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Stalemate Endures, Pessimism Grows, Deaths Mount

by Oui Wed Mar 15th, 2023 at 04:27:00 PM EST

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Finally some truth about the real state of the Ukrainian military is sneaking into main stream media. It is as bad, still not fully disclosed, as we have described it again and again.

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    The quality of Ukraine's military force, once considered a substantial advantage over Russia, has been degraded by a year of casualties that have taken many of the most experienced fighters off the battlefield, leading some Ukrainian officials to question Kyiv's readiness to mount a much-anticipated spring offensive.

That spring offensive is as likely to happen as the announced relief campaign to unblock Bakhmut. The later is bogged down in mud which will only become worse over the next few weeks.

Ukraine - Media Start To Acknowledge Reality

Covered by b @MoA

Finally some truth about the real state of the Ukrainian military is sneaking into main stream media. It is as bad, still not fully disclosed, as we have described it again and again.

The opening paragraph:

    The quality of Ukraine's military force, once considered a substantial advantage over Russia, has been degraded by a year of casualties that have taken many of the most experienced fighters off the battlefield, leading some Ukrainian officials to question Kyiv's readiness to mount a much-anticipated spring offensive.

That spring offensive is as likely to happen as the announced relief campaign to unblock Bakhmut. The later is bogged down in mud which will only become worse over the next few weeks.

Ukraine - Media Start To Acknowledge Reality

I don't agree with b @MoA ... the battle stalemate is more like two beaten dizzy boxers hanging in the ropes, just clobbering one another. War is damn stupid where diplomacy would have prevented this war with two sides would have been willing to listen to one another ... read the UN Charter about the quest for peace between neighbours. NATO is not a neighbour, but an asset of US military aggression.

The danger of downplaying the Ukrainian battlefield toll | Responsible Statecraft |

Are Americans supporting a policy of brutal attrition based on incomplete and skewed Western coverage of the war?

"Ukraine will win." Some variation of this has become the unofficial mantra of U.S. policy toward the Ukraine war, asserted in countless columns, interviews and speeches, ones often pledging open-ended U.S. commitment to the Ukrainian war effort and chiding policymakers for not sending greater quantities and more escalatory types of weapons.

It was partly on this basis, in fact -- that with enough support, Ukraine could militarily defeat a Russia weaker than many thought -- that then-UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson reportedly urged against peace talks early in the war.

This attitude has been bolstered by the unconfirmed information that's trickled out publicly about the significant damage inflicted on the Russian military. Besides the disastrous loss of equipment -- including half of its usable tanks and as much as 8 percent of its active tactical combat aircraft, by one estimate-- the consensus among Western officials about Russian casualties seems to have settled on a staggering 200,000, with more killed than in all of its other post-World War II conflicts combined.

Yet this central claim of an almost certain Ukrainian military victory over chastened Russian forces is asserted in the absence of one key measure of the military situation: verifiable battlefield losses. From the beginning of the war until now, Ukraine has, like Russia, treated its casualties as a state secret, one so closely guarded that not even U.S. intelligence and officials, who advise the country's leadership on military strategy and assist in war planning, know exactly how many Ukrainians have been killed and wounded over the past year. This is even though, as one Ukrainian officer told the Wall Street Journal in a recent piece about the grinding battle for the city of Bakhmut, "the war is won not by the party that gains territory, but by the party that destroys the armed forces of the adversary."

The best we have are various estimates. In November, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley publicly estimated that Ukraine had "probably" seen more than 100,000 soldiers killed or wounded and 40,000 civilians killed, echoing EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen's own public admission that month, which she was forced to retract as supposedly inaccurate in the ensuing public outcry.

EU Statement ammunition production for Ukraine

In the shadow of US militarism. the influence of the EU is waning


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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 15th, 2023 at 05:17:41 PM EST
ICC has a backlog of many years ...

Did Palestinians seek ICJ opinion to restart stalled int'l cases? -expert

Head prosecutor Khan from the UK had a different priority ...

