By Aris Roussinos
Like any war, but perhaps more than most, the war in Ukraine has seen a bewildering barrage of claims and counter-claims made by the online supporters of each side. Truth, partial truths and outright lies compete for dominance in the media narrative. Vladimir Putin’s claim that Russia invaded Ukraine to “de-Nazify” the country is surely one of the clearest examples. The Russian claim that the Maidan revolution of 2014 was a “fascist coup” and that Ukraine is a Nazi state has been used for years by Putin and his supporters to justify his occupation of Crimea and support for Russian-speaking separatists in the country’s east, winning many online adherents.
But the Russian claim is false: Ukraine is a genuine liberal-democratic state, though an imperfect one, with free elections that produce significant changes of power, including the election, in 2019, of the liberal-populist reformer, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Ukraine is, unequivocally, not a Nazi state: the Russian casus belli is a lie. And yet, there is a danger that the understandable desire by Ukrainian and Western commentators not to provide ammunition for Russian propaganda has led to an over-correction — and one that may not ultimately serve Ukraine’s best interests.
During one recent news bulletin on BBC Radio 4, the correspondent referred to “Putin’s baseless claim that the Ukrainian state supports Nazis”. This is, itself, disinformation: it is an observable fact, which the BBC itself has previously reported on accurately and well, that the Ukrainian state has, since 2014, provided funding, weapons and other forms of support to extreme Right-wing militias, including neo-Nazi ones. This is not a new or controversial observation. Back in 2019, I spent time in Ukraine interviewing senior figures in the constellation of state-backed extreme Right-wing groups for Harper’s magazine; they were all quite open about their ideology and plans for the future.
Indeed, some of the best coverage of Ukraine’s extreme Right-wing groups has come from the open-source intelligence outlet Bellingcat, which is not known for a favourable attitude towards Russian propaganda. Bellingcat’s excellent reporting of this under-discussed topic over the past few years has largely focused on the Azov movement, Ukraine’s most powerful extreme Right-wing group, and the one most favoured by the state’s largesse.
Over the past few years, Bellingcat researchers have explored Azov’s outreach effort to American white nationalists and its funding by the Ukrainian state to teach “patriotic education” and to support demobilised veterans; it has looked into Azov’s hosting of neo-Nazi black metal music festivals, and its support of the exiled, anti-Putin Russian neo-Nazi group Wotanjugend — practitioners of a very marginal form of esoteric Nazism, who share space with Azov in their Kyiv headquarters, fight alongside them in the front line, and have also played a role translating and disseminating a Russian-language version of the Christchurch shooter’s manifesto. Unfortunately, Bellingcat’s invaluable coverage of Ukraine’s extreme-Right ecosystem has not been updated since the current hostilities began, despite the war with Russia providing these groups with something of a renaissance.
The Azov movement was founded in 2014 by Andriy Biletsky, former leader of the Ukrainian neo-Nazi group Patriot of Ukraine, during the battle for control of Kyiv’s central Independence Square during the Maidan Revolution against the country’s Russia-leaning, elected president Viktor Yanukovych. Back in 2010, Biletsky claimed that it would one day be Ukraine’s role to “lead the white races of the world in a final crusade… against Semite-led untermenschen“. The revolution, and the war which followed, would give him the national stage for which he had so long craved.
Alongside other far-Right groups, such as Right Sector, the nascent Azov movement played an outside role in the fighting against Ukrainian security police which left 121 dead and secured the success of the revolution. Acquiring control of a large property, just off Independence Square, from the Ministry of Defence, Azov turned the building, now named Cossack House, into its Kyiv headquarters and recruiting centre. Though Azov has since toned down its rhetoric, and many of its fighters may be non-ideological and simply attracted by its martial reputation, its activists are often to be seen covered in tattoos of SS totenkopfs and lightning bolt runes, or sporting the Sonnenrad or Black Sun symbol of esoteric Nazism. Derived from a pattern created for Himmler at Wewelsburg castle in Germany, chosen as an occultic Camelot for senior SS officers, the Sonnenrad is like the Wolfsangel rune of the SS Das Reich division one of Azov’s official symbols, worn on their unit patches and on the shields behind which their fighters parade in evocative torchlit ceremonies.
