2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

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2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine (Invasion,  Cold war 2.0,  War) Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Date24 February 2022 - Present
LocationDonbass,  Kyiv,  Ukraine,  Russia,  Europe
PlannersVladimir Putin
ParticipantsRussia, Ukraine, Belarus
Deaths20000
Injured (non-fatal)10000
Interest ofBurning Blogger of Bedlam, Lyudmyla Denisova, Jacob Dreizin, Daria Kaleniuk, Patrick Lancaster, Lila Rajiva, Scott Ritter
Interests • Encirclement of Russia
• NATO/Propaganda
• War in Donbass
• US/Exceptionalism
• Russophobia
Filmed byCNN, Patrick Lancaster
DescriptionIn a new episode of Cold War 2.0 Russia forcefully halted NATO expansion by invading Ukraine, with financial support of China. Although the EU and US denounced the "war crimes" as multiple cities were bombed, several countries opted less severe sanctions to keep importing diamonds and luxury goods and gas (and their loaned money) from Russia, seemingly creating a new iron curtain in Eastern Europe.

The 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine began on 24 February 2022 when Russia launched a large-scale Special Military Operation against its south-west neighbour Ukraine involving forces from western Russia, Belarus and Crimea[1], a severe escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War that started in 2014 with the 2014 Ukraine coup.[2]

Since the end of the Cold War[3] NATO is getting closer to Russia known as the encirclement of Russia. Russian president Vladimir Putin escalated talks with ultimatums to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO in 2021, but invaded when Russia's demands were not met.[4]

There is, however, a certain probability that this move was also necessary to preempt a military offensive by the Ukrainian forces against the Donbass region.[5][6][7][8] In addition, on 18th February, Ukrainian forces increased their shelling of the separatist regions significantly; with more than a thousand, possibly several thousand shells fired on areas inhabited by civilians that live in the region.[9][10][11][12]

Official narrative

Full article: Cold War 2.0
The basic official narrative explaining this war in geopolitics.

On 25 February 2022, Wikipedia wrote:

Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Ukraine and Russia continued to retain close ties.

In 1994, Ukraine agreed to abandon its nuclear arsenal and signed the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances on condition that Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States would provide assurances against threats or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine.

Five years later, Russia was one of the signatories of the Charter for European Security, where it "reaffirmed the inherent right of each and every participating State to be free to choose or change its security arrangements, including treaties of alliance, as they evolve.

In 2008, Russian president Vladimir Putin spoke out against Ukraine's potential accession to NATO.[13]

Interestingly enough, CCM media outlet The Economist painted Putin in a much different light than former President George W. Bush, who invaded a country which was never linked to the casus belli (9-11), possibly hinting NATO may still set foot on Ukrainian soil.

Following weeks of protests as part of the Euromaidan movement (2013–2014), pro-Russian Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and the leaders of the Ukrainian parliamentary opposition on 21 February 2014 signed a settlement agreement that called for an early election. The following day, Yanukovych fled from Kyiv ahead of an impeachment vote that stripped him of his powers as president. Leaders of the Russian-speaking eastern regions of Ukraine declared continuing loyalty to Yanukovych, causing the 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine. The unrest was followed by the annexation of Crimea by Russia in March 2014 and the War in Donbass, which started in April 2014 with the creation of the Russia-backed quasi-states of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.

Back in 2014 Russia had contingency plans to do a full, or part scale invasion of Ukraine at the beginning the civil war, since it mobilised a sufficient number of troops and put specialised forces for the pacification of populations on notice (for possible deployment) - according to a RUSI analysis from April 2014.[14][15]

On 14 September 2020, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy approved Ukraine's new National Security Strategy, "which provides for the development of the distinctive partnership with NATO with the aim of membership in NATO." On 24 March 2021, Zelenskyy signed the Decree No. 117/2021 approving the "strategy of de-occupation and reintegration of the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol."

In July 2021, Putin published an essay titled "On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians", in which he re-affirmed his view that Russians and Ukrainians were "one people". American historian Timothy Snyder described Putin's ideas as imperialism. British journalist Edward Lucas described it as historical revisionism. Other observers have described the Russian leadership as having a distorted view of modern Ukraine and its history.

