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Re: The Russians are coming.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 1:39 pm
by grzegorz
Strange comments by Trump on Montenegro after meeting with Putin

Watch "People of Montenegro laugh off Trump's criticism" on YouTube

https://youtu.be/d6LxMwfeTSc

Re: The Russians are coming.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:49 pm
by Steve James
Don't laugh. They may get very aggressive with Russia, or maybe even China. They have troops stationed in Afghanistan, too. They some bad mofos.

Re: The Russians are coming.

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:32 am
by grzegorz
Putin’s war is transforming Ukraine

By Anne Applebaum

Columnist

September 23 at 7:43 PM

LVIV, Ukraine

When they first arrived in Lviv, a university rector told me, the students who came from Donetsk walked around in packs, speaking loudly in Russian. They didn’t want to speak Ukrainian, as most inhabitants of this city do; they didn’t want to integrate. Lviv is in western Ukraine, near the Polish border. Donetsk, hundreds of miles to the east, has been occupied by Russian-backed “separatists” since the Russian invasion in 2014. The new students were “internally displaced persons” — refugees in their own country.

But that first year ended, and the second year was different. By the third year, the rector told me, the students from western Ukraine and the students from eastern Ukraine were nearly indistinguishable — and they aren’t alone. Four years have now passed since the invasion, and the 1.5 million Ukrainians displaced by the war are coping better than might be expected. Most of those who are of working age have jobs. The majority say they trust their neighbors.

The integration of the Donetsk refugees into schools and communities in the central and western parts of the country is also part of a broader story: the integration of the war into the consciousness of Ukrainians. Although it’s no longer on front pages, the Russian-Ukrainian war continues. One of the Russian-backed separatist leaders was killed in a bomb attack in August. Skirmishes take place most days, and soldiers on both sides die most weeks; there have been more than 10,000 casualties since 2014. Some of Lviv’s baroque churches have chapels dedicated to the victims.

Slowly, the never-ending conflict is altering attitudes here, leading to what a perceptive Atlantic Council reporthas called “the geopolitical divorce of the century”: the separation of two countries that have been part of the same empire for centuries. Trade between Ukraine and Russia, whose economies have been intertwined since the Middle Ages, has plunged, replaced in Ukraine by trade with Europe and the rest of the world. India, not Russia, is now the largest buyer of Ukrainian food. Ancient religious links between the two countries are dying too: The Ukrainian Orthodox Church has now formally split from Moscow. Even personal ties are fading: With travel now limited by bans on direct flights between the two countries, Ukrainians are less likely to live and work in Russia, and more likely to go to Poland instead.

Russian cultural influence, once all-powerful, is also disappearing, partly thanks to official decisions. Ukrainian radio stations — like those in Canada or France — are required to play a certain percentage of Ukrainian-origin songs, and many Russian state television stations are banned on the grounds that they carry war propaganda. Some want to go further: Foolishly, the regional legislature in Lviv last week declared it wanted to ban all Russian books and music, a measure that no one in this profoundly bilingual country will be able to enforce. Russian books were readily available at shops, at street stalls and at the city’s annual Book Forum last week. I asked my own Ukrainian-language publisher what she thought of the ban. She texted back a single word: “Crazy.”

These petty, discriminatory measures are an expression of frustration with a war that doesn’t end. They are also pointless, because a more profound, tectonic shift is already underway. Thanks to the war, and to their anger at its perpetrators, Ukrainians themselves are choosing to speak Ukrainian — more say they do every year. Thanks to the war, the different regions of this vast country are drawing more closely together. Many complain that the war also gives Ukrainian politicians an excuse not to do things, not to make the radical economic and legal reforms that the country still needs. But thanks to the war, more Ukrainians also identify themselves as “European,” in opposition to Russia, and more Ukrainians understand that this “Europeanness” means they need to be vocal and organized in their desire for change.

It is ironic that the Russian invasion, originally intended to punish Ukraine’s Western-oriented government, has pushed the country in a dramatically different direction. It’s also a reminder that the supposed strategic gifts of Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, are in fact very limited. His interference in Ukraine has made a once-friendly neighboring country into an enemy. His efforts to unite “Russian-speaking peoples” into a Eurasian bloc persuaded thousands of people to stop speaking Russian. And, of course, his interference in the U.S. election has produced more paranoia about Russia in the United States, and more opposition to Russia, than we’ve seen in half a century. Ukraine is an excellent reminder of how violence can have unexpected consequences — and of how a short-term victory can lead to a longer-term defeat



The Washington Post: Putin’s war is transforming Ukraine

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions ... story.html

Re: The Russians are coming.

PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:56 pm
by jimmy
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:19 pm
by CheapBastid

Re: The Russians are coming.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:13 am
by grzegorz
Thanks for posting that.

Re: The Russians are coming.

PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:36 am
by grzegorz
Had a recent discussion on this subject with someone here. I will share this here and leave it at that.

MH17: Buk missile system used to down plane 'transported to Ukraine rebels by Russian soldiers', report claims | The Independent

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/worl ... 92981.html

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:46 pm
by Steve James
The Russians are here, too. https://www.newsweek.com/russia-defends ... us-1380901
I wonder where they got the balls to do that.

Breitbart says that they're setting up a military base.
https://www.breitbart.com/latin-america ... venezuela/

Re: The Russians are coming.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:36 am
by grzegorz
I was following that. Interesting how Trump was threatening Iran and they strengthened their ties to Russia and now Valenzuela. Some believe Trump wants a "feel good" war to win re-election but I don't think he will now. I have heard that the Russians bought many of those oil fields already if anything this whole debacle is further proof of why we need more green energy instead of more wars for oil. If Germany or Costa Rica can pull it off then so can the US also the Russian oligarchs would lose out.

Re: The Russians are coming.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:45 pm
by Steve James
President Donald Trump has warned that Russia must withdraw a recent military delegation sent to Venezuela, suggesting he would be prepared to force it out.

The White House cut ties with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in January, instead sponsoring opposition-controlled National Assembly head Juan Guaidó, who declared himself acting head of state. The move came amid mounting U.S. sanctions that have damaged a Venezuelan economy already beset by internal mismanagement, and about a month after Russia sent troops and aircraft to conduct bilateral exercises in the Caribbean.

Russian troops and planes were again seen in Venezuela over the weekend in order to conduct what Russia's state-run Sputnik News outlet cited a diplomatic source as calling "bilateral consultations."

Responding to this, Trump told reporters at the White House that "Russia has to get out." Asked how his administration could ensure this, he responded, "We'll see. All options are open."


Let's see. The only problem is that Russia supports Maduro, but ya never know.

Re: The Russians are coming.

PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:21 am
by grzegorz
From France 24.

Ukrainian workers coming to Poland.

https://youtu.be/a_km9tEnJYc

Re: The Russians are coming.

PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:20 am
by grzegorz
I always said Putin was the real nazi and sure enough years later we agree.

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Re: The Russians are coming.

PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:23 pm
by Michael
^ :D

Re: The Russians are coming.

PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 5:26 pm
by grzegorz
Gotcha!