Is Russia Boiling Over? The Rumors Get Weirder Every Day

Anyone who tells you they know what is going on is full of it

MartinEdic
3 min readMay 29

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A place on the Ukraine Russia border named Belgorod apparently was invaded last week by a group of Russian dissidents fighting for Ukraine. Belgorod is in Russia and there are multiple military support locations there. Ammo dumps, staging areas, etc.

How do I know this? To be honest, I don’t. But the Russian rumor mills are rife with the story and you know it is not from their military because it looks really bad. So there must be a kernel of truth behind it.

The story goes further. This seems to have freaked out the leadership so much they are moving seasoned troops out of Ukraine and back into Russia to defend their borders. They are being replaced with green recruits, cannon fodder.

If you pay attention, you hear more. Trains and their signaling systems are being derailed and blown up. Trains are Russia’s primary way of moving troops and equipment around.

Then there are the political things. It looks like various power groups, like Wagner, are taking up positions to take power when Putin fails. Please note, I said when, not if.

What is the end game? The better question is what was the beginning game? Was Vladimir Putin really that clueless when he invaded? Did he know how gutted his military was as oligarchs enriched themselves? Did he really think Ukraine was run by neo-Nazis and his troops would be welcomed as liberators?

The entire thing defies belief. It also tells us how insulated from reality a world leader can be. Donald Trump is our example here. He has operated outside of the law, thinking he was the law.

Putin is, for now, the law. Trump never was. It was just his colossal ego and his lackeys who convinced him he was. Putin seems to only hear news that satisfied his need to be right, to win. They claim they won Bakhmut, but at what cost and what gain? More rumors say 20,000 casualties for a small city blown to bits with zero strategic value?

History is going to have fun with this one. A war fought for no reason, that achieves nothing, and costs everything. That shows the world clearly that Russia is gutted and…

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MartinEdic

Mastodon: @martinedic@md.dm, Writer, nine non-fiction books, two novels, Buddhist, train lover. Amateur cook, lover of life most of the time!