The essence of this war in one picture:
The other side of this war in one cartoon.
Be aware of Russian invasion of Ukraine (ongoing Ukrainian genocide by Russians) and unprecedentedly horrible (for a civilized society) war crimes by Russia, and make no mistake that every criminal since 2014 will be punished [we remember, Myrotvorets, rwc.shtab.net, Putin's list, 5am.in.ua, gur.gov.ua, warcrimes.gov.ua, rwc.shtab.net, rgtr.molfar.global, Stryebkov's project, G7 declaration, US database, Wagner data, missile controllers, missile launchers, Parubiy, Zelenskyy, Shuklinov, Marchenko, Poroshenko, collaborates included, propagandists included,... there will be no place to hide].
Stay immune to Russian propaganda: just assume by default that their every statement is lie, and keep in mind that RF has enormous disinformation network spread all over the entire world.
IMPORTANT: It is not a usual war, Russians declare extermination of Ukrainians [example] and they target and kill mostly civilians, so there will be no peace until demilitarization of Russia, return of all kidnapped Ukrainians, comprehensive reparations, and punishment of ALL war criminals. In other words for clarity: there are now millions of direct and indirect victims of Russian genocide 2014-2022 which will be striving for a fair justice as long as needed (it was proven e.g. by victims of Russian genocide during WWII in western Ukraine). Historically this war should end the 800-year occupation of Ukraine by "East Horde" (initially Golden Horde later evolved into Russian Empire); that occupation costs us min 25% of population loss per century plus permanent cultural and economic devastation -- this will be our price if we surrender [NashaMova, Solonko]. It is now evident that the most cruel invaders of Ukraine in its entire history were russians (rossiyane known also as moskovites and soviets running a "holy war" for centuries to eliminate Ukrainians [Poroshenko], which itself is the largest genocide in the world history). There were also mongols in 13th century but they were warriors whereas russians are bandits. Russian army is rusty but nasty so they kill civilians and kidnap survivors, destroy cities and ransack houses, and do more horrible things [Berdyansk, Bilogorivka, Enerhodar, Izium, Kharkiv, Kherson, Kherson, Kherson, Kherson region, Kherson region, Kramatorsk, Kremenchuk, Kyiv's damages in 3D, Lyman, Mariinka, Mariupol, Mariupol, Mariupol, Mykolaiv, Olenivka massacre, Vilniansk, Vinnytsia, Zaporizhzhia, Zaporizhzhia, hrw.org, ISW, Carpenter, Grant, Paievska, Poroshenko, largest terrorist attack ever, permanent everyday shelling of cities and borderline territories, purposeful shooting of civilians, use of forbidden weapon, use of ballistic missiles to terrorize cities, ecological damage, deportation, Russia Today urges to kill Ukrainian children, propaganda of rashism for children on occupied territories, their own "confession"].
Moreover, it's time for a TOTAL RECALL including other occupied territories (Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Finland, Konigsberg, Manchuria, Kurils) and free multitude of nations imprisoned in RF including purely non-Russian regions such as Siberia and North Caucasus (e.g. Chechnya, Kuban, Tatarstan) - Russians exploit those nations as slaves: they use those people as "cannon fodder" in wars and they "suck out" all natural resources from those lands without any payback but with huge ecological harm [CSCE, ombudsmen, Ben Hodges, ISW map, Bereza, Friz, ROK, rosanticenter, Crimea, Lugandon is the best-documented textbook case].
REMEMBER: Russia is the terrorist state, so to stop the terror, RF must be deputinized/demilitarized (including ban on nuclear weapon). To prevent Russian terrorism in future, we have to remove its feed - slaves and easy money - liberate enslaved nations and internationalize colonized natural resources (like oceans and Antarctica, remember that all former EU colonies were "internationalized" except for Russia which is the only remaining colonial country in the world, and I don't see any justification for this exemption). To put it simply, to have a peace, Russian Federation must be decomposed into Russia and non-Russian states (constituting majority of RF territory) [Berezovets, Bereza, Budanov, Chernik, Danilov, Fedyna, Friz, Hudymenko, Kuleba, Poroshenko (Щоб добитися миру, маємо путіну влаштувати пекло), Kasparov, Reznikov, Roman Ratushnyi, Wałęsa, Zabuzhko].
