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Glory to Ukraine Zeros!
worker | June 8, 2021 | 7:58 pm | Fascist terrorism, Ukraine | No comments

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The clowns in the Western-backed Kiev regime excel at least at one thing. Political slapstick. Every time President Volodymyr Zelensky – a former TV comedian – and his regime make an announcement it’s like watching clowns slapping cream cakes into their own faces.

The latest gaffe is the unveiling of Ukraine’s national football kit for the UEFA European Championship, which is emblazoned with a Nazi-era slogan: “Glory to Ukraine! Glory to Heroes!”

The soccer tournament kicks off this week and lasts for a month drawing in global TV audiences who will no doubt be given something to think about regarding Ukraine’s dark and dirty past as a Nazi accomplice. And that past is very much alive in the present as demonstrated by the new football kit and its “Glory to Heroes” slogan. How the Western supporters of the Kiev regime must be cringing.

This was the rallying call of the Ukrainian paramilitaries led by Stepan Bandera who collaborated with the Nazi SS during to the Second World War to exterminate millions of their compatriots as well as Russian people.

The slogan was revived by the Neo-Nazi militants who seized power in Kiev in 2014 after a violent coup d’état against an elected president who had maintained friendly relations with Russia. The coup was crucially backed by the United States and European Union. Indeed, the CIA is implicated in the false-flag sniper shootings against scores of protesters and police officers in Maidan Square on February 20, 2014, which were blamed on the incumbent government, and the event as falsely reported by Western media was pivotal in overthrowing the existing authorities.

 

Thus the Western powers, who constantly proclaim to uphold democracy and rule of law, helped bring back fascism to the European continent through their support for the Kiev regime.

And no wonder the ethnic Russian people of Crimea subsequently voted to secede and join the Russian Federation in the weeks after the coup that brought Banderites to power. Crimean people suffered terribly under the Nazis and their Ukrainian death squads. The same goes for the people of Ukraine’s southeast Donbas region around Donetsk and Luhansk who have refused to recognize the legitimacy of the Kiev imposters and have established their own autonomous republics. The breakaway republics are constantly shelled by Kiev’s military in violation of a supposed ceasefire.

Western governments turn reality on its head and accuse Moscow of “annexing” Crimea – an ancient part of Russia that voted democratically in a referendum to join the Russian Federation. The West also accuses Russia of covertly invading and destabilizing Ukraine when it is Washington that has supplied the Kiev regime with over $2 billion in arms since 2014 and NATO troops are actively collaborating on the ground with Ukrainian forces in their offensive against the people of Donbas.

The Western media have assiduously avoided reporting on the stark reality of Neo-Nazi ideology popular among Kiev’s politicians and its various military formations. The Azov Battalion is openly a modern-day reincarnation of the Ukrainian fascists who glory in Nazi past crimes. But Western media never report on these sordid links of a regime supported by the United States, the EU and NATO.

However, embarrassingly for the Western patrons, the Kiev clowns just put their faces into foam cake by unveiling a football kit that makes the Nazi legacy explicit to a global audience.

This is just the latest example of how the bozos in Kiev can’t help falling over themselves with their own stupid logic and arrogance.

Take another: the reason why Kiev says the Nord Stream 2 project should be stopped. This is the pipeline under the Baltic Sea supplying natural gas from Russia directly to Germany, thereby reducing the dependence on Ukraine as a transit route for the fuel.

A road sign directs traffic towards the Nord Stream 2 gas line landfall facility entrance in Lubmin, north eastern Germany, on September 7, 2020.
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A road sign directs traffic towards the Nord Stream 2 gas line landfall facility entrance in Lubmin, north eastern Germany, on September 7, 2020.

President Zelensky made the absurd remark recently with a straight face that reduced transit fees paid by Russia would prevent the Kiev regime from maintaining its armed forces. The intended implication being that Ukraine would be under-defended against alleged “Russian aggression”.

