Ukraine, 2-2-23

First, links to reports from the Moscow Times, the Associated Press, Tass, and Agence France-Presse; others are accessible by clicking on their names or initials below. Then, links to commentary and analysis from Consortium News, GlobalResearch, and Reuters. — MCM

   

Putin sends warning to West on 80th anniversary of Battle of Stalingrad. From the Moscow Times. Speaking during a ceremony today to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad, Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country is once again being threatened by German tanks. “Those who expect to win on the battlefield apparently do not understand that a modern war with Russia will be utterly different . . . READ MORE . . .

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EU officials visit Kyiv as Russia strikes civilian target, by Susie Blann | AP  KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Top European Union officials arrived in Kyiv on  today for talks with the Ukrainian government as rescue crews dug through the rubble of an apartment building in eastern Ukraine that was struck by a Russian missile, killing at least three people and wounding 21 others. The scene of devastation in the eastern Donetsk provincial city of Kramatorsk, where emergency workers spent the night searching for survivors after the missile hit late Wednesday . . . READ MORE . . .

   

How, not when: Lavrov lays out Russia’s priorities for ending Ukraine crisis. From Tass. MOSCOW — “All of us want this to be over,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said today, “but what matters here is not the timing, but the essence and the quality of the outcome that we could secure for our nation, for those people who want to remain part of Russian culture and who have for years been deprived of all things Russian by the Kiev junta with Western connivance.” READ MORE . . .

   

Moscow accuses West of aiming to destroy Russia. From AFP. MOSCOW — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov today accused the West of wanting to inflict a lasting defeat against Moscow and lashed out against EU chief Ursula von der Leyen as she visited Kyiv. “Ursula von der Leyen . . . said that the outcome of the war should be . . . READ MORE . . .

   

EU plans new Russia sanctions ahead of Ukraine war anniversary. From AFP. KYIV — The European Union plans to slap Russia with fresh sanctions by the anniversary of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen says on a visit to Kyiv. “We will introduce with our G7 partners an additional price cap on Russian petroleum products, and by the 24th of February . . . READ MORE . . .

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Germany risks forgetting its history, by Scott Ritter | Consortium News  Two days before Holocaust Remembrance Day last week, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, under heavy pressure from Washington and pro-war members of his own government, announced that Germany would send 14 Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks to Ukraine. He declared: “It is right that we act closely with our international partners to support Ukraine — financially, with humanitarian aid, but also . . . READ MORE . . .

   

A panicked empire tries to make Russia an ‘offer it can’t refuse, by Pepe Escobar | GlobalResearch  Realizing NATO’s war with Russia will likely end unfavorably, the U.S. is test-driving an exit offer. But why should Moscow take indirect proposals seriously, especially on the eve of its new military advance and while it is in the winning seat? Those behind the Throne are never more dangerous than when they have their backs against the wall. Their power . . . READ MORE . . .

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Analysis: Ukraine’s new weapon will force a Russian shift, by Mike Stone and Max Hunder | Reuters WASHINGTON/KYIV — With the United States expected to send a new longer-range weapon to Ukraine, it has answered President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s plea for rockets that can strike deep behind the front lines of the nearly year-long conflict with Russia. Now Russian forces will need to adapt or face potentially catastrophic losses. The new weapon, the Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB), will . . . READ MORE . . .

Peck, 2-1-23

The psychiatrist M. Scott Peck (1936 – 2005) is best known for his books, among them The Road Less Traveled, People of the Lie, and The Different Drum. He took short excerpts from the first and third of these and put them into a book of 366 daily thoughts called Meditations from the Road, published in 1993. The one for Feb. 1, from RLT, is reprinted just below, and then translated into Spanish and French. — MCM

   

A life of total dedication to the truth also means a life of willingness to be personally challenged. Accepting and even welcoming challenges to our maps of reality allow us to grow in wisdom and effectiveness.

