushed to the front.