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The Stan R. Mitchell report for 4/22/22.
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I wrote in quite a bit of detail about the defenders of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol as a part of my last newsletter. When we last left off of this conversation, the defenders were surrounded, running out of ammunition, and likely running out of time.
But since then, Russia has decided to give up trying to take the steel plant. Rather, the plan is to cut it off and starve out the defenders.
The situation there is still unbelievably challenging and potentially dire, but this is good news in my opinion. Certainly better than a successful assault by Russia that would have led to more deaths and likely worse for those who survived.
So, Putin giving up is in my estimation a brief respite while Ukraine tries to figure out how to re-supply the troops and civilians in the plant.
And I do think this is happening somehow, though I’m not sure how. Part of why I say this is from the clip below.
It’s almost as if President Biden knows more than he can say.
If I had to guess, I’d say there’s some kind of resupply happening by sea or something. Or maybe even by large drones or something. (They do, after all, make a drone that can carry 500 pounds of supplies; and that was a civilian version on a video from a year ago.)
There’s also this new fact.
Regardless, let’s continue to hope and pray that some kind of rescue comes their way.
The Russians partly pulled their troops away from the Azovstal steel plant so they could focus on their larger plans. From a grand scheme, here’s what the Russians are partly trying to do.
This is the Donbas region just north of Mariupol.
But the other plan by the Russians now is to push further west in the southern area toward Odessa, making a large landbridge (as we’ve discussed in previous editions).
Helping to make sure this won’t happen was a new round of help from the United States. President Biden announced $1.3 billion in new military and economic assistance to Ukraine on Thursday. From the story:
The latest package of U.S. military assistance, the eighth such installment, includes 72 howitzers, 144,000 rounds of ammunition, dozens of tactical vehicles and more than 120 Phoenix Ghost tactical drones. An additional $800 million is going toward military assistance, Biden said, while an additional $500 million is going toward direct economic assistance to the Ukrainian government.
It’s the artillery that we’re sending that will ultimately doom the Russians, in both my opinion and many other military strategists.
The U.S. has already announced that it will begin stepping up its intel sharing to stop Russian attacks “and to enable the Ukrainians to respond with artillery, drone attacks.”
Back to the artillery, here’s a must-read overview of how that will ultimately help crush the Russians. (Here’s the link in case the screenshots are hard to read.)
It will take some time to tell, but I don’t think I’d want to be on the other end of ANY of that artillery.
Sorry for the long post. I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Let’s end with some motivation and wisdom.
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