Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Today's News: Updates

Update from Ukraine: 
Some interesting news today: I was reminded of a BBC report I heard early in the war, in March, interviewing a Canadian soldier 
who had been involved in training Ukraine troops since 2015, and she talked about them with such respect for how brave and accomplished they were. 
In this story today, David Pugliese at PostMedia News reports: 
...a few dozen commandos from NATO countries, including Britain, France, Canada and Lithuania, had been working inside Ukraine. The United States withdrew its own 150 military instructors before the war began in February. 
But the New York Times, citing three U.S. officials, reported that special forces from the NATO countries either remained or had gone in and out of Ukraine since then, training and advising Ukrainian troops and providing an on-the-ground conduit for weapons and other aid. 
U.S. special forces have also established a coalition planning cell in Germany to co-ordinate military assistance to Ukrainian commandos and other Ukrainian troops, the New York Times reported. The cell, which has grown to 20 nations, is modelled after a similar structure the U.S. and its NATO allies used in Afghanistan. U.S. Army Secretary Christine E. Wormuth has confirmed the cell provides intelligence and co-ordination for the flow of NATO weapons into Ukraine, allowing such convoys to avoid Russian attacks. 
In other news from Ukraine, Russia is again trying to frighten people by deliberately bombing 
civilians. This is a war crime:
Elsewhere, Russia is snatching defeat from the jaws of victory -- while Russia is advancing slowly 
in the Donbas, its progress is minor and Russia is incurring huge costs on their military: Several weeks ago, Markos at Daily Kos described the Russian way of "fighting" wars now: blowing enemy towns to smithereens, then advancing their tanks across the rubble, and calling it a victory. 
But they have conquered nothing except a pile of blasted rocks. 
An interesting story here, too:

Update from America:
Josh Marshall has a mid-term message: There is absolutely nothing Republicans can do about this runaway train. Update about the FreeDumb Convoy Tamara Lich was arrested in Alberta for violating bail conditions. And the FreeDumb Convoy had 
their twitter account suspended. 
I am beginning to wonder whether this event is actually going to come off at all -- I'm not seeing anybody cheering truckers along the highway to Ottawa like we saw in January, nor are we seeing any stories about how much money they are raising. I am wondering if a few hundred deluded people will spend July 1 wandering around Ottawa waving "Fuck Trudeau" flags and then just find themselves a pub and get a beer.
In addition to the formal government inquiry now underway by the Public Order Emergency Commission, as required by the Emergencies Act, a group of citizens in Ottawa also developed their own self-appointed "Ottawa People's Commission on the Convoy Occupation" to hold hearings, 
gather stories, and write a report about what happened in Ottawa during the last convoy occupation in February: I got a chuckle out of this, because Conservative twitter is PISSED! - the Public Order Emergency Commission released the list of individuals and groups which will have "standing" at the 
commission hearings. And the Conservative Party is not on the list! Update from Ontario:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

War crimes? Please. War crimes are for amateurs, like Serbia and Rwanda. The pros with Security Council vetoes call them surgical strikes against terrorist targets or say they had to destroy the shopping mall in order to save it. Once you've been doing it routinely for 50 years, it becomes just like mowing the grass. Putin can't have missed the lesson on this.