It doesn’t get more ludicrous than that. The Kiev regime that the West installed in 2014 has done everything to impede the regular flow of gas from Russia to Europe. That’s because of its monopolistic position of having pipelines across its territory to Europe and also because of its anti-Russian hostile ideology. Now that Russia has legitimately reduced its dependence on the Ukrainian land route by opening up the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, the Kiev regime is complaining about losing out on billions of dollars worth of transit fees.

And then, twisting the cream cake on his face, Zelensky is further claiming that the financial loss will curtail spending on Ukraine’s army and Neo-Nazi paramilitaries who are relentlessly shelling the Donbas region and thwarting any possibility of finding a peaceful settlement to the seven-year civil war.

Kiev’s comedian-turned-president wants Russian money to fund aggression against ethnic Russian people, and to continue a conflict that is endangering peace in Europe.

Who needs smart Russian “propaganda”, when the West and its circus troupe is so self-indicting?

The views and opinions expressed in the article do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.

Russia is Not the Aggressor in Ukraine, Ambassador to UK Says
worker | April 18, 2021 | 7:05 pm | Russia, Ukraine | Comments closed

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Kiev has been massing troops, armour, and artillery on the contact line with the self-declared, majority Russian-speaking Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics, which broke away following a 2014 coup that also saw the Crimea vote to reunite with Russia.

Russia’s ambassador to the UK has insisted his country is not menacing Ukraine — amid soaring tensions  in the east of the country.

In an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr broadcast on Sunday, Ambassador Andrei Kelin said: “We have no intention at all to be aggressive” or threaten any country “including Ukraine”.

Marr seized on “ominous, menacing” comments by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Deputy Chief of Staff Dmitry Kozak last week that he agreed with the assessment of some in Kiev that “the beginning of hostilities is the beginning of the end of Ukraine”.

The diplomat replied that Russia was “fully committed” to the Minsk peace agreements between the US-backed regime in Kiev and the self-declared breakaway, Russian-speaking Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, mediated by Russia, France and Germany.

But Kelin cautioned: “If [the] Ukrainian government decides to move troops in[to] Donbass and to make a bloodbath over there, to kill people, to kill Russians, of course we are going to respond”.

Marr asked bluntly if “we are quite close to war on this border”, to which the ambassador replied directly: “No, I don’t think so”.

Kelin also rebuffed Marr’s questioning of why anti-government blogger Alexei Navalny, who has begun on a hunger strike, had not been allowed to be treated by his private doctor. The ambassador asked if prisoners in British gaols were allowed to see their personal physicians.

“How about British prisoners? Do British prisoners request personal doctors?”, Kelin asked, after explaining that Navalny was already being treated at a hospital near the prison.

 

Marr also asked Kelin about Moscow’s relations with Washington in light of US President Joe Biden’s ordering of new sanctions on Russia — following his recent personal insults towards Putin

The diplomat denied US claims that Russian intelligence agencies had staged a cyberattack on US software firm SolarWinds that had compromised government agencies including the Department of Defence.

Kiev accuses Russia of closing Black Sea strait to its warships, blocking Ukrainian navy from port while sailors carry out drills
worker | April 16, 2021 | 6:45 pm | Russia, Ukraine | Comments closed

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Kiev accuses Russia of closing Black Sea strait to its warships, blocking Ukrainian navy from port while sailors carry out drills

Kiev accuses Russia of closing Black Sea strait to its warships, blocking Ukrainian navy from port while sailors carry out drills
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has lodged a complaint with its counterparts in Moscow, claiming that its sailors are being banned from the Russian-controlled Kerch Strait, which divides the east coast of the country from the west.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Kiev’s diplomats said that Russia has “announced the closure of a part of the Black Sea in the direction of the Kerch Strait for warships and vessels of foreign governments from next week until October 2021.”

The move, they say, comes “under the pretext of military exercises,” and the officials “express a strong protest in connection with these actions of the Russian Federation and demand to immediately cancel the decision on the illegal closure of certain waters of the Black Sea.”

