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Zelenskyy promises no 'lull' in taking back Ukrainian towns

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After failing to take Kherson in a botched offensive, Zelensky's forces are in a precarious situation.

They've proven incapable of breaking through defensive lines and are not openly exposed to artillery.

The Russians are comfortably dug in, in friendly territory and their best friend, winter, is coming.

The Russians will use the cold and non-stop artillery to wear down their opposition.

Hitler and Napolean suffered the same fate.

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I’m glad my tax dollars are going to help the Ukraine!!!

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Bronco

After failing to take Kherson in a botched offensive, Zelensky's forces are in a precarious situation.

What's botched about it? they have the Russian troops trapped, so there is no rush. They need to keep fighting to ensure the Russians use up supplies, that they will have a hard time replenishing.

The Russians are comfortably dug in, in friendly territory and their best friend, winter, is coming.

The Russians will use the cold and non-stop artillery to wear down their opposition.

Yeah, right. So the Russians with limited supplies trapped on an effective island are going to wear down the Ukrainians?

With winter coming, I'd much rather be in the Ukrainian position in that area.

Hitler and Napolean suffered the same fate.

As the invading army, it is the Russians that will suffer the same fate.

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Battles are won and lost, the war rages on.

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Zelensky announced a second upcoming offensive.

Mariupol, Melitopol, Cherson and also towns on the Crimea will be free from the Russian mass murdering invaders.

Yesterday I also saw a report that Putin is afraid Ukraine will attack towns and cities inside Russia.

Russia, your end is near...you harvest what you sow.

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The Russians are comfortably dug in, in friendly territory and their best friend, winter, is coming.

Friendly territory? The areas already taken back by Ukraine, some of them were supposed to be friendly too… we’re already finding out the truth about that though.

The Russians will use the cold and non-stop artillery to wear down their opposition.

They’ve got so much “non-stop artillery” that they’ve kindly given a lot to be used against them. Wonderful goodwill gesture.

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Haaa Nemui

They’ve got so much “non-stop artillery” that they’ve kindly given a lot to be used against them. Wonderful goodwill gesture.

Yeah, and they are now using S-300 ground-to-air missiles for ground to ground operations. "non-stop artillery", yeah, right!

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Yesterday I also saw a report that Putin is afraid Ukraine will attack towns and cities inside Russia.

this is exactly what Putin wants - for Ukraine to attack Russian cities. This would enable him to say ‘I told you so’ & justify his invasion of Ukraine.

Ukraine, however, is smarter than that.

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The separatist forces that control much of Donetsk said Ukrainian shelling of a prisoner-of-war colony in Olenivka killed one prisoner and injured four.

I wish the very best for Ukraine. If ever there was an avoidable war this one tops the list. The big question is what to do about the Ukrainian separatists. Somehow accommodation and compromise will need to be achieved to get a lasting peace.

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Somehow accommodation and compromise will need to be achieved to get a lasting peace.

the compromise is they can live peacefully in Ukraine (as they did before 2014) or they can leave.

there’s plenty of accommodation in Russia for them.

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You are even more optimistic than the Kremlin. After they realized that nobody was buying this story, they've shifted to trying to offload the blame for this disaster onto anyone and everyone not named Putin.

I think it's more likely that Putin's forces are in a precarious position, after failing to take 80% of Ukraine. They are certainly not going to be "comfortable" or anywhere close to it. Probably running out of supplies to loot, so winter will be rough.

After failing to take Kherson in a botched offensive, Zelensky's forces are in a precarious situation.

They've proven incapable of breaking through defensive lines and are not openly exposed to artillery.

The Russians are comfortably dug in, in friendly territory and their best friend, winter, is coming.

The Russians will use the cold and non-stop artillery to wear down their opposition.

Hitler and Napolean suffered the same fate.

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tooheysnew

Yesterday I also saw a report that Putin is afraid Ukraine will attack towns and cities inside Russia.

this is exactly what Putin wants - for Ukraine to attack Russian cities. This would enable him to say ‘I told you so’ & justify his invasion of Ukraine.

They are actually attacking military targets in those border cities, but they are just not claiming that they did it.

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Sorry to burst the Ukraine bubble, but the high profile gains in territory, though impressive, have not won back a single cm2 of area that Russia intends to keep. During the past two weeks and Ukraine's success, they have actually lost more ground in the Dombas. Now, if they start taking and keeping territory there we will have a different conversation.

