Daily megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - March 2
This thread is posted daily - please try to post relevant content in here, such as news, updates, opinion articles, etc. Especially significant updates may warrant a separate topic, but most should be posted here.
Russia has been amping up the aggression since last night. Lots of air raids. More bombings, with more of them targeting civilian structures. Here are some articles for today.
PS: I will use this new thread to remind people that "What about Iraq and Afghanistan" is one of Putin's key justifications for invading Ukraine. I ask everybody, especially the Americans here, to keep this in mind and wait until after the war to ask that perfectly valid question. The world is united in support of Ukraine and splintering that serves exactly one asshole right now, nobody else. I pointed this out here on Tildes earlier, and I had to call out a few more of these instances in the past 24 hours elsewhere. Be patient and please don't make this about your country. Do not signal boost Putin, and make sure to call out anybody who does so.
Dang. I wish we would've had the foresight to train Ukrainian troops on some of the more top-of-the-line equipment we have floating around. I'm sure some SAM systems and counter-battery radars would come in useful right now.
Argh. I feel like the Ukrainians are basically fighting for the freedom of us EU citizens. I hope once this is all over, if Ukraine is still a free country, the EU can come together and accept them as our own and Marshall plan the shit out of rebuilding their country. Then, so far as it can be bought/forced, make sure Ukraine is fit to be an EU member and get them on board. It feels like treating them as mercenaries, but it's the least we can do.
Ukraine is absolutely fighting on our behalf. They are our frontline.
They are earning their membership by blood. No question in my mind.
Matt Levine wrote Monday about the economic sanctions against Russia and the philosophy of money:
Yesterday he wrote about the companies trying to sell Russian assets and its philosophical connections to ESG (environment, social, and corporate governance) investing:
He quotes some stories about the difficulties these companies have finding buyers. Do they sell to the Chinese? The Russians? Maybe they shouldn’t sell them at all?
Meanwhile, before, owning companies that produce weapons was considered bad, but now maybe it’s okay?
Interview with Grigory Yudin, the Russian sociologist beaten unconscious last week at an anti-war rally.
Russia’s Education Ministry is rolling out a special campaign to ensure that the nation, especially its schoolchildren, understand that the war in Ukraine isn’t a “war.” (Link is to a tweet as the url is a stream of short articles).
Statement from Russian embassy in Canada
Sorry for the spam, just highlighting the real "War is Peace" vibes coming from Russian government right now.
Moscow claims its troops have taken Kherson as blast heard near Kyiv station
Kherson is the first Ukrainian city to fall to the Russian invaders.
Russia cancelled Black Sea passage bid of four warships: Turkey
Convoy still stalled outside Kyiv, but casualties mount in Ukraine as Russia advances (Washington Post)
This is just speculation, but it might be difficult for the Russian Army to learn things when they don't want to learn them? The relationships between Russia and Ukraine, while exaggerated by Putin, might be working against him? (And remember, many Russian soldiers are conscripts.)
And it sounds like, as well as weapons, Ukraine is getting very good intelligence and advice, and using it well.
Or maybe they didn't maintain their trucks?
Unrolled because twitter sucks at anything other than single sentence statements.
Gazprom, Lukoil and Sberbank are now penny stocks as Russian companies collapse in London
Very little because trade volume is near zero. The only thing moving around are options that are expiring and have to do so. No one with the shares is stupid enough to actually sell them.
Extremists harass minority refugees arriving in Poland from Ukraine, witnesses report
Russia’s Jewish oligarchs and their donations come under threat of Western sanctions amid Ukraine war