By Paul McLeary 02/28/2022 06:16 PM EST Link Copied
It’s not clear just yet what countries are donating the jets, but European Union Security chief Josep Borrell over the weekend pledged to transfer the fighter planes from multiple countries. | Stephanie Lecocq, Pool Photo via AP
Ukrainian pilots have arrived in Poland to begin taking control of fighter planes donated by European countries, a Ukrainian government official told POLITICO.
The impending transfer of older Russian-made planes to be used in combat against Russian forces is the most significant moment yet in a wave of promised arms transfers over the past 24 hours that includes thousands of anti-armor rockets, machine guns, artillery and other equipment.
It’s not clear just yet what countries are donating the jets, but European Union Security chief Josep Borrell over the weekend pledged to transfer the fighter planes from multiple countries.
Representatives from the Polish and Slovakian governments did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Poland, Bulgaria and Slovakia all still fly Russian-made planes similar to those used by the Ukrainian air force, meaning the pilots would likely not need much training.
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I am very knowledgeable on the S.W.I.F.T. financial system. I worked in the international department of a major U.S. bank for nearly 15 years, using the SWIFT system daily……..pretty much all day long.
Expelling Russian banks from the SWIFT system could/would have a huge impact on Russia’s ability to conduct business, government and private. However, expelling some banks………does not cut it. All Russian banks with SWIFT access need to be expelled. Russia can dance around the banks expelled……use ones that have not been. Too, Russia could use other foreign banks in China who are sympathetic to them; while some banks in Russia still have SWIFT access. Those Russian banks still with access can merely send messages/transactions to China and ask them to forward to their desired bank (foreign banks) destinations. Yes it complicates Russia’s ability to communicate with foreign banks, but to be really effective ………ALL THE RUSSIAN BANKS SHOULD…
That’s right, the woke crowd is yet again thinking they are making a difference and stopping Vlad the Impaler Putin himself by boycotting Russian vodka. You can’t make up this level off stupid, it only happens in America.
That’s right, 1.2% of vodka on American shelves comes from Russia, so the woke brigade of liberals and conservatives have taken to social media to let you know they won’t allow it on their shelves or in their bars any longer. That should totally stop the Russians in their tracks, just like those pesky sanctions did.
Not to be outdone, Canada who’s still arresting their own citizens for protesting has joined the United States on the Russian vodka ban. We have no clue how much vodka Canada gets from Russia, and for the sake of this article we didn’t research it because we’ve already cared too much about this nonsensical woke story.
In Ontario, Canada, Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy directed the provincial Liquor Control Board to have stores remove Russian vodka and other alcoholic products, according to the Canadian Press.
“Ontario joins Canada’s allies in condemning the Russian government’s act of aggression against the Ukrainian people and we strongly support the federal government’s efforts to sanction the Russian government,” Bethlenfalvy said. “We will continue to be there for the Ukrainian people during this extremely difficult time.”
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation removed Russian products from its shelves and website because of the “terrible events taking place.”
In the U.S., the Jacob Liquor Exchange in Wichita, Kansas, decided to remove its more than 100 bottles of Russian vodka from the shelves and poured some of it on the ground.
“I think the whole world knows by now that Russia’s at war with Ukraine for no apparent reason,” Jamie Stratton, wine director and partner of the store, told KSNW-TV in Wichita. “I guess this is our sanction … and this may be small, but every small thing makes a difference.”
That’ll stop the Rooskies… Pouring out Vodka you’ve already paid for in a nation that already has empty shelves in most places because of supply chain and Covid mandates. Good Call!
In Oregon, the owner of a bar in Bend filmed himself pouring out all of his Russian vodka, according to FOX 12 of Portland.
“Russia is acting as though it’s 1939 and going into Europe with a full force that they have in the Ukraine,” Bill McCormick, owner of Pine Tavern, told the station. “I am so concerned about it metastasizing into other countries.”
Putin ordered the Russian defense minister and the chief of the military’s General Staff to put the nuclear deterrent forces in a “special regime of combat duty.” The move signals tensions could boil over into a nuclear war.
At the same time, Biden remains at his private residence in Delaware and media communications with the commander-in-chief have slowed to a crawl.
“He is right now threatening a nuclear escalation,” said former DIA intelligence officer Rebekah Koffler. “This a veiled threat – or maybe such a veiled threat – he just met with his chief of general staff and minister of defense. He is escalating the conflict into the nuclear domain in order to de-escalate – that is topple Kyiv’s regime quickly.”
Turkey has declared that Russia’s actions in Ukraine constitute a war and will act accordingly, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Sunday.
