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  1. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    I've not yet physically met anyone who supports the Russian side, or tries to sidetrack discussions about the war in Ukraine with whatabouts. Living close to Russia might have some bearing on that....
  2. Thread: Ukraine

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    It seems like things once again are starting to happen in Ukraine. It's been rather static for a while, with daily Russian losses of 500 - 700 KIA, mostly due to suicidal attacks towards Bakhmut and...
  3. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    We're a small country; we don't have all necessary skills ourselves. Some skills are not easily found amongst Swedes born in-country, so we solve that by importing.
    /Erik
  4. Thread: Ukraine

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    Presuming that the orders for all western armies were to obey the laws of war and behave civilised, discipline is what keeps the soldiers in line also when they are cold, hungry and frustrated.
    Even...
  5. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    I've not heard any horror stories regarding the occupation of Germany by the western allied armies. Of these, I'd expect the army with the best discipline to be the preferred occupier. My prejudice...
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    Re: Arizona board delays certification of votes

    We have paper votes and count them by hand. The initial result is always available the same night. Votes that are debatable are put aside when doing the initial counting and judged upon later. Also,...
  7. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    WWI ended with a peace treaty, essentially setting the stage for WW2. WW2 ended with the unconditional surrender of the Nazis. No matter how much I would prefer the unconditional surrender of Russia,...
  8. Thread: Ukraine

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    All of Ukraine must be returned to Ukraine. I agree that we should continue to offer Russia a place in the civilized world, as we did after the Soviet Union was dissolved. This time at least Sweden...
  9. Thread: Ukraine

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    The Swedish prosecutors (Åklagarämbetet) have issued a press release regarding Northstream 1 and 2. The press release is quite short and states that residues from explosives have been found on many...
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    Re: Russian missiles hit Poland

    The main issue is that Russia fire hundreds of missiles towards Ukraine, intentionally targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure. One S-300 air defence missile, also used by Russia for ground...
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    Re: Russian missiles hit Poland

    I'm sure there are radar traces from several sources that will reveal the origin of the missiles.
    Until the appropriate authorities have studied the proof and made a statement, I'm content that...
  12. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    A tweet that didn't age well:
    https://twitter.com/AlexKokcharov/status/1591844795580055552
    123430
    /Erik
  13. Thread: Ukraine

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    When you have symptoms that indicate a heart attack, you go immediately to the hospital if you can. At least in Sweden you get a very high priority at the emergency ward, and they immediately run an...
  14. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    There are reports (as usual unconfirmed) that half of the Kinburn Peninsula (on the east side of the Dnipro) is liberated now. The self-proclaimed armchair generals on the Swedish site I'm following...
  15. Thread: Ukraine

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    There's info that Ukraine has crossed the Dnipro into the Kinburn Peninsula at the outlet of Dnipro into the Black Sea....
  16. Thread: Ukraine

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    When the war in Ukraine is won, I expect that it's mostly up to Europe to finance the restoration of Ukraine. I'm very grateful to the US for all the military aid, which is making all the difference...
  17. Thread: Ukraine

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    Most reports (various tweets, many Russian are the origin) have 15 - 20 000 Russian soldiers on the west side of the Dnipro, with Ukrainian artillery constantly shelling river crossings since 8 hours...
  18. Thread: Ukraine

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    On a Swedish site I follow I read report upon report on battles in villages closer and closer to Kherson. DeepStateMap, which usually is accurate but with a delay, shows the Ukrainians 20 - 30 km...
  19. Thread: Ukraine

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    About the Russian retreat from Kherson. They realize that the Ukarainians are driving them out and are minimizing their losses, in soldiers as well as in prestige. A seemingly controlled retreat is...
  20. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    War crimes come with every war, by all sides in the wars. It’s the magnitude that differs. It’s the duty of the state and the command structure of the armed forces to curb war crimes. The state is...
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    Re: Russian Trolls/Sock Puppets

    I don't particularly care if the current Bilge trolls are paid to deflect threads on Russian crimes, or if they support evil free of charge. They're still working for the enemy, and I'll hold them...
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    Re: Russian Trolls/Sock Puppets

    I've noticed that some trolls will respond quickly if you quote them or name them in a respons, but will ignore or miss your comments if you're not naming them or using words that trigger their...
  23. Re: What Happens When a Drone Crashes Into Your Face?

    Norway mobilized territorial defence units, partly due to drones spying on their energy infrastructure.
    /Erik
  24. Thread: Ukraine

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    The 70k+ killed Russian soldiers reported by Ukraine are those that Ukraine estimates that they have killed. I doubt that the Russians have managed to kill 100k of their own soldiers, which would be...
  25. Thread: Ukraine

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    A war ends with unconditional surrender or peace talks. I understand that the US government suggests that Ukraine drops the condition that Putin is replaced before holding peace talks. There's no...
  26. Re: Why should running for office stop investigation?

