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ezbee
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  #3152263 25-Oct-2023 23:48
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Given the accuracy of anonymous 'Telegram' channels, it's probably just for the laughs.

Darth Putin account certainly is

 

 

 

There was another comment that he can't have a heart attack, as first you have to have a heart. 


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  #3152277 26-Oct-2023 07:59
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In the US, the new speaker of the house opposed Ukraine aid.

The powerful position means he can cause grief.

The Financial Times : Donald Trump ally Mike Johnson elected US House Speaker after weeks of gridlock
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An evangelical Christian, Johnson is a hardline social conservative, opposing access to abortion in nearly all cases, as well as same-sex marriage. In Louisiana, he has been a proponent of marriage “covenant” laws, which make it more difficult for couples to divorce.

Earlier this year, Johnson voted against more US aid to Ukraine.

He was also among the most vocal proponents of Trump’s claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged against him.

A lawyer by training, Johnson led a group of more than 100 fellow Republicans in filing an amicus brief to the US Supreme Court in support of a Texas lawsuit that tried to overturn the results of the 2020 election in four swing states: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. In the hours after the January 6 2021 attack on the US Capitol, Johnson voted against certifying Joe Biden’s electoral college victory.

Johnson declined to answer a reporter’s question about his stance on the 2020 election late on Tuesday, simply saying, “next question”, while Virginia Foxx, a Republican congresswoman from North Carolina, told the reporter to “shut up”.

Johnson became the party’s nominee on Tuesday just hours after Trump torpedoed Emmer’s candidacy in a blistering post on social media, calling the Minnesota congressman a “globalist Rino”, or Republican in name only.
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ezbee
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  #3156663 6-Nov-2023 12:58
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A Russian Peace.
At 12min in Jake has a reminder of Russia sigining peace deal after 1st Chechen war.
Not long after Grozny was completely raised in 2nd Chechen War.

 

Ukraine Denies "Stalemate" Claim as Russia Loses Another Warship
Jake Broe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-ZAzJNpi6g

 

P.S.

 

There was a suggestion Kremlin/KGB/FSB planted the 'Putin is dead' rumor to smoke out any opposition.
Clear things before Putin announces his run for President next year.

 

While you order extra cases of Vodka and sing 'Hey Ho the Witch is Dead', someone is watching :-) 


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  #3157405 8-Nov-2023 18:38
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New York Times, opinion: I’m a Ukrainian, and I Refuse to Compete for Your Attention

The day Hamas attacked Israel, I unexpectedly reunited with my best friend in Kyiv.

Since Russia’s full-scale invasion in February last year, our paths had barely crossed. As a lecturer, researcher and volunteer, I went back and forth between Ukraine and Britain. My friend, meanwhile, traveled across Ukraine as a local producer for foreign journalists covering the war. It was important work. But on Oct. 7, a media trip my friend had been organizing to eastern Ukraine was canceled. The crew instead left for the Middle East.

“They leave Ukraine because the front is moving slowly,” my friend told me when we met at her place in Kyiv. “The journalists will be back in no time once we liberate any significant patch of land.”

Liberate another significant patch of occupied territories and discover another mass grave, I thought. That would, for a few days, refresh the world’s memory of what Ukraine is up against. The delivery of a dozen more tanks might follow, perhaps, along with some renewed talk of commitment. But with enough weapons to keep fighting but not to win, Ukraine is at a stalemate, as Gen. Valery Zaluzhny recently confirmed. Those of us not in the trenches must continue selling Ukrainian resistance to the world, telling our stories in the hope of support.

For 20 months, I have been churning out essays on why the world should stay focused on Ukraine. I have written them in a bomb shelter in Lviv, in a train packed with refugees in Poland, in a bathroom during an air raid in Kyiv and on the back seat of a car returning from near-frontline towns. Now, from the comfort of a London library, I try once again to persuade readers that they should not look away from my homeland’s struggle for survival, even as another part of the world is erupting in unspeakable violence.
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ezbee
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  #3158228 11-Nov-2023 10:45
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When you have a peace treaty, or security assurance from Russia.

 

A history of worthless paper. 

 


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  #3158350 11-Nov-2023 15:37
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The Times of Israel Community: Vivek Ramaswamy calls Ukraine’s Zelensky a ‘Nazi’ during GOP presidential debate

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy calls Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky a “Nazi” during tonight’s GOP debate in Miami.

Asked whether he’s convinced by Zelensky’s calls for more aid from the US to assist in the war against Russia, Ramaswamy says he is not and claims that a growing number of Republicans are beginning to follow his lead in opposing US involvement in the matter.

“Ukraine is not a paragon of democracy. This is a country that has banned 11 opposition parties. It has consolidated all media into one state TV media arm — that’s not democratic. It has threatened not to hold elections this year unless the US forks over more money — that is not democratic. It has celebrated a Nazi in its ranks, the comedian in cargo pants, a man called Zelensky… That is not democratic,” Ramaswamy says of the Ukrainian president, who is Jewish.

