Interesting!Milo wrote: ↑Sun Oct 01, 2023 8:05 pmThat’s the wrong test. Putin cannot be deflected by anything, the economic pressure is the only way to get his band of merry men to off him. You won’t know that’s successful until his body is long cold!neverfail wrote: ↑Sun Oct 01, 2023 7:16 pmWell Milo, they have been applying economic sanctions on Russia for the better part of two years now and it seems to have acheived nothing in deflecting Putin from waging war on Ukraine.Milo wrote: ↑Sun Oct 01, 2023 6:53 pmThis war must be fought but only economic pressure will cause Russian capitulation.neverfail wrote: ↑Sun Oct 01, 2023 2:38 pmWhat help is advanced technology if you no longer have the manpower to use it?
I will concede here that the recent news of the blowing away of all of those Russian navy officers sounds like an accomplishment folr Ukraine as is the rendering of the Sevastopol naval base unsafe for Russian warships moving Russia's admiralty to relocate their Black Sea fleet to a more distant location. 'Well done, Ukraine!' But these and similar tactical triumphs are not by themselves going to deliver Crimea back into Ukrainian soverignty.
Standing in the way of Ukranian forces retaking Ukraine are the fformidable defences I believe the Russians have built across the narrow neck of land that connects Crimea to mainland Ukraine: and those are approachable only via the Azov corridor that the Russian military has likewise fortified.
The Russians are now fighting smarter. Putin seems to have given up on the quest of conquering more of the Ukraine in favour of holding on to what Russian forces won earlier in the war. Fighting a defensive war from fortified fixed positions conserves manpower while attackers suffer a considerably higher casualty rate. I do not believe that Ukraine has any military manpower to waste. The Russian military are clearly trying to win by bleeding the Ukraine side to death.
Alas, they might even succeed.
An interesting perspective, the US et al knew they couldn’t defeat Russia quickly, so the short term objective is to build up India at Russia’s expense.
I can say no more for now.