All of that moves over the road so it can't be targeted. Civil rail transport is compromised however.The power outages will threaten Ukrainian military logistical supplies. Providing Russia offensive opportunities in new fronts.
To be clear I also feel the Russian federation needs to be de-Nazified. We need to destroy the threat at the roots.NATO could declare support and cooperation for Putin's stated campaign against Nazis, roll into UKR and wipe out every single Wagner force wherever they are found, then roll right back out declaring the de-Nazification campaign complete.
Yeah it seems to be a battle of the bulge strategy as a prayer after hoping the electrical infrastructure is down and the ukrainians can't be resupplied.The power outages will threaten Ukrainian military logistical supplies. Providing Russia offensive opportunities in new fronts.
Thread by @shashj on Thread Reader App – Thread Reader AppExcellent two-part conversation (subscriber-only) between Michael Kofman, Justin Bronk & Jack Watling on the Russia Contingency podcast. A lot of the discussion is essentially myth-busting about the war. A few highlights below.
This might be NSFW
But if you are pro-America this is an awesome video of what this war is actually doing to the Russians with drone warfare.
You have been warned! (not for weak hearted) !!!
Those mini bombs the drone is unleashing are like M26's!
One of the best ways to argue that you aren't terrorists, after an international body calls you terrorists, is to go ahead and do some terrorism.Ummm, did we miss something here?
Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Hackers hit the European Parliament website with a "sophisticated" cyberattack on Wednesday, shortly after the body declared Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism.
The cyberattack disrupted the website's service moments after the members took their vote. The Parliament cannot officially designate Russia as a terrorism sponsor, but with its vote urged the European Union to do so.
"The [European Parliament] is under a sophisticated cyberattack," President Roberta Metsola said in a statement on Twitter. "A pro-Kremlin group has claimed responsibility. Our IT experts are pushing back against it and protecting our systems. This, after we proclaimed Russia as a state-sponsor of terrorism.""
Hackers hit the European Parliament website with a "sophisticated" cyberattack on Wednesday, shortly after the body declared Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism.www.upi.com
Your first paragraph is essentially countered by the rest of your post, where many points only repeat what doesn't sell to you.I'm not sold on the idea that after the way Russia has gone about this war with the war crimes and deliberately targeting civilians that many Ukrainians, even those that formerly leaned toward Russia, would say that they would willingly accept becoming a Russian puppet state. I'm also not sold on the idea that any country that has actively persued democracy ( Ukraine shortly after the fall of the USSR ) should be sacrificed to appease Russia's insecurity.
Brzezinski was heinous, but Russia was already leaning away from the west and well into rebuilding itself on the mafia / kgb model imo, as the black market, corruption, and the internal intelligence apparatus were some of the strongest systems standing after the fall of the USSR. I also disagree that Russia had no intention of taking the entirety of Ukraine. There was an attempt after all to take the capital, but that was badly executed thankfully, that stupid 70km convoy was a shitshow of logistics, and the multiple assasination attempts on Zelensky that have failed indicate that Russia was not going to stop at Donbas.
The U.S. may have been playing games at some level, but Ukraine chose it's own road, and Russia chose to try to thwart them decades after giving up any reasonable claim over Ukraine. If Russia wants to beat its future to death out of irrational fear and nationalistic bluster, that is their own decision. The rationale of "poor Russia being bullied into a war" seems a little flimsy when their missiles are hitting civilian areas and infrastructure as winter begins and their media and military are threatening to use fucking nukes every second day. These are not the actions of a nation that has lofty intentions of helping the "oppressed" people of Ukraine.
And Trump thought Putin was a "genius" for doing this. Fuck Putin. Fuck Trump. Fuck the whole schwack of Putin fluffing wanna be authoritarian scumbag traitors to humanity. War is horrors piled upon horrors, but there is an old saying that goes something like "It's better to live one minute as a tiger than a lifetime as a worm." Perhaps it should be added that resistance to relegating your children and those you love to a life of being worms is also more reason to be the tiger if necessary.
