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I have not been following Indian media for a while. My sikh friends are happy that Russia and China are getting strong.

Indian colonial policies in Punjab exactly mirror the British colonial policies in India. Just as it was in the British economic interest to turn India into a raw materials suppliers which could then

OK, now contrast with the Ukraine situation. In this invasion, 400-2000 Ukrainians have been killed, according to Ukrainian Govt (who knows, but let's go with that). Meanwhile, at least 3000

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On 5/19/2022 at 10:52 AM, Ranjeet01 said:

https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/the-paradoxes-polish-ukrainian-relations

During WW2, there was a genocide of Poles by Ukrainians 

But there are issues going back centuries 

Watch the film Taras Bulba 

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A very entertaining way to get the low down on Polish-Ukrainian relations. 

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See folks, money and resources are what really count:

 

Zelensky slams EU 'bickering' as the bloc agrees watered down ban on oil imports from Russia but will continue to pay Putin billions of euros for gas

  • Zelensky urged EU leaders to put aside 'quarrels' which he said encourage Putin 
  • He spoke during hours-long debate Monday on banning Russian oil imports 
  • Entreaty failed, as bloc was only able to agree a 70 per cent ban on Russian oil 
  • Comes just four weeks after Ursula von der Leyen spoke of a complete embargo 

 

 

Volodymyr Zelensky has slammed the EU for a lack of unity as the bloc failed to agree a promised ban on Russian oil imports.

The Ukrainian president urged leaders to put aside 'all the quarrels inside Europe, all internal arguments, that are only encouraging Russia' as they wrangled over ending the continent's dependence on Russian fossil fuels Monday.

But his entreaty failed, as the 27-nation bloc only managed to agree a ban on 70 per cent of Russia's oil in the face of opposition from Hungary.

And the EU will continue to pay Putin tens of billions of euros per year for gas - a key source of income for Russia - after it was exempted from sanctions earlier this year.

 

The partial oil embargo marks a significant climbdown for the EU since Commission President Ursula von der Leyen proposed a complete ban four weeks ago.

Viktor Orban, Hungary's hardline leader who shares good ties with Moscow, had been bitterly opposed - saying cutting his country off from Russian oil would be like dropping a 'nuclear bomb' on its economy.

In the event, leaders agreed to a ban on Russian oil being brought in by sea - which Council President Charles Michel said on Monday would mean cutting off 70 per cent of supplies.

Taken together with unilateral action from Germany and Poland to shut off pipeline oil, it will mean an effective ban of 90 per cent by the end of the year, he added.

The ban will deprive Russia's economy of hundreds of billions of dollars in trade, along with billions more in coal exports which have already been banned.

It forms part of a sixth package of sanction on Russia which will be published later this week, including cutting off another of its banks from the Swift payment system, as well as restrictions on more state media and asset freezes for individuals. 

But an exemption will mean that Hungary continues to receive oil through its branch of the Druzhba pipeline - which also supplies Slovakia and the Czech Republic - in a trade thought to be worth tens of billions of dollars annually.

Von Der Leyen said the exemption will be 'temporary' while Hungary seeks ways to replace Russian oil supplies, but did not give a firm end date. 

The EU will also continue to buy Russian natural gas upon which economies such as Germany are heavily dependent.

EU leaders had been pressured to act on Russian fossil fuel imports under heavy pressure from Zelensky, who accused them of financing Putin's war on his country.

Speaking to leaders on Monday via a 10-minute video message, he said sanctions must 'be agreed on, it needs to be effective, including (on) oil,' so that Moscow 'feels the price for what it is doing against Ukraine' and the rest of Europe. 

Only then, Zelenskyy said, will Russia be forced to 'start seeking peace.'

 

The EU has now banned most Russian coal and oil imports, but remains heavily dependent on gas and has no plans to ban it in the near future

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10870427/Ukraine-war-Zelensky-says-EU-quarrels-encouraging-Russia.html

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How long will this war continue? It seems like people have stopped reporting on it too , only occasional news here and there. Have no idea who is winning or what is the status.

Even if this war was to end shortly, the long term fallout from this is probably going to last generations. It's going to redefine Europe, and Russia's moves to counter balance their future without a vulnerable co-dependency on pro-NATO states may change things elsewhere too. Unless Europe manages to place a puppet in Putin's place after he's gone. 

