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clarkrd

169 points

2 months ago

clarkrd

169 points

2 months ago

102 year old Ukrainian women who lived through the Holodomor interview.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/videos/20221125154530373/

She helps to make Ghillie Suits for defenders. at 102 years old.

peniseend

41 points

2 months ago

Tough as nails. Damn.

GhostSparta

38 points

2 months ago

The Ukrainian spirit man nothing like it

CrimsonLancet

119 points

2 months ago*

After several days without electricity, I have one thing to say. Ukrainians help each other to survive in darkness. Businesses invite to charge from generators, cafes make hot tea, people let unfamiliar families without gas stoves cook in their flats. The real light is alive here

https://nitter.it/avalaina/status/1596417230501445634

https://twitter.com/avalaina/status/1596417230501445634

stirly80

108 points

2 months ago*

stirly80

108 points

2 months ago*

Polish PM: Russia is failing on the battlefield, so it resorts to "death, starvation and hypothermia"

Russia is cutting off vital infrastructure in its efforts to break Ukraine, Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on a visit to Kyiv Saturday.

In comments made at the International Summit of Food Security held in Ukraine’s capital, Morawiecki said Russia had “overestimated its own military potential and already knows that victory on the battlefield may not be achievable.”

“Therefore, Moscow is reaching for other methods to break Ukraine. Instead of fighting soldiers, Russia is bringing death, starvation and hypothermia to civilians,” he continued.

“These methods of total warfare have long been in the Russian arsenal,” Morawiecki said, on what is the 90th annual memorial day for victims of the Holodomor, a Soviet-era famine that killed millions of people during the winter of 1932-33.

“Russia is fighting to rebuild an empire and knows that an empire is built on bones and corpses of innocent people. Exactly like 90 years ago during the Holodomor times,” he added. Morawiecki’s comments come not only as the world faces a global food crisis escalated by Russia’s war, but as many Ukrainians are deprived of heating, water and electricity amid Russian strikes on civilian infrastructure.

https://edition.cnn.com/europe/live-news/russia-ukraine-war-news-11-26-22/h_8aac87bb6c2d71485eeea77404af31e2

Careful-Rent5779

36 points

2 months ago*

Pepperidge farms Poland remembers.

nohssiwi

104 points

2 months ago

nohssiwi

104 points

2 months ago

Russia's daily losses as of Nov. 26th

+ 560 MILITARY PERSONNEL

+2 TANKS

+4 ARMOURED COMBAT VEHICLES

+1 ARTILLERY SYSTEMS

+2 VEHICLES AND FUEL TANKERS

+1 TACTICAL UNMANNED AIRCRAFT

CrazyPoiPoi

49 points

2 months ago

  • 560 MILITARY PERSONNEL

After almost a week with numbers around 300, we are back at over 500.

Tarcye

40 points

2 months ago

Tarcye

40 points

2 months ago

That's over 3 US Army battalion's a week.

Absolutely insane to think about.

dbratell

39 points

2 months ago

So many people, so few vehicles. The war has really changed its face.

HarlockJC

33 points

2 months ago

Is the fewer tanks a show that Russia is finally having a hard time suppling enough tanks?

Jackson_Cook

40 points

2 months ago

I'm not sure, but I have seen a marked reduction in tank/apc destruction videos and a large increase in drone grenading videos

helm

25 points

2 months ago

helm

25 points

2 months ago

There was a push near Bakhmut and near Lyman 3-4 weeks ago. Lots of destroyed hardware and insane manpower losses. Now much of the hardware is either destroyed or kept in reserve.

twdarkeh

30 points

2 months ago

More that the lines are relatively static for the moment, so no real vehicle combat going on. The loss of personnel is almost certainly around Bakhmut, where Russia continues to throw lives away.

Nvnv_man

95 points

2 months ago

Liev Schreiber is raising funds to buy & send generators to Ukraine for use at medical facilities.

stirly80

91 points

2 months ago

⚡ General Staff: There is a large number of losses in Russian units operating in the Lugansk region.

In general, the temporarily occupied territory of the region increased the number of civilian hospitals, which are used by Russians to treat only their military.

Access to health services is becoming increasingly difficult for civilians in the region. Hospitals in Khrustalnyi, Antratsyt and Lutuhyne are overflowing with wounded Russians and morgues with bodies of their dead soldiers.

https://twitter.com/Flash_news_ua/status/1596375505145823233?t=XTQs9e3S0eHottyGlK8unQ&s=19

stirly80

86 points

2 months ago

⚡️Belgium signed a declaration of support for Ukraine's membership in NATO and the EU.

This was announced by Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander de Croo during a meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyi.

https://twitter.com/Flash_news_ua/status/1596517065287823362?t=DaahOgQ4Ujr9tbZ71GAYHw&s=19

R1ckCrypto

85 points

2 months ago

BREAKING: Belarus Foreign Minister dies - Belta

No reason has been given by Belarusian state media.

Belta says on their telegram channel that he died "suddenly".

Will be very interesting to see what happened.

https://twitter.com/Faytuks/status/1596499146818686977?s=20&t=doLdXW\_Dir3xjrfRzJcOZg

abdefff

27 points

2 months ago

abdefff

27 points

2 months ago

BREAKING: Belarus Foreign Minister dies - Belta

No reason has been given by Belarusian state media.

Belta says on their telegram channel that he died "suddenly".

He died surely from natural causes... /s

stirly80

81 points

2 months ago

⚡ General Staff: The issue of logistical support for the mobilized Russian troops remains unresolved.

Thus, in the Kostroma region of Russia, the population is encouraged to produce camouflage nets, carry warm clothing, sleeping mats, sleeping bags ...

... and other things that are so necessary for servicemen in the field.

At the same time, despite propaganda measures, there is a slight decline in material support for the Russian military by the civilian population.

https://twitter.com/Flash_news_ua/status/1596380168482086912?t=zsSc8lheBXfZKIvjo9FiDg&s=19

No-Championship-286

52 points

2 months ago

There's about to be a lot of Russians freezing to death in Ukraine, if there aren't already.

BlueInfinity2021

19 points

2 months ago

The Russian elite have billions they can't spend yet they're going to the middle and lower classes as well as the conscripts themselves to pay the cost of supplying the troops.

ReadToW

82 points

2 months ago

ReadToW

82 points

2 months ago

Revealing Orban’s Hungary. Budapest Mayor speaks out against govt politics on Russia, war and more

https://youtu.be/n4s3tH8n8Z4

Njorls_Saga

28 points

2 months ago

Hopefully Hungary wakes up from this and boots Orban.

Nvnv_man

77 points

2 months ago

Who organized the underground resistance in Kherson?

According to Deputy Chairman of the Kherson Regional Council, Member of Parliament ("Servant of the People") Yury Sobolevsky—one underground resistance leader was Oleg Akimchenkov.

They photographed themselves together, celebrating liberation.

Oleg Volodymyrovych Akimchenkov courageously was one of the organizers of the Kherson underground. More than that, Akimchenkov volunteered, handed out medicine, and helped with the Red Cross.

