While the Western world reacts partly angrily and with speechlessness, "the most massive sanctions" are being prepared against Russia, according to the German Foreign Office.
President Volodymyr Selensky spoke of a war of aggression, "The world must force Russia to make peace", he said, according to the Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform.
In addition, Kamianka-Dniprovska and Mykolaiv and the Kulbakinsky airfield were shelled. People were injured and a shop and three houses were destroyed. The Ukrainian army is unexpectedly strong, and Putin's Soldateska has to fear the partisans formed from citizens. The Russians concede that about 50 soldiers of the aggressors have been killed.
Consideration is being given to bringing Vladimir Putin and his entourage before an international war crimes tribunal.
The front can currently only be traced by Russian military columns that have crossed the borders at Kharkiv, Luhansk and Chernihiv. The Belarusian army is in tow. After the brutal bombardment of civilian targets in Kharkiv, the Russian news agency Interfax has a suitable excuse at hand.
Alexander Lukashenko, according to Belta, wants to act as an angel of peace and let Putin's troops through, and in the height of cynicism, he wants to prevent bloodshed and massacres. For the latter, he is the specialist. Not to forget, Belarusian forces attacked Ukraine at dawn.
Vladimir Putin has sounded the attack. During the night, he attacked cities in Ukraine. There are no reports of deaths or injuries so far.
Mariupol is reported to be under heavy fire. In the recordings from the night, bright flashes and heavy explosions can be seen. Another emergency meeting of the UN Security Council has been held in New York.
Putin's soldiery marched into the neighbouring country without reason and without foreseeing the consequences, to create facts that fit the world view of those in power in the Kremlin.
As if manhood didn't have enough problems already.
After Corona and countless natural disasters, the situation in Ukraine is not easing.
Oracles in the White House
President Biden is sure that Vladimir Putin will attack Ukraine within the next few days. Again. This time with Kiev as the target. The agencies report that Putin's script, which is now playing out in eastern Ukraine, speaks for this.
The news situation is confusing and little is known about the true background of the main actors. The fact is, last week the war that was so vehemently announced by the American government, time and again in the lived transparency for last Wednesday, broke out twice.
This may all be true—or the United States' sources may be falling for Putin's disinformation campaign. Which would be even worse. Putin, on the other hand, is fabricating about a troop withdrawal and will himself be present today at a manoeuvre with nuclear weapons to be carried out together with Belarus and the despot there. Meanwhile, the OSCE recognizes that mutual attacks are increasing in the contested areas in eastern Ukraine. The normal reader had understood that the observers left last week because they were afraid of war. Yes, now they are observing, from where and how remains open.
To now pontificate about a “Russian Crisis” at the Munich Security Conference, as the German Foreign Minister Baerbock is doing, is completely improper.
The problem is in Ukraine.
On the other hand, in eastern Ukraine, one can only trust observations of this very OSCE and not reproduce what those involved reveal. Presently, it became known this morning that the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic is undergoing general mobilization.
Pushilin, a clown in Putin's circus, cannot be the Geiger counter of a possible war. What to make of it, one does not know. Is it a tactical manoeuvre to call Putin to his aid and get a justification for the long announced war? Or is it the absolute failure of nerve of Moscow's satellites?
The assumption in Ukraine, as reported by correspondents and observers, is that Putin's attack is imminent and that it will be aimed at the capital Kiev. In this tense situation, the American embassy has moved to Lviv in the west of the country.
Even Olaf Scholz's visit to the Kremlin only brought a respite, and the situation is escalating from day to day. Putin, who is sitting on a barrel of dynamite, is lighting the fuse, forgetting that the only way he can de-escalate a war between the great powers, the United States and Russia, is by completely withdrawing the troops from the border and returns to the table with the diplomats. No one, however, understands the statements of the American president any more, who keeps referring to new attack dates and thus probably loses credibility, as Putin would like.
But the biggest losers are the citizens in eastern Ukraine, who seem to be no longer the issue at all, but only the threat potential of Ukraine.
The current situation is characterized by absolute incompetence for all those involved and seems to be becoming a grotesque of international politics that has been distorted to the point of ridiculousness.
Latest news from the tense situation between Russia and the US:
Are almost 100 million dead from the wars of the 20th century not enough?
The highly anticipated phone call between US President Biden and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin was unfortunately not crowned successfully. In a statement, the White House released an extract of the phone call.
