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Finland Joining NATO Is a Game Changer (And Russia’s Fault)

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Crew members aboard Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) flagship HNLMS De Ruyter inspect their Goalkeeper Close in Weapons System (CIWS) before a gunnery exercise as part of NATO exercise Trident Juncture 2018 on October 31, 2018. The Goalkeeper system is for short-range defence of ships against highly maneuverable missiles, aircraft and fast maneuvering surface vessels. Trident Juncture 18 is designed to ensure that NATO forces are trained, able to operate together and ready to respond to any threat from any direction. Trident Juncture 18 takes place in Norway and the surrounding areas of the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea, including Iceland and the airspace of Finland and Sweden. With around 50,000 participants from 31 nations Trident Juncture 2018 is one of NATOâs largest exercises in recent years. More than 250 aircraft, 65 ships and 10,000 vehicles are involved in the exercise to perform and conduct air, land, maritime, special operation and amphibious drills.

What History Tells Us About Finland And Russia – On May 12th, Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin announced that Finland would officially apply to join NATO. The statement, released on the Finnish Government website, concluded in firm and decisive language:

“NATO membership would strengthen Finland’s security. As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defence alliance. Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay. We hope that the national steps still needed to make this decision will be taken rapidly within the next few days.”

The statement made no mention of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but Helsinki has been unambiguous in recent months about how Russian aggression has forced its hand. During a May 11 press conference with UK prime minister Boris Johnson, Niinistö said that Russian president Vladimir Putin was responsible for Finland’s decision: “You caused this. Look in the mirror.”

Predictably, the statement elicited a swift response from the Kremlin, which has repeatedly threatened Finland with unspecified military consequences should it join NATO. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters that “Finland joined the unfriendly steps taken by the European Union towards our country. This cannot fail to arouse our regret, and is a reason for corresponding symmetrical responses on our side.”

However, the democratic world is taking the opposite view. Multiple NATO members, including the United Kingdom, France, and neighboring Poland, Estonia, and Lithuania, have expressed support for Finland’s accession. Niinistö tweeted that he shared a call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy after the announcement. “I informed him of Finland’s steps towards NATO membership and he expressed his full support for it,” he wrote.

Finland joining NATO is a tectonic shift in the strategic balance of the alliance’s eastern flank, because now Russia will share an 810-mile (1300-kilometer) border with NATO, already its most significant with a member of the European Union. This also means NATO would soon be in close proximity to the heavy concentration of the Russian military near Saint Petersburg.

Becoming a NATO member also represents a significant turning point in Finland’s history in that it marks an end to the country’s traditional stance of neutrality. It also marks a permanent shift in Finland’s long, fraught relationship with Russia, where it has often been subject to or threatened with aggression from its much larger next-door neighbor.

From its days as a territory of the Kingdom of Sweden, Finland had to endure multiple Russian occupations during wars between Russia and Sweden before being annexed as a Grand Duchy by the Russian Empire in 1809. Finland would have this status until 1917 when it declared independence as the Russian Empire collapsed.

However, relations with the newly-formed Soviet Union were not ones of friendship. The Red Army frequently occupied parts of Finland, and re-annexation remained a threat. These tensions culminated in the Winter War (or the First Finnish-Soviet War) in 1939, only months before the Second World War broke out. Although Finland ceded some of its territories, its forces trounced the Red Army despite the latter having military superiority in tanks, airplanes, and numbers of troops, a strikingly similar outcome to Russia’s present humiliation in Ukraine. The Finnish government later went so far as to align with Nazi German forces to expel Soviet forces from its territory during the Continuation War (Second Finnish-Soviet War) from 1941-1944.

Even before the May 12th announcement, the prospect of Finland joining NATO was deeply tied to its history with Russia. Every time the idea was floated, especially since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, Moscow issued virtually identical threats to the statements it has given now, usually containing some detail about moving troops closer to the Finnish border.

Finland’s border with Russia was invoked again in its latest threats. Peskov said that “NATO expansion does not make our continent more stable and secure,” and that Moscow’s response “will depend on how this expansion process of NATO plays out, the extent to which military infrastructure moves closer to our borders.”

