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originally posted by: DrChinstrap
a reply to: noeltrotsky
Congrats! This is your 20th thread(out 24) about Russia/Ukraine/Putin in less than two months.
I don't disagree with this one but I do wonder if the topic is an obsession for you?
originally posted by: Xcathdra
There are reports on twitter talking about this. There was a blast in Kharkov during the pro Kiev rally. The bomb was thrown from a moving vehicle and the suspects (pro russian rebels) were caught.
Apparently some members of the Russian government have started bragging about Russian forces in Ukraine. While they take territory they mock the west because they are still debating if Russia is involved or not.
When the truth comes out in Russia Putin is going to have massive problems.
Since Russia continues to deny its military is present I say any Russian captured should be held and charged under Ukraine law instead of trading them back.
originally posted by: fedeykin
Another point that needs to be addressed is that in order to achieve the command and control capabilities that the rebels have, requires significant military training and discipline, which even the Ukrainian army seems to lack.
It is not easy to develop a disciplined fighting force with a clear command structure in a couple years time, especially given that these rebels do not run any military academies and claim to have no training from foreign forces. It is one thing to understand and use basic battle tactics, it is a whole other thing to be able to successfully command forces at a battalion or regimental level, and do it better than the local army.
I do not believe this is possible for some local miners and farmers to do.
originally posted by: BornAgainAlien
This would mean an even bigger blow to the moral of the idiots wanting to fight for the Western Oligarchs.
I would bet things like this are deliberately planted in the media to demoralize them even more.