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LIVE: ‘Millions’ Fled Ukraine, Russia Takes Kherson

LIVE: ‘Millions’ Fled Ukraine, Russia Takes Kherson

Ukraine is still pushing for a no-fly zone, too.

Reports said that Russian troops headed to Kyiv are running out of gas and food. Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko said he wouldn’t join Russia in Ukraine, but it looks like he shared the plans to invade.

Livestreams (I hope they work the whole day!)

Explosions in Kyiv

Russia Has Kherson

One Million People Left Ukraine

Russia Arrests More Protesters

UN Condemns Russia

Does everyone immediately think of Team America when the UN issues a strongly worded letter? I’m glad Ryan thinks about it!

*Strong language warning. But it’s hilarious!

Russia Releases Casualty Numbers

It’s the first time! Something tells me the numbers are double of what are in these tweets.

Sanction Don’t Matter

I told you guys. It’s all a show:

Russia can still send oil and gas to Britain despite a ban on the country’s ships visiting British ports, the Department for Transport (DfT) has said.

Yesterday, Britain passed a law that it said banned all ships that have any connection to Russia from entering its ports. It applied to all ships that are Russian owned, operated, controlled, chartered, registered or flagged.

However, the transport department said the sanctions were focused on the vessel, not its cargo, and so would not stop ships registered with other countries from transporting Russian oil or liquefied national gas to Britain.

Death Count

I haven’t reported any death counts because honestly it’s hard to know if anyone tells the truth. Ukraine claims Russia has killed more than 2,000 people so far.

Ukraine also claims troops have killed more than 6,500 Russians so far.

Mariupol’s mayor said his city has seen major casualties, but did not give a number.

Sanctions on Energy Sector?

Biden’s White House said it’s open to doing it:

The United States is “very open” to imposing sanctions on Russia’s oil and gas industry, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki has said, adding that it is weighing the possible impact on global markets and US energy prices.

Asked if Washington and its Western allies would impose sanctions on Moscow’s energy and gas industry, Ms Psaki told MSNBC in an interview: “We’re very open.”

“We’re considering it. It’s very much on the table, but we need to weigh what all of the impacts will be,” she added.

Her statement comes as the US is preparing to expand sanctions imposed on Russian oligarchs, their companies and family members, The Washington Post has reported, citing three people familiar with the measures.

The White House and Treasury Department are preparing a list of people that will overlap some with those sanctions by the European Union on Monday, including Alisher Usmanov, the owner of an iron and steel conglomerate.

Belarus Joining Russia in Ukraine

Lukashenko is a sad puppy dog willing to do anything to make his master happy.

Belarus will send more troops to Ukraine’s border, but someone caught possible plans on TV.

Biden Closing Air Space

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Comments

Colonel Travis | March 2, 2022 at 9:18 am

Why is Russia behaving, resource-wise, like the army of Costa Rica? I thought this was a superpower?

FWIW – Russia was pretty inept in their initial invasion of Finland,
The quickly corrected their ineptitude and Finland then surrendered .

I would expect something similar with their invasion of Ukraine. One or two more months of ineptitude, then they get their $tuff together and subsequent quick surrender by Ukraine.

Note that Russia’s initial ineptitude encouraged Hilter ‘s foray into the barbarosa campaign

    Joe-dallas in reply to Joe-dallas. | March 2, 2022 at 10:23 am

    As a side note
    I was having a meeting with an F15 pilot and discussing the F35. His comment was that plane is designed for a war he hopes never happens. – ie designed for war with Russia or china.

    I asked about the quality of the China airforce and his comment was that the China airforce was vastly improved and nearly on par with the US airforce. (possibly on par)

      gonzotx in reply to Joe-dallas. | March 2, 2022 at 11:04 am

      Of course they stole or force capitulation on all the plans amd I’m
      Sure we trained their leaders

      All to our demise

    TargaGTS in reply to Joe-dallas. | March 2, 2022 at 10:41 am

    Whatever the government of Ukraine does – surrenders or is destroyed – I think it’s clear that the people of Ukraine will march to the beat of their own drum. If you liked the Anbar province circa 2003 (I was there and it was unbridled carnage), you’re going to love most of Ukraine over the next few years.

    Keep in mind, what Russia is doing right now, is the easy part.

This is the ATM war. And the Twitter war. We will see how Russians like being isolated socially. Particularly their athletes. This is their Vietnam, only worse.

Russian TV broadcast a declaration of victory a day or two ago. A bit premature.

They seem reluctant to actually enter cities, and shelling of civilians is being broadcast live, or nearly live.

Wait…so is Belarus to Russia what Italy was to Germany?

Putin may win all the battles, but he has lost the war.

He lost it on the meme fields of Twitter.

Ukraine has published an email address where mothers of captured Russian troops may find them and come to Kiev to retrieve them.

This is so 21st century, worthy of The Onion.

henrybowman | March 2, 2022 at 1:11 pm

I re-watched Team America just two weeks ago, since it first came out. The feeling of Same Shit, Different Day was overwhelming. Especially all the good schadenfreude parts with main assistant villain Alec Baldwin.

It seems implausible to me that the casualty figures would be so slanted in that direction. It is hard for me to believe that they would be so incompetent.

    healthguyfsu in reply to Dathurtz. | March 2, 2022 at 3:49 pm

    Unless you vastly outrank your opponent in capabilities, defenders have the upper hand by their position. Attackers must invade and that brings risk. Ukraine is not being bombarded by an air force the likes of the US over Iraq so they have the defender’s advantage to an extent, especially if they have measures to fend off the tanks.

      AnAdultInDiapers in reply to healthguyfsu. | March 2, 2022 at 5:15 pm

      Plus of course the Ukrainian figures won’t include civilians, some of whom have died while attacking Russian units.

      No, I won’t link the video I saw of the aftermath of one such attack. Let’s just say that hand-launched molotov cocktails have a range disadvantage on high caliber automatic firearms.

healthguyfsu | March 2, 2022 at 3:47 pm

If the US govt decides to open up domestic oil production and sanction Russian oil/gas it will bring prices down and they can’t have that for two reasons:

-It makes traditional fuels more affordable and green energy less affordable by extension

-It proves to everyone in the country paying attention that they are keeping prices high with their current energy policies. They are probably, as we speak, “open” to sanctions only if they think they can control the media narrative against this latter point. Either that or “open” to is just a way of fending off press questions without being serious about it.

“However, the transport department said the sanctions were focused on the vessel, not its cargo, and so would not stop ships registered with other countries from transporting Russian oil or liquefied national gas to Britain.”

A couple of items on that one:
– See the ban on vessels chartered by Russia,
– Maritime insurance companies aren’t insuring ships in the Black Sea anymore. And that’s where Russia’s oil ships from.
– What ship Captain/Owners would be insane or desperate enough to send a ship there?
– Could the cargoes be transferred from a Russian ship to a neutral one? Sure, if they can find a port that will allow it, and is equipped for it. Highly unlikely to say the least.

    healthguyfsu in reply to Gosport. | March 2, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    All fair argument points but then why not ban it outright to send a stronger message unless they have an ulterior motive to just make it harder for Russian oil to arrive?