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LIVE BLOG: Ukraine Arms Citizens Against Russia, Zelensky Gets Radio Silence From NATO

LIVE BLOG: Ukraine Arms Citizens Against Russia, Zelensky Gets Radio Silence From NATO

Zelensky calls out the West’s virtue signaling: “We have been left alone in defending our nation. Who is ready to fight with us? I don’t see anybody. Who is ready to give Ukraine a guarantee to join NATO? Everyone is afraid.”

On Thursday, February 24 (my 41st birthday), Russia struck Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said over 150 people died and over 300 were injured.

Here is a live stream I keep open all day and night. Kyiv is 7 hours ahead of ET. So when it is 7 AM ET it’s 2 PM there.

Loud Explosions in Kyiv

I am using the DW webcam on Maidan Square.

Will Kyiv Fall?

Putin and Lavrov Sanctions

Again, as I said before, they likely don’t have assets here and these sanctions are nothing more than virtue signaling.

Report: Ukraine Shot Down Il-76 Russian Transport Plane

From The Telegraph:

Ukraine has shot down an Il-76 Russian transport plane 20km from Kyiv which was reportedly carrying more tha 100 paratroopers ready to launch an assault on the city.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces Chief of General Staff said the Russian Ilyushin II-76 aircraft was carrying landing forces near Vasylkiv, south of Kyiv.

NATO Activating Response Force for the First Time

This sounds like a cool thing, but once again. NATO will not be going into Ukraine (emphasis mine):

According to NATO, the Response Force “is a highly ready and technologically advanced multinational force made up of land, air, maritime and Special Operations Forces (SOF) components that the Alliance can deploy quickly, wherever needed.”

The NATO Response Force will provide defensive air, land, and sea support to NATO allies in Europe. NATO noted that the Response Force will not enter Ukraine but will remain on alert in case Russian President Vladimir Putin expands his military operation.

“This is an historic moment and the very first time the Alliance has employed these high readiness forces in a deterrence and defense role. They represent a flexible, combat credible force that can be employed in multiple ways and we are utilizing fully their inherent agility,” NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Tod Wolters said in a statement.

Wolters called the unprecedented measures “prudent” and necessary to “enhance our speed, responsiveness, and capability to shield and protect the one billion citizens” of NATO’s member nations.

Separately, at a press briefing, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called the Russian invasion of Ukraine a “brutal act of war,” and labeled the attack “unjustified and unprovoked.”

“In response to Russia’s massive military build-up, we have already strengthened our collective defense on land, at sea, and in the air,” Stoltenberg said.

Sanctions Against Putin and Lavrov Don’t Matter

This is probably the only time I’ll ever believe Russia. Does anyone think Putin and Lavrov did not do everything to protect all their assets? Come on.

Power Outage

The camera in Maidan Square in Kyiv went down. I looked and looked…seems like a power outage took it out.

Zelensky is Still in Ukraine

Russia Threatens Finland and Sweden if They Join NATO

Russia, I wouldn’t threaten Finland. They handled you pretty well in WWII. Well, a lot of that credit goes to White Death!

Putin Cronies Trying to Trump Up a Case Against Ukraine

Putin Calling for a Coup

The man has lost his mind.

Talks With Russia?

Ah, yes. Russia supposedly ready for talks with Ukraine in Minsk, Belarus. Tell me. How did all of those other talks in Minsk work out for Ukraine? Minsk is not a neutral location. Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko is as chummy with Putin as one can get. Don’t fall for it, Ukraine.

Sanctions on Putin and Lavrov?

Will the EU freeze Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s assets? Something tells me the men already made moves to protect all of their assets.

Russia Says It has Hostomel Airfield

The airport is near Kyiv. It could be another way for Russia to cut off the city from the West.

Missles in Kyiv

Booms heard on the live cam at 4:20 AM Kyiv time. The pictures show residential areas on fire and somewhat destroyed by missiles or an aircraft. It looks like Ukrainian forces might have intercepted the attack.

