Russia is searching for a defensive position it can hold. So far, it’s tough going. The NYT has a fantastic map / explainer:
Russia has fallen back into a defensive position, trying to use the Oskil River as a defensive barrier. But Ukrainians have already breached a few points along the river, and the area is “ripe for exploitation,” said George Barros, an analyst for the Institute for the Study of War.
That’s a problem. And the defensive line is long enough that Russia is going to be hard pressed to cover it all. Meaning that the Ukrainian intelligence advantage could, once again, be determinative.
Here is a thing you do not see in successful war efforts: The supreme leader announces a “partial mobilization.” And immediately, his subjects start trying to flee the country:"
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