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    Ukraine (and China) Update: Boss Pelosi stares down China

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan amidst all-out Chinese hysteria. While many questioned the wisdom of the trip amidst high global tensions, the post-visit reviews of her trip have been spectacular. Fox News gave her a strong review. Bloomberg said she “nailed the optics” of her visit.  The optics of the speaker’s meeting with Taiwan […] More

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    Ukraine Update: The outsized importance of the heroic defense of tiny Bohorodychne

    Ukraine’s map is full of little towns that led unremarkable, mostly agricultural lives until war was foisted on them. I previously wrote about Dovhen’ke, which stymied Russian forces pushing down from Izyum for two months before finally surrendering its remaining rubble to Russia on June 4. Yet in the nearly two months since, Russia hasn’t been […] More

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  • CHERNIVTSI, UKRAINE - JUNE 26: Maryna Hrynchuk, 27, Oleksandr's Hrynchuk's wife, and Hanna Bespalko, 55, Oleksandr's mother, react after seeing his body in the local morgue on June 26, 2022 in Chernivtsi, Ukraine. Oleksandr Hrynchuk, 33, was killed on June 21 in the Luhansk region. The Hrynchuk family had earlier lost their younger son, Denys, who was killed while serving in the army in the Donetsk region, shortly after the start of the Russian invasion. (Photo by Alexey Furman/Getty Images)

    Ukraine update: Atrocity

    The Russian invasion of Ukraine was both illegal and unprovoked. Every life lost in this conflict, both Ukrainian and Russian, is a murder that belongs to Russia alone, and specifically to dictator Vladimir Putin, who personally made the decision to begin this needless slaughter. This doesn’t just apply to the tens of thousands who have died in […] More

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    Ukraine Update: All eyes on Kherson as Ukraine tightens the noose

    After a flurry of activity the last few days, things have settled down, if by “settled down” we mean “back to HIMARS systematically degrading Russia’s ability to wage its war.” Last night, the Russian-occupied cities of Ilovaisk, Nova Kakhovka, Brylivka, and Kherson all enjoyed dramatic fireworks displays at the expense of a great deal of […] More

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    Ukraine Update: Russia is seemingly recalibrating around Izyum; Kherson's bridges are falling down

    Lots happening today, so bonus update!  On Monday I briefly addressed rumors out of pro-Ukraine Telegram that Russian forces had abandoned two key villages near Izyum, the site of a pontoon bridge and a key supply route for forces pushing toward the twin fortress cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk.  Unfortunately it’s not likely true. “The […] More

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  • A farmer uses a combine harvester to harvest wheat on a field near Izmail, in the Odessa region on June 14, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. - In the Ukrainian port of Izmail, on the Danube river that marks the border with Romania, rows of trucks filled with grain stand in line. (Photo by Oleksandr GIMANOV / AFP) (Photo by OLEKSANDR GIMANOV/AFP via Getty Images)

    Ukraine, Russia agree to UN-backed deal to restart grain exports; global food crisis may be averted

    A catastrophic global food crisis may just have been averted, even though Russia continues to wage war throughout Ukraine. Ukraine and Russia separately signed a U.N.-backed treaty in Istanbul on Friday that would allow Ukraine to export millions of tons of grain from blockaded Black Sea ports. Russia will also be able to export fertilizer products […] More

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    Ukraine Update: Add Bilohorivka to the pantheon of Ukraine hero cities

    The last time territory publicly changed hands in Ukraine was July 9, and before that, July 6. Both times, they were tiny settlements in the Donbas, as Russia continues its bloody crawl toward Sivers’k—a town Russia should’ve taken a long time ago.  Russia is stuck, once again While not as isolated as Severodonetsk and Lysychansk, Sivers’k […] More

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    Ukraine Update: Russian sources aren't loving HIMARS as much as we are

    HIMARS O’clock Theater has become a fan favorite with those backing Ukraine against Russia’s murderous hordes. There’s very little more satisfying than seeing Russia’s weapons of death and destruction go up in fire and smoke, deep inside their lines. Meanwhile, after long dismissing the potential of HIMARS to significantly affect the trajectory of the war, there […] More

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