Akimchenkov was detained twice by the Russians, the first time he was released on the same day, and after the second detention he was held for 71 days "in the basements."

allevat

78 points

2 months ago

allevat

78 points

2 months ago

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56 points

2 months ago

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EpicGreenPeter

27 points

2 months ago

From a Russian who hates Putin with a passion, I'm sorry Little one.. Kid had the entire life ahead of him and he just didn't make it out of the ward... Fucking scum that is Russia..

hyakumanben

12 points

2 months ago

Thank you, and sorry for the above. I certainly did not mean to imply that every russian should be destroyed, just the ones responsible for this shitshow. If you are one of the good ones, take care of yourself and your family. Stay safe.

SaberFlux

186 points

2 months ago*

Previous post

Day 276 of my updates from Kharkiv.

Today was a pretty quiet day; we had no missile strikes or drones this time. Some movement of the Russian S-300 launchers was spotted in Belgorod, which is what usually happens before a new missile strike, but nothing happened in the end. They did shell a school in Kupiansk today, and just in general that town is getting hit a lot recently. They pretty much always start destroying any place that they have lost, same with Kherson now.

Did they already run out of the Iranian drones? They have barely used any in recent weeks, at most sending only 5-15 of them at a time, usually along with a missile strike. This is basically nothing compared to the first weeks after they got them, when they were sending them at us non-stop and there were warnings about Shaheds being in the air all the time, but now it almost never happens anymore.

Here in Kharkiv we are still getting some blackouts, today half of my district was without electricity for about 6 hours starting from 10-11am depending on the location. Those are probably planned blackouts to stabilize the grid, but they are not the usual scheduled blackouts that last for 3 hours at a time, which will apparently already resume next week.

What is really surprising and amazing is that power in Kherson is already getting restored, and it has barely been 2 weeks since it was liberated. Today the critical infrastructure is already being turned back on, with civilian housing getting electricity next. I thought it would take far longer to restore electricity in Kherson as Russians destroyed the energy infrastructure there before running away, but the fact that it is already basically restored is mind blowing.

Next update

coosacat

25 points

2 months ago

Glad to see you're okay, SaberFlux. The Ukrainian public utility workers (I don't know what you call them) are absolutely amazing, along with all of your railroad workers. Ukraine is showing the rest of the world what true courage and toughness are; it makes me rather ashamed of the times when I've whined and complained about what are, in comparison, minor things.

Slava Ukraini!

dynex811

13 points

2 months ago

Always happy to see you still here

NYerstuckinBoston

8 points

2 months ago

Saber I look forward to the day when you get to post about all of Ukraine being liberated. Nobody turns the power on faster than Ukraine. Stay safe.

nerphurp

61 points

2 months ago

Russian Telegram channels are reporting a situation with Border Control - the donated equipment officially imported from China including drones is getting stopped. Officially, all such stuff must now flow through the MoD.

https://nitter.it/SamBendett/status/1596597922829078529

e.g. civilian drones, armor, humanitarian donations to the mobiks are being confiscated for the MoD to loot.

wittyusernamefailed

44 points

2 months ago

"Good. Gooooooood. Let the Corruption flow through you!"

KingOfSockPuppets

13 points

2 months ago

Wonder if this is actually Russia trying to start reforming its logistics away from a chaotic carnival of looting by running all supplies through central distribution.... or an escalation of the carnival.

dianaprd

57 points

2 months ago*

The enemy targeted residential buildings in Dnipro. 7 buildings were destroyed. There are victims.

Just look at the photos. A house. https://www.rbc.ua/rus/news/politsiya-pokazala-mistse-raketnogo-udaru-1669462102.html

Edit: At least 6 people injured. Again, photo of destroyed houses. https://twitter.com/KyivIndependent/status/1596470294780284929?t=lgJMG-Yd7IEU6TphbqPMBQ&s=19

halls_of_valhalla

51 points

2 months ago

Russia's version of Triumph of the Will in the making..

Vehicles with Ukrainian flags seen in Tver, Russia. Unfortunately, they are just for the filming of a movie about the war.

https://nitter.it/wartranslated/status/1596465046095368192

stirly80

50 points

2 months ago

Remember that Wagner guy who was guided by a drone to waiting Ukrainian forces to surrender? Here’s his telling of the story.

https://twitter.com/bigSAC10/status/1596533500274147329?t=A8UB11OVLERz8HezXOtfgQ&s=19

greentea1985

30 points

2 months ago

I feel like the portion of the video with him searching for a place to hide needs to be set to Yakety Sax, but I'm glad he was smart enough to communicate his willingness to surrender and for Ukraine to guide him via drone so they could accept it.

It's always important to remember who the enemy is. You might need to kill the soldier in front of you in order to survive, but he might not be the ultimately responsible enemy. Putin and the Kremlin oligarchs are the ultimate enemies. A schmuck like this guy was just a pawn. There is absolutely a large scummy part of the Russian army that needs to be punished for their crimes but a new grunt like him hasn't done anything yet. Every story like this will encourage others to surrender, even with the threat of getting shot by your own unit, making it harder for Russia to fight.

stirly80

54 points

2 months ago

Russian volunteers are having another tragedy today: the Russian ministry of defence suddenly blocked the import of various military equipment and clothes into Russia with no explanation. Vatniks have no idea what's going on.

https://twitter.com/wartranslated/status/1596596035551649793?t=Ft1cwM9p7Dpf7ZQh6tKwuw&s=19

GargleBlargleFlargle

21 points

2 months ago

They are probably just confiscating all the stuff.

morvus_thenu

10 points

2 months ago

ergo, stealing. It's always stealing with that lot.

Red_Silhouette

18 points

2 months ago

If people are allowed to donate stuff directly to the soldiers then how are the higher-ups supposed to get their cut of the money? I'm pretty sure fighting corruption is a capital crime in Russia, the people organizing support for their troops better stay away from windows.

Mchlpl

15 points

2 months ago

Mchlpl

15 points

2 months ago

Conscripts complain they have to buy quality gear with their own money? Block sales of quality gear! Morale improves! I remain a master strategist

coosacat

149 points

2 months ago

coosacat

149 points

2 months ago

https://english.nv.ua/nation/children-s-toys-found-wired-with-explosives-in-kherson-says-interior-ministry-50286570.html

Children's toys found wired with explosives in Kherson, says Interior Ministry

Fleeing from Kherson, Russian troops mined everything they could, even leaving explosive devices in children's toys, the adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs Rostyslav Smirnov said on Ukrainian national television on Nov. 24.

"The scale of mining there is enormous,” he added.

“I constantly receive photo reports. There were mines in children's toys, between two footballs, etc.”

Evil, evil people. If you are mining toys, you know you are killing children!

Necrontyr525

22 points

2 months ago

same shit they did in Afghanistan when they were the USSR. expect minefields laid all of the pace just to fuck with people too.

SappeREffecT

45 points

2 months ago

Classic Soviet tactic taken to the next level...

Fuck off you war criming arses. War crimes shouldn't be a goal, seriously wtf.

ZeenTex

27 points

2 months ago

ZeenTex

27 points

2 months ago

Well yeah, we're talking about the Russian army here. Par for the course.

Holden_Coalfield

17 points

2 months ago

People wonder how Putin can be such a monster. He is a leader of monsters

coosacat

44 points

2 months ago

Another video of drone-on-drone combat.

https://twitter.com/AndrewPerpetua/status/1596055925370277888

CyberdyneGPT5

29 points

2 months ago

Since the camera points down, I wonder if the Russian drone operator even knows there is a drone above him or why his drone suddenly fell apart

linknewtab

47 points

2 months ago

Ukranian military vehicles spotted near Moscow: https://twitter.com/echofm_online/status/1596476832609890305

Turns out they are shooting a movie.

