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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    I wonder what the Iraqi's and Afganis and Syrians and Libyans and Vietnamese said? They have swear words too. Like me, I doubt they care what you say. Again, all preventable. A colossal failure of Diplomacy, from dickhead hubristic assholes that have failed us yet again. Get rid of them.
    More whataboutism from the snivelling Putin sycophant.

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    Russia Loses More Ground in Donetsk After Missing Putin's Hard Deadline

    Ukrainian troops have retaken control of a settlement in the eastern Donetsk region, chipping away further at Russian-held territory after President Vladimir Putin's army failed to meet his deadline to take more ground in the region, Ukraine said Friday.

    Oleksiy Gromov, deputy chief of the Main Operational Department of the General Staff of the Ukraine Armed Forces, said at a briefing that Ukrainian troops had recaptured the settlement of Yatskivka east of the Oskil River, according to the Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda.

    "Our forces are improving their tactical position[s]," Ukrainska Pravda quoted him as saying. "Thanks to timely regrouping of the units of one of the mechanized brigades and high level of combat organization, we managed to retake the lost position and take the positions to the south of Bakhmut under our control."

    The city of Bakhmut is the administrative center of the Bakhmut district within the Donetsk region. In the briefing, Hromov said that the situation on the Bakhmut front was complicated but controlled, despite continued attacks from Russian forces, Ukrainska Pravda reported.

    In a briefing earlier this month, Gromov said that Putin had given his troops a September 15 deadline to push to the administrative borders of the Donetsk region, though Newsweek was not able to independently verify the deadline. He added that Russian forces were adjusting their plans and actions to fulfill the order.

    But more than a week after the deadline came and went, Russia has yet to establish full control over the region.

    In June, the Associated Press, citing Ukrainian officials and military analysts, reported that it appeared Russia occupied roughly half of the Donetsk region. This week, Al Jazeera reported that only about 60 percent of the region was Russian-controlled.

    Newsweek reached out to Russia's Defense Ministry for confirmation on how much of the Donetsk region it controls, as well as comment on Ukraine's recapture of Yatskivka.

    While Russia was unable to meet the September 15 deadline, its efforts to do so might have paved the way for Ukrainian success in other parts of the country.

    In its September 7 campaign assessment, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said that Ukrainian forces in the eastern Kharkiv region might have taken advantage of the absence of Russian forces to carry out an "opportunistic" counteroffensive in the area.

    The think tank said that "the Russian grouping in this area was likely understrength due to previous Russian deployments to support ongoing efforts to capture the remainder of Donetsk Oblast and support the southern axis."

    Ukraine has now retaken considerable ground in the Kharkiv region. General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, the commander of Ukraine's military, said on September 11 that his troops had pushed to within 50 kilometers—or roughly 30 miles—of the border with Russia in Kharkiv.

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    Russia announces exemptions from Ukraine war mobilisation

    IT workers, bankers and journalists are among the professionals to be excluded from the draft, says the defence ministry.

    Russia has said it is exempting some bankers, IT workers and journalists from being drafted into the army to serve in Ukraine under the “partial mobilisation” announced by President Vladimir Putin, as men fled in droves across the border to avoid conscription.

    Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday that Russia would seek to call up 300,000 additional soldiers to bolster its military in Ukraine.

    FULL- Russia announces exemptions from Ukraine war mobilisation | Russia-Ukraine war News | Al Jazeera


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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Luhansk, Donetsk, Zapo & Kherson are about to be annexed, and declared Russian sovereign territory.
    "declared Russian sovereign territory" ... by whom?

    If the population declare their allegiance to Russia, that doesn't mean the land on which their Houses/Farms naturally follow.

    The Sovereignty of Ukraine remains intact.

    The Ruskies, who desire to be part of the old Motherland, simply walk across the Internationally recognised Border and you are home.
    Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago ...


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    no surprise here....

    Undercover with Russia’s fake arms dealers

    Russian state TV claims Ukrainians are selling US-donated weapons on the dark web. The BBC investigated one such marketplace, spoke undercover to those apparently selling weapons, and gathered evidence that suggests the adverts for weapons are fake.

