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Title: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Joe Elliott on February 15, 2022, 02:59:42 AM

The Ukraine and U. S. Elections

An invasion by Russia of the Ukraine would never have happen if Trump was still President. That is because the last thing Putin would want, is to get in the way of Trump becoming President for Life.

The ultimate achievement of Russia is to help destroy Democracy around the world. Don’t kid yourself. Democracy is a threat to dictatorships, just by their mere existence. The Soviet Union collapsed due to nothing more than too many people seeing how much better life can be under democracy. The authoritarians have managed to wretch back control from the Russian people, but democracy is always going to be a threat to them.

Democracy is even more dangerous if it hits too close to home. If nothing else, they can always argue that perhaps democracy works for some people, but can never work for Slavic people. Ukraine is not yet a full democracy, but it might evolve into one. This must be stopped at all costs. Invading the Ukraine will put a stop to that long term danger.

And as an important side benefit, such an invasion may discredit, in the eyes of gullible Americans, Biden, and help bolster Trump. The Russians know the all-important mid-term primaries and elections are coming up this year. Getting Trump’s candidates elected, particularly for the Secretary of State positions in several states, is key for Trump getting “elected” in 2024. If elected again, he will seek to secure his position permanently, by controlling voting. His sons can alternate with him and each other every eight years. A permanent dictatorship is not out of the question. If this happens, this will be Russia’s greatest accomplishment.

I think the invasion will not come before the Olympics are over, so we have at least another week. But it will come before the primaries this year. Despite the risks, this is too historical an opportunity for Putin to pass up.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 15, 2022, 06:43:47 AM
4 years of weak Criminal Donald allowed Putin to be in this position to invade Ukraine. Putin always wanted to weaken Europe, Canada, and the United States. And the fascist right wants to end democracy as well. We saw that leading up to 1/6 with Trump's coup and now in Canada with the illegal blockades trying to bring down the Canadian economy. I remember when Republicans were against the USSR and now they slobber over Putin and all of Trump's criminals have Russian ties. It's a total disgrace when right wing Republicans support a Russian dictator and dream of an authoritarian rule in the United States led by a falied businessman orange criminal con artist.                   
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Joe Elliott on February 15, 2022, 04:13:02 PM

4 years of weak Criminal Donald allowed Putin to be in this position to invade Ukraine. Putin always wanted to weaken Europe, Canada, and the United States. And the fascist right wants to end democracy as well. We saw that leading up to 1/6 with Trump's coup and now in Canada with the illegal blockades trying to bring down the Canadian economy. I remember when Republicans were against the USSR and now they slobber over Putin and all of Trump's criminals have Russian ties. It's a total disgrace when right wing Republicans support a Russian dictator and dream of an authoritarian rule in the United States led by a falied businessman orange criminal con artist.                 

Agreed. Trump held up aid to the Ukraine in exchange for the Ukraine to present a case against Hunter Biden. It didn’t matter if the case was bogus or not so long as they made it. This would encourage Russia when it seemed that the U. S. cared so little about the Ukraine. Certainly, Trump didn’t.

Yes, both the extreme left and right want to end democracy. I don’t know. Is Putin still on the extreme left? It doesn’t matter to me. A dictator is a dictator. Both left-wing and right-wing dictators are equally dangerous to democracies.

And yes, I never thought I would see the day that some Republican and Republican news anchors would support a Russian dictator. As Obama once said “What the hell happened to the Republican Party?”. But it actually does make sense. Russia is now more of a right-wing dictatorship, not a left-wing dictatorship. It appears to be more capitalist than a socialist country. So, if an American politician or anchorman wants America to become a right-wing dictatorship, why not throw some love at a Russian right-wing dictator?
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on February 15, 2022, 04:35:42 PM
The Ukraine and U. S. Elections

An invasion by Russia of the Ukraine would never have happen if Trump was still President. That is because the last thing Putin would want, is to get in the way of Trump becoming President for Life.

The ultimate achievement of Russia is to help destroy Democracy around the world. Don’t kid yourself. Democracy is a threat to dictatorships, just by their mere existence. The Soviet Union collapsed due to nothing more than too many people seeing how much better life can be under democracy. The authoritarians have managed to wretch back control from the Russian people, but democracy is always going to be a threat to them.

Democracy is even more dangerous if it hits too close to home. If nothing else, they can always argue that perhaps democracy works for some people, but can never work for Slavic people. Ukraine is not yet a full democracy, but it might evolve into one. This must be stopped at all costs. Invading the Ukraine will put a stop to that long term danger.

And as an important side benefit, such an invasion may discredit, in the eyes of gullible Americans, Biden, and help bolster Trump. The Russians know the all-important mid-term primaries and elections are coming up this year. Getting Trump’s candidates elected, particularly for the Secretary of State positions in several states, is key for Trump getting “elected” in 2024. If elected again, he will seek to secure his position permanently, by controlling voting. His sons can alternate with him and each other every eight years. A permanent dictatorship is not out of the question. If this happens, this will be Russia’s greatest accomplishment.

I think the invasion will not come before the Olympics are over, so we have at least another week. But it will come before the primaries this year. Despite the risks, this is too historical an opportunity for Putin to pass up.

So it's a bad thing that a war would have been avoided had Trump still been President?  That's an odd twist of logic.  And you believe the Russians are motivated to invade Ukraine by American politics and not centuries of their own history and self-interest?  LOL.  Putin is laughing at weak Biden with his "strongly worded letters."   Biden and his military contractors are down on their knees praying for a war that might distract from the endless disasters under the Biden administration that will allow them to funnel billions to their defense contractor/lobbyists.  Imagine the democrats clamoring for war and hating Russia?  Times have really changed since they criticized Reagan for suggesting the USSR was an "evil empire."
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 16, 2022, 12:07:45 AM
Agreed. Trump held up aid to the Ukraine in exchange for the Ukraine to present a case against Hunter Biden. It didn’t matter if the case was bogus or not so long as they made it. This would encourage Russia when it seemed that the U. S. cared so little about the Ukraine. Certainly, Trump didn’t.

Yes, both the extreme left and right want to end democracy. I don’t know. Is Putin still on the extreme left? It doesn’t matter to me. A dictator is a dictator. Both left-wing and right-wing dictators are equally dangerous to democracies.

And yes, I never thought I would see the day that some Republican and Republican news anchors would support a Russian dictator. As Obama once said “What the hell happened to the Republican Party?”. But it actually does make sense. Russia is now more of a right-wing dictatorship, not a left-wing dictatorship. It appears to be more capitalist than a socialist country. So, if an American politician or anchorman wants America to become a right-wing dictatorship, why not throw some love at a Russian right-wing dictator?

Criminal Donald knew he would lose to Joe Biden which is why he exorted Ukraine in order to get them to lie about a bogus "investigation" into the Biden's to damage him politically. A portion of the phone call was made public and the rest of it they hid so nobody could access it.

Patriots like Alex Vindman who heard the treason on the call came forward to tell us what he witnessed. The right wing media and the GOP smeared this man calling him a "traitor" for not covering up Criminal Donald's crime. The GOP then protected Criminal Donald and let him off the hook for his crime during impeachment.

I agree, the far left wing is no different than the right. Both are extreme and hate the government wanting to burn it all down.

Money and power is all that matters to these fascist Republicans and these wealthy Russian oligarchs are funneling dirty Russian money to the GOP. So, it's no surprise that they back Putin and speak highly of him. You have traitors like right wing conspiracy theorist Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson going to Moscow on the 4th of July, and when he comes back to America, he immediately starts talking about easing Russian sanctions. How obvious is that?

And we have a right wing media that glorifies dictators like moron Commie Carlson as he pushes nothing but Russian propaganda to the sheep.

The Republican Party has been inching towards extremism since the 1980's until they became full blown fascists under Criminal Donald. Everything the GOP promotes is derived from the Putin and Hitler playbook.

Putin wants to damage President Biden politically because he wants another weak Republican puppet in office again. Invading Ukraine will send oil prices skyrocketing and will cause an oil shortage. I'm sure the right wing media and GOP politicians already have their Russian propaganda talking points ready to go so they can blame President Biden.                     
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on February 18, 2022, 02:25:19 PM
Criminal Donald knew he would lose to Joe Biden which is why he exorted Ukraine in order to get them to lie about a bogus "investigation" into the Biden's to damage him politically. A portion of the phone call was made public and the rest of it they hid so nobody could access it.

Patriots like Alex Vindman who heard the treason on the call came forward to tell us what he witnessed. The right wing media and the GOP smeared this man calling him a "traitor" for not covering up Criminal Donald's crime. The GOP then protected Criminal Donald and let him off the hook for his crime during impeachment.

I agree, the far left wing is no different than the right. Both are extreme and hate the government wanting to burn it all down.

Money and power is all that matters to these fascist Republicans and these wealthy Russian oligarchs are funneling dirty Russian money to the GOP. So, it's no surprise that they back Putin and speak highly of him. You have traitors like right wing conspiracy theorist Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson going to Moscow on the 4th of July, and when he comes back to America, he immediately starts talking about easing Russian sanctions. How obvious is that?

And we have a right wing media that glorifies dictators like moron Commie Carlson as he pushes nothing but Russian propaganda to the sheep.

The Republican Party has been inching towards extremism since the 1980's until they became full blown fascists under Criminal Donald. Everything the GOP promotes is derived from the Putin and Hitler playbook.

Putin wants to damage President Biden politically because he wants another weak Republican puppet in office again. Invading Ukraine will send oil prices skyrocketing and will cause an oil shortage. I'm sure the right wing media and GOP politicians already have their Russian propaganda talking points ready to go so they can blame President Biden.                   

We should send Hunter over to sort it out since he is apparently an expert on Ukraine, and already on their payroll.  The "big guy" is also getting ten percent.  Time for them to earn their Ukrainian paychecks.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Joe Elliott on February 18, 2022, 06:11:20 PM

So it's a bad thing that a war would have been avoided had Trump still been President?  That's an odd twist of logic.

No. The bad thing is that is Trump was still President, he would be well on the way to becoming President for Life. Making certain elections won’t put him out of office. Having his sons alternate with him every 8 years, and with each other after he is gone. There would be no getting rid of them. That’s the problem with continuing to supporting a man who wants to remain President regardless of the election result.

If ten years from now, the MAGA people start to think that maybe the Trumps aren’t that great, guess what? It’s too late. They have already abdicated their control of the government. Something that a free people must never do. Go ask the Germans how well that worked out for them when they abdicated their control in 1933.

I think Ukraine would be safer under Trump than anyone else. Not because of his strong stance against Russia, which he never demonstrated, but because Putin didn’t want to cause Trump any major problems and wants to cause as much trouble for Biden or anyone else who succeeds Trump, in order to help Trump in his quest to have him and his family control American permanently.

I greatly prefer Trump out of office because I value America remaining a democracy over Ukraine being given a chance to develop a democracy. But I would certainly prefer Ukraine to be given that chance. But it appears Putin is determined to not let that happen and he has the bigger army. The Soviet Union and not Russia has had the most powerful army in Europe since 1943. Trump, nor anyone else is going to change that. I expect bad news starting shortly after the close of the Olympics.

And you believe the Russians are motivated to invade Ukraine by American politics and not centuries of their own history and self-interest?  LOL.  Putin is laughing at weak Biden with his "strongly worded letters."   Biden and his military contractors are down on their knees praying for a war that might distract from the endless disasters under the Biden administration that will allow them to funnel billions to their defense contractor/lobbyists.  Imagine the democrats clamoring for war and hating Russia?  Times have really changed since they criticized Reagan for suggesting the USSR was an "evil empire."

I think Putin (not “the Russians”, they no longer have control of their government) is primarily motivated by not allowing a democratic Ukraine. If this is allowed, and becomes prosperous, it could help cause the collapse of the Russian dictatorship, just as the prosperous Western Europe helped cause the collapse of the Soviet Union. But, yes, a secondary motive, no what he can to help Trump get back in power. That is highly desirable as well, for Putin.

It is absurd for many Republicans and commentators, like Tucker Carlson, to argue that Ukraine and NATO are the bad guys, Russia is the good. Yes, Reagan was right, the USSR and now Russia are the bad guys. There governments have always been so, except for a brief gap between the collapse of the Soviet Union and the election of Putin. They have become bad again ever since the Russian people decided it was best to abdicated control by electing Putin.

By the way, I take it that you still want Trump again as President. You are not concerned about the American people abdicating their control of the government, if they put back into power one who declares every election that goes against him a “fraud” and may have the power, in the future, to override that election. And any other election he loses. You fell no concern about this, correct? Or am I wrong about this.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Robert Reeves on February 18, 2022, 09:16:13 PM
4 years of weak Criminal Donald allowed Putin to be in this position to invade Ukraine. Putin always wanted to weaken Europe, Canada, and the United States. And the fascist right wants to end democracy as well. We saw that leading up to 1/6 with Trump's coup and now in Canada with the illegal blockades trying to bring down the Canadian economy. I remember when Republicans were against the USSR and now they slobber over Putin and all of Trump's criminals have Russian ties. It's a total disgrace when right wing Republicans support a Russian dictator and dream of an authoritarian rule in the United States led by a falied businessman orange criminal con artist.                 

Your moronic analysis of the situation in Ukraine is exactly why Americans should stay the hell out of European affairs. It has to be duplicitous partisan politics in your case to not acknowledge the last time Putin invaded Ukraine was on Obama's term as president. You're either unaware of this fact or stupidly up to your neck of brainwashing bias. Meanwhile, in reality, the truth is: Donetsk and Crimea were taken control of by Putin because USA had a completely ineffectual piss poor leader at the time. And guess what, it's happening again - now on Biden's spombleprofglidnoctobunsshow.

How does this happen during both Biden and Obama's terms in power? Why do they share the same commonality when it comes to letting Putin take control of Ukraine? Very interesting question. And I'd like an answer to this mystifying inability of both Biden and Obama to do as they say when it comes to preventing Putin terrorizing Europe. Seems that these democrat scumbags always point the finger at Russia and say Putin is a tyrant. But they also appear to let the man do just exactly as he pleases.

Not that for one moment I think you have a clue about anything happening in Ukraine. You still think the root of all USA's problems are Donald Trump. Clown world!


Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 18, 2022, 10:57:05 PM
Your moronic analysis of the situation in Ukraine is exactly why Americans should stay the hell out of European affairs. It has to be duplicitous partisan politics in your case to not acknowledge the last time Putin invaded Ukraine was on Obama's term as president.You're either unaware of this fact or stupidly up to your neck of brainwashing bias. Meanwhile, in reality, the truth is: Donetsk and Crimea were taken control of by Putin because USA had a completely ineffectual piss poor leader at the time. And guess what, it's happening again - now on Biden's spombleprofglidnoctobunsshow.

How does this happen during both Biden and Obama's terms in power? Why do they share the same commonality when it comes to letting Putin take control of Ukraine? Very interesting question. And I'd like an answer to this mystifying inability of both Biden and Obama to do as they say when it comes to preventing Putin terrorizing Europe. Seems that these democrat scumbags always point the finger at Russia and say Putin is a tyrant. But they also appear to let the man do just exactly as he pleases.

Not that for one moment I think you have a clue about anything happening in Ukraine. You still think the root of all USA's problems are Donald Trump. Clown world!

Moronic analysis? Your post is nothing but a personal attack and that's pathetic.

Seems like you got triggered over the facts.

Putin is a tyrant. What else would you call someone who illegally invades another country and kills his political opponents?   

Putin wanted a stooge like Trump in power to give him whatever he wanted. Stooge Trump did exactly that by taking the U.S. out of important treaties and weakening NATO. And worst of all, Criminal Donald gave legitimacy to a dictator.     

How does it.happen? Sabotage, that's how it happens. Putin's goal is to end democracy in the West and to have a puppet as President of the United States. He had one for 4 years in Criminal Donald who let Putin do whatever he wanted to do. And he wants one again, which is why he's starting up another invasion thinking it will help his endeavor. Then we have a right wing media pushing your same Russian propaganda brainwashing the cult as they praise dictator Putin.

Republicans used to be against the USSR following Ronnie Reagan's lead of being patriotic Americans. Now the GOP puts on their red commie hats slobbering over a Russian dictator dreaming for an authoritarian U.S. government. Ronnie is rolling over in his grave.       
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 18, 2022, 11:21:52 PM
We should send Hunter over to sort it out since he is apparently an expert on Ukraine, and already on their payroll.  The "big guy" is also getting ten percent.  Time for them to earn their Ukrainian paychecks.

Ah, more debunked Russian propaganda. Thumb1:
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Robert Reeves on February 19, 2022, 01:59:43 PM
Moronic analysis? Your post is nothing but a personal attack and that's pathetic.

Seems like you got triggered over the facts.

Putin is a tyrant. What else would you call someone who illegally invades another country and kills his political opponents?   

Putin wanted a stooge like Trump in power to give him whatever he wanted. Stooge Trump did exactly that by taking the U.S. out of important treaties and weakening NATO. And worst of all, Criminal Donald gave legitimacy to a dictator.     

How does it.happen? Sabotage, that's how it happens. Putin's goal is to end democracy in the West and to have a puppet as President of the United States. He had one for 4 years in Criminal Donald who let Putin do whatever he wanted to do. And he wants one again, which is why he's starting up another invasion thinking it will help his endeavor. Then we have a right wing media pushing your same Russian propaganda brainwashing the cult as they praise dictator Putin.

Republicans used to be against the USSR following Ronnie Reagan's lead of being patriotic Americans. Now the GOP puts on their red commie hats slobbering over a Russian dictator dreaming for an authoritarian U.S. government. Ronnie is rolling over in his grave.     

Obviously it was a personal attack on your stupidity to suggest what happened in Ukraine has anything to do with Donald frigging Trump. The attack on Crimea and Donetsk by Russia took place in 2014. And this began much earlier in Ukraine when USA, under Obama's CIA, began meddling in Ukrainian political affairs. Remember all the wonderful American 'freedom' that was spreading in the middle east? Do you remember that? when Hillary Clinton was going around bragging on American tv how ''we came, we saw, he died'' when she and Obama whacked and began removing various anti-American leaders of nations. And those nations then fell into civil wars and many thousands of innocent people died. Many many millions of people, ordinary people, just wanting to be safe, they fled their homeland and flooded Europe with 'refugees'. 3 million from Syria, for instance. 1.5 million from Ukraine moved into Poland. These stupid meddling in other nations affairs don't impact Americans 5 thousand miles away from the consequences of your government actions.

And obviously this meddling in Ukraine was in response to Putin's also meddling with the election of Ukrainian leaders. He is by no means innocent. But USA's interference in Europe, and in particular with surrounding Russia with NATO, is simply to further your nations own strategic hold over vital resources/geographic importance. You OBVIOUSLY didn't even know that what happened in Ukraine has origins under Obama/Biden. If you knew you wouldn't have the stupidity to pass the blame off onto Trump? yet you speak like you even had a clue what happened there.

Rick Plant, you are a typical partisan brainwashed bot without any ability to reason and be truthful & think subjectively when it comes to subjects that have resulted in devastating lasting impacts on many many lives (around the world). So yes it does slightly irk me when I see Americans such as yourself using events thousands of miles away from your homeland for political points scoring. All for your 'party'. You actually think you are promoting 'your' preferred candidate.

I don't think you lot will ever 'get it' in USA until you are facing down your own destructive civil wars. These wars and meddling in other nations affairs that you guys use to justify your own importance to the world always have highly dangerous lingering blowback for the entire region. It's about time USA got out of Europe and stopped pushing wars onto other people. You are no longer a force for good in this world. After the last century fully played out USA is no longer owed any kudos for its legendary help in WW2.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 19, 2022, 02:27:42 PM
Obviously it was a personal attack on your stupidity to suggest what happened in Ukraine has anything to do with Donald frigging Trump. The attack on Crimea and Donetsk by Russia took place in 2014. And this began much earlier in Ukraine when USA, under Obama's CIA, began meddling in Ukrainian political affairs. Remember all the wonderful American 'freedom' that was spreading in the middle east? Do you remember that? when Hillary Clinton was going around bragging on American tv how ''we came, we saw, he died'' when she and Obama whacked and began removing various anti-American leaders of nations. And those nations then fell into civil wars and many thousands of innocent people died. Many many millions of people, ordinary people, just wanting to be safe, they fled their homeland and flooded Europe with 'refugees'. 3 million from Syria, for instance. 1.5 million from Ukraine moved into Poland. These stupid meddling in other nations affairs don't impact Americans 5 thousand miles away from the consequences of your government actions.

And obviously this meddling in Ukraine was in response to Putin's also meddling with the election of Ukrainian leaders. He is by no means innocent. But USA's interference in Europe, and in particular with surrounding Russia with NATO, is simply to further your nations own strategic hold over vital resources/geographic importance. You OBVIOUSLY didn't even know that what happened in Ukraine has origins under Obama/Biden. If you knew you wouldn't have the stupidity to pass the blame off onto Trump? yet you speak like you even had a clue what happened there.

Rick Plant, you are a typical partisan brainwashed bot without any ability to reason and be truthful & think subjectively when it comes to subjects that have resulted in devastating lasting impacts on many many lives (around the world). So yes it does slightly irk me when I see Americans such as yourself using events thousands of miles away from your homeland for political points scoring. All for your 'party'. You actually think you are promoting 'your' preferred candidate.

I don't think you lot will ever 'get it' in USA until you are facing down your own destructive civil wars. These wars and meddling in other nations affairs that you guys use to justify your own importance to the world always have highly dangerous lingering blowback for the entire region. It's about time USA got out of Europe and stopped pushing wars onto other people. You are no longer a force for good in this world. After the last century fully played out USA is no longer owed any kudos for its legendary help in WW2.

Once again: more propaganda, more personal attacks, and more false claims you made up about me.

Vladdy is starting this war on his own by invading Ukraine. The USA isn't pushing any wars.

You are terribly misinformed with your long winded rant.

Criminal Donald was a disaster, he allowed dictators like Vladdy and his pal Kimmy to become stronger due to Donnie being a starstruck sycophant. 

Criminal Donald rejected widely held US foreign policy views in order to appease his puppetmaster Putin. He refused to hold Putin accountable for his hacking of the 2016 election. And the worst offense of all, which proves how weak Criminal Donald is, he suggested that Russia can keep Crimea.

Criminal Donald slobbered over Putin and said he "did an amazing job of taking the mantle” when Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. Then during the 2016 presidential campaign, Donnie broke with US policy and suggested he was "OK if Russia kept the Ukrainian territory". He repeated a Kremlin talking point, saying, “The people of Crimea, from what I’ve heard, would rather be with Russia than where they were.”

Then after that, the GOP changed their entire platform on Russia and became Putin friendly.

4 years of disaster and weakness with Criminal Donald got us where we are today.     
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Robert Reeves on February 19, 2022, 08:33:36 PM
If you continue to be so dumb, only going around chirping M$M headlines you've not actually researched yourself. Just making everyone maintain the status-quo of endless wars and nations you occupy. Then yes, you deserve being attacked for your stupidity.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on February 19, 2022, 09:11:43 PM
No. The bad thing is that is Trump was still President, he would be well on the way to becoming President for Life. Making certain elections won’t put him out of office. Having his sons alternate with him every 8 years, and with each other after he is gone. There would be no getting rid of them. That’s the problem with continuing to supporting a man who wants to remain President regardless of the election result.

If ten years from now, the MAGA people start to think that maybe the Trumps aren’t that great, guess what? It’s too late. They have already abdicated their control of the government. Something that a free people must never do. Go ask the Germans how well that worked out for them when they abdicated their control in 1933.

I think Ukraine would be safer under Trump than anyone else. Not because of his strong stance against Russia, which he never demonstrated, but because Putin didn’t want to cause Trump any major problems and wants to cause as much trouble for Biden or anyone else who succeeds Trump, in order to help Trump in his quest to have him and his family control American permanently.

I greatly prefer Trump out of office because I value America remaining a democracy over Ukraine being given a chance to develop a democracy. But I would certainly prefer Ukraine to be given that chance. But it appears Putin is determined to not let that happen and he has the bigger army. The Soviet Union and not Russia has had the most powerful army in Europe since 1943. Trump, nor anyone else is going to change that. I expect bad news starting shortly after the close of the Olympics.

I think Putin (not “the Russians”, they no longer have control of their government) is primarily motivated by not allowing a democratic Ukraine. If this is allowed, and becomes prosperous, it could help cause the collapse of the Russian dictatorship, just as the prosperous Western Europe helped cause the collapse of the Soviet Union. But, yes, a secondary motive, no what he can to help Trump get back in power. That is highly desirable as well, for Putin.

It is absurd for many Republicans and commentators, like Tucker Carlson, to argue that Ukraine and NATO are the bad guys, Russia is the good. Yes, Reagan was right, the USSR and now Russia are the bad guys. There governments have always been so, except for a brief gap between the collapse of the Soviet Union and the election of Putin. They have become bad again ever since the Russian people decided it was best to abdicated control by electing Putin.

By the way, I take it that you still want Trump again as President. You are not concerned about the American people abdicating their control of the government, if they put back into power one who declares every election that goes against him a “fraud” and may have the power, in the future, to override that election. And any other election he loses. You fell no concern about this, correct? Or am I wrong about this.

You are suggesting that Trump, who is in his 70s, poses some lasting threat to become a dictator?  Last time I checked he wasn't in office but left of his own free will.  That is far out MSNBC tin foil hat stuff you are peddling.  I prefer a guy who get results over a senile, life-long establishment politician who has managed in one year to turn American into a disaster.  Crime, inflation, shortages, at least 2 million illegal aliens pouring over the border in an invasion that makes the situation in Europe child's play, and more virus cases and deaths with the vaccine widely available than before it was available.  Ultimately results matter.  If Biden had done his job rather than being a complete disaster, then you wouldn't have to worry about Trump ever again.  Trump is largely a product of the failures of the corrupt establishment politicians like Biden who have enriched themselves at the expense of the public for decades.   
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 19, 2022, 11:14:49 PM
You are suggesting that Trump, who is in his 70s, poses some lasting threat to become a dictator? Last time I checked he wasn't in office but left of his own free will.  That is far out MSNBC tin foil hat stuff you are peddling.  I prefer a guy who get results over a senile, life-long establishment politician who has managed in one year to turn American into a disaster.  Crime, inflation, shortages, at least 2 million illegal aliens pouring over the border in an invasion that makes the situation in Europe child's play, and more virus cases and deaths with the vaccine widely available than before it was available.  Ultimately results matter.  If Biden had done his job rather than being a complete disaster, then you wouldn't have to worry about Trump ever again.  Trump is largely a product of the failures of the corrupt establishment politicians like Biden who have enriched themselves at the expense of the public for decades.   

 :D :D :D

Criminal Donald tried to steal the 2020 election via a coup and violent insurrection. He wanted to be a tyrant. And of course you parrot the same debunked right wing talking points. The overwhelming majority of Americans have tuned it out. They are too busy shopping and taking advantage of the great economy that President Biden has created.         
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 19, 2022, 11:51:45 PM
Vlad Putin wanted a compromised stooge and he got one with Criminal Donald. Thank God this loser is out of office and will never return again.   

The person to ‘weaken’ America: what the Kremlin papers said about Trump

Documents appear to show how Russian intelligence worked to install their preferred candidate as president
Papers appear to show Putin’s plot to put Trump in White House


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Look at the fear in the eyes and on the face of Criminal Donald being controlled by his puppet master.

In January 2016, America was coming to terms with what had previously seemed incredible. Barring an unforeseen event, Donald J Trump was on course to become the Republican party’s presidential candidate. Some welcomed this giddy prospect, while others in the Republican establishment recoiled in horror.

The man himself oozed confidence. “I have a feeling it’s going to work out, actually,” he told his rival Ted Cruz, at a Fox News debate. By 22 January, the polls had Trump well ahead, as a snowstorm nudged towards Washington.

Trump’s astonishing and confounding rise had not gone unnoticed in Russia. Unbeknown to the US public, his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was in touch with the office of the Kremlin press secretary. Cohen had begged for help in building a luxury hotel in Moscow – a decades-long Trump dream.

Meanwhile, Trump had said flattering things about Vladimir Putin, a person talked about by some leading US politicians as a cold-eyed KGB killer. “Wouldn’t it be great if we got along with Russia,” Trump would muse.

That he was the Kremlin’s preferred candidate is not in doubt. What has been a source of endless conjecture is the lengths Russia was prepared to go to to help Trump win. The Guardian has spent months seeking to verify the authenticity of papers that may provide an answer to this question.

Our investigation has revealed that western intelligence agencies have known about the papers – and have been examining them – for some time.

Independent experts approached by the Guardian have also confirmed they are consistent with the Kremlin’s thinking and chain of command.

Their fascination in material that appears to have come from within the heart of the Kremlin is easy to understand.

The papers suggest that as Trump surged ahead, a group of analysts inside the Russian administration were putting the final touches on a secret paper.

The title of the document was bland enough: “Report on strengthening the state and stabilising the position of Russia under conditions of external economic constraint.”

Its contents were not.

The document describes how Putin’s expert department was urging a multi-layered plan to interfere in the race for the White House. The goal: to “destabilise” America.

One candidate above all might help bring this about, the experts confidently believed – the “mentally unstable”, impulsive” and “unbalanced” Trump.

This plan was presented as being entirely defensive. The Obama administration had inflicted damage on the Russian economy by imposing sanctions. Living standards were falling, regional elites were unhappy and the sugar rush from Putin’s 2014 annexation of Crimea had worn off, the report said. Potential domestic political dangers lay ahead.

The sensible course from Moscow’s perspective, it said, was to enact measures that would “pressure” America to ease off – by dropping anti-Russian sanctions, or softening them.

The paper seems to have set off a flurry of activity in the Kremlin.

The documents indicate that on 14 January Vladimir Symonenko, the expert department chief, shared a three-page summary.

“At the moment the Russian Federation finds itself in a predicament. American measures continue to be felt in all areas of public life,” it starts. Next, Putin ordered the head of his foreign policy directorate, Alexander Manzhosin, to arrange an urgent meeting of the national security council, Russia’s top decision-making body. At some point over the next few days Putin appears to have read the document himself.

By 22 January, other security council members had had a chance to digest its contents. The early part dealt with Russia’s economy. The secret American measures were contained in a special section beginning on page 14.

The report seemed to confirm what Trump would later deny: that Putin’s spy agencies had gathered compromising material on him, possibly stretching back to Soviet KGB times.

Trump’s personal flaws were so extensive – also featuring an “inferiority complex” – that he was the perfect person to feed divisions and to weaken America’s negotiating position.

The unflattering assessment of Trump’s personality was based on evidence, the paper said, derived from observation of his behaviour during trips to Russia.

Trump visited communist Moscow and Leningrad in summer 1987 following an invitation from the Soviet envoy in New York. Trump returned in the 1990s, and early 2000s, seeking business deals, and flew in for the 2013 Miss Universe beauty contest, when he stayed in Moscow’s Ritz-Carlton hotel. Putin’s FSB agency had spy cameras in guest rooms, and a full-time officer on the premises, the Senate intelligence committee later found.

The report appears to confirm Trump was being watched, though no dates or locations are given.“Considering certain events that took place during his stay on Russian Federation territory (Appendix 5 – personal characteristics Donald J Trump, paragraph 5), it is urgently necessary to use all means to promote his election to the post of President of the United States,” it says.

The allegation that the Russians had kompromat on Trump would haunt his four years in the White House. True or false, his flattering treatment of Putin was one riddle of his chaotic presidency.

The papers seen by the Guardian suggest that after the security council meeting Putin set up a special inter-departmental commission headed by his close ally Sergei Shoigu, Russia’s defence minister. Shoigu was in overall command of the operation to influence the 2016 US election. GRU military intelligence, SVR foreign intelligence and the FSB were all told to prepare immediate practical steps to help accomplish the report’s preferred scenario – a Trump victory.

This certainly came at a time of internal spy agency tensions.

The SVR’s then chief, Mikhail Fradkov, was regarded as a weak figure. In 2010, the FBI arrested 10 of Fradkov’s undercover sleeper agents in America. The scandal badly damaged his authority. The GRU and FSB harboured scarcely concealed ambitions to take over the SVR’s functions abroad. Meanwhile, the GRU’s director, Igor Sergun, died two weeks before the meeting, apparently while undercover in the Middle East.

By spring 2016, the commission chiefs appear to have overcome their institutional rivalry to work harmoniously together. A team of GRU cyber-hackers moved into an anonymous glass tower in north-west Moscow. They worked closely with GRU colleagues based in a downtown building.

The first phishing email was sent on 19 March to John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.

More followed. As the report correctly envisaged, these stolen and dumped emails became a “media virus” – infecting and weakening the Democratic campaign, and reaching millions of American voters via Facebook and Twitter.

By autumn, President Obama was convinced Putin had personally approved the hacking operation, which Clinton believes cost her the presidency. In October 2016, Obama remonstrated with his Russian counterpart in a phone call, telling Putin his election meddling was “an act of war”. The 2019 report by special counsel Robert Mueller called the Kremlin’s operation “sweeping and systematic”. In 2020, the bipartisan Senate intelligence committee said it was “aggressive and multi-faceted”.

The committee detailed multiple interactions between individuals linked to the Russian government and Trump’s inner circle. The GRU spy Konstantin Kilimnik held clandestine meetings with Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. Manafort supplied Kilimnik with private polling and other data. The pair communicated using encrypted messages and shared email drafts.

And what of the report’s claim that Putin would be able to exploit Trump’s weaknesses in “clandestine fashion” during bilateral discussions?

Something along these lines took place during their notorious 2018 summit in Helsinki. Asked at a joint press conference to condemn Kremlin hacking and dumping, Trump endorsed Putin’s assertion that Moscow had not interfered – a claim at odds with the findings of all 14 US intelligence agencies. After a backlash at home, and amid speculation the Russians were somehow blackmailing the president, Trump said he misspoke.

Putin has repeatedly denied claims he interferes in US politics. Western governments don’t believe him. According to US intelligence officials, Moscow sought to influence the 2020 election by spreading “misleading or unsubstantiated allegations” against Joe Biden. Last year, Russian state hackers penetrated numerous federal US institutions, in a massive cyber-attack.

Little is really known about how decision-making works at the top of the Kremlin. The apparent leaked papers seen by the Guardian appear to suggest the bureaucratic paper trail is more considerable than you might think. The security council – the Sovbez in Russian – has increasingly come to resemble the Politburo, the Soviet Union’s powerful executive committee. At the top is a small, like-minded group of individuals, led by a preeminent figure.

For the moment, Putin’s regime looks impregnable, despite mass street protests in January following the arrest and jailing of the opposition leader Alexei Navalny, poisoned in 2020 in a special FSB operation. As unrest grows, further leaks seem possible. The lesson comes from history. When the USSR collapsed 30 years ago, KGB files were opened and long-buried secrets fell out.

Trump did not initially respond to a request for comment.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/15/the-person-to-weaken-america-what-the-kremlin-papers-said-about-trump
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 20, 2022, 12:09:46 AM
Your moronic analysis of the situation in Ukraine is exactly why Americans should stay the hell out of European affairs. It has to be duplicitous partisan politics in your case to not acknowledge the last time Putin invaded Ukraine was on Obama's term as president. You're either unaware of this fact or stupidly up to your neck of brainwashing bias. Meanwhile, in reality, the truth is: Donetsk and Crimea were taken control of by Putin because USA had a completely ineffectual piss poor leader at the time. And guess what, it's happening again - now on Biden's spombleprofglidnoctobunsshow.


If you continue to be so dumb, only going around chirping M$M headlines you've not actually researched yourself. Just making everyone maintain the status-quo of endless wars and nations you occupy. Then yes, you deserve being attacked for your stupidity.

:D :D :D

Robert Reeves is no "Intel expert" and he only parrots what he hears from the right wing media as well as posting lame insults. Real Intel experts agree with me and applaud President Biden's efforts in dealing with Ukraine and Putin.     


GOP attacks on Biden over Ukraine moves slapped aside by intel experts: report

According to a report from the Daily Beast, Republican complaints over President Joe Biden's handling of the growing threat that Russia may invade Ukraine are being dismissed by intel experts and authorities in the region who are explaining the measured moves by the Democratic president are exactly what are needed at this point.

As the report from the Beast's Shannon Vavra notes, Republicans have launched a two-pronged attack on Biden, saying he should speed up evacuations and that he is not being tough enough with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.

In a letter to the State Department, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), as well as several other Republicans, urged Secretary of State Tony Blinken "to reverse course on the administration’s stated plan of not running military evacuations of Americans should they get caught in Moscow’s crosshairs in Ukraine."

According to the report, the Republicans complained, "This response is a failure of the Commander-in-Chief to keep his law-bound requirements to safeguard American citizens traveling and living abroad and a failure of the Department of State’s leadership to de-escalate conflict or plan and execute a coordinated evacuation effectively.”

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) has headed up the personal attacks on Biden, complaining about the president, "He talked tough but Putin doesn’t respect statements, he only respects strength."

Taking those accusations into account, intel experts who spoke with the Beast sided with the president.

Writing, "The GOP’s latest launchpad for haranguing Biden—the evacuation debacle—isn’t the one-two punch Republicans might think it is. And it isn’t cut and dried, experts say," Vavra spoke with former Ukraine ambassador Bill Taylor who suggested, as the Beast reporter put it, "The decision to announce there are no plans for military evacuation might actually be quite prudent. The driving force behind the move might be to avoid getting troops accidentally involved in an all-out war with the Russian military"

As Taylor explained, "There’s value in what the president said, which is he doesn’t want to put troops in possible contact [or] conflict with Russian troops and so he wants everybody to get out so he doesn’t have to send troops in."

Doug London, formerly with the CIA, agreed.

“If you start sending in American C-17s [for evacuations] the Russians are going to say we’re using it to disguise our ‘invasion plans’ and say ‘We’ve got to act before the Americans,’” London explained before adding, "You don’t use U.S. forces because, any time you use and put U.S. forces on the ground, there’s a chance for engagement. You don’t go from 0 to 60… It’s a powder keg. Why would you serve this up to the Russians?”

"Intelligence analysts are applauding Biden’s efforts to call out Russia’s internal planning publicly in an attempt to destabilize their plotting efforts," Vavra added. "The administration’s work to rally the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and other allies in the face of Russian aggression has also been getting high marks as well."

https://www.thedailybeast.com/republicans-invent-reasons-to-blame-joe-biden-for-ukraine-russia
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 20, 2022, 01:57:04 AM
Far right wing radical preacher Franklin Graham wants his religious cult to pray for Valdimir Putin. Not for the President of the United States or for the people in Ukraine, but for an evil murderous dictator. Just goes to show you how anti American and anti democracy the GOP is and how much they worship a foreign dictator over America. Just another reason why they are going to lose the 2022 midterms in a landslide. What a disgrace.   

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 20, 2022, 02:16:41 AM
We don't forget this disgraceful event and right wingers can't attempt to rewrite history.

Yes, this is what you call a traitor. Criminal Donald publcly sided with a dictator over the FBI and our own U.S. Intelligence. Why would a U.S. "President" coddle and cozy up to a dictator over America? Only one that is a puppet of Russia would. 4 years of weakness from Donnie allowed Putin to get where he is today.

Trump sides with Russia against FBI at Helsinki summit
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44852812
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on February 20, 2022, 04:34:28 PM
:D :D :D

Criminal Donald tried to steal the 2020 election via a coup and violent insurrection. He wanted to be a tyrant. And of course you parrot the same debunked right wing talking points. The overwhelming majority of Americans have tuned it out. They are too busy shopping and taking advantage of the great economy that President Biden has created.       

If Trump wanted to be a "tyrant", why did he freely leave office?  As President, Trump was commander and chief over the greatest military force in history.  But we are supposed to believe the "insurrection" plan was to send a few hundred protestors to the Capitol to roam aimlessly around the halls?  This is just another fake conspiracy theory perpetuated on the American public like the debunked Russian collusion hoax and the "find the fraud" call.   Trump is almost as old as Old Joe.  And that is saying a lot.  The concept that he would install himself as a dictator is comic book nonsense.  Laughable.  If Trump wins in 2024, the fault lies with Biden for his disastrous administration.   
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 20, 2022, 11:23:36 PM
If Trump wanted to be a "tyrant", why did he freely leave office?  As President, Trump was commander and chief over the greatest military force in history.  But we are supposed to believe the "insurrection" plan was to send a few hundred protestors to the Capitol to roam aimlessly around the halls?  This is just another fake conspiracy theory perpetuated on the American public like the debunked Russian collusion hoax and the "find the fraud" call.   Trump is almost as old as Old Joe.  And that is saying a lot.  The concept that he would install himself as a dictator is comic book nonsense.  Laughable.  If Trump wins in 2024, the fault lies with Biden for his disastrous administration.

:D :D :D

Your fictional account is amusing.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 20, 2022, 11:42:49 PM
Criminal Donald appeased his puppet master Putin for 4 years while doing nothing to help Ukraine. All he did was extort them for his own attempted political gain but ended up losing in a blowout defeat anyway.  Donnie was pushing Kremlin propaganda falsely accusing an innocent country Ukraine of hacking Democratic emails when it was Russia. Putin wanted Donnie to lie and say Ukraine did it and weak Donnie did what his puppet master ordered him to do. 

Trump Extorted Ukraine in 2017 and 2018 Before Getting Caught This Year

December 3, 2019


The House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment inquiry report demonstrates in exhaustive detail that President Trump and numerous aides pressured Ukraine to open investigations for Trump’s political benefit. The report describes this as “a months-long effort by President Trump to use the powers of his office to solicit foreign interference on his behalf in the 2020 election.”

But the effort almost certainly took place over years, not months. Indeed it grew directly out of the ties developed between Trump’s campaign and Russian intelligence during the 2016 campaign.

The Ukraine scandal burst into the view of Congress and the public this summer when the House Intelligence Committee obtained a whistle-blower’s report. The report focused on a July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, and Trump’s plot to withhold military aid as leverage. But the fact that this sequence of events was exposed does not mean it is the entirety of the plot. The sequence of events instead suggests that Trump has been extorting Ukraine for his own political gain not only in 2017, but during the previous two years as well.

Begin with Trump’s notion that Ukraine, not Russia, hacked Democratic emails. This is the idea he raises in his call with Zelensky, asking his befuddled Ukrainian counterpart to locate a server that, according to this bizarre conspiracy theory, was handed by Democrats over to Ukrainians and that would prove Russia had been framed. American intelligence officials have described the theory as a Russian-backed disinformation campaign.

Where did Trump get this idea from? He seems to have first heard it in the summer of 2016, from Paul Manafort, his campaign manager. Manafort’s deputy, Rick Gates, told Robert Mueller that Manafort had been spouting the theory that Ukrainians framed Russia since the summer of 2016, and that the theory seemed to come from Manafort’s partner, Konstantin Kilimnik, who American officials believed was a Russian intelligence operative.

By April 2017, Trump was repeating this theory in public, falsely telling an Associated Press reporter that a “Ukrainian-based” company had taken the Democratic server with the stolen emails. A few months after that, Rudy Giuliani began meeting with Ukrainian officials. Giuliani recently explained that he pursued the theory that Ukraine, not Russia, had hacked Democratic emails because it would exonerate Trump. Obviously, Trump could not have colluded with Russia to exploit stolen emails if Russia hadn’t stolen the emails in the first place. “I knew they were hot and heavy on this Russian collusion thing, even though I knew 100 percent that it was false,” he told Glenn Beck. “I said to myself, ‘Hallelujah.’ I’ve got what a defense lawyer always wants: I can go prove someone else committed this crime.”

Giuliani undertook what appear to be two previous episodes of trading diplomatic favors to Ukrainians in return for steps to protect Trump from the Mueller investigation. The first apparent trade involved a meeting between Trump and Ukraine’s then-president Petro Poroshenko in return for a Ukrainian investigation that would exonerate Manafort, then a prime target of Mueller’s.

Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake summarizes the timeline:

June 8, 2017: Trump ally Rudolph W. Giuliani meets with Poroshenko and then-Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko.

June 9, 2017: Lutsenko’s office joins an existing investigation into the “black ledger,” which implicated former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. The investigation had previously been handled only by Ukraine’s independent National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU), and critics alleged the new move was meant to bury the scandal.

June 14, 2017: Reports in Europe indicate Poroshenko will meet with Trump.

June 19, 2017: Spicer says Poroshenko will meet with Vice President Pence, but doesn’t confirm a meeting with Trump.

June 20, 2017: Poroshenko gets a brief “drop-in” visit with Trump. This is either a direct trade, or an exchange of mutually-beneficial actions that coincidentally occurred in very rapid succession.

The next apparent quid pro quo took place the next year. The U.S. sold desperately needed Javelin missiles to Ukraine that year, and the New York Times reported at the time that Ukraine suspended cooperation with the Mueller investigation. (This is another one of those Trump-era episodes where a credible report of shocking misconduct immediately sinks without a trace into the vast ooze of other Trumpian outrages.) “In every possible way, we will avoid irritating the top American officials,” one Ukrainian lawmaker and close ally of President Poroshenko explained to the Times.

The benefit of this move to Trump was immense. Manafort and Kilimnik were key figures in the Mueller probe. Mueller found that Manafort had slipped Kilimnik 75 pages of polling data during a meeting in the summer of 2016. Here you have proof that Trump’s campaign manager gave valuable, detailed information to a known Russian spy, at a time when the Russians were running a pro-Trump media operation. But Mueller never determined what the polling was for. And Kilimnik was able to leave Ukraine and escape to Russia, where Mueller could not interview him. A State Department document concluded that Lutsenko, who had met with Giuliani, allowed Kilimnik to leave the country.

Neither of these episodes has been investigated in anything like the depth of the 2019 episodes. But both bear all the same superficial hallmarks to what occurred this year. In both instances, Giuliani had contacts with Ukrainian officials, and traded the same things (a presidential meeting and military aid). Also in both cases, Ukraine put its famously corrupt judicial system at the disposal of Trump’s domestic interests.

In 2017 and 2018, Trump was consumed by the Mueller investigation, and seems to have pushed Ukraine to take steps to stymie it. By 2019, Giuliani had taken an interest in claims of wrongdoing by Joe Biden, and added demands for a Biden probe to his push for investigations that would exonerate Russia’s (and therefore Trump’s) behavior in 2016.

By 2019, Trump and Giuliani were barely hiding their actions. Giuliani was boasting about his activities to every reporter who would listen. And Trump was directing a growing array of officials to follow Giuliani’s lead, despite the obvious impropriety of placing American foreign policy in the hands of his private attorney who was openly working on his political behalf.

Why did they flaunt their scheme so widely and carelessly? Most likely because they had already been doing the same thing for two years.

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/12/trump-extorted-ukraine-2017-2018-impeachment-giuliani-mueller.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 20, 2022, 11:55:42 PM
Russian state TV has become a 'darkly comic farce' as they try to blame Ukraine war tensions on Biden: report

According to a report from the Daily Beast's Russian media analyst, one would never know that Vladimir Putin has placed tanks and troops on the Russia/Ukraine border poised for an invasion if you've been watch Russian state TV.

As Julia Davis wrote, surveying the Russian media landscape as war looms is an exercise in watching hosts of the shows turn "white into black, and black into white."

"On Kremlin-funded networks, the vision of events is presented not only upside down, but backwards. Panicked pundits blame the United States and Ukraine for the escalation, claim that Russia doesn’t want the war and theatrically ponder: 'Why won’t somebody stop Biden?'" she wrote before adding, "In a bizarro world of Russia’s state media, America—which has been painstakingly attempting to prevent an escalation—is the true aggressor."

Case in point, she notes, was Russian lawmaker Oleg Morozov taking to the airwaves to warn that it is western leaders who banging the drum for war.

“I’m hoping there are people next to Biden, next to Scholz, next to the British PM, who will look at the scenarios and say, ‘If the big war with Russia’s participation were to start, it will cost Europe dearly. Think about that!’ That is my last hope, that the fear of this unpredictable situation will stop these hotheads." he lamented.

Similarly, Igor Korotchenko, editor-in-chief of the National Defense magazine, proclaimed, "The United States want this war. Their main goal is to take over Europe’s energy market. Biden could care less about the victims and their suffering, about Europe’s losses. He is realizing the plans of the American establishment," before exclaiming, "Stop Zelensky! Stop Biden!”

Writing, "If there were not so many lives hanging in the balance, you would describe current Russian state TV as a darkly comic farce," Davis added none of this unexpected, writing, "Just as the U.S. administration had warned, Russian authorities now appear to be readying themselves for the re-invasion of Ukraine under false pretexts. One of the main pretexts aggressively promoted by the Kremlin and Russia’s state media is the unfounded allegation of “genocide” of Russian speakers by the Ukrainian military."

https://www.thedailybeast.com/russian-state-tv-is-so-ridiculous-right-now-it-looks-like-a-farce
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 21, 2022, 12:30:00 PM
Another security expert agrees with me. Criminal Donald was weak Russian puppet and his weakness allowed Putin to start an invasion in Ukraine.

Former top Trump Russia adviser details the sharp contrast between the former President and Biden

CNN — Fiona Hill doesn’t know whether President Joe Biden can lead Western allies to ward off Russia’s threat to Ukraine. But unlike his predecessor, he’s trying.

Hill has a special vantage point on this slow-rolling crisis that US officials say could bring war in Europe at any moment. As a White House national security aide, she advised then-President Donald Trump on Russia and Ukraine – and became a star witness in impeachment proceedings that resulted from his conduct.

Now, outside the government as a Brookings Institution senior fellow, she’s among the Russia specialists Biden has consulted as he revives foreign policy priorities shared by every president since World War II except Trump.

After Trump derided and weakened the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Biden has rallied NATO on Ukraine’s behalf.


After Trump pressured Russia’s beleaguered neighbor for his personal benefit, Biden has steeled Americans for shared sacrifice in defense of Ukraine’s right of self-determination.

[After Trump deferred to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the US government’s own intelligence agencies, Biden has deployed those agencies’ tradecraft in a multi-pronged transatlantic effort to deter Russian aggression.

“You couldn’t get a sharper contrast,” Hill observed in an interview.

For the moment, at least, she sees Biden’s approach paying some dividends.

As described in her recent memoir, There Is Nothing For You Here, Hill followed an unusual path to becoming one of America’s leading experts on Russia. Raised in a working-class family in Britain, she parlayed academic scholarships into advanced degrees from Harvard and an analyst’s job at the National Intelligence Council beginning in 2006 during President George W. Bush’s administration.

Witnessing Britain’s industrial decline helped her understand the populist appeals Trump rode to the White House. But the celebrity real-estate developer’s handling of foreign policy in the Oval Office – driven not by expertise or the national interest but by his personal experiences, impulses and interests – was like nothing Hill or her national security colleagues had ever seen.

“There’s no Team America for Trump,” Hill recalled. “Not once did I see him do anything to put America first. Not once. Not for a single second.”

It showed in Trump’s praise for the authoritarian leader of Russia, an American adversary that had boosted his finances as a business executive. It showed in his reluctance to embrace America’s mutual defense commitments to European allies, which for decades have constrained Russian behavior; instead, Trump treated NATO as what Hill called a “protection racket.”

Most notoriously, it showed in Trump’s attempt to squeeze Ukraine’s President for manufactured dirt on Biden to help his 2020 election campaign. He held up American military aid as a political lever as Ukraine faced the long-running Russian military threat that now has the entire world on edge.


“All this did was say to Russia that Ukraine was a playground,” Hill said.

At home, Trump softened Republicans’ once-hawkish approach to Russia. Today, the leading Fox News hosts and other conservative voices – “the ultimate stooges,” as Hill calls them – buttress Russian arguments as armed conflict looms.

Yet even friendly foreign counterparts found limitations in Trump’s scattershot style, which for Hill evokes the old saw about “playing chess with a pigeon.” Russia’s bid to upend the post-Cold War security order in Europe, beginning in 2008 with its invasion of Georgia and continuing with its 2014 seizure of Crimea – requires a steadier negotiating partner.

“Ultimately Putin wants some kind of deal,” Hill said. “They think Biden is the kind of president who could actually make a deal. Trump never could.”

So far, Biden has held NATO allies together in rejecting Russia’s core demands, bolstering their forces in Europe and threatening punishing sanctions even though they guarantee domestic economic blowback. Steeped in decades of bipartisan foreign policy consensus, the Democratic President has also drawn support from top Republicans such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who have shunned Trump’s embrace of Putin.

That demonstration of resolve has at minimum made Putin stop and think. Biden has warned for weeks that Russia could launch a new invasion of Ukraine at any time. It hasn’t yet.

“They might have thought we were going to crumble, and we didn’t,” said Hill, who became an American citizen twenty years ago. “It might have deterred a full-scale invasion. Now (Putin) is basically recalibrating, recalculating.”

But durable success for Biden and European allies will depend on staying power. Even if Russian tanks don’t roll across the border, Hill envisions an extended “boa constrictor” siege in which Putin applies escalating pressure in hopes of bending Ukraine to Russia’s will.

“The real challenge is keeping everyone together for a considerable period,” Hill concluded. “It’s going to go on a long time.”

https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/20/politics/fiona-hill-donald-trump-joe-biden/index.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 22, 2022, 12:34:01 PM
Compromised Putin stooge.

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 22, 2022, 12:37:45 PM
Donnie's love letters to Vladdy.

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 22, 2022, 12:50:26 PM
Russian collusion

The identity of the candidate who solicited and obtained help from Guccifer 2.0 in 2016 was RI Republican Russell Taub.

https://fec.gov/files/legal/murs/7207/7207_45.pdf

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WPRI first reported that here:

Mueller found RI candidate sought help from Russians in 2016, docs reveal

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Rhode Islander recently released from prison has been identified as the previously unidentified congressional candidate who received hacked information from Russian operatives during the 2016 campaign.

Documents newly posted to the Federal Election Commission website show Republican H. Russell Taub acknowledged sending a Twitter message to the account “Guccifer 2.0” seeking assistance in his unsuccessful bid to unseat Democratic Congressman David Cicilline that year.

Robert S. Mueller, the special counsel who investigated Russian interference in the 2016 election, identified Guccifer 2.0 as a handle used by Russian operatives associated with the GRU, a Russian spy agency, to distribute hacked material on prominent Democrats. Mueller’s team later revealed in an indictment that an unnamed candidate for Congress had sought assistance from Guccifer, but did not identify the individual as Taub.

Taub, 33, previously pleaded guilty in 2019 to charges that he misused more than $1 million in political donations. He was sentenced to three years in prison and was released last month, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.

The new documents show Taub has signed an enforcement document with the FEC, known as a conciliation agreement, acknowledging that he contacted Guccifer seeking help. The commission declined to levy a civil penalty against Taub, citing the fact that he is “currently obligated to pay substantial restitution” from his other federal fundraising prosecution “and has limited or no assets.”

According to a summary of the investigation compiled by Commissioners Shana Broussard and Ellen Weintraub, the FEC “obtained records of a Twitter message exchange from August 2016 in which Taub asked an account operated by Guccifer 2.0 for a list of Republican donors in order to defeat his opponent, explaining ‘if I had the resources I can win.'”

FEC investigators found that Guccifer 2.0 replied to Taub, “it seems i have a dossier on cicilline . . . I can send u a dossier via email.”

Two days after that exchange, Guccifer 2.0 used the encrypted messaging service ProtonMail to send Taub 10 documents, including “three professionally produced opposition research reports, polling data, news articles, and one of Cicilline’s U.S. House of Representatives Financial Disclosure Statements,” according to the FEC’s agreement with Taub.

The FEC documents don’t cite the specific source of the information related to Cicilline that the Russian operatives had obtained. But one of the GRU’s hacking targets was the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which assists House Democrats with election activities.

“This was a clear-cut solicitation and receipt of a foreign national contribution by a federal candidate,” Broussard and Weintraub concluded. “Taub first asked Guccifer 2.0 for a donor list, a valuable campaign asset. In return, he received a trove of materials akin to opposition research – materials which typically come with a high price tag.”

Cicilline beat Taub with 64% of the vote.

Taub’s attorneys and a spokesperson for Cicilline did not immediately respond to requests for comment. His case was part of a larger FEC investigation into Russian election interference in 2016, including whether the Trump campaign sought and received assistance. But the commission either voted to dismiss the other allegations or didn’t have the votes to move forward on them.

A spokesperson for the FEC declined to comment beyond the case documents.

The identity of the unnamed congressional candidate who sought the stolen documents has been a subject of press speculation since Mueller’s team first referenced the individual in 2018, with “60 Minutes” filing a Freedom of Information Act request for the name the following year.

R.I. Republican Party Chair Sue Cienki said Taub’s candidacy predated her tenure, though she knew of him at the time, but condemned the activities laid out by Mueller and the FEC.

“That’s just a no-no,” she said. “You have to steer clear of any impropriety, and that’s not what Republicans stand for. We’re supposed to be the party that follows the law, and anybody that doesn’t should be prosecuted or held civilly liable for any wrongdoing. I have no tolerance for people that do stuff like that.”

In a 2019 interview, R.I. Republican National Committeewoman Lee Ann Sennick distanced local GOP leaders from Taub. “He talked a big game,” she said. “He was the kind of person who would drop names a lot, he would talk about places he’d been, events he’d gone to. … That was impressive to some people.”

Broussard and Weintraub argued that while Taub will not be paying a civil penalty, it was important for the FEC to reveal his identity in the wake of Mueller’s investigation. “The public finally knows that the ‘unknown congressional candidate’ is H. Russell Taub,” they wrote.

Taub’s agreement with the FEC shows that if the agency discovered evidence that he was not in financial hardship as he indicated, he would owe an immediate civil penalty of $31,000.

Seth Magaziner, a Democratic candidate for the 2nd Congressional District, called on two of his Republican opponents — Allan Fung and Robert Lancia — to return donations they previously received from Taub, arguing they should have done so in the wake of his 2019 guilty plea.

In response, Fung said he would donate $1,025 he received from Taub in 2014 and 2018 to the Special Olympics “so that it helps local children succeed.” Board of Elections records show Lancia received $525 from Taub, and his campaign said he would donate the money to Shriners Children’s Hospital or a cancer charity.

https://www.wpri.com/news/politics/mueller-found-ri-candidate-sought-help-from-russians-in-2016-docs-reveal/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on February 22, 2022, 06:10:41 PM
Old Joe can add blundering into a war to his growing list of failures.  His disastrous energy policy enriched Russia to the point that sanctions are meaningless.  Old Joe gaffed that a "minor incursion" might be acceptable.  The Ukraine may have to cut Hunter's pay (and the Big Guy's cut) after this disaster. 
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 23, 2022, 12:01:57 AM
Russian stooge and Putin puppet Criminal Donald praises his puppet master for an illegal invasion.

Trump praises Putin's 'genius' plan to invade Ukraine: 'You gotta say that’s pretty savvy'
https://www.rawstory.com/trump-putin-ukraine/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 23, 2022, 12:11:24 AM
Criminal Donald, his criminal administration, the Republican Party, and the right wing media is directly responsible for Putin's aggression to move into Ukraine. Ever since it was announced that Criminal Donald lost the election in a blowout, the radical right has been relentless in pushing the "Big Election Fraud Lie" and trying to delegimaitize President Biden by weakening our democracy. And it continues to this very day.

Criminal Donald and his thugs staged an insurrection and a coup which was an attack on our democracy. Their constant praise for Putin allows him to be emboldened to take these actions because he knows he will get support from the radical right. The GOP are traitors to democracy and they have Comrade Carlson as their fascist mouthpiece.

Tucker Carlson continues begging for Putin interview as troops move into Ukraine
https://www.rawstory.com/tucker-carlson-russia-support-putin/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 23, 2022, 12:55:18 AM
Here's another anti American traitor and Putin puppet. They are all outing themselves! The GOP is the party of Putin. 

Mike Pompeo praises Putin while bashing Biden
https://www.rawstory.com/mike-pompeo-2656771461/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 23, 2022, 01:15:42 AM
The brainless sheep in Trump's cult and their love for Russia over America. They listen to lying right wing propaganda and turn into anti Americans. 

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 23, 2022, 02:11:39 PM
David Rothkopf is a columnist and had this to say through several tweets on Twitter. He is feeling what the majority of Americans are feeling at this moment: anger, disgust, saddened that Americans that belong to the GOP would take the side of a dictator over our own President of the United States rooting for Putin and Russia to succeed over America. What an absolute and total disgrace how anti American the GOP has become fully praising Putin and pushing Kremlin propaganda on Fox. Republicans have lied about "no Russian collusion" since 2016, and now they have fully taken off their masks wearing team Russia jerseys as they play for Putin.       

David's tweets are below:


I'm lying awake here tonight because I honestly can't fathom how we have gotten to the point that the leader of the GOP, the last SecState, some of the party's most vocal members & a major US TV network all are actively taking Russia's side in a conflict with America & the West.

Yes, I lived through the 2016 campaign and all four years of Trump placing Putin ahead of our intel community, praising Putin, defending Russian positions. And yet here we are at a moment of great crisis, a threat to the order Americans & allies fought and died for.

And Trump and Fox and the rest are actually praising the man who has threatened the entire international order, who has put tens of millions of innocents at risk. They're defending him. They're spreading his lies. They're betraying our country and our values.

Why should that surprise me? They, like the man they are defending, have attacked the very foundations of our system of democracy. They, like Putin, sought to discredit our electoral system and to cheat it. They engineered a coup and are still defending it.

One of America's two major political parties is, at its core, not just corrupt, not just racist, not just misogynist, not just opposed to truth or science or history. They are, their leaders are, actively enemies of the U.S., our system and what we stand for.

This is the kind of moment when for almost all our history we really did set differences aside, when we came together. What's more, our president & his team are so clearly on the right side at this moment--pro-peace, pro-democracy, pro-international law, pro-our allies & friends.

And yet, even today, Trump and Fox defended the aggressor, the enemy of democracy, a man who has devoted his entire life to bringing down America and the west. Even after another invasion. Even on the brink of potential cataclysm.

How have we gone so wrong? How is there even a shred of support for this? How has such a large and vital part of our system become so corrupted? Why are the voices of decent people in the GOP not united in a chorus of denunciation and renunciation of the Trumpist-Putinists?

How can it be that this is a fact of life and that neither coups nor impeachments nor proof of wrong-doing nor just the light of day does not expose and end the threat these people pose? For the moment, we must turn our attentions to the crisis in Europe.

But we must in due course acknowledge the depth of this dysfunction and the profundity of its ugliness. And we must find those in the GOP and in all corners of civil society who will rise up to stop this movement, contain the spread of this political disease.

We are fortunate to have a capable president with a capable team right now. We are fortunate to have responsive and clear-eyed allies. We will, I believe prevail. But we cannot accept what these people say and do as a fact of our life.

We can't accept the threat they pose to our democracy or our values or our standing in the world as just part of the mix here in America or we will be doing the work that Putin ultimately wants done. We will be inviting division and decline.

And we will be less than we have been, less than we should be, less than we hope to be for our children and for our children's children. Don't take it for granted. Don't shrug it off. Don't minimize the toll it takes.

Don't pretend the origins are not the same as the many movements currently afoot that are targeting democracy, tolerance, and diverse societies and promoting autocracy and racial purity in their place.

It's easy to shrug it off after the past six years. But nothing could be more dangerous. I have faith we won't. But faith alone won't do it. We all most call it out, stand up to it and offer better alternatives whenever we have the opportunity.

And then we can leave it to deep self-examination and history to judge how we came to this strange, profoundly disturbing and dangerous moment.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 23, 2022, 02:18:10 PM
Here's another right wing Putin lover running for Congress heaping praise on the dictator. These GOP Kremlin radicals should all move to Russia.     

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 23, 2022, 02:35:23 PM
Tucker Carlson’s Putin Bromance Leads to Rehashing Cruel and Disproven DNC Smear

“Vladimir Putin did not hack the DNC,” the Fox host claimed, blaming it on a Democratic insider — seemingly alluding to Seth Rich — who was “within the building”

Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s obsession with defending Russian President Vladimir Putin and former president Donald Trump hit a new low on Monday’s edition of Carlson’s nightly show. During his opening monologue, Carlson recycled a baseless conspiracy theory that it wasn’t Russia that carried out a cyberattack on the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 presidential campaign, but instead a Democratic insider who stole DNC emails “from within the building” and “who wanted to show the world how Bernie Sanders was being shafted by the very same corrupt forces in Washington that later shafted Donald Trump.”

Although Carlson didn’t mention that supposed DNC insider by name, the theory he described is commonly associated with Seth Rich, a DNC employee who was murdered in the summer of 2016. Police say Rich’s murder happened during an attempted armed robbery in a neighborhood grappling with a rash of crime. Rich’s killer has yet to be arrested, and in the absence of solid leads in the case, various theories proliferated online that tried to say Rich, not Russia, pilfered tens of thousands of internal emails from the DNC and gave them to WikiLeaks, which published the emails in late July 2016.

In the five-and-a-half years since Rich’s death, separate investigations by the Trump-era Justice Department and the Republican-led House and Senate intelligence committees have confirmed what the cybersecurity experts originally concluded about the DNC hack: it was the work of Russia’s military intelligence agency, known as the GRU. An indictment secured by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe alleged 12 Russian agents who worked in Units 26165 and 74455 of the GRU planned and carried out the cyberattack on the DNC — as well as the successful hacking operation that targeted 2016 Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s personal email account.

In May 2017, Fox News published an explosive story on its website that said Rich, not Russia, had supplied the stolen DNC emails to WikiLeaks. The FBI and Washington, D.C. police immediately disputed the story, and the article’s only named source, a former D.C. cop turned private investigator named Rod Wheeler, distanced himself from it. Despite the scrutiny, some of Fox’s biggest primetime hosts, including Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs, amplified the Rich-WikiLeaks story. Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and Fox talking head, took the story even further, commenting during a Fox appearance that Rich “apparently was assassinated at four in the morning, having given WikiLeaks something like 23,000 — I’m sorry — 53,000 emails and 17,000 attachments,” later adding, “Nobody is investigating that. And what does that tell you about what was going on? Because it turns out, it wasn’t the Russians.”

Fox eventually retracted its original story about Rich and WikiLeaks. But the network issued no apology or explanation for what went wrong. In March 2018, Seth Rich’s parents, Joel and Mary Rich, sued Fox News, a Fox investigative reporter, and an unpaid on-air Fox guest for the erroneous reporting about their son and for the emotional harm they suffered as a result of Fox’s actions. After several years of litigation, the Riches advanced their case far enough to schedule depositions with Hannity, Dobbs, and top executives at the network. Not long afterward, Fox agreed to settle the case, paying the Riches a reported seven-figure settlement.

The blowback felt by Fox makes Tucker Carlson’s latest rant all the more perplexing. Carlson doesn’t hedge his comments on the facts of the 2016 Russian hack-and-leak operation. “Here’s the interesting thing: It was not true,” he said on his show. “It has never been true. Vladimir Putin did not hack the DNC, there was never any evidence that the Russians hacked the DNC.” Yet, investigators working for Special Counsel Mueller, the GOP-led House intelligence committee, and the GOP-led Senate intelligence committee devoted hundreds of pages to describing exactly how the Russians GRU agents broke into the DNC and extracted all those emails.

Carlson then goes on to say that “the DNC emails were very clearly stolen from within the building, most likely by a Bernie Sanders supporter who wanted to show the world how Bernie Sanders was being shafted by the very same corrupt forces in Washington that later shafted Donald Trump.” There is no actual evidence that Carlson’s claims are true — aside from the DNC’s dismissive treatment of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in 2016, which was outlined in the WikiLeaks DNC email dump. Based off of his remarks on Monday night, Carlson has no new reporting or insight to bring to the story of what happened in 2016.

When Fox settled the lawsuit brought by Seth Rich’s parents in Nov. 2020, the network issued a short statement that said, “We are pleased with the resolution of the claims and hope this enables Mr. and Mrs. Rich to find a small degree of peace and solace moving forward.” Peace or solace is that much harder to find when Fox’s most-watched host is regurgitating a stale theory that’s been discredited over and over again.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/tucker-carlson-seth-rich-conspiracy-vladimir-putin-2016-dnc-1300337/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on February 23, 2022, 03:18:32 PM
Old Joe bungled his way into this another disaster.  His energy policy forced the US and others to buy oil from Russia.  Enriching Putin to the tune of billions and making socialist Europe dependent on Russia.  The weakness displayed during the Afghanistan withdrawal was the last straw.  Russia and China are emboldened knowing they are dealing with a blundering bureaucrat. If Americans think things are bad now under Biden's inept administration, wait until the sanctions on Russia boomerang.  Gas prices will sky rocket.  The stock market is already tumbling.  Things are going to get bad very quickly. 
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 24, 2022, 12:09:14 AM
Tucker Carlson accused of being an 'arm of the Kremlin' -- by a former Trump official

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Former Trump official Alyssa Farah said on Wednesday that Fox News host Tucker Carlson had essentially become a propagandist for the Russian government.

While appearing on CNN, Farah was asked by host Jake Tapper what she made of former President Donald Trump's comments gushing about Russian President Vladimir Putin's "genius" move to invade Ukraine.

"It's not surprising," she said. "The former president had a soft spot for strong men, including Vladimir Putin. We saw that throughout his presidency."

Farah then suggested, however, that Trump wasn't the one taking the lead on pushing pro-Russian propaganda.

"I think the former president, as well as other prominent Republicans, are taking their pointer from one place, and that's Tucker Carlson's show on Fox News," she said. "He has become essentially an arm of the Kremlin and what he is talking about, what he is saying is indistinguishable from RT propaganda."

Farah served as White House Director of Strategic Communications under Trump before having a falling out with the former president after he refused to accept the results of the 2020 presidential election.

She has subsequently condemned him for inciting the deadly January 6th riots at the United States Capitol building.

Watch the video below:

Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 24, 2022, 01:57:24 PM
Donald Trump, Faux News, and right wingers are praising Putin and rooting for him over America as thousands of innocent Ukrainians are going to be killed. Comrade Carlson their Russian propaganda hack is gleefully praising his hero Vlad on television. What an absolute disgrace.   
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 24, 2022, 02:05:05 PM
Qanon lunatic and anti American traitor Michael Flynn is seated next to Putin and his officials at dinner. And sitting across the table is former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein who pushed Russian propaganda talking points against Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election. Just another example of more Russian collusion in plain sight.     

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on February 24, 2022, 02:48:19 PM
Electing weak and incompetent leaders on the basis of numerous hoaxes has real world consequences.  The people of the Ukraine are now paying that price.  Americans will pay in the form of sky rocketing gas prices and a crashed stock market.  Results matter.   Some people may not like Trump but this would not be happening had he been elected.  The chickens are coming home to roost for the propagandists like CNN and Rick.   It's unfortunate that others have to pay the price for that. 
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Robert Reeves on February 24, 2022, 10:07:42 PM
Qanon lunatic and anti American traitor Michael Flynn is seated next to Putin and his officials at dinner. And sitting across the table is former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein who pushed Russian propaganda talking points against Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election. Just another example of more Russian collusion in plain sight.     

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You either don't know a lot or you are literally a bot. Russia is, and always has been, a gigantic influence in this world, especially European history. And when Russian leaders asks to meet you, and you are representing 'something', you generally are better off attending that meeting. The Irony is that Gen. Flyn was your head of DIA, under Obama. I notice this fact isn't slightly obscured on wikipedia  ''He became the 18th director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in July 2012 until his forced retirement from the military in August 2014''. It just mentions the shizznit with Trump. Presumably people in Obama's circle of power didn't care too much when Flynn was knobbled by Putin? No, because USA was letting Flynn kiss Turkey's ass. He was allowed to represent Turkish interests with Putin because it was also in USA's interest.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 24, 2022, 10:15:58 PM
'Putin has stopped pretending': Political scientist warns autocrats are brazenly 'trying to remake the world in their image'

When far-right Donald Trump supporters viciously attacked the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 — some of whom set up a hangman’s gallows for then-Vice President Mike Pence outside — people all around the world asked, “If democracy isn’t safe in the United States, where it is safe?” And as MAGA Republicans in state legislatures introduce one draconian voter suppression bill after another, it is painfully obvious that many of them believe the U.S. should move in the direction of authoritarians like Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Russian President Vladimir Putin — both of whom are openly admired by Trump and Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, even as Russian forces invade Ukraine.

Democracy is under assault all over the world, from the U.S. to Brazil to Eastern Europe. Journalist and political scientist Yascha Mounk examines the growth of authoritarianism in a disturbing article published by The Atlantic on February 24. And Mounk, a native of Munich, Germany and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, warns that the world finds itself in an increasingly dangerous position.

“Vladimir Putin has stopped pretending,” Mounk laments. “For months, the Russian president had claimed that he was merely interested in the security of his nation…. Then, he ordered a full-scale attack on a sovereign nation. Russian missiles blew up targets in key cities, including Kyiv, Lviv, and Kharkiv. Russian troops rapidly advanced into Ukrainian territory. War has returned to the heart of Europe.”

Mounk covers a lot of ground in his article, from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to the January 6, 2021 insurrection to the military junta in Myanmar — describing all of those things as examples of authoritarianism continuing to advance.

“The attack on Ukraine coincided with the long-planned publication of a Freedom House report on the state of democracy in the world,” Mounk observes. “As this year’s report went live on the organization’s website, just after midnight this morning, CNN was showing live pictures of Russian troops advancing across the border and billowing towers of smoke rising above major Ukrainian cities. Based on meticulous monitoring of developments in every corner of the globe, Freedom House finds that the world has entered the 16th consecutive year of what the political scientist Larry Diamond has termed a ‘democratic recession.’”

Describing Freedom House’s findings, Mounk offers a lot of reasons to be worried.

“In 2021, the number of countries moving away from democracy once again exceeded the number of countries moving toward it by a big margin,” Mounk notes. “Democratic institutions and civil rights deteriorated in 60 countries, with Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Tunisia, and Sudan experiencing especially precipitous declines. At the beginning of the democratic recession, about half of the world’s population lived in a country classified as ‘free.’ Now, only two out of every ten people do.”

“Assaults on democracy,” Mounk warns, have “grown much more brazen.”

“Many democracies are now rife with acrid divisions and face domestic challenges to their stability; this strain on democratic institutions is especially pronounced in the United States,” Mounk observes. “And the power of the democratic world is being challenged by a rising China and a revanchist Russia; the world’s dictators can turn to resurgent authoritarian regimes for economic investments, military supplies and international legitimacy.”

