We are now at day 103 of the 3-day-war (sarcasm), and I would like to update you on the latest developments of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Below is the map summarizing the situation.
- Yellow – liberated territories
- Red – occupied territories after Feb 24
- Light red – occupied territories since 2014
(Image by: Nathan Ruser via Twitter)
Ukraine is the biggest country in Europe, so it might not look a lot on our scale. But it’s 125k square kilometers of land still under Russian occupation – which is of the size of Greece, or 50% of the UK, or Denmark+Netherlands+Switzerland combined together. With millions still living there and hundreds of thousands forcefully moved to the far east of Russia.
Similar to what we have seen in Bucha is happening there as well. And this is the main reason why Ukrainians will never accept giving up territories to Russia. Whenever any foreign politician proposes some concessions for the Ukrainian land, I wish they would continue the sentence with «…and people living on those territories». Because when you hear the whole meaning, you visualize this concession a bit differently, don’t you?
And so we continue fighting. It’s a straightforward choice for us.
Map-wise, there are not many significant changes compared with the last month. One side captured a village here or there, and it might look like a stalemate. But it’s not. It’s a blood bath with 100-150 dead from each side a day (and around x4 wounded). Russia has a significant advantage in artillery – before assaulting a single village with tanks and infantry, they would shoot around 2000 rounds of artillery. Russia also uses thermobaric MLRS heavily (check this video), which kills everything alive in the area by burning the oxygen and rupturing the lungs. Ukraine has the advantage in quality and quantity of manpower, motivation, and knowledge of the terrain. And we are getting more and more arms from our partners, which is starting to level the situation, but it’s still far from gaining a critical advantage. You might hear on the news that Ukraine gets this or that from partners, but regarding heavy weapons, in the best case, it comes in dozens, which is still too few for a 480km (300 miles) active front-line.
As for us
As for us, in Lviv – we are safe. Lviv is living a vibrant life as always. All businesses are working; people are living their everyday life. The number of cruise missile bombings and air-raid alarms decreased significantly for most of western and central Ukraine. If not for hidden historical sights, you wouldn’t say something is happening.
(Image by: Roman Baluk via city-adm.lviv.ua)
At Euristiq, we continue working, donating all our profits to the resistance and doing what we do best – custom software solutions. I am traveling to Toronto from June 15 to 25 to attend the Collision conference, visit our clients, and network there.
If you know anyone in Toronto that I should meet, please introduce us. Your intros and recommendations are needed now more than ever.
In the end, I’d like to share with you a couple of links that I believe might be interesting for you.
- A brief history of the relationship between Ukraine and Russia through the centuries
- An insightful article on how the war in Ukraine and our usage of hi-tech changes the perception of modern warfare and pushes policymakers to revise expensive defense budgets
- Fun video and an excellent proof of why everything will be alright here