Analysis from Illarionov, Kasparov, Piontkovsky, Belkovsky, Butusov, Chornovil, also Bezsmertnyi, Felshtinsky, Grant, Koch, Kuzio, Latynina, Nevzlin, Ohryzko, Portnikov, Savchuk, Scherba, Shuklinov, Snyder, Soros, and reposts and SoundCheck from Chekalkin, and map by texty.org.ua
How to support financially: A direct targeted support is the best option, whereas blind support of state-controlled organizations is the worst option because you might be fueling our mega-corruption (see example and details below). I guess the best way to support the state budget is to pay legal fees in time and in full, considering any ever-emerging extra fees as a tax on Ukrainian Army. For more serious support consider credible private and public organizations. The most credible one known to me is Poroshenko Foundation whose public part is Solidarna Sprava Hromad (ГО Справа Громад). Other organizations and people with clean reputations (per my knowledge) include Демократична Сокира, Рух Опору Капітуляції, Повернись живим, Фонд Юрія Бутусова, Fundacja TeofiPolskie Serce, Hospitallers Paramedics, волонтер Антон Сененко, волонтер Анна Домбровська, Юрій Касьянов, Валерій Прозапас, Борислав Береза, 5-й канал, Еспресо TV. See also this review. If we assume that Ukraine needs 15BN$ monthly for parity including 5BN$ from personal donations, then 50M nonmilitary Ukrainians worldwide translates into 100$/month/Ukrainian.
Info for pessimists: Always compare current situation with what was before and also with realistic best- and worst-case scenarios. Then you will clearly see that we are lucky and Ukraine history is spiraling up steadily in the last 40 years starting from destruction of Soviet prison of nations in 1980s and till now when destruction of Russian prison of nations becomes possible. Just revisit challenges in terms of opportunities. Looking back to 2013 when Ukraine unofficially was just a part of G8-level Russian empire, I could not even imagine that Ukraine would gradually get a complete separation from that empire in 9 years, whereas Russia would transform into a fading outcast. On a larger timescale, it has been exactly 800 years since Kyivan Rus transforming later into Ukraine is permanently occupied by Mongol Empire transforming later into Russian Empire, starting from our historical defeat at Battle of the Kalka River on May 31, 1223, located on the current front line. So it is an opportunity to get the long-awaited freedom and defeat or even destroy that evil empire.
Info for forcedly mobilized Russians: Everybody understands that you are slaves in RF, and RF considers you as a cannon fodder (RF needs a few thousands per day), so you have only a few options to save your life: 1) protest (you will save millions of lives); 2) leave RF; 3) surrender ASAP in case if you are sent to a front-line (preferably with a salvage) [Zelenskyy (in Russian from 3:45), Vera Mironova]. In case if you just want to exchange your life for LADA, remember that it is a usual Russian "lohotron": in reality your family will get a grocery set or a bag of "pelmeni", and also, according to official Russian statistics 9 people out of 10 are "missing" rather than "killed in battle".
Many thanks for everybody helping Ukraine: Ukrainian Army + volunteers + core supporters including health and emergency and funding, president Poroshenko and other pro-Ukrainian forces, Zelenskyy's clan and other originally not-pro-Ukrainian forces standing now for Ukraine, international partners including Poland and Baltic countries, UK and US and Canada, EU countries, Japan, Türkiye, many other countries as well as all people standing against Rashism. Your help saves millions of lives and trillions of dollars because analysis of occupied territories clearly shows that Russia planned to repeat Stalin genocide devastated this region in the past century.