    As I read the Constitution, Article II Section 1 in post #10, the constitution states conditions that must disqualify someone from becoming President. I don't see how adding more conditions that...
  27. Re: Drones Flying Over Private Property - Can You Stop Them?

    Maybe I should clarify that I don't see a need to take down drones for personal reasons. They're not a problem at all in Stockholm so I haven't given that aspect any thoughts. We have had problems...
  28. Re: Drones Flying Over Private Property - Can You Stop Them?

    I take the title of the thread as a challenge. Ukraine is near enough that I realise that downing drones can be important. Attacking the GPS signal would probably be the easiest way when lt works. A...
  29. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Ukrainian drone finds a stash with Russian anti-tank mines and drops a tiny bomb on them. The explosive effect is amplified...
    https://twitter.com/visegrad24/status/1588182544473735168
    /Erik
  30. Thread: Ukraine

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    An interesting video on the problems Russia has created for itself by using troops from Chechnya.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpztN8OJbwo
    /Erik
  31. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    Bits and pieces of info from a Swedish discussion forum I follow indicate that the Russians are pulling back from Kherson. Maybe celebrating the liberation of Kherson is premature but sooner or later...
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    Re: Russia's economic future

    There's been a discussion on whether or not we should let Russian draft evaders into our countries. I realize that quite a few of the draft evaders were pro war as long as someone else took the risks...
  33. Thread: Vamos Sr. Lula !!

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    Re: Vamos Sr. Lula !!

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    Sandtown,
    The political culture in Sweden is nothing like the political culture in the US. Our Nordic neighbours are fairly similar. The most right-wing party in our parliament is definitely not...
  34. Thread: Vamos Sr. Lula !!

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    Re: Vamos Sr. Lula !!

    I'd like to hear the basis for sandtown's claim that some Swedish parties are corrupt, and the grounds for claiming that some are authoritarian. When you claim that for a party, it isn't sufficient...
  35. Thread: Ukraine

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    I found this article on design flaws with Russian tanks very interesting.
    https://wavellroom.com/2022/09/22/russian-tank-graveyard/
    /Erik
  36. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    I don't expect Russia to run out of people to send to be killed. The important figures are weapon systems. Russia isn't capable of producing new equipment at the rate they are losing them, much...
  37. Thread: Ukraine

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    The Ukraine authorities reported an all-time high regarding killed Russian soldiers and officers yesterday: 950. Typical has been 300 - 500 for a long time. The Ukraine territorial defence was asked...
  38. Thread: The Fermi Paradox

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    Re: The Fermi Paradox

    How would we know that life hasn't come from non-life a zillion times here on earth and each time just went into the general life soup?Our conditions may favour carbon-based life forms that are...
  39. Thread: Ukraine

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    I've heard (or more correctly read) rumours that Ukraine has reached the road between Svatove and Kreminna. All these news might originate from the same source so I wouldn't say they are confirmed...
  40. Thread: Ukraine

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    I would be able to understand the feelings of my close relatives even if they couldn't talk freely. I think we have to accept that most Russians in Russia support their government , or don't care as...
  41. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    We struggle to not blame the evils of Putin and the Russian state on individual Russians living in Sweden. Most of us know some Russians or know someone who knows.
    My wife has a colleague who's...
  42. Thread: Ukraine

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    Remember Bakhmut on the Donetsk front? The town the Russian Wagner mercenaries have been storming for a month losing many thousands of soldiers. They gained a couple of km with all their blood. The...
  43. Thread: Ukraine

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    Regarding the Swedish investigation of the pipeline sabotage, it's secret because it's a conventional police investigation of a suspected criminal activity. The prosecutor decides what to make public...
  44. Thread: Ukraine

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    Positive rumors from the Kherson region. The Russians are evacuating Gammelsvenskbyn (translated "old Swedish village"), cituated on the Dnipro about 20 km north of Nova Kakhovka.
    /Erik
  45. Thread: Ukraine

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    So what happens if the Russians pursue the war crime of blowing up the dam at Nova Kakhovka? Here's a worst-case simulation done in Sweden. We've quite a few dams so we need to be able to simulate...
  46. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    The villages Charivne and Chkalove in the Kherson region are reported (by Ukrainian authorities https://www.facebook.com/GeneralStaff.ua) to have been abandoned by the Russians. These settlements are...
  47. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    News are seeping out from Ukraine, but news from the fronts are not confirmed by the authorities:
    - Russia has begun to evacutate military personell from Kherson. Some are dressed in civilian...
  48. Thread: Ukraine

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    Re: Ukraine

    The electrical cable to the Danish island Bornholm in the Baltic was broken some days ago. That connection is broken quite often, so it's impossible to say if it was Russia this time. It's not always...
  49. Thread: The Midterms

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    Re: The Midterms

    I regard civil unrest with demonstrations and street protests as the common way to express opposition in some European countries. French farmers will as always protest against something and disturb...
  50. Thread: The Midterms

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    Re: The Midterms

    A war between NATO countries is simply war, and not very civil. Anyway, I don't see that happening.
    /Erik
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