Ukraine War Day #264: Sequel To Cat On Chain

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.

Dear Readers:

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.

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23 Responses to Ukraine War Day #264: Sequel To Cat On Chain

  1. michaeldroy says:

    So it looks far too open and restricted in movement to set up artillery at this Kinburn Split. But on the other hand if Ukraine wants to keep throwing men and equipment at a lightly defended beach given modern surveillance techniques, more fool them. Indeed Ukraine has made a whole war out of throwing men up to die.

    The Commando camp story sounds a bit odd. The delta where the Konka meets the Dnieper is 300km from Kinburn Spit. Longer if they tried the motorboat journey from there along the Dnieper (where the Russians control the Left?? Right?? South bank all the way).
    So I’m pretty sure they would have set off from somewhere else.

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    • yalensis says:

      Thanks for researching the geography, michaeldroy. I was in a bit of a hurry this morning, and didn’t have time to do a mapping on this Delta thing, I didn’t realize it was so far away.
      Russians control the LEFT Bank! It has to the Right or Left. I’m very bullish about that terminology, but at some point I might just have to give up, because even bloggers I respect keep using the wrong terminology – ARGGGH!

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      • square coats says:

        I keep seeing in various social media etc. people learning for the first time that left and right are from the perspective of the river as it flows (which I myself learned here some months ago!) and achieving perfect and simple clarity from then on..

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        • yalensis says:

          Thanks, square coats, you give me hope!

          It’s so simple, but I want to scream sometimes, when even highly intelligent analysts like Alexander Mercouris keep using wrong terminology, like “East/West” instead of “Left/Right”. I know why they do it, they look at the map and see that, overall, the Dniepr splits Ukraine in two parts, Eastern and Western Ukraine. But when you get down to specific areas, the river runs horizontally for a while, especially in the Kherson area, so technically splitting this particular region into North/South chunks. I saw one piece where the writer got completely confused which side the Russians were on, and kept saying they had “retreated” to the “West bank” when he meant “Left bank” – argghh!

          There is a river in the American Northeast, the Hudson, which mostly runs North to South, but there is a place, near Saratoga I believe, where it takes a U-turn almost and head North for a while, then bends sideways. Not to mention the Snake River in the American Southwest, which winds and twists in every possible direction, that’s why it’s called the Snake!

          If people use the correct “Right/Left” terminology, then there can never be any confusion which bank they are talking about.

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  2. BM says:

    Looking at my map (based on OpenStreets), there seem to be amazing whispery spits all over the northern portion of the Black Sea. The most extreme of which encloses what is labelled on the map as Gulf of Tendra (as in “tendrils”?) – about 60 km long and a hair’s width wide!

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  3. BM says:

    Is that your artwork in the picture, Yalensis? Those knights look quite, umm, tall! I like the friendly bear on the beach!

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  4. mtnforge says:

    More like a cat on a hot tin roof, which is the Russian Alliance and some pretty sharp cookies in it who have artfully orchastrated a attrition conflict in such finite steps that they have outfoxed the globalists via denying them the kind of escalation, no matter its source, where by the needed pretext for dropping the faux appearance Ukraine with its client state organized crime syndicate is a singular genuine sovereign nation state in charge of its own destiny, so to create plausible deniability for coming to peer Ukraines rescue with open offensive NATO or otherwise combat ready western military alliance.

    If you think back along the path this special operation has taken the fact is there exists an unbriken thread of limited aggression by the Russians, leaving the Donbas Arc and Wagner soldiers to wage limited aggressive tactical level warfare, which has a myriad of pluses, while not creating the effect the collective west seems to want, of an overt territory grabbing-genocide waging Russian horde wantonly killing and destroying everything in a baby eating scorched earth black earth step campaign, (that be classic projection and dehumanization tactics, very difficult to outsmart because its done by consummate experts at it; seems the Russian’s learned their marxian lessons very well, the West may have nothing on them in that sense. I’m not Russian, but I truly hope so, appears so to me, Putin is nobodies fool, surrounded by like folks, cause Lord knows we need somebody who really knows this enemy and is adept at combating, maybe even vanquishing it, Lord bless all of them, keep em safe, please).
    Those guys done real good at avoiding the western trap laid out after much preparation beforehand by the empire, (no doubt they foreseen Russia unable to remain not directly involved, where she could no longer stand by and watch her people systematically pogromed and murdered by the empires nasty little neo-SS Bandarites they funded exactly for terror and reprisal operations, Azov in Mariupol, Right Sector scouring Donbas Arc territory for collaborators etc, running foreign terror and reprisal operations, while maintaining excellent tactical attrition, rather low intensity/limited aspect, in relative terms, conflict.
    I don’t know, the simile of a cat on a hot tin roof comes to mind, of how delicately and swiftly the cat must react to the hot tin under its paws as it weaves its way dancing over numerous precipices.
    The great thing, the really great thing, is they didn’t loose their nerve, they have not taken council from their fears, thats evident from the second line defense citizen guard militia men to Mr. Putin himself. And all that can not be overstated how important it is. How critical to achieving objectives, to winning. There’s a certain unity in cause courses thru Russia and her peoples, its pretty awesome, thats long been kept underground, smothered in every sort of demeaning dehumanizing hateful and depraved way imaginable here in America, not saying that does not exist, just that its been kept simmering below boil successfully, so far. Russia broke that kind of shackles and climbed out of the hellmouth pit back in the 90’s, the same actors running DC and Kiev are presently creating across the empires western “Dominion” as in Dominion vote machines. Look at how many regime change buttons they have pushed across 88% land in the last few weeks, now the Saudi’s over the weekend. Satan’s busy little killer wasps be busy. Punishment for daring defiance, for audacity and motive power, to want to be free to determine their own lives. And so the Donbas Arc folks. Guarantee it, one motive behind outright rejection of any negotiating with Putin is about nazi face, goes against everything they have built and created since 2014 thats so ugly and hateful, all the justification for the genocide, all the martyrs getting the dirt nap, all the potential power promised them at the crossroads, all the silver taken. If it stalls now there’s chances it peters out, lots of reasons, and time is not the ally it was now, too many thru Putins meat grinder, too many useful dupes and true believers, too many useful psycho’s and criminals gone, its real difficult to get that momentum going again that was so carefully nurtured. And nothing like freezing your arse off, having to live stone age heating pine needle tea over sterno, in such a vaunted cosmopolitan polity as the new mighty, not Russian, Ukraine 4th Reich, particularly watching your hated existential foe operating in their best element with General Winter looking over their shoulders. Some ignore, revise and whitewash too much history for their own good it seems.

