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Zelensky angers Putin, as Ukraine considers pulling out of Minsk Agreement


Duran Quick Take Episode 476: Zelensky angers
Putin Alex: I’m here with Alexander Mercouris,
Editor-in-Chief of The Duran. Alexander, let’s talk about a recent phone
call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. The phone call didn’t go over too well. What’s going on here? Alexander M: An extraordinary telephone call. We have the Kremlin’s transcript [available
here] and I have to say from the Russian side one of the most brutal transcripts of a telephone
call I’ve ever read. What’s been happening is that over the last
couple of weeks, since there was the appearance of some movement between Ukraine and Russia,
there was supposed to be a ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine. That hasn’t happened, and the Russians feel
that they made certain moves towards Zelensky by agreeing a swap of prisoners and they were
expecting, I think, some further movements. And then there was a summit meeting a couple
of weeks ago at the so-called Normandy Four meeting, which Merkel and Macron also attended. Nothing seemed to come out of that. And then there were hopes, or expectations,
that there would be some movement afterwards and nothing happened. Instead, we’ve had some Ukrainian officials
suggesting that Ukraine might be considering pulling out of the Minsk agreement. The Minsk agreement was this deal that was
done between Putin, Poroshenko, Merkel and François Hollande in Minsk in February 2015. There was a bit battle at a place called Debaltseve
in Eastern Ukraine where the Ukrainian army was comprehensively defeated, and in fact
surrounded, and the deal that was done as part of the deal to get those troops out of
Debaltseve was that there would be a road map towards a peace agreement, towards peace,
which would involve Ukraine granting extensive autonomy to the regions of Eastern Ukraine
to the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic, incorporating the agreements to grant this
extensive autonomy in its constitution, and at the end of that process the Russians would
agree, once all that had been settled, to allow Ukrainian border guards to return to
patrol that part of the Ukrainian-Russian border which adjoins these two rebel regions
in Eastern Ukraine. And again, the Minsk agreement made perfectly
clear to anybody who reads it that it was envisaged that there would be negotiations
between the Ukrainian government and the rebels in Eastern Ukraine to come to these sort of
agreements, to settle what these constitutional and autonomy arrangements would be. None of that has happened. None of it happened under Poroshenko and there
were some expectations by the Russians that it might start to happen under Zelensky. It hasn’t happened, and some of Zelensky’s
officials are now hinting that Ukraine is intending to pull out of the Minsk agreement. So in this telephone conversation between
Putin and Zelensky, Putin directly asked, in the most frank language – and I mean,
the Kemlin transcript actually says “frankly.” He asked Zelensky to be frank: does Ukraine
still abide by the Minsk agreements, and does Ukraine still intend to have a ceasefire in
Eastern Ukraine? So in effect what Putin was challenging Zelenski
to admit to is that Zelensky is no longer negotiating on behalf of Ukraine in good faith. Now that suggests to me that the Russians
have lost all hope of any kind of agreement with Zelensky at all, and that Zelensky’s
credit in Moscow is now completely exhausted. So all the moves that we saw after Zelensky
won his election victory have come to absolutely nothing, and where Russia and Ukraine is concerned,
we’re back to square one: in other words, to a continuing frozen conflict. Alex: Why does Zelensky not want to follow
the Minsk agreement? I mean, obviously Zelensky’s going to get
his marching orders from the United States; that’s obvious. What forces in the US, then, are giving him
these marching orders, and why is he doing it? Alexander M: Right. Well, I think the answer is this: he’s got
two pressures on him. One is the US, which does not want to see
the Minsk agreements implemented because it is still pursuing…actually, by ‘the US’
I should make it very clear I don’t mean President Trump himself, I mean everyone else
in the US government, the State Department, Defense Department, the CIA – all of those
people… Alex: Pompeo? Alexander M: Pompeo. Absolutely Pompeo. All of those people want to see Ukraine continue
along its conflict with Russia because their objective is to bring ultimately Ukraine into
NATO and to separate it from Russia as far as possible, and they want to see this conflict
between Ukraine and Russia continue. And of course there is another force within
Ukraine which also resists any move towards peace and that is of course the very hard
line ultra-right wing elements in Ukraine, some of them – in fact most of them, frankly
– are ultra fascists or neo-Nazis who have been parading and protesting against Zelensky’s
moves to broker any kind of peace agreement with Russia. Of course the risk Zelensky runs by taking
this ultra hard line is that he betrays his own supporters in Ukraine, the people who
voted for him in Ukraine in the expectation that he would deliver peace to Ukraine and
restore the Ukrainian economy to some kind of functioning condition, which requires,
to be very clear, a rapprochement with Russia. They will gradually, I think, come to feel
that Zelensky has betrayed them, and you can very quickly see his popularity, which is
already falling fast…that it will completely collapse. There was an opinion poll a few weeks ago
which showed that fewer than 50 percent of Ukrainians still trust Zelensky. Back in the summer it was almost 80 percent. So that gives you some idea of how fast his
popularity is collapsing. But having said that, it is clear to me that
he’s more afraid of pressure from the United States, more afraid of pressure from the street,
where, as I said, these ultra right-wing groups are very well organized, than he is about
winning elections, which are not due to happen anyway for a couple of years. Alex: What about Europe, specifically France
and Germany? Macron was very, very specific: no country
is getting into the EU. He was dead-on specific and he meant Ukraine
specifically. No countries getting into the EU in the foreseeable
short-term, mid-term or long term. So what about Europe? Alexander M: I think Macron is going to be
completely exasperated because he wants – and he’s repeated this again in an extraordinary
speech he made at the Munich Security Conference – he wants to see a rapprochement with Russia
and he sees Ukraine, and the attitudes that the Ukrainians are taking, as a major obstacle
to this. And I think, and I need to say this again:
I am in Berlin at the moment: I think there are more and more people in Germany who are
going to be increasingly exasperated by all of this. There was a meeting a few weeks ago in Moscow
with the German business community coming along to Putin and saying how anxious they
were for a resolution of the Ukrainian crisis, so that…you know…proper trade between
Germany and Russia could resume, and now what they see, what they will see, is that this
isn’t happening, and they will be extremely angry. And of course the person who has stuck by
Ukraine in Germany is Merkel, and Merkel is going to be leaving the scene, quitting the
scene, next year. Whether a future German government and a future
German chancellor is going to be so committed to Ukraine remains to be seen, given that
