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Updates on Russia’s War In Ukraine

Filed under: General — Dana @ 11:40 am

[guest post by Dana]

Solidly reliable allies clearly not in Russia’s camp these days:

The UN General Assembly passed a resolution by a large majority on Wednesday, calling on countries not to recognise the four regions of Ukraine which Russia has claimed, following so-called referendums held late last month, and demanding that Moscow reverse course on its “attempted illegal annexation”.

The results were 143 Member States in favour, with five voting against, and 35 abstentions. The countries who voted against were Belarus, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Nicaragua, Russia and Syria.

A majority of those countries abstaining were African nations, alongside China and India.

Ukraine has recently made efforts to reach out to Africa, and it would appear that there has been some payoff for their work as four of the countries visited last week by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kouleba supported the resolution.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports on the devastation wrought as Russia continues to steal Ukrainian children and take them to Russia in an effort to make them Russian:

Thousands of children have been found in the basements of war-torn cities like Mariupol and at orphanages in the Russian-backed separatist territories of Donbas. They include those whose parents were killed by Russian shelling as well as others in institutions or with foster families, known as “children of the state.”

Russia claims that these children don’t have parents or guardians to look after them, or that they can’t be reached. But the AP found that officials have deported Ukrainian children to Russia or Russian-held territories without consent, lied to them that they weren’t wanted by their parents, used them for propaganda, and given them Russian families and citizenship.


Whether or not they have parents, raising the children of war in another country or culture can be a marker of genocide, an attempt to erase the very identity of an enemy nation. Prosecutors say it also can be tied directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has explicitly supported the adoptions.

Also, the bombing of Ukraine continues as an effort to bring Ukraine to heel boost the mood of Russians:

Russian bombs delivered by Iranian-built drones hammered the Kyiv region Thursday as Ukraine’s capital again took the brunt of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s deadly wrath…The attack comes three days after damaging missile strikes that marked the first assault on the city since the early days of the war, when Russia’s march to Kyiv was driven back by Ukrainian forces…”Another attack by kamikaze drones on critical infrastructure facilities,” the deputy head of the presidential office Kyrylo Tymoshenko said on Telegram…The British Defense Ministry has said the low-flying drones were unlikely to provide strike options deep into Ukrainian territory, and many were reportedly destroyed before they hit their targets.

NATO announced today that the alliance would provide Ukraine with hundreds of drone jamming devices to counteract the impact of Russia’s drones on the population.

Finally, if you had any questions about Russia’s goals in the four annexed areas, they have been answered:



21 Responses to “Updates on Russia’s War In Ukraine”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (1225fc)

  2. Timothy Snyder recounts the history of the region, and explains how Putin gets so much of it wrong, wrong, wrong:

    In its origins, the Moscow state was a Mongol vassal, one that after a couple of centuries broke out into a new sort of political existence. The Crimean Khanate, by contrast, was a direct successor of the Mongol empire. Mongol leaders converted to Islam in the late thirteenth or the early fourteenth century. The Crimean Khanate, which covered most of the Crimean Peninsula and much of what is now southern Ukraine, was a Muslim state ruled by princes descended from Chingis Khan. It had a nobility which was represented in an assembly, or kurultai. In principle the ruler (the khan) was elected, but in fact was always from the same family. In this (and in some other matters) the Crimean Tatars much resembled their neighbor Lithuania. After 1386, and for almost two centuries, the same Lithuanian dynasty provided kings of Poland generation after generation, although Polish kings were supposed to be elected.

    Does Putin know he is telling history wrong? That’s a question for those who have studied the man to answer, but I think it likely that the former KGB agent does know — to some extent.

    Jim Miller (85fd03)

  3. Russia’s response to military failure is to murder more civilians. It doesn’t even try to deny it, or pretend there were military targets. Putin’s lieutenants and propagandists are openly celebrating the murder of sleeping Ukrainian children

    Memo to ex-Pat-Kommie Kasparov:

    ‘Take that up with the civilians of London, Hamburg, Dresden or Tokyo…
    killed by the thousands in bombing raids.’
    – Professor Groeteschele [Walter Matthau] ‘Fail-Safe’ 1964

    ‘Deterrence can never guarantee against escalation, but weakness *guarantees* escalation. Ukraine needs air defenses, jets, heavy weapons now. Dozens more innocents have died because of the cowardly self-deterrence of Ukraine’s allies toward a war criminal.’

    Memo to Ex-Pat-Kommie Kasparov:

    When YOU leave the cushy safety of your NYC, USA hovel, pledge YOUR life, YOUR fortune [estimated to be over $6.5 million in 2022 BTW] and YOUR sacred honor (sound familiar???) camo up, and go full ‘Rick Blaine’ for all America, the world and the twitterverse to see, get back to us.

    “I blow with wind, and the prevailing wind happens to be from Vichy.” – Captain Renault [Claude Rains] ‘Casablanca’ 1942

    DCSCA (651d2e)

  4. More from Julia Davis:

    Julia Davis


    Meanwhile on Russian state TV: Apti Alaudinov, the commander of Ramzan Kadyrov’s Chechen detachment “Akhmat,” tells the new volunteers that they are in Ukraine to fight against gay parades.

