Russia Denies It Is Demanding Zelenskyy’s Ouster as Part of Peace Deal

Even as Russia continues a relentless missile attack on Ukraine’s power system as winter approaches, the Kremlin is apparently walking back its earlier goals to overthrow President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s government.

On Monday, a Kremlin official said the “special operation” in Ukraine ordered by President Vladimir Putin nine months ago is not demanding regime change in Kyiv.

“No, the president has spoken about this already,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, according to TASS, the official Russian news agency.

Shortly after Russian tanks rolled across the border in February 2022, Mr. Putin called on the Ukrainian military to oust Mr. Zelenskyy, calling the leadership in Kyiv corrupt and essentially denying that Ukraine, once a key part of the Soviet Union, had a right to exist as a country independent of Russia.

“Take power into your own hands. It will be easier for us to agree with you than this gang of junkies and neo-Nazis,” Mr. Putin told a meeting of the Russian Security Council in Moscow then. (Read more from “Russia Denies It Is Demanding Zelenskyy’s Ouster as Part of Peace Deal” HERE)

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Zelensky Rejects NATO View That Russia Did Not Fire Missile That Fell in Poland

An emerging NATO consensus about the origin of the missile that struck a village in Poland is wrong, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. . .

That emphatic statement sets up an unusual dispute between Ukraine and two of its most important Western partners. Both President Joe Biden and his Polish counterpart have signaled their growing confidence a Ukrainian anti-air defense missile landed in Poland during an intense Russian bombardment of Ukraine.

“From the information that we and our allies have, it was an S-300 rocket made in the Soviet Union, an old rocket, and there is no evidence that it was launched by the Russian side,” Polish President Andrzej Duda said Wednesday. “It is highly probable that it was fired by Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense.”

The course of the dispute has left Western observers “puzzled,” as one senior European official confessed, given the general confidence in both Ukrainian and NATO intelligence capabilities regarding such issues.

“The Ukrainians have very good data collection — they have good radars, they track every single missile,” former U.S. Ambassador Kurt Volker, the State Department’s special envoy for the Ukraine crisis prior to then-President Donald Trump’s first impeachment scandal, told the Washington Examiner. “I’ve been to their headquarters where they do this — [it’s] very sophisticated. They know what’s going on. I’m sure the Poles do as well. I’m sure we do as well. So the Poles and Ukrainians need to sit down with their experts and look at their data … and come up with what they think actually happened.” (Read more from “Zelensky Rejects NATO View That Russia Did Not Fire Missile That Fell in Poland” HERE)

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U.S. Parts Allegedly Found in Iranian Drones Russia Is Using to Pummel Ukraine

The U.S. government is investigating the circumstances behind Western-made parts found in Iranian drones Russia has used to pummel Ukraine’s energy infrastructure in recent weeks, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Of more than 200 technical components found in remains of shot-down Iranian drones, at least half could be traced to U.S. firms and a third to firms in Japan, the WSJ reported, citing Ukrainian military intelligence verified in a report by Ukraine’s Independent Anti-Corruption Commission (NAKO) and viewed by the outlet. Despite U.S. efforts to thwart Russia’s supply of Iranian drones, the Kremlin continues to employ the weapons in highly destructive attacks on civilian targets throughout Ukraine.

“The proliferation of weapons into Ukraine for use against Ukrainian people is a top priority for us, and we’re going to investigate any illegal export that might be connected with that effort,” a senior official from the U.S. Commerce Department, responsible for much of a sanctions regime of historic proportions targeting Iranian weapons exports, told the WSJ.

Ukrainian intelligence estimated that up to three quarters of the parts in Iran’s drones, primarily the Shahed-136 “suicide” drone and the Mohajer-6, were of U.S. origin, according to the WSJ.

U.S. officials involved in export controls either declined to comment or were not able to confirm the origin of drone parts, the WSJ reported. However, industry officials familiar with the matter told the WSJ the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security had initiated a probe into Western-origin parts. (Read more from “U.S. Parts Allegedly Found in Iranian Drones Russia Is Using to Pummel Ukraine” HERE)

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Russian Colonel Tied to Mobilization Dies Mysteriously

A high-ranking Russian army colonel with ties to Vladimir Putin’s mobilization efforts for the war in Ukraine died under mysterious circumstances this week.