I’ve visited Cossack House multiple times to interview senior Azov figures, including the leader of its National Militia (which provides auxiliary patrolling muscle to Ukraine’s official police force), Ihor Mikhailenko, and Azov’s International Secretary and intellectual linchpin, Olena Semenyaka. It’s an impressive setup: along with classrooms for the educational lectures they provide with state funding, Cossack House is home to Azov’s literary salon and publishing house, Plomin, where glamorous young hipster intellectuals busy themselves with organising Right-wing seminars and book translations, beneath glossy posters of fascist luminaries such as Yukio Mishima, Cornelius Codreanu, and Julius Evola.
But Azov’s power derives from the gun, not their literary efforts. Back in 2014, when the Ukrainian army was weak and underequipped, Azov volunteers under Biletsky’s leadership fought at the vanguard of the battle against Russian-speaking separatists in the east, reconquering the city of Mariupol, where they are currently under siege. Effective, courageous and highly ideological fighters, Azov’s efforts in the east won them great renown as defenders of the nation, and the support of a grateful Ukrainian state, which incorporated Azov as an official regiment of Ukraine’s National Guard. In this, Azov is believed to have enjoyed the support of Arsen Avakov, a powerful oligarch and Ukraine’s Interior Minister between 2014 and 2019.
Both Ukrainian human rights activists and leaders of rival extreme Right-wing groups have complained to me, in interviews, about the unfair advantage Avakov’s patronage gave the Azov movement in establishing its dominant role in Ukraine’s Rightwing sphere — including official functions as election observers and state-sanctioned auxiliary police. Ukraine is not a Nazi state, but the Ukrainian state’s support — for whatever reasons, valid or otherwise — of neo-Nazi or Nazi-aligned groups makes the country an outlier in Europe. The continent has many extreme Right-wing groups, but only in Ukraine do they possess their own tank and artillery units, with the state’s support.
This awkwardly close relationship between a liberal-democratic state supported by the West and armed proponents of a very different ideology has caused some discomfort in the past for Ukraine’s Western backers. The US Congress has gone back and forth in recent years on whether Azov should be blocked from receiving American arms shipments, with Democrat lawmakers even urging in 2019 that Azov be listed as a global terrorist organisation. In interviews, Semenyaka complained to me that this unease was a result of their listening to Russian propaganda, and insisted that American cooperation with Azov would be beneficial for both parties.
In this, the current war has surely come as a blessed relief for Azov. Biletsky’s attempt to found a political party — the National Corps — met with almost zero success, with even a united bloc of Ukraine’s far- and extreme Right-wing parties failing to clear the very low hurdle for parliamentary representation in the last election: Ukrainian voters simply do not want what they are selling, and reject their worldview. Yet in time of war, Azov and similar groups come to the forefront, with the Russian invasion seemingly reversing the downward spiral that set in for them following Avakov’s resignation due to international pressure. Judging by their social media, Azov’s armed units are expanding: they’re forming new battalions in Kharkiv and Dnipro, a new special forces unit in Kyiv (where Biletsky is organising at least some aspects of the capital’s defence) and local defence militias in western cities such as Ivano-Frankivsk.
Along with other extreme Right-wing groups such as Karpatska Sich (whose militancy against Western Ukraine’s Hungarian-speaking minority, including Roma, has drawn criticism from the Hungarian government), the Eastern Orthodox group Tradition and Order, the neo-Nazi group C14, and the extreme Right-wing militia Freikorps, the Russian invasion has allowed Azov to restore its earlier prominence, burnishing its heroic reputation with its dogged defence of Mariupol alongside regular Ukrainian marines. While just a few weeks ago there was still a concerted Western effort to not directly arm Azov, now they seem to be a prime beneficiary of Western munitions and training: these pictures tweeted by the Belarusian opposition outlet NEXTA show Azov fighters being instructed in the use of British-made NLAW anti-tank munitions by blurred-out trainers.
