[RD] Russia Invades Ukraine: The 7th Thread Itch; scratch it here!

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Isn't Kaliningrad really part of Poland or Lithuania? Maybe it is time liberate it just like Russia liberated Crimea. ;)
 
Imagine if NATO attacked Russia. Iraq 2.0
Looks like yet another example of "we had to attack Ukraine because NATO is soooo threatening to us, but actually we'll just remove all our military stuff from our NATO's borders to fight in Ukraine, so it shows we know NATO is not threatening us at all and it's just a gross pretext".
 
Imagine if NATO attacked Russia. Iraq 2.0

Maybe for the first few days there would be Iraq 2.0.

Isn't Kaliningrad really part of Poland or Lithuania? Maybe it is time liberate it just like Russia liberated Crimea. ;)

Certainly it could be done.
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Isn't Kaliningrad really part of Poland or Lithuania? Maybe it is time liberate it just like Russia liberated Crimea. ;)
The thing is, Kaliningrad's inhabitants would definitely not mind becoming part of Europe. Sadly secession referendums are illegal in Russia, unless they are conducted on territories of neighboring states for secession in favor of Russia.
 
Russia captured industrial district of Avdeevka (South-Eastern part of the city), couple of days ago.
Today, there are also reports that Khromovo village north of Bakhmut captured too.


Also, first destroyed/disabled Leopard 1A5. Old model, nothing special, just added to the zoo.

 
The zoo that FAS built?
 

Another Russian general demilitarized. This one was apparently one of the most capable commanders in the Russian army (dont know if that is to say that much anyway)
 
Vladimir Putin has urged Russian women to have eight or more children and make large families “the norm” amid soaring numbers of casualties in his war against Ukraine. Russia’s birth rate has been steadily falling since the 90’s and the country has suffered more than 300,000 casualties since the start of the Ukraine conflict, according to data maintained by Kyiv.

In a speech via video link at the World Russian People’s Council in Moscow on Tuesday, Mr Putin said boosting the Russian population will be “our goal for the coming decades”....

Earlier this month, the UK’s Ministry of Defence said the number of dead Russian soldiers in Ukraine had likely crossed 300,000. The UK ministry also said thousands of bodies had been deserted on the battlefield.

The invasion has also led to an estimated 820,000-920,000 people fleeing Russia, according to independent policy group Re:Russia. Other harmful impacts faced by Russia due to the invasion include a severe workforce shortage and an increasing economic slowdown brought about by sanctions imposed by the West.

Russia has been witnessing a decline in its birthrate since before the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Experts attribute this decline to the deteriorating economy and stringent abortion regulations that act as deterrents for potential parents.


https://www.independent.co.uk/news/...omen-eight-children-ukraine-war-b2455957.html

Food for thought for anyone still in denial about the path of self-destruction, that Putin has chosen for the Russian Federation.
 
Kinda gives the impression that it is difficult to be both Pro-Russia and Pro-Russians.

What were Russians ever going to get out of this war?
The sense of security that comes from living in a super-power. Even Russians in exile in Germany over their disagreements with Putin's government also poll as being robustly in favour of Russia winning this war – since the prospects of Russia not winning terrify them.

Given that there is an uptick in the "Ukraine-can't-win" and "Make-a-deal-with-Putin" material recently (Charles Kupchan et al.), the tankies as well as Russian propaganda is already declaring Russian victory over NATO, the US etc.
 
Kinda gives the impression that it is difficult to be both Pro-Russia and Pro-Russians.

What were Russians ever going to get out of this war?

The russians? Nothing, the same misery all their fathers and forefathers always lived with.
The muscovian roi-soleil? Maybe some new mansions.
The muscovian imperial leadership? Herbal tea instead of polunium tea, safer windows for their houses...
 
The russians? Nothing, the same misery all their fathers and forefathers always lived with.
The muscovian roi-soleil? Maybe some new mansions.
The muscovian imperial leadership? Herbal tea instead of polunium tea, safer windows for their houses...
True, yet this is largely the case in "the west" too. The bulk of the population is either in wage-slavery or into marginal business. Lack of self-awareness leads to cheering for the country there too ala my country right or wrong.
Birth rate declining is also caused by relative affluence (not saying this is the case in Russia), as in the scandinavian countries or elsewhere in the pre-2004 Eu. Which is hardly surprising, as people focus more on their own life being manageable; popular buying into fatherland slogans is typically for less developed places.
 
Vladimir Putin has urged Russian women to have eight or more children
And here's what he really said:

The head of state noted that it is impossible to overcome the most difficult demographic problems only with the help of money - social payments, benefits.

“A person’s life guidelines are much more important. At the heart of a family, in the birth of a child, are love, trust, and strong moral support. In no case and should we never forget about this,” the head of state said, speaking at a meeting of the World Russian People’s Council.

He noted that many peoples of Russia maintain the tradition of a strong large family, where four or five or more children are raised. But even in Russian families just a generation ago this was the norm. “Our grandmothers and great-grandmothers had seven and eight children,” Putin recalled and proposed reviving these traditions.

“Having many children and a large family should become the norm, a way of life for all the peoples of Russia. And the family is not just the basis of the state and society, it is a spiritual phenomenon, the basis of morality,” Putin emphasized.

 
And here's what he really said:
“Our grandmothers and great-grandmothers had seven and eight children,” Putin recalled and proposed reviving these traditions.
So . . . the same thing that was reported? By the exact quote you've given us?
 
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