Putin illegally invaded Ukraine on 24 Feb 2022; a violation of international sovereignty. "Democracy to be not on border of Russia." 2022.
Zelenskyy accuses Russia of 'criminal and unprovoked agression '
Ukrainians are skillfully resisting the much larger military of Russia. Russia is kidnapping 19,000 Ukranian children from Crimea. ICC has issued arrest warrant against Putin for the war crime of unlawful deportation of population and unlawful transfer of population (children) from occupied areas of Ukraine.
"This is terror against Ukraine. There were no military targets in the square," President Zelenskyy said. 01 Mar 2022.
after months into his devastating war Putin has started a partial mobilisation to maintain the current front line.
Russians are actively protesting in the streets, and emigrating. Sep 24 2022.
Russian police detain anti-war protesters.
a model of democracy
oligarchs also had tremendous influence in Kyiv in the 1990s, but Ukrainians still managed to vote governments in and out of office. Gradually their standard of living improved. The country developed into a model, showing what Russia could be, and in doing so, became a threat to Putin. It was suddenly clear that democracy and freedom were also possible in the East.
history, war began Feb 2022
Putin launched a full-scale attack from multiple directions on Ukraine on 24 Feb 2022, after several weeks of building up troops on the country's border. Putin is terrified of the prospect of a flourishing Ukrainian democracy. This war is madness, a tragedy for both countries. This is on Putin. He is blocking social media in Russia to stifle dissent while blinding Russians with state media propaganda. "Crusheenk democracy," says Putin to himself in the mirror.
"Everyone understands that the Russians' main goal was the occupation of the capital," said Sgt. Kolumbet in Moshchun, Ukraine, "Now, they are trying to put on what we call 'a nice face with bad cards.' ... You can see that the fighting here was very intense. But we won, and they retreated." Moshchun battle 30 Mar 2022.
Russian long range missiles
Ukrainians are defending their homes against the Russian invaders who are bombing indiscriminately, killing civilians and children.
Russian long range missiles.
this is a premeditated, unprovoked and illegal war. Russian people did not advocate this war. In Russia people are protesting this war. Around the world people are opposing this war. Putin closed his borders and cancelled any uncensored media.
this is a new situation; the return of an imperial Russia. the invasion threatens geopolitical order. Putin has upended assumptions about the sanctity of borders. attempting to unravel the rules-based international system. the overwhelming desire of Ukranians to live in an open, democratic society.
Ukraine army uses one little dog against Russian bombs.
Patron is a bomb-sniffing 2yo Jack Russell terrier targeting explosive ordinance in Ukraine. The tiny dog is credited with over 262 saves. President Zelenskyy held a ceremony for Patron at the Palace where a medal was given for "dedicated work in the UA army."
"Het Bonhe, No War"
Putin chose war and sent troops across the border of a sovereign nation. The Russian invasion of Ukraine unleashed ballistic missiles, airstrikes, troops and tanks. "Het Bonhe, No War" Putin's war in Ukraine is unpopular in Russia. signs in the streets as thousands of Russians protest the war. 12,000 arrested in Russia. The war is already lost. Trust in Russia is destroyed. Putin is delusional. shameful actions, intentional actions against civilians, war crimes. The world has chosen to isolate Russia.
- remove cap of bottle vodka, drink half
- stuff one half rag into bottle
- light rag before drop on tank from tall building
Ukrainian resistance and Russia's overextended supply lines has stalled the convoy. poor morale, confused, conscripts, not told they were going to war. The slog.
"This is nutty behavior," said Gen. McCaffrey ret. and "the line of trucks is balled up, they're balled up." thought NATO would not respond. did not anticipate Ukrainian resistance to Russian aggression. Putin has gravely miscalculated.
Alexander Vindman, Renew Democracy Initiative, rdi.org. this is a costly war for Russia, with 10,000 Russian casualties. We continue economic sanctions and provisioning of weapons. The longer the war goes on the greater the risk of the U.S. getting drawn in.
autocratic regime / totalitarian dictator
the autocrats of Russia, China, Venezuela, or Iran, don't care about rules and values, promises and reputations, or treaties. These are people who only respect hard power.
Russian is in violation of the Budapest Memorandum, signed in 1994, guaranteeing Ukrainian security. the U.S., Russia, and Britain committed "to respect the independence and sovereignty and the existing borders of Ukraine" and "to refrain from the threat or use of force" against the country.
we must end Russian money laundering, political or financial influence in the West. Germans must make themselves independent of Russian gas. France must ban political parties that accept Russian money.
Russian BTG battalion tactical group. tanks, artillery and infantry.
"Hello, Mr. Russian tank. My name is Javelin."
Javelin anti-tank is an AAWS advanced anti-tank weapon system with an infrared imaging guidance system. man-portable, anti-tank missile. made in USA, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. $240,000 missile only.
Stinger anti-aircraft is a MANPADS man-portable air-defense system that operates as an infrared homing SAM surface-to-air missile. developed in US, mfg in Germany. $40,000 missile only.
history: in WWII Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, and it ended in 1945.