Ukraine War, July 30, 2022: The current military situation; Sanctions are devastating the Russian economy

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1) Lawrence Freedman, “The war in Ukraine is reaching a critical moment; Kyiv’s battle for the Russian-occupied city of Kherson could push the war into a much more dynamic phase, The New Statesman, July 29, 2022;

2) “Ukraine War, July 28, 2022; Yale study says, contrary to most reports, sanctions are having devastating effect on Russian economy; After Biden visit to Saudi Arabia, isolation of MBS collapses,” The Trenchant Observer, July 28, 2022;

3) Louis Ashworth, “Russian economy ‘crippled at every level’ despite Putin’s propaganda; Country in ‘dire straits’ as exodus of Western firms knocks out 40pc of GDP,” The Telegraph, July 28, 2022 (12:12pm);

4) “Yale School of Management, Chief Executive Leadership Institute Research Insights: “Business Retreats and Sanctions Are Crippling the Russian Economy,” July 29, 2022.


Two articles will give you a very good idea of what is going on in Ukraine on the battlefield, and of the impact of Western economic sanctions on the Russian economy.

The article by Lawrence Freedman does a masterful job of describing the current military and strategic situation in Ukraine.

The report by the Chief Executive Leadership Institute of the Yale School of Management provides an authoritative assessment of the devastating impact of Western economic sanctions on the Russian economy.

If your read Freedman’s article and the summary of the Yale study by Louis Ashworth, if not the Yale study itself, you will have a very good idea of the current military and economic situation relating to the Russian war against Ukraine.

The Trenchant Observer


See also,

Only force can stop Putin

“Ukraine War, April 5, 2022 (II): Force must be used to stop Putin,” The Trenchant Observer, April 5, 2922 .

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