From Jamie Peipon (Day 306): In the picture you can see scenes from the absolute front lines in Bakhmut. This is the town where Zelenskyy visited soldiers just before his brief trip to the United States. This screenshot came from a video showing a convoy slowly working their way through these streets on the outskirts. They passed an infantry fighting vehicle on one side of the road. You can tell that the road is not in great condition and that the field on either side is scarred from shelling. You can see smoke rising over the entire city from explosions and way in the distance there is a helicopter (a darker line in the sky that is hard to make out in the picture) that is dropping flares. There’s also a helicopter coming into view directly over the convoy. This picture is a split second – frozen in time. But it gives a little idea of the chaos that is being dealt with every day and just how wild it is for a president to visit this location.
Zelenskyy’s visit to the States happened one week ago. The morning after his speech to the US Congress, he was already back as far as Poland who is also been a key ally throughout the entirety of the war. The brevity of the trip is noteworthy. It is hard to draw parallels between eras as travel was more difficult and other circumstances were very different. The most direct parallel being drawn is with Winston Churchill’s visit during World War 2. But to put the brevity of Zelenskyy’s visit in perspective, consider that when Churchill visited the United States, he stayed here for three whole weeks and remained outside the UK during Christmas. Zelenskyy was a man on a mission.
Kyiv’s city council released a statement today saying that the ongoing emergency power outages will continue in Kyiv throughout the entire winter. This is likely true of many other Ukrainian cities and is just one more thing that people are experiencing as “normal.” This is not normal. This is not an accident. The largest country in the world, whose territory covers over 10% of the landmass of the entire globe, and has access to an enormous amount of natural resources, yet only has a GDP comparable to the state of Florida, has spent billions and billions of dollars to destroy Ukraine’s energy infrastructure. It is such a despicable, and shameful act.
Over the past couple of days, there have been rumors of Ukrainians seeming to break through russian lines at various points, particularly in the east. Officials have posted things like “be patient” and “we can neither confirm nor deny.” These reports seem to be coming from the Kreminna-Svatove front, but there has yet to be any fresh confirmation of these reports.
“Yea, her sins our God will pardon,
blotting out each dark misdeed;
all that well deserved his anger
he no more will see or heed.
She hath suffered many a day
now her griefs have passed away;
God will change her pining sadness
into ever-springing gladness.”