Ukraine / Russia - Actions and Reactions


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Ukraine rips Elon Musk for disrupting sneak attack on Russian fleet with Starlink cutoff

“Starlink was not meant to be involved in wars. It was so people can watch Netflix and chill and get online for school and do good peaceful things, not drone strikes,” Musk said, according to the book. He told Isaacson that he was worried the Ukrainian attack on Russian vessels would provoke the Kremlin into launching a nuclear war. The book, titled “Elon Musk,” will be released Tuesday.

A top aide to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy lashed out at Musk over the revelation.

“By not allowing Ukrainian drones to destroy part of the Russian military fleet via Starlink interference, Elon Musk allowed this fleet to fire Kalibr missiles at Ukrainian cities,” Mykhailo Podolyak wrote Thursday on social media after CNN reported on some of the details from Isaacson’s book.

“As a result, civilians, children are being killed. This is the price of a cocktail of ignorance and big ego,” he added on X, which was formerly known as Twitter. Musk bought Twitter last year.



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Putin: sending Soviet tanks into Hungary and Czechoslovakia was a mistake

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that the Soviet Union's decision to send tanks into Hungary and Czechoslovakia to crush mass protests during the Cold War was a mistake.

"It was a mistake," Putin said when asked about perceptions of Russia as a colonial power due to Moscow's decision to send tanks into Budapest in 1956 and into Prague in 1968.

"It is not right to do anything in foreign policy that harms the interests of other peoples," said Putin, who in 2022 sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine, triggering the biggest land war in Europe since World War Two.

Putin said the United States was making the same mistakes as the Soviet Union. He said Washington had "no friends, only interests".


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🚀 There was more bad news for the Proxy War this weekend, and perhaps a sign of things not to come. The UK Daily Mail, in a classic long-form headline, reported “Ukraine slams G20 declaration saying it's 'nothing to be proud of' after Biden and other leaders sign on to document that doesn't call Russia an aggressor in the war but bans nukes.”

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The “Group of Twenty” (G20) is a political club of leaders of nineteen countries plus the European Union that meets every year at a “summit” to soberly gas on about a wide range of political and economic topics. They also party with hookers in high-end hotels, quaff fancy champagne while toasting the suckers footing the bill, and gobble up expensive, organic, non-GMO food with no seed oils — all in service to the taxpayer.

You’re welcome!

Anyway, in a very ominous development for Ukraine, a message it got loud and clear, the G20 snubbed the counter-offensively-impaired country. First, Zelensky wasn’t invited to speak, like at last year’s summit. But even worse, the G20 delegates spent five days carefully crafting a statement on the war. Let’s just say the statement did not exactly endorse Ukraine.

The best evidence of how weakly the carefully-worded statement turned out is that a Russian news agency, Interfax, quoted a Russian government official who called the statement’s language “balanced.” But the Ukrainians didn’t see the balance, they were outraged — outraged! — and Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko tweeted an image of the actual statement along with his markups of what Ukraine thinks it should have said.


As you can see, the G20 delegates did not denounce Russia. In fact, they completely left Russia’s name out of the statement, instead using the more general “all states” to sort of refer generally to anyone who breaks the rules. We’re not criticizing RUSSIA. We’re just saying EVERYONE should try to get along.

You can also see the Ukrainians didn’t care much for the passive voice in the G20’s phrase “War IN Ukraine,” preferring the much more lively “War AGAINST Ukraine.” But the G20 clearly disagreed. This year. And then the G20 further inflamed Ukrainian passion by calling the Proxy War “Ukraine’s crisis,” and — worst of all — allowing “there were different views and assessments of the situation.”

Hahahaha! Different views!

President Peters signed onto the slippery war statement. Not that it means anything, since we can’t be sure Joe was even awake at the time. But still.

The Mail accurately reported the controversial language but stopped short of speculating what it means. It means there was a great effort to please Russia, a G20 member, at the expense of the Ukrainians, who are not G20 members.

The Proxy War might be entering the end game. Which neatly tees up the next story.



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Ukrainian missiles strike Russia’s Black Sea fleet in Crimea

Ukraine has struck Russian naval targets and port infrastructure in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, in what appeared to be the biggest attack of the war on the home of the Russian navy’s Black Sea fleet.

