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  #2886008 14-Mar-2022 14:37
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The next issue are rumours that Russia has asked China for military support. Perhaps assisting Russia to bypass sanctions is also an issue.

 

Some may say that if Ukraine can get help why can't Russia? The simple answer is that some countries are helping a country that is the victim of an unprovoked attack. Anyone who assists the provoker, is supporting unprovoked attacks, and wanton destruction of women, children, defenders, and buildings. Many of the latter are not strategic military installations. Now the mayor of a taken over town is charged with terrorism.

 

China could be very stuck between a rock and a hard place. Its getting to a point where its close to already being a world war, even if that description isn't technically correct. The vast majority of the world is involved, either by military or humanitarian support, or just plain old morale support.  


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  #2886014 14-Mar-2022 14:54
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tdgeek:

 

China could be very stuck between a rock and a hard place. Its getting to a point where its close to already being a world war, even if that description isn't technically correct. The vast majority of the world is involved, either by military or humanitarian support, or just plain old morale support.  

 

 

Here's commentary by Hu Wei on the "U.S. China Perception Monitor" website, a Carter Centre associated group.

 

Some potential Ukrainian war outcomes from a Chinese viewpoint.

 

 


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  #2886015 14-Mar-2022 14:57
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Looks like China and USA holding a meeting on Monday in Rome.

 

"White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan will meet with his Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi, in Rome on Monday as part of a follow-up conversation..."

 

Also China is being watched closely, and I’m guessing they will face action if assist Russia to much.

 


"We also are watching closely to see the extent to which China actually does provide any form of support, material support or economic support, to Russia. It is a concern of ours. And we have communicated to Beijing that we will not stand by and allow any country to compensate Russia for its losses from the economic sanctions," Sullivan said."

 

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/03/13/politics/jake-sullivan-meeting-chinese-counterpart-ukraine/index.html

 

 


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  #2886021 14-Mar-2022 15:12
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Sidestep:

 

tdgeek:

 

China could be very stuck between a rock and a hard place. Its getting to a point where its close to already being a world war, even if that description isn't technically correct. The vast majority of the world is involved, either by military or humanitarian support, or just plain old morale support.  

 

 

Here's commentary by Hu Wei on the "U.S. China Perception Monitor" website, a Carter Centre associated group.

 

Some potential Ukrainian war outcomes from a Chinese viewpoint.

 

 

 

 

Interesting points. One way, is if Russia fails, China is hemmed in by everyone else. Or they get commended by effectively ending the war if they dont support Russia.

 

China has a big enough population, prosperity and demand for goods from the West to manage fine. Russia till now, has not been anything thats kept China alive.  Its all about honour. How to say no to Russia.I guess they could just keep asking for diplomacy not war and leave it that that?


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  #2886023 14-Mar-2022 15:14
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rugrat:

 

Looks like China and USA holding a meeting on Monday in Rome.

 

 

 

 

Meetings need to e held but its jus tug of war. Many people could jot down the results of one. No real action


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  #2886026 14-Mar-2022 15:20
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CruciasNZ:

kingdragonfly: Local Russian McDonalds' suppliers didn't disappear when McDonalds withdrew so ...

Washington Post: Russia says its businesses can steal patents from anyone in ‘unfriendly’ countries

 

That would be a colossal own-goal against the future recovery of the RU economy wouldn't it?

 

 

Yup, and that's why it's mostly posturing by Putin, no Russian company will risk doing that to any extent because they're commercial businesses and realise that at some point Russia will need to apply for readmission to the human race, and having that on the admission form isn't going to look good.

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  #2886048 14-Mar-2022 15:48
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Regarding the destruction of the world's largest plane, the really weird is evangelical Youtube channels have picked up the news.

Evangelical Pat Robertson floated the idea that the Ukraine invasion was part of the imminent literal Biblical end-of-the-world.

Of course, previously Pat Robertson also thought "Tinky Winky" the Teletubby was gay.

