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16.05.2022 - 19:03 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Ukraine will develop like Israel as country always ready for war – expert

(today)

Oleksandr Komarov, the president of the Kyivstar mobile operator, believes that even under the best scenario, Ukraine will develop like Israel, becoming a country always ready for war.

„My vision of the future is this: even in the best scenario, Ukraine will develop like Israel, becoming a country always ready for war. And this factor should be taken into account in planning. We do not invest for a year, our horizon is 7-10 years. And therefore, all these factors must be taken into account.

16.05.2022 - 18:38 [ Haaretz ]

Rights Groups Demand Israel Stop Arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine

(Jul. 9, 2018)

A group of more than 40 human rights activists have filed a petition with the High Court of Justice, demanding the cessation of Israeli arms exports to Ukraine.

They argue that these weapons serve forces that openly espouse a neo-Nazi ideology and cite evidence that the right-wing Azov militia, whose members are part of Ukraine’s armed forces, and are supported by the country’s ministry of internal affairs, is using these weapons.

12.05.2022 - 16:21 [ theParadise.ng ]

EU, UK join US in Launching Online ‘Disinformation’ Policies, ‘One-World Governance’ of Social Media

These steps come as part of a broader crackdown on the “spread of disinformation” called for by the Act, requiring platforms to “flag hate speech, eliminate any kind of terrorist propaganda” and implement “frameworks to quickly take down illicit content.”

Regarding alleged “disinformation,” these platforms will be mandated to create a “crisis response mechanism” to combat the spread of such content, with the Act specifically citing the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the “manipulation” of online content that has ensued.

11.05.2022 - 09:51 [ AfricaNews.com ]

Sergei Lavrov: Wagner in Mali and Libya on a „commercial basis“

(03.05.2022)

In an interview with Italian television Mediaset, Lavrov reiterated Moscow’s position that Wagner „has nothing to do with the Russian state“.

Wagner, which is reputedly close to President Vladimir Putin, is accused of employing mercenaries who have committed abuses in Mali, Libya and Syria.

10.05.2022 - 13:08 [ Visegrád 24 / Nitter.net ]

French President Macron will hold a telephone conversation with Hungarian PM Orban and European Commission President von der Leyen today to resolve the Russian oil embargo.

09.05.2022 - 09:52 [ Nexta / Nitter.net ]

#Putin’s speech at the parade is over. There were no words about mobilization or an open declaration of war on #Ukraine.

07.05.2022 - 10:41 [ Bernie's Tweets / Twitter ]

CHINA – Every dot is a vessel stacked in queues at all ports, not just Shanghai. China’s lockdown policies will cripple western supply chains, destroy businesses and weaken economies & governments. Almost like sanctions.

05.05.2022 - 12:41 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Foreign Ministry: We hope that Hungary to contribute to unity in EU, including in terms of introducing embargo on oil from Russia, providing Ukraine with military assistance

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine hopes that Hungary will contribute to unity in the EU, including in terms of introducing the embargo in relation to the oil of the Russian Federation and the provision of military assistance to Ukraine, speaker of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Oleh Nikolenko said.

„We hope that Hungary will contribute to unity in the EU, including in terms of introduction of embargo on Russian oil and the provision of military assistance to Ukraine,“ Nikolenko told the Interfax-Ukraine agency on Thursday.

05.05.2022 - 12:31 [ The Associated Press / Twitter ]

Belarus president tells @AP it would be ‚unacceptable‘ to use nuclear weapons, but can’t say if Russia has such plans.

04.05.2022 - 14:57 [ Noga Tarnopolsky / Twitter ]

1. No Russian Jewish org has condemned Lavrov’s remarks about Jews or Israel’s support for neo-Nazis.“ They’re scared. Not a joke. @KseniaSvetlova has heard Jewish Muscovites that they’re being pressured to support the „special military operation“ & choose: Israel or Russia.

04.05.2022 - 14:37 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Israeli authorities discuss possibility of supplying defense systems to Ukraine – media

Also, „there is a consensus among the relevant Israeli officials that, at least at this stage, the Ukrainian army will not receive anti-aircraft systems, modern weapons, offensive weapons.“ Instead, for the time being, it is about the supply of „defensive systems that will protect troops on the ground, personal combat equipment and warning systems that could be sent without causing a crisis with Russia,“ Haaretz writes.

04.05.2022 - 09:22 [ Reuters ]

EU to remove Sberbank, two other Russian banks from SWIFT

The European Commission proposed on Wednesday to remove Russia’s biggest bank Sberbank and two other banks from the international SWIFT transaction and messaging system in another blow to the Russian financial system over the war in Ukraine.

03.05.2022 - 11:36 [ RepublicWorld.com ]

Putin can declare formal war on Ukraine by May 9 for full mobilisation of forces: US

The declaration of war, according to a CNN report, would allow the full mobilisation of Russia’s reserve forces as they attempt to conquer eastern and southern Ukraine.

02.05.2022 - 15:16 [ Ukrinform.net ]

Russian mole exposed in Ukraine Army’s General Staff – adviser to President’s Office chief

He added that this false-flag attack was allegedly supposed to be carried out using Ukrainian weapons – portable anti-aircraft missile systems. The spies planned to obtain the weapons, used by our troops, through volunteers. To this end, they had been trying to win trust of the latter, giving them real data on the movement of Russian troops, giving away the coordinates of Ramzan Kadyrov’s ethnic Chechen unit.

„There are three components to this story that describe everything that’s happening in the Russian army now. The first is shooting down a passenger plane, the second is deceiving their leadership, and the third is setting up the Kadyrovites,“ Arestovych concluded.

01.05.2022 - 18:16 [ @dreamer_crafter / Twitter ]

It’s raining generals in #Ukraine folks! Major General Andrey Simonov would be the ninth and youngest #Russian general killed so far in the latest blow to Putin’s disastrous invasion of Ukraine. He was seen as the leading electronic warfare specialist.

01.05.2022 - 18:10 [ The Kyiv Independent / Twitter ]

SBU: Russia planned a terrorist attack to blame on Ukraine. The Security Service reported that they neutralized Russia’s sabotage reconnaissance group that had been planning to shoot down a passenger plane over Russia or Belarus and blame it on Ukraine and its allies.

01.05.2022 - 10:58 [ John Oberlin / Twitter ]

It’s like Putin is going out of his way to encourage Sweden and Finland to join NATO as rapidly as possible.

01.05.2022 - 10:54 [ bnonews.com ]

Sweden says Russian plane violated airspace as NATO application looms

(30.04.2022)

A statement from the Swedish Armed Forces said the aircraft, an Antonov An-30, was first located when it was east of Bornholm and flying towards Swedish territory. It briefly violated Swedish airspace before leaving the area.

“Swedish fighter jets followed the incident and photographed the plane,” the defense ministry said.

29.04.2022 - 11:48 [ James Melville / Twitter ]

The lockdown in Shanghai is causing a massive logjam in maritime cargo transportation. A fifth of the world’s containerships are currently stuck in congestion. The largest share are stuck offshore around China. The global supply chain repercussions are enormous. Cause and effect.

29.04.2022 - 10:14 [ Japan Today ]

Scholz says Germany seeks closer ties with Indo-Pacific

„My trip is a clear political signal that Germany and the European Union will continue and intensify their engagement with the Indo-Pacific region,“ Scholz said after meeting Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

Kishida said he and Scholz agreed that as members of the Group of Seven industrialized nations they share a responsibility to work together to end Russian aggression and restore peace, stability and international order as quickly as possible.

27.04.2022 - 19:37 [ @bigrussianshop / Twitter ]

Minister for European Affairs and Property Management Tyutti Tuppurainen – on payment for Russian gas: „We have made a decision in the government committee on economic policy that Finland will not accept ruble payments.“ 94% of Finland’s gas comes from Russia.

27.04.2022 - 11:14 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Gazprom halts gas supply to Poland, Bulgaria over failure to conduct settlements in rubles

„As of the end of the business day on April 26, Gazprom Export did not receive payment for the gas supplied in April from these two companies, Bulgargaz (Bulgaria) and PGNiG (Poland) in rubles, as required by Russian presidential order No. 172 dated 31.03.2022. Gas supplied since April 1 must be paid for in rubles by means of new bank details, which counterparties were timely informed about,“ the company said.

24.04.2022 - 09:58 [ Times of Israel ]

Russian envoy: We’ll ‘respond accordingly’ if Israel gives Ukraine defensive gear

Speaking with Russian state television, Ambassador Anatoly Viktorov noted Defense Ministry Benny Gantz’s announcement a day earlier that Israel will provide Ukraine with helmets and flak jackets.

Gantz’s office stressed the equipment will go to Ukrainian civilian rescue and medical forces, not the military.

22.04.2022 - 17:25 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Russia to remain under sanctions if there is no peace agreement on Ukraine – German Chancellor

„Russia is in a very difficult situation, the sanctions are seriously damaging the Russian economy,“ Scholz told Spiegel.

„A cold peace that is not secured by an agreement will not free Russia from sanctions,“ the chancellor added.

22.04.2022 - 16:36 [ theGuardian.com ]

Russian commander suggests plan is for permanent occupation of south Ukraine

A senior Russian military commander has said that the goal of Russia’s new offensive is to seize control of southern Ukraine and form a land bridge to Crimea, indicating that Russia plans a permanent occupation of Ukrainian territory taken in the war.

Rustam Minnekayev, acting commander of the central military district, also told members of a defence industry forum on Friday that control over southern Ukraine would give Russia access to Transnistria, a pro-Russian breakaway region of Moldova, indicating that Russia may attack the port city of Odesa.

22.04.2022 - 16:16 [ Shannon Vavra / Twitter ]

NEW: Satellite images show evidence of mass graves outside Mariupol—images the city of Mariupol is calling „crimes of the Russian army“—as Russians work to take the besieged city and renew the offensive in eastern Ukraine.