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Not so friendly, the Ukrainian resistance keeps blowing them up. Isolated with their supply lines cut, under continuous attack, unable to replace lost men and material, already unable to supply food or water, yep they are going to be very comfortable. As to non stop artillery, a bit difficult when you have fired your last shell and along with the food and water there is no more coming.

Comfortably dug in, they have dug their own graves unless they desert or surrender.

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Hundreds of bodies are in mass graves. More than 10 Russian torture chambers were discovered.

Discovery by Ukrainian authorities of about 450 graves outside the formerly Russian-occupied city of Izyum.

"Prosecutors in the Kharkiv region said, in an online statement, that they had found a basement where Russian forces allegedly tortured prisoners in the village of Kozacha Lopan, near the border with Russia, Associated Press reports."

Russian chambers containing 'tools for electric torture' were found in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine.

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Sorry to burst the Ukraine bubble, but the high profile gains in territory, though impressive, have not won back a single cm2 of area that Russia intends to keep.

Factually dubious at best. Russia has already stated that “there is no Ukrainian state.” They’ve also said that their goals are well beyond the Donbas region.

Every cm the Russians are sitting on is a cm they intend to keep.

Fortunately, that’s fewer cm than it used to be.

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Wallace,how can Putin eat an Ukrainain elephant,one bite at a time, Russia pulverizing 100 of thousands of tons of Asbestos,that is being released into the atmosphere,that make most of Ukraine,an hazmat area,with no sight in end to the environment destruction Google Ukraine Asbestos War

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Yrral

Wallace, how can Putin eat a Ukrainian elephant, one bite at a time, Russia pulverizing 100 of thousands of tons of Asbestos, that is being released into the atmosphere, which makes most of Ukraine, a hazmat area, with no sight of an end to the environmental destruction Google Ukraine Asbestos War

Ukraine has elephants, I did not know that.

I know everything about asbestos. I was trained and worked in a lab. I supervised the removal of deadly blue asbestos.

The Russians are the ones bombing civilian buildings including apartments, theaters, schools, and hospitals.

The abestos was Russian abestos. Mostly white asbestos.

Takes more than 20 years to kill you. Slow, very slow and painful.

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Now, if they start taking and keeping territory there we will have a different conversation.

& I’m sure we won’t hear from you then

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Mr Kipling

Sorry to burst the Ukraine bubble, but the high profile gains in territory, though impressive, have not won back a single cm2 of area that Russia intends to keep.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but Putin will keep all that he can. Another of his aims was to take Odesa to block off the Black Sea from Ukraine. Putin was also organizing a referendum (another fake one) in Kherson on joining Russia.

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Nemo

Sorry to burst the Ukraine bubble, but the high profile gains in territory, though impressive, have not won back a single cm2 of area that Russia intends to keep.

Factually dubious at best. Russia has already stated that “there is no Ukrainian state.” They’ve also said that their goals are well beyond the Donbas region.

In fact, if at the start of the war, Putin concentrated all of his forces in the Donbas; conquered it and dug in, I think he would have been relatively successful.

He now has a fraction of the forces and equipment trying to defend a bigger chunk of Ukraine.

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Now Now Zelenskyy don't count yer chickens before they're hatched !

Lets see if you can keep your promises

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Now, if they start taking and keeping territory there we will have a different conversation.

Gonna hold you to this, Mr. K!

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The Russians will use the cold and non-stop artillery to wear down their opposition.

Hitler and Napolean suffered the same fate.

The Putin apologists have been reduced to bragging that cold weather will benefit the broken Russian army as it retreats to Moscow.

Pathetic.

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Sorry to burst the Ukraine bubble, but the high profile gains in territory, though impressive, have not won back a single cm2 of area that Russia intends to keep.

Putin: “If we pretend we didn’t want any of their territory at all, we can use this excuse no matter how badly we do.” (Taps side of head with finger).

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The Russians will use their non-stop artillery to wear down their opposition

Oh they’ll stop sooner or later - when they run out of schools, hospitals, railway stations & apartment buildings to target

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and their best friend, winter, is coming.

Well they better enjoy it while it lasts, because it's meant to be pretty hot where they're going.

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How do you “take back” pro-Russian villages without genocide?

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How do you “take back” pro-Russian villages without genocide?

Just tell the Russian troops defending it that there are unattended washing machines in the next village over. Wait an hour, then take the village unopposed. Then go over to the next village and repeat.

Quite simple really.

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