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Saturday, October 1, 2022

"Dictatorship of Western elites...resembles pure Satanism" - Vladimir Putin

Much of Vladimir Putin's following speech (09/30/2022) sounds as if Archbishop Vigano wrote it. But then, Russian is Christian while the West is no longer able to hold that title.

"I want the Kiev authorities
and their true handlers in the West to hear me now."

Vladimir Putin's Presidential address on the occasion of signing the treaties on the accession of the DPR, LPR, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions to Russia. 

"Citizens of Russia, citizens of the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics, residents of the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, deputies of the State Duma, senators of the Russian Federation,

"As you know, referendums have been held in the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics and the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions. The ballots have been counted and the results have been announced. The people have made their unequivocal choice.Today we will sign treaties on the accession of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Lugansk People’s Republic, Zaporozhye Region and Kherson Region to the Russian Federation. I have no doubt that the Federal Assembly will support the constitutional laws on the accession to Russia and the establishment of four new regions, our new constituent entities of the Russian Federation, because this is the will of millions of people. (Applause.)

"It is undoubtedly their right, an inherent right sealed in Article 1 of the UN Charter, which directly states the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples.

"I repeat, it is an inherent right of the people. It is based on our historical affinity, and it is that right that led generations of our predecessors, those who built and defended Russia for centuries since the period of Ancient Rus, to victory.

"Here in Novorossiya, [Pyotr] Rumyantsev, [Alexander] Suvorov and [Fyodor] Ushakov fought their battles, and Catherine the Great and [Grigory] Potyomkin founded new cities. Our grandfathers and great-grandfathers fought here to the bitter end during the Great Patriotic War.

"We will always remember the heroes of the Russian Spring, those who refused to accept the neo-Nazi coup d'état in Ukraine in 2014, all those who died for the right to speak their native language, to preserve their culture, traditions and religion, and for the very right to live. We remember the soldiers of Donbass, the martyrs of the “Odessa Khatyn,” the victims of inhuman terrorist attacks carried out by the Kiev regime. We commemorate volunteers and militiamen, civilians, children, women, senior citizens, Russians, Ukrainians, people of various nationalities; popular leader of Donetsk Alexander Zakharchenko; military commanders Arsen Pavlov and Vladimir Zhoga, Olga Kochura and Alexei Mozgovoy; prosecutor of the Lugansk Republic Sergei Gorenko; paratrooper Nurmagomed Gadzhimagomedov and all our soldiers and officers who died a hero’s death during the special military operation. They are heroes. (Applause.) Heroes of great Russia. Please join me in a minute of silence to honor their memory."

(Minute of silence.)

"Thank you.

"Behind the choice of millions of residents in the Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics, in the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, is our common destiny and thousand-year history. People have passed this spiritual connection on to their children and grandchildren. Despite all the trials they endured, they carried the love for Russia through the years. This is something no one can destroy. That is why both older generations and young people – those who were born after the tragic collapse of the Soviet Union – have voted for our unity, for our common future.

"In 1991 in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, representatives of the party elite of that time made a decision to terminate the Soviet Union, without asking ordinary citizens what they wanted, and people suddenly found themselves cut off from their homeland. This tore apart and dismembered our national community and triggered a national catastrophe. Just like the government quietly demarcated the borders of Soviet republics, acting behind the scenes after the 1917 revolution, the last leaders of the Soviet Union, contrary to the direct expression of the will of the majority of people in the referendum of 1991, destroyed our great country, and simply made the people in the former republics face this as an accomplished fact.

"I can admit that they didn’t even know what they were doing and what consequences their actions would have in the end. But it doesn't matter now. There is no Soviet Union anymore; we cannot return to the past. Actually, Russia no longer needs it today; this isn’t our ambition. But there is nothing stronger than the determination of millions of people who, by their culture, religion, traditions, and language, consider themselves part of Russia, whose ancestors lived in a single country for centuries. There is nothing stronger than their determination to return to their true historical homeland.

"For eight long years, people in Donbass were subjected to genocide, shelling and blockades; in Kherson and Zaporozhye, a criminal policy was pursued to cultivate hatred for Russia, for everything Russian. Now too, during the referendums, the Kiev regime threatened schoolteachers, women who worked in election commissions with reprisals and death. Kiev threatened millions of people who came to express their will with repression. But the people of Donbass, Zaporozhye and Kherson weren’t broken, and they had their say.

"I want the Kiev authorities and their true handlers in the West to hear me now, and I want everyone to remember this: the people living in Lugansk and Donetsk, in Kherson and Zaporozhye have become our citizens, forever. (Applause.)

"We call on the Kiev regime to immediately cease fire and all hostilities; to end the war it unleashed back in 2014 and return to the negotiating table. We are ready for this, as we have said more than once. But the choice of the people in Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporozhye and Kherson will not be discussed. The decision has been made, and Russia will not betray it. (Applause.) Kiev’s current authorities should respect this free expression of the people’s will; there is no other way. This is the only way to peace.

"We will defend our land with all the forces and resources we have, and we will do everything we can to ensure the safety of our people. This is the great liberating mission of our nation.

"We will definitely rebuild the destroyed cities and towns, the residential buildings, schools, hospitals, theatres and museums. We will restore and develop industrial enterprises, factories, infrastructure, as well as the social security, pension, healthcare and education systems.

"We will certainly work to improve the level of security. Together we will make sure that citizens in the new regions can feel the support of all the people of Russia, of the entire nation, all the republics, territories and regions of our vast Motherland. (Applause.)

"Friends, colleagues,

"Today I would like to address our soldiers and officers who are taking part in the special military operation, the fighters of Donbass and Novorossiya, those who went to military recruitment offices after receiving a call-up paper under the executive order on partial mobilisation, and those who did this voluntarily, answering the call of their hearts. I would like to address their parents, wives and children, to tell them what our people are fighting for, what kind of enemy we are up against, and who is pushing the world into new wars and crises and deriving blood-stained benefits from this tragedy.

"Our compatriots, our brothers and sisters in Ukraine who are part of our united people have seen with their own eyes what the ruling class of the so-called West have prepared for humanity as a whole. They have dropped their masks and shown what they are really made of.

"When the Soviet Union collapsed, the West decided that the world and all of us would permanently accede to its dictates. In 1991, the West thought that Russia would never rise after such shocks and would fall to pieces on its own. This almost happened. We remember the horrible 1990s, hungry, cold and hopeless. But Russia remained standing, came alive, grew stronger and occupied its rightful place in the world.

