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We must have been hearing two different sources, because from what I’ve heard, Ukraine is winning because they are smarter than Putin and more technologically advanced than Russia. The aid helps, but isn’t the main reason Russia hasn’t rolled over Ukraine.
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In today’s edition of “Zionists are Far-Right Freaks”.
There’s a lot to unpack here, but the implication that Jews aren’t actually Jews if they’re not of Israeli heritage or culture is just straight up antisemitism.
(Also, Russian Jews predate Israel by hundreds of years. In fact most American Jews are descended from…Russia.)
BTW, the poster used to be a UCLA professor. He was forced to resign after multiple sexual harassment complaints from undergrads. Take that as you may.
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That second part is 100% because of the West. Ukrainian arms pre-aid were Soviet and Desert Storm era gear, with some western gear from the Iraqi Freedom days we sold them after Crimea. We’ve also been training them on and off since 2014.
And a good chunk of their tactical sophistication is due to western Intel.
The war would have been over in the first week were it not for advanced Intel from the US and UK that allowed Ukraine to reposition its command and control elements so that the initial Russian invasion did not wipe out their coms and logistics systems.
Look, I will never doubt the Ukrainian fighting spirit. They’ve done absolute wonders and are warriors through and through. But Steve is right, without western aid this war would have been lost hard. Russia, for all its extreme faults, is still massively more powerful in terms of military assets. It’s been severely degraded now, and Ukraine has been so massively buffed that it is unlikely Russia will ever push past that river again…but it took the combined might of western aid and sanctions to get to that point.
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It also helps that Russia has probably prosecuted the most incompetent offensive war in modern history.
You could probably write a book on how not to fight an offensive war and it would just be examples from this cluster fuck. They did everything, and I mean everything wrong.
They telegraphed their attack, they struck during the marshy spring time, they failed to properly account for Ukrainian command and control elements, lied to their troops and failed to establish proper lines of command and communication, failed to adequately build their supply chains, failed to account fully for western intervention, failed to properly secure their advance and stretched too far too fast, failed to properly ramp up their economy to a wartime footing, failed to properly leverage their soft power, failed to properly train and equip their troops, failed to set up contingency plans in case their “bomb shit and move” strat didn’t work, failed to establish air superiority, failed to contain and suppres partisan activity in occupied territories, failed to adapt their strategy for asymmetrical warfare (Russian bombers bombing empty trenches because they don’t have a procedure in place for assaulting mobile infantry, for example).
The list goes on and on.
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I don’t think that has anything to do with the hispanic vote.
The main reason they’re easing up on the sanctions is because the Maduro government and the opposition led by Juan Gaidó are finally talking to each other again in order to try and pull the country out of the crisis that’s still crippling it (and because the US need to get access back to the Venezuelan oil supply).
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And those definitions are not consistent with each other. Nor are they consistent with how various media and politicians use the term “assault weapons”. They agree that AR and AK are assault weapons, but that’s about it.
And of course modified ARs and AKs exist, which comply with various assault weapons laws. For example this is California compliant:
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Don’t forget about failing to protect their critical infrastructure like the Crimea bridge from attacks and sabotage during the war. Speaking of which Traffic on Crimea rail bridge still restricted
As I figured the burning fuel train damaged the bridge so only one track is open, and train traffic is restricted, forcing Russia to use ferries to move them until September of next year. Hopefully Ukraine will hit the ferries too.
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According to western intelligence, Russia is so low on precision missles that they’re using inert Kh-55 cruise missles as decoys to give their shittier ordinance a chance to make it past Ukrainian defenses.
The Kh-55 btw are nuclear capable ballistic missles. This means Russia is so desperate for ordinance that they’re stipping warheads off their missles and using them for fodder.
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idk if they’ve gotten to the point of actively stripping out the warheads on those; the stuff I’ve seen were Kh-55 originally meant for tests/training originally loaded with cement “warheads”.
If they really are recycling them, though… damn. I mean, not surprised, but still, “second most powerful army in the world” and all that.
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@Zincy
Are they really stripping nuclear warheads from missiles? There exists a training variant of Kh-55 and I’d expect this is what they are launching.
Units need to train with their equipment, including launching the missiles from time to time. But of course no one will let them train with actual nukes. This is why the training variant exists. It’s the same missile, but with inert warhead.
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California Governor Gavin Newsom has been speculated to try for 2024, especially if Biden doesn’t run for reelection.
He has announced that no, he won’t regardless of Biden.
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Wait, so does that mean Putin has single handily left Russia defenseless with no way to launch nukes at Ukraine (praying that we never witness nuclear war) and with essentially reducing his nuclear arsenal to the bone? If that’s the case then it really shows how he’s basically selling everything to supply his war effort in Ukraine.
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I’ve said it before, but I half want Russia to drop nukes at this point.
Imagine news that WW3 has just started. For the next 20 minutes everyone is running in circles, sometimes literally. The missile finally lands…and just buries itself halfway into the ground. Turns out one of Russia’s oligarchs sold all of the country’s uranium for a single Roblox card since the robux is now worth more than the ruble.
All 8 billion people in the world will mutter a collective “bruh”, and then the world just straight up deletes Russia.
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Seems like Poopin is determined to drag the war for as long as possible with the hope that the other side will eventually lose morale, even if it means having to fight with just sticks.
They know they don’t have real weapons to defend themselves with so they have no choice but to rely on the illusion of strength. Like a little dog: all bark and no bite
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All 8 billion people in the world will mutter a collective “bruh”, and then the world just straight up deletes Russia.
There are a lot of people in Russia I like, though :<
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They’ll be doing the deleting alongside everyone else.
Putin wants to restore the Soviet Union, but I’m imagining the opposite. Instead of Russia reincorporating all the break off nations, all the former Russia territory carve up Russia into their own.
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