Putin yesterday threatened nuclear war a second time.
The man is insane. However his actions are typical of a small man.
Napoleon was a small person stature wise. Not that tall. Every victory made him taller in his mind, however.
So it appears to be with Putin. Short in stature. He also runs a small country. The Russia of today is not the Soviet Union of yesterday.
Unfortunately, the little man has one big item. Nuclear weapons. Would he use them? Who knows. Could be. Did anyone think he would go after a country considerably smaller than his own with the force and violence he has.
Putin has to be embarrassed and frustrated that he has not yet conquered the Ukraine. And therein lies the reasoning behind his second threat re use of nuclear weapons.
Putin’s threat was in the form of an announcement that he was putting his nuclear deterrent forces on alert.
Putin has not succeeded as he had anticipated in the Ukraine. The people are opposing him. They may fear Russia, be afraid of Putin, but the Ukraine is theirs and they are going to oppose him. If Putin wants the Ukraine, he will have to have to destroy it.
Putin’s excuse for the increase in Russian force are the recent sanctions imposed and “aggressive statements” from NATO countries.
Putin is not open and straight with his own people. He tells the Russians that there is no “war” or “invasion.” Russian troops in the Ukraine are merely a defensive operation and only in the eastern part of the country.
Many Russians do not believe him. The huge crowds protesting in Moscow and St. Petersburg indicate the Russians are not buying his lies.
Such has to make Putin uncomfortable. The crowds may be protesting today. Tomorrow they will be in Putin’s office taking him prisoner.
Putin does not want the Russian people to know the number of Russians who have and are dying. He has threatened any independent publications that report on Russian casualties with censorship. Further intimating more serious consequences.
It is believed 3,000 Russians have died so far in the conflict. Putin does not report that number or any number. It is clear however he fears body bags returning and the Russian people for themselves being able to see the number of mounting dead.
What to do.
This past week several sources said Russia was using “mobile crematoriums” to hide evidence of war dead. The crematoriums are camouflaged to look like artillery.
In addition to protests in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russians are protesting in 50 some other Russian cities. Protests massive in nature.
Protesting is against the law. So far 3,500 protesters have been arrested. There is a feeling Putin will soon be cracking down in heavier numbers re the protesters.
Protesting is taking place all over the world.
The Ukraines are doing a hell of a job!
Tanks are running out of fuel. As such occurs, the Ukraines are taking the Russian soldiers into custody. The Russians not fighting back at all at that stage.
Food is in short supply in the Ukraine. The Ukrainian people need money for all sort of personal things. Putin has announced that henceforth it is against the law to send money. A crime. Punishment 20 years.
Kharkiv is Ukraine’s second largest city. The Russians took control of a certain portion yesterday. Russian military were walking about as conquering heroes.
The situation did not last long. The Ukrainians were able to force the Russians out. Not sure this made Putin very happy. Putin with all his forces has yet to conquer any Ukrainian city.
Syracuse and Duke met yesterday at the Carrier Dome. More than 30,000 spectators.
Duke the better team this year. Ranked in the top 10. Probably 5th.
Duke trashed Syracuse. Duke won 97-72.
Duke opened the game big time and had a 14-0 lead in minutes. Soon that lead was 41-13.
Duke looked terrific! During one of its runs in the first half, Duke shot 90.9 percent. They made 83.3 percent of their 3’s.
Oh, well. That’s how the cookie crumbles.
There is always next year.
Enjoy your Sunday!