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Russia's 2nd Invasion of Ukraine Begins: 

Putin Announces Military Action Begins: Bombs Heard Falling in Capital of Kyiv  
Putin Announces​ Military Actions Begin in Ukraine

10:01 p.m. 02.23.2022

Ukraine’s forces make ‘fierce resistance’ in Chernobyl zone, officials say.

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — On Day 1 of the first major land war in Europe in decades, the Russian military plunged into Ukraine by land, sea and air, killing dozens of Ukrainian soldiers, and ominously touching off a pitched battle at the highly radioactive Chernobyl exclusion zone that risked damaging the cement-encased nuclear reactor that melted down in 1986.

The day began before sunrise with the terrifying thud of artillery strikes on airports and military installations all over Ukraine. And by sunset, Russian special forces and airborne troops were pushing into the outskirts of the capital, Kyiv. While the ultimate goal of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and his generals remained unclear, American officials assessed that the end game was likely the decapitation of Ukraine’s government and the replacement of its president, Volodymyr Zelensky, with a Russian-controlled puppet regime.

As of early evening Thursday, Mr. Zelensky remained in place as commander in chief, and Ukrainian forces, which officials said shot down several Russian jets and a helicopter, were engaged in fierce battles all along a broad front line to maintain control over their country.

It was in the toxic marshes of the Chernobyl exclusion zone in northern Ukraine that one of the most dangerous battles was playing out.

“National Guard troops responsible for protecting the storage unit for dangerous radioactive waste are putting up fierce resistance,” said Anton Herashchenko, an adviser to the interior minister. Should an artillery shell hit the storage unit, Mr. Herashchenko said, “radioactive dust could cover the territory of Ukraine, Belarus and the countries of the European Union.”

Mr. Zelensky said on Twitter that Russian forces were trying to seize Chernobyl, the site of the worst nuclear accident in history. The site is now inside a protective zone covering about 1,000 square miles, including part of the shortest direct route from Belarus to Kyiv. “This is a declaration of war against the whole of Europe,” Mr. Zelensky said.

In the end, the war appeared to be playing out exactly as the American intelligence community said it would when officials first warned about the threatening movement of Russian troops toward Ukraine’s borders last fall.

President Biden planned to deliver remarks on the Russian attack in the early afternoon from the White House.

Over many months, the Russian military moved soldiers and heavy equipment in plain view of the world, surrounding Ukraine on three sides and drawing increasingly alarmed warnings from the White House about an imminent attack. All the while, Russian leaders including Mr. Putin adamantly denied having any such intention.

In an early morning speech Thursday, Mr. Putin confirmed what many, including Ukraine’s own leaders, had for months refused to believe: The Russian military was moving aggressively into Ukraine.

Starting before dawn, Russian forces crossed into Ukraine at multiple points, with helicopter-borne troops flying in under the cover of machine-gun fire, naval units coming ashore from the Black Sea and military vehicles crossing from Crimea, the peninsula that Russia seized in 2014.

More than 40 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and dozens were wounded in fighting on Thursday morning, said Oleksiy Arestovich, an adviser to Mr. Zelensky.

At least 18 military officials were killed in an attack outside the Black Sea port city of Odessa, where amphibious commandos from the Russian Navy came ashore, according to Sergey Nazarov, an aide to Odessa’s mayor.

Explosions rang out around Odessa at about 10:30 a.m., sending firefighters scurrying to put out blazes and rescue people in the vicinity, according to the city’s emergency services agency. By noon, however, the fighting in Odessa appeared to have subsided, and there was no indication of any Russian forces in the city, said Mr. Nazarov.

The country’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, said that Ukraine was facing “a full-scale attack from multiple directions” but that it “continues to defend itself.” Civilians lined up at recruitment offices to take up arms.

Ukrainian forces said they had shot down several Russian fighter aircraft and a helicopter in an increasingly intense battle to maintain control over key cities. Ukrainian troops had also repelled Russian advances on two major cities: Chernihiv in the north, near the Belarus border, and Kharkiv in the northeast, close to Russia, a senior Ukrainian military official said.

Video verified by The Times showed at least half a dozen Russian helicopters flying west over the Dnieper river toward Hostomel, a town on the outskirts of the capital, with some helicopters apparently attacking Hostomel’s airport. One video released by Ukraine’s armed forces appeared to show at least one of those helicopters being shot down.

Other videos posted to social media showed Russian military vehicles parked on the outskirts of Kharkiv, the second largest city, where troops had set up checkpoints on a main road.

The Ukrainian Army is badly outgunned and outmanned by Russian forces, but in one indication that it was mounting a resistance, two Russian armored personnel carriers were seen damaged, one crashed into a tree, in the eastern Ukrainian town of Shchastya early Thursday.

In Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine, about 100 men, ranging in age from their 20s to 50s, turned up at a military recruitment office even as the dull thuds of explosions could be heard from the direction of the town’s military airport.

They packed into a corridor and filled out forms to join the military, heeding a call from Ukraine’s defense minister, Oleksiy Reznikov, who asked all able citizens to immediately enlist with the country’s territorial defense units.