Shame to countries supporting war: Iran provides drones to attack Ukrainian cities and ammunition
Shame to companies supporting war: Auchan and Leroy Merlin supply their products to Russian Army
List of companies doing business with Russia
Our MEGAPROBLEM is corruption and maladministration inside Ukraine escalating since 2019 under Kolomoyskyi-Zelenskyy-Yermak presidence. Russian army and Ukrainian corruption EQUALLY complement each other in a destruction of Ukraine. The key difference is that Russian army is weak and becomes weaker whereas Ukrainian corruption is strong and becomes stronger, so that during the war when our army is fighting with invaders for our freedom, Ukrainian government is fighting with our opposition against our freedom; repressions in modern Ukraine are quickly approaching the repression model of Putin's regime; also traitors, dilettanti, and criminals are numerous at all levels of the country government system, whereas personnel changes are usually "bad to worse". On top of that, nobody will help a corrupted country. And phrase "why Russian soldiers should die for oligarchs money" can be applied to any corrupted country.
This problem MUST be solved by enforcing a permanent comprehensive control of Ukrainian government by EU and US supervisory boards [Gontareva], because every cent invested into Ukraine without a control will be stolen by corruptionists for sure). In fact, the main obstacle for financial support of Ukraine is that US/EU wants to give money to Ukraine whereas Zelenskyy wants money to be given to his team (and we know well how brutally these money will be misused). In this context, Ukrainians and Russians make the same mistake: they want to leave by EU standards but don't want to follow EU standards.
This war could be prevented (as early as in 2008) or stopped (as early as in summer), but instead before Feb 24 the world, capable to crush Russia by a finger, was ready to accept a total destruction of Ukraine, and after Feb 24 we see endless escalation of the conflict because the world destroys Russian army slower than Russia rebuilds it. This indicates existence of some underlying fundamental problems in today's world. Otherwise, it is impossible to comprehend evident paradoxes: that Ukrainian ruling party is focused on its own empowerment and enrichment rather than survival of our country, that Russia is destroying itself, that (except for the above two reasons) US does not provide a help appropriate for its redundant capacity and our urgent needs (a few percent of NATO capacity), that EU is incapable to efficiently oppose an offender who 10 times weaker economically and 100 times weaker technologically.
Problem #1: Poor military organization of Ukraine and substantial resource superiority of Russia. This problem was noncritical on a short scale, but the blitzkrieg has now transformed into a large scale war of attrition, requiring a long-term military endurance of the entire country [Nasarov, Butusov]. So far we were lucky because Russia made more errors than us, but this luck is not eternal. We hope that Russians will stop this self-destructive war but it might not happen soon. Russia has substantial economic, demographic, geographic, and armory superiority over Ukraine. Therefore we can win only by more efficient military organization and more efficient use of all available resources. For military organization see Grant's article. For resource parity see kasparovru, Illarionov 1, Illarionov 2: we are still far away from it, and the main obstacle here seems to be inability of our government to manage our country efficiently during the war – Zelenskyy's clan came to power for "shashlyky" and can help Ukraine only within context of their personal profit ("шкурних інтересів").
Problem #2: China can stop this war momentarily but does not do it. By 2023 China remains to be the only major economic and political supporter of Russia, so "no support = no war". However, China takes a position of maximizing its own profit out of this war and avoiding any own political and economic losses [G20, Hulyk, Klimkin]. Also, there are multiple reports that Chinese companies ship "hunting rifles" and other weapon and ammunition to Russia [Politico, CNN, Kyodo News]. This position is largely due to failure of Ukrainian diplomats to establish good relationships with China [Illarionov@53:40]. Evidently, China considers Russia as its satellite and its eastern part as "historical Chinese territories", whose "peaceful" occupation by China is a matter of time: cities has now been renamed and corresponding infrastructure planning is under active development.