Fortunately, Finland is more than prepared to defend its long border with Russia. Its existing defenses are fortified with the largest artillery force in Western Europe, and prior to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Helsinki had already made an agreement with Washington to acquire the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter, ordering 64 of the jets.

The F-35 will play a definitive role in changing the strategic position of NATO in Eastern Europe. Its intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities would allow it to collect information on the Russian military while remaining virtually invisible to Russian radar. The fighter also provides a persuasive deterrent against a future war. Finland’s accession to NATO and the fighter’s presence in the region will make Russia more likely to think twice before invading one of the Baltic States, greatly alleviating their relative geographical isolation from most NATO allies.

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F-35A JSF. Image Credit: Lockheed Martin.

Finland’s accession process is likely to be accelerated; according to NATO officials, it could be finished in a couple of weeks. Sweden, which is expected to make an imminent announcement on the question of NATO membership, would also have its membership expedited. As one NATO official explained it, “These are not normal times.”

Sarah White is a Senior Research Analyst at the Lexington Institute. Prior to joining Lexington, Sarah held internships at the Albright Stonebridge Group and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She earned an M.A. in Latin American Studies in 2019 from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, and a B.A. in political science and Spanish from Wake Forest University in 2017. Sarah is fluent in Spanish, proficient in Portuguese, and conversational in French. She is a native of McLean, Virginia.

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Sarah White is a Senior Research Analyst at the Lexington Institute. Prior to joining Lexington, Sarah held internships at the Albright Stonebridge Group and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She earned an M.A. in Latin American Studies in 2019 from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, and a B.A. in political science and Spanish from Wake Forest University in 2017. Sarah is fluent in Spanish, proficient in Portuguese, and conversational in French. She is a native of McLean, Virginia.

51 Comments

51 Comments

  1. Wtf

    May 15, 2022 at 9:41 am

    I’m waiting for the onslaught of hysterical NazBol/commie freaks to claim Finland is “fascist” and that somehow, anything less than total Russian subjugation of Finland is “terrorist” lmfao

    Honestly, Finland has put up with enough, and they have a right to apply for NATO if they so desire. Russia’s aggression has consequences.

    • Pancho

      May 16, 2022 at 4:58 pm

      Let’s revote. here in America, our NATO membership……..and as far NazBol/commies, history a B’tch and doesn’t lie. They were an ally to the National Socialist in Germany.

      As one of the last of GenX to recieve the Army of Occupation Medal (Berlin) in 1987, I can say this with some confidence…..we gave almost a million dead/millions wounded to help Europe solve its problem of communism, fasism and national socialism….enough is enough. Bring all our boys home! Let the European tear themselves apart again….just don’t get us involved.

  2. Him

    May 15, 2022 at 9:42 am

    Russia is like a man who bashes and bloody brutalises a woman – and when the woman lifts her hand to defend herself, the Russian man says the woman is “attacking” him.

    So the Russian man hits the woman harder, saying he is now “defending” himself from her attack.

    This foolish Russian way of thinking is how the majority of Russians think.

    In this sense, the Russian people are foolish, lacking wisdom. They produce foolish leaders like Putin with no innate wisdom, only brutal bullying.

    I think it is because the typical Russian person acts like that among his family. From what I hear, the stereotype of boorish Russian men is quite realistic to the Russian men.

    In other words, the type of leaders that Russia produces are a reflection of the personality of Russian people.

    It must be that Russian people generally do not listen to criticism – so they produce leaders who are dictators, instead of statesmen.

    There must also be a lot of household violence in Russian houses – so that there is a culture of thinking that everyone out there wants to attack Russia. It must be common for Russians to physically hit people, in relationship violence, such that violence committed against other nations is treated as no big deal.

    The only way to change this is to change the inner heart of Russian people, and that can only come from Russians repenting on their knees before Jesus Christ, sorry for what an evil nation they have allowed their Russia to become.

    Russia had so much promise, and so much natural riches – but they have squandered that through corruption, which comes from a culture of evil among the everyday Russians.

    Don’t blame it on Putin. Dictators like Putin can only arise from a Russian culture where there are thousands of people of that personality in Russian society.

