Matthew Gordon-Banks

The Uncomfortable Truth about Ukraine

It is time to face reality! Ukraine is now fated either to capitulate on Moscow’s terms or cease to exist as a state, Vyacheslav Volodin, the influential and well connected Speaker of the Russian State Duma, the lower house of the Russian Parliament, has stated. His remarks of course mirror those of long time diplomat and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

I do not usually spend time quoting Russian diplomats or public figures, but far, far too often Western media refuse to cover their comments and thus westerners remain largely ignorant of the ‘full picture’ on so many things.

It never needed to be this way. Washington, aided and abetted especially by London, has forced a conflict totally unnecessary, causing the deaths so far half a million Ukrainians and the devastation of the country merely to play a political ‘game’ of trying needlessly to cause harm to Russia. Apart from the damage to Ukraine, it has caused the diminution of NATO equipment and our fighting capability.

Volodin stated “When speaking about the conflict in Ukraine, US President Joe Biden, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and other Western officials have started calling it ‘a war of attrition.’ They have put huge amounts of money into militarizing the Kiev regime. Where has it got them? The simple facts are these: the West is experiencing weapons and ammunition shortages, people in Europe and the US have lost trust in politicians, and the Kiev regime’s counteroffensive has failed.”

According to him, the outcome of the “war of attrition” also includes economic problems in Europe and the US, a lack of manpower for the Ukrainian armed forces, and ultimately bankruptcy and demographic disaster for Ukraine. “These seven facts speak for themselves: Ukraine will cease to exist as a state unless the Kiev regime capitulates on Russia’s terms,” Volodin stressed.

“More than 10.5 million people have fled Ukraine. Another 11.2 million residents of Crimea, Sevastopol, the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics and the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions decided to join Russia. Ukraine has lost 53.7% of its population since 2014,” the State Duma speaker highlighted.

Mr Volodin noted that, in June, then-British Defence Minister Ben Wallace stated that Western countries had run out of stockpiles of those weapons that they could send to Kiev from their own national arsenals. Biden, in turn, admitted in July that the decision to provide Ukraine with cluster munitions had been driven by the fact that stocks of conventional ammunition were exhausted. “The approval ratings of EU and US leaders have hit historical lows. The share of people who disapprove of their leaders’ performance stands at 57% for Biden, at 69% for [French President Emmanuel] Macron, and at 72% for [German Chancellor Olaf] Scholz. The majority of people in the United States and European countries oppose weapons supplies to Ukraine,” the Duma speaker added.

In addition, the senior Russian lawmaker emphasized that the NATO-backed Ukrainian military had suffered huge troop and equipment losses, while “the lack of achievements has disappointed [Kiev’s] Western sponsors.” “The economies of the Eurozone countries are going through a recession. The costs of Ukraine’s militarization have forced Germany to cut benefit payments to poor families. France has reduced the number of beneficiaries; people in need no longer receive food packages and reimbursements for drug costs. International agencies have downgraded the United States’ long-term investment rating as they expect the financial situation in the country to worsen in the next three years,” Volodin said.

** My thanks to @TASS whose words are rarely heard due to tight control in the West: including the photograph of Mr Volodin.

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