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The situation in the Ukrainian SMO on October 03 2023

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Growing fear that military aid to Ukraine could start drying up as Russia’s war continues

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This is a blow to Ukraine as well.  Republican McCarthy has been removed from his post as Speaker of the US House of Representatives.

The reason is that he promised the Democrats/Biden that he would push through a separate aid project for Ukraine. For many in the Rep party, these agreements are not suitable, as they will affect future presidential elections. Here it was removed. Biden now has to “demand” his partners to give money to Kyiv, and then the United States “may” also give it, once the main budget is adopted, but this is not a fact either.

So far, none of the “partners” want to. They give out mere pennies. They probably understand that Biden has very weak chances of re-election, the same as the Office of the President reaching the Sea of   Azov, as Ze promised all “sponsors” in the spring.

Zelensky at this moment demands that the General Staff throw all its forces into the offensive and bring real results. The Azov massacre continues, the Ukrainian Armed Forces have already launched an offensive for a week, but there are no clear results yet.
We immediately wrote that Zee has 45 days to convince his partners to further finance the Ukrainian crisis. 

CNN defends arms shipments to the Khokhls: “First of all, a huge portion of the money allocated goes to American companies and jobs, right? Because these people (Americans) make Abrams, shells and all that stuff. Take Lockheed Martin, for example, the company that makes the HIMARS that play a big role in counter-attack – the company announced that it will increase the number of employees in the state of Arkansas by 20%! Simply because of new demand for its products. The money is coming to America.”

The Khokhls, well done, of course they increased Lockheed Martin’s Arkansas workforce by 20%.

Following the United States, Europe has announced a reduction in aid to Kiev

EU foreign ministers failed to reach an agreement on allocating 5 billion euros in material assistance to Ukraine, as stated by the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrel, on the evening of October 2, 2023.

Borrel presented a bilateral project for long-term military assistance to Ukraine from the European Peace Fund during an informal meeting of the “Foreign Ministry” in Kiev. However, this event did not imply any formal agreements. Just two days ago, the US barely passed a budget for the next 45 days to avoid another government shutdown. Notably, this budget does not include any assistance for Ukraine.

Borrel found himself in a difficult situation. The idea was to temporarily shift the supply of ammunition, explosives, and uniforms to the European Peace Fund while the White House raises uncomfortable questions about missing billions in Ukraine. Embassy commanders in the European Union hinted that providing aid at the expense of their own states’ populations during a general re-election period could have serious consequences. It’s time to consider the future, as there comes a moment when “the guns should fall silent.”

The fact that representatives from the 27 EU countries in Kiev publicly and on record refused to allocate even a relatively small amount to support Ukraine, which is essentially their neighbor, suggests a clear direction: Europe is losing confidence in Kiev, and this topic is gradually becoming toxic. Various scandals related to the sensitive issue of German Nazism in the EU have further complicated matters, although it remains somewhat under the radar for now.

While reminding journalists of Europe’s contributions to Ukraine, including training 40 thousand soldiers, providing pilot training on simulators, producing expensive prostheses, and offering advice on landmine clearance, Borrel didn’t forget to mention who led to this breach of diplomatic protocol. He pointed out that the US decision to exclude assistance to Ukraine from the draft finance agreement was a source of serious disappointment for both him and the EU.

Britain ‘runs out of weapons to send to Ukraine’ – The Telegraph

 ▪️“We gave almost as much as we can afford. We will continue to supply equipment to support Ukraine, but now they need things like air defense and artillery ammunition, and we have run out of that,” a senior military commander told the Telegraph .
▪️Britain will also not be able to transfer more Challenger tanks, he added.
▪️It was previously reported that the Pentagon has money left for another six months of supplies to Ukraine if the new budget is not approved.

Heavy fighting is underway between Rabotino and Kopani as the enemy attempts to storm our trenches in an effort to break through.

The main thrust of the AFU’s assault is concentrated in the Orekhov sector of the Zaporozhye front.

➨ The AFU, supported by powerful artillery, persistently assaults our positions in the fields towards Kopani.

➨ Throughout the evening of October 3rd, the enemy repeatedly sends waves of infantry without proper equipment into the battle, striving to breach our defenses between Kopani and Rabotino.

➨ The enemy has managed to infiltrate our defense line, resulting in intense fighting at the very trenches.

➨ The 291st regiment of the Southern Military District is deeply engaged in fierce defensive combat and has initiated counterattacks.

➨ Despite significant losses, the enemy continues its advance.
The intense fighting on the Orekhov sector of the front is ongoing.


