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Russian convoy north of Kyiv. Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies

The Russian convoy we told you about in Axios AM has grown from 3.25 to 17 miles in length, rolling toward Kyiv.

The latest: Russian troops shelled civilian neighborhoods in the eastern city of Kharkiv while peace talks were ongoing.

  • As night fell on Kyiv, journalists reported missile fire and loud explosions, with repeated air raid sirens.
  • Russian forces are now roughly 15 miles from the city center, a senior U.S. defense official told reporters.
  • What's next: Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky signed an application today for his country to join the EU.

P.S. Ukraine's Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov tweeted today that Elon Musk's promised Starlink terminals — which can provide satellite internet for the besieged country — arrived in Ukraine.

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On 2/25/2022 at 1:32 PM, Kargokings said:

Last Updated: 25th February, 2022 22:19 IST

Russia Warns Sweden & Finland Of 'detrimental Consequences' If They Seek To Join NATO

Even as Russia continues its audacious invasion against Ukraine, it has now threatened Sweden and Finland and warned the two countries against joining NATO.

 

Even as Russia continues its audacious invasion against Ukraine, it has now threatened Sweden and Finland and warned the two countries against joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). According to reports, Russian foreign ministry spokesperson avered that Sweden and Finland will face "detrimental consequences" if they join NATO. This comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin order the country's troops to invade its neighbor Ukraine. 

Russia warns Sweden & Finland of 'detrimental consequences' if they seek to join NATO (republicworld.com)

yeah Putin threaten Finland.  how did that go last time???

 

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There’s an African proverb that applies here IMO: the resolve to avoid an evil is rarely formed until after the evil has passed.

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/colby-cosh-as-putin-goes-to-war-germany-grows-up-and-europe-faces-unprecedented-realignment

Quote of the day... it speaks to the danger of over reaction to the evil, caused by the initial lack of resolve. IMO, each is as bad as the other and the only thing worse than either alone is both together. This is what scares me about progressives (and especially those who vote for them).

 Catastrophic misjudgment rests on the convergence of two elements: an emergent sense that there is a moral imperative to act paired with a breakdown in the formal decision-making processes designed to force policy makers to carefully weigh the potential consequences of their decisions. Combined these elements make for a “pattern of misjudgement” that changes the way officials “weigh the costs and benefits” of their decisions, as they shift from an attitude of “analytical nuance” to “morally charged commitment to acting almost regardless of consequence.”

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Countries are starting to put pressure on seizing assets of the Russian oligarchs…..just how much wealth do they have??  A little background on the status symbols of the oligarchs:

https://boattest.com/article/oligarchs-superyachts-are-quickly-scattering-safe-havens?utm_medium=email&_hsmi=205281027&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9-keVp3JYxzzr6UTWxeuFdO1yY-w4IBom1njQP4ebiGoBFqiKZ6N-EOs2mFCtFI2Wq2pMYwQcdddgse88HkwuFicTNXw&utm_content=205281027&utm_source=hs_email

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RUSSIA UKRAINE ... THE CONSEQUENCES


“ These are depressing & very sad times for all of us who treasure & cherish European civilisation. Two kindred peoples..& peoples related to us, sharing the same Christian roots and anthropological corpus ( in Kiev & Moscow they look the same as in London, Paris, Milan , Munich) at war. Slavs are proud & will fight to the death unless this can stop. Europeans represent under 10% of the world population, something we should remember. 
The causes of this conflict depend on your sympathies & can be summarized as either NATO/USA & EU overreach or Putin's wish to reconstitute a greater Russia..we can argue about this for days. I want to have a look at the consequences of this conflict.
The biggest winner is China. With Russia having no choice but to rely on China this will give China an extremely important lever in world affairs & add another asset to it's portfolio of dependent states. An unholy alliance with Russia having no other choice.
Islam is another beneficiary, the Saudis have been muted concerning this conflict. A crisis of this nature will increase oil prices & financial power of the gulf states. Islamist groups will take advantage of this crisis to further their cause while the West & the Russians employ their means against each other.
The Boreal world..the Christian world, the European world in its largest sense...needed Russia as an ally to strengthen its position in the world. The fracture which has occurred will last a generation or at least until the departure of Putin. Rival civilizations will feel emboldened & will be able to play off the West & the Russo/Chinese bloc. Reaction to the Russian intervention has been very muted in India, Pakistan, Arab states & ..Brazil!! Very different than Europe excepting some French commentators & former foreign ministers who openly blame NATO!
The final collateral victim is the USA, practically absent & showing strong signs of weariness & irrelevance. Unfortunately the USA is still the core state of the West. The crisis the USA is going through..crisis of identity, racial tensions, gender politics..have hit European shores & are furthering our decline. Worrying days for us all! “
 

