Conflict in Ukraine is doomed to escalate

Wednesday, 30 November 2022 — Indian Punchline

M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

Defining moment in the Battle of Donbass, as the 4-month long defiant Ukrainian resistance to the Russian offensive is ending

The meet-up location of NATO foreign ministers on November 29-30— Bucharest — was where ten years ago, former US President George W. Bush persuaded America’s transatlantic partners that Ukraine and Georgia should one day join their military alliance. The foreign ministers duly “reaffirmed” that decision yesterday and left it at that.

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Of Facts, Finances and Forays

Wednesday, 30 November 2022 — The van says…

The world has seen Von der Leyen’s words, and for all of Brussels’ efforts nobody can either unsee the words or fail to understand the ramifications they have for both Brussels or Kiev in the future.

Preamble

In spite of repeated claims by Kiev that the losses suffered by Ukrainian forces are considerably lower, we saw yesterday Ursula Von der Leyen stating that the number of killed is now over one hundred thousand. This article will examine the implications of the EU President’s statement along with other related matters concerning the region.

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What to expect in Russia’s winter offensive in Ukraine

Tuesday, 29 November 2022 — Indian Punchline

by M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with mothers of military personnel participating in the special military operation in Ukraine,
Novo-Ogaryovo, Moscow Region, November 25, 2022

Wading through the 18,000-word transcript of an hours-long meeting that President Vladimir Putin took with the “soldiers’ mothers” last Friday in Moscow, one gets the impression that the fighting in Ukraine may continue well into 2023 — and even beyond.

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German military preparing for potential war with Russia, leaked internal report reveals

Saturday, 26 November 2022 — Multipolarista

A leaked confidential strategy paper shows Germany is preparing for a potential war with Russia, as it boosts its budget and plans to become the world’s third-biggest military spender.

Ben Norton

 

German troops in a NATO military exercise in 2021

Germany’s top newspaper Der Spiegel obtained a leaked confidential strategy paper that reveals the country’s military is preparing for a potential war with Russia.

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Ukraine: The Russian Winter Offensive

Friday, 25 November 2022 — Internationalist 360°

The only way Ukrainians will see anything approximating a holiday season is if a ceasefire can be arranged by New Year’s Day, and it just might happen, regardless of President Volodomyr Zelenskiy’s repeated assertions that there will be no negotiations with Russia until it withdraws all its troops from all occupied territories, including Crimea. There are several reasons for the possible ceasefire.

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Is there an Offramp in the Offing?

Friday, 25 November 2022 — The van says…

Von der Leyen and Zelenskiy might see eye to eye, yet with European fortunes looking bleak, other European politicians may be again be viewing ties with Russia.

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The last six months have presented Western leaders with first the opportunity to wave a big stick at Moscow, then realize that the Russian Bear is a good deal less frightened of the stick than those economies that need Moscow’s materials. This article will look at certain events over the last month that may indicate that at least a few Western leaders are getting cold feet concerning the economic Cold War they were so enthusiastic to start.
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Ukraine – Running On Empty

Thursday, 24 November 2022 — Moon of Alabama

Yesterday the Pentagon announced another transfer of weapons to the Ukrainian military:

According to the Pentagon, the package includes:

Additional munitions for NASMAS
150 heavy machine guns with thermal imagery sights to counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
Additional ammunition for HIMARS
200 precision-guided 155mm artillery rounds
10,000 120mm mortar rounds
High-speed Anti-radiation missiles (HARMs)
150 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs)
Over 100 light tactical vehicles
Over 20,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition
Over 200 generators
Spare parts for 105mm Howitzers and other equipment

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Putin invokes Castro’s legacy

Thursday, 24 November 2022 — Indian Punchline

by M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

Statue of Fidel Castro, first of its kind anywhere in the world, was unveiled by President Vladimir Putin, Moscow, Nov. 22, 2022

A three-meter-tall bronze statue of Fidel Castro was unveiled on Tuesday in the Fidel Castro Square in Moscow’s Sokol District by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in memory of the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution.

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Ukraine – Lights Out, No Water And Soon No Heat

Wednesday, 23 November 2022 — Moon of Alabama

Earlier today the Russian military shut down the Ukrainian electricity network.

Previous attacks had limited the distribution capacity to some 50% of demand. Controlled blackouts over several hours per day allowed to give some electricity for a few hours to most parts of the country. The attack today created a much larger problem. Not only were distribution networks attacked but also so the elements that connect Ukraine’s electricity production facilities to the distribution network. All four nuclear power stations of Ukraine with their 15 reactors are now in shutdown mode.