Mounk continues, “All of this helps explain why the world’s dictators are taking off their masks. Autocratic leaders, from Myanmar to Nicaragua, no longer feel constrained by the need to maintain some semblance of democratic legitimacy or appease the State Department. And those dictators, like Vladimir Putin, who also have significant military might at their disposal, are now trying to remake the world order in their image.”

https://www.rawstory.com/putin-has-stopped-pretending-political-scientist-warns-autocrats-are-brazenly-trying-to-remake-the-world-in-their-image/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 24, 2022, 10:38:18 PM
The masks have been lifted off Republicans' faces and they support a murderous dictator over America and the President of the United States pushing Kremlin propaganda. We all knew the GOP privately supports Putin because Russia funnels dirty money to their campaigns and helped to steal the 2016 election, but now they are fully open about their support of Putin. 57 innocent Ukrainians have been killed because of Putin. The GOP does not care as Fox "News" continues to push Kremlin propaganda to their gullible viewers. Some Russian citizens inside Russia are out protesting this illegal war while Republicans in America are praising Putin. Republicans want to take over America with right wing fascism. This is their goal which is why they attempted a coup to overthrow the government and install Criminal Donald as their dictator. Putin saw what Trump's terrorists did on 1/6 and that gave him the green light to invade Ukraine. 

GOP's Elise Stefanik hit with furious backlash for her 'despicable and reprehensible' statement on Ukraine
https://www.rawstory.com/elise-stefanik-2656785320/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 24, 2022, 10:45:05 PM
Comrade Carlson is a Russian Putin stooge and Russia uses his monologues for their talking points on Russian state television. And the Kremlin hacks at Faux can't even get their anti Biden propaganda straight as they are directly contradicting each other.

Kremlin-backed media now broadcasts entire Tucker Carlson monologues with Russian subtitles

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson has continued defending Russian President Vladimir Putin, even as he ordered a full invasion into Ukraine this week.

The Hill's John Kruzel points out that Kremlin-backed media outlet Russia Today has been keen on exposing its audience to Carlson, and even went so far recently to rebroadcast an entire Carlson monologue about Russia, complete with Russian subtitles.

RT in particular this week showed an now-infamous Carlson monologue in which he questioned whether Americans should even dislike Putin at all.

"It may be worth asking yourself… why do I hate Putin?" Carlson asked rhetorically. "Has Putin ever called me a racist? Has he threatened to get me fired for disagreeing with him? Has he shipped every middle-class job in my town to Russia? Did he manufacture a worldwide pandemic that wrecked my business and kept me indoors for two years? Is he teaching my children to embrace racial discrimination? Is he making fentanyl? Is he trying to snuff out Christianity?"

Although many on Fox News have used the Ukraine crisis to bash Biden for being weak, Carlson has done the opposite by accusing Biden of deliberately trying to gin up a war.

Watch Comrade Carlson push Kremlin propaganda in link below:

https://www.rawstory.com/tucker-carlson-russia-2656785884/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 25, 2022, 12:53:00 PM
Criminal Donald changed the GOP platform towards Ukraine during the 2016 GOP convention and the traitors in the party all fell in line. Convicted Criminal Paul Manafort who is a Putin stooge helped to create this disastrous and fatal platform. So, Criminal Donald refused to help our ally Ukraine by not giving them the necessary weapons they needed to defend themselves.against the Russians. Criminal Donald also withheld crucial aid to Ukraine unless they lied about a fake scandal involving Joe Biden. As a result, Criminal Donald weakend Ukraine for 4 years which allowed Putin to illegally invade their country. Putin always wanted Ukraine and Criminal Donald helped to do his dirty work which is why Putin installed his puppet in the Oval Office. Now Criminal Donald is praising Putin as a "genius". He doesn't even hide it anymore. Criminal Donald is the ultimate anti American traitor.                   

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 25, 2022, 01:09:38 PM
Russians in Saint Petersburg and other cities have come out in protest against Putin and are standing with the people of Ukraine unlike Criminal Donald, his henchmen, members of the GOP, and the right wing media who are all slobbering over Putin murdering innocent Ukrainians.

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 25, 2022, 01:14:21 PM
Dallas stands with Ukraine unlike Criminal Donald and his Pro Putin Party.

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on February 25, 2022, 02:35:00 PM
Russians in Saint Petersburg and other cities have come out in protest against Putin and are standing with the people of Ukraine unlike Criminal Donald, his henchmen, members of the GOP, and the right wing media who are all slobbering over Putin murdering innocent Ukrainians.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FMYmToHVUBID49j?format=jpg&name=medium)

That looks like a violent protest of neo-Nazis.  Better summon Trudeau to put it down. 
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on February 25, 2022, 02:49:01 PM
Dallas stands with Ukraine unlike Criminal Donald and his Pro Putin Party.

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All those republican Nazis in Texas are supporting the Ukraine?  Shouldn't they all be locked up instead in your Cheka-like fantasy world?
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 25, 2022, 09:00:10 PM
Putin's invasion of Ukraine 'a fantasy fulfilled' for Trump supporters: expert
https://www.rawstory.com/putin-s-invasion-of-ukraine-a-fantasy-fulfilled-for-trump-supporters-expert/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 26, 2022, 04:46:39 AM
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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 26, 2022, 11:30:51 AM
Russian state television features Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo and Tucker Carlson praising Putin. Russia is using these clips to justify Putin’s massacre of the Ukrainian people. They are actively aiding Putin’s war effort and propaganda machine.

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 26, 2022, 11:50:59 AM
Putin is murdering children in Kindergarten and Ukrainians in hospitals. These are war crimes. 

Trump just called Putin a "genius" for this illegal invasion. He is one sick psycopath. Mike Pompeo respects Putin and Comrade Carlson is Putin's biggest fan. Trump and Pompeo are Putin's puppets.     

Russian Forces Attack Kindergarten in Ukraine, Casualties Reported: Officials
https://www.newsweek.com/russia-attacks-ukraine-kindergarten-orphanage-sumy-oblast-shelter-casualties-reported-1682656

Russia accused of war crimes in Ukraine after ‘shelling kindergarten and orphanage’ during invasion
https://inews.co.uk/news/world/russia-war-crimes-ukraine-invasion-kindergarten-orphange-shelled-1484074

Beyond Evil’ Hospital Bombing Is Just the Beginning for Ukraine
Two civilians are dead after a ballistic missile hit outside a hospital in Ukraine, showing Putin is paying little regard to civilian life in his invasion plans.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/civilians-dead-at-ukraine-hospital-after-ballistic-missile-crashes-down-as-russia-invades

'No words’: State Department left speechless over Trump and Pompeo praise of Putin
‘Putin is now saying, ‘It’s independent,’ a large section of Ukraine. I said, ‘How smart is that?’ gushed former president Donald Trump

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/trump-putin-genius-state-department-b2021872.html

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 26, 2022, 01:38:29 PM
You either don't know a lot or you are literally a bot. Russia is, and always has been, a gigantic influence in this world, especially European history. And when Russian leaders asks to meet you, and you are representing 'something', you generally are better off attending that meeting. The Irony is that Gen. Flyn was your head of DIA, under Obama. I notice this fact isn't slightly obscured on wikipedia  ''He became the 18th director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in July 2012 until his forced retirement from the military in August 2014''. It just mentions the shizznit with Trump. Presumably people in Obama's circle of power didn't care too much when Flynn was knobbled by Putin? No, because USA was letting Flynn kiss Turkey's ass. He was allowed to represent Turkish interests with Putin because it was also in USA's interest.

Yeah, nice try with that.

Traitor Flynn was paid $45,000 by Russian state television to attend this dinner.

He had clandestined meetings with Russians and especially with Sergey Kislyak. Traitor Flynn was under an FBI investigation for his Russian involvement. Traitor Flynn lied to the FBI twice about his Russian collusion and then plead guilty for lying. You don't plead guilty if you are innocent and if everything was on the up and up. 

He would be in prison right now if it wasn't for Criminal Donald pardoning him. Even Criminal Donald had to fire Traitor Flynn as his national security adviser who lasted only 25 days. Flynn is a traitor.   
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on February 26, 2022, 07:30:16 PM
The reasons that Putin decided to invade at this time:

1) Weakness of Biden.  Particularly in the aftermath of the Afghanistan fiasco.

2) Disastrous US and European energy decisions that enriched Russia.  Biden's decision to stop US pipelines and drilling and instead buy Russian oil is inexplicable.  Bordering on treason. Putin has made billions from that making the sanctions largely meaningless.  Incredibly, we are continuing to buy Russian oil. 

3) NATO encroachment on Russia.  There is no way that the US would allow Russia to establish a military presence in Mexico or Canada.  But NATO has continued to infringe upon the Russian sphere of influence.  That does not justify an invasion of Ukraine but explains why it is happening.


These are mostly self-inflicted errors.  The kicker is that the US pays for almost all of Europe's defense.  Billions of dollars while those socialist countries do almost nothing.  Trump had that one right.  If NATO had only listened to him, there would be no dependence on Russian oil and they would be better prepared to defend themselves.   And no ongoing invasion.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 27, 2022, 12:00:12 AM
Now would be a good time for news outlets to revisit (in detail) Paul Manafort’s efforts in Ukraine on behalf of pro-Russian interests and why the FBI was clearly justified in trying to figure out what he was up to in the Trump campaign in 2016. Oh, yeah, and that Trump pardoned him.

It could also be a good time to ask Sen. Ron Johnson and others why they were parroting Russia’s claims that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 election — a claim first made by Manafort in 2016 and then pushed by Criminal Donald and then became a bogus right wing media talking point. The GOP and the right wing media were pushing Kremlin talking points designed to attack Ukraine.

The only change to the GOP platform in 2016 once Trump was nominated was removal of support for Ukraine and the full support for Putin. And for 4 years Donnie gave his puppet master Putin everything he wanted. Now Putin invades Ukraine after the Trump administration weakend NATO and Ukraine. 

This is a very good read.

Manafort’s Reward: Sen. Ron Johnson and the Ukraine Conspiracy Investigation: Part II
https://www.justsecurity.org/72148/manaforts-reward-sen-ron-johnson-and-the-ukraine-conspiracy-investigation-part-ii/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 27, 2022, 12:25:13 AM
President Biden is doing a remarkable job uniting leaders around the world against Putin. Hungary has officially confirmed they will remove Russia from SWIFT. Kazakhstan refused to offer any support for Putin's war. Germany is now heavily arming Ukraine, both directly and through mutual allies. Putin was surely hoping to intimidate new German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who took office just two months ago after Merkel’s retirement. Scholz is clearly not backing down.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on February 27, 2022, 01:33:34 AM
President Biden is doing a remarkable job uniting leaders around the world against Putin. Hungary has officially confirmed they will remove Russia from SWIFT. Kazakhstan refused to offer any support for Putin's war. Germany is now heavily arming Ukraine, both directly and through mutual allies. Putin was surely hoping to intimidate new German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who took office just two months ago after Merkel’s retirement. Scholz is clearly not backing down.

Biden did absolutely nothing to "unite" these countries.  They all did this on their own initiative in the face of public pressure.  What Biden did do is make the US dependent on foreign oil which enriched Putin.  He showed weakness and incompetence in Afghanistan which emboldened Putin.  Then he failed to use sanctions until AFTER the war had started.  And he has left the WH this weekend for his beach home.  Way to go Joe! 
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 27, 2022, 05:31:20 AM
In February 2020, just 2 years ago, 52 of 53 Republican senators voted to allow (then) President Trump to block congressionally authorized sale of critical military supplies to the courageous President Zelensky of Ukraine, unless Ukraine manufactured anti-Democratic propaganda.

Criminal Donald extorted Ukraine for his own attempted political gain and the reason we are in this mess today.

Trump administration broke law in withholding Ukraine aid, watchdog says as Senate prepares for impeachment trial
PUBLISHED THU, JAN 16 2020

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/16/trump-administration-broke-law-in-withholding-ukraine-aid.html

Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 27, 2022, 05:34:03 AM
President Biden is doing a magnificent job working with NATO and every single county to defeat Putin. We are crippling Russia financially and now sending weaponry for Ukraine to defeat the Russians militarily. Meanwhile, Criminal Donald is speaking to white nationalists praising Putin again.     
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 27, 2022, 11:14:12 AM
More good news!

The Biden administration just announced a Transatlantic task force to “hunt down and freeze the assets” of Russian companies and oligarchs. This includes: “yachts, mansions, and any other ill-gotten gains that we can find and freeze.”

President Biden conducted several meetings with other Western nations and got them all to agree to collectively impose sanctions and block the Russian Central Bank from it's reserves. This is certainly far more damaging to Moscow than even SWIFT because the RCB is the most important financial institution in Russia. So yes, this is a very big deal and it will cripple Russia financially even more as their currency will tank even further. Russia has about $630 Billion in international reserves and a big chunk of that money is held overseas. Western sanctions were agreed to tonight and are designed to stop Putin being able to spend even a single ruble. This is what effective leadership does and also a collective effort from all our great partners working for a great common cause.   

Olga Tokariuk in Ukraine has reported that at least half of Russian forces in Kharkiv are destroyed. Russia is taking a beating and video footage has been rolling in this morning. 

The GOP is in a panic because they won't be able to get their dirty Russian money from their oligarch buddies.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 27, 2022, 11:37:51 AM
In 4 years, a whole lot of damage can be done, and we are still suffering the consequences of Criminal Donald's disastrous fake presidency as he weakly appeased dictator Putin giving him everything he wanted including weakening Ukraine. Thats the reason we have this invasion as we speak. Right wingers can't rewrite history and falsely blame President Biden for what they supported and were complicit in doing themselves. Here is just some of the damage Criminal Donald did with his corruption, weakness, and long list of criminal scandals involving Ukraine.       

Why Ukraine is at the center of the latest Trump scandal: The country has always been at the center of Trump’s scandals

Sep 25, 2019

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The transcript summary of President Donald Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky released on Wednesday makes one thing perfectly clear: Ukraine has replaced Russia as the foreign nation that will most be on Americans’ lips in the weeks ahead.

Trump is embroiled in a crisis about whether he improperly used his position to try to coerce Zelensky into investigating Trump’s 2020 political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden — perhaps by withholding military aid to the Eastern European country.

That seems possible based on the call summary, which shows Zelensky asking for US-made weaponry to fend off Russia and Trump immediately responding, “I would like you to do us a favor though” — then suggesting Attorney General William Barr get in contact with Ukrainian officials.

On the surface it may seem odd that Ukraine, one of Europe’s poorest countries, has become so central to the latest Trump drama. But the truth is that the country has been involved in Trump scandals since the very beginning.

“Ukraine has certainly been a through line in a number of Trump investigations: the Republican National Committee platform, Russian ambitions, NATO commitments, and now this,” says Andy Wright, a former White House lawyer in the Obama administration.

And that doesn’t even touch on former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort’s lobbying work on behalf of a previous pro-Russian Ukrainian president or the wild conspiracies on the right that have led some (including, apparently, Trump himself) to believe Hillary Clinton’s infamous email server is currently in Ukraine.

In other words, the Ukraine-Trump connection isn’t new. It’s always been there. We’ve mostly just forgotten because so much has happened that it’s hard to keep track of everything. So here’s a reminder of how Ukraine has played into the various Trump scandals from the very beginning.

Trump has sold out Ukraine to cozy up to Russia

One of the earliest controversies surrounding Trump’s presidential campaign centered on a disappearing section of the Republican Party’s 2016 platform.

Initially, the document had reportedly stated that the party — and thereby Trump, as the party’s official nominee — supported sending lethal aid to Ukraine. That would be an important signal for officials in Kyiv looking for help in their fight against Russia, which invaded the country’s east and south in 2014. Russia is a far more powerful country with more troops and equipment. US assistance, then, is essential to Ukraine’s effort to defend itself against Russia.

But the final version of the GOP platform only said the US would provide “appropriate assistance to the armed forces of Ukraine” in a Trump administration — a major softening of the language.

So what happened? Well, Trump campaign officials quietly worked behind the scenes to change the position, even hosting multiple events during the party’s convention in Cleveland to ensure the GOP wouldn’t back shipping arms that Ukrainians could use against Russians.

Many Republican Party members were concerned by the change in language. “This is another example of Trump being out of step with GOP leadership and the mainstream in a way that shows he would be dangerous for America and the world,” Rachel Hoff, a platform committee member, told the Washington Post at the time.

After entering the White House, Trump continued his warmth toward Russia. Among other things, Trump repeatedly bought Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denials that Russia had interfered in the 2016 election; held meetings with Putin without notetakers, and sided with the Russian president over the US intelligence community during a summit in Helsinki last year.

Oddly, Trump ended up overturning the Obama administration’s ban on selling lethal weapons to Ukraine in 2017. That move allowed the US to sell the country anti-tank missiles and other advanced weapons that would help Ukraine better fight back against Russia, and it ingratiated the Trump administration with many in Ukraine.

Zelensky, who wants to end the war in the country, surely cares deeply about keeping military aid coming from the United States — a fact that Trump could use as leverage if he wanted to.

Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chair, was a lobbyist for Ukraine’s former pro-Russian president

It seems like forever ago, but it’s worth remembering that the person in charge of Trump’s campaign for a while — Paul Manafort — had important relationships in Ukraine.

Before he joined Trump’s team, Manafort was already well known for his decades of Republican campaign and lobbying work. By around 2004, Manafort sought even grander paydays abroad by advising fantastically rich oligarchs in the former Soviet Union on how to master tumultuous democratic politics. He advised a Russian billionaire, Oleg Deripaska, but eventually his efforts focused on Ukraine — where he landed a hefty contract to advise the country’s pro-Russian political party.

When Manafort got the gig, the Party of Regions and its leader Viktor Yanukovych were unpopular and in the opposition. But over the next few years, Manafort would help orchestrate the party’s return to power and Yanukovych’s 2010 election as president.

Once Yanukovych was in office, Manafort became an enormously influential adviser to the regime — the Atlantic’s Franklin Foer wrote last year that Manafort had “walk-in” privileges, and billed “outrageous amounts” to the Ukrainians while advising on both domestic politics and lobbying in the US.

But it all fell apart in 2014, when Ukrainians took to the streets to force Yanukovych out of power and he fled to Russia. Manafort and Deripaska, meanwhile, had a falling out that ended in a lawsuit, with Deripaska claiming Manafort cheated him of millions. He’d lost his biggest client and had serious cash flow problems, and the FBI looked into his Ukrainian money.

Manafort’s work in Ukraine became a major focus of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Trump-Russia ties. And what Mueller’s team uncovered ended up landing Manafort in prison.

First, Manafort had moved $30 million of his Ukrainian lobbying money from foreign shell companies into the US — but he didn’t disclose this income on his tax forms, pay taxes on it, or fill out legally required disclosures of his foreign accounts. That’s illegal.

Second, Mueller’s team focused on what Manafort did once he lost his Ukrainian income after the country’s president was deposed. They found he tried to conjure up more cash via bank fraud.

Manafort eventually pleaded guilty to a broad “conspiracy against the United States” — in which he admitted unregistered lobbying and money laundering related to the Ukraine work. He received sentences of more than seven years combined in prison.

According to the Washington Post, part of the reason why Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has become so interested in getting close to the Ukrainian government is because he wants to punish those who put Manafort behind bars. It seems Giuliani will continue to deal with Ukranians in an effort to dig up dirt on anti-Trump Democrats and others the administration accuses of being the real colluders with Ukraine.

Trump seems to believe in a wacky conspiracy theory involve Ukraine and the DNC’s server

On Trump’s now-infamous phone phone call with Zelensky, Trump cryptically asked Zelensky about a computer server in Ukraine and the American cybersecurity company CrowdStrike.

“I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say CrowdStrike ... I guess you have one of your wealthy people ... The server, they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on, the whole situation,” he said.

It appears Trump was referring to a long-debunked conspiracy theory that the firm has covered up the fact that Ukraine — not Russia — interfered in the 2016 election.

Give your head a second to stop spinning, and then read on.

CrowdStrike was hired by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in 2016 to look into who hacked into their networks during the election. The firm determined that it was two Russian groups with Kremlin ties. Case closed, right? Not exactly.

Trump seems to believe — and has often mentioned — that a DNC server with the real information on it has gone missing, and that CrowdStrike (and the FBI) is somehow involved in its disappearance. He brought the issue up during his Helsinki meeting alongside Putin.

“You have groups that are wondering why the FBI never took the server,” the president said during the July 2018 press conference. “Where is the server? I want to know, where is the server and what is the server saying?”

But here’s the problem: There is actually no missing physical server associated with the DNC breach to speak of. Instead, the roughly 140 servers — most of them cloud-based — are already out of use.

What’s more, in a 2017 interview with the Associated Press, for example, Trump said CrowdStrike was “Ukraine-based” — even though its headquarters are in California. “I heard it’s owned by a very rich Ukrainian, that’s what I heard,” he continued.

That’s incorrect. The company’s co-founder, the Russian-born US citizen Dmitri Alperovitch, is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council think tank in Washington, which receives funding from Ukrainian oligarch Victor Pinchuk. But that flimsy connection is a far cry from the firm he started being secretly run by an Eastern European billionaire.

(Disclosure: Before coming to Vox I worked at the Atlantic Council and interacted with Alperovitch on a few cybersecurity-related events and projects.)

CrowdStrike denies any wrongdoing in a statement to reporters: “With regards to our investigation of the DNC hack in 2016, we provided all forensic evidence and analysis to the FBI. As we’ve stated before, we stand by our findings and conclusions that have been fully supported by the US Intelligence community.”

It’s still unclear just where Trump got this idea in his head, but it’s ingrained enough that he mentioned it on a call with Ukraine’s president.

So if you put the three elements together — Trump’s pro-Russia sentiments, Manafort’s past work, and the CrowdStrike conspiracy theory — it becomes clear that the question isn’t “Why is Ukraine in the news?” The question really is: “Why wasn’t Ukraine in the news sooner?”

https://www.vox.com/world/2019/9/25/20883526/trump-transcript-ukraine-russia-manafort-crowdstrike
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on February 27, 2022, 03:17:23 PM
"The Russian attack on Ukraine is appalling, it's an outrage and an atrocity that should never have been allowed to occur. We are praying for the proud people of Ukraine. God bless them all." 

Donald J. Trump - 45th President.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 28, 2022, 12:36:02 AM
Traitor Trump is getting bashed by people all over the world on Twitter today. Even his own former Attorney General Bill Barr has told the GOP to dump this Russian asset. The whole world hates him, and for good reason, as he praises a murderous dictator and attacks the United States of America and our allies during this critical moment. What a total garbage human being. Donnie should move to Russia since he loves Putin so much.

Trump calls the US a ‘stupid country’ and praises Putin as ‘smart’ in latest Ukraine comments
Former president doubles down on praise of Putin even as Russia presses on with invasion

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-putin-cpac-speech-ukraine-b2024210.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 28, 2022, 03:33:56 AM
I agree with Dee Snider. Weak anti mask snowflakes don't get to have an anthem.

"People are asking me why I endorsed the use of "We're Not Gonna Take It" for the Ukrainian people and did not for the anti-maskers. Well, one use is for a righteous battle against oppression; the other is a infantile feet stomping against an inconvenience." - Dee Snider Twisted Sister

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 28, 2022, 05:53:13 AM
Fascists and white nationalists like Marjorie Taylor Greene need to be expelled from Congress. These people hate America and only are there to incite hate and violence. She was giving a speech to a white supremacist hate group as they were chanting for "Putin". Send these thugs to Russia since they love Putin so much. Greene is the face of the GOP and there are many more just like her running for Congress to spread more hate and violence. Nice to see Garner speaking out but the cowardly GOP Minority "leader" Kevin McCarthy won't say a single word about it.     

New: Statement condemning Marjorie Taylor Greene from Andy Garner, recent Chairman of the Floyd County Republican Party, which is in Greene's district:

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 28, 2022, 06:06:38 AM
New reporting from the AP: The U.S. for the first time has approved the direct delivery of Stinger missiles to Ukraine as part of a package approved by the White House on Friday.

Canada will send an additional $25 million worth of defensive military equipment to Ukraine in an effort to help the country defend against Russia’s invasion.

Australia will provide lethal military equipment to Ukraine to help the Ukrainians resist the Russian invasion. The Australian government’s announcement Monday gave no details on what material it may be sending.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed an executive order on Sunday forbidding her state from doing business with Russia. The order includes canceling its investments in Russia.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office announced plans for a meeting with a Russian delegation at an unspecified location on the Belarusian border.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 28, 2022, 12:14:59 PM
Criminal Donald's gift to his puppet master Putin as he disgracefully went out the door in defeat making the world less safe and allowing Ukraine to be invaded by Putin. This was also done to sabotage the new Biden Administration. 

Trump administration pulls out of Open Skies treaty with Russia

11/22/20

In June, Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee questioned the legality of the Trump administration's desire to withdraw from the pact.

"The timing of your decision — less than five months before an election — is also suspect. Beginning the U.S. withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty, without complying with U.S. domestic law or constitutional practice, is an obvious political maneuver in an attempt to bind a future administration,” senators wrote in a letter to Pompeo.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) called the administration's withdrawal "reckless".

"I strongly believe that President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Treaty is a violation of domestic law," the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said. "In the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, Congress reaffirmed its support for the Open Skies Treaty and specifically mandated the administration justify a withdrawal four months before any formal notification of withdrawal took place. President Trump brazenly ignored the law and is unilaterally imposing a politically-charged withdrawal, even after losing a presidential election.”


https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/527056-us-withdraws-from-open-skies-treaty-with-russia

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 28, 2022, 02:48:30 PM
‘Absolutely hammered’: Watch this shocking video of an annihilated Russian armored convoy

CNN senior international correspondent Matthew Chance aired an amazing video on Monday of a Russian armored convoy that had been annihilated during Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.

"Right within the past few hours there has been a ferocious battle here on the outskirts of Kyiv," he reported. "And this is one of those Russian, Soviet-era vehicles, which is completely burned out."

"You can see this is a bridge actually. There's an access point to the northwest of Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital and the Russian column that has come down here has been absolutely hammered," he reported.

He reported Ukrainian commanders said they had been using western anti-tank missiles to attack Russian troops.

we're in a very exposed situation right now. there is debris, the twisted metal of these vehicles. this is obviously just a truck carrying supplies. we saw the armored vehicle in front there. i mean, looking around --

look at this. what kind of knew admissions does it take to do that to a car, to a vehicle? you know, i know that i've been to the local ukrainian commanders here, they say they were using western anti-tank missiles to attack these

"Look, so recent the battle. this vehicle is still smoking," he reported. "There's still smoke coming out of the back of that, ammunition boxes on the ground," he reported. "A real scene of devastation along this bridge."

Watch:

Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on February 28, 2022, 03:15:05 PM
What a pathetic attempt at revisionist history in which the actual results are ignored.  This is simple:

1) Obama administration - Russia invades and takes over the Crimea.

2) Trump administration - no invasion.

3) Biden administration - all out Russian invasion and war in Ukraine.


Which of these do you think the Ukrainian people preferred?
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 28, 2022, 03:15:16 PM
@McFaul
Putin is slaughtering ethnic Russians in Kharkiv. That great city has a large ethnic Russian population and an even bigger Russian-speaking population.

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@IAPonomarenko
Kharkiv has been shelled with Grads again. Civilian areas targeted deliberately. Russia has gone full swing unleashing a total war of elimination in Ukraine.

@DavidLawler10
Terrible news from Kharkiv. Dozens of civilians dead and hundreds wounded in attacks on residential areas, Ukraine military says. Very grim images emerging. The eastern city of 1.4m has seen some of the heaviest fighting.

@OllieCarroll
Really graphic images coming from near centre of Kharkiv right now — hit, it would seem, by a Russian rocket strike. Corpses. Women without legs. I’m not going to post it. But my god. All this during peace negotiations.

@AVindman
The pictures from Kharkiv, Ukraine second largest city, are terrible. There are many civilian casualties.
Russian Armed Forces will increasingly resort to the tactics employed in their other recent conflicts and the human toll will be awful. Putin must stop this heinous war!

Kharkiv is minutes away from Russia. It’s a beautiful city. It’s central square is the largest in Europe, large than Red Square. But it’s the people that are the true treasure & irreplaceable. Kharkiv will rebuild. It will return to glory. But the people are gone forever.

@GicAriana
Russia is trying to level Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, with grad missiles. Horrifying footage of residential buildings under relentless attack. Let’s not wait for this to happen to Kyiv! Help stop this now!

https://twitter.com/GicAriana/status/1498283574843301889

@OlegEnthusiast
Residential buildings of my native, beloved city #Kharkiv are being shot down with rockets, dozens of civilians are dying on the streets, all this is happening just a few meters away from me. Please spread this, to let everyone know about this genocide in #Ukraine

@DanielrHamilton
Doctors in #Ukraine’s 2nd city, #Kharkiv: “We live in HELL. The Russians are destroying everything: residential neighbourhoods, kindergartens, hospitals, even a blood transfusion station. Without the support of the whole world, we will not be able to cope with the invasion”.

@Olgatokariuk
Ukraine's interior ministry says dozens killed, hundreds injured civilians after massive GRAD shelling of Kharkiv *while negotiations are ongoing". If true, these are the worst faith "negotiations" recent history has seen.

As Russia seems determined to attack civilians in Ukraine - as the shelling in Kharkiv shows - urgent action is needed to help evacuate Ukrainians stuck in urban areas, such as Kyiv and Kharkiv. Millions of people who want to flee unable to do so at the moment.

Dozens said killed in Russian rocket strike on Ukrainian city of Kharkiv
https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/dozens-said-killed-in-russian-rocket-strike-on-ukrainian-city-of-kharkiv/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 28, 2022, 03:18:10 PM
What a pathetic attempt at revisionist history in which the actual results are ignored.  This is simple:

1) Obama administration - Russia invades and takes over the Crimea.

2) Trump administration - no invasion.

3) Biden administration - all out Russian invasion and war in Ukraine.


Which of these do you think the Ukrainian people preferred?

You can stop with your debunked right wing talking points and propaganda, the whole world has tuned this garbage out except for the right. Criminal Donald gave Putin whatever he wanted and weakened NATO and Ukraine. 

Sorry, you can't rewrite history. We all lived through it and it's also documented for confirmation.

The Ukrainian people didn't prefer to be extorted by a career criminal who refused to supply them with military aid unless their President lied about a fake scandal involving President Biden.         
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 28, 2022, 03:27:17 PM
US announces ‘unprecedented action’ with devastating new sanctions on Russia: report

The United States government on Monday announced a major escalation of sanctions against Russia after Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine.

"The Treasury Department on Monday moved to further cut off Russia from the global economy, announcing that it would immobilize Russian Central Bank assets that are held in the United States and impose sanctions on the Russian Direct Investment Fund, a sovereign wealth fund that is run by a close ally of President Vladimir V. Putin," The New York Times reported. "The moves are meant to curb Russia’s ability to use its war chest of international reserves to blunt the impact of sanctions that the United States and European allies have enacted in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine."

The move comes as sanctions are already devastating Russia's economy.

"The ruble cratered, the stock market froze and the public rushed to withdraw cash on Monday as Western sanctions kicked in and Russia awoke to uncertainty and fear over the rapidly spreading repercussions of President Vladimir V. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine," The Times also reported Monday. "As the day began, Russia’s currency lost as much as a quarter of its value within hours. Scrambling to stem the decline, the Russian Central Bank more than doubled its key interest rate, banned foreigners from selling Russian securities and ordered exporters to convert into rubles most of their foreign-currency revenues."

Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen explained the purpose of the new sanctions.

“The unprecedented action we are taking today will significantly limit Russia’s ability to use assets to finance its destabilizing activities, and target the funds Putin and his inner circle depend on to enable his invasion of Ukraine," Yellin said in a statement.

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/02/28/world/ukraine-russia-war
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 28, 2022, 03:29:00 PM
Alex Vindman explains how Trump's coup attempt encouraged Putin's Ukraine invasion
https://www.rawstory.com/lt-col-alex-vindman-how-trump-s-coup-attempt-encouraged-putin-s-ukraine-invasion/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on February 28, 2022, 03:39:53 PM
You can stop with your debunked right wing talking points and propaganda, the whole world has tuned this garbage out except for the right. Criminal Donald gave Putin whatever he wanted and weakened NATO and Ukraine. 

Sorry, you can't rewrite history. We all lived through it and it's also documented for confirmation.

The Ukrainian people didn't prefer to be extorted by a career criminal who refused to supply them with military aid unless their President lied about a fake scandal involving President Biden.         

Which of those "talking points" has been debunked? That the Russians invaded Ukraine during the Obama administration?  That there was no invasion during the Trump administration?  Or that there is an invasion going on during the Biden administration.  You believe the Ukranian people (who have lived under a string of the most corrupt governments in the world that even paid Hunter Biden) objected to corruption more than a war that is destroying their country and forcing them to flee?  Do tell instead of drifting off into one of your rambling propaganda modes. 
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 28, 2022, 03:57:28 PM
Russian stocks ETF falls 25% as crisis in Ukraine continues

The VanEck Russia ETF fell 23% in premarket trading Monday as the conflict in Ukraine generated new U.S. sanctions against Russia.

On Monday, the Biden administration announced additional sanctions against Russia’s central bank that would effectively prohibit Americans from doing business with the bank and freezes assets within the U.S.

The RSX fund is designed to track MVIS Russia Index, which includes the largest and most liquid companies in Russia. It also includes non-local companies incorporated outside Russia that generate at least 50% of their revenue in Russia.

It’s currently on pace for its worst day since its inception in April 2007. Down 51% for the month, it could also close out its worst month since its inception.

The sharp decline follows two rocky trading sessions in which the fund’s shares struggled to rebound from another big drop Thursday, the first day of Russia’s invasion into Ukraine.

The Russian stock market remains closed and has yet to announce what its operating hours Tuesday will be.

Ukraine’s armed forces have continued to hold off Russian troops and retain control of key cities. On Monday, officials from Russia and Ukraine gathered at the Belarusian border to discuss a potential end to the fighting between the two sides.

That follows a move over the weekend by the European Union, U.K., U.S. and Canada, all of which pledged to remove selected Russian banks from SWIFT, or the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication. The payments system connects more than 11,000 banks and financial institutions worldwide, meaning the removal of Russian banks from SWIFT would sever them from most of the global financial system.

At the same time, the Russian central bank has hiked its key interest rate to 20% from 9.5%, in an effort to boost the sinking ruble. It also said it will free 733 billion rubles, or $8.78 billion, in local bank reserves to boost liquidity.

The ruble had tumbled by about 30% against the dollar after President Joe Biden announced new rounds of sanctions on Russian banks and its sovereign debt, as well as President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. It most recently was down more than 15%.

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/02/28/russian-stocks-etf-falls-25percent-as-crisis-in-ukraine-continues.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on February 28, 2022, 10:41:22 PM
Ukraine is just another in a growing list of failures for the Biden administration according to the leftist Wash Post:

"A Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 33 percent of Americans say they approve of the president’s handling of the Russia-Ukraine situation, while 47 percent say they disapprove and 20 percent say they have no opinion.

Close to half of Americans polled — 48 percent — also said that they believed America’s leadership in the world had gotten weaker under Biden. Meanwhile, 23 percent said they believed it had gotten stronger and 26 percent said they believed it had stayed the same."
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on February 28, 2022, 11:32:16 PM
National security experts and our allies has said Criminal Donald withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty harms national security interests which leaves Ukraine, the U.S., and our allies vulnerable. And look what just happened with this illegal Russian invasion of Ukraine, Criminal Donald's withdrawal from the treaty emboldened Russian aggression which is what every expert warned and was worried about. The fact is Putin wanted out of the treaty so he could escalate his war against Ukraine. Weak puppet Donnie did what his master Putin wanted by withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty first, which then gave Putin the cover to withdraw himself. There was no reason to withdraw from this important treaty except to only benefit Putin's interests. Millions of people around the world on Twitter are saying that Donnie is a Russian asset. Everything Donnie was doing was to benefit Putin. They probably made these deals during all their private and secret meetings with no transcripts available to know what was discussed. What's even worse was Criminal Donald was going to withdraw from the New Start Treaty which would have strengthened Russia's arms capability. Thank God this weak Russian asset was defeated in a blowout election. #TrumpIsaARussianAsset is trending #2 again in Europe and was a top trend in the United States.   

Why withdrawal from Open Skies harms national security interests

05/24/20

Trump has announced that the United States would withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty, citing violations by Russia. The Open Skies Treaty allows 35 countries to conduct unarmed surveillance over each other in an effort to provide transparency about military actions and to reduce the possibility of conflicts. It is part of a broad network of arms control agreements that ensure the stability between countries.

The decision to withdraw from this pact goes against our interests, and it harms our relationships with European allies. It will embolden Russia and leave American forces and partners with less protection and coordination in the region, increasing the threat of aggression from Russia. In justifying the decision, the administration argued that Russia was not abiding by the Open Skies Treaty, citing complaints from American officials who claimed that Russia was not allowing any flights over areas with military exercises, including where they believe nuclear weapons might be stationed.

American presidents should steadfastly pursue a foreign policy that puts our interests first and foremost, while holding aggressive countries such as Russia accountable. However, it is clear that this decision to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty goes against our own interests by damaging our relationships with European allies that count on this pact for security, and it leaves deployed American forces at risk while doing nothing more to contain the military actions and nuclear capabilities of Russia.

European members of the Open Skies Treaty, such as France, Germany, and Poland, have expressed concerns over the withdrawal of the United States, arguing that despite doubts over Russia abiding by the terms of the pact, actions taken by Russia so far do not justify the United States leaving the agreement. The domestic political backlash to the decision was swift with Democrats in Congress highly criticizing the withdrawal. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith declared the decision a “slap in the face to our allies in Europe, leaves our deployed forces in the region at risk, and is in blatant violation of the law.”

Moreover, this is the third major arms control agreement which Trump has pulled out of since taking office. This indicates that if he wins the election, he would withdraw from that only remaining arms agreement with Russia, which is the New Start Treaty. Trump has said that he would not renew the New Start Treaty negotiated by President Obama. The pact imposes limits on nuclear arms deployments by the United States and Russia.

Further, the administration has reportedly talked about the United States conducting its first nuclear test in nearly 30 years. This would be a sharp reversal from the suspension on testing. Taken with the withdrawals from several nuclear accords and arms agreements, resuming nuclear testing would have destabilizing effects on our national security, since doing so could encourage other countries to strengthen their programs.

This is true for rogue countries like North Korea, as nuclear talks with Kim Jong Un are stalled, and Iran, after the United States left the nuclear deal without negotiating a replacement. Withdrawal from the New Start Treaty would embolden Russia to augment its program since it would no longer feel bound by the containment accords of the last few decades.

As I have previously written, Russia has tactically amassed many ballistic missiles and invested heavily in weapons system modernization over the years. The most effective deterrent the United States has against a more aggressive Russia is a commitment to our allies. Leaving the Open Skies Treaty and others sows division between the United States and our allies. This is exactly what Vladimir Putin, who wants to restore the influence of Russia back to the days of Soviet Union glory, has been seeking.

I implore the administration to consider keeping the United States in other arms control agreements to ensure that our national security is protected, while reaffirming our commitment to our valuable European allies in order to ensure a peaceful world order rather than a more volatile one.

https://thehill.com/opinion/international/499341-why-withdrawal-from-open-skies-harms-national-security-interests
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 01, 2022, 12:15:49 AM
Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and any other anti American Putin lover needs to be fully condemned. These traitors should never be allowed to hold a government position or allowed to be on the air to promote Kremlin propaganda. They are aiding and abetting the enemy working against United States interests. Even worse we have white nationalist Trump supporters throwing their support for Putin while bashing the President of the United States based on bogus made up conspiracy theories.       

'Unfathomable': Georgia Senate condemns pro-Putin white nationalists in blow to Marjorie Taylor Greene

Georgia state Sen. Russ Goodman (R) on Monday took to the Senate floor to condemn speech at a white nationalist event that was headlined by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).

During Monday's Senate session, Goodman made an apparent reference to the America First Political Action Conference in Orlando that Greene attended while she was in town for the CPAC meeting.

According to reports, attendees at the event chanted the name of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

@bluestein "After Marjorie Taylor Greene spoke at a white nationalist rally where Putin was cheered, Georgia Republicans react. GOP state Sen. Russ Goodman tells the Senate it’s “unfathomable” to hear Americans cheering Russia. Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan condemns Putin apologists". #gapol

"I was really disturbed over this past week when a video came out of a group of Americans that were chanting 'Putin' and 'Russia,'" Goodman said. "I can't tell you how much that disturbed me. My dad served in the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. There's 58,000 American soldiers that came home with that flag draped across their coffin and those Americans might have died -- the Vietnamese may have been the ones doing the shooting but it was the Russian-supplied arms and armaments."

"And right now, we have Russia with tactical nuclear weapons pointed at the United States and they have raised the threat awareness to high alert," he continued. "And it is unfathomable to me that any American that calls themselves an American with what's going on in the world today can chant 'Putin' and 'Russia,' anyone that gives aid and comfort to the enemy like that, I'm going to tell you something, they are not deserving of the title to be called an American."

After a round of applause from the chamber, Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan asked for a moment of silence for the people of Ukraine.

"Vladimir Putin is a selfish, brutal dictator and anybody who would tell you otherwise is lying. I call on this country, I call on this state, I call on this chamber to stand in support of the Ukrainian country as they fight for freedom,” Duncan said.

Watch the video below:

Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 01, 2022, 12:39:54 AM
These right wing religious nuts are absolutely dangerous. These are the same nuts who attacked President Biden for mandating vaccines and the same nuts who occupied Canada with their illegal blockades. They think Covid spells the "end of times" so they refuse vaccines and now they praise Putin for a "Holy War". All of these Qanon MAGA lunatics all believe the same thing. This is the GOP party. 

Pat Robertson: Putin's invasion of Ukraine 'is being compelled by God' to fulfill Biblical prophecy

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As Russia's invasion of Ukraine has blown up into a conflict of horrific atrocities against civilians, nations around the world have lined up to condemn it — even historically neutral countries such as Switzerland.

But former televangelist Pat Robertson, who came out of his retirement to weigh in on the situation, sees something even grander in the whole affair — according to him, Vladimir Putin is being willed by God to conduct the invasion, as a way of triggering the End Times.

"I think you can say, well, Putin's out of his mind, and yes, maybe so," said Robertson. "But at the same time he's being compelled by God. He went into Ukraine, but that wasn't his goal. His goal was to move against Israel, ultimately."

"God is getting ready to do something amazing, and that will be fulfilled," said Robertson. "And what Putin is doing, by moving as he is, to set up Ukraine as a staging ground for one of the armies, and then across is Erdogan in Turkey, and you've got between them that little Dardanelles area. And it's going to happen. So I say, that is what's coming up. Is Putin crazy? Is he mad? Well, perhaps. But God says, I'm going to put hooks in your jaws and I'm going to draw you into this battle, whether you like it or not. And he's being compelled, after the move into the Ukraine, he's being compelled to move to get a land bridge, and then across the Dardanelles with Turkey, and watch what's going to happen next. You read your Bible, because it's coming to pass."

Contrary to Robertson's claim, Turkey — although often friendly with Russia — has not backed Russia's war and is firmly supporting Ukraine in the conflict. Additionally, as a NATO country, an attack on Turkey by Russia would compel a counterattack by the entire NATO alliance.

https://www.rawstory.com/pat-robertson/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 01, 2022, 01:37:35 AM
Which of those "talking points" has been debunked? That the Russians invaded Ukraine during the Obama administration?  That there was no invasion during the Trump administration?  Or that there is an invasion going on during the Biden administration.  You believe the Ukranian people (who have lived under a string of the most corrupt governments in the world that even paid Hunter Biden) objected to corruption more than a war that is destroying their country and forcing them to flee?  Do tell instead of drifting off into one of your rambling propaganda modes.

It's manufactured Kremlin propaganda being pushed by Faux just like the debunked Hunter Bidan nonsense. No credible national security expert or any of our allies give any support to this propaganda except for right wing media hacks and politicians in order to attack President Biden.

Condi Rice: NATO 'unites' under Biden the way Trump never could
https://www.alternet.org/2022/02/nato-biden/

Only one former secretary of state is praising Putin and criticizing Biden in Ukraine crisis: Mike Pompeo
https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article258638383.html

Ukraine found no evidence against Hunter Biden in case audit: former top prosecutor
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-impeachment-ukraine/ukraine-found-no-evidence-against-hunter-biden-in-case-audit-former-top-prosecutor-idUSKBN23B2RB

There's no evidence for Trump's Biden-Ukraine accusations.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/there-s-no-evidence-trump-s-biden-ukraine-accusations-what-n1057851
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 01, 2022, 02:30:30 AM
It's manufactured Kremlin propaganda being pushed by Faux just like the debunked Hunter Bidan nonsense. No credible national security expert or any of our allies give any support to this propaganda except for right wing media hacks and politicians in order to attack President Biden.



It's Kremlin propaganda that the Russians invaded Ukraine during the Obama and Biden administrations but not the Trump administration?   Unreal. 
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 01, 2022, 04:55:54 AM
4 years of weakness and appeasement by Criminal Donald got us where we are today. Putin was kicked out of the G7 and his puppet Criminal Donald was lobbying to get him back in because that's what Putin wanted. There was no need for him to invade under Donnie when he was getting everything he wanted from his installed "yes man". Notice how Donnie used the word "asset" in his quote below. Slip of the tongue perhaps? Yes, Donnie is a Russian asset and his behavior and actions have made it very obvious.     

G7 leaders reject Russia's return after Trump summit invite

June 2, 2020

The UK and Canada have opposed Russia's return to the G7, deepening a rift over US President Donald Trump's wish for the country to rejoin.

Mr Trump said on Saturday he would postpone the G7 summit scheduled to take place this month until September.

The president said the G7's "outdated group of countries" should be expanded to include others, including Russia.

On Sunday, Mr Trump told Russian President Vladimir Putin of his plan to invite him to the summit.

The White House said making "progress toward convening the G7" with Russia was among the topics the leaders discussed in a phone call.

The G7 summit, which the US hosts this year, convenes the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the UK to discuss matters of co-operation.

But Mr Trump's invitation to Mr Putin has drawn the ire of the UK and Canada, whose leaders said on Sunday they would not support Russia's readmission to the group.

Russia was expelled from the group - previously known as the G8 - in 2014 in response to its annexation of Crimea.

"Russia was excluded from the G7 after it invaded Crimea a number of years ago, and its continued disrespect and flaunting of international rules and norms is why it remains outside of the G7, and it will continue to remain out," Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a news conference.

Earlier, a spokesman for the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would veto any proposal to allow Russia to rejoin the group.

Unless Russia ceases its "aggressive and destabilising activity", the UK would not support the country's readmission to the group, Mr Johnson's spokesman said.

"Russia was removed from the G7 group of nations following its [2014] annexation of Crimea and we are yet to see evidence of changed behaviour which would justify its readmittance," the spokesman told reporters.

Neither the UK or Canadian position rules out Mr Putin's attendance of the summit in the US.

Though representatives of non-G7 members have attended the group's summits before, Mr Putin's presence could prove contentious.

In recent years, the UK has had an acrimonious relationship with Russia, which it blamed for a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Salisbury, England in 2018.

Despite opposition from other G7 members, Mr Trump has repeatedly expressed his support for Russia's return to the group.

At a G7 summit in 2018, Mr Trump said he thought it "would be an asset to have Russia back in".


Announcing the delay of this year's G7 summit on Saturday, Mr Trump echoed that sentiment.

He said he did not feel the group "properly represents what's going on in the world", suggesting Russia, South Korea, Australia and India should be invited.

The leaders of South Korea and Australia have expressed interest in attending the summit in the US.

Last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected the president's invitation to attend a summit in person because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The G7 (or Group of Seven) is an organisation made up of the world's seven largest so-called advanced economies.

The leaders of these countries meet annually at summits to discuss issues of global governance, including climate change, security and the economy.

The group regards itself as "a community of values", with freedom and human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and prosperity and sustainable development as its key principles.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52885178


Trump’s G7 invite for Putin will encourage more war

June 2, 2020

With attention focused on the escalating public disorder across the United States, many people may have missed President Trump’s announcement last weekend that he plans to invite Russia to the G7 summit in America later this year. Trump’s invitation is worth considering in some detail because it has such potentially disastrous implications for international law and global security.

The suggestion that Russia join the G7 summit in September 2020 along with India, South Korea, and Australia is the latest attempt to bring the Kremlin in from the G7 cold. Moscow’s suspension from what was then the G8 group of leading industrial nations dates back to March 2014, and came following the Russian invasion and annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

Since 2014, Trump has emerged as a particularly vocal advocate of Russia’s return. He first spoke in favor of renewing Moscow’s membership of the exclusive club during the August 2018 G7 summit in Canada, before reiterating these calls in summer 2019.

Other members of the seven-nation group do not agree. Following President Trump’s recent statement, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson both confirmed their opposition to Russia’s return. “Russia was excluded from the G7 after it invaded Crimea a number of years ago, and its continued disrespect and flaunting of international rules and norms is why it remains outside of the G7, and it will continue to remain out,” commented Trudeau. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the British leader confirmed that Johnson would oppose Russia’s inclusion in the G7 format unless the Kremlin ceases its “aggressive and destabilizing activity.”

into the G7 fold is Ukraine. Since Russia’s initial G7 suspension in March 2014, Kremlin aggression against Ukraine has only increased. The Kremlin continues to occupy Crimea, significantly tightening its grip on the peninsula over the past six years. Moscow has forced tens of thousands of Ukrainian citizens to flee to mainland Ukraine, while encouraging large numbers of Russians to settle in Crimea in order to decisively alter the demographic balance and undermine any future efforts to resolve the annexation crisis via referendum.

Meanwhile, Moscow is still waging an undeclared and supposedly clandestine war in eastern Ukraine that in reality has long since become one of the world’s worst-kept secrets. Beginning in spring 2014, Russia has maintained a hybrid military presence in eastern Ukraine comprised of Russian weapons and officers commanding a mixed force of conventional Russian troops, non-state mercenary forces, and local collaborators operating under the guise of “separatist republics”.

This fig leaf has failed to fool the international community. Instead, the US, Canada, the European Union, and a number of other countries have introduced a series of sanctions measures against Russia over its ongoing military intervention in Ukraine.

Critics claim these existing measures fail to reflect the gravity of Moscow’s actions. However, advocates of a tougher stance on Russian aggression face opposition from those who dismiss sanctions as ineffective and argue in favor of greater dialogue with the Kremlin. Trump and Macron are the two most prominent supporters of a thaw in ties with Moscow, but they are joined by many others within the ranks of the Western world.

Efforts to end Russia’s international isolation have gained pace over the past year, with Russia readmitted to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in summer 2019 despite Moscow’s refusal to address the concerns over Russian aggression in Ukraine that first led to its 2014 suspension.

In this context, the return of Russia to G7 would be particularly ominous. Russia’s removal from the G8 format in March 2014 was a largely symbolic move that imposed no immediate costs on the Kremlin. What it did do was send a message that an aggressive Russia was no longer welcome at the top table of international affairs and could expect further isolation.

So far, Moscow has chosen to ignore this message.

In the years following Russia’s suspension, the Kremlin has shown no interest in ending its aggression against Ukraine. On the contrary, Russian hybrid forces still control large swathes of eastern Ukraine, while sporadic fighting continues in a conflict that has already claimed more than 14,000 lives. Over the past year alone, Moscow has signaled its intention to remain in eastern Ukraine for the long-term by issuing hundreds of thousands of Russian passports to local residents, effectively transforming the occupied regions into passport protectorates.

Furthermore, failure to stop Russia in Ukraine has led to an escalating campaign of hybrid hostilities waged by the Kremlin against the entire Western world. Since 2014, Moscow has engaged in everything from cyber-attacks, political assassinations, and attempted coups, to support for radical political parties, separatist movements, and unprecedented disinformation campaigns in the EU, the United States and beyond. This innovative form of international aggression allows Moscow to target the leading nations and institutional foundations of the post-1991 world order while stopping short of the threshold for traditional acts of war.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/ukrainealert/trumps-g7-invite-for-putin-will-encourage-more-war/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 01, 2022, 11:37:01 AM
The right wing media and right wing politicians are pushing this propaganda question.

Why didn't Putin invade Ukraine during 4 years of Trump?

Why would he need to invade when Donald "Neville Chamberlain" Trump was giving Putin everything he wanted? He didn't even have to work for it. Donnie just handed it to him.

This meme says it all and is being retweeted all over the world. 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FMvmUvMaMAI8NsK?format=jpg&name=900x900)
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 01, 2022, 11:46:57 AM
Neville Chamberlain used appeasement with Hitler and we can safely say that didn't turn out too well. Fast forward to 2016, and Russian asset Donald Trump became the modern day Neville Chamberlain appeasing his puppet master Putin for 4 years of disgrace. This article is from July of 2018 so there was over 2 more years of damage done by this traitor as if it wasn't enough in 2018.     

Trump’s Appeasement of Putin Undermines U.S. Diplomatic Posture

July 16, 2018

At Trump’s press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, he assigned blame to the U.S. and complained about Robert Mueller's “witch hunt,” showing indifference to Russia’s meddling in both Ukraine and the 2016 U.S. election. His performance could scarcely have been more favorable to Putin or more threatening to the security of American democracy.

Why it matters: The press conference will create a lasting disconnect between the president and his national security team. It will now be much harder to continue assuring U.S. allies that they can ignore what Trump says.

Last week’s indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers amplified what was already widely known: In 2016, Russian intelligence hacked into private U.S. email accounts and disseminated stolen information to damage Hillary Clinton’s campaign and tip the scales in Trump’s favor.

With the indictments weighing heavily on the summit, Trump, standing next to Putin, continued to deflect, deny and dismiss the findings of his own country’s intelligence community, at times citing a wandering list of grievances about Clinton and U.S. law enforcement.

Trump went so far as to contradict his own Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, giving equal weight to Coats’ assessment of Russian meddling and Putin’s denial of it. Trump's advisers, including U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, appeared stunned by his comments.

The bottom line: The conference stands out as a uniquely submissive moment in the country’s recent history. It also fully fits Trump’s diplomatic worldview: He belittled and insulted longstanding friends and allies last week, and today appeased a major adversary — all of which redounds to Putin's benefit.

https://carnegieendowment.org/2018/07/16/trump-s-appeasement-of-putin-undermines-u.s.-diplomatic-posture-pub-76844
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 01, 2022, 12:18:06 PM
President Biden has been working non stop to rally our allies together getting them to contribute weaponry to aid Ukraine. Countries that have never aided another country before has joined the fight against Russia. Not only that, President Biden imposed crippling sanctions on Russia and was able to convince these other nations who were on the fence or said they would not impose sanctions to agree to sanction Russia which eliminates them from getting cash to fund their illegal war. We need a leader with experience that is always two steps ahead of Putin and we have that with President Biden unifying our NATO allies and our friends from other allied nations.     

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 01, 2022, 02:41:15 PM
The right wing media and right wing politicians are pushing this propaganda question.

Why didn't Putin invade Ukraine during 4 years of Trump?

Why would he need to invade when Donald "Neville Chamberlain" Trump was giving Putin everything he wanted? He didn't even have to work for it. Donnie just handed it to him.

This meme says it all and is being retweeted all over the world. 

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FMvmUvMaMAI8NsK?format=jpg&name=900x900)

Trump "gave" Putin something to avoid a war in Ukraine?  That isn't true, but if it were then perhaps Biden should have thought of it.  Which situation do you think the people of Ukraine preferred?  It was actually Trump who told NATO not to rely on Russian oil.  It was Biden who made the US dependent on foreign oil including Russian oil that enriched Putin to the point that sanctions were less meaningful.  A situation that incredibly is still going on today.  The US continues to buy millions of barrels of oil at record prices from Russia because the Biden administration realizes they now have no option given their disastrous energy policy.  Biden bungled his way into this mess.  The polls reflect that the American public understand the disaster he created in Ukraine.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 01, 2022, 11:22:44 PM
With the ruble in freefall, the Russian stock market closed indefinitely, the Russian economy gone, NATO nations arming Ukraine, The Hague holding war crimes hearings, and Biden about to use the SOTU to rally the world, Putin’s derangement is likely to escalate today.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 02, 2022, 01:10:04 AM
More and more information is coming out proving what an absolute MORON Donald Trump is, which is why Putin installed him as his personal puppet to give him whatever he wanted. All of this proves that Trump was clearly a Russian asset. What's truly disgusting and infuriating is that government officials like John Bolton, Bill Barr, and many others all knew this idiot was unfit to be President of the United States and did nothing to remove him via the 25th Amendment. They waited until after they left their posts to tell us the danger we were in with this lunatic in power, but they still left him in power to wreak havoc and nearly destroyed our democracy via a coup.

Then we have a right wing media which is identical to Russian state television that props up Donnie with phony propaganda talking points to make him appear to be competent. The simple fact is, Putin was carrying on his war against the United States right under Donnie's nose as he was praising and appeasing his puppet master for 4 years. After Putin got everything he wanted out of Donnie, he could see that he couldn't get anywhere with a strong effective leader as Joe Biden so he launched his war against Ukraine.         

The fake right wing media then to cover for their clownish hero came up with a fake talking point that "Putin never invaded under Trump" and "what would the Ukrainian people prefer"? Again, there was no reason for Putin to invade under Donnie because Donnie was building Putin up to invade at a later time which is currently happening now. Putin would have invaded anyway no matter who was in the Oval Office because that was his goal. Donnie built him up for 4 years and gave him what he needed to invade. Trump withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty was the icing on the cake.       

Every single disaster we face today is a direct result of 4 horrible years of Donald Trump but the right wing media, MSM, and GOP political hacks want to pretend that all of this miraculously happened when President Biden came into office. Donald Trump handed all these disasters off to President Biden and he's still trying to get them all under control with all of them happening at the same time.         

John Bolton says Trump 'barely knew where Ukraine was' and complained about his own administration's sanctions against Russia

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John Bolton criticized his former boss on Newsmax Monday night.

Bolton pushed back against the host's rosy portrayal of the Trump administration on Russia.

"The fact is that he barely knew where Ukraine was," Bolton said.


Former US National Security Advisor John Bolton lambasted his old boss, former President Donald Trump, over his administration's legacy in the Russia-Ukraine conflict during appearance Monday night on the far-right Newsmax network's "Rob Schmitt Tonight."

When the host depicted the Trump administration's approach as "pretty tough on Russia, in a lot of ways," Bolton disagreed.

The former Trump national security advisor said the 45th president "did not" handle Russia better than President Joe Biden, as Schmitt asserted, and listed off a series of qualms he had about how Trump dealt with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"We didn't sanction Nord Stream 2," Bolton said, referring to the Russian offshore natural gas pipeline running to Germany under the Baltic Sea, which was officially canceled last week by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

"We should have," Bolton continued. "We should have brought the project to an end."

After mentioning sanctions the Trump administration did enact on some Russian oligarchs, Bolton became more frank.

"But in almost every case, the sanctions were imposed with Trump complaining about it and saying we were being too hard," Bolton said. "The fact is that he barely knew where Ukraine was. He once asked John Kelly, his second chief of staff, if Finland were a part of Russia. It's just not accurate to say that Trump's behavior somehow deterred the Russians."

The former president and his GOP allies in recent days have repeatedly suggested that Putin would not have launched the attack on Ukraine if Trump was still in office.

But Putin was fueling a war in eastern Ukraine throughout Trump's presidency. Trump was also impeached, in part, for withholding $400 million in military aid from Ukraine while this conflict was ongoing, as he pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch an investigation into then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, over baseless allegations of corruption.

The aid was eventually released to Ukraine, but after Trump was made aware of a whistleblower complaint linked to the hold and his effort to pressure Zelensky.

During his presidency, Trump routinely praised Putin and behaved in ways that experts say emboldened the Russian leader and jeopardized national security. In perhaps the most infamous example, Trump in July 2018 appeared to side with Putin over the US intelligence community on the subject of Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. More recently, Trump lauded Putin's justification for invading Ukraine as "genius" and "savvy."

https://www.businessinsider.com/john-bolton-trump-newsmax-barely-knew-where-ukraine-was-video-2022-3
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 02, 2022, 01:42:27 AM
Trump "gave" Putin something to avoid a war in Ukraine?  That isn't true, but if it were then perhaps Biden should have thought of it.  Which situation do you think the people of Ukraine preferred? It was actually Trump who told NATO not to rely on Russian oil.  It was Biden who made the US dependent on foreign oil including Russian oil that enriched Putin to the point that sanctions were less meaningful. A situation that incredibly is still going on today. The US continues to buy millions of barrels of oil at record prices from Russia because the Biden administration realizes they now have no option given their disastrous energy policy.  Biden bungled his way into this mess. The polls reflect that the American public understand the disaster he created in Ukraine.

:D :D :D

This is just more right wing propaganda. Political hack Sean Hannity pushes these same fake talking points.

In fact, if you go on Twitter, you will see these phony talking points from those on the right. 

John Bolton, Criminal Donald's former national security advisor debunked all of this nonsense today on the far right wing pro Trump propaganda Newsmax tv. You can read all of that in my article I posted above.     

John Bolton admitted THEY didn't sanction Nord Stream 2. Joe Biden was not President yet. So, Richard's tale that Biden made the U.S. dependent on foreign oil is 100% false. That was Criminal Donald who did. Bolton knocked down this phony talking point on tv today.

Putin was carrying on his war right under Donnie's nose for 4 years as Donnie gave him our U.S. air force base to make him even stronger. What a weak coward.

Bolton said Donnie had no clue where Ukraine even was. The idiot thought Finland was part of Russia. Bolton admitted that on right wing tv.   

Here is Bolton debunking these phony right wing talking points:

"We didn't sanction Nord Stream 2," Bolton said, referring to the Russian offshore natural gas pipeline running to Germany under the Baltic Sea, which was officially canceled last week by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

"We should have," Bolton continued. "We should have brought the project to an end."

After mentioning sanctions the Trump administration did enact on some Russian oligarchs, Bolton became more frank.

"But in almost every case, the sanctions were imposed with Trump complaining about it and saying we were being too hard," Bolton said. "The fact is that he barely knew where Ukraine was. He once asked John Kelly, his second chief of staff, if Finland were a part of Russia. It's just not accurate to say that Trump's behavior somehow deterred the Russians."
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 02, 2022, 02:48:26 AM
With the ruble in freefall, the Russian stock market closed indefinitely, the Russian economy gone, NATO nations arming Ukraine, The Hague holding war crimes hearings, and Biden about to use the SOTU to rally the world, Putin’s derangement is likely to escalate today.

How is the US stock market doing?
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 02, 2022, 06:45:16 AM
President Biden gave a superb unifying speech during the State of the Union. Biden showed his strength as the leader of the free world uniting all of our allies together against Russia.

He also hit on every single success he has accomplished since being elected. 7 million jobs created, the lowest unemployment in over 50 years, child poverty cut in half, cutting the deficit, and record GDP growth. No other President in history accomplished this success. 

Biden also knocked down the bogus right wing talking points like "defund the police". Biden already funded the police with the American Rescue Plan.

President Biden has COVID under control, is tackling inflation, immigration at the border which the defeated former guy neglected to help solve. Remember inflation, covid, and immigration was rampant under Donnie.   

You could tell by the ghostly and sour looks on Mitch McConnell's and Ted Cruz's face that Biden was hitting a grand slam and his message was resonating with the American people  Right wingers are melting down on Twitter.

We can't forget the two classless MAGA hatemongers Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene who heckled President Biden when he invoked his dead son Beau.         

President Biden's State of the Union address even resonated with Republican voters as a new CBS poll just came out.

78% of voters approved of President Biden’s speech

64% of voters now believe his plans will help combat inflation

71% of voters believe that he will deal with the Russia situation

And a CNN poll 71% of voters had a “positive” reaction to President Biden’s speech

Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 02, 2022, 07:48:01 AM
"Tonight, I’m offering a Unity Agenda for the Nation. Four big things we can get done together." - President Joe Biden

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 02, 2022, 12:00:51 PM
Chechen assassins who plotted to kill President Zelenskyy 'eliminated', Ukraine says
https://www.lbc.co.uk/world-news/chechen-assassins-zelenskyy-eliminated-ukraine/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 02, 2022, 12:50:19 PM
Russia-Ukraine war latest news: Putin’s troops land in Kharkiv as Zelenskiy says ‘they have orders to erase us all’
https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2022/mar/02/ukraine-news-russia-war-kyiv-kharkiv-russian-invasion-vladimir-putin-joe-biden-latest-live-updates
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 02, 2022, 01:05:28 PM
Let’s recall what exactly Paul Manafort and Rudy Giuliani were doing in Ukraine

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Though Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine is just days old, Russia has been working for years to influence and undermine the independence of its smaller neighbor. As it happens, some Americans have played a role in that effort.
One was former President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Another was Trump’s then-lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

It’s all detailed in a wide array of public documents, particularly a bipartisan 2020 Senate report on Trump and Russia. I was one of the journalists who dug into all the connections, as part of the Trump, Inc. podcast with ProPublica and WNYC. (I was in Kyiv, retracing Manafort’s steps, when Trump’s infamous call with Ukraine’s president was revealed in September 2019.)

Given recent events, I thought it’d be helpful to put all the tidbits together, showing what happened step by step.

Americans Making Money Abroad. What’s the Problem?

Paul Manafort was a longtime Republican consultant and lobbyist who’d developed a speciality working with unsavory, undemocratic clients. In 2004, he was hired by oligarchs supporting a pro-Russian party in Ukraine. It was a tough assignment: The Party of Regions needed an image makeover. A recent election had been marred by allegations that fraud had been committed in favor of the party’s candidate, prompting a popular revolt that became known as the Orange Revolution.

In a memo for Ukraine’s reportedly richest man, Rinat Akhmetov, Manafort summed up the polling: Many respondents said they associated the Party of Regions with corruption and considered it the “party of oligarchs.”

Manafort set to work rebranding the party with poll-tested messaging and improved stagecraft. Before long, the Party of Regions was in power in Kyiv. One of his key aides in Ukraine was, allegedly, a Russian spy. The Senate Intelligence Committee report on Trump and Russia said Konstantin Kilimnik was both “a Russian intelligence officer” and “an integral part of Manafort’s operations in Ukraine and Russia.”

Kilimnik has denied he is a Russian spy. He was indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for obstruction of justice for allegedly trying to get witnesses to lie in testimony to prosecutors in the Manafort case. Kilimnik, who reportedly lives in Moscow, has not been arrested. In an email to The Washington Post, Kilimnik distanced himself from Manafort’s legal woes and wrote, “I am still confused as to why I was pulled into this mess.”

Manafort did quite well during his time in Ukraine. He was paid tens of millions of dollars by pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych and other clients, stashing much of the money in undeclared bank accounts in Cyprus and the Caribbean. He used the hidden income to enjoy some of the finer things in life, such as a $15,000 ostrich jacket. Manafort was convicted in 2018 of wide-ranging financial crimes.

“We Are Going to Have So Much Fun, and Change the World in the Process”

In 2014, Manafort’s plum assignment in Ukraine came to an abrupt end. In February of that year, Yanukovych was deposed in Ukraine’s second uprising in a decade, known as the Maidan Revolution, in which more than a hundred protesters were killed in Kyiv. He fled to Russia, leaving behind a vast, opulent estate (now a museum) with gold-plated bathroom fixtures, a galleon on a lake and a 100-car garage.

With big bills and no more big checks coming in, Manafort soon found himself deep in debt, including to a Russian oligarch. He eventually pitched himself for a new gig in American politics as a convention manager, wrangling delegates for an iconoclastic reality-TV star and real estate developer.

“I am not looking for a paid job,” he wrote to the Trump campaign in early 2016. Manafort was hired that spring, working for free.

According to the Senate report, in mid-May 2016 he emailed top Trump fundraiser Tom Barrack, “We are going to have so much fun, and change the world in the process.” (Barrack was charged last year with failing to register as a foreign agent, involving his work for the United Arab Emirates. He has pleaded not guilty. The case has not yet gone to trial.)

A few months later, the Trump campaign put the kibosh on proposed language in the Republican Party platform that expressed support for arming Ukraine with defensive weapons.

One Trump campaign aide told Mueller that Trump’s view was that “the Europeans should take primary responsibility for any assistance to Ukraine, that there should be improved U.S.-Russia relations, and that he did not want to start World War III over that region.”

According to the Senate report, Manafort met Kilimnik twice in person while working on the Trump campaign, messaged with him electronically and shared “sensitive campaign polling data” with him.

Senate investigators wrote in their report that they suspected Kilimnik served as “a channel for coordination” on the Russian military intelligence operation to hack into Democratic emails and leak them.

The Senate intel report notes that in about a dozen interviews with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Manafort “lied consistently” about “one issue in particular: his interactions with Kilimnik.”

Manafort’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Manafort didn’t make it to Election Day on the Trump campaign. In August 2016, The New York Times revealed that handwritten ledgers recovered from Yanukovych’s estate showed nearly $13 million in previously undisclosed payments to Manafort from Yanukovych and his pro-Russian party. Manafort was pushed out of his job as Trump’s campaign chairman less than a week later.

After Trump won the election, the Senate report says, Manafort and Kilimnik worked together on a proposed “plan” for Ukraine that would create an Autonomous Republic of Donbas in separatist-run southeast Ukraine, on the Russian border. Manafort went so far as to work with a pollster on a survey on public attitudes to Yanukovych, the deposed president. The plan only would need a “wink” from the new U.S. president, Kilimnik wrote to Manafort in an email.

Manafort continued to work on the “plan” even after he had been indicted on charges of bank fraud and conspiracy, according to the Senate report. It’s not clear what became of the effort, if anything.

“Do Us a Favor”

With Manafort’s conviction in 2018, Rudy Giuliani came to the fore as the most Ukraine-connected person close to President Trump. Giuliani had long jetted around Eastern Europe. He’d hung out in Kyiv, supporting former professional boxer Vitali Klitschko’s run for mayor. One of Giuliani’s clients for his law firm happened to be Russia’s state oil producer, Rosneft.

By 2018, Giuliani had joined Trump’s legal team, leading the public effort to discredit Robert Mueller’s investigation. Giuliani saw that Ukraine could be a key to that effort.

Giuliani ended up working with a pair of émigré business partners, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, to make contacts in Ukraine with corrupt and questionable prosecutors, in an effort to turn up “dirt” on Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, who had served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company. Giuliani also worked to sow doubt about the ledger that had revealed the secret payments to Manafort, meeting with his buddies in a literally smoke-filled room.

Parnas and Fruman told the president at a donor dinner in 2018 that the U.S. ambassador in Kyiv was a liability to his administration.

Trump recalled Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, who had been a vocal opponent of corruption in Ukraine, from Kyiv in May 2019.

Two months later, Trump had his infamous call with Ukraine’s new President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Zelenskyy asked Trump for anti-tank Javelin missiles. You know what happened next. Trump said he needed Zelenskyy to first “do us a favor” and initiate investigations that would be damaging to Joe Biden. He also pressed Zelenskyy to meet with Giuliani, according to the official readout of the call:

These events became publicly known in September 2019, when a whistleblower complaint was leaked.

“In the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. Government officials that the President of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election,” the whistleblower wrote.

In December 2019, as an impeachment inquiry was at full tilt, Giuliani flew to Ukraine and met with a member of Ukraine’s parliament, Andrii Derkach, in an apparent effort to discredit the investigation of Trump’s actions. Derkach, a former member of the Party of Regions, went on to release a trove of dubious audio “recordings” that seemed to be aimed at showing Biden’s actions in Ukraine, when he was vice president, in a negative light.

Within months, the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned Derkach, describing him as “an active Russian agent for over a decade” who tried to undermine U.S. elections. Derkach has called that idea “nonsense.”

In a statement, Giuliani said, “there is nothing I saw that said he was a Russian agent. There is nothing he gave me that seemed to come from Russia at all.” Giuliani has consistently maintained that his actions in Ukraine were proper and lawful. His lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Where They Are Now...

Many of Trump’s allies have been charged or investigated for their work in and around Ukraine:

Paul Manafort: convicted of financial fraud — then pardoned by Trump

Rick Gates: a Manafort aide who pleaded guilty to conspiracy and lying to the FBI

Sam Patten: another Manafort associate convicted for acting as a straw donor to the Trump inaugural committee on behalf of a Ukrainian oligarch

Rudy Giuliani: reportedly under criminal investigation over his dealings in Ukraine; his lawyer called an FBI search of his home and seizure of electronic devices “legal thuggery”.

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman: convicted for funneling foreign money into U.S. elections; Parnas’ attorney said he would appeal

Key Documents:
US Senate Intelligence Committee Russia Investigation
Volume 5: Counterintelligence Threats and Vulnerabilities
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Report
Many of the exhibits from Paul Manafort’s 2018 trial are available for free with a CourtListener account


https://www.rawstory.com/giuliani-ukraine-2656824016/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 02, 2022, 03:25:55 PM
President Biden gave a superb unifying speech during the State of the Union. Biden showed his strength as the leader of the free world uniting all of our allies together against Russia.

He also hit on every single success he has accomplished since being elected. 7 million jobs created, the lowest unemployment in over 50 years, child poverty cut in half, cutting the deficit, and record GDP growth. No other President in history accomplished this success. 

Biden also knocked down the bogus right wing talking points like "defund the police". Biden already funded the police with the American Rescue Plan.

President Biden has COVID under control, is tackling inflation, immigration at the border which the defeated former guy neglected to help solve. Remember inflation, covid, and immigration was rampant under Donnie.   

You could tell by the ghostly and sour looks on Mitch McConnell's and Ted Cruz's face that Biden was hitting a grand slam and his message was resonating with the American people  Right wingers are melting down on Twitter.

We can't forget the two classless MAGA hatemongers Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene who heckled President Biden when he invoked his dead son Beau.         

President Biden's State of the Union address even resonated with Republican voters as a new CBS poll just came out.

78% of voters approved of President Biden’s speech

64% of voters now believe his plans will help combat inflation

71% of voters believe that he will deal with the Russia situation

And a CNN poll 71% of voters had a “positive” reaction to President Biden’s speech

A confused, rambling monologue in which Biden frequently slurred his words and lost his place on the teleprompter.   Referring to the Ukrainians as Iranians.  At least he was honest with the people of Ukraine that they, like those he left in Afghanistan, are on their own militarily.  Biden all but told them that they should expect to be overrun by the Russians.  Very inspiring.  Let's go Brandon!  And the virus is apparently over.  No sign of a mask.  Biden spent about 30 minutes after the speech roaming in a dementia like haze shaking hands, hugging people, and smelling the hair of various women in attendance.  A miracle that the pandemic ended just before the SOTU speech.  Only 600K deaths under Biden. 
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 03, 2022, 12:00:49 AM
Once again, the right wing media and Republican elected officials were able to push their bogus propaganda to create a phony political narrative and the MSM ran with it for ratings. Because of that, some people began to believe this phony narrative that "Putin wouldn't have invaded if Donnie was in office". We know that's 100% false but the MSM failed us again without reporting the facts and instead decided to chase ratings. So, false right wing propaganda filled the airwaves of our mainstream media and those on the right still want to falsely claim there is a "liberal media". The right wing media only exists to be a propaganda arm of the GOP and they go all in to prop up an ultimate loser named Donald Trump making him into something he is not.