the CDU is under so much pressure now from the AfD, which is a party within Germany which
strongly advocates for a rapprochement with Russia. So I think the Europeans will be absolutely
fed up and exasperated. Macron will be furious. The Russians are clearly very angry. I mean, this telephone transcript that the
Kremlin has released…as I said, it needs to be read to be believed. I’ve never read a transcript issued by the
Kremlin that is so blunt. I mean, the language of the transcript is
just extraordinary. It suggests an absolute furious row between
Putin and Zelensky with the Russian authorities making no attempt to conceal how angry the
exchange became. So I mean…you know…the Russians are angry;
the French are angry; I suspect the Germans before very long are going to be angry also,
and of course Zelensky is caught in the middle. He’s caught between the Europeans and the
Russians on the one hand and he’s caught between the Americans and the ultra-hardliners,
the neo-fascists, the neo-Nazis, the ultra-nationalists – all those people in Ukraine. He’s caught between a hammer and an anvil
and he has no way out that I can see, because he lacks the strength and force of personality
to pursue a stronger [line]. Alex: Okay. How’s the Ukrainian economy, real quick. Alexander M: Well this is of course the thing. Because of course the Ukrainians – and this
has been true for some years now – have been continuing to churn out statistics about
how well their economy is doing. Like their population statistics, which, by
the way, nobody any longer believes; they haven’t had a proper census for years. Nobody, I think, actually believes their economic
statistics either. Mikheil Saakashvili, who was the former Georgian
president, who was for a time the governor of Odessa – Poroshenko, the previous Ukrainian
president, made him governor of Odessa – he [Saakashvili] recently did an interview in
Ukraine, and you know, he’s somebody who knows Ukraine very well, and he says that
Ukraine is far worse condition than it was when it was part of the Soviet Union. The cities across Ukraine are deteriorating;
not so much Kiev, where all the money is now concentrated, but places outside. Everything is run down and breaking down. And he also spoke about various mayors of
big cities, like the mayor of Odessa and the mayor of Kharkov are now also busy setting
up their private armies. And he spoke about the very real possibility
of Ukraine breaking up into five different regions. In other words, the central government finally
and completely collapsing. So that is something that Saakashvili said. Saakashvili is very anti-Russian; he is no
sort of, you know, pro-Soviet person. On the contrary: he went out of his way to
make it clear that he hated the Soviet Union and everything it stood for, so when he says
that Ukraine today is worse off than it was then, when the Soviet Union was around, you
get a sense of how bad, in Ukraine, things are. And I think his is a far more accurate picture
than what you would get by looking at all of the statistics – or rather, the statistics
that the Ukrainians themselves are producing. My own personal view, and again, I’m getting
this from people who know the situation in Ukraine, is that the economy, far from expanding,
is actually contracting, just as the Russian economy in the 1990s. Statistics were appearing that were suggesting
that it was expanding and we now know for a fact that it was really contracting. Alex: Okay. And finally Alexander, you mentioned that
we may be moving away from the Minsk agreement, and we may be going into a frozen conflict
now in Ukraine. Alexander M: Well, I think we are in a frozen
conflict… Alex: Officially. Let’s say officially in a frozen conflict. Zelensky pulls out of Minsk, says I’m done
with it. So now we’re officially in a frozen conflict. Alexander M: If he pulls out of Minsk the
I think there will be a major crisis because for one thing the Germans are committed to
Minsk. I think…I mean…bear in mind that Merkel
linked the lifting of sanctions on Russia to full implementation of the Minsk agreement. If the Ukrainians pull out of the Minsk agreement
…it’s the Ukrainians who pull out of the Minsk agreement, then what fig leaf does even
Merkel have to keep the sanctions against Russia in place? I think if that happens, if we have a situation
where Ukraine pulls out of the Minsk agreement, then, as I said, all of Ukraine’s so-called
supporters in Europe are going to be left in a very difficult and awkward position indeed,
and I wonder very much how they will respond to it. I think the United States will support Ukraine
no matter what. I don’t think Donald Trump personally has
any commitment to Ukraine at all. I think people like Orbán in Hungary have
made it clear that they dislike Ukraine intensely. I think, as I said, the French are furious
and I think the Germans will be furious also. So, as I said, we’re going to see a situation
where the situation in Ukraine is no longer a bone of contention between the West and
Russia; it becomes a bone of contention between Europe and the United States, which will be
a strange and remarkable paradox. Alex: Yeah, well, the US couldn’t give a
crap about Europe. That’s obvious. Especially the deep state. But my…. Alexander M [interjecting]: They can’t win
in Ukraine without Europe. That’s…that’s something that I think
you may not fully appreciate. It’s the Europeans who are paying the bill
at the end of the day, and it’s the Europeans who are saying, you know…we support Ukraine. If Europe no longer supports Ukraine, [it’s]
very difficult to see how this thing in Ukraine can keep going – at least, the way that
it has been up to now. So it’s all very well for the US to say…you
know…we don’t give a crap about what the Europeans say, which, by the way – Alex [interjecting]: They’ve said it. Victoria Nuland’s on tape… Alexander M: Yeah – F*** the EU and all
that. But as I said, it’s all very well them saying
that, but in reality, without the Germans and the French on board, it seems to me that
this project that they launched in Ukraine starts to become unsustainable. So it’s not that straightforward for the
US to simply turn around say, well, you know, we’re going to plow on with Ukraine regardless. They may very well find that what happens
is that the Russians and the Germans, who [as they] showed in Minsk, are perfectly capable
of coming to agreements on Ukraine without consulting the United States, actually choose
to do so. So let’s say Germany, for example, decides
to recognize Crimea’s incorporation in Russia, and decides to agree [to give] the eastern
regions of Ukraine some kind of recognition, what does the US then do? Alex: Okay, great. The US doesn’t care about Europe. The US doesn’t care about Ukraine either. The deep state doesn’t care about Ukraine. Let’s look at it from a different angle,
though. What if… They don’t care if Ukraine survives as a
whole, or disintegrates into six, seven, twenty pieces. For them, we already know that the deep state
– take the Bidens for example – had their fingers in Ukraine, deep, deeply entrenched
in Ukraine. Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation deeply
entrenched in Ukraine. What if they’re using Ukraine now, and they’re
using Zelensky in order to push for a conflict in the East, a real conflict, a hot war, so
as to once again back Trump into some sort of corner once again. Ukraine, Trump, Putin – and back them into
a corner, and they don’t care whether Ukraine disintegrates, whether it survives. What they care about is US domestic political