And you're right, there is no telling which way this war is really going. The UK is only reporting it as a shambles for the Russians (mainly), but we don't know what the reality is. If Russia gets a solid hold of the port cities they are contesting that'll probably change global economics, but knowing the west, they'll be there long term covertly trying to derail and sabotage it all.      

The most important thing I've learnt from all this is just how big a player Russia is in the oil game (never knew before) and just how much the rest of Europe depends on crops produced in eastern Europe. 

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Prepare to fight and beat Russia in a Third World War, Britain's top general warns: New UK Army commander tells troops to brace for European land war in tub-thumping message as tyrant Putin menaces ex-Soviet states

  • Britain's top army general has warned UK troops to prepare to fight and beat Putin's armies in a land war 
  • General Sir Patrick Sanders warned soldiers 'we must prepare the Army to fight in Europe once again'
  • It comes as Russian tyrant Putin menaces NATO countries and taunts ex-Soviet states in Europe

 

Britain's top army general has told his troops to prepare to fight and beat Putin's armies in a European land war, it has emerged tonight.

General Sir Patrick Sanders, who assumed overall command of the British Army this week, warned soldiers 'we are the generation that must prepare the Army to fight in Europe once again' as Russia's invasion of Ukraine rocks global stability.

In a tub-thumping message to British troops, he wrote: 'I am the first Chief of the General Staff since 1941 to take command of the Army in the shadow of a land war in Europe involving a continental power... The scale of the enduring threat from Russia shows we've entered a new era of insecurity.

'It is my singular duty to make our Army as lethal and effective as it can be. The time is now and the opportunity is ours to seize.'

It comes as Putin menaces NATO countries and this week taunted former Soviet states in Europe by declaring: 'They are part of historic Russia'.

Putin made the comments in response to a dramatic statement by Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who sensationally declared he did not recognise the self-proclaimed people's republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.

Tokayev, sat metres away from the brooding Russian despot at the St Petersburg Economic Forum (SPIEF) yesterday, described the DPR and LPR as 'quasi-state territories'.

'We don't recognise Taiwan, Kosovo, South Ossetia or Abkhazia... we apply this principle to the quasi-state territories, which in our view, are the Luhansk and Donetsk people's republics', the Kazakh President said in a daring defiance of Putin's war in eastern Ukraine.

The Russian President sat quietly, considering Tokayev's comments, before appearing to deliver a calm but quietly menacing warning.

'What is the Soviet Union?' Putin asked rhetorically. 'This is historic Russia.'

He went on to paint Kazakhstan as a nation friendly to Russia, but quickly added: 'The same thing could have happened with Ukraine, but they wouldn't be our allies.'

Maximilian Hess, a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, told The Telegraph that Putin's retort to Tokayev was a 'clear threat' and argued that Tokayev was reliant on Russian support following widespread riots in Kazakhstan in January, which were only quelled with the help of Russian paratroopers operating under the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) - an eastern security bloc similar to NATO. 

In a lengthy speech at the SPIEF conference, Putin went on to accuse the US of 'playing God' and treating countries like 'colonies' as he brushed off the impact of Western sanctions on Russia's economy.

Amid a lengthy denunciation of America and its allies, Putin, 69, warned 'nothing will be as it used to be' as he delivered his address, which was delayed by 90 minutes after the event suffered a cyber attack.

When he eventually took to the stage, Putin issued a thinly-veiled threat to oligarchs thinking of quitting his regime. 

'It's safer in your own house,' he said. 'Those who didn't want to listen to this have lost millions abroad.' 

He went on to announce that Western allies 'think they have won' and said Moscow's war in Ukraine had become a 'lifesaver for the West to blame all the problems on Russia.' 

He added that the US considers itself 'God's emissary on Earth', and that Western sanctions were founded on a false premise that Russia had no economic sovereignty.

Moving on to focus on his so-called 'special military operation', Putin said the main aim of the incursion was to defend 'our' people in the largely Russian-speaking Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.

Putin said the Russian soldiers in the Donbas were also fighting to defend Russia's own 'rights to secure development'.

'The West has fundamentally refused to fulfil its earlier obligations, it turned out to be simply impossible to reach any new agreements with it,' Putin said.

'In the current situation, against a backdrop of increasing risks for us and threats, Russia's decision to conduct a special military operation was forced - difficult, of course, but forced and necessary.'

