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Russian Operations in Ukraine Update - Mariupol, US Artillery Shipments, & Kiev

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April 19, 2022 (The New Atlas) – The US Department of Defense has released two recent briefings regarding mainly the situation in Ukraine. 

Pentagon officials admit that it is Russia – not Ukraine – “shaping” the battlefield in the Donbas region. 

The claims it is sending artillery pieces to aid the Ukrainians. But numbering only 18 and requiring weeks of training to use effectively – it doesn’t seem as significant as the Western media has attempted to make it sound. 

Also discussed in this update is the situation in Mariupol and a plausible explanation as to why Ukrainian fighters refuse to surrender. 

Finally – an explanation debunking the myth that Russia attempted to “take” Kiev is provided using modern examples of both the US and Russian military taking cities as a benchmark to compare Russia’s combat operations around Kiev with. 


*** Pentagon Briefings ***

US Department of Defense – Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby Holds a Press Briefing (April 18, 2022):

US Department of Defense – Senior Defense Official Holds a Background Briefing, April 18, 2022:

US Army National Guard – Field Artillery Firefinder Radar Operator:

*** Myth of Russia’s “Attempt to Take Kiev” ***

Strategic Studies Institute & US Army War College Press – The US Army in the Iraq War (2019):

TIME – The Grim Calculations of Retaking Fallujah (Archived, 2004):,8599,768590,00.html

Economist – Hundreds of thousands face catastrophe in Mariupol:

Guardian – Russia has enough troops ready to take Kyiv, says former Ukraine defence chief (claims 30,000 Russian troops are prepared to take Kiev);

France 24 – Defending Kyiv: ‘I’m 100 percent sure the Russians won’t get through’ (confirms presence of Ukraine’s 72nd Brigade in Kiev);

CNN – Kyiv has transformed into a fortress, with its residents determined to defend it (claims 18,000 armed volunteers);

Forbes – A Single Ukrainian Tank Brigade Stands Between The Russian Army And Kyiv (claims 1,200 of 1st Tank Brigade was present);

The Times – Azov Battalion: “We are patriots – we’re fighting the real Nazis of the 21st century” (claims Azov were present in Kiev);

*** Azov in Mariupol Calling for “international Intervention” *** 

Reuters – Ukrainians defy Russian surrender demand in Mariupol on ‘Easter of war’:

Washington Post – Russia has killed civilians in Ukraine. Kyiv’s defense tactics add to the danger:


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