talking points. Once again, Alexander, an Adam Schiff speech
saying “Oh my god, Trump, I can’t believe you let Ukraine lose this war” or “You’re
not supporting Ukraine in the conflict; they’re the most important thing…if you…if we
don’t support Ukraine over there Russia’s going to come here,” and all that nonsense
again. What if it’s about the US domestic politics? Alexander M: If it is – which, by the way,
there’s antecedents for that: I mean China, the loss of China was used in a big way in
the fifties as part of US political quarrels. Because let’s be very clear, if Ukraine
breaks up into five different places there will be…the Russians will basically end
up dominating the lot. Maybe not Western Ukraine; and they will also
run into a lot of opposition from some people in Kiev. Kiev, by the way, I should say, is an anomaly. There is [a] very, very strong anti-Russian
feelings in Kiev; they’re not – and this I’ve heard from many people – representative
of sentiments across the whole of Ukraine. But…you know…if that happens, if the US
is prepared to sacrifice Ukraine on the altar of its own domestic problems, well, that of
course is entirely plausible. I can very well see that happening. Alex [interjecting]: They are… Alexander M: I’m absolutely prepared to
believe that there are some people who are crazy enough in the US, and fanatical enough
– Alex [interjecting]: Schiff, Pelosi, Nadler,
Brennan, Clapper, Pompeo… Alexander M: I’ve no difficulty believing
any of that at all. What I’m going to say about it is two things. Firstly, it will be a massive blow to the
prestige of the United States in Europe if that happens; but secondly, and this is a
point always to bear in mind, I don’t know that the American people ultimately care about
Ukraine that much. There may be a vast fuss on the part of the
American political elite about this; they may try to launch another attack on Trump
over it, but you know, are American voters really concerned with what happens in Donbass? But, you know, people who are blinded by anger
and fanaticism, and I think some of the people in the US are; or who are desperate enough,
you know, because they feel that John Durham is snapping at their heels – you know, people
are capable of anything. One always has to say this: ultimately, when
we do the kind of commentary that we do on The Duran we assume an element of rationality
in Washington decision-making. If that element of rationality is not there,
if people are prepared to bring down the entire temple in order to kill…you know…Trump;
well, I mean, then it’s impossible to talk in any reasonable way or analyze things in
any reasonable way because you’re no longer talking about people who are showing any degree
of rationality or reasonableness in the way they’re behaving even if you disagree with
them. So this is what I have to say. I mean, ultimately, if the US is prepared
to push it to that level then it’s bad for the US; it’s probably not bad for Russia
and Europe ultimately because the problem is resolved. The US will be the loser, no one else. Alex: Chaos, isn’t it? I mean, it would be mass chaos in Europe. I mean, the US is thousands of miles away;
it would be mass chaos in Europe. Alexander M: I don’t think it would be,
because, as I said, I think if Ukraine were to break up in that kind of way, I think the
Russians would move in and pick up the pieces. I mean, I think that would happen pretty fast
actually. Alex: Can they afford to do that? Alexander M: I think they can afford to do
it. I think there are great misunderstandings
about this. I think the economic synergies are there. There would be a certain amount of resistance
in some places; in Kiev there would be resistance. But pretty much in places like Odessa, for
example, in Kharkov, in some of the central regions of Ukraine, I don’t think there
would be a problem. And I think you would see the economic synergies
starting to move into place fairly quickly. There would be a period of one, two, three
years when, as I said, the Russians would find that it was a stress for them, but they
could do it. I’ve no doubt about it. But whether the US…you know…if that were
to happen [as I said] it would, oddly enough, stabilize the situation in Europe. It would be the US that would be frozen out. But, you know, the people in the US have shown
an extraordinary capacity for doubling down on failure. I mean, they’re doing it in all kinds of
places. They’ve done it in Syria; they’ve done
it in Venezuela; you name it. Where haven’t they done it? So it’s entirely possible they could do
it again, but it would be irrational and my own guess is that Donald Trump himself would
be opposed to it. In fact, I’m sure he would, though I also
have to say I think that there are some people who are fanatical enough in the United States
not to care about that, and who would be willing to sacrifice US interests in order to score
further points against Donald Trump. I mean, there are such people. I hope, I hope that they are not the majority
in the policy-making bureaucracy but, you know, I’m not going to say that for a fact. Alex: That’s the whole point of it, Alexander. To me, whenever I hear Ukraine coming up,
you know, it’s been ground zero for Russiagate, it was ground zero obviously for Ukrainegate
and now you’re hearing the tensions start to rise up again. I always think to myself for the Pompeos,
for the deep state, for the Brennans and the Clappers and the Pelosis and the Schiffs it
has nothing to do with Ukraine or Europe, it’s all about how can we create chaos and
somehow back Trump into a corner so we can get our ultimate goal which is to impeach
Trump. Alexander M: Be very clear about this…. Alex [continuing]: What if we blow up the
world, for them, they don’t care if the whole world blows up, they’re fixated on
getting Trump out. Alexander M: The whole Ukrainian crisis going
all the way back to 2013 when it really begins – even going back further to 2004 with the
orange revolution – has never been about Ukraine; it’s been about Russia. It’s been about trying to prevent Russia
reintegrating economically because there was never a political project to reintegrate it
politically. But reintegrating economically the former
Soviet economic space – this is… I mean, Hillary Clinton said as much. She actually made a speech saying that, you
know, the US will do everything it could to prevent this ever happening. And there’s even a policy document that
was public that was written up during the Bush II presidency that said the same. That’s what it’s always been about, but
you know, if people are prepared to go even further and they’re prepared to use Ukraine,
to blow up Ukraine in order to blow up Donald Trump, then all I can say is I’m sure there
are such people but they… Alex: We know there are. We know there are. Alexander M: We know there are, but if that
is what has happened then I think it is the final proof that the United States – or
rather, the government of the United States – has taken leave of its senses. Because that is such a completely self-destructive
approach I mean, I just cannot see the logic of doing it, but then I’m a logical man,
and these people are not. So maybe there’s no point in discussing
logic when talking about…talking to people like this. Alex: The last three years…the last three
years we have not seen logic. Alexander M: I mean what logic is there in
Adam Schiff? I’ve never seen any sign of it. There you go. Alex: Exactly. There you go. Exactly. Alexander Mercouris, Editor-in-Chief of The
Duran, thank you very much. 1

