Ukraine War, February 9, 2023: Zelensky travels to London, Paris, and Brussels; Russian offensive may produce “shock gains”; Why fighter aircraft are needed

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To understand the broad context within which current developments in Ukraine should be considered,see

“Ukraine War, October 26, 2022: The context for analysis of current developments; The “dirty bomb” as a Russian propaganda distraction from current war crimes,” The Trenchant Observer, October 26, 2022.


1) Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, “Sending fighter jets to Ukraine is a no-brainer. Everybody wins but Putin; Not only will Zelensky get the long-term support he needs, but it will shake Britain out of its woeful complacency on military stocks,” The Telegraph, February 9, 2023 (3:49pm);

Col Hamish de Bretton-Gordon OBE is a former commander of the 1st Royal Tank Regiment.

2) Richard Kemp, “Vladimir Putin is about to make shock gains; Russia has stopped the bleeding and learned from its mistakes. We must be prepared for a nasty blow,” The Telegraph, February 7, 2023 (7:00pm);

Colonel Richard Kemp is a former infantry commander

3) Bojan Pancevski, “Tanks Aren’t Arriving in Ukraine Despite Promises From European Allies; A reluctant Berlin is Kyiv’s biggest tank provider,” Wall Street Journal, February 9, 2023 (updated at 11:40 am ET);


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