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Russia Storms Central Bakhmut; Kiev, US in Denial; Zelensky Depressed; Putin Upbeat Econ; EU NatGas

  • Published on Mar 29, 2023 veröffentlicht
  • Russia Storms Central Bakhmut; Kiev, US in Denial; Zelensky Depressed; Putin Upbeat Russia Economy; EU NatGas Cuts
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  • Alexander Mercouris
    Alexander Mercouris  2 months ago +82

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    • ELzA
      ELzA 2 months ago +10

      Good day, Alexander! Thank you for your great work

    • John The Baptist 🇵🇸
      John The Baptist 🇵🇸 2 months ago +11

      Let’s go Russia 🇷🇺❤️🇵🇸🦾

    • John
      John 2 months ago +4

      O Nooooooooooooo!!!!! Bakhmut STILL not taken!!!!! 😂😂😂😂😂

    • John The Baptist 🇵🇸
      John The Baptist 🇵🇸 2 months ago +4

      TLM TrnnnnnyyyyLivesDntMatter

  • disndat1000
    disndat1000 2 months ago +433

    - Bakhmut reporting bifurcation 00:00
    - Kreminna/Kupiansk/Marinka 12:33
    - The famous counter attack 14:40
    - Nezavisimaya Gazeta bakhmut article 17:00
    - Reznikov interview: counter offensive 28:22
    - Russian tank production 38:35
    - viewer report: Russian rear support use older equipment 40:40
    - Elensky depressing AP interview 45:33
    - Putin optimistic meeting with members of gov. 48:18
    - Inflation and interest in Russia 53:55
    - EU to members: cut back gas consumption 15%! 56:50

  • Oldman99
    Oldman99 2 months ago +340

    Three cheers for the Austrian parliament for walking out during Zelensky’s speech!

    • Catherine hui
      Catherine hui 2 months ago +34

      They've got guts, not lapdogs of US,UK, NATO and giving their hard earned taxpayers money to manipulate Zelensky
      'Charity begins at home' is the saying!!! Viva la Austria!!! Not be drawn into a proxy war!!!

    • Black Lion
      Black Lion 2 months ago +12

      Exaggerated comment.
      Doesn't matter only a few of the far-right pro-putin from the Austrian Freedom Party walked out.
      I thought you meant the whole Austrian gov't walked out.

    • Black Lion
      Black Lion 2 months ago +5

      @Odi I said far right and not centre right. Anyway, for the rest I agree with you.

    • James Mills
      James Mills 2 months ago +2


  • JustaGuess
    JustaGuess 2 months ago +200

    A bit frightening really and a bit sad , for a country the size of America and the best they can offer is Biden, Blinken, Austen, Milley and Sullivan, God help all of us.

    • stephen white
      stephen white 2 months ago +16

      It looks bad for Ron de Santis too.
      He couldn't say no to the neocons, Trump has surged to the lead for the Republican nomination

    • Arnika DE
      Arnika DE 2 months ago +19

      Don't forget Nuland

    • stephen white
      stephen white 2 months ago +16

      @Arnika DE who could forget sticky vicky, Russia is her obsession too

    • tnix88
      tnix88 2 months ago +9

      Surely a random guy from Timbuktu could do better

  • Chadimir Poutine.
    Chadimir Poutine. 2 months ago +404

    Russia winning alone while Nato and the EU are losing together.
    Living in a Nato country and supporting Team Z (The good guys) .
    Anybody notice that no Russian banks are failing? Seems that is an American and European problem.
    If I'm right 34 countries are supporting Ukraine militarily and/or economically but 32/34 are still buying Russian resources lol

    • Ben Bo
      Ben Bo 2 months ago +3


    • Ya El Z
      Ya El Z 2 months ago +13

      Imagine what would happen if Russia didn't have a pro European leadership.

    • TheManWithTheGoldenGun
      TheManWithTheGoldenGun 2 months ago +16

      ​@Ben Bo what are you laughing about, he's right

  • Up Stairs
    Up Stairs 2 months ago +449

    Zelenskyy has no intention of defending Bakhmut to the last Ukrainian. It is more like the second last Ukrainian - Zelenskyy has no intention of dying there.

    • Ethercruiser1
      Ethercruiser1 2 months ago +13


    • william
      william 2 months ago +42

      He's not a real Ukranian.

    • tj Hodge
      tj Hodge 2 months ago +29

      Things get bad Zelensky will run to one of the Many Mansions in Foreign Nations he owns according to Panama Papers he is Oligarch Styling it worth at least 100 million

    • John F
      John F 2 months ago +21

      He'll be off to Florida at the first scent of danger to him.

    • Joe the king Hawk
      Joe the king Hawk 2 months ago +6

      Make sense

  • 2vintage68
    2vintage68 2 months ago +168

    All of the responsibility for the massive carnage inflicted on Ukraine goes to the US and UK. Both governments threatened Zelensky with dire consequences if he did not walk out of the peace negotiations that were close to a deal on ending this war a year ago.

    • John Black
      John Black 2 months ago +6

      Yeah but he still excepted all the billions in his separate bank accounts scattered in tax havens.

    • Lynn Paul
      Lynn Paul 2 months ago +3

      Zelensky is compromised and blackmailed because he did bad things

  • Gumblina1
    Gumblina1 2 months ago +447

    Thank you, am just a normal housewife who enjoys listening to your channel. My chimney sweep guy also listens to you! Thank you again for the straight forward reporting rather than the propaganda garbage we see in the MSM. The truth will always prevail.

    • Mikey
      Mikey 2 months ago +11

      I too am a normal housewife but I sweep my own chimneys.

    • zahrans
      zahrans 2 months ago +10

      Are you listening from the 1800s?

    • Corbynite
      Corbynite 2 months ago +8

      “Ma’am, could you please turn down the volume on the Clip-Share? I’m trying to sweep a chimney here, I only want to listen to my Taylor Swift playlist on my EarPods…”
      Sorry, I cannot help but joke. You set it up. I am sure that your chimney sweep guy, like me, listens to Alexander on a voluntary basis for his insightful and careful analysis of current events.

  • Bernard Edwards
    Bernard Edwards 2 months ago +94

    It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for an honest and intelligent man to become a senior US general or a British front bench politician.

  • devilish deed
    devilish deed 2 months ago +272

    I listen to people talk about this who have the standard mainstream viewpoint and I get angry that they can be so blind to what is going on and the damage we are causing. Then I remember how I used to believe exactly the same things. It is so sad.

