🔴 Trump/Ukraine/Russia Files 2022

 
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With Tweets, Retweets, links to articles and excerpts, I’ve tried to document this national soap opera/tragedy we’re living through. The resources at the beginning are a mixed bag of timelines and documents and I provide a clickable cast of characters (Russians, mostly).

What does this have to do with The Blacklist? A lot, actually. Russian mob figures, spies and apparatchiks. Semion Mogilevich, the Smart Don, reminds me of Red, though Red is a lot nicer and much better-looking.

Featured are drawings (she calls them “maps”) by @Jzikah, and “Mueller, She Wrote” is the best podcast I’ve ever come across. The three women who do it are comedians, though they’re all super smart and A.J. (the lead) has a PhD and is a Veteran.

Caution: You may enjoy this feature a bit more if you’re of the liberal persuasion. This is the single place on this blog where *there are politics* though I tend to stick with MSM, specialized sources (ex-Intel Community, altGov, and reputable sleuths) and other people I’ve learned to trust.

 

🇷🇺 Press Here For Recent (2022) Articles

🇷🇺 Press Here For 2021

🇷🇺 Press Here For 2020

🇷🇺 Press Here For 2019

🇷🇺 Press Here For 7/26/2017 through 2018

📀 Press Here For Impeachment #1 Trial on Cspan (2020)

📀 Press Here For Impeachment #2 Trial on Cspan (2021)

📀 Press Here For January 6th Committee Hearings (2022) New

Press Here For Biden/Burisma/Ukraine Fact Checks

 
💽Recommended⋙ Mueller She Wrote Podcasthttp://bit.ly/2PgTKWs  or Press   ⇊  ⇊
 
Other Podcasts:

    All The President’s Lawyers (J Barro, R Lowry)
    The Asset (Center for American Progress) 🌟
    The Dworkin Report (Scott Dworkin)
    Gaslit Nation (Sarah Kendzior, Andrea Chalupa)
    The Lawfare Podcast (Benjamin Wittes, Brookings)
    The Josh Marshall Podcast (TPM)
    The Mother Jones Podcast (David Corn)
    Mueller Time (Eric Leval, Chris Carey)
    The Oath (Chuck Rosenberg, MSNBC)
    The Report (Lawfare)
    On Topic (Renato Mariotti)
    Skullduggery (Michael Isikoff, Yahoo)
    Trump Inc (q4- 8qProPublica)
    Trumpcast (Slate)

🔊 PlayerFM: Best Trump Russia Investigation Podcasts (2019) http://bit.ly/2MKbtV8
 
Twitter List: INVESTIGATORS: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/lists/investigators
// Investigative reporters, Trump-Russia sleuths, Intelligence Community, Legislators, “alt-gov,” and Targets
 

Russian Intelligence Services:

Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) – The Foreign Intelligence Service reports directly to the President of Russia.
GRU – Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces.
Federal Security Service (FSB) – The Federal Security Service is responsible for counter-intelligence, state security and anti-terrorist operations

 

 
🔄 ECFR , Mark Galeotti [EU] (2016): Introduction: Putin’s hydra: Inside Russia’s intelligence services http://bit.ly/2NZWN1h
// 5/11/2016, Intro
⋙ 📒 ECFR, Mark Galeotti [EU] (2016): Report: Putin’s Hydra: Inside Russia’s Intelligence Services [pdf] http://bit.ly/2NYjG5b 20p
// May 2016, Full report

 

 
Key People: Alexander Abramov, Roman Abramovich, Aras Agalarov, Emin Agalarov, Rinat Akhmetov, Rinat Akhmetshin, Yulya Alferova, Yuri Andropov, Anatoly Antonov, Anne Applebaum, Andrii Artemenko, Arron Banks, Andrey Baronov, Alexander Bastrykin, Sergey Beseda, Vitaly Bespalov, Leonid “Len” Blavatnik, Anna Bogacheva, David Bogatin, Alexander Bortnikov, Victor Boyarkin, Wm Browder, Mariia Butina, Carole Cadwalladr, Michael Caputo, Yuri Chaika, Igor Chekunov, Sergey Chemezov, Anatoly Chubais, Michael Cohen, George Cottrell, Igor Danchenko, Oleg Deripaska, Andrii Derkach, Igor Divyekin, Kirill Dmitriev, Aleksandr Dugin, Arkady Dvorkovich, Paul Erickson, Oleg Erovinkin, Nigel Farage, Dmitri Firtash, John Fotiadis, Gene (Evgeny) Friedman, Igor Fruman, Daniel Gelbinovich, Rob Goldstone, Sergei Gorkov, Henry Greenberg, Fiona Hill, Andrew Intrater, Ivan the Terrible, Bidzina Ivanishvili, Brittany Kaiser, Mikhail Kalugin, Vladimir Kara-Murza, Saak Karapetyan, Eugene Kaspersky (Kaspersky Lab), Denis Katsyv, Irakly (“Ike”) Kaveladze, Michael Khodarkovsky, Nikita Khrushchev, Konstantin Kilimnik, Sergey Kislyak, Artem Klyushin, Ihor Kolomoyskyi, Konstantin Kosachev, Mikhail Kovalchuk, Yury Kovalchuk, Aleksandra Krylova, Elena Khusyaynova, Simon Kukes, Sergey Lavrov, Alexander Litvinenko, Howard Lorber, Alexander Lukashenko, Yuriy Lutsenko, Simona Mangiante, Alexander Mashkevich, Michael McFaul, Viktor Medvedchek, Josef Mifsud, Alexey Miller, Sergei Millian, Semion Mogilevich (Don Semyon), Konstantin Molofeev, George Nader, Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, Lyudmila Narusova, Sergei Naryshkin, Alexei Navalny, Eduard Nektalov, Konstantin Nikolaev, Vyacheslav Nikonov, Yevgeniy Nikulin, Alexander Nix, Isabel Oakeshoff, George Papadopoulos, Lev Parnas, Sam Patten, Nikolai Patrushev, Alexander Perepilichnyy, Dmitry Peskov, Peter the Great, Igor Pisarsky, Petro Poroshenko, Yevgeny Prigozhin, Sergei Prikhodko, Vladimir Putin, George Ramishvili, Dmitry Rogozin, Alexander Rovt, Giorgi Rtskhiladze, Dmitry Rybolovlev, Konstantin Rykov, Mikheil Saakashvili, Felix Sater, Igor Sechin, Leonid Shebarshin, Anastasia Shevchenko, Sergey Shoigu, Viktor Shokin, Oleg Solodukhin, Christopher Steele, Ruslan Stoyanov, Oleg Solodukhin, Peter Strzok, Taiwanchik (aka Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov), Bill Taylor, Andriy Telizhenko, Gennady Timchenko, Oleg Tinkov, Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov (aka Taiwanchik), Aleksandr Torshin, Vyacheslav Trubnikov, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Yulia Tymoshenko, Anastasia Vashukevich (aka Nastya Rybka), Viktor Vekselberg, Natalia Veselnitskaya, Alexander Vindman, Vyacheslav Volodin, Curt Weldon, Andy Wigmore, Alexander Yakovenko, Viktor Yanukovych, Boris Yeltsin, Ivan Yermakov, Marie Yovanovitch, Viktor Yushchenko, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, Maria Zakharova, Joel Zamel, Volodymyr Zelenskyy
 

 
Bios w links (Wikipedia unless otherwise noted): Alexander Abramov, Roman Abramovich, Aras Agalarov, Emin Agalarov, Rinat Akhmetov, Rinat Akhmetshin, Yulya Alferova (National Compass), Yuri Andropov, Anatoly Antonov, Anne Applebaum, Andrii Artemenko, Arron Banks, Andrey Baranov (Bloomberg), Alexander Bastrykin, Sergey Beseda, Vitaly Bespalov (NBC), Leonid “Len” Blavatnik, Anna Bogacheva (NYT), David Bogatin (NYT), Alexander Bortnikov, Victor Boyarkin (TrumpRussia), William Browder, Mariia Butina, Carole Cadwalladr, Michael Caputo, Yuri Chaika, Igor Chekunov, Sergey Chemezov, Anatoly Chubais, Michael Cohen, George Cottrell, Igor Danshenko, Oleg Deripaska, Andrii Derkach, Igor Divyekin, Kirill Dmitriev, Aleksandr Dugin, Arkady Dvorkovich, Paul Erickson, Oleg Erovinkin, Nigel Farage, Dmitri Firtash, John Fotiadis (Archinect), Gene (Evgeny) Friedman, Igor Fruman, Daniel Gelbinovich (Daily Beast), Rob Goldstone, Sergei Gorkov, Henry Greenberg (Miami Herald), Fiona Hill, Andrew Intrater, Ivan the Terrible, Bidzina Ivanishvili, Brittany Kaiser (Cambridge Analytica), Mikhail Kalugin, Vladimir Kara-Murza, Saak Karapetyan, Eugene Kaspersky (Kaspersky Lab), Denis Katsyv, Irakly Kaveladze, Michael Khodarkovsky, Elena Khusyaynova, Konstantin Kilimnik, Sergey Kislyak, Artem Klyushin (National Compass), Ihor Kolomoyskyi, Konstantin Kosachev, Mikhail Kovalchuk, Yury Kovalchuk, Nikita Khrushchev, Aleksandra Krylova (NYT), Simon Kukes, Sergey Lavrov, Alexander Litvinenko, Howard Lorber, Alexander Lukashenko, Yuriy Lutsenko, Konstantin Malofeev, Simona Mangiante (Papadopoulos), Alexander Mashkevich, Michael McFaul, Viktor Medvedchek, Josef Mifsud, Alexey Miller, Sergei Millian, Semion Mogilevich (Don Semyon)

 

Cover: KyivPost (10/18/2019): Shady Cast of Characters: Engineers of Trump-Ukraine Scandal http://bit.ly/2MZCilW
 
Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, Lyudmila Narusova, Sergei Naryshkin, Alexei Navalny, Eduard Nektalov (NYMag), Konstantin Nikolaev, Yevgeniy Nikulin, Vyacheslav Nikonov, Alexander Nix, Isabel Oakeshoff, George Papadopoulos, Lev Parnas, Nikolai Patrushev, Sam Patten, Alexander Perepilichny, Dmitry Peskov, Peter the Great, Igor Pisarsky (RIM), Petro Poroshenko, Yevgeny Prigozhin, Sergei Prikhodko, Vladimir Putin, George Ramishvili (Bloomberg), Dmitry Rogozin, Alexander Rovt, Giorgi Rtskhiladze (CNBC), Nastya Rybka (aka Anastasia Vashukevich) (WaPo), Dmitry Rybolovlev, Konstantin Rykov, Mikheil Saakashvili, Felix Sater, Igor Sechin, Leonid Shebarshin, Anastasia Shevchenko (Amnesty Intl), Sergey Shoigu, Viktor Shokin, Oleg Solodukhin, Christopher Steele, Ruslan Stoyanov, Peter Strzok, Taiwanchik (aka Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov), Bill Taylor, Andriy Telizhenko (BuzzFeedNews), Gennady Timchenko, Oleg Tinkov, Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov (aka Taiwanchik), Aleksandr Torshin, Vyacheslav Trubnikov, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Yulia Tymoshenko, Anastasia Vashukevich (aka Nastya Rybka) (WaPo), Viktor Vekselberg, Natalia Veselnitskaya, Alexander Vindman, Vyacheslav Volodin, Curt Weldon, Andy Wigmore, Alexander Yakovenko, Viktor Yanukovych, Boris Yeltsin, Ivan Yermakov (Moscow Proj), Marie Yovanovitch, Viktor Yushchenko, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, Maria Zakharova, Joel Zamel, Volodymyr Zelenskyy
,
 

By @WendySiegelman
 

Key Documents

 
🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 LawfareBlog: Litigation Documents Related to the Mueller Investigation http://bit.ly/2OVch6n
// new November 2018, to be continually updated

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 House.gov: Select Committee to Investigate the JANUARY 6TH Attack on the United States Capitol https://january6th.house.gov

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 JustSecurity: Public Document Clearinghouse: UKRAINE Impeachment Inquiry http://bit.ly/2CEsQ2F ‼️ Links to ALL documents ‼️

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 AmericanOversight: Trump-Ukraine Key Figures and Documents http://bit.ly/2C24bES
AmericanOversight: The Trump Administration’s Contacts with Ukraine http://bit.ly/2BYSY89 from FOIA requests

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 JustSecurity, Andy Wright: Just Security Launches the Russia Investigation Congressional Clearinghouse http://bit.ly/2L21uHz
// 8/22/2019

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 Lawfare: Full Text of the Mueller Report’s Executive Summaries http://bit.ly/2IFLewq
// 4/18/2019

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 Lawfare: Document: The Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2vcgNpN
// 4/18/2019

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: The Whistle-Blower Complaint: Read the Document [Interactive] http://nyti.ms/2nq4FAD
// 9/26/2019

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 WaPo: Trump impeachment inquiry: Latest news and updates http://wapo.st/2P09WuE [Continually updated]

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 WaPo, Kate Rabinowitz and Kevin Schaul: Who’s involved in the Trump impeachment inquiry http://wapo.st/2W673dg
// orig published 10/21/2019

 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 Court Filing (1/17/2019): Civil Action No. 1:18-cv-03501 [pdf] http://cnn.it/2CBddZy (111p) Democratic National Committee v.: Russian Federation, DJ Trump For President, Inc (and others)
// 1/17/2019

⋙ 💙💙🔄 TheAtlantic, Yoni Appelbaum: Impeach Donald Trump http://bit.ly/2FykFIP
//March 2019 cover story

⋙ 💙💙🔄 Politico Mag, Darren Samuelsohn: The Only Impeachment Guide You’ll Ever Need http://politi.co/2QHcJGi
// 1/11/2019, As talk of the I-word heats up, here’s POLITICO Magazine’s soup-to-nuts answers to all your questions about the politics—and the practical realities—of removing a president.

⋙ 💙💙🔄 WaPo, Max Boot: Here are 18 reasons Trump could be a Russian asset http://wapo.st/2D7IJQ9
// 1/13/2019
 

By @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄 TheAtlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg (Editor): UNTHINKABLE: 50 Moments That Define an Improbable Presidency http://bit.ly/2RvDFOn
// Jan 2019; Donald Trump’s 50 Most Unthinkable Moments ~ 50 Articles

⋙ 💙💙🔄 Wikipedia: Timeline of investigations into Trump and Russia (2018) http://bit.ly/2Bh12jP

⋙ 💙💙🔄 Axios: Timeline: Every big move in the Mueller investigation http://bit.ly/2Euh3H9
// 12/12/2018
 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄 Moyers&Co: Interactive Timeline: Everything We Know About Russia and President Trump http://bit.ly/2uVHc9j
// continually updated

⋙ 💙💙🔄📒 DocumentCloud: Steele Dossier [pdf] http://bit.ly/2y5ZhnF 35p

⋙ 💙💙🔄📒 FBIRecordsVault: Records Between FBI and Christopher Steele http://bit.ly/2KqLoF1

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ AP: Mueller Investigation documents http://bit.ly/2ihbK0l

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ CitJourno: Trump/Russian Mob Connections http://www.citjourno.org
 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ CNN, Marshall Cohen, Tal Yellen & Liz Stark: Tracking the Russia investigations (documents) http://cnn.it/2hVCpU5

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: Russian Hacking and Influence in the U.S. Election http://nyti.ms/2NqFXeY

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ BrennanCenter: Trump-Russia Investigations http://bit.ly/2yRKcu6

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ Politico: The people connected to the Russia probes [ Interactive ] http://politi.co/2FUDhz2 //➔ Democrats, Prosecutors, Law Enforcement/Lobbyists/Media,Team Trump, Foreign Nationals

⋙ 💙💙🔄 TheMoscowProject: Trump’s Russia Cover-Up By the Numbers http://bit.ly/2ycY959
// Center for American Progress; 80+ contacts with Russia-linked operatives https://themoscowproject.org/about/ http://bit.ly/2ycY959
 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NBCNews: Russia timeline: Key players, meetings and investigation details http://nbcnews.to/2vtR3YW

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ DailyBeast: Democrats Release the Fusion GPS Testimony on Trump and Russia http://thebea.st/2qMmH1d w attachment [pdf] ⋙ via Dianne Feinstein http://bit.ly/2FjtlPP

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: Justice Department Gives Congress Comey’s Memos on Trump http://nyti.ms/2HdLe2Z
// 4/19/2018 ➔ DocumentCloud: http://bit.ly/2HOGC4z

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ DOJ: Indictment of Internet Research Agency LLC et al … [PDF] http://bit.ly/2CqdHzD 37p //➔ Mueller Investigation
// 2/16/2018
 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ Amy Siskind: The Weekly List ~ “This is How Democracy Ends” https://theweeklylist.org

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: Mueller Has List of Questions for Trump http://nyti.ms/2rfDuqK + http://nyti.ms/2HExEKi
// 4/30/2018, Majority Relate to if Trump Obstructed Inquiry on Russia

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: The Trump Lawyers’ Confidential Memo to Mueller, Explained [ Document ] http://nyti.ms/2kKPgq9
// 6/2/2018, NYT article about document: http://nyti.ms/2swIZSc

 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ TIME: The Arguments President Trump Has Made Against the Mueller Investigation http://ti.me/2MdeARX
// 6/8/2018

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ TIME: Wikipedia: Links between Trump associates and Russian officials http://bit.ly/2K42VDF

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ WaPo: Who has been charged in the Russia probe and why http://wapo.st/2toNwH2
// continually updated; WaPo Russia page

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ ForeignAffairs Anthology: A New Cold War? Russia and America, Then and Now 1947- http://fam.ag/2KEA4dF

 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ Justice.gov: Mueller Indictment of 12 Russians in the GRU for Election Hacking [pdf] http://bit.ly/2NbphV6 29p
// 7/13/2018

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ FactCheck.org: Timeline of Russia Investigation http://bit.ly/2KZ4qaQ
// posted 6/7/2018, updated 7/13/2018; Key moments in the FBI probe of Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election; Readable

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ Legal Process Server: DNC Lawsuit vs Russia, Wikileaks, et al http://bit.ly/2KIOhBq

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT, Linda Qiu: Truth-Testing Trump’s 250-Plus Attacks on the Russia Inquiry http://nyti.ms/2MY609E
// 8/18/2018

 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ Justice.gov: Manafort Plea Agreement [pdf] http://bit.ly/2CZiVb7 17p
// 9/14/2018

⋙ 💙💙🔄💽 NYT: Opinion | Operation Infektion: A three-part video series on Russian disinformation http://nyti.ms/2OHqSSV
// 11/12/2018

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ PasteMag, Jacob Weindling: A Year of Trump and Russia: The 75 Stories That Defined the Mueller Investigation in 2018 http://bit.ly/2QWN1SU
// 12/28/2018

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ LawFareBlog: Document: Indictment of Roger Stone [pdf] http://bit.ly/2UdQgmj 24p
// 1/25/2019

 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄📋 NYT: Trump and His Associates Had More Than 100 Contacts With Russians Before the Inauguration [Interactive] http://nyti.ms/2MAZCps
// 1/26/2019

⋙ 💙💙🔄 BuzzFeedNews: These Secret Files Show How The Trump Moscow Talks Unfolded While Trump Heaped Praise On Putin http://bit.ly/2DWQ2ed
// 2/5/2019; ⏳TIMELINE ⌛️

⋙ 💙💙🔄 WaPo: What we learned about Trumpworld outreach to Russia since Mueller’s investigation began http://wapo.st/2twkXYE
// 2/19/2019, And what we still don’t know.

⋙ 💙💙🔄 ◕📋 NYT, Larry Buchanan and Karen Yourish: Trump Has Publicly Attacked the Russia Investigation More Than 1,100 Times http://nyti.ms/2T2HSsN
// 2/19/2019

 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄 ◕📋 WaPo, Philip Bump: The 81 people and organizations just looped into the Trump probe — and why they were included http://wapo.st/2SJrw41
// 3/4/2019

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: Full Document: Trump’s Call With the Ukrainian President [Interactive] http://nyti.ms/2lfBkbC (Annotated)
// 9/25/2019″

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: The Whistle-Blower Complaint: Read the Document [Interactive] http://nyti.ms/2nq4FAD
// 9/26/2019

 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ HPSCI: Trump-Ukraine impeachment inquiry report http://bit.ly/2LlnJsX
// 12/3/2019; House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ Report: House Judiciary Committee report on their articles of impeachment against President Donald John Trump http://bit.ly/2Ek2rIa 658p
// 10/15/2019

⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ Lawfare: House Releases Impeachment Trial Brief http://bit.ly/2ucCo3Y document 111p
// 1/18/2019
 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ Trial Memorandum of the US House of Representatives in the Impeachment Trial of President Donald J Trump http://bit.ly/2uePNsc
// 1/18/2020

 
⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ Trial Memorandum of President Donald J Trump http://bit.ly/2NGi2XK 171p
// 1/20/2020

 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ Vox, Matthew Yglesias and Andrew Prokop: The ultimate guide to the Donald Trump impeachment saga http://bit.ly/2SoXpkm
// Updated: Feb 5, 2020, 8:06pm EST, Published: Nov 5, 2019, 8:06am EST

 
⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ 📀 Press Here For Impeachment Trial on Cspan
// 1/20/2020-2/5/2020

 
⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ LawFare: Confronting the Capitol Insurrection [Index Page] http://bit.ly/3mfMDNc

 

⏳WaPo: The full Trump-Ukraine impeachment timeline http://wapo.st/35odsUl

 

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⭕ Feb 2021 Second Trump #Impeachment Trial

Day One: Rules etc

Day TWO: C-SPAN: U.S. Senate Impeachment Trial Day 2, Impeachment Managers’ Constitutionality Arguments http://bit.ly/3aa1CCQ
// 2/9/2021;

Day 2 of the impeachment trial of former President Trump for incitement of insurrection began with senators voting 89-11 in favor of the trial organizing resolution. Lead Impeachment Manager Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) then made opening remarks followed by a 13-minute video showing footage of former President Trump’s January 6, 2021, speech and of the actions of those who stormed the U.S. Capitol that day. Afterward, impeachment managers Representatives Raskin, Joe Neguse (D-CO), and David Cicilline (D-RI) presented their arguments for the constitutionality of impeaching a former president. Representative Raskin in his arguments talked about bringing his daughter and son-in-law with him to the Capitol on January 6.

 

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Day THREE: C-SPAN: Senate Impeachment Trial Day 3, Part 1 http://bit.ly/374q3zm
// 2/10/2021;

The first part of Day 3 of the impeachment trial of former President Trump for incitement of insurrection began with House impeachment manager Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) asserting that the former president had “surrendered his role as commander in chief” and become “the inciter in chief.” He played the January 6, 2021, video Mr. Trump posted on Twitter in which he told his supporters who attacked the U.S. Capitol to “go home.” Representative Joe Neguse (D-CO) then outlined impeachment managers’ plan for arguing their case. In the final segment of part 1, Representatives Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) described the former president’s actions leading up to and after the 2020 election

Day Three: C-SPAN: Senate Impeachment Trial Day 3, Part 2 http://bit.ly/3tYOS9Y
// The Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump continued with House managers presenting video and tweets they say indicate that former President Trump incited the deadly January 6 riot.

Day Three: C-SPAN: Senate Impeachment Trial Day 3, Part 3 http://bit.ly/372bYSY
// Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) Entire remarked on the breach of the Capitol and attacks on police officers.

Day Three: C-SPAN: Senate Impeachment Trial Day 3, Part 4 http://bit.ly/3aZ82DV
// An effort by Sen. Mike Lee to remove remarks by the House impeachment managers from the official record sparked confusion on the Senate floor.

 

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Day FOUR: C-SPAN: Senate Impeachment Trial Day 4, Part 1 http://bit.ly/3rXW1pf
// 2/12/2021

Former President Donald Trump’s defense lawyers made their case that Mr. Trump was innocent of charges of inciting an insurrection. They compared speeches by Democrats and others to the former president’s remarks in their defense, and stated that “the article of impeachment now before the Senate is an unjust and blatantly unconstitutional act of political vengeance.”

Day Four: C-SPAN: Senate Impeachment Trial Day 4, Part 2 http://bit.ly/3ddmmeG
// After a recess, Former President Donald Trump’s defense continued to make their case that Mr. Trump was innocent of charges of inciting an insurrection. In this portion of the impeachment trial, attorney Bruce Castor spoke.
Day Four: C-SPAN: Senate Impeachment Trial Day 4, Q&A http://bit.ly/3jLkwD0
// In this portion of the second impeachment trial of former President Trump, senators asked questions of both the House managers and Mr. Trump’s defense lawyers. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) then announced that Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman would be receiving the Congressional Gold Medal, due to his actions during the January 6 riots.

Day FIVE: C-SPAN: Senate Impeachment Trial Day 5 http://bit.ly/3b2haHL
// 2/13/2021

The Senate acquits former President Trump of inciting an insurrection, 57-43. Earlier, the House managers and the defense made closing arguments. Also, House Manager Raskin (D-MD) read a written statement from Rep. Herrera Beutler (R-WA).

Majority Leader Schumer on Impeachment Acquittal of Former President Trump http://bit.ly/2OFAT8V
// Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) delivered remarks after the Senate voted to acquit former President Trump, 57-43. Seven Republicans joined all Democrats in voting to convict Mr. Trump.
Minority Leader McConnell on Impeachment Acquittal of Former President Trump http://bit.ly/3djH5NM
// Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered remarks after the Senate voted to acquit former President Trump, 57-43. Seven Republicans joined all Democrats in voting to convict Mr. Trump.

 

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Twitter Threads

⭕ 9 Feb 2021 Impeachment #2: Day 1
💙 🧵 RT @atrupar Rep. Raskin’s opening impeachment trial statement: “Their argument is that if you commit an impeachable offense in your last few weeks in office, you do it with constitutional impunity.” 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1359206921039974406?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar Here is the entire video timeline of the January 6 insurrection as presented by the House impeachment managers 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1359216739054190593?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 10 Feb 2021 Impeachment #2: Day 2
🔄 💙🐣🧵 RT @jentaub It’s on. Day 2 of the Trump Impeachment Trial 2.0. February 10, 2021. We will have a dinner break at 6 p.m. ¤ 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1359548695038087169?s=20
🔄 💙🐣🧵 RT @atrupar Raskin: “This case is much worse than someone who falsely shouts fire in a crowded theater. It’s more like like a case where the town fire chief, who’s paid to put out fires, sends a mob not to yell fire in a crowded theater, but to actually set the theater on fire.”
🔄 💙 WaPo: See all the evidence presented in Trump’s impeachment trial http://wapo.st/3qeb1ii

 

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⭕ 11 Feb 2021 Impeachment #2: Day 3
🔄 💙🧵 RT @jentaub 🇺🇸 It’s on. Day 3. The Trial of Donald Trump 2.0 continues at 12:04 p.m. on February 11, 2021 📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1359911216588685317?s=20
// Defense
🔄 💙🧵 RT @atrupar The Thursday installment of Trump’s #ImpeachmentTrial begins with a Baked Alaska clip 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1359914413709492232?s=20

⭕ 12 Feb 2021 Impeachment #2: Day 4
🔄 💙 🧵 RT @jentaub We have begun. It’s Day 4 of the Trump Impeachment Trial 2.0. The defense is putting on their case. The first lawyer is Van Der Veen. 📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1360274181510807556?s=20

 

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🔄 💙 🧵 RT @atrupar “Lord, infuse them with the spirit of nonpartisan patriotism” — Senate Chaplain Barry Black’s prayer begins the Trump defense portion of the #ImpeachmentTrial 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1360275280775028740?s=20
⋙ 🔄 💙 🧵 RT @atrupar [Q&A] Lindsey Graham, Kevin Cramer, and Roger Marshall use an impeachment trial question to own the libs 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1360337066215804930?s=20

⭕ 13 Feb 2021 Impeachment #2: Day 5
🔄 💙 🧵 RT @jentaub Day 5 of the Donald Trump Impeachment Trial 2.0. February 13, 2021. Wonderful! They are going to debate whether to subpoena witnesses and documents ¤ 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1360605971198967809?s=20
🔄 💙 🧵 RT @atrupar “Lord, touch and move them to believe that end does not justify the means” — Senate Chaplain Barry Black’s prayer begins the Saturday portion of the #ImpeachmentTrial 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1360607971055656962?s=20

 

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⚖️ House Committee Hearings on the Jan 6, 2021 Insurrection ⚖️

 
Day 1: June 9, 2022: Overview

 
💙 ⚖️ 🧵 Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol https://january6th.house.gov

 
💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @jentaub Here we go ¤ The first public hearing of the January 6th Committee. Chair Thompson begins with his personal history and says each committee member has one thing in common “we swore the same oath . . to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
📌 💽 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1535050380429516801?s=20/photo/1

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @atrupar Bennie Thompson begins January 6 hearing: “I’m from a part of the country where people justified the actions of slavery, the Ku Klux Klan, and lynching. I’m reminded of that dark history as I hear voices today try to justify the actions of the insurrectionists on January 6, 2021”
📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1535050790720634891?s=20/photo/1

💙 ⚖️ 💽 CSPAN: First Open Testimony Before January 6 Committee http://bit.ly/3zynEvU
// After months of closed door investigations, the House January 6 Committee held its first hearing with public testimony about what transpired-and why-during the assault on the U.S. Capitol.

 
Day 2: June 13, 2022: “The Big Lie”

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @jentaub Here we go. Day 2 of the January 6th Committee Hearings gaveled in late at 10:46 am EDT. /1
📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1536359652514213888?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @atrupar The second January 6 hearing begins with Liz Cheney talking about how Trump listened to advice from “an apparently inebriated Rudy Giuliani”
📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1536361664601374721?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 💽 CSPAN: Second Hearing on Investigation of Capitol Attack http://bit.ly/39jgMrH
// The “Big Lie”; The House committee looking into the Jan. 6 attack at the Capitol held its second hearing with witness testimony to make public the committee’s findings after a year of investigations.

 
Day 3: June 16, 2022: “Mike Pence”

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @jentaub Here we go. Day 3 of the January 6 Committee hearing ¤ Focus today is on the pressure campaign on VP Pence to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. “We are fortunate for Mr. Pence’s courage” says Chair Bennie Thompson. ¤ “But the danger hasn’t receded.” ¤ 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1537481664821174278?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @atrupar The third January 6 hearing gets underway with a clip of Greg Jacob, former counsel to Pence, telling the committee that John Eastman admitted in front of Trump on January 4, 2021, that the pressure campaign against Pence violated the law
📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1537483292886601729?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @MSNBC LIVE BLOG: The House Jan. 6 committee returns today for a third public hearing focused on VP Pence. Follow along as we break down key moments.
📌 https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1537449714676793345?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 💽 CSPAN: Third Hearing on Investigation of Capitol Attack http://bit.ly/3xx77WC President Trump’s Campaign to Influence Vice President Pence
// 6/16/2022; The January 6 Committee held its third public hearing focusing on former President Trump’s efforts to convince former Vice President Pence to not certify the 2020 election results.

 
Day 4: June 21, 2022: “Fake Electors”

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @atrupar Bennie Thompson begins the fourth January 6 hearing by saying: “The lie hasn’t gone away. It’s corrupting our democratic institutions. People who believe that lie are now seeking positions of public trust.”
📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1539295123107991554?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @kyledcheney NEW: Trump’s plan to seize power on Jan. 6 depended on state legislatures adopting alternate electors. He leaned heavily on state and local officials to do that while his team of lawyers — Eastman et al — developed a fringe legal theory to back the push.
📌 https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/1539201863702261760?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @jentaub Joining @MaryLTrump for today’s January 6 hearing, Live now
📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1539289189920948224?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @MSNBC LIVE BLOG: Day 4 of the House Jan. 6 Committee’s public hearings begins at 1pm ET. Follow along for live updates as we break down key moments.
📌 https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1539262716677918721?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 💽 CSPAN: Fourth Hearing on Investigation of Capitol Attack http://bit.ly/3OhikBF President Trump’s Campaign to Influence Vice President Pence
// 6/21/2022; The January 6 Committee held its fourth public hearing to outline findings after a year of investigating the Capitol attack in 2021.

 
Day 5: June 23, 2022: “Department of Justice”

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @atrupar Cheney begins the fifth January 6 committee hearing by saying a focus will be an unsigned draft letter Trump and Jeffrey Clark wanted the DOJ to send to Georgia officials citing known lies to urge them to convene a special session to approve a fake set of electors
📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1540050703128862721?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @MSNBC LIVE BLOG: The fifth public hearing of the House Jan. 6 committee begins at 3pm ET. Follow along as we break down key moments.
📌 https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1540018644121427968?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 😆 RT @emptywheel Spouse, listening to his first bit of the Jan6 hearings, of Liz Cheney’s promise we’ll hear about what Trump did on 1/6: Is that called foreshadowing? ¤ Me, lit PhD: She’s making herself the omniscient narrator.
📌 https://twitter.com/emptywheel/status/1540049823365218306?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 💽 CSPAN: Fifth Hearing on Investigation of Capitol Attack http://bit.ly/3tX3gkK
// 6/23/2022; The January 6 Committee holds a fifth public hearing on the alleged pressure campaign by Trump administration officials on the Justice Department to help overturn the 2020 election results.

 

༺ ✿⊰ ♤ ⊱✿༻

 
President Volodymyr Zelensky and wife Olena sing “Endless Love”.
 


 
 

 
⭕ 26 Jun 2022

🐣 RT @BillKristol All Americans, asked about what law they’d like in their state:
32%: abortion should be legal in all cases
32%: abortion should be legal in most cases
27%: abortion should be illegal in most cases
9%: abortion should be illegal in all cases.
⋙ 📊 CBS News poll: Americans react to overturning of Roe v. Wade — most disapprove, call it step backward http://cbsn.ws/3QOezFz (6/22-24/2022 n=2,265 Adults)

⭕ 25 Jun 2022

🐣 RT @OccupyDemocrats BREAKING NEWS: Over 80 of America’s top elected prosecutors defy the Supreme Court, announce that they will not prosecute any woman for having an abortion because it would “run counter” to their oaths of office and “make a mockery of justice.” RT TO THANK THE 80 PROSECUTORS!

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 Nothing is guaranteed. Our Constitution is the oldest and shortest legal document guiding the political affairs of a sovereign state. It only lives when the majority of Americans grant it legitimacy. We could lose our democracy by 2024. Thirty months. Vote.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Jenna_BlumWhen I was doing a book tour in Germany in 2017, a German police detective who was a child during Hitler’s regime said to me, “be very careful. Democracy disappears by inches and then quickly.” I believed him then and we are watching it now.

WaPo, Max Boot: The Supreme Court rulings represent the tyranny of the minority http://wapo.st/3xV6pT9

In Federalist No. 22, Alexander Hamilton warned that giving small states like Rhode Island or Delaware “equal weight in the scale of power” with large states like “Massachusetts, or Connecticut, or New York” violated the precepts of “justice” and “common-sense.” “The larger States would after a while revolt from the idea of receiving the law from the smaller,” he predicted, arguing that such a system contradicts “the fundamental maxim of republican government, which requires that the sense of the majority should prevail.”

Hamilton’s nightmare has become the reality of 21st-century America. We are living under minoritarian tyranny, with smaller states imposing their views on the larger through their disproportionate sway in the Senate and the electoral college — and therefore on the Supreme Court. To take but one example: Twenty-one states with fewer total people than California have 42 Senate seats. This undemocratic, unjust system has produced the new Supreme Court rulings on gun control and abortion.

So, if the Supreme Court is going to be a forum for legislating, shouldn’t it respect the views of two-thirds of the country? But our perverse political system has allowed a militant, right-wing minority to hijack the law. As an Economist correspondent points out, “5 of the 6 conservative Supreme Court justices were appointed by a Republican Senate majority that won fewer votes than the Democrats” and “3 of the 6 were nominated by a president who also won a minority of the popular vote.”

The situation is actually even more inequitable: In all likelihood, Roe would not have been overturned if then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had not broken with precedent by refusing to grant President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, a vote in 2016. McConnell brazenly held the seat open for President Donald Trump to fill. Now Trump’s appointee, Neil M. Gorsuch, is part of the five-justice majority that has overturned Roe. (Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joined with the other five justices to uphold the Mississippi abortion law but not to overrule Roe.)

Public faith in the Supreme Court is down to a historic low of 25 percent, and there’s a good reason why it keeps eroding. We are experiencing what the Founders feared: a crisis of governmental legitimacy brought about by minoritarian tyranny. And it could soon get a whole lot worse. In his concurring opinion in the abortion case, Justice Clarence Thomas called on the court to overturn popular precedents upholding a right to contraception, same-sex relationships and marriage equality. So much for Hamilton’s hope that “the sense of the majority should prevail.”

💙 WaPo, Dana Milbank: The Supreme Court radicals’ new precedent: Maximum chaos http://wapo.st/3u1VDcO “After decades of crocodile tears over imagined ‘judicial activism,’ the conservative supermajority has shed all judicial modesty and embraced radicalism”

In their opinion Thursday morning forcing New York and other densely populated states to allow more handguns in public, the conservative majority, led by Justice Clarence Thomas, argued that medieval law imposing arms restrictions — specifically, the 1328 Statute of Northampton — “has little bearing on the Second Amendment” because it was “enacted … more than 450 years before the ratification of the Constitution.”

Yet in their ruling Friday morning in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, setting women’s rights back half a century (and cracking the door to banning same-sex marriage and contraception), the conservative justices, led by Samuel Alito (who was also in the guns majority) and joined by Thomas, argued precisely the opposite. They justified abortion bans by citing, among others, “Henry de Bracton’s 13th-century treatise.” That was written circa 1250 and referred to monsters, duels, burning at the stake — and to women as property, “inferior” to men.

The right-wing majority’s selective application of history reveals the larger fraud in this pair of landmark rulings: Their reasoning is not legal but political, not principled but partisan.

Still, there is a commonality to the rulings. Both decisions foment maximum chaos and were delivered with flagrant disregard for the instability and disorder they will cause. ¤ The high court was meant to be the guarantor of law and order. But the conservative justices, intoxicated by their supermajority, have abandoned their solemn duty to promote stability in the law and are actively spreading real-world disruption.

Even Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., who joined the gun ruling, scolded fellow conservatives for blithely overturning the Roe v. Wade super-precedent. … The majority’s “dramatic and consequential ruling is unnecessary,” he said, “a serious jolt to the legal system” that could have been avoided with a narrower decision that would have been “markedly less unsettling.”

Alito, in his (characteristically) sneering opinion in the abortion case, dismissed Roberts as unprincipled and public opinion as an “extraneous” concern. He likewise dismissed the pain the ruling would cause, writing that “this Court is ill-equipped to assess ‘generalized assertions about the national psyche.’ ” He washed his hands of answering the “empirical question” of “the effect of the abortion right … on the lives of women.”

The liberals described the bedlam to come, with suddenly unanswered legal questions about rape, incest, threats to a mother’s life, interstate travel for abortion, morning-after pills, IUDs, in vitro fertilization. “The majority’s refusal even to consider the life-altering consequences of reversing Roe and Casey is a stunning indictment,” they wrote.

Thomas’s gun ruling was much the same, 63 pages of a cherry-picked history of gun laws, with no concern for the real-life effect of allowing millions of people to carry handguns, with virtually no restriction, in the streets of New York or Los Angeles. Breyer, writing for the same liberal justices in dissent, upbraided the conservative majority for unleashing more guns “without considering the state’s compelling interest in preventing gun violence and protecting the safety of its citizens, and without considering the potentially deadly consequences of its decision.”

Alito added a concurring opinion to express contempt for Breyer’s points about gun violence, saying “it is hard to see what legitimate purpose can possibly be served” by his mentions of mass shootings and growing firearm mayhem. ¤ The radicals have cast off any pretense of judicial restraint. Now the chaos begins.

WaPo: GOP governors in four blue states pledge to uphold right to seek abortion http://wapo.st/3y19zF8 Massachusetts: Charlie Baker; Maryland: Larry Hogan; New Hampshire: Chris Sununu; and Vermont: Phil Scott

🐣 RT @OlegZemliansky yesterday we liberate ANOTHER 5 small villages near Kherson and Zaparojye /// i’ll wait no worries XDDD
💽 https://twitter.com/OlegZemliansky/status/1540823843635347457?s=20/photo/1
// “How it started / How it’s going”

★ Politico Mag: 18 Ways the Supreme Court Just Changed America http://politi.co/3xN0oHW A smorgasbord of opinions. #Longread 1/2
● 1/2 https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1540790102825246720?s=20/photo/1 Liz:
● 2/2 https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1540790106755403776?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 24 Jun 2022

WaPo, Ruth Marcus: The radical majority’s damage to the Supreme Court cannot be undone http://wapo.st/3ynJ8Le “Neither law nor facts nor attitudes have provided any new reasons to reach a different result than Roe and Casey did. All that has changed is this Court” ~ Dissent

NYT Editorial: The Ruling Overturning Roe Is an Insult to Women and the Judicial System http://nyti.ms/3bzjni4 “[T]he majority on this Supreme Court has demonstrated its disregard for precedent, public opinion and the court’s own legitimacy in the eyes of the American people”…

🐣 RT @ Putin’s war in Ukraine has disrupted agricultural trade worldwide and created a hunger crisis in the developing world, Carlisle Ford Runge and Robbin S. Johnson write. What can the United States and its partners do to stave off a humanitarian catastrophe?
⋙ ForeignAffairs, Carlisle Ford Runge and Robbin S. Johnson: How America Can Feed the World http://fam.ag/3bulfby
// To Prevent a Global Food Crisis, Expand the Lend-Lease Program

🐣 RT @brhodes The thing about originalism is that it wasn’t a thing for like 200 years. It was popularized in the 70s and 80s to criminalize abortion, let people have guns, and generally push right wing politics. Which kind of shows how full of shit it is.

🐣 RT @LaBoomer68 ‘Justices overturning #RoeVWade claimed in hearings it was settled law of land. They knew if they were honest they wouldn’t get the job so they lied – which I think is #Perjury. But how would I know? I’m not a #SupremeCourtJustice, I’m not a good enough liar.’ ~~ #StephenColbert https://twitter.com/LaBoomer68/status/1540369087741792258?s=20/photo/1

★ NBCNews: Birth control restrictions could follow abortion bans, experts say http://nbcnews.to/39TbeEo
● ”Conception” is not a medical term
● Pregnancy=fertilization✛implantation
● 30% of pregnancies end spontaneously AFTER fertilization
● Pill, IUDs, Plan B ONLY prevent implantation
// States trying to limit abortion from the moment of conception could also try to restrict access to Plan B and IUDs, according to legal experts.

★ YahooNews: Private reproduction decisions like IVF and contraception could be at risk now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, experts say yhoo.it/3HPkypB Entire fields like in vitro fertilization and medical genomics could be at risk from “personhood” bills

★ NewYorker, Jia Talentino: We’re Not Going Back to the Time Before Roe v. Wade. We’re Going Somewhere Worse http://bit.ly/3bsSw6Y “We are entering an era not just of unsafe abortions but of the widespread criminalization of pregnancy”
● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1540608654268895234?s=20/photo/1

★ Motherly: ACOG condemns Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade http://bit.ly/3QL3aGy The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) “has reiterated that access to safe abortion is an essential component to women’s health care”

🐣 RT @NEJM The just-announced U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization represents a stunning reversal of precedent that inserts government into the personal lives and health care of Americans.
★ ⋙ NEJM Editorial: Lawmakers v. The Scientific Realities of Human Reproduction https://nej.md/3Aa5cKe

🐣 RT @VolodymyrDotCom “When we respect ourselves we will be respected by others. Do not rejoice at a slap in the face of Moscow, but be proud of applause for Ukraine. And that’s why I want to see us in one family. Let it inspire you. We deserved it. Realized it. Smile, please.” [link]
// VZe evening speech

💙 🐣 RT @SkinnerPm Home. I’m weary. Not tired. I’m weary. Of people who don’t care about anything but ugly. Of politicians who fundraise instead of legislate. Of ugly voters instead of beautiful rights. But I’ll keep on keeping on. That’s the only real path. Because the other path is madness.

🐣 RT @jrovner Merrick Garland makes clear DOJ’s position that states cannot ban the abortion pill: “the FDA has approved the use of the medication Mifepristone. States may not ban Mifepristone based on disagreement with the FDA’s expert judgment about its safety and efficacy.”

🐣 RT @ianbremmer americans on overturning roe v. wade
cnn/srrs (jan 2022):
69% oppose
30% support
gallup (june 2021):
58% oppose
32% support
pew (aug 2019):
70% oppose
28% support

🐣 RT @BarbMcQuade Whatever you think about abortion rights, today is a sad day for the Rule of Law. The religious zealots have dismantled the wall between church and state.

YahooNews (6/17): Global gas prices: These countries are facing more pain than the U.S. http://yhoo.it/3bwowHG
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1540387514447446020?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @neal_katyal Justice Thomas concurs, saying overruling Roe isn’t enough. “For that reason, in future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell.” That’s right to privacy, contraception, marriage equality,etc

🔄 Important Court Cases
● Legalized Abortion: Roe v Wade
● Changes to Roe v Wade: Planned Parenthood v Casey
● Overturns Roe v Wade: Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization

● Contraception: Griswold v Connecticut
● Homosexuality: Lawrence v Texas
● Gay Marriage: Obergefell v Hodges

● Legalized Jim Crow: Plessy v Ferguson
● Ended Segregation: Brown v Board of Education
● Legalized Interracial Marriage: Loving v Virginia

🐣 RT @BeschlossDC Now please tell us again what you solemnly told U.S. Senators in your Supreme Court confirmation hearings about stare decisis.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Guice54907918 This is what they said.
Text Block: https://twitter.com/Guice54907918/status/1540341033237618688?s=20/photo/1
● “Roe v. Wade is an important precedent of the Supreme Court.” – Samuel Alito
● “That’s the law of the land. I accept the law of the land.” – Neil Gorsuch
● “It’s settled as a precedent of the Supreme Court” – Bret Kavanaugh
● “Roe vs. Wade clearly held that the Constitution protected a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy” – Amy Coney Barrett
// Roe v Wade

🐣 RT @BarackObama Today, the Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent, it relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues—attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans.
⋙ 🐣 RT @BarackObama Across the country, states have already passed bills restricting choice. If you’re looking for ways to respond, @PPFA, @USOWomen, and many other groups have been sounding the alarm on this issue for years—and will continue to be on the front lines of this fight. https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/1540340648972279813?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @BarackObama For more than a month, we’ve known this day was coming—but that doesn’t make it any less devastating. Here are my thoughts from when we first saw the draft ruling:
⋙⋙ Medium, Barack Obama: My Statement with Michelle on the Draft Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade http://bit.ly/3QNDgBM

Guttmacher (Apr): 26 States Are Certain or Likely to Ban Abortion Without Roe: Here’s Which Ones and Why http://bit.ly/39QzMhq

🐣 RT @KyivIndependent Security Service says Russia’s intelligence recruited Ukrainian MP Derkach. ¤ According to the Security Service, Andrii Derkach received funds from the GRU to create private security structures that Russia planned to use to capture Ukraine.
https://twitter.com/KyivIndependent/status/1540326669935906818?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @IuliiaMendel The Security service of Ukraine said that MP Derkach was recruited by Russian intelligence. This is the same MP who met Giuliani. Derkach’s father worked for the KGB and he himself is under US sanctions

⭕ 23 Jun 2022

Day 5: June 23, 2022: “Department of Justice”

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @atrupar Cheney begins the fifth January 6 committee hearing by saying a focus will be an unsigned draft letter Trump and Jeffrey Clark wanted the DOJ to send to Georgia officials citing known lies to urge them to convene a special session to approve a fake set of electors
📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1540050703128862721?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @MSNBC LIVE BLOG: The fifth public hearing of the House Jan. 6 committee begins at 3pm ET. Follow along as we break down key moments.
📌 https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1540018644121427968?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 😆 RT @emptywheel Spouse, listening to his first bit of the Jan6 hearings, of Liz Cheney’s promise we’ll hear about what Trump did on 1/6: Is that called foreshadowing? ¤ Me, lit PhD: She’s making herself the omniscient narrator.
📌 https://twitter.com/emptywheel/status/1540049823365218306?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 💽 CSPAN: Fifth Hearing on Investigation of Capitol Attack http://bit.ly/3tX3gkK
// 6/23/2022; The January 6 Committee holds a fifth public hearing on the alleged pressure campaign by Trump administration officials on the Justice Department to help overturn the 2020 election results.

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🐣 RT @sciam The claim that gun ownership stops crime is common in the U.S., and that belief drives laws that make it easy to own and keep firearms. But about 30 careful studies show more guns are linked to more crimes. Far less research shows that guns help.
⋙ SciAm (2017): More Guns Do Not Stop More Crimes, Evidence Shows http://bit.ly/3QZToAy
// 10/2/2017; More firearms do not keep people safe, hard numbers show. Why do so many Americans believe the opposite?

WaPo, George Will: The Supreme Court’s gun ruling is a serious misfire http://wapo.st/3Nlff23 Rather than concern itself with balancing the right to bear arms with public safety, the court’s ruling dismissed public safety “as irrelevant to the framers”

The Second Amendment is the only one in the Bill of Rights with a preamble: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The amendment was 217 years old before the court held that it protected the gun rights of individuals, irrespective of membership in a militia.

The 2008 case affirmed the right of individuals to “keep” an operative firearm in the home for self-defense. What, however, about the right to “bear” firearms outside the home? The 2008 court insisted that this right is, like other constitutional rights, “not unlimited,” and is compatible with “longstanding regulatory measures,” such as forbidding firearms in sensitive places.

But in an amicus brief supporting New York, former federal appellate judge (on the 4th Circuit) J. Michael Luttig demonstrated that, regarding the public carrying of loaded guns, there is an American tradition even older than the nation of striking a “delicate balance between the Second Amendment’s twin concerns for self-defense and public safety.”

The court’s ruling, however, does not treat those as “twin,” meaning equal, concerns. ¤ Indeed, it treats the second, public safety, as irrelevant to the framers: This concern was unnecessary to consider because the first concern, self-defense, was sufficient justification for the amendment. On Thursday, the court effectively removed from public debate the essentially legislative choice of balancing the competing values of self-defense and public safety. …

Today, most states, including almost all that filed briefs supporting New York, have multiple restrictions forbidding concealed carry at schools, government buildings, bars, amusement parks, churches, athletic events, polling places, etc. On Thursday, the court perhaps did not invalidate most such restrictions, but it condemned itself to years of judicial hairsplitting in search of a principle about balancing judgments. ¤ Finally, Luttig wrote: “Many [Jan. 6, 2021] riot defendants” have said they knew the District of Columbia’s restrictions on concealed carry “and accordingly left their guns at home.” This “may well have prevented a massacre that day.”

🐣 RT @noclador Excellent video! ¤ First you see russian rocket fire hit mostly landscape. Then come GMLRS M31 series missiles hitting buildings with pin point precision. ¤ That’s the difference between WWII tech and 21st Century tech.
⋙ 🐣 RT @revishvilig Clear difference betweeen MLRS Grad/Uaragan and American HIMARS
💽 https://twitter.com/revishvilig/status/1540264761329274883?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @muellershewrote The coup included outreach to DHS, DoD, DoJ, Congress, SCOTUS, White House officials, State Election Officials, State lawmakers, and Italy. And Venezuela.

🧵 RT @igorsushko Is Putin’s Russia a state-sponsor of terrorism? Please read and share the following context, background, and especially the legal 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙨𝙚𝙦𝙪𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙙𝙚𝙨𝙞𝙜𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 far & wide. Proper designation of Russia per U.S. law is now more important than ever. ⬇️
📌 https://twitter.com/igorsushko/status/1540059528833576960?s=20

NYT: Jan. 6 Panel Outlines Trump’s Bid to Coerce Justice Dept. Officials http://nyti.ms/39Sc4Bp

🐣 RT @DailyKosTrends The objective was always their slowing down and degrading Russian forces, as Ukraine continues its counterattack in the Kherson sector. US HIMARS weapons have arrived, and additional materiel has been allocated to Ukraine.
🌎 https://twitter.com/DailyKosTrends/status/1540237256425881600?s=20/photo/1

💙 🧵 RT @NormOrnstein We now have a Supreme Court that is moving every aspect of our society in a radical direction, blowing up any reasonable reading of the Constitution to fit its radical ideological and partisan views. It spits on the actions of legislatures and preempts the other branches. 1
📌 https://twitter.com/NormOrnstein/status/1539990695796260865?s=20
⋙ The Framers did not expect the judiciary to be the dominant branch of government. The Court has justices jammed onto the bench by violations of fundamental norms, dishonest in their confirmations and untethered to any precedent. Congress can curtail its jurisdiction and more. 2
⋙ The Alito Court, with the regular connivance of a Chief Justice who lied himself in his confirmation hearing about precedent and calling balls and strikes with Citizens United, has lost its fundamental legitimacy. This is a genuine crisis for the country. Another one! 3
⋙ It also suggests an ominous harbinger. If Republicans move to manipulate electoral votes in 2024, it is very likely the Alito Court will let them get away with it, using the radical interpretation that state courts have no role in enforcing state constitutions or laws. 4
⋙ That state legislatures are supreme and unlimited in choosing electors. We are moving closer and closer to a version of Hungary, but with the elements of a Wild West added in.

🐣 “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, INSURE DOMESTIC TRANQUILITY, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…” ~ Preamble https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1540231696347500545?s=20/photo/1

Newsweek: Ukraine Warns Russia of Massive Missile Strikes After U.S. Rockets Arrive http://bit.ly/3A1Ezap

‼️ 🐣 RT @igorsushko 🧵 🚨 #MOBILIZATION: From Osechkin’s source: Commands of the Southern and Western Military Districts in #Russia elevated the level of combat readiness and began to carry out mobilization activities jointly with the FSB, Rosgvardia, and the Interior Ministry.
📌 https://twitter.com/igorsushko/status/1540202798070919169?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @igorsushko […] Any way you look at it, general mobilization in Russia will mark the end of the first chapter of this war. Everything will be different in Russia going forward. Forthcoming consequences cannot be overstated. ¤ Appropriate title of the next chapter: “Chaos”

😅 RT @Ukroblogger Russia deploys a new class of SAMs (Surface-to-Air Missiles): SOM (Self-Own Missile, or Special Operation Missile). #Ukraine #Alchevsk #RussianUkrainianWar #RussiaUkraineWar #RussiaUkraine #RussianInvasion #RussianArmy #UkraineWar #UkraineRussianWar #StandWithUkraine #StopRussia
💽 https://twitter.com/Ukroblogger/status/1540203266440577024?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @harrylitman Jeff Clark and John Eastman have this week become very dangerous figures for Mark Meadows and Donald Trump. They have the information and the motivation: Trump played them both for ambitious stooges.

🐣 RT @brhodes Hard to overstate how little respect Trump and his circle had for the United States of America, its laws and traditions.
⋙ 🐣 RT @brhodes MAGA weaponizes phony patriotism and xenophobia while trying to destroy everything that actually is supposed to make America great
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @JaneMayerNYer The Center for Renewing America – Jeffrey Clark’s employer- is a project of the Conservative Partnership Institute- run by Mark Meadows, Cleta Mitchell, Jim DeMint, and funded in part by Trump’s leadership PAC. [link]

🐣 RT @SenWhitehouse SCOTUS gun decision is out and gave the gun lobby just what it paid for when its dark money stacked the Court.
⋙ 🐣 RT @SenWhitehouse Remember that the theory the NRA-supported justices have embraced was described by a former Supreme Court Chief Justice as a “fraud on the public.”
⋙⋙ 🐣 It’s time to unstack the Court. Add two justices. ¤ But first we need to add two senators.

🐣 RT @LincolnsBible Fred Trump was a business front for the Genovese crime family. ¤ Make sense now?
📌 https://twitter.com/LincolnsBible/status/1540120614538645504?s=20
// see Comments

🐣 RT @TeamPelosi We take an oath to protect and defend people. That means government must make our communities safer. ¤ The Supreme Court was wrong to reject precedent and increase the threat of gun violence in our communities — but thanks to survivors, Congress is acting to #EndGunViolence. -NP

🐣 RT @harrylitman Top Trump quote of the hearing has to be “Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and Republican congressmen.” But for 2nd place I’m voting for “what do I have to lose” by appointing Clark. It didn’t/couldn’t even occur to him that he was threatening the Const.

🐣 RT @VolodymyrDotCom To be honest, there won’t be another extraordinary leader like Volodymyr Zelenskyy in my lifetime because I haven’t seen one until he came along. He has united the entire civilized world! https://twitter.com/VolodymyrDotCom/status/1540064960793001987?s=20/photo/1

WaPo, Philip Bump: The conspiracy to subvert the 2020 election spanned the country http://wapo.st/3Nk1KzP “Trump was the spark to the effort to steal a second term in office. The resulting wildfire ran throughout the Republican Party and the country“

WaPo, Dana Milbank: Trump and his crackpots brought us to the brink of ‘losing it all’ http://wapo.st/3xIJFpm “No amount of reason would separate Trump from his debunked ‘arsenal of allegations,’ as Donoghue put it”

… Two weeks of hearings by the select committee have made clear that the insurrection itself was but a manifestation of a much larger plot by Trump to overturn the election by any means necessary: violence, martial law, seizing voting machines, fake electors, intimidating state officials, harassing election workers, drafting meritless lawsuits — and a contemplated putsch at the Justice Department.

Though many in the Trump administration admirably (if not quite heroically) resisted his illegality, Trump was aided in his depredations by a seemingly limitless supply of crackpots willing to do his bidding. There were Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani (‘nuff said), Sidney (“The Kracken”) Powell (Trump wanted her to be appointed as an independent counsel investigating election fraud) and John Eastman, who knew his cockamamie scheme to overturn the election was illegal. ¤ And then there was Clark, who met secretly with Trump to plan their coup-within-a-coup at Justice. (Federal agents searched Clark’s Virginia home on Wednesday in a related probe.)

Screwballs enabled Trump in Congress, as well. There was Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), whose chief of staff tried to deliver a slate of fake electors to Vice President Mike Pence. And there was Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), who championed Clark for the attorney general job. According to testimony released by the committee Thursday, Perry was among those seeking presidential pardons for their actions, along with Reps. Mo Brooks (Ala.), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Louie Gohmert (R-Tex), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and possibly Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.). Trump apparently considered blanket pardons for lawmakers and staff involved in the insurrection. At one point, Trump, frustrated that DOJ officials weren’t backing up his lies, urged them: “Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the Republican congressmen.”

At the center of it all was the crackpot-in-chief, whom Attorney General Bill Barr belatedly realized was “detached from reality.” He manipulated the government to back his election lies in ways that had been unimaginable. Donoghue testified Thursday about how Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows repeatedly insisted that DOJ investigate a YouTube-driven conspiracy theory claiming the CIA and MI6 worked with an Italian satellite company to erase Trump votes. Donoghue called it was “pure insanity,” “patently absurd” and “debunked.” Not satisfied with that answer, Trump’s White House secured the help of Pentagon official Kash Patel and acting defense secretary Christopher Miller, who reached out to an official in Italy to probe the bogus claim.

No amount of reason would separate Trump from his debunked “arsenal of allegations,” as Donoghue put it. Ninety minutes after the Jan. 3 White House meeting in which Trump nearly triggered mass resignations, Donoghue’s cellphone rang. “It was the president,” he testified, “and he had information about a truck supposedly full of shredded ballots in Georgia.”

🐣 RT @nytimesworld It may be years before Ukraine joins the European Union, but in taking the first step in that direction, the E.U. sent a powerful message of solidarity to Kyiv and a rebuke to Moscow.
⋙ NYT: First Step Toward Ukraine Joining E.U. Signals Solidarity Amid War http://nyti.ms/3NjZB7f
// As Russia’s brutal offensive squeezes defenders in eastern Ukraine, Europe’s leaders, in a rebuke to Moscow, made a move they would have rejected before

🐣 RT @DmytroKuleba Ukraine will prevail. Europe will prevail. ¤ Today marks the beginning of a long journey that we will walk together. ¤ The Ukrainian people belong to the European family. Ukraine’s future is with the EU. ¤ We stand together for peace. ¤ My message with @JosepBorrellF
💽 https://twitter.com/DmytroKuleba/status/1540040696362680322?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @PaulaChertok ICYMI Trump thought his coup was a done deal by Jan.3, when the White House actually began referring to Jeffrey Clark as Acting Attorney General, replacing Jeffrey Rosen who refused to bend to Trump’s pressure to have DOJ launder election fraud lies, triggering fake elector plot.
[Screenshot:] https://twitter.com/PaulaChertok/status/1540134438331219968?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ktbenner The fact that the WH had begun referring to Clark as the acting attorney general on the afternoon of Jan. 3 should give us pause. The WH and Trump also knew that Clark was ready to send that letter to Georgia. That’s how close US came to seeing an election thrown into utter chaos

🐣 RT @Matthew_Kupfer Lots of revelations today, but this is 🤯 ¤ “Then-Secretary of Defense Chris Miller even contacted a counterpart in Rome, at the White House’s request, to investigate a conspiracy theory that Italian satellites had changed votes from Trump to Joe Biden.”
⋙ CNN: 5 takeaways from the fifth day of January 6 hearings http://cnn.it/3Oz7BCZ
1. Select committee has the goods on GOP congressional pardons
2. Inside a December 2020 Oval Office meeting
3. Italian satellites and seizing voting machines: White House pushes conspiracy theory
4. A toned-down hearing featured vivid description of Trump’s pressure campaign
5. Shocking raid of Clark home preceded hearing

😅 RT @ianbremmer truth stranger than fiction
💽 https://twitter.com/ianbremmer/status/1540121161530572800?s=20/photo/1
// clip of Zelensky from Servant of the People about getting wrong call from Angela Merkel saying Ukraine has been admitted to the EU

🐣 RT @tomiahonen GOP = Get Our Pardons
Mo Brooks AL
Matt Gaetz FL
Andy Biggs AZ
Gym Jordan OH
Louie Gohmert TX
Scott Perry PA
Marjorie Three Names GA
#Pardons #GOP #GetOurPardons #GOP2022 #GOP2024 #Jan6Hearings

🐣 RT @josh_wingrove Biden on the Supreme Court gun ruling today: “This ruling contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should deeply trouble us all.” Text Block: https://twitter.com/josh_wingrove/status/1540000415047090177?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “The phrase that kept coming to my mind is the ‘depth of depravity.’ I keep thinking…he could not go lower than this. And then every hearing I see that we haven’t hit rock bottom yet. This is a man who cares about nothing but himself. Nothing” – @clairecmc w/ @NicolleDWallace
💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1540097478921527296?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ Donoghue to Trump on Trump’s plan to put the unqualified and incompetent Jeffrey Clark in charge of DOJ: “It’s impossible, it’s absurd, it’s not going to happen and it’s going to fail.”

CNN: Feds search home of Jeffrey Clark, former DOJ official who pushed Trump’s false election fraud claims http://cnn.it/39JWR5y

🐣 RT @BarbMcQuade After being told repeatedly that there was no election fraud, Trump told DOJ leaders, “Just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and Republican Congressmen.” ¤ Aren’t we done here?

WaPo: E.U. leaders make Ukraine a candidate for membership http://wapo.st/3yfSGYx

🐣 RT @RepKinzinger As our witnesses shared today, Jeff Clark’s letter would have had grave constitutional, political & social ramifications for the country—using the DOJ to change the outcome of the 2020 election by ignoring millions of votes in states where Joe Biden won, starting with Georgia.
Letter: https://twitter.com/RepKinzinger/status/1540092219813761032?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @KyivIndependent Zelensky on Ukraine’s EU candidate status: “It’s a victory. Now, we will defeat the enemy, rebuild Ukraine, become a EU member state, and then – we will finally rest.” https://twitter.com/KyivIndependent/status/1540063797116899334?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @oleksiireznikov HIMARS have arrived to Ukraine. ¤ Thank you to my 🇺🇲 colleague and friend @SecDef Lloyd J. Austin III for these powerful tools! ¤ Summer will be hot for russian occupiers. And the last one for some of them. https://twitter.com/oleksiireznikov/status/1539931757621006336?s=20/photo/1

NYT: G.O.P. Testimony at Jan. 6 Panel Exposes a Party Torn Between Truth and Trump http://nyti.ms/3zYggdI
// A Democratic-run committee relies on Republican witnesses to build the case against the former president — in searing detail.

JAMA, D Grossman et al [UCSF]: The Impending Crisis of Access to Safe Abortion Care in the US http://bit.ly/3OnBkhM “Clinicians will bear witness to this adversity and should be vocal advocates against state laws that interfere with medical care”; ➡️ LIST of RESOURCES

⭕ 22 Jun 2022

WaPo: Jan. 6 probe expands with fresh subpoenas in multiple states http://wapo.st/3nbtzj6
// Recipients of subpoenas include a state party chairman as officials probe deeper into pro-Trump efforts to use invalid electors to thwart Joe Biden’s 2020 victory

🐣 RT @atrupar it’s honestly obscene that a large swath of the Republican Party (if not the majority) was complicit in an attempt to end democracy for a racist gameshow host less than 2 yrs ago & we’re headed into the midterms talking about how gas prices/inflation are the demise of Democrats

🐣 RT @carlbildt The 🇷🇺 air and missile strikes in 🇺🇦 aren’t random. The pattern of them is clear: destroy the industry and the infrastructure. 264 enterprises, 270 bridges and 22 oil depots have been destroyed in addition to 45 million m2 of residential space. And strikes are continuing daily.

🐣 RT @January6thCmte Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers’ journal from December 4, 2020: “I do not want to be a winner by cheating. I will not play with laws I swore allegiance to with any contrived desire toward deflection of my deep, foundational desire to follow God’s will…” https://twitter.com/January6thCmte/status/1539644190799192065?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @atrupar How Save America PAC spent $250m raised for the fake election fund
– More than $200k to Trump hotels
– Over $8k/month for Stephen Miller’s salary
– $10k/month to Parscale Strategy
– $10k/month to PR firm that represented Bannon
– Still has $107m on hand [link]

🐣 RT @MarshallCohen 📊 New Quinnipiac poll of Americans:
46% think Trump committed a crime
59% say Trump is responsible for 1/6 attack
64% think Capitol attack was planned
58% are following 1/6 committee
45% are less likely to vote for election denier
77% say domestic extremism > foreign extremism

🐣 RT @MFA_Ukraine 🇺🇦FM @DmytroKuleba for @ForeignAffairs: ❝To avoid growing weary of the war and falling for misleading narratives, the West needs to understand exactly how Ukraine can win, and then support us accordingly.

⭕ 21 Jun 2022

Day 4: June 21, 2022: “Fake Electors”

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @atrupar Bennie Thompson begins the fourth January 6 hearing by saying: “The lie hasn’t gone away. It’s corrupting our democratic institutions. People who believe that lie are now seeking positions of public trust.”
📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1539295123107991554?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @kyledcheney NEW: Trump’s plan to seize power on Jan. 6 depended on state legislatures adopting alternate electors. He leaned heavily on state and local officials to do that while his team of lawyers — Eastman et al — developed a fringe legal theory to back the push.
📌 https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/1539201863702261760?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @jentaub Joining @MaryLTrump for today’s January 6 hearing, Live now
📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1539289189920948224?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @MSNBC LIVE BLOG: Day 4 of the House Jan. 6 Committee’s public hearings begins at 1pm ET. Follow along for live updates as we break down key moments.
📌 https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1539262716677918721?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 💽 CSPAN: Fourth Hearing on Investigation of Capitol Attack http://bit.ly/3OhikBF President Trump’s Campaign to Influence Vice President Pence
// 6/21/2022; The January 6 Committee held its fourth public hearing to outline findings after a year of investigating the Capitol attack in 2021.

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🐣 RT @nytimes The Jan. 6 committee sought on Tuesday to show that Donald Trump’s false claims of election fraud were a significant threat to the U.S. election system and democracy itself — putting sharp focus on the pressure officials faced to overturn the 2020 results. https://nyti.ms/3n8VqRc
// “If you can convince Americans that they cannot trust their own elections, that anytime they lose, it is somehow illegitimate, then what is left but violence to determine who should govern?” – Representative Adam Schiff, Jan. 6 committee

🐣 RT @nytimes Rusty Bowers, a Republican and Arizona’s House speaker, described the pressure campaign he faced to overturn his state’s 2020 election results. “I will not play with laws I swore allegiance to,” he wrote in a journal entry that he read to the Jan. 6 panel.
⋙ NYT: ‘I took an oath,’ Rusty Bowers, the Arizona House speaker, says of rejecting efforts to overturn the election. http://nyti.ms/nyti.ms/3bhKwpo

“I said, ‘I want the names. Do you have the names of the supposedly dead or fraudulent voters?’” Mr. Bowers said. “She said, ‘Yes.’” ¤ Nothing was produced. Eventually, he recalled, Mr. Giuliani said, “We’ve got lots of theories. We just don’t have the evidence.”

Mr. Bowers also recalled speaking to Mr. Trump, making clear to the president that he “wouldn’t do anything illegal for him,” as one questioner, Representative Adam Schiff, Democrat of California, said. Nonetheless, another lawyer advising Mr. Trump, John Eastman, called Mr. Bowers in early January and urged him to schedule a legislative vote to “decertify the electors, because we had plenary authority to do so.”

Mr. Eastman, Mr. Bowers testified, said that he should “just do it and let the courts figure it all out.” ¤ Mr. Bowers again rejected the push, saying, “I took an oath — for me to take that, to do what you do would be counter to my oath.”

Finally, he testified, there was a call from another Trump supporter, Representative Andy Biggs, Republican of Arizona, on the morning of Jan. 6, 2021, when the Electoral College vote was to be confirmed by a joint session of Congress. Mr. Biggs, he said, pushed him again to undo the state’s certification of its electors for Mr. Biden.

“We have no legal pathway” to “execute such a request,” Mr. Bowers recalled saying. He also recalled his reaction when he learned that Trump advisers pushed ahead with a scheme to put forward slates of “alternate” electors. “I thought of the book, ‘The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight,’” Mr. Bowers said.

Mr. Bowers’s personal journal contained an entry in which he said, “I do not want to be a winner by cheating. I will not play with laws I swore allegiance to.” He was invited to read it into the testimony.

WaPo, Dana Milbank: Those ignoring the Jan. 6 revelations are guaranteeing more violence http://wapo.st/3zRiuLP “Trump couldn’t have happened if Fox News and Republican elites hadn’t normalized his threats to democratic traditions”

We didn’t arrive at this precarious moment solely because of Trump. Trump couldn’t have happened if Fox News and Republican elites hadn’t normalized his threats to democratic traditions. Now they continue to do so with their breezy dismissal of the breathtaking revelations of the Jan. 6 hearings.

The conservative elites surely know we are moving toward instability and violence. Yet rather than grapple with the threat, they excuse Trump’s lawlessness once more by resorting to tribalism: There’s nothing new here. The needle isn’t moving. ¤ This has been the Fox News refrain from the start of its brownout coverage of the Jan. 6 hearings. “This isn’t going to move … the needle one bit,” Fox News contributor Joe Concha said on air before the hearings began. “Democrats are toast in the midterms.”

The pendulum of history is swinging toward the autocratic, at home and abroad, and Republican elites are nattering about “the needle” of short-term partisan gain. ¤ It’s reductive, and reckless. Top former Trump advisers detailed how the former president knew he had lost the election but perpetrated an illegal coup attempt. As legendary conservative jurist J. Michael Luttig testified: “Donald Trump and his allies and supporters are a clear and present danger to American democracy.”

VOA: US Attorney General Visits Ukraine to Support War Crimes Prosecutions http://bit.ly/3Qxe3M5 “Garland met with Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova, who is spearheading the investigation of what Kyiv says are 16,000 reported war crimes since Russia invaded”

NYT: Linchpin of Ukrainian Defiance, a Southern City Endures Russian Barrage http://nyti.ms/39MjmXd “Since the war began, Russian forces have pummeled Mykolaiv, frustrated by their failure to capture it and advance west toward Odesa. But the city’s resistance has hardened”
// Without its Black Sea coast, a landlocked Ukraine would struggle. Mykolaiv is determined that won’t happen.

🐣 RT @KyivIndependent ⚡️Institute for the Study of War: Reshuffling of Russian military command structure may indicate ‘ongoing dysfunction.’ ¤ The think tank reported that potential “drastic rotations” in the Russian military may constitute a purge of senior officers blamed for failures in Ukraine.

WaPo: How Russia’s vaunted cyber capabilities were frustrated in Ukraine http://wapo.st/3yaKhFN ‘A partnership of the world’s biggest technology companies, US and NATO intelligence agencies, and Ukraine’s hackers largely foiled the Kremlin’s brazen internet hacking operations’
// Big Tech, Western intelligence and a homegrown army of Ukrainian hackers pull off one of the biggest surprises of the war.

🐣 RT @real [TS] The highly partisan Unselects are trying to create a FAKE narrative, for whatever reason but only with evil intention, that “He (me) knew he lost the Election.” This is completely false. I felt the Election was RIGGED & STOLLEN, have from the very beginning, & have only gotten stronger in that belief with time & large amounts of additional evidence and proof. In my mind I have, & HAVE HAD, NO QUESTION, and MANY people would be willing to so attest, but the Unselects don’t want to hear them ……

🐣 RT @duty2warn For clarity: Donald Trump is a gangster, grifter and fraud. Meadows & Flynn are traitors. JFK Jr is dead. Fox News is NOT news. SCOTUS is politicized. GOP is radicalized. McConnell’s an obstructionist. Bannon’s a destructionist. Rudy’s a souse. Ginni’s nuts. DeJoy deserves deJail

💙 Politico [EU]: The Rashists from Mordor vs. the Tractor Troops: Ukraine’s new language of war http://politi.co/3HSTpSI
// vocabulary list; An English-language guide to Ukrainian slang.

🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “[The Jan. 6th panel has] made facts more attractive than fantasy. Golly day, right? I didn’t know that was possible, right? I mean, how do you do that? You do that by having compelling characters in the play” – @RepRiggleman w/ @NicolleDWallace

💽 NYT: Jan. 6 panel reveals evidence that Trump was directly involved in a plan to put forward fake electors. http://nyti.ms/3xJ78H0 “[T]he House committee revealed at a hearing that highlighted the pressure that state officials faced to overturn the election results”
// Donald J. Trump was personally involved in a scheme to put forward fake electors, the House committee revealed at a hearing that highlighted the pressure that state officials faced to overturn the election results.

NYT: Panel Ties Trump to Fake Elector Plan, Mapping His Attack on Democracy http://nyti.ms/3tPY9CE
// The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack showed how the former president leaned on state officials to invalidate his defeat, opening them up to violent threats when they refused.

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Rusty Bowers proves to be the Jan. 6 committee’s most compelling witness yet http://wapo.st/3HJTPuh “He recalled asking Trump and Giuliani at least twice during a call after the election for proof of [fraud]. Bowers said he ‘never’ received such information”

[Arizona House Speaker Russell “Rusty” Bowers (R)] was asked to hold a “committee” to hear the supposed evidence; he refused, adding that he didn’t want to be used as a “pawn.” The purpose of such a committee, he said, would be to replace Biden electors with Trump electors. “You are asking me to do something that is counter to my oath, when I swore to the Constitution to uphold it,” he testified telling Giuliani. “This is totally foreign as an idea or a theory to me.” He added that such an action would also be a violation of his faith and described in moving terms the threats of violence he received and the angry mobs that assembled outside his home.”

⭕ 20 Jun 2022

💙 WaPo, Dana Milbank: Texas Republicans want to secede? Good riddance. http://wapo.st/3N4Uo2Z Welcome to the ‘Confederate Theocracy of Texas.’ Yee-haw‼️

WaPo: Trump campaign documents show advisers knew fake-elector plan was baseless http://wapo.st/3O32zOF
// A review of emails and memos shows that lawyers advising the former president knew the plan was baseless but pursued it anyway

The convening of the electoral college on Dec. 14, 2020, was supposed to mark the end of the wild, extended presidential election that year. ¤ But when the day arrived, a strange thing happened. In seven swing states won by Joe Biden, when the Democrat’s electors assembled to formally elect him president, Trump supporters showed up, too, ready to declare that their man had actually won. …

At the time, the gatherings seemed a slapdash, desperate attempt to mimic President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede. ¤ But internal campaign emails and memos reveal that the convening of the fake electors was apparently a much more concerted strategy, intended to give Vice President Mike Pence a reason to declare that the outcome of the election was somehow in doubt on Jan. 6, 2021, when he was to preside over the congressional counting of the electoral college votes. ¤ The documents show that Trump’s team pushed ahead and urged the electors to meet — then pressured Pence to cite the alternate Trump slates — even as various Trump lawyers acknowledged privately that they did not have legal validity and the gatherings had not been in compliance with state laws.

In a public hearing Thursday, the House committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 explored the end of the story — the pressure campaign directed at Pence to accept the Trump electors as somehow legitimate. ¤ Committee members have said Tuesday’s hearing will focus on what came before that, how the elector scheme was organized and the ways Trump pressured officials in swing states to go along with his false claims that Biden had lost.

“We’ll show evidence of the president’s involvement in this scheme,” committee member Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We’ll also, again, show evidence about what his own lawyers came to think about this scheme. And we’ll show courageous state officials who stood up and said they wouldn’t go along with this plan to either call legislatures back into session or decertify the results for Joe Biden.” …

Just four days later, however, Eastman wrote to other Trump advisers that he believed Pence could indeed recognize the Trump electors on Jan. 6, apparently despite their lack of state legislative certification. “The fact that we have multiple slates of electors demonstrate the uncertainty of either. That should be enough,” he wrote. …

The emails show that some Trump advisers began strategizing just days after the election about how to construct a legal argument for advancing their own electors, even though laws in every state hold that electors are determined by the certified vote of the people. ¤ In particular, they started mulling whether state legislatures, which in a number of key states were controlled by the GOP, could appoint Trump electors even if the certified results showed that Biden won. …

The notion that state legislatures could choose electors in defiance of voters would be a radical one in modern American history. But the documents show that Trump strategists quickly began to pursue the theory, especially as lawyers for the campaign and allied groups racked up losses in court cases that they had urged judges to hear expeditiously, before the electors could meet.

Their idea was that state legislatures could step in if the election had been marred by massive fraud or illegality. The Trump campaign pushed the fraud narrative even though the president and other top officials were told over and over, even by allies, that there was no evidence to support it, committee evidence and testimony have shown. …

By Nov. 28, Eastman had penned a seven-page memo titled “The Constitutional Authority of State Legislatures to Choose Electors.” Internal emails show that a copy was sent to White House staffers, with a cover note that read, “For POTUS.” Another copy was circulated to members of the Arizona House of Representatives by a member who added that it would take only “courage to act.” …

Already, Trump advisers were considering how they might attempt to use the alternate elector slates to derail Biden’s win at the joint session of Congress in January. Kenneth Chesebro, a Trump legal adviser, argued in an internal memo that Jan. 6 — not Dec. 14 — was the “hard deadline” for winning the election, particularly if Trump’s electors met and declared him the victor in December. … Still, as the day approached, Chesebro seemed concerned about whether Trump electors could meet a set of state laws that govern how the electoral college process works. … He concluded that the plan was “unproblematic” in Arizona and Wisconsin, “slightly problematic” in Michigan, and “somewhat dicey” in Georgia and Pennsylvania.

The Trump campaign had instructed them in advance to tell no one of the plan — not even Capitol security guards. … On the ground, Trump electors have said they believed they were gathering just in case their actions were later ratified by a court or a legislature. …

In the weeks before and after the real electors met, Trump and his advisers engaged in a frenzied effort to arm-twist state legislators into validating their electors. Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, for instance, testified publicly to lawmakers in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania, urging them to act. Tuesday’s hearing will also focus on those efforts, committee members have said, featuring live testimony from Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, his colleague Gabriel Sterling and Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers (R).

But as that strategy to get legislative sign-off broke down, the campaign appeared to settle on the idea that the existence of the rival slates was enough to give Pence room to act. ¤ By Jan. 3, Eastman was circulating a memo that argued Pence should cite the bogus electors as legitimate. Citing what he claimed were problems with how the vote was conducted, he wrote, “There are thus dual slates of electors from 7 states.”

“The lesson that we’re seeing is that the people who drank all the Kool-Aid, they become increasingly unhinged and untethered to reality as the process unfolded,” Foley said. “They just doubled down and then tripled down, and spun more and more off into their own delusional world.” ¤ Ultimately, Pence refused to recognize the Trump elector slates, earning him the president’s anger and making him a target of the mob that ransacked the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Four days later, after Congress confirmed Biden’s win and Trump prepared to leave office, Eastman received an email demanding to know what had happened. ¤ “Tell us in layman’s language, what the heck happened with the dual electors? Please?” read the email, which was from a person whose name is redacted in a version released publicly. ¤ In his response, Eastman admitted the facts: The electors never had legal standing. ¤ “No legislature certified them [because governors refused to call them into session], so they had no authority,” he wrote. ¤ “Alas,” he concluded.

🧵 RT @MarkHertling I’ve been hesitant to write a [thread] on the current tactical situation & what might happen next. But @DAlperovitch’s view of potential outcomes (RT below) cause me to weigh in.His view is plausible, but I don’t believe it accurately portrays the current situation. 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/MarkHertling/status/1539043835719962628?s=20

🐣 RT @nexta_tv Politico named the most dangerous place on earth right now ¤ The ‘Suwałki Gap’ from Belarus to Kaliningrad, where the border of Poland and Lithuania now passes is the most dangerous place because of the threat of a direct conflict between Russia and NATO. Politico: http://politi.co/39IyyVy
🌎 https://twitter.com/nexta_tv/status/1538999178701021186?s=20/photo/1

WaPo, Max Boot: This isn’t just Ukraine’s war. It’s our war, too. Act accordingly. http://wapo.st/3zQgNy0 “Russia didn’t just attack one country. It attacked the very foundation of the rules-based international order the United States and its allies have been building since 1945”

Russia didn’t just attack one country. It attacked the very foundation of the rules-based international order the United States and its allies have been building since 1945. If Russia gets away with its aggression, that will send a signal to dictators around the world that they can do what they want and that the West is too weak to stop them. Look for Russian dictator Vladimir Putin to set his sights on the NATO-member Baltic republics, which, like Ukraine, were part of the Russian Empire at various times in history. Look for China to set its sights on Taiwan. An attack on either the Baltics or Taiwan would be likely to draw the United States into a conflict that could easily spiral into World War III.

The best way to keep the peace is to help Ukraine throw back the Russian invaders with devastating losses. That would send a powerful message not only to Putin but also to every tinhorn dictator on the planet: Don’t mess with the West. But that’s not what we are doing. We are providing the Ukrainians with just enough weaponry to avoid defeat — but not enough to win. The Ukrainians are outgunned 10 to 1 in artillery in the critical battle being fought in the eastern Donbas region. That’s unacceptable.

WaPo, Greg Sargent: Texas’s new secessionist platform exposes a big GOP scam http://wapo.st/3HFQWL7 “The new platform … is a veritable piñata bursting with far-right extremist fantasies.” On, and the only Real Texan seems to be a Rural Texan when it comes to voting rights

The new platform, which thousands of GOP activists in Texas agreed to at the state party convention over the weekend, is a veritable piñata bursting with far-right extremist fantasies. It states that Texas retains the right to secede from the United States and urges the Texas legislature to reaffirm this.

It describes homosexuality as “an abnormal lifestyle choice.” It flatly declares that no validation of transgender identity is legitimate. It dismisses all gun regulations as a violation of “God given rights,” and sharply rebukes Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) for pursuing a bipartisan gun-safety package that’s extraordinarily modest.

Texas Republicans still do not appear reassured about the “integrity” of their elections. They’re still warning of impending fraud. They’re still claiming voting in urban centers should raise heightened suspicions. And they want radically expanded legislative authority to impose further restrictions, even (or perhaps especially?) ones that fall disproportionately on minorities. …

All this should also illustrate what an epic scam it is when Republicans claim restrictions on voting are necessary to ensure “confidence” in “election integrity.” A Post analysis found that dozens of GOP candidates across the country who cite “election integrity” as a key goal also happen to be the ones lying that the 2020 election was stolen. What a spectacular coincidence!

🐣 RT @anneapplebaum Russia destroyed Chechnya, physically, culturally, politically. Now the plan is the same for Ukraine
⋙ TheAtlantic, Neil Hauer: Russia Has a Plan for Ukraine. It Looks Like Chechnya. http://bit.ly/3HFOaFH
// Putin’s template is simple: flatten cities, install satraps, rule by fear.

🐣 RT @RonFilipkowski New long-form profile of Desantis. His college baseball teammate: “Ron is the most selfish person I’ve ever interacted with. He has always loved embarrassing and humiliating people. I’m speaking for others – he was the biggest dick we knew.”
⋙ NewYorker, Dexter Filkins: Can Ron DeSantis Displace Donald Trump as the G.O.P.’s Combatant-in-Chief? http://bit.ly/3bbDtP2
// A fervent opponent of mask mandates and “woke” ideology, the Florida governor channels the same rage as the former President, but with greater discipline

🐣 Best Twitter res map I have of Ukraine
🌎 https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1538971258573967365?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @sentdefender The Russian Federation is threatening War with Lithuania due to the Country’s recent halt in Food and other Resource Shipments by Rail/Road to the Enclave of Kaliningrad, the Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has stated that the Russian Military is preparing “Retaliatory Measures”.
🌎 https://twitter.com/sentdefender/status/1538875943527370753?s=20/photo/1
// “Suwalki gap”

🐣 RT @mhmck Due to significant losses, soldiers in some units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have very low morale. They’re looking to avoid combat. This is especially true of the 1st Army Corps, adversely affecting Russian military power around Kherson, Mykolayiv and Popasna.
⋙ 🐣 RT @mhmck Source: General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine operational information as of 18:00 on 20 June 2022 ¤ The 1st Army Corps is falsely called the “people’s militia” of the Donetsk People’s Republic (so-called) but it is an armed formation of the Russian Federation.

ForeignAffairs, Fiona Hill: The Kremlin’s Strange Victory ~ How Putin Exploits American Dysfunction and Fuels American Decline http://fam.ag/3QBRaXA “Putin has weaponized social media … undermining social cohesion and eroding Americans’ sense of a shared purpose’
// Nov/Dec 2021

🐣 .@lucanne88 Re: Nuland coup: I’ve been reading. I found this article which I think captures your view: Salon, Medea Benjamin et al (2021): Who is Victoria Nuland? A really bad idea as a key player in Biden’s foreign policy team http://bit.ly/3y5Ob2z
🐣 .@lucanne88 This shorter article addresses some of the points in the first: BitterWinter, Massimo Introvigne (4/18): Warrant for an Invasion: The Myth of the “American Coups” in Ukraine. Did the U.S. Organize Euromaidan? http://bit.ly/3N4G7mP
🐣 .@lucanne88 It may come down to how one sees history as unfolding. Is it the result of power brokers manipulating pawns? Or do groups of like-minded people with common aspirations band together to demand change? “That to secure these rights, govts are instituted among men” etc
🐣 [Re: Japan] .@lucanne88 The decision to 💥 is a grave one. The US tried to blunt Japan’s imperial ambitions in China/SE Asia and had taken a number of escalating steps to do so, and may have been looking to enter the war, but Japan’s attack was disproportionate (& in the long-run counter-productive)

Salon, Medea Benjamin et al (2021): Who is Victoria Nuland? A really bad idea as a key player in Biden’s foreign policy team http://bit.ly/3y5Ob2z
// 1/19/2021; A Cold War true believer who sabotaged Obama’s foreign policy, Nuland is a huge risk at the State Department

BitterWinter, Massimo Introvigne (4/18): Warrant for an Invasion: The Myth of the “American Coups” in Ukraine. Did the U.S. Organize Euromaidan? http://bit.ly/3N4G7mP
// 4/18/2022; A false Russian theory argues that Euromaidan was organized by the United States through Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland.

🐣 [Re: Japan] .@lucanne88 The decision to 💥 is a grave one. The US tried to blunt Japan’s imperial ambitions in China/SE Asia and had taken a number of escalating steps to do so, and may have been looking to enter the war, but Japan’s attack was disproportionate (& in the long-run counter-productive)

🐣 It’s odd how Putin and Lavrov extol Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy without having absorbed any of their lessons. As for Tchaikovsky, who they also praise as an icon of Russian culture, are they aware he was gay?

🐣 RT @Peter_PM_Marton An article with much in the way of logistical details regarding the use of HIMARS. It tells me it might make more sense to use the few systems Ukraine will get around Kherson.
💙 ⋙ Dkos, Kos: Ukraine Update: Not enough? Here’s the challenge of moving even four HIMARS http://bit.ly/3bgxqJb
// I both love and hate Ukrainian aid announcements from the Pentagon. Here’s the latest:  High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems and ammunition;

🐣 RT @McFaul What is your point? Because we had annexation in the past, we just need to learn to accept it again now? Same with imperialism? Same with colonialism? Same with dictatorship in Europe? How about slavery? Because the past was bad we must just accept bad things now? I disagree.
⋙ 🐣 RT @GerardAraud Most of History is against international law…
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @McFaul Annexation is against international law. Invading a country without cause is against international law.
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @RT Russia doesn’t care about ‘eyes of the West’ – Lavrov ¤ Moscow cares about international law, not what the West thinks, its foreign minister has told BBC ¤ https://on.rt.com/by2a
⋙ 🐣 Putin has declared Russia-ness is at odds with ithe “rules-based international order” and is ready to drag the world back to the 1940s ~ or worse. ¤ “Civilization is hideously fragile…there’s not much between us & the Horrors underneath, just about a coat of varnish” – CP Snow

🐣 RT @McFaul Great interview @BBCSteveR.
⋙ 🐣 RT @BBCSteveR “Russia isn’t squeaky clean. Russia is what it is & we’re not ashamed of showing who we are.” In an exclusive interview, I question Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Producers @BBCWillVernon @LizaShuvalova Cameras @AntonChicherov @LizaVereykina
💽 https://twitter.com/BBCSteveR/status/1537481465528832002?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 19 Jun 2022

🚫 IBC [UK]: British soldiers must get ready to fight Russia in Third World War, army chief warns http://bit.ly/3OhDKOK
// =alarmist; The new head of the British Army’s told his troops they must prepare to fight the Russian army in a potential World War Three.

📊 🐣 RT @hugolowell ABC News/Ipsos Poll: Nearly 6 in 10 Americans believe former President Donald Trump should be charged with a crime for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack
⋙ 🐣 RT @hugolowell ABC News/Ipsos Poll: Among self-described independents, 62% think Trump should be charged and 61% think he bears a “great deal” or a “good amount” of responsibility.

