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Russia-Ukraine State of Negotiations

by Oui Wed Sep 14th, 2022 at 07:48:07 PM EST


  • Chancellor Olaf Scholz also said on August 22 that he had assured Putin before the start of the war that Ukraine would not join NATO in the long term.

  • Ukrainian-born envoy, Dmitry Kozak, had told Putin that the agreement he had negotiated would make a large-scale occupation of Ukraine by Russia unnecessary.

  • Mykhailo Podoliak, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, said Russia used the negotiations as an excuse to prepare an invasion.

  • After the war had started ... before this date the UK, NATO and Joe Biden refused any diplomatic talks for a solution.

    F*cked Scholz ... the assurances given by GHB and Clinton were worthless .... WhoIs Olaf?

    Hear, Hear


    Minister, can you understand Ukraine's desire for German Leopard 2 tanks?


    And do you also share the assumption of your Ukrainian colleague Dmytro Kuleba that Germany and other Western countries are hiding behind a psychological barrier?

    A country at war, which has to experience every day in the most brutal way that friends, parents, siblings die, rightly wants all the help and military support it can give. No matter what. We, in turn, who are fortunate enough to continue to live in peace and security - also because Ukraine is defending our European peace order - have a double responsibility: not only to promise this help, but also to deliver it. And at the same time the responsibility that the war does not spread to other countries. That is why, at the very beginning of this war, we spoke out against a no-fly zone, even though my heart bled, because that would have meant that we ourselves would have become a war party against Russia.

    Instead, we made a radical change in German policy and have since been supplying weapons, including heavy weapons, so that Ukraine can defend itself. And the last few days and weeks have shown how important these international deliveries are. State-of-the-art western weapon systems make a massive difference. Our Cheetah tanks, self-propelled howitzers and multiple rocket launchers help to finally liberate occupied places in the east and to eliminate Russian air forces and important Russian positions in a targeted manner.

    German Foreign Minister Promises To Help Ukraine Clear Mines, Dodges Question On Sending Battle Tanks | RFERL |



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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 21st, 2022 at 07:13:16 AM EST
    Uniting Western Ukraine with Russian speaking Eastern Ukraine. All elected presidents in Kyiv failed in their mission and goals, especially Zelensky became a football kicked around by rightwing neo-Nazis domestically and NATO/EU establishment looking for expansion.

    2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 21st, 2022 at 07:31:44 AM EST
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    From diary - War, Next Level of Criminality

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 21st, 2022 at 07:18:58 AM EST
    Due to escalation by NATO in sending modern armor, long-range artillery and trading of troops ... tipping the scales in war in Eastern Ukraine.

    A unit of eight Caesar self-propelled artillery vehicles can dispense, in less than one minute, more than 1t of projectiles, 1,500 bomblets or 48 smart anti-tank munitions on targets at ranges up to 40km.

    Berlin will ship two MARS II multiple rocket launchers including 200 rockets as ammunition, as well as 50 Dingo armoured vehicles,

    Since January 2021, the United States has committed more than $13.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine.  

    The United States announced a new $1 billion package of military aid and weapons for Ukraine. Among the package will be 1,000 Javelin anti-tank missiles, mortars, artillery ammunition, and of course, the US' High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS).

    These truck-mounted high-tech rocket systems in particular have been attracting attention on social media in recent months, where many videos show them purportedly destroying Russian ammunition depots and other targets.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 21st, 2022 at 01:31:11 PM EST

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 21st, 2022 at 01:31:29 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 21st, 2022 at 01:33:23 PM EST
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    Icy waters this winter, possibly even close encounters with icebergs ... a disaster in the making.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 21st, 2022 at 01:47:29 PM EST

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 21st, 2022 at 01:48:15 PM EST
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    Stoltenberg in war rhetoric is leader of NATO countries ...

    At 3:00min : "... Ukraine has the right to self-defense under NATO...ehh UN Charter ... " yeah, difficult to define the status of new member the Ukraine 😠

    NATO Head Tells Russia It Cannot Win Nuclear War | Reuters/US News - March 23, 2022 |

    NATO warned against Russia's war in Ukraine sliding into a nuclear confrontation between Moscow and the West.

    "Russia should stop this dangerous irresponsible nuclear rhetoric," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference. "But let there be no doubt about our readiness to protect and defend allies against any threat anytime."

    "Russia must understand that it can never win a nuclear war," he said on the eve of a summit of the Western military alliance's national leaders in Brussels. "NATO is not part of the conflict ... it provides support to Ukraine but isn't part of the conflict."

    "NATO will not send the troops into Ukraine... It is extremely important to provide support to Ukraine and we are stepping up. But at the same time it is also extremely important to prevent this conflict becoming a full-fledged war between NATO and Russia."

