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By Patrick Lawrence / Original to ScheerPost

I have long wondered whether our mainstream journalists, correspondents and commentators get dressed each morning in the same locker room, so similarly do they account for things. This has been especially so in the case of the Ukraine crisis, which is quite understandable: Keeping readers and viewers a safe distance from reality is a touchy matter. One slip and the shroud shreds.

The conflict in Ukraine is now “a brutal, years-long war of attrition,” Simon Tisdall, a Guardian columnist, told us the other day, keeping his count of “brutals” up to speed. “A grinding war of attrition,” as Tom Friedman and countless others have it. “A grinding slog,” says Helene Cooper, who, as a colleague of Friedman at The New York Times, is stuck in Washington quoting spooks, defense department officials, think tank inhabitants, and scholars who know which side of an orthodoxy it is best to stand on.

A lot of grinding and a lot of attriting, we are given to believe. Where are the cliché police now that we really need them? Have we defunded the wrong cops?  

I am more certain with each passing day that this “grinding war” stuff is now an optimistic picture. The Kyiv regime should be so lucky as to grind and attrite with the Russians, given the ever more evident course of the war in the latter’s favor.

A grinding war of attrition is in any case a long way from the early accounts of a vigorous Ukrainian force on the way to clear victory. But we are not supposed to remember that far back. Let us settle now for grinding and attriting—it’s better’n nuthin.’  

Daniel Boorstin, the bow-tied University of Chicago historian, got this business right 60 years ago, when he published The Image: Or What Happened to the American Dream, an unjustly neglected book. “The reporter’s task,” he wrote, “is to find a way of weaving these threads of unreality into a fabric that the reader will not recognize as entirely unreal.”

O, Danny Boy, the foreign editors, the foreign editors are calling, from glen to glen, and down the mountainside….

It is grinding on my nerves each morning to read correspondents covering Ukraine from the distance they unwisely accept as they execute “the reporter’s task” as Boorstin so handily defined it. A couple of pieces out of the very many exemplify the difficulty.

We still read daily that the nuclear power plant at Zaporizhzhia on the east side of the Dnipro River, “is being shelled,” the passive voice absolutely necessary to avoid stating the raw, perfectly clear truth that Ukrainian forces on the opposite bank are shelling it. Volodymyr Zelensky finally came out with this the other day, stating the obvious in a video published in The Guardian.

Andrew Kramer and Andrew Higgins, Times correspondents in Ukraine, are in a tough spot in this regard. They had a Zaporizhzhia dateline the other day but could not say in plain-spoken English what is going on there.

“Over the weekend,” they reported, “Russia used territory around the nuclear power station, which it seized from Ukraine in March, as a staging ground for attacks on Ukrainian positions.” O.K. This is the standard line from Kyiv: The Russians are not guarding the plant, as they have these past months: They are cynically using it as cover.

The next paragraph begins: “The intensifying battles around the power plant, which have sent residents in the area fleeing and stirred alarm of a radiation risk far beyond Ukraine…”

Hmmm. Battles around the plant mean Ukrainians must be shelling it, because  Ukrainian troops are not on the east side of the river. So did Kramer and Higgins get themselves twisted into pretzels executing the reporter’s task. 

A little more from these guys. The first bit repeats the Guardian video:

“In a Saturday night address to his country, the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, accused Moscow of ‘nuclear blackmail’ and warned Russian soldiers at the Zaporizhzhia plant that they had become ‘a special target’ for Ukraine’s special services and military.

“But the Ukrainian military has said it has limited options. It worries that if its forces fire back at the Russians, they might hit the sprawling Zaporizhzhia facility, the first active nuclear power plant in a combat zone.

“As the fighting rages near active reactors and stored nuclear waste…”

Jiminy Cricket, you two. Will you just tell us what is going on, please? Ukrainian forces are shelling the Zaporizhzhia plant, but they can’t shell the Zaporizhzhia plant, but there is shelling all around the Zaporizhzhia plant.

Memo to The Times foreign desk: I would counsel two years in the Trenton bureau for Kramer and Higgins, except that I assume they are executing the reporter’s task just as they are supposed to do. 

Let us go briefly to the work of Michael Schwirtz, a Timesman (funny old expression) reporting in Monday’s editions from the southern front, with a Mykolaiv Region dateline. This is a correspondent with a real problem. Schwirtz has to report on the vaunted “counteroffensive” as if it is still on when it is simply beyond the Ukrainians’ capacities. He has to tell us the Ukrainians are holding their side up and making advances in the grinding and attriting way when they are radically outnumbered, outgunned, out-supplied and out–pretty much everything else.

