While Russia has been rendered a pariah country by Western states
1 Russia is not and never was Western state.
2 Talking about "paria nations" sounds a little bit like III Reich speeches about Ubermensch and Untermenschen
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Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko accused the Russians
Some very brave mayor who constantly makes bold statements, but
This "mayor" run far away from the city before the combat. He have done nothing to help residens of Mariupol.
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There's a small possibility that some of the weapons may end up in Russia, but
ATGM and MANPADS delivered in Ukraine by thousands and tens of thousands.
1) Ukrainian forces have no training for such weaponry. Sometimes it’s to complicated for them.
2) They lost more and more trained staff during the combats and for conscripts it’s useless, they have neither preparation nor courage for such things.
3) Kiev is a very corrupted place — so even today this guys sell a lot of weaponry in Africa.
4) Lot of this ATGM and MANPADS now in hands of Donetsk People's Republic Luhansk People's Republic armed forces because Russian Army use its own weaponry and Ukrainians retreat throwing it all away.
5) It’s a little bit dangerous handing out such powerful weapons left and right. No control at all. Especially MANPADS.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed victory Thursday in the battle for Mariupol despite an estimated 2,000 Ukrainian fighters still holed up at a giant steel mill,
They blocked. They have no heavy weapons. They lost the very last tank.
They just wait.
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President Joe Biden has said that Russia should not remain a member of the G20
President Joe Biden says a lot of strange things
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Japan to send masks, hazmat suits, drones to Ukraine
Food and medicines?
Ukrainians badly needs food and medicines.
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About time Russians showed some remorse amd were ashamed for their actions and war crimes right now.
You'll be surprised but today Russians has a gigantic national uplift.
A huge number of volunteers go to the Donbass
Morale in the army is very high and today starts a big Russian offensive on Donbass (Russian populated area in Ukraine). Russian army try to unsercle main Ukrainian forces. It will be a decisive battle of this war and one of the greatest battles since WWII.
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More than seven in 10 Japanese support economic sanctions against Russia
Sad to think about the fact that Japanese are enemies of Russians
"History will teach us nothing"
This "sanctions" chainge a very little in situation on Ukraine but definitively spoil Russian-Japanese relations
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No, When Russia has no forces in Ukraine and the invasion is over, Ukraine territory is once again under its control,
If you have a chance to receive info not only from Ukrainian/NATO side you have very different picture.
Ukrainian propaganda is really good. The main problem of Ukraine - Ukrainian Army not so good. And they have no Navy at all.
The entire Ukrainian fleet was destroyed in the very first days of the conflict.
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Sinking “Moskva” is a serious win for Ukraine.
It is only one problem - Ukraine itself can't do this.
There three possibilities.
First. Fire on board.
This is very old Soviet-build ship and fire extinguishing system – its main weak point.
Second. Ukrainian naval mine.
Ukraine has installed a lot of old Soviet naval mines near the coast, but
they are very old, they were torn off their chains (a very old type of sea mines)
Third. USA/UK torpedo/rocket attack
These country (unlike Ukraine) have modern weaponry and well trained staff to such attack. But if it is so… situation became much more complicated.
In short: Ukraine today has no Navy at all. And no modern coast-to ship rockets.
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And now they’re both neo-nazi regimes
Very strange for me. Whole Russian ideology after 1941 was built on the anti-nazi theses.
It's a ideological base for Moscow in last 80 years.
This is the cornerstone of Russian politics.
The problem is - you just can't just "assign" an ideology for one country or another.
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Russian troops, thwarted in their push toward Ukraine's capital, are now focusing on the eastern Donbas region,
Mr. Zelenskiy have won the battle under Kiev??
Strange thing, even Ukrainian propaganda say nothing about this “great victory” even great commander Mr. Zelenskiy keep silence about this great battle.
Vladimir Putin vowed Tuesday that Russia's bloody offensive in Ukraine would continue until its goals are fulfilled
if you are quoting the president, the quote must be accurate.
By the way, today in Mariupol 1,000 Ukrainian marines surrendered to Russian troops and militia of the southeast.
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Ukrainian troops are in their own country, protecting their own people.
1 So, you think - all the people in Ukraine are Ukrainian?
It is not so.
You mixing nationality and citizenship.
South-east of "state Ukraine" - is a old Russian territory with Russian population.
So Russian troops are at home near Donetsk or Mariupol.
2 They not protect civilians, they using them. It's a little bit different.
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shelling of populous neighbourhoods, that their military cares about Ukraine’s civilian population. Not to mention hospitals & train stations.
The main problem today - Ukrainian troops stay deep inside residential areas.
in schools and hospitals they set up firing positions.
And by trains you always supply your army - main supply line. It is not so many good roads in Ukraine.
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The Russian advance on Kyiv was probably a diversion intended to tie down a large part of Ukrainian military for the defense of the capital city.
There were lots who said Russia didn't have the forces to take Kyiv, but that is different from them saying the Russians
Nobody in Russian army command was crazy enough to storm 3 million city of Kiev. It took a lot of time, and huge amount of troops and supplies. And It could have been disastrous for population.
The goal was to achieve political agreement - all good guys from Azov and other extreme right-wing organizations should go away from power.
Big advantage of this plan was that exсept Crimea and LDNR (republics of south-east) Ukraine keep the same borders.
But Mr. Zelenskiy said: NO.
Then plan B: Ukraine keep Azov guys at power, but losing some new territory in south-east.
Kiev was political and not military aim.
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Questions remain about the ability of Russia's depleted and demoralized forces to conquer much ground after their advance on the capital, Kyiv, was repelled by determined Ukrainian defenders.