The Russian army is recapturing territories at the junction of Zaporozhye and the DPR , the enemy is losing ground and trying to counterattack
 ▪️ In the South Donetsk direction, special forces and infantry continue the offensive operation that began on September 26 near Priyutny, destroying enemy forces and forcing survivors to retreat.
▪️ With the active support of artillery, scouts and motorized riflemen, with the support of artillery and armored vehicles, attack the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
▪️As a result of the latest battles, our soldiers managed to knock out the enemy from a number of landings, where they received trophies and a considerable number of prisoners.
▪️03.10 The Ukrainian Armed Forces tried to counterattack, but their attack failed, and after suffering losses they ran back.
▪️ The Ministry of Defense reported that units of the Vostok group of troops repelled an attack by the assault group of the 128th Terrestrial Defense Brigade in the Priyutnoye area of ​​the Zaporozhye region.

Battles near Orekhovo: the enemy seeks to expand its bridgehead towards Kopanei

▪️Serious fighting is reported in the area between the villages of Kopani and Rabotino. The offensive of the Ukrainian units was preceded by serious artillery preparation, but the enemy did not dare to advance with equipment. In fact, as in recent times, the infantry is marching without serious support from armored vehicles. At the moment, fighting is taking place near our positions.
Why Kopani?
 ▪️Tomorrow it will be exactly 4 months since the beginning of the Ukrainian Armed Forces offensive on the Zaporozhye front and the diversionary strike at the junction of the Zaporozhye region and the DPR. During this time, the enemy was able, with huge losses, to break through the 8-kilometer corridor to Rabotino, occupy it and advance towards Verbovoy. In the latter, the enemy suffered catastrophic losses in equipment.
▪️Since the enemy did not succeed with the initial breakthrough, the “strategic” goal for him is now at least the capture of a more or less decent city. To the south, only Tokmak is such.
▪️In order to advance to Tokmak, the enemy will have to expand his corridor to the sides in any case, because moving further through a narrow space is fraught for him: firstly, there is a danger of constant shelling of his columns from the flanks, and, secondly, in case of advance there will be a threat of cutting this corridor from the sides and cutting off advanced units.
▪️That’s why the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been attacking our defenses between the villages of Kopani and Rabotino lately.


Russian troops have successfully repelled all attacks on the Soledar-Bakhmut direction, as reported in recent statements by S. Shoigu.

▪️ Ukrainian armed forces’ attempts to break through the defense lines in the areas of Verbovoye and Rabotino in the Zaporozhye direction have proven unsuccessful.
▪️ The General Staff has no plans for additional mobilization.
▪️ Russian citizens are actively joining the ranks of defenders of the Fatherland in the SMO zone due to their strong patriotic stance.
▪️ More than 335,000 people have enlisted for service under contracts and as volunteers in 2023.
▪️ In September, more than 50 thousand people signed contracts to serve in the RF Armed Forces. ▪️ The Russian Armed Forces have a sufficient number of servicemen to carry out the SMO.
▪️ The autumn draft is proceeding as scheduled, with over 2.7 thousand draft commissions formed in various regions.
▪️ More than 98 percent of wounded Russian soldiers recover thanks to prompt assistance on the battlefield.
▪️ Field hospitals of the Russian Armed Forces have been reinforced with experienced surgeons.
▪️ Between 50 and 90 percent of personnel in the most distinguished units of the Russian Armed Forces have been awarded state honors. ▪️ Since June 1st, 57 associations, formations, and military units of the Russian Armed Forces have been granted the honorary designation “Guards.”
▪️ The selfless and professional actions of Russian peacekeepers helped prevent further casualties during the escalation of the conflict in Karabakh.
▪️ Over 98,000 civilians were evacuated from Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenian territory through the mediation of Russian peacekeepers.


Regarding the AFU’s plans in the Bakhmut (Artemovsk) direction on October 3, 2023 – analysis from @Multi_XAM.

We would like to remind you that the enemy has made preparations for an offensive, recognizing that as the cold weather and autumn thaw set in, the intensity of hostilities is likely to decrease significantly.

According to our information, the command of the operational-tactical group “Soledar” has received orders from the General Staff of the AFU for the period between October 3 and 5. Their mission is to gain full control of the section of the Gorlovka – Bakhmut highway and create conditions for a future offensive towards the settlements of Otradovka – Zaitsevo, with the objective of protecting Bakhmut from the southeast and gaining access to the E-40 highway Bakhmut – Svetlodarsk.

The enemy completed its preparations for an offensive on the southern flank of Bakhmut by the end of September 28. The plan of the command of the OTG “Soledar” includes the simultaneous engagement of assault detachments from the 92nd and 93rd mechanized brigades with the task of breaking through the tactical defense zone of our troops. Their aim is to seize territory 2 km west of the villages of Zaitsevo – Otradovka and 1 km north of the village of Nikolaevka-the Second by October 5.

