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Iranian court orders US to pay $245 million to victims of chemical weapons during Iran-Iraq War

The US backed Saddam Hussein’s war on Iran during the 1980s

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – An Iranian court demanded the US administration to pay $245 million to the victims of chemical attacks carried out by Saddam Hussein’s forces during the Iran-Iraqi war of 1980-1988, Iran’s Judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni Eje’i said Sunday.

“A number of people who have been harmed during the chemical bombing have filed lawsuits and a court has issued decrees for 18 of them who have been harmed or died and estimated their ransom,” Mohseni Eje’i was quoted as saying by the Fars news agency.

In September 1980, Hussein started the invasion of Iran. The devastating war that followed only ended in 1988. An estimated 1.5 million people died in the conflict.

During the war Washington supported Iraq with monetary assistance, weaponry, intelligence, technology and also provided materials found by UN experts in the fragments of chemical weapons used by the Iraqi army in Iran.

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So is it $145 or $245 million?
Guys check before publishing.

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The United States committed major war crimes by supplying Iraq with chemlical and biological weapons during the Iraq-Iran war

https://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/world/2002-09-30-iraq-ushelp-list_x.htm
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/world/2002-09-30-iraq-ushelp_x.htm
http://www.theinsider.org/news/article.asp?id=241

These banned weapons of mass destrujctyion were used by Saddam Hussein against the Iranians…

The United States was thus responsible for the death and maining of hundreds of thousands of Iranians…

The United States is worse than a terrorist state – THE US IS A MAJOR AND REPEATED WAR CRIMINAL and should pay Iran BILLIONS IN WAR REPARATIONS FOR ITS OBSCENE ILLEGAL WAR CRIMES and CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY….

Ronald
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Ronald

And then the US provided the chemical weapons that Saddam used on the Kurds .
Hard to fathom the Kurds having any thing to do with America .

tjoes
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tjoes

Attacking the Kurds riled up Israel….and AIPAC tightened the grip on US balls. Plus, Saddam could implicate the US AND Israel in helping CW crimes. Reagan papers explain how we helped him and advised Saddam to co-mingle with conventional weapons, then they took control of the media to keep it out of the news.

DarkEyes
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DarkEyes

At that time and the years another known person was running around in Iraq to promote this war and CWs to Saddam: Mrs. Hillary R. Clinton.
What do you know!

Shahna
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Britain too.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Absolutely accurate assessment of the Useless State of Amnesia.
The most evil, degenerate nation on the earth, and, rest assured, her end is coming far sooner than most American citizens are willing to accept.

Punisher 1
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Punisher 1

That is a good move. Not because I think they’ll get the money,I don’t. But because of the “symbolism” of it. It shows that the US isn’t the only country able to use court judgments to attack their enemies. For years now the US has used their internal US court system to claim they could use that to interfere in foreign countries. The Iranians are showing them that they aren’t the only ones to be able to do that.

Ronald
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Ronald

You have it spot on , “the symbolism” of it allows its significance to be introduced into the media , and consciousness , world wide . It is also repeatable by different groups , and nations , BRICS , etc .

John Mason
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John Mason

Now try to collect the money, best of luck.

Shahna
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They don’t have to collect it – just demand it’s paid before any American business does any business in Iran. … The Iranians should extend this to Britain.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Amazia is financially destitute, in trillions of dollars debt, for all her wars against any nation who has whatever Amazia wants, and is prepared to kill for. Amazia is the Sheriff of these psychotic tyrants, used to declare war on any who dare hold up the progress of those implementing the new world order, impede their global dictatorship. Unfortunately, those running the Middle Eastern governments are just as greed motivated, power crazed as the Amazians, English, etc., for nationalities, to these globalists, are irrelevant, we, the citizens, are just numbers in the machine. Those who have usurped control over our… Read more »

Shahna
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The British provided the chemical weapons and the Americans provided the targeting co-ordinates.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

And don’t hold your breath waiting for the payment to be effected.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