    • Thomas Vogel
      Thomas Vogel 2 months ago +29

      But the people waking up. You beliefed the MS so did i. At one point we stopt. As many many others. One by one. Every Day. If one cant see it today they will maybe tomorrow. We are becoming Legion. 😘

    • Up Stairs
      Up Stairs 2 months ago +25

      @devlish deed. “angry”. For me, that would be an understatement. To think that I was lied to and lied to by the MSM, and by my government, and by the university, and …

    • Sean H
      Sean H 2 months ago +11

      I hear that Poland is going to supply Ukraine with some of it's steam driven tanks

    • Michael Firman
      Michael Firman 2 months ago +6

      @Thomas Vogel Well said.

  • James Watson
    James Watson 2 months ago +150

    Some day, and one dearly hopes that it will come soon, the people of Ukraine will realise that they've been led down the path of insanity.

    • Trogdor89
      Trogdor89 2 months ago +3

      And the Russians have not? Stop listening to this guy. Just because he is not mainstream doesn't mean that he's right.

    • Nikolay Karlovich
      Nikolay Karlovich 2 months ago +28

      @Trogdor89 and why are you here then?

    • Trogdor89
      Trogdor89 2 months ago +3

      @Nikolay Karlovich I get these videos recommended to me sometimes. I watched the Duran at the start of the war because I wanted a different take. At first I thought they were being unbiased, but it didn't take long for me to realize that these guys are most likely on the Kremlin payroll.

  • Laurentius Shipipa
    Laurentius Shipipa 2 months ago +87

    Glory to the Russian federation 🙏🙏🙏🇷🇺, Africa is behind you, Russia is fighting the evils to liberate the people of the Donbass region who have been for so long suffered gravely in the hand of the Ukrainian Nazi regime.,

    • zbigniew dzwonkowski
      zbigniew dzwonkowski 2 months ago

      The Russian powerful Mantra.... MIRA Slava..MIRA cle ..MIR of Absolute...MIRA...soon...

    • Lynn Paul
      Lynn Paul 2 months ago +7

      I understand Ukraine was a sovereign country till America and Brits took control to use Ukraine for their playground.

  • Hurst Mitchell
    Hurst Mitchell 2 months ago +154

    Shame on the West for letting these poor soldiers die needlessly.

    • Jeff Hedrich
      Jeff Hedrich 2 months ago +14

      Dying for America actually.

    • Said Hussein
      Said Hussein 2 months ago +4

      Slava Russia 🪆 fr.sweden

    • Jeff Hedrich
      Jeff Hedrich 2 months ago +6

      @Peter Dixon xenophobic? Not to mention that it's not even factual... Even by British standards. Lol

  • Madeleine Takam
    Madeleine Takam 2 months ago +21

    All the Ukrainian troops that trained on tanks in the UK were from the “Right Sector” One of our neighbours used to be in “The Royal Tank Regiment”. He said he wouldn’t want anything to do with training them. However, he also said, it would be seriously bad for your career to request not to.

    • Media is Fake News
      Media is Fake News 2 months ago +2

      There was a media piece floating around a couple weeks ago, that was replayed by The Sun, the BBC, Guardian, France24, etc, that had been filmed in Germany, showing ukrainians training with the Leopard 2. Most of the media channels deleted a section of the footage, that showed a ukrainian on top of the tank, waving at the reporters, and then finishing with the Azov salute, followed by the nazi salute. Regardless that we were seeing the nazi salute being done in Germany, on top of a german tank, and yet no one said a damn thing! The reporters at the scene seemed completely unfazed by it. It´s as if everyone knows they are there, they know what they stand for, but everyone turns a blind eye to it.

  • Gilberto Hernandez
    Gilberto Hernandez 2 months ago +39

    I don’t know how you do it Alexander ! I cannot believe the amount of information you daily manage to discover for us, the people who don’t trust the western media. Thanks and keep the good work

    • Ahmed Vawda
      Ahmed Vawda 2 months ago

      He waffles a bit, so wait till the

    • Jnth007
      Jnth007 2 months ago +1

      @Peter Dixon cry :))

  • Christine Kulper
    Christine Kulper 2 months ago +83

    Thank you, Alexander! Really appreciate your consistent updates. All the best to you and your listeners! 🙏💜🙏

    • riskydevil
      riskydevil 2 months ago +1

      Hi Yes, Harley Davidson from Milwaukee Oblast here, I am very thankfuls for Alex's incredibly unbias and very true news! Hopefuls that Ukraine can liberates Bakhmut in 9 months!

    • Past 2013
      Past 2013 2 months ago +2

      @Peter Dixon and you love him since you’re here every day.

  • james bond
    james bond 2 months ago +227

    God bless Russia, from India with love.

    • Unison Rul
      Unison Rul 2 months ago +17

      God Bless India, from Serbia with love

    • Zeta Reticulan
      Zeta Reticulan 2 months ago +12

      God bless Serbia, from China with love.

    • riskydevil
      riskydevil 2 months ago

      do the needful and poo in loo, 007.

  • Lisal Botha
    Lisal Botha 2 months ago +43

    Thank you Alexander for the daily updates and your analysis. You are a wealth of knowledge.

    • Tina svensson
      Tina svensson 2 months ago +2

      You have more knowledge in your rear end.

    • Stara.
      Stara. 2 months ago

      Just reads the local rag.

  • Andrew Hirshbach
    Andrew Hirshbach 2 months ago +22

    Thank you Alexander for your extensive and careful analysis and commentary, always aiming at accuracy.

  • Andre K
    Andre K 2 months ago +19

    The strategy for using tanks in the conflict is completely different. If earlier the tanks were a breakthrough tool, today it has become a means of destroying strongholds. It seems that the old T-55 and T-62 tanks are more suitable for this role, for which, apparently, there is a significant supply of old shells. These tanks have rifled guns, which allows more accurate firing at a distance of 5 km and more than the more powerful 125mm smoothbore guns allow.

    • magicponyrides
      magicponyrides 2 months ago +4

      The Russians have thousands of these tanks and millions of shells for them .