"President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Vladimir Putin of Russia about Russia’s escalating military buildup on the borders of Ukraine. President Biden was clear that, if Russia undertakes a further invasion of Ukraine, the United States together with our Allies and partners will respond decisively and impose swift and severe costs on Russia. President Biden reiterated that a further Russian invasion of Ukraine would produce widespread human suffering and diminish Russia’s standing. President Biden was clear with President Putin that while the United States remains prepared to engage in diplomacy, in full coordination with our Allies and partners, we are equally prepared for other scenarios."
Both sides expressed their views with their usual candour and later decreed transparency. Biden stressed that Russia would pay a heavy price for invading Ukraine.
Russia's reputation would be diminished by an invasion, and Putin would bring untold suffering to the world. The phone call is said to have lasted more than an hour. At the very least, Putin wanted to reflect on Biden's proposals, according to the presidential spokesman.
Putin complained that the world was not putting enough pressure on Ukraine to meet Russia's demands.
For example, Putin believes that with his occupation of Crimea, the issue of the Donbas region should also be "settled". He understands this to mean the slice-by-slice occupation of the whole of Ukraine.
Actually, this is already an admission that there is at least something to the rumour that Vladimir Putin is planning an invasion of Ukraine and also wants to implement it.
Earlier, French President Macron had also failed in a phone call to Putin.
Meanwhile, the Western world is preparing for the possibility of a 3rd world war. Papers are being burned at the US embassy in Kiev, as they were in Saigon. Hardware is being rendered useless. One wonders how it could have come to this?
War serves man's basest instincts
Is it war for the ego of some, or is it a form of reality that no one wants to grasp because war is so absurd?
Each side is instrumentalizing currently - on the one hand, Putin is dragging Belarus into it, and on the other, the Western states that constitute the rest of the alliance. Ukraine, which is sitting in front of Russia like a mouse in front of a cat, is trying certainly to drag Germany into a possible conflict. Officials of Ukraine never tire of criticizing Germany, behaving around weapons and protection. Among them are the boxing icon Klitschko and Ukraine's ambassador in Berlin.
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A Russian warship has driven away a US submarine close to the Kuril Islands in the Pacific, as indicated by news data from Moscow.
The destroyer "Marshal Shaposhnikov" found a US submarine in Russian waters close to the Kuril Islands, the Defense Ministry in Moscow said on Saturday (12/02/2022). After the submarine overlooked solicitations to turn to the side, the Russian destroyer "made a suitable move", it said without explaining. The US submarine then, at that point, left Russian waters "at maximum velocity". The name of the US submarine was not revealed.
After several smaller eruptions in the past years, there was now a larger eruption at 2700 metres of the volcanic mountain.
Currently, a column of ash of 8000 metres stands above the active volcano.
Air traffic in the neighbouring airport of Catania is not yet disturbed, but it had to be interrupted again and again. There was minor damage in surrounding villages on the western side of the volcano, as ANSA Italia reported with reference to the National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology, the Etna Observatory in Catania.
#Etna is not exactly famous for producing pyroclastic flows, though they are pretty common during her violent paroxysmal episodes. Here is a nice little one during the powerful paroxysm on the evening of 10 February 2022. pic.twitter.com/p1b5HxuKr0
World War 3 begins in the mind of each individual!
Slowly, the situation around the Russian troops on the Ukrainian border is coming to a dramatic head. The USA has won the date for the attack through information from the CIA: next Wednesday there will be rocket fire and the armada that has been deployed there will make its way to Kiev.
One can believe it.
But the war is also being waged in the minds. This is what the seemingly impotent superpowers, which are only a shadow of what they once were, are counting on.
This makes every normal person in the possible war zone wonder, who are the nations actually being ruled by?
The Third World War is not a children's playground with the rockers in the sandbox, but probably the end of civilization.
This emotion is being played with brutally.
Any sensible person might want to scream.
In the Cold War, we had the so-called "Red Telephone". Today, people negotiate through third parties and the media.
If you take a look at the overflowing agency reports, you are glad that the old ticker is gone, otherwise many editors would be close to madness.
Too much information about a war that found its origin in political mistakes of past decades.
Some news here:
Norway is in deep concern.
The EU is evacuating its staff from Kiev.
Putin and Biden are to talk on the phone today. At the request of the United States.
Berlin advises all German citizens to leave Ukraine.
The USA evacuates its embassy. Antoli Antonov, the Russian Federation's ambassador to the US, dismisses the invasion dates that the CIA is supposed to have found out as propaganda.
The CIA had also not found out that the Taliban took Kabul in a coup d'état. That was a few months ago. One remembers. But now one can look at the clock and wait for the shelling, rather the missiles and bombers of the Russians.
It sounds like the revelations of the Langley Oracle.