All the perverse, crazed leaders of Amazing-less will do is write Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, whoever, a cheque, which is worthless, but shifts responsibility for the funding of any re-building, compensation straight back to the nation to whom the cheque is written. For, assuredly, as with all bank transfers, there is no actual shifting of GOLD! The GOLD always stays in the hands of the bankers, is loaned, through promissory notes, to the respective governments, who then have to issue the money themselves, which, in the final analysis, means all is paid for by the citizens, the workers of said nation,… Read more »

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

There is a saying…no matter which way you turn, your fanny is always in the rear – i.e. you can’t win. Oh, yes we could if we really got together and stopped all that bickering and wasting time. I am sure you have read ‘Confessions of an Economic Hit Man’…which gives a good insight as to how Washington et all operate.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

And yet we are led to believe, by those who control the media, education systems, the churches, etc., that we are smarter than the ape? Money is a fantasy, an illusion, which has no intrinsic value, and could, this year, reach it’s use by date, to be replaced by the card. As for your fanny always being behind you, as a bloke I don’t have that issue, but, rest assured, none of the simple people can win, because we are too scared of taking responsibility for our own life. We have squandered our freedom, passed the buck, allowed power crazed… Read more »

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

We are too scared because we have been brainwashed to believe, that there is nothing one can do about anything, anyhow. We are being preached to remain passive and non violent while ‘they’ are armed to the teeth to fight us. I don’t buy this – I believe in “an eye for an eye” and we must not wait any longer.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Fear is the devil’s tool! We have been intellectually deadened through the medications in our food, the coke, Mc.Poisons, artificial colored, preservitized, nutrition-less foods, violence based brain washing through the perennial Kill-em- All Westerns and war movies, from Follywood, and Amazia’s citizens have, generally, lost their back bone. In fact it is the western nations, all, who are now mindless, spineless, moral-less scum bags, grovelling at the feet of all we fear; self imposed terror, too scared to fight the real enemy, the one within. There is not time for another revolution, and no one would come anyway, if one… Read more »

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

When I said ‘they are armed to the teeth’, I most certainly did not refer to Muslims or such. Take a good look at how today’s police forces are ‘dressed’…armed to the teeth. These are the ‘they’ I am talking about. And ‘they’ will use their weapons against us any time, any place, any day.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Yes, what you are declaring here is one hundred percent correct, and that is a rather scary situation, where the police are now a military branch, armed with the latest weapons of mass destruction, to be used against the citizens of Amazia, R’stralia, Well Bitten, in their Forth Reich! I do include the vatican military; fanatic moslems who have been intentionally shipped across the world; invading many nations, Holland, Germany, France, etc., forming an internal army which will be used by the vatican to slaughter all who will not become members of the New World Church, which will be controlled… Read more »

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

I’ll keep speaking up until I am six feet under. People might not always agree with my point of view – it is their prerogative, but I most certainly will continue to call it as I see it. I am still very capable of thinking for myself and this is what rubs so many the wrong way. Too bad. I totally mistrust the so-called ‘experts’, who – for the most part, seem intent on leading us down the wrong path. Always wonder who pays them.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

May God bless you for your integrity, your stance for sanity, and one is with you in our fight against the morons, demons, psychopaths and ‘religious’ lunatics who are intent on global dictatorship. Amazia is the gun of the beast; Cain was of his father, the devil, and there is no hope of reversing this oncoming storm, because the bulk of the population have no idea what is being done to them, by those they trusting elected. One suggests, behind all the chaos, we find the ‘church’, the mother of harlots, as it is the fortress of evil fighting against… Read more »

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

You know the saying…religion is the root of all evil.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Absolutely, ‘religion’, from Latin, ‘religio’, means a covering. A covering can provide protection from threats, but, it also can be a means to hide people from Truth, blind them to Light, allowing them to shift responsibility for their personal walk by getting artificial, money seeking intercessors, betwixt themselves and Truth, to supposedly guide them, Spiritually, into Heaven. Heaven is within, and each of us have to give account for how we conduct ourselves whilst here, in this life. Religion is, without doubt, the root of all evil, as it has been perverted into big business, with many intercessors. Satan wants… Read more »

gmatch
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gmatch

We need a Nuremberg!

yoo
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yoo

It Should be done, everyone is accountable for any life Loss
No-one should be set free of Murder.

