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    Quote Originally Posted by Corvus View Post
    Generations of russians have been taught that thinking is hazardous to their health so they largely don't anymore.
    I recently read a take on that, during the Stalin years anyone who had two brain cells to rub together sooner or later found themselves in the Gulag or simply dead, and that had a very detrimental effect on the gene pool, the 27 million dead from WWII didn't help either, then the brain drain during the Cold War and the following years leaving almost literally no-one who has great intelligence and I have to admit that sounds very plausible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowferal View Post
    This.
    I don't believe the average Russian has access to news and information that contradicts the state.
    They are not stupid. They know full well they are being lied to by their government, but hundreds of years of the government killing all the people capable of individual thinking, or not being able to hide their individual thinking, has taught them to shut up and just "baa baa" with the other sheep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YUPPIE View Post
    Wagner is aware of its identity and relationship with the US (that is, one of mortal enemies; they even fought I reckon) so to send a letter to the White House to begin with, and in a subdued tone, is pretty ominous to me.

    Also, doesn't the US have security for letting such mails pass through read to begin with, considering the spree of mail bombings related to Russia that was headlined recently?
    To me it sounds petulant

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    Quote Originally Posted by YUPPIE View Post
    The latter part of the West cowing down aside, that's LITERALLY what Russia is right now. Perfect description, though I don't think Russia will stop at just Ukraine should they get what they want.
    So why should everyone not Russia ever let them get what they want?
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    Germany has announced they are sending 14 leopards, or one company, which will form part of 2 battalions (88 tanks) to be provided by European nations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elder Millennial View Post
    Here's the thing I don't get.

    If I were Russian, living in Russia, planning on staying in Russia, and maybe even be a bit patriotic or whatnot I would have a few questions.

    Question number 1: Let's say Ukraine is ground down to the point of accepting territorial concessions. Let's say Russia gets to keep everything it currently holds, maybe even more. OK. Russia wins. Now what?

    NATO expanded and the other Eastern European nations just armed themselves to the teeth. Most of our immediate European neighbors have shut their borders and nobody is willing to buy or sell anything from or to us and half the national reserves of Russia are now frozen in western banks for the foreseeable future and we're back on the top of America's shit list.

    On top of that, our central Asian hostages seems to have used to distraction to slip out of our sphere of influence and into that of China or Turkey.

    Question 2. I'm a "good Russian patriot" and I vote exactly as "my" president Putin tells me to. If Putin dies without telling me who to vote for, what will I do? Or I am a politically passive sheep Russian, what will become of me without Putin making decisions for me? Who will make decisions for me then?

    At least in North Korea they have their dynasty and in China they have The Party and the head honchos will appoint someone. Russia seems to have the same political structure as Nazi Germany. Putler on top, being the very incarnation of the state, with a bunch of loons orbiting around him and competing with each other for Senpai's attention but with no ability to lead or clear path to succeeding him.

    In Russia today there seems to be no plan for anything beyond extremely short term immediate ideological objectives or Putin's whims.
    Thing is, even if they have those questions, the vast majority of them won't resort to openly questioning their government even as the long term prospects of their country is on a one way ticket to hell.

    Russia's future is grim and will remain so until they find it in them to be deeply and openly critical of what is going on in a fashion that also embraces that Russia and the Russian people are responsible for it all. Needless to say, that's not a day coming any time soon, to put it mildly.

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    Germany is sending Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine and allowing export from allied countries:

    https://www.npr.org/2023/01/25/11507...-tanks-ukraine

    The U.S is sending Abrams, and who knows who else will export now.

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    On the Russian populous, last week Russia placed a prison bus next to a memorial for the Dnipro apartment building victims and threatened to put anyone that laid flowers there directly on the bus. Russians that have posted on social media questioning the war get knocks on their door and are arrested. Combine threats with pervasive state propaganda and you have a compliant population.

    As for the tanks, they'll help although Ukraine needs C-UAS maybe even more. The war is well past diplomacy or just asking Russia to leave Ukraine. Conservatives prior to WW2 were isolationist too using some of the same excuses as today about the cost and not wanting to get involved, and they were proven horribly wrong. That's precisely why the US didn't enter the war until Pearl Harbor, when the politicians that opposed entering the war realized the true cost. It's the old those that fail to learn from history repeat it. So when there is an expansionist adversary has is actively attempting to overrun Ukraine and has openly admitted wanting to do the same to several sovereign NATO countries if/when successful in Ukraine and saying it is 'at war with the West', it would be incomprehensible to do nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YUPPIE View Post
    It's just tiresome at this point given how much we've been through this.

