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  1. Not exactly. Wikipedia has fairly good coverage of the events: 12 August The Allied response to Japan's qualified acceptance of the Potsdam Declaration was written by James F. Byrnes and approved by the British, Chinese, and Soviet governments, although the Soviets agreed only reluctantly. The Allies sent their response (via the Swiss Foreign Affairs Department) on 12 August. On the status of the Emperor it said: From the moment of surrender the authority of the Emperor and the Japanese government to rule the state shall be subject to the Supreme Commander of the Allied powers who will take such steps as he deems proper to effectuate the surrender terms. ... The ultimate form of government of Japan shall, in accordance with the Potsdam Declaration, be established by the freely expressed will of the Japanese people.[108] The Japanese cabinet considered the Allied response, and Suzuki argued that they must reject it and insist on an explicit guarantee for the imperial system. Anami returned to his position that there be no occupation of Japan. Afterward, Tōgō told Suzuki that there was no hope of getting better terms, and Kido conveyed the Emperor's will that Japan surrender. In a meeting with the Emperor, Yonai spoke of his concerns about growing civil unrest: I think the term is inappropriate, but the atomic bombs and the Soviet entry into the war are, in a sense, divine gifts. This way we don't have to say that we have quit the war because of domestic circumstances.[112] That day, Hirohito informed the imperial family of his decision to surrender. One of his uncles, Prince Asaka, then asked whether the war would be continued if the kokutai (imperial sovereignty) could not be preserved. The Emperor simply replied "of course."[113][114] ----------------------------------------------------- So the Allied response was ambivalent, and the Japanese debated about whether "it is up to Japanese people to decide" was good enough guarantee. I think the Allied plan at this point was to put Hirohito on trial as war criminal, and if Japanese wanted to keep the Imperial System on place after that (with new Emperor), then who cares.
  2. Developments on Kherson front have happened in the shadow of much more dramatic events in the Kharkiv front. Ukrainians have kept attacking there however, often with not much success, sometimes pushing few hundred metres here & there - similar 'progress' what Russia does on Donetsk front. Up until now, pro-Russian sources have appeared pretty positive (even triumphant) on Kherson situation as Ukrainian losses appear to be very high for the ground gained. Also, much-talked about 'supply bridge crisis' seems not to have happened, or at least was much less than initially hoped/feared. However this new breakthrough is worrying because it may imply that the Russian forces holding the front are simply worn out and exhausted their combat potential. If there is no substantial reserve to decisively check Ukrainian advance and preferably push them back somewhat, then the Russian may be forced to pull back on new, less well prepared line, and inevitably will lose some equipment and stores, as always happens when heavily mechanized forces have to make a sudden retreat.
  3. PPP differential between USA and Russia is something like 2,3 (this is not entirely accurate as Russia does have to pay nominal cost from many articles, but for simplification). So if we go by that, Russia would use about $16B of their $61B military budget on nukes, if they use monetarily same amount as US. Russian strategic arsenal might be relatively cheaper, however, due to less reliance on SLBM's which I presume are more expensive to deploy per warhead than land-based missiles. Quick search on open-source estimates are that Russia uses substantially less on nuclear weapons however than that, about 13 to 15% of the state defence budget, so about half of my crude comparison.
  4. Oh right, the resolution is so low it looked like it was a wheeled vehicle.
  5. Is this some Ukrainian BTR variant, VAB, or XA-180? https://t.me/boris_rozhin/65906?single
  6. Pushing forward along the river bank is dangerous, as while your own flank is safe, you can also easily get flanked yourself. Of course, Russians may not have reserves there. It seems Ukrainians tried a two-pronged offensive, with one push at Davydov Brod and second towards Zolota Balka. Former appeared to have gone horribly wrong, but the second seems to have had the best success Ukrainians have had at Kherson front for months. Remains to be seen if Russians have to withdraw from Vysokopillia direction.
  7. Pretty much same they are doing over evidence of atrocities from Ukrainian war - call for war criminals to be convicted, international condemnation, preparing for sanctions if no progress is being made. You know, the usual stuff.
