RUNNING UPDATES ON THE CONFLICT IN UKRAINE - 21.02.2023
Including geopolitical issues affecting the balance of power in the ongoing end game war to establish our common future, a closely monitored prison planet or tolerance for diverse modes of governance.
THE ROAD TO THE ULTIMATE CONCLUSION OF WORLD WAR III RUNS THROUGH HERE.
*** WILL VLADIMIR PUTIN MAKE HISTORY TODAY? ***
“Ukraine. What is the truth...?
Why won’t western media tell both sides…?”
THE UNREPORTED ATROCITY IN LUGANSK, 2 JUNE 2014
A lot has been said about atrocities in the western media claimed to have been perpetrated by the Russians, for example at Bucha and Mariupol among others. These assertions are conveyed on the say so of the Ukrainian authorities. How willing though are western news broadcasters to convey atrocities attributed to the Ukrainians? The following will I think provide the answer.
If anyone wonders if they are receiving accurate coverage of the conflict in Ukraine I would suggest watching the video below of an event which occurred on the 2nd of June 2014 and ask themselves if they recall hearing about it on any mainstream media news channel at the time.
The video is harrowing to watch. The bodies (five women and three men) are real. Yet across western media there was only one single news report that occurred a day later. This was from CNN and occurred only because a CNN team happened to be nearby at the time of the atrocity and so the network could hardly ignore it as all others so obviously did.
The video below shows the unvarnished truth that was not considered newsworthy in western mainstream news.
UNREPORTED UKRAINIAN ATROCITY IN LUGANSK 02.06.2014
The video at the CNN link below is the crime scene sanitised by CNN, though played straight with honest reporting on the scene not playing things to Kiev’s tune.
(There was a time early in the war in the Donbass when CNN were not afraid to contradict the Ukrainian regime in Kiev.)
Watch because it's the first and last time you will see this. 5 men & 3 women died, all civilians.
Air attack on pro-Russian separatists in Luhansk kills 8, stuns residents.
PUTIN'S SPEECH IS HERE IN HIGH DEFINITION WITH SIMULTANEOUS TRANSLATION IN ENGLISH:
Putin talks about destructive values Western leaders are trying to force upon their own people. 🤔
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JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO
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Article from Russia Today (RT) - 21st February 2023:
Washington ‘fanning the flames’ in Ukraine – Beijing.
The statement came in response to claims that China was ready to help arm Russia.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin has shot back at Washington’s accusations that Beijing is considering providing “lethal support” for Moscow in Ukraine. The diplomat said the US was in no position to tell China what to do.
“It is the US, not China, that has been pouring weapons into the battlefield,” the diplomat said at a regular press briefing on Monday. He added that, unlike Washington, Beijing had been “supporting talks for peace” since the beginning of the Ukraine conflict.
“The international community is fully aware who is calling for dialogue and striving for peace, and who is fanning the flames and stoking confrontation. We urge the US side to seriously reflect on the role it has played, do something to actually help de-escalate the situation and promote peace talks, and stop deflecting the blame and spreading disinformation.”
On Sunday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken claimed in an interview with CBS that Washington had information that China was “considering providing lethal support” to Russia. He emphasized that such a decision would have “serious consequences” for relations with Beijing.
That was followed by a comment from US envoy to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who told CNN that Washington would view China sending weapons to Russia as a “red line.”
The US, meanwhile, has sent Kiev billions of dollars worth of military aid, including main battle tanks.
Last week, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the Munich Security Conference that his country had been working on a peace proposal for the Ukrainian conflict – one which “some forces” might oppose, he added. Those calling for continued fighting “don’t care about the life and death of Ukrainians,” he warned.
Wang Wenbin added on Monday that Beijing stood by its principles and is “committed to promoting peace talks” in a “constructive role.”
Relations between Beijing and Washington have declined significantly since the US shot down what it claimed to be a Chinese “surveillance balloon” in American airspace on February 4. China – which labeled the reaction as “absurd” and “hysterical” – denied the allegations, insisting the balloon was a civilian craft mainly used for meteorological purposes, which had been blown off course by strong winds.
Taiwan remains a hot-button issue between Washington and Beijing, with both sides conducting regular and gradually bigger military exercises in the region. The commander of all US military forces in the Indo-Pacific, Admiral John Aquilino, told the Washington Post on Sunday that the situation in the South China Sea was “probably the most dangerous in 30 years.”
Article from Russia Today (RT) - 21st February 2023 : Washington ‘fanning the flames’ in Ukraine – Beijing
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SUPPORTING SCOTT RITTER
I've been listening to Scott Ritter describe how things are for him and I suspect have been for him for quite some time now.
