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West & Ukraine Trade Blame, Talk Wonder Weapons, as Critical Juncture Approaches

Aug 28, 2023



Update on Ukraine conflict for August 27, 2023


- Ukraine’s offensive nears 3 months of fighting and has yet to breach Russia’s first of several defensive lines;

- Russia not only continues frustrating Ukraine’s offensive, it is launching its own offensive in the northeast that is gaining momentum;

- Amid the failing offensive, Ukraine and its Western sponsors trade blame and argue over the best course forward;

- Talk continues to be made regarding “wonder weapons” like F-16 and JAS 39 Gripen fighter jets despite the implausible nature of using either effectively in battle;

- A juncture is approaching where the West will have to decide whether to allow Ukraine to begin irreversibly collapsing or intervene more directly;

 

References:


Wall Street Journal - Ukraine Chalks Up Small Advance in Southern Push (August 22, 2023): https://www.wsj.com/world/europe/ukraine-chalks-up-small-advance-in-southern-push-8735d44c

Wall Street - U.S., Ukraine Clash Over Counteroffensive Strategy (August 25, 2023): https://www.wsj.com/world/europe/u-s-ukraine-clash-over-counteroffensive-strategy-cb5e4324

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty - Russia Reinforcing Troops Ahead Of Renewed Offensive In 'Tense' East, Ukrainian General Says (August 25, 2023): https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-ukraine-air-drone-strikes-eastern-front/32564271.html

Guardian - Ukrainian pilot ‘Juice’ among three killed in jet collision, says Volodymyr Zelenskiy (August 27, 2023): https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/aug/27/ukrainian-pilot-juice-among-three-killed-in-jet-collision-says-volodymyr-zelenskiy

Forbes - Ukraine Is Getting F-16s. Now It Needs Cruise Missiles. (August 21, 2023): https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2023/08/21/ukraine-is-getting-f-16s-now-it-needs-cruise-missiles/?sh=72b6db941515

Forbes - 3,600 American Cruise Missiles Versus The Chinese Fleet: How One U.S. Munition Could Decide Taiwan’s Fate (January 9, 2023): https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2023/01/09/3600-american-cruise-missiles-versus-the-chinese-fleet-how-one-us-munition-could-decide-taiwans-fate/?sh=4126de017da7

Lockheed Martin - JASSM https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/products/jassm.html

Reuters - Ukraine's Zelenskiy asks Sweden for Gripen jets in first visit since Russian invasion (August 19, 2023): https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/ukraines-zelenskiy-visits-sweden-meet-pm-royal-family-2023-08-19/

SAAB - Thailand receives first batch of Gripen fighters (2011): https://www.saab.com/newsroom/press-releases/2011/thailand-receives-first-batch-of-gripen-fighters

The National Interest - Talk of NATO Membership for Ukraine is a Dangerous Distraction (July 2023): https://nationalinterest.org/feature/talk-nato-membership-ukraine-dangerous-distraction-206628

 

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