Question: Will Ukraine get a no-fly zone over Kyiv?

NATO is Scared of Russia

I ended last night’s blog with this story because it’s chilling and shows the West is not serious about protecting Ukraine:

Today, I have asked 27 European leaders whether Ukraine will be in NATO. I have asked directly – everyone is afraid. No one answers. But we are not afraid. We are not afraid of anything. We are not afraid to defend our country. We are not afraid of Russia. We are not afraid to talk to Russia.

But there is a second thing. We have been left alone in defending our nation. Who is ready to fight with us? I don’t see anybody. Who is ready to give Ukraine a guarantee to join NATO? Everyone is afraid.

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Comments

This is absolutely messed up.

It all feels like a set-up. A really bad script.

    TargaGTS in reply to alohahola. | February 25, 2022 at 7:55 am

    A real bad script. Ever read one of those books where you can’t find a protagonist in ANY of the central characters? This is one of those novels. For instance:

    Zelensky, while perhaps courageous, is wholly incompetent. The time to train and ARM your population is before the invasion begins as the Japanese did in earnest the last 2-YEAR of WWII. He didn’t set explosives on key bridges to slow down the Russians as you made tactical retreats? Really? You didn’t fortify key infrastructure points and airports in YOUR CAPITAL CITY?

    Joe Biden didn’t pour critical weapons into Ukraine when Russia amassed 70K troops LAST MARCH? We’re buying the same amount of oil from Russia today as we did…last week? Vladmir Putin’s AMEX, Mastercard and Visa still work? We didn’t round up every Russian passport holder and send their asses back to Russia?

    In this novel, it’s the background players who are the heroes; the Ukrainian service members and – unpredictably – the surprising number of Russian people who had the courage to protest their own tyrant, a guy who has a rich history of disappearing his political foes. It’s a weird book.

      CommoChief in reply to TargaGTS. | February 25, 2022 at 10:00 am

      Very nice description.

      Lybrarious Booker in reply to TargaGTS. | February 25, 2022 at 11:26 am

      Ukraine sent 5,000 troops to Iraq on a 5 year mission – did they learn ANYTHING? Where are the shaped IED’s buried in roadways? Where are the snipers? Is it true the Ukrainians are handing out guns to unknown, untrained randos – that’s the plan?

        That’s certainly part of the plan. But you’re right. They seen a capable insurgency up close and personal. I hope they learned the lessons they’ll need in the coming days and weeks.

Meanwhile, the US State Department has announced that the USA will continue to buy Russian Oil. And, the Dept of the Interior went to court yesterday to defend the revocation of oil and gas leases on Federal lands in the US.

    Biden supporters and the MSM think that people in other countries can’t read or see what they are doing. Putin’s people have clearly been watching.

    After seeing the Biden government treating American citizens like the enemy, encouraging Trudeau to treat Canadian citizens like they are the enemy and seeing the totally corrupt actions of the FBI, military leaders et al, Putin can easily see that the Biden crowd has no interest in anything but what makes them richer and more powerful.

    And that no matter what happens, they will simply blame Trump.

    Putin doesn’t see Biden as weak, but simply as the leader of a completely morally corrupt regime which will do nothing to help its own country, let alone others like Ukraine.

    james h in reply to MattMusson. | February 25, 2022 at 10:33 am

    Of course, where else would we get it? Biden shut down so much domestic production, almost as if to try to appease Russia. Then he doubled-down a few days ago and cancelled more leases on public land if I recall correctly. Is that a rational move if the goal is to hurt Russia financially? Now we will buy even more from them and at much higher prices. Europe will also be buying more and at higher prices.

    Really, it seems like the US is financing Russia’s war here.

It does feel like a set up.

An armed citizenry is no match for the Russkies Wolverines!

