I’ve been on a rampage towards claims that Ukraine suffers from a large artillery deficit (here, here, and here). Ukraine has a vested curiosity in pleading poverty, constructing urgency among the many worldwide group for extra help. However the proof suggests Ukraine is holding its personal.
Mark made this map a couple of days in the past, exhibiting NASA FIRMS hearth information from across the Severodonetsk space. Purple dots are artillery fires in Russian territory, blue ones in Ukrainian territory.
It’s been like that for days. There’s little doubt that Ukrainians within the direct line of Russian advance are getting pummeled and dying in droves. However Russians aren’t spared, as this phone intercept exhibits:
(Russian 1): So, what’s happening, inform me. Something new?
(Russian 2): Our guys are dropping their minds on the frontlines, it’s so f*cked up.
(R2): They’re being bombed day-after-day, day-after-day! I went there, to the boys on the very entrance, initially all of them have became previous males now, secondly they’re hiding like rabbits of their holes, you see? As quickly as one thing whistles – bam they’re within the holes, rabbits can be jealous of them.
(R1): So that they aged, didn’t they?
(R2): On your understanding, they’re dropping their marbles… Simply think about for a second, 24/7 you’re bombed. There are heavy fights the place they’re […] For the locals – nobody is certain: who they’re, what they do. They is likely to be preventing us at evening however in daytime they’re civilian individuals driving round in vehicles. Nobody may be trusted right here, nobody in any respect. A grandmother is likely to be strolling round carrying pies, however at evening she could develop into a Colonel, artillery adjuster.
It’s pure for somebody beneath fixed bombardment to suppose the deck is stacked towards them. However Russians are simply as prone to complain about enemy artillery as Ukraine is. And in contrast to Russian artillery, which is considerably spent on civilian infrastructure, each single Ukrainian shell is focusing on Russian troopers and gear.
Regardless, extra artillery is en route. Doing a fast scan, I counted 113 extra 155 mm weapons publicly dedicated and on the best way, together with the ten MLRS autos (and extra will come). Everybody understands that whatever the artillery ratio vis a vis Russia, Ukraine goes to want much more to retake its misplaced territory.
Let’s check out the assorted fronts.
Talking of civilian infrastructure, Russia hasn’t taken kindly to being (nearly) pushed out of artillery vary of Kharkiv, and launched an offensive Wednesday towards newly liberated cities north of the town. As of now, no territory seems to be altering fingers, however Ukrainian positions in Rubizne and Ternova are beneath extreme stress. Ukrainian desires of reducing off provide strains in Vovchansk and Kupiansk have been shelved for the second. The Donbas and Kherson fronts are getting essentially the most consideration and assets.
Russia has crept ahead a couple of cities southeast of Izyum. Their drawback is similar drawback we’ve seen earlier than—their provide strains are stretching out, and have a look at all that yellow Ukrainian-held territory on their flanks. And what occurs as soon as their remnants attain the dual Ukrainian strongholds of Slovyansk and Kramatorsk?
Nonetheless, after losing lots of or hundreds of lives attempting to take the rubble at Dovhen’ke, pre-war inhabitants 800, they lastly took it.
Over in Severodonetsk, Russia is outwardly occupying the no-man’s land in metropolis heart. So … possibly not no-man’s land anymore. Ukraine is holed up within the industrial a part of city, together with lots of of civilians together with dozens of youngsters. Why don’t individuals evacuate, I’ll by no means know. Why individuals with kids don’t evacuate, appears felony to me.
Lastly, a few of the fiercest preventing within the struggle is across the Popasna pocket the place Russia is attempting to advance in 14 instructions.
Simply think about if Russia might handle a massed mixed arms operations, focusing all that firepower in a single path, punching via Russian defensive strains, and wreaking havoc in Ukraine’s rear? The rationale defenses are holding in addition to they’re is as a result of Russia is strung out so thinly. It’s been the story of this whole struggle.
I believe it was presidential advisor Oleskyy Arestovych who stated Ukraine’s purpose in Kherson was merely to threaten Kherson and Crimea’s water provide at Nova Kakhovka to attract Russian reinforcements away from Donbas. Ukraine’s Ministry of Protection insists it will probably’t make a severe bid for Kherson till Western gear arrives and is fielded. September is bandied about because the goal date. And but this supposedly restricted counteroffensive continues to creep ever nearer to Kherson. Some sources declare Ukraine is 10 kms away.
We’ll know Ukraine is making a severe push in the event that they make a bid for the airport simply northwest of Kherson metropolis. Till then, I’d anticipate Ukraine is extra inquisitive about taking Snihurivka to chop the principle provide line to Russian troops to the north, within the path of Kryvyi Rih. Simply anticipate the flat, open terrain to hinder the large offensive and Kherson liberation we’re all craving for.