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Trial stones

Nicholas Zharkikh

I set a date, it is significant: March 1, 2022
in Kyiv (this is also important).

1. War on the territory of the aggressor.

A couple of days ago (time now flies very fast, and it seems that it was a long time ago), Ukrainian troops hit the Point-U missile at the air base in Millerovo (Rostov region of Russia), destroying 2 Su-30 aircraft. Later, similar information on the attack on the military communications center in Yeisk (Krasnodar Territory of the Russian Federation), seems, not yet confirmed.

These were the trial stones of Ukraine – whether it is possible to transfer the war to the territory of the aggressor, or whether it is time to beat the enemy wherever we can.

Russia has silently swallowed these blows – well, they are not waging any war, only a "special operation", they have no losses in it.

So – it is possible.

2. Russia’s nuclear bluff.

The main Kremlin vampire ordered to bring its "deterrent forces" to a state of heightened alert, which was rightly perceived by all as a threat to use nuclear weapons and unanimously condemned.

And this was a trial stone from the Kremlin – is it possible to do like that?

It turned out – it is impossible. I will repeat again: if you have a weapon and want to fight, – fight. If it is a pity for New York (and scary, and relatives of Kremlin vampires live there) – so Ukraine is not a pity. Dropped 1 megaton on Kharkiv – and no problem!

But the Kremlin vampires are afraid to do so, and instead fire at Kharkiv with rocket artillery, now a cruise missile hit the Freedom Square ( 15 minutes ago, and I’m writing at 14:15) – is it possible to achieve something significant in this manner?

I think the aggressors will only achieve that the population of Kharkiv, which was quite pro-Russian, will hate the Muscovites forever.

And today, March 1, no one mentions the threat of a nuclear strike from Russia. Passed.

3. By small steps.


The Ukrainian army will receive 70 MiG-29 and Su-25 aircraft from Slovakia, Poland and Bulgaria. If necessary, these fighters and attack aircraft [will] be based on Polish airfields, from which Ukrainian pilots will perform combat missions. This was announced on March 1 by the Ukrainian Air Force Command on Facebook.


The fact that the United States, Canada, and European countries supply deadly (well, lethal, as it is now said) weapons – we are used to it, in war we get used to everything quickly.

But here are two big news at once.

1, for the first time we are talking about planes that Ukraine loses in battles and cannot produce on its own. So help is very important.

2, but the main highlight – "based on Polish airfields"! If it is true (and I believe our command), it will mean that NATO is giving its territory for the war against Russia, and Poland is in a fair struggle with Ukraine will became in the same position as Belarus – in Russia’s aggressive war.

I think this is a trial stone: how will the aggressor look at such a base or at least the promise of such a base?

If swallowed in silence (see paragraph 1) – then it is possible and it is possible to think about next steps.

Which exactly?

Well, about the transfer to Ukraine of some newer warplanes from the United States. Or about buying the same MiG-29 in the countries where they are and who want to upgrade their fleet. Finally, the introduction of a no-fly zone over Ukraine.

So far, all statements by the US administration about such a zone have been negative, but the war all is moving fast, and what was impossible yesterday – may become possible and even necessary now or tomorrow.

Update: today, March 2, 2022, that Bulgaria, Slovakia and Poland refused to hand over the planes to Ukraine. It turns out they can’t yet. I see no reason to embellish the seriousness of our situation.

Everything will be – Ukraine! We will win!