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Old 16th March 2022, 08:37     #161
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There are some indications of a forthcoming Russian amphibious landing attempt at Odessa (ships moving into position, large number of missile launches). Very high risk for the Russians and would be a catastrophe for them it it fails.
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Old 17th March 2022, 15:51     #162
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I can't speak Russian but if the subtitle translation in this video is no more than close, then Putin has moved into Stalin-Hitler-Mussolini-Hussein-Amin-Gaddafi mode. He's not even trying to hide it.

https://twitter.com/just_whatever/st...44895501557762
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Old 17th March 2022, 19:26     #163
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China be like:



I wonder if China is second guessing the effectiveness of their own military right now. Some drafts of invading Taiwan being re-evaluated.
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Old 17th March 2022, 19:59     #164
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China has demonstrated it's logistics to be pretty damn tight in it's response to national disasters like major earthquakes.
Puts the USA to shame.

No reason to think that doesn't apply militarily.
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Old 17th March 2022, 22:05     #165
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Old 18th March 2022, 08:14     #166
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Kinda interesting: https://twitter.com/pmakela1/status/1504378005610811393
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Old 18th March 2022, 09:28     #167
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Latest episode of the BBC: The Inquiry podcast is interesting - I'd never heard of The Wagner Group - but they sound like a bunch of guns for hire like the crowd Van Damme ran in the Expendibles. But, you know, IRL. Poor middle aged Russians who joined up to pay their mortgages, and end up as cannon fodder in Syria (Us troops wondered why the inbound raid were chattering in Russian on the open comms) - and now thought to be roaming Kyiv looking to assassinate President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Someone should play them Arnies video.
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Old 18th March 2022, 11:09     #168
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Originally Posted by _indigo1
China has demonstrated it's logistics to be pretty damn tight in it's response to national disasters like major earthquakes.
Puts the USA to shame.

No reason to think that doesn't apply militarily.
China would need to first glass Guam, Hawaii, South Korea, and Japan before they'd have a chance to move against Taiwan.

Military is a blunt instrument to meet political ends and Ivan is finding this out now.
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Old 18th March 2022, 12:15     #169
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Disagree. China’s lesson from Ukraine is you have to invade with overwhelming force and cut the invaded territory off from the rest of the world immediately.
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Old 18th March 2022, 12:24     #170
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The UK's MoD has been providing concise updates via their twitter here.

Latest one:

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Old 18th March 2022, 12:59     #171
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Originally Posted by xor
China would need to first glass Guam, Hawaii, South Korea, and Japan before they'd have a chance to move against Taiwan.

Military is a blunt instrument to meet political ends and Ivan is finding this out now.
Was more pushing back on using the Russians as a comparison to China.
I don't think China is as retarded logistically as Russia has been.
Doesn't mean it would be easy to take Taiwan. Just I don't think betting on the same clumsiness as Russia has demonstrated being a barrier is a good bet.
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Old 18th March 2022, 14:51     #172
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Quote:
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China has demonstrated it's logistics to be pretty damn tight in it's response to national disasters like major earthquakes.
Puts the USA to shame.

No reason to think that doesn't apply militarily.
It depends on whether Chinese military positions are earned through competency or connections within the party.
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Old 18th March 2022, 17:12     #173
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Disagree. China’s lesson from Ukraine is you have to invade with overwhelming force and cut the invaded territory off from the rest of the world immediately.
Proceed with your scenario...
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Old 18th March 2022, 17:21     #174
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Tank rush is great until the opposition pops up around the back with an APC full of engineers that they’ve been hiding in the corner of the map for the last three hours.
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Old 19th March 2022, 10:02     #175
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Old 19th March 2022, 10:02     #176
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Quote:
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I can't speak Russian but if the subtitle translation in this video is no more than close, then Putin has moved into Stalin-Hitler-Mussolini-Hussein-Amin-Gaddafi mode. He's not even trying to hide it.

https://twitter.com/just_whatever/st...44895501557762
https://twitter.com/sfmnemonic/statu...umber%3D154 5
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Old 19th March 2022, 11:23     #177
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Laugh

That's... meta.
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Old 20th March 2022, 17:55     #178
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This shit is scary:

Mariupol says thousands deported

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Zelenskiy said Russia's siege of the port city of Mariupol was "a terror that will be remembered for centuries to come", while local authorities said thousands of residents there had been taken by force to Russia.
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Old 20th March 2022, 20:57     #179
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It's a russian tradition.
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Old 21st March 2022, 12:31     #180
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ab
...Putin has moved into Stalin-Hitler-Mussolini-Hussein-Amin-Gaddafi mode. He's not even trying to hide it.
nek minit

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local authorities said thousands of residents there had been taken by force to Russia
I think the historically-relevant description would be "evacuated to the East in a continuous series of transports".

yes, that's fucking terrifying.
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Old 21st March 2022, 13:22     #181
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Yes yes. Do you suppose they'll need to concentrate those thousands of residents in some sort of camp?
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Old 21st March 2022, 15:05     #182
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Book recommendation; this book has shaped a lot of my emotional response to the war in Ukraine.

https://www.amazon.com/Bloodlands-Eu.../dp/0465031471
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Old 23rd March 2022, 00:50     #183
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Rumours on the internets: Ukrainian border guards are blocking males who are identifying as women from fleeing the country, telling each of them to turn around, man the fuck up, and shoulder a rifle #transphobia #cancelukraine
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Old 23rd March 2022, 10:10     #184
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“The evidence that Ukraine is winning this war is abundant”

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/ar...russia/627121/

slava ukraini
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Old 23rd March 2022, 10:47     #185
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I was surprised to see TV3 had modified their ad break branding. I guess as defacto not the state broadcaster, they could take a political stance.
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Old 23rd March 2022, 13:22     #186
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“The evidence that Ukraine is winning this war is abundant”

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/ar...russia/627121/

slava ukraini
But but but.... Atlantic owner has close ties to Biden . . .!
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Old 23rd March 2022, 13:27     #187
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Quote:
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Rumours on the internets: Ukrainian border guards are blocking males who are identifying as women from fleeing the country, telling each of them to turn around, man the fuck up, and shoulder a rifle #transphobia #cancelukraine
It's still a comedy situation to me
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Old 23rd March 2022, 14:57     #188
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“The evidence that Ukraine is winning this war is abundant”

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/ar...russia/627121/

slava ukraini
I'm just suspect of information that confirms what I want to be true.
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Old 24th March 2022, 19:25     #189
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Ruskies look to be in a spot of bother up north..

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Old 24th March 2022, 21:05     #190
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Quote:
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I'm just suspect of information that confirms what I want to be true.
I hate that you are so right
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Old 25th March 2022, 05:27     #191
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Interesting take by Risky Business this week. Elon's StarLink may be a legitimate target if he keeps supplying the method for drone strikes to be so effective. The cluster is probably too big to be physically taken out (and the resulting debris cloud would take a long time to clear for other LEO objects) but does explain why he's shifted resources to deal with cyber issues.
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Old 25th March 2022, 09:46     #192
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Reports today of Russia using white phosphorus. Putin going for a war crime speed run at this rate.
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Old 27th March 2022, 20:39     #193
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https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/...27-p5a8bm.html

When you read an article title and you’re not sure whether the unspecified object is the Ukrainian defense or Putin.
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Old 27th March 2022, 20:41     #194
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Quote:
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Reports today of Russia using white phosphorus. Putin going for a war crime speed run at this rate.
https://twitter.com/ChristopherJM/st...52956070260741
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Old 27th March 2022, 20:55     #195
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it's probably not white phosporus, but it's still fuckin nasty:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidha...h=2da55fbbe6ae
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Old 28th March 2022, 15:16     #196
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I really hope this is true:

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According to @bellingcat
the Russian FSB paid billions of $ to ensure that some shadowy political class in Ukraine supported this war & created an internal coup d'état immediately after the invasion. But Ukrainian agents who took the money ditched them.They just screwed them over
https://twitter.com/IuliiaMendel/sta...92951997595650
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Old 28th March 2022, 17:33     #197
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Old 28th March 2022, 19:25     #198
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China's Sinopec pauses Russia projects, Beijing wary of sanctions
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Old 29th March 2022, 00:04     #199
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The Dutch have a good word for China's Achilles heel: schaamte

I can't see China doing anything that might cause them to lose face. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Face...ogical_concept)
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Old 3rd April 2022, 11:54     #200
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https://twitter.com/EerikNKross/stat...20307768332289
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