UKRAINE: LINKS TO INFO RE THE WAR
Last update: June 8, 2022
by John Spritzler
[The URL of this article is https://www.pdrboston.org/ukraine-links-to-info-re-the-war ]
Table of Contents:
I. We're on the road to thermonuclear war!
II. Articles by John Spritzler re Ukraine
III. Deep background/context
IV. Nazis/US/Ukraine Violent Attack on Ethnic Russians
V. Videos and articles debunking the Western propaganda
I. We're on the road to thermonuclear war! (Read here what that would mean)
"So, Just How Close Are We to WW3, Really?" [ https://medium.com/@deborahlarmstrong/so-just-how-close-are-we-to-ww3-really-79322c5a0817 ]
In a speech announcing the invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, Putin gave a veiled but unmistakable warning that if the West intervened in what he has called a "special military operation" he could use nuclear weapons in response.
"No matter who tries to stand in our way or ... create threats for our country and our people, they must know that Russia will respond immediately, and the consequences will be such as you have never seen in your entire history," he said according to a Kremlin translation.
Russia's aims in Ukraine (it's conditions for ending its invasion) are perfectly reasonable and just, as I explain here. Furthermore, Russia considers it an existential threat for the Ukraine government (clearly controlled by the U.S.) to pursue its contrary aims. Russia also insists it will use nuclear weapons to defend against an existential threat.
Putin spokesman refuses to rule out use of nuclear weapons if Russia faced an 'existential threat' March 22, 2022
(CNN)Russian President Vladimir Putin's chief spokesman has conceded that Russia has yet to achieve any of its military goals in Ukraine and refused to deny that Moscow could resort to the use of nuclear weapons.
In an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday, Dmitry Peskov repeatedly refused to rule out that Russia would consider using nuclear weapons against what Moscow saw as an "existential threat." When asked under what conditions Putin would use Russia's nuclear capability, Peskov replied, "if it is an existential threat for our country, then it can be." [ https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/22/europe/amanpour-peskov-interview-ukraine-intl/index.html ]
“I think we have to start from the presumption that he would welcome the opportunity to use nuclear weapons," Gen. (Ret.) Wesley Clark said. "He wants to show his determination. He wants to intimidate the West. He thinks he has a nuclear advantage.” --General [ret] Wesley Clark, March 15, 2022 [ https://thebulletin.org/2022/04/will-putin-go-nuclear-a-timeline-of-expert-comments/ ]
As long as the US/NATO does not directly intervene in the conflict by using US/NATO military forces inside Ukraine to fight Russian forces, and instead only provides military weapons and training and intelligence to Ukrainian forces, then there is a high probability [see this evidence, for example] that Russia will win its aims in Ukraine. This fact is reflected in the slow but steady advance of Russian forces in Ukraine currently, despite US/NATO indirect support for Ukraine's military.
April 10, 2022, The Hill reported:
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan on Sunday said the U.S. ultimately wants to see an “independent Ukraine” and “a weakened and isolated Russia.”
Host Chuck Todd asked Sullivan during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” if the Biden administration is going to do whatever it takes to ensure that Ukraine wins its war against Russia.
“Our policy is unequivocal that we will do whatever we can to help Ukraine succeed. And it will be … President Zelensky and the democratically elected government of Ukraine that determines what that success constitutes,” said Sullivan.
“But at the end of the day, what we want to see is a free and independent Ukraine, a weakened and isolated Russia, and a stronger, more unified, more determined West,” he added. “We believe that all three of those objectives are in sight, can be accomplished.”
What this means is that if Biden pursues the U.S. stated aims of defeating Russia in Ukraine and "weakening Russia" so much that it will be unable to invade anywhere ever again [read that the Sec. of Defense says this here], then he, Biden, will have to rely on the direct intervention of U.S./NATO forces into Ukraine to fight the Russian military. This would no doubt be viewed by Russia as an existential threat justifying their use of nuclear weapons--thermonuclear war.
Obviously, thermonuclear war is not made any less likely, nor any less horrible, by saying, "Putin is an evil man and he must be stopped." Do I need to provide a photo of a gravestone with the words "But I had the right of way" on it to make this clear?
Col. Richard Black: U.S. Leading World to Nuclear War
Apr 15, 2022 — Zelensky weighs in on whether Putin could use nuclear weapons.
1 day ago — VLADIMIR PUTIN has repeatedly used Russia's nuclear deterrent forces to threaten the West in recent months should countries intervene in the ...
Apr 27, 2022 — “[The new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclearwarheads] will force all who are trying to threaten our country ...