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  1. The Duran Posted on February 22, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Will Zelensky pull Ukraine out of the Minsk Agreement?
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  2. Steve Mac Posted on February 22, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    PUTIN – Responded in a recent interview – When asked why he hadn't visited Ukraine since Zelensky became PM, and what does he think of him ???
    – – (paraphrasing) That he hadn't visited UKRAINE, because he had NOT yet received any invite,… (and regarding the ability of Zelensky to do his job,..)
    He said, Zelensky is probably very good at his PROFESSION (actor – audience laughs) but it will take time to see if he can BECOME a statesman. (Politician)
    .
    .

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  3. Hubert Roll Posted on February 22, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    The CIA never sleeps.The EU needs to tell the US to F**!!koff and quit meddling. Thank you The Duran, for your sane analysis

    Reply
  4. R Lee Posted on February 22, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    I wouldn't trust a Russian Transcript for all the tea in China. After Trump is re elected… he will have a HUGE influence on Ukraine. Watch out. The decline of the cities are no different then here.. U.S. all run by corrupt liberal democrats. That day is over. Wake up.

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  5. antidoteify Posted on February 22, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Ok to me this is proof (again), hat the deep state people are ( litterally), posessed and demonic.

    Reply
  6. R Lee Posted on February 22, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    America is going through a Great Awakening. Thanks to Trump

    Reply
  7. Suzanne Ito Posted on February 22, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    The Duran is a Russian propaganda organ. Ukraine has the right to pursue self determinism, to not be dictated to by Russia, Germany, France, and the rest of the spineless EU.

    Reply
  8. Gloria Allmomd Posted on February 22, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    W hat a mess!!!! Good job gentlemen, Thank you.

    Reply
  9. chris deal Posted on February 22, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Turn off your phone for christsakes

    Reply
  10. dave laurienzo Posted on February 22, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Ukraine was Central to the 'Methodists' attempted and on going coup d'état against Trump.

    Reply
  11. Szakacs Fulop Posted on February 22, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    Great analysis.
    THANKS GUYS
    Great show.

    Reply
  12. DrunkenMaster Posted on February 22, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    Hey can yall please put your devices on silent or whatever when you are doing this? It is quite annoying to hear that loud jingle periodically. I appreciate your work otherwise!