    The typical Russia person has a hardness of heart that flows into their politics.

    • Carl

      May 16, 2022 at 4:02 pm

      Right on target

  3. Tom

    May 15, 2022 at 10:51 am

    A Russian wife turned to her husband and asked, “What’s this special military operation our glorious leader keeps talking about?”
    Her husband replied, “It’s a proxy war between Russia and NATO.”
    “Oh, right. How’s it going?”
    “Well,” he replied, “so far we’ve lost 24,000 soldiers, 2,000 tanks, 200 aircraft, numerous helicopters, and loads of armoured vehicles and artillery pieces. and our flag ship along with other naval pieces”
    “Wow! What about NATO?”
    “They haven’t turned up yet.”

  4. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 11:10 am

    A demobilized French soldier, author of the book “Get up and go thanks to science” Adrien Boke went to Ukraine on a humanitarian mission and spent three weeks there.

    Upon his return, he decided to convey to the French information about the events he had witnessed in Ukraine.

    “I take full responsibility for what I say. While in Ukraine, I witnessed war crimes. All of them were committed by the Ukrainian army. But in France we don’t talk about it!

    When I returned to France from Ukraine, I was shocked: TV channels invite as experts people who have not been to Ukraine and do not know anything about what is happening there now. However, they dare to speculate about these events. Between what I hear from the TV screen and what I saw with my own eyes is an abyss.

    Azov fighters are everywhere. With neo-Nazi stripes. It shocks me that Europe is supplying weapons to neo-Nazis. Not only do they not hide their views. They advertise them. I worked with these people and treated them.

    Being there, there was nothing I could do. Just watch and make videos. I have this footage and will use it as evidence of Ukraine’s crimes.

    I witnessed how the Ukrainian military shot through the knees of captured Russian soldiers and shot in the head higher-ranking officers.

    I have personally seen American videographers making fake footage from the scene of the events staging.

    All destroyed civilian buildings, given out by Ukraine for bombardment of civilians, are nothing more than the result of inaccurate shooting by Ukrainians at military facilities.

    The Armed Forces of Ukraine hide ammunition in residential buildings at night, without even informing the residents. This is called using people as a shield, ”Boke quotes one of the French media.

    The Washington Post recently drew attention to the fact that Ukrainian troops are placing military equipment in residential areas of cities in an attempt to counter the Russian Armed Forces, which threatens the lives of civilians.

    Boke also spoke about the untruthfulness of Western media reports about the events in Bucha.

    “Bucha is a staging. The bodies of the dead were moved from other places and deliberately placed in such a way as to produce shocking footage, ”the French author noted.

    The documents confirming this were submitted to the Federal Security Service – how, who – there are relevant intercepts – on what transport he came to this settlement and created the conditions for organizing this provocation.

    Soon all the collected evidence about the crimes of the Nazis in Ukraine will be seen by the whole world. And the most important thing is the help of Western countries to the Nazis of Ukraine and assistance in their crimes.

    • Him

      May 15, 2022 at 11:40 am

      If Adrien Boke says he saw Azov Battlion fighters everywhere, it would appear that Boke was in Mariupol, where the Azov are known to be fighting. And, if he was in Mariupol, it’s not a far stretch to think that the Azov could do brutal things to the Russians that they capture.

      Now, that in itself does not prove that the entire Ukraine is Nazi.

      To be clear, if the Azov in Mariupol did some war crimes, that does not reflect on what the entire Ukrainian army in the vast country of Ukraine.

      We’re searching for the big picture, and need to place every little anecdote in the context of the big picture.

      It is foolish to take one incident, and assert that that one incident is the total picture.

      When testing whether Adrien Boke’s portrayal of Bucha is the big picture, we in the West compare Boke’s comments in comparison to hundreds of reports of Bucha residents who tell what they saw as eyewitnesses of what happened to their neighbours.

      When hundreds of Ukrainian villagers tell of what they saw, I’ll believe those residents – rather than a Frenchman who was probably down south, and gives one person’s narrow view, given that the Frenchman did not talk to thousands of Ukrainians, but probably a few pro-Russian dissidents.

