Russian President Vladimir Putin's 'exit strategy' should simply be the removal of his troops from Ukraine,' Canada's ambassador to the United Nations says. https://t.co/Rjge08ZiHi— CBC News (@CBCNews) May 23, 2022
The nuclear danger is still a real concern, and perhaps there is fear that as Russia weakens it will lash out:
I wrote about the unexpected success of economic sanctions against Putin — unexpected both in degree and in kind. Which adds to my puzzlement at the weird aversion much of the foreign-policy commentariat seems to have to success 1/ https://t.co/gBl35pWFKX— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) May 20, 2022
I still remember Emily Gorcenski's tweet from March 1, where she gave this ranking of her primary fears about what disasters might ensue from the then-week-old Ukraine Russia War :
Many rightly fear escalation including unintentional or accidental escalation.— Greg R. Lawson (@ConservaWonk) May 22, 2022
This is a very dangerous situation. Maybe it does not escalate, BUT the scale of damage as a result of escalation is unlike anything we've seen.
Seeking 2 avoid this is morally understandable.
- protracted insurgency- mistargeted/overflying cruise missile hits NATO country- US gets caught with a Joint Special Operations Command team- tactical nuke is used but doesn’t rise to retaliation- does
Kyiv Independent published an interview with former Ukrainian defense minister Andriy Zagorodnyuk: ‘Those who say Ukraine can’t win don’t understand the situation’
Britain rules out ceding Kent, Essex and Sussex to Hitler to end war. https://t.co/115FismZ4G— Phillips P. OBrien (@PhillipsPOBrien) May 22, 2022
The key wrong assumption is that Ukraine can’t win, therefore, it has to make a deal.We believe it’s a weak argument for two reasons. First — Ukraine can win, and this, in many ways, depends on how our partners, including the U.S., are going to be sending weapons, hardware, and munitions. And second — we see absolutely no chances for a negotiation process. Russia has not demonstrated the slightest signs of altering its strategic goals regarding Ukraine....There’s a window of opportunity now as Russia is in its weakest condition in its history. We need to take this chance and not miss it. You can’t fight a war always looking back and being afraid of making an extra step.
2/ The Russian Army has been attempting to re-boot its efforts in Ukraine. It fired senior commanders accused of failure, reorganised combat units, begun digging in defensive positions north of Kharkiv & conducted additional strategic missile strikes across Ukraine.— Mick Ryan, AM (@WarintheFuture) May 23, 2022
5/ Thousands of Russians soldiers have been killed or wounded, and hundreds of armoured vehicles destroyed in the east of the country. For all this effort, the Russians have gained little additional territory in the past month. pic.twitter.com/mCGHN5owdo— Mick Ryan, AM (@WarintheFuture) May 23, 2022
10/ Too many of the Russian combat units are being frittered away, and too many of their soldiers and junior leaders lack the will to give their ‘last full measure’ for an institution that can’t even feed them properly.— Mick Ryan, AM (@WarintheFuture) May 23, 2022
Trying to find something that will actually work, Russia is now apparently considering barrel bombs. And no, these won't work either:
24/ As their eastern offensive loses momentum, the Russians will inevitably have to transition to a defensive strategy in Ukraine. And in doing do, the Russian Army will confront a new range of difficult challenges ahead. End pic.twitter.com/e3nzBrcGac— Mick Ryan, AM (@WarintheFuture) May 23, 2022
The difference this time is a little guy by the name of Stinger.— Linus Hell (@linus_hell) May 22, 2022
More Russian flailing as they try to come up with something to intimidate the West:
Russian helicopters are notoriously vulnerable to Ukranian badasses. pic.twitter.com/mC6ov0Xo0E— (((George))) #RecastTchalla 🇺🇦 (@AmericanAfricn) May 23, 2022
Breathtaking shamelessness. After disabling UA ports, mining fields, and seizing close to a million tons of grain from UA, Russian officials demand concessions from the US to export it and avert a global food shortage https://t.co/zpF7gvqBKD— Pwn All The Things (@pwnallthethings) May 22, 2022
Finally, some funny stuff:
🧵(1/4) Despite Gov. Ron DeSantis’ move to end Walt Disney World’s 55 years of self-government in retaliation for opposing his “Don’t Say Gay” law, the entertainment giant has released a new LGBTQ-themed clothing line for young children promoting inclusion and pride. pic.twitter.com/B2BWfGjopJ— Floricua (@floricuas) May 20, 2022
Have some carrots. I would like you to do us a favor, though. https://t.co/XxADQjsAFC— Peter Strzok (@petestrzok) May 22, 2022
Houses like this always simplify navigating. Turn right at the giant inflatable snowman then left at the rainbow house. IF you see a Fuck Trudeau Flag you have gone to far.— Dr. Heref Oru Ph. D (@anonfmresident) May 21, 2022