According to the Ukrainian government, this would constitute “a gross violation of the right to freedom of navigation” and falls foul of Russia’s obligations not to “impede or interfere with transit passage through the international strait to ports in the Sea of ​​Azov.”

ALSO ON RT.COMRussian politicians slam Ukrainian defense minister after ‘unsubstantiated’ claims Crimea will be used to house Moscow’s nukesOn Wednesday, the Russian Navy revealed that it would stage a series of exercises in the Black Sea, involving a frigate, corvettes, a missile-wielding hovercraft, a minesweeper, landing craft, helicopters, and warplanes. They will rehearse firing on surface-level enemies, as well as taking out air support. “The role of a mock enemy will be played by maritime targets,” defense chiefs said.

At the same time, commanders of the Southern Russian Military District confirmed that vessels from the Caspian Flotilla were en route to the Black Sea, where they would rendezvous with a fleet already based in the region.

The drills come amid confusion over whether the US had dispatched two of its own warships to the region. Turkish diplomats initially reported they had received notification that the vessels would pass into the Black Sea, in a move widely interpreted as a show of support for Ukraine amid an increasingly tense stand-off with Russia.

However, on Thursday, Reuters reported that Ankara’s officials were claiming the US had cancelled its deployment. Unnamed American sources, however, were quoted as saying that Turkey may have misunderstood the communiques, and that the movements were never confirmed.

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US Committed to ‘Assisting Ukraine With Its Self-Defense Needs’, Pentagon Chief Says
worker | April 14, 2021 | 8:47 pm | Ukraine | Comments closed

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States is committed to assisting Ukraine with its defense needs, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Wednesday.

Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken attended a NATO ministerial meeting in Brussels this week to discuss matters on Afghanistan and Russian troop movements near eastern Ukraine’s border.

“We are committed to assisting Ukraine with its self-defense needs,” Austin said during a press conference in Brussels.

Austin said the United States will continue to provide material support to Ukraine but he did not get into specifics.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Swedish Foreign Minister Anne Linde during a phone conversation on Wednesday that Moscow is interested in a peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian crisis.

On Monday, the G7 foreign ministers and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, expressed concerns over the Russian armed forces’ movement on the border with Ukraine and in Crimea, and called for de-escalation.

Russian officials have described the situation on the border with Ukraine as “frightening” and vowed to bolster security in response to an increased NATO presence. Despite the Minsk peace agreements, ceasefire violations continue in southeastern Ukraine. According to UN data, about 13,000 people have fallen in the Donbas conflict since its inception in 2014. On April 2, a four-year-old boy was killed in what locals said was an attack by a Ukrainian drone.

US Notifies Turkey of Cancellation of Passage of 2 Warships Through Bosphorus, Turkish Source Says
worker | April 14, 2021 | 8:44 pm | Russia, Turkey, Ukraine | Comments closed

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In accordance with the Montreux Convention, the Turkish Foreign Ministry was previously alerted via diplomatic channels that two US warships would be passing through the Bosphorus Strait in order to reach the Black Sea. The warships were originally slated to begin travel on April 14 and remain in the Black Sea until May 4.

“Yes, the US embassy has notified our ministry about this,” a Turkish foreign ministry source told Sputnik on Wednesday, regarding reports of the cancellation.

It was reported late last week that Washington would be deploying the USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Donald Cook to the region, shortly after the USS Monterey and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower transited the Bosphorus Strait and conducted “multi-domain” NATO operations in the Black Sea.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko previously issued a statement to Sputnik stating that the increase of NATO activity and presence in the Black Sea could complicate regional security.

Washington’s decision to cancel its scheduled deployment comes hours after a squadron of warships from the Russian Black Sea Fleet took to the waters to conduct artillery fire exercises.

​Some 15 ships from the Caspian Flotilla were reportedly used in the drills.