Similarly, until the Russian invasion, Western governments and news outlets frequently warned of the dangers of Western neo-Nazis and white supremacists gaining combat experience fighting alongside Azov and their allied Nazi subfactions. Yet in the heat of the moment, these concerns seem to have dissipated: a recent photograph of newly-arrived Western volunteers, including Britons, in Kyiv shows Azov’s Olena Semenyaka smiling happily in the background, alongside the Swedish neo-Nazi and former Azov sniper Mikael Skillt. Indeed, Misanthropic Division, a unit of Western neo-Nazis fighting alongside Azov, is currently advertising on Telegram for European militants to join the flow of volunteers and link up with them in Ukraine, “for victory and Valhalla.”
Like Ukraine’s other extreme Right-wing militias, Azov are dogged, disciplined and committed fighters, which is why the weak Ukrainian state has found itself forced to rely upon their muscle during its hours of greatest need: during the Maidan revolution, during the war against separatists from 2014 onwards, and now to fend off the Russian invasion. There has been a certain new-found reticence abroad to speak frankly about their role, no doubt for fear that doing so will provide ammunition for Russian propaganda. This fear is surely misplaced: after all, groups such as Azov are only prominent precisely because of Russia’s meddling in Ukraine. Instead of de-Nazifying the country, Russian aggression has helped solidify the role and presence of extreme Right-wing factions in Ukraine’s military, reinvigorating a waning political force rejected by the overwhelming majority of Ukrainians.
And this is the West’s guy along with goosestepper greg and the DC corruptocrats.
no different from Putin or any other tyrant
Indeed. And don’t forget this gem he signed only a few days ago, during a war:
Totally a puppet of the WEF, klaus Schwab and the party of davos.
Zelensky not a good actor. Where are our billions and billions of dollars going? Rest assured there is no audit trail.
I still like the guy, I just think he’s not free at all, and hardly an actual President with real power.
Like Biden, like Trudeau, he’s been installed by Davos.
No doubt about it a very likable guy. But, in the grander scheme of things, not a virtuous person
On another note, strange Covid numbers coming from traditionally non-reporting China.
Guess the midterms are coming up, eh?
They have been locking down provinces along with welding apartment door shut. Not enough reporting to get a firm grip on what might be happening. Some have said another variant but no confirmation.
yes, just in time for the midterms.
“We Are Still in This; We Have a Way to Go” – Dr. Fauci Floats New Covid Restrictions
Dont you find it hilarious that those waving a Ukrainian flag and cheering on the fight for freedom wouldnt for the last 2 years fight for their own?
Tony the terrible resurfaces from the deep swamp to squeak about covid isnt over.
Tons of people escaping out of Mariupol through the russian controlled corridors.
Interesting catch on Zelensky vising a hospital, the outlets on the wall show he isnt in Ukraine. a 3 prong outlet, not used in Ukraine. Most likely Poland.
Makes one wonder why for one and not for the other.
Those who have accepted the consent of the governed are not virtuous.
There are a few but not enough
Sovereign ‘Democracy’ Ukraine: Zelenskyy Suspends 11 Opposition Parties Becoming Head Of A One-Party State
How many Americans, or even how many neo-con RINO c u c k even understand that the Kiev regime has been brutally attacking the Donbass/southeast Ukraine, and killing children, since 2014?
Enabled by recent US secretary of State Officials Victoria Nuland who admitted to the Bio-Labs.
In 2014, Nuland & the US Ambassador to Ukraine were on a phone call discussing who they wanted to be the President of Ukraine. They staged the coup. Someone taped the phone call & leaked it to the Global Media. In it, Nuland says…F the EU. 2 weeks later, the person she wanted as president was installed.
Only those whose brains are plugged into Putin’s propaganda pipeline.
It’s not an opinion. It’s empirical, historical fact.
The efforts of Leftist/Davos to propagandize rational analysis of the situation in Ukraine as “Putin Propaganda” are being laughed out the discussion.
It looks like the wave of Covid is primed and ready go, thankfully for those who caused this war in Ukraine.
The backwards Chinese haven’t reported any Covid deaths, or many case, for over a year…now suddenly they are.
The free people of the world are at war with those who have decided on a tyrannical, centralized world government.
Not on my watch.