    "Ukrops [a derogatory Russian slang term used to refer to Ukrainians] are selling Javelins on the darknet. The command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine resells equipment and weapons supplied by Nato." This message about anti-tank weapons was posted on Twitter and Telegram on 2 June by pro-Kremlin English-language account ASB Military News.

    The account has been recently suspended by Twitter but still exists on Telegram, where it has more than 100,000 subscribers.

    On the same day, another pro-Kremlin Telegram channel, with 700,000 followers, posted in Russian: "Thanks to Biden and European friends of Ukraine, Javelins, machine guns and even tanks will pop up all over the world in the hands of terrorists and criminals."

    Pictures attached to the post showed an advert allegedly selling the FGM-148 Javelin, a US-made anti-tank missile system, for $30,000 (£26,000) and promising to deliver the weapons to the Ukraine-Poland border or abroad.

    These posts were quickly picked up by mainstream Russian state TV, which routinely runs stories claiming Ukraine is selling weapons supplied by the West.

    We decided to investigate these accusations ourselves using laptops that could not be linked back to the BBC. With a specialised web browser, we accessed the dark web where the level of anonymity attracts criminal activity.

    We found several sellers on the same marketplace mentioned by Russian state media outlets. They said they were selling Nato weapons, and their geolocation was Kyiv. However, the name of Ukraine's capital was misspelled in Ukrainian.

    This was not the only inconsistency.

    MORE https://www.bbc.com/news/world-62983444

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    "declared Russian sovereign territory" ... by whom?

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    By the person backing it with the threat of nuclear weapons...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    I wonder what the Iraqi's and Afganis and Syrians and Libyans and Vietnamese said? They have swear words too. Like me, I doubt they care what you say. Again, all preventable. A colossal failure of Diplomacy, from dickhead hubristic assholes that have failed us yet again. Get rid of them.
    You need to be reminded about the thread topic yet again.
    THIS THREAD IS ABOUT PUTINS WAR. His entire world now reeks of childish desperation. I will tell you right now what will happen next!

    After he is shown to the world stamping his feet and crying, he will throw himself to floor screaming about how the world is so unfair to him.
    True leadership, is having people follow you, for reasons other than enforced curiosity!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Switch View Post
    True leadership, is having people follow you, for reasons other than enforced curiosity!
    Or simply - force

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    An ex-US Army general who witnessed Russia's basic training.

    An ex-US Army general who witnessed Russia's basic training of recruits says it was awful, and the 'newbies' being drafted face disaster on the front line


    A former US Army general said that Russia's announced mobilization of 300,000 reservists was a "jaw-dropping" sign of weakness.

    Mark Hertling, who commanded the US Army Europe, explained in a Twitter thread that he has personally witnessed how the Russian army is "poorly led and poorly trained."

    The poor training, coupled with the decision to draft in recruits with little experience, is likely to spell disaster for Russia, he said.

    "Mobilizing 300k "reservists" (after failing with depleted conventional forces, rag-tag militias.. recruiting prisoners & using paramilitaries like the Wagner group) will be extremely difficult," Hertling said.

    "And placing "newbies" on a front line that has been mauled, has low morale & who don't want to be portends more [Russian] disaster."

    Putin announced on Wednesday the partial mobilization of the country's military reservists, with Russian officials stating that 300,000 reservists will be drafted immediately.

    Only those with combat experience will be called up, and students and current conscripts will not be included, according to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

    Since the announcement was made, reports have emerged about Russians trying to flee to avoid deployment, and plane tickets out of country selling out.

    Insider reported that recruits being drafted this week were totally unsuitable and included a 63-year-old man with diabetes.

    Horrible leadership by "drill sergeants"

    Hertling, who for a time also commanded all basic and advanced soldier training for the US Army, said that during two visits to Russia he found the army's training to be "awful."

    He compared Russia's army training with the US', which typically involves new soldiers getting 10 weeks of basic training across several sites from "very professional drill sergeants," and many going on to get more specialized training.

    The former general cited a Moscow Times article from July, six months into the invasion of Ukraine, which said that soldiers were being sent to the front line with minimal basic training.

