Fri Jun 2nd, 2023 at 10:42:53 PM EST
Wishing a favorable outcome and throwing billions to make it happen may not be sufficient as the numbers game at the front just don't improve. The losses in manpower cannot be offset by more and sophisticated weapons. The terror strikes on Russian territory is one more indication the tide isn't turning in Ukraine's favor.
Military strategy is confused as too many diverse voices override one another. The armchair warmongers too are puzzled one the next strategy should be as not all ammunition and promised armor are ready for battlefield action.
Being ready from day one is quite different from a proces of escalation from one summit to the next. Unity is strong as any scepsis will only lead to a timely failure as Russia still occupies nearly 20% of Ukraine. Frustration on all sides in this waar is growing. Time is on the side of the aggressor.
Blinken in Finland to tell the world Putin has failed ...
Ukrainan suurlähettiläs liikuttui Blinkenin puheesta: "Todella voimakas"
Ukrainan Suomen-suurlähettiläs Olga Dibrova pitää tärkeänä
BLINKEN's speech was a strong message for Ukraine. According to Dibrova, Blinken's message in his speech is that support for Ukraine will continue as long as the war continues.
- It was really important that Foreign Minister Blinken also emphasized this, says Dibrova and states that this message is often heard in Finland.
Dibrova believes that the full withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine, holding the perpetrators accountable and the return of Ukrainian children are goals that Ukraine's main allies share with the country.
According to the ambassador, the speech also emphasized the unity of the allies as Ukraine fights for its independence and the principles of the United Nations Charter.
- So that we don't end up in a chaotic, anarchic world, but in a rule-based system that protects every nation, country and person.
Speech by Secretary Blinken: "Russia's Strategic Failure and Ukraine's Secure Future"
Finns understood that if Russia violated the core principles of the UN Charter - sovereignty, territorial integrity, independence - if they did that in Ukraine, it will imperil their own peace and security as well.
We understood that, too. That's why, over the course of 2021, as Russia ratcheted up its threats against Kyiv and amassed more and more troops, tanks, and planes on Ukraine's borders, we made every effort to get Moscow to de-escalate its manufactured crisis and resolve its issues through diplomacy.
President Biden told President Putin that we were prepared to discuss our mutual security concerns - a message that I reaffirmed repeatedly - including in person, with Foreign Minister Lavrov. We offered written proposals to reduce tensions. Together with our allies and partners, we used every forum to try to prevent war, from the NATO-Russia Council to the OSCE, from the UN to our direct channels.
Across these engagements, we set out two possible paths for Moscow: a path of diplomacy, which could lead to greater security for Ukraine, for Russia, for all of Europe; or a path of aggression, which would result in severe consequences for the Russian Government.
President Biden made clear that regardless of which path President Putin chose, we would be ready. And if Russia chose war, we would do three things: support Ukraine, impose severe costs on Russia, and strengthen NATO while rallying our allies and partners around these goals.
As the storm clouds gathered, we surged military, economic, and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. First in August 2021, and again in December, we sent military equipment to bolster Ukraine's defenses, including Javelins and Stingers. And we deployed a team from the U.S. Cyber Command to help Ukraine shore up its power grid and other critical infrastructure against cyber attacks.
We prepared an unprecedented set of sanctions, export controls, other economic costs to impose severe and immediate consequences on Russia in the event of a full-scale invasion.
We took steps to leave no doubt that we, and our Allies, would uphold our commitment to defend every inch of NATO territory.
Meanwhile the think tanks are putting in extra hours for a new strategy to combat Russia and deliver a resounding victory for the West.
Victory after Putin's death
Khodorkovsky in Bratislava: regime change in Moscow is only possible after Putin's death.
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General Shirreff in Bratislava: If Ukraine fails to meet its objectives, we must think about what to do: inevitably to join the fight. We suck ourselves into a war because we are committed to a victory for Ukraine. I agree.
Good meeting, but 'what if' questions are avoided: what if Ukraine does not win, if nuclear weapons are deployed, if a conflict with Taiwan breaks out, etc. These are, in my opinion, the questions policymakers should prepare for.
Ivo Daalder the true Russophobe has succeeded in a decades long battle for a military confrontation with Russia. Quite unfortunate Ukraine us used as a proxy and bleeds on its territory.
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Russia's barbaric war on Ukraine--and before that on Syria, Libya, Georgia, and Chechnya--has exposed the Russian Federation's viciously imperial character to the entire world. Its aggression also is catalyzing a long-overdue conversation about Russia's interior empire, given Moscow's dominion over many indigenous non-Russian nations, and the brutal extent to which the Kremlin has taken to suppress their national self-expression and self-determination.
Serious and controversial discussions are now underway about reckoning with Russia's fundamental imperialism and the need to "decolonize" Russia for it to become a viable stakeholder in European security and stability. As the successor to the Soviet Union, which cloaked its colonial agenda in anti-imperial and anti-capitalist nomenclature, Russia has yet to attract appropriate scrutiny for its consistent and oftentimes brutal imperial tendencies.
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