Will Russia regret this war over Ukraine?

Russia going to regret their war against Ukraine?

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The war in Ukraine is a war of attrition- a war of economic attrition.

Russia is not a wealthy nation by any means. In fact, they are poorer than Italy, a substantially smaller nation. Russia does not have a massive economy with endless potential, they have a very restricted economy built to favor the elites.

Lots of people have died in this war so far. Russian losses approach 30,000 (killed or wounded) and about 20% of their deployed forces are gone. Russia has more people though and it can replace at least some of its losses.

However, what is going to break is the Russian economy.

  1. The ruble is dead. Nobody is buying rubles because nobody is exporting resources. This means the ruble is only stable thanks to Russia burning through its foreign currency reserves and restricting trading
  2. The Russian stock market is dead- it tanked 30% before it was closed. As of today, you can buy stocks but you cannot sell them
  3. Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Tiktok have cut off Russian access to their services
  4. Exxon, BP, and other oil companies have pulled out their investments, totaling 40 billion dollars
  5. Virtually every car and plane manufacturer has stopped production in Russia
  6. International banking systems have cut Russia off- restricting Russian access to their foreign currency accounts

Russia is making no money. Their exports have tanked to virtually nothing and they aren’t importing much either. This means the cost of basic goods like food has gone way up.

As the cost of living increases the ruble’s value remains the same. In reality, the ruble is useless and the only reason it has value is that Russia is propping it up.

At some point, the Russians will run out of foreign currency while the cost of living triple in price. Couple this with 10–20k dead Russians.

This will cause the Russian people to turn on Putin

Meanwhile, the Russian Oligarchs, who keep Putin in power, will turn on him over this war. They are losing tons of money every day and their business empires are crumbling. They will blame Putin for this.

Putin knows all of this. That’s why he suddenly changed war goals and stopped trying to take Kyiv. He knows he has to end this war quickly and he needs to be able to say he won.

Ukraine knows all of this too. They know the Russian economy will collapse as a result of this war. So Ukraine is unlikely to give in. After 2 months of insanely bloody fighting, Russia has taken Kherson (which is now contested) and they have almost taken Mauripol. After 2 more months of fighting maybe Russia takes 1 additional city- maybe.

Ukraine knows this and will bleed Russia out. They will inflict high losses on the Russian military and bide their time.

The Russian economy will collapse and just like WW1, the Russian people will turn on their fearless leader. Ukraine is merely waiting for this to happen.

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Latest Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment


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ISW LogoRussian Offensive Campaign AssessmentKateryna Stepanenko, Karolina Hird, Grace Mappes, Layne Phillipson, Katherine Lawlor, and Frederick W. KaganJuly 29, 8:00 pm ETClick here to see ISW’s interactive map of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This map is updated daily alongside the static maps present in this report.A kinetic event killed and wounded scores of Ukrainian POWs in Russian-occupied Olenivka, Donetsk Oblast, on July 28. Ukraine and Russia are blaming each other for the attack and available visual evidence appears to support the Ukrainian claim more than the Russian, but ISW cannot independently assess the nature of the attack or the party responsible for it at this time. The Russian Defense Ministry asserted that Ukrainian forces deliberately struck the Olenivka pre-trial detention center holding Ukrainian POWs including Azov Regiment servicemen using Western-provided HIMARS, killing at least 40 and wounding 75 POWs. Kremlin-sponsored news outlet “RIA Novosti” published videos of the detention center, which showed fire damage but not the sort of damage that a HIMARS strike would likely have caused. RIA Novosti also released footage of HIMARS missile fragments but provided no evidence that the fragments were recovered at Olenivka. Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR) Ambassador to Russia Leonid Miroshnik claimed that Ukrainian forces struck the pre-detention center to eliminate the evidence of Ukrainian surrenders and prevent POWs from speaking out against the Ukrainian government.The Ukrainian General Staff said that Russian forces conducted the attack as a false flag operation to cover up Russian war crimes, disrupt the supply of Western weapons, discredit Ukrainian forces, and stoke social tensions within Ukrainian society. The Ukrainian General Staff stated that a deliberate explosion occurred near the newly-constructed penal colony, to which Russian forces had transferred Ukrainian POWs a few days earlier. The Ukrainian General Staff also noted that Ukrainian analysis of the damage to the building, intercepted phone conversations between Russian servicemen, the lack of reported shelling in Olenivka, and the absence of casualties among Russian personnel serving at the penal colony all point to a Russian deliberate “terrorist act” as the cause of the incident. The Ukrainian Main Military Intelligence Directorate (GUR) accused Wagner Group head Yevgeny Prigozhin of ordering the “terrorist act” without consulting with the Russian Defense Ministry, to conceal the embezzlement of funds allocated for the maintenance of Ukrainian POWs before an official inspection on September 1. The Ukrainian Office of the General Prosecutor reported that the explosion killed at least 40 and wounded 130 Ukrainian POWs.ISW is unable to assess the nature of the event or the party responsible for it with any confidence at this time. We will update our assessment as more information becomes available.Key TakeawaysA kinetic event killed and wounded scores of Ukrainian POWs in Russian-occupied Donetsk Oblast on July 28. Ukraine and Russia are blaming each other for the attack. Available visual evidence appears to support the Ukrainian claim more than the Russian, but ISW cannot independently assess the nature of the attack or the party responsible for it at this time.Ground fighting continued north of Kharkiv City with no significant change in control of terrain.Russian forces attempted a limited ground assault in Kherson Oblast and continued conducting combat operations without creating strike groups along occupied lines.Russian regional outlets reported the recruitment and establishment of an additional volunteer battalion in the Republic of Buryatia and the formation of a reserve battalion in Novosibirsk.Members of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party traveled to occupied Ukrainian territories to promote an organization called “We Are Together with Russia,” likely to present the façade of a “grassroots” call for the Russian annexation of occupied Ukraine and to prepare for falsified annexation referenda

