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[RD] Russia Invades Ukraine: War News Thread: Round 6

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Biden plans to visit Poland for the anniversary of the start of the war.​

The president will be in the region for three days, but the White House did not say if he would make a trip into Ukraine.

WASHINGTON — President Biden will visit Poland later this month for the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and demonstrate the durability of the U.S. commitment to stand up to Vladimir V. Putin’s aggression.
Mr. Biden will make a three-day visit starting on Feb. 20, White House officials said on Friday, and is set to meet with President Andrzej Duda of Poland and leaders of other NATO allies. “President Biden will deliver remarks ahead of the one-year anniversary of Russia’s brutal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, addressing how the United States has rallied the world to support the people of Ukraine as they defend their freedom and democracy, and how we will continue to stand with the people of Ukraine for as long as it takes,” said Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary.

White House officials declined to say whether Mr. Biden planned to make a visit to Ukraine while he was in the area as a way of underscoring American support for President Volodymyr Zelensky.
 
News, knews and more neus. Thanks all.
 
what's this board's big beef with Putin?
His ego made him invade Ukraine and keeps him focused on destroying it because his invasion is not working like he wanted.
 
Furthermore Putin has run/masterminded a corrupt Russian state for 20 years in order to make him and his friends very rich at the expense of the general population.
 
what's this board's big beef with Putin?
He is against us.

What is us? Free people. Societies based on law and consent. Open markets. A world that, while imperfect, sees human dignity as important and at least has some corrective mechanisms in place when things don’t work the way we would want them to.
 
Ivan Boom Boom again
Ruski blowing up the dam, is going to screw over the entire region.

Russia is draining a massive Ukrainian reservoir, endangering a nuclear plant​

Russia appears to be draining an enormous reservoir in Ukraine, imperiling drinking water, agricultural production and safety at Europe's largest nuclear plant, according to satellite data obtained by NPR
The Kakhovka Reservoir is a massive, man-made lake
The reservoir was also a critical source of water for the Crimean Peninsula
Then on Nov. 11, 2022, as Ukrainian forces advanced, Russian troops blew up a road over the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Dam, which controls the water level on the reservoir.

 
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A Danish newspaper has an article today about another Russian mercenary army operating in Ukraine, not to be confused with Wagner. This other group is named 'Patriot' and is it is heavily suspected from the sources referenced in the article, that it is none other than Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu who owns and controls Patriot. If true, this suggests that Shoigu is channeling Russian defense budget funds paid by the tax payers, directly into his own bank account via his own personal mercenary outfit.

In other words, as long as the war doesn't end but just keeps chugging along, Shoigu - as well as Prigozihn - gets filthy rich via a steady income from the Russian taxpayers. If the war ends - with either a Russian or Ukrainian victory - he then gets nothing from his little side business.

Give it some thought, then the obvious conflict of interests will also dawn on you.

what's this board's big beef with Putin?

You're asking the wrong question.

You should be asking; why doesn't the Russian population have a big beef with Putin (and act on it), considering he is destroying the future prospects of most if not all Russians and the Russian Federation itself in front of their eyes?
 

Russia and Ukraine Have Incentives to Negotiate. The U.S. Has Other Plans.​

...The problem is that Ukraine is losing the war. Not, as far as we can tell, because its soldiers are fighting poorly or its people have lost heart, but because the war has settled into a World War I-style battle of attrition, complete with carefully dug trenches and relatively stable fronts.

Such wars tend to be won — as indeed World War I was — by the side with the demographic and industrial resources to hold out longest. Russia has more than three times Ukraine’s population, an intact economy and superior military technology. At the same time, Russia has its own problems; until recently, a shortage of soldiers and the vulnerability of its arms depots to missile strikes slowed its westward progress. Both sides have incentives to come to the negotiating table.

The Biden administration has other plans.
Many Americans cannot resist describing Mr. Putin as a “barbarian” and his invasion of Ukraine as a “war of aggression.” For their part Russians say this is a war in which Russia is fighting for its survival and against the United States in an unfair global order in which the United States enjoys unearned privileges.

We should not forget that, whatever values each side may bring to it, this war is not at heart a clash of values. It is a classic interstate war over territory and power, occurring at a border between empires. In this confrontation Mr. Putin and his Russia have fewer good options for backing down than American policymakers seem to realize, and more incentives to follow the United States all the way up the ladder of escalation.
 
Ah yes, the usual "it's the USA who wants war and are forcing Ukraine to fight", while Ukraine is invaded and defending itself and are the most adamant about not stopping until being entirely liberated, the USA warned repeatedly that Russia would attack giving ample latitude to Russia to NOT blunder (but somehow Russia doing it is the fault of the USA, go figure), and the Russians are still the invaders who just have to go home to end the whole war.

I'd say the removal of the RD tag quickly ensured that the most idiotic and already constantly disproven BS would get posted, but actually even when it was nominally a RD thread, the same garbage was already copy-pasted constantly, so...
 
Well Russia could leave in return for sanctions relief.
 
It is a classic interstate war over territory and power, occurring at a border between empires.

A war Russia started.. 'Fighting the nazis', 'saving Russian speakers', etc was really just bs reasons and it really was just a 'special military land grab'.
 
'...The problem is that Ukraine is losing the war. Not, as far as we can tell, because its soldiers are fighting poorly or its people have lost heart, but because the war has settled into a World War I-style battle of attrition, complete with carefully dug trenches and relatively stable fronts.

Such wars tend to be won — as indeed World War I was — by the side with the demographic and industrial resources to hold out longest. Russia has more than three times Ukraine’s population, an intact economy and superior military technology. At the same time, Russia has its own problems; until recently, a shortage of soldiers and the vulnerability of its arms depots to missile strikes slowed its westward progress. Both sides have incentives to come to the negotiating table.'

That is not entirely true, in trench warfare the defender has a distinct advantage over the side that needs to force a breakthrough, the WWI front, once stabilised, could in theory have been held forever with limited losses, casualties were racked up precisely by the attempts to break the stalemate.

Political factors decided the affair long before the military did.
 
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in trench warfare the defender has a distinct advantage over the side that needs to force a breakthrough, the WWI front, once stabilised, could in theory have been held forever with limited losses
You don't say.
 
It is a classic interstate war over territory and power, occurring at a border between empires.​
USA GDP --------------- $23.3 trillion
NATO excl. USA ------ $23.6 trillion

Russia GDP ----------- $1.8 trillion

USA defense ----------- $700 billion
NATO defense --------- $300 billion

Russia defense -------- $84 billion

USA population -------- 332 million
NATO population ------ 617 million

Russia population ----- 143 million

USA active military ---- 1,400,000
NATO active military -- 1,900,000

Russia active military -- 830,000

Such wars tend to be won ... by the side with the demographic and industrial resources to hold out longest.​
 
The NYT has a limited grasp of military history, that is well-known :)

NEO CON guest opinion writer
I wouldnt take it too seriously given, vast majority of it is just drivel that you expect from the Right Wing base.
Generally NYT trying to play balance news reporting, and to generate views
 
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