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'Outsider' backed coup is reason for conflict in Ukraine, Putin tells mothers of Russian troops

Odessa Massacre
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FILE PHOTO: Dmitro Yarosh's Right Sector, burned to death, shot, and otherwise killed at least some 45 anti-Maidan regime picketers inside the Trade Union Building. The Western-backed Maidan lit the fuse for almost a decade of turmoil, the president claims
The ongoing conflict in Ukraine would never have happened if there hadn't been a coup in Kiev in 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted on Friday. He was referring to the violent overthrow of the elected president Victor Yanukovich.

Speaking to mothers of Russian soldiers, Putin stressed that the Maidan resulted in direct foreign control over Ukrainian institutions, which Russia has no choice but to oppose.

At the turn of the century, Russians were told everything would be great if they accepted outside control, and started "playing on someone else's field," Putin said. It was those outsiders seeking to control Russia that have created the current situation, "including in the zone of the special military operation," he added.

Newspaper

Videos of Ukrainian soldiers executing Russian POWs appear authentic, Kiev needs to investigate war crime - UN

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Volker Turk, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaks during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, November 24, 2022
Videos showing Russian soldiers apparently executed by Ukrainian forces appear genuine, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk stated on Friday. He called on Kiev to fully investigate what Moscow has described as an outright execution.

The footage, consisting of two clips stitched into one video, surfaced on social media last week. It shows a dozen unarmed Russian servicemen surrendering to Ukrainian troops and lying down on the ground, a separate man apparently opening fire on the Ukrainians, and the first dozen soldiers lying dead in pools of blood.

Comment: It's not just Putin reporting that Kiev's Nazi-aligned military is executing its own: 'All the real skinheads went to Ukraine': An American Neo-Nazi outlines the crimes of his Ukrainian 'colleagues'


Arrow Down

Russia's former southern capital renounces its past: How Ukraine is destroying its heritage

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Ukraine is turning into a significantly more homogeneous and far less culturally diverse country

In recent years, Ukraine has become the battleground for a 'war of monuments' waged among various political forces. In 2014, the process reached a peak during the mass demolition of statues of Vladimir Lenin and other Soviet politicians. These events fundamentally changed the symbolism and policy of the country's historical memory, paving the way to a reality in which any public speech must now be accompanied by the words 'Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the heroes!'

This was the slogan of Stepan Bandera's World War Two nationalist movement, which collaborated with Adolf Hitler's Nazis and took part in the Holocaust.

Although Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky's team initially tried to 'reset' the historical memory policy, radical nationalism got the upper hand in this symbolic battle. Following the start of Russia's military operation, this year, the so-called 'decommunization' policy became openly known as 'de-Russification' - even with over half of the population officially recognized as Russian-speaking.

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A light in the darkness

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The really stunning thing about Elon Musk's campaign to clean up the back-stage rats' nest at Twitter is that he's the lone authority figure in the land who dared to act against the degenerate political Left's impudent and remorseless cancellation of everything that held together America's consensual reality.

Think of it: all the college presidents and deans, all the corporate CEOs, all the judges, all the governors, mayors, and agency heads, all the news editors and network producers who did nothing and said nothing about the wholesale demolition of truths, values, and principles carried out by Woke-Jacobin maniacs under their watch. And what's more appalling: they all pretended not to notice each other's craven inaction and silence.

And now, Mr. Musk strikes a blow almost every day, and with amazing insouciance, as if his effort to re-ignite free speech is the most self-evidently natural thing anyone in-charge might seek to do. And let's face it: whatever Twitter started out as, however seemingly trivial this Internet app for social chit-chat was conceived to be, it evolved into an essential arena for public argument — especially as the old leaders in the American news business slouched into routinely retailing every sort of lie possible about public affairs that matter. (And as that happened, Twitter became for a number of years Mainstream Media's enabler and chief enforcer of programatized untruth.)

Dollars

FTX partnership with Ukraine is latest chapter in shady Western aid saga

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FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried
The Ukrainian government mysteriously disappeared online records of its fundraising arrangement with the FTX crypto scam just days before the scandal erupted. The initiative claims to have raised $60 million for Ukraine, but where did the money go?

The demise of FTX, the fifth-biggest cryptocurrency exchange by trade volume in 2022, and the second-largest by holdings, has sent a wave of chaos through global financial markets.

As the turbulence grows, the government of Ukraine is conducting an ongoing cleanup and whitewashing operation to rid any and all references to a high-level cryptocurrency fundraising arrangement it struck with FTX from the web. Eerily, it seems to have commenced just days before the scandal erupted.

Online records unearthed by The Grayzone claim tens of millions were raised by FTX for the Ukrainian government, and put to a variety of belligerent uses. But with the company now exposed as a Potemkin village lacking underlying assets, and major question marks hanging over whether its operations were from day one fraudulent top to bottom, where does that leave the supposedly successful donation scheme? Were those sums truly raised, and if so, to what purposes were they actually put?

