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Posted in: Finland, Sweden submit NATO membership application See in context

Joining NATO, or even just talking about it, is what will turn their countries into targets. Why are they doing it? 

You answered your own question. If “just talking about it” puts you in jeopardy from a powerful neighbor then an alliance with others is the smart play. NATO borders are the red line.

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Posted in: Rescue mission under way at Azovstal steelworks in Ukraine as hundreds evacuated See in context

Their doing so, at the orders of the Kiev regime no less, is an implicit recognition of the existence of an independent state of Donetsk by those who swore to crush the Donetsk rebellion

No, not really. Ordering a surrender to russian surrogates, whatever they call themselves, doesn’t create any kind of recognition, not even implicit.

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Posted in: Once-neutral Sweden seeks NATO membership in historic shift See in context

I would argue that Russian soldiers in Ukraine since February have committed vast more, and vastly more horrible, war crimes than NATO

Can you provide proof of that claim?

Thats not especially difficult, unfortunately.

Bucha… just for one. no lack of evidence there

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Posted in: Once-neutral Sweden seeks NATO membership in historic shift See in context

Nonsense??

Yep. And now Russians and Ukrainians and the world are paying for putin believing his own propaganda

Certainly explains how the MSM can control the minds of many.

Well, Russian MSM anyway. Not much there than state propaganda these days. Finally stomped everything else out, right?

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Posted in: Finland's leaders call for NATO membership 'without delay' See in context

OK Georgia (not US state!) also want some security, as a result they got a disaster. 

Leaders of Ukraine (biggest state in Europe) also want "some security" they received... full disaster.

Neither of these countries are NATO members. Good job highlighting why Finland and Sweden would be much better off as members.

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Posted in: Finland's leaders call for NATO membership 'without delay' See in context

Lot of NATO officers are involved in this conflict.

If only. I wouldn’t have a problem with that at all. What evidence do you have?

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Posted in: Ukraine opens first war crimes trial of captured Russian See in context

He said Ukraine was ready to hand the bodies over to Russia, but so far there has been no agreement to do so.

Of course Russia doesn’t want the bodies of their own soldiers back. They’re only so much worthless cannon fodder to them and a liability in their internal propaganda campaign.

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Posted in: Kremlin warns of retaliation after Finland moves toward NATO See in context

Putin, not the master strategist after all.

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Posted in: Belarus president says he didn't expect Russia's Ukraine 'operation' to drag on so long See in context

Method B: Careful, surgical, yet steady progress to keep civilians out of harm's way as much as possible.

Method B is certainly slower and causes much higher military casualties for the liberating army and is not so exciting to watch, but it's the best route to take.

Presumably, you’re not claiming that’s the approach Russian invaders have adopted when clearly it’s not.

I guess you’d have to talk about Method C, that is try a quick coup de main, and utterly fail. Then resort to destruction of infrastructure, wholesale looting of assets, deliberate targeting of civilians, kidnap, murder, torture, rape them. Deportation of civilians. Elimination of anyone suspect.

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Posted in: Biden, Mexican president confer on migration, other issues See in context

In Central America, he plans to speak to his counterparts about economic development and social programs that could lessen the pressure for people in those countries to migrate. He has previously urged the U.S. government to support some of his initiatives in Central America.

This is where we should be investing out resources. If we don’t tackle the pressure for people to migrate - economic, insecurity - then this flow to US border will continue.

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Posted in: NATO chief says Finland, Sweden could join quite quickly See in context

Neutral

That only means you’ll find no help when it’s your turn. THAT would be a poor choice. Good thing. it’s still up to the Swedes and Finns themselves.

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Posted in: Explosions rock Kyiv again as Russians rain fire on Ukraine See in context

I care about what happens to the weapons that are given to the Nazi element of the Ukraine army that are not controlled at all by Zelensky.

A nonsense argument to do nothing since it was first trotted out.

1) they are controlled by the Ukrainian army since they were integrated as a regiment into the UAF

2) would probably be hard to supply the Azov regiment anything given where they are located now

3) even if they could be supplied doubtful they’d “hold back” the weapons for nefarious purposes against the west instead of using against Russian aggressor

4) pity really. If we could get the weapons and supplies we should

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Posted in: Explosions rock Kyiv again as Russians rain fire on Ukraine See in context

U.S. President Joe Biden asked Congress for an additional $33 billion to help Ukraine.

Absolutely the right thing to do. Hopefully Congress will act quickly.

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Posted in: NATO chief says Finland, Sweden could join quite quickly See in context

Putin, the “master” strategist.

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Posted in: Stay or go? Ukraine refugees torn between safety and home See in context

she told how Russian soldiers ransacked homes in her village, smashing windows and doors and defecating in bedrooms and sitting rooms.

Russia’s finest. Torturing, raping and murdering civilians. Targeting hospitals, residential areas. Kidnapping.

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Posted in: Report: Germany top buyer of Russian energy since war began See in context

Germany was the biggest buyer of Russian energy during the first two months of the war in Ukraine,

It’s insane that they allowed themselves to be put in that position. Merkel, especially bears deep responsibility. Germany and Italy should bite the bullet, and put an end to this now.