Washington Post: Pat Robertson says Putin was ‘compelled by God’ to invade Ukraine to fulfill Armageddon prophecy

Televangelist Pat Robertson said Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was “compelled by God” in his decision to invade Ukraine, suggesting that Russia’s attacks are a precursor to an end-times battle in Israel.

The Christian media mogul returned to “The 700 Club” a few months after he retired from the show he hosted for 55 years on the Christian Broadcasting Network. In his return, Robertson claimed that Putin was simply following God’s wishes when Russia invaded Ukraine — to fulfill a biblical prophecy.

“I think you can say, well, Putin’s out of his mind. Yes, maybe so,” said Robertson, 91. “But at the same time, he’s being compelled by God. He went into the Ukraine, but that wasn’t his goal. His goal was to move against Israel, ultimately.”
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  #2886073 14-Mar-2022 16:50
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  #2886083 14-Mar-2022 17:05
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kingdragonfly: Evangelical Pat Robertson floated the idea that the Ukraine invasion was part of the imminent literal Biblical end-of-the-world.

 

 

There's been long-standing support for right-wing Zionists from right-wing US evangelicals for exactly this reason. Which is a really weird combination, the US far right is pretty antisemitic in general except when it comes to armageddon.

 

 

Tying it to Ukraine, admittedly, is pretty unusual, they're usually hoping for apocalyptic war to break out in the Middle East not Europe. Baby steps I guess.

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Sigh........  Evangelicals.
With the rising price of grave sites, and possibility of disturbance over millennia waiting for the Rapture.
Evangelicals just want to rush the process, maybe if they destroy the world god will come earlier. 


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  #2886090 14-Mar-2022 17:14
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Rendering aid to an ally is one thing; taking up arms is another.

I wonder what the home country government agencies, like the American CIA, think of people who do this?

If I knew someone without Ukrainian roots who went to the Ukraine to fight, I'd be worried about their sanity.

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  #2886095 14-Mar-2022 17:25
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kingdragonfly: If I knew someone without Ukrainian roots who went to the Ukraine to fight, I'd be worried about their sanity.

 

 

A great many people, including many famous and highly-regarded ones, went to Spain to fight fascism. I respect anyone who does the same in Ukraine.

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  #2886096 14-Mar-2022 17:29
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kingdragonfly: Rendering aid to an ally is one thing; taking up arms is another.

I wonder what the home country government agencies, like the American CIA, think of people who do this?

If I knew someone without Ukrainian roots who went to the Ukraine to fight, I'd be worried about their sanity.

 

i think these guys are ex army. with army training and combat exposure, yes it changes you, drive you insane. these are people who have been stripped of their identity in gruelling training, and coming out the other end and fighting war after war. they go back to america and they have PTSD, anxiety, sleep problems, no respect. they are dying to take up arms again.


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  #2886167 14-Mar-2022 18:57
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Wondering how long it'll be before we see the first Hollywood action blockbuster of Rambo's suddenly-discovered long-lost nephew single-handedly wiping out the Russian army in Ukraine?

 

 

Russian helicopter pilot: Do no try to retreat! You cannot escape! We will not attack if you do not run! We do not want to hurt you! I order you to come forward and you will be given a fair trial!

 

 

Rambo's nephew: Russian helicopter, go ..... yourself!

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  #2886168 14-Mar-2022 18:59
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I think this is an old 2020 video that's been re-released. Might have some bearing on Ukraine tactics.

It's all starting to remind me of "Metal Head" in Netflix's "Black Mirror"

How Armed Drones Disrupt Modern Warfare

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"One of the bigger things that happened in 2020 was that two countries [south of Ukraine] - Azerbaijan and Armenia - fought a war. The war lasted for about 6 weeks, and it has set the air defense world ablaze.

For the first time, the world got to see a national army bring a fleet of armed drones to the battlefield. And the impact those drones have made was huge.

Using a swarm of cheap Turkish drones and Israeli loitering munitions, Azerbaijan swept aside Armenia's air defenses and paved a road to victory.

Cheap armed drone technologies are spreading like wildfire across the world"


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