Ukrainian counteroffensive continues to liberate territory (Image Ukrainian World Congress)
We feel obligated to update the important stories we report on.
Air Attacks. We noted one of the great vulnerabilities of the Russian positions in Crimea is that they were in range of attack by Ukrainian systems. Well, latest reporting from the region, “the occupied Crimean port city of Sevastopol, home to Russia’s Black Sea fleet, came under attack Tuesday by Ukrainian drones, officials in that city say.”
Fighting in the East. We also noted the fighting in the east seems mostly to distract from forces concentrating in the south. Reports of Russian counterattacks in the east conclude they are not successful. “For reasons that defy military logic, Russian troops in a few eastern sectors not only stayed in place—they attacked,” reports Forbes, “[t]hese isolated Russian assaults—call them “countercounterattacks”—so far have not resulted in meaningful territorial gains for the Russians. They have however resulted in heavy casualties. Especially for the Russian side. “The Ukrainians are fighting a very, very successful mobile defense,” U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters on Wednesday.”
Fighting in the South. Meanwhile, Ukraine continues operations to isolate Crimea. The Wall Street Journal reports Ukrainian forces pressing on two key objectives near Crimea. ‘“Ukrainian forces have begun an assault on the Kinburn Spit, a strip of land jutting into the sea south of Mykolaiv that has been occupied for months by Russian forces cutting off access to the port city,” the journal reports and “[t]he larger Kinburn Peninsula is a key strategic prize for Ukraine. The sliver of land lies at a key maritime choke point leading to the port cities of Mykolaiv and Kherson, at the mouth of two large rivers, the Southern Buh and the Dnipro.”