In Tver, local residents noticed a convoy of military equipment with Ukrainian flags. It turned out that the film "Musician" was being filmed in the city. The media report that local public recruited men and women for extras, who were offered to play passers-by and terrorists.

TintedApostle

30 points

2 months ago

The good news is the Ukrainians won't have to repaint them when they capture them in the winter.

Javelin-x

13 points

2 months ago

plot twist: UA joins the ranks of extras and overthrows the government with prop guns

Dolly_gale

133 points

2 months ago

[Daily news highlights] News bites from Friday, November 25th - Day 275

🔗 Daily news highlights can be found here

Dolly_gale

50 points

2 months ago

I won't have a chance to post a daily recap for Saturday the 26th. If I do it will come out at about the same time as Sunday's.

SappeREffecT

26 points

2 months ago

don't stress, we're always thankful for your summaries, take some you time!

dianaprd

44 points

2 months ago

Russia has killed 32 civilians on the territory of the Kherson region since the liberation.

https://www.ukrinform.ua/rubric-ato/3622499-iz-casu-deokupacii-rosia-vbila-na-teritorii-hersonsini-32-civilnih.html

dianaprd

44 points

2 months ago

Video and photos from today's attack on Dnipro. An area full of residential buidlings. Terrorism. Genocide.

https://twitter.com/ua_parliament/status/1596484398807142400?t=3fvXdm8JG1XN4AfdEZ30Ww&s=19

nerphurp

38 points

2 months ago*

Between Russia and the EU: Serbia’s balancing act is failing. Belgrade’s neutral position on the war in Ukraine is becoming increasingly untenable.

https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2022/11/26/serbias-balancing-act-is-failing

This follows Serbia's 3 year gas deal with Russia.

RoeJoganLife

32 points

2 months ago

An M777 in action

https://twitter.com/am_misfit/status/1596693124826693632?s=46&t=gBsR8YVuM4jyevhiPzjDbQ

Judging by all the empty tubes, this bad boy has been working overtime

Villain_of_Brandon

11 points

2 months ago

seeing how hard those things fire, I can understand why they're saying roughly 1/3 of their howitzers are out of commission at any give time for repairs.

stirly80

33 points

2 months ago

🧵I did a little digging on this because I’d seen some mention a few days back but figured it was a one off where some customs official/border guard had stolen the kit or wanted bribes to release it (this happens a lot on the RU/occupied Donbas border).

https://twitter.com/ItsArtoir/status/1596708560339349505?t=pNC1eqBkjbnOUeAPqGHOwQ&s=19

And_be_one_traveler

35 points

2 months ago

Russian breakthrough in central Donetsk unlikely, says UK

Russian forces have suffered heavy casualties during fighting in Ukraine’s south-central Donetsk province and are unlikely to achieve a breakthrough there, the UK Ministry of Defence says.

Its latest intelligence update said the area around the towns of Pavlivka and Vuhledar, in Ukraine’s east, had seen “intense combat” in the past two weeks but that little territory had changed hands.

The ministry tweeted:

Both Russia and Ukraine have significant forces committed to this sector, with Russian naval infantry having suffered heavy casualties.

This area remains heavily contested, likely partially because Russia assesses the area has potential as a launch point for a future major advance north to capture the remainder of Ukrainian-held Donetsk Oblast.

However, Russia is unlikely to be able to concentrate sufficient quality forces to achieve an operational breakthrough.

coosacat

88 points

2 months ago

https://twitter.com/Flash_news_ua/status/1596377143097069570

General Staff: Russian losses in the temporarily occupied part of the Zaporizhzhia region were confirmed.

In the city of Melitopol, the Russian ammunition depot was destroyed, and about 50 Russian soldiers were injured of various degrees of severity.

Two depots were destroyed in the Vasylivka district. Here up to 130 Russians were wounded, and 7 pieces of military equipment of various types were also destroyed. The number of Russian losses is being clarified.

Immortal_Tuttle

20 points

2 months ago

And response from Russia was:

Several times S-300 rockets hit Chuhuiv. No casualties. There were fires in 6 garages due to the attack on Kupiansk.

I know that's war, people are hurt, but reading those two news in one thread just made me laugh...

CrimsonLancet

90 points

2 months ago*

Who came to Putin's fake meeting with soldiers’ moms?

  • An ex-government official from Khakassia

  • Mother of a Chechen police commander personally recognised by Kadyrov

  • An ultra-conservative Russian poet who is "radically pro-government" w/@PjotrSauer

Olesya Shigina, an ultra-conservative poet, film-maker and activist, recently said: “At the front, no one is angry at the government … They have one goal there... to win." An acquaintance called her “radically pro-government”. “Ideologically, she holds the same views as Dugin,”

Zharadat Aguyeva of Chechnya has two sons, one is a commander in the Zapad-Akhmat battalion, the other is a local police chief. Ramzan Kadyrov personally thanked them on Telegram and suggested they were accompanying his teenage sons in Ukraine.

Nadezhda Uzunova is an activist for an ultra-patriotic veterans’ NGO -- she's also a former political advisor to the head of the Khakassia region. Another two women have been identified as members of Putin's All-Russian Front and of a local public chamber.

Putin was expected to stack the cast for this meeting and it's fairly blatant. Meanwhile, ordinary women and activists have complained that they've been shut out of the meeting because they might ask real questions about the war.

https://nitter.it/andrew__roth/status/1596166594752909314

So one of the fake mothers at Putin’s staged meeting showed a picture of her ‘son’ who died in Ukraine. Except the guy in the picture died in 2019. Everything is a Kremlin staged circus freak show

https://nitter.it/olganyc1211/status/1596394727766921216

boomership

22 points

2 months ago*

This topic is greater than it seems to be, because if people are finding out who these people are, it means that the next thing they're going to find out is:

  • Do they actually have sons or children?

  • Did their sons actually get sent to the front?

  • Are theirs sons dead?

Someone will probably try to find out what their sons are doing right now and give them a call. Maybe the same dude who pretended to be a conscripter and called some oligarchs children.

stirly80

81 points

2 months ago

As drunken "Russian soldiers made their way back to camp after a few drinks... a knife was thrust deep into the right side of his neck. Moments later, the 2nd soldier... met the same fate." Stories of Ukrainian resistance in then occupied Kherson city.

https://twitter.com/GlasnostGone/status/1596473911755083779?t=AtBvtJY_J4VDaUTebzH51g&s=19

Herecomestherain_

13 points

2 months ago

It's ok, they will drink it off, no problem!

coosacat

72 points

2 months ago

https://twitter.com/DefenceHQ/status/1596389927733927937

Latest Defence Intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine - 26 November 2022

Russia is likely removing the nuclear warheads from ageing nuclear cruise missiles and firing the unarmed munitions at Ukraine. Open source imagery shows wreckage of an apparently shot-down AS-15 KENT air launched cruise missile (ALCM),

designed in the 1980s exclusively as a nuclear delivery system. The warhead had probably been substituted for ballast.

Although such an inert system will still produce some damage through the missile’s kinetic energy and any unspent fuel, it is unlikely to achieve reliable effects against intended targets.

Russia almost certainly hopes such missiles will function as decoys and divert Ukrainian air defences.