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22.04.2022 - 08:41 [ China Xinhua News / Twitter ]

#JulianAssange’s experience shows that those who expose so-called „atrocities“ of other countries are „heroes,“ and those who expose scandals of the U.S. are „criminals,“ says Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin.

21.04.2022 - 19:27 [ @khan_1995hp / Twitter ]

After stabilization of the situation in the liberated territories of the Kharkiv region, a referendum may be held, head of the provisional civil administration Vitaly Ganchev told RIA Novosti

21.04.2022 - 19:22 [ Jerusalem Post / Twitter ]

Russia has reportedly begun to consolidate power in areas of Ukraine under its control, shaking up the leadership of the Luhansk People’s Republic and trying to push a referendum in Kherson.

21.04.2022 - 19:05 [ theNationalnews.com ]

Ukraine fears Russia will hold sham referendum in occupied Kherson

(Apr 18, 2022)

Human rights commissioner Lyudmila Denisova said Russian forces were distributing propaganda material telling people in occupied Kherson that Moscow was acting for their benefit.

She said leaflets handed out “blame the Ukrainians themselves and their chosen government” for the aggression against their country, echoing the Kremlin’s messaging about the invasion.

21.04.2022 - 19:00 [ theGuardian.com ]

Putin wants ‘Korean scenario’ for Ukraine, says intelligence chief

(27.03.2022)

Vladimir Putin is seeking to split Ukraine into two, emulating the postwar division between North and South Korea, the invaded country’s military intelligence chief has said.

In comments that raise the prospect of a long and bitter frozen conflict, Gen Kyrylo Budanov, who foretold of Russia’s invasion as far back as November, warned of bloody guerrilla warfare.

20.04.2022 - 09:25 [ Bloomberg ]

China Says it Will Keep Boosting Strategic Ties With Russia

Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng called for deepening ties in a range of fields during a meeting on Monday in Beijing with Russian envoy Andrey Ivanovich Denisov, according to a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement. He said that a nearly 30% jump in trade between the nations during the first three months of 2022 demonstrate “the great resilience and internal dynamism of bilateral cooperation.”

20.04.2022 - 08:52 [ Bloomberg ]

India Soaks Up Every Major Russian Oil Variety as Flows Persist

State-run oil refiners are now looking at privately negotiated deals instead of buying through public tenders in order to get better prices, according to Indian refinery officials and traders. The South Asian nation has purchased everything from flagship Urals that ships from ports in the west, to a rare cargo of ESPO from the Far East, typically favored by China.

20.04.2022 - 08:12 [ Foxbusiness.com ]

UAE energy chief doubles down on OPEC alliance with Russia

The United Arab Emirates‘ energy minister doubled down Monday on an oil alliance with Russia that’s helped buoy crude prices to their highest in years as Moscow’s war on Ukraine rattles markets and sends energy and commodity prices soaring.

The minister said Russia, with its 10 million barrels of oil a day, is an important member of the global OPEC+ energy alliance.

20.04.2022 - 07:55 [ New York Times ]

Europe Reluctantly Readies Russian Oil Embargo

Officials are drafting a phased import ban on Russian oil products, but the measure won’t be floated until after the second round of the French elections at the earliest.

19.04.2022 - 22:06 [ Oilprice.com ]

Putin, Saudi Prince Vow To Continue OPEC+ Cooperation

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed this weekend their countries’ cooperation in the OPEC+ oil production pact in their second telephone call since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Russia is a key partner to OPEC’s largest producer and de facto leader, Saudi Arabia, in the OPEC+ alliance, which has been working for years to manage oil supply to the market.

19.04.2022 - 21:52 [ Arctic Friend / Twitter ]

Why did Israel stop the US from selling the Iron dome to Ukraine? And one other question: Why are they excepting Russian oligarchs money? It’s essentially blood money. Israel should be enforcing our sanctions against Russia, not helping them skirt the sanctions.

19.04.2022 - 16:12 [ Andrei B. Sterescu, Economist @ECB / Twitter ]

2/6 Despite growing momentum behind a EU initiative to embargo Russian energy, Germany 🇩🇪 has been one of the most reticent Member States to consider a total embargo, citing heavy economic and social costs.

19.04.2022 - 14:20 [ Real Maverick ]

According to MSM report yesterday, #German intel agency BND knew about #Wirecard former COO Marsalek’s whereabouts in Moscow, they were contacted by #Russia FSB which proposed interrogation. Request was turned down, German chancellery was informed 2021.

(12.04.2022)

19.04.2022 - 13:40 [ Yahoo.com ]

An EU embargo on Russian oil in the works – French minister

„I hope that in the weeks to come we will convince our European partners to stop importing Russian oil,“ Le Maire told Europe 1 radio.

17.04.2022 - 22:35 [ Sky News / Twitter ]

Tens of thousands of people turned out in Karachi to protest against the removal of former Prime Minister Imran Khan from power. Imran Khan has accused the US of being behind his downfall because he asked Russia for economic help.

16.04.2022 - 16:03 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Olaf Scholz must choose between an energy embargo on Russia, or a moral embargo on Germany

The moral and political damage to the EU itself is becoming prohibitive. The policy is already a diplomatic trainwreck for Germany, stunned to discover that President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is a pariah – the Kurt Waldheim of our era? – so sullied by two decades as the dark lord of Kremlin collusion that Ukraine won’t have him in the country.

15.04.2022 - 05:26 [ New York Times ]

C.I.A. Director Airs Concern That Putin Might Turn to Nuclear Weapons

William J. Burns, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, cautioned that he had seen no “practical evidence” that would suggest such a move was imminent.

13.04.2022 - 14:38 [ EPP Group, The largest political group in the @Europarl_EN / Twitter ]

EU sanctions work and have made an impact on the Russian economy. However, we need to close the loopholes in order to cut off the financial drip for the war machine. We call on the EC to urgently extend #SWIFT sanctions to more banks from #Russia and #Belarus.

13.04.2022 - 14:28 [ The Kyiv Independent / Twitter ]

Russia uses white phosphorus bombs in Zaporizhzhia Oblast, no casualties reported. Using such bombs against civilians is prohibited by the Geneva Conventions. Source: The regional military administration spokesperson Ivan Ariefiev.

13.04.2022 - 14:03 [ Nexta / Twitter ]

Since yesterday, #Russian Telegram channels reported on hundreds of surrendering #Ukrainian Marines. However, the video shows no more than two dozen people in unmarked uniforms.

13.04.2022 - 13:55 [ Nexta / Twitter ]

#Russian propagandists faked a video and overlaid it with @BBCNews -style credits to blame #Ukraine for the rocket attacks on civilians in #Kramatorsk. Now this video is being actively rebroadcast by pro-Kremlin propagandists. There is no such video on the official BBC website.

12.04.2022 - 16:11 [ Washington Post ]

Will Israel Ever Move Past the Netanyahu Era?

(April 6, 2022)

Netanyahu has been relatively quiet on Ukraine, which would put him at odds with the current administration and key parts of the U.S. Republican Party. In the past he has seen Putin as a partner in fighting Iranian influence in Syria and in the effort to keep Iran from supplying Hezbollah and Hamas with cash and weapons. That is similar to Bennett’s policy, though it is hard to imagine Bibi trying to mediate the conflict or allowing his foreign minister to call Putin a war criminal, as Lapid is now doing.

12.04.2022 - 06:42 [ OpIndia.com ]

Allegations of white phosphorus munitions being used by Russia and Ukraine emerge: Read if it’s considered a chemical weapon and is illegal to use it during war

(28 February, 2022)

WP has not been categorised as an incendiary or chemical weapon by international agencies. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is an intergovernmental organisation and the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention, has not listed WP in any of the three Schedules of Chemical Weapons. However, United Nations considers it as an incendiary chemical.

10.04.2022 - 11:24 [ anews.com.tr ]

Zelensky reiterates embargo demands for Russian oil and gas

„Ukraine does not have time to wait. Freedom does not have time to wait. When tyranny launches aggression against everything that keeps peace in Europe, action must be taken immediately. It is necessary to act in a principled fashion,“ he said.

„And the oil embargo should be the first step. At the level of all democracies, the whole civilized world. Then Russia will feel it. Then it will be an argument for them – to seek peace, to stop pointless violence.“

10.04.2022 - 10:11 [ Washington Post ]

Why Pakistan’s Leader Is Facing the Risk of Ouster

(April 8, 2022)

Pakistan’s military has outsized power for a country conceived as a democracy. There have been three successful military coups. When Khan became prime minister, it was only the second time since Pakistan achieved independence in 1947 that a civilian administration had transferred power to another. Even when elected governments have ruled, the military, especially the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, has played a forceful role.

(…)

Khan, who has been critical of the U.S. while seeking better relations with Russia and China, has said he would continue to pursue an “independent” foreign policy. His opponents have vowed to improve ties with the U.S. and Europe if they win.

10.04.2022 - 09:52 [ thePrint.in ]

US asked Pakistan not to proceed with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Russia: Qureshi

Qureshi talked major foreign policy issues, especially the alleged regime change being plotted by the US in Pakistan.

“Today Pakistan is standing at a historic juncture and the people need to decide whether they want to live in an independent state or become slaves [to the West],” the 65-year-old politician said, acknowledging that today might be his last day as the foreign minister of Pakistan.

09.04.2022 - 19:07 [ Embassy of Ukraine in Brazil / Twitter ]

Conteúdo sensível. #BuchaMassacre. Novas evidências de atrocidades🇷🇺contra🇺🇦. Eles atiraram nas pessoas à queima-roupa, queimaram seus olhos, os torturaram e os mataram com as mãos amarradas. Speechless.Hard encontrar a palavra certa. rappers e assassinos🇷🇺vão queimar no inferno

09.04.2022 - 18:28 [ UN.org ]

General Assembly Adopts Text to Suspend Russian Federation from Human Rights Council, Continuing Emergency Special Session on Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine

The Assembly adopted the draft resolution by a recorded vote of 93 in favour to 24 against, with 58 abstentions, signaling the international community’s strong censure of Moscow’s aggressive actions towards a neighbouring State.

