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Russia takes Avdiivka from Ukraine, biggest gain in 9 months
Posted by: pdq
Date: February 18, 2024 08:05AM
Reuters:

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Putin hailed the fall of Avdiivka as an important victory and congratulated Russian troops.

… "Eternal glory to the heroes who fell in fulfilling the tasks of the special military operation!" Putin said in a telegram.

He should send a thank-you card to Speaker Johnson and a welcome basket to Lara Trump. I’m sure her father-in-law has already been promised rewards.

Two weeks ago, Ukraine had warned it was running out of artillery shells:

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(Bloomberg) -- Ukraine has warned its allies that it is facing a “critical" shortage of artillery shells with Russia deploying three times as much firepower on the frontlines each day.

… [Ukrainian] Defense Minister Rustem Umerov… said Ukraine is unable to fire more than 2,000 shells a day across a frontline that stretches for 1,500 kilometers (930 miles), according to a document seen by Bloomberg. That’s less than a third of the ammunition Russia uses.

…“The side with the most ammunition to fight usually wins," Umerov said, according to the document.

Actually, it’s been warning for months and months:

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This week, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said: “If you ask a soldier at the front what he needs most right now, he will say shells. This answer was the same yesterday, a month ago, six months ago and a year ago.

Russia is said to be getting many of its shells from North Korea, which doesn’t have messy roadblocks like Speakers of the House, or opposition political parties. Life is just simpler in countries led by autocrats and dictators, unlike Ukraine and the US.

Says CNN:

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The head of Ukrainian Military Intelligence, Lt. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov, told CNN at the end of January that ammunition is “one of the most decisive factors” in the war.

…Frontline units in several vulnerable areas told CNN in recent weeks that they were often chronically short of ammunition, particularly Western 155mm artillery shells. At one gun position, troops were resupplied with smoke shells after exhausting their high-explosive ammunition, they said.

“It’s better than no shells,” one soldier said.

So what does the future hold, if the GOP continues to block aid in the House?

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Exhaustion [in Ukraine], squabbles among allies (the EU versus Hungary) and the paralysis in Congress have added to what is a bleak outlook.

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Re: Russia takes Avdiivka from Ukraine, biggest gain in 9 months
Posted by: Ted King
Date: February 18, 2024 11:21AM
I think it is likely that Putin's hard clamp down on dissenters is related to his sense that the tide is going to turn in the Ukraine war.



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Re: Russia takes Avdiivka from Ukraine, biggest gain in 9 months
Posted by: gadje
Date: February 18, 2024 11:22AM
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Ted King
I think it is likely that Putin's hard clamp down on dissenters is related to his sense that the tide is going to turn in the Ukraine war.

is he thinking the tide is in his favor or against him?
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Re: Russia takes Avdiivka from Ukraine, biggest gain in 9 months
Posted by: Ted King
Date: February 18, 2024 11:24AM
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gadje
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Ted King
I think it is likely that Putin's hard clamp down on dissenters is related to his sense that the tide is going to turn in the Ukraine war.

is he thinking the tide is in his favor or against him?

As the OP seems to show - in his favor.



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Re: Russia takes Avdiivka from Ukraine, biggest gain in 9 months
Posted by: sekker
Date: February 18, 2024 01:17PM
Doesn't look good for Ukraine.
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Re: Russia takes Avdiivka from Ukraine, biggest gain in 9 months
Posted by: Speedy
Date: February 18, 2024 01:20PM
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sekker
Doesn't look good for Ukraine.

True, as long as Republicans control the House, democracy will not be safe anywhere, especially Ukraine.



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Re: Russia takes Avdiivka from Ukraine, biggest gain in 9 months
Posted by: sekker
Date: February 18, 2024 01:29PM
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Speedy
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sekker
Doesn't look good for Ukraine.

True, as long as Republicans control the House, democracy will not be safe anywhere, especially Ukraine.

Yes.

The Senate seems to understand this. Maybe the foreign money is not flowing to them like it is to the House?
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Re: Russia takes Avdiivka from Ukraine, biggest gain in 9 months
Posted by: Acer
Date: February 18, 2024 04:59PM
House is too busy not-fixing the Border Crisis despite that threat to the Republic and the Senate handing them deal of the decade.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/18/2024 04:59PM by Acer.
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Re: Russia takes Avdiivka from Ukraine, biggest gain in 9 months
Posted by: Acer
Date: February 19, 2024 09:20AM
Can Europe pick up the tab for this round of ammunition, and we'll get the next?
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