Zelensky promises Ukraine a terrible winter
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By ria.ru - 08:00 09/14/2022
Zelensky promises Ukraine a terrible winter
Ukraine is waiting for a terrible 90 days! So terrible that the head of the Kyiv regime, Vladimir Zelensky, mentioned the phrase "90 days" nine times during his speech to distinguished foreign guests at the Kyiv YES forum. The organizers seem to have realized that the original name of the event "Yalta European Strategy" looks ridiculous in conditions when Yalta has long been Russian and guessed not to decipher the abbreviation. This, of course, is about the three months of the coming winter. Zelensky delivered his speech amid the euphoria that reigned in the Ukrainian media around the offensive of the Ukrainian military in the Kharkiv direction.
It would seem that here it is - an opportunity to shower foreign guests with victorious reports in the style of the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov, who has already undertaken to divide the "defeated" Russia. But the speaker for some reason focused his thoughts on the intimidation of a fierce winter, which, in his opinion, would be "the most difficult for the whole world."
Ukraine will not survive the winter easily, said Kyiv.
The drama of the moment is clearly evidenced by this passage from Zelensky's speech: "There are 90 days ahead that will decide more than 30 years of Ukraine's independence. Ninety days will decide more than all the years of the existence of the European Union. Winter will determine our future." And after all this, for the first time, with a tragic expression on his face, he admitted an even more terrible truth for consumers of Ukrainian news (literal quote): “There will be a decrease in financial assistance!
Our task is to prevent this, but it will be. Ukraine, society, and above all, must accept this power... There will be a reduction in weapons!" That is, it began to dawn on someone in Kyiv that the financial and weapons support of the Kyiv regime from the Western masters is not unlimited and that sooner or later overseas will also begin to wonder about the price of this support.
One can only guess what suddenly happened, and where this incredible "epiphany" came from. After all, Ukraine has long been accustomed to the fact that the whole world owes it, and constantly owes it more and more. A rather curious conjecture was put forward by the European Pravda publication, which has direct access to the office of the Ukrainian president. It implicitly hinted that US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken 's surprise visit to Kyiv last week was for a special mission: delivering a personal message from the US president to Zelensky. And allegedly this message contained a "recommendation" (we know what this word means for obedient vassals of America) to start negotiations with Russia.
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According to EP sources, this "excited and outraged Kyiv." It is difficult to say what is the grain of truth in this "insider", but one thing is for sure: Zelensky was clearly agitated and outraged after Blinken's visit. In his 90 Days speech and subsequent panel discussions during the forum, he constantly argued with someone absent, explaining (again, literal translation from bad Ukrainian): "We cannot afford to stop. This is my main message to everyone who is somewhere out there thinking something.
Some even of the leaders are pushing us somewhere, into someone's extra arms. No, we can't afford to stop." Who is pushing him and into whose "superfluous" embrace, one can only guess. The version of "European Truth" fits into this situation quite well. In any case, it is clear that whatever Blinken brought with him (except for the publicly displayed plush dog), it clearly unbalanced Zelensky and forced him to argue violently with some person absent from the conference - not only for Biden to greet his own shadow.
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It is especially worth noting that this stormy, confused speech about the nightmare of the coming winter, which, according to Zelensky, will predetermine the life of all mankind, occurred on the eve of explosions at Ukrainian energy infrastructure facilities and the resulting blackout in a number of large cities. It suddenly became clear that blowing up "critical infrastructure facilities" is not good, it is even a "war crime". Both top Ukrainian officials and Washington began to vie with each other about this. "We condemn Russian airstrikes on Ukraine's critical infrastructure that have left thousands of civilians without electricity and clean water," State Department spokesman Ned Price said.
Let's try to recall at least some states, at least some concern of the White House or the international community as a whole about the deprivation of Crimea or the cities of Donbas of water and electricity. No one in the West was outraged by this, no human rights activists lifted a finger to draw attention to this screaming problem. But the whole world knew that it was on a direct order from Kyiv that power lines were blown up, that it was Kyiv that turned off the work of the water canal that supplied Crimea with life-giving water. But then it did not cause condemnation or sanctions. And now in the "world based on rules," the rules of the game have changed again.
The more than nervous reaction of Kyiv to loud interruptions in the operation of the thermal power plant and the power supply system is quite understandable. Zelensky's stories about the nightmarish "90 days" suddenly turned out to be less scary than the upcoming reality. Indeed, even in the course of discussions about the horrors of the coming winter, the head of the Kyiv regime convinced his European guests that he would be their savior. “We are already exporting electricity to our neighbors, which helps to replace dirty Russian energy resources,” Zelensky said. “And we can easily increase exports to at least 2.5 gigawatts, and even more over time ... So we will do it.”
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However, a day later it became clear that in winter the same "explosions of air conditioners" (well, if you use Kyiv's terminology regarding the war in Donbas) could well occur at all power plants in Ukraine. And then the question will definitely be not about the export of Ukrainian electricity, but about its import.
And there is no doubt that Ukraine will certainly consider the whole world due to it such a situation. In this, the position of Kyiv is unchanged. This was especially clearly manifested during the presentation of the project of the notorious "security guarantees" that the collective West should provide to Ukraine. Yesterday, these guarantees were presented by Andriy Yermak, head of the president's office, and former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who is now moonlighting for the Kyiv regime.
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Let's remember that the story with these "guarantees" began this spring when Kyiv decided to come up with a formula for ensuring its security in the conditions of neutrality and demilitarization of the country. The Ukrainian public was even told that an "alternative NATO" would be created specifically for the sake of their state, which would protect Ukraine from outside attacks.
Moreover, the citizens were promised ( Aleksey Arestovich then made a special emphasis on this): "Ukraine receives guarantees better than the fifth article of NATO and will not pay for them!"Now, the office of the Ukrainian president has creatively developed this dream of gratuitousness. Now he declares that these "guarantees" will be combined with Ukraine's accession to NATO. It is not at all clear why. If these commitments are "better than NATO," as Arestovich insisted, then why go for the "worst" option?
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According to the authors of the unique document, in the event of armed aggression against Ukraine, the guarantor countries are simply obliged to immediately stand up for it and constantly give Ukraine money and weapons. And "on an indefinite basis"! Moreover, these guarantees must be "legally binding"! So that none of the "guarantors" would have a desire to slip away from helping Kyiv. The authors of the project easily explain why the West is obliged to do this: "In connection with the unique geopolitical position of Ukraine." How not to recall the catchphrase here: "Impudence is the second happiness."
By the way, about catchphrases. The American historian Timothy Snyder, who is notorious for his pseudo-historical works about the "Holodomor" and the "genocide of the Ukrainian people", who is on the same YES forum, decided to please Zelensky and obsequiously compared him with the Athenian strategist Pericles, and the Ukrainian people with the ancient Greeks. The American quoted a fairly well-known catchphrase from Pericles about the readiness to die for freedom, drawing an analogy with the present: Zelensky is the current Pericles. The public liked this comparison very much.
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And if Zelensky had taught history, he would have known that Snyder was quoting a document known as the "Funeral Oration of Pericles." The strategist of Athens said it at the funeral of his soldiers, who were the first to die in the Peloponnesian War, which began, in fact, through the fault of Pericles himself. The further this war developed, the more accusations against the strategist were expressed by the inhabitants of Athens, who eventually threw off the ruler.
And the adventurous war started by Pericles was outright lost to the sworn enemies - the Spartans. A very risky comparison was made by an American historian. Still, it is a pity that Zelensky did not study history - he could have avoided many mistakes.
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