Russo-Ukrainian War - 2022 Edition - Part 9

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It’s quite idiotc to think that changing the name of an existing town suddenly makes it a new town.
Odessa is not Russian because it had a name change. It is Russian because it was incorporated and successfully defended as Russia / the USSR for two whole centuries from roughly 1791 to 1991 (with a Bolshevik blip from 1917-1918). I don't believe the Ottomans have laid any recent claims...

At the dissolution of the USSR, Putin has made it quite clear that it was entirely expected that friendly relations would remain in place (hence the long-term agreement regarding Crimea for the Black Sea Fleet). In 1991, no-one expected that the ex-USSR states would be systematically weaponised by NATO.

But I think Russia is way past viewing its historical arguments as existentially important (although Putin seems happy enough to entertain anyone with them). The fact is that its views will have to be lived with... :)
 
https://militaryland.net/news/changes-at-the-command-of-armed-forces-of-ukraine/
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The point is that, Zelensky has clearly used the ‘headline’ removal of Zaluzhny as cover to actually wipe out the entire general staff and put in people hand-selected by Yermak to be utterly obedient who, most importantly, will not challenge his authority or legitimacy after the critical May 21 expiration. This is all about a power grab—there’s no other explanation, particularly given the fact that Zelensky’s stated reason for firing Zaluzhny was that “he did not present a military plan for 2024.” Obviously, neither has Syrsky, nor is any real plan even conceivably possible given what is public knowledge about Ukraine’s ongoing catastrophic limitations.
 
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