Ukraine invaded by Putin, and Zelensky temporarily suspends pro-Putin political activities. How…shocking.
From the article linked in the Twitter post:
Seriously, a person would have to be a complete idiot not to understand why Zelensky needed to do this.
The real question is this:
I guess we’re seeing the real point of this, from the Davos/Globalist/Democrat aggressors.
Strangely absent is Zelensky’s resolve to shut down ACTUAL NAZI’S OPERATING IN HIS COUNTRY. Those political parties continue on like they are saints.
Guess the situation is a bit more complicated than the dumbass Leftwing “credible” media would like you to believe.
The real point of this is that Putin requires Ukraine in order to have a stranglehold on Europe.
If he succeeds, he will.
The real point of this is what were Biden and other politicians doing in Ukraine? Why were they making money off of the backs of the Ukrainian people, siphoning off their resources by being paid off by Soros/Schwab/Globalists?
Globalists require Ukraine to have a stranglehold on the globe.
The only people claiming that he did are Trump trolls and Putin trolls. The same trolls who claim Trump won the election.
The social credit application of Ukraine…voluntary for now, but being made mandatory in the future:
Державні послуги онлайн | Дія (diia.gov.ua)
Zelensky just signed the Virtual Assets Law…during an invasion.
As for Biden, it is incontrovertible fact that he got his son a job and made money in the Ukraine. Biden was paid by the mayor of Moscow. He was paid by China.
It’s not open to debate. It’s verified fact.
P.S. – you’re a troll, greg. I’m not. I know reality gets fuzzy when you have so much bullshit coming out of your ears.
Another day and another dumpster full of shit from greg
Zelensky is a dirtbag. He is no hero
Again, address the fact that ZELENSKY JUST SIGNED A BILL TO REQUIRE A F*CKING SOCIAL CREDIT SYSTEM THAT SEEMS LIKE IT WAS FUNDED AND PROMOTED BY THE GLOBALISTS PLAYING GAMES IN UKRAINE?
You won’t. This is part of what’s really going on, and what you are being paid to suppress.
The wartime economy of Ukraine isn’t exactly functioning as usual, is it? Surely you’re smart enough to understand that nothing there is functioning normally.
That’s irrelevant. You can’t even troll right.
And you won’t DARE answer the question:
What’s incredible is the Virtual Assets Law being passed isn’t major news. Even with the scant reporting, they are hiding this saying “He made crypto legal!”
He made a Social Credit Score legal…the only other country on the globe other than China.
WTF is going on here?????
A war. When I was a little kid, my grandma still had WW2 ration coupons in her kitchen “junk” drawer. She told me how things had been a few years earlier. All of my older relatives had stories.
Putin could be a Hitler replay. His invasion of Ukraine isn’t something happening so far away it can’t touch us. His intentions extend far beyond the western border of the country he has occupied.
First, he’ll want uncontested control the access point from the Black Sea to the Aegean. Look at a map.
Spare us the horseshit “when I was a
little boy” stories
Spare us the pro-Putin horseshit, and you’ll have a deal.
When the parties are aligned with the man shelling your cities to rubble, I call it “common sense”. I would call anything else “stupidity”.
WHY HAS PRO-TRUMP TRANSFORMED INTO PRO-PUTIN?
WHY HAS PRO-BIDEN TRANSFORMED INTO PRO-NAZI?
Biden supporters aren’t aiding a murderous tyrant who has invaded a neighboring nation.
Just people who do this
Who is Juan Sinmiedo, and why should we trust his Twitter posts? Putin’s trolls are working overtime. They haven’t been this active since 2016.
Gotcha… So you’re cool with this
I didn’t catch the answer. Who is Juan Sinmiedo? How do we know anything he’s posting is what he claims?
So those videos are fake?
The same videos could be claimed to show Russian thugs in occupied Donetsk.
Gotcha… So those guys are Russians torturing people. That your contention?
My contention is that one can’t know what they actually show. We don’t who’s posting them. When a source is totally anonymous, you can always look for an underlying pattern and try to discern the source’s motive. That can tell you a lot. Looking at social media is increasingly like lifting the lid off a garbage can. It’s turning into a propaganda sewer.
