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D. Orlov nailed it:
Because if Russia invaded on Thursday morning, this is what the situation on the ground would look like by Saturday afternoon.1.
Ukrainian artillery fell silent almost immediately. They are no longer
shelling residential districts of Donetsk and Lugansk. This is because
their locations had been pinpointed prior to the operation, and by
Thursday afternoon they were completely wiped out using air attacks,
artillery and ground-based rocket fire, as the first order of business.
Local residents are overjoyed that their horrible ordeal is finally at
an end.2. The look of military activity on the
ground in Donetsk and Lugansk has changed dramatically. Whereas before
it involved small groups of resistance fighters, the Russians operate in
battalions of 400 men and dozens of armored vehicles, followed by
convoys of support vehicles (tanker trucks, communications, field
kitchens, field hospitals and so on). The flow of vehicles in and out is
non-stop, plainly visible on air reconnaissance and satellite photos.
Add to that the relentless radio chatter, all in Russian, which anyone
who wants to can intercept, and the operation becomes impossible to
hide. 3. The Ukrainian military has promptly
vanished. Soldiers and officers alike have taken off their uniforms,
abandoned their weapons, and are doing their best to blend in with the
locals. Nobody thought the odds of the Ukrainian army against the
Russians were any good. Ukraine's only military victory against Russia
was at the battle of Konotop in 1659, but at the time Ukraine was allied
with the mighty Khanate of Crimea, and, you may have noticed, Crimea is
not on Ukraine's side this time around.4. There
are Russian checkpoints everywhere. Local civilians are allowed through,
but anyone associated with a government, foreign or domestic, is
detained for questioning. A filtration system has been set up to return
demobilized Ukrainian army draftees to their native regions, while the
volunteers and the officers are shunted to pretrial detention centers,
to determine whether they had ordered war crimes to be committed.5.
Most of Ukraine's border crossings are by now under Russian control.
Some have been reinforced with air defense and artillery systems and
tank battalions, to dissuade NATO forces from attempting to stage an
invasion. Civilians and humanitarian goods are allowed through.
Businessmen are allowed through once they fill out the required forms
(which are in Russian).6. Russia has imposed a
no-fly zone over all of Ukraine. All civilian flights have been
cancelled. There is quite a crowd of US State Department staffers, CIA
and Mossad agents, and Western NGO people stuck at Borispol airport in
Kiev. Some are nervously calling everyone they know on their satellite
phones. Western politicians are demanding that they be evacuated
immediately, but Russian authorities want to hold onto them until their
possible complicity in war crimes has been determined.7.
The usual Ukrainian talking heads, such as president Poroshenko, PM
Yatsenyuk and others, are no longer available to be interviewed by
Western media. Nobody quite knows where they are. There are rumors that
they have already fled the country. Crowds have stormed their abandoned
residences, and were amazed to discover that they were all outfitted
with solid gold toilets. Nor are the Ukrainian oligarchs anywhere to be
found, except for the warlord Igor Kolomoisky, who was found in his
residence, abandoned by his henchmen, dead from a heart attack.
(Contributed by the Saker.)8. Some of the over
800,000 Ukrainian refugees are starting to stream back in from Russia.
They were living in tent cities, many of them in the nearby Rostov
region, but with the winter coming they are eager to get back home, now
that the shelling is over. Along with them, construction crews, cement
trucks and flatbeds stacked with pipe, cable and rebar are streaming in,
to repair the damage from the shelling.9. There is
all sorts of intense diplomatic and military activity around the world,
especially in Europe and the US. Military forces are on highest alert,
diplomats are jetting around and holding conferences. President Obama
just held a press conference to announce that “We don't have a strategy
on Ukraine yet.” His military advisers tell him that his usual strategy
of “bomb a little and see what happens” is not likely to be helpful in
this instance.10. Kiev has surrendered. There are
Russian tanks on the Maidan Square. Russian infantry is mopping up the
remains of Ukraine's National Guard. A curfew has been announced. The
operation to take Kiev resembled “Shock and Awe” in Baghdad: a few loud
bangs and then a whimper.Armed with this list, you too should be able to determine whether or not Russia has invaded Ukraine last Thursday.
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