General Valery Gerasimov is the military counterpart of Gen. Mark A. Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States and the highest-ranking military commander. Here’s everything about Ukraine’s secret plot to assassinate General Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces.
A lengthy and comprehensive New York Times analysis of “Putin’s War” which details the last ten months of how a “walk in the park” became a disaster for Russia-as the story is subtitled-has a distinctive bombshell hidden deep within the narrative that has yet to be widely reported.
According to US officials quoted in the report, the Ukrainian military and intelligence attempted to kill General Valery Gerasimov, the head of the general staff of the Russian Armed Forces, despite American officials’ warnings against such a brazen action with unpredictably dangerous repercussions out of concern that it would trigger an uncontrollable military escalation by Russia.
While the important revelations included within the dozens of pages-long NYT Saturday piece have garnered little attention in the wider US mainstream media, Russian state media has obviously taken notice, with TASS, among others, publicizing it.
During the planning stage of the purported Ukrainian ‘decapitation strike’ on Russia’s top commander and Putin’s military right-hand man, Washington pleaded with Kiev to call off the attack, only for US officials to discover that it had already been launched.
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It allegedly occurred in late April, during a period when unidentified American officials boasted that US intelligence was assisting Ukrainians in taking out Russian generals positioned on or near the front lines of fighting.
The Times reports that due to declining morale, Russia’s top military hierarchy determined this Spring that generals needed to travel to the front lines: “But the generals made a deadly mistake: They positioned themselves near antennas and communications arrays, making them easy to find, the Americans said.” The following information is provided by NYT in this important section of the report, enabling US intelligence to start tracking down top leaders on the Ukrainian battlefield:
The US appeared to be aware of the ‘secret’ mission in real time, posing the question of whether to disclose the intelligence with the Ukrainians. According to the Times’ sources, Washington “kept the information from the Ukrainians, worried they would strike.”
The underlying concern was that such a provocation would enhance the risk of direct confrontation between nuclear-armed superpowers. The following is what happened, according to the New York Times:
Gerasimov is the military counterpart of Gen. Mark A. Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States and the highest-ranking military commander…
And, when the report comes to a close for the crucial period of April to May, “Russian military leaders scaled back their visits to the front after that.”
Unnamed senior American officials began disclosing greater intelligence with Kiev to US media in May. This apparently resulted in the Ukrainians killing an estimated 12 Russian generals in precision attacks, which was an extraordinarily high figure during the early months of the invasion (given the rarity in any war of deaths from among these highest officer ranks).
The month before, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin stated unequivocally that the US wants to see a substantially “weakened” Russia in Ukraine. “We want to see Russia weakened to the degree it cannot do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine,” he had said at the time.
If the Ukrainians had succeeded in killing Gen. Gerasimov, the world could have already been in the grip of nuclear Armageddon. But, fortunately, until now, this catastrophe has been avoided, albeit narrowly…if the new NYT disclosures are correct.
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