As Kyiv braces for onslaught and a 35 hour curfew soon hits the city, Russian state media talking heads advocate for public executions of Ukrainian opponents, once the Russians take the city.
Nothing these days is said on Russian TV without state approval. So we can take this as the Kremlin line. This will motivate Ukrainian fighters, as any other option is gone. Now it’s victory or death.
Here are the Russian words. “I would restore the death penalty by hanging through military tribunal,” said the Kremlin pundit. “There are people in Ukraine who threaten Russian citizens and create a threat for us. … In my view, this is of utmost importance.”
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The Mariupol mayor’s office is looking at tragedy on a massive scale. “We talked about an ‘optimistic’ scenario four days ago — about 10,000 casualties as of today. But with the intensity and the brutality increased, we can tell that even if the blockade ends now and we can start searching for these people, the number of casualties is already approaching 20,000,” an aide was quoted by the newspaper as saying.
“The bodies are being buried everywhere: in the yards, on the streets. Due to the intensity of the shelling, people cannot even go outside to bury their loved ones,” he added. “Municipal services do not work, the cemetery is located on territory controlled by the Russian army. Death is everywhere, it is visible.”
The Brits continue to hit the Russians. “Russian vodka is one of the iconic products affected by the tariff increases, while the export ban will likely affect luxury vehicles, high-end fashion and works of art,” the British government said in a statement.
“The measures will cause maximum harm to Putin’s war machine while minimizing the impact on U.K. businesses as G7 leaders unite to unleash a fresh wave of economic sanctions on Moscow,” it added.
The Israelis are not backing down on Ukraine. Intelligence assistance and AAA hardware have also likely been sent to Ukraine by Israel.
In our call, FM @yairlapid assured me Israel won’t be the route for Russia to bypass sanctions. Grateful for Israel’s mediation efforts and humanitarian aid. We discussed ways of ending the war in Ukraine. Agreed that the rights of Ukrainians arriving in Israel will be respected.
— Dmytro Kuleba (@DmytroKuleba) March 15, 2022
Getting in while they still can. FNC: “The prime ministers of Poland, Slovenia and the Czech Republic – all NATO member countries – are to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Ukraine Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki tweeted on Tuesday that he and his deputy prime minister, Jarosław Kaczyński, as well as Czech Republic Prime Minister Petr Fiala and Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša would be traveling to Kyiv as representatives of the European Council.”
Zelenskyy is being realistic about immediate NATO membership. “If we cannot enter through open doors, then we must cooperate with the associations with which we can, which will help us, protect us… and have separate guarantees,” he reportedly said in a video address. He continues to prod his allies to action.
“We have to acknowledge Russia as a rogue state and there has to be a trade embargo with Russia,” he added. “This is something that we need and you need as well, just like the rest of the world, to make sure there is peace in Europe and Ukraine.”
Russians steal foreign planes. Putin signed a law that gives Russian airlines the power to seize foreign-owned aircraft so they can be used for Russian domestic flights.
China is paying a price for supporting the Russians. FNC: “Chinese stocks took a dive on Monday as the country combats its worst COVID-19 outbreak in two years and concerns grow over Beijing’s close relationship with Moscow.
There are fresh concerns about Beijing’s cozy relationship with Moscow after reports came out Sunday that Russia has requested military assistance from China since Putin’s invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24”
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“The national security adviser and our delegation raised directly and very clearly our concerns about the PRC’s support to Russia in the wake of the invasion, and the implications that any such support would have for the PRC’s relationship not only with us, but for its relationships around the world,” State Department spokesman Ned Price warned on Monday.
“The 19th day of our resistance is over. Historical war. Another difficult day, which is still approaching our victory. Approaching peace for Ukraine,” Zelenskyy began in a recent address.
He noted that “the enemy is confused. Their soldiers know this. Their officers are aware of this. They flee the battlefield. They abandon equipment,” he added.
“We take trophies and use them to protect Ukraine,” Zelenskyy said. “Today, Russian troops are, in fact, one of the suppliers of equipment to our army. They could not imagine such a thing in a nightmare.”