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21 April

THE ECONOMIST

THE BATTLE of Kyiv may be over, at least for now, but the battle of Donbas is becoming more intense. On April 18th Ukraine’s government reported a wave of attacks along a 400km stretch of the front lines, mostly in the Donbas region, parts of which have been under the control of Russian-backed separatists since 2014. Vladimir Putin wants to grab the rest of Donbas, along with other bits of southern and eastern Ukraine. That may not sound as important as the siege of Kyiv, but the consequences of a Russian victory would be almost as bad.

Vladimir Putin has little to show for his war so far, which has succeeded mainly in killing civilians, mangling his own forces and levelling much of eastern Ukraine. The loss of an untold number of Russian soldiers (more than 20,000, according to the Ukrainians), eight generals and the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, the Moskva, has been humiliating. If the latest push makes headway, Russia’s dictator can claim vindication, while Ukraine will be left divided and disheartened. Russia might then choose to press its advantage, or simply “freeze” the conflict, leaving a devastated Ukraine to slide into dysfunction. Either way, Mr Putin would have prevented Ukraine from becoming the prosperous, pro-Western rebuke to his own rule that he so clearly fears.

It would be rash to assume that Russian forces will be as incompetent in the east as they were in the north, around the capital. For a start, they are now attacking from their home territory, not the temporary positions in Belarus they had taken up under the pretence of conducting “exercises”. Their supply lines will be shorter. And they will seek to fight on relatively open terrain where, in contrast to the forests around Kyiv, it will be easier for the invaders to spread out and harder for the defenders to ambush them.

Ukraine needs more help.

This is not a simple matter. Ukrainian forces use mainly Soviet-era weaponry. In the short term, they need more of it: things like MiG fighter jets and T-72 tanks, as well as S-300 missiles and Gvozdika howitzers. NATO countries that used to be Soviet satellites, such as the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia, have stocks of such kit, and have given Ukraine some of it. They should hand over more. But it will soon run out, and cannot be replenished, so the West needs to start supplying the more modern armaments used by most NATO countries, and training Ukrainian soldiers to use them. This week America, Britain and Canada said they would provide Ukraine with heavy artillery—a step in the right direction.

Extracted from the following article, which is behind a paywall:

https://www.economist.com/leaders/the-west-needs-to-send-ukraine-more-and-better-weapons/21808849?fbclid=IwAR2IAh0gsmGjT2oZiiWh-DSSTis9TTgU7y5J3twBfmcJq9206LpWhA9C0yE

3 comments

  1. Ukraine is in danger. Only a victory will suffice.

    Boris yesterday:
    (Telegraph)

    “Peace talks are doomed”, says Johnson.

    Boris Johnson has indicated that he believes negotiations with Russia to end Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine are doomed to fail.

    The Prime Minister on Wednesday compared dealing with the Russian president to negotiating with a “crocodile when it’s got your leg in its jaws”.

    Mr Johnson, speaking on a flight to India, said Mr Putin may only seek to negotiate in earnest if he manages to seize a significant portion of Ukraine.

    But he also warned that at that point, the Russian president may try to launch another assault on Kyiv.”

    Boris Johnson has said the Russian president has made it clear he wants to take more territory in Ukraine.

    The Prime Minister said Vladimir Putin could launch another assault on the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

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    • I know the RTards are out in full force after being shamed for a few weeks, they reek through their comments now.
      Its the usual attacks though; Zelensky is a billionaire robbing Ukraine left and right, and he’s a beggar, etc.

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