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Ukraine’s Top Commander Invokes NATO’s Article 5 Military Assistance Clause as West Continues to Oversee Ukraine’s War in the Donbass, by Rick Rozoff

Ukraine is acting like a member of NATO even though it’s not a member of NATO. From Rick Rozoff at antiwar.com:

Colonel-General Ruslan Khomchak, the commander-in-chief of Ukraine’s armed forces, is quoted today as boasting that his nation’s military is capable of responding to what he deemed the “aggravation of the situation” in the Donbass, in his words the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk and Lugansk, and “along the entire Ukrainian-Russian border.”

The above regions are only two of five Ukrainian (or former Ukrainian) oblasts bordering Russia. The total land border between Ukraine and Russia as Ukraine computes it is some 1,225 miles; Russia’s border with Donetsk and Lugansk is 255 miles.

The Ukrainian military chief has extended the line of conflict by almost five times. In language evocative of the worst days of the Cold War, Khomchak also intoned: “Ukraine is supported by the entire civilized world. We are not alone in the face of the enemy.”

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The Donbass War of 2021? by J. Hawk

Donbass sounds a lot like dumb ass, which is what the US will be if it gets involved in a Ukraine-Russia war. From J. Hawk at southfront.org:

Ever since assuming office, the Biden Administration has been probing countries it designated as America’s enemies for weaknesses through a variety of provocations. So far this approach has not had any successes. China plainly told Biden’s SecState Blinken to go packing, Iran is showing no eagerness to kowtow to Washington under new management, and Russia itself has stayed the course, brushing off verbal attacks and promising either in-kind or asymmetrical responses to any new chicaneries from Washington or Brussels.

That does not mean that Washington has acknowledged defeat. Unwilling to concede, it is liable to escalate a crisis situation elsewhere. Since Navalny’s perennial “poisonings”, “hunger strikes”, and “leg pains” have not had the desired effect on Western governments and his life and health are moreover quite secure in a Russian prison, so the prospect of a new war in Eastern Ukraine is back on the agenda, and the opponents of Nord Stream 2 now have two things to pray for: Aleksey Navalny’s death and a Russia-Ukraine war.

Zelensky on the Spot

The Russian government has made it clear on numerous occasions that it is adhering to the Minsk Agreements, will not abandon the Donbass, but at the same time will not escalate the situation out of the desire to minimize the damage to all concerned. In practical terms it means a continuation of “coercive diplomacy”. Russian military force will be used only if Ukraine attempts to create facts on the ground through offensive action. For that reason it is unlikely in the extreme that Russia will be the one to escalate first. It is worth remembering that both the summer 2014 campaign and the winter 2014/15 campaign were initiated by Kiev which first sent troops and bombers to suppress the then-peaceful protests against the Maidan and referenda to secede, and then to hope to quickly resolve the stalemate. Both operations ended in failure through the efforts of the hastily assembled and armed militias of the breakaway republics, with some “Northern Wind” military support that decimated Ukrainian forces.

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Ukrainian Military After 5 Years of Warfare, by J.Hawk, Daniel Deiss, and Edwin Watson

Russia could roll into Ukraine and take over the whole country any time it wanted to. That it hasn’t and apparently has no desire to do so belies the stories of “expansionist” Russia. From J. Hawk, Daniel Deiss, and Edwin Watson at southfront.org:

Prior to the Maidan coup of 2014, Ukraine’s military existed in a political vacuum, suffering from benign neglect as well as corruption and other problems plaguing the Ukrainian state. Apart from downsizing, which meant the replacement of divisions by brigades, no modernization was conducted in the years of independence. While Ukraine did contribute to a variety of international missions, even sending a small contingent to Afghanistan and Iraq, these units came from various elite components of the armed forces. The rank-and-file mechanized and armored brigades simply languished under successive Ukrainian governments.

