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“Putin is talking about the desire for peace again? Amazingly. Because ‘conflict resolution’ is extremely simple. Immediate withdrawal of Russian troops from the entire territory of Ukraine.” – Mykhailo Podolyak, Senior Adviser to Ukraine’s President Zelensky

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Allowing for the fog of war and incomplete exaggerated or inaccurate media reports – convincing evidence suggests that the invading Russian army is losing the war in Ukraine :

Mykhailo Podolyak, a senior adviser to Mr Zelenskiy, said in response: “Putin is talking about the desire for peace again? Amazingly. Because ‘conflict resolution’ is extremely simple. Immediate withdrawal of Russian troops from the entire territory of Ukraine.”

The astute analyst Mary Scully notes that Russia’s few powerful allies, Modi and Xi Jinping – leaders of India and China, are offering grim advice to Kremlin boss Putin :

“Supporters of Putin’s war are looking pretty damn foolish now that no less a war criminal than Modi publicly confronted Putin telling him to end the war against Ukraine & Putin acknowledged that China’s Xi Jinping privately expressed the same position. Russia has been able to sustain western sanctions only because India & China provided a financial lifeline by increasing trade, especially the purchase of oil & natural gas, from Russia.

It will be interesting to watch the song & dance of the war mongering progressives as they try to coordinate their apologetics with China & India’s realpolitik.”

Here is a detailed report from the Irish Times (September 17 2012) :


Zelenskiy labels Russia ‘biggest source of terrorism in the world’

NAOMI O’LEARY in Brussels and

DANIEL McLAUGHLIN in Lviv

Ukraine has demanded tougher international action against Russia after bodies showing signs of torture were allegedly found in a mass grave in the eastern Kharkiv region, which Moscow’s troops controlled for several months before being routed by Kyiv’s recent counteroffensive.

“The whole world should see this … More than 400 bodies were found at the mass burial site in Izyum. With signs of torture, children, those killed as a result of missile attacks, warriors of the armed forces of Ukraine,” the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy said yesterday.

“Russia has already become the biggest source of terrorism in the world, and no other terrorist power leaves behind so many deaths. This must be recognised legally. The world must act. Russia must be recognised as a state sponsor of terrorism,” he added.

Russian forces seized swathes of Kharkiv region soon after launching its all-out invasion of Ukraine in February, but fled in disarray this month as Kyiv’s troops counter-attacked, leaving behind ranks of armoured vehicles and big ammunition stores.

“We are at the site of the mass burial of people, civilians who were buried here, and now according to our information they all have the signs of violent death,” said Kharkiv governor Oleh Synehubov.

“There are bodies with hands tied behind [their backs]. Each fact will be investigated and will be properly and legally evaluated.”

It is not yet clear how many civilian and how many soldiers were buried in the woodland pit in Izyum, or how they died, but Ukrainian officials warned that the site could contain evidence of the kind of atrocities that took place in Bucha, Irpin and other towns near Kyiv when they were occupied by Russia at the start of the all-out war.

“Unfortunately, this is only the beginning of our work here, how many locations will still be found in the de-occupied territories is not yet known, but the harsh reality is that the death toll in Izyum may be many times higher than the Bucha tragedy,” said Oleh Kotenko, Ukraine’s commissioner for missing people.

‘Torture chambers’

National police chief Ihor Klymenko revealed that 10 “torture chambers” had been found in Izyum and other towns controlled until this month by Russian troops, saying: “We know for sure that people were tortured there, and we already have information about those who died there.”Moscow denies atrocities in Ukraine, and Russian president Vladimir Putin claimed yesterday that the Kremlin was ready to “do everything to stop this [war] as soon as possible”. He added: “But unfortunately the opposing side, the leadership of Ukraine, has announced its rejection of the negotiation process and stated that it wants to achieve its aims by military means, on the battlefield, as they say.”

Mykhailo Podolyak, a senior adviser to Mr Zelenskiy, said in response: “Putin is talking about the desire for peace again? Amazingly. Because ‘conflict resolution’ is extremely simple. Immediate withdrawal of Russian troops from the entire territory of Ukraine.”

International leaders vowed to bring the perpetrators of any war crimes to justice. Britain’s ambassador to Ukraine Melinda Simmons wrote in a social media message: “Justice for crimes … must go hand in hand with rebuilding.”

The US announced a further $600 million in military aid to Kyiv, while European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said Ukraine should get whatever it needs.

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