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Outrageous Brainwashing Event—Sponsored By Bush Institute and CIA-Backed National Endowment for Democracy (NED)—Deliberately Falsifies History to Inflame American Hatred Against Russia and China

Tuesday, 22 November 2022 — CovertAction Magazine

By Jeremy Kuzmarov

Former President George W. Bush speaks with David Kramer, the Executive Director of the...George W. Bush speaking with David J. Kramer, Director of the Bush Institute. [Source: dallasnews.com]

Head of International Republican Institute Dan Twining ridiculously compares Putin-Xi meeting to Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact between Hitler and Stalin, while former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs accuses Russia of igniting protests in Chile

Russia-bashing was in full vogue at a conference at the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas co-hosted by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) on November 16, whose purpose was to mobilize public support for the war in Ukraine.

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Messages from the mud

Monday, 21 November 2022 — The van says…

If you’re going off the beaten track, it might be better if you are on tracks.

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If there’s one thing that everyone agrees about, it’s that the weather in Eastern Europe can be terrible from any time in October through to April. From snow to hail to frosts that last a month, the inclemency of the climate becomes more legendary the further you travel eastwards.

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The Battle of the Budgets

Sunday, 20 November 2022 — The van says…

Each of those (very accurate) ATACMS missiles costs over $1m apiece. That’s great if you’re an arms manufacturer or a shareholder. Not so good if you happen to be the government paying for them.

Preamble

War is without doubt the greatest drain on any government’s budget, yet in stark contrast to the great conflicts of the past, both the war in the Ukraine and any potential European hostilities in the future would be approached in a very different manner. This article will look at the mechanisms behind this and examine the effects that may result.

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Selling a Scrapheap

Saturday, 19 November 2022 — The van says…

Gifts such as this have appeared in their hundreds over recent months. In spite of Warsaw sending the numbers they have, Russian forces managed to polish off wholesale. Photo©️Vorposte

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previous article highlighted the fact that rather than certain East European nations being as benevolent as they would have us believe, much of the equipment they have sold to Kiev is little more than scrap metal. This article will look at both the buyer and the sellers, examining what is really happening here.
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Maligned in Western Media, Donbass Forces are Defending their Future from Ukrainian Shelling and Fascism

Saturday, 19 November 2022 — CovertAction Magazine

By Eva Bartlett

The author with Pyatnashka commanders at outpost near Avdeevka, Donetsk People’s Republic. [Source: Photo courtesy of Eva Bartlett]

America is widely understood to be a key instigator behind conflict in Ukraine that has pitted brother against brother

Smeared, stigmatized, and lied about in Western media propaganda, the mostly Russian-speaking people of the Donbass region were being slaughtered by the thousands in a brutal war of “ethnic cleansing” launched against them by the neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv, which the U.S. installed after the CIA overthrew Ukraine’s legally elected president in a 2014 coup.

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 Russian Missiles Strike Ukrainian Infrastructure, Ukrainian Missiles Strike Polish Farm

Saturday, 19 November 2022 — Land Destroyer Report

(The New Atlas) – Update on Russian military operations in and around Ukraine for November 16, 2022.

  • Russia continues its campaign targeting Ukrainian infrastructure with missiles and drones;
  • A recent barrage consisted of over 90 missiles, significantly degrading Ukraine’s power grid;
  • The West has said since April Russia was running out of missiles, yet large-scale use of missiles continues;
  • Russia is also now using long-range precision kamikaze drones meaning Russia appears to have a growing number of long-range precision weapons;
  • During the recent barrage it appears at least 2 Ukrainian air defense missiles missed their targets and struck civilians in Poland;
  • After claiming Russia is a threat to Europe, it is a terrible irony that Ukraine is responsible for the first strike on NATO territory since Russian operations began in late February;

Endgame in Ukraine struggling to be born

Saturday, 19 November 2022 — Indian Punchline

by M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

Kherson resident kisses a Ukrainian soldier, Kherson, Nov. 13, 2022.

At the White House press conference on November 9, when asked about the evacuation of the Russian forces from the Kherson Region and Kherson city, the US President Joe Biden said, “First of all, I found it interesting they (Moscow) waited until after the (midterm) election to make that judgement, which we knew for some time that they were going to be doing.”

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What Will Become of the Ukraine?

Friday, 18 November 2022 — The van says…

This may be how many see the Ukraine today, yet a very different picture will emerge when the war is finally over.

Preamble

Affairs in Eastern Europe are as dynamic as ever, yet as time moves forward, people are looking to what the future may hold for the Ukraine. As much as Western powers wish this operation to be the downfall of Russia, the conflict is slowly turning into a liability for those who have invested so much in Kiev. This article will examine the here and now in order to predict the there and then that may await what remains of the Ukraine once hostilities are finally over.

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UN envoy admits fabricating claim of Viagra-fueled rape as ‘Russian military strategy’

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UN Special Representative Pramila Patten has been exposed for fabricating her claim that Russia was supplying its troops with Viagra as a part of its “military strategy” in the Ukraine conflict. The widely publicized lie was recycled from baseless NATO propaganda deployed during its 2011 Libyan regime change war.

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