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    HoHum-


    How's civilian life in Russia right now?




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    Lives in Russia (1983–present)Thu

    The same. With the war and coronavirus leaving mass media and minds of most people or becoming routine, it's like nothing changed. The good summer weather makes the sad memories of the first months of this year fade away and for once you can enjoy small things in life. Of course, war is still in the back of everybody's heads, and the premonition of a greater war is still looming, but at least now you can ignore it.

    Also, for me as an inhabitant of Saint Petersburg, the good news is that Russian Government has finally lifted the quarantine restrictions for leaving the country, so I hope to go to Finland on a weekend. According to the stories I've read, the Finns were happy to finally see the Russians after 2.5 years. Of course, because of the sanctions, we can't use our bank cards, but at least for cash we're able to enjoy the Finnish smoked salmon and real Italian cheese. And with ruble now stronger than before Corona, it's even cheaper.

    All of the spring and the beginning of summer, I was feeling like the worst was yet to come. Now for the first time, I'm having small glimpses of optimism. Take a look at a picture of a cat sleeping on a car I took one beautiful afternoon:

    https://www.quora.com/Hows-civilian-life-in-Russia-right-now/answer/Sergey-Berezovikov?ch=8&oid=370140683&share=476f0b35&srid =u6VOf&target_type=answer



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    More horseshit off quora. The fact is, you lied...

    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Russians- certainly from St Petersburg- are travelling to Finland quite regularly now
    Despite a Russian government announcement last week that temporary Covid-related restrictions on border crossings would be lifted on Friday, the Finnish Border Guard has not yet seen an increase in traffic.

    Russian news outlet Fontanka reported on Friday that Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed a document on Thursday that officially lifted epidemic restrictions on land border crossings. However, Fontanka reported that many Russians were still not being allowed to cross.

    On Friday morning, the situation on the Finnish side of the Nuijamaa border crossing remained quiet, with just a few individual cars headed in either direction, according to Yle journalist Kalle Schönberg.

    Border crossing points Niirala in Tohmajärvi and Salla in Lapland also reported a slow Friday morning.
    Russia eases border restrictions, but crossings to Finland still restricted | The Independent Barents Observer

    It is just one of many fabrications, falsehoods and outright lies you and the other Three Stooges post.

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    So sabang makes a grand statement, and his link to back it up is some quora poster who "hopes" to go to Finland because he's "read some stories".


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    Follow the Link in green above people, to find real people's accounts of 'how life is in Russia ���� right now'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Follow the Link in green above people, to find real people's accounts of 'how life is in Russia ���� right now'.
    I had a look, and the only post that mentioned Finland was the one you put up.

    Haven't you read any Russian literature? Russians are only happy when they are suffering.

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    Haha, I have indeed. Dostoevsky is one of my faves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pickel View Post
    Haven't you read any Russian literature? Russians are only happy when they are suffering.
    The way I read it Russians are only happy when their neighbours cow dies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    to find real people's accounts of 'how life is in Russia ���� right now'.
    Quora is not a credible source, you clown, it is rife with Russian fake accounts and trolls.

    Websites like Reddit, Medium and Quora are becoming popular places to create fake accounts and plant disinformation and leaks.
    He Combs the Web for Russian Bots. That Makes Him a Target. - The New York Times

    Russian astroturfing and propaganda on Quora (plus shills) | by Nathan Yang | Medium

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Quora is not a credible source, you clown, it is rife with Russian fake accounts and trolls.
    That's exactly why he uses it.

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    But of course, TD is. Quora is a megaforum, I find it quite interesting.

    The plain fact is, if you actually believe that Russians are struggling with empty shelves and starvation because of these 'onerous sanctions', then you are being thoroughly propagandised. Life goes on there as normal for the average russki.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Gotta link for that? Russia seems a lot more free than Ukraine these days- a lot more. Opposition there is not taped to lamp posts, and publicly scourged and humiliated.
    My gulag is freer than your gulag.

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    Ride 'em cowboy ��. I do not plan to move to either place in the foreseeable future- Oz seems pretty fine, in spite of its preponderance of rules. And I take my holidays in Thailand, not Ukraine.

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    Julien Philippe

    Studied Russia & NATOUpdated 7h

    Why is Vladimir Putin losing the war?