    Host Olga Skabeeva wishes all of them the best of luck.

    Julia Davis

    Karen Shakhnazarov tried to excuse Putin’s strikes against Ukrainian civilians by comparing the Crimean bridge incident to the September 11 attacks in the U.S., claiming that the bridge incident was of a greater magnitude and importance than 9/11.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  5. Putin has made NATO stronger than it’s been since the Cold War.

    He really should retire and move to a nice, tropical country. Since Nicaragua voted in his favor today, I’m sure it will welcome him.

    How do you say “dacha” and “whores” in Spanish?

    norcal (a1f318)

  6. India’s abstention was disheartening. Some effort needs to be made to make them feel the heat. The former -stan SSRs also abstained, but Georgia gave them the finger for obvious reasons.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  7. What do India and China have in common?

    Russia, apparently.

    norcal (a1f318)

  8. How do you say “dacha” and “whores” in Spanish?

    I bet this is rhetorical.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  9. Ukraine abstained on a United Nations Human Rights vote to take up the question of the Uyghurs.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  10. NATO countries are sending a trove of weapons to Ukraine after Zelensky’s requested air cover. Here’s what each country is sending over

    Since Russia first began its airstrike against Ukraine on Monday, Germany has sent the first of four IRIS-T SLM air defense systems to Kyiv.
    The missiles are deployable 360 degrees around the launcher and use infrared imaging to identify targets. The weapons have so far never been used on the battlefield and the final tests on the device were only conducted in late 2021.

    United States

    NWashington, meanwhile, has promised to speed up its delivery of the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS), White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby said on Tuesday, with two units expected to be delivered soon and six more sent over a longer time frame.

    NASAMS, developed by Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace of Norway and Raytheon, is one of NATO’s most widely used air-defense systems and is currently deployed to protect the Washington area.

    United Kingdom

    The U.K. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace announced new support ahead of the NATO meeting on Thursday, pledging to send a number of Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) missiles—one of the world’s most widely sold air-to-air weapons for fighter jets—which could be used with the U.S. supplied NASAMS launcher.

    When asked if France would be sending anti-aircraft systems and additional Caesar artillery cannons, Macron answered “we will deliver radars, systems, and missiles to help the Ukrainians protect themselves from attacks, in particular from drone attacks.”

    Reuters and French military trade newspaper OpexNews reported that France was likely to send Crotale short-range anti-air missiles—used to intercept low-flying missiles and aircrafts.


    Dutch defense minister, Kajsa Ollongren, said the Netherlands would deliver €15 million ($14.5 million) worth of air defense missiles to Ukraine…….


    Canada pledged to provide more than C$47 million ($34 million) in new military aid to Ukraine on Wednesday, including artillery rounds, satellite communications, drone cameras, and winter clothing.

    Canadian Defence Minister Anita Anand said the donation would include C$15.2 million in equipment from the Canadian Armed Forces’ inventory, including 155mm NATO-standard artillery rounds, fuses, and charge bags compatible with M777 howitzer artillery guns.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  11. Israel refuses to sell iron dome defense system to ukraine to remain “friends” with putin. (DU)

    asset (f6f91f)

  12. @11.

    See if you can figure out some reasons why:

    [Hint: Raytheon.]

    DCSCA (e61aca)

  13. Putins en da finca in Russnish?

    India and China bought *bleep* tons oil, coal at cut rate price for future delivery back in March. I would expect them to:
    A. Want those deliveries on a timely basis
    B. Would love to purchase more at any discount

    steveg (c64e2b)

  14. Kyiv Independent is reporting that “Russia has moved strategic bomber planes to the Kola peninsula, 32 kilometers from the Norwegian border.”

    Dana (1225fc)

  15. Kyiv Independent is reporting that “Russia has moved strategic bomber planes to the Kola peninsula, 32 kilometers from the Norwegian border.”

    Hello, Hanoi?!?!

    History rhymes.

    “We’re going to bomb them back into the Stone Age.” – Curt LeMay, 1965

    DCSCA (4de7d2)

  16. What do India and China have in common?

    A border.

    DCSCA (4de7d2)

  17. @5. How do you say “dacha” and “whores” in Spanish?


    DCSCA (4de7d2)

  18. @5. How do you say “dacha” and “wh-ores” in Spanish?


    DCSCA (4de7d2)

  19. How many phantom employees do you think the Russian Army has?
    In a country and military stinking with graft, out of a payroll of 1.15M men, women and other expendable livestock in the Russian Army, how many only exist on payday? 1/4?

    steveg (70b89c)

  20. How many phantom employees do you think the Russian Army has?

    Hard to say. They probably all have Twitter accounts though.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  21. @19. My favorite ploy remains the Rooskie stunt of flying the same half dozen bombers over Red Square back in the day and the West’s spy eyes kept counting the same planes over and over– then demanded bigger DoD budgets to get Curt LeMay more and more bombers for parody. The Russians chuckled…. and the U.S. MIC smiled.

    DCSCA (29a116)

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