Problem #3: For many years the offender in this war has been fueled by countries standing against the war (until summer 2022 unintentional financial support of the offender by EU substantially exceeded support of the victim, in this way e.g. EU generously funded Russian production of ammunition for the "scorched earth" destruction of Ukraine, in numbers EU paid RF 0.5B/day for oil/gas which was half of military expenditures of EU and equal to GDP of Ukraine, can be solved by stop of the fueling and it looks like RF is taking the initiative in this direction) [Illarionov@27:55, Romanko, Yatsenyuk, Zerkal, Illarionov, Kuleba, Gazprom]. It should be emphasized that Russian gas supply is noncritical for EU - it is used only for superprofit and overconsumption. A good example is Germany: annual non-luxury household use is about 10 Bm3 (here we assume that Germany has two times larger population than Ukraine but two times smaller demand due to mild winter and better energy efficiency) which is a tiny fraction of both total gas consumption (100 Bm3) and Russian gas (50 Bm3). Another side of this problem is unintentional supply of high-tech products from developed countries to Russia critical for Russian army and this problem has not been solved so far, and the speed of its solution is not faster than the speed at which Russia finds a new bypasses [Reuters, CNN, RUSI]. Just think what is more brutal: the brutal Wagner's bandits which cruelly killed tens of thousands of innocent people, or "Dec 21 - The Biden administration unveiled new curbs on technology exports to Russia's Wagner military group" considering them a lawful military organization and "punishing" them with "new curbs on technology exports" (the problem has been solved 20.01.2023).
Problem #4: (a) The sky of Ukraine is open to Russian missiles and Iran drones used for everyday terror of civilians (can be solved either by closing the sky, or by extermination of missiles and bombers, or by equivalent counter-attacks, all options require a substantial support by our partners [Zaluzhnyi-Zabrodskyi]). (b) Frontline cities are open to Russian artillery used for demolition of these cities and killing all its residents (this problem is being solved by extermination of Russian artillery, which requires a constant supply of counter-artillery).
Problem #5: Russia still has substantial military superiority in weapon and resources, though invaluable multifaceted support by our partners is gradually changing the disparity. The most critical is artillery and counter-artillery because the overwhelming majority of our human losses comes from shelling. Starting from Aug, there is a steady progress towards equilibration. Despite we are given mainly "written-off" weapon [ZN], and the limitation of US support of Ukraine is considered as the worst thing Biden did in 2022 [WP], any help is critical for us. Guess who is the main heavy-weapon supplier, US/EU? – no, it is Russia though unintentionally. Strategically, since Budapest memorandum was violated by Russia, Ukraine's lost nuclear weapon now can be replenished back to deter Russia until it is demilitarized [Sikorski].
Problem #6: Antiukrainian propaganda in Russia, Ukraine, and beyond, escalating since 2000s (strong enough to make many people mentally sick [Meduza, Obozrevatel, Russians in EU], including #какаяразница political force ruling Ukraine since 2019) [Mingarelli]. Starting from Sep, there is a steady worldwide progress in immunization against Russian propaganda. Russian church is the largest antiukrainian organization in Ukraine, so it must be completely removed from Ukraine ASAP.
Problem #7: Export of corruption and banditism from Russia with enormous funding (large fraction of RF budget, capable to corrupt a US senator or a Chancellor of Germany not mentioning leaders of small countries like Serbia or Hungary, or have lobby in US Congress) [Eydman, NashiGroshi]. In this way, a large fraction of EU/US politicians and businessman unintentionally became accessories of state-wide banditism in Russia, resulting in the largest robbery of a country by absolute sum of money washed out of Russia in 1990-2022. George Santos is the most recent example of how dirty are politicians funded by Russia. Banditism of Wagner group in Africa is example of other kind [Belkovskiy@32:00].
