Kyiv's Mayor Urges Residents To Stock Up On Food & Water As Temperature Plummets
Kyiv’s mayor is warning residents that there's real potential of a total blackout across the capital city of about three million people. This as Ukraine braces for more expected Russian airstrikes on its national energy infrastructure.
"The temperature in the apartments may not differ much from the outside temperature," Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko announced at a local security forum at a moment when temperatures have dipped below freezing, or -4 degrees Celsius (25 degrees Fahrenheit). "I appeal to the people…to have a supply of technical water, drinking water, durable food products, warm clothing," he emphasized.
That's a nice fantasy, but the only way out of this for Ukraine is either to accept Russian boots on their necks or produce massive piles of Russian bodies. It is not and never has been about Zelensky. If it were, a vial of Polonium would have done the job.
Originally posted by JimmyB.: Did this not start with us coercing Zelensky to join NATO..
It depends on your conception of the start of this and also on your idea of what constitutes coercion. I don't think you could pinpoint a start of this any later than the breakup of the Soviet Union, which really set the starting conditions. Of course, you could as credibly go back in time to almost any point. It seems the most proximal "beginning" to this situation was the slow shift west in Ukraine which has been happening ever since the breakup of the Soviet Union. The was accelerating before the Orange Revolution because Ukraine had been moving in a free market direction, more ideologically aligned with Europe, with a younger population that wanted more freedom and prosperity. The EU and NATO of course encouraged countries who aspired to join to begin the process. There is a strange line of propagandistic thought that asserts that we somehow promised Russia that we would never allow Ukraine to pivot west and that we broke our word, causing the war, but it is pretty ridiculous idea. Yeah, we'll give you this other country to hold in your sphere of influence and, no matter what they want, we will ensure that you get to keep hold of them until the heat death of the universe. That is silly. The world changes and, if Ukraine wanted to pivot west, that is their choice and we should always support countries that want to align with our values. The fact is, Ukraine had every incentive to align with Russia. They have a common culture and market area. The only reason they wanted to move away from Russia is that it is an authoritarian morass. Russia went on to immediately prove that moving out of the Russia sphere of influence was a good idea. There is only one country at fault in this mess. That is the one that started shooting.
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