    Reply
  13. József Osztronkovics Posted on February 22, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    Sir that  Zionist Jews who is wary friendly with President Putin — Those Jews Robed Russia and Ukraine – and   those  Jews   like to   
     have Russia war    with Ukraine

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  14. Sophia Shakti Posted on February 22, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    It's time for the Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia claim the lands of Ukraine. Time to split Ukraine into its origins. Ukraine means land on the borders.

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  15. Laszlo Kovacs Posted on February 22, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    Alex. You are an idiot. Switch of your fcken notifications

    Reply
  16. Linda Freeman Posted on February 22, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    My takeaway is that the Zionist globalists here in the USA want a War so bad with Russia they will take a war indirectly or directly. They are developing events now to cover their tracks in Ukraine and try to get a war going with Russia from it. Provided they can fool everyone-into believing their narrative. AS THEY HAVE DONE IN THR PAST

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  17. Huntarama Posted on February 22, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    Ukraine is the stick for the USA to beat the russians with . Why would they give that up . The USA vetoed all peace attempts right back to the start of the conflict. The violence in the East kicked off when Brennan visited Ukraine. Money is still flooding into ukraine and its in the ukraine DNA not to think about tomorrow.

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  18. Carmen iglesias Iglesias Posted on February 22, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    Who is going to be crazy enough to accept in the EU a country that is FINANCIALLY BANKRUPT? Unless the plan is to get a situation worse than the one in existance in Greece and Argentina?

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  19. Tahuan Tinsuyo Posted on February 22, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    Zelensky does not have power in Ukraine. Clearly a US vassal.

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  20. Hope For the Planet Posted on February 22, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    202o I believe …
    WILL slam SHUT the Open Borders, destroy China’s Hegemony …kill the Globalist NWO and Destroy the EU.

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  21. John Smith Posted on February 22, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    If I had a little fiefdom at the CIA, I'd have been suggesting a trickle of payoffs to Zelensky from the day he announced he would run for President. I would have the guy on the CIA payroll by now, even if he was doing nothing for me. The goal is to demonstrate to him that if he plays nice, he can leave office a very wealthy man, which he will need to do in any case because it's a rough neighborhood. You sell the idea by pointing out that you can ignore local bribery and do a better job for your people, if you have a super steady source of US dollars. The US is very well positioned in the world to win most of the bribe fests that go along with various conflicts and changes of government.

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  22. markobaggio Posted on February 22, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    the dirty tricks brigade have something on zelinsky…. the usual criminal moves….

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  23. John Smith Posted on February 22, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Makes perfect sense to break up Ukraine, because the violent fascists would be naturally condensed & corralled into their own bastions where they could be fenced off from the reasonable people of Ukraine who would like to get on with building a proper civil society. Simple minded Americans would finally be able to identify the players by their uniforms and flags with barely redesigned nazi graphic symbolism.

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  24. markobaggio Posted on February 22, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    extra point – these nutjobs will have no problem causing war and their loony minds have always been kept happy with the stupid idea that america is far away and the war wont effect them,,,, the russian military will bring the war right to their own land,,, yanks so stupid to think their untouchable,,, if they start this – russia will show them how touchable they really are,,, dangerous fools and yes they will do anything to escape justice,, even to start a world war,,,,,, pray for peace people.

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  25. Armored Anvil Posted on February 22, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    The mess in Ukraine that Democrats, McCain and Romney caused by funding the Nazi coup.

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  26. mugwugthemagnificful Posted on February 22, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    Depends on what states you are talking about when you say voters don't care about Ukraine. California, Nevada, Texas = no. Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin have HUGE Ukrainian, Polish, Slovak and Rusyn populations. SWING STATES !!!

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  27. Bill Brown Posted on February 22, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Phone calls are supposed to be private for leaders. If they are NOt, someone in 1 govt is "leaking" call details to shore up their politics.

    Reply
  28. smmozza Posted on February 22, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    … good video …

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  29. Renzo Tascheri Posted on February 22, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    The worse the economy gets in Ukraine the more the Nazis will thrive. Not good.

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  30. joelious junk Posted on February 22, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    I appreciate the perspectives offered from Mercouris on the actual topic at hand. As per usual, all Christoforou wants to do is talk about Trump.

    Reply
  31. Charon's boat Posted on February 22, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    Russians can move on and support Ukrainian economy?
    That’s a joke isn’t it?
    Beyond few big cities Russia is in 18th century. They can’t develop own country as it is so how they can put any money in Ukraine?

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  32. Грозный IVAN Posted on February 22, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    As someone who lives in America i can confirm that most people here dont even know what a Ukraine is. The few that do ask " is that somewhere in Russia?"

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  33. Marco Martinez Posted on February 22, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    Forget Assange pardon Roger Stone

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  34. Jasmina Erdeljandjordjevic Posted on February 22, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    Zelensky is an actor, comedian but better then previous !

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  35. Mrjohnnyusa3000 Posted on February 22, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    A lot of people in America couldn't find Ukraine on an unmarked map unless there was a U and a picture of a crane. Maybe they could guess it then.

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  36. yfelwulf Posted on February 22, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    Nothing happening so Zelinsky has been told by his ✡️merican Masters to create some action pretty obvious. Also ✡️kraine is sliding further down the toilet they need a distraction for the public.

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  37. yfelwulf Posted on February 22, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    Cover how the US forced the European Court to pass a law stating any group of people have the right to ask to form their own country they used it against Yugoslavia / Serbia and Croatia.