09.04.2022 - 18:24 [ Camila / Twitter ]

In terms of population, 73.73% of the world did not vote in favor of suspending Russia 🇷🇺 from the UN Human Rights Council. The figure is even higher when you factor in the 18 countries that didn’t vote.

09.04.2022 - 18:20 [ Washington Post ]

How isolated is Russia, really?

Though the United States, the European Union and other allies have imposed sanctions on Russian oligarchs and armed enemies of the Kremlin, most of the world’s population lives in countries that have not.

Even in the United Nations votes, condemners did not represent a majority of the global population — abstainers and supporters of Russia did.

09.04.2022 - 07:38 [ theGuardian.com ]

Germany will stop importing Russian gas ‘very soon’, says Olaf Scholz

The German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, has said his country is doing all it can to wean itself off Russian energy, but declined to endorse a claim by Boris Johnson that it would stop importing Russian gas by the middle of 2024.

05.04.2022 - 20:51 [ Seán Kelly MEP, MEP Ireland South | Leader @FineGael in EP / Twitter ]

Images of the massacre of civilians in #Bucha and the Russian war crimes in Ukraine are truly heartbreaking. Along with 207 MEPs, the @FineGael Delegation is calling for an embargo on Russian energy imports, exclusion of ALL Russian banks from SWIFT + ban Russia from EU ports.

05.04.2022 - 20:29 [ Inna Sovsun, Member of #Ukraine Parliament / Twitter ]

The EU boasted of #Russia’s disconnection from SWIFT. But they shut down only 7 of 300 banks. The largest bank, Sberbank, evaded sanctions. And Gazprombank too.

This bank helped Russian Defense Ministry buy unmanned aerial vehicles & electronic reconnaissance equipment.

05.04.2022 - 20:23 [ bank-code.net ]

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05.04.2022 - 20:18 [ BBC ]

EU targets Russian coal and ships in new sanctions

EU officials had earlier indicated the focus would be on enforcing existing measures.

05.04.2022 - 08:09 [ NDTV.com ]

Ukraine’s Zelensky Says He Will Address UN Security Council Today

„I would like to emphasise that we are interested in the most complete, transparent investigation, the results of which will be known and explained to the entire international community,“ Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address.

05.04.2022 - 05:32 [ Maxar Technologies / Twitter ]

High-resolution Maxar #satelliteimagery collected over #Bucha, #Ukraine verifies and corroborates recent social media videos and photos that reveal bodies lying in the streets and left out in the open for weeks.

05.04.2022 - 05:29 [ New York Times ]

Satellite images show bodies lay in Bucha for weeks, despite Russian claims.

Satellite images provided to The Times by Maxar Technologies show that at least 11 of those had been on the street since March 11, when Russia, by its own account, occupied the town.

To confirm when the bodies appeared, and when the civilians were likely killed, the Visual Investigations team at The Times conducted a before-and-after analysis of satellite imagery. The images show dark objects of similar size to a human body appearing on Yablonska Street between March 9 and March 11.

04.04.2022 - 06:10 [ Михайло Подоляк, Adviser to the Head of the Office of President of Ukraine / Twitter ]

🇷🇺 came in 🇺🇦 with military bands and columns of the Rosguard. But they were followed by mobile crematories. Why do you need them if you don’t believe in resistance? Now we know – to hide war crimes. This is not a performer’s mistake. This is a planned genocide. #BuchaMassacre

04.04.2022 - 06:10 [ Ukrinform.net ]

Podolyak: Russians delivered mobile crematories to Ukraine to hide war crimes

“Russians came in Ukraine with military bands and columns of the Russian Guard. But they were followed by mobile crematories. Why do you need them if you don’t believe in resistance? Now we know – to hide war crimes. This is not a performer’s mistake. This is a planned genocide. #BuchaMassacre,” Mykhailo Podolyak, Adviser to the Head of the Office of President of Ukraine, posted on Twitter.

03.04.2022 - 19:35 [ Jeruslaem Post ]

Israeli military surprised at how the war in Ukraine is going

(MARCH 29, 2022)

A month after Russia invaded, Moscow has yes to achieve its goals.

03.04.2022 - 19:31 [ ndweiss. a brokedown palace. / Twitter ]

Israel isn’t providing Ukraine with Iron Dome tech for which Ukraine has been begging because “A good working relationship with the Kremlin has long been seen as an essential component of Israeli national security.” A good relationship w/the Kremlin?

03.04.2022 - 17:56 [ Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine / Twitter ]

Bucha massacre was deliberate. Russians aim to eliminate as many Ukrainians as they can. We must stop them and kick them out. I demand new devastating G7 sanctions NOW: -Oil, gas, coal embargo -Close all ports to Russian vessels and goods -Disconnect all Russian banks from SWIFT

03.04.2022 - 06:12 [ theGuardian.com ]

Russia and India will find ways to trade despite sanctions, says Lavrov

Russian foreign minister meets Narendra Modi and praises India’s refusal to condemn Ukraine invasion

03.04.2022 - 05:59 [ IndiaToday.in ]

US warns India against buying discounted oil from Russia

The United States said India should not increase its oil imports from Russia and it could expose New Delhi to a „great risk“. Reports said the US might be looking to slap sanctions on the purchase of Russian oil.

03.04.2022 - 05:17 [ Nexta / Twitter ]

More and more bodies of civilians murdered by the occupiers are found in the liberated suburbs of #Kyiv. The whole world must see the atrocities of the invaders.

03.04.2022 - 05:13 [ AFP News Agency / Twitter ]

#UPDATE Bucha’s mayor, Anatoly Fedoruk, told @AFP by phone that they „have already buried 280 people in mass graves,“ since the Ukrainian army retook control of the key town outside Kyiv As witnessed by @AFP , he said the heavily destroyed town’s streets are littered with corpses

02.04.2022 - 18:03 [ circleid.com ]

The Danger of Weaponising the DNS in the Ukraine Russia Conflict and Good News

(March 12, 2022)

As a member of ICANN’s At Large community, having once served as an At Large Advisory Committee member, I watched with great interest the “politicization” of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). Management of the DNS has often been touted as a purely technical administration by the United States of America’s Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Far from being a technical task, DNS design and administration implicate public interest concerns such as trademark disputes, infrastructure stability and security, resource allocation and security

02.04.2022 - 17:50 [ Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) ]

New blocks emerge in Russia amid war in Ukraine: An OONI network measurement analysis

(3rd March 2022)

– Different censorship techniques. To block websites, OONI data shows that Russian ISPs adopt the following censorship techniques (beyond throttling):

– DNS manipulation, redirecting in some cases to blockpages
– HTTP man-in-the-middle, serving blockpages
– TLS man-in-the-middle
– Injection of a RST packet after the ClientHello during the TLS handshake (most prevalent)
– Timing out the session after the ClientHello during the TLS handshake
– Closing the connection after the ClientHello during the TLS handshake

02.04.2022 - 17:43 [ PrivateInternetAccess.com ]

Russia wants to outlaw TLS 1.3, ESNI, DNS over HTTPS, and DNS over TLS

(Sep 22, 2020)

The Russian Ministry of Digital Development, Communications, and Mass Media has released a draft law which outlines plans to outlaw TLS 1.3, ESNI, DNS over HTTPS, and DNS over TLS. The draft law (text in Russian) “bans the use of encryption protocols allowing for hiding the name (identifier) of a web page or Internet site on the territory of the Russian Federation.” This is supposed to help the Roskomnadzor in their job as Russia’s censor. If a site is found to be using these encryption tools, they can be blocked by the Roskmonadzor within a day. Meduza, reporting on the news noted:

01.04.2022 - 22:30 [ apnews.com ]

China rejects sanctions as Ukraine war tops summit agenda

At a virtual summit, European Council President Charles Michel, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell sought signs from Chinese President and Communist Party leader Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang that Beijing would help to end the war in Ukraine.

01.04.2022 - 22:10 [ CNN ]

Russia accuses Ukraine of helicopter strikes on fuel depot in Russian territory

In a statement, Russia’s Ministry of Defense said that the helicopters „entered the airspace of the Russian Federation at extremely low altitude,“ at 5 a.m. Moscow time and „launched a missile attack on a civilian oil storage facility located on the outskirts of Belgorod.“

30.03.2022 - 16:45 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

Russian, US officials to attend meeting in China on Afghan situation, amid China’s efforts to mediate heated issues

While the third Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan’s Neighboring Countries is scheduled in China’s Anhui Province on Wednesday and Thursday, China will also host a Troika Plus meeting there with Russia, the US and Pakistan over the Afghan situation. Observers said that against the backdrop of the Ukraine crisis, the upcoming meetings on Afghanistan will help congregate the stake-holding parties to help Afghanistan despite their grudges, which showcases China’s efforts to promote regional stability and its capability to mediate heated issues.

30.03.2022 - 05:04 [ Washington Post ]

Why Israel Won’t Supply the Iron Dome to Ukraine

(March 13, 2022)

IDF and Russian commanders in Syria use a deconfliction mechanism that coordinates IDF activity and allows Israel to operate without endangering Russian assets.

This is well understood by Israelis. A poll published this week shows 67% of the public supports the government’s cautious approach to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and favors not taking a firm stance against Russia. Only 21% disagree.

27.03.2022 - 16:22 [ New Yorker ]

Naftali Bennett’s Calculated Effort to Engage with Vladimir Putin on Ukraine—and Iran

(March 14, 2022)

Bennett, like Netanyahu, has been a fierce opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, which lifts sanctions on Iranian trade. The Biden Administration and its European allies want the deal, but, in the Moscow meeting with Bennett, Putin elaborated on a new roadblock to its signing. Sanctions imposed on Russia by the U.S. and European powers mean that any third-party company or government entity that trades with Russia may itself be sanctioned. Putin now insists that Russia’s support for the final deal is contingent on its being able to trade freely with Iran—which the original deal allowed.

