by Eric Holder
"Peter the Great waged the great northern war for 21 years. It would seem that he was at war with Sweden, he took something from them. He did not take anything from them, he returned [what was Russia’s]," Putin said on Thursday after a visiting an exhibition dedicated to the tsar.In televised comments on day 106 of his war in Ukraine, he compared Peter’s campaign with Russia’s current military actions."Apparently, it also fell to us to return [what is Russia’s] and strengthen [the country]. And if we proceed from the fact that these basic values form the basis of our existence, we will certainly succeed in solving the tasks that we face."
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Do you think Russia would take over Europe if we did not support NATO?
Is Biden one of them?
What about Zelensky?
Do you really think Putin is part of the WEF?
Onvacation saysDo you really think Putin is part of the WEF?Yes I do.
Further proof it wasn't about NATO (as if any was needed at this point):
That leads to the conclusion that the Ukraine war is a fraudulent distraction.
Putin was one of the WEF "Young Global Leaders", or so I have read.
"Krymnash" was the first stage of the "Ukrainian trap" designed for us. The old principle worked: give a little so that you can get everything later.Now it's already obvious.I look at everything that is happening in Ukraine and clearly see that we have been set up with a classic strategic trap. It was obvious, but we, nevertheless, climbed into it ourselves.Why did emotions win over reason?We were strongly motivated to do this back in 2014.The essence of the "Ukrainian trap" is simple. All the expert assessments of the Western military, leaked to the media, kept repeating: Ukraine will not hold out against Russia even for three weeks. We picked up this misinformation every time and through our media convinced ourselves of this nonsense.Russian troops entered Ukraine, fully sharing this illusion: an easy walk ahead and flowers on the armor. They even brought dress uniforms for the forthcoming parade in Kyiv. This is how not very far-sighted chiefs prepare personnel, when they are sure that there will be no fierce hostilities, we will limit ourselves to police functions. And only a fool can be sure that there will be no resistance on foreign territory.But it was not there. Our fighters were met with fierce fire and Jevelins. Then we were allowed to get bogged down in viscous battles, and then quickly formed a pro-Ukrainian coalition of 54 leading economically developed countries. Enormous military and economic aid went to Ukraine.The balance of forces and resources changes daily. The potential of Ukraine due to the supply of high-tech and high-precision weapons is growing, and ours, due to natural losses at the front, sparingly speaking, is not increasing. We are replacing the retired most trained soldiers with mobilized, poorly motivated, and sometimes even demotivated by forced mobilization, practically untrained civilians.Mentally.As a result, we have constructed a situation where it is difficult to win, and it is impossible to leave without losing face and collapsing the internal political vertical. That's it, the trap is slammed!What formed the image of an easy victory in the minds of the military-political leaders?Enchanting return of the Crimea. The "designers" of the trap had calculated everything and taken it into account down to the molecules. Was there a colossal support for our little green men by the Crimeans? Was. Was the motivation of people to vote for joining the Russian Federation high? Excessively!And most importantly - there was no military resistance. Generally! Why? The Ukrainian military received an order: leave without a fight!And they obeyed the order and left without opposition.It is this and many other things that have created the illusion that the whole of Ukraine will react in the same way to Russia's forceful entry into its territory.It must be admitted that in 2014 there were much more pro-Russian Ukrainian citizens than now.However, time was lost, and propaganda on both sides pitted the two fraternal peoples for 8 years. Russophobia and Ukrainophobia have become the main content of TV channels. The results were stunning, mutual hatred flowed from television screens in a dirty stream around the clock.And what is the result?In Ukraine, Russia has been made into an insane monster. In the minds of Russians Ukraine was made into a caricature where everybody was a Nazi and Bandera, who dream of cutting us, even Ukrainian Jews, including Zelensky himself.All this propaganda work has formed intransigence and worked against the SVO, since our state information resource, through the pumping of Russophobia, motivated Ukrainian citizens to desperate resistance: victory or death. It's time to be honest: with our anti-Ukrainian propaganda, we have done more to turn Ukraine into anti-Russia than our strategic competitors.The work done could not but affect the behavior of the fighters on the battlefield. Being pitted, both armies fight furiously. To death!And then there was the bonus. The attack of Ramzan Akhmatovich Kadyrov, behind whom the Chechen national army controlled only by him, and Yevgeny Viktorovich Prigozhin, who has a huge military resource, against the Ministry of Defense, the General Staff, the FSB, the Ministry of Internal Affairs - can be transformed into a second front, but already in our rear!An ideal situation has developed for a third party - a strategic planner, when it is HE who largely controls the development of the situation on the fields of military and political battles and can keep the fire on fire at his own discretion, throwing firewood with support from one side or the other. Go bad: he sits on the sidelines, and, removing the rent of the war, watches for his own pleasure how the Orthodox are cut, destroying their material and spiritual values, destroying statehood and economies.There is no power way out of this trap. It seems that the Kremlin has already understood this. Hence insistent invitations for Kyiv to enter negotiations. But will the masters of strategic design allow the parties to agree if the main levers of influence on the situation are in their hands?..Alexander Zhilin, military observer