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  38. yfelwulf Posted on February 22, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    Remember before Zelinsky came to office the ✡️ made sure all the Presidents powers were weakened or removed to stop him creating peace with Russia he does as he is told.

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  39. Roslyn Hita Posted on February 22, 2020 at 11:32 pm

    Why cant Trump get rid of Pompeo et al ?

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  40. Bill Conger Posted on February 22, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    We guaranteed to protect Ukraine from Russia if they gave up their nukes so..to hell with Putin.

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  41. Riddickk Posted on February 22, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    Where can I find the full transcript?

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  42. Joss Fitzsimons Posted on February 22, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    Under Donbass is a vast amount of shale gas. For the US to have theirs desired war with Russia, it must be able to substitute Russian gas with Donbass shale gas. The US DOES care about Ukraine…..'s shale gas.

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  43. Matthew Hedrick Posted on February 23, 2020 at 12:08 am

    Great job guys and thank you.  Not a peep of this in the U.S. news.

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  44. John Atkins Posted on February 23, 2020 at 12:12 am

    You are spot on the deep state will not only ruin the USA to keep their banker masters in control they will bring it to your country with a quickness feel sorry for us yet kek y'all better hope we win or your slaves too for sure dont you agree? WWG1WGA

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  45. Leslie Tanner Posted on February 23, 2020 at 12:51 am

    The Nazis were socialist and on the left! Fascism is also on the left!
    Liberal-leftism is communism, fascism, and socialism!
    Get it right you guys!

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  46. Bob Mitchell Posted on February 23, 2020 at 1:36 am

    Great analysis…thanks all the way from Australia. 🦘🦘🦘

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  47. grimm reaper Posted on February 23, 2020 at 2:22 am

    President Putin shouldn't be angry at Zelensky. Zelensky can be replaced or overthrow at the drop of a hat.

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  48. uncle tungsten Posted on February 23, 2020 at 3:19 am

    Sounds like Ukraine is now part of the New Ottoman Empire. Zelensky is certainly sounding just like Erdy.

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  49. Willydgimp Jones Posted on February 23, 2020 at 3:26 am

    Would this situation change if Trump is reelected and doesn't have to worry about the propoganda.

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  50. Jane Doh Posted on February 23, 2020 at 3:35 am

    I never got the notification on this sorry I'm late
    Oh btw is the American school bus outside the palace with the Andrew the FBI want to speak to you a winde up or did it actually happen??

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  51. Torsvag Havfiske Posted on February 23, 2020 at 4:20 am

    Zelensky was told Jeffrey Epstein killed himself.

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  52. t Posted on February 23, 2020 at 4:26 am

    Please turn off you "begging bell", too loud and irritating… Use text on the screen… besides you got A. Mercouris piching at the end of every video.. which i learned to get off just before…

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  53. blue diamond gem Posted on February 23, 2020 at 4:50 am

    More little green men for Ukraine 🙄 The only people that care about Ukraine in the US are brainwashed neoliberal idiots because CNN and bad actors tells them so.

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  54. Zionist World Order Posted on February 23, 2020 at 5:26 am

    Russia all alone? Corona breakout in Iran. They waited till elections as speculated. May be problematic, yet another example of politics over precaution. I fear iran has a  very big contagion because one case in Lebanon and one in Canada came from Iran. Gotto have alot more cases if already exported two confirmed. First China now Iran. Russia stands alone all of a sudden. How the mighty fall.

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  55. Reckless Abandon Posted on February 23, 2020 at 5:37 am

    Georgia is in far better state with Saakashvili remaining in Ukraine, being protected by his special friend Lindsay Graham.

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  56. Christopher Strunk Posted on February 23, 2020 at 5:44 am

    say SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE

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  57. Reckless Abandon Posted on February 23, 2020 at 5:45 am

    The loss of China? The CIA armed Chairman Mao against Chiang Kai-Shek in the late 1940's.

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  58. Jennifer Whitehouse Posted on February 23, 2020 at 5:57 am

    Wish Alex would stop making excuses for Trump. It's pathetic.

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  59. Marty Darts Posted on February 23, 2020 at 6:07 am

    optics…all of it

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  60. Epic878787 Posted on February 23, 2020 at 6:07 am

    I remember maybe 10 or 15 years ago(I really don't remember when), Russia wasn't some villain but one day, really suddenly, I started seeing anti-Russian stories in the media. I remember thinking the suddenness bizarre.

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  61. Marty Darts Posted on February 23, 2020 at 6:15 am

    once again alex c……your frustrated by alex m ….obvious

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  62. hailu s Posted on February 23, 2020 at 6:32 am

    I think Zelensky is emboldened not only by the west may also be emboldened by Erdogan of Turkey.

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  63. hailu s Posted on February 23, 2020 at 7:03 am

    As a non Ukrainian, it is sad to see an industrialized country is gradually being transformed into a banana republic. Ukraine definitely lost in billions after it started the war of aggression against those in the east of the country. The only gain that Ukraine got is the growth of hateful Neo-Nazism.

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  64. Roger D555 Posted on February 23, 2020 at 7:12 am

    Take Soros and the Deep State out of Ukraine and see what happens…

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  65. Con Cong Posted on February 23, 2020 at 7:45 am

    I believe all you say here, lads, but please go back and check your facts on Sinn Fein in the Irish election. I was shocked at your report.