    Well, Volodymyr Putin is losing the war because no matter how many men he loses, no matter how many weapons its handlers sends to his forces, the Russian forces are no match for the Ukrainian Army.

    Day after day, the Ukrainian Army is grinding Russian territory, inflicting massive strikes over the Russian troops until they are either shred to bits, surrendering, or running away in disorder.

    In every Russian region conquered by Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky is quick to install an Ukrainian administration, both military and civilian, to reestablish economic circuits but with Ukraine and not Russia anymore, to offer the Russians there to get Ukrainian passports, and it works : what Ukraine gained over Russia, Russia will never be able to reconquer.

    Meanwhile, the international standing of Vladimir Zelensky is sky high despite the vociferations and wishful thinking of Russia’s partners : every day, Ukraine is negotiating new partnerships with like-minded countries, and meanwhile, Volodymyr Putin’s Russia is a growing embarrassment for its partners : from nepotism to corruption and hollywoodian military circus, Russia is losing on every front. Hell, even the humanitarian help sent to Russia ends up in Russian supermarkets, the weapons sent to Russia end up in the Middle-East or even in.. Portugal, and the handlers of Russia have to deal with a growing war-fatigue.

    That fatigue is explained by the fruitless sanctions imposed by Russian partners over Ukraine, who seems to be invulnerable to them :


    • Out of this war, Russia's GDP will fall by 30 to 50% in 2022, while Ukraine's GDP will barely dent down by a few percent, if at all.
    • And while Russia had to devaluate the Ruble by 25% in late july, the Ukrainian central bank lowered at the same time its key interest rate below the pre-war level (8% vs 9.5%) : the Ukrainian Hrivnya is at its strongest value of the last 5 years for months already, and this value is now.. too strong for Ukraine.


    Meanwhile, Russia’s partners endure the blowback cost of their sanctions against Ukraine, as well as millions of Russian refugees whom, passed the empathic humanitarian enthusiasm of the first months, they do not what to do with anymore.

    Then, if the war continues and keeps going as it goes now, the main Russian cities will fall until Moscow’s turn comes, either before, either after the conquest of most of Russia up to Vladivostok by the Ukrainian forces, and millions more of Russians will roam the streets of the neighboring countries.

    So, considering all that, Volodymyr Putin has only one rational choice left if he wants to salvage something of his country : offer terms of cease-fire and acceptable peace proposals to Ukraine, or face the wrath of the forces commanded by Vladimir Zelensky.

    https://therussianbear.quora.com/https-www-quora-com-Why-is-Vladimir-Putin-losing-the-war-answer-Julien-Philippe-3?ch=8&oid=76044470&share=58538d77&srid=u6VOf&targ et_type=post


    For those with a sense of humour.


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    Servant of the Corrupt

    In February 2021, by order of President Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine shut down three domestic television channels, accusing them of spreading Russian “propaganda.”

    Three months later, Zelenksky arrested Viktor Medvedchuk, who was at the time leading the second-biggest party in Ukraine’s national parliament, the pro-Russia and Eurosceptic Opposition Platform for Life (OPZZh).

    Zelensky didn’t have trouble incinerating vaunted democratic norms well-before Russia crossed the Rubicon into Ukraine this year. So it was no surprise when he did it again amid the war in late March, invoking emergency powers under martial law to nationalize TV channels and ban 11 opposition parties, including OPZZh — all supposedly done in the name of combatting Russian misinformation and Russian sympathizers, even though OPZZh’s then-chairman, Yuriy Boyko, denounced the war and called for a ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine.

    Zelensky, however, wouldn’t miss another opportunity to clip the wings of political opposition in his country, certainly not now that Western media rationalizes and glorifies his every move.

    The portrait of the Ukraine president as a democratic paragon whitewashes the real Zelensky and conceals a vast web of corruption and international skullduggery of which Ukraine is situated in the center.

    Understanding the real Zelensky, requires seeing him as a creation of Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky. He is, in truth, a puppet of intrigue.

    The Pandora Papers


    Ihor Kolomoyskyi in 2013. (CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia Commons)


    It might be hard to believe now, but revelations from documents in the Pandora Papers — millions of files from offshore service providers leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and shared with partners around the world — sent Zelensky reeling last year, threatening to end his political career. Though the actor-turned-politico campaigned as an anti-corruption reformer, the Pandora Papers showed him to be just as crooked as his predecessors.

