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

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

UK faces ‘significant risks’ to quality of food imported post-Brexit, says report | Food & drink industry | The Guardian


Better controls on EU goods needed as impact of Covid and Russia-Ukraine war also put pressure on standards

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This is very confusing, for the UK and the DUP is very concerned about border checks being imposed by the EU on goods coming from Mainland UK to Northern Ireland regarding quality, when this article is virtually stating that Border checks should be being imposed by the UK on goods coming to all of the UK from the EU as some could be sub-standard to UK regulations. This is very worrying for all the time the UK was in the EU and within the ‘Single Market’, so no real border checks, so, once again, we appear to have been badly let down by Tony Blair with his insistence of the UK becoming part of the EU through the Maastricht Treaty without any referendum..

But ‘Teflon’ Tony strikes again, so he gets away with it again.

Source: UK faces ‘significant risks’ to quality of food imported post-Brexit, says report | Food & drink industry | The Guardian

Ukraine: ‘My Disabled Nephew Has A Home In UK – But Is Stuck In Paris’ | Same Difference


A disabled teenager and his grandparents have been waiting in Paris for more than six weeks while their UK asylum application is processed. They told the BBC they are stuck in limbo, spending thous…

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So a UK Government spokes person is saying, “fastest and biggest visa schemes in UK history” following the invasion and that “changes the Home Office has made to streamline the visa system, including simplifying the forms and boosting staff numbers, are working”, but is it true.

It may be the ‘fastest and biggest’, but that doesn’t mean it is fast enough, for when other countries are looked at the UK appears to be the slowest. People are waiting not weeks, but months just for visas and when there are families children’s visas are not being processed together with the adults they are with, meaning delays are occurring and showing incompetence by the Home Office and not for the first time.

Now is this incompetence deliberate or not, well while one act of incompetence is one too many more acts are showing that ‘lessons are not learnt or there is no willingness to learn.

There is no transparency in any of these operations as though there is a ‘cloak of secrecy’ in force and what is the secrecy hiding.

There are no areas at the borders of Ukraine where UK officials are, but there are for other countries, there may be an area but it will, more than likely be run by a Charity with no influence.

We are dealing with peoples lives, but it appears the UK Home Office just doesn’t care.

This is not respecting Human Rights, it is completely ignoring them.

 

Source: Ukraine: ‘My Disabled Nephew Has A Home In UK – But Is Stuck In Paris’ | Same Difference

Hundreds of millions in taxpayers’ money handed to companies still operating in Russia | The Independent


Exclusive: British government accused of indirectly helping to fund Putin’s war with £294m contracts

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With regards to Russia and providing finance there should be no middle ground, if the decision is to not finance anything in Russia, which wholeheartedly agree with, then companies already in business in Russia should immediately suspend their operations and withdraw or alternatively all their contracts in the UK should be withdrawn.

To do otherwise is hypocrisy and they are as guilty as Russia and the Russian troops of causing ‘War Crimes’ in Ukraine.

 

Source: Hundreds of millions in taxpayers’ money handed to companies still operating in Russia | The Independent

‘It’s a mess’: UK to vet Ukraine refugees at Calais as French claim hundreds rejected | Euronews


The UK is to install a visa application centre for Ukrainian refugees on the northern French coast, amid claims that hundreds trying to reach England have been refused entry.

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Yes, it is a mess,. As we know the problems causing this refugee crisis is down to Putin and his unreal obsession to bring Ukraine back under the control of Russia against the wishes of the Ukrainian population, just to pander to his ego.

The refugees have already gone through many instances of extreme turmoil as the Russian tactics are creating ever  increasing form of destruction, injuries and death. Everything should be being done to make life somewhat easier for the Ukrainian refugees, but the |UK government appears to be continuing the refugees anguish by having a ‘not fit for purpose’ entry facility to the UK.

The debate of whether visas should be necessary is another matter, but a very important ,matter, but the opportunities to obtain visas are not easy to find.

The refugees are making their way to Calais as no information is available, but there are no visa facilities there,. The excuse is not to create a ‘bottleneck, but that is what is being achieved by not having a visa facility there and the ones that are available are miles away and appointments are needed.