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10930527/Prepare-fight-beat-Russia-World-War-Britains-general-warns.html

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On 6/19/2022 at 2:17 AM, dallysingh101 said:

Prepare to fight and beat Russia in a Third World War, Britain's top general warns: New UK Army commander tells troops to brace for European land war in tub-thumping message as tyrant Putin menaces ex-Soviet states

  • Britain's top army general has warned UK troops to prepare to fight and beat Putin's armies in a land war 
  • General Sir Patrick Sanders warned soldiers 'we must prepare the Army to fight in Europe once again'
  • It comes as Russian tyrant Putin menaces NATO countries and taunts ex-Soviet states in Europe

 

Britain's top army general has told his troops to prepare to fight and beat Putin's armies in a European land war, it has emerged tonight.

General Sir Patrick Sanders, who assumed overall command of the British Army this week, warned soldiers 'we are the generation that must prepare the Army to fight in Europe once again' as Russia's invasion of Ukraine rocks global stability.

In a tub-thumping message to British troops, he wrote: 'I am the first Chief of the General Staff since 1941 to take command of the Army in the shadow of a land war in Europe involving a continental power... The scale of the enduring threat from Russia shows we've entered a new era of insecurity.

'It is my singular duty to make our Army as lethal and effective as it can be. The time is now and the opportunity is ours to seize.'

It comes as Putin menaces NATO countries and this week taunted former Soviet states in Europe by declaring: 'They are part of historic Russia'.

Putin made the comments in response to a dramatic statement by Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who sensationally declared he did not recognise the self-proclaimed people's republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.

Tokayev, sat metres away from the brooding Russian despot at the St Petersburg Economic Forum (SPIEF) yesterday, described the DPR and LPR as 'quasi-state territories'.

'We don't recognise Taiwan, Kosovo, South Ossetia or Abkhazia... we apply this principle to the quasi-state territories, which in our view, are the Luhansk and Donetsk people's republics', the Kazakh President said in a daring defiance of Putin's war in eastern Ukraine.

The Russian President sat quietly, considering Tokayev's comments, before appearing to deliver a calm but quietly menacing warning.

'What is the Soviet Union?' Putin asked rhetorically. 'This is historic Russia.'

He went on to paint Kazakhstan as a nation friendly to Russia, but quickly added: 'The same thing could have happened with Ukraine, but they wouldn't be our allies.'

Maximilian Hess, a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, told The Telegraph that Putin's retort to Tokayev was a 'clear threat' and argued that Tokayev was reliant on Russian support following widespread riots in Kazakhstan in January, which were only quelled with the help of Russian paratroopers operating under the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) - an eastern security bloc similar to NATO. 

In a lengthy speech at the SPIEF conference, Putin went on to accuse the US of 'playing God' and treating countries like 'colonies' as he brushed off the impact of Western sanctions on Russia's economy.

Amid a lengthy denunciation of America and its allies, Putin, 69, warned 'nothing will be as it used to be' as he delivered his address, which was delayed by 90 minutes after the event suffered a cyber attack.

When he eventually took to the stage, Putin issued a thinly-veiled threat to oligarchs thinking of quitting his regime. 

'It's safer in your own house,' he said. 'Those who didn't want to listen to this have lost millions abroad.' 

He went on to announce that Western allies 'think they have won' and said Moscow's war in Ukraine had become a 'lifesaver for the West to blame all the problems on Russia.' 

He added that the US considers itself 'God's emissary on Earth', and that Western sanctions were founded on a false premise that Russia had no economic sovereignty.

Moving on to focus on his so-called 'special military operation', Putin said the main aim of the incursion was to defend 'our' people in the largely Russian-speaking Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.

Putin said the Russian soldiers in the Donbas were also fighting to defend Russia's own 'rights to secure development'.

'The West has fundamentally refused to fulfil its earlier obligations, it turned out to be simply impossible to reach any new agreements with it,' Putin said.

'In the current situation, against a backdrop of increasing risks for us and threats, Russia's decision to conduct a special military operation was forced - difficult, of course, but forced and necessary.'

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10930527/Prepare-fight-beat-Russia-World-War-Britains-general-warns.html

Let me translate. Buy rubles and learn converational russian. Lol. 

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Missiles sent to Ukrainian troops could end up on black market as criminal gangs try to intercept Western supplies

  • Security source claims gangs are entering Ukraine and paying cash for weapons
  • Only the higher-grade systems of the military aid sent to Ukraine are tracked 
  • Police fear that gangs, and even terrorists, could exploit the lack of oversight

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11040347/Missiles-sent-Ukrainian-troops-end-black-market.html

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