Well, Donnie's former National Security advisor John Bolton came out on right wing tv and put an end to this nonsense and set the record straight. He said Trump was a weak clueless ineffective "president" who had no understanding of foreign affairs, the gravity of the situation involved, and that he had no idea where Ukraine even was. He also asserted that the right wing talking point was 100% false. Bolton clearly stated "Trump wouldn't have stood in Putin's way if a Russian invasion of Ukraine had happened during his term". So, this nonsense of Putin not invading under Trump was slammed down by Bolton. And as usual, nobody in the MSM corrected the false narrative they were pushing.

The MSM now pretends they were never pushing that false right wing narrative as they are now on to the next one. If nobody heard Bolton debunking this phony right wing talking point, then those people would still go on believing that phony narrative. The media needs to really be held accountable for their shoddy work using right wing political propaganda as "news". Trump is an absolute joke, but the goal of the right wing media is to turn him into a "superman" while bashing Democrats, especially President Biden, for Trump's own failures. It's all phony propaganda to help Trump and the GOP score political points.

And we can see from this article and what Bolton said, Donnie never cared about Ukraine. He was Putin's personal stooge doing whatever he could to do to help his puppet master. Donnie was only interested in covering up the 2016 election Russian collusion and extorting Ukraine to smear Joe Biden based on a lie so he could win the 2020 election. And because of Trump's Ukraine extortion of holding up their military aid for a "political favor" to falsely smear Joe Biden for political propaganda, Trump was impeached but his Republican buddies in the Senate let off the hook.     

John Bolton says Trump wouldn't have stood in Putin's way if a Russian invasion of Ukraine had happened during his term

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John Bolton said Trump would not have stood in Putin's way if Russia had invaded Ukraine when he was president.

Bolton added that Trump had little understanding of "what the stakes were" in Ukraine.

He also slammed Trump, calling his former boss's glorification of Putin "embarrassing."


John Bolton, the US' former national security advisor, said his ex-boss, former President Donald Trump, would not have stood in Putin's way if a Russian invasion of Ukraine had happened when he was in office.

"Well, I'm not sure he would have done much of anything, frankly," Bolton said in an interview with Vice published March 1, responding to a question about what Trump might have done had Russia attacked Ukraine while he was president.

"But you never know with Trump. It depends on what time of day it is, it depends on what he thought his political benefit would be at any given moment. I don't think ultimately he would have stood in Putin's way," Bolton told Vice.

Bolton said he thought Trump's glorification of Putin was "embarrassing for the United States." He also said that he did not think that Trump cared about Ukraine in the first place.

"It's hard for me to describe how little he knows," Bolton said in the interview with Vice.

"When you're operating on such a poor understanding of the circumstances you're talking about, ultimately, your opinions have to be totally unsound," Bolton added. "And ultimately reality triumphs, and these opinions are seen for the flimsy and twisted thoughts that they really are."

In the same interview, Bolton criticized Trump for his lack of understanding of "what the stakes were in Ukraine."

"He once asked (then-White House Chief of Staff) John Kelly if Finland was part of Russia. What he cared about was the DNC server, and Hunter Biden, and the 2016 election, and the 2020 election," Bolton said.

Bolton said in an interview on Newsmax this week, that Trump "barely knew where Ukraine was," pushing back on Newsmax host Rob Schmitt's assertion that Trump, as president, would have handled Russia better than Biden.

Trump has slammed the Biden administration, claiming it was their "stupidity" and "incompetence" that led to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. He also baselessly claimed the crisis would never have unfolded if he had been president.

Trump was impeached in 2019 for withholding nearly $400 million in vital military aid from Ukraine. While in office, Trump also repeatedly bashed NATO and raised the possibility of the US leaving the alliance.

https://www.businessinsider.com/john-bolton-trump-wouldnt-have-stood-putins-way-russian-invasion-2022-3
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 03, 2022, 10:45:33 AM
Yacht seizures are just the start — every Russian oligarch asset is fair game for seizure: White House official

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," Deputy National Security Adviser Daleep Singh told anchor Erin Burnett that the German seizure of a Russian oligarch's superyacht is just the start of a concerted effort to bleed Vladimir Putin's allies of all their assets to punish the Kremlin for the invasion of Ukraine.

"I know you sanctioned Putin," said Burnett. "That's obviously important to do, but questionable impact because he's not exposed overseas, but his oligarchs are. One of them was sanctioned by the European Union on Monday ... they've seized his most prized possession. It was docked in Hamburg. Who knows what they were doing. It is a 512-foot yacht. Custom-built. Valued at nearly $600 million. It requires a crew of 96 to even sail this thing. The Germans have seized it. Is the United States prepared to do more like this, in New York and Florida, and taking it away from them?"

"Absolutely," said Singh. "Today, Merrick Garland, our attorney general, officially stood up the DOJ task force. The project is called 'Klepto-Capture.' It is meant to hunt down and seize physical assets, luxury cars and apartments. And they'll use the most cutting-edge cryptocurrency tracing, data analytics, and foreign intelligence to get the job done."

"I would say, along with that announcement, we broadly intensified our strategy of putting debilitating pain to Putin," added Singh. "We sanctioned 22 more Russian defense companies that are powering the Russian war machine. We tightened the vice grip on Russia's economy by preventing Russian exporters from defending the ruble. His war chest of foreign reserves is now essentially worthless. The ruble is worth less than a penny. This pain will continue to intensify for Putin's strategic choices, which will be a failure."

Watch below:

Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 03, 2022, 11:09:11 AM
Yes, Faux "News" is Kremlin propaganda.

Russian state TV uses clips of Tucker Carlson's favorite pro-Putin US colonel to 'demoralize' Ukraine

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Although Fox News host Tucker Carlson briefly condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this week, he once again started pushing the Kremlin's narratives about the conflict on Tuesday night when he talked with Ret. Col. Doug Macgregor, who has consistently urged Ukrainians to surrender to Russian forces.

As The Daily Beast's Julia Davis reports, Russian state TV on Wednesday jumped at the clips of Macgregor talking with Carlson, and broadcast them widely as a tactic to "demoralize" Ukrainians.

In particular, Davis writes that Russian state TV shows have been particularly enamored with a clip of Macgregor predicting certain death for Ukrainians who don't lay down their arms.

"What is happening now is the battle in Eastern Ukraine is really almost over, all the Ukrainian troops there have been largely surrounded and cut off... and if they don't surrender in next 24 hours, I suspect the Russians will ultimately annihilate them," Macgregor said this week. "The game is over.”

Russian TV host Vladimir Soloviev, who lost access to two Italian villas as a result of the massive sanctions leveled against the country, praised Macgregor for towing the Kremlin's line.

“Macgregor is expressing his tough position on Ukraine, will he also be sanctioned by the European Union?” he asked rhetorically. "He is de facto justifying Russia’s actions."

https://www.rawstory.com/tucker-carlson-russia-2656828340/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 03, 2022, 02:15:43 PM
Once again, the right wing media and Republican elected officials were able to push their bogus propaganda to create a phony political narrative and the MSM ran with it for ratings. Because of that, some people began to believe this phony narrative that "Putin wouldn't have invaded if Donnie was in office". We know that's 100% false but the MSM failed us again without reporting the facts and instead decided to chase ratings. So, false right wing propaganda filled the airwaves of our mainstream media and those on the right still want to falsely claim there is a "liberal media". The right wing media only exists to be a propaganda arm of the GOP and they go all in to prop up an ultimate loser named Donald Trump making him into something he is not.

Well, Donnie's former National Security advisor John Bolton came out on right wing tv and put an end to this nonsense and set the record straight. He said Trump was a weak clueless ineffective "president" who had no understanding of foreign affairs, the gravity of the situation involved, and that he had no idea where Ukraine even was. He also asserted that the right wing talking point was 100% false. Bolton clearly stated "Trump wouldn't have stood in Putin's way if a Russian invasion of Ukraine had happened during his term". So, this nonsense of Putin not invading under Trump was slammed down by Bolton. And as usual, nobody in the MSM corrected the false narrative they were pushing.

The MSM now pretends they were never pushing that false right wing narrative as they are now on to the next one. If nobody heard Bolton debunking this phony right wing talking point, then those people would still go on believing that phony narrative. The media needs to really be held accountable for their shoddy work using right wing political propaganda as "news". Trump is an absolute joke, but the goal of the right wing media is to turn him into a "superman" while bashing Democrats, especially President Biden, for Trump's own failures. It's all phony propaganda to help Trump and the GOP score political points.

And we can see from this article and what Bolton said, Donnie never cared about Ukraine. He was Putin's personal stooge doing whatever he could to do to help his puppet master. Donnie was only interested in covering up the 2016 election Russian collusion and extorting Ukraine to smear Joe Biden based on a lie so he could win the 2020 election. And because of Trump's Ukraine extortion of holding up their military aid for a "political favor" to falsely smear Joe Biden for political propaganda, Trump was impeached but his Republican buddies in the Senate let off the hook.     

John Bolton says Trump wouldn't have stood in Putin's way if a Russian invasion of Ukraine had happened during his term

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John Bolton said Trump would not have stood in Putin's way if Russia had invaded Ukraine when he was president.

Bolton added that Trump had little understanding of "what the stakes were" in Ukraine.

He also slammed Trump, calling his former boss's glorification of Putin "embarrassing."


John Bolton, the US' former national security advisor, said his ex-boss, former President Donald Trump, would not have stood in Putin's way if a Russian invasion of Ukraine had happened when he was in office.

"Well, I'm not sure he would have done much of anything, frankly," Bolton said in an interview with Vice published March 1, responding to a question about what Trump might have done had Russia attacked Ukraine while he was president.

"But you never know with Trump. It depends on what time of day it is, it depends on what he thought his political benefit would be at any given moment. I don't think ultimately he would have stood in Putin's way," Bolton told Vice.

Bolton said he thought Trump's glorification of Putin was "embarrassing for the United States." He also said that he did not think that Trump cared about Ukraine in the first place.

"It's hard for me to describe how little he knows," Bolton said in the interview with Vice.

"When you're operating on such a poor understanding of the circumstances you're talking about, ultimately, your opinions have to be totally unsound," Bolton added. "And ultimately reality triumphs, and these opinions are seen for the flimsy and twisted thoughts that they really are."

In the same interview, Bolton criticized Trump for his lack of understanding of "what the stakes were in Ukraine."

"He once asked (then-White House Chief of Staff) John Kelly if Finland was part of Russia. What he cared about was the DNC server, and Hunter Biden, and the 2016 election, and the 2020 election," Bolton said.

Bolton said in an interview on Newsmax this week, that Trump "barely knew where Ukraine was," pushing back on Newsmax host Rob Schmitt's assertion that Trump, as president, would have handled Russia better than Biden.

Trump has slammed the Biden administration, claiming it was their "stupidity" and "incompetence" that led to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. He also baselessly claimed the crisis would never have unfolded if he had been president.

Trump was impeached in 2019 for withholding nearly $400 million in vital military aid from Ukraine. While in office, Trump also repeatedly bashed NATO and raised the possibility of the US leaving the alliance.

https://www.businessinsider.com/john-bolton-trump-wouldnt-have-stood-putins-way-russian-invasion-2022-3

We don't have to speculate.  The Russians did not invade Ukraine during Trump's administration.  They did so during both the Obama/Biden and Biden administration because they perceived weakness.  Those are the results.  Also known as facts. Results matter.  Propaganda does not.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 03, 2022, 10:48:04 PM
Under Biden's disastrous energy policy, the US is sending Putin $74 million PER DAY to buy Russian oil at the current prices.  This still happening a week after the invasion with no end in sight.  Biden is too weak to allow US companies to pump more oil or force the Saudis to increase production.  Way to go Brandon!  Time to head to Delaware for the weekend for nappy time.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 03, 2022, 10:59:34 PM
Putin's main propaganda news outlet in the US ceases production after mass layoffs

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CNN is reporting that the production company behind RT America laid off most of its staff on Thursday.

Misha Solodovnikov, the general manager of T&R Productions, told staff that it will be "ceasing production" at all of its locations "as a result of unforeseen business interruption events."

"Unfortunately, we anticipate this layoff will be permanent, meaning that this will result in the permanent separation from employment of most T&R employees at all locations," Solodovnikov wrote in his memo to employees.

According to CNN, the layoffs spell an "effective end" to RT America. The network is one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's main state-sponsored propaganda outlets in the U.S.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/03/media/rt-america-layoffs/index.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 03, 2022, 11:04:37 PM
All these corrupt right wingers are involved with Russians.

Sean Hannity's former director charged with violating Crimea-related sanctions

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TV producer Jack Hanick formerly worked as Sean Hannity's director, but he now works for Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeyev (Malofeev). According to a release from the Southern District of New York, Hanick is being charged with violating Crimea-related sanctions.

Malofeyev is close to influential neo-fascist Aleksandr Dugin and has worked to fund Russian-backed separatists fighting Ukraine.

According to the Justice Department, Hanick was arrested on Feb. 3, 2022, in London for extradition to the United States.

"Konstantin Malofeyev is closely tied to Russian aggression in Ukraine, having been determined by OFAC to have been one of the main sources of financing for the promotion of Russia-aligned separatist groups operating in the sovereign nation of Ukraine," said U.S. Attorney Damian Williams in a statement. "The United States sanctions on Malofeyev prohibit United States citizens from working for or doing business with Malofeyev but as alleged, Hanick violated those sanctions by working directly for Malofeyev on multiple television projects over the course of several years."

The indictment was unsealed on March 3, showing the enforcement of the sanctions laws tied to the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2015. The sanctions for that have been in place ever since.

“The Justice Department will do everything it can to stamp out Russian aggression and interference,” said Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the National Security Division. “As alleged in the indictment, the Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeyev was previously sanctioned for threatening Ukraine and providing financial support to the Donetsk separatist region. The defendant Hanick knowingly chose to help Malofeyev spread his destabilizing messages by establishing, or attempting to establish, TV networks in Russia, Bulgaria, and Greece, in violation of those sanctions.”

The sanctions charge could result in a sentence of no more than 20 years in prison and the false statements charge will carry a maximum penalty of five years. Hanick is currently 71 years old and lives in London.

https://www.rawstory.com/russia-sanctions-hits-fox-guy/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 04, 2022, 03:39:08 AM
Europe’s largest nuclear power plant on fire after shelling
https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-war-a3092d8e476949ed7c55607a645a9154
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 04, 2022, 03:42:13 AM
Ukrainian officials: "Russian army is firing from all sides upon Zaporizhzhia NPP, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. Fire has already broke out. If it blows up, it will be 10 times larger than Chornobyl! Russians must IMMEDIATELY cease the fire, allow firefighters, establish a security zone!"
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 04, 2022, 12:35:29 PM
More right wing collusion with the Russians as the Russian news channel RT broadcasts Kremlin propaganda on right wing favorite Rumble. Many right wingers in the media have been specifically asking people to join them on this platform, and now they will have the Russian propagandists with them pushing pro Putin propaganda. 

The Rolling Stone link and the Reuters article is below. You can see below that, right wing hacks like Hannity and Greenwald who are promoting this garbage. These are "the Americans" who are giving Russian propagandists—who are using their words to slaughter Ukranians—a platform. Really disgusting. 

Rumble Mixes Cat Videos With Covid Misinformation — and the Right Is Loving It
Rand Paul ditched YouTube for video-hosting platform Rumble — a “free-speech” oriented site that’s become a haven for the far-right

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/rand-paul-rumble-conservative-youtube-1277997/

Russian news channel RT to broadcast on Rumble after Big Tech curbs

March 3 (Reuters) - Russian state-controlled news network RT said on Thursday it will begin broadcasting on Rumble, a YouTube-like video site, after tech companies including Meta Platforms (FB.O) and Twitter (TWTR.N) have restricted access to RT following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Tech companies in recent days have moved to restrict Russian state-controlled media including RT and Sputnik in response to requests from governments and calls to prevent the spread of Russia propaganda. Russia has called its actions in Ukraine a "special operation."

Streaming media company Roku (ROKU.O)has removed the app for RT from its Roku Channel Store globally, a spokesperson said.

Rumble is a video site popular among U.S. political conservatives. In December former U.S. President Donald Trump's media venture, Trump Media and Technology Group, said Rumble will deliver video and streaming for Truth Social, the venture's social media app that launched in the Apple (AAPL.O) App Store on Jan. 21.

https://www.reuters.com/business/media-telecom/russian-news-channel-rt-broadcast-rumble-after-big-tech-curbs-2022-03-03/

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 04, 2022, 12:40:29 PM
One of the first things I did as president was to fight to pass the American Rescue Plan. Because people were hurting, we needed to act — and we did." - President Joe Biden

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 04, 2022, 03:38:53 PM
Even Nancy Pelosi wants to stop buying Russian oil but weak Biden is too scared of the political implications resulting from the gas price increases to get it done.  Trading Ukranian lives and democracy for political expediency.  Funding Putin's war to the tune of over $400 million per week.  Imagine if Trump were presiding over this disaster?  He would have been impeached six times, but Old Joe is knocking off for the weekend to walk on the beach.  Biden may eventually be forced to stop buying Russian oil but he is leading from behind as usual.  There are implications for electing weak and incompetent leaders.  Unfortunately, the people of Ukraine are paying the price for the fake propaganda that got Biden elected in the US.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 04, 2022, 03:40:32 PM
Putin's destruction of Ukraine is driven by religious fervor -- not lunacy: columnist
https://www.rawstory.com/putin-invasion-ukraine/

America added 678,000 jobs in February, smashing forecasts
https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/04/economy/february-jobs-report/index.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 04, 2022, 03:42:22 PM
More right wing collusion with the Russians as the Russian news channel RT broadcasts Kremlin propaganda on right wing favorite Rumble. Many right wingers in the media have been specifically asking people to join them on this platform, and now they will have the Russian propagandists with them pushing pro Putin propaganda. 

The Rolling Stone link and the Reuters article is below. You can see below that, right wing hacks like Hannity and Greenwald who are promoting this garbage. These are "the Americans" who are giving Russian propagandists—who are using their words to slaughter Ukranians—a platform. Really disgusting. 

Rumble Mixes Cat Videos With Covid Misinformation — and the Right Is Loving It
Rand Paul ditched YouTube for video-hosting platform Rumble — a “free-speech” oriented site that’s become a haven for the far-right

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/rand-paul-rumble-conservative-youtube-1277997/

Russian news channel RT to broadcast on Rumble after Big Tech curbs

March 3 (Reuters) - Russian state-controlled news network RT said on Thursday it will begin broadcasting on Rumble, a YouTube-like video site, after tech companies including Meta Platforms (FB.O) and Twitter (TWTR.N) have restricted access to RT following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Tech companies in recent days have moved to restrict Russian state-controlled media including RT and Sputnik in response to requests from governments and calls to prevent the spread of Russia propaganda. Russia has called its actions in Ukraine a "special operation."

Streaming media company Roku (ROKU.O)has removed the app for RT from its Roku Channel Store globally, a spokesperson said.

Rumble is a video site popular among U.S. political conservatives. In December former U.S. President Donald Trump's media venture, Trump Media and Technology Group, said Rumble will deliver video and streaming for Truth Social, the venture's social media app that launched in the Apple (AAPL.O) App Store on Jan. 21.

https://www.reuters.com/business/media-telecom/russian-news-channel-rt-broadcast-rumble-after-big-tech-curbs-2022-03-03/

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More lies.  Sean Hannity actually suggested that Putin be assassinated this week.  But he and other "right wingers" are supporting Putin according to Rick.  This kind of false propaganda is why we are in this mess to begin with.  Meanwhile Old Joe is funding Putin's war by buying his oil.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 05, 2022, 12:27:49 AM
A brand new NPR/PBS/Marist poll has President Biden with a 47% approval rating.

55% of Americans approve of the way he's handled the COVID-19 pandemic as Biden is once again effectively shutting down the virus.

Last year from May-July 2021, the President had the virus under control until 2 new mutated variants caused more mass infection which was beyond his control affecting almost every country. The pandemic lingered due to the stubbornness of those on the right refusing to wear masks and to get vaccinated. We also can't forget about Republican Governors who banned mask and vaccine mandates which caused infections to soar due to the lack of vaccines and masks. We could have been out of this pandemic a long time ago if it wasn't for ignorant people refusing to comply with measures to help control and limit the spread of covid. Now that the virus has dissipated in almost every region, mandates are being lifted as we are returning back to a normal way of life. This could have been last year if every state had a mandate to control the virus but Republicans refused to enact mandates to keep the virus under control thus keeping us with a lingering pandemic. But thankfully we can do that now as the numbers are falling more each day.       

With the new fantastic February jobs report which showed 678,000 jobs created, the President has created over 1 million jobs in January and February alone. That brings the total to over 7 million jobs President Biden has created in just one year. That is the most job creation in the history of the United States by a President.

78% of Americans approved of President Biden's State of the Union speech. 21% of Republicans approve of Biden's policies aimed at working families, infrastructure, building new factories, blue collar jobs, funding the police, and tackling immigration. These numbers are proving Biden is unifying the country and his policies are resonating with voters of all stripes.   
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Jerry Freeman on March 05, 2022, 04:20:39 AM
The Ukraine ...
We do not say The Texas, The New York or The England so it's just Ukraine.
Too bad all the tank busters, troop transport smashers, and anti aircraft rockets that could be smuggled into Ukraine was not done so while the anti-Christ wanna be was watching the Olympics with his pal Xi.
Also... these are defensive instruments not offensive so no violation of treaties there.
Putin's destruction of Ukraine is driven by religious fervor -- not lunacy: columnist
https://www.rawstory.com/putin-invasion-ukraine/
From that Raw Story link....
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...his [Putin's] invasion of Ukraine is also part and parcel of a religious belief among Russians that dominating the region is part of God's plan.
I would guess that God's plan might include damning him to hell [but who am I to judge.] 
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 05, 2022, 11:38:08 AM
Russians 'totally devastated' after Putin flushed their economy 'down the toilet in five days': report

According to a report from the Washington Post, Vladimir Putin has upset and enraged the citizens of his own country with his invasion of Ukraine, which has led to devastating sanctions that are crushing the Russian economy in a way that may take decades to recover.

As the Washington Post's Jeanne Whalen wrote, Russia made huge strides in becoming an integral part of the world's economy of the past thirty years only to see economic relationships go into a freefall as the world reacts to the unprovoked invasion.

Pointing to a meeting Putin attended in 2003 where he witnessed executives from British Petroleum agree to "a commitment to invest $6 billion in a Russian oil and gas venture," Whalen reports that that deal now lays in ruins twenty years later and the deal with the oil giant is just one piece of the economic collapse.

"Banks and insurance companies worldwide are cutting transactions with Russian counterparts," she wrote. "Computer chip manufacturers, shipping companies and a host of exporters are halting deliveries to Russia to comply with sanctions. Western nations are closing their skies and ports to Russian planes and vessels. European retailers are shuttering shops in Russia, and some oil traders are declining to buy Russian crude."

According to Konstantin Sonin, a Russian economist at the University of Chicago, Putin has only himself to blame.

"It took many years to become part of the world economy. Now most of this is destroyed, just flushed down the toilet in five days. And it cannot be easily undone,” he told the Post.

The economist pointed out that it is not only Russian oligarchs who are watching their fortunes be whittled down, but also a wide swath of Russian professionals and the upper-middle class who are being hammered.

"The shock is causing tumult at all levels of the Russian economy, from the largest companies to small- and medium-size businesses. Now Russian entrepreneurs with trading partners and bank accounts overseas worry that their assets will be frozen," the Post is reporting with Sonin adding "...the upper-middle-class entrepreneurs and professionals who will be 'totally devastated by this' number in the millions."

“People cry while talking to each other. … Nobody actually knows what is going to happen,” lamented the economist.

The Post reported that one Russian business executive who didn't want to be named explained, "The effect is catastrophic. … Even labels are becoming more expensive, because the ink comes from overseas. In the space of one week … small business in Russia has half-died.”

Sergey Aleksashenko, a top official in Russia’s Finance Ministry in the 1990s, predicted a bleak future unless events change soon.

“Russia will pay an enormous price in the economy. … The future is very dark,” Aleksashenko stated. "If Putin stays in power another 10 or 15 years. I think by that time Russia will be more isolated from the global economy than it was in the time of the Soviet Union.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2022/03/04/russia-west-business-breakdown/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 05, 2022, 11:40:09 AM
In a Twitter thread posted this Friday, Eastern Europe expert Sergej Sumlenny, whose work has focused on Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, said that while it too early to say for sure, he thinks that "Russia and its army are about to collapse," in the wake of Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.

"RU [Russia] obviously has no reserves left: the tanks they send to the front are very old, without active armor, look like training machines. They do not have trucks, using civilian ones," Sumlenny tweeted.

"Russian flat-bombing of Ukrainian cities is the opposite of what a nation which is about to conquer its wealthy neighbor (and Ukrainian province is wealthier than Russia's one) It is a sign of desperation," he writes. "Exactly as the attempt to use Red-Cross-marked trucks as ammo transports."

Sumlenny goes on to point out that the number of Russian military hardware taken out by Ukrainians has increased in the past few days, as well as the number of high-level Russian commanders. He also says that Russia's policies at home also suggest trouble for Putin.

"Russia has changed in a rush its legislation, allowing imprisonments (starting from tomorrow!) for up to 15 years for spreading truth about this war. Facebook is blocked in Russia starting from now. This is not what a winning autocracy with full control over its media does," Sumlenny tweeted, adding that effectively, "Ukraine has eliminated Russian ground forces."

"Combined with economic sanctions, free-fall of Russian currency, pull-back of Western companies (essential for any part of Russian economy) and the consequences of having a highly corrupt and militarized economy, Russia will face also internal troubles very soon."

Read his full Twitter thread here:

https://twitter.com/sumlenny/status/1499822066098655234
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 06, 2022, 04:03:10 PM
It's amazing that Old Joe has managed to turn the US and much of the world into a smoldering ruin in only one year.   It was not enough for him to destroy America, his weakness and incompetence have led to the verge of WWIII.  And where is Joe?  At the beach walking his dog as he does every weekend.  It's incredible.  Trump would have been impeached eight times by now if Russia were overrunning Ukraine on his watch and the US was still paying Putin $80 million per day for oil. 
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 06, 2022, 11:44:07 PM
It's amazing that Old Joe has managed to turn the US and much of the world into a smoldering ruin in only one year.   It was not enough for him to destroy America, his weakness and incompetence have led to the verge of WWIII.  And where is Joe?  At the beach walking his dog as he does every weekend.  It's incredible.  Trump would have been impeached eight times by now if Russia were overrunning Ukraine on his watch and the US was still paying Putin $80 million per day for oil.

This is total BS:

Richard Smith never documents any sources or links for this nonsense. 
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 06, 2022, 11:44:43 PM
Putin's media allies flipping out after being flooded with 'thousands of texts and photos' of Russian military dead: report
https://www.rawstory.com/r-2656855188/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 07, 2022, 12:01:23 AM
When President Biden was inaugurated on January 20th 2021, the United States was in the midst of an economic crisis and a health crisis that Donald Trump allowed to happen. Since day one, President Biden tackled the economic crisis creating the most jobs in history with over 7 million jobs and the greatest number manufacturing jobs created since 1978. Working class families have more money to spend thanks to the American Rescue Plan and unemployment is at a record low at 3.8% along with 10 solid months for strong economic growth.

We also had the worst pandemic in history with over 4,000 people dying per day, no vaccine roll out plan, and vaccine shortage. One day one, President Biden secured enough vaccines for ALL Americans and got to work on creating the world's greatest vaccne rollout. In just 3 months Biden got the pandemic under control and now he has done that again for a second time. That is what you call success.


Strong Job Growth Continues as Latest Covid Wave Eases
The U.S. economy added 678,000 jobs in February and unemployment fell to 3.8 percent, the lowest level since the pandemic took hold.

Falling coronavirus caseloads brought a flood of new jobs and new workers last month, signs that the pandemic’s vise grip on the economy may be loosening.

U.S. employers added 678,000 jobs in February, the Labor Department said Friday, continuing a streak of strong job growth that persisted even during the latest wave of coronavirus cases. The unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent, its lowest level since the pandemic took hold.

Demand for workers has been strong for months. Now there are signs that constraints on the supply of workers may be easing as well. More than 300,000 people rejoined the labor force in February, a sign that improving public health conditions, more predictable school schedules and abundant job opportunities are drawing people back to the job market.

The share of people working from home or missing work because of illness both fell in February after rising along with coronavirus cases in January. Updated federal guidance suggesting that most Americans no longer need to wear masks or avoid crowded indoor spaces could pave the way for more companies to bring workers back to the office in coming weeks.

“We’re seeing employment levels very close to where we were before the pandemic,” said Daniel Zhao, an economist with the career site Glassdoor. “We are approaching a more normal labor market.”

President Biden struck a similar note in his State of the Union address this week, saying that because of vaccines, new treatments and falling caseloads, “Covid-19 need no longer control our lives.”

The U.S. economy has regained more than 90 percent of the 22 million jobs lost during the early weeks of the pandemic, a much faster rebound than after past recessions and than forecasters expected.

On Friday, Mr. Biden said the strong rebound in jobs was evidence that his policies, including the $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package passed early in his term, were working.

“Today’s news is a welcome reminder that we’re coming back stronger as a country and as people,” Mr. Biden said at a White House event highlighting the president’s “Made in America” efforts. He noted that before the aid plan passed, the Congressional Budget Office did not expect the unemployment rate to fall to 3.8 percent in the next decade.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/04/business/economy/jobs-report-february.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 07, 2022, 12:40:29 AM
This is total BS:

Richard Smith never documents any sources or links for this nonsense.

Cherry picking news articles don't make it so.  You are a great example.   There is nothing here in doubt.  Trump administration = no invasion   Obama and Biden administration = Russian invasions and total war.  Millions fleeing for their lives.  Biden still sending $80 million per day to Putin's war machine because he is too weak to lead. 
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 07, 2022, 04:45:14 AM
Cherry picking news articles don't make it so.  You are a great example.   There is nothing here in doubt.  Trump administration = no invasion   Obama and Biden administration = Russian invasions and total war.  Millions fleeing for their lives.  Biden still sending $80 million per day to Putin's war machine because he is too weak to lead.

More Propaganda above. Nothing you post is ever documented or sourced. President Biden got all of our allies and rallied the world against Putin.   

We are suffering from the consequences from a weak Putin stooge named Donald Trump who looked the other way with an ongoing war in Ukraine giving his puppet master Putin whatever he wanted. The 2018 article below from Donnie's disatrous 4 year occupation clearly points that out.         

The war in Ukraine is more devastating than you know
April 9, 2018
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2018/04/09/the-war-in-ukraine-is-more-devastating-than-you-know/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 07, 2022, 04:50:37 AM
The majority of Americans are behind President Biden and support his policies on handling Ukraine and Russia.

Biden gets ‘significant bounce’ in week navigating Russian war, State of the Union

Russia’s war against Ukraine has unified Americans and bolstered support for President Joe Biden, whose approval numbers have risen dramatically after sinking for months, according to the latest PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll.

About half of the U.S. public — 52 percent — said this week that they support how Biden is handling the situation in Ukraine. Two weeks ago, as Russia was getting increasingly aggressive toward its neighbor and had yet to invade, that number was much lower – roughly a third said they approved of his leadership on the looming crisis.

Regardless of their age, race, geography, income or politics, most Americans say they back economic sanctions against Russia and are willing to pay higher prices for fuel. But they are also concerned that Russia could use malevolent force beyond neighboring Ukraine and threaten the U.S. and its allies with cyberattacks, nuclear weapons or a broader war.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/more-americans-approve-of-bidens-leadership-as-russia-invades-ukraine
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 07, 2022, 05:31:42 AM
Notice November 2016

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 07, 2022, 05:38:37 AM
President Biden's strong leadership is paving the way to ban the import of Russian oil. It takes a real leader to get all of our allies to agree and the President is in the process of doing it.

U.S., European allies discuss banning imports of Russian oil

WASHINGTON, March 7 (Reuters) - The United States and European allies are exploring banning imports of Russian oil, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday, and the White House coordinated with key Congressional committees moving forward with their own ban.

Europe relies on Russia for crude oil and natural gas but has become more open to the idea of banning Russian products in the past 24 hours, a source familiar with the discussions told Reuters on Sunday.

Meanwhile, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi also said in a Sunday letter that the chamber is "exploring" legislation to ban the import of Russian oil and that Congress intends to enact this week $10 billion in aid for Ukraine in response to Moscow's military invasion of its neighbour.

The White House is also talking with the Senate Finance Committee and House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee about a potential ban, the source said.

Still, Blinken also stressed the importance of maintaining steady oil supplies globally.

"We are now in very active discussions with our European partners about banning the import of Russian oil to our countries, while of course, at the same time, maintaining a steady global supply of oil," Blinken said in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" show.

Blinken, who is on a trip across Europe to coordinate with allies the response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, also said he discussed oil imports with President Joe Biden and his cabinet on Saturday.

Japan, which counts Russia as its fifth-biggest supplier of crude oil, is also in discussion with the United States and European countries about possibly banning Russian oil imports, Kyodo News reported on Monday.

https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/us-europeans-discussing-banning-russian-oil-imports-blinken-says-2022-03-06/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 07, 2022, 11:08:44 AM
The most jobs created in history, the fastest decline in unemployment, and the largest GDP growth since 1976. Thanks Biden!     

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 07, 2022, 11:15:05 AM
Law and Order!

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 07, 2022, 11:40:36 AM
Ukraine Says Over 11,000 Russian Troops Killed in War

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Ukrainian servicemen walk by a damaged vehicle, at the site of a fighting with Russian troops, after Russia launched a massive military operation against Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine February 26, 2022.

LVIV (Reuters) - More than 11,000 Russian troops have been killed since Moscow launched an invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, the Ukrainian armed forces' general staff said on Sunday.

A day earlier, it put Russian casualties at over 10,000. It did not report Ukrainian casualties.

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2022-03-06/ukraine-says-over-11-000-russian-troops-killed-in-war
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 07, 2022, 03:35:20 PM
President Biden's strong leadership is paving the way to ban the import of Russian oil. It takes a real leader to get all of our allies to agree and the President is in the process of doing it.



Literally almost every US politician has already said this should be done.  They can't understand what is taking so long.  Old Joe is the last holdout.  Leading from behind while Ukrainians have died in the hundreds.  His weakness has funded Putin's war.  He is scared of the outfall from the skyrocketing gas prices that were already high due to his incompetence.  He is the last holdout.  Like his promise to "shutdown' the virus, he has failed miserably but will take the credit once the crisis has passed. 
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 07, 2022, 05:29:07 PM
Biden is taking the humiliating step of begging our enemies like Iran and Venezuela to produce more oil.  The Saudis are laughing at him and basking in the billions flowing into their coffers from the increasing oil prices.  It's sad to see America reduced to groveling for oil when we have enough to meet our own needs many times over.  But Biden's woke agenda won't allow for it.  We get what we deserve.  Biden was elected based on fake propaganda knowing that he was a lifelong establishment politician who had succeeded at only one thing - enriching himself and his family.   Those chickens are coming home to roost big time.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 07, 2022, 11:58:21 PM
'He's got a disaster on his hands': Expert says Putin could see Moscow fall within six months
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/07/opinion/sway-kara-swisher-clint-watts.html

New numbers show Russia set to take a 'shellacking' if they enter major Ukrainian cities: retired general
https://www.rawstory.com/russia-invasion-of-ukraine-2656863702/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 08, 2022, 12:01:46 AM
Oil and gas extraction employment since President Biden took office.

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 08, 2022, 12:04:58 AM
POTUS held a secure video call today with President Macron, Chancellor Scholz, and Prime Minister Johnson.  The leaders affirmed their determination to continue raising the costs on Russia for its unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine.

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 08, 2022, 12:07:12 AM
Literally almost every US politician has already said this should be done.  They can't understand what is taking so long.  Old Joe is the last holdout.  Leading from behind while Ukrainians have died in the hundreds.  His weakness has funded Putin's war.  He is scared of the outfall from the skyrocketing gas prices that were already high due to his incompetence.  He is the last holdout.  Like his promise to "shutdown' the virus, he has failed miserably but will take the credit once the crisis has passed.

:D :D :D

President Biden shutdown the virus for a 2nd time!

The United States is now reporting 46,229 new coronavirus cases per day, the lowest seven-day average since July 22, 2021, according to data from @CNN and Johns Hopkins University.

COVID cases continue steep decline in U.S.
https://www.axios.com/covid-cases-continue-steep-decline-in-us-420ab059-19df-4d4c-9052-178fe17aeb3e.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 08, 2022, 12:52:39 AM
The stock market is crashing, gas prices are rising to record levels, and Ukraine is burning while Biden fiddles.  The most disastrous one-year term in American history since the Civil War.   America has been reduced to begging Venezuela for oil when we were energy independent just a year ago.  The only person still making money is Putin.  Biden is sending him half a billion dollars every week.  Biden is petrified with fear to cut the oil off and increase prices even further.   Imagine if Trump were presiding over this unfolding disaster?
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 08, 2022, 01:06:47 AM
POTUS held a secure video call today with President Macron, Chancellor Scholz, and Prime Minister Johnson.  The leaders affirmed their determination to continue raising the costs on Russia for its unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FNRMA_NWQAoDz_9?format=jpg&name=medium)

Biden looks like the corpse in Weekend at Bernie's.  Are we sure he is still breathing?   Why would anyone feel the need to post something like this?  Does Rick think no one else has access to the Internet and he has to repost meaningless drivel like this?  It's bizarre.  Is Biden even in the real White House or that fake one next door where he sits at a tiny desk with fake video screen windows?  And they claim Putin is the one with mental issues.  Imagine if Putin built a fake Kremlin with fake windows and he sat there with that far away look in his eyes like Old Joe? 
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 08, 2022, 01:11:50 AM
:D :D :D

President Biden shutdown the virus for a 2nd time!

The United States is now reporting 46,229 new coronavirus cases per day, the lowest seven-day average since July 22, 2021, according to data from @CNN and Johns Hopkins University.

COVID cases continue steep decline in U.S.
https://www.axios.com/covid-cases-continue-steep-decline-in-us-420ab059-19df-4d4c-9052-178fe17aeb3e.html

Another Biden success story!  Approximately 600K Americans died on his watch.  Double the number that died under Trump before the vaccine was widely available.  Just about everyone else got the virus until it ran its course and burned out on its own.  What a plan!  Let's go Brandon!
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 08, 2022, 11:44:27 AM
Jen Psaki schools Peter Doocy on gas prices: 'Let me give you the facts, I know that can be inconvenient'

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki clashed with Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy on Monday over who is to blame for rising gas prices.

"It sounds like you guys are blaming Putin for the increase in gas prices," Doocy complained at a White House press briefing. "But weren't gas prices going up anyway because of post-pandemic supply-chain issues?"

Psaki noted that recent price spikes in energy prices are "a direct result of the invasion of Ukraine."

"So, you say you're going to do everything you can to reduce the impact that high gas prices has on Americans," Doocy pressed. "We're asking other countries to think about pumping more oil. Why not just do it here?"

"Federal policies are not limiting the supplies of oil and gas," Psaki explained before the Fox News correspondent interrupted.

"There was an executive order [President Joe Biden's] first week that halted new oil and gas leases on public land," Doocy said.

"Let me give you the facts here," Psaki replied. "I know that can be inconvenient but I think they're important in this moment."

The press secretary explained to Doocy that "there are 9,000 permits that are not being used."

"So the suggestion that we're not allowing companies to drill is inaccurate," she remarked. "The suggestion that that is what is hindering or preventing gas prices from coming down is inaccurate."

"Wait, you guys think asking Saudi Arabia or Venezuela or Iran is reducing our dependence on foreign oil?" Doocy asked.

But Psaki pointed out that Doocy had been in the room when she answered a similar question moments before.

"I don't think anyone is advocating for Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon, perhaps, except for the former president, who pulled us out of the [nuclear] deal," she concluded.

Watch the video below from C-SPAN.

Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 08, 2022, 12:27:57 PM
The mainstream media really needs to educate the public on the fact that Trump got impeached the first time because he tried and failed to blackmail Zelenskyy into helping him steal the 2020 election, in a way that weakened Ukraine's defenses and aided Putin's current invasion.

Three weeks ago most Americans had never heard of Zelenskyy. Tonight, Zelenskyy was interviewed on ABC News, which was broadcast live on a jumbotron in Times Square. Putin has unwittingly put Ukraine on the map.

This is an excellent article from 2019 which explains Trump's extortion against Ukraine by holding off military aid until Zelenskyy would come up with a phony scandal against Biden. Zelenskyy refused and Criminal Donald got caught red handed on the phone call. Donnie got impeached for the first time but his right wing buddies in the Senate let him off the hook. They are complicit as well.


Trump’s Hold on Ukrainian Military Aid was Illegal

November 26, 2019

As the House impeachment inquiry continues to uncover substantial evidence of Trump’s abuses of power, one thing has become clear: President Donald Trump illegally withheld military aid to Ukraine.

No one from the Trump administration has been able to point to any legal authority that allowed Trump to withhold the funding for the length of time and in the manner that he did. Even Trump’s defenders in the House, who have speciously claimed that the president had reasons for holding the aid other than pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rivals, have not provided justifications that are legal. Instead, they’ve offered justifications that are more politically palatable. Moreover, Trump’s own White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) was told that his actions were illegal, and appears to have tacitly acknowledged that fact, but continued to hold up the funding anyway.

The illegality of the funding hold is important to the impeachment inquiry, as it adds further weight to the case that Trump abused his authority as president to pressure Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 U.S. election.

It shows that the Trump White House created an irregular budgetary process to match its irregular foreign policy process with respect to Ukraine. The illegality of the hold also undermines the claim that Trump was concerned about Ukrainian corruption, since he was willing to break U.S. law to keep the money frozen. Finally, it shows that it was not policy or legal concerns that led to the money being released, but rather the fear of getting caught.

While this violation of budgetary laws is not the most significant attack on the rule of law related to Trump’s Ukrainian extortion campaign, it is an important part of the broader case for impeachment.

Relevant Budgetary Laws

There are two relevant budgetary statutes that are implicated by Trump withholding military aid for Ukraine: apportionment authority and the Impoundment Control Act (ICA). Both laws are intended to restrict the executive branch from undermining Congress’s “power of the purse” under the Constitution.

The Ukraine funding was held up through use of OMB’s apportionment authority. Apportionments are legally binding documents utilized by OMB to ensure agencies spend money effectively and efficiently during the fiscal year. Agencies are prohibited from spending in excess of an apportionment. Under longstanding guidance, apportionments are approved by OMB career officials.

Apportionments cannot change policy decisions reflected in statute; the Government Accountability Office has made clear that “the apportionment process cannot alter or otherwise affect the operation of statutory requirements concerning the availability or use of appropriated funds.”

In addition, any delay of funding potentially implicates the Impoundment Control Act (ICA). Passed in the wake of President Richard Nixon’s refusal to spend lawfully appropriated funding, the ICA restricts the circumstances in which a president can defer spending funds. The ICA’s definition of a “deferral” is broad:

"deferral of budget authority” includes—

(A) withholding or delaying the obligation or expenditure of budget authority (whether by establishing reserves or otherwise) provided for projects or activities; or

(B) any other type of Executive action or inaction which effectively precludes the obligation or expenditure of budget authority, including authority to obligate by contract in advance of appropriations as specifically authorized by law;


Under the ICA, a deferral is only allowable in a few limited circumstances:

Deferrals shall be permissible only—

(1) to provide for contingencies;

(2) to achieve savings made possible by or through changes in requirements or greater efficiency of operations; or

(3) as specifically provided by law.

No officer or employee of the United States may defer any budget authority for any other purpose.


Trump’s Funding Hold was Illegal

OMB’s hold on military aid was an abuse of its apportionment authority and constituted an illegal deferral. While the Trump administration was well aware of the legal issues with its actions, it ignored them and held up the funding anyway.

During the House Intelligence Committee hearings, a number of witnesses testified that their understanding was that the military aid was withheld in order to pressure Ukraine to open investigations into Trump’s political rivals, including former Vice President Joe Biden. The witnesses who testified to this include Ambassador Bill Taylor, National Security Council (NSC) official Tim Morrison, Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, State Department official David Holmes, Department of Defense (DoD) official Laura Cooper, and NSC official Lt. Col. Alex Vindman (see the Appendix below for specific statements made by each of these witnesses).

White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney confirmed the reason for the hold when he publicly stated that the money was withheld in part to force an investigation into Trump’s political rivals:

Mulvaney: Did he also mention to me in pass [sic] the corruption related to the DNC server?  Absolutely.  No question about that.  But that’s it.  And that’s why we held up the money.

Now, there was a report —

Q : So the demand for an investigation into the Democrats was part of the reason that he ordered to withhold funding to Ukraine?

Mulvaney:  The look back to what happened in 2016 —

Q : The investigation into Democrats.

Mulvaney: — certainly was part of the thing that he was worried about in corruption with that nation.  And that is absolutely appropriate.

Q : And withholding the funding?

Mulvaney:  Yeah.  Which ultimately, then, flowed.


This is a clear abuse of power. The apportionment authority is supposed to be used to ensure the effective expenditure of congressionally appropriated funding, not to extort a foreign power to advance the personal interests of the president..

This withholding was also an illegal deferral, because it prevented the Defense Department from spending the funding before it expired. By the middle of September, when Trump finally released the aid, it was too late and the Pentagon was unable to spend all the funding by the end of the fiscal year.

DoD acknowledged this fact when it “alerted Congress that it would not be able to spend all of the money by September 30.” Congress was forced to reappropriate the remaining funding so it could be spent the next year. While this allowed the Pentagon to spend all of the money, it did not eliminate the legal violation that occurred when the Trump administration illegally deferred the spending in the first place.

Even defenders of Trump’s actions have not provided a legally viable reason for withholding the funding. They have argued that Trump withheld the funding because of broad concerns about corruption in Ukraine or that the EU was not providing sufficient support to Ukraine. Neither of these claims holds up under examination. But even if they were the actual reasons for the hold, Trump’s actions would still be illegal.

Deferrals are only allowed to (1) to provide for contingencies; (2) to achieve savings made possible by or through changes in requirements or greater efficiency of operations; or (3) as specifically provided by law. Neither generalized concerns about corruption in Ukraine nor concerns about E.U. support for Ukraine provide legal justification for a deferral of the funding.

OMB Was Told it was Breaking the Law

Not only did the White House illegally withhold the funding, but it was made aware of this fact and appears to have tacitly acknowledged it.

Cooper, who is responsible for Ukraine policy at the Pentagon, testified that when the relevant agencies were first made aware of the hold, “immediately deputies began to raise concerns about how this could be done in a legal fashion.” At a July 31 meeting that included staff from the White House, Cooper explained that the only legal means for withholding the funding was through a rescission notice or reprogramming action, both of which would require congressional notification. The White House never took either action.

Worse yet, Cooper had a specific conversation with a political appointee at OMB about this very issue. The aid was not held up through single apportionment, but rather a series of apportionments that effectuated short-term funding delays. The first such apportionment was signed by the Deputy Associate Director for National Security Programs, Mark Sandy, a career official who is responsible for approving apportionments related to Defense Department funding under long-standing OMB procedure. He gave a closed-door deposition earlier this month.

But after the first apportionment was signed by Sandy, OMB took an unprecedented step and abruptly changed its procedures so that a political appointee, Mike Duffey, would sign the apportionments going forward. It was Duffey who asked to speak with Cooper in early August and she shared with him the same legal issues that she had raised at the July 31 interagency meeting. Yet, rather than take any of the steps Cooper outlined to legally withhold the funding, Duffey kept signing apportionments to continue the hold.

As the hold persisted into mid and then late August, the Defense Department did not believe it would be able to spend all the funding before the fiscal year ended on Sept. 30, meaning that holding the funding at that point had become illegal.

OMB effectively acknowledged this fact. The first apportionment signed by Sandy in July noted: “Based on OMB’s communication with DOD on July 25, OMB understands from the Department that this brief pause in obligations will not preclude DOD’s timely execution of the final policy determination.” For budgetary purposes, that means the funding could still be expended in the fiscal year, and thus did not implicate the ICA.

However, in a subsequent apportionment in late August, this one signed by Duffey, the Trump political appointee, Cooper testified that the sentence was removed. Cooper explained that: “My understanding is it changed because at that point, OMB recognized that there was a risk in not being able to obligate the funding. Prior to that point, OMB never formally acknowledged that they thought there was a risk.”

Despite being aware that the hold on funding was not legal, OMB and the White House continued to freeze the military aid.

Implications for the Impeachment Inquiry

While illegally withholding funding is a serious offense that undermines the separation of powers, it pales next to Trump’s purpose for withholding the money: extorting a foreign country to interfere in a U.S. election. However, the nature of this illegal hold has important implications for the broader impeachment inquiry.

First, it shows that the White House’s strategy of sidelining career officials who might impede corruption was not limited to Ukrainian foreign policy, but also extended to the budgetary process too.

Testimony from the House’s impeachment inquiry showed that career national security and diplomatic officials were sidelined from Ukrainian foreign policy so that political appointees like Sondland and even outside actors like Rudy Giuliani could advance Trump’s true goal: extorting Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election.

Now it’s clear the White House ran the same playbook with respect to the funding freeze. After the hold was first announced, the consensus among the Department of State, the Department of Defense, and the NSC was unanimous: The funding should be released. But the White House simply ignored those views and continued the hold. Not only that, they took unprecedented steps to cut career officials out of the process, most likely because they knew they would raise objections to what was going on.

The illegal nature of the hold also undermines a core Trump defense that he was only concerned about Ukrainian corruption. While there is plenty of information to show how ludicrous this claim is, the illegal nature of the hold makes it all the more stark. Not only was the hold illegal, the White House knew that fact at the time. This means the argument has to be that Trump was so concerned about corruption in Ukraine that he broke the law here in the United States. It makes no sense.

Finally, the illegal nature of the hold challenges the notion that the aid was released because Trump made a policy determination after examining the evidence. The time to make a policy call was when all of the funding could still be spent during the fiscal year – which DoD originally told the White House was in early to mid August.

The interagency process was completed prior to that timeframe and it determined the funding should be released. Yet Trump blew through that legal deadline without evidencing any concern about doing so. And, as Cooper testified, “there was no policy review [in August] that I participated in or knew of.”

Neither the conclusion of the interagency policy process nor the legal deadline was sufficient to cause Trump to act. However, the day after the House demanded the whistleblower complaint, suddenly the administration released the funding. As Cooper noted, the release of the funding “really came quite out of the blue.” The larger context makes clear why: The concern was not about spending the funding in a timely and legal manner, the concern was about getting caught.

Appendix

A number of witnesses in the impeachment inquiry made statements to the effect that they understood the delay in funding to be tied to Trump’s demand for investigations.

Ambassador Bill Taylor testified that, based on conversations with other Trump officials, “That was my clear understanding, security assistance money would not come until [President Zelensky] committed to pursue the investigation [of Biden].”

NSC official Tim Morrison said that he had a conversation with EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland in which Sondland acknowledged telling the Ukrainians that, “what could help them move the aid was if the prosecutor general would go to the mike and announce that he was opening the Burisma investigation.”

Sondland himself admitted making the statement in his own testimony. He also testified that, “I mentioned to Vice President Pence before the meetings with the Ukrainians [in Warsaw] that I had concerns that the delay in aid had become tied to the issue of investigations.” (Pence’s office has denied the claim). At that same meeting, Pence acknowledged to Zelensky that the aid was withheld and then mentioned the need for Ukraine to address “corruption,” which was understood by the Ukrainians to be code for the investigations.

State Department official David Holmes, who worked in the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, noted that, “my clear impression was that the security assistance hold was likely intended by the President either to express dissatisfaction that the Ukrainians had not yet agreed to the Burisma/Biden investigations or as an effort to increase the pressure on them to do so.”

Department of Defense official Laura Cooper testified that she had a conversation with Kurt Volker, who was Trump’s envoy to Ukraine, in which he indicated that the hold on funding might be lifted if he could get Ukraine to publicly commit to prosecuting anyone involved in interfering in the 2016 elections.

And Alex Vindman, White House National Security Council staffer, noted his belief that “the message [to Ukraine] was clear” – if they wanted the aid, they would need to undertake the required investigations.

https://www.justsecurity.org/67489/trumps-hold-on-ukrainian-military-aid-was-illegal/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 08, 2022, 01:10:35 PM
"Today I welcomed President Niinistö of Finland to the White House to talk about European security. During our meeting, we called PM Magdalena Andersson of Sweden to discuss enhancing our cooperation. Both countries are valued defense partners to the United States and NATO." - President Joe Biden

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FNC941-WYAESOwx?format=jpg&name=medium)
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 08, 2022, 03:22:21 PM
"Today I welcomed President Niinistö of Finland to the White House to talk about European security. During our meeting, we called PM Magdalena Andersson of Sweden to discuss enhancing our cooperation. Both countries are valued defense partners to the United States and NATO." - President Joe Biden

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FNC941-WYAESOwx?format=jpg&name=medium)

LOL.  Biden thought it was Salisbury steak day at the rest home.  He is calling the nurse for a coloring book.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 08, 2022, 04:07:53 PM
President Biden has created the greatest economy on record with historic job growth and has the pandemic under control for a second time!

Private payrolls rose by 475,000 in February, topping expectations: ADP

The US private sector added a better-than-expected 475,000 jobs in February as COVID cases plummeted

U.S. private-sector employers brought back more jobs than expected in February as virus-related disruptions receded following the Omicron variants spread.

Private payrolls rose by 475,000 in February compared to January, ADP said Wednesday. Economists were looking for payrolls to grow by 375,000, according to Bloomberg consensus data.

February's report also came alongside a sharp upward revision to January's payrolls. In January, private sector employment rose by 509,000, ADP said in its revised monthly print.

By sector, leisure and hospitality saw by far the most payrolls come back in February at 170,000, contributing heavily to the overall 417,000 increase in private services payrolls last month. Trade, transportation and utilities companies added back a combined 98,000 jobs during the month, while professional and business services added back 72,000.

In the goods-producing sector, each of mining, construction and manufacturing employers also added back jobs on net in February. Manufacturing jobs rose by 30,000, while construction positions followed close behind with a gain of 26,000.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/adp-jobs-report-february-2022-labor-work-131813111.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 08, 2022, 04:12:51 PM
Biden has finally decided to cut off the purchase of Russian oil and natural gas.  Only when he had no other choice, but he apparently couldn't convince the European countries to do so.  So the US will not only pay most of the costs of NATO but now also bear the price increase at the pumps.  The European leaders must be falling on the ground laughing at Biden.  They can't believe anyone is that dumb.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 08, 2022, 04:14:49 PM
President Biden's strong effective leadership is crushing Russia. He is going to ban Russian oil. Criminal Donald appeased and praised Putin like a coward which got us into this mess.   

Biden to ban Russian oil in yet another massive blow to Putin

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President Joe Biden in yet another massive blow to Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to ban Russian oil as soon as today.

The move comes as Putin's illegal war and alleged war crimes against the sovereign nation of Ukraine is going exceptionally poorly amid almost universal worldwide condemnation of the authoritarian Russian Federation leader and former KGB agent.

Biden's ban will be "without the participation" of America's European allies, Bloomberg News reports. "The ban will include Russian oil, liquefied natural gas and coal, according to two people, who spoke on condition of anonymity."

The House has been working on a bill to ban Russian oil as well. The ban could increase the price of gas at the pump, which hit an all-time high Monday, causing conservatives to use the news to attack the Biden administration.

Overall, the President has little to no control over the price of gas, but the oil companies do, as U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) noted on Monday:

"Here's a fact you won't hear on Fox News today. Exxon, Chevron, and Conoco made $46 billion in profit in 2021. Now they're using 40% of those profits for stock buybacks. Big Oil is raking it in, raising prices, and taking advantage of the war in Ukraine to push for more drilling".

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-03-08/biden-set-to-ban-u-s-imports-of-russian-oil-as-soon-as-today
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 08, 2022, 04:48:35 PM
President Biden's strong effective leadership is crushing Russia. He is going to ban Russian oil. Criminal Donald appeased and praised Putin like a coward which got us into this mess.   



LOL.  His "strong" leadership did not extend to convincing the Europeans to stop buying oil.  So the US is going it alone as usual paying the cost.  Biden also had no choice in the matter since Congress was going to do this with or without him.  The Europeans are laughing at the US for our weakness under Biden.  We end up paying for their defense from Russia AND the increased gas prices while they continue to do business with Putin to fund his war.  Win-win for them and lose-lose for the US.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 08, 2022, 11:45:24 PM
LOL.  His "strong" leadership did not extend to convincing the Europeans to stop buying oil.  So the US is going it alone as usual paying the cost.  Biden also had no choice in the matter since Congress was going to do this with or without him.  The Europeans are laughing at the US for our weakness under Biden.  We end up paying for their defense from Russia AND the increased gas prices while they continue to do business with Putin to fund his war.  Win-win for them and lose-lose for the US.

More nonsense. :D :D :D

Coca Cola, Pepsi, McDonald’s, and Starbucks just pulled the plug on Russia. Joe Biden promised to restore respected leadership on the world stage and he has kept his word. Weak a compromised Russian stooge Criminal Donald could have never pulled any of this off.   

"Thankful for US and @POTUS personal leadership in striking in the heart of Putin’s war machine and banning oil, gas and coal from US market. Encourage other countries and leaders to follow." - President Zelenskyy

Quinnipiac poll: Americans say 71-22% that they would support a ban on Russian oil — even if it meant higher gasoline prices in the United States.

"Today, I’m announcing that the United States is targeting a main artery of Russia’s economy. We are banning all imports of Russian oil and gas." -President Joe Biden

"Today, the House will pass strong, bipartisan legislation to hold Putin accountable for his unprovoked war against Ukraine. In doing so, we support @POTUS actions to ban Russian energy products and demonstrate America’s strength and determination." - Speaker Nancy Pelosi

"Poland to supply the U.S. with its entire stockpile of MIG-29 jets, free of charge. The planes are then expected to be shipped to Ukraine. The Polish government asked other NATO members to follow the country’s example." - Kyiv Independent

Poland offers fighter jets to US in plan to help Ukraine
https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-europe-poland-nato-5724ff192113703d829024dc4410664e
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 09, 2022, 12:54:01 AM
Biden has finally decided to cut off the purchase of Russian oil and natural gas. Only when he had no other choice, but he apparently couldn't convince the European countries to do so. So the US will not only pay most of the costs of NATO but now also bear the price increase at the pumps. The European leaders must be falling on the ground laughing at Biden.  They can't believe anyone is that dumb.

LOL.  His "strong" leadership did not extend to convincing the Europeans to stop buying oil.  So the US is going it alone as usual paying the cost. Biden also had no choice in the matter since Congress was going to do this with or without him. The Europeans are laughing at the US for our weakness under Biden. We end up paying for their defense from Russia AND the increased gas prices while they continue to do business with Putin to fund his war.  Win-win for them and lose-lose for the US.

:D :D :D

Britain to phase out Russian oil imports by end of 2022

LONDON (Reuters) -Britain will phase out imports of Russian oil and oil products by the end of 2022 and consider banning its natural gas, joining other countries, including the United States, in a move to punish Moscow over the invasion of Ukraine.

As part of the global response to the war, Britain and others are seeking ways to deprive Moscow of income and cut their own use of Russian energy exports by becoming more self-sufficient.

Britain's business minister Kwasi Kwarteng said he was exploring options to end British imports of Russian gas which accounts for about 4% of supply in the country.

Earlier Shell became one of the first major Western oil companies to abandon Russia entirely, while the once unthinkable moves on Russian oil by the United States and Britain sent oil prices surging on fears of restricted supply and more disruption. Shares in British and European energy firms rose. [O/R]

"In another economic blow to the (Vladimir) Putin regime following their illegal invasion of Ukraine, the UK will move away from dependence on Russian oil throughout this year, building on our severe package of international economic sanctions," Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement.

"Working with industry, we are confident that this can be achieved over the course of the year, providing enough time for companies to adjust and ensuring consumers are protected."

Johnson has promised to set out a new energy supply strategy, as his government braces for the fallout from a 54% jump in consumer gas and electricity bills due in April, and higher prices at petrol pumps.

Business minister Kwarteng called on businesses to use the rest of this year to ensure a smooth transition, and said the government would set up a taskforce to work with firms to find alternative suppliers.

"This transition will give the market, businesses and supply chains more than enough time to replace Russian imports – which make up 8% of UK demand," Kwarteng said on Twitter.

"The UK is a significant producer of oil and oil products, plus we hold significant reserves... Finally, while the UK is not dependent on Russian natural gas - 4% of our supply - I am exploring options to end this altogether."

Also on Tuesday, the European Commission published plans to cut the EU's dependency on Russian gas by two-thirds this year and end its reliance on Russian supplies of the fuel "well before 2030".

© Reuters

https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/uk-ban-russian-oil-imports-politico-2022-03-08/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 09, 2022, 12:56:47 PM
POTUS visiting the Fort Worth, Texas VA clinic where he will discuss our sacred obligation to take care of those who have served.

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 09, 2022, 01:02:15 PM
Zelenskyy says 'We have the possible resolution' for Russian demands

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Ukrainian President Voldomyr Zelenskyy said Monday that bringing an end to Moscow's deadly assault on his country is within reach—but only if Russian President Vladimir Putin stops offering ultimatums and agrees to negotiate the terms of a peaceful settlement.

During an exclusive interview set to air in full on Monday night, ABC World News Tonight host David Muir asked Zelenskyy if he has rejected the Kremlin's "three conditions to end the war—that you must give up on joining NATO, recognize Crimea as part of Russia, and recognize the independence of those two separatist regions in the east."

"The question is more difficult than simply acknowledging [these terms]," Zelenskyy said in response. "This is another ultimatum, and we are not prepared for ultimatums. But we have the possible resolution for these three items—key items."

"What needs to be done," said Zelenskyy, "is for President Putin to start talking and start the dialogue instead of living in the informational bubble without oxygen. I think that's where he is; he is in this bubble. He's getting this information and you don't know how realistic that information is that he's getting."

Russia promised to immediately cease its invasion of Ukraine once the country's leaders agree to the three aforementioned demands earlier on Monday, prior to the third round of negotiations between diplomats from Moscow and Kyiv in Belarus.

Those talks have since come to a close with "small positive movements forward in improving the logistics of humanitarian corridors," according to lead Ukrainian negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak.

When asked what he would like to say to Putin, Zelenskyy said: "I think he's capable of stopping the war that he started. And even if he doesn't think that he was the one who started [it], he should know one important thing that he cannot deny, that stopping the war is what he's capable of."

Warning that a failure to end Russia's war on Ukraine could "trigger a world war," Zelenskyy stressed that "it should be stopped now."

At the same time, Zelenskyy reiterated that he wants the United States and NATO to establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine to prevent Russian missiles from destroying civilian infrastructure.

When Muir reminded Zelenskyy that U.S. President Joe Biden and NATO have refused to implement a no-fly zone due to "concerns this could trigger... a much bigger war than what we're seeing already because there would have to be a willingness to shoot Russian planes out of the sky," the Ukrainian president insisted that firing at Russian planes is necessary.

"You have to preserve lives. There... were simply kids there with tumors," Zelenskyy said of a recent Russian missile strike on a pediatric clinic. "And in the university, there were ordinary students. I'm sure that the brave American soldiers who would be shooting it down knowing that it is flying towards the students, I'm sure that they had no doubt in doing so."

However, as Anatol Lieven and William Hartung warned Monday in a Common Dreams opinion piece: "Shooting down Russian planes and bombing Russian anti-aircraft sites would greatly increase the risks of escalation, up to and including a nuclear confrontation. That's reason enough not to go forward, regardless of how loud the demands to do so may be."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, are set to meet in Turkey on Thursday.

"We hope this meeting will be a turning point," said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, who is planning to attend the meeting. "We want this meeting to be an important step on the path of peace and stability. We will work for a lasting peace and stability."

Watch video in link:

https://www.rawstory.com/zelensky-says-we-have-the-possible-resolution-for-russian-demands/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 09, 2022, 03:20:47 PM
More nonsense. :D :D :D

Coca Cola, Pepsi, McDonald’s, and Starbucks just pulled the plug on Russia. Joe Biden promised to restore respected leadership on the world stage and he has kept his word. Weak a compromised Russian stooge Criminal Donald could have never pulled any of this off.   

"Thankful for US and @POTUS personal leadership in striking in the heart of Putin’s war machine and banning oil, gas and coal from US market. Encourage other countries and leaders to follow." - President Zelenskyy

Quinnipiac poll: Americans say 71-22% that they would support a ban on Russian oil — even if it meant higher gasoline prices in the United States.

"Today, I’m announcing that the United States is targeting a main artery of Russia’s economy. We are banning all imports of Russian oil and gas." -President Joe Biden

"Today, the House will pass strong, bipartisan legislation to hold Putin accountable for his unprovoked war against Ukraine. In doing so, we support @POTUS actions to ban Russian energy products and demonstrate America’s strength and determination." - Speaker Nancy Pelosi

"Poland to supply the U.S. with its entire stockpile of MIG-29 jets, free of charge. The planes are then expected to be shipped to Ukraine. The Polish government asked other NATO members to follow the country’s example." - Kyiv Independent

Poland offers fighter jets to US in plan to help Ukraine
https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-europe-poland-nato-5724ff192113703d829024dc4410664e

Not sure what you are babbling about here.  Private companies have nothing to do with Biden.  The US apparently has rejected Poland's offer for planes (i.e. the Poles outsmarted Biden - not too difficult - by agreeing to give them to the US first).  Biden's  approval rating for the handling of Ukraine is around 33%.  Where will it be in a couple of weeks when gas prices exceed $6 per gallon and the stock market continues to crash?  He has trapped himself like the establishment rat that he is.   His disastrous energy policy made the US dependent on oil from Russia and other enemies.  Now America and Ukraine are paying the price for his incompetence and weakness.  There is no good option. The results speak for themselves.  A smoldering ruin. 
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 09, 2022, 10:01:20 PM
:D :D :D

Britain to phase out Russian oil imports by end of 2022



By the end of 2022!  LOL.  Hold on Ukraine.  It's just another 9 months!  Biden was duped again into taking on the cost of NATO's defense and the increase in gas prices.   
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 09, 2022, 11:59:30 PM
Kyiv Independent: President Zelenskyy just praised President Biden for his handling of the crisis in Ukraine and banning of Russian oil: “I am grateful personally to President of the USA Biden… for this leadership.”

Russia loses 56 planes, 82 helicopters in 2 weeks of fighting. The numbers were released by the Ukrainian armed forces.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 10, 2022, 12:04:13 AM
"If we do not respond to Putin’s assault on global peace and stability today, the cost to freedom and to the American people will be even greater tomorrow. We will not be part of subsidizing Putin’s war against the Ukrainian people.

This crisis is a stark reminder: To protect our economy over the long term, we need to become energy independent It should motivate us to accelerate our transition to a clean energy future.

Loosening environmental regulations won’t lower prices. But transforming our economy to run on electric vehicles, powered by clean energy, will mean that no one will have to worry about gas prices. It will mean tyrants like Putin won’t be able to use fossil fuels as a weapon.

This much is already clear: Ukraine will never be a victory for Putin. Putin may be able to take a city — but he will never be able to hold the country." - President Joe Biden 
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 10, 2022, 12:04:28 AM
Kyiv Independent: President Zelenskyy just praised President Biden for his handling of the crisis in Ukraine and banning of Russian oil: “I am grateful personally to President of the USA Biden… for this leadership.”

Russia loses 56 planes, 82 helicopters in 2 weeks of fighting. The numbers were released by the Ukrainian armed forces.

Did he ask where his Polish MIGs were?  What an embarrassment to the US.  Poland really outsmarted Biden.  Not that it is hard.  Not to worry, though.  Kamala is on the scene!  "Russia big.  Ukraine small."  LOL. 
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 10, 2022, 12:52:24 AM
The Kyiv Independent: Russia may set the scene to use chemical weapons.

U.S. and British officials said at a briefing on March 9 that there is “good reason” to be concerned about this especially considering Russia’s use of such weapons in Syria.

Zelensky: "What kind of country is Russia if it's afraid of hospitals and maternity houses, and destroys them?

Were there little nationalists there? Were pregnant women going to shoot missiles at Rostov? Did someone in that maternity hospital offend Russian-speaking people?"


Zelensky thanks US, Britain for Russian oil bans

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is thanking the leaders of the US and Britain for banning Russian oil imports.

“This is a powerful signal to the whole world,” he says in his daily address to the nation at the close of another day of war. “Either Russia will respect international law and not wage wars, or it will have no money.”

Zelensky says when he went to address the British Parliament, “the scariest figure was the 50 Ukrainian children killed in 13 days of war. But then in an hour it became 52 children. I will never forgive this. And I know that you will never forgive the occupiers.”

Zelensky calls for negotiations with Russia on ending the war. “The war must be stopped. We need to sit down at the negotiating table, but for honest, substantive talks.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/zelensky-thanks-us-britain-for-russian-oil-bans/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 10, 2022, 09:31:55 AM
The stock market is crashing

Richard Smith falsely claims the stock market is "crashing". :D :D :D

More strong leadership from President Biden and investors take notice!     

Dow soars 621 points as oil prices plummet 11 percent
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2022/03/09/stock-market-today-oil-prices/

S&P 500 rallies 2.5% for its best day since June 2020, Dow soars 650 points
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/08/stock-market-futures-open-to-close-news.html

S&P 500 logs best day since June 2020 as stocks surge, oil retreats and investors await Ukraine-Russia talks
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/dow-futures-jump-more-than-400-points-on-hopes-for-russia-ukraine-talks-11646822544
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 10, 2022, 11:04:10 AM
What an absolute moron. He has no clue about anything. Thank God this idiot is no longer in power. Donnie is falling further into dementia with his glassy eyes and blank stare.

WATCH: Trump gets asked what he'd do about Ukraine -- and he rants about windmills killing 'all the birds'

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The former president of the United States on Wednesday went into yet another rant about windmills during an interview with Canadian YouTubers.

Donald Trump was interviewed on the Nelk Boys podcast at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

The former commander-in-chief was asked how he saw Russia's invasion of Ukraine ending.

"Well, and I said this a long time ago, if this happens, we are playing right into their hands. Green energy. The windmills, they don't work, they're too expensive, they kill all the birds, they ruin your landscapes, and yet, the environmentalists love the windmills," Trump complained after being asked about a war in Europe.

"I've been preaching this for years, the windmills," Trump argued.

"And they don't work," Trump falsely claimed.

In 2019, The Washington Post writer Karen Heller described windmills as Trump's "one true nemesis."

"He doesn’t like them the way the British feel about the French, the way Aaron Burr felt about Hamilton, the way everyone feels about the New England Patriots. Except the president’s persistent nemesis is inanimate," Heller wrote. "Trump is like Cervantes’s Don Quixote, who tilted at windmills — that is, jousted — believing they might be monstrous giants. What have wind turbines ever done to Trump?"

Ron Filipkowski
@RonFilipkowski: OMG I’m dying!!! On a UFC podcast today, Trump is asked how he sees the war in Ukraine playing out and he launches into a riff about windmills!  :D

Watch: https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1501733405423251456
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 10, 2022, 04:09:09 PM
Kamala looked like a deer in the headlights in Poland.  Embarrassing to the US.  I feel sorry for the people of Ukraine.  This has been amateur hour.  Their hopes that a feeble, old man and airhead Kamala will save them from Putin are futile.  Kamala may be the single dumbest member of the entire Biden administration (which is saying a lot).  Imagine FDR or JFK sending Kamala to resolve a world crisis?  Sad and dangerous.  If Biden had any idea what he was doing, it would be time to send a real delegation to start negotiating an end to this war. 
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 10, 2022, 11:09:28 PM
"Yesterday, I traveled to Texas to tour a VA clinic and speak about the need to care for veterans who have encountered environmental hazards. Veterans are the backbone of this country — the very best of us. And we owe it to them, and their families, to do better." - President Joe Biden

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 10, 2022, 11:15:33 PM
Even Russian State TV Is Pleading With Putin to Stop the War
State propagandists called for Putin to end the “special military operation” before “frightening” sanctions destabilize his regime and risk civil war in Russia

There is a notable mood shift in Russia, as darkness sets over its economy and the invasion of Ukraine hits major problems. While the beginning of President Vladimir Putin’s full-scale war against Ukraine was greeted with cheers, clapping, and demands of Champagne in the studio, the reality sobered up even the most pro-Kremlin pundits and experts on Russian state television.

The ugly truth about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is slipping through the cracks, despite the government’s authoritarian attempts to control the narrative.

The Kremlin-controlled state media is doing its best to flip the situation upside down, blaming the victims of Russia’s aggression for all of the casualties. On Wednesday’s edition of the state TV show The Evening With Vladimir Soloviev, the host claimed the fallout of Russia’s bombing of a maternity hospital this week was “fake” with no one there to be injured, despite photos of pregnant women being carried away from the blast that killed at least one child. A guest on 60 Minutes last Saturday even claimed Ukrainians “are firing on each other and blaming us.”

On Thursday, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed that Russia never attacked Ukraine and repeated the same lies as Soloviev about the total absence of patients in the maternity ward and children’s hospital bombed by Russia.

Putin’s most trusted propagandists are becoming ever more desperate to distort or deny the evidence of the atrocities because the truth is finding its way past the roadblocks erected by the Kremlin. Russian citizens are not pleased either with the war, nor with the financial price they have to pay for their leader’s ill-conceived military conquests.

Even the infamous show run by Soloviev—who was recently sanctioned as an accomplice of Putin by the European Union—became dominated by predictions of Russian doom and gloom. Andrey Sidorov, deputy dean of world politics at Moscow State University, cautioned: “For our country, this period won’t be easy. It will be very difficult. It might be even more difficult than it was for the Soviet Union from 1945 until the 1960s... We’re more integrated into the global economy than the Soviet Union, we’re more dependent on imports—and the main part is that the Cold War is the war of the minds, first and foremost. Unfortunately, the Soviet Union had a consolidating idea on which its system was built. Unlike the Soviet Union, Russia has nothing like that to offer.”