    Sergei Krivenko, the director of the human rights group Citizen. Army. Law. told the outlet: "I've been regularly approached by parents whose children signed a [military] contract and ended up in Ukraine just a week later."

    The article also quoted one Russian soldier who said he received just five days of training before being sent to combat in Ukraine.

    Hertling said when he visited Russia, he noted that Russian army training faced many issues, including "horrible leadership by drill sergeants," and cited an article about hazing.

    He said that officers told him theirs was a "one year" force, with some, often the poorest, volunteering or being elected for leadership roles.

    By comparison, Hertling said that Ukraine's army more closely follows the US model after having received training from US personnel in both individual and unit training techniques since 2014.

    The issue of Russian army training, according to Hertling, starts "in basic training, and doesn't get better during the [Russian] soldier's time in uniform."

    https://www.businessinsider.com/ex-u...isaster-2022-9

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    IT workers, bankers and journalists are among the professionals to be excluded from the draft, says the defence ministry.

    Russia has said it is exempting some bankers, IT workers and journalists from being drafted into the army to serve in Ukraine under the “partial mobilisation” announced by President Vladimir Putin, as men fled in droves across the border to avoid conscription.

    Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday that Russia would seek to call up 300,000 additional soldiers to bolster its military in Ukraine.

    FULL- Russia announces exemptions from Ukraine war mobilisation | Russia-Ukraine war News | Al Jazeera

    A war cannot be described as a special military operation, when 100,000 troops and associated specialist equipment fails to meet the target of a short term success.

    If the so called SMO has not failed, why are they conscripting a further 300,000 reservists with military experience?

    After 7 months and counting, I think it’s safe to call it WAR.

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    A rose by any other name smells just as bad. Call it what you like, war is fine by me.

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    Over 700 Detained in Russian Anti-Mobilization Protests

    Russian authorities on Saturday detained more than 700 people at protests against the partial mobilization ordered by President Vladimir Putin this week, according to an independent monitoring group.


    Police monitoring group OVD-Info counted at least 726 people detained in 32 cities across Russia, nearly half of them in Moscow, at rallies following the partial mobilization designed to bolster Russia's operation in Ukraine.


    There was a large police presence in the central areas of Chistye Prudy in Moscow, an AFP journalist witnessed.


    Most protestors walked by or were standing still — individually or in small groups — to avoid being spotted and detained by the police.


    AFP saw police detaining about 20 people.


    "We are not cannon fodder!" a woman shouted, while police officers took her away.


    In Russia's second biggest city of St. Petersburg, AFP saw a police van with about 30 detainees.


    Protesters in St. Petersburg also tried to be discreet — police swept away anyone deemed suspect.


    Ilya Frolov, 22, was holding a sign saying "peace."


    "I want to voice my opposition to what is happening...I don't want to go to war for Putin," he said.


    "I'm against the war, and against mobilization. I'm afraid for young people," said 70-year-old Natalya Dubova.


    After Putin announced partial mobilization on Wednesday, Russian authorities detained over 1,300 people.


    AFP spoke to some of them, who said police gave them call-up papers in custody — ordering them to enlist in the very army they were denouncing.


    The Kremlin defended the procedure on Thursday, saying "it isn't against the law."


    Russian authorities have cracked down on criticism of the military operation in Ukraine, arresting thousands of protesters since the beginning of the conflict in February.


    At Saturday's protest in St. Petersburg, police officers said through megaphones that protesters were "infringing covid rules."


    But on Friday, hundreds of people gathered without being stopped in Moscow and in St. Petersburg, in a show of support for the offensive and the annexation of Russia-controlled areas.

    Over 700 Detained in Russian Anti-Mobilization Protests — NGO - The Moscow Times

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    war is fine by me.
    You have changed your tune . . . was it the mass executions and burial by Russians of Ukrainian civilians that did it? Nah . . . don't sweat the small stuff, eh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    You have changed your tune . . . was it the mass executions and burial by Russians of Ukrainian civilians that did it? Nah . . . don't sweat the small stuff, eh.
    I think he just talks about the terminology. Call it war now, not special operation. He is obviously ok with starving and freezing the Ukraine civilist population. He said as much.

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