Ukraine is locked in a war with corruption as well as Putin – it can’t afford to lose either | Orysia Lutsevych | The Guardian


High-profile resignations highlight the nation’s struggle to prove to the world it is not corrupt, says Orysia Lutsevych, head of Ukraine Forum at Chatham House

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That is so true, and we all need Ukraine to win both, or at least the war with Russia.

As Putin has to be defeated, so that is the war, but if, corruption does continue will the peace last, perhaps not.

 

Source: Ukraine is locked in a war with corruption as well as Putin – it can’t afford to lose either | Orysia Lutsevych | The Guardian

Ukraine-Russia war latest: Germany confirms it will send tanks to Kyiv as Kremlin warns of ‘blatant provocation’ | The Independent


Berlin will provide 14 Leopard 2 tanks from military stocks as a first step, a statement from the German government said

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Just what planet is Putin and his other comrades on  for he and them invaded an a independent country with a democratically elected Government without any justification, only to attempt to accomplish Putin’s dream and every other persons nightmare of a reformed Russian Empire. He and they provoked all the actions currently being being taken by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Ukraine with the support of other enlightened countries to ensure there is eventual peace in Europe.

For to ignore Putin and Russian invasions only leads to Putin believing he and the Russian forces are invincible as we saw with the earlier invasions of Chechnya, Crimea and some areas of Eastern Ukraine.

If Putin suceeds in absorbing Ukraine into Russia, no other country will be safe, even those who are already within NATO.

Putin said he feared a NATO invasion, well where is it, for no NATO forces are within Ukraine and engaged against so called Russian Forces or within Russia itself.

What Putins invasion of Ukraine has started is more countries wishing to be part of NATO, such as Finland and Sweden so putin is effectively a catalyst for NATO expansion.

It is doubtful, if Russia will ever be trusted, for after the Cold War there were signs that some trust was begining to occur, but this invasion of Ukraine, plus the poisonings in other countries and Cyber attacks over the years put down to Putin are now certain that Russia will now be never trusted.

Will there be peace, well we all hope so and now it appears that Germany Leopard 2 Tanks and America Abram tanks could be given to Ukraine together with the already offered UK Challenger 2 Tanks.

Will this lead to eventual peace in Ukraine and Russia’s continued acts of agression to bne curtailed well everyone hopes so.

Source: Ukraine-Russia war latest: Germany confirms it will send tanks to Kyiv as Kremlin warns of ‘blatant provocation’ | The Independent

Death toll in Russian missile strike in Ukraine rises to 40 | Reuters


The death toll from a Russian missile strike in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro rose to 40 on Monday with dozens more missing, making it the deadliest civilian incident of Moscow’s three-month campaign of hurling missiles at cities far from the front.

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Russia is its own worst enemy or should it be the Russian President Vladimir Putin is Russia’s own worst enemy.

He started the war with Ukraine on the pretext of Russian Training exercises and then just diverted his forces into Ukraine without any justification, fully believing success would be in a few weeks. Now it has been going for around a year with no sign of an ending, causing very heavy losses on both sides.

He complains of the West arming Ukraine, but believes the likes of Iran and others arming Russian forces is OK. He is using mercenaries from Chechnya, a supposed state of Russia again taken by force some years ago, but objects to any individual mercenaries within the Ukrainian forces.

His further justification was the threat of invasion of Russia by NATO forces and his assumption of Nazi influences within Ukraine. But NATO is a defence organisation and only threatens committing forces if a country which is part of NATO is invaded which Ukraine is not currently but wished to be. While the Nazi influence appears to be within the Russian forces and the mercenary forces already helping Russia.

He was objecting to Finland and other states bordering Russia wishing to join NATO, which his invasion of Ukraine is now making that more likely.

Russian forces are causing many actions that could be seen as War Crimes, which Putin is disputing, but the apparent evidence is there to be seen.

Some years ago Putin fooled the West that he was wishing to be at peace with the West, but it is now clear that was never his intention and Russia will now never be trusted again.

Putin has so many double standards, being OK for him to use but not for the opposing forces.

