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How Can the West Realistically Help Create a Ukraine Settlement?

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How should the West use its influence over Ukraine to bring about a negotiated settlement? In the wake of the Russian failure to seize Kyiv and unseat the Ukrainian government, the idea that the war will end in a negotiated settlement should hardly be controversial. Ukraine is unlikely to force the collapse of the Russian government, and Russia is unlikely to destroy Ukraine with nuclear weapons. Consequently, the Russian and Ukrainian governments will need to come to some kind of agreement for hostilities to cease.

War, Peace and a Settlement in Ukraine: How Will Things Turn Out? 

The useful questions about which sensible people can disagree are “what kind of settlement?” and “to what extent should the West pressure Kyiv to achieve that settlement?”

Calls for the West to end or limit weapons transfers to Ukraine essentially boil down to an argument that Ukrainian bargaining power in the conflict should be sharply reduced in order to force Kyiv to come to a negotiated settlement. These arguments would make some sense if there were any sign that Moscow was negotiating in good faith about terms that Kyiv could accept, but there is little evidence of this thus far. 

Arrangements in which Ukraine makes substantial territorial concessions, agrees to demilitarize and agrees not to pursue a Western security guarantee simply ensure that Russia can intervene whenever it likes, probably with greater success than its current endeavor. There are conceivable military situations in which it would be necessary for Ukraine to accept quasi-permanent diplomatic subjection to Moscow, but the current conditions on the battlefield do not approach such dire straits.

We can also imagine situations in which it would absolutely make sense for the West to use its leverage to exert pressure on Ukraine. If the Russian armed forces collapse (unlikely, but it’s happened before), NATO should take extreme care in supporting Ukrainian operations in Russia proper.  If Ukraine manages to encircle substantial Russian forces in the Donbas and isolate them without hope of support, the West might well want to encourage Kyiv to use such force as political and diplomatic leverage rather than follow through on their military destruction. 

If victorious Ukrainian armies begin to conduct reprisals against Russian sympathizers in Crimea or the Donbas, the West should absolutely step in to prevent atrocities. 

Finally, if a gap emerges between military realities in the field and political realities in Kyiv (for example, if the Zelensky government develops a wildly over-optimistic assessment of the military situation, or if it feels it cannot make necessary concessions for domestic political reasons), the West should take steps to bring what the militarily and politically feasible into alignment. 

More broadly, the cause of peace is not served by measures that allow the aggressor to escape the costs of aggression. Russia doesn’t get to decide on its own that it has eaten enough of Ukraine and wants to end the conflict; if Ukraine believes it can retake captured territory and inflict punishment on fielded Russian military forces, the decision to continue the campaign should depend on sound military judgment in Kyiv and the capitals of the NATO alliance. 

The problems introduced by simply allowing an aggressor to declare a ceasefire anytime it likes are so obvious that they need not be debated in any serious detail. We may reach a point at which Russian forces are so exhausted that they can no longer conduct offensive operations; this will NOT necessarily be the point at which Western military support for Ukraine should cease or even slow.    

How Will the War in Ukraine End?

The West (which in the context of this crisis has come to mean NATO, Japan, and other democratic countries in Europe and elsewhere) holds an enormous amount of leverage over the course of this conflict.  NATO countries are underwriting the Ukrainian military, to the extent that Kyiv may enjoy greater capabilities in key areas than Moscow. 

NATO countries are also deeply involved in the economic isolation of Russia, an isolation that in the long term will have devastating effects on the Russian economy. But to say that the West should use its influence in order to stop the fighting necessarily demands the question “what kind of peace?” 

Forcing Ukraine to surrender to Russian demands serves no relevant principles or judgment nor any kind of long-term anti-war position. Similarly, unconditional support of Ukraine poses dangers that may not be immediately apparent but that are readily noticeable on the horizon. \

The West should heed B.H. Liddell Hart’s injunction that “the purpose of war is to make a better peace.” We can only understand “a better peace” in reference to our values; the preservation of Ukraine and its democratic institutions, the re-opening of Ukrainian trade, the security of minority groups within Ukraine in both its occupied and unoccupied regions, the stabilization of Ukraine’s relationship with Russia, and probably a pathway to Russia’s reintegration into global society. 

