Megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - April 8-10
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Detailed account from NYT of the Russian soldier's activities at Chernobyl, with lots of photos.
Russian Blunders in Chernobyl: ‘They Came and Did Whatever They Wanted.’
cc: @vektor, since we talked about this previously. Looks like the fires in the Red Forest actually were set by the Russians. 🤦
Oh hell no. Everything that should not have been done was. Everything. I'd say that's hilariously dumb, but there are human lives that will be forever changed, if they weren't ended, by Russian leader stupidity.
Hey, give them some credit. At least they didn't go swimming in the waste pool, use it for drinking water, or take selfies at the elephant's foot.
from what we know
The Backdoor That Keeps Russian Oil Flowing Into Europe
Inside the covert network sending arms and drones to Ukraine forces (Washington Post)
Inside the elite Ukrainian drone unit founded by volunteer IT experts (Yahoo News)
How Kyiv was saved by Ukrainian ingenuity as well as Russian blunders (ft.com)
Related twitter threads from @tomiahonen. Not verified, and highly speculative, but still interesting reads:
Aftermath of 40 Mile Convoy Thread
Battle of Kyiv Thread
Train station missile strike in eastern Ukraine takes brutal toll on civilians evacuating
(Edit: The text in the above article was significantly changed after I had already quoted it. Portions of the original text I quoted were apparently moved to their live blog version of the events, found here.)
Photos/Videos (Warning: Disturbing):
The Guardian video
And plenty more on Twitter at #Kramatorsk - Photos - Videos
And the United States has confirmed the strike was carried out by Russia (after they denied it, ofc).
Just absolutely sickening, especially in the context of the images. (5 children have been confirmed to have been killed in the strike so far, baby strollers can be seen amongst the bodies in the images.)
Actually, they celebrated it at first, claiming they had struck a train full of ammunition, "Ukrainian forces" and "militants". And only after footage emerged showing all the civilian casualties did they deny it was them, while also simultaneously claiming it was a hoax. Classic Russian SOP every time they are caught blatantly committing another atrocity.
People on /r/ukraine (E: found the link) who know russian have a caveat for that though. Paraphrasing here: What it said on the piece of debris can best be translated as "[revenge] for the children [of donbas]" not "[a gift] for the children [of Ukraine]". You'd use different grammar for the two phrases, and the grammar seems to indicate the first. What it refers to is a conspiracy theory from Russia about child murders in Donbas or something.
Not saying that makes their targetting choices ok or anything, of course.
The article I linked to actually mentions that in the sentence after the one streblo quoted, which is why I included the full version of it in my original comment.
Oops. That's what I get for ignoring context because I already read it a few hours ago. O.o
No worries. There is a lot going on these days, so getting some of the details a bit mixed up is totally understandable.
That’s actually how I initially interpreted it. Just the fact that something could ostensibly be “on behalf of children” while blowing up children is sickening to me, even if in all probability the person who painted those words had no role in the targeting.
Another mass grave discovered in Chernihiv with 700 gaves.
More stories of rape emerging from previously occupied territory.
Japan to expel eight Russians, including diplomats, as Kishida announces new sanctions
Ukraine war: Boris Johnson meets Volodymyr Zelesnkyy in Kyiv to offer more military and financial aid
Russia: Authorities close down Amnesty International’s Moscow Office