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A few weeks ago, in response to someone's tweet about Russia vehicle movements in Ukraine, I replied "Spring is coming".
It seemed to confuse people - they didn't understand what I meant.
First, it was a minor homage to the ominous "winter is coming" line from Game of Thrones.
Second, I also meant it ominously -- I knew Russia had started its war too late, and if Ukraine could only hold out until winter was over and the Ukraine fields were no longer frozen, it would be virtually impossible for Russia to drive masses of tanks and heavy artillery equipment into the fields of Ukraine -- even driving ordinary trucks on their dirt roads would be terrible.
I think many who live in cities, or who come from different kinds of agricultural areas, have never seen and may not even be able to imagine gumbo mud - the soupy, sticky, thick, slippery, tire-grabbing, wheel- spinning, sink- to- the- axels mud that winter leaves behind in good silty-soiled wheat-growing fields, here in southern Saskatchewan and there, in southern Ukraine. It lasts several weeks after the snow melts and throughout the May rains, before the spring winds dry the fields enough for planting.
Now that spring has sprung across the southern and eastern Ukraine steppes, Russia is finding out:
Russian media have been lying for years about how strong Russia is and how weak Ukraine is. Now that Russia is losing the war they have lost their minds:
And I was afraid Russia would think it could resort to nukes at some point. I expect the West will not stand for this:
Finally, I can't seem to find any new information tonight about whether Mariupol still lives or not.