The West has enormous leverage and has much at stake; it should use that leverage judiciously produce the “better peace” that it desires.

Now a 1945 Contributing Editor, Dr. Robert Farley is a Senior Lecturer at the Patterson School at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Farley is the author of Grounded: The Case for Abolishing the United States Air Force (University Press of Kentucky, 2014), the Battleship Book (Wildside, 2016), and Patents for Power: Intellectual Property Law and the Diffusion of Military Technology (University of Chicago, 2020).

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Dr. Robert Farley has taught security and diplomacy courses at the Patterson School since 2005. He received his BS from the University of Oregon in 1997, and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2004. Dr. Farley is the author of Grounded: The Case for Abolishing the United States Air Force (University Press of Kentucky, 2014), the Battleship Book (Wildside, 2016), and Patents for Power: Intellectual Property Law and the Diffusion of Military Technology (University of Chicago, 2020). He has contributed extensively to a number of journals and magazines, including the National Interest, the Diplomat: APAC, World Politics Review, and the American Prospect. Dr. Farley is also a founder and senior editor of Lawyers, Guns and Money.

36 Comments

36 Comments

  1. Slack

    April 22, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    Dr Farley, the west has zero inclination or inducement or even interest for (peace) settlement in ukraine.

    What biden and stoltenberg (and western media) want right now is to fight RUSSIA to the last drop of ukrainian blood.

    What were they doing in 2014 or eight years ago. Were they pursuing settlement then or were they busily doing all kinds of endless military exercises plus war drills or war scenarios and provocative middle finger manuevers.

    Ukraine situation today has greatly benefitted western arms manufacturers which have stranglely not suffered any supply chain bottlenecks despite monetary tightening measures, covid pandemic, commodity supply issues, labor shortage, inflation and travel squeeze.

    It’s in the full interests of the west for the fighting to continue as long as possible, a la nam or afghanistan or at least kosovo, until one side or both, are fully exhausted and thereby afford NATO the chance to move in for executing the coup de grace.

  2. FRAZIER STALL

    April 22, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    It is fortuitous at this point and also extremely fortunate that the fighting has erupted between russia and anti-russia bloc in east europe before US has time and opportunity to produce and deploy its hypersonic weaponry.

    Imagine, if it were to happen just a few more years later, the world would be tip toeing on the edge of the great abyss.

    US would then be using hypers with great abandonment, as if given total free licence, and russia would then be compelled to use its trump card, the rs-28 in defense and retaliation.

    Russia tested rs-28 a few days ago and it was a complete success. US in full hubris figures it has all the details about rs-28 except for one detail-it has the ability to support fobs.

    FOBS is the next great leap in weapons technology as rival nations acquire parity in hypersonic weaponry and stealth and radar.

    The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry even in the best of times, but the west doesn’t know this of course. Certainly, not biden.

    • Doug Proctor

      April 23, 2022 at 4:38 pm

      What “enormous leverage” does the West have?

      Biden threatens off teleprompter and his officials say he didn’t represent American policy. As Obama failed with his “red line” in Syria, America is seen again as a paper tiger to Russia and China and Iran and …..

      Economic sanctions don’t work. See Cuba and Nirth Kirea and Iran if you are not sure.

      The West has zero leverage. Putin has huge leverage via oil and gas for the EU. Biden won’t allow North American oil and gas to replace the Russian.

  3. Jimmy John Doe

    April 22, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    The west isn’t interested in settlements. Nam, afghanistan, syria, etc.., it either got kicked out or bamboozled out.

    Western media aren’t interested, too, such as the great reuters that still keep harping ‘russia hasn’t taken any major ukrainian cities.’

