News and Updates about Russia's War against Ukraine.

allezfred

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Karen-W

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This must be the most exciting event in the history of the sleepy little countries of Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino! 😂
Well, I don't know about San Marino, but Monaco is a known tax haven and Liechtenstein's royal family is one of the wealthiest, most discreet in the world with vast holdings in the financial services sector IIRC, so it doesn't surprise me that Putin's peeved with them right now, lol.
 

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The ruble is now at 130 to the dollar.
Make that 146. :summer:
 

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We had quite a popular pub in Jerusalem, it was called "Putin". (never in support, just as gimmick)
They removed that name when the war began, held a voting which name to use, "Zelensky" was chosen. :D
 

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Well, I don't know about San Marino, but Monaco is a known tax haven and Liechtenstein's royal family is one of the wealthiest, most discreet in the world with vast holdings in the financial services sector IIRC, so it doesn't surprise me that Putin's peeved with them right now, lol.
All of these countries have joined the sanctions against Russia, including freezing the assets of Russian oligarchs. That's why they are in Putin's bad books.
 

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I wish my country would rename the block around the Russian Embassy something alonge the lines "Ukrainian Farmers' Street" for Behrenstr. and "Free Urkaine Boulevard" for Unter den Linden.

The Russian Embassy in Berlin is cordoned around the block for 2 weeks now, with police quadrupled securing it
 

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Nearly 600 Indian medical students still stranded in Sumy city in northeast Ukraine, which is close to the Russian border, will have to wait for at least until Tuesday after Monday’s plan to evacuate them had to be put on hold due to “security reasons”.
This is the 12th day since Russia began a war against Ukraine leaving the Indian students stuck in Sumy State University completely distraught.
However, on Monday morning they were informed through a message circulated by their coordinator Renish Joseph that the evacuation has been delayed at least by one more day due to security reasons.
The message from Joseph read, “We were just informed by our government that “green corridor” for tomorrow is cancelled due to the non reached agreement with Russian Federation… The negotiations will be resumed tomorrow to assure the safety of the corridor and your logistics to a safer area. We are very sorry for such news and keep hoping for tomorrow’s resolution.”
 

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They did this in Ottawa last week:
Yup! They did ❤️.

One of my best friends has two Ukrainian students (boarders) in her class. She feels terrible for them. Their parents are in bomb shelters. Yes they are safe but as kids .. being so worried for your parents 😢😢😢.
 

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We had quite a popular pub in Jerusalem, it was called "Putin". (never in support, just as gimmick)
They removed that name when the war began, held a voting which name to use, "Zelensky" was chosen. :D
Oops, apparently that photo was photoshopped. They indeed took down "Putin", but didn't put "Zelensky" instead.
https://www.facebook.com/putinbar/posts/3364187323808536

They don't want to be involved in politics (read: don't want to lose Russian clients)
 

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It took me two days to help my parents to leave Kharkiv. There is no public transport, no metro and close to zero taxis or private cars, people paid 100-300 dollars to the taxi to get to the train station, but even those it was hard to find.

Your mom was lucky that she had that bus, from Wednesday I'm helping with the organisation of evacuation buses for Jewish community there and it's really, really hard. There are no buses, no drivers, no petrol.

About why corridor - don't know, but it was mentioned in today's news.
Oh, I know it is difficult to leave of course! My mom took a transfer organized by her employer, she was indeed lucky they did it. But they did not need any special permission from Russian forces - the road was open this whole time, controlled by Ukrainian military.
 

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I have noticed something rather weird. We are getting a huge wave of people talking about their grandfathers murdered by the Ukrainians during the Holocaust, and that the Ukrainians get what they deserve. :confused:
It appears on FB, comments, other social media.
I don't think there's any point to deny that some grandfathers indeed have been murdered by the Ukrainians in the 20th century, but the amount of such commenters, some of their identities (I personally saw a supposed Yemenite Jew talking about Ukrainian crimes :confused: ) and most of all, the omnipresentness of it all, given that I have never encountered it before under any circumstances, nor I saw anything similar about any other nation, including Germans. I suspect we're getting a paid-per-post attack from our Russian peers in an attempt to create a new narrative and skew the public opinion. Did anyone notice anything similar somewhere?
I encountered that too, but not from bots, those were real people, friends of my Jewish friends. Some Israelis, some Americans, all immigrants from former Soviet Union. They are openly gleeful about the war in Ukraine and happily cheer for Russia.
Not sure I understand them though - most of what they refer to happened in western Ukraine, which is relatively quiet. But it is cities like Kharkiv and Odessa being destroyed, Russian-speaking and have historically large Jewish population.
But I am glad they feel like they are getting their revenge or something. Not sure what to say about it.
 
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European Council president Charles Michel boldly responded that ‘we will analyse the request from Ukraine’. Well, thanks for the great solidarity, Charles – president Zelensky might say – but I may be killed by a Russian bullet while you are still analysing. The contrast between the language of these two Europes, the Europe of peacetime bureaucratic process and the Europe of wartime existential struggle, is acute. The only adequate response from Europe’s core political community to the besieged Ukrainian president’s explicit request is for EU leaders to say that Ukraine – fighting as it is to defend European values – is immediately accepted as a candidate for EU membership. They should do this at their summit in Versailles next week, thus giving ‘Versailles’ a new symbolic meaning, beyond that of the punitive peace treaties after World War I.
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Hey the Blackshirts are back! 😱
And a half-swastika - looking like a Z. They are really stealing from the fascists, don't the people notice? Obviously not:

 

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I remember reading about what the UK and the US were considering when the Soviets invaded Czechoslovakia. How they knew they could not intervene as Chezkoslovakia was in the SSoviet part of the curtain, so to speak. But military and political minds asked a question, what if USSR invades Yugoslavia?
As many of you know, Yugoslavia was a socialist country but was not in the Soviet block unlike Hungary, Bulgaria etc. Tito, Yugoslavian head honcho, and dictator was a founding member of
Non-Alignment movement, the so-called - Third way.

SO in the UK and the US they asked themselves, what if USSR decides to attack this country in Europe that has a COmmunist party that is not under Moscow's rule, what will we do? And they did decide very specifically on what weapons they will deliver to Yugoslavia to defend themselves if this was to happen.

So, I am not sure I buy this surprise and unwillingness to give Ukraine a hand and provide them very directly with weapons and air craft to fight in this war.
right - special military operation!
 

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I encountered that too, but not from bots, those were real people, friends of my Jewish friends. Some Israelis, some Americans, all immigrants from former Soviet Union. They are openly gleeful about the war in Ukraine and happily cheer for Russia.
Not sure I understand them though - most of what they refer to happened in western Ukraine, which is relatively quiet. But it is cities like Kharkiv and Odessa being destroyed, Russian-speaking and have historically large Jewish population.
But I am glad they feel like they are getting their revenge or something. Not sure what to say about it.
People are looking for all kinds of stories that make them feel like what's happening is OK. It's weird. I would point out, with all my kindness, that ANY area under extended occupation will eventually collaborate with the enemy in some way, and unfortunately, that will include killings. Eventually the fear and concern over the survival of your immediate family will overrun the general hatred of the occupying power.
 

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There was already a report that Germany and Netherland will block their candidate status. The meeting will be later this week so we will see. Turkey has been a candidate country since 1999 and not so much progress. As someone from Eastern Europe I can say - EU membership is not a magical cure for everything and meeting Copenhagen criteria will take at least a decade for Ukraine.

Anyway Zelenskyy got the highest Czech order earlier this evening, not sure if it's a great honor, since our president was very pro Russian and he made a 180-degree turn after Russian invasion to Ukraine...


 

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