To make matters easier then visas should be suspended and obtained when in the UK. A  new visa facility is being created, I believe in Lillie, but not only not open yet, there is no information of where in Lillie it will be and again appointments will be required.

This is all implying that refugees are not welcome, now is that the real story.

 

Source: ‘It’s a mess’: UK to vet Ukraine refugees at Calais as French claim hundreds rejected | Euronews

War Crimes


Russian actions in Ukraine is not new, as they did similar in Syria and invading other countries is not new either, as they did so in Georgia, Chechnya, but the West did nothing, so Putin feels he is free to do as he pleases.

In many of the above, Russia was creating ‘War Crimes’, but no actions were taken, as it appears actions are only taken when countries assumed guilty of war crimes are defeated and so far Russia as not been defeated.

Surely, war crimes are war crimes be they done by defeated parties or the so called winners.

Going back in history, by using the situation of destroying civilian targets is assumed to be war crimes was the UK/America not guilty of this in World War II in the bombing of Dresden and also America in Japan with their Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But this form of bombing in WW2 was started by Germany, called ‘The Blitz‘ and the bombing of Germany and then Japan did bring to an end of WW2.

Bombing of civilian targets is not right in any circumstances, but then the bombing of any targets should never be justified, in fact the creation of wars or any conflicts is not right, irrespective of the size.

The UN was created after WW2 to bring, so called peace to the World, but in this, many instances have occurred where the UN did not stop conflicts occurring ‘, but did bring in peace keeping forces, such as Bosnia.

But while broking peace is good should not the stopping of conflicts beginning be even better, but to do so this would require forces which are not available and the interventions of removing war like leaders of countries, but then there would not be many leaders left.

Channel deaths: Priti Patel disinvited to meeting with France | Immigration and asylum | The Guardian


I implore both the UK and France, being Johnson and Macron to stop their ‘childish’ behaviours, and behave as they should be doing in a respectable manner for the Migrant crisis and even more so Channel crossings is not only urgent, but innocent lives are being lost.

This is so much more important than the squabbles between 2 countries as there is a ‘Duty of Care’ on both parties and even the EU. For if the EU wishes to be viewed as a responsible organisation it should be them who bring France and the UK together.

The migrant crisis needs to be sorted NOW as it has gone on for far too long.

Nothing can be decided until all parties are together, so Macron and Johnson act as the adults both of you should be.

 

Source: Channel deaths: Priti Patel disinvited to meeting with France | Immigration and asylum | The Guardian

‘The pressure for change is building’: reactions to the Glasgow climate pact | Cop26 | The Guardian


Applause for Cop26 president Alok Sharma after he gave the closing speech at the closing plenary of the UN climate summit on Saturday. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

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We are all seeing the effects of climate change some much more than others, but many in the developed world and a few in the non-developed world are not taking it as seriously as they should.

That said, and although Cop26 could have done a whole lot better, it did achieve somethings as long as all the countries present do as they  promised. But even that can’t be guaranteed.

Even what has been promised will not be enough to save some of the countries who were present, especially some of the small island nations. Great Abaco, Bahamas being just one

The likes of China, India and Australia should be ashamed of some of their lack of commitment, but others could do more including Russia, America and even the UK and some others in the developed world. Also some in the non-developed world such as Brazil.

World leaders have to commit and with some of the major countries their leaders were not there not even for one second.

If in the next 5 to 10 years one country is lost then this will be down to all the lack of commitment at Cop26 and all the other Cops, for the days of inaction have gone long ago.

Coal has to go, no matter how important to some countries it is and go quickly, even 2030 could be too late. But there is gas and oil and the destructions of forests which also need to be seriously dealt with.

They need to go completely as discounting is nowhere near good enough.

Even with America their involvement can’t be guaranteed for it could be more than likely that Trump or some others could emerge, as it could in many of the other countries.

Climate change is with us and has been for many years, but it is not being taken as seriously as it should be.

There will be another Cop being Cop27 in Egypt next year and much more needs to be done there , if not before.

 

Source: ‘The pressure for change is building’: reactions to the Glasgow climate pact | Cop26 | The Guardian