Russian command flees Kherson, Wagner base hit, and Russia’s imperial innocence – The New Voice of Ukraine newsletter

16 August, 03:00 PM

This newsletter was compiled by Romeo Kokriatski, Managing Editor of the New Voice of Ukraine, August 16, 2022.

According to the Kherson regional council, this is the result of Ukrainian attacks on their supply chains – specifically the bridges that cross over the Dnipro. With them effectively out of commission, Russia can no longer supply their forces trapped in the oblast. A military spokesperson has confirmed that Russia is unable to transport military hardware to the right-bank areas of the Dnipro River.

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The attack may have been possible thanks to sloppy work by Russian propagandist Sergey Sreda, who had recently visited that base and taken photos. An address is clearly visible in one of the photos, giving Ukraine the intel it needed to strike the location with HIMARS. The photos also showed Yevgeny Prigozhin, aka “Putin’s chef”, visiting the base – but he was not among the mercenaries killed by the Ukrainian strike.

Lystopad was recognized as the country’s best pilot in 2019, and had continued to rack up accolades for his skills and commitment to duty, having received the medal of Order of Courage, 3rd Class, just a few days ago from President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Mariupol mayoral advisor Petro Andriushchenko says he’s received information that “troublesome” Ukrainians who had been placed in the Russian city of Pskov, are being “sent home.” According to him, 60 people from Mariupol were told to board a train to Rostov-on-Don, where they will be picked by Moscow’s Donbas proxies and “escorted” home. Many of those abducted may not have a home to return to, however, and Mariupol itself is almost entirely in ruins.

Ukrainian army officer Anatoliy Shtefan shared a video of one group of Luhansk puppet fighters refusing to fight on the territory of the Donetsk puppet authority. Their reasoning seems to be based on the view that they have already “captured” all of Luhansk Oblast (despite some villages remaining in Ukrainian hands), and they have no reason to direct their efforts towards a different puppet authority. “We’ve fulfilled our duty... Using threats, blackmail, intimidation and deception, they’re trying to drive us into DPR territory,” one of the fighters says.

Associate Professor Erica Marat from the National Defense University’s College of International Affairs notes that the Russian people have largely bought into Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s imperial worldview, and breaks down the necessity of decolonizing the country.

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