Passed by Russia's Duma and signed by president Putin ahead of visit next week of CCP leader Xi Jinping from China. "Гаагский акт о вторжении" No reaction from Dutch PM Mark Rutte yet.

Likely theme of talks, transition from an Unipolar to a Multipolar Global Order.

Why the United States Rejects International Criminal Justice: Looking Back at Nuremberg

Losing the air of impartiality after 1945 with the horror of wars and the use of atomic bombs to end all wars.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 17th, 2023 at 05:25:29 PM EST

Israel-Palestine: Al-Haq human rights lawyer based in The Hague receives death threats, as attacks against the organisation escalate

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 17th, 2023 at 05:26:18 PM EST
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Oops ... not the year 2002 and threats from president George Bush, but repeated by Trump and Pompeo ahead of retreat from Afghanistan. No shame.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 18th, 2023 at 10:01:53 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 18th, 2023 at 10:57:21 PM EST
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From the man who helped draft the The Hague Invasion Act ... 😊)

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 20th, 2023 at 11:23:56 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 20th, 2023 at 11:57:30 PM EST
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"The United Kingdom, together with the rest of the international community, will provide the International Criminal Court with the money, people, and expertise it needs to ensure that justice is done," UK Minister Raab said. Raab also pledged an extra million pounds, over 1.1 million euros, for the ICC this year.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 20th, 2023 at 11:59:44 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 21st, 2023 at 12:00:53 AM EST
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Only cash buys Justice in the Western world

So many issues not funded ...

  • War crimes and human rights abuse from Nakba '48 to present day Palestine
  • Afghanistan bombings, assassinations, torture, executions 2001 - 2022
  • Iraq War invasion, occupation, torture, rendition, assassinations 2003 - 2015

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 21st, 2023 at 04:32:46 PM EST
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ICC and Politics West's NWO

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Mar 24th, 2023 at 10:08:07 AM EST
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In the two decades since the second Iraq war, the United States appears like the Bourbon kings who had learned nothing and forgotten nothing. The illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq was a story of geopolitical failure and domestic political disaster. To understand the foolhardy decision to launch the war, one must first understand the US grand strategy of global hegemony, which Washington has pursued since 1945.

The "war on terror" provided political cover for the further pursuit of supremacy, despite threatening democratic government with lies, fraud and violence. George W Bush's rash actions did provoke some murmurs of concern about the damage being inflicted but these faded from the corridors of power. Instead the US has refused to move on, believing that countries are "either with us or against us".

American so-called "unity" ... "either with us or with the terrorist" ... a copy-cat punch-line from Ariel Sharon and Bibi Netanyahu to dehumanize Palestinians fighting for their right of an independent state.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 18th, 2023 at 09:53:57 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 18th, 2023 at 09:56:24 PM EST
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No clear answers from warmongers and years of ugly war propaganda to destroy Russia.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 19th, 2023 at 07:02:25 AM EST
Conscription not an argument for asylum, we've had worse cases at our borders 🥲

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 19th, 2023 at 01:59:54 PM EST
by Cat on Sun Mar 19th, 2023 at 04:19:33 PM EST
Politico | Russia and China want to disrupt the world order, NSC spokesperson says to FOX News
"What we have said before," Kirby said, "and we'll say it again today, that if coming out of this meeting, there's some sort of call for a ceasefire, well, that's just going to be unacceptable because all that's going to do, Mike, is ratify Russian's conquest to date."

Kirby said he hoped China's president would keep OPEN "LINES OF COMMUNICATION" with President Joe Biden and also seek out the Ukrainian side of the story through discussions with President Volodymyr Zelensk*.

"We hope, and we've said this before, that President Xi will call and talk to President Zelenskyy because we believe that the Chinese need to get the Ukrainian perspective here," Kirby said.

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by Cat on Sun Mar 19th, 2023 at 04:31:38 PM EST
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Asia Times | Xi and Putin to meet after Chinese drone* shot down, 18 Mar story stitch up
Chinese President Xi Jinping is going to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow between March 20 and 22, aiming to strengthen China-Russia economic ties and look for a solution to end the war in Ukraine....
[machine translation]On March 16, 2023, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang had a telephone conversation with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kuleba.