“In their summer campaign to drive Russian troops from the southern region of Kherson,” Schwirtz writes in his lead, “Ukraine’s forces have decimated Russian command centers and ammunition depots, severed supply lines with precision strikes on key bridges, and sown terror among collaborationist officials with a spate of car bombings, shootings and, Ukrainian officials say, at least one poisoning.”

Wow. Decimating and severing. Sounds dire for the Russkies, even if Schwirtz is quoting Ukrainian propaganda without saying so.

I have to add here that Schwirtz’s use of the term “collaborationist” is stunningly disgraceful, with its shabby, undertoned reference to French traitors during the Vichy years of World War II. Get out of my face, Michael. You do not use such language cavalierly and expect your readers’ respect. This puts you up there with your colleague Carlotta Gall and her reference to Russian detention centers as “penal colonies.” Even crapola has its limits, you know.

Sowing terror, to clear the air in a way I should not have to do, is a reference to extrajudicial murders—to the Ukrainians’ practice since the start of the war of assassinating perfectly upright mayors, local bureaucrats, and others in the eastern provinces who favor such terrible things as a negotiated settlement of this conflict. You have named this well, Mr. Schwirtz. It is terror. But shame on you with your “collaborationist officials.”

Wednesday’s editions of The Times solve my riddle for me: I am now certain Michael Schwirtz and Andrew Kramer indeed get dressed in the same locker room each morning. In “Behind Enemy Lines, Ukrainians Tell Russians ‘You Are Not Safe,’” the latter describes those executing “collaborators” as “partisans,” and these partisans are part of the Ukrainian “resistance.” 

This profligate use of language for its subliminal associations is getting out of hand. These two correspondents invite us to think of Ukrainian assassins and terrorists the way we think about the courageous Maquisards who resisted the Nazis in the French countryside and Tito’s partisans in Yugoslavia. How offensively dishonorable can you two get? No wonder I have to look at all these blue-and-yellow flags flying here and there all over my village. 

It turns out that Kramer recently interviewed one of these partisans “over lemonade and cheese pastries.” His nom de guerre is Svarog, after a Slavic god given to burning things. And who is Svarog? He trained with Right Sektor and the Azov Battalion, so he is a neo-Nazi, and I have long wondered in these kinds of cases whether we need the “neo.” It was in Mr. Kramer’s newspaper, and in many other places, that I used to read about the Nazi identities of these gtroups, but again, I am not supposed to remember this. Kramer leaves it unmentioned. 

Svarog recounts, among other things, “using car bombs, booby traps, and targeted killings with pistols” as he and his partisans carry out their extrajudicial murders. Holy mackerel there, Andy. You have a neo-Nazi down as a partisan when the partisans we honor for their courage fought the original Nazis? Mr. Orwell, please call your office.  

Back to Swirtz. In his very next paragraph, he starts with the pretzel-like prose: The Ukrainians doing the decimating in fact “remain pinned down in their trenches.” Those severed supply lines are not actually severed. We then read of “Moscow’s overwhelming advantage in artillery, ammunition and heavy weaponry, making it difficult, if not impossible, for Ukrainian forces to press forward without suffering enormous casualties.”

If not impossible: nicely slipped in.

The entire piece reads like this. Schwirtz, like Kramer and Higgins, gives it to us every which way. The Ukrainians are on the move, the Ukrainians are in a hopeless circumstance. A counteroffensive is coming except that it simply isn’t. The net effect, and I am convinced this is the intent, is that we do not get it any way at all. This is the reporter’s task in Ukraine.

There is an endless inventory of this stuff. I mention these two pieces only in part because they are such poor journalism. My larger point goes to the serious consequences attached to the dissemination of reporting that misleads the reading public in this fashion.

Everyone remembers the run-up to the Iraq invasion in March 2003, notably the reporting, first in The Times and then everywhere else, about the weapons of mass destruction that turned out not to exist. We are in the middle of a repeat performance.

Misleading reports of the kind just glossed are key to sustaining public support for this conflict, and so key to sustaining the conflict itself. Let us not be mistaken. What we are reading in our press each day is more than merely the follies of correspondents who will apparently do anything to be a “Timesman.” These people are culpable as this crisis goes destructively, murderously on and as the Kyiv regime refuses negotiations with the confidence we all have blue-and-yellow flags waving off our front porches.

