OSINT now suggests Russian movements of land force offensive equipment attributed to the Zapad 2017 exercise are not only far in excess of what was planned and announced, but appearing in other places, especially along the borders of the Baltic States and Ukraine. This closely reflects Soviet practice of using exercises as cover for offensives. Russians propagating rumours of an intended offensive to form a corridor from Crimea to Transnistria, overrunning Odessa Oblast in Ukraine. Poland alleges explosive damage on the crashed presidential Tupolev. US polling shows strong support for defending the Baltic States.
In Russia, Voinovich argues Russia needs to focus on a future, not the past. Kholmogorov blames separatism on the West. More Caucasus dischord. More meltdown reports. COCW applies to repurposed Soviet era jokes now about Putin.
Nikitenko spells out the manifold cultural differences between Belarusians and Russians, and…
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