Qin Gang said that since the establishment of diplomatic relations 31 years ago, China-Uzbekistan relations have maintained a momentum of development. Uzbekistan expressed its commitment to establish a sincere relationship with China on the basis of mutual respect. China appreciates it and is willing to work with Uzbekistan to promote the sustained and stable development of bilateral relations with a long-term perspective....

Qin Gang Has a Phone Call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, 16 Mar fmprc translation
On March 16, 2023, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang had a phone call with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

Qin Gang said that China-Ukraine relations have maintained the momentum of growth since the establishment of diplomatic ties 31 years; China appreciates Ukraine's commitment to establishing sincere relations with China on the basis of mutual respect, and stands ready to work with Ukraine to promote sustained and stable development of bilateral relations with a long-term perspective. ...

archived BBC Ukraine "perspective" 17 Mar

* another sketchy reference: CNN retail sales desk

by Cat on Sun Mar 19th, 2023 at 11:03:46 PM EST
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"Exclusive: Chinese-made drone, retrofitted, and weaponized [by IR, CN, RU, US, RO, PL, or ES?], downed in eastern Ukraine"
[CAPTION:A Mugin-5, a commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made by a Chinese manufacturer, is seen downed in eastern Ukraine.]
...Ukrainian soldiers eventually brought us to a clearing where they showed us the wreckage of a weaponized drone which they said they shot down with their AK-47 automatic weapons over the weekend. A Mugin-5, a commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made by a Chinese manufacturer, is seen downed in eastern Ukraine...
archived What else would you describe as lethal assistance?, potential dual-use in The cost of doing business

16 Mar
Politico.eu.com | China ships assault weapons and body armor to Russia, 16 Mar

The shipments took place between June and December 2022, according to the data provided by ImportGenius, a customs data aggregator.
ImportGenius provides complete real-time shipment records for all imports and exports of the United States, Russia, India and 15 other countries. ImportGenius users can view the importer, overseas factory, product, date of arrival, port of entry, and other essential details for every shipment.
North Industries Group Corporation Limited, one of the country's largest state-owned defense contractors, sent the rifles in June 2022 to a Russian company called Tekhkrim that also does business with the Russian state and military.
Russian entities also received 12 shipments of drone parts by Chinese companies and over 12 tons [or "80 tons of body armor worth around $10 million in December last year"] of Chinese body armor routed via Turkey in late 2022, according to [ImportGenius].

Although the [ImportGenius] data does not show that Beijing is selling a large amount of weapons to Moscow specifically to aid its war effort, it reveals that China is supplying Russian companies with previously unreported [?] "dual-use" equipment
[ImportGenius] data also shows that Russian state defense company Rosoboronexport has imported microchips, thermal vision devices, and spare parts like a gas turbine engine from a variety of countries ranging from China to Serbia and Myanmar since 2022.

18 Mar
POLITICO Confidential: China ships Russia weapons
...Some of our sources suggest the small volumes we have found are merely the tip of a much larger iceberg....
21 Mar
There was another drone strike in Crimea. The drones are commercial Mugin-5 drones modified with hardware to be kamikaze drones...
defense-ua | What Kamikaze Drones Were Used to Hit Targets in the Temporarily Occupied Dzhankoi in Crimea (21.03.23)
On Monday, March 20, an effective attack using kamikaze drones was carried out on objects in the still-occupied Dzhankoi. According to the statement of the Defense Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, as a result of the strike, the Kalibr cruise missiles, which were being transported by railway, were destroyed.
The photo above shows part of the drone's tail beam and fins, which are very similar to those of the Mugin-5 PRO UAV. It was this drone that attacked the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet of the russian federation in occupied Sevastopol and the Novoshakhtinsk Oil Refinery in the summer

Note that the Mugin-5 PRO is not a specialized military drone and is freely [sic] sold, including [to UA?] through AliExprepess [HKSAR], as an ordinary civilian UAV. At the same time, the russian federation is already actively promoting the message that they were attacked by American drones [?] and, as proof, they are showing a part of part of a propeller blade with the markings of Sail Propeller USA[GmbH?], an online store of parts for drones and aircraft models.

