Is Escalation Going To End Badly?

The Queen is at rest and now the world can take a good look at the events that could shape our years to come.

The Separatists of Eastern Ukraine will make things worse…..

It’s no secret that Ukraine’s military has been making big gains against Russian forces, gains that have Ukrainian officials talking about forcing the Russians out completely. Now, however, comes a potentially major wrinkle. Amid the Ukrainian military surge, four regions at least partially controlled by Russian troops plan to hold referendums in the coming days to formally join Russia. Coverage:

  • The regions: Pro-Moscow separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk in the east, Kherson in the south, and Zaporizhzhia (about 250 miles west of Luhansk) have announced the referendums, reports the AP. The “long-suffering people of the Donbas have earned the right to be part of the great country that they always considered their motherland,” says separatist leader Denis Pushilin in Donetsk. (That region and Luhansk make up the Donbas.) The votes begin Friday and will last a few days, though the logistics are very much up in the air, per Reuters.
  • Why now? The Washington Post sees the votes as “a sign of apparent panic that the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine in failing.” As in, these separatist leaders fear the Ukraine military push will accelerate and want to act now before it’s too late. Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelensky has a similar take, saying “the occupiers are clearly in a panic,” per Reuters.
  • In Moscow: Not surprisingly, the Kremlin is on board with the movement. “The current situation confirms that they want to be the masters of their future,” says Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, per the New York Times. Russia would be expected to quickly acknowledge the results of the referendums and formally annex the regions.
  • The risk: Ukraine and the West aren’t expected to recognize any such referendums as valid. (The US warned in July of Russian “sham” votes like this.) Russia is an illegal occupier and thus “Ukraine has every right to liberate its territories and will keep liberating them, whatever Russia has to say,” is how Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba put it. But if Russia considers the regions part of its own country, any subsequent attacks by Ukraine would be viewed by Moscow as an attack on Russia.
  • Spelling it out: “Encroachment onto Russian territory is a crime which allows you to use all the forces of self-defense,” former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev wrote on Telegram in a statement perceived as a warning to the West, per the Moscow Times. “This is why these referendums are so feared in Kyiv and the West.” The Post quotes pro-war RT television exec Margarita Simonyan as warning that after Russia recognizes the regions, “strikes on the territory of Russia become a full-fledged war between Ukraine and NATO with Russia, untying Russia’s hands in all respects.”

Now the escalation that I mentioned earlier…..

Vladimir Putin is “not out of tricks,” writes the Globe and Mail editorial board, and he proved as much Wednesday by backing sham referendums on Russian accession in four occupied territories of Ukraine, calling up 300,000 reservists, and threatening every possible defense of Russian territory. Here are four reactions to Putin’s speech:

  • Weak attempt at justification: In “resorting to a Potemkin vote to annex territories from which its soldiers are in danger of being evicted,” Russia is distracting from that fact that Putin’s invasion “has been an error-ridden disaster that has weakened him domestically and internationally,” continues the Globe and Mail editorial board. He underestimated his opponents and the support they would receive while overestimating Russia’s military might. And now comes “a weak attempt at providing some sort of justification, in Russia’s favor, of a war” that has killed tens of thousands and “made refugees of more than six million others.”

No real help: The assumed annexations seek to contain Ukrainian advances, which threaten much of the territory captured by Russia, and could allow Russia to send conscripts into these areas, according to the Economist. But it would also “commit Mr. Putin to the financial and political upkeep of a war-torn region under perpetual risk of attack.” Meanwhile, “the spectre of the conscription of young men and the mobilization of reservists risks provoking widespread anger at Mr. Putin’s regime while offering little short-term help on the battlefield.” It notes training and equipping 300,000 reservists “would probably take more than a year.”

All this speaks to just how any armed conflict can quickly spin out of control…..

Russians are not handling the escalation without voicing a dissenting voice.

Protesters turned out across Russia on Wednesday, in spite of the threat of imprisonment, in response to the announcement that thousands of troops will be called up to join the fighting in Ukraine. Hundreds, at least, were arrested; OVD-Info, a Russian human rights group, put the number at more than 1,300 in 38 cities, France24 reports. Arrests were made in almost major city in Russia, per the Hill. The protests were the largest since the ones held right after the invasion of Ukraine began in February. “I am for peace, and I don’t want to have to shoot,” said Vasily Fedorov, a student in St Petersburg. “But coming out now is very dangerous, otherwise there would be many more people.”