"Meanwhile, the West continued and continues looking for another chance to strike a blow at us, to weaken and break up Russia, which they have always dreamed about, to divide our state and set our peoples against each other, and to condemn them to poverty and extinction. They cannot rest easy knowing that there is such a great country with this huge territory in the world, with its natural wealth, resources and people who cannot and will not do someone else’s bidding.

"The West is ready to cross every line to preserve the neo-colonial system which allows it to live off the world, to plunder it thanks to the domination of the dollar and technology, to collect an actual tribute from humanity, to extract its primary source of unearned prosperity, the rent paid to the hegemon. The preservation of this annuity is their main, real and absolutely self-serving motivation. This is why total de-sovereignisation is in their interest. This explains their aggression towards independent states, traditional values and authentic cultures, their attempts to undermine international and integration processes, new global currencies and technological development centres they cannot control. It is critically important for them to force all countries to surrender their sovereignty to the United States.

"In certain countries, the ruling elites voluntarily agree to do this, voluntarily agree to become vassals; others are bribed or intimidated. And if this does not work, they destroy entire states, leaving behind humanitarian disasters, devastation, ruins, millions of wrecked and mangled human lives, terrorist enclaves, social disaster zones, protectorates, colonies and semi-colonies. They don't care. All they care about is their own benefit.

"I want to underscore again that their insatiability and determination to preserve their unfettered dominance are the real causes of the hybrid war that the collective West is waging against Russia. They do not want us to be free; they want us to be a colony. They do not want equal cooperation; they want to loot. They do not want to see us a free society, but a mass of soulless slaves.


"They see our thought and our philosophy as a direct threat. That is why they target our philosophers for assassination. Our culture and art present a danger to them, so they are trying to ban them. Our development and prosperity are also a threat to them because competition is growing. They do not want or need Russia, but we do. (Applause.)

"I would like to remind you that in the past, ambitions of world domination have repeatedly shattered against the courage and resilience of our people. Russia will always be Russia. We will continue to defend our values and our Motherland.

"The West is counting on impunity, on being able to get away with anything. As a matter of fact, this was actually the case until recently. Strategic security agreements have been trashed; agreements reached at the highest political level have been declared tall tales; firm promises not to expand NATO to the east gave way to dirty deception as soon as our former leaders bought into them; missile defense, intermediate-range and shorter-range missile treaties have been unilaterally dismantled under far-fetched pretexts.

"And all we hear is, the West is insisting on a rules-based order. Where did that come from anyway? Who has ever seen these rules? Who agreed or approved them? Listen, this is just a lot of nonsense, utter deceit, double standards, or even triple standards! They must think we’re stupid.

"Russia is a great thousand-year-old power, a whole civilization, and it is not going to live by such makeshift, false rules. (Applause.)

"It was the so-called West that trampled on the principle of the inviolability of borders, and now it is deciding, at its own discretion, who has the right to self-determination and who does not, who is unworthy of it. It is unclear what their decisions are based on or who gave them the right to decide in the first place. They just assumed it.

"That is why the choice of the people in Crimea, Sevastopol, Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporozhye and Kherson makes them so furiously angry. The West does not have any moral right to weigh in, or even utter a word about freedom of democracy. It does not and it never did.

"Western elites not only deny national sovereignty and international law. Their hegemony has pronounced features of totalitarianism, despotism and apartheid. They brazenly divide the world into their vassals – the so-called civilized countries – and all the rest, who, according to the designs of today's Western racists, should be added to the list of barbarians and savages. False labels like “rogue country” or “authoritarian regime” are already available, and are used to stigmatize entire nations and states, which is nothing new. There is nothing new in this: deep down, the Western elites have remained the same colonizers. They discriminate and divide peoples into the top tier and the rest.

"We have never agreed to and will never agree to such political nationalism and racism. What else, if not racism, is the Russophobia being spread around the world? What, if not racism, is the West’s dogmatic conviction that its civilization and neoliberal culture is an indisputable model for the entire world to follow? “You’re either with us or against us.” It even sounds strange.

"Western elites are even shifting repentance for their own historical crimes on everyone else, demanding that the citizens of their countries and other peoples confess to things they have nothing to do with at all, for example, the period of colonial conquests.

"It is worth reminding the West that it began its colonial policy back in the Middle Ages, followed by the worldwide slave trade, the genocide of Indian tribes in America, the plunder of India and Africa, the wars of England and France against China, as a result of which it was forced to open its ports to the opium trade. What they did was get entire nations hooked on drugs and purposefully exterminated entire ethnic groups for the sake of grabbing land and resources, hunting people like animals. This is contrary to human nature, truth, freedom and justice.

"While we – we are proud that in the 20th century our country led the anti-colonial movement, which opened up opportunities for many peoples around the world to make progress, reduce poverty and inequality, and defeat hunger and disease.

"To emphasize, one of the reasons for the centuries-old Russophobia, the Western elites’ unconcealed animosity toward Russia is precisely the fact that we did not allow them to rob us during the period of colonial conquests and forced the Europeans to trade with us on mutually beneficial terms. This was achieved by creating a strong centralized state in Russia, which grew and got stronger based on the great moral values ​​of Orthodox Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism, as well as Russian culture and the Russian world that were open to all.

"There were numerous plans to invade Russia. Such attempts were made during the Time of Troubles in the 17th century and in the period of ordeals after the 1917 revolution. All of them failed. The West managed to grab hold of Russia’s wealth only in the late 20th century, when the state had been destroyed. They called us friends and partners, but they treated us like a colony, using various schemes to pump trillions of dollars out of the country. We remember. We have not forgotten anything.

"A few days ago, people in Donetsk and Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporozhye declared their support for restoring our historical unity. Thank you! (Applause.)

"Western countries have been saying for centuries that they bring freedom and democracy to other nations. Nothing could be further from the truth. Instead of bringing democracy they suppressed and exploited, and instead of giving freedom they enslaved and oppressed. The unipolar world is inherently anti-democratic and unfree; it is false and hypocritical through and through.

"The United States is the only country in the world that has used nuclear weapons twice, destroying the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. And they created a precedent.

"Recall that during WWII the United States and Britain reduced Dresden, Hamburg, Cologne and many other German cities to rubble, without the least military necessity. It was done ostentatiously and, to repeat, without any military necessity. They had only one goal, as with the nuclear bombing of Japanese cities: to intimidate our country and the rest of the world.