  • Joshua Paul
    Joshua Paul 2 months ago +24

    Unconditional surrender is the only way out for Ukraine. Hitler's Germany also refused to admit defeat until Hitler killed himself, then Keitel signed unconditional surrender. Ukraine already lost most trained and motivated soldiers along with almost all hardware it had before the war plus hundreds of tanks and IFVs it got from Eastern Europe (to understand the scale of losses it had 1 990 tanks, 1 212 IFVs, 1 112 heavy artillery systems, 354 multiple rocket launchers). Its army is a shadow of its former self at the beginning of the war . WSJ is describing Zelenskyy mobilization in this way: "Mr. Zelensky in January introduced even harsher punishment for desertion and disobedience . A disabled person was drafted in western Ukraine and pronounced fit for service despite having no hands. Another died on the front lines within a month of mobilization after 10 days of training, according to his relatives." Zelenskyy is officially catching and forced conscripting even disabled. When such people are in the trenches, it means that the front can collapse at any moment.

    • Stara.
      Stara. 2 months ago

      Oh dear someone is upset😂

    • Kev C
      Kev C 2 months ago +1

      Ukraine independently confirmed losses are dwarfed by Russia's, yes Russia had more to start with, but the second most powerful military on the planet dusting off its tanks from the 1950's isn't a good look for them. If you believe Russian estimates of Ukrainian equipment they have destroyed, they have destroyed the entire Ukraine armed forces 3 times, yet here we are seeing the mighty Russian military advance, spending 9 months, just say that again 9 months to try and take a town and not a particularly big one at that, Bakhmut may fall, it may hold but the amount of Russian losses to get where they are today will not be justified by taking a town. We can almost measure russian advances since September with a tape measure, since Feb 22 the mighty Russia. Army has lost more ground than it has taken.

  • Robinson Crusoe Jr
    Robinson Crusoe Jr 2 months ago +9

    Thank you, Alexander, for another pristine update! If they had, over there, anything near as much rain as we had in southern England the last 6 months, the famous loamy soils of ukraine could take very many weeks to dry out somewhat. Here, it’s like a spongy marsh in many areas. Perhaps drier there? Weather is so fickle! 🤓

  • Stuart Jarman
    Stuart Jarman 2 months ago +28

    In the Germany army, a medic is called a Santitäts soldat, Sanitäter or simply 'Sani' as opposed to a doctor or surgeon who holds the title of 'Arzt'; when the Russians talk of 'sanitary casualties' they likely mean wounded troops who have been evacuated.

    • Joseph Bisio
      Joseph Bisio 2 months ago +2

      No it could be someone who caught a bad case of COVID or has some medical problem like a heart attack or was in a road accident with say heavy military equipment or caught some disease.

    • Han B
      Han B 2 months ago +3

      From what I've read in Russian sources, "sanitary casualties" ("санитарные потери") are indeed those sick/wounded soldiers who end up in hospitals for longer than a day.

  • James Watson
    James Watson 2 months ago +88

    Can a day pass without one's daily input from Alexander or indeed the Duran.

    • Carol Lei
      Carol Lei 2 months ago +5

      No way! Of course, their daily morsels of truth enlighten us all to the actual situation, unlike the MSM. It’s my go-to over here (South East Asia) every morning. God bless them and all that they do. 🙏🙏

    • BadJuny
      BadJuny 2 months ago +1

      It’s Groundhog Day everyday, Bakhmut being stormed, encircled, taken, fallen, soon to fall, Ukraine suffering insurmountable losses, for the last 6 months. How many armies has Russian destroyed by now? 10? Lol

    • Jeff Klenovic
      Jeff Klenovic 2 months ago +1

      Tune to another channel whenever you want or better off, tune out completely as needed.

    • MichaelMW
      MichaelMW 2 months ago +1

      acording to them Russia should be now in Porto 🤣

  • Gary VAQ
    Gary VAQ 2 months ago +106

    Great way to start the day in Central Pennsylvania, Alexander, you do marvelous work!

  • Maria Góra
    Maria Góra 2 months ago +19

    thank you for interesting and objective information and for subtitles: regards from Poland

  • A Rios
    A Rios 2 months ago +78

    First thing in the morning, last thing at night: listen to your reports! Thanks!

    • Doctor Death
      Doctor Death 2 months ago +1

      @Peter Dixon Still not foxtrot oscared yet?

  • stenka rasin
    stenka rasin 2 months ago +7

    If you are right that the fighting in Bakhmut is now going on mainly for internal Ukrainian political reasons, then I'm appaled both at the cold blooded waste of human lives, and the militarily stupid waste of manpower which will be needed in any attempted counter offensive.

  • Ken Brickley
    Ken Brickley 2 months ago +54

    The statement by Miley shows both his utter lack of what is actually happening and his ability to just continue to lie to the American people. What he will say when Bakhmut falls to Russia is anyone's guess.

    • Виктория Сафронова
      Виктория Сафронова 2 months ago +7

      He will say Bachmut wasn't important...Lol

    • Andrew Pease
      Andrew Pease 2 months ago

      Alexander has been guessing since September. Listen to Miley, an actual general and who has access to a vast intelligence organisation or Alexander who turned to commenting on other people's news reports after he was disbarred as a barrister?

    • Mike Rauchfuss
      Mike Rauchfuss 2 months ago +2

      They will Lie Harder!

    • Stara.
      Stara. 2 months ago

      No one knows what happening 😮

  • Richard Moonstone
    Richard Moonstone 2 months ago +12

    Great stuff as always. Thanks for the updates. Peace and love

  • chris hoff
    chris hoff 2 months ago +86

    You know the fighting is intense when progress is described in terms of being within 30 meters of an objective.

    • Andrew Rivera
      Andrew Rivera 2 months ago +1

      Zenos paradox

    • andrew30
      andrew30 2 months ago +3

      especially as the russians have taken 8 months to get there

    • MSD prakash
      MSD prakash 2 months ago +15

      ​@andrew30 why hurry?
      Denazification and Demilitarization is happening even within 100 metres

    • duncan
      duncan 2 months ago +2

      @MSD prakash youre right, such a fools move to finish a war fast, not allowing the enemy to dig in, fortify, get more ressources from abroad..

  • Kiyoshi Takeda
    Kiyoshi Takeda 2 months ago +27

    Appreciated the internal economic analysis. As important as the front. Thanks for providing a unified understanding of the overall situation. Well done each day.