Yes, then one could also prepare and give the invaders a "really hot welcome". Why this fails to happen with the massive troop deployments of the USA, e.g. to Poland, to give Putin a "bloody nose", remains an open question.
One has to ask oneself, what does Putin gain from a war?
Well, perhaps the autocrat in the Kremlin is ill. He came across as puffed up and cynical.
Probably, Russia's long-term president is even ailing.
His government business at the table of his puppet regime lately always seemed like the meeting of the mafia bosses in Chicago in the 1930s. That's right, only the tables shone more than the silly grins of his lackey-like lickspittles.
Perhaps the resistance of the Russian people has now reached a point that will only allow it to unleash another" war".
Apart from that, Germany becomes one of the main combat zones in such a scenario.
Think of Ramstein, Spangdahlem and other US supply facilities in Germany. The Russians will not be asked twice to cut off supplies to the front, if that is how it is to be. The German government seems to have gone into hiding and for some unknown reason does not know how to help itself.
If there were a politician who could bang his fist on the table for once.
South African Archbishop Emeritus of the Anglican Church of Cape Town and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Mpilo Tutu has died at the age of 90, South Africa's acting President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in Cape Town this morning.
Tutu was one of the icons of the anti-apartheid movement in the 1980s, which worked to desegregate South Africa. Many South Africans of all skin colours owe their lives to him, who had an incomparable sense of humour. Together with Mandela, he achieved this goal, the abolition of apartheid.
Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his fight for human rights.
Born in 1931 in Klerksdorp, in what was then the Transvaal, Tutu initially studied to be a teacher, but turned to theology after the Bantu Education Act (Wet op Bantoe-onderwys), 1953.
In later years, at Mandela's request, he chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission from 1996, which dealt with the crimes of apartheid.
In difficult times, in the times of the pandemic that is now already determining the second Christmas, with all the accompanying symptoms that are taking place together with the social upheavals, a few days of reflection are important.
Celebrate as far as the regulations allow.
We are on Christmas holiday until Monday, December 27 and will report again in the usual way from Monday.
Now it's Omicron: anyone who denies the pandemic now is an ignoramus and living dangerously. Very dangerous.
First appearing in South Africa, the highly contagious variant spread rapidly around the globe.
Panic is not a good advisor in this case. Neither are conspiracy theories, as bandied about by numerous concerned citizens. It is obvious to everyone that the extreme right-wing pack smells morning air to introduce their own crude theories via Covid-19.
Every child knows that vaccination protects. But what happens with the possible "Epsilon" variant?
However, after countless failures in the pandemic that has been going on for two years, politicians have to ask themselves where they are actually heading. The situation is no longer transparent for anyone.
More and more people are rebelling against the state's measures. The demanded contact restrictions are then reduced to absurdity in authorized demonstrations. Why are then demonstrations allowed at all?
Either the virus is so brutally dangerous that there can be no discussion about a lockdown, or it is not. If the virus is so dangerous that it produced significant excess mortality, then it is not a question of a lockdown, but of explaining it. Why is the population in Germany left in the threat that there will be another lockdown over Christmas?
Why doesn't the Council of Experts explains?
Or it is the lack of planning in absolute carelessness that it will go on like this. Now the dead vaccine is to come, what is actually meant by this? mRNA seemed to have come onto the market at "monkey speed" without having tested it on numerous special cases.
Too much is discussed, but not clarified or explained.
Novavax is the dead vaccine. It is about to be approved.
What about the citizens who simply did not tolerate the vaccination? Should they get boosted with the dead vaccine? What about the patients who, in addition to constant inflammation throughout their bodies, also have to bear the consequences that render them almost incapable of acting? What about the consequential damages?
An application for recognition of the vaccination damage is hardly sufficient. There is still a telephone that is manned from time to time between 2 and 3 p.m. It is administered by the Robert Koch Institute. It is administered by the Robert Koch Institute, and no explanatory bear can help. Unfortunately, no one answers the line. Unfortunately, the package inserts with the vaccination side effects are kept very simple.
In other EU countries this chain is better regulated, e.g. in Spain you can contact the health centres of the respective junta.
Questions upon questions that no one seems to be able to answer. Or wants to.
These are images of unique beauty from a faded land. India-1964-
It had been 16 years since the colonial masters - the British - had left. India was still a young state in itself, searching for its own identity after centuries of foreign rule. The photographs are from Bombay, today's Mumbai, Calcutta and Delhi.
They show the everyday life of the generation of that time. The pictures come from the private collection of the then British Consul General at the High Commission in Bombay. The Copyright of the pictures is ours. Copying and reprinting are expressly prohibited.
