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Update 11.02 h
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.
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Update 06.05 h
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.
“We'd like to have a problem…”
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.