   

Una vida de dedicación total a la verdad significa también una vida de disposición a ser retado personalemente. Aceptar y hasta acoger bien la oposición a nuestras mapas de realidad nos permitan a crecer en sabiduría y eficacia.

   

Une vie de dévouement complet à la vérité signifie aussi une vie de bonne volonté d’être defié personnellement. Accepter et même accueillir avec plaisir les defies à nos cartes de réalité permettent que nous croissions en sagesse et en efficacité.

Ukraine, 2-1-23

First, links to reports from the Associated Press, Tass, Agence France-Presse, and Reuters; others are accessible by clicking on their names or initials below. — MCM

   

War’s longest battle exacts high price in ‘heart of Ukraine, by Hanna Arhirova | The Associated Press  KYIV — Visitors used to browse through Bakhmut’s late 19th century buildings, enjoy walks in its rose-lined lakeside park and revel in the sparkling wines produced in historic underground caves. That was when the city in eastern Ukraine was a popular tourist destination. No more. The . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Artyomovsk not in operational encirclement yet – PMC Wagner founder. From Tass. MOSCOW — The founder of PMC Wagner Yevgeny Prigozhin has said that Artyomovsk (Ukrainian name – Bakhmut) today is not yet in the operational encirclement of Russian forces. “Operational encirclement implies . . . READ MORE . . .

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Russia slams Macron comments on Ukraine arms deliveries and warns Israel. From AFP. Russia today criticized comments by French President Emmanuel Macron, who refused this week to rule out delivering fighter jets to Ukraine, while warning against the risk of escalation. “Forgive me but this is absurd,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said at a press briefing. “Is the president . . . READ MORE . . .

   

U.S. to provide 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine amid Russian warnings. From AFP. The United States announced today that it would provide 31 Abrams tanks to help Ukraine repel Russia’s forces, mirroring a similar move announced earlier in the day by Germany and in spite of dire warnings against escalating the conflict from Moscow. The twin announcements . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Ukraine raids home of billionaire in war-time anti-corruption crackdown, by Tom Balmforth and Olena Harmash | Reuters  * Security services make sweeping raids before EU summit * Homes of billionaire, former interior minster searched * New U.S. weapons would nearly double Ukraine’s range * Ukrainian soldier says fighting Russian forces in Bakhmut | KYIV — Security services searched the home of one of Ukraine’s most prominent billionaires this moving against a figure once seen as President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s sponsor in what the authorities called a war-time anti-corruption purge. The action, days before a summit with the European Union, appears . . . READ MORE . . .

   

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Ukraine, 1-31-23

First, links to reports from National Public Radio, the Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France-Presse, and Tass; others are accessible by clicking on their names or initials below. — MCM

   

Ukraine’s defense minister hopes allies will supply his country with fighter jets. Reported by Joanna Kakissis | NPR  Ukraine’s defense minister says he’s optimistic Western allies will supply his country with advanced fighter jets, even as Ukrainian forces are poised to start training on tanks they’ve been promised.  Click HERE to listen and read.

   