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  66. Sh White Buffalo Posted on February 23, 2020 at 7:53 am

    🙊🙉🙈

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  67. Brian sou Posted on February 23, 2020 at 8:06 am

    When will people learn voting for this or that party or leader isn’t democracy : it’s just handing the party power and cab you be sure they won’t abuse it ?

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  68. John Baldwin Posted on February 23, 2020 at 9:59 am

    I already saw that coming… Don't think Zelensky would do as he campaigned for nor to keep his word because that AZOV Battalion won't allow that to even happen plus the fact that Zelensky will end up getting this throat slit open in his sleep…

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  69. Monika Dietz Posted on February 23, 2020 at 11:58 am

    …AP0 2.0
    … ……………………..
    Kein Wiener Kongress 2.0

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  70. Monika Dietz Posted on February 23, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    …AP0 2,0
    …………………………
    Die bd Zwernasen aus Washington und Moskau werden nur noch zur Unterzeichnung
    benötigt😁
    Die Erdengöttin

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  71. mmroowka Posted on February 23, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Omg What a pro russian point of view.Just to explain what this "crisis" really is.Imagine Mexico start producing multiple fake news that mexican minority is opressed in California and lets say Arizona. Then sending there they undercover troops an use they agent of influence to destabilize situation there.Keep sending weapons to they army , soon as they taking military control over teritority doing fake election and saying to the world- look people vote!!!! Then saying ok guys we wil keep "defending our people in this two states" untill all world agreed that this is not part of US anymore but thats separatist two states of AZ and CA. Thats what basicly happening now in Ukraine.

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  72. Supersonicat Posted on February 23, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Careful now! What does @2:17 ""Extensive autonomy"" represent for those people? Is it freedom or is it the removal of social safety nets that would put more people on the streets and without food and shelter? Alexander, please explain what ""Extensive autonomy"" is.
    In the US, every urban city and community have a homeless population that may be considered ""Extensive autonomy"" districts. We know how they like throwing those buzz words around to suit their oppressive agendas. So, can you please explain? Thank you.

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  73. Mimi Jones Posted on February 23, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    I pray that Ukraine will become an independent country  and united. No country should be under another country' authority.

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  74. Kizo Mi Posted on February 23, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    😂 😂 😂, yeah, I don't think that anyone with a little bit of common sense would agree to be encircled and cutt off of any chance of getting food or help, and especially not to let the side that never hold their word, lied on every occasion and with the Intelligence squeezed and blackmailed the people of the Donbass and their family members in Ukraine (the Nazi coup Gang in full control of Foreign Power especially the US)!
    So! No! I don't think that any sain Donbass Fighter will even consider zo agree to this idiocy, especially when you think about WHO have Zelensky this ideas to put it on the table!
    They know that this step will be rejected, and this is the reason why they do it, the US want the war to go on, no stopping no peace!
    The reality is that the European population is against any conflict against Russia, they are also more then annoyed and tired of the NATO adventures who brought austerity and millions of Refugees, if the US is pushing for this insanity, and Russia is helping the Donbass, I guarantee that the European NATO countries will talk, but not a single action will be done, especially not from the bigger and older NATO members!
    GUARANTEED
    They have enough from their Governments and the EU leaders know that exactly, they wouldn't even think about to ask their population to go to a US and NATO created war, and fight on it 😂😂😂😂😂.
    No, the Capitals would burn, and the people would be running with pitchforks to get the useless Neoliberale puppets. No! In Germany the economy is already pushing behind the scenes, that the Merkel (do nothing US puppet) Administration or the whole Bundestag start to trade with Russia again! The puppet Government from Nazis to Criminals in Ukraine became long time ago a well off annoyance, anger and the realization of this tools in Kiev are and will act like this forever, because this is the scam, this is the way of making money and stealing, robbing and scamming what and how they can!

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  75. Dave Mason Posted on February 23, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    To the Duran:

    You put your finger on it. The American people don't give a fig about 'saving' the Ukraine. What we care about, at this point, is saving ourselves … saving ourselves from the Globalist Uni-Party (Republicans and Democrats) who have been warring upon the American people for at least the last one hundred years or so.

    As to the Ukraine, It is stock raving madness for the United States to involve itself in the Ukraine. It is madness for the US to invade a sphere of influence (at the very least) under cover of an obsession with an antiquated, outdated NATO. It is madness to polarize Russia, to push Russia into the arms of China. If is madness to be diverted by useless foreign interventions from re-building the industrial strength of our own country. What we want is real autonomy, real self-determination, personal restoration of Liberty, and above all — to be free of foreign control.

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  76. Jennifer Whitehouse Posted on February 23, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    I really like Putin, and have great respect for The Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. 2 intellectuals. Who are the adults in World. Imo. So Zelinski is a weenie? Too bad. For him. Don't you think that gasbag Pompeo wants war between Ukraine and Russia? Totally sick of US Military bullies. Give an inch to them, they take a Country.

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  77. Jennifer Whitehouse Posted on February 23, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    Most Americans can't even name the 3 Branches of Government.

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  78. anahorett анахорет Posted on February 23, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    Do not be fooled, the problem is that unfortunately the Ukrainian state does not currently have an independent policy

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  79. Jean Paradis Posted on February 24, 2020 at 1:35 am

    I’m an American and I care very much about Ukraine. I hope we will just let them alone to be free to choose their own future. Like others in my country, I’m aghast at the crimes American political bullies have committed there.☹️

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  80. Anatoly Volynets Posted on February 24, 2020 at 1:58 am

    The Editor-in-Chief shows outrageous ultimate misunderstanding of the events. In his view everything is upside down. Putin is one who plays innocent while stirring the conflict up and trying to subdue Ukrainian independent politics and bringing her back under Russian control. I don't really know how express my opinion politely. Most probably he is just hired speaker. Shame.