The call had gone out for Russians to join the anti-mobilization protests, which was followed by a warning from the Moscow prosecutor’s office that demonstrators could be sentenced to 15 years in jail, per the BBC. Possible charges were said to be discrediting the armed forces, spreading “fake news” about the battle in Ukraine, and encouraging minors to protest. The antiwar organization Vesna said it had received 6,000 calls to its hotline since Tuesday morning from Russians asking about soldiers’ rights. Young men told the BBC they’re worried about being called up. “I shouldn’t be recruited during this step of mobilization,” said one in St. Petersburg, “but there are no guarantees that things won’t get worse.”

One-way plane tickets out of Russia were going fast and becoming more expensive, some changing every few minutes, per the AP, as fears grew that the nation’s borders would be closed. A one-way economy class fare from Moscow to Istanbul or Dubai topped $9,000. “Why are they deciding my future for me?” asked Oksana Sidorenko, a student protesting in St. Petersburg, told AFP. “I’m scared for myself, for my brother.” A 60-year-old man told a reporter: “I came out to the rally planning to participate, but it looks like they’ve already arrested everyone. This regime has condemned itself and is destroying its youth.”

Starting to sound like the tactics Iran used in its war with Iraq….it destroyed a whole generation of Iranians.

This will not help the conflict in any way.

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Closing Thoughts–21Sep22

Russians seem to be falling out of the sky about as regular as rain.

Doctors falling out windows….executives falling to their deaths and now a Putin ally has joined the club.

An executive helping to oversee development in Russia’s Far East has become at least the ninth Russian businessman to be found dead since the start of this year. Ivan Pechorin, an aviation director with the Corporation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic (KRDV), fell from his private yacht near Russky Island in the Sea of Japan on Saturday, days after attending an economic forum in nearby Vladivostok, a major center of Russia’s Far East, per Newsweek and the Daily Beast. Also in attendance at the forum was President Vladimir Putin, who gave the keynote speech, per Insider. Pechorin was considered an ally of Putin, who, according to the Mirror, personally selected him for his role.

The corporation, which the Russian government has instructed to develop energy and mining resources in the Far East and Arctic, said it learned of “the tragic death of our colleague” on Monday, per CNN. That same day, Pechorin’s body washed ashore about 100 miles from Vladivostok amid a search, per Insider. The 39-year-old had fallen from his yacht, which was reportedly traveling at full speed near Russky Island (not to be confused with an island of the same name in the northern Kara Sea) two days earlier, according to local media reports. One Russian news outlet, Baza, has claimed Pechorin and others aboard the boat were intoxicated at the time, the Daily Beast reports.

He’s the second KRDV executive to die unexpectedly this year. In February, the corporation’s director, Igor Nosov, died of what Russian media described as a stroke. He was 43. Numerous other individuals tied to Russia’s energy sector have died by suicide or under mysterious circumstances since the start of this year, including Alexander Subbotin, Sergey Protosenya, Vladislav Avayev, and Yuri Baranov. Earlier this month, Ravil Maganov, chair of the board of directors of Russian oil company Lukoil, died in a fall from a hospital window. KRDV said the death of Pechorin, in charge of aviation accessibility in the Far East, was an “irreparable loss.”

Fascinating stuff!

A Falling Russian Syndrome!

This guy could have lived nicely elsewhere but he decided to jump….why?

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What Is US Goal For Ukraine?

But first let’s ask the question….is the world weary of the Ukraine situation?

According to data collected by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, shipments of military aid to Ukraine from European countries have been trending down since April. In July, Europe’s six largest countries made no new military commitments for the first time since the war started. The data includes arms shipments from the U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Poland. The Kiel Institute’s Ukraine Support Tracker reported that “the flow of new international support for Ukraine has dried up in July. No large EU country like Germany, France or Italy, has made significant new pledges.”

But while Europe’s arms shipments to Ukraine are down, its trade with Russia is up. It has been no secret that Russia’s oil exports have lost little to the U.S.-led sanctions. China’s and India’s increases in Russian oil imports alone have balanced losses to Western sanctions. China has increased imports of Russian oil by 55 percent, and Russia is now the second largest exporter of oil to India. Even Saudi Arabia has more than doubled its imports of Russian oil, while Russian oil now accounts for almost half of Turkey’s energy requirements.

Trade with Russia by Europe is up?  What happened to all those sanctions?