WaPo Editorial: Fix the electoral count law now, before Trump tries to exploit it again http://wapo.st/3xBwsyI “Americans went most of their history without having to worry seriously about arcane electoral college procedures. … The country no longer has that luxury”

WaPo, EJ Dionne: Thanks, Kevin McCarthy, for making the Jan. 6 hearings worthwhile http://wapo.st/3y2g3EQ “In an astonishingly foolish decision, McCarthy withdrew all his appointees to the committee after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rejected two of his five nominees”

NYT: What Hundreds of Photos of Weapons Reveal About Russia’s Brutal War Strategy http://nyti.ms/3tIBPdZ //➔ Russia is a terrorist state

Reflecting a shockingly barbaric and old-fashioned wartime strategy, Russian forces have pummeled Ukrainian cities and towns with a barrage of rockets and other munitions, most of which can be considered relatively crude relics of the Cold War, and many of which have been banned widely under international treaties, according to a New York Times analysis.

The attacks have made repeated and widespread use of weapons that kill, maim and destroy indiscriminately — a potential violation of international humanitarian law. These strikes have left civilians — including children — dead and injured, and they have left critical infrastructure, like schools and homes, a shambles.

The Times examined more than 1,000 pictures taken by its own photojournalists and wire-service photographers working on the ground in Ukraine, as well as visual evidence presented by Ukrainian government and military agencies. Times journalists identified and categorized more than 450 instances in which weapons or groups of weapons were found in Ukraine. All told, there were more than 2,000 identifiable munitions, a vast majority of which were unguided.

The magnitude of the evidence collected and cataloged by The Times shows that the use of these kinds of weapons by Russia has not been limited or anomalous. In fact, it has formed the backbone of the country’s strategy for war since the beginning of the invasion.

Of the weapons identified by The Times, more than 210 were types that have been widely banned under international treaties. All but a handful were cluster munitions, including their submunitions, which can pose a grave risk to civilians for decades after war has ended. More than 330 other weapons appeared to have been used on or near civilian structures.

Because of the difficulties in getting comprehensive information in wartime, these tallies are undercounts. Some of the weapons identified may have been fired by Ukrainian forces in an effort to defend themselves against the invasion, but evidence points to far greater use by Russian forces.

Customary international humanitarian laws and treaties — including the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their protocols — demand that the driving principle in war be military necessity, which mandates all combatants direct their actions toward legitimate military targets. The law requires a balance between a military mission and humanity. Combatants must not carry out attacks that are disproportionate, where the expected civilian harm is clearly excessive, according to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, to the direct and concrete military advantage that would be anticipated. Combatants must consider distinction, that attacks are directed only toward lawful targets and people and are not applied indiscriminately. And they must not use weapons calculated to inflict unnecessary suffering.

“The Russians have violated every single one of those principles almost daily,” said Mike Newton, a Vanderbilt University law professor who frequently supports efforts to prosecute war crimes all over the world. ¤ “The law of war is far more demanding than the rule of simple expediency and convenience,” Professor Newton said. “Just because I have a weapon doesn’t mean I can use it.”

⭕ 18 Jun 2022

Reuters: Kaliningrad sanctions to take effect, Lithuania says http://reut.rs/3xIKSga “Lithuanian authorities said a ban on the transit through their territory to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad of goods that are subject to EU sanctions was to take effect from Saturday.”
// The EU sanctions list notably includes coal, metals, construction materials and advanced technology, and Alikhanov said the ban would cover around 50% of the items that Kaliningrad imports.

🧵 RT @ThreshedThought [Dr Mike Martin] Donbas and Kherson: a tale of two fronts [TR:] http://bit.ly/3xYRXd1
📌 https://twitter.com/ThreshedThought/status/1538237864202452995?s=20

TheGuardian, Shaun Walker: Ukraine’s first lady Olena Zelenska on being Russia’s target No 2: ‘When you see their crimes, maybe they really are capable of anything’ http://bit.ly/3y1u7yb
// Her husband Volodymyr Zelenskiy is leading his nation’s resistance to Putin’s invasion – and her family is under threat. In a rare interview, she reveals the toll of sudden war

FT: Russia’s once-richest man, now one of its most prominent dissidents, believes regime change will happen — but only by force http://on.ft.com/3n0IPzu
// Mikhail Khodorkovsky: ‘Putin has embarked on a route that is going to lead to his demise’

🐣 RT @JoeTrippi Read this thread from a patriot who loves America
⋙ 🧵📌 RT @judgeluttig […] if I were chiseling words in stone that day, it was imperative that I chisel the exact words that I would want to be chiseled in stone, were I chiseling words in stone for history. […]
📌 https://twitter.com/judgeluttig/status/1538266525462929408?s=20

🧵 RT @ 1- When we marvel or roll our eyes at Trump supporters, we’re often asking the wrong question. Instead of asking: “How can they believe this nonsense?” Better we ask: “What do they get out of being part of Trumpism that makes them so willing to suppress reasoned thought?”
📌 https://twitter.com/duty2warn/status/1538300419864088576?s=20

💽 WaPo, Aaron Blake: All the Jan. 6 evidence that Trump and Co. knew their plot was corrupt http://wapo.st/3MWHPqw
● Evidence Trump’s team knew their plot was illegal
● Evidence they were told their election claims were bogus

⭕ 17 Jun 2022

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom He’s telling you right up front yet again that he’ll burn the Constitution if you give him the chance.
⋙ 🐣 RT @RonFilipkowski [Trump] Today: “I never called Mike Pence a wimp. Mike Pence had a chance to be great. He had a chance to be, frankly, historic. But just like Bill Barr and the rest of these weak people, Mike did not have the courage to act.”
💽 https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1537963693136236545?s=20/photo/1

WaPo: It wasn’t just Proud Boys. Interconnected extremists converged on Jan. 6. http://wapo.st/3mZa9hf The Capitol defendants “are not normal. They are not ‘everyday,’ ‘ordinary’ or ‘mainstream.’ They are part of a supercontagion”
// These were no ‘everyday Americans’ but conduits for the easy flow of dangerous ideas

Over the past several months, my team has been collecting data on the backgrounds of the Capitol defendants in an attempt to verify these claims of their normalness. After poring through thousands of pages of court documents and scouring their social media pages, I have reached a different conclusion: They are not normal. They are not “everyday,” “ordinary” or “mainstream.” They are part of a supercontagion.

NYT, Robert Draper: The Watergate Hearings, 50 Years Ago: Truth Was Not Up for Debate http://nyti.ms/3Qul8wR
// On the anniversary of the June 17, 1972, break-in, alumni of the hearings gather for a reunion. They had it easier than the Jan. 6 committee, they say.

NYT: A Day After a Portrait of Pence in Danger, Trump Attacks Him Again http://nyti.ms/3tJDEHD
// In a speech, Donald J. Trump was undeterred by the Jan. 6 House committee’s account of how his rioting supporters menaced the vice president, and the panel’s dismantling of many of his election lies.

🐣 How the Proud Boys Breached the Capitol
⋙ NYT: Video: How the Proud Boys Breached the Capitol on Jan. 6 https://nyti.ms/3HA5snS via @nytvideo
// A Times investigation of court documents, text messages and hundreds of videos shows how the Proud Boys coordinated …
💽 https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1537929553229713408?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Otpor17 Excellent @nytimes investigation showing how the Proud Boys coordinated to instigate multiple crucial breaches of the Capitol on #January6th #January6thCommitteeHearings https://twitter.com/Otpor17/status/1537883721100996609?s=20/photo/1
⋙ NYT: How the Proud Boys Breached the Capitol on Jan. 6: Rile Up the Normies http://nyti.ms/3tEOAGr
// A Times investigation of court documents, text messages and hundreds of videos shows how the Proud Boys coordinated to instigate multiple breaches of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

⭕ 16 Jun 2022

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @jentaub Here we go. Day 3 of the January 6 Committee hearing ¤ Focus today is on the pressure campaign on VP Pence to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. “We are fortunate for Mr. Pence’s courage” says Chair Bennie Thompson. ¤ “But the danger hasn’t receded.” ¤ 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1537481664821174278?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @atrupar The third January 6 hearing gets underway with a clip of Greg Jacob, former counsel to Pence, telling the committee that John Eastman admitted in front of Trump on January 4, 2021, that the pressure campaign against Pence violated the law
📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1537483292886601729?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @MSNBC LIVE BLOG: The House Jan. 6 committee returns today for a third public hearing focused on VP Pence. Follow along as we break down key moments.
📌 https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1537449714676793345?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 💽 CSPAN: Third Hearing on Investigation of Capitol Attack http://bit.ly/3xx77WC President Trump’s Campaign to Influence Vice President Pence
// 6/16/2022; The January 6 Committee held its third public hearing focusing on former President Trump’s efforts to convince former Vice President Pence to not certify the 2020 election results.

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🐣 RT @tribelaw On 1/5 Trump publicly claimed Pence had agreed with him that Pence on 1/6 could legally overturn Biden’s election. But Pence had repeatedly told Trump the opposite! Trump’s lie about what Pence had said predictably got the mob on 1/6 to see Pence as a traitor they wanted to kill.

🐣 RT @DineshDSouza The claim that “Trump knew he lost the 2020 election” is the preposterous foundation of the #January6th hearings. So what if underlings TOLD him that? Trump didn’t BELIEVE them. If there’s one thing Trump was sure of—and still is—it’s that he won the 2020 election. (He did.)
⋙ 🐣 Your theory is not just analytically unsound, but it is brand new and could not have contributed to Trump’s “belief” he won. He lost all but one of 64 lawsuits which were the purported basis of any belief of his. He had no LEGAL basis to upend the transition of power.

🐣 RT @BeschlossDC January 6 hearings are making clear that this was a diabolical plot to fix the 2020 election against the will of American voters, and that plot was managed by Trump. ¤ No President has ever done anything like this.

💙 🐣 RT @SadieMaeTN 💥 WATCH the onslaught of pressure from Donald Trump and his supporters that VP Mike Pence faced, publicly and privately, to get him to overturn the election. #Jan6Justice #ONEV1 #DemVoice1 #wtpBLUE
💽 https://twitter.com/SadieMaeTN/status/1537587303589085184?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @tribelaw People ask why Pence waited till 1/6 to make clear that he wouldn’t break the law to keep Trump in office beyond 1/20. My hunch: Only when @judgeluttig finally told Pence he had no power to do what Trump demanded was the jig finally up. Until then, I’ll bet he’d not grown a spine

💙 🐣 RT @tribelaw Given the facts then known to Trump — and now known to the millions who viewed the 6/18 hearing — that tweet can most reasonably be seen as an attempt to get the violent crowd to seek out and even kill VP Pence. Can you imagine a world in which that’s even imaginable?
⋙ 🐣 RT @tribelaw Trump’s 2:24 pm tweet on 1/6/21 calling Pence a coward is in retrospect the smoking gun.

WaPo, Philip Bump: Trump put Pence in more danger than we knew http://wapo.st/3mWuWlO “Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) revealed in the hearing that ‘a confidential informant from the Proud Boys told the FBI the Proud Boys would have killed Mike Pence if given a chance’”

🐣 RT @harrylitman Lots of Trump lawyers have had lots of bad days — Giuliani license suspended, Powell under DOJ investigation for fraud, Ellis totally unmasked — and hopefully there will be more to come. But I don’t think any Trump lawyer has had as bad a day as John Eastman had today.

WaPo, Philip Bump: Trump put Pence in more danger than we knew http://wapo.st/3mWuWlO “Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) revealed in the hearing that ‘a confidential informant from the Proud Boys told the FBI the Proud Boys would have killed Mike Pence if given a chance’”

🐣 RT @gtcoway3d I just wrote this about how we’re going to be learning a lot soon from the Jan. 6 committee about the 25th amendment and Trump’s mental instability, and about why this matters for the future.
⋙ WaPo, George Conway III: Jan. 6 hearings point up critical role of the 25th Amendment http://wapo.st/3xZTDEi
// With a single sheet of paper, the vice president and Cabinet could have sidelined Trump for good.

🐣 RT @January6thCmte “Vice President Pence understood that his oath of office was more important than his loyalty to Donald Trump. He did his duty. President Trump unequivocally did not.”- Vice Chair @RepLizCheney

🐣 RT @harrylitman Trump on 1/5: “The Vice President and I are in total agreement that the Vice President has the power to act.” A bald lie, but also a sinister maneuver to twist the knife on him publicly and make him look like a coward the next day.

🐣 RT @therecount Former Pence counsel Greg Jacob testifies that John Eastman eventually admitted the Supreme Court would have ruled 9-0 against Pence blocking the election certification.
💽 https://twitter.com/therecount/status/1537500222414364672?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @RobertMaguire_ Aguilar: You wrote that the efforts by Trump to overturn the election were ‘the most reckless, insidious and calamitous failures in both legal and political judgment in American history.’ What did you mean by that?
Luttig: Exactly what I said, congressman

🐣 RT @RepLizCheney An honorable man receiving the information and advice that Mr. Trump received from his campaign experts and his staff – a man who loved his country more than himself – would have conceded this election. ¤ We know that a number of his closest aides urged him to do so.
💽 https://twitter.com/RepLizCheney/status/1537527923284103169?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @harrylitman This scheme, among the 7, may seem a little dry and lawyerly to many — although there is pretty high drama and dastardliness in Trump’s many-pronged pressure campaign–but for lawyers this is maybe the most breathtaking and offensive, b/c it’s a straight up constitutional coup

🐣 RT @muellershewrote NEW: DoJ says a confidential informant from the proud boys told them that had the proud boys found Mike Pence, they would have killed him. #January6thCommitteeHearings

🐣 RT @harrylitman Not clear if you could convict him of attempted murder of the Vice President but not clear you couldn’t. This has to be the darkest moment in Presidential history.

🐣 RT @tribelaw DOJ’s urgent request today for the J6 committee immediately to turn over all transcripts must be complied with at once. That request makes clear that “others” high in Trump’s government are already being actively investigated by DOJ. Wonder who those “others” might be?

NYT: Jan. 6 Panel Says Trump Knew Plan to Overturn Election Was Illegal http://nyti.ms/3zDhfzH
// A top lawyer for Vice President Mike Pence said President Trump was told Mr. Pence couldn’t obstruct the certification of the 2020 election. Another witness said such an action would have been “tantamount to a revolution.”

🐣 RT @therecount Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) quotes from Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s book “Peril,” describing what Trump reportedly said to VP Pence when Pence refused to overturn the 2020 election result: ¤ “I don’t want to be your friend anymore if you don’t do this.

🐣 RT @harrylitman “I don’t want to be your friend anymore if you don’t do this.”

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Judge Luttig kills the Eastman plan/Greenbay sweep dead. Testifies there is “no support in either the Constitution or the laws of the US..to count alternative slates of electors.”

🐣 RT @BrianKarem It is obvious how pained Judge Luttig is as he testifies. ¤ Here is a man who keenly understands the ramifications of Jan. 6 and is horrified by it. https://twitter.com/BrianKarem/status/1537490596025229318?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @leahmcelrath “I actually think there is a fair chance we could completely lose our constitutional democracy for a couple of decades if we make bad decisions…I have never before been as worried about the structure of our democratic form of government.” ~ @BillClinton
⋙ 💽 Deadline: Bill Clinton Tells James Corden He Has “Never Before Been As Worried” That U.S. Will Lose Its Constitutional Democracy — Watch http://bit.ly/3xUUbem

🐣 RT @PaulaChertok 🔥🔥 Reading Luttig’s statement & I’m so grateful he doesn’t tiptoe around the crisis. The conservative judge says #Jan6 was a battle in Trump & GOP’s ongoing war on democracy & America. He uses “war” 21x on just p1 ! He says they lied knowingly, to cling to power. #Jan6thHearings Text Block: https://twitter.com/PaulaChertok/status/1537450711625060355?s=20/photo/1
⋙ Statement: J Michael Luttig before The United States House Select Committee on the January 6, 2021: Attack on the United States Capitol Washington, D.C., June 16, 2022
⋙⋙ Full statement via the Bulwark: “The hour is late. God is watching us” http://bit.ly/39ypGBJ ⋙ See under Entire Articles: Luttig Jan6Cmte 6-16-2022

Honorable Members of the House Select Committee —

A stake was driven through the heart of American democracy on January 6, 2021, and our democracy today is on a knife’s edge.

America was at war on that fateful day, but not against a foreign power. She was at war against herself. We Americans were at war with each other – over our democracy.

January 6 was but the next, foreseeable battle in a war that had been raging in America for years, though that day was the most consequential battle of that war even to date. In fact, January 6 was a separate war unto itself, a war for America’s democracy, a war irresponsibly instigated and prosecuted by the former president, his political party allies, and his supporters. Both wars are raging to this day.

A peaceful end to these wars is desperately needed. The war for our democracy could lead to the peaceful end to the war for America’s cultural heart and soul. But if a peaceful end to the war for America’s democracy is not achievable, there is little chance for a peaceful end to that war. The settlement of this war over our democracy is necessary to the settlement of any war that will ever come to America, whether from her shores or to her shores. Though disinclined for the moment, as a political matter of fact only the party that instigated this war over our democracy can bring an end to that war.

Like our war from a distant time, these twin wars are “testing whether this] nation or any nation … so conceived in Liberty … can long endure.” We must hope that January 6 was the final battle of at least the deadly war for America’s democracy. …

🐣 RT @EuromaidanPress Head of Zelenskyy’s Office Andriy Yermak conveyed to the leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Romania a full package of sanctions proposals against Russia, prepared by the McFaul-Yermak group. He added “it’s necessary to work on gas embargo” https://t.me/ermaka2022/747

🐣 RT @thehill Bill Clinton: “Fair chance” US could “completely lose” its democratic system https://trib.al/mp92tnr

😅 RT @duty2warn “The Thomas Coup Affair:”
A former Thomas clerk, John Eastman, and current Thomas spouse, planned the false elector scam, and it’s all in writing. Thomas never recuses and always rules in favor of the insurrectionists
The coup call is coming from inside the court.

⭕ 15 Jun 2022

🐣 RT @ScottMStedman This is a full blown constitutional crisis now. Trump’s counsel had inside knowledge of SCOTUS debates and Ginni Thomas appears to be the leaker.
⋙⋙ 🐣 and the “secret sauce” to making it all work was to promote/stoke the idea there would be violence on Jan 6th ~ to spur the ‘weak-spined’ justices to take up the Wisconsin challenge ¤ this is awfully hare-brained, really
⋙ 🐣 RT @ScottMStedman There is nothing about this situation that reads as “separate but equal” branches of government.
⋙ 🐣 RT @maggieNYT SCOOP: Eastman relayed in previously undisclosed email that he had awareness of a debate among SCOTUS judges about whether to listen to an election case
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NYT: Trump Lawyer (John Eastman) Cited ‘Heated Fight’ Among Justices Over Election Suits http://nyti.ms/3mSF4fa ¤ Let me guess: ¤ Clarence Thomas ➔ Ginni Thomas ➔ John Eastman ?
// In an email weeks after the election, another lawyer advising the Trump campaign responded that the prospect of “‘wild’ chaos” on Jan. 6 could lead the Supreme Court to take up a case.

A lawyer advising President Donald J. Trump claimed in an email after Election Day 2020 to have insight into a “heated fight” among the Supreme Court justices over whether to hear arguments about the president’s efforts to overturn his defeat at the polls, two people briefed on the email said.

The lawyer, John Eastman, made the statement in a Dec. 24, 2020, exchange with a pro-Trump lawyer and Trump campaign officials over whether to file legal papers that they hoped might prompt four justices to agree to hear an election case from Wisconsin.

“So the odds are not based on the legal merits but an assessment of the justices’ spines, and I understand that there is a heated fight underway,” Mr. Eastman wrote, according to the people briefed on the contents of the email. Referring to the process by which at least four justices are needed to take up a case, he added, “For those willing to do their duty, we should help them by giving them a Wisconsin cert petition to add into the mix.”

The pro-Trump lawyer, Kenneth Chesebro, replied that the “odds of action before Jan. 6 will become more favorable if the justices start to fear that there will be ‘wild’ chaos on Jan. 6 unless they rule by then, either way.”
Their exchange took place five days after Mr. Trump issued a call for his supporters to attend a “protest” at the Ellipse near the White House on Jan. 6, 2021, the day Congress would certify the electoral vote count confirming Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory. “Be there. Will be wild!” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter.

Mr. Chesebro’s comment about the justices being more open to hearing a case if they fear chaos was striking for its link to the potential for the kind of mob scene that materialized at the Capitol weeks later.

And Mr. Eastman’s email, if taken at face value, raised the question of how he would have known about internal tension among the justices about dealing with election cases. Mr. Eastman had been a clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas.

The committee is also reviewing emails between Mr. Eastman and Virginia Thomas, the wife of Justice Thomas. Ms. Thomas was an outspoken supporter of Mr. Trump and in the period after Election Day sent a barrage of text messages to the Trump White House urging efforts to reverse the outcome and supported a variety of efforts to keep Mr. Trump in office. …

Mr. Chesebro then replied, according to the people briefed on the exchange: “I don’t have the personal insight that John has into the four justices likely to be most upset about what is happening in the various states, who might want to intervene, so I should make it clear that I don’t discount John’s estimate.”

He went on that he agreed that “getting this on file gives more ammo to the justices fighting for the court to intervene.”

“I think the odds of action before Jan. 6 will become more favorable if the justices start to fear that there will be ‘wild’ chaos on Jan. 6 unless they rule by then, either way,” he said. “Though that factor could go against us on the merits. Easiest way to quell chaos would be to rule against us — our side would accept that result as legitimate.”

Mr. Chesebro concluded: “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. A campaign that believes it really won the election would file a petition as long as it’s plausible and the resource constraints aren’t too great.”

In the weeks after the election, Mr. Chesebro wrote a string of memos supporting a plan to send so-called alternate electors to Congress for the certification. A little more than two weeks after Election Day, Mr. Chesebro sent a memo to James Troupis, another lawyer for the Trump campaign in Wisconsin, laying out a plan to name pro-Trump electors in the state, which was won by Mr. Biden.

Mr. Chesebro also sent a Dec. 13, 2020, email to Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer who was by then leading the legal efforts to overturn the election results. In it, he encouraged Mr. Pence to “firmly take the position that he, and he alone, is charged with the constitutional responsibility not just to open the votes, but to count them — including making judgments about what to do if there are conflicting votes.”

That idea took root with Mr. Trump, who engaged in a lengthy effort to convince Mr. Pence that he could block or delay the congressional certification of Mr. Biden’s victory on Jan. 6.

The House committee’s hearing on Thursday is set to feature testimony from J. Michael Luttig, a conservative former judge who advised Mr. Pence that Mr. Trump’s push for the vice president to unilaterally decide to invalidate election results was unconstitutional, and that he should not go along with the plan.

Also scheduled to appear is Greg Jacob, Mr. Pence’s top White House lawyer, who has provided the committee with crucial evidence about the role played by Mr. Eastman, who conceded during an email exchange with Mr. Jacob that his plan to overturn the election was in “violation” of federal law.

The committee is also expected to play video from an interview it recorded with Mr. Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short. A day before the mob violence, Mr. Short grew so concerned about Mr. Trump’s actions that he presented a warning to a Secret Service agent: The president was going to publicly turn against the vice president, and there could be a security risk to Mr. Pence because of it.

The committee is not expected to display any of the new emails it received involving Ms. Thomas on Thursday, according to two people familiar with the presentation.

Ms. Thomas, known as Ginni, is a conservative political activist who became a close ally of Mr. Trump during his presidency. After he lost the election, she sent a series of messages to Mr. Trump’s final chief of staff, Mark Meadows, Arizona lawmakers and others pushing for the election to be overturned.

NBCNews: Court document in Proud Boys case laid out plan to occupy Capitol buildings on Jan. 6 http://nbcnews.to/3Qo1WRi
// “The goal is to ensure there is an entry point for the masses to rush the building,” states the nine-page document, titled “1776 Returns.”

WaPo, Greg Sargent: The ugly truth about the right-wing grift machine has been revealed http://wapo.st/3xv8fKi “For decades, the peddling of hallucinatory tales of impending doom aimed at conservatives has overlapped with the crassest of money-grabbing schemes”

WaPo: Ginni Thomas corresponded with John Eastman, sources in Jan. 6 House investigation say http://wapo.st/3b5q8ri

WaPo, Greg Sargent: Decoding Liz Cheney’s big hint about John Eastman — and Donald Trump http://wapo.st/3Odh7ec “Get a great effing criminal defense lawyer. You’re gonna need it.”

Trump’s pressure on Pence to abuse his role as president of the Senate by delaying the election’s conclusion is the key that unlocks this whole scandal. Eastman concocted a bogus legal justification for Pence to secure this delay, which would allow states to revisit the voting, find it fraudulent and certify sham electors for Trump, overturning his loss.

But also critical is that Trump was told this would be illegal on Pence’s part. What’s more, Trump appears to have been told his pressure on Pence to do that might also be illegal. ¤ What do we know about this part of the story? We know Pence’s counsel drafted a memo forcefully informing Trump that if Pence carried out his scheme, he’d be in violation of the Electoral Count Act of 1887, which governs how Congress counts presidential electors. ¤ Which means Trump was told he was pressing Pence to violate his official duty and to break the law. Yet Trump kept doing so, including on Jan. 6, when he hammered Pence again in a phone call and then whipped up the mob to put still more pressure on Pence to carry out the dirty deed.

On whether Trump was told his act of bringing that pressure might also be illegal, recall that the select committee has obtained relevant texts between Fox News’s Sean Hannity and Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows. In them, Hannity suggested he had inside knowledge of White House conversations about whether Trump’s pressure on Pence was legal. ¤ Hannity even seemed to suggest the whole White House counsel’s office might quit over this.

So does the committee have more evidence that Trump or his top advisers were informed pressuring Pence violated the law? ¤ Cheney sure seemed to hint as much. So what laws might be implicated here? ¤ A federal judge recently declared that Trump’s pressure on Pence might have violated two laws. One prohibits obstruction of an official proceeding (the count of electors). The other bars conspiracy to defraud the United States (Trump and Eastman may have conspired to disrupt that count).

If Trump had been told pressuring Pence was illegal, it could buttress the case that Trump violated either of these statutes. It could constitute more evidence that Trump did one or both those things corruptly, says Randall Eliason, a white collar crime specialist.

“Conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and conspiracy to obstruct a congressional proceeding require the government to prove corrupt or wrongful intent,” Eliason told me. “This is one more piece.” ¤ In other words, if Trump were informed pressuring Pence had put him on shaky legal ground, yet he continued doing so anyway, it could disarm the argument that Trump simply believed he’d won the election and that he was merely exercising his legal options in response.

Eliason cautioned that this would represent one piece of a broader effort to prove Trump’s corrupt intent throughout. Other pieces include strong evidence that Trump knew he’d lost yet tried to overturn the results anyway, and that Trump pressured the Justice Department to manufacture fake evidence of widespread voter fraud, to create a pretext for the whole scheme. ¤ In this narrative, Eliason said, Trump pressuring Pence would constitute “one of a number of incidents that tend to show his state of mind.”

We still don’t know if Trump or his co-conspirators will ever face a criminal investigation relating to Jan. 6. But Cheney just dropped a big hint about the case the committee will make against both Eastman and Trump. “Get a great effing criminal defense lawyer,” indeed.

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⋙ Politico (6/11): Pence-world’s final takedown of Trump’s Jan. 6 bid to remain in power revealed in his lawyer’s memo http://politi.co/3NXkA0C “And thanks to your bullsh!t we are now under siege”
// 6/11/2022; Top adviser told the then-vice president that the courts would likely not support him if he gave in to Trump’s pressure to delay certifying electoral votes.

⭕ 14 Jun 2022

WaPo, David Ignatius: In Ukraine, is the balance tipping in Moscow’s favor? Not yet. http://wapo.st/3xT0jni “Biden needs to demonstrate … that he is truly prepared to deliver on his promise to give Ukraine ‘the means to deter and defend itself against further aggression’”

💙 ⚖️ 🐣 RT @kaitlancollins Eric Herschmann, the White House attorney who defended Trump in impeachment trial, told John Eastman on Jan. 7, “I’m going to give you the best free legal advice you’re ever getting in your life: get a great f—ing criminal defense lawyer. You’re going to need it.”
⋙ 💽 🐣 RT @January6thCmte A message from Vice Chair @RepLizCheney about Thursday’s hearing. https://twitter.com/January6thCmte/status/1536815728208355330?s=20/photo/1

NYT, Neal Katyal: The Future Criminal Case Against Donald Trump http://nyti.ms/3tBg1RE “If an incumbent president can use the machinery of government to orchestrate a way to throw our votes out, the foundations of our democracy will have crumbled”

🐣 RT @RonWyden The United States cannot value Saudi oil more highly than the blood of Fallon Smart and Jamal Khashoggi. Embracing authoritarians only makes us more vulnerable to the whims of tyrants who will always prioritize unfettered power above international rule of law or American justice.
⋙ 🐣 but at the moment, Ukrainians are dying at a rate of 100-200 a day and certain EU countries are weakening in their resolve to cut off Russian oil; I despise MBS, but I despise Putin and his genocidal war more

🐣 RT @BillKristol Why did the lessons of Watergate mostly hold for 40 years? It’s not just that Nixon was forced to resign. It’s that his agents were punished. Government officials saw they could go to jail. That’s why the lack (so far) of accountability for the Trump attempted coup is dangerous.

🐣 RT @BillBrowder This is extremely worrying. When Sergei Magnitsky’s mother went to Butryka prison to bring him food, this was exactly what they told her. We all know what happened after. Let’s pray it isn’t the case for Alexei Navalny
⋙ 🐣 RT @thedailybeast “There is no such convict here. We do not know where Alexei is now and what colony they are taking him to,” Alexei Navalny’s press secretary, Kira Yarmysh, said https://trib.al/z3p3fIj

WaPo: More than 100 GOP primary winners back Trump’s false fraud claims http://wapo.st/3mN5FKA The rot runs deep: “Trump’s demand that fellow Republicans embrace the cause of election denialism has become a price of admission in most Republican primaries”
// A Washington Post analysis shows the former president’s election denialism has become a price of admission in many Republican primaries
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1536754463360311296?s=20/photo/1

💙 ⚖️ WaPo: Inside the explosive Oval Office confrontation three days before Jan. 6 http://wapo.st/3HkDtIu Jan 3,2021: the day the entire DOJ Leadership threatened to resign
// Jeffrey Clark, a mid-level Justice Department official, wanted Trump to name him attorney general in a plan aimed at potentially overturning the election

⭕ 13 Jun 2022

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @jentaub Here we go. Day 2 of the January 6th Committee Hearings gaveled in late at 10:46 am EDT. /1
📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1536359652514213888?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @ The second January 6 hearing begins with Liz Cheney talking about how Trump listened to advice from “an apparently inebriated Rudy Giuliani”
📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1536361664601374721?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 💽 CSPAN: Second Hearing on Investigation of Capitol Attack http://bit.ly/39jgMrH
// The “Big Lie”; The House committee looking into the Jan. 6 attack at the Capitol held its second hearing with witness testimony to make public the committee’s findings after a year of investigations.

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WaPo: Trump’s inner circle warned him election fraud claims were false http://wapo.st/3zBenU0
// A parade of top advisers — including the former president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner — told investigators that Trump ignored their advice

WaPo: 4 takeaways from the second Jan. 6 committee hearing http://wapo.st/3mL0yuu
1. Trump was told, but he didn’t care
2. More evidence that almost everyone knew Trump had lost
3. Giuliani’s time in the barrel
4. A new crime floated

WaPo, Dana Milbank: Trump disbanded ‘Team Normal’ — and brought in woozy Rudy http://wapo.st/3aZTmYR

NYT: Jan. 6 Panel Tracks How Trump Created and Spread Election Lies http://nyti.ms/3xLs00r
// In its second hearing this month, the committee showed how the former president ignored aides and advisers in declaring victory prematurely and relentlessly pressing claims of fraud he was told were wrong.

NYT: Jan. 6 Hearing: Barr Says Trump Was ‘Detached From Reality’ http://nyti.ms/39ksKRL
// On the second day of the hearing, William P. Barr, the former attorney general, said in a recorded deposition that claims of widespread electoral fraud were nonsense. As the hearing closed, Rep. Zoe Lofgren said Mr. Trump used lies about fraud as a fund-raising tool.

NYT: A Jan. 6 panel member says Trump raising money off bogus election claims was ‘the big rip-off.’ http://nyti.ms/3NT6xcK

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Democrat of California, wrapped up Monday’s session by laying out how Mr. Trump’s campaign, a related political action committee and his allies raised $250 million by claiming they were fighting widespread election fraud at a time when they knew there was none.

“Throughout the committee’s investigation, we found evidence that the Trump campaign and its surrogates misled donors as to where their funds would go and what they would be used for, so not only was there the big lie, there was the big rip-off,” Ms. Lofgren said. “Donors deserve to know where their funds are really going. They deserve better than what President Trump and his team did.”

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🐣 RT @nytimes The one big theme on the second day of the Jan. 6 committee’s hearings was that Donald Trump was told repeatedly that his “big lie” about a fraudulent election was baseless — but he made the fake claim on election night anyway. Here are some takeaways.
⋙ NYT: 4 takeaways from Day 2 of the Jan. 6 hearings. http://nyti.ms/3zA6XAh
● Trump was described as ‘detached from reality’ after the election.
● Two groups surrounded Trump: ‘Team Normal’ vs. ‘Rudy’s Team.’
● A picture emerges of election night at the White House.
● Millions of dollars were sent to a nonexistent ‘Election Defense Fund,’ the committee said.

NYT: The Fractious Night That Began Trump’s Bid to Overturn the Election http://nyti.ms/39uPZZl “Mr. Trump told Mr. Miller, Mr. Stepien and the rest that they were being weak and were wrong … Mr. Giuliani was the only one that night who told the president what he wanted to hear”
// Donald J. Trump’s advisers urged him not to declare victory on election night in 2020. He listened to the one who told him what he wanted to hear.

🐣 RT @nytimes The Jan. 6 committee said that Donald Trump’s campaign, a related political action committee and his allies raised $250 million by claiming they were fighting widespread election fraud at a time when they knew there was none. https://nyti.ms/3xrjvav
💽 https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1536496158402613248?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @peterbakernyt “Those who knew better about the election and told Trump he had lost were pushed away or chose to abandon the field, leaving Trump to…Giuliani and the progressively more absurd counsel he offered. It was “Team Normal” versus “Rudy’s team.” @sbg1
⋙ NewYorker, Susan Glasser: Bill Barr Calls “Bullshit” on Trump’s Election Lies http://bit.ly/3MPg17x
// On the second day of public hearings on the January 6th attack, the former Attorney General and other members of Trump’s inner circle revealed the extent of their hypocrisy.

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance This is a powerful part of the willful blindness argument. Trump is told by his AG that stories about Detroit & Atlanta don’t amount to voter fraud. He doesn’t reconsider or even stop to check. He just forges ahead & lies to the American people, willfully blind of the truth.
⋙ 🐣 RT @sarahposner Next day, Lofgren says, Trump went out *the next day* and reiterated the false claims.

🐣 RT @cultexpert A lot of people are beginning to wake up. I strongly recommend asking questions respectfully and gently. Hold back the urge to say, “I told you so” or “Why didn’t you trust me when I told you Trump was a crook!” Allow people their process. Be loving!

🐣 RT @SpanbergerVA07 Election integrity means telling the truth about the results of an election. ¤ The devastating testimony today from fmr Trump admin officials at the #Jan6Hearings made clear that the President and his inner circle knew there was not widespread voter fraud during the 2020 election.

🐣 RT @aroseblush A Malignant Narcissist can never lose. ‘Loser’ doesn’t exist in their minds. It’s probably the worst word you can call someone who suffers from this psychosis.
🤡 Donald didn’t want to look ‘like a loser’ — and it put the nation in crisis 🤡
⋙ RawStory: Former Trump official: Donald didn’t want to look ‘like a loser’ — and it put the nation in crisis http://bit.ly/3NNREbq

💙 TheHill: Trump releases 12-page response to Jan. 6 hearing http://bit.ly/3xPsyDK
⋙ Document: [pdf] http://bit.ly/3OgNHMu 12p

… The truth is that Americans showed up in Washington, D.C. in massive numbers (but seldom revealed by the press), on January 6th, 2021, to hold their elected officials accountable for the obvious signs of criminal activity throughout the Election. Those who are supposed to be public servants are using the power of government against the people who entrusted them with the power. We’ve been betrayed.

Since the Unselect Committee refuses to allow their political opponents to participate in the hearings, the public likely won’t hear from the many patriots who contradict the lies being broadcast – at least not in these hearings. This is all a ridiculous and treasonous attempt to cover up the fact that Democrats rigged the Election and are siphoning Americans’ freedoms and power for their own benefit.

Without the ability to have political, legal, or witness representation from conservatives in this Kangaroo Court, it’s up to American patriots to arm themselves with the information. This hearing isn’t about January 6th, it’s about November 3rd, and here’s what happened. … [See below]

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WaPo, Philip Bump (5/11/2022): ‘2000 Mules’ offers the least convincing election-fraud theory yet http://wapo.st/3tzVFbu “It’s useful … to be blunt: Every part of the calculus that D’Souza uses to show that Trump really won is nonsense, as he himself inadvertently makes clear”
// 5/11/2022 (Updated 5/17/2022)

It’s useful here to be blunt: Every part of the calculus that D’Souza uses to show that Trump really won is nonsense, as he himself inadvertently makes clear. ¤ First, it depends on True the Vote’s “mule” estimates being accurate, which for the reasons stated above should not be assumed. Second, it weirdly relies on the average number of drop box visits per “mule” instead of just a total number of visits, which one would think True the Vote could provide. Third, it assumes that those votes are invalid or would not otherwise have been cast, which is not a defensible assumption. (In fact, speaking at a legislative hearing in Wisconsin in March, Engelbrecht noted that “we’re not suggesting that the ballots that were cast were illegal ballots.”) And fourth, it relies on True the Vote’s estimate that each drop box visit included the drop of five ballots on average.

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TheBulwark, Amanda Carpenter (5/17): Dinesh D’Souza’s 2000 Mules Is a Hilarious Mockumentary http://bit.ly/
// 5/17/2022; A tour de force exploring the limits of how many suckers there are willing to pay for fantasy.

2000 Mules doesn’t survive the most basic fact-checks to support its most important claims. See them here, here, here, and here. But, let’s stipulate that the film’s purpose isn’t really to present facts. Because if it were true that D’Souza had rock-solid evidence of widespread voter fraud in his possession, would a true patriot like him be selling that evidence for $29.99 per download? Bwahahaha. (In defense of D’Souza, that $29.99 was only the premium VOD price. This week he dropped it to $19.99 to buy or just $14.99 to rent. Or you can get the movie free by purchasing an annual subscription to his Rumble channel!) ¤ It’s better to view the film as a performance piece, a comedic triumph where the joke is on the rubes gullible enough to give D’Souza their money. …

The movie draws heavy suspicions about people who dropped off ballots early in the morning, wore gloves to drop off ballots, and took photos of drop boxes. All this is drummed up as proof of nefarious activity captured on surveillance video. Coupled with the True the Vote’s geotracking data, the viewer is led to believe these were the “mules” making repeat trips to unnamed non-profit offices to collect ballots and “traffick” them to drop boxes. One problem: They have no video showing these individuals making repeat trips to said non-profits or drop locations, or evidence they were paid to do so. Also, one of the so-called “mules” presented in the film has already been investigated by Georgia officials and no evidence of wrongdoing was found. ¤ No matter. Engelbrecht and Phillips make their presentation to the group and the guys jump on the clips accordingly. What Salem wants, Salem gets.[…]

🐣 RT @BillKristol Trump wasn’t “detached from reality.” He was trying to engineer a coup. [link]

WSJ (11/6/2020): Trump Fundraising for Legal Challenges Would Also Pay Down Debt http://on.wsj.com/3aSCO4T //➔ different emails have different disclaimers: 50% recount fund/50% campaign debt; another 60% campaign debt/40% RNC
http://on.wsj.com/3aSCO4T http://bit.ly/39pK5ZD
🔆 This❗️⋙ Salon (2020): Fine print on Trump legal challenge fundraising emails says money will be used to pay campaign debt http://bit.ly/39pK5ZD Some say 60% will go to pay campaign debt and 40% will go to the RNC [which may in turn share $$ w Trump, if I recall correctly]

💙 🐣 RT @MSNBC Mike Pence’s team put together a 10-page memo disproving Trump’s biggest lie (via @MaddowBlog)
⋙ ≣ Politico (6/10): Pence team couldn’t verify Trump campaign’s election fraud claims, new memo shows http://politi.co/39nf7Bw //➔ faulty document after page 4!
// In a previously unseen memo obtained by POLITICO, the former vice president’s legal team called most of the fraud allegations minor and unverifiable.

💽 MSNBC, Steve Benen: Why it matters that Trump’s ‘Election Defense Fund’ didn’t exist http://on.msnbc.com/3zxDxCU
// After his defeat, Donald Trump urged his supporters to contribute to an Election Defense Fund. The trouble is, there was no actual Election Defense Fund.

🐣 RT @ProjectLincoln ICYMI: The Lincoln Project’s takeaways from the January 6th Committee Hearing that took place today.
⋙ LincolnProject: Key January 6th Committee Hearing Takeaways ~ June 13 http://bit.ly/3mL45ZD

🐣 RT @kyledcheney And guess what: Merrick Garland said today that he and his prosecutors will be watching all the hearings — and we know they plan to scour the transcripts when those come out in September. He doesn’t need the committee to hand-deliver him a letter.
⋙ Politico: Attorney General Merrick Garland said he’ll watch the Jan. 6 hearings in full. Less clear? Whether the Justice Department is exploring potential criminal culpability of Donald Trump. http://politi.co/3xOrGiH
// Garland also voiced support for the new bipartisan gun reform framework.

📊 Medium, Charles Franklin (2018): Nixon, Watergate and Partisan Opinion http://bit.ly/2PrRxFb Approval of Nixon did not fall below 50% among Republicans during his presidency
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1536499303019167753?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @dfriedman33 Trump was not led astray by an inebriated adviser. He was following a preexisting plan. He intentionally undermined confidence in the election because he wanted to retain power.
⋙ MotherJones, DanFriedman: Don’t Be Distracted by “Intoxicated” Rudy Giuliani http://bit.ly/3NQZj8O
// Trump “knew he lost,” and he already had a plan to steal the election.

📊 TheHill: Most in new poll support legal action against elected officials who attempt to overturn election results http://bit.ly/3xsVcJm 69% of respondents thought that an elected official’s attempt to overturn election results was “definitely” (52%) or “probably” (17%) a crime
// Politico/Morning Consult Poll (n=2005 reg; 9/10-12/2022) http://politi.co/3Qmmx8L

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff His campaign manager knew he lost.
His attorney general knew he lost.
His top advisers knew he lost.
His legal team knew he lost.
His daughter knew he lost. ¤
And Trump knew it too.

🐣 RT @ZcohenCNN Rep. Zoe Lofgren tells @jaketapper that Kimberly Guilfoyle was paid $60,000 for introducing her fiancé Donald Trump Jr at Jan 6 rally that immediately preceded the Capitol riot. ¤ “It’s a grift,” Lofgren said in an interview w/ CNN. Declined to comment on potential crime.

🐣 RT @Teri_Kanefield The hearing opened with testimony that Rudy Giuliani was drunk when he gave Trump the advice to prematurely declare victory on election night. ¤ The hearing closes with a reminder that Rudy Giuliani is being disbarred. 🔥

🐣 RT @emptywheel Here’s the part of the hearing that detailed Trump’s Big Fraud Monetizing The Big Lie http://bit.ly/3HmFNyw

🐣 RT @cspan .@RepZoeLofgren on former President Trump: “It’s clear that he intentionally misled his donors, asked them to donate to a fund that didn’t exist and used the money raised for something other than what he said. Now it’s for someone else to decide whether that’s criminal or not.”
// stopped leaving hearing

🐣 RT @harrylitman 22 federal judges appointed by Rs, several by Trump, rejected Trump claims. 11 lawyers referred for discipline.

🐣 RT @ananavarro It’s simply amazing how many people around Trump, including Barr, other Cabinet Secretaries, and Senior White House staff, knew Trump was completely off-his rocker, paranoid, delusional and making insane claims, putting the country in danger AND they didn’t invoke 25th Amendment.

🐣 📋 RT @marceelias Trump and his allies lost 64 and won 1.
// court cases

🐣 RT @MeidasTouch Wow! The Jan 6 committee exposes how the Big Lie was also the Big Grift. Trump fundraised for an ‘Election Defense Fund’ that didn’t exist, raised more than $250 million, and never used it to pursue his claims about the election.
💽 https://twitter.com/MeidasTouch/status/1536391226462810116?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @AnnieGrayerCNN Rep. Zoe Lofgren told me “YES,” 1/6 panel has found evidence that Donald Trump and members of his family have personally benefiting from donations that were advertised as going towards election fraud claims. ¤ Trump campaign raised approx $250 mil off election lies, committee says

💙 🐣 📋 RT @tribelaw Today’s testimony opens a new possibility: charging Trump not only with seditious conspiracy (18 USC 2384), inciting insurrection (2383), defrauding the US (371) & obstructing a congressional proceeding (1505) but also wire fraud (18 USC 1343): fleecing ordinary citizens of $$$$$
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @tribelaw So it turns out that there was plenty of fraud in the 2020 election, but it wasn’t VOTER fraud. ¤ No, it was WIRE fraud though Trump’s scheme to raise millions of dollars from gullible supporters by claiming the election was stolen. ¤ Penalty? Up to 20 yrs. under 18 USC sec 1343

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Bill Stepien’s critically important words: ¤ “I told him (Trump)” about how early votes always favor the Republican candidates & the later counting of the mail-in votes favor Democrats – the so called “red mirage.” Trump knew about it and he went right out to the cameras & lied.

🐣 RT @LincolnProject Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien and Rep. Kevin McCarthy tried to school Trump on mail-in voting and how important it was during the 2020 election, but Trump had “already made up his mind.”#January6thHearings

🐣 RT @muellershewrote Now we’re getting into the fundraising. Trump sent millions of fundraising emails and messages after the election. Sometimes [no:$]25 per day. Even when knowing the fraud claims were false. Many were for the “election defense fund” WHICH DID NOT EXIST. #January6thCommitteeHearings

🐣 RT @JaneMayerNYer So important that the J6 Committee showed that The Big Lie was really The Big Grift. $250 MILLION was made by Trump off this toxic lie- and tons more by others who piled on.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 One point the Jan. 6 Committee makes clear: The hundreds of millions of dollars that the Trump campaign raised off their voter fraud lies did NOT go to the campaign’s legal effort.

🐣 RT @danielsgoldman Every single witness we saw in the first hour was either a Trump employee or Trump appointee. So much for this being a “partisan” investigation.

🐣 RT @Angry_Staffer “He (Trump) was the weak element on the Republican ticket” – Bill Barr ¤ That’s gonna sting.

🐣 Both Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt and (earlier) Georgia Secy of State Raffensperger said the reason Trump lost was because people who voted for down-ticket GOP candidates didn’t vote for Trump

WaPo, Max Boot: We can’t let Ukraine lose. It needs a lot more aid, starting with artillery. http://wapo.st/3zD7jpG “Ukraine has millions of volunteers willing to risk death to defend their homeland. What it doesn’t have is enough weapons” @POTUS @SecBlinken @SecDef

NYT, Linda Kinstler: Russia’s Missiles Are Burning the History of Ukraine’s Babyn Yar Ravine http://nyti.ms/3b115WD

🐣 RT @ Latest @thedailybeast: Zelensky and advisers say they don’t want to cede territory to Russia—but Zelensky admits he’ll have to return to a negotiation table one day. ¤ But Ukrainians might not stand for that—and it may be the end of his political career.
⋙ DailyBeast: Judgment Day Is Coming for Zelensky http://bit.ly/3aNT9HY
// The most grueling decision of the war in Ukraine could spell the end of the president’s political career.

⭕ 12 Jun 2022

🐣 RT @hugolowell WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the House committee investigating the Capitol attack said Sunday they uncovered enough evidence for the Justice Department to consider an unprecedented criminal indictment against Donald Trump for seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

🐣 RT @saletan On CNN, @LHSummers says this year’s rise in gas prices is “driven by the geopolitical developments around Ukraine. It’s hypocrisy in the extreme when people … say we need to stand strongly with Ukraine, and then blame the administration for the fact that gas prices are higher

🐣 RT @ProjectLincoln We can argue about gas prices and baby formula shortage, but if the republic falls at the hands of authoritarian violence we won’t have a country we recognize any longer. @TheRickWilson explains the significance of the #January6Hearings.
💽 https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1536049576783888388?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @muellershewrote Wow! BJ Pak. He’s the US Attorney from Georgia who resigned amid the trump pressure.
⋙ 🐣 RT @hugolowell Just in: Jan. 6 committee announces witnesses for second hearing tomorrow at 10a ET:
— Ex-Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien
— Ex-Fox News Political Editor Chris Stirewalt
— Attorney Benjamin Ginsberg
— Ex-US Attorney BJay Pak
— Ex-Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt

🐣 RT @RonFilipkowski Jan 5, 2021. Text Block: https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1536110518582255616?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @rollcall NEW: lowa Sen. Charles E. Grassley, the Senate president pro tempore, says he and not Vice President Mike Pence will preside over the certification of Electoral College votes, since “we don’t expect him to be there.”

⭕ 11 Jun 2022

🧵 RT @TimothyDSnyder Russia has a hunger plan. Vladimir Putin is preparing to starve much of the developing world as the next stage in his war in Europe. 1/16
📌 https://twitter.com/TimothyDSnyder/status/1535617894045868033?s=20

🧵 RT @sumlenny THREAD Let’s start a long thread about how Russian book market prepared Russians for a full-scale war against Ukraine, NATO, the West, and promoted stalinism and nazism, and how this was ignored by the West. Keep seat belts fasten, you will see a lot of nasty things here.
📌 https://twitter.com/sumlenny/status/1535582101621420032?s=20
// heavily illustrated

⋙ One of the first indicators of Russia preparing for a full-scale turn to dictatorship and a global war was the mass production of books about cool sides of Stalin and Stalinism and about upcoming war against the West. These books appeared on Russian bookshelves in early 2010s /2
⋙ The appearance was so massive that it could not be a coincidence on a book market which was under a strict control of secret police FSB. “Be proud, not sorry! Truth about Stalin Age” “Stalinist’s Handbook”, “Stalin’s Repressions: A Great Lie” and “Beria: Best XX Cent Manager” /3
⋙ The wave of stalinist books was so massive, that in 2011 a grass-root initiative “Stop Publishing Stalinists Books” emerged with a call for publishing houses to stop. It was ignored of course. /4
⋙ The idea to create authoritarian and militarist mood through bookstores was brilliant. In 2015, I visited Moscow’s central bookstore “Biblio-Globus”, and that what were the goods welcoming you just after the doors: military uniforms, accessories, and books about Stalin and war /5
⋙ This was the prelude. Soon after, Kremlin has started to publish what they called “battle fantastic”. Mass-produced low-quality books about Russian military superiority in all possible conflicts. The whole book series appeared. Here: “Battlefield Ukraine series” “Ukraine on Fire”
⋙ The idea to create authoritarian and militarist mood through bookstores was brilliant. In 2015, I visited Moscow’s central bookstore “Biblio-Globus”, and that what were the goods welcoming you just after the doors: military uniforms, accessories, and books about Stalin and war /5

⋙ This was the prelude. Soon after, Kremlin has started to publish what they called “battle fantastic”. Mass-produced low-quality books about Russian military superiority in all possible conflicts. The whole book series appeared. Here: “Battlefield Ukraine series” “Ukraine on Fire”
⋙ The whole series is playing with the same idea: Ukrainian “nazis” need to be destroyed. Covers were like created on drugs. Here: “Wild Field: On Ukraine’s Ruins” – a “DNR” tank smashes what can be identified as “Ukrainian Azov Nationalist Mercedes SUV”.
⋙ Russian history-rewriting genre of “battle fantastic” has its name “popadantsy” (time-travellers, literally: “appearers”). Inspired by the Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee” and Harrison’s “The Ethical Engineer”, Russians opened a golden mine of stories how to make Russia GREEEAT /
⋙ The basic Russian trauma is that RU was treated unfair and taken its power and place as the only world super power. This is what you learn at school. Russians were conquered by Mongols and lost 300 years of development. Queen Elisabeth denied marriage to Ivan the Terrible /13
⋙ Look at this final scene of a cult Russian movie “Forward, Gardemarines!” Brave Russian officers know, that the battle at Groß-Jägersdorf (1757) is won by Russians, they can capture Friedrich of Prussia and win the war. But a stupid general orders retreat:
⋙ This is the culmination of the 1995 movie, which was one of the most popular in Russia back than. The narrator’s voice says, the victory was “stolen”, and even Russians took Berlin later, that victory “was stolen again”. Effectively, this was one of “back-stab-theory” movies. /13
⋙ There are tons of myths of “stolen victories” and “betrayed Russia”. My school teacher told us, Alaska was not sold to the US, but rented out for 100 yrs, and the US broke the contract. Nazis in 1920s told about one “betrayal” in 1914, Russians were fed with tons of such lies /14
⋙ So, back to our books case. How do you want to serve this fundamental hate towards the treacherous West, and help Russia win? Easy! Send you partiots to the past to correct it and to win the future! Yes, in Russia they have this book genre, and it goes very good: “Popadantsy” /

⋙ Let us start with easy reading ¤ “Tsar from the future”: a guy wakes up in a body of Russian Nicolas II emperor, prevents Russian revolution, defeats Great Britain, and conquers Istanbul with modern weapons.
“Russia Arise!” Popadantsy in bodies of Nicolas II and Alexander III /16
⋙ The “Comrade Hitler” is the 2nd book by the same author, after his “Comrade Führer. Blitzkrieg Triumph”. Info: “It hits all records of political un-correctness! Will (Hitler) crash Britain with successful landing operation? Will Führer prevent fratricide war against the USSR?”/21
⋙ Or look here: “Assault for the Future!” (note burning London + US tank on the cover). Info:”(Nazi)Germany joins Eurasian Union. Atlantic Democratic Union starts WW3. USSR is against the HELL! Russian-German brotherhood against the star-striped plague and for world liberation!”/22
⋙ I promised you nasty staff? “The Son of the Reich”. Info: “The USSR must again defeat a treacherous attack by The Entente. Red Army and Wehrmacht fight together against the New World Order. British pilots bomb cities and refugees”. Well, this is not quite Popadantsy but tasty /23
⋙ One cannot mention even 1% of all these books, so many were published. Sometimes they mixed genres: like here: a “Novorossiya pilot” awakes in a body of Josef Stalin’s son Vassily, a war pilot, and wins the war, revealing a Western agent Khrushchov, saving Stalinism /24
⋙ Or here: “Lieutenant from the Future: GRU against Banderites”, a Popadanets with a face of RU MoD Shoigu burns down Lwiw and arrests Ukrainian politicians Turchinov and Yatseniuk.
Or “For Motherland! For Putin!” – Russian modern tanks storm Berlin in 1945. /25

⋙ Effectively, each of these books is about revanchism wet dreams. Like this “Medal for the City named Washington”. It is actually an interesting title. Those who are not familiar with Soviet and Russian revanchism, will not identify it, but it is a great story, read further /26
⋙ In 1945-46, Soviet composer Blanter and poet Isakovsky wrote a song “Enemies have burnt down his hut”, describing a terror of a Soviet soldier who has lost his family, and his medal “For taking Budapest” cannot help him in his suffering /27
⋙ The song was semi-banned because of its anti-war narrative and later known under “Medal for Budapest” name, but in the later Soviet Union it was transformed in a revanchist song “Medal for Washington”, praising future defeat of the US, and it suited Putin: /28
⋙ The latest version was modified with verses of humiliation of Barack and Michele Obama, and ended with the words “Now we need to go to liberate Alaska”. Note the picture from the US produced computer game World in Conflict, Russians love so much. /29

⋙ Well, now you may tell me “ok, but it is just some jokes on social networks”. No, it is the state-run propaganda, from books to TV. They just played all registers: from academia to jokes and anecdotes /30
⋙ Already in 2010, a mocking song about nuclear + chemical attack on the US (“the earth is still scorching where Washington used to be”) was performed on Russian TV. Look at the happy audience reaction. The song (with other words) comes from a child cartoon /31
⋙”ICBMs are slowly flying away, don’t expect to see them again. We are sorry about (your fate) the US, and Europe is the next” – is the start of this song. You may see the full text under the link (there are different versions, longer and shorter): /32
⋙ In 2010, “We are from the Future 2” followed: the same guys go to a music festival in Lviv, Ukraine, and find out Ukrainian nationalists wear Nazi uniforms there. They all get teleported to 1941, where Ukrainians reborn, fight UPA and start to love Russia
⋙ Same 2010, “The Fog” movie was produced: a unit of Russian conscripts insult WW2 vets and get teleported to 1941, where they have to fight for their life against Wehrmacht. (You know the pattern: they reborn, start to love Russia and return as good boys):
⋙ In 2012, “The Fog 2” was produced, with the same principle: Russian not-so-patriotic youngsters celebrate May 9 Victory Day with a costume party, insult the history, get teleported, blahblahblah

⋙ You see the pattern: movies were produced by state media companies with state money in 2008-2012. It was a state-run program of creating a hyper-militarised mood and forcing young generation to feel the WW2 has never ended, and this generation HAS TO FIGHT IT TO THE BLOODY END.
⋙ It was not about a “fun adventure” anymore, it was about a dirty duty you owe your country. This was a state-run program of indoctrination under the slogan “you will have to fight a world war like your ancestors, and if you don’t you die”

🧵 RT @anders_aslund Putin’s 22-year reign has seen a steady decline in his goals for his country. ¤ 1. In 2000, he wanted Russia to reach Portugal’s level of GDP per capita, but today Portugal’s GDP per capita in current USD is twice as high as Russia’s. No economic growth since 2014 & none coming.
📌 https://twitter.com/anders_aslund/status/1535527629738102784?s=20
⋙ 2. In his first term, 2000-2003, Putin also spoke about rule of law & other systemic reforms. Since 2003, he has dismantled all & instead imposed a strict FSB dictatorship.
⋙ 3. All along, Putin has spoken about scientific and technical development in an increasingly Soviet fashion. As then, it has become liturgy rather than support of innovations. Scientists and entrepreneurs flee to the West.
⋙ 4. Recently, Putin has primarily talked about the need for demographic development, but as everything else he touches it stagnates at best.
⋙ 5. After everything Putin has tried to do for Russia has failed because of his dictatorship, his only ambition is the old Peter I imperialism: ¤ Gain more land! Spread the Russian autocracy! ¤ As Brezhnev would say, extensive rather than intensive development.
⋙ 6. After Putin has failed also as imperialist, after his madman assault on Ukraine, it will be high time for him to be ousted. This should be the Western policy objective.

🐣 RT @eugene_finkel This obsession with Peter and royal sobriquets is morally outrageous but analytically revealing. He is wanbabe Great, will have no issues being remembered as Terrible but will avoid going down in history as Vladimir the Mad. We should act accordingly.
⋙ CNN: Restoration of empire is the endgame for Russia’s Vladimir Putin http://cnn.it/39lxaI9
// Reading Russian President Vladimir Putin’s mind is rarely a straightforward task, but on occasion the Kremlin leader makes it easy. ¤ Such was the case on Thursday, when Putin met with a group of young Russian entrepreneurs. Anyone looking for clues as to what Putin’s endgame for Ukraine might be should read the transcript, helpfully released here in English.

⭕ 10 Jun 2022

🧵 RT @anderswonders ‘#Kherson has become what I would call a laboratory of horrors’, Mr Carpenter the Head of the US mission to the OSCE said today. It indeed has. Kherson was not the first (Crimea and ORDLO came first under the Russian yoke). What’s so specifically bad about my city, then?
📌 https://twitter.com/anderswonders/status/1535401324233248771?s=20

🐣 RT @BrianDeeseNEC In March, President Biden made a firm commitment to the people of Europe that, in light of Putin weaponizing his energy supply, the United States would step up and help reduce European dependence on Russian natural gas. ¤ And that’s what we’ve done. (1/3)
⋙ 🐣 ◕ RT @BrianDeeseNEC In the first four months of this year, U.S. LNG exports to Europe have tripled year-over-year. ¤ The share going to Europe has gone from 1/3 to 3/4, while overall exports have grown 20%. ¤ As a result, the U.S. is now the source of nearly 50% of Europe’s LNG imports. (2/3) https://twitter.com/BrianDeeseNEC/status/1535333242810863619?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @BrianDeeseNEC The US-EU partnership hasn’t been stronger. As we reduce our near-term dependence on Russian natural gas, we’re also reducing our dependence on natural gas entirely. ¤ Accelerating the shift to clean energy is the best thing we can do to achieve true energy security. ¤ (3/3)

🐣 RT @AdrianaHamu There’s less and less pretence about what’s going on. In general, I loathe the lying. But there’s something rather more terrifying about the embrace of further aggression.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Putin’s pet propagandists readily embraced his speech about taking back historical territories. They jumped on the bandwagon with gusto, comparing their empire to the Golden Horde and North Korea. Insatiable invaders with nukes. More in my latest article ⤵️
💽 https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1535410185623281667?s=20/photo/1
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Putin’s state TV puppets have dropped all pretense that Russia is a law-abiding nation: ¤ “Delightful! Now we understand future plans of the Russian state: we’ll be returning and fortifying [territories].” ¤ “We are the natural heirs of the Golden Horde.”
⋙⋙⋙ DailyBeast, Julia Davis: Kremlin Cronies Say Putin Is Ready to Go Full Kim Jong Un http://bit.ly/3aVJMpS
// Putin’s puppets have dropped all pretense that Russia is a law-abiding nation, threatening to unleash chaos and emulate the unhinged nuclear threats of North Korea.

🐣 RT @Cyberdefensecom When Putin says he will retake what is “historically his” – and restore the Russian “borders” – I present you a map of Russia 1914. @cepa #RussiaUkraineWar #RussianUkrainianWar 🌎 https://twitter.com/Cyberdefensecom/status/1535209862451298304?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @PaulaChertok Brilliant! Kyiv just brilliantly highlighted Russia’s age-old motive for genocide in Ukraine. Moscow appropriated Ukraine’s origin story as its own. Now Putin, like prior aggressive and corrupt Russian tyrants, sees annihilating Ukraine as a solution to Russia’s identity crisis.
⋙ 🐣 RT @mhmck Kyiv was founded in 482. ¤ In 1147, the Grand Duke of Kyiv and ruler of the Kyivan Rus’, Yuriy Dolhoruky, issued a decree founding Moscow. ¤ In 2022, Kyiv City Council rescinded this decree, saying it was due to a “historical misunderstanding.” ¤ Moscow no longer exists. Text Block: https://twitter.com/mhmck/status/1535261709463592961?s=20/photo/1

⚖️ 🐣 RT @PaulaChertok #Jan6 Cmte: Trump Had 7-Part Plan To Overturn Election, Stay in Power (COUP)
1. Spread false election claims
2. Planned to replace Acting AG
3. Pressured VP Pence
4. Pressured state officials
5. Instructed state officials to lie
6. Summoned mob
7. Ignored pleas to stop violence

⚖️ 🐣 RT @harrylitman My pick for the 5 biggest new reveals from the hearing: ¤ 5.Ivanka knows he lost; 4.Jared sees threats to resign as “whining”; 3.Congress Members sought pardons; 2. Trump:”Mob doing what they should be doing,” & 1. “maybe our supporters have the right idea. Mike Pence deserves it.”

⭕ 9 Jun 2022 ⚖️

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @jentaub Here we go ¤ The first public hearing of the January 6th Committee. Chair Thompson begins with his personal history and says each committee member has one thing in common “we swore the same oath . . to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
📌 💽 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1535050380429516801?s=20/photo/1

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @atrupar Bennie Thompson begins January 6 hearing: “I’m from a part of the country where people justified the actions of slavery, the Ku Klux Klan, and lynching. I’m reminded of that dark history as I hear voices today try to justify the actions of the insurrectionists on January 6, 2021”
📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1535050790720634891?s=20/photo/1

