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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday pleaded with Russian mothers to think twice before allowing his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin, to send their sons to Ukraine to fight, lest they join the 12,000 Russian soldiers who’ve already perished on the field.
“The number of killed Russian servicemen on the territory of Ukraine already exceeds 12,000 people. Twelve thousand! The number of wounded invaders is many times bigger,” he said in an address made early Saturday morning, Kyiv time.
“We did not invite any of them here. And we repeat to each of the invaders: you can still save yourself. At any moment. Just lay down your weapons and go home, leave our land,” he continued, before turning his attention to Russian mothers.
“I want to say it again for Russian mothers. Especially for mothers of conscripts. Do not send your children to war in a foreign land. Do not believe the promises that they will be sent just somewhere for exercises or just somewhere in non-combat conditions,” the Ukrainian president said.
“Check where your son is. And if you have even the slightest suspicion that your son may be sent to the war against Ukraine, act immediately. Do not give your son to death or captivity,” he urged.
Lot of recent talk about Russian (and Ukrainian) casualties.
Reports vary, based on who provides them, and how they are counting the losses.
History shows that in war, those who are conducting the offense (Russia), casualties tend to be higher…in the defense, lower 1/18
— Mark Hertling (@MarkHertling) March 10, 2022
Whether or not 12,000 Russian soldiers have actually died in the conflict remains unclear. On Wednesday, a U.S. official told CBS News that the Biden administration has estimated Russian casualties to be somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000 Russian soldiers.
What’s notable is that 5,000 to 6,000 is roughly the middle between 500 and 12,000, with the former number being what the Russian government claims is its actual death count.
Many feel the evidence suggests Zelenskyy has been inflating the number of deaths, while Putin has been deflating it. This is, of course, normal behavior during a war, as it can help to boost morale.
According to Todd Andrlik, the author and editor of “Reporting the Revolutionary War,” both British and American newspapers used the same “propaganda tactics” during the American Revolution “to boost morale and increase support.”
“Common propaganda tactics like name calling, fear mongering, selective news printing and demonizing the enemy helped fight the battle of mind control,” he said in a 2012 interview with the official Mount Vernon estate.
Zelensky continued his remarks early Saturday by celebrating the assistance he’s managed to squeeze out of his ostensible allies.
Buckle up! Biden expected to announce ban on Russian energy imports https://t.co/XkHE1EXyWb
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) March 8, 2022
“I held talks with US President Biden. We discussed how else we can put pressure on Russia to end this war and establish peace. Russia will be deprived of the opportunity to trade normally with the G7 countries. The less dollars Russian business earns and the less taxes the Russian state receives, the less opportunity the Russian military will have to kill our people,” he said.
“In Moscow currency exchange offices, the dollar has already reached 200 rubles. And this is just the beginning. The beginning of international sanctions,” he added. “The next step is the United States’ ban on bringing dollars into Russia. Consequently, there will be a shortage of currency. So, the course will raise even more. Consequently, prices will rise. Consequently, every citizen of Russia will feel that the absence of peace is a threat to him personally.”
The Biden administration has taken steps to help Zelenskyy, including by imposing devastating sanctions, banning Russian oil and calling for an end to normal trade relations with Russia.
But these moves have all boomeranged back on America, triggering worse inflation and even higher gas prices.
President Biden says he just had another call with President Zelensky as he announces he’s moving to revoke normal trade relations with Russia in another effort to punish President Putin.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) March 11, 2022
All this comes as Ukraine continues to negotiate with Russia.
Some have said the “best outcome” would be for Zelenskyy to agree to Putin’s demands, which are namely that Ukraine remains politically neutral and be demilitarized.
“Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that he recommends Ukraine take the offer made by Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the war – which includes many Ukrainian sacrifices – in a phone call on Tuesday, according to an official in Ukraine’s government,” The Jerusalem Post confirmed Friday.
Such a settlement would be beneficial for the United States as well:
What may be happening?
Putin realized that starting this war was an unmitigated disaster, and may want to end it while saving face.
Biden meanwhile is seeing soaring gas prices, and the UAE and Saudi aren’t even taking his calls. So he may also want Zelensky to settle. https://t.co/RmfpDN5IBM
— Balaji Srinivasan (@balajis) March 10, 2022
But others are calling for Zelenskyy to keep fighting til the end, even it means his own eventual demise.
The oppressed must fight till the very end even in death. Keep fighting
Ukraine & @ZelenskyyUa should keep fighting. Till the very end
— Poju (@pojugreat) March 12, 2022
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