Talk:2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

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We could try a "timeline" for this, possibly with a different article heading ("Russia-Ukraine war" or similar?). This war could be a short affair or expand into WW3. I regret not being active on the Covid timeline. Terje (talk) 07:50, 26 February 2022 (UTC)---

Reliable information is hard to get by, from either side at this time. Please share your favorite sources. I'll start with: Urban (talk) 08:38, 26 February 2022 (UTC)
Marko at and both give excellent perspective. Terje (talk) 06:59, 28 February 2022 (UTC)---
Apart from not renaming this page for now, the timelin in hcard is something I did try at the 2014 coup page, but it looked buggy or I didn't understood it. I'd need to try it on a sandbox before trying it out. As I don't really grasp how it works in the SMWQ. --Jun (talk) 22:17, 28 February 2022 (UTC)

I could use help integrating this part better on the page; It still stings me that we didn't expand this page or the Russia/Encirclement or Ukraine page detailing the 2016-2021 period forcing me to make the ON 50% of the early drafts. Just like other "border" countries, like Turkey, Mexico, Nigeria, Serbia, or a good example both Koreas, this conflict will probably become another frozen one where two superpowers will try make the two separate states out of one country satellite states by complete societal takeover.

The corruption and neo-Nazi groups could put this page in perspective and help us evade the business insider for future purposes. Good starts could be the Malaysian Airlines odd links, the association treaty, the Russian oligarchs behind Poroshenko and the links between the Neo-Nazi's and foreign intelligence agencies. --Jun (talk) 15:19, 5 April 2022 (UTC)


Looking at our other wars (list), I see 2 named an "invasion", the United States invasion of Panama and the Afghanistan/2001 Invasion, despite that most of the wars listed have an invader. I suggest renaming this one, but will bow to consensus. "2022 Russian-Ukrainian War"? Terje (talk) 06:59, 28 February 2022 (UTC)---

I opt for the more neutral "war", but maybe a redirect does it, because search engines have already crawled this pagename. Urban (talk) 08:12, 28 February 2022 (UTC)
I think search engines are good at dealing with mediawiki & namechanges nowadays, so that shouldn't be a big factor. One common element of the other two invasions is a power imbalance, and a long distance between the two parties, only the former of which is true here. "Invasion" feels like quite an accurate description for now. If it goes on for ages and/or otherwise acquires more characteristics of a "war", we can revisit this topic then. -- Robin (talk) 15:02, 28 February 2022 (UTC)

Blacklisted by google

The search "Russian invasion of Ukraine‎‎ wikispooks" is blacklisted by google now. Yahoo and Duckduckgo report it as 1. hit though. Urban (talk) 21:13, 28 February 2022 (UTC)

This happens sometimes for a day or 2. According to internal data this week is the still the most busy week for us in at least 1 year.

Google is still responsible for 45-55% of search engines share to find access us for today. And ~30% of complete share in linking to us. A peculiar point to make is that unlike most sites, our visitors are already quite tech savvy, they use duck duck go more often and a significant share appear to access our site directly (by bookmarking us or remembering our from memory or as routine visitors (e.g: recent visit/start-pages in chrome, Opera & Firefox).

So apart from the fact it wouldn't be something to really anticipate on for now, just wait to see if this situation changes. You can always try to get more market share by promoting the site on our social media. (Telegram, Twitter, Reddit, NOT Facebook as that's run by someone unknown to us). I've send you the Twitter and Reddit and Gab login data. Telegram is run by Terje, ask him him you want to share knowledge of this. --Jun (talk) 21:46, 28 February 2022 (UTC)

This is correct, the page is blacklisted. But all other pages, and even the mentioning of this page on other talk pages appears quite high. Which is telling. --Jun (talk) 01:39, 4 March 2022 (UTC) I've contacted Google, but... to no avail.