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The Obama Ukrainian Nightmare Seems to Be Ending, at Last, by Eric Zuesse

The long conflict in Ukraine that began with the US sponsored coup in 2014 may be coming to an end. From Eric Zuesse at strategic-culture.org:

Finally, the process of ending the war in Ukraine seems to be starting in earnest. But to understand how the war can now realistically end, the basic history of how it began needs first to be acknowledged, and this history is something that will be very difficult for U.S-and-allied media to report, because it violates what their ‘news’-reports, ever since the time of the war’s start, had said was happening. So, what will be reported here (like the truth was, when it was news) will far likelier be simply ignored, than ever reported in the US and its allied countries. That’s why this news-report and analysis is being submitted to all mainstream news-media in those countries, which until now have unanimously reported, and accepted as being true, the authorized lies, which everyone in the US and allied countries has read, as if those lies were instead the history.

For one thing: This war did not start with the 16 March 2014 breakaway of Crimea from Ukraine, as Western ‘news’-media have always been claiming; but, instead, it started by what had sparked the overwhelming desire of the vast majority of Crimeans to want to break away from Ukraine. This urge had to do with the three-week-earlier February 2014 bloody coup d’etat in Ukraine, illegally overthrowing Ukraine’s democratically elected President, Viktor Yanukovych, for whom 75% of Crimeans had voted. The vast majority of Crimeans refused to accept Obama’s selected replacement-leaders and their new and US-imposed far-rightwing regime, which made clear, as soon as they took over, what they were intending to do to Crimeans.

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McCain’s Legacy in Ukraine – More Weapons, More Death, by Tom Luongo

John McCain supported a corrupt regime in Ukraine and the coup that put it in power. Now the US is increasing its support of that corrupt government. From Tom Luongo at tomluongo.me:

Just because he’s dead doesn’t mean John McCain is done killing people he hated.  Since McCain was a hate-filled troll whose life was spent dodging responsibility for his actions it follows that he worked to his dying breath to cover up his crimes and the crimes of his compatriots.

And the conflict in Ukraine is one of those crimes.  Over the weekend Donestk People’s Republic leader Alexander Zakharchenko was assassinated in Donestk.  Want to get an idea of just how insanely biased U.S. reporting on this is?  How far we’ve fallen as a people thanks to John McCain’s virulent hatred for all things Russian?

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A Question, by the Bionic Mosquito

As you can tell from the top of the page, SLL is partial to questions. This one comes from the Bionic Mosquito via lewrockwell.com (you’ll have to click through to the article to get the question):

During the Munich Security Conference a couple of weeks ago, news came out that Russia would recognize various documents issued by eastern Ukrainian authorities – in other words, from the separatist regions of Donbass.

“The decree stated clearly this was made out of humanitarian concerns…until Minsk agreements have been fulfilled. The presidential decree validated IDs of Donbass residents so that they could enter Russia legally and use Russian rail transport and air carriers,” [Sergei Lavrov] explained.

Given the hysteria about Russia and Ukraine, you would think this would cause all sorts of calamity during the Conference. Apparently not:

Lavrov said this issue had not been brought up during foreign ministers’ talks in the so-called Normandy Four format in Munich.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was all spun up about it:

“I informed [US Vice President Mike Pence] about the recent decision of President Putin to validate the passports of the occupied territories, the so-called LPR and DPR, for me it is yet another proof of Russia’s violation of international law,” Poroshenko told reporters after a meeting with Pence.

And Poroshenko’s discussion with Pence came just hours after Pence vowed to “hold Russia to account.”

I hadn’t thought about it much more until reading The Saker today, updating the situation:

Let’s sum all this up:

• The Urkonazis completely close down the unofficial border with Novorussia

•Russia recognizes Novorussian documents

• The DNR and LNR nationalize all the Ukrainian industry in the Donbass

• The Ukronazis declare that the line of contact is now to be considered a border

• The Novorussians declare that the Russian Ruble is the only legal currency in Novorussia

• The Novorussians will now export their entire production of coal/anthracite to Russia

• All the factories in Novorussia will no longer pay taxes to Kiev

There appears to be much more going on that mere recognition of documents.

To continue reading: A Question