    MattMusson in reply to Arminius. | February 25, 2022 at 8:10 am

    Russia can take Ukraine with 130,000 soldiers. But, they cannot hold Ukraine with 130,000 soldiers. Their only hope is to get enough sympathetic / opportunistic Ukrainians to occupy themselves.

    There are 42 million Ukrainians in a country twice the size of Texas.

    Peabody in reply to Arminius. | February 25, 2022 at 9:55 am

    If you are going to arm your citizens you should do it before the enemy invades, not as an after thought when it’s too little too late. And don’t forget the ammo.

      Arminius in reply to Peabody. | February 26, 2022 at 5:42 am

      Yeah. And compel people to actually shoot because a bunch of dumb f***s with rifles aren’t really worth a whole hell of a lot. And maybe make the required marksmanship practice something fun. Like, I dunno. A festival?

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch%C3%BCtzenfest

      “A Schützenfest (German: [ˈʃʏtsn̩ˌfɛst], marksmen’s festival) is a traditional festival or fair featuring a target shooting competition in the cultures of Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

      At a Schützenfest, contestants compete based on their shooting abilities, for example, by shooting at a wooden representation of an eagle. The competition’s winner becomes the Schützenkönig (“king of marksmen”) until the following year’s competition…”

      Arminius in reply to Peabody. | February 26, 2022 at 5:43 am

      I would persuade, not compel. Not big on compulsion.

      Arminius in reply to Peabody. | February 26, 2022 at 5:44 am

      I thought I covered this in my earlier comment about letting citizens have guns all the time.

The Gentle Grizzly | February 25, 2022 at 8:14 am

“NATO is scared of Russia”. Translation: NATO waiting for America (again) to save them (again).

Sadly, we will. Again.

    “We have been left alone in defending our nation. Who is ready to fight with us? I don’t see anybody. Who is ready to give Ukraine a guarantee to join NATO?”

    This is how I felt while I was on the phone to State Farm trying to buy homeowner’s insurance… while my house was on fire.

    AnAdultInDiapers in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | February 25, 2022 at 1:52 pm

    To recap: America is part of NATO, so NATO isn’t waiting for America unless you mean America is waiting for America. Which would be silly.

    As for ‘save them’, save NATO from what? Nobody’s attacked NATO. Nobody is massing forces on the border of a NATO country. Nobody in NATO has invoked Article 5.

    European members of NATO don’t need America to save them. Two thirds of NATO’s nuclear capable members are in Europe, and frankly, here in the UK our experience is that American turns up too late, kills as many of our forces as the enemy then tries to claim all the credit.

    Still waiting for American thanks for the British Empire’s help in preventing a Japanese invasion of the US.

Hey! Here;s a thought! Let the citizens have guns all the time, not just now when the Russkies are massing on the border; Classify this under “shit I’ll never have.”

Heres a thought;

How about Fuck off.

Oh, wait that’s what the Ukrainians told the Russians.

I’m mad as a snake.

Oh, wait.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/25/europe/ukraine-russia-snake-island-attack-intl-hnk-ml/index.html

Apparently I have to spell every bloody thing out. And I mean bloody.

No, NATO will not fight for Ukraine in Ukraine. And no, Ukraine will not become part of NATO. That is what the bottom line is for Putin and he is proving it. The government of Ukraine is utterly corrupt and thus radio active-no pun intended- for any direct Western involvement. Westerners will loot Ukraine, hello Biden family, but nothing more. Our sanctions will hurt Russia some, but they have a very willing ally today in China. China will buy all the grain Russia wants to sell them. Same with oil and gas since those things are needed in China and Russia has plenty.

NATO is not all on board with full sanctions as Italy and Germany, both large economies, are holding back. Ukraine will fall and hopefully the population and army will be able to mount an effective and determined insurgency. Turn themselves into a major quagmire.

LET THE CHIPS FALL.

Europe is scared of Russia.

Hell, Europe is scared of everything. Give it to the Russians, let them deal with the BS.

