September 15, 2022 Ukraine is being baptized by fire, and will emerge as a nation defined not by ethnicity, culture, or even language but by the defense of the homeland. Everyone who rose to the challenge in this dark hour will be Ukrainian. This is why I've been saying that the closest analogue we have … Continue reading The Ukrainian Nation
August 14, 2022 I do not, as a general rule, read much Western press about the war in Ukraine. It's not that the information is bad (it's actually often very well sourced and documented), and it's not it's biased (god knows, there are authors shilling for both sides, although in general I think it's pretty … Continue reading The Forever War: Why is there no Ukrainian counter-attack?
June 20, 2022 It has been several days since my last update, so it's time for some analysis of the war in Ukraine and its global repercussions. As usual, we begin with an operational update, starting from the North, with Kharkiv. Unfortunately, the RFA has made some small advances toward the city, which has now … Continue reading The war grinds on while Russia’s near-abroad erupts in turmoil
June 16, 2022 It has been over a week since the last war update, and there is not a whole lot new to report in front developments. There have been some predictable events as the war nears the end of its fourth month -- exhaustion is setting in on both sides, and right now the … Continue reading Putin’s boa constrictor strategy vs West Cunctator
May 29, 2022 I did not write any updates for a few days because, like everyone else, I am in a holding pattern -- waiting to see when the Russians will call it quits on the Easter Offensive, and whether they will achieve any of the much-reduced goals of the invasion. There have been very … Continue reading Russia is bogging down, schism in the Church
May 6, 2022 Quite a lot of Russian propaganda centers on Stepan Bandera, with the derogative "banderovtsi" (Banderistas) being used interchangeably with fascists and Nazis. (Kadyrov's fighters in Ukraine are hunting for Bandera, and just recently claimed to have killed him. He died in 1959.) This is not a post about Bandera but about the … Continue reading Ukrainian and Russian Nazi collaborators in WWII
May 6, 2022 With all the ink being spilled about Nazis/fascists in Ukraine, perhaps we should take a look at how many actual votes their parties have managed to garner in various elections. There are several ultra-nationalist parties that could conceivably be labeled in this way by opponents: Svoboda (All-Ukrainian Union 'Freedom'): founded in 1995, … Continue reading Ultranationalists (Nazis/fascists) in Ukrainian elections