Is this the best these idiots in the Kremlin have come up with, when they presented their ultimatum to NATO?
Turning the Ukraine into a battlefield?
I thought they would act smarter
And Putin's delusional if he thinks his grand speech will garner support from Russians. There is no 'just cause' here. We won't be acting in defense.
Least damaging move.?
What would you do (in short - bullet points if you have time) ?
If war was inevitable, I would not strike first.
I would prepare and make sure I can absorb any blow as well as I could. But I would leave making the decision on going for it to the other guy. Then all would know, that I did not provoke any situation.
There is no war going on, thankfuly.
I can see a high chance that it will extend past just these republics.
Because it can't be about just them.
It's a NATO vs Russia thing in general and the Ukraine is the battleground.
Problem is we have no mandate for being there, no moral justification. There was a war but it ended 7 years ago. Not completely over, but Kiev nevertheless did not violate the Minsk agreements, it just didn't comply with them. There were no Russian soldiers there on a peacekeeping mandate, that got killed in a Ukrainian assault.
There hasn't even been some sort of mass media campaign preparing the population, for what's to come.
Russia had the advantage, when it issued its demands of NATO. It could have pre-calculated any number of scenarios, and acted in many different ways. Instead what, this escalation in the Ukraine? That I'm not even sure who started in regards to the shelling.