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War in Ukraine

Geneva isn't in the EU to begin with, and Strasbourg doesn't really have the infrastructure and networks to be a functional imperial capital like London, Washington, Moscow, Paris or Beijing.
Isn't the EU parliament in Strasbourg? Also Switzerland is pretty much aligned with the EU on a lot of things and there's a lot of UN infrastructure in Geneva.
 
Isn't the EU parliament in Strasbourg? Also Switzerland is pretty much aligned with the EU on a lot of things and there's a lot of UN infrastructure in Geneva.
One of the two places for the EUP is in Strasbourg, but it takes a lot more than that to govern a major polity, and for instance the Commission's offices and infrastructure are in Brussels. As for Switzerland, it is a satellite country but still not part of the EU.
 
I do love how Russians advancing a couple dozen or even hundred metres in a wholly destroyed place at a cost that would make Luigi Cardona pale is somehow overblown as some strategic Russian breakthrough. This kinda reminds of Bakhmut and the weekly 'It's over!' youtube videos and articles from random journalists (this one is a filmmaker or something, right?). The Soviets are making it a personal focus, suffer utterly disproportionate losses for no particular gain, so, huh, yay Moscow?
 
I do love how Russians advancing a couple dozen or even hundred metres in a wholly destroyed place at a cost that would make Luigi Cardona pale is somehow overblown as some strategic Russian breakthrough. This kinda reminds of Bakhmut and the weekly 'It's over!' youtube videos and articles from random journalists (this one is a filmmaker or something, right?). The Soviets are making it a personal focus, suffer utterly disproportionate losses for no particular gain, so, huh, yay Moscow?
Eh. The Ukranians themselves are warning of this. It's not so much a few hundred meters, but rather over the course of the last 3 months, Russia has spent a LOT of lives and armoured vehicles.... And finally succeeded in expelling the Ukranians from the industrial zone and thus finally threaten the Ukrainian supply lines.

The same story played out in Bakhmut and you can see them warning of Russian advances here like



And also, Zelensky dismissed his top general.


 
The same story played out in Bakhmut and you can see them warning of Russian advances here like
Yes, that's exactly my point. That's literally my bloody point: the Ivans spent a shitton of lives and vehicles to push the Ukes out of Bakhmut for a time and then... what?

The problem with these absurdly costly advances is the "Then what?" question, because, OK, the Ukes were pushed out of the Bakhmut wasteland at some point, but what was the point for Russia? They couldn't use them as a staging ground, couldn't do some strategic push, couldn't threaten critical areas, and then the Ukes got back in parts of town again. So, yeah, Luigi Cardona style of command: continuous massive suicidal assaults to literally try the Zap Brannigan trick and send more people than there are bullets, but with no actual reason outside being able to say "look, look, we captured this set of buildings!" while not achieving anything on a strategic level that would justify the losses.

The supply lines that are threatened aren't strategic ones whose loss could make an entire front collapse, they are for the city itself. So it's Bakhmut again, and the Russians are bleeding themselves for... reasons. At least, Stalingrad controlled the effing Volga and was an important staging point for the oil fields. This is just being stupid and feeding more Russian lives to the mobik-cube.
 
Yes, that's exactly my point. That's literally my bloody point: the Ivans spent a shitton of lives and vehicles to push the Ukes out of Bakhmut for a time and then... what?

The problem with these absurdly costly advances is the "Then what?" question, because, OK, the Ukes were pushed out of the Bakhmut wasteland at some point, but what was the point for Russia? They couldn't use them as a staging ground, couldn't do some strategic push, couldn't threaten critical areas, and then the Ukes got back in parts of town again. So, yeah, Luigi Cardona style of command: continuous massive suicidal assaults to literally try the Zap Brannigan trick and send more people than there are bullets, but with no actual reason outside being able to say "look, look, we captured this set of buildings!" while not achieving anything on a strategic level that would justify the losses.

The supply lines that are threatened aren't strategic ones whose loss could make an entire front collapse, they are for the city itself. So it's Bakhmut again, and the Russians are bleeding themselves for... reasons. At least, Stalingrad controlled the effing Volga and was an important staging point for the oil fields. This is just being stupid and feeding more Russian lives to the mobik-cube.
Even worse, that Avdiivka's military value have been more or less nothing more but a forward strong point whose only role would have been to delay the Russian advance for some time, before falling back to other defense lines.
Like the whole town have been on the frontline since 2014, as it's more or less a satellite town/suburb of Donetsk city.
 
Ukraine claims that the hypersonic missile Zircon has been fired at Kiev.
We see another example of advanced weaponry being used to randomly kill civilians, as part of the strategic terror campaign.

There's little to no tactical impact
 
Ukraine claims that the hypersonic missile Zircon has been fired at Kiev.
We see another example of advanced weaponry being used to randomly kill civilians, as part of the strategic terror campaign.

There's little to no tactical impact
If true, this would be one hell of an excellent news, because it means one of the actually most innovative weapons of the Russian arsenal would have been fired under full coverage of the radar arrays for both Patriot and SAMP/T, generating a quantity of highly valuable information for NATO forces on the missile's actual performance and flight trajectory.

This is a strategic impact.
 



Thought this was interesting.
 
So apparently Russia is now sanctioning historians. Putin is pushing a Stalin-era fabrication that Kyiv was founded by a Slavic prince named Kyi rather than by Swedish Viking descendants and that insists that the Rus were Slavic Russians.
 
So apparently Russia is now sanctioning historians. Putin is pushing a Stalin-era fabrication that Kyiv was founded by a Slavic prince named Kyi rather than by Swedish Viking descendants and that insists that the Rus were Slavic Russians.
Putin spends his time in alternate reality.
 
Putin spends his time in alternate reality.
While true, not much different from the Western politicians who pass the time trying to sell us fantasies about how well their governments work. Just a different area of alternate reality.
 
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