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1  Economy / Economics / Re: Food security in the world has been shaken by Russia's actions on: October 01, 2023, 11:04:04 AM
After the unilateral withdrawal of the Russian Federation from the grain agreement and reaching an agreement on the continuation of the export of Ukrainian food by the remaining three parties - Ukraine, Turkey and the UN, 12 ships with grain left Ukrainian ports. This was announced on Twitter on Monday, October 31, by the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Alexander Kubrakov.

According to him, the UN and Turkish delegations are providing 10 groups of inspectors to inspect 40 ships as part of the grain initiative. Kubrakov indicated that the inspection plan for dry cargo ships was accepted by the Ukrainian side, and the Russian delegation was informed. In particular, the ship Ikaria Angel, carrying 40 thousand tons of grain, left Ukraine. Among other things, the exported food is intended for the residents of Ethiopia, who are faced with a real threat of famine, Kubrakov further said.

Although Russia continues to bomb and shell Ukraine's port infrastructure in the Black Sea in an effort to destroy the grain there and destroy the ability to supply it through the ports, Ukrainian attacks, especially by naval drones on the Russian Black Sea Fleet, have forced Russia to hide its warships away from Ukraine and the lack of " "Russian pirates" allows Ukraine to export its agricultural products almost freely.
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3  Economy / Economics / Re: Russia's economy is 'imploding' on export decline, economists claim on: August 24, 2023, 11:58:09 AM
Russia is about to launch an attack on Harkiv, immediately after they'll capture Kupyansk.

Russia had a chance to take over Ukraine, at least temporarily, in the early days of the invasion in February 2022. At that time, the leadership of Ukraine did not believe in a full-scale invasion of the Russian army into Ukraine, despite the fact that eight Russian armies were at the borders of Ukraine for many months under the pretext of their exercises. Therefore, Ukraine did not prepare defense lines and minefields. But Putin chose the wrong tactic, trying to intimidate the Ukrainians with the scale of the invasion of his armored forces at a time when, due to the wrong season and weather, she could only move along the well-maintained roads of Ukraine. Therefore, they became a good target for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, when these armored columns several tens of kilometers long got stuck in traffic jams artificially created by the Armed Forces of Ukraine and shot them from the side as if in a shooting gallery. Subsequently, this was the reason for the rapid withdrawal of this heavy military equipment from the central and northern regions of Ukraine in order not to completely lose it there.

Now the situation has changed radically, and not in favor of Russia. Russia has already lost a significant part of its professional army and military equipment on the fields of Ukraine. So, according to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Russia has lost about 260 thousand of its soldiers and officers, 4375 tanks, 8511 armored vehicles, 315 aircraft, 316 helicopters, 5333 artillery systems, 723 MLRS, 494 air defense systems, 7773 various automotive military equipment and tanks, 4344 UAVs, 801 special equipment. The Russian army is now forced to reactivate its military equipment since the Second World War. Of course, this technique is also still capable of shooting, and there will still be stubborn bloody battles. But Russia is unlikely to be able to count on successful large-scale operations with the capture of significant Ukrainian territories.

On the other hand, Ukraine, although slowly, is being supplied by other countries with the latest weapons. On the way, by the end of the year, already the first fifty F-16 fighters. If Ukraine has been quite successful in this year and a half with 120 obsolete Soviet aircraft, then with the F-16 and long-range missiles, the Russians will be even more disappointed by the current war of aggression in Ukraine.
4  Economy / Economics / Re: The world continues dumping US dollar (Gold, New World Order, World War III) on: August 24, 2023, 10:55:48 AM
Today ends the BRICS summit, which takes place in the capital of the PAR Johannesburg on August 22-24. It is attended by the leaders of China, India, Brazil and South Africa, Russia is represented by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Russian dictator Vladimir Putin did not go to the capital of South Africa because of a warrant issued by the International Criminal Court for his arrest. At the summit, he spoke via video link. There was a lot of speculation about Putin's presence at this summit, but it seems that he was still afraid to come, and the host party did not really want to see him so as not to have problems with the obligation to arrest him.

So far, it is known that the leaders of the BRICS countries have decided to invite Argentina, Egypt, Iran, Ethiopia, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to become full members of this alliance. But many expected that the decision on the common currency of the BRICS countries would be made at the summit.
5  Economy / Economics / Re: The refusal of the country from its own Central Bank on: August 23, 2023, 04:28:07 PM
More drastically, he also plans to shutter the central bank — which he said has “no reason to exist” — and dollarize the $640 billion economy.