Talk of fighter jets for Kyiv puts strains on Western unity, by Susie Blann | AP  KYIV — Ukraine’s push for fighter jets to help beat back Russia’s invasion force risks straining the unity of Ukraine’s Western allies, amid fears that the move could escalate the conflict and draw them deeper into the war. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov was due today in Paris where discussions . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Major new Russian assault in Ukraine unlikely to achieve breakthough, UK says, by Dan Peleschuk | Reuters * Biden says ‘no’ when asked about F-16s for Ukraine * Zelenskiy says Moscow seeks ‘revenge’ * UK says Russia assaults Vuhledar with at least a brigade * Russia’s gains this month biggest since mid-2022 | KYIV — A large Russian force has advanced hundreds of metres in a major new assault on a Ukrainian-held bastion in southeastern Ukraine this week, though it is unlikely to force a significant breakthrough there, Britain said today. Russian officials claimed the advance had secured a foothold in the coal-mining town . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Russia claims capture of village north of Bakhmut in Ukraine. From AFP. MOSCOW: The Russian military today claimed to have captured the village of Blagodatne north of the eastern Ukrainian town of Bakhmut that has been the epicentre of heavy fighting. The defence ministry said its forces “liberated the settlement of Blagodatne of the Donetsk . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Fighting near Artyomovsk ‘a real hell’ – Ukrainian officer. From Tass. KIEV — The deputy commander of the Svoboda battalion of Ukraine’s National Guard, Vladimir Nazarenko, has said that for five or six months attacks have continued non-stop in the Bakhmut area [the Ukrainian name of Artyomovsk]. “The weather is changing, which, by the way, greatly . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Norway to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine ‘as soon as possible.’ From AFP. KONGSBERG: Norway will send part of its fleet of German-made Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine “as soon as possible”, indicating perhaps late March, its defence minister said Monday. The country has 36 Leopard 2 tanks, but has not said how many . . . READ MORE . . .

   

NATO chief urges Seoul to send military support to Ukraine, by Kim Tong-Hyung | AP  SEOUL — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday called for South Korea to provide direct military support to Ukraine, saying Kyiv is in urgent need of weapons to fight off the prolonged Russian invasion. South Korea, a growing arms exporter with a well-equipped, U.S.-backed military, has . . . READ MORE . . .

   

The mayor of a Ukrainian city is in Washington looking for help to rebuild. Reported by Michele Kelemen | NPR  Reports of Russian atrocities in Bucha was a turning point in the war. It galvanized public opinion worldwide. Now, the city’s mayor is in Washington, D.C., asking for help as they try to rebuild. Click HERE to listen and, later, read.

   

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Ukraine, 1-30-23

First, links to reports from the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, Tass, National Public Radio, Reuters, and the New York Times; others are accessible by clicking on their names or initials below. — MCM

   

Russian shelling kills 5 in tough eastern Ukraine combat, by Susie Blann | AP  KYIV — Russian shelling killed at least five people and wounded 13 others during the previous 24 hours, Ukrainian authorities said today, as the Kremlin’s and Kyiv’s forces remained locked in combat in eastern Ukraine ahead of renewed military pushes that are expected when the weather improves. The casualties included . . . READ MORE . . .

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France, Australia to supply Ukraine with 155mm shells: Minister. From AFP.  France and Australia will supply Ukraine with “several thousand 155mm shells to be manufactured jointly” for artillery pieces provided by the West since Russia’s invasion, defense ministers Sebastian Lecornu and Richard Marles said today. “Several . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Kremlin vows to continue military operation despite Western weapons supplies to Kiev. From Tass. MOSCOW — The West has been encouraging Ukraine in its demands for more weapons, and this has led to a major escalation, with NATO countries getting increasingly involved in the conflict, while this cannot change the course of events, and the special military operation will march on, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said today. Commenting . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Ukraine’s fight against corruption. Michel Martin of NPR speaks with Ambassador Julianne Smith, U.S. permanent representative to NATO, about anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine. Click HERE to listen and read.

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Pro-Kremlin activists in Germany gave money for Russian army gear, by Maria Tsvetkova and Mari Saito | Reuters  A group of pro-Russian activists in Germany donated funds to a Russian army division fighting in Ukraine, and the money was used to purchase walkie-talkie radios, headphones and telephones, according to an officer in the division and messages from the group’s organisers . . . READ MORE . . .

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Russia, Ukraine battle for control of villages in east, by Matthew Mpoke Bigg | The New York Times Russian forces were wrestling for control of villages in eastern Ukraine near the beleaguered city of Bakhmut over the weekend, the latest flashpoint in a battle that Moscow views as crucial for its push to seize the whole of the eastern region of Donbas. Ukraine’s general staff said Sunday . . . READ MORE . . .

