In Denial

In Kharkiv, people were queuing up for groceries:

I’m starting to think that the videos of large Ukrainian protests in occupied cities and villages are counterproductive. The parts where the Russians start shooting at unarmed Ukrainians point-blank aren’t posted because one would think it’s understood that this is what happens. But, apparently, this now gave rise to the narrative that “Russians don’t shoot at unarmed civilians.”

Yes, they do. Today, a large residential area in Kharkiv was reduced to rubble. Protesters in Kherson have been shot today. And yesterday. I saw the videos. Denial doesn’t help.

4 thoughts on “In Denial

  1. // The parts where the Russians start shooting at unarmed Ukrainians point-blank aren’t posted because one would think it’s understood that this is what happens.

    I also didn’t understand they shoot at unarmed protesters which stand a few meters away from them. Those Ukrainian people are very brave.

    Did know Russians bomb peaceful cities.

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    1. Khodorkovsky posted terrible videos on his Twitter yesterday. They approach a person who got a little separated from the protest, maybe going to the bathroom, or whatever, and just shoot him. A peaceful, unarmed person walking.


  2. It happened!

    Blinken says NATO countries have “green light” to send fighter jets to Ukraine
    MARCH 6, 2022 / 9:09 AM / CBS NEWS

    Washington — Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday that NATO members have the go-ahead to send fighter jets to Ukraine as the U.S. and allies continue their efforts to help Ukraine defend itself against Russia’s invasion.

    “That gets a green-light,” Blinken said in an interview with “Face the Nation” when asked whether the Polish government, a member of NATO, could send fighter planes to Ukraine. “In fact, we’re talking with our Polish friends right now about what we might be able to do to backfill their needs if in fact they choose to provide these fighter jets to the Ukrainians. What can we do? How can we help to make sure that they get something to backfill the planes that they are handing over to the Ukrainians?”

    Transcript: Secretary of State Antony Blinken on “Face the Nation”
    A White House spokesperson told CBS News the Biden administration is working on the capabilities it could provide to backfill Poland if it decided to transfer planes to Ukraine but noted there are several questions that arise from a decision to do so, including how the jets could be transferred from Poland to Ukraine.

    Blinken, who was in eastern Europe meeting with U.S. allies, said NATO countries and members of the Group of 7 are “working together” to raise the pressure on Russia, including through additional sanctions, which will be implemented in the coming days.

    “The impact of the sanctions is already devastating,” the secretary of state said. “The ruble is in freefall. Their stock market’s been shuttered for almost a week. We’re seeing a recession set in in Russia. Consumers aren’t able to buy basic products because companies are fleeing Russia, so it’s having a big impact.”

    Still, Blinken noted that Putin is “doubling down and digging in on this aggression against Ukraine.”

    “I think we have to be prepared, unfortunately, tragically, for this to go on for some time,” he said.

    Asked whether the U.S. is working on a contingency plan to support the Ukrainian government should something happen to Zelensky, Blinken praised his leadership and indicated Ukrainian officials are prepared.

    “The Ukrainians have plans in place, that I’m not going to talk about or get into any details on, to make sure that there is what we would call ‘continuity of government’ one way or another,” he said. “And let me leave it at that.”

    The secretary of state was steadfast that even if Russia’s war in Ukraine continues for months, the Ukrainians will prevail.

    “Winning a battle is not the same thing as winning a war. Taking the city is not the same thing as capturing the hearts and minds of Ukrainians,” he said. “What they’ve demonstrated with extraordinary courage is that they will not be subjugated to Vladimir Putin’s will and be under Russia’s thumb. So whether that takes another week, another month, another year to play out, it will, and I know how this is going to end. But the question is, can we end it sooner rather than later with less suffering going forward? That’s the challenge.”

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