- Information support
After the first sounds of the explosion and the activation of air defense in the Dzhankoy city chat rooms, Ukrainian information desks began to work actively, misinforming the population and causing panic.

Various Telegram channels (for example, Trukha and Insider) published posts about a dozen explosions in various parts of the city. These reports were accompanied by criticism of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who arrived in Moscow the day before.

At the same time, the Western agenda was worked out with the condemnation of the activities of the Chinese government. The attempted strike on the Crimea was presented as a "punishment for friendship with China."

Politico.eu.com | Russian [Kalibr] cruise missiles destroyed in drone attack on Crimea, Ukraine says
Ukrainian Military Intelligence reported that an explosion had destroyed a cargo of Russian Kalibr cruise missiles -- which Moscow has used to hammer Ukrainian critical infrastructure. Ukraine has not officially taken responsibility for the attack [or the drones].

"The mysterious series of blasts continues the process of Russia's demilitarization and prepares the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea for de-occupation," Ukrainian Military Intelligence said in a statement.

Politico.eu.com | [Drone] me anytime: Zelensk* plays the long game with Xi Jinping
"Ukraine is conspicuously diplomatic in its dealings with Vladimir Putin's top ally."

"diplomatic"? That's not the word I would choose. Let's recap ... Motor Sich.

by Cat on Wed Mar 22nd, 2023 at 05:10:54 PM EST
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Ukrinform | China sells $12M worth of drones to Russia since war began - NYT 98% syndicate copy
That's according to The New York Times, Ukrinform reports.
It is hard to determine whether the Chinese drones contain American technologies that would violate the U.S. rules or whether they are legal. The shipments, a mix of products from DJI, the world's best-known drone maker, and an array of smaller companies, often came through small-time middlemen and exporters.
"Like any consumer electronics company with products sold at many different electronics stores, we cannot influence how all our products are being used once they leave our control," the spokesman added in an emailed statement.

Autel said in an emailed statement that it was not aware of any sales to Russia and was conducting an internal investigation about the issue.

Although popular for years with photography enthusiasts and tourists, hovering quadcopter drones now constitute a major advantage for Russian and Ukrainian troops on the front line, who use them for battlefield reconnaissance. They need to be regularly resupplied, since both sides are shooting down the unmanned vehicles with increasing efficiency.

Ukraine has relied on donations of drones from third-party organizations and individuals, which has meant their troops use DJI drones on the front lines, too. Advisers estimate that about half of Ukrainian troops' stocks are made up of Ukrainian drones and half are foreign ones, mostly those made by DJI.
"What we've seen from the Chinese is high-level statements about wanting an end to the war, but behind the scenes they've used the opportunity to take over trade channels that once went through Europe and the United States," said James Hodson, a member of the Yermak-McFaul [!] International Expert Group on Russian Sanctions and chief executive of the A.I. for Good Foundation.

Often, he said, the goal of sanctions is not to wipe out shipments, but to cut off "90 percent of the blood flow."

The direct sales by Chinese exporters, industry experts say, are only one part of a wider effort to procure the drones from nearby markets, where they can be bought off the shelves of retail stores.

According to experts, refilling stockpiles of even the most basic unmanned aerial vehicles has become as critical as other basic necessities, such as procuring artillery shells and bullets.

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Chinese Intrigue Behind Ukraine's Seizure of Aviation Firm Motor Sich, 10 Nov 2022
since 2021
When the US Department of Commerce added the Chinese company Skyrizon, which was trying to acquire Motor Sich, to the list of military end users
by Cat on Sat Mar 25th, 2023 at 12:24:52 AM EST
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Chinese Intrigue Behind Ukraine's Seizure of Aviation Firm Motor Sich | Nov. 10, 2022 |

The loan "meant that if Skyrizon went bankrupt, the Chinese government would gain control over the Ukrainian aerospace giant," Hurska wrote in a November 2020 account for the Center for European Policy Analysis in Washington, D.C.