27.03.2022 - 15:51 [ MoroccoLatestNews.com ]

Burita speaks with Sergei Lavrov

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad, Nasser Bourita, had a telephone conversation on Tuesday 22 March with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.

It should be noted that the Kingdom preferred not to take part in the vote on the resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, calling on Russia to “immediately cease the use of force against Ukraine”.

27.03.2022 - 15:33 [ theGuardian.com ]

Dubai throws open the doors for the rich Russians escaping sanctions

The UAE has not followed western governments in using sanctions as retaliation for the invasion of Ukraine. Bankers, real estate agents, car dealerships and marinas are reporting extraordinary demand for homes, sports cars and mooring space as the influx settles in to an oil-rich monarchy that has charted its own course on Putin’s Russia and is not afraid to expose glaring tensions with the US in doing so.

27.03.2022 - 14:41 [ NewsOfBahrain.com ]

Bahrain King reviews bilateral relations with Russian President

(March 15, 2022)

A telephone call was held today between His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Both leaders reviewed historical bilateral relations and their steady developement in various fields.

27.03.2022 - 14:25 [ Al-Monitor.com ]

Egypt seeks middle ground between US, Russia as Ukraine fighting rages

(March 11, 2022)

According to a Kremlin statement, “The presidents discussed further development of the strategic partnership between Russia and Egypt, including major joint projects in nuclear energy and industrial production. Both parties expressed interest in continuing close cooperation in tourism and agriculture.”

The statement went on, “At the request of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Vladimir Putin explained the reasons for and goals of the special military operation to protect Donbass and spoke about Russia’s efforts during the talks with Ukrainian representatives. The president of Egypt thanked Russia for the efforts to evacuate Egyptian nationals from the conflict zone.”

26.03.2022 - 21:41 [ Reuters ]

White House says Biden is not calling for regime change in Russia

„The President’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change,“ the official said following Biden’s speech in Warsaw.

26.03.2022 - 21:35 [ BostonGlobe.com ]

‘Potentially very dangerous’: Biden’s Warsaw speech met with mixed reactions

Politicians and pundits had mixed reactions Saturday to President Biden’s impassioned speech in Warsaw, in which he rebuked Russian President Vladimir Putin and defended liberal democracy.

26.03.2022 - 21:29 [ CNN ]

Biden says Putin ‚cannot remain in power‘

The line was not in Biden’s prepared remarks, a separate White House official said.

But his remark was already reverberating as Biden departed Poland to return home to Washington after his last-minute trip to attend snap summits in Brussels and to reassure allies along NATO’s eastern edge.

26.03.2022 - 20:59 [ ForeignPolicy.com ]

Biden Should Punish Saudi Arabia for Backing Russia

Riyadh could make a difference in oil markets but has chosen to side with fellow authoritarians rather than the United States.

26.03.2022 - 20:03 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Intelligence ‚Cooperating Very Closely‘ With Ukraine, Top Zelenskyy Aide Says

(24.03.2022)

“I have very big respect for the leaders of your intelligence services,” he said. “I know many of them personally. These are very big professionals and patriots of Israel and patriots of the whole free world. So I do know that our intelligence is satisfied with this cooperation, but of course there is always more that can be done,“ he said, describing Israel’s intelligence community as „one of the best of the world.“

26.03.2022 - 19:53 [ BusinessInsider.com ]

Ukrainians mocked Russian troops while jamming their unsecured radio networks, NYT investigation reveals

(24.03.2022)

It is unclear why Russian fighters are using unsecured communications, but it appears to have become the norm, The Verge reported.

26.03.2022 - 19:47 [ Vice.com ]

Ukraine Arrests ‘Hacker’ It Says Was Routing Calls for Russian Troops

(March 15, 2022)

“Something like this, to this extent, has never been done,” McDaid said of Ukraine’s defensive moves on its telecommunications networks. The use of at least one hacker like the one in the released images is a consequence of what Ukraine has effectively forced Russia to do, “because of the literally unprecedented and effective security moves the Ukrainian mobile operators have made,” McDaid added.

26.03.2022 - 10:36 [ Olivia Dalton / Twitter ]

During today’s #UN Security Council meeting on North Korea’s ballistic missile launches, @USAmbUN Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced that the United States will be introducing a Chapter VII Security Council resolution to update and strengthen the sanctions regime.

26.03.2022 - 10:18 [ Reuters ]

U.S. urges China and Russia to send strong message to North Korea after missile launch

(25.03.2022)

China and Russia should tell North Korea to avoid more „provocations“ after it resumed intercontinental ballistic missile testing this week, U.S. State Department spokesperson Jalina Porter said on Friday.

24.03.2022 - 20:44 [ Wall Street Journal / Youtube ]

‚NATO Has Never, Never Been More United Than It Is Today:‘ Biden Remarks From Brussels | WSJ

Watch live coverage of a news conference with President Biden from Brussels.

24.03.2022 - 20:38 [ New York Times ]

‘I raised the possibility’ of ejecting Russia from the G20, Biden says after two summits and ahead of a third.

President Biden said that Russia should be removed from the G20 group of industrialized and developing nations because of the country’s invasion of Ukraine, but said that if the member nations do not agree to the measure, then Ukraine should be allowed to participate in the group’s meetings in the future.

24.03.2022 - 13:35 [ Reuters ]

No indication of imminent Russian chemical weapons attack in Ukraine -U.S. defense official

(22.03.2022)

The U.S. official, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity, shared Biden’s assessment but added: „There’s no indication that there’s something imminent in that regard right now.“

24.03.2022 - 12:43 [ Washington Post ]

Biden holds emergency NATO talks in Europe as Ukraine war hits one month

In a flurry of meetings, Biden and major allies are expected to announce plans to reduce Europe’s dependence on Russian energy, new sanctions and more military deployments to Eastern Europe — even as divisions emerge about how to deter Moscow. National security adviser Jake Sullivan said Biden will also discuss “potential contingencies” in the event of a Russian cyberattack or chemical weapons.

23.03.2022 - 20:05 [ Володимир Зеленський / Twitter ]

Talked to @Pontifex . Told His Holiness about the difficult humanitarian situation and the blocking of rescue corridors by Russian troops. The mediating role of the Holy See in ending human suffering would be appreciated. Thanked for the prayers for Ukraine and peace.

23.03.2022 - 14:39 [ theHill.com ]

Biden warns of chemical warfare threat as he leaves for Europe

When asked what he will say to European leaders, Biden said he will say it face-to-face when he arrives.

“All I have to say, I’m going to say it when I get there,” Biden said, adding that he will be “happy to talk to you guys when I get back,” referring to reporters.

21.03.2022 - 05:44 [ Haaretz ]

Iron Dome and Beyond: Israel Can, and Must, Save Lives in Ukraine

One Western country has the unique experience and capacity to help Ukraine protect civilian lives from Putin’s bombardment: Israel. Unfortunately, despite repeated requests from Kyiv, it has chosen not to do

21.03.2022 - 05:29 [ Jerusalem Post ]

‚Why won’t Israel give Ukraine weapons?‘ Zelensky criticizes Knesset

Sources close to Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said they were surprised by how critical Zelensky was in the address. Despite the speech, mediation would continue, and Israel would not provide weapons to Ukraine, the sources said.

21.03.2022 - 05:24 [ Middle East Eye ]

Russia-Ukraine war: Zelensky presses Israel for its Iron Dome missile defence system

In the latest in a series of international appeals, Zelensky addressed the Israeli parliament by video link and questioned Israel’s reluctance to sell its Iron Dome missile defence system to Ukraine.

„Everybody knows that your missile defence systems are the best… and that you can definitely help our people, save the lives of Ukrainians, of Ukrainian Jews,“ said Zelensky, who is of Jewish heritage.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has held numerous calls with both Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin to try to end the conflict.

21.03.2022 - 04:38 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Russian Black Sea Fleet commander ’shot dead by Ukrainians‘ in battle for Mariupol

Andrey Paliy, the deputy commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, is the sixth top military figure to die during the invasion of Ukraine, after he was killed in battle around Mariupol.

20.03.2022 - 13:30 [ NBC News ]

Oil, weapons and realpolitik: Why some countries want to stay on friendly terms with Russia

India relies on Russian-made weapons, Israel needs Russia’s cooperation to strike inside Syria and Gulf Arab states look to Russia to help manage the oil market.

20.03.2022 - 13:00 [ Al Arabiya English / Twitter ]

#German Economy Minister Robert Habeck announces that he will explore liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply on a trip to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (#UAE), with aims to secure a #hydrogen deal, making Germany less dependent on Russia.

20.03.2022 - 11:52 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Syria’s Assad Makes Surprise Visit to the U.A.E. as Arab Ties Warm

(19.03.2022)

Arab countries are trying to re-engage with the Syrian president, who has been sanctioned by the U.S. since 2011

20.03.2022 - 11:36 [ Interfax Ukraine ]

Military and Political Situation in Ukraine. Morning of March 19th, 2022 – Ihor Zhdanov

In most operational areas the situation is without significant changes, there are battles of local significance, the war has moved to the positional stage. The enemy is having an operational pause to draw up reserves, particularly from the Far East, Armenia, and recruiting mercenaries in Syria.

19.03.2022 - 17:43 [ CNBC.com ]

Russia backs down on demands in Iran nuclear deal talks, making revival of 2015 pact imminent

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday that he had “received written guarantees” from the U.S. that its demands would be met, meaning the talks will likely proceed. The nearly simultaneous release of British-Iranian dual nationals from years of Iranian detention back to the U.K. and a reported U.K. repayment of a decades-old $530 million debt to Iran have improved prospects for an agreement.

