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17 hours ago, Tetragrammaton said:

This is what the President did for a living before people elected him.

 

So, what's the context behind this? Because I know that he's an comedian who starred in an few romantic comedies and worked for an television network; but this feels like an random satirical vid.

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1 hour ago, Armchair General said:

So, what's the context behind this? Because I know that he's an comedian who starred in an few romantic comedies and worked for an television network; but this feels like an random satirical vid.

He had his own tv station so he could really produce anything he wanted. So, yeah, totally in character for it to be some random one off. Could also have been from his variety show years. A bit hard to tell as he has one of those faces that doesn't seem to age.

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Not really relevant for the current war, unless someone has a different say on the matter. What is, however:

Severodonetsk not yet down, it seems.

Edited by Acacia Sgt

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Ukraine is running out of ammunition for their artillery batteries, shipments are arriving too slowly to halt the Russian advance, the Ukrainians are supposed to get an few MLRS trucks from the UK and America, and the Russians are implied to be running the "scorched earth" routine.

 

Note that I'm having a lot of trouble finding an free article about this, for some reason

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Well, it has come to this.

https://www.brusselstimes.com/eu-affairs/268817/russian-forces-threaten-to-blow-up-europes-largest-nuclear-reactor

These past days they have been shelling the plant, has already sustained some damage, and now there's reports it has been mined and rigged to blow up should they start losing further ground. Should this really be happening.

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In a different tone of news, an airbase in Crimea was attacked, with high chances everything in it got neutralized, or most of it at least. Considering its far behind the frontlines...

 

Edited by Acacia Sgt

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/19/russia-no-longer-has-full-control-of-luhansk-as-ukraine-recaptures-village

So the incredible Ukrainian military offensive begun taking -however slightly- the separatist republics in the east.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/09/19/ukraine-russia-war-nuclear-plant-pugacheva/

And it has got the separatists panicked to the point of asking for outright Russian annexation now. I'm totally IDK if the calls for annexation are to be taken seriously, and if so, whether they would change the war at all.

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Putin announces partial military mobilization for Russian citizens (axios.com)

Flights out of Russia sell out after Putin orders partial call-up | Reuters

He's looking for as many as 300,000 reserves and is also trying to fast-track annexation referendums in separatist-held territories in an effort to legitimize more force in the name of "defending Russian soil." Which has resulted in widespread protests and mass flights to Turkey and the Trans-Caucasus nations which don't require a visa.

Oh, and he's threatening the nuclear option too:

Putin Raises Nuclear Threat Following Battlefield Losses | Time

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It's getting more and more difficult for the average Russian to ignore the consequences of autocratic leaders who aren't held accountable for their actions.

At the start of the year 2000 the Russians aspired to become a peaceful and eventually prosperous 21st century country. And nothing was stopping them either. But now, 22 years later, they're being drafted to go die in an absolutely pointless conflict that their own leaders started for no reason. People who think the difference between democracy and dictatorship is inconsequential are deluding themselves.

Edited by Hrothgar777

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15 minutes ago, Hrothgar777 said:

But now, 22 years later, they're being drafted to go die in an absolutely pointless conflict that their own leaders started for no reason

In all fairness, they're trying to flee the country to avoid the draft. If anything, it's an indicator that Ukraine is bleeding the Russian army dry in terms of manpower.

 

15 minutes ago, Hrothgar777 said:

People who think the difference between democracy and dictatorship is inconsequential are deluding themselves

Well, it all depends on finding the perfect candidate to run against someone who's been routinely re-elected. As it is, he's set to remain as Russia's president until 2036 thanks to that referendum that was passed.

Edited by Armchair General

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2 hours ago, Hrothgar777 said:

At the start of the year 2000 the Russians aspired to become a peaceful and eventually prosperous 21st century country. And nothing was stopping them either. But now, 22 years later, they're being drafted to go die in an absolutely pointless conflict that their own leaders started for no reason. People who think the difference between democracy and dictatorship is inconsequential are deluding themselves.

To be fair when your very first president starts shooting the parliamentary building with tanks things already aren't off on a good start. And given a bunch of robber barons immediately started hoarding all the wealth and power after the Soviet collapse there were a lot of things stopping Russia from becoming a prosperous country. The same intelligence service from the Soviet dictatorship also never really went away and supplied a good portion of the robber barons taking over Russia. 

So the Russian project was likely doomed for failure even in the Yeltsin days. 

Edited by Etrurian emperor

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Amazing, the Ukrainian momentum keeps going.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/oct/01/ukraine-forces-encircle-thousands-of-russian-troops-in-key-city

Northern Donetsk Oblast is practically liberated by now if not soon enough. Already reports of fighting happening east and northeast over at Luhansk Oblast either way.

Edited by Acacia Sgt

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