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Ukraine, 1-29-23

First, links to reports from Reuters, Agence France-Presse, Tass, and the Daily Hampshire Gazette; others are accessible by clicking on their names or initials below. Then, a link to commentary from Global Research. — MCM

   

Ukraine in talks with allies about getting long-range missiles, aide says, by David Ljunggren | Reuters Expedited talks are under way among Kyiv and its allies about Ukraine’s requests for long-range missiles that it says are needed to prevent Russia from destroying Ukrainian cities, a top aide to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Saturday. “To drastically reduce the Russian army’s key weapon — the artillery they use today on the front lines — we need missiles that will destroy . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Moscow says 14 killed in Ukraine strike on eastern hospital, Kyiv claims 3 dead in Russian strike. From AFP. Russia’s Defense Ministry on Saturday accused the Ukrainian army of striking a hospital in the eastern Luhansk region, leaving 14 dead and injuring 24 others. On Saturday morning in the town of Novoaidar, “the Ukrainian armed forces deliberately attacked the building of a district hospital with rockets of a U.S.-made HIMARS multiple launch . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Russian forces take control of Blagodatnoye settlement near Soledar – Wagner group. From Tass. MOSCOW — The Blagodatnoye settlement near Soledar in the DPR has come under control of Russia’s forces, Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of the Wagner private military company, said today. “The units of the Wagner PMC took Blagodatnoye. Blagodatnoye is under our control,” his press service quoted him . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Northampton protesters denounce sending U.S. tanks to Ukraine, by Alexander MacDougall | Daily Hampshire Gazette NORTHAMPTION, Massachusetts — Around 20 demonstrators gathered in front of the Northampton office of U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern on Thursday evening to protest the recent decision by the U.S. government to send M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine. Both Russia and Ukraine have said they are open to peace talks, but neither side is willing to accept the other’s terms, according to . . . READ MORE . . .

   

An elderly couple in Ukraine says their resilience is all about happiness. Reported by Elissa Nadworny | NPR  An elderly couple who survived a Russian air strike in a town on the front lines in Ukraine celebrate the electricity and water they once again have. Click HERE to listen and, sometime, read.

   

‘Sleeping with the Enemy, by Prof Michel Chossudovsky | Global Research  You cannot win a war against Russia when the second largest military power member state of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is “sleeping with the enemy.” Turkey is both a “NATO heavyweight” as well as a firm ally of the Russian Federation. The . . . READ MORE . . .

   

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Ukraine, 1-28-23

First, links to reports from National Public Radio, the Associated Press, Reuters, and Tass; others are accessible by clicking on their names or initials below. Then, analysis from a Berkshire Eagle  foreign affairs writer. — MCM

   

Pressures on Ukraine’s power grid pose a challenge to U.S. aid delivery. By Eric Schmid | NPR  Ukraine needs more than weapons to defeat Russia. The U.S. is also working frantically to provide infrastructure to help keep the lights on. Click HERE to listen and read.

   

Brutality of Russia’s Wagner gives it lead in Ukraine war. From AP.  Fierce battles in eastern Ukraine have thrown a new spotlight on Russia’s Wagner Group, a private military company led by a rogue millionaire with longtime links to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Wagner has . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Three killed in Russian strike on east Ukraine city. From Reuters. KYIV — Three people were killed and at least two others wounded after Russian forces struck a residential neighbourhood in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kostiantynivka, the regional governor said today. Pavlo Kyrylenko said four apartment buildings and a hotel had been damaged and . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Russian forces hit 86 Ukrainian army units at firing positions — Defense Ministry. From Tass. MOSCOW — Russian forces hit 86 Ukrainian army units at firing positions in the past day, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov said today. “Russian tactical aircraft, missile troops and artillery forces . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Russia’s new census could explain why Kremlin kidnaps Ukrainians, by James Brooke | The Berkshire Eagle  New Russian census data indicate that ethnic Russians have fallen to 72 percent of Russia’s 147 million people, well below the 80 percent usually touted by the Kremlin. Reflecting sensitivity over the nation’s shrinking Slavic . . . READ MORE . . .