💙 ⚖️ 💽 CSPAN: First Open Testimony Before January 6 Committee http://bit.ly/3zynEvU
// After months of closed door investigations, the House January 6 Committee held its first hearing with public testimony about what transpired-and why-during the assault on the U.S. Capitol.

~~~~~~~~~~

💙 ⚖️ 🐣 RT @January6thCmte Today we revealed unseen footage of the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol, shared testimony from senior Trump administration and campaign officials, and previewed the coordinated, multi-step effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
⋙ 🐣 RT @January6thCmte This is only just the beginning. ¤ In the weeks to come, we’ll continue to investigate & unveil our initial findings about those responsible for the January 6th attack. ¤ We have spent months conducting a serious, bipartisan investigation to give Americans the answers they deserve.

🐣 RT @peterbakernyt In the entire 246-year history of the United States, there was surely never a more damning indictment presented against an American president than outlined tonight in a cavernous congressional hearing room where the future of democracy felt on the line.
⚖️ ⋙ NYT: Trump Is Depicted as a Would-Be Autocrat Seeking to Hang Onto Power at All Costs http://nyti.ms/3NDMgb1
// As the Jan. 6 committee outlined during its prime-time hearing, Donald J. Trump executed a seven-part conspiracy to overturn a free and fair democratic election.

⚖️ 🐣 WaPo, Amber Phillips: 6 takeaways from the Jan. 6 committee’s first prime-time hearing http://wapo.st/3Q76s6J

⚖️ 🐣 RT @muellershewrote The committee has connected trump to the Flynn/Powell legal group to the tweet on December 19th to the Proud Boys and the attack on the Capitol. They have it. THEY HAVE IT. #January6thHearings

⚖️ 🐣 RT @danielsgoldman We may be watching chilling video and wrenching testimony, but Donald Trump should be seeing handcuffs.

⚖️ 🐣 RT @elliotcwilliams Jared Kushner dismissing White House lawyers’ threats to resign as “whining” is what happens when people from outside government who don’t respect it come in and try to run it like a business.

💙 ⚖️ Rep. Liz Cheney, the panel’s vice chair, spoke directly to her GOP colleagues during the hearing on the Jan. 6 attack: “I say this to my Republican colleagues who are defending the indefensible: There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone, but your dishonor will remain.”
💽 https://twitter.com/AP/status/1535084654973394949?s=20/photo/1

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @SteveSchmidtSES That was the most compelling Congressional hearing I have ever seen. ¤ That is how America will see it. ¤ Congress may be mistrusted but the Select Committee will not be. s The Members will become iconic. ¤ Americans love a trial drama and this was brilliantly done.
📌 https://twitter.com/SteveSchmidtSES/status/1535084002989719576?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @SteveSchmidtSES 2/ All of the vandals, liars and MAGA extremists will be flushed out in a coherent story that people can understand. Those people are Americans and they like America. The facts and the presentation are going to hit MAGA like a Neptune missile piercing a Russian hull.
⋙ 🐣 RT @SteveSchmidtSES 3/ There must be such amazing insanity swirling about Trump right now. He is surrounded by a pack of yes men and women, losers and nuts. Even they know he is going to bleed out. Every MAGA Congress member who begged for a pardon should be expelled.
⋙ 🐣 RT @SteveSchmidtSES 4/ Tonight was different. Tonight, the truth prevailed in America for the first time in a long time. Tonight there was a coherent message and story. Tonight, no amount of Trump, Tucker or Fox bullshit could smother the truth. It will be told and it will be heard. goodnight Trump

🐣 RT @frontlinepbs “It’s unimaginable to me … that any person in America would not favor an investigation of Jan. 6.” Read & watch an interview with J. Michael Luttig, who counseled Mike Pence’s team before the Capitol attack, ahead of his Jan. 6 committee appearance.
⋙ ▧ 🔊 PBS Frontline: The Frontline Interview: J. Michael Luttig http://to.pbs.org/3NHiFNC
// transcript, audio

🐣 RT @BillKristol None dare call it fascism
⋙ 🐣 RT @ehananoki Carl Paladino, whose House bid is backed by third-ranked House GOPer Elise Stefanik, said on radio last year that Hitler is “the kind of leader we need today. We need somebody inspirational. We need somebody that is a doer, has been there and done it.”
💽 https://twitter.com/ehananoki/status/1534904409339076608?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @RepKinzinger This is what happened on January 6th. The world watched as a violent mob attacked the @uscapitol; unleashing their rage on our frontline defenders. It was an insurrection—& it’s a moment in our history that we must ensure can never happen again.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Reuters Ahead of today’s opening of the U.S. Capitol riot hearings, here’s a look at the key events from January 6, 2021, when former President Donald Trump’s supporters attacked the Capitol in a failed attempt to overturn his election defeat https://reut.rs/3trADeX
💽 https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/1534905214905774080?s=20/photo/1

💙 ⚖️ 🐣 RT @ForeignAffairs Before January 6, it was easy to dismiss the worst-case scenarios of democratic breakdown as the product of alarmist commentators or disgruntled former officials. But the writing was on the wall for years, @PippaN15 writes.
⋙ ForeignAffairs, Pippa Norris: It Happened in America http://fam.ag/3zp3UuJ
// Democratic Backsliding Shouldn’t Have Come as a Surprise

🐣 RT @RonFilipkowski Trump now says what happened on J6 was “not simply a protest, it represented the greatest movement in the history of our country to Make America Great Again.” Text Block: https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1534909172793462785?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @lukebroadwater Remember how two days after the 2020 election, Donald Trump Jr. sent texts to Mark Meadows w/ plans for how his dad could stay in power? ¤ Those plans came from Steve Bannon, per source. ¤ That & other new reporting in “Jan. 6: The Story So Far” out this AM
💙 ⚖️ ⋙ NYT: Jan. 6: The Story So Far http://nyti.ms/3Q9eJXH

The story so far has been pieced together through the prosecutions of rioters, the early stages of a broader Justice Department investigation, the work of the House select committee examining the attack and its origins, and the work of journalists.

At its heart is a grievance-filled, insecure president, unable to face the fact of his defeat, working with a cabal of loyalists in and out of government to pursue an evolving plan that unfolded in successive chapters, each in effect taking aim at a pillar of democracy.

There was a failed legal strategy that clogged the courts with fantastical conspiracy theories. It was followed by a plot to twist the Justice Department into backing Mr. Trump’s repeated lie that the election had been rigged and stolen from him, and consideration of proposals that he direct the military or the Homeland Security Department to seize voting machines.

Those were followed by a strong-armed attempt to subvert the Electoral College process and bludgeon Mr. Pence into taking part, all leading to the violent effort to keep Congress from formally affirming Mr. Trump’s loss on Jan. 6.

Taken as a whole, the narrative that has emerged — elements of which the House select committee on Jan. 6 will begin setting out on Thursday evening in the first of a series of hearings — is as chilling as it is audacious. …

💙 ⚖️ NYT: Jan. 6 Hearings Will Put Trump at the Center of Plot That Resulted in Capitol Riot http://nyti.ms/39jjE7U “Committee aides say the evidence will show that Mr. Trump was at the center of a ‘coordinated, multi-step effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election’”
// The House panel investigating the attack will lead off its public sessions with video testimony from people close to the former president, and footage revealing the role of the Proud Boys.

Committee aides say the evidence will show that Mr. Trump was at the center of a “coordinated, multi-step effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election” that resulted in a mob of his supporters storming the halls of Congress and disrupting the official electoral count that is a pivotal step in the peaceful transfer of U.S. presidential power.

The 8 p.m. prime-time hearing is the first in a series of six planned for this month, during which the panel will lay out for Americans the full magnitude and significance of Mr. Trump’s systematic drive to invalidate the 2020 election and remain in power. …

The opening hearing will feature live testimony from a documentary filmmaker, Nick Quested, who was embedded with the Proud Boys during the storming of the building, and a Capitol Police officer, Caroline Edwards, who was injured as rioters breached barricades and stormed in. ¤ The committee also plans to present what aides called a small but “meaningful” portion of the recorded interviews its investigators conducted with more than 1,000 witnesses, including senior Trump White House officials, campaign officials and Mr. Trump’s own family members. …

The session will kick off an ambitious effort by the committee, formed last July after Republicans blocked the creation of a nonpartisan commission to investigate the attack, to lay out for Americans the full story of an unprecedented assault on U.S. democracy that led to a deadly riot, an impeachment and a crisis of confidence in the political system that continues to reverberate. …

Other hearings are expected to focus on various aspects of the committee’s investigation, including Mr. Trump’s promotion of the lie that the election had been stolen, despite being told his claims were false; his attempts to misuse the Justice Department to help him cling to power; a pressure campaign on Vice President Mike Pence to throw out legitimate electoral votes for Joseph R. Biden Jr.; the way the mob was assembled, and how it descended on Washington D.C. on Jan. 6; and the fact that Mr. Trump did nothing to stop the violence for more than three hours while the assault was underway. …

⭕ 8 Jun 2022

⚖️ 🐣 RT @TomJChicago Trump badgered his conspirators to do the coup. He was the beneficiary. He’s attached to:
-“Alternate Electors” plot
-Eastman’s stop the count plot
-Clark at DOJ plot
-GA extortion & vote grab plot
-J6 violence to remove Pence & cancel electoral count
He’s finally in quicksand.

⚖️ NYT: How to Watch the Jan. 6 Committee Hearings http://nyti.ms/3xADg0M
// The first of several upcoming hearings by the House committee investigating the attack on the Capitol will be held on Thursday evening.

🐣 RT @AccountableGOP NEW AD AIRING TODAY: It’s time to learn the truth about the Capitol attack.
💽 https://twitter.com/AccountableGOP/status/1534535325804122113?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 7 Jun 2022 🎂

⚖️ 🐣 RT @HawaiiDelilah “Dr. Eastman’s actions in these few weeks indicate that his and President Trump’s pressure campaign to stop the electoral count did not end with Vice President Pence — it targeted every tier of federal and state elected officials.”
⋙ Politico: Judge sends another trove of Eastman emails to Jan. 6 committee http://politi.co/3MBxr7s
// The ruling is another victory for the Jan. 6 select committee.

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Don’t give up on Merrick Garland quite yet http://wapo.st/3zlyDsr Trump’s “pursuit of power by any means necessary — including endorsing and acceding to violence — is probative of criminal intent” – Brookings Institution guide to the Jan. 6 hearings
↥ ↧
💙 ⚖️ 📔 Brookings: Trump on Trial: A Guide to the January 6 Hearings and the Question of Criminality https://brook.gs/3msAPa2 by Norman Eisen, Donald Ayer, Joshua Perry, Noah Bookbinder, and E. Danya Perry

🐣 RT @djrothkopf I’m kind of surprised at the amount of outrage that Fox will not cover the Jan 6 hearings. Fox was actively part of the coup attempt. They were the principal element in selling the “big lie.” They were the primary tool Trump used to mobilize the attack on our democracy.
⋙🐣 RT @djrothkopf I very much hope that the January 6th Committee…and frankly DoJ…both call out Fox’s role in the insurrection and the serial fraud of the Big Lie and, where possible, hold them accountable. We need to be crystal clear: No Fox, no Trump. No Fox, no coup.

💙 ⚖️ WaPo Editorial: Ignore the GOP spin. The nation still hasn’t reckoned with Jan. 6. http://wapo.st/3ayeIMG “Jan. 6 happened because Trump and his allies tried to hack the electoral college, generating cockamamie legal arguments to justify what would have [been] a coup”

💙 ⚖️ 🐣 RT @RickPetree What’s about to be uncorked is orders of magnitude worse than Watergate.
⋙ 🐣 RT @RickPetree This paper is from March 1974. History should repeat itself in the Trump investigation. @RepAdamSchiff @POTUS @HouseDemocrats @SenateDems @January6thCmte @TheJusticeDept https://twitter.com/RickPetree/status/1534324796531658753?s=20/photo/1

⚖️ 🐣 RT @RepRaskin This week, @January6thCmte starts sharing evidence of the chilling inside plan to overturn the 2020 election and block the constitutional transfer of power. America will see footage and records we have documenting the dangerous extremist assault on our constitutional order.

⚖️ WaPo: Trump call Jan. 6 to ‘walk down to the Capitol’ prompted Secret Service scramble http://wapo.st/3MqQscD
// Agency’s actions are part of Jan. 6 committee probe into Trump’s role in inciting the violent attack

⭕ 6 Jun 2022

⚖️ 🐣 RT @jsralton NEW: #ProudBoys leader Enrique Tarrio & four key lieutenants charged with seditious conspiracy. ¤ The domestic extremist org now joins the #OathKeepers in being hit with this rare & serious charge. ¤ By @hsu_spencer
⋙ WaPo: Proud Boys leader Tarrio, 4 top lieutenants charged with seditious conspiracy in widening Jan. 6 case http://wapo.st/3zhgGeN
// An indictment handed up by a federal grand jury in D.C. makes the Proud Boys the second far-right group whose members face the rare charge in the January 2021 Capitol attack, following the Oath Keepers and its founder Stewart Rhodes.

Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, longtime chairman of the extremist group Proud Boys, was indicted on a new federal charge of seditious conspiracy with four top lieutenants on Monday. The charges expand the Justice Department’s allegations of an organized plot to unleash political violence to prevent the confirmation of President Biden’s election victory on Jan. 6, 2021, when a pro-Trump mob attacked the U.S. Capitol.

Tarrio, 38, was not in Washington that day, but allegedly guided the group’s activities from nearby Maryland as Proud Boys members engaged in the earliest and most aggressive attacks to confront and overwhelm police at several critical points on restricted Capitol grounds. One co-defendant, Dominic Pezzola, of Rochester, N.Y., broke through the first window of the building at 2:13 p.m. with a stolen police riot shield, authorities said.

A new 10-count superseding indictment returned Monday morning charges Tarrio, Pezzola and three other existing co-defendants — Ethan Nordean, of Seattle, Joe Biggs, of the Daytona Beach area, and Zachary Rehl, of Philadelphia — with coordinating travel to Washington and the movements of the group around the Capitol that day. The group is also accused of plotting to foment a riot and storm Congress, action that eventually forced the evacuation of lawmakers meeting to confirm the 2020 election results.

Federal prosecutors previously leveled the historically rare charge of seditious conspiracy for the first time in the Jan. 6 attack against the founder and leader of the extremist group Oath Keepers, Stewart Rhodes, and 10 associates. Since filing the charges in January, a year after the mob violence, two of Rhodes’s co-defendants and one other Oath Keeper member have pleaded guilty to the charge and are cooperating with the Justice Department: Joshua James, 34, of Alabama, Brian Ulrich, 44, of Georgia, and William Todd Wilson, 44, of North Carolina.
But the new charges show that prosecutors are pulling together a wider picture of organization within extremist groups that shared overlapping if not common goals.

At the same time, the deepening criminal investigation has exposed hints of coordination among groups, even as the FBI and Justice Department are expanding their probe into the ranks of former president Donald Trump’s political orbit. The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack is expected to shine a spotlight on such connections in public hearings beginning Thursday.

⚖️ 🐣 RT @jsralton NEW: #ProudBoys leader Enrique Tarrio & four key lieutenants charged with seditious conspiracy. ¤ The domestic extremist org now joins the #OathKeepers in being hit with this rare & serious charge. ¤ By @hsu_spencer
⋙ WaPo: Proud Boys leader Tarrio, 4 top lieutenants charged with seditious conspiracy in widening Jan. 6 case http://wapo.st/3zhgGeN
// An indictment handed up by a federal grand jury in D.C. makes the Proud Boys the second far-right group whose members face the rare charge in the January 2021 Capitol attack, following the Oath Keepers and its founder Stewart Rhodes.

🐣 RT @ISW “The Kremlin has gambled big on a maximal effort to achieve a minimal goal: capturing Severodonetsk.” It’s debatable if its capture “truly would be worth the cost for the Russians—especially if it means risking their hold on Kherson.” @daxe in @Forbes:
⋙ Forbes: Ukrainian Troops Counterattack In The South And East http://bit.ly/3MnPOwu
// Inasmuch as capturing Severodonetsk has become the Kremlin’s biggest near-term goal in Ukraine, the Ukrainian counteroffensive could spell disaster.

🧵 RT @tomiahonen Deaded Generals Thread 1/ ¤ Let’s kill some Generals. NO, Twitter, no! I was not threatening any Russian Generals, no. I meant, let’s discuss this sudden outbreak of DGS, Dead Generals Syndrome, in a Thread. By some counts between 13 and 15 Generals have already died in Ukraine
📌 https://twitter.com/tomiahonen/status/1533793120676106241?s=20
⋙ 📋 🐣 RT @tomiahonen Deaded Generals Thread 2/ ¤ For context. In WW2, USA had a military nearly 100 times larger than what Russia now sent to Ukraine. USA fought in Asia against Japan + in Africa & Europe against Germany & Italy. & lost 4 Generals in 4 years of war. Russia lost 14 Generals in 14 weeks […]

💙 🐣 My mother’s first husband died on D-Day. My father was on his way to Japan when the first atomic bomb was dropped. I’ve long been aware of the precariousness of life, the sacrifices of heroes and innocents. ¤ героям слава!
// “Glory to Heroes!”

🐣 RT @MFA_Ukraine FM @DmytroKuleba to @GLOBSEC: “It is Ukraine and the people of Ukraine who will define this war’s aims. We are fighting a just defensive war against invaders who came to our land to literally annihilate us, deprive us of our identity and our right to exist. ¤ #ArmUkraineNow

⭕ 5 Jun 2022

⚖️ WaPo, Max Boot: This is no time to hesitate in Ukraine http://wapo.st/3zi4kmq So far so good but Ukraine needs more and better artillery systems, air defense systems and fighter jets. The Powell Doctrine: When the US uses force, it should do so with the will and might to win

🐣 RT @McFaul If Putin wants to avoid further humiliation, save face, and take an off-ramp, he should end his invasion of Ukraine today. Continuing to fight will produce further humiliation, fewer opportunities for saving face, and worse off-ramps.

🐣 By 1959, the Ukrainian share of the population of Kherson was 63%; Russian 29%. 90%+ from Kherson Oblast voted for Ukrainian independence in 1/1991. (Wikipedia) http://bit.ly/3avPQFe

🧵 RT @TrentTelenko ↥↧ The bottom line is that the Russo-Ukrainian War will be going increasingly pear shaped for the Putin Regime because of its shortage of trained infantry. ¤ 10% of 700,000 active troops is 70,000 infantry. ¤ Russia has taken 79,000 casualties with 80% being infantry. ¤ 21/
📌 https://twitter.com/TrentTelenko/status/1533491433575002113?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @TrentTelenko You should be looking for more #Severodonetsk type successful Ukrainian infantry counter attacks in the near future. ¤ 22/End

🐣 RT @McFaul This! @k_sonin has it exactly right.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ @k_sonin No one can humiliate Russia more than Putin did by invading Ukraine. He destroyed the Russian army’s reputation as a victor over nazis, made Russia an international pariah, and jeopardized its future. Defeating Putin will give Russia a chance to start a revival.

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Cheney isn’t one to make vague threats. I’m increasingly of the mind that when she accused Trump of crimes, she wasn’t being metaphorical & when Jamie Raskin said the hearings would “blow the roof off the House” he was expressing his actual view on how the hearings would proceed.
💙 ⚖️ ⋙ 🐣 RT @hugolowell New: Jan. 6 committee vice chair Liz Cheney tells @costareports in an interview on CBS Mornings that she believes January 6 was a conspiracy: “I do. It is extremely broad. It’s extremely well-organized. It’s really chilling.”

🧵 RT @anders_aslund For about two months, the fronts in Ukraine have moved minimally. Many talk about a stalemate & some foresee that Ukraine will have to give up the territories that Russia captured in the first week of the war & still keep. I don’t think so. Russia is likely to lose.
📌 https://twitter.com/anders_aslund/status/1533437714850258944?s=20

⭕ 4 Jun 2022
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WaPo Editorial: John Durham’s probe of the Trump investigations has flopped http://wapo.st/3NnzAov “But [convictions] are tangential to the broader purpose and effect of Mr. Durham’s probe, which has … enabled right-wing agitators to erode trust in the FBI for political gain”

Though Mr. Durham attacked the inspector general for his conclusion — a shocking move that tarnished his professional reputation — he has so far provided no persuasive rebuttal to these findings. That is because there is none. Mr. Trump’s own 2016 campaign manager had ties to Russians close to the regime of Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin clearly sought to help Mr. Trump win the election. Mr. Trump himself publicly asked Russia to hack Ms. Clinton’s emails and displayed bizarre affection for Russian strongman Vladimir Putin. These and many other facts justified the FBI’s Russia investigation. Meanwhile, the FBI did nothing to create an “October surprise” to hurt Mr. Trump; it was only after the election that key details about the Russia investigation emerged publicly.

🧵 RT @Kasparov63 ↥↧ Macron is worried about Putin facing defeat, but it’s exactly what Putin and all Russians must face before Russia can join the civilized world. No more delusions of empire. Only then can Russia be a real nation, not a mafia front and a gas station with nukes.
📌 https://twitter.com/Kasparov63/status/1533192039885680642?s=20

⚖️ 🐣 RT @RonFilipkowski The walls are closing in on him, justice is coming, and all he can do these days is alternately rage and whine to his sycophantic cultists. Text Block: https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1533255045491326977?s=20/photo/1
🚫⋙ 🐣 RT @real Wow! Peter Navarro, our brilliant Harvard educated White House Trade Official who was by far the toughest advocate for Tariffs, Taxes & powerful Regulations on China, was just handcuffed, shackled, and put into prison because he didn’t obey the orders of + the Unselect Committee of political THUGS, many of whom were invoived with Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2, the Mueller Report Scam and, of course, the now fully debunked RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA Con. They’ve gone CRAZY!!!

🧵 RT @Gerashchenko_en 1/5 Western views about the outcome of war in 🇺🇦 differ. Pessimism, then a surge of optimism and pessimism again. Now, with 🇷🇺 occupying 20% of 🇺🇦, and heavy battles on #Donbas there are talks ny some politicians in the West about ending the war with concessions of 🇺🇦 territory.
📌 https://twitter.com/Gerashchenko_en/status/1533135683660947456?s=20

🐣 🌎 RT @ChuckPfarrer SEVERODONETSK / 1630 UTC 04 JUN/ Having determined to take the city, RU inadvisedly committed to a costly urban fight. Choosing to make a defensive stand in highly favorable urban terrain, UKR appears now to have lured RU forces into a fruitless diversion of men and materiel. https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1533125756536094722?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @KyivIndependent ⚡️Zelensky urges US mayors to cut ties with Russian cities: ‘Don’t let the murderers call you their brothers and sisters.’ ¤ In an address to the US Conference of Mayors, Zelensky urged them to cut “brotherhood” ties with Russian cities and help reconstruct Ukraine after the war.

🐣 RT @DmitryOpines In addition to sticking close to Russian troops to negate air and artillery advantages, it looks like Ukraine is trying to exploit Russian weaknesses in communication, coordination and leadership. ¤ The Russian Army just isn’t built for chaotic battlefields.
⋙ 🐣 🌎 RT @ChuckPfarrer SEVERODONETSK /2115 UTC 03 JUN/ Sources indicate UKR advances E of Bohdan Lishina St, w/ a possible breakthrough in the industrial area north of the P-66 HWY. UKR tactics of maintaining close contact with RU forces has negated RU air and artillery superiority. Developing. https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1532831905271488520?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @TimothyDSnyder It is senseless to shelter Putin from the sense that he is losing. He will figure that out for himself, and he will act to protect himself. 1/17
📌 https://twitter.com/TimothyDSnyder/status/1533099435269447681?s=20

⚖️ 🐣 RT @JoeNBC An important reminder of how:
1. Barr & Trump stooges lied about Obama illegally unmasking Flynn. Barr admitted it’s false,
2. Same Trump stooges lied about Hillary spying on Trump. We now know it never happened.
3. Lied when attacking FBI. Disgraceful.
⋙ WaPo, Dana Milbank: Bill Barr’s reign of innuendo — unmasked http://wapo.st/3Miah5G

A jury deliberated for just six hours before reaching a unanimous verdict acquitting former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann, leaving the Barr-appointed special prosecutor John Durham with essentially nothing to show for his years-long attempt to find wrongdoing by the FBI and the Clinton campaign in the Trump-Russia probe. …

Barr made space for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to predict “one of the biggest political scandals in American history”; for Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) to proclaim a scandal “bigger than Watergate”; for Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to claim there was a “smoking gun found”; for Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio) to declare “a threat to democracy itself”; and for Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) to allege that Obama officials “were unmasking anyone and everyone so that they could leak information to a press that was willing to take that illegal information.”

Now we know Trump’s DOJ, in its own words, had “not found evidence” of inappropriate unmasking. And we see Durham’s claim of wrongdoing in the Russia probe ending in swift acquittal.

Barr, unmasked, now claims the federal jurors in Durham’s failed case violated their oaths by following political biases. “A D.C. jury,” he said, “is a very favorable jury for anyone named Clinton and the Clinton campaign. Those are the facts of life. … There are two standards of the law, and we have had to struggle with that.”

So, now, Barr is trying to discredit the centuries-old American jury system. It’s just one more “story” he tells to replace the rule of law with the reign of innuendo.

🐣 RT @JoeNBC How long will DOJ allow an investigation to proceed when Barr admits he only started it to virtue signal to Trump conspiracy theorists, freaks, and weirdos? Barr says convictions don’t matter? He just wants Durham to spread mush on pleadings and leak them to Trumpy news outlets.

⭕ 3 Jun 2022

⚖️ 🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 I was always amused that Navarro gave a cute nickname to his criminal conduct: the Green Bay Sweep. If I rob a bank but I label my conduct “the Tom Brady accelerated withdraw” I still, you know, committed a crime. Navarro’s done. Let’s Hope he flips on Trump, Meadows & company.

⚖️ NBCNews: Former Trump adviser Peter Navarro indicted on contempt of Congress charges http://nbcnews.to/3mcuuiL
// The charges stem from his refusal to comply with a subpoena issued by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot.

🐣 RT @KyivIndependent One hundred days ago Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, leaving cities destroyed, thousands dead and millions seeking refuge.
⋙ 🖼 KyivIndependent: 100 days of Russia’s war in photos http://bit.ly/3NWttHl
// Refugees fleeing war zone Russia’s full-scale invasion, launched on Feb. 24, has caused the largest migration crisis of the 21st century …

DailyBeast, David Rothkopf: How Biden Can Help Ukraine Win the Long War http://bit.ly/3GR0u5M “Of all the world’s leaders, by far the most important in maintaining the resolve to support Ukraine until … Kyiv chooses, from a position of strength, to negotiate, is Joe Biden.”
// Here are the six things the U.S. must do to fulfill its policy that the war ends on Ukraine’s terms—not Russia’s.

⭕ 2 Jun 2022

WaPo Editorial: The Trump census sabotage campaign might have backfired http://wapo.st/3GLSFy4 The count may have deprived red states FL and TX of seats and added seats to blue states MN and RI

💙 ⚖️ WaPo: John Dean, Watergate’s golden boy, is back in the spotlight 50 years later http://wapo.st/3Q9YBFw “Fifty years after the Watergate break-in, Dean is the star of ‘Watergate: Blueprint for a Scandal,’ a new CNN speciaon the conspiracy and corruption that took down Nixon”
// Dean stars in a new CNN series on the Watergate break-in and aftermath 🐣 RT @mccaffrey3d NBC NEWS NOW (Streaming) 2 June 2022. UKR fighting in the Donbas under heavy Russian artillery fire. Suffering significant casualties. Russians have fired 2500 cruise missiles into UKR cities. Critical that we accelerate and increase weapons delivery.

Newsweek: Exclusive: Putin Treated for Cancer in April, U.S. Intelligence Report Says http://bit.ly/3GNw4Ry

⚖️ 🐣 RT @January6thCmte 🗓️ Thursday, June 9th at 8:00pm ¤ The Select Committee will hold a hearing to provide the American people with a summary of our findings about the coordinated, multi-step effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

🐣 RT @john_sipher “In a way, Durham has provided a valuable service. His inability to uncover evidence of a hoax confirms that Trump’s denials and diversions have been the real hoax all along.”
⋙ MotherJones: How John Durham’s Probe Has Exposed Trump’s Russia Con http://bit.ly/3m6ylhk
// His three-year investigation has so far shown the only hoax was orchestrated by the former president.

🐣 RT @ChristopherJM Zelensky today on the consequences of Russia’s invasion: 20% of Ukraine’s territory, almost 125,000 sq km, is under Russian control. About 300,000 sq km are contaminated with mines and UXO. Almost 12 million people have been internally displaced, more than 5 million fled abroad.

⚖️ CNN Exclusive: Republicans who texted Meadows with urgent pleas on January 6 say Trump could have stopped the violence http://cnn.it/3NfYOF5 “CNN obtained the 2,319 text messages that Meadows selectively handed over to the January 6 committee in December”

🐣 RT @FSIStanford It is in America’s interest for #Ukraine to emerge from this war as a sovereign democracy in charge of its own foreign policy, militarily strong, territorially secure, and economically viable. ¤ @McFaul | @LarryDiamond | @FukuyamaFrancis | @steven_pifer
⋙ TheHill 36 experts agree: Stay the course in Ukraine http://bit.ly/3NM9mf2

🐣 ◕ RT @nicolodeon3559 red line is when the ban on ar-15s was lifted https://twitter.com/nicolodeon3559/status/1531420487091355648?s=20/photo/1
// “Indiscriminate killings of multiple victims in a public place, since 1982” ; tags: automated rifles AK47 AR15 mass shootings school shootings gun control

🐣 RT @ChristopherJM New @USAmbKyiv Bridget Brink presented her credentials to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky today at Kyiv’s St. Sofia Cathedral. She’s the first American ambassador here since Marie Yovanovitch was recalled by Trump three years ago.

🐣 RT @a_anusauskas It is UNBELIEVABLE but 🇹🇷 just agreed to give the Bayraktar that 🇱🇹gathered money for, ❗️FOR FREE❗️. It is amazing! For the gathered money we will buy the needed ammunition for the Bayraktar and the rest of money will also go for support of 🇺🇦. Thank you Türkiye! 🇹🇷🇱🇹🇺🇦

🧵 RT @OliverBullough I just got asked onto @TimesRadio (which was nice) to talk about this article. ¤ It is a near-perfect example of the kind of gimmick that UK politicians have chucked out over the last few months, like chaff behind a Mi-8. 1/n [link]
📌 https://twitter.com/OliverBullough/status/1532273369118392322?s=20
// Oligarchs’ money won’t cover war damage and getting to it will be challenging

⭕ 1 Jun 2022

MoscowTimes, Lucian Kim: Russia Isolated in Its Postimperial Phantasm http://bit.ly/3tebFzS

Vladimir Putin’s blitzkrieg in Ukraine was supposed to be a stroke of strategic genius: in one fell swoop, a resurgent Russia would redraw the map of Europe, reducing Ukraine to a demilitarized zone in the Kremlin’s cordon sanitaire against the West. NATO, at long last, would be stopped in its tracks and put in its place. ¤ Not without reason is Putin often called a master tactician but poor strategist. Only now he is searching for something he can sell as a tactical victory.

In more than three months of fierce fighting, Russia has failed to take Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, or its second city, Kharkiv. Seizing the port of Mariupol has come at the cost of leveling the city. Evidence of atrocities committed by Russian soldiers against Ukrainian civilians is mounting by the day. The toll in human lives already runs into the tens of thousands, with countless more damaged irreparably. 

From a strategic point of view, Putin’s attack on Ukraine has thrown back Russia to its weakest position since World War II. ¤ Ukrainians have shown they are ready to fight and die, and that they will never accept a Russian puppet regime. In a best-case scenario for the Kremlin, Russia ends up controlling swaths of eastern Ukraine, including a land corridor from Russia to Crimea, allowing Russian forces to continue threatening Ukraine’s Black Sea coastline and the country’s center. 

Yet even this state of play would hardly improve the Kremlin’s hand compared to what it was before the February invasion, when Russia already occupied Crimea and had the Ukrainians tied down in a low-level war in the eastern part of the country. Strategically speaking, the status quo ante was favorable to Russia, since the simmering conflict was draining Ukraine’s scarce resources and hobbling its aspirations to join the European Union and NATO. Germany and France, signatories to the stalled Minsk agreements-based peace process, were uninterested in inflaming tensions with Russia over Ukraine — as was the United States. After taking office, President Biden tried to patch up relations with Moscow so that he could focus on his main foreign policy priority, China. Biden held a summit with Putin, refused to give Ukraine any clearer guidance on NATO membership, and ignored calls to sanction Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline. …

🐣 RT @TimothyDSnyder Everywhere the Ukrainians liberate an area from Russian occupation, they find Russian atrocity. This is one reason Ukrainians fight for their land: so as not to abandon their people to rape, deportation, and murder.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ngumenyuk Working in Kherson region, and South,talking to the people from liberated villages I feel like saying: there is nothing worst that the Russian occupation.Even shelling isn’t so devastation.On the photo – the house in a small village where local men were tortured, one killed https://twitter.com/TimothyDSnyder/status/1532142790024495104?s=20/photo/1

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @kyledcheney NEW: Remember when a judge determined that one of John EASTMAN’s emails was subject to the “crime-fraud” exception to attorney-client privilege? ¤ That document — a Dec. 13, 2020 memo to Rudy Giuliani — was just made public in new court filings. Read it:
📌 https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/1531997906634432514?s=20
⋙ Politico: Read the Trump-world legal memo that a judge ruled was likely part of a criminal effort to overturn the election. http://politi.co/3NND3MW
// An attorney sketched out a plan for then-Vice President Mike Pence to halt the certification of Joe Biden’s victory.
⋙⋙ Court document [pdf] http://bit.ly/3zaU1AE 6p
// Letter from Chesebro to Giuliani

🐣 RT @tvtoront[o] 😔 60-100 Ukrainian servicemen are being killed every day, and another 500 are being wounded. That is how we keep our defensive lines, President Volodymyr Zelensky informed to American television Newsmax.

⭕ 31 May 2022

🧵 RT @TutorLarissaUA Since the beginning of the RU-UA war, many people have changed their attitude towards russian language. ¤ It became the aggressor’s language now and only few people want to learn it. ¤ Don’t you think so?
📌 https://twitter.com/TutorLarissaUA/status/1531654753553371136?s=20

DailyBeast, Allison Quinn: Top Russian Military Brass Caught Venting: ‘You’re Fucked, Putin—Motherfucker!’ http://bit.ly/38YSrqV “The pair’s expletive-laced venting session has surfaced as Western intelligence reports more and more mutiny by Russian troops on the battlefield”
// Two high-ranking Russian officers have been caught blasting Moscow’s failures in Ukraine and railing against military leadership, according to a new report.

🐣 RT @Lcars24 The Republican Party has become the most dangerous organization in world history.—Noam Chomsky

🐣 🐣 RT @MarkHertling I continue to be amazed by the “they’re making the same mistakes” analysis. ¤ Some armies CAN change/adapt with new commanders IF those new leaders are good and IF that army had a solid training base & soldier culture before the war. ¤ Russia has neither.
⋙ NYT: Russian Military Is Repeating Mistakes in Eastern Ukraine, U.S. Says http://nyti.ms/3NPTHLY

🐣 📊 RT @ShibleyTelhami Russia’s blatant violation of sovereignty and international law is what upsets Americans the most about the Ukraine war, across our partisan divide. https://brook.gs/3lBEOR8 via ¤ @BrookingsInst https://twitter.com/ShibleyTelhami/status/1531715870107525121?s=20/photo/1
// both parties ~equally (65%)

🚫 🐣 RT @AdamKinzinger Awe. Looks like someone is a bit nervous. “PERFECT”
⋙ 🐣 RT @real The young, ambitious, Radical Left Democrat “Prosecutor” from Georgia, who is presiding over one of the most Crime Ridden and Corrupt places in the USA, Fulton County, has put together a Grand Jury to investigate an absolutely “PERFECT” phone call to the Secretary of State. Many lawyers, from both sides, were knowingly on the call. I also assumed it was taped. I called to fight a Rigged & Stolen Election, and they go after me instead of the people that Rigged and Stole it.
// 🚫=don’t want to amplify

NYT: President Biden: What America Will and Will Not Do in Ukraine http://nyti.ms/3zc21l6 “If Russia does not pay a heavy price for its actions, it will send a message to other would-be aggressors that they too can seize territory and subjugate other countries”

WaPo: Michael Sussmann, who worked for Clinton, acquitted of lying to FBI in 2016 http://wapo.st/3t7LavO
// The verdict is a defeat for Special Counsel John Durham, appointed three years ago by then-Attorney General William Barr.

🐣 RT @maxfras Dmitry Medvedev says sanctions prove the West hates all Russians and everything Russian including religion and culture. The West hates Tolstoy, Chekhov, Chaikovsky and Shostakovich. ¤ It was always thus, says Dimon, since Alexander Nevsky’s days ¤ (Via Telegram)
⋙ 🐣 No, the West considers Tolstoy, Chekhov, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich to be part of Western culture. ¤ Russian culture is oligarchs, war crimes, rigged elections, the GULAG, political prisoners and women in uniforms doing synchronized jumping on mini-trampolines

⭕ 30 May 2022

Politico: The Putinologist: CIA chief’s long history with Putin gives him special insight http://politi.co/3x7pKRY
// Burns’ extensive experience in Russia makes him a singular figure among President Joe Biden’s aides.

NYT: Peter Navarro, Former Trump Aide, Gets Grand Jury Subpoena in Jan. 6 Inquiry http://nyti.ms/3GzQrBR
// The subpoena, the latest indication of an expanding inquiry by federal prosecutors, seeks Mr. Navarro’s testimony and any records he has related to the attack on the Capitol last year.

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 MSNBC. Monday 30 May 2022. Chris Jansing. The battle now an artillery war. Russia huge advantage air power and sea launched cruise missiles. As long as Putin in power his goal will be seizure of UKR and return to Mother Russia.

🐣 🌎 RT @andersostlund Very interesting map, the more read [red] the more intense the fighting is. Despite focusing pretty much all its efforts on capturing Sievierodonetsk Russia is only moving forward very slowly. I don’t think the war is turning in Russia’s favor, I think this might be its end game. https://twitter.com/andersostlund/status/1531155029511503876?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 29 May 2022

🧵 RT @ 3 month after #Putin declared the #RussianUkrainianWar the idea of ‘denazification’ of Ukraine is still being accepted by many. In this thread I’ll summarise why Putin’s war narrative refers to fighting Nazism and how the myth of the WW2 is interconnected with #RussianColonialism
📌 https://twitter.com/O_Ostapchuk/status/1530829029896605696?s=20

⭕ 28 May 2022

NYT: Trump’s Primary Losses Puncture His Invincibility http://nyti.ms/3MZGFLw
// With many of Donald J. Trump’s endorsed candidates falling to defeat in recent primaries, some Republicans see an opening for a post-Trump candidate in 2024.

⭕ 27 May 2022

⭕ 26 May 2022

NewEasternEurope, Daniel Jaroslak: Delusions of empires past http://bit.ly/3x5VSFp
// Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is simply another imperialistic adventure. As history has shown, the end of an empire does not mean the loss of imperial ambitions. Unless Russia faces a complete and total defeat in Ukraine and is forced to contend with its past and current aggressions, there is very little to suggest that Russia will end its imperialistic mindset.

WaPo Editorial: Now is not the time to seek a deal with Putin http://wapo.st/3t3Tcpj “It would be a disaster — both moral and strategic — if Mr. Putin were invited to talks before his major war objectives had been thwarted”

AlArabiya: Putin can’t dictate peace in war he ‘won’t win’: Scholz http://bit.ly/3MT8AwV

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be allowed to dictate peace in a war that he “will not win” in Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Thursday. ¤ Putin has “already failed in all his strategic aims,” the German leader told the World Economic Forum in Davos. ¤ Russia’s plan to capture all of Ukraine is “further away today than it was at the beginning” of its invasion on February 24 as Ukraine put up an impressive defense.

Putin “underestimated” the “resolve and strength” of allies in countering his aggression in Ukraine, said Scholz, noting that Moscow has also now pushed Finland and Sweden to join the NATO defense alliance.

“Our goal is crystal clear – Putin must not win this war. And I am convinced that he will not win it,” said the German chancellor.

Scholz, who has spoken several times with the Russian leader on the phone since Moscow’s invasion, said “Putin will only seriously negotiate peace when he realizes that he cannot break Ukraine’s defenses.” ¤ And Western allies, who have been arming Ukraine and imposing heavy sanctions on Russia, will continue their backing for Kyiv, he pledged. ¤ “It is a matter of making it clear to Putin that there will be no dictated peace,” said Scholz. ¤ “Ukraine will not accept that and neither will we.”

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Behind all of these nuclear threats and claims that America wouldn’t help Europe if Russia decides to nuke it, there’s underlying panic about Russia being economically unprepared to keep waging this war. Watch:
💽 https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1529877619986006018?s=20/photo/1
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews No Visa, Mastercard, iPhone, or McDonald’s, crowdfunding for drones, and sending toilet paper to the troops: ¤ The Kremlin’s mouthpieces who hyped up the war in Ukraine are now having a pity party over the crushing impact the conflict has had on Russia.
⋙ DailyBeast, Julia Davis: Putin’s Puppets Can’t Stop Bitching About the Grueling Cost of His War http://bit.ly/3lQPiMw
// The Kremlin mouthpieces who hyped up the war in Ukraine are now having a pity party over the crushing impact the conflict has had on Russia.

EuroWeekly: Russian troops accused of ‘purposefully exterminating female population in Kherson region’ http://bit.ly/3LTSZfd

Politico: Previously secret ‘alternative’ Mueller report goes public http://politi.co/3MYsy9p Manafort & Kilimnik — who the FBI suspects is a Russian intelligence agent — worked on a peace plan that would have constituted a backdoor means for Russia “to take over eastern Ukraine”
// Compendium of evidence gathered by the special counsel’s ‘Team M’ is heavily redacted.
⋙ Report: http://bit.ly/3z2F4AD

The report focuses on the work of what was known within Mueller’s office as “Team M” a group of investigators and prosecutors focused on connections between Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and businessmen and politicians friendly to Russia. ¤ The report details contacts between Manafort, his campaign deputy and longtime business partner Rick Gates and pro-Russian business figures. It argues that Manafort, who worked for Trump’s campaign without pay, expected to improve his financial situation as a result of his ties to a potential Trump administration.

Mueller’s prosecutors contend in the report that Manafort and Gates worked closely during the period with a Russian-Ukrainian political adviser the FBI has contended had close ties to Russian intelligence services, Konstantin Kilimnik. ¤ After the U.S. election, the men allegedly discussed by email the possibility of getting Trump to offer “a very minor ‘wink’ (or slight push)” that could launch a peace process in Ukraine with Manafort as a U.S. special representative. Manafort and Kilimnik were later involved in polling about a peace plan that “Manafort conceded constituted backdoor means for Russia to take over eastern Ukraine,” the report says.

A top deputy to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Andrew Weissmann, revealed in a book published in 2020 that the team he headed prepared a summary of all its work — apparently including details not contained in the final report Mueller submitted and the Justice Department made public in 2019. ¤ “At least for posterity, I had all the [team] members … write up an internal report memorializing everything we found, our conclusions, and the limitations on the investigation, and provided it to the other team leaders as well as had it maintained in our files,” Weissmann wrote in his book, “Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation.” …

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote Fascinating. From the alternative Mueller report released today, Manafort and Kilimnik discussed a plan for Russia to take over the eastern part of Ukraine five times. One meeting is redacted for harm to an ongoing matter, and may be within the statute of limitations.
📌 https://twitter.com/MuellerSheWrote/status/1529949658998460417?s=20/photo/1

🔄 🐣 RT @Lee__Drake Source is @oryxspioenkop’s incredible work here: http://bit.ly/3lLM511
Which then goes to a web scraper build by @mountainherder that feeds to this google sheet every hour: http://bit.ly/3auKzxX
💙 Which finally gets analyzed at this GitHub repo daily: http://bit.ly/3t2fCaB
⇈ ⇊
Orynx: Attack On Europe: Documenting Russian Equipment Losses During The 2022 Russian Invasion Of Ukraine http://bit.ly/3lLM511
// 2/24/2022

TheAtlantic, Tom Nichols: Only Ukrainians Will Decide When the War Is Over http://bit.ly/3ak6MhT
// And if you have to say “this is not appeasement,” it’s probably appeasement.

… Kissinger isn’t alone in this opinion; the New York Times editorial board made a similar case a week earlier. Calling on the Ukrainians to be “realistic,” the Times said that Ukraine would likely lose territory and that Kyiv should act before Americans, in effect, get bored with the whole mess. “Confronting this reality may be painful,” they wrote, “but it is not appeasement.” ¤ If you have to say “This is not appeasement,” it’s probably appeasement.

Worse yet are the people who insist that Russia’s “interests” should be taken into account here, as if “Russia” and not Putin started this war. (I mean, of course, people like Professor John Mearsheimer, among others.) These arguments dovetail into warnings that we should not encourage any further humiliation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. That ship has sailed (and sunk): Putin and the Russian military are already plenty humiliated. And as Ambassador Stephen Sestanovich recently quipped on Twitter: “Exactly how much Ukrainian territory does Putin get to keep to avoid being humiliated? (And does he get to decide?)” …

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand News: The Biden admin is preparing to send Ukraine advanced, long-range rocket systems—known as MLRS and HIMARS—that are now the top request from Ukrainian officials, multiple officials say. ¤ Approval could be announced as soon as next week.
⋙ CNN: US preparing to approve advanced long-range rocket system for Ukraine http://cnn.it/3Gn03Qa

🧵 RT @Kasparov63 Three months into Putin’s genocidal total war on Ukraine, Putin’s Global Rescue Team is assembling again. Heads of state, media, pundits, all the usual suspects eager to preserve a horrific status quo & sacrifice thousands of Ukrainian lives, and call it peace. 1/13
📌 https://twitter.com/Kasparov63/status/1529874670970884099?s=20

🐣 RT @anneapplebaum I see that many are angry about high gas prices, high food prices….Blame the people who didn’t want to stop Putin when he invaded Ukraine in 2014. And think about how high the costs will be in another eight years if we don’t stop him now.
⋙ 🐣 RT @anneapplebaum you think these awful things are happening in faraway places…when world wheat prices rise, they won’t seem so faraway

🧵 RT @StratcomCentre Short explainer by Centre of Strategic Communication and Information Security: 1/9
// “Denazification, Putin style: What is it?”
📌 https://twitter.com/StratcomCentre/status/1529764136355241985?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @euronews 🇺🇦 President Volodymyr Zelenskyy slams the ‘great geopoliticians’ at the #wef22 in Davos who are suggesting that Ukraine give up some of its territory to halt the Russian invasion. ¤ This would just be an ‘illusion of peace’, Zelenskyy says. #UkraineRussia
💽 https://twitter.com/euronews/status/1529729365910626304?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 25 May 2022

WaPo: Donald Trump recalibrates his standing in GOP after primary setbacks http://wapo.st/3PKylRB “Trump’s deliberations follow prominent defeats this month for his chosen candidates in Idaho, Nebraska, North Carolina and now Georgia”
// The former president is seeking out information on potential 2024 rivals after defeats for his chosen candidates raise questions about his continued dominance of the Republican Party

WaPo: Brad Raffensperger defied Trump. Georgia voters rewarded him for it. http://wapo.st/3MPpJHC “Raffensperger put 40,000 miles on his Ford F-150 pickup truck, crisscrossing the state to speak to anyone who would listen”
// The Republican secretary of state, who refused the former president’s demands that he overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 victory, prevailed in a GOP primary Tuesday that few thought he could win

On Tuesday, Raffensperger defeated his Trump-backed opponent, U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, by nearly 19 points. He did it by closing the gap among Republican voters, attracting Democrats who had celebrated his decision to uphold the law and, with 52 percent of the vote in a four-candidate field, avoiding the runoff that even his allies were predicting just days ago.

“The vast majority of Georgians are looking at honest people for elected office,” he told a clutch of cameras at his election night party in the northeastern suburbs of Atlanta late Tuesday. “Someone who would do their job, follow the law and look out for them regardless of the personal cost to do so.” ¤ He added: “Standing for you, standing for the rule of law and election integrity, standing for the truth and not buckling under the pressure, is what people want.” …

More than 100 Georgians [had] packed into the Grand Theatre in Fitzgerald, the county seat [about a year ago]. Raffensperger learned later that some had driven hours to hear him speak — not because they were admirers, but because they believed he had failed to uncover the fraud that Trump falsely claimed had fueled Biden’s victory.

He told them that night that they did not have the facts. “Simply stated, what happened in 2020 is that 28,000 Georgians skipped the presidential race” while voting in races down-ballot, he recalled telling the crowd, in a speech that he would deliver again and again over the following year. “You have to share the facts, and then they have to understand that I do have the facts.”

Raffensperger put 40,000 miles on his Ford F-150 pickup truck, crisscrossing the state to speak to anyone who would listen. Early this month, he drove nearly four hours to Savannah for a Rotary lunch — and stayed the rest of the afternoon for a meet-and-greet with just over a dozen members of the local Jaycees. …

NYT: Intensifying Inquiry Into Alternate Electors Focuses on Trump Lawyers http://nyti.ms/39V2EEK
// In recent subpoenas, federal prosecutors investigating alternate slates of pro-Trump electors sought information about Rudolph W. Giuliani, John Eastman and others.

⭕ 24 May 2022

🐣 RT @RonFilipkowski Trump-endorsed candidate results in seriously contested GOP primaries:
Oz-31%
Cawthorn-31%
Herbster-30%
Vance-32%
McGeachin-25%
Hines-32%
Mastriano-43%
Perdue-22%
VJones-20%
Evans-23%
Hice-34%
Gordon-26%

🐣 RT @atrupar Checking in on Trump-endorsed candidates in Georgia ¤ Perdue is losing to Gov. Kemp by more than 50 points (!). There will be no runoff ¤ Jody Hice is losing to SoS Raffensperger by 17 points. Raffensperger has over 51% as I type this, meaning a runoff is unlikely ¤ Bad omens for 45

AJC: Raffensperger wins Republican primary for Georgia secretary of state http://bit.ly/3MPY49y

🐣 📊 RT @SamRamani2 Zelensky’s refusal to make territorial concessions in exchange for peace is popular in Ukraine. 82% of Ukrainians support this approach.

🐣 RT @georgesoros Putin seems to have recognized that he made a terrible mistake when he invaded Ukraine. He also seems to know how weak his position is, which could make him an even bigger threat to open societies. Read my remarks from @Davos: https://bit.ly/3aldhRH

🐣 📋 RT @lesiavasylenko 1.3 million Ukrainians have been forcefully removed to #Russia. 250K are children. How did the world allow for deportation to be a real thing again?

🐣 RT @Tsihanouskaya The Belarus regime’s introduction of the death penalty for “attempted” terrorism is widely denounced by democratic nations & human rights groups. US @SecBlinken describes the actions as “those of an authoritarian leader desperate to cling to power through fear and intimidation.”

🐣 RT @jason_corcoran Incredible: Alexei @navalny said that the judge, who replaced his suspended sentence with a real one, handed him a letter “with regrets about her decision. ¤ ● Judge Natalia Repnikova gave him the letter through her lawyers. She regretted her decision and called him “a brave man”

⭕ 23 May 2022

TheAtlantic, Anne Applebaum: The War Won’t End Until Putin Loses http://bit.ly/3sU4Pz3 “[A] true defeat could force the reckoning that should have happened in the 1990s, … when the Soviet Union broke up but Russia retained all of the trappings and baubles of the Soviet empire”
// Offering the Russian president a face-saving compromise will only enable future aggression. http://bit.ly/3sU4Pz3

[A] true defeat could force the reckoning that should have happened in the 1990s, the moment when the Soviet Union broke up but Russia retained all of the trappings and baubles of the Soviet empire—its UN seat, embassies, diplomatic service—at the expense of the other ex-Soviet republics. The year 1991 was the moment when Russians should have realized the folly of Moscow’s imperial overreach, when they should have figured out why so many of their neighbors hate and fear them. But the Russian public learned no such lesson. Within a decade, Putin, brimming with grievances, had convinced many of them that the West and the rest of the world owed them something, and that further conquests were justified.

Military loss could create a real opening for national self-examination or for a major change, as it so often has done in Russia’s past. Only failure can persuade the Russians themselves to question the sense and purpose of a colonial ideology that has repeatedly impoverished and ruined their own economy and society, as well as those of their neighbors, for decades. Yet another frozen conflict, yet another temporary holding pattern, yet another face-saving compromise will not end the pattern of Russian aggression or bring permanent peace.

🔄 🐣 RT @duty2warn The Jan. 6th Committe, who will reveal bombshell evidence against Trump in six public hearings, has announced its schedule. The first hearing will start at 8P on June 9th. The next 4 hearings will start at 10A on June 13, 15, 16 and 21. The final hearing is 8P on June 23.

♫ 🐣 RT @ua_parliament Thank you for #StandWithUkraine ¤ World must know the truth! ¤ #StopRussia https://twitter.com/ua_parliament/status/1528860031650877441?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @simpleplan The official music video for “Wake Me Up (When This Nightmare’s Over)” is out now! Watch now at https://bit.ly/36uZEOi

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Appearing on Russian state TV, head of RT Margarita Simonyan explained why Russia isn’t nuking Ukraine: not because it’s wrong, but because it’s not practical. They want those territories usable and don’t want to kill all inhabitants—only some of them—and need to sort them first.
⋙ 🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 Simply incredible language. If we heard an American or Brit TV anchor say this they’d be permanently off air.

NYT, Michelle Cottle: Donald Trump Is Desperate for Vindication in Georgia http://nyti.ms/3Nt1IWT “A Kemp win would be a blow not only to Mr. Trump but also to the election denialism with which he has infected the G.O.P.”

MoscowTimes: Russian UN Diplomat Quits Over ‘Bloody and Needless’ Ukraine War http://bit.ly/3PC95Nx “In a statement, Boris Bondarev called the invasion ‘a crime’ and a ‘bloody, witless and absolutely needless ignominy’”

🐣 The head of the @DNC @Dems & Progressive Caucus should both be replaced for being asleep at the wheel (former) and being unable to compromise (latter): neither seem to see the MAGA train coming and that this election is about survival of Democracy @JamieHarrison__ @RepJayapal

🐣 RT @GlastnostGone Putin no doubt plans to capture all the Donbas region in east #Ukraine & then he’ll call for peace. He’ll gamble western leaders like Macron will again push the appeasement agenda which got us where we’re today. They’ll urge 🇺🇦 to ceasefire & hold years of pointless peace talks.

🐣 RT @AP BREAKING: U.S. announces 12 countries join Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, a pact designed to bolster trade with Asian economies.
⋙ AP: Biden: US would intervene militarily if China invades Taiwan
// TOKYO (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday that the U.S. would intervene militarily if China were to invade Taiwan … http://bit.ly/3LCTuKk
// Twitter: ⇈ ⇉ inside: Biden says recession not inevitable as he readies trade pact

🐣 RT @GuyReuters TOKYO, May 23 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden said on Monday he would be willing to use force to defend Taiwan and that the United States stands with other nations to make sure China cannot use force in Taiwan.

⭕ 22 May 2022

NYT, Thomas Friedman: My Lunch With President Biden http://nyti.ms/3MItqPm It’s time for the far left to get real about its priorities given the stakes in this year’s election, learn to compromise and drop insane slogans like “defund the police”; democracy itself is at stake

What I felt afterward was this: For all you knuckleheads on Fox who say that Biden can’t put two sentences together, here’s a news flash: He just put NATO together, Europe together and the whole Western alliance together — stretching from Canada up to Finland and all the way to Japan — to help Ukraine protect its fledgling democracy from Vladimir Putin’s fascist assault.

In doing so, he has enabled Ukraine to inflict significant losses on Russia’s invading army, thanks to a rapid deployment of U.S. and NATO trainers and massive transfers of precision weapons. And not a single American soldier was lost. ¤ It has been the best performance of alliance management and consolidation since another president whom I covered and admired — who also was said to be incapable of putting two sentences together: George H.W. Bush. Bush helped manage the collapse of the Soviet Union and the reunification of Germany, without firing a shot or the loss of a single American life.

I fear that we’re going to break something very valuable very soon. And once we break it, it will be gone — and we may never be able to get it back. ¤ I am talking about our ability to transfer power peacefully and legitimately, an ability we have demonstrated since our founding. The peaceful, legitimate transfer of power is the keystone of American democracy. Break it, and none of our institutions will work for long, and we will be thrust into political and financial chaos.

We are staring into that abyss right now. Because it is one thing to elect Donald Trump and pro-Trump candidates who want to restrict immigration, ban abortions, slash corporate taxes, pump more oil, curb sex education in schools and liberate citizens from mask mandates in a pandemic. Those are policies where there can be legitimate disagreement, which is the stuff of politics.

But the recent primaries and the investigations around the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol are revealing a movement by Trump and his supporters that is not propelled by any coherent set of policies, but rather by a gigantic lie — that Biden did not freely and fairly win a majority of Electoral College votes and therefore is an illegitimate president.

Thus, their top priority is installing candidates whose primary allegiance is to Trump and his Big Lie — not to the Constitution. And they are more than hinting that in any close election in 2024 — or even ones that aren’t so close — they would be willing to depart from established constitutional rules and norms and award that election to Trump or other Republican candidates who didn’t actually garner the most votes. They are not whispering this platform. They are running for office on it.

It is stomach-turning to watch the number of Trump Republicans running for office affirming his Big Lie, when we know that they know that we know that they know that they do not believe a single word of what they are saying. That’s Dr. Oz and J.D. Vance and so many others. Nevertheless, they are ready to hitch a ride on the Trump train to gain power. And they do it without even blushing. ¤ It reached its nadir, in my view, when House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, so obsessed with becoming speaker of the House at any cost, actually lied about telling the truth. …

Biden is not blameless in this dilemma, nor is the Democratic Party — particularly its far-left wing. Under pressure to revive the economy, and facing big-ticket demands from the far left, Biden pursued expansive spending for too long. House Democrats also sullied one of Biden’s most important bipartisan achievements — a giant infrastructure bill — by making it hostage to other excessive spending demands. The far left also saddled Biden and every Democratic candidate with radical notions like “defund the police” — an insane mantra that would have most harmed the Black and Hispanic base of the Democratic Party had it been implemented.

To defeat Trumpism we need only, say, 10 percent of Republicans to abandon their party and join with a center-left Biden, which is what he was elected to be and still is at heart. But we may not be able to get even 1 percent of Republicans to shift if far-left Democrats are seen as defining the party’s future.

NPR (Mar): In ‘Servant of the People,’ viewers got a glimpse of the future President Zelenskyy http://n.pr/3MGz18L //➔ I just finished watching the entire series now on Netflix. What a ride! I can’t recommend it highly enough 👍

🧵 RT @WarintheFuture While the Russian Army’s offensive in the east continues, it is likely in the short term that they will reach the limit of their offensive capability. As such, today I explore what transitioning to a defensive strategy might mean for the Russians in Ukraine. 1/25
📌 https://twitter.com/WarintheFuture/status/1528531623154958336?s=20

🧵 RT @GicAriana It’s very exciting to find a growing number of intellectual, Ukrainian-centric voices on Twitter. The dominant narratives about Ukrainian language and culture have largely been out their hands in the Western academic and information space in general. Good to see a shift starting.
📌 https://twitter.com/GicAriana/status/1528533947520524289?s=20

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 As long as Putin is in power the goal of forcibly integrating Ukraine back into Mother Russia can only be put on hold. Vital that UKR actually defeat the Russian invasion forces if lasting peace is to be achieved. UKR needs steadfast economic support.

⭕ 21 May 2022

📋 Insider, Olga Laugman: Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, fires have occurred at 6 facilities of the military-industrial complex and the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. http://bit.ly/3wC6w6O
// list; Officially, this is explained by violations of fire safety

WaPo: Russia tries to rebound in Ukraine as prospects for victory fade http://wapo.st/3wHmRFZ

⭕ 20 May 2022

🌎 🧵 RT @YMonastyrskyi Promised [thread] on the colonization of Donbas. ¤ “Donbas” comes from the mid-19th century industrial revolution. It is a type of “rust belt” economic region with a local identity tied to heavy industry. ¤ However, this does not imply that the region was lifeless in pre-modern times.
// Ukraine history with maps
📌 https://twitter.com/YMonastyrskyi/status/1527670597777514496?s=20

🐣 RT @jimsciutto Wow: German Amb Emily Haber tells me Germany’s “fundamental assumption” that engagement with Russia would produce “stability, predictability and…even alignment” has been “pulverized.”

⭕ 19 May 2022

🐣 RT @APA Ukrainian medic recorded her time in Mariupol on a data card no bigger than a thumbnail. It was hidden in a tampon, and @AP journalists carried it through 15 Russian checkpoints to get it to the world. ¤ Now Yuliia Paievska is in Russian hands.
⋙ AP: Captive medic’s bodycam shows firsthand horror of Mariupol http://bit.ly/3G0e5qU

NYT, Timothy Snyder: We Should Say It. Russia Is Fascist. http://nyti.ms/3wD8yCm “It has a cult around a single leader, Vladimir Putin. It has a cult of the dead, organized around World War II. It has a myth of a past golden age of imperial greatness, to be restored by a war … ”

We err in limiting our fears of fascism to a certain image of Hitler and the Holocaust. Fascism was Italian in origin, popular in Romania — where fascists were Orthodox Christians who dreamed of cleansing violence — and had adherents throughout Europe (and America). In all its varieties, it was about the triumph of will over reason.

Because of that, it’s impossible to define satisfactorily. People disagree, often vehemently, over what constitutes fascism. But today’s Russia meets most of the criteria that scholars tend to apply. It has a cult around a single leader, Vladimir Putin. It has a cult of the dead, organized around World War II. It has a myth of a past golden age of imperial greatness, to be restored by a war of healing violence — the murderous war on Ukraine.

Reuters: U.S. aims to arm Ukraine with advanced anti-ship missiles to fight Russian blockade http://reut.rs/3ltjTQk

⭕ 18 May 2022

🧵 RT @IgorSushko 🚨🧵BREAKING: Osechkin’s Source: #Azovstal Prisoners of War, based on the orders of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN), are being transported to pre-trial detention facilities in #Russia under control of the military counterintelligence & M departments of the FSB.⬇️
📌 https://twitter.com/igorsushko/status/1527059107940663296?s=20 🐣 RT @john_sipher Putin already lost. The myth of the astute strongman is destroyed forever.

⋙ WaPo, David Ignatius: The new balance of power: U.S. and allies up, Russia down http://wapo.st/3lj4D8B

“We are now living in a totally new era,” Henry Kissinger, the master of grand strategy, said at a Financial Times forum this month. The former U.S. secretary of state said that Russian President Vladimir Putin “obviously miscalculated Russia’s capabilities to sustain a major enterprise — and when the time comes for settlement … we are not going back to the previous relationship but to a position for Russia that will be different because of this — and not because we demanded it but because they produced it.” …

In a rebalancing world, the United States can advance its interests in every direction. Let’s start with Europe: NATO’s center of gravity will shift eastward, as European nations such as Germany add military muscle and become more independent of Russian energy. NATO’s leverage will also extend north, to the new strategic prize of the Arctic, as Sweden and Finland join the alliance. A more European Ukraine may pull Russia and its remaining satellites toward the West, too. The right first step is a rapid move to draw Ukraine — as much as remains unoccupied by Russian forces — into the European Union.

“Putin has destroyed Russia’s reputation as a reliable supplier of energy,” says former national security adviser Tom Donilon. “Over time, it will mean a rewiring of the energy ecosystem.” …

Putin’s mistakes may be costly, too, for China, Russia’s main ally. President Xi Jinping and Putin pledged “no limits” to their friendship in a joint statement at the Beijing Olympics in early February, but Xi probably didn’t anticipate the folly of Putin’s invasion, and China has maintained only tepid support in the months since. …

Putin’s mistakes may be costly, too, for China, Russia’s main ally. President Xi Jinping and Putin pledged “no limits” to their friendship in a joint statement at the Beijing Olympics in early February, but Xi probably didn’t anticipate the folly of Putin’s invasion, and China has maintained only tepid support in the months since.

Donilon speaks of the “crucial middle powers” — such as India, Saudi Arabia and other gulf states, Southeast Asia, and Brazil — as places where “the United States has tremendous opportunities.”

Latin America is another region where the United States can expand its influence on the tide of Ukrainian success. Brazil, the largest economy in the region, is an obvious partner. The administration has even found a way to advance relations with Venezuela, close to a Russia-Cuban surrogate, announcing a breakthrough compromise on oil production on Tuesday.

The Ukraine war has reminded the world of an inescapable fact: America’s military might, intelligence dominance and strategic partnerships are overwhelmingly powerful. The changes in the balance of power are still in process. But the world is different from what it was before Feb. 24, and for now, it’s going America’s way.

Reuters: Fears for Mariupol defenders after surrender to Russia http://reut.rs/3wpnPIb

⭕ 17 May 2022

🧵 RT @WarintheFuture Today, an examination of the Ukrainian strategy of ‘corrosion’, that – so far – has seen it successfully fend off a larger and (theoretically, at least) more powerful invader. 1/25
📌 https://twitter.com/WarintheFuture/status/1526659648312356865?s=20

NYT: Justice Dept. Is Said to Request Transcripts From Jan. 6 Committee http://nyti.ms/38ym2as
// The committee has interviewed more than 1,000 people so far, and the transcripts could be used as evidence in potential criminal cases or to pursue new leads.

… Thus far, the Justice Department has prosecuted more than 800 people on charges related to the storming of the Capitol. But over the past several months, the department has taken steps to widen its focus substantially to look at the planning for the rally on Jan. 6 that preceded the riot while also signaling that its investigation would encompass the broader efforts to overturn the election. And in recent weeks, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland has bolstered the core team tasked with handling the most sensitive and politically combustible elements of the inquiry.

Several months ago, the department quietly detailed a veteran federal prosecutor from Maryland, Thomas Windom, to the department’s headquarters. He is overseeing the politically fraught question of whether a case can be made related to other efforts to overturn the election, aside from the storming of the Capitol. That task could move the investigation closer to Mr. Trump and his inner circle. …

🧵 RT @IgorSushko All #FSBletters from #WindofChange inside the #FSB so far in chronological order. 1st: The first letter that started it all.
📌 https://twitter.com/igorsushko/status/1526733432788701184?s=20

⭕ 16 May 2022

🐣 RT @IlvesToomas In case you missed this moral disaster in the making:
⋙⋙ Politico [EU]: Europe’s leaders fall out of key on Ukraine http://politi.co/3FQaDPo
// Germany, France and Italy are making overtures to Moscow.
⋙ 🐣 Russia has made itself a pariah state, rejecting all “European values” (per Putin and his propagandists), and is fighting a barbaric war of annihilation; it has removed ITSELF from the community of civilized nations and should be shunned and shamed for years if not decades

🐣 RT @apmassaro3 Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas is without a doubt among the great heroes who have emerged in response to Russia’s genocidal war
⋙ NYT: Estonia’s Tough Voice on Ukraine Urges No Compromise With Putin http://nyti.ms/3MtkY6E

🐣 RT @HannaLiubakova President @ZelenskyyUa: “A difficult day. But this day, like all others, is aimed at saving our country & our people. I want to emphasize that Ukraine needs Ukrainian heroes alive.” The leader who values human life. 266 Ukrainian servicemen were evacuated from Azovstal as of now

🐣 RT @Hromadske President @ZelenskyyUa confirmed that the operation to rescue defenders of Mariupol is underway. ‘Thanks to the actions of Ukrainian military, Armed Forces, intelligence, negotiation team, ICRC and UN, we hope to save the lives of our service members,’ said the President

🐣 RT @juliaioffe God, I can’t believe what a strategic genius Putin is.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Reuters Switzerland’s defense ministry is tilting closer to NATO in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, putting its fabled neutral status to test https://reut.rs/39ri9UE

MoscowTimes: Ukrainian Soldiers Evacuated From Mariupol Azovstal Steelworks http://bit.ly/3FVqqwC
// The Ukrainian army said the soldiers in Mariupol had stopped Russian forces from rapidly capturing the southern city of Zaporizhzhia.

🐣 📋 RT @StateDept […] Text Block: FACT: The United States and the European Union are home to 780 MILLION PEOPLE who share democratic values and the largest economic relationship in the world. https://twitter.com/StateDept/status/1526412193171771392?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @EliotACohen Fascinating. By the way, calling the aid program Lend Lease was a wise thing to do, conveying as it does the right scale and urgency of Western support. More broadly, a case of the Russian information bubble being penetrated by reality.
⋙ 🐣 RT @francis_scarr In an extremely rare moment of candour on Russian state TV today, defence columnist Mikhail Khodaryonok gave a damning assessment of Russia’s war in Ukraine and his country’s international isolation. It’s fairly long but worth your time so I’ve added subtitles.
💽 https://twitter.com/EliotACohen/status/1526402771087462400?s=20/photo/1

Reuters: Ukrainian troops evacuate from Mariupol, ceding control to Russia http://reut.rs/3LkUzq9

🧵 RT @MarkHertling This thread on River Crossing Operations (RCOs) by my friend and colleague @WarintheFuture is excellent! [embedded] ¤ MG Ryan speaks eloquently to the doctrine & training requirements of something as difficult as an RCO. ¤ That comes about due to a METL assessment! ¤ What’s that? A [thread] 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/MarkHertling/status/1526255906614300679?s=20

🐣 RT @Kasparov63 After 15 misspent years acting like everyone, no matter how evil, should be a friend, the US and the Europe are finally realizing that some enemies are worth having. You don’t negotiate with a cancer like Putin while he kills you, you cut it out.
↥ ↧
WSJ, Gary Kasparov: This Is No Time to Go Wobbly on Russia http://on.wsj.com/3FPccx4 “We will see how committed Ukraine’s allies really are as the war moves into a new phase in which defense is not enough”
// Appeasing Putin has cost the free world dearly. We have an opportunity to rediscover our values

[W]e have a conflict with global ripples affecting everything from Europe’s dependence on Russian oil and gas to the food supply of several African nations. This is the high price we must pay to stop Mr. Putin now to avoid an even higher price later—the eternal lesson of appeasement.

There are still signs that some Western leaders haven’t yet learned that isolating Mr. Putin and responding to him with strength is the only way to make lasting progress. French President Emmanuel Macron spoke last week about the need to negotiate with Mr. Putin, to give him face-saving off-ramps. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin called his Russian counterpart Friday to urge a cease-fire, potentially leading to the sort of “frozen conflict” Mr. Putin loves because he simply ignores the restrictions while consolidating and rearming.

I’ve long said that Mr. Putin is a Russian problem and must be removed by Russians. But the West needs to stop helping him. Every phone call that legitimizes his authority, every cubic meter of gas and every barrel of oil imported from Russia is a lifeline to a dictatorship that is shaking for the first time.

If the goal is to save Ukrainian lives, as Western leaders say, then the only way to do it is to arm Ukraine with every weapon President Volodymyr Zelensky wants as quickly as possible. A cease-fire that leaves Russian forces on Ukrainian soil would only allow Mr. Putin to continue his genocide and mass deportations under cover, as he’s been doing since he first invaded in 2014.

There are also those who openly take Mr. Putin’s side even now. Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is blocking a European Union ban on Russian oil imports, a supply that is putting tens of billions of dollars every month into Mr. Putin’s war machine. Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is threatening to disrupt Finland’s and Sweden’s accession into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, although it’s likely he’s looking to gain something for himself, as usual. In the U.S., Sen. Rand Paul has held up a new emergency financial-aid package to Ukraine—money, by the way, that would mostly be spent with American suppliers.

On May 9, President Biden signed the first lend-lease bill since World War II to speed aid and armaments to Ukraine. It was perfectly timed for Russia’s Victory Day, the annual celebration of the Nazis’ defeat, which has been turned into a perversion of patriotism that frames anyone or any nation that opposes Mr. Putin as a “fascist.” The real fascism is in the mirror as hundreds of thousands of Russians fleeing for the exits realize.

As for the 144 million Russians remaining in Mr. Putin’s police state bombarded with increasingly toxic propaganda for more than two decades, they have hard choices to make as Mr. Putin’s facade of stability crumbles and defeat in Ukraine looms. A dozen recent attacks on Russian military-recruiting offices are an indication of what might be coming.

The original Lend-Lease Act of 1941 allowed the Soviet Union to fend off Hitler’s invasion. Now the army boot is on the other foot if the U.S. reclaims its honorable heritage as the arsenal of the free world to help Ukraine defeat Mr. Putin’s invasion.

The bill is also a sign that Mr. Biden is finally shaking off the legacy of his days as vice president, the crucial period when Mr. Putin went from aspiring autocrat to full-blown dictator as the free world sat on its collective hands. When Mr. Putin invaded Georgia in 2008, Western leaders said it was better to maintain economic and political ties rather than punish him. This is the engagement policy we were told would eventually liberalize Russia—and China—by tying it to the free world.

Barack Obama epitomized the trend. As a candidate, under pressure from John McCain’s campaign, he condemned Mr. Putin’s incursion into Georgia. But President Obama was quick to make clear to Mr. Putin and other dictators that America would be leading any remaining freedom agenda from behind. The now-infamous “reset” renewed Mr. Putin’s credentials as he cracked down on the vestiges of Russian civil society. In a 2012 debate, Mr. Obama’s mocked Republican challenger Mitt Romney for stating, accurately, that Russia was America’s top geopolitical foe.

This attitude led to 2014, when Mr. Putin was emboldened enough to cast off any democratic trappings in Russia, invade Ukraine, and 2016, when he interfered in British and U.S. elections. In Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed ahead with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, increasing dependence on Russian energy when the opposite was needed. Now it’s being done abruptly and painfully. Perhaps Mr. Obama and Ms. Merkel could tour Kyiv together to see the damage they helped cause and to apologize to the Ukrainian people.

Mr. Putin’s corrupt and incompetent military is good only at brutality and massacring civilians, but has had eight years to entrench in the occupied east that Ukraine’s forces are now approaching. We will see how committed Ukraine’s allies really are as the war moves into a new phase in which defense is not enough. Will they help Ukraine win, to destroy Mr. Putin’s war machine, and to restore all Ukrainian territory? Will they keep sanctions in place to increase domestic pressure on Mr. Putin and to let his mafia know that there is no way back to the civilized world for them and their families while Mr. Putin is in power?

The free world that won the Cold War is remembering how to fight and rediscovering the values that give meaning to the fight. That’s bad news for Mr. Putin and the other dictators watching closely, from Beijing to Tehran to Caracas. Ukrainians are fighting for their lives and their nation, and for the free world. Let it not be as a proxy, but as a partner.

WaPo Editorial: Russia is losing. That might make Putin more dangerous. http://wapo.st/3wylV6B

⭕ 15 May 2022

🐣 RT @ForeignAffairs .@ninakhrushcheva discusses the declining power of the high-profile personalities that once dominated Russian institutions and corporations—and the rise of an anonymous and repressive security bureaucracy that answers to Putin alone.
⋙ ForeignAffairs, Nina Khrusheva: The Coup in the Kremlin http://fam.ag/3yyOsvE
// Putin and the security services have captured the Russian state.

On December 20, 1999, Vladimir Putin addressed senior officials of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) at its Lubyanka headquarters near Moscow’s Red Square. The recently appointed 47-year-old prime minister, who had held the rank of lieutenant colonel in the FSB, was visiting to mark the holiday honoring the Russian security services. “The task of infiltrating the highest level of government is accomplished,” Putin quipped. ¤ His former colleagues chuckled. But the joke was on Russia.

Putin became interim president less than two weeks later. From the start of his rule, he has worked to strengthen the state to counteract the chaos of post-Soviet capitalism and unsteady democratization. To achieve that end, he saw it necessary to elevate the country’s security services and put former security officials in charge of critical government organs.

In recent years, however, Putin’s approach has changed. More and more, bureaucracy has displaced the high-profile personalities that previously dominated. And as the Russian president has come to rely on these bureaucratic institutions to further his consolidation of control, their power has grown relative to other organs of the state. But it was not until February, when Putin gave the orders first to recognize the independence of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk and then, a few days later, to send Russian troops into Ukraine, that the complete takeover by the new security apparatus became apparent.

In the early days of the war, most branches of the Russian state seemed blindsided by Putin’s determination to invade, and some prominent officials even seemed to question the wisdom of the decision, however timidly. But in the weeks since, government and society alike have lined up behind the Kremlin. Dissent is now a crime, and individuals who once held decision-making power—even if circumscribed—have found themselves hostages of institutions whose single-minded purpose is security and control. What has happened is, in effect, an FSB-on-FSB coup: Russia used to be a state dominated by security forces, but now a faceless security bureaucracy has become the state, with Putin sitting on top. …

… Russia’s security services trace their origins all the way back to Ivan the Terrible’s brutal bodyguard corps, the oprichniki, in the sixteenth century and Peter the Great’s Secret Chancellery in the eighteenth century. Yeltsin’s attempt at reform could not permanently suppress a system with such deep historical roots any more than Khrushchev’s could four decades earlier.

In fact, KGB officers were relatively well equipped to endure the collapse of communism and the transition to capitalism. To the security services, the Soviet-era call for a classless society of proletarians had always been merely a slogan; ideology was a tool for controlling the public and strengthening the hand of the state. Former members applied that pragmatic approach as they rose to elite positions in post-Soviet Russia. As Leonid Shebarshin, a former high-level KGB operative, has explained, it was only natural that those who trained under Andropov for a secret war against external and internal enemies—NATO, the CIA, dissidents, and political opposition—should become the new Russian bourgeoisie. They could handle irregular working hours, succeed in hostile environments, and use interrogation and manipulation tactics when called for. They squeezed every last drop of labor out of their employees and subordinates.

One of their number, Putin, was himself lauded as a pragmatist by Western diplomats after he rose from obscurity to become president of Russia in 2000. Even then, he made no secret of his intention to establish Andropov-style absolute authority, quickly moving to limit the power of the capitalist barons who had flourished in the 1990s under Yeltsin’s frenzied presidency. In Putin’s mind, an independent oligarchy in control of strategic industries, such as oil and gas, threatened the stability of the state. He ensured that business decisions relevant to the national interest were made instead by a handful of trusted people—the so-called siloviki, or affiliates of the state’s military and security agencies. These individuals effectively became managers or guardians of state-controlled assets. Many were from Putin’s native Leningrad (present-day St. Petersburg) and most had served alongside him in the KGB. On the corporate side, their ranks include Igor Sechin (Rosneft), Sergey Chemezov (Rostec), and Alexey Miller (Gazprom), while matters of state protection are handled by Nikolai Patrushev (secretary of the Security Council), Alexander Bortnikov (director of the FSB), Sergei Naryshkin (director of the Foreign Intelligence Service), and Alexander Bastrykin (head of the Investigative Committee), among others. 

Putin has been convinced that strengthening the state’s “extraordinary organs” would prevent upheaval of the kind that led to the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. Putting former KGB operatives in charge seemed to offer some economic and political stability. In an effort to maintain that stability, Putin acted in 2020 to extend his presidency, proposing constitutional amendments to circumvent the term limits that would remove him from office in 2024. …

Putin’s decision to recognize the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk, and subsequently to launch a “special military operation” to “de-Nazify” Ukraine, followed a similar pattern of punishment for political deviation: he sought to penalize an entire country for what he deemed its “anti-Russian” choice to align with the West. But within Russia, the events leading up to and following the invasion also marked the completion of a political shift that has been years in the making. They exposed the waning power of the siloviki who dominated the early Putin era—and their replacement by a faceless security-and-control bureaucracy. …

Putin’s clandestine operation was even hidden from other clandestine operatives. Leaders of the FSB department responsible for providing the Kremlin with intelligence about Ukraine’s political situation, for instance, didn’t fully believe that an invasion would happen. Many analysts had confidently argued it would be against Russia’s national interests. Comfortable in the assumption that a large-scale attack was off the table, officials kept feeding Putin the story he wanted to hear: Ukrainians were Slavic brothers ready to be liberated from Nazi-collaborating, Western-controlled stooges in Kyiv. A source in the Kremlin told me that many officials now envision a disaster akin to the war in Afghanistan in the 1980s, which ended in a disgraceful withdrawal and helped precipitate the dissolution of the Soviet empire. But in a government that has become increasingly technocratic, institutionalized, and impersonal, such opinions are no longer permissible. …

As the conflict continues into its third month and evidence of war crimes mounts, most officials and politicians continue to back Putin. Big business is largely silent. Economic elites, cut off from the West, have rallied around the flag. Even though some may be grumbling in private, very few are vocal in public. Rare exceptions include the billionaire industrialist Oleg Deripaska, who has repeatedly called for peace; the former Putin associate Anatoly Chubais, known for leading Russia’s privatization under Yeltsin, who has fled to Turkey; the oligarch and former Chelsea soccer club owner, Roman Abramovich, who has tried to facilitate a negotiated settlement; and the entrepreneur Oleg Tinkov, who was forced to sell his shares in his hugely successful online bank, Tinkoff, for kopeks after speaking out against the “operation.” –

In this atmosphere of complete repression, political figures who once seemed to offer alternative ideas now echo Putin’s uncompromising words. Former President Dmitry Medvedev has insisted that criticism of the operation amounts to treason. Even Naryshkin, a skeptic in February, has found his war footing and now faithfully parrots the government line. People no longer speak with their own voices; the shadow of Putinist Chekism now covers the entire country.

The journalist and writer Masha Gessen once dubbed Putin “the man without a face.” Today, however, his is the only face, sitting atop an anonymous security bureaucracy that does his bidding. Another coup, either in the Kremlin corridors or on the streets of Moscow, is not likely. The only group that could conceivably unseat the president is the FSB, which is still technically run by nationalist siloviki who understand that some foreign policy flexibility is necessary for internal development. But such officials are no longer the FSB’s future. The indistinct body of security technocrats now in charge is obsessed with total control, no matter the national or international consequences. 

The last time the Kremlin built such an all-controlling state, under Andropov’s leadership in the early 1980s, it unraveled when the security forces relaxed their grip and allowed reform. Putin knows that story well and is unlikely to risk the same outcome. And even without him, the system he built would remain in place, sustained by the new security cohort—unless a 1980s Afghanistan-style debacle in Ukraine destroys it all. With this bureaucracy holding tight to power, Moscow’s foreign adventurism might abate. But as long as the structure holds steady, Russia will remain oppressed, isolated, and unfree.

🐣 RT @MilesTaylorUSA I spent a decade working in counterterrorism. The rhetoric we are seeing from leaders of my party — the Republican Party — is *directly* fueling violence and a spike in domestic terrorism. This is not a partisan observation. This is a public safety warning.

🧵 RT @Kasparov63 Before Macron and pundits like Haass and Ignatius speak more about ceasefires and Ukraine accepting occupation, they should tour Bucha, and consider what happens to Ukrainians in places occupied by Putin’s forces.
📌 https://twitter.com/Kasparov63/status/1525821398559637504?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @Kasparov63 Putin is committing war crimes on an industrial scale. Kidnapping, stealing food supplies, a policy of extermination that Ukrainians are familiar with from history. Stop trying to think of ways to placate him and stop him. Only then will there be peace.

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand Over 400 Russian soldiers are estimated to have been killed or wounded last week trying to cross the Donets river in Ukraine. “Western military analysts … say the attempted crossing demonstrated a stunning lack of tactical sense.”
⋙ NYT: Growing evidence of a military disaster on the Donets pierces a pro-Russian bubble. http://nyti.ms/3wn3odm
// As the news of the losses at the river crossing started to spread, some Russian bloggers did not hold back in their criticism …

The destruction wreaked on a Russian battalion as it tried to cross a river in northeastern Ukraine last week is emerging as among the deadliest engagements of the war, with estimates based on publicly available evidence now suggesting that well over 400 Russian soldiers were killed or wounded.

And as the scale of what happened comes into sharper focus, the disaster appears to be breaking through the Kremlin’s tightly controlled information bubble. ¤ Perhaps most striking, the Russian battlefield failure is resonating with a stable of pro-Russian war bloggers — some of whom are embedded with troops on the front line — who have reliably posted to the social network Telegram with claims of Russian success and Ukrainian cowardice. ¤ “The commentary by these widely read milbloggers may fuel burgeoning doubts in Russia about Russia’s prospects in this war and the competence of Russia’s military leaders,” the Institute for the Study of War, a Washington-based research body, wrote over the weekend.

Satellite images reveal that Ukrainian artillery destroyed several Russian pontoon bridges and laid waste to a tight concentration of Russian troops and equipment around the river. ¤
The Institute for the Study of War, citing analyses based on the publicly available imagery, indicated that there could have been as many as 485 Russian soldiers killed or wounded and more than 80 pieces of equipment destroyed.

As the news of the losses at the river crossing in Bilohorivka started to spread, some Russian bloggers did not appear to hold back in their criticism of what they said was incompetent leadership. ¤ “I’ve been keeping quiet for a long time,” Yuri Podolyaka, a war blogger with 2.1 million followers on Telegram, said in a video posted on Friday, saying that he had avoided criticizing the Russian military until now. ¤ “The last straw that overwhelmed my patience was the events around Bilohorivka, where due to stupidity — I emphasize, because of the stupidity of the Russian command — at least one battalion tactical group was burned, possibly two.”

Mr. Podolyaka ridiculed the Kremlin line that the war is going “according to plan.” He told his viewers in a five-minute video that, in fact, the Russian Army was short of functional unmanned drones, night-vision equipment and other kit “that is catastrophically lacking on the front.” ¤ “Yes, I understand that it’s impossible for there to be no problems in war,” he said. “But when the same problems go on for three months, and nothing seems to be changing, then I personally and in fact millions of citizens of the Russian Federation start to have questions for these leaders of the military operation.” …

If the estimates that hundreds of soldiers were killed or injured prove accurate, it would be one of the deadliest known engagements of the war. ¤ There were more than 500 sailors aboard the Russian Black Sea flagship Moskva when it was struck by a Ukrainian missile in April. The Kremlin at first insisted that all the sailors were rescued, later saying one was killed. But even as the families of missing sailors have publicly demanded answers, the Kremlin has largely kept up an official silence on the fate of the crew, part of a larger campaign to suppress bad news.

🐣 RT @60Minutes “We know that our database…will be used in…something like a Nuremberg trial,” Bellingcat executive director Christo Grozev tells Scott Pelley. He says his team has been approached by the ICC for material related to Russia’s Ukraine invasion. https://cbsn.ws/3wgUbor
💽 https://twitter.com/60Minutes/status/1525978408156553217?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 60Minutes: Bellingcat’s executive director says it has been approached by the ICCWatch 60 Minutes Sundays on @CBS, or anytime on @paramountplus and https://cbsn.ws/34D1mLY

🐣 RT @carlbildt This is the official video of the Eurovision Song Contest winner yesterday. It’s well worth seeing.
💽 https://twitter.com/carlbildt/status/1525878088445329411?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @mhmck Ukrainian defenders have destroyed 9 attempts by the Russian invaders to cross the Siverskyi Donets River near Bilohorivka in Luhansk region. ¤ Russia doesn’t have an army. It has a horde of torturers, rapists, looters and murderers who are incapable of modern military operations.

WaPo: Ruling parties in Sweden, Finland back NATO membership in historic shifts http://wapo.st/37LN2CS

⭕ 14 May 2022

⭕ 13 May 2022

EuromaidanPR: Who are Russians? Learn more historical evidence http://bit.ly/3FJl6vU
// undated; not history, but collection of unflattering quotes

Russian philosopher Ivan Ilyin: “Russia is the most vile, absolutely disgusting country in the entire history of the world. By the method of selection, monstrous moral freaks were brought out there, in which the very concept of Good and Evil is turned inside out. Throughout its history, this nation has been wallowing in crap and at the same time wants to drown the whole world in it”. 

Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky: “The people who wander around Europe and look for what can be wrecked, destroyed just for fun.” 

French President Charles de Gaulle: “Russian people will never be happy knowing that someone lives better than they do. And since they are not capable of progress, anger and frustration are the constant state of mind of Russians.” 

Russian writer Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin: “If the Russians are allowed to choose their leader, they choose the most deceitful, vile, cruel. They kill, rob, rape along with him and then blame him. After a while, the church proclaims him a saint.” 

Russian writer Maksim Gorky: “The main feature of the Russian national character is cruelty, and that cruelty is sadistic. I’m not talking about individual explosions of cruelty, but about the mind, about the soul of the people. 

Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn: “There is no less trivial, degraded and boorish individual in this world than a katsap. Born in a Nazi country, nurtured by Nazi propaganda, this bastard will never become a Human. His country has no friends – either toadies or enemies. His country can only threaten, humiliate and kill. And for preservation of this status by Russia, an ordinary katsap is ready to sacrifice his own life, the lives of his parents and children, the quality of life of his own people. Truly: katsaps are animals. Fierce, bloodthirsty, but … mortal. 

German philosopher Friedrich Engels: “Any seizure of territory, any violence, any oppression was carried out by Russia only under the pretext of enlightenment, liberalism, liberation of peoples.” 

Russian historian Nikolai Karamzin: “The people who never knew and never spoke the truth are the people of spiritual and physical slaves. Miserable people.”

German philosopher Karl Marx: “Russia, which has nothing to do with Kyivan Rus and received, or rather, stole, its current name at best in the 18th century, nevertheless, brazenly claims the historical heritage of Kyivan Rus, created eight hundred years earlier. However, Moscow history is the history of the Horde, sewn to the history of Kyivan Rus with white thread and completely falsified. 

EuromaidanPR/BBC: Ancestors of Irish people originated from present-day Ukraine http://bit.ly/3yy3IZG
// undated; tags: genetics genomics

Genetics from Trinity College Dublin with archaeologists from Queen’s University of Belfast examined the peasant’s skeleton from Neolithic period. ¤ The age of well-preserved remains is estimated at 5200 years. Burial was found in 1855 near Belfast. ¤ According to scientists, the genome of the woman has much in common with the genome of modern inhabitants of Spain and Sardinia. ¤ But the peasant’s ancestors, according to the researchers, came to Europe from the Middle East, where first agriculture has sprung up.

In addition, the team of scientists found the remains of three men from the Ratlin Island, who lived in the Bronze Age around 4200 years ago. ¤ The genome of men differed from peasant’s genome. Third part of the DNA structure indicates that their ancestors came from the Pontic prairies of the Black Sea region, located mainly on the territory of Ukraine.

WaPo: More Republicans are working to undermine Trump endorsements http://wapo.st/3NeIfZI “Many of Trump’s advisers fear grim weeks to come, where his preferred candidates could lose in Georgia and Pennsylvania”
// Some GOP leaders have been actively campaigning — or quietly maneuvering — against Trump’s picks in a way that could threaten his sway over the party

🧵 RT @anders_aslund Ukraine’s head of military intelligence, Major General Kyrylo Budanov, says the war with Russia is going so well, that it will reach a turning point by mid-August and be over by the end of the year.
📌 https://twitter.com/anders_aslund/status/1525195962393714693?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @anders_aslund “Budanov also said a coup to remove Vladimir Putin is already under way in Russia and the Russian leader is seriously ill with cancer.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @anders_aslund Budanov “said he was not surprised by Russia’s setbacks in the war. ¤ “We know everything about our enemy. We know about their plans almost as they’re being made.s “We have been fighting Russia for eight years and we can say that this highly publicised Russian power is a myth.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @anders_aslund Budanov: Defeat in Ukraine would lead to the removal of Russia’s leader and the country’s disintegration. ¤ “It will eventually lead to the change of leadership of the Russian Federation. This process has already been launched and they are moving into that way.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @anders_aslund Does that mean a coup is under way? ¤ “Yes,” he responded.

⭕ 12 May 2022

ForeignAffairs, Christoph Heusgen: The War in Ukraine Will Be a Historic Turning Point http://fam.ag/3sF4Irj
// But for History to Take the Right Path, America and Europe Must Work Together

The Russian invasion of Ukraine marks a turning point in history. It brings to a close the chapter that began at the end of the Cold War, when Western countries tried to integrate Russia into an international rules-based order. Russia under President Vladimir Putin has become a pariah state. Much as it did when facing down the Soviet Union during the Cold War, the United States has taken the lead in countering Putin‘s blatant attack on civilization.

Many countries support the U.S.-led response to Putin’s war, but some do so grudgingly. Too many governments see the conflict as a return to the days of the Cold War, when they were forced to choose sides. They imagine that what is at stake is the collision of two geopolitical rivals, not a fundamental question of principle. This is deeply unfortunate. Russia’s aggression should not be seen as ushering in a new Cold War but simply as what it is: the worst act of aggression in Europe since the end of World War II and a brutal violation of international law. …

This effort requires a global alliance. The partnership among countries that commit to international law and its foundational texts, the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, should comprise countries from all continents. The international community should not be a euphemism for the West. The perception that there continues to be a conflict between “the West” and “the East” allows too many countries to sit on the fence. The fault line really lies between those who seek to reaffirm a principled, global moral and legal order, and those who do not. A new global alliance should stand tall in its uncompromising efforts to protect international law, international humanitarian law, and human rights law. …

China and Russia want to rewrite the international rule book by insisting on national sovereignty being the most important legal principle, one that trumps international law, humanitarian law, and human rights law. Against this backdrop, countries committed to upholding international legal regimes have to join forces. They have to do it on the basis of real partnership. In this respect, the Biden administration’s reaction to Russia’s aggression was exemplary: since late December 2021, President Joe Biden and his team have gone out of their way to coordinate the response to Putin with an alliance that reaches beyond NATO and the EU. Out of 193 countries, only Belarus, Eritrea, North Korea, and Syria supported Russia in the March vote at the General Assembly that condemned Putin’s invasion. …

🐣 RT @michaeldweiss Polyanskiy is seen as the mad dog of the Russian mission to New York, but surely he’s not mad enough to think Article V wouldn’t be invoked under these circumstances.
⋙ 🐣 RT @SamRamani2 Russia’s Deputy UN Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy threatens Sweden and Finland: ¤ “As soon as Finland and Sweden become members of NATO and military units of the alliance are there, these territories will become a possible target for the Russian military”
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ A Finnish general reacting to Putin’s threats if Finland joins NATO: s “You are most welcome here to join the 200,000 Russians that are already in Finland buried a few meters in the ground after your last attempt in 1939″ #Finland #NATO #UkraineRussianWar [link]

🐣 RT @RadioSvoboda [tr.] Russia does not yet have the courage to admit its strategic defeat in the war against Ukraine – Zelensky

UkraineWorld (2019): Why Are Cossacks Key to Understanding the Ukrainian Nation? http://bit.ly/3w7U91O
// 3/13/2019

⭕ 11 May 2022

NewLinesMag, Michael Weiss: Is Putin Sick – Or Are We Meant to Think He Is? http://bit.ly/3l4001W
// An oligarch close to the Kremlin was recorded on a tape saying the president is ‘very ill with blood cancer.’ Is this true, idle speculation or disinformation designed to make an erratic and paranoid dictator vulnerable?

Reuters: UK strikes new security agreement with Sweden and Finland http://reut.rs/3lccrZr “Both are expected to join NATO, but both are worried they would be vulnerable while their applications are processed, which could take up to a year.”

WaPo, Greg Sargent: Leaked emails from Trump’s lawyer show blueprint for a 2024 coup http://wapo.st/3L7ZVVo

The House committee examining the insurrection attempt has obtained new emails from the lawyer who helped concoct Donald Trump’s plot to overturn the 2020 election. They reveal a whole new level of scheming behind that effort, which was even more nefarious than previously thought. …

The emails from lawyer John Eastman show him urging GOP state legislators in Pennsylvania to cast doubt on 2020 vote totals, to create cover to certify a slate of presidential electors for Trump. Politico reported on the emails, which the Jan. 6 select committee obtained from the University of Colorado, where Eastman worked at the time.