State TV pundit Karen Shakhnazarov pointed out: “The war in Ukraine paints a frightening picture, it has a very oppressive influence on our society. Ukraine, whichever way you see it, is something with which Russia has thousands of human links. The suffering of one group of innocents does not compensate for the suffering of other innocent people... I don’t see the probability of denazification of such an enormous country. We would need to bring in 1.5 million soldiers to control all of it. At the same time, I don’t see any political power that would consolidate the Ukrainian society in a pro-Russian direction... Those who talked of their mass attraction to Russia obviously didn’t see things the way they are. The most important thing in this scenario is to stop our military action. Others will say that sanctions will remain. Yes, they will remain, but in my opinion discontinuing the active phase of a military operation is very important.”

Resorting to the traditional propaganda tropes prevalent in Russian state media, Shakhnazarov accused the United States of starting the war—and trying to prolong it indefinitely. He speculated: “What are they achieving by prolonging the war? First of all, public opinion within Russia is changing. People are shocked by the masses of refugees, the humanitarian catastrophe, people start to imagine themselves in their place. It’s starting to affect them. To say that the Nazis are doing that is not quite convincing, strictly speaking... On top of that, economic sanctions will start to affect them, and seriously. There will probably be scarcity. A lot of products we don’t produce, even the simplest ones. There’ll be unemployment. They really thought through these sanctions, they’re hitting us with real continuity. It’s a well-planned operation... Yes, this is a war of the United States with Russia... These sanctions are hitting us very precisely.

“This threatens the change of public opinion in Russia, the destabilization of our power structures... with the possibility of a full destabilization of the country and a civil war. This apocalyptic scenario is based on the script written by the Americans. They benefit through us dragging out the military operation. We need to end it somehow. If we achieved the demilitarization and freed the Donbas, that is sufficient... I have a hard time imagining taking cities such as Kyiv. I can’t imagine how that would look. If this picture starts to transform into an absolute humanitarian disaster, even our close allies like China and India will be forced to distance themselves from us. This public opinion, with which they’re saturating the entire world, can play out badly for us... Ending this operation will stabilize things within the country.”

The host frowned at the apparent departure from the officially approved line of thinking and deferred to the commander-in-chief. However, the next expert agreed with Shakhnazarov. Semyon Bagdasarov, a Russian Middle East expert, grimly said: “We didn’t even feel the impact of the sanctions just yet... We need to be ready for total isolation. I’m not panicking, just calling things by their proper name.”

Soloviev angrily sniped: “Gotcha. We should just lay down and die.”

Bagdasarov continued: “Now about Ukraine. I agree with Karen. We had prior experiences of bringing in our troops, destroying the military infrastructure and leaving. I think that our army fulfilled their task of demilitarization of the country by destroying most of their military installations... To restore their military they will need at least 10 years... Let Ukrainians do this denazification on their own. We can’t do it for them... As for their neutrality, yes, we should squeeze it out of them, and that’s it. We don’t need to stay there longer than necessary... Do we need to get into another Afghanistan, but even worse? There are more people and they’re more advanced in their handling of weapons. We don’t need that. Enough already... As for the sanctions, the world has never seen such massive sanctions.”

Dmitry Abzalov, director of the Center for Strategic Communications, pointed out that even though energy prices will go up for most of the West, it won’t do much to ease the pain for the Russians: “We’ll still be the ones taking the terminal hit, and an incomparable one, even though other countries will also suffer some losses. We’ll all be going to hell together—except for maybe China—but going to hell together with the French or Germans won’t make our people feel any better.” Abzalov argued that after taking additional territories in Eastern Ukraine, Russia should get out of Dodge, believing that all Western companies that temporarily paused their operations in Russia would then rush to come back. “It’s about toxicity, not just sanctions... It will go away once the situation stabilizes.”

Prior to the invasion of Ukraine, state TV experts predicted that Russia could overtake it in a matter of minutes or a few days. Stunned by the fierce resistance on the part of Ukrainians, Soloviev described them as “the army that is second in Europe, after ours, and which has been prepared for eight years and armed with everything you can imagine.”

Soloviev added: “This is a frightening war that is being waged against us by America.”

To lighten the mood in the studio, the host resorted to one of the favorite pastimes of many Kremlin propagandists: playing yet another Fox News clip of Tucker Carlson and his frequent guest Ret. Col. Doug Macgregor. In the translated video, Macgregor predicted Russia’s easy military victories over Ukraine and its total invincibility to Western sanctions. Soloviev sighed and smiled: “He’s a lot more optimistic than my previous experts in the studio.”

https://www.thedailybeast.com/even-russias-state-tv-admits-ukraine-disaster-has-putin-in-trouble
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 11, 2022, 12:01:27 AM
Even Rick, in his alternative reality, can't spin Kamala. 
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 11, 2022, 12:06:47 AM
Republicans may say they oppose Putin -- but they keep siding with the Russian dictator over Democrats and democracy

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Over the weekend, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., threw out an enticing coinage for some of the most flagrant supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Republican Party: The "Putin wing."

Cheney was specifically reacting to Douglas MacGregor, who was appointed to be a senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense by Donald Trump, and on Fox Business said that Russian forces invading Ukraine were being "too gentle." Most folks, however, took Cheney's new term to be much broader than that to encompass Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson of Fox News, and any Republicans who were praising Putin before it became suddenly unfashionable to do so approximately two weeks ago. Most of those folks are, reluctantly, claiming disapproval of the invasion of Ukraine, but are likely biding their time until outrage subsides and they can start pushing a pro-Putin line again. Indeed, Carlson has already started to test the waters by accusing the U.S. of victimizing Russia with a "disinformation campaign".

So the problem with Cheney's formulation is that to talk about a "Putin wing" of the GOP implies there is a substantive wing of the GOP that is anti-Putin. But outside of a few Republicans like herself that have turned their backs completely on Trump, that's simply not the case.

Oh, sure, there are lots of Republicans who talk a big game about how they support Ukraine and oppose the Russian dictator. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy even made a big show of declaring, "I do not think anything's savvy or genius about Putin," a direct refutation of Trump's repeated application of both words to the Russian leader he clearly has a crush on. McCarthy is known for his shameless boot-licking of Trump, so he was no doubt aware that this would result in "man bites dog" coverage that would make him appear anti-Putin without him having to make any changes to GOP actions that are, in reality, supportive of Putin's hostility to Ukraine and to democracy in general

When we look away from the pretty words to those actual actions, the picture looks bleak indeed.

At best, Republicans will side with Putin's interests if doing so will undermine President Joe Biden and the Democratic party. Look no further than the bad faith GOP campaign over gas prices. As Dana Milbank of the Washington Post explained Wednesday, "For days, Republicans called for a ban on imports of Russian oil," but the second that Biden heeded their demands, they pivoted to "blaming his energy policies for spiking gas prices."

In one sense, this is standard GOP sabotage. We saw it under Barack Obama, where Republicans undermined the passage of a more robust economic bailout package, and then campaigned against Obama by blaming him for the sluggish recovery they caused. We saw an even darker version of this in the past year, with Republicans sabotaging Biden's attempts to end the pandemic by convincing their followers not to vaccinate, all so they can run against Biden's "failure" to end the pandemic. Pressuring Biden to pass a policy that everyone knows will raise gas prices, and then campaigning against him on those rising gas prices is standard operating procedure for the GOP.

But, in doing so, they are giving a huge assist to Putin, by letting him off the hook for the economic fallout his invasion of Ukraine is causing.

McCarthy in particular has been eager to carry Putin's water on this front, declaring bluntly that these "aren't Putin prices," but are instead "President Biden's prices." This isn't just a lie. This is a lie that, Milbank explains, is "sowing division at home and giving a rhetorical boost to the enemy at a perilous moment when national unity and sacrifice will be needed to prevail against Russia." Given a choice between backing Putin's play and scoring points on Biden, Republicans picked the former. It's all the more reason to view surface-level anti-Putin rhetoric from Republicans as glib bad faith that will likely, in due time, give way to accommodating Trump's obvious preference, which is a robust pro-Russia and anti-democracy stance.

We've been down this road so many times before, where Republicans initially resist Trump's horrible views but eventually come around. We saw it with Covid-19, where an initial Republican willingness to embrace pandemic mitigation swiftly turned into the rejection of even the most basic measures, all because then-president Trump thought acknowledging the reality of the pandemic would hurt his re-election chances. We saw it again with Trump's January 6 insurrection. Initially, most Republicans were freaked out and angry about it, but in short order, they were covering up Trump's crimes by voting against his impeachment and trying to shut down any House investigation into the attack.

We've even been down this road with Putin and his aggression towards Ukraine before. Republicans were initially willing to take seriously the strong signs that the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russian government to spread disinformation about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election. They even went so far as to appoint a special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate the claims. But by the time Mueller's report was ready to come out, Republicans were in full cover-up mode, backing then-attorney general Bill Barr's strategy of burying the report's findings through delays and spin.

And when Trump tried to blackmail Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy by threatening to withhold military aid unless Zelenskyy falsified evidence to smear Biden with, Republicans had Trump's back, voting against impeachment and undermining the process of holding him accountable at every turn. Instead, both Fox News and GOP leadership started to float Russian-generated conspiracy theories incoherently accusing Ukraine's government of "interfering" with elections, all to keep the heat off both Putin and Trump. As Heather "Digby" Parton notes, "Putin even joked at one point that he was glad the world was finally blaming Ukraine instead of him."

And as Donie O'Sullivan at CNN reports, now some conservatives are embracing a Russia-generated conspiracy theory claiming "the United States is developing bioweapons in Ukraine and Vladimir Putin has stepped in to save the day and destroy the weapons." The conspiracy theory bubbled up in the world of QAnon, but like most of these far-right conspiracy theories, it's making its way to the mainstream GOP rapidly. Carlson's show Wednesday night was largely dedicated to pushing this conspiracy theory that paints Ukraine as villains in cahoots with the Biden administration, and Putin as the hero. Even more troublingly, he used a clip of Florida's Republican Sen. Marco Rubio questioning Victoria Nuland, Biden's Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, to hype this conspiracy theory. In the clip, Rubio's line of questioning seems about debunking the conspiracy theory. He even explicitly uses the term "Russian propaganda." Nonetheless, the clip went viral in pro-Russia circles, because Rubio opened the line of questioning by asking, "does Ukraine have chemical or biological weapons," prompting Nuland to say, "Ukraine has biological research facilities" and the U.S. is "working with the Ukrainians on how they can prevent any of those research materials from falling into the hands of Russian forces." The clip is now being spread around, including by Carlson, as evidence that the Ukrainians are the bad guys and the U.S. is covering up this supposed nefarious biological weapons development scheme.

Perhaps Rubio was unaware that this clip would be used this way. If so, it's the second time this week that Rubio had an "oopsie" when it comes to Ukraine and Russia. Over the weekend, Rubio tweeted out a photo of a Zoom meeting Congress had with Zelenskyy, even though they were explicitly asked not to, in order to protect the Ukrainian president from what appears to be a relentless campaign by Russian forces to kill him. The photo is likely not a direct threat to Zelenskyy any longer, but Rubio still doesn't have the decency to take it down as a show of good faith.

Whatever Rubio's intentions, the pattern is hard to ignore: Republicans are careless at best when it comes to Ukraine, and when it comes to propagandists like Carlson — who always seem to end up setting the party's agenda — it's more like open sabotage of the embattled democracy.

Even the GOP's anti-vaccine strategy is coming back to hurt the Ukrainian cause. A Navy ship the U.S. wishes to deploy, likely to support NATO defenses in European waters, is being stalled because a Republican judge won't let the Biden administration remove the commanding officer. The officer lost the trust of the government and his crew by being an anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist. "Anti-vaxx nut" is apparently a protected class to Republicans now, so they're willing to tank national security in order to perpetuate this conspiracy theory.

Republicans are making their priorities clear. Sure, they say they believe in Ukraine's fight for democracy and sovereignty, but they're not willing to do much to stand up for that cause, especially if doing so means playing nice with Biden or, at the very least, not giving wild-eyed Putin lovers grist for their mills. It's the same problem we've seen with Republicans and Trump for years. Sure, some of them will criticize him or, however briefly, push back against some of his nuttier ideas. But when push comes to shove, Republicans will always stand by Trump's side, even though he literally attempted to overthrow American democracy. So why shouldn't they have the same approach to Putin's attempts to overthrow Ukrainian democracy?

https://www.rawstory.com/republicans-may-say-they-oppose-putin-but-they-keep-siding-with-the-russian-dictator-over-democrats-and-democracy/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 11, 2022, 03:04:20 PM
Republicans may say they oppose Putin -- but they keep siding with the Russian dictator over Democrats and democracy

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Over the weekend, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., threw out an enticing coinage for some of the most flagrant supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Republican Party: The "Putin wing."

Cheney was specifically reacting to Douglas MacGregor, who was appointed to be a senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense by Donald Trump, and on Fox Business said that Russian forces invading Ukraine were being "too gentle." Most folks, however, took Cheney's new term to be much broader than that to encompass Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson of Fox News, and any Republicans who were praising Putin before it became suddenly unfashionable to do so approximately two weeks ago. Most of those folks are, reluctantly, claiming disapproval of the invasion of Ukraine, but are likely biding their time until outrage subsides and they can start pushing a pro-Putin line again. Indeed, Carlson has already started to test the waters by accusing the U.S. of victimizing Russia with a "disinformation campaign".

So the problem with Cheney's formulation is that to talk about a "Putin wing" of the GOP implies there is a substantive wing of the GOP that is anti-Putin. But outside of a few Republicans like herself that have turned their backs completely on Trump, that's simply not the case.

Oh, sure, there are lots of Republicans who talk a big game about how they support Ukraine and oppose the Russian dictator. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy even made a big show of declaring, "I do not think anything's savvy or genius about Putin," a direct refutation of Trump's repeated application of both words to the Russian leader he clearly has a crush on. McCarthy is known for his shameless boot-licking of Trump, so he was no doubt aware that this would result in "man bites dog" coverage that would make him appear anti-Putin without him having to make any changes to GOP actions that are, in reality, supportive of Putin's hostility to Ukraine and to democracy in general

When we look away from the pretty words to those actual actions, the picture looks bleak indeed.

At best, Republicans will side with Putin's interests if doing so will undermine President Joe Biden and the Democratic party. Look no further than the bad faith GOP campaign over gas prices. As Dana Milbank of the Washington Post explained Wednesday, "For days, Republicans called for a ban on imports of Russian oil," but the second that Biden heeded their demands, they pivoted to "blaming his energy policies for spiking gas prices."

In one sense, this is standard GOP sabotage. We saw it under Barack Obama, where Republicans undermined the passage of a more robust economic bailout package, and then campaigned against Obama by blaming him for the sluggish recovery they caused. We saw an even darker version of this in the past year, with Republicans sabotaging Biden's attempts to end the pandemic by convincing their followers not to vaccinate, all so they can run against Biden's "failure" to end the pandemic. Pressuring Biden to pass a policy that everyone knows will raise gas prices, and then campaigning against him on those rising gas prices is standard operating procedure for the GOP.

But, in doing so, they are giving a huge assist to Putin, by letting him off the hook for the economic fallout his invasion of Ukraine is causing.

McCarthy in particular has been eager to carry Putin's water on this front, declaring bluntly that these "aren't Putin prices," but are instead "President Biden's prices." This isn't just a lie. This is a lie that, Milbank explains, is "sowing division at home and giving a rhetorical boost to the enemy at a perilous moment when national unity and sacrifice will be needed to prevail against Russia." Given a choice between backing Putin's play and scoring points on Biden, Republicans picked the former. It's all the more reason to view surface-level anti-Putin rhetoric from Republicans as glib bad faith that will likely, in due time, give way to accommodating Trump's obvious preference, which is a robust pro-Russia and anti-democracy stance.

We've been down this road so many times before, where Republicans initially resist Trump's horrible views but eventually come around. We saw it with Covid-19, where an initial Republican willingness to embrace pandemic mitigation swiftly turned into the rejection of even the most basic measures, all because then-president Trump thought acknowledging the reality of the pandemic would hurt his re-election chances. We saw it again with Trump's January 6 insurrection. Initially, most Republicans were freaked out and angry about it, but in short order, they were covering up Trump's crimes by voting against his impeachment and trying to shut down any House investigation into the attack.

We've even been down this road with Putin and his aggression towards Ukraine before. Republicans were initially willing to take seriously the strong signs that the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russian government to spread disinformation about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election. They even went so far as to appoint a special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate the claims. But by the time Mueller's report was ready to come out, Republicans were in full cover-up mode, backing then-attorney general Bill Barr's strategy of burying the report's findings through delays and spin.

And when Trump tried to blackmail Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy by threatening to withhold military aid unless Zelenskyy falsified evidence to smear Biden with, Republicans had Trump's back, voting against impeachment and undermining the process of holding him accountable at every turn. Instead, both Fox News and GOP leadership started to float Russian-generated conspiracy theories incoherently accusing Ukraine's government of "interfering" with elections, all to keep the heat off both Putin and Trump. As Heather "Digby" Parton notes, "Putin even joked at one point that he was glad the world was finally blaming Ukraine instead of him."

And as Donie O'Sullivan at CNN reports, now some conservatives are embracing a Russia-generated conspiracy theory claiming "the United States is developing bioweapons in Ukraine and Vladimir Putin has stepped in to save the day and destroy the weapons." The conspiracy theory bubbled up in the world of QAnon, but like most of these far-right conspiracy theories, it's making its way to the mainstream GOP rapidly. Carlson's show Wednesday night was largely dedicated to pushing this conspiracy theory that paints Ukraine as villains in cahoots with the Biden administration, and Putin as the hero. Even more troublingly, he used a clip of Florida's Republican Sen. Marco Rubio questioning Victoria Nuland, Biden's Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, to hype this conspiracy theory. In the clip, Rubio's line of questioning seems about debunking the conspiracy theory. He even explicitly uses the term "Russian propaganda." Nonetheless, the clip went viral in pro-Russia circles, because Rubio opened the line of questioning by asking, "does Ukraine have chemical or biological weapons," prompting Nuland to say, "Ukraine has biological research facilities" and the U.S. is "working with the Ukrainians on how they can prevent any of those research materials from falling into the hands of Russian forces." The clip is now being spread around, including by Carlson, as evidence that the Ukrainians are the bad guys and the U.S. is covering up this supposed nefarious biological weapons development scheme.

Perhaps Rubio was unaware that this clip would be used this way. If so, it's the second time this week that Rubio had an "oopsie" when it comes to Ukraine and Russia. Over the weekend, Rubio tweeted out a photo of a Zoom meeting Congress had with Zelenskyy, even though they were explicitly asked not to, in order to protect the Ukrainian president from what appears to be a relentless campaign by Russian forces to kill him. The photo is likely not a direct threat to Zelenskyy any longer, but Rubio still doesn't have the decency to take it down as a show of good faith.

Whatever Rubio's intentions, the pattern is hard to ignore: Republicans are careless at best when it comes to Ukraine, and when it comes to propagandists like Carlson — who always seem to end up setting the party's agenda — it's more like open sabotage of the embattled democracy.

Even the GOP's anti-vaccine strategy is coming back to hurt the Ukrainian cause. A Navy ship the U.S. wishes to deploy, likely to support NATO defenses in European waters, is being stalled because a Republican judge won't let the Biden administration remove the commanding officer. The officer lost the trust of the government and his crew by being an anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist. "Anti-vaxx nut" is apparently a protected class to Republicans now, so they're willing to tank national security in order to perpetuate this conspiracy theory.

Republicans are making their priorities clear. Sure, they say they believe in Ukraine's fight for democracy and sovereignty, but they're not willing to do much to stand up for that cause, especially if doing so means playing nice with Biden or, at the very least, not giving wild-eyed Putin lovers grist for their mills. It's the same problem we've seen with Republicans and Trump for years. Sure, some of them will criticize him or, however briefly, push back against some of his nuttier ideas. But when push comes to shove, Republicans will always stand by Trump's side, even though he literally attempted to overthrow American democracy. So why shouldn't they have the same approach to Putin's attempts to overthrow Ukrainian democracy?

https://www.rawstory.com/republicans-may-say-they-oppose-putin-but-they-keep-siding-with-the-russian-dictator-over-democrats-and-democracy/

Endless nonsense.  Trump has condemned the invasion.  Hannity and Graham have even suggested that Putin be assassinated.  42 republican senators have voiced support for sending Ukraine the Polish MIGs while Biden is cowering in terror of Putin and refusing to send them.  The republicans have led the way while Biden has dragged his feet.  Trying to validate your hatred doesn't match the facts.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 12, 2022, 04:55:53 AM
Once again, President Biden is leading the world and getting our allies together to defeat Putin.

'Another crushing blow': US and other democracies end normal trade relations with Russia

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President Joe Biden on Friday announced a new round of sanctions on Russia by the United States, as well as countries within the European Union and the Group of Seven nations.

The latest round of joint economic restrictions will revoke Russia’s status as a preferred trading partner and eliminate the country’s ability to borrow from multilateral institutions, such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

The United States will also move to ban the export of luxury goods to Russia, worth roughly $550 million annually, and the import of $1 billion a year in signature Russian products, like seafood, vodka and diamonds.

“We’re showing our strength, and we will not falter,” Biden said from the Roosevelt Room in the White House.

The U.S. House will vote next week on a bipartisan bill to remove Russia’s designation as a preferred trading partner, according to a statement from Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

That legislation has broad bipartisan support, but has been on ice for more than a week as Biden sought to get other major nations on board with the trade sanctions.

“Putin’s premeditated, unprovoked war is an attack on the Ukrainian people and an attack on democracy — and the House remains steadfast in our commitment to partnering with President Biden and our allies to level swift, severe punishment and stand with the Ukrainian people,” Pelosi, a California Democrat, said in a statement.

Biden said Friday that Russia holding most favored nation status, referred to as permanent normal trade relations with the U.S., “means that two countries have agreed to trade with each other under the best possible terms — low tariffs, few barriers to trade and the highest possible imports allowed.”

“Revoking PNTR for Russia is going to make it harder for Russia to do business with the United States,” Biden continued. “And doing it in unison with other nations that make up half of the global economy will be another crushing blow to the Russian economy.”

Countries within the G7 — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States — will also step up “pressure on corrupt Russian billionaires” by adding new names to the list of people they are targeting with sanctions, Biden said.

And the allied nations will increase coordination of already sanctioned Russian oligarchs to “target and capture their ill-begotten gains.”

At the end of his remarks, Biden answered one press question about whether the U.S. would have a military response if Russian President Vladimir Putin were to launch a chemical weapons attack on Ukraine.

“I’m not going to speak about the intelligence, but Russia would pay a severe price if they used chemical weapons,” Biden said.

Biden’s announcement came just moments after he spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy “to underscore his support for the Ukrainian people as they continue to defend their country against Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified attack,” according to a White House readout.

Biden also told Zelenskyy about the latest round of sanctions.

Iowa Capital Dispatch is part of States Newsroom, a network of news bureaus supported by grants and a coalition of donors as a 501c(3) public charity. Iowa Capital Dispatch maintains editorial independence.

https://iowacapitaldispatch.com/2022/03/11/u-s-other-democracies-limit-russian-trade-benefits-in-reaction-to-war-against-ukraine/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 12, 2022, 11:10:41 AM
Not a day goes by without Comrade Tucker Carlson on Russia's state TV. Here's a screenshot clip being used by the Russians to promote their disinformation about Ukraine allegedly creating "bio-weapons" in its lab. Tuckyo Rose delivers again. 

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 12, 2022, 11:20:13 AM
Ukraine’s Minister of Defense says Russians have now killed more Ukrainian civilians than they have killed Ukrainian military, border guard, and police casualties combined. It’s a war on civilians.

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 12, 2022, 11:29:10 AM
"Had a substantive conversation with @POTUS. Gave him the assessment of the situation on the battlefield, informed about the crimes of Russia against the civilian population. We agreed on further steps to support the defense of Ukraine and increase sanctions against Russia." - President Zelenskyy Ukraine

""I called @ZelenskyyUa this morning to discuss our ongoing security, humanitarian, and economic assistance for the Ukrainian people. I updated him on the actions we are taking today in coordination with the G7 and EU to further raise the costs on Russia for its attack on Ukraine." - President Joe Biden

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 12, 2022, 05:39:15 PM
Ukraine’s Minister of Defense says Russians have now killed more Ukrainian civilians than they have killed Ukrainian military, border guard, and police casualties combined. It’s a war on civilians.

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It's a shame that Ukrainians are paying this price for Biden's incompetence.  He delayed the sanctions until it was too late.  He is so afraid of Putin that he has made clear the US and NATO will provide no direct military assistance (allowing Putin to act knowing that NATO will not be coming to Ukraine's assistance), and he blocked the delivery of the Polish MIGs.  The people of Ukraine did not elect Biden.  The American public bears that responsibility.  Americans are paying the price of Biden's incompetence in terms of crime, inflation, and illegal immigration, but at least we are not being invaded.  And just wait until China invades Taiwan now that they have confirmation of Biden's weakness.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 13, 2022, 12:18:26 AM
NBC News: The Biden admin's new task force targeting Russian oligarchs will go after those "who have assisted the regime responsible for the invasion of Ukraine" — meaning not just the elites, but also those within their sphere. @NBCNews
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1502721084352729090

SBU: Intercepted phone calls shows that Russian troops near Kharkiv were ordered to shoot at civilians, including children.
https://twitter.com/KyivIndependent/status/1502713940328996869
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 13, 2022, 12:26:33 AM
It's a shame that Ukrainians are paying this price for Biden's incompetence.  He delayed the sanctions until it was too late.  He is so afraid of Putin that he has made clear the US and NATO will provide no direct military assistance (allowing Putin to act knowing that NATO will not be coming to Ukraine's assistance), and he blocked the delivery of the Polish MIGs.  The people of Ukraine did not elect Biden.  The American public bears that responsibility.  Americans are paying the price of Biden's incompetence in terms of crime, inflation, and illegal immigration, but at least we are not being invaded.  And just wait until China invades Taiwan now that they have confirmation of Biden's weakness.

More BS: and fake propaganda.

This has nothing to do with President Biden. Criminal Donald caused this war in Ukraine by weakening Ukraine and NATO for 4 years. Putin would have invaded Ukraine in 2022 because that was his goal and Criminal Donald helped him. Every credible national security expert has confirmed it. 

Bolton: 'Putin saw Trump doing a lot of his work for him'

Former national security adviser John Bolton said Wednesday that one of the reasons that Russian President Vladimir Putin did not move to invade Ukraine during former President Trump's term in office was that he saw "Trump doing a lot of his work for him."

He said in an interview on SiriusXM's "Julie Mason Mornings" that he thought maybe in a second term, Trump would "make good" on his "desire to get out of NATO," which would then ease Putin's path forward.

Bolton said he believes that the Russian president thinks "a weaker NATO" equals a "stronger Russia."

He made similar comments during a Washington Post Live event on Friday, saying that Putin was "waiting" for a possible United States withdrawal from NATO and that former Trump would have likely made such a move had he been reelected.

He told SiriusXM on Wednesday that a lot of people underestimated Putin's determination to get back into "control" and gain "perhaps actual sovereignty over parts of the former Soviet Union."

"I think the West as a whole but the U.S. in particular, failed to create adequate deterrence to prevent him from concluding that he could get away with with invading Ukraine. Now he's run into a lot of tropical resistance from the Ukrainian army which is heroic," he added.

However, Bolton noted that Putin's planning, operations and logistics with regards to Moscow's invasion of Ukraine has been "very poor." But despite that, he will not negotiate with Ukraine unless it looks like he is coming from "a position of strength." 

He said that Putin's two-week long invasion, which many thought would be as easy victory for the leader, has seen him "weakened" and added that it "will calm nerves in a lot of the NATO countries"

According to Bolton, if Putin resorts to "steamroller tactics" in Ukraine, it would make places like Finland and Sweden reconsider their neutrality and think about joining NATO.

"For the Poles, the Baltic Republics, others in Eastern and central Europe, I think it's going to increase their desire to have American and other NATO troops stationed there more permanently to provide forward defense against any possibility that Putin would conclude from successes he made in Ukraine" that he could invade others next, Bolton added.

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/597523-bolton-putin-saw-trump-doing-a-lot-of-his-work-for-him
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 13, 2022, 01:00:16 AM
Criminal Donald was an installed Russian stooge who was only in office to cause chaos and division to weaken America. He was also installed to help his puppet master Putin become more powerful like weakening Ukraine and NATO. Donnie pulled out our troops from Syria giving Putin our bases making him stronger in the region. Here's another fine example of Donnie helping Putin from just 4 years ago as he constantly wanted to pull out of NATO, which was Putin's dream. We all lived through this disaster and witnessed each day how this orange Russian asset was helping Putin achieve his goals. Then we have right wing propagandists falsley smearing President Biden with Russian propaganda for political purposes. Well it ain't working, because America and the world is united behind President Biden, Ukraine, and our allies.

Trump has reportedly discussed withdrawing from NATO. That would be great for Russia.
According to the New York Times, Trump brought up pulling out of NATO several times in 2018.

January 15, 2019

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President Donald Trump has reportedly suggested on multiple occasions that the United States withdraw from NATO — a maneuver that would roil the global community and signal a major victory for Russia.

Julian Barnes and Helene Cooper at the New York Times reported on Tuesday that in 2018, Trump said several times that he wanted to remove the US from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a military alliance between the US, Canada, and multiple European countries signed in 1949 to contain Soviet expansionism after World War II.

Trump has made no secret of his disdain for NATO, which he once declared was “obsolete.” According to the Times, his repeated requests to withdraw from NATO have rattled administration officials, especially as concerns about his interactions with Russia and President Vladimir Putin grow.

The report details officials’ efforts to keep Trump contained during the NATO summit in Brussels last July, including pushing ambassadors to finish an agreement on several goals before the meeting to “shield it” from Trump. He discussed internal business in front of nonmembers of NATO, bucking protocol, and complained — as he often does publicly — that NATO members aren’t spending enough on defense.

He reportedly especially took issue with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her country’s spending of 1 percent of its GDP, per the Times:

By comparison, the United States’ military spending is about 4 percent of GDP, and Mr. Trump has railed against allies for not meeting the NATO spending goal of 2 percent of economic output. At the summit meeting, he surprised the leaders by demanding 4 percent — a move that would essentially put the goal out of reach for many alliance members. He also threatened that the United States would “go its own way” in 2019 if military spending from other NATO countries did not rise.

During the middle of a speech by Ms. Merkel, Mr. Trump again broke protocol by getting up and leaving, sending ripples of shock across the room, according to American and European officials who were there. But before he left, the president walked behind Ms. Merkel and interrupted her speech to call her a great leader. Startled and relieved that Mr. Trump had not continued his berating of the leaders, the people in the room clapped.


A meeting to celebrate NATO’s 70th anniversary planned for April in Washington, DC, has also been downgraded to a foreign ministers’ gathering, and it will no longer take place in Washington.

Trump’s antipathy toward NATO is a good thing for Russia, whether he ultimately withdraws from the agreement (which would require a one-year notification period and likely see pushback from Congress) or not. Moscow benefits from divides between the US and Europe, and Putin has been trying to undermine ties between the two for years.

With the exit of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in December, the situation has become worse, not better. In his resignation letter, Mattis wrote that he believes the United States’ strength is “inextricably linked” to the strength of the country’s “unique and comprehensive system of alliances.” He specifically invoked NATO and pointed out that the 29 countries in the alliance at that time came to America’s defense after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

As Vox’s Alex Ward wrote on the heels of the 2018 summit, Trump doesn’t seem to understand NATO or its worth:

At the heart of the NATO military alliance is a provision known as Article 5. That says that an attack on one NATO country is to be considered an attack on all the countries — and therefore that all the member countries are obligated to come to the defense of whoever is attacked.

This is why NATO allies — yes, including Montenegro — are fighting alongside the US in Afghanistan to this day. The US invoked Article 5 after 9/11, and NATO countries kept their promise and came to America’s aid.


The Times report confirms he still doesn’t get it.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/1/15/18183759/trump-pull-out-of-nato-nyt-mattis
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 13, 2022, 01:19:22 AM
They said Covid was a hoax.
They said Russia would never invade.
They say climate change is fake.
They say vaccines don’t work.
They say the news is fake.
They praise Putin.
They attacked the Capitol.
They ban books.
They cover up for Trump's crimes.

The Republican Party is on the wrong side of every issue and has caused major damage to America.

The partisan gap on Ukraine/Russia has closed. Americans are unanimous in their support of Ukraine and opposition to Putin’s unprovoked and illegal war.

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This is good to see from a human perspective. It’s also really bad news for the Republican Party, which is firmly on the unpopular side of this and is struggling mightily to try to rewrite its own recent history.

The Kyiv Independent

Over 80% of Americans see Ukraine as 'friendly' or an ally, 70% consider Russia 'unfriendly' or an enemy.

Source: Survey by YouGov, published by the New York Times on March 12.


https://twitter.com/KyivIndependent/status/1502730906565586946
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 13, 2022, 11:09:59 AM
Comrade Carlson is a Pro Russian Putin loving stooge who has been brainwashing the sheep that watch him for years. The GOP has parroted these same talking points and let Criminal Donald off the hook in his first impeachment for extorting Ukraine and denying them military aid unless they falsely accused Joe Biden of a phony crime to politically help Criminal Donald.   

Tucker Carlson’s history of pro-Kremlin, anti-Ukraine propaganda
Tucker Carlson’s dizzying mess of spin and deflection on Russia’s war in Ukraine

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As Russian missiles rain down across Ukraine, Fox News finds itself scrambling to find its footing after weeks of downplaying the mounting crisis and shifting blame for escalating tensions away from Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. Among Fox’s cacophony of coverage throughout the last month, Tucker Carlson’s voice once again rang the loudest.

In 2019, Carlson exclaimed on air that he was, in fact, “root[ing] for Russia” in what was then a simmering conflict in Ukraine, before quickly backtracking when the comment drew immediate backlash. Carlson would eventually argue to his viewers that “we should probably take the side of Russia if we have to choose between Russia and Ukraine.”

As the possibility of a full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russia escalated from a theoretical possibility to an impending crisis, Carlson insisted that Russia’s military buildup and the looming threat of war were fundamentally inconsequential to American national interests. Carlson levied a steady campaign against intervention on behalf of Ukraine, downplaying reports from the intelligence community and decrying conversations about possible interventions as hysteria by warmongers desperate to lead America into another quagmire like the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He further attempted to frame the Ukrainian government as an authoritarian regime undeserving of American sympathies. Carlson’s efforts to downplay Russia’s threat to Ukraine, and his repeated justification of the impending invasion, were significant enough for Russian state TV to air them as part of its domestic propaganda.


A horrific armed conflict now ravages Ukraine and threatens the stability of Europe, the Russian leadership has floated the threat of nuclear retaliation against Ukraine’s would-be allies. In a pivot that would give most people whiplash, Carlson’s analysis of the deadly crisis has laid the blame squarely on the shoulders of American leadership. In an absurd segment, Carlson attempted to blame VP Kamala Harris for his years of pro-Kremlin talking points – which dates back in at least one instance to before Harris was even sworn in as a Senator in January 2017.

Carlson also now insists that the Biden administration's failure to intervene in a timely manner, as well as progressive environmental politics, were ultimately responsible for Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Meanwhile, Putin has received little more than a passing condemnation from Fox News’ most influential voice.

The Ukrainian people are fighting for their lives and their country, facing a military superpower. Their enemy has never shied away from committing war crimes or brutalizing civilian populations in order to achieve objectives. (Reports of crimes against civilians and the use of banned weapons have already emerged in Ukraine.) The battles for Ukraine have already been bloody, and will almost certainly result in more devastation and loss of life. Carlson’s scramble to reset his commentary on Putin and outrun his past defense of the Russian regime's actions points back to a simple axiom: Tucker Carlson will defend the indefensible up until the moment he faces consequences.

Timeline:

December 19, 2016: Carlson cast doubt on the CIA assessment that Russia interfered with the U.S. election and said he’s “open-minded” about Russia.

January 3, 2017: Carlson questioned attempts to sanction Russia for cyber attacks.

January 13, 2017: On then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s Senate hearings, Carlson asked, “Why are they so anti-Russia?”

January 18, 2017: Carlson argued with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) about Russia and the DNC hacking, asking how Russian interference in the election was any “different” from other nations spying on the U.S.

May 3, 2017: Carlson questioned whether Russia is a threat to democracy and claimed not to have seen “any evidence” of Russia’s wrongdoing, including regarding Ukraine.

July 26, 2017: In an interview with then-Vice President Mike Pence, Carlson asked whether sanctions against Russia in response to aggression in Ukraine would help America.

January 14, 2019: Carlson: “Why should I care about whether Russia invades Ukraine?”

January 15, 2019: Carlson argued that the U.S. shouldn’t have to uphold Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty and defend the Baltic member states of NATO.

September 24, 2019: Following the revelation of Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, during which Trump attempted to extort Ukraine into assisting with his re-election effort, Carlson said, “Nobody has bothered to explain why sending $400 million in military aid to Ukraine is in the interest of the United States.”

September 30, 2019: Carlson claimed that “mindlessly sending military aid to Ukraine in order to antagonize Russia” jeopardizes American national security.

September 30, 2019: Carlson questioned why the U.S. should send aid to Ukraine: “Why should you be in favor of that? Does it help America? Does it make you safer?” Later, he asked, “Why do we care so much” about “Russia messing around in Ukraine, or Estonia, Crimea or whatever?” finally ending with, “Why wouldn’t we be friends with Russia?”

September 30, 2019: Carlson: It's just funny that my country actually is being invaded by other countries from the south — look at the population movement into the United States without our permission. And nobody cares and caring is itself seen as immoral. But we have to be outraged, morally outraged that Russia is making belligerent noises at Ukraine. Do you think that's weird?

October 29, 2019: Carlson claimed that Trump was being punished for not supporting Ukraine’s independence, glibly commenting, “His phone call was unacceptable because it might prevent America from automatically unthinkingly spending billions of dollars over many years to prop up a country that most Americans could not find on a globe at gunpoint.”

November 13, 2019: Carlson devoted his monologue to mocking America’s relationship with Ukraine: “We need Ukraine like a drowning man needs a life ring, or more precisely like an alcoholic needs a drink.” Later, Carlson dismissed the need to defend Ukraine: “Ukraine is very far away from us. That could be Trump's campaign slogan. In fact, let's hope it is Trump's campaign slogan.”

November 15, 2019: Tucker asked Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), “Why are we taking Ukraine’s side in a war against Russia?” Carlson added that Russia invading Crimea is “totally fine” with him as it “has no effect on America.”

November 15, 2019: Tucker asked retired U.S. Army Col. Douglas MacGregor why we should care about the Ukraine-Russia conflict and accused the State Department of pushing the U.S. into a war with Russia.

November 25, 2019: Tucker Carlson said that he's rooting for Russia against Ukraine

December 2, 2019 Despite having previously said that he was “joking” about rooting for Russia over Ukraine, Tucker doubled down on supporting the Russians in the conflict: “I don’t think that we should be at war with Russia. And I think we should probably take the side of Russia if we have to choose between Russia and Ukraine. That is my view."

December 17, 2019: Carlson baselessly argued “The only purpose of aid to the government of Ukraine is to antagonize Russia,” adding that viewers should “keep in mind” the costs of antagonizing “a country with more nuclear weapons than any other country on the globe.”

December 18, 2019: Carlson mocked the idea of supplying military aid to Ukraine, which he surmised would not have been what the founders intended; “If there's one thing Jefferson and Madison agreed on, arm Ukraine.”

January 30, 2020: Carlson mocked the American relationship with Ukraine: “Ukraine -- that noble, windswept Eastern European nation that is our single greatest ally in the world, maybe our only real ally. If Ukraine wants it, we provide it. That's the rule, as they’ve explained in the Senate. All decent Americans stand with Ukraine. Now, for a moment the president seemed to falter in his moral duty to stand with Ukraine, and for that he is being impeached.”

January 31, 2020: Carlson said Trump should have canceled aid to Ukraine: “There is no reason to send weapons to Ukraine, in my opinion.”

February 5, 2020: Carlson mocked the need to defend Ukraine: “It is our highest and most sacred duty to support the people of Ukraine and needless to say, that includes giving them sophisticated weapons systems whenever they ask for them and neve, ever delaying the delivery of those weapons, even for a moment.”

February 5, 2020: Fellow Fox News host Jeanine Pirro joined in Carlson’s mocking of Ukraine, saying, “I didn't know Ukraine was so important,” to which Carlson responded, “All important! There's nothing more important than Ukraine!”

December 7, 2021: Carlson and his guest, retired U.S. Army Col. Douglas MacGregor, speculated that Russia's return to its Orthodox Christian views could be the reason America and the West seem bent on its destruction.

December 21, 2021: Carlson included the narrative that “Ukraine is essential to our national security” within a list of so-called government “psy-ops” that are “designed to convince you of something that’s just obviously false.”

February 17, 2022: Carlson mocked media companies for reporting that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was imminent based on reports by intelligence agency sources, dismissing the possibility of air strikes and cyber attacks. “According to Politico, this physical assault ‘could be preceded by a barrage of missile strikes and cyberattacks. So these aren't just gang members. They’re Russians,” Carlson said.

February 17, 2022: Carlson called Zelensky a “puppet of the Biden administration” who was also a “low-grade comic of some kind.”

February 22, 2022: In his opening monologue, Carlson gave a passionate defense of Putin as a person.

February 22, 2022: Carlson aired a chyron mocking criticism of Putin: “Anything Less Than Hating Putin is Treason.”

February 22, 2022: Carlson called Russia’s buildup of forces surrounding much of Ukraine’s border a simple “border dispute.”

February 22, 2022: Carlson mocked Biden’s condemnations of Putin, joking that “you're going to win an important moral victory against dastardly old Vladimir Putin, who is much, much worse than Justin Trudeau. Just so you know. So you can feel good about that because — because — let's see, come to think of it, why would you feel good about that?”

February 22, 2022: Carlson told viewers that the reason the Biden administration was considering providing support for Ukraine is because “Joe Biden likes Ukraine. So Putin bad, war good.”

February 23, 2022: Carlson told viewers that “Ukraine, to be technical, is not a democracy. Democracies don't arrest political opponents and they don't shut down opposition media.”

February 23, 2022: Carlson lied to his viewers, claiming that, technicallly, it was Russia that fought the Nazis while Ukraine collaborated.

February 23, 2022: Carlson called Ukraine “a pure client state of the United States State Department.”

On February 24, at about 6 a.m. Moscow time, Putin announced the military incursion of Russian forces into Ukraine.
February 24, 2022: Carlson covered the Russian assault on Kyiv by complaining about “maternity flight suits” for American servicemembers.


February 24, 2022: On Tucker Carlson Tonight, guest Erik Prince complained that the Biden administration did not listen to him on Ukraine.

February 24, 2022: Tucker Carlson blamed the “climate people” for emboldening Putin and giving him the power to send Europe and the U.S. into an economic depression.

February 25, 2022: Carlson delivered an outraged monologue, calling the invasion a “humiliating defeat” for Biden and criticizing him for failing to prevent the war.

February 25, 2022: Carlson’s guest Charles Hurt blamed the Green New Deal and Biden’s environmental policy for the invasion of Ukraine.

February 28, 2022: Five days after claiming that Americans had no real reason to hate Putin, Carlson claimed it was understandable that “most Americans now despise Vladimir Putin.”

February 28, 2022: Carlson compared the invasion of Ukraine to the January 6 insurrection, telling viewers it will be used to persecute those who “dissent” and “purge the country of the Democratic Party’s political opponents.”

February 28, 2022: Carlson railed against the demonetization and banning of Russian propaganda outlets like RT from social media platforms, claiming it was an effort at “censoring the opinions of Americans.”

March 1, 2022: Carlson claimed that “Big Tech has aligned with intel agencies to curate everything you learned about the war being fought in your name in Ukraine” to censor supposed pro-Russia content

March 1, 2022: Carlson mocked a deceptively edited clip of Vice President Kamala Harris explaining the situation in Ukraine in layman's terms.

March 2, 2022: Carlson argued against the removal of Putin from office, warning it would be “counterproductive to our interests.”

March 2, 2022: Carlson mocked the bipartisan support shown for Ukraine during the State of the Union. 

https://www.mediamatters.org/russias-invasion-ukraine/tucker-carlsons-history-pro-kremlin-anti-ukraine-propaganda
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 13, 2022, 04:04:22 PM
Iran has now been emboldened by Biden's weakness to fire missiles at the US consulate in Iraq.  Biden's weak response to Russia's invasion in emboldening our enemies around the world.  Taiwan is probably next.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 13, 2022, 04:09:42 PM
They said Covid was a hoax.
They said Russia would never invade.
They say climate change is fake.
They say vaccines don’t work.
They say the news is fake.
They praise Putin.
They attacked the Capitol.
They ban books.
They cover up for Trump's crimes.

The Republican Party is on the wrong side of every issue and has caused major damage to America.

The partisan gap on Ukraine/Russia has closed. Americans are unanimous in their support of Ukraine and opposition to Putin’s unprovoked and illegal war.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FNq6SwJXIAMDm9F?format=jpg&name=medium)

This is good to see from a human perspective. It’s also really bad news for the Republican Party, which is firmly on the unpopular side of this and is struggling mightily to try to rewrite its own recent history.

The Kyiv Independent

Over 80% of Americans see Ukraine as 'friendly' or an ally, 70% consider Russia 'unfriendly' or an enemy.

Source: Survey by YouGov, published by the New York Times on March 12.


https://twitter.com/KyivIndependent/status/1502730906565586946

Maybe check the latest polls to see how Americans are perceiving Biden's inept weakness and growing list of disasters.  His weak response to Russia despite calls from republicans to take more timely and forceful action are the latest example.  Republicans urged sanctions on Russia before the invasion.  They urged banning the continued purchase of Russian oil while Old Joe cowered in fear of the political implications of higher gas prices.  The republicans urged providing the Polish MIGs to Ukraine while Biden declined the offer.  Biden has proven weak and incompetent once again.  Trying to blame everyone but himself for these endless disasters is not a strategy that works.  A red tsunami is coming in November.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 13, 2022, 09:55:28 PM
How Trump and Putin Have Been Allies Against Ukraine: Trump has long supported delegitimizing the now besieged country.

On February 25, the day after Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine, Lee Smith published an essay in Tablet arguing that Ukraine had brought on its problems. Smith, a house stenographer for Representative Devin Nunes and the author of two pro-Trump books, unburdened himself of a long list of Ukrainian provocations. In 2014, Ukraine’s people rejected Vladimir Putin’s generous offer to remain a Russian dependency and voted out his handpicked presidential candidate. A few years later, Ukrainian Americans accused Russia of hacking Democratic emails and extorting Volodymyr Zelenskyy — the guilt for which, in Smith and Putin’s view, was shared by the country their parents had fled. These defiant actions “reinforced Putin’s view that, especially in partnership with the Democrats, Ukraine did not understand its true place in the world as a buffer state.” The invasion was a terrible shame, conceded Smith, but this is what happens when a country has the temerity to offend Putin and Trump and assert its independence.

Putin’s war with Ukraine is being fought to settle a single question: Does his neighboring state have the right to make its own democratic decisions or must it subsist as a Russian vassal?

President Biden’s marshaling of a strong and united European response has thrown into sharp relief the contrast with his predecessor’s “America First” bluster. But there is an even more fundamental contrast between Biden’s multilateralism and Trump’s nationalism, one that goes beyond diplomatic skill to core ideology: Many corners of the American right, including Donald Trump, agree with Putin’s position.

Putin views a democratic Ukraine as an existential threat to his regime for two very good reasons. First, Ukraine’s majority prefers economic integration with Europe rather than Russia. Second, all strongmen are mainly preoccupied with maintaining power, and the existence of prosperous democracy in a neighboring country is a dangerous counterexample.

Twenty years ago, there was no significant reservoir of opposition to Ukrainian independence and democracy. The burgeoning alliance between Russian nationalists and America Firsters was set in motion when Paul Manafort went to work for the pro-Russian Party of Regions in Ukraine in 2004. Manafort, once one of the most powerful Republican lobbyists in Washington, had begun a globetrotting career selling his services to dictators. His Ukrainian client, Viktor Yanukovych and the Party of Regions, was Putin’s main organ for maintaining control of his neighboring country.

Putin nurtured a cadre of pliant Ukrainian oligarchs and functionaries who served a devious double purpose. They would faithfully weaken Ukrainian democracy on his behalf, and then he could turn around to the outside world and hold up Ukraine’s corruption as a justification for why it should not be treated like a real country.

He paired this with a slowly escalating campaign of violence. Putin and his allies would violently intimidate their political opposition to prevent them from gaining control of Ukraine. In 2004, Putin’s agents poisoned Viktor Yushchenko, the pro-western presidential candidate. (This occurred four years before the United States invited Ukraine to join NATO, a sequence that shows Russia’s threats against Ukraine drove its interest in joining the alliance, rather than the reverse, as Putin and his defenders have suggested.) Ten years later, Manafort’s client unleashed snipers and thugs to drive away peaceful protesters before a democratic revolution forced him to flee the country. After Russophiles lost control of Ukraine’s government, Putin started using militias to seize chunks of territory.

At the tail end of the Obama administration, both Democrats and Republicans supported democratization, westernization, and reform in Ukraine. When the Obama administration pressured Ukraine to fire ineffective prosecutor Viktor Shokin — a key step forward for advancing the rule of law in Ukraine — a bipartisan letter commended its efforts and did not draw any significant domestic opposition.

Trump’s rise introduced to the Republican Party a figure who shared Putin’s perspective toward Ukraine and often echoed his propaganda. When Putin ginned up demonstrations in eastern Ukraine as a pretext to hive off chunks of land in 2014, Trump gushed, “So smart, when you see the riots in a country because they’re hurting the Russians, Okay, we’ll go and take it over … You have to give him a lot of credit.” After winning the nomination, Trump promised to consider recognizing Putin’s land seizure because “the people of Crimea, from what I’ve heard, would rather be with Russia than where they were.”

Trump brought on Manafort to run his campaign, which further linked Ukraine’s conflict with Russia to the American domestic struggle. Ukrainians released a “black book” of evidence of secret payments by the previous, pro-Russian regime, which implicated Manafort in an embezzling scandal for which he was eventually convicted. After it hacked Democratic emails and released them to aid Trump’s candidacy, Russia claimed it had been framed by Ukraine. Trump subsequently endorsed this theory. (“They brought in another company that I hear is Ukrainian-based,” he told the Associated Press a few months after taking office. “I heard it’s owned by a very rich Ukrainian; that’s what I heard.”)

Trump, of course, was impeached the first time for pressuring Zelenskyy to smear Biden, and his motive was primarily to gain an advantage over his opponent. But he also had clearly absorbed Putin’s idea that Ukraine was corrupt and undeserving of sovereignty. Trump regularly flummoxed his staff by insisting Ukraine was “horrible, corrupt people” and “wasn’t a ‘real country,’ that it had always been a part of Russia, and that it was ‘totally corrupt,’” the Washington Post reported. (The element of Russian propaganda here is not the claim that corruption exists in Ukraine, which is true, but the premise that this somehow destroys its claim to sovereignty or justifies subjugation to its far more corrupt neighbor.)

By the end of Trump’s presidency, the distinction between his agenda in Ukraine and the Russian agenda in Ukraine was difficult to discern. In the aftermath of Trump’s first impeachment, Rudy Giuliani inherited Manafort’s role as a liaison to the pro-Russian elements in Ukraine’s polity. In his travels through the country, Giuliani linked up with Party of Regions apparatchiks as well as known Russian intelligence agents, ginning up business proposals and allegations to fling against Biden. Trump’s agents, Russian agents, and pro-Russian Ukrainian apparatchiks were speaking in almost indistinguishable terms.

That view of the world is expressed cogently, if chillingly, in Smith’s essay depicting Ukraine as a tool of the joint enemies of Putin and Trump. And it has bled widely into the conservative mind. In the run-up to the 2020 election, numerous right-wing pundits warned darkly that American liberals were fomenting a “color revolution” akin to the pro-democratic uprisings that had broken out against several of Putin’s vassal states. Both their narrative and their diction depicted pro-democracy activists as a sinister cabal and Putin their innocent victim.

By the outset of Russia’s invasion, pro-Putinist rhetoric was common. “Ukraine, to be technical, is not a democracy,” asserted Tucker Carlson. “And by the way, Ukraine is a pure client state of the United States State Department.” To be sure, this view remained a minority on the right — and just as many of Trump’s most fervent supporters recoiled at the January 6 insurrection, even many Putin defenders conceded a full-scale invasion went too far. Still, Putin’s claims against Ukraine have received endorsements from both the right’s most popular politician and its most popular media personality. That is not nothing.

It remains to be seen whether the Biden administration’s combination of sanctions, diplomacy, and military aid will be enough to save Ukraine from the predations of its neighboring dictator. The military odds remain favorable to Russia. But as Putin’s militarized irredentism grows larger on the world stage, an increasingly relevant consideration in American politics is the fact that only one American party truly disagrees with it.

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2022/03/how-trump-and-putin-have-been-allies-against-ukraine.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 13, 2022, 10:07:35 PM
Iran has now been emboldened by Biden's weakness to fire missiles at the US consulate in Iraq.  Biden's weak response to Russia's invasion in emboldening our enemies around the world.  Taiwan is probably next.

More BS:

Richard gets his fake talking points from Faux Propaganda. Nothing he posts is ever sourced because it's all made up. 

President Biden has rallied the entire world against Russia and has crippled their economy. Every leader as praised Biden for what he is doing at this critical moment and we have Richard Smith bashing America. Disgraceful.

Iran claims missile barrage near US consulate in Iraq

Iran claimed responsibility Sunday for a missile barrage that struck near a sprawling U.S. consulate complex in northern Iraq, saying it was retaliation for an Israeli strike in Syria that killed two members of its Revolutionary Guard earlier this week.

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday summoned Iran’s ambassador to protest the attack, calling it a flagrant violation of the country’s sovereignty.


https://apnews.com/article/iran-missile-attack-erbil-iraq-us-consulate-7a4ea6281fe6191a4e4b640c58c7fd49
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 13, 2022, 10:36:15 PM
Maybe check the latest polls to see how Americans are perceiving Biden's inept weakness and growing list of disasters. His weak response to Russia despite calls from republicans to take more timely and forceful action are the latest example.  Republicans urged sanctions on Russia before the invasion.  They urged banning the continued purchase of Russian oil while Old Joe cowered in fear of the political implications of higher gas prices.  The republicans urged providing the Polish MIGs to Ukraine while Biden declined the offer.  Biden has proven weak and incompetent once again.  Trying to blame everyone but himself for these endless disasters is not a strategy that works.  A red tsunami is coming in November.

And more BS:

As usual, no sources to back these phony claims. It's all fake right wing propaganda to bash Biden. 

Republicans are the ones who caused this mess to begin with. Letting Criminal Donald off the hook during his first impeachment for withholding military aid to Ukraine and the GOP pushing anti Ukraine talking points while pushing Pro Putin talking points.

President Biden has hit Russia with the most crippling sanctions imaginable and has gotten the rest of the world to do the same. Weak Republicans praised Putin while attacking our President with Kremlin propaganda. That's absolutely disgraceful.   

The polls are in President Biden's and Democrats favor. So much for your fake "red tsunami".   

Morning Consult +4 (48%)
Navigator +4 (49%)

President Biden has a 48% approval rating with 80% of Americans supporting his State of the Union address policies. Democrats lead in every credible poll.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FNghuVGXsAUDr_x?format=jpg&name=large)

Nearly 8 in 10 State of the Union watchers approved of Biden's remarks: poll

Nearly 80 percent of those who watched President Biden’s first State of the Union address approved of his remarks, according to a new poll released on Wednesday.

A new CBS News/YouGov poll found that 78 percent of surveyed Americans who watched Biden's address approved of his remarks, while 22 percent disapproved.

Those surveyed were also asked to check all of the feelings that applied to them after watching his speech, and many said they came away with positive feelings. Sixty-seven percent said they felt “optimistic” and over 50 percent said they felt “proud.”

79 percent of respondents said the president's policies would help control the coronavirus pandemic, while 71 percent said they would deal effectively with Russia.


https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/596559-8-in-10-state-of-the-union-watchers-approved-of-bidens-remarks-poll
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 13, 2022, 10:56:12 PM
Comrade Carlson is a Pro Kremlin stooge.

Leaked Kremlin Memo to Russian Media: It Is “Essential” to Feature Tucker Carlson
The Russian government has pressed outlets to highlight the Fox host’s Putin-helping broadcasts.

(https://www.rawstory.com/media-library/tucker-carlson.jpg?id=29531250&width=1500&height=824)

On March 3, as Russian military forces bombed Ukrainian cities as part of Vladimir Putin’s illegal invasion of his neighbor, the Kremlin sent out talking points to state-friendly media outlets with a request: Use more Tucker Carlson.

“It is essential to use as much as possible fragments of broadcasts of the popular Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who sharply criticizes the actions of the United States [and] NATO, their negative role in unleashing the conflict in Ukraine, [and] the defiantly provocative behavior from the leadership of the Western countries and NATO towards the Russian Federation and towards President Putin, personally,” advises the 12-page document written in Russian. It sums up Carlson’s position: “Russia is only protecting its interests and security.” The memo includes a quote from Carlson: “And how would the US behave if such a situation developed in neighboring Mexico or Canada?”

The document—titled “For Media and Commentators (recommendations for coverage of events as of 03.03)”—was produced, according to its metadata, at a Russian government agency called the Department of Information and Telecommunications Support, which is part of the Russian security apparatus. It was provided to Mother Jones by a contributor to a national Russian media outlet who asked not to be identified. The source said memos like this one have been regularly sent by Putin’s administration to media organizations during the war. Independent media outlets in Russia have been forced to shut down since the start of the conflict.

The March 3 document opens with top-line themes the Kremlin wanted Russian media to spread: The Russian invasion is “preventing the possibility of nuclear strikes on its territory”; Ukraine has a history of nationalism (that presumably threatens Russia); the Russian military operation is proceeding as planned; Putin is protecting all Russians; the “losing” Ukrainian army is shelling residential areas of eastern Ukraine controlled by Russia; foreign mercenaries are arriving in Ukraine; Europe “is facing more and more problems” because of its own sanctions; and there will be “danger and possible legal consequences” for those in Russia who protest the war. The document notes that it is “necessary to continue quoting” Putin. It claims that the “hysteria of the West had reached the inexplicable level” of people calling for killing dogs and cats from Russia and asks, “Today they call for the killing of animals from Russia. Tomorrow, will they call for killing people from Russia?”

A section headlined “Victory in Information War” tells Russian journalists to push these specific points: The Ukrainian military is beginning to collapse; the Kyiv government is guilty of “war crimes”; and Moscow is the target of a “massive Western anti-Russian propaganda” operation. It states that Russian media should raise questions about Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s state of mind and suggest he is not truly in charge of Ukraine. And it encourages these outlets to “broadcast messages” highlighting the law recently passed by the Russia Duma that makes it a crime to impede the war effort or disseminate what the government deems “false” information about the war, punishable for up to 15 years in prison. This portion instructs Russian journalists to emphasize that these penalties apply to anyone who promotes news about Ukrainian military victories or Russian attacks on civilian targets.

This is the section of the memo that calls on Russian media to make as much use as possible of Tucker Carlson’s broadcasts. No other Western journalist is referenced in the memo.

Mother Jones is not posting the full document to protect the source of the material. Here are photos of the memo. The first shows the opening page; the next displays the paragraph citing Carlson.

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(https://www.motherjones.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/IMG_5557.jpg?resize=1300,975)

Prior to the Russian invasion, Carlson was perhaps the most prominent American voice challenging opposition to Putin. In one now-infamous commentary, he said, “Why do Democrats want you to hate Putin? Has Putin shipped every middle class job in your town to Russia? Did he manufacture a worldwide pandemic that wrecked your business? Is he teaching your kids to embrace racial discrimination? Is he making fentanyl? Does he eat dogs?”

Carlson repeatedly noted there was no reason for the United States to assist Ukraine in its battle with Russia and insisted it was “not treason, it is not un-American” to support Putin. He contended that Ukraine was not “a democracy” but a “client state” of the US government.

After Putin attacked Ukraine, Carlson ceased his anti-anti-Putin rhetoric and shifted to a new line: that the United States and the West purposefully goaded Putin into launching the war. Carlson said it was “obvious” that “getting Ukraine to join NATO was the key to inciting war with Russia.” He asked, “Why in the world would the United States intentionally seek war with Russia? How could we possibly benefit from that war?” He said he did not know.

More recently, Carlson mouthed Russian disinformation, and he did so as a new set of Kremlin talking points once again pushed Russian journalists to cite the Fox host.

On Wednesday, Carlson claimed that the “Russian disinformation they’ve been telling us for days is a lie and a conspiracy theory and crazy and immoral to believe is, in fact, totally and completely true.” He was referring to the Russian allegation that the United States had set up biowarfare labs in Ukraine. But this charge was far from proven. At a congressional hearing, Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland had testified that Ukraine possessed biological research facilities and that the US government was worried about “research materials” falling into the hands of Russian forces. This was a far cry from substantiating the Russian charge that Washington was working on bioweapons in Ukraine. But Putin’s regime jumped on the Nuland testimony and cited it as proof of nefarious American activity. Carlson echoed this Russian propaganda.

A March 10 “recommendations for coverage” memo from the same Russian agency highlights this bioweapons allegation as a top talking point for Russian media, noting the message should be that the “activities of military biological laboratories with American participation on the territory of Ukraine carried global threats to Russia and Europe.” The document goes further, encouraging its recipients to allege that the “the United States is working on a ‘biogenocide of the Eastern Slavs.'”

The memo lays out the details of this bizarre conspiracy theory: The United States was conducting “experiments with genetic material collected on the territory of Ukraine,” with the “main objective” being “to create unique strains of various kinds of viruses for targeted destruction of the population in Russia.” The United States even had a plan to transmit pathogens “by wild birds migrating between Ukraine, Russia and other neighboring countries.” This scheme included “studying the possibility of carrying African swine fever and anthrax.” The memo claims “biolaboratories set up and funded in Ukraine have been experimenting with bat coronavirus samples.” It cites Nuland’s testimony and says the United States was involved with “military biological laboratories” in Ukraine that “potentially posed a global threat to all of Europe.”

Carlson had amplified a slice of this Russian propaganda.

The March 10 memo advises Russian journalists to cite Carlson on another matter: how the economic sanctions imposed on Russia would harm Americans:

"American analyst and Fox News journalist Tucker Carlson called President Biden’s sanctions policy a punishment for the American middle class: “Biden explained that he was going to punish Putin by banning Americans from buying Russian energy resources. But the problem is that markets around the world are already ready for Russian oil, starting with China, India, and Turkey. If you want to get to the bottom of it, just think about who will suffer the most from sanctions? The answer is not on the surface. Middle-income Americans will suffer. The very people who were crushed by Covid restrictions for two years. Now they will suffer from cuts to energy sources… So, the Vladimir Putin who is being punished, is actually American citizens—yes, all of you.”

The document notes that Carlson’s anti-sanctions argument “can be reinforced with a selection of reports that enthusiastically encourage Americans to tighten their belts in the name of saving Ukraine.”

(https://www.motherjones.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/IMG_5558.jpg?resize=1300,626)

As with the March 3 memo, Carlson was the only Western journalist named in this more recent how-to-help-Putin memo. But this edition does point out that the New York Post “writes that it was not anti-Russian sanctions that spurred inflation, but rather the wild spending of Joe Biden himself. President Biden wants to blame Vladimir Putin for the rise in inflation. However, all the fault comes from his policy implemented long before the Ukrainian crisis.”

The March 10 guidelines contains other false claims for Russian journalists to promote: that US forces had been training Ukrainians to launch an offensive in Donbas this month and that Russia’s attack on Ukraine was an effort to preempt that military action; that the Ukrainians have plans to “use nuclear weapons in some form”; and that the horrific bombing of Mariupol that struck a hospital and a birthing center was fake news. It urges Russian journalists to assert that Russia was being victimized by cancel culture and Russophobia was “on the march.”

It’s unclear whether these memos had any impact on Russian media outlets, which already were regularly citing and praising Carlson. Pro-Putin media organizations in Russia may not have needed the Kremlin’s recent encouragement to make Carlson a star. RT, the Russian propaganda outlet, embraced Carlson’s defense of RT after social media companies banned RT content. And on Friday, Komsomolskaya Pravda ran a splashy story headlined “Well-known American TV journalist Carlson was outraged by the ‘lies of the United States.'” It was all about Tucker’s on-air (and unfounded) anger over the Nuland testimony and the biolab allegations. In this instance, a pro-Putin Russian media outlet was using Carlson’s disinformation to advance Moscow disinformation. Just like the Kremlin wanted.

Fox News and Carlson did not respond to requests for comment.

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2022/03/exclusive-kremlin-putin-russia-ukraine-war-memo-tucker-carlson-fox/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 13, 2022, 11:13:26 PM
More BS:

Richard gets his fake talking points from Faux Propaganda. Nothing he posts is ever sourced because it's all made up. 

President Biden has rallied the entire world against Russia and has crippled their economy. Every leader as praised Biden for what he is doing at this critical moment and we have Richard Smith bashing America. Disgraceful.

Iran claims missile barrage near US consulate in Iraq

Iran claimed responsibility Sunday for a missile barrage that struck near a sprawling U.S. consulate complex in northern Iraq, saying it was retaliation for an Israeli strike in Syria that killed two members of its Revolutionary Guard earlier this week.

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday summoned Iran’s ambassador to protest the attack, calling it a flagrant violation of the country’s sovereignty.


https://apnews.com/article/iran-missile-attack-erbil-iraq-us-consulate-7a4ea6281fe6191a4e4b640c58c7fd49

Results are what matter.  Endless propaganda and cut and paste articles are meaningless.  Do you think the people of Ukraine care if other weak socialists are "praising" Old Joe while Russia is bombing their cities and overrunning the country?   Biden has been weak every step of the way.  Leading from behind after emboldening Putin to invade in the first place.  Iran feels free to attack the US consulate.  How do you think the Chinese feel?
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 14, 2022, 01:25:53 AM
Weakness personified per the WSJ:

"Saudi, Emirati Leaders Decline Calls With Biden During Ukraine Crisis"
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 14, 2022, 01:26:57 AM
Results are what matter.  Endless propaganda and cut and paste articles are meaningless.  Do you think the people of Ukraine care if other weak socialists are "praising" Old Joe while Russia is bombing their cities and overrunning the country?   Biden has been weak every step of the way.  Leading from behind after emboldening Putin to invade in the first place.  Iran feels free to attack the US consulate.  How do you think the Chinese feel?

President Biden has gotten the results.

Created the greatest economy on record, record low unemployment, cutting the Republican debt, got covid under control, united the entire world against Russia.

80% of Americans support President Biden's policies and those are the results that matter.

Propaganda like the nonsense you post has fallen on deaf ears.       
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 14, 2022, 04:49:13 AM
Republican Mitt Romney just called out Putin loving stooge and Kremlin propagandist Tulsi Gabbard on Twitter. Gabbard is another one trashing the Biden Administration and falsely calling him "weak". The only ones doing that are the Pro Putin supporters trying to tear down Biden and America by pushing false Kremlin propaganda. Anti American traitors.

Mitt Romney @MittRomney
"Tulsi Gabbard is parroting false Russian propaganda. Her treasonous lies may well cost lives."
https://twitter.com/MittRomney/status/1503113473819041796

This is also very interesting and shows which side Tulsi Gabbard is truly on.

The Daily Beast @thedailybeast
"EXCLUSIVE: Russian-American national Elena Branson was indicted this week for lobbying for pro-Kremlin policies while not registered as a foreign agent. She gave to one U.S. politician: Tulsi Gabbard.
https://twitter.com/thedailybeast/status/1502082028136804352

https://www.thedailybeast.com/accused-russian-agent-elena-branson-gave-to-one-politician-tulsi-gabbard
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 14, 2022, 01:04:15 PM
According to the 1998 Russian book "Foundations of Geopolitics" this has been the Russian playbook to destroy the United States and their plans for Ukraine.   

Notice what this playbook entails and what we have seen in America since 2016, but mostly since 2020.

Criminal Donald established chaos and disorder in the United States doing exactly what this Russian playbook calls for. And he still continues to do it. Criminal Donald immediately changed U.S. foreign policy into an isolationist policy and was going to pull the United States out of NATO doing exactly what Russia called for. He also divided America on race and religion causing ethnic, racial, and social conflicts which is what their plan calls for. Donnie is a Russian stooge and a Russian asset.     

Then the rise of far right wing MAGA hate groups including Qanon, white supremacists, neo nazis, oath keepers, proud boys causing the extremist and racist "destabilizing internal political process". The January 6th insurrection was a perfect example of their goal and Criminal Donald incited the riot.     

The next plan is for Ukraine and we see it happening right now as this was always their goal.   

And the third is for Europe and the rest of the world.

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These two articles are a good read that goes into much more detail.

Russian nationalist thinker Dugin sees war with Ukraine

July 10, 2014

A prominent Russian ultra-nationalist philosopher has told BBC News that war between Russia and Ukraine "is inevitable" and has called on President Vladimir Putin to intervene militarily in eastern Ukraine "to save Russia's moral authority".

Alexander Dugin is the founder of Russia's Eurasian movement. His views are believed to be popular among the hawkish Russian elite. Until recently, he was also a professor at Moscow State University, but he says his current status with the university is unclear.

His views have not changed, he says, but attitudes towards his views among those in power may be shifting.

The centrepiece of his geopolitical theory is that Russia's mission is to challenge US domination of the world, with the help of Iran, as well as Eurosceptic parties, which are currently on the rise in Europe.

He has been labelled the brains behind President Putin's wildly popular annexation of Crimea.

The next step, he proclaims, is military intervention in eastern Ukraine, which he regularly calls Novorossiya (New Russia). It is a name that has also been used by President Putin.

Dugin believes the "Russian spirit" has been re-awakened by the separatist struggle there, which he calls the "Russian Spring".

The symbol of that spirit is rebel commander Igor Strelkov, backed by Dugin who keeps in regular touch with the fighters in Donetsk.

Read more here: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28229785


Alexander Dugin, Eurasianism, and the American election

November 13, 2017

Electoral affinities

Until the last fortnight, an unhappy sequence of natural disasters and North Korean sabre-rattling have kept the investigations concerning Russian interference in last year’s American election out of the international headlines.

At issue, the world knows, is the existence, nature and extent of this alleged interference. Then there is the possible collusion in it of people close to Mr Trump and his bid for the Oval Office.

Commentators consider less often why the Russian government might want to intervene in the US elections in favour of a candidate appealing to forms of Americanism long married to depictions of their own nation as heading an “evil empire”.

To be sure, the times have changed. The Iron Curtain has fallen. Putin is a former KGB man. And reading dissidents like Garry Kasparov is an education in how his government continues the darker legacies of Soviet rule. But the ideological foundations of the new regime are very different.

We can get an idea of the kind of thinking at stake here by looking at the thought of the philosopher sometimes (inevitably) dubbed “Putin’s Rasputin”, Alexander Dugin.

Dugin’s relationship with Putin and his inner circles has changed over time. Its extent is contested. Certainly, both men came to maturity within the former Soviet Russia. Both men were shocked at the regime’s collapse. Both rued Russia’s ensuing fall from superpower status. Both men are now committed to ‘making Russia great again’.

Dugin thus came out publicly in favour of Putin’s controversial 2008 invasion of Georgia. During the 2014 Russia-Ukraine conflict, he bullishly called for the annexation of all Ukrainian lands that were part of the former Russian Empire.

And in 2015-16, Dugin vocally championed Mr Trump’s Presidential bid in the US. Trump, the philosopher enthused, is “tough, rough … rude, emotional and, apparently, candid”. Despite being a billionaire, Trump embodied the “real” America, in heroic insurgency against the “globalist” beltway elites.

But Dugin’s virtual vote for Trump in 2016, and his new-found concern for the American heartland, come tethered to a decidedly ‘un-American’ worldview, to turn another phrase.

“It is especially important to introduce geopolitical disorder into internal American activity,” Dugin was advising Russian elites as early as the 1990s, laying out what looks like a blueprint for the kinds of activities presently under CIA investigation:

encouraging all kinds of separatism and ethnic, social and racial conflicts, actively supporting all dissident movements – extremist, racist, and sectarian groups, thus destabilizing internal political processes in the US. It would also make sense simultaneously to support isolationist tendencies in American politics …

Almost as soon as you rub the bottle, in fact, the elective affinities between Dugin’s support for Messrs Trump and Putin begin to give way to asymmetries of global proportions.

For if the isolationism of the American superpower is to be encouraged, for Dugin and those who follow him, this is to clear the ground for a newly-interventionist imperial Russia.

From the end of the world to Eurasianism and back again

As unlikely as it may sound, then, Dugin’s prophetic prognostications about bringing on the end of the world have practical geopolitical corollaries.

If Dugin has influenced on the military elites surrounding Putin, indeed, it is not primarily based on his Russian refitting of the recondite motifs of the German conservative revolutionaries. It is largely on the basis of Dugin’s 1997 work, The Foundation of Geopolitics.

According to both Foreign Policy and the thinker himself, The Foundation of Geopolitics is required reading at Russian military academies.

The book sets out a vast vision of a future, land-based Eurasian bloc. This empire will be led by “ethnic Russians” and span all the nations from Dublin to Vladisvostok.

“The repudiation of the empire-building function,” Dugin warns his fellows, “would signify the end of the Russian people as a … civilizational phenomenon. Such a repudiation would be tantamount to national suicide”.

In an evocative choice of words, Dugin thus proposes the formation of three “axes” between Moscow-Berlin, Moscow-Tokyo, and Moscow-Teheran.

The means whereby such axes should be created are not necessarily military. Dugin rather calls for a combination of subversion and disinformation by the Russian special services (as above), the strategic use of Russia’s natural resources (notably, gas and oil), and the destabilisation of the American-led global order.

Within Europe, Dugin advises that:

"the task of Moscow is to tear Europe away from the control of the U.S. (NATO), to assist European unification, and to strengthen ties with Central Europe under the aegis of the fundamental external axis Moscow-Berlin."