  • Dinner with Franklin
    Dinner with Franklin 2 months ago +22

    As always Alexander your reports are some of the most thorough and clear. Thank you

  • John The Baptist 🇵🇸
    John The Baptist 🇵🇸 2 months ago +161

    Let’s go Russia 🇷🇺❤️🇵🇸🦾

    • Scania1982
      Scania1982 2 months ago +2

      Are you lot possibly paid in rubels?

    • Palestine V
      Palestine V 2 months ago +7

      Long live Palestine

  • Ron Whitehouse
    Ron Whitehouse 2 months ago +17

    I thank you so much for you educated commentary on this topic when we know that in times of war and conflict, truth is the first casualty.

    • Past 2013
      Past 2013 2 months ago

      @Peter Dixon gave you a like, xoxol

  • Larryjoe`s Antiidiotikum
    Larryjoe`s Antiidiotikum 2 months ago +42

    On the day (+/-1) when Bahmut falls, the Ukrainians will start their long talked about "counteroffensive" to shift the public focus away from the defeat and the enormous losses there. Ironically, that offensive will cause even more losses. All those poor dead and wounded men 😢 just to save some evil people's faces! 🤬

    • rxn lfr
      rxn lfr 2 months ago

      Ok pero alguien los obligó ir a pelear ? Al principio escuché que los soldados recibían un buen sueldo....no sé si será cierto. Todos los participantes tienen su cuota de responsabilidad....o no?

    • Larryjoe`s Antiidiotikum
      Larryjoe`s Antiidiotikum 2 months ago

      @rxn lfr Errr.. What?

  • Battlecry Eden
    Battlecry Eden 2 months ago +9

    T-54/55 has many share parts with T-62, particularly engine and suspenssion which are no longer manufactured anywhere, so these tanks maybe shipped to factory to salvage parts for modernizing T-62. Also they can take out the turret and replace with something more powerful like rocket launchers, simply poweful automatic cannons, those are very usefull against big kamikadze drones, and to provide supression fire against enemy fortified position. Israel successfully turn many of those trophy T-55 tanks into heavy armored infantry vehicle. And finally its a tracked vehicle with 500-550 horses power which can simply be used as tank recovery vehicle. When Leopard 1 isno longer used anywhere for a very long time, therefore I have dobt about the condition of its ammunition, T-55 is still in active duty in many countries and Russia have a good amount of its ammunition in proper condition, its gun is actually more accurate than smootbore gun with very good range, with drone support you can use it as artillery gun in close range with very good accuracy even with old aiming system.

    • magicponyrides
      magicponyrides 2 months ago +3

      Ukraine is getting T55 donations, funny how the trolls don’t mock them for using T55s

    • Battlecry Eden
      Battlecry Eden 2 months ago +3

      @xenusceptic1 sound exactly like those thousands A1M1 US got in Sierra desert, also sit to rust under oped sky with no maintenance, therefore US need a year to turn any of them back into running and give them to Ukraine. To my eyes picture of those T-55 on train which the West is refering to are very well preserved, way better than A1M1 in Sierra base. Probably Russian officer responsible for them didn't absorb military budget the way American counterpart did.

    • magicponyrides
      magicponyrides 2 months ago +3

      @xenusceptic1 I’d take a rusty T55 over those French wheeled tin cans on rubber tires😂 they have to stop in order to fire 😂

    • MichaelMW
      MichaelMW 2 months ago

      @magicponyrides t55 ?on ukraine side? no NATO nation has one :)

  • Bob Robertson
    Bob Robertson 2 months ago +4

    Great stuff as usual , and my new interest in Geopolitics has been due to you and TheDuran.Thanks so much for the truths you speak.

  • iyam nobaudi
    iyam nobaudi 2 months ago +109

    The paper tiger general Miley is all "Russia is getting hammered' and all I can do is LMAO at the ludicrousness of DC.

    • Jaakko Jussila
      Jaakko Jussila 2 months ago +2

      I’m sure you know more about that than several intelligence services. You can just look at the progress in and around Bakhmut. Almost no movement for months.

    • Jaakko Jussila
      Jaakko Jussila 2 months ago +3

      The Russians are definitely lossing more soldiers in bakhmut.
      Attackers traditionally have significantly more losses then the defender's.

  • Frederick Moller
    Frederick Moller 2 months ago +149

    Slava Russia FOREVER!!

  • Shannon Hultz
    Shannon Hultz 2 months ago +50

    As always, Thanks for keeping us in the know.

  • Jean-Christophe Vautrin

    Je vous remercie pour vos analyses très intéressantes.

  • David Miller
    David Miller 2 months ago +3

    Excellent coverage as always Alexander.

  • Magna Mentis
    Magna Mentis 2 months ago +4

    The condition of the ground at this time of the year is known to them and therefore they cannot have planned a counterattack and postpone it for that reason. Either they didn't plan such an offensive at all or, what I believe, they had to postpone it because they lost too many men in Bakhmut and are generally not in shape that allows for such an offensive. In other words, a lame excuse.

  • John Attfield
    John Attfield 2 months ago +16

    "Irretrievable" losses could also include soldiers who are captured and become prisoners of war. Has anybody seen estimates of the approximate numbers of PoWs on either side? Has it been reported or discussed anywhere?

    • Mark A
      Mark A 2 months ago +3

      It was over 19,000 Ukrainians in January and less than a thousand Russians.

    • Stara.
      Stara. 2 months ago

      Just ask our commie above he knows everything.😂

    • Joseph Bisio
      Joseph Bisio 2 months ago

      @Mark A Yeah sure a in month that featured multiple Russian defeats.

    • Mister Pink And Yellow
      Mister Pink And Yellow 2 months ago

      @Joseph Bisio cope

  • jim lowis
    jim lowis 2 months ago +21

    Long live Russia. Russia was never the enemy or a threat to the world but the USA certainly is. The quicker the USA is weakened beyond belief the better for world peace. The USA instigated this war for their own goals.

  • zx10r Mafia
    zx10r Mafia 2 months ago +82

    Make Ukraine Russia again 💪🏾🇷🇺

    • Tw Wolf Wolf
      Tw Wolf Wolf 2 months ago +7


    • Preston Robert
      Preston Robert 2 months ago +7

      Hell yeah! Ukraine belongs to Russia.

    • Past 2013
      Past 2013 2 months ago +1

      @Peter Dixon dream on, petro.

    • Lynn Paul
      Lynn Paul 2 months ago

      @Peter Dixon Ukraine was a sovereign country

    • kgb gb
      kgb gb 2 months ago +2

      @Lynn Paul Before 2014.