   

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Ukraine, 1-27-23

First, links to reports from the Associated Press, Reuters, Tass, and Agence France-Presse; others are accessible by clicking on their names or initials below.  — MCM

   

Ukrainian presidency: 10 killed in latest Russian shelling, by Susie Blann | AP  KYIV — A new barrage of Russian shelling killed at least 10 Ukrainian civilians and wounded 20 others in a day, the office of Ukraine’s president said today as the country worked to recover from an earlier wave of Russian missile strikes and drone attacks. Regional officials . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Ukraine says fighting fierce after tank pledges, seeks more arms, by Tom Balmforth and Ivan Lyubysh-Kirdey | Reuters * Fighting intensifies in east Ukraine – Ukrainian officials * Ukraine says it needs more weapons, calls for sanctions * Western allies agreed this week to provide tanks * Russia says U.S. president holds key to ending fighting | KYIV— Ukraine on Friday battled Russian troops trying to pierce its lines in the east and northeast before Kyiv takes delivery of tanks from its Western allies, saying the fighting showed it needed more weapons to repel the invaders. Kyiv said fierce battles were under way, a day after . . . READ MORE . . .

   

NATO countries’ citizens must know that alliance is involved in standoff with Russia — MFA. From Tass. MOSCOW — The citizens of NATO’s member-states should understand that the bloc is completely involved in confrontation with Russia in Ukraine, “and this confrontation is growing,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said today. She recalled that German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, speaking . . . READ MORE . . .

   

Putin blasts ‘neo-Nazis’ in Ukraine on Holocaust Remembrance Day. From AFP. Russian President Vladimir Putin today repeated a claim that neo-Nazis were committing crimes in Ukraine — an allegation Moscow has used to justify its military intervention — as the world marked Holocaust Remembrance Day. “Forgetting the lessons of history leads to . . . READ MORE . . .

   

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9/11 truth, 1-27-23

Have you heard of the podcast “Unthinkable”? I didn’t think so. Click HERE to learn more by listening to and watching an interview recorded in the last week or so, which hit the Internet this week via the Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth website.* What follows first below is a news release for the interview. What follows second is a news release for one of AE911Truth’s running efforts to engage engineers, particularly structural engineers. — MCM

   

Julia Picicci of ‘Unthinkable’

“Host Andy Steele** is joined by activist Julia Picicci, who is the creator and host of Unthinkable—a video podcast providing evidence-based, inspirational, and motivational videos regarding the events of September 11th, 2001, and spotlighting the questions surrounding the fall of the WTC towers on that day. 

“In this episode Julia shares her fascinating story of being only 13 on 9/11 and, despite what the media told her in the days that followed, believing for years that explosives were used to take down the towers when, finally, the film “9/11 Explosive Evidence: Experts Speak Out” confirmed her suspicions. 

“Julia and Andy also discuss the obstacles and importance of spreading the WTC evidence and continuing the fight for 9/11 justice today and into the future.”

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Project Due Diligence

Project Due Diligence is a coordinated effort by a team of engineers around the world to engage the profession in performing its due diligence regarding the official reports on the three catastrophic building failures that occurred on September 11, 2001.

“As engineers, we have a legal responsibility to guard the public’s safety. Given the magnitude of the building failures at the World Trade Center, which resulted in greater loss of life than any other building failure in history, it is our duty to understand the official reports and to call for further investigation if those reports are not satisfactory.

“To facilitate this process of due diligence, we are giving our presentation to groups all over the world. At the conclusion of each presentation, we invite engineers to sign our petition and to join us in disseminating this information to the entire engineering profession.”

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* Alternatively, the interview’s presentation on YouTube, HERE, includes comments by some viewers.

** For more on Steele and his weekly program click HERE. (Two sections of the show’s website, however, may be mostly illegible on some computer screens.)

