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Wil Ukraine Develop Into a 2nd Cuba Crisis?

by Oui Wed Mar 13th, 2024 at 09:37:24 PM EST


This image released by Russia Ministry of Defense on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 shows the first launch of its new Sarmat super-heavy, land-based intercontinental ballistic missile, from a silo at the Plesetsk state testing cosmodrome in Arkhangelsk Region.

Jupiter missiles in Turkey | National Archive |

Archive diaries ...
Nuclear Armageddon In A Blink of the Eye | 7 Oct 2022 |

If The Cuban Missile Crisis Were Tweeted | 20 Feb. 2017 |

Attacks on America - War in Terrorism

U.S., Russia and the Global War on Terror Shoulder to Shoulder Into Battle? | DTIC - 2005 |

"The United States stands side-by-side with Russia as we fight off terrorism."
--President George W. Bush>

In the wake of 9/11, the first foreign leader to call President Bush with words of condolence and support was President Vladimir Putin. Putin is quoted as having said, "So, we understand as well as anyone the feelings of the American people. Addressing the people of the United States on behalf of Russia I would like to say that we are with you, we entirely and fully share and experience your pain. We support you."

In the wake of the Beslan school tragedy in southern Russia, President Bush sent condolences to the people of Russia when he visited the Russian Embassy in Washington shortly after the tragedy in September of 2004. Bush said "The United States stands side- by-side with Russia as we fight off terrorism, as we stand shoulder-to-shoulder to make the world a more peaceful place and a free place."

Cheney's Imperial Presidency | Posted by Oui @BooMan on 2 Aug 2007 |

Stephen F. Hayes's new biography Cheney recounts a discussion in 1980 at the American Enterprise Institute between two new congressmen, Dick Cheney and Newt Gingrich.

"Congress has been a big part of the problem," declared Cheney, a veteran of the Ford administration. "A fundamental problem has been the extent to which we have restrained presidential authority over the last several years. ... We have been concerned with the so-called myth of the imperial presidency.
"We must restore some balance" between Congress and the White House, Cheney insisted.

Gingrich vehemently disagreed. [History will bear witness both arms of the State will become far-right extreme helped by 9/11 attacks. After Trump Scotus joined the extremists]

Interesting find how war rhetoric keeps repeating itself ...

The American Enterprise Institute vs the Council on Foreign Relations

Iraq War Policy 

In 2002-2003 leaders of both the AEI and CFR were strong supporters of the U.S. invasion, occupation and "regime change" in Iraq. Since then the positions of leading members of the two organizations have gradually diverged. The AEI still believes it possible and wants to achieve military victory in Iraq, as illustrated by the current policy of escalation ("surge") planned and successfully promoted to the Bush administration by AEI "resident scholar" Frederick W. Kagan. Late in 2006 Kagan wrote the following analysis and policy recommendations aimed at the Bush administration and the wider U.S. public: "Victory is still an option in Iraq. America, a country of 300 million people with a GDP of $12 trillion, and more than 1 million soldiers and marines, can regain control of Iraq, a state the size of California with a population of 25 million and a GDP under $100 billion. 

"Victory in Iraq is vital to America's security. Defeat will lead to regional conflict, humanitarian catastrophe, and increased global terrorism.

Iraq has reached a critical point. The strategy of relying on a political process to eliminate the insurgency has failed. Rising sectarian violence threatens to break America's will to fight. This violence will destroy the Iraqi government, armed forces, and people if it is not rapidly controlled. 

Victory in Iraq is still possible at an acceptable level of effort. We must adopt a new approach to the war and implement it quickly and decisively.... We must act now to restore security and stability to Baghdad. We and the enemy have identified it as the decisive point ... 

My diaries in Spring 2014 just about summarizes new US policy vs Russia.

State Department lies, propaganda and willful deceit of the global community. I won't stand for it ...

US 'Diplomacy' Dead-Ended In UN Security Council | 20 Mar 2014 |

Kerry Preaching Policy Contra Russia @Atlantic Council | Apr 30, 2014 |

Kerry should experience a warm bath here as I have referred to the right-wing Atlantic Council and its harsh statements of containment for Putin's Russia in a New Cold War. The US wants to reduce its military presence in Europe and has set policy for NATO members to increase investments in its military: Navy, Air Force and Army. The Ukraine is an ideal nation to illustrate the "Imperial Danger" of the Russian Bear. A dangerous path to create division between new and old Europe, when did we take this path before? Rumsfeld in the lead-up to the Iraq War ...