Russia has said that a possible Ukrainian accession to NATO and the NATO enlargement in general threaten its national security. In turn, Ukraine and other European countries neighbouring Russia have accused Putin of attempting Russian irredentism and of pursuing aggressive militaristic policies."[16]

Concerns

Firstly, the attack came at a time when the COVID-19 fear narrative was falling apart rather spectacularly.[17] Justin Trudeau had frozen the bank accounts of the Canadian truckers who were protesting against government overreach, and direct action was spreading globally. The "Omicron" variant understood to have a very low IFR, and official statistics were showing that the COVID jabs increased risk of omicron infection. Therefore a change of topic was opportune. It is therefore interesting that Klaus Schwab has named Putin as a WEF Young Global Leader,[18] and that the COVID project since 2019 has heavily staffed by members of the same group (as well as the Bilderberg).

Encirclement of Russia

Full article: Encirclement of Russia

After increased militarisation and so called colour revolutions backed by the establishment in NATO countries in Eastern Europe, Russia was faced with a hostile regime in Kyiv, seeking NATO membership and military aid from NATO. Ukraine fell apart and three regions (Crimea and the Donbass) declared independance. One of those (Crimea) hosts a major Russian military base and port to the Black Sea at Sevastopol. Although 30% of the population speak Russian there, the use of the language was outlawed[19] by the Ukrainian government in Kyiv, which was at this time described as a US puppet regime. Kyiv's use of the Azov Battalion was deemed highly controversial but a third rail topic in western corporate media, calling the claims of Putin that he was fighting Nazis ludicrous. [20] This was seen as humiliation by Russia and Putin called for an "end to the Russian Genocide[21] in the Donbass", part of Russian propaganda to legitimize the invasion.

In 2022, western media revealed the CIA had increased a secret U.S.-based training initiative for Ukrainian special operations forces and other intelligence personnel. That offensive division of the program, started somewhere around in 2015, also included instruction in firearms, camouflage techniques and covert communications.[22]

PMCs

Erik Prince, former U.S. Navy SEAL officer, founder of the private military company Blackwater was reported to be planning to establish a $10 billion PMC in Ukraine.[23]. Prince is reported to be "very tight with top agency officials" for over a decade, up to and including during the Trump administration, carrying a 'green badge' that allows contractors to access CIA installations and being in Langley regularly to meet with senior people in the Directorate of Operations (running covert operations). The plan was reported by Time magazine to be stonewalled by elements in the Joe Biden administrations and CIA officers arresting Prince his associates in Washington D.C. The Russian-based Wagner Group has been accused of trying to assassinate President Zelenskyy in Kiev.[24]

Putin's speech on 21 February 2022, reiterating many points of his July 2021 article about the "Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians",[25] which was made required reading in the Russian army.[26]
He also warns western military action against this Special Military Operation would result in an extreme, violent Russian response.

“The bitter truth is that Washington's foreign policy establishment never actually considered Zelensky - or his predecessor Poroshenko - to be allies or partners of the United States. Overflowing with a toxic mix of ignorance, arrogance, and extreme cynicism, Washington's elites have always viewed Ukraine as a tool to "regime-change" a Russia that, after its post-Yeltsin recovery, would no longer take its direction from them. The false gods of American exceptionalism are jealous ones indeed.”
Daniel McAdams (26 February 2022)  [27]

Before the start of military action by Russia in 2022, rearmament with nuclear weapons was brought up as a possibility by Ukrainian government officials. Along with other statements to the effect that nuclear disarmament was a mistake, dating back at least to Oleksandr Turchynov in 2019.[28]

Full article: Ukraine/Nuclear weapons

Military Scenarios

"Figure 2a
"Figure 2b"
"Figure 2c"

The Washington D.C-based Center for Strategic and International Studies released a strategic paper on the 13th of January previewing the invasion.[29] The paper argued the US military to openly supply Ukraine with a "Twenty-First Century Lend-Lease Act" to provide Ukraine with war materiel at no cost and the CIA to plan and execute covert operations (ironically called "special operations" in the paper) while letting the Ukrainians stall for time.

