How is the Russian army performing on the battlefield? Marko Bojcun The Russian state under Putin has made a determined effort for the past twenty years to rebuild its armed forces, to equip them with the latest weapons, educate the ranks and professionalise their commanders. Its forces have gained valuable experience fighting in Chechnya, Syria, … Continue reading War and Resistance Report No. 6
Marko Bojcun Smoke rises above Azovstal Iron and Steel Works in the southern port city of Mariupol Are we now looking at a long war of attrition? American Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin made a surprise visit to Kyiv on 19 April. Blinken announced a marked increase in US weapons … Continue reading War and Resistance Report No. 5
WAR AND RESISTANCE REPORT NO. 4 MARKO BOJCUN Ukraine’s army and territorial defence have repelled the Russian army so far for three essential reasons: first, its regular army, territorial defence brigades and volunteer battalions have a stronger motivation and sense of purpose in defending their homeland than the invading Russian enemy; second, they have employed … Continue reading ARE PUTIN’S EGGS HARD BOILED OR STILL TOO SOFT?
Marko Bojcun Over 300 members of the Trade Union of Metallurgists and Miners of Ukraine, from the Nikopol Ferroalloy Plant in Dnipro organise a battalion of the local the Territorial Defence Force to resist the invasion. “Denazification” Mariupol, Bucha. Irpen. Borodianka, Troatianets, Kramatorsk, the outskirts of Kyiv...By the time this blog is published the list … Continue reading War and Resistance Report No. 3
Report onthe War, No.2 by Marko Bojcun The Ukrainian negotiating position Russia and Ukraine have set out their respective conditions and demands for ending the war and sent their representatives into direct negotiations in Istanbul. On 29 March Volodymyr Zelensky declared that Ukraine was ready to become a neutral state, belonging to no military bloc, … Continue reading ON THE CURRENT STATE OF NEGOTIATIONS
War and Resistance: Weekly Report by Marko Bojcun Four weeks into the invasion of Ukraine the advance of Russia’s ground forces has been halted by a determined resistance. Russia’s air force has been unable to take control of the airspace over Ukraine. Ukraine’s air force is still attacking Russian planes and helicopters and its ground … Continue reading ON THE CURRENT STATE OF THE WAR
By Marko Bojcun There is an icreasing danger that Russia will try to get Ukraine to strike a deal to stop the fighting – to offer peace in exchange for a partition of Ukraine that permanently concedes to Russia what it now holds militarily: Crimea, Donbas and a lot, if not all. of the land … Continue reading UKRAINE: NO TO PARTITION! YES TO REUNIFICATION!
THURSDAY AT 16:00 Gazprom 20 Triton Street London NW1 3BF Protest at Gazprom! For renewable energy, not Russian oil and gas! On 10 March Insulate Britain and other climate activists will be demonstrating outside the London offices of Russian state energy company Gazprom. The Ukraine Solidarity Campaign will be joining them. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine … Continue reading PROTEST AT GAZPROM
Marko Bojcun Bricks and rubble inside a play room, shelled by Russian proxy forces. Reuters Russian strategy has shifted markedly in the last few days. Putin and Lavrov refuse to agree a meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group (Ukraine, Russia, OSCE) to loook at repeated ceasefire violations of increasing intensity from the sider of DNR … Continue reading Russian strategy has shifted
On Putin's Objectives in the current crisis by Marko Bojcun There are more ways than one to skin a cat. Putin’s ultimate objective with respect to Ukraine is to get the Americans and Europeans in NATO to help him to strongarm Zelensky’s government back into talks on implementing the 2015 Minsk Accords. Moscow wants the … Continue reading There are more ways than one to skin a cat