Washington & Moscow Have Combined to Make the Ukrainian Situation into Armageddon:
Why Washington Should Take Russian Nuclear Threats Seriously
Historically, states have escalated when facing the prospect of imminent defeat—and Putin has a track record of following through on his threats.
Wall Street Journal Opinions: Take Vladimir Putin’s Nuclear Threats Seriously
Soviet doctrine and Russian historical experience present cause for grave concern. https://www.wsj.com/articles/nuclear-weapons-use-war-russia-putin-ukraine-pipes-soviet-11651787484
Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal:
"Sometimes a thing keeps nagging around your brain and though you’ve said it before you have to say it again. We factor in but do not sufficiently appreciate the real possibility of nuclear-weapon use by Russia in Ukraine. This is the key and crucial historic possibility in the drama, and it really could come to pass."
Russian airstrikes target western arms arriving in Ukraine https://www.newsbreak.com/news/2591889225368/russian-airstrikes-target-western-arms-arriving-in-ukraine?_f=app_share&pd=05VQ934o&lang=en_US This is the escalation road to war directly between the U.S. and Russia--thermonuclear war.
As I wrote in 2016, people like Biden think there is no reason they must, no matter what, avoid nuclear war: https://www.pdrboston.org/nuclear-war-why-our-rulers-risk-it .
Nuclear Dangers in Ukraine, with speakers Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg
Renowned experts on the geopolitics of the Russian-Ukrainian war, Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg discuss the war, its history and the escalating threat of nuclear weapons use. With co-hosts Cynthia Lazaroff and Richard Falk.
The Underappreciated Risks of Catastrophic Escalation
August 17, 2022
II. Articles by John Spritzler re Ukraine:
III. Deep background/context:
Please click here to read this excellent and well-sourced Quora post by somebody else answering the question 'Who do you support in the problem of Ukraine vs. Russia? Why?'
Retired Colonel (U.S.) Douglas Macgregor explains WHY the U.S. is waging a proxy war against Russia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G37kdKo_aGY
The CIA - 70 years in Ukraine
A nine minute segment from Part 2 of Doug Valentine's The CIA As Organized Crime. For 70 years the CIA has been working to undermine and occupy Ukraine to bring down Russia using such things as paramilitaries, right wing Nazi groups, corrupt politicians and businessmen, coups, and warfare in the eastern Ukraine region of the Donbass. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRicZc-cZ0I
Video talk April 7 by Scott Ritter explaining how NATO expansion is an EXISTENTIAL threat to Russia:
Henry Kissinger said that Ukraine should not be the West's outpost against Russia, as it would be if it were a member of NATO. Read his statement here:
https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/henry-kissinger-weighs-ukraine-crisis-n45516?fbclid=IwAR3XHtt_BxzKcDQXNk30nffHpYxSsUazb_QbVNRh5qohu_yHNafCgOODvYM “But if Ukraine is to survive and thrive, it must not be either side’s outpost against the other — it should function as a bridge between them.”
Russia stated clearly that a key aim of its intervention into Ukraine is to prevent it from ever being a NATO member. A Reuters article headlined, "Russia will stop 'in a moment' if Ukraine meets terms - Kremlin" [ https://www.reuters.com/world/kremlin-says-russian-military-action-will-stop-moment-if-ukraine-meets-2022-03-07/?fbclid=IwAR28n2p5kam1tVWdWb64a1O1idWdFpiRsuWqt_ZBxWfWMCUpCIPD3LXovvI ] reported that: "Russia has told Ukraine it is ready to halt military operations "in a moment" if Kyiv meets a list of conditions, the Kremlin spokesman said on Monday.
"Dmitry Peskov said Moscow was demanding that Ukraine cease military action, change its constitution to enshrine neutrality, acknowledge Crimea as Russian territory, and recognise the separatist republics of Donetsk and Lugansk as independent states."
To understand WHY the US is using NATO expansion to create a cold (or hot) war with Russia, read how the U.S. needs a bogeyman enemy and makes Russia that enemy today just as it did back during the first Cold War, at https://www.pdrboston.org/oppressors-need-bogeyman-enemies .