“Central banks are divided in four categories: the bad ones, like the Federal Reserve; the very bad ones, like the ones in Latin America; the horribly bad ones; and the Central Bank of Argentina,” he said.""
The only thing worse than having your own central bank in charge of your money, is having someone else's central bank do the same.
IF you want to improve the money system, ditch fiat money. Instead, base it on something real. Like backed by gold. Or 95% gold and 5% Bitcoin.

--Knight Hider
It is obvious that the banking system in Argentina will continue to exist and perform its functions. In this case, some body is needed to manage the banking system and make quick and correct decisions in this industry, providing a unified approach to solving constantly arising financial problems.

Presidential candidate Miley plans to hand over the keys to the central bank to economist Emilio Ocampo, his unofficial adviser on the dollarization program, so he can shut it down. That is, in fact, the functions of the country's central bank will be performed by an unofficial adviser to the president. What does it change? Instead of a certain independence, the banking system will be under the strict control of one person. How good this person will be in managing banks, time will tell. The stability of the national currency, in this case the Argentine peso, largely depends on the stability of the banking system, which will continue to exist in any case. At best, it's like reinventing the wheel.
6  Economy / Economics / Re: The impact of Russian and Ukrain war on world economy on: August 23, 2023, 06:29:07 AM

I think I'll just leave this here:

No, these guys definitely DO NOT look like nazis   Grin

Their masters from the other side of the pond are known to support any party which is anti-Russian. They basically don't care if the guys are nazis, skinheads, could even be baby-eating cannibals. If they are against Russia, they can be of some use to the masters and are getting unlimited support. 

Anyone who wants to compromise the Armed Forces of Ukraine can take a picture with similar flags in camouflage and with a closed face. But if this is so, then in Russia one can see similar movements that are encouraged or openly exist with the tacit consent of the Russian authorities.

At the same time, in Ukraine, Article 436-1 was introduced into the criminal code, which provides for a prison term of up to ten years for the manufacture, distribution, and public use of symbols of the communist, national socialist (Nazi) totalitarian regimes.

If these guys are fighting against Russia, then it should be borne in mind that they are protecting their land from Russian military aggression and this is the right of any normal person. Russian troops came to Ukraine to rob, kill and rape women and children, destroy Ukrainian cities and villages, destroy the Ukrainian language and cultural heritage of Ukraine. That is, the Russian occupiers even surpassed the Nazis because, unlike the Russians, they did not seek to destroy the Ukrainians as a nation. Now there is not a single Ukrainian school left in the occupied part of Ukraine, Ukrainian textbooks have been destroyed, and the Ukrainian population is being forcibly Russified. Russia is trying to completely erase Ukraine as an independent state, but will get what it deserves.
7  Economy / Economics / Re: The impact of Russian and Ukrain war on world economy on: August 22, 2023, 06:08:49 PM

In 2015, the US Congress recognized Azov as an "openly neo-Nazi" and "fascist" battalion.

On the other points, I can provide similar direct evidence of my words, but I see no reason to throw pearls in front of a pig that openly justifies Nazism.
First, about the Azov division, let's turn to Wikipedia as an impartial publication. It is written there:
The Azov Brigade (Ukrainian Azov Brigade), previously known as the Azov Battalion and the Azov Regiment (Ukrainian Azov Regiment), is a tactical formation of the National Guard of Ukraine. During the battles for Mariupol in 2022, the formation was referred to as the "separate special forces detachment" Azov "" (Ukr. Okremiy zagin special recognition "Azov") as part of the military unit 3057 (12th operational brigade of the NGU) of the Eastern Operational-Territorial Association National Guard of Ukraine.

The unit was formed in May 2014 in Mariupol from volunteers, football hooligans, and far-right extremists who banded together to fight Moscow-backed pro-Russian armed groups that organized the secession of two separatist regions in eastern Ukraine in 2014. Azov rose to prominence in June 2014 after the liberation of Mariupol, which was captured by Russian-backed separatists. "Azov" was formed as a battalion of the special police patrol service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, in September 2014 it was deployed into a regiment, in November 2014 it was transferred to the National Guard of Ukraine. Azov was one of the most famous Ukrainian military formations, fighting in 2022 alongside the Ukrainian army against Russian forces in the east of the country. Many Azov troops were taken prisoner by Russian forces when, after a nearly three-month siege, Russian troops captured Mariupol in May.