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Putin expresses regret over Donbass

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Residents walk in Mariupol, Donestsk People's Republic
The Donbass republics should probably have rejoined Russia sooner, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with the mothers of troops involved in the military operation in Ukraine on Friday. In such a case, fewer lives might have been lost, the president stressed.
"There might not have been so many casualties among civilians, there would not be so many children killed."
He maintained, however, that back in 2014, Russia did not have a full understanding of the situation in Donbass nor of the true sentiments of the locals.
"[We] believed that we might still be able to reach an agreement and ... reunify Donetsk and Lugansk with Ukraine within ... the Minsk Agreements. Russia was genuinely working towards that."
Commenting on the matter further, the president blamed the 2014 coup in Kiev for the subsequent crisis in Donbass and the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
"If not for the coup d'état in Ukraine in 2014, none [of this] would have happened."

Syringe

Fauci bids farewell with a predictable final plea: Get vaccinated

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In last White House briefing, Fauci said he wants to be remembered for never leaving "anything on the field."

Anthony Fauci, the president's chief Covid-19 adviser, offered Americans one final warning as he prepares to leave government, ending a tumultuous turn in the national spotlight that earned him enduring affection from some and unrelenting hostility from others.

"Please, for your own safety, for that of your family, get your updated Covid-19 shot as soon as you're eligible to protect yourself, your family and your community," Fauci said.

Comment: What a lying tool.

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Bad Guys

Epstein victims sue JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank for profiting from late pedophile's activities

BILL CLINTON EPSTEIN
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FILE PHOTO: Epstein's lawyer Darren Indyke tried to scrub links between Bill Clinton and Epstein during Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign
Civil lawsuits filed in a New York court accuse JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank of turning a blind eye to the sexual predation of their former client, Jeffrey Epstein, several media outlets reported on Thursday. Both managed his accounts after his 2008 conviction and allegedly ignored "red flags" in financial transactions.

Two unnamed victims of the late disgraced financier, who filed separate lawsuits, are seeking class-action cases against the financial institutions, according to the reports. Both claimants are being represented by David Boies, a lawyer who represented Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre in a case against one of Epstein's associates, Britain's Prince Andrew.

The claims against JPMorgan are based to a degree on revelations about Epstein's relationship with its former executive, Jes Staley. The British financial authorities launched a probe their affairs in 2020, with Staley consequently resigning as the CEO of Barclays last year.

Comment: 'Everyone knew' what Epstein was doing:




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Putin meets mothers of Russian troops

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Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with mothers of Russia's servicemen participating in the military operation in Ukraine, ahead of Mother's Day at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence, outside Moscow, Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin held a personal meeting on Friday with the mothers of Russian soldiers. He said that the country's leadership, and he personally, regards their sons as heroes.

Putin revealed that he proposed the meeting with the mothers of soldiers because he wanted to hear their opinions, their firsthand experiences and information they have received from the frontlines. "A lot of information comes to me from various sources, but your assessments, your opinions, ideas and suggestions - that's a completely different matter," Putin said, adding that he will try to make sure that everything discussed during the meeting is taken into account and used in real life "to the maximum."

"We will do all we can so that you do not feel abandoned and will do everything that depends on us so that you feel a shoulder beside you," the president stated.

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The red line: Biden and Xi's secret Ukraine talks revealed

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The Red Line
Since the beginning of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, China has played a decisive - though publicly low-profile - role in strategic decision-making in both Washington and Moscow. As I report for the first time in my new book Overreach, it was a back-channel intervention approved by Beijing that caused the US to scupper a deal for the Poles to provide Soviet-made MiG-29 jets to the Ukrainian Air Force back in March. And since September a flurry of personal diplomacy by Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi with NATO and the US has led to a rare moment of public agreement over Russia, when Xi Jinping said that the world 'needs to prevent a nuclear crisis on the Eurasian continent' in a meeting with Joe Biden at the G20 summit in Bali.

Throughout the war, China's true position on the Russia-Ukraine conflict has been hard to pin down - not least because Beijing has been telling both sides what they want to hear. In March, Wang implicitly appeared to be blaming the US for 'stoking tensions' and 'sowing discord' with Russia. Last month he told his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, that 'China will also firmly support the Russian side, under the leadership of President Putin, to unite and lead the Russian people', according to state broadcaster CCTV. Wang also promised that 'China is willing to deepen contacts with the Russian side at all levels'. Yet in September, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Wang had told NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that China 'stays open-minded to dialogues and exchanges with NATO and is willing to jointly promote the sound and steady development of bilateral relations ... in the spirit of honesty and mutual respect'.

Comment: From a US perspective, China is playing everyone. From a strategic perspective, it is a balance that offers the most positive options and the least alienation...a concept with which the US is decidedly unfamiliar. And, unlike Western leadership, Putin is no dummy.