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  • shinton
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    Further down the parody tweet it shows CNN Portugal broadcasting it as real news

    timba
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    Yes, the Turkey question is a difficult one

    They’ve been key in alleviating the grain crisis and no doubt other less well-known interventions.
    They’re being courted by both Russia and the west and there’s no doubt that they’ve been tremendously valuable to Ukraine in this war.
    Russia has seen an opportunity to chip away at their relationship with the west by offering direct flights to Northern Cyprus, originally timed to the anniversary of the declaration of independence by the north earlier this month.
    Turkiye bought Russia’s S400 missile system, because the US refused to sell them a system in 2017, and announced a couple of days ago that it was ready for action.
    Maybe having seen Russian tech performance they can get a refund, or send them to Ukraine and get a NATO-compatible system from the US in the light of their contributions

    timba
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    Turkiye bought Russia’s S400 missile system, because the US refused to sell them a system in 2017

    My error, correction, “because the US refused to transfer sensitive technology with the Patriot system”

    futonrivercrossing
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    Turkey has also blocked access through the Bosporous. Supplied Byraktors.

    CountZero
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    At 50:02 – “in all of Putin’s public statements during the months leading up to the war, there is not a scintilla of evidence that he was contemplating conquering Ukraine and making it part of Russia”.

    No, because he was actually considering Japan as a target, justifying it through the simmering issue of a chain of islands that the both claim, neither has signed a peace agreement ending WW2 aggression, and Japan not fully de-militarised itself. Russia was going to use the Nazi excuse, based on Japanese behaviour during WW2.

    I’ll see if I can find the article I read earlier. Yeah, here:

    https://www.newsweek.com/russia-planned-attack-japan-2021-fsb-letters-1762133?utm_source=Flipboard&utm_medium=App&utm_campaign=Partnerships

    CountZero
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    if they cannot even respect or at least give a slight **** about them, they must treat the Ukraine population with absolute hatred.

    Of course they do, the Russian government doesn’t consider Ukrainians as human, so justifying their behaviour against the civilian population.

    funkrodent
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    Does anyone know if Solovyov is considered a serious journalist in Russia or is he just a shock jock?

    Schlock jock?

    timba
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    No, because he was actually considering Japan as a target, justifying it through the simmering issue of a chain of islands that the both claim…

    In the spring of 2021 there was a build up of Russian troops on the Crimea and Russian border with Ukraine which caused concerns of an invasion https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-usa-idUSKBN2BV2Z3
    A few months later numbers fell, but began to rise again in October and by November Russia was vigorously denying that an invasion of Ukraine was planned https://www.factcheck.org/2022/02/russian-rhetoric-ahead-of-attack-against-ukraine-deny-deflect-mislead/
    The fall in numbers in the summer on the Ukrainian border works with plans for conflict with Japan, but…
    Either way, Russia issued denials but there was evidence in the form of military movements that something serious was afoot for Ukraine for almost a year before the invasion

    CountZero
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    Either way, Russia issued denials

    Yeah, it’s their default response, but everyone knows they’re lying, their lips are moving.

    Poopscoop
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    I’d not even heard a rumour about Russia contemplating a limited conflict with Japan.

    In normal times it would sound like madness but in light of recent events, pretty plausible.

    thols2
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    No, because he was actually considering Japan as a target, justifying it through the simmering issue of a chain of islands that the both claim, neither has signed a peace agreement ending WW2 aggression, and Japan not fully de-militarised itself. Russia was going to use the Nazi excuse, based on Japanese behaviour during WW2.

    Japan has a fairly powerful military and a defense treaty with the U.S. Attacking Japan would be just as suicidal as attacking a NATO country. Russia did not have plans to attack Japan, they started preparations to invade Ukraine pretty much as soon as Biden was inaugurated. It took a year to ship all the equipment from the east to the west.

    timba
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    President Putin continues to have problems at home and his authority through the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) has been challenged by PM Nikol Pashinyan of Armenia.
    PM Pashinyan wouldn’t sign a draft declaration at the CSTO summit because Armenia has been in conflict with Azerbaijan and has been losing territory while Russia isn’t acting.
    Azerbaijan isn’t a CSTO member but does have a military co-operation agreement with Turkey

    piemonster
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    Whats the point of the CSTO if no one comes to your aid…

    Well, beyond keeping Russia onside for not invading you.

    Speaking of which https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/09/16/kazakhstan-russia-ukraine-war/

    Opinion Piece of Kazakhstan trying to edge away from Moscow, be interested to see if anyone has any other sources on this.

    andy4d
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    ignore

    futonrivercrossing
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    Hungary will ratify Sweden and Finland joining NATO

    rickmeister
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    Hungary will ratify Sweden and Finland joining NATO

    deferred to 2023 I think…

    kimbers
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    See several weird & grim videos of Ukranian drones dropping grenades on Russian troops curled up in shallow dugouts, the russians appear to be barely conscious; hypothermia, drunk ? and hardly react at all when the grenade drops on them

    It appears that conscripts are being just left to sleep in the open with no bedding, let alone proper bunkers or even tents

    theotherjonv
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    I didn’t watch the video, but the header of the one in my newsfeed said wounded.

    dantsw13
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    Most of those vids are Bakhmut, where prisoner conscripts are just sent out as utter cannon fodder. They all then just try to hide in holes/ditches. What a waste of life for one mans ego.

    futonrivercrossing
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    Ukraine has been using drones to drop bombs on trenches since the start of the war, with video footage – how are these different?

    blokeuptheroad
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    There’s a Twitter thread about it I won’t link to, as it contains the video. It says they are conscripts who’ve spent night after night out in these shallow trenches, huddled together for warmth because they are wet through and freezing without proper kit.  Some or all of them are probably in the advanced stages of hypothermia. Hence their sluggish or non existent reactions. It further speculates (credibly IMO) that they can’t leave their positions because they’ll be shot by their own side. Utterly, utterly grim.  I understand why the Ukrainians are attacking them, but the poor sods on the recieving end are victims of Putin too. Awful 😟

    futonrivercrossing
    Free Member

    Grim 😖

    PJM1974
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    Indeed it is extremely grim. Everyone suffering in this war are doing so because of the whims of an ageing, corrupt dictator.

    alpin
    Free Member

    r/dronedorc on reddit

    Plenty of vids where the Russians get bombed.

    blokeuptheroad
    Full Member

    r/dronedorc on reddit

    Plenty of vids where the Russians get bombed.

    I’ll pass on that. I did open a couple that appeared in my Twitter feed early on in the war. I don’t deliberately open them any more, unless there’s evidence it’s going to show a new tactic or piece of kit with strategic significance.

    I’m not going to learn anything new, from watching yet another DJI drone drop a grenade or mortar bomb on an occupied fire trench. Plus, I don’t want to become desensitised to what’s actually happening. These are effectively snuff movies.

    Stumbling across the odd clip in general war coverage is one thing, going looking for them is something else IMO.

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