    Of more than 300 politicians and public officials, including several current and former national leaders, in more than 91 countries and territories to whom the documents were linked, Ukraine was home to more secret offshore holdings than any other, including Russia.The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), which contributed to the investigation, found that just before Zelensky was elected president,

    “he gifted his stake in a key offshore company, the British Virgin Islands-registered Maltex Multicapital Corp., to his business partner — soon to be his top presidential aide. And in spite of giving up his shares, the documents show that an arrangement was soon made that would allow the offshore to keep paying dividends to a company that now belongs to his wife.”

    As it was with crackdowns on free speech and political opposition, Zelensky’s office attempted to justify the use of offshores by blaming the specter of Russian aggression.An adviser to Zelensky’s chief of staff said the offshores were necessary to “protect” the group’s incomes against the “aggressive actions” of the “corrupt” regime of former President Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted in a U.S.-backed color revolution in 2014.

    The expensive properties acquired by Zelensky associates in the center of London with the offshores, it seems, were but humble havens for persecuted Ukrainians.It was true that Zelensky and his partners in a television production company, Kvartal 95, set up a network of offshore firms dating back to at least 2012. That was also the year the company began producing regular content for TV stations owned by Kolomoisky, Ukraine’s most flamboyant oligarch and Zelensky’s key backer.


    Lots More- https://consortiumnews.com/2022/07/2...f-the-corrupt/


    Introducing, your Hero.



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    So, more horse shit to push your idiotic agenda. Same shit, same shit sources, different day. On and on, ad nauseum.

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    Is Zelensky a Hero snubby?

    Are Muscovite's suffering, and starving?

    Is the Ghost of Kiev real?

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    Triggered moron alert!

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    ^^Did anyone ever say Muscovites are starving or did you just make that up for shits and giggles?

    Zelensky is a hero for his people. The Ghost of Kiev was disproven yonks ago.

    You have so little to hold on to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Did anyone ever say Muscovites are starving or did you just make that up for shits and giggles?
    He just made it up, like most of the crap he posts these days.

    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Zelensky is a hero for his people.
    He would be reelected by a landslide today. His leadership is heroic, and he will have statues in his honor, unlike Putin who will be remembered as a fool who reached too far and failed.

    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    You have so little to hold on to.
    It really is sad and pathetic to see how far he has fallen as a TD member. A onetime mod who did a damn fine job maintaining Speakers corner alongside lardy. I hate to witness his decline, I mean he was once a proud officer in the Royal Australian Navy.

    Sadly, today, a shill for oppressive dictators and a parrot of really shit propaganda. Sad.

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    Daria talking about Russian nazification


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    "Russia is a bandit state!" Who would have guessed

    "A whole country is writing its last will!" Guess that summs it up

    Irina Rastorgujewa

    The orchestra 'W' awaits you," says this advertising poster for the Russian private army "Wagner", which was also deployed in the Ukraine war, in a residential area in the Altai region in southern Siberia. It is aimed at men aged 24 and over. A particularly large number of volunteers in the campaign come from depressive regions like this one, because for them the pay and – in the event of their death – the compensation payments to the family mean real social advancement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by russellsimpson View Post
    Hear he goes again.
    Really?


    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Cow View Post
    Anyone who supports or tries to justify Russias invasion to me is nothing but the worst type of low life scum and deserve the fate of that young boy who certainly didn't.

    Well said.


    Quote Originally Posted by pickel View Post
    So sabang makes a grand statement, and his link to back it up is some quora poster who "hopes" to go to Finland because he's "read some stories".




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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWilly View Post
    Well said.
    I have had my issues with Hugh. He is a climate change denier, but he has been on point in these threads.
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    Strength of Anti-Russian Propaganda Limits Public Calls to Block Weapons Shipments and End Doomed Ukraine War



    Russian and Donbas militia forces now control most Donbas territory and a large part of the Black Sea coast as Ukraine claims 200‒500 combat losses each day.

