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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Brains beat citations any day: where did the terrorists who captured Novoazovsk come from? That area had seen no terrorist activity until the Russians started to cross the border.
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Putin crushed other Islamic rebels. So for now the local Islamic extremists go get their training in Syria and Iraq, but who can guarantee they won't return after accumulating experience? And that...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    There is an "asymmetry" in how the Ukrainian and the Russian public opinion perceive the war.

    The Ukrainians see it as a fighting for survival: after the annexation of Crimea they've learned that...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    If the claims in those article are true (that Putin invaded only in order to show Poroshenko that Ukraine cannot win, without actually intending to annex "Novorussia"), then Putin will indeed get his...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    The Eastern NATO members have refitted their tanks, planes, MRLs and helicopters with Western (or Israeli) electronics, which makes it rather unlikely the Ukrainian crews would know how to operate...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Let's clarify the issue of the Western military aid for Ukraine.

    Some types of Western equipment would indeed require long sessions of training before they can be used effectively by the...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Your country (Greece) was dragged into that economic disaster by the Greek politicians.

    Just like my country (Romania) which is much richer in natural resources than Greece, has a much larger...
  8. Re: Julian the Apostate, the most fascinating "what if" in late Roman history

    Christianity and Empire were perfectly compatible as the Easter Roman Empire proved by surviving another 1,000 years after the fall of the Western Roman Empire.

    As for Julian succeeding to turn...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Central Asia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and the Baltics.

    The Caucasus and Siberia.

    Nope!

    I'm interested in seeing Russia integrated in the EU and NATO. The Russians...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    În spite of Putin's troll army efforts and in spite of the initial successes of the Russian invasion the story can end in only one way for Russia. Economic ruin and further loss of territory.

    The...
  11. Re: Hungarians, Cumans, Bulgarians & Mongols in the 'Chronica de Gestis Hungarorum' of Mark Kálti or 'Képes Krónika', Hungary, 1360

    A correction: that scene is not "Battle against the Voivode of Transylvania 1330" but the Wallachian army annihilating the Hungarian army during the battle of Posada in 1330. "Bazaraard" is the King...
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    Re: Four Horseman - Opinions

    Here are several examples why the silver/gold/platinum/diamonds/shells standard won't solve much:

    1) Any credit is a bet on the future. Say I am a bank and I only lend the gold coins I have in my...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Chill, guys, Putin is not going to get away with it. He just started his Afghanistan.

    The major difference is Brezhnev's Soviet Union had 50% of the US GDP while his Russian Federation GDP is...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    This sudden total silence of the Western leaders after the most recent Russian invasion into Southern Ukraine should worry Putin more than all the things the West has done to Russia until now.
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    Re: Where's outrage over occupied Cyprus?

    Northern Cyprus in itself is only important to the Greeks who were ethnically cleansed from there.

    Integrating Turkey into the EU is a win-win proposal for both sides involved, therefore Northern...
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    Re: Where's outrage over occupied Cyprus?

    As I have said, the scenario where the EU would be challenged by Turkey is highly unrealistic.

    But that should not be confused with the EU's ability to inflict serious harm through economic...
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    Re: Where's outrage over occupied Cyprus?

    Since the issue of Northern Cyprus is part of the negotiations with the EU, I think the Turkish government will be the one to pull the army out of Northern Cyprus without much fuss.

    That being...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Russia is sending troops since the very beginning of the whole conflict.

    The only difference is now they don't hide it anymore.

    And if the Russians send a lot of troops, the Ukrainians would...
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    Re: Where's outrage over occupied Cyprus?

    Solving the main issues generated by the Turkish invasion of Norther Cyprus can be happen in two contexts:

    1) As part of the process of Turkey joining the EU. In my opinion that is the most likely...
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    Re: Four Horseman - Opinions

    There is little wonder this film won the highest award in...Tehran.

    I must confess I was masochistic enough and stupid enough to waste 98 minutes of my life watching it and another 3 minutes or so...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Those 4 companies + the tactical HQ will be replicated afterwards by the Ukrainians themselves. That's an ages-old procedure for transferring military know-how.


    Most likely the Ukrainians would...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Whatever floats your little boat.
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Nope.

    It is forbidden to shell or bomb cities which do not put up an armed resistance. The moment armed people occupy a city, the city can be legally attacked with artillery fire or airstrikes. ...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    1) Can you read Russian or Ukrainian?
    2) What difference would that make to you? You would still dismiss those sources as "Ukrainian propaganda".

    Really?

    How did you come to that conclusion?...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    I base my meaningless claims on much more sources than a single article.

    And if you bother to actually try to put on the map of Luhansk all the places she mentions in that article you will see...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    All the supporters of "Novorussia's" independence who happen to be Ukrainian citizens are guilty of several crimes listed in the Ukrainian Penal Code.

    I've just checked the German and French Penal...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    If you pay attention to that article the author says she has seen no Ukrainian troops inside Luhansk nor street fighting. Then she adds the people there feared an assault the next day, which was...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Don't you worry, all those grateful civilians are on camera, like those terrorist supporters in Sloviansk or the "fat lady".

    The SBU, the Ukrainian police and the Ukrainian prosecutors should have...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    I think they might get some if the terrorist-owned GRADS become a major problem.

    Right now most of the GRAD attacks are launched from the Russian territory. Returning fire on those would be...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    I doubt the West hasn't started to arm the Ukrainians already. On the Independence Day parade on August 24th the Ukrainians have paraded some Cougar MRAPs (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles)...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    There are some interesting things going on the battlefields of Eastern Ukraine.

    After the Russians have dropped all pretense at non-intervention and started to send their soldiers into Ukraine in...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    The other important reason why the Russian invasion of Ukraine would be interesting to watch is the logistics and the equipment maintenance have been largely outsourced to various oligarchs. We have...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    I was saying I wish Putin would do it.

    Somebody else (Costin_Razvan) was convinced it would happen.

    Well, Putin still has some time left before August is over, but I'm afraid he'll disappoint...
  34. Re: The "Aircraft Carrier Theory" or how reforms can really happen - with practical applications for Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc

    The main proponents of the "Aircraft Carrier" theory and of Maior (SRI) or Melescanu (SIE) as future presidents are mostly the journalists affiliated with "Realitatea TV" and "Adevarul" Media Group. ...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Strong economic sanctions are enough to cause a regime change in Russia.

    The GDP of the Soviet Union represented 50% of that of the USA, and still the West had managed to see the Soviet Union...
  36. Re: The "Aircraft Carrier Theory" or how reforms can really happen - with practical applications for Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc

    You must have a very short memory if you don't remember the corruption before 2004. All the oligarchs we have today made their fortune prior to 2004 and all of them were robbing the country blind...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    What exactly is the relevance of a post made by one of the members of the Russian troll farm?!

    The article on the other hand is interesting because it assumes Angela Merkel would ask the Ukrainian...
  38. Re: The "Aircraft Carrier Theory" or how reforms can really happen - with practical applications for Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc

    I think by the next parliamentary elections (2016) many of the politicians at national level and at country level would be in jail. They will be replaced most likely by businessmen who made [most...
  39. Re: The "Aircraft Carrier Theory" or how reforms can really happen - with practical applications for Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc

    They will quite likely enjoy each other's company behind bars sometime next year.


    I meant that more in terms of a stable and prosperous democracy.

    But a modern "Silk Road" might come into...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    The reason the Ukrainians have increased the age limit of the reservists is to keep the "Afghans" (veterans from Afghanistan) available for the military.

    Does that mean they are so desperate as to...
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