    Russia has captured kherson, kreminna and mariupol where nazist azov battalion has been cornered. Russia mustn’t let these rats escape; catch them and hurl them before a military court. They are similar to the infamous 14th SS division of ww2 that surrendered to brits who refused to hand them over to moscow despite requests.

  4. Vladolph Putler

    April 23, 2022 at 12:18 am

    Wow. Seems like the Russian trolls get dumber ever day. Maybe drunk? I guess if my nation’s army was performing so abysmally poorly, I might be drunk too. Skol MFs. 😉

  5. David Chang

    April 23, 2022 at 12:57 am

    God bless all people.

    But Russia starts attacking Ukraine after Democratic party incite murder Ukraine in House hearings. Now they are promoting the withdrawal of people in Ukraine and pushing the war to the whole Europe. This is what they calls socialism, which makes all countries in the world go to war, and finish the policy of
    Communist Manifesto.

  6. Commentar

    April 23, 2022 at 6:40 am

    God bless you all.

    Democratic party has spilled the blood of innocent people in ukraine regardless of their ethnicity or allegiance.

    After biden assumed the presidency, firearms has become the top cause of death to young people in america. This after dems failed to stop police shootings of colored young men and numerous fatal traffic stop encounters.

    Nobody bothers anymore to read book of revelations and decode the warnings on great babylon.

    Instead, biden and democratic party are pushing up food prices and vulnerable families find it hard to get affordable housing while dems enjoy the high life and send tons of weapons abroad to keep world continuously at war and pour fuel on raging fires globally.

    It is democratic party and biden’s version of democracy and his liberal socialism with your tax dollars at work for joe’s vision of world affairs molded by pelosi, clinton and google and meta..

  7. Alex

    April 23, 2022 at 8:55 am

    Let’s be honest: the West, namely the United States and Britain, created the conflict in Ukraine, and only they benefit from it. The rest is just the speculation of snotty amateurs.

  8. Joe

    April 23, 2022 at 9:39 am

    The settlement should be this:

    1. Putin is to step down and go into exile. His personal property is to be forfeited. Anyone of rank colonel and higher in the chain of command to the invading forces is to resign from the military and forfeit all personal property.
    2. Russia is to withdraw entirely from all of Ukraine territory, including the Crimea.
    3. Russia is to pay for the rebuilding of Ukraine and compensation to the families of every Ukrainian they killed.
    4. Russia is to accept any ethnic Russian living in Ukraine that wishes to move to Russia.
    5. Russia and Belarus are to establish a 150km demilitarized zone from their borders with Ukraine, Poland, and the Baltic States, where they will have no military.
    6. Russia is to dismantle all tactical nuclear weapons.
    7. Russia is to pay for all economic costs for ransomware attacks from its territory or people from the past 10 years and from now on.

  9. Alex

    April 23, 2022 at 10:32 am

    Joe: You either stop doing drugs or pick up a machine gun and go do what you say. But we all understand that you are a little Bandera Nazi who hides behind your mother’s skirt 🙂

  10. Anti-troll

    April 23, 2022 at 10:58 am

    Troll city… As always..

    Anyway.. For the record, russia annexed crimea and backed the breakaway of donbas, shot down a civilian airliner 8n the process, then invaded ukraine for the so-called reason that ukrainians are nationalists, but then the russians claim to want to connect all the territories that has russian speaking people living there. Who are the real nationalist here? It’s clear that the russians are nazi’s and that they surpress non-russian speakers. SURPRESSING with capital letters : rape, indiscriminate killing of civilians, shelling of residential areas, using medieval siege tactics…my god. Russians are barbarians.

    On topic: I support ukraine untill they think this war is over/until the russians creep back to their own country.

  11. Frank Blangeard

    April 23, 2022 at 11:34 am

    The article asks “to what extent should the West pressure Kyiv to reach that settlement?”. That would be a complete turn around since the West is currently pressuring Kyiv not to settle under any terms. Dragging the war on as long as possible in order to do the most damage to Russia is the goal of the United States. Europe would like to see a settlement but has to fall in line with the wishes of the ‘Evil Empire’.