To turn this thought another way, this kind of reporting serves to block our view of reality. While we are urged to think about the grinding and attriting, all sorts of things are under consideration behind the unreality in which we are confined.

The aforementioned Simon Tisdall is a longtime editor and foreign affairs commentator at The Guardian. Last week he published a column that turned many heads. His theme was that the West has been “other than heroic” in refraining from a full-dress, active-duty, on-the-ground, and in-the-air intervention on behalf of the Kyiv regime.

Tisdall thinks the war aims President Biden laid out in Warsaw last March—“to repulse Russia’s invasion, restore national sovereignty and score a victory for global democracy over ‘the forces of darkness’”—were kites in the breeze from the first. At this point there is but one thing left to do. Over to you, Mr. Tisdall:  

“Perhaps an exasperated, emotional Biden unintentionally hit on the best idea when he concluded his Warsaw speech with an ad lib about Putin, addressed to Russians as much as anyone else. ‘For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power,’ he growled.

Biden’s right. Putin is a foul ogre, a war criminal, a monstrous throwback from a bygone age.[…]

With him gone, the crisis he single-handedly engineered would not disappear—but would be more easily resolved. In fact, this may be Ukrainians’ (and Russians’) only hope of a happy ending.

Get Putin. Take him down. Lock him up. That’s a strategic aim all could and should energetically pursue.”

“Get Putin.” The guy’s a stylist, you have to give him this.

I take some comfort from my surmise that Simon Tisdall serves merely as entertainment for the warmongering, Guardian-reading wing at the right-hand end of the Labour Party and has little say or place among Britain’s powerful. But in this case I read this column as a mirror, useful for what it reflects back to us.

In this mirror I detect that, never mind what ordinary folk such as ourselves are left to think, in those circles people such as Tisdall aspire to be part of, it is now more or less accepted that Kyiv and its incautious backers in the West are on the way to defeat. I detect, in short, the beginning of panic. 

“Nearly six months into the war,” Tisdall writes, “the widening gap between rhetoric and reality grows potentially fatal.” He is perfectly right about this. And his implicit question is the right one, too: Now what? We’re losing this one. Now what do we do?

Taking Putin out—God, how I detest this locution—is as foolhardy as the West’s initial decision to get this war going. This is what I mean in describing Tisdall as an entertainer. He’s good fun for the neoliberal warmongers and Russophobes.

But, looking again in the mirror and behind the grinding and attriting shroud of mainstream reporting, we appear to be on notice. As the walls fall and the end draws near, serious thought is being given to escalation, to drawing the NATO alliance more directly into the conflict.

If Washington and its allies choose this path rather than urging Kyiv to the negotiating table, and I see a good chance of this, Andrew Kramer, Andrew Higgins, Michael Schwirtz, and all their colleagues will have done their part to make such a decision possible—to make the senseless appear sensible to the reading public. They are the WMD reporters of our time, dangerous illusions every day. 

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Patrick Lawrence
Patrick Lawrence

Patrick Lawrence, a correspondent abroad for many years, chiefly for the International Herald Tribune, is a media critic, essayist, author and lecturer. His most recent book is Time No Longer: Americans After the American Century. His web site is Patrick Lawrence. Support his work via his Patreon siteHis Twitter account, @thefloutist, has been permanently censored without explanation.

31 comments

  1. “These people are culpable as this crisis goes destructively, murderously on [..,]” Hear, hear. And not just in Ukraine.

    In their image, the cabal of criminals who “govern” Western “democracies” and the cowards at tattered-legacy media who enable them have created living, breathing, waking nightmare; a twisted hall of mirrors built to destroy reality and encourage compliance. It’s madness, really. And it all wears heavily on the soul.

    1. Yeah. I just watched a video that says something similar, but it does more than “wear heavily on the soul.” It dehumanizes us. This video has some cheesy stupid moments (the use of some over the top characterizations that you might expect from Alex Jones…) but the main theme is correct, that we are constantly being propagandized and terrorized:

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=12346&v=4oVpt_I9iQQ&feature=emb_logo

      Bottom line is that the uber-elite control us through fear. Why comply? Stop listening and value life. They don’t.

      1. And there is no “over there” anymore. What we do and what we support will increasingly happen here as well, especially with domestic nazis joining in the orgy of brutality and then bringing that experience home.