15.03.2022 - 19:59 [ Nexta / Twitter ]

„I want to thank everyone for their support“ Marina Ovsyannikova after leaving the courtroom. The court decided to fine Marina 30,000 rubles ($280)

15.03.2022 - 19:58 [ Julia Davis / Twitter ]

This is fantastic. A brave woman interrupted Russian state TV’s live broadcast with a sign that says: “Stop the war. Don’t believe propaganda. They’re lying to you here.“ It was signed: „Russians against war.”

(14.03.2022)

15.03.2022 - 15:10 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Israel refuses sale of Iron Dome missile defense system to Ukraine

(15.02.2022)

In an effort to avoid at all cost, Israeli involvement in the crisis between Russia and Ukraine, Israel refused to sell the Iron Dome missile defense system to Kyiv in order not to annoy the Russians.

15.03.2022 - 15:06 [ יאיר לפיד - Yair Lapid, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel / Twitter ]

Israel, like Slovakia, condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and calls for an end to the fighting. There is no justification for violating Ukraine’s territorial integrity, and there is no justification for attacks on a civilian population.

(14.03.2022)

15.03.2022 - 15:01 [ יאיר לפיד - Yair Lapid, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel ]

Israel will not be a route to bypass sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States & other western countries.

(14.03.2022)

@IsraelMFA is coordinating the issue together with partners including the Bank of Israel, @Israel_MOF, @Misrad_Calcala, the Airports Authority, @Energy_IL, & others.

15.03.2022 - 14:56 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Growing Alarmed Over Israel’s Safe Harbor for Russian Oligarchs

(13.03.2022)

Washington is signaling to Israel that joining the economic pressure on Putin’s regime, including the oligarchs closest to him, is more important than mediating between Russia and Ukraine

15.03.2022 - 14:19 [ Bloomberg ]

Russia Says U.S. Guaranteed Sanctions Won’t Impede Iran Business

The U.S. has given Russia “written guarantees” that sanctions imposed over the invasion of Ukraine won’t affect its nuclear supply agreements with Iran, clearing the way for a resumption of talks to revive the 2015 atomic accord. Oil prices fell.

13.03.2022 - 18:14 [ OpIndia.com ]

Allegations of white phosphorus munitions being used by Russia and Ukraine emerge: Read if it’s considered a chemical weapon and is illegal to use it during war

WP has not been categorised as an incendiary or chemical weapon by international agencies. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is an intergovernmental organisation and the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention, has not listed WP in any of the three Schedules of Chemical Weapons. However, United Nations considers it as an incendiary chemical.

13.03.2022 - 18:10 [ Yahoo.com ]

Ukraine human rights ombudswoman accuses Russia of using phosphorus munitions

Reuters was not immediately able to verify her statement.

The ombudswoman, Liudmila Denisova, shared a photograph purporting to show the alleged attack, but did not say if Ukraine had concrete evidence.

13.03.2022 - 17:43 [ @MattBoxer94 / Twitter ]

The JCPOA is dead

13.03.2022 - 11:45 [ Times of Israel ]

As Israel avoids sanctioning oligarchs, 14 private jets arrive from Russia — report

Fourteen private jets that have taken off from Russia have landed at Ben Gurion Airport in the past 10 days, Channel 12 news reported Friday, as Israel continues to avoid joining Western sanctions against Russian oligarchs in the wake of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

13.03.2022 - 10:58 [ Dmitri Alperovitch / Twitter ]

As expected and predicted, Russia is doing its best to tank the JCPOA nuclear talks with Iran in retaliation for the sanctions

(March 11, 2022)

13.03.2022 - 10:50 [ theGuardian.com ]

Missiles land near US consulate in northern Iraq city of Erbil

“We condemn this terrorist attack launched against several sectors of Erbil, we call on the inhabitants to remain calm,” Kurdistan prime minister Masrour Barzani said in a statement.

The attack comes several days after an Israeli strike near Damascus, Syria killed two members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

12.03.2022 - 16:04 [ Ref's Channel / Youtube ]

War in Ukraine: Ukrainian army in a residential area in Mariupol, Ukraine. (footage from drone)

(March 10, 2022)

#Ukraine #Mariupol #Russia
ATGM on the roof and armored vehicles at residential buildings.
Source: WAR GONZO

11.03.2022 - 20:15 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Russia-Ukraine latest news: Biden warns of ‘World War III’ if Nato directly confronts Russia

“Direct confrontation between Nato and Russia is World War III – something we must strive to prevent,“ Mr Biden added.

However, he vowed that Russia would pay a „severe price“ if it used chemical weapons in Ukraine.

It comes as Kyiv warned that Belarus could join Russia’s invasion as early as this evening after Russian fighter jets fired at Belarus from Ukrainian air space in an apparent ‘false flag’ attack to involve Minsk in the conflict.

11.03.2022 - 20:15 [ Reuters ]

Ukraine says Belarus leader was with Putin at time of ‚false-flag attack‘

Moscow did not immediately comment on a statement by Ukraine’s border service that several Belarusian border villages had been bombed by Russian warplanes to create a reason for Belarus to join Russia’s war against Ukraine.

11.03.2022 - 19:46 [ Pentagon ]

Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby Holds a Press Briefing, March 9, 2022

Q: Is there any concern that Russia’s actually doing this because they’re planning some sort of chem-biological attack?

MR. KIRBY: Yes, Court. I mean, again, not being perfectly inside the minds of the Russians. We have seen one of their playbooks is to accuse the other that which you are doing or what you plan to do. And to create a narrative that of victimhood and blaming somebody else for something that you’re in fact going to do. I have no evidence of that. I’m not suggesting that that’s in the offing right now.

I have no intelligence and indicators that, that type of weaponry is in Ukraine and being planned to be used. So, I want to be clear, but it is a piece of the Russian playbook to blame others for that which you are about to do or you are considering doing. They’ve done that plenty of times before.

09.03.2022 - 16:16 [ Yahoo.com ]

UPDATE 5-Do not sabotage Iran deal with new conditions, West tells Russia

Iran’s top negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani is due back in Vienna on Wednesday after unexpectedly returning to Tehran on Monday for consultations, an Iranian and a European official said.

09.03.2022 - 15:14 [ Asia Times ]

Khan duels with EU on Russia-Ukraine ‘neutrality’

Many analysts attribute Pakistan’s “neutrality” in the Ukrainian crisis to the country’s growing military and economic dependence on China, which is an ally of Russia. Beijing has refused to refer to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine as an “invasion” and blamed the US and West for precipitating the crisis.

09.03.2022 - 14:40 [ Tennessean.com ]

A neutral Ukraine could shatter Putin’s claims on the former Soviet republic | Opinion

(22.02.2022)

The Eurasian Economic Union is not exactly a nightly topic on Western cable news. But since its formation in 2015, it has grown into the 10th largest economy in the world. The member states are all former members of the Soviet Union, anchored by three key players: Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan.

It may not have the heart of the Soviet Union, but Putin’s new bloc has all the same resources. What’s missing in this “RUBK” cube, as author Austin Bay calls it, is the “U.” Ukraine’s addition to the EEU would transform the EEU into a major world economic power.

08.03.2022 - 19:54 [ CNN ]

Biden announces ban on Russian energy imports

„Today I am announcing the United States is targeting the main artery of Russia’s economy. We’re banning all imports of Russian oil and gas and energy,“ Biden said in remarks from the White House. „That means Russian oil will no longer be acceptable at US ports and the American people will deal another powerful blow to Putin’s war machine.“

08.03.2022 - 03:08 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Bennett, Ukraine, and Putin’s Rigged Game

Conspiracy theories aside, it’s still apparent that Israel and Russia have some common interests – something that is seemingly inconceivable – and these interests are opposed to those of the United States and Iran.

In recent days, Russia has imposed conditions on its consent to a new nuclear deal with Iran. It is demanding an American promise that the sanctions that Washington has imposed on Moscow won’t apply to Russian relations with Iran.

Oh, how the wheel turns

08.03.2022 - 03:01 [ Politico.eu/ ]

Russia obstructs Iran nuclear deal as the Kremlin frets over its oil income

Hopes had been high that international negotiators from the permanent five members of the U.N. Security Council, Germany and the EU would be able to secure a deal with Tehran on Saturday to put strict limits on Iran’s atomic work in exchange for sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic.

07.03.2022 - 13:00 [ Researchgate.net ]

The „Snipers‘ Massacre“ on the Maidan in Ukraine

(September 2015)

Conference: Annual Meeting of American Political Science AssociationAt: San Francisco