Retired Swiss Military-Intelligence Officer: 'Is it Possible to Actually Know What Has Been And is Going on in Ukraine?' : Jacques Baud, a retired colonel in the Swiss intelligence service, was variously a highly placed, major participant in NATO training operations in Ukraine. Over the years, he also had extensive dealings with his Russian counterparts. His long essay first appeared (in French) at the respected Centre Français de Recherche sur le Renseignement. A literal translation appeared at The Postil (April 1, 2022). https://www.sott.net/article/466340-Retired-Swiss-Military-Intelligence-Officer-Is-it-Possible-to-Actually-Know-What-Has-Been-And-is-Going-on-in-Ukraine?fbclid=IwAR2-k6mRpiPWL9scp5aOchiH6v6rjhAanxRnKHlr3KML8PZSSZQ7A2ymwFA
The Origins of Ukraine’s Fascists & Why It Matters, w/ Historian Tarik Cyril Amar:
Ukraine's Nazi Problem
April 18, 2021. The purpose of this video is to familiarize the viewer with the far right movement in Ukraine and the relevant historical/political context. What is the history of Ukrainian right-wing extremism and what does it look like today? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yZvWAwU5W4
The Western mass media after 2014 stopped mentioning that the Kiev government, which the US installed that year, was riddled with outright Nazis. But in 2014 this NBC News article did admit this Nazi component of the Kiev government: https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/analysis-u-s-cozies-kiev-government-including-far-right-n66061?fbclid=IwAR1HKEG5mm8BxyyUuW9fHrlNLY8UKMm9Jap23nmkgcgfJT9a1NH7jtJaW20 .
Far-right Extremism as a Threat to Ukrainian Democracy
Far-right political forces present a real threat to the democratic development of Ukrainian society. This brief seeks to provide an overview of the nature and extent of their activities, without overstating the threat they pose. To this end, the brief differentiates between radical groups, which by and large express their ideas through peaceful participation in democratic processes, and extremist groups, which use physical violence as a means to influence society.
For the first 20 years of Ukrainian independence, far-right groups had been undisputedly marginal elements in society. But over the last few years, the situation has changed. After Ukraine’s 2014 Euromaidan Revolution and Russia’s subsequent aggression, extreme nationalist views and groups, along with their preachers and propagandists, have been granted significant legitimacy by the wider society.
Nevertheless, current polling data indicates that the far right has no real chance of being elected in the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections in 2019. Similarly, despite the fact that several of these groups have real life combat experience, paramilitary structures, and even access to arms, they are not ready or able to challenge the state.
Extremist groups are, however, aggressively trying to impose their agenda on Ukrainian society, including by using force against those with opposite political and cultural views. They are a real physical threat to left-wing, feminist, liberal, and LGBT activists, human rights defenders, as well as ethnic and religious minorities.
In the last few months, extremist groups have become increasingly active. The most disturbing element of their recent show of force is that so far it has gone fully unpunished by the authorities. Their activities challenge the legitimacy of the state, undermine its democratic institutions, and discredit the country’s law enforcement agencies [https://freedomhouse.org/report/analytical-brief/2018/far-right-extremism-threat-ukrainian-democracy]
How and why the U.S. Government Perpetrated the 2014 Coup in Ukraine
"Incontrovertible proofs will be presented here not only that it was a coup, but that this coup was organized by the U.S. Government — that the U.S. Government initiated the ‘new Cold War’; Russia’s Government reacted to America’s aggression, which aims to place nuclear missiles in Ukraine, less than ten minutes flight-time from Moscow. During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, America had reason to fear Soviet nuclear missiles 103 miles from America’s border. But, after America’s Ukrainian coup in 2014, Russia has reason to fear NATO nuclear missiles not just near, but on, Russia’s border. That would be catastrophic."
[end of excerpt]
The video, "The hidden truth about Ukraine - Part 1" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wR1NFI6TBH0 is linked to from the article; it is a documentary that includes footage of the Maidan "revolution" and eyewitness accounts of it recounting the direct role of Americans in leading it.
Another video, a German documentary, is linked to from the article; it provides evidence that the far right snipers shot demonstrators at Maidan from behind in order to escalate the violence: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2h2hyv
Another video, "Ukraine: On patrol with the far-right National Militia - BBC Newsnight," made in 2018 documents the great strength, and racist views, of the far right and its backing by the Ukraine government: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hE6b4ao8gAQ
Read the BBC's account of Russia's annexation of Crimea:
"This was an infiltration, not an invasion. And unlike in Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Afghanistan it was welcomed by a large proportion of the local population. According to a well-known opponent of Mr Putin's, the vote in Crimea to join the Russian Federation was "a referendum under the Kalashnikov". But it wasn't. The outcome was what the vast majority of Russian-speakers in Crimea really wanted, and there was little need for Kalashnikovs in the streets." https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26644082?fbclid=IwAR2cCyChSBCAzu6q0mEgYBpFqVdpnXNM7-JnERgpwkDA3hRy6tcYd0wiXTw
Conflict in Ukraine’s Donbas: A Visual Explainer: https://www.crisisgroup.org/content/conflict-ukraines-donbas-visual-explainer
Yes, President Zelensky is Jewish, but Ukrainian Nazis (who have U.S. backing) have the upper hand over him:
Nazis don't gain power by winning elections.