A Ukrainian intelligence official said a large vessel and a submarine struck in the attack were so badly damaged as to be likely beyond repair.

The pre-dawn strike highlighted Kyiv’s growing missile capabilities as Russia continues to bombard Ukraine from afar with long-range missiles and assault drones.

“We confirm a large landing vessel and submarine were hit. We do not comment on the means [used] for the strike,” Ukrainian military intelligence official Andriy Yusov told Reuters.

Yusov later told national television: “Those are significant damages. We can now say that with a high probability they are not subject to restoration.”


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Sen. J.D. Vance Demands Biden Admin Reveal if American Transgender ‘Spokesperson’ for Ukraine Military Has U.S. Intelligence Ties After Threats to ‘Hunt Down’ Russian ‘Propagandists’

The ominous message, which quickly went viral, has sparked many questions about Ashton-Cirillo’s background and alleged current role with the Ukrainian military, including from Sen. Vance.

“In recent days, a video has circulated of an individual who claims to be an English-speaking spokesperson for the Ukrainian military. In the video, this individual, Sarah Ashton-Cirillo, looks directly into the camera and threatens physical violence to anyone who circulates ‘Russian propaganda’,” he wrote in a letter to Sec. Blinken, Sec Austin, and Director Haines.

“A number of reports purport to offer additional information, much of it unconfirmed, regarding Ashton-Cirillo. I’ve seen claims this individual is an American, a former intelligence operative in the United States, and an employee of the Ukrainian government. Others have argued Ashton-Cirillo is pulling an elaborate prank. If so, kudos for the delivery of high quality humor,” Vance continued in an apparent reference to Ashton-Cirillo’s reported direct lobbying of the U.S. Congress for military aid to Ukraine last December.

The Ohio freshman Senator went on to request information from the White House, questioning:

  1. “Is this individual employed by the Ukrainian military, and do we have reason to believe the are compensated using American resources?
  2. Is this individual an American citizen? Did they ever serve, in any capacity, American intelligence services?
  3. Do we have reason to believe Ukrainian forces or intelligence services are planning to commit acts of violence against those who engage in ‘Russian propaganda’?”
The Republican lawmaker went on to express concerns that U.S. taxpayer dollars are supporting violence or the threat of violence against people for speaking their minds, noting that American journalists and even current presidential candidates have been “slandered” as propagandists for Russia.


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🚀 Watch out on deck! The narrative boom is swinging around. Newsweek ran an op-ed yesterday with the unintentionally-hilarious headline, get this: “We Can No Longer Hide the Truth About the Russia-Ukraine War.

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A visual metaphor for Ukraine’s Glorious Spring Counteroffensive™
Bwahahahahaha! “We can no longer HIDE THE TRUTH!” Not “hide from the truth.” Get it?? It’s so obvious now that they can admit it right IN THE HEADLINE: They’ve been hiding the truth.

Conspiracy thinkers = 993, Experts = zero.

The author, Daniel L. Davis is a senior fellow for Defense Priorities and a former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army with four combat assignments. Here’s a summary of his comments, in his own words (lightly-edited for brevity and clarity):

It's time to acknowledge objective reality and employ policies that can work. There is no realistic basis to believe that Ukraine has the capacity to attain its stated strategic objective to reclaim all its territory, including Crimea.​

Washington has spent nearly $113 billion over the course of this war, provided Ukraine with an astounding volume of modern arms and ammunition, and delivered an impressive array of training and intelligence support. But after almost a year of preparation, Ukraine has hardly dented the Russian lines.​

Although Ukraine appears to have finally penetrated the first line of Russia's main defense, the most difficult part of Russia's defensive system has yet to be overcome: the hundreds of kilometers of dragon's teeth, tank ditches, and yet more vast minefields. The best Ukraine can likely do for the rest of the year is to hold what they have and prevent the possibility of losing more territory to a potential Russian counteroffensive this fall.​

The op-ed’s comments were fascinating. While the majority of Newsweek’s readers predictably commented that Lt. Col. Davis is just another sold-out Putin shill — Putin sure seems to have a lot of them! — there were other comments like this one, expressing surprise and shock that the Proxy War isn’t going according to plan:​

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As Davis suggested, it appears likely the Russians will roll out their own counter-counter offensive soon. The Narrative is preparing everyone for that unpleasant reality.