  2. Great piece but one important factual error: nowhere are the Ukrainian troops outnumbered. When the war started they outnumbered the Russians (with 200k committed to the operation) three to one. Since then the Ukrainians have carried out six or so separate full mobilisations, to induct everyone from teenagers to 70-year olds and women. Meanwhile the Russians and their Ukrainian allies have done zero mass mobilisations, just drawing on reserves and volunteers to maintain their numbers. That’s why the Donbass operation proceeds so slowly: the Russians pour artillery down on Ukrainian entrenchments until nothing is left moving; infantry (composed mainly of Donbass Ukrainians) then moves in; if they meet opposition because the Ukrainians have sent in new troops to replace their losses, the infantrymen pull back and the artillery repeats their “meat grinding”; only after there is no more willing meat to restock the artillery grinders do the Russian/allied infantry seize the ground and build their own entrenchments. It is precisely because the Ukrainians so outnumber the Russians as to be able to continue pouring in replacements that the Donbass operation is taking so long. The Russian method minimises their side’s losses, while Ukrainian tactics result in numbers of dead and severely wounded that can be reasonably estimated to outnumber Russian losses by somewhere between ten to one and twenty one. (Today one Russian officer was quoted as saying the Ukrainian military has lost 200k dead and 300k wounded severely enough to be permanently hor de combat. It’s perhaps a high estimate but it is probably still in the ballpark.) Meanwhile Russia and its east Ukrainian allies have probably lost around 10k killed and twice that severely wounded.

  3. MENTAL KLAXONS AND THE TRANS-SIBERIAN.

    We can believe we know what’s going on because:
    1. The U.S. (and British) governments are trustworthy. Especially if Dem. or Labour since they have always represented the concerns of the working class majority.
    2. The U.S. has only gone into a country for its own good and has always won those morally righteous wars.
    3. The media present info objectively. This is so important that explicit freedom of the press is in the Bill of Rights.
    Yeah, sure. We’re all convinced.

    Whenever there is lockstep agreement on anything, especially if dissent is portrayed as traitorous heresy, the mental klaxons should be unbearable for anyone still able to think.

    In a post-Einstein and post-Heisenberg world, everything is relative and nothing is certain. But ambiguity is scary for people who want definite answers like good/bad, true/false, with us/against us. Pols know this; so do the econ propagandists. The favored method is to airbrush messy reality with simplistic context-free “explanations” that reassure the fearful faithful. The media as words of mass distraction.

    Again the Best and the Brightest (per D. Halberstam) as the oligarchic Ivy Dem. “meritocracy” define reality for us lessers. Ukraine good, Russia bad. Remember that Vietnam war rhetorical light at the end of the tunnel assuring us victory is near? The comeback line was that the light was more likely an oncoming train. The current one is the Trans-Siberian, and it’s carrying lots of BRICS passengers. With more and more boarding while the U.S. (and Brit) infrastructures crumble. Hear that train a-comin’…

  4. The old adage, “The first casualty in war is truth,” and Ukraine has seen it from both sides in spades (with the shape of the spades shoveling the shit, again from both sides, being also without limits.) One would think from Lawrence’s piece that the Russians have been the victims of the Ukrainians, that they were not the ones who invaded Ukraine and started bombing Ukrainian cities when there was no immediate threat nor likelihood that either NATO or Ukraine was about to attack Russia.

    Yes, the provocations by the US/NATO/Ukraine government, especially since 2014, were painfully obvious and ham-handed but they fell far short of launching an attack on Russia whereas there is a good reason for the initiation of an aggressive war being considered a crime against humanity, WITHOUT qualifications.

    It should be of some importance to note here that Putin is the darling of all of Europe’s alt-right and neo-Nazi parties as he is of some of the alt-right in the US, e.g, Fox’s Tucker Carlson.

    1. Expected better of you Jeffrey, having been a fan for many years of your writing on the Palestinian conflict.
      If you seriously believe that Ukraine’s rejection of the Minsk accords, the Maidan coup, NATO moving inexorably right up to Russia’s borders and the conflict in Donbass did not represent a threat to Russia you are certainly not a student of History.
      You also do not seem to be familiar with Putin’s ten years worth of speeches proposing reasonable settlement of the problem coupled with warnings of what would surely result from the U.S. persisting in its regime change strategy in Europe which have been a disaster for the subject(ed) states and for World peace.