      Who seems more trustworthy?

      A Frenchman who was probably down in the Mariupol area to see what the Azov were doing – and then the Frenchman claims he is seeing the big picture of what happened in Bucha on the other side of Ukraine?

      We need to search for the big picture. As I see it, hearing hundreds of eye witness accounts of residents of Bucha and other Ukrainian villages is more likely to be the big picture, rather than one Frenchman who was down in the Azov region, and then asserts he has the truth of Bucha.

  5. Tom

    May 15, 2022 at 11:50 am

    Boris, You are a champ at cut and pasting meaningless drivel, lies from your failed government. It’s amazing that you actually believe you can change the trajectory with disinformation.

    I’m sure you look forward to a life of deprivation and isolation as people view Russia with the same revulsion as dung on their shoes.

  6. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 11:58 am

    According to the Bandera Nazis, any independent journalist who talks in Western countries about the war crimes of the Ukrainian regime that they saw personally is Putin’s agents. Bandera Nazis – you are just clowns and the whole world listens to the truth, and your squeals are just squeals 🙂

    • Him

      May 15, 2022 at 12:12 pm

      The Bandera Nazis were just a small number of Ukrainians who allied with the Nazi Germans — compared to the WHOLE of Russia who also allied with Nazi Germany.

      Alex, you dare to talk of Bandera allied with the Nazi’s, when your own Russia was the biggest Nazi collaborator.

      Your twisting of facts is evil.

      • Carl

        May 16, 2022 at 4:08 pm

        “Alex” is a Russian. Everything else is fake. Once he started talking about Banderites which no one in the West refers to but Russians chat on all the time, he gave himself away totally.

        And once you know he lied about being a Frenchman-what makes you think his observations which by the way contradict the many fine Agence France reporters in the Ukraine-aren’t anything but Russian propaganda

    • Tom

      May 15, 2022 at 12:14 pm

      Boris, You are amusing and very simpleminded to think you are convincing anyone, but I realize some don’t care what they have to do to survive in a really undesirable failed fascist state. In other words a shit hole.

      I’ll send you a McDonald’s Happy Meal if you can say, “Putin is a dying little runt and his army is losing the war”.

    • Carl

      May 16, 2022 at 4:06 pm

      Assuming he even is a Frenchman , and not a paid Russian. I have no idea but Difficult to tell these day and the farce about Bucha being staged sounds like pure Russian propaganda

  7. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 12:20 pm

    Bandera Nazis want to rewrite history. Read about the Molotov-Ribentrop Pact and do not disgrace the whole world, not an educated neo-Nazi.

    I advise all adequate people to watch the video of the interview, where the French journalist tells what I wrote about earlier.

    All doubts will disappear, but you will learn about the war crimes of Bandera Nazis.

    • Tom

      May 15, 2022 at 12:33 pm

      Boris, You are a poor delusional troll.

      Don’t you think you should wash your hands after picking that bit lies from your butt?

    • Alex

      May 15, 2022 at 12:51 pm

      I also recommend watching the videos he made. These are hundreds of videos showing the war crimes of Bandera Nazis not only against prisoners of war, but against Ukrainians.

      While the West is playing to help with the Bandera Nazis, the Ukrainians are begging Russia to protect them. The Ukrainians will win and Ukraine will be cleansed of Bandera scum.

      • Him

        May 15, 2022 at 12:54 pm

        What about the war crimes of the Soviet Russians who partnered with the Nazi Germans at the start of WW2? It’s not just a few. It was the entire Russian nation that was allies with Nazi Germany.

        Why do you ignore this? You point out a small number of Bandera’s Nazis, but ignore the big nation of Russia allied with the Nazis?

        • Alex

          May 15, 2022 at 1:08 pm

          Read the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact and do not disgrace the whole world for not knowing history. Although, I am sure that this is a deliberate distortion.

          I read Ukrainian textbooks, where it is written that Ukrainians (especially Western ones, although there are practically no Ukrainians there) are the first people on earth, Atlantis is Ukrainian, Christopher Columbus is a Ukrainian and the United States should give part of America’s gold to Ukraine, about “good Bannerers” and other crazy nonsense .