https://mobile.twitter.com/defenceofwest/status/1497868448868847617?cxt=HHwWgsC-8eHav8kpAAAA

 

 

 

 

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Canada banning all oil imports from Russia, sending anti-tank weapons to Ukraine

On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would ban imports of Russian crude oil .

Evidently this will apply to all petroleum products.

Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announced Tuesday evening that Canada will now ban all petroleum products from Russia. The government said a day earlier that it would only ban Russian crude oil.

 

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Five signs that 'puffy-faced' Vladimir Putin could be seriously ill

In the wake of his decision to invade Ukraine speculation is mounting about Putin's health

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Tue Mar 01, 2022 - The Telegraph
by Nick Allen

It is all circumstantial but there is growing evidence that Vladimir Putin could be suffering from a serious illness.

At least five factors point to suspicions that his horrendous decision to invade Ukraine could be underpinned not by his mental state, the effects of COVID isolation, or hubris, but by a physical condition that spurred him to gamble on a quick win.

1. Putin’s appearance
The Russian president has appeared notably more bloated around the face and neck recently.

That has led to suggestions he may be undergoing treatment with steroids.

Side effects of steroids include increased risk of infection, like coughs and colds, and “mood and behavioural changes.”

“Sometimes, when taken in higher doses, steroids can cause confusion or changes in thinking,” according to Macmillan Cancer Support. “This can include having strange or frightening thoughts.”

In November 2020 Putin suffered an extended coughing fit during a televised meeting with his finance minister. The footage was later edited and the Kremlin said he was “absolutely fine.”

According to Fiona Hill, the British former senior White House expert on Russia, Putin is “not looking so great” at the moment.

Hill, who has met Putin more than once, said: “He’s been rather puffy-faced. We know that he has complained about having back issues. Even if it’s not something worse than that, it could be that he’s taking high doses of steroids, or there may be something else.

“There seems to be an urgency for this (invasion) that may be also driven by personal factors.”

2. The Long Tables
People with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of contracting severe cases of coronavirus, and other infections.

That would include those taking immune-suppressing drugs.

There has been much speculation about why Putin has engaged in such extreme social distancing.

Emmanuel Macron was forced to sit at the other end of a 13ft table.

During a televised meeting Putin’s own foreign minister Sergei Lavrov was also seated at the other end of an absurdly long table.

And at a meeting where he humiliated his spy chief Putin’s top security officials all had to sit at the other side of a giant marble chamber.

COVID cases have soared in Russia recently, but the extraordinary efforts to keep Putin in a “bubble” go back many months.

Many of those entering his presence have been forced to quarantine in hotels for two weeks beforehand, including business leaders, politicians and staff.

There have also been reports of a tunnel leading to his office in which visitors are sprayed with disinfectant.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden, who is a decade older, has been huddling around a relatively small table in the Situation Room elbow-to-elbow with his advisers.

Putin, 69, says he has taken the Sputnik vaccine, but it was not filmed.

His extreme measures to avoid the virus would make sense if he had an underlying condition.

But bizarrely, he did shake hands with – and sit right next to – an unvaccinated Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro a few weeks ago.

3. The Intelligence
Marco Rubio, the Republican senator, set a hare running at the weekend when he suggested “something is off” with Putin.

Rubio is no random internet conspiracy theorist, he is the senior Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

As such, he sees classified intelligence, which he can’t talk about.

However, he is at liberty to drop hints. And he has.

Rubio said: “I wish I could share more, but for now, I can say it’s pretty obvious to many that something is off with Putin.

“He has always been a killer, but his problem now is different and significant.”

Rubio later expanded that Putin “appears to have some neuro/physiological health issues.”

