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Ukraine War Day #133: Zelensky The New Mazepa

Dear Readers: Pushkin wrote so many terrific works, it would be hard to name a favorite. But — gun to head — I would have to admit that mine is the epic poem Poltava. Of which here is one of … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #132: Who’s Who In The New Kherson Government!

Dear Readers: To add some humor to this rather dry piece, I quote a comment I saw on one of the pro-Russian blogs: “Looks like Ukraine is getting skinnier, as Russia gets fatter.” Well, that’s one way to put it! … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #131: The People Of Lugansk Freed Themselves

Dear Readers: Over the weekend we watched the astounding finish to the liberation of Lisichansk and, with it, the entirety of the Lugansk Oblast. In this piece from KP, war reporter Dmitry Steshin explains one of the reasons why it … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #130: *pēdis

Dear Readers: Here is how the great writer Victor Hugo described (in his novel 1793), in the most unflattering terms, the characteristics of the typical Bretagne peasant, he who fought with unparalleled cruelty and determination against the Enlightenment brought to … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #129: Retreat From Snake Island [continued and concluded]

Dear Readers: So, the Russophile blogosphere continues to digest the latest twists and turns (and slithery-ditheries) of the Snake Island saga. Within this subculture I believe a kind of consensus is being reached , according to which (a) yes, the … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #128: Retreat From Snake Island!

Dear Readers: Well, what can I say? Snake Island was back in the news yesterday, and the news is not good for the pro-Russian crowd. While Team Ukraine danced and hooted like chimpanzees, Team Russia erupted in disbelief and anger. … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #127: Russia Versus The World? [concluded]

Dear Readers: Today concluding my review of this piece. Where we left off, things were looking fairly bleak for Russia, on the Central Asia front. Seems like Western NGO’s and Gauleiters have the region eating out of their hands, with … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #126: Russia Versus The World? [continued]

Dear Readers: Continuing with this analysis regarding Russia’s relationships with its Central Asian neighbors. Well, relationships with neighbors are often complicated, especially when there is a lot of history there; even more so in times of war; and especially in … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #125: Russia Versus The World?

Dear Readers: I remember back in those distant days, when the war had just begun and it looked like the Russians were about to storm Kiev, I happened to catch one of those sock-puppets on CNN mouth the platitude du … Continue reading

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Ukraine War Day #124: What Can Russia Do About Drone Attacks?

Dear Readers: Previously we have discussed Ukrainian drone-bombings of Snake Island; and also of certain Russian assets, like the floating gas-extraction platforms in the Black Sea. Add to that the recent droning of an oil refinery in the Rostov Oblast … Continue reading

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