The United States left a deep scar in the memory of the people of Korea and Vietnam with their carpet bombings and use of napalm and chemical weapons.

"It actually continues to occupy Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea and other countries, which they cynically refer to as equals and allies. Look now, what kind of alliance is that? The whole world knows that the top officials in these countries are being spied on and that their offices and homes are bugged. It is a disgrace, a disgrace for those who do this and for those who, like slaves, silently and meekly swallow this arrogant behavior.

"They call the orders and threats they make to their vassals Euro-Atlantic solidarity, and the creation of biological weapons and the use of human test subjects, including in Ukraine, noble medical research.

"It is their destructive policies, wars and plunder that have unleashed today’s massive wave of migrants. Millions of people endure hardships and humiliation or die by the thousands trying to reach Europe.

They are exporting grain from Ukraine now. Where are they taking it under the guise of ensuring the food security of the poorest countries? Where is it going? They are taking it to the self-same European countries. Only five percent has been delivered to the poorest countries. More cheating and naked deception again.

"In effect, the American elite is using the tragedy of these people to weaken its rivals, to destroy nation states. This goes for Europe and for the identities of France, Italy, Spain and other countries with centuries-long histories.

"Washington demands more and more sanctions against Russia and the majority of European politicians obediently go along with it. They clearly understand that by pressuring the EU to completely give up Russian energy and other resources, the United States is practically pushing Europe toward deindustrialization in a bid to get its hands on the entire European market. These European elites understand everything – they do, but they prefer to serve the interests of others. This is no longer servility but direct betrayal of their own peoples. God bless, it is up to them.

"But the Anglo-Saxons believe sanctions are no longer enough and now they have turned to subversion. It seems incredible but it is a fact – by causing explosions on Nord Stream’s international gas pipelines passing along the bottom of the Baltic Sea, they have actually embarked on the destruction of Europe’s entire energy infrastructure. It is clear to everyone who stands to gain. Those who benefit are responsible, of course.

"The dictates of the US are backed up by crude force, on the law of the fist. Sometimes it is beautifully wrapped sometimes there is no wrapping at all but the gist is the same – the law of the fist. Hence, the deployment and maintenance of hundreds of military bases in all corners of the world, NATO expansion, and attempts to cobble together new military alliances, such as AUKUS and the like. Much is being done to create a Washington-Seoul-Tokyo military-political chain. All states that possess or aspire to genuine strategic sovereignty and are capable of challenging Western hegemony, are automatically declared enemies.

"These are the principles that underlie US and NATO military doctrines that require total domination. Western elites are presenting their neocolonialist plans with the same hypocrisy, claiming peaceful intentions, talking about some kind of deterrence. This evasive word migrates from one strategy to another but really only means one thing – undermining any and all sovereign centers of power.

"We have already heard about the deterrence of Russia, China and Iran. I believe next in line are other countries of Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, as well as current US partners and allies. After all, we know that when they are displeased, they introduce sanctions against their allies as well – against this or that bank or company. This is their practice and they will expand it. They have everything in their sights, including our next-door neighbors – the CIS countries.

"At the same time, the West has clearly been engaged in wishful thinking for a long time. In launching the sanctions blitzkrieg against Russia, for example, they thought that they could once again line up the whole world at their command. As it turns out, however, such a bright prospect does not excite everyone – other than complete political masochists and admirers of other unconventional forms of international relations. Most states refuse to ”snap a salute“ and instead choose the sensible path of cooperation with Russia.

"The West clearly did not expect such insubordination. They simply got used to acting according to a template, to grab whatever they please, by blackmail, bribery, intimidation, and convinced themselves that these methods would work forever, as if they had fossilized in the past.

"Such self-confidence is a direct product not only of the notorious concept of exceptionalism – although it never ceases to amaze – but also of the real ”information hunger“ in the West. The truth has been drowned in an ocean of myths, illusions and fakes, using extremely aggressive propaganda, lying like Goebbels. The more unbelievable the lie, the quicker people will believe it – that is how they operate, according to this principle.

"But people cannot be fed with printed dollars and euros. You can't feed them with those pieces of paper, and the virtual, inflated capitalization of western social media companies can't heat their homes. Everything I am saying is important. And what I just said is no less so: you can't feed anyone with paper – you need food; and you can't heat anyone’s home with these inflated capitalizations – you need energy.

"That is why politicians in Europe have to convince their fellow citizens to eat less, take a shower less often and dress warmer at home. And those who start asking fair questions like “Why is that, in fact?” are immediately declared enemies, extremists and radicals. They point back at Russia and say: that is the source of all your troubles. More lies.


"I want to make special note of the fact that there is every reason to believe that the Western elites are not going to look for constructive ways out of the global food and energy crisis that they and they alone are to blame for, as a result of their long-term policy, dating back long before our special military operation in Ukraine, in Donbass. They have no intention of solving the problems of injustice and inequality. I am afraid they would rather use other formulas they are more comfortable with.

"And here it is important to recall that the West bailed itself out of its early 20th century challenges with World War I. Profits from World War II helped the United States finally overcome the Great Depression and become the largest economy in the world, and to impose on the planet the power of the dollar as a global reserve currency. And the 1980s crisis – things came to a head in the 1980s again – the West emerged from it unscathed largely by appropriating the inheritance and resources of the collapsed and defunct Soviet Union. That's a fact.

"Now, in order to free itself from the latest web of challenges, they need to dismantle Russia as well as other states that choose a sovereign path of development, at all costs, to be able to further plunder other nations’ wealth and use it to patch their own holes. If this does not happen, I cannot rule out that they will try to trigger a collapse of the entire system, and blame everything on that, or, God forbid, decide to use the old formula of economic growth through war.

"Russia is aware of its responsibility to the international community and will make every effort to ensure that cooler heads prevail.

"The current neocolonial model is ultimately doomed; this much is obvious. But I repeat that its real masters will cling to it to the end. They simply have nothing to offer the world except to maintain the same system of plundering and racketeering.

"They do not give a damn about the natural right of billions of people, the majority of humanity, to freedom and justice, the right to determine their own future. They have already moved on to the radical denial of moral, religious, and family values.

"Let’s answer some very simple questions for ourselves. Now I would like to return to what I said and want to address also all citizens of the country – not just the colleagues that are in the hall – but all citizens of Russia: do we want to have here, in our country, in Russia, “parent number one, parent number two and parent number three” (they have completely lost it!) instead of mother and father? Do we want our schools to impose on our children, from their earliest days in school, perversions that lead to degradation and extinction? Do we want to drum into their heads the ideas that certain other genders exist along with women and men and to offer them gender reassignment surgery? Is that what we want for our country and our children? This is all unacceptable to us. We have a different future of our own.