The Nazis in Germany never had a majority vote in the Reichstag (Parliament) and Hitler never won an election. If you dispute this, then provide me the election results you have in mind, OK?
Hitler came to power when President Hindenburg, who defeated Hitler in the election for president, used his constitutional authority to APPOINT Hitler Chancellor, due to the pressure put on him (Hindenurg) to do this from the top capitalist and aristocratic Germans who felt that only Hitler could destroy the working class that was threatening to make a revolution at the time. And indeed, that is exactly what Hitler proceeded to do, first putting the working class leaders (in the Communist Party and Socialist Party) in concentration camps.
Even with his political enemies in concentration camps, when Hitler called new elections the Nazis STILL failed to get a majority. If you dispute this, then show me the contrary election results. You can't, because they don't exist.
I suggest you read about this in William Shirer's famous book, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.
The Nazis came to power because a) they were armed and used those arms against their enemies; b) the upper class in Germany wanted them to be in power, which is why it prevailed upon Hindenburg to appoint Hitler Chancellor.
This is how Nazis come to power, including in Ukraine, where they don't get many votes but they (with the backing of the mighty U.S. and the richest Ukrainians) exert control over whomever is elected no matter what reason people voted for them. This is what happened in Ukraine.
Zelensky Oppresses Ordinary Western Ukrainians Too
Zelensky and his fellow capitalists (including the American ones!) are using the ethnic Russians (whose first language is Russian) in the eastern (Donbass) region of Ukraine as their bogeyman enemy to control the Ukrainians in the western part of the country so they can get rich at their expense. The Ukraine government enacted laws prohibiting the use of the Russian language (a form of ethnic cleansing); when the ethnic Russians fought back against this the Ukraine government declared them the enemy and attacked them violently, thus making them a bogeyman enemy. Zelensky is doing exactly what the U.S. rulers want, in particular he is keeping Ukraine in big debt to the IMF, which in turn spells very bad news [click 'read more' to see the entire article in this link] for ordinary have-not Ukrainians. Capitalism in general has been very bad for Ukrainians, judging by the fact that the Ukraine population rose to its peak of 51.4 million at 1991, at which time the Soviet Union dissolved and became capitalist and Ukraine became independent of the Soviet Union and under the sway of Western capitalism, at which point its population dramatically declined to only 43.5 million by 2021 "due to high emigration rates, low birth rates, and high death rates." [The URLs for the links in this paragraph are: https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-economy/3264847-zelensky-on-cooperation-with-imf-we-will-definitely-do-everything-we-promised.html and
and https://dailytimes.com.pk/391878/imf-is-a-tool-of-american-imperialism/ (click "Read more" to see the entire article.) and
IV. Nazis/US/Ukraine Violent Attack on Ethnic Russians
Extract from a Newsweek article:
"Some have presented this conflict as a morality play, between good and evil, but the reality is more complex. Ukraine is no flourishing democracy. It is an impoverished, corrupt, one-party state with extensive censorship, where opposition newspapers and political parties have been shut down. Before the war, far right [Swastika-bearing Nazis, to be precise, as shown below--J.S.] Ukrainian nationalist groups like the Azov Brigade were soundly condemned by the U.S. Congress. Kiev's determined campaign against the Russian language is analogous to the Canadian government trying to ban French in Quebec. Ukrainian shells have killed hundreds of civilians in the Donbas and there are emerging reports of Ukrainian war crimes. The truly moral course of action would be to end this war with negotiations rather than prolong the suffering the Ukrainian people in a conflict they are unlikely to win without risking American lives." [ https://www.newsweek.com/lessons-us-civil-war-show-why-ukraine-cant-win-opinion-1764992?fbclid=IwAR3CVayZ5E3W8he7c_a0PvJsK9h9b_QcTtbjt8gGwfj9WKZwSHIvhOPhU1I ]
Former NATO Analyst & Top UN Official Says THIS Is The REAL Reason For War In Ukraine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEIFwLKlq1Q (The reason, he says, is the fact that in February of 2022 the Kiev regime sharply increased its violent attacks on the ethnic Russian people in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine.) The cited article is at https://www.riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/modern-day-censorship/the-military-situation-in-the-ukraine-as-seen-by-an-ex-member-of-the-swiss-strategic-intelligence/
Click here to read many details about Kiev violence against the ethnic Russians in the Donbass starting in 2014 and continuing today: https://therussianperspective.quora.com/https-ukraineuncensored-quora-com-The-information-Quora-censorship-doesnt-want-you-to-know-about-Ukraine-Russia-crisis?ch=17&oid=90994050&share=f0d4815a&srid=Muxc&target_type=post
Click here to find LOTS of links to various sources that confirm the fact that there are lots of Nazis with great power in Ukraine.