  12. Stefan Stackhouse

    April 23, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    My read of the situation is that Russia (generally, and not just Putin) sees all of “Novorossiya” as being rightfully theirs, and worth fighting for – even if the fighting must escalate to nuclear weapons. (I don’t agree with that, but my opinions do not matter.) That is a calculus that the NATO leadership doesn’t even want to consider, but I am afraid that this is the reality of the situation. To the West, this is part of the latest iteration of “The Great Game”. To Russia, this isn’t a game; it is existential. We are thus unlikely to see any sort of “peace” unless and until the Russians are in full control of all or most of what they would identify as “Novorossiya”. Of course, there is no way that any Ukrainian government could agree to that – unless the total loss of multiple major cities – including Kyiv – to nuclear obliteration is at stake. Even then, it might require that the Russians actually nuke a city or two before people come around to believing that they would actually do it.

    The Ukrainians have performed better than expected over the past few weeks, but it is foolish to become cocky and to assume that they will be in a position to dictate peace terms. Their situation is quite dire, and given the real possibility of Russia resorting to nukes rather than back down, their situation is far worse than most people seem willing to admit.

  13. Bill Harshaw

    April 23, 2022 at 1:54 pm

    You didn’t discuss the possiblity of the conflict dying down to something of a stalemate, similar to Kashmir, or Israel/Hezbollah/Hamas or Korea. Was that what happened in 2014?

  14. CK

    April 23, 2022 at 2:09 pm

    lol, it’s so funny to see trolls from US and Russia – both sides of the same coin. Delusion. Brainwashing. Conspiracy Theorists. One side screams Bandera Nazis and the other Socialism. Neither side knows what either of these terms mean.

    It’s all Hunter Biden’s fault, or the dems, or bandera nazis, or Soros, or NATO, or jews, or mexicans, Greta, scientists, the UN, or whatever scapegoat suits your deluded beliefs best.

    Hilarious hearing trumpers and republicans suddenly worried about gun violence. Absolutely hilarious.

    You are all a bunch of clowns that deserve each other. If the world ends, it will be because imbeciles like you enabled madmen into positions of power. The entire world will burn because you can’t put two brain cells together between the lot of you.

    As for the article, I don’t think the west can realistically do anything. We keep thinking NATO or the West can dictate anything, but we can’t. This is fundamentally Ukraine and Russia’s war, and while bleeding Russia dry serves our interests, unless we become involved (and start WW3) we can’t force anything.

    I’m more inclined to see things through Stefan’s viewpoint, unfortunately. While I do not think Russia will use nukes if it starts losing territory, the truth is we can’t possibly know what is going on inside Putin’s head.

    Did anyone see his “interview” with Shoigu the other day? He couldn’t hold that table harder if he was shitting himself, and the expression on his face and body language gave every indication that is indeed what he was doing.

    Something is not well with that man. Either he is dying, or has a disease. It’s also feasible if anyone in his inner circle is aware of this, that they will kill him and then blame his “disease” and his insanity for this war, which then allows them to save face if they lose territory/the war.

    That’s if there’s anyone left in the Kremlin with a spine, that is. So tall order.

  15. Old Desert Coyote

    April 23, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    One of the problems I have with the whole narrative of the Ukraine Russia War is that it is reported as just a war between the Ukrainians and the Russians. IT IS NOT!!. The Ukraine servers as a buffer between Poland, the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic and Russia. The three above nations WILL NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES have Russian Troops anywhere near their borders. While the Ukrainians are furnishing the blood and bodies, Poland, the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic are furnishing the where with all for the rest of the war. When you take the total populations of Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic and the Slovak republic you get close to 110 million compared to 143 million is Russia. The combined GDP of the 4 nations (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and the Ukrainian Republic) is about $1.1 trillion dollars. When you account for the rampant corruption in Russia you will find that the combined GDP of the for nations is equal or surpasses the GDP of Russia.

