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The Stan R. Mitchell report for 2/22/22.
Happy Tuesday, everyone! Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!
We’ll start with Ukraine today, for obvious reasons.
Russian troops have entered the two break-away areas held by Russian-backed separatists, but this is likely just the start. Almost certainly, more advances are going to happen. In fact, NATO says Russia is still planning a ‘full-scale’ attack on Ukraine.
The responses to this aggression have already begun.
Germany has already said it will halt the authorization of Nord Stream 2 pipeline. This in itself is huge news and will prove economically devastating for Russia.
Britain has also already begun dropping sanctions, placing them on five Russian banks and three Russian billionaires.
Things are already dicey, and they’re probably going to get dicier. My view is the conflict has just started and it’s going to get a whole lot worse.
As just one piece of evidence, take a look at this example of Russia continuing to escalate things:
What that tweet is saying (in shorthand for insiders) is that Russia is actually considering territory that Ukraine has already taken back from the separatists as territory that shouldn’t be Ukraine’s.
It’s important to note that on this very land that Putin is now claiming, Ukraine has plenty of troops dug in and defending it. So, this claim might be the basis Putin uses for declaring an all-out invasion, since it doesn't exactly mesh with the Minsk agreements.
Initially, the Biden Administration didn’t call the Russian moves an invasion. But that has since changed. (See below.)
Partly from fears of an all-out war, U.S. trainers have departed, as confirmed below.
So, what happens next?
Glad you asked.
This video below is an absolutely must-watch video, which covers many of the weapon systems, some of the military strategies that might occur, and even talks about the concept of a Russian “land bridge” to Crimea.
Now some are saying in the U.S., why should we care? And what would a war mean for most of us?
Just so happens we have that answer below, as well.
If an invasion happens, it’s going to be horrific. And it’s going to be mostly one-sided. Certainly at first.
But two potential counter points.
First, this, by General Hertling, about the lack of discipline by Russian soldiers.
Secondly, there was this incredible article below. (Hat tip, Louise Mensch.)
This article is certainly a must-read, as well. And we all know that troops (and citizens) fighting for their homeland almost always outperform those of invaders, who are mostly hoping to survive and return to their families.
To counter this disadvantage, Putin is likely planning absolute brutality and vengeance.
Think of how indiscriminate the bombings done by Russians in Syria were; there’s even strong evidence they purposefully targeted hospitals, schools, and aid workers. But I doubt I need to cite much evidence of that. I think most of my readers recognize the brutality of Putin and those he commands.
One final Ukraine note, I had mentioned above the two separatist areas. Here’s a great map of the land currently being discussed.
Moving along, in tech news, there were a few cool articles worth noting.
And also this:
And finally this:
For those who have missed my earlier newsletters (welcome, new subscribers!), the U.S. Navy has already accomplished a lot with unmanned ships. They’ve completed long “autonomous transits” of nearly 5,000 miles. Yes, 5,000 miles!
And the U.S. Navy made history by having an unmanned ship cross the Panama Canal – the first time any unmanned ship had crossed the locks of the canal.
All right, that was a lot in today’s edition. Hope you enjoyed it. Let’s wrap up with some motivation and wisdom.
That’s it for this edition. As a reminder, please be kind and endeavor to love your fellow Americans. We need to pull this country together, and that starts with all of us.
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