Putin Announces ‘Special Military Operation for De-Militarization and De-Nazification of Ukraine’

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Assessment: “A couple of words for those who would be tempted to intervene. Russia will respond immediately and you will have consequences that you never have had before in your history,” he warned.

Russian President Vladimir Putin declared war on Ukraine in a surprise television announcement at roughly 6:00 a.m. Moscow time, 10:00 p.m. Eastern. The Russian dictator described the unprovoked attack as a “special military operation for the de-Militarization and de-Nazification of Ukraine.”

“I’ve made the decision to conduct a special military operation,” Putin said. “Our analysis has concluded that our confrontation with these forces [in Ukraine] was inevitable.”

“This is the red line that I have spoken of many times. They have crossed it,” he said, accusing the Ukrainians of “genocide” for attacking the two new “independent republics” he unilaterally conjured into existence on Monday.

“Russia cannot feel safe, develop, and exist with a constant threat emanating from the territory of modern Ukraine,” he said.

Putin bizarrely claimed Russia’s plans “do not include occupation of Ukrainian territory” and “we are not going to impose anything on anyone by force,” even as Russia launched missile attacks at targets across Ukraine, including its capital city of Kyiv.

“A couple of words for those who would be tempted to intervene. Russia will respond immediately and you will have consequences that you never have had before in your history,” he warned.

“Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.” Ezekiel 38:3

People, some carrying bags and suitcases, walk at a metro station in Kyiv early on February 24, 2022. - Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a military operation in Ukraine on Thursday with explosions heard soon after across the country and its foreign minister warning a "full-scale invasion" was underway. (Photo by Daniel LEAL / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images)(People, some carrying bags and suitcases, walk at a metro station in Kyiv early on February 24, 2022_

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(image from the Ukrainian President’s office sent to CNN following the loud explosions the team heard on the ground in #Kyiv #Ukraine)

“As for the military sphere, modern Russia, even after the collapse of the USSR and the loss of a significant part of its nuclear potential, is today one of the most powerful nuclear powers. And moreover, it has certain advantages in a number of the latest types of weapons. In this regard, no one should have any doubt that a direct attack on Russia will lead to defeat and dire consequences for a potential aggressor,” he said, making it clear that he was threatening nuclear retaliation against the U.S. and NATO if they interfere with his attack on Ukraine.

“All responsibility for bloodshed will be on the conscience of the ruling regime in Ukraine,” Putin insisted, calling on Ukrainian forces to surrender.

“I urge you to immediately lay down your weapons and go home. All servicemen of the Ukrainian army who fulfill this demand will be able to freely leave the combat zone and return to their families,” he said.

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  1. When the Wall came down in 1989 and the old Soviet centred regimes of Eastern Europe fell, we in the West had the opportunity to build a fresh, even new relationship with Russia.

    We chose not to do that.

    Instead key marketing brands from the West, Mac Donalds, CocaCola et al invaded Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Raw capitalism took over. The former Soviet countries were raped of their resources, their dignity and their oft touted democratic future.

    The West miles these people for everything they had or could produce for us. Key sections of industry were sold off to Western Banks. Even the Japanese banks bought at bargain basement prices hugely valuable assets and miles them.

    Russia suffered the very worst of Western capitalist greed imaginable.

    I am very familiar with Eastern Europe. In a small town in Czech Republic one day in 1990 a cafe/bar was selling lager from very local breweries. The next day it was Budweisser! The local pivovari had been bought and closed by Bud.That week a bar was closed and opened a few days later as a Mac Donalds.

    We in the West have sucked these nations dry. Little wonder now Russia wants to hit back and recover what it once held. I do not approve of Russia’s actions, nor it’s intentions, but I can easily understand them.

    We’ve brought it upon these Eastern peoples ourselves.

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