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Ukraine Wants Nuclear Weapons: Will the West Bow to the Regime in Kiev?

Efforts to prevent nuclear proliferation are one of the few issues on which the great powers agree, intending to continue to limit the spread of nuclear weapons and to prevent new entrants into the exclusive nuclear club.

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The former Ukrainian envoy to NATO, Major General Petro Garashchuk, recently stated in an interview with Obozrevatel TV:

“I’ll say it once more. We have the ability to develop and produce our own nuclear weapons, currently available in the world, such as the one that was built in the former USSR and which is now in independent Ukraine, located in the city of Dnipro (former Dnipropetrovsk) that can produce these kinds of intercontinental ballistic missiles. Neither the United States, nor Russia, nor China have produced a missile named Satan … At the same time, Ukraine does not have to worry about international sanctions when creating these nuclear weapons.”

The issue of nuclear weapons has always united the great powers, especially following the signing of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The decision to reduce the number of nuclear weapons towards the end of the Cold War went hand in hand with the need to prevent the spread of such weapons of mass destruction to other countries in the best interests of humanity. During the final stages of the Cold War, the scientific community expended great effort on impressing upon the American and Soviet leadership how a limited nuclear exchange would wipe out humanity. Moscow and Washington thus began START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) negotiations to reduce the risk of a nuclear winter. Following the dissolution of the USSR, the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances persuaded Ukraine to relinquish its nuclear weapons and accede to the NPT in exchange for security assurances from its signatories.

Ukraine has in recent years begun entertaining the possibility of returning to the nuclear fold, especially in light of North Korea’s recent actions. Kim Jong-un’s lesson seems to be that a nuclear deterrent remains the only way of guaranteeing complete protection against a regional hegemon. The situation in Ukraine, however, differs from that of North Korea, including in terms of alliances and power relations. Kiev’s government came into power as a result of a coup d’etat carried out by extremist nationalist elements who seek their inspiration from Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera. The long arm of NATO has always been deeply involved in the dark machinations that led to Poroshenko’s ascendency to the Ukrainian presidency. From a geopolitical point of view, NATO’s operation in Ukraine (instigating a civil war in the wake of a coup) follows in the footsteps of what happened in Georgia. NATO tends to organize countries with existing anti-Russia sentiments to channel their Russophobia into concrete actions that aim to undermine Moscow. The war in the Donbass is a prime example.

However, Ukraine has been unable to subdue the rebels in the Donbass region, the conflict freezing into a stalemate and the popularity of the Kiev government falling as the population’s quality of life experiences a precipitous decline. The United States and the European Union have not kept their promises, leaving Poroshenko desperate and tempted to resort to provocations like the recent Kerch strait incident or such as those that are apparently already in the works, as recently reported by the DPR authorities.

The idea of Ukraine resuming its production of nuclear weapons is currently being floated by minor figures, but it could take hold in the coming months, especially if the conflict continues in its frozen state and Kiev becomes frustrated and desperate. The neoconservative wing of the American ruling elite, absolutely committed to the destruction of the Russian Federation, could encourage Kiev along this path, in spite of the incalculable risks involved. The EU, on the other hand, would likely be terrified at the prospect, which would also place it between a rock and a hard place. Kiev, on one side, would be able to extract from the EU much needed economic assistance in exchange for not going nuclear, while on the other side the neocons would be irresponsibly egging the Ukrainians on.

