Russian Ops in Ukraine: Donbas Cauldron(s) Closing, US-NATO Options Running Out

June 7, 2022 (The New Atlas) - Update on Russian military operations in Ukraine for June 6, 2022: 

Key developments: 
  • Russian forces continue encirclement and elimination of Ukrainian forces in the Severodonetsk-Lysychansk cauldron; 
  • During encirclements in Syria, similar “offensives” were attempted as acts of desperation;
  • Claims of Ukrainian “counter-offensives” are a distraction from the overall, imminent strategic defeat these forces face in the cauldron; 
  • Other “offensives” near Kherson and outside of Kharkov have failed to make any strategic gains and represent political distractions for Ukraine’s strategic defeat;
  • HIMARS, additional artillery systems, drones, and other heavy weapons will not change the tide of the conflict;
  • Russia is winning because of air power, air defenses, logistics, advantages in correlation of forces; 
  • Western media continues to pivot from “Ukrainian victory” to a more sober realization of Ukrainian losses and its bleak outlook for the future.