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Monday, May 23, 2022

As Russia's war against Ukraine grinds on into its third brutal month, it is clearly a battle not only of blood and treasure in the fields, cities and skies of Ukraine, but also a very personal contest between Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelenskyy.



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Putin ------ around and found out. He can't die soon enough.

#1 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-05-23 03:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The risk and reward equation doesn't really make much sense when a larger, more powerful (supposedly) enemy invades your sovereign country.

#2 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-05-23 03:57 PM | Reply

It looks like a comedian make a joke of the Russian military.


#3 | Posted by Tor at 2022-05-23 07:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

We'll see.

#4 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2022-05-24 12:38 AM | Reply

Not going that great in the East for either side. Russia is 15-20 miles from completing the encirclement of Lysychank which could give them their second major victory of the war.

Zelenskyy should issue Letters of Marque...

#5 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2022-05-24 08:05 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I do not foresee Zelensky defeating the entire Russian invasion force outright. Which raises a dilemna. What/where is the off-ramp for Zelensky and The Ukraine in a protracted war?

#6 | Posted by moder8 at 2022-05-24 01:07 PM | Reply

"We'll see."

We have seen.

#7 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-05-24 03:49 PM | Reply

"What/where is the off-ramp for Zelensky and The Ukraine in a protracted war?"

That really depends on how much support there really is for Putin and Russia in Donetsk and Luhansk.

If those regions really do want to be part of Russia, Zelensky would be well served to cut them loose. If he did find himself in a position where he could counter-attack and regain territory in those areas, he may find himself in the same position Putin has. Trying to forcibly rule people who want no part of it. Same thing with Crimea, although I haven't seen anything to suggest UKR has aspirations on Crimea. It was traditionally a part of the Russian motherland anyways.

#8 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-05-24 03:53 PM | Reply

What/where is the off-ramp for Zelensky and The Ukraine in a protracted war?

#6 | POSTED BY MODER8 AT 2022-05-24 01:07 PM | FLAG:

There isn't one. It's a question of how much land can Ukraine hold onto before the eventual negotiated "cessation of hostilities" where both sides declare victory. Then it is back to Borderization.

#9 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2022-05-24 03:55 PM | Reply


I read somewhere earlier today that today Russia launched a massive offensive in the east. If true, the logical outcome might be clear within a few days. If the Russians succeed, then it would seem Zelensky would likely pull back conventional forces from the region and rely on asymmetric against RUS forces. If the Russians are unsuccessful, it may be their last hurrah. By the accounts I've read, they are running out of weapons and ammunition. This may be Russia's version of the Ardennes Offensive.

#10 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-05-24 04:03 PM | Reply

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