One reporter asked Kirby if U.S. intelligence suggests Russian President Vladimir Putin would stop his advancement with Ukraine. Some European countries are anxious that the Russian president’s campaign could continue past the borders of the war-torn country.
“It is not entirely clear if Mr. Putin has designs beyond the Ukraine,” Kirby said. “And it’s because that’s not perfectly clear that we continue to look for ways to bolster our NATO capabilities and to reassure our allies. I mean, one of the reasons we’re doing this is because we want to make it clear to him that we will defend every inch of NATO territory.”
During an interview with Fox News Digital at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn. said Putin will only respond to “people that show a spine” and stand up to the authoritarian leader, which the U.S. is unfortunately not doing at the moment under Biden’s leadership, he said.
President Joe Biden walks his dog Commander in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Dec. 28, 2021. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)
“I think the thing that will be most potent to stopping the advance right now will be people that show a spine, [such as] people like [Ukrainian] President Zelenskyy is [doing]. The folks that show resolve,” Hagerty said. “We’re going to [have to] increase the cost to Putin of moving against Kyiv and against the entirety of Ukraine.”
Fox News’s Kelly Laco and Emma Colton contributed to this report.
BREAKING NEWS: In a big loss for Putin, Canada announces that it is closing its airspace to ALL Russian aircrafts in order to “hold Russia accountable” for its illegal invasion and to support Ukraine. RT TO THANK CANADA FOR STANDING WITH UKRAINE!#UkraineWar#Kyiv#Ukraine
Event: Ukraine Land Border Crossing Options February 27, 2022
By U.S. Embassy Kyiv | 27 February, 2022 | Topics: Alert, Events, News
February 27, 2022 at 9:54PM
The security situation throughout Ukraine continues to be unpredictable, with active fighting inside many cities and other locations, and conditions may deteriorate as military attacks by Russia continue in various parts of the country without any warning.
The U.S. Embassy urges U.S citizens in Ukraine to depart now using privately available transportation options if it is safe to do so. Careful consideration should be made to routes and the risks of travel because Ukraine’s roads are in many cases crowded, exposed to combat operations, and infrastructure such as bridges in some locations has been destroyed. Sheltering in place may remain the best option for some.
U.S. citizens wishing to depart Ukraine by land have several options. We understand that most border crossings into Poland and all main crossing points into Moldova are severely backed up and some are experiencing extremely long wait times (well over 30 hours in some cases). We recommend that, if possible, U.S. citizens consider redirecting to border crossings with Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia, which are currently experiencing lower wait times to cross.
Note that conditions at each border can change very quickly and wait times can increase at any time without warning. Be prepared to wait for many hours to cross:
Have extra batteries and power banks for your mobile phones.
Bring enough food and water for at least two days.
Stock up on diapers and baby food, if applicable.
Bring blankets, sleeping bags, warm clothes.
Ensure enough pet food if you are with your pet.
Bring hard copies of important documents (birth certificates, passports [even if expired], any other identification) and don’t rely on cell phones and computer batteries.
Book accommodations prior to arrival, as many hotels near the borders are already booked.
Local authorities in Romania, Poland, and Moldova have reception centers immediately beyond most border crossings, where you can find food, temporary lodging, clothes, and transportation to the next bigger town.
Note that Poland has waived any COVID-related requirements to show vaccination cards and/or PCR tests.
U.S. citizens seeking emergency assistance and those who decide to remain in Ukraine should complete this online form and the State Department will respond. The U.S. government will not be able to evacuate U.S. citizens from Ukraine. Please review what the U.S. government can and cannot do to assist you in a crisis overseas. U.S. citizens may seek consular services, including requests for repatriation loans, passport, and visa services, at U.S. embassies and consulates in neighboring countries.
Additional Actions to Take:
Visit the Embassy’s webpage to view the most recent safety and security alerts for U.S. citizens.
Regularly monitor local and international news and social media news channels.
Ensure travel documents are valid and easily accessible.
Review your personal security plans and always have a contingency plan in place that does not rely on U.S. government assistance.