The unit and its members are associated with the far right, and have previously been associated with neo-Nazi ideology. Its participants are also suspected of violating human rights during the war in Donbass.

  On August 2, 2022, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation recognized the Azov Regiment as a terrorist and extremist organization, completely banning its activities in Russia. Russian President Putin referred to the presence of such units in the armed forces of Ukraine as one of the reasons for the invasion of Ukraine "in order to ... demilitarize and denazify Ukraine." Ukraine and its allies say Putin's announcement is a blatant pretext for aggressive war.

Russian propaganda often uses "Azov" as a symbol of neo-Nazism allegedly dominant in Ukraine and that Ukraine is controlled by "fascists". Azov has changed significantly since 2014, when the battalion was formed from football hooligans and far-right extremists. Azov was included in the National Guard, significant attention was paid to the cleansing of far-right elements, and in 2022 Azov is an example of successful de-radicalization. Numerous experts point out that the modern "Azov" is a typical combat brigade and refute the myth about the "Nazis" Azov "".

On my own behalf, I will add that the military unit "AZOV" has never been and is not now Nazi in its ideology. This unit is an example of the courage, resilience and heroism of the Ukrainian people, which, completely surrounded in Mariupol, from March 18 to May 20, 2022, repulsed all attacks of the Russian invaders many times superior to them and significantly complicated the Russian offensive against Ukraine from the south. It is for this that Russian propaganda seeks to discredit Azov. Only because of the lack of ammunition, food, medicines and even water, taking into account the hundreds of seriously wounded, and also after a direct order from the President of Ukraine, their remnants surrendered. But the Russians themselves were surprised that there were no Nazi tattoos on the "Azov" people, there were no outright Nazi views or actions. And Russia, believe me, tried to reveal it. As a result, more than a hundred Azovites were burned alive by the Russians in the Olenovka colony, where they were held captive, using thermobaric ammunition against the prisoners. This just can be considered Russian Nazism.

History will eventually put everything in its place. And in it there is a place for Ukrainian heroes from the Azov regiment. If someone has specific facts of the manifestation of Nazism on the part of the Azov unit, we can discuss this.
8  Economy / Economics / Re: Economic Crash may take bitcoin to 1M dollar on: August 22, 2023, 06:21:10 AM
South Africa is on the verge of collapsing and the other countries in BRICS can't even meet an agreement to find a match against dollar so they can start de-dollarization so I don't see them as a threat against US economy or that they can be a contributing factor to the economic collapse. I would lean more on the possibility of the crash as a result of the housing market bubble popping and the continuous money printing of the Federal Reserve but that don't mean that bitcoin is the ultimate safe haven asset because if US economy collapses, that's a major economy and it's going to lead to a market volatility that even bitcoin market will be affected because people are still scrambling on what to do which causes fluctuations as some will be buying because they want to safeguard their finances while others are selling because they have other obligations/responsibilities.
I also believe that the BRICS countries do not pose a serious threat to the dollar. They still can't even decide what common currency they will use. Therefore, I see no reason for the collapse of the dollar and the world economy. But if that had happened, then Bitcoin would not have risen in price so high, right up to one million dollars. At its current price of $25,000, even a price of $100,000 is still out of reach for it in the short term. Many hoped that against the backdrop of a worsening global economy, bitcoin would rise sharply in price. However, this did not happen. Cryptocurrency has been more influenced by various economic factors than previously thought.
9  Economy / Economics / Re: The impact of Russian and Ukrain war on world economy on: August 21, 2023, 12:37:16 PM
I mean, if the BRICS countries find a formula to completely get rid of the dollar (not currently possible), this will have a direct impact on the United States, whether in its financial or economic policies.
Definitely but the point is that BRICS is going to create an alternative to dollar that doesn't have the same problems so it doesn't have to get rid of the dollar. But since BRICS currency won't be used as a weapon like the dollar, next time US wants to steal some countries' billions of dollars, they will immediately switch to the alternative or the countries think ahead and diversify first so that US doesn't have as much money to steal.
It is also the next step in solidifying the New World Order, a multipolar world.

