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(Telegraph)   Putin: "Hey, Moldova. That's a nice breakaway region you have there, it would be a shame if someone annexed it by force"   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 18
    More: Interesting, Moldova, Transdniestria, Crimean, Moldovan, democracy  
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8582 clicks; posted to Main » on 24 Mar 2014 at 9:39 AM (44 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-03-24 01:02:05 PM  
3 votes:

xanadian: Paris1127: Bender should be in Moldova, not occupied by the Transnistrians...

I wonder what it would be like to go on a bender in Bender...


Probably like this:
media.giphy.com
2014-03-24 10:02:37 AM  
2 votes:

verbaltoxin: It's okay, we actually know how to find land wars in Europe.


www.zealoptics.com

Relieved to hear it.
2014-03-24 01:40:05 PM  
1 votes:

Sammichless: redmid17: Sammichless: redmid17: I'm saying I would be surprised if all NATO members jumped on the bandwagon, especially those right next door to Russia. They'd get steamrolled real quick and most of that 70% comes from one country almost 5000 miles away.

Theoretically NATO member nations don't have a choice in this. You are also giving the Russian military a lot more credit than I think it deserves. Even a shooting war against Ukraine (a poor nation without NATO support) would be expected to be a hard victory for Russia to pull off.

A military victory? No I think Russia would handily take Ukraine in that engagement. The occupation would be what trips them up. Even setting aside what looks like inflated Russian troop numbers, they have at least 4:1 advantage  with respects to tanks, airplanes, helicopters, troop transports, and the like. They can Ukraine without much issue. The Russian military also has recent experience in fighting wars (or occupations). Ukraine hasn't been in a conflict since they (maybe) sent some troops to Afghanistan 30 years ago.

Then again, this is all in a solely Russia vs Ukraine conflict. Theoretically the all members of NATO have to join in, but the EU relies heavily on Russia for natural gas and oil and the eastern members of NATO could be taken fairly quickly with a small fraction of Russian resources. They'd have a free hand for a while, maybe a month or more? It takes time to mobilize troops and/or relocate them from foreign bases and US soil. Russia would would retain land superiority for any shorter conflict, the naval one would tip to NATO fairly quick (6th fleet > Black sea fleet), and the air superiority would be dicey since Russia has a ton of planes, more than the US could realistically get to Europe and maintain for any extended period of time.

Someone already pointed out that Ukraine is not a Western ally. And that NATO will not be sending in troops. The West would likely aid Ukraine financially and offer material supp ...


To be fair, most of the Soviet casualties were caused by a single Finnish sniper...

/he's still out there, they say.  waiting for the day the reds come creeping back across the snow...
2014-03-24 01:09:08 PM  
1 votes:
The Transnistrian uniforms are pretty exciting! I really like the icing along the seems!

4 Stars! ****

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2014-03-24 11:52:52 AM  
1 votes:

Paris1127: Bender should be in Moldova, not occupied by the Transnistrians...


I wonder what it would be like to go on a bender in Bender...
2014-03-24 11:11:45 AM  
1 votes:

ArkPanda: And the EU and NATO (which according to them should have dissolved when the Soviet Union did) have been steadily expanding to the east for 20 years.

"They invade our space and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds and we fall back. Not again. The line must be drawn here!"


You broke one of your little ships.
2014-03-24 10:49:22 AM  
1 votes:

ArkPanda: Infernalist: CleanAndPure: TheGregiss: The Russians need lebensraum.

They have that in abundance... this isn't Germany where 20 people have to live in the area of a sardine can.

Each Russian has 20 national parks in his back yard. Huge country...

Russia doesn't need breathing room, it needs a buffer zone.

Russians have some ingrained terror of being invaded.  Especially by Germany.  And to the Russian mind, the best way to keep themselves safe is to put as much room between themselves and their enemies.  That's why they had the Iron Curtain and the Soviet Bloc nations as a big buffer zone between them and NATO.

That's why they freak out when their neighbors want to get cozy and comfy with the West.  They see no buffer between them and enemy armies bearing down on Moscow.

And the EU and NATO (which according to them should have dissolved when the Soviet Union did) have been steadily expanding to the east for 20 years.

"They invade our space and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds and we fall back. Not again. The line must be drawn here!"


The USSR requested to join NATO once, and received the 1950s version of "LOL" as a response.
2014-03-24 10:37:28 AM  
1 votes:

redmid17: raerae1980: So, I should cross Moldova off my list of EU countries to visit?


/doesn't sound very touristy.

If Moldova is on your list of EU countries to visit (for fun), I would question your taste as well as the source of information you're using for EU countries.


Fark should have a sarcasm button.
2014-03-24 10:36:08 AM  
1 votes:
Once again, Putin The Global Chessmaster is on the move!  Soon, he'll be posing shirtless in front of the Eiffel Tower!   This is all on Obama.
2014-03-24 10:24:49 AM  
1 votes:
Does Moldova have oil?
2014-03-24 10:17:33 AM  
1 votes:

sweetmelissa31: Men have to move to other countries to find jobs, and many of the women are used for human trafficking


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"Moldova, Moldova, you very nice place"
2014-03-24 10:15:18 AM  
1 votes:

TheGregiss: The Russians need lebensraum.


They have that in abundance... this isn't Germany where 20 people have to live in the area of a sardine can.

Each Russian has 20 national parks in his back yard. Huge country...
2014-03-24 10:06:47 AM  
1 votes:

TheGregiss: Some asshole said I was a Neocon for opposing Putin's military expansion.


Am I still a Neocon for thinking Putin is a bad guy with expansionist aims?


No, you're a realist.

Though, at this point, it's far more prudent and effective to wage economic warfare rather than physical warfare.
2014-03-24 09:47:03 AM  
1 votes:
That's unpossible. I've been assured by Fark's lefty brigade that the Crunea abbé action was a clear and total victory for the rest of the world, because that albatross would completely shut down the Russian economy and drag them down for years to come, while the oligarchs put the brakes on any further external ambitions Putin (who is absolutely worshiped by all Republicans) may have harbored.
2014-03-24 09:44:44 AM  
1 votes:
Putin is taking over the world!  Des Moines, Iowa, you're next!

/poor soil there
2014-03-24 09:43:51 AM  
1 votes:
Color me surprised.
2014-03-24 09:42:11 AM  
1 votes:

SlothB77: "I pray for the return of the Soviet Union," she says. "Putin gives us hope. He is reuniting the Soviet Union."

I am sure the LGTB community of Transdniester just can't wait to be part of Russia the Soviet Union.  They must miss all those beatings.


I totally read that as Transgender. Damn, LGBT community, warping mah brain wit impure tauts!
2014-03-24 08:18:22 AM  
1 votes:
Moldova: "Hey Putin, no need to be rough. We want you to take us" *spreads legs*
 
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