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Nearly 100 killed in Armenia-Azerbaijan border clashes

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Moscow -- which deployed thousands of peacekeepers in the region after the 2020 war -- is distracted by its six-month-old invasion of Ukraine.

Once again Putin's li'l hands are involved in military action outside Russia's borders, waiting for his bots to claim 'western media bias', Vlad's 'fighting Nazis', and 'what about Vietnam, Yugoslavia,' and of course the 'west started the problems by provoking Putin'.

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I just need to know which country flag I’m supposed to put in my Twitter bio to be a good and virtuous guy.

Which country is playing the Ukraine role in this story?

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Once again Putin's li'l hands are involved in military action outside Russia's borders, waiting for his bots to claim 'western media bias', Vlad's 'fighting Nazis', and 'what about Vietnam, Yugoslavia,' and of course the 'west started the problems by provoking Putin'.

“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain” is what comes to mind in reading todays daily prop.

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Putin needs a victory somewhere (aka distraction) from the spanking and humiliation in Ukraine.

I forget again which of the two countries are "the Nazis" that Putin is saving us all from.

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Putin needs a victory somewhere (aka distraction) from the spanking and humiliation in Ukraine.

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I forget again which of the two countries are "the Nazis" that Putin is saving us all from.

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Proxy war between Russia and Turkey.

Came a bit too soon after both countries took part in Vostok 2022 military exercises.

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I just need to know which country flag I’m supposed to put in my Twitter bio to be a good and virtuous guy.

Which country is playing the Ukraine role in this story?

You are going to have to hang tight, and wait for the call of Mini-me to decide who you'll support.

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Once again Putin's li'l hands are involved in military action outside Russia's borders, waiting for his bots to claim 'western media bias', Vlad's 'fighting Nazis', and 'what about Vietnam, Yugoslavia,' and of course the 'west started the problems by provoking Putin'.

Unlike the US, a peace-loving nation that is never involved in war unless it threatens its borders by taking place within 12,000 miles of them. You don't need a "bot" to state the obvious.

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Russia was "the good guys" putting a stop to this conflict. Well, maybe not "good guys" but least bad of the bad guys?

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This is like most wars. The people lived together in harmony for generations as neighbors. But the government/politicians saw an opportunity in sowing discord. Rather than help build their newly established countries, they choose war. It's more profitable for them in the short run, and they care little about the long run. Apply this to most wars in the world right now. Apply it to the domestic US even.

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> NumanToday  08:03 am JST

Putin needs a victory somewhere (aka distraction) from the spanking and humiliation in Ukraine.

I forget again which of the two countries are "the Nazis" that Putin is saving us all from.

Russia had a one-week war in neighboring Kazakhstan, a 'peacekeeping' operation that kept a puppet for Putin. Putin lost his US puppet, but he hoped by invading Ukraine the world wouldn't notice or care. The UN placed sanctions on his regime, and the Ukrainians are resisting fiercely. Putin probably counted on the world to be passive and that this war would be over by now, easy victory. He counted WRONG.

And now there's this ruckus going on in other former Soviet republics and Russian peacekeepers are there as well. Putin wants the whole cake, but it looks like he's stretching himself too thin, doesn't it?

And the Ukraine war is going to cost him, it's already kicking Russia right in the gonads!

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Once again Putin's li'l hands are involved in military action outside Russia's borders, waiting for his bots to claim 'western media bias', Vlad's 'fighting Nazis', and 'what about Vietnam, Yugoslavia,' and of course the 'west started the problems by provoking Putin'

You can't hang this one on the Russians. It is rivals Iran and Turkey stirring the pot.

The current feud between the Armenians and Azeris traces its roots to Joseph Stalin and the fall of the USSR. Stalin put the predominantly Armenian Christian area of Nagorno Karabakh inside the predominantly Muslim Azerbaijan SSR, breaking an earlier promise to keep that region as part of the Armenia SSR. The Armenians and Azeris could never get along. The distrust is ancient. Under USSR rule there was no choice, but as soon as the USSR dissolved there was a mad scramble by many of the old SSRs to become independent nations. The Armenians fought a bitter two year long war against the Azeris to take control of Nagorno Karabakh from the Azeris. Pretty much every nation in the world considers Nagorno Karabakh to be legitimately part of Azerbaijan. The Armenians inside Nagorno Karabakh cannot bring themselves to trust the Azeris to protect their religious freedom and so we have constant warfare there.

Bigger picture. There is a chunk of Azerbaijan called the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic sandwiched between Turkey and Armenia that is not connected to the rest of Azerbaijan. Both the Turks and Azeris want to force Armenia to surrender a corridor of land called the Zangezur Corridor to connect this isolated piece of Azerbaijan to the rest of the country. Turkey wants it as a transportation corridor through Armenia to the Caspian Sea. The Azeris are also a Turkic speaking people the Turks feel a kinship with. The Azeris are arm clients of Russia, Turkey and Israel. They also have NATO compatible military bases as they aspire to be a NATO member while Armenia is protected by the Russians who have bases there but is also armed and supported by Iran. Why? Azerbaijan, while predominantly Shiite, is a secular democracy. As such it's model of government is a direct threat to the mullahs in Iran. Iran also wants to counter Turkish influence in the region, for example by preventing the creation of a Zanzegur Corridor to deprive Turkey of access to a region Iran considers to be historically part of the Persian Empire and that should be inside their sphere of influence. In the Middle Eastern press I have read where Iran has threatened to go to war on the side of Armenia if the Turks and Azeris try to use military force to open a Zanzegur Corridor. Iran and Turkey are also close to war over control of the northern Iraq region of Sinjar. That conflict is another couple of paragraphs for another post, but you get the idea. Russia would rather there not be a war there.

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And the Ukraine war is going to cost him, it's already kicking Russia right in the gonads!

And round about next spring I am betting we will see a resumption of hostilities by Chechen separatists in Russia. There have been threatening statements coming from rebels there. I think they are waiting for the Russian Army to be completely exhausted from fighting in Ukraine to make their move.

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I forgot to mention that the Azeris closeness to Israel enrages Iran, absolutely freaks them out and is another reason Iran has hinted at going to war against them.

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This feud has hidden hands of Turkey all over it. I am sure Erdogan has encouraged Azerbaijan to take advantage of Russia's self-imposed weakening military resources. Azerbaijan have been weary of upsetting Russia, but never been their allies. Their predominant cultural, religious and political loyalties have always been with Turkey.

That's what's so disappointing about Putin. His judgement. His mental state that couldn't see this type of opportunistic action against Russian interests happening all over the place, as a result of his crazy invasion of Ukraine.

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