We have been discussing for quite a long time the issue of introducing a new currency of the BRICS countries, which should become an alternative to the current dominance of the dollar. But even the BRICS countries themselves do not actively consider this issue, at least openly. So what will be the current dollar's competitor? A new currency or one of the national currencies of the states that are members of the BRICS union? After all, this is very important. If the currency of the BRICS countries is the Chinese yuan, then this will mean a sharp strengthening of China's position. Certainly, the economic and financial strengthening of China is not beneficial for other BRICS members. Therefore, there are many questions and no answers yet.
10  Economy / Economics / Re: Can CBDC users lose control of their money? on: August 21, 2023, 06:59:05 AM
As the title said, there is a high possibility that it is true, it seems that cbdc is no different from fiat that is controlled by the country's government, it just became digital. So for me that cbdc is just a joke to be honest. Although, it somehow helps in the adoption of cryptocurrency, that's all, of course, it's still under centralization.

This is where the cbdc will really fall in the regulation, I just don't know if there is anyone else here who has the same understanding as I think about that matter. Of course the government will take advantage of that happening.
CBDCs are likely to play a significant role in improving the efficiency of the state's banking system. This is, in fact, an improved system of state cashless payments, so CBDCs will be under the full control of the state. And this means that the government can at any time block citizens' access to their money in their virtual wallets, as this is usually done with non-cash money.
But CBDC needs to be taken seriously. In any case, they will create certain conveniences for both citizens and the government with their banking system.
11  Economy / Economics / Re: The Impact of Russian African Alliance on World Economy on: August 20, 2023, 01:38:50 PM
I think Russia are strengthening alternative markets in Africa to reduce the impact of the boycotts that are placed on them by the "West". They also have surplus grain that can be used to garner support for their trading relationships. (Grain is one of the staple foods in Africa and Russia can exploit that by giving out FREE grain donations to garner their support)

There has always been a strong political tie between Russia and the African nations, because a lot of the African countries have communist roots. (They were colonized by the West and they were helped by Russia to gain back the control over their countries)  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
All peoples and states need to clearly understand that Russia never does anything for free. If they talk about it, then we should expect trouble and future military conflicts, hybrid wars with the help of private military companies financed from the Russian budget, devastation and poverty. Russia's neighbors have long understood this clearly. A significant part of African states already know this as well, which is why Putin did not achieve his goal at the African summit in St. Petersburg.

But before talking about the impact of the alliance between Russia and African countries, it is necessary to see what will happen to Russia itself in a few years and how the war unleashed by it in Ukraine will end. It is quite possible that African countries will have to deal with many individual republics in the place of today's Russia.
12  Economy / Economics / Re: Why are stable coins free from SEC ? on: August 20, 2023, 10:01:53 AM
Not all stablecoins are safe but of course stablecoins that are accepted by the US government and the SEC will remain safe as they promote centralization and government control.

Recently PayPal launched its own stablecoin and it has a lot of support from the US government because PayPal is fully subject to US regulatory laws regarding KYC, AML is fully dollar backed of course this will enhance the dominance of the dollar around the world thanks to the widespread services of PayPal around the world.

Control is what the United States seeks, and it does not matter if this happens through the paper dollar or the digital dollar.
This is about what I wanted to say. Dollar-backed stablecoins are generally beneficial to the US as a nation. For the amount of stablecoins issued into circulation, the cash mass of paper dollars should be withdrawn from circulation. On the one hand, interest and demand for the dollar is growing, even if it is digital, and on the other hand, inflation in the United States is decreasing, as the amount of cash is decreasing.

But in any case, there will be control over private and commercial stablecoins. States are just not in a hurry right now. They will take appropriate action when the right conditions are ripe for it.
13  Economy / Economics / Re: Turkey lira was close to devaluation now russian currency on: August 20, 2023, 05:44:09 AM
On August 14, the Russian ruble fell to 16-month lows: on the Moscow Exchange, the dollar crossed the mark of 101 rubles, and the euro exceeded 111 rubles. The Board of Directors of the Bank of Russia met for an emergency meeting, where it decided to raise the key rate from August 15, 2023 from 8.5% to 12% per annum. The rate increase was unscheduled, since the next meeting, which was supposed to consider monetary policy, was supposed to take place only on September 15th.

The main reason for the weakening of the ruble is the consequences of a large-scale war that Russia unleashed against Ukraine, and, accordingly, the effect of foreign sanctions that were introduced by Western countries, primarily the United States and Europe.

The fall of the ruble was affected by the blocking of a significant part of the gold and foreign exchange reserves of Russia by the deputy borders of the Russian Federation, the disconnection of state and individual private banks from SWIFT, as well as the voluntary refusal of foreign counterparty banks to continue relations with Russian banks. The inflow of foreign currency into Russia has significantly decreased and this has violated the stability of the ruble.

