If you've been trying to stay up to date on the war in Ukraine while not having to scroll past endless articles on Queen Elizabeth, Josh Marshall is here to help.
In any case, I would recommend to you again two Twitter lists I’ve curated with experts from whom we can learn more. This one is about the Ukraine war generally and this focuses more narrowly on the military dimensions of the conflict.
Lots of smart, informed conversations and useful links like this excellent overview of the recent counter-offensive.
NEW: Ukraine's lightning eastern offensive has shocked Western & Ukrainian officials, sending Russian troops and pro-🇷🇺 separatist forces fleeing.— Jack Detsch (@JackDetsch) September 12, 2022
"The Ukrainians may be tired but the Russians are terrified," one former US defense official told me. https://t.co/NX6mqQXA07
Remember Ted Cruz insisting our military was too "woke" to be effective fighters?
Recently met a muslim Chechen volunteer who had been living for years in France, and is now fighting for #Ukraine. Another member of his unit was a religious Jew, while the rest were Christians. For a country supposedly run by Nazis, the #UkrainianArmy is surprisingly diverse. pic.twitter.com/BMDSIBxaxZ— Guillaume Ptak (@guillaume_ptak) September 7, 2022
They are relatively cool with LGBTQ too.https://t.co/E9QqShmfjR— 🍌🥦*V*🍍🍕 (@_V_5_M_) September 7, 2022
One of the recurring themes is just how bad a rout this was.
"Half of the soldiers fled in their vehicles in the first hours of the offensive, they said. Those stranded grew desperate. Some residents overheard their radio pleas to unit commanders for someone to come get them." https://t.co/VlSRzMZhcy— Shashank Joshi (@shashj) September 12, 2022
Russian soldiers 'literally running' for their lives as chain of command collapses.— Telegraph World News (@TelegraphWorld) September 12, 2022
Ukraine intelligence unit fighters tell @Telegraph they are struggling to deal with the mountains of equipment left behind after rout.
As the Russian Army couldn't be bothered to remove the wreckage of Su-30SM 'RF-81773' that came down in a formerly Russian-controlled part of Kharkiv Oblast, Western intelligence agencies are now the proud owner of a slightly dented SAP-518SM 'Regata' jamming pod. pic.twitter.com/9BN5dPNQvi— Oryx (@oryxspioenkop) September 12, 2022
When Russian soldiers fled from Kharkiv Oblast, they left behind stockpiles of mines, grenades, portable rockets, and multiple types of fighting vehicles. https://t.co/izeK7r9urT— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) September 12, 2022
Part of the speed of the collapse might be explained by this.
"That bullshit was then reported to their superiors, who fed that bullshit up to central command. So they got a totally fake view of the front." https://t.co/b1cQnRykS5— ryan cooper (@ryanlcooper) September 12, 2022
With notable exceptions, the reaction of Russia and its allies has been anger, bluster, blame,,,
Russia Today's editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan wonders openly why Russia isn't committing more war crimes. https://t.co/UBk52Qknyj— Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) September 12, 2022
Tucker Carlson's top Russia-Ukraine war expert Douglas MacGregor, on Friday night: "This entire war may be over" soon, "right now things are going very, very badly" for the Ukrainians and they're "desperate," "they're losing once again just south of Kharkiv." pic.twitter.com/BBwCL6QSpB— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) September 12, 2022
And to make the cold war vibe complete, we even have SMERSH (3:34).
This debate on Russian TV is extraordinarily open compared to some of the other stuff we’ve seen. People openly saying the war is unwinnable, that it was based on illusions and that Ukrainian identity is real https://t.co/Ce1yii86ef— Gideon Rachman (@gideonrachman) September 11, 2022