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Ukraine counteroffensive, Edition 4. Date 6-8-23
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It appears as though Ukraine’s much-awaited counteroffensive has begun.
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Russia and Ukraine news:
It’s a few minutes after 9 p.m. Eastern time and I’m writing to update you on the latest regarding Urkain’s counteroffensive to reclaim its seized land from Russia.
Ukrainian forces seem to be busting through the lines in Southeast Ukraine in the Zaporizhzhia region.
You can see the city below.
This is hard to confirm because Ukraine is saying nothing, while Russian troops are panicking and talking (and cursing) a lot on Telegram.
Here are a few likely images of what’s happening (zoomed in), and then I’ll back it up with some actual media reporting.
The social media reports are backed up by The Washingon Post.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Ukrainian forces tried to break through the lines of the Russian army in the Zaporizhzhia region, using up to 1,500 troops and 150 armored vehicles. Shoigu’s claim could not be immediately verified. The Zaporizhzhia region has long been seen as the most strategic and likely location of the new Ukrainian campaign.
The offensive, which Ukrainian officials previously said they would not mark with an announcement and would not have a clear beginning, is expected to unfold over months and to serve as a test of a U.S.-led strategy to prepare Ukrainian forces with increasingly advanced weapons and tactics.
One interesting thing is that Ukraine probably has 7 or 8 times more new troops than this. So, there’s no guarantee that this is the main effort.
But the casualties have been heartbreaking. Such as this video of a Leopard tank exploding.
There was also two different videos of a convoy caught in the open by artillery and another group of vehicles ambushed by a Russian helicopter that lights up the tanks and vehicles with guided missiles.
I’m not linking to either of those. As one commenter said, this was probably Russia’s best video of their “successes.” AND, casualties are always highest during the breach and during the probing of perimeters and minefields.
Besides The Washington Post, Politico also confirmed these advances.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in a video released Thursday that Ukrainian forces had mounted an attack in the area of Zaporizhzhia, with 1,500 troops and 150 armored vehicles. Shoigu claimed that Russian forces had held off the Ukrainians.
Ukrainian officials have previously said they would not announce the beginning of the counteroffensive, so as not to ruin the element of surprise.
It’s likely that as they move through the lines, that major advances and higher speeds of advanes will occur.
It’s also possible that this was a fake attack and that the real advance may be elsewhere.
As a former General with many decades of experience and far more stars on his shoulder than me said, “We won’t understand the situation for a week.” That’s what retired General Barry McCaffrey said.
One other thing before I sign off tonight…
If you doubted Russia would blow up the damn earlier this week, you’d probably be surprised to see Russia trying to kill civilians trying to evacuate.
But besides the latest war crime above, already Russia’s statements (lies?) about the damn are falling apart.
And even crazier, Russia is already at it in other areas, blowing up dams to save their skins.
That’s it for this edition.
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Stan R. Mitchell
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