Russia takes Ukraine easily.
World sits back and watches.
Nothing else happens.
Next crisis, please.

Europe remembers another small pale man who was consumed by a burning rage because his country lost a world war and suffered badly in its aftermath. He finally came to power and WW2 followed. Putin is just such a man. Europe is always Europe.

The Ukraine needs to hire advisers from Afghanistan. They beat both Russia and us.

I say again: there is nothing, nothing about the Ukraine is worth the life of a single American citizen.

I take the points of Whitewall and TargaGTS. Yes, the time to prepare is before your neighbor attacks. I don’t know how much the Ukraine did but they have known for years that this day would come. If they weren’t prepared it’s on them. And yes, the Ukraine is a kleptocracy; it is one of the most corrupt lands on the earth today.

I’m not losing any sleep over this one. Ukraine is not worth the life of a single American.

    We have no direct much less critical national interests in Ukraine. BUT – and it’s a big but – this is happening right next door to Poland with Putin now staging 30K troops on the Polish boarder.

    Poland is not only a NATO member, but they’ve been a GREAT friend to the US as well. There were more Polish soldiers KIA in Afghanistan than Australian soldiers. Poland stayed in Afghanistan until AFTER Biden announced the withdrawal date which was SEVEN YEARS longer than Canada (our ‘best ally) stayed. And they helped evacuate many people including US citizens.

    This is all important in the context of this discussion; if we should help and how we should help Ukraine. The more bloodied Russia is in their war with Ukraine the less likely they may be on acting on their (Putin’s) grand designs of reconstituting the 19th Century Russian Empire…which includes large parts of Poland.

    If Russia wraps up Ukraine by next week, Poland – the US and the world – had better gird their loins.

      stevewhitemd in reply to TargaGTS. | February 25, 2022 at 1:21 pm

      A good point; yes, there would be another pressure point on Poland. The points to make are that a) Poland IS a member of NATO; b) Poland IS a representative democracy, member of the EU, and in general good order; c) Poland HAS been upgrading its military and military readiness (unlike, say, the Germans); and d) Poland is in general good graces with America — the public here likes and respects them. There’s much more good will to tap.

      So Poland is a different situation.

Admittedly, I don’t have a very deep understanding of how the internet backbone works. So, maybe it’s just very difficult to take down on a national level. But, I’m surprised we’re this far into this war and the Ukrainians – at least in the more urban areas – still seem to have reasonably reliable access to the internet.

I’m not sure if it’s a good sign, a bad sign or an unrelated sign about how things are going. Just that it’s interesting.

Hundreds of Ukrainians have already been killed and many more will be, but no sympathy from President Zelenskiy. Now he wants to arm civilians so they can protect the capital. He keeps saying his life’s in danger, “I am the target. I am target number one”, no doubt as justification for getting out of Dodge.

Lucifer Morningstar | February 25, 2022 at 1:57 pm

Here is a live stream I keep open all day and night. Kyiv is 7 hours ahead of ET. So when it is 7 AM ET it’s 2 PM there.

You do realize that the Reuters video isn’t a live stream, right? It’s just a recording of approximately 3 hours of the capital. But it certainly isn’t live from the Ukraine.

A friend spoke to a Ukrainian resistance person in Kyiv last night. They are challenging anyone on the streets that looks suspicious, especially if they are in groups of two or more. If they do not speak Ukrainian they get two in the face. He was dead serious about this.

interesting caption to a Ukraine photo ..

Bodies of Russian servicemen wearing Ukrainian service uniforms lie inside and beside a vehicle after their raiding party was shot during a skirmish in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on February 25th, 2022.

It was 60 years ago that Russia responded to western pressure on its borders by deploying ballistic missiles in Cuba.

Biden is old enough to remember, but his handlers may not…

NATO has scheduled an emergency meeting at an undisclosed 5 star hotel catered by Chinese prostitutes. Mixed messages will be released until the whole thing is over.