On this day a year ago
Despite my (overall) “pro-Russia” position (a simplification, but let it stand for purposes of convenience), I have been, naturally, appalled by the alleged war crimes supposedly committed by some of the Russian forces, though I note that many were committed by non-Russians such as Chechens, and that some, perhaps many, Russian soldiers have behaved decently.
Some of the alleged crimes may not have happened at all, but it seems clear that at least some have, and there is no doubt that civilian infrastructure, such as apartment buildings, have been targeted. That is terrible, though whether it counts legally as a “war crime” will depend on whether Ukrainian fighters were ensconced therein.
The Russian Army must shoot its own looters and rapists, and make the punishments known to the world.
An army without discipline is just a rabble, or rampaging mob. Putin must put steel and backbone into his army. Immediately.
Leaving legalities aside, for the Ukrainian civilians, and their companion animals, this is a terrible situation. The invasion should have been a swift, overwhelming, and almost bloodless seizure of Kiev and the rest of Ukraine east of the Dnieper, not the horrible bloody mess that has developed.
I have blogged in previous posts that Stalin would have been shooting generals and intelligence chiefs by now. I have just yesterday read that Putin has detained some 150 top military and intelligence personnel. That is, I think, as much as he can do in his position, overtly at least.
The sheer inefficiency and negligence of the Russian Army and intelligence components (apparently parts of the FSB and GRU) has been stunning. Putin must, quite rightly, be furious.
I do not rule out actual treachery. The Western allies seem remarkably well-informed, though that did not prevent them making the same error as both Putin and me, i.e. thinking that the invasion would be almost a walkover, in the usual racing term.
I recall that, in 1941, Hitler had to persuade his generals that the invasion of the Soviet Union would not be as hard as they imagined. As he said to them, “kick in the front door and the whole rotten structure will come crashing down!“
Hitler was right, but where he was not right was in assuming that the incapacity of the Red Army, and the decrepitude of the Soviet Union, in the initial phas, would continue forever. In the event, despite a relatively swift approach to Moscow, the weather, events, fresh Siberian troops sent from the east, and a split in German strategic aims, meant that the German advances faltered, stalled, then stopped. The Red Army proved that it had resilience under new commanders.
The Russian Army in the Ukraine of 2022 has been pathetic in all ways, but the story is not yet at an end.
Fresh manpower reserves, elimination or demotion of useless generals, new weapons, new equipment, an increase of armoured pressure on strategic points (Schwerpunkten) will, or can, tip the balance in Ukraine east of the Dnieper. Missile strikes on Ukrainian fuel supplies and arms dumps in all areas of Ukraine can help to turn the tide in the east.
Readers of this blog will probably be aware that persecuted satirist and singer-songwriter, Alison Chabloz, was convicted last Thursday of an offence under the notorious anti-free-speech Communications Act 2003, s.127, which is due to be repealed this year (to be replaced by other legislation).
This Thursday, 14 April 2022, Alison Chabloz will face a sentencing hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. 1400 hrs.
Already, solicitors and Counsel are preparing appeal against conviction and (depending on what happens on Thursday) sentence. Any appeal hearing will be heard (eventually) at Crown Court.
The newspaper noted, the Manchester Evening News, seems to hate anything to do with European race and culture. I can only assume that there is a strong Jewish element there.
In fact, the first picture is a poster from about 1943, not 1917, but the tweet’s overall message is right.
So Jewish-lobby puppet Starmer wants to introduce a Cuban-style block-and-neighbourhood police state in the UK. Much as some of the country is out of control socially, that is just one more reason not to vote Labour.
The world population must be reduced; the proportion of humans of European descent must be very greatly increased. Das ist’s!
Incidentally, Putin and his government could take a few lessons from the Chinese…
..and it remains KIEV, incidentally…