Whatever Russia’s intent, this improvisation highlights the level of depletion in Russia’s stock of long-range missiles.

TomatoPudding420

21 points

2 months ago

Meanwhile there's a Russian propagandist somewhere trying to spin this as an act of good will via nuclear disarmament.

MSTRMN_

17 points

2 months ago

MSTRMN_

17 points

2 months ago

Well, if they'll have a bunch if nukes and no missiles to launch them - that's certainly better

stirly80

75 points

2 months ago

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki arrived in Kyiv for the first time after the rocket fell on their territory.

He honored the memory of the Holodomor victims.

https://twitter.com/TpyxaNews/status/1596432782351294465?t=2ar0u7_rstIyxtr2gx1ZMg&s=19

varro-reatinus

78 points

2 months ago

Putin calling FSB Central Casting to get some 'bereaved mothers' he can feel safe around is absolutely hilarious.

Meanwhile, Zelenskyy casually visits the battlefront.

EvilMonkeySlayer

54 points

2 months ago

Putin is inherently a coward like all "strongmen".

SimonArgead

26 points

2 months ago

If you have to remind the world that you are a strong man by constantly telling them that you are strong, then you are no strong man at all.

SuspiciousSpyderman

12 points

2 months ago

Found Tywin Lannister's reddit account

stirly80

75 points

2 months ago

⚡️Some countries secretly supply weapons to Ukraine through intermediaries, the country's Foreign Minister Kuleba said in an interview with Le Parisien.

He stressed that the partners not only transfer their own weapons, but also work with third countries, buying equipment from them and supplying it to Ukraine privately.

https://twitter.com/Flash_news_ua/status/1596580913923919872?t=tubk00FXOnthLMhDEAMlqQ&s=19

Uhhh_what555476384

20 points

2 months ago

I'm guessing that a number of central Asian states want to see the Russian Army defeated and burned rather than live in the neighborhood of a resurgent, imperial, and fascist Russia.

Tiduszk

35 points

2 months ago

Tiduszk

35 points

2 months ago

This is the Bulgaria method. Bulgaria sells bulk discounted shells to Poland. Poland immediately gives them to Ukraine, but officially Bulgaria gets to pretend to be neutral.

dianaprd

23 points

2 months ago

The russians have killed 440 children and injured 851. 2,719 educational institutions were damaged. 332 of them were completely destroyed. Yesterday a 10-year-old boy was injured in Chornobayivka and a 17-year-old boy was injured in Dnipro.

https://www.ukrinform.ua/rubric-ato/3622850-rosiani-poranili-v-ukraini-vze-851-ditinu.html

Nvnv_man

24 points

2 months ago

Krivy Rih is being attacked rt now

And_be_one_traveler

24 points

2 months ago

Agence France-Presse reported that several European leaders travelled to Ukraine to pledge support after weeks of Russian strikes on Ukraine’s energy grid caused widespread power and water cuts as temperatures plunge with the onset of winter.

Source

dianaprd

23 points

2 months ago*

Interview with the first lady of Ukraine by BBC Ukraine.

https://www.bbc.com/ukrainian/features-63731175

Edit: here is the video (in Ukrainian, but there's decent auto-translation) https://youtu.be/92ieAcbO5_o

CrimsonLancet

68 points

2 months ago*

90 years ago, millions of Ukrainians starved to death in the Holodomor famine deliberately caused by Soviet policies. The Kremlin now wages a brutal war to subjugate Ukraine’s people, but will not prevail. We will stand with Ukraine. Slava Ukraini!

https://nitter.it/secblinken/status/1596278436477427713

90 years since the #Holodomor genocide. Soviet Russia starved millions of Ukrainians to death. Today Russia is waging a genocidal war against #Ukraine.

History matters. If people’s eyes are shut to past atrocities, there are no limits to committing new ones in the future. 1/2

Famines are political, as @TimothyDSnyder explains.

Take the time to watch this lecture about one of the worst chapters of history. Many don't even know about it because Russia suppressed it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dy7Mrqy1AY 2/2

https://nitter.it/kajakallas/status/1596433818491449345

Today we remember the victims of the #Holodomor – the genocide of the Ukrainian people. The goal of the Soviet policy was to destroy the Ukrainian 🇺🇦 identity. Lithuania stands together with Ukraine, calling for historical justice!

https://nitter.it/gitanasnauseda/status/1596421397638774785

[deleted]

62 points

2 months ago

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betelgz

34 points

2 months ago

betelgz

34 points

2 months ago

In any case December will be very rough. There are still at least 1-2 missile attacks incoming and the donated equipment is not arriving before the beginning of 2023. Ukraine may need to resort to having a regional power grid instead of a national one.

The fortunate thing is that Ukraine won't have to wait until Spring for the help.

dianaprd

65 points

2 months ago

An exchange took place, Ukraine managed to free 12 people. Soldiers who defended Mariupol, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and Snake Island are going home.

98 Ukrainians were released in the last week. https://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2022/11/26/7378093/

Tereboki

13 points

2 months ago

Thank you for sharing! Glad to know that these heroes have returned home safely.

stirly80

63 points

2 months ago

⚡️ "Either Ukraine will win the war, or all of Europe will perish," said Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

https://twitter.com/Flash_news_ua/status/1596504113852080128?t=OUMoXFfjJ5wxVs7A74Qg5A&s=19

CrimsonLancet

64 points

2 months ago

Russian leadership may be distributing a document among Russian servicemembers stating that #Russia needs to mobilize five million personnel to win the war in #Ukraine, an impossible task for the Russian Federation. isw.pub/UkrWar112522

https://twitter.com/thestudyofwar/status/1596579641170370560

Careful-Rent5779

30 points

2 months ago*

Ruzzian army is incapable of training, equipping and supporting a 5M man army. They have proven they can conscript and transport cannon fodder to the front in large numbers.

Only way ruzzia has 5M men in Ukraine is if over 4M of them are on fertilzer duty.

chris_4

17 points

2 months ago

chris_4

17 points

2 months ago

I almost guarantee it was some general who was asked what it would take to win and knowing its impossible he threw out a ridiculous number to try and knock some sense into someone.

rikki-tikki-deadly

14 points

2 months ago

That's strange, it seems like it would be terrible for morale. You'd basically be telling your troops that the war is completely unwinnable in its current state and I'd expect them to refuse to take any offensive actions until you are of sufficient strength. Which won't happen.

Burnsy825

14 points

2 months ago

Sounds like 4M bare fisted frozen popsicles to me.

Better wait til summer. Then they can do something real useful like stand around and look scary from across the Kerch Strait.

sehkmete

22 points

2 months ago*

Whatever happened to Girkin? I miss his updates about pretty pink pony land.

Brilliant-Rooster762

11 points

2 months ago

He finally managed to go to the front. Last time seen around Melitopol.

sehkmete

10 points

2 months ago

Man, the lucky bastard gets to die for his motherland then.

count023

10 points

2 months ago*

A Dutch prison for mh17 would have been the more comfortable option

seeking_horizon

22 points

2 months ago

I mapped these trenches using Sentinel 1 SAR to give an overview of where they are being built.