Hurska wrote that Russia had accounted for an estimated 75 percent of Motor Sich's exports until 2014, when the Kremlin annexed Crimea and instigated a war in eastern Ukraine. That created pressure on Ukraine to help Motor Sich find other markets, Hurska said, "inadvertently playing into China's hand."

In 2016, she wrote, Boguslayev sold a controlling stake in Motor Sich to companies controlled by Chinese entrepreneur Wang Jing, the wealthy founder of Beijing Xinwei Technology Group, a telecommunications company:

Citing leaked documents from the Pandora Papers expose about secret offshore financial deals, the OCCRP report said that DLA Piper helped structure the acquisition via a complex web of shell companies, allegedly to avoid running afoul of Ukraine's anti-trust laws.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 25th, 2023 at 01:06:53 PM EST
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky rode to power on pledges to clean up the Eastern European country, but the Pandora Papers reveal he and his close circle were the beneficiaries of a network of offshore companies, including some that owned expensive London property | OCCRP - Oct. 3, 2021 |

Fortunately, Zelensky and his oligarchs are Ukrainian and not Russian citizens ...

Zelensky vulnerable to blackmail ... hint, hint ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 25th, 2023 at 01:08:36 PM EST
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From the diaries ...

Introduced the former Defense Minister Andriy Zagorodnyuk appointed in the first cabinet of Zelensky and Party Servant of the People. He now holds a high post at the Atlantic Council.As minister he was responsible for the defense giant Ukroboronprom.

DARPA and Ukroboronprom | Dec. 17, 2022 |

Employees of the Security Service of Ukraine have detained Vyacheslav Boguslayev, president of Motor Sich JSC, who is suspected of collaborating and working for the Russian Federation, the press center of the SBU reported. In addition, law enforcement officers detained the head of the Department of Foreign Economic Activity of this enterprise.

The suspects were announced on suspicion under two articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, in particular, Art. 111-1 (collaboration activity) and art. 111-2 (complicity with the aggressor state).

The SBU noted that the detention took place within the framework of criminal proceedings on the illegal supply by Motor Sich of military goods for Russian attack aircraft.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 25th, 2023 at 01:14:02 PM EST
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NATO preparations for war with Russia took years ...

NATO's Battleground Ukraine v. Russia | Nov. 8, 2021 |

Saving Ukraine's Defense Industry | Aug. 17, 2014 |

Russia's military depends on Motor Sich in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhia for helicopter engines and on the Russian company Antonov's plant in Kyiv for transport planes. Most importantly, the Russian army relies on the Southern Machine Building Plant Association, known as Yuzhmash, in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk, which designs, manufactures, and services rockets and missiles.

Some of the most important ties between the two countries' military industries relate to Russia's strategic nuclear forces. More than half of the components of Russia's ground-based intercontinental ballistic missiles come from Ukraine.

Honored test pilots hope Poroshenko supports protection of Antonov chief designer Kiva | July 4, 2014 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 25th, 2023 at 01:15:15 PM EST
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Antonov Design Bureau remained a state-owned company after Ukraine achieved its independence in 1991 and is since regarded as a strategic national asset. On 18 April 2014, the company issued a statement protesting the removal of its president Dmytro Kiva by the Ukranian government.

    In the former USSR, aircraft design and manufacture have historically been carried out by separate organisations. Antonov aircraft are made at plants in Russia, Uzbekistan and Iran (the IrAn-140) as well as in Ukraine.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 25th, 2023 at 01:17:18 PM EST
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Erik Prince Offer to Kyiv to Build Aircraft Industry | Aug. 31, 2019 |

The U.S. administration aims to block the sale of a strategically important Ukrainian engine manufacturer for aircraft and missiles to China. During his recent visit to Kyiv, John Boltonhas probably warned the Ukrainians about the consequences of finalising such a transaction. The White House has already sent a warning signal, delaying the transfer of $250 million worth of military aid to Ukraine.

