Daily megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - March 3
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.
Good afternoon Tildes. It is day 8.
I am too tired for detailed updates about the situation in the country. The main noteworthy thing is that Kherson has fallen to Russian control since last night. I have prepared some interesting articles.
But first: Something you can do to help
You have all seen the donation drives and protest calls I'm sure. I don't need to go on about those.
Something concrete you can do to help, today and in the coming weeks, is to be on the lookout for Russian propaganda.
Anything that diverts attention away from Ukraine. Anything that redirects blame. That is "just asking questions".
Legitimate or not, such discourse benefits Putin greatly, as the greatest threat to Russia right now is the world's unity over the issue and thus its support for Ukraine.
I also ask you to make sure your Russian friends and acquaintances are okay. Most of them want nothing to do with this war. Some of them do, and it's highly unlikely to be their fault beyond an unhealthy propaganda diet. Do not try to change their mind; if you want to send them something, send them this video of a read of a conversation between a dead young Russian soldier and his mother. Send them Zelenskyy's speech to Russia from a week ago. This letter, a POV from Russian academia. But please be kind.
This war is against Putin. Not Russia.
In an attempt at a deterrent, Russia announced today that it (illegally) will not be granting foreign soldiers PoW status.
Macron's "Honey, we need to talk" text from yesterday was a nothing burger, as far as I could gather in this morning's news, right? All I could gather that wasn't already buried under more recent news was "we're not at war" and that he's pretty much the last westerner with intact communications with Putin.
Yes correct. It ended up being a “state of things” speech, with pretty clear messaging that we are now at war even if we cannot say we are.
I recall hearing that Ukraine was accepting Bitcoin and Ethereum donations. Is this an effective way to provide support? And if so, what are the confirmed addresses we can donate to?
Here you go: https://mobile.twitter.com/Ukraine/status/1497594592438497282
I can’t speak to how effective it is vs bank transfers
Personal update - Although the sister is still stuck in Kyiv (which is now surrounded…), I have good news: One of my SO's friends who was stuck in Kherson just made it out of the country. We're finding a bed for her and she's hosting her next week.
Effective immediately, International Longshore and Warehouse Union dockworkers will not load or unload any Russian cargo coming into or going out of all 29 U.S. West Coast ports.
Fire breaks out at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine
Zaporizhzhia is Ukraine's largest nuclear power plant
As part of the knock-on effects, Georgia, Moldova Formally Apply For EU Membership Amid Russia's Invasion Of Ukraine
According to this Twitter thread, maybe Russia couldn't even pay for things with gold?
(Via Matt Levine.)
Russian firms rush to open Chinese bank accounts
On the same subject of Russia's rich: Biden And Allies Are Coming For Russian Billionaires’ Yachts: Forbes Tracked Down 32. Here’s Where To Find Them
Russian oil isn't sanctioned, but nobody wants to touch it anyway
Through a mountain pass, Poles frantically rebuild a rail link to Ukraine to help refugees
Russia axed joint experiments on the International Space Station in response to crippling sanctions for its invasion of Ukraine
Related: This other article from last Friday goes into a bit more detail about broader context of international relations on the ISS. Three Russian cosmonauts are scheduled to launch on 15 March (Soyuz MS-21) and I'm very curious how this unfolding situation will affect those plans. If all goes as scheduled, there will be five Russians, four Americans, and one German aboard through the end of the month, with a Russian in command.
🌻 Russian Major General Andrei Sukhovetsky killed by Ukrainians in ‘major demotivator’ for invading army 🌻
🌻 Pro-Putin Chechen general who led 'gay purge' killed in Ukraine 🌻
(Feb 28) Company behind Euro Truck Simulator 2 (game) takes action to support Ukraine, including direct financial donation, and creating Ukraine-related DLC, income from which will be donated to help Ukraine
Further support from gaming industry: John Romero released a new DOOM II level (first in a couple of decades?) with all proceeds going to Red Cross and the UN Central Emergency Response Fund.
Negotiators agree to temporary cease-fire in some areas for civilian evacuation
What people are donating to Ukraine and its refugees: Crypto, ammo, pet food and cash
How the Weak Can Win – A Primer on Protracted War