Category Archives: TTG

“Ukraine update: The noose tightens on Lyman” – TTG

For this phase of the offensive, Svatove is the prize. Ukraine is putting pressure on both the north and southern approaches to the town, which is why Russia is throwing everything it can at both Lyman and the Ukrainian bridgehead east of Kupiansk. … Continue reading

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“Ukraine returns 215 POWs, including Azovstal defenders, from Russian captivity” – TTG

Russia released 215 prisoners of war, 205 Ukrainians and 10 foreigners, in a prisoner swap on Sept. 21, according to Andriy Yermak, the head of the President’s Office. The released POWs include 108 members of the National Guard’s Azov regiment, … Continue reading

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The Kharkiv offensive is continuing, it may become the Donbas offensive – TTG

The Russian plan apparently was to hold at the Oskil River and anchor that defensive line at Lyman. Seemed like a reasonable plan… for a while. Ukrainian forces crossed that river at Kupyansk and appear to be heading towards Svatove … Continue reading

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“Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition” – TTG

ON BOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM KAZAKHSTAN — Pope Francis on Sept. 15 backed Ukraine’s right to defend itself from Russia’s violent, seven-month-long invasion, and, for the first time, appeared to lend his support to other countries that are supplying … Continue reading

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“Tribal spies in Syria help U.S. win drone war against Islamic State” – TTG

While Islamic State is a shadow of the group that ruled over a third of Syria and Iraq in a Caliphate declared in 2014, hundreds of fighters are still camped in desolate areas where neither the US-led coalition nor the … Continue reading

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“On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico” – TTG

The militarily logical thing for Russia to do would be to fall back to Svatove, east of the administrative border with Kharkiv Oblast, and build defenses to protect that mass to its east. Yet Russia isn’t bothering to try. Ukraine General … Continue reading

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The new masters of maskirovka – TTG

KHARKIV /1440 UTC 9 SEP/ Ukrainian forces have reached the Oskil River south of the important transport and rail center of Kupiansk.  Russian units  are in increasing disarray with the capture of Russian Lieutenant General Andrei Sychevoi, who was the … Continue reading

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Another offensive on the Kharkiv/Donbas front – TTG

I am not very good at graphics, but I tried to draw up an explainer for the Ukrainian Kupiansk Offensive. Redish = the territory occupied by Russia. Yesterday Ukrainian troops liberated Balakliia (Blue 1) During the night Ukrainian troops moved … Continue reading

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The Kherson Front – TTG

The ongoing news blackout from Kyiv has forced military and intelligence analysts to triangulate reporting from NATO briefings, local social media, and Russian press releases. Each of these sources have their own agendas, and when assessing them it’s often necessary … Continue reading

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The unconventional Kherson offensive – TTG

My hypothesis on what’s Ukraine doing in Kherson region. The Ukrainian military likely put a stake on gradually exhausting and embattling Russia’s grouping on the Dnipro right bank — while also keeping it isolated from supplies and from across the … Continue reading

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