Russia’s brutal invasion and occupation of large parts of Ukraine has initiated a conflict that will last many years — and threatens to expand to several other European nations including members of NATO.
Lithuania has infuriated Putin by placing Konigsberg under international sanctions in accordance with EU policy. The distant Russian colony suffers from a supply line vulnerability, and is difficult to supply without rail service through Lithuania.
- Finland’s armed forces chief said the country has been preparing for war against Russia for decades
- Lithuania blocked goods sanctioned by the EU from reaching the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad
- US said it would defend fellow NATO member Lithuania if Russia launched attack
- Russia vowed to retaliate with measures that ‘will have a serious negative impact on the Lithuanian population’ after country blocked coal and metals from Russia
- Source: Daily Mail
Lithuania has shut the route to steel and other ferrous metals, which it says it is required to do under EU sanctions that took effect on Saturday, imposed in response to Russia’s decision to send its armed forces into Ukraine.
Kaliningrad is connected to the rest of Russia by a rail link through Lithuania, a member of the EU and NATO. Source: DM
Russia is also denied the airspace over the free Baltic nations of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, as well as Finland and Poland. Konigsberg (called Kaliningrad by its Russian occupiers) will never have a better opportunity to break free from Russian shackles — until Russia collapses altogether, of course, which Putin seems determined to bring to pass. Occupied Konigsberg is not a happy or prosperous place, but once Russia is kicked out it is likely to recover nicely.
The Kremlin has warned Lithuania of “serious consequences” for its application of EU sanctions on certain goods, including Russian steel and iron ore. Baltic diplomats, meanwhile, have told Newsweek that Moscow is “trolling” its NATO rivals and probing for weaknesses in the alliance’s unified front on Ukraine.
The EU measures—part of the response to Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine—were agreed as part of the bloc’s fourth sanctions package in March, some of which came into force this weekend.
Restrictions on goods including Russian oil, coal, cement and alcohol are due to come into force at different points between now and December. This may yet deepen the dispute over Kaliningrad, a Connecticut-sized exclave that is largely reliant on overland connections running from Russia through Lithuania.Intensifying Blockade of Konigsberg
As EU sanctions against Russia steadily intensify, Russia’s weaknesses will multiply under the strain. Russian oil is finding it more and more difficult to leave the country, as Ukrainian attacks against oil infrastructure and insurance company sanctions against tankers that carry Russian oil begin to exert a cumulative impact. Russian oil production is in danger of being largely shut-in.
Russia is finding it ever harder to find sufficient troops to carry out its illegal invasion of its peaceful neighbor Ukraine:
Russian forces continue to face force generation challenges and are committing unprepared contract servicemen to the invasion of Ukraine. The BBC’s Russian service reported on June 20 that new Russian recruits receive only 3 to 7 days of training before being sent to “the most active sectors of the front.” The BBC also reported that volunteers within the conventional Russian military, Rosgvardia units, and Wagner Group mercenaries have become Russia’s main assault force, as opposed to full conventional military units. ISW has previously assessed that Russian units in eastern Ukraine are suffering from poor complements of infantry, slowing their ability to seize urban terrain.Understanding War
By pursuing an unreliable “green energy policy” Germany and other nations of Europe made the continent vulnerable to Russia, which supplies much of Europe’s oil and natural gas. This vulnerability made Putin confident in his bloody invasion and occupation of a peaceful sovereign European neighbor.
The video above makes it clear that Germany is only obtaining “pennies on the dollar” in terms of actual usable energy from its overpriced and unreliable wind & solar investments. Germany’s politicians of the past 30 years should be taken out and shot for this ruinous deception.
…Ukraine claimed a ‘significant’ victory against Putin‘s Black Sea forces after pounding the Russian garrison on the strategic Snake Island.
The southern operational command said it had ‘aimed strikes with the use of various forces’ on the island, causing major losses to Kremlin troops.
Satellite images show the damage wrought by Kyiv forces, with burning vegetation and a tower destroyed in the fight for the island.
The Russian Pantsir anti-aircraft system, a radar station and vehicles were all damaged in the attacks on the island which has been a major battleground throughout the war.
It is just the latest blow for Putin who has suffered ‘extraordinary’ losses with pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk losing 55 per cent of its troops, British intelligence said today.Source
If Putin loses Konigsberg in the failed attempt to conquer all of Ukraine — as a first step of his grand plan to conquer the Baltics, Poland, and Romania — then his legacy will ultimately prove even more shameful than it had already become. Who knows where Putin would have stopped had he been successful in annexing Ukraine?