The ruble is worthless now, I understand. Even Switzerland has frozen Russian accounts. Russia is in for a world of hurt.
Do read The war in Ukraine isn’t working out the way Russia intended in the Washington Post. In brief, the ground invasion of Ukraine has been shockingly incompetent. The Russian troops are undertrained and, apparently, undermotivated.
In Kharkiv, home to nearly 1.5 million people, three areas came under heavy daylight bombardment, experiencing some of the most intense shelling and street fighting since the start of the invasion — an apparent escalation of the attack from Russian President Vladimir Putin. At least 11 people were killed and dozens hospitalized, according to the head of the regional government. But both Kharkiv and Kyiv, the capital, remained in Ukrainian hands as Russia faced more resistance than it was expecting, the Pentagon reported.
It appears Russia will rely less on tanks and more on artillery and bombs. I am so sad for Ukraine. No one should have to experience this.
Closer to home, Aaron Blake writes, the tide has turned against the Russia apologists — and the neutrals. Polls show overwhelming support for Ukraine and opposition to Russia. A huge majority of Americans now see Russia as an enemy. A clear majority thinks that what is happening in Ukraine is a threat to America’s vital interest.
Fox News hosts and others who cast U.S. intelligence on the imminent Russian invasion as dubious or even an elaborate ruse have reverted to decrying the thing they suggested might be a hoax. Carlson has acknowledged that the piddling “border dispute” spearheaded by the not-necessarily-a-bad-guy Putin, which was of no concern to us, is now worthy of sanctions amid a potential “world war.” Former Trump secretary of state Mike Pompeo went full Russia hawk days after echoing Trump’s praise for Putin’s formidability and saying he had “enormous respect” for Putin. Even Trump, after praising Putin’s strategy in the run-up to the invasion and declining to warn him off it, on Friday alluded going further than sanctions. “There are things you can do that could be very powerful if you want to get it ended,” Trump said, while declining to get into specifics for some reason.
Trump’s praise for the invasion as “genius” is going to be used to bash him from now on.