Anglo-American Relationship, Atlanticists and Israel | Apr. 20, 2014 |

I'm not clear whether Vershbow's "offer" in the last sentence is one to help Israel avoid serious investigation of Cast Lead abuses (since U.S. investigations of our own abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan have failed miserably); or whether this constitutes what he believes is a serious offer to help Israel do the right thing.  If the latter, it's a woefully naïve offer.


Ambassador Indyk is now President Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations [and not getting anywhere similar to Dennis Ross before - Oui]


    During August 29 [1995] meeting with Dennis Ross and I, [REDACTED] raised the issue of Mark Rich, a wealthy businessman now resident in Switzerland, whom [REDACTED] has recruited to head up an effort to promote private sector involvement in Palestinian economic development. [REDACTED] asked me to see Rich's lawyer, Isaac Herzog,
     Isaac Herzog, to be briefed on the subject. He further requested that Dennis and I follow up in Washington to try to resolve the problem.
Rich paid a large fine and according to Herzog, DOJ is no longer pursuing the matter ... Nevertheless, there are still international warrants outstanding for Rich's arrest. This severely restricts his travel ..

Yitzak Herzog is now under investigation by UN World Court ICJ in The Hague on alleged war crimes, incitement to hatred and complicity in genocide. Bewas free to travel to Amsterdam last Sunday amidst pro-Palestinian protest. The new formed right-wing majority in Dutch parliament were quick to demand restriction on protest.


Making Russia an Enemy State

Saakashvili expected the support of US Naval Forces in the Black Sea to conquer provinces Abkhazia and South Ossetia. John McCain and his lobbyist Scheunemann gave Georgia false hope, much as later would occur with Ukraine.

NATO Summit of Bucharest in 2008 - A Declaration of War

| Posted by Oui in March 2017 / Aug 2023 |

The End of An Affair? | The Economist - 10 Sept 2009 |

After two decades of sometimes fervent Atlanticism in the ex-communist world, disillusionment (some would call it realism) is growing. At its height the bond between eastern Europe and America was based, like the best marriages, on a mixture of emotion and mutual support. The romance dates from the cold war: when western Europe was sometimes squishy in dealing with the Soviet empire, America was robust. When the Iron Curtain fell, ex-dissidents and retired cold warriors found they had plenty in common. America pushed for the expansion of NATO, guaranteeing the east Europeans' security. In return, ex-communist countries loyally supported America, particularly in providing troops for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

NATO's missile "shield" debated by security & defence MEPs | 6 Dec 2010 |

Putin threatens US arms race with new missiles declaration | The Guardian - 1 Mar 2018 |

President says Russia has new line of nuclear-capable weapons that can breach US defences

President Vladimir Putin has announced that Russia has developed and is testing a new line of strategic nuclear-capable weapons that would be able to outmanoeuvre US defences, in a possible signal of a new arms race between Moscow and the west.

Speaking in a nationally televised address to the country's political elite weeks before the presidential election, Putin showed video and animations of ICBMs, nuclear-powered cruise missiles, underwater drones and other weapons that he said Russia had developed as a result of the US pulling out of the 1972 anti-ballistic missile treaty signed with the Soviet Union.

"You didn't listen to our country then," Putin said during the speech. "Listen to us now." Some of the weapons were already being tested, he added.

The existence of several of the weapons systems - like the RS-28 Sarmat, or Satan 2, nuclear missile - were well-known and their tests had been previously reported. What was new was Putin's portrayal of Russia's modernising arsenal as an adversarial response to US policy since 2001.

Making Putin a Pariah Among Allies

Chicago Council on Global Affairs @globalaffairsorg

"Making Putin a true pariah internationally is something that we spend a lot of time on," Council President Ivo Daalder told Wolf Blitzer on CNN's Situation Room - 30 March 2022.

"In the NATO summit, for example, a statement pointed out that countries really can't sit on the sidelines, and specifically called on China and Xi Jinping to condemn what has happened with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. And to make sure that they didn't support Russia materially, because if they did there would be real consequences.

So there is this attempt really to try to isolate Russia politically. I think trying to get them out of the G20 is exactly the right thing to do." He added, "At least the West is united; now we need to get the rest on board."

Quite distressful that contrary to offer of a NATO partnership, warmongers were United to make the Russian Federation a pariah state. It kind of backfired ... evil comes back to haunt you on more than one level. America has become a fascist enterprise. 21st Century Pax Americana 🔥 🔥

US believes Russia had failed intercontinental ballistic missile test around when Biden was in Ukraine | CNN - 22 Feb 2023 |

Putin made no mention of the launch in the speech that lasted an hour and 45 minutes. He did, however, formally declare that Russia will be suspending his country's participation in the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty with the United States, imperiling the last remaining pact that regulates the world's two largest nuclear arsenals.