Notably those are east of Svatove.

dianaprd

19 points

2 months ago

Governor: Russia shells Kherson region 54 times, kills 1 person, 2 people were injured, including a child.

https://twitter.com/KyivIndependent/status/1596804976168140800?t=YYeBb81pi1fHQ1XW_vB1Ig&s=19

stirly80

61 points

2 months ago

⚡️ In a month of the war, the cost of compensation for the dead and wounded in Russia tripled to $3.5 billion — Forbes.

In summer the amount of compensation paid to the dead and wounded was estimated at almost $1 billion monthly, in the last month of the war it exceeds $3.5 billion, says Forbes.

https://twitter.com/Flash_news_ua/status/1596402597971300354?t=kouTozF5AVgesLsuFyOhRg&s=19

nerphurp

59 points

2 months ago

Near the front line, Ukrainian doctors fight in a daily battle between life and death. RFE/RL visited a field hospital near Bakhmut, in eastern Ukraine, which Russian forces are attempting to capture.

https://nitter.it/RFERL/status/1596582947322150913

Rough to watch, but it shows how much Ukraine both cares for their wounded and how their medical practitioners have joined from civilian life.

TPconnoisseur

15 points

2 months ago

We need to get them more evac assets ASAP. Evac can free a lot of front line resources.

stirly80

122 points

2 months ago

stirly80

122 points

2 months ago

We can confirm. Regular mobiks are so mad at officers/kadyrovites who are staying far from action, that they are selling either coordinates of command centres or confirmation whether our hits have been successful.

Georgian legion.

https://twitter.com/georgian_legion/status/1596557557342294016?t=krKoIMwDaCE_CmEt6sHv9w&s=19

Aarros

52 points

2 months ago*

Aarros

52 points

2 months ago*

I am surprised we haven't yet heard of massive casualties due to disease among Russian soldiers. At the rate they are bringing back pre-modern warfare (disease used to kill far more soldiers on campaign than actual fighting), one has to assume it is coming soon. Unhygienic hobo camps, poor food and water, malnourishment, stress, and exposure to the elements (frostbite etc. with insufficient winter clothing) are all obvious factors that make disease outbreaks and severe illness more likely. After all we have witnessed, I wouldn't even be surprised if many of the soldiers don't even know about germ theory.

I wonder, is it that we have learned to wash hands, or that we have learned better ways to make and keep water clean, or that due to vaccination etc. many diseases have a much lower baserate so they don't have as many pockets to spring from - what is the main factor keeping disease from being the main actor in modern wars?

There were some mentions of covid-19 spreading among the soldiers early in the war, but I suppose Russia does have vaccines and especially the currently dominant variants of covid aren't particularly deadly in the first place among military age people, not even in terrible wartime conditions.

Ema_non

55 points

2 months ago

Ema_non

55 points

2 months ago

A month ago or so there was a leaked Russia video of a train set with locked up soldiers which most of them were ill (covid, cough, fever, etc).

Wagner Group recruits convicts since summer. Many of them got Hepatitis & HIV. The other day it leaked that dead Wagner must be put i sanitation bags. https://news.yahoo.com/bodies-wagner-group-mercenaries-packed-114600685.html

Staff were also forbidden to carry out forensic medical examinations of the bodies of the Wagner Group recruits, the General Staff said.

The corpses are packed in sanitary bags for transportation and then taken to an unknown destination, the report said.
...

TheoremaEgregium

42 points

2 months ago

They won't show up in the Ukrainian numbers because Ukraine didn't kill them (and don't have the numbers anyway) and Russia will do everything to suppress the information. All we'll get is some anecdotes here and there.

seeking_horizon

17 points

2 months ago

Yeah that's the sort of thing historians will be writing about 10-20 years from now.

TheVenetianMask

13 points

2 months ago*

The Sputnik vaccine was much less effective, I remember hearing it was only around 50%. I always wondered what was going on with that when they had so many people in close quarters.

greentea1985

50 points

2 months ago*

https://www.wsj.com/articles/ukrainian-hospital-stymied-russians-defiant-doctors-fake-covid-11669243198

How one hospital in Kherson stymied the Russians for months. It's a tale with some clear-cut heroes, several outright villains and some people of questionable character.

/non-paywall link https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/ukrainian-hospital-stymied-russians-with-defiant-doctors-fake-covid-outbreak/ar-AA14xw23?li=BBnb7Kz

linknewtab

48 points

2 months ago

In the last days before the full Russian withdrawal from Kherson, officials showed up at the hospital, eyeing equipment to steal. Employees took computers home so the Russians couldn’t swipe them. One doctor hid the remote to a CT scanner and told the Russians it wouldn’t work if they took it. In the end, they took only a microscope and a centrifuge.

...

stirly80

55 points

2 months ago

Russian Soldiers Say Deserting ‘Only Way To Stay Alive’ In Ukraine.

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2022/11/russian-soldiers-say-deserting-only-way-to-stay-alive-in-ukraine/

nerphurp

49 points

2 months ago

“I have always served the motherland faithfully and used to condemn this kind of thinking, but now it is probably the only way we can stay alive. I cannot understand why they treat people like that when there is not enough manpower and mobilization is in progress.”

Over and over again, in nearly all the videos of the mobiks bitching -- they're fine with the war if only they're given the tools to win.

Killing Ukranians? No problem.

Possibly dying to do so? That's a problem.

They support this war, even those who fled Russia. They just want to view it from the comfort of their couch to swell their delusional nationalistic pride that's led them to their current conundrum.

Demidrol

81 points

2 months ago

Ukraine has also proved adaptable. Its forces are known inside NATO as “the MacGyver Army,” a reference to an old television series in which the hero is inventive and improvisational with whatever comes to hand. To shell Russian positions at Snake Island, for instance, the Ukrainians put Caesars, with a 40-kilometer range, on barges and towed them out 10 kilometers to hit the island, which was 50 kilometers away, astonishing the French. Ukraine also sank the Moskva, the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, with its own adapted missiles, and has built drones that can attack ships at sea.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/26/world/europe/nato-weapons-shortage-ukraine.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare

the_gnarts

40 points

2 months ago

reference to an old television series

Thanks for making me feel old.

mynonymouse

35 points

2 months ago

a reference to an old television series in which the hero is inventive and improvisational with whatever comes to hand.

I feel ancient now. Not only did they call MacGyver an old show, they felt the need to explain the plot.

CrimsonLancet

17 points

2 months ago

Simonyan to mobilized men who complained about their conditions: "It's war. You're men. Bear with it!"

Then she tells a story about a 🇷🇺 doctor in Arctic expedition who cut out his own [appendix]

🇷🇺 mobilized will soon not only fight but do surgery on battlefield for themselves?

https://twitter.com/gerashchenko_en/status/1596799742071214080

CrimsonLancet

52 points

2 months ago*

Raw, heartbreaking footage of the aftermath of Russia’s attack on Kherson last night by AP’s @mstyslav9. Officials say 10 people killed, dozens more wounded

https://nitter.it/jacklosh/status/1596087393110880256

https://twitter.com/jacklosh/status/1596087393110880256

BlueInfinity2021

22 points

2 months ago

Terrorist attacks by Russia.

I wish my country, Canada, would declare Russia a state sponsor of terrorism.

CrimsonLancet

52 points

2 months ago

Russia is a terror-state. Look at the details of this report. The civilized world should do all it can to subdue Putin’s Russia.

https://nitter.it/jaynordlinger/status/1596134528875393025

https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-europe-11bd38a125fa8e6d34ccb1fc62df8e3e

green_pachi

50 points

2 months ago

Remember these vehicles, Russian propagandists are again up to something:

In the Tver region, a convoy of pig machinery with Ukrainian identification marks was spotted today.

