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Day 5, Phase 3
Putin Shot Dead?
Phase 1 ended on Day 30, March 25, after Russia failed to decapitate Kyiv.
Phase 2 ended on Day 74, May 8, after Russia failed to conquer Donbas.
Phase 3 will end after Ukraine is de-occupied, hopefully by December.
Phase 4 will drag on forever, according to Putin’s Plan X (unspeakable tragedy without end, routinization of war, e.g. Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia)1.
You know how the defense planners, private military contractors and international legionnaires have been bouncing around these ideas of night vision needs: they write snarky posts about the anthropology of tube development, about the structured intimacy of clarifying the image of the enemy in the dark and taking back the night while picking up a few things on Rozeta.ua. range-finders included. Well, of course, it’s galling. It’s irritating that any SOF twerp anywhere can quantify/qualify battlefield needs when it’s so freaking hard just to make up your mind when presented with a display of gadgets offered by Detachment-A deadbeats2. Not that that’s been an issue lately, but still.
Which brings me to advanced helmet set-ups:
It might be best to lay off military stuff for a while and concentrate on independent artists, but that’s difficult this spring in Kyiv.
Amidst the above-mentioned invitation to celebrate Putin’s death, I’ve found myself falling head over heels for a brand, and a crashingly unsexy one at that: ATN’s PS31, a compact, lightweight dual night vision goggle system.
It utilizes two high performance image intensifier tubes to provide extremely clear and crisp images under the darkest conditions. The dual tube design provides increased depth perception and outstanding clarity. It’s perfect for goat farming after the war for those from dark, sparsely populated areas south of the capital infested with dragons3.
The Kharkiv region counterattacks began with delivery of ATN gear and the battle for Ruska Lozova more than two weeks ago.
Kraken documented the assaults, one after the other. The invaders had problems fighting at night, so they kept on retreating, all the way back to Russia.
The nut graph in David’s column for WAPO is apt.
Rebuilding Ukraine could fail again because there is no consensus among Ukraine’s benefactors, who in the past have offered flawed guidance about which changes are necessary and which are not. The battle between social-oriented, socialist economists on the Left and libertarian economists on the Right about economic reforms has been fought in the West for at least a century. In Ukraine, they are still fighting.
Hrihoriy touched on this delicate topic in this chit chat for TV.
I’m afraid ignoramuses and leftist economists offering socialist-style populist solutions to rebuild Ukraine’s economy will prevail.