Readers can see here why Dugin might have warmed to Mr Trump’s petering 2016 promises to shelve NATO, leaving aside any alleged philosopher’s love for the ‘real’, anti-liberal America.

The fact that liberal-democratic nations like Germany, France or Japan might seem unlikely to assume their roles in Dugin’s Russian-led Eurasian empire is an obstacle, not a roadblock. These nations must be prodded into becoming less liberal, and less bound to their cross-Atlantic ally.

“In Germany and France,” Dugin advises, “there is a firm anti-Atlanticist tradition …” This tradition is embodied in ethno-nationalist movements like Marine Le Pen’s Front Nationale, whose cause Dugin urges Russia to promote by all means.

Readers can see here a script for the alleged Russian interference in now-President Macron’s 2017 election campaign, leaving aside any newfound love of the philosopher for a ‘real’, non-republican France.

Besides, in another leitmotif of the far Right, “the principle of a common enemy” should be played upon to cement new Eurasian alliances.

Read more here: https://theconversation.com/alexander-dugin-eurasianism-and-the-american-election-87367
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 14, 2022, 02:55:22 PM
President Biden has gotten the results.

Created the greatest economy on record, record low unemployment, cutting the Republican debt, got covid under control, united the entire world against Russia.

80% of Americans support President Biden's policies and those are the results that matter.

Propaganda like the nonsense you post has fallen on deaf ears.       

He has gotten "results" alright.  Disaster after disaster.  The worst year in American history since the Civil War driven by weakness and incompetence.  Americans are now being killed in Ukraine and taken hostage in Russia but Biden is fearful to provoke Putin.  Missiles are being fired by N. Korea, but Biden is silent.  Iran has attacked Americans in Iraq but Biden is on vacation.  Biden's poll numbers tanked even before his weakness led to the invasion Ukraine.  Biden has not "created" any jobs.  None.  The Dems locked down the entire country in a futile attempt to slow the pandemic.  That failed miserably except to advance their political agenda.  When the country reopened after that disastrous decision, jobs weren't "created."  People just went back to work. 
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 14, 2022, 11:00:15 PM
Good for her!

Anti-war protester breaches Russian TV studio during live broadcast: 'Don’t believe the propaganda'
https://www.rawstory.com/russian-tv-protester/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 14, 2022, 11:02:55 PM
Ukraine President Zelenskyy to virtually address Congress on Wednesday

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has been invited to address the U.S. Congress via video on Wednesday as the charismatic leader cements his role as the inspirational face of resistance to the Russian invasion.

“The Congress, our country and the world are in awe of the people of Ukraine,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in a statement Monday.

Although only lawmakers will be allowed to watch the unprecedented remote address in person, it is expected to be streamed live and aired on national news channels.

“We look forward to the privilege of welcoming President Zelenskyy’s address to the House and Senate and to convey our support to the people of Ukraine as they bravely defend democracy,” the powerful lawmakers wrote to all 535 lawmakers.

The former actor-turned-politician has emerged as the unexpected global hero with his defiance towards Russia’s brutal invasion of the sovereign nation.

He brought members of the European Parliament to tears with a plea for help and wowed Britain’s House of Commons in similar video addresses.

Zelenskyy is expected to thank lawmakers for their support and plead with them to stay the course as outnumbered Ukrainian troops seek to repel the Russian invaders.

Congress recently approved $13.6 billion in emergency military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine.

© New York Daily News
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 14, 2022, 11:17:17 PM
This is leadership, bringing all our allies together in unison for one solid purpose! 

"Later today, together with the other nations of the G7 and the EU, we will jointly announce several new steps to squeeze Putin and to hold him accountable for his aggression against Ukraine.

I want to speak to a few key points.

First, each of our nations will take steps to deny Russia “Most-Favored Nation” status.
 
It will make it harder for Russia to do business with the U.S. And doing it in unison with nations that together make up half of the global economy, will be another crushing blow to Russia.

We’re also taking the further step of banning the import of goods from several signature sectors of Russia’s economy including seafood, vodka, and diamonds.
 
The G7 will also seek to deny Russia the ability to borrow from leading multilateral institutions.

The G7 is also stepping up pressure on corrupt Russian billionaires.
 
We’re adding new names to the list of oligarchs we are targeting — and we’re increasing coordination among G7 countries to target and capture their ill-gotten gains.

While we’re going after their superyachts and vacation homes that are worth hundreds of millions of dollars, we’re also going to make it harder for them to buy the high-end products manufactured in our countries.

We’re banning the export of luxury goods to Russia.

These are the latest steps we are taking, but they will not be the last.
 
And as I said at the beginning, all of these steps will hit Putin harder because the United States and our closest Allies and partners are acting in unison." - President Joe Biden
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 15, 2022, 09:57:39 AM
During the “Vremya” news program on Russia’s main TV channel, Maria Ovsyannikova, a Channel One employee, rushed in front of the camera with a poster saying “stop the war, don’t believe the propaganda.”

Russian State TV protest 'sent shockwaves through all of Russian society' says American on the ground

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Yakov Kronrod went back to Russia to care for his mother months before the invasion of Ukraine, so he was on the ground watching as a Channel One editor took the bold move to stage a protest on live television.

Marina Ovsyannikova, the editor of Channel One, held up a sign saying that Russians were being lied to and not to believe the propaganda. She was detained and taken to the Ostankino police department. Russia's Vladimir Putin passed a law that any person who says something that conflicts with the government can be thrown in jail for 15 years.

According to Kronrod, even pro-Putin outlets have reported on the story, he said, delivering her message even farther to more people.

"It sends shock waves through all of Russian society. Yandex News had a story about it, and they rarely have anything that's against the main narrative," said Kronrod. "Her Facebook page was getting thousands of people commenting every minute. Literally, it exploded. Everyone was texting each other, calling each other saying, did you see? Did you see what happened? And many of the human rights activists that I'm talking to feel this may very well be the start of the wave to see someone like that Channel 1 has 250 million viewers, it's the number one watched station by most common Russians. For a lot of Russians, this was the first time they saw any dissenting voice."

See the interview below:

Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 15, 2022, 10:13:58 AM
Putin suffers an embarrassing defeat in the social media war as his web of lies quickly unravels

In the end, future historians may well label this the first "social media war," just as Vietnam was the first televised war and the Gulf War of 1991 was the first cable news war.

And as Vladimir Putin's "chosen war" against Ukraine enters its third week, fear and outrage continue to spread across the globe like gangrene. It's increasingly apparent that social media is driving the coverage and providing key information.

Some in the United States, including many members of the Republican Party, are trying hard to make this war about President Biden — and in doing so to spread more fear. They want to blame him for the invasion, blame him for rising gas costs and blame him for the deaths in Ukraine. These include the fact-deniers, the delusional dilettantes of destruction and devout worshippers of "alternate facts" who dwell in a shadowy world of misery, misinformation and malignancy. They're using social media to do so.

The value of Biden's efforts to solve the most complicated international crisis since the end of World War II is unrecognizable to those who support the arrogant, obnoxious efforts of Putin-wannabes who thrive in the dark cesspool of American politics. These are the devotees of spreading disinformation who declare they defend democracy while cheering the insurrectionists of Jan. 6.

Biden has been crystal clear about his intentions: He means to economically strangle Putin into submission, avoid a wider conflict and strengthen our European democratic allies — leaving Russia weaker. His experience on the international stage during a lengthy career in public office has provided him with a unique perspective, and the skills to get this done.

There are many in this country who decry experience, or say it doesn't matter. Biden's experience is proving otherwise, although the amount of bile that passes for political straight talk makes it next to impossible for the average uninformed American to understand the nuances of our current international crisis.

Putin has woven a web of lies to defend his invasion of Ukraine and all of them have been unraveled by social media and American intelligence, and plainly presented to the world by Biden from the White House. This has even led to protests in Russia. Putin has tried to scare the rest of the world into giving him Ukraine by threatening nuclear war and trying to make it look like a showdown between the U.S. and Russia. He has failed. He has also failed in trying to disarm and destroy NATO — though he had a valuable ally in that effort, former President Donald Trump, before Biden entered the Oval Office.

Biden has ignored Putin's threats and refused to let the U.S. become directly involved in the conflict. Some of the very same people who support a "no fly zone" over Ukraine are those who say they most fear a nuclear confrontation based on a war with Russia. Putting American pilots in a position to shoot down Russian jets would not only play into Putin's attempts to widen the conflict, but place us even closer to a conflagration whose outcome plays out to the tune of R.E.M's "It's the End of the World as We Know It." But in reality, nobody will feel fine when nuclear winter descends.

Some in the press see this through a different lens. Joy Reid of MSNBC, focusing on the refugee issues, said: "There is a lot of soul-searching we need to do in Western media about why some wars, and lives, seem to matter more than others, and why some refugees get the welcome mat, while others get the wall."

True. I've seen refugees on our southern border treated as some would treat cattle. The empathy we show European refugees is far more than we show African or Latin American refugees. But this war waged by Putin supersedes those concerns because it is far more drastic in its potential. We cannot lose sight of the fact, for one second, that Putin's march into Ukraine brings with it the seeds of global destruction.

Some in the mainstream media don't understand this — especially in the White House press corps. Some of us there, especially those sitting in the first two rows of the Brady Briefing Room, are so self-absorbed that they believe a press briefing is an opportunity to engage the Biden White House in a one-on-one discourse while the rest of us sit or stand and watch in quiet respect for the stolid questioner. That blew up on Monday, when the 40 or 50 people in the room who don't normally get to ask press secretary Jen Psaki a question rebelled after the AP's Josh Boak pulled the plug after only 39 minutes. Steve Nelson of the New York Post criticized the front two rows for monopolizing the time, and said there were more questions from the back of the room. Others agreed. Finally White House Correspondents Association president Steve Portnoy had to stand up in the middle of the briefing room and moderate. His was an example of statesmanship many politicians could learn from.

Nelson was right, of course — and some of the stupidest questions I've ever heard have come out of the press corps since Biden took over.

It has been social media, which routinely engages in such lunacy that you have to wonder if you're watching an SNL skit, that has risen to the occasion — showing the world the scenes of destruction inside maternity hospitals and neighborhoods, and highlighting potential Russian war crimes.

Darnella Frazier, the teenager who recorded a comprehensive video of the killing of George Floyd, was recognized last year by the Pulitzer Prize board. She was 17 and awarded a special citation for "a video that spurred protests against police brutality around the world, highlighting the crucial role of citizens in journalists' quest for truth and justice."

Much the same thing is going on in Ukraine as those suffering from Putin's chosen war are recording it, posting it on social media and, like Joe Biden, exposing Russian propaganda for what it is. That has helped raise awareness and led to worldwide condemnation of the war.

Some mainstream media reporters, like former White House reporter Trey Yingst, last seen walking with fleeing refugees in Kyiv while telling the stories of tragedy and Russian hegemony, are doing the same thing. That's what covering a war is about. Show. Don't tell.

Watching this war on social media has naturally led to more stress in the world, just as we emerge from two years of stress imposed by a worldwide pandemic. All this has affected our mental health. People across the world are rightfully frightened. You can hear it in restaurant chatter, PTA meetings and social gatherings. "Is this the beginning of World War III — and how do we prevent it?"

Headlines on how to volunteer to fight in Ukraine and how to survive a nuclear war were in my news feed Saturday. Oh, and Aaron Rodgers was in the news again, getting the attention only an NFL diva can garner.

A source inside the Ukraine government told me Wednesday that more than 1.8 million people have fled the country, but also said resistance to Putin has continued to harden — and that each day "gives us all hope that the aggressor will ultimately fail."

This is where you have to give some credit to Biden. With his depth of foreign knowledge and experience, he has thus far outplayed Putin on the international chessboard. Putin has failed to widen the scope of the conflict. He has not been able to cast this as a U.S. versus Russia battle — and it has been social media that has effectively underpinned the arguments made by NATO and Biden. The scenes of destruction and the shots of President Zelenskyy broadcasting from a cell phone have galvanized the world — not the words and images of the mainstream media.

It is social media, at this point, that is making the difference. How do you keep a nuclear power from successfully invading a non-nuclear country? How do you curb a dictator's enthusiasm for greed, avarice and power? The altruists and the most naïve among us have often said, gosh, if we just stood up and held hands and refused to accept aggression, it could end today.

But it will be through the camera phones of ordinary people struggling against a violent, unprovoked invasion that we may come to understand how much we all have in common — and how much we all have to gain by standing up to aging autocrats whose only desires are greed, avarice and power. Not to mention how little their desires have to do with life, and how detrimental it is to the survival of the species.

In short, the camera phone is revolutionizing resistance by cutting through the clutter of propaganda and showing that Putin and his efforts are a "tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury, signifying nothing," with apologies to Shakespeare.

Joe Biden is demonstrating how to lead this fight without thumping his chest and contributing to that sound and fury.

https://www.rawstory.com/putin-suffers-an-embarrassing-defeat-in-the-social-media-war/


Former Trump advisor HR McMaster: Putin 'is in real trouble'

Appearing on CBS on Monday morning, former Donald Trump National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said that the invasion of Ukraine has been a disaster for Russia and Vladimir Putin and that some of the Kremlin's recent moves are signs of desperation.

The retired lieutenant general, who recently signed onto CBS as a foreign policy and national security contributor, claimed an attack aimed at disrupting supply lines, along with missiles hitting a Ukrainian military base less than 15 miles from the border with Poland, are indicative of what could be coming as the invasion drags on.

"What you're seeing is that Russia is really getting desperate — not only with this action to try to interdict the supply routes, but also with trying to lay the groundwork for, maybe, the use of chemical weapons, which is concerning," he explained.

He added that Russia's demand at the U.N. to "discuss what it called "the military biological activities of the U.S. on the territory of Ukraine," is a clue that the country's leadership knows events in Ukraine are not going their way.

"This is a real sign of weakness. I think Russia — and Putin, in particular — is in real trouble," McMaster suggested.

McMaster's comments fall in line with those of retired General David Petraeus who told CNN on Monday morning that circumstances in Moscow are about to become even bleaker, with Petraeus stating, "As this continues, again, the pressure on Putin is going to build. He will not show it. He's going to try to appear to dismiss it and so forth, but I think that's a reality that he's going to have to confront."

Watch below:




Gen. David Petraeus: 'Consequences' for Putin's war on Ukraine will soon 'come home to roost in Moscow'

Appearing on CNN on Monday morning, retired Gen. David Petraeus claimed the consequences for Vladimir Putin's decision to invade Ukraine will become all too apparent to Russia this week as the war continues to drag on.

Speaking with "New Day" host Brianna Keilar from his home, the former military officer and CIA director said the invasion of Ukraine has gone poorly for the Russian president and he could see troubles at home as the sanctions against the country take hold.

After claiming that Russian officials might be looking for an "off-ramp," host Keilar asked, "You said an off-ramp. What are you looking at that gives you an indication that Russia may be ready to find one and what might that look like?"

"Well, I don't want to predict something imminent, but, again, the fact is that negotiations are still taking place, the fact that clearly the economic consequences of this are going to start coming home to roost in Moscow probably this week -- at some point they're going to begin to default on the rollover of their debt payments," he replied. "At some point the [Russian] people are going to realize the stock market is never going to reopen, we aren't getting much for our ruble anymore. Various products that they used to take for granted are just not going to be on the shelves in stores."

"Again, this is starting to happen and it will escalate in the weeks that lie ahead," Petraeus continued. "McDonald's is closed, for example. That's a real penalty, to be clear. So people will be unemployed, the jobs they previously had won't be available because businesses are decoupling from the Russian economy. As this continues, again, the pressure on Putin is going to build. he will not show it. he's going to try to appear to dismiss it and so forth, but I think that's a reality that he's going to have to confront. These are unprecedented sanctions; we've never seen anything like that."

Watch below:

Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 15, 2022, 10:25:39 AM
The House Impeachment Report is a great refresher for how concerned Ukraine was that Trump’s hold on military assistance would embolden Russia. I had forgotten that it was after this became public that Trump cancelled a planned meeting with Zelensky in Warsaw. Just another fine example of Donnie doing what his puppet master Putin wanted him to do. Donnie weakened Ukraine so Putin could pave the way for his invasion that he was planning. And as a result, we have the massacre we see today. 

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 15, 2022, 10:33:03 AM
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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 15, 2022, 03:55:25 PM
Biden continues to be invisible while Ukraine is overrun.  He is not even leading from behind anymore.   It's up to the republicans in Congress to take charge with help from a few reasonable Dems.  Old Joe is trembling with fear at provoking Putin (who he probably confuses in his mind with Kaiser Wilhelm from his childhood).
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 15, 2022, 10:04:42 PM
Biden continues to be invisible while Ukraine is overrun.  He is not even leading from behind anymore.   It's up to the republicans in Congress to take charge with help from a few reasonable Dems.  Old Joe is trembling with fear at provoking Putin (who he probably confuses in his mind with Kaiser Wilhelm from his childhood).

Sounds just like Kremlin propaganda.

Here's the reality: 

President Biden’s approval rating for his handling of Russia and Ukraine has risen 5 percentage points since the start of the war in Eastern Europe more than two weeks ago, according to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll — including a 12-point gain among self-described independent voters.

Biden to travel to Brussels for NATO summit on Ukraine next week
The president is set to attend the NATO meeting March 24 as the fighting in Ukraine intensifies, and to join a scheduled European Council summit.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/biden-travel-brussels-summit-ukraine-week-rcna20119
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 16, 2022, 04:32:36 AM
Biden to send 40 million rounds of ammo to Ukraine — along with 2,600 more Javelins

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President Joe Biden is expected to announce another $800 million in aid on Thursday.

AFP White House correspondent Sebastian Smith reporters the package with contain roughly 600 Stinger anti-aircraft systems and 2,600 Javelin anti-armor systems.

The package will contain a few hundred shotguns and machine guns, 40 million rounds of ammunition and "over 1 million grenade, mortar, and artillery rounds."

Five helicopters, three patrol boats, and seventy other vehicles are also part of the package that will also include body armor, communications and medical equipment, he reported.

"Satellite imagery and analysis capability," are also reportedly part of the package.

Here is the thread Smith posted to Twitter:

Sebastian Smith
@SebastianAFP 

Big news expected from President Biden tomorrow, a White House official says: “an additional $800M in security assistance to Ukraine, bringing the total announced in the last week alone to $1 billion.”
#UkraineRussianWar #weapons #JavelinMissile #stingers

Am told in White House this is a summary of military aid already sent to Ukraine — not including the $800 million being announced tomorrow:

Over 600 Stinger anti-aircraft systems;
Approximately 2,600 Javelin anti-armor systems;

Four counter-artillery and counter-unmanned aerial system tracking radars;
Four counter-mortar radar systems;
200 grenade launchers and ammunition;

200 shotguns and 200 machine guns;
Nearly 40 million rounds of small arms ammunition and over 1 million grenade, mortar, and artillery rounds;
Five Mi-17 helicopters;
Three patrol boats;

70 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) and other vehicles;
Secure communications, electronic warfare detection systems, body armor, helmets, and other tactical gear;

Military medical equipment to support treatment and combat evacuation;
Explosive ordnance disposal and demining equipment; and
Satellite imagery and analysis capability.
- ends -"


https://twitter.com/SebastianAFP/status/1503910324868685824
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 16, 2022, 11:05:01 AM
Even Russian state TV is shocked at Tucker Carlson -- and think he sounds like a Russian spy: reporter

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Support for Vladimir Putin and his conspiracy theories on Fox News has become so over-the-top that hosts on state media are expecting one particular host to be arrested on charges of being a Putin spy.

Julia Davis of The Daily Beast has been monitoring Russia state TV and explained the latest during a Tuesday interview with MSNBC's Joy Reid.

Davis described watching a segment on state TV "talking about the impact of the sanctions and there was such a doom and gloom in the studio that the host said we might as well lay down and die it's so bad and he said, well, to lighten up the mood, let's watch a clip of Tucker Carlson."

Davis went on the explain that this was not a one-time occurrence.

"And that was something that is so common lately no matter which channel I monitor on the Russian state television, inevitably there will be Tucker Carlson and one of his friends telling them how smart Putin is, how he's outfoxing Biden at every step, how Russia is supposedly not going to be affected by the sanctions and how quickly they can break Ukraine's will to resist," she said.

"So he is one of those voices that is constantly being featured there and as you know and have covered before, I have written about it for years because it has been so obvious and so overt, even Russian pundits have wondered out loud on state television, how long before Tucker Carlson gets arrested for being a Russian agent. It's a little too much even for them," she explained.

Watch:

Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 16, 2022, 11:09:10 AM
"Today, I signed the Bipartisan Government Funding Bill into law. We’re again showing the American people that as a country, we can come together — Democrats, Republicans, Independents — and do big things. Our democracy can deliver." - President Joe Biden

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 16, 2022, 11:26:42 AM
President Joe Biden
@POTUS

"I just signed the Bipartisan Government Funding Bill into law — keeping the government open and providing a historic $13.6 billion in funding to Ukraine.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FN6oExqX0AAp1GY?format=jpg&name=900x900)

Another investment the funding bill makes — one that I expect will pay dividends for generations to come — is called ARPA-H. It will have a singular purpose: to drive breakthroughs to prevent, detect, and treat diseases including cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and other diseases.

Two elements of my Unity Agenda are beating the opioid epidemic and taking on mental health.
 
In this budget, we dramatically expanded opioid response grants — and included funding for states to support mental health services.

28 years ago, I wrote the Violence Against Women Act to provide more protection against domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault, and to support survivors. It has saved lives — and helped women rebuild their lives. Today, with this bill, we reauthorize and strengthen it.

The answer is not to abandon our streets — or choose between safety and equal justice. And in the Bipartisan Government Funding Bill, we don’t. This budget invests in federal law enforcement capacity, and grants for state and local law enforcement and crime prevention programs.

Last year, the deficit dropped for the first time since 2015 — it fell by $360 billion.
 
And this year, it’s on track to drop by more than $1 trillion.
 
After four years in a row of increasing deficits, we’re on track to see the largest-ever decline in history."
- President Joe Biden 

https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/1503837469434855431
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 16, 2022, 12:01:11 PM
Thanks Biden! Thumb1:

Dow Surges 600 Points, Oil Falls,
Dow jumps nearly 600 points, U.S. stocks close sharply higher as oil prices fall with Fed decision ahead

March 15, 2022
https://www.barrons.com/articles/stock-market-today-51647336733

Dow futures jump 300 points as Wall Street tries to rally for a second day, Fed decision ahead
March 16, 2022
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/15/stock-market-futures-open-to-close-news.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 16, 2022, 02:12:30 PM
Sounds just like Kremlin propaganda.

Here's the reality: 

President Biden’s approval rating for his handling of Russia and Ukraine has risen 5 percentage points since the start of the war in Eastern Europe more than two weeks ago, according to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll — including a 12-point gain among self-described independent voters.



What a dishonest spin.  This demonstrates that you are nothing other than a minor propagandist.  Risen five points!  LOL.  You omitted something:

"Overall, just 39% of Americans approve of Biden’s handling of “the situation with Russia and Ukraine.”"  39%!  A disaster.

The vast majority of Americans support Ukraine and Zelensky who has shown courage. They recognize,, however, that Biden has been weak and indecisive.  His woke energy policy created the circumstances that led to the invasion by enriching Putin.   He has led from behind when he wasn't on vacation or taking a nap.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 16, 2022, 02:26:35 PM
Here is an example of why we are in this mess.  VP Harris doesn't even know that Ukraine is not a part of NATO.  Imagine WWIII starting due to her ignorance and Biden's cognitive issues:

"The United States stands firmly with the Ukrainian people in defense of the NATO alliance."
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 16, 2022, 11:26:36 PM
What a dishonest spin.  This demonstrates that you are nothing other than a minor propagandist.  Risen five points!  LOL.  You omitted something:

"Overall, just 39% of Americans approve of Biden’s handling of “the situation with Russia and Ukraine.”"  39%!  A disaster.

The vast majority of Americans support Ukraine and Zelensky who has shown courage. They recognize,, however, that Biden has been weak and indecisive.  His woke energy policy created the circumstances that led to the invasion by enriching Putin.   He has led from behind when he wasn't on vacation or taking a nap.

More total BS:

The dishonesty is coming from YOU! You used the disapproval and falsely said it was the approval. That's totally dishonest and you are posting disinformation   

"Three weeks into Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, nearly half of Americans (47%) approve of the Biden administration’s handling of the Russian invasion, while about four-in-ten (39%) disapprove 13% say they are not sure.

https://www.pewresearch.org/politics/2022/03/15/public-expresses-mixed-views-of-u-s-response-to-russias-invasion-of-ukraine/

President Biden is crushing Putin and he was able to get the entire world to stand against Russia. That requires both strength and real leadership.

"Overall, just 39% of Americans approve of Biden’s handling of “the situation with Russia and Ukraine.”" 39%!  A disaster.

Three weeks into Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, nearly half of Americans (47%) approve of the Biden administration’s handling of the Russian invasion, while about four-in-ten (39%) disapprove; 13% say they are not sure.

https://www.pewresearch.org/politics/2022/03/15/public-expresses-mixed-views-of-u-s-response-to-russias-invasion-of-ukraine/

You are posting disinformation. 47% approve of Biden. You took the 39% disapproval and said falsely said it was the approval.

Here is an example of why we are in this mess.  VP Harris doesn't even know that Ukraine is not a part of NATO.  Imagine WWIII starting due to her ignorance of Biden's cognitive issues:

"The United States stands firmly with the Ukrainian people in defense of the NATO alliance."

Yes, the United States and NATO stands firm with Ukraine. Taking her words out of context is what the right wing media always does.

The whole world knows that 4 years of Criminal Donald giving his puppet master Putin whatever he wanted including holding up their military aid is the reason we are in this mess today. All of Donnie's former advisors agree with that assessment. 

You post nothing but made up falsehoods and that was pointed out to you again above.     
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 16, 2022, 11:36:41 PM
It's so refreshing to have a President who stands up to Putin instead of a weak gutless coward like Criminal Donald who is always praising him. Donnie couldn't even call him "evil" on Sean Hannity' s propaganda tv show when Hannity was prodding him to say it. Donnie changed the subject to talk about windmills instead.     

Biden calls Putin a 'war criminal' after signing off on $800 million in new military aid

For the first time in public, President Joe Biden on Wednesday called Russian President Vladimir Putin “a war criminal” for his continued assault on Ukraine, which has killed hundreds of civilians.

“I think he is a war criminal,” Biden said in response to a question from a reporter after delivering remarks at the White House on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

Earlier in the afternoon, Biden authorized an additional $800 million in military aid for Ukraine. He vowed that the American people will be “steadfast in our support of the people of Ukraine in the face of Putin's immoral, unethical attacks on civilian populations.”

“We are united in our abhorrence of Putin's depraved onslaught,” he said.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the president was “speaking from his heart and speaking from what you’ve seen on television, which is barbaric actions by a brutal dictator through his invasion of a foreign country.”

The State Department has said it is reviewing Russia's actions for potential war crimes, a legal process Psaki said is ongoing.

President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that an additional $800 million in military aid will be sent to Ukraine, just hours after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's address to the U.S. Congress, a speech Biden called "convincing."

Biden said the U.S. is adding to its assistance, which now totals $1 billion just this week, to help "fend off Russia's assault."

"America is leading this effort, together with our allies and partners, providing enormous levels of security and humanitarian assistance that we're adding to today, and we're going to do more in the days and weeks ahead," he said, adding the fight is "about the right of people to determine their own future, about making sure Ukraine never will be a victory for Putin, no matter what advances he makes on the battlefield."

Biden, speaking for just over seven minutes early Wednesday afternoon, said the war in Ukraine is “a struggle that pits the appetites of an autocrat against humankind’s desire to be free.”

On a day when he called Russian President Vladimir Putin a "war criminal'' for the first time publicly, Biden also stressed the U.S. will not get involved militarily, but added that it will help Ukraine for as long as it takes.

"We're going to stay the course," he said, while warning, "This could be a long and difficult battle.''

Earlier Wednesday, Zelenskyy gave an impassioned address to an overwhelmingly supportive Congress, pleading for more military support, a "no-fly" zone over his country and even tougher sanctions on Russia. Zelenskyy's presentation included a gripping video showing graphic images of the brutal human and property damage inflicted by the Russians as the invading forces continued their relentless attack.

In his virtual address — three weeks into his nation's fierce struggle to repel invading Russian troops — Zelenskyy drew parallels to horrific moments in American history to explain his country's plight and called on the U.S. to ramp up its aid to Ukraine.

"Right now, the destiny of our country is being decided, the destiny of our people," said Zelenskyy, who drew a standing ovation from Congress at the start of his speech from Kyiv. "Whether Ukrainians will be free, whether they will be able to preserve their democracy."

Biden: We're providing up to $1 billion in new military assistance

President Joe Biden on Wednesday emphasized the strength of the new military assistance, anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons aimed at helping Ukraine in its fight against the Russian invasion.

Biden said the $800 million package, combined with a previous appropriation, adds up to $1 billion "just this week." In total, the administration has committed $2 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since Biden took office.

The new package includes:

800 Stinger anti-aircraft systems
2,000 Javelin, 1,000 light anti-armor weapons, and 6,000 AT-4 anti-armor systems
100 Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems
100 grenade launchers, 5,000 rifles, 1,000 pistols, 400 machine guns and 400 shotguns
Over 20 million rounds of small arms ammunition and grenade launcher and mortar rounds
25,000 sets of body armor
25,000 helmets
"More will be coming," Biden said.

Biden: Humanitarian aid will continue to flow

President Joe Biden on Wednesday spelled out the $300 million in humanitarian assistance – “tens of thousands of tons of food, water, medicine and other basic supplies” – that the U.S. has provided both to Ukraine and the neighboring countries that have harbored their refugees. He said that aid, which is separate from the $800 million announced Wednesday in security assistance, would not stop.

“We're going to continue to mobilize humanitarian relief to support people within Ukraine and those who have been forced to flee Ukraine,” he said. “Our experts on the ground in Poland and Moldova and other neighboring countries are there to make real-time assessments of a rapidly evolving crisis to get urgently needed humanitarian supplies to the people in need when they need it.”

“And we will support Ukraine's economy with direct financial assistance as well,” Biden said, though he did not provided specifics.

Presidential adviser warns Russia not to deploy chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine

President Joe Biden's national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, warned a Russian counterpart against the use of chemical and biological weapons in Ukraine, the White House said Wednesday.

Sullivan "warned General (Nikolay) Patrushev about the consequences and implications of any possible Russian decision to use chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine," said a White House readout of a phone call with Nikolay Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council.

Biden did not mention Russian threats of chemical and biological weapons during his remarks on U.S. assistance to Ukraine on Wednesday.

In the call, Sullivan repeated "the United States’ firm and clear opposition to Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine," the readout said.

It added: "Mr. Sullivan clearly laid out the United States’ commitment to continue imposing costs on Russia, to support the defense of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to reinforce NATO’s eastern flank, in continued full coordination with our Allies and partners."

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/03/16/ukraine-invasion-live-updates-zelenskyy-congress/7056525001/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 17, 2022, 11:45:56 AM
Putin has lost more troops in Ukraine than America lost on Iwo Jima: U.S. intel

New estimates show the devastating impact Ukrainian defenses are having on invading Russian forces.

"In 36 days of fighting on Iwo Jima during World War II, nearly 7,000 Marines were killed. Now, 20 days after President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia invaded Ukraine, his military has already lost more soldiers, according to American intelligence estimates. The conservative side of the estimate, at more than 7,000 Russian troop deaths, is greater than the number of American troops killed over 20 years in Iraq and Afghanistan combined," The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, the Pentagon said "Russian advances continue to be stalled near Kyiv, the Ukraine capital, and those forces have not made any significant advances toward the city."

The losses may be heavy enough to take some units off the battlefield.

"It is a staggering number amassed in just three weeks of fighting, American officials say, with implications for the combat effectiveness of Russian units, including soldiers in tank formations. Pentagon officials say a 10 percent casualty rate, including dead and wounded, for a single unit renders it unable to carry out combat-related tasks," the newspaper reported. "With more than 150,000 Russian troops now involved in the war in Ukraine, Russian casualties, when including the estimated 14,000 to 21,000 injured, are near that level. And the Russian military has also lost at least three generals in the fight, according to Ukrainian, NATO and Russian officials."

Former ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul was shocked that Putin may have lost three of his twenty generals inside Ukraine.

“Three generals already — that’s a shocking number,” McFaul said

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/16/us/politics/russia-troop-deaths.html?smid=tw-share
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 17, 2022, 12:16:02 PM
Another phony right wing talking point has been demolished. President Biden has nothing to do with gas prices. Big oil executives have admitted they were inflating the gas prices for profit.

"President Biden is using his bully pulpit to call out the tendency for gasoline prices to go up like a rocket when oil spikes, but only drop like a feather when crude crashes."

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"Oil prices are decreasing, gas prices should too.

Last time oil was $96 a barrel, gas was $3.62 a gallon. Now it’s $4.31.
 
Oil and gas companies shouldn’t pad their profits at the expense of hardworking Americans." - President Joe Biden


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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 17, 2022, 12:32:34 PM
President Biden
@POTUS

The world is united in our support for Ukraine — and in our determination to make Putin pay a very heavy price for attacking Ukraine.
 
America is leading this effort — together with our allies and partners — providing enormous levels of security and humanitarian assistance.

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I’m once again using my presidential authority to activate emergency security assistance to continue helping Ukraine fend off Russia’s assault.
 
An additional $800 million.
 
That brings the total in new U.S. security assistance to Ukraine to $1 billion just this week.

This new package on its own will provide unprecedented assistance to Ukraine.
 
It includes 800 anti-aircraft systems to make sure the Ukrainian military can continue to defend Ukrainian airspace against the planes and helicopters that are attacking their people.

Our new assistance package also includes 9,000 anti-armor systems. 
 
These are portable, highly accurate shoulder-mounted missiles that the Ukrainian forces have been using with great effect to destroy invading tanks and armored vehicles.

It will include 7,000 small arms to equip Ukrainians — including the brave men and women who are defending their cities and the countryside. 
 
As well as the ammunition artillery and mortar rounds to go with the small arms — 20 million rounds in total.

And it will include drones, which demonstrates our commitment to sending our most cutting-edge systems to Ukraine for its defense.

The United States and our allies and partners are fully committed to surging weapons and assistance to Ukraine.
 
And more will be coming as we source additional stocks of equipment that is ready to transfer.

https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/1504167163187318792
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 17, 2022, 03:53:45 PM
More total BS:

The dishonesty is coming from YOU! You used the disapproval and falsely said it was the approval. That's totally dishonest and you are posting disinformation   



What are you babbling about?  You are seriously confused  That is an exact quote from the polling source (not me).  That is why it is in quotes. 

"Overall, just 39% of Americans approve of Biden’s handling of “the situation with Russia and Ukraine.”"
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 17, 2022, 04:03:30 PM
It's so refreshing to have a President who stands up to Putin instead of a weak gutless coward like Criminal Donald who is always praising him. Donnie couldn't even call him "evil" on Sean Hannity' s propaganda tv show when Hannity was prodding him to say it. Donnie changed the subject to talk about windmills instead.     

Biden calls Putin a 'war criminal' after signing off on $800 million in new military aid



Unfortunately, not unlike the ocean of money falsely allocated for "COVID relief", there is no oversight of the billions of dollars being sent to Ukraine.  Ukraine is one of the most corrupt countries in the world.  That is one major reason it was not part of NATO.  This money will undoubtedly be stolen or directed to corrupt purposes absent any oversight (of which there is none).  In addition, the weapons being sent have a high risk of ending up in the hands of terrorists on the black market.  Again, no oversight.  DOJ is currently investigating approximately $10 billion in COVID fraud.  That is billion with a "b".  Imagine the fraud and corruption involved in turning over billions to an eastern European nation in the midst of chaos with a long history of corruption.  What could go wrong there?  The same establishment politicians like Lindsey Graham and Mitt Romney are clamoring for the money to flow for similar false reasons articulated for decades in Afghanistan.  Much of this money goes to lobbyist who fund their multi-million dollar campaigns.  Instead of throwing money at this problem for political reasons to improve disastrous polling numbers, where is Biden's plan or proposal to bring about an end to the invasion?  The Ukranians have indicated a willingness to not become members of NATO.  A point of contention with Putin.  A potential basis to bring this to an end.  But Biden has no apparent desire to end this conflict because it is distracting from his long list of failures at home.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 17, 2022, 10:38:54 PM
'If that's not a war crime, what is?' Jen Psaki explains exactly why Biden upped his rhetoric against Putin

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday outlined exactly why President Joe Biden decided to call Russian President Vladimir Putin a "war criminal" this week.

When asked by a reporter if she thought that Biden was "getting ahead" of the international investigation into Putin's potential war criminality, Psaki said it was hard to look at the evidence that the world has already seen and conclude otherwise.

"What we're seeing, whether it was the destruction of a theater, where the words 'CHILDREN' or 'KIDS' was written in Russian outside the theatre... or whether it is the targeting of civilians, of hospitals, of maternity wards, if that's not considered a war crime by human beings, what is?" she said.

The Kremlin responded angrily to Biden's accusation that Putin is a war criminal, and it put out a statement calling Biden's remarks "unforgiveable."

"Our president is a very wise, far-sighted, and cultured international personality," said Dmitry Peskov, press secretary for the Kremlin, on Thursday.

Watch the video below.:

https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1504543851591057416
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 17, 2022, 10:48:03 PM
What are you babbling about?  You are seriously confused  That is an exact quote from the polling source (not me).  That is why it is in quotes. 

"Overall, just 39% of Americans approve of Biden’s handling of “the situation with Russia and Ukraine.”"

BS:

You are posting disinformation and made false personal attacks against me.

This is the Pew Research poll that debunks your disinformation. Anybody can click on the link to see the poll. And again, you don't link or source anything you post because it's made up right wing propaganda.   

You are taking the 39% disapproval and saying it's the approval. That is absolutely false. 

Nearly half of Americans (47%) approve of the Biden administration’s handling of the Russian invasion, while about four-in-ten (39%) disapprove

https://www.pewresearch.org/politics/2022/03/15/public-expresses-mixed-views-of-u-s-response-to-russias-invasion-of-ukraine/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 17, 2022, 11:33:32 PM
Top Zelenskyy aide praises Biden and throws Trump under the bus

A top aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is praising President Joe Biden just one day after the American President committed to hundreds of millions of dollars more in military aid. And he’s throwing Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, under the bus.

Andriy Yermak, officially the Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, also known as Zelenskyy’s Chief of Staff, took to Twitter today to say he’s “grateful” to America. He also called the U.S. Ukraine’s “reliable partner.”

And he added that President Biden does more for Ukraine “than any of his predecessors.”

Yermak made similar remarks Thursday morning on CNN, saying that President Biden has done more than any other President of the United States.

In 2019 Trump infamously told President Zelenskyy, “I would like you to do us a favor though,” as he blocked hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Ukraine, hoping for “dirt” on then-candidate Biden. He was later impeached over those actions.

"President Biden has done more than all other presidents of the United States.”

President Zekensky’s Chief of Staff, Andriy Yermak, shares with @JohnBerman his reaction to the Biden administration’s understanding of Ukrainian needs.

Watch:

https://therecount.com/watch/andriy-yermak-zelenskyy-chief-of/2645879921
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 18, 2022, 12:33:49 AM
BS:

You are posting disinformation and made false personal attacks against me.

This is the Pew Research poll that debunks your disinformation. Anybody can click on the link to see the poll. And again, you don't link or source anything you post because it's made up right wing propaganda.   

You are taking the 39% disapproval and saying it's the approval. That is absolutely false. 

Nearly half of Americans (47%) approve of the Biden administration’s handling of the Russian invasion, while about four-in-ten (39%) disapprove

https://www.pewresearch.org/politics/2022/03/15/public-expresses-mixed-views-of-u-s-response-to-russias-invasion-of-ukraine/

Unreal.  You do realize there is more than one poll?  Just because you cherry picked one that almost supports your desired narrative is the disinformation.  I literally quoted (with actual quotation mark!) the findings of the most recent Yahoo News/YouGov poll.  Here again are the findings:

"Overall, just 39% of Americans approve of Biden’s handling of “the situation with Russia and Ukraine” (up from 34% two weeks ago), while 48% still disapprove."

Anyone can read the results for themselves along with Biden's dismal poll numbers on most every issue here:

https://www.scribd.com/document/564786637/20220314-Yahoo-Tabs-Ukraine
 

Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 18, 2022, 04:03:42 AM
Unreal.  You do realize there is more than one poll?  Just because you cherry picked one that almost supports your desired narrative is the disinformation.  I literally quoted (with actual quotation mark!) the findings of the most recent Yahoo News/YouGov poll.  Here again are the findings:

"Overall, just 39% of Americans approve of Biden’s handling of “the situation with Russia and Ukraine” (up from 34% two weeks ago), while 48% still disapprove."

Anyone can read the results for themselves along with Biden's dismal poll numbers on most every issue here:

https://www.scribd.com/document/564786637/20220314-Yahoo-Tabs-Ukraine

One poll? These are two different polls which shows almost the same results.

Pew Research Poll: 47%
CBS News Poll: 46%
   

And 80% of Americans approved of President Biden's State of the Union speech regarding Ukraine.

Pew Research is regarded as one of the most widely respected polling firms in the world.

Two national polls released today reported that a majority of Americans support U.S. bans on Russia’s oil and gas, and gave President Joe Biden higher marks for his handling of Russia and Ukraine. CBS News poll shows Biden with 46% approval.

https://www.barrons.com/articles/most-americans-support-russian-oil-ban-despite-higher-gas-prices-polls-51647195427

Three weeks into Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, nearly half of Americans (47%) approve of the Biden administration’s handling of the Russian invasion, while about four-in-ten (39%) disapprove; 13% say they are not sure.

https://www.pewresearch.org/politics/2022/03/15/public-expresses-mixed-views-of-u-s-response-to-russias-invasion-of-ukraine/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 18, 2022, 04:27:32 AM
Deaths, defections, and desertions in Russian military are 'much higher' than we realize: Retired general

On CNN Thursday, retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling suggested that the Russian military deaths and defections NATO is publicly reporting could just be the tip of the iceberg in the invasion of Ukraine.

"The U.S. and allies estimate thousands of Russian troops have been killed in Ukraine so far," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "The highest estimate is 7-10,000 in three weeks of fighting. What does that say about Russia's ability to wage this war?"

"Well, what I'd say, Wolf, first of all is, I think those numbers are exceedingly conservative," said Hertling. "I think there are casualties, not only that are killed in action but Russians who have surrendered who have deserted their equipment, is much higher than that."

"Not, you know, focusing on a body counts or anything like that," added Hertling. "But we're seeing a campaign where the Russian military was not prepared to conduct this kind of a conventional operation. Their soldiers have run away from the fight and the only thing left is some of the horrific and inhuman ways that Russia is using artillery and missile and rocket strikes to terrorize the civilians of the great nation of Ukraine."

Watch below:

Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 18, 2022, 05:05:26 AM
So, Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger had agreed with everything that I've been saying. Criminal Donald was an utter failure who gave his puppet master Putin whatever he wanted including weakening Ukraine, NATO, and the United States. Let's not forget it was Criminal Donald who began pulling out our troops from Afghanistan early and released over 5000 Taliban terrorists who attacked us when President Biden was left with the task of getting Americans out. The radical right can only falsley attack President Biden because they are angry their orange messiah is no longer in power. All of our allies are united with Biden and dismiss all the phony right wing Kremlin propaganda.       

Adam Kinzinger Rips ‘Awful President’ Trump For Being An Utter Disgrace

In a new appearance on CNN, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) didn’t hold back in laying out the truth of how destructive that Donald Trump as president would have been in current circumstances, specifically involving the continuing war in Ukraine. It’s an argument that’s been repeatedly raised at this point: if only the Trump administration was still in power, then the strength emanating from it — or whatever — would have deterred Russian President Vladimir Putin from launching his invasion of Ukraine. As Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) recently put it, “Biden’s weakness was displayed for all the world to see with his embarrassing failures in Afghanistan. This is why, Putin invaded Ukraine, Iran is firing missiles at our consulate in Iraq, & China is dominating.” Trump’s imaginary aggression-deterring strength is the implied alternative here.

In reality, Trump’s time in power was marked by foreign policy failures. He antagonized allies with tariffs, launched a trade war with China that was paid for in significant part by American importers, failed to achieve the denuclearization of the North Korean regime despite high-profile summits, refused to act with fitting strictness against the Saudi individuals behind the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi… and the list goes on. Asked about the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Kinzinger pointedly commented as follows:

TRUMP WAS AN AWFUL PRESIDENT, AND HE WAS AWFUL ON THIS ISSUE. I MEAN, YEAH THERE IS SOMETHING TO THE FACT THAT NOBODY KNEW WHAT DONALD TRUMP WAS GOING TO DO, BUT THAT WAS JUST BECAUSE HE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT HE WAS GOING TO DO. BUT THAT WAS NOT A DETERRENT TO PUTIN. VLADIMIR PUTIN, KIM JONG-UN, XI OF CHINA WERE GETTING EVERYTHING THEY WANTED WITH DONALD TRUMP. AND I THINK, AS JOHN BOLTON HAS SAID, VLADIMIR PUTIN WAS WAITING UNTIL DONALD TRUMP WAS RE-ELECTED AND THEN PULLED US OUT OF NATO FOR THIS ATTACK. AND OF COURSE, WITH JOE BIDEN, HE DIDN’T HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY. LOOK, IF ANYBODY TRIES TO LOOK BACK AND SAY THAT SOMEHOW DONALD TRUMP WOULD’VE BEEN BETTER AT THIS, IT IS JUST UTTER GARBAGE. AND I THINK ANYBODY IN THEIR RIGHT MIND CAN’T TRULY BELIEVE THAT".

Check out Kinzinger’s remarks below:

“If anybody tries to look back and say that somehow Donald Trump would’ve been better at this it is just utter garbage.”

@AdamKinzinger criticized former President Trump as "awful" while in office and says Russian President Putin was getting everything he wanted from him.


Watch: https://twitter.com/i/status/1504474620010786817
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 18, 2022, 01:15:01 PM
These opportunistic right wing Senate Republicans are being called out for what they truly are, which is hypocrites and frauds.   

Every single one of them refused to convict Donald Trump for withholding military aid to Ukraine during the Senate impeachment trial. Trump's withholding of Ukraine's military aid helped embolden Putin to invade Ukraine. These Senate Republicans had no problem with that, but are now "demanding for Biden to do more for Ukraine". What an absolute joke.

We also can't forget that the overwhelming majority of Republicans were pushing Trump and Putin's lie that Ukraine was involved in hacking and interfering in the 2016 election and not Russia. So, Republicans never cared for Ukraine as they were attacking their country with Kremlin propaganda which emboldened Putin to invade.   

Yesterday, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy praised President Biden and so did Ukraine's Head of Office Andriy Yermak. Mr. Yermak said "President Biden has done more for Ukraine than any U.S. President". And that is an absolute fact, but these phony Republicans are falsely trying to claim President Biden "has not done enough". Once again, this is the same old right wing scam just to attack President Biden no matter what hoping to score some political points during this critical moment.         

Just a couple of weeks ago, Donald Trump was praising Putin as being a "genius" for invading Ukraine. We didn't hear one peep from these right wingers condemning Trump for praising a murderous dictator, did we? We heard right wing fascists in the House like Madison Cawthorn call President Zelenskyy a "thug" and Marjorie Taylor Greene push outright lies and conspiracies against Ukraine. Again, no word from these right wing Senators condemning either one of them.

So these right wingers did not support Ukraine until they saw all the polling data showing over 80% of Americans supporting Ukraine and wanting to fund them militarily. So, then these right wing fraudsters came onboard pretending to be huge supporters for Ukraine. That's how fake, phony, and opportunistic they are.     

These are the same right wingers in the Senate who had a chance to "do more for Ukraine" when it was their time to vote to help aid Ukraine. What did they do? Yes, that's right, they voted "no" not to fund any aid for Ukraine. So, these same fraudsters who voted "no" for money to aid Ukraine, are now attacking our President for "not doing enough for Ukraine" when he has done more for them than any other President or current leader in the world. That is what a bunch of lying fraudsters they are.

Take a look at these 31 right wing Senate Republicans who all recently voted NO to help aid Ukraine but are now attacking President Biden "for not doing enough for Ukraine". When they are up for re-election, make sure to vote every single one of them out of office. They do not deserve to represent Americans or be in the Senate.

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 18, 2022, 02:25:43 PM
One poll? These are two different polls which shows almost the same results.

Pew Research Poll: 47%
CBS News Poll: 46%
   

And 80% of Americans approved of President Biden's State of the Union speech regarding Ukraine.

Pew Research is regarded as one of the most widely respected polling firms in the world.

Two national polls released today reported that a majority of Americans support U.S. bans on Russia’s oil and gas, and gave President Joe Biden higher marks for his handling of Russia and Ukraine. CBS News poll shows Biden with 46% approval.

https://www.barrons.com/articles/most-americans-support-russian-oil-ban-despite-higher-gas-prices-polls-51647195427

Three weeks into Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, nearly half of Americans (47%) approve of the Biden administration’s handling of the Russian invasion, while about four-in-ten (39%) disapprove; 13% say they are not sure.

https://www.pewresearch.org/politics/2022/03/15/public-expresses-mixed-views-of-u-s-response-to-russias-invasion-of-ukraine/

Try to focus.  You called the poll results that I cited "disinformation" and claimed they were somehow erroneous or fabricated by me.  In fact, they were exactly correct as I used a direct quote to results.  Whether OTHER polls have slightly different results doesn't mean the poll that I cited was fabricated.  You are living in some type of alternative universe driven by hatred of Trump.   Most Americans support Ukraine and ANY effort to support Ukraine will be viewed as favorable.  So the fact that less than 50% of Americans "approve" of Biden's handling of Ukraine even using your cherry picked poll results demonstrates an astounding rejection of Biden and his disastrous policies.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 18, 2022, 03:59:59 PM
These opportunistic right wing Senate Republicans are being called out for what they truly are, which is hypocrites and frauds.   

Every single one of them refused to convict Donald Trump for withholding military aid to Ukraine during the Senate impeachment trial. Trump's withholding of Ukraine's military aid helped embolden Putin to invade Ukraine. These Senate Republicans had no problem with that, but are now "demanding for Biden to do more for Ukraine". What an absolute joke.

We also can't forget that the overwhelming majority of Republicans were pushing Trump and Putin's lie that Ukraine was involved in hacking and interfering in the 2016 election and not Russia. So, Republicans never cared for Ukraine as they were attacking their country with Kremlin propaganda which emboldened Putin to invade.   

Yesterday, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy praised President Biden and so did Ukraine's Head of Office Andriy Yermak. Mr. Yermak said "President Biden has done more for Ukraine than any U.S. President". And that is an absolute fact, but these phony Republicans are falsely trying to claim President Biden "has not done enough". Once again, this is the same old right wing scam just to attack President Biden no matter what hoping to score some political points during this critical moment.         

Just a couple of weeks ago, Donald Trump was praising Putin as being a "genius" for invading Ukraine. We didn't hear one peep from these right wingers condemning Trump for praising a murderous dictator, did we? We heard right wing fascists in the House like Madison Cawthorn call President Zelenskyy a "thug" and Marjorie Taylor Greene push outright lies and conspiracies against Ukraine. Again, no word from these right wing Senators condemning either one of them.

So these right wingers did not support Ukraine until they saw all the polling data showing over 80% of Americans supporting Ukraine and wanting to fund them militarily. So, then these right wing fraudsters came onboard pretending to be huge supporters for Ukraine. That's how fake, phony, and opportunistic they are.     

These are the same right wingers in the Senate who had a chance to "do more for Ukraine" when it was their time to vote to help aid Ukraine. What did they do? Yes, that's right, they voted "no" not to fund any aid for Ukraine. So, these same fraudsters who voted "no" for money to aid Ukraine, are now attacking our President for "not doing enough for Ukraine" when he has done more for them than any other President or current leader in the world. That is what a bunch of lying fraudsters they are.

Take a look at these 31 right wing Senate Republicans who all recently voted NO to help aid Ukraine but are now attacking President Biden "for not doing enough for Ukraine". When they are up for re-election, make sure to vote every single one of them out of office. They do not deserve to represent Americans or be in the Senate.

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What a simplistic analysis driven by political bias.  Maybe these folks have some legitimate concern about sticking the American taxpayer with $13 billion in debt for generations to come for money that may be stolen or misappropriated by a country that is in chaos with a long reputation of corruption.  Maybe if more politicians had voted against the trillions of dollars allocated for Afghanistan for decades to no purpose, that money could have been used for some constructive purpose.  Time and again we learn that throwing money at a problem for political advantage never works in the long term.  There are numerous examples including most recently the so call COVID relief bill that resulted in billions wasted in fraud and unnecessary outlays to people that were not affected (including millions sent to prisoners including the Boston Bomber).  If Old Joe wanted to help Ukraine, he would not have adopted his disastrous woke energy policy that made the US dependent on foreign oil and enriched Putin.  Ironically, the US continues to send millions to Russia even until today despite the so called oil ban because it has not taken effect.  It will not stop the import of Russian oil until the end of a wind down period in late April. 
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 18, 2022, 10:52:34 PM
Weak GOP minority leader Kevin McCarthy and the rest are too scared to censure this fascist and the Pro Putin wing of the GOP.. They offer weak words and still let this Putin lover spout off Kremlin propaganda attacking Ukraine. 

'Not defensible': House GOP gets squeamish over Madison Cawthorn's attacks on 'thug' Zelenskyy

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Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) is facing some blowback from fellow House Republicans over his attacks on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

After video emerged recently of Cawthorn dismissing Ukraine as a "corrupt" country while calling Zelenskyy a "thug," many Republicans on Friday who spoke with CNN expressed discomfort with the freshman North Carolina congressman.

"Madison is wrong, if there's any thug in this world it's Putin," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Friday. "You just watched Putin directing Russia bomb a maternity ward. We watched yesterday in a theater that's identified in the front and the back from the air that you're housing children -- bombed."

Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR) said Cawthorn's comments were "not... defensible," although he wouldn't comment on whether he thought it was productive to have Cawthorn in the conference.

Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC) had an even more scathing assessment of Cawthorn.

"Madison Cawthorn has said he is here for PR and not legislating," Rice said. "I don't think he's a serious legislator. I think he's more interested in throwing bombs than he is in actually trying to help the country. I don't think he has very much respect for the Republican conference or anywhere else."

https://www.rawstory.com/madison-cawthorn-2656987774/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 18, 2022, 11:16:17 PM
Here's another Qanon conspiracy theorist and member of the Putin wing of the GOP.  She is the face of the GOP.

Marjorie Taylor Greene panned as ‘useful idiot’ for Putin after speech full of Biden conspiracy theories
Greene made unfounded claims about Biden and 2014 Ukraine revolution in speech on Wednesday night


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Critics are slamming Georgia representative Marjorie Taylor Greene as one of Vladimir Putin’s “useful idiots” after the Republican gave a speech on Wednesday with numerous false or misleading claims about the Ukraine invasion that echoed Russian talking points.

The far-right congresswoman gave a speech on Facebook Live on Wednesday night following Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s address to a joint session of Congress.

In her remarks, Rep Greene said, “If we truly care about suffering and death on our television screens, we cannot fund more of it by sending money and weaponry to Ukraine to fight a war they cannot possibly win.”

She also claimed without evidence that Ukraine’s 2014 revolution was a US-backed coup, that major US political figures like Joe Biden and Mitt Romney have business interests in Ukraine, and that the source of the invasion was misconduct on “both sides” by Russia and Ukraine.

Commentators were quick to pounce on the remarks, with some like writer Matt Yglesias calling them, “just bizarre,” while others pointed out how the Georgia legislator’s remarks echoed past apologists for Hitler—and present-day Kremlin propaganda.

"You know, that Hitler fellow is a bad egg, but there’s no reason to help Europe,” Rick Wilson of the Lincoln Project wrote on Twitter, mocking the GOP rep following her speech.

“Putin is targeting and slaughtering civilians in a brutal unprovoked war against Ukraine, a sovereign democratic nation,” added Ms Greene’s fellow Republican congresswoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming, writing on Twitter that, “only the Kremlin and their useful idiots would call that ‘a conflict in which peace agreements have been violated by both sides.’”

Outside of the backlash from Washington insiders, others pointed out that very little of the main points of Ms Greene’s speech were factually accurate.

There’s also no basis to Ms Greene’s comments that Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, or climate envoy John Kerry all have financial interests in Ukraine.

Nor is it accurate to say, as the Georgia rep did in her speech, that Ukraine is a “country which government only exists because of the Obama State Department helped to overthrow the previous regime,” a popular Kremlin propaganda line.

In truth, the 2014 revolution in Ukraine that toppled the former president Viktor Yanukovych began when he reneged on plans for a trade and political deal with the European Union in favour of aligning with Russia’s Eurasian Economic Union instead.

Mr Yanukovych fled the country after security forces shot and killed protesters in Kyiv and the Ukrainian parliament voted unanimously to remove him from office.

Madison Cawthorn Stars on Russian TV, Marjorie Taylor Greene May Be Next

A video featuring Representative Madison Cawthorn, a Republican from North Carolina, blasting Ukrainian President Volydymr Zelensky has reportedly joined clips of Fox News host Tucker Carlson in regular rotation on Russian state-run television. Other Republicans—such as Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia—could soon be next to appear on the Russian airwaves.

Cawthorn told supporters to "remember that Zelensky is a thug" and that "the Ukrainian government is incredibly corrupt," "evil" and "has been pushing woke ideologies" in the video, which was obtained by Raleigh news station WRAL. On Thursday, NBC News reporter Raf Sanchez shared the clip to Twitter among other footage gathered from Russian state television following a three-week trip to Moscow.

"Russian state TV also jumped on comments by Republican congressman Madison Cawthorn, who called Zelenskyy 'a thug,'" Sanchez tweeted while sharing the clip, which included a Russian voiceover alongside the comments from Cawthorn. "That got played over and over."

Other U.S. Republican lawmakers could soon join Cawthorn on the Russian airwaves. News of the congressman's starring role in Kremlin-approved propaganda came as the hacker group Anonymous threatened Greene while accusing her of being a "Russian asset" for her comments on the war on Ukraine.

In a Facebook Live video on Wednesday, Greene said that Ukraine was fighting "a war they cannot possibly win," while blaming "dementia-ridden fossil" President Joe Biden for "dragging America into World War III."

From the House floor on Thursday, Greene repeated elements of a baseless QAnon conspiracy theory that claims the war is part of a benevolent Russian plan, backed by former President Donald Trump, to rid the world of dangerous U.S.-funded bioweapons labs in Ukraine.

If Greene does eventually make her way into Russian state media, she will be joining both Cawthorn and Carlson. Media outlet RT, controlled and funded by the Russian government, previously played a Tucker Carlson Tonight clip frequently, which featured the host urging his viewers not to "hate" Putin.

During the February 22 segment, Carlson asked rhetorically: "Has Putin ever called me a racist? Has he threatened to get me fired for disagreeing with him? Has he shipped every middle-class job in my town to Russia? Did he manufacture a worldwide pandemic?"

"Vladimir Putin didn't do any of that, so why does permanent Washington hate him so much?" he continued.

https://www.newsweek.com/another-conservative-makes-russian-state-tv-insulting-zelensky-1689258
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 18, 2022, 11:38:16 PM
President Biden spoke today with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China about Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 19, 2022, 11:48:08 AM
Looks more like a Jerry Springer show. These Republicans are an absolute embarrassment to politics.   

WATCH: Ohio GOP Senate candidates get in each others' faces during heated primary debate

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Ohio Republican Senate hopefuls Josh Mandel and Mike Gibbons got into each others' faces on Friday during a heated primary debate.

Video of the debate, which was hosted by right-wing advocacy group Freedom Works, does not initially make it clear what the two men were feuding over, as their words are drowned out by audience jeers.

Nonetheless, Gibbons and Mandel both stood up and, in the words Huffington Post report Liz Skalka, looked like "they’re about to get into a fist fight."

The Ohio GOP primary has been an intense competition, with candidates all vying to show they're the most loyal to the policies of former President Donald Trump.

Mandel, for instance, has claimed that there should be no separation between church and state, while new audio unearthed this week showed Gibbons citing the work of "race science" theorist Charles Murray to praise Asian Americans' prowess at math.

Watch the video below:

https://twitter.com/i/status/1504953606327488514
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 19, 2022, 12:05:59 PM
All these Republicans are aligning themselves with white nationalists and Putin. This sure isn't the party of Reagan anymore, it's now the party of Trump. Trump and his MAGAs have endorsed white nationalists and Putin. What a disgrace and it's no wonder why true conservatives are abandoning this cult of Trump called the GOP.   

Idaho Republican ‘just made it so much worse’ with latest comments on white nationalism

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The Lt. Governor of Idaho is digging herself a deeper hole as she continues to discuss why she delivered a video message at a white nationalist conference.

"Facing simmering outrage over her decision to deliver a taped speech to a white-nationalist conference in Orlando last month, Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin insisted she did not know the infamous Holocaust denier who organized the event," The Daily Beast reported Friday. "But somehow, McGeachin can’t stop talking about her craven appeal to some of the most hateful actors in American politics. And on Thursday, in a new interview defending her role in the American First Political Action Conference (AFPAC)—which also featured speaker Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and was organized by white nationalist Nick Fuentes — McGeachin seemed to put an end to her wink and nod act."

In the interview with far-right Valiant News, McGeachin admitted, “I did know who I was talking to, who had invited me to speak at the conference."

McGeachin is endorsed by Donald Trump in her primary campaign against Republican Gov. Brad Little.

"Whether her continuing to dish on a speech that has pi**ed off virtually everyone who is not an extremist in her state will pay political dividends in a 2022 gubernatorial primary remains to be seen," The Beast reported. "The push-back continues to be bipartisan, albeit far less decisive from her own party. 'I feel like this TV defense just made it so much worse,' one Idaho GOP state senator, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of professional retaliation, told The Daily Beast on Friday."

Also on Friday, the Take Back Idaho PAC, which is run by prominent establishment Republicans backing Little, blasted McGeachin and Ammon Bundy for doxing a local judge.

“The vast majority of Idahoans reject political violence, including threats against our hospitals, public servants, doctors, and social workers. Today, Ammon Bundy called on national militia members to come to the home of an Idaho judge tomorrow at 10 a.m. Meanwhile, Idaho’s largest hospital is experiencing threats of violence and strained resources caused by protesters jamming their phone lines, disrupting emergency care, and harassing their doctors, staff, and patients. This is unacceptable to all who value the rule of law and basic decency," the group said. "From the minute the news broke of an at-risk baby being protected by law enforcement and health care providers, Ammon Bundy and Janice McGeachin have capitalized on the suffering of this baby for political gain, fundraising, and to incite political violence."

Right Wing Watch
@RightWingWatch

"Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin now says, "Yes, I did know who I was talking to" when she addressed the white nationalist AFPAC conference and she stands by it: "I'm not going to back off from the opportunity to talk to other conservatives ... about America First policies."

Watch video: https://twitter.com/i/status/1504815892689006598

https://www.thedailybeast.com/idaho-lieutenant-governor-janice-mcgeachins-new-defense-of-afpac-appearance-is-worst-yet
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 19, 2022, 12:19:48 PM
President Biden is doing an amazing job and look how he has handled China. Strong effective leadership. You can call him Maestro.

Biden tells China's Xi to keep his distance from Russia's war effort
https://news.yahoo.com/biden-tells-chinas-xi-to-keep-his-distance-from-russias-war-effort-212719659.html

China Indicates to Biden it Won’t Send Weapons to Russia
https://www.usnews.com/news/world-report/articles/2022-03-18/china-indicates-to-biden-it-wont-send-weapons-to-russia-as-bloody-war-in-ukraine-grinds-on
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 19, 2022, 11:14:14 PM
And if these people got vaccinated and wore a mask there wouldn't even be 900 deaths per day.             

The United States is now reporting 900 coronavirus deaths per day, the lowest seven-day average since August 2021, according to data from @CNN and Johns Hopkins University.

Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 20, 2022, 10:02:09 AM
They are called the Putin 8 who are most loyal to Donald Trump, so it's no surprise they would vote the way he wants them to. There was absolutely no reason to vote against this bill but the Putin wing of the GOP did. In November, make sure to vote against these anti American traitors who support Putin.

Here are the eight Republicans who voted against ending normal trade relations with Russia

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to revoke normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus, another step the federal government hopes will end the Russian war in Ukraine.

The 424-8 vote sends the measure, which refers to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Aleksander Lukashenko as “ruthless” dictators, to the Senate.

GOP Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Dan Bishop of North Carolina, Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin, Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Chip Roy of Texas all voted against the bill.

https://coloradonewsline.com/2022/03/17/house-revoke-russia-belarus-trade-status-boebert-vote-no/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 20, 2022, 10:06:19 AM
Putin is 'losing touch with reality': Ex-FBI counter-spy warns Russian leader is 'unstable'

The former assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI on Saturday warned about Russian strongman Vladimir Putin losing touch with reality.

Frank Figliuzzi was interviewed by MSNBC's Alicia Menendez as Kremlinology has made a resurgence following Putin's crackdown on the press inside Russia.

Menendez noted a quote from Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko defending Putin's mental health by claiming, "This is a completely sane, healthy person, physically healthy - he's an athlete."

Figliuzzi noted a new quote from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

"He has been in a total panic about the so-called colour revolution in Moscow itself, and that's why he's trying so brutally to snuff out the flame of freedom in Ukraine," Johnson said. "This is a turning point for the world. It's a moment of choice. It's a choice between freedom and oppression."

Figliuzzi said "a sane person does not target civilian innocents — women, children, civilian apartment buildings."

"That's not the actions of a sane man. It's a man who feels cornered, threatened and is losing touch with reality. I don't think he's that stable," he explained. "I don't think he's crazy, but he is unstable and increasing unpredictable — and that's a concern for all of us."

Watch video: https://twitter.com/i/status/1505325974006779905
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 20, 2022, 02:54:35 PM
President Biden spoke today with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China about Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

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The Chinese told Old Joe that "he who ties the bell to the tiger must be the one to remove it."  Translation:  go pound sand.  This is your problem.  Way to go Brandon!  No results.  He really worked all his "experience" into that one.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 20, 2022, 10:54:18 PM
The "Pro Life" Republicans want to execute people by the firing squad. These people are sick.

If you claim to be "pro life", then you should be against killing any person no matter how old they are. Republicans are not "Pro Life", they only are "pro fetus", so they can appeal to the far right wing radical evangelicals to get their votes. 

Children have been exposed to a deadly coronavirus at school, these radical right wingers scream to keep kids unmasked so they could become infected from the virus and some kids ended up dying because of it. Yes, so much for the radical right being "pro life". They do not care about children once they are born.       

'Absolutely Barbaric': South Carolina OKs Firing Squad Executions

In a move described by death penalty abolitionists as "barbaric," South Carolina on Friday gave the final approval for executions by firing squad.

According to The State, the South Carolina Department of Corrections informed state Attorney General Alan Wilson that the agency is now able to shoot condemned inmates to death using a three-person volunteer team.

A law passed last year in the Republican-led state gives condemned prisoners the choice between the electric chair, firing squad, or lethal injection, if available. The state has been unable to procure lethal injection drugs for years, as international and domestic manufacturers have been increasingly reluctant to allow their products to be used to kill people.

The Associated Press reports Democratic state Sen. Dick Harpootlian—a former prosecutor who is now a criminal defense attorney—introduced the firing squad option as a more "humane" alternative to the electric chair and lethal injection, which are both prone to horrific mishaps.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/03/19/absolutely-barbaric-south-carolina-oks-firing-squad-executions
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 21, 2022, 01:19:03 PM
U.S. COVID infections hit lowest level since July

Watch video: https://www.cbsnews.com/video/us-covid-infections-hit-lowest-level-since-july/


Some states pull back on daily COVID reporting

As COVID-19 cases fall across the U.S., some states are scaling back their reporting strategies after dropping pandemic-related requirements such as masking.

South Dakota ended daily COVID-19 reporting on Friday and will pivot to weekly updates. With a seven-day average of 35 daily cases, the state is experiencing some of the country's lowest per-capita spread, The Associated Press reported.

Other states that have made the shift to weekly reports include Arizona, Hawaii, Kentucky, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Carolina, as well as Washington, D.C., according to The New York Times.

Experts expect a continued slowdown of reporting cycles as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths begin to decline, the newspaper added.

“We’ve moved to a place where we don’t need to know the absolute numbers,” Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, told the Times.

"We can still monitor trends for people who are getting tests in public settings. We still have a good sense of where the absolute numbers are going,” he added.

Meanwhile, other experts fear that less reporting may present problems in the event of a possible future uptick in infections.

But on Sunday, Chief White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci said that he did not think the U.S. would see another surge in infections with the latest variant, though he said an uptick was likely.

"Hopefully, we won't see a surge. I don't think we will. The easiest way to prevent that is to continue to get people vaccinated. And for those who have been vaccinated, to continue to get them boosted, so that’s really where we stand right now," Fauci said.

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/598968-some-states-pull-back-on-daily-covid-reporting
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 21, 2022, 01:24:00 PM
The GOP is in total disarray with Criminal Donald ripping the party apart. Who would want an endorsement from an election loser like Donnie anyway?   

Trump-threatened Mo Brooks calls for 'weak-kneed' Mitch McConnell to be tossed as Senate leader

Alabama's Mo Brooks, under threat of having Donald Trump pull his endorsement in the state's Republican senatorial primary, just dropped a new 90-second ad calling for Mitch McConnell to be ousted as Senate GOP leader, Politico reports.

Sounding very much like the former president, who has been increasingly frequent in his criticism of McConnell, Brooks calls the Kentucky Republican a "weak-kneed, debt junkie, open-border RINO Republican and who, worse yet, sells out America for special interest group cash." Katie Britt, Shelby’s former chief of staff, and Mike Durant, a defense contractor and former Army pilot, also are vying for the seat of retiring Sen. Richard Shelby. The primary will take place May 24.

In the web ad, Brooks calls on Britt and Durant to sign a pledge and tell Republicans that, if elected, they'll vote to "fire Mitch McConnell." He calls it a "fight for the heart and soul of the Republican party." McConnell, Brooks says, “will do everything he can to defeat me because he’s determined to stop the MAGA movement and Donald Trump’s endorsed candidates for the U.S. Senate."

Despite Trump’s public anti-McConnell screeds, most GOP Senate candidates haven't jumped on board. The Trump-embracing/anti-McConnell ad came out just a few days after Trump told the Washington Examiner that he was considering pulling his endorsement of Brooks. In the interview, Trump slammed Brooks for urging other Republicans to move on from questioning the results of the 2020 election.

Whether Brooks’ anti-McConnell offensive is enough to keep Trump from dropping his endorsement isn’t clear. But during a closed-door fundraiser for David Perdue, who's running for governor of Georgia, Trump said Brooks “decided to go woke” — a reference to Brooks breaking with Trump by saying that the results of the 2020 election can’t be overturned — and that he was doing “terrible” in the primary, according to an attendee.

https://www.rawstory.com/trump-mo-brooks-2656999393/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 21, 2022, 03:11:03 PM
Old Joe knocked off for the weekend after the Chinese leader cleaned his clock.  Headed to his vacation home at the beach while Ukraine burns.  That's inspiring leadership.  Way to go Brandon!
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 21, 2022, 11:21:07 PM
No surprise to see this former klansmen is a Republican. The GOP is made up of white nationalists, white supremacists, various hate groups, and domestic terrorist groups like Qanon and the Proud Boys. They are the base of the GOP.       

Former KKK leader whines after felony conviction derails his campaign for office in Georgia

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A former Ku Klux Klan member who sought a seat on the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners in Georgia had his campaign come to a standstill after he was declared ineligible for office due to a previous felony conviction.

Chester Doles, who once was designated as the Grand Klaliff of the Invisible Empire, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Maryland, was in the midst of campaigning for the office when an investigation by CBS Atlanta turned up his criminal record which disqualifies him from holding office.

According to a report from Complex, "In 1993, Doles spent time in federal prison after he was convicted of beating a Black man in Maryland; in 2003, he was convicted of weapons violations in Georgia and spent four more years behind bars."

The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles has ruled that citizens can't serve until "at least 10 years have passed since they completed their prison term."

"Although Doles is past the 10-year requirement, the Georgia Republican Party told CBS46 that the former KKK leader’s rights 'were not restored in time for the qualifying deadline,' which was March 8," the report states while adding that the former Klan member intends to sue after complaining that he has already invested time and money into his campaign.

In a statement, he claimed, "They have violated my civil rights. We’re gonna ask for damages. My attorney is reviewing the case right now. They’ve caused me major damages. I have thousands of dollars in campaign signs, billboards, radio commercials."

Doles received some national exposure when he was confronted by NBC's Morgan Radford over his continuing ties to white supremacists despite his disavowals.

You can see video of the exchange below:

Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 21, 2022, 11:33:46 PM
"I spoke with President Macron, Chancellor Scholz of Germany, Prime Minister Draghi, and Prime Minister Johnson today to discuss our coordinated responses to Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified attack on Ukraine, and our ongoing support for the Ukrainian people." - President Joe Biden

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 21, 2022, 11:38:27 PM
"I’ve previously warned about the potential that Russia could conduct malicious cyber activity against the U.S. Today, I’m reiterating those warnings based on evolving intelligence that the Russian Government is exploring options for potential cyberattacks." - President Joe Biden

Statement by President Biden on our Nation’s Cybersecurity

March 21, 2022

This is a critical moment to accelerate our work to improve domestic cybersecurity and bolster our national resilience.  I have previously warned about the potential that Russia could conduct malicious cyber activity against the United States, including as a response to the unprecedented economic costs we’ve imposed on Russia alongside our allies and partners. It’s part of Russia’s playbook. Today, my Administration is reiterating those warnings based on evolving intelligence that the Russian Government is exploring options for potential cyberattacks.

From day one, my Administration has worked to strengthen our national cyber defenses, mandating extensive cybersecurity measures for the Federal Government and those critical infrastructure sectors where we have authority to do so, and creating innovative public-private partnerships and initiatives to enhance cybersecurity across all our critical infrastructure. Congress has partnered with us on these efforts — we appreciate that Members of Congress worked across the aisle to require companies to report cyber incidents to the United States Government.