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    • yalensis says:

      “I’ve got the guts to die. What I want to know is, have you got the guts to live?”
      ― Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

      Wow! Extra points for a Tennessee Williams reference, mtnforge. Thank you for that! No true American Intellectual can boast of being an intellectual unless he or she is intimately familiar with all of the works of Tennessee Williams.

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      • mtnforge says:

        Well it is another excellent thought provoking post you made in the first place, but gee, thanks! Guess it was kind of natural, didnt give it much thought, it fit right, and I took it for granted you had it in mind when you where composing your piece here.

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      • mtnforge says:

        Heh! Benny Hill!

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        • yalensis says:

          Guilty as charged. I think I have watched every one of Benny’s sketches on youtube. What an excellent clown he was! Surprisingly (given what the Brits call “bottom of the pier” kind of humor) some of his skits are remarkably intellectual; I mean, he knows his American theater, for starters. It’s not just Tennessee Williams, he also does a decent Edward Albee. If Albee was the kind of guy who made you laugh your ass off. Benny also does Masterpiece Theater and I Claudius kind of sketches. For the intellectual hoi polloi!

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          • mtnforge says:

            Well i believe very much your right about that, a great humorists and rapscallion of the first order, always that twinkle in his eye, and your lucky if you can get 2 or 3 out of the multitude of things he would be alluring to, and his change up, like a belt fed. What is that called, something like the word indent-enters? Miltiple references out of the same phrase or context? The guy was that, like Monty Python or Fireside Theater at their best moments.
            Sometimes he seemed to be Britain’s Archie Bunker in regards his subtle and courageous humor which refused to recognize limits or boundaries but in that sublime plausibly deniable wink wink that avoided depravity or violating codes.
            I got the shock of my life visiting England in the early 90’s, after midnight Benny Hill went X rated. It was sure a big surprise to me.
            Wonder what he was like to know in regular life. A great character or a quiet polite gracious man?

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            • yalensis says:

              I read that he was a very shy, lonely man who kept to himself and died alone. Very sad. It was said that, despite his on-stage persona as a rogue and womanizer, he was a perfect gentleman in real life, and treated all his co-stars and backup singers, dancers, etc., with respect.

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  5. S Brennan says:

    Y, I think you might have a typing error [and God knows I make my share], I think you meant to say…

    …Ukrainia’s puppeteers are nothing if not persistent.

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    • james says:

      yes – this is more like it!! thanks yalensis and the folks posting here too..

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      • yalensis says:

        Yup. I think sometimes that the sociopaths running Washington DC are the most persistent people in the world. They just never give up on their dreams of world domination. Did you ever see that American movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” ? There is a scene where Butch and Sundance keep having to flee from this very persistent posse of evil-doers, and Butch just looks at Sundance, and asks, “Who ARE these guys?” That’s how I feel sometimes.

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  6. Gerald says:

    Alas, they have banned poor Pushkin in poor Ukraine.
    All those poor children growing up there,
    will never be able to read about Ruslan and Ludmilla.
    Their poor imaginations will be stunted and shriveled
    – they are the poor victims in this war.

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    • yalensis says:

      I know, it’s very sad. And they don’t really anything much of their own to replace Russian literature, music and art. I mean, there is some Ukrainian stuff (literature, music, art) and some of it is quite good, I don’t intend to demean them. It’s just that, there is not a lot of it. Not enough to fill an entire curriculum.

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      • Gerald says:

        So, now I have two petitions to send to the UN Human Rights Commission – free Assange and free Pushkin.

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      • james says:

        i have never seen the movie but share your sentiments! my take is it is all about money… michael hudson has written some good books on the difference between industrial capitalism and financial capitalism.. it seems the dynamic revolves around a few things, but money is a key element to all this..

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