Sounds like Russia is crawling out of Kherson because they cannot continue to defend it or supply their troops:
Don’t look now but the battle for the south, and for Kherson, is heating up. https://t.co/nrumy7IqZp— Benjamin Wittes (@benjaminwittes) August 13, 2022
If the Russians abandon city of Kherson as Ukrainian authorities and local sources on the ground are saying they are now doing and Ukrainians bring HIMARS forward, it would put the entire Kherson oblast (the part on the eastern bank of the river) in GMLRS range https://t.co/ZrSXxUUvRM— Dmitri Alperovitch (@DAlperovitch) August 13, 2022
Most of the military command of the Russian occupiers have already left Kherson, says Yuriy Sobolevskyi, Deputy Chairman of the Kherson Council.— Ukraine Front Lines (@EuromaidanPR) August 14, 2022
All main roads are under fire control of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.Antonov bridge cannot be crossed even on foot.#UkraineFrontLines
Southern Axis Update:#Ukrainian forces again struck the #Antonivsky road bridge near #Kherson City overnight on August 13-14, likely ensuring that all three road bridges into central Kherson Oblast remain unusable.https://t.co/IXZbaCxIu6 pic.twitter.com/JL9LLgc5Sq— MrGeopolitical (@Conquerors1011) August 15, 2022
Russia continues to flood forces into the Kherson area in response to Ukraine’s repeated declarations that it is just this close from launching its long-expected counter-offensive to retake its land. The whole situation continues to have the feel of a trap as Ukraine systematically eliminates ammunition depots and supply routes into the region....Ukraine has also begun hitting the two bridges connecting Crimea with Kherson oblast. Cutting off Melitopol from the south will be critical to retaking that city....Russia isn’t surrendering that territory without a fight, but … its generals may have lost their appetite for being on the wrong side of the Dnipro.
It’s been a while since we’ve discussed Russia’s inability to mass attacks, and it’s because they adopted, so some success, their “flatten everything with artillery then send some troops for ‘reconnaissance by fire’ to see if any defenses are left standing.” You don’t need to “combine” any “arms” to make that work.But as Russia pushes beyond its supply depots (with HIMARS compounding the problem), and its artillery becomes more exposed to Ukraine’s counter-battery fire, things are reverting to what we saw earlier in the war. And just like then, Russia’s inability to mass firepower into fewer lines of attack means they spread their combat power thin, helping defenses hold....Russia is exhausting itself to gain hundreds of meters in eastern Donbas...
Russia aims to steal Zaporizhzhia’s power by severing its connection to Ukraine’s remaining territory, according to Ukrainian leaders, international nuclear-power experts and the plant’s staff. https://t.co/19KBvV0yjd via @WSJ— toomas hendrik ilves (@IlvesToomas) August 15, 2022
This training includes Canadian Forces:
As well as getting better systems to fight, the Ukrainians are in the process of getting far better trained than the Russians. It takes to get this done, but the importance should not be understated, esp in comparison to Rus throwing barely trained forces into combat. https://t.co/DLvOE99BXj— Phillips P. OBrien (@PhillipsPOBrien) August 14, 2022
This morning, @CanadianForces soldiers departed from Edmonton for the United Kingdom. There, Canadians will train new Ukrainian recruits with the skills that they need to fight and win, under Operation UNIFIER.— Anita Anand (@AnitaAnandMP) August 12, 2022
Canada will continue to support Ukraine’s efforts to defend itself. pic.twitter.com/g8jRLRN7xe
And here's some positive Ukraine stories: In April, international musician Winnipegger Keri-Lynn Wilson conceived and assembled the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra and they are now touring Europe and the US.
US Defense Department: On a scale of 0 to 10, the effectiveness of Ukraine's armed forces would be a 12 "just based on how impressive they've been to us in so many different ways. … They have found ways to do things that we might not have thought were possible."— UkraineWorld (@ukraine_world) August 13, 2022
"As the musicians began to warm up at rehearsal, [Canadian Keri-Lynn] Wilson took her place at the podium ... “For Ukraine!” she said, throwing her fist into the air."https://t.co/OwlSOEiXg2— Cathie from Canada 🇨🇦 😷🏳️🌈 (@CathieCanada) August 15, 2022
Here's little Patron, the bomb-sniffing dog from Ukraine:
Award the Nobel to him. https://t.co/7zkn7kf92j— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) August 9, 2022
A few more tweets about Trump:
If someone asks, you haven't seen me. pic.twitter.com/aAsKQiBVEs— Patron (@PatronDsns) July 25, 2022
Some zingers from Captain Obvious:
Was there ever, in all of American history, a man less fit for the presidency than Donald Trump?— Stephen King (@StephenKing) August 12, 2022
If Donald Trump stole intelligence, why doesn’t he have it?— Captain Obvious (@TheFungi669) August 13, 2022
Donald Trump is making Richard Nixon look like a Boy Scout.— Captain Obvious (@TheFungi669) August 14, 2022
If you’re having trouble falling asleep tonight, just imagine Donald Trump getting a perp walk down a ramp holding a glass of water.— Captain Obvious (@TheFungi669) August 15, 2022
The man who never met a vow he didn’t break, a contract he didn’t violate, a law he didn’t ignore, is being defended by a Party he’s never respected, for violating the national security of our country, which he’s never honored.— Ken Olin (@kenolin1) August 14, 2022
again, the only reason garland agrees to that warrant is with a stone cold lock that they’re gonna find what they’re searching for. trump told them he gave them everything, and they knew he didn’t - because somebody got nailed with documents they weren’t supposed to have anymore— kilgore trout, death to putiner (@KT_So_It_Goes) August 13, 2022
Republicans have tethered themselves to the Titanic.— Jo 🌻 (@JoJoFromJerz) August 14, 2022
There are 6 yahoos standing on the corner in 120 degree heat in AZ, so there’s that.— Happy in Cali (@BrayerCali) August 14, 2022
Drove from VA suburbs, around Beltway, out to rural MD county, visited agrobusiness, drove through rural county, back around Beltway. Signs, flags, bumper stickers or other 45 affinity items seen all day: 0.— Restore & Preserve Women's Rights (@dcburns74) August 14, 2022
Moving on to Canada, here's an excellent article from the Tyee - well worth reading:
It’s over Trumpers.— CALL TO ACTIVISM (@CalltoActivism) August 14, 2022
Go home and brush your tooth.
Michael Harris— Yvonne 🌻 (@yvonne4tn) August 12, 2022
“What is clear in all of this is that the CPC is not a National party.
It remains in essence a Western protest party that overachieved for a brief period under Harper.”#cdnpoli