So it appears that the war is a bit trying on the world…..

Yes I know I have not been one of the cheerleaders of US support for Ukraine….of course I have my detractors who always deflect from the question I continuously ask…..what is the US goals for Ukraine?

Are we protecting democracy?

Not if oppositions parties have been banned, leaders jailed and media under government control…..

Is it that we just hate Russia?

Or maybe it is the sell of weapons and the greed that goes with that.

I have yet to hear one concrete answer to what our goals are for Ukraine…..

To date, none of America’s top leaders have said how our support for Kyiv is expected to achieve the outcomes sought. No one has articulated what a “weakened” Russia looks like or how we’ll know when that standard has been reached – or even why weakening Russia is a vital interest to the U.S. that is worth taking huge risks. These are not just academic or hair-splitting questions. They are foundational. Here’s why:

Since even before the war began, the United States has had no vision for the end state it wishes to produce. For example, if Biden’s objective prior to 24 February genuinely was to deter Russia from launching a war, it should have been clear beyond a reasonable doubt that a threat of sanctions alone would not have been sufficient to convince Putin not to invade.

Washington would have had to be aggressively engaged diplomatically with both Kyiv and Moscow to use the full heft of U.S. power to find a route to prevent war. There is no evidence the U.S. put any serious diplomatic effort towards averting war. Without a clearly articulated objective, there was nothing to guide the various departments of the Administration on how to achieve the desired outcome. The result was predictable: policy failure.

Virtually the only objective voiced by any member of Biden’s national security team since the war began has been Austin’s aforementioned desire to see Russia “weakened.” Yet if the White House doesn’t know what a weakened Russia looks like, how will it ever know if its actions are contributing towards a successful outcome beneficial to America? That’s where we are right now.

What Is America’s Goal for the Ukraine War? Answer: We Don’t Have One

Bill LaPlante, the Pentagon’s top weapons-buyer, said this week that the US trained the Ukrainian missileers on how to use the Harpoon missiles that sank two Russian warships. This is how it always goes: first sell a besieged ally weapons, then train the foreign troops how to use them, then send military advisors for how to deploy the weapons, then send the CIA to pick targets, then send US troops when all of the above fails, kill tens of thousands of people (mostly civilians), then cut and run before you’re chased out of the country by the very people you claimed you wanted to protect…

So after all that the question remains….what is the goals for Ukraine?

Thoughts?

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Those Russian Sanctions

At the start of the Ukraine/Russia mash-up the US did what we always do….imposed sanctions.

I have not been a fan of sanctions because I do not believe they are all that effect…… as I wrote in the past…..

Sanctions, What Are They Good For?

I post this because of the news from this weekend….

Russia’s gas giant Gazprom is set to rake in 85% higher revenues this year, to around $100 billion, as natural gas prices surged following the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the significant cut to Russian pipeline gas exports to Europe, an analyst told the Financial Times on Friday.

By choking supply to Europe, Gazprom has driven natural gas prices three times higher than last year’s price, which more than offsets the lower volumes Russia is sending to Europe, Ron Smith, an oil and gas analyst at BCS Global Markets, told FT.

“You can make a solid case that Gazprom will earn more from supplying less gas,” according to the analyst.

The EU is looking to limit Putin’s revenues from gas, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday the Commission would propose a price cap on Russian gas as “We must cut Russia’s revenues which Putin uses to finance this atrocious war against Ukraine.”

Also on Wednesday, Vladimir Putin threatened the West that Russia would stop supplying all energy products to Europe if the EU and its Western allies impose price caps on Russian oil and natural gas.

Several EU member states are opposed to the Commission’s plan on a price cap on Russian gas amid concerns that Putin would retaliate with a complete halt of all pipeline gas deliveries to Europe. 

(oilprice.com)

Sanctions do not always achieve the desired goal…..

If you are interested in more information then I suggest this post on IST…..

Sanctions And Tariffs

Now you know….

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Closing Thought–01Sep22

I remember back in the early days of the global pandemic and doctors were falling out windows, Russian doctors that is….well since those days there have been many Russians high placed that have met with untimely ‘ends’…..and we can add yet another one to the list.