He (Putin) boasted that the annexations had made the Sea of Azov - which is bordered by south-east Ukraine and south-west Russia - an "internal sea" of Russia, adding that this was an aspiration of Russian Tsar Peter the Great. President Putin has compared himself to the 17th and 18th Century ruler before.
Not a word about "Nazis", "biolabs", "Satan", "demilitarization" , "NATO" or any of that previous bullshit anymore.
Over the past year, Vladimir Putin has compared himself to empire-building eighteenth century Russian Czar Peter the Great, and has attempted to annex entire regions of Ukraine while declaring that he is “returning historically Russian lands.” A recently leaked document purportedly detailing Russian plans to absorb neighboring Belarus now provides further insight into the imperial ambitions that are also driving the invasion of Ukraine.Allegedly produced by Putin’s Presidential Administration with input from the Russian intelligence services and armed forces, the 17-page internal strategy paper was made public in early 2023 by an international consortium of journalists. It serves as a comprehensive guide to the unofficial annexation of Belarus via a combination of economic, military, political, and social measures, with the objective of full absorption into a so-called “Union State” with Russia by 2030.The Russian takeover of Belarus as outlined in the document appears to closely mirror Moscow’s plans for Ukraine, albeit by less direct means. “Russia’s goals with regard to Belarus are the same as with Ukraine. Only in Belarus, Russia relies on coercion rather than war. Its end goal is still wholesale incorporation,” commented Michael Carpenter, the US Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, following publication of the leaked document.The strategy document for Belarus envisions the comprehensive russification of Belarusian society along with a sharp reduction in the influence of nationalist and pro-Western forces, which are viewed by Russia as virtually indistinguishable in relation to both Belarus and Ukraine. The Belarusian political, financial, business, and education systems would be fully integrated into Russia, with a network of pro-Russian media, NGOs, and cultural institutions established to aid this integration process.
Also victories and seizures improve Russia physique and morale, as well as bring in some economic rewards or spoils.
We knew in 2011 Putin would attack Ukraine, says Bill ClintonRevelation raises questions about whether US and Europe should have been more prepared for 2014 invasionVladimir Putin told Bill Clinton three years before his 2014 attack on Ukraine that he was not bound by the Budapest Memorandum guaranteeing the country’s territorial integrity, according to the former US president.The revelation raises questions about whether the US and its European allies should have been more prepared for the 2014 attack, when Russia annexed Crimea and attacked the Donbas.Clinton said he had talked to the Russian president at the 2011 World Economic Forum in Davos, where Putin brought up the issue of the memorandum, under which Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan agreed in 1994 to give up the nuclear arsenal they inherited on their territory from the Soviet Union, in return for assurances their sovereignty would be respected “within existing borders”.It was signed by Boris Yeltsin on behalf of Russia, Clinton for the US, and John Major on behalf of the UK, acting as a third guarantor nation.“Putin told me in 2011, three years before he took Crimea, that he did not agree with the agreement I made with Boris Yeltsin, that they would respect Ukraine’s territory if they gave up their nuclear weapons,” Clinton said on Thursday at a public discussion at 92nd Street Y, a Jewish cultural and community centre in New York.“Putin said to me: ‘… I know Boris agreed to go along with you and John Major and Nato, but he never got it through the Duma [Russian parliament]. We have our extreme nationalists too. I don’t agree with it and I do not support it and I’m not bound by it.’“I knew from that day forward, it was just a matter of time,” the former president said of Putin launching an attack.The Russian leader had already launched an invasion of Chechnya in 1999, and Georgia in 2008.After the seizure of Crimea in 2014, Putin claimed Russia was not bound by the Budapest Memorandum because the Maidan revolution and change of government in Kyiv earlier that year meant Ukraine had become a different state. “In respect to this state, we have not signed any obligatory documents,” he said.However, his conversation with Clinton suggests Putin had decided not to honour the agreement years before the Maidan uprising....