The key revelation: Eastman’s scheme had an additional layer to it. We already knew his plan centered on urging Trump’s vice president to abuse his role in the congressional count of electors to subvert the election’s conclusion. ¤ Now, in these new emails, Eastman is seen devising a pretext for state legislatures to invalidate Joe Biden’s electors and certify sham Trump electors. He advises a Pennsylvania legislator to use a complex formula — based on treating mailed-in ballots as illegitimate — to extrapolate that enough Biden votes are invalid to show Trump won the popular vote. ¤ Eastman advises the legislator to argue that Biden electors certified by the governor are thus “null and void.”

This is extraordinary stuff. Eastman advised that a state legislature should concoct a fig leaf justification for declaring the correct Biden electors certified by the governor invalid and certifying Trump electors instead.

“Eastman wasn’t doing anything that Trump wasn’t doing himself,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a member of the Jan. 6 committee, told me. “They were both trying to get officials in the electoral process to substitute a counterfeit for the actual vote totals.” ¤ “Eastman was seeking to implant a new mathematical calculation contrived to produce a Trump win in Pennsylvania,” Raskin said.

These Eastman emails show that manipulating vote totals to create “cover” for state legislatures to appoint sham Trump electors was more central to the scheme than we knew. ¤ Whether this creates more exposure for Eastman and others remains to be seen. But this also has other important implications: It reveals with more clarity an avenue by which nefarious actors might seek to subvert a future election.

WaPo, Max Boot: We’re in danger of losing our democracy. Most Americans are in denial. http://wapo.st/3wodT0f “Panic is generally a bad idea, but sometimes it is warranted. Now is one of those times for anyone who cares about the fate of U.S. democracy.”

⭕ 10 May 2022

InfoPost, Timothy Snyder: Why the Ukrainian Victory is Important for the World http://bit.ly/3L6pKFm
// 10 reasons from the American historian Timothy Snyder

🐣 RT @PaulaChertok It’s just insanity that media treat the Republican Party as a legitimate party worthy of power over lives, when every day for 5+ years their leader is exposed as a complete idiot & lawless charlatan wo humanity or morality. It’s dishonest at some point not to be clear about this.
⋙ RollingStone: Trump Kept Asking if China Was Shooting Us With a ‘Hurricane Gun’ http://bit.ly/38eeABl
// The then-leader of the free world also inquired whether the U.S. could bomb China in retaliation for the alleged hurricane attack

⭕ 9 May 2022

WaPo, Max Boot: Putin is trapped in a quagmire and doesn’t know how to get out http://wapo.st/3l2inUM

Always grandiose and fascistic, the Victory Day celebrations in Moscow were more restrained than usual on Monday, with the normal aerial display canceled on account of the “weather,” even though the skies were clear. Some experts had worried that Russian President Vladimir Putin would declare war on Ukraine and a total mobilization of Russian society while threatening the West with nuclear weapons. There was even speculation that he might parade Ukrainian prisoners through Red Square as in a Roman triumph. None of that came to pass. Putin was defiant but subdued, trying to portray Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine as a preemptive response to a looming Ukrainian invasion of Russia.

It was ludicrous and pathetic — but also strangely reassuring. There has been much discussion about whether Putin is rational, because attacking Ukraine with such a small army was an act of lunacy. The evidence suggests that, while Putin is isolated and prone to miscalculation, he is not insane. …

🐣 RT @EuromaidanPress And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there! ¤ 9 May 2022. On 70th day of Russia’s siege, Ukrainian defenders raise the flag over besieged fortress Azovstal in Mariupol ¤ Mariupol mayor aide Andriushchenko
💽 https://twitter.com/EuromaidanPress/status/1523801195814342656?s=20/photo/1

WaPo, Elaine Hasday: On Roe, Alito cites a judge who treated women as witches and property http://wapo.st/3so2nkh “[Sir Matthew] Hale was a man who believed women could be witches, assumed women were liars and thought husbands owned their wives’ bodies”

🐣 RT @Lucian_Kim Victory Day concert on Russian state TV recycles image of Bonnie and Clyde. (In his speech today, Putin again railed against the “falsification” of WW2 history. https://twitter.com/Lucian_Kim/status/1523777973975150593?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ZelenskyyUa Grateful to @POTUS and people for supporting in the fight for our freedom and future. Today’s signing of the law on Lend-Lease is a historic step. I am convinced that we will win together again. And we will defend democracy in Ukraine. And in Europe. Like 77 years ago.

🐣 RT @POTUS This afternoon, I signed the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022 into law. This bill provides another important tool in our efforts to support Ukraine and its people in their fight to defend their country and democracy against Putin’s brutal war.

🧵 RT @dcminx Russian TV & online platforms hacked with antiwar message on #VictoryDay ¤ The message read: “The blood of thousands of Ukrainians & hundreds of murdered children is on your hands. TV & the authorities are lying. No to war.” ¤ #wtpBlue #wtpEARTH #DemVoice1
📌 https://twitter.com/dcminx/status/1523682812892643329?s=20

WaPo: Inside Mark Meadows’s final push to keep Trump in power http://wapo.st/38lXXDw “Despite Barr’s conclusion that the election was settled in Biden’s favor, Meadows worked behind the scenes to whip up Trump’s conviction that the election wasn’t over”
// The former congressman played a key role in Trump’s effort to overturn the election, according to his texts, congressional investigations and interviews

🐣 RT @mattia_n Zelenskyy delivered a very powerful speech, while walking down Kyiv’s central avenue: ¤ “There are no shackles that can bind our free spirit. There is no occupier who can take root in our free land. There is no invader who can rule over our free people. Sooner or later we win.”
💽 https://twitter.com/mattia_n/status/1523581786374426624?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @visegrad24 97-year-old WW2 veteran Ivan Zalyzhnyy saying: ¤ “I wanted to celebrate Victory Day this year with my grandson, a lieutenant of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, but he was killed in battle defending his motherland.” ¤ Ivan was 24 years old.
💽 https://twitter.com/visegrad24/status/1523308322367045632?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ukraine_world Kharkiv City Mayor addressing Ukrainian WW2 veterans in the city’s metro: “You could not even imagine in a nightmare that the grandchildren of those people who, together with you, fought fascism 77 years ago, would come to kill us today. But we will win.”
💽 https://twitter.com/ukraine_world/status/1523337863554871296?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Reuters Lockheed Martin looks to nearly double Javelin missile production http://reut.rs/3vWdxiu

🐣 RT @AP Protesters opposed to the war in Ukraine threw red paint on Russia’s ambassador to Poland Sergey Andreev as he arrived at a cemetery in Warsaw to pay respects to Red Army soldiers who died during World War II. http://apne.ws/uz9znRJ

🐣 RT @kiraincongress Today is a day when you answer typical “how are you?” with “no nuclear attack, thank God”. ¤ #StandWithUkraine

🐣 RT @ChristopherJM President Zelensky: “This is not a war of two armies. This is a war of two worldviews.”

🐣 RT @RichardHaass Vladimir Putin mailed in his Victory Day speech. Not surprising as it is tough to give a Victory Day speech when no victories to point to.

🐣 RT @michaeldweiss No air show, no mass mobilization, no declaration of war, a few no-show tanks, allusions to the “moral degradation” of the West (read: gays and the Wizarding World of cultural backlash), & much ado about Castle Wolfenstein fantasies. Punxsutawney Putin crawled back into his hole.

🧵 RT @anders_aslund Putin: “The NATO bloc began active military development of the territories adjacent to us. ¤ Thus, a threat that was absolutely unacceptable to us was systematically created, moreover, directly at our borders.”
📌 https://twitter.com/anders_aslund/status/1523586434380472321?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @anders_aslund Remarkably, the Kremlin showed only 131 pieces of military hardware and no aviation, though 11,000 soldiers paraded. Apparently parades are the only thing that remains of the Russian military. Quite pathetic.

🐣 RT @Gerashchenko_en The last parade in the Empire of Evil
💽 https://twitter.com/Gerashchenko_en/status/1523585154341515264?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Hromadske Vladimir Putin delivered a short speech on May 9. He didn’t declare war on Ukraine sticking to a ‘special military operation’ and the mobilization of the population. Putin also onve again accused Western countries and NATO of abandoning the dialogue Russia called for 1/2
⋙ 🐣 RT @Hromadske The Russian media broadcasted the parade in Moscow and Putin’s address. No foreign politicians have been invited to this year’s parade, including Alexander Lukashenko, who supports the war against Ukraine. The air parade was canceled, allegedly due to bad weather 2/2

💙 🧵 RT @ArmUkraineNow #Russia’s failures make them the least worthy of any nation in the world to celebrate victory today.
Over the next 12 hours, this thread🧵will provide 509 examples of why their #VictoryDay #деньпобеды parade should be renamed #FailureDay #Деньнеудач
Reply with your examples ⬇️
📌 https://twitter.com/ArmUkraineNow/status/1523384331410063366?s=20

⭕ 8 May 2022

WaPo: Russia’s ultimate political survivor faces a wartime reckoning http://wapo.st/3ypfd5K Russia’s military is a show horse not a work horse
// Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, a fixture of Russian political life since the Soviet Union’s fall, could be on the hook for military failures

[I]n the 2½ months since the Kremlin launched a war against Ukraine, the facade that Shoigu meticulously presented over the past decade has disintegrated into an ugly reality, laying bare the incompetence and barbarity of one of the world’s biggest militaries. …

Reform efforts that began under Shoigu’s predecessor stalled after he took over in 2012. He jettisoned a program to establish an American-style corps of noncommissioned officers that could have instilled professionalism in the lower ranks. Ambitions to expand the number of professional contract military personnel weren’t fully met, while the ministry spent lavishly to procure expensive weaponry. Russia went into the war without a fully ready combat reserve.

The results have been apparent in Ukraine. Russia has faced high casualty rates and had insufficient personnel. Looting and war crimes, as well as poorly maintained equipment, logistics errors and intercepted communications, have spotlighted the unprofessionalism and indiscipline of the force.

After Shoigu took over as defense minister, transparency within the Russian military dissipated into PR-crafted narratives, according to analysts who track the Russian force. The change boosted confidence in the armed forces among Russians, helping Shoigu’s political standing, but reduced valuable scrutiny.

“The thing that sticks out to me is how much control he wants over the narrative of the military,” Rand Corp. senior policy researcher Dara Massicot said. “If you cannot have a transparent conversation about your serviceability rates, about how proficient your soldiers are or about how old some of your field rations are — if you can’t have some of those debates, the battlefield will show you.” …

“Shoigu built a military that looked good in scripted exercises, and proved effective in limited wars, but when thrown into a large conflict, showed that it couldn’t scale operations and revealed the extent of rot in the system,” Kofman said.

🧵 RT @ Putin wants to present a “win” on May 9, but there is no victory to be had for Russia. Putin is destroying his own country as he seeks to destroy Ukraine. And he’s losing on all fronts: economic decline, brain drain, huge military losses, and pariah state status. Short thread:
📌 https://twitter.com/apolyakova/status/1523420189811146753?s=20
⋙ 📋 🐣 RT @ […] 3/ Russia’s best and brightest are leaving in droves – a staggering 3.8 million have left, unclear when or if they will ever return. [link]

🧵 RT @EU_Commission On the eve of Europe Day, Ukrainian colours shine on the EU institutions in Brussels. ¤ Millions of Europeans have mobilised to help their neighbours in need. ¤ Europe stands at the side of Ukraine. 🇺🇦 ¤ #EuropeDay #StandWithUkraine
📌 https://twitter.com/EU_Commission/status/1523407565576556545?s=20

⭕ 7 May 2022

WaPo Editorial: Jan. 6 was worse than you remember. It must define our politics. http://wapo.st/3KUfXlJ “Voters must recognize that where politicians stand on democracy is more important than tax rates, inflation, gas prices or any other policy issue”

🐣 RT @RepLizCheney America must stand with the people of Ukraine. They aren’t just fighting for their own freedom. They are fighting for ours, too. ¤ @RepAuchincloss and I explain why America’s defense of freedom must not be a partisan issue.
⋙ WaPo, Liz Cheney and Jake Auchincloss: Our democracy at home depends on preserving freedom in Ukraine http://wapo.st/3May48J

🐣 RT @The_IntelHub #Breaking: Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Iryna Vereshchuk has stated that all women, children and elderly that remained have been evacuated from the besieged Azovstal steel plant which is known as the last Ukrainian stronghold within the southeastern city of Mariupol.

🐣 RT @sumlenny According to many reports, Russian 64th separated motorized brigade, responsible for mass rape, torture and executions in Bucha, promoted by Putin to a Guard brigade, was completely destroyed at Izyum, Kharkiv region. I will not publish my emotions here.

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Senior military expert on Russian state TV argued that mobilization wouldn’t accomplish a whole lot, since outdated weaponry can’t easily compete with NATO-supplied weapons and equipment in Ukraine’s hands and replenishing Russia’s military arsenal will be neither fast nor easy.
💽 https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1523036461595242498?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @AlanAbdo13 “Putin’s worldview cannot allow the option of his defeat. I believe he has been persuaded that doubling military efforts (troop offensive and shelling in Ukraine) could still produce results,” said the CIA Director William Burns.

⭕ 6 May 2022

💙 🧵 RT @RadioFreeTom In forty years of studying #Russia the thing I always struggled to get my arms around is that this remarkable and immense nation, a source of cultural and scientific genius, is also so riven by ignorance and insecurity that it is incapable of living in peace with the world. /1
📌 https://twitter.com/RadioFreeTom/status/1522776827009327105?s=20

🐣 RT @ryanstruyk PELOSI: “If Russia is not listed as a state sponsor of terrorism, tear up the list.”

🐣 RT @TheBushCenter “I was honored to spend a few minutes talking with President Zelenskyy – the Winston Churchill of our time – this morning. I thanked the President for his leadership, his example, and his commitment to liberty, and I saluted the courage of the Ukrainian people. …
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheBushCenter “President Zelenskyy assured me that they will not waver in their fight against Putin’s barbarism and thuggery. Americans are inspired by their fortitude and resilience. We will continue to stand with Ukrainians as they stand up for their freedom.” -President George W. Bush

🐣 RT @The_IntelHub This gives me meat grinder vibes not trained, professional, proficient, capable vibes. Russia is going to have issues even fielding that amount in a timely matter in order to make a deference, unless they transition to a defense.
⋙ 🐣 RT @RALee85 The RSOTM Telegram channel run by Wagner private military contractors currently in Ukraine said that either “there will be a mobilization or we will lose the war.” They think they need 600-800k people to defeat Ukraine. https://t.me/grey_zone/13960

🐣 RT @JuliaMendel Italian authorities froze the Scheherazade superyacht—believed to be owned by Russian president Vladimir Putin—in the port of Marina di Carrara on Friday. – Forbes https://twitter.com/IuliiaMendel/status/1522742187565502465?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 5 May 2022

🐣 RT @OlgaNYC1211 Fascinating that Russian media is reporting the CNN report that US intel helped sink Moskva. The Kremlin will have a lot of explaining to do in the morning after telling Russians for weeks that a “fire” was responsible for the sinking.

🐣 RT @KofmanMichael More interesting developments in the vein of yesterday’s coverage
⋙⋙ NBCNews: U.S. intel helped Ukraine sink Russian flagship Moskva, officials say http://nbcnews.to/3KMGfGI
// The flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet sank on April 14 after being struck by two Ukrainian Neptune anti-ship missiles, according to U.S. officials.
⋙ 🐣 I just wish people would let this go; could be seen by Russia as if we participated in targeting their warship ¤ The line between providing surveillance data and making targeting decisions is a thin one and this headline is really ‘poking the bear’

🐣 RT @NewsMax Pentagon press secretary John Kirby: “The US provides battlefield intelligence to help Ukraine. We do not provide intelligence on the location of senior military leaders on the battlefield, or participate in targeting decisions of the Ukrainian military.”

🐣 📋 RT @ukraine_world (Ukraine_history_eng): Affinity between Ukrainian and other Slavonic languages:
Belorussian 84%
Polish 70%
Slovak 68%
Russian 62%
https://twitter.com/ukraine_world/status/1522276322302734336?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @anders_aslund The big question about Putin’s war in Ukraine is what he will do on May 9, when he must declare victory.1. @McFaul has the best proposal: He just declared[s?] victory and takes home all his troops, since he controls the propaganda. Yet, that is not how Putin acts.
📌 https://twitter.com/anders_aslund/status/1522114945458089984?s=20
🐣 RT @anders_aslund 2. Telegram channel General SVR claims that Putin is discussing chemical attacks in bordering areas in Russia as false flag actions, to justify mobilization and the use of wmd in Ukraine. That would be in Putin’s style, but he is not likely to win on that – possible & awful.
🐣 RT @anders_aslund 3. The big argument against Putin declaring mobilization is that if he does, the boys in the big cities and the sons of the middle class would be mobilized & slaughtered on a massive scale that would be politically destabilizing.
🐣 RT @anders_aslund 4. Right now, Putin seems to be preparing a fig leaf victory: the seizure of Mariupol, but I doubt that he can accomplish that. The Ukrainian army appears to be on counteroffensive in the north between Kharkiv and Belgorod & in Kherson oblast in the south.
🐣 RT @anders_aslund 5. It looks as if Putin is not going to celebrate any victory but has to recognize a major Russian defeat, similar to the Russo-Japanese war of 1904-5. Well done, Ukraine!

⭕ 4 May 2022

Atlantic Council, Henrik Larsen: Foreign policy realists should be bolder about defeating Putin in Ukraine http://bit.ly/3M0jksA “Realism is most credible for the conduct of foreign policy when it acknowledges that interests can never be completely separated from values”

Realism is most credible for the conduct of foreign policy when it acknowledges that interests can never be completely separated from values. Russia clearly crossed the post-Cold War Rubicon with its invasion of Ukraine. Since February 24, it has become impossible for the West to remain true to itself while continuing with pre-war policies of engagement. Likewise, the West cannot allow the defeat of Ukraine while it hesitates to provide the necessary weapons.

There is increasing clarity in Western capitals over the importance of Ukraine’s military success. This is evident in heavy weapons supply breakthroughs including last week’s overwhelming German Bundestag vote, the Polish delivery of more than 200 tanks, French commitments to supply artillery, and much more. The recent US Lend-Lease bill and the Ramstein conference underlined this growing commitment to maintaining a continuous flow of heavy weapons to Ukraine for as long as necessary.

These policies are not without risk. Indeed, Russia has threatened to target Western weapons convoys on several occasions. However, there is nothing to suggest that Moscow would dare to launch any attacks on NATO territory because that would likely trigger a direct NATO response. While Kremlin bluster is to be expected, Russia does not want to risk war with NATO. In that sense, Ukraine follows the pattern of limited war in the Nuclear Age, where the great powers seek to restrict armed hostilities to one territory.

There are limits to what Ukraine can realistically hope to achieve militarily against Russia. Kyiv might never be able to liberate Crimea or the breakaway republics in eastern Ukraine. As matter of its own survival, the Putin regime may be willing to defend these territories by declaring a general mobilization or threatening the use of nuclear weapons. Nevertheless, Ukraine will almost certainly need additional heavy weapon supplies to liberate recently occupied regions in the south of the country.

Looking ahead, NATO should certainly continue to refrain from a direct combat role in Ukraine. However, Western leaders should not be afraid of giving Ukraine the conventional weapons it needs in order to win a fight where the West has a significant interest.

Developments during the first two months of the war suggest that Ukraine can defeat Russia on the battlefield if it receives sufficient arms from its international partners. It is equally evident that Russia has no desire at this stage to end the conflict or enter into a negotiated peace. Acknowledging this, foreign policy realists should be bolder about what the West can do to deny Putin victory and punish Russia for its unprovoked aggression.

ForeignAffairs, Georgiy Kasianov: The War Over Ukrainian Identity http://fam.ag/3kET23d The clearest of the brief histories I’ve read on Ukrainian history lately
// Nationalism, Russian Imperialism, and the Quest to Define Ukraine’s History

Russian forces have been smashing their way through Ukraine for over two months now, spurred in large part by historical fiction. But history also propels the fierce Ukrainian resistance. Ukrainians, too, harbor a particular understanding of the past that motivates them to fight. In many ways, this war is the collision of two incompatible historical narratives. Putin’s desire to restore an imperial Russia (of which Ukraine is but a constituent part) has crashed into a Ukrainian nationalism that imagines a sovereign Ukrainian state and a distinct Ukrainian people persisting in various forms for over a thousand years. Like all grand narratives, both have their share of mythology. But for Ukrainians, the stakes are more existential: Putin’s reading of history would deny them the very right to exist.

In 1903, Mykhailo Hrushevsky, an academic based in Lviv, published an article that remains powerful today. Weightily titled “The Traditional Scheme of ‘Russian’ History and the Problem of a Rational Organization of the History of the East Slavs,” the essay insisted that Ukrainian history was not a province of an overarching Russian story. Ukraine was not Russia. A coherent and distinct Ukrainian national history, he argued, stretched back over a millennium.

Hrushevsky sketched the story of Ukraine in the following way. Ukraine, as both a nation and a state, had its roots in the Kievan Rus’—a conglomerate of peoples ruled by a warrior elite that traced its ancestry to Scandinavia—that emerged on the banks of the Dnieper River in the late ninth century. Various Ukrainian polities followed, including the principality of Galicia-Volhynia and the kingdom of Ruthenia in the medieval period and a Cossack state in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. But by the nineteenth century, the territory of Ukraine was largely divided between the Russian and Austro-Hungarian empires. Ukrainians did not surrender to this imperial domination; just as other eastern European intellectuals turned to national liberation and self-determination in the nineteenth century, so, too, did Ukrainian thinkers and writers seek to revive their nation by constructing a modern language and a master narrative of their nation’s history. That revival set the stage for a modern, independent Ukraine to join the family of nations in the twentieth century. Hrushevsky’s vision of Ukrainian identity had much in common with similar schemes in eastern Europe: it was ethnocentric, teleological (insofar as it treated Ukrainian nationhood as the inevitable outcome of centuries of history), and powerful in its ability to mobilize broad swaths of people.

x Hrushevsky was not just the father of modern Ukrainian nationalism and history but also a key political actor, the inaugural president of the first Ukrainian parliament from 1917 to 1918, and the spiritual leader of the national revolution that led to the creation of an independent Ukrainian republic between 1917 and 1920. Today, many Ukrainians imagine their country through the framework that Hrushevsky put in place. They see Ukraine as the successor to not just the briefly independent republic but to a thousand years of kingdoms, principalities, and other forms of states. They note that Ukrainians have a culture, a language, and religious traditions distinct from their neighbors. This narrative has become the basis for contemporary Ukraine’s school curriculum, civic education, and official historiography.

This vision of Ukrainian history is full of striving dreamers, Ukrainians who sacrificed for their country and fought against many external oppressors. Few notions of national identity exist without some kind of other, an opposing force against which the nation can be defined. For Ukrainians, the principal other, of course, has been Russia. In its imperial and Soviet guises, Russia looms over Ukrainian history as a colonial force of exploitation, assimilation, repression, and humiliation. In this narrative, the Russian state lords over its citizens and imbues them with a false sense of pride and greatness, whereas Ukraine appears as the antithesis of Russia. It embodies the values of democracy, freedom, individualism, private initiative, and national pride. Where the Russian state oppresses, the Ukrainian state should guarantee security and independence for the Ukrainian people. At the broadest level, Ukrainians insist that Ukraine belongs to European civilization, not a Russian one.

For around 70 years, the Soviet Union attempted to dull the distinctions between Russians and Ukrainians. The Soviet version of history admitted ethnographic and cultural differences between the two peoples while insisting on their unity and shared historical destiny. Soviet officials coined the slogan “Forever together!” in 1954 to commemorate the Treaty of Pereyaslav of 1654, when Cossacks in what is now Ukraine declared allegiance to the Russian tsar. The Soviet historical myth still upheld Russia as the big brother in this tandem of fraternal countries.

But this brotherliness came to an end after an independent Ukraine emerged from the wreckage of the Soviet Union in 1991. In the ensuing decade, both Russia and Ukraine adopted pre-Soviet historical narratives that rejected the convivial Soviet reading of the past. Russian officials tried to overcome the surge of local and ethnic nationalisms in Russia that followed the crackup of the Soviet Union by harking back to the imperial past. Many Russian scholars and public figures acquiesced to this return to an imperial version of history, one that enshrined a supranational state as the protector of a greater Russia.

When it came to Ukraine, Russian elites and state-backed historians sought to trace a chronology that would reinforce the notion that Russians and Ukrainians were one people. There should be no schism between the two: both shared descent from the Kievan Rus’, and their union was reaffirmed by the 1654 Pereyaslav treaty. This Russian account demonized or downplayed figures and events that suggested the uniqueness of Ukraine. For instance, Russians vilified the seventeenth-century Cossack leader Ivan Mazepa, who sided with Sweden against Muscovy. They dismissed the Ukrainian revolution of 1917–1920 (and the accompanying independent republic) as a fleeting and unfortunate civil conflict within a single community. They portrayed the great famine of 1932–33, which killed as many as four million Ukrainians, as a shared tragedy of all the peoples of the Soviet Union—a view contrary to the one held by Ukrainians, who called the event the Holodomor (“death by starvation”) and saw it as a genocide perpetrated against them. The Ukrainian nationalist movement that followed in the 1930s and 1940s was, in the Russian view, merely the work of anti-Russian collaborators with Nazi Germany.

Many Ukrainian historians saw the same events differently from how their Russian counterparts saw them. They perceived the Kievan Rus’ as the progenitors of the Ukrainian people alone and the founders of Ukrainian statehood. The supposed reunification of 1654 only inaugurated three centuries of Russian colonial oppression. The Cossack leader Mazepa was a hero of national revival and resistance to imperial rule. The Ukrainian revolution and Ukraine’s brief statehood between 1917 and 1920 was the culmination of centuries of struggle against Russian imperial dominance. The Holodomor was an act of genocide committed by Moscow. And the Ukrainian nationalist movement of the 1930s and 1940s, including its heroic partisan guerrilla campaigns against the Soviets, was the apogee of the national liberation struggle against Moscow’s totalitarianism. …

In the years following the publication of Ukraine Is Not Russia, the two countries increasingly clashed over history. In international organizations such as the United Nations and UNESCO, Russia effectively blocked all Ukrainian initiatives to recognize the Holodomor as an act of genocide targeting Ukrainians. Russia’s foreign ministry routinely accused Ukrainian authorities of glorifying Nazi collaborators and disseminating anti-Russian propaganda. In 2008, Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev refused to pay an official visit to the opening of a memorial in Kyiv to the victims of the Holodomor, accusing Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko of politicizing the shared tragedy of Soviet citizens. Russia’s state-controlled media caricatured Ukraine as a zoo filled with rabid nationalists.

These claims fueled Russia’s 2014 invasion of Ukraine. Russia repeatedly invoked historical arguments to justify its annexation of Crimea and its long-running proxy war in Donbas, in eastern Ukraine, claiming that these lands were illegally passed to Ukraine by the Bolsheviks between the 1920s and 1950s. It has frequently invoked World War II in the messaging around its interventions in Ukraine. The breakaway republics in Donbas have described their military actions as part of a similar struggle against the “Kyiv junta” and have adopted the Saint George stripe, a symbol that commemorates the Russian defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945.

For their part, Ukrainians have developed a more bristling and uncompromising understanding of their country’s history in the wake of the 2014 invasion. In 2015, the government launched a massive campaign to purge the evidence of the Soviet era, razing several thousand Soviet monuments and renaming about 50,000 streets and around 1,000 villages and cities. The parliament passed legislation that equated Soviet symbols to Nazi ones and criminalized their public use.

A cult of heroism and military sacrifice gained new importance, adding to the Holodomor’s tragedy of victimhood. Ukrainians trumpeted the rugged resistance of the Cossacks to foreign rule, the bravery of the war for independence between 1917 and 1920, and the heroism of two controversial World War II–era militant organizations: the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), a radical right-wing group founded in 1929 that sought to secure Ukrainian independence, and its military wing, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (known by its Ukrainian initials, UPA), which fought against the Poles, Soviets, and Germans during and after the war. New state-sanctioned politics of memory ignored the darker aspects of the OUN and the UPA, including their collaboration with Nazis, their xenophobic and totalitarian nature, and the participation of their members in the Holocaust and in massacres of Polish and Ukrainian civilians. A special law passed in April 2015 obliged citizens to respect all Ukrainians who fought for the country’s independence and declared public disrespect or criticism of the OUN and the UPA to be unlawful.

Unsurprisingly, the OUN and the UPA grew increasingly popular during wartime: the share of Ukrainians who held positive attitudes toward these organizations increased from 27 percent in 2013 to a peak of 49 percent in 2017, according to the Ukrainian research organization Rating. But that did not translate into actual support for the far-right nationalist block in Ukraine, which received less than two percent of the vote in the 2019 presidential election and won only one seat in parliamentary elections that year.

Nevertheless, Putin readily presented Ukraine’s commemoration of the OUN and the UPA as a festival of nationalism and what he called “Nazism.” At least in this sense, the Ukrainian right-wingers, who tried to impose the history of their political party on the whole of Ukraine, and the populists who supported them were unwitting allies of Putin’s propaganda; evoking the memory of World War II, Putin could point to the checkered legacy of the OUN and UPA to frame his “special military operation” as a continuation of the struggle against Nazism. This rhetoric points to the abiding power of history and memory in shaping the modern politics of the region. Many Russians and Ukrainians see the battles of the present as echoes of the battles of the past.

Analysts are rightly distrustful of politicians who use history as a manipulative tool for pursuing political, social, or military ends. History, however, is an inescapable part of how people see the world, structure their beliefs, and determine their actions. It shapes and affects the lives of millions in this conflict and cannot be dismissed.

Ukraine as a nation-state finds its legitimacy in the history distilled by such figures as Hrushevsky. Ukrainians see their existence in time and space as resting on this vision of a sovereign history, emancipated from Russia.  Putin and his allies use history to claim that Ukraine is not a legitimate country; denying Ukrainians their sovereign history was the first and decisive step in rejecting the right of Ukraine to exist. Both Russia and Ukraine are obsessed with the past and are guilty of distorting the historical record for modern purposes. But there is a fundamental difference in their positions. Russia turns to the past to justify expansion, aggression, and domination, to resurrect an empire. Ukraine does it in self-defense and self-determination to preserve and nurture an independent republic. Russia fights for the past. Ukraine fights for the future.

🐣 RT @andersostlund Good one from the EU. The oil sanctions try to prevent Russia from being able to sell its oil anywhere in the world.
⋙ 🧵 RT @nchrysoloras A key clause from the draft legal text of the latest package of sanctions. The EU is seeking to go beyond an import ban on Russian oil by targeting Moscow’s ability to sell *anywhere in the world*
📌 [Text block:] https://twitter.com/nchrysoloras/status/1521789127418654720?s=20/photo/1

🐣 US is 15th, down from 7th in 2008
⋙ 🐣≣ RT @CatoFP The Human Freedom Index is unique because it takes in the whole scope of human freedom. To do that, it produces scores for 82 distinct indicators across 165 jurisdictions, encompassing 98.1 percent of the world’s population. ¤ See more here: https://bit.ly/3MneHIV

⭕ 3 May 2022

WaPo Editorial: The Supreme Court might never recover from overturning Roe v. Wade http://wapo.st/3kFJXHi “The court’s legitimacy rests on the notion that it follows the law, not the personal or ideological preferences of the justices”
// “What brought the court to its current precipice was not a fundamental shift in American values regarding abortion. It was the shameless legislative maneuvering of Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), who jammed two Trump-nominated justices onto the court.”

🐣 RT @@Biz_Ukraine_Mag
Putin’s Victory Day cult actively promotes the myth of Russia as a “Victor Nation.” History tells a different story:
1853-56 Crimean War: Lost
1904-5 Russo-Japanese War: Lost
1914-18 WWI: On winning side, still managed to lose
1939-40 Winter War: Lost
1945-91 Cold War: Lost
⋙ 🐣 RT @schtinkygirl Afghanistan-lost
Ukraine-losing

🐣 RT @FHeisbourg This is from RTR 1, state owned and state run mainstream TV. Mainstream in Putinian Russia that is: the language used would be considered as murderously deranged in most other countries
⋙ 🐣 RT @KSokirianskaia The first channel propagandists threaten Russians who are against the letter “Z”. They will not be pardoned. Concentration camps and sterilization, says film director Shakhnazarov

🐣 RT @Ohra_aho Rumours are swirling in Moscow that a number of former generals and KGB officials are preparing to oust Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and plan to end the war in Ukraine, which is increasingly seen across Russia as a strategic mistake.
⋙ CityAM: Kremlin on high alert as coup rumours grow in Moscow: Disgruntled generals join FSB looking to oust Putin and end Ukraine war http://bit.ly/3ycqC8F

🐣 RT @ It about 🇺🇦 right to independence and national self-determination, against Putin’s deranged imperialist revanchism
It is about freedom versus oppression
It is about right versus wrong
It is about good versus evil
And that is why 🇺🇦 must win – 🇬🇧 PM Johnson

🐣 RT @SamRamani2 Zelensky’s response to Sergei Lavrov: ¤ “These words mean that Russia’s top diplomat puts the blame on the Jewish people for Nazi crimes. I have no words”

⭕ 2 May 2022

🐣 RT @nexta_tv James #Stavridis, a former #NATO supreme allied commander for #Europe on the “amazing incompetence” of Russia: “In modern history, there is no situation comparable in terms of the deaths of generals. … Here, on the Russian side, (…) we’ve seen at least a dozen, if not more”.

🐣 RT @PaulaChertok In any case, the leaker is revealing a Supreme Court that’s lost its legitimacy. We’re fools to expect integrity from a SCOTUS majority made up of seats stolen & appointments made by a treasonous president and a corrupt party who threw the constitution & rule of law out long ago?

🧵 RT @brhodes I’m sorry but no one who came of age with Bush v Gore (eg anyone under like 50) has ever seen the Supreme Court as “apolitical”
📌 https://twitter.com/brhodes/status/1521336182562459648?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Without Bush v Gore there’s no Iraq War and the US leads on climate. Spare me the bullshit about what an island of comity it is – it’s long been the epicenter of efforts to undermine US democracy
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Citizens United and gutting the Voting Rights Act – that’s the Roberts court in action. Viktor Orban couldn’t design a better far right vehicle for illiberal democracy than John Roberts.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Overturning Roe only makes sense in a bigger context in which there’s no way they’d stop at overturning Roe.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Too many Dems retreat to “history will judge this harshly” – but that misses the point that the right does not think that history will judge them harshly bc they think they’re winning. Why wouldn’t they?

🔆 This❗️⋙ Politico: Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows https://politi.co/3w1KOHA
// “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Justice Alito writes in an initial majority draft circulated inside the court.

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff I am in awe of the courage of President Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian people. ¤ In the face of extreme Russian brutality, Zelenskyy has inspired his people, and freedom-loving individuals across the world. ¤ We are with @ZelenskyyUa and the Ukrainian people.

🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “I think we’ve all had a sense that this war is about bigger things than even just the future of Ukraine. It’s obviously about whether or not democracy’s going to survive. It’s also though about wither truth and reality matters” – @brhodes w/ @NicolleDWallace

Bloomberg: Biden Seeks to Rob Putin of His Top Scientists With Visa Lure http://bloom.bg/3vBCwqX
// The Biden administration has a plan to rob Vladimir Putin of some of his best innovators by waiving some visa requirements for highly educated Russians

🐣 RT @harrylitman Rejecting First Am arg, fed district court rules RNC’s mass mailing vendor has to turn over emails to 1/6 committee. Emails sent by the RNC and the Trump campaign using the vendor spread false claims that 2020 election was fraudulent or stolen.
// judge was Trump appointee

JournalofDemocracy, David Kramer: Defeating Putin in Ukraine Is Vital to the Future of Democracy http://bit.ly/3kwBKoP “Russia has zero prospects of becoming more democratic as long as Putin remains in power”
// May 2022; Why we must tackle the threat posed by Putin and his authoritarianism head on.  

💙 TheAtlantic, George Packer: How America Fractured into Four Parts http://bit.ly/3vBfH6Q
// Jul/Aug 2021; People in the United States no longer agree on the nation’s purpose, values, history, or meaning. Is reconciliation possible?

⭕ 1 May 2022

WaPo Editorial: Congress must act to prevent an election coup in 2024 http://wapo.st/3s4EkGT ”Electoral Count Act reform can attract 60 Senate votes; voting rights measures cannot”

📋 WaPo: Mass flight of tech workers turns Russian IT into another casualty of war http://wapo.st/3krgml3
// About 10 percent of the tech workforce is projected to leave Russia before the end of May

🐣 RT @SpencerGuard This would be huge if true. THE Gerasimov. Top general in the entire Russian military. IMO him being sent to Ukraine at all would be extremely abnormal, a sign the new theater commander (General Dvornikov) not producing results fast enough. Russia is losing (already lost really).
⋙ 🐣 RT @christogrzev Hm. The rumor that Gen. Gerasimov (this time THE Gerasimov) was wounded in yesterday’s Ukrainian shelling of RU command positions near Izyum is now confirmed by the former interior minister Avakov. Still no independent verification though.

🐣 RT @bbcworldservice From political novice to Ukraine’s wartime leader – @JonahFisherBBC profiles President Volodymyr Zelensky
⋙ 💽 BBC Documentary: Zelensky: The making of a president http://bbc.in/3ku66s4

🐣 RT @KyivIndependent US House of Representatives speaker visits Kyiv. ¤ U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has met with President Volodymyr Zelensky during her visit to Ukraine’s capital on May 1. ¤ Video: President’s press service
💽 https://twitter.com/KyivIndependent/status/1520663575953608706?s=20/photo/1
 
⭕ 30 Apr 2022

🐣 Donald Trump shut down immigration dramatically, but prior to 2016, most refugees were from Asia, Latin America and Africa. The last influx of Europeans was after the fall of the USSR. Immigration of all types of Europeans has been <20% for decades. @FWhitfield @MSNBC ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1520464688361914370?s=20/photo/1 🧵 ↥ ↧ RT @andersostlund I know many Ukrainians who despite the war in Donbas had a positive view on Russian and Russian culture. That's changed now. Some Russian speaking Ukrainians are disgusted by their own language. The language of Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy is now the language of rapists and murderers. 📌 https://twitter.com/andersostlund/status/1520324456576655360?s=20   ⭕ 29 Apr 2022 💙 WSJ, Francis Fukuyama: The Long Arc of Historical Progress http://on.wsj.com/3vO5kwD // A democratic world order is not the inexorable outcome of historical forces, but even amid setbacks, societies are clearly evolving toward equality and individual freedom.

In a recent article in the Atlantic, the historian Anne Applebaum wrote that “There is no natural liberal world order, and there are no rules without someone to enforce them.” Her practical point was clear: Only by actively fighting back could the world’s democracies save themselves from Vladimir Putin and the world’s other newly assertive autocrats. But she was also making a deeper point: That there is no broad pattern to history or possibility of historical progress over time; outcomes are simply the result of actors duking it out over and over again. As she tweeted about the piece: “There is no arc of history, nothing inevitable about either democracy or dictatorship. What happens tomorrow depends on what all of us do today.” The “arc of history” likely refers to a favorite phrase of President Barack Obama, who often used it in adapting Martin Luther King Jr. ’s declaration, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

In a narrow sense, Ms. Applebaum’s argument is incontrovertible. There is no underlying historical mechanism that brings us inexorably toward a liberal world order, similar to the Marxist belief that history would culminate in Communism. Mr. Putin’s attack on Ukraine demonstrates that many people in the West had grown complacent about the peace and prosperity brought about by the liberal order that has prevailed in recent decades. They didn’t think that anyone would challenge that order, certainly not with tanks and rockets and outright territorial aggression. And it is clearly true today that the liberal order requires believers in democracy to actively support it, in Ukraine and around the world.

But while we can agree on the short-term urgency of action, it is not at all clear that there is no arc of history or that this arc does not bend toward some form of justice. Social scientists and historians have addressed this question for years under the rubric of “structure” versus “agency” as the source of historical change. Structure refers to broad forces like technology, social classes, climate and geography, as determinants of political and economic outcomes. Agency, by contrast, refers to the decisions and actions taken by individual human beings, whether leaders at the top or actors at the grass roots. The idea of an “arc of history” does not deny the importance of individual agency; it just sees those actions within conditions set by larger structural forces.

“History,” as I used it in my 1989 article “The End of History?” and my 1992 book elaborating on the subject, did not refer to events but to that underlying structure: history with a capital H, what in today’s language would be called modernization or development. Since at least the late 18th century, an important current in Western thought maintained that there was indeed a universal and progressive historical process unfolding over the centuries, as opposed to earlier views that maintained that history was cyclical or simply a random process. This line of thought raises two separate questions: First, does History in the sense of modernization exist, and second, if so, toward what kind of society is it pointing? The first question is rather easy to answer; the second is much more complicated.

If we step back from day-to-day headlines and take a long view of human social evolution, there clearly is an arc of history. Early human communities organized themselves into bands of a few dozen individuals, generally all relatives of one another. They lived initially by hunting and gathering, but as some settled in fertile river estuaries and developed agriculture, their societies grew much larger. These bands were replaced by what anthropologists label “segmentary lineages”—what we commonly call tribes—in which groups claiming descent from a common ancestor could scale up to encompass thousands of people. This form of organization appeared in widely separated parts of the world, including China, India, the Americas, the Middle East and Europe.

Approximately 8,000 years ago, a different type of organization then appeared: the state, in which power was centralized in a single authority that then sought to monopolize the capacity for violence. States also appeared in geographically scattered regions of the world: the Nile Valley, Mesopotamia, the Yellow River Valley in China and the Valley of Mexico. Over time, states proved to be much more powerful than tribally organized societies.

State-level societies grew enormously in scale and could encompass millions of inhabitants. To get to this scale, however, they needed to move away from patrimonial authority and make use of impersonal institutions—bureaucracies—that seek to treat people uniformly as citizens. The first world society to make this transition was China, which had developed the foundational elements of a modern state—a merit-based civil service, centralized taxation, and uniform weights and measures—by the time of its initial unification in 221 BC. It would take European societies another 1,800 years before they too started to evolve modern states.

The next major transition began in the 17th and 18th centuries in Western Europe, driven by a complex set of cultural and economic changes. States had always made use of law as a means of enforcing the ruler’s will on populations, but in certain parts of Europe, law slowly divorced itself from political authority and became embedded in independent legal institutions. Rule by law turned into the rule of law when it came to be applied to the most powerful political actors in a society; this was what drove the English civil war in the 1640s and led to the beheading of the English king. Political authority was no longer the personal privilege of the ruling family but rather a public trust held by the ruler on behalf of the whole society. Law thus became not simply an instrument of power but a constraint on power, allowing private individuals to own property and to buy and sell under a transparent set of rules.

There was, moreover, a critical cognitive shift that took place in Europe around this time, which was the development of the scientific method. That method assumes that there is an objective world beyond our subjective consciousness, one that can be apprehended experimentally and ultimately manipulated to serve human purposes. It was this technique that produced continuous technological change and allowed the modern economic world to emerge.

These ideas were all part of a doctrine that came to be known as liberalism, in which political power would be limited by law and constitutional checks on the ruler’s authority. It quickly became associated with the rapid economic growth that took place in early liberal societies like England and the Netherlands. The scale of markets and efficiency of production increased many fold, aided by technological developments like seaborne transport and long-range navigation. With the direct application of the scientific method to the development of technology, the industrial revolution was born at the turn of the 19th century, producing the steady economic growth that has characterized the world economy ever since.

Modernization is a coherent process involving capital accumulation, investment and increasing economies of scale. It produces similar social results regardless of the cultural starting points of the society in which it occurs. Agrarian societies see peasants leaving the countryside for cities or sometimes being forcibly driven off the land. Cities grow in size and importance, and levels of education begin to rise as requirements for literacy and an increasing range of skill expands. Social classes emerge: One group owns capital, another works for them, and in between there emerges a middle class of professionals, merchants, middlemen and those who provide services for an increasingly complex society.

The 19th-century German social theorist Ferdinand Tönnies described this transition as one from Gemeinschaft (community) to Gesellschaft (society)—from the small, isolated village community to the diverse, urban industrial city. This process unfolded in Western Europe and North America beginning in the late 19th century and took place in Asian societies like Japan, South Korea and China in the 20th century.

So there is an arc of history. The second question is where is it pointing, and in particular, whether it is pointing toward “justice.” When President Obama used the phrase, he was doubtless thinking about justice in two senses: first, a high degree of social and political equality; and second, a political system that protects the autonomy of each individual, that is, a person’s ability to pursue a flourishing life as they see fit, free from violence, war or coercion.

In earlier historical periods, the arc of history bent away from justice. Tribal societies are relatively egalitarian: They disperse power and often operate by consensus. It was only with the development of the state that dictatorship and slavery could exist on a large scale. Many historians have pointed as well to the deterioration of human health and well-being that occurred as diets shifted to grains and peasants were forced into stationary and rigidly limited lives.

Regimes committed to principles of equality and freedom have doubtless spread substantially over recent centuries. But what if the arc of history is pointing elsewhere—toward, perhaps, a Chinese-style hi-tech authoritarianism or to a nationalist illiberal democracy like Viktor Orban’s Hungary? Liberal democracy has not triumphed universally around the world and, indeed, has been in retreat over the last 15 years. This retreat is marked not just by the rise of authoritarian great powers like Russia and China but also by democratic backsliding in established democracies like India and the U.S.

The liberal narrative of historical progress was closely tied to the belief that people were rational and that better education and access to information would make them more critical of unjust authority and open to diverse ideas. This scenario is not playing out in today’s China, where an increasingly well-educated population seems to be content living under a dictatorship. Nor did this narrative anticipate the impact of technology, which has allowed governments to control information in novel ways and malign actors to weaponize it in ways that undermine democratic self-confidence.

In order to see that there has been progress toward justice, it is important to recognize that History is not a linear process in which we make slow but steady improvements every year. Rather, it is marked by huge discontinuities, with periods of peace and spreading freedom interrupted by giant wars and setbacks. One needs to step back and take a long-term perspective. While it may seem counterintuitive at a moment when Europe is consumed by a war between major powers, a number of scholars such as Steven Pinker have shown that aggregate levels of violence have fallen dramatically over the millennia as human societies have evolved from hunting and gathering.

A century ago, the greater part of the earth’s landmass was held in colonial domination by a handful of Western powers. Since then, the idea that each society should be sovereign and free to govern itself has taken hold everywhere. What makes Mr. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine so shocking is that he seems to be still living in that 19th century colonial world, unwilling to recognize the grassroots power of ordinary people like the Ukrainians resisting him.

The great French observer of American democracy Alexis de Tocqueville noted that the idea of human equality had been spreading inexorably for centuries prior to his visit to America in the 1830s. He related the story of Madame de Sévigné, the educated and aristocratic patroness of a Paris salon in the 17th century, who wrote a lighthearted letter to her daughter noting she had witnessed a tailor being broken on the wheel for stealing a loaf of bread. Tocqueville comments that her amusement at this scene reflected the fact that she simply could not see the tailor as a fellow human being. Such a lack of empathy, he writes, would be impossible in his own age, which had been shaped by the egalitarian ideals of the French Revolution.

We can all point to contemporary instances in which immigrants, refugees or members of racial and sexual minorities are similarly dehumanized and excluded from our circle of human solidarity. But with every passing generation, it has become harder to do this. Virtually no regime today bases itself on an assertion of overt social hierarchy or denies the principle of democratic legitimacy, even if disregarding it in practice. Modern technology has been weaponized, but it has also made the suffering of distant peoples vivid to us in ways that were previously impossible. Witness the upsurge in sympathy for the suffering of Ukrainians that has swept over Europe and North America since the beginning of the Russian invasion.

From a long-term perspective, liberalism has seen its ups and downs but has always come back in the end. It got its start several centuries ago when Europe was exhausted by 150 years of religious warfare; societies decided to lower the stakes of politics by establishing a political order based on the principle of toleration. It was challenged again in the 19th and early 20th centuries by aggressive nationalism that wanted to base community on blood and soil, but it returned again after 1945 in response to two devastating world wars. In the 75 subsequent years, we have lived under a liberal world order that got a tremendous boost with the collapse of Communism in 1989-91. That has produced a feeling of security and even boredom for many people who want a more engaged form of politics and community. Perhaps the current war in Ukraine will remind another generation of the virtues of that older order.

The liberal idea remains very vivid for people all over the world. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people—sometimes millions—leave poor, violent and poorly governed countries in search of a better life. Their destination of choice is never China, Russia or Venezuela. Rather, they seek out well-governed liberal societies where their children will have greater freedom and opportunity. It is they much more than the complacent inhabitants of liberal societies who realize that there is, indeed, an arc of history, with justice as its terminus.

Mr. Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. His new book, “Liberalism and Its Discontents,” will be published on May 10 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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Appeared in the April 30, 2022, print edition as ‘The Long Arc of Historical Progress Does History Have a Direction?.’

ForeignAffairs, Frederick Kagan and Mason Clark: How Not to Invade a Nation https://fam.ag/377lBTI “Russia’s invasion was sweeping and unprioritized rather than sequential and deliberate. It mismatched its forces to tasks and gave Ukraine’s defenders clear ways to fight back”
// Russia’s Attack on Ukraine Is a Case Study in Bad Strategy

🐣 RT @Kasparov63 It should be emotional. With recent remarks by Truss and Austen, the West is finally speaking the language Putin & his cronies will understand. No return, no deals, unity against his pariah state, winning in Ukraine.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JimLaPorta .@PentagonPresSec John Kirby gets emotional talking about war atrocities and Putin—“It’s difficult to look at some of the images and imagine that any well-thinking, serious mature leader would do that. I can’t talk to his psychology, but I think we can all speak to his depravity”
💽 https://twitter.com/JimLaPorta/status/1520122037896982530?s=20/photo/1

WaPo: Second Oath Keepers member pleads guilty to seditious conspiracy http://wapo.st/3yjFtyr
// Brian Ulrich of Georgia drove others in a golf cart to the riot and was charged in the Capitol attack

🐣 RT @kiraincongress On 64th day of #war we see that finally things start coming together. More and more sanctions planned and implemented. More and more weapons promised and delivered. ¤ Also, more and more missiles hit our homes. But we are doing everything for it to stop. ¤ @AlJazeeraWorld

🐣 RT @Osinttechnical UK MOD Update- The Battle of Donbas remains Russia’s main strategic focus… Due to strong Ukrainian resistance, Russian territorial gains have been limited and achieved at significant cost to Russian forces. [att]

🐣 RT @andersostlund There are indeed some good news for Ukraine this week. Germany is finally coming around with weapons and potential oil embargo, but words must be followed by actions, and the US support package is of course unprecedented. Ukraine’s chances of victory has grown a lot this week.
⋙ 🐣 RTa_anusauskas [Lith DOD] @ 🇺🇦 US House of Representatives passes lend-lease program for Ukraine.
🇺🇦 German Bundestag gives the official green light to send “heavy weapons” to Ukraine.
🇺🇦 NATO allies have already provided $ 8 billion in military aid to Ukraine
These are some historic moves!
 
⭕ 28 Apr 2022

🐣 RT @mkraju Ten Republicans voted against the Ukrainian Defense Land Lease Act, which passed the House, 417-10. ¤ The 10, per @kristin__wilson:
Andy Biggs
Paul Gosar
Scott Perry
Dan Bishop
Matt Gaetz
Marjorie Taylor Greene
Tom Massie
Ralph Norman
Warren Davidson
Tom Tiffany
⋙ 🐣 the chaos caucus

RT @PamelaFalk #BREAKING 🚨Missiles hit Kyiv near hotel of UN Chief ¤ “Immediately after the end of our talks in Kyiv, Russian missiles flew into the city. And this says a lot… about the Russian leadership’s efforts to humiliate the UN” @ZelenskyyUa @CBSNews [link]

🐣 RT @MID_RF [tr] #Захарова : We consider the “freezing” of Russian assets to be illegitimate, violating the principles and norms of international law and the unbiased functioning of the global financial system. ¤ Such actions of the countries of the West are blatant theft by one group of states of the savings of another.
⋙ 🐣 These funds will be used to repair Ukraine from the destruction you have wrought in an unprovoked, illegal war, which you can halt at any moment. ¤ Russia is a rogue state which has by its actions has shown it does not belong in the community of civilized nations.

🐣 RT @DmytroKuleba Russia stroke Kyiv with cruise missiles right when UN Secretary General @antonioguterres and Bulgarian PM @KirilPetkov visit our capital. By this heinous act of barbarism Russia demonstrates once again its attitude towards Ukraine, Europe and the world.

🐣 RT @oleksiireznikov [DefMin] While the UN Secretary General @antonioguterres is visiting Kyiv, a permanent member of the UN Security Council – russia – is launching missile strikes on the city. This is an attack on the security of the Secretary General and on world security!

🐣 RT @kiraincongress Right now, while #UN GenSec is in Kyiv – two massive air missile hits. s Anybody hoping #Russia would obey any kinds of laws – just look at what happens in #Kyiv now.

🐣 RT @HannaLiubakova President @ZelenskyyUa published this video saying that today in Kyiv, he met with António Guterres, the secretary-general of the United Nations.Just a moment ago, several missiles hit central Kyiv. ¤ Two days ago, Mr Guterres sat with Putin at the long table,listened to his lies
💽 https://twitter.com/HannaLiubakova/status/1519736555195273222?s=20/photo/1
// Ze meets Guterres in downtown Kyiv

🐣 RT @ POTUS Despite the disturbing rhetoric coming out of the Kremlin, the facts are plain for all to see: We are not attacking Russia. We are helping Ukraine defend itself against Russian aggression. And just as Putin chose to launch this brutal invasion, he could make the choice to end it.

🐣 RT @JackDetsch NEW: Ukrainian forces received training on U.S.-provided unmanned coastal vessels: senior U.S. defense official

🐣 RT @anders_aslund US Attorney General Merrick Garland told senators Tuesday that the Justice Department would support efforts to ship assets seized from Russian oligarchs directly to Ukraine. (UBN)

🐣 RT @TpyxaNews Biden said that he sent an initiative to Congress that would allow the seizure of the property of Russian oligarchs and send the proceeds to Ukraine.

Politico: White House sends Congress $33B request for Ukraine http://politi.co/3knikTo
// The package is by far the largest single funding proposal of the war.

🧵 RT @SpencerGuard “The cost of this fight is not cheap, but caving to aggression is going to be more costly if we allow it to happen. We either back Ukrainian people as they defend their country, or we stand by as the Russians continue their atrocities and aggression in Ukraine.” @POTUS
📌 https://twitter.com/SpencerGuard/status/1519706630941646848?s=20

🐣 RT @CanadianUkrain1 The General Staff of the #Russian Armed Forces, #Gerasimov, is being sent to #Izyum to salvage the situation. Despite heavy Russian airstrikes and shelling, they continue suffering heavy losses. Offensive capabilities are expected to last for only a couple of weeks ¤ #Ukraine ✊🏻🇺🇦

🐣 RT @ Fascinating and beautifully written story by @shustry – what is likely to be the definitive Zelenskiy-in-the-bunker read [portrait:] https://twitter.com/shaunwalker7/status/1519632592731004928?s=20/photo/1
⋙ TIME, Simon Shuster: Inside Zelensky’s World: Interview http://bit.ly/3OJ2QXJ “I’ve gotten older,” he admitted. “I’ve aged from all this wisdom that I never wanted”
// As casualties mount, two weeks in the presidential compound show how the Ukrainian leader has changed

🐣 RT @alexrblackwell The Potemkin military.
⋙ Economist: How deep does the rot in the Russian army go? http://econ.st/3OFcOcG
// The fiasco in Ukraine could be a reflection of a bad strategy or a poor fighting force

🐣 RT @TheHill Zelensky says he’s been invited to G-20 summit http://hill.cm/oknpTbF
 
⭕ 27 Apr 2022

🐣 RT @DeptOfDefense .@SecDef: Ukraine’s valor and skill will go down in military history. The Battle of Iwo Jima took 36 days. The Battle of the Bulge lasted 40 days. And Ukraine has now beaten back the Russian military for 63 days.

🐣 RT @JackDetsch Pentagon update on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Day 63:
• 🇺🇸 has delivered “half” of the 90 howitzers destined for 🇺🇦
• 🇺🇸 has trained about 50 🇺🇦 military advisors on howitzers, next batch is now in training.
• 🇺🇸 has “appropriate strategic nuclear deterrent” in place

🐣 RT @MauriceSchleepe #Russian President #Putin,If Someone Wants to intervene in the situation in #Ukraine from the outside & create a strategic Threat,Then the Blows the retaliatory Strikes will Be Lightning Fast,Russia has all the Tools for this Which NO one else can Boast of Now,RIA NOVOSTI Reports

🐣 RT @olgatokariuk In the occupied Kherson region, Russians have created a prison camp on the territory of a pre-trial detention center where 300 Ukrainian activists and war veterans are being held. According to Ukraine’s defense intelligence, people are interrogated, beaten and tortured there [link]

🐣 RT @PaulaChertok Straight out the ISIS terrorist playbook: Russian propagandists promise eternal paradise for killing innocent people.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Russian state TV is raging about WWIII and an inevitable escalation over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Citizens are being primed to believe that even the worst outcome is a good thing, because those dying for the Motherland will skyrocket to paradise.
💽 https://twitter.com/PaulaChertok/status/1519539122028777472?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @RadioFreeTom If Putin insanely decides that this is a war for the survival of Russia, then we are faced with World War III. Not the rhetorical World War III loosely talked about now, but the real thing, including the deaths of hundreds of millions – in both conventional and nuclear war. /1
📌 https://twitter.com/RadioFreeTom/status/1519454098860429314?s=20

⋙ This could happen because of how badly the Russian military and Putin have screwed everything up. But if the only alternative is “surrender Ukraine and then all of Europe,” then the world will have to fight it. It will be Russia’s choice. There is no policy that will stop it. /2
⋙ There are alternatives and Putin may yet satisfy himself with his limited gains. But those of you saying “bring it on” don’t know what you’re talking about, and you don’t understand what all of us will endure, together, if the Russians are stupid enough to go this road. /3
⋙ The choice to escalate now rests in Moscow. It would be one more ridiculous gamble added to a pile of idiotic strategic miscalculations, but all we can do is help Ukraine defend itself and make clear that there is no day that ends better for Russia than the day before. /4
⋙ But if you’re an American whose biggest gripe right now is the price of gas or your student loans or inflation, I understand that we live day to day, but this is the most serious thing in the world and you should be paying attention to it. /5
⋙ I’m already seeing a lot of responses piling on here about “Glory to Ukraine” and “Putin has to go” and the usual stuff. You can just stop that right now; the only thing that matters is ending this war before it finally burns out of control. Diplomats are doing their best. /6
⋙ This war will end with a victory, in the sense that Ukraine will continue to survive. What compromises Zelensky will have to make, I can neither predict nor advise. But there will almost certainly be compromises. /7
⋙ I don’t what the probabilities are of a major escalation. I doubt the Russians know either. This entire crisis is the result of a bunch of gangsters just winging it when a deluded dictator thought he could grab an entire country on the cheap. This is all improv now. /8
⋙ But before you go shooting your mouths off about “taking out Putin” or “it’s inevitable, just fight them,” you might want to let that go. The next decision rests not with us, but with Moscow. We need to be determined and calm and ready. That’s all we can do. /9x

CNN, J Michael Luttig: Opinion: The Republican blueprint to steal the 2024 election http://cnn.it/39noIb4 Luttig, appointed by President George H. W. Bush, served on the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit for 15 years

WaPo: Russia cuts off gas to Poland, Bulgaria, stoking tensions with E.U. http://wapo.st/3ESwTb1 “[T]he Kremlin warned that other countries could face the same fate, escalating tensions between Russia and Europe over the war in Ukraine”
// Zelensky accuses Moscow of ‘energy blackmail’; U.S. says Ukraine has the right to attack Russia in addition to defending itself

WaPo: Mystery fires at sensitive facilities compound Russia’s war challenge http://wapo.st/3vHiDgU “Karma is a cruel thing”

🐣 RT @andersostlund That Russia cut gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria is a big own goal in my opinion. It shows Russia is an unreliable supplier and will speed up efforts in Europe to rid itself from Russian gas altogether.

🐣 RT @expatua President of Moldova says they have no defenses for the country. Moldova is completely at the mercy of Russia. ¤ “For 30 years, the Moldovan army has been left without equipment, without military equipment and combat-ready means. We are now aware of the consequences,” Sandu said.

🐣 RT @dpatrikarakos “I want to say one thing: @elonmusk’s Starlink is what changed the war in #Ukraine’s favour. #Russia went out of its way to blow up all our comms. Now they can’t. Starlink works under Katyusha fire, under artillery fire. It even works in Mariupol.” https://twitter.com/dpatrikarakos/status/1519303470192410624?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @apklein51 And that’s why @elonmusk gets a 5-year criticism free card from me. Whoever paid for it, Elon got it up and running and saving thousands of civillian lives. Bloody well done.
↥ ↧
Starlink: Starlink provides high-speed, low-latency broadband internet across the globe. https://www.starlink.com/
// Within each coverage area, orders are fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis. ¤ Using advanced satellites in a low orbit, Starlink enables video calls, online gaming, streaming, and other high data rate activities that historically have not been possible with satellite internet. Users can expect to see download speeds between 100 Mb/s and 200 Mb/s and latency as low as 20ms in most locations.

🐣 RT @TheRynheart ‘Koch Industries planning ‘exit strategy’ for business in Russia’ ¤ ‘the specific actions that drove their decision were banking sanctions from the Biden administration that made it difficult to pay workers and purchase supplies in Russia’
⋙ TheHill: Koch Industries planning ‘exit strategy’ for business in Russia http://bit.ly/3ESButM
// Koch Industries is working on an “exit strategy” for its business in Russia, after previously saying employees at its glass factories in the country faced personal risks if it pulled out.

🐣 RT @Reuters authorities dismantled an eight-meter bronze statue, a Soviet-era monument, in the center of Kyiv meant to symbolize friendship between Russia and Ukraine, a response to Moscow’s invasion, according to the city’s mayor
💽 https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/1519297812441313282?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @dpatrikarakos THREAD: I’ve arrived in Dnipro to begin covering the battle for eastern #Ukraine. Dima has been fighting since early March. ¤ “It’s like WWII but with modern technology. 2014 was a playground compared to this.” ¤ * I have permission to tweet his photo & all comments.
📌 https://twitter.com/dpatrikarakos/status/1519270060900106240?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @MarkGaleotti Nikolai Patrushev, hawk’s hawk and a man I described as ‘the most dangerous man in Russia’ (https://buzzsprout.com/1026985/4169738) has given an interview to govt newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta. A lengthy thread 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/MarkGaleotti/status/1519222930273619968?s=20

🐣 RT @vonderleyen Gazprom’s announcement is another attempt by Russia to blackmail us with gas. ¤ We are prepared for this scenario. We are mapping out our coordinated EU response. ¤ Europeans can trust that we stand united and in solidarity with the Member States impacted.

⭕ 26 Apr 2022

WaPo: Russia cuts off gas to Poland, Bulgaria, stoking tensions with E.U. over Ukraine http://wapo.st/3ESwTb1

🚫 🐣 RT @KimZetter “CIA is also devoting significant resources…to gathering intel with the aim of protecting Ukrainian President Zelenskyy…The agency is consulting with the Ukrainians on ‘how best to move him around, making sure that he’s not co-located with his entire chain of command'”

🧵 RT @anders_aslund Once again, many commentators overestimate Russia’s military might in Ukraine, having learned little form Ukraine’s victory in the battle of Kyiv. Russia has only made minor improvements: One general in command, some (but not enough) concentration, better supply lines. […]
📌 https://twitter.com/anders_aslund/status/1518933000444125186?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @anders_aslund 9. To sum up:
Ukraine has far better soldiers & almost as many as the Russians;
Ukraine has better & more modern weapons;
The Ukrainians are defending their land, while the Russians are clueless.
The Ukrainian army has proven superior in tactics.
Russia has only artillery.
⋙ 🐣 RT @anders_aslund 10. Thus, Ukraine is likely to win.
What does that mean?
At least, Russian forces will be chased out from newly gained territories in Ukraine.
As in the north, retreating Russian troops are not likely to dig trenches but to rush home & Putin wants a decision by May 9.

🐣 RT @juliaioffe … The 5,000 Russians living in Germany came out for a car rally for the war also have access to real information. There is no excuse. If you love Putin and his agenda so much, move back to Russia and live the dream.

🐣 RT @StateDept .@SecBlinken: Moscow’s war of aggression against Ukraine has underscored the power and purpose of American diplomacy.

🐣 RT @nytimes In comments sections, in social media, even in the official pronouncements of the state, Ukrainians are using a new word built from several languages that is not only a condemnation of Russian actions, but also an offering to the Russian language. https://nyti.ms/3K9eacb https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1518279881833996289?s=20/photo/1
⋙ “Ruscism” A new term used by Ukrainians, playing on three different languages, to identify aa enemy – roughly translating to “Russian fascism”

🐣 The Twitter software is not complicated. It’s the content stewardship that is difficult. ¤ An alternative to Twitter should be set up as a public utility, a common good, perhaps managed by a coalition of democracies dedicated to human rights

🐣 .@GOPLeader ”But for Wales?”
// quote from “A Man for All Seasons,” Sir Thomas More

WaPo: Putin agrees to U.N. help in evacuations from Mariupol’s Azovstal plant http://wapo.st/3ybx683

🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: McCarthy Feared G.O.P. Lawmakers Put ‘People in Jeopardy’ After Jan. 6 http://nyti.ms/38qQPWr
// New audio recordings reveal Kevin McCarthy worried that comments by his far-right colleagues could incite violence. He said he would try to rein in the lawmakers, but has instead defended them.

💙 NYT: New Details Underscore House G.O.P. Role in Jan. 6 Planning http://nyti.ms/3vgrV4I
// A court filing and newly disclosed text messages provide additional evidence of how closely some fervent pro-Trump lawmakers worked with the White House on efforts to overturn the election.

WaPo, Greg Sargent: A leading Trump sycophant may soon get the humiliation he deserves http://wapo.st/3vhEnRz “Perdue will not ‘allow’ Democrats to win elections, and will justify this with invented claims of fraud, in a way [current GA Governor] Kemp refused to do”

🐣 RT @phildstewart US-hosted defense talks on Ukraine underway here at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, aiming to get weapons to Kyiv at what U.S. officials say is a critical moment in the war.

KyivPost: Russia warns of WWIII ahead of Western summit on arms to Ukraine http://bit.ly/38kPP62

⭕ 25 Apr 2022

CEPA: Vicious Blame Game Erupts Among Putin’s Security Forces http://bit.ly/3ksffBs
// The security institutions, the ‘siloviki’, that are key to propping up the regime are exchanging recriminations for a growing list of failures in the war on Ukraine.

Russia’s army is deeply unhappy at the new and curtailed strategy Putin has ordered them to adopt in Ukraine, abandoning the big goal of capturing Kyiv for a much more modest objective of invading Donbas, in the country’s east. ¤ And they are pointing the finger at other agencies, the FSB’s foreign intelligence branch primarily, for misinforming the president about the true conditions inside Ukraine that have led to failure. Other FSB departments appear to share the military’s analysis.

The war in Ukraine sharply divided Russian society. As journalists, we expected to lose many of our contacts in the Russian military and secret services after the invasion began on February 24. After all, it’s one thing to complain to a journalist about corruption in one’s agency, and it’s quite another to speak about the war with those who have taken a public antiwar stand. And indeed, in the first month of the war, some sources refused to answer our calls and messages.

But the situation has now changed dramatically. Last week we began to receive more and more calls and messages from our contacts in the military and in the FSB commenting on our reporting about Sergei Beseda, one of the heads of the Fifth Service of the FSB, who gathers political intelligence on Ukraine and cultivates the pro-Kremlin opposition in Kyiv. The general was sent to the infamous Lefortovo prison in Moscow, which has had a horrible reputation since the Stalin purges — innumerable victims have been murdered in the building’s basement. ¤ The Kremlin has made frantic efforts to hide the details of Beseda’s arrest, going as far as to change the general’s name in prison records. (The Investigative Committee, Russia’s main investigative authority, went so far as to deny the fact of Beseda’s criminal prosecution.)

“Well done!” was a message from our old contacts in Russian Spetsnaz (special forces in the Russian military intelligence.) “All true!” we were told by our contact in the Service of Economic Security of the FSB. Videos about Beseda’s plight have recorded millions of views on Russian YouTube, and were widely debated on pro-Kremlin telegram channels. The rumor mill went wild suggesting that compromising material on Beseda was provided by its rival agency, the foreign intelligence service, the SVR.

Does this mean that the military or the FSB has concluded that the war, with its enormous casualties and incompetent direction, was a mistake? The short answer is no, quite the opposite. ¤ Russia’s military believes that limiting the war’s initial goals is a serious error. They now argue that Russia is not fighting Ukraine, but NATO. Senior officers have therefore concluded that the Western alliance is fighting all out (through the supply of increasingly sophisticated weaponry) while its own forces operate under peacetime constraints like a bar on airstrikes against some key areas of Ukraine’s infrastructure. In short, the military now demands all-out war, including mobilization.

The frustration is becoming so intense that it has spilled over into the public space. Alexander Arutyunov (aka, the blogger RAZVEDOS), a well-known veteran of Spetsnaz of the National Guard, made a video plea to Putin: “Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich, please decide, are we fighting a war or are we masturbating?” ¤ He demanded a massive escalation, with a choice of airstrikes on  Ukrainian infrastructure or an end to the war. The video went viral, especially with pro-military groups on VK and those Telegram channels affiliated with the Russian army.

The telegram channel “FighterBomber” associated with the Russian air force, posted on April 12 a comment about NATO’s weapon supplies to Ukraine: “Naturally, we’ll further increase air defense units on the border with Ukraine in order to cover our territory from ballistic missile strikes, but it is also clear that NATO countries have far more weapons than Russia.”

The author expressed optimism that the Russian air force will be able to staunch the flow of Western supplies, but warned that further Ukrainian victories “will almost certainly prompt the use of nuclear weapons” against targets in Ukraine.

And then on April 22, Russian army General Rustam Minnekaev announced a second phase of the “special operation” which would aim to “establish full control over the Donbas and Southern Ukraine.

“This will provide a land corridor to the Crimea, as well as influence the vital objects of the Ukrainian economy,” Minnekaev said, according to Russian wire agencies. “Control over the south of Ukraine is another way out to Transnistria [the Russian-garrisoned breakaway region of Moldova], where there are also facts of oppression of the Russian-speaking population.”

This was odd. Minnekaev is Deputy Commander of the Central Military District, and he made his remarks at the annual meeting of the Union of Defense Industries, of all places. The most plausible explanation was that having recently attended General Staff meetings, he became over-excited at what he had heard, and then revealed the news at the first public meeting thereafter. Regardless, it is a sign that the Russian army wants more war rather than less.

What is absent in all these discussions within the military, public or private, is any criticism towards Sergei Shoigu, the Minister of Defense, and the public face of the war. Somehow Shoigu has succeeded in keeping the respect of the military, and redirecting all the anger away from the military. ¤ Privately, the army, and even the secret services, have been heard to blame not only the Fifth Service of the FSB for misinforming the president, but also the president himself for making a bad call on changing the military strategy.

In 2014, when the Russian army swiftly occupied Crimea, the military and the security services were on the same page with Putin – they fully supported his decision to annex Crimea and were enthusiastic about the way it was done. It is very significantly different in 2022. ¤ Does it matter? It matters a lot. This is the very first time the siloviki are putting distance between themselves and the president. Which opens up all sorts of possibilities.

🐣 📋 RT @PaulNiland Don’t know how @UATV_en arrived at this number, it’s a huge understatement.
4.5 million Ukrainians have fled to other countries.
Over 7 million Ukrainians are internally displaced.
1 million Ukrainians have been forcibly deported to Russia.
12.5 million people are displaced.
[ link to @UATV_en tweet ]

🐣 RT @IgorSushko 🧵Hilarity continues. FSB released a video of documents they fabricated to frame Ukraine which contain the phrase “Signature Illegible” in place of where they were to place an illegible signature.
⋙ 🐣 RT @IgorSushko The FSB also bought 3 The Sims video games instead of 3 phone SIM cards. And included that in the belongings of the imaginary perpetrators. This is an assignation plot the FSB “uncovered” against Solovyev, one of Putin’s dearest TV propagandists.
📌 https://twitter.com/igorsushko/status/1518810883018829824?s=20

🐣 RT @astroehlein Regardless of who owns Twitter, the company has human rights responsibilities to respect the rights of people who rely on the platform. ¤ Changes to its policies could have devastating impacts, including offline violence.

🐣 RT @oleksiireznikov On behalf of the 🇺🇦 military,I would like to thank 🇺🇲 People and the Government: @POTUS @SecBlinken @SecDef for military assistance. It is not measured in money, but in the saved lives of Ukrainians. Your support brings closer the victory of freedom and democracy over 🇷🇺 tyranny!

🐣 RT @McFaul Ambassador Bridget Brink is a fantastic choice to lead our diplomatic mission in Ukraine! We worked together at the NSC in the Obama years. She’s smart, innovative, extremely knowledgable about the region, and knows well, from 2 tours in Georgia, Putin’s evil ways. Bravo Biden!
⋙ 🐣 RT @washingtonpost President Biden is expected to nominate Bridget Brink to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, a move intended to fill a position that has remained officially vacant for three years — and is now even more crucial during the Russian invasion. [link]

🐣 RT @EuromaidanPress This war has truly become a people’s war for Ukraine.” – Zelenskyy’s on 2 monrhs of war ¤ Everyone in the world agrees that the fate of Europe, the fate of global security, and the fate of the democratic system are being decided in Ukraine right now

WaPo, Aaron Blake: The two significant new Jan. 6 disclosures from Mark Meadows’s aide http://wapo.st/3MykoUL

When it comes to whether the proceedings of the Jan. 6 committee will lead to criminal charges, there are two vital questions. Can it be proved that those involved in plotting to overturn the 2020 election:

1. Knew that their actions were illegal, and …
2. Pressed forward with a plan to interfere with Congress’s actions that day?

In a 248-page filing in the legal battle over former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows’s potential testimony, the committee offers new details of testimony from his aide Cassidy Hutchinson.

On the first count, Hutchinson confirmed that the White House Counsel’s Office repeatedly told those plotting to overturn the election that their plan to use alternate slates of electors — or go even further — was not legally sound. Despite this, Meadows and others pressed forward with their attempts to overturn the election and with the Jan. 6 rally.

On the second count — the idea that this could interfere with Congress’s duties — Hutchinson said Meadows was directly warned about the prospect of violence that day. She said Anthony Ornato, a senior Secret Service agent and political adviser to the White House, discussed the subject with him in early January.

🐣 RT @andersostlund Finally a clear statement of war aim from the West. Demilitarization of Russia is a good first step, a breakup of Russia would be even better but I guess politicians will not go as far as stating that as an aim.
⋙ 🐣 RT @apmassaro3 Secretary Austin says, “We want to see Russia weakened to the degree that it can’t do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine.” Essentially, the demilitarization of Russia. Good

TheAtlantic, Anne Applebaum: Ukraine and the Words That Lead to Mass Murder http://bit.ly/36IiIZm
// First comes the dehumanization. Then comes the killing.

🐣 RT @biz_ukrainw_mag PHOTO: US Secretary of Defense Austin and US Secretary of State Blinken in Kyiv with President Zelenskyy https://twitter.com/Biz_Ukraine_Mag/status/1518496643901005824?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 24 Apr 2022

🧵 🌎 RT @CanadianUkrain1 An oil facility directly responsible for the flow of #Russian oil to Europe is on fire in #Bryansk, #Russia. Next to it, just a few km away, a Russian military base is on fire. ¤ Glory to #Ukraine✊🏻🇺🇦. ¤ No typo this time. ¤ Videos below
📌 https://twitter.com/CanadianUkrain1/status/1518414426810036231?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ AdamParkhomenko Friends: Let me remind you that the essential criterion to prove genocide is INTENTION to wipe out a nation. Putin is doing it on the ground, in school textbooks and with his favorite propagandists on Russian weekly TV shows and other social media. His commitment is 100%.

WaPo: France’s Macron wins presidency, holding off Le Pen’s far-right threat to upend Europe and relations with Russia http://wapo.st/3OA4v1D Thank God 🙏 ~ and the good people of France 🇫🇷 ‼️

🐣 RT @Angela_Inca Zelensky :”I simply have no right to be afraid, because our people have shown that they are not afraid of anything.People were stopping tanks with their bare hands.A normal leader does not have the right to be afraid when we are talking about our country and our independence.”

🐣 RT @Ukraine Happy Easter to everyone celebrating today. Light will prevail over darkness. Life will prevail over death. Ukraine will prevail. Amen. https://twitter.com/Ukraine/status/1518132278823686146?s=20/photo/1
// bombed but intact church

⭕ 23 Apr 2022

🐣 RT @danielsgoldman The President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief, sat and watched on tv a mob of rioters invade and damage the United States Capitol without once calling for any support to quell the insurrection. That explains everything you need to know. We must not forget.

🐣 RT @olliecarroll Zelensky very emotional today: “The world has not seen such barbarism in 80 years. It will be in history books. Little kids will stand up and tell their teachers where rascism рашизм [neologism mixing Russia + fascism] began, and who won in the war against this terrible thing.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @olliecarroll “What did Nazis achieve when they occupied Europe? Everyone hated them. And the second and third generations, who are not even to blame, feel their guilt. The Russians will achieve the same”

🐣 RT @expatua Russian Defense Ministry – Presentation showing that the US will commit a massive atrocity, chemical or nuclear, in Ukraine to blame on Russia. ¤ Translation: “Russia will commit a massive atrocity” 💽 https://twitter.com/expatua/status/1517796185788059648?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 22 Apr 2022

💙 CSIS, Jeffrey Mankoff: Russia’s War in Ukraine: Identity, History, and Conflict http://bit.ly/3kdfIr7 A brief history (12p)
// 4/22/2022

🐣 📋 RT @KyleWOrton #Russia seems to have accidentally leaked its casualty figures:
– 20,000 overall killed and missing (aligning with claims by #Ukraine)
– 116 confirmed killed when the Moskva was sunk on 14 April, with another 100 missing
– ⋙ 🐣 RT @nexta_tv Pro-Kremlin resource Readovka reported about the death of 13,414 #Russian soldiers while around 7,000 are being missed. These numbers were announced at a closed briefing of #Russia’s Ministry of Defence. The post by Readovka has already been deleted.


// Russian deaths Russian casualties ship sinking deleted post deleted tweet

WaPo: Meadows was warned of violence ahead of Jan. 6, new court filings show http://wapo.st/3xOmXO9

One of Meadows’s top aides, Cassidy Hutchinson, told congressional investigators that she recalled Anthony Ornato, a senior Secret Service official who also held the role of a political adviser at the White House, “coming in and saying that we had intel reports saying that there could potentially be violence on the 6th. And Mr. Meadows said: All right. Let’s talk about it.” …

The new details came in a filing arguing that a federal court should reject Meadows’s claims of executive privilege and compel him to appear before the House Jan. 6 committee, which is continuing to build a case that Trump knowingly misled his followers about the election, and pressured Pence to break the law in the weeks and hours before the assault.

In the motion, the committee outlines seven “discrete categories of information” it seeks to question Meadows about and argued that his claims of executive privilege should not preclude him from testifying about these categories.

Those categories include testimony and documents relating to communications with members of Congress; the plan to replace acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen with Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark; efforts by Trump to “direct, persuade or pressure then Vice President Mike Pence to unilaterally refuse to count electoral votes on January 6th”; and activity in the White House “immediately before and during the events of January 6th.”

In the motion, the committee outlines seven “discrete categories of information” it seeks to question Meadows about and argued that his claims of executive privilege should not preclude him from testifying about these categories.

Those categories include testimony and documents relating to communications with members of Congress; the plan to replace acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen with Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark; efforts by Trump to “direct, persuade or pressure then Vice President Mike Pence to unilaterally refuse to count electoral votes on January 6th”; and activity in the White House “immediately before and during the events of January 6th.”

The committee laid out new examples of warnings Meadows received ahead of Jan. 6, 2021, along with a deepened understanding of his involvement with planning and coordinating efforts to disrupt the counting of electoral votes in Congress. …

Investigators also have found evidence that Meadows repeatedly communicated with GOP Reps. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) before and on Jan. 6, 2021. Hutchinson identified Perry, Jordan, and Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) as the leading proponents in Congress “who were raising the idea of the Vice President doing anything other than just counting electoral votes on January the 6th.” …

Hutchinson also recounted a Dec. 21, 2020, strategy meeting at the White House ahead of the electoral certification attended by Jordan, Greene and Reps. Jody Hice (R-Ga.), Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.), Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz), Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), and Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.). Other GOP members dialed into the meeting, according to Hutchinson’s testimony.

“They felt that he had the authority to — pardon me if my phrasing isn’t correct on this, but — send votes back to the States or the electors back to the States, more along the lines of the [John] Eastman theory,” Hutchinson said of the meeting, referring to a legal theory advanced by Eastman, a conservative attorney.

Medium, NadinBrzezinski: Is a Revolution Starting in Russia? http://bit.ly/3rLb33E “[T]here are a series of seemingly unconnected events that might point to a revolt taking shape inside Russia. The first is a series of suspicious fires”
// This is truly speculative. However, there are a series of seemingly unconnected events that might point to a revolt taking shape inside Russia. The first is a series of suspicious fires. Let’s start in sequence.

🐣 RT @Spoonamore A 🧵 on the #Dmitrievsky #Chemical Plant explosion and fire. On @Twitter I mostly post on Data Security (20year as a CxO and #Votehacking. But I also have 9 years as CEO and longer on BODs of #AdvancedMaterials / #NanoMaterials.
📌 https://twitter.com/Spoonamore/status/1517510440598843394?s=20

⋙ The extreme damage, perhaps total destruction of this chemical plant is going to have a spectacular and massive impact on the #RussianArmy. Possibly grinding entire systems to a stop in weeks, perhaps even days. […]
⋙ At one of my prior firms, bid products from this plant. AFAIK, they are the only maker of a huge range of solvents and reactives of this kind in W. #Russia. See here: [link]
⋙ Among the products this plant made are the additives needed for advanced rocket/jet fuels, treatments/solvents for servicing metal parts, core input chemicals for explosive and solvents/traces/washes needed to manufacture electronics and circuits.
⋙ This plant, was a PROCESS CRITICAL Tier 2/3 supplier to dozens/hundreds of suppliers for everything needed in war. For those who may think Tier 1/2s will have stock on hand; Nope. At most 2-3 weeks as these are VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) that die on the shelf. […]
⋙ I have been reading the brilliant #RussiaUkraineWar coverage of @OzKaterji @Militarylandnet @KofmanMichael @HN_Schlottman @Nrg8000 but if this #ChemicalPlant Fire is as bad as it appears, this will not be a long war. #Russia has lost a unique key tool it needs to make #War. […]

🐣 RT @VerstyukIvan Russians are now putting own flags on the municipal buildings is Southern and Eastern Ukraine. Along with the Russian flags, they also use Soviet flag with hammer & sickle. People get mad at those because USSR destroyed millions of Ukrainians through famines and prisons.

🐣 RT @carlbildt Looks at the flags the 🇷🇺 occupation authorities are putting up in the Kherson oblast in 🇺🇦! Now even the Soviet Union is back.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews It was their plan all along.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews [3/2] State TV host Olga Skabeeva said: “Biden announced the goal of our special operation: he said that Putin wants to restore the USSR. As though there’s anything wrong with that.”
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews [3/2] Host Vladimir Soloviev bitterly noted: “They’re imposing such sanctions against us, it’s a declaration of war. De facto, it’s a declaration of war against us. So why should we stop with Ukraine?”
⋙⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews [3/2] Russian state media is having a field day with Ret. Col. Doug Macgregor’s recent suggestion on Fox News that the people of Ukraine should really just lie down and let Putin have his way. [link]

🧵 RT @KyivIndependent Zelensky: ‘The territory where Russia should protect the rights of Russian speakers is Russia itself.’ ¤ A country where there is “no freedom of speech, no freedom of choice, no right to dissent, where poverty thrives and human life is worthless,” Zelensky said of Russia.
📌 https://twitter.com/KyivIndependent/status/1517661222107234304?s=20

🐣 RT @KlasfeldReports “@RepRaskin said the committee will present ‘evidence’ that proves there was coordination among then-President Donald Trump and his inner circle and his supporters who attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6.”
⋙ NBCNews: Jan. 6 revelations will ‘blow the roof off the House,’ Rep. Jamie Raskin says http://nbcnews.to/3OzsL3W
// The Jan. 6 committee plans to hold hearings in June and aims to have a report out about their investigation by the end of the summer or early fall, Raskin

🐣 RT @olliecarroll Russian military for the first time says it is aiming for control ove the entire of southern Ukraine. Forget “denazification,” now it’s officially about joining Transnistria with Russia and denying Ukraine access to the sea. https://interfax.ru/world/837353

🌎 WaPo: What is Transnistria, and will Russia advance toward Moldova? http://wapo.st/3k3GBxD Transnistria is a tiny Russian-speaking break-away section of Moldova. When Russia demands “access” to it, it means taking Odessa, Ukraine’s sole remaining port ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1517583574874169344?s=20/photo/1

WaPo: Trump says he threatened not to defend NATO against Russia http://wapo.st/3Ovkpul “Trump said he was ‘amazed’ the conversation hadn’t leaked during his presidency”

🐣 RT @ When talking to TASS about “control over south of Ukraine”, General Minnekaev says: ¤ “We are now at war with the whole world, as it was in Great Patriotic War, the whole of Europe, the whole world was against us. And now it’s the same, they never loved Russia”
Know history much?

🐣 RT @biz_ukrainw_mag Russia has announced that the goals of Phase 2 of the invasion of Ukraine include establishing control over the whole of southern Ukraine including Odesa Oblast, which would cut Ukraine off from the Black Sea and leave the country landlocked

🐣 RT @ !!!! “Access to Transnistria” is actually access to Moldova. A small, vulnerable nation without NATO or EU protection.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ASLuhn Russian military says its new goals include “control over southern Ukraine” & “access to Transnistria, where there’s also persecution of the Russian-speaking population.” ¤ Which paints a big target on Mykolaiv & Odesa… https://interfax.ru/world/837353
⋙ 🐣 RT @Oenbennach “Apparently, we are now at war with the whole world, as it was in the Great Patriotic War, all of Europe, the whole world was against us. And now the same thing, they never liked Russia” – TASS

🐣 RT @maryilyushina Russian military says its goal in the second phase of the operation is to establish “full control over Donbass and southern Ukraine.” “This will provide a land corridor to the Crimea, as well as influence the vital objects of the Ukrainian economy,” Rus mil official said.

🐣 RT @Podolyak_ 🇷🇺 – country with a complex of inferiority, which tries to assert itself through others. It has no science development, doesn’t produce technology and has nothing to export except natural raw materials. But it dreams of being a “super country” longing for the imperial past. 1/2
⋙ 🐣 RT @Podolyak_ 🇷🇺 lives by the cult of victory in WW2 due to no success in 2022. And decided to start a new war because of that. It sounds funny, but no time for jokes. Hundreds of people die every day. Prank got out of control. The world must stop this madness and impose an oil embargo. 2/2

🐣 RT @NewStatesman Both Hitler and Putin are consumed by a deeply held ideology rooted in false memories of world war, writes @RichardEvans36.
💙 ⋙ NewStatesman. Richard Evans: Why Putin’s war in Ukraine turned into a military disaster http://bit.ly/3v5fPeI
// The Russian president is a prisoner of his own delusions – and the similarities with Hitler are hard to ignore.

🐣 📋 RT @KevinRothrock In a now deleted VK post, the pro-Kremlin media outlet Readovka claims that Russia’s Defense Ministry stated at a “closed briefing” that it’s lost 13,414 soldiers in Ukraine *plus* another 7,000 who are missing. 116 sailors killed aboard the Moskva, with 100+ still missing. https://twitter.com/KevinRothrock/status/1517387374115926017?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 21 Apr 2022

🐣 RT @markmackinnon By refusing to surrender in Mariupol – and just by carrying on in places like Irpin – Ukrainian resistance continues to foil Vladimir Putin’s plans. My report
⋙ Globe&Mail, Mark MacKinnon [CA]: How Ukrainian resistance continues to disrupt Vladimir Putin’s plans to take over http://tgam.ca/37zF9QY

🐣 RT @McFaul Read our new “Action Plan on Strengthening Sanctions against the Russian Federation.”
⋙ ≣ FSI: The International Working Group on Russian Sanctions http://stanford.io/3MoHPQk
// Current proposals by the International Working Group on Russian Sanctions focus on ending Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

🧵 RT @BarackObama The way I’m going to evaluate any proposal touching on social media and the internet is whether it strengthens or weakens the prospects for healthy, inclusive democracy.
📌 https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/1517333872375042048?s=20

🐣 RT @WarintheFuture The latest assessment from @TheStudyofWar and @criticalthreats on the Russo-Ukraine War is now available.
⋙ ISW: Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, April 20 http://bit.ly/37zCiHK

🐣 RT @steven_pifer Wow. ¤ However, by these guy’s twisted logic, there should be simple way for #Russia to stop this: end war and withdraw its military from #Ukraine.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews I’ve seen Russian propagandists contort themselves into pretzels, but this really takes the cake. Former military spy on state TV claimed that Americans are responsible for the genocide of Russians, because they’re arming Ukrainians in order to exterminate the Russian genotype.

TheIndependent [UK]: Nearly 3,000 of Russia’s notorious Wagner mercenaries killed in the war, UK MPs told http://bit.ly/3Mo0Kup
// Wagner Grup is among mercenary groups fighting in Ukraine

🐣 RT @IgorSushko UPDATE: The largest Russian manufacturer of chemical solvents – The Dmitrievsky Chemical Plant, blown up today, was a key supplier of propellants for the Russian military. 250 miles EAST of Moscow. Russian saboteurs knew exactly what to hit. This is BIG.
💽 https://twitter.com/igorsushko/status/1517310753983791104?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @IgorSushko UNCONFIRMED RUMOR: The Aerospace Defense Research Institute building in Tver, about 2.5 hours from the Kremlin, apparently housed some kind of military satellite control room utilized for war in Ukraine. Russian saboteurs knew exactly what to hit. BIG DEAL.
💽 on fire https://twitter.com/igorsushko/status/1517313510425776128?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @StateDept The Kremlin lies when it has something to hide. Learn more about the State Department’s efforts to expose Russia’s disinformation about atrocities in Bucha:
⋙ StateDept: Russian Federation Disinformation About Its Atrocities in Bucha http://bit.ly/3JZeSZD

🐣 RT @PaulaChertok 😅Oh lordy! Tapes! @GOPLeader Kevin McCarthy today denied saying he would call Trump to recommend he resign over the January 6 insurrection. But @nytimes reporters have the recording. Should be interesting to see how the boldfaced liar squirms out of this one. #Maddow / quotes: https://twitter.com/PaulaChertok/status/1517315626674507776?s=20/photo/1
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🐣 RT @Acyn Recording of McCarthy and Cheney
🔊 https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1517312049612607488?s=20/photo/1

💽 NBCNews: Obama warns spread of disinformation is ‘weakening’ democracies http://nbcnews.to/3L8U82H
// Former President Obama gave a speech on the threat of disinformation at Stanford University, discussing deepfakes and social media’s influence. NBC’s Ben Collins has details.

TheWeek: Zelensky, Liz Cheney among recipients of JFK Profiles in Courage Award http://bit.ly/3k7u4sR plus Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D), Arizona House Speaker Russell “Rusty” Bowers (R), and Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, of GA Fulton Country election dept

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation will, for the first time ever, honor 5 individuals with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award this year, including Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, The Washington Post reports. 

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D), Arizona House Speaker Russell “Rusty” Bowers (R), and Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, who works for the Fulton Country election department in Georgia, will also receive the award.

“These honorees have placed their careers and lives on the line to protect democratic principles and free and fair elections,” the foundation said. “They embody what President Kennedy admired most in others — political courage.”

The group applauded Zelensky’s “principled leadership,” which has “strengthened the resolve of Ukrainians and people around the globe to protect and defend the fragile human right of self-determination.” Ukraine is currently fending off an unprompted invasion at the hands of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The foundation also praised Cheney, a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump and member of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, for refusing “to take the politically expedient course that most of her party embraced.”

Cheney has repeatedly spoken out against the former president and his grip on the GOP, even at the expense of her political standing among colleagues. A Trump-backed challenger is running against her in Wyoming’s upcoming Republican primary.

In a statement, Cheney said she was “grateful” for the “tremendous honor” of the Profile in Courage Award, and called on Americans to help defend democracy.

