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  1. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    More interesting because it’s showing Amnesty is switching sides.

    Russia has been doing this since the start of the war. I’ve seen many drone vids of them doing it. Of course both sides would do such things, it’s slavic culture. Which is not actually like Western European culture no matter what the MSM likes to it make out as.

    One interesting event is Russia using the southern nuke plant as a safe haven for stockpiles. Which Ukraine then bombarded anyway. It shows that Russia is getting painfully schooled in the advantage of long range high precision artillery (ie. HIMARS). You can’t do stockpile-and-radiate-out, you have to distribute-and-hide, which is hard to do for a top-down organisation like the Russian Army.

  2. False Equivalence says:

    Yale has produced a study that says Russia has taking severe short term and long term damage from sanctions. When you add on the lack of love from China (esp no military supply), the adoption of NATO by Sweden and Finland and the likely permanent damage to Russian gas export, Putin is looking like a man wearing his undies on his head.

  3. Not Trampis says:

    The Russians have shown they can blow up apartments and kill people without any conscious at all let alone hospitals or schools.

    I highlighted that study showing the Russian economy is imploding.

    another example of that is Putin going with a begging bowl to Iran to buy drone knock offs.

  4. jupes says:

    Amazing. Who would have thought Amnesty would notice the bleeding obvious? What are the chances that they’ll now notice the Palestinians doing the same thing?

  5. jupes says:

    Also amazing that the first three commentors think Russia is losing!

  6. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Jupes – No I don’t think Russia is losing. On the other hand I do think that a certain Mr Pyrrhus would recognize Vlad’s quandary.

    The politics are more complex on the Russian side, which is the biggest unknown.

    Ukraine lost on day one of the invasion. There’s no conceivable combination of events where they can be a winner.

  7. C.L. says:

    Of course both sides would do such things…

    Right but it’s very important that this be reported to the publics of the Western world; deliberately, it isn’t.

    Amnesty, the UN and the EU have a ton of reports about Ukrainian war crimes from the beginning of this war – back in 2014.

    Zelensky’s duchessing of the West with a gay ‘marriage’ tilt should not obscure the fact that Ukrainian state nazis were notorious for their attacks on homosexuals – which included burning down a gay movie theatre in one well-reported incident.

  8. Tel says:

    All of a sudden people have a problem with the use of human shields … weird the way they say over and over with these things that it isn’t happening, you can’t see it happening, only nutty “conspiracy theory” people say that it happens … and then bling! In one afternoon we forget all of history, forget whatever the newspapers were saying last week, and the thing is indeed happening and everyone knows it.

    Remember Fauci with the “gain of function” research that he sent US tax money to fund? He was like, “no no no no no such thing, no no no conspiracy, no no no no … ohhhh THAT gain of function … oh yeah, not of concern … we have a framework.”

    Now the same story with the human shields.

    Next week they might even admit the US is in a recession, and that inflation is going to be here for a lot longer than the original “transitory” BS story.

    Ukraine lost on day one of the invasion. There’s no conceivable combination of events where they can be a winner.

    If they can keep some kind of an independent country together, even after a bit of territory lost, that counts as a win I think. In terms of taking back all of Crimea including Sevastopol which many generations of Russians have died for and sure won’t give up easily … the chance of that happening is extremely slim.

    It is conceivably possible that the Russian Federation might break up, their economy might fail, the military could possibly be unable to continue with logistic supply for the front line troops. It’s an unlikely scenario, but not ridiculous … there’s no sign of this happening thus far.

    There’s also the possibility that Putin overextends himself, drives through to take all of the Western side of Ukraine and then discovers he can’t hold it and this becomes another Afghanistan situation. That’s also unlikely given that Putin is a very rational player and typically does not take bigger risks than necessary … it might not be as simple as that, depending on domestic politics. Putin probably feels some pressure to prove himself, and that’s dangerous to all concerned.

  9. Franx says:

    Something of a misunderstanding of human nature and of history to say that it is ‘Slavic culture’ which ‘does such things.’

  10. John Brumble says:

    There’s a vast difference between using a population as shields and defending a population. Hint: the difference is whether you’re attacking or defending from the position.

  11. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Franx – Maybe. However I’m thinking of all the history I’ve read of Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, WW1, the Revolution and local independence movements, WW2, the Yugoslavia crack up, the Kosovo stuff since, and now numerous sites from both sides of this conflict.

    There’s a pretty clear fracture in Europe between the Slavic and the Germanic peoples. Quite different approaches to things.

  12. Franx says:

    It cannot be a maybe, for there is nothing about the Slavic cultures which sets them apart as of more criminally violent, ‘unfair, not cricket’ intent than their contemporary cultures, Germanic, Anglo, or any other.
    I used to love the famous five where all the crooks beneath their caps were dark and moustachioed and operated by wan moonlight, yet the stereotypes were meant and understood as just that, as a shortcut to trying to make sense of the world yet not the truth about the world. Stereotypes in love and war are for the sake of truth but not the truth.

  13. C.L. says:

    The incendiary bombardments of Dresden and Tokyo, even Operation Rolling Thunder – to say nothing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – suggest Anglophones can become as estranged from the better angels of our nature as any other people.

  14. Petros says:

    Catherine the Great was Prussian.

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