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While lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. debate sending billions more in military aid to Ukraine, an American citizen journalist, Gonzalo Lira, is languishing in a Ukrainian prison on allegations of spreading Russian propaganda, throwing into question the status of free speech in the supposed democracy the Biden administration argues is worthy of more taxpayer dollars.

The Biden administration is asking Congress to approve another $24 billion for Ukraine for now through the end of this year, which would add to the $113 billion that Congress has committed to the country since its war with Russia began in February of last year.

President Biden on Tuesday at the United Nations argued that investment in Ukraine was an investment in “the future of every country that seeks a world governed by basic rules.”

However, the administration has been much less vocal about Ukraine potentially violating the rights of an American journalist who is currently detained in Ukraine for his reporting; and in a speech at the U.N. almost entirely devoted to Ukraine, the status of Gonzalo Lira was not mentioned once by Biden.

Lira, a dual citizen of the United States and Chile who was living in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv at the time of the Russian invasion, is reportedly facing between five to eight years in prison under Ukraine’s wartime propaganda laws.



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Poland, Hungary, Slovakia to introduce bans on Ukraine grains

Ukraine was one of the world's top grain exporters before Russia's 2022 invasion reduced its ability to ship agricultural produce to global markets. Ukrainian farmers have relied on grain exports through neighbouring countries since the conflict began as it has been unable to use the favoured routes through Black Sea ports.

But the flood of grains and oilseeds into neighbouring countries reduced prices there, impacting the income of local farmers and resulting in governments banning agricultural imports from Ukraine. The European Union in May stepped in to prevent individual countries imposing unilateral bans and imposed its own ban on imports into neighbouring countries. Under the EU ban, Ukraine was allowed to export through those countries on condition the produce was sold elsewhere.

The EU allowed that ban to expire on Friday after Ukraine pledged to take measures to tighten control of exports to neighbouring countries. The issue is a particularly sensitive one now as farmers harvest their crops and prepare to sell.

EU Trade Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis said on Friday countries should refrain from unilateral measures against imports of Ukrainian grain, but Poland, Slovakia and Hungary immediately responded by reimposing their own restrictions on Ukrainian grain imports. They will continue to allow the transit of Ukrainian produce.

"As long as Ukraine is able to certify that the grain is going to get to the country of destination, through the trucks and trains, the domestic use ban is not really going to put a dent in Ukraine's ability to get exports out," said Terry Reilly, senior agricultural strategist for Marex. He noted that disruptions to Black Sea exports are a bigger concern.

It is unclear how much Ukraine has pledged to restrict exports or how the new bans would impact the flow of produce from Ukraine. The issue has underscored division the EU over the impact of the war in Ukraine on the economies of member countries which themselves have powerful agriculture and farming lobbies.


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Russia is making a 'very costly' tactical mistake that means its second line of defense will be easier to penetrate, analysts say

Russia has made a tactical mistake in expending too much manpower and weaponry on its first line of defense and leaving its deeper lines weaker, analysts told The Kyiv Independent.

While Russia has built complex, multi-layered defenses, consisting of dense minefields, tank obstacles, and fortifications across hundreds of miles, they have not been using them strategically.

Ukraine's initially slow-moving counteroffensive has made some notable gains in recent weeks, particularly in breaking through the first defensive line on the Zaporizhzhia front in the south of the country.

Michael Kofman, a defense analyst and senior fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told The Kyiv Independent that Ukraine was now working on breaching the second line.


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Ukraine Suspends Trans American Spokesperson For Unapproved Statements, Launches Investigation

Sarah Ashton-Cirillo, a transgender American-born military spokesperson for Ukraine, has been suspended over unapproved public statements, the Ukraine Territorial Defense Forces (TDF) announced Wednesday.

Ashton-Cirillo’s suspension was immediate and TDF said it would be launching an investigation, the post added.

“The statements of JSgt Ashton-Cirillo in recent days were not approved by the command of the TDF or the command of the AFU [Armed Forces of Ukraine]. When conducting military operations against the aggressor, the defense forces of Ukraine strictly observe the norms of international humanitarian law,” the post reads. “Sergeant Sarah Ashton-Cirillo will be suspended immediately pending the investigation.”


