The Russians have captured Ozarianivka north of Horlivka.
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late wrote:You mean the way you are doing now?
Rich wrote: For ever predicting an immanent Ukrainian collapse.
Rich wrote:For ever predicting an immanent Ukrainian collapse.
I do no such thing.
late wrote:The big surprise, since the start of the war, has been the extent of Russian weakness. When their initial lunge at Kiev failed, you could hear jaws dropping all over the planet.
Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges ex commander US Army Europe wrote:I believe Russia will have liberated Crimea by the summer.
According to the official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity and not being quoted verbatim, time favors Russia in Bakhmut, given its greater artillery resources and sheer numbers of troops.
However, the official said Russian victory there would not result in any significant shift in the war, because Ukrainian forces would retreat to well-defended positions.
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby echoed this, telling reporters at the daily White House briefing Friday that the notorious Russia private military company Wagner was "pouring, just literally throwing bodies into a meat grinder" to capture Bakhmut and another town, Soledar.
"Even if they are successful, in Bakhmut and Soledar, it's not going to strategically change the dynamics on the battlefield. It's not going to set the Ukrainians back to a degree where they're all of a sudden on the back foot and they’re losing," Kirby said.
The Ukrainian army is losing a three-digit number of soldiers every day, the BND told a group of Bundestag lawmakers focused on security at a secret meeting this week, Der Spiegel reported.
The BND also warned that the capture of Bakhmut by Russian forces would have significant consequences, as it would allow Russia to make further advances.
Although Russian losses are considerably high as well, the report said this plays no role in the war tactics of the Russian army leadership as it is acting mercilessly around Bakhmut and throwing soldiers forward like cannon fodder.
Rich wrote:So as far as I can make out at some point the Russians at some point captured Blahodatne, Volodymyrivka and Solodke, all lie to the south of Marinka. Does anyone have an opinion on this?
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