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We could also do a lot of good by getting every bus we can lay our hands on in there and getting as many civilians out as possible ahead of the seige.

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by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 01:27:26 PM EST
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Yeah, that's frankly the best thing we could do right now. Not really sure about shipping weapons, though of course I have no say in this. It's certainly possible that the Russian advance is as shambolic as Twitter makes it out to be and the Ukrainian army has a fighting chance of stabilizing the frontlines and the supply line over the western border is enough to force the Russians to offer terms that Kiev can accept, but cheering civilians on while they take potshots at Russian tanks until the fuel-air bombs start flying is not the next best solution. Neither is a twenty year insurgency that leaves the country in ruins and two generations decimated, no matter who wins in the end.
by generic on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 05:07:44 PM EST
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It appears that civilian casualties are still only in triple digits. Putin knows full well that he can't declare victory over cities reduced to bloody rubble; but it has perhaps started to seep in that he's not going to win very many hearts and minds by starving cities into submission, either.

So we're back to where we were a week ago : what's the endgame?

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by eurogreen on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 05:39:02 PM EST
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The thing about drones, anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles is that they are relatively small, can be snook over the border, and can be operated by trained individuals without much logistical support and create absolute havoc for an occupying army.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 06:41:54 PM EST
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Sure, guess that'd cut off a few years from the 42 Afghanistan took to throw out all foreign invaders or tag on a few to the ten that it took the Syrian government to take back most of it's territory. Still leaves the country in rubble and every family missing cousins and uncles.
by generic on Thu Mar 3rd, 2022 at 09:32:50 PM EST
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