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Warmonger Putin 'doesn't want peace', says expert rubbishing hopes of end to bloodshed




Putin’s plot to ‘stall’ Ukraine peace talks reveals Elisabeth Braw

Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, thousands of civilians and servicemen have died, millions of people have been displaced, and cities have been destroyed. One month after President Putin launched the biggest offensive in Europe since World War Two, David Patrikarako, journalist and author of War in 140 characters: how social media is reshaping conflict in the 21st century, argued peace talks are bound to go nowhere.

He said: “I honestly can’t remember the number of times I’ve written about Russian peace talks. I could try to look it up, but I suspect it would only depress me.”

Mr Patrikarako’s take comes after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for global protests to demand an end to Russia’s attacks on his country on Wednesday, March 23.

Addressing viewers in English, he said: “Come from your offices, your homes, your schools and universities, come in the name of peace.

“Come with Ukrainian symbols to support Ukraine, to support freedom, to support life. Say that people matter. Freedom matters. Peace matters. Ukraine matters.”

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President Putin does ‘not want a way out’ of war, author David Patrikarako says (Image: Getty)

Western leaders are gathering in Brussels on Thursday, March 24, at a NATO summit where they are expected to agree on overhauling the eastern defences of the US-led military alliance.

Ahead of the summit, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg labelled Putin’s war a miscalculated move that did not take into account the resistance Ukrainians would show.

He said: “President Putin has made a big mistake and that is to launch a war against an independent sovereign nation. He has underestimated the strength of the Ukrainian people, the bravery of the Ukrainian people and their armed forces.”

The NATO chief added leaders would “address the need for a reset of our deterrence and defence in the longer term” – starting with agreeing on new deployments to eastern members Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Bulgaria.

Russian losses in Ukraine

Russia’s struggles in Ukraine are becoming increasingly evident (Image: Daily Express)

The alliance’s commitment to ramp up support for Mr Zelensky’s men comes amid increasingly obvious struggles on the Kremlin’s side, as the path to victory is proving tougher than Putin’s team had seemingly expected.

On Wednesday, NATO estimated 7,000 to 15,000 Russian troops have been killed in the four weeks of war.

For comparison, Russia lost about 15,000 soldiers over 10 years in Afghanistan.

The figures, a senior NATO military official speaking on condition of anonymity said, are based on information from Ukrainian authorities, Russian information — released intentionally or not — and intelligence collected from open sources.

As per Ukraine’s General Staff of Armed Forces, Russia has also lost 530 tanks, 1,597 armoured vehicles, 108 planes, 124 helicopters and 50 drones.

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Destroyed Retroville shopping mall in Kyiv

Destruction in Kyiv during Europe’s biggest offensive since World War Two (Image: Getty)

According to Mr Patrikarako, the fact “the war is going badly for Moscow” is hard to ignore.

He wrote in a piece on UnHerd: “Wherever I look I see talk of Russian overreach, of Russian losses and Ukrainian successes.”

However, he does not see that as a driver for it to end, adding: “Do this and there is a way out. What bothers me is that Moscow doesn’t want one.”

Speaking of a potential stalemate, the author said the prospect of it “worries” him.

He said: “We need to understand that this is not a 21st-century but a 20th-century conflict.

“What was World War I if not years of stalemate punctuated by periods of intense, incontinent violence? Stalemates can last a long time and claim the lives of millions.”

And the Kremlin is aware of this, Mr Patrikarako thinks, adding that Moscow usually “rearms, regroups and betters its chances” during what it calls peace talks.

He said: “I think it’s negotiating in bad faith once again. It can afford to have its conscripts chewed up in Ukraine.”

At the time of his start assessment, Putin’s forces considerably stepped up its air attacks, with more than 250 flights registered in 24 hours, the Ukrainian military’s general staff has said.

According to the authorities, that is 60 more flights than the day before – with the surrounding areas of Kyiv, Chernihiv, and Kharkiv the main targets.



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'This is huge' Swedish Air Force jet deployed over Belarus border in threat to Putin




The Scandinavian country is not a member of NATO, but could be ready to trade in its neutral status in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

News of Stockholm’s decision to send a jet was revealed by twitter user Jamming.

They wrote: “Swedish Air Force Korpen active over Poland border area with Belarus.

“Sweden part of surveillance of Belarus and Ukraine!!!

“This is a huge political statement! Update on SwAF Korpen.”


The Gulfstream IV aircraft was tracked taking off from Linking airport and then flying towards the city of Grodno in western Belarus.

It was flying at an altitude of just under 12,000 metres at a speed of 836 kilometres per hour.

Although Sweden is not a NATO member, it is an “enhanced opportunity partner” of the military alliance.

The government also signed a statement in 2018 pledging to strengthen its defence cooperation.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson rejected calls by opposition parties earlier this month for the country to join NATO.

She argued that such a move would further destabilise Europe.

Her statement came in the wake of threats from Moscow that NATO membership would bring “serious military-political consequences” for Sweden.

However, there is growing public support among Swedes for their country to join the transatlantic military alliance.

A poll conducted in late February by broadcaster SVT found that 41 percent of the public supported NATO membership, while thirty-five percent were against.

It was the first time an opinion study in Sweden had found more people in favour of the country joining NATO than were against it.



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Putin humiliated: Russia tries and fails to capture defiant Ukraine village for tenth time




Russia has tried and failed to capture the village of the Chornobaevka ten times, according to Ukrainian presidential adviser Aleksey Arestovich. Videos shared by Ukrainian officials online showed the “tenth defeat of the Russian invaders in Chornobaevka”. The continued failures to capture the village comes as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said last night that his country’s forces had “dealt powerful blows” to the Russian military.

Mr Arestovich told a press conference that Russian troops had tried to take Chornobaevka for the tenth time, but the assault again ended in failure.

Following this, the head of the nearby Mykolaiv Regional State Administration Vitaly Kim published a video showing “the defeat” as explosions erupt on the outskirts of the village.

The resolute village has become famous in Ukraine for its defence, as President Zelensky commended Chornobaivka last weekend for fending off six invasions at the time.

He said: “Ukrainian Chornobaivka will go down in war history. This is a place where the Russian military and their commanders have shown themselves for who they truly are – incompetent, capable of simply handing over their people for slaughter.

“Our military has annihilated the invaders near Chornobaivka six times.

“Six times, yet they keep coming back.”

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Online users ridiculed the latest Russian failures and hailed the Ukrainian defiance, with one Reddit user remarking: “At some point, I think every military intelligence outfit looking at this must be wondering how bad the rot is in the Russian military.”

One user visavillem added: “So this is the 10th time. Are Russians trying to bait Ukrainians to waste ammo with some obsolete/broken equipment, or are they really so stupid, that they keep stepping on the same rake again and again?”

Another user on Reddit adfgqert posted: “The Ukrainian people have resolve and determination that is beyond what I think is normal.

“Beyond inspirational and they bring fighting for what they believe in to a new level for me.” 

This comes amid ongoing setbacks for Russian military forces in the south of the country.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Russia had withdrawn most of its helicopters from a strategic airport in Kherson, in southern Ukraine, according to satellite images.

Kherson has also been the site of several local protests against the occupying Russian soldiers.

The official said: “We can’t corroborate exactly who is in control of Kherson but the point is, it doesn’t appear to be as solidly in Russian control as it was before.

“That would make it very, very difficult for them to make any kind of ground movement on Odesa.

“That would be a significant development, no question about that, in terms of the southern part of the war.” 


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