UK: ‘Completely Legitimate’ for Ukraine to Attack Russia Territory


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[–]eypandabear 9326 points9327 points9328 points  (752 children)

How is this even controversial?

The goal of all military strategy is to render the enemy unable (or unwilling) to continue the war.

Whether you are the attacker or defender is a political circumstance which informs the goals of the war. But it does not change how war is conducted. At least not directly.

[–]___wasting___time___ 4005 points4006 points4007 points  (508 children)

I'll go even further - whether they call it a "special military operation" or not, it is de facto war. You can't call "foul" when your opponent invades, much less "just" conducts strikes, in your territory. Until a peace treaty is signed, Ukraine would be well within their rights to march on Moscow, if they wanted and were able to.

Russia literally brought this on themselves with the outbreak of armed hostilities.

Edit: To make it clear, I brought up an invasion as an extreme example, actually doing it would be a horrible idea for a whole host of reasons. Yes, it may feel good in a karmic way to think about Ukraine kicking Russia's ass all the way to the Kreml, but not only is it not going to happen, just the attempt would be doomed to fail and just lead to more death and suffering.

This isn't a game, these are real Ukrainian soldiers on the ground and real Russian civilians who would die. The best outcome in any war is for the war to end as quickly, bloodless and lasting as possible. Don't let vindictiveness blind you to that.

[–]karrachr000 58 points59 points60 points  (2 children)

Putin: "I have skimmed off some money for another mega-yacht and a mansion; this $1,000,000,000 will be enough for the war effort."

Generals: "We skimmed off some money for yachts and child slaves; $750,000,000 should be enough for the war effort."

Colonels: "We skimmed off a bit for new houses and a weekend of booze and hookers; $500,000,000 might be enough to fund the war effort until the next round of funding."



Sergeants: "We skimmed off a bit of cash for a night cocaine-fueled fun with a hooker; I hope that this $50,000 is enough to keep the men fed for now."

Privates: "There was not enough money for us to skim off; I guess we will have to rape and pillage our way through this other country."

[–]sonicandfffan 45 points46 points47 points  (6 children)

The military graft in Russia is a real industry, but it's not the reason why they're losing this war.

That's because of incompetence in their leadership structures due to replacing talent with yes men. It's WW2 all over again - Putin directly took control of the initial stages, too many yes men agreed with him and nobody challenged him.

What has gone really wrong:

  • Attacking over too many axes initially

  • Overextending their logistical lines due to the multiple axes and unrealistic military goals

  • A complete failure to execute SEAD due to intelligence leaks (US/UK knew when the SEAD strikes were coming in) AND (more importantly) not updating their targeting intel immediately before the strike

  • An obsession in the early war with forming an air bridge deep behind enemy lines, expending multiple aerial assets, contract troops and, most importantly, morale in obviously doomed attempts

  • Allowing two critical and irreplaceable naval assets to operate in zone without sufficient air superiority, particularly egregiously in the case of their alligator class lander, because that was pure incompetence (at least the Moskva sinking was because the Ukrainians executed a brilliant plan rather than opportunism because the Russians broadcast its location on national TV and parked it next to explosive fuel tanks).

[–]BilldaCat10 25 points26 points27 points  (1 child)

There's a story about this in "Man is Wolf to Man", written by a prisoner in the Gulag. I think the word is 'tufta' .. basically each person skimmed some off the top, and Moscow got the numbers they wanted.

Found it:

"If a brigadier cared about his men and wanted to ensure they received their full rations, he falsified the reports. This maneuvering - presenting false reports with inflated data - was known as tufta, and the person doing this was known as a tuftach. Tufta occurred every day, as not everyone could fulfill the norm, and it looked bad if the brigadier didn't make his quota. No one challenged the false reports because bribery and camaraderie were the modus operandi all the way up the line. Each higher-up expected the person below him to pay for the oversight, the form of payment depending on what was available. Discrepancies between the amounts in the reports and the amounts actually shipped could be blamed on insufficient air transport and difficulties in transportation due to bad weather. From the mining camps and processing centers, across the desks of the regional administrators, and all the way to the headquarters of Dalstroy, tufta spread through the bureaucracy like a virus. Moscow demanded numbers and that's what they got - real or imaginary.

[–]Dan_Backslide 96 points97 points98 points  (6 children)

They had a pretty sweet thing going until 2014. Ukraine was basically their bitch because they had a country that was by and large as corrupt as they were, with a puppet president that would lick their asses on demand. The country was as good as theirs, just like the good old days of the Soviet Union and the Russian empire.

And then the Ukrainian people said they had enough, and threw out the corrupt ass licker who then ran off to Russia. Which basically put Russian control over Ukraine at risk and so they invaded and carved off a chunk of Ukraine for themselves. And the world let them, and Ukraine was too weak because of that Russian domination to do anything about it.

And the Russians probably thought things were still the same as they were 8 years ago.

[–]TheRedChair21 42 points43 points44 points  (0 children)

There's this guy, Artyom/Artem Nazarov, who teaches Russian on Youtube on his project Russian Progress. After the war broke out he was briefly horrified, then swallowed the blue pill.

Anyways, my point is, it was surreal to hear him say exactly what you're saying in the comments to his videos. Additionally, when I pointed out Ukraine has a right to use force to retake its territory, he said 'No thanks, no one in the Crimea/Donbass wants war.'

Okay, but you think all the other Ukrainians do??

[–]___wasting___time___ 167 points168 points169 points  (53 children)

Yeah, it would send the message "nuke us".

But nuclear threat aside, the reason the West can so easily justify arming Ukraine to the teeth and why Ukraine has so much political capital around the world currently is because their fight is purely defensive.

While conducting strikes and raids in enemy territory to undermine Russia's ability to wage war doesn't change anything about that, if they were actually insane enough to try and invade Russia proper, they'd lose a lot of support, strain their already taxed forces to the breaking point by doing something no one's prepared for and lose a lot of morale of soldiers who previously were defending their homes and now fight for something with dubious chances of success and utility.

No. Strikes and covert ops missions are a great idea, invading and holding Russia territory is a terrible idea.

Retaking Crimea on the other hand...

[–]CSI_Tech_Dept 74 points75 points76 points  (8 children)

They have the right to go until they reach Vladivostok. The problem is whether they will still be seen favorably by others.

I believe the UK's message is more for Russia than Ukraine.

It basically says that the West will continue to support Ukraine even if it starts attacking Russia, so putin should consider if the risk is worth it.

That approach is also a valid defense. It makes it necessary for Russia to move troops to secure its border and that would reduce resources to continue the offensive.

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