Exclusive: Documents Reveal Erik Prince's $10 Billion Plan to Make Weapons and Create a Private Army in Ukraine | TIME - July 7, 2021 |

At least one of Prince's offers to Ukraine appeared to be in line with U.S. geopolitical interests. As the Wall Street Journal first reported in Nov. 2019, Prince has been competing against a Chinese firm to buy a Ukrainian factory called Motor Sich, which produces advanced aircraft engines.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 25th, 2023 at 01:18:15 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Ukraine sees no way to negotiate peace with Putin after war crimes warrant
...[Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksiy] Danilov argued Putin should have been put on trial for shooting down the Malaysian airliner MH17 in 2014.

"It's 2023 and this motherfucker still bears no responsibility. Now we have to talk to him after he killed 500 of our own children? What is the world we live in?"...

alrighty, then.
Sino-Heroem tête-a-tête cancelled 22 Mar 2023.
by Cat on Wed Mar 22nd, 2023 at 08:05:21 PM EST
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😡 😡 fu*king Nazi idiots ... no problem with hero Bandera for participating in Jewish pogroms, Babi Yar massacre and other locations ... the worst perpetrators of WW2 war crimes in Ukraine ... want a replay of the Great Patriotic War .... want revenge for the division of Europe at Yalta on the Black Sea after the Liberation of Nazi Germany and its hundreds of thousands of collaborators. Neo-Nazis staging a rebirth with rightwing policies of the Atlantic Alliance across the "Second German Empire" supported by terrorist acts for a Freistaat Preußen.

Even their war propaganda is foolish. Sitting on Biden's lap, the Ukrainian leadership is quite outspoken as their citizens suffer. Ideals of Four Freedoms shredded by Biden & company of neocons and warmongers. Diplomacy

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 23rd, 2023 at 02:10:54 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Mar 20th, 2023 at 06:59:24 PM EST
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Ukraine War, finances, inflation, post pandemic instability ... overall failure to solve crisis. Turmoil spreading ... further risk austerity measures, increased inequality and poverty.

The Credit Suisse leaks expose an industry that has got away with too much for too long | The Guardian - 21 Feb. 2022 |

How do the banks continue to get away with it? The latest revelations about Credit Suisse provide yet another glimpse into the corrosive nexus of banks, corporations, accountants, lawyers and financial intermediaries that enables the wealthy and political elites to profit from illicit practices.

The bank itself is no stranger to predatory practices. Since 2001 it has been fined at least 47 times by the US authorities and paid fines totalling $10.7bn. Since 2010, it has also been fined on at least six occasions by the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and paid fines totalling more than £300m. The fines have become just another cost of doing business, and are passed on to customers.

Credit Suisse is not alone. The roll of dishonour shown by the Panama Papers, Paradise Papers, Pandora Papers, HSBC leaks, Luxembourg leaks and others shows that virtually every major bank is involved in predatory practices. All these leaks have provoked a public debate - but have drawn a minimal response from governments.

Pandora Papers: adding some headaches for personal investments UA Zelenskyy.

German bonds are suffering too as Deutsche Bank feels the jitters. No fear, politicians usually trail a short lightyear on reality in the world outside their bubble.

ABC business reporter David Taylor deleted tweet that a "major international investment bank was on the brink" | Oct. 4, 2022 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 20th, 2023 at 08:44:11 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 20th, 2023 at 01:07:51 PM EST
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UK will send armor piercing munitions of depleted uranium to Ukraine ... Russia would consider its use as a "dirty bomb".

UK to Send Armour Piercing Rounds with Depleted Uranium to Ukraine

"Alongside our granting of a squadron of Challenger 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine, we will be providing ammunition including armour piercing rounds which contain depleted uranium," Annabel Goldie, Minister of State for Defence of United Kingdom, responded to the request of Lord Raymond Jolliffe, member of the House of Lords, on the website of the British parliament.

According to Goldi, such rounds are highly effective in defeating modern tanks and armoured vehicles.