He did not give details on what was informing his opinion.

There are growing suggestions that if the U.S. does have intelligence that Putin is sick, they should release it.

A former White House national security official told the Telegraph the U.S. should “make it personal” and release anything it had on Putin.

The French may also have suspicions. The assessment of a French official, following Macron’s marathon meeting with Putin before the invasion, hinted at something.

The official was quoted as saying that Putin was “not the same” as when Macron met him two years earlier. He was more rigid and ideological and had, in some respects, “gone haywire”.

There has also still been no firm answer as to why Putin disappeared from public view for 10 days in 2015. Speculation about a health scare was dismissed at the time.

4. Russian academic claims Putin has Parkinson’s disease and cancer
In November 2020 Professor Valery Solovei, a former historian at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, was quoted as suggesting Putin may have Parkinson’s disease and cancer.

He also suggested that Putin may be poised to quit in 2021 due to fears for his health.

At the time Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was “absolute nonsense” and “everything is fine with the president.”

Asked if Putin was planning to step down in the near future, Peskov said: “No.”

Prof Solovei resigned from the institute, where he was head of the public relations department, in 2019, saying “political pressure” was responsible for his departure.

He was later detained at an opposition protest in Moscow.

5. Putin’s accelerated timeline
In his mission to restore what he considers lost Russian land, Putin had previously taken a long view.

In 2008 he invaded Georgia in support of the self-proclaimed republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Six years later, he annexed Crimea.

Under changes to the Russian constitution made in early 2021, he could remain president until 2036.

That would give him plenty of time for incremental land grabs, what the West might see as “minor incursions” punishable only with a slap on the wrist.

For those reasons many Putin watchers expected him to adopt “salami tactics,” taking Ukraine “slice by slice” over a period of time.

They have been left puzzled as to why he would take such a gamble on capturing the whole of Ukraine, a country of 44 million people, in one go with a force military experts say was not enough.

It only increases the suspicion that, perhaps, his health meant he was running out of time.

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SUSPENSION of Licence No. 975140 – AEROFLOT – RUSSIAN AIRLINES (Licensee).

 
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Pursuant to paragraph 69(3)(a) of the Canada Transportation Act, SC 1996, c 10 (CTA), a non-Canadian is eligible to hold a scheduled international licence if the non-Canadian has been designated by a foreign government or an agent of a foreign government to operate an air service under the terms of an agreement or arrangement between that government and the Government of Canada.

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BIDEN BACKS UKRAINE

State of Union address

  • Calgary Herald
  • 2 Mar 2022
  • STEVE HOLLAND AND MAKINI BRICE AND ANDREA SHALAL
img?regionKey=dKLgmNu5182lCu6OpSy2fw%3d%3dWIN MCNAMEE/POOL/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES U.S. President Joe Biden launched heavy criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin in his remarks during Tuesday night's State of the Union speech.

• U.S. President Joe Biden led a standing ovation for the embattled Ukrainian people on Tuesday in a State of the Union speech that he rewrote to assail Russian President Vladimir Putin for invading Ukraine.

“Let each of us if you're able to stand, stand and send an unmistakable signal to Ukraine and to the world,” Biden said.

Often polarized along partisan lines, Democrats and Republicans rose to applaud his support for Ukraine, many waving Ukrainian flags and cheering in the chamber of the House of Representatives at his first formal State of the Union speech.

In a deviation from his prepared remarks, Biden said of Putin: “He has no idea what's coming.”

Biden was looking to reset his presidency after a first year in office marked by rapid economic growth and trillions of dollars in new programs, but beset by the highest inflation in 40 years and a lingering coronavirus pandemic.

The annual speech to Congress gave Biden a platform to highlight his agenda, reassure fretful Americans and seek to boost his sluggish poll numbers amid dire warnings his fellow Democrats could face losses in November congressional elections.

Ahead of Biden's arrival, the flags were passed out in the House chamber, the venue for his speech. Several women members of Congress arrived wearing the flag's colours of yellow and blue.

Biden's challenge was to show Americans he is on top of the West's response to the most tense period in relations with Russia since the Cold War ended 30 years ago.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has tested Biden's ability to respond rapidly to events without sending American forces into battle. The crisis has forced Biden to reshape the speech to focus on uniting Americans around a global effort to punish Moscow and support Kyiv.