  • Hédi Clark
    Hédi Clark 2 months ago +52

    Thank you for the daily updates, Alexander! The best! Shared! 😎👊

    • Past 2013
      Past 2013 2 months ago +1

      @Peter Dixon don’t be sad

  • Alexander Gabrovsky
    Alexander Gabrovsky 2 months ago +6

    Another fantastic reporting. Thank you Alexander for your honesty.

    • FordFalcon1962nBlue
      FordFalcon1962nBlue 2 months ago

      oh theres peter! im getting closer to arthur in the comments then!

  • george ninan
    george ninan 2 months ago +2

    A very good piece today Alexander.Please give more anecdotes like today.Perhaps on the political landscape of Europe and uk

  • Dietmar Wehr
    Dietmar Wehr 2 months ago +2

    The deceleration in Russian industrial production since the start of the year could also be a reflection on industry having used up spare capacity in the 2nd half of last year and now has to make capital investments that take time, to increase output further. There might also be bottlenecks in machine tool production and specialized manufacturing skills.

    • stephen white
      stephen white 2 months ago

      Maybe, if push comes to shove the can always ask their many friends to give a helping hand

    • Joseph Bisio
      Joseph Bisio 2 months ago

      Russian industrial production went down quite a bit in the first half of 2022 before a bit of a recovery. Maybe its more of an indication that this is the level they can sustain over time.

    • Stever1962
      Stever1962 2 months ago

      Russia has never quit production of ammunition or arms since the end of world war II. All these people saying oh they're out of missiles or they're running low on ammunition have lost their minds. They look past the Ukraine war to what's coming at them next. They always have and always will since world war II.

    • Joseph Bisio
      Joseph Bisio 2 months ago

      @Stever1962 This isn't really correct. Russia's defense industrial base is nowhere near that of the old USSR even the old USSR just inside Russia.

  • SharonD
    SharonD 2 months ago +14

    Thank you for your in depth analysis❤

  • charles dlamini
    charles dlamini 2 months ago +49

    From South Africa 🇿🇦 we follow the truth. Thank you for telling the truth

  • andrew b
    andrew b 2 months ago +46

    I don't understand how the west has questions about Russian shell production. They produce 1 shell every 90 seconds per hydraulic machine Shoigu stood in front of during his factory tour.

    • Luis Nunes
      Luis Nunes 2 months ago +6

      The question is that's not the kind of answer they want...

    • Calamity-
      Calamity- 2 months ago +7

      So basicly 28.800 new shell production per month.
      Over start of the war until now shell being use in ukraine still using old inventory shell.
      Rate fire per day 20.000 shell time 12 month is 7.300.000 shell have been use in ukraine war over pass 12 month.
      Make me wonder how much old inventory shell Russia have because they can keep up with their 20.000 rate fire per day.

    • Shares Games
      Shares Games 2 months ago +10

      In the beginning of WW2, the Germans were building 900 tanks a month. Towards the end of the war, the Russians were building 900 tanks a day. ref: Sir Winston Churchill.

    • Jeff Hedrich
      Jeff Hedrich 2 months ago +8

      ​@Calamity- that's just one factory.

  • Tom Almow
    Tom Almow 2 months ago +6

    Alex...always sorted and focused...great attention to facts. Thanks.

  • Tw Wolf Wolf
    Tw Wolf Wolf 2 months ago +110

    Victory to Ruussia👊🐻🇷🇺

    • P Maitra
      P Maitra 2 months ago +3

      Салют 🐺🐺. 👋

    • Past 2013
      Past 2013 2 months ago +1

      @Peter Dixon what’s unlikely is that there’ll be much left of the formerly large Ukr. And the narko-chief is very unlike to live there unincarcarated.

  • Brian Betz
    Brian Betz 2 months ago

    Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has praised the "dedication and determination" of Ukrainian soldiers being trained to operate British Challenger 2 tanks donated for the war against Russia. The Secretary of State, who is a former soldier himself, met the troops training at Bovington Camp in Dorset and told them: "Britain is going to continue with you until the end."

  • Joseph Bisio
    Joseph Bisio 2 months ago

    One of the constant features of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been the “reconnaissance in force.” This process, in which platoon-size units are sent forward until they make contact with the enemy, then the information they are able to obtain about Ukrainian positions-often indicated by drawing fire-is used to evaluate the next steps. This kind of operation has casualty rates that are often as great as those in the “human wave” attacks in which Russia sent troops across open terrain to face prepared defensive positions. (cont in detail below)
    But here’s a question: Why did Russia do this? It’s one thing to say that they have little regard for the lives of their troops, but Russia certainly has high regard for winning, for capturing Ukrainian territory and advancing. Why proceed in such a foolish fashion? One that not only has a high price in men and materiel, but which often fails to deliver enough information to make the next assault any more effective?
    One reason, reported this month in Popular Mechanics, is pretty surprising. The nation that launched the first satellite, and has continued to be one of the world’s biggest “space powers” over the last sixty years, doesn’t have enough intelligence satellites to tell them what’s going on. In fact, their fleet of eyes-in-the-sky is old, designed for other purposes, and just generally incapable of giving Russia the kind of real-time, high-quality view of the battlefield that you would expect them to have in 2023.
    Russia does have some spy satellites, of course, but the majority of what it has aloft are satellites for communications and to support its GLONAS location system-an alternative to the U.S.-launched GPS. Even some of Russia’s dedicated spy satellites are so purpose-built that they can’t help on the Ukrainian battlefield, like a satellite that tracks warships in the Pacific ocean.
    As a result, Russia gets high-quality imagery of the battlefield only once every two weeks. That infrequent availability of images doesn’t just explain why Russia is often left fumbling forward like a man going through a dark room with his hands stretched ahead of him. It also helps to explain one of the big mysteries of the war: Why isn’t Russia using its missiles to attack more strategic targets?
    “Because of a lack of reconnaissance capability, Russia is not able to use its high-precision weapons in the planned way,” Luzin told Popular Mechanics. “That’s why Russia started its campaign of missile terror against the cities and civil population of Ukraine.”