    Of course this is Joe Biden's war against Putin's Russia ... proxy of the US with NATO allies as we have witnessed since the end of the Cold War in 1991.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 21st, 2022 at 04:07:46 PM EST

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 21st, 2022 at 05:49:06 PM EST

    Facebook, Twitter contacted Pentagon concerned about PsyOps: WashPost

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 21st, 2022 at 05:49:56 PM EST

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 21st, 2022 at 05:50:38 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 21st, 2022 at 05:51:10 PM EST
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    Digital espionage has existed before expansion of Internet and cyberspace. IBM mainframe computers had backdoors for espionage of the EU in Brussels and UN Headquarters in New York.

    Acts of sabotage through digital cyberspace inside a foreign state is an attack on sovereignty and can be seen as an act of war. The US is not alone on our planet and other nations need to defend themselves in an attempt to gain equal footing.

    One of the first successful attacks was on the centrifuges for uranium enrichment in Iran. My diary of May 2011 - STUXNET US-Israel Cooperation Cyber Warfare on Iran

    The Rise of the "Fifth Fight" in Cyberspace: A New Legal Framework and Implications for Great Power Competition

    America's perspective of the global security environment significantly changed after the discovery of the Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Agencies charged with securing the Nation were left to question decades of presumed defense and security superiority.

    The BIG shift took place earlier in the years 2013-14 and one of the failed disinformation campaigns was PropOrNot and as private derivative the MI6 join efforts such as the British Steele dossier. Anti-Russia campaign.

    Government decision-makers rushed to shift U.S. national security priorities from a focus on global terrorists to a focus on a handful of great powers. America quickly found itself in the center of an ongoing and "new"--yet wholly recognizable--type of international conflict. While this conflict and the resulting shift in national security priorities seemed sudden to some, portions of the U.S. defense apparatus engaged in intelligence and cyberspace operations had already been working for years to address this nascent conflict.

    The unclassified synopsis of the 2018 U.S. National Defense Strategy labels this emergent conflict as "strategic competition," also known as "great power competition," and surmises that this "[i]nter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in U.S. national security." Defining the scope of this conflict presents its own challenges, though. To begin, it is not "war" in the traditional sense. The United States is not engaged in armed conflict with any great power adversary. Instead, conflict is waged with adversaries below the threshold of armed conflict, involving "persistent engagement" and countering malicious activity in the shadows. As a result, covert action--commonly referred to as the "fifth function" --has emerged as an obvious principal means of action.

    Adversaries in this new conflict also look different but familiar. Generally, they no longer take on the title of non-state actor or terrorist organization, as was the case for the past two decades. Rather, adversaries include other great powers such as Russia and China, as well as rogue regimes such as North Korea and Iran. The Department of Defense (DoD) specifically identified these countries as the four main threats the United States must counter in great power competition.

    While adversarial goals in great power competition seem to echo the Cold War, in that adversaries strive to undermine U.S. power and sow discord in the American democratic way of life, this shadow war brought with it new and ever-changing tactics. Cyberspace and information operations surfaced as the tactics of choice among adversaries, mostly due to the rapid growth of new technology, the rise of a novel information environment with increasingly virulent effects, and the shifting character of war. As a result, while this conflict is fought in all five domains of warfare (i.e., air, sea, land, space, and cyberspace), a high concentration of U.S. defense and security efforts remain within the ever-evolving "fifth domain" of cyberspace. Confirming this state of the security environment, General Paul Nakasone, Commanding General of U.S. Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency (NSA), stated in a 2018 speech that "[t]he environment we operate in today is truly one of great power competition, and in these competitions, the locus of the struggle for power has shifted towards cyberspace."

    The emergence of this great power competition finally forced the inevitable collision of the two "fifths"--covert action and cyberspace operations. National security practitioners expected this collision for some time due to their keen awareness that the fifth function and the fifth domain emerged and operated in parallel, often intersecting, uncertain legal architectures since their inceptions. Over the span of more than a decade, covert actions and cyberspace operations increasingly crossed paths, an expected occurrence since cyberspace operations most often require covert action and strongly resemble intelligence activities. The resulting intersection between the legal frameworks governing covert action and cyberspace operations created what is referred to as the "fifth fight."

    This article focuses on the fifth fight: the conduct or fight taking place through covert or "secret" cyber operations today. The term is also an acknowledgment of its foundations or the underlying interagency fight for authorities to conduct these cyber operations. In an era of great power competition, this fifth fight forced significant changes to the governing domestic legal framework, which has notable implications for the future nature of conflict, accountability, and responsibility by the United States.

    Beginning with a historical background, Part II outlines the development of the covert action legal framework. The first half of that part addresses the important background behind the internal Government fight for authorities, which stems from the proverbial Title 10/Title 50 debate. This part ends with a discussion of how the covert legal framework and fight for authorities have placed cyberspace operations on precarious and uncertain legal footing when entering today's shadow war of great power competition.