My Administration will continue to use every tool to deter, disrupt, and if necessary, respond to cyberattacks against critical infrastructure. But the Federal Government can’t defend against this threat alone. Most of America’s critical infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector and critical infrastructure owners and operators must accelerate efforts to lock their digital doors. The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has been actively working with organizations across critical infrastructure to rapidly share information and mitigation guidance to help protect their systems and networks

If you have not already done so, I urge our private sector partners to harden your cyber defenses immediately by implementing the best practices we have developed together over the last year. You have the power, the capacity, and the responsibility to strengthen the cybersecurity and resilience of the critical services and technologies on which Americans rely. We need everyone to do their part to meet one of the defining threats of our time — your vigilance and urgency today can prevent or mitigate attacks tomorrow.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/03/21/statement-by-president-biden-on-our-nations-cybersecurity/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 22, 2022, 01:35:54 AM
No surprise to see this former klansmen is a Republican. The GOP is made up of white nationalists, white supremacists, various hate groups, and domestic terrorist groups like Qanon and the Proud Boys. They are the base of the GOP.       


You mean like Robert Byrd?  A friend and colleague to Old Joe during his senate years.   That was the real KKK and not the make believe version of Rick's fantasy.  The old school Democrats from the South who held up Civil Rights in this country for decades.  No republicans were a part of that post-Civil War institution created by Democrats.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 22, 2022, 11:44:32 AM
Trump-loving Senate candidate faces horrific allegations of beating his children in new court documents

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Newly revealed court documents show that Trump-loving Missouri Senate candidate Eric Greitens has been accused of physically abusing both his ex-wife and their children.

The Washington Post reports that Sheena Greitens leveled horrific allegations against her ex-husband in new court documents related to the couple's custody battle over their two children.

"In early June 2018, I became afraid for my safety and that of our children at our home, which was fairly isolated, due to Eric’s unstable and coercive behavior,” Sheena Greitens alleged in the filing. “This behavior included physical violence toward our children, such as cuffing our then three-year-old son across the face at the dinner table in front of me and yanking him around by the hair.”

Sheena Greitens also detailed an alleged incident in which one of her children came home with serious injuries after a visit with their father, as the child returned with "a swollen face, bleeding gums, and a loose tooth" that later had to be removed.

The Missouri Senate candidate told his wife that he and the child were merely "roughhousing" and that the injuries occurred by "accident," according to court documents.

Greitens also claimed that her husband would repeatedly threaten to kill himself if she did not support him during the scandal that ended his tenure as Missouri governor.

https://www.rawstory.com/eric-greitens-2657003841/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 23, 2022, 11:58:14 AM
Another Biden success story!  Approximately 600K Americans died on his watch. Double the number that died under Trump before the vaccine was widely available.  Just about everyone else got the virus until it ran its course and burned out on its own.  What a plan!  Let's go Brandon!

More BS:

It's pathetic to blame the President for the irresponsibility of anti vaxxers.

President Biden secured vaccines for every American adult and for children who are eligible. He made vaccines widely available to every American. It's not Biden's fault anti vaxxers made the choice not to take a vaccine based on conspiracy theories and right wing disinformation.

No, "just about everybody did not get the the virus".

Anti vaxxers died because they refused to take the vaccine and wear a mask. That has nothing to do with President Biden. People like you were screaming and yelling against life saving vaccine mandates that would have saved their lives. So own the disaster you helped cause.

President Biden's Covid plan saved thousands lives and once again he has this pandemic under control for a second time.

"The United States is currently reporting 19,789 coronavirus hospitalizations, dropping below 20,000 for the first time since July 12, 2021, according to data from @CNN and the Department of Health and Human Services."

The President’s National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
https://www.whitehouse.gov/covidplan/

And you can't reason with delusional anti vaxxers that refuse a vaccine. They made their own choice not to get vaccinated and they suffer the consequences of possible death going unprotected in a deadly pandemic. That's their own fault not President Biden's.   
   
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He has gotten "results" alright.  Disaster after disaster.  The worst year in American history since the Civil War driven by weakness and incompetence.  Americans are now being killed in Ukraine and taken hostage in Russia but Biden is fearful to provoke Putin.  Missiles are being fired by N. Korea, but Biden is silent.  Iran has attacked Americans in Iraq but Biden is on vacation.  Biden's poll numbers tanked even before his weakness led to the invasion Ukraine.  Biden has not "created" any jobs.  None.  The Dems locked down the entire country in a futile attempt to slow the pandemic.  That failed miserably except to advance their political agenda.  When the country reopened after that disastrous decision, jobs weren't "created."  People just went back to work.

And even more ridiculous BS:

These are all of Criminal Donald's disasters he left President Biden to deal with. 

North Korea ramped up their missle and nuclear system right under Donnie's nose and he wrote love letters to his friend Kimmy and saluted his Generals which was total weakness. Donnie was an absolute joke and his weakness made Putin and Kim Jung Un stronger by appeasing them like Neville Chamberlain. 

North Korea Fires More Missiles After Trump Receives 'Beautiful Letter'
August 09, 2019

https://www.voanews.com/a/east-asia-pacific_north-korea-fires-more-missiles-after-trump-receives-beautiful-letter/6173580.html

Kim Jong Un's Nuclear Weapons Got More Dangerous Under Trump
12/28/20

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-12-28/four-ways-kim-jong-un-got-more-dangerous-under-trump-sanctions

Trump faces backlash after saluting North Korean general
06/14/2018

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/14/trump-north-korea-general-salute-646248

The Dems locked down the entire country in a futile attempt to slow the pandemic.

:D :D :D

Dems did not "lock down the entire country" in 2020 since they had no authority to do that. The country was never "entirely locked down".  Your propaganda is ridiculous and laughable.     

Biden has not "created" any jobs

 :D :D :D

Nice try.

Over 7.4 million jobs have been created by President Biden which is the most by any President in history with the lowest unemployment rate since 1969.

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 23, 2022, 12:03:20 PM
Mark Meadows and his wife are in big trouble for voter fraud. Lock them up!

Mark Meadows' wife also appears to have filed fraudulent voter registration forms

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The wife of then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows appears to have filed three false voter forms last year, as her husband helped Donald Trump promote baseless claims of election fraud.

Debra Meadows filled out a one-stop voter application for an early ballot ahead of the 2020 presidential election, along with an absentee ballot she had requested for her husband, in which she certified that she had lived in a small mobile home for at least 30 days -- although she did not actually live there, reported the Washington Post.

The New Yorker first reported the couple had submitted voter registration forms that listed as their residence a rusted mobile home that sold for $105,000 in 2021, although neither one of them had ever lived there, and North Carolina officials announced last week the matter was under investigation as possible voter fraud.

The Post found that Debra Meadows signed a voter registration form, an absentee ballot request for her husband and a one-stop application that warned of legal consequences if they were falsely completed and signed.

She also cast a ballot in a 2020 primary runoff that listed an address that was no longer valid for voting, and her husband appears to have signed a voter registration form ahead of that primary but did not cast a vote.

The couple sold their Sapphire, North Carolina, home in March 2020 and lived in a condominium in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, but Debra Meadows used their former address to cast a ballot in the June primary runoff for a candidate for whom she had raised money.

North Carolina requires a voter to have lived in the county where they're registered for at least 30 days before the election, and both Mark and Debra Meadows listed a post office box in a town about 70 miles from their mobile home as their mailing address, and both voter registration forms filed Sept. 19, 2020, list their move-in date as the following day.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/03/23/debra-meadows-appears-have-filed-three-false-voter-forms/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 23, 2022, 12:10:09 PM
The GOP's racism is on full display at Judge Jackson's hearing. Pushing debunked right wing talking points is all they set out to do.   

Judge Jackson turns the tables on Tom Cotton when he asks if sentences are too lenient: 'I'm not Congress'
https://www.rawstory.com/ketanji-brown-jackson-tom-cotton/

Legal expert accuses GOP senator of citing argument against interracial marriage in Judge Jackson hearing
https://www.rawstory.com/ketanji-brown-jackson-john-cornyn/

WATCH: Republican senator hijacks Judge Jackson’s hearing with abortion rant
https://www.rawstory.com/ketanji-brown-jackson-masha-blackburn/

'Best enemies list since Nixon': Author basks in pride after Ted Cruz attacks his book during confirmation hearing
https://www.rawstory.com/ted-cruz-end-of-policing/

WATCH: Lindsey Graham storms out of Supreme Court hearing after meltdown on chairman Durbin
https://www.rawstory.com/lindsey-graham-ketanji-brown-jackson-hearing-video/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 23, 2022, 12:25:12 PM
President Biden
@POTUS

"Tomorrow, I’m traveling to Europe to meet with our allies and partners exactly one month after Putin accelerated his brutal war in Ukraine.

Then I’ll travel to Poland to hold a bilateral meeting with President @AndrzejDuda. I look forward to discussing our response to the humanitarian and human rights crisis Russia has created in Ukraine.

On this trip we will make clear that the West is united in our defense of democracy. Putin thought he would divide us, but we are stronger than at any time in recent history. We stand with Ukraine and we will continue to ensure Putin pays a heavy economic price for his
actions." - President Joe Biden


https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/1506340345713410050


Biden to announce new Russia sanctions while in Brussels

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan says President Joe Biden plans to announce new sanctions against Russia on Thursday while in Brussels

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden plans to announce new sanctions against Russia on Thursday while in Brussels for meetings with NATO and European allies, according to a top national security aide.

Biden, who will take part in a special meeting of NATO and address the European Council summit, is also expected to underscore efforts to enforce the avalanche of existing sanctions already announced by the U.S. and allies.

“He will join our partners in imposing further sanctions on Russia and tightening the existing sanctions to crack down on evasion and to ensure robust enforcement,” said White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan, who declined to further preview new sanctions the president will announce.

Biden is traveling to Brussels and Poland — which has received more than 2 million Ukrainian refugees who have fled since the Feb. 24 invasion — looking to press for continued unity among Western allies as Russia presses on with its brutal invasion of Ukraine.

In Poland, Biden will meet with Polish President Andrzej Duda, who has requested further U.S. aid and a stepped up military presence on NATO's eastern flank as the war grinds on. The U.S. has already more than doubled its regular troop presence of more than 4,000 U.S. troops. Currently, there are about 10,000 U.S. troops in Poland.

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania have also called for a greater NATO or U.S. military presence in recent weeks.

Sullivan suggested that could be coming soon as Biden plans to have talks “on longer term adjustments to NATO force posture on the eastern flank.”

“We feel that it is the right place for him to go to be able to see troops, to be able to see humanitarian experts and to be able to meet with a frontline and very vulnerable ally,” Sullivan said of Biden's visit to Poland.

Talks on troop adjustments are already underway.

Last week, at NATO’s Brussels headquarters, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and his counterparts weighed what defenses to set up on the organization’s eastern flank, from Estonia in the north through Latvia, Lithuania and Poland down to Bulgaria and Romania on the Black Sea.

The aim is to deter President Vladimir Putin from ordering an invasion of any of the 30 allies; not just for the duration of this war but for the next 5-10 years. Before launching it, Putin had demanded that NATO stop expanding and withdraw its forces from the east. The opposite is happening.

In just the past two months, the U.S. presence in Europe has jumped from about 80,000 troops to about 100,000, which is nearly as many as were there in 1997 when the United States and its NATO allies began an expansion of the alliance that Putin says threatens Russia and must be reversed. By comparison, in 1991, the year the Soviet Union dissolved, the United States had 305,000 troops in Europe, including 224,000 in Germany alone, according to Pentagon records. The number then dropped steadily, reaching 101,000 in 2005 and about 64,000 as recently as 2020.

Biden and NATO have said repeatedly that while the U.S. and NATO will provide weapons and other defensive support to non-NATO member Ukraine, they are determined to avoid any escalation on behalf of Kyiv that risks a broader war with Russia.

Polish leaders have called for a Western peacekeeping mission to intervene in Ukraine, a step that the U.S. and other allies worry could lead to a broadening of the war.

Sullivan added that Biden will also “announce joint action on enhancing European energy security and reducing Europe’s dependence on Russian gas."

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/biden-announce-russia-sanctions-brussels-83604347


"As I told CEOs at today’s meeting, in this moment it’s vital for companies to invest in people, invest in innovation, and invest in America itself. It’s how we’ll continue to grow and win the competition for the 21st century — while lowering costs and the deficit."

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https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/1506081780054609924
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 23, 2022, 03:51:53 PM
I'm sure this is just a cover story for these Russian assets.


"Ivanka Trump has purchased 1 million meals to deliver to people in Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees on the Poland-Ukraine border."

"Former President Trump’s eldest daughter personally contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars for the 1 million meals, which amounted to 158,400 pounds of food."


"The Ukrainian people have shown inspiring courage and resilience during the invasion of their country by Russia," - Ivanka Trump.

Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 23, 2022, 11:21:59 PM
Convicted Criminal Paul Manafort was probably trying to get in contact with his Russian buddies. We need to know more about this.

Paul Manafort removed from Dubai-bound flight out of Miami

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Paul Manafort was removed from a plane in Florida before departing for Dubai because he was carrying a passport that had been revoked.

Miami-Dade police confirmed the pardoned former Donald Trump adviser had been taken off an Emirates Airline flight without incident Sunday night, The Associated Press reported, but U.S. Border and Customs Protection did not immediately respond to a request for additional comment.

The 72-year-old Manafort oversaw Trump's presidential campaign in 2016 but was ousted that August over his business dealings in Ukraine.

He was later indicted on financial crimes as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, and Manafort was convicted by a jury in August 2018 and then pleaded guilty to additional charges in federal court.

Manafort was released from prison in May 2020 due to coronavirus concerns and then pardoned by Trump in December 2020.

https://www.rawstory.com/paul-manafort-dubai/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 23, 2022, 11:44:26 PM
'He totally blew it': Retired general says Putin's hubris is leading to 'the total collapse of the Russian military'

On CNN Wednesday, retired Maj. Gen. James "Spider" Marks detailed how Vladimir Putin's "hubris" is leading the Russian military to ruin in Ukraine.

"You, as officials, say they've seen indications that some soldiers are suffering from frostbite due to lack of cold weather gear, fuel, food, other logistics problems," said anchor Pamela Brown. "Tell us more about that. Why do you think that is? Clearly, given what we knew leading up to this invasion, this had been in the works for a while by Vladimir Putin and those around him. How can this be?"

"Yeah, two things," said Marks. "First of all, hubris. I think Putin thought this would be a cakewalk. 48 hours. I don't need a senior command and control commander because I'm going to go take Kyiv. It will take me a couple days. Kharkiv, you'll fall immediately. And down south, we'll get Mariupol and Kherson and eventually we'll waltz our way over to Odesa. That's hubris. A misunderstanding, a strategic miscalculation that is huge. And Putin is in the intel business and he totally blew it. That's phenomenal."

"The second thing is that as a result of that, these soldiers came ill-prepared for any of that," said Marks. "They thought they would be living off — they would get into Kyiv and immediately be welcomed and they would have an opportunity to be replenished in short amount of time. That has been totally exposed. And these Russian soldiers, they've been cold, they've been hungry, wet, shot at, and I have to tell you. That is an incredible lack of leadership when you can't unscrew and loosen those problems and get support to your front line troops to get them to do the mission and to understand why you're doing it. It is a total collapse of the Russian military."

Watch below:

Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 23, 2022, 11:53:47 PM
Right wingers lose again. :D

After losing in US Supreme Court, Republican Congressmen ask Wisconsin court to reconsider congressional map decision.

Pro tip: If you win, you don't seek reconsideration.

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Here is the today's Supreme Court Order DENYING the Republican effort to block Wisconsin's new congressional map from taking effect.

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 23, 2022, 11:58:29 PM
"I’m on my way to Europe to rally the international community in support of Ukraine and ensure Putin pays a severe economic cost for his war of choice." - President Joe Biden

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 24, 2022, 01:36:52 PM
What a simplistic analysis driven by political bias. Maybe these folks have some legitimate concern about sticking the American taxpayer with $13 billion in debt for generations to come for money that may be stolen or misappropriated by a country that is in chaos with a long reputation of corruption.

There is no "bias" here at all. It's a fact that 31 Senate Republicans just voted against America and our national security by refusing military aid to Ukraine.

And now these same Republican hypocrite liars who voted "no" to aid Ukraine, are viciously attacking President Biden for "not doing enough for Ukraine" when he's done more than any President in history and any other country in the world. They failed to do what they are now screaming for. They are liars and hypocrites.

All Republicans care to do is falsely attack our President to score cheap political points with their right wing base. Even during this critical moment they will never change and be decent people.   

Money should be no object for defending our democracy and our national security. And the outcome in Ukraine has implications for both.       

The fact of the matter is, Democrats voted to defend the United States and 31 Senate Republicans voted against America, our national security, defending our ally Ukraine, and our European allies. That is disgraceful. 

These same 31 Senate Republicans had no problem voting for a 1 trillion dollar tax cut giveaway under Trump in 2017 for billionaires and corporations. Republicans stuck it to the middle class taxpayers and ballooned the debt to an astronomical amount. But when it comes to defending the United States, Ukraine, and our NATO allies Republicans voted a resounding "NO". That goes to show you that they truly are on the side of Russia. Why else would they vote to help Russia over America?

Sorry, you can't spin this Republican failure to protect America. You're just parroting Comrade Tucker Carlson's Kremlin talking points about "corruption" in Ukraine.   

Congress Passes $1.5 Trillion Tax Cut Bill
December 20, 2017

https://www.npr.org/2017/12/20/572157392/gop-poised-for-tax-victory-after-a-brief-delay
 
Maybe if more politicians had voted against the trillions of dollars allocated for Afghanistan for decades to no purpose, that money could have been used for some constructive purpose.  Time and again we learn that throwing money at a problem for political advantage never works in the long term.  There are numerous examples including most recently the so call COVID relief bill that resulted in billions wasted in fraud and unnecessary outlays to people that were not affected (including millions sent to prisoners including the Boston Bomber).  If Old Joe wanted to help Ukraine, he would not have adopted his disastrous woke energy policy that made the US dependent on foreign oil and enriched Putin. Ironically, the US continues to send millions to Russia even until today despite the so called oil ban because it has not taken effect.  It will not stop the import of Russian oil until the end of a wind down period in late April.

If George W. Bush focused on Afghanistan instead of going to war in Iraq based on a lie, we wouldn't have spent all those years funding an useless operation there. Faux Propaganda beat the war drums for Iraq so blame them as well. President Biden got us out of Afghanistan so we no longer have to throw money there.   

The Covid relief bill put money in the pockets of hard working Americans and brought our country back from the Trump Economic Disaster. That bill helped to create millions of jobs, fund the police, and fund government projects. Dishonest Republicans are now trying to take credit for the success but every single one of them voted "NO". Any bill that helps the average American, right wing Republicans will always vote against.         

LOL. Biden doesn't have a "woke energy policy". His energy policy is the best policy ever implemented according to experts because it develops clean energy and helps us to get away from fossil fuels.   

Biden has banned Russian oil and Russia only supplied 8% of our oil so we were not "dependent" on it. Biden banned it. Criminal Donald never did.     

Republicans have made us dependent of foreign oil because they are all bought and paid for by the oil industry.

Criminal Donald had his chance to ban Putin's Nord 2 Stream pipeline and he didn't do it. President Biden just got Germany to stop production. That's real leadership. 

Why didn't Donnie get the United States off foreign oil? He had 4 years to do it and made us more dependent on it by cozying up to the Saudi's.   

You should spend more time getting real facts instead of listening to fake right wing propaganda from Comrade Carlson.   

Biden's clean energy plan would cut emissions and save 317,000 lives
A new report has found that a policy standard would be most effective to reach the goal of 80% renewable energy use by 2030
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/11/biden-administration-clean-energy-climate-crisis


Take note of these 31 Republican Senators who voted against America, Ukraine, and our allies. When they are up for re-election make sure to vote them out of office and replace them with a Senator that will defend our national security.     

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 24, 2022, 01:46:58 PM
"Thank you Prime Minister @alexanderdecroo for the warm welcome in Brussels. I'm looking forward to our work together — with all our Allies and partners — this week as we continue responding to Putin’s war of choice in Ukraine.

Today in Brussels I’m meeting with our NATO Allies, G7 members, and the European Council to discuss our ongoing response to Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified attack on Ukraine. We stand united in defense of democracy and with the people of Ukraine." -President Joe Biden


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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 24, 2022, 03:54:38 PM
"I’m on my way to Europe to rally the international community in support of Ukraine and ensure Putin pays a severe economic cost for his war of choice." - President Joe Biden

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The international community already supports Ukraine.  They don't need any encouragement from Weekend at Bernie's to do that.  What is required is a path to ending this war.  Biden is clueless on how to do that.  He is only making the situation increasingly dangerous by fixating on punishing Putin.  Trump would have said a few nice things about Putin and negotiated a settlement in 48 hours but Biden has made this political.  So Ukraine continues to burn on his watch.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 24, 2022, 10:36:17 PM
"This morning, we learned that new unemployment claims are now at a level not seen since 1969.

America’s historic economic recovery is strong. Americans are getting back to work.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has done a remarkable job leading and strengthening our Alliance — particularly during this critical moment for international security. I welcome the extension of his tenure and look forward to working closely together in the year ahead.

I was proud to meet with my fellow G7 leaders today. We remain resolved to stand with the Ukrainian people and government who heroically resist President Putin’s military aggression and war of choice against their sovereign nation." - President Joe Biden


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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 24, 2022, 10:43:42 PM
President Biden
@POTUS 

"NATO leaders met today in Brussels — one month since the start of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine. We will continue to support Ukraine with security assistance to fight Russian aggression and uphold their right of self-defense."

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"I met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today to address Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine. We discussed the unity and strength of the alliance, NATO’s ongoing efforts to deter and defend against any aggression, and our support for Ukraine."

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"Tune in as I hold a press conference about my meetings in Europe with Allies and partners on our response to Russia’s war on Ukraine."

https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/1507047733613445122
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 25, 2022, 10:59:47 AM
US, allies flex muscles against Russia in summits

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The United States and allies upped the pressure on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine at summits in Brussels Thursday, warning Moscow its costs will keep rising the longer the war continues.

Washington unveiled fresh sanctions on Russian lawmakers and defense contractors, and outlined a push by the G7 to freeze Russia out of international organisations and to cut it off from its gold reserves.

US President Joe Biden was the central figure of the summits, which gathered, in succession, the 30 NATO member countries, the G7 powers and then the EU's 27-nation bloc.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky also participated by videolink. He pleaded with NATO leaders to send his forces weapons "without restrictions".

"The alliance can still prevent the deaths of Ukrainians from Russian strikes, from Russian occupation, by giving us all the weapons we need," he said.

NATO has repeatedly ruled out Kyiv's demand that it impose a no-fly zone and said it would not send forces into Ukraine for fear of nuclear-armed Russia escalating and expanding the conflict.

But the alliance stresses Kyiv's right to self-defense and its promise to keep supplying it with weapons.

Notably, the US said it and allies were discussing sending anti-ship missiles to Ukraine.

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg insisted the alliance was "determined to continue to impose costs on Russia to bring about the end of this brutal war".

He warned Russia against mounting any chemical attack in Ukraine -- and said the alliance has activated "chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense elements" for allied forces in eastern Europe.

NATO has already rushed tens of thousands of extra troops to its eastern flank in the wake of the invasion, and leaders launched four new "battle groups" in allies Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovakia and Romania.

Stoltenberg said the alliance would also "reset" its eastern defenses in the long term by adding "substantially more forces" to face off against the threat from Moscow.

Russian gold reserves

In a sign of the Western unity of purpose on Ukraine, Stoltenberg, 63, announced he would stay on in his post for another year past the original expiry of his term, to the end of September 2023, at the request of NATO leaders.

Once the three-hour NATO summit was over, Biden and the leaders from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan stayed on at NATO headquarters for an hour-long G7 summit.

A US official said that grouping coalesced around other measures with which to hit Russia, on top of several rounds of sanctions already imposed by the US, the EU and allies.

"We in the G7, we're joined together in saying that international organizations and multilateral fora should no longer conduct their activities with Russia in a business-as-usual manner," the official said.

The G7 also aimed "to blunt Russia's ability to fund... (President Vladimir) Putin's war, including by making clear that any transaction involving gold... is covered by existing sanctions".

Additionally, the White House announced a fresh wave of US sanctions against 328 members of Russia's lower legislative chamber, the State Duma, as well as oligarchs and 48 Russian defense companies.

The measures, which involve freezing US-held assets, aligned with those already taken by the European Union, Britain and Canada.

"I'm announcing additional sanctions on over 400 Russian elites, lawmakers, and defense companies in response to Putin's war of choice in Ukraine," Biden tweeted.

"They personally gain from the Kremlin's policies, and they should share in the pain," he said.

As the West ratcheted up its punishment on Russia, the Kremlin was casting around for ways to hit back.

One move, designed to blunt financial sanctions, is demanding "unfriendly countries" -- which it considers all EU members to be -- pay for Russian gas deliveries only in its beleaguered ruble.

Analysts say that was a high-stakes move by Putin, which could accelerate moves by Europe to diversify away from Russian suppliers, which so far have not been directly designated under Western sanctions.

© 2022 AFP
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 25, 2022, 11:06:00 AM
President Biden
@POTUS

"Today, I participated in a European Council meeting in Brussels. We committed to providing further humanitarian assistance to those fleeing violence in Ukraine and to continue imposing economic costs on Russia for its actions."

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"Putin was banking on NATO being split, but it has never been more united than it is today."
Watch video: https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/1507115271709933581
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 25, 2022, 02:23:28 PM
Silly photo ops for the political establishment.   What a waste of time.  Throw money at the problem but no constructive solutions.  Biden has no clue or apparent desire on finding a way to end the conflict in Ukraine.  He may actually want it to continue to distract from the disasters unfolding in the US.  His poll numbers are at historic lows.  He has no idea what he is doing or what is going on.  He probably thinks NATO is fighting the Kaiser.  He said the sanctions will not deter Putin!!  Then why use them?  He also apparently didn't share this wisdom with his VP, Secretary of State, and spokesperson Peppermint Patty since they all said that sanctions were designed to deter Putin.  It is amateur hour for Weekend at Bernie's.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 25, 2022, 07:47:03 PM
It’s nice to have a Commander in chief who doesn’t think troops are "suckers and losers" like Donnie called them.

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President Joe Biden has a slice of pizza and talks with members of the 82nd Airborne Division in Jasionka, Poland.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 25, 2022, 08:04:19 PM
In a new poll, Navigator finds Americans view Putin and oil companies as more responsible than President Biden for rising gas prices. That's because a President has nothing to do with gas prices. Gas prices are set by the oil companies and they are keeping them high on purpose to increase their own profits. Americans have seen through the lies of the right wing media and GOP politicians who are falsely accusing Biden over gas prices he has no control over.     

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 25, 2022, 08:28:45 PM
President Biden
@POTUS

"This morning in Brussels, I met with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. I’m now traveling to Poland to meet with President Andrzej Duda, receive a briefing on our humanitarian response, and visit members of the 82nd Airborne Division."

"It was an honor to meet with European Commission President von der Leyen this morning. We are united in our condemnation of Russia’s unjustified and unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine. Together, we announced new steps to reduce Europe’s dependency on Russian energy."

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"This afternoon in Poland, I received a briefing on the humanitarian response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The United States is prepared to provide an additional $1 billion for humanitarian assistance and welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainians and others fleeing Russian aggression."

"This afternoon, I met with members of the 82nd Airborne Division on the ground in Poland. These folks are serving alongside our Polish Allies to bolster NATO’s frontline defenses. They’re doing incredible work and I’m grateful for their service."

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 25, 2022, 11:31:58 PM
In a new poll, Navigator finds Americans view Putin and oil companies as more responsible than President Biden for rising gas prices. That's because a President has nothing to do with gas prices. Gas prices are set by the oil companies and they are keeping them high on purpose to increase their own profits. Americans have seen through the lies of the right wing media and GOP politicians who are falsely accusing Biden over gas prices he has no control over.     

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Suddenly Biden is powerless?  But he gets the credit for "jobs" and "employment"?  LOL  Comedy gold.  If Biden has no control over gas prices it's because he is weak and senile.  The Saudis and others are laughing at him as the money flows in by the billions.  America was energy independent before Joe's woke policies brought this disaster on the world by enriching Putin.  The people of Ukraine will curse him for centuries.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 26, 2022, 02:52:40 AM
While Russia’s economy is collapsing, our job market is booming, with the fewest people on unemployment in half a century!

The strength of the US labor market is on display again this week.

The 4-week average of initial UI claims is now 6K below pre-pandemic levels. Overall insured unemployment is at its lowest since Feb 1970.

Easy to take for granted, but this outcome was far from guaranteed 1 year ago.

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 26, 2022, 02:55:21 AM
Suddenly Biden is powerless?  But he gets the credit for "jobs" and "employment"?  LOL  Comedy gold.  If Biden has no control over gas prices it's because he is weak and senile.  The Saudis and others are laughing at him as the money flows in by the billions.  America was energy independent before Joe's woke policies brought this disaster on the world by enriching Putin.  The people of Ukraine will curse him for centuries.

Your post is comedy gold! This is all made up nonsense.

Does the President Control Gas Prices?
Truth be told, U.S. presidents have very little control over the price per gallon.
February 03, 2021
https://www.convenience.org/Media/conveniencecorner/Does-the-President-Control-Gas-Prices
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 26, 2022, 03:02:20 AM
Ursula von der Leyen
@vonderleyen
President of the @EU_Commission

This morning @POTUS and I agreed a new energy partnership.

The U.S. will provide us with at least an additional 15 bcm of LNG this year.

In the coming years, we are aiming for at least 50 bcm per year.

And this would replace 1/3 of all Russian gas supply to Europe.

The root cause of high electricity prices is, in big part, high and volatile gas prices.

So we will join forces, pool our demand and use our collective bargaining power when purchasing gas.

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https://twitter.com/vonderleyen/status/1507429284704567299
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 26, 2022, 10:39:57 AM
'Everything is bad!' Russian state TV devolves into 'screaming matches' over Putin's disastrous war

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The Russian military is reportedly losing an average of more than a general per week, and The Daily Beast's Julia Davis reports that tensions over the war are now boiling over on the country's state-run TV news stations and are even resulting in "screaming matches."

One particularly fraught debate came when analyst Vitaly Tretyakov gave a blunt assessment of the state of the war, which the Kremlin has insisted on calling a "special military operation."

"The situation is serious," he said. "We have to admit that there was no psychological breakthrough in our operation, where the opposing side would lose their will to resist... The resistance from the Ukrainian side is neither stopping nor weakening."

This drew an angry response from host Olga Skabeeva, who grilled Tretyakov about what he would do.

"What do we do now?" she asked. "What’s our plan? Everything is bad, nothing is working out?”

Tretyakov responded that it appears the military is already growing tired of the military campaign in Ukraine that has already cost thousands of soldiers their lives.

This made Skabeeva even angrier, according to Davis.

"If you’re tired, that doesn't mean that everyone else is tired," she shouted at him, before adding that his analysis of the war had "a smell of something untoward."

Military expert Igor Korotchenko gave a similarly somber analysis, and concluded that it could take decades for Russia to achieve its military objectives in Ukraine.

Read the full report here:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/russian-state-television-descends-into-screaming-match-over-vladimir-putins-war-failures-in-ukraine


'This is a big deal': Former Ukraine ambassador Bill Taylor says Russia's tactical shift is a game changer

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On Friday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor broke down the significance of Russia appearing to announce they no longer intend to seize control of Ukrainian capital Kyiv and will focus instead on "liberating" the eastern regions they have recognized as so-called "independent republics."

"Ambassador Taylor, how significant, potentially hugely significant, is it for Russia to say, their main goal, at least for them to be saying their main goal is to liberate Eastern Ukraine, compared to their original goal to potentially take order and set up a puppet government throughout the entire country?" asked anchor Wolf Blitzer.

"You're exactly right, this is a big deal," said Taylor, who rose to public prominence as a key witness in former President Donald Trump's first impeachment trial. "This demonstrates that the Ukrainians have indeed stopped the Russian advance. The Ukrainians have been fighting much harder than the Russians. We know that the Russian soldiers were not even sure why they were there. And we knew the Ukrainian soldiers knew exactly why they were there. They knew they were fighting for their country, for their independence. So the Ukrainians are super motivated and that has been demonstrated now. And I think what we're seeing is a change in momentum. We're clearly seeing the change in momentum in favor of the Ukrainians."

"Do you expect Putin will try to claim victory, regardless of how badly this military campaign has gone for him?" asked Blitzer.

"Wolf, I think that's the key," said Taylor. "President Putin will look now to some kind of negotiations, conceivably. We don't want to get ahead of ourselves. But it is possible with this change in momentum. With the... attack on Kyiv stalled, President Putin may be looking for a way back, a way down. And he can now say when he goes to these negotiations, if that happens, that what he really wants is Donbas. what he really wants is recognition of Crimea. He's not going to get that from the Ukrainians, but he can say that's what he was after. He can sit down with the Ukrainians and have that conversation."

Watch below:

Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 26, 2022, 11:51:49 AM
President Biden with our troops.

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President Biden meets service members from the 82nd Airborne Division in Rzeszów, Poland.

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President Biden has a slice of pizza as he joined service members from the 82nd Airborne Division, who are contributing alongside our Polish Ally to deterrence on the Alliance’s Eastern Flank in Rzeszów, Poland.

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President Biden visits 82nd Airborne troops at a barbershop inside the arena here in Rzeszów where they’re stationed. “I don’t have that much hair to take off,” Biden joked

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President Biden and Polish President Duda receive an update on humanitarian relief efforts for Ukraine from USAID chief Samantha Power.


President Biden addresses U.S. troops from the 82nd Airborne Division stationed in Poland:

“We’ve sent the best, the best available of America, and that’s all of you ... Thank you for your service, thank you for who you are.”

Watch Video:https://twitter.com/therecount/status/1507388453541056512


"Well, if you're starting to eat, I'm gonna sit down and have something to eat."

Pres. Biden eats pizza with service members in Rzeszow, Poland. https://abcn.ws/3wDlk5p

Watch Video:https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1507366729537761289
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 26, 2022, 11:29:14 PM
President Biden

"Today, I met with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Minister of Defense Oleksii Reznikov. We discussed our efforts to rally the world in support of Ukraine and the significant military and humanitarian assistance the United States is providing." - President Joe Biden

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"Today, I met with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw. I thanked him and the people of Poland for opening their homes and hearts to their neighbors in need. And we discussed our shared commitment to support the people and government of Ukraine."

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 26, 2022, 11:40:35 PM
"We are engaged anew in a great battle for freedom.
 
A battle between democracy and autocracy. Between liberty and repression.
 
This battle will not be won in days or months either. We need to steel ourselves for the long fight ahead.

The brave Ukrainian resistance is a front in a larger fight: for the essential democratic principles that unite all free people.
 
These principles are essential for a free society, but have always been embattled.

Every generation has had to defeat democracy’s mortal foes.

I have come to Europe with a clear and determined message: We must commit now to be in this fight for democracy for the long haul.
 
We must be unified today and tomorrow.

History shows that this is the task of our time – of this generation.

My message to the people of Ukraine is the message I delivered today to the Ukrainian Foreign Minister and Defense Minister: We stand with you.

Time and again, history shows that it is from our darkest moments that the greatest progress follows.
 
This is our moment — and defending democracy is the task of our time.

Putin — like all autocrats before him — believes that might makes right.
 
President Abraham Lincoln voiced an opposing spirit to save our Union: “Let us have faith that right makes might.”
 
Today, let us have that faith again." - President Joe Biden


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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 27, 2022, 12:09:51 AM
President Biden's historic speech will be seen as defining a line in history, a moment when the world was once again formally divided between the forces of democracy and those of autocracy, between those who value freedom and those who fear it.

It was resonant because it echoed the past. It was resonant because not far from where the President spoke, the brutality of the enemy we are facing, the stakes in this battle and the courage of those we fight alongside were all being made so clear in Ukraine.

But it was also resonant for Americans because unlike in the past, we know the dividing line about which President Biden spoke cuts through our country like a knife. The forces of Trump's authoritarianism have already attacked our country/democracy and continue to do so each day. We must continue to defeat them in every election.

Further, the manifestations of this age-defining struggle internationally and at home are identical because they flow from the same sources, are led by the same people, are funded by the same bank accounts, are all part of a unified global struggle against our values and ideals.

The threat of Putin abroad and Trump at home are not similar, they are the same. They speak the same words. They speak the same hate and violence. They sew the same division and chaos. They speak to the world via the same platforms. They actively collaborate and whenever possible they aid one another.

For these reasons, the strength, clarity and resolve shown by Biden were in many ways even more resonant than the Kennedy speech in Berlin to which it is already frequently being compared. Because the stakes are global and they are local because the people of Ukraine really are fighting on our behalf against a common enemy. The passion with which Biden spoke, the setting he chose, the evocative words he chose were all ideally suited to the moment. And because they were, they will resonate for many years to come.

Make no mistake, this speech and this past month mark a historical turning point. The way we contain Putin, the degree to which we support Ukraine, the resolve we show in defending democracy at home and abroad, will define this era and the future for our children and grandchildren.

Biden's speech was however, also powerful for another reason. He not only defined the geopolitical battle lines for our times and reminded us why the divisions at home are more than mere politics as usual, but he clearly committed his administration and by extension the Western alliance to standing up for the right side in this battle and he made clear that our enemies have chosen to place themselves not just in opposition to us but to actually be on the side of evil. As in past great struggles, against Naziism and communism there are no grey areas in this battle. There is right and wrong. At the same time, Biden committed us not just to fight for the world as it should be but to take up the side of progress against those who seek to turn back the clock and promote ideas that long ago failed.

Of all the moments of Biden's presidency so far and frankly, in all the recent history of US presidents since the end of the Cold War, this is likely to be viewed not only as a high point, but as one we'll long remember for how it helped reset our course in a better direction.

While the Putin "cannot remain in power" line will get the most attention, don't be distracted by it. It was the overall thrust of the speech and the degree to which Biden and our allies are backing it up that matters the most in a historical sense.

President Biden has rallied the entire world against a murderous dictator on the national stage. We are lucky to have a man like Joe Biden in our White House leading the world.

This is Joe Biden's finest hour.       
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 27, 2022, 04:10:42 PM
Biden continues to escalate the situation in Ukraine with his gaffes.  Instead of trying to find a way to deescalate and end the conflict, he is now suggesting that there needs to be a regime change in Russia!  Playing right into Putin's hands and giving him every incentive not to negotiate an end to the conflict.  One of the worst gaffes in political history surpassing his "minor incursion" gaffe that greenlighted Putin's invasion of Ukraine.  They need to get him on a plane out of there before he starts WWIII.  Ukraine and Russia have the basic outline of an agreement to end the conflict if Biden will only stay out of it.   Politicizing this war in the same way he politicized the pandemic and vilifying Putin with the same techniques he used on Trump will result in only extending and escalating this conflic. 
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 27, 2022, 11:38:35 PM
“A dictator bent on rebuilding an empire will never erase a people’s love for liberty. Brutality will never ground down their will to be free. Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia, for free people refuse to live in a world of hopelessness and darkness.” - President Joe Biden

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 28, 2022, 12:20:24 AM
Biden continues to escalate the situation in Ukraine with his gaffes.  Instead of trying to find a way to deescalate and end the conflict, he is now suggesting that there needs to be a regime change in Russia!  Playing right into Putin's hands and giving him every incentive not to negotiate an end to the conflict.  One of the worst gaffes in political history surpassing his "minor incursion" gaffe that greenlighted Putin's invasion of Ukraine.  They need to get him on a plane out of there before he starts WWIII.  Ukraine and Russia have the basic outline of an agreement to end the conflict if Biden will only stay out of it.   Politicizing this war in the same way he politicized the pandemic and vilifying Putin with the same techniques he used on Trump will result in only extending and escalating this conflic.

More BS:

That speech was not about regime change in Russia it was about the long term stakes in the fight between democracy and autocracy. Unless the Biden team formally says it has a regime change policy, I wouldn’t take one line as such a consequential shift.

Biden expressed what billions around the world and millions inside Russia also believe. He did not say that the US should remove him from power. There is a difference.

The Kremlin can whine all it wants. Republicans can lie all they want. Pundits can spin whatever nonsense they want. But the fact is, Joe Biden found a clever way yyesterday to significantly accelerate Putin’s downfall. Even the Kremlin now knows it has to take out Putin to survive.

If you’ve even so much as watched the West Wing, let alone follow real world politics, you know exactly why a politician says something with the plan all along of having his staff immediately walk it back. It’s precisely what Biden did today. It’s literally politics 101.

Biden was able to call for Putin’s ouster, with the weight of the American presidency behind it, with everything it just put in motion against Putin within Russia and worldwide, and he gets to act like it’s not what he really said. It’s a common tactic, used brilliantly yesterday.

You expect Faux Propaganda, right wing pundits, and other anti-American propagandists to act like this was some gaffe on Biden’s part. They are pretending that they’re not familiar with the “walk back” strategy, so they can try to paint themselves as judicious by questioning Biden’s… whatever. It’s fictional, it’s performance art, and it’s deeply sick when democracy is on the line in this critical moment.

And taking vaccines and wearing a mask is not "politicizing a pandemic". That's what science tells us to do.

Right wing Republicans signed laws banning vaccines and masks. That's politicization of the virus.       
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 28, 2022, 12:26:49 AM
More  BS:

Thankfully the world's leaders are desperately trying to repair the damage caused by Biden's gaffe.  France is leading the way.  Thousands of Ukrainians will probably die from this gaffe that will extend the conflict indefinitely when a basis for settlement has been reached.  Who could believe that Biden would surpass his disaster in Afghanistan?
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 28, 2022, 12:37:54 AM
President Biden comforts a child that recently fled to Warsaw.

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 28, 2022, 01:10:05 AM
President Biden comforts a child that recently fled to Warsaw.

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I'm sure she would have been comforted a lot more sleeping in her own home in her own country instead of being used in a political photo op.  Biden could have comforted her a lot more by not adopting policies that resulted in her becoming a refugee from a war.  No such luck for thousands who have already died.  The US is still sending tens of millions to Putin every single day because the so called sanctions on energy purchases does not stop the flow for Russian oil and gas until nearly the end of April.  Way to go Joe!
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 28, 2022, 01:52:27 AM
Biden’s Facts Don’t Care About Putin’s Feelings
This isn’t about Biden’s apt ad lib. It’s about steeling for a long “battle between democracy and autocracy.”

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While America’s media is embroiled in another confected controversy, this one about whether Joe Biden hurt Vladimir Putin’s feelings by speaking the truth, it is missing two far bigger stories.

One of those stories is the historical shift signaled by Biden’s Warsaw speech. While some compared it to Kennedy’s “Ich bin ein berliner” speech or Reagan’s “Mr. Gorbachev tear down that wall” address, Biden’s was more like the speech given by Winston Churchill in Fulton Missouri on March 5, 1946. In that speech, with the words “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent” the former British Prime Minister defined the front line of Europe’s new Cold War reality.

With his remarks, Biden acknowledged that, solely as a consequence of the ruthless aggression of Vladimir Putin, Europe was once again divided. More broadly, he defined the struggle of the moment as “a new great battle for freedom: a battle between democracy and autocracy, between liberty and repression, between rules-based order and one governed by brute force.”

Biden’s remarks to the massive outdoor crowd were a call to action not just to stop Putin but, as American listeners surely noted, to recognize the threats to democracy that exist within our own country. He not only praised the courage of the people of Ukraine but made it clear that they were fighting on behalf of all of us who value democracy worldwide. He enumerated the ways that the U.S. and our allies would seek to aid Ukraine but he also made it clear that our commitment extended beyond the current war. “We must commit now to be in this fight for the long haul. We must remain unified today and tomorrow and the day after and for the years and decades to come,” he said.

Then, he added, “It will not be easy. There will be costs. But it’s a price we have to pay. Because the darkness that drives autocracy is ultimately no match for the flame of liberty that lights the souls of free people everywhere.”

The speech marked a historical watershed that should not be overshadowed by his apparently extemporaneous reference to Putin at its conclusion, “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.” While controversy swirled around the remark, and the White House later sought to walk it back, that moment of clarity from the plain-spoken president elevated his speech. It made it clear that Biden’s passion was deeply felt and real. It was the truth at a time when it is essential to be honest about Putin’s barbarism and the threat he poses not just to the world, but to the people of his own country who will be denied full access to the community of nations so long as he remains in office.

While Biden’s speech was significant because it addressed a geopolitical shift with long-term consequences for the world—and while it clarified the starkness of the divide in America between Biden’s party and his opponents who have defended Putin and attacked democracy themselves—it also underscored the president’s deep sense of urgency concerning the crisis in Ukraine.

The war that has been raging for over a month now since Putin’s armies sought to compound the brutality of their 2015 invasion of Eastern Ukraine with a new wave of atrocities, has reached a point of inflection. Putin’s armies are not only facing stiff resistance but outside of Kyiv and in the East of Ukraine, they are actually being pushed back. Russian losses are now, according to estimates, likely to already be higher than all those suffered in Russia’s decade-long Afghanistan debacle. Ukraine has put up an extraordinary fight and if one thing is now clear it is that the easy path to victory that Putin and some analysts thought existed was an illusion.

Since it is unlikely that Putin can sustain a protracted conflict in Ukraine, two possibilities remain. Either Putin escalates the war in dramatic fashion or he finds a way to withdraw while saving face.

The first option could be linked to Russia’s explicit and implicit threats of the use of WMDs. Putin might think that such an approach could rattle the leaders of Ukraine and the West. But, Biden and European leaders have made it clear that if Putin takes such a step the response would be swift and severe. Within the US government, many options are on the table including a kinetic response from Western militaries, providing Ukraine with new weapons systems including longer-range missiles, and much more severe sanctions including, possibly, a greater willingness by Europeans in the wake of such an escalation to finally cut off purchases of Russian oil and gas.

For all these reasons, while this sort of escalation is a possibility Western planners take very seriously, it may also be one that Russia recognizes would only deepen their problems associated with their invasion of Ukraine. That may be why, in the past week, Russian military spokespeople have spoken of a shift in Russian priorities away from broader objectives to consolidating their holdings in Eastern Ukraine such as the Donbas, Luhansk and Crimea.

While there are few less reliable sources than the Russian government these days, there is not only a logic to such a step, but seeking to solidify control over those regions is rumored to be one of the subjects of peace talks that have sporadically and unsuccessfully taken place thus far.

Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy has indicated he would oppose ceding any land to Russia. He has also, however, exhibited a desire to end the carnage. In the end, U.S. officials have make it clear that the final terms for the war in Ukraine will be left entirely up to the government in Kyiv. While there is no current indication a ceasefire is on the horizon, the only “reasonable” path for Putin other than escalation is to seek such a settlement and so how it would be implemented must be considered.

Should Ukraine agree to Russian control of those regions or temporary control of those regions being ceded to pro-Russian Ukrainian groups prior to some kind of internationally supervised referendum on their future, the question then would be what would become of the rest of Ukraine—particularly if a settlement also includes an agreement that it would not join NATO. How, following the full Russian withdrawal that any ceasefire would require, would the security and future of Ukraine be assured—especially given the huge job and related costs of rebuilding the country, a job one U.S. official characterized to me as “the most costly rebuilding job the world has faced since World War II.”

The need for such a massive rebuilding effort might provide a glimpse of how the security issue could be resolved. Ukraine could join the EU and effectively become a “virtual” member of NATO. Foreign companies working with international financial institutions (and, one hopes, with funds derived in some way or another from Russia as reparations) might play a big role in the rebuilding of Ukraine. Should they do so, the active and long-term presence of many workers from around the world in Ukraine might act as a kind of shield against a future Russian attack while also fueling Ukrainian economic growth and fostering deeper ties between that country and the world economy.

Rebuilding Ukraine and integrating it economically and socially into Europe would be not only a good way to begin to heal that country but also to ensure its greater security. Showing how it benefits from that integration while Russia remains subject to post-war sanctions is a way to send a message to the Russian people that their leadership chose to be on the wrong side of history.

Taken together, both would serve the longer term goals outlined in Biden’s speech—marking a victory for democracy and a defeat for a dictator while sending an unmistakable message that the West is ready to fight as Ukraine did to defend our values and our people against the attacks of men like Putin. Men who, as President Biden said, really must go.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/joe-bidens-facts-dont-care-about-vladimir-putins-feelings
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 28, 2022, 05:17:40 AM
I'm sure she would have been comforted a lot more sleeping in her own home in her own country instead of being used in a political photo op.  Biden could have comforted her a lot more by not adopting policies that resulted in her becoming a refugee from a war.  No such luck for thousands who have already died.  The US is still sending tens of millions to Putin every single day because the so called sanctions on energy purchases does not stop the flow for Russian oil and gas until nearly the end of April.  Way to go Joe!

If it wasn't for Criminal Donald selling out Ukraine and siding with Putin for 4 years she would be sleeping in her own bed.

President Biden wasn't using anybody for a "photo op". Ukrainian refugees were rushing to see Biden and to thank him for welcoming them into America and our allied countries. Thousands of people were jammed in Warsaw to see Biden speak. The entire world fully supports our President. Donnie is hated around the world.       

Bottom line: President Biden banned Russian oil. Criminal Donald did not and gave away our U.S. bases to Putin like a coward. Results matter and Biden delivered for democracy. Criminal Donald delivered for Putin.

Russians Take Over 3rd U.S. Base in Northern Syria
December 26, 2019
https://www.thedailybeast.com/russians-take-over-3rd-us-base-in-northern-syria


What it means for American bases in Syria to be occupied by Syrian and Russian forces
October 16, 2019
https://www.militarytimes.com/news/2019/10/16/what-it-means-for-us-bases-in-syria-to-be-occupied-by-syrian-and-russian-forces/


US troops and their allies feel humiliated after abandoning their bases in Syria to be taken over by gleeful Russians
October 16, 2019

"For US and coalition soldiers, the spectacle was made worse by Russian glee at taking over multiple US military bases which were hastily abandoned.

The roughly 1,000 US soldiers — along with hundreds of French, Danish and British allies — have been forced to abandon positions along Syria's shared border with Turkey.

"Humiliation doesn't begin to cover what the US forces are feeling right now," said a military official with the anti-ISIS coalition.

A NATO military official from the anti-ISIS coalition said that the footage was an instant and powerful win for Russian propaganda.

He said: "This footage will play on endless repeat, not just around Russian state media. The notion that 'Americans fled Syria leaving behind perfect military bases for the Russians' will also receive massive play around the Middle East as Russian President Vladimir Putin makes the case that he's now the real superpower in the region."


https://www.businessinsider.com/us-troops-humiliated-abandoned-bases-syria-russians-2019-10
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 28, 2022, 01:50:38 PM
Right wingers hate President Biden so much that they want him to fail so they can attack him. That's why 31 Senate Republicans voted against military aid for Ukraine and are now falsely accusing Biden of "not doing enough" when they voted NO to help aid Ukraine and defend our national security. The GOP are saboteurs and their actions and words show it each day.

Morning Joe shreds GOP 'hypocrisy' on Ukraine invasion: 'They want Joe Biden to fail -- how twisted'

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough blasted Republican lawmakers for using the Ukraine crisis to score domestic political points on President Joe Biden.

Daily Beast columnist David Rothkopf appeared Monday on "Morning Joe" to discuss Biden's ab-libbed comments on regime change in Russia, and he and Scarborough agreed that showing strength against Vladimir Putin was better than whatever Donald Trump displayed during his presidency.

"I think the message of the speech from beginning to end was of strength, and I also think that it was a speech that resonated not just in the context of Ukraine but in the context of a shift," Rothkopf said. "The United States and Europe and our allies are looking at Russia in terms of a long-term threat. They're not going to be satisfied simply to end this war, hopefully to win this war, but they're going to require that Russia stays where it is, that it stops its talk of aggression."

"I think, finally as to your first point about the incredible hypocrisy of the Republicans who have taken both sides of this issue, as they had so many others, that, you know, this dividing line between autocracy and democracy is not a remote foreign issue," Rothkopf added. "We are fighting that war right here, right now with people like Donald Trump and others in his party seeking to undermine American democracy and embrace hallmarks of authoritarian governments. so historical speech."

Scarborough contrasted that with some Trump allies who have been approvingly quoted by Russian media.

"Many of the Trumpists are actually having their words played on Russian television to, again, try to inspire the Russian people to keep killing more Ukrainians," Scarborough said. "It's not a good look, especially when many of the same people were the ones in the Trumpist wing of the Republican Party who celebrated Ronald Reagan's 'evil empire' speech, who celebrated Ronald Reagan joking and saying the bombing would begin in five minutes. Again, it is hypocrisy. They're not concerned about what is best for America, they're not concerned about what is best for democracy, they're not concerned about what is best for Western Civilization. They just want Joe Biden to fail or any Democrat to fail."

"You wonder how twisted somebody's worldview would be when we are in the middle of the most critical foreign policy challenge since the end of World War II," he added. "I don't know how you do it."

Watch:
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 28, 2022, 03:32:05 PM
Most recent NBC poll numbers on Old Joe's handling of Ukraine.

"Amid Europe’s largest land war since World War II, 7 in 10 Americans expressed low confidence in President Joe Biden’s ability to deal with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in a new NBC News poll, and 8 in 10 voiced worry that the war will increase gas prices and possibly involve nuclear weapons."
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 28, 2022, 11:44:02 PM
Lock Him Up!

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What does this have to do with the Ukraine?  Trying to deflect from the new historic low poll numbers including 70% having "low confidence" in how the crypt master is handling the Ukraine?
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 29, 2022, 01:14:11 AM
News is really breaking today since a federal judge has confirmed it's more than likely than not Criminal Donald committed a felony by obstructing the congressional certification of Biden's election victory.

And why wouldn't it be a felony?

Criminal Donald tried to illegally prevent the rightful winner of the 2020 election, Joe Biden, from entering office based on an outright lie and by force. That my friends, is indeed a felony. 

Criminal Donald sought to illegally obstruct the certification process from going through by inciting a violent insurrection and hatching a plan with his henchmen in the GOP to block the certification vote from going through. That my friends, is sedition which is forbidden by our Constitution.   

If any politician from any local city or state attempted to do this same illegal act, they would be sitting in a prison cell right now for felony election tampering and election fraud.

So, why wouldn't the same law apply to Criminal Donald and his GOP henchmen who tried to steal an election from the American people who overwhelmingly voted for Joe Biden?

Criminal Donald and his GOP henchmen are not above the law. They engaged in an act of treason and sedition against the United States of America. There are hash laws against that type of activity in our Constitution. Every single one of them who engaged in these crimes against the United States needs to be arrested and be thrown in prison. If our DOJ is not going to enforce laws on the most criminal act in our country, then how can police enforce the law for lesser crimes against citizens in this country?  Our system becomes a joke and there is no law and order anymore.         

So, their act of treason and sedition was committed in plain sight. And why did Donnie the GOP do this? Because Criminal Donald was angry he lost the election in a blowout to Joe Biden and he couldn't handle defeat and demanded to stay in power.

Well that's too bad, because Criminal Donald is a loser and the loser accepts defeat and goes home.

Criminal Donald, the right wing media, and the GOP pushed outright lies of "voter fraud" trying to illegally keep Criminal Donald in power. There was no voter fraud and every judge shut down their lies in court. After that, Criminal Donald, his GOP henchmen, and his MAGA thugs tried to illegally seize the presidency by force with a violent insurrection. How much more treasonous can that be?

Supporters of Criminal Donald brush off the illegal coup attempt because they agree with it and are angry it wasn't successful. No rational thinking person should ever support outright treason and a coup to illegally seize power. But they do.

So, these hostile right wingers in the GOP who illegaly tried to keep Criminal Donald in power, are the same ones now trying to sabotage Joe Biden's presidency every step of the way. The right wing media hacks who pushed bogus election fraud lies are now pushing bogus lying propaganda to attack our President each and every day. It's all a coordinated plot between them to damage President Biden just like they all coordinated in a plot to steal the election from Joe Biden and the will of the people. They are angry Criminal Donald was defeated in a blowout and now their goal is to destroy Joe Biden's presidency in an act of revenge and we see it from them every single day especially in their response to Ukraine.

The goal of these right wingers is to cover up and protect Criminal Donald. We saw them do that for 4 years. We especially witnessed that spectacle in both impeachment trials where the GOP let Donnie off the hook for withholding important military aid to Ukraine and then Donnie's insurrection. The second goal is to cover up Criminal Donald's disasters and blame President Biden for them instead. Criminal Donald withheld Ukraine military aid, weakened their country. and emboldened Putin to invade. The GOP let Donnie off the hook for that illegal act so they are complicit as well. But the right wing echo chamber makes up bogus attacks against Biden as an excuse for the invasion to cover up for Criminal Donald who set it all in motion.       

Justice is slow, but it will prevail, and these new right wing extremists who are up and coming should never be allowed to ever be in power again after what they did to our country.           
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 29, 2022, 01:19:57 PM
The numbers don't lie—this is corporate price-gouging in broad daylight.

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Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 29, 2022, 03:09:29 PM
None of Rick's recent posts has anything to do with Ukraine.  He has several other threads related to his hatred of Trump.  Why post that disinformation here?  Waving the white flag after Biden's recent gaffes that nearly caused WWIII?  The most recent poll numbers even from the leftist NBC has 70% of Americans expressing "low confidence" in Biden's handling of Ukraine.  As with everything else, Old Joe has badly bungled it.  If he had not politicized Ukraine (as he did the pandemic) and just kept his mouth shut, there might have been a settlement by this point. 
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 29, 2022, 11:45:42 PM
Thankfully the world's leaders are desperately trying to repair the damage caused by Biden's gaffe.  France is leading the way.  Thousands of Ukrainians will probably die from this gaffe that will extend the conflict indefinitely when a basis for settlement has been reached. Who could believe that Biden would surpass his disaster in Afghanistan?

More total nonsense.

It’s not a “gaffe” to say Putin should not be in power. It’s the truth. Why are right wingers so afraid to be tough on Putin? Donnie's weakness and appeasement of Putin for 4 years got us where we are today.   

Yes, we certainly can't forget the disastrous deal Criminal Donald made with the Taliban by releasing 5,000 terrorists who then attacked us when President Biden was getting us out of Afghanistan a year later. Then Donnie, his GOP henchmen, and the right wing media cover up Donnie's disaster and blame President Biden for it instead. What an absolute disgrace.

It's no surprise that Criminal Donald would appease terrorists giving them what they wanted because he appeased Putin for 4 years giving him everything he wanted. Donnie "Neville Chamberlain" Trump, a weak clown who made the world an entire mess for Biden to deal with.

Afghanistan to release 400 'hard-core' Taliban prisoners in bid for peace
August 8, 2020


The insurgent group welcomed the move and said it was ready to begin talks within 10 days of the release.

Under election-year pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump for a deal allowing him to bring home American troops, the country’s grand assembly, or Loya Jirga, on Sunday approved the release.

The Taliban militant had demanded the release of the 400, the last batch among 5,000 prisoners to be freed, as a condition to join peace talks.

“In order to remove an obstacle, allow the start of the peace process and an end of bloodshed, the Loya Jirga approves the release of 400 Taliban,” the assembly said in a resolution.


https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-taliban/afghanistan-to-release-400-hard-core-taliban-prisoners-in-bid-for-peace-idUSKCN25507I

So operating from a position of weakness, Criminal Donald and Mike Pompeo caved into the demands of terrorists giving them what they wanted which was to release 5,000 hardcore terrorist prisoners before they would even negotiate a "peace deal" with Donnie. What happened to US policy of not negotiating with terrorists?

So, Donnie being desperate for positive press, did what these terrorists wanted because he thought it would help him politically for the 2020 election. He caved to terrorists and released 5000 dangerous prisoners to strike a deal. Donnie negotiated awful terms and started dwindling our troops even before we got everybody out.

A year later, President Biden undertook this historic mission to leave Afghanistan and we were attacked by the terrorists that Trump had released. But somehow that's all Joe Biden's fault. If Donnie hadn't have caved to terrorists like a weak clown there wouldn't have been this "disaster" because those terrorists who attacked us still would have been in prison unable to attack.                 

What does this have to do with the Ukraine?  Trying to deflect from the new historic low poll numbers including 70% having "low confidence" in how the crypt master is handling the Ukraine?

1/6, Ukraine, and Russia is all linked together. That is very relevant. Handling it very well. Putin is losing and check the disastrous Russian markets.       

None of Rick's recent posts has anything to do with Ukraine.  He has several other threads related to his hatred of Trump.  Why post that disinformation here?  Waving the white flag after Biden's recent gaffes that nearly caused WWIII?  The most recent poll numbers even from the leftist NBC has 70% of Americans expressing "low confidence" in Biden's handling of Ukraine.  As with everything else, Old Joe has badly bungled it. If he had not politicized Ukraine (as he did the pandemic) and just kept his mouth shut, there might have been a settlement by this point.

The title of this thread is "US and Ukraine elections". So everything with Trump and Ukraine and US elections is acceptable in this thread according to the title. If it's not, then Joe can let us know. Are you calling for censorship, Richard?   

Trump is very relevant because he caused this Ukraine invasion to happen by appeasing Putin for 4 years and gave away several of our U.S bases to him like a coward.

Who cares what one poll says. Others say different. The fact is President Biden has united the world against Putin and he is losing this war thanks to the brave Ukrainians and along with President Biden's and our allies' tough actions against Russia. The overwhelming response of support from the people in Poland towards President Biden shows just how much he is liked and respected all around the world. 

It’s not a “gaffe” to say Putin should not be in power. It’s the truth. The whole world agrees with that. Donnie is too afraid to say it because he is weak and is Putin's puppet

Criminal Donald was soft on Russia for 4 years and he weakend NATO and our allies. President Biden has been extremely tough on Russia strengthening NATO and our partnership around the world.     

Richard Smith is accusing President Biden of "politicizing" Ukraine? That's hilarious. How did he do that? And how did he "politicize the pandemic"? Ridiculous.             
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on March 30, 2022, 03:02:53 AM


The title of this thread is "US and Ukraine elections". So everything with Trump and Ukraine and US elections is acceptable in this thread according to the title. If it's not, then Joe can let us know. Are you calling for censorship, Richard?   

         

You can't even get the title of the thread right.  Maybe check it again.  You have several treads on this forum on Trump and your endless obsession with 1/6.  It's downright creepy to have such an obsession with Trump but those should be consolidated on one thread.  Not expanded into other areas to allow you to exercise this compulsion of every thread. 
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 30, 2022, 04:14:14 AM
You can't even get the title of the thread right.  Maybe check it again.  You have several treads on this forum on Trump and your endless obsession with 1/6.  It's downright creepy to have such an obsession with Trump but those should be consolidated on one thread.  Not expanded into other areas to allow you to exercise this compulsion of every thread.

Whatever. I deleted the post so maybe you'll quit whining about it and disrupting this thread.   
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on March 30, 2022, 05:10:46 AM
As I've stated before, Republicans are actively sabotaging President Biden's presidency. They purposely want him to fail so they can attack him in the media to score cheap political points. Our national security is on the line. Ukraine's democracy and survival as a country is on the line. Our NATO allied nations security is on the line. Republicans are purposely blocking the transfer of weapons to Ukraine for no other reason than to hurt Biden politically. Pretty much confirms they are the party of Putin because they are helping Putin by blocking weapons for Ukraine.

From Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut:   

"Every day Republicans find new ways to make it as hard as possible for the United States to help Ukraine.

Senate Republicans just blocked the confirmation of Biden’s nominee to oversee DoD logistics - in other words, the transfer of weapons to Ukraine.

And FYI Republicans have no objection to the actual nominee. He’s a career civil servant who is non-controversial and unquestionably qualified. They are objecting just to make life as miserable as possible for Biden.


https://twitter.com/ChrisMurphyCT/status/1508919633625206786
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on April 02, 2022, 05:11:48 PM
Way to go Joe!  Another disaster.  He has destroyed the US but Russia is doing fine.  I guess he was right about those sanction not have a deterrent effect on Russia.  A first:

"Russian rouble bounces back to pre-invasion levels"
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on April 04, 2022, 12:09:53 PM
Donald Trump called Putin a "genius" for this slaughter invasion, the GOP pushed Ukraine election meddling lies to help Russia, and Tucker Carlson is rooting for Putin. 31 Senate Republicans just voted against military aid for Ukraine. Why would you want people like this to control our government?   

Veterans group asks if Tucker Carlson still questions if he should hate Putin after brutal attacks

It has been just a little over a month since Fox host Tucker Carlson spent a week defending Russian President Vladimir Putin. Now a veterans' group is asking why Carlson is supporting a war criminal.

Carlson's monologues were so glowing of the leader that state media took clips and ran them for the country to watch with Russian subtitles. While begging for an interview with Putin, Carlson infamously used both-sideism to paint Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as a "tyrant."

"So, today we sent another letter to Vladimir Putin asking for an interview," he told his audience Feb. 21, 2022. "We hope we get it. We also sent a message to the President of Ukraine. We would like that interview too. Neither one of these men runs a democracy. By traditional American standards, both of them are tyrants."

Ukraine is a democracy, albeit a fledgling one, as ForeignPolicy.com explained in 2019.

It was just a day later he was asking why he should hate Putin, implying the Russian leader wasn't all that bad.

"Why do Democrats want you to hate Putin? Has Putin shipped every middle class job in your town to Russia? Did he manufacture a worldwide pandemic that wrecked your business? Is he teaching your kids to embrace racial discrimination? Is he making fentanyl? Does he eat dogs?" Carlson asked. "These are fair questions and the answer to all of them is no... It may be worth asking yourself… why do I hate Putin."

It was also revealed that state media has been told by Kremlin advisers that they must promote Carlson.

On Sunday, VoteVets published a video showing some of the most shocking videos to come out of the attack on Ukraine. Graphic images show bodies collapsed in the streets. In one case, a woman's red-painted fingernails lay motionless on the street, covered with mud. Another woman appeared as if she was just riding a bicycle when she was killed. Her legs were still on either side and her hands were inches from the handlebars.

CNN reported Sunday that mass graves were discovered in Bucha, Ukraine Sunday. The reporters on the ground saw that women and children were killed while their hands were tied. Putin has called the report fake news. Zelensky has called it a war crime.

VoteVets asked if Tucker Carlson still wants to know why people should hate Putin.

The video in link below if you want to watch it.

https://www.rawstory.com/tucker-carlson-vote-vets-putin/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on April 05, 2022, 11:11:15 AM
Absolutely disgusting. Putin lover Tucker Carlson is pushing Kremlin propaganda and fake conspiracies to his viewers trying to downplay Russia's atrocities of torturing and killing innocent Ukrainians. And Rupert Murdoch still allows this scumbag to be on the air.

"Why shouldn't I root for Russia? Which, by the way, I am!" - Tucker Carlson 

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Joe Walsh: "People ask me why I’m constantly going after Tucker, Hannity, Glen Beck, Laura Ingraham, Charlie Kirk, & all the rest. Because I come from their world of right wing media. I know what they’re doing. I used to do it too. I know how dangerous it is. So I’m trying to defeat it."
https://twitter.com/WalshFreedom/status/1510980209788522501

Rep. Adam Kinzinger: "I gotta say, if @TuckerCarlson is not a Russian asset he should be, he is absolutely over-qualified for the job. Is he a Russian asset?  I don’t know, just asking questions."
https://twitter.com/AdamKinzinger/status/1511156053509029898
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on April 05, 2022, 03:28:29 PM
Biden and the US media continue to double down on escalation with Russia.  An incredibly dangerous strategy.  Instead of attempting to find a way to end this conflict, Biden appears to want it to go on endlessly.  He has proposed not a single idea for negotiating an end or even a process to end it.  Just throwing more money and weapons at the conflict and making Putin out as a war criminal.  Very much like the US efforts in Afghanistan and Vietnam.  Only with the possibility of nuclear conflict.  Is Biden inept or does he actually want this conflict to continue to deflect from his domestic disasters?  Maybe both.  I feel sorry for the people of Ukraine who are bearing the consequences of the fake conspiracy theories and hoaxes that got a weak, senile, and corrupt politician elected that allowed this situation to occur.  And where are all these weapons they are sending to Ukraine going to end up?  There is an enormous black market.  Like the billions of dollars in military equipment left behind during Biden's disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, much of it will end up in the hands of terrorists.
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on April 06, 2022, 11:55:07 AM
Putin's war crimes — and his military failures — are making his GOP apologists squirm

It wasn't supposed to happen like this. When Russian dictator Vladimir Putin first sent troops to invade Ukraine, the assumption around the world — but especially among those on the right — was that Russia would enjoy a swift and brutal victory over the fledgling democracy. In the U.S., Republicans broke into two camps. Putin fanboys like Donald Trump, Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, and Fox News' Tucker Carlson were practically drooling with glee, declaring Putin was a "genius" acting out of "love," and gearing up a narrative about how Russia's commanding victory was a blow against the decadence bred by democracy. Others were a little more squeamish about openly backing Putin but nonetheless backed the notion that his invasion was proof that authoritarian leaders are manlier, stronger and more effective leaders, especially compared to mewling wimps like President Joe Biden and the Democrats.

Then the unexpected happened: Russia did not conquer Ukraine in a weekend.

Ukrainians fought back — and defied the expectations of both Putin and his Republican supporters. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, for example, got so mad she openly started yelling at Ukraine to just give up. Then images started to pour in of the atrocities committed by Russian forces, really giving lie to authoritarian claims of Putin's moral superiority over the decadent West. It quickly became clear that the right was not as clever as they thought with their assumption that democracy is a house of cards.

Yet, as late as Thursday, Carlson was still at it on his prime time Fox News show in a segment where he brought on far-right British politician Nigel Farage to blame Russia's invasion on "the unnecessary provocation of Vladimir Putin" by American and European efforts to promote democracy in the region. Naturally, Carlson framed this argument as a strike against the elites who want to silence hard truths, because reframing reactionary drivel as rebellion is his one big rhetorical trick.

But then the weekend happened, and while no one should get in the prediction business on something as unstable as the invasion of Ukraine, there is now little doubt that Russia is facing major setbacks, especially in terms of being pushed back in Kyiv. The evidence clearly shows the violence Russian soldiers unleashed on the local population, including committing horrific massacres of civilians. President Joe Biden has declared that Putin is a "war criminal" and called for him to be tried for war crimes. Now even the biggest Putin apologists at home are struggling to argue back in the face of images of dead civilians with their hands tied behind their backs and laying in the mud in Bucha, a suburb of Kyiv. Just to underscore how Russia is very much the bad guy here, Putin's government is trying to claim that Ukrainians killed those people, which is easy to disprove and also preposterous.

"Putin is making it very hard for the American right these days."

Putin is making it very hard for the American right these days. Not just for the Putin fanboys, either. He's also making life harder for Republicans who merely want to portray him as stronger and more adept than Biden and the other supposed weaklings of liberal democracy.

So Carlson, as usual, decided to pivot. On Monday, he retreated from the Putin apologia back to his safe zone of hyping the "good news" that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was re-elected. Prior to the Ukrainian invasion, Carlson had been using Orbán as his avatar for his fascist longings. He's repeatedly run segments using Hungary as evidence to his aging right-wing audience that the white nationalist utopia of his dreams is there for the taking, at the low price of abandoning liberal democracy. For now, this fantasy version of the supposedly white idyllic Hungary will be dangled out in front of Fox News viewers as a distraction from the true nature of the ideology Carlson is peddling, visible in the dead bodies rotting in the streets of Bucha.

Still, this whole situation has done as much damage to the softer version of Putin apologia, the kind that doesn't try to defend him on moral grounds but still argues that he's "stronger" than Biden and other democratic leaders. As such, many of them — like Bret Stephens of the New York Times — are pivoting to an asinine claim that Putin "never intended to conquer all of Ukraine" and that this was just a play for the Eastern regions. It's a claim being taken up by Michael Brendan Dougherty of the National Review and, of course, former Intercept editor Glenn Greenwald, who is a primary cheerleader of the anti-anti-Putin camp.

It's not hard to see the appeal of this narrative. If Putin's invasion was actually the behavior of a "canny fox, not a crazy fool," as Stephens argues, than that preserves the spine of the Republican argument that Putin — and authoritarians in general — are smarter, stronger, and more effective than liberal leaders of democratic nations. Republicans can maintain the pose of believing in the morality of democracy, while still advancing the idea that it's inherently weak as a system. Which, in turn, allows for a "more in sorrow than anger" pivot back to Donald Trump if and when he attempts another coup in the United States.

"But this whole situation has done as much damage to the softer version of Putin apologia"

And as Zack Beauchamp writes at Vox, these Republican "arguments do not stand up to even light scrutiny" when one looks at "the structure of Russia's military campaign, public statements by Russian authorities, or even a basic cost-benefit analysis." What happened with Putin isn't even that mysterious. As expert in authoritarianism Brian Klaas explained last month in The Atlantic, the "stubborn myth" of "the savvy strongman, the rational, calculating despot who can play the long game" doesn't hold up to reality. In truth, he writes, authoritarians often "make catastrophic short-term errors—the kinds of errors that would likely have been avoided in democratic systems," because they "hear only from sycophants" and end up making decisions with bad information, having long ago run off or killed anyone who would speak truths they don't want to hear. One only has to watch the video of Putin lashing out at a chief intelligence officer for very mild pushback to see that is almost certainly what's going on with him.

But the American right doesn't want to hear that, whether they are cheering for Putin's victory or not. To admit that he screwed up is to admit that the democracy might have hidden strengths, precisely because it allows liberal values to flourish. As Ezra Klein notes at the New York Times, the right has been exploiting a sense that liberal democracy is "exhausted, ground down, defined by the contradictions and broken promises." They've been using people's exhaustion to advance an anti-democratic argument that ideologies like Trumpism are a necessary alternative. But "Ukraine's refusal to bend the knee to Vladimir Putin" has been a reminder that "liberalism is a marvel of imagination and ambition," and that basic values like democracy and freedom are, in fact, worth fighting for.