    SONIA SALDARRIAGA 2 months ago +8

    Thank you Alexander for given us the real news 👍🏼

  • Porta Bote Coastal Cruising
    Porta Bote Coastal Cruising 2 months ago +95

    Glory to 🇷🇺from Canada

  • ronnie donald
    ronnie donald 2 months ago +2

    T55's can be used as moving artillery,they have a range of up to 17km so can be used to soften the enemy as the more advanced hardware reaches the front line and if used as defence against any Ukrainian counter attacks the devastation would be immense,once bakmut falls Russian forces will be able to attack behind the defence lines North and South of Ukrainian forces. And as Russia stated they will create a demilitarised zone which Equal the longest range weapons Ukraine has which will now be 150km this will require the Kharkov and Odessa regions to be neutral.

    • Mike Rauchfuss
      Mike Rauchfuss 2 months ago

      And they are easy to Drive/Repair with Oodles of Ammo. Would be stupid of Russians not to use them. Aslo frees Space fort the Upcoming Tanks

  • richard spicer
    richard spicer 2 months ago +6

    I want to question the assumption that the Ukrainians are making a grave error in fighting to hold Bakmuhd. I am thinking of two historical occasions when armed forces faced a similar choice. Stalins order to hold Stalingrad at all costs and Hitlers' order to his armies subsequently to hold fast. In both cases historical analysis now concludes those decisions were correct. Any other choice would have lead to a disorganized route and collapse of the entire front. I suspect the same applies to the Ukraine front. I would have expected consideration from some sources at least of this possibility...instead of the constant repetition of how stupid the Ukrainians are to persist in their strategy of holding fast.!!

    • Nicolás Bevilacqua
      Nicolás Bevilacqua 2 months ago +4

      Hitler lost... Stalin had massive resources that Ukrainians lack... what is your point?

    • Christopher Smith
      Christopher Smith 2 months ago

      In a military sense, Stalingrad fell in 1942. What won the overall battle was on the flanks the Soviets had troops and reserves that could attack and drive the Germans back and surround the attackers. Ukraine has nothing like that, and even if their Spring offensive goes to the coast it doesn't cut off anyone and just exposes them to attack outside of fortifications.

  • Joseph Bisio
    Joseph Bisio 2 months ago

    The Ukrainians love their new Challenger 2 tank. “It’s a diamond,” one air-assault tanker said in a short documentary the U.K. defense ministry produced. “It’s a beast.”

  • Levan Gudadze - Opinion
    Levan Gudadze - Opinion 2 months ago +54

    Russian units may soon surround Bakhmut, Denis Pushilin, acting head of the DPR, said on the air of the Russian First Channel.
    I'll talk about this in the next update on my channel, but right now Wagner PMC fighters are establishing control over the central quarters of this city.

    • Irakli Natroshvili
      Irakli Natroshvili 2 months ago +3

      When will this story with Bakhmut end?

    • Levan Gudadze - Opinion
      Levan Gudadze - Opinion 2 months ago +10

      The Lefortovo Court of Moscow arrested the correspondent of The Wall Street Journal, US citizen Evan Gershkovich in a criminal case of espionage.

    • Levan Gudadze - Opinion
      Levan Gudadze - Opinion 2 months ago +7

      According to media reports here in Russia, the irretrievable losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) in the Bakhmut area amount to up to 500 fighters daily.

    • Levan Gudadze - Opinion
      Levan Gudadze - Opinion 2 months ago +7

      only a third of the US F-35 fighters are fully ready for combat missions, another 20 percent are only partially ready, and the remaining 50 percent unable to take off.

    • James Fork
      James Fork 2 months ago +16

      “After a failed russian offensive in Bakhmut, Ukrainian forces targeted the retreating russians with Artillery, VOG grenades and GRAD rockets. It is safe to say that the invaders got royally bonked”

  • TheSulross
    TheSulross 2 months ago +10

    Can tell things aren't going well for Ukraine right now as all these salty comment postings from the pro-Ukraine crowd. Naturally they didn't bother when they were feeling secure about Ukraine's situation. Those that are getting increasingly inwardly nervous about a matter instinctively resort to putting on an outward show of bravado bluster.

  • Adam Russell
    Adam Russell 2 months ago +4

    Challenger 2 is an older tank, needs ammo for a rifled barrel. It is quite heavy and requires a crew of 4. Russian tanks are said to be superior.

  • Paul Agbaku
    Paul Agbaku 2 months ago +8

    Well done Russia!! Keep up the good work, and put in as much overtime as possible!!!

  • Hans 68
    Hans 68 2 months ago +4

    i have heard today that the russians took out a large batch of western armor in the zaporizhzhia area, also andrei mentioned on his channel that the kinzhal strike that supposedly took out hundreds of nato military in underground was reported on in a greek newspaper outlet as well as in a large russian outlet

  • Jose Maria Ogara Lecue
    Jose Maria Ogara Lecue 2 months ago

    Many thanks Mr.Mercouris for your Deep sound updated reporte in several items like the Ukrania front linea war situation,the limited producción capacites of ammunition of Usa&west countries,the strange Democratic Summit called by Washington that looks importante even ridicuolus

  • Stara.
    Stara. 2 months ago +1

    Putin remains unlikely to deploy newly conscripted troops to participate in combat in Ukraine due to concerns for the stability of his regime.Western officials reported that Wagner Group and conventional Russian forces have likely lost a substantial amount of manpower in the Bakhmut area, which will further constrain Russia’s offensive on Bakhmut.

  • papalazzzaru
    papalazzzaru 2 months ago +25

    Alexander: "Trying to slow down the Russian advance, which as always is gradual and incremental", and, I would add, inexorable.

    • Kev C
      Kev C 2 months ago

      And embarrassing, 9 months, to not take Bakhmut, a relatively small town, 9 months, that's unbelievable, if they slow down anymore they will be advancing back to Russia and how much ground have the Russian military taken since they lost Kharkiv and Kherson, my back yard is bigger.