He has been doing a LOT of unpaid work with a great many interview requests coming in that he has been ready and willing to agree to. But the work where receives some pay for have suffered due to this, being left until the wee small hours of the night to complete work on.
Scott, I think you will agree, has been one of the most influential voices out there on Russia and Ukraine.
I was moved by Scott's words to take an annual subscription to his Substack account that he runs in coordination with his colleague on 'U.S. Tour of Duty', Jeff Norman. This is the main way that Scott recommends to help him with finances with which to upgrade his delivery of comment on Russia and Ukraine, via a better microphone etc. and perhaps the creation of a recording studio in his basement to create a more professional and impressive look. To invest in these things he would like to be sure that this has a viable financial future.
Would you also like to help by subscribing at one of the various levels to Scott's Substack account? I hope so. If so the link is here:
Below you'll find the edited part of the video where Scott talks of his commitments to get the facts out on events in Ukraine and of the finances that would come in handy to enhance their delivery:
VICTORY BELONGS TO RUSSIA: IT IS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME
Each day that passes makes a conclusive Russian victory in the Donbass and beyond more certain. As Russia bolsters her forces, and weaponry, those of Ukraine decrease. Russian forces gain ready access to rest and recuperation as troop numbers increase. The increasingly exhausted and demoralised Ukrainian troops have an ever decreasing prospect of such respite. This situation is likely to bring them to complete breakdown as Russia unleashes the firepower of the more modern and advanced weaponry that is arriving with the newly mobilised Russian troops.
The various Ukrainian offensives are now weak when confronted by the reinforced Russian lines. A few futile efforts achieve quite miserable results before fire reigns down on the Ukrainian troops and they are forced back to their starting positions.
And now, all this being said, we have arrived at the wet, and later, freezing conditions where these pathetic Ukrainian forces will be subject to myriad forms of abject misery with death and injury all around them while they lie sodden or frozen, abandoned to their fate by Kiev.
The pitiable young and old of Ukraine have been frogmarched to their deaths as cannon-fodder while the bestial elites of the collective West urge their "president" to add more to their number there at the gates of Hell and their doom. We must feel for the majority of them as they are not the Nazis we revile, in most part they are decent men, fathers, sons, brothers, husband and uncles, who no doubt saw through the coup of 2014 for what it was. But sadly, their fate seems sealed.
Nothing will stop Russia now. Every factor favours them. Victory will be Russia's. In Donbass and beyond and in due course across the world.
Victory belongs to Russia: It is now only a matter of time.
UPDATES TO BE ADDED HERE AS AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
UPDATES TO BE ADDED HERE AS AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS
WILL RUSSIA DECLARE WAR ON UKRAINE TODAY?
You may recall that last year Russia issued a stern warning to Kiev that if it persisted in targeting locations within Russia it would begin targeting control and decision-making centres within Ukraine. It has not done so until now as the Russian leadership has not declared war on Ukraine, contrary to what is perhaps the opinion of most regarding Russia’s actions since February 24th. The Russian leadership certainly does not categorise its actions in Ukraine as constituting a war. This is why it designated the campaign in Ukraine as a special military operation.
This is not merely sophistry. As most insightful observers will confirm, Russia has not been conducting a full blown war against Ukraine despite the lurid tales that western mass media has regaled readers and viewers with since Russia’s campaign began. The Russian military has taken care to limit civilian casualties and significantly has not till now targeted vital infrastructure. If the U.S. approach in the Iraq war is compared with the situation in Ukraine the difference between the approaches can easily be seen.
Russia regards the Russian-speaking people living in the Donbass in the same way as they do their own citizens, therefore it would be wholly inconceivable for the Russian military to go in all guns blazing destroying everything wholesale including vital infrastructure. In addition, the mission to liberate the Russian-speaking population there requires the cooperation of the civilian population both during and after victory over the Ukrainian regime. For both these reasons creating a humanitarian disaster and mass slaughter of civilians just to eliminate the Ukrainian army in their positions is unacceptable.
The Ukrainian army, as confirmed by Amnesty International in their report last year, is heavily embedded within the civilian population across the entire area Russia is seeking to liberate. This is why the incremental gains by the Russian military appear excruciatingly slow to many outside observers. Naturally Russia has the capacity, through a bombing campaign or using hypersonic missiles or even nuclear devices, to completely decimate all areas where the Ukrainian army faces them. However, until now it has demonstrated commendable restraint.
