Fri May 27th, 2022 at 02:14:22 PM EST
A diplomatic solution is not on the horizon, the impasse from before Feb. 24 has grown immensely. So is the territory Russia will claim as the Ukrainian pain and suffering doesn't seem to end.
Johnson admits Russia making `palpable' progress
Johnson seeks to escalate the weaponry to a higher level for Ukraine to withstand the Russian forces and regain the whole of Donbas and Crimea. Zelensky expects delivery MLRS rocket systems to be approved. The imperialism of Vladimir Putin should not stand.
A desperate president Zelensky calls out Dr. Henry Kissinger as a 1938 appeaser ...
Poland Will Keep Fighting Until Total Victory
Polish President Andrzej Duda visits Ukraine | JPost |
The Polish president has delivered a message of strong support for Ukraine during the first address in person by a foreign leader to the parliament in Kyiv since the Russian invasion began.
During his speech Andrzej Duda thanked Ukraine for defending Europe against what he called "Russian imperialism".
"The free world", he said, "has the face of Ukraine". Duda said recent calls for Kyiv to negotiate with President Putin, and even give into some of his demands, were disturbing. No decisions about your future will be made without you, he said.
Poland has been one of Ukraine's staunchest supporters, taking in millions of refugees fleeing the fighting and sending tanks and rocket launchers to the Ukrainian military.
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Do you think the threat of Ukraine joining NATO was Russia's real reason for invading?
That's the argument they put forward. If they have a secret one, we don't know. The other issue was Ukraine joining the E.U. The Europeans could have said: "No, now is not the moment for Ukraine to join the E.U., we'll wait." They didn't have to encourage the confrontation.
But I think they did try to speak to Russia.
No, they didn't. The conversations were very few. If you want peace, you have to have patience. They could have sat at a negotiating table for 10, 15, 20 days, a whole month, trying to find a solution. I think dialogue only works when it is taken seriously.
If you were President right now, what would you do? Would you have been able to avoid the conflict?
I don't know if I'd be able to. If I was President, I would have phoned [Joe] Biden, and Putin, and Germany, and [Emmanuel] Macron. Because war is not the solution. I think the problem is that if you don't try, you don't fix things. And you have to try.
I sometimes get worried. I was very concerned when the U.S. and the E.U. adopted [Juan] Guaidó [then leader of Venezuela's parliament] as President of the country [in 2019]. You don't play with democracy.
So Volodomyr Zelensky should have talked to Putin more, even with 100,000 Russian troops at his border?
I don't know the President of Ukraine. But his behavior is a bit weird. It seems like he's part of the spectacle. He is on television morning, noon, and night. He is in the U.K. parliament, the German parliament, the French parliament, the Italian parliament, as if he were waging a political campaign. He should be at the negotiating table.
French View: EU Entry Ukraine in 15 or 20 Years
France sees no EU entry for Ukraine before '15 or 20 years' | NST |
An evening with Noam Chomsky: Contours of Global Order
The topic up for discussion was the `Contours of Global Order: Domination, Stability, Security in a Changing World'. As you can imagine this is a vast area. We began by looking back to 1939 during World War II when the United States had devised the `Grand Area' for post-war dominance. Chomsky talked about how the US wanted to gain unquestionable power and maintain fierce loyalty from their allies. He remarked that this was still true of today, saying `The US presidents may have changed name or "style" but their substance is still very much the same'.
Reports: US preparing to send long-range rocket systems to Ukraine
In a potentially significant development, the US is reportedly preparing to send advanced, long-range rocket systems to Ukraine.
News of what would be a notable step-change in the kind of weapons the Biden adminisration is providing follows pleas from President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for such systems, which can fire a barrage of rockets hundreds of miles.
The Multiple Launch Rocket Systems would dramatically increase the range of Ukraine's armed forces.
However, there are concerns in some quarters that they could be used to strike targets inside Russia and risk escalation.
The Biden administration is believed to be leaning toward sending the weapons as part of a package that could be announced as soon as next week.
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