What’s not being disputed is that the chair of one of Russia’s largest oil producers has died after falling out of a hospital window. What’s murkier, however, is what led to Ravil Maganov’s demise—what CBS News notes is the sixth death this year of a big-name Russian energy exec under eyebrow-raising circumstances. On Thursday, Russian state news agency TASS reported that the 67-year-old Lukoil chairman died by suicide after plummeting from a sixth-floor window, noting that Maganov had been in the hospital—IDed by the BBC as Moscow’s Central Clinical Hospital—for treatment after a heart attack. “In addition, he was taking antidepressants,” TASS added.

However, two sources who say they knew Maganov well tell Reuters they don’t believe he would have taken his own life. His employer, meanwhile, announced in a statement that Maganov had died “following a serious illness.” Lukoil, which is Russia’s largest private company, has taken an unusually assertive stand against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, pleading in a March statement for negotiations and the “soonest possible end to armed conflict.” The company’s former president, oligarch Vagit Alekperov, stepped down in April after the UK and the EU sanctioned him over the Russian-led war.

Other energy company bigwigs who’ve recently died under mysterious circumstances include former Lukoil board member Alexander Subbotin, who was reported in May as having been found dead in a basement on the outskirts of Moscow, supposedly after receiving a shaman’s “treatment” involving toad poison. A month earlier, Sergei Protosenya, a former manager for Novatek, Russia’s largest liquefied natural gas producer, was found dead, along with his wife and daughter, in a villa in Spain. Local police say he killed his family, then himself. One person who might be feeling uneasy at the moment: Nail Maganov, Ravil’s brother, who heads up another Russian fuels firm, Tatneft, headquartered in the Tatarstan region.

There sure are a lot of ‘unexplained’ suicides in Russia (wink wink)…..

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Who Wins In Ukraine?

This is a source of contention for many….but the question still needs to be asked…..After 6 months who is actually winning the conflict?

My question is asked because of the massive money and equipment that has poured into Ukraine from the US and the spigot is still full open……

He is a look into the conflict by VOX……

It has been six months since Russia invaded Ukraine, and it’s not obvious who’s “winning” the war.

The first stage of the Russian attack in February, a lightning thrust aimed at seizing Kyiv and decapitating the Ukrainian government, was a swift and humiliating failure. Stiff Ukrainian resistance forced the Russians to withdraw to the eastern part of the country, where their ambitions narrowed in the short term to a conquest of the Donbas region (much of which had already been controlled by Russian-backed separatists since 2014).

In the Donbas offensive, which began in late April, the two sides have been locked in an artillery duel — less rapid troop advancement and more firing shells and rockets from afar. This played to Russia’s primary strength, a numerically superior artillery corps, and led to high Ukrainian casualties and slow but steady Russian gains in the spring and early summer.

More recently, however, the momentum has started to swing back to the Ukrainian side. Western military aid — most notably an American rocket artillery system called HIMARS — has helped level the artillery playing field and wreaked havoc on Russian supply lines. Today, experts aren’t asking whether Ukraine will launch a counteroffensive aimed at retaking Russian-held territory, but when it will start and where it will focus.

Whether this means Ukraine is now “winning,” however, is a somewhat more complicated question to answer. We don’t know that the upcoming counteroffensive is likely to succeed; it depends on factors about which we have limited evidence, like Ukraine’s ability to conduct so-called “combined arms” offensive operations (ones that employ multiple components of military power simultaneously to accomplish a particular goal). Some important quantitative metrics, like the size of their respective ammunition stockpiles, are hard to estimate based on publicly available information. At this point, even leading experts on the conflict find it difficult to assess with real confidence who’s winning on the battlefield.

https://www.vox.com/world/2022/8/24/23311778/ukraine-war-russia-winning-six-months

As Vladimir Putin‘s war in Ukraine enters its seventh month now, a former U.S. diplomat said that more and more Russians support Moscow’s acts and want to eradicate its war-torn neighbor.

What Happened: Daniel Fried, distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council and former Ambassador to Poland, in a tweet on Sunday, said, “It’s not just Putin’s war. Many Russians now support the Kremlin’s campaign of national extermination of Ukraine.”

Again these are just observations…..and the lack of questions about this conflict proves the power of propaganda.

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Will The Nukes Fly?

Since the beginning of the Ukraine conflict there have been opinions and worries that Putin will use nukes which could trigger a third world war…..for we know there will be some sort of retaliation.

And now some are saying it is closer than we ever anticipated……if it does occur what can we expect?