“The Kremlin has at least six possible military options:

1. Redeploy some of its ground forces away from the Ukrainian border—at least temporarily—if negotiations are successful but continue to aid pro-Russian rebels in Eastern Ukraine.

2. Send conventional Russian troops into the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk as unilateral “peacekeepers” and refuse to withdraw them until peace talks end successfully and Kiev agrees to implement the Minsk Accords.

3. Seize Ukrainian territory as far west as the Dnepr River to use as a bargaining chip or incorporate this new territory fully into the Russian Federation. This option is represented in Figure 2a.

4. Seize Ukrainian territory up to the Dnepr River and seize an additional belt of land (to include Odessa) that connects Russian territory with the breakaway Transdniestria Republic and separates Ukraine from any access to the Black Sea. The Kremlin would incorporate these new lands into Russia and ensure that the rump Ukrainian statelet remains economically unviable.

5. Seize only a belt of land between Russia and Transdniestria (including Mariupol, Kherson, and Odessa) to secure freshwater supplies for Crimea and block Ukraine’s access to the sea, while avoiding major combat over Kiev and Kharkiv. This option is represented in Figure 2b.

6. Seize all of Ukraine and, with Belarus, announce the formation of a new tripartite Slavic union of Great, Little, and White Russians (Russians, Ukrainians, and Belarusians). This option would involve operations represented in Figure 2a as “phase one,” with Figure 2c representing “phase two” of this option.”
Center for Strategic and International Studies (13 January 2022)  [30]

Although most western media outlets kept emphasizing the slow advance of the Russian troops, CSIS placed the speed into historial comparison; "Mechanized attacks are not always as rapid as attackers hope. Two of the quickest movements of armoured forces in history—German general Heinz Guderian’s punch through the Ardennes and seizure of Dunkirk in May 1940, and the U.S. and coalition advance from the Kuwait border to Baghdad in 2003—each averaged approximately 20 miles per day. Movement against a determined foe in winter conditions with limited daylight could reduce that rate of advance significantly." The cities of Kharkiv and Odesa are highlighted as the only cities to be required to seize until entering Kiev for logistic purposes, as the other cities would require an excessive amount of force, which would halt the armoured advance of the Russian troops.

CSIS also wrote "the initial attack will likely be well supported with artillery and air support, leading to several breakthroughs in Ukrainian defenses. However, once combat units expend their initial stores of ammunition, fuel, and food, the real test of Russian military strength will begin—including Russia’s ability to sustain the advance of a massive mechanized force over hundreds of miles of territory. Kiev and the Dnepr River crossings are at least 150 to 200 road miles from the Russian border, and its army will require at least several days of fighting to reach them. Before that, they will undoubtedly have to resupply, refuel, and replace combat losses of men and material at least once, which will require an operational pause."

The Ukrainian military command was advised to focus on halting Russian advance until thaw sets in and European countries openly ship better defensive weapons to the front lines and wait for economic sanctions to turn Russia bankrupt. The eerie consequence many Ukrainians would be slaughtered by a swift, and especially brutal Russian reaction to Ukrainian resistance was to be expected.

Reactions

“Putin may circle Kyiv with tanks, but he'll never gain the hearts and souls of the Iranian people”
Joe Biden (2 March 2022)  [31]

There are multiple former CIA personnel supporting both[32][33] sides, placing questions what their purpose is.

Military Aid

Apart from the NATO countries, Australia, Japan and South Korea gave weapons to Ukraine.[34]

According to both sides, over 36.000 foreign mercenaries alone have joined the war as well.[35]

Censorship

War reporters, such as Patrick Lancaster were demonitized or censored from channels like YouTube.

In an exclusive interview on CGTN, Alfred de Zayas, UN's first independent expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order, argues that colour revolutions are "all illegal," violating the UN Charter and customary international law. "An imperial arrogance and narcissism" is being revealed, says de Zayas, and "the poor Ukrainian people are now paying for this." China Global Television Network, 2 March 2022.

The EU decreed as of March, 2 that "distribution" of RT or Sputnik news is forbidden.[36] Russia responded by expelling German journalists from their Deutsche Welle office in Moscow.[37]

A case for the International Criminal Court?