Both Russia and Ukraine were struggling economically:These arguments feel exactly like blaming a rape victim for what she was wearing.
FromThis interview is laugh out loud absurd:
"Before he violated Ukrainian sovereignty, he respected Ukrainian sovereignty, because he said he did?
I’m just telling you what he said in the July 12, 2021, article that he wrote, the famous article.
I just meant that if he’s saying that he respects Ukrainian sovereignty and then he invades Ukraine, it makes me wonder if we should believe him when he says he respects its sovereignty. I don’t know."
...I think all the trouble in this case really started in April, 2008, at the NATO Summit in Bucharest, where afterward NATO issued a statement that said Ukraine and Georgia would become part of NATO. The Russians made it unequivocally clear at the time that they viewed this as an existential threat, and they drew a line in the sand. Nevertheless, what has happened with the passage of time is that we have moved forward to include Ukraine in the West to make Ukraine a Western bulwark on Russia’s border. Of course, this includes more than just NATO expansion. NATO expansion is the heart of the strategy, but it includes E.U. expansion as well, and it includes turning Ukraine into a pro-American liberal democracy, and, from a Russian perspective, this is an existential threat.
The gist is that the U.S. is projecting, assuming that countries like Russia and China are also engaged in empire-building. This is a convenient narrative because it justifies incredible levels of U.S. military spending and aggression, e.g., over 700 military bases and installations worldwide, and engaging in decades of intervention, destabilization, etc., across multiple countries. It also justifies NATO enlargement, as the organization was set up to counter a Soviet Union that no longer exists.If Ukraine becomes a pro-American liberal democracy, and a member of NATO, and a member of the E.U., the Russians will consider that categorically unacceptable. If there were no NATO expansion and no E.U. expansion, and Ukraine just became a liberal democracy and was friendly with the United States and the West more generally, it could probably get away with that. You want to understand that there is a three-prong strategy at play here: E.U. expansion, NATO expansion, and turning Ukraine into a pro-American liberal democracy.
So Ukraine has no right to self determination and no right to defend itself because the west is bad? Ukraine is asking the west for help, not Russia. Do you suppose there is a legitimate reason for that?One of the Presidents that first called for NATO expansion, recently speaking about the invasion:
Apparently, he has not lost his sense of humor:
They can defend themselves all they want, as long as they pay for it. Why should our tax dollars be sent to them? With the amount of money we have sent them, we could have ended homelessness in every part of this country.So Ukraine has no right to self determination and no right to defend itself because the west is bad? Ukraine is asking the west for help, not Russia. Do you suppose there is a legitimate reason for that?
Edit : Look at the first post on this page which sums up Russian negotiating tactics in all their glory.
From https://wartranslated.com/day-274-november-24th-summary-of-arestovych-and-feygin-daily-broadcast/CIA is reportedly recruiting Russian military & state officials that are reaching the Intelligence services in masse and offering their services.
The military failure (for which the Army will be a scapegoat) and increasing economic disaster in Russia will incentivize many military officers & state officials to sell state secrets (to CIA, SBU, etc ) in exchange for money or safety guarantees. This situation is not very different from the systematic cooperation of ex-soviet citizens with the Western intelligence services after the fall of the USSR and disarray in Russia.
Real neighbourly attitude there. A country, after being under Soviet rule could not have possibly saw a chance at democracy as a more compelling future than remaining the puppet of a crumbling authoritarian police state with shitty cars? The people of Ukraine, actual individual people voting, chose their direction overwhelmingly despite the risk, and you disparage them for choosing to defy what has been blatantly and repeatedly shown in the last eight years to be a cruel and brutal oligarchy led by a cruel and brutal man that has jailed, poisoned or killed his opposition to secure and consolidate his power? I suppose you should just roll over in the same circumstances, maybe become a collaborator and get some brownie points. Real bright future in that.They can defend themselves all they want, as long as they pay for it. Why should our tax dollars be sent to them? With the amount of money we have sent them, we could have ended homelessness in every part of this country.
Besides, they got themselves into this mess by deciding to be puppets for the west. Let them deal with it.