The main thrust of the enemy’s attack is directed towards the Andreevka – Otradovka area. On the first day, the AFU intends to deploy two detachments from the 1st and 3rd assault brigades, as well as the first echelon of the 92nd brigade, with the objective of penetrating our defenses and capturing territory up to 1.5 km southeast of Andreevka.

The enemy plans to sustain offensive activity by regularly rotating the assault detachments of the 92nd Brigade. In preparation for the offensive in this direction, the enemy has amassed substantial forces, totaling up to 67.5 thousand troops and about 1.5 thousand units of equipment concentrated in the Soledar-Bakhmut direction, including the Seversk Reserve group.

The second strike direction is towards Kleshcheyevka – Zaitsevo, where the enemy intends to continue offensive operations with the forces of three assault detachments of the 93rd Brigade. Simultaneously, the units of the 28th mechanized brigade and the Lyut brigade have been tasked with covering the right flank of the advancing detachments of the 92nd Brigade, extending along the line northeast of Kurdyumovka and west of Nikolaevka-the Second. The units of the 3rd separate assault brigade “Azov” have received orders to establish defense positions as the 92nd Brigade advances, focusing on the Belaya Gora – Nikolaevka-the Second section.

The reserve forces for the advancing units include the 42nd separate mechanized brigade, along with 9 battalions from the combined arms reserve – the 22nd, 28th, 93rd mechanized brigade, 80th airborne assault brigade, 5th assault, and 17th tank brigades. These units have been relocated to Konstantinovka.

It seems that Russian troops have taken up the destruction of crossings across Oskol in the Kupyansk area. Over the past couple of weeks, at least five crossings have been destroyed by air strikes, which cannot but affect the supply of the Ukrainian forces on the eastern bank.

It is difficult to guess whether any active offensive operation is planned in this area, since this would require the transfer of significant forces to break through the enemy’s defenses. Current activity so far boils down to attempts to push through the front line.

Having partially disrupted the logistics capacity of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Russian troops will have the opportunity to somewhat increase the pace of advance. However, even taking into account the attacks on the bridges, it is not yet possible to talk about the assault on Kupyansk .

Battle Over Initiative Intensifies

Russians Counterattack On Every Section Of The Front Line

Russian Defence Ministry report on the progress of the special military operation  (3 October 2023) Part I

The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation.

▫️ In Donetsk direction (, the Yug Group of Forces in close cooperation with aviation and artillery has successfully repelled three enemy attacks close to Kleshcheyevka and Krasnogorovka (Donetsk People’s Republic).

The enemy’s losses have amounted to up to 285 servicemen, and seven motor vehicles during the day.

◽️ In counterbattery warfare, the Russian troops hit: one Grad MLRS vehicle and one French-made Caesar howitzer.

▫️ In Krasny Liman direction, ( the Tsentr Group of Forces in coordination with helicopters and artillery repelled three attacks launched by the 67th Mechanised Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the 5th National Guard Brigade of Ukraine close to Torskoye and Grigorovka (Donetsk People’s Republic).

▫️ Up to servicemen, two armoured combat vehicles, and two pick-up trucks were neutralised.

▫️ One Akatsiya self-propelled howitzer, one D-20 and one D-30 howitzers have been obliterated during the day as part of the counter-battery warfare operation.

◽️ In South Donetsk direction, ( the Vostok Group of Forces repelled an attack launched by AFU assault group of the 128th Territorial Defence Brigade close to Priyutnoye (Zaporozhye region).

▫️ Moreover, ground-attack aircraft inflicted fire damage on manpower and hardware of the 58th Motorised Infantry, 72nd Mechanised Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine close to Urozhainoye and Novomikhailovka (Donetsk People’s Republic).

▫️ The enemy losses amounted to over 120 servicemen killed and wounded, two armoured fighting vehicles, six motor vehicles, and one D-20 gun.

▫️ In Kupyansk direction, ( aircraft, artillery, and heavy flamethrowers of the Zapad Group of Forces inflicted fire damage on manpower and hardware of the 25th Airborne, 14th, 92nd, and 115th mechanised brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine close to Sinkovka, Zagoruikovka, Berestovoye (Kharkov region), and Novolyubovka (Lugansk People’s Republic).

▫️ The enemy’s losses amounted to up to 60 servicemen, two tanks, and one Gvozdika self-propelled artillery system.