“If we do not stand for truth, the rule of law, and our Constitution,” Cheney said, “if we set aside our founding principles for the politics of the moment, the miracle of our constitutional republic will slip away.”

NYT: ‘I’ve Had It With This Guy’: G.O.P. Leaders Privately Blasted Trump After Jan. 6 http://nyti.ms/3vA90R7
// In the days after the attack, Representative Kevin McCarthy planned to tell Mr. Trump to resign. Senator Mitch McConnell told allies impeachment was warranted. But their fury faded fast.

🐣 RT @ Zelensky and Ukrainians have defined courage and shown the world what it means to speak truth to power, to truly value freedom and democracy. #StandWithUkraine #ArmUkraineNOW
💙 ⋙ NYT, Bret Stephens: Why We Admire Zelensky http://nyti.ms/3xIbNdK “he knows how words can inspire deeds — give shape and purpose to them — so that the deeds may, in turn, vindicate the meaning of words”
// Ukraine’s president reminds us that democracies can still generate great leaders.

We admire him because, in the face of unequal odds, Ukraine’s president stands his ground. Because he proves the truth of the adage that one man with courage makes a majority. Because he shows that honor and love of country are virtues we forsake at our peril. Because he grasps the power of personal example and physical presence. Because he knows how words can inspire deeds — give shape and purpose to them — so that the deeds may, in turn, vindicate the meaning of words. …

We admire Zelensky because of who and what he faces. Vladimir Putin represents neither a nation nor a cause, only a totalitarian ethos. The Russian dictator stands for the idea that truth exists to serve power, not the other way around, and that politics is in the business of manufacturing propaganda for those who will swallow it and imposing terror on those who will not. Ultimately, the aim of this idea isn’t the mere acquisition of power or territory. It’s the eradication of conscience.

We admire Zelensky because he has restored the idea of the free world to its proper place. The free world isn’t a cultural expression, as in “the West”; or a security concept, as in NATO; or an economic description, as in “the developed world.” Membership in the free world belongs to any country that subscribes to the notion that the power of the state exists first and foremost to protect the rights of the individual. And the responsibility of the free world is to aid and champion any of its members menaced by invasion and tyranny. As it goes for Ukraine, so, eventually, it will go for the rest of us.

We admire Zelensky because he embodies two great Jewish archetypes: David in the face of Goliath and Moses in the face of Pharoah. He is the canny underdog who, with skill and wits, makes up for what he lacks in fearsomeness and brawn. And he is the prophet who revolts against the diminishment and entrapment of his people — and determines to lead them through trials toward a political culture based on self-determination, freedom and ethics.

We admire Zelensky because he fights. Fighting is not supposed to be a virtue in civilized societies that value dialogue, diplomacy and compromise. But the world isn’t always civilized: There are things for which civilized persons and nations must be prepared to fight if they aren’t to perish. Zelensky and the Ukrainian people have reminded the rest of the free world that a liberal and democratic inheritance that is taken for granted by its citizens runs the risk of being taken at will by its enemies.

We admire Zelensky because he rouses the better angels of our nature. His leadership has made Joe Biden a better president, Germany a better country, NATO a better alliance. He has shaken much of the United States out of the isolationist stupor into which it was gradually falling. He has forced Europe’s political and mercantile classes to stop looking away from Russia’s descent into fascism. He reminds free societies that there can still be a vital center in politics, at least when it comes to things that matter.

We admire Zelensky because he maintains a sense of human proportion befitting a democratically elected leader. Note the contrast between his public encounters with journalists, cabinet members, foreign leaders and ordinary citizens, and the Stalinist antics of the Putin court. In the ostentatious trappings of Russian power we see the smallness of the man wielding it: the paranoia and insecurity of a despot who knows he may someday have to sell his kingdom for a horse.

We admire Zelensky because he models what a man should be: impressive without being imposing; confident without being cocksure; intelligent without pretending to be infallible; sincere rather than cynical; courageous not because he is fearless but because he advances with a clear conscience. American boys in particular, raised on preposterous notions of what manhood entails, should be steered toward his example.

We admire Zelensky because he holds out the hope that our own troubled democracies may yet elect leaders who can inspire, ennoble, even save us. Perhaps we can do so when the hour isn’t quite as late as it is now for the people of Ukraine and their indomitable leader.

⭕ 20 Apr 2022

🧵 RT @MiRo_SPD What’s also incomprehensible for Ukrainians is the German feeling of guilt towards Russia and what appears to be only Russia. But the USSR was an empire – Ukraine and Belarus suffered the most being on the western border, they were completely occupied and devastated 1/5
📌 https://twitter.com/MiRo_SPD/status/1516853630514745344?s=20

💙 🧵 RT @McFaul In his invasion of Ukraine, Putin has pursued many war objectives. So far, he has achieved none. 1/ THREAD
📌 https://twitter.com/McFaul/status/1516823596873617415?s=20

⋙ Putin does not believe that Ukrainians are a distinct nation, but just Russians with accents. He vowed to unite this single nation. He has failed dramatically. In fact, his invasion achieved just the opposite. He helped to deepen Ukrainian national and civic identities. 2/
⋙ Putin tried to invade the entire country of Ukraine. On that objective, he also has failed miserably. 3/
⋙ Putin tried to capture Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, as a way to decapitate Ukraine’s fighting forces. He failed. Ukraine won decisively the Battle of Kyiv. 4/
⋙ Putin continues to try to capture other major Ukrainian cities in the east and south. To date, he has not captured a single major city. Amazingly, Kharkiv is still free. And even Mariupol fights on. 5/
⋙ Putin also promised to “denazify” — aka kill Zelensky and install a puppet regime —
Putin also promised to “demilitarize” Ukraine. He has failed. 7/
⋙ Putin also has strengthened NATO, maybe prompting 2 more countries to join, deeply ruined his own economy, and done deep damage to the reputation of Russia and Russians around the world. 8/
⋙ It is against this dropback of giant Putin failures that we must understand the Battle for Donbas. That the Kremlin has now explicitly changed the focus of their war to be “defense of Donbas” signals a major defeat in the overall war. 9/
⋙ While winning decisively the overall war so far, Ukraine could still lose this next battle. And a loss in Donbas could encourage Putin to expand his war objectives again. That’s why the West must do everything now to help Ukraine win the Battle of Donbas. 10/

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💙 ⋙⋙ 🐣 ◕ Haplogroups are genetic markers, mutations that can be used to map the migration of our ancestors 10-60,000 years ago.
Ukraine and Russia. They are each about half yellow (Slavic) and 10-15% blue (South Slavic). But:
● Russia has a lot more purple (Finnish).
● Ukraine has a mix of Mediterranean Haplotypres (Greco-Roman) as well as Hunnic
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1517004270213730304?s=20/photo/1
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 There is also the historical record, but you know that. It’s long and often tragic, marked by many periods of war with and repression of Ukr by Muscv. Language is a fairly superficial thing by which to define nationality, can change in a generation
💙 ⋙⋙ 🐣 Eurekalert (2021): Ukraine genome survey adds missing pieces to human diversity puzzle http://bit.ly/3jNdgqZ The 1000 Genomes Study, an offshoot of the Human Genome Project, recently identified Ukraine as having a unique genetic signature marked by 13 million genetic variants Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1517000691608436736?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @@ilya_poet I’ve known Anastasia Afanasieva for over a decade. I translated her poems, she translated mine. Then she took a long break from poetry and decided to make fish-hooks. Yes. Fish-hooks. She had a successful business, which is all bombed now. About bombs, here’s what she says:
⋙ 🐣 RT @@ilya_poet What’s terrifying? The planes. Kharkiv’s near border, so gov’t can’t warn if plane’s coming. It takes 3 min for the plane to rise in Russia & bomb Kharkiv. I’d a friend in a border village, message a warning: “Plane”. That meant: 1 min to fall on the floor, shut our ears
💙💛 ⋙ 🐣 RT @@ilya_poet She writes: “Since the war started, I feel it’s like one long day: I still don’t know what day of the week it is or what date.” Yes, she is writing poems again. A Russian language poet she writes abt abandoning Russian language: the second half of the poem is in Ukrainian.

📋 UkrWeekly (2020): World War II Victory Days marked differently in Ukraine and Russia http://bit.ly/3MnIoKe
// 5/15/2020

According to the publication commemorating the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazism in World War II that was released five years ago by the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance, Ukraine’s total losses in the war ranged from 8 million to 10 million people – equal to the population of modern Austria or Hungary. There are only two countries in the world whose total losses exceeded the losses of the Ukrainian people in World War II: Russia (14 million) and China (15 million).

On the battlefront, Ukrainians’ fight against the Nazis predated that of the USSR. Ukrainians of the Transcarpathian region of pre-war Czechoslovakia first challenged the Nazis in 1938, when Nazi Germany annexed the Sudetenland. Ukrainians clustered in the Carpathian region of the country declared independence in 1939 and formed Carpathian Ukraine. Thousands of Ukrainians from the region, joined by compatriots from the Ukrainian population of Poland, fought heroically against the enemy in 1938-1939 in the military organization Carpathian Sich until the Nazis and their Hungarian allies consolidated their grip on these territories.

In 1939, 120,000 Ukrainians from the Halychyna region fought losing battles in the Polish Army against Wehrmacht troops.

Some 6 million to 7 million Ukrainians fought in the Soviet Army in 1941-1945, comprising up to 25 percent of the combatants – by far the largest non-Russian contingent. Among them were 200 generals and seven commanders of various armies and fronts. Over 3 million military fighters died in combat or in prisons. Half of the survivors sustained injuries and remained invalids. For their heroism, 2.5 million medals were awarded and over 2,000 Ukrainian combatants were recognized with the prestigious title Hero of the Soviet Union, some several times over.

💙 Politico: Jan. 6 panel piecing together details of final Trump-Pence call http://politi.co/3xEDwfl
// Several Donald Trump allies listened in from the Oval Office, but Mike Pence’s side of the call remains elusive.

WaPo: Russia announces ICBM test as Ukraine clings to key port city http://wapo.st/36ypbGd

🐣 RT @robreiner It couldn’t be more simple. A vote for Republicans is a vote to destroy Democracy.

🐣 RT @@Simon_the_Pratt Ben continues to be a very helpful source of context and advice on the EU’s better and worse responses to Russia’s war on Ukraine.
⋙ 🐣 RT @bctallis “From the fog of war in #Ukraine, the contours of a new European politics are emerging. Not in #Germany or #France, but rather it is in the EU’s Central & East European states that a new hard-edged geopolitical idealism is taking shape.” #CEE @RUSI_org
⋙⋙ Rusi, Benjamin Tallis: Are Czechia and Slovakia the EU’s New Radical Centre? http://bit.ly/3k1vrJy

🧵📌 RT @andersostlund Germany’s position, inaction and obstruction is putting enormous values at stake. The most obvious is Ukrainian lives but also western ideals, European security, global business and, not the least, Germany’s own reputation as a western democracy and reliable ally is at stake.
📌 https://twitter.com/andersostlund/status/1516688481858244608?s=20

WaPo: One body at a time, a Kyiv coroner documents Ukraine’s death toll http://wapo.st/3954VwU horrifying

AtlanticCouncil, Taras Kuzio: How Putin’s Russia embraced fascism while preaching anti-fascism http://bit.ly/3xFRBcz “[V]eneration of the Soviet WWII experience … evolved into a quasi-religious cult complete with its own lexicon, rituals, monuments, and holy days“

… This veneration of the Soviet WWII experience proved hugely popular with the Russian public. Over the past two decades, it has evolved into a quasi-religious cult complete with its own lexicon, rituals, monuments, and holy days. In 2020, it even received its very own cathedral.

As with any religion, heresy is not tolerated. Deviations from the officially approved narratives of the victor nation are subject to criminal prosecution and blasphemy is dealt with ruthlessly. In Putin’s Russia, there is no greater crime than to question the sanctity of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany.

The kleptocratic Putin regime has used this victory cult to establish the illusion of an ideological commitment to fighting fascism. In line with this anti-fascist posturing, opponents of the current Russian authorities are routinely branded as fascists and Nazis. These vague but emotive labels have been attached to a dizzying array of adversaries ranging from domestic dissidents to recalcitrant neighbors.  

Nowhere is modern Russia’s fixation with “phantom fascists” more immediately apparent than in Kremlin policy toward Ukraine. For years, Moscow has equated Ukrainian national identity with fascism while depicting Russian aggression in Ukraine as a continuation of the struggle against Nazi Germany. …

🐣 RT @NeilBlaser Ukraine has spent hundreds of years with Russia seeking to deny their identity and existence, their version of “far right” is essentially “We exist, we are not Russian and we deserve to exist and will fight to continue to exist.” It is fundamentally anti-colonial.

🧵 RT @IgorSushko My translation of the 17th #FSBletters from the #WindofChange inside the FSB to Vladimir Osechkin. Dated 4/18. Topics: Global food shortage, luring Ukraine to counter-attack Russia, impending mass-cleansing of the General Staff, Odessa, chaos surrounding the missing & economy.
📌 https://twitter.com/igorsushko/status/1516658872852697088?s=20

⭕ 19 Apr 2022

IgorSushko: All #FSBletters translated as of April 19th, 2022 – Chronological Order http://bit.ly/3kch4m2

WaPo: Meet the woman behind Libs of TikTok, secretly fueling the right’s outrage machine http://wapo.st/36IYkrb
// A popular Twitter account has morphed into a social media phenomenon, spreading anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment and shaping public discourse

💙 🧵 RT @Kasparov63 The war in Ukraine is fast and deadly. Ukraine needs every weapon, now. But the battle to bring real peace is in Russia, where for the first time Putin’s cronies & ordinary citizens will finally have to choose between a normal life and Putin.
📌 https://twitter.com/Kasparov63/status/1516423205237444632?s=20

🐣 RT @KyivIndependent ⚡️Zelensky: ‘If we had access to all the weapons we need, which our partners have, we would have already ended this war.’ ¤ Zelensky renewed calls for weapons to Ukraine, saying “it is unfair that Ukraine is still forced to ask for what its partners have been storing for years.”

🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “Even I need to admit, I did not expect [Putin] to be as evil in the way that he is fighting this war as he has been… They could’ve cleaned up Bucha, they could’ve hid that. They didn’t do that, they left those bodies on purpose” – @McFaul w/ @NicolleDWallace
💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1516538492695760909?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @MavkaSlavka Russia assaulted cities and towns along a boomerang-shaped front hundreds of miles long and poured more troops into Ukraine on Tuesday in a potentially pivotal battle for control of the country’s eastern industrial heartland of coal mines and factories.
⋙ AP: Russia pours in more troops and presses attack in the east http://bit.ly/385MdEF
// KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia ratcheted up its battle for control of Ukraine’s eastern industrial heartland, intensifying assaults on cities and towns along a boomerang-shaped front

Russia assaulted cities and towns along a boomerang-shaped front hundreds of miles long and poured more troops into Ukraine on Tuesday in a potentially pivotal battle for control of the country’s eastern industrial heartland of coal mines and factories.

If successful, the Russian offensive in what is known as the Donbas would essentially slice Ukraine in two and give President Vladimir Putin a badly needed victory following the failed attempt by Moscow’s forces to storm the capital, Kyiv, and heavier-than-expected casualties nearly two months into the war.

The eastern cities of Kharkiv and Kramatorsk came under deadly attack. Russia also said it struck areas around Zaporizhzhia and Dnipro west of the Donbas with missiles. Multiple explosions were heard early Wednesday in the southern city of Mykolaiv, the regional governor said. A hospital was reported shelled earlier in the nearby town of Bashtanka.

🐣 RT @ZelenskyyUa Informed EC President @vonderleyen about the provision of the completed questionnaire – an important step towards #EU membership! Discussed the increase of security aid to 🇺🇦 in the face of RF’s aggression. Also discussed postwar reconstruction. We appreciate the support of 🇪🇺!

🐣 RT @anders_aslund People ask me: But what do the Russians say? My sad answer is that they only lie so I have no clue what they actually think. They are beyond the realm of decent conversation. They had better relearn what truth is & what decency is as opposite to genocide.

🐣 RT @lrozen European official says in short term, Mariupol is the main objective for Moscow. Russia feels it needs to control Mariupol as fast as possible, before May 9. He expects complete destruction of the city, and many civilian casualties. He fears it is going to be worse than Bucha.

🐣 RT @Angela_Inca Zelensky:”In this war, the Russian army will forever inscribe itself in world history as perhaps the most barbaric and inhuman army in the world.And this is vileness, which will mark the Russian state as a source of absolute evil for generations”

🐣 RT @DrRadchenko Here’s my response btw. Text Block: https://twitter.com/DrRadchenko/status/1516641021395968006?s=20/photo/1
⋙ a response to: ForeignAffairs: We asked dozens of experts whether proceeding with NATO enlargement after the end of the Cold War was a mistake. Read their responses here: http://fam.ag/3xH4rra

Text: The biggest failure of the post-Cold War order was the failure to anchor Russia in the West. This was first and foremost Russia’s failure: the Russians did not enough foresight, persevereence and goodwill to break free from the legacy of imperialism and authoritarianism. But the West failed, too, to find sufficient space for Russia in the relevant economic and security structures, letting it drift off on its own with its toxic grievances. The challenge now is to see around the corner and begin planning for a different Russia within a broader Europe. The lessons of the 1990s will provide important clues about building a more inclusive international order. We must not overestimate our levers with Russia or overestimate our ability to shape it’s political culture. But nor should be write Russia off. We in the West should recognize that Russia’s thinking is that the West seeks Russia’s demise. Our goal should be to try to change this perception. Practical steps in this direction will have to wait until Putin, with his delusional fantasies, is off the stage, but once this happens (and it will happen), we must be in a position to offer Russia a viable path to rejoining the West in respectable terms. We must reimagine Russia — and help Russia reimagine itself.

🐣 RT @sentdefender The United Kingdom and Canada have both announced today that they will soon provide the Ukrainian Military with Heavy Combat Equipment including Artillery Systems, the Systems that both Countries as well as the United States appear to be sending is the M777 155mm Howitzer.

🐣 RT @myroslavapetsa Fighter jets are a game changer. It’s a tectonic shift that Russia has been dreading and Ukraine has been hoping for. Aircraft tops the wish list of both the Ukrainian government and the army. And it’ll surely boost morale within Ukrainian resistance.

🐣 RT @SamRamani2 BREAKING: The Pentagon says that Ukraine has “received additional fighter aircraft” from countries other than the U.S. and “additional aircraft parts” that will allow Ukraine to get more planes in the air

📊 Ipsos: Global public opinion about the war in Ukraine http://bit.ly/3JYvO2b
// Survey finds unity in concern for Ukrainians, willingness to take in refugees, and wariness of getting involved militarily, but diverging views on sanctions and military support

🐣 RT @lesiavasylenko Is there a legal system in the world where the court asks the victim what she is prepared to cede to her rapist, so he stops raping her? No? I wander why then the media and the international community still see it fit to ask what #Ukraine could cede in negotiations with #Russia

🐣 RT @EuromaidanPR ‘They are firing air-based missiles, which #Ukraine, in particular, handed over to them as a result of the Budapest Memorandum. They have hundreds of such missiles’, Arestovich. ¤ Enemy will launch missile strikes by the end of the war, as it has significant stockpiles of missiles.

🐣 RT @americanpurpose “The disastrous choices made by Russia and China in recent weeks result directly from the authoritarian nature of the two countries’ political systems.” ¤ Read @FukuyamaFrancis’s “Systemic Errors:”
⋙ AmericanPurpose, Francis Fukuyama: Systemic Errors http://bit.ly/3KYhacx “We are being treated today to clear demonstrations of exactly why autocracy is so dangerous” ~ Russia’s invasion of Ukraine; China’s zero-COVID policy

Over the past few weeks, we have been treated to two major examples of disastrous decision-making by authoritarian great powers. The first was, clearly, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which to date has killed tens of thousands of innocent Ukrainian civilians. The cost to Russia has been enormous as well, with a significant fraction of the invasion force having been annihilated and forced to retreat from Kyiv. President Vladimir Putin evidently ordered the attack believing that the Ukrainian government would fall in a matter of days, and that ordinary people would welcome the Russians as liberators. Instead, resistance was fierce and skilled, and Putin has had to scale back his objectives to conquering the eastern Donbas. The NATO alliance has shown strong solidarity. While Putin blamed NATO expansion for his attack on Ukraine, his actions are likely lead to Finland and Sweden joining the alliance as well. The Russian army has been humiliated as Ukrainian farmers tow away abandoned Russian tanks with their tractors.

At the other end of Eurasia, China is engaged in a senseless struggle to maintain its zero-Covid strategy in the face of a massive outbreak of new variants of the virus. The strategy involves locking down entire cities like Shenzhen and Shanghai, with parents being separated from their children, thousands of asymptomatic people being put in massive quarantine facilities, and shut-in citizens wailing about being unable to buy food or medicines. These shutdowns will have huge consequences for the Chinese economy, since China remains crucial to global supply chains that have already suffered huge disruptions from Covid outbreaks outside of China.

All countries make big policy mistakes, and the United States has unfortunately seen a large share of them so far in this century. But the disastrous choices made by Russia and China in recent weeks are the results not simply of poor information or bad judgment on the part of individual leaders; they result directly from the authoritarian nature of the two countries’ political systems. Both Russia and China have evolved a form of personalistic authoritarianism that gives untrammeled authority to a single individual at the top. There are very few checks on that individual’s power, and no easy way of the system reversing course in the face of evident failure.

This lack of checks on power is particularly evident in the case of Russia. Many commentators have noted that Putin has become very isolated in the course of the Covid epidemic. This was symbolized by the photos of him conferring with key advisors at the end of a long table, evidently due to his fear of being infected.

Just prior to the war, he was shown meeting with members of his national security council, who sat in a large circle far away from him. The Russian president went on to deliver a humiliating dressing-down to the head of Russia’s foreign intelligence service (SVR) Sergey Naryshkin. Russia evidently had very poor intelligence on its neighbor to the south, and remained unaware of the way that Ukrainian national identity had evolved since the annexation of Crimea and war in the Donbas in 2014. There are reports that Putin has ordered the arrest of the FSB officers responsible for Ukraine, as well as the commander of the Black Sea Fleet following the sinking of that fleet’s flagship, the Moskva, by Ukrainian missiles.

This relationship between Putin and his closest advisors, based entirely on fear, does not point to a political system that is capable of intelligent debate and deliberation. One imagines that any subordinate having information that contradicts the president’s preconceptions would be loath to express his views. All of this reinforces the information bubble that Putin has built for himself, and guarantees continuing bad results.

We know somewhat less about the nature of high-level Chinese decision-making, but it is highly likely that something similar has been going on with President Xi Jinping. One of the hallmarks of the political system created by Deng Xiaoping after 1978 was a reliance on collective decision-making within at least the Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Politburo. China was ruled by a CCP dictatorship, but it was a highly institutionalized one with term limits on the length of service of senior leaders, mandatory retirement ages, and a distinct aversion to the kind of charismatic leadership characteristic of the Mao Zedong era.

Many of these institutional checks have been dismantled by Xi, most notably the ten-year limit on his own term as party general secretary and president. From what we know about the current system, much of the collective leadership system created by Deng has been dismantled. None of the other members of the Standing Committee has remotely the power and prestige of Xi. The latter has also sought to build a cult of personality around himself, with an ideological emphasis on “Xi Jinping thought” and frequent comparisons of himself to great Chinese leaders of the past. As in the case of Russia, it is not clear that anyone in the senior leadership is capable of standing up against him. Xi has personally invested a huge amount of his own prestige in the zero-Covid strategy, and one imagines that it is extremely dangerous for anyone else in the CCP hierarchy to suggest otherwise.

The world has become increasingly divided between a part that is liberal democratic and a part that is autocratic. This division does not correspond neatly to the old 20th-century ideological divisions between communism, fascism, and democracy, so much as to differing approaches to state power. A liberal state seeks to limit the authority of the executive through multiple mechanisms. The most important is a rule of law, which constrains power by having it exercised under transparent and agreed-upon rules. Liberal polities create constitutional checks and balances to make sure that single individuals cannot simply do whatever they want, and if they are also democratic, leaders are subject to accountability for their actions.

The checks on power of a liberal system accumulated slowly over time. We are all familiar with the Magna Carta of 1215, under which the English King John agreed to limitations on his power over his barons. English kings were required to consult with their privy councils before making important decisions—the “king-in-council,” which was later expanded to the “king in Parliament.” Following the Glorious Revolution of 1688–89, power shifted altogether to Parliament and a prime minister, and an ever expanding circle of power holders.

The Chinese Communist Party from 1978–2013 had in effect a king-in-council system that forced the paramount leader to gain leadership consensus. This system is precisely the system that is being dismantled by Xi. Russia would have benefited greatly had Putin been forced to seek advice from a similar council, as there is evidence that some military officers were leery of invading Ukraine before the fact. What we have instead is a mad king Vladimir who, in the tradition of Ivan the Terrible or Stalin, can make arbitrary life-and-death decisions affecting the lives of millions of people, totally unconnected from reality.

I’ve argued elsewhere that the United States and other liberal democracies have developed overly constrained decision-making systems where so many stakeholders can block initiatives they don’t like such that the system becomes a paralyzed “vetocracy.” Yet this is an argument for loosening up our system a bit, and not for moving toward a Chinese-style dictatorship in the interests of efficiency or decisiveness. Fear of unconstrained power is one of the key reasons for preferring liberal government, with its checks and balances and need for broad consensus. We are being treated today to clear demonstrations of exactly why autocracy is so dangerous.

🐣 RT @WeAreUkraine As we enter the second stage of war, the Grand Battle for Donbass begins. ¤ Here’s the footage of an intense combat that took place last night on our eastern front.
💽 https://twitter.com/WeAreUkraine/status/1516348369836331010?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @EuromaidanPR Mariupol defenders! Our HOPE! Pray for Ukraine
💙 ⋙ 🐣 RT @TpyxaNews Our soldiers in Mariupol.
💽 https://twitter.com/TpyxaNews/status/1516319417117949952?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Channel4News “No matter how many Russian troops are driven there, we will fight.” ¤ President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says the battle for Donbas has begun – as the Russians launch a large-scale offensive to take control of Ukraine’s east.
💽 https://twitter.com/Channel4News/status/1516338493303054343?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 18 Apr 2022

RFE/RL: Russian Brigade Accused Of Bucha War Crimes Awarded Honorary Title http://bit.ly/3jUwfAg

SLTrib, Reed Galen: Mike Lee is a Judas on the loose in Utah http://bit.ly/3MzmJyP

NYT: Trump Allies Continue Legal Drive to Erase His Loss, Stoking Election Doubts http://nyti.ms/3JRQSHz “‘This is the clearest and most present danger to our democracy,’ said J. Michael Luttig, a leading conservative lawyer and former appeals court judge”
// Fifteen months after they tried and failed to overturn the 2020 election, the same group of lawyers and associates is continuing efforts to “decertify” the vote, feeding a false narrative.

A group of President Donald J. Trump’s allies and associates spent months trying to overturn the 2020 election based on his lie that he was the true winner. ¤ Now, some of the same confidants who tried and failed to invalidate the results based on a set of bogus legal theories are pushing an even wilder sequel: that by “decertifying” the 2020 vote in key states, the outcome can still be reversed.

In statehouses and courtrooms across the country, as well as on right-wing news outlets, allies of Mr. Trump — including the lawyer John Eastman — are pressing for states to pass resolutions rescinding Electoral College votes for President Biden and to bring lawsuits that seek to prove baseless claims of large-scale voter fraud. Some of those allies are casting their work as a precursor to reinstating the former president.

The efforts have failed to change any statewide outcomes or uncover mass election fraud. Legal experts dismiss them as preposterous, noting that there is no plausible scenario under the Constitution for returning Mr. Trump to office.

But just as Mr. Eastman’s original plan to use Congress’s final count of electoral votes on Jan. 6, 2021, to overturn the election was seen as far-fetched in the run-up to the deadly Capitol riot, the continued efforts are fueling a false narrative that has resonated with Mr. Trump’s supporters and stoked their grievances. They are keeping alive the same combustible stew of conspiracy theory and misinformation that threatens to undermine faith in democracy by nurturing the lie that the election was corrupt.

The efforts have fed a cottage industry of podcasts and television appearances centered around not only false claims of widespread election fraud in 2020, but the notion that the results can still be altered after the fact — and Mr. Trump returned to power, an idea that he continues to push privately as he looks toward a probable re-election run in 2024.

Democrats and some Republicans have raised deep concerns about the impact of the decertification efforts. They warn of unintended consequences, including the potential to incite violence of the sort that erupted on Jan. 6, when a mob of Mr. Trump’s supporters — convinced that he could still be declared the winner of the 2020 election — stormed the Capitol. Legal experts worry that the focus on decertifying the last election could pave the way for more aggressive — and earlier — legislative intervention the next time around.

“At the moment, there is no other way to say it: This is the clearest and most present danger to our democracy,” said J. Michael Luttig, a leading conservative lawyer and former appeals court judge, for whom Mr. Eastman clerked and whom President George W. Bush considered as a nominee to be the chief justice of the United States. “Trump and his supporters in Congress and in the states are preparing now to lay the groundwork to overturn the election in 2024 were Trump, or his designee, to lose the vote for the presidency.”

Most of Mr. Trump’s aides would like him to stop talking about 2020 — or, if he must, to focus on changes to voting laws across the country rather than his own fate. But like he did in 2020, when many officials declined to help him upend the election results, Mr. Trump has found a group of outside allies willing to take up an outlandish argument they know he wants to see made.

The efforts have been led or loudly championed by Mike Lindell, the chief executive of MyPillow; Michael T. Flynn, Mr. Trump’s first national security adviser; Stephen K. Bannon, the former White House chief strategist; and Boris Epshteyn, an aide and associate of Mr. Trump’s.

Another key player has been Mr. Eastman, the right-wing lawyer who persuaded Mr. Trump shortly after the election that Vice President Mike Pence could reject certified electoral votes for Mr. Biden when he presided over the congressional count and declare Mr. Trump the victor instead. ¤ Mr. Eastman wrote a memo and Mr. Epshteyn sent an email late last year to the main legislator pushing a decertification bill in Wisconsin, laying out a legal theory to justify the action. Mr. Eastman met last month with Robin Vos, the speaker of the State Assembly, and activists working across the country, a meeting that was reported earlier by The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. …

🐣 RT @ChristopherJM Serhiy Volyna, 36th Separate Marine Brigade commander, tells me what could save his troops trapped in Mariupol’s Azovstal is a “special military operation right now” with air support and heavy artillery that “in one sharp and deep blow” could allow for Ukrainian reinforcements.
⋙ 🧵 RT @ChristopherJM “I am Serhiy Volyna, Commander of the 36th Separate Marine Brigade…addressing to you from the besieged Mariupol.” Ukrainian forces holding out in Mariupol make a last-ditch plea for heavy weapons from the West to keep the strategic city from falling to Russia. via FB/Volyna
📌 https://twitter.com/ChristopherJM/status/1516546182297837577?s=20/photo/1 -2
// trapped in Mariupol

💙💛 🐣 RT @EuromaidanPress Escalation in Donbas has begun, situation is difficult, attacks & shellings rise, yet Ukraine holds defense & repulsed the offensive in Rubizhne and Popasna, took down Orlan-10 drone & heavy equipment – Luhansk RegHead Serhiy Haidai on air of nat’l telethon

🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “At the tactical fighting level, they’re undisciplined, brutal, cruel, using starvation and indirect fires targeted on civilians, not necessarily on military targets. They’re hoping instability… will cause capitulation” – @mccaffreyr3 on Russian troops w/ @NicolleDWallace

🐣 RT @MarkHertling Been saying this for awhile, but will repeat for emphasis: The next few weeks will be a battle of logistics. Ukraine will win it.

🐣 RT @muellershewrote NEW: texts between Proud Boys & Oath Keepers in a court filing from Vallejo (charged with seditious conspiracy) spells trouble for Proud Boys not yet charged with seditious conspiracy. The government has said in a separate filing they could face superseding charges by May.
⋙ 🧵 RT @ NEW: Hundreds of text messages between members of the Oath Keepers militia group show coordination with the Proud Boys leaders in the days leading up to Jan. 6, per exhibits just released in Stewart Rhodes case filing
📌 https://twitter.com/hugolowell/status/1516219499783065604?s=20

🧵 RT @kamilkazani War of memes: why Z-war won’t end with peace ¤ Some Western analysts unfamiliar with Eastern European cultural context perceive Z-war as an accident. They presume that Russian invasion results from some sort of “misunderstanding” or mistake which can be resolved via negotiations
📌 https://twitter.com/kamilkazani/status/1516162437455654913?s=20

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Head of RT Margarita Simonyan admits that for 10 years or more, she’s been dreaming about censorship, banning Western media and Russia becoming like China by achieving total information control. Most of all, Simonyan doesn’t want the idea of freedom to ever come back to Moscow.
💽 https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1515901373837107204?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 They want to create their own media platforms without the IT talent that just left in droves, with no foreigners and with a subpar education system? Good luck with that. A third-world country with nukes, 60% of which likely don’t work. Sadly, 40% likely do.

⭕ 17 Apr 2022

AtlanticCouncil, Taras Kuzio: How Putin’s Russia embraced fascism while preaching anti-fascism http://bit.ly/3xFRBcz “[V]eneration of the Soviet WWII experience … evolved into a quasi-religious cult complete with its own lexicon, rituals, monuments, and holy days“

… This veneration of the Soviet WWII experience proved hugely popular with the Russian public. Over the past two decades, it has evolved into a quasi-religious cult complete with its own lexicon, rituals, monuments, and holy days. In 2020, it even received its very own cathedral.

As with any religion, heresy is not tolerated. Deviations from the officially approved narratives of the victor nation are subject to criminal prosecution and blasphemy is dealt with ruthlessly. In Putin’s Russia, there is no greater crime than to question the sanctity of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany.

The kleptocratic Putin regime has used this victory cult to establish the illusion of an ideological commitment to fighting fascism. In line with this anti-fascist posturing, opponents of the current Russian authorities are routinely branded as fascists and Nazis. These vague but emotive labels have been attached to a dizzying array of adversaries ranging from domestic dissidents to recalcitrant neighbors.  

Nowhere is modern Russia’s fixation with “phantom fascists” more immediately apparent than in Kremlin policy toward Ukraine. For years, Moscow has equated Ukrainian national identity with fascism while depicting Russian aggression in Ukraine as a continuation of the struggle against Nazi Germany. …

🔊CNN: State of the Union with Jake Tapper and Dana Bash: Interview with Volodimyr Zelenskyy http://cnn.it/3KRBJYl
// podcast audio of entire show; Hosted by CNN’s Jake Tapper, State of the Union features interviews with top newsmakers on politics and policy – covering Washington, the country and the world.

🧵 RT @johnkonrad This is the Russian Flagship #Moskva before she sank. It’s impossible to fully assess the situation aboard based on one picture but marine salvage masters must make assumptions based on little information. As a ship captain and ship fire author here’s what appears to be likely […]
📌 https://twitter.com/johnkonrad/status/1515837566356008961?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @ So it’s likely been fully abandoned. It’s possible that some people remain down below but staying in the engine room without proper boundary cooling and topside assistance from trained shipboard firefighters would be suicidal. […]
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Remember the golden rule – “save as many people as possible” – well, the people a navy captain has to think about are not just the crewmembers but also the army and marines his ship provides air cover and artillery support for.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ By abandoning his ship early he may save his crew but lose the war.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ By most accounts, this flagship ship was critical to these war efforts. My best assumption – again based on too little evidence – is because of
1) the importance of this ship to the war effort
2) because the Montreux convention prevents Russia from sending a replacement
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 3) the calm weather, reserve buoyancy, and the fact she still had power means she could possibly have been saved
4) the fact the helideck was smoke-free
⋙ 🐣 RT @ For these reasons my best guess is the captain of the Moskva abandoned his ship too early.

🐣 RT @Gerashchenko_en 1. The big attack of Russia in Donbas might not happen: Kremlin began to really think and is afraid of possible failure at Donbas #UkraineUnderAttaсk
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 2. Weather: because of heavy rain and overflowing of rivers vehicles cannot pass. Leaves are appearing and hinder the attack. ¤ Each day Ukraine gets more and more weapons. ¤ Huge losses and low morals [sic] in the Russian army.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 3. The defeat will destroy the myth about Russian power once and for all and will make it a secondary, regional country. This will threaten the potential alliances with China and India.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 4. Negotiations seem to be the only way for Putin to avoid “geopolitical catastrophe” and achieve at least something.

🐣 RT @MaxBoot Like I said, Ukraine’s superior military culture is its key advantage over the Russian army. ¤ In @PostOpinions: https://wapo.st/3rm16tn
⋙ 🐣 RT @ At the root of Russian atrocities in Ukraine: a brutal culture of cruelty is embedded in Russia’s military, where vicious hazing is commonplace. ¤ “It is the state of the Russian army, this impunity, aggression and internal violence.” ¤ By @antontroian
⋙⋙ NYT: Atrocities in Ukraine War Have Deep Roots in Russian Military http://nyti.ms/3xzISsh
// Like the shelling of cities, the seemingly pointless, close-up killing of individuals recalls wars in Chechnya.

🐣 RT @RFERL Ukraine has accused Russian forces of transporting thousands of civilians from shattered Ukrainian cities, taking their documents, and putting them in so-called “filtration camps,” before moving them to Russia. Report by @Azatliq and @ReidStan.
⋙ RFE/RL: Amid Intensified Fighting, Reports Continue To Surface Of Ukrainians Forcibly Relocated To Russia http://bit.ly/3xwjC6n

🐣 RT @JasJWright Ukraine’s President Zelensky to @jaketapper, says he wants President Biden to come to Ukraine ¤ “I think he’s the leader of the United states and that’s why he should come here to see.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @CNNSotu TAPPER: “Do you want President Biden to come here?”
ZELENSKY: “Yes.”
TAPPER: Are there any plans for him to come?
ZELENSKY: “I think he will.” #CNNSOTU
💽 https://twitter.com/CNNSotu/status/1515683766135574533?s=20/photo/1

CNN: Exclusive: Zelensky says Ukraine won’t give up territory in the east to end war with Russia http://cnn.it/3ryVj3P

Eurekalert (2021): Ukraine genome survey adds missing pieces to human diversity puzzle http://bit.ly/3jNdgqZ The 1000 Genomes Study, an offshoot of the Human Genome Project, recently identified Ukraine as having a unique genetic signature marked by 13 million genetic variants
// 1/13/2021; International Ukraine Genetic Diversity Project finds a quarter of the genetic variation in Europe, dramatically increasing information on population diversity and medical genetic variation
● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1515685515022028807?s=20/photo/1

Two decades ago, after the publication of the draft of the human genome, one of the largest exploration projects in the genomics era began: The Human Genome Diversity Project (HGDP). This is an enormous international effort to map the entire pattern of human genetic variation across the world. To build this map, there have been numerous global surveys of individual genomes in a variety of geographic regions and populations, but crucial gaps still remain. One of the most notable is in Eastern-Europe and the Eurasian steppes.

Central to this is Ukraine, which is the largest country located fully in Europe. It is made up of a population formed via millennia of migration. This territory served as a key prehistoric and historic crossroads for the spread of humans across Europe and into Asia. Migration events here included modern human expansion into Neanderthal territory, the movement of nomads and early farmers just starting to domesticate plants and animals, the great human migrations during the Middle Ages, and the trade exchange routes of the Silk Road.

Lead investigator, Taras Oleksyk at Oakland University, says: “Our study shows there is significant genetic diversity in Ukraine, a country that had not been prioritized in genome surveys. We found more than 13 million genetic variants among the DNA samples — nearly 500,000 of which were previously undocumented.”

These variants, commonly known as mutations, are the result of evolutionary and demographic factors that have shaped Ukrainians’ genetic makeup throughout history.

Oleksyk explains: “As humans moved across the world over millennia, they gained genetic mutations, often due to adaptation to their specific environments. These mutations have been passed down through generations, so when we look at genomes of Ukrainians and other populations, what we see is a reflection of their unique evolutionary histories.”

The survey is an important part of understanding human diversity, as it shows the extensive breadth of genetic diversity in Ukraine — a nation that was once thought to lack genetic relevance.

Oleksyk highlights this, saying their study shows that “Ukraine accounts for roughly a quarter of the genetic variation documented in Europe. It’s a part of the world that cannot be ignored in future genetic and biomedical studies.”

🐣 RT @With__Ukraine (1) In its souvenir shop, the #WhiteHouse presented a commemorative coin dedicated to the historic address of Volodymyr @ZelenskyyUa to the #USCongress on March 7, 2022.
⋙ 🐣 RT @With__Ukraine 2) @ZelenskyyUa’s speech is considered exemplary as a wartime leader, and it is on a par with the legendary speeches of #WinstonChurchill during World War II.
Proceeds from the sale of the coin will be used entirely for humanitarian aid to the #Ukrainian people.

💙 🐣 RT @StratcomUA A complex light show performed by scores of drones lights up the skies over Busan, South Korea, in the colors of the Ukrainian flag. #StandWithUkraine
🖼 💽 https://twitter.com/StratcomCentre/status/1515583467354001411?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Hromadske The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has launched an information platform for foreign audiences concerning the war in Ukraine. The platform provides verified information on the war and shows specific ways to support Ukraine
💙 🔄 ⋙ MFA of Ukraine: War in Ukraine: official website https://war.ukraine.ua
// On 24 February 2022 Russia attacked Ukraine. This website provides verified information and updates about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Hromadske “When we ultimately win this war, this will become a thoroughly collected archive of Russia’s crimes, atrocities and barbarism, and more importantly – the heroism and unity of Ukrainian people” — Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba

🐣 RT @Hromadske The Russian missile cruiser Moskva, which was destroyed by Ukrainian Armed Forces, is the first flagship lost by Russia since the Battle of Tsushima in 1905 — Advisor to the Head of the Presidential Office of Ukraine Oleksii Arestovych

⭕ 16 Apr 2022

🐣 RT @TimothyDSnyder Open call for genocide on the flagship channel of Russian state television.
⋙ 🐣 RT @shustry More revolting, openly genocidal rhetoric on Russian state TV. The very idea of being Ukrainian, he says, “has to be erased once and for all.” Meanwhile, calling this a war is still punishable by years in Russian prison.

🐣 RT @McFaul So @M_Simonyan , you seem to be admitting that Russia’s army is significantly weaker than NATO? Do I understand you right? (my Russian is rusty). I agree with you, by the way. Imagine if you attacked NATO & US soldiers engaged in the fight. Осторожно.
🐣 RT @anders_aslund The always disgusting propagandist Margarita Simonyan sounds as if she is starting to prepare her Russian audience for defeat in Ukraine. First, Ukraine is not Georgia. Second, it is not Ukraine but NATO that we are fighting against. Good luck with that!
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Watch what happens when one pundit on Russian state TV tries to ask why it’s taking so long for Russia to win in Ukraine: head of RT Margarita Simonyan nearly pecks his head off, as she argues that Russia is fighting NATO in Ukraine. He quickly backs down: “I didn’t complain!”
💽 https://twitter.com/anders_aslund/status/1515441364640616449?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @nytimesworld With his hallucinatory dystopian novels, the Russian writer Vladimir Sorokin has chronicled Russia’s slide toward authoritarianism. Now he is poised to gain a following in the West, with new English-language translations of his work.
⋙ NYT: He Envisioned a Nightmarish, Dystopian Russia. Now He Fears Living in One. http://nyti.ms/3L32UPG
// With eight forthcoming translations of his books, Vladimir Sorokin is gaining recognition in the West just as, he says, Russian writers need to fight back in a semantic war on truth.

Sorokin is widely regarded as one of Russia’s most inventive writers, an iconoclast who has chronicled the country’s slide toward authoritarianism, with subversive fables that satirize bleak chapters of Soviet history, and futuristic tales that capture the creeping repression of 21st-century Russia. But despite his reputation as both a gifted postmodern stylist and an unrepentant troublemaker, he remains relatively unknown in the West. Until recently, just a handful of his works had been published in English, in part because his writing can be so challenging to translate, and so hard to stomach. Now, four decades into his scandal-scorched career, publishers are preparing to release eight new English-language translations of his books.

The attention comes as his portraits of Russia as a decaying former empire that’s sliding backward under a militaristic, violent and repressive regime have come to seem tragically prescient. As Russia carries out its brutal invasion of Ukraine, Sorokin sees the conflict not just as a military onslaught, but as a semantic war being waged through propaganda and lies — an assault on truth that writers must combat. ¤ “The role of writers is going to change, given the current situation,” Sorokin said. “If a new era of censorship begins, writers’ words will only be stronger.”…

Speaking from Germany, he seemed disoriented, but not surprised, to find himself facing what could be a long exile. He and his wife Irina, who split their time between Vnukovo, a town outside of Moscow, and a bright, art-filled apartment in Berlin, left Russia just three days before the invasion of Ukraine. Though the timing of their trip was pure coincidence, it felt fated, and Sorokin is wary of returning to Russia as long as Putin remains in power. He has denounced the invasion publicly and called Vladimir Putin a crazed “monster,” putting himself in a precarious position after Putin labeled Russians who oppose the war as “scum” and “traitors.”

Watching the crushing use of force in Ukraine, Sorokin, who compared the Russian invasion to “killing your own mother,” has been reminded of his preoccupation with humanity’s bottomless capacity for violence, a constant theme in his work. ¤ “Why can’t mankind get by without violence?” he said. “I grew up in a country where violence was the main air that everyone breathed. So when people ask me why there’s so much violence in my books, I tell them that I was absolutely soaked and marinated in it from kindergarten onward.”

Sorokin doesn’t fit the classic mold of a dissident writer. While he’s been critical of Putin’s regime, he’s hard to pinpoint, stylistically or ideologically. He’s been pilloried for violating Russian Orthodox Christian values in his stories, but is a devout Christian. He deploys gorgeous prose to describe horrifying acts. He’s celebrated as a literary heir to giants like Turgenev, Gogol and Nabokov, but at times, he’s questioned the value of literature, dismissing novels as “just paper with typographic signs.”

He’s a master of mimicry and subverting genre tropes, veering from arch postmodern political satire (“The Queue”) to esoteric science fiction (“The Ice Trilogy”) to alternate histories and futuristic cyberpunk fantasies (“Telluria”). ¤ “His books are like entering a crazy nightmare, and I mean that as a compliment,” the novelist Gary Shteyngart said. “He was able to find the right vocabulary with which to articulate the truth.” …

🐣 RT @BSBonner Two-month war report card ¤ Subject: Support for Ukraine
A – Baltics, Poland
B- USA, UK, Slovakia, Czech Republic
C- EU (generally), France, Finland, Sweden, Turkey, Canada, Japan, Australia
D- Germany, Israel
F- China, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Hungary, Saudi Arabia, many others

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Russia Shows Off Crew of Sunken Moskva Warship—With Quite a Few Missing.
⋙⋙ YahooNews: Russia Shows Off Crew of Sunken Moskva Warship—With Quite a Few Missing http://yhoo.it/3KLFSge
⋙ 🐣 RT @MinkinaNataly Former deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Ilya Ponomarev said that only 58 people from entire crew of the Moskva cruiser that officially is 510 people were saved. Ponomarev wrote this on Facebook. Fate of the remaining sailors is unknown. [link tr:] http://bit.ly/3jIY528

🐣 RT @BrookingsFP The problem for Putin is that spheres of influence are not granted to one great power by others, inherited, or created by geography, history, or “tradition,” Robert Kagan writes @ForeignAffairs. They are acquired by economic, political, and military power.
⋙ ForeignAffairs: The Price of Hegemony http://fam.ag/3KTxJ9u
// Can America learn to use its power?

🐣 RT @MargoGontar Russia’s Uralvogonzavod shuts down production. It will no longer be able to assemble any of T-72 tank (main RU tank) or newer T-90 & T-14 tanks (Armata). Reason: lack of imported components. It means more saved UA lives, is direct result of Western sanctions which should continue

🐣 RT @olliecarroll New video from Zelensky in moment of exhausted and emotional late night reflection: “52 days. We work (shows speech), we love (family photo), we are thankful (gifted cockerel from destroyed borodyanka flat), we are proud (flag), we will be victorious”
💽 https://twitter.com/olliecarroll/status/1515561580443971585?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @Mariia_Zolkina THREAD. Day 52d since #RussiaInvadedUkraine. How does situation look on the ground? Below find overview on 1)military situation. 2)developments in temporary occupied areas 3) negotiations 4)what to expect ⬇️1/
📌 https://twitter.com/Mariia_Zolkina/status/1515245916088905729?s=20

⭕ 15 Apr 2022

WaPo: Senator Mike Lee worked hard to overturn election, keep Trump in power, texts show http://wapo.st/3vGnZt9

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) worked furiously to overturn the 2020 election and keep President Donald Trump in power before ultimately abandoning the effort when no evidence of widespread fraud surfaced and his outreach to states for alternate electors proved futile, according to texts.

Lee sent the texts to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who turned them over to the House committee investigating a pro-Trump mob’s attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. CNN reviewed the texts Lee and Rep. Chip Roy (R-Tex.) sent Meadows and reported on them Friday.

In texts to Meadows sent in November, Lee is highly supportive of Trump’s efforts to undo the election through legal challenges, offering on Nov. 7, 2020 — the day news organizations projected Joe Biden as the winner — his “unequivocal support for you to exhaust every legal and constitutional remedy at your disposal to restore Americans faith in our elections.”…

Lee’s texts show that, soon after the election, it was Lee who encouraged Meadows to give Powell access to Trump, saying she would help him push forward the legal challenges. He provided Meadows with Powell’s contact information and initially seemed confident that Powell could help advance Trump’s case.

“Apparently she has a strategy to keep things alive and put several states back in play. Can you help get her in?” Lee texted. ¤ Two days later, Lee once again vouched for Powell, calling her a “strong shooter.”

As election results were being counted that November, Powell was making all sorts of false accusations of election fraud. She joined other members of Trump’s legal team — including Rudolph Giuliani and Jenna Ellis — at a Republican National Committee news conference on Nov. 19, 2020, in which she falsely claimed that Trump “won by a landslide.” …

In the time since, Powell has not only failed to bring forward substantial proof to back her claims of election fraud, she’s also facing multiple legal challenges, financial penalties and a possible disbarment. ¤ Two hours after that news conference, Lee started to voice his doubts on Powell. ¤ The senator, in a message to Meadows, said he was “worried about the Powell press conference.”

“The potential defamation liability for the president is significant here,” Lee said. “For the campaign and for the president personally. … Unless Powell can back up everything she said, which I kind of doubt she can.” ¤ Meadows agreed, texting back: “Very concerned.”

By late November, Lee had backed away from Powell and instead began encouraging Meadows to hire right-wing lawyer John Eastman. But the trust in Eastman didn’t last long either given that, by mid-December, Lee began expressing doubts to Meadows about the plan to legally challenge the election’s certification Jan. 6.

“If you want senators to object, we need to hear from you on that ideally getting some guidance on what arguments to raise,” Lee texted Meadows on Dec. 16, 2020. “I think we’re now passed the point where we can expect anyone will do it without some direction and a strong evidentiary argument.”

By Jan. 3, Lee was arguing to Meadows that Trump’s effort to have states send alternate slates of electors to Congress would probably fail. ¤ “I don’t think the president is grasping the distinction between what we can do and what he would like us to do,” he told Meadows that day, warning that the efforts “could all backfire badly.” ¤ Hours after a mob stormed the Capitol, Lee voted to certify the election results and Biden’s win.

🧵 RT @mattia_n This wide-ranging conversation with Zelenskyy and his closest advisor Andrii Yermak in the @TheAtlantic really is worth reading. It shows some important sides of Ze’ and covers some new grounds. /1
📌 https://twitter.com/mattia_n/status/1514975519841918985?s=20
💙 ⋙⋙ TheAtlantic, Anne Applebaum and Jeffrey Goldblum: Liberation Without Victory: Interview with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky http://bit.ly/3viTFV7
// In a wide-ranging conversation at his compound in Kyiv, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tells The Atlantic what Ukraine needs to survive—and describes the price it has paid.

🐣 USSR lost 26.6M total (Poland not incl)
Russia lost 14M (12.7% of pop) , Ukraine lost 7M (16.3%)
Poland (17.1%) and Belorussia (25.3%) also lost more people as % of pop. than Russia.
Source: Wikipedia http://bit.ly/3LgBnuw
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🐣 📋 The USSR lost 26.6M, of which 14M were Russian. 7M were Ukrainian. Ukraine lost more as % of population. So did Poland. The UK and US suffered fewer casualties but were just as decisive in defeating Nazism, due to modern armed forces and strategic leadership. Wikipedia:
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1518852236868259840?s=20/photo/1
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🐣 📋 Ukraine suffered enormously in WW2. Deaths as % of 1939 pop. (mil ✛ civ):
25.3 Belarus
17.1 Poland
16.3 Ukraine
12.6 Russia
8.5 Germany
.9 U.K.
.3 U.S.
Source: Wikipedia http://bit.ly/3JHO67N
// tags: WWII Deaths World War Two Deaths Second World War Deaths

⭕ 14 Apr 2022

💙 🔊Podcast: The Lincoln Project: Vladimir Putin’s Chaos Strategy http://apple.co/3ElKcjO
// Interview for former CIA agent John Sipher

💙 🧵 RT @ChrisO_wiki Some thoughts on the apparent sinking of the Russian Black Sea flagship Moskva: if confirmed, it’s likely to go down in history as one of the most audaciously successful attacks in modern naval history. /1
📌 https://twitter.com/ChrisO_wiki/status/1514498197489659909?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @ChrisO_wiki If she’s been sunk, the Moskva will be the biggest warship lost since WW2: at 12,490 tons she’s bigger than Argentina’s General Belgrano, sunk by the Royal Navy in 1982. /2
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Apart from the symbolism of her likely loss, she’s of great military value as a platform for air defence and missile bombardment of land targets. Her loss is of great significance to both sides. /3
⋙ 🐣 RT @ She will likely be irreplaceable – the only ship of her class, built in Ukraine (!) in 1979. Russia can’t transfer warships from elsewhere to replace her as Turkey has closed the Bosphorus to military traffic. /4 […]
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Reportedly, the Ukrainians used a Bayraktar TB-2 drone to distract the Moskva. The Ukrainian Navy introduced TB-2s into service in August 2021. /8 [photos ⇈ ⇊ ]
⋙ 🐣 RT @ In naval use, they can be employed to find enemy ships and relay their positions to coastal missile batteries, as well as carrying out direct attacks using their own payloads. /9 […]
⋙ 🐣 RT @ How did the Russians not see the incoming Neptunes? The Moskva has/had a single main air defence radar – a 3P41 Volna phased array to guide S300 missiles. Problem is, it only has a 180 degree field of vision. /11
⋙ 🐣 RT @ So it’s likely that the Ukrainians purposefully got the Moskva to point its best radar in the wrong direction while the Neptunes sneaked under the coverage of the other radars. Very smart. /13 […]

💽 MSNBC, TheBeathWithAri: Trump aide backs down, testifies about elector fraud and insurrection http://on.msnbc.com/3EdYN0K
// Trump aide Stephen Miller spent 8 hours testifying before the Jan. 6 committee, a reversal after initially defying the committee and suing over its request. Miller had openly discussed a plot to steal the election with fraudulent electors prior to the insurrection, drawing more scrutiny as investigations and reports have revealed multiple aides involved in that thwarted effort. MSNBC’s Ari Melber reports on the new testimony, the link to other Trump aides’ admissions, including on The Beat, and other developments in the probe, along with The Nation’s Elie Mystal and New York University Law Professor Melissa Murray.

🐣 RT @apolyakova Translation: “US support is working, we are taking heavy losses.” Moscow is on the back foot. Now is the time to send more arms to Ukraine, not less.
⋙ WaPo: Russia warns U.S. to stop arming Ukraine http://wapo.st/3JOqJtg
// The formal diplomatic note from Moscow, a copy of which was reviewed by The Washington Post, came as President Biden approved a dramatic expansion in the scope of weapons being provided to the government in Kyiv

🐣 RT @poseofpower Rebel with a cause
paints a thousand sunflowers
on a bright blue wall
each with a hundred hope seeds,
graffiti with a purpose.

WaPo, Fareed Zakaria: Putin’s Plan A in Ukraine has failed. We can’t let his Plan B succeed. http://wapo.st/3rvruB9

🐣 RT @ragipsoylu NEW: Putin has “stewed” in grievance, ambition and insecurity over Ukraine — CIA Director Burns

🐣 RT @TheLastWord RNC votes to withdraw from Commission on Presidential Debates events https://on.msnbc.com/37N5jzs

😅 RT @ResusCGMedia Good Morning Putin! 😌 ¤ The Mosvka Effect on The Kremlin.
💽 https://twitter.com/ResusCGMedia/status/1514592744756240386?s=20/photo/1

DailyMail [UK]: Putin’s defence minister Sergei Shoigu has had a ‘massive heart attack not from natural causes’ and TWENTY generals ‘have been arrested’ over bungled invasion http://bit.ly/3xzjBPb
● Shoigu is thought to have suffered a heart attack possibly caused by foul play
● Russia’s defence minister, 66, has been a close ally of Putin ever since 2012
● He was a mainstay early in the invasion but has been largely absent for weeks
● Russian-Israeli businessmen Leonid Nevzlin made the extraordinary claim
● If his claims prove to be true, it would confirm suspicions of a major rift between the isolated Russian president and his closest advisers and military leaders
● Nevzlin was once one of Russia’s richest men but fled the country in 2003 when Putin and the Kremlin decided to seize his oil company

🐣 RT @warmonitor2 ⚡️Russian MP Mikhail Sheremet urges Russia to bomb decision making centers in Kyiv to prevent Western officials from visiting

🧵 RT @WarintheFuture Soldiers act in accordance with their training, the tasks they are given, the direct supervision from their NCOs and the example of their leaders. 1/5 #Ukraine #Leadership [link]
📌 https://twitter.com/WarintheFuture/status/1514736948413612032?s=20

2/5 When each of these is corrupted, military effectiveness is degraded. In essence, if your military does each of these four things (training, tasking, supervision, leadership) poorly, it will resemble a bedraggled group of murderous hobos, not professional soldiers.
3/5 Further, when Russia’s president believes #Ukraine is a non-country, and its generals are comfortable razing cities & killing their inhabitants, the strategic incentive structure further compromises the professional integrity of the Russian military.
4/5 Consequently, Russian military culture remains similar to that which killed and raped its way to Berlin in WW2. Top to bottom it is a system that incentivises destruction, atrocious treatment of civilians, the murder of POWs, and the brutalisation of its own soldiers
5/5 Unfortunately, this is the Russian ‘way of war’ and a central component of their military culture. Only a defeat of this Russian Army, perhaps the most brutal and stupid of the modern era, can stop these atrocities. Another fine piece from @nataliabugayova at @TheStudyofWar

🐣 RT @Conflicts BREAKING: Explosions heard in Kyiv tonight, reports of an electrical power loss in several areas. Air raid siren has been declared in all regions of Ukraine.

🐣 RT @Biz_Ukraine_Mag Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is setting new standards in the field of Russian military incompetence. The top three entries so far:
1. Losing your flagship to a country without a navy
2. Digging trenches in the Chernobyl dead zone
3. Having your tanks towed away by tractors

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Kyiv sank Moscow. It’s hard for them to swallow.
⋙ 🐣 RT @olgatokariuk Air raid alerts almost all over Ukraine’s territory now. The sinking of Moskva ship obviously wasn’t well received in Moscow
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🐣 RT @avalaina Huge explosions in Kyiv. #StandWithUkraine️

🐣 RT @TarasKuzio Putin lashing out so much soon no one in the senior ranks of the siloviki will support him. Here Osypov is blamed for the sinking of the Moskva which clearly was not an accident but a Neptune missile fired by the non-existent country of Ukraine by non-existent Ukrainian soldiers

🐣 Follow my UKRAINE Twitter List: “Ukraine, including some Russian sources. News sources, govt, academic, defense, intelligence” (currently follows about 750 accounts)

🐣 RT @OAlexanderDK The Lithuanian Minister of National Defense Arvydas Anušauskas posted this on Facebook about the Moskva (translated). ¤ If this is true, then the ship sank 11 hours ago after capsizing and a heavy loss of life, if 54 sailors were rescued out of the ≈ 500 on board. Text Block: https://twitter.com/OAlexanderDK/status/1514561198766886923?s=20/photo/1

Text [tr]: “A SOS signal was given from the Russian cruiser “Moscow” at 1:05; 1:14 cruise ship was lying on the side and half an hour later all power went out. As of 2 o’clock at night, a Turkish ship evacuated 54 sailors from the cruise ship and at around 3 o’clock at midnight Turkey and Romania reported that the ship had completely sank. ¤ The loss of Russian personnel related to this is not yet known, although there were 485 people on the ship. the crew (66 of them soldiers).”

🐣 RT @OSINTdefender The Russian Ministry of Defense has Announced that the Slava-Class Cruiser “Moskva” the Flag-Ship of the Russian Black Sea’s Fleet that was Claimed to have been Struck by 2 Ukrainian Navy fired Neptune Anti-Ship Missiles, has Sank in the Black Sea while being towed to Port.

🔄 💙 🧵 RT @MikeAJensen A while ago, I started what I thought would be a quick exercise to confirm the narrative of J6 defendants as “ordinary” people with few links to extremists, extremist groups/movements. I began work on a network visualization and now I no longer find this narrative convincing. 1/
📌 ◕ https://twitter.com/MikeAJensen/status/1514637133973184516?s=20&t=Bwz4BOvs4RcWe-w9KgiJaw

🐣 RT @tomishoren Czar LilliPutin: ¤ My fellow Russians, we’ve successfully completed stage 1 in the Ukraine war. We lost Battle of Kyiv. We failed to take Odesa. 20,000 of our soldiers have died ¤ Stage 2 has just started & it will be even more glorious. Our Black Sea flagship the Moskva is sinking

🐣 RT @EuromaidanPress 🇺🇦Group of the Special Operations Forces blew up a bridge with 🇷🇺vehicles which were heading for Izyum, Kharkiv Oblast, where the Russian troops have been trying to break through the Ukrainian defenses to capture the area of Slovyansk, Donetsk Obl.

🐣 RT @MauriceSchleep Novorosinform REPORTED:The #Russian Ministry of Defense #Konashenkov,Said that the Russian army Would Strike at Decision-making Centers including in #Kiev, in case of New Sabotage on #Russian territory by #Ukraine Forces.

🐣 RT @EuromaidanPR The Lychakiv court of Lviv, where the case of Viktor #Medvedchuk was transferred, arrested another 154 objects of movable and immovable property of the Medvedchuk family. ¤ Among other things, 26 cars, 30 plots of land, 23 houses, 32 apartments, 17 parking spaces and a motor yacht

🐣 RT @EuromaidanPress Russia’s Education Ministry drafts regulations allowing the transfer of children forcibly removed from the occupied territories to the families of Russian citizens, including through their adoption ¤ Ukraine’s Ministry of Social Policy reported this. [link]

🐣 RT @uktaine_world If Russia hits Kyiv with missiles, Ukraine will attack in response, @arestovych said.

🐣 RT @noclador In all of naval history only two capital ships have been sunk by coastal batteries while at sea:
• 🇩🇪German cruiser 𝘉𝘭𝘶̈𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘳 on 9 April 1940
• 🇷🇺russian cruiser 𝘔𝘰𝘴𝘬𝘷𝘢 on 14 April 2022
Hey russia, your military is doing amazing! Please continue like this. 😂😂

🐣 RT @XSovietNews Lavrov: The West has declared total hybrid war on Russia under the pretext of the Ukraine crisis.

🐣 RT @IntlCrimCourt 📢 Prosecutor #KarimAAKhanQC on visit to #Bucha: “#Ukraine is a crime scene. We’re here because we have reasonable grounds to believe that crimes within the jurisdiction of the #ICC are being committed. We have to pierce the fog of war to get to the #truth.” #JusticeMatters

🐣 RT @McFaul [tr] Many peoples of the former Soviet Union, not only Russians, defeated fascism in the Great Patriotic War. Moscow does not have a monopoly on celebrating May 9th as a national holiday or as a day when victory is won in Ukraine. Kyiv also has such a right.

🐣 RT @CharlesTannock UAF lured Russian navy into believing UA had no shore to ship missile capability so Moskva confidently sailed into the Neptun 300km range and took a major hit as its ships have only limited radar counter incoming missile engagement capacity as a blindspot was created by TB2 decoy

🐣 RT @DrRadchenko Since Russia has underperformed economically, its claim to great power status has always rested on military power more than anything else. In symbolic terms (and status is a slippery concept), Russia has taken a serious hit. The Chinese are looking at this and thinking hard.

⭕ 13 Apr 2022

🐣 RT @ZelenskyyUa Without additional weaponry, this war will become an endless bloodbath, spreading misery, suffering, and destruction. Mariupol, Bucha, Kramatorsk – the list will be continued. Nobody will stop Russia except Ukraine with Heavy Weapons. #ArmUkraineNow
💽 https://twitter.com/ZelenskyyUa/status/1514242356949704709?s=20/photo/1

💙❤️ 🔄 UkraineSolidarity, John-Paul Himka: Ten Turning Points: A Brief History of Ukraine http://bit.ly/3vyXENA

WSJ: Putin Taps the Butcher of Syria to Subdue Ukraine http://on.wsj.com/3rr6oUK “Battlefield directions will no longer emanate from the Kremlin or Moscow but from a field headquarters”
// Russian Gen. Aleksandr Dvornikov is a ruthless commander with an established record of vicious brutality.

After horrendous battlefield losses and failed objectives, Vladimir Putin is concentrating his efforts in Ukraine in the eastern provinces of the Donbas. Recognizing that neither his original plan for a blitzkrieg against Kyiv nor his plan for multiple operations in the north, south and east worked, Russia’s president seems ready now to embrace longstanding principles of war: simplicity, unity of effort and focused logistics. No more adventurous airborne operations against airfields. No more stymied convoys or simultaneous but separate attacks on Kharkiv, Mariupol and Sumy. No more disputes among commanders over logistical resupply. Rather, the Russians will pursue a single coordinated effort with, initially, more-limited aspirations in the Donbas.

Unity of command has long been recognized as an indispensable prerequisite for victory. Battlefield directions will no longer emanate from the Kremlin or Moscow but from a field headquarters. Mr. Putin’s recent appointment of Gen. Aleksandr Dvornikov to command all forces in Ukraine is consistent with the principle of unity of command. It’s also worrisome. Unlike Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, a politician-cum-general, and Gen. Valery Gerasimov, reputedly the designer of the original attack plan for Ukraine, Gen. Dvornikov is not a staff officer in Moscow. He is a seasoned combat veteran with previous responsibility for operations in Chechnya, Crimea and Armenia.

WaPo, Michael McFaul: The West must help Ukraine to win the next phase of the war http://wapo.st/3uFS3Wf “The Ukrainians don’t only need Soviet-era heavy weapons. They also need more modern and effective weapons from the West”

🐣 RT @nicoleperlroth Here we go. New unnamed state 🤔 hackers are infecting U.S. critical infrastructure—like grid operators—with custom tools capable of worst-case scenario attacks. ¤ There’s no soft peddling it. This is very serious. Read @CISAgovm’s advisory in full. And do everything they say. Now
⋙ 🐣 RT @CISAgov With @DOE_CESER, @FBI, & @NSACyber, we published a joint advisory on APT cyber tools targeting #ICS & #SCADA devices. Critical infrastructure organizations – especially in the energy sector – should review our recommended proactive mitigations and actions: http://go.usa.gov/xugmR

🐣 RT @nexta_tv #Colombian authorities promise to help Western countries to partially or completely abandon imports of #Russian #oil, #coal and #gas, replacing them with Colombian ones. ¤ President Ivan #Duque has called the Russian invasion a #genocide.

NYT: Captured Ukrainian oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk was a figure in the U.S. investigation into Russian electoral meddling. http://nyti.ms/3E9PZcl

🐣 RT @daxe It gets worse for Russia. No way will Turkey allow one of the remaining two ‘Slava’-class cruisers into the Black Sea to replace ‘Moskva.’ Russia lost half its naval firepower off Ukraine and can’t restore it without going to war with NATO.

🐣 RT @Odessa_Journal In intercepted conversations, russians give hints about Russia’s further plans for Ukraine: “Putin said that if we don’t do anything by 10th May, then level everything with the ground”. Soldiers complain that Ukrainian army keeps destroying them, and they cannot win. #Mariupol

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 Really wonderful news. The UKR needs to drive the Russian combatant and amphibs out of the Black Sea offshore threat to Odesa.
⋙ 🐣 RT @MalcolmNance Russia admits the SLAVA Class guided missile cruiser Moskva has suffered major damage “from exploding ammunition”. They forgot the “hit by anti ship missiles part”

WaPo: Ominous rhetoric gains grounds in Russia as its forces struggle in Ukraine http://wapo.st/3xrTZ6D “After a month of fighting, the architects of Moscow’s war against Ukraine had to explain to Russians why Kyiv had not fallen. That’s when the most menacing rhetoric began”

After a month of fighting, the architects of Moscow’s war against Ukraine had to explain to Russians why Kyiv had not fallen. That’s when the most menacing rhetoric began. ¤ On state television, a military analyst doubled down on Russia’s need to win and called for concentration camps for Ukrainians opposed to the invasion.

Two days later, the head of the defense committee in the lower house of parliament said it would take 30 to 40 years to “reeducate” Ukrainians. ¤ And on a talk show, the editor in chief of the English-language television news network RT described Ukrainians’ determination to defend their country as “collective insanity.”

“It’s no accident we call them Nazis,” said Margarita Simonyan, who also heads the Kremlin-backed media group that operates the Sputnik and RIA Novosti news agencies. “What makes you a Nazi is your bestial nature, your bestial hatred and your bestial willingness to tear out the eyes of children on the basis of nationality.”

Russia’s astonishing shift toward genocidal speech has been swift and seamless. Moscow officials stepped up warnings that Russia was fighting for its survival. Pundits condemned peace talks and scorned troops’ withdrawal from Kyiv and surrounding areas. ¤ The change of gears, signaling a brutal occupation, appeared deliberate and coordinated in a nation where detailed Kremlin orders on messaging are handed down regularly to state media.

Eugene Finkel, an expert on genocide at Johns Hopkins University in Bologna, Italy, said the rhetoric isn’t just “a few crazy hard-liners” spouting off. It’s coming from prominent government officials, showing up in the press, being heard on state television — and is “clearly genocidal.” ¤ “They’re talking about destroying Ukrainians as a group, Ukraine as a state and as an identity community,” Finkel said. “The argument is we are going to destroy this national community as it exists and create something new that we like instead, no matter how many people we kill in the process.” …

The threat of Nazism is one of the Kremlin’s most brazen themes. Last week, RIA Novosti ran a prominent opinion piece by pundit Timofei Sergeitsev, an outspoken supporter of Putin, that urged the liquidation of the entire Ukrainian elite, the division of the country, destruction of its sovereignty and even the abolition of its name. ¤ “Denazification will inevitably be de-Ukrainization,” Sergeitsev wrote, requiring years of ideological repression and severe censorship in political, cultural and educational fields. Ordinary Ukrainians were complicit and must suffer the “inevitable hardships of a just war” before total submission to Russian power “as a historical lesson and atonement for their guilt.” ¤ Others quickly piled on. Former president and prime minister Dmitry Medvedev, who is now deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, wrote on Telegram that “Ukrainianism, fueled by anti-Russian poison and all-consuming lies about its identity, is one big fake.”

Ruth Deyermond, a Russia expert in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, said such arguments are “hard to read in any other way than a justification for mass killing. It’s extremely disturbing language and clearly has genocidal overtones. It’s not that they, Ukrainians, have a Führer or a political ideology or a Nazi system. They’re just Nazi.” …

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Tuesday that Russia was carrying out mass deportations. “Hundreds of thousands of people have already been deported,” he told Lithuania’s Parliament during a virtual address. “They are placed in special filtration camps. Their documents are taken away from them. They are interrogated and humiliated. How many are killed is unknown.” …

Less than two weeks before the invasion, Putin used a crude reference to express his determination to force Kyiv to accept Russia’s terms for peaceful coexistence: “Like it or not, put up with it, my beauty,” a term associated with rape for many Russians. Ukraine’s resistance has only toughened the Kremlin’s mood. …

🐣 RT @clashreport Probably nothing will be the same for the #Russian navy. In this unexpected attack, the loss of the Russian flagship “#Moskva” would become a breaking point for Russia’s naval power.

🐣 RT @ RALee85 A Russian source is saying the Moskva has sunk and that the explosion was from a Ukrainian Neptun missile strike. Apparently, Ukraine flew a TB2 UCAV to distract the ship while it was targeted by the Neptun. The ship rolled onto its side after the strike.

⭕ 12 Apr 2022

◕ WaPo (4/12): Why inflation is at a 40-year high http://wapo.st/36lVhFb //➔ WAR in Ukraine is impacting the GLOBAL price of gas & the price of food (Ukraine/Russia grow 25% of the world’s grains) ✛ new Omicron outbreak in China is causing new supply chain disruptions
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1515676310890237955?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @With__Ukraine “Your family budget, your ability to fill up your tank, none of it should hinge on whether a dictator declares war and commits genocide a half a world away,” Biden said in Iowa, where he was unveiling a new rule on ethanol.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Reuters Biden accuses Russia of genocide in Ukraine http://reut.rs/378i6g4

🐣 RT @ChristopherJM Biden called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “genocide” today. ¤ Biden said lbecause it’s become clearer and clearer that Putin is just trying to wipe out the idea of even being Ukrainian.” ¤ Zelensky’s response:
⋙ 🐣 RT @ZelenskyyUa True words of a true leader @POTUS. Calling things by their names is essential to stand up to evil. We are grateful for US assistance provided so far and we urgently need more heavy weapons to prevent further Russian atrocities.

WaPo: Washington Post contributor Vladimir Kara-Murza arrested in Moscow after criticizing Putin http://wapo.st/3vdZEdV

NYT: A U.S. report describing a global retreat on human rights and democracy singles out Russia. http://nyti.ms/36blRRi

🐣 RT @McFaul Wow
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @FaceTheNation President Biden used the word “genocide” in reference to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in the war in Ukraine. ¤ Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russian troops of committing “genocide” for the first time during an interview with @margbrennan on April 3.
⋙ 🐣 it’s pretty clear that when you call for “Nazis” to be exterminated and then call all Ukrainians “Nazis” who reject being dominated by Russia, you are talking about genocide, never mind actually acting on it (as they are)
⋙ 🐣 NewVoiceofUkraine, Timothy Snyder: Russia’s genocide handbook http://bit.ly/3jxPWNP “Russia has just issued a genocide handbook for its war on Ukraine” re: article in RIA Novosti

🐣 RT @EuromaidanPress Yday ex 🇷🇺 lawmaker Ponomarev announced the alleged arrest of Putin’s top aide Vladislav Surkov ¤ However, acc to 🇺🇦Prez advisor Arestovych, Surkov is under house arrest; 🇷🇺 human rights lawyer Feygin says he may be in Lefortovo SIZO where VIPs are held [link]
⋙ 🐣 RT @EuromaidanPress Known as “Putin’s Rasputin,” Surkov curated Russia’s puppet “republics” in Donbas & was one of the masterminds of hybrid war against Ukraine in 2014-2016. His hacked emails of #SurkovLeaks give unique insight into the Kremlin’s kitchen: read our report
⋙⋙ EuromaidanPress (2019): What Surkov’s hacked emails tell about Russia’s hybrid war against Ukraine http://bit.ly/3O2QtWl
// 11/12/2019

🧵 RT @muellershewrote BREAKING: THE BURIED LEDE: THREAD: So this is a story about a Roger Stone aide named Jason Sullivan telling a group of donald supporters to “descend on the Capitol” on 1/6. Yes, that’s big news, but there’s more here. 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/MuellerSheWrote/status/1514011715830120448?s=20
💙 ⋙⋙ NYT: In Conference Call Before Riot, a Plea to ‘Descend on the Capitol’ http://nyti.ms/3LXDd3l
// Days before Jan. 6, a onetime aide to Roger J. Stone Jr. told Trump backers to make lawmakers meeting to finalize the 2020 election results feel that “people are breathing down their necks.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @muellershewrote The person who recorded the call is Staci Burk, and she gave the recording to the 1/6 committee months ago. Here’s the buried lede: Burk is one of Sidney Powell’s kraken lawsuit “voter fraud” witnesses. DoJ has been investigating Powell since SEPTEMBER. 2/ [link]
⋙ 🐣 RT @muellershewrote Additionally, at least a dozen of the false electors that signed forged certificates were plaintiffs in Sidney Powell AND 1st Amendment Praetorian lawsuits, and we also know the DoJ is investigating the false slates of electors. 3/ [link]
⋙ 🐣 RT @muellershewrote And if that’s not enough, Staci Burk was approached by members of the 1A Praetorian after she became involved Powell, and they MOVED into her home to monitor her, and were on the conference call, too, which is what made her record it (See article in original post). 4/
⋙ 🐣 RT @muellershewrote AND one of the people on the call asked the Roger Stone aide Sullivan about martial law, which was an idea floated by Flynn, who was on the board of Sidney Powell’s PAC and is ALSO under investigation by the DoJ. Connect the dots. END/

🐣 RT @TheRickWilson Note to self: never invade Ukraine.
⋙ 🐣 RT @pilotmsv Орки біснують від цього відео 🇺🇦
💙 💽 https://twitter.com/TheRickWilson/status/1514057557194817538?s=20/photo/1
// wow video of woman in trad dress recalling Russian violence against Ukraine and vowing (and demonstrating) retribution, warns: “Welcome to hell!”

WaPo, Michael Gerson: If Putin isn’t stopped in Ukraine, the Baltics are likely next http://wapo.st/3xmpTkU “Putin has written almost lyrically about the spiritual unity between Kyiv and Moscow. Evidently he bombs only the ones he loves. But his intentions are far more practical”

🐣 RT @theragex BREAKING: The U.S. says it will not object to Slovakia’s potential transfer of MiG jets to Ukraine

🐣 RT @With__.Ukraine Ukrainians which were forcingly deported to Russia are promised to get Russian citizenship within 3 months and a hectare of land in Siberia and Sakhalin. sbThe photo of the relevant leaflet was published by the Mariupol City Council.

DefenseOne: DIA Warns China’s Space Tech Seeks to Block U.S. Radars, Jam Munitions http://bit.ly/3jy5cue
// Beijing’s rapid acquisition of counter-space capabilities is most worrisome, says a new 80-page Defense Intelligence Agency report.

🐣 RT @maxseddon Putin’s justifications for the war in Ukraine:
– “the main goal is to help people”
– “we were forced to do it”
– “we couldn’t put up with it any longer”
– “a clash was inevitable”
– “it was just a matter of time”
– “we didn’t have a choice, this was the right thing to do”
💽 https://twitter.com/maxseddon/status/1513827494125883395?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ The stakes are high, and the positions stark: You either actively support Ukraine, democracy and the rule of law, or you actively, or through inaction, support Russia’s resurgent fascism, genocide, and ethnic cleansing. There is no neutral position to take.
🐣 RT @kgorchinskaya this is the most consequential war of our lifetime. Upon its outcome rests the future of European stability and prosperity. If Ukraine succeeds, a diminished Russia will be contained; if it fails, the chances of war between NATO and Russia go up
💙 ⋙ TheAtlantic, Eliot Cohen: This Is the War’s Decisive Moment http://bit.ly/37IkjhP
// The United States and its allies can tip the balance between a costly success and a calamity.

… Russia’s sheer brutality and utterly unwarranted aggression, compounded by lies at once sinister and ludicrous, have endangered what remains of the global order and the norms of interstate conduct. If such behavior leads to humiliation on the battlefield and economic chaos at home, those norms may be rebuilt to some degree; if Vladimir Putin’s government gets away with it, restoring them will take a generation or longer.

There will be time enough for recriminations. Germany long claimed that it was extending the hand of reconciliation to Russia when in fact it chose to pursue a policy based on greed and naivete. It was not alone in delusion and hypocrisy. For more than a decade, American leadership proved inept, complete with red lines that melted and indifference to the rending of nations in Europe and the leveling of cities and gassing of civilians in Syria. Smug asides about leading from behind seem particularly reprehensible now, as we see what a world without American leadership looks like.

In the years to come, culpable politicians will attempt to excuse these follies and historians will acidly dissect them. What matters now is that we judge the present moment correctly. And here, again, the West faces potential failure. Those who talk of a stalemate on the battlefield, perhaps lasting years, are likely making as big of an error as when they dismissed the possibility of effective Ukrainian resistance two months ago. Decisive action is urgently required to tip the balance between a costly success and a calamity.

… As fighting shifts to open areas where guerrilla tactics and handheld anti-tank and surface-to-air missiles will no longer be as effective, they [Ukrainians] face daunting, if not impossible, odds. They are as motivated as soldiers can be, and creative tacticians too. But they are not supermen, and they desperately need all that the arsenals of the West can provide them.

The Russian military—revealed as inept at tactics, unimaginative in operational design, obtuse in strategy, and incompetent at basic logistics and maintenance—can do only two things well: vomit out massive amounts of firepower and brutalize civilians. It has been bloodied very badly indeed. If, as seems plausible, it has taken losses (killed, wounded, missing, and imprisoned) of a quarter or more of the forces it committed to this war, it may teeter on the verge of collapse. We can see the indicators in reports from the battlefield: equipment abandoned, officers killed by their own men, desperate attempts to dragoon young men into military service, and blocking units to shoot deserters. The Russian military has not established, let alone maintained, control of the air. Russia threw three-quarters of its ground-combat forces into Ukraine, where they were driven from one theater and severely handled in the others, and now has no real reserves on which to draw.

… Having sought to upend the notion of truth in the West, they now fall victim to their own pervasive untruths.

And so Putin will order offensives that, if confronted by a well-resourced Ukrainian foe, can effectively destroy his own army. The challenge for the West is to ensure that this is its fate.

… While Russia itself will likely remain a paranoid and isolated dictatorship after this war, it can be defanged, even as its own folly reduces it to the ranks of a third-rate power. But war is war, and the future is always uncertain. All that is clear right now is that a failure to adequately support Ukraine will have terrible consequences, and not just for that heroic and suffering nation.

🐣 RT @MrKovalenko #Ukraine Security Service finally found & arrested the most notorious pro-Russian politician/lawyer in Ukraine, a Putin’s crony Viktor #Medvedchuk. Since the war began, he disappeared & tried to flee to #Russia. More details soon.

🐣 RT @EuromaidanPress ⚡️Ukraine’s Security service has detained pro-Russian politician Victor Medvedchuk, whose daughter’s godfather is Putin ¤ SBU promises that the same fate awaits all pro-Russian figures and agents of Russian secret services in Ukraine

🐣 RT @ukraine_world interesting twist. Putin’s key ally in Ukraine, Victor Medvedchuk, detained. — You might ask, why he didn’t flee to Russia. Well, for Russians, he is a key liar “disinforming” Russia about Ukraine and persuading the Kremlin that Russians would be met in Ukraine “with flowers”.
⋙ 🐣 RT @IMatviyishyn Is this real?! We’ve been waiting for this for decades: Putin’s crony Medvedchuk is detained in Ukraine! It’s a sign that justice will prevail. All the war mongers, accomplices of Russia, will be held accountable together with war criminals.

🐣 RT @myroslavapetsa Why is Medvedchuk’s capture so significant? Putin is godfather to Medvedchuk’s daughter. Medvedchuk was Putin’s key ally in Ukraine. He controlled 3 pro-RU TV stations that were later shut down. In 2021 he was charged with treason, was facing up to 15 years in prison if convicted

NewVoiceofUkraine, Timothy Snyder: Russia’s genocide handbook http://bit.ly/3jxPWNP
// From Snyder Substack

Russia has just issued a genocide handbook for its war on Ukraine.  The Russian official press agency “RIA Novosti” published last Sunday an explicit program for the complete elimination of the Ukrainian nation as such.  It is still available for viewing, and has now been translated several times into English.

As I have been saying since the war began, “denazification” in official Russian usage just means the destruction of the Ukrainian state and nation.  A “Nazi,” as the genocide manual explains, is simply a human being who self-identifies as Ukrainian.  According to the handbook, the establishment of a Ukrainian state thirty years ago was the “nazification of Ukraine.”  Indeed “any attempt to build such a state” has to be a “Nazi” act.  Ukrainians are “Nazis” because they fail to accept “the necessity that the people support Russia.”  Ukrainians should suffer for believing that they exist as a separate people; only this can lead to the “redemption of guilt.”

On this absurd definition, where Nazis have to be Ukrainians and Ukrainians have to be Nazis, Russia cannot be fascist, no matter what Russians do.  This is very convenient.  If “Nazi” has been assigned the meaning “Ukrainian who refuses to be Russian” then it follows that no Russian can be a Nazi.  Since for the Kremlin being a Nazi has nothing to do with fascist ideology, swastika-like symbols, big lies, rallies, rhetoric of cleansings, aggressive wars, abductions of elites, mass deportations, and the mass killing of civilians, Russians can do all of these things without ever having to ask if they themselves on the wrong side of the historical ledger.  And so we find Russians implementing fascist policies in the name of “denazification.” 

The Russian handbook is one of the most openly genocidal documents I have ever seen.  It calls for the liquidation of the Ukrainian state, and for abolition of any organization that has any association with Ukraine.  It postulates that the “majority of the population” of Ukraine are “Nazis,” which is to say Ukrainians.

(This is clearly a reaction to Ukrainian resistance; at war’s beginning the assumption was that there were only a few Ukrainians and that they would be easily eliminated.  This was clear in another text published in RIA Novosti, the victory declaration of 26 February.) ¤ Such people, “the majority of the population,” so more than twenty million people, are to be killed or sent to work in “labor camps” to expurgate their guilt for not loving Russia.  Survivors are to be subject to “re-education.”  Children will be raised to be Russian.  The name “Ukraine” will disappear. …

🐣 RT @DefenceU [Ukr] This is how the russian army has been destroying and continues to obliterate Mariupol, killing thousands of Ukrainians. ¤ This is what hell looks like in 21st century Europe. ¤ Footage by @AP #ArmUkraineNow #SaveMariupol
💽 https://twitter.com/DefenceU/status/1513862849587822599?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ If you watch only one thing today watch this TED talk 👇by @Kasparov63.
Excellent speech. Highlights:
– Strategy is about understanding how actions you take today will impact the future
– There is good and evil
– Evil tempts us with comfort
Watch it!
💙 ⋙ 🐣 RT @kasparov63 When I retired from chess in 2005 to form the anti-Putin opposition, many said, “Garry, this is not chess! Politics is not black and white!” Putin’s war on Ukraine is not chess, it’s true. But it is black and white, good vs evil. My TED Talk:
💽 https://twitter.com/Kasparov63/status/1513682220132802560?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ukraine_world “About 25 girls and women aged 14 to 24 were systematically raped during the occupation in the basement of one house in Bucha. Nine of them are pregnant”, reports Lyudmyla Denisova, Ombudswoman for @BBCWorld

🐣 RT @MansRAD This is huge… ¤ Stoltenberg: “What we see now is a new reality, a new normal for European security. Therefore, we have now asked our military commanders to provide options for what we call a reset, a more longer-term adaptation of Nato.”

⋙ “Regardless of when, how, the war in Ukraine ends, the war has already had long-term consequences for our security. Nato needs to adapt to that new reality. And that’s exactly what we are doing.”
⋙ Before the invasion, Nato’s presence on its eastern border amounted to a relatively small “tripwire” force intended to symbolise the alliance’s commitment to defend itself from any Russian attack, rather than repel an invasion.
⋙ Under the plans being worked up by Nato military commanders, that presence would be transformed into a major force capable of taking on an invading army.
⋙ “This is part of the reset which we have to make, which is to move from tripwire deterrence to something which is more about deterrence by denial or defence. This is already in process. We have to ensure that we continue to be able, in a more dangerous world,>>
⋙ to protect and defend all Nato allies.”

⋙⋙ Telegraph [UK]: Jens Stoltenberg: We need a beefed-up Nato to face down threats to European security http://bit.ly/3v6yWnk
// Invasion of Ukraine has ushered in ‘new normal’, so the alliance is preparing for ‘reset’ that will allow it to repel attacks from the East

🐣 RT @ukraine_world “The 47th day of the Russian-Ukrainian war, this shameful invasion that is gradually wiping Russia out of international relations, is coming to an end”, according to @ZelenskyyUa
💽 https://twitter.com/ukraine_world/status/1513773919374745600?s=20/photo/1

KyivPost: Russia Defaults on Its Foreign Debt http://bit.ly/3xmjQwS “Credit-worthiness rating agency S&P Global says Russia has defaulted on its foreign debt after offering bondholders payments in rubles, not U.S. dollars.”

⭕ 11 Apr 2022

TheBulwark, Mark Hertling: I Commanded U.S. Army Europe. Here’s What I Saw in the Russian and Ukrainian Armies. http://bit.ly/36prZ8y
// The two armies at war today couldn’t be more different.

🐣 RT @avalaina “The same drama theater. But two different universes. ¤ Our peaceful city six months ago. How happy we were…” Source Mariupol City Council #StandWithUkraine
💽 https://twitter.com/avalaina/status/1513651875295416322?s=20/photo/1

BBC Seriously, (podcast): Puppet Master: Meet the most powerful man you’ve never heard of http://bbc.in/3KDMtsX
// In the BBC Radio 4 series The Puppet Master, reporter Gabriel Gatehouse gets to the bewildering heart of contemporary Russia by exploring the fortunes of a secretive, complicated and controversial man. His name is Vladislav Surkov – also known as Putin’s Rasputin, the Grey Cardinal of the Kremlin or the Puppet Master. Here, Gabriel reveals some fascinating things he learned along the way…

Facebook [tr]: Ilya Ponomarev Yesterday at 3:18 AM You will laugh, but Russian z-sources told us about the arrest of Vladislav Surkov: ¤ “Vladislav Surkov is under house arrest. Investigative measures are being carried out in the case of embezzlement in Donbass since 2014” However, the Ministry of Defense always did not like Surkov and can pass off a dream as reality … http://bit.ly/3EesqPG
On the other hand, although Putin dismissed the VYuS from the post of his assistant by official order back in February 2020, Surkov still knows the real situation in the separatist pseudo-republics like no one else and has extensive connections there. And he is close to the Russian “veterans of Donbass.” ¤ On the third hand, Surkov has always been quite close to Kadyrov and it is obvious that the academician does not invent a lot of things himself, but follows the precepts of Vladislav Yurich … ¤ We are waiting for confirmation or refutation of the information about Surkov’s arrest! February Morning – RosAntiCenter
// only source for this “news”

🐣 RT @somebadideas Wowwwwww. Surkov the first architect of 21st century politics of nihilism, took ideas from avant-garde art & pop culture to politics to create total confusion & disinformation. A middle manager of a world without meaning. Later, copied by Bannon & Trump & Brexit & all the rest…
🐣 RT @somebadideas Here’s @peterpomeranzev with the essential portrait of Surkov in 2014, noting he keeps a photo of Putin & Tupac on his desk and his rise in a world where ‘PR is everything’
💙 TheAtlantic, Peter Pomerantsev (2014): The Hidden Author of Putinism http://bit.ly/3xm0YOz
// 11/7/2014; How Vladislav Surkov invented the new Russia

🐣 RT @carlbilt If Vladislav Surkov has been arrested the knifes are really out in Moscow. He’s allegedly accused of corruption in Donbas. Well, he did run the entire corrupt structure of the Donbas operation from 2014 onwards. And was Putin’s key man on the issue.
⋙ 🐣 RT @DecodingTrolls Vladislav Surkov, under arrest, is so central to Putin’s project here he is as the results came in for Putin’s first election. Surkov is said to have directed snipers that killed 100 demonstrators in Kyiv in Feb 2014. Note that Simeon Mogiliev, the Boss of the Bosses is here too.
⋙ 🐣 RT @DecodingTrolls Surkov under arrest? He was head of Russia’s 🇺🇦 policy 2012-2018. His job included commissioning & paying fake protesters all over Ukraine. “Vladislav Surkov, a Chechen, awakened in the Russian people of the taste for Ukrainian blood… & modified 🇷🇺state of consciousness.”
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @kamilkazani Vladislav Surkov is reportedly arrested. For years he ran Russian domestic politics and later Kremlin’s policy in Ukraine. On Feb 15 he published an article calling for the war to reannex Ukraine, Belarus and Baltics. Today I’ll discuss his role in Putin’s rise to Presidency🧵
📌 https://twitter.com/kamilkazani/status/1513681957749596162?s=20

⋙ Surkov has mixed heritage. His dad is Chechen – Andarbek Dudaev, his mom is Russian – Zoya Surkova. He spent his childhood in a Chechen village where he was known as Aslanbek Dudaev. But then his parents divorced and his mom took him to Russia proper, where he turned to Vladislav
⋙ After school Surkov served in army, in military intelligence. With the start of Perestroika, commerce was allowed in the USSR. In 1987 Surkov started working for Khodorkovsky, who would soon become the richest oligarch in Russia. Here you see Surkov, Nevzlin and Khodorkovsky
⋙ How did Khodorkovsky get so rich? This story reflects the origins of many oligarchic fortunes. Khodorkovsky was the chief of local NТТМ – Office for Scientific and Technological Initiatives of the Youth. NTTM was a department of Komsomol – the youth branch of the Communist Party
⋙ Until Perestroika positions in these NТТМ centres were not that lucrative. Komsomol functionaries serving there didn’t have much leverage. But then everything changed. To understand why, we’ll do a little trip into the Soviet monetary system and how did the Soviet money function
⋙ The system worked as long as the Soviet economy remained strictly statist. As long as the prohibition to cash out noncash money was enforced. But in Perestroika they experimented with introducing market elements to the statist economy and this new hybrid system didn’t work at all
⋙ In 1988 the new Law on Cooperation officially allowed the commerce. In theory it would allow normal people to do business (“кооператив”). In practice however, Soviet/Russian “business” was mostly about government functionaries cashing out their administrative leverage
⋙ A government agency (factory, ship company, local government) would establish a private firm (cooperative) with the agency’s CEO as the main beneficiary. CEO of a state agency would plunder it in order to transfer resources to his private firm. That’s why they were so lucrative
⋙ In 1988 NTTMs were allowed to break a great Soviet taboo on cashing out the noncash money, making them a leverage for plunder. An NTTM chief would establish a private cooperative, cash out government noncash funds and transfer them to his cooperative, effectively privatising them
⋙ Of course, NTTM chiefs started cashing out as much noncash funds as they could. That triggered hyperinflation, destroying the frailing Soviet economy, but created some enormous fortunes. Such as the one of Khodorkovsky – the future richest oligarch in Russia
⋙ In early 1999 nearly 100% of the non-Kremlin political establishment supported Primakov seeing him as the obvious successor. Those who didn’t were usually outcasts whom Primakov didn’t accept for some reason. And yet, Kremlin did everything they could to prevent Primakov’s rise
⋙ Surkov personally talked with governors and persuaded 39 of them to join Putin. So now Putin had 39 and Primakov only 45. How did Surkov accomplish it? First, he made it clear that Kremlin won’t allow Primakov to win. The fact that Putin had dossiers on all of them might help too
⋙ Surkov also did fund-raising. Berezovsky and Abramovich were the two biggest donors for the Putin’s campaign, but there were many others. On average businessmen would donate just 10 million dollars each – more like insurance in case
⋙ A clique that pushed Putin to power was deeply interconnected. Berezovsky knew Putin since early 1990s when he worked in St Petersburg Government. Reportedly it was Berezovsky who first proposed to the Family that former Sobchak’s deputy
⋙ Dorenko didn’t criticize Primakov. He rather conveyed the idea that Primakov was too old and frail and thus a bad choice for the country. Even if viewers were appaled by Dorenko’s take, they would still associate Primakov with the footage they saw. That undermined his election
⋙ While Surkov was pressuring governors to join Putin, his boss Voloshin was working on a national level. Three strongest parties in Russia were Communists, Fatherland (Primakov) and Unity (Putin). Voloshin made a secret pact with Communists, so that Primakov was isolated
⋙ Once Primakov’s MPs realised they will be in a minority in the Russian parliament with Unity + Communists alliance controlling everything, they started leaving Primakov en masse. Primakov’s party was destroyed not so much by voters choice as by the court intrigues
⋙ The transfer of power from Yeltsin to Putin went very easily. Look at this photo of Putin’s campaign staff celebrating his election as a president. You see Voloshin, chief of Yeltsin’s staff and his deputy Surkov. It wasn’t a real election, it was a quasimonarchical succession
⋙ After securing Putin’s succession, Voloshin considered his job done. He wrote a resignation letter, stating the “transition of power in the country” as a reason and handed it to Putin. Putin smiled and put it away. He decided to keep both Voloshin and Surkov in Kremlin. End of 🧵