    • papalazzzaru
      papalazzzaru 2 months ago

      @Kev C I'd stick to Call of Duty if I were you, you clearly are completely ignorant of what it takes to defeat a NATO-trained and equipped military force that has had nearly a decade to prepare massive fortifications (NATO designed) all over an area around the size of the UK, with a frontline over a thousand kilometers in length, with (originally) less than 200,000 troops. And the force that is decimating the Ukrainian army in Bakhmut is a "private" military company comprising, according to western propaganda, convicts and losers. Russia didn't "lose" Kharkov and Kherson, they retreated from those strategically unimportant areas with very few losses in order to shorten their front line because to them land is not important. You are also clearly ignorant of the whole point of the SMO - as Sun Tsu said, in order to defeat an enemy you should first know that enemy, and you, like the western political elite commit the cardinal sin of not only not knowing your enemy but ignoring him completely. Putin said very clearly that the first priority of the SMO is to demilitarise Ukraine. In order to do that you have to meet the Ukrainian army head on and destroy it. And that is exactly what Russia has been doing. It's not about land, it's about the battle. Russia is in no rush because Ukraine is sending 15 and 65 year olds to the front lines after grabbing them from the streets, because they have now lost 3 armies. The fighting effectiveness of the Ukrainian army is now at about zero, they can hang on until the last man for every defensive position but it's only a matter of time until there isn't even pensioners to hold the line for the Nazis. No-one ever set a time limit on the demilitarisiation of Ukraine, unless you are stupid enough to believe even that pathetic trope of western propaganda, which I suspect you are. The longer the battle drags on the better it is for Russia because they are not only demilitarising Ukraine but also NATO as they throw everything they don't have into Ukraine, for the actors and script writers in Ukraine to waste them in pointless attempts to defend every inch of land that was never theirs in the first place. War isn't fought in episodes like computer games or TV shows, I'm sorry to have to point out to you, and only idiots talk about schedules. Which is why the western media talks about them. And why you believe them. Let's have this conversation again in 6 months.

    • Brian Betz
      Brian Betz 2 months ago

      @papalazzzaru Methinks that thou doth protest too much. About 600 words too much. You seem to think that Russia has a plan. Same plan they had last year, or is it a different plan this year?

  • Anthony Museka
    Anthony Museka 2 months ago +8

    I listen to you every afternoon and every evening Mr Alexander. Thanks for your truthful coverage. From Zambia

  • Sailing with Marguerite
    Sailing with Marguerite 2 months ago +15

    Great news and analysis as always, your dedicated listener and supporter from sunny California USA.

  • Wendy James
    Wendy James 2 months ago

    2:00 Sanitary are the losses that include any kind of wounded: lightly, heavily and mortally, that were successfully evacuated from the battlefield.
    Irretrievable are the losses that cannot be retrieved: killed and captured as POWs.
    So a huge part of sanitary losses won't be able to fight, and some part of irretrievable losses (POWs) can be actually retrieved via prisoners exchange.

  • Marshall Eubanks
    Marshall Eubanks 2 months ago +9

    The last report on Bakhmut in the Washington Post was, as of this moment, on March 25, 2023 at 5:21 PM EDT. I suspect that they do not feel things are going well there, and thus their silence.

  • James Butnz
    James Butnz 2 months ago +1

    Excellent program and update... I know this might be premeditated, and ... dangerous, and I could understand of you wouldn't want to indulge such information.. but I would like to know the actual difference in cost there is between 7.62 rounds (that go for about $70.00 per box of 30) and 5.46 rounds that I believe Russia 🇷🇺 has switched to... again, excellent program

  • Skalgar
    Skalgar 2 months ago +5

    You are so polite in the way you say people are lying their arse off and are completely delusional. Thanks for the information and still want to meet the dog.

  • Dusan Punisic
    Dusan Punisic 2 months ago +6

    About T55 it's important that in the case of nuclear escalation the crew is protected and everything works on him.

  • James Watson
    James Watson 2 months ago +2

    If one offers nothing but a pittance, with regard to weapons, then idiocy underwrites the aspirations one holds in this endeavour. Namely that Ukraine might prosper and indeed win. Can't those Ukrainian people see this, a trickle is offered to sustain the war, but nothing more. Their lives are irrelevant.

  • Eric Bergerud
    Eric Bergerud 2 months ago +1

    Yesterday there was a large Ukrainian "Recon in force" that was smashed north of Bakhmut. It's possible that ground is bad - it's raining again, and if Western tanks are in theater they are heavier. Tracked vehicles should handle mud pretty well, but add 15 tons to the vehicle's weight and less width and it might be dicey. Or Kyiv is lying. RT reports the Ukrainian FM saying that an decisive "counter attack" should not be necessary for continued Western support, openly suggesting that a great victory was far from certain.

  • Daniel Petrucci
    Daniel Petrucci 2 months ago +41


    • Tina Forbes
      Tina Forbes 2 months ago +9

      Russia 👍🇷🇺 .

    • Tw Wolf Wolf
      Tw Wolf Wolf 2 months ago +7


    • P Maitra
      P Maitra 2 months ago +3

      Да, конечно! Слава России и слава Украине в составе России. 👍

    • Daniel Petrucci
      Daniel Petrucci 2 months ago +2

      @P Maitra Dima is going to be on soon

  • TudorMiron
    TudorMiron 2 months ago +5

    Do US generals get accountable for lying blatantly to house of representatives? I mean that it is easy to prove (video evidence) that he's lying if someone wanted to.

  • Justin The Hedgehog
    Justin The Hedgehog 2 months ago +26

    At 22 minutes in, Alexanders dog starts dreaming, you can hear it and see its little fuzzy paws twitching. Bless :D

    • jarrod wilson
      jarrod wilson 2 months ago +1

      I think the dog is trying to get his own you tube channel

    • zbigniew dzwonkowski
      zbigniew dzwonkowski 2 months ago

      DOG...mirror .. GOD.... As superviser...

    • Past 2013
      Past 2013 2 months ago

      @Peter Dixon you can listen-rewind as many times as possible 😁

  • Jan Liljeberg
    Jan Liljeberg 2 months ago +6

    Thanks Alexander for sharing your very informative thoughts. I what to inform you that youtube has CENSORED them since mid February, I know because I recorded them, and can see the CENSORING!

  • J R
    J R 2 months ago +4

    If Bakhmut falls, the whole of Ukraine will fall soon after. The Ukranian soldiers are getting younger and younger. I assume that Russia is also suffering heavy casualties. It is not unreasonable to assume that assaulting forces generally have twice the number of casualties than defending troops. There is still no international organization where disputes between nations can be impartially and fairly resolved. When I look at most governments, they are no better than elementary school children when it comes to disputes with other nations. Therefore and heretofore, I pronounce that Marijuana (Weed, holy sacrament) be legalized the worldover immediately, and that all people be compelled to partake of it daily. I have never seen an angry pot user, so this in the only solution.