“The regions of Ukraine that are occupied by Russia right now in the Donbas: Luhansk and Donetsk. These are Russian-speaking regions that have not even been part of Ukraine since 2014.”

“To frame this as some kind of battle between good versus evil, don’t buy it,” he claims.
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  #3158629 12-Nov-2023 13:33
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Ukraine: The Problem with Mine-Clearing Tanks

Military History Visualized


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  #3159561 14-Nov-2023 22:00
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Inside Russia's Hidden Economic Crisis: Inflation, Oil Export Bans, and the Faltering Ruble

William Spaniel


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  #3161067 19-Nov-2023 08:07
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Analyzing Russia's Massive Failures in War Against Ukraine

The Military Show


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  #3162891 23-Nov-2023 15:41
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Volunteer civilian demining in the snow, nearly impossible, a slow and painful process for a couple of mines.

 

The search for the dangerous landmine in poor conditions in Ukraine 🇺🇦
UA EOD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMb4jH9GLuw

 

A days work on one field in the summer and you can do this below...


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  #3164041 26-Nov-2023 16:46
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Finland closes all but its most northern border crossing to Russia due to migrant influx | DW News


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  #3169660 8-Dec-2023 11:26
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Did a load of Russian Oil just sail pass the Atlantic Fleet and offload in the city of Norfolk in Virginia?

What is Going on With Shipping?


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  #3169904 9-Dec-2023 10:38
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Putin gets the big wellcome by UAE and onto Saudi.
The spy who came in from the cold.

 

USA vs Saudi Oil War Would Destroy Russia
Jake Broe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjrcRznggKg

 

MBS and Putin all smiles up front.
Saudi and OPEC have been cutting oil production to push price up.

 


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  #3170583 11-Dec-2023 11:13
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Drones killing have been killing people for quite a few years now. Now drones kill drones also.


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  #3171358 13-Dec-2023 11:25
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New York Times-

 

 

 

Russia Has Suffered Staggeringly High Losses, U.S. Report Says

 

The declassified intelligence assessment also found that Russia’s objective has been eroding Western support for Ukraine, the country it invaded.

 

The Russian push in eastern Ukraine this fall and winter was designed to sap Western support for Ukraine, according to a newly declassified American intelligence assessment.

 

The drive has resulted in heavy losses but has not led to strategic gains on the battlefield for Russia, said Adrienne Watson, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council.

 

Since the beginning of the war Russia has suffered from a staggeringly high number of losses, according to another newly declassified assessment shared with Congress.

 

At the start of the war the Russian army stood at 360,000 troops.

 

Russia has lost 315,000 of those troops, forcing them to recruit and mobilize new recruits and convicts from their prison system.

 

Moscow’s equipment has also been crushed, according to the assessment.

 

At the start of the war, Russia had 3,500 tanks but has lost 2,200, forcing them to pull 50 year old T-62 tanks from storage.

 

 

 

The assessment says the Russian losses have reduced the complexity of Russia’s recent military operations in Ukraine.

 

 

 

The war in Ukraine has sharply set back 15 years of Russian effort to modernize its ground force,” the declassified assessment said. “As of late November, Russia had lost over a quarter of its pre-2022 stockpile of ground forces equipment and has suffered casualties among its trained professional army.”

 

In the most recent push, Russia has suffered more than 13,000 people killed and wounded and lost more than 220 combat vehicles while fighting near Avdiivka and other cities, Ms. Watson said.

 

Russian forces had hoped for a swift breakthrough but encountered stiff Ukrainian resistance. Ukraine has moved forces from the south to reinforce its troops in the east. While Ukraine too has suffered causalities, its losses are not as significant as Russia’s, U.S. officials have said. Casualty figures on both sides of the conflict are estimates, according to American officials. Moscow is believed to routinely undercount its war dead and injured, and Kyiv does not disclose official figures.

 

The information was declassified as President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine visits Washington to help press the case that his country needs more American aid to help defend against the continued assault.

 

   

 

The White House is asking for $50 billion in additional security aid for Ukraine. But many conservative Republicans are skeptical about the country’s ability to win the war and want major changes in U.S. border security policy as part of a funding agreement.

 

Ms. Watson said the push by Russia is related to the funding debates in Congress. The declassified intelligence assessed that Russia “seems to believe that a military deadlock through the winter will drain Western support for Ukraine,” Ms. Watson said.

 

Russia, Ms. Watson said, continues to have shortages of soldiers and weaponry but is pushing in Eastern Ukraine despite its losses with hope of gaining an advantage.

 

Russia is closely tracking the debate in Congress, Ms. Watson said. Other U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports agreed and said President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia believes he is beginning to see success in his strategy of trying to out wait the West.


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