🧵 RT @IgotSushko My translation of the 14th #FSBletters from the #WindofChange inside the FSB to Vladimir Osechkin. Dated 4/4. Topics: Consequences of large-scale mobilization, what Russia plans to do next, Bucha genocide, Kadyrov, terror attacks. Please share far & wide.
📌 https://twitter.com/igorsushko/status/1513745221997060102?s=20

⋙ Please listen to this audio as it explains the context and the genesis of the #FSBletters. It will help you understand the prism through which these letters are to be read. You will understand in real human terms why #WindofChange writes to Vladimir.
⋙ As always, my comments for clarification are in (parenthesis). #WindofChange’s parenthesis are in [brackets]. So, let’s roll:
“For all the dynamism of the situation and new events, trend is the same – total violence in all directions.
⋙ But I would like to focus on the subject of mobilization specifically – it is now becoming almost a cornerstone from the point of view of the top leadership.
⋙ On the one side, it’s silly to discuss any prospects of war: Military failure is already evident, and the “brave offensive from Kiev towards Donetsk via Belarus” is perceived by all as an unambiguous escape. (Referring to retreat from Kyiv to Belarus by the Russian battalions.)
⋙ The ОДКБ (CSTO – Russian military alliance which includes Belarus) will not give troops –
⋙ even direct terrorist attacks on their territory successfully attributed to the Ukrainians, and this task cannot be carried out by morons from the GRU (Russian Military Intelligence), is far from being a solution to the problem. Although work is being done in this direction…
⋙ Now to the problems that prevent the start of large-scale mobilization in Russia.
1. Mobilization in the form of agitation to sign the contract is going on, but the result is absolutely useless.
⋙ 2. The status of special operation will have to be scrapped – the legal justification for a “special operation” involving mobilized people is nonsense. Even lunacy must have limits. Hence the next point.
⋙ 3. A transition to total martial law would kill the economy. It will be like imposing sanctions from within against yourself. Mobilization will have to take place for a long time: you cannot just take a man, dress him, and send him away. Even if he served once.
⋙ Just the training will take 2-3 months, and that is very minimal.
⋙ There’s a type of mobilization when trained military personnel, including those in support roles, are sent to the front, and they are replaced, especially those on extra duty in the units, by the mobilized.
⋙ But there are already conscripts who have replaced contract soldiers under this scheme.
⋙ 4. “What if it doesn’t work?” This question was left unanswered when they planned to take Kiev in 3 days. Now we can finally approach the situation from a critical point of view.
⋙ But these are – objectives. But the opportunities may shrink to the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Here is the difficulty: capturing Sloviansk or Kramatorsk is not the same as threatening to go to Berlin or Paris.
⋙ 9. It was not for nothing that I once compared the current campaign to the war against Japan a century ago. Back then, too, we played around with getting a “small triumph.”
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @igorsushko· Mar 5
(THIS UPCOMING 2nd HALF IS ARGUABLY MORE INTERESTING AND ENDS WITH A PLEASANT SURPRISE)
“100% we’ve repeated our mistake from last century, when we decided to kick the “weak” Japan in order to achieve a quick victory, and it turned our army was in a state of total calamity.
Show this thread
⋙ Analogies repeat themselves, and trying to cover the problem with human resources provides no guarantee of the desired result.
⋙ But risks reveal themselves. In modern warfare, quantitative indicators are completely inferior to qualitative ones. A large contingent is needed primarily for logistics and control of occupied territories.
⋙ If we focus the strike in the direction of Donbass, then “war with flesh” will also have no effect there: over all these years, Ukraine has created solid lines of fortifications there, and it is easier to organize supplies for them there than for our side.
⋙ And our large forces in the attack can turn into great losses and risk, as the classics would say, “transformation of an imperialist war into a civil war.” I exaggerate, of course, but only in part: the risk of internal rebellion from significant failures skyrockets.
⋙ 10. It’s not quite clear what exactly is required for a guaranteed victory from our [Russian] side.
⋙ On February 24, we used all our prepared tricks: the surprise factor, clearing the approaches to Kherson, the head of the Kherson SBU was recruited in advance and carried out this mission, utilized the Belarusian direction, the entire mass of missile attacks,
⋙ the morale of the army [was a head higher than now], using the direction through Chernobyl [no one expected us there, and it’s even clear why we weren’t expected there].
⋙ What exactly do we need to do today to turn the tide? What can we use now that we haven’t used before? Sheer numbers in ground forces that lack proper training – doesn’t appear to be something reliable. This is a topic for the military, but so far there has been little clarity.
⋙ In general, mobilization under such conditions is far from being the solution. For Ukraine, the withdrawal of our troops (from Kyiv) exposed the pathway to Belarus – if the Ukrainians had invaded there, it would have been a chance to turn to the CSTO again.
⋙ But it wasn’t something we could hope for. (Meaning Russian command knew Ukrainian forces wouldn’t go into Belarus to chase the retreating Russian forces.)
⋙ Militarily, to the point of new understanding, we need to wait for two results: whether the attempt to encircle the Donbass position of the AFU (Armed Forces of Ukraine) will be successful for the Russian army,
⋙ and whether it will be possible to make a breakthrough to Transnistria via Odessa.
This second option is military madness, but Moldova, judging by their statements, is frightened and fully believes this.
⋙ Now for the current problems: Bucha is a problem that was not anticipated, but nor is it a surprise. No command would ever order such a blatant extermination of
The situation could escalate to such a level that the consequences are very, very hard to overestimate. (The West’s response to the genocide in Bucha.)
⋙ There are no good solutions here – what is left is the need to jump out of the situation. The key technical point is to try at all costs to seize the initiative in the information confrontation. (With regards to Bucha genocide)
⋙ Be the first to demand an investigation, demand an international commission, they provide their findings – the pattern of behavior of the bureaucratic machine never changes, in fact we have “Boeing #2” in terms of effect and influence.
⋙ (Reference to MH17 Boeing-777 shot down by Russia in 2014 over Ukraine, murdering 298 civilians from 10 countries)
⋙ It’s impossible to rule out our own punishment for those responsible for what happened, and it’s impossible to allow such actions to become public.
⋙ Shifting attention and blame – Ukrainian officials and politicians from cities occupied by Russian forces publicly and directly collaborated. (This will be the false narrative sold to the Russian public & Ukrainian population in occupied territories to explain Bucha genocide.)
⋙ If they and/or their families (Ukrainian officials/politicians in cities currently occupied by Russian forces) are exterminated in an extremely demonstrative and brutal manner, the responsibility in any case will fall on the Ukrainian side.
⋙ (So goes the current Kremlin thinking on how to sell the Bucha genocide to the Russian population & Ukrainian population in occupied territories.)
⋙ From an informational standpoint, we’ll get a chance to shift attention – theoretically.
Politically, we risk losing the loyalty of the population (inside Ukraine in occupied cities), which is already afraid to openly support Russia, and there are very few of them there now.
⋙ But our people began to literally play their moves in advance, patching up the existing gaps and not thinking about what will come out of it later. So, I allow this as a possibility.
⋙ Kadyrov: (Inside Chechnya) He understands what will happen to him if he presses the “stop” button on the war. And it appears he has decided to go for broke. We’ll soon see.
⋙ In any case, there is no more unanimity in the country (Chechnya) – the war party and the peace party are already approaching the point of direct conflict, and the arbitrator is nowhere to be seen. The spillover of foreign war into domestic war under such conditions is very real.
⋙ Everything can go belly-up at any moment (in Russia). The threat of terrorist attacks is at maximum (both false flag & orchestrated by Russian civilian fanatics who support the war). Everywhere.
⋙ Control over the situation is at a critically low level, or has been lost altogether. Almost everywhere. No one knows what will happen next.
⋙ (END OF TRANSLATION of the 14th #FSBletters from the #WindofChange)

Politico: Jury convicts former Va. police officer for role in Jan. 6 riot http://politi.co/3jxhfbf “Thomas Robertson was convicted on multiple felony charges, including obstruction of Congress’ Jan. 6 session to count Electoral College votes, a central charge in hundreds of cases”
// A former colleague testified against Rocky Mount police officer Thomas Robertson.

🖼 NYT, Carlotta Gall: Bucha’s Month of Terror http://nyti.ms/3xlmxP9
// (graphic images); Photographs by Daniel Berehulak; “They shot my son. I was next to him. It would be better if it had been me.”

🐣 RT @thetimes NEW: A “Stalinist” mass purge of Russian secret intelligence is under way after more than 100 agents were removed from their jobs and the head of the department responsible for Ukraine was sent to prison
⋙ TheTimes [UK]: Putin ‘purges’ 150 FSB agents in response to Russia’s botched war with Ukraine http://bit.ly/3xphGMP

In a sign of President Putin’s fury over the failures of the invasion, about 150 Federal Security Bureau (FSB) officers have been dismissed, including some who have been arrested. ¤ All of those ousted were employees of the Fifth Service, a division set up in 1998, when Putin was director of the FSB to carry out operations in the countries of the former Soviet Union with the aim of keeping them within Russia’s orbit.

The service’s former chief, Sergei Beseda, 68, has been sent to Lefortovo prison in Moscow after he was placed under house arrest last month. The prison was used by the NKVD, the KGB’s predecessor, for interrogation and torture during Stalin’s Great Purge of the 1930s. ¤ The FSB purge was reported by Christo Grozev, executive director of Bellingcat, the investigative organisation that unmasked the two Salisbury poisoners in 2018. He did not reveal the source of his information. ¤The officer had been dismissed for “reporting false information to the Kremlin about the real situation in Ukraine before the invasion”, he said. ¤ “I can say that although a significant number of them have not been arrested they will no longer work for the FSB,” Grozev told Popular Politics, a YouTube channel about Russian current affairs.

Last month FSB officers also carried out searches at more than 20 addresses around Moscow of colleagues suspected of being in contact with journalists. ¤ Beseda, who remains under investigation, is being held on the official charge of embezzlement. In reality, however, the basis for his arrest is the botched invasion, which has been blamed on poor intelligence concerning the political situation in Ukraine. ¤ It is thought he has been replaced by his deputy, Grigory Grishaev, 58.

Andrei Soldatov, an expert on the Russian security services, said that in sending Beseda to Lefortovo, Putin had sent a “very strong message” to other elites in Russia. ¤ “I was surprised by this,” he told The Times. “Putin could have very easily just fired him or sent him off to some regional job in Siberia. Lefortovo is not a nice place and sending him there is a signal as to how seriously Putin takes this stuff.” ¤ Lefortovo, which is an FSB-run prison, has an underground shooting range with bullet holes left over from Stalin’s purges, when the room was used for mass executions.

In an article for The Moscow Times, Soldatov suggested that it was possible Beseda was suspected of having passed information to the CIA. ¤ Before taking over the Fifth Service, Beseda worked in counter-intelligence, a role that involved close liaison with the CIA station in Moscow. Were he to be a double agent, it would explain the Kremlin’s suspicions as to how US intelligence had been so accurate in the build-up to the invasion. ¤ Soldatov said he did not believe Beseda was a double agent, but said it suited Putin’s purposes to suggest so. ¤ “It’s good to be able to blame things on a traitor. It’s a very Russian thing to do,” he said.

In the years before the invasion, the Fifth Service had been active in trying to destabilise Ukraine through cultivation of pro-Russian political figures and attempts to foment unrest among far-right groups in western Ukraine. ¤ Grozev said that he believed Russian security services had wasted “billions of dollars” on failed attempts to secure support from the “shady political class” in Ukraine in the lead-up to the war. ¤ “From 2014 to the present day, between 140 and 150 FSB officers had an unlimited budget to spend on recruiting Ukrainians of any level,” he said in a discussion with two journalists from Novaya Gazeta last month. ¤ Grozev added that much of the money was spent wooing Ukrainian recruits with expensive trips to Thailand, Cyprus and the Maldives. “It was money that they never earned,” he added, referring to the total failure of the FSB’s attempts to stir up unrest in Ukraine.

🐣 RT @MoscowTimes Vladimir Kara-Murza, a vocal Kremlin critic who survived two suspected poisonings and spoke out against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, was denied access to his lawyer and kept in detention overnight on charges of defying police orders.
⋙ MoscowTimes: Twice-Poisoned Kremlin Critic Detained in Moscow http://bit.ly/3M2R5tf
// The reasons for Kara-Murza’s arrest were not immediately clear and authorities still haven’t commented on it as of early Tuesday.

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 MSNBC. 11 April 2022. Russia will be incapable of running truly joint ops. Brutal and screwed up military forces.
💽 https://twitter.com/mccaffreyr3/status/1513672471064416257?s=20/photo/1
🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 MSNBC. Part 2. Monday. 11 April 2022. A new phase of the Russian invasion of UKR requires a war of maneuver and firepower against these repositioning enemy forces. The process doesn’t count. Either there is a surge of modern weapons or UKR dies.
💽 https://twitter.com/mccaffreyr3/status/1513720617706565637?s=20/photo/1
🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 MSNBC. Part 3. Monday. 11 April 2022. The Ukrainians will fight to the death. We need to give them massive emergency support.
💽 https://twitter.com/mccaffreyr3/status/1513728227935600644?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ AVindman When confirmed, the U.S. will be forced to act. The Admin established a policy of strategic ambiguity to warn off Russia. If the U.S. doesn’t take severe action in response, it will be inviting further Chem strikes against Ukraine & provocations against NATO & undermining non-Pro
⋙ 🐣 RT @lapatina_ Defenders of #Mariupol just said Russia used chemical weapons on them around an hour ago – soldiers are having difficulty breathing and vestibulo-atactic syndrome. Earlier today Russian puppets in occupied Donbas openly called for the use of chemical weapons against them

🐣 RT @CNN “Putin is very comfortable with confrontation.” – CNN’s @FareedZakaria discusses the pushback Russian President Vladimir Putin got from Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen when they met face-to-face today.
💽 https://twitter.com/CNN/status/1513681084550197250?s=20/photo/1

NYT: Before Giving Billions to Jared Kushner, Saudi Investment Fund Had Big Doubts http://nyti.ms/3O1QARL
// Before committing $2 billion to Mr. Kushner’s fledgling firm, officials at a fund led by the Saudi crown prince questioned taking such a big risk.

🐣 ‘A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking an $2B investment for Jarvanka’ ~ Adderall Dirksen #allinwithchris #inners

NYT Mag: ‘This Was Trump Pulling a Putin’ http://nyti.ms/3DZH11h “‘Trump was using Ukraine as a plaything for his own purposes,’ Hill told me.”
// Amid the current crisis, Fiona Hill and other former advisers are connecting President Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine to Jan. 6. And they’re ready to talk.

… The litany of Trump-Russia intersections remains remarkable: Citizen Trump’s business pursuits in Moscow, which continued throughout his candidacy. Candidate Trump’s abiding affinity for Putin. The incident in which the Trump campaign’s national security director, J.D. Gordon, watered down language in the 2016 Republican Party platform pledging to provide Ukraine with “lethal defense weapons” to combat Russian interference — and did so the same week Gordon dined with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, at an event. Trump’s longtime political consigliere Roger Stone’s reaching out to WikiLeaks through an intermediary and requesting “the pending emails,” an apparent reference to the Clinton campaign emails pirated by Russia, which the site had started to post. Trump’s chiming in: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” The meeting in the Seychelles islands between Erik Prince (the founder of the military contractor Blackwater and a Trump-campaign supporter whose sister Betsy DeVos would become Trump’s secretary of education) and the head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund in an effort to facilitate a back-channel dialogue between the two countries before Trump’s inauguration. The former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort’s consistent lying to federal investigators about his own secretive dealings with the Russian political consultant and intelligence operative Konstantin V. Kilimnik, with whom he shared Trump campaign polling. Trump’s two-hour meeting with Putin in Helsinki in the summer of 2018, unattended by staff. Trump’s public declaration, at a joint news conference in Helsinki, that he was more inclined to believe Putin than the U.S. intelligence team when it came to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The dissemination by Trump and his allies in 2019 of the Russian propaganda that it was Ukraine that meddled in the 2016 election, in support of the Clinton campaign. Trump’s pardoning of Manafort and Stone in December 2020. And most recently, on March 29, Trump’s saying yet again that Putin “should release” dirt on a political opponent — this time President Biden, who, Trump asserted without evidence, had received, along with his son Hunter Biden, $3.5 million from the wife of Moscow’s former mayor. …

On May 23, 2019, Charles Kupperman, Trump’s deputy national security adviser, and others discussed Ukraine with Trump in the Oval Office. Speaking to the press about the matter for the first time, Kupperman told me that the very subject of Ukraine threw the president into a rage: “He just let loose — ‘They’re [expletive] corrupt. They [expletive] tried to screw me.’”

Because Kupperman had seen how disdainfully Trump treated allies like Merkel, Macron, Theresa May of Britain and Moon Jae-in of South Korea, he knew how unlikely it was that the president could come to see the geopolitical value of Ukraine. “He felt like our allies were screwing us, and he had no sense as to why these alliances benefited us or why you need a global footprint for military and strategic capabilities,” Kupperman told me. “If one were to ask him to define ‘balance of power,’ he wouldn’t know what that concept was. He’d have no idea about the history of Ukraine and why it’s in the front pages today. He wouldn’t know that Stalin starved that country. Those are the contextual points one has to take into account in the making of foreign policy. But he wasn’t capable of it, because he had no understanding of history: how these countries and their leadership evolved, what makes these countries tick.”

In July 2019, Trump ordered that a hold be placed on nearly $400 million in security assistance to Ukraine that had already been appropriated by Congress. The president stood essentially alone in his opposition to such assistance, Kupperman told me: “Everyone in the interagency process was uniformly united to release the aid. We needed to do this, there was no controversy to it, but it got held up anyway.” News of the freeze became public that September, and the White House variously claimed that the funds had been withheld because of Ukraine’s corruption and because other NATO countries should be contributing more to Ukraine. Alyssa Farah Griffin, then the Pentagon press secretary, recalled to me that she asked Laura Cooper, the Department of Defense deputy assistant secretary for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, whether the hold was part of the standard review process.

“Absolutely not,” Cooper replied to her. “Nothing about this is normal.”

A few days later, the Trump White House released a reconstructed transcript of the president’s July 25 phone conversation with Zelensky. In it, Trump responded to the Ukrainian leader’s interest in purchasing Javelin missiles by saying: “I would like you to do us a favor though because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say CrowdStrike” — a reference to the cybersecurity firm hired by the Democratic National Committee to investigate its 2016 email security breach, which became a facet of Giuliani’s hallucinatory claim that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that stole the emails. In the same conversation, Trump requested that Zelensky help Giuliani investigate “Biden’s son,” referring to Hunter Biden, and ominously said of his recently fired ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, that “she’s going to go through some things.”

“My first reaction to it,” Farah Griffin told me in speaking about the phone call for the first time publicly, “was that it was wildly inappropriate to be bringing up domestic political concerns, and it seemed to border on the conspiratorial. I’d been around for a lot of head-of-state meetings and calls, and they’re pretty pro forma. You know the things that you’re not supposed to say. It seemed like such a bizarre breach of diplomacy.” She went on: “But then, once it became clear that the Office of Management and Budget had actually blocked the money prior to the conversation, I thought: Wow. This is bad.” …

Hill, for her part, emerged from the events of 2019 rather dazed by her sudden fame — but just as much so, she told me, by the implications of what she and other White House colleagues had experienced that culminated in Trump’s impeachment. “In real time, I was putting things together,” she said. “The domestic political errands, the way Trump had privatized foreign policy for his own purposes. It was this narrow goal: his desire to stay in power, irrespective of what other people wanted.”

Hill was at her desk at home on the morning of Jan. 6, 2021, writing her memoir, when a journalist friend she first met in Russia called. The friend told her to turn on the television. Once she did so, a burst of horrific clarity overtook her. “I saw the thread,” she told me. “The thread connecting the Zelensky phone call to Jan. 6. And I remembered how, in 2020, Putin had changed Russia’s Constitution to allow him to stay in power longer. This was Trump pulling a Putin.”

Alexander Vindman, who was removed from his job as N.S.C. director for European affairs months after testifying against Trump (the president, his son Don Jr. and other supporters accused Vindman, a Soviet émigré and Army officer, of disloyalty, perjury and espionage), told me he experienced a similar epiphany in the wake of Jan. 6. Vindman was exercising at a gym in Virginia that afternoon when his wife, Rachel, called him to say that a mob had attacked the U.S. Capitol. After recovering from his stupefaction, “my first impulse was to counterprotest,” Vindman recalled. “I was thinking, What can I do to defend the Capitol? Then I realized that would be a recipe for disaster. It might give the president cause to invoke martial law.”

In Trump’s failed efforts to overturn the election results, Vindman told me, the president revealed himself as “incompetent, his own worst enemy, faced with too many checks in a 240-plus-year-old democracy to be able to operate with a free hand.” At the same time, he went on: “I came to see these seemingly individual events — the Ukraine scandal, the attempt to steal the 2020 election — as part of a broader tapestry. And the domestic effects of all this are bad enough. But there’s also a geopolitical impact. We missed an opportunity to harden Ukraine against Russian aggression.”

Instead, Vindman said, the opposite occurred: “Ukraine became radioactive for the duration of the Trump administration. There wasn’t serious engagement. Putin had been wanting to reclaim Ukraine for eight years, but he was trying to gauge when was the right time to do it. Starting just months after Jan. 6, Putin began building up forces on the border. He saw the discord here. He saw the huge opportunity presented by Donald Trump and his Republican lackeys. I’m not pulling any punches here. I’m not using diplomatic niceties. These folks sent the signal Putin was waiting for.”

Bolton, a renowned foreign-policy hawk who also served in the administrations of Reagan and George W. Bush, also told me that Trump’s behavior had dealt damage to both Ukraine and America. The refusal to lend aid to Ukraine, the subsequent disclosure of the heavy-handed conversation with Zelensky and then the impeachment hearing all served to undermine Ukraine’s new president, Bolton told me. “It made it impossible for Zelensky to establish any kind of relationship with the president of the United States — who, faced with a Russian Army on his eastern border, any Ukrainian president would have as his highest priority. So basically that means Ukraine loses a year and a half of contact with the president.”
Trump, Bolton went on to say, “is a complete aberration in the American system. We’ve had good and bad presidents, competent and incompetent presidents. But none of them was as centered on their own interest, as opposed to the national interest, except Trump. And his concept of what the national interest was really changed from day to day and had a lot more to do with what his political fortunes were.” This was certainly the case with Trump’s view of Ukraine, which, Bolton said, describing fantasies that preoccupied the president, “he saw entirely through the prism of Hillary Clinton’s server and Hunter Biden’s income — what role Ukraine had in Hillary’s efforts to steal the 2016 election and what role Ukraine had in Biden’s efforts to steal the 2020 election.”

Bolton acknowledged to me that he found Trump’s conduct both in the Ukraine scandal and on Jan. 6 to be arguably worthy of impeachment. Still, he offered a rather tangled assessment of the two processes — finding fault with Democrats in the first inquiry for “trying to ram it through quickly” and, in the second impeachment, for not pressing quickly enough and “trying him before January the 20th.”

But Bolton seems to regard the former president’s abuses of power as validation of America’s institutional strengths rather than a warning sign. “I think he did damage to the United States before and because of January the 6th,” Bolton told me. “I don’t think there’s any question about that. But I think all that damage was reparable. I think that constitutions are written with human beings involved, and occasionally you get bad actors. This was a particularly bad actor. So with all the stress and strain on the Constitution, it held up pretty well.”

When I asked whether he believed Trump could be viewed as an authoritarian, Bolton replied, “He’s not smart enough to be an authoritarian.” But had Donald Trump won in 2020, Bolton told me, in his second term he might well have inflicted “damage that might not be reparable.” I asked whether his same concerns would apply if Trump were to gain another term in 2024, and Bolton answered with one word: “Yes.”

At the moment, Trump’s chances of victory are favorable. He remains the putative lead candidate for the G.O.P.’s nomination and would most likely face an 81-year-old incumbent whose approval ratings are underwater. Even in defeat, there is little reason to believe that Trump will concede at all, much less do so gracefully. This January, President Biden said: “I know the majority of the world leaders — the good and the bad ones, adversaries and allies alike. They’re watching American democracy and seeing whether we can meet this moment.” Biden went on to say that at the G7 Summit in Cornwall, England, the previous summer, his assurances that America was back were met by his foreign counterparts with the response, “For how long?”

One former foreign-policy official who played a role in the Trump-Ukraine tensions, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak freely about the former president, was unsettled but also unsurprised by Biden’s account. “In the back of their minds,” this former official said of America’s allies, “if Trump is elected again in 2024, where will we be? I think it would be seen among struggling democracies as a disaster. They would see Trump as someone who went through two impeachment inquiries, orchestrated a conspiracy to undo a failed election and then, somehow, is re-elected. They would see it as Trump truly unbound. But to them, it would also say something about us and our values.”

Hill agreed with that assessment when I described it to her. “We’ve been the gold standard of democratic elections,” she told me. “All of that will be rolled back if Trump returns to power after claiming that the only way he could ever lose is if someone steals it from him. It’ll be more than diplomatic shock. I think it would mean the total loss of America’s leadership position in the world arena.”

A couple of months ago, Hill told me, she attended a book event in Louisville, Ky. Onstage with her was another recent author, Representative Jamie Raskin of Maryland, who was the House Democrats’ lead manager in Trump’s second impeachment trial. Raskin, who happens to be Hill’s congressman, had also been among the managers in the first trial.

Their event took place on Jan. 24, exactly one month before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Though Putin’s troops had been massed along the border for several months, speculation of war was not a public preoccupation. For the moment, Hill’s expertise was in lesser demand than that of Raskin, who is now a member of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack. For much of their hourlong colloquy, it was Hill who asked searching questions of Raskin — who, she told me, “was deeply disturbed by how close we came to basically not having a transfer of power.”

At one point, Hill acknowledged to Raskin and the live audience that she had been thinking lately of the “Hamilton” song “You’ll Be Back,” crooned maliciously by King George to his American subjects. “I have been worried over whether we might be back to that kind of period,” she said. Hill went on to describe the United States as being in a state of de-evolution, with the checks on executive power flagging and the concept of governmental experience regarded with scorn rather than admiration.

What she did not say then was something that Hill has told me more than once since that time. Throughout all our changes, presidents and senior staff in government, she said: “Putin has been there for 22 years. He’s the same guy, with the same people around him. And he’s watching everything.”

Carnegie, Rumer & Weiss (2021): Ukraine: Putin’s Unfinished Business http://bit.ly/3xfD3Qz “[T]he annexation of Crimea and the undeclared war in eastern Ukraine have only reinforced the Ukrainian people’s resolve to leave Russia’s orbit and to seek closer ties to the West”
// 11/12/2021

Politico: 5 crucial decisions as Jan. 6 investigation reaches final stage http://politi.co/3E24A9t “Even when the select committee releases the bulk of its findings, the book is unlikely to close on the committee’s investigation”
// Do they push Donald Trump or Mike Pence to testify? Will GOP lawmakers answer questions? The insurrection committee is in the endgame now

💙 ForeignAffairs, Anna Reid: Putin’s War on History http://fam.ag/3xeAxu5 “Saying that Ukraine doesn’t really exist is as absurd as saying that Ireland doesn’t exist because it was long under British rule, or that Norwegians are really Swedes”
// The Thousand-Year Struggle Over Ukraine

On the evening of February 21, 2022, three days before Russian forces began the largest land invasion on the European continent since World War II, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave an angry televised speech. In it, he expressed familiar grievances about the eastward expansion of NATO, alleged Ukrainian aggression, and the presence of Western missiles on Russia’s border. But most of his tirade was devoted to something else: Ukrainian history. “Ukraine is not just a neighboring country for us,” Putin said. “It is an inalienable part of our own history, culture, and spiritual space.” Ukraine’s borders, he asserted, have no meaning other than to mark a former administrative division of the Soviet Union: “Modern Ukraine was entirely created by Russia.”

To many Western ears, Putin’s historical claims sounded bizarre. But they were of more than casual importance. Far from an innovation of the current crisis, Putin’s argument that Ukraine has always been one and the same with Russia, and that it has been forcibly colonized by Western forces, has long been a defining part of his worldview. Already during the Maidan popular uprising in Kyiv in 2013–14, Putin claimed that the people leading the huge protests were Western-backed fashisti (fascists) trying to tear Ukraine from its historical roots. (In fact, the protests caught the West by surprise, and although they included a far-right fringe, they were no fascist takeover.) And in July 2021, well before the buildup of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border, the Kremlin published a 7,000-word essay under Putin’s byline with the title “On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians.” Both Russia and Ukraine, it asserted, have not only common roots in language and faith but also a shared historic destiny. Since its publication, the essay has become part of the required curriculum for all service members in the Russian armed forces, including those fighting in the current war. According to Putin’s logic, all divisions between Russia and Ukraine are the work of Western powers. From Poland in the sixteenth century to the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the nineteenth century and the Nazis in World War II, they have periodically coerced Ukraine or led it astray. In this reading, Kyiv’s pro-Western outlook over the past decade is only the latest form of external interference—this time by the European Union and the United States—aimed at dividing Russia against itself. Ukraine’s “forced change of identity,” Putin wrote, is “comparable…to the use of weapons of mass destruction against us.” In Putin’s meaning, “us” included Ukrainians. Ukrainians and Ukraine, in other words, aren’t just naturally part of Russia; they don’t even really exist.

A variation on the “Ukraine doesn’t really exist” theme is the Kremlin’s assertion that Ukraine is a foregone failure. According to this view—long echoed in a more sophisticated form by Western commentators—thanks to its geography and political history, Ukraine is forever destined to be riven by internal division or torn apart by more powerful neighbors. This was the core narrative of Putin’s propaganda the last time he invaded Ukraine, when he grabbed Crimea and the Donbas following the Maidan protests in Kyiv. Then, Russian state media reported that Ukraine was a failed state taken over by a neo-Nazi junta and that Russian forces were riding to the rescue. The close Putin adviser who directed all this propaganda, the bodyguard turned strategist Vladislav Surkov, reprised the theme in an interview with the Financial Times last year. Ukraine, he said, using an odd analogy, was like the “soft tissue” between two bones, which, until it was severed, would rub painfully together. (With Russian journalists, he was more straightforward: the “only method that has historically proved effective in Ukraine,” he said, is “coercion into fraternal relations.”).

As the extraordinary resilience and unity of the Ukrainian population in the current war have demonstrated, these Russian claims are nonsense. Saying that Ukraine doesn’t really exist is as absurd as saying that Ireland doesn’t exist because it was long under British rule, or that Norwegians are really Swedes. Although they won statehood only 31 years ago, the Ukrainians have a rich national history going back centuries. The idea that Ukrainians are too weak and divided to stand up for themselves is one they are magnificently disproving on the battlefield. As for the neo-Nazi insult, this is belied by the fact that Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, is Jewish and that in the most recent parliamentary elections, in 2019, Ukraine’s far-right party, Svoboda, won less than three percent of the vote. As Putin’s imagined Ukraine has increasingly diverged from Ukrainian reality, the myth has become harder to sustain, the contradictions too acute. But rather than adjusting his historical fantasy to bring it closer to the truth, Putin has doubled down, resorting to military force and totalitarian censorship in a vain attempt to make reality closer to the myth. He may now be learning that reality is hard to defy: the wages of bad history are disaster in the present.

GATHERING RUSSIA

Putin’s obsession with Ukraine’s past can be traced to the trauma of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Until 1991, most of today’s Ukraine had been ruled by Russia for 300 years—slightly longer, in other words, than Scotland has been ruled by England. And with a population that is today nearly as large as Spain’s, Ukraine was by far the most significant Soviet republic besides Russia itself. Zbigniew Brzezinski, the former U.S. national security adviser, famously wrote, “Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be an empire.” This isn’t literally true. Russia today is still a vast multiethnic empire, taking in a 3,000-mile-wide slice of northern Asia and including more than a dozen Asian nationalities, from the 5.3 million Tatars on the Volga River to a few thousand Chukchis on the Bering Strait. But with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact, Moscow lost its West.

For Putin, Russia’s European empire was all-important. Although there has long been an exoticizing streak to Russia’s self-image—“Yes, we are Scythians!” the hitherto gentle poet Aleksandr Blok declared after the 1917 revolution—the country [Russia] has always seen itself as a European, rather than an Asian, power. Its great composers, novelists, and artists have been European in orientation; its historic military triumphs—against Napoleon and Hitler—made it a senior player in Europe’s “concert of nations.” By pushing Russia back into her gloomy pine forests, away from such ringing old place names as Odessa and Sevastopol, the loss of Ukraine, in particular, injured the Russian sense of self.

At the heart of Russia’s Ukraine problem, then, has been a war over history. The first battle is over where the story begins. Conventionally, the story starts with a legend-wrapped leader from the Middle Ages, Volodymyr (or Vladimir in Russian) the Great. A descendent of Norse raiders and traders from Scandinavia, Volodymyr founded the first proto-state in Kyiv toward the end of the tenth century. A loose but very large fiefdom known as Rus, it was centered on Kyiv and covered today’s Belarus, northwestern Russia, and most of Ukraine. Volodymyr also gave Rus its spiritual foundations, converting his realm to Orthodox Christianity.

Although Russians and Ukrainians concur on Volodymyr’s importance, they disagree over what happened after his kingdom broke up. Through the eleventh and twelfth centuries, it disintegrated into warring princedoms, and in the thirteenth, it was overrun by the Mongols, under Batu Khan. In Russian accounts, the population—and, with it, true Rus culture—fled the violence, heading northeast, to Moscow and Novgorod. Ukrainians, however, argue that Rus culture remained squarely centered on Ukraine and that what emerged in Moscow was a separate and distinct tradition. To Western readers, the argument seems trivial: it is as though the French and the Germans were locked in battle over whether Charlemagne, the ninth-century founder of the Carolingian Empire, belongs to modern France or modern Germany. Ukrainians, however, understand the significance of the Russian claims. One of Kyiv’s landmarks is a large nineteenth-century statue of Volodymyr the Great, holding a cross and gazing out over the Dnieper River. When Putin put up his own, even bigger Vladimir the Great outside the Kremlin gates in 2016, Ukrainians rightly saw it not as a homage to a tenth-century king but as a blatant history grab.

In fact, for most of the next seven centuries after Volodymyr’s reign, Ukraine was outside Muscovite control. As Mongol rule crumbled through the 1300s, the territory of present-day Ukraine was absorbed by the emergent Grand Duchy of Lithuania, which in turn combined by dynastic marriage with Poland, so that for the next two and a half centuries, Ukraine was ruled from Krakow. Eventually, even Ukraine’s faith acquired a Western veneer: in 1596, the Union of Brest-Litovsk created the Greek Catholic, or Uniat, Church—a compromise between Catholic Poles and Orthodox Ukrainians that acknowledged the pope but was Orthodox in ritual and allowed priests to marry. A politically canny halfway house between the two religions, the union helped Polonize the Ukrainian nobility, part of what Putin sees as a long pattern of the West pulling Ukraine away from its rightful Orthodox home.

It was not until the late seventeenth century that Moscow forcefully entered the picture. A series of uprisings by Ukrainian Cossacks—militarized frontier groups, centered on the lower Dnieper—had weakened the Polish-Lithuanian kingdom. Then, following a long war with Poland over Ukraine, expanding Muscovy was finally able to annex Kyiv in 1686. For Ukrainians, it was an “out of the frying pan into the fire” moment: Polish rule was simply swapped for its harsher Muscovite counterpart. But in Putin’s telling, it was the beginning of the “gathering of the Russian world,” using an archaic phrase that he has resuscitated to justify his war against Ukraine today. Another century later, Poland itself was partitioned among Austria, Prussia, and Russia, with Russia ending up with what is today Belarus and central Ukraine, including Kyiv, and Austria with today’s western Ukraine, then known as eastern Galicia, which included Lviv.

STATE OF STRUGGLE

Ukraine’s modern national movement began in the 1840s, led by the first great Ukrainian-language writer, Taras Shevchenko. Born into an enserfed peasant family in a village near Kyiv, he exhorted Ukrainians to throw off the Russian yoke and excoriated the many who Russified themselves in order to climb the socioeconomic ladder. (These views earned him ten years in Siberia.) As the century progressed, and especially after Tsar Alexander II’s assassination by anarchists in 1881, tsarist rule became more repressive. Hundreds of Ukrainian socialists followed Shevchenko into exile, and Ukrainian-language books and education were banned. At this point, Ukraine’s east-west divide turned into an advantage—at least for those living in the western part—because in Austrian-ruled Galicia, Ukrainians were able to adopt the freer civic culture then taking root in Europe. In Lviv, they published their own newspapers and organized reading rooms, cooperatives, credit unions, choirs, and sports clubs—all innovations borrowed from the similarly Austrian-ruled Czechs. Although disadvantaged by a voting system that favored Polish landowners, they were able to form their own political party and sent representatives to Lviv’s provincial assembly, to which the typical Ukrainian deputy was not a fiery revolutionary but a pince-nez-wearing, mildly socialist academic or lawyer.

Ukraine’s reputation as a land cursed by political geography—part of the “bloodlands” in the title of the historian Timothy Snyder’s best-selling book—was earned during the first half of the twentieth century. When the tsarist regime suddenly crumbled in 1917, a Ukrainian parliamentary, or “Rada,” government declared itself in Kyiv, but it was swept away only a few months later, first by Bolshevik militias and then by the German army, which occupied Ukraine under the March 1918 Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. After the armistice that November ending World War I, Germany withdrew again, leaving the Red Army, the reactionary Russian White Army, the Polish army, a Ukrainian army under the socialist Rada minister Symon Petlyura, and an assortment of independent warlords to fill the power vacuum. In the chaotic civil war that ensued, the group worst hit was Ukraine’s Jews. Scapegoated by all sides, more than 100,000 were killed in 1919, in a series of massacres unmatched since the 1600s. Beaten by the Reds, Petlyura formed a last-ditch alliance with Poland, before fleeing to Paris when Poland and the Soviet Union made a peace that divided Ukraine again, the Russians taking the east and the center, the Poles the west. Two small borderland regions—today’s Bukovina and Transcarpathia—went to newly independent Romania and Czechoslovakia, respectively.

Not surprisingly, Petlyura is a hotly contested figure. For Russians, he was just another pogromist warlord. (That viewpoint saturates the Kyiv-bred but ethnic Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel The White Guard, for whose characters Petlyura’s army is a frightening mob.) For Ukrainians, conversely, he led their country’s first stab at independent statehood, which might have succeeded had the Allies only given him the same diplomatic and military support that they did the Balts and (less successfully) the Armenians, the Azerbaijanis, and the Georgians. To accusations of ethnonationalism, they rejoin that the Rada government printed its banknotes in four languages—Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, and Yiddish—and that the leader of the Ukrainian delegation to the 1919 Paris Peace Conference was a distinguished Jewish lawyer, Arnold Margolin. Petlyura’s army rampaged, they concede, but he could not control it, and so did all the others. The controversy played out in 1926 in a Paris courtroom, after Petlyura was assassinated by a Jewish anarchist who claimed to be avenging family members killed by Ukrainian soldiers. The three-week trial was an international sensation, with the defense presenting a devastating dossier of evidence about the pogroms, while the prosecution sought to paint the assassin as a Soviet agent. After only half an hour’s deliberation, the jury declared him innocent, and debate over the affair still rages.

BETWEEN STALIN AND HITLER

In fact, the violence and chaos of the Petlyura era were merely a prelude to much greater Ukrainian tragedies in the years that followed. Beginning in 1929, Joseph Stalin launched the Holodomor—literally, “killing by hunger”—a program of forced deportations and food and land requisitioning aimed at the permanent emasculation of Ukraine’s rural population as a whole. Rolled out in parallel with a purge of Ukraine’s urban intelligentsia, it resulted in the deaths of nearly four million Ukrainians. Covered up for decades, there is no doubt that this extraordinary mass killing was deliberate: the Soviet authorities knew that villagers were dying in great numbers, yet they persisted in food requisitioning and forbade them from leaving the famine areas for the towns. Why Stalin perpetrated the famine is less clear. An estimated three million Kazakhs and Russians also starved to death during these same years, but he chose to hit Ukraine hardest, probably because it embodied his twin demons in one: the conservative peasantry and a large, assertive non-Russian nationality. Even today, however, there is an ongoing effort by Russia to block international recognition of the Holodomor as a genocide. In his “Historical Unity” essay, Putin refers to the famine only once, in passing, as a “common tragedy.” Stalin’s name is not mentioned at all.

Less than a decade later, a new round of horror was visited on Ukraine following the signing of the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The Red Army occupied the Polish-ruled western part of the country—the first time Russia had ever controlled this territory. Two years later, however, the Wehrmacht marched in anyway, and two years after that, the Red Army returned. Both armies deported or arrested the Lviv intelligentsia—a rich mix of Ukrainians, Poles, and Jews—as they arrived and killed political prisoners as they departed. For a few months in 1943, a large ethnonationalist Ukrainian partisan army controlled most of northeastern Ukraine, establishing a primitive administration and its own training camps and military hospitals. Remarkably, small units of this army carried on an assassination and sabotage campaign for years after the war ended, with the last insurgent commander killed in a shootout near Lviv in 1950.

Overall, 5.3 million Ukrainians died during the war years, an astonishing one-sixth of the population. Again, many died of hunger, after Germany began confiscating grain. And again, it was Jews who suffered most. Before the war, they made up a full five percent of Ukraine’s population, or some 2.7 million people; after it, only a handful remained. The rest had fled east or lay in unmarked mass graves in the woods or on the edge of cemeteries. (In the fall of 2021, as part of an effort to commemorate these events, Zelensky presided at the opening of a new complex at Babi Yar, or Babyn Yar, the park next to a metro station where nearly 34,000 Kyivan Jews were massacred in September 1941. On the sixth day of Putin’s invasion this year, three Russian missiles landed in the park, causing damage to the Jewish cemetery there.)

For the Soviets, and for Putin today, the most important fact about the Ukrainians during the war was not their victimhood but their alleged collaboration with the Nazis. The most controversial Ukrainian figure of the period is Stepan Bandera, the leader of a terrorist organization in Polish-ruled interwar western Ukraine. Having already been sour when the area was under Austrian rule, Polish-Ukrainian relations dramatically worsened with the new government’s Polonization drive, in the course of which Ukrainian-language schools were closed, Ukrainian newspapers strictly censored, Ukrainians banned from even the lowliest government jobs, and Ukrainian candidates and voters arbitrarily struck from electoral rolls. The repression radicalized rather than Polonized, so that the largest Ukrainian parliamentary party, the compromise-seeking Ukrainian National Democratic Alliance, was increasingly squeezed out by Bandera’s underground nationalists. When the Wehrmacht entered western Ukraine in June 1941, Bandera joined forces with the Germans, organizing two battalions, Nachtigall and Roland, although he was almost immediately arrested by the Nazis, who found him too hard to control.

Ever since, Russia has used Bandera as a stick with which to beat the Ukrainian national movement. No matter that far more Ukrainians fought in the Red Army than in the Wehrmacht and that Germany was able to recruit tens of thousands of Russian prisoners of war, too. As in Soviet days, a standard epithet for Ukrainians in Russian state media today is Banderivtsi—“Banderites”—and Putin revisited the trope in an even odder than usual speech on February 25, the day after the Russian invasion began, in which he called on the Ukrainian army to overthrow the “drug addicts and neo-Nazis” in power in Kyiv.

After the end of World War II, and especially after Stalin’s death in 1953, Ukraine enjoyed several decades of relative stability. Compared with the other non-Russian nationalities in the Soviet Union, the Ukrainians were simultaneously extra repressed and extra privileged, making up the largest single group of political prisoners but also acting as Russia’s junior partner in the union. The Politburo was packed with Russians and Ukrainians, and in the non-Slavic republics, the usual pattern was for an ethnic national to be appointed first party secretary, while a Russian or a Ukrainian wielded real power as number two. When the Soviet Union collapsed, in 1991, Ukraine floated to independence without bloodshed, after its own Communist Party leadership decided to cut the tow rope to the sinking mother ship. It is this late-Soviet “little brother” relationship that Putin grew up with—and which he may believe (or have believed) Ukrainians would be ready to return to were it not for the West’s interference.

WESTWARD OR BACKWARD

Ukraine’s political path in the three decades since independence has accentuated all of Russia’s fears. At first, it seemed as if Russia and Ukraine would move on parallel tracks in the post–Cold War era. Both countries were riding the rapids of economic collapse combined with new political freedoms; neither seemed interested in the past. In Ukraine, nobody bothered to take down Kyiv’s Lenin statue or rename its streets. Russia’s new ruling class, for its part, seemed more interested in making money than in rebuilding an empire. It was easy to imagine the two countries developing along separate but friendly paths: like Canada and the United States or Austria and Germany.

That happy illusion lasted only a few years. The two hinge moments of Ukraine’s post–Cold War history were two highly effective and genuinely inspirational displays of people power, both provoked by the Kremlin. In 2004, Putin tried to insert a burly ex-convict and regional political boss from Donetsk, Viktor Yanukovych, into the Ukrainian presidency, an effort that seems to have included having his pro-European electoral rival, Viktor Yushchenko, poisoned. After Yushchenko survived the attack (with his face badly scarred), the vote was blatantly falsified instead. Sporting orange hats and ribbons, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians poured into the streets in protest and stayed there until the electoral commission conceded a rerun, which Yushchenko won. For Putin, the protests, known as the Orange Revolution, were a plot orchestrated by the West.

In 2010, Yanukovych finally won the presidency, after the pro-European bloc rancorously split. For the next four years, he devoted himself to looting the Ukrainian treasury. But in November 2013, he went a step too far: just as Ukraine was about to ink a long-planned and widely popular trade deal with the European Union, he abruptly canceled it and, under pressure from Putin, announced a partnership with Russia instead. For Ukrainians, as for Putin, this was not just about how best to boost the economy but also about Ukraine’s very identity. Instead of heading westward—perhaps even one day joining the European Union—the country was being coerced back into the Russian orbit. Initially, only a few students came out in protest, but public anger grew quickly after they were beaten up by the police, whose upper echelons Yanukovych had packed with Russians. A protest camp on Kyiv’s central square, known as the Maidan, turned into a permanent, festival-like city within a city, swelling to a million people on weekends. In January 2014, the police began a violent crackdown, which climaxed with the killing of 94 protesters and 17 police officers. When the crowds still refused to disperse, Yanukovych fled to Moscow, and the contents of his luxurious private compound—Hermès dinner services, chandeliers the size of small cars, a stuffed lion—went on display in Ukraine’s National Art Museum. In the power vacuum that followed Yanukovych’s flight, Putin invaded first Crimea and then, via thuggish local proxies, the eastern border cities of Donetsk and Luhansk.

The land grab pleased the Russian public, but if Putin intended to pull Ukraine back toward Russia, his actions had the opposite effect. New presidential elections brought in another pro-European, Petro Poroshenko, a Ukrainian oligarch who had made his money in confectionary rather than corruption-ridden mining or metals. Then, in the years that followed, a mass civilian effort supported Ukrainian forces in a low-level but grinding conflict with Russia in and around Donetsk and Luhansk. (Until the Ministry of Defense was reformed, the previously neglected Ukrainian army was literally crowdfunded by direct donations from the public.) Ukrainian support for NATO membership rose sharply, and in June 2014, Ukraine signed a wide-ranging association agreement with the European Union. Most symbolic and popular—or, in Putin’s eyes, most cunning—was the EU’s 2017 granting to Ukrainians of bezviz, visa-free 90-day travel to the whole of the Schengen area [Euopean countries not req visas]. Russians still need visas, which are extortionately expensive and burdensome. The contrast grates: little brother has not only abandoned big brother; he is better traveled now, too.

RUSSIAN BONES, UKRAINIAN SOIL

Ukraine’s progress before the invasion should not be overstated. Shady oligarchs pulled strings behind the scenes, and the country was hobbled by pervasive corruption. (Transparency International’s 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index puts Ukraine alongside Mexico and Zambia but ranks it as slightly less corrupt than Russia.) But for all of the country’s problems, its history since independence has been one of real changes of power, brought about by real elections, between real candidates, reported by real free media. For Putin, the Ukrainian example had become a direct political threat. What if Russia’s own population—and not just the urban intelligentsia—started demanding the same freedoms? In his “Historical Unity” essay, Putin explained away the fact that Ukrainian presidents change as being the result of a “system” set up by “the Western authors of the anti-Russian project.” Ukraine’s pro-Russian citizens, he wrote, are not vocal because they have been “driven underground,” “persecuted for their convictions,” or even “killed.” Whether he actually believes this is unclear, but it might explain the slightly ad hoc tactics used by the Russian army in the first week of his war on Ukraine. Putin may really have expected his tank battalions to be greeted as liberators.

As during the 2004 Orange Revolution and the 2013–14 Maidan protests, which came to be known as the Revolution of Dignity, Ukraine’s fierce self-defense today is a defense of values, not of ethnic identity or of some imagined glorious past. Putin’s obsession with history, in contrast, is a weakness. Although earlier in his presidency, banging the “gathering of the Russian world” drum boosted his approval ratings, it has now led him down what may turn out to be a fatal dead end. In terms of square mileage alone, Ukraine is the second-largest country in Europe, after Russia itself. If you placed it over the eastern United States, as The Washington Post recently observed, it would stretch “from Missouri to the Atlantic Ocean, and from Ohio to Georgia.” Occupying it permanently would be enormously costly in troops and treasure. Moreover, Putin’s war has unified Ukrainians as never before. And whether they are speaking Russian or Ukrainian, their sentiment is the same. Already, video clips have gone viral of babushkas telling Russian soldiers that they will leave their bones in Ukrainian soil and of Ukrainian soldiers swearing joyously as they fire bazookas at Russian tanks, all in the purest Russian. The war is likely to go on for a long time, and its final outcome is unknown. History, Putin may be learning, is only a guide when it’s the real sort.

ANNA REID is former Kyiv Correspondent for The Economist and the author of Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine.

⭕ 10 Apr 2022

🐣 RT @r_stefanchuk It is time for @NATO to make a choice: either to the future with🇺🇦, or to the 13th century with🇷🇺. ¤ And you must make this choice today. And take responsibility for it before our peoples and history.Now is the time for decisive actions and great victories! Help us and win with us

WaPo, Siobhán O’Grady: A former boxer turned Kyiv mayor becomes a rousing wartime leader http://wapo.st/3rbtMp1 Vitali Klitschko

🐣 .@ZelenskyyUa is Ukraine’s George Washington, who also had to beg for the supplies and equipment needed for the fight and managed to win against the greatest power on earth at the time, through endurance, cleverness and and a desire for freedom and self-governance https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1513362594127568905?s=20/photo/1
// photo: Zelenskyy in trench wearing helmet

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 MSNBC. Sunday. 10 April 2022. Russia does not even remotely have the military or economic power to take on the massive heft of NATO and the EU. The fight will be bitter but Putin will never make these brave people of UKR a vassal state.
💽 https://twitter.com/mccaffreyr3/status/1513343877830242306?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @polialertcom @froomkin: “We can stop talking about Fox like it’s a different form of news — and start talking about how it isn’t news at all. It’s the opposite of news. It’s instead of news. It’s the absence of news.”
⋙ NBCNews, Dan Froomkim: Fox News does serious damage to its fans. But here’s the good news. http://nbcnews.to/38GA9dA
// alt header: Fox News isn’t news
// A new study suggests Fox News viewers aren’t just manipulated and misinformed — they are literally being made ignorant by their consumption habits.

🐣 RT @PewResearch 📊 64% of Americans say that Russia’s power and influence is a major threat to the United States. 30% say it is a minor threat and only 5% say Russia is not a threat. https://pewrsr.ch/36V4Pr4 https://twitter.com/pewresearch/status/1513339312728940545?s=20/photo/1
// Shrinking partisan gap on views of Russia as a threat;
Major threat (2022): 66% Dems, 64% Indies, 61% GOP
Major threat (2017): 64% Dems, 43% Indies, 35% GOP ( ⇇ approx)

🐣 RT @McFaul Historians will record Ukraine’s victory over Russia in the Battle of Kyiv in April 2022 as one of Russias greatest battle defeats. To which other Russian battle defeats should it be compared? (& of course , the was only one battle in a still ongoing, tragic, horrible war)

🐣 RT @anders_aslund Why is Putin bent on destroying Russia? Isn’t the president supposed to work for, and not against, his country?

🐣 RT @UKRintheUSA .@ZelenskyyUa: We are defending the ability of a person to live in the modern world. We are defending the right to live. I never thought this right was so costly. These are human values. So that Russia doesn’t choose what we should do. @60Minutes @CBSNews
⋙ 💽 CBSNews: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy: The 60 Minutes Interview http://cbsn.ws/3LZApCV
// Ukraine’s president speaks with Scott Pelley about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and recently uncovered alleged war crimes in Kyiv suburb of Bucha.

🐣 RT @avalaina Dana Yurivych wrote: I cried at a refugee camp on the border with Poland. Just from the helplessness that my country from young to old is forced to flee and from gratitude that almost the whole world is with us: feeding hot food, providing medicines, trying to talk, hug.

🐣 RT @kasparov63 Le Pen is a weapon, part of Putin’s larger war, a second front in attacking Europe and democracy. I am often critical of Macron’s dealings with Russia, but he is an essential bulwark in France today.

🐣 RT @LinkeviciusL As of now #Ukraine is winning #Russia’s war against #NATO. https://twitter.com/LinkeviciusL/status/1513053278430543876?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @peterpomeranzev If Germany doesn’t sanction Russia why don’t we sanction Germany. Not sure I want cars made with the help of Uighur concentration camps or German products powered by Russian gas that fund an atrocity machine

⭕ 9 Apr 2022

CNN, Dean Obeidallah: Why Trump Jr. started pushing for a coup before Biden won the 2020 election http://cnn.it/3KByW57

A coup. That’s what Donald Trump Jr. was advocating for in a text message to his father’s then-chief of staff Mark Meadows that laid out ways to subvert the Electoral College process and keep his father in power. ¤ There are many alarming — and even bone-chilling — aspects of Trump Jr.’s November 5, 2020, text message. ¤ But the most jaw-dropping is that the text was sent just two days after the 2020 election, when the result was still too close to call. That Trump Jr. was already pushing for several strategies — from pressing Republican state legislators to put forward slates of fake “Trump electors,” to firing the FBI Director and replacing him with a loyalist who would do Trump’s bidding — reveals the level of preparation and dogged determination within Trump’s inner circle to keep him in power, no matter the outcome.

On November 5, 2020, two days before news outlets finally projected Biden won, votes were still being tallied in key states like Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania. Yet Trump Jr. was texting Meadows: “We have operational control Total leverage. Moral High Ground POTUS must start 2nd term now.” ¤ How was Trump supposed to start a second term when the election hadn’t been called — and he was still trailing Joe Biden by 40 electoral votes?! The complete lack of regard for the will of American voters is in plain view in these texts.

Of course, President Trump started lying about the specter of election fraud in the spring of 2020 — an insurance policy he likely planted because he was trailing in the polls and desperately feared losing. But there was no credible evidence of widespread election fraud then, and none has been found since. Even Trump’s own Attorney General Bill Barr said in December 2020, “To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.” ¤ Let’s be clear: There was never a credible argument behind the attempt to overturn the 2020 election results. It was all a lie to keep Trump in power.

Reading some of the contents of Trump Jr.’s text is literally jaw-dropping. He called for firing the FBI Director Christopher Wray and making Trump loyalist Richard Grenell, former acting Director of National Intelligence, interim head of the FBI. ¤ The text called for politically weaponizing the Department of Justice by calling on Attorney General Bill Barr to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the “Biden crime family.” This is not something that should ever happen in our nation — then again, the same can be said of the January 6, 2021, attack on our Capitol and Trump’s attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

The text also made reference to filing lawsuits and advocating recounts in swing states to prevent the certification of the results — a strategy the President and his allies used in the ensuing months after the election. ¤ In a statement to CNN, Trump Jr.’s lawyer Alan S. Futerfas said, “After the election, Don received numerous messages from supporters and others. Given the date, this message likely originated from someone else and was forwarded.” Even if true, here was the son of the President sending the President’s chief of staff ways to upend the election results and abuse the power of the presidency in Trump’s remaining months in the White House.

Just last week, US District Court Judge David Carter wrote an opinion in response to Trump’s former lawyer John Eastman, who asked the judge to withhold certain documents requested by the January 6 House select committee. In it, Carter wrote that Trump and Eastman had “launched a campaign to overturn a democratic election, an action unprecedented in American history.” But there’s one line in particular that truly resonates upon reading Trump Jr.’s text messages: “It was a coup in search of a legal theory.”

Thanks to the newly revealed text message, we now know the seeds for a coup were planted even before the election results were announced. Would Trump have continued harping on about election fraud had he been declared the winner of the 2020 election? Of course not. It was never about election fraud — or any facts for that matter. Their goal was straightforward: Reinstall Donald Trump and end our democracy. ¤ If we hope to keep our democratic republic, every single person involved in this coup attempt must be criminally prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Anything less will only embolden Trump and others to engage in the same conduct — and given how close they got this time, they may just succeed next time around.

ABCNews: With eyes on ‘Londongrad,’ UK seeks to overhaul ties to Russian oligarchs http://abcn.ws/3LU6egh
// Over 1,000 individuals and businesses with Kremlin ties have been sanctioned.

🐣 RT @OliviaTroye So now the White House gift records from foreign leaders for Trump & Pence are apparently incomplete/missing…Were they flushed down the toilet? Did Melania hold another auction? Anyone check Don Jr’s texts? eBay?🤷‍♀️The sedition & grift runs deep. Just wondering.

⭕ 8 Apr 2022

🐣 RT @KyivIndependent Zelensky reacts to train station attack in Kramatorsk: ¤ “Lacking the strength and courage to fight with us on the battlefield, they (Russians) are cynically destroying the civilian population. This is an evil that has no limits. And if it is not punished, it will never stop.”

WaPo, Liz Sly: Nine ways Russia botched its invasion of Ukraine http://wapo.st/3rcAg79

🐣 RT @vonderleyen Ukraine belongs in the European family. ¤ And today, Ukraine takes another important step towards EU membership. ¤ We will accelerate this process as much as we can, while ensuring that all conditions are respected. ¤ #StandWithUkraine

🐣 RT @tribelaw .@AshaRangappa_ has this just right. Most others have missed this key point: Junior’s revelations kill the “innocent state of mind” defense, leaving compelling proof of corrupt intent for each of the several federal felonies the plotters close to the defeated president committed
⋙ 🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ What this makes clear is that Jan. 6 was not based on a belief, good faith or otherwise, that the outcome of the 2020 election was decided incorrectly — they were plotting this before the votes had even been counted! The coup was the plan from the get-go
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @rameeksims CNN exclusive: @ryanobles discusses the different ideas that Donald Trump Jr. texted former President Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows about overturning the 2020 presidential election two days after after the vote. [link below ]

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom Russia, a country that has always had the potential for greatness but is continually hobbled by its own grandiose paranoia and a whopping inferiority complex, has become both pathetic and lethally dangerous at the same time.
⋙ 🐣 RT @prchovanec I like how they debate on Russian TV whether Ukraine should be allowed to exist. As if they haven’t already tried to destroy it and failed.

🔄 ForeignAffairs: How to Understand the Crisis in Ukraine http://fam.ag/3DTRn2B
// Collection of articles; The Origins of the War and What Comes Next

🐣 RT @SecDef I spoke w/ Minister @JaroNad to salute Slovakia for providing a critical S-300 air defense system to Ukraine. At Slovakia’s invitation, we will reposition a U.S. Patriot battery to Slovakia to help ensure deterrence & defense of @NATO territory. #WeAreNATO
⋙ DOD: Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Call With Slovakia’s Minister of Defense Jaroslav Nad’ http://bit.ly/3DTDnpz

🐣 RT @anneapplebaum Eastern Ukraine right now: “hunger, mass looting and forced deportation at the hands of Russian forces…a highly organized system of arrests targeting activists, community leaders, police officers and members of Ukraine’s military…”
⋙⋙ WaPo: In eastern Ukraine, Russian military razing towns to take them over http://wapo.st/3ji40uQ
// ‘Scorched earth’ tactics seem deliberate as Russian forces try to consolidate control of the Donbas region
⋙ 🐣 RT @anneapplebaum The violence we saw in Bucha is being repeated, right now, in eastern Ukraine. Russia is sending a clear message to the world: We will continue to destroy, loot and murder, and we don’t care what anyone else thinks.

NYT: Pro-Trump Rally Planner Is Cooperating in Justice Dept.’s Jan. 6 Inquiry http://nyti.ms/3xeaXoV
// Ali Alexander, who was a key figure in the “Stop the Steal” movement, said he had received a grand jury subpoena and would assist the expanding investigation.

🧵 RT @ New: Discussions about Sweden and Finland joining NATO have gotten extremely serious, officials say, w/applications likely coming in the next month. Finland’s bid “was pretty much a done deal on the 24th of February, when Russia invaded,” said @alexstubb
📌 https://twitter.com/NatashaBertrand/status/1512566289461563392?s=20

🐣 RT @KyivIndependent ⚡️ BBC: Russia changes its military command. ¤ According to an unnamed Western official, Gen. Alexander Dvornikov, who has experience in Syria, will lead the army amid Kremlin’s desire to reach “some kind of success” before May 9, when the country celebrates the victory in WWII.

🐣 RT @francska1 Last night Russian state TV got as close as I’ve seen it get to that horrifying article published by RIA Novosti ¤ I’ve added some subtitles (I hope you’ll excuse my rushed job) ¤ The first man speaking is a pro-Kremlin former Ukrainian MP. The second is presenter Vladimir Solovyov
💽 https://twitter.com/francska1/status/1512348114254020609?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @armyinformcomua ⚡️Over 110 thousand 🇺🇦 citizens joined the Territorial Defense Forces of @ArmedForcesUkr, more than 450 volunteer formations of territorial communities were formed, more than 100 territorial defense fighters have state awards. ¤ #StopRussia #Народна_війна #ТерОборона

🐣 RT @SethAbramson MAJOR BREAKING NEWS: As Votes Were Still Being Counted in 2020, Eldest Trump Son Messaged White House to Say That Trumps Had Attained “Operational Control” Over Levers of American Democracy in a Way That Ensured a Trump Victory Regardless of Voters’ Wishes
⋙ CNN: Exclusive: ‘We control them all’: Donald Trump Jr. texted Meadows ideas for overturning 2020 election before it was called http://cnn.it/3NQBCOq

Two days after the 2020 presidential election, as votes were still being tallied, Donald Trump’s eldest son texted then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows that “we have operational control” to ensure his father would get a second term, with Republican majorities in the US Senate and swing state legislatures, CNN has learned.

In the text, which has not been previously reported, Donald Trump Jr. lays out ideas for keeping his father in power by subverting the Electoral College process, according to the message reviewed by CNN. The text is among records obtained by the House select committee investigating January 6, 2021.

“It’s very simple,” Trump Jr. texted to Meadows on November 5, adding later in the same missive: “We have multiple paths We control them all.” …

The November 5 text message outlines a strategy that is nearly identical to what allies of the former President attempted to carry out in the months that followed. Trump Jr. makes specific reference to filing lawsuits and advocating recounts to prevent certain swing states from certifying their results, as well as having a handful of Republican state houses put forward slates of fake “Trump electors.”

If all that failed, according to the Trump Jr. text, GOP lawmakers in Congress could simply vote to reinstall Trump as President on January 6. ¤ We have operational control Total leverage,” the message reads. “Moral High Ground POTUS must start 2nd term now.”

The text from Trump Jr. is revealing on a number of levels. It shows how those closest to the former President were already exchanging ideas for how to overturn the election months before the January 6 insurrection — and before all the votes were even counted. It would be another two days before major news outlets declared Joe Biden the winner on November 7.

The text also adds to a growing body of evidence of how Trump’s inner circle was actively engaged in discussing how to challenge the election results.

On March 28, Judge David Carter, a federal judge in California, said that Trump, along with conservative lawyer John Eastman, launched an “unprecedented” campaign to overturn a democratic election, calling it “a coup in search of a legal theory.” …

In the weeks following the 2020 election, Trump and his allies eventually filed more than 60 unsuccessful lawsuits in key states, failing to convince the courts that his claims about a stolen election were justified, or uncover any evidence of widespread voter fraud. ¤ They also called for various recounts based on those same unfounded voter fraud claims. A number of states conducted recounts in the months after the election, though none of them revealed any fraud substantial enough to have changed the outcome of the vote in any state.

While Trump Jr. was publicly pushing various voter fraud conspiracy theories and generally casting doubt about the results in states like Pennsylvania and Georgia, his text to Meadows reveals there were other ideas being discussed privately. ¤ Specifically, Trump Jr. previews a strategy to supplant authentic electors with fake Republican electors in a handful of states. That plan was eventually orchestrated and carried out by allies of the former President, and overseen by his then-attorney Rudy Giuliani.

In his text to Meadows, Trump Jr. identifies two key dates in December that serve as deadlines for states to certify their electoral results and compel Congress to accept them. Though the dates are largely ceremonial, in his text Trump Jr. appears to point to them as potential weaknesses to be exploited by casting doubt on the legitimacy of the election results.

Trump Jr.’s November 5 text to Meadows came as similar notions of faithless electors were starting to percolate publicly on conservative social media. Trump Jr. sent the text to Meadows at 12:51 p.m., just minutes after conservative radio host Mark Levin had tweeted a similar idea and suggested state legislatures have final say on electors.

If secretaries of state were unable to certify the results, Trump Jr. argues in his text to Meadows that they should press their advantage by having Republican-controlled state assemblies “step in” and put forward separate slates of “Trump electors,” he writes. ¤ “Republicans control Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Carolina etc we get Trump electors,” Trump Jr. adds.

Trump Jr.’s text, however, refers to an untested legal theory that state houses are the ultimate authority in elections and can intervene to put forward a different slate of electors than those chosen by the voters, when in reality this is a ceremonial process and the outcome is essentially a foregone conclusion. ¤ The Justice Department and the House committee are both investigating the fake electors plot within the context of what unfolded on January 6 and Trump’s broader effort to overturn the election.

The strategy floated by Trump Jr. is similar to what was outlined by former Texas Governor and Trump Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who texted Meadows on November 4 suggesting three state legislatures ignore the will of their voters and deliver their states’ electors to Trump. ¤ “HERE’s an AGRESSIVE (sic) STRATEGY: Why can t (sic) the states of GA NC PENN and other R controlled state houses declare this is BS (where conflicts and election not called that night) and just send their own electors to vote and have it go to the SCOTUS,” Perry’s text message read. …

Trump Jr. also texts Meadows that Congress could intervene on January 6 and overturn the will of voters if, for some reason, they were unable to secure enough electoral votes to tip the outcome in Trump’s favor using the state-based strategy. ¤ That option, according to Trump Jr.’s text, involves a scenario where neither Biden nor Trump have enough electoral votes to be declared a winner, prompting the House of Representatives to vote by state party delegation, with each state getting one vote. ¤ “Republicans control 28 states Democrats 22 states,” Trump Jr. texts. “Once again Trump wins.” ¤ “We either have a vote WE control and WE win OR it gets kicked to Congress 6 January 2021,” he texts Meadows.

In a series of memos in early January, conservative lawyer John Eastman proposed a variation of that idea. ¤ Eastman’s memo laid out a six-step plan for Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the election for Trump, which included throwing out the results in seven states because they allegedly had competing electors. In fact, no state had actually put forward an alternate slate of electors — there were merely Trump allies claiming without any authority to be electors.

Eastman, who has been subpoenaed by the House select committee and is fighting to keep some of his records secret from investigators, was accused by Carter of likely engaging in a criminal conspiracy with Trump to overturn the election.s “Dr. Eastman has an unblemished record as an attorney and respectfully disagrees with the judge’s findings,” his attorney Charles Burnham said in response to the judge’s ruling.

Trump Jr. ends his November 5 text by calling for a litany of personnel moves to solidify his father’s control over the government by putting loyalists in key jobs and initiate investigations into the Biden family. ¤ “Fire Wray; Fire Fauci,” he texts, referring to FBI Director Christopher Wray and White House coronavirus adviser Anthony Fauci. Trump Jr. then proposes making former acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell interim head of the FBI and having then-Attorney General Bill Barr “select Special prosecutor on HardDrivefromHell Biden crime family.”

As Trump refused to concede in the days and weeks after the 2020 election, rumors swirled that he was still considering firing Wray, along with several other top officials with whom he had grown frustrated. ¤ Trump and his allies sharply criticized Wray for failing to produce information that they claimed would be harmful to the President’s political enemies, including Biden. CNN previously reported that the prospect of Trump firing Wray hung over the FBI for weeks, dating to before Election Day.

While Wray remains in his post and Barr resigned in mid-December 2020 without naming a special prosecutor to investigate the Bidens, Trump Jr.’s text underscores just how precarious the situation at DOJ was in the immediate aftermath of the election. ¤ The same is true for Trump Jr.’s recommendation that Meadows replace Wray with Grenell, someone who not only lacked the usual qualifications to lead the FBI but also had a proven track record of doing the former President’s bidding. …

WaPo: Proud Boys leader admits plan to storm Capitol, will testify against others http://wapo.st/3DVYJmn
// Charles Donohoe pleaded guilty to conspiracy, acknowledging an attempt to stop congressional confirmation of the electoral college vote

Substack, Timothy Snyder: Russia’s genocide handbook http://bit.ly/3uWwGPi Analysis of the article “What should Russia do with Ukraine?” by Timofey Sergeytsev which appeared in the Russian state-owned propaganda news agency RIA Novosti on 4/5/2022
// The evidence of atrocity and of intent mounts

💙 EuromaidanPress (2014): How Moscow hijacked the history of Kyivan Rus’ http://bit.ly/3vzdIAx Ukraine’s history is older and more European than Russia’s (more correctly “Muscovite”) whose “psychology absorbed many characteristics [of] the Tatar-Mongol instincts”

⭕ 7 Apr 2022

State[.]gov: Disarming Disinformation: Our Shared Responsibility http://bit.ly/3xAerSX

🐣 RT @thehill In a 100-0 vote, the Senate passed a package to end normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus and codify the administration’s ban on Russian oil imports, capping off weeks of negotiations that had stalled the legislation. http://hill.cm/mBkdGak

🐣 📊 RT @Axios 70% of all U.S. respondents in a new Pew Research survey now consider Russia to be an enemy, compared to 41% in January. ¤ Go deeper https://trib.al/91ggLYT

BylineTimes, Sian Norris and Heidi Cuda: Russian Oligarch Behind Global Anti-Rights Campaign Indicted http://bit.ly/3NY81Tq Konstantin Malofeyev “is connected to a range of European and US anti-abortion and anti-LGBTIQ movements”

Konstantin Malofeyev, the Russian oligarch responsible for millions in anti-rights funding across Europe, has been indicted by the US Justice Department’s KleptoCapture Taskforce for evading sanctions. ¤ The indictment represents the first US charges against a Russian oligarch since the Ukraine invasion.

The indictment was announced by US Attorney General Merrick Garland on 6 April, who said that millions of dollars had been seized from a Texas account linked to Malofeyev. ¤ Garland also said his department is collecting evidence of war crimes.

Malofeyev had been sanctioned by the US and the European Union after he was accused of being one of the main sources of funding for pro-Russian occupying forces in Crimea in 2014.

“I think it is great that the New York State Department indicted this Russian hooligan who is clearly one of Putin’s most prominent propagandists,” Martin Sheil, retired Internal Revenue Service criminal investigator, told Byline Times. “I applaud the seizure of bank funds from the Texas bank account referenced as belonging to Malofeyev”. …

The oligarch’s indictment follows the arrest in London of his former staff member, American TV producer Jack Hanick.

The former Fox News employee was hired by Malofeyev to run his Tsargrad TV project – a Russian TV channel that ran disinformation, platformed known conspiracy theorists such as Alex Jones, and employed Aleksandr Dugin as its editorial lead. Dugin’s far-right philosophy has been influential on Russian President Vladimir Putin, leading to him being given the nickname ‘Putin’s Rasputin’.

Malofeyev is connected to a range of European and US anti-abortion and anti-LGBTIQ movements via his organisation the St Basil The Great Charitable Foundation. His staff member Alexey Komov is on the board of CitizenGO – a global anti-gender campaigning organisation founded in Spain – and is the Russian representative of the World Congress of Families.

The latter organisation’s President, Brian Brown, is a US anti-abortion, anti-LGBTIQ activist best known for campaigning against equal marriage. In 2014, Malofeyev and a fellow sanctioned oligarch Vladimir Yakunin were involved in organising the Congress event in Russia. Sanctions led to its cancellation, although an event titled the Forum for Large Families and the Future of Humanity took its place.

Guests to the event included UK and US anti-rights activists such as Brown, Sharon Slater from Family Watch International, Terrance McKeegan – the legal adviser to the Holy See Mission to the UN – and Donald Feder from the World Congress of Families.

The Forum, and Malofeyev’s links to WCF and CitizenGO, show ongoing close connections between the US and Russian anti-abortion, anti-LGBTIQ movements, even after Russia’s invasion of Crimea in 2014.

On the same day Malofeyev was indicted, the FBI in collaboration with U.S. Department of State’s Transnational Organised Crime (TOC) Rewards Programme offered a substantial reward for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of the alleged leader of the Russian mafia, Semion Mogilevich. Mogilevich, nicknamed “The Brainy Don,” was indicted for allegedly defrauding thousands of investors out of more than $150 million.

It’s understood that Mogilevich and Putin have a “good relationship” and the crime boss lives in Russia. The FSB defector Aleksandr Litvinenko, who was poisoned in London in 2006, linked Mogilevich to his assassination.

Seven years earlier, The Guardian described Mogilevich as typifying “the new global criminal… these men don’t rob banks, they buy them. They take full advantage of globalisation, ill-equipped law enforcement and lax money-laundering laws..as their onshore gateway”. …

🐣 RT @Julie_Vit The private jet linked to Wagner Group’s Yevgeny Prigozhin is being held at Luton airport. Open source logs for the jet show it regularly flies in and out of the Libyan city of Benghazi, where the Kremlin-backed warlord Khalifa Haftar is based.
⋙ TheTimes [UK]: Private jet linked to Wagner Group’s Yevgeny Prigozhin seized at Luton airport http://bit.ly/3JjhpgU
// Investigators are trying to untangle the shadowy history of a private jet which was detained last weekend on the suspicion of being linked to the Putin crony

🔄 Dkos, CajsaLilliehook: Republican Sexual Predators, Abusers, and Enablers Pt. 1 of 26 and counting http://bit.ly/3NUNX46 Each Part is a List with links, with a total of 675 to date! Link to Part 26: http://bit.ly/3uhC5S7 I was hoping someone would create a list like this!

WaPo: Trump deflects blame for Jan. 6 silence, says he wanted to march to Capitol http://wapo.st/376pd8t “The crowd was far bigger than I even thought. I believe it was the largest crowd I’ve ever spoken to … But this was a tremendous crowd” – Trump (still all about crowd size)
// The former president struck a defiant posture and repeated false claims in an interview with The Washington Post

🐣 RT @maxbearak Bucha is worse than initially feared. Russian soldiers there used the city as an arena for a depraved blood sport of torture, execution and mutilation. As investigators sweep through to process the bodies, that cruelty is coming into focus. W/ @leloveluck
WaPo: In Bucha, the scope of Russian barbarity is coming into focus http://wapo.st/3JjGh8i
// Police, local officials and regular citizens start the grim task of clearing Bucha of the hundreds of corpses decomposing on streets and in parks, apartment buildings and other locations

The name of this city is already synonymous with the month-long carnage that Russian soldiers perpetrated here. ¤ But the scale of the killings and the depravity with which they were committed are only just becoming apparent as police, local officials and regular citizens start the grim task of clearing Bucha of the hundreds of corpses decomposing on streets and in parks, apartment buildings and other locations.

As a team from the district prosecutor’s office moved slowly through Bucha on Wednesday, investigators uncovered evidence of torture before death, beheading and dismemberment, and the intentional burning of corpses. …

🐣 RT @SecBlinken The @UN General Assembly has voted to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council. Russia will not retain @UN_HRC membership after showing blatant disrespect for human rights in its brutal war against Ukraine.

🧵 RT @mattia_n Russia is planning to destroy #Ukraine by making it unlivable. For over 40 days, Russian forces deliberately targeted critical energy infrastructure, from power plants to oil, fuel and gas production and distribution. The map shows targets as of last week. /1
📌🌎 https://twitter.com/mattia_n/status/1512169446638501889?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @andrewsweiss Utterly devastating piece about Russian society’s silence about the war in Ukraine by my Moscow-based colleague @AndrKolesnikov
📌 https://twitter.com/andrewsweiss/status/1512178531752624138?s=20
⋙ ⋙ 🐣 RT @AndrKolesnikov Passive conformity is no less terrible than active and aggressive conformity. The nation follows Putin like the blind leading the blind. My take on Gleichschaltung, Russian style.
⋙⋙⋙ CarnegieEndow, Andrei Kolesnikov: How Silent Assent Made Bucha Possible http://bit.ly/3rbwDhx
// Summary: Those who approve or stay silent bear, at the very least, collective responsibility for what is happening in their own country and what the state is doing.

⋙ 🐣 RT @andrewsweiss Gleichschaltung: the act, process or policy of achieving rigid/total coordination & uniformity by forcibly repressing or eliminating independence and freedom of thought, action, or expression; forced reduction to a common level; forced standardization or assimilation
⋙ Kolesnikov explains how the Putin system’s “ideology is entirely lacking in any positive content. It has no positive goals or image of the desired future. The whole identity of Putinists is based on something negative, and so militarism is an important part of it.”
⋙ This is reflected in public opinion on how Russian citizens think about their govt: “Killing & violence are being heroicized. The main institutions of trust are becoming institutions of violence: the army & the FSB. All of this is blessed by the Russian Orthodox Church.”
⋙ Kolesnikov explains how Putin’s constant falsehood that “Russians and Ukrainians are one people” has been irreparably destroyed by this senseless war.
⋙ But what is the average citizen’s responsibility for the fact “Russia has been cast back into the same moral state as during the most repressive and paranoid years of the Stalinist terror, when denouncing another person was considered a virtue and a duty, when black was white”?
⋙ Kolesnikov:”Normal feelings for a normal citizen of the Russian Federation are a dreadful internal inferno of horror and shame. Shame for what Putin has done, and for the boneheaded obduracy with which many of our compatriots support him, profaning the very concept of patriotism”

🐣 📋 RT @BBCYaldaHakim Excellent interview by @markaustintv with Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov and this extraordinary admission “We have significant losses of troops and it’s a huge tragedy for us” ¤ According to Ukraine’s Armed Forces, Russia had lost around 18,900 soldiers since the war began
⋙ 🐣 RT @SkyNews Dmitry Peskov maintained the whole situation in Bucha, where photos show many murdered Ukrainian civilians, was a “well-staged insinuation, nothing else” https://trib.al/XIEcbX1

💽 RT @InnaSovsun The legendary band @pinkfloyd remixed Ukrainian folk song in support of #Ukraine. They recorded the feat together with the leader of the Ukrainian band Boombox Andriy Khlyvnyuk, who is currently defending Ukraine in the #Kyiv Territorial Defense.Thanks

🐣 RT @petestrzok Tell me again how carefully Barr reviewed the Mueller Report. ¤ The fact that Barr’s summary of Russia’s attack on the 2016 elections was simply a “hack and dump” tells you everything you need to know about the addled FoxNews brain mush the man carried around in his head while AG.
⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar Bill Barr tells Larry Kudlow that media outlets not reporting on Hunter’s laptop in 2020 was worse than Russia interfering in the 2016 election
💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1512169979050921986?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @January6thCmte “We have conducted more than 830 interviews and depositions… Those witnesses didn’t hide behind thin claims of executive privilege. Those witnesses followed the law. They did their patriotic duty. ¤ Mr. Scavino and Mr. Navarro didn’t show up.”-Chair @BennieGThompson

🐣 RT @ BREAKING: we just filed, on behalf of a group of Arizona voters, new 14.3 challenges to the eligibility of Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs, and Mark Finchem to appear on the 2022 ballot. The mandate of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment must be followed. @FSFP
⋙ NYT: Legal Effort Expands to Disqualify Republicans as ‘Insurrectionists’ http://nyti.ms/3v5poc8
// New lawsuits target Representatives Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs, as well as Mark Finchem, a candidate for Arizona secretary of state, claiming they are barred from office under the 14th Amendment.

🐣 RT @JohnBonifaz NEW from Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg: The Office’s investigation concerning former President Donald J. Trump, The Trump Organization, and its leadership is ongoing.
Full statement here 🔽
⋙ ManhattanDA: Statement by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg on Ongoing Investigation Concerning The Trump Organization http://bit.ly/3LLHeYv

WaPo: Germany intercepts Russian talk of indiscriminate killings in Ukraine http://wapo.st/36UuEYl

⭕ 6 Apr 2022

💙 TIME, Peter Pomerantsev: Ukraine Is Our Past and Our Future http://bit.ly/3v4OM1N “Ukraine is the place where the invisible is surfaced, where the suppressed will be remembered, where horror is made into meaning. For their freedom and ours.”

[T]he invasion of Ukraine should mean a new understanding of why and how democracies can act together, quickly and ruthlessly, to compete with the aggressive actions of a Russia or a China. The dictatorships will no doubt form their own networks, and that could lead to a new type of mutual deterrence and a chance at stability.

Once again, Ukraine is making us rethink our values, our laws, our policies, our defense. This war is not just a problem you can localize to Russia-Ukraine. There’s an increasingly coordinated network of dictatorships and soft authoritarians who think the 21st century belongs to them. Working out how to help Ukraine win is the first step to fathom this defining question. As so many times a global fault-line in our thinking, one that we wanted to ignore, is being made apparent in Ukraine. The Ukrainian writer Igor Pomerantsev once defined poetry as a bat flying through the night suddenly illuminated in the flashlight of our focus. That metaphor can apply to politics as well. Ukraine is the place where the invisible is surfaced, where the suppressed will be remembered, where horror is made into meaning. For their freedom and ours.

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom Russian patriots love Russia, unless it involves actually living in Russia and raising their children in Russia
⋙ 🐣 RT @PaulSonne Lavrov’s daughter, who was sanctioned by Treasury today, was born in the U.S., went to school at the private Dwight School in New York and graduated from Barnard. This will have a substantive impact on her life.

🧵 RT @barbarastarrcnn Breaking from CNN NATSEC team: The US now believes “it will be able to identify the Russian units” that carried out the atrocities in Bucha, Ukraine, according to a US official familiar with the latest information.
📌 https://twitter.com/barbarastarrcnn/status/1511759000429289472?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @barbarastarrcnn Identification of those involved “is an extremely high priority now” for the US intelligence community, official says. US using all avail intel means to help Ukraine identify who conducted atrocities.
⋙ 🐣 RT @barbarastarrcnn The US is also analyzing possible indicators that more than one Russian unit or group of fighters was in Bucha during the time the atrocities occurred.
⋙ 🐣 RT @barbarastarrcnn “I would just tell you, just looking at the imagery, when you see individuals with their hands tied behind their backs, and evidence of being shot in the head, that certainly appears to be premeditated, appears to be planned.”senior defense official–different than first official

🐣 RT @SecBlinken We are implementing sanctions on two of the largest Russian financial institutions, designating the adult children of President Putin, the wife and adult child of Foreign Minister Lavrov, and 21 members of Russia’s National Security Council, including former President Medvedev.

🐣 RT @PaulaChertok Polish president said it’s hard to deny Russian forces are committing genocide in Ukraine. ¤ Duda said atrocities in Bucha show Russia’s “denazification” propaganda was a pretext to invade Ukraine, massacre civilians & extinguish the Ukrainian nation.
⋙ CNN: Polish president said it’s ‘hard to deny’ genocide in Ukraine after images of civilians killed emerge http://cnn.it/3r7yX9r

MaddowShow (Ali Velshi): Timothy Snyder:
● More Ukrainian civilians died in WW2 than Russian civilians; plus many soldiers
● Timofey Sergeytsev article [Below]: Not propaganda aa much as perverted hate speech
● Russia using “Nazi” as a term stripped of content, means general condemnation, “not Russian,” “not us,” “other people”
● “Empire” means the other side has no state, no nation

🐣 RT @ChasPeeps As Timothy Snyder, author of ‘On Tyranny’ points out, we know when we live in a one party state when the party in power spends more time, effort & money on rigging the rules & electoral system than it does on developing policies that are popular enough to deliver victory.

WaPo: Right-wing Azov Battalion emerges as a controversial defender of Ukraine http://wapo.st/371CWgT
// By Sudarsan Raghavan [interviewed by Velshi], Loveday Morris, Claire Parker and David L. Stern
// Militia with far-right views says it welcomes all volunteers, regardless of ideology, in the fight against Russia

📋 Infoukes, Andrew Gregorovich: World War II in Ukraine: Total Losses by Country http://bit.ly/3NTRUWJ
// 1/31/2001; possibly a stretch

In conclusion it seems reasonable to estimate that because of the German occupation and the Soviet repression from 1939 to 1945 during World War II, that Ukraine lost about 10,000,000 citizens or one Ukrainian out of four. It is reasonably estimated that about 50 million people perished in the world because of World War II which means 20 per cent of all the victims were Ukrainians. In this figure are about 600,000 Ukrainian Jews.

🐣 RT @PaulaChertok Amazing. There are so many people who committed crimes in the January6 attack on the US Capitol, DOJ doesn’t have enough lawyers to bring all the cases. The FBI is literally sitting on 100s of cases, waiting for lawyers to prosecute them, @ryanjreilly reports for @NBCNews #inners

💙 Haaretz, Ksenia Svetlova: Russia’s Chilling Manifesto for Genocide in Ukraine http://bit.ly/3LJZGkf
// ‘The fascist manifesto: Amid revelations of war crimes in Bucha and elsewhere, this is what a recent article by a pro-Putin propagandist [Timofey Sergeytsev in RIA Novosti] tells us about what Russia really means by the ‘denazification’ of Ukraine

“The peculiarity of modern, nazified Ukraine is in its formlessness and ambivalence, which disguises Nazism as a desire for ‘independence’ and a ‘European’ (Western, pro-American) path of ‘development’…The denazification of Ukraine is also its inevitable de-Europeanization…’Ukronazism’ poses a much bigger threat to the world and Russia than the Hitler version of German Nazism.” Timofei Sergeitsev, “What Russia should do to Ukraine,” RIA Novosti, 3 April 2022 (English translation here)

The Russian government and its propaganda machine has not, and will not, acknowledge any of the atrocities perpetrated by Russian soldiers in Ukraine – in Mariupol, Bucha, Berdyanka or anywhere else. 

First of all, according to the Kremlin, there is no war going on in Ukraine. Second of all – the Russians soldiers there only hit military targets, and as for destroyed cities and slain citizens – they’re the cynical manipulations of the Ukrainian army or local defense battalions who committed those actions themselves in an attempt to defame Russia’s good name. 

So when the whole world, horrified by the war crimes revealed in Bucha, asks: “What is next for Russia?” weighing more sanctions and punitive actions against Moscow, the Russian leadership is focused on a parallel question: What’s next for Ukraine?

Whoever thought that failing to blitz Kyiv into submission would derail President Vladimir Putin from his original plan, to return the disobedient Ukraine to its natural subjugation under Russian wings, must revisit their assumptions. Over the last few days, Russia’s propaganda operation has escalated its efforts to explain the logic beyond this “special military operation.” 

An op-ed published by RIA Novosti (Russia’s state-owned domestic news agency) written by Timofei Sergeitsev, a writer and a filmmaker who once used to consult for Ukraine’s pro-Russian presidents Leonid Kuchma (1999) and Victor Yanukovich (2004), offers a brutal manifesto for Russia’s plan for Ukraine: a horrifying view of an imperialist ideology that calls not only for denazification, but also for de-Ukrainization and  eventually, the dismemberment of Ukraine, “brought back within its natural boundaries and stripped of political functionality.”

While Putin’s references to denazification in his last speech just days before the war were rather vague (was he referring to the Ukrainian government? To specific Ukrainian battalions, like Azov or Aydar?) Sergeitsev is both specific, and comprehensive, about whom the Nazis are and how hard Russia has to hit them.

Sergeitsev explains in his propaganda master-class that: “Denazification is necessary when a significant part of the people, very likely its majority, has been cowed by the Nazi regime and drawn into its political agenda. That is, when the hypothesis ‘the people are good – it’s the government that’s bad’ does not work.”

He describes at length, how (unlike Georgia or the Baltic states) “the modern Ukrainian nation state is a failure,” because any attempt to build such a state will lead to Nazism. “Ukrainism is an artificial anti-Russian construction that lacks any civilizational substance.”  

During the last few years, Sergeitsev has written numerous op-eds about Ukraine and the danger that it presents to the Russian state and the Russian people.

He is a regular guest on the talk shows of Vladimir Soloviev, a top Putin propagandist who has made it on to the EU and U.S. sanctions list. He likes to call Ukraine “country 404,” a riff on the internet error message that appears when a link leads to a page or resource that does not exist, in order to imply that Ukraine is a fiction that doesn’t exist in real life. 

And who is to decide whether Ukraine is a successful or a failed state, and thus whether it deserves a national identity, individual freedoms and sovereignty? ¤ It’s Russia, says Sergeitsev, echoing the country’s own leaders – Putin and former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev. The latter said just recently that “Deep Ukrainianism, fueled by anti-Russian poison and all-consuming lies about its identity, is one big fake,” and continued: Ukraine has become “the Third Reich” and will share its fate. Sergeitsev declares that Russia will be the post-war “guardian of the Nuremberg Trials.”

According to this ideology, the soldiers who fight today against Ukrainians are not fighting against humans but against Nazis, and since a large portion of population voted for its government (called by Sergeitsev, Soloviev and others, “Bandera’s gang,” after the WWII Ukrainian nationalist who allied then broke with Hitler) it is equally infested by the Nazi bacillus. 

The horrifying outcome of this logic is that the civilian population, immutable collaborators with Nazism, cannot and must not be spared, just as civilians weren’t spared during the firebombing of Dresden at the end of WWII. Putin, who served in Dresden as a KGB officer, often speaks about Dresden. He knows the story well.   

After dehumanizing Ukrainians (Russia’s key propaganda goal), denying them the right to an unique identity different from a Russian one, after justifying atrocities (“the punishment must be harsh”) and glorifying repression, re-education and Ukrainian suffering (“tragedies and dramas are good for those nations seduced to become Russia’s enemy”), Sergeitsev finally explains what Russia – an imperial power tasked with “decolonizing Ukraine,” in his own words, and a state unashamed to flaunt its strength – needs to do to Ukraine next. 

The only way to control Ukraine and its inherently Nazi character is to dismember it. The east of the country should be annexed by Russia, while “the Catholic regions,” western Ukraine, “will remain hostile to Russia, but it will be neutral and demilitarized, and Nazism will be banned there. The haters of Russia will go there.”

And what would “guarantee” the quietist subjugation of rump Ukraine and its compliance with Russian diktats? The “threat of an immediate continuation of the military operation,” says Sergeitsev. He also speculates whether ensuring a neutral, and neutralized, residual Ukraine may require “a permanent Russian military presence on its territory.” 

No Marshall Plan for Ukraine sponsored by the West must be allowed. No process of Westernization, no return to Europe, can take place after the war. Ukraine must (in language somewhat reminiscent of the Iranian Revolution’s ideologists) “free itself from the intoxication, temptation, and dependence of the so-called European choice.”

Moscow has scripted a different future for Ukraine: To join an alternative, but as yet imaginary, axis, that Medvedev envisions as an “open Eurasia, from Lisbon to Vladivostok.”  

This manifesto of hatred, that integrates many features of fascism, resonates with the ideas and assumptions that have floated around in public discourse during the last few years in Russia. While Sergeitsev’s piece isn’t an actual Kremlin action plan, military and political, for Ukraine, it reveals much about how the ideologists and supporters of this war envisage the post-war future – a crushed, dismembered, hollowed out Ukraine lacking any political will, cultural identity, army or independence.

How long will the war in Ukraine last? How long is Russia prepared to dig in? Will the imminent, and highly resonant anniversary next month – May 9th, Victory Day over Nazi Germany – trigger further Russian military escalation beyond conventional weapons?

Timofei Sergeitsev’s op-ed leaves no room for optimism: Russia sees Ukraine as a battleground not only for tanks and missiles, but for an ideological war between Moscow and the collective West. The stakes are existential for Moscow, and therefore for the sake of victory in this war anything can (be allowed) to happen – torture, murder and even genocide. 