"Let me repeat that the dictatorship of the Western elites targets all societies, including the citizens of Western countries themselves. This is a challenge to all. This complete renunciation of what it means to be human, the overthrow of faith and traditional values, and the suppression of freedom are coming to resemble a “religion in reverse” – pure Satanism. Exposing false messiahs, Jesus Christ said in the Sermon on the Mount: “By their fruits ye shall know them.” These poisonous fruits are already obvious to people, and not only in our country but also in all countries, including many people in the West itself.

"The world has entered a period of a fundamental, revolutionary transformation. New centers of power are emerging. They represent the majority – the majority! – of the international community. They are ready not only to declare their interests but also to protect them. They see in multipolarity an opportunity to strengthen their sovereignty, which means gaining genuine freedom, historical prospects, and the right to their own independent, creative and distinctive forms of development, to a harmonious process.

"As I have already said, we have many like-minded people in Europe and the United States, and we feel and see their support. An essentially emancipatory, anti-colonial movement against unipolar hegemony is taking shape in the most diverse countries and societies. Its power will only grow with time. It is this force that will determine our future geopolitical reality.

"Friends,

"Today, we are fighting for a just and free path, first of all for ourselves, for Russia, in order to leave dictate and despotism in the past. I am convinced that countries and peoples understand that a policy based on the exceptionalism of whoever it may be and the suppression of other cultures and peoples is inherently criminal, and that we must close this shameful chapter. The ongoing collapse of Western hegemony is irreversible. And I repeat: things will never be the same.

"The battlefield to which destiny and history have called us is a battlefield for our people, for the great historical Russia. (Applause.) For the great historical Russia, for future generations, our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We must protect them against enslavement and monstrous experiments that are designed to cripple their minds and souls.

Today, we are fighting so that it would never occur to anyone that Russia, our people, our language, or our culture can be erased from history. Today, we need a consolidated society, and this consolidation can only be based on sovereignty, freedom, creation, and justice. Our values ​​are humanity, mercy and compassion.

"And I want to close with the words of a true patriot Ivan Ilyin: “If I consider Russia my Motherland, that means that I love as a Russian, contemplate and think, sing and speak as a Russian; that I believe in the spiritual strength of the Russian people. Its spirit is my spirit; its destiny is my destiny; its suffering is my grief; and its prosperity is my joy.”

"Behind these words stands a glorious spiritual choice, which, for more than a thousand years of Russian statehood, was followed by many generations of our ancestors. Today, we are making this choice; the citizens of the Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics and the residents of the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions have made this choice. They made the choice to be with their people, to be with their Motherland, to share in its destiny, and to be victorious together with it.

"The truth is with us, and behind us is Russia!"

37 comments:

Andrew Dunn said...

Reading the transcript of this speech (thank you Mary Ann and Susan), I am envious. Here is a true leader, unapologetic of his nation’s history, culture, sacrifices and Christianity, that is committed to the truth. Not a care in the world for his image, distorted by the forces of darkness running global social media. Not afraid whatsoever of the LGBTWXYZ insane asylum, bullying global corporations and governments with their limp wrists. Not intimidated one iota by the satanic, freemasonic, new world order.

Russia has suffered much through the centuries (20 million plus dead in just WW2). Do we really think they have to be intimidated into trading their rich culture for trannies, fluid pronouns and other insanities that now dominate American culture? Should a nation that survived and overcame the destructive wraths of Napoleon and Hitler, and others, be expected to bend over and take it from a pipsqueak, sodomite puppet thug in Kiev, reporting directly to Joe Biden and his godless puppet masters? Hell no!

Spiritual battle lines have now been drawn and sadly, the United States has chosen the side of Lucifer. But, no one should be surprised considering the freemasonic foundation and heritage of the US. Russia on the other hand has miraculously turned away from the atheism of the Soviet Union and has emerged as a Christian (albeit Orthodox) renaissance. Our Lady’s request at Fatima was not obeyed and now we are seeing Russia being prepared as an instrument of chastisement before she is consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. All of these sanctions and woke global corporations pulling out of Russia are a purification of that nation from the filth of globalism. I believe Our Lady’s mantle of protection has already been wrapped over Russia.

Stay confessed folks. We are living in the runner-up days to the Book of the Apocalypse and the Third Secret of Fatima. Tomorrow is not a guarantee for those of us in the US and the West.

rohrbachs said...

The problem is that Russia plighted it's troth with China in Beijing last year. China is where we *got* three parent marriages and transgender notions from.

Sigh. Read the debate between Olavo de carvalho and Alexander Dugin. The power dynamics are trans national and subterranean.

Anonymous said...

Putin is an evil man. He was a KGB officer. Traditional Catholics should not be fooled by any of his rhetoric supporting traditional values. Aligning ourselves with Putin and Russia will lower our credibility. Don't make the mistake of supporting Putin simply because Biden supports Volodymyr Zelensky. Neither one is better than the other.

Mark Barrieau said...

Volodymyr Zelensky presides over a corrupt system, but so does Vladimir Putin. Just because The Left has chosen to support Ukraine is not a good reason to lionize Vladimir Putin. The foe of your foe is not always a suitable ally. It's painful to see Traditional Catholics treating a former KGB officer like a Christian Hero. Putin and the Russian leadership might find it convenient to play to the American conservatives right now, but they are not our friends and they are not to be trusted. There are numerous political assassinations linked to Putin, within Russia and abroad. He supports US foes in the Middle East. He has supported terrorism worldwide.

Why do Tradional Catholics, have to choose sides in this war? Biden is wrong to support a corrupt government like Ukraine. But that doesn't make Putin into a "Christian Statesman" as some Trads have called him. Putin's rhetoric is aimed at US conservatives. Don't fall for this deception.

Anonymous said...

Our Lady is very interested in Russia. Russia is part of Heaven's Plan and will be converted. No other nation is mentioned. I think we need to pray for this. There are mysteries playing out here that we do not and cannot yet understand.

Just a Sinner said...

This speech will historic one day. Thank you for sharing it in full.

Andrew Dunn said...

St. Paul the apostle was an evil man until his conversion. St. Augustin was a downright immoral scumbag, but God had other plans and he was miraculously converted. St. Mary Magdalene was possessed by seven demons and I think we all know how things turned out for her. God works in very mysterious ways and He has a history of using the most unexpected of people to do good. I would be careful to write off Putin as an evil man.

