Who could forget the Reddit Dilation Brigade? It sure was fun while it lasted, although they got blown to smithereens by some long range missile strikes months ago. Well apparently the next crop of soldiers, the semi-LARPers, are also coming home, and they’re not impressed with what they saw.
Americans and other foreign fighters who had travelled to Ukraine in order to fight Russia, and have now returned home, have spoken of their disappointment to the Washington Post.
The newspaper’s reporting marks a small change in tone in US/UK mainstream coverage of the conflict. In the article, those interviewed lamented, among other things, a lack of equipment and weapons and poor lines of communication.
One of the fighters who agreed to speak to the paper, asked to be named only by his first name, Dakota, over concerns for his own safety and that of his family. A US Marine Corps veteran, he arrived in Ukraine just days after Russia launched its military operation, back in February.
Okay, in fairness, a USMC veteran isn’t the same as the Reddit Dilation Brigade. Even still, many people pointed out that the low intensity conflict of Afghanistan didn’t really prepare anyone for the artillery bombardment heavy War in the Donbas. If you’re joining Zelensky’s side, you’re joining the side that has zero air support and is massively outsupplied. It’s basically the equivalent of joining the Taliban.
He and several other foreign fighters were reportedly tasked with assisting and training Ukrainian troops in the use of US-made anti-tank Javelin missiles. In early March, the Ukrainian unit Dakota was attached to, he explained, was deployed to an unnamed town northwest of Kiev, where they came under heavy Russian fire. The Marine Corps veteran recalled that while his team had been issued Javelins and other anti-tank weapons, they had no batteries for the launch units, which effectively rendered the missiles unusable.
This all sounded pretty reasonable up until that. They get this former Marine out there to train the Ukes how to use the Javelin. Then they forgot to send the batteries for the launch pads, so it’s all pointless. Either they did that because they don’t make any profits for the batteries, and so they didn’t need to send them, or they’re just so incompetent that they forgot the batteries. Hard to say which one.
Anyway, skim over this next stuff.
After two nights under heavy Russian artillery bombardment, eight out of twenty foreign fighters from Dakota’s unit abandoned their positions, he explained. He claimed that a fellow US Marine veteran had tried to break his machine gun with a rock, apparently hoping to pass it off as battle damage, while another one had feigned injury.
The US national eventually returned home after he was diagnosed with a brain injury, which as he said, was likely the result of him having been too close to shelling.
Another US army veteran, Dane Miller, who did not take part in the actual fighting in Ukraine but rather helped assess prospective foreign fighters’ military records in Poland, told the Post that some of the volunteers had overestimated their military experience. According to Miller, not all of the men wishing to fight for Ukraine had been in combat before, despite being military veterans, while others had only taken part in limited counter-insurgency operations. As a result, he had to advise some of the aspiring fighters, who were apparently driven by “this idea of heroism,” against going to Ukraine.
The American outlet also interviewed a German army veteran, named Pascal. He was on a team with 22-year-old Willy Joseph Cancel, a US Marine Corps veteran who was allegedly killed in the vicinity of the Southern Ukrainian city of Nikolayev in late April.
Pascal told the paper that problems had begun right from the start of their deployment, with the group of foreign fighters, he was part of, suspecting that their two-way radios were being monitored by Russian forces. To make matters worse, his unit lacked sufficient batteries, meaning that the fighters often ended up using unsecured cell phones and WhatsApp. The German national stated that he based his suspicions on the fact that soon after the fighters in his unit had exchanged plans via one of these communication methods, their positions would come under Russian artillery shelling.
According to Pascal, the foreign fighters had felt underinformed, often not even having a clear idea of where they were and where the Russian army’s positions were. The day Cancel was killed, their unit had come under fire from a position they had thought was Ukrainian, the German army veteran claimed. He explained that his unit had had no radio communication to confirm this, however.
“From the beginning, we had no chance,” Pascal concluded.
The exact circumstances of his US comrade’s death are, to date, not known, and Cancel’s body has still not been recovered.
Three suspected mercenaries from the UK and Morocco, who joined the Ukrainian military and were later captured by the forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), could be now be facing the death penalty there, the republic’s General Prosecutor’s Office said on Friday. A criminal case against them has been sent to court.
That ended up being less entertaining than I had hoped. These guys are a lot different from the Reddit Dilation Brigade. Or at least, somewhat different. They’re still fighting for Zelensky and Soros, but at least they’re not whatever this is.
Press S to spit on the reddit dilation battalion, but pour one out for our goys, who got misled and duped into fighting on the even worse side of this regional conflict that has nothing for us. And take this as more in the recent wave of news where the WMD Liars are prepping the catladies for the eventual crushing defeat of Zelensky in Ukraine. This may be Russia Today, but they’re referencing the Washington Post.