          And in my Polish textbook it is written about who liberated my Poland from the Nazis and it was the USSR. In my textbook they talk about the Volyn massacre, the Lviv pogroms and other crimes of the Bandera Nazis. My ancestors, together with the USSR, destroyed Bandera Nazis. There are documentary photos of what Bandera nonhumans did. Anyone can see the photos – they are freely available.

          I am sure that the Ukrainians, with the help of multinational Russia, will destroy all of you Bandera Nazis. And, of course, the western lands of Ukraine, which were illegally taken by the communists, will return back to the land of Great Poland.
          I am 100% sure that the Ukraine project is closed forever.

          You can no longer run after me, Bandera garbage, all your nicknames will be ignored.

      • Tom

        May 15, 2022 at 1:16 pm

        Boris, What will yo do for a living after Ukraine beats the snot out of your thug army? Things are looking very bleak for Russia as your ever more desperate posts indicate. Do you think Vlad wishes he had never made such a poor decision which galvanized the world against him. Is the humiliation at the hands of a smaller country getting to him or through to the public yet?

        Will you continue trolling the free world for an impoverished lifestyle? How about after Putin is poisoned?

        A Russian wife turned to her husband and asked, “What’s this special military operation our glorious leader keeps talking about?”
        Her husband replied, “It’s a proxy war between Russia and NATO.”
        “Oh, right. How’s it going?”
        “Well,” he replied, “so far we’ve lost 24,000 soldiers, 2,000 tanks, 200 aircraft, numerous helicopters, and loads of armoured vehicles and artillery pieces. and our flag ship along with other naval pieces”
        “Wow! What about NATO?”
        “They haven’t turned up yet.”

      • mhjo

        May 16, 2022 at 5:25 am

        The 6 million refugees from Ukraine certainly didn’t beg Russia for help…….

  8. Vladolph Putler

    May 15, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    Kinda surprised the trolls are out and about considering the situation.

    Ukraine has been unusually silent, but it appears they have launched a major offensive.

    The triple sevens have engaged (video evidence) in counter-battery across almost the entire LOC, with first or second shot hits from spotter drones correcting fire. Without artillery to defend the lines from advance, it appears Ukraine may have broken through lines in the north and pushed their offensive east- something they haven’t previously pursued.

    Assuming this is true, Izium is boxed in no longer by firing solutions, but completely encircled, and every northern border crossing is controlled by Ukrainian forces.

    The situation is clearly HIGHLY fluid, and information is often blurred badly by the “fog of war”. But if this is what is going on, Russian defenses in the north have collapsed, and a huge Ukrainian force is rampaging wholesale through their rear lines.

    • Fluffy Dog

      May 16, 2022 at 3:44 pm

      I would not say that Russian defenses collapsed in the North; it looks to me like they are redeploying them to other directions. Maybe a realization that they cannot sustain several lines of attack at once.

      I do not think that Ukraine has the means to launch the offensive yet. But with M777 they can start degrading the Russian defenses in preparation for the attack. M777 reach is some 5-7 km longer than the Russians’ 152 mm howitzers’. It’s also more accurate. Considering the number of guns Russians have, it’s going to be a while before Russian artillery is sufficiently degraded.

  9. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, Russia and the Donbass militia have destroyed the Ukrainians:

    165 aircraft, 125 helicopters, 879 unmanned aerial vehicles, 306 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,098 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 381 multiple rocket launchers, 1,525 field artillery pieces and mortars, and 2,934 special military vehicles. Destroyed more than 48,600 Bandera Nazis and mercenaries.

    A simple example: in any war, the approximate losses and wounded are 1:3. After 3,000 casualties, field hospitals are deployed. There is not a single Russian military hospital in Ukraine. Consequently, Russia’s losses are less than 3,000 people.

    However, in Ukraine they talk about 75,000 dead Russians. It’s the Russians. Not the Ukrainians of Donbass, not one of the 200 peoples of Russia, but Russians. Russophobia and Nazism are openly visible.

    Judging by the satellite images, Ukraine will soon collapse as a country despite the huge help from the West.