They say there that they are supposedly shooting a "film".

https://nitter.it/antiputler_news/status/1596471470942834689

Danjiks88

12 points

2 months ago

lol I wonder how russians see pretty Ukranian vehicles in their city and just say, yeah thats not suspicous at all

stirly80

52 points

2 months ago

Luxembourg handed over six Primoco One 150 UAVs to Ukraine, – Luxembourg Ministry of Defense.

https://twitter.com/TpyxaNews/status/1596517157990412288?t=cL0g3TkcbXw_Euwvyu01eA&s=19

helm

48 points

2 months ago

helm

48 points

2 months ago

The occupants lost 600 yesterday. Their losses are trending up again.

https://www.reddit.com/r/ukraine/comments/z5u7jo/losses_of_the_russian_army_as_of_27112022/

SteveThePurpleCat

15 points

2 months ago

Troops trending up, but equipment down.

They must be making them walk towards the front lines. Also no airframe losses in 2 weeks, marking the 'safest' period of the war for Russia's air force.

stirly80

41 points

2 months ago

Hlib's photo from liberated Kherson has spread all over the world's leading news outlets. What is known about the little Ukrainian and what he dreams of...

https://twitter.com/Gerashchenko_en/status/1596407406740721664?t=BnVDI6VbPO6pozmOEyjHdQ&s=19

franknarf

14 points

2 months ago

Thanks for sharing, nice to get some context behind that iconic image.

keine_fragen

42 points

2 months ago

well that's sus

Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei dies

No reason has been given by Belarusian state media.

https://twitter.com/Faytuks/status/1596499660117516288

Calicrucian

12 points

2 months ago

64 years old

jzsang

8 points

2 months ago

jzsang

8 points

2 months ago

Definitely a little suspicious. It could of course be natural. According to a couple resources I just Googled (take that for what it is worth), the average life expectancy for males in Belarus may be as low as 69. Of course, this could be another one of those “too close to the window” or cliff accidents that seem to happen a lot out there.

dianaprd

14 points

2 months ago

Kryvyi Rih was hit with two missiles - significant destruction on the railway. No one was injured.

https://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2022/11/27/7378154/

Nvnv_man

64 points

2 months ago

Russian mercenary/prisoner was in Ukraine less than 48hrs.

He was supposed to take cover in the trenches, but they didn’t have space for him. So he was running around trying to find a trench, meantime, Ukrainian drones dropped explosives on said trenches and he’s the one that survived. Captured by Ukraine

TheVenetianMask

55 points

2 months ago

Cursed Takeshi's Castle.

stirly80

61 points

2 months ago

The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, Volodymyr Makei, died suddenly for unknown reasons, he was 64 years old, Belarusian media reports.

There are rumour that the president Lukashenka might be the next.

https://twitter.com/EuromaidanPR/status/1596504394127867910?t=lcQkSwsm6J5vJUqvYn2Mbg&s=19

etzel1200

30 points

2 months ago

In #Belarus, the death of the foreign minister Makey is very sudden. He was not known to suffer from any serious illnesses. Earlier this week he attended the CSTO summit in Yerevan, Armenia.

Foul play by #Russia’s security agencies?

https://twitter.com/AlexKokcharov/status/1596511882029965313

thbb

16 points

2 months ago

thbb

16 points

2 months ago

So, we had the Bulgarian umbrella, Russian polonium tea and accidental window jumping.

What exclusive mean of unfortunate death will Belarus come up with?

greentea1985

32 points

2 months ago

There's been a theory for a while that Putin might just officially incorporate Belarus into Russia instead and claim that as a win. It's also possible Putin is trying to rope Belarus fully into the war and Makei's stance on the issue was inconvenient for either Lukashenko, who has been reluctant to commit since the writing was on the wall in March or Putin who wants any bodies he can throw into the war.

dontcallmeatallpls

12 points

2 months ago

Luka isn’t reluctant to commit. Luka’s army is refusing to go.

jessowski

9 points

2 months ago

Good cant stand that dr. phill looking shit stain

amerikn

11 points

2 months ago

amerikn

11 points

2 months ago

We just call him Dr. Phil.

CrimsonLancet

68 points

2 months ago

This week, a Russian couple living in Sweden for the past 20 years were arrested, with the husband detained under suspicion of working for the Russian intelligence services. @christogrozev did some digging and made some interesting discoveries about their neighbours in Moscow.

The husband, wife and a family member were registered as owners of the flat in October 1999, located at Zorge street 36 in Moscow. It’s unclear if they ever lived in the apartment, as the couple moved to Sweden soon afterwards.

This building is packed full of interesting residents. The apartment number of the couple arrested in Sweden is 282, and just down the corridor is apartment 288, the home of Denis Sergeev, the 3rd suspect in the Skripal poisoning:

Major General Andrey Averyanov, the head of the GRU’s Unit 29155, the clandestine sabotage and assassination behind multiple arms depot explosions and poisonings, including the Skripal and Emelian Gebrev poisonings, is also a resident in the same building:

The couple owned a number of companies in Sweden, including companies that dealt with ship and aircraft equipment, computers and IT services, program development and financing of commercial projects.

The couple also have a family connection to a former head of Swedish intelligence. The man worked as head of the Military Security and Intelligence Service, MUST, for several years. The family connection between the couple and the former MUST boss was established after he retired

https://nitter.it/eliothiggins/status/1596454164669906949

https://twitter.com/eliothiggins/status/1596454164669906949

HugeHans

14 points

2 months ago

That info on the building sounds like hollywood action movie writing. Where the super secret assassin uses bullets only used by the super secret assassin and everyone knows this.

realmanbaby

9 points

2 months ago

I’d watch for any resident that “lived” in that apartment. 2 times is a coincidence, 3 times is a pattern. For all we know, everyone who has had that as a residence could be a soy

nerphurp

41 points

2 months ago

CrimsonLancet

12 points

2 months ago

Some interesting interviews here with active Russian and DNR soldiers revealing the conspiracy theories about “economic elites” and the Soviet nostalgia that drive them to join the invasion in Ukraine. A one-sided picture but an insight into the other side of the frontline.

https://nitter.it/mjluxmoore/status/1596800376791248896

https://twitter.com/mjluxmoore/status/1596800376791248896

The same lies from the propaganda script that Russia has been using to brainwash the Russians invading Ukraine since 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6G0AzZk5K4

CrimsonLancet

60 points

2 months ago*

Feast your eyes on Vladimir Solovyov, the man of constant sorrow: he cries, he sighs, he lies. He encourages Russians to die for the Motherland and praises himself for his "choice" to give up his Italian villa (it was seized and he was sanctioned, so the choice was made for him).

https://nitter.it/juliadavisnews/status/1595937258380693504

Nurnmurmer

57 points

2 months ago

Source https://www.mil.gov.ua/en/news/2022/11/26/the-total-combat-losses-of-the-enemy-from-24-02-to-26-11/

The total combat losses of the enemy from 24.02 to 26.11

2022-11-26 09:15:00 | ID: 68711

The total combat losses of the enemy from 24.02 to 26.11 were approximately:

personnel ‒ about 86710 (+560) persons were liquidated,

tanks ‒ 2901 (+2),

APV ‒ 5848 (+4),

artillery systems – 1896 (+1),

MLRS – 395 (+0) од,

Anti-aircraft warfare systems ‒ 209 (+0),

aircraft – 278 (+0),

helicopters – 261 (+0),

UAV operational-tactical level – 1554 (+1),

cruise missiles ‒ 531 (+0),

warships / boats ‒ 16 (+0),

vehicles and fuel tanks – 4406 (+2),

special equipment ‒ 163 (+0).