Problem #8: Weakening of modern democracy vs strengthening of autocracy. This is a world war of autocracy against democracy [Illarionov, Kasparov, Fursa, Lutsenko, Shuklinov, Nevzlin]. Putin ("the evil") is always one step ahead of his EU/US opponents ("the good"). In other words, how vulnerable is our democratic world if such a miserable jerk (hu*lo in Ukrainian) can terrorize it for years. This "operational superiority" of autocracy is observed also on a larger scale: Economically depressed Iran readily provides any weapon in any amount to Russia, whereas for economically superstrong EU/US a transfer of every single item of each type of weapon becomes an NP-hard problem. Looks weird, but after our every major attack far beyond the frontline, US makes a statement that they do not provide us offensive weapon and do not recommend us to attack Russian territory. Overall, the situation with military help is best described by "Give me the gun" scene from The Fifth Element. As pointed out by Russians themselves (see e.g. Potapenko), Western politicians often fully misunderstand Russia (see e.g. US experts in 2015) considering it as a regular state, but in fact, internally it is a lawless empire whose leader is a dictator and citizens are graded slaves, whereas externally it is a terrorist organization with unprecedentedly high internal resources to support the terror. That is how bad guys, dirty money, and all kinds of fakes are exported from Russia to Europe as clean and lawful stuff. It was a series of political "shortsightedness" of US/EU leaders in 2007-2016 (including Obama, Merkel, Hollande, Sarkozy) trying to extinguish a grease fire with water, that resulted in 2022 in the largest war since WWII [Johnson]. Illustrative examples:
Because of complete failure of international agreements, they should be considered as geopolitical tools. This war shows that countries can sign any document but in reality that does not impose any obligations. The most blatant example is Budapest Memorandum - a meaningless piece of paper created a huge security breach for Ukraine. Basically, Ukraine's was deprived its long-range attack capabilities by the memorandum signatories including Russia and US, but now when Russia attacks us with long-range missiles, those signatories don't want to give us a proper counter-weapon. Moreover, U.S. Altered Himars Rocket Launchers to Keep Ukraine From Firing Missiles Into Russia.
Because of complete failure of old international organizations (OSCE, UN, Interpol, WHO, Red Cross, Amnesty Int, church) in fulfilment of their core functions, countries should rely on their-country-focused international unions and organizations, considering the rest of organizations as geopolitical tools. References [Truss, Klimkin about UN, Nevzin about UN, Heritage about Interpol, Barchuk and Lemberg and "Angel of peace" medal about church].
The length and aftermath of this war are fully determined by developed countries by balance of their intentional support of Ukraine (amount and quality of weapon) vs unintentional support of Russia (amount of superprofit they get from Russian corruption). Of course, the required balance itself depends on strength of Russian army and Ukrainian corruption, but these factors are less variable.
It is clear that majority of Russians should be restricted from entering civilized countries (a standard rule applied to citizens of terrorist states - every Russian must get clearance first) because roughly speaking every second Russian is a bad guy or barbarian or zombie, and you don't know how to filter them out at the border. In the worst case scenario they are KGB-agents, terrorists, and saboteurs, whereas in the "light case" scenario they constitute the "Fifth column" propagating violence in various forms from verbal and hooliganism to criminal cases including beating, organized banditism, and theft [Honcharenko]. Also, we should always REMEMBER that Russia can attack any country with non-negligible fraction of Russian-thinking population (e.g. Germany) to "save russkiy mir". Importantly, Russians kill people consciously, i.e. whatever they say on camera in a civilized world, they follow their leaders upon first call like terrorists [Bereza, VolunteerInfo]. The fact that the percentage of rashists among russians is very high is given by number of "likes" for this Paris restaurant whose owner supports putin.
All Russian export must be taxed to fund restoration of Ukraine. Now there is a nice idea of Michael McFaul to tax also Russian travelers.
Update by Mar 14 Our army is critically low on ammunition.
Update by Mar 13: 2214 members of European Solidarity party became defenders of our country in Army, whereas 120 members of Sluga Narodu party became traitors.
Update by Mar 12: "Original" approach to "neutrality" by Switzerland: they feel free to operate dirty Russian money and destroy weapon critically needed to save human lives in Ukraine.
