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[l] at 2/28/24 3:46am
Lyndon Johnson famously resigned from contention for the Presidency during the 1968 election. This is – today – widely believed to have been due to the burgeoning campaign of one Robert F. Kennedy which threatened to embarrass Johnson during the Democratic Primary. I wish this story were true.

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[l] at 2/28/24 3:35am
Ukrainians are fleeing the cities that could be taken by the Russian army. Apartment prices have already dropped by as much as 50 percent in Kharkiv. Housing sales have increased in Odessa as well, even if compared to 2022. "People leave Kharkiv. They move to other regions of Ukraine or go abroad and sell their apartments at a discount of up to 50 percent. This is due to the expectation that Russia will sooner or later take over the city. Many also fear the monstrous mobilisation law that has been adopted in the country,” a realtor who fled Ukraine but still runs an agency in the county told 3MV. "I have never seen such a deep crisis on the Kharkiv real estate market. Prices have hit the lowest, and apartments are so cheap because sellers understand that they are not coming back there," the agent said.

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[l] at 2/27/24 9:30am
Moscow producer and businessman Pyotr Gavrilov died after undergoing surgery at the clinic of famous plastic surgeon Timur Khidarov. The man died 10 days after undergoing gastric bypass surgery at Dr. Khidarov's IQ Plastique facility. According to Mash Telegram channel, Gavrilov underwent surgery on February 17, after which he was discharged from the clinic and sent home. Three days later, the man felt unwell. On February 20, he called an ambulance and complained of pain in the chest and abdomen. He also told doctors that he had difficulty breathing. The producer refused hospitalisation and his condition deteriorated soon afterwards. He fell into a coma and died.

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[l] at 2/27/24 8:50am
A court in Grozny issued a verdict in the high-profile case of 19-year-old resident of Volgograd Nikita Zhuravel, who on May 4, 2023 recorded a video of him burning the Quran in front of a mosque in Volgograd. Announcing the verdict, judge Dandaev noted that Zhuravel was found guilty of two counts of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation: insulting the feelings of believers in places intended for worship, hooliganism motivated by religious hatred committed by a group of persons by prior conspiracy. The young man was sentenced to three years and six months of imprisonment in a general regime colony.

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[l] at 2/27/24 6:54am
NATO has no plans to deploy troops on the Ukrainian territory, Jens Stoltenberg said. French President Emmanuel Macron earlier did not rule out a possibility to send Western military forces there. Moscow responded by saying that a conflict between Russia and the alliance would be inevitable in this case. NATO has no plans to send combat troops to Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told The Associated Press amid reports about alleged plans of a number of NATO member states to deploy their ground forces in the conflict zone. NATO allies have been providing unprecedented support to Ukraine since 2014, he said. This assistance has become much larger since the outbreak of the conflict in 2022, Stoltenberg noted.

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[l] at 2/27/24 6:49am
Men displaying long nails and hair, as well as men wearing makeup should be treated as individuals who violate public order and should be punished accordingly, Russian MP Alexander Khinshtein said, KP.ru said. Such looks make men demonstrate their affiliation with the prohibited movement. "A person will be punished not for long nails, but for demonstrating them, because a combination of all these things creates a completely specific image that leaves no doubt what kind of a person is standing in front of you,” Khinshtein reasoned.

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[l] at 2/27/24 4:00am
French President Emmanuel Macron does not exclude sending NATO troops to Ukraine for security in Europe and for Russia's defeat in the conflict. There is currently no consensus on the need to send NATO troops to the country, but nothing can be ruled out in the future, Macron added. He also added that such a possibility was discussed among the options at the conference for the support of Ukraine in Paris. Russia needs to be defeated in Ukraine to ensure security and stability in Europe, the French President said. The European Union agreed to create a "deep strike coalition,” which refers to the supply of medium- and long-range missiles to Kyiv.

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[l] at 2/26/24 9:28am
Top of the bat…I do not hate Ukrainians…Okay, excepting Cosplay. (You got me on that one, Dear Readers.) Otherwise? For the most part, while I tease, I feel the average Ukrainians are basically indoctrinated people who have been sold a bill of propaganda without really understanding the stakes of fighting.

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[l] at 2/26/24 9:09am
On February 26, disgruntled farmers rammed tractors into police barriers in Brussels. Agricultural producers continue to protest and cause unrest on city streets. To make their way to headquarters of the European Commission and the Council of Europe, protesters began to demolish and burn barricades. The governments of EU states spend billions on Ukraine and allocate almost nothing to the needs of the agricultural industry.

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[l] at 2/26/24 8:43am
Events in the zone of the special military operation are going to develop rapidly after the Russian Armed Forces took control of Avdiivka, Croatian publication Advance reports. "The brutality of the fighting and the lack of progress actually confirm the importance of taking Avdiivka, after which the situation will begin to develop rapidly,” the publication said. If the Ukrainian army receives neither military nor financial assistance from Western partners, Ukraine will start losing its territories in about a month. The Ukrainian troops will not be able to hold the defense line throughout the entire territory, so it may crumble.

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[l] at 2/26/24 8:14am
A Russian fighter with call sign Rassvet (Sunrise) destroyed an Abrams tank in the area of Avdiivka, the 15th Separate Guards Motorized Rifle Brigade said. This is the first Abrams tank that the Russian military destroyed in the special operation zone, adviser to the head of the Donetsk People's Republic Yan Gagin said, RIA Novosti reports. "Our military reported the destruction of the first Abrams in the Avdiivka area,” Gagin said.

