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Ukrainian War Update: Russians Turning On Putin?

Are his days numbered?

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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?

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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?

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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.”

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“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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.”

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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Spike
Spike
2 months ago

Kruschev seemed really in charge to we out here in the world and then he was gone. One can only hope. It puzzles me why a huge country like Russia, which has produced phenomenal athletes and amazing Ballet companies that have toured the world – cannot simply build their country, be proud of it, and get prosperous and leave their neighbors alone!!??? It just seems that a tyrant is a tyrant – and typically I guess Putin has a personal wealth of cash off shore and if he fails he’ll go live like a king!! He is a real rat without conscience.

Spike
Spike
2 months ago

Stalin introduced such brutality, and it takes a long time to run out of those who had it born and bred in them. We were so used to having a bellicose Kruschev around that many were amazed that he was gone! Why can’t that happen to this thug! One worries about the commanders and soldiers who obey and bomb and straff moms with their children, elderly trying to get out of the way and homes where people are living, etc. The whole thing is that it cannot be justified as they are the aggressors without any excuse. Simply invaded to steal a country from its people!!

jboo7
jboo7
2 months ago

Mr. Kamioner is a good Propagandist. He says what they all say. – But, is that always true?
We should look at some things that are, indeed, facts (not from “fact-checkers”, I hope):
As for Ukraine and the ongoing war there, please, let me correct a few points here:
A. This war cannot be said to be “unprovoked”! It is ANYTHING BUT THAT! It has been started and going on uninterrupted since 20 February 2014, when a troop of gunmen with hunting rifles (there were no police weapons involved!) under the command of the (now Member of Parliament) Mr. Parasiuk, and trained by the former member of US 101 Airborne Division, Mr. Bryan Christopher Bovenger, had arrived in Kiev from Lvov and fired into the crowd of demonstrators on the Maidan Square, killing about 100 of these. This mass-murder provoked a public storm on Government – quasi, a revolution planned from outside (Washington/Obama?)
B. The shooting at and bombing of civilians and children gas NOT started on 24 February 2022 in Western Ukraine, but immediately after that Maidan Putsch with the artillery bombardment of Donetsk and that area. 
C. As for the religious impact of Russia on Ukraine, let us say that the Christianity came to Russia via Kiev, the ‘Kievskaya Rus’ – which also is the origin of the word ‘RUSsia’ and proves, in a way, the identities of the 
people in Russia and Ukraine. We have here, in church as in state a SCHISM, in church and state, mostly rooted in Ukraine’s (the “borderlands’s”) long occupations: a) by Poland/Lithuania who tried to enforce Catholic conversion, b) by German occupation in two World-Wars who first established a “Ukrainian State” as a political entity unknown before. That the Primate of the Orthodox Church went to Moscow is based on the fall of Constantinople and Moscow liberated from Mongols, while Kiev was still occupied by foreign forces. The schism in Orthodoxy is an old squabble of Kiev claiming to have been first, wit Sts. Vladimir and Olga.
D. The Schism now and for the side of the state goes back to German occupation and “Fascist Nation Building” (as in Croatia, Slovakia, etc – we just followed in their footsteps). This would not be so bad and tragic, had not the leaders of the Maidan Putsch belonged to ultranationalist -and partly open Fascist- directions, which are most obvious in their veneration of Stepan Bandera who was Hitler’s Ukrainian Chief-Collaborator and Contributor to the Holocaust! His Ukrainian SS troops carried out massacres against Jews and Poles in Lvov and Galicia (formerly Poland, now Western Ukraine) and against Jews and Russians in Eastern Ukraine. From this stems the bad repute of the “Asov” Regiment which was a fascist militia and is now, officially, part of the Ukrainian Army: Immediately after Maidan, these stormtroopers rushed into Eastern Ukraine, seeking out Jews and killing people for speaking Russian (which is their native language). 
E. Such massacres were not rare: In Odessa, fascist mobs killed about 50 demonstrators against the ban of their native language (Odessa had a Russian-stock majority) and set the union building alight to burn and hide the dead bodies. A convoy of demonstrators against that oppression of language were, on the way from Crimea to Kiev, stopped by fascist mobs, and the people in several buses killed – and THAT was the last straw the drove Crimea into SECESSION CARRIED BY A REFERENDUM. The Eastern areas around Donetsk and Luhansk did the same, after they had expelled the fascist militias, but then, the Ukraine army came for them. And since then, i.e. for 8 years, they have lived under bombardment – and many children died there, too, killed by the “freedom fighters” (like once upon a time, in Afghanistan) whom we are told to admire.
WHAT IS LITTLE KNOWN BUT IMPORTANT: American military specialists have been training Ukrainian Forces since immediately after the Maidan-Putsch, and British specialists have been advisors and assisted in setting up the positions against the Separatist States in the East (DonBass), which must mean that they actively took part in the 8 years’ bombardment of civilians!
Also, of course, the fact of a US sniper specialist, Mr. Bovenger, having trained the murderers of the Maidan, and the following military training of inspiring NATO forces, says a lot about the war being “Unprovoked”!
It also explains why THAT WORD “UNPROVOKED” appears in each and every single article of our press – strictly according to Herr Goebbels famous words: “A lie that is repeated often enough, becomes truth!”
JB