51 thoughts on “The “Big Bang” theory of history

  1. Santayana says:

    “The First Battle of Kiev was the German name for the operation that resulted in a huge encirclement of Soviet troops in the vicinity of Kiev (Kyiv) during World War II. This encirclement is considered the largest encirclement in the history of warfare (by number of troops) and the battle was an unprecedented defeat for the Red Army, exceeding even the Battle of Białystok–Minsk of June–July 1941. The operation ran from 7 August to 26 September 1941, as part of Operation Barbarossa, the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kiev_(1941)

  2. Déjà vu says:

    “Kyiv residents told to make Molotov cocktails as they await Russian assault” https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/kyiv-residents-clear-away-rubble-await-russian-assault-2022-02-25/
    The name “Molotov cocktail” (Molotovin koktaili) was coined by the Finns during the 1939-1940 Winter War between the Soviet Union (USSR) and Finland. The name was a pejorative reference to Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov, who was one of the architects of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, a non-aggression pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union that enabled the two powers to carve up Poland https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molotov_cocktail [at the moment some Instructions in Ukrainian for assembly are included – Олії refers to cooking oil]

    Хай Бог буде з Брати та сестри!

  3. p/s says:

    “Ukrainian History, or No Offense, A Bunch of Stuff You Probably Never Thought About” (The second in a three-part series about Ukraine July 17, 2020) https://7969.home.blog/2020/07/17/ukrainian-history-or-no-offense-a-bunch-of-stuff-you-probably-never-thought-about/
    See also “5 facts about “Novorossiya” you won’t learn in a Russian history class” https://euromaidanpress.com/2014/10/17/5-facts-about-novorossiya-you-wont-learn-in-a-russian-history-class/

    • Scars says:

      The territories of Poland annexed by the Soviet Union after the 1939 Soviet invasion east of the Curzon line remained in the Soviet Union after the war ended and are now in Ukraine and Belarus. Vilnius was given to Lithuania. Only Podlaskie and a small part of Galicia east of the San River, around Przemyśl, were returned to Poland. Of all the other territories annexed by the Soviet Union in 1939 to 1940, those detached from Finland (Western Karelia, Petsamo), Estonia (Estonian Ingria and Petseri County) and Latvia (Abrene) remain part of Russia, the successor state to the Russian SSR [Soviet Socialist Republic] after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. The territories annexed from Romania had also been integrated into the Soviet Union (as the Moldavian SSR or oblasts [administrative divisions or regions] of the Ukrainian SSR). The core of Bessarabia now forms Moldova. Northern Bessarabia, Northern Bukovina and the Hertsa region now form the Chernivtsi Oblast of Ukraine. Southern Bessarabia is part of the Odessa Oblast, which is also in Ukraine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molotov%E2%80%93Ribbentrop_Pact

  4. Émigré says:

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky calls on Europeans with “combat experience” to take up arms and defend Ukraine against invading Russian forces.
    “If you have combat experience in Europe and do not want to look at the indecision of politicians, you can come to our country and join us in defending Europe, where it is very necessary now,” Zelensky, who appears tired, says in a video.
    Ukraine is also looking to recruit hacker volunteers to help in its war against Russia. https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/zelensky-calls-on-europeans-with-combat-experience-to-fight-for-ukraine/
    Footnotes:
    “The Lincoln Battalion was formed by a group of volunteers from the United States who served in the Spanish Civil War as soldiers, technicians, medical personnel and aviators fighting for Spanish Republican forces against the Nazi-supported forces of General Francisco Franco and his Nationalist faction.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Battalion
    The First American Volunteer Group (AVG) of the Republic of China Air Force, nicknamed the Flying Tigers, was formed to help oppose the Japanese invasion of China. While it accepted some civilian volunteers for its headquarters and ground crew, the AVG recruited most of its staff from the U.S. military, who became members of the Republic of China Air Force. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Tigers

  5. Reality show says:

    Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on Friday that would have demanded that Moscow immediately stop its attack on Ukraine and withdraw all troops, a move several Council members said was deplorable, but inevitable.
    While 11 of the Council’s 15 members voted in favor of the text, China India, and the United Arab Emirates abstained.
    After the text was defeated, US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield took the floor again.
    “You can veto this resolution, but you cannot veto our voices; You cannot veto the truth; You cannot veto our principles; You cannot veto the Ukrainian people; cannot veto the UN Charter…and you will not veto accountability,” she underscored. https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/02/1112802
    Two dozen countries will supply more military equipment and weapons to Ukraine https://www.armyrecognition.com/defense_news_february_2022_global_security_army_industry/two_dozen_countries_will_supply_more_military_equipment_and_weapons_to_ukraine.html
    St. Javelin, The Protector of Ukraine https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0568/9527/5101/files/sticker-1_750x.png?v=1645059317