Instead of the actual videos and eyewitness testimony. Anything that shows your nazi’s in a bad light has to be incorrect eh?
There is no “eyewitness testimony.” There are videos with anonymous claims about what they are. No one questions the veracity of the “witness”.
Lol… Cant believe Nazi’s would stoop so low eh?
Find it quite humorous you defending the Nazi’s
So why do you post videos, photos and articles that YOU don’t know the origin? It is true that anything can be faked and propagandized, yet you always seem so absolutely certain of what your present (and sure of the incredulity of what others post).
Whatever greg. What other misinformation do you have to peddle today
The social credit application of Ukraine…voluntary for now, but being made mandatory in the future:
Державні послуги онлайн | Дія (diia.gov.ua)
Zelensky just signed the Virtual Assets Law…during an invasion.
Because Ukrainian currency has been destabilized by invasion, but virtual currency can still be used to conduct trade.
Was that so difficult to figure out?
WHY DID ZELENSKY INSTITUTE A SOCIAL CREDIT SCORE?????
The SOCIAL CREDIT APP.
Державні послуги онлайн | Дія (diia.gov.ua)
Because Putin infiltrators cannot be easily distinguished from patriotic Ukrainians.
Again with the ethnic cleansing? there is a large minority of ethnic Russians living in Ukraine, Zelensky cut them off of their form of SS because they only speak russian and all the forms were in Ukrainian. Putin has 300 ethnic groups they are cut off of nothing and paid better in retirement. No little bit of cash in a Christmas card no rummage sales no buying or selling anything without being under the thumb of the state. Instant freeze on any savings if you dont tow the state line, its f’kn slavery.
Attacking Biden for what? Sending tax dollars into the matag? yes
What about our sacred border?
Damage? Exactly what damage did Trump do? Peace treaties? Lower taxes, higher revenue, bringing businesses back to the states. Making Nazi systemic Nato pay more towards what they promised to pay? Lower gas prices, lower food prices, a long past due raise for SS? Do tell me goose stepper all the damage.
Incorrect. Zelensky is abolishing political opposition and using a social credit score.
That’s not how democracy works.
Why not just use some yellow chalk, like your ancestors did?
You rationalize Putin’s invasion, while attacking Biden and Zelensky for the consequences. And YAY TRUMP! GIVE US MORE IN 2024! As though the damages he did over 4 years haven’t been enough.
Truth and lies are all the same around here. All that seems to matter is “Everybody but Trump is an idiot! YAY TRUMP!” Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is just another opportunity. Hey, his cause is just, because Russians have been under constant Ukrainian attack! We know because he told us so! Pizzagate morphs into ‘Biden the Pedophile.’ Zelensky–a Jew who’s grandparents’ generation was exterminated by the Nazis–suddenly is a Nazi. Clinton’s server transforms into Hunter’s laptop. It’s like visiting a psycho ward, where the day room television is locked on Newsmax and One America News.
Comrade Greggie, why is a coward like you jumping on the “Anyone who questions the Ukrainian government is a Commie Putin supporter” bandwagon?
You are the most dishonest person who frequents this board and you show that when you refuse to give the real reason you are so anti Russia but not one little word of criticism comes from you about China. China is responsible for the Kung Flu deaths all around the globe and you remain mute about their cruelty. Why don’t you tell us what good guys the CCP are and they only run bio “research” labs which are angelic and not demonic like bio “weapons” lab and give all of us a good laugh.
So what? Does that make him impervious to lying or being a poseur? Or holding Socialist views?
George Soros is also a jew. A kapo.
Me thinks thou doest protest too much.
You said ‘anyone,’ not me. Thoughtful criticism differs from obvious propaganda. You like conflation, which is fundamentally dishonest, but constantly employed to make fools of those who fall for it.
God, you a f*cking stupid man.
You might need a verb there, unless you’re trying to do a stupid man impression.
Thought I’d make it digestible for you, Cletus. Everybody knows the average Leftist has a lower IQ, and less education, than the rest of us.
Odd how you seemingly have trouble with the English language on occasion.