Having been initially repelled, a new Russian military convoy is approaching Kyiv, about 40 miles away.. The convoy is more than 3.25 miles long and contains fuel, logistics and armored vehicles (tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, self-propelled artillery). https://t.co/eCMr2BfTYv
The Ukrainian people have shown true bravery in defending their Country, and as bad as things are, most of them have taken their Animals with them. The children and Animals are the innocent victims of war, they have no understanding of why its happening. 🇺🇦 🇺🇦#IStandWithUkraine
One of the first things that Trump did, when he became President, was arrange to send liquified natural gas (LNG) to Poland, which was the earliest strong evidence that he wasn’t Russia’s man. And, he’s telling the truth, when he says, that he was the hardest on Putin. The other Presidents coddled Putin like he was a pet puppy, whereas he was a baby bear, who grew up. “Bears are carnivoran mammals of the family Ursidae. They are classified as caniforms, or doglike carnivorans.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear
Both Dems, and apparent Kremlin operatives pretending to be Alt-right conservatives, have been distorting what Trump has said about Putin. The motives for the first are clear. The motive of the second is apparently to get conservative America on Putin’s side. Never forget that Biden’s Secretary of State, Tony Blinken, waived the Nord Stream sanctions, which allowed it to be completed. The head…
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A resolution presented today in #UNSC by 🇦🇱 & 🇺🇸
and co-sponsored by more than 80 states, calling for
immediate stop of Russian aggression against
#Ukraine, was vetoed by 🇷🇺
Russia was alone.
Albania will continue to uphold UN Charter principles &
8:20 PM · Feb 25, 2022
“February 25, 2022 – In Statements By Mission un Remarks by Ambassador Ferit Hoxha at the Security Council meeting on the draft-resolution on Ukraine
Thank you, Mr. President,
Let me start by stating that I subscribe to what we just heard from the United States.
We are called to express, clearly and loudly, where we, our States, stand, individually and collectively,
* with respect to International Law that we have agreed to;
* with the principles enshrined in the UN Charter that we have agreed to; * with the international…
Some bloggers need to learn that the world existed before they were born or learned to read. With the advantage of internet, not having been born isn’t an excuse for ignorance of history. History books used to be dated, it was difficult to obtain information, recent history was a sort of dead zone, unless you searched old newspapers in the library and maps were costly. These excuses are no longer a valid excuse for ignorance. Russian aggression pre-dated 2014.
While Bush was President in this period, Bill Clinton was President during Russia’s attack in the 1990s. Bush was bestest friends with Pootie Pootie Putin. The western world has mollycoddled-indulged Putin for over 20 years, now. They are still mollycoddling him.
Twenty years ago: “Today the Russian government, with the silent blessing of the Bush administration (good relations with Russia is one of its very few, if not its only dubious…
National Reconnaissance Office Directoir Christopher Scolese speaks Feb. 23, 2022, at the National Security Space Association’s Defense and Intelligence Space Conference. Credit: NSSA
Scolese said both government and commercial satellites systems are potential targets
CHANTILLY, Va. — As the Ukraine crisis escalates, U.S. National Reconnaissance Office Director Christopher Scolese warned that Russia’s military could target satellites to disrupt communications and GPS services.
“I think we’re seeing pretty clearly that Russia is committed to doing what they want to do in Ukraine, and they want to win,” Scolese said Feb. 23 at the National Security Space Association’s Defense and Intelligence Space Conference.
“So I think it’s fair to assume that, to the extent that they can, and to the extent that they feel it won’t extend the conflict out of their control, that they will extend it into space,” Scolese said.
The NRO operates U.S. government-owned spy satellites, but increasingly a lot of imagery and intelligence is collected and distributed by commercial satellite operators like Maxar, Planet, BlackSky, and others, so any attempt to disrupt the United States’ ability to gather intelligence could impact private and public assets.
Scolese did not comment specifically on what actions the Russians might take, but he said it’s easy to imagine based on past behavior. “They are already doing GPS jamming, as an example.”
Scolese said both government and commercial satellites systems are potential targets. “I would tell everybody that the important thing is to go off and ensure that your systems are secure and that you’re watching them very closely because we know that the Russians are effective cyber actors.”
“And, again, it’s hard to say how far their reach is going to go in order to achieve their objectives. But it’s better to be prepared than surprised,” he added.
For years, the U.S. military has worried that Russia and China will try to jam U.S. GPS and communications satellites during a conflict.
In addition to denying GPS through electronic jamming attacks, Russia could also target U.S. military GPS users with falsified PNT data, a technique known as spoofing. A GPS outage could wreak havoc across all military activities involving aircraft, ships, munitions, land vehicles and ground troops. “In an active military conflict, even brief denials and spoofing of PNT might make a difference if well-timed with other operations,” said a RAND Corp. report.
Since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, U.S. presidents of both major political parties have had their fair share of setbacks, failures, and outright disasters in foreign policy. But few, if any, have been quite as stark as Democrats’ mishandling of the situation in Ukraine.
After decades of abuse at the hands of brutal Soviet regimes, Ukraine now stands on the brink of war with Russia, and for the time being, it seems no one is coming to its rescue.
Although the relationship and history between Russia and Ukraine are complex, the failure of Democratic presidents’ leadership, as well as their contributions to the current crisis, couldn’t be clearer.