Full article: International Criminal Court

Most US-backed countries such as the UK under Boris Johnson called the bombing of cities such as Charkov and Kyiv a war crime.[38] The Council of Europe suspended Russia.

UN/Security Council

China denounced the use of the word "invasion" and accused the United States of agitating for war, and refused to vote for military action against Russia in the UN/Security Council.[39] This geopolitical angle was not discussed widely in western corporate media, a continuation of a Cold War 2.0, where Russia and (since the 2010s) China have been working together to form a geopolitical force against the EU and the US.[40] China increased their imports from Russia, effectively halting financial consequences for the first stages of the war.[41]

The UN full assembly condemned Russia.

Sanctions

Full article: Sanctions

In a telling way of how money changes people, several European countries refuse to implement sanctions although denouncing Russia's actions "war crimes". Italy and Belgium refused severe sanctions for Russian banking as "diamonds" and "luxury clothing" were deemed more important than Ukrainian lives.[42] With China backing Russia in the UN Security Council, Ukraine appeared to be facing the same fate of African countries during the the imperialism of the 1900s as merely a toy in geopolitical games.[43]

Nord Stream is a system of offshore natural gas pipelines from Russia to Germany. It includes two lines running from Vyborg to Greifswald forming original Nord Stream, and two lines under construction running from Ust-Luga to Greifswald termed Nord Stream 2. Nord Stream 2 is owned and will be operated by Nord Stream 2 AG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Gazprom. In 2011, Nord Stream AG started evaluation of an expansion project consisting of two additional lines (later named Nord Stream 2) to increase the overall annual capacity up to 110 billion m3 (3.9 trillion cu ft). Following this invasion, certification of NS2 was suspended indefinitely by Germany.

Fear of counter-sanctions

This is auto-translated text of a Telegram post in Russian. The text was shared on the German version of RT on 12th March 2022, writing: "A usually well-informed journalist writes on Telegram, citing the Russian Foreign Ministry".[44][45] It could be understood as an answer to a Foreign Affairs article from 25th February 2022.[46]

Germany imports 30% of its oil and 50% of its gas supply from Russia, making it vulnerable to counter-sanctions and depleting its own reserves as oil and gas prices soared.[47]

Sanctions against China?

The Atlantic Council called Washington D.C to prepare sanctions also against China as punishment for its support of Russia.[48]

NATO

NATO openly ships weapons (and credit) in support of Ukraine.[49]

“I asked them – are you with us?” Zelensky said. “They answered that they are with us, but they don’t want to take us into the alliance. I’ve asked 27 leaders of Europe, if Ukraine will be in NATO, I’ve asked them directly — all are afraid and did not respond We were left by ourselves. Who is ready to go to war for us? Honestly, I don’t see anybody. Who is ready to give Ukraine guarantees of NATO membership? Honestly, everybody is afraid”
Volodymyr Zelenskyy,  RT (24 February 2022)  [50]

Ukraine has been left to fend for itself according to President Zelenskyy, with NATO refusing to enter Ukraine according to him, upon request. The Ukrainian president even publicly suggested to negotiate for Swiss-styled neutrality to not join NATO per law.[51] This appears to pave the way more for military spending into the 2020s.[52]

World Economic Forum

Full article: World Economic Forum

Klaus Schwab has boasted of Putin's inclusion in the WEF Global Leaders for Tomorrow deep state recruitment network[53], but the WEF removed their page of Putin following the invasion,[54] and cut ties to Russia shortly thereafter.[55][56]

Legacy

De-Dollarization?

Full article: De-Dollarization

Russia would find other customers for its oil and gas if sanctions of NATO countries in this area take a hold, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said.[57] This could lead to increased bypassing of the US dollar as the world's reserve currency, probably involving an increase of (already existing) credit swaps between Russia and other nations such as China and BRICS. The world's reserve currency is the backbone of our global financial system[58] which would be severely shaken if global demand for the US dollar decreases, US deficit spending limited and the practice of bilateral credit swaps be accepted more widely.