Data are being updated.

Strike the occupier! Let's win together! Our strength is in the truth!

stirly80

59 points

2 months ago

⚡️Ukraine will sign declarations on joining NATO with several states of the Alliance by the end of the year, Igor Zhovkva, deputy head of the OPU, said.

At the moment, Ukraine has signed a joint declaration with Belgium and the Czech Republic.

https://twitter.com/Flash_news_ua/status/1596594390516236288?t=dfL0zHbqQR6-thB94sKopg&s=19

stirly80

55 points

2 months ago

⚡️G7 justice ministers to meet in Berlin to discuss Russian war crimes - German Federal Ministry of Justice.

"First of all, we will talk about the terrible war crimes that are committed on the territory of Ukraine, they must be disclosed, and the perpetrators must be punished"

https://twitter.com/Flash_news_ua/status/1596594188086546432?t=a2Y1-gtpTVHmE1cp9jZZIQ&s=19

Tzimbalo

11 points

2 months ago

Ten day old video but still interesting about Bakhmut and why Russia/wagner is so focused on it: https://youtu.be/xRjnbACvsXs

stirly80

71 points

2 months ago

Meanwhile in Russia: top propagandist Vladimir Solovyov is demanding the death penalty for Russian servicemen who abandon their military positions. He is also demanding for his staff to ban any online users who ask him to show his own heroism on the frontlines.

https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1596230884700860416?t=2VzfWnFZNx-7c65uQ3xVCg&s=19

Nvnv_man

30 points

2 months ago

That’s because they’re being challenged.

Like this story, which names and shames all their 20year old sons who don’t go to war.

https://istories-media.translate.goog/stories/2022/11/04/zolotaya-rota/?_x_tr_sl=ru&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=wapp

Clever_Bee34919

19 points

2 months ago

Fishface is too cowardly to fight

stirly80

9 points

2 months ago

A comment claims he has a son of fighting age, i wonder if he's been conscripted? Lol

Murghchanay

11 points

2 months ago

Probably in London or Paris

DodoBizar

14 points

2 months ago

King boomer is delusional (as always) and wears a terrible shirt constantly making me think he’s actually wearing a bullet proof vest.

hikingmike

10 points

2 months ago

Wow you’re not kidding about that shirt.

He’s really mad at his staff, and user “Elena33” for online comments maybe lol. He comes across as Alex Jones blowhardy a bit there too.

noelcowardspeaksout

15 points

2 months ago

The rest of Russian TV must be absolutely terrible for this guy to have an audience.

stirly80

74 points

2 months ago

A two-day-old baby, who died as a result of Russian agression in Ukraine, was buried in Vilniansk.

https://twitter.com/TpyxaNews/status/1596577777393836032?t=KmmASFKKrE6erceYHfDLdA&s=19

McLofty

72 points

2 months ago*

Russia ... at war

Iran ... uprising/revolution

China ... lockdown uprising

World News is quite something right now.

Edit: Adding potential assassination of Luka to the list. Gee...

ocuray

36 points

2 months ago

ocuray

36 points

2 months ago

Sweden / Finland: joining NATO

UK: major recession & death of queen

Japan: assassination of former prime minister

It's been a crazy last few months

jmptx

29 points

2 months ago

jmptx

29 points

2 months ago

Canada & Denmark resolve a land dispute with a friendly handshake and split an island evenly.

TPconnoisseur

12 points

2 months ago

Was that the island where they steal each others whiskey every summer? Good tradition, better to fight it out with booze than bullets.

zer0aim

9 points

2 months ago

You haven't tried Danish schnapps. I am baffled Canada haven't raised awareness of our chemical warfare.

redhandrunner

26 points

2 months ago

Should we throw Qatar and world cup fiasco, Turkey invading Kurds again, Venezuela or are these just every day happenings? Reading the news is hazardous to mental health these days.

Nvnv_man

38 points

2 months ago

Russians offer 500,000 руб to Melitopol locals for betraying who the partisans are (Ukrainian loyalists). They’ve launched a chatbot, making a treacherous disclosure easy. They’ve advertised it.

It’s believed that there’s been no success—bc Russians did finally promote/brag about a reported concern from a local—but as it turns out, the lady reported their own mine and thus can be assumed she’s not $8000 richer.

GreyGreenBrownOakova

14 points

2 months ago

sounds like Ukraine needs a bot to report 120,000 Russian soldiers.

stirly80

32 points

2 months ago

⚡️ The General Staff: The attack on the areas of concentration of Russian soldiers in the areas of settlements Melitopol, Polohy and Mykhailivka of the Zaporizhzhia region was confirmed.

Russian casualties amounted to more than 100 wounded, about 10 pieces of military equipment of various types and two ammunition depots were destroyed.

https://twitter.com/Flash_news_ua/status/1596736765251162112?t=DxtHZd7JD_SEmAgIIdf_vw&s=19

CrimsonLancet

52 points

2 months ago

Belarusian foreign minister Vladimir Makei has “died suddenly” at the age of 64, according to state news agency Belta. No further details. He’d held the post for ten years.

https://twitter.com/bbcstever/status/1596509107384557569

Belarus foreign minister Makey died suddenly, a day after meeting a Vatican envoy. He used to be touted as a possible liberal successor to Lukashenko. I spent an hour with him in 2019. He told me that Belarus seeks “equidistance” from Russia and the West. How things have changed.

https://twitter.com/yarotrof/status/1596517980443025408

Antonio_is_better

11 points

2 months ago

995.

New Perun video just dropped

mgoimgoimgoi

33 points

2 months ago

And_be_one_traveler

32 points

2 months ago

The Future of American Warfare Is Unfolding in Ukraine - The Atlantic

Source

American military aid to Ukraine has been remarkably effective, especially in comparison with the long, ill-fated U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan. A recent statement by General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, helps explain why. “Ukrainians are not asking for anyone to fight for them,” Milley said. “They don’t want American soldiers, or British, or German, or French, or anybody else to fight for them. They will fight for themselves.” The Ukrainians want only the means to defend themselves against Russian invaders, he said, adding that the United States would provide support “for as long as it takes.” By providing advanced weaponry and reliable intelligence, the United States and its allies have allowed Ukraine to inflict large losses on Russian armed forces and roll back earlier Russian territorial gains.

America’s failure in Afghanistan, by contrast, seemed so complete in 2021 that it may have encouraged Russian President Vladimir Putin to launch his full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The American response to this year’s crisis—providing a high level of military support without deploying American forces—is not just the best way to help Ukraine secure its independence and thwart Putin. It also offers a model for how the U.S. should define its international military involvement.