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‘We Just Didn’t Have Time’: McCarthy Turns Down Zelensky’s Request for a Joint Address to Congress

After meeting with Zelensky on Thursday, Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) summed up his request in one sentence: “Mr. Zelensky said, ‘If we don’t get the aid, we will lose the war.'” Schumer declined to comment on whether Republicans pushed back on further aid during the private meeting.

Ahead of the discussions with D.C. leadership, Russia attacked Ukraine with “another mass missile” strike on Thursday, Zelensky posted to X as he landed in the nation’s capital. “We must work together to fully deprive Russia of its terrorist potential. At my meetings, air defense will be among top priorities,” he wrote.

Nearly 30 Republican lawmakers voiced their opposition to billions more in Ukraine aid in a letter sent to the Biden administration on Thursday. The group asked what the White House’s current strategy is to end the Ukraine war, considering the U.S. has already provided over $114 billion in funding toward Ukraine.

“The vast majority of Congress remains unaware of how much the United States has spent to date in total on this conflict, information which is necessary for Congress to prudently exercise its appropriations power,” the letter read. “It is difficult to envision a benign explanation for this lack of clarity.”

Awww to damn bad, let Europe foot the bill ... NOT Our Problem


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🚀 Speaking of things that are almost over, the Seattle Times ran a story yesterday headlined, “Poland is done sending arms to Ukraine, Polish leader says as trade dispute escalates.

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CLIP: Polish President Distances, Calls Zelensky “Drowning Man” (1:03)

Since day one. Poland has been Ukraine’s most important and most stalwart European ally. But in an interview yesterday, Poland’s President unflatteringly compared Ukraine to a drowning man trying to pull everybody else down with him. Worse, he said Poland would not be signing any new weapons transfer agreements with Ukraine.

I just can’t imagine how funnyman Zelensky could have alienated anybody like that.

A “leading” defense expert quoted for the Seattle Times story, Michal Baranowski, found the news alarming for Ukraine. “The message is very bad, both for Poland’s reputation but also because Poland has been one of the chief advocates of military aid to Ukraine.”

So. Tick, tock.



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Some folks connected Cirillo’s bloodthirsty comments with Human Events Editor Jack Posobiec, who on Saturday announced he’d just learning he was now on the Ukrainian CIA’s kill list:

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CLIP: Jack Posobiec on X announces being put on Ukraine assassination list (1:21)

Apparently the Ukrainian “SBU” (their CIA) was upset after the Human Events editor truthfully reported that Ukraine killed a bunch of its own people in a recent, tragic, friendly-fire incident, but then blamed it on the Russians of course, those warmongering devils. They hypnotized the Ukrainians into bombing their own civilians! But unfortunately for the Ukrainians, a New York Times reporter actually witnessed the missile’s launch, misfire, and explosion in a local market. To the paper’s great credit, the Times ran the story this week headlined, “Evidence Suggests Ukrainian Missile Caused Market Tragedy.

So Posobiec is not on the SBU’s assassination list for lying about the war, but rather he’s on the list for telling the unpleasant truth.

I probably don’t need to explain this, but it seems a little counter-productive to send weapons and money to a country with an official policy that includes killing American citizens on American soil. Those kinds of goofy high-jinks used to be a cause for war, but nowadays things are murkier. (It will probably take Ukraine putting a democrat on its kill list for the government to react.)



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🔥 I’ll admit I did not see this headline coming. From yesterday’s UK Telegraph:


I became further surprised while researching the story, because of how many crazy dots it connected.

The article wasn’t particularly clear about what Zelensky meant by “ambassador.” It’s likely just a made-up job. But clearly, Abramovic, 76, is about to go on Ukraine’s payroll, get some of that sweet, sweet U.S. aid money, and despite being completely unqualified will somehow be involved with the war-torn country’s kids.

This is deeply bad news for Ukrainian children, something like Grimm’s Fairy Tales coming to life.

Serbian “artist” Abramovic is a deeply controversial figure. She’s not a traditional artist. She’s described as a performance artist. She does art more than make art. Oh, and she does politics. She is also very close personal friends with both Clintons and their retinues. Abramovic constantly and unaccountably rubs elbows with heads of state and various royalty.

And she is perfectly monstrous to Christians and people with any remaining sense of goodness, decorum, or dignity in this troubled world.