Belt and Road Initiative

Full article: Belt and Road Initiative

The vicious circle that the western politicians represented by the European Council didn't want to cut off Russia from the worldwide banking systems partly because Russians owed their countries too much money, is a similar scenario that scholars have painted as a possible choke-hold in case China invaded Taiwan or Hong Kong with their lending to many Asian states.[59]

Media censorship

Full article: Media censorship
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Russia Today's websites in many areas around the world, since early/mid March, are giving a 403 error after (supposedly successful) DDOS check.[60] This is notable in light of the alleged Bucha massacre by Russian troops at the end of March 2022.[61][62][63]

The consolidation of the media has been further strengthened by the mass panic in reaction to the invasion causing more alternative media funded by countries such as Russia to be banned from accessing without a VPN. Euronews reported that the European Federation of Journalists (or EFJ) said it feared the effects of this spiral of censorship on freedom of expression in Europe, pointing out it is always better to counteract the disinformation of propagandist or allegedly propagandist media by exposing their factual errors or bad journalism, by demonstrating their lack of financial or operational independence, by highlighting their loyalty to government interests and their disregard for the public interest.[64]

After 2 days, Google banned this page from appearing altogether in search requests, only to reverse that to only de-rank this page in Google results somewhere around March 2022.[65]

Distraction from WHO COVID legislation

While all eyes are focused on this war new far-reaching legislation was pushed through and under-reported by the commercially-controlled media regarding digital ID and jab mandation. The new ID format would be linked to access the soon-to-be-introduced blockchain-based money. [66]

False flag Russian style - old model police jeep

War propaganda

Full article: Propaganda

Former US Navy solider Patrick Lancaster has remained as one of the only non Ukrainians still reporting from the war zones, continuing work from the 2014 Ukraine coup/Civil war. In particular, the bombing and killing of civilians inside the Donbass appeared to continue as Lancaster's videos has shown, although very unreported in western media.[67]

In the Russian official narrative in the buildup to the war, Donbass was supposed to be under extraordinary threat or stress. To further this narrative, Russia in February instigated a series of false flag attacks of limited credibility, blowing up the car of a police official (but being extra cheap they didn’t even use his real car)[68]; "Ukrainian shelling” completely destroyed an empty residence and a farm building outside Rostov (inside Russia)[69]; an FSB border post in the middle of the forest was allegedly blown up with no causalities; a (presumably fake) car bomb was found on the route of evacuation buses with civilians[70][71]. In yet another coincidence the Lada bomb was discovered in the nick of time by the ultra-competent LPR militia. (And then blown up. Once again it’s the cheapest possible car that gets blown up.)[70]

Patrick Lancaster's YouTube channel, 31 March 2022: 6:31 - "Such a relief! - Ukrainian army committed terrible things here! Terrible! How we only managed to survive! - And they said to everybody, “Take your things and leave”. And where to go? – How can I abandon my flat and just go away? – We stayed and they bombed everything here.

6:50 – They kicked out people from their houses in the settlements. They occupied the premises and put there their guns, mortars. – You don’t say so. It’s not DPR. It’s Ukraine. DPR did just a bit. While Ukraine hid its equipment… - Between the houses, near kindergartens, schools"

The Ukrainian propaganda has concentrated on making up stories of own heroic resistance and Russian brutality. When the 13 heroic border guards on Snake Island in the Black Sea were offered to surrender, the guards, according to allegedly leaked audio[72], say “Russian warship go fuck yourself”. Western press reported that all 13 of the men were killed, and the Ukrainian government released a statement saying they would all be awarded posthumous honors. [73] Russia reported that they had not been killed at all, and showed pictures where they had been taken alive and unharmed back to the mainland.[74]

English speaking press[75][76] claimed an unnamed pilot had downed 6 Russian jets in air-to-air combat in less than 2 days[77], nicknaming him “The Ghost of Kiev”. A video alleged to be “the Ghost” in combat – shared by the Ukrainian Armed Forces – is confirmed to actually be footage taken from a video game.[78]

In March 2022 The Ukrainians staged an attack on a maternity hospital in Mariupol. The victim shown in several situations was revealed to be a photo model.[79] The same day, President Zelenskyy begged for NATO to implement a no-fly zone, and a Russian bombing raid on a maternity clinic came at just the right time to "strengthen the argument".[80]

