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    Quote Originally Posted by Corvus View Post
    China was fine with the invasion, when they thought it would only take 3 days. The longer it drags on, the more it disrupts their plans and trade though.
    I remember hearing not too long ago from a certain someone that China was going to be a staunch ally of Russia in its "glorious crusade against the west." Meanwhile, "the west" is arming Ukraine to the teeth while China is doing nothing but tugging at their collars whilst letting out an exasperated sigh in Russia's direction.

    China currently wants a stable world to profit from. That doesn't mean they aren't up to their own sinister business within their own borders that's worth its own whole host of condemnations, but this war has thrown instability into the mix, and between that and them dealing with resurgences of COVID this little ruse of Russia's has likely dragged into a situation far beyond their liking.

    I liken it to... crime, really. China is like a crime family... keep their noses ostensibly clean, maintain some air of legitimacy, keep casualties within "the business," and keep your relationship with the other families straight... if not friendly, than at least not directly adversarial.

    Russia is like a gang of street thugs, beating up old ladies and taking their purses and vandalizing public property to prove how tough they are. Eventually, their hooliganism catches up to them and they pick a fight with someone stronger than they thought they were, and the actual crime families get the chance to smack them back into place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crispin View Post
    That's like saying that the Lend lease program during WW2, was shit cus it extended the war. Do you even read what you write?
    I am describing the kind of point of view seen trough the lenses of residents of other parts of the World, regardless of wether it is misguided or not.

    Going back to WW2, it is quite shocking to us in the West, but in many other parts of the World, the mustachioed devil's rep is just that of a notable "strong leader", the likes of History is peppered with (warmongers such as Napoleon or Gengis Khan are still heroes for many to this day).

    Different parts of the World have different perspectives on global events depending on many factors. Indians for example will tend to focus more on the Bengal Famine than on whatever happened in Europe at the same time. Or on the following botched Partition of India.

    The horrors of WW2 easily gets thrown in the relativization machine from the perspective of population on the receiving end of centuries of colonial and postcolonial niceties.

    Considering many countries History, it is hard from their perspectives to shrug a feeling of :
    "Many of you will die, but that's a sacrifice we are ready to make"
    "It is every citizen's final duty to go into the tanks, and become one with all the people."

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    Looks like Russia has lost another ship; this time one of the two Serna-class landing crafts in the Black Sea fleet, sunk at Snake Island by a drone strike.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasulis View Post
    PetroChina has no plan to buy extra Russian fuel at discount: CFO

    WTH? I thought China is going scoop up all the cheap Russian crude?
    The truth that has been left out is that China already got all the Russian oil they wanted dirt-cheap before Russia even invaded Ukraine. Realistically they were never going to buy much more.

    Also some Russians have send an email to various government officials with a list of demands and bunch of pictures with which what looks like IED's placed near bridges and train tracks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhaelixWW View Post
    Looks like Russia has lost another ship; this time one of the two Serna-class landing crafts in the Black Sea fleet, sunk at Snake Island by a drone strike.
    They've been loosing so much stuff recently at Snake Island.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P for Pancetta View Post
    Also some Russians have send an email to various government officials with a list of demands and bunch of pictures with which what looks like IED's placed near bridges and train tracks.
    Are you implying domestic terrorism? An uprising?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iphie View Post
    Are you implying domestic terrorism? An uprising?
    Domestic terrorism has been an issue for Russia since the start esp in Belarus. Russia keeps saying most accidents are accidents, but a day after they claimed a recruitment office burned down because of faulty wiring a video was posted on telegram showing a guy throwing a bunch of Molotov cocktails into the building at night.


    Although I'd say a full scale uprising seems very unlikely at this point. But often those things are very difficult to predict before they've happened.

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    There won't be any uprising anytime soon, for that to happen time needs to pass. Right now there is a lot of patriotic fervor and uniting around the flag going on, this will pass soon enough, but for now it holds the ship afloat.

    It will take few years at least for economy to deteriorate and military casualties and horror stories to get to sufficient amount to be obvious to all and impossible to hide/talk down. Then there may be change.

