Our founder, Daniel Elkins, wrote a piece that was featured in Newsmax World. In the opinion piece, Daniel urges us not to misread recent events in Russia. Having spent many months on the ground in Ukraine, Daniel has a different understanding of what is going on in Russia and the surrounding areas from what the western media would have us believe. The speculation of a coup, a collapsed Russian war effort, general Russian disorder, and the clash with The Wagner Group must not be mistaken as weakness in the Putin Regime, but rather as smokescreens distracting the world while tactical advantage was secured.
While we were watching the “apparent rebellion” unfold, The Wagner Group relocated to Belarus, putting Russian allied forces within striking distance of Kyiv and other NATO pact or allied countries. Their troops can now bypass the vast majority of Ukrainian defenses in eastern Ukraine. The last week might have been an entertaining show for those living outside the borders of this war, but from the Ukrainian perspective, they will now have to anticipate a second line of defense to protect their capital from a new and formidable force in the north. Putin can now strike Ukraine conventionally and without warning through both Wagner and nuclear forces placed in Belarus. Not only that, an effective strike from Belarus could cut supply lines from Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Moldova, thereby starving the Ukrainian war effort of its much-needed supplies.
If a magician wants to magically transport an object from point A to B, he distracts you. To that end, Wagner’s actions appear more like a series of staged events designed to set Ukraine’s ongoing offensive on the backfoot by threatening to seize Kyiv or cut off Western supplies.