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"Russia: A small town clings to its Soviet past | DW Documentary"

Originally released in 2019; relevant.

Weapons for Ukraine’s Fight Against Russia Flow Through Small Polish Border Towns - WSJ

“Local officials say the increased military deployment is reassuring, but say they worry it could make Rzeszow a target. Polish farmers are putting land up for sale, nervous their property is too close to the front line.”

An underappreciated way to support the war effort could be to help Polish residents near the border move temporarily. Even something as simple as a free vacation.

“In one of the [combat] patrols I was in an amazing condo — you could have the same one in Toronto. There was an espresso machine,”

“It’s like fighting in downtown Toronto.”

“The largest of [the suspended parties] is the Opposition Platform for Life, which has 44 out of 450 seats in the country’s parliament. The party is led by Viktor Medvedchuk, who has friendly ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is the godfather of Medvedchuk’s daughter.”

Yeah, that sounds like a problem...

Ukrainian Counteroffensive Near Mykolaiv Relieves Strategic Port City - WSJ

While Canada was _still_ closing restaurants for covid two years into the pandemic, Ukraine is re-opening restaurants and cafes in the middle of a vicious war, as soon as the front line moves back.

More importantly, top Ukrainian politicians are also officially urging schools to reopen whenever possible to give kids a sense of normality:

Yeah, Expedia, I think travel to Ukraine is a little worse than "unstable"... An entire hotel got blown up a few days ago in Chernihiv...

"🔴 Ukraine War - Drone Shows Intense Close Combat Between Ukrainian & Russian Troops In Kherson"

"Don't be a useful idiot

No, the United States wasn't funding bioweapons research in Ukraine; this was part of a long-running effort to pay off ex-Soviet scientists so they wouldn't take their talents to South Tehran"

Good read.

Peter Todd boosted

Sure enough the most competent reporter on covid is the one making the most sense on Ukraine.

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