- Oct 29, 2018
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Hard to say at this stage. Russia are arresting any Russian citizen who publicly speaks out against him.I certainly can't pretend to know this situation well, but I've always said that Putin will only be stopped by his own people. Still believe that.
Are Russians seeing the latest bombings on civilians in Ukraine and turning against him?
Stuck an apartment building this morning in Odesa killing more than 15 I believe? Getting more desperate it seems?The other thing from the last few days was that Russia sent a surgical missile strike on a busy shopping centre in Ukraine which destroyed the shopping centre and killed 20-40 people. Ukraine called it state sanctioned terrorism.
Russia is claiming that it didn't happen. They are claiming that they actually struck a weapons storage nearby and the fire travelled to the shopping centre. Photos and reports from journalists on site show differently.
I know a few Russian families trying to get out to Slovenia, but haven't been able to.Hard to say at this stage. Russia are arresting any Russian citizen who publicly speaks out against him.
The report from NATO is that this could go on for years. But Ukraine is running thin with many in NATO. Zelensky told them that Ukraine will need around $4 billion worth of equipment per week to keep the fight going.I know a few Russian families trying to get out to Slovenia, but haven't been able to.
Stories from Russians living in Slovenia who've been very vocal against Putin they have seen their relatives in Russia lose their jobs due to their relatives (in Slovenia) being so open and against Putin.
Was reading a little about Russia's war capabilities and they're not in the best position.They are a bit of a paper tiger , but while the are still getting billions every week they can just keep sending wave after wave ,for a while at least ,their tactics haven't really changed much
not quite... Finland and Sweden need to go through the normal accession process being approved by each members parliaments which will take a year or so and gives Erdogan another opportunity to bleed them (eg. extraditing Kurds that Turkey wants to prosecute)Oh also.... Turkey has now accepted Sweden and Finland's bid to join NATO. Which means that they could join NATO at any stage. Russia responded by again threatening to nuke them.
Putin has said he is disappointed if Finland joins NATO considering the decades of neutrality enjoyed by the USSR/Russia and Finland since the Second World War but it is their decision... but if Finland accepts NATO troops and weaponry onto its soil, it will invite a military-technical response from RussiaHe was threatening Finland not so long ago if they joined.
The only way to beat Putin is aggression. Call his bluff.
Haha. Sorry, I shouldn't laugh but Russia has nothing. Fuck em
The initial stockpile in February 2022 is unknown, but considering expenditures and the requirement to hold substantial stockpiles back in case of war with NATO, it is unlikely that the Russians are worried. In fact, they seem to have enough to expend operational-level cruise missiles on tactical targets. The assumption that there are 4,000 cruise and ballistic missiles in the Russian inventory is not unreasonable. This production will probably increase despite Western sanctions. In April, ODK Saturn, which makes Kalibr missile motors, announced an additional 500 job openings. This suggests that even in this field, the West only has parity with Russia.If competition between autocracies and democracies has really entered a military phase, then the arsenal of democracy must radically improve its approach to the production of materiel in wartime
with all due respect, nothing about the above post is correctWas reading a little about Russia's war capabilities and they're not in the best position.
Something along the lines that their weaponry etc is heavily dependant on parts and machinery from the EU and the rest of the world. NOT China and definitely not themselves.
We'll see what happens but all Russia has done is increase their opposition 10 fold. Strengthened NATO like never before. Made their border to defend exponentially longer with Sweden and Finland joining NATO. Brought more troops to their borders. And, made Ukraine a EU member.
Whatever happens in Ukraine, Russia has lost out from this. In a big way!
the Russians initially launched a multi-pronged invasion which took large areas of land around Kiev, the Donbass, and a lot of the southern coast... now, there is an argument about what they wanted to achieve by this and whether they were successful in it, but ultimately, they did not have the manpower to hold those territories and their columns were getting ambushed, some units (especially around Kiev) were getting clobbered by Ukrainian artillery, they had not properly set up its anti-aircraft defences etc., and so, the Russians stated that they were relatively successful with Phase 1 of their Special Military Operation and so, were moving onto Phase 2 being the liberation of the Donbass which has developed into an artillery battle which is as Russian as borschtThey are a bit of a paper tiger , but while the are still getting billions every week they can just keep sending wave after wave ,for a while at least ,their tactics haven't really changed much
in 2014, Ukraine had no military means of repulsing Russia and would have been conquered quickly... the problem for the Russians was that their economy was considerably weaker and at the mercy of the West whose sanctions of today applied then would have cratered Russia's economy... so, they both pulled their punches and made further preparations --> NATO trained and armed Ukraine's army and the Russians prepared their economy for the coming war (liberalisation policies, floating the ruble, reducing debt and US dollar dependency, greater liquidity for their banks etc.)... and here we arePutin was provoked into invading Ukraine?
I think, at the end of the day, that the West didn't do enough previously to stop Putin and his grab for more land. Had they done something in '14 for example, then I doubt they'd have gone back now for a second go.
Ultimately, I think it was good Putin did what he did as it's brought the EU and NATO closer together and forced all countries to be more self-sufficient rather than just relying on Russia for gas etc.
a number of potentially different things... Sweden and Russia have historical enmities and Sweden was a de facto NATO member anyway and so no big difference... Finland is a nation of 5-6 million, it will take a year or so to become a fully ratified NATO member and years more before any significant NATO presence and military infrastructure is in place on Finnish soil (especially since there will be corresponding build ups in Poland, Germany and Romania) and in the meantime, the economic impact on Finland from this new adversarial stance against neighbouring Russia is going to bite down hard... Russia is the most powerful conventional and nuclear power on the European continent and that won't change with the addition of the mighty Finns to NATO... may be Russia can do nothing about it... maybe Russia is waiting to see what NATO military infrastructure is placed in Finland before responding... with the US withdrawing from the INF Treaty, Finland ceases to exist within 5 minutes should it come to war and Russia knows thatI find Putin's response to Finland and Sweden entering NATO interesting.
He's not bothered ...
What does that tell us?
the Russian PR is funny --> a goodwill gesture to leave Snake Island for the sake of grain shipmentsThis thread has gone quiet so small update...
A few days ago Ukraine declared that they were on the verge of taking Snake Island. Russia responded by saying that there was a small force but Russia annihilated them.
Yesterday Russia stated that as a good will gesture, they withdrew their forces from Snake Island to allow Ukraine to have it. Ukraine responded by saying, "no, we overran them and forced them out. And we recorded it. Here's the video"
long been played out in war games that the Russians would hit London with a nuclear strike before targets on the American continent (eg. New York, Washington DC) to test whether Article 5 of the NATO Charter applies to an American president when mutually assured destruction is assuredGood old Russia. Giving away their war plans before WW3 starts