Moscow, if faced with such a possibility, would not just stand there. In spite of Russia having good relations with North Korea, it did not seem too excited at the prospect of having a nuclear-armed neighbor. With Ukraine, the response would be much more severe. A nuclear-armed Ukraine would be a red line for Moscow, just as Crimea and Sevastopol were. It is worth remembering the Russian president’s words when referring to the possibility of a NATO invasion of Crimea during the 2014 coup:

“We were ready to do it [putting Russia’s nuclear arsenal on alert]. Russian people live there, they are in danger, we cannot leave them. It was not us who committed to coup, it was the nationalists and people with extreme beliefs. I do not think this is actually anyone’s wish – to turn it into a global conflict.”

As Kiev stands on the precipice, it will be good for the neocons, the neoliberals and their European lackeys to consider the consequences of advising Kiev to jump or not. Giving the nuclear go-ahead to a Ukrainian leadership so unstable and detached from reality may just be the spark that sets off Armageddon.

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Mike Pompeo lays out his vision for American exceptionalism (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 158.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and International Affairs and Security Analyst via Moscow, Mark Sleboda take a look at Mike Pompeo’s shocking Brussels speech, where the U.S. Secretary of State took aim at the European Union and United Nations, citing such institutions as outdated and poorly managed, in need of a new dogma that places America at its epicenter.

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Speaking in Brussels, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unwittingly underscored why nobody takes the United States seriously on the international stage. Via The Council on Foreign Relations


In a disingenuous speech at the German Marshall Fund, Pompeo depicted the transactional and hypernationalist Trump administration as “rallying the noble nations of the world to build a new liberal order.” He did so while launching gratuitous attacks on the European Union, United Nations, World Bank, and International Monetary Fund (IMF)—pillars of the existing postwar order the United States did so much to create. He remained silent, naturally, on the body blows that the current administration has delivered to its erstwhile allies and partners, and to the institutions that once upon a time permitted the United States to legitimate rather than squander its international leadership.

In Pompeo’s telling, Donald J. Trump is simply seeking a return to the world that former Secretary of State George Marshall helped to create. In the decades after 1945, the United States “underwrote new institutions” and “entered into treaties to codify Western values of freedom and human rights.” So doing, the United States “won the Cold War” and—thanks to the late President George H. W. Bush, “we won the peace” that followed. “This is the type of leadership that President Trump is boldly reasserting.”

That leadership is needed because the United States “allowed this liberal order to begin to corrode” once the bipolar conflict ended. “Multilateralism has too often become viewed as an end unto itself,” Pompeo explained. “The more treaties we sign, the safer we supposedly are. The more bureaucrats we have, the better the job gets done.” What is needed is a multilateralism that once again places the nation-state front and center.

Leave aside for the moment that nobody actually believes what Pompeo alleges: that multilateralism should be an end in itself; that paper commitments are credible absent implementation, verification, and enforcement; or that the yardstick of success is how many bureaucrats get hired. What sensible people do believe is that multilateral cooperation is often (though not always) the best way for nations to advance their interests in an interconnected world of complicated problems. Working with others is typically superior to unilateralism, since going it alone leaves the United States with the choice of trying to do everything itself (with uncertain results) or doing nothing. Multilateralism also provides far more bang for the buck than President Trump’s favored approach to diplomacy, bilateralism.

Much of Pompeo’s address was a selective and tendentious critique of international institutions that depicts them as invariably antithetical to national sovereignty. Sure, he conceded, the European Union has “delivered a great deal of prosperity to the continent.” But it has since gone badly off track, as the “political wake-up call” of Brexit showed. All this raised a question in his mind: “Is the EU ensuring that the interests of countries and their citizens are placed before those of bureaucrats and Brussels?”

The answer, as one listener shouted out, is “Yes!” The secretary, like many U.S. conservative critics of European integration, is unaware that EU member states continue to hold the lion’s share of power in the bloc, which remains more intergovernmental than supranational. Pompeo seems equally unaware of how disastrously Brexit is playing out. With each passing day, the costs of this catastrophic, self-inflicted wound are clearer. In its quest for complete policy autonomy—on ostensible “sovereignty” grounds—the United Kingdom will likely have to accept, as the price for EU market access, an entire body of law and regulations that it will have no say in shaping. So much for advancing British sovereignty.

