I just want to take a moment and note, again, that what Russia is doing and has been doing since the start of the re-invasion, is the systemic targeting of civilians, civilian residential areas, civilian infrastructure such as power generation, power transmission, water treatment facilities, reservoirs, railways, agriculture, hospitals, schools, cultural facilities, the widespread mining of Ukrainian territory occupied by Russia, the kidnapping of Ukrainian children to Russia, the use of Ukrainian citizens as hostages, etc. The vast majority of Russia’s targeting in the re-invasion constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity. ....the news media regularly fails to make this clear.
But Russians are still dying:
Ukraine's retaking of Kherson is reshaping the battle front, as Kyiv's forces work to push their initiative in the south and Russia strives to redeploy withdrawn troops to Donbas. https://t.co/KTVZLQY1JE via @WSJ— Franz-Stefan Gady (@HoansSolo) November 20, 2022
I read Silverman's account tonight expressing concerns about Russia increasing its alliances with Iran and with Syria - previously my concern was whether the Russia-Ukraine war would spread to Europe, but a spread to involve the Middle East might also be problematic.
BAKHMUT/1315 UTC 20 NOV/ RU forces continue costly, unsuccessful assaults on Bakhmut. Overhead imagery confirms that RU fontal attacks in the vicinity of the NE suburbs of Bakhmutske & Pidhorodne have resulted in the deaths of 100s of RU mobniks. pic.twitter.com/tIHOla4Az7— Chuck Pfarrer | Indications & Warnings | (@ChuckPfarrer) November 20, 2022
Canada hosted the Halifax International Security Forum this weekend, described as the world's leading security conference for democracies:
Jens Stoltenberg, NATO's secretary general, says the alliance must prepare for a protracted conflict in Ukraine. https://t.co/2qpZEqlZsJ— Qudach Canada (@QudachCA) November 20, 2022
The Forum has made a particular effort this year to bring in Ukrainians to explain first-hand the cost of the war. Forum President Peter Van Praagh points out that the hotel where the conference is happening, the Westin, actually employees about a dozen Ukrainian refugees.— Justin Ling (@Justin_Ling) November 18, 2022
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on Canada to help spearhead a long-term peace plan with Russia, as the nearly 10-month war in Ukraine enters a critical phase with the approach of winter.The Ukrainian leader threw down the gauntlet in a pre-recorded video address to the Halifax International Security Forum, where senior government and military officials from Canada and around the world are gathering this weekend.Zelenskyy, whose country was invaded by Russia in February, told participants that real and enduring peace between Kyiv and Moscow will require agreement on 10 different areas.Those include the withdrawal of Russian forces, the release of prisoners, the securing of Ukraine's nuclear, food and energy security, the restoration of his country's territorial integrity and a tribunal to hold those responsible to account.The Ukrainian president went on to encourage countries to "choose which item you can help with," adding: "I believe that Canada, which strongly supports us, will also choose one of the peace formula items for itself and will show all strands of leadership."
And I wonder how those Russian soldiers will do after this war, too:
Thank you Minister @AnitaAnandMP, Minister of National Defence, Canada, for making time to add material to one of the camouflage nets that will be sent to Ukraine after the @HFXforum. I appreciate everything you continue to do to support Ukraine. #HFX2022 #StandWithUkraine️ pic.twitter.com/6VHR7bH5V9— Jessica Lynn Wiebe (@Jessica_L_Wiebe) November 19, 2022
Here is some sad news:
This is still the most hardcore thing Arnold Schwarzenegger has ever said pic.twitter.com/2js4gs6qYj— Maladroithe (@Maladroithe) November 18, 2022
Finally a couple of posts about some of the ways Canada continues to help Ukraine:
Canadian soldier Joseph Hildebrand (33) of Saskatchewan has died battling Russian forces near Bakhmut Ukraine, say family members. pic.twitter.com/W5fjZflTN7— 🇺🇦 Born again fella 🇨🇦 (@iEndure_4evr) November 17, 2022
Russia’s war in #Ukraine has turned many crop fields into minefields.— Development Canada (@CanadaDev) November 15, 2022
Canada, in partnership with the @TheHALOTrust, is helping farmers in Ukraine make their land safe to cultivate again. #StandWithUkraine #FoodSecurity #MineAction pic.twitter.com/Wb3pEHcBg2