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  81. M Robertson Posted on February 24, 2020 at 3:34 am

    Alexander, It occurs to me that when you say it would be irrational for Washington the stir up more trouble in Ukraine, you perhaps say that tongue in cheek. Many in the deep state have personal motives to counter Pres. Trump's every move and blame him for the fallout. At least some of these people likely face public scorn and even real prison time for their money laundering and other corruption, and possibly even treason, evidence of which having already come to light. American deep-state operatives and elected officials are apparently being investigated for human trafficking (vis-à-vis Epstein) and possibly drug crimes, albeit we have seen only a little evidence so far. It seems quite rational for crooks and miscreants to use nefarious subterfuge and distraction to save themselves even if it were to mean selling out our allies and perhaps, heaven forbid, further bloodshed in Ukraine and the Middle East. Thank you and Alex at the Duran for your thoughtful research and reporting.

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  82. elmers balm Posted on February 24, 2020 at 7:51 am

    @21:00 Russia can afford to move in regions where it is welcomed. Integration is cheaper than occupation. Russia, and every other major state, cannot afford to occupy a state against the majority's wishes. Europe is having trouble integrating Eastern European states that are nominally for the union.

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  83. peter kogl Posted on February 24, 2020 at 8:12 am

    Great show. Great perspective.

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  84. Paul Fadden Posted on February 24, 2020 at 11:54 am

    A sentence with Merkle and fig leaf is really off-putting! I think I was just a little sick in my mouth!

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  85. Rick Rozoff Posted on February 24, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    Hope you didn't miss this from earlier this month from Ukrainian News Agency:
    Defense Ministry To Build Military Bases According To NATO Standards In Mariupol Of Donetsk Region And Severodonetsk Of Luhansk Region
    “We plan to build several high-quality infrastructure facilities so that everyone knows that we can also have military bases according to NATO standards. In particular, these are two facilities that we are building in the open field. These will be military bases: one in Mariupol and the other in Severodonetsk.”

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  86. Ken Rose Posted on February 24, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    Neo-Nazis and neo-Zionists are no one's friends, but they, like the Phoenix, have risen from the ashes of history…

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  87. Christoph Jensen Posted on February 24, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    Thanks, great analysis

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  88. Tod Jones Posted on February 24, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Why does Alexander keep giving Trump a pass? Is he the president and commander-in-chief or not?

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  89. Boris Rangelov Posted on February 24, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    You two, whowever are you paid by, instead of licking Putin's ass should first look at your own fuckedup countries. Russia out of Ukraine territory – is that so difficult for your low IQ brains to grasp?

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  90. Don ·E·D·D·Y· Dim Sum Posted on February 25, 2020 at 8:08 am

    Ukraine as a whole across its current territorial span could not and cannot ever politically hence economically function not only performing at minimal subsistence levels but yet at survival marginal ones. I have been there. The country is so politically irreconcilable divided, corrupt and morally abject. Moreover its geographical extension is a joke which Ukrainian nationalists would not even believe in their hottest dreams. The Cossacks are as much Russians as they are Ukrainian and West of the Dnieper the Russian Empire was always and solely the entity upbringing a notion of civilisation. I am Catalan. I myself strongly support independence of my nation from the Kingdom of Spain. But at the same time I realise Ukrainian nationalism has gone and still goes far too long after its post-Soviet undeserved, effortless and luxuriously set up independence.

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  91. kelt kelt Posted on February 25, 2020 at 9:15 am

    Let's be real-Zelensky is just a comedian, playing the role of president.

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  92. Victor Martinez Posted on February 25, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    They got Javalins why would they want to keep the Minsk agreement ?

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  93. Victor Martinez Posted on February 25, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    Nazis have taken power in Ukraine they proudly display swastikas and Nazi flags and emblems in the front lines where the two forces face each other Germany and Europe shamefully find no problem with it even Israel has not mentioned the rise of Nazism in Ukraine!!

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  94. C.J. Afolabi Posted on February 25, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Zelensky is a clown and a puppet

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  95. Rob Ball Posted on February 25, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    Why doesn't Mr Putin order the rebels in Eastern Ukraine to observe Ukrainian authority. Or do we have a situation similar to Hitler's conflict with Czechoslovakia prior to WW2

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  96. Doris Doris Posted on February 26, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    The situation is beyond parody: anger is directed against Zelensky who is in the proverbial rock and hard place position of backing the small Ukraine fascist elements promoted and backed by the "freedom loving", "democratic" Americans, and Ukraine's best interests which are with Russia : why don't the EU heads attack (verbally) the US which is behind all this insanity?

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  97. Elizaeth Mortensen Posted on February 27, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    Thank you!

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  98. Elizaeth Mortensen Posted on February 27, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    Thank you!

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  99. YahshuaLovesMe Posted on February 28, 2020 at 5:25 am

    Interesting…

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  100. Michael McFeely Posted on February 29, 2020 at 1:38 am

    Ukraine is not part of the U.S. and is not part of NATO. This U.S. taxpayer has no desire to provide aid to Ukraine. Our government is obese. It is time to put our government on a diet and reduce our foreign entanglements.

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