It was the murder of Horst Strohe, at night around 1 a.m. on 13 September 1992, that terrified an entire city then as it does now.
The brutality of the crime against the victim, who openly lived with his homosexuality, is unmatched.
Numerous witnesses saw the then 54-year-old man being literally executed with kicks to the chest and against the head in a square not far from white benches below the OVB office on the street "Am Malzbüchel", in the connection next to Heumarkt.
The investigators at the time did not rule out that possible witnesses in 1992 wanted to remain unidentified - out of concern that details of their sexual inclination might become known. Today's investigators forget that the victims were treated as badly by the police as they were by sections of society.
The brutality of the crime was unprecedented and showed how homosexuals were systematically made fair game by sections of society as late as the 1990s.
What had happened?
That was also the question asked by the investigators in Aktenzeichen( German police file XY on October,13 2021 when they presented the case of Horst Strohe, who had been kicked to death on Heumarkt, on the programme.
Until now, it is still not clear whether Strohe was the victim of a random act of violence or knew the perpetrator beforehand.
At that time, it was known in the circles around the Heumarkt and Alter Markt in Cologne that homosexuals openly moved around in pubs there. In addition, it was known, since 1991, as contemporary witnesses reported, that foreign youths gathered in the area up to the office of the OVB and the then fast food restaurant Mc Iwan at the KVB tram stop Heumarkt in the direction of Deutz to go "homosexual gossiping" in front of the said pubs. According to contemporary witnesses, this also applied to the transvestite theatre Timp, where the later victim had to walk past.
There were also the places where the homosexuals looked for their partners, met for one-night stands. The area extended towards Severinsbrücke on the Rhine. It was known that Strohe frequented homosexual circles between Heumarkt and Severinsbrücke, which was called the "leather scene" during the years.
It was already common for several youths to pounce on the victims and demand some kind of protection money or simply strike. People were cautious at that time when they came out of one of the bars at night. This is what witnesses from the time report. In 1993, for example, there was allegedly an incident in front of a former fish shop/snack bar on the previously declared Heumarkt.
Strohe went to the bus stop in the direction of Heumarkt and was attacked on the way by his later murderer and killed with numerous kicks to the head. This happened in the immediate vicinity of the brightly lit Hotel Maritim at the head of Heumarkt facing the Rhine.
The tram line also ran close to where Strohe, who worked as a computer technician and programmer for an insurance company and was known and respected by many in the "black leather scene", was murdered.
Especially in Hühnergasse, adjacent to Heumarkt, where the bar "Caroussel" was, one could hear how homosexuals were often harassed and threatened. Sometimes they were even hit. Or "Pustis" (Greek for faggot) was shouted, spat at etc..
The perpetrator is described by the Cold Case Unit under Commissioner Weber as follows: about 20 years old at the time, about 1.80 metres tall, slim and athletic. He is said to have been wearing a white shirt with a snake pattern. He might have been trained in East Asian fighting techniques. He may have been travelling with other men who are being sought as witnesses.
Police File : Crime Scene 1992, Police Cologne
Investigators are also looking for two witnesses from the deceased's personal circle who were at Heumarkt shortly after the crime, according to the police in Cologne.
The 1990s, the years of awakening and freedom, were over on September 11, 2001.
What actually happened, or happened then, is only clarified in fragments today - the involvement of Saudi Arabia and the crude regime is not obvious.
The next religious war began.
Now, one might think that a small terrorist group has won the war against almost the entire world community, if one sees the pictures from Kabul these days.
With the loss of the democratic structures of the state of Afghanistan to the terrorist force of the Taliban, much of what happened in the world after September 11, 2001 has become meaningless.
The horrific scenes left a lasting mark on the later generation.
The war that triggered a cascade of revolutions a decade later. Saddam and his absurd vision of the world. A servant of terror, Gaddafi, beaten to death by his people. Other despots from Arabia disappeared into comfortable exile.
The images of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York are unforgotten.
These snapshots of the event burned themselves into the collective memory of humanity. People still believe that it was a complete conspiracy, as the tweet below shows. However, governments did everything to keep the conspiracy going.
No government covered itself in glory afterwards - harrowing sequences live across screens
It was the declared war of a small group of utterly deluded conspirators whose sole aim was apparently to divide society.
The previous Taliban government in Kabul had given shelter to those who were dividing society worldwide, leading to the events that weeks ago caused people to fly out of planes, wanting to escape in much the same way as those trapped on the upper floors of the WTC towers. Until they jumped for fear of suffocation or burning to death. Trump's short-sightedness in political matters, the simple and stupid answer of a populist to complex questions, enabled another disaster.