Click here to see a collage of Western newspapers' photographs--before 2022--off overt Nazis in Ukraine, images that the Western media now censors.
You are prohibited--if you wish to remain in the good graces of the Western ruling elite--from watching this video about what was going on in Ukraine for the eight years prior to Russia's "unprovoked" intervention. https://eightyearsbefore.com
A person vehemently opposed to the Russian military intervention in Ukraine goes to the Ukraine Donbass region to see for herself. Read, and watch videos, to find out what she saw and learned: https://medium.com/@deborahlarmstrong/the-long-road-to-truth-f20d26a59718
Eyewitness: Human Toll of Eight-Year Ukrainian Army Onslaught in Eastern Ukraine is Shocking: https://covertactionmagazine.com/2022/09/15/eyewitness-human-toll-of-eight-year-ukrainian-army-onslaught-in-eastern-ukraine-is-shocking/?fbclid=IwAR2AIsZuvFn_BKxYB8nRZUxYnG7WCH7HKQu6HkX9phYeLanK_WEPmXzVOqQ
The Ukraine Government Does the Bidding of Ukraine Nazis
Read the Nazi Ukrainian organization, Right Sector's, program for suppressing the Russian language here [https://pravyysektor.info/national-development-and-environment-program, on its own website, in section 3.6, of which 3.6.1 reads "To make the Ukrainian language one of the criteria for obtaining the citizenship of Ukraine by conducting the relevant exam." [On May 24, 2022 this website page opened, but on May 25 it was unavailable for a while and then available again. I have no idea why.] Read the Council of Europe's (hardly pro-Russian!) Conclusion section of its review of Ukraine's actual 2019 Language Law, in which it says that it is not "appropriately balanced" in its limits on the use of the Russian language: https://www.venice.coe.int/webforms/documents/?pdf=CDL-AD(2019)032-e . Read here about fines for breaking the language law: https://babel.ua/en/news/80057-fines-for-violating-the-language-law-will-be-imposed-from-july-16. More links about the language law are below.
Russian is the first language of the Ukrainians who live in the eastern part called Donbass and until the Nazis began their ethnic cleansing progarm by suppressing it, Russian was always used as the first language in the Donbass. Think how the French-speaking Canadians of Quebec, where French is the first language and is one of Canada's official languages, would react if such a suppression of their language was made into law by the national Canadian government? There would likely be a strong popular separatist movement in Quebec.
Now think what would happen if Canadian ultra-nationalists (i.e., far right, Nazis), who wanted only English to be used in Canada and who were armed, gained power over the Canadian government (as the far right has gained power over the Ukrainian government [read about this at https://freedomhouse.org/report/analytical-brief/2018/far-right-extremism-threat-ukrainian-democracy] and waged war against the French-speaking separatists with the Nazi military organizations now part of the official Canadian military. This is what is going on in Ukraine today. Read and see photos here [https://therussianbear.quora.com/https-www-quora-com-All-the-Russians-who-support-Putin-and-are-told-that-Russia-did-wrong-attacking-Ukraine-refer-to-t?ch=17&oid=69912931&share=5e2e41f9&srid=Muxc&target_type=post&fbclid=IwAR1Jw8P0X0a_U5oQHbdxSeKimghDSgSUb6D4ftXxlgN7WjHBWtU3gikfqyw] about the suffering of people in the Donbass cruelly inflicted on them by the Ukraine government/Nazi military. Suppressing a people's language is the initial step in ethnic cleansing.
The new Ukraine government (installed by the US-orchestrated coup in 2014 that relied largely on armed Nazis), reflecting the power of Nazis in it, passed a law suppressing the use of Russian by Ukrainians for whom Russian is their first language. Immediately after the 2014 coup, the new Ukrainian Parliament repealed the earlier law that gave people the right to use the Russian language as they wished. The acting President vetoed this repeal, which began a period of debate in the judiciary that resulted, in 2019, in a new law that banned the Russian language substantially. From 2014 it was obvious to the ethnic Russians of Ukraine that the government in Kiev was very hostile to them and very much influenced by and friendly with Nazis. This is why the ethnic Russians in the Donbass region wanted autonomy.
Despite the fact that most people in the Donbass region spoke Russian as their first language, for the first time this new 2019 law required all schools and universities to teach in Ukrainian, with special exemptions for certain ethnic minority languages but with no exemption, however, for Russian, Byelorussian and Yiddish. Read about this at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language_policy_in_Ukraine
Read more about this suppression of the Russian language at https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210401-new-law-stokes-ukraine-language-tensions :
"Lawmakers in 2019 passed legislation to cement Ukrainian as the country's primary language, ordering middle schools that taught in Russian and other minority languages to make the switch and mandating Ukrainian versions of online stores.
