There has been a lot of speculation about the course of the resistance in Ukraine. There were rumours of Strelkov being wounded, removed and even being dead. Then there were other permutations in the hierarchy which might still continue. Who knows?
Is Putin firmly in control? I doubt it. Are the self-interested oligarchs in control?I doubt it. Does anyone have the sovereign interest of the Russian people at heart? Maybe Putin. Are the rebels winning or are they in the process of being sold out? I do not know.
The resistance as a whole, despite the brave men down in the trenches, is fragmented.The aggressor is not.
The United States is determined, persistent and brutal in its pursuit of total domination. Anyone and anything is expandable. What we see in Ukraine are just the opening moves of the war being unleashed. The US is wounded, it is tired,it is exhausted and it can see its demise. It is weak. That is exactly why it is going bezerk on the global stage.
Sometimes the cold hard truth puts things in perspective. Here is former Assistant Secretary of Treasury Paul Craig Roberts on the nuclear war situation:
Does that sound like a rational player? I am afraid the nightmare scenario The Saker pondered might actually be a statistical double digit probability.
Now, consider the measured and limited Russian sectoral sanctions in response to aggressive US/EU sanctions against her. The western sanctions are based on absolutely nothing. And despite that, Russia, a capable nuclear armed world power, is still trying hard to de escalate the situation. It is desperately trying to send a signal, a warning or hell even a bloody plea for some sanity to prevail.
The Russian Sanctions are very carefully designed, as Paul Craig Roberts puts it: “The only way Washington can hurt Russia is by hurting Europe”.
If things could not get worse, here is a Ukrainian MP fostering those cherished European values:
This is far from over. It has merely begun.