There is no pretty picture……

Five billion people would die in a modern nuclear war with the impact of a global famine — triggered by sunlight-blocking soot in the atmosphere — likely to far exceed the casualties caused by lethal blasts.
Scientists at Rutgers University mapped out the effects of six possible nuclear conflict scenarios. A full-scale war between the US and Russia, the worst possible case, would wipe out more than half of humanity, they said in the study published in the journal Nature Food.
The estimates were based on calculations of how much soot would enter the atmosphere from firestorms ignited by the detonation of nuclear weapons. Researchers used a climate forecasting tool supported by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, which allowed them to estimate productivity of major crops on a country-by-country basis.
Even a relatively small-scale conflict would have devastating consequences for global food production. A localized battle between India and Pakistan would see crop yields decline by an estimated 7% within five years, the study suggested, while a US-Russia war would see production fall by 90% within three to four years.
 
Here is something the the Brits should be worried about as they consider a replacement for Johnson…..
 

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has declared that she is ready and willing to kick off thermonuclear warfare should she take over as prime minister, stressing her hawkish bonafides as she seeks to replace Boris Johnson.

Appearing at a town hall event in Birmingham on Tuesday, Truss was asked how she would feel about ordering “global annihilation” in the event of a nuclear standoff with a foreign adversary. 

“I won’t ask you if you would press the button, you’ll say yes, but faced with that task I would feel physically sick,” said host John Pienaar, who went on to ask: “How does that thought make you feel?”

“I think it’s an important duty of the prime minister and I’m ready to do that,” Truss replied, drawing applause from the audience. When Pienaar asked again how that decision would make her “feel,” she simply stated “I’m ready to do it.”

Seriously?

The results of the use of a nuke is devastating…..does anyone think that we have a leader anywhere that is so psychotic that he/she would risk everything to use a nuke?
 
I am still not convinced that all this back and forth on nukes is just posturing….threats only.
 
But world leaders need to take the threats seriously.
 
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Ukraine/Russia–Who’s Winning?

For 6 months the conflict between Ukraine and Russia has been raging….personally I think ‘raging’ is a bit of a stretch….the US and the West was sunk billions into the conflict trying to sway the direction of the conflict.

For me the big question is with our massive investment in Ukraine I ask who is winning?

News has it Ukraine is holding their own.  Russian news has them succeeding…..who is winning?

The American Conservative has an answer……

What’s happening in the nearly six-month-old Russo-Ukrainian war? It’s hard to say. Moscow expected a proverbial cakewalk and bungled its initial attack. After rebuffing Russia’s assault, the Zelensky government expanded its objectives, expressing its desire to reconquer portions of the Donbas seized by separatists with Russian support in 2014, as well as Crimea, which had been formally annexed by Moscow.

In recent months, however, Russian forces have made slow progress in the Donbas and now occupy a fifth or more of Ukrainian territory. But Ukraine and its advocates have been threatening counteroffensives against Moscow’s supposedly overstretched forces. Conflicting claims have been made about casualty levels, the impact of high-tech allied weapons sent to Ukraine, and both sides’ prospects in the war.

Both Russia and Ukraine have lied and will continue to lie in search of future advantage. Of course, it makes sense to mislead one’s enemies. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously observed: “In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.”

Alas, governments, including Washington, also lie to their own people. Virtually everything the George W. Bush administration claimed to justify its disastrous invasion of Iraq was false. Prior administrations and their allies shared fake atrocities to back earlier military interventions against Yugoslavia and Iraq. The Reagan administration made a series of unfounded statements after the U.S. shoot-down of the Iranian airliner in the Persian Gulf in 1988. And the Johnson administration used spurious claims of a North Vietnamese attack on U.S. forces to win passage of the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, which authorized deployments that metastasized into the Vietnam War, in which 58,000 Americans died.

Who is Winning the Russo-Ukrainian War?

My personal opinion is that we are funding a war that will do nothing for the US….no matter who wins life in the US will not change one iota…..corporations will continue their control and the workers will continue to sink further into poverty.

Thoughts?

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Closing Thought–08Aug22

This is a post for all those that think Russia will not stop with Ukraine….that Putin wants to rule the world…..

Ever hear of the Nostradamus Of The Balkans?

Her name is Baba Vanga who died in 1996…..she predicted 9/11 attack and now she has made a prediction about Putin…..

