TheVoiceOfJoyce Day225 of Putin’s bloody war in Ukraine, finds Russian troops scattered and retreating in the South and East. Occupation has laid waste to villagers and 4 million Ukrainians are said to have been deported to Russia. The UN is trying to secure a combat free zone around the Zaporizhizhia Nuclear Power Plant. Urgency is needed, as attempts to start up one generator is imminent. Meanwhile, Space X is bringing a Russian Cosmonaut to the Space Station, where she’ll join the international team. Space is neutral. Putin determined to annex the 4 territories, in spite of heavy losses. Zelensky is prevailing with the Ukrainian Nationalist army, finding human rights abuses in most occupied territories. Apparently, Genocide is not a crime for Putin. Stalin committed Genocide in Ukraine in the 1930’s. Russia, as I’m learning in Timothy Snyder’s Yale Class, is not a separate State till 1580’s?

Attempts to play down retreats in Ukraine are no longer washing inside Russia with the latest military failures spilling on to local television screens. “Why do we advance metre by metre when they advance village by village?” Olga Skabeyeva, the country’s top state-TV host, asked a Russia-appointed official in Luhansk in a recent broadcast. Pro-war military bloggers and journalists are also criticising the Kremlin and painting a bleak picture of deteriorating Russian morale. Roman Saponkov, a prominent war correspondent, described his despair over the pullback in Kherson on his Telegram channel: “I really don’t know what to say to you. The retreat … is catastrophic.”

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