Europe: Russia To Suspend Natural Gas Supplies To Poland

by H. Haverstock, The Chicago Times

April 27, 2022

WARSAW – According to the Polish government, Moscow has decided to suspend natural gas to Poland since the Polish government will not pay in Russian rubles, which is required by Russian sanctions imposed in response to sanctions imposed by western allied nations.

Russian (nee Soviet) state run Gazprom, Russia’s largest source of gas, notified the Polish government that gas supplies will be cutoff starting Wednesday unless payment is made in Russian rubles.

The Polish government, which staunchly supports Ukraine’s fight against Russian aggression, declared that Poland is prepared to make do and would never again live under the Russian yoke of tyranny.  Poland has been developing its own source of liquefied natural gas and a partnership with Norway for natural gas supplies.  According to a government source in Poland, Poland will not become dependent on Russian gas as Germany has decided to do.

Biden Rejects Poland’s MiG-29 Fighter Jet Transfer To Ukraine Air Force

By Harold W. Reid, The Chicago Times

March 8, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration rejected a Polish offer to transfer MiG-29 fighter jets to the depleted Ukrainian air force.

According to the Pentagon, the Polish offer involved the transfer of Russian made MiG-29 aircraft to Ramstein Air Base in Germany where the aircraft would be turned over to the US Air Force for transfer to Ukrainian forces.  However, a Pentagon spokesman said “. . . the prospect of flying combat aircraft from NATO territory into the war zone raises serious concerns for the entire NATO alliance.”

NATO has explicitly stated that it does not want direct conflict with Russian combatants, which could trigger a nuclear war, testing and if not busting the Cold War doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction.  Historically, the major nuclear armed powers have pledged to use their weapons as a deterrence rather than as an offensive First Strike weapon.

Poland, historically bullied by Russian aggression, has pledged to support neighboring Ukraine with defensive weapons.  However, with the possibility of Russian forces being on the Polish border if Ukraine falls, Poland said it would no act as a direct party in the transfer of offensive weapons, such as the MiG-29, to Ukraine.  Polish officials may be taking Russian President Vladimir Putin’s warning that any nation supporting Ukrainian forces via air bases outside the war zone would be considered active belligerents in the “special” military operation undertaken by Russia.

The Pentagon has announced that two Patriot missile batteries have been moved to Poland to counter any possible Russian (nee Soviet) aggression to Polish/NATO airspace.  The MIM-104 Patriot missile is a surface-to-air missile (SAM) system used by the United States Army and allied nations.

Western Allies To Sanction Putin On A Personal Level

By The Chicago Times Staff

February 25, 2022

BRUSSELS – The United States, Great Britain, the European Union announced Friday they will sanction President Vladimir Putin and his foreign minister for their roles in the Ukrainian invasion.

According to the Biden administration, the U.S. government will levy individual sanction of Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov.  In conjunction with the U.S. sanctions, the European Union and Great Britain announced plans to freeze Putin’s assets located within their jurisdiction.

Ukrainian ambassador to the U.S., Oksana Markarova, told reporters that the individual sanction imposed on Putin and Lavrov was the right decision.  Markarova added “It was President Putin’s decision to attack Ukraine.”

In response to Western sanctions, Putin has banned British flights within Russian airspace.  Putin has also ordered a restriction on Meta-Facebook operations in the country since several Russian backed media sources had their accounts restricted on Facebook.

RUSSIA BRINGS WAR TO EUROPE AS INVASION OF UKRAINE UNFOLDS

By H. Haverstock, The Chicago Times

February 24, 2022

KIEV – Russian military forces brutally invaded Ukraine on Thursday, starting with a volley of deadly airstrikes on military bases and cities.  Russia has strategically invaded on three fronts hoping to swallow Ukraine whole or force a surrender.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion on the grounds that Ukraine has always been part of Greater Russia from the Romanovs and the Soviet era.  Despite worldwide shaming and a growing number of sanctions, Putin has also threatened to use nuclear weapons against any foreign power that interferes with Russian goals in Ukraine and perhaps beyond.  It has also been noticed that Communist China has been silent on Russian aggression, leading many experts to assume an invasion of Taiwan is in the works.

Ukrainian military forces been hit with multiple Russian missile strikes that are targeting military defenses and command and control centers.  It is expected once Russia has control of the airspace a full-scale invasion will commence to seize major cities in hopes of forcing out the current government in favor of a Russian puppet regime.

According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy “Russia has embarked on a path of evil, but Ukraine is defending itself and won’t give up its freedom”

Ukrainian officials have announced that 147 soldiers have been killing, included all border guards on Zmiinyi Island in southern Ukraine after Russian forces seized the island.  It has also been reported that 320 civilians have been wounded.  It is expected that casualties will mount as the Russians burn through Ukraine.

In Kiev, frightened civilians are huddling in subways stations to avoid possible Russian airstrikes on the Ukrainian capital.

NATO has put its air defenses on high alert and has activated its defense plans which will allow for rapid deployment in all NATO member countries.  It has been rumored that Putin plans further attacks in Europe after he takes Ukraine, perhaps the Czech Republic, Poland, or the Baltic States.

NATO: RUSSIA PLANNING FULL SCALE ATTACK ON UKRAINE

By H. Haverstock, The Chicago Times

February 22, 2022

BRUSSELS — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg believes there is strong evidence that Russian forces are planning a full-scale attack on Ukraine.

Stoltenberg said in a statement “Every indication is that Russia is still planning a full-scale attack on Ukraine.”

Stoltenberg’s remarks come just one day after Russian President Vladimir Putin recognize the independence of two Russian-backed breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine, and then declared Russian forces were performing a peacekeeping mission in the Donbas region.

According to NATO, there is strong evidence that Russian forces had already invaded Ukraine on Putin’s orders.  Intelligence reports have estimated that 150,000 troops have gathered along Ukraine’s border in Russia, Belarus, occupied Crimea, and Donbas.

“Moscow has now moved from covert attempts to destabilize Ukraine to overt military action.  Many units are deployed forward in combat formations.  They’ve broken out of their field camps and are ready to strike.” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement.

Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States will target financial institutions linked to the Kremlin and continue to assist Ukraine in defending itself by providing military equipment and financial support, according to NATO.  However, since Ukraine is not a NATO member, the NATO alliance will not deploy forces to Ukraine.

Russia Claims It Will Not Start War With Ukraine

By The Chicago Times Staff

January 28, 2022

MOSCOW – The Russian Foreign Minister declared that Moscow will not be the one to start a war over Ukraine.

The Biden administration has warned the Ukraine government that a Russian invasion is possible by February.  However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has been put on record saying “There won’t be a war as far as it depends on the Russian Federation, we don’t want a war. But we won’t let our interests be rudely trampled on and ignored.”

Russia has demanded that Ukraine be permanently barred from joining NATO and act as a buffer state between the NATO nations and the Russian Federation.  In an effort to force through these demands by threat of war, Moscow has strategically placed over 100,000 troops along the Ukraine-Russian border.

NATO has formally rejected Russian demands yet has left a diplomatic window open that can begin the de-escalation process.  However, Moscow has cemented its stance that Ukraine must never become a NATO member and has not taken “invasion” off the table.  Though the Russian troop placement is still being labelled a “military exercise”, it is a clear message that Russia will not permit an expansion of the NATO alliance.

The United States and western allies have promised that a Russian invasion will result in punitive sanctions against Russian officials and Russian industry.  Russian officials have said that the implementation of sanctions would amount to severing diplomatic ties.