The increase in NATO activity since US President Joe Biden took office coincides with increased tensions in eastern Ukraine between Donbass and Kiev.

Russia, a guarantor of the 2015 Minsk Package of Measures, has urged Ukraine to respect the ceasefire terms of the agreement.

While Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby has said US activity in the area is “not anything new,”  Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has argued that the US and NATO are “deliberately turning Ukraine into a powder keg.”

The Russian official added that, if escalation occurred, “the responsibility for the consequences of such an escalation will lay entirely at the feet of Kiev and its Western curators.”

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is considering U.S. counterpart Joe Biden’s proposal for a meeting, following a backlash over his country’s military build-up on Ukraine’s border.
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Biden proposes summit with Putin as tensions escalate over Ukraine
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The Kremlin said on Wednesday it will consider U.S. President Joe Biden’s proposal to hold a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, as tensions rise following Russia’s military build-up around Ukraine.

In a phone call on Tuesday, Biden proposed the two leaders hold a summit “in the near future” that would come at a time of heightened tensions between the former Cold War rivals.

“It is early to talk about this meeting in terms of specifics. This is a new proposal and it will be studied,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

 

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Tensions between Moscow and Washington have escalated in recent weeks, with Russia building up its troops on the border with Ukraine, where government forces have been fighting pro-Russia separatists since the annexation of Crimea in 2014.

On Wednesday, Ukraine’s defense minister claimed that Russia is preparing Crimea for potentially storing nuclear weapons and warned that Moscow could attack Ukraine to ensure water supplies for the annexed peninsula.

While not immediately providing evidence for his assertions, Andrii Taran, speaking to the European Parliament’s defence sub-committee in Brussels, also said he could not rule out that Russian forces in Crimea could “undertake substantive military provocations” in 2021.

The U.S. and NATO on Tuesday called on Moscow to withdraw its forces and expressed strong support for Ukraine, accusing Russia of taking “very provocative” actions.

“We consider the concerns of anyone – including the United States – regarding the movement of our armed forces on Russian territory to be unfounded,” Peskov said.

The Kremlin has repeatedly denied its involvement in the long-simmering conflict and rejected claims that it props up the separatist forces.

A Kremlin statement on Tuesday said the two leaders discussed Ukraine as well as the Iranian nuclear program, Afghanistan peace talks and climate change.

In the call, Biden reiterated U.S. support for Kyiv’s pro-West government and urged Russia to “de-escalate tensions,” but also offered to hold his first face-to-face talks with Putin on “the full range of issues facing the United States and Russia.”

Shortly after, Putin spoke on Tuesday night with Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto, who said in a statement that the two had discussed the call with Biden and “the planned meeting of the two presidents.”

Finland hosted the last summit between Russian and U.S. leaders in 2018, when Putin met with then-President Donald Trump and has been the venue for several historical meetings of Russian and U.S. leaders.

 

U.S. President Joe Biden invited his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to a summit between the two nations to discuss a range of issues including Ukraine. /Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

 

Biden’s invitation for a summit was being hailed in Moscow as a sign that Washington had blinked first in the showdown with Russia over Ukraine.

Leonid Slutsky, a senior Russian lawmaker who chairs the foreign affairs committee in the lower house of parliament, said Biden’s call marked “a step away from confrontation to dialogue.”

“Such a position meets not only mutual interests, but also the interests of international security,” Slutsky said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies. “The good news is that the leaders of the two largest nuclear powers have confirmed their readiness for interaction on issues of strategic stability and arms control.”

Observers had said part of the reason for the rising tensions over Ukraine was that the Kremlin was testing Biden, who raised hackles in Russia last month by agreeing with a description of Putin as a “killer.”

Putin hit back at the insult, saying “it takes one to know one,” then invited Biden to hold an online discussion within days. Biden replied that the two would speak “at some point.”

