That’s Not How This Works, That’s Not How Anything Works

“Trust me, comrades, why would I lie?”


The Kremlin’s announcement of new humanitarian corridors to transport civilians to Russia and Belarus was criticized by Ukraine as an “immoral” stunt ahead of a third round of peace talks set to begin Monday.

The latest: Russia’s Defense Ministry said it had agreed to hold fire and open humanitarian corridors from Kyiv, Kharkiv, Sumy and Mariupol. But the apparent evacuation routes would take Ukrainians under siege to cities in Russia and Belarus.

Tiger Beat on the Potomac morning email thingie:

DAY 12 …

RUSSIA IS KILLING UNARMED UKRAINIANS — You no doubt saw the horrific images of civilians being attacked in Irpin, outside Kyiv, as they tried to evacuate Sunday.

[Trigger warning: this is an extremely upsetting photograph, you do NOT need to see it to understand the point.]

People around the world awoke to this ghastly photograph, taken by Lynsey Addario for the NYT, of a mother and her two children lying dead on the ground while a Ukrainian soldier tried to save a male friend traveling with them. He later died.

“The shelling,” the Times reported, “suggested either targeting of the evacuation routes from Irpin, something of which the Ukrainian authorities have accused the Russian army after a railroad track used for evacuations was hit on Saturday, or disregard for the risk of civilian casualties.”

The picture was prominently featured on the NYT’s homepage all day Sunday, and then above the fold on A1 today.

Is it a war crime to capture civilians and remove them to the invaders country? Especially if it seems likely they might be used as hostages, if not “accidentally” killed on the way?

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4 Responses to That’s Not How This Works, That’s Not How Anything Works

  1. Yes it’s a war crime to do that. Putin started this thing by doing that to Donbas. Remember all those women and children he ‘evacuated’ ostentatiously to Russia? Notice how he didn’t let their husbands, fathers or sons go with them?

    He aims to burn Ukraine down if he can’t have it.

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  2. roket says:

    I guess we’re lucky TFG didn’t invade Greenland since it’s obvious he and Pooty are kindred spirits.

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  3. MDavis says:

    I was looking for a comment on body language. Uneven lips indicates a sneer of contempt or disgust – which would explain why so many Republicans look lopsided or twisted.
    But I found this instead.
    The Russian ambassador in England RTd a tweet claiming Russia is trying to prevent a war on Ukrainian soil.

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