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Igor Antunov wrote:
Those pipelines have been under construction for years. The gas deal (not to be confused with oil) was signed back in 2016. And it's not stopping.
And no you threw your own economy off the cliff. Just came out EU is indeed trading euros for rubles directly which is driving up demand for rubles.
late wrote:Russia has a series of military problems.
Igor Antunov wrote:Boom: https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodi ... 022-05-19/
Is Russian firepower starting to show in Ukraine's east?
Reporting from Dnipro
Russian forces in eastern Ukraine's Donbas region have pushed forward and taken some ground, according to information in the latest Ukrainian military briefing.
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky has condemned the Russians for destroying the area.
That could be code for admitting the weight of Russian firepower is starting to tell.
These are not big advances – it’s mile by mile and village by village - but it looks as if the Russians are reaping their first tactical success in weeks from tried and trusted methods of advance behind heavy bombardments.
The Ukrainian military says the Russian army is advancing in the areas of Lysychansk and Severodonetsk.
A man walks past a residential building damaged during a shelling in Severodonetsk
A man walks past a residential building damaged during shelling in SeverodonetskImage caption: A man walks past a residential building damaged during shelling in Severodonetsk
The Ukrainians say a strategic highway between Bahmut and Lysychansk is blocked by Russian artillery placed five kilometres from the road.
In Bakhmut, a city that had a population of around 75,000 before the war, shelling and airstrikes have started fires.
Ukraine has its own artillery and is firing back. But it’s not clear how many of the modern 155mm howitzers supplied by the US have managed to reach battlefields in the east.
The surrender of Ukrainian forces in Mariupol could also release Russian reinforcements for their offensive in Donbas.
Igor Antunov wrote:Have you noticed Russia isn't was and is blasting all Ukrainian civil infrastructure, when it could?
It isn't was carpet bombing the capital, the government buildings, etc, when it could.
It isn't was and is hitting every bridge and warehouse in western ukraine, when it could.
All things the US did and does in every war.
Rich wrote:Russia may well lose in the end. The long term geo-strategic outlook for Russia is not good, but in short term things are looking good, but not brilliant for them.
its always very difficult to really make a fair assessment of a General' s performance. Its difficult to tell how much of the Sever-Donets bridge head attempt loses were due to Dvornikov and how much to his subordinates, but so far he seems to have been a pretty effective general in using the forces at his disposal with the strengths and weaknesses that they possess.
Interestingly, contry to what you hear from the Liberal media, it may be the Ukrainian army that is suffering most from harmful interference by the civilian leadership. The forces in Mariupol put up an amazing defence, but think what those forces could have achieved if the high command had allowed them to retreat from Mariupol in time.
it seems pretty clear that Dvornikov chose to give ground in front of Kharkov, and this didn't herald the imminent collapse of the Russian invasion as so many seemed to think. Maybe it was Dvornikov who made the order to withdraw from Kiev and Sumy. Most Generals lack the ruthlessness to be willing to give up territory rather than continue to hold a front on unfavourable terms.
Rugoz wrote:Of course whenever Ukraine frees territory Russia "chooses to to give ground".
Either way, this is a war of attrition. Territorial gains aren't all that important (other than protecting civilian areas from bombardement). Ukraine needs to destroy Russian manpower and equipment until Russia realizes this just isn't worth it.
Patrickov wrote:Most of Russia knows, just that no one have enough ability, willpower or luck to overthrow the Putin regime.
Rancid wrote:From the Ukrainian side all they have to do is keep fighting. Even if they are defeated conventionally, they just have to keep fighting a partisan war.
Rancid wrote:Reports are, Putin is now getting involved in decision making down to the tactical level.
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