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Noted in Passing: And the Band Played On

Russian Forces Push Into Pivotal City in Eastern Ukraine KYIV, Ukraine—Russian forces advanced Monday into the center of Severodonetsk, one of the last Ukrainian strongholds in the eastern Donbas region, where Moscow is now concentrating its offensive.

The battle for Severodonetsk has in many ways resembled the fight for Mariupol, where Russian-backed forces worked to encircle the city while constant shelling reduced most buildings to rubble.

The fight underscores the central role of artillery in the east of Ukraine as Russia tries to avoid losing more manpower in urban fighting. The city’s fall would likely free up Russian soldiers for their next assault on the Ukrainian cities of Slovyansk and Kramatorsk, which would be the last redoubts of Ukrainian forces in the east.

Serhiy Haidai, the governor of Luhansk region, which together with neighboring Donetsk makes up the Donbas region, said Monday morning that all critical infrastructure in Severodonetsk had been destroyed, as had 60% of the residential housing. Speaking on Ukrainian television, he described the pattern of the battle: several hours of Russian shelling, followed by a push by troops to advance further into the city.

“The smell of corpses is constant, because they do not take away the bodies,” Mr. Haidai said. “They are firing everything in the arsenal of the Russian Federation.” Ukrainian troops were trying to hold out until more heavy weapons could be delivered, he said.

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  • gwbnyc May 30, 2022, 2:30 PM

    The Temps! Motown protest songs!!!

    -reminds me of nights as a boy in Cleveland when the ionosphere allowed us the signal from CKLW/Detroit…

    • Anonymous May 30, 2022, 4:38 PM

      CKLW was actually based in Windsor, Ontario, but of course served the Detroit market and was one of the leading testing platforms of Top 40 hits of the day. The story goes that all the artists of the day used to make their pitch in person to the programmer and music director, one Rosalie Tremblay, including such notables as Neil Diamond. Hence the line from “Cracklin Rosie” that pleads “play it now! play it now!”

      • gwbnyc May 30, 2022, 4:53 PM

        I’ll get the lights.

  • azlibertarian May 30, 2022, 4:51 PM

    …Russian Forces Push into Pivotal City….

    While not denying that this is happening, Chris at Task and Purpose…
    …says that other pieces on the puzzle board are moving in Ukraine’s favor.

    None of this is simple, and I have yet to come across a source of information that doesn’t have some sort of agenda.

    • ghostsniper May 30, 2022, 5:49 PM

      az sed: “None of this is simple, and I have yet to come across a source of information that doesn’t have some sort of agenda.”
      Hence, ball of confusion….

    • KCK May 31, 2022, 7:35 AM

      The average infantryman’s agenda is survive. Kill to survive, know to survive, attitude to survive, cover your back to survive.

      This guy is among the best analysts I’ve watched, to include his gathering of info and his knowledge of war fighting. He punches well above his weight.

    • littlejerryseinfeld June 1, 2022, 5:22 PM

      Don’t be surprised when Russia wins.

  • Mike Austin May 30, 2022, 5:52 PM

    Yet another outlet of Globohomo admits that the end is nigh for Ukraine—or rather, for those who rule that unfortunate land.

    Hmm…I wonder where all that $40 billion went?

    • ghostsniper May 31, 2022, 4:29 AM

      Never left.
      Just got distributed through all the regular channels.
      Saw this meme yesterday:

      There’s 130,930 schools in America.
      The US gov’t sent $53,000,000,000.00 to Ukraine.
      That’s $404,796.00 per school.
      They could pay 5 SWAT members $80,000.00 each and have them at every school front door.
      With almost $5k left over.
      They don’t care about you or your kids.

      • Mike Austin May 31, 2022, 12:07 PM

        The US regime is at war with its own people, with half the world, with the Natural Law, with Biology, with the born and unborn, with God and with life itself. It is a mess of lies, violence, treason, hatred, adultery, tyranny, confusion and blasphemy. There is no good in it at all. The entire thing begs destruction. When the end comes Lucifer will happily open wide the gates of Hell.

        Someday its domestic enemies will cry out for a Caesar, and a Caesar will come.

  • Dirk May 30, 2022, 7:00 PM

    Yup those Ukrainians are killing the shit out of the Russians.

    • littlejerryseinfeld June 1, 2022, 5:23 PM

      Sure thing.

      You forgot the sarcasm font.