I get that, but it was an extreme case where bombing civilians directly influenced the military situation.
Actually, that has been debated. It was certainly the last act of the war but it has been suggested that the Soviet entry into the the war against Japan had a far greater impact on the thinking of the Japanese leadership. The bombings were not intended to influence Japan so much as the Soviets.
200 days … vorsprung durch technik !
The EU has just declared Russia a state sponsor of terrorism.
But constructing these terminals so fast have come at a cost: € 6 billions , the double of estimated normal cost, and the liquid gaz they’ll receive will be far more expensive.
Also, their ambitions to try to progressively phase out fossil energy has obviously received a big hit, but they didn’t have a choice, had they? It’s the previous government’s policy which made them so dependent on Russian gas. With hindsight, that was an enormous strategic mistake.
Well there are a few factors.Phasing out nuclear before end of reactor live and not investing enough in renewables (I think they only account for half of electricity generation at the moment) All of this was relying on a benign supplier.
Yes, I don’t blame them to try to break free from nuclear power, as relying on this form of energy is like a permanent, gigantic Damocles sword over our heads. To be fair, your country invested a lot in renewables too, compared to other countries , so it’s not as if nothing had been done.
But relying on Russian gas was a political mistake nevertheless. Never put your eggs in one single basket etc.
The president of the European parliament, Roberta Metsola, has confirmed that it came under “sophisticated cyberattacks, hours after MEPs voted to declare Russia a state sponsor of terrorism.
A pro-Kremlin group has claimed responsibility for the denial of service attack on the European parliament’s website, she said.
She added that IT experts were “pushing back” against the cyberattack
pretty serious situation they’re finding themselves in, with Russia playing the long game on their energy systems. it’s going to escalate fairly soon.
Do we ever get to the point where NATO / the West decide to act to avert an humanitarian disaster , i.e. stop these attacks by whatever means necessary , or is this destruction allowed to continue unabated ?
(The Pope yesterday made reference to The Holdomor. As welcome as that is , it’s still not going to deter Putin.)
It’s a difficult one. NATO did intervene, eventually, in Bosnia and Kosovo but these took time and they didn’t go in all guns blazing. There have been other missions since which I think are generally regarded as ill-conceived scope-creep.
The question is what could they do that would help from a humanitarian perspective that would not be seen as direct involvement and an escalation in the war. Missile defence over cities would certainly be one area but they have been pretty much supplying equipment to do this anyway.
I know mate , it’s really just wishful thinking on my part. I suppose the best we can hope for is that the weapons that the Ukranians have been beseeching are more quickly expedited in the light of these attacks , and that hastens a decisive victory on the battlefield.
If I’m not mistaken I think Zelensky has managed to secure an emergency UN meeting to discuss these most recent developments. Hopefully some kind of communique might serve to focus minds and encourage more weapon transfers.
Think Zelensky needs to not bite the hands that feed
look at the colors of the folders on the desk
I watched that last night. Russia’s plan is so fucking dirty but it’ll work. They’re not just weakening the UA military but the entire country’s infrastructure. trying to raze the country to the ground and then once there’s nothing left standing the orcs will try to run over what’s remaining
Ukraine has shown great resiliency for the last 9months but I don’t know how they’ll get through this winter at the current rate of destruction. At some point, EU or NATO or G7 are going to have to step in and put a stop to this bombardment. Whether its by placing western/UN peacekeepers at crucial infrastructure locations and warning Russia if they bomb those locations it will be an act of war?