    Everyone understands that not a single NATO soldier will go to fight for a third world country inhabited (in their opinion) by third-class people. War with NATO is a nuclear war. I know for sure that our Polish soldiers will definitely not participate in a direct clash with Russia. Our lands will return to us in any case. And we will quickly clear them of Bandera Nazis. We are not Russians, we will do it faster.

    Ukraine – R.I.P.

    • Tom

      May 15, 2022 at 1:38 pm

      Boris, Everyone on this site knows you are a liar and troll. Do you get paid by the post?

    • TrustbutVerify

      May 16, 2022 at 10:38 am

      Just to use ONE statistic above that blows up the whole thing and exposes your game, Alexie…

      The Ukrainians only had 900 tanks in total at the BEGINNING of the war. The rest of the numbers are just as ludicrous.

  10. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    The French journalist revealed who really commands in Ukraine.

    In order to join the Armed Forces of Ukraine, you need to contact the US representatives. One of them stated in plain text that it was he “who is in command here, not the Ukrainians.” This statement was made by the former deputy director of the French news magazine Paris Match Regis Le Sommier.

    “I was surprised that in order to join the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, this must be done through the Americans. An American, a veteran of the war in Iraq, came up and said: I am in command here, not the Ukrainians,”
    Sommier notes that at first he wanted to kick out the reporters, he was rude. Then he ordered to get SIM cards from phones and “sign a contract until the end of the war.”

    Earlier, the Pentagon noted that the training of the Ukrainian military was indeed carried out, but this was not done on its territory, but in Europe. Since 2014, the Canadian authorities have funded a training program for fighters of the Ukrainian nationalist Azov battalion, writes Nation News. Canada helped prepare 33,346 candidates for the SBU, including 1,951 fighters from the National Guard of Ukraine.

    Jacque Bo:

    “The Ukrainian army will not win the war, just like the fascist militias. The country simply has no chance.

    Western governments insult Ukraine and its soldiers. They want to “weaken Russia” and do not allow Ukraine to ask for peace.”

  11. Tom

    May 15, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    Boris, You’re sound more desperate by the post. ROTFL

  12. Tom

    May 15, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    Video on reddit of Russian POWs telling stories of how their commanders would finish off their own wounded soldiers by shooting them in the head.

    Does Russia army have normal people or are they all murdering, rapist criminals?

  13. Tom

    May 15, 2022 at 2:50 pm

    Boris, How do you account for Zelenskyy being Jewish? How does that fit your lying narrative? Russia will be defeated, become more isolated and deprive of western goods.

    The offer for a Happy Meal still stands…just say, ‘Putin is a lying pile of shit and he’s being humiliated by Ukraine’.

    • Oleg

      May 15, 2022 at 6:29 pm

      4 years ago Zelensky promised to end the war in the east of the country. Why did everyone forget that? I think liars don’t have a nation.

  14. Rehoboth

    May 15, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    Nice post. Let’s wait and watch the end results

    Thanks

  15. BuzzBoss915

    May 15, 2022 at 3:44 pm

    Supporting free speech becomes difficult when there is a troll spouting ridiculous accusations and distorted “facts”. Yes, I’m looking at you, Alex. You are wasting your time, you are wasting our time, everybody’s time is wasted by your BS.

    Go away, you are convincing nobody!

    • Alex

      May 15, 2022 at 3:57 pm

      Convince? Whom? You with a dozen nicknames, Bandler Nazi? I quote the words of authoritative Western journalists for normal people who are against Nazism and racism. And I’m sure everyone can watch their interviews in their own language. Ukrainians will still defeat you like 70-80 years ago, Bandera Nazis. Even with the help of Russia.
      Soon you and your kind will leave not only from the east of Ukraine, but also from our Polish lands.

  16. Tom

    May 15, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    If you are tired of the lying Russian trolls you can express your views to: [email protected]

  17. exordis

    May 15, 2022 at 5:21 pm

    One other interesting fact that I didn’t see pointed out in the article: the big Russian Northern Fleet and nuclear ballistic missile submarine base at Polyarny is only about 10 minutes flying time from northern Finland.