Andrew Dunn said...

When I look at Russia in this day and age I see abortion rates going down and marriages going up. I see a people who are re-discovering and embracing the Christianity they lost under decades of communism. I see an admirable pattern of self-sufficiency, rendering useless the globalist sanctions being imposed. Sadly, I see the exact opposite in my country.

Regardless of what I see, I know from my faith in Sacred Scriptures and approved apparitions of Our Lady that Russia will play an important role in the future. She WILL be used as an instrument of chastisement against the sins of this world and then, she WILL be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

God’s Will WILL be done and I say let it happen. May God Bless President Putin and the great Russian Nation.

Liam Ronan said...

A stirring speech no doubt; however, I wonder why so many of the citizens of the former Soviet Union risked and lost their lives and livelihoods to escape to the West. I hear no regret in this speech about the terrors of communism or of the Gulag. I perceive no insight into just how Russia spread its errors throughout the world, abortion, divorce, ruination of the family, feminism, propaganda from every media outlet, etc. Errors which set hell fire throughout the world and which errors now come home to roost.
I am not an apologist for Ukrainian thuggery and malice; however, this is a speech that seems to have sent many into a rapturous swoon. I don't think that is wise at all.
While being gentle as doves we would do well to be wise as serpents.

James the Convert said...

If the old Soviet Union was evil, which it was, we have only to thank the non-christian financiers for putting up the money and allies that carried it out. United Stated citizen and New York billionaire, Jacob Schiff and other Wall Streeters financed the Bolshevik Revolution making it a Wall Street enterprise. Figure out who these oligarchs are and you will know who our enemy really is.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

A lot of points have been raised here and I'm going to address just one from my perspective. Susan and I aren't clones so I don't know if she will agree. But yes, we do need to choose sides -- not between Zelensky and Putin -- I agree that they both have troublesome pasts. But we do need to between the principles. Do we support one-world government vs. sovereign states? Do we support transferring the wealth of America with no accountability at all to the most corrupt state in Europe? Do we support urging Ukraine to the negotiating table vs. fighting til the last dead Ukrainian? The policies of the immoral and corrupt West are drawing us close to WW III.

Anonymous said...

"Putin's rhetoric is aimed at US conservatives. "

Which zio-con mouthpiece did you gain this insight from?

Anonymous said...

In your view, Russian self-flagellation much be foremost...even though the communist menace was largely imposed for a foreign race.

Anonymous said...

Truth.

rohrbachs said...

We were told that djt,serially divorced and bff with bill hill and Epstein, had "reformed" but all we got was a lockdown, warp speed quack shot, and maga cap out of it. Face it trump was a democrat plant and Putin is also dressing up in prolife face. Read dugin carvalho debate and realize that the sinosoviet split is the oldest ruse in the book.

Joseph Ostermeir said...

The evils of Putin and Russia are small compared to the evils of the modernist West leading us to the brink of WW3 and collapse. This comes down to whether or not Russia justly entered Ukraine, and continues to fight. If you read Putin's speeches, Archbishop Vigano's declaration of the war, including the long history of that region and the dictatorship of the DC/NATO elites, then it is the West that started this unjust war on eastern Ukrainians. Therefore, however much wrong you find Vladimir, Russia had every legal right to defend the ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine, and defend that part of the world from the all-encompassing dictatorship of the modernist West. Let's put it this way, as evil as the GOP is, it is by far the lesser of two evils, and we should vote for them since they defend life and the family. Therefore, every traditional Catholic who goes by the name should study this, cut through all the western media narrative, and support Russia. If we wash out hands of this like Pontius Pilate, we only help facilitate world war. In the end this is not about supporting one man or one country over another, but once and for all standing up to the gobalist elites, and telling them to back down in eastern Ukraine, stop the sanctions now, be humble, and make peace. Or by next year that which we are all afraid of happening will most certainly happen!

Kathleen1031 said...

It's very interesting to read Putin's words in entirety. It is a compelling speech. Naturally most of what he is saying would resonate with dispirited Catholics and many other Christians. Our church and nation have devolved so incredibly and are well on their way to complete self-destruction, so to hear a political leader defend Christian culture and nations, it leaves one hopeful for the future of Christianity, even if our own future appears rather bleak at times. What a melancholy feeling, and who would ever have thought Americans would experience what we are seeing today. Fifteen years ago this was all totally unimaginable.
If Putin means what he says here, good. Better than good.
Russia was specifically mentioned by Our Lady at Fatima. Russia has a unique role to play. Is there any doubt America has become the origin of so much evil that now plagues the world.

Anonymous said...

Those cultural Russians who voted to be annexed were relocated there in a decades-long resettlement plan in which Russians were granted leave to settle in Ukraine in order to Russify it. Now this 'soft invasion' is used as the justification for an invasion into sovereign territory.
I agree with Vlad that the West is lawless, morally bankrupt, and perverse, but this speech is gaslighting to perfection. His history only goes back to 2014 and conveniently ignores Ukrainian suffering under the Soviets, (the Holodomor, the decades of torture and execution of Catholic priests and faithful, the outlawing of the Ukrainian language/Holy Mass/Catholic education, the destruction of the family under Soviet tyranny, the government-sponsored resettlement of Russians into Ukraine, etc etc.)
If he wanted peace, he would acknowledge these things and ask forgiveness.
People forget that the work of the KGB was mostly disinformation and propaganda. Putin knows how to play to the American Right, and this speech is exhibit A.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who has studied Russian history would agree with everything said here. He is playing us for fools.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

"Anyone who has studied Russian history...."

I could agree with you if you mean the last 100 years, but that's a pretty narrow definition of "history." Russia before the Communist takeover was a great and beautiful and holy country. Look at the architecture and literature. Read Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Chekhov, Pushkin. Have you changed in the past thirty years? What's happening in Russia today in the towns and villages puts us to shame. The elites want to take over Russia and turn her into the same diabolically disoriented slave nation we have become. I pray that never happens.

Codysmom said...

Thank you for posting the entirety of Putin's speech. This article from the Remnant provides a background on the facts of what Putin has accomplished culturally and why the global elites want to destroy him. He's greatly reduced abortions, banned transgender/sodomitical 'education' and media, and promoted the Orthodox religion.

https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/6100-the-conflict-between-the-west-and-russia-is-a-religious-one

Anonymous said...