    Lastly the Ukrainian war is shifting the Center of Gravity of NATO from the American, English, German Center to a Eastern European Center. There for if NATO is going to remain a entity of purpose the sensitivities of the Eastern European nations are going to become of prime importance.

    • CK

      April 23, 2022 at 6:14 pm

      Don’t get me wrong Old Desert Coyote, I’m not saying there aren’t huge wider ramifications regarding the war. It is a pivotal moment in the history of the 21st century, arguably as important and consequential as 9/11 was for shaping the next two centuries of foreign policy.

      Obbviously, there are huge interests at stake for the EU, NATO, Russia, Democracy, the rule of law, and authoritarianism. It is arguably, a proxy war between Russia and the West. I completely agree the center of gravity is changing.

      My point is only that besides supplying weapons and applying economic and financial pressure, there is not a lot NATO or the West can do to “create a Ukraine settlement”, and out of the three options above, two have been tried and been shown to fail spectacularly.

      So weapons it is… 🙁

      • CK

        April 24, 2022 at 5:49 am

        EDIT: Two decades, not centuries.

  16. David Chang

    April 23, 2022 at 2:59 pm

    To you who believe socialism:

    Many people promote socialism to make more people to believe the wrong thought of Democratic party and Communist party, so we should remember the past that Hitler, Lenin, Mao, Hillary, Biden, Putin, Zelensky, German SPD, and democratic parties in Asia teach people to believe socialism and Communist Manifesto.

    Besides, nuclear war policy have been published for 60 years, explaining the danger of nuclear weapon war. But socialism parties keep to incite war and provoke each other to set people in America and Poland into nuclear war.

    We remember the defence policy that Trump say, call U.S. soldiers back to home, and all people in the world worship God together.

    God bless people in the world.
    May God’s mercy upon you.

  17. CK

    April 23, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    David, with all due respect, you have no idea what you are talking about. You are from the same ilk of people who say the Nazis were actually “left-wing” because they had the word “Socialist” in the name.

    Yeah no, it’s all socialists fault making the world unsafer. Not Putin for invading Ukraine, no no, it’s Biden. Clinton too.

    Please. You and Alex should sit together. I’d explain in more detail where you are going wrong, but I have neither the time nor the crayons.

  18. monkfelonious

    April 23, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    “If victorious Ukrainian armies begin to conduct reprisals against Russian sympathizers in Crimea or the Donbas, the West should absolutely step in to prevent atrocities.”

    Umm, say what? US stands by while RF does NOTHING but atrocities but will just HAVE to intervene if Ukraine does?

    And this: “If Ukraine manages to encircle substantial Russian forces in the Donbas and isolate them without hope of support, the West might well want to encourage Kyiv to use such force as political and diplomatic leverage rather than follow through on their military destruction.”

    Again, RF is set out to destroy as much of Ukraine as possible, and then if the ZSU has the Russian army on the run they are supposed to be all Kumbaya? Man, I wouldn’t hire you as a war general! I mean jeezus man, the idea is to kill as many SV forces as possible. Better yet, disabled as that absorbs more resources so they might retun and THEN get killed proper. A so-called ‘negotiated settlement’ only means Putzin gets another turn. The best idea is to crush him NOW. I mean, 2008, 14, and 22 so you want a replay?

    Just about all of you cats have been rather stunningly wrong about this war and I read nothing that leads me to think otherwise now, or in the future.

  19. Vladolph Putler

    April 23, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    I am inclined to also agree with Stefan’s general point as well. But with a very large caveat.

    Russia could indeed do something stupid and use tactical level nukes. But the reality is that with the levels of sabre rattling, proof of intent would seal the fate of Russia, and we would indeed be in the throes of a nuclear exchange. The world will tolerate bluffs. The world will tolerate threats. But if a nation is going to go nuclear over temper tantrums, the threat becomes existential for all involved. The unthinkable will suddenly be fundamental reality to be reckoned with.

    Putin “can” go nuclear. “Can”. But not without DIRE consequences.

  20. Alex

    April 24, 2022 at 4:28 am

    So who is losing? Obviously not Russia.

