Putin's invasion of Ukraine

Discussion in 'World Events' started by Saint, Jan 20, 2022.

  1. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    Perhaps:
    Within 2 days?
    Russian and Belarusian joint military exercises are scheduled to end on the 20th, February.
    If they come from Belarus, main battle tanks could be in Kiev in less than 2 hours without having to cross the
    Dnieper.
    or
    Perhaps:
    It ain't gonna happen?

    If
    Russia's concern is security
    Then
    It would make sense for Russia to seize the land south of a line between Zaporizhzya and Donetsk,
    effectively turning the sea of Azov into a Russian lake. Using ships, the Russians have already blocked off access to the sea of Azov to nato warships.
    but
    Taking the land seems unlikely?
     
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  3. Beer w/Straw Transcendental Ignorance! Valued Senior Member

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    What if Russia invades and with Ukraine getting no support defends itself? How would Russia look?

    The US knows it's easy to start wars that it can't always win.

    :EDIT:

    Aside
     
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  5. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    Ukraine should declare surrender and bow down to Russia now to avoid war.

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  7. Beer w/Straw Transcendental Ignorance! Valued Senior Member

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    Maybe get a prison tattoo for ownership?
     
  8. candy Valued Senior Member

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    Never. Putin should stop his territorial avarice. The people of Ukraine deserve the right of self-determination.
     
  9. geordief Valued Senior Member

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    Do you think ,despite Putin's apparent predilection for nationalistic self aggrandisment that this has a lot to do with the perennial attempts in many countries to shore up approval ratings at home with hopeful successes abroad?(and perhaps deflect from failures at home)

    Is his nationalism (like, I suspect his religiosity) just skin deep and does he fundamentally share in the sincere Narcissism as exemplified by our own Dear Donald?

    Edit:maybe someone should short circuit Saint's battery compartment and do us all a favour.
     
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  10. Quantum Quack Life's a tease... Valued Senior Member

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    One of the many ironies of his desire to keep NATO away is that by occupying Ukraine he would place NATO on his door step. At the moment Ukraine is keeping NATO away.
     
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  11. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    dnieper
     
  12. geordief Valued Senior Member

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    That hadn't occurred to me.

    Putin the NovoSysiphus?

    Come on ,one more heave for the Great Leader
     
  13. Quantum Quack Life's a tease... Valued Senior Member

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    lol... typical USSR cold war metaphor.
    Or any ruling body that attempts to subjugate freedom of choice....for that matter..
     
  14. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    Nato is evil, just a puppet of USA.
     
  15. pjdude1219 The biscuit has risen Valued Senior Member

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    nato is not evil, nor a us puppet.
     
  16. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    What's evil about it?
     
  17. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    I vill not buy zees tobacconist, it eez scratched.
     
  18. Saint Valued Senior Member

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    Many Ukraine's people wanna belong to Russia,
    it is Russia's responsibility to protect her own people in Ukraine.
    Halleluyah to Putin.

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  19. pjdude1219 The biscuit has risen Valued Senior Member

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    No just no.
     
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  20. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    How many? What proportion of the population? Where are you getting this information?
    No.

    Russians who are visiting the Ukraine are subject to Ukrainian law, not to Russian law, while they are in Ukraine.

    Ukrainians who would prefer to live in Russia are free to move there, are they not? Surely if Putin wants the people of Ukraine so much, he can accommodate them. He doesn't need to take over the actual nation.

    Besides, if a majority of the Ukrainian people really wanted Ukraine to become a vassal state of Russia again, they would be free to vote for just that. Ukraine is a democracy.
     
  21. Beer w/Straw Transcendental Ignorance! Valued Senior Member

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    Those people can put it to a vote for independence.

    Like Quebec did in Canada.
     
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  23. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    For Putin/Russia it may be a case that having the geopolitical buffer that an "independent" state (of the two Ukraine regions) provides is worth a significant downturn in their economy. Bear in mind that Putin has an iron grip on power, and he's not exactly going to suffer financially, in that if he has USD 100 billion fortune then even losing 99% of it still leaves him with USD 1 billion.
    His people will suffer, which means he can continue to paint the West as the enemy for hurting them... while he and his cronies live in continued luxury... and he'll tighten his grip on power even more.

    That's the problem with sanctions: it generally hurts the general public far more than any others, as the rulers of such countries usually have the financial means to weather any storm. During which time Putin will continue to paint the West as the enemy hurting his people.

    How long will any sanctions last? Will they really have any effect in the short or long term?
    And if the West beats down Russia's economy, does that not merely fuel their aggression and, in the long-term, make conflict more likely? You can certainly expect more cyber attacks on the West's infrastructure etc.
     

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