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Putin Accuses U.S. of ‘Pulling us Into Some Armed Conflict’ to Contain Russia’s ‘Development’

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Russian President Vladimir Putin openly expressed his disappointment with how the Biden administration is handling its affairs in the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Putin says the United States is trying to stoke conflict; adding Russia has no intention of invading Ukraine.

Putin complained Tuesday that Russia’s complaints have been “ignored” by the U.S and NATO, but was hopeful “dialogue will be continued” around its demands for a sphere of influence in Eastern Europe.

Putin made the claim that the United States’ “most important task is to contain Russia’s development” and “Ukraine is just an instrument of achieving this goal.” A goal, he said, which “can be done in different ways, such as pulling us into some armed conflict and then forcing their allies in Europe to enact those harsh sanctions against us that are being discussed today in the United States.”

Despite claiming they do not plan to invade Ukraine, Russia currently has more than 100,000 troops near its borders. President Biden spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky last week, which a senior Ukrainian official said “did not go well.”

The official also said Zelensky urged President Biden to “calm down the messaging” so as not to create an economic impact of panic. However, a spokesman for Zelensky allegedly disputed the Ukrainian official’s assessment of the call.

A source “From the US side” told CNN “there is a recognition in the White House that Zelensky has ‘multiple audiences’ and is trying to balance them. ‘On the one hand, he wants assistance, but he has to assure his people he has the situation under control. That’s a tricky balance” said the source.

Putin said the concerns being ignored are that Russia had not seen “adequate consideration of our three key demands regarding NATO expansion, the renunciation of the deployment of strike weapons systems near Russian borders, and the return of the [NATO] bloc’s military infrastructure in Europe to the state of 1997, when the Russia-NATO founding act was signed.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov has told reporters that Russian officials are working to draft a formal response to U.S. security proposals to deescalate the Ukraine conflict.

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  1. Jefrfrey Stockwell

    February 4, 2022 at 11:36 am

    Alexei Navalny has been jailed and the Russian opposition movement throughly beaten up. Even internal rivals such as Safety Minister Yevgeny Zinichev have been taken care of. Putin has had to face the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and he sees his himself as its last defender. The world is becoming a global community, but Putin wants to hold onto the past. He will at least take the two breakaway provinces, but the whole country is still in his sight.

  2. Christine Delman

    February 9, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    Biden needs to slow his role, the only reason he’s getting involved is so President Zalinsky doesn’t spill about all of the illegal dealings between Ukraine and his crackhead son, of which Mr Biden was complicit, and had made a lot of money from! He’s, allegedly concerned about Ukraine’s border and sovereignty, why doesn’t he put some of that concern into our Southern border? He’s barking up the wrong tree messing with Putin! Who’ll pay the ultimate price? We the people at the gas pumps! Has that dementia riddled old goat forgotten we get most of our oil from Russia?

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Report: Ukraine Sunk Russian Warship By Using US Intel

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Ukraine sunk the Russian warship Moskva last month using United States intelligence, according to a new report from NBC News.

“A guided missile cruiser carrying a crew of 510, the Moskva was the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet,” NBC News reported. “It sank on April 14 after being struck by two Ukrainian Neptune anti-ship missiles, U.S. officials said. Moscow said the vessel sank after a fire. The Moskva was the largest Russian warship sunk in combat since World War II. American officials said there were significant Russian casualties, but they don’t know how many.”

“The attack happened after Ukrainian forces asked the Americans about a ship sailing in the Black Sea south of Odesa, U.S. officials told NBC News,” the outlet added. “The U.S. identified it as the Moskva, officials said, and helped confirm its location, after which the Ukrainians targeted the ship.”

The news comes the day after a report from The New York Times revealed that the United States has provided Ukraine with intelligence on Russian military units that has enabled the country to kill multiple Russian generals.

“The targeting help is part of a classified effort by the Biden administration to provide real-time battlefield intelligence to Ukraine,” The New York Times reported. “That intelligence also includes anticipated Russian troop movements gleaned from recent American assessments of Moscow’s secret battle plan for the fighting in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, the officials said. Officials declined to specify how many generals had been killed as a result of U.S. assistance.”

“The United States has focused on providing the location and other details about the Russian military’s mobile headquarters, which relocate frequently,” the outlet added. “Ukrainian officials have combined that geographic information with their own intelligence — including intercepted communications that alert the Ukrainian military to the presence of senior Russian officers — to conduct artillery strikes and other attacks that have killed Russian officers.”

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Putin’s Personal Cameraman Quit After Recording His Invasion Speech

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s personal cameraman, Ilya Filatov, reportedly quit his job immediately after filming Putin’s announcement that he would be invading Ukraine.

The timing of Filatov’s exit from a job that he had for over a decade led to speculation that he actually faced dismissal because of negative comments he allegedly made about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

However, Filatov “denies this version,” according to independent Russian news site The Insider, which is banned in Russia. Filatov claims that he quit because he “reached the ceiling in the profession” and that he was “tired of sitting in quarantine for many months,” which he was required to do to reduce the likelihood he could contract COVID-19 and infect Putin.

Filatov’s sudden departure from his long time role as Putin’s cameraman was part of a pattern of Russian employee exits following comments suggesting opposition to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. As explained by The Insider, “Since the beginning of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, one by one employees of Russian TV channels have been fired or left the frame. On April 21, Alexander Gurevich, the host of the One Hundred to One program, resigned from the VGTRK . Prior to this, anti-war comments on his behalf appeared under the episodes of the show on YouTube. In March, it became known that Zhanna Agalakova, an employee of Channel One, quit , and journalist Vadim Glusker quit NTV.”

The Insider also noted how Marina Ovsyannikova, an employee of Channel One, “broke into the live newscast for a few seconds with a poster “Stop the war! Don’t believe the propaganda, they lie to you here.” Before the action, she recorded a video message in which she condemned the actions of the Russian army on the territory of Ukraine. On March 15, the journalist was fined 30,000 rubles. In April, she became a freelance correspondent for the German Welt.”

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