This may be about to change. Though the targets decided upon if a change does occur will not necessarily be in the area directly facing the Russian military, at least not in the Majority of cases. There are several reasons why a change in tactics may occur comprised of an expansion of targets for attacks.
It has now become clear that the western powers are seeking endlessly to escalate the conflict and have no desire to take any conceivable path toward peace. All the talk is of supplying the Ukrainian regime with ever more powerful weaponry including missiles with a longer range. Talk of providing fighter jets has also been heard. This blind insistence of escalating the conflict to ever greater heights will bring an inevitable Russian response and that response we may hear the details of very soon.
In recent times the Ukrainian armed forces have been making an increasing number of attacks on Russian territory. Initially these attacks targeted Belgorod, within the Russian Federation north of Kharkov, then a number of attacks targeting the Crimean peninsula. Closer to the present attacks also killed a number of personnel and did some damage targeting Russian airfields deep inside Russia. Multiple red lines were crossed. In addition, the murder of the daughter of a prominent Russian figure by a Ukrainian agent last year also contributed to a number of last straws for Russia. Overall however, it is the constant escalation by the western powers regarding weaponry plus the obvious disinterest in having negotiations toward a resolution of the conflict that is focusing Russian minds.
It can be expected that, as in past occurrences where additional action was deemed necessary, a debate will occur in Russia’s parliament, the Duma where additional powers may be granted to the Russian president. Perhaps these will merely extend targets to a limited degree, however, the possibility exists that more significant powers will be granted, such as the ability to authorise a declaration of war and with this authorisation, to extend attacks to Ukrainian control and command centres and even perhaps the authorisation for President Putin to order tactical nuclear strikes on positions and major military/intelligence assets not previously targeted.
Whether any of the above occurs will depend on the judgement of the president and those issuing new levels of authority to him in the Duma. If the current escalations planned by the West are regarded as serious enough seeing that a near future end to the current special military operation is unavailable and also, bringing into consideration the recent increasing number of attacks being made by Ukraine within Russia, then the authorisation provided may well be open ended.
Under these circumstances can it be possible that Russia will now seriously consider declaring war on Ukraine and opening up the prospect of targeting those locations currently off limits, potentially including the authorisation of limited tactical nuclear strikes? I suspect so. Time will tell.
The tactic being deployed by the western powers opposing Russia through a sustained Ukrainian defence is composed of an attempt to weaken Russian resolve through a continued military response by the Ukrainian forces. And also of course to completely ignore all admonitions to take part in negotiations/peace talks. We see this policy of the U.S., UK and European powers as reflected in the attitude and public statements of Zelensky and those around him. The Ukrainian policy, as repeatedly stated, is to refuse to take part in any talks with Russia until Russia leaves all Ukrainian land taken by them. This Russia will never do.
Russia’s statements regarding Ukrainian political elites who persist in targeting locations within Russia have been clear. The Russian leadership can be seen to repeatedly have had its hand forced by the escalation emanating from the collective West and declaring war on Ukraine, or formally declaring it a terrorist state appear to be strong possibilities now. If such a decision is made and formally authorised then the number and type of targets in Ukraine will very likely be much expanded to include decision-making and control centres, vital infrastructure including internet access and much, much more. A full scale war waged against Ukraine is something that has not been seen to date and would certainly proceed to devastate what is left of Ukraine.
Especially hard hit would be nodes of central command, including those where western and NATO expertise are located. All transport networks would be targeted, not just those suspected of transporting weapons. Storage depots of all types, not simply those having known association with the Ukrainian military. Electricity and gas infrastructure would then very likely become targets. As was talked of when the USA waged war against Iraq, a collapsing of whatever is left of Ukraine's vital infrastructure would be sought and likely to take the country back toward an earlier, impoverished state, if not back to the Stone Age.
These are my forebodings on what may occur now that it is clear that the present desire of the western elites is to constantly urge the Ukrainian leadership to fight on without any movement toward a resolution of hostilities through a negotiated peace. This point appears to have passed with the attacks on the Russian homeland, the attacks on Crimea, the terrorist murder of Darya Dugina and the endless supply of weaponry to the Ukrainian regime by the West and its minions. We must await the deliberations of Vladimir Putin and the Russian Duma.
Will Russia declare war upon Ukraine with all this signifies? I fear so. At that point the world enters a yet more dangerous situation than even the one already confronting us. With all sides facing an existential threat to their power, sovereignty and security and so being resolutely unable to back down, by all sides seeing ever more escalation as the only way in the circumstances to pursue their vital interests, the end result can only mean the threat of not only all-out war in Ukraine but the ever-increasing threat of a nuclear war between Russia and the entire collective West.