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Saturday, 12 February 2022

Ukraine live-blog as tension grows

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.

Scorched earth


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.

 

Johannesburg 8.02 p.m. (GMT+2)

 

 

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.

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Street scenes from London - 1976

 

London was London in those days in the summer of 1976. James Callaghan was Prime Minister, governing with a sense of proportion and for a united Europe.

It was the days of the monarchy in Britain, as it was every summer. Trooping the Colour was coming up. On 5 June that year. The High Commission of the South African Republic became a flashpoint against apartheid. The following days in Soweto already cast their shadow ahead to London. Today, the one policeman in front of the Prime Minister's residence in Downing Street looks rather ridiculous. It was a carefree time. But one of the hottest summers since weather records began in Britain.

(Images are privately owned, copyright by kasaan media).

 

Buckingham Palace, kasaan media, 2022
Buckingham Palace, kasaan media, 2022
Trafalgar Square,kasaan media, 2022
House of Parliament/Palace of Westminster,kasaan media,2022
Trafalgar Square, in the background the High Commission of South Africa in London, kasaan media, 2022
10 Downing Street, kasaan media, 2022
Houses of Parliament with the Elisabeth-and Victoria Tower, kasaan media, 2022
 
 
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Mount Etna has erupted - column of ash rises into the sky

  • Published in Europe

 

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.

 

 

 

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Imagine it is war and nobody will go there....

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.

Where is he?

For this threat of war, it is quiet. Too quiet.

That is why the war begins in the mind.

 

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