Clinton’s Nuclear-Sized Mistake
First, there’s President Bill Clinton’s disastrous decision to support the nuclear disarmament of Ukraine, a choice supported by numerous congressional Democrats then and since.
At the time of the fall of the Soviet Union, Ukraine had the third-largest nuclear arsenal in the world. Ukraine controlled some 5,000 nuclear weapons, including, as the New York Times noted in a report earlier this month, “long-range missiles that carried up to 10 thermonuclear warheads, each far stronger than the bomb that leveled Hiroshima.”
In 1992, Ukraine signed the Lisbon Protocol, agreeing to return the nuclear weapons it had inherited from the Soviet government back to Russia. But members of the Ukrainian parliament soon thereafter increasingly voiced serious concerns over total nuclear disarmament, in large part due to fears of a future conflict with Russia.
Throughout 1992 and 1993, Russia and the Clinton White House worked furiously to convince Ukraine to give up all of its nuclear weapons. After substantial political pressure, Ukraine caved in 1994, but only after the United States, Russia, and the United Kingdom agreed to protect Ukraine in the event of a future attack on the nation’s sovereignty, as well as financial support and a number of other assurances.
Ukraine dismantled and relinquished its nuclear weapons, giving President Clinton and the Russians a diplomatic victory. The decision has haunted Ukraine ever since.
Had Ukraine maintained at least part of its nuclear arsenal, it is highly unlikely Russia would be considering an invasion today.
The most critical part of Ukraine’s 1994 agreement to disarm was the pledge by the United States, Russia, and United Kingdom to protect Ukraine against unwarranted aggression. The initial agreement, the so-called Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances, was later reaffirmed in 2009 by President Barack Obama.
However, in 2014, Obama watched as Russian-backed rebels, with support from Russian troops, seized control of Crimea, a region belonging to Ukraine. The rebel-backed government then seceded from Ukraine and annexed it to Vladimir Putin’s government in Russia.
The Obama administration, working alongside officials from the European Union, responded by issuing sanctions and freezing Russian assets. They also imposed travel restrictions. Obama did not, though, keep the promise the United States made in 1994 and 2009 to protect the sovereignty of Ukraine.
Of course, Putin didn’t flinch, and Crimea has been a part of Russia ever since.
The Big ‘Green’ Power Vacuum
President Obama and his then-vice president, Joe Biden, were fierce opponents of the fossil-fuel industry for both of Obama’s terms. They opposed the Keystone XL pipeline, forced states to adopt “renewable” energy like wind and solar, issued countless regulations that killed hundreds of coal-fired power plants, and restricted drilling and exploration of natural gas on public lands—policies the United States has once again adopted under President Biden.
In addition to having a negative impact on U.S. economic growth, these policies caused numerous nations to turn to Russia for low-cost energy.
Instead of importing fossil fuels from American companies, the European Union has become dependent on Russia, which is now the number-one source of natural gas in Europe, supplying about 41% of the region’s supply. Russia is also the largest supplier of crude oil and coal.
Due to the Biden administration’s failure in leadership, the United States has never looked weaker.
Because much of Europe now depends on Russian energy, it can’t afford to stand up to Russia’s hostilities in Ukraine — or anywhere else, for that matter.
The Trump administration attempted to convince European nations to depend on the United States’ vast natural gas production instead, but such appeals largely failed because European leaders knew Donald Trump wouldn’t be president forever, and that a Democratic administration would swiftly attempt to scale back fossil-fuel development.
Or, in the words of one energy expert wrote for the National Interest in 2019, “Why bet the proverbial farm on a U.S. [liquified natural gas] supply across the Atlantic if there remains significant doubt as to whether a Democratic successor to Trump – particularly as 2020 candidates endorse the so-called ‘Green New Deal’ with varying degrees of enthusiasm — would continue with such plans?”
Of course, no list of Democratic presidents’ policy failures would be complete without mentioning Biden’s disastrous withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in 2021.
As a recent report from Republicans on the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs accurately summarized, “The Biden Administration squandered precious time, ignored intelligence and recommendations from people on the ground, and refused bipartisan support to give them the resources to succeed. In the process, the botched withdrawal has tarnished America’s reputation and credibility.”
And Ukraine is now paying the price.
Due to the Biden administration’s failure in leadership, the United States has never looked weaker. Putin knows this, of course, and he is using the opportunity to expand his legacy, along with Russia’s borders.
Republicans have undoubtedly made some foreign policy mistakes in recent decades. But when it comes to the chaos we’re seeing in Ukraine today, Democrats, especially presidents Clinton, Obama, and Biden, deserve the lion’s share of the blame. The people of Ukraine are suffering as a result of their failures.
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