    2. I understand you cannot think—for you truth and morality does not exist; you must be told what to believe like a 7 year old

  5. “Americans have been liars and braggarts for 3 centuries…americans live in a thicket of illusions–they demand illusions about themselves”. Daniel Boorstin

  6. GFOH Putin afoul Ogre? the savior of Russian people economically socially and the rescuer of the populataion of Donbass and destroyer of Ukraine nazi extremists FOUL? who you working for Pentagon?

  7. Thank you, Mr. Lawrence. I need the company of others who think our words are our most decisive resource. Please, please, keep up the spotlight on how our elite journalists and media institutions use them. We often read the same pieces, and see the same failure of respect for what words mean.

    I don’t think this attitude to words is just one of our problems in a general moral decay, but something close to the root problem. Words connect us to things, and when we do not care about this relationship they take us to non-things, things that are not. There was a time when our public culture kinda sorta accepted the idea that through words we try to get things right, describe our world as accurately as we can; everywhere I look in our institutional life today, I see instead the principle that the point of words is to get us to achieve our ends (e.g. how to move forward in my profession as a journalist; how to get re-elected; how to flatter my self-image). Knowing what is going on is for the naive or left-behind, those who do not know what the game of life is about.

    Again: thank you.

  8. Thank hou Patrick for all your great columns, just wish more people would get to read them. I’m in south africa, and I remember your reporting fondly. Thankfully we sent Blinkin back to his swamp with nothing but muck on his face. How can he no know that every liberation movement in Africa was supported by Moscow. Shows what idiots call Wasgington their home. Keep up the excellent reporting

  9. Ukraine has been a US puppet state since 2005. Zelensky won the Presidency with >70% of the vote on a “Peace with Russia platform”. The US (and NATO) will not accept Peace, and will continue with their erasure of the Russian language, Russian culture and history, and all ethnic Russian Ukrainians.
    So ANYTHING the UkroNAZIs do is acceptable, no matter how heinous and reprehensible. Torture and burning people alive (the “Odessa BBQ”); using children and pensioners as human shields; destroying infrastructure ( which the Russians have largely spared), poisoning communities; shelling their own nuclear power plant, mining their own harbors; constantly committing atrocities and blaming the Russians. And Russia (and China) grinds on inextricably, while Biden’s boorish saber-rattling makes many Americans wonder where all those WAR monies really went?

  10. In my neighborhood, a somewhat upscale place just south of Chicago, I saw plenty of Ukrainian flags when the war first got underway. Now? They’ve all come down, like the Christmas stuff. Only I think the Ukraine stuff is not going back up.

  11. Patrick, here’s a good idea! Why don’t you take those press sleuths piture at the top of your article and have them start investigating and seriously looking for the HQ of this effin “Quiet American” duopoly Empire?

    And by EMPIRE, I mean this:

    Disguised Global Crony Capitalist Racist Propagandist Criminal Ecocidal Child-Killing & War-Starting EMPIRE, controlled by the ‘Ruling-Elite’, UHNWI, <0.003%ers, TCCers, arrogantly self-appointed "Masters of the Universe", and "Evil (not-so) Geniuses" [Kurt Andersen] — which hides Empire behind their totally corrupted dual-party Vichy-facade of faux-democracy.

    How's them apples?

  12. The above described situation reminds me of a quote from a grizzled old Lakota warrior named Good Fox in the early 1900’s who was being questioned by a bunch of western novel writers.

    Good Fox said “Hundreds of books have been written about this (the Custer battle) by people who were not there. I was there, and all I saw was one big cloud of dust”.

  13. In Vietnam, every time the US lost, it escalated. Until it could escalate no longer. That’s the emerging pattern in Ukraine and that’s what the Guardian column portends. But then we had an army capable of fighting on foreign soil. We don’t have that anymore, although Mearsheimer thinks the US can defeat Russia on its own terrain. All I can see is an air war escalating out of control. WWIII in other words.

  14. I find the best coverage on Al Jazeera. Problem is, you have to stream it.

  15. My favorite cooptation of language by the U.S./Ukraine propaganda mill is Zelensky’s assertion, repeated ceaselessly for a number of weeks by U.S., UK, and other warmongering press, that Ukraine will cede “not one inch” of territory to Russia. No one reading this comment needs to have this explained, I am sure.

  16. the grinding multi-year war of attrition slog is what US war State wants. That’s the goal. That’s how they bleed Russia.

