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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

In phone calls to friends and relatives at home, Russian soldiers gave damning insider accounts of battlefield failures and civilian executions, excoriating their leaders just weeks into the campaign to take Kyiv.



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KYIV - The Ukrainian capital was supposed to fall in a matter of days.

But plagued by tactical errors and fierce Ukrainian resistance, President Vladimir V. Putin's destructive advance quickly stalled, and his forces became bogged down for most of March on the city's outskirts.

From trenches, dugouts and in occupied homes in the area around Bucha, a western suburb of Kyiv, Russian soldiers disobeyed orders by making unauthorized calls from their cellphones to their wives, girlfriends, friends and parents hundreds of miles from the front line.

"I love it when a plan comes together." - John Hannibal Smith

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-09-28 07:02 PM | Reply

Remember when the invasion first started and Trump called Putin a savvy genius? Good times.

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2022-09-28 07:24 PM | Reply

"The soldiers describe a crisis in morale and a lack of equipment, and say they were lied to about the mission they were on--all conditions that have contributed to the recent setbacks for Russia's campaign in the east of Ukraine."

Thank God they aren't woke! That would have really been a problem.

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2022-09-28 07:37 PM | Reply

Where's OneWitheredNut to tell us it's all about the Nazis? Bwahahahaha.

#4 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-09-28 08:37 PM | Reply

If Putin is a fool and Putin owns Trump, what does that make Trump? It makes him a fool's fool, I reckon.

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2022-09-28 08:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Effeteloser is gonna be pisssssed!

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2022-09-28 11:23 PM | Reply

Don't be surprised when there's an Abrupt shift in tone from the resident trolls.

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2022-09-29 12:02 AM | Reply

I should have known Putin was doomed when Fatty ----------- called him a 'military genius'.

#8 | Posted by zarnon at 2022-09-29 06:08 AM | Reply

Ahh, how sweet. Agent Orange is ready to step in an help his little buddy. LOL!!!!!

#9 | Posted by Enlightened at 2022-09-29 08:51 AM | Reply

#9 | Posted by Enlightened

They wouldn't be able to reach Zelensky. Kind of like the call where Trump wanted a Biden investigation...

- Who is calling?
Donald Trump.
- I am sorry I think I misunderstood you. Who?
Donald Trump.
- I am sure I misheard you. Who?
Donald Trump.
- I can't make out what you are saying. Who?
Donald Trump.
- I just can't understand you, too much static in the line. You will have to call back.

#10 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2022-09-29 09:51 AM | Reply | Funny: 2

This ---- is months old. Got anything new? So what? Some people didn't want to be in a stupid war. How is this news? It's just old reruns because there's no good new news.

#11 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2022-09-29 10:32 AM | Reply

This ---- is months old.


It is, of course, ongoing news.

Putin seeks to oppose a hungry Ukrainian Army with conscripts after his professional force is destroyed.

Yes, it is stupid. It is a stupid war. In large part that's why Putin is losing it.

#12 | Posted by Zed at 2022-09-29 10:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"This ---- is months old."

Welcome to seventh-month anniversary of glorious victory in four-day special anti-Nazi operation Ukrainians greeting with pops and sickles. Hurrah!
~ Vlad

#13 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2022-09-29 10:44 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

From the Institute for the Study of War's "Russian Offensive Campaign Offensive, September 2022)" (

Russian authorities continue to send newly-mobilized and undertrained recruits to directly reinforce severely degraded remnants of various units, including units that were previously considered to be Russia's premier conventional fighting forces. The Ukrainian General Staff reported that newly-mobilized Russian men arrived to reinforce elements of the 1st Tank Regiment of the 2nd Motorized Rifle Division of the 1st Guards Tank Army in unspecified areas of Ukraine with no training at all.[8] Social media footage from September 27 shows a Russian soldier mobilized into the 1st Tank Regiment explaining that he will be sent to fight in Kherson Oblast within two days without any basic training, as ISW reported yesterday.[9] The 1st Guards Tank Army was considered Russia's premier mechanized force prior to February 24, and that fact that its elements are being reinforced with poorly disciplined, untrained men is consistent with ISW's previous assessments that even Russia's most elite units have sustained substantial losses in Ukraine and are therefore increasingly degraded.[10] The addition of newly mobilized forces to elements of the 1st Guards Tank Army is unlikely to lend these units any decisive combat power.

The outfit referred to has long been held up as a model, a real gun-ho, ready-to-go formation.

#14 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2022-09-29 10:57 AM | Reply

This is exactly what happens when a "President" tries to run a one-man show.

Trump tried the same thing and we know how that turned out for him.

#15 | Posted by Twinpac at 2022-09-29 11:14 AM | Reply

This ---- is months old. Got anything new? So what? Some people didn't want to be in a stupid war. How is this news? It's just old reruns because there's no good new news.

#11 | Posted by Effeteposer

The update is: EVEN MORE people hate him now and EVEN MORE of his army is going to be incompetent.

Of all the causes to stand up for, you're the "whatever putin says" guy? If you're not a russian you're picking a really strange leader to go to bat for on every thread that involves him.

#16 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-09-29 09:25 PM | Reply

The ghost of Linda Tripp called. She wants to know why John Goodman isn't dressing up in drag to make fun of whoever recorded these calls and why others aren't calling for them to be prosecuted.

#17 | Posted by sentinel at 2022-09-29 10:48 PM | Reply

The ghost of Linda Tripp called.

Is there an award for lamest whattaboutism?

#18 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-09-29 10:53 PM | Reply

It's not whataboutism if she actually called.

#19 | Posted by sentinel at 2022-09-30 10:47 AM | Reply

"This is exactly what happens when a "President" tries to run a one-man show."

It's called hubris. Or outrageous arrogance.

One man's arrogance has brought down entire empires.

Russia is not immune. (Neither are we for that matter)

#20 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-09-30 11:33 AM | Reply

No more mobile devices for Russian soldiers - Barents Observer security 2020 n...
May 11, 2020 " Vladimir Putin signed a decree on May 6th banning soldiers on duty from carrying any electronic devices capable of recording or transmitting ...

Hearsay from a paywalled propaganda source 'Really, we overheard right on the radio all these thing'

#21 | Posted by facthunt at 2022-09-30 03:40 PM | Reply

This ---- is months old.

This isn't.

"Lubya, Lubya, I just called to say goodbye."

#22 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-10-01 02:51 PM | Reply

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