Update by Feb 28: Outrageous case which was quickly corrected but a large scale problem exist: theoretical physicist was sent to front-line totally unprepared and without any consideration of his skills and abilities (facebook) - partially solved. That is impossible in Russia - RF does not send highly qualified nonmilitary people to front line - how it can be possible in Ukraine? If we lose our best people and RF loses its worst people, we will lose this war just because there will nobody to revive the country. If we will not keep our military human loses at low enough level, we will lose this war just due to demographic factors. Countries in which highly educated people are used as cannon fodder and poorly educated people sit in government are doomed. It is significant superiority of Russia in number of well-educated people that allows 1) Putin to make his thesis that Ukraine is part of Russian culture; 2) Zelenskyy to make his stupid jokes about Ukrainians, e.g. in Svaty.
Update by Feb 3: Interview with Podolyak explaining why US military help goes slowly (explanations are not very clear, but one can conlcude that the bottleneck is at our government: it cannot process enough amount of military help because majority of workforce is engaged in corruption-friendly projects like selling food to our army for triple price, whereas international military help comes without a cashback and under strict control).
Update by Jan 31: Interview with Illarionov (economic microsanctions against RF are not working -- modern business is as cruel as it is described in apocalyptic science fiction; while Putin's antihuman plans are clear, positions of both Zelenskyy's and Biden's administration remain to be controversial -- it is unclear if they make enough efforts to save human lives, because for a long time the frontline looks like a bloody meat grinder killing thousands of people everyday)
Update by Jan 23: Phillip Karber's interview (we have strong army but feeble government, to win this war we need either more efficient government or more soldiers)
Update by Jan 15: Analysis by Tom Cooper (we need artillery, we needed it yesterday, and we will need it tomorrow)
Update by Jan 14: New Russian Army commander "celebrates" his appointment with a massive attack on Ukrainian cities resulting in destruction of 9-story apartment house – a reminder that Russian military-related industry must be fully destroyed together with Russian army
Update by Jan 13: Illarionov's analysis of Putin's near-future offensive plans (in the last months, 1) Russia is systematically preparing for another war escalation at any cost paid by Russian people; 2) Zelenskyy's team is systematically preparing for shashliks at any cost paid by Ukrainian people; 3) Ukrainian Army is solving puzzles of how to distribute 3 tanks between 100 units; 4) our partners are solving puzzles of how to find these 3 tanks and how to split their delivery in 12 packages)
Update by Jan 9: the most ingenious description of religion and how to communicate with unprepared people
Update by Jan 6: Michael McFaul's interview, Illarionov's analysis of Arestovich's interview
Update by Dec 27: Richest people in Ukraine in 2022
Update by Dec 22: Winter solstice present from Ukrainian army - 100k invaders are liquidated
Update by Dec 15: Zaluzhnyi's interview, Bereza
Update by Dec 12: G7 Leaders' Statement: the world is united against Russian aggression and will support Ukraine with any required military and nonmilitary help; all war criminals including Putin will be punished; Russia will pay for damage; the only possible peace is "just peace" starting with complete and unconditional withdrawal of Russian forces from the territory of Ukraine; sanctions against Russia will be intensified including oil and gas industry; "any use of chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons would be met with severe consequences".
Update by Dec 8: Resolution of the Forum Free Russia conference - its main message is that "conflict de-escalation" strategy chosen by EU/US since 2014 in practice looks like gradual capitulation resulting in the opposite effect - conflict escalation.
Update by Dec 3: Macron (or Putin via Macron) says new security architecture should give guarantees for Russia, so it is important to clarify possible guarantees: 1) to begin with, Russia must quit all occupied territories of all countries and pay comprehensive reparations; 2) next, all war criminals of all Russian wars must be punished including Putin; 3) also, Russia must be properly demilitarized including no militaries in 200 km zone at western borders and no nuclear weapon at all; 4) then and only then, we guarantee complete protection of Russia's western borders (Konigsberg is not an authentic Russian territory; not sure if there are authentic Finnish territories occupied by Russia) and help with protection of its eastern borders somewhere at Ural and southern borders somewhere north to North Caucasus; 5) also, we guarantee support of freedom and sovereignty for all nations imprisoned in RF.
