Russia continues special operation in Ukraine
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About this lieutenant general of the reserve, member of the State Duma Defense Committee Andrey Gurulev told the host radio “Komsomolskaya Pravda” Sergei Mardan.
“THE WAR IS NOT WITHOUT ERRORS”
– Ukraine sank our gas platform there. And she said that she had delivered a successful strike on Serpent Island. What is really happening in the Black Sea?
– It is clear that Serpentine is a key point that controls a large area of the Black Sea, including approaches to the ports of Odessa and Nikolaev. And its retention is an important task.
What’s going on on Serpentine? The attack on the island was even earlier, and our garrison adequately responded to this matter. A decent number of Ukrainian soldiers have simply gone into oblivion, and many still cannot be caught. Serpentine we kept.
After that, we drew conclusions. We increased the air defense of the island, strengthened the garrison. And here is another takeover attempt. And the reinforced protection system of the Snake showed itself. In fact, not a single projectile was allowed to fall. They write that from the 777th howitzer (a large-caliber artillery system supplied by NATO to Ukraine. – Ed.) They fired on Zmeiny, but its range is not the same as to get it from the shore. They could hit with “Hurricane”, “Smerch” at their maximum range, they could hit with multiple launch rocket systems that the Americans installed (HIMARS. – Ed.). They could use aviation, attack drones.
But when it became clear that the island had repulsed the fire defeat, there could be no talk of any assault.
Farther. The same fools were given “harpoons” (HARPUN anti-ship missiles supplied by NATO to Ukraine. – Ed.), but they must somehow justify that it exists. We decided where to hit. They hit our gas rig. And this is a purely civilian object, it was not accompanied by the military in any way. We didn’t think those towers would be targeted.
– And why didn’t it occur to anyone that they would hit her sooner or later?
– In a simple way, in a military way I will explain. These towers do not affect the course of hostilities in any way. I myself, as a commander, would not take them into account, because I would have to concentrate my forces in other places: to cover bridges, roads, railway junctions, ships …
– That is, from the point of view of military logic, this strike makes no sense?
– Absolutely! Even if they say – we will hit the towers in order to leave the Crimea without gas – this is bullshit! Crimea receives gas directly from mainland Russia. Well, some fraction of a percent of the gas comes from these towers, people work there more or less profitably, so they are standing there.
Were there any mistakes? Were. When the support ship was sent without cover to Zmeiny Island a week ago, unfortunately, two “harpoons” flew over it. This is true. Any vessel cannot sail without cover in a war zone.
I think the conclusions have been drawn from this. I assure you that in war there are no mistakes at all. Well, it doesn’t.
Serpentine is a key point that controls a large area of the Black Sea
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WHO SHOULD STATCH ON THE DOME
– Let’s talk about Lithuania. They announced a transport blockade to us. Half of all cargo will not be allowed to transit to Kaliningrad – metal, building materials, and so on.
How could Russia respond? In another situation, even less would be enough to occupy Lithuania in two days …
– We are constantly throwing. Let’s knock on the dome of Ukraine, let’s knock on the dome of Lithuania… But these are links of the same chain, because Europe is now a US colony and all the threads lead there. The dome is there.
There are military and civilian answers.
We have a combat-ready group in the Kaliningrad region. I think that the same grouping should stand on the border from the other side – from Belarus. It should show that if this continues, we will have to break through the Suwalki corridor – from Belarus to Kaliningrad. Don’t be afraid to point it out. This is a military response to the attempts of the European Union and the United States to isolate the Kaliningrad region. For everyone to understand, the blockade of Kaliningrad will lead to the Suwalki corridor. Or maybe Vilnius will become Vilna again.
Someone says – let’s turn off their gas if they don’t buy lottery tickets. Of course, we will turn them off. But these Baltic republics, in fact, are dependents of the European Union, they will simply be given more money so that they continue to spoil Russia. And nothing will change. It is necessary to put in an extremely uncomfortable position the key EU countries that speak directly with their master across the ocean in order to influence the Baltics.
– Explain what this extremely uncomfortable situation is?
– The first one is the diplomatic way. We have a good conversation with the countries of Asia and Africa. When we say that Europe is whole, we are a little cunning. It is whole until it begins to burn in a certain place. What I mean? Europe’s dependence on energy resources, which are supplied from all sides – not only from Russia.
The second way – the American one – is the creation of zones of instability in the regions tied to these energy carriers. There are different options here. Support for some national liberation movement in a country that the United States has tortured and oppressed. The accident of some longboat, which will be pulled out of the Suez Canal for a month. Let’s not continue further, otherwise some Boris Johnson will read this and his hair will stand on end. And he is so shaggy.
Lithuania announced a transport blockade to us.
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FOR TURKEY FROM NATO ONLY MINUSES, BUT IT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO JUMP
– God bless him, Johnson. Here the Turks started talking about leaving NATO. Is Erdogan trying to squeeze out benefits in exchange for admitting Sweden and Finland to NATO? And he himself will not jump off the NATO boat anywhere, does Turkey have too many advantages from this military bloc?
– How it has! Only cons.
– Of course. NATO is Turkey’s global containment. Well, how can the Turks regard the US bases in Greece, on the islands, near their borders? And how did they try to remove Erdogan with the help of a coup? Just like in Ukraine, to set up a puppet that will squeal and wag its tail when the owner whistles.
Turkey’s exit is, if not the collapse of NATO, then such a blow that no Sweden and Finland will soften. Therefore, the Americans will agree with Turkey. Or they will arrange a new coup d’état, for which Erdogan needs to prepare.
– By the way, Greece could behave more Orthodoxally towards Russia. Yes, and the Bulgarians now act as such classic traitors.
– I wouldn’t say that for the whole Bulgarian people. It’s just that Greece and Bulgaria are not independent now. Like Ukraine. Some votes come from Germany, France, maybe sometimes Italy, and the rest of the EU and NATO don’t even have a vote.
I am already worried that Hungary is trying to lead an independent course, so something could happen to its Prime Minister Orban.
– He can be killed, overthrown?
– Lots of options. Even the European Union will now begin to choke him with sanctions. Its own member of the EU!
UKRAINE NOW IS A TEST POINT
– They say that the Americans, by raising the stakes in Ukraine, want to ensure that Russia finally begins to use its new weapons systems to see how they work. And ours still manage with the old, still Soviet ones.
– A little different. When we hit an underground ammunition depot in Western Ukraine with the latest Kinzhal hypersonic system, NATO troops crawled there for a month, collecting every fragment, let’s be honest. We do not just use modern weapons. We, including testing it, run it in, see how it works. We are watching how NATO can counteract us. Hypersound, as we understand it, they can no longer oppose anything. Even our Iskanders reach 99% and hit the target – Ukrainian and NATO air defenses cannot do anything with them.
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