  6. Clausewitz says:

    The White House @WhiteHouse 3:57 PM · Feb 26, 2022: “This coming week, we will launch a multilateral Transatlantic task force to identify, hunt down, and freeze the assets of sanctioned Russian companies and oligarchs – their yachts, their mansions, and any other ill-gotten gains that we can find and freeze under the law.
    …We are also announcing our commitment to take measures to limit the sale of citizenship – so called golden passports – that allow wealthy Russians connected to the Russian government become citizens in certain countries to gain access to our financial systems.”
    Reuters @Reuters 9:57 AM · Feb 27, 2022: “Two Russian billionaires, Mikhail Fridman and Oleg Deripaska, called for an end to the conflict triggered by President Vladimir Putin’s assault on Ukraine, with Fridman calling it a tragedy for both countries’ people” https://reut.rs/3plic9W https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/1497979277484040193
    (2/24/22) “Russia’s richest 22 billionaires have lost $39 billion in one day after the invasion of Ukraine” https://www.businessinsider.com/russian-billionaires-lose-39-billion-dollars-one-day-ukraine-invasion-2022-2

  7. Nightmare fuel says:

    Two Ukrainian facilities containing nuclear waste suffered damage amid Russia’s now four-day-old invasion, international monitors reported on Sunday.
    Missiles hit a radioactive waste-disposal site in Kyiv, and an electrical transformer was damaged in a similar depot in Kharkiv, according to an email from the International Atomic Energy Agency. Inspectors are still awaiting radiation measurements from local authorities to determine the extent of the damage. https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/pressreleases/update-3-iaea-director-general-statement-on-situation-in-ukraine
    While much attention has been paid to Chernobyl this week as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, there is growing concern about the four active nuclear power plants that supply half of the nation’s power.
    Those four power plants, located near towns and cities in western and southern Ukraine, contain 15 operating nuclear reactors. The concern is that a nuclear disaster could occur if during the conflict they were accidentally damaged, left unmaintained or cut off from the power grid needed to cool the reactors. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/chernobyl-isnt-biggest-nuclear-risk-ukraines-active-nuclear-power-plan-rcna17697

  8. Collateral damage says:

    The majority of Ukrainian hospitals could run out of life-saving medical oxygen as soon as today, putting at risk the lives of thousands of critically ill patients amid the pandemic, the World Health Organization warned Sunday.
    Medical oxygen is critical for a variety of patients, including those with severe COVID-19. There are approximately 1,700 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Ukraine currently, the WHO reports. The country is currently experiencing a COVID-19 surge, driven by the ultra-transmissible omicron coronavirus variant. Active cases jumped 555 percent from January 15 to February 25, according to a report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. That is likely a significant undercount given testing shortages. In addition, oxygen is critical for patients ranging from newborns to the elderly due to a variety of circumstances, like chronic conditions, sepsis, injuries, and trauma. https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/02/majority-of-ukrainian-hospitals-could-run-out-of-oxygen-today-as-omicron-rages-who/
    WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and WHO Regional Director for Europe Dr. Hans Kluge also warned that patients are at risk because hospitals are facing power shortages, and ambulances transporting patients are at risk of being caught in crossfire. https://www.who.int/news/item/27-02-2022-dangerously-low-medical-oxygen-supplies-in-ukraine-due-to-crisis-warn-who-director-general-and-who-regional-director-for-europe

  9. Space Cadet says:

    How a college professor used Google Maps traffic data to figure out the war had started before news had even broken. https://www.vice.com/en/article/xgd7dd/google-maps-live-traffic-showed-the-russian-invasion-of-ukraine
    Commercial spy satellites put Russia’s Ukraine invasion in the public eye https://spacenews.com/satellite-imaging-companies-increase-profile-as-they-track-russias-invasion-of-ukraine/
    “Whether it’s overhead imagery, geo-located tweets and videos, ship tracking and air tracking data, the media can now do a lot of source confirmation in ways that they couldn’t do before. And a lot of that has been enabled by the rise in geospatial analytics that’s happened over the last several years.”

  10. Cassandra says:

    Billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman has warned that World War III has “likely started already” amid Russia’s ongoing attack on Ukraine. https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/07/russia-ukraine-bill-ackman-says-world-war-iii-likely-already-started.html
    “In January 2020, I had nightmares about the potential for a pandemic, but everyone seemed to think I was crazy. I am having similar nightmares now,” Ackman said via Twitter late Saturday.
    In early 2020, when fewer than 7,000 coronavirus cases had been confirmed in the U.S., Ackman — who is CEO of Pershing Square Capital — called for a 30-day national lockdown and warned that “hell is coming” in an interview with CNBC.
    Ackman later defended his comments after his fund announced shortly thereafter that it had made more than $2 billion on bets against the markets.

