Watch it and weep, Russophiles.
This isn't some grand strategy where Russia is luring the Ukes into a trap.
It's the Russian forces getting their asses handed to them in Kharkiv.
And while Col. Reisner notes this as the third phase of this conflict, there's absolutely no telling how many more it will undergo, nor have we told you anything to the contrary.
Since this affects a few things, not least of them your food and fertilizer supplies going forward, Europe's energy, the world economy, Putin's and Russia's future, and whether you might need SPF 10,000 sunscreen anytime soon, you might want to pay attention. Anyone who thinks this is "just a sideshow" isn't tall enough for the internet yet.
We further note that despite all the pants-wetting in comments yesterday, nobody could argue with anything more authoritative or convincing than the Underpants Gnome Theory Of What's Happening that what we told you isn't exactly what's going down.
Another shutout for Putin's biggest fans. Shocking.
Meanwhile, in the category of weapons autists, this guy
is both fun and interesting to watch, because you're getting better-than-CIA-level military analysis (in this case, of Russian howitzer tube life) from some guy in his den with nothing but a brain and internet access. Before you get your panties in a twist over that, realize this was how Tom Clancy (an insurance agent with zero .mil training, FFS) got started too, and he got dragged into both the CIA and the Reagan White House, with people who were baffled at how he'd figured out the stuff he wrote, which was hitting uncomfortably close to the mark, and all he used was open UNCLAS sources.
If you think your leadership, civilian or military, is wall-to-wall geniuses, I have a bridge to sell you.
Common sense, isn't.