Russian Defense Ministry Publishes Jan. 22 Ukrainian Order for Offensive in DonbassBy Carl Osgood
March 9—The Russian Defense Ministry published documents this morning it said prove that the Kiev regime was preparing an offensive in the Donbas set to begin in early March. The document posted this morning is an order signed by the commander of Ukraine’s National Guard, Colonel-General Mykola Balan, dated Jan. 22, 2022. This document, entitled “On organizing the training of a battalion tactical group of the 4th operational brigade to perform combat (special) tasks in the joint forces operation as part of a brigade of the armed forces of Ukraine,” "details the plan for preparing one of the shock groups for offensive operations in the zone of the so-called ‘Joint Forces Operation’ in the Donbas, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov this morning.
Konashenkov stressed that the order focused on the 80th separate air assault brigade which had been trained by American and British instructors under the “NATO standard” training programs in Lviv. As part of the preparation for offensive action, “the National Guardsmen are ordered to provide ‘visual agitation, information and propaganda materials, flags, and printing products,’” Konashenkov continued. “The deputy commander of the National Guard for personnel was ordered to organize ‘an effective system of moral and psychological support for the battalion tactical group of the 4th operational brigade, internal communication of commanders with subordinates, information.’ At the same time, it is important to provide ‘an explanation to the personnel of the decisions of the leadership and the importance of fulfilling the tasks ahead.’”
Konashenkov drew attention to a paragraph in the order that “prohibits sending National Guardsmen who showed ‘unsatisfactory’ results of psychological testing according to the criterion of ‘risk readiness’ to the area of combat coordination and to the place of performance of ‘combat special tasks.’”
“We well remember the statements by the leadership of the Kiev regime circulated in February by the Western media about the alleged absence of any plans for the armed seizure of the Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics. Their desire to resolve all issues allegedly in a political and diplomatic way,” Konashenkov continued. “However, the originals of the secret military documents of the National Guard of Ukraine clearly prove the falsity of these statements.”
Only one question remains to be answered, he concluded: “how deeply the U.S. leadership and its NATO allies were involved in the planning and preparation of the operation to storm the Donbas by the Ukrainian inter-service grouping of troops in early March. All those who care so much about peace in Ukraine today.”