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Russia tightens grip on key target in Ukraine

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By Pavel Polityuk and Max Hunder

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Is it worth the price, Russia? Of course you don't know that.

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Is it worth the price, Russia?

Is any war worth the price?

The capture of Sievierodonetsk and its smaller twin Lysychansk would give Russia control of all of Luhansk, one of two provinces along with Donetsk in the Donbas claimed by Moscow on behalf of separatists.

Like in Maruipol, once the Azov militants get booted out, the idea of the area changing hands again is not in the cards.

It's a done deal

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Funny how the 'stalled, disorganized, incompetent, demoralized, lost Russian military' is in the process of ticking everything off ITS to do list despite all the weapons that the Imperium has poured in, each massive wave of which being, the regime and the Imperium assured us, the one that would turn things around.

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Bronco: Is any war worth the price?

You can't even tell me how many Russians have died.

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It's almost as if the more of Donetsk and Luhansk the Russians conquer, the more people appear out of nowhere to help it keep conquering more of those places where everyone (we are repeatedly assured) is fanatically loyal to Zelensky.

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Make believe partners,the US said,they are not launching a military mission in the Black Sea,these Ukrainain feel as the world ,owe them something, outright blaming others countries for Ukraine getting invaded,that will turn off people that will otherwise support them

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Like in Maruipol, once the Azov militants get booted out, the idea of the area changing hands again is not in the cards.

Those 900 nazis sure get about the place. I wonder where they'll turn up next?

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Instead of worrying about what Vlad Putin wants, we need to arm the Ukrainian freedom fighters with the weapons they need to remove their Russian infestation. We need to send a very clear message to him and Xi that their continued aggression will be expensive.

Taking 50 y/o tanks out of storage, increase the conscription age to 65 years, losing 30% of all fielded forces in ninety days, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. These are not the actions of a winner. These are the actions of a desperate man.

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Likely that Russia won't stop at Ukraine... rebuilding the former Soviet Union is perhaps their unstated goal.

I agree, Putin and the Kremlin's warmongering will most likely spread into the former SSR's, and who knows where all else beyond them. The Arctic region seems to be another area Putin and the Kremlin want to conquer, then of course there are the oil/gas rich Gulf states, which the west, especially the UK and US have long been involved in militarily and financially. Wars for gas/oil and resources can be lessened by finding ways to reduce nation's reliance on burning such huge amounts of oil and gas. Putin's Russia just want to carry on the predatory capitalistic approaches taken by western nations. The global reliance on burning huge amounts of planet damaging fossil fuels, instead of developing alternative ways to generate power is, to me, another example of a failure of global capitalism.

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As Russia slowly but steadily reaches it objectives the news stories from what is left of Ukraine slip down the page...

Avenger...

Taking 50 y/o tanks out of storage, increase the conscription age to 65 years, losing 30% of all fielded forces in ninety days,

If only any of this was true.... But of course it is not.

Those T62s in the Kiev propaganda video were actually in Syria.

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It's a done deal

But if it's a done deal, was it worth the price? How many Russian citizens died so Putin and the Kremlin can say, look how much more territory we have, and how much richer Putin and the oligarchs might be able to get. How is conquering Ukraine going to help the Russian citizens at the lower end of their homeland's wealth spectrum? Or in the Russian brand of national socialism, are those at the lower end of no concern? Then why would a new imperium led by Russia be an improvement over the current global powers?

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the Azov militants

soldiers

the regime

the Ukrainian government

fanatically loyal to Zelensky

fighting to defend their country against an aggressor

Kiev

Kyiv

This gets to be like swatting houseflies. Everyday more of the same.

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Plastic Monkey - they are persistent, huh? Keep up the good fight!

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The Ukrainlan do not understand American, we do not persecute Russian American, because of Putin invasion,it would be totally illegal and morally wrong

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Plastic,If Ukraine do not attack that forward base,near Belgorod and attack Belarus,all these other battle are suicide missions

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Russia has lost about 30,000 soldiers killed (not to mention the number wounded) in the three months since it invaded. That's about 330 per day, a number not likely to drop given Ukraine's new weaponry.

Russian mothers in particular do not appreciate their sons coming home from foreign wars in coffins. Some cite Russia's invasion of Afghanistan as a contributing factor to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. At his age and given his kleptocratic wealth, Putin need not worry about finding a new job. He does, though, need to worry about leaving office on his feet, not in a box.

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I can see why Finland's president was visibly trembling and mixing his words when he announced Finland would end its neutrality and hop onto the NATO bandwagon.

There's only one ending, like Ukraine, you wait until all of your territory is handed over to Putin, and your hands tied from offensive defense.

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Laguna, American are not gonna defend Europe, American are a multi ethnic society, Europe is a predominantly White society,with different values than American

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If Ukrainain are not gonna attack Russian bases,you supporting a loss cause,it not worth expense the energy posting here, Putin is a sociopath,his triumph in the East,will make him head back towards Kiev

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The first casualty of war is the truth, something that your hear may be unpleasant ,but true,what do not break you in this world,will make you, i hope the Warriors are not broken

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Congress is having second thoughts about,they want Ukrainian to have an audit of the funds and weapon

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It must be over.

See that Ukrainians are selling on the dark web those US javelins that Biden stupidly gave them. Only 30k each.

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Blacklabel,the Russian already has seize abandoned weapon, Ukrainian left in a hurry

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RichardPearce

Funny how the 'stalled, disorganized, incompetent, demoralized, lost Russian military' is in the process of ticking everything off ITS to do list 

Well top of their to do list was take Kiev and execute Zelensky. They don't seem to be ticking of that to do list any time soon.

They would also like to cut Ukraine from the sea. Let's see how far they get in capturing Odesa. I'm guessing the fact that Putin can't pay his soldiers will have a negative impact of morale.

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Blacklabel,the Russian already has seize abandoned weapon, Ukrainian left in a hurry

The Russians should donate those weapons to the Syrian army...

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Civilians think strategy; generals think logistics

Logistically, it's easier for Russia to supply its short lines in southeast Ukraine - it's closer to Russia and Russian-annexed Donbas and Crimea, while they can keep their supply depots behind the Russian border, where Ukraine is not allowed to attack. While Ukrainian supply lines have to go much farther coming from western Ukraine, and those can be attacked by Russia inside Ukraine. Imagine if Ukraine is allowed to attack those supply depots just behind the Russian border

It's the opposite in the north Ukraine and around Kyiv. Remember those bogged-down 40-km Russian supply lines trying to surround Kyiv? Those were easy pickings for the Ukrainian forces, once they knew where those were. That's why Russia gave up on trying to take Kyiv and propping up a puppet government. They don't have enough to take Kyiv anymore - nor the whole of Ukraine for that matter, with the amount of losses they already suffered. (Unless they introduce a conscription draft and war economy - but they won't do that since that's admitting to their people that it's not just a "special operation" anymore but a full-blown war)

So Kyiv and the rest of Ukraine are pretty much out of their reach now - the further they go inside Ukraine, the farther away they go from Russia's borders, and the longer their supply lines are stretched, while Ukrainian lines get shorter. That's why their best bet is just concentrating on the southeast, where their logistics are not so complicated

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