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[l] at 2/26/24 7:44am
The Czech Republic shows excellent skills searching and delivering ammunition to Ukraine around the world and fears no revenge. Czech President Petr Pavel said at the Munich Security Conference that Prague would act as an intermediary for the delivery of "hundreds of thousands of artillery shells” to Ukraine. According to him, this can be done in weeks if partners in the USA, Germany, Sweden and other countries ensure appropriate funding. Pavel later said at a press conference that he did not foresee any problems with raising money for the purchase of ammunition.

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[l] at 2/26/24 6:53am
Germany is conducting secret negotiations with India to purchase Indian ammo for its subsequent transfer to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. It goes about hundreds of thousands of Indian shells. Similar negotiations on military assistance to Kyiv are also possible with Arab, Balkan and African countries that have large stocks of ammunition. According to Der Spiegel, the Indian authorities do not want to openly help Ukraine because India has a friendly relationship with Russia.

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[l] at 2/26/24 4:28am
British Foreign Secretary David Cameron said that Russian President Vladimir Putin should be outvoiced about the crisis in Ukraine. In order to do this, the West needs to provide even greater support for Kyiv and seize frozen Russian assets, Cameron believes. On February 24, on his account on X (formerly Twitter), Cameron published a short article that he penned with his Polih colleague Radoslaw Sikorski for The Sun. Cameron wrote that Putin needs to be shown his mistake regarding Ukraine. "Two years on from Russia's full-scale invasion, Putin believes he may yet eke out a win. Our job is to prove him wrong," David Cameron wrote.

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[l] at 2/22/24 9:17am
The Bundestag will give carte blanche to Chancellor Olaf Scholz to supply Taurus long-range missiles to Ukraine. It will be up to the stubborn and cautious Scholz to make the final decision.  SPD leaves decision on Taurus to Scholz Stern published an article expressing confidence that the death of Alexei Navalny* could prompt Chancellor Olaf Scholz to yield to the opinion of the ruling coalition and other Bundestag members and agree to send long-range Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine. The government coalition proposal from the SPD, Greens and FDP, which is due to be voted on this week in the Bundestag, says that the federal government should support Ukraine so that its territorial integrity is restored "to the fullest" within its internationally recognised borders.

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[l] at 2/22/24 7:43am
Russian President Vladimir Putin took the helm of the strategic missile carrier Tupolev Tu-160M Ilya Muromets. The plane took off from the runway of the Kazan Aviation Plant named after S. P. Gorbunov. The flight lasted for 30 minutes with pre-flight preparations taking about another 45 minutes. Earlier, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that Putin's flight would last up to 40 minutes. In response to a question about the flight route, the Kremlin spokesman said that it was a military secret. Before the president took off, reporters asked Peskov why Putin decided to board the plane at the Kazan airfield.

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[l] at 2/22/24 5:44am
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived at the runway of the Kazan Gorbunov Aviation Plant in Tatarstan to take a flight on board the Tu-160M strategic missile carrier. The flight is said to last for about 40 mintes, but its route is kept classified as a military secret. A day earlier, on February 21, Putin took the helm of a Tu-160M when visiting the Kazan Aviation Plant. The head of state spent about 10 minutes in the cockpit of the missile carrier. When Putin learned that the aircraft did not have a name, he proposed naming the plane in honour of the first president of Tatarstan, Mintimer Shaimiev.

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[l] at 2/22/24 4:14am
Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said during a meeting with journalists that Kyiv could be Russia's ultimate goal in the special military operation in Ukraine. According to Medvedev, Kyiv is a Russian city, but there is a threat to Russia coming from the capital of Ukraine today. The Russian troops should establish control over Kyiv, Medvedev believes. "Where to stop? Don't know. I think that, taking into account what I said, we still have to work a lot. Will it be Kyiv? Yes, it probably should be Kyiv," Medvedev said adding that this goal could be achieved, if not now, then in another phase of the development of the conflict.

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[l] at 2/22/24 3:39am
Kyiv has built up a 112-114 thousand-strong strike force on the border with Belarus, the head of the Belarusian Ministry of Defence Viktor Khrenin said, RIA Novosti reports. "Today there are about 112-114 thousand of this group,” he said. The head of the defense department clarified that about 17,000 thousand troops are involved in guarding the border between Ukraine and Belarus. At the same time, such a situation does not provide for a build-up of military forces on the border. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko earlier said that opposition was negotiating the redivision of Belarus in the West. According to Lukashenko, they discuss the transfer of western parts of Belarus to Poland.

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[l] at 2/22/24 2:48am
US President Joe Biden called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin names again. At a private event in San Francisco, speaking to donors as part of a fundraiser for the election campaign, Biden insulted the Russian leader. Biden was talking about climate change when he said:

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[l] at 2/21/24 10:50am
Russia is actively acquiring gold, while the United States is focusing on fighting inflation, former CIA adviser and now financial expert James Rickards believes. The US authorities have been fighting inflation during the recent months. According to officials, the US government is succeeding at this point. However, James Rickards believes that the dollar is still in the process of rapid devaluation. The process is developing against the backdrop of Russia and China manipulating their gold reserves, the expert said in an article published on The Daily Reckoning.

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