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    Russia has openly stated that Youtube is their "most effective" tool for influencing public opinion. This one is a little unusual in that it's a pro-Russia video sloppily disguised as a pro-Ukraine video. There is only 1 country that has stated paranoid concerns about Ukraine getting nukes (and they aren't), so it's not difficult to tell where this is really coming from. A little sneaky, but enough to fool a lot of YT viewers.

    The funniest part is that the thumbnail is of 2 RUSSIAN Topol mobile nukes (*not* Nato lol), with some Ukrainian flags poorly photoshopped on top. The lazy approach goes to show how easy it is for those that want to spread misinformation to fool many people on YT into falling for whatever reality they want to fabricate.

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    Ukrainian Defence Ministry going hard on Twitter:

    They haven't even started yet...
    russia plans to increase the number of armed forces’ personnel to 2 million+.
    In order to implement the decree of their president, russia’s ministry of defense now has to procure 2 million body bags.

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    Putin can sign all the decrees he wants to increase the size of his army but unless they start mass conscription it won't mean a thing. They are struggling to replace the tens of thousands of casualties they've already taken and the 'volunteer' battalions being raised barely rate as company size in strength.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corvus View Post
    Putin can sign all the decrees he wants to increase the size of his army but unless they start mass conscription it won't mean a thing. They are struggling to replace the tens of thousands of casualties they've already taken and the 'volunteer' battalions being raised barely rate as company size in strength.
    Russia is a developed, civilized country where they do not do that. As an enlightened country, they instead pursue a policy of "Aggressive volunteerism", where they round up men of fighting age, and some of not, and tell them they have two choices, "You can volunteer to join the military, or we will force you to join the military." Everyone ends up volunteering in the end, so it's basically purely voluntary.

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    For the Russians, that's too little and far too late. Their manpower woes necessitates a wider draft of ethnic Russians for forced service, and this isn't it.

    A decree to increase the combat troops only by 137k, and going into effect only on Jan 2023, 4 months from now, during which they will continue to bleed hundreds of men daily?
    Last edited by zealo; 2022-08-26 at 01:22 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zealo View Post
    For the Russians, that's too little and far too late. Their manpower woes necessitates a wider draft of ethnic Russians for forced service, and this isn't it.

    A decree to increase the combat troops only by 137k, and going into effect only on Jan 2023, 4 months from now, during which they will continue to bleed hundreds of men daily?
    And I'm not too sure how well they'll fare after having to winter in Ukraine, unless they suddenly pull the supplies and logistics needed to move it they've been missing out of thin air.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaleredar View Post
    And I'm not too sure how well they'll fare after having to winter in Ukraine, unless they suddenly pull the supplies and logistics needed to move it they've been missing out of thin air.
    Its not just supplies either. Having seen the way Russian troops set up their camps compared to Ukrainian ones they are in for a very unpleasant time when winter hits.

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    Uf russan food service realy went to hell. You can clearly see that war fucked up economy there.
    Don't sweat the details!!!

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    According to British intelligence report, Putin/Shoigu fired 6 generals due to advancement being too slow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Makabreska View Post
    According to British intelligence report, Putin/Shoigu fired 6 generals due to advancement being too slow.
    But Shoigu said they were totes slowing down on purpose to prevent civilian casualties. Surely they wouldn't lie. /s

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corvus View Post
    But Shoigu said they were totes slowing down on purpose to prevent civilian casualties. Surely they wouldn't lie. /s
    I'm sure that in his own mind Shoigu didn't lie, heck I'm even willing to believe that Shoigu is in good faith but that putin is just saying one thing and ordering the complete opposite thing in the same breath. (Don't worry I'm not that naive but I wouldn't ascribe to Shoigu much ability to make his own decisions)

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    No doubt she was a SIMS 3 player as well.
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    concentration camps in europe again :

    https://twitter.com/nycjim/status/1563120506156462080
    The Chechens already had concentration camps for queer people before this war to be fair.

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    Interesting death in the United States:

    US diplomat struck and killed by truck while riding bike in Maryland

    Sarah JoanLangenkamp was a diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine. Numerous offices have cited her as the head of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section at the embassy.

    At least they didn't use food poisoning this time.

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    There was also a Russian disedent and putin critic who fell out of a building - in Washington DC. That one sounds even more suspicious.

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    A Russian propagandist was live filming drone operators in action only for the Ukrainians to hijack it in flight. Slight panic followed when they realised the Ukrainians could figure out where they were as a result.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/wartransl...8Cq7w1HhvOBJ6Q

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    Latest ISW report says it looks like recruitment efforts in the poorer ethnic regions of Russia have exhausted available recruits and the stealth mobilisation has now shifted to the central parts of Russia, including Moscow, Leningrad and St Petersburg.

    Given they really didn't want to have to recruit from there, it shows the desperation for fresh bodies.

    https://understandingwar.org/backgro...ment-august-27

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corvus View Post
    There was also a Russian disedent and putin critic who fell out of a building - in Washington DC. That one sounds even more suspicious.

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    A Russian propagandist was live filming drone operators in action only for the Ukrainians to hijack it in flight. Slight panic followed when they realised the Ukrainians could figure out where they were as a result.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/wartransl...8Cq7w1HhvOBJ6Q

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    Latest ISW report says it looks like recruitment efforts in the poorer ethnic regions of Russia have exhausted available recruits and the stealth mobilisation has now shifted to the central parts of Russia, including Moscow, Leningrad and St Petersburg.

    Given they really didn't want to have to recruit from there, it shows the desperation for fresh bodies.

    https://understandingwar.org/backgro...ment-august-27
    Nitpick: Saint Petersburg IS Leningrad. It was renamed Leningrad in 1924 and renamed Saint Petersburg in 1991 or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaydin View Post
    Nitpick: Saint Petersburg IS Leningrad. It was renamed Leningrad in 1924 and renamed Saint Petersburg in 1991 or so.
    Technically, only the city got renamed back to St Petersburg, with the wider oblast still being called Leningrad.

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