The massacre of almost 50 Maidan protesters on February 20, 2014 was a turning point in Ukrainian politics and a tipping point in the conflict between the West and Russia over Ukraine. This mass killing of the protesters and the mass shooting of the police that preceded it led to the overthrow of the pro-Russian government of Viktor Yanukovych and gave a start to a civil war in Donbas in Eastern Ukraine, Russian military intervention in Crimea and Donbas, and an international conflict between the West and Russia over Ukraine. A conclusion promoted by the post-Yanukovych governments and the media in Ukraine that the massacre was perpetrated by government snipers and special police units on a Yanukovych order has been nearly universally accepted by the Western governments, the media, and many scholars. The Ukrainian government investigation identified members of the special company of Berkut as responsible for killings of the absolute majority of the protesters, but did not release any evidence in support, with the exception of videos of the massacre. The question is which side organized the “snipers’ massacre.” This paper is the first academic study of this crucial case of the mass killing. It uses a theory of rational choice and a Weberian theory of instrumental rationality to examine actions of major actors both from the Yanukovych government, specifically various police and security forces, and the Maidan opposition, specifically its far right and oligarchic elements, during the massacre. The paper analyzes a large amount of evidence from different publicly available sources concerning this massacre and killings of specifics protestors. Qualitative content analysis includes the following data: about 1,500 videos and recordings of live internet and TV broadcasts from mass media and social media in different countries (some 150 Gigabytes) , news reports and social media posts by more than 100 journalists covering the massacre from Kyiv, some 5,000 photos, and nearly 30 gigabytes of publicly available radio intercepts of snipers and commanders from the special Alfa unit of the Security Service of Ukraine and Internal Troops, and Maidan massacre trial recordings. This study also employs field research on site of the massacre, eyewitness reports by both Maidan protesters and government special units commanders, statements by both former and current government officials, estimates of approximate ballistic trajectories, bullets and weapons used, and types of wounds among both protesters and the police. This study establishes a precise timeline for various events of the massacre, the locations of both the shooters and the government snipers, and the specific timeline and locations of nearly 50 protesters’ deaths. It also briefly analyzes other major cases of violence during and after the “Euromaidan.” This study includes two video appendixes. This academic investigation concludes that the massacre was a false flag operation, which was rationally planned and carried out with a goal of the overthrow of the government and seizure of power. It found various evidence of the involvement of an alliance of the far right organizations, specifically the Right Sector and Svoboda, and oligarchic parties, such as Fatherland. Concealed shooters and spotters were located in at least 20 Maidan-controlled buildings or areas. The various evidence that the protesters were killed from these locations include some 70 testimonies, primarily by Maidan protesters, several videos of “snipers” targeting protesters from these buildings, comparisons of positions of the specific protesters at the time of their killing and their entry wounds, and bullet impact signs. The study uncovered various videos and photos of armed Maidan “snipers” and spotters in many of these buildings. The paper presents implications of these findings for understanding the nature of the change of the government in Ukraine, the civil war in Donbas, Russian military intervention in Crimea and Donbas, and an international conflict between the West and Russia over Ukraine.

07.03.2022 - 12:52 [ BBC ]

False flags: What are they and when have they been used?

(18 February 2022)

As the conflict in eastern Ukraine intensifies, Britain and the US suspect Russia of planning „false flag“ attacks to create an excuse for an invasion.

Russian-backed separatists have already accused Ukraine’s military of a series of highly dubious attacks and are now calling for civilians in the occupied areas to leave.

07.03.2022 - 12:00 [ Daniel Neun / Radio Utopie ]

Libyen-Krieg: Neue Sitzung der Schwachmächte im UNO-Sicherheitsrat

(22. März 2011)

Am 19.März, dem Tag des Angriffs von Frankreich, Großbritannien, Kanada, Italien und den USA auf Libyen, wurde in Moskau eine der erbärmlichsten Erklärungen in der russischen Geschichte veröffentlicht (Angriffskrieg gegen Libyen beginnt: Ticker). Das russische Außenministerium von Sergei Lawrow:

“In Moskau bedauern wir diese bewaffnete Intervention im Rahmen der UN Resolution 1973, die hastig beschlossen wurde.”

Die Weltöffentlichkeit konstatiert: Russlands Staatsführung ist ein Haufen Tölpel, dem – wenn er schon nicht lesen kann und deshalb nicht weiss was vor sich geht – selbst das Wort „Veto“ mit einem einfachen Armhochhalten schon zu viel ist. Das Gleiche gilt für die Atomschwachmacht China, deren leseunkundige kommunistische Staatspartei immerhin 1.3 Milliarden Menschen herumkommandiert. In der Parteizeitung „People´s Daily“ redete man sich heute nun selbst in ein Gewissen, was man nicht hat (1):

„Die blutgetränkten Gewitter, denen Irak seit acht Jahren unterzogen wurde und das unaussprechliche Leiden seines Volkes sind ein Spiegel und eine Warnung. Die militärischen Attacken auf Libyen, folgend den Kriegen in Afghanisten und Irak, sind das das dritte Mal, dass einige Länder bewaffnete Aktionen gegen souveräne Staaten gestartet haben. Es sollte augenscheinlich sein, dass jedes Mal, wenn militärische Mittel benutzt werden um Krisen zu begegnen, dies ein Schlag gegen die Charta der Vereinten Nationen und die Regeln der internationalen Beziehungen sind.“

Die Weltöffentlichkeit versteht: früher hiess es in China „Bombardiert das Hauptquartier“, letzten Freitag hiess es „Bombardiert Libyen“ und heute wieder anders herum. Mal sehen, zu was sich Chinas Staatsführung am Donnerstag entscheidet. Vielleicht der Einfachheit halber zu „Bombardiert irgendwas“.

07.03.2022 - 11:55 [ UN.org ]

Security Council Approves ‘No-Fly Zone’ over Libya, Authorizing ‘All Necessary Measures’ to Protect Civilians, by Vote of 10 in Favour with 5 Abstentions

(17 March 2011)

Adopting resolution 1973 (2011) by a vote of 10 in favour to none against, with 5 abstentions (Brazil, China, Germany, India, Russian Federation), the Council authorized Member States, acting nationally or through regional organizations or arrangements, to take all necessary measures to protect civilians under threat of attack in the country, including Benghazi, while excluding a foreign occupation force of any form on any part of Libyan territory — requesting them to immediately inform the Secretary-General of such measures.

07.03.2022 - 11:52 [ Oleksandr Markushin / Telegram ]

УВАГА! Важливе повідомлення! Прошу слухати всім і передавати друзям і знайомим. Ірпінь не здається! Слава Україні!

07.03.2022 - 11:49 [ New York Times ]

Russian forces fire on evacuees, leaving 4 people dead outside Kyiv.

The attack in Irpin, west of the capital, suggested either direct targeting of evacuees or disregard for the risk of civilian casualties.

06.03.2022 - 13:38 [ Haaretz ]

New Russian Position Tying Iran Talks and Ukraine Sanctions Is ‚Not Constructive,‘ Tehran Says

The announcement by Russia, which could torpedo months of intensive indirect talks between Tehran and Washington in Vienna, came shortly after Tehran said it had agreed a roadmap with the UN nuclear watchdog to resolve outstanding issues which could help secure the nuclear pact.

06.03.2022 - 13:26 [ Times of Israel ]

Russia says won’t back Iran nuke deal without US guarantees over Ukraine sanctions

“We requested that our US colleagues… give us written guarantees at the minimum level of Secretary of State that the current [sanctions] process launched by the US will not in any way harm our right to free, fully-fledged trade and economic and investment cooperation and military-technical cooperation with Iran,” Lavrov said at a news conference.

06.03.2022 - 13:22 [ Times of Israel ]

Iran, IAEA agree on next steps to settle dispute over Tehran’s past nuclear activity

Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog said Saturday that they had agreed to an approach for resolving issues crucial to reviving the country’s 2015 nuclear accord with world powers — but new Russian demands may delay a deal.

The announcement came shortly before Russia said it would seek guarantees from the United States before it backs the deal, potentially scuppering hopes an agreement could be wrapped up quickly.

06.03.2022 - 12:05 [ Nexta / Twitter ]

The #Ukrainian authorities are negotiating to arrange the evacuation of #Hostomel and #Bucha, which are in the #Kyiv region, because these cities are constantly shelled by #Russian troops,“ #Arestovich said.

06.03.2022 - 12:00 [ Nexta / Twitter ]

The #Mariupol City Council announces the evacuation of civilians at 12:00.

06.03.2022 - 02:18 [ New York Times ]

Live Updates: Putin Threatens to Strip Ukraine of Statehood, as Russian Advance Slows

(05.03.2022)

“The current leadership needs to understand that if they continue doing what they are doing, they risk the future of Ukrainian statehood,” Mr. Putin said. He also said any third-party countries that tried to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine would be considered enemy combatants.

06.03.2022 - 02:14 [ New York Times ]

Putin Calls Ukrainian Statehood a Fiction. History Suggests Otherwise.

(21.02.2022)

“Modern Ukraine was entirely and fully created by Russia, more specifically the Bolshevik, communist Russia,” Mr. Putin said. “This process began practically immediately after the 1917 revolution, and moreover Lenin and his associates did it in the sloppiest way in relation to Russia — by dividing, tearing from her pieces of her own historical territory.”

As a misreading of history, it was extreme even by the standards of Mr. Putin, a former K.G.B. officer who has declared the Soviet Union’s collapse the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century.

06.03.2022 - 01:34 [ theTimes.co.uk ]

Merciless Vladimir Putin shells Ukrainian evacuee

Fury and fear in Mariupol as Kremlin’s violation of ceasefire deal drives civilians back into besieged city

05.03.2022 - 09:57 [ Yahoo.com ]

Germany’s Scholz talks with Russia’s Putin on the phone

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has talked with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone and called on Moscow to halt all military actions immediately, a German government spokesperson said on Friday.

Scholz also called on Putin to allow access for humanitarian aid in areas where fighting was taking place, while the Russian president announced a third round of Russia-Ukraine talks this weekend, a government spokesperson said in a statement.

04.03.2022 - 16:56 [ Paul Sonne, National security for the @WashingtonPost . Formerly @WSJ in Washington, Moscow, London. / Twitter ]

Russian senator Lyudmila Narusova says out of a company of 100 Russian soldiers, only 4 came back alive, and many were conscripts forced to sign contracts. Her late husband, St. Petersburg mayor Anatoly Sobchak, was Putin’s boss and mentor.

04.03.2022 - 16:49 [ Leonid Ragozin, ournalist. Freelancer, made in the BBC / Twitter ]

Senator Lyudmila Narusova (Kseniya Sobchak’s mother) disrupts Federation Council session bringing up an unconfirmed story about a company of conscripts sent to Ukraine, in which only four out of 100 survived. For a few seconds, it looks like a real parliament.

04.03.2022 - 16:29 [ New York Times ]

Videos show scenes from one occupied Ukrainian city.

​​Videos posted on Thursday and verified by The New York Times reveal the various ways residents of Melitopol, a city under Russian occupation for at least three days, are coping with the presence of foreign troops in their city.

