BBC News - Is this a coup? What is Prigozhin doing in Russia?
If it is the first order of business is to come up with a name for it.
I move we call it “The Caterer’s Coup”, just in case. Or Küchenputsch.
FDG135 (2023) Küchenputsch im postfaktischen Anthropozän. Dissertation zur Erlangung der Inaugurdoktorwürde am Jazz-Institut der Universität der Künste, Berlin. 135 S.
I hope that no-one is using any nuclear weapon, including powerplants.
Edit: spelling. In the title. Oh my. Hopefully noone checks the references for mistakes…
Do you like grappa?
Columns of military equipment spotted in Voronezh Oblast.
It might be better to put that in the Wagner thread.
Zelensky says “no lie can hide” Russia’s “full-scale weakness” amid mutiny
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said “no lie can hide” Russia’s chaos and said the armed mutiny showed “full-scale weakness” in the country.
Posting on Twitter, Zelenskyy said: “Everyone who chooses the path of evil destroys himself. Who sends columns of troops to destroy the lives of another country and cannot stop them from fleeing and betraying when life resists.
“Who terrorizes with missiles, and when they are shot down, humiliates himself to receive Shahed drones. Who despises people and throws hundreds of thousands into the war, in order to eventually barricade himself in the Moscow region from those whom he himself armed.
“For a long time, Russia used propaganda to mask its weakness and the stupidity of its government. And now there is so much chaos that no lie can hide it. And all this is one person, who again and again scares by the year 1917, although he is able to result in nothing else but this.
“Russia’s weakness is obvious. Full-scale weakness. And the longer Russia keeps its troops and mercenaries on our land, the more chaos, pain, and problems it will have for itself later. It is also obvious. Ukraine is able to protect Europe from the spread of Russian evil and chaos. We keep our resilience, unity and strength.
“All our commanders, all our soldiers know what to do. Glory to Ukraine!”
Glued to their cellphones, millions of Ukrainians spent a sleepless night on Friday, after the head of the Wagner mercenary group declared war against his rivals in the Russian military, sparking an unprecedented political turmoil in Moscow— something Ukraine was craving for so long.
‘’Events are developing according to the scenario we talked about all last year’’, told the Guardian Mykhailo Podolyak, a key adviser to the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy. ‘’The start of the Ukrainian counteroffensive finally destabilized the Russian elites, intensifying the internal split that arose after the defeat in Ukraine. Today we are actually witnessing the beginning of a civil war.’’
Since the beginning of the Russian full-scale invasion, Ukraine craved for Russia’s internal instability as a result of the conflict. On Saturday morning, when the news of the Wagner’s insurrection circulated across the country, plunging Russia into the very real threat of civil war, many struggle to believe it was real- until footage being shared online appeared to show Wagner troops with tanks and armoured vehicles surrounding government buildings in the Russian city of Rostov, where Prigozhin claimed to have taken over a Russian army base.
‘’Prigozhin’s group captures military facilities, headquarters and entire cities, meeting almost no resistance on their way, disarming random soldiers and policemen’’, said Podolyak. Putin declares Prigozhin a traitor and an outlaw and announces appropriate orders to the special services, but nothing happens — a management crisis, a de facto loss of power. At the same time, “Wagner” continues its march to Moscow. Ukraine continues to move along its own path. To the borders of 1991.’’
The question is not “if” Prigozhin coup benefits Ukraine; it clearly categorically does. The question is “how much” it benefits Ukraine, and how much it could potentially shorten this war.
Wagner was a significant source of offensive power for Russia. And no, it wasn’t just the convicts - although they were an important aspect - some of the best/most skilled soldiers on the Russian side, with the best equipment, were Wagner professionals.
That’s all gone.
And what is also gone is any lingering impression that Putin’s “special military operation” has made Russia safer. It’s brought chaos and insurrection - if not full scale civil war, to Russian streets.
Russians fighting Russians in Russian cities. All because of the war.
Sorry for the twatter link.
ETA: no embed? Ok. Screenshot and deeplink:
The Ukrainian foreign minister:
Those who said Russia was too strong to lose: look now. Time to abandon false neutrality and fear of escalation; give Ukraine all the needed weapons; forget about friendship or business with Russia. Time to put an end to the evil everyone despised but was too afraid to tear down.
How can you have a jet without a destination and flight path? Is that just part and parcel of the corruption?
The situation in #ukraine is very concerning :fella:
The jagga jagga guy got it all:
When yr fleeing a coup, your pilots just hafta wing it!
Russian channels are reporting that Ukrainian units have crossed the Dnipro river and fights are ongoing near the destroyed Antonivskyi bridge.
“The enemy has already transferred 3 tanks with the help of a ferry.”
I keep repeating it. Its Russian channels reporting this, take it with a grain of salt. But i dont want to withhold it from you.
When a Westerner asks you, “so this coup happens because the rebels are against the war, right?”, how do you explain that the “rebels” are just another fascist psychopaths angry that other fascist psychopaths are not good enough at killing Ukrainians?
How do you explain to a sane, unexposed to the “russian world” individual that putin’s “opposition” isn’t against the war, but demands more effective genocide?