From Jamie Peipon: Throughout history, there have been countless times that people have been forced to flee from their homes because their land has been invaded by an enemy army. There are far fewer examples when there is a mass exodus from a country when they themselves are the invading army. And yet, that is what we see happening. russia has invaded Ukraine and forced millions of women and children to evacuate to safety while the men have stayed behind to fight. By contrast, it is the able-bodied, young men who are currently fleeing russia. It is hard to see that as anything but an embarrassing, cowardly course of action. What if there are no men left and russia starts to mobilize their women into battle? What about standing up and protesting your government’s action?
In the picture above, you can see the upcoming cover of Time magazine. It features Ukrainian General Zaluzhny and will go on sale on October 10th. At the time, I wrote that the Ukrainian counterattack in the Kharkiv oblast could quite possibly go down as one of the great maneuvers in the history of modern warfare that would be studied for years to come. It appears that the studying has already begun as the featured article in this issue is titled “Inside the Ukrainian Counterstrike That Turned the Tide of the War.”
The Ukrainian armed forces have pressed further east and now have pushed south in an effort to encircle and cut off a large swath of russian troops in the city of Lyman. Even russian sources are confirming the liberation of several towns on this front and are stating that the situation is becoming critical for their forces in the area. Dawn is already breaking in Ukraine and I’m hoping for good news on this front tomorrow as the US wakes up.
russian “mobiki” (the recently mobilized troops) are now already confirmed on the front lines. Ukraine has already taken some of these guys as prisoners of war. Ukraine’s former Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs shared a video of a russian soldier in the Kharkiv oblast who surrendered after only five short days since he had been mobilized.
Another major piece of news from the day relates to the Nord Stream pipelines. These are pipelines that have brought russian natural gas to Europe. Late last night there were reports that both Nord Stream 1 and 2 were leaking into the Baltic Sea in three locations. This morning pictures were released. A Swedish seismologist then reported that there was evidence of explosions that did not appear to be accidental. It seems that everyone agrees that the pipelines were sabotaged. However, no one is taking any credit. Some are saying that the US did it, and others are blaming russia. One of those options sure seems more obvious to me, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Today was also the last day of the sham referendums. Preliminary figures are already being released in all four regions showing almost unanimous agreement that these regions have “voted” to become part of russia. Of course, the numbers were determined in advance so this comes as no surprise. Putin has scheduled an address to both houses of russian parliament on Friday the 30th and he will probably announce the “accession” of these occupied areas.
“Blessed is the one who considers the poor!
In the day of trouble the LORD delivers him;
the LORD protects him and keeps him alive;
he is called blessed in the land;
you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.”