“Today, when we look up, we are looking for only one thing — the flag of Ukraine.” – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
Podcast: Ukraine’s Kharkhiv Operation and the Russian Military’s Black Week: War on the Rocks, Sept. 12, 2022 –– On a foggy morning in August 1918, Allied forces commenced the Battle of Amiens and the Hundred Days Offensive that ended the Great War. A German general later called it “the black day of the German Army.” The Russian military has had a black week ever since Ukraine launched a counter-offensive in the Kharkiv Oblast. Whether this heralds the last phase of this war is still unknown. Regardless, recent events have been a massive setback for Russia. We had Mike Kofman on the show to discuss.
Ukraine War: As It’s Happening: The Moscow Times, Sept. 15, 2022
Ukrainian Officials Drew on U.S. Intelligence to Plan Counteroffensive: Julian E. Barnes and Helene Cooper, NY Times, Sept. 10, 2022
Ukraine’s Rout of Russian Forces Poses Challenge of How to Exploit Gains: Daniel Michaels and James Marson, Real Clear Defense, Sept. 12, 2022
What if Putin Uses a Nuclear Weapon in Ukraine?: Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, Sept. 12, 2022
The War: George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures, Sept. 13, 2022
Ukraine Moving ‘Towards Victory,’ Zelenskyy Says; Troops Root Out ‘Collaborators’ in Reclaimed Territory: Holly Ellyatt, CNBC, Sept. 14, 2022 — Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Wednesday that the country’s armed forces were moving forward “towards victory” as he praised the return of the Ukrainian flag to recaptured territory.
The Permanence of War and Peace: George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures, Aug. 23, 2022 — Last week my friend and colleague, Jacek Bartosiak, wrote a piece for GPF titled “The Scalable World War Ahead,” in which he warned that the world is descending into the abyss of near-global war.
‘Coast Defense Flotilla’: Russia’s Black Sea Fleet Mauled in 200 Days of Ukraine War: James Beardworth and Anastasia Tenisheva, The Moscow Times, Sept. 11, 2022 – A few days after Russia launched its invasion of neighboring Ukraine, Russian conscript sailor Mark Tarasov wrote to his mother in St. Petersburg from aboard the Black Sea Fleet’s flagship, the Moskva.
The Puzzling Impact of The Ukraine War on Ordinary Russians: Adam Taylor, Washington Post, Sept. 8, 2022 — On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly dismissed any impact from Western actions against on his country. “I’m sure we have not lost anything and will not lose anything,” Putin said at a plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East. “The main thing is strengthening our sovereignty, and this is the inevitable result of what is happening now.”
Ukraine Takes the Offensive: Editorial, WSJ, Sept. 11, 2022 — Ukraine’s counter-offensive against invading Russian forces is an important turn in the war, though not without peril as Vladimir Putin calculates how to respond. Western leaders have to be prepared that he will use nuclear weapons, or attempt to involve NATO directly in the conflict.
UN Chief and Russia’s Putin Discuss War in Ukraine: Edith M. Lederer, National Post, Sept. 14, 2022 — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday about exporting Russian fertilizer through Ukraine’s Black Sea ports to address a growing global food crisis that threatens multiple famines.
Despite Ukraine’s Advances, Russia Says Mobilization Is Not on the Agenda: National Post, Sept. 13, 2022 — The Kremlin said on Tuesday there was no discussion of a nationwide mobilization to bolster its forces in Ukraine, despite growing pressure to do so after Russia suffered one of its worst defeats in nearly seven months of war.
European Manufacturers Reel from Russian Gas Shutoff: Joe Wallace, David Uberti, Georgi Kantchev and William Boston, WSJ, Sept. 11, 2022 — European industry thrived for decades on a steady supply of cheap Russian gas, which flowed uninterrupted throughout the Cold War and other times of tension between Moscow and the West.