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Russians Losing Ground In Ukraine

And the Poles talk tough.

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The situation has gotten so bad due to the incompetent Russian Army and a vigorous Uke counteroffensive that Ivan can’t even cross a river without getting slaughtered.

FNC: “Ukrainian troops fighting Vladimir Putin’s army in eastern Ukraine have destroyed a ‘significant’ number of Russian armored vehicles during a failed attempt at a river crossing by the invading forces, the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense said Friday.

The announcement comes after Ukraine released images purportedly showing more than two dozen burnt-out Russian tanks and other armored carriers scattered along the banks of the Siverskyi Donets River. One of the images appears to show partially sunken pontoon bridges.”

“Images indicate that during the crossing of the Siverskyi Donets river west of Severodonetsk, Russia lost significant armored maneuver elements of at least one Battalion Tactical Group as well as the deployed pontoon bridging equipment,” the British Defence Ministry said in a tweet.

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“Conducting river crossings in a contested environment is a highly risky maneuver and speaks to the pressure the Russian commanders are under to make progress in their operations in eastern Ukraine,” the British added.

In an update, the Brits said “Ukrainian forces are continuing to counterattack to the north of Kharkiv, recapturing several towns and villages towards the Russian border.

“Despite Russia’s success in encircling Kharkiv in the initial stages of the conflict, it has reportedly withdrawn units from the region to reorganize and replenish its forces following heavy losses,” the Ministry added.

But “Russian forces have failed to make any significant advances despite concentrating forces in this area after withdrawing and redeploying units from the Kyiv and Chernihiv Oblasts,” the report concludes.

In its own tweet, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense said “artillerymen of the 17th tank brigade of the #UAarmy have opened the holiday season” for the Russian army, as “some bathed in the Siverskyi Donets River, and some were burned by the May sun.”

In related news, Polish leaders are talking tough to the Russians. “By calling Russia as a ‘cancer tumor’ and about the ‘indemnity’ that we must pay to Ukraine, Poland encourages us to put it in first place in the queue for denazification after Ukraine,” Russian Duma Deputy Oleg Morozov reportedly wrote. With that Army? Fat chance, Oleg.

What got him ticked off? On Tuesday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote, “Putin’s ‘Russkiy Mir’ ideology is the equivalent of 20th-century communism and Nazism. It is an ideology through which Russia justifies invented rights and privileges for its country,” Morawiecki said. “In the name of this ideology Mariupol and dozens of Ukrainian cities were razed as it sent Russian soldiers to war, convinced them of their superiority, and encouraged them to commit inhuman war crimes – the murder, rape and torture of innocent civilians.

“We cannot be under any illusions. This is not insanity but a deliberate strategy that has already opened the gates to genocide. ‘Russkiy Mir’ is a cancer which is consuming not only the majority of Russian society, but also poses a deadly threat to the whole of Europe,” he added. “Therefore it is not enough to support Ukraine in its military struggle with Russia. We must root out this monstrous new ideology entirely.” Yup, that’d do it.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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