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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, May 16, 2022

If this information is confirmed, it will mean that the Ukrainian counterattack is increasingly successful in repelling Russian forces in the northeast of the country after the information that has come from the western military services that the Moscow military operation in the Donbas region is stagnant.

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Lesia Vasylenko @lesiavasylenko
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...Ukrainian military unit pushed #Russia back to the border and reinstalled #Ukraine border sign. #Kharkiv region. ...

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-05-16 10:36 AM | Reply

Incredibly good news. Unfortunately they have a lot more work to do and not all fronts are going this well.

#2 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2022-05-16 11:25 AM | Reply

@#2

Yes, a lot more to do.

I suspect that Ukraine will be fighting Pres Putin's unprovoked invasion for year(s).

At some point I expect Pres Putin may formally declare war so that he can call up the reserves, and just flood Ukraine with Russian soldiers.


#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-05-16 11:29 AM | Reply

They've been feeding in conscripts since March. Flooding it with even more onto the Donbas front would make Russia's problems worse at this point. They struggle to logistically support what they have their now. Most of their supply train has to keep hauling artillery to the front. They can't bridge or ford a single point on a river without losing 500 of the 550 troops committed and a BTG worth of armor and support equipment to Ukrainian artillery. Donbas front is going far better than it looks. The Kherson front, madness, Ukraine counter-attacking with 100 aircraft and artillery strikes overnight and pushing back. If Russians can't hold Kherson that's a wrap on the push to Odessa any time within the next year or two.

#4 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2022-05-16 01:54 PM | Reply

Plow through to Moscow and burn Putin alive.

#5 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-05-16 03:07 PM | Reply

Setbacks in East Force Russia to Scale Back Ambitions
www.nytimes.com

...As President Volodymyr Zelensky saluted a small group of Ukrainian soldiers who reached the Russian border near Kharkiv -- a powerful symbolic moment in Ukraine's pushback against Russian invaders -- President Vladimir V. Putin met with his five closest allies on Monday. Only one of them spoke up in support of his war.

Three months after launching its invasion of Ukraine, Russia has suffered repeated setbacks and Moscow's isolation has deepened. After failing to seize the capital, Kyiv, and topple the government, Russian forces regrouped last month for what was meant to be a broad assault in eastern Ukraine, but they have yet to secure a single major strategic gain even as their losses mount....


#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-05-16 03:20 PM | Reply


A day old...

Growing evidence of a military disaster on the Donets pierces a pro-Russian bubble.
www.nytimes.com

...The destruction wreaked on a Russian battalion as it tried to cross a river in northeastern Ukraine last week is emerging as among the deadliest engagements of the war, with estimates based on publicly available evidence now suggesting that well over 400 Russian soldiers were killed or wounded....

Perhaps most striking, the Russian battlefield failure is resonating with a stable of pro-Russian war bloggers -- some of whom are embedded with troops on the front line -- who have reliably posted to the social network Telegram with claims of Russian success and Ukrainian cowardice....

As the news of the losses at the river crossing in Bilohorivka started to spread, some Russian bloggers did not appear to hold back in their criticism of what they said was incompetent leadership.

"I've been keeping quiet for a long time," Yuri Podolyaka, a war blogger with 2.1 million followers on Telegram, said in a video posted on Friday, saying that he had avoided criticizing the Russian military until now.

"The last straw that overwhelmed my patience was the events around Bilohorivka, where due to stupidity -- I emphasize, because of the stupidity of the Russian command -- at least one battalion tactical group was burned, possibly two."

Mr. Podolyaka ridiculed the Kremlin line that the war is going "according to plan." He told his viewers in a five-minute video that, in fact, the Russian Army was short of functional unmanned drones, night-vision equipment and other kit "that is catastrophically lacking on the front."

"Yes, I understand that it's impossible for there to be no problems in war," he said. "But when the same problems go on for three months, and nothing seems to be changing, then I personally and in fact millions of citizens of the Russian Federation start to have questions for these leaders of the military operation."

Another popular blogger, who goes by Starshe Eddy on Telegram, wrote that the fact that commanders left so much of their force exposed amounted to "not idiocy, but direct sabotage."...


#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-05-16 04:13 PM | Reply

Good. Keep going and kick them out of all of Ukraine, including Crimea.

#8 | Posted by sentinel at 2022-05-16 05:33 PM | Reply

Russia is going to end up with a no-mans land on it's side of the border with Ukraine.

#9 | Posted by Tor at 2022-05-16 09:45 PM | Reply

On to the Kremlin to eliminate Vladdy.

#10 | Posted by a_monson at 2022-05-16 10:11 PM | Reply

a little perspective on this....

www.youtube.com

#11 | Posted by Corky at 2022-05-16 10:35 PM | Reply

On to the Kremlin to eliminate Vladdy.

That's not very realistic, but they might be able to divert some effort to other fronts where they are not doing so well.

Russia still has a pretty huge advantage in this war.

#12 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-05-16 10:55 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Good. Start shelling their supply lines coming out of Russia.

#13 | Posted by willowby at 2022-05-17 12:16 AM | Reply

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