He launched heavy criticism of Putin in his remarks, saying the Russian leader had badly miscalculated Ukraine.

“He thought he could roll into Ukraine and the world would roll over. Instead he met a wall of strength he never imagined. He met the Ukrainian people,” he said. “From President Zelenskyy to every Ukrainian, their fearlessness, their courage, their determination, inspires the world.”

Biden said Putin ignored efforts to prevent war.

“Putin's war was premeditated and unprovoked. He rejected efforts at diplomacy.

He thought the West and NATO wouldn't respond. And, he thought he could divide us here at home,” Biden will say. “Putin was wrong. We were ready.”

Biden announced the United States will ban Russian flights from American airspace.

In a show of support for Ukraine, first lady Jill Biden had as her guest at the speech the Ukraine ambassador to the United States, Oksana Markarova, who travelled in the Biden motorcade from the White House to Capitol Hill.

Battling rising inflation exacerbated by the Russian crisis and assailed by Republicans who accused him of allowing it to get out of control, Biden was expected to call for companies to make more cars and semiconductors in the United States.

Biden had some progress to tout: The economy grew faster than it has since 1984 with 6.6 million jobs created, the government distributed hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccines, and he has nominated the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court, Ketanji Brown Jackson.

“We have a choice. One way to fight inflation is to drive down wages and make Americans poorer. I have a better plan to fight inflation,” Biden said. “Instead of relying on foreign supply chains, let's make it in America ... My plan to fight inflation will lower your costs and lower the deficit.”

Biden and his fellow Democrats face the prospect of losing control of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate in Nov. 8 midterm elections. An uptick in Biden's approval ratings might help prevent that and strengthen his chances of making good on his agenda.

Public opinion polls have shown Biden out of favour with the majority of Americans for months.

Americans' approval of Biden's response to the Russian invasion rose over the past week, with 43% saying they approve in a Reuters/ipsos poll completed on Tuesday, up from 34% last week. Some 47% disapproved of Biden response's to the crisis, however, and his overall popularity has held near the low point of his presidency in recent weeks.

Even with the jobless rate at 4%, most voters remain pessimistic about the economy, largely due to skyrocketing consumer prices. A quarter of Democrats think the party has failed to take advantage of its rare control of the White House and both houses of Congress.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, who will deliver the Republican response to Biden's speech, will knock his handling of the Ukraine crisis and the U.S. inflation spike.

“Instead of moving America forward, it feels like President Biden and his party have sent us back in time to the late '70s and early '80s. When runaway inflation was hammering families, a violent crime wave was crashing on our cities, and the Soviet army was trying to redraw the world map,” she will say, according to excerpts.

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Hmmmm, Putin threatens to use nuclear weapons on us the other day and NATO is moving weaponry into Ukraine as we speak.

Yet the Doomsday clock hasn't moved one second at all, unlike its recent movements due climate change. Another entity taken over by the frauds.

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Germany seizes $600M superyacht belonging to Russian billionaire: Forbes 

Superyachts, like Alisher Usmanov's 512-foot Dilbar, and other opulent displays of wealth among Russia's elite have drawn intense scrutiny since the country invaded Ukraine

 

As I was reading through this article I was thinking about the mentality behind Japanese internment, the theft of their property and the Canadian notion that it "would never happen again." Reading the comments section I was surprised that virtually everyone indicated support for Germany's actions here. It seemed that there was an appetite for more... not based on cause but by simple association.

Then I came to this one and it seemed so lonely (among the masses) that I'm posting it below. I'm left wondering how I became a raving liberal and all of the liberals, who once accused me of racism (and a host of other things), have so easily assumed the mantle of that which they previously opposed, blamed on the far right and professed to despise.

The circumstances are different here but there are striking similarities and they lead me to think that we have learnt nothing. 

We should all be concerned at the creeping authoritarianism in the West. Remember when Japanese were placed in concentration camps during the second world war for the crime of being Japanese? This guilt by association thing wasn't good then and it's not good now. But if seems nobody in office right now has learned from the past.