Civilians have responded with a mix of anger, scorn and acceptance, with some locals protesting Russian troops on multiple occasions and others lining up for aid from them in a central square

04.03.2022 - 16:26 [ @LLane0005 / Twitter ]

Мелитополь, российские военные доставили гуманитарную помощь населению

04.03.2022 - 16:24 [ Zoka / Twitter ]

Russian military is distributing humanitarian aid to the residents of Melitopol

03.03.2022 - 12:46 [ theMoscowTimes.com ]

She Signed an Open Letter Calling for Peace. Then Got Fired.

“I didn’t waver over signing it and I don’t regret it. But I didn’t expect that it would result in forced dismissal,” Dolinina said in an interview.

“I knew, as somebody working in a cultural institute connected to the government, that if I was detained at a protest or posted something aggressive on social media I could get fired. But I never guessed it would happen for signing an open letter calling for peace.”

“But that’s a sign of the new world we’re all living in now.”

03.03.2022 - 12:32 [ ITV.com ]

Russian mothers ‚receive official letters‘ telling them their sons have died in Ukraine

Russia’s war with Ukraine is not yet a week old and Russian mothers are already demanding answers from the country’s Ministry of Defence about the whereabouts of their sons who have allegedly been sent to fight in Ukraine.

03.03.2022 - 12:24 [ theGuardian.com ]

‘Just a sea of tears’: the group helping anxious mothers of Russian soldiers

Golub is the head of the Soldiers’ Mothers Committee, an NGO advocating for soldiers’ rights that has become the main contact point for the worried relatives of Russian soldiers.

“See, I told you,” Golub shrugged, picking up another call during a conversation in her office in a residential area in north-east Moscow.

“This just keeps going and going. Everyone is very busy, we constantly receive people, get requests. We represent the interests of families in court and bring their concerns to the authorities,” Golub said.

27.02.2022 - 09:16 [ Regierung des Vereinigten Königreichs - Gov.uk ]

Joint Statement on Further Restrictive Economic Measures: 26 February 2022

Specifically, we commit to undertake the following measures:

First, we commit to ensuring that selected Russian banks are removed from the SWIFT messaging system. This will ensure that these banks are disconnected from the international financial system and harm their ability to operate globally.

Second, we commit to imposing restrictive measures that will prevent the Russian Central Bank from deploying its international reserves in ways that undermine the impact of our sanctions.

Third, we commit to acting against the people and entities who facilitate the war in Ukraine and the harmful activities of the Russian government. Specifically, we commit to taking measures to limit the sale of citizenship—so called golden passports—that let wealthy Russians connected to the Russian government become citizens of our countries and gain access to our financial systems.

Fourth, we commit to launching this coming week a transatlantic task force that will ensure the effective implementation of our financial sanctions by identifying and freezing the assets of sanctioned individuals and companies that exist within our jurisdictions. As a part of this effort we are committed to employing sanctions and other financial and enforcement measures on additional Russian officials and elites close to the Russian government, as well as their families, and their enablers to identify and freeze the assets they hold in our jurisdictions. We will also engage other governments and work to detect and disrupt the movement of ill-gotten gains, and to deny these individuals the ability to hide their assets in jurisdictions across the world.

Finally, we will step up or coordination against disinformation and other forms of hybrid warfare.

26.02.2022 - 17:55 [ Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine / Twitter ]

Call with my French counterpart @JY_LeDrian . France supports banning Russia from SWIFT. I urged to immediately introduce the third package of EU sanctions to stop Russian invasion. France is also ready to supply weapons and military equipment to help Ukraine defend itself.

26.02.2022 - 17:50 [ Bill Browder / Twitter ]

According to the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Russia may be planning a dirty bomb attack on its own territory to blame on the Ukrainians to justify a massive escalation in the war. This is not hyperbole. Putin did exactly this with apartment bombs in 1999 and blamed on Chechnya

26.02.2022 - 15:35 [ Russia in India / Twitter ]

Highly appreciate India’s independent and balanced position at the voting in the UNSC on February 25, 2022. In the spirit of the special and privileged strategic partnership Russia is committed to maintain close dialogue with India on the situation around Ukraine

26.02.2022 - 15:24 [ ResponsibleStatecraft.org ]

US-backed Middle East states cozy up to Russia during Ukraine invasion

A few months later, the Ukrainian government asked the U.S. government to purchase the Iron Dome anti-missile system. Because the Iron Dome is a joint U.S.-Israeli project, the sale also required permission from the Israeli government, which Israel reportedly refused to grant.

That refusal was not based on any concern with whether the sale was a good idea for Eastern Europe, but on Israel’s desire to maintain a good relationship with Russia, according to the Times of Israel. Russia, which has forces stationed in Syria, gives Israel tacit permission to intervene in the Syrian civil war.

26.02.2022 - 09:30 [ Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine / Twitter ]

Kyiv, our splendid, peaceful city, survived another night under attacks by Russian ground forces, missiles. One of them has hit a residential apartment in Kyiv. I demand the world: fully isolate Russia, expel ambassadors, oil embargo, ruin its economy. Stop Russian war criminal

26.02.2022 - 09:28 [ Reuters ]

Ukrainian foreign minister calls for Russian oil embargo

Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba called on Saturday for a full isolation of Russia, including an embargo on the purchases of Russian crude.

„I demand the world: fully isolate Russia, expel ambassadors, oil embargo, ruin its economy,“ Kuleba wrote on Twitter.

26.02.2022 - 06:15 [ Reuters ]

Russia vetoes U.N. Security action on Ukraine as China abstains

The United Arab Emirates and India also abstained from the vote on the U.S.-drafted text.

25.02.2022 - 06:57 [ RT.com ]

Hundreds detained at anti-war protests in Russia

Police in the Russian capital have said they temporarily detained 600 people.

In Moscow, a crowd of demonstrators gathered on central Pushkinskaya Square, many of them young people. They were chanting anti-war slogans and holding signs that read: “Stop the war,” “No to War,” and “Ukraine is not our enemy,” as well as “No one needs this war.”

24.02.2022 - 11:40 [ CNN ]

‚We have severed diplomatic relations with Russia‘: Zelensky addresses Ukrainian citizens

Ukrainian President Zelensky addressed the citizens of his country following the beginning of a Russian invasion.

24.02.2022 - 11:32 [ FRANCE 24 English / Twitter ]

During his press conference following the attacks on #Ukraine, President #Zelensky finished his speech in Russian. He appealed to Russian language speakers, imploring them to communicate with their close ones in #Russia. „Tell them the truth of what is happening“

24.02.2022 - 06:02 [ sputniknews.com ]

Russian MoD: Precision Weapons Used to Neutralise Military Infrastructure and Air Forces of Ukraine

The Russian Ministry of Defence has stated that it used precision weapons to neutralise Ukrainian air forces and air defences, as well as military infrastructure, stressing that the Russian military is not attacking Ukrainian cities, so there are no threats to the civilian population.

23.02.2022 - 08:47 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

The Russian oligarchs threatened with ‚unprecedented‘ sanctions amid Ukraine crisis

Billionaires Gennady Timchenko, Boris Rotenberg and Igor Rotenberg identified for economic penalties by UK Government

21.02.2022 - 22:09 [ theGuardian.com ]

Putin’s absurd, angry spectacle will be a turning point in his long reign

This was not a politician convening his team for discussions, this was a supreme leader marshalling his minions and ensuring collective responsibility for a decision that, at minimum, will change the security architecture in Europe, and may well lead to a horrific war that consumes Ukraine.

Putin appeared genuinely angry and passionate in his speech, which he almost certainly wrote himself.

21.02.2022 - 21:24 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Putin paves way to invade as he signs decree officially recognising independence of two rebel-held territories in eastern Ukraine to let him send in troops to ‚defend them‘ – while Boris condemns move as ‚very ill omen and a very dark sign‘

– Vladimir Putin will recognise Ukraine’s eastern regions as independent and sign a degree to that effect shortly
– Move would pave the way for Russian troops to roll in, on basis of ‚defending‘ them against Ukrainian ‚threats‘
– Mr Johnson said Putin’s decision to recognise the two separatist Ukrainian republics was an ‚ill omen‘ and a ‚dark sign‘ that things are moving in the wrong direction
– Putin spoke after an hours-long meeting of Russia’s security council, with aides laying out the case for war
– Having spent days staging what are widely thought to be false flag attacks and blaming them on Kiev, Kremlin officials presented them as ‚evidence‘ that ethnic Russians are at risk of ‚genocide‘ and must be protected
– All eyes will now turn to Ukraine’s border regions, where Russian tanks have been spotted in ‚battle formation‘

21.02.2022 - 21:15 [ Kyiv Post ]

Ukraine seeks urgent UN Security Council meeting over Russia threat

“On President (Volodymyr) Zelensky’s initiative I officially requested UNSC member states to immediately hold consultations under article 6 of the Budapest memorandum,” Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted, citing the landmark 1994 deal, also signed by Russia, the United States and Britain.

21.02.2022 - 20:06 [ Washington Post ]

Kremlin says Moscow will see two Ukrainian regions as independent, a potential pretext for war

The Kremlin announced Monday that Moscow will recognize the independence of two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine, a move that Russia could use to justify an attack in those areas.

21.02.2022 - 04:01 [ Mikhail Ulyanov, Representative of Russia Flag of Russia to International Organizations in Vienna / Twitter ]

In my view the deal will be finalised by the end of February.

21.02.2022 - 03:24 [ Kreml ]

Telephone conversation with President of France Emmanuel Macron

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron at the French side’s initiative.

18.02.2022 - 08:42 [ tass.com ]

US Secretary of State views JCPOA as example of Russian-US security cooperation

GENEVA, January 21. /TASS/. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is an example of cooperation between Russia and the US on security issues, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said following the talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva.

„I should mention as well that the foreign minister and I had an opportunity to discuss Iran, an example of how the US and Russia can work together on security issues of shared concern,“ the US diplomat noted.

