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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Of course, the soldiers would tend to execute orders. But the orders need to be well thought out. Sending APCs without riot police protection was like sending tanks without infantry protection in...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    The 6,000 Ukrainian troops are a propaganda myth which the government in Kiev thought might help justify internally the screw up in Crimea.

    The Defense Minister was sacked for not ordering the...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    It seems the APCs ended up in the separatists' hands after they had been completely blocked by civilians. I can easily understand the reluctance of those drivers to run over unarmed people. Once...
  4. Re: Was Operation Barbarossa a winnable campaign for Germany, regardless of how it was carried out?

    The only way for a successful Operation Barbarossa in 1941 would have been to gear the German economy for war in 1938. Say by replacing Fritz Todt with Albert Speer then, and letting him to take the...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    If Sberbank is targeted with sanctions the Russian economy's dive would accelerate.
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Changed what? The rivalry between "the West" and Russia?

    Not really. Because of Russian leaders' behavior, not because the West didn't try to make the rivalry vanish.

    Here is what I think it...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Yeah, the translation is accurate.

    But that guy is a known lunatic. The Georgian TV interviewed him just for laughs (the lady cannot suppress hers till the end in spite of trying hard) not...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Look harder.

    Or simply trust Putin - he admitted to have used the Razvedka/Spetznaz in Crimea, a month after the media had already proved their presence there. Each criminal has an unique MO...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Proven by countless of pictures and videos. RPG-30 has a very distinct rim at each end of the tube and different controls than any other weapon in the family.

    Nope, the dismantling of Russia into...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Actually most of the Ukrainians in the East do not want to be annexed by Russia, according to the latest polls.

    This is why there are no massive pro-Russian camps like the Maidan in Kiev. What we...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Quite likely nobody cared to look into that sort of details beside an Ukrainian. Having "skin in the game" does miracles in terms of paying attention to details.

    But even assuming he is wrong and...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    And though it may be old news already, here's another "masterpiece":

    The Russian government stated that the pre-referendum promise to quadruple the pensions in Crimea has to wait till...2016.
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Indeed, ruining the Russian economy in the process does look like a rational decision to make.

    Humm, let's see: can you give us an example of a country where unlike in the "rotten West", things go...
  14. Re: Was Operation Barbarossa a winnable campaign for Germany, regardless of how it was carried out?

    Speaking of Stalingrad, the Stavka had devised the plan for Operation Uranus in September 1942, well before the Romanian troops were allocated to guard the German flanks (for instance the Romanians...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    In terms of Ukrainian, American and EU interests, it would be good for the separatists not to comply with the agreement.

    Right now, if the separatists would comply, it would take a long time for...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Yesterday the Geneva talks among Ukraine, EU, USA and Russia ended with an agreement that all the paramilitaries will be disarmed, all the occupied buildings would be returned to the Ukrainian...
  17. Re: Was Operation Barbarossa a winnable campaign for Germany, regardless of how it was carried out?

    I think it only looks that way because starting with the 19th century any modern army needed an industrial base to support it. So capturing the enemy industrial base was part of defeating the enemy....
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Ukraine has half as many tanks as Russia has and one third of the infantry. I wouldn't be so sure they would repeat Crimea.

    While it is true that a lot was said about how unprepared the Ukrainian...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    It would be interesting to see how the Russian recon troops would pop-up as "self-defense forces" behind the Ukrainian boder guards' positions.
  20. Re: Late Roman,Germanic(Goth, Vandals) and Huns strategy and tactics comparission

    We don't know much about the strategy of anybody in the ancient world actually.

    We only can sometimes speculate on the strategy if we have enough details from the written sources. Only in the...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    ElevenKind, if you want to discuss economics, tabloids, RT's mouthpiece global research.ca and conspiracy theories sites are not the best place where to source your arguments from.
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Indeed.

    So when would the people of Crimea be allowed to decide, in a fair referendum?
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    First of all, according to your own statements on the Russian language thread, you are aren't a born Siberian. Which means when the time comes, in the good Russian tradition of organizing...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Nope, that is a prediction based on recent Russian history precedents (the secession of Chechnya, the threat of secession of Siberia).

    Doing your homework before entering a debate is always...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Nope.

    A.) The population didn't welcome it. The population didn't rebel against Kiev, therefore Putin had to send the Razvedka (military reconnaissance troops) in, masquerading as...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    The difference between Romania jailing the oligarchs and corrupt politicians and Russia jailing Khodorkovsky is Romania is arresting members of the government still in office and oligarchs who fund...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Err, nope. Prosecutor representing the State in trials where the outcome is decided in advance by the government. Decided in advance and by the government make a Russian prosecutor just a sock...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Try to provide sources to something which does not require us to blindly trust the JavaScript code and the Adobe Flash files produced by the Russian military. Both the JavaScript and the Adobe Flash...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    It all depends on what "doing her job" means to you.

    Let's discuss specifics: what those unhinged loons from "Pussy Riot" did in that cathedral was extremely bad taste and spoiled the day for all...
  30. Re: The disconnect between the 'Leitkultur' and the actual society

    There are several reasons for what you listed above.

    The first reason is we cannot tell in advance which child would become a quantum physicist and which one would become a janitor. We could test...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Humm, let's see:

    1) She is a prosecutor in Russia. Meaning she is OK with representing the State in trials where the outcome is decided in advance by the government;

    2) She is a prosecutor in...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Quoting globalresearch.ca or quoting RT is practically the same thing.

    Not to mention that guy is a retard: once the US/NATO troops are in Ukraine, how does he imagine Putin would be able to annex...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Can't be sniper rifles for a very simple reason: the Ukrainian Parliament voted a law to disarm all the paramilitary forces. We can clearly see the Ukrainian police surrounding the hotel and the...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    With the politicians we have it would be hard for any Western country to respect us. Hell, even we don't respect them. We just vote them out of office every 4 years, only to replace them with other...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    1) Aren't the Ukrainians the ones to decide in whose "sphere of influence" they want to be?

    2) How is the NATO expansion threatening a truly democratic Russia? More to the point, how is NATO and...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Stalin took parts of Romania. Some are now within the borders of Ukraine.

    Romania signed a treaty with Ukraine in 1997, recognizing those Stalin-drawn borders while Ukraine committed to protect...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Only if the SBU would have agreed with him and wanted to keep him in power.

    On December 22nd 1989 Ceausescu was abandoned by his own secret police, one of the most capable in the whole Warsaw...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    Fresh from Brussels:

    Statement by NATO Foreign Ministers

    1. We, the Foreign Ministers of NATO, are united in our condemnation of Russia’s illegal military intervention in Ukraine and Russia’s...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    To put things into perspective, Gagauzia (those pink disconnected patches on the map) means actually 23 villages and a small town, with a total population of ~100,000 people.

    Say we are in the...
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    Re: Ukraine and Crimea development thread

    In a parallel universe maybe. The polls from November 2013 when the whole thing started indicated a 58% support for the EU. Now, after Crimea has been annexed, I think we're closer to 80%.

    Quite...
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