    Also on 4: Early on, I thought Russia would genuinely use nukes to get their way. But the West has crossed so many red lines by this point that it's hard to take seriously. All that's left to speculate on is what they feel will threaten their sovereignty for real because losing massive ground in Ukraine doesn't seem to be that line.
    Best they can do is nuke their own minority territories when they inevitably try to break off. Not like they'll have soldiers to deal with it conventionally. That's really the only threat to Russia's sovereignty, I don't think USA or Germany even want Russia to fall apart, though for different reasons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Airlick View Post
    I don't think USA or Germany even want Russia to fall apart, though for different reasons.
    does it have anything to do with when Henry Kissinger said Russia is an integral part of the balance of world order, or no
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    Quote Originally Posted by YUPPIE View Post
    does it have anything to do with when Henry Kissinger said Russia is an integral part of the balance of world order, or no
    Nah. Germany would like nothing better than to keep the status quo and keep buying cheap gas, and Russia falling apart may lead to huge issues with the supply chains of Russian resources. Obviously they can't buy the resources with the war going on, but they may not be able to buy them ever again if Russia falls and turns into Africa 2.0. So the best case scenario for Germany (or at least it seems that's what they are thinking) is ending the war ASAP with a change in Russian leadership, but also letting them save some face.

    For USA, it's because of China. China already has huge influence over Russia that will only grow as the West continues to isolate it, but actually breaking Russia's back means it will fall right into China's grasp. If Russia even survived, it would be a glorified vassal to China as opposed to being a player in its own rights (though we already know Russia isn't a first rate player, but it sees itself as such). If it doesn't survive, Siberia will basically be up for grabs and you can be certain China will be there first. They are already there, actually. So if Russia falls apart, you're counting on a small possibility that USA and EU can actually get the new states into their own sphere of influence rather than letting them fall to China.

    So there's a lot to lose for the West if Ukraine wins. Obviously from moral standpoint Ukraine has to be supported as much as possible and Russia has to be punished hard, but that's not what politics is about. Just beating Russia isn't hard, either, we all knew it has 0 chance against NATO before the war. The issue is whether Russia can be beat without benefitting China too much, or if there's even a realistic scenario in which China isn't the biggest winner. Point being, at this point Russia isn't really a subject in the eyes of either USA or China, but it's one of the most important objects and possibly one that will decide the power struggle between them in the long run.
    Quote Originally Posted by Maxos View Post
    When you play the game of MMOs, you win or you go f2p.

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    https://www.reuters.com/world/us/rev...ne-2023-01-25/
    In change of course, U.S. agrees to send 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine
    WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) - The United States announced on Wednesday it will supply Ukraine with 31 advanced M1 Abrams tanks worth $400 million in a matter of months, a decision that helped break a diplomatic logjam with Germany over how best to help Kyiv in its war against Russia.

    President Joe Biden announced the decision at the White House, saying the tanks are needed to help the Ukrainians "improve their ability to maneuver in open terrain."

    Biden thanked Germany for its decision to supply Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks, and listed the other on-the-ground military hardware other NATO allies and other European countries were supplying. "Germany has really stepped up," he said.
    Great news, hopefully this means all the logistics of keeping these tanks going has been worked out, and it is a nice stepping stone to get even more in the future. We have over 3,000 alone just sitting in storage so this won't make a dent in our stockpiles.

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    So it seems like Russia has responded to the tanks being delivered; I mentioned last page I was excited about their impending response. And well, it's not much of anything compared to when Lavrov declared Russia was at open war with the US a week ago

    Russia has hit out at the US and Germany as the countries prepare to send more tanks to Ukraine. Washington is expected to announce the delivery of dozens of M1 Abrams battle tanks, Reuters reports, while Germany has finally agreed to offer its Leopard 2 tanks after weeks of uncertainty.

    Writing on the Russian Embassy to the US' Telegram, ambassador Anatoly Antonov accused Washington and Berlin of a "blatant provocation."

