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Brian Berletic

17 дек. 2023 г.

Update on the conflict in Ukraine for December 17, 2023…

- Russian forces continue mounting pressure along the line of contact, executing a war of attrition grinding down Ukraine’s manpower and its Western sponsors’ military resources;

- Ukrainian lawmaker admits Ukraine is running out of ammunition and unable to respond to Russian firepower;

- The Western media now admits Ukraine’s cross-river “offensive” in Kherson is an abject failure;

- US military officials now admit that even with continued US support, Ukraine could still lose;

- A search for a “new” strategy for Ukraine requires ignoring the fundamental (and unsolvable) problems Ukraine and its Western backers have;

- The Western media is rebuilding its narrative regarding Ukraine, suggesting victory is not possible, but improving Ukraine's position ahead of negotiations may be;

- West is still pinning hope on "wonder weapons" including the F-16;

References: NYT - Ukrainian Marines on ‘Suicide Mission’ in Crossing the Dnipro River (December 16, 2023): NYT - U.S. and Ukraine Search for a New Strategy After Failed Counteroffensive (December 11, 2023): Alexander Mercouris - Ukraine's Terrible Week: No US EU Funding; Rus Gains Avdeyevka, Marinka, Bakhmut, Ukr War Being Lost (December 16, 2023): Guardian - Putin says there will only be peace in Ukraine when Russia achieves its goals (December 14, 2023): ABC News - Ukrainian troops unable to respond to Russian attacks, says lawmaker (December 15, 2023): Business Insider - Ukraine says Russia has it outgunned 7 to 1 when it comes to drones (December 13, 2023): BBC - Ukraine war: Shell shortages force us to limit firing, Ukrainian troops tell BBC (December 14, 2023): US Department of Defense - Biden Administration Announces New Security Assistance for Ukraine (Dec. 12, 2023): Raytheon - AIM-9X Sidewinder Missile: Defense News - Lockheed wins $4.8B guided rockets contract (April 2023): CNN - Russia’s jamming of US-provided rocket systems complicates Ukraine’s war effort (May 2023): US Army Maneuver Center of Excellence - Infantry Brigade Combat Team Scout Platoon AntiArmor Engagements at the Joint Readiness Training Center (regarding 19% hit rate for all anti-tank weapons): NY Times - Russia Overcomes Sanctions to Expand Missile Production, Officials Say (September 2023): Reuters - The air war over Ukraine (December 14, 2023): Air and Space Forces Magazine - Romania Is a Model for Training Ukraine’s Pilots to Fly F-16s (August 2022):

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