Col. Vadim Boyko was found dead in his office at Makarov Pacific Higher Naval School on Wednesday, local news reported.

Early media coverage, including a Telegram post by the Far Eastern Gazette, described the incident as a suicide. “[Boyko] came to work and put a bullet in his temple,” the initial post read.

A similar post from BAZA — an outlet with ties to law enforcement — questioned the suicide scenario, noting that witnesses heard five shots coming from Boyko’s office.

“The duty officer, who heard the shooting, ran to the place and saw Boyko’s body — the colonel was dead,” BAZA recounted. “The man did not leave a suicide note. At the place of his death, criminalists found five cartridge cases and four Makarov pistols. (Read more from “Russian Colonel Tied to Mobilization Dies Mysteriously” HERE)

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Zelensky Almost Plunged Us All Into World War III — Again. Enough Already.; Zelensky Insists Missile That Hit Poland Was Not Ukrainian; NATO Row Breaks Out as Zelensky Savaged for ‘Destructive Lies’

By Daily Wire. On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sounded the alarm and called upon NATO allies to finally, directly, enter the war after an alleged Russian missile hit a Polish town, killing two people and causing destruction.

It turns out that Zelensky — who has bilked billions of dollars from the West, especially the U.S. — was wrong in his assessment. Authorities now say that it looks likely that it wasn’t a Russian weapon at all, but a Ukrainian one fired in self-defense that accidentally landed over the border. Regardless, Zelensky was quick to jump the gun and conclude that it was indeed Russia.

The question, then, is why do we trust this nutcase banging the war drums anymore? . . .

Since Poland is a NATO country, measures could be triggered that would have forced all NATO allies to defend Poland against Russia — thus starting World War III. . .

This isn’t the first time the Ukrainian president has acted wildly. Zelensky has also called upon the U.S. and other nations to establish a “no-fly zone” over Ukraine — which would have required Western nations to shoot down Russian aircraft, thus escalating the conflict even more. (Read more from “Zelensky Almost Plunged Us All Into World War III — Again. Enough Already.” HERE)

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NATO Row Breaks Out as Zelensky Savaged for ‘Destructive Lies’

By Express UK. NATO and Ukraine found themselves at odds at an urgent meeting on Wednesday, it has been revealed, as Volodymyr Zelensky said he had “no doubt” a missile that killed two people after landing in Poland near the Ukrainian border was not of Ukrainian origin. NATO, Warsaw and the US all said they believed the missile was “likely” fired by Ukraine in order to defend themselves against Russian missiles, with the alliance’s secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg making clear that it was “not Ukraine’s fault”, as the firing of the missile was “the direct result” of Putin’s invasion of the country. . .

But Mr Zelensky would not budge on the issue, insisting that a report he received from the incident left him certain that it was “not our missile or our missile strike”.

His statements have reportedly irked at least one Kyiv-based diplomat from a NATO country, who told the Financial Times: “This is getting ridiculous. The Ukrainians are destroying [our] confidence in them. Nobody is blaming Ukraine and they are openly lying. This is more destructive than the missile.”

NATO countries were called to an emergency meeting last night after a missile landed in the Polish village of Przewodów, near the Ukrainian border, during a mass air strike by Russia in which they unleashed over 100 missiles into Ukrainian cities, targeting civilian infrastructure. (Read more from “NATO Row Breaks Out as Zelensky Savaged for ‘Destructive Lies’” HERE)

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Zelensky Insists Missile That Hit Poland Was Not Ukrainian

By The Hill. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky insisted on Wednesday that a missile believed to be fired over the Poland-Ukraine border that killed two people was not Ukrainian.

“I have no doubt that it was not our missile or our missile strike,” Zelensky told Ukrainian news outlets, adding, “I want us to be fair, and if it was the use of our air defense, then I want that evidence.”