Pompeo similarly mischaracterizes the World Bank and IMF as having gone badly off track. “Today, these institutions often counsel countries who have mismanaged their economic affairs to impose austerity measures that inhibit growth and crowd out private sector actors.” This is an odd, hybrid critique. It combines a shopworn, leftist criticism from the 1990s—that the international financial institutions (IFIs) punish poor countries with structural adjustment programs—with the conservative accusation that the IFIs are socialist, big-government behemoths. Both are ridiculous caricatures. They ignore how much soul-searching the IFIs have done since the 1990s, as well as how focused they are on nurturing an enabling institutional environment for the private sector in partner countries.

Pompeo also aims his blunderbuss at the United Nations. He complains that the United Nations’ “peacekeeping missions drag on for decades, no closer to peace,” ignoring the indispensable role that blue helmets play in preventing atrocities, as well as a recent Government Accountability Office report documenting how cost-effective such operations are compared to U.S. troops. Similarly, Pompeo claims, “The UN’s climate-related treaties are viewed by some nations simply as a vehicle to redistribute wealth”—an accusation that is both unsubstantiated and ignores the urgent need to mobilize global climate financing to save the planet.

Bizarrely, Pompeo also turns his sights on the Organization of American States (OAS) and the African Union (AU), for alleged shortcomings. Has the OAS, he asks, done enough “to promote its four pillars of democracy, human rights, security, and economic development?” Um, no. Could that have something to do with the lack of U.S. leadership in the Americas on democracy and human rights? Yes. Might it have helped if the Trump administration had filled the position of assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs before October 15 of this year? Probably.

Equally puzzling is Pompeo’s single line riff on the AU. “In Africa, does the African Union advance the mutual interest of its nation-state members?” Presumably the answer is yes, or its members would be headed for the door. The AU continues to struggle in financing its budget, but it has made great strides since its founding in 2002 to better advance security, stability, and good governance on the continent.

“International bodies must help facilitate cooperation that bolsters the security and values of the free world, or they must be reformed or eliminated,” Pompeo declared. Sounds reasonable. But where is this “free world” of which the secretary speaks, and what standing does the United States today have to defend, much less reform it? In the two years since he took office, Donald Trump has never expressed any interest in defending the international order, much less “returning [the United States] to its traditional, central leadership role in the world,” as Pompeo claims. Indeed, the phrase “U.S. leadership” has rarely escaped Trump’s lips, and he has gone out of his way to alienate longstanding Western allies and partners in venues from NATO to the G7.

When he looks at the world, the president cares only about what’s in it for the United States (and, naturally, for him). That cynicism explains the president’s deafening silence on human rights violations and indeed his readiness to cozy up to strongmen and killers from Vladimir Putin to Rodrigo Duterte to Mohammed bin Salman to too many more to list. Given Trump’s authoritarian sympathies and instincts, Pompeo’s warnings about “Orwellian human rights violations” in China and “suppressed opposition voices” in Russia ring hollow.

“The central question that we face,” Pompeo asked in Brussels, “is the question of whether the system as currently configured, as it exists today—does it work? Does it work for all the people of the world?” The answer, of course, is not as well as it should, and not for nearly enough of them. But if the secretary is seeking to identify impediments to a better functioning multilateral system, he can look to his left in his next Cabinet meeting.

“Principled realism” is the label Pompeo has given Trump’s foreign policy. Alas, it betrays few principles and its connection to reality is tenuous. The president has abandoned any pursuit of universal values, and his single-minded obsession to “reassert our sovereignty” (as Pompeo characterizes it) is actually depriving the United States of joining with others to build the prosperous, secure, and sustainable world that Americans want.

“Bad actors have exploited our lack of leadership for their own gain,” the secretary of state declared in Belgium. “This is the poisoned fruit of American retreat.” How true. Pompeo’s next sentence—“President Trump is determined to reverse that”—was less persuasive.