The West needs to do all it can to support Ukraine otherwise it will fall to Putin and then he will see this as his ‘greenlight’ to invade the next country in his agenda. No country will then be safe from Russian seen aggression, which is the case with Russian, some What, unseen aggression, be it cyber-attacks, poisonings and others.

The Russian population needs to see that Putin is the enemy, but with Putin’s total control of all media, killing Russians who oppose him, or at least arresting them, to what unseen fate they are given, the Russian population are being screened from the truth or they are falling for Putin’s propaganda.

Source: Death toll in Russian missile strike in Ukraine rises to 40 | Reuters

Poland and Lithuania to send German-made Leopard tanks to Ukraine | Euronews


During a visit to Lviv in Ukraine, Poland’s President Andrzej Duda met with his Ukrainian and Lithuanian counterparts, where he announced the dispatch of 14 coveted German-made Leopard tanks.

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Yes, Ukraine needs all the help it can for Ukraine is not just trying to defend itself from the unnecessary and so illegal invasion of their territory by Russian forces and those others who are mistakenly supporting Putin, but to also stop Putin from invading any other countries he feels he should do.

If, Putin had not been ignored in all his previous actions, then he would not have believed he would be successful in invading Ukraine as he appeared to be. It is always a grave mistake to ignore the likes of Putin and others like him for they believe non-action is a weakness and boosts their belief in being invincible.

So give to Ukraine all it needs and even more, otherwise expect Putin to be in your ‘backyard’ sooner or later.

 

Source: Poland and Lithuania to send German-made Leopard tanks to Ukraine | Euronews

Russian anger grows over strike that killed dozens of troops in Ukraine | Euronews


Kyiv claimed that as many as 400 Russian soldiers died and 300 more were injured in the incident which happened at a temporary barracks in eastern Donetsk region.

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Any deaths are regrettable but in a war military targets are seen as legitimate, but civilians are not. So the Ukrainian attack on the temporary barracks in the eastern Donetsk region is acceptable but the Russian attacks on civilians are not.

So, Grigory Karasin, a member of the Russian Senate and former deputy foreign minister should be directing his anger and comments to whom is responsible and that is Russian President Vladimir Putin for declaring the illegal invasion of Ukraine. If he wishes no more dead Russians then that is easy to do, just remove all Russian troops from every part of Ukraine, stop all activities against Ukraine and then recognise Ukraine for the independent country it is.

Very few trusted Russia before the invasion of Ukraine and now no one will trust Russia ever again. and the blame rests fair and square with Vladimir Putin who is certainly no friend of Russia and is the real enemy of Russia and the population of Russia.

Putin is the abuser and needs to be dealt with accordingly.

Also the Russian population needs to have their Human Rights restored.

 

Source: Russian anger grows over strike that killed dozens of troops in Ukraine | Euronews

Young Russians are divided on the war in Ukraine as conflict nears one-year mark | Euronews


Although many support Russia’s objectives in Ukraine, many who don’t have fled the country to voice their opinion.

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The voice of the young and their actions could well influence how a country continues, but in many countries the power is not with the young, but more with the old.

This is certainly true in Russia for the Power is currently with Putin, while many of the young who have stayed in Russia appear to be supporting his propaganda, as manywho oppose have already left Russia. But not all for steady numbers are trying to show their disillusionment, but for their efforts they are be arrested and detained who knows where. Whether others will be influenced is still to be seen.

The next few months will show what will happen, for when the winter is gone, who will succeed, the Russian propaganda or the enlightened youth of Russia. This will be encompassed with how the forces of Russia and Ukraine emerge from the winter months and the extent of Western influences with aid of rearmaments to the Ukrainian frorces.

 

Source: Young Russians are divided on the war in Ukraine as conflict nears one-year mark | Euronews

Three dead as explosions rock Russian airbase housing Putin’s nuclear bombers – World News – Mirror Online


Three people have reportedly died and more hospitalised after a Ukrainian kamikaze drone reportedly hit an airbase deep inside Russia used to house Vladimir Putin’s nuclear bombers

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So what, at least it’s a legitimate military target which is more than can be said for Putin’s and the Russian forces targeting of Ukrainian civilians and civilian structures which are ‘War crimes’ for which Putin needs to be punished.

