Open Thread | Checking in on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

I have to admit that when this all began, I rooted for Ukraine, because I thought Putin was being heavy handed, and illogical, and just a damn demon for invading Ukraine. He had no reason other than wanting to get back the former Soviet Empire.

I honestly didn’t expect Ukraine to last this long. I didn’t expect their fight and determination to go as far as it did. I didn’t expect for the investment that the United States and NATO in the arms they sent to Ukraine to pay off the way that it has.

I will always believe that Putin invaded Ukraine believing that they would fold the same way that the Afghan Army folded after the United States pulled out. Nothing else makes any sense as to why Russian was so woefully unprepared for what has happened. I mean, so much has been the failure of just basic military logistics.

We we suckered, like everyone else, to believe in Russian’s military might because of Putin’s bluster?

Because, from where I am, the heart of the Ukranian’s fighting him, with strong weaponry supplied by United States and other NATO countries, is going toe-to-toe with Putin’s Army, and standing strong, fighting for the survival of their country.

So, let’s hear from people more knowledgeable than me about the happenings in Ukraine.
Watching the Ukraine people fight to keep their country and their democracy has been nothing short of inspirational.

The stance and the success of the Ukraine fighting forces has made the MSM sad. They thought that Ukraine would be a bludgeon to hit over the head of the Biden-Harris Administration, after Afghanistan. That the investment President Biden has made in Ukraine is paying off. That Ukraine is holding out and now getting successes….the MSM has little to no interest in Ukraine anymore. It’s quite interesting. Also, nothing from the Republicans about Ukraine….I wonder why?

Uh huh
Uh huh

I have kept up with the happenings mostly through the posts by Adam Silverman at Balloon Juice. He has a cold, military trained eye on the happenings, and is able to break it down into understandable language for civilians like me.

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17 Responses to Open Thread | Checking in on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

  1. rikyrah says:

    Meanwhile, in Russia, it seems the long arm of the Ukrainian military is keeping busy.

    An airfield IN Russia this time, not occupied Ukraine. No idea what weapons were used.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Peter Strzok (@petestrzok) tweeted at 6:58 AM on Sat, Sep 10, 2022:
    Better check Bedminster…

    On May 6, NARA emails Trump to say material is missing and may be at MAL.

    On May 9, Trump gets on a private plane from Palm Beach to Bedminster. On video, several boxes are seen loaded onto the plane.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) tweeted at 7:46 AM on Sat, Sep 10, 2022:
    New: Five months before 2020 election, Trump agreed to replace Kushner with Bannon to lead the campaign but the coup failed when Trump made GOP donor Bernie Marcus tell Kushner bc he didn’t want to, Peter Navarro writes in new book — @MartinPengelly scoop:

  4. rikyrah says:

    Shadow and Act (@shadowandact) tweeted at 10:00 PM on Fri, Sep 09, 2022:
    Donald Glover has some high praise for Quinta Brunson’s hit ABC series, ‘Abbott Elementary.’

  5. rikyrah says:

    Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) tweeted at 6:58 PM on Fri, Sep 09, 2022:
    BREAKING: Stephen Miller has been subpoenaed by the Grand Jury investigating January 6th.

    Lock him up!!

  6. rikyrah says:

    RationalLeft (@RationalLeft) tweeted at 9:44 PM on Fri, Sep 09, 2022:
    During that 337 year span, there have been six Georges, two Williams, two Edwards, one James, one Mary, one Anne, one Victoria, and one Elizabeth – the last two accounting between them for *40%* of the era.

  7. rikyrah says:

    RationalLeft (@RationalLeft) tweeted at 9:37 PM on Fri, Sep 09, 2022:
    Just to emphasize the historical interest of the new king’s name, Great Britain has a King Charles for the first time in 337 years.

    (The UK has a King Charles for the first time ever. The Act of Union came 22 years after Charles II died.)

  8. rikyrah says:

    Harry Litman (@harrylitman) tweeted at 1:19 PM on Fri, Sep 09, 2022:
    Cannon gives Trump until Monday at 10 AM to file a response. She has to be hoping that he agrees to the partial stay to get her out of the mess she created. But it’s not in his DNA. But If he goes the “I declassified“ route, a cascade of troubles follow.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) tweeted at 4:51 PM on Sat, Sep 10, 2022:
    BREAKING: Russia abandoned its key bastion of a main front line in northeast Ukraine, after Ukrainian forces advanced rapidly. The swift fall of Izium was Moscow’s WORST DEFEAT since its troops were forced back from Kyiv in March & could prove a decisive turning point in the war.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Miss Aja (@brat2381) tweeted at 9:21 AM on Sat, Sep 10, 2022:
    I damn near burned my biscuits watching Ali Velshi tell that British historian about himself and the rest of the colonizers. 😂😂He asked Ali where he was born and Ali dead ass told him…Kenya.

    It was a nice twist because lawd knows I was sick of the whitewashing of history.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Uh huh😒😒
    I’m🐝⚖️ Dr. Yadira Caraveo for CO-08 (@Needle_of_Arya) tweeted at 6:09 AM on Sun, Sep 11, 2022:
    Calling Disney’s turn to women of color as protagonists “diversity dollars” feels racially resentful on the part of the white person saying it.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Dash Dobrofsky (@DashDobrofsky) tweeted at 10:02 PM on Sat, Sep 10, 2022:
    MAGA told Biden not to send money to Ukraine. Biden did the opposite of what MAGA said & now Ukraine is winning. MAGA told Zelenskyy to surrender to Putin. Zelenskyy did the opposite of what MAGA said & now Zelenskyy is a war hero. Never trust a party that’s led by a Nuclear Spy.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Christopher Bouzy (@cbouzy) tweeted at 8:32 AM on Sun, Sep 11, 2022:
    They really hate knowing Meghan Markle’s beautiful babies are in the line of succession, and they will now be known as Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet. Stay mad…

  14. rikyrah says:

    Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) tweeted at 11:38 AM on Thu, Sep 08, 2022:
    Real question for the “now is not the appropriate time to talk about the negative impact of colonialism” crowd:

    When is the appropriate time to talk about the negative impact of colonialism?

  15. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone😊😊😊

  16. I recall John McCain’s remark that “Russia is a gas station run by a mafia.” Apparently the defense budget has been funneled for decades into yachts and villas…

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