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Why Did The US Ask For A Ceasefire?
As we saw a few hours ago:
Putin turned them down:
My first assumption is that Gonzalo Lira is right. The NATO people on the ground
have told those in overall charge of the war that the Ukrainian forces are near collapse and need some respite:
OTOH, I don’t assume that the West truly wants the war on Russia to end. The next reason, therefore, would be so that Ukraine can be rearmed under cover of a ceasefire and perhaps to weasel some counter sanction relief for the more economically vulnerable NATO/EU members:
UK tries to buy old Soviet stuff from all over the planet - so who is running out of what?
US reported "out of stinger - out of Javlins" - we need a year
NATO must deliver Western artillery - because "out of Soviet shells"
Ukraine is out of fuel -> no diesel
are you all blind?
Ukraine is begging for jets and air defense - "West" said - we will see - and? - US Patriots WON'T come - why?
Because training would take a year at least.
German Gepard - nope - no ammo - sorry
So who the fuck is running out of time here?
Do your math.
and who will man all those fancy stuff?
Ukraine is running out of men - not Russia - they even rotate their troops - Ukraine? All they can rotate is their thumbs.
It takes years to train a good NCO - and 4 to get a good platoon commander - much more for higher ranks.
with out a proper NCO backbone your army is shit.
You can't do no "counteroffensives" - all you can do is sitting in a trench and wait till Russian Artillerie blows you mind out of your brains.
And even IF you get some stuff and staff together - how long will they last?
You guys have no idea - war is pure mathematics - numbers don't lie.
Obviously Putin turned the US down—and why would he negotiate with the US or any other NATO country about the fate of Ukraine, a former member state of the USSR? How demeaning the very idea is! He’s winning this thing and he knows it. And he also knows Russia will still be the main enemy of NATO and that he can’t trust anyone in NATO. He announced his non-negotiable objectives—including demilitarization and denazification—long ago. No reason to stop now.
I hadda laugh at this one:
Kallas is another Soros/WEF groupie, along with the PMs of Finland and Sweden, Merkel, Macron, Draghi, and God knows who else. The President of Finland was on the phone to Putin earlier today, whining because Putin turned off Russian electricity to Finland and will turn off the gas soon. Putin told the guy that joining NATO is a bad idea. Apparently the Finns weren’t listening the first time.
Moon of Alabama points asks:
and notes quite a number of other issues that are going in Russia’s favor:
The economic outlook for Russia is good. It will have a record wheat harvest. Its internal measures to compensate for the results of sanctions are working. Counter sanctions Russia has now initiated against its enemies are starting to become effective.
Hungary has blocked European sanctions against Russian oil.
Turkey is slowing down if not prohibiting the entry of Kurd friendly Sweden and [Finland] into NATO.
The U.S. weapon deliveries to Ukraine will stop on May 19 unless Congress passes authority for new ones.
Senator Rand Paul has held up the required bill with the quite reasonable demand to have a inspector general scrutinize where the $40 billion 'for Ukraine' will be going. The Democrats will certainly dislike that.
U.S. gasoline prices have hit a record high.
European natural gas prices have also jumped after the Ukraine blocked the flow from Russia through one of the pipelines and while the flow through the Yamal pipeline in Poland has been stopped due to Russian counter sanctions.
Le Monde has verified and published a video that shows a Ukrainian 'volunteer battalion', led by a known criminal, torturing Russian prisoners of war.
Russia has published new material about the U.S. military biological 'research' in Ukraine. Other countries will also have questions about these activities.