 

Source: Three dead as explosions rock Russian airbase housing Putin’s nuclear bombers – World News – Mirror Online

Ukraine war: Russia ‘ready to negotiate’ claims Vladimir Putin | Euronews


A senior adviser to Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy said Russia “doesn’t want negotiations, but tries to avoid responsibility.”

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To obtain a Peace agreement Putin needs to do a full withdrawal from all areas of Ukraine as stated in the Budapest memorandum and also for any remaining Russian wealth to be used to rebuild what he and his Russian forces have destroyed. He also has to surrender himself so that he can be tried for the horrendous War Crimes being conducted in his name by his Russian forces within Ukraine,

As was Germany after WWII, Russia needs to be stripped of its right to hold any forces which could be used to engage in any future aggressive actions and to relinquish all its seats in the UN Security Council.

Nothing less.

 

Source: Ukraine war: Russia ‘ready to negotiate’ claims Vladimir Putin | Euronews

Russia-Ukraine war at a glance: what we know on day 306 of the invasion | Russia | The Guardian


Explosions heard at Russia’s Engels air base hundreds of miles from Ukraine’s front lines; Putin says west trying to ‘tear apart’ Russia

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Russia or more correctly Putin is acting as though it is a colonial power and wishes to recreate the old Russian Empire and is not respecting the rights of individual nations to govern themselves.

Ukraine, a former state within Russia under went many changes over the years, but Russia agreed to the independence of Ukraine under the terms of the so-called Budapest memorandum in 1994 in exchange for them disgarding the nuclear weapons that Ukraine  had in their possession.

However, Putin has ignored the Budapest memorandum in his haste to recreate the Russian Empire and in doing so has once again shown that Russia can’t be trusted.

Colonialism was always wrong, no matter which country was engaging in it, for each and every country who followed colonialism did so by disrespecting the rights and lives for the persons already living in the countries taken over and plundered the minerals within those countries to increase the wealth their wealth at the expense of the countries taken over and the interests of the native residents.

Putin is doing all he can by his invading Russian forces to destroy Ukraine and it population. Yes, there are many in Ukraine of, so called Russian descent, but many of them are also being killed and injured in the indiscriminate actions of the Russian forces, as well as many native Ukrainians.

Putin feelds he can destroy all he wishes to and then objects when Ukrainian forces retaliate, if he does not wish areas of the current Russia to be destroyed then he needs to do a full withdrawal from all areas of Ukraine as stated in the Budapest memorandum and also the use of any remaining Russian wealth to be used to rebuild what he and his Russian forces have destroyed. He also has to surrender himself so that he can be tried for the horrendous War Crimes being conducted in his name by his Russian forces within Ukraine,

As was Germany after WWII, Russia needs to be stripped of its right to hold any forces which could be used to engage in any future aggressive actions and to relinquish all its seats in the UN Security Council.

 

Source: Russia-Ukraine war at a glance: what we know on day 306 of the invasion | Russia | The Guardian

Matt Gaetz and Lauren Boebert refuse to stand or applaud for Zelensky | The Independent


War-time president receives standing ovation from members of Congress

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Who would have politics, but for our sins we have.

Ukraine is fighting for its sole existence and for democracy, if Ukraine fails then, not only will Ukraine not exist, but the writing will be on the wall for democracy too.

Perhaps, the Republican Party is not bothered about democracy, but the majority of Americans are, so, they need to put politics aside if they wish for democracy to survive and this will only occur if Ukraine survives too. For, if Ukraine loses the Ukrainian/Russian war, Putin will see this as his ‘Green’ light to extend his takeover of not just all of Ukraine, but all countries around and maybe many more, the start of a new Russian Empire.

Is this what the Republicans really desire, or are they too in the pocket of Putin. The democratic West will be finished and perhaps, even the World.

 

Source: Matt Gaetz and Lauren Boebert refuse to stand or applaud for Zelensky | The Independent