Sorry - it was political agreement. Russian troops just go away. Ukrainian defenders walked behind with a difference of a couple of days.
Even Kiev propaganda telling nothing about great victory under the Kiev...
Because everybody knew - it was no victory at all
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Japan is in a unique position to basically cut all ties with Russia
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Although the two nations hope to start the talks this week, the attempt by Japan to decide on the quota for its exclusive economic zone could face difficulties
But of course, It will be very difficult today for Japan. May be impossible. May be no quota at all.
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englisc “First Blowback : Chech rep, Hungary and Poland”
not surprising given how much they suffered at russian hands.
Excellent explanation, but still nothing common with "blowback".
This decision is the outcome of Putin's invasion and war.
It was discussed long time before.
And Sweden want to be NATO-member from 70th.
Ukraine : we weren’t in NATO & we became a target
It was enough to sign one paper only - Ukraine is neutral and stay neutral.
And no problem at all. Mr Zelenskiy refused.
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It's an immensely difficult position to be in for any neighbour of Russia.
If you want to put US bases - yes - indeed
But, the decision has shifted in favour of who dares win, ie Russia. I would be having sleepless nights if I was a Finn, and my country voted to be a NATO member
You are right. It is very dangerous decision for Helsinki and for a whole Europe.
The result is unpredictable
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Finland is preparing for a potentially historic decision
It's truth - it will be a really historic decision. It can change a lot.
Never underestimate the capacity of Finns to take rapid decisions when the world changes,
rapid does not mean correct
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More unintended blowback for Russia thanks to Putin’s ill-judged invasion of Ukraine.
First Blowback : Chech rep, Hungary and Poland - they join NATO in 1999 (before Vladimir Putin became president).
The Nordic nation of 5.5 million has traditionally been militarily non-aligned, in part to avoid provoking its eastern neighbor, with which it shares a 1,300-kilometer border.
It was a wise policy.
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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has acknowledged that Russia has suffered “significant losses of troops” during its military operation in Ukraine. Peskov said: “Yes, we have significant losses of troops and it is a huge tragedy for us.”
It's quite normal remark in such situation. Russia (unlike US) - starts ground op from the very first day
It costet lot of lives for Russin soldiers. (about 1500 today)
but moral in the Russian army is very high today.
And Mr Peskov was strongly criticized from Army for such remarks.
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A war should be happening in Russia, not Ukraine.
No, thank you
The true revolution against the authoritarian regime in Russia should have already happened. How in the world did the "good people" in Russia allow this monster to rise and thrive to the point of ultimate destruction?
To answer on this question, you should examine not only Ukrainian position in this conflict.
@dbsaiya Use your Russian skills to counter the propaganda. She said, "Russian people should not be considered evil because of the actions of their leaders."
Are you sure that Japanese understand much more in Russia than Russians? Are you absolutely sure?
Putin's regime is not controlling the thoughts of the Russian people who hate his needless war
@ Barazed Russians people are responsible for what is happening with Russia.
Yes, the problem is that exactly Russian people take decisions, not foreigners. And Russian today support Putin decision at operation in Ukraine. Why? Very good question. But a little bit to late to ask this.
Your position guys is funny: Russian are bad, but Russian should follow your recommendations…
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Japanese students forced to suddenly depart Russia
I was greatly intrested... but...
Mitsushima said she was scheduled to stay until June but decided to return home earlier,
itsushima said she felt a drastic change in the atmosphere in Moscow f
Nope... Russia live the same life...
only TV news changed
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You are very wrong that you can lose by helping Ukrainians
Before you start "helping" Ukrainian it was quite a normal state. In 1991 Ukraine was much more developed than Poland.
Today it's a typical "failing state" without any future
In 1991 Ukraine has 52 million people, today real population (people who really live there) about 30 millions.
Before February 2022
So West helping a lot to Ukraine.
The Polish economy is not as developed as the Japanese one, but we have made a lot of progress and we are trying to make it better than 40 years ago when the Russians were in our territory.
it was no Russians 40 years before on your territory.
30 years also
Soviet bases were in Poland. Today you have American bases - really great progress.
You are very wrong that you can lose by helping
EU policy toward Russia can have as a result huge problems for example in food/energy market and
it can have a dramatic consequences to modern economy and industry.
You helped to much to Ukraine.
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So guys, you are kidding now, but are you ready to lose everything you have to support Ukraine?
Here the question. And this is not a joke.
Living standarts, social security... everyting and move to a new, much more cruel world? (Third world)
Russians can live in North Korea way (they have great experience)
And you are ready?
Our world is very fragile and world economy can collapse in next 2-3 years.
And we will have one big North Korea and this is not funny.
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Japan has condemned Russia's invasion of its neighbor Ukraine which began on Feb. 24 as "a serious violation of international law," and has joined other Western nations
And Japan is also "a western nation"? Sounds funny.
Today we have Russian-Japanese relationships at zero point.
You can do everything you want - you can't do it worse.
So - every activity is useless.
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Hayashi returns from Poland with 20 Ukrainian
Anyway he's got some result!
RodneyToday 02:29 pm JST
you do know that around 30% of Ukrainians speak Russian
Most of Ukrainian speak or at least understand Russian.
Only minority from west part of country use only Ukrainian.
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jeancolmarToday 10:34 am JST
One can only imagine the repression going on now in Putin's Russia. There 15,000 reported incarcerations
No, after start of this operation Putin became very popular in Russia.
Lot of Russian wait for this op 8 years after nationalistic putsch in Kiev.
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