    American Colonel Martin spoke about Biden’s failure in Ukraine.

    US President Joe Biden has failed in his policy towards Ukraine. This opinion was expressed in a column on The Washington Post website by retired American Colonel Wes Martin.

    The head of the White House, as noted in the material, tried to prevent the Ukrainian conflict by diplomatic measures – and could not. The author referred to the statement of the former acting. CIA Director Michael Morell, who expressed the opinion that Biden’s attacks on Russian leader Vladimir Putin only “rallied the beleaguered Russian elite.” “Not a single citizen of Russia will put up with the fact that the main enemy of his state inspires him what kind of power in his country can be and what is not,” Martin quoted Morell as saying.

    “Proving once again that he is nowhere near Reagan, Biden publicly called Putin a ‘butcher’ and a ‘war criminal.’ through Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin,” the author of the material noted.
    Ukraine and Afghanistan are far from the only reasons why Biden’s ratings have slipped to an all-time low of 42 percent. People, Martin notes, are unimpressed by his foreign policy experience. Do not add popularity and record inflation of 8.5 percent and a sharp rise in energy prices – the harbingers of a recession.

    At the end of March, NBC News published the results of a poll, according to which 53 percent of Americans believe that the country will begin a long-term recession, which will lead to the loss of American leadership in the world. When answering the question about Biden’s ability to correctly respond to the situation around Ukraine, only 12 percent of respondents expressed complete confidence in the actions of the head of administration.

    CNN, in turn, reported that the confidence rating of US President Joe Biden has reached a record low. According to a generalized analysis of polls published by four organizations last week, the level of confidence in the US president is about 41%, and according to one of them – only 33%. This is a record low compared to all of Biden’s predecessors in the same period of the presidential term.

  21. CK

    April 24, 2022 at 5:51 am

    @Alex – deny, deflect, obfuscate. Seriously, that’s you in a book.

    Don’t look at Putin! Look at Biden! Don’t look at what we’re doing in Ukraine, look at your country! Recession, CNN, political division, look elsewhere, but please, don’t look at what is happening in Russia! Internet Research Agency script in a nutshell.

    Also, poor you man, they are making you work on Orthodox Easter? The night money Sveta brings not enough to keep you guys afloat anymore? Let me know if you need any donations. I’m sure I have a few cents lying around that will be worth a fortune in roubles!

  22. Alex

    April 24, 2022 at 10:08 am

    Russian missile forces and artillery completed 423 fire missions at night. As a result of the strikes, 26 command posts, 367 strongholds and areas of accumulation of manpower and military equipment, as well as 25 positions of artillery batteries were hit. Four depots of rocket-artillery weapons and ammunition were destroyed in the areas of Gusarovka and Velikaya Kamyshevakha.

    The Russian Armed Forces destroyed an enterprise for the production of explosives and powder mixtures for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The plant was located near the city of Pavlograd in the Dnepropetrovsk region. The workshops of the enterprise were blown up.

    NATO help is not enough. NATO has more than half exhausted the stocks of weapons that can be supplied to Ukraine. That’s all the facts.

    • Brian

      April 24, 2022 at 12:55 pm

      Western media have highlighted Ukrainian successes against Russians around Kiev, but not said much about Russian successes elsewhere. E.g., the battle for Mariupol highlights the plight of civilians and the destruction of the city, not that Russia is slowly but steadily defeating the Ukrainian forces there. What we get from reporters is “valiant Ukrainian forces succeeding against brutal and incompetent Russians”; i.e., good vs evil.

      It is OK to take sides emotionally (if not physically) in a war, but one also needs a clear view of what is actually happening on the ground. In this regard, I put little trust in any reporting about Ukraine. Playing up only the successes of one side and only the failures of the other side is not journalism…it is propaganda.

  23. CK

    April 24, 2022 at 5:32 pm

    I don’t know about you, but from what I see, the coverage is that there is an ever diminishing force defending the Azovstal plant, which is running out of ammunition, food and water, whilst having to cater for anywhere between hundreds to a thousand civilians.