 

The U.S. and NATO called on Moscow to withdraw its forces from the Ukraine border and expressed strong support for Ukraine. /Johanna Geron/Pool via AP

 

European reaction

Germany added its voice to the dispute on Wednesday, accusing Russia of seeking provocation with its troop build-up along the border with Ukraine.

“My impression is that the Russian side is trying everything to provoke a reaction,” German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told ARD public television.

“Together with Ukraine, we won’t be drawn into this game,” she added.

The growing Russian presence at the Ukrainian border has caused concern in the West in recent days, with the U.S. saying troop levels are at their highest since 2014.

Moscow has said it sent troops to its western borders for combat drills because of “threats” from transatlantic alliance NATO.

U.S., French, British and German diplomats will hold talks in Brussels on Wednesday about the worsening tensions between Ukraine and Russia, as well as the situation in Afghanistan and nuclear negotiations with Iran, the German government said on Wednesday.

During this NATO “quad” meeting, “the foreign ministers of the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany as well as a French representative will meet” and “the main topic of the discussions will be Afghanistan, as well as current developments on the border between Ukraine and Russia and on the nuclear deal with Iran,” according to a statement from the German Foreign Ministry.

 

Ukraine’s military is testing its preparedness for an attack after Russia builds up its troops on the border. /AP

 

Warships and military build-up

Ukraine’s armed forces on Wednesday rehearsed repelling a tank and infantry attack near the border of Russia-annexed Crimea, the Ukrainian military said in a statement.

It posted video footage, set to rock music, of Ukrainian tanks maneuvering in formation and of soldiers loading and firing artillery pieces.

In a Russian description on Tuesday of its build-up, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow had moved two armies and three paratrooper units to its western border as part of a large snap drill meant to test combat readiness and respond to what he called threatening military action by NATO.

Shoigu said on state TV that the three-week exercise, which he called successful, was due to wrap up in the next two weeks, adding that NATO was deploying 40,000 troops and 15,000 pieces of military equipment near Russia’s borders, mainly in the Black Sea and the Baltic regions.

The Western alliance denies any such plans. Russia has regularly accused NATO of destabilizing Europe with its troop reinforcements in the Baltics and Poland since the annexation of Crimea.

A senior U.S. State Department official told reporters: “We know Russia’s capacity. This enormous build-up that they’ve made militarily … to take aggressive action, but we don’t know their intentions obviously,” the official said.

Two U.S. warships are due to arrive in the Black Sea this week in response to what U.S. and NATO officials say is the largest massing of Russian forces – with thousands of combat-ready troops – since Moscow seized Crimea from Ukraine.

“We warn the United States that it will be better for them to stay far away from Crimea and our Black Sea coast,” Ryabkov said. “It will be for their own good.” He called the U.S. deployment a provocation designed to test Russian nerves.

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U.S. President Joe Biden spoke with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the telephone on Tuesday and proposed a meeting “in a third country in the coming months.”
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Biden proposes meeting with Putin ‘in a third country in the coming months’
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U.S. President Joe Biden spoke with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the telephone on Tuesday and proposed a meeting “in a third country in the coming months.”

During the conversation, they discussed various issues, including the Ukraine crisis. Putin outlined approaches to a political settlement of the tensions in the Donbass region based on the Minsk agreements.

White House said Biden informed Putin in their conversation that the U.S. was unwavering in its commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Tensions remain high in the Donbass border region which has been dogged by conflict between Ukraine troops and separatists since 2014.

Russia has defended the troops deployment, saying it would be forced to protect the residents of Donbass if Ukraine launches full-scale hostilities against the region.

Biden also made clear that the U.S. will “act firmly in defense of its national interests in response to Russia’s actions, such as cyber intrusions and election interference.”

The White House said that the two leaders “discussed a number of regional and global issues, including the intent of the United States and Russia to pursue a strategic stability dialogue on a range of arms control and emerging security issues, building on the extension of the New START Treaty.”

The Kremlin on its part noted that the two leaders were ready to “continue dialogue” to ensure global security.

(With input from agencies)