Therefore, the fall of the ruble, which is already one of the three worst world currencies, is natural and there is no manifestation of its strength and foresight of the Russian leadership. Everything is just the opposite.

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15  Economy / Economics / Re: The world continues dumping US dollar (Gold, New World Order, World War III) on: August 06, 2023, 04:09:53 PM
Now the world on our planet has once again come close to a world war due to Russia's military aggression against Ukraine and threats of attacks on other European countries. In addition, Russia deliberately creates man-made and environmental disasters in Ukraine, blackmails the world with nuclear weapons and catastrophes at seized nuclear facilities in Ukraine.

Recently, the eyes of the world community have been turned to the provocative actions of the Russian PMC "Wagner", whose representatives, being on the territory of Belarus, threaten to attack the NATO countries - Poland and Lithuania. Their actions, directed from the Kremlin, may well cause a war with NATO countries.

Not having the desired success in military operations against Ukraine, the Putin regime, in order to divert the attention of its citizens from failures on the Ukrainian front, seeks to expand the geography of hostilities and the number of warring countries, since the Kremlin is uncomfortable admitting that Russia is being defeated by the Ukrainians.

78 years (August 6, 1945 - August 6, 2023), the US imperialists dropped the first atomic bomb named "Little BOY" on the city of HIROSHIMA, Japan. The bomb instantly killed 80,000 Japanese people in a short time. These things, how come I never heard anyone complain or criticize. Dropping atomic bombs to kill millions of civilians is called "peaceful messengers". Is this nuclear bomb on a mission to bring peace to the world or is it deliberately erasing a country's name from the world map?

And how to regard these words of yours? Russia intends to repeat such a nuclear experiment? Why did she then transfer part of her nuclear potential to Belarus? After all, unpredictable "Wagnerites" can "accidentally" take advantage of them, after which the Kremlin will claim that this is not their unit and they have nothing to do with it?
16  Economy / Economics / Re: The world continues dumping US dollar (Gold, New World Order, World War III) on: August 06, 2023, 07:03:14 AM
Now the world on our planet has once again come close to a world war due to Russia's military aggression against Ukraine and threats of attacks on other European countries. In addition, Russia deliberately creates man-made and environmental disasters in Ukraine, blackmails the world with nuclear weapons and catastrophes at seized nuclear facilities in Ukraine.

Recently, the eyes of the world community have been turned to the provocative actions of the Russian PMC "Wagner", whose representatives, being on the territory of Belarus, threaten to attack the NATO countries - Poland and Lithuania. Their actions, directed from the Kremlin, may well cause a war with NATO countries.

Not having the desired success in military operations against Ukraine, the Putin regime, in order to divert the attention of its citizens from failures on the Ukrainian front, seeks to expand the geography of hostilities and the number of warring countries, since the Kremlin is uncomfortable admitting that Russia is being defeated by the Ukrainians.
17  Economy / Economics / Re: Food security in the world has been shaken by Russia's actions on: August 06, 2023, 04:20:38 AM

I remember the President of the United States said that the United States would support Ukraine against Russia to the last Ukrainian. Yes, it's the Ukrainian people, not any Americans, LOL.

To be more precise, this is a war of two great powers, but unfortunately, Ukraine has become a pawn on the US chessboard and according to their arrangement. I know that the Ukrainian people are very angry and hostile to what Russia is doing. But if they chained and reevaluated everything, then who would benefit most in this war? it was he who started the war. They're giving aid, they're supplying weapons, that doesn't mean they're trying to help Ukraine, they just don't want the war to end soon so they can get more out of it.
I was surprised to read your words that the President of the United States allegedly said that the United States would support Ukraine against Russia to the last Ukrainian. A logically sane politician, and even more so the president of the United States, could not afford such a statement. Therefore, I dug around the Internet, and found some statements about this, namely:

- Retired American diplomat Chas Freeman, who said that the United States would fight Russia "until the last Ukrainian", as well as the head of the occupation regime of Crimea Aksyonov. Thus, according to Russian protege Aksenov, the United States intends to fight the Russian Federation “to the last Ukrainian” and will sacrifice all of them.
The Russian wrote about this.

