A Ukrainian soldier, in a trench somewhere in Eastern Ukraine on the Donbas front.
Heavy rains have arrived across the two remaining axes in Ukraine—Kherson in the south and Donbas in the east. And with that, don’t expect much territory to change hands. This Canadian volunteer in the Ukrainian foreign legion is fighting around Kherson.
The rain is going to do a number on Russian morale, already rock bottom.
That Canadian’s unit has night-vision gear, and they do their thing under the cover of darkness. No moon means it’ll be even darker. It’s a great way to degrade Russian equipment and morale, and the weather will certainly contribute, but no territory is changing hands. We’re seeing Ukraine’s core deficiencies in action—it now has the tools to defend itself against Russian attacks, and it can certainly harass the hell out of the enemy, but it lacks the air and heavy armor to go on the offensive against entrenched Russians.
I’m in the “armor is mostly obsolete” camp, but that assumes air superiority and massed artillery. If you can’t take out the big enemy guns from the air, or suppress them from afar, you have to charge them on the ground—and you need armor to make that happen. NATO is definitely talking about it, but dear god, there’s nothing left to discuss. Just f’n do it. Western weapons have already killed and maimed tens of thousands of Russian soldiers as Vladimir Putin stands helplessly by. U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin literally released a photo of him video chatting with Ukrainian special forces training in Mississippi on the Switchblade killer drone system. We’re already rubbing their nose in our indirect involvement. There’s not much escalation left in sending more and bigger guns at this point.
The enemy tried to launch an attack in the directions of Dovgenke and Dmytrivka settlements with the forces of two battalion tactical groups, without success and returned to previously occupied positions.
Russia repeated this doomed and wasteful approach in three other places. This is what I just can’t square—we know Russia is massing its troops in the region, but if they really planned one major all-out assault, why are they willfully feeding men and equipment to the Ukrainian wood chippers today, instead of resting those soldiers, servicing their equipment, resupplying them, and planning something that might actually work. Given Russia’s inability to deploy more than a small number of BTGs at any given time, is this the future of this front? A handful of daily “probes” every day until Russia burns through all their BTGs or Ukraine runs out of anti-tank missiles, whichever comes first?
The rains over the next week will make a muddy mess of the battlefield, swallowing any vehicle stupid enough to go off road. Artillery won’t be affected however. A clever ambush would drop a few random artillery shells in front of a convoy, wait for the vehicles to veer into those muddy fields in a panic, and then helpfully take them off Russia’s hands, intact, for Ukrainian army requisition. Tractors would be helpfully standing by.
The mud will make it even easier for this kind of raid by Ukrainian special forces.
That’s the sanitized, cropped version of those pictures. Others show a field littered with Russian corpses. However, it’s dubious the entire BTG was eliminated. On paper, they have 10 tanks, 40 infantry fighting vehicles, and 800-1,000 soldiers. On the other hand, given how undermanned these BTGs seem, maybe a couple dozen corpses was truly all that was left of that unit.
Regardless, if Russian armored vehicles arethisvulnerable to guerilla-style attacks now, when they have at least some mobility, imagine when they’re unable to move. Men on foot or SUVs, with night-vision goggles in the dark, will have a huge advantage over blind Russians without air or direct artillery support.
As flashy as those special forces raids are, Ukrainian artillery is even more impactful. Remember, Izyum’s supply lines run perilously near Ukrainian-held territory around Kharkiv, within easy artillery range.
That’s a lot of yellow Ukrainian-held territory on the western flank of that supply road down to Izyum, allowing artillery to set up and use both drone-guided and precision-guided munitions to wreak havoc on those roads. Look what artillery managed to do in just the last 24 hours:
This intercepted report from a Russian officer in Izyum says it all: “Once again, I would like to note the very precise work of the Ukrainian artillery and mortars. It is their worth that is the main deterrent. 99 percent of our losses are the result of artillery work. There are no bullet wounds at all.” The same officer begs his superiors to stop “the Syrian experience of traveling in kilometer-long dense columns along the roads.”
Who wants to place bets on whether anyone listens to this guy’s sage advice?
Укрпошта випустила мільйон поштових марок «Русскій воєнний корабль, іді …!»
On April 12, Ukrposhta presented and put into circulation the first postage stamps "Russian warship, idi ...!" under martial law. This phrase is the response of Ukrainian border guards, defenders of snake island, to the Russian ship on the proposal to surrender on the day of the invasion of Russian troops in Ukraine on February 24 has become a symbol of courage and indomitable spirit of the Ukrainian people in the struggle against Russia.
In Kyiv, a special repayment with the stamp "First Day" took place in the Post Office with the participation of the General Director of Ukrposhta Igor Smilyansky and the author of the famous phrase, the defender of Fr. Zmiinyi Marine Roman Gribov. Simultaneously with Kiev, repayments of special stamps "Russian warship, idi ...!" took place in all regions of Ukraine. The participant of the special repayment ceremony in Lviv was the author of the sketch of the postage stamp and envelope "First Day", the winner of the national competition for the best sketch for the postage stamp of the Crimean Boris Groch. Boris's work attracted the largest number of votes – 8,000 users voted for it on Facebook and Instagram.
Until 2014, Boris lived in Evpatoria. After Russia's occupation of Crimea, he was forced to move to Lviv.
"Ukrainian philately during the war is a reflection of the events that our state and our people are experiencing. The phrase that inspired us to create a postage stamp has already become a symbol of the indestructibility of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, volunteers, theroborons, all Ukrainians in the struggle for their land and the independence of Ukraine. I am sure that letters with such a postage stamp will be happy to receive both Ukrainians and our friends from abroad. And today, in this postal way, we once again remind the occupiers that they should immediately get out of our land and follow their ship," said Igor Smilyansky, General Director of Ukrposhta.
Postage stamp "Russian warship, idi ...!" issued by Ukrposhta in two denominations - to pay for postal items in Ukraine (face value F, equivalent to 23 UAH) and to pay for shipments traveling abroad (face value W, equivalent to $1.5 US).
The envelope "First Day" was issued to the brand, the circulation is 20 thousand rubles. Note.
You can buy postage stamps "Russian warship, idi ...!" at ukrposhta branches and in the philatelic online store.
Tuesday, Apr 12, 2022 · 9:08:43 AM EDT · Mark Sumner A Telegram post from the commander of Ukrainian forces at Kryvyi Rih indicates that Ukraine has retaken “more then 15” villages and towns west of the Dnipro in that area north of Kherson. It also says they are working to restore services, in particular electricity, to the area.
However, it’s not clear exactly which villages are involved or when they were recaptured. Likely these are the cluster of locations reported as being taken by Ukrainian forces last week.