The fact that the German government just stole a yacht because its owner is a citizen of a country whose government is unpopular right now says more about Germany than it does about Putin or Russia. It's not something anyone should feel proud of.

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1 hour ago, Jaydee said:

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Made even worse by the lack of transparency surrounding SNC operations in Libya during OUP.

What was the nature of those bribes in the land of bribes (and I could care less about parking lots BTW)? What exactly were their security operators doing there while ongoing UN travel sanctions were in place and Canadian Forces were involved in combat operations?

Like the Covid thing, I don't have the answers but I'm struck by the lack of interest. It's not as off topic as some might think, the governments eagerness to not delve into the questions (or especially the answers) is all part of a larger malaise IMO. That malaise seems to be on full display in the NS shooting inquiry, the molecular release of information leading up to it and the current state of affairs currently under discussion.

As in diving, total pressure is equal to the sum of the partial pressures and no amount of rhetoric and propaganda will thwart the reality of it. 

Take a moment and compare the headline with the amount of Russian crude oil that Canada currently imports:

Trudeau says Canada will ban Russian crude oil imports

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Russia halts deliveries of rocket engines to the U.S

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has decided to stop supplying rocket engines to the United States in retaliation for its sanctions against Russia over Ukraine, Dmitry Rogozin, head of the state space agency Roscosmos, said on Thursday.

"In a situation like this we can't supply the United States with our world's best rocket engines. Let them fly on something else, their broomsticks, I don't know what," Rogozin said on state Russian television.

According to Rogozin, Russia has delivered a total of 122 RD-180 engines to the U.S. since 1990s, of which 98 have been used to power Atlas launch vehicles.

Roscosmos will also stop servicing rocket engines it had previously delivered to the U.S., Rogozin said, adding that the U.S. still had 24 engines that would now be left without Russian technical assistance.

 

Russia has earlier said it was suspending cooperation with Europe on space launches from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana in response to Western sanctions over Ukraine.

Moscow has also demanded guarantees from British satellite company OneWeb that its satellites would not be used for military purposes. OneWeb, in which the British government has a stake, said on Thursday it was suspending all launches from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Rogozin said Russia would now focus on creating dual-purpose spacecraft in line with the needs of Roscosmos and the Defence Ministry.

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2 hours ago, Jaydee said:

The clock is ticking…..

But can the woke awaken without an intrusive alarm? A little late in the game, but they now seem be saying things they previously would have attributed to racists, white nationalists and the radical right fringe.

I haven't seen snarky leftist buzzwords like "freedumd" in news comments sections for a few days now. Fixing the mess isn't sexy, it won't win any votes and the motivation to fix it is unlikely to prevail when all this blows over. 

I'm reminded of a quote by Sir Walter Scott (I'll proceed to butcher it now) but loosely paraphrased it goes: "And when the blast has passed away, the straw that made dance to its pipe will settle to earth once again."  

 

John Ivison: War in Ukraine a wake-up call for Canada and its allies 

If freedom is to triumph, we need to grasp that our world has been turned upside down and we may have to defend the liberties we have taken for granted for the past 77 years

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Accident or on purpose? Lucky that nothing was breached ....

Behind Russia’s attacks on Ukraine’s nuclear power plants - National | Globalnews.ca

 

Russia’s attack on Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine early Friday has raised fears of a disaster that could impact all of central Europe for decades.

 

The shelling on Zaporizhzhia — located near the town of Energodar — has resulted in at least one fire which was extinguished by local firefighters, according to Ukrainian and UN officials.

Just over a week earlier, Russian forces captured the Chornobyl nuclear power plant, a site responsible for a botched security test that sent clouds of nuclear smoke across much of Europe in 1986, now known as the worst nuclear disaster in history.

 

So why are Russian forces attacking Ukraine’s nuclear power plants?

 

These attacks are about the seizure of national infrastructure, according to Allen Sens, a professor in the department of political science at the University of British Columbia.

“It’s really difficult at this time to say why the plant came under fire but it’s pretty easy to say why the Russians were advancing on the plant and trying to seize it,” he said.

“Remember, a stated Russian objective is to conquer Ukraine and bring Ukraine back into the Russian orbit so there’s also some interest in maintaining some critical infrastructure.”