    As the U.S. and its NATO allies met in Spain and Germany during the last week of June in the midst of four full months of war in Ukraine, they were confronted with frustration and hard choices. Russian and Donbas militia forces now control most of the Donbas region and a large part of the Black Sea coast. Deadly Ukrainian shelling continues to kill people in the Donetsk area, but there is little doubt of the outcome for that region.

    Meanwhile, Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, is reluctant to negotiate peace, hoping that a flood of U.S. and NATO weapons and money might help reverse some of the heavy losses his regime has endured. Zelensky has claimed recently that Ukraine is suffering between 200 and 500 combat losses each day. Western media is repeating that claim but, like Zelensky, without offering any evidence. Perhaps it is true, but perhaps it is part of the effort to press for more reinforcements from NATO. Desertions and refusals to fight are also high, and Russian artillery is destroying new NATO weapons even before they can be deployed.

    The West’s capacity to supply Ukraine’s weapon needs is in doubt, as reported by British analyst approved recently in Washington actually leaves the U.S. Most of it goes instead to U.S. military contractors, while a shocking portion goes to fund Ukraine’s government operations, which would grind to a halt without it. It is now clear that only massive U.S./NATO support keeps the war going.


    European Unease

    NATO “unity” has been overstated: Turkey has ceased dragging its feet on NATO membership applications from Sweden and Finland (new members into the alliance require unanimous approval by existing members) but Hungary, Spain and Portugal are opposing sanctions against Russia or raising doubts, due to a boomerang effect on their fragile economies.

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the loudest U.S. ally, has been forced to resign soon due to a series of political scandals. In France, President Macron lost his party’s parliamentary majority in the June 2022 legislative election. Jens Plötner, foreign policy adviser to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, declared on June 20 that Germans need to have a serious discussion about the “exciting and relevant” issue of a long-term relationship with Russia—a signal that Germany may wish for a more conciliatory approach with Moscow. In the U.S., President Biden and his Democratic Party face an electoral debacle this fall as polls show their electoral support continuing to drop.
    German and French leaders continue to play a double game, just as they did with the 2015 Minsk 2 accord—feigning interest in “peace” while condemning Russia and imposing harsh sanctions. In fact, all Western European leaders are torn between slavish subservience to the U.S. and the economic hardships caused by the sanctions boomerang.

    Meanwhile in Madrid, Biden said NATO would be “ready for threats in all directions.” He announced a permanent headquarters for the U.S. 5th Army Corps in Poland plus two more F-35 fighter jet squadrons to the United Kingdom. Further “air defense and other capabilities” will go to Italy and Germany, and there will be additional rotational deployments of NATO forces in Romania and the Baltic region. The new UK army chief announced plans for what amounts to more war against Russia.

    Yes to Peace! No to NATO!

    Across Europe and North America, broad peace forces have mobilized, saying “Yes to Peace! No to NATO!” The “Peace Summit 2022 Madrid” issued a declaration on June 25 saying “the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China are singled out as military adversaries and, for the first time, the Global South appears within the scope of the Alliance’s intervention capabilities…The new NATO has certified that from north to south and east to west, it is prepared to intervene outside the imperative mandates of the UN Charter, as it did in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.”


    In the United States, the Peace in Ukraine website says “This devastating war is killing thousands, displacing millions, and causing hunger, inflation, unrest, and increased militarism globally. It is not far-fetched to foresee a protracted war that goes on for years.” (To be clear, it is the sanctions boomerang of the West that is causing economic pain and dislocation in the West along with humanitarian tragedy in Ukraine. The war and the economic and political disruptions it is causing could end very quickly were the U.S. and NATO to urge Zelensky to sue for peace.)

    The Peace in Ukraine statement denounces “the decades-long U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the seven years of fighting in the Donbas, and the interest the U.S. has in bleeding the Russian economy dry.”




    Anti-war protests took place in many places in the world (notably in Madrid where NATO will hold a summit meeting on June 29 and 30), in many U.S. cities, and spanning the globe via a 24-hour “Peace Wave” streaming on Zoom. The main slogans at most of them are “End the War in Ukraine; No War with Russia; Ceasefire Now; Negotiate, Don’t Escalate.”

    “Confusion of the American People”

    The Peace in Ukraine call highlights the “confusion of the American people. They have tremendous sympathy for Ukrainians, but don’t understand that the way to save Ukrainian lives is to stop the war.”