    • Nicholas Gooden
      Nicholas Gooden 2 months ago


    • Past 2013
      Past 2013 2 months ago +1

      @Arthur Tane and if Tane gives this estimate, everyone knows it’s a fact 🤭

    • Joseph Bisio
      Joseph Bisio 2 months ago

      "If Bakhmut falls, the whole of Ukraine will fall soon after." Unlikely which army is going to make Ukraine fall if they retreat to a fortified line West of Bakhmut ?? The RU Army ?? The decimated Wagner PMC ? Neither of them has much offensive combat power to advance all that quickly So unless the whole UA army collapses the war will simply go on contesting a new fortified position perhaps with some newly arrived forces.

  • Eric H
    Eric H 2 months ago

    Not only a reduction in productive industry from the restriction, but that industry is also now more and more focused on military production vice civilian goods.

  • Willie Teb
    Willie Teb 2 months ago +29

    1500 these are human beings sacrificed for a war that could've been avoided.

  • Andrew Krolikiewicz
    Andrew Krolikiewicz 2 months ago +1

    According to my estimate Ukrainian army has left with no more than 300 various units shooting 155 mm shells. On the other hand 1 min of 155 mm ammo or over 3000 per barrel comes to twice the time of barrel longevity. In other words Ukrainians do not have enough guns to shoot 1 million rounds of ammo and by far.

    • Joseph Bisio
      Joseph Bisio 2 months ago +1

      They also have 122mm , 152mm and 203 mm ex-Soviet guns as well as various GRAD rockets, mortars etc. etc.

  • hilite
    hilite 2 months ago +2

    It is winter now in Donbass with snowfall and winter landscape in Donetsk city. So an imminent Ukrainian offensive is not on the cards and this will give Russia ample time to defend in depth. Was wondering with all their bases covered if Russians going to just sit back and twiddle their thumbs waiting to repulse much vaunted/hyped Ukrainian counter offensive.

  • D Merrow
    D Merrow 2 months ago +24

    Apppreciate it as always Alexander.

  • Jack the Ripper
    Jack the Ripper 2 months ago +6

    Col. McGregor has said that according to his sources Bakmut has fallen. It’s completely surrounded and there’s no more than 3000-5000 Ukrainians left in the city

    • Joseph Bisio
      Joseph Bisio 2 months ago +1

      His "sources" yeah right (RU sources). If Macgregor says something its wise to look for just the complete opposite. Its certainly not surrounded street-fighting with Wagner continues by all accounts from building to building.

    • Joseph Bisio
      Joseph Bisio 2 months ago +1

      Looks like Douglas Macgregor's 3/30/23 announcement of the fall of Bakhmut (or its encirclement) via his supposed 'sources' is greatly exaggerated RU propaganda trope once more, Street fighting continues with high losses to Wagner. The situation on the flanks of the town is steady (see detail below):
      The Ukrainian military said its units repelled nearly 50 Russian assaults across the front lines in the eastern Donetsk region over the past day - but there have been far fewer missile and air strikes than normal.
      Russian shelling has been centered around the embattled city of Bakhmut, as well as Avdiivka and Mariinka in Donetsk, and Kupyansk in the Kharkiv region, the military said.
      “The enemy continues to assault the city of Bakhmut. However, our defenders are bravely holding the city and repelling numerous enemy attacks,” the General Staff said. Positions in the area appear to have changed very little.
      Accounts from units in Bakhmut also suggest that Thursday was quieter than most days. The State Border Guard Services said two of Russia's Wagner assault groups were eliminated.
      An unofficial Telegram account of the 46th separate airmobile brigade said that while Russian units had become more active in the city, the pressure on outlying settlements to the west and northwest had eased. The account also said that there was little coordination between Wagner mercenaries and regular forces, and claimed that a Wagner detachment in the city had been struck by Russian combat planes.

  • Krzysztof Kot Sokołowski

    Ukrainians spread rumours that there are kilometres long tunnels reaching Chasiv Yar, so cutting off Bakhmut is impossible😂probably to prevent Ukrainians caught in the cauldron from running away😅
    And second, some people claim that Ukrainians shoot only 3k shells a day because they are saving ammo for the offensive. We'll see😏

    SERGE TKACH 2 months ago +5

    Another solid episode!

  • kel n
    kel n 2 months ago +2

    Lumumba and Kigali are interesting because Lumumba after prison wore a pink costume and Kigali still in Rwanda . A bit off topic both countries are landlocked only say because Russia has a Lumumba uni and Ukraine has a Patrice Lumumba highway.. I found it interesting as a history buff

  • Thabo Morena
    Thabo Morena 2 months ago +24

    Keep it up We are always looking forward for your update

    • Doctor Death
      Doctor Death 2 months ago

      @Peter Dixon Unlike yourself, of course

  • Ethercruiser1
    Ethercruiser1 2 months ago +6

    I believe the 500/day casualty number now for Ukraine in Bakhmut alone as more and more of their troops get squeezed into a smaller and smaller space while Russian mortars, rockets and artillery artillery keep pounding them Day and night.

    • Joseph Bisio
      Joseph Bisio 2 months ago

      It could be 500 a day on a busy day including killed and wounded. Ukraine took similar losses in Donbas last summer on some bad days and still came back to do two counteroffensives at Kharkiv and Kherson. 500 a day implies 100 or so KIA and 400 or less wounded. Whatever the RU losses are they are probably higher since they are doing the bulk of the attacking and the UA are hiding under cover of buildings or field works.

  • John Molligodde
    John Molligodde 2 months ago +1

    What would a retreat mean? A clear shift in the direction; loss of the key defensive strategy; falling back on untested fortifications; panic; more fleeing; rejoicing; loss of will; undo narrative; quiet.

    • Joseph Bisio
      Joseph Bisio 2 months ago

      Ukrainians have often retreated to new lines no panic ensued they just continued the fight in the new fortifications.

  • James Breault
    James Breault 2 months ago

    As always Alexander your assessment is spot on 👍👍👍👍

  • woodster wolsun
    woodster wolsun 2 months ago +8

    Elensky might be thinking that the CIA may be making an un-annouced visit soon. That would make anyone depressed .

    • MichaelMW
      MichaelMW 2 months ago

      He is Gold :) good boy ....150 000 eliminations from the battlefield Russian budget destroyed keep up the good work .
      Nobel peace price awaits .

  • PK
    PK 2 months ago +1

    Thank you for diligent updates!!