Zelensky also said he believes Ukraine should be part of the investigation into the missile blast.

A missile strike killed two people in a Polish village near the country’s border with Ukraine on Tuesday. Initial reports suggested that the missile was Russian, raising concerns of a potential escalation of war with other countries amid the conflict in Ukraine.

However, Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday that the strike appeared to be accidental and said it was “highly probable” that it was the result of a Ukrainian air defense missile. (Read more from “Zelensky Insists Missile That Hit Poland Was Not Ukrainian” HERE)

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Why Is Super Creep Klaus Schwab Even at the G-20 Summit?

Did you ever vote for a “Brave New World” created by globalist Klaus Shwab?

Well, it doesn’t really matter whether you wanted it or not, because under President Joe Biden, it seems America is along for the ride anyway.

This week at the G-20 Summitt, Schwab told government leaders that the entire world order needs some change.

“If we look at all the challenges, we can speak about the multi crises, economic, political, social, ecological, and institutional crises,” Schwab said at the G20 summit. “But actually, what we have to confront is a deep systemic and structural restructuring of our world. And this will take some time and the world will look different after we have gone through this transition process.”

Schwab is a German engineer and professor by trade, as well as the founder of the World Economic Forum. (Read more from “Why Is Super Creep Klaus Schwab Even at the G-20 Summit?” HERE)

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Ukrainians FIRED Missile That Hit Poland, U.S. Officials Say; Ukraine Rules Out Ceasefire Talks

By Jerusalem Post. Initial findings suggest that the missile that hit Poland was fired by Ukrainian forces at an incoming Russian missile, Associated Press reported on Wednesday, citing US officials.

This latest report contradicts earlier intelligence provided by US officials that the missile that hit Poland was of Russian origin.

Earlier, Polish President Andrzej Duda had told reporters it was “most likely a Russian-made missile,” but there was no concrete evidence of who fired it, and the incident was a one-off. . .

At the time, it was widely speculated that this could have been a Russian missile. Polish officials also confirmed that the missile was of Russian origin.

However, the Russian Defense Ministry called the reports about the impact of Russian missiles in Poland a “deliberate provocation,” claiming that the Russian Armed Forces did not carry out any strikes near the Ukrainian-Polish border. (Read more from “Ukrainians FIRED Missile That Hit Poland, U.S. Officials Say” HERE)

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Ukraine Rules Out Ceasefire Talks With Russia to End War

By Jerusalem Post. Ukraine will not consider entering ceasefire negotiations with Russia, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin declared in an interview to the BBC over the weekend.

“I don’t think that the issue of resuming any negotiations is possible,” the prosecutor general said Friday, reaffirming Kyiv’s belief that collecting evidence of war crimes committed by Russian forces in Ukraine, alongside international cooperation against the Kremlin, is crucial to holding Russia accountable for its war.

There have been no public attempts to reconvene peace talks between the two sides since initiatives to bring about a ceasefire in Istanbul during the first weeks of the conflict broke down without progress. (Read more from “Ukraine Rules Out Ceasefire Talks With Russia to End War” HERE)

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‘Unlikely’ Poland Missile Strike Was Launched From Russia, Biden Says

By Washington Examiner. President Joe Biden disclosed it is “unlikely” the Russian-made missile that killed two people in Poland was launched from Russia.

“There is plenty of information to contest that,” Biden told reporters in Bali, Indonesia. “I don’t want to say until we completely investigate. It’s unlikely in the [lines of] trajectory that it was fired from Russia, but we’ll see.”

After convening an emergency meeting of G-7 leaders plus critical partners, including the Netherlands and Spain, Biden conveyed that the bloc “agreed to support Poland’s investigation … to make sure we figure out exactly what happened.”

“Then we’re going to collectively determine our next step as we investigate and proceed,” he said Wednesday morning local time. “There was total unanimity among folks at the table.” (Read more from “‘Unlikely’ Poland Missile Strike Was Launched From Russia, Biden Says” HERE)

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Commission Report Reveals China’s Plan for War on Taiwan

China is increasing plans for military, economic and political warfare against Taiwan and the U.S. government needs to step up preparations and planning to respond to a future war across the Taiwan Strait, according to a report by a congressional China commission.