Again, it would be unwise to make bold predictions about how this will ultimately play out. Putin is devious and unhinged, and there's no telling what he will do in the face of these setbacks in Ukraine. The right's hopes that this situation can be leveraged as propaganda for authoritarianism around the globe have also not been totally dashed, and could come roaring back if Russia regains ground. Still, it's heartening to see that neither Ukraine nor supporters of democracy around the world are cowed so easily. It appears that authoritarians both here and abroad started to buy their own propaganda about how liberal democracy is a paper tiger. Now they're finding out that it actually has teeth.

https://www.rawstory.com/putin-s-war-crimes-and-his-military-failures-are-making-his-gop-apologists-squirm/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on April 06, 2022, 03:21:41 PM
Why doesn't Biden send a delegation to Moscow to negotiate an end to his conflict?  He appears solely interested in escalation instead of resolution.  This is basically an extension of Iraq and Afghanistan.  Money and resources filtered through American contractors to fund an endless war which are then kicked back to the politicians to keep the money coming.  How about some effort or any effort to find a way to end it?  Send Obama, Bush or someone to start a dialogue to end the conflict?  Biden and the media are solely focused on "war crimes" and vilifying Putin instead of how this comes to an end.  It's a repetition of how they were fixated on politicizing events like the pandemic and Russian collusion hoax. 
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Richard Smith on April 06, 2022, 08:46:12 PM
Biden has decided to put sanctions on Putin's daughters.  That's a great precedent.  Holding the children of corrupt politicians accountable.  Hopefully one day that will be applied here in the US shortly.  :D
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on April 07, 2022, 12:12:55 AM
MTG heckled Jamie Raskin — and Republicans were blamed for her 'axis' with Trump and Putin

U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) shut down Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) after she broke House protocol by heckling his remarks as he called for former top Trump officials Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino to be cited for criminal contempt of Congress.

“What about Ashli Babbitt?” Greene yelled at Raskin, according to The Washington Times. “What about Russian collusion?"

Raskin, a former constitutional law professor at American University Washington College of Law, was undeterred.

“The gentlelady I think said something about ‘the Russian hoax, or ‘Russian collusion.’ I accept the heckling, Mr. Speaker. That’s alright. Because if she wants to continue to stand with Vladimir Putin and his brutal, bloody invasion against the people of Ukraine, she is free to do so – and we understand there is a strong Trump/Putin axis in the gentlelady’s party,” Raskin charged.

“If she wants to continue to stand with Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin that is her prerogative,” Raskin concluded.

Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 02, 2022, 12:44:36 PM
Approval for Biden Ukraine aid request likely after Pelosi Kyiv visit, McCaul says
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/01/biden-request-33bn-ukraine-aid-michael-mccaul-republican
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 05, 2022, 05:19:47 AM
Biden urges Congress to pass his $33 billion aid package; Israel reportedly plans to increase military aid to Ukraine

U.S. President Joe Biden pressed Congress to pass his massive $33 billion Ukraine aid package during a visited to a Lockheed Martin plant in Troy, Alabama that manufactures Javelin anti-tank missiles.

“We built the weapons and equipment that help defend freedom and sovereignty in Europe years ago,” Biden said, referring to America’s industrial effort during the Second World War. “That’s true again today.”

Meanwhile, Israel is reportedly planning to increase its own military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine, amid pressure from western allies and a rapidly deteriorating relationship between Moscow and Jerusalem.

Among the military items being considered are “defensive systems that protect troops on the ground, personal combat gear and warning systems,” according to the leading Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Earlier in the day, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new £300 million ($375 million) package of British military aid to Ukraine.

“You are the masters of your fate, and no one can or should impose anything on Ukrainians,” Johnson said in a live video address to the Ukrainian parliament.

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/05/03/russia-ukraine-live-updates.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 05, 2022, 10:59:40 PM
He 'drove himself into a dead end': Ukraine's top spy makes bold prediction about Vladimir Putin

The head of Ukraine's intelligence forces said on Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin 'drove himself into a dead end' and that his war in Ukraine will end with his demise.

In an extensive interview with The New Voice of Ukraine, Major-General Kyrylo Budanov, the chief of the Central Intelligence Agency (GUR) of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, said that Putin chose the "path of genocide" and that "all the problems of the Russian army have just emerged."

Putin's failures, Budanov said, began on the day that his forces entered Ukraine, according to a translation provided by The Daily Beast.

"It was a great PR. All they spent money on was to show the greatness of the Russian army in the world. Now everyone has seen - there is no greatness," Budanov remarked on Putin's pre-invasion bluster. "It is impossible to compare the military potential of Russia and Ukraine before the start of this phase of the war, which began on February 24: it is a ten-fold, and in some respects twenty-fold advantage of the Russian Federation. However, real hostilities have shown real problems: they have a quantitative indicator, of course, but no qualitative one. Secondly, rather low motivation. The losses they have suffered during this time have a strong impact on them."

Budanov foresees increasingly brash decisions being jettisoned out of the Kremlin, including a potential surge of false-flag terrorist attacks inside Russia's borders.

"Look what's happening. Many explosions, many destroyed objects - and Russia blames only Ukraine for everything. Look at the situation with Transnistria, for example. Of course, this is a good position - to blame Ukraine for everything. And how is all this possible? Can anyone explain?" he posited.

Timing, Budanov continued, is not on Putin's side either. He noted that Russia's upcoming World War II Victory Day celebrations on May 9th will arrive far too soon for Putin to have accomplished anything in Ukraine.

Budanov also pointed out that "the Russian army is completely demotivated. However, there is a military vertical - commands come to them, and they will be forced to carry them out. Whether you like it or not, there is an order, and you will carry it out. If you don't do it, you go to prison, there are many different options. Therefore, their moral condition is not significant. They will carry out the order."

Incidentally, The Daily Beast reported on Monday that Putin has been "transporting the corpses" of fallen Russian fighters "back to Russia in small groups in order to avoid suspicion that Russia’s invasion is sustaining massive losses or faltering in Ukraine."

Estimates of Russian casualties in Ukraine range from 7,000 to 23,000, although independent verification of those figures has been elusive.

Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, meanwhile, has insisted that May 9th has nothing to do with Ukraine.

Nevertheless, given how poorly Russia has performed, Putin is staring at certain defeat, even if he deploys strategic atomic bombs as a last-ditch means to claim a win, Budanov explained.

"The chance to use tactical nuclear weapons has always been. There is no point in using strategic nuclear weapons, because we are close enough to each other. But tactical nuclear weapons and their use will simply hasten the end of Russia," he said. "This war is over."

Budanov then laid out two scenarios that he believes will mark the end of the conflict.

"The unofficial one," Budanov said, will be orchestrated by Russia's heavily-sanctioned oligarchy.

"They are afraid of losing their wealth. And they understand how it will end very quickly for them," he said. This approach, however, presumes that Putin manages to negotiate his way out of the crisis.

The more likely conclusion, Budanov predicted, is that Putin is eliminated altogether.

"Leaving him a way to retreat is one of the strategies, but it is almost unrealistic. He is a war criminal for the whole world. This is his end," Budanov said. "He drove himself into a dead end."

Read more here: https://www.thedailybeast.com/ukraines-defense-intelligence-chief-kyrylo-budanov-predicts-the-war-in-ukraine-will-end-with-putin-dead
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 07, 2022, 01:32:32 PM
Second Russian Warship Struck by Ukraine: Reports

Another Russian naval ship in the Black Sea was hit and left burning by the Ukrainian military, according to unconfirmed reports.

The Admiral Makarov, a 409-foot Russian frigate, was sailing close to Snake Island in the Black Sea, off the coast of the Ukrainian port city of Odessa, when it was reportedly hit by an R-360 Neptune anti-ship missile fired from the Ukrainian mainland.

Per the Kyiv Post, Ukrainian general staff and Ukrainian Member of Parliament Oleksiy Goncharenko said that the ship had been hit. Russia denied that, however. It is unclear whether or not the ship was engaged in active combat with Ukrainian forces before it was struck.

Several Twitter accounts that monitor open-source flight data gathered from satellites and transponders reported that known Russian rescue vessels and aircraft had rushed to the area, shortly after reports emerged that the Makarov had been struck with a missile.

Those accounts also reported that an unarmed U.S. military RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drone had been circling the area, indicating that an incident may have occurred. Photos of a ship burning, claimed to be the Makarov by users, were circulating on social media, though these have been unconfirmed.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said today that the United States had “no information” about the strike.

The strike on the Makarov comes just three weeks after the Ukrainian military sunk the Moskova, the Russian navy’s flagship in the maritime blockade of Ukraine. That ship was also hit by a Neptune missile, an indigenously developed system.

Henry Hendrix, a retired U.S. Navy Captain and maritime strategist told National Review that the strike was a “significant blow” to Russia.

The Makarov, an Admiral Grigorovich-class frigate, is one of Russia’s newest naval ships, having been commissioned in 2017, and is described as one of the most powerful ships in the Black Sea. Two other ships of her class, the Admiral Grigorovich and Admiral Essen, are participating in hostilities with Ukrainian forces, which began in February after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of the country.

https://news.yahoo.com/second-russian-warship-struck-ukraine-203251876.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 10, 2022, 01:36:03 PM
Putin's invasion is a 'dismal failure' and 'reality is sinking in' for him: retired general

While Russia is celebrating "Victory Day" with a display of military might in Red Square, retired brigadier general and CNN military analyst Steven Anderson told the hosts of "New Day" that President Vladimir Putin is putting on a brave face as his war on Ukraine shows all the signs of being a failure.

While America slept, Putin gave a speech on the anniversary of the allies accepting the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945, while facing a possible humiliating personal defeat of his own.

Using a map of Ukraine to show the current state of the months-long war, Anderson claimed that "reality is sinking in" as evidenced by Putin's low-key speech.

With "New Day" host Brianna Keilar prompting, "This morning, Vladimir Putin presiding over Victory Day parades, blaming the west for escalation in a speech full of mistruths and propaganda.... I want to know what stood out to you in this military display in the speech."

"What stood out to me was that nothing stood out," Anderson replied. "Essentially there was no new declaration of war. There was no mobilization. And I think that Vladimir Putin is starting to realize that he can't achieve his objectives militarily."

"He's essentially 0 for 3," he continued. "He started on the 24th of February with the blitzkrieg, then he attacked the city of Kyiv and that was a dismal failure. Now he's in east Donbas, and looking increasingly like he's losing there too. Reality is sinking in."

"What's going on is Ukrainians are taking it to the Russians," he later added.

Watch below:

Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 10, 2022, 11:53:35 PM
Pentagon discusses Russian airstrikes on Odesa, equipment shipments to Ukraine and more

Watch:

Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 11, 2022, 02:01:52 PM
Leaked Kremlin forecasts show Russia facing economic collapse from sanctions

The unprecedented economic sanctions leveled against Russia haven't stopped the country from continuing its war in Ukraine -- but they have succeeded in crushing its over economy.

Bloomberg reports that leaked economic forecasts from Russia's Finance Ministry project that the Russian economy will shrink by as much as 12 percent this year as crippling economic sanctions wipe out roughly an entire decade's worth of economic growth.

This would also mark the worst economic crisis for Russia since the 1990s when the collapse of the Soviet Union sent the country's economy spiraling downward.

Natalia Lavrova, chief economist at BCS Financial Group in Moscow, tells Bloomberg that there is no easy fix for Russia going forward.

“The main negatives are the oil embargo, the EU giving up Russian gas, along with more departures among foreign companies,” she explained. “All that will probably expand gradually, with a lot of negative carrying over in to 2023.”

Major Western nations launched sanctions against Russia earlier this year after the country launched an unprovoked war against neighboring Ukraine.

Although many intelligence experts believed Russia would be able to quickly overrun Ukraine militarily, Russia has failed to achieve its objective of taking over the capital of Kyiv and has also faced significant setbacks in its efforts to take over the eastern region of the country.

Read more here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-09/russia-s-economy-facing-worst-contraction-since-1994
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 11, 2022, 03:21:54 PM
Putin ‘loses 38th, 39th and 40th colonels’ in Ukraine war as casualties mount
‘Demonstrable failings’ have stopped Putin declaring success in Ukraine war, UK ministry of defence says
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/putin-loses-39th-colonel-kharkiv-b2075368.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 12, 2022, 12:12:49 AM
Retreating Russian soldiers leave behind Putin’s true plans for Ukraine

Russia hosted a huge celebration for Victory Day, the day that they celebrate the Soviet success over the Nazis in World War II. But behind the scenes, things haven't been going well. Even loyalists of Vladimir Putin are admitting that the Russian military isn't as strong as the president thought.

It was reported Wednesday that some Russian soldiers in Ukraine are in retreat. While it isn't expected to last long, those soldiers who backed away left behind information that gives a guide for Putin's ultimate goal.

The Daily Beast reported that amid the rubble of the Ukrainian town of Trostyanets in Sumy Oblast, forces found documents showing the details about why Russia is focusing so much on attacks of the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine.

Putin made it clear in his speech ahead of the invasion that he wants to reestablish the former Soviet Union.

“Investigators… found important documents of soldiers of the Russian Federation's Armed Forces that give a clear understanding that Russia was preparing to seize all the territory of Ukraine,” said Chief Oleksiy Sukhachev of Ukraine’s State Bureau of Investigation. “All this information will be studied.”

“We assess President Putin is preparing for prolonged conflict in Ukraine during which he still intends to achieve goals beyond the Donbas,” U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines recently said when speaking to lawmakers.

NATO believes that while Putin might seem to be focusing on the Donbas and southern regions, which could allow for a land bridge to Crimea, he wants all of Ukraine.

“We have seen no indication that President Putin has changed his ambition to control the whole of Ukraine and also to rewrite the international order,” said Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

There have also been reports that Putin is looking to Moldova next. The nation was previously occupied by the Soviets after World War II.

His soldiers have backed out of the Ukraine capitol, but they're still stashed in Trostyanets, where they've set up a headquarters of sorts in the town's train station, France 24 reported. The New York Times reported that they were also going to use it as a protected place where they could run equipment needed to take over Kyiv.

Read the full report at the Daily Beast:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/ukraine-says-vladimir-putins-precious-war-plan-was-left-behind-by-fleeing-russian-troops?source=articles&via=rss
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 12, 2022, 01:21:24 PM
More 'blowback' for Putin as Finland applies for NATO membership

In yet another major blow for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Finland's president and prime minister have now said that their country intends to apply for NATO membership.

In a joint statement released Thursday, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said that they believe NATO membership is essential to ensuring their nation's security in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

"As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defense alliance," they wrote. "Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay. We hope that the national steps still needed to make this decision will be taken rapidly within the next few days."

Finland, which shares an 830-mile land border with Russia, has traditionally stayed away from NATO membership in the interest of maintaining a diplomatic balance between Russia and other Western European nations.

Financial Times Moscow bureau chief Max Seddon comments that the decision by Finland to apply for NATO membership now can only be seen as "yet more blowback from Moscow’s war in Ukraine," which has also resulted in an unprecedented number of crippling sanctions that internal Kremlin forecasts show could led to a 12 percent contraction of gross domestic product this year alone.

Now that Finland is applying for NATO membership, the next question will be whether Sweden, which has also traditionally tried to remain militarily neutral between Russia and Western Europe, will follow suit.

Read more on Finland's statement here:

https://www.presidentti.fi/en/press-release/joint-statement-by-the-president-of-the-republic-and-prime-minister-of-finland-on-finlands-nato-membership/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 12, 2022, 04:04:47 PM
Report deals another blow to Putin: World economy can withstand loss of Russian oil

On Thursday, CNN Business reported that a major energy watchdog, the International Energy Agency, is now forecasting that the world economy will absorb the loss of Russian oil without significant disruptions — a major turnaround from their previous forecasts, and a bad sign for Vladimir Putin's hope that he can wait out western embargoes against his regime.

"The IEA, after warning on March 16 that 3 million barrels per day could be shut in from April, lowered that figure for a second time as it noted only 1 million barrels per day had gone offline. Production ramping up elsewhere and slower demand growth due to China's lockdowns will forestall a big deficit, the Paris-based IEA said," said the report. "'Over time, steadily rising volumes from Middle East OPEC+ and the US along with a slowdown in demand growth is expected to fend off an acute supply deficit amid a worsening Russian supply disruption,' the IEA said in its monthly oil report

"The assessment suggests the economic impact from further sanctions on Russian energy mulled by the European Union could be limited," continued the report. "'Soaring pump prices and slowing economic growth are expected to significantly curb the demand recovery through the remainder of the year and into 2023,' the IEA said, adding that curbs aimed at containing Covid-19 in China were driving an extended economic slowdown there."

The European Union has for years relied on Russian oil and gas, but in retaliation for Putin's invasion of Ukraine, several countries are considering a ban similar to the one enacted by the United States, which was never a significant consumer of Russian energy to begin with.

However, one key obstacle to a total EU ban on Russian energy is Hungary, which is demanding that the embargo only apply to oil delivered by tanker ships and exempt the pipelines that deliver oil directly.

Internal estimates from the Kremlin suggest officials there are fearful that the sanctions already in place are devastating the Russian economy.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/12/energy/russia-oil-iea/index.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 13, 2022, 12:46:43 PM
Rand Paul is a Kremlin stooge.

Senator Rand Paul single-handedly holds up $40bn US aid for Ukraine
Democratic and Republican Senate leaders both supported package but Paul objected to scale of spending

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The top Democrat and Republican in the US Senate joined forces in a rare moment of unity on Thursday in an attempt to pass $40bn in aid for Ukraine, only to be stymied by a single Republican lawmaker: the Kentucky libertarian Rand Paul.

Faced with the prospect of an extended delay for the package that passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday, the Senate majority leader, Chuck Schumer, and his Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell, sought to move forward on the aid package only to be blocked by Paul, a fiscal hawk who objects to the amount of spending proposed.

The stalemate delayed passage of the measure into next week.

The Senate has scheduled an initial procedural vote on the bill for late Monday afternoon.

It was unclear whether that vote would then speed passage of the Ukraine aid. Alternatively, passage could come around the middle of next week if any senator wants to force a series of legislative steps before a final vote.

As the Ukraine aid bill became caught in the Senate’s procedural gears, Schumer pleaded for fast action: “The package is ready to go, the vast majority of senators on both sides of the aisle want it.”

He added: “If Senator Paul persists in his reckless demands … all he will accomplish is to single-handedly delay desperately needed Ukraine aid.”

But Paul was not moved.

The delay into next week could cause problems for western countries trying to bolster Ukraine in its fight against Russia.

The Biden administration has said that by 19 May it expects to run out of available funds to draw on under an authority that allows the president to authorize the transfer of weapons without congressional approval in response to an emergency.

Paul is demanding that the legislation be altered to require an inspector general to oversee spending on Ukraine. Without his agreement, the Senate must follow a lengthy process stipulated by the chamber’s arcane rules.

McConnell, Paul’s fellow senator from Kentucky, weighed in, saying: “Ukraine is not asking us to fight this war. They’re only asking for the resources they need to defend themselves against this deranged invasion. And they need this help right now.”

The House passed the Ukraine spending bill by 368 to 57, with only Republicans voting against it.

Joe Biden had asked Congress to approve an additional $33bn in aid for Ukraine. But lawmakers decided to increase the military and humanitarian funding.

“This is the second spending bill for Ukraine in two months. And this bill is three times larger than the first,” Paul said before formally blocking the aid package. “Congress just wants to keep on spending, and spending.”

The aid package had previously included more spending for dealing with Covid-19 in the US, but the two causes were decoupled after Republicans balked.

Meanwhile, the White House Covid-19 coordinator, Ashish Jha, issued a dire warning that the US will be increasingly vulnerable to the coronavirus this fall and winter if Congress does not swiftly approve new funding for more vaccines and treatments.

In an Associated Press interview, Jha said Americans’ immune protection from the virus was waning, the virus was adapting to be more contagious and booster doses for most people would be necessary, with the potential for enhanced protection from a new generation of shots.

His warning came as the White House said there could be up to 100m infections from the virus later this year and as Biden somberly ordered flags to half-staff to mark the imminent milestone of 1 million US Covid deaths.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/12/us-ukraine-aid-rand-paul-senate
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 14, 2022, 12:20:13 AM
Ukrainian forces thwart Russians at river as fight shifts to Donbas

DERGACHI, Ukraine, May 13 (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces destroyed parts of a Russian armoured column as it tried to cross a river in the Donbas region, video from Ukraine's military showed on Friday, as the Ukrainian defence minister predicted many weeks of grinding fighting ahead.

Ukrainian forces have driven Russia from the second-largest Ukrainian city of Kharkiv in their fastest advance since Kremlin troops pulled away from Kyiv and the northeast over a month ago to focus their offensive on the Donbas region bordering Russia.

The city, which had been under fierce bombardment, has been quiet for at least two weeks and Reuters journalists have confirmed Ukraine now controls territory stretching to the Siverskyi Donets River, around 40 km (25 miles) to the east.

However, Moscow is still bombarding villages north of Kharkiv.

Some 10 km (six miles) north of the city, firefighters doused smouldering wreckage in Dergachi after what local officials said was an overnight Russian missile attack on the House of Culture, used to distribute aid. Volunteers inside were trying to salvage packages of baby diapers and formula.

"I can't call it anything but a terrorist act," the mayor, Vyacheslav Zadorenko, told Reuters. "They wanted to hit the base where we store provisions and create a humanitarian catastrophe."

Another missile had slammed into the building on Thursday and Russian shelling had wounded a staff member at a clinic and killed a young couple in their home, he said.

Russia, which denies targeting civilians, said its forces had shot down a Ukrainian Su-27 aircraft in the Kharkiv region and disabled the Kremenchuk oil refinery in central Ukraine.

It was not immediately possible to verify the reports.

Southeast of Kharkiv, Britain said Ukraine had stopped Russian forces crossing the Siverskyi Donets river west of Severodonetsk. Footage released by Ukrainian Airborne Forces Command appeared to show several burnt out military vehicles near segments of a partially submerged bridge and many other damaged or abandoned vehicles, including tanks, nearby.

Reuters could not immediately verify the report, or when or where the clash took place.

The Kremlin calls its Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine a "special military operation" to demilitarise a neighbour threatening its security. Ukraine says it poses no threat to Russia and that the deaths of thousands of civilians and destruction of cities and towns show Russia is waging a war of aggression.

"We are entering a new, long phase of the war," Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said in a Facebook post, predicting "extremely tough weeks" ahead during which he said Ukraine would largely be alone against an "enraged aggressor".

The British defence ministry said Russia was investing significant military effort near Severodonetsk and Izium, and trying to break through towards Sloviansk and Kramatorsk to complete their takeover of Ukraine's industrial Donbas region.

Russian-backed separatists said they had taken the Zarya chemical plant in Rubizne near Severodonetsk.

In their first conversation since the invasion, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke by telephone on Friday with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, calling for an immediate ceasefire and stressing the importance of maintaining lines of communication, the Pentagon spokesperson said.

KYIV SAYS CHILDREN DEPORTED

Ukraine accused Russia of forcibly deporting more than 210,000 children since its invasion, saying they were among 1.2 million Ukrainians transferred against their will. The Kremlin says people have come to Russia to escape fighting.

In Kyiv, a court began hearing the first case of what Ukraine says are more than 10,000 possible war crimes. A Russian soldier is accused of murdering a civilian. Moscow has accused Kyiv of staging such crimes.

In the southern port of Mariupol, Russian forces intensified their bombardment of the Azovstal steelworks, the last bastion of Ukrainian defenders in a city almost completely controlled by Russia after a siege of more than two months.

Some of the civilians evacuated recently from tunnels under the plant where they sheltered described terrifying conditions.

"Every second was hellish," 51-year-old nurse Valentyna Demyanchuk told Reuters.

In an online post, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said "very difficult" negotiations were underway with Russia on getting Ukrainian defenders out of the besieged plant but gave no details.

RUSSIAN SHIP SET ALIGHT

Renewed fighting in recent days around Snake Island, an outpost that Ukrainian military intelligence said allows control of civilian shipping, could help Ukraine resume grain exports vital to world supplies, some of which are now being shipped by rail.

"There are 25 million tonnes of grain currently blocked in the Ukrainian port of Odesa, which means food for millions of people in the world that is urgently needed," German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said.

Ukraine said it had damaged a Russian navy logistics ship near Snake Island. Russia's defence ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

Satellite imagery from Maxar, a private U.S.-based company, showed the aftermath of what it called probable missile attacks on a Russian landing craft near the island, which became famous for its Ukrainian defenders' expletive-filled defiance early in the war.

NATO EXPANSION

Meeting in Germany, foreign ministers from the G7 group of rich nations backed giving more aid and weapons to Ukraine.

The European Union's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell announced a further 500 million euros worth of military support that should be approved next week by EU members, and expressed confidence that the bloc will agree an embargo on Russian oil.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told the meeting he hoped EU holdout Hungary would agree to the oil embargo and asked the G7 to hand over Russian assets to help Ukraine rebuild.

A day after Russia's northeastern neighbour Finland committed to applying to join NATO, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde said membership for her country would have a stabilising effect and benefit countries around the Baltic sea.

Joining the 30-nation Western military alliance would end the neutrality the two states maintained throughout the Cold War and further the expansion of NATO that Putin said his invasion of Ukraine aimed to prevent.

NATO member Turkey said it did not support the idea. The United States said it was working to clarify Turkey's position.

Moscow has called Finland's announcement hostile and threatened retaliation but said a newspaper report the Kremlin might cut gas supplies to Finland was mostly likely a "hoax".

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/ukraine-says-it-damaged-russian-ship-seeks-evacuation-wounded-mariupol-fighters-2022-05-13/
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Post by: Rick Plant on May 16, 2022, 12:02:48 AM
NATO's Stoltenberg says Russia's Ukraine offensive not going to plan
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/natos-stoltenberg-says-russias-ukraine-offensive-not-going-plan-2022-05-15/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 16, 2022, 11:51:02 AM
Ukraine can win this war, NATO chief says; Finland and Sweden move to join military alliance
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/05/16/russia-ukraine-live-updates.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 17, 2022, 12:10:40 PM
Ukraine says it's downed 200 aircraft, a mark of Russian failures in the sky
https://www.npr.org/2022/05/16/1099149061/ukraine-says-its-downed-200-aircraft-a-mark-of-russian-failures-in-the-sky
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 17, 2022, 04:42:21 PM
Watch: Russian military analyst delivers bleak assessment of his country's war efforts on state TV

It's extremely rare for a Russian military expert to criticize the performance of the country's armed forces.

But according to Mikhail Khodaryonok, a defense analyst, his country's war in Ukraine isn't going according to President Vladimir Putin's plan -- and likely is failing.

The BBC's Francis Scarr, who regularly monitors Russian state TV, posted a subtitled video clip on Twitter in which Khodaryonok offered his bleak assessment of the war effort in Ukraine.

"First of all, we shouldn't take information tranquilizers," he said, "because sometimes information is spread about some morale and psychological breakdown in the Ukrainian armed forces, which are allegedly on the verge of some kind of crisis of morale and so on. All of that, to put it mildly, is false."

Khodaryonok noted that the United States shipments of advanced military weapons to Ukraine is being effective in helping the country defend itself against the Russian onslaught, "despite the resistance of a single senator." Kentucky Republican Rand Paul last week blocked Senate consideration of a new U.S. aid package to Ukraine.

"A million armed Ukrainian soldiers needs to be viewed as a reality of the very near future," Khodaryonok said. "and we need to take that into account in our operational and strategic calculations, that the situation in this regard for us frankly will get worse."

Watch the defense analyst's entire take on the Russian war effort below or at this link.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1526293852704890882
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 18, 2022, 11:04:53 AM
Ukraine has retaken Kharkiv. Here’s why that’s such a big deal.

“They realize that they lost a blitzkrieg,” said an expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, referring to the initial Russian offensive.

The grainy video shows 12 smiling soldiers ducking into a shot around a yellow and blue marker and giving the thumbs-up.

“We have made it. We are here, Mr. President,” one of the soldiers says, addressing Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The video, which Ukraine’s Defense Ministry shared Sunday, is most likely evidence of something once thought unthinkable: Russian forces are being driven back to their border, if not over it.

(https://media-cldnry.s-nbcnews.com/image/upload/t_fit-1120w,f_auto,q_auto:best/rockcms/2022-05/220516-ukraine-border-mb-b7c834.jpg)

NBC News could not confirm where and when the video was shot.

Ukrainian officials said it showed territorial defense troops who had recently reached the border near the heavily bombed city of Kharkiv. A U.S. defense official confirmed Monday that Ukraine had gained ground around the city, pushing Russians to within a couple of miles of the border.

Such an advance on Russia’s western flank would have been unthinkable just a few weeks ago. But with Western military aid flowing into Ukraine and Russian troops bogged down by low morale and logistical challenges, it is the latest in a string of setbacks for Moscow and an indication that the war is still not going President Vladimir Putin’s way.

“Guys, Kharkiv,” Zelenskyy said to the troops on his Instagram account shortly after the video of the soldiers was released. “I am sending you thanks from all the Ukrainians. … My gratitude knows no borders.”

The Russian Defense Ministry did not respond to a request for comment about the video of Ukrainians reaching the border.

It is a big deal. Not only is Kharkiv close to Russia, but it is also home to many ethnic Russians and Russian speakers — the very people Putin promised to “liberate” from what he falsely claims to be Kyiv’s “Nazi” regime.

“If Russia isn’t even welcome in such an area, it really tells you something about … the multiethnic Ukrainian nation that is much more attached to Ukraine as a state than any nostalgic thought about the Soviet Union or Russia,” said Stefan Wolff, a professor of international security at the U.K.’s University of Birmingham.

The series of stumbles provided a healthy dose of reality for Putin and indicated the degree to which Russia’s campaign has backfired on him, Wolff added.

On Tuesday, Russia took control of the strategically important city of Mariupol after weeks of intense fighting. The victory runs counter to a trend of surprising Kremlin defeats and disappointments in the nearly three-month war.

“They realize that they lost a blitzkrieg,” said Alexander Baunov, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, referring to the initial Russian offensive, which sought to capture the capital, Kyiv, and topple Zelenskyy’s government within days.

After it retreated from Kyiv, Russia said the new focus of its so-called special military operation — it refuses to call it a war — was the industrial region of Donbas. The region was already partly controlled by separatists whom Moscow has been backing for eight years. But even there it has failed to gain any substantial territory despite initial small-scale advances.

“It looks like the Russians have overextended themselves and by concentrating on the Donbas left themselves too thinly spread around Kharkiv,” said Phillips O’Brien, professor of strategic studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. “Big-picture problem for Russia is that they have to protect a very large area of seized territory but might not have the soldiers to do it.”

Still, Wolff said, Russian military leaders have modified their tactics and should not be discounted. 

“Russian forces are more systematic in their approach now and are trying to overwhelm Ukrainian forces in specific areas,” he said. “This does not mean that they have scaled back their overall plans, but they may be sequencing and prioritizing differently.”

In the end, he said, Ukraine stares down what will likely be a prolonged, intense and bloody battle in the Donbas. The Ukrainian military confirmed Monday that Russia continues to make advances in several areas in the region.

With everything thrown at the Donbas now, any retreat there will be hard to mask.

"The Donbas is everything. It’s the last goal that you cannot cancel,” Baunov said. “The rest you can maybe move aside or forget. But not this.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/europe/ukraine-russia-kharkiv-border-soldiers-rcna28992
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Post by: Rick Plant on May 19, 2022, 02:01:16 AM
U.S. Flag Is Raised At The American Embassy In Kyiv

The U.S. flag is raised at the American embassy in Kyiv, marking the official resumption of operations in the Ukrainian capital. On the same day, Finland and Sweden officially submit applications to join NATO.

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Post by: Rick Plant on May 19, 2022, 01:25:08 PM
Video: Ukraine blows up hidden Russia radio jammer

https://www.businessinsider.com/video-ukraine-blows-up-hidden-russia-radio-jammer-2022-5
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 20, 2022, 11:18:21 AM
Ukraine war: US fully backs Sweden and Finland Nato bids, Biden says
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-61511396
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 21, 2022, 11:23:46 AM
Biden plans to sign Ukraine aid legislation during his trip to Asia.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/21/us/politics/ukraine-aid-bill-biden.html

More nations expected to sign up for Pentagon’s Ukraine aid group
https://www.defensenews.com/pentagon/2022/05/20/more-nations-expected-sign-up-for-pentagons-ukraine-aid-group/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 22, 2022, 10:43:20 AM
Zelensky says Ukraine has 'broken the backbone' of the Russian army

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says his army has inflicted serious damage on Russia's armed forces, despite the fall of the key port city of Mariupol.

Ukraine has "broken the backbone" of the Russian army, Zelensky said in a television interview. "They will not be able to get back on their feet for the next few years."

His comments came after the last 2,400 fighters of Mariupol surrendered and were taken captive.

Kiev will take it all back, he said, adding that Ukraine would see a return to the front lines before February 24, when Russia invaded, a victory.

"It will mean that they did not conquer us and that we defended our country," he said, though he noted this would be very difficult and that diplomacy would follow.

© Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH
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Post by: Rick Plant on May 22, 2022, 10:48:28 AM
'Putin destroyed everything,' says Odessa mayor

Once derided as a Kremlin sympathizer, Odessa's Mayor Gennady Trukhanov likes to collect his thoughts before delving into his feelings about Russia and President Vladimir Putin.

"The Russians are on our soil today and they are bombing our cities, killing our people and our soldiers. Our people are dying," the mayor of the southern Ukrainian port city told AFP.

"It is hard for me to speak of any kind of future friendship or relationship. I can't imagine that," the mayor added, his steel-blue eyes flashing as he rails against Russian air strikes, the Black Sea blockade and the millions of tonnes of grain trapped in his ports.

"Putin destroyed everything," he fumed.

Before the war, the 57-year-old Odessa native carved out a polarizing career in Ukraine’s raucous political scene as a one-time member of former president Viktor Yanukovych’s Kremlin-backed party that was overthrown by a popular uprising in 2014.

But even as unrest rattled Ukraine and anti-Russian sentiment surged, Trukhanov continued to rise through the ranks and was elected mayor of Odessa only months after Yanukovych was ousted and violent clashes over the fallout rattled the port city.

But now, with thousands dead and millions displaced in the wake of Russia's invasion, the mayor bristles at the mention of Moscow.

With Russian troops just 120 miles away, Trukhanov oversees the defence of the country's most valuable port amid a suffocating Russian naval blockade that has unleashed economic catastrophe in Ukraine and threatens famine elsewhere if Odessa’s bountiful stocks of grain remain landlocked.

"They are not only destroying our cities and killing our residents, they are also triggering an economic collapse," the mayor said.

'Occupiers and invaders'

The war with Russia has been particularly painful for Odessa, even as the city has avoided the brutal ground fighting ongoing across swathes of eastern and southern Ukraine.

Founded during the reign of Catherine the Great, the city -- with its baroque architecture and sandy beaches -- became emblematic of the glory days of the Russian empire and was later one of the most valuable ports during the Soviet era.

And as Ukraine gained independence, Odessa maintained its deep economic, familial, and cultural ties with Russia along with its own share of accusations in recent years of harboring pro-Kremlin sympathies.

But the sentiment is changing.

On Friday, a member of Odessa’s city council unveiled a proposal to replace the city’s streets named after Russian cities and historical figures and be given new names honoring US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

As Trukhanov points out, the centuries of goodwill that once flourished between the cosmopolitan port and Russia is being undercut with every new airstrike.

"With their rockets they think that they are spreading panic and fear among the residents of Odessa," Trukhanov said.

"In fact, they raise the degree of hatred of Odessa residents toward the occupiers and invaders even higher."

'It's a crime'

In between meetings on Friday, Trukhanov careened through Odessa's grinding traffic in his black Range Rover to visit the scene of a recent air strike, where he sought to reassure residents.

Hands clasped, Trukhanov nodded as locals from the area peppered the mayor with a slew of questions about rebuilding efforts and potential reimbursements.

"It's a crime," said resident Igor Shpagin, 55, while surveying the four-story hole a Russian strike punched through his apartment building during the Orthodox Easter weekend last month.

"What can we do, this is a war between politicians," added retired police officer Groza Alexander, whose family survived the attack.

The timings of certain strikes have been particularly galling for Odessa residents.

On May 9 amid the festivities to celebrate the victory over Nazi Germany in Moscow, Putin laid flowers in front of a monument honoring the Soviet Union's "hero cities", including Odessa.

Hours later, a barrage of Russian missiles rained down on Odessa.

"What do you expect from someone who bombs children? People are dying every day here," said Alexandra Kaseyenko, a 29-year-old Odessa resident. "It's shocking for a lot of people. We used to be brothers."

Trukhanov shares the dismay at the staggering turn of events.

Russians and Ukrainians together helped defeat Nazi Germany during World War II, the mayor explained.

"No one could have imagined that in 2022 our people -- Ukrainian refugees -- would be hiding in Germany from Russian missiles," he said.

© 2022 AFP
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 24, 2022, 11:08:11 AM
Ukrainian intelligence chief: Putin survived assassination attempt 2 months ago
https://news.yahoo.com/ukrainian-intelligence-chief-putin-survived-assassination-attempt-two-months-ago-124633685.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 24, 2022, 11:09:38 AM
After 3 months, Russia still bogged down in Ukraine war
https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-putin-kyiv-politics-9e0c72aa16d97d7466f22dfbf6dc8fa0
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 27, 2022, 10:26:58 AM
Russian state media host seethes at state of economy: 'We have no Visa, Mastercard, iPhone, or McDonald’s!'

A guest on the Russian program "60 Minutes" tried to put a rosy spin on the state of the Russian economy, but even host Evgeny Popov wasn't having it.

As reported by The Daily Beast's Julia Davis, the Russian news program this week discussed the semiconductor shortage that has been hampering Russia's military efforts in Ukraine, as it's left Russian troops without chipsets needed for secure communications equipment.

Popov told viewers that he didn't see any hope in the near future of Russia producing its own chips.

“One factory that produces semiconductors would cost us $20-30 billion," he said. "It’s quite clear that we can’t build them quickly. We have to look for them on foreign markets. It’s utopia for us to suggest we could be making them here."

That's when Vladimir Avatkov, from the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, suggested Russia could attract the help of other countries to fill the manufacturing void by creating its own NATO-style international security alliance.

Popov, however, quickly shot this down.

“They’re waiting to join us, even though we have no Visa, Mastercard, iPhone, or McDonald’s?” he asked sarcastically.

Elsewhere in Davis's report, she cites stories in the Russian press about Russian troops "buying supplies and equipment at their own expense," even as "state media propagandists are crowdfunding the purchase of drones -- and everyday citizens are sending toilet paper to the Russian troops."

Read more here: 

https://www.thedailybeast.com/russian-state-media-wont-stop-complaining-about-the-grueling-cost-of-vladimir-putins-war-in-ukraine
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Post by: Rick Plant on May 27, 2022, 10:29:54 AM
Scholz: Putin has missed all strategic targets in Ukraine

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has reiterated his conviction that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not win the war in Ukraine.

"He has already missed all his strategic goals," Scholz said on Thursday in his speech at the end of the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

"A capture of the whole of Ukraine by Russia seems further away today than it did at the beginning of the war. More than ever, Ukraine is stressing its European future."

Moreover, he said, the "brutality of the Russian war" has welded the Ukrainian nation closer together than ever before and prompted two states to move closer to NATO: "With Sweden and Finland, two close friends and partners want to join the North Atlantic alliance. They are most welcome!" the German chancellor said.

Putin had also underestimated the unity and strength with which the Group of Seven major industrialized nations (G7), NATO and the EU had reacted to his aggression.

Putin wants to return to a world order in which the strongest dictate what is right, Scholz said. "This is an attempt to bomb us back to a time when war was a common means of politics."

The World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos ends this Thursday after four days.

The Russian war of aggression in Ukraine has now lasted more than three months.

© Deutsche Presse-Agentur
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 27, 2022, 02:35:15 PM
What weapons are being given to Ukraine by the UK?
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-61482305
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 28, 2022, 08:41:27 AM
Russian refugee now leads Ukrainian soldiers against Putin: We must 'destroy the Russian cancer'

On Friday, The New York Times profiled a Russian national, identified only as Kandalaksha, who defected to Ukraine years ago in protest of Vladimir Putin's regime — and now leads Ukrainian soldiers in the fight to repel the Russian invasion.

"Kandalaksha is something of an anomaly. He is from Russia, and describes himself as a political refugee. An opponent of President Vladimir V. Putin’s government, he left his homeland in 2014 when Moscow annexed Crimea and began supporting a separatist war in the eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk," reported Carlotta Gall. "'I was fighting the Putin regime,' he said, 'and I understood the hottest place to fight against the Putin regime was in Ukraine.' Soon after arriving in Ukraine he took a step beyond political activism and joined a volunteer military unit in 2015. 'I was searching myself and I looked for a way to be useful,' he said. 'I thought it would be most honest to go to fight for the country.'"

According to the report, Kandalashka fought against Russian forces when they tried to seize control of the capital city of Kyiv earlier this year — then after that offensive failed and they pulled back to focus on the separatist regions, he was sent east to fight there too.

"Every few days soldiers from this unit of the 95th Air Assault Brigade head to the frontline, which they call ground zero, giving others a break from the pounding artillery," said the report. "The soldiers are caustic about the type of warfare they are undergoing on the open country of eastern Ukraine. They describe themselves as cannon fodder, and reduced to “cotton” or stuffing under the heavy barrages of artillery. But their morale seems high and, as volunteers, most said there were convinced of the need to stand up to Russian aggression."

Per the report, Kandalashka was particularly enraged by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger asserting that Ukraine could end the war by giving up territory.

"'That is a horrendous thought,' he said. 'The whole world has to destroy the Russian cancer. It is the quintessence of evil and should be defeated by all humanity,'" said the report. "He said large-scale Western support for Ukraine would help change minds in Russia as people would see the improvements and development of freedoms. The youth in Russia already understood how unjust their system was, he said."

Read more here: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/27/world/europe/russian-fighting-for-ukraine.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 29, 2022, 12:38:44 AM
Ukraine war: Putin urged to hold 'direct, serious negotiations' with Zelensky
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-61618907
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 31, 2022, 12:07:11 AM
Biden will not supply Ukraine with long-range rockets that can hit Russia
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/30/biden-will-not-supply-ukraine-with-long-range-rockets-that-can-hit-russia
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 31, 2022, 08:26:58 AM
EU leaders reach deal to ban most Russian oil; French journalist killed in Ukraine
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/05/30/russia-ukraine-live-updates.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on May 31, 2022, 11:54:53 PM
Furious Russian military officials caught on tape cursing Putin and his defense minister for Ukraine debacle: report
https://www.rawstory.com/vladimir-putin-ukraine/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on June 02, 2022, 11:03:15 AM
America sends advanced missiles to help Ukraine fend off Russia
https://www.economist.com/europe/2022/06/01/america-sends-advanced-missiles-to-help-ukraine-fend-off-russia
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on June 03, 2022, 12:29:44 AM
German leader says Russian economy is collapsing
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2022/06/02/ukraine-russia-invasion-live-updates/7480586001/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on June 04, 2022, 12:39:31 AM
Zelensky: We did the impossible in stopping Russia
https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-europe-61656289
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on June 05, 2022, 12:21:37 AM
UK says Russia’s gains in eastern Ukraine have been ‘slow and costly’
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/06/04/russia-ukraine-live-updates.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Joe Elliott on June 05, 2022, 06:20:26 AM

America sends advanced missiles to help Ukraine fend off Russia
https://www.economist.com/europe/2022/06/01/america-sends-advanced-missiles-to-help-ukraine-fend-off-russia

Well, it’s about time. I get the impression we are being too cautious. We shouldn’t be sending them just enough that they might be about to hold their own, but more than enough to drive the Russians out, of the territory taken in 2022 and 2014. Ukraine needs enough weapons to destroy the Russian artillery over time, maybe 10% of it each month, at least. More would be great. Do they have that?

Still, I’m not complaining. Trump would be looking into ways to help Putin, without a doubt, if he was still President.

Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Joe Elliott on June 05, 2022, 06:40:38 AM

Is standing up to Russia and doing what we can to help Ukraine drive Russia from all of Ukraine, both the territories captured in 2022 and 2014, dangerous? Yes.
Would have standing up to Hitler during the Czechoslovakia crisis of 1938 have been dangerous? Yes. But not standing up to him was more dangerous. It convinced Hitler that the west would always back down and made him even harder to deal with.
If Russia somehow prevails in Ukraine, despite all their problems, despite all the incompetence and corruption of the Russian military, Russia will become more dangerous. They will be convinced that the will of a strong dictator will always overcome democracies, who are too easily distracted by inflation and high fuel prices, to put up a united front for more than a few months, if that.
Not only will Russia attack again, they will be even more willing to use extreme measures, like nuclear weapons, in the future. If the mere threat of nuclear weapons was enough to cause the west to back down in 2022, what would a real nuclear ‘demonstration’ in the Baltic states accomplish ten years from now. Maybe the relative strength of the armies in conventional weapons between NATO and Russia in 2030 will be irrelevant.
Yes, there is danger. But the danger is inevitable. Better to face it now in 2022 than later. We will only make Russia more extreme if we don’t.

Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on June 05, 2022, 08:11:31 PM
Russians weary of Ukraine war want return to normal life
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/06/05/russia-war-public-opinion/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on June 06, 2022, 11:52:48 PM
Zelenskyy said that Ukraine is beginning to push for "peace", but with benefits for Russia
https://news.yahoo.com/zelenskyy-said-ukraine-beginning-push-153900588.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on June 07, 2022, 12:14:01 AM
Zelenskyy seeks a corridor for grain shipments; U.S. moves to seize planes from Abramovich
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/06/06/russia-ukraine-live-updates.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on June 07, 2022, 11:49:50 PM
Ukraine retakes parts of Sievierodonetsk amid brutal street fighting
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/06/07/russia-ukraine-live-updates.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on June 09, 2022, 12:09:25 AM
War will cost Russia 15 years of economic gains; Ukraine says it routed 'elite' regiment
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/06/08/ukraine-russia-invasion-live-updates/7551428001/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on June 11, 2022, 12:13:05 AM
Yes, inflation and high gas prices are high all over the world due to Putin's war in Ukraine. Right wing Republicans only pretend it's going on in the United States.   

Gas and food prices are rising in Kenya, too, driven by the war in Ukraine
https://www.npr.org/2022/06/10/1104291214/gas-and-food-prices-are-rising-in-kenya-too-driven-by-the-war-in-ukraine
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Post by: Rick Plant on June 11, 2022, 12:46:34 PM
And President Biden once again is absolutely correct. The United States warned of a Russian invasion and Zelensky was downplaying the warnings all during January. The article from January proves it. 

Ukrainian president downplays U.S. assessment of imminent invasion
As Russian troops continue to mass along the border, officials in Kyiv are trying to keep the public calm.
01/28/2022
https://www.politico.com/news/2022/01/28/ukrainian-president-downplays-imminent-invasion-00003219


Biden Says Ukraine's Zelenskiy 'Didn't Want To Hear' U.S. Warnings About Invasion

June 11, 2022

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U.S. President Joe Biden has said that his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy "didn't want to hear" American warnings ahead of Russia's unprovoked invasion of his country.

"I know a lot of people thought I was exaggerating," Biden said at a fundraising reception in Los Angeles on June 10, referring to his forewarning of the possibility of a Russian attack.

"But I knew we had data to sustain [the assessment]," he added.

The remarks came as Biden was talking about his work to rally and solidify support for Ukraine as the war continues into its fourth month.

“Nothing like this has happened since World War II. I know a lot of people thought I was maybe exaggerating. But I knew we had data to sustain he (Russian President Vladimir Putin) was going to go in, off the border,” he said.

“There was no doubt,” Biden added. “And Zelenskiy didn’t want to hear it.”

The United States began raising the alarm over Russia's preparations for an invasion of Ukraine well before Putin announced the "special operation" against Russia's western neighbor on February 24.

https://www.rferl.org/a/biden-zelenskiy-ukraine-warnings-russian-invasion/31893444.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on June 12, 2022, 09:22:30 AM
Putin is 'preparing to starve much of the developing world' in order to win Russia's war in Ukraine, Yale historian says
https://news.yahoo.com/putin-preparing-starve-much-developing-051547728.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on June 13, 2022, 12:28:48 AM
Russia-Ukraine war: 'That grain needs to get out,' former NATO Supreme Allied Commander says
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/russia-ukraine-war-global-food-security-issues-165151840.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on June 14, 2022, 01:13:44 AM
Zelenskky calls Russian invaders ‘absolute evil’ on the 110th day of war; Mass grave excavated near Bucha
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/06/13/russia-ukraine-live-updates.html
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Post by: Rick Plant on June 15, 2022, 12:00:16 AM
Pope Francis says Ukraine war "perhaps somehow either provoked or not prevented"
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pope-francis-ukraine-war-russia-putin-perhaps-somehow-provoked-not-prevented/
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Post by: Rick Plant on June 15, 2022, 03:53:28 PM
US announces plan to build silos on Ukraine border to export grain
Joe Biden working with European governments to avert global crisis and help lower food prices

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/15/us-build-silos-ukraine-border-export-grain-food-prices
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Post by: Jack Nessan on June 15, 2022, 04:40:27 PM
US announces plan to build silos on Ukraine border to export grain
Joe Biden working with European governments to avert global crisis and help lower food prices

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/15/us-build-silos-ukraine-border-export-grain-food-prices
Will he send Hunter to help graft some money out for the Biden Family. This is actually the stupidiest thing I have ever read. This shows an absolute complete lack of understanding of a very complex problem.

You are always posting political rantings. When will we see all the news on the Biden corruption?
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on June 15, 2022, 11:38:53 PM
West must stay focused on Ukraine during 'pivotal' moment, says Pentagon chief
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/ukraines-need-more-weapons-major-focus-defense-ministers-meet-2022-06-15/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on June 16, 2022, 11:29:55 AM
Ukraine welcomes more U.S. weapons and hosts a trio of European leaders
https://www.npr.org/2022/06/16/1105447087/ukraine-welcomes-more-u-s-weapons-hosts-trio-of-european-leaders
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on June 17, 2022, 12:00:08 AM
European leaders meet with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy to show unity and support
https://www.npr.org/2022/06/16/1105633328/european-leaders-meet-with-ukrainian-president-zelenskyy-to-show-unity-and-suppo
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on June 18, 2022, 12:42:22 PM
Russia's far-right divided on Ukraine war
https://www.dw.com/en/russias-far-right-divided-on-ukraine-war/a-62172798
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on June 18, 2022, 08:18:58 PM
Ukraine war: Tayra, medic who filmed Mariupol horror, freed from Russian captivity
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-61852935
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on June 19, 2022, 07:13:56 AM
Ukraine vows victory over Russian with EU support
https://www.rawstory.com/after-eu-s-nod-ukraine-vows-to-prevail-as-it-battles-russian-assaults/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on June 20, 2022, 12:07:16 AM
‘The world was not ready for a fight of this scale,’ Ukraine’s top negotiator says
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/06/19/ukraines-top-negotiator-calls-for-more-weapons.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on June 21, 2022, 10:48:28 AM
Zelensky praises Ukrainian fathers who ‘protect and defend the most precious’
https://thehill.com/policy/international/3529454-zelensky-praises-ukrainian-fathers-who-protect-and-defend-the-most-precious/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on June 22, 2022, 01:15:51 AM
Zelensky: Russia ‘very nervous’ ahead of European Union membership decision
https://thehill.com/policy/international/3530664-zelensky-russia-very-nervous-ahead-of-european-union-membership-decision/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on June 22, 2022, 11:35:35 PM
Ukraine claims ‘significant losses’ to Russia in Snake Island airstrike attacks: Live updates
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/06/22/ukraine-russia-invasion-live-updates/7696471001/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on June 24, 2022, 01:05:11 AM
European leaders formally accept Ukraine as a candidate to join the EU

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BRUSSELS — Leaders of the European Union on Thursday formally approved Ukraine’s candidate status to join the bloc — the first official step toward full membership.

Charles Michel, president of the European Council, late Thursday confirmed that the 27 leaders had approved EU candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova, calling it a “historic moment.”

“Today marks a crucial step on your path towards the EU,” he added via Twitter.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen also took to Twitter to declare that “today is a good day for Europe.”

She added that the decision strengthens Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, “in the face of Russian imperialism.” The leaders also officially recognized the “European perspective” of Georgia, saying it was moving toward candidate status.

Tough and delicate debate

The actions have reopened a tough and delicate debate within the EU over expansion, as Brussels has not welcomed any new countries since 2013, when Croatia joined.

That’s partly a result of the bloc’s difficult political and economic environment: the shocks of the global financial crisis of 2008, its own sovereign debt crisis in 2011, and then a refugee wave from the Syrian civil war during 2015. Those events bolstered support for populist parties across the region, leading many member states to prioritize domestic issues over expansion of EU membership.

But this has started to change, albeit slowly, following Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine earlier this year. A recent survey by the European Parliament found that European support for EU membership is at a 15-year high.

The leaders of Germany, France and Italy visited Kyiv last week to voice their support for Ukraine’s bid to join the bloc. The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, then said both Ukraine and Moldova were ready to move a step closer to membership, provided they put in place several reforms.

But some EU countries have reservations about reopening the bloc’s doors.

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa has said the EU risks creating “false expectations” with Ukraine’s bid to join. In an interview with the Financial Times, he added that the EU should look to provide immediate support to Kyiv instead of opening “legal debates.”

Joining the EU is traditionally a lengthy process, given that potential members have to align their political and judicial systems with those of the bloc. Furthermore, opening the door to one nation could mean opening the door to several others.

Countering Russia

A number of nations in the Western Balkans, located in southern and eastern Europe, have long been promised accession to the EU, but negotiations have yet to begin. Kosovo, for example, has been waiting for four years to have visa requirements lifted for travel to the European Union.

The risk for the EU is that it may be seen as giving preferential treatment to Kyiv — upsetting other parts of the continent and potentially pushing them closer to Russia.

“We have to remain vigilant and give the same priority to the Western Balkans as to Ukraine,” Austrian ministers Alexander Schallenberg and Karoline Edtstadler said in a letter late last month. “We want and need those countries firmly anchored in our camp.”

For Kosovo, it’s an issue of geopolitics.

“This is also an issue of EU credibility, and also the EU understanding that bringing the Western Balkans as a region, embracing it and bringing it to the table is also a strategic interest of the European Union itself, because as I said earlier, the more the EU takes its attention away, the more other malign actors will be using this space, mainly Russia,” Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu told CNBC Wednesday.

Her comments should be taken with a degree of caution, however, as Kosovo has a long history of conflict with Serbia, a staunch Russian ally. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, and is recognized by 110 countries, including the United States, but not by Serbia and Russia. It has yet to become a U.N. member state.

EU members Greece, Cyprus and Spain are also among those which do not recognize Kosovo as a sovereign nation, making its potential accession to the EU highly controversial.

“Now in the light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there’s nothing more complex and more important than fighting autocratic, genocidal regimes, such as the Russian regime, because the more space is allowed for Russia to expand its influence in the European continent, the worst it will be for all of us, no matter whether we are within the EU or outside of the Union,” Kosovo’s president said.

The topic will be debated among European leaders Thursday. Whatever they decide and say to Ukraine will be closely watched across the Balkans.

Olaf Scholz, the chancellor of Germany, told CNBC Thursday: ”[The] most important question is that we all work together and that the states from the Western Balkans will have good opportunity to become real members of the EU. They’ve worked so hard.”

Albania and North Macedonia, which changed its name in an effort to bolster its chances of joining the EU, previously received candidate status, but are still waiting for accession negotiations to begin.

“It is important how leaders explain enlargement to their people,” Osmani-Sadriu said, adding that EU leaders need to emphasize that expansion of the bloc “is in the benefit of peace and stability of the entire European continent.”

Velina Tchakarova, the director of the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy, explained that there were different levels of acceptance when it come to the Western Balkans and the EU, which was closely linked to the levels of influence from Moscow.

“There are different starting points within the six Western Balkan countries in terms of acceptance of the EU (rather high in Albania, Kosovo and Northern Macedonia, and rather low in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and controversial in Montenegro),” she said via Twitter.

“Albania, Northern Macedonia and Kosovo tend to have a positive attitude towards the EU and are affected to a comparatively low extent by external hybrid influence from Russia,” she added.

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/06/23/ukraines-eu-candidate-status-decision-kosovo-says-eu-needs-to-do-more.html
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Post by: Rick Plant on June 27, 2022, 05:37:29 AM
Zelenskyy wants to replace Ukraine’s top spy after security failures
https://www.politico.com/news/2022/06/23/zelenskyy-top-spy-security-failures-00041794
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on June 27, 2022, 07:17:27 AM
'Help restore peace in Ukraine’: Zelensky shares powerful message at Glastonbury Festival

‘Glastonbury is the greatest concentration of freedom these days and I ask you to share this feeling with everyone whose freedom is under attack,’ said politician

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/glastonbury-ukraine-zelensky-speech-b2108612.html
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Post by: Rick Plant on June 27, 2022, 10:46:43 PM
Russian missile strike hits shopping mall with more than 1,000 people inside, Ukraine says

“The number of victims is impossible to imagine,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

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Ukraine said it feared scores of civilians might be dead or injured after a Russian missile strike hit a crowded shopping mall in the center of the country Monday.

More than 1,000 people were inside at the time of the rocket attack, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

“The number of victims is impossible to imagine,” he added in a post on the Telegram messaging app, sharing video that showed plumes of gray smoke rising above a building that was consumed in flames as people and first responders ran in front of it.

The apparent attack hit a shopping center in Kremenchuk, a city in the Poltava region on the banks of Ukraine’s Dnieper River. Dmytro Lunin, head of the Poltava region, said at least 13 people were killed and more than 40 others were injured.

"It is too early to talk about the final number of the killed," he said as night fell in Ukraine.

Standing inside the smoking rubble of what was once a supermarket, Anton Herashchenko, an adviser for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, said rescuers were digging through what remained of the roof to find potential survivors.

"Rescue workers are underway to save people who just came to buy groceries," he said, lifting the camera to show dozens of people frantically shoveling and sawing in to the blackened debris.

The Ukrainian Air Force Command reported that the missiles were fired from long-range bombers that took off from a Russian air base north of Ukraine.

NBC News has not verified that claim or the number of any deaths. The Russian Embassy in the United States did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Ukrainian claims.

At least one Russian official on Monday appeared to make the claim that the missile strike in Kremenchuk was a false flag. The country has made similar allegations in the past, attempting to dismiss events like the mass killings during the Russian occupation of Bucha, a suburb of Kyiv, as manufactured by Ukraine. That claim was made despite evidence shared by residents, journalists and experts from organizations such as the United Nations and Human Rights Watch, as well as investigators from multiple countries, that Russian armed forces had committed numerous war crimes since the invasion began.

“One should wait for what our Ministry of Defense will say, but there are too many striking discrepancies already,” Dmitry Polyansky, Russia’s deputy permanent representative to the U.N., said on Twitter. He called it a Ukrainian “provocation” and again appeared to make the claim that the Bucha mass killings were orchestrated by Ukraine.

Zelenskyy said the site did not present any danger or strategic value for the Kremlin.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/russian-missiles-hit-kremenchuk-shopping-center-1000-civilians-ukraine-rcna35482
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Post by: Rick Plant on June 28, 2022, 09:36:19 PM
Deaths mount as Ukraine calls Russian mall strike a "terrorist attack"

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Kremenchuk, Ukraine — Ukrainian emergency services personnel were still searching through the rubble on Tuesday of a shopping mall hit by a Russian missile strike, hoping to find any survivors as the death toll climbed to 18. Officials said at 36 people still missing.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy labelled the Monday strike on the mall in the central city of Kremenchuk a "terrorist attack," and the country's prosecutor general said it was a "crime against humanity."

While Russia has claimed the mall was closed at the time of the strike, Zelenksyy said around 1,000 people were inside it when the missile hit.  The president said it was a targeted strike by Russia against innocent civilians.

CBS News correspondent Ramy Inocencio was at the scene on Tuesday morning. He said the Amstor shopping mall had been reduced to a charred carcass of its former self.

As thick smoke swirled from the building on Monday afternoon, police shouted for people to find shelter while firefighters raced to put out the inferno and bystanders helped load victims into ambulances.

Soon, people started gathering to pore over lists posted on walls, looking for the names of missing loved ones.

At the local hospital, a wounded Mykola Mykhailets, said he'd seen "lots of wounded people, burned people, some covered in blood."

His wife Ludmyla was also wounded in the strike. Laying in a hospital bed next to her husband, she said the blast threw her into the air.

"It's really scary," she said. "I'd tell women who left the country with their kids, don't come back."

President Joe Biden and the other G7 leaders were meeting in the German Alps when the missile struck. They called the attack "abominable" and promised nearly $30 billion in new aid for Ukraine.

Zelenskyy has issued repeated, urgent requests for more modern weaponry to help Ukraine's forces defend the country from Russia's invasion, which has made gains in the eastern Donbas recently.

Ukraine has asked for, among other things, advanced missile defense systems, to help shoot down incoming missiles like the one that hit the mall in Kremenchuk.

The front line in the war, in the Donbas, is just over 100 miles to the east of the smoldering ruins of the shopping center, and Ukrainians know it's a matter of when, not if, Russian rockets will strike again.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ukraine-shopping-mall-russia-missile-strike-deaths-zelenskyy-terrorist-attack/
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Post by: Rick Plant on June 29, 2022, 09:46:27 PM
Russia brags that missile attack on shopping mall that killed civilians was a 'successful military operation'

While news outlets around the world broadcasted images from a shopping mall in the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk after it was struck by a Russian missile while an estimated 1,000 civilians were inside, Russia media has issued a complete blackout of the attack, The Guardian reports.

At least 18 people were killed in the attack which Russian officials called a “Bucha-like provocation.” Russia also claimed, without evidence, that ammunition was being stored at the mall after the attack was confirmed by the Russian defense ministry.

In addition to Russian state-owned media, private outlets also helped the Kremlin cover up the attack.

"The response is a part of Russia’s evolving wartime propaganda," The Guardian reports. "On the first day of the war, Roskomnadzor, the Russian censor, wrote that media were 'obliged to use information and data they obtain only from official Russian sources'. Since then, local media have either been shut or have learned to take their cues from the Russian military before reporting the news of the day."

According to The Daily Beast, Russian defense officials took full responsibility for the attack, calling it a successful military operation. Igor Konashenkov, a spokesperson for Russia’s defense ministry, said the “high-accuracy strike” was conducted not on a shopping mall, but on an arms depot that was housing “Western-made weapons and ammunition” intended for Ukrainian troops in the Donbas.

By Tuesday afternoon, Ukrainian authorities said they had found no survivors in the wreckage.

“We hoped that in the first few hours there might still be survivors. But because of the fire that broke out literally in 10-15 minutes after the strike, we can say with certainty that there are no survivors,” Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky said at a briefing.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/russia-brags-about-airstrike-that-killed-20-at-ukrainian-shopping-mall
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on June 30, 2022, 11:55:52 PM
Putin Should Be Very Worried About Ukraine’s New Kamikaze Drone
https://www.thedailybeast.com/vladimir-putin-should-be-very-worried-about-ukraines-new-kamikaze-drone
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on July 01, 2022, 08:51:39 PM
New U.S. Guided Rockets Strengthen Ukraine’s Hand Against Russia
Himars can reach twice as far behind enemy lines; ‘a stick in the wheel’ of Moscow’s war effort
https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-u-s-guided-rockets-strengthen-ukraines-hand-against-russia-11656698614
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on July 02, 2022, 09:53:46 PM
Russia's War in Ukraine
https://www.cnn.com/europe/live-news/russia-ukraine-war-news-07-01-22/index.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on July 02, 2022, 10:30:11 PM
Pentagon: Ukraine using rocket system to hit Russian command posts

Ukrainian forces are having “a good deal of success” using a U.S.-given advanced rocket system to target Russian command posts, a senior U.S. defense official said Friday.

The Ukrainians have used the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) advanced rocket system to target the Kremlin positions in its fight for the eastern region of the country known as the Donbas. 

“Because it is such a precise, longer-range system, Ukrainians are able to carefully select targets that will undermine the effort by Russia in a more systematic way, certainly than they would be able to do with the shorter-range artillery systems,” the official told reporters.

Ukrainian forces are still in the early days of operating the HIMARS systems — four of which the U.S. has already sent to the former Soviet country and four additional it pledged late last month — as only a handful of Ukrainian troops can operate it after taking a brief training course. 

The HIMARS, which has a range of about 40 miles, has given the Ukrainians the ability to hit faraway targets with more accuracy than they have been able to prior when using shorter-ranged artillery.

“What you see is the Ukrainians are actually systematically selecting targets and then accurately hitting them, thus providing this, you know, precise method of degrading Russian capability,” the official said.

“I see them being able to continue to use this throughout Donbas.”

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/3544474-pentagon-ukraines-using-rocket-system-to-hit-russian-command-posts/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on July 03, 2022, 09:20:04 PM
Belarus claims to have shot down Ukrainian missiles
https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/03/world/belarus-alexander-lukashenko-ukraine-missiles-russia-war-intl-hnk/index.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on July 07, 2022, 10:47:20 AM
Ukraine armed with new weapons from US

United States long-range rockets are being brought onto the Ukrainian battlefield and ABC News got a rare look at the rockets being deployed.

Watch: https://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/ukraine-armed-weapons-us-86336953
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on July 08, 2022, 02:03:04 AM
Zelensky says Ukraine will not give up territory for peace with Russia: 'This is our land'

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(CNN) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Thursday that Ukraine is unwilling to cede any of its land to Russia, standing firm that a concession of Ukrainian territory won't be part of any diplomatic negotiations to end the war.

"Ukrainians are not ready to give away their land, to accept that these territories belong to Russia. This is our land," Zelensky said in an exclusive interview aired Thursday on CNN's "The Situation Room."

"We always talk about that, and we are intending to prove it," he added.

Zelensky spoke to CNN at the same time as one of his top Western allies, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, announced he would be resigning. Speaking in Ukrainian via a translator, Zelensky said he was confident that Britain's policy toward Ukraine "will not be changing" even if the country's leadership is in tumult.

"He resigned not because he was in Ukraine. I think on the contrary, what Johnson has been doing for Ukraine was helping us a great deal. I consider him a friend of Ukraine, but I think his society also supported Ukraine in Europe. That's why I think the UK, it's on the side of good, on the side of Ukraine," Zelensky said.

"And I'm sure the UK policy toward Ukraine is not ... changing because of Boris Johnson's resignation. Our relations obviously gained a lot from Boris Johnson's understanding of things. We went through a lot of dramatic moments quite quickly. The help we needed was delivered rather quickly ... if (his resignation) will affect this speed of help I don't know. I will pray to God it won't be affecting that help."

Russia's war with Ukraine has now lasted for more than four months, with no sign of either side backing down soon. Ukraine's early successes forced Russia to scale back its initial aims of toppling Kyiv, and Moscow's forces have now focused on taking territory in eastern Ukraine. Russian forces have now occupied most of the Luhansk region, outside of a few pockets of resistance, and are pressing toward cities in Donetsk.

CNN reported last week that White House officials are losing confidence Ukraine will ever be able to take back all of the land it has lost to Russia since the war began, even with the aid of heavier and more sophisticated weaponry that the US and its allies plan to provide Kyiv.

Zelensky acknowledged that Russia controls "almost all the Luhansk region," saying that his forces are now "fighting on the outskirts of this region." He said that Kyiv retreated to avoid mass losses of troops.

"I don't even understand what exactly they're controlling there. They ruined towns, school. They are the occupiers of the rubble?" Zelensky said.

Zelensky said that he was happy that Sweden and Finland were being accepted as NATO members, even though the Western military alliance has long resisted accepting Ukraine as a member.

"It's not superficial, but deep understanding of the risks for these countries because of the aggressive attitude of Russia to sovereign countries," Zelensky said. "That's why we fully support their membership. The whole world is helping Ukraine, some doing humanitarian aid, some financial or military aid, both houses in the United States support us.

"The world is doing a lot, but it could have been easier -- Ukraine could have been accepted as a NATO member. It would be much more straightforward than people imagine."

Still, Zelensky expressed gratitude for the military support that Ukraine has received from the United States, which has provided weapons with greater capability as the war has dragged on, while urging the West to continue providing military support to help Ukraine keep up its fight.

"(The) United States are helping Ukraine, helping a lot, but it's not enough in order to win. I hope my trust will speed up this help to Ukraine," Zelensky said. "We want the increment of this help -- we're fighting for our land, we don't want people from different countries fight for our territory. But the US are a world economy and can help us with both arms and finances.

"And also, the US can influence the decisions of the European countries -- this is also the political support. I have to be honest, some countries in Europe want a balance between Russia and Ukraine. But owing to the US help they started supporting us. So, when I talk about the volume and speed of the arms support, I'm not appealing only (to) the United States, I appeal to all the world leaders and saying that the faster help, the increment of help, will save the lives of Ukrainians and help us to regain territories occupied by Russia."

Asked whether the war could be over before the end of the year, Zelensky said, "Our country will stay united and unified. If the powerful weaponry from our partners will be coming to us on-time, and if good luck and God will be on our side, we can achieve a lot of things before the end of the year and we can stop this war. We can stop the military part, at least, of this war."

Zelensky also reiterated his call for US President Joe Biden to visit Kyiv, saying it would send a message to Russia and the world.

"We would love to see President Biden in Ukraine. I heard that he supported the idea. There are some security moments, which stand in the way of his visit, we understand that," Zelensky said. "I truly think this would help the Ukrainians. Ukrainians support (the) United States, the trust of the Ukrainians to the United States is very high, same as to the UK and Poland and the Baltic states.

"So, visits of the world leaders who are not just partners but real friends -- they give a signal, a sign, that the United States support Ukraine because they believe in Ukrainian victory and are not afraid of Russia. They come despite the rockets flying in. They are not afraid of Putin because the world is much bigger than one leader of one country."

https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/07/politics/volodymyr-zelensky-interview-cnntv/index.html
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Post by: Rick Plant on July 09, 2022, 11:45:25 PM
Zelenskiy sacks Ukraine's envoy to Germany, other ambassadors
https://news.yahoo.com/zelenskiy-sacks-ukraines-envoy-germany-154803643.html
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Post by: Rick Plant on July 12, 2022, 02:42:37 PM
Zelensky vows ‘punishment’ for Russian commanders, forces after missile strike at apartment building

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is pledging that “punishment is inevitable” for the Russians responsible for a strike on a residential building that killed at least 30, saying those involved “will all be found.”

The strike took out two high-rise apartment buildings in the Donetsk region, and a rescue operation has so far only been able to save six of the dozens of Ukrainians trapped in the rubble, Zelensky said in his nightly address to Ukrainians on Sunday amid the months-long war.

“You know, Nazi murderers are found and brought to justice even when they are 90 or 100 years old. They are caught all over the world. Of course, we don’t want to wait that long. But I give this example to show that punishment is inevitable for every Russian murderer.”

When that happens, Zelensky said, Russians shouldn’t expect to turn to their government for backing.

“Russia will be the first to abandon them when political circumstances change,” he said.

Zelensky’s message comes as Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new passport decree expanding a fast track to Russian citizenship for Ukrainians. He’s also introduced the Russian ruble as currency in occupied areas, part of ongoing moves to delegitimize Ukraine.

Attacks in Ukraine’s east, such as the one in the Donetsk region this weekend, underscore the challenges as Zelensky presses Ukraine toward reconstruction.

He returned from a conference in Lugano, Switzerland, last week with a $750 billion recovery plan and the Lugano Declaration, a document calling for increased government transparency and a crackdown on corruption in order to facilitate postwar recovery.

“We have to hold on, we have to fight together on all fronts now — on the political, information and economic fronts, without showing weakness anywhere,” Zelensky said Sunday.

https://thehill.com/policy/international/3553563-zelensky-vows-punishment-for-russian-commanders-forces-after-missile-strike-at-apartment-building/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on July 12, 2022, 04:33:59 PM
Ukraine gets $1.7B in fresh aid to pay health care workers
https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/ukraine-17b-fresh-aid-pay-health-care-workers-86661091
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on July 12, 2022, 04:49:01 PM
Ukraine claims arms depot attack in occupied Kherson with Himars rockets
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-62132441
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on July 14, 2022, 08:57:37 PM
Russian Military Expert Concerned About Ukraine's New Weapons From West

A Russian military expert admitted that new Western weapons being supplied to Ukraine could make Russia's chances of winning the war difficult.

Igor Korotchenko, editor-in-chief of the online military publication National Defense, made the comments during an appearance on Russia-1, a Kremlin-run station. Journalist and Russian propaganda expert Julia Davis captured a clip from the news segment featuring Korotchenko and posted it Wednesday on Twitter.

Korotchenko said that regions in Ukraine that Russia has claimed it now controls—Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv, Odesa and Mykolaiv—are now part of Russia and that attacks there should be considered attacks on Russia itself. He said his country's military should retaliate for Ukrainian strikes in these areas by taking out bridges and railways in western parts of Ukraine, where Western weapons arrive from Poland, as well as in the south, where weapons are transferred from Romania. 

"The scale of additional Western arms deliveries will seriously complicate our success of conducting our special military operation," Korotchenko said, according to translated subtitles on Davis' post.

Ukraine has benefited from Western weapons ever since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion in late February. In recent weeks, President Volodymyr Zelensky's military has seen an increase in heavy armaments provided by NATO countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom and Poland.

The U.S.-made M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, has been especially effective, according to reports. Serhiy Haidai, governor of the Luhansk region, told Newsweek recently that Russian troops are now in "panic mode" after the long-range weapons destroyed multiple Russian targets and bolstered Ukraine's ability to defend itself.

"As the whole world has seen over the past week or so, we have been able to inflict massive damage to their missile defense systems and ammunition storage facilities deep behind the enemy lines," Haidai said.

This, he added, "was largely down to the variety of weapons we have recently received from the West. And when we have sufficient amounts of such weaponry, we will be able to carry out further counterattacks."

Davis noted in her Twitter post that Korotchenko not only wanted to prevent new Western-supplied weapons from coming into Ukraine. He also called for the destruction of Ukrainian public administration and infrastructure.

"Let's not be too shy to do it. These are legitimate military targets," Korotchenko said. "The entire system of the public administration and military administration of Ukraine—all of its key objects are lawful, legitimate targets of the Russian army for the duration of this special military operation."

The Russian military journalist also warned about people traveling to Ukraine from other nations.

"We see the endless flow of Western visitors, who come to Kyiv without any fear and take part in propagandist performances," he said. "They should be afraid to come to Kyiv, and, physically, they should lose the ability to arrive to Kyiv by air or via the railways."

Watch video here: https://twitter.com/i/status/1547258008291475457

https://www.newsweek.com/russian-military-expert-concerned-about-ukraines-new-weapons-west-1724419
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on July 15, 2022, 11:23:51 AM
Experts document alleged crimes against humanity committed by Russian forces in Ukraine
https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/14/politics/osce-report-russia-war-crimes/index.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on July 16, 2022, 05:40:20 AM
Thank you President Biden! 