The world has learned little from September 11, 2001. The victims are unforgotten. At least we can remember them
Nasty rumours have gone about Dr Ruja Ignatova and her more than mysterious disappearance in Athens, in October 2017.
Behind OneCoin was a pyramid scam that left an estimated €4.5 billion worth of damage in the world. Other estimates put the figure at US$15 billion. The purely real reason for Ignatova's disappearance will have been that the go-getting Bulgarian knew that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation was after her. Accomplices of hers will also have suspected and known this fact and therefore acted. It is more likely that the wanted woman is dead, and that the perpetrator had a video produced that cannot be surpassed in ridiculousness.
But, as with Wirecard-Marsalek, dubious connections to intelligence services are now surfacing.
Not even a close resemblance to the Corpse, screenshot Facebook
Nobody knows what happened then, after the flight with Ryanair to Athens. Ignatova disappeared off the face of the earth afterwards. This gave rise to stories that are devoid of any reality, such as Ignatova having absconded to Russia. Or that Ignatova had come back to the EU as a refugee. It couldn't get any more absurd. Or that she was living in a palace in the desert. Well...! Passport copies from Dubai have even turned up, leaving doubts about their origin. Among them was an alleged document from the German embassy in Dubai.
But now a more than unbelievable video is really fuelling the rumour mill. Allegedly, as if from a cult, the alleged Ignatova is sitting and lecturing about the relaunch of the failed currency OneCoin. She talks about betrayal and is looking to the future, about OneCoin, like a fetish. Admittedly, the person Ignatova doubles bears a certain resemblance to the Bulgarian woman missed by many investors.
The garishly made-up boat lips and the black hair, as well as the nonsense the mime explains, fit in with the hopelessness of the OneCoin company. Moreover, at the end of the first edition of the video, which was created with a lot of technology, Russians are yapping. One does wonder. Marsalek is also suspected to be in Russia. It's a scoundrel who suspects connections.
A monstrous scandal is taking off
Meanwhile, there are even rumours that there was a connection between the fugitive Marsalek and the beautifully made-up Bulgarian woman. This monstrous network is said to have developed from Dubai.
Certainly, OneCoin was a maturation of the underworld, with the claim to create its currency, which would then function as money laundering. Thus, funds from sex hotlines and gambling were allegedly laundered in the currency initiative of the missing Bulgarian woman, entrusted to Marsalek by the Russian, Italian and Bulgarian Mafia.
So far, there has only been the arrest of her brother Konstantin, called "Konsti Keks" (biscuit) in the USA and the almost legendary celebrity hype surrounding the missing protagonist Ignatova. However, the de facto manager "Konsti Keks" since the disappearance of his sister became soft in the interrogations that took place in New York. The brother had arrived in reality shortly before his arrest in the US, 2019, following his Facebook account:
Konstantin Ignatov likes TIMES OF GRACE: "The Hymn Of A Broken Man" Album Teaser - Part 8 | Roadrunner Records at en.roadrunnerrecords.com.
Companies built up around the queen of blockchain currency, enabling the surrounding group to receive billions in a financial circus show from investors, to launder billions more.
As everyone now knows or suspects, Ignatova had nothing to do with the concept of OneCoin. The day also had only 24 hours for her. She may have been chubby, but she wasn't particularly smart. While warped to the point of caricature, Ignatova now proclaims in the video that she had new ideas and not everyone passed the test she took with her then faithful.
Was money laundered through Luxembourg?
This includes Frank Schneider, the former head of operations at Luxembourg's Secret Service SREL, who is in extradition custody in France to be brought to the US. He is accused by prosecutors in the US of billions in fraud involving blockchain currencies. What the former vice-president of Luxembourg's Secret Service, who was previously accused of wiretapping then Minister of State Jean-Claude Juncker in 2007, had to do with Ignatova, for whatever reason, is explained by an insider as having switched sides to the bad guys. Schneider understood it was a pyramid scheme for money laundering on a very grand scale.
The tap operation is said to be the next unsolved action, the so-called "Bommeleeër" affair. It is about an illegal eavesdropping on the electronics engineer Loris Mariotto and an allegedly encrypted CD about a conversation between the then Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker and the Grand Duke about the stay-backs, attributed to the Gladio network.
Connections of the perpetrators, who have not yet been unmasked, lead to the phantoms of the Brabant gang, a group that left more than two dozen dead in robberies in Belgium in the 1980s and financed itself from questionable sources.
The video is a joke and this joke will leave more victims out of pocket for an investment mirage.