  11. Déjà vu says:

    “Russia on Saturday gave a stern warning to the United States, alerting the country that any convoys carrying weapons into Ukraine will be considered “legitimate targets.” https://www.businessinsider.com/russia-american-convoys-weapons-ukraine-will-be-considered-targets-2022-3
    Germany’s use of unrestricted submarine warfare and the sinking of merchant vessels brought the US into the first world war, which led to Germany’s defeat. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unrestricted_submarine_warfare

  12. Ante up says:

    Russia has asked China for support in its war against Ukraine, according to two U.S. officials. The request included military aid and equipment, but it’s not clear what specifically Moscow has requested. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/russia-asks-china-for-military-help-in-war-with-ukraine-u-s-officials-say/
    Putin and Xi: Look to Beijing for the real reason behind the Ukraine invasion https://thehill.com/opinion/international/597943-putin-and-xi-look-to-beijing-for-the-real-reason-behind-the-ukraine

  13. Clausewitz says:

    (NPR): The U.S. and Russian militaries have both talked for years about “hybrid warfare” as the future of war. Yet it remains a fuzzy term with no fixed meaning. The general idea is waging unconventional war on multiple fronts and well beyond the traditional battlefield.
    What’s clear is the U.S. and its allies are doing this now — perhaps on a scale never seen before — as they attempt to counter Russia in the war in Ukraine.
    Here’s a look at what it means in the current conflict: https://www.npr.org/2022/03/15/1086641007/without-sending-troops-the-u-s-wages-hybrid-warfare-against-russia

  14. Ante up says:

    Russia says it used its newest Kinzhal hypersonic missiles for the first time in Ukraine to destroy a weapons storage site in the country’s west. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/3/19/russia-uses-advanced-hypersonic-missiles-in-ukraine-for-first-tim
    Russia first used the hypersonic missile during its military campaign in Syria in 2016.
    Putin has called the Kinzhal (Dagger) missile “an ideal weapon” with a range of up to 2,000km (about 1,250 miles) that flies at 10 times the speed of sound, making it hard to intercept by air-defense systems.
    Putin announced an array of new hypersonic weapons in 2018 in one of his most bellicose speeches in years, saying they could hit almost any point in the world and evade a United States-built missile shield.

    • Little Rocket Man says:

      “American intelligence officials have discovered that the barrage of ballistic missiles Russia has fired into Ukraine contain a surprise: decoys that trick air-defense radars and fool heat-seeking missiles.” (NYT March 14, 2022) https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/14/us/russia-ukraine-weapons-decoy.html
      “The devices are each about a foot long, shaped like a dart and white with an orange tail, according to an American intelligence official. They are released by the Iskander-M short-range ballistic missiles that Russia is firing from mobile launchers across the border, the official said, when the missile senses that it has been targeted by air defense systems.
      Each is packed with electronics and produces radio signals to jam or spoof enemy radars attempting to locate the Iskander-M, and contains a heat source to attract incoming missiles. The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about intelligence matters, described the devices on the condition of anonymity.
      The use of the decoys may help explain why Ukrainian air-defense weapons have had difficulty intercepting Russia’s Iskander missiles.”

      • p/s says:

        “Revered Ukrainian actress Oksana Shvets has been killed in a Russian rocket attack on a residential building in Kyiv, according to the Young Theater where she was part of the troupe. She was reportedly 67.
        Shvets worked in theater and film for decades and her efforts garnered one of Ukraine’s highest honors, the title of which roughly translates as “Honored Artist of Ukraine” — it is also sometimes inartfully expressed in English as “Well-Deserving Artist.” Whatever the case, the honor is only bestowed upon those among the country’s most accomplished performing artists.” https://deadline.com/2022/03/ukrainian-actress-oksana-shvets-killed-russian-rocket-attack-1234981310/

    • Puzzling Evidence says:

      Hypersonic missiles: Why is Russia using them in Ukraine?
      Russia has become the first country to test this new type of missile, billed as ‘unstoppable’, in combat. https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2022/3/21/hypersonic-missiles-what-are-they-and-why-is-russia-using-them
      Russia’s claim about the hypersonic missile has drawn scrutiny from arms observers in recent days, and the senior DoD official described the weapon’s alleged deployment as confusing. https://www.politico.com/news/2022/03/21/dod-official-russia-hypersonic-missile-00018872
      The apparent first use of Russia’s air-launched hypersonic ballistic missile against a target in Ukraine doesn’t all add up. https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/44840/we-have-questions-about-russias-claimed-kinzhal-hypersonic-missile-use-in-ukraine
      It appears Russia’s supposed strike with a Kinzhal hypersonic missile against a major military weapons storage area 300 miles southwest of Kyiv was actually an attack on a farm’s barn or large chicken coop in a heavily bombarded rural area in the far eastern area of Ukraine.

  15. Proud Mary says:

    Will Belarus, Russia’s key ally, join Putin’s war in Ukraine? Analysts say President Lukashenko’s forces may spearhead the Russian advance on western Ukrainian regions. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/3/22/will-belarus-join-the-war
    Belarus military may refuse to take part in waging against Ukraine https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-ato/3437326-belarus-military-refuse-to-fight-against-ukraine.html
    Putin’s strongman ally may have accidentally shared a map of Russia’s Ukrainian-invasion plans The map also showed Ukraine divided into four sections. https://www.businessinsider.com/belarus-lukashenko-revealed-map-russias-ukrainian-invasion-plans-2022-3?inline-endstory-related-recommendations= See also video https://twitter.com/TadeuszGiczan/status/1498673348183744518?s=20&t=e8cdlbSlGdFMCrrf693Xew
    Capitol riot suspect wanted by the FBI is granted asylum in Belarus https://www.businessinsider.com/capitol-riot-wanted-suspect-evan-neumann-granted-asylum-belarus-2022-3

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