    I don’t think any serious outlet is saying Mariupol is not almost entirely under Russian control, but the fact is, Russians have been saying they will take or would have taken the plant 2, 3, four, seven days ago, and that is yet to materialise.

    All things considered, the Russias have been unable to completely render Mariupol inert, regardless of how many men they have expended at the problem.

  24. A Horvath

    April 24, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Putin believes he is winning. He has no reason to make peace. Ukraine has lost a significant amount of territory to Russia, wants it back and has no reason to make peace. The only people want peace are those in the West who want to give Putin an opportunity to save face and in Ukraine another opportunity for him to do this again in Ukraine or in another neighboring country. These are people who are willing to sacrifice everything for peace. They are enemies of peace.

    • CK

      April 25, 2022 at 7:20 am

      Entirely agree.

  25. Alex

    April 25, 2022 at 1:36 am

    US Congressman Darrell Issa predicted the imminent collapse of the Ukrainian government in connection with the current situation in the country.

    “Fortunately, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is not present at our secret briefings, where it has been repeatedly said that he has no chance,” he said.

    The congressman also added that he considers the US sanctions against Russia “unreasonable”.

    Zelensky said that he had agreed with US President Joe Biden on further support for Ukraine’s defense capability and new sanctions against the Russian Federation.

    Biden said more than 12,000 US troops have been sent to Russia’s borders. He also noted that the United States will respond to any step of the Russian Federation towards NATO, even if it leads to a world war.

    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, during a telephone conversation with UN Secretary General António Guterres, noted that the situation in Ukraine was aggravated by Washington and Western countries. According to the head of the defense department, instead of “forcing the Kyiv regime to stop the genocide against the population of the southeast of their country, they began to pump weapons and ammunition into Ukraine,” thus preparing it to resolve the conflict by force.

    Western countries, including the United States, began to impose sanctions in response to the Russian-led operation to protect the Donbass, which began on February 24. The situation in the region escalated in mid-February due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of residents to the Russian Federation, and also turned to Moscow for help. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DPR and LPR and promised to support the republics.

    Since 2014, Kyiv has been conducting an operation against the inhabitants of Donbass, who refused to recognize the new government in Ukraine. For 8 years in a row, Kyiv tortured and killed civilians in Donbass.

  26. CK

    April 25, 2022 at 7:24 am

    Well, if a politician made a prediction, then who are we to argue with that? God knows none of them have ever been wrong, about anything, ever… like taking Kyiv in three days 😀

    Tell me Alex, is this like BDSM for you? Do you enjoy pain and humiliation on a daily basis? Is there even any shred of dignity left in there when you return to your hovel and look your loved ones in the eye?

    When you were little, is this really what you dreamed of? Working from a shed, typing nonsense into computers for a pittance?

    I almost pity you. Almost.

  27. Alex

    April 25, 2022 at 11:03 am

    The largest flagpole over Kherson with the banner of victory is installed. German independent journalists showed the joy of the townspeople and their embrace with their brothers Ukrainians and Russians. This is amazing! God bless the Ukrainians of Donbass!

    Bandera Nazis do not stop going to hell. At the Azov factory, they began to eat each other. A good death for bastards. Glory to the Ukrainians of Donbass!

  28. Dan Farrand

    April 25, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    These endless articles talking nonsense.

    Zelensky is a puppet. neither his Nazi body guards nor is western paymasters want this war to end in any kind of negotiated settlement.

    The Russians have the experience of the Minsk accords to inform them as to the willingness of Ukraine to abide by it’s agreements.

    If human beings were in charge of the White House, the war could end before Ukraine is reduced to a permanent failed state attached to the side of the EU. But that is not to be.

    Mr. Putins main miscalculation continues to be his inability to appreciate how Bidens ENTIRE hope for the mid-terms is to keep the war going past November and hope to lure the GOP into being the “more war” party in the election.

