Lately I have been following the assessments of the Russia-Ukraine War at Understanding War, the blog of the Institute for the Study of War (ISW). Here’s a snippet from their assessment for May 19:
- Russian forces are intensifying operations to advance north and west of Popasna in preparation for an offensive toward Severodonetsk.
- Russian and proxy authorities in Mariupol are struggling to establish coherent administrative control of the city.
- Russian forces reportedly attempted to regain control of the settlements they lost during the Ukrainian counteroffensive north of Kharkiv City.
- Russian forces are bolstering their naval presence around Snake Island to fortify their grouping on the island.
Some of the things I like best about it are that it is heavily annotated, they cite their sources, and they use both Ukrainian and Russian sources.
I don’t take everything they say as holy writ but it’s a lot better than the heavily propaganda-laden reports I’m seeing in so many places these days.