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Posted in: Russians try to storm Mariupol plant; strike Odesa See in context

Zelenskyy also bemoaned the death of the infant in Odesa. “The war started when this baby was one month old. Can you imagine what is happening?" he said. "They are just bastards. ... I don’t have any other words for it, just bastards.”

Russia, and Russia alone, is responsible for this.

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Posted in: Ukraine gets warplanes as Mariupol officer warns his forces facing 'last days' See in context

cant even track Javelins and Stingers. Switchblade drones. So where will those end up later? who knows? 

An absolutely acceptable risk compared to that of not supporting Ukraine counter this unacceptable Russian aggression.

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Posted in: Ukraine gets warplanes as Mariupol officer warns his forces facing 'last days' See in context

The Pentagon said that Ukraine had recently received fighter planes and parts to bolster its air force, declining to specify the number of aircraft and their origin.

Good but just a start. Much more needed…tanks, artillery, shells, fuel, night vision equipment, sniper rifles, anti-ship missiles … everything we can muster.

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Posted in: France's Le Pen warns against sending weapons to Ukraine See in context

Le Pen said that NATO should seek a “strategic rapprochement” with Russia once the war is over.

Nonsense. There is no ”strategic rapprochement” to be had with Russia. There’s only containment and deterrence until Russia shows Putin the door.

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Posted in: Russian media campaign dismisses Bucha deaths as fakes See in context

. Without waterproof indications or proofs no one can or should judge on anything in that whole area, including the Bucha and other places’ massacres.

sorry but that’s willful ignorance. And for a crime like this that’s a morally bankrupt position.

We can judge. We must judge. The preponderance of evidence makes it clear that Russian soldiers committed these war crimes.

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Posted in: Ukraine sees openings as Russia fixed on besieged Mariupol See in context

However, Davyd Arakhamia said on Ukrainian TV that he hopes that draft is developed enough so that the two countries’ presidents can meet to discuss it.

Whatever Ukraine finds itself forced to agree to we should in no case feel ourselves bound by it

No withdrawal of sanctions No release of frozen Russian funds (should be used for reparations anyway).

Yes to ramp up of NATO defense spending to 2.5%. Return US troop levels to 1991 levels. Immediate offer to Sweden and Finland to join NATO.

When Putin is gone then and only then we can start to talking about lifting sanctions and return to normalization.

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Posted in: Putin's war in Ukraine nearing possibly more dangerous phase See in context

Someone in Europe needs to take the lead and either do something directly militarily, or just sit back and watch everything play out, no matter how it ends.

Key here will be for the West to put the screws to the oligarchs, the siloviki and the Russian military and signaling that the best CB purse of action for everyone is for them to ditch Putin.

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Posted in: Putin's war in Ukraine nearing possibly more dangerous phase See in context

As if they know what Putin's plan is or was.

True. Judging by what we see Putin’s plan was to … pretend to seize Kiev and major cities but secretly bumble along into a quagmire. Genius plan.

The tactic seems to be just to surround Kiev to put constant pressure on President Volodymyr Zelenskyy so he agrees to give the Russian speaking areas more autonomy.

So not regime change and denazification? Wow, how the goal post have moved. Thousands dead and millions of refugees so Kiev grants Russian-speaking areas “more autonomy”.

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Posted in: Putin's war in Ukraine nearing possibly more dangerous phase See in context

And this is unacceptable for Russia.

Tough. Russia doesn’t have a god-given right to vassal states.

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Posted in: Putin's war in Ukraine nearing possibly more dangerous phase See in context

Russian shortcomings in Ukraine might be the biggest shock of the war so far. After two decades of modernization and professionalization, Putin’s forces have proved to be ill-prepared, poorly coordinated and surprisingly stoppable.

It wasn’t a shock to anyone paying attention these past decades. The why is easy… still nice Grozny, nothing really been done, political patronage, endemic corruption, failure to invest in the basics, relying on conscripts then treating them awfully, show weapons… The surprise is why so many including Putin!) believed Russia was X times the force it actually is in reality.

Now they are starting to find themselves fixed in place, one of the worst places to be, on their way to being attrited.

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Posted in: Biden to announce new Russia sanctions while in Brussels See in context

By comparison, in 1991, the year the Soviet Union dissolved, the United States had 305,000 troops in Europe, including 224,000 in Germany alone,

Bring em back. Reforger 2022.

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Posted in: Latest developments in Russian invasion of Ukraine See in context

Ukraine and it's supporters bring up the 1930s famine all the time as a reason they want to distance itself from Russia, 

That’s a pretty good reason. Not to mention ongoing Russian aggression.

You’ve still not remotely put forward anything that justifies Putin’s invasion.

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Posted in: Latest developments in Russian invasion of Ukraine See in context

Read up on UPA ethnic cleansing before during and after WW2 then come back to me on that.

WW2…

The simple fact is there is no justification, no shared responsibility for the atrocities perpetrated by Putin in this war of agression on Ukraine.

im afraid that there’s just no getting around this.

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Posted in: Latest developments in Russian invasion of Ukraine See in context

Really!

Yes, really. We had these discussions back then and the CIA coup and other fables… still Russian fiction. Sorry

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