Russia, under Putin, will not rest until it can broadcast an image of its victory over “the Nazis” and forcefully expand its sphere of influence. As long as Putin’s regime stays in power, Ukraine and Ukrainians will not be safe. It is just as doubtful whether Kyiv will even be allowed to recover.

The question is what will happen if Russia can’t achieve this goal using conventional weapon. Its propagandists aren’t shy of reminding the world that Russia always has other, even more frightful and devastating options.

⋙ Ksenia Svetlova, a former member of the Knesset, is director of the Israel-Middle East program at Mitvim – the Israeli institute for Regional Foreign Policy, and a policy fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy at Reichmann University. She is the author of “On High Heels through the Middle East” (Pardes, 2021). Twitter: @KseniaSvetlova

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Medium, Mariia Kravchenko: What should Russia do with Ukraine? [Translation of a propaganda article by a Russian publication] http://bit.ly/3LPzapt
// Disclaimer: What you are about to read is a direct translation of an article written by a russian propagandist. This is what real #Russia wants. Please read and share. This text will soon be translated into other languages so that everyone in the world can read about Russia’s crimes. ¤ The original article in Russian is here. In case of deletion — a link to the web archive.

[ Introduction: ] This is the article that was published by the Russian state-owned news agency RIA Novosti (Russian: РИА Новости). This media through the years was one of the main voices of Russian propaganda and fake news. ¤ RIA Novosti is known for its systematic support of the Kremlin, violation of journalistic standards and works according to so-called “temnik” (directives and agendas from the government). The position in this article corresponds to the position of Russia.
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This particular article is an indication of the Russian main narrative right now. RIA Novosti is trying to hide Russian crimes and spread cynical lies about the Ukrainian army, but also to provide media support for a full-scale program of destroying independent Ukraine.
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How does it work? Russians state the facts about cities that were destroyed and civilians that were tortured and murdered. They are talking about Mariupol (a city as big as Edinburgh, Florence, or Lyon) that was almost wiped out, as well as Odesa, Mykolaiv, and Kharkiv — cities under bombardment. They mention the horrors of Bucha, where hundreds of people were murdered and tortured to death. They are talking about 161 children that died in Ukraine during these 40 days. However, they claim that it was the Ukrainian army that committed all these war crimes.
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The author, a Russian political technologist, also has the audacity to talk about the Soviet occupation of Ukraine. He is trying to support Putin’s narrative about Ukraine as an artificial country. Instead, the world should remember that the Soviet Union terrorized Ukraine for almost a century with forced collectivization, Great Purge, Terror-Famine (Holodomor), forced deportation, etc. ¤ In this article, the author is describing ways how Russians want to wipe out Ukraine in the same way the Soviet regime did it.
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It’s important to spread this article. The Russian war should be stopped now. It was supposed to be stopped 8 years ago when it only began. 71% of Russians feel proud about this war. 75.5% of Russians approve of the idea of a military invasion of the next country and believe that it should be Poland. According to respondents, this is a logical continuation of the so-called “military special operation of the Russian Federation”. ¤ The world should be aware of Russian methods, crimes, and plans. Putin will not stop until he is stopped.

[ Article by Timofey Sergeytsev follows ] […]

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews In case you thought this was just a random dumb thought that ran through the mind of one Kremlin propagandist… there is a pattern. They were all instructed to claim that Biden called Putin a butcher, because the West was pre-planning the Bucha massacre.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Russian state TV host Olga Skabeeva speculated that the town was chosen for an elaborate Western “fabrication” simply because of its name: “Biden said that Putin is a butcher. Bucha sounds like “butcher.” How could they not take advantage of such a town?”
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Putin’s Minions Demand Grotesque ‘Rewards’ for Mass Killers: ¤ “During war, we need to support the Russian warrior.” ¤ After the Bucha massacre shocked the world, the Kremlin’s henchmen push for pay raises and debt forgiveness for Russia’s murderous troops.
⋙⋙⋙ DailyBeast, Julia Davis: Putin’s Minions Demand Grotesque ‘Rewards’ for Mass Killers in Ukraine http://bit.ly/3x6cQ7b
// 4/4/2022; After a massacre in a Ukrainian city shocked the world, the Kremlin’s henchmen are now pushing for pay raises and debt forgiveness for those perpetuating the country’s bloodshed.

🐣 RT @ianbremmer germany risks a recession if they cut off all russian gas exports immediately ¤ probably a 3% hit to gdp ¤ it’s a real cost ¤ but nothing compared to what ukrainians are experiencing ¤ increasingly untenable to justify in the face of russia’s war crimes

WaPo, Timothy Snyder: By denying a Ukrainian culture, Putin flattens his own http://wapo.st/3ueY2RE
// What is ‘Russia,’ with all creativity and dissent crushed and only conformity remaining?

In his 1926 poem “Debt to Ukraine,” Vladimir Mayakovsky wrote: “It’s hard to crush people into one. Don’t raise yourself so high.” After all, the poet continued: “Do we know the Ukrainian night? No, we do not know the Ukrainian night.” But Vladimir Putin wants to crush people into one. He says God told him that Ukrainian souls are Russian. History revealed to him that Ukraine strives to be one with Russia; the very language he speaks entitles him to invade any country where Russian is spoken. An official Russian news service removed any ambiguity a few days ago, publishing a text advocating the complete elimination of the Ukrainian nation as such. And so Ukraine must be crushed, and anyone who thinks or speaks of Ukraine must be eliminated.

By way of these deep misunderstandings, Putin has placed the Ukrainian nation at the center of world history, for everyone to see. A Ukrainian actor, Volodymyr Zelensky, is now one of the most recognizable people on Earth. Putin’s invasion made visible not only that courageous, democratically elected president but also functional institutions, an impressive civil society, and journalists, activists and musicians who appear on our television screens and in our newspapers.

Matters are murkier in Putin’s Russia. A war based upon a big lie is also hard on its culture of origin. Everyone is looking at the Russian nation — or perhaps, rather, for it. What does it do to a society to invade a neighbor, which it claims to love, on the basis of bottomless self-deception? Americans have not yet recovered from the lies they told about Iraq two decades ago, and the Russian deception campaign runs far deeper. How are Russian parents altered when they deny to their children in Ukraine that any war is taking place? What sort of nation makes war and then forbids the use of the very word?

This is Putin’s war, but it is far too simple to say that it is only his war. It is made in the name of Russia, and the killing and maiming and abducting and deporting of Ukrainians are being done by tens of thousands of Russian citizens. As north-central Ukraine is liberated by its own citizens, hundreds of corpses of Ukrainian civilians are found in Bucha and other towns, in positions that suggest atrocities including rape, torture and execution. “This is how the Russian state will now be perceived,” Zelensky said. “Your culture and human appearance perished together with the Ukrainian men and women to whom you came.” Massacres seem to be a normal Russian occupation practice. Even as Russians are committing war crimes that violate Ukraine’s right to exist, Russians are told (and often seem to believe) that they are refighting the Second World War and resisting Nazis. That is a very big lie, and big lies do lasting damage.

The active suppression of freedom of speech and assembly turns a culture toward the abyss. It takes labor to produce unceasing televised propaganda and suppress other media. The last few sources of actual war reporting in Russia have disappeared. It takes violence by thousands of Russians to suppress those with a mind and the will to speak it in public. Russians reading poems are arrested. Russians who carry signs with Bible passages are arrested. Russians who carry signs with only asterisks are arrested. Russians wearing hats in blue and yellow, the colors of the Ukrainian flag, are arrested. Russians who carry anti-fascist signs are arrested.

Putin’s police know that anyone talking seriously about fascism is talking about him. Fascism claims to glorify the nation, but it moves a society toward entirely generic behavior, stimulated by a pattern of threat and release from threat. In regime propaganda videos, the police are the protagonists: First their presence inspires fear, then you are meant to feel relief as you realize that the police are on your side so long as you conform in advance to the regime’s demands. In one such video, police sprint from their van toward a group. The viewer is supposed to feel alarmed: The officers are going to beat the crowd! Instead, police and civilians all lock arms to form a giant Z, the symbol of the invasion. Good: The senseless violence is not directed against you but against Ukrainians. Everyone relax. ¤ Is that culture?

Like Hitler’s swastika, the Z the Kremlin uses has no inherent significance. It functions as a stand-in for culture: You display this meaningless symbol to buy time for excuses for mass murder that you will think up later. You pin ribbons with the symbol on your clothes so you do not have to say anything with your mouths. You form a letter with your bodies as an act of loyalty to an undefined cause. You are expressing your readiness to accept that definition, whatever it might turn out to be — you are obeying in advance. You write the Z on the doors of people who think otherwise in order to threaten them.

The rest of us can measure the staggering courage of individual Russian protesters and dissenters against that silencing violence of empty ritual. These Russians create culture by expressing themselves and acting unpredictably, and so they are immediately repressed. Public culture has collapsed as the talented flee or are punished. Educational culture is under threat as schoolchildren and university students are fed war propaganda and as aspiring teachers are denied courses in social sciences and world literature.

Ukraine is a bilingual country where people switch freely between Ukrainian and Russian. At present, Ukraine is the world’s most important shelter for Russian-language creativity. A single line of one of Zelensky’s appeals to Russians has more vitality than the entirety of Russian television since the war began. Putin is not protecting Russian speakers, as he claims; he is killing them. Most of the possibly thousands of Ukrainians killed in the total destruction of Mariupol spoke Russian as a first language. Putin has claimed that Russians in the West or those who somehow think like Westerners are scum, traitors and insects. What then is left? When culture isolates itself, it ceases to exist. The associated procedures of denunciation, persecution and conformism generate a culture of sorts, but a sadly generic one that has nothing specifically to do with the country where they take place.

A culture has to involve unpredictable encounters. Russian culture up to now has been deeply involved with Poland, with Germany, with the United States, with everything that it now defines as alien and untouchable. Putin complains that Russian culture has been “canceled” by the West. “They’re now engaging in the cancel culture, even removing Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff from posters,” he said. “Russian writers and books are now canceled.” He has reached peak tyranny, and therefore peak irony.

It is true that some Western performances of Russian works have been canceled. Yet this is a reaction to an entirely unprovoked war of destruction. And the word “canceled” trivializes what Putin himself has done to Russian culture by silencing his own country, seeking to destroy Ukraine and calling Russians abroad scum. Culture arises from contact, and contact requires humility. In the poem by Mayakovsky, who was Russian, culture arises when we understand our haughtiness toward others as a mask of ignorance. An encounter is only an encounter when we do not know just how the other person will react. Freedom of speech does not mean that everyone in your country starts to make giant alphabet shapes with their bodies when you say so. Putin’s freedom of speech is not violated if Ukrainians act according to their own convictions and resist him.

The actions of Ukrainians during this terrible war have inspired respect — and humility. Would we be so calm, so articulate, so resolute? Americans and the West in general have been right to listen to the Ukrainians — to their desire to exist as a nation and as a state, to their conviction that they can prevail. This is an encounter, one that we did not expect, one whose consequences are unpredictable. In this sense, we all owe a debt to Ukraine.

So does Russia. Much as American culture is unthinkable without English culture, Russian culture is unthinkable without Ukraine’s. Kyiv and Chernihiv, cities that Russia is shelling, were homes to schools that provided educated priests, professionals and bureaucrats to a Russian empire where such people were in high demand. All of Russian literature, goes the saying, came from Gogol — and Gogol came from Ukraine. Russia will now owe an even greater debt to Ukraine. The sooner Ukraine wins this war, the greater the chance that Russian culture will survive.

NYT: U.S. Says It Secretly Removed Malware Worldwide, Pre-empting Russian Cyberattacks http://nyti.ms/3JiMSQ2
// The operation is the latest effort by the Biden administration to thwart actions by Russia by making them public before Moscow can strike.

NYT: House Votes to Find Two Trump Aides in Contempt in Jan. 6 Inquiry http://nyti.ms/35LBuhY
// The vote was mostly along party lines to recommend that the Justice Department charge Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino Jr. with criminal contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas.

🐣 RT @duty2warn Merrick Garland: “It doesn’t matter how far you sail your yacht, how well you conceal your assets, how cleverly you write your malware or hide your online activity. The DOJ will use every available tool to find you, disrupt your plots and hold you accountable.”

⭕ 5 Apr 2022

TheGuardian: ‘Barbarians’: Russian troops leave grisly mark on town of Trostianets http://bit.ly/3ueajWD
// On a two-day visit, the Guardian found evidence of summary executions, torture and looting

🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Justice Dept. Investigation of Jan. 6 Confronts Sprawling Cast of Characters http://nyti.ms/3v24BpU “The investigation appears to be in its early stages and there is no way of knowing at this point where it may go”
// The wide net being cast by prosecutors as they move beyond charging rioters could encompass scores of potential witnesses from inside and outside of government.

🐣 RT @muellershewrote BREAKING: All 101 John Eastman emails the judge declared violated the work product doctrine and crime fraud exception are now in possession of the 1/6 committee. #Eastman #January6th

🐣 RT @dcexaminer “@Twitter is committed to impartiality in the development and enforcement of its policies and rules,” Twitter said. “Our policy decisions are not determined by the Board or shareholders, and we have no plans to reverse any policy decisions.”
⋙ DCExaminer: Twitter says no plans to reinstate Trump as Elon Musk takes a seat on board http://washex.am/3NQQfkP
// There are no plans to reinstate former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account, the company insisted as Tesla CEO Elon Musk earned a seat on the board

🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “We might not just be talking about war crimes. This is rising to the potential level of consideration of genocide, trying to eliminate the Ukrainians as a people through violence, through deportation, and through political measures” – @brhodes w/ @NicolleDWallace
💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1511468842828111872?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ReutersWorld Ivanka Trump testifies before U.S. Capitol riot committee http://reut.rs/3JcE4LC

🧵 RT @hrw 1/ Human Rights Watch has documented several cases of Russian military forces committing laws-of-war violations against civilians in occupied areas of the Chernihiv, Kharkiv, and Kyiv regions of Ukraine.
📌 https://twitter.com/hrw/status/1511321445519007750?s=20

🐣 RT @DeanObeidallah Many people don’t grasp that just because a person is born and raised in the USA it does NOT mean they support democracy or our Constitution. We see that today with a majority of GOPers who support the Jan 6 attack to overturn 2020 election. Today’s GOP is how democracies Die.

⭕ 4 Apr 2022

💙 HistoryToday, Uilliam Blacker: Ukrainian Tales http://bit.ly/3s7c7PO
// 4/4/2022; “written before invasion”. Since it became its first imperial possession in the 18th century, Russia has denied Ukraine’s national existence, while seeing it as an exotic threat.

🐣 RT @AVindman Good 🧵. This phase of the war, through a summer campaign, will be focused on the east and south. If Ukraine stops them in this phase, the Russian ground forces are toast. It will take months to rebuild basic capabilities.
💙 🧵 RT @MarkHertling The National Security Advisor @jakejsullivan just briefed what might happen next. ¤ His brief fits well into my desire to provide a 🧵 on what both sides face in the next weeks/months. ¤ Key topics: what we’ll see, regeneration, & the battle of attrition that is coming 1/22
📌 https://twitter.com/MarkHertling/status/1511098952933945347?s=20

NYT: Satellite images show bodies lay in Bucha for weeks, despite Russian claims. http://nyti.ms/3NQxCNS

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote I think news that the 1/6 committee is now leaning toward NOT making criminal referrals is because we learned DoJ is investigating the tippy top of the coup, so there’s no need to politicize it by making the referral. The committee may have thought DoJ was waiting for a referral.

🐣 RT @FaceTheNation“I think Putin is really on the ropes here,” H.R. McMaster, former Trump National Security Advisor says on potential risk Pres. Putin would involve NATO countries in the war in Ukraine. ¤ “What does he have left?…Threats.”

🐣 RT @secupp This has been one of the most disorienting, insanity-driving, head-spinning evolutions of the Fox-right and far-right, among so many. To go from “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” to “Why should I hate Putin?” is truly a mind-f*ck.
⋙ 🐣 RT @jaynordlinger I think @DavidAFrench may well agree: For us who came of age in the 1980s, and embraced Reagan conservatism, it has been mind-blowing to see the rise of the right-wing tankie; the purveyor of Kremlin propaganda; the sneerer at a people struggling to hang on to life and freedom.

🐣 RT @StateDept .@StateDeptSpox on Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and conscripting residents of Russia-occupied Crimea: This war is already a strategic failure. In spite of their failure, the Kremlin is doubling down in its brutal and indiscriminate war that it cannot and will not win.

🐣 RT @ #Ukrainian intelligence has published the names, ranks and passport details of #Russian soldiers who fought in #Bucha : http://bit.ly//3DGSNgD

WaPo, Catherine Rampell: This Republican about-face is so much worse than ‘cancel culture’ http://wapo.st/3LHRr8a “In today’s Republican Party, the primary economic role of the state is not to get out of the way. It is, instead, to reward friends and crush political enemies.”
// Trump’s instinct to wield government power against perceived enemies has infected the rest of the right.

🐣 RT @bellingcat This weekend has seen Russian officials, the @mfa_russia and @mod_russia make various attempts to debunk and dismiss videos coming from the town of Bucha. Bellingcat, along with the online community, took a look at those claims.
⋙ Bellingcat, Eliot Higgins: Russia’s Bucha “Facts” Versus the Evidence http://bit.ly/36OCHpx

TheIndependent [UK]: Fox viewers transformed after watching CNN for 30 days, report finds http://bit.ly/3u6tWzN
// Study finds changes in attitudes, policy preferences about Covid-19, then president Donald Trump

🐣 I’ve been watching “Servant of the People,” the comedy show Zelenskyy starred in. It’s on Netflix (or DVD)(subtitles). It is much better than I expected: lol funny as well as wise about history and politics. Excellent production; great theme song. #HighlyRec

🐣 RT @McFaul Putin has escalated his barbaric killing in Bucha. The West must respond by escalating our military assistance to Ukraine, including more surface-to-air missile systems, artillery, anti-ship missiles, tanks, and MIG29 fighter jets. And as fast as possible.

🐣 RT @anneapplebaum “Russian troops have laid waste to farmland, destroying agricultural equipment and planting landmines in the rich soil where crops should grow” ¤ ‘Food is a weapon’ said one Soviet apparatchik a century ago. Hunger is a tactic used in Ukraine before.
⋙ Politico.eu: The starvation of a nation: Putin uses hunger as a weapon in Ukraine http://politi.co/3NYfoKH
// The specter of the Holodomor famine of the 1930s is haunting Russia’s war.

.@amyklobuchar Russians are destroying or mining Ukrainian farmland. For this summer at least ALL US farm crops should produce FOOD not FUEL to help prevent a worldwide famine
cc @ChuckGrassley @TinaSmithMN @SecVilsack

🐣 RT @DefenceU The russian nazis declared a war of extermination on Ukraine. The russian state-owned news agency RIA Novosti published a program for the “final solution to the Ukrainian question.” In 30 years, according to the plan, even the memory of Ukraine will be forever destroyed.
⋙ 🐣 RT @DefenceU It calls for the physical destruction of all those who took up arms to defend Ukraine, the entire political and non-russian-oriented cultural elite, as well as total political and economic repressions, and a ban on everything Ukrainian and European.

⭕ 3 Apr 2022

🐣 📋 RT @savagebrandon Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and Justice Amy Coney Barrett were all members of George W. Bush’s legal team to prevent the recount in Florida in 2000 that gave Bush the Electoral College.

🐣 RT @McFaul Putin’s barbaric killing in Bucha requires new sanctions immediately — oil and gas sanctions; all Russian banks out of Swift; all US companies out of Russia, by the end of the week.

🐣 RT @ DAlperovitch Tough message from Zelensky tonight about discovered atrocities in Ukraine: ¤ “This is how the Russian state will now be perceived. This is your image. Your culture and human appearance perished together with the Ukrainian men and women to whom you came”
💽 https://twitter.com/DAlperovitch/status/1510735976901103617?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @LaF3mm3Nikita Zelenskyy’s address to #GRAMMYs audience 🇺🇦💙🇺🇦
⋙ 🐣 RT @Variety Here is Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s pre-taped speech at the #Grammys, introducing a performance for Ukraine from John Legend: “Our musicians wear body armor instead of tuxedos. They sing to the wounded in hospitals.” https://bit.ly/3LCL5Hb
💽 https://twitter.com/LaF3mm3Nikita/status/1510801355333591049?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @golub The history of Russia is a history of endless massacres
‼️⋙ 🧵 RT @ For those surprised by pictures from Bucha, a little 🧵 1570. Ivan the Terrible terminates autonomy of Veliky Novgorod. Women and children were massacred, churches burnt and looted. About 20 thousand people died, numerous were deported. Following famine did the rest.
📌 https://twitter.com/EasyRid04682094/status/1510558112813666304?s=20

🧵 RT @GicAriana There is so much to be absolutely gutted by as this horrifying stage of terrorist Russia’s genocidal war against UKRAINE wears on. ¤ For me, this war isn’t only about grave and gross injustice, it is also deeply personal, directly affecting family and friends, and my life as well.
📌 https://twitter.com/GicAriana/status/1510778085741936640?s=20

🐣 RT @PaulaChertok 💙💛#GRAMMYs just did a tribute to #Ukraine🇺🇦, with @johnlegend performing, a poet refugee from Donbas (where Russia’s war began in 2014), all preceded by an impassioned speech by President @ZelenskyyUa himself! ¤ (Music world put Hollywood to shame, folks. Just sayin)

🐣 RT @mrsorokaa Zelensky on Bucha: ¤ “Hundreds of people were killed. Tortured, executed civilians. Bodies on the streets.“ ¤ “Murderers, torturers, rapists, looters, who call themselves the army, and who deserve only death after what they did.”
💽 https://twitter.com/mrsorokaa/status/1510741135165210630?s=20/photo/1

🐣 📋 RT @mmpadellan These 8 GOP members of Congress still haven’t explained why they spent July 4th in Moscow:
Sen. Daines (MT)
Rep. Granger (TX)
Sen. Hoeven (ND)
Sen. Johnson (WI)
Sen. Kennedy (LA)
Sen. Moran (KS)
Sen. Shelby (AL)
Sen. Thune (SD)
As a patriot, don’t YOU want to know why?

NYT, Katerina Sergatskova: We Will Fight for Every Brick of Ukraine http://nyti.ms/3wVEfbQ “After the war, we will rebuild it all; we will take back our cities and restore what cannot be destroyed — our culture”

🐣 RT @HannaLiubakova In the Mykolaiv region,a 78-year-old man wanted to enroll in the territorial defense. Due to his age,he was refused to join. So he went to the checkpoint and threw a Molotov cocktail into the Grad multiple rocket launcher.The installation burned down. You won’t break the spirit

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Putin’s Russia in a nutshell.
⋙ 🐣 RT @BowmanNancy Shooting dogs, burning a barn full of horses, murdering civilians with their hands tied behind their back, raping girls and women, committing genocide, looting and laughing about it….

🐣 RT @PaulaChertok CNN, on #Bucha🇺🇦: Is this genocide? NATO Chief @jensstoltenberg: It is a brutality against civilians we haven’t seen in Europe for decades. It’s horrific & absolutely unacceptable to target & kill civilians.… I strongly welcome the investigation by International Criminal Court.

🐣 RT @BSBonner McMaster says “utter failure” of Russian army prompted shift in Ukraine https://youtu.be/rhI-h2_1sO0 via @YouTube

🐣 RT @UKRintheUSA President @ZelenskyyUa: “Indeed, this is genocide. The elimination of the whole nation and the people. We are the citizens of Ukraine. We have more than 100 nationalities. This is about the destruction and extermination of all these nationalities”. 1/2
⋙⋙ FaceTheNation: Transcript: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on “Face the Nation,” April 3, 2022 http://cbsn.ws/3NW2ZqD [and video]
⋙ 🐣 RT @UKRintheUSA .@ZelenskyyUa: “We are citizens & we don’t want to be subdued to the policy of russia. This is the reason we are being destroyed & exterminated, & this is happening in the Europe of the 21st century. So this is the torture of the whole nation.” 2/2 @margbrennan @FaceTheNation

🐣 RT @Pontifex Let us #PrayTogether for #peace, thinking of the humanitarian tragedy in war-torn #Ukraine, which continues to be bombarded. Let us not tire of praying and offering assistance to those who suffer! #ApostolicJourney #Malta

🐣 RT @gmfus [German Marshall Fund] “Russia’s barbarian war in Ukraine should serve as a wake-up call to the civilized world, leading to the development of a new security architecture and strengthening international peacekeeping legislation…” writes @O_Prokopenko_IR:
⋙ IPQ: Russia’s War in Ukraine and the Future of Global Security http://bit.ly/3DBmekb
// Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine is the largest security and humanitarian crisis in Europe since World War II. Yet the West is not doing nearly enough to discourage Putin’s deadly ambitions.

🐣 RT @KatiePhang This @hrw article contains descriptions of brutal war crimes committed by Russian soldiers in Ukraine. ¤ All should be prosecuted.
⋙ HumanRightsWatch: Ukraine: Apparent War Crimes in Russia-Controlled Areas http://bit.ly/3uPGta2
// Summary Executions, Other Grave Abuses by Russian Forces

⭕ 2 Apr 2022

WaPo: Russia pulls back from battered Kyiv region in major shift of war to east http://wapo.st/3qZXo8x

🐣 RT @Lincoln_Party_ Russia needs to be kicked off the UN Security Council, by majority vote of the General Assembly, stat. Russia is not the lawful successor of the USSR’s UN seat.

WaPo: Russian forces pull back from Kyiv, exposing horrors of war http://wapo.st/3u2AwY3 //➔ More accurate title:
“Russian forces pull back from Kyiv, exposing war crimes”

🐣 RT @AliVelshi To those who argue there is too much coverage of the war, to the exclusion of important U.S. stories, by morning you will see irrefutable evidence of mass civilian massacres & graves, and what is looking like genocide, the prevention of which should be Americas greatest priority

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer The collapse of the Russian thrust at Kyiv is an epic in the annals of military incompetence. Had Putin been facing NATO- and a functioning air force- this bumbling retreat would have become a biblical slaughter. How will Russia handle its new role as a 3rd rate military power? Text Block: https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1510428118108024834?s=20/photo/1
// Text: “The rout of Russian troops north of Kyiv is one of the the most stunning military reversals in history. Military observers know, even if Moscow does not, that if Ukraine had a functioning air force- the slaughter would have been biblical.”

NYT: Garland Faces Growing Pressure as Jan. 6 Investigation Widens http://nyti.ms/3DxpEEA “[DOJ’s] investigation has produced substantial results already, including more than 775 arrests and a charge of seditious conspiracy against the leader of a far-right militia”
// The inquiry is a test for President Biden and Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, who both came into office promising to restore the Justice Department’s independence

Justice Department officials emphasize that their investigation has produced substantial results already, including more than 775 arrests and a charge of seditious conspiracy against the leader of a far-right militia. More than 280 people have been charged with obstructing Congress’s duty to certify the election results.

And federal prosecutors have widened the investigation to include a broad range of figures associated with Mr. Trump’s attempts to cling to power. According to people familiar with the inquiry, it now encompasses planning for pro-Trump rallies ahead of the riot and the push by some Trump allies to promote slates of fake electors.

⭕ 1 Apr 2022

🐣 RT @mhmck For the offensive against Ukraine, the Russian fascist invaders of Europe engaged 75 battle groups. Up to 34 battle groups have been withdrawn for recovery. 16 battle groups were completely destroyed. ¤ – General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as of 12:00 on 2 April 2022

🧵 RT @MarkHertling Ukraine’s strike of the fuel depot at Belgorod was MUCH more than a bold tactical move. ¤ While 1.5 M gallons of fuel is certainly a critical target & will be significant in this logistics war…there’s more. ¤ This is what’s called a “deep strike” in US military parlance. 1/6
📌 https://twitter.com/MarkHertling/status/1510074832544841732?s=20&#038;
⋙ 🐣 RT @MarkHertling A deep strike is meant to cause physical damage to the enemy, but it’s also designed to cause increased fear, a feeling that no where is safe, & it sends the message ” we will come after you everywhere, especially when you’re not expecting it.” 2/ […]

🐣 RT @McFaul Ukrainian soldiers have made tremendous gains in the last several days. But their efforts will stall without more military assistance, especially artillery, air defense systems, drones & ammunition. Now is no time for complacency. Now is the time to do more and more quickly.

WaPo: A penetrating look behind the Iron Curtain http://wapo.st/3K21qop
// In the waning years of the Soviet bloc, a photojournalist saw past the propaganda and found the humanity
// Story by Richard Hornik; Photography by Arthur Grace/Contact Press Images

🐣 RT @FullFrontalSamB Sam sits down with the star of Trump’s first impeachment hearing, @AVindman to talk about the infamous 2019 Trump/Zelenskyy phone call that paved the way for Putin’s war on Ukraine.
💽 https://twitter.com/FullFrontalSamB/status/1510014666629697536?s=20/photo/1

WaPo, Randall Eliason: Forget what you heard. The DOJ’s Jan. 6 probe is moving at a good pace. http://wapo.st/3K0Xzbq

⭕ 31 Mar 2022

⭕ 30 Mar 2022

🧵 RT @Joanna_Szostek The infamous “ideologist of the Russian World” Aleksandr Dugin has given a long interview to the Russian tabloid MK. ¤ If anyone in Russia has given up on capturing Kyiv, it is definitely not Dugin. ¤ A , if you can stomach it.
📌 https://twitter.com/Joanna_Szostek/status/1509258426785976328?s=20

⋙ He says: Russia has been battling for Kyiv since the middle ages in a “conflict between Great Russians and the Galicians”, so “Kyiv will be ours”.
⋙ He says: “The siege of Kyiv is a battle for the unity of Eastern Slavs and the creation of a sovereign civilization of the Russian World, which is directed against the West.”
⋙ He says: “We are waging an eschatological military operation, a special operation between Light and Darkness in the sitution of the end of times…”
⋙ He says: “Truth and God are on our side. We are fighting the absolute evil, embodied in Western civilization, its liberal-totalitarian hegemony, in Ukrainian Nazism…”
⋙ Asked about nuclear weapons, he says: “We are always balancing on a tightrope. Any weapon is created to be fired… nuclear weapons in certain circumstances, if it’s a clash of civilizations, can become offensive weapons. Of course, Russia will never fire first.”
⋙ He says Russia is “an empire in a sense, which absorbed everything… it won’t be complete until we have united all Eastern Slavs and all Eurasian brothers into a common big space.”
⋙ Asked “how to explain to Russian mothers from Mariupol that it’s all a blessing”, he says explanations will follow “as soon as the flag of East Ukraine, Russia, freedom and independence is raised over Kherson and Novorossiya” and republics are created in other Ukrainian regions.
⋙ Asked if Putin reads his work, he says: “I think we read the same letters written in gold in the sky of Russian history”.
⋙ Now would be a good time for someone to reassure us all that Dugin is not as influential as his reputation suggests. Please? ¤ For several thousand more words of this toxic, terrifying BS, see mk.ru: Александр Дугин: «солнечный» Путин победил «

⋙⋙ 🐣 Ukrainians were, in 2021, recognized as a distinct genomic group by the 1000 Genomes Project, an offshoot of the Human Genomes Project — meaning they have a distinct signature: less Finn, more Mediterranean (via Black Sea). Historically, Kiev was founded before Moscow

🧵 RT @Joanna_Szostek The infamous “ideologist of the Russian World” Aleksandr Dugin has given a long interview to the Russian tabloid MK. ¤ If anyone in Russia has given up on capturing Kyiv, it is definitely not Dugin. ¤ A , if you can stomach it.
📌 https://twitter.com/Joanna_Szostek/status/1509258426785976328?s=20

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: Justice Dept. expands Jan. 6 probe to look at rally prep, financing http://wapo.st/35p5znm
// Subpoena requests seek information about the planning for gathering outside White House that preceded Capitol riot

🧵 RT @MuellerSheWrote BREAKING: THREAD: this is BIG news. A grand jury in DC has issued subpoenas to people with direct ties to donald. Let me break it down for you. For a year, we’ve been waiting to hear whether the DoJ probe into 1/6 would go beyond the “boots on the ground” attack at the Capitol 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/MuellerSheWrote/status/1509296240722284547?s=20

⋙ And though Merrick Garland and Lisa Monaco said on multiple occasions that they will go after everyone at any level and wouldn’t shy away from politically charged probes, none of us had heard a peep about what they were doing (because thems the rules) 2/
⋙ Many argued that IF the DoJ was investigating, that we would have heard from witnesses that were called to testify. The counter argument to that was they just hadn’t gotten to the recalcitrant witnesses yet. 3/
⋙ We DID hear from one witness a few months back that told the press they were subpoenaed in an investigation into the funding of Sidney Powell’s PACS on the back of the big lie. But that didn’t necessarily tie to donald directly. 4/
⋙ And others argued that even though Garland said he’d look at everyone at any level, he didn’t directly say he was investigating BEYOND the day of the Capitol attack. WELL NOW WE HAVE WHAT WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR 5/
⋙ According to WaPo, in the past two months, a grand jury in DC has subpoenaed officials with direct ties to donald in an investigation into the PLANNING of the rallies leading up to the attack on the Capitol. 6/ ✛
⋙ This development shows the DoJ has moved beyond just probing the storming of the Capitol. “The people familiar with the subpoena demands declined to identify the individuals who had received them or provide additional details.” 7/ ✛
⋙ Mike Sherwin RESISTED the idea in the early days of probe. 8/ ✛
⋙ Here’s a lil’ thread-o-mine on Mike Fucking Sherwin. By the way, it was Ginni Thomas who helped get his predecessor fired. 9/ https://twitter.com/MuellerSheWrote/status/1481808799392415748?s=20&#038;

WaPo: U.S. says Putin being misled, as Ukraine refugee tally hits 4 million http://wapo.st/35sR3v0 “Russian President Vladimir Putin’s advisers are shielding him from how badly the invasion of Ukraine is going, top U.S. officials said”
// A day after negotiations showed some progress, Russian officials gave conflicting statements and fighting continued

Putin’s advisers may be afraid to deliver bad news to a leader who has been willing to take increasingly extreme measures against people who dissent within the Russian system, U.S. intelligence officials said. One worrisome consequence, Pentagon officials said, was that negotiations underway between Russia and Ukraine to end the nearly five-week-old invasion could be undermined by misinformed expectations and directives from the Russian side.

“We have information that Putin felt misled by the Russian military, which has resulted in persistent tension between Putin and his military leadership,” White House spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield told reporters. “We believe that Putin is being misinformed by his advisers about how badly the Russian military is performing and how the Russian economy is being crippled by sanctions because his senior advisers are too afraid to tell him the truth.” …

“One of the Achilles’ heels of autocracies is that we don’t have people in those systems who speak truth to power or have the ability to speak truth to power. And I think that is something that we’re seeing in Russia,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters during a visit to Algiers.

At the Pentagon on Wednesday, spokesman John Kirby called it “discomforting” that Putin “may not fully understand the degree to which his forces are failing” thus far in Ukraine. ¤ “One outcome of that could be a less-than-faithful effort at negotiating some sort of settlement here,” Kirby said. “If he’s not fully informed of how poorly he’s doing, then how are his negotiators going to come up with an agreement that is enduring?” …

WaPo: Inside Hunter Biden’s multimillion-dollar deals with a Chinese energy company http://wapo.st/3IVBUQy
// A Washington Post review confirms key details and offers new documentation of Biden family interactions with Chinese executives

HuffPo [UK]: Ukrainian Soldier Who Told Russian Warship To ‘Go F*** Yourself’ Given Medal http://bit.ly/3LlfnxW
// Roman Gribov’s defiance became a symbol of resistance on the first day of the invasion.

🐣 RT @BillBrowder Germany wants to cut all Russian fossil fuel imports, foreign minister says. Wow what a difference six weeks makes. If they follow through (and I believe the Germans when they say something) this will devastate Putin and his regime
⋙ Reuters: Germany wants to cut all Russian fossil fuel imports – Baerbock http://reut.rs/3uEfPAN
// Germany wants to end all fossil fuel imports from Russia, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said on Tuesday.

⭕ 29 Mar 2022

🚫 WaPo: Why the world is so worried about Russia’s ‘tactical’ nuclear weapons http://wapo.st/3Oc5c12
// taxtical nuclear weapons battlefield nuclear weapons low yield nuclear weapons

🐣 RT @OliviaTroye Let me be clear on the White House Trump call logs, this is far from normal. Unless you’re using personal cell phones/ encrypted apps (which you shouldn’t be), every call is logged. Every single time Mike Pence called me & vice versa, several staff were made aware of it.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ianbassin Exactly the point I just made on @chrislhayes. The layers of staff there to record all of this are extensive. Any gap requires planning, direction, cooperation. Would have to be very conscious and intentional and planned.

🐣 RT @SecBlinken Just over one month ago, President Putin launched his war of aggression. Our commitment to Ukraine is ironclad. We have taken actions to sanction Russian government officials, deliver assistance to Ukraine, and collaborate with our partners to press for an end to this war.
💽 https://twitter.com/SecBlinken/status/1508600297286897665?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @DeputySecState [Wendy Sherman] The facts are clear. Putin’s war is preventing grain from leaving Ukraine. The ceaseless bombardment of Ukraine’s cities and critical infrastructure is directly responsible for creating one of the fastest-growing humanitarian crises in recent decades.

🐣 RT @brhodes Imagine how this looks from Kyiv. The same Republicans who like to talk tough about Putin embrace this pathetic groveling autocrat as their leader.
⋙ 🧵 RT @atrupar Trump calls for Putin to release dirt on the Biden family right now since now “he’s not exactly a fan of our country” during new interview with Real America’s Voice
📌 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1508955848298704901?s=20/photo/1
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar Extended clip is worth watching: “As long as Putin is not exactly a fan of our country… I would think Putin would know the answer to that. I think he should release it… you won’t get the answer from Ukraine… I think Putin now would be willing to probably give that answer.”
💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1508966584433397766?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Meanwhile on Russian state TV: ¤ Host Evgeny Popov says it’s time for the Russian people to call on Americans to change “the regime in the U.S.” before its term expires “and to again help our partner Trump to become President.”
💽 https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1508943310483767302?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Kremlin TV Hopes Russia’s Unhinged Bioweapons Claim Will Help Re-Elect Trump: ¤ State TV pundits are delighted that Russian propaganda about Hunter Biden’s supposed funding of bioweapons in Ukraine has “served up a beneficial deck of cards for Trump.”
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Kremlin TV Hopes Russia’s Unhinged Bioweapons Claim Will Help Re-Elect Trump: ¤ State TV pundits are delighted that Russian propaganda about Hunter Biden’s supposed funding of bioweapons in Ukraine has “served up a beneficial deck of cards for Trump.”
⋙⋙ DailyBeast, Julia Davis: Kremlin TV Hopes Russia’s Unhinged Ukraine War Claim Will Help Re-Elect Trump http://bit.ly/3uDLKRT
// State TV pundits are delighted that crazed Russian propaganda about Hunter Biden’s supposed funding of bioweapons in Ukraine has “served up a beneficial deck of cards for Trump.”
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Popov later tried to clean it up by adding “like I hope we helped him in the past,” but that disclaimer rang hollow. Popov and other Russian state TV hosts, pundits & experts have been boasting for years about helping to elect Trump. One of many examples:
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews [Apr 19, 2019] “Putin has won.”
“Soon, we will help you elect Trump once again. Just like the last time. Get ready!”
My latest for @thedailybeast: http://bit.ly/3iIT0GJ #Russia reacts to the #MuellerReport
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Popov to me in 2019: [tr.] What connections? What and who helped? Read your own report. And further! Soon we will help you choose Trump again. Just like last time. Get ready!
[POPOVRTR bio (tr.) Deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. Deputy Co-Chairman of the Inter-Parliamentary Group of the Russian Federation. Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Information Policy, IT and Communications. Host of the program “60 minutes”]

🐣 RT @anneapplebaum I would add that these Russian attitudes are often reflected in Europe and the US, where anyone who studied Russian also imbibed the Moscow view of history. Most of the great Western historians writing about Russia (for example Kotkin) were never interested in Ukraine.
📌 https://twitter.com/anneapplebaum/status/1508853827398635522?s=20

⋙ 🐣 RT @anders_ostlund The question is often raised:
Why doesn’t the Kremlin know anything about Ukraine?
The short answer is massive imperial Russian contempt, but let me elaborate.
During decades of meetings in Moscow, whenever talking about Ukraine, you receive the reaction “yes, small Russians.”
⋙ Malorossiya!
The contempt goes further. When discussing literature, the “cultured” Muscovites state about the bad writer: He is a real “pismenik,” the Ukrainian word for author. Next, you are informed that the Ukrainian Nikolai Gogol wrote is great works in Russian, etc.
⋙ When I worked in Moscow & Kyiv in the early 2000s, I learned that the Russian Embassy in Kyiv had nobody who followed the Ukrainian media, print or TV, because MID did not consider the Ukrainian domestic debate of sufficient interest for reporting.
⋙ Conversely, you have perhaps noticed that no single Russian expert on Ukraine appears in the media, because there is none. Why would anybody bother to study Ukraine?! The Ukrainians are just like us Russians! We are so similar so we don’t need to study them.
⋙ The Russian attitude to Ukrainian history & the nation is full of contempt. Ivan Mazepa is a major villain, while the only good Ukrainian is Bohdan Khmelnitsky. You dare not mention Stepan Bandera. The conclusion is that Ukraine can only exist as a fiefdom of great Russia.
⋙ Putin’s July 12, 2021, article is a good summary of all these old Russian prejudices about Ukraine, and if you prefer obsolete prejudices and new lies over truth you are likely to get everything wrong, as Putin has shown us so well.
⋙ But who has told Putin about Ukraine? His only close Ukrainian agent is Viktor Medvedchuk, who is probably the least popular person in Ukraine, an early oligarch who has never earned an honest hryvnia in his life, that is, an obvious Putin favorite.
⋙ As the eminent Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar recently argued in the NYTimes, Putin’s closest adviser is Yuri Kovalchuk. I would ad his brother Mikhail Kovalchuk & Gennady Timchenko. They are ethnic Ukrainians from St. Petersburg. They must no the country!
⋙ They must know the country. I doubt that Putin has listened to the FSB about information on Ukraine, and the SVR hardly works there. Putin probably disinforms himself listening to Medvedchuk, the Kovalchuks and perhaps Timchenko.

⭕ 28 Mar 2022

🧵 RT @TimothyDSnyder 1/30 Putin is responsible for the invasion, and must redistribute blame for its failure. After a month, some vectors of discord in the Russian government have suggested themselves. (Thread)
📌 https://twitter.com/TimothyDSnyder/status/1508546460543074315?s=20

⋙ 2/30 I summarize here from open sources certain unusual features of this war. These are odd facts that would seem to suggest prior, or provoke future, dissension among Russian leaders. I draw no conclusions, and will at most suggest where to look.
⋙ 3/30 Putin is the supreme leader. The invasion of Ukraine was predicated on his idea that there was no Ukrainian state or nation. His views are widely repeated, though perhaps not as widely shared. They were immediately proven wrong.
⋙ 4/30 Putin’s idea of regime change in two days failed in practice. His victory declaration of February 26th, accidentally published, revealed a vast gap between aim and achievement.
(For sources, See:)
⋙⋙ Substack, Snyder: The Kremlin’s formula for failure http://bit.ly/3qJkZKw
// How a war of destruction could pit a tiny elite against itself
⋙ 5/30 Putin’s notion was that Russia would be negotiating with a puppet Ukrainian government on the third day of the invasion.
⋙ 6/30 Thus neither extensive Western sanctions nor heavy Russian troop losses could have been anticipated. These add considerable weight to Putin’s primary errors.
⋙ 7/30 To make reality fit Putin’s axioms, Russia must now use its military, National Guard, and Chechen irregulars to destroy the Ukrainian state and nation. Genocide does not necessarily enjoy broad support.
⋙ 8/30 The decision to invade Ukraine was discussed beforehand only among a small group of people.
⋙ 9/30 There are thus a large number of people just beyond Putin’s inner circle who could say, truthfully, that they had no part in the decision to invade Ukraine.
⋙ 10/30 The decision to invade Ukraine seems not to have been accompanied by much of an operational plan. This could well be a result of Putin’s erroneous premise and the lack of consultation.
⋙ 11/30 After Putin, the most important person involved in discussions of the invasion was presumably Sergei Shoigu, the minister of defense. Shoigu is or was a public friend of Putin.
⋙ 12/30 Shoigu has an excellent reputation as a manager, but no military experience as such. He has a large PR staff and is self-aggrandizing. Real generals might find him irritating.
⋙ 13/30 Seven real Russian generals are reported to have been killed in Ukraine, along with many other field commanders. Morale seems low. It is reasonable to connect all this to Putin’s error, Shoigu’s inexperience, and the lack of planning.
⋙ 14/30 Shoigu went missing for two weeks, and was reported to be having heart problems.
⋙ 15/30 When Russia’s war aims were publicly recalibrated on March 25th, the announcement came not from Shoigu but from General Sergei Rudskoi.
⋙ 16/30 Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the Russian general staff, is unlike Shoigu a real general. Because of the adroit propaganda of the last Russian invasion of Ukraine, 2014, he is associated with the idea of hybrid war.
⋙ 17/30 Whether or not that association is correct, the invasion of 2022 has been a propaganda disaster. Insofar as Gerasimov’s reputation was associated with hybrid war, it has suffered.
⋙ 18/30 Gerasimov is regarded as the mastermind of the decisive 2014 battlefield victory at Ilovaisk during the last Russian invasion of Ukraine. Insofar as his reputation was associated with outwitting Ukrainians on the battlefield, it has suffered.
⋙ 19/30 The American military leadership complains that their Russian counterparts (Shoigu and Gerasimov) will not take their phone calls. This is an unusual and dangerous practice.
⋙ 20/30 The Russians might not be taking the Americans’ phone calls because of a capricious decision by Putin. They might also be afraid of contact with Americans at a time of stress or suspicion.
⋙ 21/30 Putin might wish to believe that intelligence leaks explain the better-than-expected Ukrainian (and the worse-than-expected Russian) performance on the battlefield.
⋙ 22/30 The leak theory would be convenient, since it would distract attention from his own erroneous views about Ukraine, a major cause of both the invasion and its failures.
⋙ 23/30 Sergei Beseda is or was the head of the part of the Russian secret police (Federal Security Service, FSB) that is responsible for international affairs. He now seems to be under house arrest.
⋙ 24/30 Like Gerasimov, Beseda was associated with the last Russian intervention in Ukraine. He was in Kyiv with a team of colleagues on an official mission in February 2014, just when dozens of protestors were shot to death.
⋙ 25/30 Beseda would presumably have been responsible for providing Putin with intelligence on Ukraine prior to the invasion. It is hard to know what he said or whether Putin listened.
⋙ 26/30 Putin might prefer to blame faulty intelligence for the difficulties in Ukraine as a diversion from simpler explanations, ie: his premise was wrong; he failed to consult others.
⋙ 27/30 Perhaps Beseda yielded to Putin’s prejudices, perhaps he gave him good intelligence and was ignored. Either way, if Beseda is blamed, this is a blow to the FSB and its prestige.
⋙ 28/30 The FSB is presumably mindful of its position with respect to rival institutions, such as the National Guard and Chechen irregulars, both present in Ukraine.
⋙ 29/30 Summary: the supreme leader is consistently redistributing blame for his own errors; military leaders are scarcely and unpredictably visible during a war; other important services are under stress.
⋙ 30/30 It is worth looking for fault lines between Putin and his generals; among his generals; between higher officers and soldiers in the field; between Putin and his secret police, and between his secret police and rival services.
#Ukraine #Russia #UkraineRussianWar

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 On MSNBC. ANDREA MITCHELL. 29 March 2022. Noon ET. UKR desperately needs a cease fire to stop the mass killing of civilians. They’ll get one killing Russian soldiers. We need game changer arms technology delivery. Anti-ship missiles. Air defense. M1 tanks.
⋙ 🐣 are any of these weapons deliveries planned (by us or others)? or would these deliveries not be publicized?

WaPo: Judge: Trump ‘more likely than not’ committed crime in trying to block Biden win http://wapo.st/3qLe1ot
// The ruling could boost pressure on the Justice Department to investigate the former president’s effort to overturn the 2020 election
⋙ Carter’s 44-page opinion http://bit.ly/3qHKlsc concludes that lawmakers are entitled to have 101 of the 111 documents the committee sought.

The determination from U.S. District Judge David O. Carter came in a ruling addressing scores of sensitive emails that Trump ally and conservative lawyer John Eastman had resisted turning over to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot and related efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election result.

Eastman wrote key legal memos aimed at denying Democrat Joe Biden’s victory. The judge was assessing whether Eastman’s communications were protected by attorney-client privilege and was analyzing in part whether Eastman, Trump and others had consulted about the commission of a crime.

His ruling does not mean Trump will be charged with a crime, or even investigated. But the opinion will increase pressure on the Justice Department to intensify its probe of the Jan. 6 riot, and potentially examine the conduct of Trump himself. While Attorney General Merrick Garland has vowed to hold accountable those responsible for the violent breach of the Capitol “at any level,” there have been scant signs that the Justice Department is directly investigating Trump’s conduct.

The ruling is also a win for the Jan. 6 committee, which has been moving aggressively to subpoena documents and call witnesses. The committee voted Monday night to recommend holding two former Trump aides — former trade and manufacturing director Peter Navarro and former communications chief Daniel Scavino Jr. — in criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with its subpoenas. The House will vote soon on whether to refer the men to the Justice Department for possible prosecution. …

On Monday, former U.S. attorney Barbara McQuade said Carter’s ruling was particularly significant because he had read “emails that are not yet known to the public, and his reaction is one of serious alarm.” ¤ “While DOJ makes its own decisions about when to initiate an investigation, today’s ruling cannot be ignored,” McQuade said. …

“This may have been the first time members of President Trump’s team transformed a legal interpretation of the Electoral Count Act into a day-by-day plan of action,” the ruling says. “The draft memo pushed a strategy that knowingly violated the Electoral Count Act, and Dr. Eastman’s later memos closely track its analysis and proposal. The memo is both intimately related to and clearly advanced the plan to obstruct the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021.” …

On Jan. 4, the judge wrote, Trump and Eastman hosted an Oval Office meeting with Pence and his advisers, and Eastman presented a plan “focusing on either rejecting electors or delaying the count.” When Pence was unpersuaded, the judge wrote, Trump sent Eastman to review the plan with Pence’s lawyer. In that meeting, the judge wrote, Eastman was blunt about his intentions, saying, “I’m here asking you to reject the electors.”

On Jan. 6, the judge wrote, Trump posted messages on Twitter beseeching Pence to act and called Pence directly, urging him “‘to make the call’ and enact the plan.” Trump then gave a speech to a large crowd on the Ellipse. Trump warned: “Mike Pence, I hope you’re going to stand up for the good of our Constitution and for the good of our country. And if you’re not, I’m going to be very disappointed in you. I will tell you right now.”

Trump ended the speech by asking his supporters to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue to give Pence and Congress “the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country,” the judge wrote. ¤ “Together, these actions more likely than not constitute attempts to obstruct an official proceeding,” his ruling states.

Carter wrote that Eastman and Trump “justified the plan with allegations of election fraud — but President Trump likely knew the justification was baseless, and therefore that the entire plan was unlawful.” ¤ The judge noted, as the Jan. 6 committee had, that executive branch officials had “publicly stated and privately stressed to President Trump that there was no evidence of fraud,” and that by early January, “more than sixty courts dismissed cases alleging fraud due to lack of standing or lack of evidence.”

“Dr. Eastman and President Trump launched a campaign to overturn a democratic election, an action unprecedented in American history,” the judge concluded. “Their campaign was not confined to the ivory tower — it was a coup in search of a legal theory. The plan spurred violent attacks on the seat of our nation’s government, led to the deaths of several law enforcement officers, and deepened public distrust in our political process.”

🐣 RT @Sputnik Kremlin Says Biden’s Remarks on Putin ‘Alarming,’ ‘Personal #Insult’ http://dlvr.it/SMXjtf
⋙ 🐣 what Russia is doing to Ukraine is ‘alarming’ ¤
what Biden said about Putin is shared by most Americans
Putin is a war criminal, a butcher, a cold blooded murderer of children who has made his country a pariah unwelcome in the company of civilized nations ¤
Glory to Ukraine 🇺🇦

🧵 RT @Kasparov63 Concern about Biden’s statement about Putin not remaining in power is overblown. The real worry is his admin is not clear on what it hopes to achieve in supporting Ukraine. Without US leadership, the EU, NATO, and the rest will lose their nerve at the first opportunity. 1/13
📌 https://twitter.com/Kasparov63/status/1508545477234597891?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @Kasparov63 This war will shape the world’s direction for a generation and beyond, for good or ill. This is a fight for the values the free world supposedly holds dear. We need moral and strategic unity and clarity, not backtracking. 12/13
⋙ 🐣 RT @Kasparov63 Ukraine needs weapons to win, not words of support and a partition stalemate. Ukraine deserves to know we are doing everything we can, not everything that Putin allows. Ukraine deserves to be whole, to be free, and to achieve victory. Glory to Ukraine. 13/13

🧵 RT @MuellerSheWrote 🔥🔥🔥BREAKING🔥🔥🔥 In a MAJOR decision, Eastman must hand over 101 of the 111 emails reviewed by the judge for reasons INCLUDING CRIME FRAUD EXCEPTION. The court concludes it is more likely than not that Trump and Eastman committed 18 USC 371 and 1512(c)(2). 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/MuellerSheWrote/status/1508477884863713287?s=20/photo/1 -many

⭕ 27 Mar 2022

🐣 RT @Kateryna_Kruk Nazi Germany&Soviet Union were both totalitarian regimes that mass executed people in the name of their ideas.But unlike Germany, USSR never had a moment of collective damnation of the regime and breaking of with it,RU glorified it while turning into authoritarian country itself
⋙ 🐣 RT @Kateryna_Kruk Whatever putin says, true nature of this war is what Russia has become&what hateful regime runs it. As long as men who rule by terror&force are in the kremlin,Europe will not be safe from future wars.This war is not only about Ukraine, it’s about getting rid of authoritarianism

🐣 RT @ivanastradner Ukraine arrests yet another ‘Zelensky hit squad of 25 sent by Putin’
⋙ DailyMail [UK]: Ukraine arrests yet another ‘Zelensky hit squad of 25 sent by Putin’ http://bit.ly/35lZ8la
// A 25-man hit squad ‘sent by the Kremlin’ was reportedly rounded up on the border with Slovakia. The elite kill team carried orders to kill Zelensky

iNews: What is a Starstreak missile? Why the UK is sending the anti-aircraft weapons to Ukraine in Russia war http://bit.ly/3DiM6Bj “It is … reportedly the fastest short-range surface-to-air system in the world, with a peak velocity above Mach 3”
// The UK is increasing its supply of weapons to Ukraine in response to Russia’s ‘indiscriminate and murderous’ invasion

🔄 🧵 RT @McFaul Dmitry Medvedev outlined in detail to the Guardian under what conditions Russia would use nuclear weapons. Note what he said and did not say. THREAD 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/McFaul/status/1508222641563267075?s=20

● “Number one is the situation, when Russia is struck by a nuclear missile.” 2/
● “The second case is any use of other nuclear weapons against Russia or its allies,” 3/
● “The third is an attack on a critical infrastructure that will have paralyzed our nuclear deterrent forces.” 4/
● “And the fourth case is when an act of aggression is committed against Russia and its allies, which jeopardized the existence of the country itself, even without the use of nuclear weapons, that is, with the use of conventional weapons.” 5/

⋙ That’s all good news as none of these conditions are present or even being threatened. None will occur. NATO will never attack Russia preemptively, let alone jeopardize the existence of Russia. Never. 6/
⋙ Note, he did not say ‘If NATO supplies fighter jets to Ukraine.’ 7/
⋙ Note, he did not say ‘if Russia begins to lose on the battlefield in Ukraine’ 8/
⋙ In fact, compared to Russian doctrine before the invasion of Ukraine, I see nothing new at all in what Medvedev said regarding the conditions under which Russia would use nuclear weapons. What am I missing? 9/
⋙ And as for actions, I have seen no evidence that Russian nuclear forces are on a higher alert now than before invading Ukraine. Correct me if I am wrong. 10/ END THREAD.

WaPo, Max Boot: Biden’s support for Ukraine and opposition to Putin were no ‘gaffe’ http://wapo.st/3qGaGap “I would rather have a president who is fearless in calling out Putin’s war crimes than one who toadies to the Russian tyrant”

NYT: Zelensky Gives Interview to Russian Journalists. Moscow Orders It Quashed. http://nyti.ms/3wInqkj

🐣 RT @anneapplebaum Putin *is* a butcher ¤ Putin *should not* remain in power

🐣 RT @JCBua Who Would Have Been So Upset If Back In 1944 FDR Said: “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power”

🐣 RT @kasparov63 When a regime is repressive, murderous, dictatorial, and led by someone who has committed war crimes in multiple countries, including his own, what else should be hoped for and worked toward than regime change?

🐣 RT @Pontifex War doesn’t devastate only the present but the future too. From the start of the aggression in Ukraine 1 of every 2 children has been displaced. This destroys the future, traumatizing the smallest and most innocent. This is the bestiality of war, a barbarous and sacrilegious act!

🐣 🇺🇦 Ukraine 🇺🇦
You may shoot me with your guns,
You may cut me with your knives,
You may kill me with your cluster bombs,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.🌻
(apologies to Maya Angelou)

NYT, Roger Cohen: The Making of Vladimir Putin http://nyti.ms/3DcZ97k “Did the United States and its allies, through excess of optimism or naïveté, simply get Mr. Putin wrong from the outset? Or was he transformed over time into the revanchist warmonger of today … ?”
// The 22-year arc of the Russian president’s exercise of power is a study in audacity.

🐣 RT @McFaul In the 1990s, Putin was not protesting the collapse of the USSR. He was the consummate opportunist. He worked for Sobchak & Yeltsin, 2 leaders who helped destroy the USSR! He was an accidental president, chosen by Yeltsin. Don’t buy into his revisionist mythology.

⭕ 26 Mar 2022

🐣 RT @anneapplebaum To everyone who wants to know what would have happened if the invasion had happened and Trump was president, here is the answer: He would have given in immediately. There would be no Nato support, no arms, no sanctions, no united transatlantic alliance, no nothing.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Acyn Trump is back to saying Putin is smart. He says he thinks Putin made a mistake but then describes it as a “great negotiation that didn’t go so well for him”
💽 https://twitter.com/anneapplebaum/status/1507919169953619974?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @TheRickWilson Here’s why the GOP is flailing on this; Biden did “Tear Down This Wall” for our era. ¤ And many – not all, but many — in the GOP would much rather have Putin in power than not.

🐣 RT @anneapplebaum Here’s a solution to the Ukrainian refugee crisis: Preserve an independent, sovereign, democratic Ukraine. Then there won’t be any refugees.
⋙ 🐣 RT @anneapplebaum And no, this isn’t – yet – exactly US or NATO policy. Policy is to help Ukraine defend itself, slow down Russia. The idea that Ukraine might actually win, and might remain a sovereign state, hasn’t quite penetrated the highest levels of US or EU thinking

🐣 RT @anneapplebaum Huge Russian shift of the goalposts: now they say they never wanted to conquer Kyiv, and all of Ukraine, after all?
⋙ 🧵 RT @polinaivanovva Russia’s military held a big briefing this afternoon, announcing the war was entering a ‘second phase’. ¤ Here’s a summary of how Russia, at this point in the war, is depicting what it set out to do, why, and where we’re at. (relaying their words, pls don’t shoot msnger)
📌🌎 https://twitter.com/polinaivanovva/status/1507400322829930500?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 25 Mar 2022

ISW: Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, March 25 http://bit.ly/3tHP6nR “Russian General Staff issued a fictitious report on the first month of the Russian invasion of Ukraine … claiming Russia’s primary objective is [merely] to capture the entirety of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts”
// from Institute for the Study of War; The Russian General Staff issued a fictitious report on the first month of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on March 25 claiming Russia’s primary objective is to capture the entirety of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts

The Russian General Staff issued a fictitious report on the first month of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on March 25 claiming Russia’s primary objective is to capture the entirety of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. Sergei Rudskoi, first deputy chief of the Russian General Staff, gave a briefing to Russian press summing up the first month of the Russian invasion on March 25.[1] Rudskoi inaccurately claimed Russian forces have completed “the main tasks of the first stage of the operation,” falsely asserting that Russia has heavily degraded the Ukrainian military, enabling Russia to focus on the “main goal” of capturing Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

Rudskoi’s comments were likely aimed mainly at a domestic Russian audience and do not accurately or completely capture current Russian war aims and planned operations. Russia’s justification for the invasion of Ukraine from the outset was the fictitious threat Moscow claimed Ukrainian forces posed to the people in Russian-occupied Donbas. The Kremlin has reiterated this justification for the war frequently as part of efforts to explain the invasion to its people and build or sustain public support for Putin and the war. Rudskoi’s framing of the capture of the rest of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts as the “main goal” of the operation is in line with this ongoing information operation.

Rudskoi’s assertion that securing the unoccupied portions of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts was always the main objective of Russia’s invasion is false. The Kremlin’s initial campaign aimed to conduct airborne and mechanized operations to seize Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa, and other major Ukrainian cities to force a change of government in Ukraine.[2] Rudskoi’s comments could indicate that Russia has scaled back its aims and would now be satisfied with controlling the entirety of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts, but that reading is likely inaccurate. Russian forces elsewhere in Ukraine have not stopped fighting and have not entirely stopped attempting to advance and seize more territory. They are also attacking and destroying Ukrainian towns and cities, conducting operations and committing war crimes that do not accord with the objectives Rudskoi claims Russia is pursuing.

Russia continues efforts to rebuild combat power and commit it to the fight to encircle and/or assault Kyiv and take Mariupol and other targets, despite repeated failures and setbacks and continuing Ukrainian counter-attacks. The Ukrainian General Staff reports that the Russian military is building “consolidated units,” likely comprised of individuals or small units drawn from a number of different battalions, brigades, and regiments, to replace combat losses and deploying them on the west bank of the Dnipro near the Chernobyl exclusion zone, among other locations. Russian forces continue their grinding and likely costly advance in Mariupol as well.

The absence of significant Russian offensive operations throughout most of Ukraine likely reflects the inability of the Russian military to generate sufficient combat power to attack rather than any decision in Moscow to change Russia’s war aims or concentrate on the east. Rudskoi’s comments are likely an attempt to gloss the Russian military’s failures for a domestic audience and focus attention on the only part of the theater in which Russian troops are making any progress at this point. The West should not over-read this obvious messaging embedded in a piece of propaganda that continued very few true statements.

Key Takeaways

● The Russian General Staff is attempting to adjust the war’s narrative so make it appear that Russia is achieving its aims and choosing to restrict operations when in fact it is not achieving ● its objectives and is being forced to abandon large-scale offensive operations because of its own failures and losses as well as continuing skillful Ukrainian resistance.
● Ukrainian forces claimed to kill the commander of Russia’s 49th Combined Arms Army, operating around Kherson.
● Ukrainian counterattacks northwest of Kyiv made further minor progress in the past 24 hours.
● Ukrainian forces additionally conducted a successful counterattack east of Kyiv in the past 24 hours, pushing Russian forces east from Brovary.
● Russian attempts to encircle Chernihiv remain unsuccessful.
● The military situation in northeastern Ukraine did not change in the past 24 hours.
● Russian forces continue to take Mariupol street-by-street and have entered the city center.
● Russian forces did not conduct any offensive operations around Kherson in the past 24 hours.

UkraineWorld: Putin’s 7 Deadly Mistakes http://bit.ly/3NvwlLY “Putin will lose, and all of Russia will lose with him”
// After a month of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, it has become evident that Vladimir Putin has made one mistake after another, always choosing the worst possible option. That is why the final result of this war is beyond doubt: Putin will lose, and all of Russia will lose with him. Here are his most crucial mistakes.

🧵 RT @anders_aslund 1. The big Russia-Ukraine news today is that Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoi, the deputy chief of the Russian armed forces’ General Staff held a press conference with two other generals. He announced changed goals of the war on Ukraine.
📌 https://twitter.com/anders_aslund/status/1507508548384735237?s=20
⋙⋙ RFE/RL: Russian Military Official Shifts Rhetoric, Says Army Now Focusing On ‘Liberation’ Of Eastern Ukrainian Regions http://bit.ly/384PRyP

⋙ 2. Rudskoi said there had been two prior variants for Russia in Ukraine.
First to limit the operation to the administrative borders of Donetsk and Luhansk.
Second “operations on the whole territory of Ukraine with implementation of measures of demilitarization and denazification”
⋙ 3. Now Rudskoi stated that the initial goal of what Moscow calls a “military operation in Ukraine” was to take over Ukraine’s eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk.
That is a person low down in the Russian rank changes the aim of the war after one month.
⋙ 4. This should have been done by Putin, Shoigu or Gerasimov. Why didn’t they do so? They might have been all too embarrassed and kicked out their underling. Alternatively, the apparently still functioning general staff said: Enough is enough to their superiors.
⋙ 5. The Ukrainian government has reacted as it had to. The Russians still want to expand their hold on Donetsk and Luhansk regions, while they are losing the war. Ukraine first of all wants to kick out the whole Russian army, and they can do so, and recover Crimea.
⋙ 6. In addition, Russia would have to pay Ukraine reparations of at least $200 billion and Putin et al sent to The Hague. Ukraine is winning and has no reason to give up to Putin’s lawless terror.
⋙ 7. To me, this looks as if the Russian General Staff is trying to salvage their remaining military resources before the Ukrainians devastate them and hold on to some gains. As the Ukrainians are starting their offensive, they have no reason to stop now. Russia must leave Ukraine!
⋙ 8. It is interesting, and positive, that the Russian General Staff dared to stick out its neck like this. It will be very interesting to see how the Kremlin (madman Putin) responds to this. Have the Generals cast the glove?

🐣 RT @davidfrum Sources say Russia has shifted its focus from trying to win the war it started against Ukraine to avoiding catastrophic and humiliating defeat

💙 TheGuardian, Jonathan Freedland: A key reason Putin’s bloody invasion is faltering? He’s no match for Zelenskiy’s iPhone http://bit.ly/3LeLqzJ Statecraft as stagecraft

🐣 RT @EdwardGLuce Whatever happens next, Putin’s Ukraine invasion already ranks as one of the most epic blunders in modern history – up there with Bush’s Iraq war. Almost every assumption Putin made has been wrong.

💙 WaPo, Dana Milbank: Ivy League Republicans’ phony rebellion against the ‘elites’ http://wapo.st/3JUwQgk Senators Tom Cotton, John Kennedy, Ted Cruz and Governor Ron DeSantis all went to Harvard Law: they (and more!) are “plutocrats with pitchforks” pretending to be populists

🔆 This❗️⋙ 🧵 RT @polinaivanovva Russia’s military held a big briefing this afternoon, announcing the war was entering a ‘second phase’. ¤ Here’s a summary of how Russia, at this point in the war, is depicting what it set out to do, why, and where we’re at. (relaying their words, pls don’t shoot msnger)
📌 https://twitter.com/polinaivanovva/status/1507400322829930500?s=20

⋙ Firstly, the generals said Russia had always intended only to ‘liberate’ the Donbas, that was what it set out to do. It had two options: fight a war in the east, but allow Kyiv to replenish its forces, or start off by knocking out Ukrainian military capacities across the country.
⋙ Over a month of war, Russia has knocked out most of Ukraine’s military capacities, the generals claimed, so can now move on to next phase, which will only be focused on the east, which could involve heavy bombardment.
⋙ Russia had never intended to capture Kyiv, Kharkiv and other cities, the generals said – these are not setbacks in other words, it’s all part of the plan. And the plan was to distract Ukrainian forces while Russia/ Donetsk/ Luhansk made territorial gains in the east.
⋙ Numerous statements made about not targeting civilian infrastructure, avoiding civilian casualties.
⋙ Defence ministry briefing also shared a new official figure for the number of Russian soldiers killed, the second statement by Russian side during the course of this war. Said 1,351 were killed – figure is far below Ukrainian and international estimates.
⋙ Here’s the full english text of the briefing per military’s translation just now https://eng.mil.ru/en/special_operation/news/more.htm?id=12414735@egNews

UkraineToday: “Presenting from Putin”: Gerashchenko told what happened to Shoigu http://bit.ly/36JflRE “Adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs Anton Gerashchenko writes … in his Telegram channel. ‘Shoigu has a heart attack. Therefore, he has not appeared in public since mid-March…’”
// According to Gerashchenko, the Russian minister is now undergoing rehabilitation in a hospital.

🔆 This❗️⋙ 🧵 RT @polinaivanovva Russia’s military held a big briefing this afternoon, announcing the war was entering a ‘second phase’. ¤ Here’s a summary of how Russia, at this point in the war, is depicting what it set out to do, why, and where we’re at. (relaying their words, pls don’t shoot msnger)
📌 https://twitter.com/polinaivanovva/status/1507400322829930500?s=20

DailyBeast: Kremlin TV Descends Into Screaming Match Over Putin’s War Failures http://bit.ly/3iACsQX “Military experts proceeded to hammer additional nails into the coffin of popular delusions about the anticipated outcome of Putin’s war against Ukraine”
// There’s no hiding the cracks that have formed on Russian airwaves over the war in Ukraine any longer.

🐣 RT @Reuters Vladimir Putin accused the West of trying to cancel Russia’s rich musical and literary culture, including composers Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninov, in the same way he said it had canceled ‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling https://reut.rs/3iBD0X2
⋙ 🐣 I love Russia’s rich musical and literary culture: The Brothers Karamazov is my favorite novel; Swan Lake is my favorite ballet (I saw Michail Baryshnikov dance in it in Munich) ¤ I’ve heard people avoiding some Russian restaurants in NYC but that’s it …

🐣 RT @FBIWFO Help #FBIWFO find Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin. He allegedly conspired to defraud the U.S. by interfering with the functions of the Federal Election Commission, Justice Department, and State Department. Visit http://tips.fbi.gov to submit a tip. http://ow.ly/oSlT50Ie593
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🐣 RT @FBIWFO Help #FBIWFO find Evgeny Viktorovich Prigogine [Prigozhin]. He allegedly entered into a criminal conspiracy to misinform the US population. You can share the available information through the website http://tips.fbi.gov . http://ow.ly/oSlT50Ie593
// Google translate

🐣 RT @FBIWFO Help #FBIWFO find Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin. He allegedly conspired to defraud the U.S. by interfering with the functions of the Federal Election Commission, Justice Department, and State Department. Visit http://tips.fbi.gov to submit a tip. http://ow.ly/oSlT50Ie593
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🐣 RT @FBIWFO Help #FBIWFO find Evgeny Viktorovich Prigogine [Prigozhin]. He allegedly entered into a criminal conspiracy to misinform the US population. You can share the available information through the website http://tips.fbi.gov . http://ow.ly/oSlT50Ie593
// Google translate

🐣 RT @bf79 As a Hungarian, I have to say, it’s probably true. Rosatom builds our nuclear power plant, and an important Russian bank here has diplomacy level protection. They have been bought.
⋙ 🐣 RT @MacaesBruno Hungarian government has been penetrated and compromised. Not complicated
💽 https://twitter.com/bf79/status/1507406302368174081?s=20/photo/1
// video: Zelenskyy pleads/tries to reason with Orban

🐣 RT @theragex Thirty days Later
💙 ⋙ 🐣 RT @clintehrlich [2/23/2022] Many people are predicting that a Russian invasion of Ukraine will look like the failed Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. ¤ They’re wrong. The world will be shocked by the swiftness of Russian victory. ¤ We’re about to witness a Sputnik moment.

🐣 RT @BBCWorld Smoke rises from Kyiv fuel depot Russia claims it has destroyed
⋙ BBC: Russia claims large Ukraine fuel depot destroyed http://bbc.in/3829iIA
// Moscow says it targeted the largest remaining military fuel storage facility in Ukraine.

🐣 RT @michaeldweiss Yes, invading Kyiv from Belarus was how to degrade the garrisons in Donbas.
⋙ 🐣 RT @IAPonomarenko(✓) Haha — Russia says it never had plans to seize Ukrainian cities by assault. ¤ They just want to prevent Ukrainian military from reinforcing their garrisons in Donbas, and that’s it, see? ¤ What happened to “we’ll install a new regime in Ukraine” from late February, huh?

WaPo: At Polish site, Ukrainians train to fly drones for rescue missions and targeting Russians http://wapo.st/3Nov2P6 “This is one of the most black-and-white wars I can remember,” Resnick [a developer] said. “I think it’s just about a moral obligation to support them.”
// An American manufacturer is providing the aircraft and teaching the Ukrainians how to operate them

🐣 RT @JoeNBC 25 years ago, Senator Joe Biden visited Warsaw and declared “Poland has shown that its Democratic roots have never died”. He returns as President of the United States with the assurance that the US will defend every inch of NATO ground. 🇺🇸 🇵🇱

🐣 RT @phildstewart (Reuters) – The United States and its NATO allies are doing contingency planning for any possible Russian attack on NATO territory, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Friday as U.S. President Joe Biden traveled to Poland.

🐣 RT @RT ‘The Americans are no longer the masters of planet Earth’ – ex-Russian president ¤ Read: https://on.rt.com/bufl
⋙ 🐣 Russia is no longer a regional power; it’s an impoverished, pariah state with an untrained army; it has some old nukes, but 60% of them don’t work
// I’m joking

🐣 RT @KyivIndependent ⚡️ Reuters: US estimates an up to 60% failure rate for Russian missiles attacking Ukraine. ¤ Earlier, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said 467 Russian missiles hit Ukraine since Feb. 24. A total of over 1,200 missiles were launched by Russia since the war began.

🐣 RT @BillBrowder Great and symbolic news. The famous Ukrainian border guards of Snake Island in the Black Sea who told the Russian invaders on the first day of the war “go f..k yourselves” have been freed in a prisoner exchange

⭕ 24 Mar 2022

🐣 RT @TheRickWilson I absolutely love that President Biden is going to Poland as a member of a new, stronger NATO.

🐣 RT @edokeefe BIG FRIDAY AHEAD: @POTUS ¤ Biden headed to Rzeszów, Poland to “receive a briefing on the humanitarian response to ease the suffering of civilians inside Ukraine” and to meet with “members from the 82nd Airborne Division, who are contributing alongside our Polish Ally” WH says

WaPo: Virginia Thomas urged White House chief to pursue unrelenting efforts to overturn the 2020 election, texts show http://wapo.st/3ixGIkn 👀 By Bob Woodward and Robert Costa 
// In messages to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in the weeks after Election Day, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas called Biden’s victory “the greatest Heist of our History” and told him that President Donald Trump should not concede.

The messages — 29 in all — reveal an extraordinary pipeline between Virginia Thomas, who goes by Ginni, and President Donald Trump’s top aide during a period when Trump and his allies were vowing to go to the Supreme Court in an effort to negate the election results.

On Nov. 10, after news organizations had projected Joe Biden the winner based on state vote totals, Thomas wrote to Meadows: “Help This Great President stand firm, Mark!!!…You are the leader, with him, who is standing for America’s constitutional governance at the precipice. The majority knows Biden and the Left is attempting the greatest Heist of our History.”

When Meadows wrote to Thomas on Nov. 24, the White House chief of staff invoked God to describe the effort to overturn the election. “This is a fight of good versus evil,” Meadows wrote. “Evil always looks like the victor until the King of Kings triumphs. Do not grow weary in well doing. The fight continues. I have staked my career on it. Well at least my time in DC on it.”

Thomas replied: “Thank you!! Needed that! This plus a conversation with my best friend just now… I will try to keep holding on. America is worth it!” ¤ It is unclear to whom Thomas was referring.

The messages, which do not directly reference Justice Thomas or the Supreme Court, show for the first time how Ginni Thomas used her access to Trump’s inner circle to promote and seek to guide the president’s strategy to overturn the election results — and how receptive and grateful Meadows said he was to receive her advice. Among Thomas’s stated goals in the messages was for lawyer Sidney Powell, who promoted incendiary and unsupported claims about the election, to be “the lead and the face” of Trump’s legal team.

In her text messages to Meadows, Ginni Thomas spread false theories, commented on cable news segments and advocated with urgency and fervor that the president and his team take action to reverse the outcome of the election. She urged that they take a hard line with Trump staffers and congressional Republicans who had resisted arguments that the election was stolen.

In the messages, Thomas and Meadows each assert a belief that the election was stolen and seem to share a solidarity of purpose and faith, though they occasionally express differences on tactics. ¤ “The intense pressures you and our President are now experiencing are more intense than Anything Experienced (but I only felt a fraction of it in 1991),” Thomas wrote to Meadows on Nov. 19, an apparent reference to Justice Thomas’s 1991 confirmation hearings in which lawyer Anita Hill testified that he had made unwanted sexual comments when he was her boss. Thomas strongly denied the accusations.

The first of the 29 messages between Ginni Thomas and Meadows was sent on Nov. 5, two days after the election. She sent him a link to a YouTube video labeled “TRUMP STING w CIA Director Steve Pieczenik, The Biggest Election Story in History, QFS-BLOCKCHAIN.” ¤ Pieczenik, a former State Department official, is a far-right commentator who has falsely claimed that the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was a “false-flag” operation to push a gun-control agenda.

The video Thomas shared with Meadows is no longer available on YouTube. But Thomas wrote to Meadows, “I hope this is true; never heard anything like this before, or even a hint of it. Possible???” ¤ “Watermarked ballots in over 12 states have been part of a huge Trump & military white hat sting operation in 12 key battleground states,” she wrote. ¤ During that period, supporters of the QAnon extremist ideology embraced a false theory that Trump had watermarked mail-in ballots so he could track potential fraud. “Watch the water” was a refrain in QAnon circles at the time.

In the Nov. 5 message to Meadows, Thomas went on to quote a passage that had circulated on right-wing websites: “Biden crime family & ballot fraud co-conspirators (elected officials, bureaucrats, social media censorship mongers, fake stream media reporters, etc) are being arrested & detained for ballot fraud right now & over coming days, & will be living in barges off GITMO to face military tribunals for sedition.” ¤ The text messages received by the House select committee do not include a response from Meadows.

The next day, Nov. 6, Thomas sent a follow-up to Meadows: “Do not concede. It takes time for the army who is gathering for his back.” ¤ It is unclear if Meadows responded. ¤ On Nov. 10, Thomas drew a reply from Meadows. She wrote, “Mark, I wanted to text you and tell you for days you are in my prayers!!” She continued by urging him to “Help This Great President stand firm” and invoking “the greatest Heist of our History.” ¤ Thomas added in the message that Meadows should “Listen to Rush. Mark Steyn, Bongino, Cleta” — appearing to refer to conservative commentators Rush Limbaugh, Mark Steyn and Dan Bongino, as well as lawyer Cleta Mitchell, who was involved in Trump’s push to claim victory in Georgia despite Biden’s certified win there. ¤ One minute later, Meadows responded: “I will stand firm. We will fight until there is no fight left. Our country is too precious to give up on. Thanks for all you do.” ¤ Nine minutes after that, Thomas replied, “Tearing up and praying for you guys!!!!! So proud to know you!!”

Later that night, Ginni Thomas messaged Meadows seeming to react to a cable news segment. “Van Jones spins interestingly, but shows us the balls being juggled too,” Thomas said, referring to the prominent CNN commentator. ¤ Thomas then turned to her frustrations with congressional Republicans and said she wished more of them were rallying behind Trump and being more active with his base voters, who were furious about the election. ¤ She wrote, “House and Senate guys are pathetic too… only 4 GOP House members seen out in street rallies with grassroots… Gohmert, Jordan, Gosar, and Roy.” She appeared to be referring to Republican House members Louie Gohmert of Texas, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Paul A. Gosar of Arizona and Chip Roy of Texas.

This was a troubled time for Trump. News organizations had declared Biden the winner on Nov. 7, after a review of vote totals in each state and the electoral count. Trump’s legal operation was divided between his campaign’s official lawyers and Rudolph W. Giuliani, Trump’s confidant and personal attorney who was fast asserting control of his campaign’s legal strategy. While many Republicans supported Trump’s filing of legal challenges in several states, his lawyers stumbled in court and many allies by mid-November were privately confiding that Trump’s legal battle would be short-lived.

Yet Thomas urged Meadows to plow ahead, rally Republicans around Trump and remind them of his enduring political capital. ¤ “Where the heck are all those who benefited by Presidents coattails?!!!” she wrote in her text message to him late on Nov. 10. She then told him to watch a YouTube video about the power of never conceding.

Meadows might not have been Thomas’s only contact inside the Trump White House that week. On Nov. 13, she texted Meadows about her outreach to “Jared,” potentially a reference to Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser. She wrote, “Just forwarded to yr gmail an email I sent Jared this am. Sidney Powell & improved coordination now will help the cavalry come and Fraud exposed and America saved.” The messages provided to the House select committee do not show a response by Meadows. ¤ Kushner did not respond to a request for comment.

Powell was becoming ubiquitous on television — and winning the president’s favor, according to several Trump advisers — as she claimed without evidence that electronic voting systems had stolen the election from Trump by switching millions of ballots in Biden’s favor. She claimed, again without evidence, that hundreds of thousands of ballots were appearing out of nowhere and that a global communist conspiracy was afoot involving Venezuela, Cuba, and probably China.

Still, while Trump cheered some of Powell’s commentary, she was a polarizing figure in his orbit. Her views were considered so extreme and unsupported by evidence that David Bossie, a longtime Trump supporter, told others that she was peddling “concocted B.S.” After Fox News host Tucker Carlson contacted Powell about her claim that electronic voting machines had switched ballots to Biden, he told his viewers that he found her answers evasive and that she had shown no evidence to support her assertion. He stopped having her on his program.
Ginni Thomas stood by her. “Don’t let her and your assets be marginalized instead…help her be the lead and the face,” she wrote to Meadows on Nov. 13.

The following day, Nov. 14, Thomas sent Meadows material she said was from Connie Hair, chief of staff to Gohmert. It is not clear if she was passing on a message from Hair or sharing Hair’s perspective as guidance for Meadows. The text message seems to quote Hair’s belief that “the most important thing you can realize right now is that there are no rules in war.” ¤ “This war is psychological. PSYOP,” the text from Thomas states. ¤ Hair said Thursday that she did not have any specific recollection of that text message.

On Nov. 19, which would be a crucial day for Powell as she spoke at a news conference at the Republican National Committee, Thomas continued to bolster Powell’s standing in a text to Meadows. ¤ “Mark (don’t want to wake you)… ” Thomas wrote. “Sounds like Sidney and her team are getting inundated with evidence of fraud. Make a plan. Release the Kraken and save us from the left taking America down.” ¤ “Release the Kraken” had become a catchphrase on the far right after the election, used as shorthand for the anticipated exposure of a voter fraud conspiracy that would upend Biden’s victory with the same force as a “Kraken,” a mythical giant sea monster.

In that same exchange, Thomas also at one point offered Meadows advice on managing the West Wing staff. ¤ “Suggestion: You need to buck up your team on the inside, Mark,” Thomas wrote. “The lower level insiders are scared, fearful or sending out signals of hopelessness vs an awareness of the existential threat to America right now. You can buck them up, strengthen their spirits.”

“Monica Crowley,” Thomas said, referring to the conservative commentator, “may have a sense of this [from] her Nixon days.” Crowley, a top official in Trump’s Treasury Department, had been an aide to former president Richard M. Nixon years after he resigned from office in 1974 because of the Watergate scandal. ¤ Thomas then wrote, “You guys fold, the evil just moves fast down underneath you all. Lots of intensifying threats coming to ACB and others.” Justice Amy Coney Barrett, sometimes called “ACB” by her supporters, had joined the Supreme Court in October, shortly before the election. It is unclear to what threats Thomas was referring.
Later on Nov. 19, Meadows replied to Thomas’s long text message by saying, “Thanks so much.”

But Thomas’s high aspirations for Powell quickly collapsed that afternoon. Instead of capturing the nation’s attention at the RNC news conference, where she spoke alongside Giuliani and other Trump advisers, Powell was criticized for spreading a false theory about electronic voting machines as a tool for communists. Some Trump aides were horrified by her and Giuliani’s performances and felt they had embarrassed the president by becoming a parody of his post-election fight.

As Giuliani spoke, a dark brown liquid mixed with beads of sweat rolled down his cheek. “Did you watch ‘My Cousin Vinny?’ ” he asked reporters, tying a legal reference to the 1992 comedy. ¤ Thomas wrote to Meadows, “Tears are flowing at what Rudy is doing right now!!!!” ¤ “Glad to help,” Meadows replied.

By Nov. 22, Trump gave his blessing for Giuliani and another Trump lawyer, Jenna Ellis, to issue a statement claiming that Powell “is not a member of the Trump Legal Team.” ¤ Thomas reached out to Meadows that day with concern. “Trying to understand the Sidney Powell distancing,” she wrote. ¤ “She doesn’t have anything or at least she won’t share it if she does,” Meadows texted back. ¤ “Wow!” Thomas replied. ¤ Meadows did not respond.

On Nov. 24, Thomas engaged Meadows again by sharing a video from Parler, a conservative social media website, that appeared to refer to conservative commentator Glenn Beck. ¤ “If you all cave to the elites, you have to know that many of your 73 million feel like what Glenn is expressing,” Thomas wrote. ¤ She said Trump risked his supporters growing disenchanted to the point of walking away from politics. “Me included,” she wrote. “I think I am done with politics, and I don’t think I am alone, Mark.” ¤ Meadows replied three minutes later: “I don’t know what you mean by caving to the elites.” ¤ Thomas responded: “I can’t see Americans swallowing the obvious fraud. Just going with one more thing with no frickin consequences… the whole coup and now this… we just cave to people wanting Biden to be anointed? Many of us can’t continue the GOP charade.” ¤ After continued back-and-forth, Meadows wrote, “You’re preaching to the choir. Very demoralizing.”

The text exchanges with Thomas that Meadows provided to the House select committee pause after Nov. 24, 2020, with an unexplained gap in correspondence. The committee received one additional message sent by Thomas to Meadows, on Jan. 10, four days after the “Stop the Steal” rally Thomas said she attended and the deadly attack on the Capitol. ¤ In that message, Thomas expresses support for Meadows and Trump — and directed anger at Vice President Mike Pence, who had refused Trump’s wishes to block the congressional certification of Biden’s electoral college victory.

“We are living through what feels like the end of America,” Thomas wrote to Meadows. “Most of us are disgusted with the VP and are in listening mode to see where to fight with our teams. Those who attacked the Capitol are not representative of our great teams of patriots for DJT!!” ¤ “Amazing times,” she added. “The end of Liberty.”

💙 💽 MSNBC, Chris Hayes: Putin’s war is the first conflict in a new global era http://on.msnbc.com/3uutsT0
// Chris Hayes: “This new land war on the European continent—pitting a would-be conquering dictator against citizens of a flawed, but resilient democracy—really does feel like the first armed conflict in a new chapter: a sustained battle between liberal democracy and its enemies.”

💙 🐣 RT @ john_sipher “Putin’s attempt to reorder the world is doomed to failure, and his only sure legacy is a place in the rogues’ gallery of history’s villains.”
⋙ WilsonCenter, Lucian Kim: Putin’s War on History http://bit.ly/3ukaE92
// 3/21/2022
⋙⋙ ≣ PresRussia: Article by Vladimir Putin ”On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians“ http://bit.ly/3GLd2uh
// 7/12/2021

🧵 RT @SamRamani2 Putin’s chief negotiator Vladimir Medinsky and foreign intelligence chief Sergei Naryshkin just made fiery speeches to rally Russians around the Ukraine war. ¤ Their rhetoric provided an alarming window into Russia’s totalitarian tilt. Some more details /1
📌 https://twitter.com/SamRamani2/status/1507047660062187523?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @MontyBoa99 Naryshkin is the guy Putin browbeat in front of his National Security Council for his tepid support for the war. ¤ Sounds like he’s decided to cave and go full-throated agitprop apparatchik.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @skives Tough to choose otherwise when career, family, and life hang in the balance. The FSB “basement” must be getting busy.

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance There is something deeply broken in anyone who thinks this is justifiable or even just survivable. A SCOTUS justice’s wife was text buddies with POTUS’s chief of staff, topic: trying to interfere with the transfer of power to the next elected president. Nothing here is ok.
⋙ 🐣 RT @nytimes Breaking News: Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is said to have repeatedly urged Donald Trump’s chief of staff to try to overturn the 2020 election. https://nyti.ms/3qz0OiF

🐣 RT @Odessa_Journal “Heroic resistance of the Ukrainian state, the Ukrainian people to the ruthless invasion of Russia. It’s already a month of our defense against the attempt to destroy us” (Volodymyr Zelensky) 🇺🇦 #Ukraine #UkraineRussiaWar #UkraineRussia
⋙ OdessaJournal: Address by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to Ukrainians and the nations of the world http://bit.ly/3II9Qjo

🧵 FBI: Four Russian Government Employees Charged in Two Separate Hacking Campaigns Targeting Worldwide Critical Infrastructure http://bit.ly/3urew8d
// Defendants’ Campaigns Targeted Software and Hardware for Operational Technology Systems
📌 https://twitter.com/FBI/status/1507102175704592389?s=20

🐣 RT @davetroy 1/Good morning! ¤ A few things: Putin’s war was always intended as a global civilizational war, as it knit together likeminded illiberal, oil+gas, traditionalist and fascist factions from around the world. That network didn’t think they could *lose* and thus has a strong desire…

⋙ 2/ to *win*, globally, at all costs. Bleeding out Putin is necessary but not sufficient; the aligned Fifth Column also needs to be subjugated and deterred. Without the unity of purpose Putin’s civilizational conflict has provided, they are likely to splinter and go rogue.
⋙ 3/ So in addition to ending Putin, we should seek to dismember the global Fifth Column networks and their interests. Investments in renewable energy that immediately lessen reliance on carbon fuels are a good first step. We need to lower demand for carbon and increase supply
⋙ 4/ of renewable electricity. We also need to hunt down the influence of the oil+gas industry and systematically neutralize it, as @RBrulle and @ChristineArena have been doing. We should also call on religious traditionalists to condemn violence and split into factions…
⋙ 5/ that isolate those who remain on the side of carbon extraction. And we should fully regulate (and crush, IMHO) cryptocurrencies and the silly “revenge of the gold standard” agenda. As
⋙⋙ NewRepublic, Craig Unger: How Republicans Spent Decades Cozying Up to Putin’s Kremlin http://bit.ly/3wzKbak
// 3/18/2022; The man who once worked to connect Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff to Russia is now chief of staff to Marjorie Taylor Greene. Any questions?
⋙ 6/ Putin’s war is a reactionary, mystical quest to achieve an empire he cannot achieve. In the end, it’s a war about nothing. All of this needs to be dragged back into the hole, like the Devil it is, and the Fifth Column needs constructive outlets for its grievances…
⋙ 7/ real or perceived. But we mustn’t assume that once Putin is vanquished that this all goes away. No; it will just shatter into a feudal gang-land of carbon warlords and their zombie churches, aiming to extend the fugazi a decade longer. Putin’s vision was at least unifying.
⋙ 8/ Without a North Star or any countering plan, we are likely to see a lot of other forces unleashed that we didn’t count on. Again, it boils down to choosing oil+gas, or the survival of the species. Which will it be?

🐣 RT @KyivIndependent ⚡️Zelensky to NATO: Don’t say Ukraine’s army doesn’t meet Alliance’s standards. ¤ In a virtual address to NATO, President Zelensky said that he has one demand. “After such a war against Russia… Please, never, never again tell us that our army does not meet NATO standards.”

🐣 RT @JuliaMendel Russia is changing its plans for combat operations in Ukraine: in some areas it’s refraining from offensive, but is concentrating forces for an offensive against Kyiv, as well as continuing its offensive in the east to occupy Donetsk & Luhansk regions in their entirety-GenStaff
// Spox for Pres UA

🐣 RT @KyivIndependent President’s Office: Russia will try to shift its war to the attrition phase. ¤ According to Mykhailo Podoliak, advisor to the head of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s administration, Russia is forced to begin a war of attrition due to the lack of success and a high death toll.

🐣 RT @StratComUA 40,000 foreigners from 52 countries are ready to defend Ukraine and fight for the future of democracy. If you are also a foreigner willing to join the International Legion of Defense of Ukraine, please visit the http://fightforua.org website. #StandWithUkraine #StopRussia
💽 https://twitter.com/StratcomCentre/status/1506969494996103171?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @MFA_Ukraine Olena Zelenska, 🇺🇦 First Lady: ¤ I want to bow to all of you – whether you are currently carrying a weapon or a child. Because you are the ones saving #Ukraine and the whole World: this war is on the edge of #Europe
💽 https://twitter.com/MFA_Ukraine/status/1506915119795781635?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ian bremmer russia’s war in ukraine is not the end of globalization ¤ it’s the end of globalization for russia

🐣 RT @QuickTake [Bloomberg] “We will see who is a friend, who is a partner, and who has betrayed us for money.” ¤ Zelenskiy expects “serious steps” from NATO, the EU and G-7 after their summits Thursday. His virtual world tour is proving a new weapon in the Russia-Ukraine war https://trib.al/X1svmsk
💽 https://twitter.com/Quicktake/status/1506878572216164352?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @DmytroKuleba Russian TV propagandists are worse than even Russian pilots. Pilots at least risk being shot down. Talking heads sleep in safety, then go on air and call for nuclear strikes or invading NATO members. Sanction each one of them. Block all toxic Russian propaganda and its enablers.

🐣 RT @afneil President Zelenskyy worries about Western resolve and unity at today’s NATO, G7 and EU summits, Says some wavering on need for more sanction against Kremlin. Has Germany/Hungary in mind. Says summits will show “who is a friend, who is a partner, and who betrayed us for money.”

🐣 RT @nytimes About 40,000 troops are currently deployed under direct NATO command across eight Eastern European countries, with the largest contingent in Poland. That is a twofold increase since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began.
⋙ NYT: NATO’s military presence in Eastern Europe has been building rapidly. http://nyti.ms/3LcO35e

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews A senior administration official said any use of a “small” tactical nuclear bomb by Russia — even inside Ukraine and not directed at a NATO member — would mean that “all bets are off” on the United States and NATO staying out of the war.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews The White House has quietly assembled a team of natsec officials to sketch out scenarios of how the US and allies should respond if Putin — frustrated by his lack of progress in Ukraine — unleashes his stockpiles of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.
⋙⋙ NYT: U.S. Makes Contingency Plans in Case Russia Uses Its Most Powerful Weapons http://nyti.ms/3wGuSMO
// “tiger team”

🐣 📋 RT @KyivIndependent CNN: Half of all Ukrainian children have been displaced since Feb. 24, according to UNICEF. ¤ “Since the start of the war a month ago, out of every boy and girl in the country, one out of two now has had to flee their homes,” UNICEF spokesperson James Elder told CNN.

🐣 RT @nytimes “Mr. Putin cannot win this war,” writes Kaja Kallas, the prime minister of Estonia, in a guest essay. “He cannot even think he has won, or his appetite will grow. We need to demonstrate the will and commit resources to defend NATO territory.”
⋙ NYT, Kaja Kalia: I’m the Prime Minister of Estonia. Putin Can’t Think He’s Won This War. http://nyti.ms/36FVyT6

🐣 RT @UKRinNATO One month ago Russia started open invasion of Ukraine…
💽 https://twitter.com/UKRinNATO/status/1506911823232184322?s=20/photo/1

NYT: Fed Up With Deadly Propaganda, Some Russian Journalists Quit http://nyti.ms/37XIBVq
// At least four state television employees have publicly resigned, citing regret for their roles in promoting false narratives about Ukraine.

🐣 RT @UkraineinEurope The Russian empire has only ever existed as an autocracy. That’s why this moment is so dangerous. A threat to autocratic rule in Russia is perceived as a threat to Russia’s existence.

🐣 RT @hdevreij How do you say ‘Falaise pocket’ in Ukrainian?


// map; Russian map encirclement NW of Kjiv; comments

🐣 RT @carlbildt It’s going to be a unique summit of summits in Brussels today – a NATO summit, an EU summit and a G7 summit. I think that’s a first when it comes to these things. President Putin has managed to bring the democratic world together in a unique way with his aggression.

🐣 RT @NakedN3rd It should not matter. ¤ Arguments like these legitimize Russia’s ethnonationalistic bs.
⋙ 🐣 In an earlier tweet, I pointed out that haplotypes represent migration patterns, which underlie settlement patterns, which are the foundation for cultural differences; I think it establishes that Ukraine is not Russia (It has had a separate history and culture for > 1000 yrs)
