Extended edition: Episode 3-29-23
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Russia and Ukraine news:
The AP had a great story about Zelenskyy, which involved a series of interviews they had with him as he toured various parts of the country — including the frontline — by train.
Obviously, the trip was secret and the interviews weren’t published until after the trip ended.
But the story is remarkable and absolutely worth the read.
Here are just a few nuggets from it:
On why Bakhmut had to be defended…
If Bakhmut fell to Russian forces, their president, Vladimir Putin, would “sell this victory to the West, to his society, to China, to Iran,” Zelenskyy said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press.
“If he will feel some blood — smell that we are weak — he will push, push, push,” Zelenskyy said in English, which he used for virtually all of the interview.
On what might happen in the spring and in the future of the war…
The president makes few predictions about the biggest question hanging over the war: how it will end. He expressed confidence, however, that his nation will prevail through a series of “small victories” and “small steps” against a “very big country, big enemy, big army” — but an army, he said, with “small hearts.”
On what has happened to Ukraine as a country since it was invaded more than a year ago…
While Zelenskyy acknowledged that the war has “changed us,” he said that in the end, it has made his society stronger.
“It could’ve gone one way, to divide the country, or another way — to unite us,” he said. “I’m so thankful. I’m thankful to everybody — every single partner, our people, thank God, everybody — that we found this way in this critical moment for the nation. Finding this way was the thing that saved our nation, and we saved our land. We are together.”
Russia definitely appears to be on its back foot, anticipating a brutal Ukrainian attack in the coming weeks and months.
Here’s an example of the defensive positions being dug in Crimea, the southern part of Ukraine.
And here’s how that peninsula might be attacked, since this is the current reality of the place:
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