What isn’t odd is that you still refuse to provide answers to questions put to you and simply come back with more blathering wordsmithing. Clearly, you don’t realize that it exposes you as the tool you are. A CCP tool.
Totally a CCP tool. greg is not an American, period full stop
He’s in Central Europe, most likely part of the germanic-Eurotrash that has bought up the world and is trying to take it over…just like their ancestors failed to do in WWII.
The USA is an arm of the EU/Davos folks now.
Please give a cogent, empirical example of the “damages” Trump caused….and make sure not to lie and include Covid. No feelings. Nothing nebulous.
Trump was good at his job. It’s a fact, supported by facts. He’s the product of the People deciding their commander in chief, not a shadow-government installing Obama or Hillary
He wasn’t privy to, or a part of, the overarching globalist/Democrat agenda. We voted him in to DISMANTLE that undemocratic, totalitarian wing of our infected government: the swamp.
It’s fun to watch you sqwirm about all the Democrat corruption, as if you can just talk it away after you helped to lie about Trump for years.
I don’t watch the news channels you always invoke.
I simply THINK.
You should try it sometime.
DEMOCRACY WAS SUPPLANTED AND A DICTATOR INSTALLED IN THE UNITED STATES. WE VOTED FOR TRUMP. YOU PEOPLE RIGGED THE ELECTION.
NOW THE WORLD IS BURNING.
It’s your fault, and you will pay the price.
Own it. The myth that Trump was ruining the world completely falls apart as the world literally is being ruined after the installation of not-the-president Biden.
Zelensky is trying to suppress any media reports, or political opposition, questioning his narrative?
Certainly, seems a reasonable explanation.
Also, the “use a crisis, to consolidate power, and keep the power, when the crises end” methodology that we have seen so much, recently.
I wonder how the people of Ukraine feel, about having Zelensky declare himself dictator, and how they will feel about it, going forward?
Looks and smells like a repeat of 1933 Germany…
And the irony of it all, Congress is sending “aid for democracy???” To a dictator?
No wonder Nancy Pelosi insisted Congress yell, “Slava Ukraini!” before Zelensky spoke to them.
It means, “Glory to Ukraine.”
Ironically, neither Zelensky or Dems in the USA value representative democracy.
Dems like burning the US flag, screaming that America is systematically racist and demanding America’s history be erased.
Just like Zelensky with his ending of media opposition as well as his erasing all 11 other political parties.
American media and Dems can’t be nationalistic toward America but they can pretend to be toward Ukraine.
I wonder when and how they would throw Zelensky and Ukraine under the bus?
When joe lets them know his paper trail has been destroyed?
When the midterms are over?
At least we will not be abandoning $84 billion in military equipment when they do.
The US allied itself with Stalin and Mao to fight Hitler and Hirohito.
Lara Logan Sets the Record Straight on Ukraine/Russia.
Who does Lara Logan’s narrative serve?
She’s talking fast, weaving together all manner of Trumpian memes and conspiracy theories, while hypnotizing the “cowboys” with her cleavage. It’s almost comical.
“No agenda but the truth” would be the most glaring lie of all. It’s NOTHING BUT right-wing agenda.
Laura knew her time slot was limited, name 1 conspiracy theory she wove? 1 lie she told, it can all be backed up by history and documentation.
One is a cowGIRL, genius.
I didn’t watch it until you mentioned cleavage. Yeah, that’s some good cleavage, and she’s good looking.
But I already knew about all she said. And, it’s true.
But, yeah… those titties… Thanks for the heads up.
When she has been dumped by not only cbs but fox nation because she chose to tell the truth is all I need to know about Lara. And she has them to show:
I wonder how greg feels about all of those hollywood leftists using their collective cleavages to hypnotize the masses’
greg is gay, so Lara causes SOOOOO much anxiety for him.
God forbid a woman wants to be feminine, attractive, kind, subordinate to a man, and learn how to cook.
The real attack by the Enemy was by destroying women, starting in 1965. In America, now they all act like men and society is crumbling as a result.
Greg is in love with Times woman of the year, an admiral who worked her balls off to get where it is today. With the bravery to send covid positive patients into those nursing homes, making sure there was enough room by pulling its own mom out. Demure enough to hide its cleavage behind, under its girdle.