Ukraine Map Suggests U.S.-Supplied HIMARS Could Be Turning Tide of War

Maps of Ukraine created by NASA's FIRMS fire tracking system suggest American-supplied M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems—known as HIMARS—could be turning the tide of Vladimir Putin's war.

Side-by-side maps of Ukraine's eastern Donbas region—the frontline of the war—dated July 8 and July 12, show the number of major fires in Ukraine - an indication of Russian shelling - before and after Ukraine ramped up attacks using the HIMARS precision rocket weapon system provided by Washington.

24hr NASA FIRMS data from eastern Ukraine on July 8th vs July 12th. An interesting sharp decrease in returns.

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NASA's Fire Information for Resource Management System or FIRMS was created to monitor large-scale fires.

The maps illustrate a sharp decrease in the number of fires detected by NASA satellites—an indicator that long-range strikes on Russian ammunition warehouses appear to be playing in Ukraine's favor.

"A big question mark of whether or not this indicates a decrease in Russian shelling, and whether or not the Ukrainian strikes on Russian ammunition facilities have had an impact on Russian fires capabilities," defense specialist @Osinttechnical posted on Twitter.

On July 9, Ukrainian presidential adviser and peace talks negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak named HIMARS as one of three weapons Ukraine needs to turn the tide of Putin's war in Ukraine, as clashes intensified in the battle for the country's eastern Donbas region

"Do we want a turning point in the war? 3 components... HIMARS for high-precision targeting rear bases, logistics," he tweeted. "Heavy artillery on the frontline allows matching number parity. APC [armored personnel carriers] for "breakthrough fists"... More tools faster we'll clean our land of the Russians."

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US made HIMARS (High Mobility Advanced Rocket System) on static display during live fire exercises on April 14, 2016 in Crow Valley, Tarlac province, Philippines. HIMARS was developed in the late 1990s for the U.S. Army, and missiles fired from the system have a range of some 50 miles.

A day earlier, President Joe Biden signed a $400 million weapons package for Ukraine, including four additional high mobility artillery rocket systems. The U.S. began to supply Ukraine with the system in June, after Ukraine said it would not use HIMARS to attack Russian territory.

HIMARS was developed in the late 1990s for the U.S. Army, and missiles fired from the system have a range of some 50 miles.

Ukrainian forces said Thursday that they used HIMARS to destroy a second Russian ammunition warehouse in the city of Nova Kakhovka, in the occupied Kherson region, in southern Ukraine.

And on Friday, Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said on his Telegram channel that a Russian ammunition depot was on fire in the occupied city of Kadiivka, in the Luhansk region.

"Another ammunition warehouse of the occupiers is on fire in Kadiivka," Haidai said.

It isn't clear if Ukraine's armed forces targeted the ammunition depot with HIMARS.

Multiple Russian commanders have been killed in HIMARS strikes in the past week, according to Ukraine.

Haidai told Newsweek this week that Russians are "in panic mode" over strikes by American-made HIMARS.

"As the whole world has seen over the past week or so, we have been able to inflict massive damage to their missile defense systems and ammunition storage facilities deep behind the enemy lines," Haidai explained.

This, he said, "was largely down to the variety of weapons we have recently received from the West. And when we have sufficient amounts of such weaponry, we will be able to carry out further counterattacks."

Newsweek has contacted Russia's Foreign Ministry and Ukrainian authorities for comment.

https://www.newsweek.com/ukraine-map-reveals-us-american-himars-turned-tide-war-donbas-1724939
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Post by: Rick Plant on July 16, 2022, 09:17:19 AM
Ukraine strikes significantly reducing Russia's offensive potential, Kyiv says

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KYIV (Reuters) - Ukrainian rocket strikes have destroyed more than 30 Russian military logistics centres in recent weeks and significantly reduced Russia's attacking potential, Ukraine's defence ministry spokesperson said on Friday.

The official, Oleksandr Motuzianyk, singled out the role played by U.S.-produced HIMARS rocket systems, one of several types of long-range weapon supplied by the West to help Ukraine fight back against Russia.

"In the last weeks, over 30 of the enemy's military logistical facilities have been destroyed, as a result of which the attacking potential of Russian forces has been significantly reduced," Motuzianyk said on national television.

Motuzianyk told Reuters in separate comments that the 30 targets were destroyed by multiple launch rocket systems, including HIMARS.

If confirmed, the comments would suggest that Western weapons are having an impact on the battlefield and could indicate a shift in the war's dynamic after nearly five months.

Russia, which invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, has captured a chunk of territory in southern Ukraine and used its artillery supremacy in the east to make gradual territorial gains, eventually capturing Luhansk region.

A top Ukrainian general said on Thursday that Russia had not taken a "single metre" of land in the last week and that Ukrainian strikes were disrupting Russian supply lines, forcing Moscow to keep its ammunition further back from the front line. Reuters was not able to immediately confirm battlefield reports.

HIMARS have a longer range and are more precise than Ukraine's Soviet-era artillery, allowing Ukrainian forces to hit Russian targets that were previously unreachable.

On Friday, Ukraine's defence minister said Kyiv had taken receipt of a first consignment of M270 multiple rocket launch systems, without specifying which country provided them.

Russia on Thursday criticised the United States and Britain for helping train Ukraine's armed forces, calling it part of NATO's "hybrid warfare" against Moscow. It said Washington was providing Ukraine with instructors to help use HIMARS.

Kyiv said this week that its forces carried out strikes on Russian military infrastructure in a city that lies deep in Russian-occupied territory in southern Ukraine.

Motuzianyk also said that only 30% of Russian strikes were hitting military targets, with the rest landing on civilian sites. That assertion could not be verified by Reuters. Russia denies deliberately targeting civilians in what it calls a "special military operation" in Ukraine.

https://news.yahoo.com/ukraine-strikes-significantly-reducing-russias-184305089.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on July 20, 2022, 11:26:53 PM
Ukraine Strike on Russian Air-Defense Unit Shows Impact of New Weapons From West
https://www.wsj.com/articles/ukraine-strike-on-russian-air-defense-unit-shows-impact-of-new-weapons-from-west-11657708988
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on July 21, 2022, 01:15:51 AM
Zelensky suspends top officials over staffers' 'collaboration' with Russia
https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/17/europe/zelensky-fires-top-officials-intl/index.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on July 24, 2022, 10:39:42 AM
Ukraine war: Zelensky widens purge of security services
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-62223264
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on July 24, 2022, 04:12:19 PM
As Russia's invasion of Ukraine hits five months, here are the issues you need to know
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2022/07/24/ukraine-russian-war-five-months/10119434002/?gnt-cfr=1
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on July 25, 2022, 03:20:27 PM
Russia tries to blame West for food shortages as Lavrov rallies support on Africa tour
https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/25/africa/lavrov-africa-tour-food-shortage-ukraine-russia-intl/index.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on July 26, 2022, 11:05:45 PM
Poland's Former Foreign Minister: "If Putin Conquers Ukraine, He'll Come For Us Next."

"If Putin conquers Ukraine, he'll come for us next. So, the Ukrainians are fighting our fight, the least we can do is to protect their women and children." Poland's Former Foreign Minister and Minister of Defense, Radek Sikorski, joined Morning Joe to discuss US-EU relations, the latest developments in the Russian war in Ukraine, and the European and international response.

Watch:

Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on July 27, 2022, 04:34:00 PM
US rocket system enables Ukraine to pummel key supply bridge
https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-moscow-6a927f75ac4fdb854999d65139b9bd80
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on July 28, 2022, 10:09:42 PM
Boris Johnson must not disappear after stepping down as PM, says Volodymyr Zelensky
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-62320062
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on July 31, 2022, 05:09:21 AM
Ukraine general: Russians unable to take Kharkiv

A Ukrainian army commander has said it would be impossible for Russia to take over Kharkiv, amid speculation the enemy may be planning to take the country's second largest city.

Watch:

Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 01, 2022, 06:57:12 PM
Russia 'Clearly in a Lot of Trouble' in Ukraine War: Security Expert
https://www.newsweek.com/russia-clearly-lot-trouble-ukraine-war-security-expert-1729449
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 02, 2022, 04:57:53 AM
The Prosecution of Russian War Crimes in Ukraine
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/08/08/the-prosecution-of-russian-war-crimes-in-ukraine
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 02, 2022, 03:10:42 PM
Zelensky: ‘Russia has no chance of winning this war
https://thehill.com/policy/international/3582437-zelensky-russia-has-no-chance-of-winning-this-war/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 03, 2022, 09:39:43 PM
August 2, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news
https://www.cnn.com/europe/live-news/russia-ukraine-war-news-08-02-22/index.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 05, 2022, 07:03:38 AM
Volodymyr Zelensky seeking ‘direct talks’ with China’s Xi Jinping to help end Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3187580/volodymyr-zelensky-seeking-direct-talks-chinas-xi-jinping-help
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 05, 2022, 10:42:42 PM
Huge relief as Ukrainian grain shipped out, but the food crisis isn't going anywhere
https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/05/europe/ukraine-grain-hunger-crisis-world-intl/index.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 06, 2022, 09:24:04 PM
Putin Ally Threatens to Kill German Journalist Reporting From Ukraine
https://www.newsweek.com/putin-ally-threatens-kill-german-journalist-reporting-ukraine-1731546
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 07, 2022, 05:40:00 PM
Absolute evil’: inside the Russian prison camp where dozens of Ukrainians burned to death
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/06/russian-prison-camp-ukrainians-deaths-donetsk
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 07, 2022, 09:36:04 PM
Watchdog raises alarms over shelling at Ukrainian nuclear plant
https://thehill.com/policy/international/3591851-watchdog-raises-alarms-over-shelling-at-ukrainian-nuclear-plant/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 08, 2022, 02:02:45 AM
Russian families grieve war deaths as Kremlin conceals the true toll
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/08/07/russia-ukraine-war-deaths-toll/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 08, 2022, 05:02:37 AM
Zelensky says Ukraine has seized more than $750 million in Russian assets

"I held a meeting today regarding the sanctions policy for the confiscation of Russian assets,” the President announced.

“As officials reported, assets worth 28 billion hryvnias have already been forcibly seized in Ukraine, and this work continues.”

Zelenskyy also noted proposals have been made for the seizure of an additional 900-plus assets that allegedly belong to Russia or Russian nationals.

Earlier, the Cabinet of Ministers approved a draft presidential decree on the confiscation of 903 assets belonging to the Russian state.

In May, Zelenskyy said that Ukraine is offering its partners an agreement on the payment of compensation to victims of Russian aggression from confiscated or frozen funds of the aggressor country. He emphasized that Kyiv is working to ensure that Russia compensates for everything destroyed in Ukraine.

https://news.yahoo.com/zelensky-says-ukraine-seized-more-143200085.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 08, 2022, 03:03:14 PM
UN chief calls latest Russian attack on nuclear plant ‘suicidal’; Zaporizhzhia set for vote on joining Russia
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/08/08/russia-ukraine-live-updates.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 08, 2022, 04:54:45 PM
Turkey Building Drone Factory in Ukraine to Fight Putin's Forces—Ambassador
https://www.newsweek.com/turkey-building-drone-factory-ukraine-figh-putin-forces-1731786
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 08, 2022, 11:35:56 PM
Fears of nuclear catastrophe grow after attacks on power plant in Ukraine

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for international inspectors to be given access to the Russian-controlled site, saying, “Any attack to a nuclear plant is a suicidal thing."

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/russia-ukraine-war-nuclear-disaster-fears-zaporizhzhia-plant-rcna41959
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 09, 2022, 04:50:45 AM
As Many as 80,000 Russian Troops Hurt or Killed in Ukraine, Pentagon Says
U.S. estimate comes as Biden administration plans to give Ukraine another $1 billion of weapons and military equipment
https://www.wsj.com/articles/as-many-as-80-000-russian-troops-hurt-or-killed-in-ukraine-pentagon-says-11659989514
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 09, 2022, 09:31:41 PM
Explosions rock Russian base in Crimea, killing 1 and wounding several; conflicting reports on source of blasts: Live Ukraine updates
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/08/09/ukraine-russia-invasion-live-updates/10273783002/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 10, 2022, 03:02:58 AM
Ukraine suggests partisans behind blasts at Russian airbase in Crimea
https://www.reuters.com/world/ukraine-suggests-partisans-behind-blasts-russian-airbase-crimea-2022-08-10/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 10, 2022, 03:34:16 PM
Russia Is Shopping Around the World for Military Weapons for its War in Ukraine

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-08-09/russia-is-shopping-around-the-world-for-military-weapons-for-its-war-in-ukraine
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 10, 2022, 06:32:24 PM
Zelenskyy vows to liberate Crimea; Ukraine fears Russian damage to major nuclear plwnt

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/08/10/russia-ukraine-live-updates.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 11, 2022, 05:16:03 AM
Zelenskyy: Russian occupiers sense its time to flee Kherson
https://news.yahoo.com/zelenskyy-russian-occupiers-sense-time-195601703.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 12, 2022, 05:33:10 AM
UN alarm as Ukraine nuclear power plant shelled again
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-62505815
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 12, 2022, 05:50:34 PM
Ukrainian nuclear plant facing 'grave hour,' UN watchdog says
https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/12/europe/ukraine-zaporizhzhia-nuclear-plant-un-warning-intl-hnk/index.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 13, 2022, 07:07:28 AM
'It’s madness’: Ukraine holds breath as Putin turns nuclear plant into frontline

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On one side of the Dnieper River is the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, visible in the haze. Six nuclear reactors and a cooling tower loom over a Soviet-built reservoir. On the opposite bank is Nikopol, a city in southern Ukraine known for its Cossack past and modern tube and metallurgical factories.

The distance between them is seven kilometres. Or, measured in rocket terms, about 15 seconds: the time it takes for a Grad missile fired by Russian soldiers ensconced in the atomic station to slam into Nikopol’s chestnut tree-lined boulevards. It is a small and terrifying interval between life and death.

The sprawling nuclear plant is Europe’s largest. In March, Russian forces seized it, as part of Vladimir Putin’s blitzkrieg operation to capture the whole of Ukraine. They rolled into the nearby city of Enerhodar and took the station’s local staff hostage. The plant is now on the frontline between Russian-occupied and Ukrainian-controlled territory.

In the first phase of the war Nikopol was peaceful, a place of safety for refugees from the eastern Donbas and other troubled regions. And then, on 12 July, Moscow began lobbing incendiary devices across the river. The Russians are using the nuclear station as cover. They have mined the complex. Multiple rocket launchers and tanks nestle among the reactors.

Even by Putin’s amoral standards, it is an astonishing act of recklessness. In his latest address on Friday, Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, accused Russia of “unconcealed nuclear blackmail”. A “terrorist state”, it was threatening the “whole world” with armageddon. He urged the UN and international community to do something.

On Friday, Russia’s permanent representation in the UN, Vasyl Nebenzia, said the country did not support a call by the UN secretary general, António Guterres, to create a demilitarised zone around the nuclear plant.

The situation is perilous. According to Ukraine’s state energy company, Energoatom, Russia has fired on the plant several times. Shells landed close to the fire station and director’s office, not far from a radioactive sources storage unit. Power cables and a wastewater pumping station were damaged. One worker was hospitalised, a shift rotation cancelled.

Moscow blames Ukrainian artillery and claims it is acting responsibly. Zelenskiy suggests the Russians are shelling the plant as a deliberate provocation, designed to discredit Kyiv and to alienate it from its international partners. The Guardian did not see any evidence in Nikopol of Ukrainian military activity. There were a few thumps in the distance. It was unclear which side was firing.

The Kremlin is trying to do something unprecedented: to steal another state’s nuclear reactor. Engineers are working to connect the facility to the electricity grid in occupied Crimea and cut it off from Ukrainian homes. One reactor has already been knocked out. It is a ghoulish game of radioactive Russian roulette, in a country that has known the 1986 Chornobyl atomic disaster.

Before the invasion Nikopol was home to 106,000 people. About half have fled. On Thursday more were packing up to leave after a devastating and vandalistic night-time barrage. Russia unleashed 120 Grad missiles on the district, killing three people in Nikopol and another 13 in the neighbouring town of Marhanets, and wounding dozens, including a 13-year-old girl. All were civilians.

At number 22 Viktor Usov Street, rescue workers were sifting through the debris. A corner had been gouged out of the five-storey residential building, as if clawed by some monstrous hand. Police had sealed the area off with tape. The remains of a rocket lay serenely on a grassy verge, broken in two: a motor and a tail section complete with fins.

“It was midnight. The rocket fell on the apartment next to me. We managed to pull the mum and son out alive. But the elderly father, Anatoliy, was already dead. He was under 2 metres of concrete,” resident Vitaliy Chornozub told the Guardian. He added: “The Russians are f*****g pederasts. They bring pain, dirt and tears. I can’t understand why they did this.”

Another neighbour, holding a cup of coffee after a sleepless night, offered an explanation. “It’s jealousy,” Yana Sokolova said. “They can’t accept the fact we live better than they do. We are free. Russians are slaves. They want to make us slaves as well.” She added: “Putin is a terrorist. We will never surrender. His attempt to bully us won’t work.”

Sokolova said she would stay put, despite the early morning attacks, which have led some residents to drive out before evening curfew and spend the night in tents, set up among sunflower fields. The Grad knocked out the internet connection in Sokolova’s apartment but did not damage her ground-floor shop, she said. “We are tired. But our boys are standing firm,” she added.

It is unclear why Russia began offensive operations from inside the nuclear station and the adjacent settlement of Vodiane. One explanation is Moscow’s grandiose war is beginning to falter. Six months on, Russian troops have seized much of the east of the country, including the entirety of the Luhansk region, and a chunk of Donetsk. They are grinding forward, slowly and brutally.

In the south, however, Russia suddenly looks vulnerable. Since July the Ukrainian army has used US-made precision-guided Himars weapons to destroy four key bridges over the Dnieper River. And on Tuesday Kyiv struck deep behind enemy lines, wiping out Saky aerodrome on the west of Crimea, destroying at least eight war planes, and prompting thousands to flee back to the Russian mainland.

A Ukrainian counter-offensive looks possible, though not inevitable. Until it happens, Russia can use Enerhodar as a full-scale military base, as it did with Chornobyl during the first six weeks of the conflict. Russia’s nuclear agency Rosatom says it is now in charge of the plant. The International Atomic Energy Agency has demanded access, and called on the Russians to demilitarise it.

“It’s complete madness from Russia. They know the Ukrainian army can’t fire back,” said Olexsandr Vilkul, the head of the military administration in Kryvyi Rih, 40 miles north of Nikopol. Vilkul, a former deputy prime minister responsible for emergency situations, said Russia had become a “totalitarian sect”, run by a mad dictator obsessed with his place in history.

“It’s a strange cult. There is Lenin and victory in the second world war and a religious faith in the nuclear arsenal. Their god is the nuclear button,” he said. He added: “Putin doesn’t really care about Russia. He wants to take his place alongside Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great and Stalin”. How would the war end? “Like Hitler, Putin will destroy his own country,” he predicted.

Further up Ustov Street, another Grad had punched a Lego-like hole into a third-floor flat. Its owner, Alexsandr Suvorov, said he had been at work on his computer at midnight when he heard the sound of an outgoing missile. “I knew they arrive from Enerhodar so I immediately moved into the next room. Suddenly, the door blew past me,” he recalled.

Showing photos of the wreckage on his mobile phone, Suvorov said he had been extremely lucky. The Guardian met him in the local administration building as he filed a police report. It was unclear when compensation might be paid, or where he might live now. “I would like to leave. It’s very dangerous. First I need to get plywood to cover up the hole,” he said.

Other residents were not as fortunate. A rocket landed on a block where most of the tenants were elderly people, killing a woman. A crane was parked up outside; municipal workers trying to make the building safe threw masonry down from a ruined upper storey. Three schools and more than 40 private buildings were damaged, as well as cars and shops.

“This is the reality we live in. We don’t know if we will wake up the next day,” said Anna Sidilova, the property’s manager. “Peaceful people live here. They didn’t have any weapons. They just want to live in their own homes.” What did she think of Putin? “He should be punished the same way, according to world law. He should be deprived of everything he has.”

Just across the road a Grad had landed on Nikopol’s Soviet war memorial. There was a deep crater in the alley of glory, not far from a needle-shaped monument and a wall inscribed with the names of soldiers who fell during the second world war. The strike spoke to the ideological vacancy of Putin’s Ukraine invasion, ostensibly carried out to protect Russian speakers and to return a wayward province to its historic Russian and Soviet roots.

Nobody knows when, or indeed how, Europe’s bloodiest conflict for 80 years will end. For now, Ukrainians are reacting with defiance, bravery and even humour to the carnage and horror around them. At a checkpoint between Nikopol and Dnipro, someone this week erected a tombstone by the side of the road. It had Putin’s face on it and a date, 1952-2022. Fresh earth had been shovelled to make a faux grave.

The slab said in Ukrainian: “Vladimir Putin. Go f**k yourself. Never forgive and never forget.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/13/its-madness-ukraine-holds-breath-as-putin-turns-nuclear-plant-into-frontline
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Post by: Rick Plant on August 13, 2022, 04:59:14 PM
Fighting Intensifies Around Ukraine Nuclear Plant
https://www.voanews.com/a/6700298.html
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Post by: Rick Plant on August 15, 2022, 04:06:07 PM
Russia urged to withdraw forces from Ukrainian nuclear power plant
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/08/15/live-updates-latest-news-on-russia-and-the-war-in-ukraine.html
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Post by: Rick Plant on August 15, 2022, 11:22:32 PM
Ukraine claims it has struck base used by Wagner Group paramilitaries
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/15/ukraine-claims-it-has-struck-base-used-by-wagner-group-paramilitaries
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Post by: Rick Plant on August 16, 2022, 05:39:39 AM
Russia's Repeat Failures

Moscow’s New Strategy in Ukraine Is Just as Bad as the Old One

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When Russia invaded Ukraine in February, the Kremlin inadvertently put its military forces in an unsustainable position, ordering them to take on more operations than they could bear. It had nearly all its soldiers surge simultaneously and rapidly into Ukraine to fight along multiple fronts. It did so without taking necessary protective measures, such as clearing routes of explosives. It had its forces advance at an unsustainable pace. As a result, Russian troops were vulnerable to ambushes, counterattacks, and severe logistical problems that cost the military enormous numbers of soldiers and equipment. 

That initial error was caused by the Kremlin’s prewar delusions. Moscow was overconfident in its intelligence, in the ability of its agents to influence events and politics inside Ukraine, and in its own armed forces. It underestimated Ukraine’s capabilities and will to fight. And it failed to account for a massive expansion of Western support to Kyiv.

But although Russia has had six months to learn from these mistakes, it appears poised to once again commit its depleted forces to an untenable mission: annexing and holding Ukraine’s Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk, and Zaporizhzhia Provinces, or oblasts. Holding this territory will require substantial amounts of manpower and armored equipment—particularly given that the regions have contested frontlines and that Russian forces in each experience organized partisan attacks. And Moscow has lost its most advanced equipment, for which it does not have equivalent replacements. The Russian armed forces have also suffered tens of thousands of casualties, including well-trained personnel, and its current strategy for replenishment—recruiting new soldiers from a motley mix of communities and armed groups—will not create a combat effective force. There remains, in short, a mismatch between the Kremlin’s goals for Ukraine and the forces it has to deliver them. 

The Kremlin may continue with its plans anyway, concluding that by annexing these four regions, it can force a rapid end to this phase of the war, stymie Western support for Ukraine, and buy itself time to repair and regenerate its military. If Moscow cannot marshal enough resources to support this goal, however, an exhausted Russian military will struggle to hold a contested frontline of about 620 miles. Even if the Kremlin pulls all levers available, declaring a general mobilization to call up sufficient armored equipment and trained personnel, that process would still take time. Russian forces, then, are likely to face very significant resource constraints in the next year or two. This may provide Ukrainian forces with an opportunity to push back against Russia’s efforts to hold all four oblasts.

RUNNING ON EMPTY

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began with high-profile losses. As Russian troops advanced toward Kyiv and Kharkiv, they were vulnerable to intense fires and ambush tactics from a committed and increasingly well-supplied Ukrainian military. After the Russian offensive stalled and suffered heavy casualties, Moscow abandoned its plan to capture these cities. Instead, it concentrated its attacks on the Donbas—made up of Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts—and southern Ukraine, both places where the Russian military has had more success. Today, Russian forces have conquered the entirety of Luhansk, the vast majority of Kherson, and over half of Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia.

Seizing Kyiv was critical to one of Moscow’s key objectives at the outset of the war: fast regime change. When that failed, Russia downsized its plans, and now, the Kremlin’s revised intermediate goal has come into sharper focus. Through a series of policy announcements, leadership statements, and targeted military operations over the last three months, it appears that Russia seeks to illegally annex the provinces it has entirely or mostly occupied, potentially as early as this fall.

Russia has laid the administrative groundwork for such a move. It has installed Russian citizens or officials to administer occupied Ukrainian territories, appointed instructors to teach a distorted pro-Russian curriculum in schools, changed Ukrainian Internet service providers and telephone area codes to Russian ones, and confiscated Ukrainian passports to force Ukrainian citizens to acquire Russian documents. The recently installed puppet governments of occupied regions have announced so-called election commissions that could hold sham referendums on joining Russia. Moscow has created temporary security services offices in Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, nominally to help administer these southern regions but probably to break up partisan networks that could interfere with the annexation process. 

For the Kremlin, annexation would be a means to a bigger end. Should Moscow declare these territories part of Russia, it could then proclaim a cease-fire and paint continuing Ukrainian counteroffensives as attacks on what it defines as Russia. Kremlin officials might also declare that their country’s nuclear guarantees apply to all of what they consider to be the Russian Federation, as Russian President Vladimir Putin did after annexing Crimea in 2014. Such a plan assumes that the threats would deter the United States and Europe from supporting Ukraine, prompting them to curtail or even cut off arms flows to Kyiv over fears of escalation. Over time, the Kremlin hopes, Western interest in and support for Ukraine will fade, allowing Russia to set the terms of the conflict’s settlement.

Ukraine is highly unlikely to accept any annexation or cease-fire. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has declared that “freezing the conflict with the Russian Federation means a pause that gives the Russian Federation a break for rest.” Kyiv will almost certainly also continue to ask for Western assistance. Ukrainian and Russian goals through the end of 2022 are therefore on a collision course: one side is working to prevent the conflict from ossifying along a frozen line of contact while the other works to attain precisely that outcome. 

MUDDLING THROUGH

The Ukrainian and Russian militaries are entering a critical period in the weeks and months ahead, although for different reasons. In some areas, Ukrainian forces are outgunned, outranged, and in critical need of ammunition and certain weapons—thanks in part to Russia’s efforts to disable Ukraine’s defense industry. But in the near term, Ukraine may have a more sustainable position. The country has sufficient personnel, Western support, and a strong will to fight. Russia, meanwhile, has experienced troop and material losses that will be difficult to overcome. According to Western estimates, Russia has suffered between 45,000 and 75,000 wounded and killed personnel, from junior enlisted soldiers to generals. It has lost more than 5,000 pieces of equipment. Russia’s military has learned and adapted at the operational and tactical levels from its early defeats, shifting to new tactics that favor its superior firepower. But such battlefield adjustments are not enough to overcome the early and severe losses.

These deficits will make it hard for Russia to successfully hold the regions it may try to annex. At a minimum, if the Kremlin annexes them this fall, it will be doing so at a time of great vulnerability. To succeed, Moscow will have to replenish personnel and equipment at scale—tasks that will prove extremely difficult.

Consider, for instance, Russia’s shortage of soldiers. So far, Russia is taking an ad hoc approach to replenishing personnel, drawing from at least nine populations: active-duty troops stationed outside Ukraine, reservists, mercenary groups, Kadyrovtsy (fighters loyal to Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov), military prison battalions, foreign fighters, the National Guard, direct volunteers, and far-right neo-Nazi groups such as Rusich. This system is far from ideal. The Russian military and mercenary groups may be touting decent combat pay—over $3,000 a month—but they are offering short-term contracts, dropping recruitment standards, and providing only a few weeks of basic training.

Russia could drum up more soldiers by reaching into the border troops or further into the National Guard. But the country’s ability to generate personnel will also probably reach its zenith in the coming months unless it declares a general mobilization and drafts men from across the country. Even in a best-case scenario, however, mobilization would take at least several months to a year to confer an operational benefit. Russia’s mobilization base, made of equipment in long-term storage and reservists with military experience, has been largely dormant for over a decade. Expanding the system nationwide, including by calling up military-age males with no experience, would strain it significantly; thousands of officers and noncommissioned officers needed to command mobilized units are currently fighting or have already been killed in Ukraine.

Russia’s equipment problem is just as difficult to solve. According to U.S. officials, the Russian military has committed 80 percent of its active-duty army, airborne, and marine units and their equipment to Ukraine, and it has already withdrawn additional equipment from long-term storage. Although Russia has thousands more armored vehicles and missiles in storage, they are less capable and more unreliable: gear in long-term storage, for example, is mostly old and in various degrees of serviceability, often kept for years in open fields. Russia’s defense industry still has manufacturing capacity, but with its already bottlenecked and inefficient production lines under heavy Western sanctions, Russia will struggle to mass-produce new equipment on short notice. The Kremlin has taken initial steps to shore up this sector so it can better regenerate lost gear and expand its supply of missiles, but it will take many months to several years before these measures begin to show results.

THE BATTLE AHEAD

Moscow’s troubles, however, don’t guarantee Ukraine’s success. Kyiv has also lost many troops and weapons. In the near term, Ukraine, like Russia, will probably struggle to carry out new large-scale offensives or counteroffensives. Both states could be focused on ad hoc efforts to stave off exhaustion. Ukraine will need to fight hard to deny Russia a meaningful hold on the areas it plans to annex or to contest annexation if it occurs. Kyiv will also need continued Western support to implement its qualitative advantages on the battlefield. It will need to use the momentum of its counterattacks to prevent Moscow from integrating occupied oblasts into Russia.

Kyiv has said its counteroffensive in Kherson is a priority, and it is striking Russian bases at greater distances—possibly including a naval aviation base in Crimea. Russian forces in Kherson were the most vulnerable at the start of the summer, but in recent weeks, Russia has redeployed assets there from the Donbas. Ukraine can complicate Russia’s ability to fortify and annex this vital territory by using a method that worked in the opening phases of the war: inflicting battlefield losses so stark that Russia’s military leadership becomes convinced their forces cannot hold the oblast and that their positions are, or will imminently become, unsustainable. To do that, the Ukrainian military must maintain a contested frontline, attack Russian command-and-control systems, and steadily thin out Russian forces to the point that they are combat ineffective in a particular area.

Russian military planners closely study whether their forces are combat effective, including by looking at attrition rates (also known as “critical loss” in Russian military science). For Russian ground forces, military planners projected before the war that a unit becomes ineffective when it loses 50 to 60 percent of its original strength. They estimate that a regional command-and-control network is permanently broken when 40 percent of its equipment is destroyed. They believe that an air force squadron can no longer operate when it loses 70 percent of its aircraft. If Ukraine can create a highly contested frontline—just as it did outside Kyiv and Kharkiv—with attacks on command-and-control points, high rates of equipment losses, and large Russian casualties, it may again convince Moscow to withdraw.

But for such a Ukrainian strategy to have the best chance of success, it must be in progress before Russia attempts to annex the territory it holds; that way, Ukrainian attacks can deny Russia a foothold in an area like Kherson. And even if Russia does annex Ukrainian territory and tries to force an operational pause, Kyiv and its Western supporters don’t have to comply. Russia’s overall ambitions for Ukraine, after all, remain intact. Moscow wants to annex large parts of Ukraine, it wants to demilitarize the country so that the government cannot fight against its actions, and it wants a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv. The sad reality is that annexing four regions is unlikely to be the end of Russia’s mission in Ukraine, but just one phase in Putin’s much longer project. Both Ukraine and its backers must be prepared for a protracted war.

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/ukraine/russia-repeat-failures
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Post by: Rick Plant on August 16, 2022, 04:05:53 PM
Explosions hit Russian ammo depot in Crimea; Ukraine warns of danger of radiation incident at nuclear plant
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/08/16/russia-ukraine-live-updates.html
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Post by: Rick Plant on August 16, 2022, 04:30:34 PM
Ukrainian Air Force officials say that the whole of Ukraine is happy that the Russian army doesnt observe fire safety rules
https://news.yahoo.com/ukrainian-air-force-officials-whole-101733981.html
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Post by: Rick Plant on August 16, 2022, 07:27:22 PM
UN secretary-general is traveling to Ukraine this week to meet with Ukrainian and Turkish leaders
https://www.cnn.com/europe/live-news/russia-ukraine-war-news-08-16-22/index.html
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Post by: Rick Plant on August 16, 2022, 09:09:24 PM
Will Putin face justice for the Ukraine war?

As prosecutors gather evidence of alleged Russian war crimes in Ukraine, some prominent figures have joined Ukraine's government in calling for a new Nuremberg-style tribunal to hold Russia's leaders to account for one crime they say is falling through the cracks: the crime of aggression. CBS News' Haley Ott has the story.

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Post by: Rick Plant on August 17, 2022, 03:50:07 AM
Explosions rock Crimea in suspected Ukrainian attack

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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Explosions and fires ripped through an ammunition depot in Russian-occupied Crimea on Tuesday in the second suspected Ukrainian attack on the peninsula in just over a week, forcing the evacuation of more than 3,000 people.

Russia blamed the blasts in the village of Mayskoye on an “act of sabotage,” without naming the perpetrators.

Separately, the Russian business newspaper Kommersant quoted residents as saying plumes of black smoke also rose over an air base in Crimea’s Gvardeyskoye.

Ukraine stopped short of publicly claiming responsibility for any of the blasts, including those that destroyed nine Russian planes at another Crimean air base last week. Russia seized the Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and has used it to launch attacks against Ukraine in the war that began nearly six months ago.

If Ukrainian forces were behind the explosions, that would represent a significant escalation in the war. Such attacks could also indicate that Ukrainian operatives are able to penetrate deeply into Russian-occupied territory.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy alluded to Ukrainian attacks behind enemy lines when he included individuals “who oppose the occupiers in their rear” in a list of people he thanked for supporting the country’s war effort.

In a video address Tuesday night, he also warned people not go near Russian military installations and storage sites for ammunition and equipment.

In another reported act of sabotage, Russia’s Tass news service quoted the FSB security agency as saying Ukrainian operatives blew up six high-voltage transmission towers earlier this month in Russia’s Kursk region, close to Ukraine.

The Kremlin has demanded that Kyiv recognize Crimea as part of Russia as a condition for ending the fighting, while Ukraine has vowed to drive Moscow’s forces from the peninsula on the Black Sea.

Videos posted on social media showed thick columns of smoke rising over raging flames in Mayskoye, and a series of explosions could be heard. The Russian Defense Ministry said a power plant, electrical lines, railroad tracks and apartment buildings were damaged.

“We came out to take a look and saw clouds of smoke coming from the cowshed where the military warehouses are,” said resident Maksim Moldovskiy. “We stayed there until about 7-8 a.m. Everything was exploding — flashes, fragments, debris falling on us. Then the emergency guys came and said they were evacuating everybody.”

Crimea’s regional leader, Sergei Aksyonov, said two people were injured and more than 3,000 evacuated from two villages.

“The detonations are rather strong. Ammunition is strewn all over the ground,” he said, adding that several homes burned down.

In what may have been retaliation for the attacks in Crimea, Russian warplanes fired missiles at a military airfield in Zhytomyr, 87 miles (140 kilometers) west of Kyiv, damaging a runway and vehicles, Ukrainian officials reported.

Crimea is a popular summer destination for Russian tourists, and last week’s explosions at Crimea’s Saki air base sent sunbathers on beaches fleeing as flames and pillars of smoke rose over the horizon.

Ukrainian officials warned Tuesday that Crimea would not be spared the ravages of war.

Rather than a travel destination, “Crimea occupied by Russians is about warehouse explosions and a high risk of death for invaders and thieves,” Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said on Twitter.

Russia blamed last week’s explosions on an accidental detonation of munitions, but satellite photos and other evidence — including the dispersed blast sites — pointed to a Ukrainian attack, perhaps with anti-ship missiles, military analysts said.

Britain’s Defense Ministry said in an intelligence update that vessels in Russia’s Black Sea Fleet are in an “extremely defensive posture” in the waters off Crimea, with ships barely venturing out of sight of the coastline. Russia’s flagship Moskva went down in the Black Sea in April, and last month Ukrainian forces retook strategic Snake Island.

The Russian fleet’s “limited effectiveness undermines Russia’s overall invasion strategy,” the British said. “This means Ukraine can divert resources to press Russian ground forces elsewhere.”

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu charged that in addition to supplying arms to Ukraine, Western allies have provided detailed intelligence and instructors to help Ukraine operate weapons that can hit deep in occupied territory.

"Western intelligence agencies not only have provided target coordinates for launching strikes, but Western specialists also have overseen the input of those data into weapons systems,” Shoigu said.

In other developments:

— A U.N.-chartered ship loaded with Ukrainian grain set out for the hunger-stricken Horn of Africa in the first such relief delivery of the war. The shipment was made possible by an internationally brokered deal to free up grain trapped in Ukrainian ports by the fighting and establish safe corridors through the mined water of the Black Sea.

— U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres plans to travel to Ukraine for a meeting Thursday in the western city of Lviv with Zelenskyy and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. They are expected to discuss the grain shipments and a possible fact-finding mission to the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of shelling. Guterres will also visit Odesa on Friday. During Guterres’ last trip to Ukraine, in April, Russia forces launched an airstrike on Kyiv while he was visiting the capital.

— Samantha Power, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, said the United States is giving more than $68 million in additional funding to the U.N. World Food Program “to purchase, move, and store up to 150,000 metric tons of Ukrainian wheat to help respond to the global food crisis.”

— Russian shelling killed at least two civilians in the industrial Donbas region in the east and in the city of Kharkiv in the northeast, Ukrainian authorities said.

https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-kyiv-crimea-95e3c4bae138c431dce24a538daa9370
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Post by: Rick Plant on August 17, 2022, 11:20:11 PM
Russian military sites in Crimea keep exploding, hinting at growing Ukrainian ambitions and abilities

A series of blasts hit a Russian military depot in the annexed peninsula Tuesday, suggesting a growing Ukrainian ability to strike deep behind enemy lines.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/crimea-sabotage-russia-military-base-ukraine-offensive-rcna43456
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Post by: Rick Plant on August 18, 2022, 05:40:04 AM
Security situation in Crimea deteriorates for Moscow; pro-Russian breakaway region cozies up to North Korea

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned people in Crimea and other heavily occupied areas of Ukraine not to go near Russian military installations as Ukraine appears to step up up its counteroffensive against Russian forces.

“Every day and every night we see new reports of explosions on territory that is temporarily taken by the occupiers. And I am asking now all our people in Crimea, in other regions in the south of Ukraine, in occupied areas of Donbas and Kharkiv region to be very careful,” Zelenskyy said on the Telegram messaging app during an evening address.

The warning comes amid an increasing number of reports of attacks and explosions on Russian military facilities. Yesterday, a Russian base was attacked in northern Crimea, an incident that Russia said was an act of “sabotage.”

Ukraine has not openly said it was behind a spate of recent attacks but they are seen as part of the country’s growing counteroffensive against Russian forces occupying their territory, particularly in the southern Ukraine in Crimea and nearby Kherson.

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/08/17/live-updates-latest-news-on-russia-and-the-war-in-ukraine.html
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Post by: Rick Plant on August 18, 2022, 09:35:52 PM
Fearing 'Another Chernobyl,' Turkey Throws Support Behind Ukraine
https://www.newsweek.com/turkey-supports-ukraine-fearing-another-chernobyl-1734999
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Post by: Rick Plant on August 19, 2022, 04:31:54 AM
Russia issues stark warning over the nuclear power plant it’s occupying; Kyiv urges inspection of damaged facility

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Wednesday night that Ukrainian diplomats and nuclear scientists are in “constant touch” with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and working to get a team of inspectors into the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

The plant has been occupied by Russian troops since the start of the war in Ukraine but there have been increasing fears that a nuclear catastrophe could take place as shelling has intensified around the plant, which Ukraine says has been used by Russia to store ammunition and military equipment. Russia has accused Ukraine of shelling the plant.

There are heightened fears that a catastrophe could occur at the plant, which is Europe’s largest of its kind. Yesterday, Ukraine’s Emergency Ministry conducted a nuclear catastrophe exercise in Zaporizhzhia in case of an accident.

In other news, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is in Lviv in Ukraine on Thursday to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Zelenskyy.

The three are expected to discuss the ongoing Black Sea Initiative to export grains from Ukraine. Guterres will also meet with Zelenskyy to discuss the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/08/18/russia-ukraine-live-updates.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 19, 2022, 09:21:22 PM
Ukraine appears to prepare counteroffensive against Russia
https://www.dw.com/en/ukraine-appears-to-prepare-counteroffensive-against-russia/a-62870896
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 21, 2022, 05:31:37 AM
Zelenskyy warns of ‘particularly cruel’ Russian attack as Ukraine prepares for Independence Day
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/08/21/zelenskyy-warns-of-cruel-russia-attack-ahead-of-ukraine-independence-day.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 21, 2022, 06:59:05 AM
Zelensky warns of 'ugly' Russian attack before Independence Day
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/russian-missile-wounds-nine-ukrainian-town-not-far-nuclear-plant-2022-08-20/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 21, 2022, 09:57:28 PM
Kyiv will shudder': Russians outraged after deadly Moscow car bombing kills daughter of Putin ally. Live updates.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/ukraine/2022/08/21/ukraine-russia-invasion-live-updates/7857447001/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 22, 2022, 12:50:33 AM
Ukraine braces for intensified attacks after Moscow car bomb killing
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/21/ukraine-braces-for-intensified-attacks-after-moscow-car-bomb-killing
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 22, 2022, 02:40:03 PM
Russians blame Ukrainian woman for car bomb near Moscow that killed Putin ally: Live updates
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/08/22/ukraine-russia-invasion-live-updates/7861821001/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 22, 2022, 07:33:23 PM
Ukrainian cities ban independence day events as Zelensky warns of 'particularly ugly' attacks
https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/22/europe/ukraine-independence-day-events-canceled-intl/index.html
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Post by: Rick Plant on August 22, 2022, 09:47:24 PM
A Kremlin-linked mercenary group is now openly recruiting for the war in Ukraine
https://www.npr.org/2022/08/22/1118843617/a-kremlin-linked-mercenary-group-is-now-openly-recruiting-for-the-war-in-ukraine
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 22, 2022, 10:59:25 PM
Nearly 9,000 Ukrainian troops killed so far, says Kyiv

Nearly 9,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since Russia invaded, the country's top military officer said Monday, as Moscow accused Kyiv over the assassination of the daughter of a leading hardliner.

The European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell meanwhile told reporters in Spain that the bloc was considering military training for Ukraine's forces.

General Valeriy Zaluzhny, Ukraine's commander-in-chief, said Ukraine's children needed particular attention "because their fathers have gone to the front and are maybe among the nearly 9,000 heroes who have been killed".

Zaluzhny's comments on the Ukrainian death toll, reported by Interfax-Ukraine news agency, was the first indication of Kyiv's military losses since April.

On Wednesday, Ukraine will mark its independence day -- and six months since Russian troops invaded

After Ukrainian resistance thwarted an early Russian push on the capital Kyiv, Moscow's forces have focussed on gaining ground in the east of the country.

The shockwaves of the war are being felt around the world with soaring energy prices and food shortages.

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Post by: Rick Plant on August 23, 2022, 07:11:38 AM
Ukraine’s New Army Of Volunteers, Armed With Shovels, Rebuild Bombed-Out Homes

The Ukrainian government says at least 140,000 homes have been destroyed during the war with Russia, yet young Ukrainians are volunteering to rebuild and clean up some bomb-stricken villages. NBC News' Josh Lederman reports on how the Repair Together organization is spreading optimism in the war-torn countryside and speeding up rebuilding efforts.

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Post by: Rick Plant on August 23, 2022, 03:40:22 PM
Russian soldier: 'our army has been destroyed' by Putin's lies

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In a CNN exclusive, aired on Monday, reporter Matthew Chance interviewed Pavel Filatyev, a former Russian soldier in hiding, who attracted international attention last week after risking his life to condemn the war against Ukraine and highlight the crimes being committed by the Russian Army.

Putin has broadly claimed to the Russian people that the invasion of Ukraine is simply a limited, strategic operation to provide security to so-called "independent Republicans" declared by Kremlin-backed separatists in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine. But Filatyev, having seen the war up close, understands better.

"It's awful to realize that Russia is destroying Ukraine and Ukraine hates Russia because of what we are doing," said Filatyev through an interpreter. "And that the whole world thinks Russians are animals and bad people." He went on to add, "We were dragged into this serious conflict where we're just destroying towns and not actually liberating anyone. All of that's a lie. We are simply destroying peaceful lives."

"And we've seen those lives destroyed," noted Chance for viewers. "Russian troops [are] killing thousands of Ukrainian civilians in a bloody rampage across the country. Human rights groups and others documenting alleged war crimes including rapes and killings. But that's something Filatyev denies witnessing at all, although he does describe how grinding battles, poor conditions and a severe lack of basic supplies turned Russian soldiers like him into savages."

"Many of us had no food, no water, nor even sleeping bags," said Filatyev. "Because it was very cold at night and we couldn't sleep, we would find some rubbish, some rags just to wrap ourselves in to keep warm. Some took laptops, computers and other technology. Perhaps because their salary does not provide for them to get those in an honest way. Many robbed abandoned stores with mobile phones and other things. I don't want to justify their actions. You about it is important to understand that their poor level of life pushes them to do such things during war."

Asked about whether Filatyev feels guilty for his own role in the war, he replied, "Look, the majority of Russian servicemen did not break the laws of combat. But morally, I feel guilty. Guilty for being used as an instrument in political games which will not even bring Russia any benefit. Our army has been destroyed. My government has destroyed almost every sphere with corruption, and everyone in Russia knows it."

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Post by: Rick Plant on August 23, 2022, 03:53:02 PM
State Department urges Americans to leave Ukraine; UN says world is at a moment of 'maximum danger'

The U.S. State Department issued a warning over the threat of increased Russian strikes on Ukraine during the week of its independence day on Aug. 24, urging remaining Americans in Ukraine to leave the country. Kyiv is bracing itself for fresh Russian attacks that its President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned may be “particularly nasty.”

The U.N. continued to sound the alarm over the situation at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest, demanding a demilitarization of the area and warning that the world is facing a moment of “maximum danger.”

Meanwhile, the volume of grain leaving Ukraine’s ports for export has increased to more than 700,000 metric tons.
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Post by: Rick Plant on August 24, 2022, 04:08:39 PM
Air raid sirens, missiles rock Ukraine Independence Day; US commits nearly $3B to war effort. Live updates
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/08/24/ukraine-russia-invasion-live-updates/7882528001/
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Post by: Rick Plant on August 24, 2022, 09:35:01 PM
At least 15 killed, 50 hurt in Russian attack on Ukraine station -Zelensky

(Reuters) -Russian rockets struck a passenger train in a station in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and wounding 50 more, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said.

In a video address to the United Nations Security Council, Zelenskiy said the rockets had hit the train in the small town of Chaplyne, some 145 km (90 miles) west of Donetsk. Four carriages were on fire, he said.

Ukraine marked its independence day on Wednesday and Zelenskiy had warned ahead of time that Russia might try to disrupt the celebrations.

"Four passenger wagons are now on fire. As of now, at least 15 people have been killed and around 50 people have been wounded," Zelenskiy said.

"Rescuers are working, but, unfortunately, the death toll could increase."

Russia has repeatedly denied its forces are aiming at civilian targets. In April, at least 57 people died when Russian missiles hit the train station in the town of Kramatorsk, Ukrainian official said.

"Rescuers are working, but, unfortunately, the death toll could increase."

Russia has repeatedly denied its forces are aiming at civilian targets. In April, at least 57 people died when Russian missiles hit the train station in the town of Kramatorsk, Ukrainian official said.

(Reporting by David LjunggrenEditing by Chris Reese and Sandra Maler)

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Post by: Rick Plant on August 25, 2022, 04:38:27 PM
22 reported killed in Independence Day attack in Ukraine
https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-zelenskyy-kyiv-moscow-3507728aeaf8ebfc68a1cdbd3aa8c30e
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 25, 2022, 09:17:27 PM
Zelenskiy: World must act faster to get Russia out of nuclear plant
https://news.yahoo.com/zelenskiy-world-must-act-faster-192434265.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 26, 2022, 05:33:02 AM
US is sending Ukraine VAMPIRE rocket launchers that can turn a regular pickup truck into a drone killer
https://www.businessinsider.com/us-sending-ukraine-vampire-system-to-fight-russian-drones-2022-8
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Post by: Rick Plant on August 26, 2022, 04:30:28 PM
Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant partially reconnected to Ukraine grid

Volodymyr Zelenskiy had warned of risks of ‘radiation disaster’ as supply disrupted by fighting at power plant

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/aug/26/zaporizhzhia-nuclear-plant-still-disconnected-from-ukraine-grid
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Post by: Rick Plant on August 27, 2022, 12:31:45 AM
Ukraine can launch counteroffensive with new US support, says key Zelensky aide
https://thehill.com/policy/international/3615558-ukraine-can-launch-counteroffensive-with-new-us-support-says-key-zelensky-aide/
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Post by: Rick Plant on August 27, 2022, 12:43:12 AM
Fears of a radiation leak mount near Ukrainian nuclear plant
https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-fires-united-nations-53aa80cf7b0741ac4d8ea635f23ca509
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 30, 2022, 02:33:13 PM
Ukraine tricks Russia into wasting bombs to destroy decoy ‘artillery’
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/08/30/ukraine-russia-himars-decoy-artillery/
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Post by: Rick Plant on August 30, 2022, 02:42:53 PM
Ukraine says long-anticipated southern offensive has begun
https://www.reuters.com/world/ukraine-says-long-anticipated-southern-offensive-has-begun-2022-08-29/
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Post by: Rick Plant on August 30, 2022, 04:03:31 PM
What are ScanEagle drones? A look at the latest weapon in U.S. aid to Ukraine
https://news.yahoo.com/what-are-scan-eagle-drones-a-look-at-the-latest-weapon-in-us-aid-to-ukraine-140853512.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on August 30, 2022, 11:33:38 PM
Ukrainian forces begin 'shaping' battlefield for counteroffensive, senior US officials say
https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/29/politics/ukraine-shaping-counteroffensive/index.html
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Post by: Rick Plant on August 31, 2022, 05:19:35 PM
UN mission says Ukraine nuclear plant inspection to last 'a few days'
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/ukraine-makes-push-along-entire-front-zelenskiy-says-russia-halts-gas-2022-08-31/
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Post by: Rick Plant on September 01, 2022, 03:14:57 PM
How Russian Corruption Is Foiling Putin’s Army in Ukraine
https://www.usnews.com/news/world-report/articles/2022-08-31/how-russian-corruption-is-foiling-putins-army-in-ukraine
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on September 01, 2022, 03:32:57 PM
Ukraine Strike on Russian Headquarters Kills 200 Paratroopers: Official
https://www.newsweek.com/ukraine-strike-russian-headquarters-kills-200-paratroopers-official-1737514
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Post by: Rick Plant on September 02, 2022, 02:01:03 AM
UN inspectors finally reach Ukraine nuclear plant after shelling and emergency shutdown of reactor
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/09/01/russia-tries-to-restore-supply-lines-in-southern-ukraine-north-korea-could-send-workers-to-rebuild-the-donbas.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on September 02, 2022, 02:43:36 AM
Ukraine says it has launched a long-awaited offensive to retake the Russian-held south
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/ukraine-counteroffensive-russian-held-south-kherson-rcna45265
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Post by: Rick Plant on September 02, 2022, 04:55:53 PM
Ukraine, Russia trade blame over nuclear plant as UN experts investigate
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/un-inspectors-assess-damage-ukraine-nuclear-plant-high-stakes-visit-2022-09-01/
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Post by: Rick Plant on September 02, 2022, 08:29:39 PM
Zelensky: Russia wants world to forget about war

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday implored an audience at the Venice Film Festival to resist indifference to his country’s conflict with Russia as the months-long war rages on.

Appearing on the festival’s Sala Grande screen, Zelensky told the global film industry audience that Russia is staging “a primitive plot in three acts for the world to make three dramatic mistakes. To get used to the war. To put up with the war. To forget about the war.”

More than half a year since Russia first invaded, the war in Ukraine is “a drama based on real-life events” that is “embodied in life by real savages, murderers, torturers, terrorists,” Zelensky said.

“A tragedy accompanied not by Morricone’s brilliant music, but by gruesome ditties and sounds of explosions, gunshots and air raid sirens. Horror, not 120 minutes but 189 days long.”

The Ukrainian president’s speech introduced a credits-like scroll of the names of 358 Ukrainian children under the heading “Russia killed.”

“I want every country, every nation, every institution and community in the world to have a clear idea of what Ukraine is going through now. To hear about this war in the most understandable language. For you, this is the language of cinematography,” Zelensky said, noting that most viewers would “stand up and leave” during closing credits.

“Whenever someone talks about being tired of Ukraine, these titles should be mentioned. To get tired of Ukraine means to brush off these names. To forget these names.”

The video reported 735 children wounded in the conflict, 223 children missing and another 7,013 children abducted or forcibly taken out of the country.

Zelensky’s speech came the night before a mission of experts from the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency arrived Thursday at Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya plant, where the conflict with Russia has stoked concerns about potential nuclear accident. 

Russia has controlled the area where the nuclear power plant, still operated by Ukrainians, is located since early in the war, and the two countries have swapped blame for recent nearby strikes that Ukraine says have damaged buildings at the plant.

Zelensky has called the shelling “Russian nuclear terror” and warned of a possible “radiation disaster.”

Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) met with Zelensky in Ukraine on Tuesday, a week after President Biden announced a nearly $3 billion security assistance package to support Ukraine as the conflict drags on.

https://thehill.com/policy/international/3624258-zelensky-russia-wants-world-to-forget-about-war/
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Post by: Rick Plant on September 03, 2022, 06:24:21 AM
Zelensky Vows to Take Back Crimea Amid Kherson Offensive: 'This Is Ours'

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed to take back Crimea hours after a counteroffensive on the Russian-occupied Kherson region was launched.

The Ukrainian military said on Monday that it had begun attacking Russian positions in the country's south, including in the occupied city of Kherson. The region's location directly to the north of Crimea—which Russian forces annexed in 2014—could be a crucial step in Ukraine's efforts to launch an offensive in Crimea.

Zelensky said during a televised address Monday night that Ukraine's military had "kept the goal" of recapturing Crimea throughout the eight years since Russia took the territory. He added that the military's current actions would end in defeat for Russia and in the restoration of Ukraine's pre-2014 borders.

"This war, which began with Russia's occupation of our Crimea, with an attempt to seize Donbas, must end precisely there—in the liberated Crimea, in the liberated cities of Donbas, with our troops reaching the state border of Ukraine," said Zelensky. "We have always kept this goal in mind. We do not forget about it."

"This will happen," he continued. "This is ours. And just as our society understands it, I want the occupiers to understand it, too. There will be no place for them on Ukrainian land... The occupiers should know: we will oust them to the border. To our border, the line of which has not changed. The invaders know it well."

Zelensky said that he would not be divulging any "specifics" about the plan to retake territory but warned the invading forces to "flee" back to Russia or surrender "if they want to survive."

Ukraine's military has already claimed some early successes in the southern offensive. The country's Kakhovka Operational Group on Monday said in a Facebook post that some Russian forces "withdrew from their positions in Kherson region" and that "Russian paratroopers who supported them escaped from the battlefield."

"The situation in the temporarily occupied territory of Kherson region is extremely difficult," the group added in an additional post, explaining that Ukrainian attacks using U.S.-supplied HIMARS weapons had taken out nearly all of the large bridges in the Kherson region, which provide a crucial link to Crimea.

"The Russian army turned out to be cut off from the supply of arms and personnel from the territory of Crimea," the group said. "This is a brilliant chance for Ukraine to regain its territories."

Ukraine's Operational Command South said on Monday that 41 Russian troops had been killed, with a significant amount of Russian artillery and military equipment also being destroyed in eight successful strikes on Russian positions in southern Ukraine.

John Kirby, U.S. National Security Council spokesman, announced during a press conference on Monday that the Ukrainian counteroffensive had been successful in exposing the Russian military's personnel shortage and had already depleted Russian troops in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region.

"They have already had an impact on Russian military capabilities because the Russians have had to pull resources from the east simply because of reports that the Ukrainians might be going more on the offense in the south," said Kirby.

"They've had to deplete some certain units from certain areas in the east in the Donbas, to respond to what they clearly believed was a looming threat of a counteroffensive," he added.

https://www.newsweek.com/zelensky-vows-take-back-crimea-amid-kherson-offensive-this-ours-1737848
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Post by: Rick Plant on September 05, 2022, 02:57:04 AM
Zelensky says Ukraine has taken three settlements in the south and east

(Reuters) -President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Sunday marked progress in a counter-offensive Ukraine that began last week, thanking his forces for taking two settlements in the south, a third in the east, as well as additional territory in the east of the country.

He did not say precisely where the territories were and provided no timeline except to say that he had received "good reports" at a meeting on Sunday from his military commanders and head of intelligence.

In his nightly video address, Zelenskiy thanked his forces for liberating a settlement in the eastern Donetsk region, the taking of "certain heights" also in an eastern area in the Lysychansk-Siversk direction and for liberating two southern settlements.

Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the president's office, earlier on Sunday posted an image of soldiers raising the Ukrainian flag over a village he labeled as being in the southern area that is the main focus of the counter-offensive.

"Vysokopillya. Kherson region. Ukraine. Today," Tymoshenko wrote in a Facebook post over a photo of three soldiers on rooftops, one of them fixing a Ukrainian flag to a post.

Located just north of the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow invaded and annexed in February and March 2014, the Kherson region was seized by Russian forces early in the current conflict.

Lysychansk was claimed by pro-Russian separatists in the Luhansk region in early July as part of a battle over the coalmining Donbas area in eastern Ukraine, which also includes Siversk.

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Post by: Rick Plant on September 07, 2022, 12:59:59 AM
WAR IN UKRAINE: Three nights with the volunteer force supplying the frontlines
https://thehill.com/policy/international/3624752-war-in-ukraine-three-nights-with-the-volunteer-force-supplying-the-frontlines/
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Post by: Rick Plant on September 07, 2022, 01:03:12 AM
Nuclear watchdog warns of possible disaster in Ukraine
https://www.axios.com/2022/09/06/iaea-russia-ukraine-zaporizhzhia-nuclear-disaster
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Post by: Rick Plant on September 07, 2022, 04:12:40 PM
Ukraine military chief claims responsibility for strikes in Crimea
https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/ukraine-military-chief-claims-responsibility-strikes-crimea-2022-09-07/
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Post by: Rick Plant on September 07, 2022, 11:18:06 PM
Ukraine Reveals How It Took Down Russian Plane Without Firing a Missile
https://www.newsweek.com/ukraine-took-down-russian-plane-without-missile-1740271
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Post by: Rick Plant on September 07, 2022, 11:24:16 PM
Russia Loses 25 Tanks, 37 Armored Vehicles in a Single Day: Ukraine
https://www.newsweek.com/russia-loses-25-tanks-armored-vehicles-single-day-ukraine-kyiv-kherson-1739622
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Post by: Rick Plant on September 07, 2022, 11:34:15 PM
Ukraine Shoots Down 50 to 70 Percent of Russia's Missiles, General Says
https://www.newsweek.com/ukraine-shoots-down-50-70-percent-russias-missiles-general-says-1739706
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on September 08, 2022, 04:27:21 AM
A Russian Soldier’s Inside View of Moscow’s War in Ukraine
https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-russiansoldiers-inside-view-of-moscows-war-in-ukraine-11662388999
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on September 08, 2022, 04:42:07 PM
Ukraine seizes the moment with surprise counterattacks; U.S. approves further $675 million in weapons for Kyiv
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/09/08/russia-ukraine-live-updates.html
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Post by: Rick Plant on September 11, 2022, 09:35:48 PM
How Ukraine Pushed Russia Back 50 Kilometers in Three Days

Ukraine may have just pulled off the most brilliant strategic maneuver in the 200 days since the Russian invasion began

https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/2022-09-11/ty-article/.highlight/how-ukraine-pushed-russia-back-50-kilometers-in-three-days/00000183-2c77-d4ab-afc7-2fffae5e0000
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Post by: Rick Plant on September 12, 2022, 10:52:59 PM
Russian Officials Demand Putin Resign Amid Ukraine Losses

Russian officials are calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to resign amid mounting losses in his invasion of Ukraine—a rare sign of frustration as the Kremlin cracks down on dissent.

The Russian leader launched the invasion of the Eastern European country more than six months ago on February 24. Russian officials hoped their large military would lead them to a quick victory, but Ukraine met them with a strong defense effort bolstered by aid from its allies including the United States. This has prevented the Kremlin from achieving its major goals.

In recent weeks, Ukraine has gone on the offensive in areas near Kherson and Kharkiv, taking back more than 1,000 miles of formerly occupied territory. The Kharkiv counteroffensive caught Moscow by surprise, and Ukrainian victories forced Russian forces to retreat from key cities such as Izyum over the weekend in which some Russian supporters described as the most "difficult" day of the war.

These losses appear to be leading to increased dissent against Putin. Thirty-five Russian municipal deputies signed a petition demanding him to resign from office due to the "harm" inflicted onto Russia due to the invasion, tweeted Ksenia Tortstrem on Monday, who serves as a municipal deputy in St. Petersburg's Smolninskoye municipal territory.

So far, municipal leaders from several important Russian cities, such as Moscow, have signed onto the demand. Tortstem wrote the petition does not "discredit" anyone, an apparent jab at Russian authorities who have charged critics with discrediting the government.

Russia's Duma passed a law in March banning Russians from spreading "fake" news about the country's armed forces. The law has been used by authorities to crack down on those who have expressed criticism of the war and has made speaking out against the war potentially dangerous.

Still, the group of lawmakers appeared to condemn Putin's action, without specifically mentioning the war, in a short message posted alongside the petition.

"We, the municipal deputies of Russia, believe that the actions of President Vladimir Putin harm the future of Russia and is citizens," the petition reads. "We demand the resignation of Vladimir Putin from the post of President of the Russian Federation!"

The petition is not the first time Smolninskoye officials have been critical of Putin amid the war, but it was signed by leaders from other municipalities including Moscow, home to the Kremlin—suggesting a growing frustration among Russian leaders as losses pile up in Ukraine.

Last week, the Smolninskoye Municipal District's council proposed that Putin should be removed from office "based on the charges of high treason." Nikita Yurefev, another municipal deputy for Smolninskoye in St. Petersburg, wrote the "special military operation" has led to the deaths of Russian soldiers, economic issues, and the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Members of the council were later summoned by police for "discrediting" the Russian government, Yurefev said. Two soldiers were also charged under the law earlier in September.

Newsweek reached out to Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs for comment.

https://www.newsweek.com/russian-officials-demand-putin-resign-amid-ukraine-losses-1742156
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Post by: Rick Plant on September 12, 2022, 11:07:28 PM
Ukraine reclaims more territory, reports capturing many POWs

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian troops expanded their territorial gains Monday by pushing all the way to the country’s northeastern border in places and claimed to have captured many Russian soldiers as part of the lightning advance that forced Moscow to make a hasty retreat.

A spokesman for Ukrainian military intelligence said Russian troops were surrendering en masse as “they understand the hopelessness of their situation.” A Ukrainian presidential adviser said there were so many POWs that the country was running out of space to accommodate them.

Blue-and-yellow Ukrainian flags fluttered over newly liberated towns in the wide swath of reclaimed land. The Ukrainian military said it had freed more than 20 settlements in 24 hours. In recent days, Kyiv’s forces have captured territory at least twice the size of greater London, according to the British Defense Ministry.

After months of little discernible movement on the battlefield, the momentum has lifted Ukrainian morale and provoked rare public criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war.

“In some areas of the front, our defenders reached the state border with the Russian Federation,” said Oleh Syniehubov, governor of the northeastern Kharkiv region.

The Russian Defense Ministry acknowledged the setback, saying over the weekend that troops would be pulled from two areas in that region to regroup in the eastern region of Donetsk.

There were reports of chaos as Russian troops pulled out.

“The Russians were here in the morning. Then at noon, they suddenly started shouting wildly and began to run away, charging off in tanks and armored vehicles,” Dmytro Hrushchenko, a resident of recently liberated Zaliznychne, a small town near the eastern front line, told Sky News.

Video taken by the Ukrainian military showed soldiers raising the Ukrainian flag over battle-damaged buildings. In one scene, a fighter wiped his boots on a Russian flag on the ground. Other videos showed Ukrainians inspecting the wreckage of Russian military vehicles, including tanks.

In his evening address to the nation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said his forces have liberated more than 6,000 square kilometers in the east and the south since the beginning of September.

Now Ukrainian teams are disarming land mines and other unexploded weapons in the recaptured areas and searching for any remaining Russian troops, officials said.

It was not yet clear if the Ukrainian blitz could signal a turning point in the war. Momentum has switched back and forth before, but rarely with such a big and sudden swing.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovich did not specify the number of Russian prisoners but said the POWs would be exchanged for Ukrainian service members held by Moscow. Military intelligence spokesman Andrey Yusov said the captured troops included “significant” numbers of Russian officers.

Ukraine’s deputy interior minister accused fleeing Russian forces of burning official documents and concealing bodies in an attempt to cover up rights violations in the areas they controlled until last week.

The mood was jubilant across the country.

In Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city and the capital of the region where the gains have been made, authorities hailed that power and water had been restored to about 80% of the region’s population following Russian attacks on infrastructure that knocked out electricity in many places across Ukraine.

“You are heroes!!!” Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov wrote on Telegram, referring to crews who restored utilities in Ukraine’s second-biggest city. “Thanks to everyone who did everything possible on this most difficult night for Kharkiv to normalize the life of the city as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, in Russia, signs of disarray emerged as Russian military bloggers and other commentators chastised the Kremlin for failing to mobilize more forces and take stronger action against Ukraine.

Russia has continuously stopped short of calling its invasion a war, instead describing it as a “special military operation” and relying on on a limited contingent of volunteers instead of a mass mobilization that could spur civil discontent and protest.

Ramzan Kadyrov, the Moscow-backed leader of the Russian region of Chechnya, publicly criticized the Russian Defense Ministry for what he called “mistakes” that made the Ukrainian blitz possible.

Even more notable, such criticism seeped onto state-controlled Russian TV.

“People who convinced President Putin that the operation will be fast and effective ... these people really set up all of us,” Boris Nadezhdin, a former parliament member, said on a talk show on NTV television. “We’re now at the point where we have to understand that it’s absolutely impossible to defeat Ukraine using these resources and colonial war methods.”

Some in Russia blamed Western weapons and fighters for the losses.

“It’s not Ukraine that attacked Izium, but NATO,” read a headline in the state-supported Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, referring to one of the areas where Russia said it has withdrawn troops.

Elsewhere, residents of a Russian village just across the border from Ukraine were evacuated after shelling by Ukrainian troops killed one person, according to Russia’s Tass news agency.

The report cited the head of the local administration in Logachevka, who said Ukrainian troops opened fire at a border checkpoint.

Pro-Kremlin separatists reported that Ukrainian troops were approaching the town of Lyman, a rail hub captured by Russia in late May that offers access to bridges over the nearby Siversky Donets river.

Denis Pushilin, head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, acknowledged that the situation was “difficult.”

Even amid Ukraine’s ebullience, the casualties kept mounting. Ukraine’s presidential office said Monday that at least four civilians were killed and 11 others wounded in a series of Russian attacks in nine regions of the country. The U.N. Human Rights Office said last week that 5,767 civilians have been killed so far.

Among Monday’s attacks were strikes on residential areas in Kharkiv that killed at least one civilian and set multiple fires, local officials said.

In a reminder of the war’s toll, a council member in Izium accused enemy forces of killing civilians and committing other atrocities. Maksym Strelnikov told reporters Monday in an online briefing that hundreds of people had died during the fighting and after Russia seized the town in March.

Many died from shelling and could not get a proper burial, he said. His claims could not be immediately verified, but similar scenes have played out in other places captured by Russian forces.

The Ukrainian military also claimed to have found more evidence of human rights violations by Russian occupiers. It did not elaborate.

Izium was a major base for Russian forces in the Kharkiv region. The first Ukrainian flag was raised over the city on Saturday, according to Strelnikov. Residents, some wrapped in the country’s flag, greeted Ukrainian forces and offered them food.

Ukraine said the Russians continued shelling Nikopol across the Dnieper River from the Zaporizhzhia power plant, damaging several buildings there and leaving Europe’s largest nuclear facility in a precarious position. The last operational reactor in that plant has been shut down in a bid to prevent a radiation disaster as fighting raged nearby.

The Washington-based Institute for the Study of War said Monday that Kyiv “will likely increasingly dictate the location and nature of the major fighting.”

The British Defense Ministry said the retreat would likely further deteriorate the trust Russian forces have in their commanders and put Moscow’s troops on the back foot.

https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-kyiv-kharkiv-a691ab16016aab01cedb68ea5e247b37
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Post by: Rick Plant on September 13, 2022, 10:23:13 PM
Ukraine military claims downing Iran drone used by Russia

Ukraine’s military has claimed for the first time that it encountered an Iranian-supplied suicide drone used by Russia on the battlefield

KYIV, Ukraine -- Ukraine's military claimed Tuesday for the first time that it encountered an Iranian-supplied suicide drone used by Russia on the battlefield, showing the deepening ties between Moscow and Tehran as the Islamic Republic's tattered nuclear deal with world powers hangs in the balance.

U.S. intelligence publicly warned back in July that Tehran planned to send hundreds of the bomb-carrying drones to Russia to aid its war on Ukraine. While Iran initially denied it, the head of its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard has boasted in recent days about arming the world's top powers.

The Ukrainian military's Strategic Communications Directorate published images of the wreckage of the drone. It resembled a triangle, or delta-shaped, drone flown by Iran known as the Shahed, or “Witness” in Farsi.

The military official and the website both said Ukrainian troops encountered the drone near Kupiansk amid Kyiv's offensive that has punched through Russian lines around Kharkiv on the eastern front.

The image suggested the Shahed drone had been shot down by Ukrainian forces and hadn't detonated on impact as designed, though little other information was immediately released by Kyiv. An inscription on the drone identified it as an "M214 Gran-2," which didn't immediately correspond to known Russian weaponry.

Iran's mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Iran has multiple version of the Shahed, which have overflown a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, been used by Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen, attacked oil depots in Saudi Arabia and allegedly killed two sailors aboard an oil tanker off Oman in 2021. The triangle-shaped Shahed is believed to have a range of around 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles), though Iran has offered few details.

Experts refer to such bomb-carrying drones as “loitering munitions.” The drone flies to a destination, likely programmed before its flight, and either explodes in the air over the target or on impact against it.

Iran has drawn closer to Russia as it faces crushing sanctions over the collapse of the nuclear deal in 2018 after then-President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the accord. Negotiations over the deal, which saw Iran limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for sanctions being lifted, again appear deadlocked.

Ukraine and Iran also have tense relations, stemming from Iran's Revolutionary Guard shooting down a Ukrainian passenger jet in 2020, killing all 176 people on board.

https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/ukraine-military-claims-downing-iran-drone-russia-89801492
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on September 14, 2022, 10:21:17 PM
Russia's 'strategic defeat' in Ukraine threatens Putin's regime
https://www.businessinsider.com/russia-strategic-defeat-in-ukraine-threatens-putin-regime-2022-9
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on September 18, 2022, 10:19:32 PM
Milley says world must be on high alert for Russia’s response to losses
https://thehill.com/policy/defense/3649438-milley-says-world-must-be-on-high-alert-for-russias-response-to-losses/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on September 19, 2022, 10:48:43 PM
Ukraine has shot down 55 Russian warplanes, U.S. general says
https://www.politico.com/news/2022/09/19/ukraine-has-shot-down-55-russian-warplanes-00057569
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on September 20, 2022, 09:32:21 PM
Biden to urge allied nations for more Ukraine support at UN General Assembly
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/09/20/un-general-assembly-biden-to-urge-allied-nations-for-more-ukraine-support-.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on September 21, 2022, 09:30:23 PM
Zelensky Says Putin 'Wants to Drown Ukraine in Blood'
https://www.wsj.com/livecoverage/putin-russia-ukraine-war/card/zelensky-says-putin-wants-to-drown-ukraine-in-blood--4vLnyBPWMQPSMXiAdRwT
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on September 23, 2022, 05:44:51 AM
Russians protest, flee country as Putin's military mobilization begins
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2022/09/22/ukraine-russia-invasion-live-updates/8079754001/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on September 23, 2022, 04:49:24 PM
Zelensky: Putin troop mobilization ‘frank admission’ that Russian army has ‘crumbled'
https://thehill.com/policy/international/russia/3657115-zelensky-putin-troop-mobilization-frank-admission-that-russian-army-has-crumbled/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on September 24, 2022, 12:46:14 AM
In emotional U.N. speech, Zelensky calls on world to punish Russia for Ukraine war
https://news.yahoo.com/in-emotional-un-speech-zelensky-calls-on-world-to-punish-russia-for-ukraine-war-231613474.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on September 24, 2022, 08:55:58 PM
In Russia’s far east, fear and defiance against military call-up
Long queues form at Russia’s borders as men try to leave the country as they fear being called up to fight in Ukraine.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/9/24/russian-men-flee-country-after-moscow-announces-mobilisation
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on September 25, 2022, 08:39:15 PM
Full transcript: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on "Face the Nation," Sept. 25, 2022
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/volodymyr-zelenskyy-ukraine-president-face-the-nation-transcript-09-25-2022/
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on September 27, 2022, 09:31:24 PM
Gas leaks in Baltic Sea "likely a deliberate action" but "not an attack against Sweden,” says Swedish PM
https://www.cnn.com/europe/live-news/russia-ukraine-war-news-09-27-22/index.html
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on September 30, 2022, 10:42:00 AM
US announces $1.1 billion more in military aid for Ukraine
https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-government-and-politics-746ae5a7113e9bb78562ee3a943c9260
Title: Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
Post by: Rick Plant on September 30, 2022, 09:32:15 PM
Zelensky pushes ‘accelerated’ application for Ukraine NATO membership
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/09/30/ukraine-application-nato-russia-war/