US Congress urges shipment of illegal war munitions ... provide cluster munitions such as advanced dual-use conventional munitions (DPICM) to the Ukrainian Armed Forces," said Senators Jim Rish and Roger Wicker,

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 21st, 2023 at 06:13:08 PM EST

HCSS is not Institute Clingendael, nor a Peace Institute and Rob de Wijk is a poor successor to Henk Neumann, a scholar professing the science of peace.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Mar 25th, 2023 at 06:24:34 PM EST

In this piece, I review recent international legal action concerning Bush, Obama, Biden, Netanyahu. There is no doubt that United States' formal role at the UN has provided cover for its crimes over decades, so the crimes are as good a reason as any to reconsider that formal UNSC role.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 26th, 2023 at 05:20:16 PM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Mar 26th, 2023 at 05:21:38 PM EST
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Censorship in Ukraine related to the ongoing war with Russia | UCLA |

Ukrainian intellectual Mykola Riabchuk defended current limitations on the freedom of speech in Ukraine as legitimate policies to counter disinformation in a time of war.

UCLA International Institute, May 7, 2019 -- "There is an inevitable limitation of freedom of speech during times of war. Any country which is at war has some restrictions, and Ukraine is not an exception," said Mykola Riabchuck, senior research fellow at the Ukrainian Center for Cultural Studies in Kyiv and and co-founder and member of the editorial board of Krytyka, a leading Ukrainian intellectual magazine.

Riabchuk spoke at recent event sponsored by the Center for European and Russian Studies and the Department of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Languages and Cultures. He addressed the international perception of Ukraine as a practitioner of media censorship due to the country's ban Russian state-funded media outlets, their journalists and books.

In recent years, Ukraine has been rated as one of the top countries practicing media censorship, with international organizations criticizing the Ukrainian government for inhibiting freedom of the press. The government and its supporters, however, argue that this censorship has helped protect democracy from Russian intervention and the spread of false propaganda, noted the speaker.

Riabchuk specifically denounced international criticism of the ban on Russian-language books [many by Russian nationalist authors] printed in Russia, contending that many countries around the world impose restrictions on the freedom of expression during times of war. 

[False comparisons ...]

Not only did the United States introduce some restrictions during the Cold War, it also detained Japanese and German citizens during World War II, he said. Today, he added, countries around the world are cautious of Russian propaganda and interference. For example, France has banned Russian media from events on certain occasions.

Ukraine, he explained, has banned the commercialization of works that its government believes help spread Russian propaganda. People can still possess and bring up to ten copies of such works into the country from Russia without incurring arrest or harassment by the government. "This restriction applies to Russian propaganda, products which undermine Ukrainian identity and integrity and [promote] hate speech," noted Riabchuck.

Complete censorship occurs, he continued, when a government retaliates against people who read prohibited works or watch prohibited media. In Ukraine, people can still access such sources, even though it takes a little bit more work.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 27th, 2023 at 10:34:33 AM EST
Opinion piece from April 2014 ...

Ukraine: Russian propaganda and three disaster scenarios

Kremlin's window of opportunity for invading the country and derailing its European course is gradually narrowing. The rhetoric of Russian President Vladimir Putin justifying the Anschluss of Crimea and unscrupulous meddling in Ukraine's internal affairs has been based on the premises that there is no legitimate government in Kiev, that it is being run by a gang of Nazis and anti-Semites who took power by coup d'état and terrorised Russians and Russophones all over the country.

Ukraine's Holodomor of 1933 and the Maidan Revolution | Feb. 22, 2014 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 27th, 2023 at 10:35:27 AM EST
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The long war journal ...

Battle for Avdiivka reveals bigger power game in eastern Ukraine | FT - Feb. 6, 2017 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Mar 28th, 2023 at 10:05:59 PM EST
Charles Chambers (1883-1941). Food Will Win the War

This World War I poster, published by the United States Food Administration, appeals in Yiddish to the patriotic spirit and gratitude of the new arrivals to America. Its message reads, "Food Will Win the War! You came here seeking freedom, now you must help to preserve it. We must provide the Allies with wheat. Let Nothing Go To Waste!" Versions of this poster were issued in English and Italian as well.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 29th, 2023 at 07:42:23 AM EST

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