  29. CK

    April 26, 2022 at 7:32 am

    lol, “Zelensky is a puppet, Nazis, Biden, dems, GOP…” different side to the same coin. You want to stop the war? Then Russia is the only one with the power to do that.

    You are worried about Ukraine’s wellbeing? Go talk to Putin.

    Points to everything under the sun, except the actual aggressor. Unbelievable.

  30. Alex

    April 29, 2022 at 9:20 am

    If someone wants to know the truth about the civil war in the Donbass, about all the atrocities of the Bandera clean-ups and why Russia was forced to intervene, then it is better to watch films by independent journalists. There are already many such journalists who fight for truth and freedom. For example, a documentary by the German journalist Wilhelm Domcke-Schulz.

    A documentary film about the war crimes of the Bandera Nazis during the period of Russia’s special military operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine is in production. It will be a real information bomb, where the war crimes of Bandera Nazis will be shown and proved.

    The documentary “Remember Odessa” tells how the Bandera Nazis burned Ukrainians alive and other heinous war crimes.

    The documentary “To Live and Die in Donbass” tries to fill this gaping information gap in the West. He looks into the tormented soul of the inhabitants of Donbass, who really want only one thing – to live self-determining according to their own rules and values. Not submitting to foreign forces and ideologies.

    In the east of Ukraine, in the Donbass, a war has been raging since the beginning of 2014. A civil war that claimed more than 15,000 lives over the years, including several hundred children. They had to die, because the national-fascist coup government in Kyiv, funded by the West, trained and militarily heavily armed, would not tolerate any resistance to their illegitimate rule, no matter the cost.

    Therefore, in April 2014, the putschists deployed the Ukrainian army, supported by dozens of right-wing extremist volunteer battalions, and have since bombed city centers, residential areas, schools, hospitals and infrastructure, killing civilians.

    This perennial crime has gone completely unnoticed by the Western public. Politicians and the media avoid this topic and reports about how the devil pours holy water. Because a public discussion about the crimes of the Ukrainian regime would reveal only one thing – with what mass murderers and terrorists the so-called “west of values” in Ukraine has a common language, if only to defend their goals and interests.

    Lend-lease is a commodity loan, and not cheap: for all the ammunition, equipment and food supplied by the United States, many future generations of Ukrainian citizens will pay. Zelensky is driving the country into a debt hole.

  31. CK

    April 29, 2022 at 1:52 pm

    Ah, I see your tactic. You add a little shitty first paragraph so it doesn’t detect your duplicate post. Is this what it has come to now, you just posting the same exact post 2, 3, 4, 5 times per article?

    Wow, did they run out of paper in Russia, Alex? You guys can’t print new material? Literally using the same lines, over and over again, and now in duplicate in every post!

    Are you so defeated you can’t even come up with anything new? How sad. Now the idiot is talking about lend-lease at the end of his post, because he literally just copy + pasted it from another thread, with zero relevance to this one.

    Here’s a reminder:

    If someone wanted to know the truth about anything in Ukraine Alex, the last person they would go to is you.

    Paragraphs and paragraphs of bollocks, dubious claims about “independent journalists”, random documentarians, conspiracy theorists, deluded claims that of course, have no backup, lie after lie after lie.

    Classical Kremlin troll approach. Just flood the internet, the comments, the media, with tosh, doesn’t matter what it is, just make sure you write some old nonsense. Make sure to say the claim is supported by some dude in Germany, France, the states. If it’s a “documentary” (usually from youtube) then the better.

    Anything that victimises Russia, always the victim, always the bullied, never the problem. It’s always the Nazis. It’s always some pseudo-historical point.

    Anyone that has had the misfortune to study your “tactics” sees the forest for the trees, the pattern of lies, disinformation, blanketing of random claims, deflection, obfuscation, and other words beyond your vocabulary.

    It’s hopeless Alex. Your lies are as short as your intellect. What a pathetic job, to sit in your government shed, spreading your pathetic, government lies.

    A pathetic job for a truly pathetic man. A better match could not be made in heaven.

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