    He said: "It is obvious that Washington is purposefully trying to inflict a strategic defeat on us.

    "If the United States decides to supply tanks, then justifying such a step with arguments about 'defensive weapons' will definitely not work. This would be another blatant provocation against the Russian Federation."
    "Truth...justice, honor, freedom! Vain indulgences, every one(...) I know what I want, and I take it. I take advantage of whatever I can, and discard that which I cannot. There is no room for sentiment or guilt."

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    Gotta admit though, that headlien is hilarious:

    Russia fumes NATO 'trying to inflict defeat on us' after tanks sent to Ukraine
    No shit Sherlock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YUPPIE View Post
    He said: "It is obvious that Washington is purposefully trying to inflict a strategic defeat on us.
    Washington's response.



    Has this only dawned upon the Russians now?

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    The thing about the Abrams is that while it's been agreed, getting them there and having logistical support for them could take until 2024 to actually set up and have running, also they likely have to have some top-secret-level equipment removed. This is before the months of training (which can start now) take into effect. This is more "We're in it for the long haul" announcement than anything material in the near or mid-term.

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    so zelenksy has also responded, and it kind of pisses me off somewhat. This is supposed to be great news for Ukraine, but he more or less says "that's nice and all, but we need more and it to be quicker so chop chop."

    There was a discussion about how he is vocally becoming more irritable and entitled two pages ago, so I guess this could be considered a follow-up on that
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    Quote Originally Posted by YUPPIE View Post
    So it seems like Russia has responded to the tanks being delivered; I mentioned last page I was excited about their impending response. And well, it's not much of anything compared to when Lavrov declared Russia was at open war with the US a week ago

    Russia has hit out at the US and Germany as the countries prepare to send more tanks to Ukraine. Washington is expected to announce the delivery of dozens of M1 Abrams battle tanks, Reuters reports, while Germany has finally agreed to offer its Leopard 2 tanks after weeks of uncertainty.

    Writing on the Russian Embassy to the US' Telegram, ambassador Anatoly Antonov accused Washington and Berlin of a "blatant provocation."

    He said: "It is obvious that Washington is purposefully trying to inflict a strategic defeat on us.

    "If the United States decides to supply tanks, then justifying such a step with arguments about 'defensive weapons' will definitely not work. This would be another blatant provocation against the Russian Federation."
    Well no shit, nobody is stupid enough to think we have sent all this equipment out of the goodness of our hearts. This is literally the best way the US can not only test the skill and power of Russia, but also the relevance of both old and new tech without a single loss of our own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YUPPIE View Post
    so zelenksy has also responded, and it kind of pisses me off somewhat. This is supposed to be great news for Ukraine, but he more or less says "that's nice and all, but we need more and it to be quicker so chop chop."

    There was a discussion about how he is vocally becoming more irritable and entitled two pages ago, so I guess this could be considered a follow-up on that
    When thousands of your people are dying every week nothing is fast enough. I see no issue with how he is addressing this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YUPPIE View Post
    so zelenksy has also responded, and it kind of pisses me off somewhat. This is supposed to be great news for Ukraine, but he more or less says "that's nice and all, but we need more and it to be quicker so chop chop."

    There was a discussion about how he is vocally becoming more irritable and entitled two pages ago, so I guess this could be considered a follow-up on that
    Correction: you tried to make it an issue and everyone else told you to shut up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghotihook View Post
    I see no issue with how he is addressing this.
    I see a certain issue with this instance in particular. Given how reluctant and ticked off Schol was, Zelenksy subtly criticizing/tearing him down for his "slowness" after he finally ceded is kind of rude. Not to mention he essentially told the world stage that such behavior like that is unacceptable and innocent blood will be their hands, so unless you want to be complicit in that, don't think twice.
    "Truth...justice, honor, freedom! Vain indulgences, every one(...) I know what I want, and I take it. I take advantage of whatever I can, and discard that which I cannot. There is no room for sentiment or guilt."

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    Quote Originally Posted by YUPPIE View Post
    I see a certaim issue with this instance in particular. Given how reluctant and ticked off Schol was, Zelenksy subtly criticizing/tearing him down for his "slowness" after he finally ceded is kind of rude.
    Yes YOU and only you. As Gabriel said, nobody agreed with you.

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