Ukrainian chronicle: The prospects of peace will be closer when the flood of weapons would stop

12:28 10.02.2023 • Vladimir Kozin , Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Military Sciences

- Russia permanent representative to the UN Vassily Nebenzia has called on the West to stop using Ukrainians in a “proxy war” that actually has turned into a direct combined armed aggression of Ukraine and NATO against Russia. The West is only prolonging the bloodshed in Ukraine by supplying Kiev with weapons and waging a proxy war against Moscow, Vassily Nebenzia said on February 7. The statement came the same day US President Joe Biden vowed in Congress to support Ukraine for “as long as it takes.”

“The prospects of peace will be closer when the flooding of Ukraine with weapons stops… and when they realistically listen to our concerns,” Nebenzia told reporters at a press conference in NYC. He urged Ukraine’s Western backers to stop “using Ukrainians to wage a proxy war against us.”

Asked by a reporter if a peaceful resolution to the conflict could happen in 2023, the diplomat replied: “We all hope for peace.”

- The report on Washington's involvement in the explosions at Nord Streams of investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has once again pointed to the need for an open international investigation into the incidents and punishment for those responsible, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on February 9.

Seymour Hersh, a Pulitzer Prize winner, published a report saying that US Navy divers during NATO Baltops Naval exercises in the summer of 2022 planted high explosives to destroy the Nord Stream pipelines, which Norway activated three months later. According to the report, US President Joe Biden decided to sabotage the Nord Streams after more than nine months of secret discussions with the US national security team.

"The appearance of such materials once again shows the need for an open international investigation of this unprecedented attack on critical infrastructure, international critical infrastructure. It is impossible to leave this without revealing the perpetrators and without their punishment," Peskov told reporters.

It is remarkable for the depth of analysis, the official put it, noting that it would be at least unfair to ignore it, especially for such a country as Germany, which, in fact, as a result of this terrorist act, was deprived of a very important energy facility.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov at a press conference on February 9 in Moscow has warned the USA about unspecified consequences for this action despite prompt denial from Washington.

On December 22, 2022 President Vladimir Putin has labelled the explosion as the act of “state terrorism”.

- ‘President Vladimir Zelensky has brought Ukraine to destruction in the name of Western interests because he is too incompetent and ambitious to govern it properly,’ well-known opposition leader Viktor Medvedchuk recently wrote.

Zelensky “failed to put the nation in order, and found that blaming Russia rather than his own incompetence for the problems” was easier. The polls at 2020 showed a decline in the popularity of Zelensky’s party, and likely defeat in the next presidential election. An escalation of tensions with Russia and later open hostilities launched by Kiev’s regime saved Zelensky’s career. “The country was plunged into a fire for the inflated ego of this man,” - he wrote.

Medvedchuk formerly led the largest opposition political party in Ukraine, now banned, called as ‘Opposition Platform – For Life’ party which won the second largest number of parliamentary seats in Ukraine’s 2019 elections. Zelensky first placed Medvedchuk under home arrest, then sent him to a “dungeon” run by SBU or Ukrainian Security Service, where the opposition politician said he was exposed to “constant psychological pressure and humiliation.”

Medvedchuk now lives in exile in Russia after being arrested in Ukraine under false convictions, and later has been exchanged for some Ukrainian POW. Medvedchuk still considers himself a Ukrainian citizen and lawmaker, and is building a team of like-minded people to represent those he claims are suppressed by the current government in Kiev. He advocates closer ties with Russia and rejected Kiev’s pro-NATO stance.

The actual role of the Ukrainian president is to work against the interests of his own nation and Europe's, considering the price it pays for the Ukraine conflict, Medvedchuk stated. Ukraine has “already lost,” and soon this reality will catch up with Zelensky.

Today’s Ukraine violates every provision of its own Constitution, Medvedchuk argued, and “ceased to be independent and sovereign” after the February 2014 coup, when it “passed completely under external control of the West.”


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