    Too many peace advocates in the world focus first on denouncing what is termed Russia’s “criminal invasion” of Ukraine. That approach neglects to inquire into the sources of the conflict and ends up simply echoing the neocons in Washington and the mainstream media. In May, it led all members of the “Squad” (liberal members of Congress) to vote with the rest of congressional Democrats for the Biden administration’s humongous military aid package to Ukraine. This meant endorsing the “official” narrative condemning Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, which aimed to crush the neo-Nazi presence in Ukraine’s political life and oppose NATO expansion up to Russia’s western border with Ukraine.

    The “aid” vote in May was, in reality, a vote for more endless war, for regime change in Russia, and even for risking a global conflict with unthinkable risks. And of course, it was a vote to shelve the “Build Back Better” package of social and economic reforms introduced by the Biden administration in October 2021.

    In Canada, an anti-Russia approach is absent from a statement by the Peace and Justice Network. It urges “Stop the Weapons; Stop the War; Stop NATO.” It goes on to explain, “We will be standing in solidarity with the European activists who are organizing a major demonstration against NATO outside the [NATO] summit [in Spain] and with dock workers who are blocking weapons shipments to Ukraine.” Even better would be to more directly explain how the war is NATO’s fault, not Russia’s.

    Russia’s “Isolation” Overstated

    Outside the United States, the “blame Russia” big lie has little credibility. On June 20, only four of 55 invited African leaders joined a Zoom call with Ukraine’s President Zelensky that was organized by France and Germany. Multipolarista’s Ben Norton reports “Western governments have tried to rally the nations of Africa to join their war on Russia. But the vast majority of the continent has ignored their pressure campaign.”

    France’s major newspaper Le Monde described Zelensky’s message on Zoom as “an address that the African Union (AU) has delayed [receiving] for as long as possible and has been keen to keep discreet, almost secret.” This was a clear sign of Africa’s overwhelming neutrality in the proxy war between the West and Russia.


    A March 28 report in the UK daily The Guardian said many African countries “remember Moscow’s support for liberation from colonial rule, and a strong anti-imperialist feeling remains.” The report said a significant number of African leaders are “calling for peace but blaming NATO’s eastward expansion for the war, complaining of Western ‘double standards’ and resisting all calls to criticize Russia.”
    The Multipolarista report adds that “Global South nations representing the majority of the world’s population have either blamed U.S./NATO for the Ukraine war or are neutral” – including China, India, Pakistan, Brazil, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Congo, Iran, South Africa, Mexico, Tanzania and Vietnam.

    Western sanctions have not worked out as planned. “Like all battle plans, the original trans-Atlantic blueprint for imposing severe and crippling sanctions on Russia collided with reality after the war actually began,” Andrew Weiss, of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told The New York Times.

    In mid-June, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) attracted representatives from 141 countries and more than 1,500 companies from across Russia and Eurasia. A report by the Forum on its proceedings said commercial agreements worth trillions of rubles were signed, as well as international and inter-regional cooperation agreements in the areas of banking, high tech, education and science.

    “Step by step, we will normalize the economic situation,” Russian President Vladimir Putin told the gathering. “We have stabilized the financial markets, the banking system and the trade network. Now we are busy saturating the economy with liquidity and working capital to maintain the stable operation of enterprises and companies, employment and jobs.”

    Putin also said, “The rising prices, accelerating inflation, shortages of food and fuel, petrol, and problems in the energy sector are the result of system-wide errors the current U.S. administration and European bureaucracy have made in their economic policies… It is not difficult to foresee coming developments. A shortage of fertilizer means a lower harvest and a higher risk of an under-supplied global food market. Prices will go even higher, which could lead to hunger in the poorest countries. And it will be fully on the conscience of the U.S. administration and the European bureaucracy.”

    He added that “this problem did not arise… in the past three or four months. And certainly, it is not Russia’s fault as some try to declare, shifting the responsibility for the current state of affairs in the world economy to our country.”


    The Russian president added that “Russia is also able to scale up its food and fertilizer exports… Grain exports in the next season can be increased to 50 million tons.” He said that, “as a priority, we will supply the countries that need food most of all, where the number of starving people could increase—first of all, African countries and the Middle East.”