War crimes

Alleged war crimes (by both sides, although not reported as such) include;

1. Indiscriminate attacks and attacks against civilian objects (bombing hospitals, civilian buildings[81], mining routes used by refugees fleeing Ukraine [82] and targeting nuclear power plants[83])

2. Killing[84] civilians[85][86][87] and soldiers[88] already surrendering.

3. Using children as human shields by letting them sit on top of tanks[89].

4.Rape[90] (interestingly in this case, the locals reported the Russian officers upon being told of this by them arrested the perpetrators and promised they'd be summarily executed).

5. Deportation[91].

Many of those incidents have not been filmed, only for an aftermath to be shown on TV, making is a useful tool for more propaganda as it's not possible to verify these allegations.

Structural deep event?

Full article: Rated 4/5 Structural deep event

Jacob Dreizin, a former US/Army soldier who publishes military analysis of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine on his website, voiced concern that some Javelins that are sent to Ukraine will enter the black market and may be used to shoot down civilian airliners at some point in the future. A view that, before long, is starting to be shared by Interpol [92][93] and Europol.[94][95]

Notable developments by June 2022

An example of the arbitrariness of commercially-controlled media reporting.
  • At the beginning of the war, western pundits claimed extraordinary losses for Russia and pushed many minor stories as major successes for Ukraine - by mid 2022 most realize that Russia has the upper hand - a former Russian general interviewed for RT,[96] based on his own analysis, says that most likely the whole of Ukraine will be claimed by Russia, since: "If even one square meter of land remains under the rule of the current Kiev regime, it will immediately be filled with weapons, and they will fire from there at Russia, at the Russians."
  • An exchange that envisaged NATO countries giving weapons systems to Ukraine, receiving compensation from stock of other NATO countries, has left some (like Bulgaria and Slovakia) without airplanes to police their own airspace.[citation needed] The chancellery of Scholz appears to not sign required documents for the direct delivery of promised equipment [97] and the exchange delivery appears not to be working as promised as well.[98][99]
  • By May 2022 rumors started to circulate that Poland may want to annex parts of Ukraine.[107][108][109][110]

External links


 

An example

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"2014 Ukraine coup/Anti-Terrorist-Operation"Olexander Turchynov, as acting President of Ukraine, announced the start of "anti-terrorist operation" against Donbas protestors in 2014.

 

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I suspect the US/NATO/EU response will be to introduce military forces into Western Ukraine and Kiev and thus make Ukraine a de facto member of NATO, which has been their objective all along. They have already anticipated what Putin’s next move after that will be. Notice also the massive anti-Russian campaign by the Western News Media working in lock-step with each other. Another sign that all this has been planned well in advance.

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NOS
24 February 2022
Frank-Walter Steinmeier“There are tougher days ahead for us in Germany, too," [The sanctions imposed, he said, would inevitably bring them.] "We will have to be prepared to bear them if our solidarity is not just to be lip service, if it is to be taken seriously.”Frank-Walter Steinmeier27 March 2022
Jens Stoltenberg“Two World Wars and the Cold War has taught us that there is no real security in Europe without a strong transatlantic bond.

Standing together in NATO, Europe and America will continue to keep the peace and protect our democratic way of life. As we have done for more than 70 years.

NATO is a defensive Alliance. We are not threatening Russia or anyone else.

But we will take all necessary measures to protect and defend all Allies.

This is why in response to Russia’s pattern of aggressive actions, we have been strengthening our deterrence and defence across the Alliance.

To avoid any miscalculation or misunderstanding about our ironclad commitment to defend each other.

So if Kremlin’s aim is to have less NATO on Russia’s borders, it will only get more NATO.”
Jens Stoltenberg19 February 2022
Donald Trump“I mean, he’s taking over a country for $2 worth of sanctions. I’d say that’s pretty smart.”Donald Trump2022

 

Participants

ParticipantDescription
Belarus"Europe's last dictatorship" - Formerly part of the USSR
RussiaThe largest nation state in the world
UkraineThe largest country entirely within Europe, a former part of the USSR

 

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