    Part III addresses how the rise of great power competition forced the creation of more legal certainty. Significantly, Congress recently passed legislation to address the fifth fight. The National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAAs) for fiscal year (FY) 2019 and FY 2020 contained covert or "clandestine" cyber operations provisions that largely evaded public comment outside of national security circles. The legislation was meant to clarify authorities and put an end to the interagency dispute and now allows for greater cyberspace freedom of movement to address the threats the United States faces in strategic competition. Such freedom of movement comes at a price, with less oversight and public accountability. Congress, and many within the executive agencies involved in the fight for authorities, claim that these changes and the associated costs merely acknowledge the current state of cyberspace operations and what is required to keep pace with America's competitors. Challenging this claim, Part III provides further analysis of these legislative provisions and their immediate implications on the cyber legal framework and expounds on what these developments might mean for the future of great power competition or deterrence in cyberspace.

    A Next Generation National Information Operations Strategy and Architecture | Belder Center - Sept. 13, 2021 |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 21st, 2022 at 06:20:59 PM EST
    US Global Power and Me

    At great personal cost for those who fought such wars, this country has won not only a kind of security but unprecedented power and prosperity. At the end of World War II, the United States, alone among the planet's developed nations, had been spared its mass destruction. America emerged from history's most destructive conflict as an economic powerhouse responsible for more than half the world's industrial output, consuming much of its raw materials, possessing its strongest currency, and girding the globe with its armed forces and their garrisons. The Soviet Union's implosion at the close of the Cold War in 1991 again left America the richest, most powerful, most productive nation on the planet.

    Though we would live our lives in the shadow of war and empire, my postwar "baby boom" generation was also privileged to grow up in a relatively safe society with a superior education system, excellent health care, affordable food, and opportunities once available only to aristocrats. None of this happened by accident. Every advantage came with a price paid at home and abroad by Americans and many others. Our country's global power was first won in a world war that left fifty million dead. It was maintained throughout the Cold War by covert interventions to control foreign societies, a global military presence manifest in hundreds of overseas bases, and the rigorous suppression of domestic dissent. In the quarter century since the Cold War's end, however, America's social contract has frayed. The old bargain, shared sacrifice for shared prosperity, has given way, through Washington's aggressive promotion of a global economy, to a rising disparity of incomes that has eroded the quality of middle-class life.

    Both family and school taught me that criticism was not only a right but a responsibility of citizenship. So it has been my role to observe, analyze, and, when I have something worth sharing, to write and sometimes to criticize. This is a complex society, elusive in its exercise of world power. It has taken many years of education and much of my life experience to gain some insight into the geopolitical dynamics that propelled the United States to global hegemony and are undoubtedly condemning it to decline.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 21st, 2022 at 06:22:37 PM EST
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    No execution of foreign mercenaries captured in SMO.

    Ukraine war: Russia releases 10 foreign prisoners following Saudi mediation

    Will Saudi future king be rewarded with fast-track membership of the SCO like the aspiration of Erdogan of Turkey?

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 21st, 2022 at 06:53:21 PM EST

    British "hero" mercenary Aiden Aslin

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Sep 21st, 2022 at 07:12:08 PM EST
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    "We have managed to liberate 215 people," the Ukraine president's chief of staff Andriy Yermak announced on television. He went on to say that commanders of the Azov battalion were included in those released.

    Kyiv releases political prisoner Victor Medvedchuk ...

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 22nd, 2022 at 03:00:42 PM EST
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    How Pro-Russian Oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk Is Regaining Power in Ukraine | Hromadske - July 2019 |

    From my diary ...

    Ukraine MP election: Removing Oligarchs ... Some

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 22nd, 2022 at 03:01:30 PM EST
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    Can there be a cooperation with #Russia? Prof.@merkel_wolfgang and @n_roettgen @cducsubt have completely different opinions. #phoenixUnterDenLinden "Turning point? Is #Putin's power eroding - a chance for peace?"

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Sep 22nd, 2022 at 08:52:20 PM EST

    Battle for Babi Yar

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Oct 2nd, 2022 at 11:36:10 AM EST
    Ukrainian City Attracts Thousands of Jewish Pilgrims Despite War

    Defying warnings to stay away, ultra-Orthodox Jews are traveling to Uman for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year

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    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Oct 2nd, 2022 at 11:36:50 AM EST
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    No interchange, living in two wholly different worlds ... how to manage full separation so everyone is happy and the mental issues in America won't grow into a major problem.

    Democrats still on back foot and will likely lose both Senate and House to the Republicans. Democrats are motivated primarily out of anger against the former president. 🤥

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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Oct 13th, 2022 at 12:40:02 PM EST

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