On Saturday morning, native time, simply earlier than daybreak when the bridge was at its emptiest, Ukraine by some means struck the Kerch bridge on occupied Crimea. The bridge is a key logistical strategic asset for Russia, supplying its complete southern conflict effort. As I defined yesterday, it’s a professional goal underneath the Geneva Conventions, the foundations of conflict.
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin hesitated a day earlier than he introduced that, “There is no such thing as a doubt, that is an act of terrorism aimed toward destroying Russia’s crucial civilian infrastructure.” In fact, there was loads of doubt, because the bridge is the army infrastructure of the whole southern area. And if he needed to see what an precise terrorist assaults appears to be like like, all he wanted to do was look in a mirror.
Along with putting civilian house complexes in Kyiv final evening, it struck a busy intersection throughout rush hour site visitors as to maximise civilian casualties.
[Edit: The video above is actually from Dnipro, not Kyiv.]
And for individuals who say that Russia is “retaliating” for the Kerch bridge assault, 1) retaliation can be hitting a bridge or rail station Ukraine makes use of to maneuver its tools, and a pair of) Russia has been hitting Ukrainian civilian infrastructure actually each single day since February 24. Even playgrounds, within the morning, when youngsters may’ve been enjoying there (thank heavens for air raid sirens).
One other missile was wasted on a pedestrian bridge in Kyiv, as a result of that was by some means thought-about an essential goal.
This was Russia’s largest coordinated missile strike of the conflict.
The silver lining to Russia’s murderous terrorirsm, and it’s a shitty one however actual, is that each munition expended towards a civilian goal is one much less munition used towards the Ukrainian armed forces which might be, at this second, pushing Russia again all throughout Ukraine.
There are many causes Russia is dropping this conflict, and amongst them, the unimaginably merciless prioritization of civilian targets over army ones. Russia has a restricted variety of long-range precision-guided missiles and rockets. Utilizing up the final ones to take out playgrounds, relatively than HIMARS or different high-value targets, solely hastens the tip of the conflict.
Dashing to publish this now. I’ll replace with on-the-ground scenario in a bit.
All conflict I’ve been dismissing pervasive reviews of Belarus becoming a member of the conflict. So what to make of this?
It will be weird for Lukashenko to enter the conflict now, when all is misplaced. we’ve additionally seen historic Belorussian tanks headed east, to Russia. So even when Belarus enters the conflict, doesn’t appear like they’d be opening up a brand new entrance on their border with Ukraine. It’s all very bizarre, really. Lukashenko has completed a terrific job maintaining Putin ready, what would’ve modified now?
I’m nonetheless guessing Belarus would not previously enter the conflict. Lukashenko’s standing within the nation stays precarious, and we’ve seen repeated indicators his military had zero curiosity in partaking. For those who thought Russia’s military was a paper tiger, Belorussia’s shall be even worse. However for the primary time, there’s an actual likelihood it could occur, even when on this restricted “joint regional group” format, no matter which means.
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The Rybar in English Twitter account helpfully interprets dispatches from the pro-Russian Rybar Telegram. They’re celebrating their terrorism:
They actually assume mass homicide will decrease Ukraine’s will to combat, studying nothing from the Battles of Britain, Stalingrad, Dresden, and different efforts to interrupt a inhabitants’s shall be destroying civilian infrastructure.
Rybar on the Belarus information.
They don’t assume territorial protection can deal with this new grouping, which is a bizarre declaration provided that we have now no info on what these forces are. The border with Belarus doesn’t look now prefer it did in February 24. It’s now nicely fortified, and defended with battle-hardened Territorial Protection Forces. Ukraine has much better artillery belongings than it did when the conflict begun. And if this transfer was actually supposed to place stress on Ukraine’s northern border and “repair” army belongings in place, decrepit Belorussian tanks wouldn’t be seen shipped in direction of Russia. Humorous sufficient, this dispatch makes me assume the announcement is pure bullshit, trying to scare Ukraine into transferring reserves to their northern border. I’m again on the “not gonna occur” practice.
I used to be going to replace the bottom scenario, however the fog of conflict is thick. There are purported Ukrainian advances in each the Luhansk (previously Kharkiv) course, as nicely Kherson. However I can’t get a grasp of what’s actual, what’s rumor, and what’s wishful considering. I’m going to see if we get extra readability by this night and both replace this put up, or write one thing new (if warranted). After a comparatively quiet week (as Ukrainian forces rotated out, rested, refitted, and resupplied), the depth of the combating is certainly amping up.
A grasp class on Excalibur precision-guided artillery shells:
Every Excalibur spherical prices round $100,000, however no have to spray and pray. Practically every spherical is cash. And in case you marvel if it’s price spending a $100,000 spherical on a provide truck, be aware Russia’s greatest legal responsibility is logistics. Each the car, the drivers, and the cargo are treasured to Russia (particularly ones supplying artillery, which is what we see on this video, together with their GRAD rocket launchers). Every loss is a success on their capacity to wage conflict. Because of this, Russia has misplaced the power to go on the offensive. Now, their capacity to defend is being degraded.
Good thread by retired Gen. Mark Hertling on the impossibility of stopping Russia’s terrorist missile assaults.
Learn the complete thread for the complete clarification.
This man has an fascinating idea. Russia has been utilizing thermite munitions in its assaults on villages on the Donbas entrance. He buys into the truck bomb idea and sees proof that Ukraine used captured thermite munitions in its bomb, therefore the sparkly metallic burning we see in movies of the explosion. These would unfold the injury, and would’ve been the explanation the gas practice caught hearth.
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Do the mathematics in that thread, and appears like essentially the most Belarus might mobilize, if it selected to take action (they usually haven’t), can be 40,000 males. As of now, they’ve round 20,000, none nicely educated, and sporting historic Soviet gear.
I spoke of this above.
This cargo of shit outdated tools to Russia is totally incompatible with the notion that Russia and Belarus are opening a brand new entrance in northern Ukraine.