    The media puppets have so lost sight of reality that they are oblivious to how their descriptive language actually promotes US propaganda and war goals.

  17. BTW, speaking of reality, The NY Times closed it’s Trenton (NJ) office about 15 years ago – it was located on press row on the second floor of the State House. I know, I used to stop by almost daily.

    1. Bill.
      You’ve got me. Sorry. Figure of speech.
      My reference derives from Gay Talese’s book about the Times, The Power and the Glory, in which he mentions that in the old days a correspondent who returned from abroad with a beard, a not-done for a long time, would be banished to the Trenton bureau until he got (back) with the image of a proper “Timesman.”
      The thought has stayed with me (obviously) as an expression–literal, I thought, other-than-literal it turns out.
      You were or are a practitioner of the great craft, I take it.
      ALbest.
      Patrick.

  18. thank you for all of your work. i’m sure i spend too much time reading and watching you truth tellers.

  19. It’s like this play by Ibsen An Enemy of the People which I saw numerous times in Marietta (Georgia) and I could not stop laughing during the entire play because of the irony, the implausible, the ridiculous narratives that does not stick with reality when one opens his eyes a little! These reporters, these politicians, and it’s been like this since LBJ in the worst fo al manners, they are all (in French the very strong words are “des crapules”) I guess they all have to be crapulous to be “reporters”-repeaters rather, and crapulous politicians with no concern for truth, ready to do anything for control and power of the minds and the public opinion at their mercy: the Zaporizhzhia plant tragedy in motion…is the proof they are battle-desperate and ready to blow it all off, they don’t care, as the remaining 500, 000 Ukrainians troops are under-equipped (300-thousand have died or been permanently injured) and are under very poor command (the obvious insane are in charge) and during this parody well all of the post-confinement Europe is dancing and dining and partying while the War of TroyWill Not Occur again is enacted…it’s another sinister play where we burry our head in the sand and pretend to have a panoramic view of the world. It’s a madhouse.

  20. Russia wins geo-politically, economically culturally—EU/angloshere humiliation —bleeding profusely while Russia reserve fund has increased 13 billion $ per month since 1 March. in the past months up to 1000 ukie casualties daily, nearly no Russian casualties. ukies have neither the will or capacity to mount a counter-offensive—precision kinzhal Tsirkon strikes continue to eliminate hundreds daily, including US provided weapons. the best ukies can do is kill a few civilians each week

  21. Cacophony of Silence

    The newspaper came today
    with half the pages blank —
    nothing but the smooth gray
    of compressed fiber

    No hint of the thousands gathered
    at the Poor People’s March shouting and singing
    marching amid the echoing mute walls
    of grand edifices demanding
    the long-awaited manna of promised
    trickle-down
    amid pandemic and price-gouging,
    protesting for basic medical care, affordable homes and
    citizen needs to be prioritized even half as much as
    weapons and war.

    Not a printed word
    about drone killings in Somalia, the children,
    innocents and the reporters murdered
    in Palestine our black
    ops menacing the world — the enforcers
    of global gangsterism wreaking their vengeful malice

    No hint of the mysterious black money
    flooding our elections. No exposés on political bribery or
    the resulting poisons that permeate our soil, our air
    our bodies . . .

    Not even the rescued puppies and shallow smiles of TV news —
    only the smooth even gray of unblemished news print
    like an eerie fog
    a cacophony of silence

  22. “It felt like you were in a room full of people, you were being raped and everybody was telling you: “Why are you screaming?” They were saying: “Why are you showing us your hands in blood? Take it easy. It will be fine. It’s nothing.”

    I do strongly believe that the invasion that happened, and the war right now, are the result of nobody pushing Russia back. The whole world was watching.
    Keep reading

    Six months later, it is still incredibly painful because the world is learning the same lessons about Russia that we learned eight years ago.

    We knew the Russians would attack.

    The legacy [of this war] will be the next generation of children. As a country that came from so much poverty and distress and war, we were all hoping that our children would not have to go through that. We were all hoping that we would raise them spoiled and normal.

    We now have a generation of children that has seen dead bodies at different ages, that knows how to act during air raid sirens and knows their blood type. That knows life as refugees.”

    Kira Rudik

    1. kira rudik—nazi ukrop that facilitated murder of 14000 Russians in donnas 2014-2022…no surprise a nazi like dga admires rudik

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