I am speaking specifically about Putin's claim to the Donbas, etc. He uses the persecution of the Russian-speaking majority since 2014 to justify the invasion, but that is not a reason when the majority got there by strategic Russification. By this logic, Somalia could invade Minnesota to protect the Somalis there, or Iraq could invade Dearborn Michigan on the same grounds. Catholics have a long teaching about just war, but they get amnesia as soon as Putin starts talking about family. The Ukrainian people are a Catholic people with a corrupt govt. We have one too, does that justify an invasion from a foreign power?


The Catholic right seems to buy what Putin is selling and that means

Anonymous said...

"Last 100 years?" I suppose you haven't kept up with prior history. Emsky Ukaz, Valuev Circular... Them mean nothing, right? Ask yourself why there ain't no Greeks in Crimea either. "Read Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Pushkin" - you could add Turgenev and Lermontov to the list, to see the sheer nihilism that kept the entirety of Russian society in it's grip even before the Marxist syphilitic (whom they still worship - just go to Sankt Petersburg and see for yourself) made everything even worse. "The elites want to take over Russia" - they already did, and the slavery there (such as schoolchildren in Kemerovo starving - you'd think that the country with the greatest amount of resources on Earth could feed it's citizens).

Sviatoslav said...

"Referendums have been held" - these were quite held while there is a Russian occupying force in those regions. After all... "Those who vote decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything" - Josef Stalin.

"Here in Novorossiya" - and why it is "Novo-"/"new" and not "Staro-"/"old"? Because it's no big deal; just purge the Ukrainian untermenchen out of there and put the Russians into the new Lebensraum and later declare these lands native Russian. Just like what was done to Siberia.

"Neo-Nazi coup d'etat" - it wasn't even an overthrow, as Yanukovich himself fled like a coward into the night. "Odessa Khatyn" - that feeling when the KGB-shnik that's speaking about Khatyn is a direct product of the regime that murdered Polish officers at Katyn. Indeed... "Наглість - друге щастя" ("Impudence is the substitute for happiness"), as that Ukrainian proverb goes...

"Common destiny" - like between Cain and Abel. "Thousand-year history" - Muscovy's only pushing 800 at best. Muscovites calling themselves "Russians" is no different from the pretentious Germans calling themselves "Holy Roman Empire" (while their Teutonic forefathers sacked actual Rome - the first guy to sack Kyiv completely was Andrei Bogolubskyi, a Muscovite).

"Their determination to return to their true historical homeland" - Hitler said the same about Sudetenland and Austria too. Putin's logic runs faulty when pitted against the testimonies of hundreds of thousands of actual Russian-speaking Ukrainians, which do not want to rejoin Russia or Soviet Union anymore than America wants to return to Great Britain.

"For eight long years, people of Donbas were subject to genocide" - ironically, the genocide came from the Russian troops imported there by Girkin/Strelkov.

"The decision has been made and Russia will not betray it" - it will, once it runs out of men. Just like it "betrayed" the Warsaw pact... "We will rebuild destroyed towns" - with what? GDP of Spain before sanctions? No, the Russian-speaking Ukrainians do not want to become the next Tuva or Buryatia. "Restore and develop industrial enterprises" - before the sanctions, the most resource-heavy country on Earth had the GDP of piddly Spain... How are they gonna "restore" anything if they don't have anything themselves?

"When the Soviet Union collapsed, the West decided that the world and all of us would permanently accede to its dictates." - more lies... Kooperativ Ozero was the Sankt Petersburg mafia that stole Soviet-era resources. Putin was it's whipping boy! The West sent them humanitarian aid so that their Marxist, chauvinist fools would not starve - heck, Putin first appeared in a headline titled "Humanitarian Aid for Sankt Petersburg was stolen".

"Neo-colonial system" - true old Marxist tactic. Accuse the opposition of what you're doing yourself. Better hope that the useful idiots of the West never learn about what Siberian ethnicities are going through under Russian "loving care". A country that earned the epithet "prison of the peoples" is pouring slander onto a country that saved it from being raped and genocided by Hitler's troops, a country that has earned the epithet "land of the free". "Technological development centers" - I'm not aware of anything technological developed by Russia. "Импортозамещение"/"import-replacement", after all - and this slander, again, comes from a country the high officials of which ride German and American cars (instead of Soviet junk copied from Italians, Germans and Americans) and even use Taiwanese microchips for their rockets.

Sviatoslav said...

"They destroy entire states, leaving terrorist enclaves" - and who trained and supplied those terrorist enclaves, exactly? Them Iraqis and Islamic terrorists sure as hell weren't using Western gear. "West is waging war against Russia" - wait, I thought that "NATO" stood for "No Action, Talk Only". There's not a single NATO or Western trooper in Ukraine - so, to whom exactly the Russians lost their men, then? "Our culture and art present a danger to them" - do you know why a Westerner can live a lifetime without knowing anything Russian? Because it's culture isn't much to write home about! Yet the chauvinist speaks of it like his piddly Muscovy was ancient Greece or Persia...

"Firm promises to not expand NATO" - from the example of Baltic states, Sweden and Finland, one can reasonably infer that it's sovereign countries that go to NATO and not the other way around. Besides, wasn't NATO created with the express task of containing the empire of evil - the disintegration of which this apparatchik so dutifully mourns?

"Russia is a great thousand-year-old power, a whole civilization, and it is not going to live by such makeshift, false rules." - indeed, as those "rules" such as "do not rape" and "do not loot" and "do not do war crimes" were codified at Geneva... Predictably, they weren't proposed by the Russians. Perhaps, they don't believe in them?

"False labels like “rogue country” or “authoritarian regime” are already available, and are used to stigmatize entire nations and states." - Russia is such a neat example of these labels? "Colonialist" is also a label that Russia wears with pride, as evidenced by Afghanistan, Chechnya, Georgia and, now, Ukraine. "What else if not racism" - perhaps the evils and the constant danger emanating from Russia?

"Exterminated entire groups of people" - again, coming from a country that worships the syphilitic Marxist pseudo-intellectual in a mausoleum and considers the Georgian Al Capone (yes, Dzhugashvili/Stalin was precisely that, except less love for children and more genocide) it's national hero, despite the fact that the foreign Georgian genocided them also by the millions. Let us all thank Russia! For worshipping the Soviet Union - which is the direct root of the immorality and Marxism of today's Western elites! Thanks for all the Islamic terror groups that you've trained, for the Liberation Theology (the product of which is now a Pope)! Thank Russia from the bottom of our hearts - for making the 20th century the most brutal century in the history of mankind!

