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Russia Has Zero Plans to End Its Brutal War in Ukraine

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StarStreak MANPAD headed to Ukraine. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Italian Prime Minister Says Putin Doesn’t Want to Stop the War in Ukraine, Won’t Meet Zelenskyy – According to the Italian newspaper Sky Italia, Russian President Vladimir Putin is not ready to end the war in Ukraine and will not hold a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

“We had not spoken to Putin since before the war began, I started the phone call clarifying the reason for the talks, that is, to talk about peace. Then I asked when a ceasefire is planned, even temporary, but President Putin said that the conditions are not ripe. Today, however, the news of the humanitarian corridor of Mariupol has come out,” Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said in a press conference with the Foreign Press Association on Thursday.

He described how, in a phone call with the Russian leader, he expressed his belief that a meeting between Putin and Ukraine’s Zelenskyy is essential to “resolve certain crucial issues.” However, Putin told the Italian PM that the “time is not yet ripe” and that negotiators need to make more progress.

“Putin said that in his opinion there are small steps forward in the negotiations and in fact the positions of the two sides on various issues have come a little closer,” he said, adding that he remains skeptical of Putin’s claims.

Draghi Says Russia Withdrew Demand for Ruble Payments for Gas

In the same press conference, Prime Minister Draghi also suggested that Italy is not at risk of being cut off from Russian gas supplies after Putin backed off from his demand that the country pays for energy in rubles.

“No, they are not in danger,” Draghi said about Russian gas supply to Italy.

The Italian PM said that there has been a “process of reflection” in Russia that has led to a “better definition” of what it really means to pay for gas in rubles. He said that the demands actually meant that there would be a “conversion” of payments that remain a matter for the Russian Federation.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, however, insisted once again on Thursday that all “unfriendly” countries – presumably those who have levied sanctions against Russia – would be required to pay for gas and oil in rubles.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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  1. Alex

    April 1, 2022 at 10:29 am

    8 years in a row there was a genocide of Ukrainians in the Donbass. For 8 years in a row, Bandera Nazis tortured and killed civilians in the Donbass. The West did not care about this and the West even supported the criminal government of Ukraine. Now there are videos of torture of both civilians and prisoners of war by Bandera Nazis. Any reasonable person understands that Russia will not stop halfway and will bring the special military operation of denazification and demilitarization to the end. There can no longer be any doubt about this.

  2. Vladolph Putler

    April 1, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    Only the most moronic of morons, espousing the most refined Russian troll moronitude would bring up “genocide” in reference to Ukraine.

    How so?

    Holodomor. The Russian genocide against the Ukrainians. Russia killed 10 million. Look it up.

    Another reason it is particularly satisfying to see Russia fail *SO* hard. Children of genocide defeating the children of perpetrators.

    The troll-fu. It is weak. XD

  3. Alex

    April 1, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    The Holodomor … From which almost all the republics of the USSR suffered, and only in Ukraine the death rate was 2,200,000 victims, according to modern demographers from INED. The lies of the Bandera Nazis about 10,000,000 simply failed.

    But we remember the Chinese famine, where up to 30,000,000 people died. And we also remember the great depression in the United States, where about 8,000,000 people died. I will not talk about African countries where people are still dying from lack of water and food. The United States, Russia and China are now living not badly, in contrast to the impoverished and undeveloped Ukraine, where the Bandera Nazis still remember the famine.

    After the collapse of the USSR, it was Ukraine that was the richest country of all the republics. She was ahead of the Baltic countries and Bulgaria and Poland and even Romania in developed industry and agriculture. But the time has come when the oligarchs began to rob it, and since 2014 the Bandera Nazis have almost led Ukraine into a new famine. Donbass is the richest part of Ukraine, where the Bandera Nazis decided to go for robbery and murder. But the people of Donbass fought steadfastly and bravely with the bastards for 8 years.

    Now Russia has come and given free aid to the Donbass, thrown out the Nazi creatures, but so that the Bendery Nazis would not come again to kill and rob Ukrainians, a special military operation was launched to denazify and demilitarize all of Ukraine. Power is in the truth. Strength is with those with whom God is. Now God is on the side of those Ukrainians, Russians and other peoples who destroy the Nazi evil spirits. We all who hate Nazism and fascism support Ukrainians and are sure that Russia will completely clear the territory of Ukraine from the followers of the most famous criminal of the 20th century – Hitler and his servant Bandera.

  4. Vladolph Putler

    April 1, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    Oh, I didn’t mean for you to look it up. That would be a waste of time. I was simply pointing out to random spectators that your idiocy bringing it up, illuminates the genocide Stalin perpetrated on the Ukrainians. Same Stalin that your glorious overlord gets all wet and misty over. Probably why he has been chasing Russian intellect and wealth out with notions of “cleansings”.

    Not to say Slavs in general didn’t suffer similar horrors. I am fully aware that more Slavs died in concentrations camps of the Nazis than Jews. But Stalin had his own little camps, and committed multiple genocides. The US Dustbowl was a natural disaster. China’s famine was Communist incompetence. Ukraine’s famine was manufactured to starve off the Ukrainians at gunpoint. It was no accident, and that’s the difference.

    How any of this justifies similar atrocities to be committed by Russians? I suppose only a walleyed brainwashed sycophant could grasp that one.

    Nice try though.

  5. Alex

    April 1, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    No. You’re wrong, Bandera Nazi. I know what the authorities of my Poland say and what they want. But I also know what the Poles want. We are a nation. We remember all the crimes of the Bandera Nazis. Volyn massacre, Lviv pogroms and many other crimes where you scum killed everyone: Poles, Jews, Ukrainians, Russians, Hungarians, Romanians, Moldovans, etc.
    You have no nation, you are not even Ukrainians. As the current deputy of Ukraine said: “Ukrainians and other peoples in the west of the country live in Ukraine.” So shit like you doesn’t even have a nation. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. The Russians will not stop until they decide with you to the end. That’s why I say – Glory to Russia!

  6. Illurion

    April 2, 2022 at 5:09 pm

    Dear Alex:

    You are insane.

  7. Alex

    April 3, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    The words of a Ukrainian deputy are more important to me than an ordinary Bandera Nazi.

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