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Old 01-07-2022, 03:35 AM
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Where the hell are France or the Netherlands ?
How does that compare to the U.K. foreign aid budget for the same timeframe?
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Old 01-07-2022, 07:44 AM
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How does that compare to the U.K. foreign aid budget for the same timeframe?
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Old 03-07-2022, 03:23 PM
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Where have all the escalation worriers disappeared to?


Moscow blames Ukrainian missile attack for deaths in south Russian city

July 3 (Reuters) - At least three people were killed and dozens of residential buildings damaged in the Russian city of Belgorod near the Ukraine border, the regional governor said, in what Moscow said was a Ukrainian missile attack.

At least 11 apartment buildings and 39 private houses were damaged, including five that were destroyed, Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov posted on the Telegram messaging app.

"I emphasise that this missile attack had been intentionally planned and was launched at the civilian population of Russian cities," Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

There was no immediate comment from Ukraine.

Konashenkov said Russian air defences had destroyed three Tochka-U missiles, but fragments of one of them fell on residential buildings. He said they had also destroyed explosives-laden Ukrainian drones approaching Kursk, another city in southern Russia.

Reuters could not independently confirm the claims.

Since Russia invaded its neighbour on Feb. 24, there have been numerous reports of attacks on Belgorod and other regions bordering Ukraine, with Moscow accusing Kyiv of carrying out the strikes.

Ukraine has not claimed responsibility but has described the incidents at weapons stores and other sites as "karma" for Russia's invasion.

Belgorod is a city of nearly 400,000 people, some 40 km (25 miles) north of the border with Ukraine. Regional governor Gladkov said at least four people were injured and two hospitalised in the latest incident, including a 10-year-old boy.

"The sound was so strong that I jumped up, I woke up, got very scared and started screaming," a resident of the city told Reuters, describing blasts that took place around 3 a.m. local time. "All the windows in our house were shattered."

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Old 03-07-2022, 03:46 PM
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I find your approach to escalation very eerie - as if you welcome it.
The objective with a war ought to be to minimise human suffering and death, and stop it as soon as possible.
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But doesn’t a part of you think they should have a taste of their own Medicine? Eye for and eye and all that? Putin will get even more angry but what more of a shitstorm can he bring without forcing Western involvement
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I find your approach to escalation very eerie - as if you welcome it.
The objective with a war ought to be to minimise human suffering and death, and stop it as soon as possible.
Itís because Iíve never believed there was ever much of an escalation risk.

Putin is a KGB agent at heart and wants to operate shadows.

Heís already bitten off more than he chew and doesnít want any further escalation despite whatever threats he may make.
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Old 03-07-2022, 03:58 PM
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There is a risk of escalation and I think we all know it. The question is, where. Bomb Moscow and they will bomb London.
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But doesn’t a part of you think they should have a taste of their own Medicine? Eye for and eye and all that? Putin will get even more angry but what more of a shitstorm can he bring without forcing Western involvement
Everyone needs to be clear. Putin is the enemy. Not the Russian people.

Russian's are already told constantly that the whole world is against them.
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There is a risk of escalation and I think we all know it. The question is, where. Bomb Moscow and they will bomb London.
Clearly there is a line, but giving Ukraine a few rusty MiGs or missile systems or even like this instance of a few bombs dropping into a Russian town on the border was never going to escalate things like many on here claimed.
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Old 03-07-2022, 04:05 PM
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Everyone needs to be clear. Putin is the enemy. Not the Russian people.

Russian's are already told constantly that the whole world is against them.
So how do you stop Putin? Kicking his forces in Ukraine doesn't seem to work and I don't blame the Ukrainians as every day Russian forces target their families in non military locations and let us not !ose sight than most Russians support Putin.
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I’m good with trusting the judgement of our intelligence service on where the lines are.
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So how do you stop Putin? Kicking his forces in Ukraine doesn't seem to work and I don't blame the Ukrainians as every day Russian forces target their families in non military locations and let us not !ose sight than most Russians support Putin.
Doing everything possible to hamper putins plans and aggression while not crossing the line. Not only to stop it escalating into ww3 but any direct hostility against Russia will massively fuel his propaganda and for many prove him right all along.

The sanctions are biting hard and will get worse. The west moving away from Russian energy supplies will make that far worse with time. The west must also minimise any incentives others like China, the middle east etc have to deal with them.

As the Russian people become ever more isolated and lose thier quality of life they will seek change from within. He'll lose what remains of his support in government and military. The slow undermining of his leadership will work, direct action will unite Russia and fire up the bear.

The downside of that is it limits help to Ukraine to supplies and training. They will do the bleeding but it's the only way to end this in the long term
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