by Jacques Baud, The Postil Magazine, 4/1/22
Note: The main thing I would take issue with the author on is his characterization of the Holodomor. I go into the factors that led to that tragic famine in my book. I found no support in my research for his characterization. But other than that, this is a very interesting article from someone with relevant background experience on the war in Ukraine since 2014. — NatylieJacques Baud: The Road to War
Some more history on the War in Donbass:
RT | February 21, 2022 – While the treaties of friendship and cooperation between Russia and the newly recognized republics of Donetsk and Lugansk are still in the draft stage, the Russian State Duma has released the proposed documents on Monday, showing that they will include common defense against external aggression and the right to use each other’s military infrastructure, among other things.Details of Russia-Donbass cooperation treaty emerge
When Pavel Zavalny, the chairman of Russian parliamentary committee on energy, made the forecast last Friday that Nord Stream 2 pipeline could start shipping natural gas to Germany as early as next month, it was received with disbelief. But Zavalny was categorical, and was quoted by Reuters as saying, “I can say with a high degree of certainty that the first gas via Nord Stream 2 will go in January.”Nord Stream 2 is a double-edged geopolitical tool
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian army continues to redeploy heavy weapons, including to the southern zone of the front, near Mariupol, as shown in this video. It should be noted that OSCE cars are passing the convoy, which means that the international organization is aware of this massive redeployment on the Ukrainian side.