17.02.2022 - 16:34 [ RT.com ]

Ukraine and Donbass accuse each other of heavy shelling

Kiev has been locked in a civil war with the two breakaway territories since 2014, when separatists declared independent republics following the ousting of then-President Viktor Yanukovych during mass street protests. Ukrainian officials, along with Western countries, have accused Russia of supporting the rebels and fueling the conflict.

16.02.2022 - 17:06 [ Kreml ]

News conference following Russian-German talks

Following Russian-German talks, Vladimir Putin and Federal Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz made statements for the press and answered journalists’ questions.

15.02.2022 - 13:10 [ RT.com ]

Russia announces troop withdrawal

Russian troops have completed their training drills in Belarus, close to neighboring Ukraine, and will begin returning to their places of regular deployment, the Ministry of Defense in Moscow has announced amid fears in the West that the exercises could have been a precursor to an invasion.

11.02.2022 - 09:27 [ Fox News ]

New fight in Congress over war powers with US troops in Eastern Europe

The contours for a congressional authorization are murky at best. One could argue that portions of the 2001 AUMF serve as justification for the U.S. raid last week in Syria against an ISIS leader. But ISIS didn’t even exist when Congress approved that AUMF to invade Afghanistan and take on al Qaeda following 9/11. Many Democrats – and some Republicans – suggest that multiple presidential administrations have abused AUMF’s for decades now. They say the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush, Obama, Trump and even Biden have leaned on these older AUMFs as a crutch when they need to act overseas.

11.02.2022 - 09:07 [ NBC News ]

Biden warns Americans in Ukraine to leave, says sending troops to evacuate would be ‚world war‘

“It’s not like we’re dealing with a terrorist organization. We’re dealing with one of the largest armies in the world. It’s a very different situation, and things could go crazy quickly,” he said.

Holt asked Biden what scenario could prompt him to send troops to rescue Americans fleeing the country. Biden replied: “There’s not. That’s a world war when Americans and Russia start shooting at one another.”

11.02.2022 - 09:05 [ New Yprk Times ]

Biden Warns U.S. Won’t Send Troops to Rescue Americans in Ukraine

“American citizens should leave, should leave now,” the president said in an NBC interview, adding that rescues in a conflict zone during a Russian invasion would risk “world war.”

09.02.2022 - 06:43 [ France24.com ]

EU leaders present united front after talks on Ukraine crisis

„We must find ways and means together to engage in a firm dialogue with Russia,“ he said in Berlin, where he was to debrief German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Polish leader Andrzej Duda on his Kremlin meeting and his talks with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv.

Standing alongside Macron and Duda, Scholz stressed the trio „are united by the goal of maintaining peace in Europe through diplomacy and clear messages and the shared will to act in unison“.

09.02.2022 - 05:56 [ Kreml ]

News conference following Russian-French talks

For our part, we will do our best to find compromises that suit everyone. There is not a single point that we consider unachievable in the proposals we sent to NATO and Washington.

There is also the ongoing issue related to the situation in Donbass. The President said that Russia is conducting exercises and has amassed a large group of forces. But has Ukraine not amassed them also? They have the same 100,000 or 125,000 troops concentrated in Donbass.

To reiterate, they have tried to resolve the Donbass issue through military means twice, and they did not conceal this as they used equipment and aviation. Who will give us guarantees that this will not happen? This is also a legitimate question on our part.

09.02.2022 - 05:43 [ France24.com ]

Putin says ready for compromise with West after talks with Macron on Ukraine

Repeatedly thanking the French leader for coming to Moscow, Putin said at a joint press conference that Macron had presented several ideas worth studying.

„A number of his ideas, proposals… are possible as a basis for further steps,“ Putin said, adding: „We will do everything to find compromises that suit everyone.“

09.02.2022 - 05:27 [ PeoplesWorld.org ]

Macron: No security for Europeans if there is no security for Russia

While President Joe Biden was unsuccessfully trying to strongarm German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the White House Monday into saying he would give up Russian gas if that country invades Ukraine, French President Emmanuel Macron was in Moscow actually making what appears to be some potential headway in defusing the crisis over Ukraine.

09.02.2022 - 05:20 [ theGuardian.com ]

Emmanuel Macron’s remarks on Russia set alarm bells ringing

Domestic critics of Emmanuel Macron, Nato hardliners and the leadership in Ukraine will be suspiciously examining the French president’s late-night remarks at his Moscow press conference on Monday for signs of freelancing.

04.02.2022 - 08:54 [ El Pais ]

Pentagon says documents published by EL PAÍS show US is willing to negotiate with Russia

Kirby mentioned the documents in his opening remarks ahead of a news conference at the Department of Defense. “We did not make this document public, but now that it is, it confirms to the entire world what we’ve always been saying: there is no daylight between our public statements and our private discussions,” he said.

04.02.2022 - 08:45 [ El Pais ]

US offered disarmament measures to Russia in exchange for deescalation of military threat in Ukraine

(02 Feb 2022)

The United States and NATO reject signing a bilateral agreement on security in Europe with Russia and also closing the door on the future incorporation of Ukraine into the Atlantic Alliance. Those were two of the main demands presented by Moscow to put an end to the crisis in Ukraine at a moment of maximum tension between Russia and the West and that threatened Euro-Atlantic security. By contrast, both Washington and the Alliance offer Putin negotiations on disarmament agreements and trust-building measures in different forums – such as the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the US-Russia Strategic Stability Dialogue, and the NATO-Russia Council – the success of which are conditioned on the start of a deescalation of the Russian military threat to Ukraine.

04.02.2022 - 08:24 [ PBS.org ]

U.S. intel suggests Russia is plotting false flag attack in Ukraine as pretext for invasion

(Feb 3, 2022)

The plan for the fake attack on Russian territory or Russian-speaking people was revealed in declassified intelligence shared with Ukrainian officials and European allies in recent days. It is the latest allegation by the U.S. and Britain that Russia is plotting to use a false pretext to go to war against Ukraine.

The White House in December accused Russia of developing a “false-flag” operation to create pretext for an invasion.

04.02.2022 - 08:20 [ Forbes ]

U.S. Intelligence Says Russia Is Planning ‘False-Flag’ Operation To Justify Ukraine Invasion

(Jan 14, 2022,)

Friday morning, multiple Ukrainian government websites were affected by a “massive cyber attack” launched by an unknown actor, a foreign ministry spokesperson said. The affected websites were taken offline and hackers reportedly left messages warning the Ukrainian public to “prepare for the worst.” Ukrainian officials noted Russia has a “long record” of cyberattacks against the country.

02.02.2022 - 02:29 [ Secretary Antony Blinken / Twitter ]

In my conversation today with Foreign Minister Lavrov, I emphasized the willingness of the United States, together with Allies and partners, to continue discussions of mutual security concerns.

04.01.2022 - 17:30 [ Kreml ]

Joint Statement of the Leaders of the Five Nuclear-Weapons States on Preventing Nuclear War and Avoiding Arms Races

The People’s Republic of China, the French Republic, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America consider the avoidance of war between Nuclear-Weapon States and the reduction of strategic risks as our foremost responsibilities.

We affirm that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. As nuclear use would have far-reaching consequences, we also affirm that nuclear weapons – for as long as they continue to exist – should serve defensive purposes, deter aggression, and prevent war. We believe strongly that the further spread of such weapons must be prevented.

04.01.2022 - 17:23 [ Weißes Haus ]

Joint Statement of the Leaders of the Five Nuclear-Weapon States on Preventing Nuclear War and Avoiding Arms Races

The People’s Republic of China, the French Republic, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America consider the avoidance of war between Nuclear-Weapon States and the reduction of strategic risks as our foremost responsibilities.

We affirm that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. As nuclear use would have far-reaching consequences, we also affirm that nuclear weapons—for as long as they continue to exist—should serve defensive purposes, deter aggression, and prevent war. We believe strongly that the further spread of such weapons must be prevented.

31.12.2021 - 06:56 [ Weißes Haus ]

Background Press Call by a Senior Administration Official on President Biden’s Call with President Putin of the Russian Federation

The tone of the conversation between the two presidents was serious and substantive. They each framed their positions as they’ve done in previous calls and also as they have done publicly.

President Biden laid out two paths, two aspects of the U.S. approach that will really depend on Russia’s actions in the period ahead. One is a path of diplomacy leading toward a de-escalation of the situation, and the other is a path that’s more focused on deterrence, including serious costs and consequences should Russia choose to proceed with a further invasion of Ukraine. And those costs include economic costs, include adjustments and augmentations of NATO force posture in Allied countries, and include additional assistance to Ukraine to enable it to further defend itself and its territory, as we’ve laid out previously.

03.11.2021 - 17:40 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Blacklists Israeli Cyberarms Firms NSO, Candiru for Harming ‚National Security and Interests‘

„NSO Group and Candiru (Israel) were added to the Entity List based on evidence that these entities developed and supplied spyware to foreign governments,“ the statement read, adding that the spyware’s tools were used „to maliciously target government officials, journalists, businesspeople, activists, academics, and embassy workers.“

25.10.2021 - 16:54 [ Businessinsider.com ]

Xi and Putin are snubbing the COP26 climate summit, even though China and Russia produce some 32% of global CO2 emissions

The leaders of China and Russia said they won’t be at this week’s COP26 climate-change summit.
Their absence may make it harder for others to secure big commitments to reducing emissions.

25.10.2021 - 16:46 [ LSE.co.uk ]

UPDATE 1-UK’s Johnson says COP26 success hangs in the balance

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday it was „touch and go“ whether the
upcoming United Nations COP26 global climate conference will secure the agreements needed to help tackle climate change.

Britain hopes the summit in Glasgow, which begins on Oct. 31, will adopt plans to help limit the rise in the average global temperature to 1.5 degree Celsius above pre-industrial
levels and to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.