Там лес и дол видений полны;
Там о заре прихлынут волны
На брег песчаный и пустой,
И тридцать витязей прекрасных
Чредой из вод выходят ясных,
И с ними дядька их морской. (Pushkin, Ruslan and Ludmila)
There, forest and valley are filled with marvelous visions. There, at dawn, the waves surge onto the sandy, barren shore. And thirty beautiful Knights emerge from the bright waters, Marching in a phalanx, and with them their Uncle Neptune.
I only have time for a quickie today, but one may regard it as a sequel to yesterday’s literary masterpiece! The main question here being, Who are these beautiful Knights emerging from the Black Sea? Are they the defenders of the Russian garrison at Lukomorye? Or are they Ukrainian commandos roaring up in stinky motorboats? If the latter, no doubt these barbarians would grab the poet Pushkin and tie him to that tree, duck-taping, whipping, and defacing him. Which is what Banderas do to anything Russian or pro-Russian.
Recall that the Kinburn Spit (Pushkin’s fabled Lukomorye, filled with wondrous things from Russian mythology) provides a juicy target for not-so-wondrous Ukrainian diversionaries. The big question on everyone’s mind: Whether the Russian High Command will decide to pull their garrison out (because their lives are in too much danger way out here), or whether to keep them there, suffering slings and arrows, to defend this strategic spot on the Black Sea.
According to reporter Anton Antonov, the Ukrainians made an attempt yesterday, but were repelled.
This is what happened: A group of Ukrainian commandos of the 73rd Military Center for Special Operations, attempted their landing near the village of Pokrovskoye, on the northern side of the peninsula that leads to the Spit.
According to the Russian side, the Ukrainians came roaring up in 4 motorboats, backed by artillery covering fire coming from the towns of Kutsurub and Ivanovka in the Nikolaev mainland. Russian artillery was able to suppress the Ukrainian artillery and kill up to 20 Ukrainian commandos, also blowing up their motorboats.
The reporter also notes that, around the same time, the Russians received information of underground Ukrainian commandos camping in the Delta region where the Rivers Konka and Dniepr come together. The Russians were able, via reconnaissance flights, to obtain the precise coordinates of their base. After which a massive artillery strike was launched at the base. After the strike, Russian commandos scouted what was left of the base, and found human remains [ugh!]
That’s it for that story. One reminds, that the Ukrainians are nothing if not persistent. No doubt they will keep sending commandos in motorboats over and over. And at a certain point the Russian commanders are going to have to make a decision, whether to keep repelling them, or just give them what they want. Namely, the fabled Russian magical kingdom of Lukomorye.
What sayeth the wise cat? I would like to hear his opinion.