And here is a fascinating video:
2/2 Above all, it was based on wildly optimistic assessments about the welcome Russian troops would receive in Ukraine. Russia has now adopted a “strategy of attrition” and is achieving slow and costly gains in the Donbas. #StandWithUkraine— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) June 3, 2022
What will happen is more Ukrainians will die. Russia will take more territory. Ukrainians will fight a brutal and bloody insurgent campaign. Those under Russian occupation will be tortured, imprisoned, deported, possibly executed. We know this became THIS ALREADY HAPPENS— Danny Gold (@DGisSERIOUS) June 3, 2022
This Atlantic article, though it also talks about a truce, makes a little more sense:
They literally sent kill teams into Kyiv. This is a real thing that happened in the first days of the war. You think they’ll listen to anything but force? You think Ukrainians trust anything they say when it comes to peace?— Danny Gold (@DGisSERIOUS) June 3, 2022
Former assistant defense secretary Andrew Exum writes:
Western Support for Ukraine Has Peaked - The Atlantic https://t.co/UMTf4JsJmh— 𝚂𝚎á𝚗 𝙾’𝚂𝚑𝚎𝚊 Global News (@ConsumerSOS) June 2, 2022
...the economic costs of the war are starting to seriously concern American and other Western policy makers....The twin pressures of an ailing economy and surging populism will be on the minds of Western decision makers as they wrestle with a war that will continue to take a toll on the world’s leading economies.For that reason, the conversations between Ukraine and its supporters abroad are likely to grow harder, not easier, as the year progresses.Ukraine will come under more pressure, and not just from Henry Kissinger, to concede some territory and allow Russia to save face. Even a hasty termination of the conflict, however, seems unlikely to arrest the world’s slide into greater economic pain....
And Putin seems to be firing generals again:
One of my bigger Ls was when I thought that the claims of child kidnappings were vastly exaggerated Ukrainian propaganda, and then Russia just tweeted out they were real like it was no big deal pic.twitter.com/n7vUiK29AY— Nikolaj🍦🧦🇺🇦 (@nikicaga) June 3, 2022
Russia may not be winning much in the Battle of Donbas anymore:
Stories circulating that Putin has been going through another round of mass General firing, including the overall commander Dvornikov himself. Mignt be that he doesn’t see the great Russian advances in the Donbas as quite the victories as some have said. https://t.co/rjtkkEMc2x— Phillips P. OBrien (@PhillipsPOBrien) June 3, 2022
Here's an observation worth keeping in mind:
Well this provides some evidence that the Russians really are running out of steam. Reports that the Ukrainians have actually retaken 20% of Severodonetsk. If confirmed, would seem that Russia has been stymied from taking what was its number 1 priority. https://t.co/9OBP2tLhZX— Phillips P. OBrien (@PhillipsPOBrien) June 3, 2022
Moving to other news, here's a final thought about the Ontario election:
Canadian News Media can't shake the "both sides" habit. CTV reporting on the Ukraine war "Neither side appears willing to end this war quickly."— Catelli 2.0 🚣🚴🏕 (@Catelli2Oh) June 4, 2022
Ukraine is being invaded by Russia. They are the victim here.
But you know, Ukraine is equally at fault for prolonging the conflict.
And a final thought about Elon Musk:
H.L. Mencken: Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it, good and hard.— Cathie from Canada 🇨🇦 😷🏳️🌈 (@CathieCanada) June 3, 2022
It is Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee so lots of news coverage all over. Here's the nicest story:
I feel like watching Elon Musk’s empire implode because he let the world in on what a POS he is is the feel-good, life-affirming story the world needs right now. https://t.co/zh4lT9ITGd— Travis Benson (@TravisDogBenson) June 3, 2022
Yes, I can understand why this tourist didn't recognize the Queen - she isn't a particularly grandiose person.
On a weekend of Queen anecdotes, this won't be matched. Just lovely. pic.twitter.com/6z0WjUO2wn— Jake Kanter (@Jake_Kanter) June 3, 2022
The author Patrick Freyne also wrote what has been described as the best opening paragraph to an article ever written. Here it is:
Patrick Freyne: The Galactic Empire can’t find Obi-Wan. I’ll never vote for them again https://t.co/6ug2TKsqYX— The Irish Times (@IrishTimes) June 3, 2022
Having a monarchy next door is a little like having a neighbour who’s really into clowns and has daubed their house with clown murals, displays clown dolls in each window and has an insatiable desire to hear about and discuss clown-related news stories. More specifically, for the Irish, it’s like having a neighbour who’s really into clowns and, also, your grandfather was murdered by a clown.
"fuck the police" pic.twitter.com/FyWWVtJ3HC— Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) June 2, 2022