 

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Russia calls on US to put a leash on Petro Poroshenko

The West’s pass for Mr. Poroshenko may blow up in NATO’s and the US’s face if the Ukrainian President tries to start a war with Russia.

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Russia called on Washington not to ignore the Poroshenko directives creating an active military buildup along the Ukrainian-Donbass frontier, this buildup consisting of Ukrainian forces and right-wing ultranationalists, lest it “trigger the implementation of a bloody scenario”, according to a Dec 11 report from TASS.

The [Russian] Embassy [to the US] urges the US State Department to recognize the presence of US instructors in the zone of combat actions, who are involved in a command and staff and field training of Ukraine’s assault airborne brigades. “We expect that the US will bring to reason its proteges. Their aggressive plans are not only doomed to failure but also run counter to the statements of the administration on its commitment to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine by political and diplomatic means,” the statement said.

This warning came after Eduard Basurin, the deputy defense minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic noted that the Ukrainian army was massing troops and materiel for a possible large-scale offensive at the Mariupol section of the contact line in Donbass. According to Basurin, this action is expected to take place on 14 December. TASS offered more details:

According to the DPR’s reconnaissance data, Ukrainian troops plan to seize the DPR’s Novoazovsky and Temanovsky districts and take control over the border section with Russia. The main attack force of over 12,000 servicemen has been deployed along the contact line near the settlements of Novotroitskoye, Shirokino, and Rovnopol. Moreover, more than 50 tanks, 40 multiple missile launcher systems, 180 artillery systems and mortars have been reportedly pulled to the area, Basurin added. Besides, 12 BM-30 Smerch heavy multiple rocket launchers have been sent near Volodarsky.

The DPR has warned about possible provocations plotted by Ukrainian troops several times. Thus, in early December, the DPR’s defense ministry cited reconnaissance data indicating that the Ukrainian military was planning to stage an offensive and deliver an airstrike. At a Contact Group meeting on December 5, DPR’s Foreign Minister Natalia Nikonorova raised the issue of Kiev’s possible use of chemical weapons in the conflict area.

This is a continuation of the reported buildup The Duran reported in this article linked here, and it is a continuation of the full-scale drama that started with the Kerch Strait incident, which itself appears to have been staged by Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko. Following that incident, the president was able to get about half of Ukraine placed under a 30-day period of martial law, citing “imminent Russian aggression.”

President Poroshenko is arguably a dangerous man. He appears to be desperate to maintain a hold on power, though his approval numbers and support is abysmally low in Ukraine. While he presents himself as a hero, agitating for armed conflict with Russia and simultaneously interfering in the affairs of the Holy Eastern Orthodox Church, he is actually one of the most dangerous leaders the world has to contend with, precisely because he is unfit to lead.

Such men and women are dangerous because their desperation makes them short-sighted, only concerned about their power and standing.

An irony about this matter is that President Poroshenko appears to be exactly what the EuroMaidan was “supposed” to free Ukraine of; that is, a stooge puppet leader that marches to orders from a foreign power and does nothing for the improvement of the nation and its citizens.

The ouster of Viktor Yanukovich was seen as the sure ticket to “freedom from Russia” for Ukraine, and it may well have been that Mr. Yanukovich was an incompetent leader. However, his removal resulted in a tryannical regíme coming into power, that resulting in the secession of two Ukrainian regions into independent republics and a third secession of strategically super-important Crimea, who voted in a referendum to rejoin Russia.

While this activity was used by the West to try to bolster its own narrative that Russia remains the evil henchman in Europe, the reality of life in Ukraine doesn’t match this allegation at all. A nation that demonstrates such behavior shows that there are many problems, and the nature of these secessions points at a great deal of fear from Russian-speaking Ukrainian people about the government that is supposed to be their own.

President Poroshenko presents a face to the world that the West is apparently willing to support, but the in-country approval of this man as leader speaks volumes. The West’s blind support of him “against Russia” may be one of the most tragic errors yet in Western foreign policy.

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