- former US Marine and geopolitical analyst Brian Berletic;

- as well as political scientist Douglas Bandow, former adviser to the 40th President of the United States;;

However, they expressed their personal opinions and did not refer to US President Biden or any other former US president. Moreover, their words are given only by Russian channels, so their coverage can be biased and one-sided.

Based on the text of your previous post on the same page, you are for Ukraine to comply with Russia's demands and peace be concluded. Do you know at what cost this will be achieved? Then I will say: some Ukrainians will be killed or tortured in numerous torture chambers, others will be forcibly resettled across the territory of Russia in the most depressed regions, the rest will be tried by very harsh methods to give up the idea that they are Ukrainians. Ukraine itself will cease to exist as a sovereign state. Russia has already included, in addition to the Ukrainian peninsula, Crimea, Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions of Ukraine into the Russian Federation. But the vast majority of Ukrainians are against ceding any of their territories to Russia. The leadership of Ukraine in this case advises the politicians of other states to trade their territories with Russia, and not Ukraine.

However, if in the last resort one had to choose whose influence to fall under, then I, as a Ukrainian, would prefer the influence of the United States than Russia. But Ukraine will defend its territory with all its might and means. I hope not to the last Ukrainian.
18  Economy / Economics / Re: Food security in the world has been shaken by Russia's actions on: August 05, 2023, 10:06:25 AM

It's not a personal insult: if you can't provide facts to support your statements, provide fake or one-sided info it means you're a propagandist shill. For example, you claimed that Ukraine has wiped out the entire Russian army and it's pretty easy to fact-check this info. According to Wikipedia:

The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (Russian: Boopyжённыe Cи́лы Poccи́йcкoй Фeдepáции, Vooružjonnyje Síly Rossíjskoj Federácii), commonly referred to as the Russian Armed Forces, are the military of Russia. In terms of active-duty personnel, they are the world's fifth-largest military force, with 1.15 million

So, making ridiculous statements like this only makes you look like a complete bozo and you're losing credibility in the eyes of people reading your posts.  

Next, you're bragging about hitting an old military cargo ship built in 1976! and a civilian vessel but Ukraine has much bigger issues to consider atm. Like losing 43k people and almost all armaments provided by the west in a few short weeks and not gaining anything really territory-wise in it's "counter-offensive".

I've mentioned this already and I'll do it again: I'm not Russian, I don't live in Russia and I don't support Russia. I don't give a damn about Russia and it's future. But I hate lies and will do anything to expose it.  Cool
Earlier, I pointed out that Russia lost almost the entire invading army in Ukraine (and not the entire Russian army), that is, approximately 180 thousand people who invaded Ukraine on February 22, 2022 in armored vehicles and formed the backbone of the Russian regular army. This invasion group - eight Russian armies - has been fighting in Ukraine for almost a year and a half, and given that the units have already been replenished with recruits 6-8 times, only a few of those who initially entered Ukraine managed to survive.

According to the Russian telegram channel “General SVR”, irretrievable losses (that is, only those killed and missing on the Ukrainian front) as of July 3 amounted to 307,703 people. Of these, 233,573 are regular army personnel and 74,130 are from various PMCs. These figures were reported to Putin a month ago.
If we proceed from the fact that on July 3, the Armed Forces of Ukraine provided data on the killed 230,260 Russians, and today - 249,110, then this figure will be even higher. The ratio of killed to wounded is usually one to three. This is a common practice for counting casualties in war. If you multiply the number of irretrievable losses according to the Russian Defense Ministry by three, you get about a million more wounded Russians. Thus, the number of those killed, wounded and missing in the war in Ukraine is approximately 1.2 - 1.3 million. Therefore, speaking of a million Russian losses, I already underestimated a little.

An old military cargo ship, built in 1976, I presume, you mean the large landing ship "Olenegorsky miner" that was damaged yesterday at the port of Novorossiysk?
Indeed, it was built at that time and given its serious age, in 2016 it was sent to JSC "33 SRZ" in the city of Baltiysk for a major overhaul, and as it turned out later - for modernization. As the press service of the Northern Fleet of the Russian Federation reported, during the time it was in the repair dock, a significant part of the armament and equipment was modernized on the ship.
The displacement of the ship is 4080 tons, while the length of the BDK is 112.5 m, the width is 15 m and the draft is 3.7 m.
The ship is equipped with:
- two launchers PU MS-73 MLRS A-215 "Grad-M" caliber 122 mm with a range of fire up to 21 km.,
- two twin 57-mm guns AK-725 with remote guidance with a range of up to 13 kilometers;
- one AK-176 installation with a firing range of up to 12 kilometers;
- two AK-630M installations with a firing range of over 8 km;
- four launchers of the Strela-2 portable anti-aircraft missile system.
As you can see, this is a rather large ship with formidable weapons, although it turned out to be defenseless in front of the sea  ​​drone.