Removed content

The following has been debunked and therefore removed; "When the USSR broke apart in 1990, Russia (then represented by Gorbachev) was promised that NATO would not expand eastward. The promise was broken from beginning." Please try to study this kind of info before adding it. See:

Please try to add the sources while removing segments that already are "backed up with refs". We now have several parts explained two times in different headers. --Jun (talk) 14:05, 3 March 2022 (UTC)

I appreciate your edits. Great improvement. I did not intend to remove any content BTW, did I? I suspect Gorbi was in on it (his Club of Rome quote about a "New World Order") and if he denies the "well known" promise, this would fit in very well. Urban (talk) 18:21, 3 March 2022 (UTC)
You only moved the encirclement (and deleted the militarization) link in the lede. The militarization is not a perfect fit, but the best replacement should prob be a separate page called "NATO/Expansion". The encirclement link was really popular and a vital argument to understand narratives in the lede as pwiki data showed, that's why I placed it back in the lede.

Urban could you explain why you removed the nuclear rearmament part? Having it's own article is fine, but it is relevant to give context here. -- Sunvalley (talk) 16:35, 9 March 2022 (UTC)

And to clarify, Zelensky insinuated it,[1][2] by saying that that the Budapest Memorandum[3][4] does not work anymore, nuclear rearmament (given the smaller size of their army) is one obvious route to go from there. Rainer Rupp has written an article that pretty much has the same view.[5] Dmytro Kuleba (Minister of Foreign Affairs Ukraine) said something to the effect that it was a mistake do give the nukes away.[6][7] So I would clarify (maybe with Russian and Western reaction) and put it back in? -- Sunvalley (talk) 18:04, 9 March 2022 (UTC)
It is exactly that: an insinuation by someone considered a US puppet here. That makes it suspicious as a propaganda move, given his main quote requesting NATO support, also western media fostering fear to raise support for sanctions. The media uses conjunctives here: it may be... But obviously the main topic: "What happened to all these nuclear weapons" is of great real concern. Are they old soviet type weapons? Have they really been disabled (as Dmytro Kuleba implies)? (WP is not clear about that) Or, are there NATO types, even? Who is in control NOW? It is a bit confusing to sort all this out on this page IMHO, obviously top secret info would be needed. We would have to use a lot of maybe-type hypotheses, like the commercially-controlled media does BTW, which is in itself suspicious. This is a hot topic which could be best referenced by a FA on this page, I think. It is all hypothetical, we do not know, so not a re-action (other than propaganda) per se. Urban (talk) 18:23, 9 March 2022 (UTC)
You mentioned Rainer Rupp and he said in this article: Altogether, Ukraine had about 1,700 strategic nuclear warheads and hundreds of delivery weapons, over which, in practice, Moscow, more precisely the Kremlin, had never relinquished control. (emph. added) This seems plausible to me. Nuclear weapons are controlled by sophisticated computers, which are owned by Putin. This might help explaining his rather bold move. Urban (talk) 18:37, 9 March 2022 (UTC)
Given what could be observed in Ukraine since the coup, I think you can not realistically exclude it. Exclude that they are not thinking about it. Or that they could not be thinking about it. I assume (without reading into it) that the disarmament [1] was done under international supervision and these weapons were all removed from Ukraine, and that the real threat comes from them having the option to recreate the technology in the short run, since they have the foundation. I still think it is fair to mention this, however (you being probably right here), in a more exact way. The insinuation at that meeting and the remarks by the minister are just facts and the Russians reacted seriously, and shortly thereafter the military move. -- Sunvalley (talk) 19:20, 9 March 2022 (UTC)
At the Munich conference, when you read his statement in the original quote... Doesn't Zelensky sound a bit like a helpless clown among all these NATO big shots? If you think the reader profits from your interpretation of the insinuation, you can put it this way: user:Sunvalley assumes... and then quote him literally to make clear the difference of what was said and what your thoughts are. I am not devaluing your thoughts. I'm not fighting about that. Or you say: "Probably (admitting that its a hypothesis) the real threat comes from them[Who?] having the option to recreate the technology in the short run (see FA...)". Urban (talk) 05:11, 10 March 2022 (UTC)
Sure he is, but given that the also has to make people directly around him happy, given the Ukrainian nationalism developed as it did, given that there is something akin to a deep state in Ukraine, I would not exclude the possibility that they want to have nukes again (relevant tweet by Hans Kristensen: [2]) .. smaller ones (tactical), on rockets of the >500 KM range could likely be done, at least that is what Putin said in his address to the nation. First remarks from Ukrainian officials that I can find reporting on are from: Oleksandr Turchynov in April 2019)[8]. Looking at it, it does not really make sense, since when they use them in a theoretical future scenario, Russia could give a much bigger response, and not just in Ukraine - which would be the reason why Ukraine will not be helped with that officially. But since there is a certain know-how, they may be in a position to do it on their own. Putins address to the nation (21 February 2022):[9][10]

