Every day the Russians spend losing in Ukraine the noose gets tighter around Putin. After his own “adventurism” in the Cuban Missile Crisis, Khrushchev got put out to pasture within two years. Is the same thing in store for Putin?
FNC: “Some think that Russia should be realistic about its war goals and about its resources,’ Oleg Ignatov of the International Crisis Group, told Fox News.
He said some of the elites actually think taking a compromise position is tantamount to failure: ‘They would never say this in public, but if you read carefully some statements or posts on Telegram or on other social networks, and if you talk to people, you can see it.’
‘If a peace deal with Ukraine is not in favor of Russia,’ Ignatov says, ‘it means that he will make decisions inside Russia, so he will have to consolidate power. Yes, he will make some clearances. He will have to clear his team.” Which means more purges due to dissent within his own team. But how long until people get tired of the purges and purge the purger?
Hearing that more than anything the depth and solidarity of global sanctions have both shocked and hurt Russia. Effects hurting ordinary Russians in their daily Iives. Opposition to Putin growing daily with more and more protests.#RussianUkrainianWar
— RS Archer (@archer_rs) April 1, 2022
Pundit criticizing Putin? “Nice talks in Turkey!” sarcastically bellowed one of Russia’s top propagandists, TV personality Vladimir Solovyev on his Wednesday show.
“My friend (Putin) failed to consider that any negotiation with the Nazis, as long as your boot is not on their throat, is perceived as weakness. And you must not shake the hand of this scum. And you must not exchange different formulas with them, ask ‘How you are doing?’, have small-talk. In principle, you don’t have to meet them or talk to them.”
“Citizens were overheated by propaganda. Suppose a decision is made to stop on the territory of Donbas. What about the Nazis then? Are we no longer fighting them? This word has been hammered into people so much that I can’t imagine how one can stop in Donbas without losing ratings,” wrote government sponsored website Meduza, quoting a high level Kremlin source.
Chechen Warlord Ramzan Kadyrov has some barking for Zelenskyy. “Kyiv, I assure you, if you don’t come to us on your own, if you don’t fulfill all the demands of our Commander in Chief, our President, there will be no mercy for you, for the government, for Rada [Ukraine’s parliament ]… for [Volodymyr] Zelenskyy. Europe and the West will not save you, because you are criminals, you have killed tens of thousands of people. You will not be left alive. If there’s any justice in this world, you’re done.” Big words from a guy whose troops ran away in combat in Ukraine.
“Better today to come and ask forgiveness, first from the Ukrainian people, then from the Russian people,” a clearly disturbed Kadyrov ranted on his Telegram channel, before signing off with “Allahu Akhbar!” A lunatic and a weak one at that.
The Brits said Friday that Ukraine’s military has “retaken the villages of Sloboda and Lukashivka to the south of Chernihiv and located along one of the main supply routes between the city and Kyiv.
“Ukraine has also continued to make successful but limited counter attacks to the east and north east of Kyiv,” it added, but noted that “both Chernihiv and Kyiv have been subjected to continued air and missile strikes despite Russian claims of reducing activity in these areas.”
Zelenskyy cleans house. “Today another decision was made. Regarding antiheroes. Now I do not have time to deal with all the traitors. But gradually they will all be punished,” Zelenskyy said.
“That is why the ex-chief of the Main Department of Internal Security of the Security Service of Ukraine Naumov Andriy Olehovych and the former head of the Office of the Security Service of Ukraine in the Kherson region Kryvoruchko Serhiy Oleksandrovych are no longer generals,” he continued.
“According to Article 48 of the Disciplinary Statute of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, those servicemen among senior officers who have not decided where their homeland is, who violate the military oath of allegiance to the Ukrainian people as regards the protection of our state, its freedom and independence, will inevitably be deprived of senior military ranks. Random generals don’t belong here!”
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Reparations? As of March 24, KSE Institute – an analytical unit of the Kyiv School of Economics in Ukraine’s capital – estimated that the destruction from the war has caused $62.9 billion in damage. KSE Institute, which compiled data as part of its “Russia Will Pay” project, reported that at least 4,431 residential buildings, 92 factories and warehouses, 378 institutions of secondary and higher education, 138 health care institutions, 12 airports, seven thermal power plants and hydroelectric power plants have been damaged, destroyed, or seized.
Arizona apparently has a foreign policy. “Arizona stands with Ukraine. Everyday citizens are risking their lives, fighting for their freedom, and deserve all the assistance we can give them,” Governor Ducey said in a statement. “These surplus bullet proof vests and armor will help as they defend their country from Vladimir Putin.
“Eleven local, county, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies donated the equipment, which includes 874 bullet proof vests, 77 helmets, miscellaneous tactical clothing, footwear, pads and shields. The Ukrainian Relief Group will transport the 17 pallets of equipment to the besieged European country in the next two weeks”, according to the governor’s office.
The Georgians are in. “We are participating in all the international financial sanctions [on Russia], and that really already means something for our financial sector,” Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili said Thursday . “As of now, we also participate in all international resolutions that are being created to support Ukraine.”