The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Is @MaxBlumenthal on the Kremlin Payroll? (And Other Ukraine Questions)

We’ll get to the Max Blumenthal-as-Putin-puppet angle in just a minute, but first, Ace of Spades notices a shift in Bidenland: White House Stenographer Tom Friedman Throws Zelenskyy and Ukraine Under the Bus, Calling Both Corrupt. What Does It Mean? That question — “What does it mean?” — involves some reading of the tea leaves […]

Feds: Russian Agent Funded Radical Fringe Groups, Including Black Hammer

Remember our friend Augustus Romain Jr. a/k/a “Gazi Kodzo”? Well, his Black Hammer group is one of three organizations identified by federal prosecutors as under Russian influence: An indictment was unsealed today in Tampa, Florida, charging a Russian national, working on behalf of the Russian government and in conjunction with the Russian Federal Security Service […]

Max Boot and Allahpundit Are Very Worried About Our Friends in Ukraine

Allahpundit’s headline at Hot Air: Ukraine is running out of ammo and taking heavy casualties Max Boot’s headline at the Washington Post: We can’t let Ukraine lose. It needs a lot more aid, starting with artillery. These alarming headlines are at least three weeks too late, really, and part of the reason is that Ukraine […]

Ukraine: Bad Week in the Donbas

You can click on that map to view it full-size, but the story it tells is of Russian success in its attempt to cut off and encircle Sievierodonetsk, the linchpin of Ukraine’s attempt to maintain a foothold the eastern (or northern) bank of the the Siverskyi Donets river. The Ukrainian supply line for Sievierodonetsk, running […]

Liberals Want Ukraine to Negotiate?

There hasn’t been much alteration of the tactical situation in Ukraine since our Monday update (“Ukraine: Donbas Battles Intensify”). The Russians have made some advances from Popasna and west of Lyman, but the battlefronts haven’t really shifted. While there were reports earlier this week that Ukraine was mounting a counteroffensive near Izyum, we haven’t seen […]

Ukraine: Donbas Battles Intensify

Following up on Saturday’s post (“Ukraine‚Äôs Victory in the Battle of Kharkiv”), the situation in the Donbas region will likely dominate developments in the Ukraine war over the next week. You can click on the map above to see it full-size. The northeastern sector has three distinct crisis points: First, the Russians are attempting to […]

Ukraine’s Victory in the Battle of Kharkiv

Bikini model Leanna Bartlett is a native of Ukraine with more than 3 million Instagram followers and I thought she’d make a better illustration for this post than the usual maps clipped from the Internet. The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) assessment: The Russian military has likely decided to withdraw fully from its […]

Ukraine Wipes Out Russian Battalion at Attempted Pontoon River Crossing

Just because a war can be described as a “stalemate,” it doesn’t mean there’s no action, and the failed Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine is an example of how bloody a “stalemate” can be. Attempting to cross a river near Bilohorivka, east of Lyman, a Russian mechanized battalion got blasted out of existence by Ukrainian […]

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