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Today’s Open Thread

All things Russia and the Ukraine. There are a few pieces from Andrei Martyanov that should be taken into account, specifically this:  http://smoothiex12.blogspot.com/2022/03/sadly-only-in-russian.html The video that he quotes is frustrating, but with a little perseverance and patience, can be parsed and understood with English sub-titles turned on. Moderation policy ‘rules’, and if you post in a language other than English, you are welcome but also provide a machine translation for

Open Thread

This is meant for all the many reports from Saker commentators on the daily progress in the Ukraine. Also, for all other comments that cannot find a home in the current live threads but contain Saker Blog content. Moderation policy is in full effect.  New commentators must kindly update themselves on the rules for commenting here. For those that post in languages other than English, kindly provide us with a

Open Thread for Today

This open thread for today will act as a catch-all for all of the many comments that our current threads don’t specifically handle.  Note, Saker Blog related content only please. Moderation Rules are in full effect.

Open Thread

This is today’s open thread.  Kindly keep on topic in the other threads and use this one for extraneous comments related to Saker Blog discussions.  Moderation rules apply.

Boris Rozhin – detailed discussion of the situation in the Ukraine

Note by Andrei: Boris Alexandrovich Rozhin blogs under the alias Colonel Cassad.  He is based in Crimea and reports about the events in the Ukraine on a daily basis.  I don’t necessarily agree/endorse everything he said here (or elsewhere) and I don’t share his ideological views (he is a Communist).  In in the interview he just gave to a Russian outlet he gives a lot of interesting information.  So what

Day 2 of the Russian operation in the Ukraine – OPEN THREAD

Today is a major day in the Russian military operation.  Why? Because Russian forces are now on the outskirts of many major Ukrainian cities.  If yesterday was “standoff weapons” day, today is the first day when Russian forces can now begin to degrade Ukrainian artillery dispositions, engage Ukie armor and break through Ukrainian fortifications.  Today is also the last day for US PSYOPs to try to present a counter-narrative (Ukies

Open Thread: The So-called “Strategic Communications Campaign” + UPDATE Biden/Putin Telephone Call

As the other threads are getting unwieldy with comments, please use this open thread today for comments and reporting facts. As you can see from the header, the ‘Russia is going to invade imminently’ meme even has a euphemistic campaign name to cover the extremely dangerous information warfare and psychological warfare against Russia and, against the Ukraine as well.  One can think of them what you want, but they are

Putin Xi summit – please post any incoming information

There is so much info (good and bad) about the Putin Xi summit that I decided to create this informational thread. Please try to prioritize sharing factual information and please refrain from 1) offering opinions (it is too early to analyze anything) and 2) making predictions (it is too early to predict anything). Thank you Andrei CLARIFICATION: the point of this post is ONLY to collect facts.  Not options, not

The united West is preparing a zoo (open thread)

It appears that the united West is preparing what I would call a “negotiations zoo” which would include not only Russian-US talks, but also NATO and even the OSCE.  True, the US-Russia summit would take place 2 days before, at least that is the idea, but I still get the impression that the US has decided to use the Europeans like a kind of a political fig leaf behind which

What about the deescalation in the Donbass? (OPEN THREAD #17)

There is, amongst some, a strong sense of relief: Defense Minister Shoigu has declared that the formations deployed by Russia to western Russia will now return to their regular bases.  Of course, the Ukrainians claim that they “deterred a Russian attack” while the Russians say that “the West got the message”.  Is that so and, if yes, who is right? Well, I think that we can dismiss the Ukie nonsense

What was Putin referring to? (OPEN THREAD #16)

This is an excerpt of the (relatively short) part of Putin’s speech dealing with foreign issues: “We really want to maintain good relations with all those engaged in international communication, including, by the way, those with whom we have not been getting along lately, to put it mildly. We really do not want to burn bridges. But if someone mistakes our good intentions for indifference or weakness and intends to

The deafening sound of silence in the West (OPEN THREAD #15)

The story about the attempt to murder Lukashenko in much the same manner as Anwar Sadat (during a military parade) broke over the week-end, but even I was too tired to report it.  But on Monday I wrote a reasonably detailed column about it under the title “Did the US just try to murder Lukashenko“.  Much more relevantly, the Kremlin fully confirmed the story and the Russian media discussed it

Did the US just try to murder Lukashenko? (OPEN THREAD #14) (UPDATED)

Amazing news over the week-end: President Lukashenko has declared that Biden gave the order to kill him in a coup organized by the CIA.  Now, we all know that Lukashenko says all sorts of things, many of them false or plain silly.  Except that the Russian FSB has confirmed it all!  According to the Russians, a joint operation of the (Bielorussian) KGB and the Russian FSB has uncovered the plot

The US warplans for the Ukraine (OPEN THREAD # 12) UPDATED

Frankly, Biden’s address to the US nation (the first one in his life) was probably the lamest most clueless political speech I ever heard.  And I am not referring to Biden calling Putin “Clutin” or confusing “deescalation” with “vaccination”, I am talking about the actual contents of his speech.  I would sum it up as so: we will continue to constantly hurt and humiliate you, we will treat you like

The latest US moves against Russia (OPEN THREAD #11) UPDATED!!!

Bad news all around today.  The US has just slammed provocative sanctions against Russia even though the US ambassador to Moscow was summoned to the Foreign Ministry and clearly told that if the US imposes more sanctions there will be no meeting between Putin and Biden. Then there is this: the US has informed the Turkish authorities that they will not send two USN ships into the Black Sea.  This

Russia conducts full-spectrum rehearsals for war (OPEN THREAD #10)

Dear friends, This is going to be the last, tenth, open thread on the topic of the escalation in the eastern Ukraine (unless, of course, the attack actually happens, at which point I will probably reopen an open thread again). The latest news from Russia: Defense Minister Shoigu has indicated that every single military district is currently running readiness exercises which include a total of 4’000 (that is four thousand!)

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