In Donbass, the Russian Army implements the “scorched earth” tactic

In the first 100 days the battle took away the most trained Ukrainian soldiers, now the second ranks are mobilized: civilians who must wear uniforms. General Dvornikov still in command: Deputy Minister Zhidko has the role of coordinator

The military notebook of today the set of annotations emerging from the field. With the focus on the broader picture and the eastern region, where the Russians continue to hold the lead with partial successes.


The one put in place by Russia is an urbanicide. The systematic destruction of infrastructure, railways, built-up areas, industrial sites, hospitals. Aaron Clements-Hunt on the pages of Newsline Magazine makes a dramatic list of damage that will weigh on the future of Ukraine it doesn’t matter who the final winner will be. The devastation is a consequence of the historical tactics of the Russians: scorched earth, leveling of any obstacles, punishment for all. Moscow fired over 2,000 long-range missiles against military and civilian targets, put together under a heavy hammer. At the same time, the resistance has chosen to transform some of its cities into strongholds, for a war but also a political need: leaving them in the hands of the invader would be a reward for aggression.

The maneuvers

In April some observers had speculated operations in the Donbass with large enveloping maneuvers and as many counter moves by the defenders. Instead we are witnessing a conflict concentrated on a limited front. For the following reasons: the Kremlin, for now, has downsized its horizon with more affordable, however significant objectives; the two contenders do not seem to have the ability to launch coordinated actions of wide-ranging; a clash of friction entrusted in part to artillery.

The generals

Who leads the Army? According to expert Tom Cooper, General Alexandr Dvornikov has the primary role, but there is also – perhaps in a subordinate position despite being deputy minister – General Gennady Zhidkowith the task of reorganizer / coordinator, a mission already carried out in his long career and when he was Chief of Staff of the contingent sent to Syria. The couple achieved results in the eastprogress obtained with the expenditure of resources and men: a price that the General Staff has taken into account, convinced that in the end it will have the successes necessary for the Moscow leadership. The usual warpath: drone reconnaissance (when possible), barrage no matter how accurate, modest progression of incomplete rank Battalions once the designated area has been weakened (or thought to be). He explains to us the slow times on which the enemy’s ability affects, soon to be weakened.

The replacements

Tales from the Ukrainian trenches give the sense of suffering. They speak of a high number of soldiers killed or wounded, of the need to rotate the infantry every three days to prevent them from having a psycho-physical collapse, of the lack of adequate replacements. In the first 100 days the battle took away who was best trained, now – they explain – the second ranks are mobilized, civilians who courageously have to wear a uniform. Some units have been wiped out, the same consequences that the invaders have suffered. Zelensky’s command is to maintain balance of one device engaged on the four cardinal points:

• TO south / south eastwhere the heart of the comparison is.

• TO north there is active vigilance at the Belarusian border: Lukashenko does not seem ready to intervene directly, for they cannot exclude it a priori.

• The protection of the capital Kiev and the defense of Odessa.

• In the end the rear, with the management of NATO aid: everything must be fed / supplied, also leaving reserve brigades to be launched in case of emergency.

At the opposite the neo-tsar has the possibility to choose where to apply the maximum power, a choice that partially mitigates the logistical problems and the shortage of troops. On the other hand, Russia does not lack the means. Age or efficiency doesn’t matter. Dozens of T 62s have sprung up, old and outdated, to make up the number. A train from the Russian Far East carried 2S5 self-propelled guns, pieces that pull up to 30-40 kilometers. They are not recent weapons, however they have a very good range and employ 152mm bullets. Cooper again to say the about him: the use of this caliber may be the answer to a future shortage of 155 bombs. A need that could unite the two belligerents.

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