Blood bought child of the King of kings.
Supposedly they are threatening to launch a missle by the name Satan 2 Apocalypse.I was just listening to one of my favourite and most accurate Russians (Konstantin of Inside Russia) who escaped out of Russia just as the borders were closing for Russian men along with many others who've formed an expat colony in Tashkent. He has LOTS of friends who supply information from the large group of Russians within Russia still who HATE what is going on in Ukraine.
His headline-- Something Big is Going Down.
He talks a lot -- but he's accurate and a few days ahead of the news cycle.
Bullet points if you don't have 2 hours to listen (he's still talking)--
1: There's a big announcement expected soon from the Kremlin. It was moved forward-- supposed to be on the anniversary of the invasion, but it's sped up. He mentioned several dates so expect that when the rest of the news carries it. I glazed over a bit during that and dealt with my Monday laundry.
Expected announcement will be a "holy war" as Konstantin puts it, which is Russian for pulling out all the stops, a war of survival. An us or them mentality. Everyone is expected to quit complaining and get with the program to save "Mother Russia". This will justify any and all means.
As I've pointed out in the past there is an element of religious war in all this. Russian Orthodoxy has NEVER appreciated the Ukrainian Orthodox position which is a mixture of Roman Catholic (the enemy as far as RO churches see it) with Orthodox elements which makes it something to hate and stamp out in the name of keeping the church pure within the ancient boundaries of old Russia.
And NEVER underestimate the power of the Mother Russia concept. It goes way beyond American patriotism-- this runs SO deep in Russian culture and it crosses over ALL political ideology from Solzhenitsyn to Lenin and the ancient Tsarists. Historically everyone pulls together when "mother" is in peril.
2: BELARUS is going to join the fight. They already have, but this will be more obvious. It's more than just the Russian forces massing in Belarus now, it will be the staging ground for the next phase of this war.
3: We've all heard that the authorities are using prisoners to join the Wagner army but now a number of countries who have DUAL citizens living in Russia have issued warnings to IMMEDIATELY LEAVE RUSSIA by whatever means possible. There will be absolutely no way of releasing a new conscript who happens to hold dual citizenship and may have been visiting Russia on business or family reasons. They are going to the front with the rest of Russia, this will not be negotiable.
The US State Dept warning has been joined by Canada, France, Brazil and others. In other words GET OUT NOW.
4: Konstantin is warning Russians still in Russia to get out by whatever means possible because the doors will be closing even further in the next few days.
He's talking in circles around the main point but that seems to be everyone is expecting a massive effort to win this war now before the financial bloodletting drains Russia of all it's reserves.
Now or never, do or die.
I may listen to the last half hour or more when his livestream finishes to see if I missed anything but I thought I'd add it in here because it goes to @GEOINTAnalyst point in the OP.
They said this several days ago. They said it will be within 10 -15 days of when it was announced.
Supposedly this missle can not be stopped .
Can travel up to 1,600 miles.
Ill see if I can find the article.
Why would they annouce it? I have my ideas.