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

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 […]

Ukraine’s Kharkiv Counter-Offensive Could Threaten Russians in Izyum

On the one hand, the past week has been good for Russia in that they seem to have gone the past six days without having another general killed, but on the other hand, the Ukrainians have scored crucial victories around Kharkiv. The invaders have been pushed back north and east of the city, which has […]

Russian Generals Keep Getting Killed

This is either the ninth or 10th killed so far: Russia has lost another general in Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, according to top Ukrainian officials, The Kyiv Post has reported Maj. Gen. Andrei Simonov was killed near the city of Izyum in the Kharkiv region, which is currently occupied by Russian forces, Ukrainian authorities […]

Here’s a Completely Crazy Idea

Look, I know this might seem far-fetched, but hear me out. Maybe if you’re going to have a meeting of your army commanders, you should try to choose a location that is not within range of the enemy’s artillery: Two Russian generals have been killed by a Ukrainian artillery strike on a forward command-and-control center […]

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