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7 February 19 at 15:45

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MILNEWS.ca #UKR Update as of 060135UTC February 2019

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5 February 19 at 20:35

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MILNEWS.ca #UKR Update as of 301725UTC January 2019

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30 January 19 at 12:32

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MILNEWS.ca #UKR Update as of 142000UTC January 2019

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14 January 19 at 15:07

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#RUS Poised to Escalate #UKR Campaign? (counterpoint)

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And here, a more “glass is half full” assessment, recommended via social media by people I respect who know their stuff (thanks and ) …

“… This is not the first time breathless reports have warned that war is about to break out. The image of hundreds of tanks lined up at a new Russian military base on the outskirts of Kamensk-Shakhtinsky in Russia’s Rostov Oblast close to the Ukrainian border has been widely circulated on social media and TV shows. It has been used as proof that Russian forces are building up, ready to invade. However, the image is from Google Earth and from October 13, over a month before the clash between Russian and Ukrainian navy on Sea of Azov. It has already snowed in Rostov and there is no snow in the image. 

Before I dive into this I should say at the outset I remain extremely sceptical of the idea that Russia would ever invade Ukraine, let alone now. There are many reasons to believe this. To save time let me just list some of the points made against invasion recently and we can leave the debate over each for another time:

  • It’s winter and it’s a really bad idea to start a war in the east in winter;

  • Invading Ukraine would bring down extreme punitive sanctions on Russia – far worse than the current regime – which it can ill afford;

  • Moreover new and even more stringent sanctions would undermine the Kremlin’s efforts to lift the current sanctions when the will in Europe to keep them in place is clearly weakening;

  • An attack would prompt the US to rapidly increase its military supplies of lethal weapons to Ukraine that would lead to dramatic escalation of the military conflict;

  • An invasion could lead to a military response by the US/EU/Nato in support of Ukraine (albeit highly unlikely);

  • Russia can ill afford the cost in human life and money, which would have political and budgetary repercussions at home;

  • Russia could occupy Ukraine quickly, but it could not defend it for any length of time if counter attacked nor secure it against a prolonged guerrilla counter offensive;

  • Plus Russia would never “win the peace” amongst the locals, who have already ousted two presidents with popular uprisings; and

  • The destruction an invasion would cause would only escalate the cost of reconstructing the economy to massive proportions, if an invasion were successful – just the annexation of Crimea has already proven a drain on the budget …”

So now, we wait, I guess …


 

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12 December 18 at 12:22

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A worthy idea …

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… from a smart guy:

“Every year, in early November I get angry at society at large but especially at good-willed but unfailingly ignorant politicians and the media and, especially, at the Royal Canadian Legion because they all want to transform a simple Act of Remembrance into a tribute to veterans. “It’s not about the bloody vets, you blithering bloody idiots,” I rant every November, “it’s about the tens of thousands of (mostly) young (mostly) men who were killed before they could even become veterans.” Veterans and kings organized Remembrance Day for one simple reason: to remember, solemnly, those who were left behind on “some corner of a foreign field” or who have no known grave at all ~ perhaps blown to bits, perhaps lost at sea.

But we want to “celebrate” veterans. Of course politicians do, veterans vote; of course the media does, they consume the media’s products; of course the Legion does, it’s all about veterans. So I understand why they all want to celebrate veterans … and so they should, just not on Remembrance Day.

Our American neighbours have two holidays, their Veterans’ Day coincides with our Remembrance Day; and they also have a Memorial Day …”

More from Colonel Ted via Let’s have our own Veterans’ Day


 

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26 May 18 at 11:19

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MILNEWS.ca: Inbox Highlights, 30 Mar 2018

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30 March 18 at 9:44

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