  18. Tom

    May 15, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    Lara Logan was discredited as a journalist in 2012 for false reporting on Benghazi. She was subsequently fired from Fox News and now is relegated to far right news sites.
    Like Alex, she has no credibility.

    If you are tired of the lying Russian trolls you can express your views to: [email protected]

  19. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    A journalist from the United States, Lara Logan, during the broadcast of the Real America’s Voice program, accused the Western media of lying about the Russian special operation in Ukraine:

    “I really think there is so much misinformation right now. We have never seen anything like it. I’ve been covering military conflicts for 35 years now and I’ve never seen anyone with their fingernails decorated with the Ukrainian flag. I mean, we are being driven into such a framework where we have to hate Vladimir Putin and believe everything bad that is said about him and love Ukraine. There is simply no other position.”

    A lot of things are happening in Ukraine that we don’t talk about. This concerns the history of Ukraine, the Azov battalion, which is funded by the US and NATO. In the photographs, they are holding NATO flags and a swastika at the same time.

    They use the Nazi emblem from the SS. Everywhere in the Ukrainian army you can see this emblem of their cult. Even female soldiers wear this black badge of their cult.

    The White House pretends that it doesn’t matter that it’s only a small number of troops, but that’s not true. Azov has carved its way into eastern Ukraine through assassinations. We don’t want to admit it.

    That is why Crimea voted for independence, why Crimea wanted to be with Russia. The Western media and the West do not want to admit the reality that Western Ukraine supports the Nazis. There was the headquarters of the Nazis SS, – said the journalist.

  20. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    I like the way Bandera’s pigs are on fire. The whole world cannot be deceived. You can squeal, hysteria, complain to anyone, but you will be destroyed, Bendera Nazis.

    A correspondent from Venezuela spoke about the lies of the Western media about the situation around Ukraine:

    The Western media present a lot of false information about the special operation of the Russian Federation to protect the Donbass and about what is happening in Ukraine. This was announced on Saturday, March 26, in an interview by a Venezuelan correspondent for the TeleSUR news network.

    According to him, he became stronger in this opinion when he arrived in Ukraine. Moreover, in order to tell the truth about what is happening, I had to overcome the financial and administrative difficulties associated with the US blockade of Venezuela.

    “There is a lot of toxic, manipulative, false information in the world media. Many in Latin America and the Caribbean get their information from the world’s mainstream media. At the same time, they have not talked about the tragedy of Donbass in recent years,” the journalist noted.

    As the reporter emphasized, much that is happening at the moment is hushed up.

    “Not a word about constant bombardments, civilian casualties. Many media show this conflict as a struggle between dictatorship and democracy represented by Ukraine. We know that this is not true, we know what the Nazis really did here. But people are poisoned by the lies of the major Western media. The task of a journalist is to tell the truth, to convey to people what is really happening, ”he said.

    TeleSUR is a Latin American and Caribbean news network headquartered in Caracas.

    Earlier, on March 20, French volunteer sniper Ervan Castel, who arrived in Donbass in 2014 and joined the ranks of the militia, accused Western countries of a flood of fake news after the start of the Russian special operation. He named the material of the Italian edition La Stampa as one of the examples, where the photos after the strike by the Ukrainian Tochka-U missile in the center of Donetsk were cited as “confirmation of the bombardment of Kyiv by the Russian army.”

  21. Tom

    May 15, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    Boris, You moron, Lara Logan was discredited 2012 over a bogus Benghazi story and fired from Fox News. Now she is relegated to extremely far right ‘news’ organizations for her opinion.

  22. Oleg

    May 15, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    You decided everything so easily for the Fins, maybe NATO will make a second Saimaa channel? Russia and Finland have a reason to be friends.

    • Fluffy Dog

      May 16, 2022 at 3:52 pm

      Oh, thanks. Now I know that Russian attack on Finland in 1939 was an act of friendship. And annexation of Finnish lands in the north and near Leningrad in 1944 was by mutual agreement after a few drinks together. /sarcasm off/

  23. Tom

    May 15, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    If you are tired of the lying Russian trolls you can express your views to: [email protected]

    I’m sure the owner of the website is more interested in selling advertising and growing the website rather than running off viewers who generate income from advertisers. Some advertisers probably are not interested in paying to give Russian propaganda a platform.

