It’s too early to say what the ultimate affect of the Ukrainian advance on Kharkov means, but don’t surprised if Russia ups its game and escalates. That may already be happening. From Pepe Escobar at strategic-culture.org:
This is an existential war. A do or die affair, Pepe Escobar writes.
Wars are not won by psyops. Ask Nazi Germany. Still, it’s been a howler to watch NATOstan media on Kharkov, gloating in unison about “the hammer blow that knocks out Putin”, “the Russians are in trouble”, and assorted inanities.
Facts: Russian forces withdrew from the territory of Kharkov to the left bank of the Oskol river, where they are now entrenched. A Kharkov-Donetsk-Lugansk line seems to be stable. Krasny Liman is threatened, besieged by superior Ukrainian forces, but not lethally.
No one – not even Maria Zakharova, the contemporary female equivalent of Hermes, the messenger of the Gods – knows what…
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