I don't see Ukraine retaking Crimea in this 2nd (or third) Russo-Ukraine War. Once Ukraine has liberated to its pre-2022 borders along with the liberation of the Donbas, I think the West may start making noises about settling. Maybe Crimea needs to wait until the 3rd (or 4th) War, or until Russia collapses and Ukraine can just walk in during the dissarray, like the Russians did in 2014.Crimea is difficult to take back. And Ukraine just hasn't been given the resources. The best they can do is blockade Crimea and make holding it unbearably expensive for Russia.
While Russia has suffered up to 200,000 casualties since its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, a significant minority of these have been due to non-combat causes.
On 27 March 2023, a Russian Telegram news channel reported there have been ‘extremely high’ numbers of incidents, crimes and deaths linked to alcohol consumption amongst the deployed Russian forces.
Other leading causes of non-combat casualties likely include poor weapon handing drills, road traffic accidents and climatic injuries such as hypothermia. Russian commanders likely identify pervasive alcohol abuse as particularly detrimental to combat effectiveness.
However, with heavy drinking pervasive across much of Russian society, it has long been seen as a tacitly accepted part of military life, even on combat operations.
I guess this was a gift from Ukraine, or it could have been Russia - though they seem to rely more on 'accidents' involving insecure windows.
I commend them, but I’d save my last round for myself if I’m about to be captured by the Russians.In the Free Russia Legion, soldiers repelled by Vladimir Putin’s invasion have taken arms against their home country, engaged in some of the most heated fighting in the war.www.nytimes.com
The last WSJ journo kidnapped, Jamal Khashoggi ended up dead with the US government doing little. Let's hope the WSJ's Evan Gershkovich doesn't end up like the paper's Khashoggi or Daniel Pearl.I'm honestly disappointed Russian hostage diplomacy isn't getting more coverage. Evan's last piece on the crumbling Russian economy was fantastic.