An article of the laws that entered into force in January goes further, obliging shops, restaurants and the service industry to engage customers in Ukrainian unless clients specifically ask to switch.
"Anyone caught violating the new legislation twice within one year could be fined 200 euros ($235), almost half of the average salary in the country. No one has been penalised so far."
The Ukraine government's violence against the people of the Donbass, starting in 2014 when the U.S.-orchestrated coup that relied on Nazi violence took over the government, is ethnic cleansing violence. Supporting this violence in the name of "supporting Ukrainian sovereignty" is like supporting the Israeli government's ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in the name of "supporting Israel's sovereignty and 'right to exist'."
THE PROCESS OF DERUSIFICATION IN UKRAINE SINCE 2014
The process of derussification in Ukraine since 2014
23.02.2014 - Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine stripped Russian of the status of a regional language;
29.08.2015 - Russian language will be removed from Ukrainian passport;
16.06.2016 - Introduction of language quotas in radio and television (25% for Russian);
05.09.2017 - Prohibition of Russian language in education;
25.04.2019 - All state officials, employees, representatives of trade, services, education, medicine, culture must know and use Ukrainian language when performing their duties. Reduction of quotas for the Russian language to 10%. All cultural events must be held in the Ukrainian language;
25.04.2019 - All websites and pages in social networks must be in Ukrainian or duplicated;
16.04.2020 - All advertising must be in Ukrainian language;
16.07.2020 - The scientific and medical spheres must be published in Ukrainian or English;
16.07.2020 - Transport navigation must be in the Ukrainian language;
06.07.2020 - "There are things, for example, the question of language is a very important, fundamental question for the state. We cannot have any second, Russian, language - not because it is not necessary to learn it, it is not necessary to know it. If we are talking about Ukraine - there must be only the state Ukrainian language," said the Secretary of the National Security Council Danilov.
16.01.2021 - Businesses of all forms of ownership in the service sector, including online stores, should switch to Ukrainian;
16.07.2021 — Вводится обязательный экзамен на знание украинского для государственных 16.07.2021 - Compulsory Ukrainian exam for civil servants is introduced;
16.07.2021 - Excursions must be conducted in Ukrainian (except for foreign-language ones);
16.07.2021 - At least 50% of books must be sold in Ukrainian
16.07.2021 - All movies and TV series must be shown exclusively in Ukrainian language;
16.01.2022 - A language quota for the print media is introduced;
16.04.2022 - Commissioner for Protection of State Language Taras Kremin: As of the new school year in those schools where such a subject as "Russian language" is still taught, it should be replaced by other subjects or by increasing the share of studying the existing disciplines.
15.04.2022 - Educational ombudsman Sergei Gorbachev named conditions for Russian language teaching: "If we agree to teach Russian language, then every lesson must start with the words "Russia is an aggressor country. Putin is a war criminal. Russia is guilty of genocide of Ukrainian people".
25.05.2022 - The Ukrainian Book Institute intends to confiscate 100 million books, including Russian classics, fairy tales and love novels.
The U.S. has been supporting the Ukrainian Nazis:
Partnering with neo-Nazis in Ukraine: an inconvenient history
MARCH 31, 2022 by Ted Snider
What neo-Nazis in Ukraine?, you might ask. These:
The real Zelensky: from celebrity populist to unpopular Pinochet-style neoliberal NATYLIE BALDWIN·APRIL 28, 2022 https://thegrayzone.com/2022/04/28/zelensky-celebrity-populist-pinochet-neoliberal/?fbclid=IwAR0geQqchjIqNFJJJSjBtGZyegdsLVpKgIGcSdXH8CDKERa3a6QscnOi0Zc
This Is The Third Donbas War
May 21, 2022 My only other social media: https://twitter.com/GonzaloLira1968 Because I've lost access to all my accounts and channels to the SBU (Ukraine's secret police), I don't have any way to promote my content—so please be so kind as to share this video with anyone whom you think might learn something. GL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yOsnT1BbUM&t=5s
Gonzalo Lira describes how the U.S. is destroying Ukraine: its men are dying and its women are fleeing the country.
V. Videos and articles debunking the Western propaganda:
These links are grouped mostly in order from earliest at the top to most recent at the bottom
April 25, 2022: Here are many videos showing what’s actually happening with Russian troops and civilians:
What happened in Bucha:
April 27, 2022
Background on the history of the Ukrainian Nazis: "Ukraine : the Second World War continues," by Thierry Meyssan at https://www.voltairenet.org/article216618.html .