Update by Nov 22: Russia still has a lot of missiles
Update by Nov 20: message from Austin explaining why it is critically important to punish and denuclearize Russia for world security; analysis by Illarionov; Zelenskyy stays firmly on impossibility of armistice despite strong pressure from Russia in its urgent need of a respite and prorussian forces worldwide cynically trying to minimize their business losses
Update by Nov 15: To remind the world that Russians are terrorists, Russians conducted massive missile/drone/artillery attack on Ukrainian cities on the 1st day of the G20 summit, which is now should be called G19 summit. See also detailed analysis by Tom Cooper.
Belgrade Security Conference Oct 27: analysis by Illarionov and other experts
Analysis by Tabakh and Illarionov on Oct 19: see here, includes 1) discussion on how to present facts (it is unacceptable for Arestovich, Zhdanov, Zelenskyy to hide the truth); 2) Ukrainian government should use antiputin forces in Russia and Belarus to win this war.
Update by Oct 17: Drone war begins. Russia systematically and massively attacks our cities with drones and missiles trying to fully destroy our civil infrastructure and terrorize civilians. We must respond symmetrically without terrorizing civilians.
Progress by Oct 10: massive Ukraine-wide air strike targeting civilians reinforced the global understanding that Russian Empire must be destroyed as terrorist state and prison of nations. Also, it showed that 1) we are strong and prepared; 2) RF is weak and collapsing; 3) the world is united against Russian aggression. Now we expect an appropriate response from US/EU: give us air defense systems and heavy weapon including long-range missiles and consent to attack military objects on Russian territory until complete demilitarization of Russia. Oct 12 update: that massive air-strike resulted in this military help
Progress by Oct 8: 1) RF is internally destabilized; 2) terrorism/sabotage/blackmail/corruption is the only remaining Russian weapon, fortunately, more and more Western politicians recognize RF as the terrorist state, fortunately, nuclear terrorism is prevented by the threat to destroy RF army (NATO can do it in a few days with conventional weapon), unfortunately, "conventional" terrorism can be stopped only by providing long-range missiles to Ukraine and extermination of chief terrorists (Kovalchuk-Putin-Prigozhin-Surovikin-Kadyrov); 3) RF is still strong in blackmailing Western politicians (e.g. Merkel) and businessmen (e.g. Mask); see analysis by Piontkovsky.
Progress by Oct 1: RF is now doomed in isolation, see analysis by Illarionov; mobilization in Russia is equivalent to genocide of its own population – it was started a long time ago with non-Russian population but now takes more and more Russians.
Progress by Sep 10: Many problems and uncertainties of the first several months of the war have now been resolved (e.g. "we are deeply concerned" impotence is cured), so that now we are in some steady state with more-or-less clear perspective (need Tomahawks, train and equip 20 brigades, steady weapon supply) [Reznikov, Zaluzhnyi-Zabrodskyi, Piontkovsky, Illarionov, Zhdanov, Butusov, Kasparov]. The urgent need of Tomahawks or any other weapon capable to attack Russian territory till Ural (i.e. including entire native Russian territory, colonies must be decolonized) AND demilitarization of 100 km zone around cities was recently reminded by attack on our critical civil infrastructure [Brink, Klimkin]. To summarize, Zed is dead but we still need to find a couple of pipe-hittin' nigga's with a pair of pliers and a blow torch. In contrast, there is no progress or even stabilization of the front-line in our war with corruption.
Major threats by Sep 2: It has been clear now that Russia use Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant not only to terrorize EU with the eco-catastrophe threat, but also as a "human shield" to keep the front-line military base there.
Progress by Aug 24: Steady weapon supply by our partners has now been established allowing for more efficient and systematic extermination of russian invaders. See also message from Reznikov.