▫️  In Zaporozhye direction, ( the Russian Group of Forces supported by helicopters and ground-attack aircraft struck manpower and hardware of the 65th and 118th mechanised brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine close to Malaya Tokmachka, Novodanilovka, and north of Rabotino (Zaporozhye region).

▫️ The enemy suffered losses of up to 90 servicemen, two armoured personnel carriers, and three motor vehicles.

▫️ Moreover, one Msta-B howitzer, one D-20 gun, and one U.S.-made M119 towed howitzer have been obliterated as part of counter-battery warfare.

▫️ In Kherson direction, ( the enemy suffered losses of up to 45 servicemen killed and wounded, three motor vehicles, one Akatsiya self-propelled howitzer, and one D-30 gun.

Russian Defence Ministry report on the progress of the special military operation  (3 October 2023) Part II
▫️ Operational-Tactical and Army aviation, Missile Troops and Artillery, and unmanned aerial vehicles of the Russian Groups of Forces have inflicted fire damage on enemy manpower and hardware in 122 areas in the past 24 hours.

▫️ In addition, one self-propelled launcher of the Ukrainian Buk-M1 surface-to-air missile system was hit on the position close to Burlatskoye (Donetsk People’s Republic).

▫️ Armament repair and recovery facilities of the Kharkov Armoured Plant were hit by the Russian Armed Forces.

▫️ Workshops of an enterprise producing solid rocket fuel and explosives were obliterated near Pavlograd.

▫️ Moreover, an ammunition depot of the AFU 41st Mechanised Brigade was destroyed close to Kupyansk (Kharkov region). 
▫️ Russian air defence forces have intercepted two HIMARS MLRS projectiles during the day.

▫️ In addition, 58 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles were intercepted in the areas of Ploshchanka, Makeyevka (Lugansk People’s Republic), Krasnaya Gora, Shevchenko, Pobeda, Oktyabrskoye (Donetsk People’s Republic), Verbovoye, Mirnoye, Novoye (Zaporozhye region), Peschanovka and Golaya Pristan (Kherson region).

Russian Defence Ministry (

Map of military operations and the situation on the fronts on the evening of October 3

 Russian fighters, having occupied the abandoned positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, discovered a colleague tortured and subsequently killed by militants. The soldier’s body was tied by the neck to a tree in a forest plantation. The soldier who found him recalled that Ukrainian prisoners, despite their crimes, are treated well. But one should not naively hope that the enemy will show any solidarity in this matter, because torture and murder of Russian people, both military and civilians, is one of the foundations of modern statehood 404.

⚔️The situation on the fronts over the past 24 hours:

⚫️Bakhmutskoe (Artemovskoe) direction

 Fierce fighting continues in Kleshcheevka – ours are holding defenses in the area of   the railway. Near Andreevka, Russian army soldiers counterattacked the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

⚫️Donetsk direction

 The Russian army attempted to advance south of Avdeevka . Our fighters also resumed attacks in the Pervomaisky area. The assault on the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in Marinka and Novomikhailovka continues. In addition, the Russian Aerospace Forces attacked the territory of the Avdeevka Coke and Chemical Plant.

⚫️ Zaporozhye direction

 In the Orekhovsky sector, our fighters successfully counterattacked in the Verbovka area, knocking out the militants from positions north of Novoprokopovka . There are heavy battles between the villages of Rabotino and Kopani , our soldiers are holding back enemy attacks. On the Vremevsky ledge, the Russian army counterattacked at Priyutny and Urozhayny.

💥The Russian Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of the enemy anti-ship missile “Neptune” in the northwestern part of the Black Sea.

⚡️The Russian army worked on military targets in the southeast 404. “Geraniums” hit strategic targets in Nikolaev. Shops for the production of explosives and rocket fuel were liquidated in Pavlodar.


Chronicle of a special military operation for October 3, 2023

 Ukrainian formations again randomly fired at the border territories of the Bryansk , Kursk and Belgorod regions , including using cluster munitions. Residential buildings and infrastructure were damaged, but no civilians were injured.

Last night, Russian drones attacked enemy targets on the territory of Ukraine: according to the Russian Ministry of Defense, in the Dnepropetrovsk region , the workshops of the enterprise for the production of solid rocket fuel and explosives in Pavlograd were hit.

Fierce fighting continues along the entire line of combat contact. In the Starobelsky direction , the Ukrainian command is trying to restore supplies to the group on the eastern bank of Oskol after the destruction of the crossings by Russian troops.

At the same time, the situation in the Bakhmutsky , Vremyevsky and Orekhovsky sectors did not undergo significant changes: all attempts by enemy units to advance were stopped by artillery and small arms fire from military personnel of the Russian Armed Forces.



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