As we know, it has already been stated today that Ukraine intends to create its own nuclear weapons, and this is not just bragging. Ukraine has the nuclear technologies created back in the Soviet times and delivery vehicles for such weapons, including aircraft, as well as the Soviet-designed Tochka-U precision tactical missiles with a range of over 100 kilometres. But they can do more; it is only a matter of time. They have had the groundwork for this since the Soviet era. In other words, acquiring tactical nuclear weapons will be much easier for Ukraine than for some other states I am not going to mention here, which are conducting such research, especially if Kiev receives foreign technological support. We cannot rule this out either.

So it is not exactly me making that point, but the Russian state. And this is what the alt-media picked up on,[11] and thus my remark here. Ukrainian sources (in English) say after the Zelensky speech at times nukes are not pursued,[12] or alternatively "Ukraine may reconsider its nuclear status"[13]. There is an article by which comes down to this:[14]

Ukrainian Nuclear weapons capability

Some Ukrainian officials, such as retired General Pyotr Garashchuk , have argued that Ukraine retained enough technical knowledge to obtain a full range of nuclear weapons and delivery systems.

Technically, there is an industry in Ukraine that, with some modifications, should be able to create nuclear weapons systems. But, no nuclear power would help Ukraine make atomic weapons because no one wants to deal with the inevitable wave of problems that will arise the day it becomes known that Ukraine is developing nuclear weapons.

Instead of offering their approval and assistance, the U.S. and its allies are likely to work against Ukraine, potentially imposing economic sanctions. The current state of Ukraine’s economy and the government’s dependence on foreign aid makes Kiev’s chances of doing what Pyongyang did is doubtful.

The operation of nuclear weapons is a huge high-tech industry. Economically hobbled Ukraine will have to invest tens of billions of dollars in its formation, and without a guaranteed positive result.

Given the circumstances, Ukraine’s nuclear ambitions may be part of an attention-grabbing campaign rather than a real roadmap.

So all that, can we mention it? Most of it can be put at Ukraine/Nuclear weapons but some would have to be mentioned here imo, since that is part of the circumstances before the invasion. -- Sunvalley (talk) 13:29, 10 March 2022 (UTC)
Isn't Putin speaking of a preemptive strike here? Go ahead then, put it it in. But I'd prefer to have his quote on the subpage. Matter of taste. Urban (talk) 16:47, 10 March 2022 (UTC)

Who Promised What to Whom on NATO Expansion?

As for Gorbi's reasoning, I don't know and I'm not that sure. It appears he was "led to believe" by U.S. Secretary of State James Baker. Kohl and Bush. They appeared to have tried to make him believe if Germany joins NATO, NATO would stay there and not have to move east. They appear to compare it to be better than Germany just being independent again until it starts some (....) again. Gorbi wanted E-Germany to become a sort of Moldova. They say Gorbi said yes as he was surprised with the speed of Germany's calls for unification. I tend to think he was pressured to believe it, but thought it helped him for the coming Soviet coup and there were to many deep state faction trying to position themselves for the August coup.

I think a missing piece here is what and who Putin did meet in '91 after leaving the KGB - according to him was Gorbi was becoming quite senile - before being exposed for fraud by Marina Salye should help to solve this.