  8. Your outrage at selective outrage is amusing. I do not remember a single news piece of any Azeri atrocity in our MSM. If anything, they are the ones who 'get a pass' in this conflict as both EU and Russia are too busy with other things to make more enemies. The hoi polloi tend to have more sympathies for Armenians, due to their perceived underdog status (not so much moral superiority as few people know or care enough of the conflict to make any judgement). However this attitude doesn't make it to the top levels. It is as I said, inconvenient.
  9. I don't agree that insurgencies cannot be defeated (historically, most have been defeated...), or that modern societies (or 'the West') are 'too soft' to deal with them. Iraqi insurgency was eventually managed. Russia did defeat Chechens in the 2nd war. Etc. Something similar could have been achieved in Afghanistan.
  10. There was also earlier video of Azeri soldiers defiling the corpse of female Armenian soldier. I wonder if this gets any coverage, or if it does, will there be any official reaction? I doubt it, it would be too 'inconvenient' at the moment.
  11. Also doesn't Kinzhal has range of like 2000 kilometres? Seems unlikely it would be need to fired from Crimea. Even Kalibrs are apparently now loaded on the mainland.
  12. I read that long ago, then I read experiences of people from the front which made it quite clear that his view on Ukrainian military is...rather polished. It is understandable, he needs to cheerlead for Ukrainians, and it's what people want to hear.
  13. All you do is to keep making same excuses over and over again "oh it was the politicians" while glossing over military failures. Which I have pointed out and you did not respond to any of them, so I think settles the issue.
  14. The 'Hyvä Suomi!' commentary I have linked is expressed by volunteers who were/are Ukraine, I agree it sometimes sounds quite superior... but, I wasn't there, I'm comfortably in my chair so who am I to say, etcetera. Last guy whose story I linked said that he came back "hating Ukrainians and Russians equally". However, important to note that not he or anyone else said that Ukrainians are in the wrong, seems it was just cultural shock and maybe some PTSD.
  15. Whole Tora Bora affair is so baffling it is no wonder that conspiracy theories spin up - entire point of the war was to capture OBL, and when it's time to clear out his hideout, it's a half-assed effort featuring mostly proxies. Either they had good intel that OBL was not there, or it was a colossal screwup.
  16. I gather there's some delaying action going on in Zarichne etc. Pro-Russian source claimed earlier that Svatove-Zarichne road is cut, but road to Kreminna is still open.
  17. MiG-31? Well that's interesting, none of the MiG-31 units are based on Black Sea AFAIK. Some time ago ppl here were wondering why they weren't seen anywhere. Meanwhile, Ukrainians claim to have shot down Ka-52 on Zaporižžia front. The video only shows some crashed aircraft burning and which appear to be rockets going off, so it probably is an attack helo of some kind. They also claimed another shootdown, but again it might be the same event shot from different viewpoint.
  18. Oh, it was to frozen accounts? I wondered why Russia made the currency to such a sticking point, but probably they figured that the accounts were not going to be unfrozen, ever, so what's the point then.
  19. Any word on what type? No way pilot(s) survived that unless they ejected, so a fighter of some kind returning with unused munitions, perhaps due to some technical problems?
  20. But that didn't have to be, the US led coalition could have prevented them from retreating had they just deployed more forces. Even if that had not eliminated the Taliban for good, it would have at least made their comeback harder. Possibly, it might have resulted to early capture of OBL, as some claim he escaped Tora Bora in nick of time. Even if it hadn't, seems at least with benefit of hindsight that it would have been worth a shot.
  21. A Finnish volunteer said that Ukrainian junior officers are often very good at their job. However, the impression is that this was due to practical war experience, rather than some special type of training.
  22. Hubris has been considerable for sure, some of the Finnish volunteers in Ukraine even expressed opinion "screw NATO, we don't need 'em"...
  23. Yeah, it's all that dagnabbit media who couldn't see the awesomeness of the war which had seen continuous victory for 20 years and counting...so unpatriotic! Probably liberals. I sort of agree that embarrassing pullout may have encouraged Putin, making him think that West wouldn't want to intervene in new wars in any way. However, I think recent Karabakh war was probably bigger influence.
  24. IIRC the US reply was along the lines "That is up to the Japanese people to decide" which was sort of a half-concession.
  25. ...you DO realize that Taliban resurgency began during the BUSH era, right? Again, you have not given a single thing which in any way proves me wrong. Not. A. Single. Thing.
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