Brian Berletic, reporting today from southern Thailand for The New Atlas, updates viewers on the situation in Bakhmut.
When the Russians withdrew troops from Kherson, they simply transferred the troops, some of the best in their military, to support Wagner PMC in the battle for Bakhmut. But for months before then, Wagner has been moving very slowly and methodically to prevent Bakhmut from becoming another Mariupol.
The last thing the Russian command wants is another Azovstal factory-type siege. They've had to go building by building in outlying areas to prevent the Ukrainians from digging into another large facility. But now there is a snowball effect from the slow onslaught, which is daily leading to hundreds of dead and wounded Ukranian troops.
Looks like the situation is just going to have to play out because Nato and the US administration and it seems the British don't want to back down.
What about western Europe? Here are two short reports today from India's Firstpost:
But at this moment, Germany and the rest of the most influential EU members are continuing to back the American agenda in Ukraine. As to what will happen when Europe can no longer gulp record levels of Russian LNG, we'll just have to see.
As to whether anything will be left of Ukraine's military by then, well, it seems the Polish government is putting thousands iof its male citizens in Ukrainian military uniform and sending them off to Ukraine to get slaughtered. Once the Polish get tired of playing Russian Roulette, we'll see what happens next.
This is the 'We'll see' war, which finds most Nato members running around like chickens with their heads cut off because they didn't think through what Russia would be prepared to do if Nato kept pushing at its border.