12/13/2022 – War update and commentary: russia, a whitewashed tomb

From Jamie Peipon: In the picture you can see a clear illustration of the russian world. You may remember the famous theater in Mariupol, Ukraine. Children and their caretakers were sheltering there and they had written “CHILDREN” in huge letters on the ground outside the building back in the days when Ukrainians still hoped that a russian pilot might see it and refrain from bombing it. No such hope exists any longer and, as it turns out, it wasn’t justified then. The building was bombed repeatedly while Ukrainian children sheltered within. Of course, russia is still occupying Mariupol and they are doing their best to pretend that their recent sins never took place. They’ve literally put up a fence around it and on that fence they’ve printed pictures of what the theater looked like in all its glory… you know… before russia came and destroyed all life there as it was known. You don’t have to stretch very far to see how this is an illustration for russia as a nation. The whole country is nothing but a whitewashed tomb. They are the proud owners of the “second greatest army in the world.” An army that is bogged down and losing ground on day 291 of their “three-day war” to take all of Ukraine. St. Pete and moscow are only beautiful facades that act just like the fence in the picture below… those two cities are hiding the fact that in rural russia, almost two-thirds of all households have no access to indoor plumbing. Basic toilets are a literal pipe dream. According to their news, the “special military operation” is going exactly to plan. Meanwhile, they’ve lost almost 100,000 soldiers (according to Ukraine’s official figures) in less than ten months. To put that in perspective, during russia’s 10-year war with Afghanistan they lost about 15,000 soldiers.

While the weather has remained too warm for either side to make much of a push, Ukraine has continued what appear to be “shaping operations” that will pave the way for counterattacks once all the conditions are right. Over the past several days, the Crimean village of Sovetske saw a Ukrainian strike on a russian barracks with long-range rocket artillery. There were also explosions reported in the Crimean cities of Dzhankoi, Sevastopol, and Simferopol.

There was also a massive strike in the occupied city of Melitopol. This city is at the center of the land bridge that currently connects actual russian territory with occupied Crimea. According to russians who were recording the fiery aftermath on their cell phones, six missiles (which happens to be a full battery of the HIMARS ammunition Ukraine has access to) destroyed a resort-like venue that was being used as a barracks by the russians. There was also a large bridge in Melitopol that was struck. The initial pictures do not seem to indicate any impact or explosions on the surface of the bridge so there is speculation that this was caused by partisan or special operations forces that set explosives at the piles of the bridge from below. However it happened, the bridge looks like it will struggle to support anything particularly heavy. That bridge is part of the main highway that runs from russia to Crimea through occupied Ukrainian territory and presents a new challenge for russia as they continue to struggle to supply their forces that are occupying the southern regions of Ukraine.

Lastly, Britain’s Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace said that the UK has long-range weapons that they could provide to Ukraine if russia continues attacking civilian infrastructure. One wonders why it isn’t already being provided if the “trigger” is attacks on infrastructure. That is all russia has been doing for the past month. Nevertheless, it is encouraging to hear. It seems like the West is hesitant to provide such weapons, but once one country does, it may open the flood gates for others to follow. Ukraine is not particularly concerned with which country takes the lead, just that it finally happens.

“Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
protect me from those who rise up against me;
deliver me from those who work evil,
and save me from bloodthirsty men.”

One response to “12/13/2022 – War update and commentary: russia, a whitewashed tomb”

  1. I am cheering for the Ukraine militia–praying that God will give them victory inch by inch (and longer in His all-wise timing!)


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