From Jedi Master@21:1/5 to All on Sun Sep 17 10:12:35 2023
Nineteen months in, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “special military operation” in Ukraine is an ongoing cauldron of death, terror and destruction. After 24 years of reigning over the Kremlin, Putin has reduced Russia to a one-dimensional
society defined both at home and abroad by death.
Depending on estimates — Russian Ministry of Defense casualty counts are notoriously unreliable — more than 283,000 Russian soldiers have died in Putin’s wars in Chechnya, Georgia, the North Caucasus, Syria, Central African Republic and Mali. And
if Kyiv’s estimate of the Kremlin’s losses is accurate, nearly 270,000 have died since Putin began his war against Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022.
The civilian death toll is equally horrific: 90,000-plus in those other conflicts, plus nearly 10,000 Ukrainians killed alongside 18,000 injured; 554 of them children. Most are the result of Russian war crimes, including genocide, heinous crimes against
humanity and torture chambers according to a UN-backed investigation.
Putin’s reign of death and terror is also playing out daily inside of Russia. He orders critics and journalists to be murdered, poisons opposition leaders and ruthlessly arranges the deaths of anyone perceived to be a threat, including, most recently,
decapitating Yevgeny Prigozhin and his Wagner Group associates over the skies of greater Moscow.