Mohamed Morsi-victim of Egyptian injustice died having won an election with 51% of the vote.But he was unprepared for this destiny

Morsi’s first day in court, on November 4, 2013. Journalists weren’t allowed to bring cell phones, cameras, or audio recorders, but I still recall the sound of the deposed President’s voice.

He had refused to wear the traditional white garb of a prisoner, and he held his head high and repeatedly interrupted the proceedings.

Over and over, he bellowed, “Ana ra’is al-gomhoriyya! Ana ra’is al-gomhoriyya!” (“I am the President of the Republic! I am the President of the Republic!”) He was contained in a metal cage, and Egyptian journalists taunted him by shouting through the bars, “E‘dam, e‘dam!” (“Death penalty, death penalty!”)


Russia says it’s staying in border regions Kherson etc


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Russia Shifts Focus to Targeting Weaker Regions in Ukraine

by SOFREP1 day ago



Bucha main street after Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Source: Oleksandr Ratushniak, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons)  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bucha_main_street_after_Russian_invasion_of_Ukraine_(3to4).jpg

Bucha main street after Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Source: Oleksandr Ratushniak, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bucha_main_street_after_Russian_invasion_of_Ukraine_(3to4).jpg


Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that Russia intends to maintain control over broader regions beyond eastern Ukraine, including Kherson and Zaporizhzhia provinces in the south, and other areas. He made these statements on state-controlled television and a news agency after Ukrainian troops fired a bridge essential to the supply of Russian forces operating in southern Ukraine.

Lavrov’s remarks on Russia’s plans to occupy more territories and the Ukrainian missile attack on the strategically vital bridge in the Kherson region hinted that the nearing five-month-long war could spread to other parts of the country.

Since Russian forces captured more of the two provinces that comprise Ukraine’s industrial Donbas region, Ukrainian officials planned an offensive to retake Russian-occupied areas in the south. The Ukrainian attack on the Dnipro River bridge also weakened Russia’s stronghold on the southern Kherson territory.

Interim Conclusion at August 2022

Russian invasion of Ukraine has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of people, the exile of millions more, and the leveling of entire cities, mainly in Russian-speaking regions in the east and southeast of Ukraine.

As a result, global energy and food prices have soared, including fears of starvation in less developed nations since Ukraine and Russia are both significant grain producers.

What Russia is now holding in Ukraine is not prime territory anymore but a near wasteland that they will have to rebuild almost from the ground up.

Tragic path taken by Egypt’s mass uprising

Morsi will be remembered, tragically, for the message that was delivered by Arab despots after his electoral victory – that democracy will not be tolerated, writes Mohamad Elmasry.


Crowdsignal blocks in WordPress

Welcome to this little demo page! We would love to introduce you to our set of Crowdsignal blocks and created this post for you, so that you can test and play with all of them right inside of your editor.

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