US weapons, European supplicants block peace in Ukraine

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As the Russia-Ukraine war opens a new phase in the Donbas, scholar Richard Sakwa on the absence of diplomacy; the Western media’s veneration of Zelensky; the European Union’s self-implosion over the war; and the crackdown on dissent in both Ukraine and Russia.

Guest: Richard Sakwa. Professor of Russian and European politics at the University of Kent. His books include “Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands” and his latest, “Deception: Russiagate and the New Cold War.”


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  1. Germany´s Baerbock representing the "Greens" seems to be one of the most war hungry politicians in Europe. She want´s Germany to send troops to Ukraine in a couple of months. Germany has apparently doesn´t performed enough of military exercises in Europe during the last century?

  2. Very good. But to comment on the post perestroika peace order. As appealing as it may sound, the founders warned of entangling alliances. Remember that even NATO was founded as a peace keeping alliance.

  3. No. The US assumption is their defense contractors will make an ungodly amount of money (which will be recycled into increased political contributions) before the whole US economy goes into a serious decline or collapse. Very smart of the American elite to escalate their power grab.

  4. 6:23 what democratic impetus? When the Soviet Union was dissolved against the wishes of the majority? When the country was destroyed by free market western capitalists and life expectancy plummeted? When Yeltsin bombed his own parliament and the US fixed his election? Is that the democratic impetus the professor thinks has gone because an organisation investigating communist crimes (so brave) has been shut down? Come on

  5. Need your help Aaron there is a journalists missing in Ukraine who also lived there and was reporting from there, Gonzalo Lira. It is being ask that calls and emails are sent to the Chilean and US embassies asking them to find out what as happened to Gonzalo Lira. Would be able to report on this situation and report back on his whereabouts? #WhereisGonzaloLira

  6. You`re definetly wrong about endless war and you can get better info from the Duran, Scott Ritter, Gonzalo Lira, Graham Lancaster as ALL know that Russia will end this war and ALL the money and military equipment won`t make a difference! There`s plenty of proof and is obvious that Russia is winning CLEARLY and they will end it on their time frame as they have been doing methodically! The military equipment are being stolen and sold in the black market while Russia successfully are stopping them from entering and some will get through but it won`t change the out come one way or another! All that money sent to Ukraine is being stolen out the back door and into the hands of the worlds oligarchs! I`m with Russia and they had EVERY RIGHT TO ATTACK UKRAINE AND I DON`T WANT TO HEAR ANOTHER AMERICAN TELL ME ANY DIFFERENT, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! THE U.S. DID THIS AND RUSSIA HAS EVERY RIGHT AND I`M 100% WITH THEM! ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  7. Very disappointed to listen to this man’s view
    of President Putin’s rule in Russia.
    He stated that the time that the Western Oligarchic was more democratic? It appears that Democracy did nothing for the Russians until Putin has taken control as a Ruler.
    Russia is succeeding in the ground war and has now surrounded and will soon destroy
    that US/UK trained Ukrainian Army.
    They have also taken most of the South Coast on route to Odessa. The provinces of
    Herson, Zapborosa, Transnestria and parts of the Odessa province which the Russians now occupy with the support of their Russian
    The joker ignores the fact that the US has been controlling Ukraine since the coup in 1914. ZelenZky is not in control..
    Why ask an English person about the Ukraine ( if he is English ?). He uses metaphor which confuse reality. The Western Media is an instrument of Western Oligarchic control.
    The contradictions in his argument is that he blames the Neo- Nazi Azov groups for controlling ZelenZky when it was the US.CIA.
    The Germans will eventually pull things together. His ignorance of Europe is profound. The EU has always been hated by The English ( Not the British).
    The EU has maintained peace for 79 years,
    educational systems, health systems and a common economic exchanged system.
    There is free movement between EU states, and free movement of students who take degrees that are recognized throughout
    The EU.
    This man is ethnocentric and confused.
    The military situation is part of the USAs
    MIC’s War agenda sgainst Russia.
    The problems for the USA is that it has not realized that Russia is allied to China, the Iutside of Europe there is a wide understanding that the U.S./UK have instigated this conflict and that the Continental Europeans must break with the Imperialist-US/UK and their eternal warmongering and plunder of any state that maintains its Sovereignty and refuses accept US forms of Capitalist Governance and economic control.

  8. These interviews by Grayzone are very important. They are an attempt to bring the power of reason and intelligence to the great issues of our time. I am full of admiration for your work. I think the crack in the Wests drive for war may appear in Germany and I would urge Grayzone to find some voices that can speak to that.

  9. Sadly, within 1 minute this professor demolished most of his credibility in the military area. The reality is clear and simple: there's no "stalemate". Russia is patiently waiting for Ukrainians to come to their senses, release hostages and surrender. Russia is not yet slaughtering Ukrainian military out of sheer mercy. And not only out of concern for the lives of hostages, UAF's human shields – ethnic Russian Donbass residents – but for the lives of Ukrainian servicemen as well. This is why Russian military didn't just drop a few thousand thermobarics onto Ukrainian barracks and encampments on day 1.

    And then he called one of the most notorious CIA propaganda NGOs in Russia, "Memorial", an "oppressed historical association". Ludicrous. Seriously, the head of "Memorial" publicly admitted years ago that they simply invent "Communist crimes" (i.e. "Russian crimes"), and that's all they ever did!

    Otherwise, this was a pretty decent talk.

  10. Zelinsky gives new meaning to the phrase "Theatre of War" with his greatest starring role yet. At least he'll always have a place in the 'hearts of Hollywood', so he probably thinks it was all worth it.
    Thank you for an insightful interview with Richard Sakwa.

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