Ukraine

Ukraine counteroffensive liberates Izyum, reveals Russian war crimes

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Putin needs to be held accountable for the horrors he's unleashed:

One woman, whom The Washington Post is not naming out of concerns for her safety, said three soldiers burst into her home in March and raped her for three hours. “They were drunk and had those strange [drugged] eyes,” she said. “Blood was pouring out of me afterward. I couldn’t leave my house for a week.”

She tried to protect her daughters, ages 15 and 22, from the same fate. But desperate for money, the sisters went out one day to look for work as cleaners, she said. Russian soldiers brought the younger one back home — alone. “I don’t know where she is,” the mother said Friday, crying for her older daughter. “I don’t know!”

Any sympathy I previously held for rank-and-file Russian soldiers is quickly fading. This is Putin's fault, but murder and rape can't be written off to "policy." They are individual acts, carried out by individuals, while other individuals stand by and watch:

Russian intelligence failures led to full-scale invasion of Ukraine

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Wagging the Bear:

So certain were FSB operatives that they would soon control the levers of power in Kyiv, according to Ukrainian and Western security officials, that they spent the waning days before the war arranging safe houses or accommodations in informants’ apartments and other locations for the planned influx of personnel.

The humiliations of Russia’s military have largely overshadowed the failures of the FSB and other intelligence agencies. But in some ways, these have been even more incomprehensible and consequential, officials said, underpinning nearly every Kremlin war decision.

Those military failures were (in a large part) brought about by the FSB and GRU, who had sold a fantasy to both Putin and his generals:

Enemies

I'm ex-military, served in the US Navy from 1968 to 1977. I spent three years jumping out of aircraft in conflict zones as part of an advance team of naval gunfire spotters. I was lucky. I never got shot at.

Unlike so many cowards in Congress, I've actually put my life on the line for this country. Most of the time we were doing things that needed to be done, in my opinion. Trying to keep dictators and Nazis at bay.

Nazi for hire: Ukraine refuses to extradite NC man wanted for murder

If it walks like a Nazi, talks like a Nazi, you know the rest:

As he fought with Right Sector in Ukraine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas, he mentored Jarrett W. Smith about fighting with far-right paramilitary groups in Ukraine. Smith, who also served in the U.S. Army, later pleaded guilty to explosives-related charges.

Federal prosecutors in Kansas said Smith spread information about bombs and recipes for homemade napalm on the social networking site Telegram, while discussing plans to kill a Democratic Party politician and blow up a media company headquarters. The indictment did not identify the media company, but CNN reported that it was the target.

First of all, this article describes him as an Army veteran. He was booted out after going AWOL, se he doesn't deserve that "veteran" designation. But even if he had stayed in and was honorably discharged, plotting acts of domestic terrorism makes him guilty of treason, another reason to not refer to him as a "veteran." But aside from all that, the Ukraine has no business protecting a cold-blooded murderer:

Mainstream media fails miserably in covering Impeachment

Most likely a reflection of our society as a whole:

ABC, CBS and NBC all stuck with regularly scheduled programs like “Chicago Med,” “Criminal Minds” and “Modern Family” Wednesday evening instead of showing the House managers' evening session at the impeachment trial. That lasted about two hours, 15 minutes. CNN and MSNBC carried the trial in full. Fox News Channel, after showing Rep. Adam Schiff speak for about a half hour, interrupted for a story about a child support case involving former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter, and never returned.

Even two PBS stations in the New York area showed science programming and “Antiques Roadshow” instead of the trial Wednesday evening. PBS said it gave its local stations the option to show the trial or not.

I fully realize most reading this do not tune in to the old broadcast networks to get their news anymore, cable has flipped the formula on that irrevocably. But this isn't just news, it's history in the making. It's a crisis of our democracy, literally a Civil War in Congress, and the majors are throwing fictional shows at people instead of covering this. And of course Fox News was the worst:

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