⋙ 🐣 (similar:) that’s why I used haplotypes which are associated with multiple gene variant clusters; they can be used to trace migration patterns from 10s of thousands of years ago, which in turn, underlie (non-genetic) historical developments (language, traditions, arts etc)

🐣 RT @Ukrinform_News #stoprussia ¤ Month of resistance: Zelensky addresses Ukrainians and peoples of the world
💙⋙ ≣ ukrinform.net: Month of resistance: Zelensky addresses Ukrainians and peoples of the world http://bit.ly/3wuJb7i
// For a month now, the Ukrainian state and the Ukrainian people have been heroically resisting the ruthless Russian Federation’s invasion. — Ukrinform.

⭕ 23 Mar 2022

🐣 RT @RFERL Drone video revealed widespread devastation in the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol on March 22.
💽 https://twitter.com/RFERL/status/1506704053811699715?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @nflmpx “Those close to Putin understand that he views the current conflict as a holy war and has long since passed the point of no return. The Russian ruler will settle for nothing less than the complete subjugation of Ukraine or the country’s destruction”
⋙ AtlanticCouncil, Peter Dickinson: Vladimir Putin’s Ukraine War can end in only two ways: Genocide or defeat http://bit.ly/3D9gii4

🐣 RT @andrewmichta The post-conflict future of #Ukraine should be discussed now, not later. Its @NATO membership will depend on the intra-alliance dynamic (I’m in favor of bringing it into NATO). Ukraine must be rebuilt and it should be brought into the #EU. @JJCarafano @AmbDanFried @SlawomirDebski

🐣 RT @LatestAnonNews Anonymous hacks Russia’s Central Bank and more than 35,000 files will be exposed in 48 hours.

🐣 RT @MacFarlaneNews ALERT: In new statement, Rep Mo Brooks (R-AL) says: ¤ “President Trump asked me to rescind the 2020 elections, immediately remove Joe Biden from the White House, immediately put President Trump back in the White House, and hold a new special election for the presidency… ”


⋙ 🐣 RT @MacFarlaneNews Brooks statement (more): ¤ “As a lawyer, I’ve repeatedly advised President Trump that January 6 was the final election contest verdict and neither the U.S. Constitution nor the U.S. Code permit what President Trump asks. Period.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @MacFarlaneNews Trying to absorb this. A sitting Member of Congress and vocal Trump defender has just said Trump sought help to “rescind the 2020 elections, immediately remove Joe Biden from the White House, immediately put President Trump back in the White House”

🐣 RT @BrookingsInst Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has given the world a visceral reminder of the value of the NATO. But it’s easy to forget just how close America recently came to quitting the alliance—and how uncertain the future of U.S. participation will remain.
⋙ DefenseOne, Scott Anderson: Congress Still Needs to Protect America’s NATO Membership http://bit.ly/3NgiKIi
// Trump was closer than anyone realized to pulling the U.S. out of NATO. Lawmakers must ensure that never happens without them.

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Andrey Isaev, member of the State Duma, claimed on state TV that according to Putin, Russians and Ukrainians have the same ethnicity, and therefore there is no such thing as the Ukrainian nationality, which is “merely an organization” of Russians who don’t want to be Russian.
⋙ 🐣 On average, Russians and Ukrainians share about 65-70% the same genome but Russians are more closely related to Finns and Mongols, Ukrainians to Mediterranean genomes like Greek and Turkish ~ significantly different
// based on haplotype

🐣 RT @AdamKinzinger Thank you for the gift @RusEmbUSA this should be very helpful!
⋙ 🐣 RT @space_osint The United States (🇺🇸) will reportedly receive Russia’s (🇷🇺) Krasukha-4 mobile electronic warfare system, which was recently captured in #Ukraine (🇺🇦). ¤ This is one of Russia’s most capable Electronic Warfare Systems and potentially an intelligence goldmine.
💽 https://twitter.com/space_osint/status/1506688082657091584?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Yasha_Mounk Unbelievable courage. ¤ A real-life version of the famous “Marseillaise” scene from Casablanca.
💙 ⋙ 🐣 RT @AlexandruC4 ¤ Just unbelievable – to be played with sound on
💽 https://twitter.com/AlexandruC4/status/1506761204462669834?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @The_IntelHub NATO Secretary General: “Any use of chemical weapons is absolutely unacceptable and will have far reaching consequences.”

🐣 RT @CarlSchreck We looked at crew of superyacht that @navalny’s peeps allege is Putin’s & found connections to multiple other yachts linked to names like Usmanov, Rotenberg, & Prigozhin — & a Russian supplier of the Kremlin’s bodyguard service (w/@kromark & @pustota):
⋙ RFE/RL: ‘A Very Big Secret’: Boat Crews Link Alleged Putin Superyacht To Russian Tycoons’ Other Vessels http://bit.ly/3ItYXBP
// A leaked crew list for a yacht Kremlin critics allege is Vladimir Putin’s shows connections to other superyachts owned by Kremlin-connected oligarchs

🐣 RT @With__Ukraine 🇺🇦 Ukrainian forces have pushed Russian forces back on the frontlines east of Kyiv by 25-35 km – CNN citing a source in the U.S. Department of Defense. ¤ Source: @CNN #StopWar

🐣 RT @trussliz Resounding defeat for Russia’s proposed Security Council resolution. The international community sees through Putin’s disinformation & overwhelmingly recognises that Russia is the aggressor. Russia’s text was an insult to Ukraine. We will not stand for it.
⋙ 🧵 RT @UKUN_NewYork #Breaking: ¤ Russia’s resolution has failed at the Security Council. ¤ #UNSC members have rejected Russia’s attempts to abuse its position on the Council to legitimise its war in #Ukraine.
📌 https://twitter.com/trussliz/status/1506755431380701185?s=20

NYT: Trump Is Guilty of ‘Numerous’ Felonies, Prosecutor Who Resigned Says http://nyti.ms/3uilCvI
// Mark F. Pomerantz, who had investigated the former president, left after the Manhattan district attorney, Alvin Bragg, halted an effort to seek an indictment.
⋙ NYT: [ Text of resignation letter ] http://nyti.ms/3itthlm

WaPo, Timothy Snyder: Seeing Putin’s genocidal aspiration can help the rest of us understand where this war has come from, where it is going and why it cannot be lost. http://wapo.st/3up7gcS “Vladimir Putin has been making a case for genocide against Ukrainians for years.”

🐣 RT @ShelbyTalcott NEW statement from Blinken: ¤ “Today, I can announce that, based on information currently available, the U.S. government assesses that members of Russia’s forces have committed war crimes in Ukraine.”

CNN: US formally declares Russian military has committed war crimes in Ukraine http://cnn.it/3567hdb

🐣 📋 RT @IlvesToomas The amazing Ukrainians. ¤ 40K out of 190 K Russian troops killed, wounded, taken prisoner or missing (deserted). More than 20% ¤ If anyone has the military prowess NATO needs today, it’s Ukraine.
⋙⋙ WSJ: NATO: Up to 40,000 Russian Troops Killed, Wounded, Taken Prisoner or Missing in Ukraine http://on.wsj.com/3JAb1CV
⋙ 🐣 The Cossacks who were the tsar’s best fighters were from Ukraine. They also were critical to fighting the Nazis

🐣 📋 RT @CarlaBabbVOA Hundreds of thousands of Allied troops at heightened readiness…100,000 US troops in Europe… 40,000 forces under direct @NATO command, all backed by major air & naval power, including 5 carrier strike groups in the high north & in the Med, says @jensstoltenberg #Ukraine

🐣 It’s bizarre watching GOP looking for some excuse not to vote for Ketanji Brown Jackson (“too compassionate”?), cutting her off as she explains the context, when they voted for a rapist who went on a rant about beer

🧵 RT @SenWhitehouse Republicans used dark money to capture the Supreme Court, in secret, channeling funds through fictitious front groups. If you look carefully, though, a pattern emerges.
📌 https://twitter.com/SenWhitehouse/status/1506426820803141632?s=20
// Federalist Society and SCOTUS

🐣 RT @AFP UN chief Antonio Guterres said Tuesday that it was time for Russia to end their “absurd war” in Ukraine, declaring the conflict “unwinnable” https://twitter.com/AFP/status/1506358048721354754?s=20

🐣 RT @Biz_Ukraine_Mag Putin’s 3-day Ukraine War is one month old. So far, things have not gone to plan:
– 15,000 dead Russian soldiers
– loss of military superpower status
– unprecedented sanctions
– war crimes probe
– international pariah
– total infowar defeat
– tanks stolen by tractors

🐣 RT @KyivIndependent ⚡️Russian military casualties have surpassed that of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

🐣 RT @McFaul Ukraine needs S-300s now!

🐣 RT @McFaul Remember, Putin has no endgame. Ukrainians will never submit to him. Never.

⭕ 22 Mar 2022

TheDrive: Ukraine Just Captured Part Of One Of Russia’s Most Capable Electronic Warfare Systems http://bit.ly/3JFpw8g
// Russia’s lost Krasukha-4 electronic warfare system command module would be a prize for foreign intelligence agencies.

A curious ‘container’ that Ukrainian troops captured today looks to actually represent a significant Russian loss and a potential intelligence goldmine. What Ukraine’s forces found looks to be a containerized command post that is part of the Krasukha-4 mobile electronic warfare system. The Krasukha-4 is primarily designed to detect and jam large radars, such as those on airborne early warning and control aircraft, such as the U.S. Air Force’s E-3 Sentry, and spy satellites.

Ukrainian forces reportedly found this command post container outside of the capital Kyiv. Twitter user @UAWeapons was among the first to identify it as most likely being a component of the Krasukha-4 system, which is also known by nomenclature 1RL257, based on a picture that had emerged online. A complete Krasukha-4 consists of two vehicles, both based on the 8×8 KAMAZ-6350 truck, one with the electronic warfare (EW) system and the other carrying the command post module. …

[T]he loss of even one-half of a Krasukha-4 system could be significant for Russian forces from an operational perspective. Though its origins trace back to the late 1990s, this remains one of the Russian military’s most capable mobile EW systems, with serial production only beginning in the early 2010s. It was developed as part of a larger project to field systems to shield Russian assets on the ground and in the air from the prying eyes of various ground-based and aerial surveillance and imaging radars, along with certain radar-equipped intelligence-gathering satellites. …

NYT: As Russia Stalls in Ukraine, Dissent Brews Over Putin’s Leadership http://nyti.ms/3IyQtcG
// Military losses have mounted, progress has slowed, and a blame game has begun among some Russian supporters of the war.

In January, the head of a group of serving and retired Russian military officers declared that invading Ukraine would be “pointless and extremely dangerous.” It would kill thousands, he said, make Russians and Ukrainians enemies for life, risk a war with NATO and threaten “the existence of Russia itself as a state.” ¤ To many Russians, that seemed like a far-fetched scenario, since few imagined that an invasion of Ukraine was really possible. But two months later, as Russia’s advance stalls in Ukraine, the prophecy looms large. Reached by phone this week, the retired general who authored the declaration, Leonid Ivashov, said he stood by it, though he could not speak freely given Russia’s wartime censorship: “I do not disavow what I said.”

In Russia, the slow going and the heavy toll of President Vladimir V. Putin’s war on Ukraine are setting off questions about his military’s planning capability, his confidence in his top spies and loyal defense minister, and the quality of the intelligence that reaches him. It also shows the pitfalls of Mr. Putin’s top-down governance, in which officials and military officers have little leeway to make their own decisions and adapt to developments in real time. …

The lack of progress is so apparent that a blame game has begun among some Russian supporters of the war — even as Russian propaganda claims that the slog is a consequence of the military’s care to avoid harming civilians. Igor Girkin, a former colonel in Russia’s F.S.B. intelligence agency and the former “defense minister” of Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, said in a video interview posted online on Monday that Russia had made a “catastrophically incorrect assessment” of Ukraine’s forces. ¤ “The enemy was underestimated in every aspect,” Mr. Girkin said.

The Russian forces’ poor performance has also surprised analysts, who predicted at the start of the war that Russia’s massive, technologically advanced military would make short work of Ukraine. Mr. Putin himself seems to have counted on his troops quickly seizing major cities, including the capital, Kyiv, decapitating the government and installing a puppet regime under the Kremlin’s control. ¤ “Take power into your own hands,” Mr. Putin urged Ukrainian soldiers on the second day of the invasion, apparently hoping Ukraine would go down without a fight. ¤ Instead, Ukraine fought back. Nearly a month has passed, and Russian troops appear bogged down in the face of relentless attacks from a much weaker, though far more maneuverable, Ukrainian military. …

The failures in Ukraine have started to create fissures within Russian leadership, according to Andrei Soldatov, an author and expert on Russia’s military and security services. The top Russian intelligence official in charge of overseeing the recruitment of spies and diversionary operations in Ukraine has been put under house arrest along with his deputy, Mr. Soldatov said. Even Russia’s defense minister, Sergei K. Shoigu, who vacations with Mr. Putin and has been spoken of as a potential presidential successor, has suffered a loss of standing, according to Mr. Soldatov’s sources. ¤ “It looks like everybody is on edge,” Mr. Soldatov said.

Mr. Soldatov’s claims could not be independently verified, and some independent experts have challenged them. But Mr. Shoigu has not been shown meeting with Mr. Putin in person since Feb. 27, when he and his top military commander, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, sat at the end of a long table as Mr. Putin, on the opposite end, ordered them to place Russia’s nuclear forces at a higher level of readiness. ¤ “The war has shown that the army fights poorly,” Mr. Luzin, the Russian military analyst, said. “The defense minister is responsible for this.”

The battlefield deaths of senior Russian commanders also reflect poorly on the Kremlin’s war planning. … The deaths reflect operational security failures as well as the challenges of the Russian military’s top-heavy command structure in the face of a much nimbler Ukrainian fighting force. “In modern warfare, you don’t have a lot of generals getting knocked off,” said Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the former commander of the U.S. Army in Europe. “But this is a very lethal battlefield.” ¤ General Joseph L. Votel, the former commander of U.S. Central Command, said that the deaths could reflect Russia’s challenges on the ground — and reports that some Russian units did not understand the mission at hand and had even abandoned equipment. As a result, he said, military leaders appeared to be operating closer to the front to “supervise and keep their troops in the fight, by personal example or intimidation.” ¤ “Continuing to lose senior leaders is not good,” he said in an email. “Eventually, loss of leadership affects morale, fighting prowess and effectiveness.” …

🐣 RT @maria_avdv When I say that Putin will not stop in Ukraine, I mean exactly that. State Russian TV show in prime time discusses possible nuclear strike on Europe, Russian invasion of Poland and Lithuania and corridor to Kaliningrad, threatens Germany and Baltic states. Act now #StopRussia.
💽 https://twitter.com/maria_avdv/status/1506283895771348994?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @mhmck Moscow imperialists can’t stand the thought of losing the war to Ukrainians. It means, to them, “Great Russians” being defeated by “Little Russians.” ¤ That’s why it’s likely Muscovy will escalate against NATO. Not because they will win, but because they will lose to a peer.

🐣 RT @chrismillerJM Zelensky mentions Romantschenko in address. “He survived in Buchenwald, Dora-Mittelbau, Peenemünde, and Bergen-Belson… And he was killed by a Russian projectile that hit an ordinary Kharkiv high-rise building. Each passing day makes clear what [Russia’s] ‘denazification’ is.”

💙 🐣 RT @navalny(✓) 9 years. Well, as the characters of my favorite TV series “The Wire” used to say: “You only do two days. That’s the day you go in and the day you come out” ¤ I even had a T-shirt with this slogan, but the prison authorities confiscated it, considering the print extremist.

🖼 BBC, John Self: The stories that reveal the soul of Ukraine http://bbc.in/3L7OnBY
// The history of Ukrainian literature reflects the country’s tragic conflicts, its diverse population, and the people’s distinctive humour, writes John Self.

WaPo, David Von Drehle: The man known as ‘Putin’s brain’ envisions the splitting of Europe — and the fall of China http://wapo.st/3IrRHWR “Dugin envisions a gradual dividing of Europe into zones of German and Russian influence, with Russia very much in charge”

On the eve of his murderous invasion, Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a long and rambling discourse denying the existence of Ukraine and Ukrainians, a speech many Western analysts found strange and untethered. Strange, yes. Untethered, no. The analysis came directly from the works of a fascist prophet of maximal Russian empire named Aleksandr Dugin.

Dugin’s intellectual influence over the Russian leader is well known to close students of the post-Soviet period, among whom Dugin, 60, is sometimes referred to as “Putin’s brain.” His work is also familiar to Europe’s “new right,” of which Dugin has been a leading figure for nearly three decades, and to America’s “alt-right.” Indeed, the Russian-born former wife of the white nationalist leader Richard Spencer, Nina Kouprianova, has translated some of Dugin’s work into English.

But as the world watches with horror and disgust the indiscriminate bombing of Ukraine, a broader understanding is needed of Dugin’s deadly ideas. Russia has been running his playbook for the past 20 years, and it has brought us here, to the brink of another world war.

A product of late-period Soviet decline, Dugin belongs to the long, dismal line of political theorists who invent a strong and glorious past — infused with mysticism and obedient to authority — to explain a failed present. The future lies in reclaiming this past from the liberal, commercial, cosmopolitan present (often represented by the Jewish people). Such thinkers had a heyday a century ago, in the European wreckage of World War I: Julius Evola, the mad monk of Italian fascism; Charles Maurras, the reactionary French nationalist; Charles Coughlin, the American radio ranter; and even the author of a German book called “Mein Kampf.”

Dugin tells essentially the same story from a Russian point of view. Before modernity ruined everything, a spiritually motivated Russian people promised to unite Europe and Asia into one great empire, appropriately ruled by ethnic Russians. Alas, a competing sea-based empire of corrupt, money-grubbing individualists, led by the United States and Britain, thwarted Russia’s destiny and brought “Eurasia” — his term for the future Russian empire — low.

In his magnum opus, “The Foundations of Geopolitics: The Geopolitical Future of Russia,” published in 1997, Dugin mapped out the game plan in detail. Russian agents should foment racial, religious and sectional divisions within the United States while promoting the United States’ isolationist factions. (Sound familiar?) In Great Britain, the psy-ops effort should focus on exacerbating historic rifts with Continental Europe and separatist movements in Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Western Europe, meanwhile, should be drawn in Russia’s direction by the lure of natural resources: oil, gas and food. NATO would collapse from within.

Putin has followed that counsel to the letter, and he must have felt things were going well when he saw window-smashing rioters in the corridors of the U.S. Congress, Britain’s Brexit from the European Union and Germany’s growing dependence on Russian natural gas. With the undermining of the West going so well, Putin has turned to the pages of Dugin’s text in which he declared: “Ukraine as an independent state with certain territorial ambitions represents an enormous danger for all of Eurasia,” and “without resolving the Ukrainian problem, it is in general senseless to speak about continental politics.”

So what comes next, should Putin manage to “resolve” Russia’s “problem” in Ukraine? Dugin envisions a gradual dividing of Europe into zones of German and Russian influence, with Russia very much in charge thanks to its eventual stranglehold over Germany’s resource needs. As Great Britain crumbles and Russia picks up the pieces, the empire of Eurasia will ultimately stretch, in Dugin’s words, “from Dublin to Vladisvostok.” …

🔄🐣🌎 Russia looks overwhelming huge on many maps, but remember Russia has less that half the pop. of the US. It’s about twice as big but much further north (20% inside the Arctic Circle). It has about 1/20th the US GDP (about the same GDP as NY state)
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1506431831436111878?s=20/photo/1

😅 RT @TourOfTheFuture (Downfall Bunker meme has entered the chat)
💽 https://twitter.com/TourOfTheFuture/status/1505245143749861383?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @andersostlund This is huge. If confirmed, and Ukraine manage to keep the siege, this could become the first major victory of the war. An entire Russian army could be erased. I hold by breath waiting for confirmation.
📌 https://twitter.com/andersostlund/status/1506269779765743616?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @sumlenny According to unconfirmed but realistic looking reports, Russian troops have got surrounded in Bucha, Irpin and Hostomel area near Kyiv, cut from supplies. If true – the biggest defeat of a Russian army until now, and Ukraine needs to start worrying about too many POWs.

TheAtlantic, Anne Applebaum: Ukraine Must Win http://bit.ly/3IpVcgA Putin “has just thrown away 30 years of economic gains, 30 years of Russian integration with the outside world, 30 years of investment in order to turn the clock back to the era of his youth”
// Ukrainians and the world’s democratic powers must work toward the only acceptable endgame.

Precisely because the stakes are so high, the next few weeks will be extremely dangerous. Putin will do what he can to create fear. The extraordinary speech he made last week, describing Russian critics of the war as “scum,” “traitors,” and “gnats,” had exactly that purpose. He spoke of Russia’s need for “self-purification” using a word with the same root as purge, the term that Stalin used when ordering the liquidation of his enemies. Putin is deliberately evoking the worst and bloodiest era of Soviet history to avoid even a hint of domestic opposition. He has just thrown away 30 years of economic gains, 30 years of Russian integration with the outside world, 30 years of investment in order to turn the clock back to the era of his youth—an era that the majority of Russians no longer remember and few wish to see restored. He seems to believe that only elevated levels of fear will prevent them from protesting, once they understand what has happened to their country. He may be right.

Putin and his propagandists are dropping hints about chemical and nuclear weapons for the same reason. They want outsiders, and especially Americans, to fear the consequences of helping Ukraine. The use of hypersonic weaponry; the threats of nuclear war made on Russian television; even the habit, established a few years back, of practicing the use of nuclear weapons during military exercises, sometimes to simulate a hit on Warsaw, sometimes to simulate a bomb exploding in the air—all of that has a purpose. So does the strange, ranting, anti-Polish letter issued by Dimitri Medvedev, the Putin crony who briefly served as president of Russia before Putin decided he wanted the job back again. This screed contained insults, veiled threats, and an old Soviet-era complaint that the Poles were “ungrateful” that the Red Army pushed Hitler out of Poland, and then established a brutal new occupation regime in Hitler’s wake. Among other things, Medvedev was sending a reminder: Poland could be next. The recent Russian strike on a base near the Polish border sent the same message.

How should the West respond? There is only one rule: We cannot be afraid. Russia wants us to be afraid—so afraid that we are crippled by fear, that we cannot make decisions, that we withdraw altogether, leaving the way open for a Russian conquest of Ukraine, and eventually of Poland or even further into Europe. Putin remembers very well an era when Soviet troops controlled the eastern half of Germany. But the threat to those countries will not decrease if Russia carries out massacres in Ukraine. It will grow.

Instead of fear, we should focus on a Ukrainian victory. Once we understand that this is the goal, then we can think about how to achieve it, whether through temporary boycotts of Russian gas, oil, and coal; military exercises elsewhere in the world that will distract Russian troops; humanitarian airlifts on the scale of 1948 Berlin; or more and better weapons.

The specific tactics will be determined by those who best understand diplomacy and military strategy. But the strategy has to be clear. A month ago, nobody believed this war would matter so much, and I’m sure many people wish it did not. But it does. That’s why every move we make must have a single goal: How does it help Ukraine win?

“It’s not our war” was something we might have been able to say three weeks ago. Not now.

🔄 📋 OCCRP: Russian Asset Tracker http://bit.ly/36jjQT9

🚫🧵 RT @IgorSushko BREAKING: Large-scale mutiny is underway inside the FSB. I can’t publish the details until certain preparations & arrangements are made. ¤ Led by the #WindofChange, it’s happening because the #FSBletters are not being acted on by the West to respond to Putin with force to stop him
📌 https://twitter.com/igorsushko/status/1506181620079861760?s=20
// who knows if this is real, not biting

⭕ 21 Mar 2022

🔄 📋 TheGuardian: What is the Russian asset tracker and why are we publishing it? http://bit.ly/3tuOBNE
// Transparency is needed if sanctions imposed after invasion of Ukraine are to be properly enforced

🐣 RT @PaulaChertok 💙💛ICYMI 7-year-old Amelia Anisovych, who sang “Let It Go” from a #Kyiv bomb shelter, melted an entire arena of hearts at a benefit concert for #Ukraine in #Łódź, #Poland, singing the Ukrainian national anthem. A capella and in perfect pitch!😍
#SlavaUkraini #СлаваУкраїні🇺🇦
💽 https://twitter.com/PaulaChertok/status/1506162357940088834?s=20/photo/1
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💙 🐣 RT @MichalSzczerba Sunday’s concert „Together with @Ukraine” in Łódź began national anthem sang by Amelia. The girl has become widely known thanks to a viral video in which she sings a touching song from the animated movie „Frozen”, while hiding in a bunker in Kiev.
⋙ 💽 https://twitter.com/MichalSzczerba/status/1506007604052385792?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @GeneralClark Are we doing enough for Ukraine? Some say, Yes. Ukraine says, No. I’d trust Ukraine on this – Do more! If we lose Ukraine, Putin wins – and next fight is the Baltics!

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews So nauseating that we’re witnessing this unfold and it will only keep getting worse. Every time I don’t hear back from friends and family, I keep wondering if I ever will again. They’re all near the areas being bombed

🐣 RT @EuromaidanPR Biden says Putin is weighing use of chemical weapons in Ukraine – Reuters

🐣 RT @kasparov63 I’ve been asked several times on shows “Should we put US/NATO pilots into possible combat with Russians?” My reply is, please finish the sentence. “… in order to stop the slaughter of innocents on the ground in Ukraine?” This isn’t an academic exercise.
⋙⋙ 🐣 my concern is not so much a full-blown nuclear war but that Putin would view this as enough justification to use tactical nuclear or chem/bio weapons ¤ unless he’s totally irrational in which case I AM afraid of full-blown nuclear war; oh well, I’ve got a place in remote Montana…
⋙ 🐣 RT @kasparov63 There are situations in which the answer is obviously yes. To defend the US from attack? Yes. To defend any NATO country? Supposedly yes. To prevent genocide? Apparently not.
⋙⋙ 🐣 Acc to @KattyKay_ on @Morning_Joe, @jensstoltenberg DID NOT rule out tactical nuclear weapons being okay as long as they were used “within” Ukraine and not a NATO country (no mention of fallout). I was literally yelling at my tv
⋙ 🐣 RT @kasparov63 Putin did not need any pretext to launch this invasion. He did not need any pretext to shell & bomb innocent civilians in Ukraine. He won’t need an pretext to use nuclear weapons. What we do know is that Putin always escalates when he isn’t stopped.

🐣 To counteract the missile onslaught in the coming phase of the war, 🇺🇦 desperately needs more robust ground-to-air missile defense systems, not MiGs or a no-fly zone. I hope it’s a good sign we’re not hearing about action being taken to deliver these
⋙ 🐣 as for Patriot systems, why can’t Ukrainians be trained to use these in Poland or another country?

🚫 WSJ: U.S. Sending Soviet Air Defense Systems It Secretly Acquired to Ukraine http://on.wsj.com/3tpWuE6
// secrecy; The Pentagon over the years has acquired Soviet equipment as part of a clandestine program, and now such weapons are going to Ukraine

The systems, which one U.S. official said include the SA-8, are decades old and were obtained by the U.S. so it could examine the technology used by the Russian military and which Moscow has exported around the world. ¤ The weapons are familiar to Ukraine’s military, which inherited this type of equipment following the breakup of the Soviet Union. ¤ The Pentagon declined to comment on the U.S. decision to reach into its little-known arsenal of Soviet weapons, which comes as the Biden administration is mounting a major push to expand Ukraine’s air defense capabilities.

🐣 RT @TrumpRussiaTies A Nine-Page Document in a High-Profile Jan. 6 Case Reveals What Many Already Suspected About the Capitol Riot
⋙ Slate: A Chilling Nine-Page Document in a Jan. 6 Trial Reveals What Many Already Suspected the Capitol Riot http://bit.ly/3Na5vJd
// “This wasn’t something people were bragging about or trying to flex. This was actual instructions.”

🐣 RT @ProjectLincoln As night falls on the 28th day of the war in Ukraine, let’s not forget those who helped make it happen.
💽 https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1506029497136656387?s=20/photo/1
// GOP enablers

🐣 RT @tribelaw “Garry Kasparov reported on Saturday that a joke is making the rounds on what is left of the Russian Internet: ‘We are now entering day 24 of the special military operation to take Kyiv in two days.'”
⋙ WaPo, Max Boot: Against all odds, Ukrainians are winning. Russia’s initial offensive has failed. http://wapo.st/3CZhx3n

🐣 RT @KyivPost “I am confident that by attacking us, they will destroy everything that Russian society has achieved over the past 25 years. And they will return to where they once began to rise from, as they say, to the “the wicked 90’s”,” #Zelensky reported

🐣 RT @danielsgoldman Not all of the aid got to Ukraine. And Putin knew that he had an ally not just in Trump (who only allowed the aid to be sent after he was caught) but also in Congressional Republicans who adopted Putin’s disinformation and propaganda in support of Trump.
⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar Ben Sasse on Fox News: “The former president said that he had a ‘perfect phone call’ [w/Zelensky]. It was obviously not a perfect phone call. There was a lot wrong with it. But ultimately, the aid did get to Ukraine.”

🐣 RT @MiriamElder The harrowing story of how Mstyslav Chernov and Evgeniy Maloletka fled Mariupol, after Russia began hunting them down, knowing the two men’s essential reporting was the biggest threat to their crude propaganda and brutal lies
⋙ AP: We witnessed Mariupol’s agony and fled a Russian hit list http://bit.ly/3JwHfi8

NewYorker, David Remnick: Weakness of the Despot http://bit.ly/3t2uk1N “The courage of the Ukrainian people and the bravery and smarts of the Ukrainian government, and its President, Zelensky, galvanized the West to remember who it was” An interview with Stephen Kotkin
//  3/11/2022; An expert on Stalin [Stephen Kotkin] discusses Putin, Russia, and the West.
● [TextBlock:] https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1505865775864848385?s=20

How do you define “the West”?

The West is a series of institutions and values. The West is not a geographical place. Russia is European, but not Western. Japan is Western, but not European. “Western” means rule of law, democracy, private property, open markets, respect for the individual, diversity, pluralism of opinion, and all the other freedoms that we enjoy, which we sometimes take for granted. We sometimes forget where they came from. But that’s what the West is. And that West, which we expanded in the nineties, in my view properly, through the expansion of the European Union and NATO, is revived now, and it has stood up to Vladimir Putin in a way that neither he nor Xi Jinping expected.

💙 🐣 Bill Taylor, Fmr Amb to Ukraine: ‘We can’t let Putin set all the rules. Ukraine controlling Ukraine would not be in NATO’s interest.’ Bravo! @JoeNBC @Morning_Joe
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🐣 @IgnatiusPost needs to go soak his head in ice water. if ‘tactical nuclear weapons’ are acceptable “inside Ukraine” (the fallout doesn’t care, btw), Russia can simply take over any non-NATO country it wants @Morning_Joe @JoeNBC
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🐣 here’s an idea: what if the US ‘threatens’ Ukraine with tactical nukes *or else* be absorbed into the United States ~ at which point it would be protected by NATO! ¤ @ignatiuspost @JoeNBC @Morning_Joe
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🐣 Proposal: ¤ 11th Commandment: Thou shalt not be the first to use a nuclear weapon (not even a little one) ~ NATO ¤ @Morning_Joe

🐣 RT @michaeldweiss U.S. officials see signs Russia is shifting strategy to secure territorial objectives and seek leverage to compel the Ukrainian government to accept neutrality via
@WSJ
⋙ WSJ: Russia, Failing to Achieve Early Victory in Ukraine, Is Seen Shifting to ‘Plan Bhttp://on.wsj.com/3wspsoH
// Tactical shift seeks to pressure Ukraine into accepting neutrality and Russian territorial claims, U.S. officials say

🧵 RT @maxfras This morning, Dmitry Medvedev decided to post a lengthy letter “On Poland” – it is a curious mix of Soviet and pan-Slavic mythology with mockery, dire criticism and veiled threats against Poland – here are the key points
📌 https://twitter.com/maxfras/status/1505843869707116547?s=20

🐣 RT @ukraine_world Putin targets the civillians because is failing to achieve military goals in Ukraine, Lloyd Austin, United States secretary of defense, says.

⭕ 20 Mar 2022

🐣 RT @NovelSci At least, 13 Russian generals and commanders were killed in 3 wks. 4.3/wk is a US Civil or Revolutionary war kind of loss for high-ranking officers. In the US Civil War, we saw an avg of 500 deaths/day. Russia is seeing 2x that every day, per US intel.
⋙ WaPo: Russia’s war for Ukraine could be headed toward stalemate http://wapo.st/
// Casualties, equipment losses and a lack of progress on the ground are taking an unsustainable toll, experts say

WSJ: Who Is Volodymyr Zelensky? What to Know About Ukraine’s President http://on.wsj.com/3tsAetk
// The former actor and comedian now leads his country’s resistance to Russia’s invasion, remaining in Ukraine and determined to fight

💙 🧵 RT @Hromadske Mariupol today. We publish the full text by Nadia Sukhorukova.
I go outside in between the bombings. I need to walk the dog. She’s whining, shivering, and hiding behind my legs. I want to sleep all the time. My yard, surrounded by high-rise buildings, is silent and dead. 1/13
📌 https://twitter.com/Hromadske/status/1505679967107092482?s=20

WSJ: Russia’s Push for Self-Sufficient Economy Fails Before Western Sanctions http://on.wsj.com/3Iw3Iuu “Russia’s dependence on imports actually worsened.… In 2021, some 81% of manufacturers said they couldn’t find any Russian versions of imported products they needed”
// Building Fortress Russia was supposed to protect the country from sanctions. It is still highly dependent on imports.

🐣 RT @MKarnitschnig „We misjudged Putin,“ Merkel‘s longtime foreign policy adviser Christoph Heusgen says on German TV. #NoShit

🧵 RT @AfterWestphalia 1/7 There is much discussion over when and how a peace deal should be struck on Ukraine. These are things for the people and leadership of Ukraine to decide. It is informed by more than the destruction of cities. It is rooted in a history of colonialism and imperialism.
📌 https://twitter.com/AfterWestphalia/status/1505555272122646533?s=20

⋙ 2/7 It is predicated on fears of cultural, social, & economic repression grounded in historical realities & myths arisen from more than 700 years interactions. It is rooted in the overthrow of the Hetmanate and extends through hundreds of years of foreign conquest.
⋙ 3/7 It is forged in the liquidation of intelligentsia in multiple parts of Ukraine with the rise of the Bolsheviks and crushing of democracy in 1918, and in the forced collectivization and starvation of millions eastern Ukrainians during Holodomor.
⋙ 4/7 It was crystallized in the scorched earth policies of the of the retreats of both the Red Army and then Nazis. And the subsequent rape and pillage of Ukraine by the Red Army as the Nazis retreated. Resulting in millions of Ukrainian deaths.
⋙ 4/7 Cultural oppression and subjugation from the Tsars to the soviets sought to hide Ukrainian culture, poetry, art, and language. It resulted in the forced colonization of millions of Ethnic Russians to Поселок (settlements) throughout Ukraine.
⋙ 5/7 no 🧵can do justice to the complexity of the relationship between Ukraine and Russia this is a simplification. There is immense fear not only in the destruction of cities and the loss of life, but in a reversion to being subjugated under an oppressive colonial power.
⋙ 6/7 When developing a calculus of peace a failure to take into account these fears and to only account for the human toll of cities is to misread the conflict. There are intangible aspects to war and peace that exist beyond a pure rational choice matrix of land and lives.

🧵 RT @AfterWestphalia 1/7 There is much discussion over when and how a peace deal should be struck on Ukraine. These are things for the people and leadership of Ukraine to decide. It is informed by more than the destruction of cities. It is rooted in a history of colonialism and imperialism.
📌 https://twitter.com/AfterWestphalia/status/1505555272122646533?s=20

🐣 RT @komitet2012 ⚡️⚡️⚡️the recent polls: 77 % Ukrainians think things in 🇺🇦goes to the right direction, 93% believes 🇺🇦will win this war, 47%- victory in a few weeks, 23%- a few months, 82%-don’t believe 🇺🇦will split. Main enemies: Russia (98%), Belarus (84%). The most friendly states: 🇵🇱🇱🇹 🇬🇧 🇺🇸

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Meanwhile on Russian state TV: desperate to corroborate Putin’s ridiculous fabrication about Ukraine’s alleged “Nazi government,” propagandist Vladimir Soloviev argued that President Volodymyr Zelensky “isn’t really Jewish.”

WaPo: Putin’s war propaganda becomes ‘patriotic’ lessons in Russian schools http://wapo.st/3ukTBns “It’s another front in … Putin’s sweeping crackdowns to criminalize dissent and enforce an unquestioning brand of patriotism even as Russia grows increasingly isolated”

🧵 RT @EerikNKross A friend asked for an explanation why “It’s just Putin” is wrong and dangerous. I felt it needs a longer response. Here it is:
📌 https://twitter.com/EerikNKross/status/1505669877809483785?s=20

🧵 RT @AseyevStanislav According to the Main Directorate of Intelligence of Ukraine, there is growing opposition to Vladimir Putin among political and business circles advocating for his urgent removal from power and restoration of economic and diplomatic ties with the West. 1/5
📌 https://twitter.com/AseyevStanislav/status/1505588260453634050?s=20

🐣 RT @PaulaChertok I hope NATO is preparing. Putin’s not going to stop killing Ukrainians & not going to stop at Ukraine. Because the threat he wants to obliterate is democracy—not just at Russia’s door (hello Baltics) but anywhere. As long as democracy inspires Russians, Putin will try to kill it.

NYT: Truth Is Another Front in Putin’s War http://nyti.ms/3N4shlH “[T]he Kremlin has cycled through a torrent of lies to explain why it had to wage a ‘special military operation’ against a sovereign neighbor. Drug-addled neo-Nazis. Genocide. American biological weapons factories”
// The Kremlin has used a barrage of increasingly outlandish falsehoods to prop up its overarching claim that the invasion of Ukraine is justified.

[T]he Kremlin has cycled through a torrent of lies to explain why it had to wage a “special military operation” against a sovereign neighbor. Drug-addled neo-Nazis. Genocide. American biological weapons factories. Birds and reptiles trained to carry pathogens into Russia. Ukrainian forces bombing their own cities, including theaters sheltering children. …

Using a barrage of increasingly outlandish falsehoods, President Vladimir V. Putin has created an alternative reality, one in which Russia is at war not with Ukraine but with a larger, more pernicious enemy in the West. Even since the war began, the lies have gotten more and more bizarre, transforming from claims that “true sovereignty” for Ukraine was possible only under Russia, made before the attacks, to those about migratory birds carrying bioweapons.

🧵 RT @KofmanMichael Thoughts on the current state of the war and where things might be heading. About 2 weeks ago I suggested that Russian forces have ~3 weeks before combat effectiveness becomes increasingly exhausted. I think that’s generally been right, but we’re not quite there yet. Thread. 1/
📌 🌎 https://twitter.com/KofmanMichael/status/1505596135867662336?s=20&t=JJvhpjxX-LVXyL8VzR7Maw/photo/1

🧵 RT @PhillipsPOBrien A thread about how we report supposed victories in war (this one and others), why they dont matter nearly as much as people claim, and how they actually deceive us into understanding what really matters. Partly motivated by this @nytimes headline.
📌 https://twitter.com/PhillipsPOBrien/status/1505450685260783616?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Pontifex Let us be close to this martyred people, let us embrace them with affection with concrete commitment and prayer. And please let us not get used to war and violence, let us not tire of welcoming them with generosity, not only now, but also in the weeks and months to come. #Ukraine

🐣 RT @AymanM Don’t look away from this. I know it’s hard. It’s graphic. It’s disturbing. Mariupol has been decimated. And this could happen to other cities in Ukraine if Russia is not stopped immediately.
💽 https://twitter.com/AymanM/status/1505592570314952719?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @NickKnudsenUS President Zelenskyy has me in tears with this video. This is pure brilliance.
“Yes, Ukraine was beautiful. But now, it will become great.” – @ZelenskyyUa
Please watch. #LongLiveUkraine
💽 https://twitter.com/NickKnudsenUS/status/1505569754068660226?s=20/photo/1

🔊President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy:
We will win.
There will be new cities.
There will be new dreams.
There will be a new story.
There will be, there’s no doubt.
And those we’ve lost will be remembered.
And we will sing again, and we will celebrate anew. 🇺🇦

⭕ 19 Mar 2022

WSJ: Reported Detention of Russian Spy Boss Shows Tension Over Stalled Ukraine Invasion, US Officials Say http://on.wsj.com/3iFdaS1 “[T]he campaign that Moscow expected to culminate in a lightning seizure of [Kyiv] has instead turned into a costly and embarrassing morass”
// U.S. deems credible reports that chief of FSB intelligence agency’s Ukraine unit is under house arrest; bickering between FSB, defense ministry

🐣 RT @calxandr Ukraine has an inherent right to individual & collective self-defence under article 51 the @UN Charter. ¤ All states upholding the Charter & core principles of international law have a right & duty to join Ukraine’s self-defence. ¤ #StopRussia #CloseTheSky #DefendUkraine

🐣 RT @anders_aslund The International Court of Justice established that Russia started an unprovoked war of aggression & must withdraw instantly. Putin has not done so. Therefore $400 bn of Russian central bank rightly been seized by G-7 governments should be legally confiscated.

🐣 RT @EliotHiggins We’ve never seen a situation where there’s so much evidence of war crimes and so much engagement with the accountability community in that evidence. You just have to look at our civilian harm map to get a sense of that
⋙📲 Bellingcat: Hospitals Bombed and Apartments Destroyed: Mapping Incidents of Civilian Harm in Ukraine http://bit.ly/36wjx70 “Bellingcat and members of its Global Authentication Project have begun to log and map these incidents on an interactive TimeMap”
// 3/17/2022; Bellingcat is mapping incidents that appear to have led to civilian harm and damaged civilian infrastructure in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
// With more videos and images coming to light each day, Bellingcat and members of its Global Authentication Project have begun to log and map these incidents on an interactive TimeMap.

🐣 RT @yermolenko_v Ukrainians are showing to the democratic world that democratic values are not only defendable, but defendable heroically. Counter-current to general mood of decadence and frustration in the democratic world over the past decades

🐣 RT @POLITICOEurope US President Joe Biden spoke with China’s President Xi Jinping in a call that exposed a deepening divide between the leaders’ positions on the Russian invasion of Ukraine and China’s claims to Taiwan.
⋙ Politico: Biden’s call with Xi underscores deepening bilateral deadlock http://politi.co/3KXOFLL
// The lack of any substantive results from the discussion calls into question whether the two leaders’ personal relationship can bridge deep differences in their positions.

🐣 RT @CoolnessComic Rise up and resist✊🏼 Text Block: https://twitter.com/CoolnessCosmic/status/1505003374038552581?s=20/photo/1
⋙ Text: If Zelenskyy and brave Ukraine men and women can stand in their streets with light weapons and a few Javelins against a mechanized army and say “Fuck you!” to the whiny, belligerent insanity of a thug dictator and his petro-mafiya, can’t we take inspiration and defend our own democracy?
Edward Norton, American actor
HUMAN REFORM POLITICS: A force for positive change

🐣 RT @KyivIndependent ⚡️ NATO to send air defense systems to Slovakia. ¤ Germany and the Netherlands will deliver MIM-104 Patriot PAC-3 air defense systems to Slovakia. ¤ Prior, Slovak Defense Minister said that his country would transfer the Soviet-made S-300 air defense systems to Ukraine.

🐣 RT @StratcomCentre [UA] Ukrainian military took back control over more than 30 towns and villages in the Kyiv region. In some directions, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled the Russian troops to positions up to 70 kilometers away from Kyiv. #StopRussia

WaPo: Mixed signals from Ukraine’s president and his aides leave West confused about his end game http://wapo.st/3qf2Nby “If Russian President Vladimir Putin can use military force to compel political change in Ukraine, he could use the same tactic elsewhere”
// Volodymyr Zelensky faces agonizing choices at the negotiation table with Russia. His government is still sorting out what might be acceptable, say U.S. and European officials.

⭕ 18 Mar 2022

CleanTechnica: Whose Gas Will Europe Import Now? The Choice Matters http://bit.ly/36zpVdH “Russia’s pipelines are both longer (on an individual basis) and leakier than the infrastructure in the United States and Qatar” (regarding methane leakage of liquified natural gas (LNG)
// Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine has brought instability, violence, and human tragedy on a massive scale, with effects rippling across the continent and globally.

VOA: Pope Calls Ukraine War ‘Perverse Abuse of Power’ for Partisan Interests http://bit.ly/3ijvvUa “‘The blood and tears of children, the suffering of women and men who are defending their land or fleeing from bombardments shakes our conscience,’ he said.”

🧵 RT @RALee85 [Rob Lee] Thread on the current status of the war. There are 4 areas/cities to watch over the next 1-2 weeks:
-Mikolaiv
-Mariupol
-Joint Forces Operation area
-Kyiv
Russian forces are having some successes pushing against JFO but less against Kyiv and Mikolaiv. (map from @TheStudyofWar)
📌 https://twitter.com/RALee85/status/1504927427230904320?s=20

🐣 RT @BillClinton America stands united with the people of Ukraine in their fight for freedom and against oppression.
💽 https://twitter.com/BillClinton/status/1504932025928667143?s=20/photo/1
// Bill Clinton and George W Bush lay bouquets of sunflowers at Ukrainian church

🌎🧵 ThreadReader, @JominiW: 1/ Ukrainian Theater of War, Day 22 & 23: The fourth week of the war opened with a series of Ukrainian counteroffensives in the Kyiv, Kharkiv, Donbas, and Mykolaiyv areas. Russian forces remain relatively combat ineffective outside the Donbas region. #UkraineUnderAttack #Ukraine http://bit.ly/3wosKt5
📌 https://twitter.com/JominiW/status/1505043913652027393?s=20

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews I’ve never seen any other American TV program parroting Russian talking points more persistently than Tucker Carlson—along with his recurring pro-Russian guests—nor have I ever seen any other U.S. show translated and broadcast with such frequency on Russian state TV. #TuckyoRose

🐣 RT @avalaina This is 16-year-old Katya. Her family came under fire from the Russians during the evacuation from Vorzel. She covered her brother Igor with her body. When Katya started bleeding, 8-year-old Igor got out of the car and started shouting Russians to stop. ¤ Photo TV channel Ukraine

WaPo: Computer programmers are taking aim at Russia’s propaganda wall http://wapo.st/3u5jKGt “The volunteers behind today’s efforts say they hope to help overcome the Russian government’s suppression of the war’s devastated cities, bombed hospitals and humanitarian catastrophes”
// A scrum of international ‘information warriors’ is racing to pierce the Kremlin’s propaganda bubble by broadcasting on shortwave radio, texting Russian strangers and sifting through military data leaks

🐣 RT @PostOpinions The goal for the West in general, and the United States in particular, must be to hasten the defeat of Putin’s army, Michael @McFaul writes:
⋙ WaPo, Michael McFaul: Why the West must boost military assistance to Ukraine http://wapo.st/3MZGQXQ
// 3/16/2022; Ukraine will win. The West’s job is to hasten the end of the war.

MoscowTimes [Indep]: Search for Ukraine Theater Bombing Survivors as War Crime Claims Mount http://bit.ly/3whOeI0 “It’s not Mariupol anymore.… It is hell.”

Rescue workers searched desperately for any survivors buried beneath the rubble of Mariupol’s bombed-out theater Friday, as Russia’s forces pounded residential areas across Ukraine, stoking allegations of war crimes.

Twenty-four hours after Mariupol’s once-gleaming whitewashed theater was hollowed out by a Russian strike, the number of dead, injured or trapped is still unclear. ¤ Ukraine’s ombudswoman Lyudmyla Denisova said a bombshelter in the building had survived the impact, and some “adults and children” had emerged alive. ¤ “Work is underway to unlock the basement,” she said, amid fears that up to 1,000 people may have been taking refuge underground at the time of the blast.

The attack on a civilian building marked with the words “DETI,” or “children” in Russian, has sparked a wave of international revulsion and heaped pressure on Russia’s few remaining allies — most notably China — to condemn Moscow’s apparent deliberate targeting of civilians.

In a call later Friday U.S. President Joe Biden is set to warn his counterpart Xi Jinping that Beijing will face “costs” for “any actions it takes to support Russia’s aggression,” according to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. ¤ In the wake of the theater attack, Blinken also said it was “difficult to conclude” that Vladimir Putin’s regime had not engaged in war crimes by targeting civilians. ¤ Biden hoped China would use “whatever leverage they have to compel Moscow to end this war,” the top U.S. diplomat said.

Russia has routinely denied such allegations and the Ministry of Defense has said it did not strike any ground targets in Mariupol on the afternoon the theater was hit. ¤ It instead claimed Ukraine’s hardline nationalist Azov battalion, a frequent target of Russian propaganda, mined the theater and held civilian hostages there in “a new bloody provocation.”

Russia’s siege of the city — cutting power, as well as many communications links and food supplies — has closed access and made independent verification all but impossible. ¤ Local officials say more than 2,000 people have died so far in indiscriminate shelling, and 80% of its housing has been destroyed.

“In the streets, there are the bodies of many dead civilians,” Tamara Kavunenko, 58, told AFP after fleeing the city. ¤ “It’s not Mariupol anymore,” she said. “It is hell.”

Ukrainian MP Sergiy Taruta said that Russian forces’ blockade of the city, killing of medics and destroying emergency equipment was stymying rescue efforts. ¤ He claimed some people had emerged from the wreckage, but warned: “all those who survived the bombing will either die under the rubble of the theater or have already died.”

Italy’s minister of culture Dario Franceschini said his country was ready to rebuild the theater “as soon as possible.” ¤ With stop-start peace talks ongoing, officials in Kyiv said Russia had agreed to nine humanitarian corridors Thursday for fleeing refugees, including one out of Mariupol. …

🐣 RT @herszenhorn Putin’s war in Ukraine seems destined to go down as one of the greatest strategic mistakes by a leader in human history, exposing his armed forces as inept and his politics as morally bankrupt. Ukrainians are fleeing his bombs; Russians are fleeing him.
⋙ Politico [EU]: Kremlin’s occupation blueprint goes up in smoke as Ukraine fights back http://politi.co/3ihQXZV
// Amid killings, kidnappings and abuse, Ukrainians are thwarting Putin’s plans to rerun his Crimea occupation playbook.

Reuters: Missiles destroy aircraft repair plant in Lviv – mayor http://reut.rs/3KV4xP0

🧵 RT @DefenceU МАРІУПОЛЬ [MARIUPOL status]
📌 💽 https://twitter.com/DefenceU/status/1504696091882758147?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @DefenceU ⚓️MARIUPOL⚓️
🤬 Thousands killed by russian invaders!
🤬 90% of the city was destroyed by putin’s soldiers’ shelling it.
🤬 russians hold Mariupol residents hostage, blocking humanitarian corridors.
⋙ 🐣 RT @DefenceU
🤬 There is no power, gas or heat in the city.
🤬 There is no living, only continuous grief, fire, and endless shelling with all types of fascist weaponry.
❗️Russian monsters will pay for their crimes!

⭕ 17 Mar 2022

🐣 RT @USEmbUN Ukraine will never be a victory for Putin. No matter what advances he makes, no matter whom he kills or what cities he destroys. ¤ The United States stands with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people – and we will do everything in our power to end this tragic, unnecessary war.

🐣 RT @Biz_Ukraine_Mag MUST READ THREAD: The Russian siege of Mariupol is one of the worst war crimes of the twenty-first century. Please read this harrowing text to learn more about the suffering inflicted on the civilian population by Putin’s troops
⋙ 🧵 RT @rshereme The faint hearted should not read this. ¤ Yesterday, at our own risk, we left Mariupol under gunfire. We stayed overnight in a field in a gray zone. It was freezing outside, thank God we are alive. We are alive to scream that everyone who stayed in Mariupol needs help!
📌 https://twitter.com/rshereme/status/1504579756221558792?s=20
⋙ [last tweet] P.S. I have translated this from Svitlana Zlenko’s post. Please share it for others to understand the horror of Russian war against Ukraine.

⋙ There is no connection in the city, no water, no gas, no ambulances. People with torn limbs bleed in their yards and no one can help them. These are peaceful people – our acquaintances and relatives. The dead are simply being covered by soil where they lay.
⋙ Yes, we collected snow, warmed it on a campfire, and cooked macaroni. My family was in the bomb shelter of High School No 2. Three days ago a shell flew there and shattered some of the windows. A woman was wounded in her hip.
⋙ She laid all night on the first floor of the high school asking for someone to give her poison so that she would not feel the pain. There was no one to take her to the hospital. Every day and every night there are fire shots, whistles, shaking walls and horror: Where will it hit
⋙ Doctors from Hospital No 3 (the part that survived) work heroically: they perform surgeries, they save people. The woman with the wounded hip was taken by the Red Cross within a day. I pray for her to survive. Two shells flew into our building and two into our yard.

⋙ My mother, Angela, and three brothers, Roman (16 years old), Vasya (11 years old) and Vladislav (9 years old), reside in a city-center building, on the fifth floor. My mother-in-law, Lyubov, and father-in-law, Anatoly, reside on the ninth floor.

⋙ There are almost no shelters in the city left, no bunkers with ventilation. At best, people hide in basements. My mom’s building doesn’t have a basement. People need to be taken out – women, children, elderly people. Give us buses, a green corridor, make an arrangement!
⋙ I pray for my loved ones, every Mariupolian, every Ukrainian soldier. The enemy came to us and left us no choice, but there is nothing more valuable than human life. This needs to end!
⋙ There is no food, no medicine. When there will be no more snow, people won’t be able to go out for water. Pharmacies, grocery stores – everything is either looted or burned. The dead are not taken out. The police recommends to open the windows and put the corpses on the balcony.
⋙ I know you think you understand what’s going on, but you’ll never understand unless you’ve been here. I can now hear the sound of sirens and I’m not afraid. Earlier there was no power for 16 days in Mariupol so we weren’t warned before planes dropped bombs on us.

⋙ I beg everyone to stop this! I don’t know what will happen next, but I pray that this will never happen again in any of the cities of Ukraine and the world. Nobody: a pregnant woman in the hospital who failed to give life because a shell fell on the hospital and killed her.
⋙ They show you how buildings burn, but they don’t show you how people burn. Do I need to burn myself for you to believe that this has to stop?! I beg you to stop this!
⋙ These 21 days changed everyone. Everything has changed! Nothing matters now, costs nothing, as long as everyone left in this Mariupol hell would not be shaken in fear and horror.

🧵 RT @HannaNotte NOW: #Ukraine President #Zelenskyy addressing the German #Bundestag via video broadcast. I speak to you, the German people, as Russia bombards us, destroys everything that we have built in our country. Over past 3 weeks, 1000s of Ukrainians have been killed, incl. 800 children.
📌 https://twitter.com/HannaNotte/status/1504371316882825221?s=20

NYT: As Russian Troop Deaths Climb, Morale Becomes an Issue, Officials Say http://nyti.ms/366zp0n “In 36 days of fighting on Iwo Jima during World War II, nearly 7,000 Marines were killed. Now, 20 days after [Putin] invaded Ukraine, his military has already lost more soldiers”
// More than 7,000 Russian troops have been killed in less than three weeks of fighting, according to conservative U.S. estimates.

It is a staggering number amassed in just three weeks of fighting, American officials say, with implications for the combat effectiveness of Russian units, including soldiers in tank formations. Pentagon officials say a 10 percent casualty rate, including dead and wounded, for a single unit renders it unable to carry out combat-related tasks.

With more than 150,000 Russian troops now involved in the war in Ukraine, Russian casualties, when including the estimated 14,000 to 21,000 injured, are near that level. And the Russian military has also lost at least three generals in the fight, according to Ukrainian, NATO and Russian officials.

Pentagon officials say that a high, and rising, number of war dead can destroy the will to continue fighting. The result, they say, has shown up in intelligence reports that senior officials in the Biden administration read every day: One recent report focused on low morale among Russian troops and described soldiers just parking their vehicles and walking off into the woods.

The American officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss operational matters, caution that their numbers of Russian troop deaths are inexact, compiled through analysis of the news media, Ukrainian figures (which tend to be high, with the latest at 13,500), Russian figures (which tend to be low, with the latest at 498), satellite imagery and careful perusal of video images of Russian tanks and troops that come under fire.

American military and intelligence officials know, for instance, how many troops are usually in a tank, and can extrapolate from that the number of casualties when an armored vehicle is hit by, say, a Javelin anti-tank missile.

The high rate of casualties goes far to explain why Russia’s much-vaunted force has remained largely stalled outside of Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital.

“Losses like this affect morale and unit cohesion, especially since these soldiers don’t understand why they’re fighting,” said Evelyn Farkas, the top Pentagon official for Russia and Ukraine during the Obama administration. “Your overall situational awareness decreases. Someone’s got to drive, someone’s got to shoot.”

NYT: The Future of Russia Is Leaving.’ Putin’s Critics Are Fleeing the Country. http://nyti.ms/36lUEuS “[T]ens or even hundreds of thousands of members of Russia’s liberal intelligentsia and political opposition are scrambling to escape”

Newsweek: Three Weeks Into Ukraine War, Russian Invasion Has Ground to a Halt http://bit.ly/3th2cYK “Russia’s campaign has faced stern Ukrainian resistance and been hit by military blunders … and low morale among Russian troops who, when captured have spoken of their regret”

🐣 RT @ReutersWorld UK military intelligence says Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has largely stalled http://reut.rs/3tknbKt

🐣 As Simon and Garfunkel sang:
♫ Lie, lie, lie,
Lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie,
Lie, lie, lie,
Lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie,
La-la-la-la-lie

🐣 RT @Osinttechnical Zelensky- “My priorities in the negotiations are absolutely clear. End of the war, security guarantees, sovereignty, restoration of territorial integrity, real guarantees for our country, real protection for our country”

🐣 compare https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1504373716465111042?s=20/photo/1
// Trump vs Biden with Milley and SecDef; Lafayette Park v Russia/Ukraine War

🐣 RT @Billbrowder BREAKING: Major western governments set up the Russian Elite, Proxies, Oligarch Task Force to hunt down and seize the property of the Russian elite. It consists of America, Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the EC.
⋙ WaPo: Biden administration identifies 50 Russian elites as targets for global hunt to seize assets http://wapo.st/366dHtd
// Treasury officials provided the list to the “Russian Elites, Proxies, and Oligarchs” taskforce, a new multinational body

⭕ 16 Mar 2022

🐣 RT @XSovietNews “We decided to launch a genocide with a claim we were preventing one.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @MFA_Russia 💬 President #Putin: Encouraged by the US and other Western countries, Ukraine was purposefully preparing for a massacre & an ethnic cleansing in #Donbass. ¤ A massive onslaught on Donbass & then Crimea was simply a matter of time. These plans were shattered by our Armed Forces. https://twitter.com/XSovietNews/status/1504364327243026435?s=20/photo/1
// snarly Putin

🐣 RT @MFA_Ukraine You may not understand the language, but the grief on the faces of these people is clear to everyone. ¤ 📍Donetsk https://twitter.com/MFA_Ukraine/status/1504364531845373954?s=20&t=3t6Xmj0RQmqVQrHAPNtdGg/photo/1 -2

🐣 RT @MFA_Ukraine 48-year-old Olga Semidyanova died in battle with Russian Armed Forces. She had been a Military Medic since 2014 in the Donetsk region.
Olga Semidyanova was awarded the Mother-Heroine status as a mother of six children and six more adopted.
#StandWithUkraine #closeUAskyNOW

🐣 RT @anders_aslund Russia has become the leading terrorist state of the world. The US, EU, UK & UN need to confirm its status as a terrorist state. ¤ Then, all Russian embassies should be closed and their intelligence officers kicked out. They don’t deal with diplomacy but information warfare.

🐣 RT @chessninja To help keep the Klitschko brothers straight, Kyiv mayor Vitaly is the former heavyweight boxing champ who has a PhD and plays chess. Wladimir is the former heavyweight boxing champ with a PhD and plays chess and is younger and taller.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ChrisReason2 Russia claims its only hitting military targets. What does the Kyiv Mayor say to that? “BULLSHIT!” he spits. A former boxing champion, Vitale Klitschko delivers knockout sound bites that get straight to the point. Feel free to share #Ukraine #Kyiv
💽 https://twitter.com/ChrisReason7/status/1504008559566426115?s=20/photo/1
// live interview

🐣 RT @petestrzok Such an honorable moment for the Koch brothers and family. ¤ “Koch Industries is staying put….Koch has several business lines in Russia, and is among the nearly 40 companies described as ‘digging in’ by refusing to curb or stop business in that nation”
⋙ CBSNews: Koch Industries stays in Russia, backs groups opposing U.S. sanctions http://cbsn.ws/34N0c0W

🐣 RT @SecBlinken We saw this in Georgia in 2008. In eastern Ukraine in 2014. In Syria in 2018. In the UK in 2018. Now, it’s happening again in Ukraine in 2022. The Kremlin has consistently made up lies to shift the blame and attempt to justify its atrocities.
💽 https://twitter.com/SecBlinken/status/1504270040295788546?s=20/photo/1
// Putin’s Pattern of Lies

🐣 RT @anders_aslund Yes, Putin looks like Hitler at his end in the bunker: Recognizing no reality, just complaining that everybody has betrayed him. Can we hope that Putin commits suicide next week when it becomes obvious that his stupidity has led to his loss?
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews To me, one of the most striking things about Putin’s latest unhinged speech was that he is STILL trying to sell the idea that his war against Ukraine was necessary and unavoidable. ¤ No matter how he packages it (Nazis, bio-weapons, dirty nukes, etc.), it can never be justified.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @anders_aslund This is an important observation, indicating that Putin is unable to adjust to reality. Therefore he is likely to be ousted, because few people are as stubbornly stupid as Putin.
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @drndbl I would not be so optimistic. Stupid tyrants can survive long time. Maduro is the perfect example: his crimes/incompetence created more refugees than the war in Syria. He is still there. Putin can create a N. Korea like nightmare that potentially can even survive after his death.
🐣 First we had to learn about immunology🦠
Now we have to learn about munitions 💣
What a strange time⏳we’re living in

🐣 RT @donwinslow These are war crimes. ¤ This is the calculated murder of innocent civilians. ¤ This is the bombing of hospitals and the murder of children. ¤ This is #PutinsWarCrimes
💽 https://twitter.com/donwinslow/status/1503979467793833987?s=20&t=83kVQlQMlq2Dj96vERLEZg/photo/1

🐣 RT @POTUS The world is united in our support for Ukraine — and in our determination to make Putin pay a very heavy price for attacking Ukraine. ¤ America is leading this effort — together with our allies and partners — providing enormous levels of security and humanitarian assistance. https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/1504253885619355649?s=20/photo/1
// 🖼 nice b&w photo of Blinken Biden and Milley walking

🐣 RT @poroshenko Do not try to compromise with Putin, because this is the road to Munich in 1938. He said this on the air @SkyNewsBreak .
⋙ 🐣 RT @mrmikecolarusso Would anyone have imagined a former President taking up arms, fighting invaders, and fully throatily supporting his current government like this? #GloryToUkraine #StrongerTogether2022

🐣 RT @PavelLatushka [Belarus government official] ❗️❗️❗️Over the past 3️⃣ hours, about 3️⃣0️⃣ fighter jets, transport planes & helicopters lifted into the sky from #Belarusian airfields in Baranovichi, Gomel, Lida, Luninets❗️
6️⃣ missiles launched near the city of Kalinkovichi. Explosions are heard in various cities of #Belarus.
📌 https://twitter.com/PavelLatushka/status/1504200509481173006?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @JohnMarvellan More from @PavelLatushka – apparently it’s revolution time in Belarus!!!!
⋙ 🐣 RT @PavelLatushka Statement by @nau_belarus on the facts of Belarus’ occupation by #Russia, the significant loss of control over the country’s territory by the illegitimate government of #Lukashenka and drawing #Belarus into a war with #Ukraine.
🎥⬇️ https://youtu.be/J6o2psHkf4c
[[Wikipedia: Latushko became a member of the presidium of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s Coordination Council.]]
⋙ 🐣 RT @PavelLatushka We state: #Belarus is an occupied territory, #Russia is an occupying country, & Lukashenka’s regime is a #puppetgovernment. We call on foreign partners to give an appropriate assessment of the current situation. Full statement: https://bit.ly/3JkfQ2S m
@StateDept @SecBlinken

🐣 RT @juliaioffe Can anyone tell me why the Channel One broadcast was just interrupted for the singing of the Russian national anthem over shots of the Kremlin? I’ve never seen this. Has Russia gone full North Korea?
⋙ 🐣 RT @juliaioffe Lol now they’re onto their morning show, which begins with the most important thing that all Russian women care about, especially those who are watching this show: how not to catch a cold during the deceptive warming of winter. 😅
📌 https://twitter.com/juliaioffe/status/1504294150585438210?s=20
// Russian tv; comments are 😅

🧵 RT @anneapplebaum Putin’s call for a “self-purification” of Russian society can have only one intention: To remind Russians of Stalin and his “purges.” He wants them to be haunted by dark, ancestral memories, to remember their grandparents’ stories and to be petrified with fear.
📌 https://twitter.com/anneapplebaum/status/1504274797127208964?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @mjluxmoore Ominous words from Putin about a “natural and necessary cleansing of the nation” to “spit out like flies” all representatives of a fifth column and “traitors” who do not back the Kremlin line. No wonder thousands are leaving the country in fear.
💽 https://twitter.com/mjluxmoore/status/1504134285401415681?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Amy_Siskind Get the name of the Russian commander who gave the order to bomb the theater in Mariupol with 1,000 civilians inside. Make it public. Launch a case against him at The Hague. There must be consequences!

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 Putin. A dangerous and brutal man. He’s scared. He’s in a strategic disaster of his own making. He will take Russia back in time to Stalinist repression.
⋙ 🐣 RT @just_whatever I have translated and added subtitles to the latest video speech by Vladimir Putin from two hours ago. Please don’t let it go in vain – I want everyone to see what a speech of true fascism looks like. ¤ No further comment needed, it’s all here, in his speech
💽 https://twitter.com/mccaffreyr3/status/1504246647718522882?s=20/photo/1
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @CivilWarII_book Concur. @juliaioffe says he will use nukes. She is out best cultural Rus / Putin reader. I’m going with her assessment. We are not prepared for that. […]
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 Nonsense. Russians are not going to use tactical nuclear weapons. There will not be a strategic nuclear exchange. We would not tolerate the use of tac nukes. We would take action without question.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @On_Politike Watched this a few times and it is clear:
1. He is absolutely seething with anger and rage. It’s a full public meltdown
2. But the anger seems to be directed internally….at Russians! You just get the sense he is panicky because he made a huge error& may be punished by Russians

🐣 RT @anders_aslund The Ukrainians say that 40% of the Russian units involved have been completely lost or lost combat capability. For how long can the deficient and demoralized Russian forces continue fighting? Their collapse might be approaching.

🐣 RT @jimsciutto New satellite images from @Maxar Technologies show that on Monday, the word “children” was spelled out outside the theater that the Mariupol City Council said was bombed on Wednesday. https://twitter.com/jimsciutto/status/1504200008660307979?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @yaros Text Block: https://twitter.com/yaros/status/1504237852263129090?s=20/photo/1

Text: TRUMP’S RECORD ON UKRAINE:
● His hand-picked campaign manager, Manafort, worked for the ousted former pro-Russian government in Ukraine
● Altered the GOP platform to remove support for Ukraine
● Stated repeatedly during his campaign that Putin had a right to Crimea (part of Ukraine)
● Once elected, lifted sanctions against Russia for seizing Crimea
● Attacked Ukraine as “corrupt” on the world stage
● Invited Putin to the WH, but never Zelenskyy, although Zelenskyy repeatedly asked him to, to show Putin that America backed Ukraine
● Attempted to tie Ukraine to Hillary
● Withheld $400M in military aid to Ukraine
● Tried to extort Ukraine in return for them inventing anti-Biden propaganda
● Suggested Ukraine & not Russia interfered with our election
● Tried to get Putin membership in the G7
● Attacked and undermined NATO
● Ordered thousands of troops out of Germany, who have been there since WW2 to counter Russian aggression
● Withdrew America from Open Skies Treaty (which allows US/NATO to do reconnaissance flights)

🐣 RT @natsechobbyist It’s critical that we never forget how we got to this moment. Excellent piece by @JoyceWhiteVance
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @MSNBC A call with Zelenskyy sparked Trump’s impeachment — and we can’t forget why, @joycewhitevance writes.
⋙ MSNBC, Joyce White Vance: America can’t afford to forget Zelenskyy’s role in Trump’s first impeachment http://on.msnbc.com/36oVZRs
// Many Americans have seemingly forgotten the fateful 2019 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and how that call foreshadowed today.

It was the summer of 2019. A soon-to-be whistleblower was stunned to learn about a phone call between U.S. President Donald Trump and newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. A White House lawyer, after learning about the president’s remarks, took a step that was at odds with White House policy: He buried the transcript of the call in an encrypted computer system used for national security information, where it was unlikely to come to light.

According to notes from the call, Trump told Zelenskyy, “I would like you to do us a favor though.” Trump wanted Zelenskyy to investigate Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden, for corruption stemming from Hunter’s work on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian company. Trump hinted that the former vice president could be complicit in the corruption, falsely claiming Biden had bragged about stopping an investigation into his son. Trump told Zelenskyy he’d arrange calls for him with both Rudy Giuliani and Attorney General William Barr.

Giuliani had already been pressuring Zelenskyy to open an investigation into the baseless theory that Ukraine had interfered in the 2016 election. Giuliani also pushed the Biden corruption allegations. Never mind that the timeline didn’t work in Trump’s favor. As retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman writes in his book, Burisma was investigated during the Obama administration but the alleged misconduct transpired before Hunter Biden joined the board. There was no indication he or his father were involved. And yet, Trump later called it “a perfect phone call.”

Zelenskyy was unaware that there was a problem with the approximately $400 million in aid Congress had appropriated for Ukraine. In fact, before the call, Trump had asked his chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, to hold back the aid. Members of Congress who inquired about the delay were told that it was part of an “interagency process” and members of the administration were instructed not to provide any additional information.

If none of this had come to light, it’s possible Ukraine may have given in. But the call did come to light. The inspector general for the intelligence community, Michael Atkinson (subsequently fired by Trump, in April 2020) advised the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that the director of national intelligence was sitting on a credible whistleblower complaint. The committee had to subpoena the director’s office, but it finally received the complaint. Trump then released a five-page summary of the call. His own version was so damaging that he was still impeached.

Barr seems to have known the whistleblower complaint was bad news from the time he got wind of it. Once the intelligence community inspector general deemed the allegations in the complaint both urgent and credible, Congress would normally have been alerted. But it wasn’t, because the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel issued an opinion that overruled the inspector general and forced the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to withhold the complaint. Barr’s DOJ not only tried to keep the whistleblower complain out of sight, it declined to conduct a criminal investigation, concluding there was no crime because Trump hadn’t “sought a thing of value.”

It wasn’t until after the White House learned about the whistleblower complaint that Ukraine finally received the aid Congress had approved months earlier. Ukraine’s national security, which is tied to American’s national security, took a backseat to Trump’s re-election ambitions. If none of this had come to light, it’s possible Ukraine may have given in. But the call did come to light.

Trump now takes credit for the aid Ukraine received and suggests that if he were president, Ukraine would be better off. Indeed, 62 percent of Americans believe Putin would not have invaded Ukraine if Trump were president. But believing Trump means putting aside reality. Trump is the president who demanded the translator’s notes after a 2017 conversation with Putin. He is the president who kept concealed, even in classified records, details of five face-to-face interactions with the Russian president from 2017 to 2019. Trump, over the course of his presidency, was increasingly hostile to NATO. At the same time, he was smitten with men like Xi Jinping, Kim Jong Un, and Putin.

Trump is not the champion of besieged democracies. His initial instinct was to call Putin’s actions “genius” and characterize his description of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border as peacekeepers as “very savvy.” ¤ We are fortunate Congress got wind of the whistleblower complaint and made it public. We are equally fortunate to have heard the testimony of people like Vindman and former Ukrainian Ambassador Marie Yovanovich. But, while the House impeached Trump, the Senate acquitted him. Among Republicans, only Mitt Romney of Utah acknowledged the facts. The Republican Party gave Trump a pass.

And Trump was clearly emboldened by his acquittal, going on to concoct an election fraud fantasy — well before the election took place and it would have been possible to know fraud was occurring. His anger when he lost erupted into a tantrum that propelled a crowd toward the Capitol and violence on Jan. 6. Had he won, Trump could have fully denuded NATO and entered into once discussed joint cyber agreements with Moscow. We could have had a president who wouldn’t protest Putin’s Ukraine ambitions; after all, as Trump said originally, they were “smart.”

We could still have a return of that president, with Trump hinting once again over the weekend that he will be a candidate in 2024. The same Trump, with a desperate desire to retake the White House and a willingness to sacrifice national interests to get there. Americans’ memories have seemingly gotten shorter and shorter. But if we are to avoid future disaster, we cannot forget the events — the facts — of July 2019.

🐣 RT @Charles_Lister NEW — S-300 air defense systems have been sent into #Ukraine, by U.S. or #NATO allies — per @RepMcCaul, the top Republican in the House Foreign Affairs Committee. (stock image) https://twitter.com/Charles_Lister/status/1504131606562357251?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ABC NEW: Russian airstrikes destroyed a theater in the besieged city of Mariupol where civilians were taking shelter, Ukrainian official says. https://abcn.ws/3wubSBt https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1504226744647266305?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @MSNBC U.S. to send 800 anti-aircraft systems, 9,000 anti-armor systems, 7,000 small arms, 20 million rounds of ammunition, and drones to Ukraine.
⋙ 💽 MSNBC: Biden announces additional support package for ‘unprecedented assistance to Ukraine’ http://on.msnbc.com/3wdCzde
// President Biden announced an additional $800 million in security assistance to Ukraine, including drones and anti-aircraft systems. The president pledged to hold Russia accountable for their invasion and to provide further humanitarian aid to Ukrainians.

🐣 RT @tribelaw These are genocidal terms. Putin has ensured his own permanent status as a pariah, never again to be part of the civilized world.
⋙ 🐣 RT @mjluxmoore Ominous words from Putin about a “natural and necessary cleansing of the nation” to “spit out like flies” all representatives of a fifth column and “traitors” who do not back the Kremlin line. No wonder thousands are leaving the country in fear.

🐣 RT @jillrussian #Putin’s “scum” speech is one of the scariest things I have ever heard him say.
🐣 RT @nytimesworld President Vladimir V. Putin on Wednesday referred to pro-Western Russians as “scum and traitors” who needed to be removed from society, describing the war in Ukraine as part of an existential clash with the United States.
⋙ NYT: Putin Assails Russians Who Back the West, Signaling More Repression http://nyti.ms/3KVlGIF

President Vladimir V. Putin on Wednesday referred to pro-Western Russians as “scum and traitors” who needed to be removed from society, describing the war in Ukraine as part of an existential clash with the United States and setting the stage for an ever fiercer crackdown at home and even more aggression abroad.

Claiming that the West was trying to “cancel Russia,” the Russian leader laced his speech with derision for the “political beau monde” in Europe and the United States, and for the “slave-like” Russians who supported it. It was a far more hard-line message than one delivered earlier in the day by Mr. Putin’s foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, who said that Russia saw “a certain hope that a compromise can be reached” with Ukraine to end the war.

The clash in tone indicated that even as Mr. Putin was directing his officials to explore a negotiated end to a war in which Russia faced far heavier resistance than the Kremlin had anticipated, he was prepared to keep raising the stakes in his conflict with the West.

And in reserving his toughest language for fellow Russians who disagreed with him, Mr. Putin opened the door to a new wave of repression that, analysts fear, could hit a much broader swath of society than the activists and journalists the Kremlin has targeted in recent months.

“The Russian people will always be able to distinguish true patriots from scum and traitors and simply spit them out like a fly that accidentally flew into their mouths,” Mr. Putin said. “I am convinced that such a natural and necessary self-purification of society will only strengthen our country, our solidarity, cohesion and readiness to respond to any challenges.”

The beginnings of a new crackdown quickly emerged. The authorities announced a criminal case against a popular lifestyle blogger, Veronika Belotserkovskaya, for antiwar Instagram posts that “discredited the state authorities and the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.” The government blocked access to the website of BBC News and promised that this was “only the beginning of the response to the information war unleashed by the West against Russia.”

“An unprecedented information campaign has been unleashed, which involves global social networks and all Western media, the objectivity and independence of which turned out to be just a myth,” Mr. Putin said. “The struggle we are waging is a struggle for our sovereignty, for the future of our country and our children.”

Tatiana Stanovaya, the founder of a political analysis firm, R. Politik, said Mr. Putin was signaling to law enforcement authorities across the country that they should target “all spheres of society that show any sympathy to the Western way of life.”

“This speech was, in part, an informal and indirect sanctioning of mass repression,” Ms. Stanovaya said. “His speech was scary — very scary.”

Mr. Putin insisted in his speech, which he delivered at the beginning of a televised videoconference with senior officials, that Russia’s military tactics in Ukraine had “fully justified themselves.” But even pro-Kremlin analysts said that Russia was becoming bogged down in a far bloodier conflict than anticipated — because Mr. Putin had apparently believed that many Ukrainian soldiers would lay down their arms rather than fight.

“The military operation is, no question, tougher going than had been expected,” said Sergei Markov, a pro-Kremlin commentator who appears frequently on state television. “It was expected that 30 to 50 percent of the Ukrainian Armed Forces would switch over to Russia’s side. No one is switching over.”

As a result, Mr. Putin appears to be probing for an exit that would fall short of his original aim of toppling the government of President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine — even as his military continues to pound Ukrainian cities. …

But Mr. Putin has made it clear that he sees Ukraine as only one battlefield in his wider conflict with the West — a fight, he reiterated on Wednesday, that he sees as existential.

Ms. Stanovaya said that Mr. Putin appeared to be leaving the unpleasant work of negotiating a compromise to end the war to his officials, while himself setting the stage for a bigger showdown ahead with the West and with pro-Western Russians.

“It’s dirty work to negotiate with Nazis,” she said, sarcastically alluding to Mr. Putin’s rhetoric about Ukraine’s leaders. “He’s got little to be happy about in this situation.”

🐣 RT @olex_scherba Ukraine conducted a “special operation” and rescued #Melitopol mayor Ivan Fedorov from captivity in the occupied #Luhansk! Melitopol is Ukraine! Thank you all who supported the #FreeIvanFedorov hashtag! ¤ #StandWithUkraine

🐣 RT @Kevinliptakcnn Biden says he believes Putin is a “war criminal”
💽 https://twitter.com/Kevinliptakcnn/status/1504171973055848457?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @djrothkopf Every American member of Congress watching @ZelenskyyUa speak this a.m. not only heard his inspiring remarks but understood the political calculus of the moment–that right now, amazingly, the Ukrainian leader is probably more popular than any of them in their districts/states.

🐣 RT @CIJ_ICJ READ HERE: full text of the #ICJ Order indicating provisional measures in the case concerning Allegations of Genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (#Ukraine v. #Russia) https://bit.ly/3CO5AgP
⋙ Document: http://bit.ly/3JgYV13
// International Criminal Court

🐣 ◕ RT @POTUS Oil prices are decreasing, gas prices should too. ¤ Last time oil was $96 a barrel, gas was $3.62 a gallon. Now it’s $4.31. ¤ Oil and gas companies shouldn’t pad their profits at the expense of hardworking Americans. https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/1504073842871963653?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @just_whatever I have translated and added subtitles to the latest video speech by Vladimir Putin from two hours ago. Please don’t let it go in vain – I want everyone to see what a speech of true fascism looks like. ¤ No further comment needed, it’s all here, in his speech
💽 https://twitter.com/just_whatever/status/1504144895501557762?s=20/photo/1

DailyMail: Putin’s chilling warning to the West and oligarchs http://bit.ly/3wiFgKR oh, he maaad!
● Vladimir Putin warned ‘scum’ traitors [oligarches] that Russians will ‘spit them out like a midge that flew into their mouths’
● He said that the West’s ‘attempt to have global dominance’ is coming to end, that it’s trying to ‘cancel’ Russia
● He said that keeping Russia in check was a long-term policy of Western nations to prevent state being ‘strong’
● Russian president told citizens they are fighting for the country’s ‘sovereignty’ and ‘the future of our children’
● Latest in Moscow’s propaganda as it seeks to justify its Ukraine war, claiming it is a ‘de-nazification’ operation

🐣 RT @POTUS Watch live as I deliver remarks announcing new assistance the United States is providing to Ukraine.
💽 https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/1504140822828269568?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ngumenyuk Speeches aren’t enough to win,but they matter. Zelensky in congress: “Now I am almost 45 years old. Today my age stopped when the hearts of more than 100 children stopped beating. I see no sense in life if it cannot stop death. And this is my main mission”
💽 https://youtu.be/6YF0qfAj8IY
⋙ 🐣 RT @ngumenyuk “Strong does not mean big. Strong is brave and ready to fight for the life of his citizens and citizens of the world. ¤ For human rights, for freedom, for the right to live decently and to die when your time comes, and not when it is wanted by someone else, by your neighbor. ”

🐣 RT @joshscampbell President Zelensky shows the United States Congress a video of his nation being destroyed by Vladimir Putin’s forces, and tells America: “Being the leader of the world means to be the leader of peace.”
💽 https://twitter.com/joshscampbell/status/1504087416256307205?s=20/photo/1

💙 ≣ WaPo: Text of Ukrainian President Zelensky’s virtual address to Congress http://wapo.st/3qapn54
// transcript

🐣 RT @USEmbassyKyiv Today, Russian forces shot and killed 10 people standing in line for bread in Chernihiv. Such horrific attacks must stop. We are considering all available options to ensure accountability for any atrocity crimes in Ukraine.

🐣 RT @MeganJGibson Xi Jinping is in an increasingly difficult position over Ukraine. But, as @katiestallard writes, “to walk away from Beijing’s relationship with Moscow, Xi would have to admit he had made a mistake.”
⋙ NewStatesman, Katie Stallard: Caught between Putin and the West, Xi Jinping faces a crucial choice on Russia http://bit.ly/35VF2yw
// To walk away from Beijing’s relationship with Moscow, Xi would have to admit he had made a mistake – that perhaps his judgement was fallible after all.

MSN, Monica Pitrelli: Anonymous declared a ‘cyber war’ against Russia. Here are the results http://bit.ly/3JoqJ40 “‘Many hacktivist groups have strong values,’ said Marianne Bailey, a cybersecurity partner at the consulting firm Guidehouse. ‘It is protesting in the 21st century’”

🐣 RT @EuromaidanPress There should be an international tribunal [for Russia] and it will be…The investigative team of the International Criminal Court, together with our law enforcement officers, are already gathering all the evidence in Ukraine – Zelenskyy https://bit.ly/3KP6Umq

TheAtlantic, Brian Klaas: Vladimir Putin Has Fallen Into the Dictator Trap http://bit.ly/3i9U4Dd “To crush prospective enemies, [dictators] must demand loyalty and crack down on criticism. But the more they do so, the lower the quality of information they receive”
// Reality doesn’t conform to the theory of the rational, calculating despot who can play the long game.

In the span of a couple of weeks, Vladimir Putin—a man recently described by Donald Trump as a strategic “genius”—managed to revitalize NATO, unify a splintered West, turn Ukraine’s little-known president into a global hero, wreck Russia’s economy, and solidify his legacy as a murderous war criminal.

… In my research, I’ve persistently encountered a stubborn myth—of the savvy strongman, the rational, calculating despot who can play the long game because he (and it’s typically a he) doesn’t have to worry about pesky polls or angry voters. Our elected leaders, this view suggests, are no match for the tyrant who gazes into the next decade rather than fretting about next year’s election. ¤ Reality doesn’t conform to that rosy theory.

Autocrats such as Putin eventually succumb to what may be called the “dictator trap.” The strategies they use to stay in power tend to trigger their eventual downfall. Rather than being long-term planners, many make catastrophic short-term errors—the kinds of errors that would likely have been avoided in democratic systems. They hear only from sycophants, and get bad advice. They misunderstand their population. They don’t see threats coming until it’s too late. And unlike elected leaders who leave office to riches, book tours, and the glitzy lifestyle of a statesman, many dictators who miscalculate leave office in a casket, a possibility that makes them even more likely to double down.

Despots sow the seeds of their own demise early on, when they first face the trade-off between allowing freedom of expression and maintaining an iron grip on power. After arriving in the palace, crushing dissent and jailing opponents is often rational, from the perspective of a dictator: It creates a culture of fear that is useful for establishing and maintaining control. But that culture of fear comes with a cost.

For those of us living in liberal democracies, criticizing the boss is risky, but we’re not going to be shipped off to a gulag or watch our family get tortured. In authoritarian regimes, those all-too-real risks have a way of focusing the mind. Is it ever worthwhile for authoritarian advisers to speak truth to power?

As a result, despots rarely get told that their stupid ideas are stupid, or that their ill-conceived wars are likely to be catastrophic. Offering honest criticism is a deadly game and most advisers avoid doing so. Those who dare to gamble eventually lose and are purged. So over time, the advisers who remain are usually yes-men who act like bobbleheads, nodding along when the despot outlines some crackpot scheme.

Even with such seemingly loyal cronies, despots face a dilemma. How can you trust the loyalty of an entourage that has every reason to lie and conceal its true thoughts? The ancient Greek philosopher Xenophon wrote of that inescapable paradox of tyranny: “It is never possible for the tyrant to trust that he is loved … and plots against tyrants spring from none more than from those who pretend to love them most.”

To solve this problem, despots create loyalty tests, ghoulish charades to separate true believers from pretenders. To be trusted, advisers must lie on behalf of the regime. Those who repeat absurd claims without blinking are deemed loyal. Anyone who hesitates is considered suspect.

In Kim Jong Un’s North Korea, for example, the lies have gotten progressively more ridiculous. Once a lie becomes widely accepted, the value of that individual loyalty test declines. Once everyone knows that Kim Jong Un learned to drive when he was just 3 years old, a new, more extreme lie must emerge for the test to serve its purpose. The cycle repeats itself, and a cult of personality is born.

Plenty of people around Putin understood that dynamic, which is why they were willing to parrot Putin’s outlandish claim that the Jewish president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, is presiding over a “neo-Nazi” state. (Such mythmaking can happen in democracies too, if you have an authoritarian-style leader. Just consider how many Republicans have fallen over one another to endorse Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election in order to prove their MAGA bona fides.)

But to stay in power, despots have to worry about more than just their advisers and cronies. They have to win over, intimidate, or coerce their population too. That’s why dictators invest in state-sponsored media. In Russia, the state goes so far as to present fake presidential candidates who pretend to oppose Putin in rigged elections. The whole system is a Potemkin village, an illusion of choice and political debate.

Again, that mechanism of control comes with a cost. Some citizens brainwashed by state propaganda will support a war that is sure to backfire. Others privately oppose the regime, but will be too afraid to say anything. As a result, reliable polling doesn’t exist in autocracies. (Russia is no exception.) That means that despots like Putin are unable to accurately understand the attitudes of their own people.

If you live in a fake world long enough, it can start to feel real. Dictators and despots begin to believe their own lies, repeated back at them and propagated by state-controlled media. That might help explain why Putin’s recent speeches have stood out as unhinged rants. It’s certainly possible that his mind has succumbed to his own propaganda, creating a warped worldview in which the invasion of Ukraine was, as Trump put it, an incredibly “savvy” move.

The risks of miscalculation are compounded, psychology research has shown, by the fact that power literally goes to your head, including in a key way that may be relevant in explaining Putin’s costly gambit in Ukraine. The longer someone is in power, the more they begin to get a sense of what is known as “illusory control,” a mistaken belief that they can control outcomes much more than they actually can. That delusion is particularly dangerous in dictatorships, in which there are virtually no checks or balances, no term limits or free elections to boot someone from power.

Some Russia experts, such as Fiona Hill, have recently suggested that Putin has spent much of the pandemic isolated and alone, poring over old maps of the lost Russian “imperium.” Cumulatively, it’s possible to imagine how these factors combined to convince Putin that his brutal blunder in Ukraine was a good idea.

When despots screw up, they need to watch their own back. Yet again, they can become victims of the dictator trap. To crush prospective enemies, they must demand loyalty and crack down on criticism. But the more they do so, the lower the quality of information they receive, and the less they can trust the people who purport to serve them. As a result, even when government officials learn about plots to overthrow an autocrat, they may not share that knowledge. This is known as the “vacuum effect”—and it means that authoritarian presidents might learn of coup attempts and putsches only when it’s too late. This raises a question that should keep Putin awake at night: If the oligarchs were to eventually make a pmove against him, would anyone warn him?

Clearly, Putin is no fool. But as we debate possible endgames to the war in Ukraine, we shouldn’t kid ourselves. Putin, like many despots, isn’t behaving fully rationally. He inhabits a fantasy world, surrounded by people who are afraid to challenge him, with a mind that has been poisoned by more than two decades as a tyrant. He’s made a catastrophic mistake in Ukraine—one that may yet prove his downfall.

Democracy isn’t perfect. It’s messy. It can be shortsighted. Many powerful democracies, including the United States, are dysfunctional. But at least our leaders face real constraints, real pushback for their miscalculations, and real criticism from their population. And, crucially, there’s a built-in mechanism to replace our leaders when they start to behave irrationally or irresponsibly.

That’s why it’s time to jettison the myth of the “savvy” strongman, or the dictator who’s a geopolitical “genius.” Putin has fallen victim to the dictator trap and proved that he is neither.

🐣 RT @mfa_russia 🇷🇺🇫🇷📞 In a phone call with President @EmmanuelMacron, President Vladimir #Putin emphasised that Ukraine settlement s possible in case of consideration for Russia’s legitimate security interests.
☝️ It was noted that Russia is open to negotiations
🔗 https://is.gd/Ku704Q
⋙ 🐣 no disarmament of former Soviet countries
no Donbas
retreat to Russian boundaries
reparations for damages to infratructure
payments to survivors of civilians killed
allow membership in EU
allow vote on change to Constitution on NATO
respect sovereignty (no meddling)

🐣 RT @UKRinUNOG The #ICJ will deliver its Order in the case concerning Allegations of Genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (#Ukraine v. #Russia)
⋙ 🐣 RT @CIJ_ICJ PRESS RELEASE: the #ICJ will deliver its Order in the case concerning Allegations of Genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (#Ukraine v. #Russia) this Wednesday, 16 March, at 4 p.m. (The Hague) https://bit.ly/3KJCvpC Text Block [Letter]: https://twitter.com/UKRinUNOG/status/1504026581999755264?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @UA_EUMission President @ZelenskyyUa:
📍Resistance, resilience & courage of our defenders make it possible to save our people & our land.
📍Help #Ukraine. Not in words, but in deeds: weapons, new sanctions against Russia.
Full text of the address by the 🇺🇦 President: https://bit.ly/3MUBEUT

🚫🐣 RT @sentdefender There are reports that U.S. Government has Approved a Large Transfer of the AeroVironment Switchblade 300 Tactical Missile System to the Ukrainian Military, the Switchblade is consider a “Kamikaze” Loitering Munitions Drone and can Travel over 4 Miles Miles to hit Russian Targets
// too much detail

🐣 RT @Benjamin_P_Ward “Polish court finds European human rights convention ‘incompatible’ with constitution” A reminder that notwithstanding the solidarity of the Polish people on Ukraine, Poland’s government & politically captured court remain contemptuous about human rights
⋙ EuroNews: Polish court finds European human rights convention ‘incompatible’ with constitution http://bit.ly/3icalrb
// A Polish court said the European Convention on Human Rights was partly incompatible with the constitution.

DailyMail: [Photos] http://bit.ly/3w9Y26O

🐣 RT @ChrisReason7 Such heavy bombings in Kyiv over 48 hours, it is almost fortunate so many people have left the city. This drone shot shows why. #Kyiv #Ukraine️
💽 https://twitter.com/ChrisReason7/status/1503819545236377600?s=20/photo/1

NYT, Ilia Krasilshchik: Russians Must Accept the Truth. We Failed. http://nyti.ms/36slWQs “The invasion of Ukraine marks the end, definitively, of Russia’s postwar era. … Russia is now the nation that unleashed a new evil, and unlike the old one, it’s armed with nuclear weapons”
// Mr. Krasilshchik is the former publisher of Meduza, an independent news outlet.

🐣 RT @ maxseddon Zelensky says Ukraine’s talks with Russia are starting to “sound more realistic.” ¤ “However, time is still needed for the decisions to be in Ukraine’s interests. Our heroes, our defenders give us this time defending Ukraine everywhere.”
⋙⋙ ft.com: Zelensky says Ukrainian and Russian positions becoming more ‘realistic’ http://on.ft.com/__
// Despite hints of narrowing differences heavy Russian shelling continues
🐣 RT @maxseddon Possibly big: Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, now says there is “hope for reaching a compromise” with Ukraine at peace talks. ¤ He says there are “absolutely specific wordings that are close to being agreed” on neutrality for Ukraine and security guarantees for Russia.
⋙ 🐣 RT @maxseddon “The businesslike mood that has started to come through gives hope that we can specifically agree on this topic,” Lavrov says. ¤ “Although it is clear that the problem is much broader, even if proclaiming neutrality and declaring guarantees will be a significant step forward.”

🐣 RT @EuromaidanPR ‘The actions of #Russian invaders at the seized #Zaporizhia and #Chernobyl nuclear power plants threaten radioactive releases and a catastrophe the world has never seen before’, says acting Chairman of Enerhoatom Petro Kotin ¤ #Ukraine #UkraineUnderAttack #RussiaUkraineWar

🐣 RT @EricColumbus Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born on this day in 1933. Her father came here from Odessa, Ukraine, at age 13. “I had the good fortune to be a Jew born and raised in the U.S.A.,” she said in this 2004 speech at https://twitter.com/EricColumbus/status/1503748149512482817?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @EuromaidanPress Serhiy Zhadan, #Ukrainian writer who exchanged his pen for a gun ¤ Recently nominated for the #Nobel Prize in Literature ¤ “Free & independent Ukraine speaks & thinks in words formulated by Zhadan”, wrote Polish Academy ¤ Today, Serhiy is in Kharkiv, fighting for his city & country https://twitter.com/EuromaidanPress/status/1503965680965758978?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @WendyMerkel5 When a nominee of a Nobel Prize in Literature felt compelled to put down his pen to take up arms to defend his country, you understand why Ukraine is fighting back tooth and nail against the brutal Russian invaders. Power to Ukraine and her amazing people!!🇺🇦🇺🇦🌻🌻

🐣 RT @StateDept .@POTUS: Putin is an aggressor and Putin must pay the price. He cannot pursue a war that threatens the very foundations of international peace and stability.
Text Block: https://twitter.com/StateDept/status/1503898848082628609?s=20/photo/1
// Text: “We will not let autocrats and would-be emperors dictate the direction of the world.” President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

🐣 RT @HenryJFoy Javelins, Stingers, Drones – and scores of burned out Russian tanks. @FinancialTimes explains in graphical detail just how Ukraine’s western-armed resistance has exploited the gaping holes in Moscow’s war machine
⋙ FT: How Ukraine uses western weapons to exploit Russian weaknesses http://on.ft.com/3KRzt2T
// Moscow’s failure to make a lightning advance and capture major cities owes much to the use of compact equipment

🐣 RT @StateDept The United States remains committed to Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. Read @SecBlinken’s interview with @wolfblitzer on @CNN: https://go.usa.gov/xzUQK

🐣 RT @Reuters NATO to begin planning for more troops on eastern flank after Russia’s Ukraine invasion http://reut.rs/3KT60Wl

🐣 RT @andrewmichta I hope Russians understand that what Putin is doing will become a permanent stain on their nation. Just like Germany was stained by Hitler’s crimes in WWII, Putin’s unprovoked attack on #Ukraine is on you. UKR civilians murdered and UKR cities leveled are Russian crimes. Period.

⭕ 15 Mar 2022

EuromaidanPress: Russian soldiers are refusing to redeploy to Ukraine, citing reasons including unwillingness to become ‘cannon fodder’ (photographic proof) http://bit.ly/3tgPQzK

The Guildhall news agency in Ukraine received the personal statements written by the soldiers and officers belong to the 41st Combined Arms Army that deployed to Ukraine in full at the start of the invasion. Among the reasons for refusal the soldiers specified their unwillingness to be used as ‘cannon fodder,’ commanders’ failure to explain the reasons for the military operation in Ukraine, scarcity of technical means and ammunition, communications failure within the chain of military command, and many others.

🐣 RT @OSINT_Group313 This intercepted message may be indicative and in correlation with the satellite images displaying a possible intent to conduct an amphibious assault on Odessa #UkraineWar #Ukraine️ #UkraineUnderAttack #war
⋙ 🐣 RT @te3ej
Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet Sevastopol sends priority
flash codeword message via Morse Code.
3531 Kilohertz CW, 16 March 2022, at 0235 UTC
XXX XXX 596E 596E WINTOM 1
(These are command and control messages to the fleet)

🐣 RT @PaulaChertok 🙏@POTUS, Give Ukraine these drones. Give them everything. They are fighting Putin so we don’t have to.
⋙ 🐣 RT @KenDilanianNBC Scoop: The Biden administration is considering providing Ukraine with U.S.-made killer drones — cutting edge guided missiles that could accurately target Russian tanks and artillery positions from miles away, two Congressional officials said.
⋙⋙ NBCNews: Exclusive: Biden admin mulls providing Ukraine with Switchblade drones http://nbcnews.to/366lXJI
// The U.S.-made guided missiles can accurately target tanks and artillery from miles away.

🐣 RT @ReutersWorld U.S. Senate unanimously condemns Putin as war criminal http://reut.rs/3waZQwD

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ Daddy Vladdy can’t pay the bills no more
⋙ 🐣 RT @thedailybeast Trump backpedaled on his previous support of Vladimir Putin: “I think he’s changed. I think he’s changed. It’s a very sad thing for the world. He’s very much changed.” https:/