“The enemy is attacking, but our army is indestructible,” he said. “Ukraine is moving into all-out defense mode.”


​Russian Analyst Makes the Case Defending New Putin Doctrine:   

02.23.2022

Sergey Karaganov: Russia’s new foreign policy, the Putin Doctrine Moscow’s confrontation with NATO is just the start

By Professor Sergey Karaganov, Honorary Chairman of Russia’s Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, in Moscow

​It seems like Russia has entered a new era of its foreign policy – a ‘constructive destruction’, let’s call it, of the previous model of relations with the West. Parts of this new way of thinking have been seen over the last 15 years – starting with Vladimir Putin’s famous Munich speech in 2007 – but much is only just becoming clear now. At the same time, lackluster efforts to integrate into the western system, while maintaining a doggedly defensive attitude, has remained the general trend in Russia’s politics and rhetoric.

Read more....



​New Black Nationalist Condemn 2nd Russian Invasion of Ukraine
New Black Nationalists Condemn 2nd Russian Invasion of Ukraine

02.24.2022

It's began. At 10.01 p.m. E.S.T., literally one minute after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced military actions had commenced in Ukraine, the first explosion of missile strikes were heard in Ukraine's capital city of Kyiv. Within the first hour explosions were also reported in Kharkiv, Ukraine's second largest city, then in Mariupol just outside of Donetsk and Luhansk--the two regions Putin declared were now independent republics Russia would defend to protect Russian speakers.


Russian tanks and armored vehicles have crossed the border heading south towards Kharkiv from Belgorod Russia, and from Byelorussia towards Kyiv. 

Russian troops are also reported to have landed in Southern Ukraine around the city of Odessa from Russian vessels in the Black Sea.     

In short, a mass invasion of Ukraine is underway to accomplish two short-range objectives Putin outlined in a speech earlier this week: the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. 

"Demilitarization" means wiping out Ukraine's major military installations, air defenses and air force, command and control systems. 

Second, "denazification" means the decapitation of the Zelensky government. This is a reference to World War 2, which Russians call The Great Patriotic War. in which Russian defeated Nazi Germany virtually single-handedly. Putin is falsely equating the Zelensky government with Hitler's regime.   

Ukraine President Zelensky declared a state of martial law on Thursday morning. The streets of Kyiv are empty, and evacuation of the capital has begun as cars stream out of the city west towards Poland. 

And what is has been the response from American Empire, the "The Arsenal of Democracy"? Joe Biden announced the U.S. will announce more sanctions on Russia later today--sanctions that will have little or no effect on Russia's invasion for months.

American imperialism has abandoned Ukraine and left it for the Russian Bear to devour. The fog of a long-term war, occupation, and future underground resistance is afoot. There are more questions than answers that will be clarified over the coming days and weeks. 

Vladimir Putin's invasion and subjugation of Ukraine marks an irredentist drive to revive Russian Empire. He has challenged American Empire and the entire NATO bloc. His attack has exposed their hypocrisy and fecklessness. 

The redrawing of American Empire's security architecture in Europe for the past eight decades is now up for grabs. 

This is yet another development that signals American Empire is spiraling into decline and an existential crisis that leads to its collapse. 

So too, the Ukrainian people will have the last say about Putin's vision of being Peter the Great incarnate and leading a mystical revival of Russian Empire.

New Black Nationalists condemn the February 24, 2022, second invasion of Ukraine. We call on the Ukrainian people to rise, resist, and defeat Russian recolonization of Ukraine. We support the self-determination and full independence of Ukraine. 

Black people in America's Settler State and Ukraine’s people have a common destiny. We are both strategically positioned to topple two of the world’s most criminal empires. The future belongs to us. 

On behalf of the New Black Nationalist Movement: Orange is the New Black!  
    
New Black Nationalists Coverage of Russia's 2nd Invasion of Ukraine
Will Putin Get His World War III?

02.23.2022

​ho would’ve thought that Vladimir Putin was so into numerology and anniversaries. On August 8, 2008—08/08/08—he invaded Georgia. Shortly after midnight in Moscow, on February 22, 2022—02/22/22—he sent troops (“peacekeepers,” in the Kremlin parlance) into the Donbas region of Ukraine after recognizing the independence of the two breakaway “people’s republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk. It also marked the day, exactly eight years ago, that Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych fled Ukraine (with Putin’s help) after ordering his troops to open fire on the protestors in Kyiv’s Maidan, killing over 100 people. 

That day in 2014 was a turning point. For Ukrainians, it was a day of celebration: what they called “the Revolution of Dignity” had triumphed. The old, corrupt, pro-Moscow regime was out and a new era of hope, good governance, and Westernization seemed to have dawned. (Not all these dreams would pan out, as corruption and political squabbling continued and even deepened.) 

For Putin, February 22, 2014, was a much darker day. He would forever after call what happened an “anti-government coup.” He saw it as a repeat of the Orange Revolution of 2004, another successful regime change in Kyiv, which, in his view, could only have been
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