We knew in 2011 Putin would attack Ukraine, says Bill ClintonRevelation raises questions about whether US and Europe should have been more prepared for 2014 invasionVladimir Putin told Bill Clinton three years before his 2014 attack on Ukraine that he was not bound by the Budapest Memorandum guaranteeing the country’s territorial integrity, according to the former US president.The revelation raises questions about whether the US and its (some text omitted to shorten quote...) d.However, his conversation with Clinton suggests Putin had decided not to honour the agreement years before the Maidan uprising....https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/may/05/we-knew-putin-would-attack-ukraine-back-in-2011-says-bill-clinton Another nail into the "muh coup!" theory.
We knew in 2011 Putin would attack Ukraine, says Bill ClintonRevelation raises questions about whether US and Europe should have been more prepared for 2014 invasionVladimir Putin told Bill Clinton three years before his 2014 attack on Ukraine that he was not bound by the Budapest Memorandum guaranteeing the country’s territorial integrity, according to the former US president.The revelation raises questions about whether the US and its (some text omitted to shorten quote...) d.However, his conversation with Clinton suggests Putin had decided not to honour the agreement years before the Maidan uprising....
However, his conversation with Clinton suggests Putin had decided not to honour the agreement years before the Maidan uprising.
Vladimir Putin told Bill Clinton three years before his 2014 attack on Ukraine that he was not bound by the Budapest Memorandum guaranteeing the country’s territorial integrity, according to the former US president.
Why would Putin talk to Bill Clinton in 2011?
This is just more bullshit from the intelligence agencies. They never stop lying to the public.
It’s interesting that to appeal to the Russian public it actually helps to portray the war as what it really is, a colonial war. No attempt to disguise it as being about Nato or Russian security, which is what Kremlin uses for idiots abroad
Why would Putin talk to Bill Clinton in 2011?Why wouldn't he?
This is just more bullshit from the intelligence agencies. They never stop lying to the public.Or more gaslighting from you.
Russia, if we don't make peace.
Aaaaand they keepconfessing:https://twitter.com/MyLordBebo/status/1706377083608293415/mediaViewer Let's hear the pretzel-logic denial of why this diesn't mean what it means. Anybody wants to take a stab at this?
You do realize that by posting that map you basically agreed withe premise that the whole SCHMO is nothing but a landgrab?
No, it means that Russia will do what it needed to do to stop the Black Sea from becoming a NATO pond. Russia took Crimea in 2014 to prevent a NATO naval base at Sevastopol, and if the war continues with Ukraine leaning further toward NATO, the Russians will take the coast to prevent a NATO base at Odessa.
Russia's navy in the Black Sea is in absolute shambles.
Russia's navy in the Black Sea is in absolute shambles.So what? Navies don't fight land wars.
Their army apparently doesn't either. Or at least seems to be getting their asses handed to them by a lesser opponent.
Their [Russia's] army apparently doesn't either. Or at least seems to be getting their asses handed to them by a lesser opponent.
Russia looks like shit in this. Undeniable. No different than us in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Russia's failure is a totally different universe. Russia lost more men and material in 30 days than the US lost in both wars over 20 years.
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