Ritter, 1-26-23

The article that begins below was published yesterday by Consortium News. See also today’s Ukraine, 1-26-23, from earlier today. — MCM

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The nightmare of NATO equipment being sent to Ukraine

By Scott Ritter | Consortium News

Early on the morning of May 2, 1945, General Vasily Chuikov, the commander of the Soviet 8thGuards Army, accepted the surrender of the German garrison of Berlin.

Two days prior, soldiers from the 150th Rifle Division, part of the Soviet 5th Shock Army, had raised the victory banner of the Red Army over the Reichstag. An hour after the banner went up, Adolf Hitler and his mistress, Eva Braun, committed suicide in his study inside the Furhrerbunker.

Chuikov, the hero of Stalingrad whose battered 62nd Army was renamed the 8th Guards Army in honor of their victory in holding that city in the face of a massive German onslaught, had led his troops into the heart of the Nazi capital, battling stubborn Nazi resistance in the Tiergarten district of Berlin, where the den of the Nazi beast was located. The Soviet general was rewarded for the courage and sacrifice of his soldiers by being in position to accept the German surrender.

In honor of this accomplishment, and the sacrifice it entailed, the Soviet Army inaugurated, in November 1945, a commemorative monument along the Tiergarten. Constructed from red marble and granite stripped away from the ruins of Adolf Hitler’s Neue Reichskanzlei (New Imperial Chancellery), the monument, consisting of a concave colonnade of six joined axes flanked by Red Army artillery and a pair of T-34 tanks, with a giant bronze statue of a victorious Red Army soldier standing watch from the center pylon.

From 1945 until 1993, when the Russian Army withdrew from Berlin, Soviet guards stood guard over the monument. Since that time, the monument has been maintained according to the terms of the German Reunification Treaty of 1990, which brought West and East Germany together in the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Carved into the granite of the monument, in Cyrillic letters, is an inscription that reads “Eternal glory to the heroes who fell in battle with the German fascist occupiers for the freedom and independence of the Soviet Union.”

In a turn of events which must have Vasily Chuikov and the Soviet heroes to whom the Tiergarten war memorial was dedicated turning in their graves, the forces of fascism have once again reared their odious heads, this time manifested in a Ukrainian government motivated by the neo-Nazi ultra-nationalistic ideology of Stepan Bandera and his ilk.

Bandera and his murderous movement had been physically defeated by Soviet forces in the decade following the end of the Second World War. However, its ideology survived in a western Ukrainian diaspora formed from the survivors of that movement who found safe haven in West Germany (where Bandera himself settled until assassinated by the Soviet KGB in 1959); Canada (where Chrystia Freeland, the granddaughter of a former publisher of pro-Bandera propaganda, currently serves as deputy prime minister), and the United States (where the followers of Stepan Bandera have constructed a “heroes park” outside Ellenville, New York, including a bust of Bandera and other neo-Nazi Ukrainian ultra-nationalists.)

The ideology also survived in the shadows of the western Ukrainian districts that had been absorbed by the Soviet Union following the dismemberment of Poland in 1939, and later, after the reoccupation of these territories by Soviet forces in 1945.

CIA-funded political underground

Here, beginning in 1956, (following the de-Stalinization policies instituted by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in the aftermath of his “secret speech” to members of the Communist Party), thousands of members of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA)/Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists-Bandera (OUN-B), who had been arrested and convicted by Soviet authorities, were released from the Gulag and returned to their homes, ostensibly to be reintegrated into Soviet society. This reintegration never materialized, however.

Instead, Ukrainian fascists, funded by the C.I.A., operated as a political underground, running sabotage operations and . . . READ MORE . . . 

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Scott Ritter is a former U.S. Marine Corps intelligence officer who served in the former Soviet Union implementing arms control treaties, in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm and in Iraq overseeing the disarmament of WMD. His most recent book is Disarmament in the Time of Perestroika, published by Clarity Press.