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    • #498389
      ozoneman
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      Ukraine’s energy operator Energoatom has announced Wednesday emergency power shutdowns in effect across all regions of the country amid a new large wave of Russian airstrikes. Sirens have been sounding throughout the day across the country.

      President Volodymyr Zelensky in follow-up estimated that 10 million Ukrainians now lack access to electricity due to the attacks. “There are emergency shutdowns in addition to planned, stabilization ones,” he explained. “The elimination of the consequences of another missile attack against Ukraine continues all day.”

      Casualties have been reported in the eastern cities of Dnipro and Zaporizhzhia, and at least one person has been reported killed in Kiev. Speaking of the renewed attacks on the capital, Mykhailo Podolyak, head of the Office of the Ukrainian President’s office said, “A new massive attack on infrastructure facilities is underway.”

      He described, citing recent anti-air defense systems acquired from Western countries, “While someone is waiting for World Cup results and the number of goals scored, Ukrainians are waiting for another score – number of intercepted Russian missiles. A new massive attack on infrastructure facilities is underway. In NASAMS, IRIS-T and Air Defense Forces we trust.”

      (more at link)

      https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/huge-swathes-ukraine-now-without-power-water-after-new-wave-russian-strikes

    • #498394
      Passionate Progressive
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      which is linked here.

      Lots of insights beginning to appear (i.e., only 7 thus far) in the comments section.  Among them included the idea that informal sources are reporting the beginnings of major carpet bombing from TU-95 heavy bombers which can cover the area freely now that SAMs have been neutralized with the power outages…..

      From at least some current analysts, only solution is political but it will take some time (General Winter is on Russia’s side) before the Russians would accept any promises coming from the US….Meanwhile propaganda/Russophobia continues.

      The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

      It takes all the technical proficiency our system can provide to make up for the woeful lack of popular support and political savvy of most of the regimes that the West has thus far sought to prop up.........Bernard Fall

    • #498411
      ozoneman
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      than ZH, but the libertarians there are antiwar (anti US hegemony), and it has a large viewer base, so interesting to visit. I like to read Russia friendly RT site also: link

      This is setting the stage for a massive ground campaign, once the ground is frozen. Mid December perhaps. I think Russia has to take Ukraine to demilitarize it and de-Nazify it as their original plan stated. Anything less is apt to cause the same situation some years later. And then hold free and fair elections without AZOV or Victoria Nuland threatening voters.

       

       

       

    • #498414
      Ohio Barbarian
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      It doesn’t take a genius to see what is going to happen. All it takes is a basic knowledge of Russian military history. The Russians are building up for a winter offensive, and taking out the power takes out electric trains, which the Ukrainians use to move troops around.

      Winter is coming. The Kiev regime is in serious trouble, and the West will not militarily intervene to save it.

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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      jbnw
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      As a reminder, here’s the Minsk accords, agreed to in 2014 and 2015 directly from the UN.

      https://peacemaker.un.org/sites/peacemaker.un.org/files/UA_150212_MinskAgreement_en.pdf

      It’s short – 13 points on two pages.

      Rather than encourage the diplomacy that the US agreed to in the UN Security Council when Biden was Vice President, he lit up the civil war that had been going on for eight years, and even now Ukraine shells civilians in now-Russian territory.

      Russia certainly isn’t doing carpet bombing, but is finally responding by taking out power plants making it a challenge to move troops inside Ukraine – and I hear the reality from friends and relatives in Ukraine.

      They still have power distribution centers to take out – still selective strikes, but will likely damage power in Ukraine for the foreseeable future.

      And as Putin has said, they haven’t even begun to fight.

      I can’t predict the future, but I don’t imagine Russia will stop while Russian-speaking citizens are still being targeted, as well as virtually everything Russian, like the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra, one of the best known historical sites in Ukraine and on the UN World Heritage List.

      Biden’s latest reaction to this?  Another $400 million for weapons to Ukraine.

      Capabilities in this package include:

      •    Additional munitions for National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS);

      •    150 heavy machine guns with thermal imagery sights to counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS);

      •    Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS);

      •    200 precision-guided 155mm artillery rounds;

      •    10,000 120mm mortar rounds;

      •    High-speed Anti-radiation missiles (HARMs);

      •    150 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs);

      •    Over 100 light tactical vehicles;

      •    Over 20,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition;

      •    Over 200 generators;

      •    Spare parts for 105mm Howitzers and other equipment.

      https://www.defense.gov/News/Releases/Release/Article/3227217/400-million-in-additional-assistance-for-ukraine/

      I see the pictures and hear from those inside Ukraine daily – it’s hard to describe how it makes me feel having spent time over years there and with family wondering what, or if, we can return to. Anger is high on the list, though.

      This will not end well – or maybe not even end – for Ukrainians as long as Biden keeps choosing war instead of peace.


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      • #498431
        ozoneman
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        Kiev I believe.

        This war is a tragedy for the Ukrainian people, who have a large Russian history. The West is to blame for NATO expansion with the aim of destroying Russia.

         

        • #498441
          jbnw
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          The photo is of the Kyiv Pechersk Lavra taken from across the Dnieper River. It was just raided by the SBU, the secret service of Ukraine. I believe they found Ukrainian currency, Russian currency (maybe a few hundred dollars worth), US currency and newspapers in Russian.

          But Kyiv is gorgeous. Just had a couple of days there, but a chance to see quite a few areas. The hills reminded me of San Francisco –


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      • #498452
        Ohio Barbarian
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        With the US Empire in the role of the Kaiser’s government.

        Russia can no longer trust the Empire to keep its word. Fortunately for Russia, most of the rest of the planet has also figured that out, and will support Russian demands for reasonable security guarantees to end the war. The global balance of power is rapidly shifting as countries like Mexico seek to join BRICS out of obvious national self-interest.

        Biden’s already done more damage to real US standing and influence in the world than Trump ever did. If Trump was a Nero, then Biden’s a Valens.

        Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

        The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

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