Clairvoyant mystic Baba Vanga, who is most famous for forecasting the 9/11 attacks in the US had possibly predicted the rise of Russian President Vladimir Putin. With Russia taking on the West and launching a military offensive in Ukraine, a prophecy of the blind mystic seemingly about Putin has gone viral on social media. According to Baba Vanga, Putin will one day ‘rule the world’ and nobody could stop Russia from becoming the ‘lord of the world’.

Russia would become the “lord of the world” whereas Europe would become a “wasteland”, Baba Vanga told writer Valentin Sidorov. 

“All will thaw, as if ice, only one remain untouched – Vladimir’s glory, the glory of Russia,” she said in a possible reference to Putin, adding, “Too much it is brought in a victim. Nobody can stop Russia.”

Nicknamed the ‘Nostradamus of the Balkans’, Baba Vanga has made several prophecies. The mystic claimed that after losing her eyesight at a very young age, she discovered her ability to foresee the future. Vanga has made prophecies dating thousands of years into the future till 5079, with people still seeking her wisdom. Forecasts of the Bulgarian mystic who died in the year 1996, have a success rate of 85%, reports have claimed.

In case you are interested she made other predictions for 2022….

https://torontosun.com/life/blind-mystic-baba-vangas-troubling-predictions-for-2022

The prediction about Putin ought to give legs to the fear that Putin is after world domination….the fear mongers will latch onto this and make the Twitter light up and go viral.

I have tried to find more but I was unable to…..to be honest I stopped looking for the whole thing is nonsense.

Turn The Page!

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Ukraine–The Propaganda War

It is no secret that I have not been at all happy about the US involvement in the Russia/Ukraine conflict. I have said that it was more about a war of words and PR stunts than the saving of democracy.

This conflict has been a battle of opposing propaganda.

What the mainstream media fail to see in the coverage of the current Ukraine crisis is that there is no text (narrative) without context. Long before the mainstream US (and UK) media launched a worldwide propaganda war against the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, the CIA had laid the foundations of the conflict in the early years following the Second World War – the Cold War. Friends (Soviet Union) became enemies and enemies (Germany, Japan) became friends. The CIA used the Nazi sections of the Ukraine nationalist movement to “crack apart” (the CIA’s words) the USSR through efforts to sabotage, divide, and destabilize the Soviet Union. In this projcct, they worked most closely with the violently anti-semitic, anti-communist, and anti-Russian group, the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists-B, led by Stepan Bandera.

During the early part of World War II, Bandera had been in charge of OUN’s more ruthless faction that collaborated with the Nazi occupation and actively participated in the slaughter of millions of Poles, Ukrainian Jews, and ethnically Russian communists in the region. A CIA clandestine operations chief in Berlin at the time, Peter Sichel, stated that “They [OUN] were Nazis, pure and simple,” and indeed, “Worse than that, because a lot of them did the Nazis’ dirty work for them.” More recently, under pressure from the extreme right-wing forces in the country, including the Azov Battalion, Bandera was proclaimed by the president, Viktor Yushchenko, as “Hero of Ukraine,” the country’s highest honor, a status that was later abrogated by his successor, Victor Yanukovych.

Russia-Ukraine Conflict: The Propaganda War

The latest Vogue article has shown just how this propaganda war is playing out…..

The president and first lady of Ukraine have posed for a romantic photoshoot with Vogue magazine, wherein President Volodymyr Zelensky waxes poetical about his love for his darling wife.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: how is Zelensky making time for a Vogue photoshoot amidst his busy schedule of PR appearances for other major western institutions?

I mean this is after all the same Volodymyr Zelensky who has been so busy making video appearances for the Grammy Awards, the Cannes Film Festival, the World Economic Forum and probably the Bilderberg group as well, and having meetings with celebrities like Ben Stiller, Sean Penn, and Bono and the Edge from U2. It’s as busy a PR tour as he could possibly have without having a discussion about the strategic importance of long-range artillery with Elmo on Sesame Street.

Oh yeah, and also isn’t there like a war or something happening in Ukraine? You’d think he’d probably be somewhat busy with that too.

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2022/07/27/the-phoniest-most-pr-intensive-war-of-all-time/

Do you truly believe that this conflict is about democracy?

Seriously?

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 combating 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.

Please save the democracy BS for the idiots that pretend that this is a noble cause.

This conflict is falling out of the headlines to be replaced by the Taiwan/China situation…..something had to be done to keep the cash flowing….best way to do that is with a bit of propaganda.

Look for more of this selling the war to the American public and to the Congress.

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