The Russian tanker SIG, which was attacked today near the Kerch Strait, is also not exactly a civilian vessel.  This is one of the largest Russian oil tankers, which is capable of carrying almost 5,000 tons of fuel.  In 2019, SIG was sanctioned by the United States for supplying aviation fuel to Syria for a group of Russian troops supporting the dictatorial regime of Bashar al-Assad.
At the same time, it should be taken into account that at the time of the attack, the SIG tanker was in the territorial waters of Ukraine.
19  Economy / Economics / Re: Food security in the world has been shaken by Russia's actions on: August 05, 2023, 04:35:13 AM

So what are these options? Could you come up with a list of a least 5 products or industries which can be sanctioned? I personally can't think of any.

Sovereignty? You must be kidding! Ukraine lost it's independence back in 2014 after the Maidan coup. Right now, it's being heavily subsidized by the west both financially and militarily. Around 40% of Ukraine's budget is foreign aid. Do you really think all these billions in aid are being given away for free? The US is in fact at war with Russia right now. Except for no Americans are dying, no bleeding-edge arms are being destroyed etc etc. It's called a proxy war.

Russia has lost a million people? Muahahaha... too much propaganda is bad for your brain (if you have one that is). The entire Russian army, including the non-military personnel is around 1 million. So, I guess, Ukraine has wiped out the Russian army completely!  Grin Grin Grin

I love these lying propagandist shills, they're so funny!  Grin
I understand that when the opponents do not have enough reasoned facts, they turn to personal insults. Therefore, I will not comment on them. You should worry not about the future of Ukraine, but about the future of your Russia.

In addition, Russia should think about negotiations on its "oil" corridor. Yesterday's damage to the large landing ship "Olenegorsky miner" in the port of Novorossiysk and today's attack of marine drones on the sanctioned Russian tanker Sig near the Kerch Strait confirm this.
20  Economy / Economics / Re: Food security in the world has been shaken by Russia's actions on: August 04, 2023, 03:46:20 PM

The world community should strengthen sanctions against Russia in order for it to stop its military aggression against Ukraine, as well as send its warships to the Black Sea to ensure the established order in this region. Russia understands only strength, it considers any concessions and compromises a sign of weakness.

But since the international community reacts very weakly to terrorist attacks by the Russian Black Sea Fleet on the ports of Ukraine and its critical infrastructure, Ukraine itself is forced to pacify the aggressor.

Haven't the US and EU already exhausted their sanctions against Russia? Millions of sanctions have been put in place and what more could you want? But they seem to repeatedly fail to contain Russia because of their subjectivity. I don't support war, but why don't you think that the cause of the war is on the Ukrainian side? If they do not resolutely join Nato and do not listen to the instigation of others, nothing will happen. Just stop intending to join Nato, sit at the negotiating table, everything will stop, but there seems to be a larger force that does not want Ukraine to stop for their sake.

Moreover, the US and Nato are doing their best to help Ukraine but it seems that things are not going as they expected and you are starting to criticize the international community just because of the weakness of the EU and Ukraine?
The United States, European countries and other states still have a lot of additional options regarding the application of sanctions against Russia in order to force it to adhere to the UN Charter. Regarding Ukraine's possible acceptance of Russia's demands that Ukraine not join NATO, this is only one of the many far-fetched reasons for a military invasion of Ukraine. The Putin regime wants Ukraine to cease to exist as a state, and Ukrainians did not consider themselves a nation. Therefore, for the presence of Ukrainian symbols in the occupied territories, Russians torture and kill Ukrainians.

But on the other hand: does your country, where you live, ask its neighboring states what to do and what unions to join? I am sure not, because it means that your state does not have sovereignty. So why are you pushing Ukraine to become dependent on Russia, which has now brought about 380,000 of its soldiers into Ukraine and is shelling and killing civilians every day?

For Ukrainians, there is no other way but to kill all the invaders who invaded its territory with weapons in their hands. Russia has already lost about a million people killed, wounded and missing in Ukraine. And no matter how many millions of Russian meat the Kremlin sends to Ukraine, the result will be the same.
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