Progress by Jul 10: Finally we got the long-awaited weapon: with 100km-range high-precision artillery ("HIMARS-light") we are now able to eliminate Russian ammunition dumps which they need to wipe out our cities by continuous shelling. Also, we urgently need middle- and long-range artillery to eliminate Russian rocket launchers used by them to destroy shopping malls, schools, and other highly populated areas far from the front line. [Shuklinov]
Progress by Jul 9: Russia is ignored on G20, in other words Russia was expelled from G7 after invasion-2014 and from G20 after invasion-2022.
Analysis by Illarionov on Jul 3: see here, the main conclusion is that in order to survive we need a financial/weapon support from our partners matching at least 30% of their unintentional financial support of Russia, and it is realistic because the required funding constitutes a small fraction of NATO military spendings, so the only needed is 1) political will of our partners to support us and 2) political will of our government to not misuse that support (and our own budget).
Progress by Jun 29: NATO changed RF status from partner to evil #1 and several other things marking new level of support by our partners [Piontkovsky: video and text]
Major threats by Jun 29: Starting from June 25 Russians began to demonstrate a naked terrorism by everyday firing of cruise missiles onto civil objects with large concentration of civilians (shopping malls, residential areas) located far from the front-line. This is just another reminder for the rest of the world that there will be no peace until Russian army is fully exterminated and Russia is fully demilitarized with a strict international control of its army in the next 10 years at least.
Progress by May 24: message from Shuklinov
Progress by Apr 29: Rammstein summit of Ukraine-supporting countries (showing that the balance of forces now is 10:1 compared to 1:10 on Feb 24 when Ukraine was alone standing against Russia) and possible Lend-Lease for Ukraine vs. No-Resources in Russia
Major threats by May 25: Outrageous unprofessionalism of our government is moving to the front line: Some military units are thrown to the front line unprepared (no weapon, no communication, no supplies) resulting in meaningless casualties [Butusov, case#1, case#2]
Major threats by May 15: Russia fails with the military operation and thus returns to its most capable methods: terrorism, coercion, subversion, falsification, corruption and "tolerance stretching", utilizing numerous vulnerabilities of political systems of Ukraine and EU [Shulipa]
Update from Mar 17: Message from Arnold Schwarzenegger
Commonly reported facts about Russians** in this war (we knew this before, implying no positive evolution, see also analyses by Yakubova, Illarionov, Shcherbakova):
** Strictly speaking "rossiyane" (denationalized citizens of the prison of nations called Russian Federation), but it is now a responsibility of Russians to clean up their name. It should be emphasized that majority of critically thinking Russians are against the war including scientists, uncorrupted politics and businessmen, prominent artists (Pugacheva, Makarevich, Akhedzhakova, Galkin, Shevchuk, Nazarov, Serebryakov), majority of intelligent Russian emigrants, Free Russia Forum, Freedom of Russia Legion, Foundation Stop Inform Terror, partisans, other "good russians", see multiple interviews of Radio Svoboda with Moscow citizens, but any dissidence inside Russia is brutally suppressed (see e.g. Boris Nemtsov, Alexei Navalny, Yevgeny Roizman, Ilya Yashin, Anna Politkovskaya). At the same time, majority of Ukrainians (and other nations too) do not think critically, so they are as vulnerable to propaganda as Russians. In other words, three rules should be kept in mind. The first is the 80/20 rule. The second rule is that up to 80% majority vote can be achieved purely by propaganda as was simply formulated by Boris Berezovsky, proved for Russians by Putin, and succesfully applied to Ukrainians by Kolomoyskyi. The third rule is that any person who came to power exclusively to get power will abuse that power to eventually become a dictator. The best example is our 2019 elections when the pro-Ukrainian forces standing under the slogan "Army, Language, Faith" were defeated by oligarchs-backed populists-po*uists standing under vulgar slogans like "Зробимо їх разом", "Какая разница", "Надо просто перестать стрелять", "Мова не нагодує": the majority reached 75/25, the candidate was an antiukrainian vulgar-style humorist, and the abuse of power started right after the election, so that here we "greatly surpassed" Russians-2000 by all three factors.