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In the interview with The Post, published Tuesday [16 Aug], Zelensky cited his fears that Ukrainians would panic, flee the country and trigger economic collapse as the reason he chose not to share the stark warnings passed on by U.S. officials regarding Russia's plans.

"If we had communicated that ... then I would have been losing $7 billion a month since last October [?!], and at the moment when the Russians did attack, they would have taken us in three days," Zelensky said.

oh. OK.
Sevgil Musaieva, editor in chief of Ukrainska Pravda, a Ukrainian news site, posted on Facebook that she was "personally offended" by Zelensky's explanation, saying it called into question the intelligence of Ukrainians. She wouldn't have fled, she said, and the $7 billion a month potential cost to the economy has to be weighed against the lives lost, the swift capture by Russia of parts of southern Ukraine and the fear and intimidation of civilians who unexpectedly found themselves under Russian occupation.
wut
The lack of warning for civilians living in the threatened areas [Donetsk and Luhansk?], and especially those with children, the elderly and people with impaired mobility, was "not a glitch, not a mistake, not an unfortunate misunderstanding, not a strategic miscalculation -- it is a crime," said Ukrainian author Kateryna Babkina.
language of psychopathy
DW | Are attacks on nuclear plants legal under international law?
If you have to ask .... sure, do it. Why not. Degrees of atrocity and whathaveyou
by Cat on Fri Aug 19th, 2022 at 02:26:23 PM EST
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For an actor he is smart ☹️ #braindrain #martiallaw #shutborders #ableman #16-60yrs

WaPo: Putting Pressure On, Zelensky to Blame

No one told Volodymyr it was going to be hard and last for months, not weeks. The cakewalk turned out into a complete disaster

2-days earlier an intelligence officer, WaPo could not use his name, put the blame of the war crisis on France and Germany for their reluctance to join. The same troubles (add Turkey too) of the Iraq War and UNSC infamy for asking questions about false intelligence and illegal decision to invade a sovereign nation ...

Road to War: U.S. Struggled to Convince Allies

Once again putting blame on European allies Germany and France who were intend to prevent the outbreak of hostilities. Reminds me of the lies in 2002/2003 to begin an illegal war in Iraq. Then too, Joe Biden was a vigorous war hawk.

This also shows a breaking of the so-called unity in NATO made under duress. Still very important the position of Turkey whether the White House manages to keep Erdogan on board.

We have seen the most staunch war supporters in London, Warsaw and Vilnius. Already today the Polish FM pushed the identical narrative.

Choice of America was never in doubt, this chance to punish Putin through a proxy war ... debt of Europe WW2 - Old and New - for freedom won under the banner of 🇬🇧 . 🇺🇸.

oops and 🇦🇺. 🇨🇦. 🇲🇦. 🇵🇱 and the major force Red Army of the Soviet Union, now 🇷🇺 .

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 19th, 2022 at 03:27:34 PM EST
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malice aforethought in The gloves are off

standard. operating. procedure.

by Cat on Fri Aug 19th, 2022 at 03:56:13 PM EST
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vOLdEMoRT: In his resignation statement, al-Sadr referenceded to the retirement on Sunday of Shi'ite spiritual leader Ayatollah Kadhim al-Haeri, who called on his followers to support Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in his stead. Al-Sadr claimed that al-Haeri's resignation was "not of his own volition," seemingly implying covert Iranian influence.

Al-Sadr is a vocal critic of foreign influence in Iraq, and has long sought to curb the influence of Iran-backed Shia militias in the country. After his political bloc won 73 seats in the 329-seat Iraqi legislature last year, he failed to form a government, due to opposition from the Coordination Framework Alliance, a Shia bloc allied with Iran, and al-Sadr's desire to exclude its members from a potential ruling coalition.

Al-Sadr's supporters have occupied the Iraqi Parliament since late July to prevent this rival bloc from forming a government of its own.

Mustafa al-Kadhimi, an ally of al-Sadr, remains Iraq's caretaker prime minister. Al-Sadr has called for the dissolution of parliament and fresh elections, and Iraq's Supreme Federal Court is scheduled to meet this week to decide whether parliament should be disbanded.

by Cat on Tue Aug 30th, 2022 at 12:51:08 AM EST
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wut: "Russian President Vladimir Putin's threat to use nuclear weapons in the war against Ukraine has opened the eyes of a Ukrainian woman living in Hiroshima to the horrors of nuclear warfare, pushing her to take a stand in solidarity with her compatriots."
by Cat on Mon Aug 22nd, 2022 at 10:40:13 PM EST
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