@FLbeachrealtor @Faythless @Osinttechnical So no, Russia are not even close to having 900,000 soldiers who they could field in Ukraine. They butchered their special forces, VDV and Marines and relied on auxillaries like Wagner, Chechens and DNR/LNR to fill out their infantry, leaving little capacity to replace those lost.
@DM1111111111 @AnarchoCorvidae @BenBurgis Yes, the government of Ukraine will spin their descriptions for propaganda. That's what all war parties do. And again, a strategic retreat is not mutually exclusive with losing a battle. Severodonetsk was a tactical RU victory, although it's strategic impact is still vague.
@DM1111111111 @AnarchoCorvidae @BenBurgis What alliance Ukraine wish to join is purely on the Ukrainian people. They know that no neighbour of Russia can be safe UNLESS they're part of NATO. Otherwise they're eternally stuck in the mud of Russian colonial control under a corrupt pro-Putin dictator or a direct invasion.
@DM1111111111 @AnarchoCorvidae @BenBurgis Yes they did. But analysts knew that Russia would have short term victories while Ukraine's chance lies in the long haul. Without general mobilisation, Putin's numbers are limited. He threw everything at Ukraine he could spare. Now his reinforcements are down to a trickle...
@DM1111111111 @AnarchoCorvidae @BenBurgis Ukraine was under control of corrupt pro-Russian oligarchs for 20 years. Once those got kicked out, Putin staged a coup in the majority Russian speaking areas with backing of Russian intelligence and military, which was only supported by a minority of the population there.