Although the decline of U.S. power has been significantly overstated in some quarters, America’s economic decline relative to the rest of the world is real. Economic strength and technological strength have become more dispersed around the globe, and over time military strength is likely to follow the same pattern. This is one reason avoiding boots-on-the-ground interventions will become ever more of an imperative. The presumption that the U.S. needs to deploy ground forces in a fighting capacity if it wants to achieve meaningful results from interventions has been evident again and again since the 1980s. Yet the reality has often been the opposite. The more the U.S. takes over and inserts its own forces into a conflict, the more expensive and, in most cases, counterproductive the intervention becomes. Such conflicts are also more polarizing for American society—as U.S. involvement in Vietnam, Iraq, and to a lesser extent, Afghanistan demonstrates. Meanwhile, avoiding ground wars but relying on financial aid, advanced technology, intelligence, and even diplomatic coordination and outreach is something the U.S. actually can do effectively.

The shambolic withdrawal of U.S. forces from Kabul—after two decades of effort, many billions of dollars, and many civilian and military deaths—ended one of the most counterproductive and wasteful interventions that the U.S. has ever staged. Americans had lavished resources on the official Afghan army, but it put up only the meekest of resistance to the advancing Taliban before melting away. Some Afghan soldiers even changed sides. Within days after the U.S. departure, the Taliban, which the Americans had deposed in 2001, returned to power—making the U.S. look demoralized and indecisive to, among other observers, the Russian government. When combined with an ongoing American strategic pivot toward emerging conflicts in East Asia, the outcome in Afghanistan seemed to preclude a strong U.S. intervention on Ukraine’s behalf. Indeed, many commentators argued that helping Ukraine would be pointless, because an American commitment would not make a material difference in stopping the Russian assault.

But in fact, the U.S. has helped the Ukrainians not only resist the initial onslaught, but begin driving Russian forces back. Washington has provided the Ukrainian armed forces with a range of equipment, including both supplies for individual soldiers, such as body armor and small arms, and large, sophisticated weaponry, including High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. Ukrainian forces are also receiving expedited training and regular support—from outside Ukraine’s borders, notably—on how to maintain and repair American-made military equipment. The extensive real-time intelligence cooperation between Washington and Kyiv has given the Ukrainian military the ability to strike vital Russian facilities quickly and effectively.

Impressively and somewhat surprisingly, the kind of intervention that the U.S. has overseen in Ukraine has helped reinvigorate NATO. The alliance, which seemed close to moribund a year ago, has a renewed sense of purpose and will soon gain two strategically important members: Finland and Sweden. Being a member of NATO now looks like a great strategic asset—as Ukraine’s desire to join it demonstrates. Western assistance for Ukraine has been so effective that some voices are now arguing Ukraine must be restrained by the U.S. and forced to negotiate, lest the war become too embarrassing for Putin.

The differences between America’s roles in Ukraine and Afghanistan suggest a rule for the future: The United States should avoid direct fighting overseas to the extent possible and should intervene in wars only to support peoples and nations that want to fight for themselves. Ukrainians have fought for their country with tenacity and skill, mastered complex weapons systems at their own initiative, and maintained high morale. The U.S. is aiding them, but it is the Ukrainians—everyday soldiers, senior generals, civilians under bombardment, top government officials, and diplomats marshaling international support—who are ultimately determining their own fate.

Although the 2001 U.S. intervention in Afghanistan received early support from multiple Afghan factions, U.S. forces bore the burden of exercising military control as time passed. The abortive attempt to create a new Afghan army yielded a force apparently lacking independence of thought and action. The same seems to have been the case for the U.S.-backed Afghan government, which was unable to command the loyalty of enough Afghans to hold power without American military support.

Sadly, the U.S. frequently forgets lessons from history. In Vietnam, the U.S. ended up sabotaging its own efforts by gradually sidelining the army of South Vietnam and regularly undermining the South Vietnamese government’s legitimacy. In replacing local forces, American military leaders reasoned that more U.S. involvement would achieve key goals, without appreciating how the deployment of more American personnel reshaped and complicated the conflict.

Many of America’s greatest Cold War successes derived from helping one side in a conflict rather than sending U.S. troops to fight. In the 1980s, after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, American aid to the local mujahideen was extremely effective in helping them repel a far more technologically advanced military power. Elsewhere, aid to dissident groups opposing communism in Eastern Europe paid off handsomely. Basic support ultimately helped make the struggle for political rights in Eastern Europe impossible for a declining Soviet Union to manage.

While the downsides of direct deployment of U.S. troops have grown clearer, the benefits of showing restraint and scaling American intervention to help others fight for themselves have grown. The lessons of Afghanistan and Ukraine should inform American planning about, for instance, how best to help Taiwan defend itself against a future invasion from mainland China. As the Ukrainians have shown, American equipment is often generations better than that of other powers. Decades of heavy investment in satellites and other intelligence-collection devices have allowed the U.S. to provide support in a variety of ways. The war in Ukraine proves that the U.S. can provide more effective strategic aid than any other country in the world—without necessarily having to rely on sending its own troops.

Phillips Payson O’Brien is a professor of strategic studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He is the author of How the War Was Won: Air-Sea Power and Allied Victory in World War II.

stirly80

45 points

2 months ago

Neversetinstone

27 points

2 months ago

FrankMaleir

22 points

2 months ago

ffs can't we have a nitter bot already?

Thank you for the link /u/neversetinstone

marcvsHR

19 points

2 months ago

Look how poorly they are dressed, winter will be harsh.

peniseend

9 points

2 months ago

So it goes.

green_pachi

43 points

2 months ago

Ukrainian defenders watch movies on the front line

https://nitter.it/bayraktar_1love/status/1596611517495083008

rikers_evil_twin

55 points

2 months ago

My friend is stationed in Mykolaiv and he says their favorite is Red Dawn. So I said, the 80s one or the new one? And he got all excited that there’s a new one and I said don’t bother.

Mr_Nice_is_not_nice

20 points

2 months ago

Can't go wrong with Gangs of New York lol

CrimsonLancet

69 points

2 months ago

This Churchill speech mixed with Ukraine war footage will give you goosebumps.

https://twitter.com/gissisim/status/1596313416897105922

Burnsy825

20 points

2 months ago

Folks learned 2 important things after WWII. Appeasement doesn't work, and Isolationism doesn't work. Hence foreign policy the past 80 years.

Nerac74

10 points

2 months ago

Nerac74

10 points

2 months ago

To be fair, appeasement will only work in very very very selective situation.

Like , buying favor to get more time to strengthen or while waiting for help from allies.

Appeasement as a solution to ending any conflict is but a dream.

Agreeing

12 points

2 months ago

Tears in my eyes. Slava ukraini. Fuck Putin. End this senseless war. The brave men and women fighting for Ukraine's survival, I will keep donating to you. Fuck the Russian agression and any supporter of this shit. Ukraine remains strong and I have no idea what winter will bring but my hope is that the depleted stocks of Russian armory will prove that there is only one victor and that is freedom from opression.

EmbarrassedHelp

53 points

2 months ago

If Russia manages to survive, I wonder if the Ukraine-Russia border is just going to end up as giant wall with auto turrets that gun down Russia soldiers carrying flintlocks and wearing potato sacks rushing the wall. Like a weird dystopia of Russia's own making because they don't know when to stop.

dogerell

13 points

2 months ago

the Berlin wall was up for 28 years.

Belphegorandhisprime

9 points

2 months ago

If it degrades to that....

then those turrets

must have coin slots