This illustrates just how badly the so-called progressive caucus effed up with their negotiate with Russia message.
So, then, does the riprap along river banks here count as “fortifications?” TIL!
At least they’ll have lots of rocks to throw…
Ukrainian aerospace company allegedly supplied military helicopter parts to Russia during war
So many have been stolen just in the U.K. alone that Operation Opal - a national intelligence team focused on organized crime - was called in to investigate the matter, according to the British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA), which along with the Light Aircraft Association (LAA) is collating information about the thefts in the U.K. These facts certainly point to the possibility that Tehran has been getting at least some of its drone engines by having operatives systemically literally rip them out of aircraft in foreign countries.
After House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy suggested last week that Republicans might pull back funding for Ukraine next year if they take the majority, the GOP leader has worked behind the scenes to reassure national security leaders in his conference that he wasn’t planning to abandon Ukraine aid and was just calling for greater oversight of any federal dollars,
Witness a Russian sympathizer get slapped down.
From everything we have learned about Russian “strategy”, it seems there are two reasons for why Russian forces are continuing this wasteful, illogical assault:
- The commanders promised that it would fall “any day now”, and the high command is so desperate for a fig leaf “win” that they gave the command to take the city at all costs.
- The Wagner mercenaries (and more importantly, their owner) seem to be the main force here, so this is more about marketing their value to Russia than it is about gaining any sort or strategic advantage. They are desperate to show that they can walk and chew gum at the same time.
Really, the whole bloody, brutal fiasco has become one bad bet after another, Not only Putin but his generals and advisors looking like the poor rube who made a spectacularly bad bet, but can’t leave the betting parlour without something, anything to show that it wasn’t a total loss. Each bet is getting more and more desperate, the rube agitated and reckless because he cannot face the truth.
Prigozhin has his prison recruits as cannon fodder* – I don’t think he understands quite what to do with them.
*Even ones who are being refused treatment by medics according to this