Putin’s ‘hellish’ Ukraine war looks like an extension of ‘agony’: Igor Girkin

Igor Girkin, a former Russian military leader, said on Sunday that Russia’s war in Ukraine looks from the outside as an “extension” of the “agony”.

“Eight years have passed, eight years of war, death, tears, disappointed expectations and hopes of ordinary people, but the stubborn Donbass has achieved its goal – they are now officially Russia again,” Girkin wrote, according to a translation of Telegram. his comments.

Girkin is a former commander of pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, who formed separatist regions in the Donbass region after Russian troops invaded the country in 2014.

“And they still want to win, although it’s probably obvious to an intelligent person on the outside that this is ‘extension of agony.’ After a hellish ‘mobilization’ without armour, with iron helmets and ‘mosquitoes’, with frozen legs, after a huge number of combat episodes,” Girkin added.

Putin's War Looks Like Prolonging The Agony: Girkin
Above: Igor Strelkov, also known as Igor Girkin, the top military commander of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’, holds a news conference in Ukraine July 28, 2014. Girkin said Sunday Russia’s war in Ukraine looked from the outside as an “extension” of “agony.”
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“We don’t want to ‘prolong’ the agony. We want to win. We think what needs to be done and we do it. Everyone in their place. Calmly, without nerves and unnecessary emotions,” said Girkin.

The former Russian military leader’s comments come after Russia suffered a heavy defeat on Saturday after Russian forces withdrew from Lyman, a town in Ukraine’s Donetsk region that had been occupied since May. The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that the troops “withdrew to more advantageous lines.”

The withdrawal came just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would illegally annex the territory — along with the Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson regions — after referendums on joining Russia were held there last week.

When asked for comment, the US State Department referred news week in the words of Secretary Antony Blinken, who, as final results neared, dismissed them as “sham referendums and annexations” and said President Joe Biden’s administration will impose “additional heavy and swift costs” on Russia to proceed with them.

British defense officials said in an intelligence briefing on Sunday that the loss of Lyman “represents a significant political setback given its location in Donetsk Oblast, a region that Russia reportedly wanted to ‘liberate’ and has attempted to illegally annex”.

After the loss, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, a supporter of the war in Ukraine, said that “more drastic measures should be taken” and suggested imposing martial law or using nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

Earlier this month, Girkin said he believes the Ukrainians “already won” the war against Russia when they pushed around Kharkiv and forced the Russians to withdraw from cities like Izium and Kupyansk.

“Now, in fact, our side can only talk about how to stop its further deepening and prevent the escalation of an operational defeat into a strategic one,” Girkin wrote. “Although in general it has already become too small. The enemy has already won the ‘battle for the initiative’. Now we should talk about preventing the Armed Forces of Ukraine from encircling and destroying large formations of our troops.”

news week has asked the Russian and Ukrainian defense ministries for comments.

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Rick Schindler

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