    Right after the SPIEF Forum, there was a BRICS summit in Beijing of the leaders of China, Russia, India, South Africa and Brazil. Along with a full range of economic issues, the summit “discussed the situation in Ukraine and [said] we support talks between Russia and Ukraine. We have also discussed our concerns over the humanitarian situation in and around Ukraine and expressed our support to efforts of the UN Secretary-General, UN Agencies and International Committee of the Red Cross to provide humanitarian assistance in accordance with the basic principles of humanity, neutrality and impartiality,” as established in the UN.

    Russian Aggression or NATO Aggression?

    The avalanche of Western propaganda charging “Russian aggression” does not change the fact that Russia responded to years of provocations, after millions of Russians living inside the existing borders of Ukraine became targeted for choosing political autonomy from Ukraine’s fascist-infiltrated national government. Some 14,000 soldiers and civilians have been killed between 2014 and early 2022 by the internal war launched by Kyiv in the spring of 2014 to crush resistance to the coup d’etat of that year and crush demands for autonomy.

    Ellen Taylor, daughter of Nuremberg prosecutor Telford Taylor, wrote recently that “Russia, convinced that an attack was imminent, despairing of negotiations, persuaded by information contained in a hacked email and aware of the danger of waiting any longer, launched its ‘special operation.’” Taylor highlighted that, from February 15 to 24, 2022, Ukrainian army shelling in the Donbas region increased daily from 41 to more than 2,000 on successive days. “NATO’s intention was to precipitate an attack,” Taylor wrote.
    “From a legal perspective it was imperative not to be identified as the aggressor. Russia was aware of this too.” She added that Russian leadership had “the responsibility to protect” its people.

    Taylor concluded that “the crime of conspiracy to commit a war of aggression… has to be laid at the feet of NATO and the U.S.” She added that “the often-repeated claim that Russia’s aggression was unprovoked, is preposterous.”


    U.S. Goal: Dismember Russia

    Much of Ukraine was part of the Russian Tsarist empire for centuries. Donbas is considered by many to be “the heart of Russia,” as a propaganda poster by the new, Soviet republics issuing from the 1917 Revolution put it in 1921. And the people of Donbas played a decisive role in the defeat of Nazi Germany.

    Following the demise of the USSR in 1990-91, future U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney wanted to slice up Russia into several smaller countries. Former U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski proposed a “loosely confederated Russia—composed of a European Russia, a Siberian Republic, and a Far Eastern Republic.” He wrote, “what happens with the distribution of power on the Eurasian landmass will be of decisive importance to America’s global primacy.” He added that “a sovereign Ukraine is a critically important component” of such a policy.


    Recent events have revealed that a key goal of U.S. foreign policy is to dismember Russia. On June 24, the U.S. government’s “Helsinki Commission” held a congressional hearing plotting ways to break up Russia. This was discussed in the name of a supposed “decolonization” of parts of the Russian Federation. Participants at the hearing urged more support to separatist movements inside Russia.

    The prospect of fracturing and weakening the Russian Federation is a key reason why the U.S. is demonizing Russia, especially the country’s president, Vladimir Putin. The U.S. followed a similar playbook against Saddam Hussein of Iraq, Slobodan Milošević of Yugoslavia and Muammar Gaddhafi of Libya. The “Big Lie” strategy uses the power of mass media to establish a narrative that becomes irrefutable through constant repetition.

    Russia’s defense of the Donbas and other Russian-speaking parts of Ukraine portends a reversal of this U.S. strategy. This is a large reason why Russia has concentrated its military efforts in these parts of Ukraine. It has completed much of the objective of its intervention to “liberate” Donbas from Ukraine’s army and its paramilitary, extreme-right battalions.

    Of note is that Ukraine’s electoral map from 2007 simultaneously reflects the country’s ethnic composition almost exactly. (See the following two maps.) Ukraine’s current leadership and its U.S./NATO backers would like to avoid a settlement that reflects the demographic and historical reality of the country. But this is precisely one key issue that should guide negotiations for a peace agreement. A peace agreement reflecting Russia’s legitimate concerns (voiced for many months and years) would establish a viable basis of cooperation by Russia with Ukraine and with Europe.



    https://covertactionmagazine.com/202...d-ukraine-war/




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