 

A graphic outlining where Ukraine’s nuclear power plants are located across the country.

Global News

Although, “one of the stupidest things anybody could do is bring fire onto a nuclear power plant,” he said. If Russia were to control Ukraine’s nuclear reactors, they would also be controlling much of the country’s power, Sens added.

Last year, Ukraine got over 50 per cent of its electricity from nuclear reactors, according to M.V. Ramana, a professor at the University of British Columbia’s school of public policy and global affairs.

“Ukraine depends a lot on nuclear power,” he said.

It would not be in the interest of Russia for a major accident to happen at a Ukrainian nuclear power plant as a substantial amount of radioactive fallout could go fall back into their country, according to Ramana.

“These assets have value themselves, rather than being something you’d want to destroy,” Sens said.

When it came to Chornobyl attack, Russians targeted this closed plant because of its relation to the capital of Ukraine, he added.

“They went through there because that was an important land corridor towards Kyiv,” Sens said.


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No radiation detected after Russian troops take Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine

Outside of the reactor at the Zaporizhzhia plant, and most other reactors worldwide, are spent fuel rods stored outside of the containment vessel, Sens explained.

These highly radioactive rods, consisting of enriched uranium, are used to power the reactor, he said.
After being used in the nuclear power process, these rods are not stored in a protective way — creating the potential for a “very dangerous” situation, he said.

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"our polarized and angry domestic politics are dominated by virtue signaling egoists.

In Ukraine, the virtue doesn't need to be signaled. While privileged young people in America express their outrage at microaggressions in the workplace because someone used the wrong pronoun, the youth of Kyiv are gathering in bunkers to make Molotov cocktails in a last desperate act to defend their beleaguered city - street by street if necessary - against the most violently macro of aggressions."

 

Gerard Baker 

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Refugees Fleeing Ukraine Now Represent Biggest Movement of People in Europe Since World War II

More than 1.45 million people have left the country since Russia invaded, with most headed for Poland, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia

 

 

 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/refugees-fleeing-ukraine-now-represent-biggest-movement-of-people-in-europe-since-world-war-ii-11646493910

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I don't know about the accuracy of this but I sure hope it is correct.
 
Posted: 26 Feb 2022 11:50 AM PST
(Steven Hayward)
Here’s an interesting Twitter thread from someone named Riho Terras, a member of the European Parliament, posted a few hours ago. Obviously we’re not in any position to vouch for the accuracy of this thread (and some of it seems dubious), but pass it along in the interest of broad coverage:
THREAD 1/7 Intel from a Ukrainian officer about a meeting in Putin’s lair in Urals. Oligarchs convened there so no one would flee. Putin is furious, he thought that the whole war would be easy and everything would be done in 1-4 days.
Russians didn’t have a tactical plan. The war costs about $20 bln/day. There are rockets for 3-4 days at most, they use them sparingly. They lack weapons, the Tula and 2 Rotenberg plants can’t physically fulfil the orders for weapons. Rifles and ammo are the most they can do.
The next Russian weapons can be produced in 3-4 months – if even that. They have no raw materials. What was previously supplied mainly from Slovenia, Finland and Germany is now cut off.
If Ukraine manages to hold the Russians off for 10 days, then the Russians will have to enter negotiations. Because they have no money, weapons, or resources. Nevertheless, they are indifferent about the sanctions.
Alpha Spec Ops have been near Kyiv since the 18th February. The goal was to take Kyiv and instal a puppet regime. They are preparing provocations against innocent civilians – women and children – to sow panic. This is their trump card.
Russia’s whole plan relies on panic – that the civilians and armed forces surrender and Zelensky flees. They expect Kharkiv to surrender first so the other cities would follow suit to avoid bloodshed. The Russians are in shock of the fierce resistance they have encountered.
The Ukrainians must avoid panic! The missile strikes are for intimidation, the Russians fire them at random to “accidentally” hit residential buildings to make the attack look larger than it reallyis. Ukraine must stay strong and we must provide assistance!
Spread this information so the world would realise how important it is to assist Ukraine right now and without hesitation! It is difficult for Russia, but it is difficult for Ukraine as well if the West does not provide meaningul support!   
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