Pay no attention to the loss of the most significant regional capital Russia took during the war, control of the single largest source of water for the entire Crimean peninsula, and Russian reports of an absolute debacle on the ground: Russian troops have taken the tiny village of Pavlovka!
You need to learn a new word: vranyo.
Yes, this is long—but it goes a long way to explaining why the Russian military has performed so poorly despite having (at least on paper) such overwhelming numerical superiority. I recommend this YouTube channel very highly—it provides a lot of insight into both the nuts-and-bolts and big picture of the logistics of modern warfare.
the nationalist/communist jihad is upon them?
sacrifice your children because holy war?
a throwback to exponential wrongness?
please use the translate function on twitter
or allow me
Ramzan Kadyrov called on all Muslims, Caucasians to go to a holy war and send their children to it: "You must fight, defend the interests of the prophet and the Koran. We simply must take European states without weapons until they kneel and ask for forgiveness."
The discussions illustrate how complex the Biden administrationâs position on Ukraine has become, as U.S. officials publicly vow to support Kyiv with massive sums of aid âfor as long as it takesâ while hoping for a resolution to the conflict that over the past eight months has taken a punishing toll on the world economy and triggered fears of nuclear war.
While U.S. officials share their Ukrainian counterpartsâ assessment that Putin, for now, isnât serious about negotiations, they acknowledge that President Volodymyr Zelenskyâs ban on talks with him has generated concern in parts of Europe, Africa and Latin America, where the warâs disruptive effects on the availability and cost of food and fuel are felt most sharply.
âUkraine fatigue is a real thing for some of our partners,â said one U.S. official who, like other interviewed for this report, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive conversations between Washington and Kyiv. (...)
The maximalist remarks on both sides have increased global fears of a years-long conflict spanning the life of Russiaâs 70-year-old leader, whose grip on power has only tightened in recent years. Already the war has deepened global economic woes, helping to send energy prices soaring for European consumers and causing a surge in commodity prices that worsened hunger in nations including Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan. (...)
In the United States, rising inflation partially linked to the war has stiffened head winds for President Biden and his party ahead of the Nov. 8 midterms and raised new questions about the future of U.S. security assistance, which has amounted to $18.2 billion since the war began. (...)
The concerns about a longer conflict are particularly salient in nations that were already hesitant to throw their weight behind the U.S.-led coalition in support of Ukraine, either because of ties with Moscow or reluctance to fall in line behind Washington. (...)
While Ukraine's airspace has been largely empty amid the crisis with Russia, a remotely piloted US military vehicle called the RQ-4 Global Hawk has flown over the country in circles for hours at a time.
Over the past month, two of the spy planes have travelled on regular missions from the Mediterranean Sea to Ukraine, where they have navigated in repeated loops in the north and the east, according to Flightradar24.
The drones' high-altitude, long-distance flights have coincided with a military build-up by Russia along the Ukrainian border and a flurry of diplomacy among leaders of the United States, Europe and Russia to avert war.
In a letter sent to Biden on Monday, the group of 30 Democrats praise Bidenâs efforts to date at supporting Ukraine while avoiding direct US involvement on the ground. But they suggest a more forceful attempt at bringing the war to an end through diplomacy is necessary to prevent a long and slogging conflict.