  24. Alex

    May 15, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    People from all over the world tell the truth and no lies and propaganda will shut their mouths:

    “Amazing”: German journalist Thomas Röper spoke about the attitude of Ukrainians towards Russians in the liberated territories.

    German journalist Thomas Röper spoke about the attitude of Ukrainians towards Russians in the liberated territories. He noted that the Ukrainians complained to him only about the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and not about the Russian military, which seemed to him “amazing.”

    Roper visited the liberated territories of Donbass and said that residents of Melitopol and Volnovakha complained that they were robbed, tortured and killed by Ukrainian soldiers.

    “I asked people about the behavior of Russian and Ukrainian soldiers and was surprised that only Ukrainians were engaged in robbery, especially before the retreat,” the journalist said.

    According to Reper, civilians noted that the Russian military behaved correctly and tried to help them, which cannot be said about the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

    “I expected that there would be at least some complaints about the Russians, but I was wrong. Amazing! Even in Volnovakha, a city smaller than Mariupol and also completely destroyed. When retreating from there, the Armed Forces of Ukraine deliberately fired at the hospital from tanks,” the journalist said.

    Earlier, residents of Mariupol spoke about the horrendous conditions in which they had to exist. According to them, they ate pigeons and drank water from the pool, and the fighters of the national battalions took away food from them.

  25. Tom

    May 15, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Bellingcat.com investigates Russian atrocities exposing the lies pushed by Putin and his minions. These are not civilized people.

    • from Russia with love

      May 16, 2022 at 4:38 am

      are these guys with hands growing out of their asses who for 8 years drew fakes about a Buk delivered from Russia and shot down a Boeing, but could not draw anything that the court could accept as evidence?
      dude, did you write something above about journalists who discredited themselves? and now you are advertising clowns who are constantly caught on fakes as a source of some information?! ha ha ha 🙂

  26. Tom

    May 15, 2022 at 9:51 pm

    Forbes has an interesting article describing the antique equipment Russia has available and that they can’t win this war.

    “One notorious video that circulated on social media depicts separatist conscripts wearing steel helmets and carrying Mosin bolt-action rifles. Both the helmets and rifles are from the 1950s. It should go without saying that these conscripts die at a high rate in clashes with well-equipped Ukrainian troops.”

    https://twitter.com/revishvilig/status/1525909708141387777

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2022/05/15/russia-lost-a-third-of-its-forces-in-ukraine-now-its-losing-the-war/?sh=7125e3c0352e

    • Fluffy Dog

      May 16, 2022 at 4:04 pm

      Correction: Mosin-Nagant rifle was introduced in 1891; it is not from the 1950s.
      “conscripts die at a high rate in clashes with well-equipped Ukrainian troops” – it’s not the equipment, it’s the training. Russian conscripts are green and unmotivated.
      And old equipment is not the main problem. It’s that equipment pulled from the storage is often inoperable. Some T-62 tanks pulled from the storage were discovered to be without the engines, which were stolen and sold.

  27. Vi

    May 16, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    After WWII USSR liberated Poland and Baltic states 😀 – what a joke , they just replaced one dictatorship with another one.
    In 1939 when Germany invaded Poland USSR after couple weeks invaded Poland from other side. Both of these regimes are responsible for starting WWII. I hope Russians forces will be smashed in Ukraine like in Winter war when they invaded Finland, with same accusations like like now.
    I have good Russian friends and as well I know some shit heads, so not all Russians are brainwashed.
    For guys who want to find out about ”USSR” liberators please watch this YouTube video – The Soviet story – maybe you will learn some new facts.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e_-gLw860U&ab_channel=geografiaeensinodegeografia

  28. Stefan Stackhouse

    May 16, 2022 at 4:24 pm

    It usually takes time and effort to make and keep friends. In contrast, an enemy can be made so easily, and in just seconds.

  29. Tony

    May 26, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    The Winter War was not months before WWII broke out; it was in November, 1939.

  30. Sorghum

    October 30, 2022 at 9:40 am

    Overwhelming post
    Thanks

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