The report from the bipartisan panel argues that China under President Xi Jinping this year has “adopted a significantly more aggressive stance toward Taiwan, ramping up displays of military force in addition to diplomatic and economic coercion.”

Beijing also is drawing lessons from Russia’s war in Ukraine, with an eye toward the forcible unification of Taiwan with the mainland.

“Russia’s war against Ukraine has galvanized the international community and heightened concerns over a potential Chinese invasion of Taiwan,” states the annual report of the U.S.-China Economic Security Review Commission made public Tuesday.

The commission called on Congress to create an executive branch panel to prepare economic sanctions that can be imposed on China in response to military action against the democratic-ruled island state. The congressionally chartered panel also wants Congress to require the Pentagon to produce a classified report on the U.S. military forces needed to resist a Chinese attack on Taiwan. (Read more from “Commission Report Reveals China’s Plan for War on Taiwan” HERE)

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Russia’s Latest Mistake Could Set off World War III; Country Will Consider Invoking NATO Article 4

By Townhall. Amid Putin’s long-running war against Ukraine, a new volley of Russian missiles missed their presumed intended target in Ukraine and struck in Poland on Tuesday, killing at least two Polish citizens and leaving sizable craters where they landed. According to reports, the missiles hit a village, Przewodów, near Poland’s border in an area where locals were drying grain.

Russia’s strike hitting Poland could significantly raise the stakes of the war that’s been raging since Putin’s forces invaded Ukraine on February 24. Until now, other nations have provided training, support, and war machinery to the two countries in conflict, but have not gotten directly involved on behalf of Russia or Ukraine. But because Poland is a member of NATO, and has now been attacked by Russia, it could invoke Article 5 of the NATO charter, triggering the alliance’s collective defense provision where “an attack against one Ally is considered as an attack against all Allies.”

That would draw in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and the rest of NATO’s membership.

Russia’s strike hitting Poland could significantly raise the stakes of the war that’s been raging since Putin’s forces invaded Ukraine on February 24. Until now, other nations have provided training, support, and war machinery to the two countries in conflict, but have not gotten directly involved on behalf of Russia or Ukraine. But because Poland is a member of NATO, and has now been attacked by Russia, it could invoke Article 5 of the NATO charter, triggering the alliance’s collective defense provision where “an attack against one Ally is considered as an attack against all Allies.”

That would draw in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and the rest of NATO’s membership.

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Country Will Consider Invoking NATO Article 4

By CNN. Poland has summoned the country’s Russian ambassador, after concluding that a Russian-made missile fell into its territory on Tuesday and killed two people near the Ukrainian border.

In the wake of the incident, the NATO member will increase the combat readiness of some troops and is considering activating Article 4 of the NATO military alliance treaty, officials said. . .

Russia’s Defense Ministry earlier denied targeting the border. It called the reports by Polish media, who first reported the deaths, “a deliberate provocation in order to escalate the situation,” according to a short statement late Tuesday. . .

Polish President Andrzej Duda said in a Tuesday address that Poland does not know who fired the missile, while noting that the missile was “most likely produced in Russia.” (Read more from “Country Will Consider Invoking NATO Article 4” HERE)

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NATO to Convene Emergency Session After Suspected Russian Missile Lands in Poland

Tensions were significantly heightened in eastern Europe after a suspected Russian missile landed in Poland and killed two Polish civilians as the war in Ukraine continued into its eighth month. . .

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy responded by issuing a forceful statement by video.

“Hitting NATO territory with missiles,” he said. “This is a Russian missile attack on collective security! This is a really significant escalation. Action is needed.”

Poland convened an emergency national security meeting leading to some concern over whether the missile attack would trigger Article 5 of the NATO charter, which says an attack on one member is an attack on all members. (Read more from “NATO to Convene Emergency Session After Suspected Russian Missile Lands in Poland” HERE)

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