"This was achieved by creating a strong centralized state in Russia, which grew and got stronger based on the great moral values ​​of Orthodox Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism" - in reality, a Mongolo-Tatar autocracy that pioneered Luther's lame "cuius regio, eiius religio", that gave us the word "погром"/"pogrom" as it's default setting of cultural tolerance of the Jews and their religion. Of course, Islam and Buddhism are not unmentioned - Tatars, Chechens and other Islamic peoples were genocided and colonially annexed. And the horrors that Ermak did to the Siberian peoples - Buddhists among them - make these little Americans and Indians, as well as Spanish conquistadors - look like outright saints (which they were, for the most part).

Sviatoslav said...

"They treated us like a colony" - Russia is a colony. A resource appendage of China and the West. This is what happens when you rely on oil and gas like South Confederates relied on slaves and cotton. Besides, didn't Russian oligarchs colonize all the Western countries with their yachts, villas, planes and cars?

"The US is the only country that used nuclear weapons" - and Russia's stupid enough to try and threaten it with nukes. "It continues to occupy other countries" - unlike Russia, US troops quickly leave when asked. "Creation of biological weapons" - I think Vladimir confuses US with China. "Die by the thousands to reach Europe" - and nobody asks why they aren't trying to go to Russia or Africa? Oh, sorry. There's no wealth or civilization to be found there. "They are exporting grain from Ukraine" - says the guy blockading the exports to the poorest countries?

"Pushing Europe towards deindustrialization" - well, there's always more oil and gas. South Arabia could step up - Qatar nearly did by trying to build a pipe... Oh, wait, magically, there's a war in Syria suddenly and with a Russian presence, too! What a magnificent coincidence! Crimean projected oil reserves and Yuzivka were mentioned right in 2013... Oh wait, another magical Russian presence! Why Putin won't come out and proudly say that Gasprom is his personal piggy bank and, so, no Arabs or Ukrainians will be allowed to undermine it and Putin's oligarch lifestyle? If a pipe from Qatar were to be built and Yuzivka and Crimean reserves were tapped... How would Alexei "Cashier" Miller would write blank checks to Putin and his close friends?

"But the Anglo-Saxons" - note the racism. The last guy to separate Europeans into different racial categories was Hitler. "Law of the fist" - tell that to Chechnya, Afghanistan, Georgia and, now, Ukraine. US fist is a boxing glove - hits hard to the head, but there's rules in the ring, you don't bleed out and are resuscitated by the referees and ring doctors. Russian fist is that of a brassknuckle-wielding racketeer gopnik - you might get your eyes crushed, you might lose liters of blood and die in a gutter, forgotten by all (as Siberian peoples can attest to).

"Most states refuse to salute" - yep, which is why the only overt allies Russia has are Eritrea, Belarus and North Korea) Even Xi hung out former comrades out to dry - after all, the Middle Kingdom won't be carrying the loads of northern barbarians on it's shoulders. "Notorious concept of exceptionalism" - just earlier in the speech... "Russia is a great thousand-year-old power, a whole civilization, and it is not going to live by such makeshift, false rules", "...is our common destiny and thousand-year history", "The battlefield to which destiny and history have called us is a battlefield for our people, for the great historical Russia". Indeed, impudence is the substitute for happiness.

"But people cannot be fed with printed dollars and euros. You can't feed them with those pieces of paper, and the virtual, inflated capitalization of western social media companies can't heat their homes." - heat Buryatia and Tuva first, idiot. Samolva still doesn't have proper gas and electricity, despite being a historic settlement where Nevsky won against the Teutonic Order (which is a shame, as the history went the other way around, Samolva would have gas and electricity). And that's Russian territory. "Can't feed them with those pieces of paper" - you can't feed them with air either, but schoolchildren in Kemerovo already have plenty of experience with that thanks to Russia's non-existent welfare) Besides, hadn't those "pieces of paper" resulted in humanitarian aid for Russia? European bread surely went down in the Russian throat and not up during the 90's, right?

Sviatoslav said...

"Do we want to have here, in our country, in Russia, “parent number one, parent number two and parent number three” (they have completely lost it!) instead of mother and father? Do we want our schools to impose on our children, from their earliest days in school, perversions that lead to degradation and extinction? Do we want to drum into their heads the ideas that certain other genders exist along with women and men and to offer them gender reassignment surgery? Is that what we want for our country and our children? This is all unacceptable to us. We have a different future of our own." - different future? Try Russia in 1917, when Bolsheviks abolished marriage. And when you trace the developments of modern Western Marxist idiocy... Soviets/Russians always end up as originators. Plus, an atheistic cultures of divorces, single mom-hood and husbands dying of alcoholism bears close resemblance to the American nigger ghettoes, where alcohol is substituted for guns, weed and SDT's.

"Russian patriot Ivan Ilyin" - you mean the guy that defended Hitler? And fled to Switzerland? Vladimir Vladimirovich... You indeed have a gift for finding just the things that condemn Russia. I applaud you.

"The truth is with us, and behind us is Russia!" - the truth is near Russia, alright, but it sits in a prison and is anally raped by FSB with broomsticks. The truth that sticks to Russia like mazut was shot at Kremlin bridge with four shots to the back (still unsolved), died from blunt force trauma to the head in Washington DC, died from an irradiated cup of tea, died after publishing "Putin's Russia", "suicided" in Berkshire (despite surviving such things as a bomb that decapitated a chauffeur, was killed in a drive-by, killed by a gunshot right in front of it's Moscow apartment... You name it. Truth lies with Russia's dissidents - Alexei Navalny. Boris Nemtsov. Mikhail Lesin. Alexander Litvinenko. Anna Politkovskaya. Boris Berezovskyi. Paul Klebnikov. Sergei Yuschenkov. So may Russia finally acknowledge the real Russians who tried to make it something more than an oligarchic Mongolo-Tatar autocracy and cast away it's worship of Soviet tyranny, fear and lies. Pax vobiscum!

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

I've published your last disertation on this thread, Sviatoslav. You've had your say and plenty of it. You seem to be claiming to speak for everyone in Ukraine both those who speak Russian and those who don't. I doubt if that's true.

At any rate, you'll have to be content with what you've already said, because, as I said, I'm not publishing any more of your dissertations. Start your own blog.

Anonymous said...