April 28, 2022
BBC report on the leaked phone call between Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and the US Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, in which Nuland says who should be (and actually were!) the new top government leaders installed following the "Maidan revolution": https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26079957
The link below re the New York Times has a section explaining the full significance of this leaked phone call and how it was covered up.
New York Times’ ridiculous attack on me exposes its deceitful propaganda tactics
The New York Times printed absurd claims about Multipolarista editor Benjamin Norton in a smear piece, using an image of his face crossed out by a red line, without giving him an opportunity to comment. This hatchet job reflects the newspaper’s long history of spreading false war propaganda for the US government. https://multipolarista.com/2022/04/14/new-york-times-attack-propaganda/?fbclid=IwAR0hrvUZE2Q3hK4QTy267NqttXFiuHEzcrlnpMhK5_sHzk8Ae9hw2optgUM
May 1, 2022
The current military situation based on the Pentagon, and the facts re Ukraine persecution of Russian-speaking Ukrainians based on Western sources: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTEE__gcjk8
Former NATO Military Analyst Blows the Whistle on West’s Ukraine Invasion Narrative
by EDITOR April 9, 2022
Jacques Baud, a NATO expert, denounces western coverage of the Ukraine invasion. https://scheerpost.com/2022/04/09/former-nato-military-analyst-blows-the-whistle-on-wests-ukraine-invasion-narrative/?fbclid=IwAR0AaIDzarUSyZHlFoNYsL9-OgoOfjOvpF3m31QNvZ6ZeFShah0O8Ww2NWc
For Washington, war never ends
The formation of NATO and the rearmament of Germany confirmed that for the US, the war in Europe never entirely ended
Note: "far-right" equal Nazi, as the article makes clear:
Western countries training far-right extremists in Ukraine - report
Western countries may have provided training for far-right extremists in the Ukrainian military.
Published: OCTOBER 19, 2021 11:16 https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/western-countries-training-far-right-extremists-in-ukraine-report-682411?fbclid=IwAR3bbE0hUlwXtjWBXi9gVkJirMpXHQg3rKcqkNaNbr7sxTfSJTOZ5hrqd2g
May 9, 2022
Footage of Ukrainian POWs in Mariupol! (Late April 2022) [ENG CC] (with English captioning): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzpnhCn7DOc
Mariupol - The Truth about the Azovstal Evacuees !!
May 10, 2022
CNN reports on Russian bombing of Odessa: "Odesa under fire: Russian aerial strikes hit two hotels and a shopping mall in the southern city of Odesa overnight. Ukraine says hypersonic missiles were used in the attack. One person died and five were hospitalized, according to Ukrainian officials. Fires caused by strikes have since been extinguished." https://www.cnn.com/europe/live-news/russia-ukraine-war-news-05-10-22/h_98f9f018e2a8b6706a897e10983a1d1c
Some people are saying on social media that Russia is targeting civilians in Odessa. Think about it! If Russia was actully trying to kill civilians, do you think that CNN--hardly a pro-Russian source!--would only be able to report "one person died"? If Russia was aiming to kill civilians there would have been thousands of dead civilians.
During WWII the U.S. bombed the German city of Dresden. "It is thought that some 25,000–35,000 civilians died in Dresden in the air attacks, though some estimates are as high as 250,000, given the influx of undocumented refugees that had fled to Dresden from the Eastern Front. Most of the victims were women, children, and the elderly." https://www.britannica.com/event/bombing-of-Dresden
That is what happens when there is no effort to minimize civilian deaths.
May 11, 2022
Post-Victory Day Update for Russian Military Ops in Ukraine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR_JzwMf1WE
May 13, 2022
Mariupol Woman: "Our Land Must be Cleaned of Crazy People, Nazis." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR7nNBfX5_w
This video is just one of MANY in which residents of Mariupol talk about how the AZOV Ukrainian military force is treating them like dirt. To see all of the videos, open a Telegram app (go here for this) and go to https://t.me/ukr_leaks_eng/198?fbclid=IwAR1fUJXUjNZM5RuiqhvYPZWp24KSDPXW8dX8mzjCr_gwsTr5p9VBoWpyslA
New York Times May 10: Ukraine War’s Geographic Reality: Russia Has Seized Much of the East
POKROVSK, Ukraine — Russia’s nearly three-month-old invasion of neighboring Ukraine has been punctuated by flawed planning, poor intelligence, barbarity and wanton destruction. But obscured in the daily fighting is the geographic reality that Russia has made gains on the ground.
The Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday that its forces in eastern Ukraine had advanced to the border between Donetsk and Luhansk, the two Russian-speaking provinces where Moscow-backed separatists have been fighting Ukraine’s army for eight years.
The ministry’s assertion, if confirmed, strengthens the prospect that Russia could soon gain complete control over the region, known as the Donbas, compared with just a third of it before the Feb. 24 invasion.
May 14, 2022
Proof of war crimes or another fake? A detailed analysis of the high-profile CNN report. https://telegra.ph/Proof-of-war-crimes-or-another-fake-A-detailed-analysis-of-the-high-profile-CNN-report-05-12?fbclid=IwAR3OugXuna-SN9t4Xuefa3ZIYI22OOBST81z5AyWNplxLlXmBZ-J2EfsVnE
A far-right battalion has a key role in Ukraine's resistance. Its neo-Nazi history has been exploited by Putin
Analysis by Tara John and Tim Lister, CNN
Updated 7:58 AM ET, Wed March 30, 2022
Note: This is CNN, one of the main Western media organizations, doing its best to send the West’s propaganda message that, as some people have arrogantly asserted, “Zelensky is Jewish so there’s no Nazis in the Ukraine government,” but apparently by March 30, 2022 deciding that the truth about Nazi power in Ukraine had become so well known that in order to maintain any credibility at all, CNN needed to admit at least a little bit about the fact that Nazis are a serious force in Ukraine.
What really happened at the Seversky Donets crossing? https://rwasamizdat.substack.com/p/what-really-happened-at-the-seversky?s=r&fbclid=IwAR1fjSSlL5r9XnZU6EAlEoL-nrPUlrg15IPk5oot0n30DaK6i9cSUjDgO4E
May 16, 2022
Adrien Bocquet, former French Special Forces, shares his experience during 3-week mission in Ukraine
May 14, 2022 He talks about Azov fighters with Nazi tattoos and attitudes, Russian POWs shot, officers executed, Ukrainian Army storing ammunition in urban areas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYshwzrIYWI
May 18, 2022
Russian Ops in Ukraine: Advances in Donbas, Ukraine Surrenders at Azovstal
May 17, 2022 Update for Russian military operations in Ukraine
Kirovsk, a City Under Ukrainian Fire
May 17, 2022 Report from Kirovsk, a Lugansk People's Republic city I visited on May 5. It continues to be shelled by Ukrainian forces who were at the time reportedly 15-20 km away. According to local media, it was again shelled a few days ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYpI05Rhcg4
May 19, 2022
Mariupol - War and Peace
May 13, 2022 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1I8SZeXGFo
May 21, 2022
Russian Ops in Ukraine - Ukraine Losing M777 Howitzers, Continues Losing Ground in Donbas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfsTJo9SkQ8
May 24, 2022
Russian Ops in Ukraine: Ukraine is Blocking Own Ports, Losing Ground in Donbas
May 24, 2022 Update on Russian military operations in Ukraine for May 24, 2022: 1. Russian forces continue gaining ground in Donbas; 2. Ukrainian forces are at critical risk of complete encirclement; 3. Russian assault of Lyman begins; 4. Ukrainian ports are blocked by Ukrainian sea mines, Pentagon admits; 5. Western heavy weapons have little impact; 6. West discussions on sending additional heavy weapons are unrealistic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSkOIx2_oMg
May 25, 2022
Major Russian breakthrough at POPASNA
May 27, 2022
Why NATO weapons won't help the Ukrainian army: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-CLgCbWPD4
June 6, 2022
Ships Held Captive In Kherson Ukraine Port. See How
Jun 3, 2022 In Russian Controlled Kherson Region Ukraine there are many civilian ships that can not leave to the Black sea. In this report The captain of a Turkish ship in the port and Russian Soldiers explain why they can not leave the port and go to the Black sea. This is a must see. Watch until the end. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyVSCUBrFTk
June 8, 2022
West's Media U-Turn in Ukraine as Reality Sets In
Jun 8, 2022 The Western media is now preparing their audiences for the disappointing reality of Ukraine's loss on the battlefield. In order to do so, they are shifting the blame onto Ukraine and their apparent ability to conceal the truth from Western intelligence agencies, Western politicians, and the Western media itself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntg8tbjRGmk
"Defend the White Race": American Extremists Being Co-Opted by Ukraine's Far-Right
February 15, 2019 : https://www.bellingcat.com/news/uk-and-europe/2019/02/15/defend-the-white-race-american-extremists-being-co-opted-by-ukraines-far-right/?fbclid=IwAR3P8cmXYmuWdK9XFbjE7UtD3mBE0f20atooExtUATsiBobYnwS5M59m3gI