That there were assurances in those negotiations, that NATO would not move eastwards, is not the question anymore, there were.[15][16][17][18][19][20] "In return for German unification, the west promises not to let nato advance further eastward" (ARD).[21] I believe that assurances in meetings amongst statesmen had up to that point some sort binding effect, but the US then played stupid, turned around and said: "We're not expanding, they're asking to join" ... integrating the KGB networks into NATO as they went. Anyway, if someone has the answer why the Russians did not make this binding in writing, it would be much appreciated. -- Sunvalley (talk) 23:28, 3 March 2022 (UTC)
Gorbi says[22] it was only about "new military structures created in the eastern part of the country" with no promises elsewhere, I still don't see it as the explicit promising of no expansion beyond de DDR. At best the beyond DDR part would be an informal guarantee imho. Which is suspicious and a quite weak ploy of Gorbi of its own, but plausible reading the declassified files. As to why, most witnesses suggest the combi of Gorbi preparing for the demise of Union & getting an informal financial injection to keep it still floating), as the USSR was paid $40-70 billion by the DDR as "price for reunification".[23] --Jun (talk) 00:32, 4 March 2022 (UTC)
I found It says: "Who Promised What to Whom on NATO Expansion?” The panel included Mark Kramer: the “no-NATO-enlargement pledge” was a “myth”. And: "the U.S. was playing a double game in 1990, leading Gorbachev to believe NATO would be subsumed in a new European security structure" Urban (talk) 16:11, 4 March 2022 (UTC)
I would wonder what the discussion actually is, given what is known today, and has been spoken (and been reported about at the time). But when one side has other interests than cooperation and/or keeping to agreements, then this discussion becomes more understandable. Gorbi said things to the effect (ca 2009) that the west has pulled a fast one on Russia (these are mainstream sources).[24][25] There is media manipulation about what he said, standard falsification,[26] which in no small part (I guess) is helped along by historians with an agenda, like this whack [27] who in his exclusive interviews manages to get him (Gorbi) to say the things he want him to say. If you read the Welt article,[28] this guy, Ignaz Lozo, completely plays down what has been discussed generally, and what Gorbatschow has said just a few years ago .. Lozo also plays that down. Urban's link to practically explains it all (and highlights gravity of it) .. yes nothing in writing, but assurances which brings me back to the point of agreements amongst statesmen.
-- Sunvalley (talk) 03:14, 7 April 2022 (UTC)

Role of international lending institutions

At the time massive currency speculation let to a devaluation of the Rubel. Likely, Gorbi felt he needs cold hard cash (from the West). Urban (talk) 04:00, 4 March 2022 (UTC)

...and I got a feeling that Putin is facing this same urge towards cold hard cash very soon. The role of banks in conflict is "overlooked" in history, but more visible in this case, where weapons deals are discussed publicly. Urban (talk) 07:44, 8 March 2022 (UTC)

Random info bits

A victim interviewed by a CNN "journalist", telling how he saw his mother burn in a car,[29] different clips over time, no grieve in his face, in some clips playing the guitar.
  • CNN live stream - Wolf Blitzer, Brussels, 11:05 AM, interview with David Sanger, 7.000-15.000 Russian soldiers dead - these (rather high) numbers are floating around for some time in officialdom. -- Sunvalley (talk) 10:06, 24 March 2022 (UTC)
    • Blitzer: 15.000 thousand dead Russian soldiers according to Ukrainian officials, 11:46 AM -- Sunvalley (talk) 10:43, 24 March 2022 (UTC)
These are propaganda numbers that no doubt will be revised later, ref. Arthur Ponsonsby's rule number 7 (as summed up by Anne Morelli): "We suffer small losses, those of the enemy are enormous."[30]

Even corporate outlets agree nobody knows for sure. I'm just putting some average on the hcard between the Russian and Ukrainian numbers on Wikip. --Jun (talk) 13:14, 24 March 2022 (UTC)

I will just throw in some stuff here that may or may not be of value at some point. There also was an official of some town, saying he is storing 350 bodies of Russian soldiers in a morgue trailer, walking up to it, but then not opening it not wanting to show the gruesome reality.[31] Did not look at television for some time now, CNN is hell. -- Sunvalley (talk) 15:01, 24 March 2022 (UTC)got

With DNS from German Internet providers, RT was blocked by the day the sanction got active. You could reach it still with another open DNS, for me until mid March. Then there came the 403 error, which may be a higher level of traffic manipulation. -- Sunvalley (talk) 03:12, 5 April 2022 (UTC)


  23. German Reunification: A Multinational History edited by Frédéric Bozo, Andreas Rödder, Mary Elise Sarotte
  28. in.html