Mary Ann why allow comments if you are only going to select comments you agree with?
'Start your own blog'? Why not manage your current ( gift from God) blog' in a more CHRISTIAN manner?
Oh, I hope Susan's TRAILER PARK domicile survired that horrible hurricane 😂

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Are you serious, Anonymous? I've posted every comment except from a regular troll whom I've banned. How many essays do I have to post from Sviatoslav to act in a "more Christian manner?" I don't have the time to read all that for moderation.

As for being a Christian, your snide remark implying that Susan is "trailer park trash" is as unChristian as you can get, especially with the ROTFL emoji which puts to the lie your "hope" that Susam's "domicile survived the horrible hurricane."

We actually have a very nice trailer park outside of Woodstock where I live and I may know some of the folks who live there. I don't examine people's homes before admitting them to my circle of friends and acquaintances. "All our welcome" as long as they behave themselves and act with courtesy. Your comment certainly exhibited little of that.

Aqua said...

Anonymous@9:42 is the definition of Troll. Trolls are hazardous to your mental and spiritual health.

They are getting easier for me to spot, now that I’m aware they are a thing … they are not always human either.

Sviatoslav said...

Mary, I never claimed to speak for anybody else but myself and the cold, hard history that's known (or, rather, ought to be known) by all of us - when I speak about the thoughts of fellow Ukrainians, I simply offer a sampling of the general attitude towards Russia that I'm encountering all over Ukraine. Also, I couldn't help but notice that there are no Ukrainians (with the exception of me) speaking at all here in order to either confirm or deny your take on what's happening. Besides, the majority of the people I know do say the same things - I know plenty of people, from relatives that survived the tender mercies of Soviet system to Anti-Terrorist Operation vetarans (a lot of them are my current colleagues) and, now, even refugees from Mariupol (my current boss, Igor, is from there - he worked at Azovstal'), Zaporizhzhya and Kharkiv (some of whom even admitted that they shouted "Putin, come save us!" before the war and rockets that knocked down their flats). All in all... This concludes the oft-unappreciated historical lesson - that Russian militarism is simply the re-branded Prussian one (yet without Germanic efficiency).

Susan Matthiesen said...

I can assure Anonymous @ 9:42 that I don't live in a trailer park. He will also be disappointed to know that there was no damage whatsoever to our home and only leaves and twigs in the yard.

Anonymous said...

This Week in the World Affairs Brief
PUTIN’S CULTURE WAR WITH THE WEST
As part of Vladimir Putin’s speech last week announcing the annexation of conquered areas in Ukraine, he also launched a verbal attack on the West slamming the corruption of traditional values including gender norms and called it a perversion of religion and outright Satanism. I’m not going to disagree with that, except to say that these opinions are held by a vocal minority bolstered by the conspiring establishment media, leftist public education, and globalist political leadership. Putin proceeded in his speech to pretend that he represents a higher moral and Christian standard, but as I will review today, Putin is at the head of one of Satan’s conspiratorial centers of power by representing Russia after the phony “Fall” of Communism (the other two are the Western globalists and the Chinese Communists). This speech is but the latest posturing by Putin pretending to be the champion of God, family, and traditional values in a fight against the Western globalists. As part of this strategy, Russia has been spending huge amounts of money on alternative news broadcasts in English with anti-globalist content and subtle pro-Russian propaganda catered to conservatives in the US to convince us that Putin is on our side. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, it’s all a continuation of the grand deception of the “fall” of Communism and conservatives in the US are falling for it hook line and sinker. Both sides are attacking each other but only telling half of the story—the other side’s sins.

Aqua said...

Best analysis I’ve seen on the current issue, from a blogger named Serge. He has a pretty cool “Substack” library as well. In sum: this current shift is nothing more than patient military positioning in a battle one side is taking serious as death, while the other side postures for press photos and articles. In

- quote -

“We will find out which interpretation is the correct one in the coming months....

"There are really only two ways to interpret what is happening. One is the western spin: the Russian army is defeated and depleted and is being driven from the field. Putin is deranged, his commanders are incompetent, and Russia’s only card left to play is to throw drunk, untrained conscripts into the meat grinder.

The other is the interpretation that I have advocated, that Russia is massing for a winter escalation and offensive, and is currently engaged in a calculated trade wherein they give up space in exchange for time and Ukrainian casualties. Russia continues to retreat where positions are either operationally compromised or faced with overwhelming Ukrainian numbers, but they are very careful to extract forces out of operational danger. In Lyman, where Ukraine threatened to encircle the garrison, Russia committed mobile reserves to unblock the village and secure the withdrawal of the garrison. Ukraine’s “encirclement” evaporated, and the Ukrainian interior ministry was bizarrely compelled to tweet (and then delete) video of destroyed civilian vehicles as “proof” that the Russian forces had been annihilated.

Russia will likely continue to pull back over the coming weeks, withdrawing units intact under their artillery and air umbrella, grinding down Ukrainian heavy equipment stocks and wearing away their manpower. Meanwhile, new equipment continues to congregate in Belgorod, Zaporizhia, and Crimea. My expectation remains the same: episodic Russian withdrawal until the front stabilizes roughly at the end of October, followed by an operational pause until the ground freezes, followed by escalation and a winter offensive by Russia once they have finished amassing sufficient units.

There is an eerie calm radiating from the Kremlin. Mobilization is underway - 200,000 men are currently undergoing refresher training at ranges around Russia. Trainloads of military equipment continue to flood across the Kerch bridge, but Ukraine’s offensive plods on with no Russian reinforcements to be seen at the front. The disconnect between the Kremlin’s stoicism and the deterioration of the front are striking. Perhaps Putin and the entire Russian general staff really are criminally incompetent - perhaps the Russian reserves really are nothing but a bunch of drunks. Perhaps there is no plan.

Or perhaps, Russia’s sons will answer the call of the motherland again, as they did in 1709, in 1812, and in 1941.

As the wolves once more prowl at the door, the old bear rises again to fight." - Serge

- end quote -

This analysis makes sense, because it fits with the idea that Russia is led by adults who love their country and live in the long term, while America and its proxy-corruptostate Ukraine are led by children who hate their country and live in the short term world of personal gain. Russia knows their strengths and weaknesses and is rallying their forces under that which makes them strong: land mass, resources (they have them, we don’t) and bodacious winter weather that is coming fast - a nature-based meat grinder.

We get the headlines we want.
They get tactical and strategic advantages.
Ultimately - we will soon see a debacle like Afghanistan to the Nth power.

Leo D. Lion said...

I know it's not Christmas but I started the letter season early

Leo D. Lion said...

Lenten Season