SCOTT RITTER: Phase Three in Ukraine

The Russians haven’t gone in for a lot of propaganda, perhaps one or two percent of the West’s, they’ve simply accomplished their first objective—separate Luhansk and Donetsk from Ukraine. From Scott Ritter at

No amount of western military aid has been able to prevent Russia from achieving its military objective of liberating the entire territories of both Lugansk and Donetsk as Phase Three begins.

Donbass (2015–2022).svg by Goran tek-en and RGloucester (Wikimedia Commons)

Russia’s “Special Military Operation”, which began on Feb. 24, is entering its fourth month. Despite stiffer than expected Ukrainian resistance (bolstered by billions of dollars of western military assistance and accurate, real-time battlefield intelligence by the U.S. and other NATO members) Russia is winning the war on the ground, and in a big way.

After more than ninety days of incessant Ukrainian propaganda, echoed mindlessly by a complicit western mainstream media that extolls the battlefield successes of the Ukrainian armed forces and the alleged incompetence of the Russian military, the Russians are on the cusp of achieving the stated goal of its operation, namely the liberation of the newly independent Donbass Republics of Lugansk and Donetsk, which Russia recognized two days before its invasion.

The Russian victory in Donbass comes after weeks of intensive combat that saw the Russian military shift gears away from what has become known as Phase One. That was the month-long opening act which, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin in his Feb. 24 address, was tasked with taking “actions throughout the territory of Ukraine with the implementation of measures for its demilitarization and denazification.”

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2 responses to “SCOTT RITTER: Phase Three in Ukraine

  1. This comment is from reader Jeff Cook-Coyle, who encountered technical difficulties trying to come in on WordPress. Thanks for the comment, Jeff.

    This is, to me, an incredibly grim report. Ritter reports that, by liberating the Donbass, Putin is then prevented from achieving his objectives of demilitarization and denazification. In fact, the Ukraine is strengthened militarily (and in concert with NATO) while the glorious, Nazi-aligned Ukranian freedom fighters are strengthened politically. Putin is stuck. He can’t achieve demilitarization without exceeding the limits he set for this “special military operation” while also having to fight it on NATO’s front lines rather than Russia’s. And he can’t denazify the Ukraine without removing the sitting government.

    Ritter doesn’t say it, but world stability is jeopardized. Either Putin exceeds his authority by engaging with NATO in Western Ukraine or throwing out the Ukranian government by force; both of which carry massive risks of escalation; or, he declares victory while strengthening his opponents in Ukraine. And he is weakened domestically. When does a Russian hardliner emerge that says Putin should have gone in hard in the Ukraine? If he wasn’t such a softy, kow-towing to the West, Russia wouldn’t be in this mess.

    Lunatics in Washington and hard-liners in Russia is a recipe for global disaster in short order. We in the West are spoiled children, having no clue how good we have it with Putin running Russia.


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