Babylon Bee got kicked off Twitter for naming that freak “Man of the Year”. Some people sure can make a joke, but the sure can’t TAKE a joke.
Just ran across this little tidbit
Trump wins Stormy Daniels case…
Could it be that greg was hypnotized by the cleavage of stormy daniels?
If greg is gay as alluded to by Nathan Blue, do gay men(greg) react to cleavage as heterosexual men do?
Greg won’t accept it until someone confesses they were lying. All the proof in the world won’t convince him until there is an admission of guilt.
Isn’t the dirtbag avanetti in the hoosegow currently? Remember when mr Potatoe(dan Quayle spelling)l head, stelter said avanetti was his choice for president?
An elite Ukrainian drone unit exploits the cover of night to destroy Russian tanks and trucks while their soldiers sleep, report says
Nazi’s gonna Nazi
Ukrainians committing human right violations:
Juan Sinmiedo on Twitter: “Thread. Hundreds of civilians have been punished for diverse reasons in Ukraine by paramilitary groups and National guard. Strong footage. Tortures, abuses, humiliation, even of kids and girls. https://t.co/AbrwgKLVoc” / Twitter
03/20/22 – Trump says it was his ‘personality’ that kept US ‘out of war’ when he was president
Meanwhile, Biden’s sanctions and military aid have stalled Putin’s advance in Ukraine, destabilized the Russian economy, and put Putin’s own long-term future in doubt, while NATO has become more united by common purpose than it has been in many years. But yeah, sent Trump your money, because he’s only got billions already.
Stalled? Putin’s future in doubt? You’re smoking some good stuff now.
Yet when that personality was gone and nothing but a bag of bones and stupidity was put in his place, Putin invaded. Go figure.
Trump has receipts. You just CAN’T argue his success.
Absolute f*cking truth. What a legend.
Biden’s sanctions have done nothing. If he was strong, or even president, Putin would have never invaded.
Like he DIDN’T with Trump.
Here’s more footage of the evil Nazi’s you support in Ukraine.
Your party, your lack of morals, your schemes, your “god”, and your beliefs have caused this.
Um, no they have not.
Trump: “When I Was in the White House We Had Peace Through Strength… They Didn’t F*ck Around with Us”
Under Martial Law, Ukraine President Zelenskyy Consolidates All Media Into State Media, Disbands All Political Opposition Parties
Following the ‘democracy must be destroyed in order to preserve it model‘, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has dissolved all political opposition parties and consolidated all media.
There’s a word to describe when a single national leader takes control over all media platforms and dissolves the political parties of his opposition. However, apparently, we are not allowed to notice that because Russia “invaded a sovereign democracy” or something.
LVIV, Ukraine, March 20 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has signed a decree that combines all national TV channels into one platform, citing the importance of a “unified information policy” under martial law, his office said in a statement on Sunday.
Ukrainian privately owned media channels have hitherto continued to operate since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. The decree announcement, made on the presidential website, did not specify how quickly the new measure would come into force. (link)
I wonder if the Ukraine situation is merely a Davos experiment in how best to use crises to slide a people into a centralized social credit system.
No other political parties yeah lets go defend democracy. Boy that Zelensky, he is some kind of leader and hero and stuff. Is Klaus now a top advisor, cause he is like…um into de-population, oops I mean sustainability.
Ukraine Admits To Placing Artillery In Residential Areas Following Russian Missile Strike
uh oh, That may diminish gregs opinion of Zelensky. Purposely putting his citizens in harms way. Must be why he shut down opposing media.
And it looks like Zelensky is locating military equipment in parking garages of shopping malls. Whisky Tango Foxtrot
The city is under siege by Russian forces. It takes military equipment to defend against the attack. That equipment MUST be in the city. It would not be wise to keep it out in the open. It’s not like Hezbollah, with the entire countryside to keep their weapons choosing to keep them in civilian areas to protect them.
The equipment is a legitimate target (by an invading aggressor, mind you), but they don’t have to destroy entire city blocks to get to the weapons.