    Anything sooner than that could only probably be accomplished by some sort of coup led by the inner circle, rather than public discontent. This coup so soon may not be popular, so maybe that's a reason why it's not happening just yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaidax View Post
    ...Anything sooner than that could only probably be accomplished by some sort of coup led by the inner circle, rather than public discontent. This coup so soon may not be popular, so maybe that's a reason why it's not happening just yet.
    There's also the question of preparation time and opportunity, if memory serves the prep against Gorbachev took 11 months and against Khrushchev 6-7 months. Even if it was popular you can't just do it willy-nilly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iphie View Post
    There's also the question of preparation time and opportunity, if memory serves the prep against Gorbachev took 11 months and against Khrushchev 6-7 months. Even if it was popular you can't just do it willy-nilly.
    Naturally, it's not some half a dozen dudes deciding they just go for it out of blue. They'd need at the very least feasible military and/or security agencies support and they need favorable public opinion too.

    Nobody wants to be this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1991_S...%A9tat_attempt

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhaelixWW View Post
    Looks like Russia has lost another ship; this time one of the two Serna-class landing crafts in the Black Sea fleet, sunk at Snake Island by a drone strike.
    Njet, fake news! They only have submarines in the area.

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    All may not be well in the Russian military-industrial complex. Low wages, mass layoffs, inability to meet orders...

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    Quote Originally Posted by zorkuus View Post
    Njet, fake news! They only have submarines in the area.
    Speaking of which, has there ever been any confirmation about the Makarov? According to the BBC there has been none and I haven't seen any either after the initial reporting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corvus View Post
    All may not be well in the Russian military-industrial complex. Low wages, mass layoffs, inability to meet orders...
    No worries. As the article mentions:

    With the factories closed, however, the workers are given one of two choices: Go on unpaid leave or join the Russian army to serve in the war with Ukraine, preferably as a SAM operator, and get a monthly salary of 50,000 rubles (around $600).
    They have great job opportunities and fantastical salary as one of two choices when laid off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Corvus View Post
    All may not be well in the Russian military-industrial complex. Low wages, mass layoffs, inability to meet orders...
    Maybe Russia should stop trying to compete with the US militarily when it should be competing with Brazil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corvus View Post
    The telegram channel run by the Wagner Nazi group is saying that unless there is mobilisation they will loose the war and to win they will need six to eight hundred thousand troops.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/RALee85/s...k4Sw5R-R2HG-vw
    A month or so ago when the first reports were coming out about production lines being shut off, I remember I was being told by our resident Fog of War experts that Russia is more than capable of ramping up production and replace it's losses.

    I mean I guess they could always dust off the trusty old T34.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaidax View Post
    It is really simple and as I mentioned before like umpteenth times.

    1) Crimea goes to Russia.
    2) "Republics" stay up in the air like before the war.
    3) Some sort of reparations for sanctions relief scheme.

    That would probably be best case scenario for Ukraine in the next several years, because it would mean Russia would clear off Mariupol and Kherson areas.

    Ukraine then can bide its time and maybe get either back if political situation in Russia changes the right way. Though I doubt Russia will give up Crimea even if Putin is not a thing anymore, unless some super pro-Western coup happens.

    I am sure Ukrainian negotiators gun for the above outcome, because realistically it would be a win - it would mean Russia started a war and did not manage to get shit and left worse off than before. Ukraine can sell it at home with "temporarily occupied" remarks and such.
    And we're back two months in the past... You forgot one more point:
    4) Hardliners hang Zelensky on the nearest tree for treason and forfeit of territorial integrity.

    Here's my counter-offer, let's see who will be closer to truth when the talks finally happen:
    0) Russian official claims Kherson will never return to Ukraine, Ukrainian president claims negotiations will only happen after that. Meaning, timeframe is "not soon".
    1) Illegally occupied Crimea will remain illegally occupied for the duration of the ceasefire, it won't ever be accepted as a part of Russia. (nothing personal, Russia won't be allowed a win)
    2) There will be negotiations about temporarily occupied parts of Donbass, Ukraine will demand them, Russia will be in a tough spot because they recognized them as independent.
    3) Important sanctions will remain in place for as long as any of the above remains occupied. Possibly sanctions will remain for as long as Russia vainly keeps comparing itself to "the West".
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    Man, love seeing Putler having to apologize Israel for Lavrov.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KrayZ33 View Post
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    Ukraine is reporting that ALL women, children and elderly people have been evacuated from Azovstal, Red Cross and UN are not yet confirming. Zelenskyy is trying to get the soldiers out as well.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-europe-61343815

    Link is the Live update so it might no longer be the top item.

    All women, children and the elderly evacuated from Azovstal, Ukraine's Deputy PM says
    Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on her Telegram channel that all women, children and the elderly have been evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.

    Earlier this week it was estimated that 200 civilians were still trapped inside the plant - the last remaining Ukrainian stronghold in the city.

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