The Future

Russia Announces 3 New Hypersonic Missiles & SHOCKS the US!

In our latest video we present Russia's momentous declaration which has sent shockwaves throughout the United States and the worldwide community. Russia has announced the creation of three new hypersonic missiles, indicating a significant increase in its military capabilities and a significant shift in the global arms race.   8 mrt 2024

Among many firsts, Russia's invasion of Ukraine witnessed the first use of hypersonic weapons on the battlefield. Russia has employed the air launched Kh-47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic missile, also referred to as the "Dagger," to strike targets in Ukraine on many occasions.

China Evaluates Russia's Use of Hypersonic 'Daggers' in the Ukraine War | RAND - 12 Jan. 2024 |

In difficult times, NATO war prophet Stoltenberg would say: "We need to be clear-eyed."

In layman's terms: these guys don't know shit what they are talking about ... chaotic minds because they are in a d** spiral, a trap set by Joe Biden .... It's Europe's war now ... good luck.

Guerre en Ukraine : de la prudence à l'affolement... Ce que cache le virage de Macron

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 13th, 2024 at 11:34:51 PM EST
An European Nuclear deterrent ...

Pourquoi la France ne proposera pas de « parapluie nucléaire » à l'Europe

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 13th, 2024 at 11:55:02 PM EST
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France Snatched the Dutch Submarine Deal of the Century from Saab and Damen.

... in Dutch lilliputter terms . 😊

Dutch media outlet RTL Nieuws, quoting "informed sources" reported that France's Naval Group is likely to be the one to replace the thirty-year old Walrus class fleet of Dutch subs, beating rivals Saab from Sweden and Germany's Thyssen-Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS.)

Saab would have partnered with Dutch Damen Shipyards, while Naval cooperates with shipbuilder Royal IHC, another Dutch constructor.

France's Naval Group wins Dutch submarine contract twitter

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Mar 13th, 2024 at 11:55:40 PM EST
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h/t MofA French Defense Reports Acknowledge Ukraine Is Done With

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 14th, 2024 at 09:16:51 AM EST
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Vatican City and Hitler's Persecution of Jews

The Vatican, Il Duce and the Jews | Brandeis publication | by David I. Kertzner

An extraordinary book explains in disturbing detail the history-altering relationship between Pope Pius XI and Mussolini.

Curiously, it was Italy's Jews who first led me to work in the Vatican archives and triggered my interest in papal politics. A colleague of mine, Steve Hughes, an American historian of Italy, asked me offhandedly at a conference in the early 1990s whether I had ever heard of the Mortara case. In 1858, Edgardo Mortara, a 6-year-old child of Jewish parents in Bologna, was seized on orders of the Inquisitor. He had -- or so it was thought -- been secretly baptized by a Christian servant girl and therefore could not remain in a Jewish family. I became fascinated with this largely buried story, which led me to Pope Pius IX, the Vatican Secret Archives and eventually to my book, "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara."

Top Ukrainian politician Oleksiy Arestovych gives seventh confirmation of Russia-Ukraine peace deal agreed in March 2022

NATO Rearmament and expansion across the European continent including former Warsaw Pact states holding historic grievances against the USSR.

Lessons Learned: Hitler's Rearmament of Germany | James M. Lindsay, CFR's senior vice president and director of studies |

Ultimate policy goals was to conquer lands to Germany's East and seek to their "ruthless Germanization."

Rollout of the 2019 Language Law: Grassroots Efforts Advance While Parliament Dithers | 23 July 2021 |

The "gentle Ukrainianization" agenda is consistent with other innovations in the sphere of education, where Ukrainian has been mandated to be the main language of instruction in all of Ukraine's public schools.

    A new language policy in Ukraine, spurred by the 2013-14 Euromaidan and marked by the repeal of the notorious Kolesnichenko-Kivalov law,[1] appears to be one of the things most consistently implemented by the post-revolutionary Ukrainian government.

The recently announced action plan is also in line with the introduction of Ukrainian as the default language of public service, which came into force on January 16, 2021, as stipulated by the 2019 Law on Language. The latest developments, however, show some hesitation in meeting the other provisions of the law.

Ukraine's Zelensky genocidal traits to rid the nation and media of the Russian language and culture. Started the hostilities in Donetsk in conjunction with the UK, Canada and U.S. members deserting the OSCE-SMM observation group to prevent escalation. The Minsk agreement was used to arm and militarize the Ukraine to NATO standards.

OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (closed) | 31 March 2022|

The February 2022 reports ...

Fact: OSCE-SMM observers monitored an exponential increase in artillery fire from the Ukrainian forces besieging Donetsk and Luhansk from mid-Februari 2022. The British and American colleagues had abandoned their positions days earlier.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 14th, 2024 at 09:13:13 AM EST
What's So Bad About Thatcherism and Reaganomics?

Evidence suggests that reducing taxation on businesses and the wealthy does not effectively grow the economy. What it does do is boost income inequality, bolster trickle-down economics and reduce the government's budget to provide an efficient social safety net.

Not to mention, things have changed a lot since the Thatcher-Reagan glory days of the 80s. The current circumstances are vastly different, meaning that there's no guarantee that supply-side economics could work today. And even in the 80s, supply-side economics were not all that they were made out to be.

Thatcherism increased unemployment, poverty, and highlighted measures of austerity that chipped away at the UK's social security net. After all, Margaret Thatcher famously declared that there is "no such thing as society". This gives a pretty clear indication of how she felt about those who relied on social welfare measures to survive.

During this time, a number of economic policies were introduced to crush the power of trade unions. This deepened the UK's class divide and alienated the working class by dismantling workers' rights.

The Paradox of Western Democracies ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 14th, 2024 at 11:06:40 AM EST
Expanded after a comment to Cat: Transfer - the independence that did not occur

... from Duma proceedings to historical Ukrainian SSR texts. (Reyders' photo collections ...

The awkward is often much simpler than the emotions, ego and ethnic considerations supposes.

Some stability in the Cold War period came about in willingness to coexist and let the global skirmishes play out in Africa, Asia and the America's.

The CIA always overestimated the power of the Communist regime to benefit the growth of the defense industry. Just like reaching for the moon under Jack Kennedy, it is a boost for innovation and applied science. On theoretical science the Soviets were a match with America, but the capability to produce goods works in a capitalist system so much better then in a planned economy of Communism, quite a feat what China has achieved so far.

Article by Vladimir Putin "On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians"

Suffice it to say that Nikita Khrushchev and Leonid Brezhnev, whose party biography was most closely associated with Ukraine, led the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) for almost 30 years," Putin remarked. 

Beyond Soviet leadership, Ukrainian historical influence over Russia is clear in an inviolable fashion because of the fact that Kiev was the capital of the first Russian state in history, dating back to the 9th century. 

Ukrainian novelists like Nikolai Gogol's hero Taras Bulba, the story of Ukraine's famous Cossacks, have also been a great inspiration for many Russian generations for centuries.

The narrative of NATO and America was to paint Russia an enemy state, there were no real facts to support that. Russia bent over backwards to support the military effort of America in logistics for the war and invasion of Afghanistan. Many Muslim states cooperated with this effort to their own detriment.

The events that changed the world order was the fall of USSR, Al Qaeda attack on America, financial crisis 2007-08, NATO Bucharest Summit, and the Covid-19 pandemic.

America destroyed the world order of the United Nations, Geneva Conventions, treaties and basic diplomacy between sovereign states after 1991. Economic sanctions are a call for intervention, regime change and likely crimes against humanity. So the intention of the UN (Security Council) was ditched to serve America's self-interest. The most powerful state would dictate the NWO to all other nations.

The Russians replied:

    нет, мы основали свое собственное
    новый мировой порядок

Similarly the Chinese with 5,000 years of culture:


The Trump administration was already a leadership born in fascism a d white supremacy, the perfect leader. The weakness of Joe was to deepen and continue the wretched policy and added NATO military might and EU funding starting the proxy war in Ukraine ... to serve American interest and separate Europe and (Western) Russia for this century.

Lessons from the pandemic taught the power of self-sufficiency and the ability to let the world die from disease by withholding crucial basic elements and patents.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 14th, 2024 at 11:07:55 AM EST
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How Europe Helped Normalise Giorgia Meloni

Georgia Meloni was 19 and speaking to French TV when she praised Italian dictator and Hitler-ally Benito Mussolini.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 14th, 2024 at 11:16:07 AM EST
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Von der Leyen launches EU campaign by slamming Marine Le Pen's party as `Putin's friends' | Politico |

French National Rally "are friends of Putin so you cannot rely on them" says European Commission chief.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 14th, 2024 at 11:50:59 AM EST
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Le Pen draws closer to Meloni and distances herself from Germany's AfD

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 14th, 2024 at 11:51:53 AM EST
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PPV party the largest representation in parliament, however Geert Wilders will step back in being the successor to Mark Rutte to seal a new right-wing cabinet.

