On Tuesday, President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appeared earlier than the U.N. Common Meeting to ship statements about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and name for united motion in dealing with down territorial aggression.
Biden’s statements denouncing the warfare drew applause from the meeting. “For those who enable Ukraine to be carved up, is the independence of any nation safe?” requested Biden. “I might respectfully recommend the reply is not any. We have now to face as much as this bare aggression right this moment and deter different would-be aggressors tomorrow. That’s why the US, along with our allies and companions around the globe, will proceed to face with the courageous individuals of Ukraine as they defend their sovereignty, their territorial integrity, and their freedom.”
The speech from Zelenskyy, which expanded on the theme of defeating Russia as a necessity to see that “nobody on the earth will dare assault any nation,” additionally drew widespread and sustained applause. However the extra vital assembly might have occurred on Wednesday morning, when Zelenskyy appeared earlier than the U.N. Safety Council the place Russia, undeservedly, holds one of many everlasting seats.
For individuals who missed it yesterday, right here is Biden’s speech.
And right here is Zelenskyy.
“Please, hear me,” mentioned Zelenskyy. “Let unity determine every part brazenly. Whereas Russia is pushing the world to the ultimate warfare, Ukraine is doing every part to make sure that, after Russian aggression, nobody on the earth will dare to assault any nation. Weaponization have to be restrained. Warfare crimes have to be punished. Deported individuals should come again dwelling. And the occupier should return to their very own land. We have to be united to make it. And we’ll do it. Slava Ukraini.”
Then got here a crucial assembly of the Safety Council on Wednesday morning. It’s protected to say that had been Russia not a member of that council, the state of affairs in Ukraine could be vastly completely different. With out Russia’s presence to veto each motion designed to restrict its personal aggression, the U.N. might need moved far more firmly from the outset of the warfare to make the invasion extra expensive for Russia
However Russia, perched within the chair that previously belonged to the Soviet Union, not solely throttles even essentially the most restricted proposals, it repeatedly makes use of the Safety Council as a platform to unfold propaganda, excuses, and denial of the warfare crimes it has dedicated (and is committing) in Ukraine. These are simply a few of the causes Ukraine will not be alone in searching for to have Russia faraway from the Safety Council.
On Wednesday, Russian U.N. Ambassador Vasily Nebenzia tried to make use of that seat in a typical Russian approach—he tried to interrupt Zelenskyy. Really, Nebenzia interrupted 4 instances earlier than Zelenskyy had even began, protesting Ukraine’s proper to talk and claiming that the Ukrainian president’s assertion could be “nothing however a spectacle.”
Nebenzia didn’t get applause. What he received was laughter, as Albanian President Edi Rama drew reward for dealing with the matter.
When Zelenskyy received to talk, he instructed the council that he wouldn’t have come there if he didn’t have a plan for ending the warfare. He sketched his long-standing 10-point peace plan that features safety ensures for Ukraine and a particular fee for the prosecution of warfare crimes.
However most of Zelenskyy’s plan could be relayed very merely, and isn’t removed from the deal proposed by Rama (and Biden): Russia has to get utterly out of Ukraine. Then there could be peace.
Norway is sending 50 M548 transports to Ukraine. That is one in every of many autos that’s primarily based on the M113 armored personnel service, however not one of the others do such an excellent job of wanting like a cross between the Jupiter 2’s Chariot and the Very Hungry Caterpillar. Critically, this factor wins the award for too-cute-to-shoot. Though that in all probability gained’t work within the discipline.
Norway has actually stepped up its help of Ukraine. It has not simply turn into one of many main nations in supplying Ukraine with what it must push Russia out, it has additionally pledged $7 billion to assist Ukraine rebuild after the warfare is over. Whether or not you measure it per capita or primarily based on GDP, they’re placing us to disgrace.
Let’s check out Deep State’s evaluation of the place Russian items are positioned:
Unsurprisingly, the majority of Russian troops are engaged on the entrance line. Nevertheless, not all purple rectangles are created equal. Lots of these items lined up round Verbove and Robotyne have been getting the #$@% kicked out of them because the spring. Some are working at diminished energy, with poorly skilled prisoners filling in very important gaps. However the largest level, and the explanation for scaling the map out thus far, is to clarify simply how little Russia has left within the backfield.
Why aren’t these third and fourth rows of trenches full of ready troopers? As a result of there’s nobody to fill them. What Russia has now’s what Russia has on the road.
Ukrainian forces have been battered as effectively, and the quantity and place of Ukrainian reserves has been stored intentionally imprecise. However one of many causes that Ukraine has been making progress round Robotyne and Verbove is the only: more energizing troops in additional full items.
As soon as once more, Ukrainian common workers reviews nothing occurring round Kupyansk. Keep in mind that large Russian push, with over 100,000 males, that was going to fling Ukraine again throughout the Oskil? Didn’t occur. There’s additionally nothing however crickets from Svatove and Kreminna right down to the world north of Bakhmut.
South of Bakhmut, Russia reportedly made one other failed try at regaining floor between Klishchiivka and Andriivka, in addition to one other failed assault about 5 kilometers to the south. Which sounds just like the sort of motion this Russian soldier was complaining about when he mentioned that Russian commanders hold getting sucked into traps.
The important thing half:
Along with his precise development on the bottom, the enemy labored out the state of affairs with Andreevka within the media [space] fairly effectively. In consequence, we now have hysterical makes an attempt to recapture the ruins of Andreevka. Equally hysterical makes an attempt to counterattack happen within the surrounding space.
At Marinka, close to Donetsk, Ukraine reportedly repelled 10 Russian assaults—which is a few every day common on this space. And … that’s it for Russian actions. It is a notably brief record, one by which Russia doesn’t even appear to have made a run at regaining any floor within the south.
However a part of the explanation that Russia is standing nonetheless is as a result of Ukraine will not be.
This Russian propagandist is correct about two issues: Constructing efficient drones has turn into ridiculously straightforward and there will certainly be extra sooner or later. Whether or not it is going to be efficient to flood the zone with this type of drone is one thing we don’t know but. The entire world is watching what’s occurring in Ukraine and technique textbooks are being rewritten daily.
Watching the every day evaporation of Russian artillery is my new favourite pastime. There’s little question that, due to drones and higher counter-battery hearth, Russia couldn’t have interaction within the sort of artillery march it used to seize cities like Mariupol, Severodonetsk, and Lysychansk. Russia is dropping a whole bunch of artillery methods per 30 days and the common fee of loss remains to be rising (count on some math on this quickly).