For months, the world has been receiving a flood of bad news – or somewhat encouraging at best – from the war in Ukraine. There isn’t much debate about who’s rooting, at least here. From the start, one is grateful for any information about the symbolic or actual victory of the Ukrainians over an imperial power that liquidates its neighbor in a psychotic fit, fading from the inside in real time.




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But in essence, everything is still wrong: Russian soldiers are still in Ukraine. They hurt whoever they want. They destroy everything they go through.

Susanna Valkova: A little joy is allowed

News of their atrocities affects the morale of onlookers as pumelenica from a third price bar. One knows he who is called an adult and pretends to have long understood that creatures tend to have the upper hand. He accepts that evil does not have to lose in the real world. And even if he does not win, the victory of “us” does not have to be a village.

However, in the past few days we have received an unexpected exception to the dummy lesson. The advance of the Ukrainian forces during the counter-offensive in the Kherson and Kharkiv regions, the Ukrainians expelling the occupiers as the forces of King Kazysvet, is amazing. Even people who can’t be very impressed say so. Among them, for example, is the former commander-in-chief of US forces in Europe, Mark Hertling, as well as many well-informed commentators from all over the world.

However, reactions to the good news are showing us on a scale that shows how much courage we have to be optimistic. We are so afraid that we will never be disappointed again.

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In the past few days, there have been quite sane people in the public space who claim in self-defense that there is virtually no counterattack: it is only about concentrating Russian forces on the original military objectives, namely Luhansk and Donetsk.


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According to AFP, the Inspector General of the German Armed Forces, Eberhard Zorn, stated simply that individual territorial gains might not have an overall effect on the overall development on the front, and that Ukrainian forces would need the Russians outnumbered by three in order to make significant progress.

He also did not forget to note that “everything that the German army spent in Ukraine, it will need to return”, apparently so that the Ukrainians would not destroy it unnecessarily.

On a more positive and at the same time bleak note: former chief of the Czech General Staff Jerry Dedevi stated on Czech television that barbaric attacks on Ukrainian civilian infrastructure mean that the Russians do not believe they can control the country, so they will. Simply destroy it.

However, the most common reaction to the successes that occurred near Kherson and Kharkiv, indicated by the author of this gloss, was a cheerful sense of satisfaction that good should not always be just a punching bag.

Is this a risky situation? naturally. Those who open up about hope beg for a practical lesson. On the other hand: How far will the Ukrainians go if they approach the Russian invasion with a “realistic view of the matter”? Probably not from Kyiv to the Oskil River.

The author is a columnist

Susanna Valkova

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