Abramovic, who gives the impression of being more like a Satanic coven leader than any traditional kind of artist that you might recognize, mostly focuses on dark ritualistic and occultic themes related to pornography, pain, suffering, and death. She recently sweetly explained to an Artnet reporter, “We are so afraid of pain. I don’t like pain, but I think that pain is such an important element in human life. Suffering is like a kind of gate in order to understand the universe, in order to understand yourself.”

Zelensky probably isn’t completely crazy to hire her as an “ambassador,” whatever that means. Putting her on the public payroll is almost certainly connected to the Clintons. Yesterday’s announcement came right on the heels of breathless news about the Clinton Foundation’s involvement in Ukraine’s “rebuilding” effort:

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I bet the Ukrainians can’t wait.

Call me crazy, but “rebuilding” seems a little premature, what with Ukraine still pursuing its glorious Counteroffensive, which by all accounts is somewhat slow going, not to point fingers or anything. But I digress again.

You’d be forgiven for not knowing much about the Serbian performer, or artist, whichever. Abramovic first popped up on the public radar during the Pizzagate pedophile controversy. Wikileaks dumped Hilary Clinton emails that linked the Serbian artist to the Clintons, and their friends, and included some very sketchy discussions that some folks claim are packed with standard pedophile code words.

Abramovic also has a way of turning up around major pedophile stories and disaster zones like Haiti where orphaned kids are a dime a dozen.

For instance, here’s Abramovic pictured with ‘John of God,’ a Brazilian cult leader sentenced last week to 118 years in prison for operating a child sex slave farm where he kept teenagers as sex slaves and sold their babies for up to £40,000.

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To give you an idea just what kind of “artist” Ms. Abramovic is, the Telegraph described her latest public exhibition at London’s Royal Academy, which is called “Imponderabilia” and runs through next year. Oxford defines “imponderable” as “a factor that is difficult or impossible to estimate or assess.” The Royal Academy imponderably described the experience of attending Abramovic’s show as “forcing a confrontation between nakedness, and the gender, the sexuality, the desire.”

Sounds wholesome. Kids under 16 are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

They aren’t messing around. When the Royal Academy said “forcing a confrontation with nakedness,” they meant it, literally. To get in, after paying £25, visitors have to literally slide between two naked sex workers, er, sorry, “performance artists.” Watch the bump.

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Once you slide on in, things get even more bizarre and less-artlike. Here’s how the Telegraph described Abramovic’s art show. Remember, this is the positive description:

(The show) includes Luminosity in which a naked woman is pinned high up on the wall in a crucifix pose while seated on a bicycle saddle.​

Nude with Skeleton, inspired by the ancient practice of Tibetan monks sleeping with a dead or decaying body, will see a naked performance artist lie still on the ground with a skeleton on top of them for hours.​

In another piece, House With the Ocean View, three women will occupy separate open platforms on the gallery wall, for 24 hours a day over 12 days without talking and drinking only water.​

Remember, this is the toned-down, Royal Academy version of Marina’s art. She usually prefers to challenge her audience more directly with things like explicit Satanic imagery (pentagrams and severed goat heads), cannibalism, piles of bloody, dismembered body parts or bones, spells written in bloody fingerprints on walls, and so forth. I’ll spare you the pictures, you can easily find them online if your curiosity is feeling morbid.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Imponderably, this kind of “art” is what celebrities, world leaders, and rebuilding Ukrainians enjoy the most. You couldn’t possibly name a better-connected artist than Marina Abramovic. She’s looted treasuries all over the world.

Curiously, according to an article run yesterday in Artnet, the 76-year-old performance artist recently had a pulmonary embolism and almost died. She then had three operations and ten transfusions. “I was in unbelievable pain, they said it was a miracle I survived,” Abromovic said. I’m not sure I’d use the word ‘miracle.’ Sounds like a jab injury to me. But the good news was all that pain must have been a very enthralling experience for the occult performer, an experience that probably opened an artistic gate to Hell or Nancy Pelosi’s living room, six or half a dozen, either way a soul-stretchingly painful experience that helped her “understand herself and the Universe” better.

Marina is feeling better now. According to Artnet, she’s “too weak now” to do any performing herself. But don’t worry, that frees her for pursuing her other interests. She’s not too weak, for example, to visit war zones, collect Ukrainian orphans, or serve as the unfortunate country’s “Ambassador.”

Imponderable is a good word for it.