So, all strapped in for a direct flight to right-wing paradise/dystopia?

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 14th, 2024 at 11:53:19 AM EST
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When it quacks like a duck ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 14th, 2024 at 11:54:34 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 14th, 2024 at 11:56:11 AM EST
Reaching for next level ...

Sunak definition extremism for a government ban ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 14th, 2024 at 12:30:10 PM EST

UK ministers and officials to be banned from contact with groups labelled extremist | The Guardian |

Buy impunity by a donation in excess of £10 million to Conservative Party.

British premier refuses to return millions from donor accused of making racist comment | Anadolu Agency |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 14th, 2024 at 12:31:29 PM EST
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'He wasn't rude. He was racist': SNP leader calls Tories to return donor cash

To call an MP to be shot is not an extremist insult ... Frank Hester is still encouraged to donate more ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 14th, 2024 at 12:32:48 PM EST
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Extremism definition: Muslims warn law change 'risks more division'

UK's new 'extremism' definition targets Muslims amid rise in Islamophobia and anti-Semitism

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 14th, 2024 at 12:33:49 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 14th, 2024 at 01:43:35 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 14th, 2024 at 06:55:26 PM EST
Broadcast on prime time national news this evening to feed warmongering Dutch society ...

Putin-Freund spricht im Russen-TV über Kriegsplan - da wird Sendung abgebrochen | Focus.de |

Broadcast canceled on Russian state TV. Because one of the invited guests suddenly spoke openly about Russian expansion plans, the moderator had to intervene. And without further ado, we initiated a commercial break.

The guests had previously speculated about a possible Russian victory in Ukraine. Aleksandr Sytin (65), political scientist and Kremlin propagandist, apparently forgot the official line of the Russian leadership, according to which people in Ukraine are only defending themselves.

Sytin started: "We always talk about Ukraine, but nobody actually cares about Ukraine. The task is this: Russia is carrying out a certain expansionary course. That's a fact. The countries of NATO and the EU want to end this expansion course. How they do it..." 

Moderator interrupts those loyal to Putin: "This is not expansion"

However, before Sytin can expand on his ideas, he is rudely interrupted by the show's moderator: "This is not expansion, but the defense of national interests and security. We should really take a quick break. We're back after a break."

The Kremlin has been using the narrative that Russia is simply defending itself in Ukraine against Western aggression since the beginning of the war. The fact that the broadcast was interrupted after Sytin's slip-up shows that Putin also wants to keep his own population in the dark about his actual imperialist course. 

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 18th, 2024 at 08:23:18 PM EST
Bull$hit propaganda ... by no means a "friend" of Putin.

Aleksandr Sytin (65), political scientist and historian

In 2004 he became a senior researcher in the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS). In 2012 he became the head of the Baltic and CIS sector and the deputy of the "Centre of Near Abroad". In October 2014 was dismissed from his post for criticizing military intervention in Ukraine. After that he became the head of the "North & Eastern Europe Research Political Center".

He is the author of more than 50 articles about Germany, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine and Belarus, problems in international relations and history of the Baltic States.

He is a big criticus of Russia, Putin and the invasion.

Sytin publishes his articles on LB.ua . Ukrainian website.

Russia in the world: from G8 to "axis of evil" | LB.ua |

The adoption of the US bill [Magnitsky Act] on sanctions against Russia will be a logical stage in the international isolation of the Kremlin, where it found itself due to the occupation of Ukraine's Crimea and certain areas of Luhansk and Donetsk regions, bombings of Syria, interference in the US election, attempts to stage coups and other destructive actions on the international arena.

What has Putin's regime achieved in occupied Crimea? | 2019 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 18th, 2024 at 08:24:34 PM EST
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About us:

The International Renaissance Foundation provides institutional support to the editorial office of LB.UA within the framework of the "Social Capital" program. Materials produced in the framework of support reflect the position of the authors and do not necessarily coincide with the position of the International Renaissance Foundation.

The Open Society Foundations in Ukraine

Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 has thrust Open Society's Kyiv-based International Renaissance Foundation (IRF) onto the frontlines of the country's struggle for survival. As the largest independent funder of Ukraine's vibrant array of civil society and citizen's groups for more than three decades, IRF was immediately engaged in the vast emergency response to the Russian assault.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 18th, 2024 at 08:25:46 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Mar 18th, 2024 at 08:26:43 PM EST
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