Zelensky’s words changed everything. In this episode we discuss the invasion timeline, use of illegal weapons, war crimes, the assassination attempts survived by Zelensky and the response of Western leaders in the face of Putin’s increasing aggression. 1
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The West, NATO and EU countries finally stepped up and sent relevant military aid, even Germany changed their policy 180 degrees and sent armaments. In reponse, the Russians have intensified their attacks in western Ukraine, in Lviv. Now they’re focused almost exclusively on civilians. A maternity in Mariupol, a children’s hospital as well. The images and reports coming from Ukrainian cities like Kharkiv, Irpin, Odessa, Mykolaiv, Kherson and Kyiv are harrowing. 2
At the time of our recording, 3.2 million refugees have left Ukraine. Russia has been bombing the refugee corridors as well. Romania, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia cancelled all restrictions for pets entering from Ukraine.
We further discuss Zelenskyy’s vision in managing this crisis, his past career as an actor and his unexpected rise as a political figure.
The USA announces $800 million in aid to Ukraine after Zelensky’s address:
- 800 anti aircraft systems
- 9,000 anti armor systems
- 7,000 small arms
- 1 million grenades and mortar and artillery rounds
- radar systems, body armor and helmets
We analyze the military capabilities of Ukraine vs Russia and how Putin managed to bungle his invasion so badly. The turn from complete capitulation on the part of western countries to Ukraine seeming like the probable victor in this conflict is astonishing. Putin began with a 6 to 1 advantage in tanks, a 15 to 1 advantage in helicopters, and a 15 to 1 advantage in terms of total airplanes, and yet now we are to the point where Putin seems afraid to commit the rest of his airforce, and his armor has struggled to advance on Kyiv due to drone strikes. We also cover why the Polish MiG-29 offer to Ukraine was a bad idea in an analysis of modern versus cold war fighter aircraft capabilities.
An iconic moment in the past week was when Maria Ovsiannikova (also spelled Ovsyannikova), a Channel 1 employee, interrupted the state controlled live tv program holding a big sign saying “Stop the war. Don’t believe the propaganda. They’re lying to you here”. She urged Russians in a pre-recorded video which has gone viral since then (she knew she would be arrested): “Don’t be afraid to protest, THEY CAN’T ARREST US ALL.” 3
Putin now must fear his own people, and we discuss the similarities between the trajectory of this conflict and the failed invasion of Afghanistan that broke the Soviet party in the 1980s.
1. Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Address to the US Congress, Video, March 2022. ⇤
2. Mstyslav Chernov, Pregnant Woman, Baby Die After Russian Bombing in Mariupol, AP News, March 2022. ⇤
3. Greg Walters, ‘They Are Lying to You’: A Russian Journalist Just Stormed a Live Broadcast to Protest the War, Vice, March 2022. ⇤
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