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Terrible stories. Agreed that Russia does not deserve to exist but it's not going anywhere and will hopefully atomize into dozens of small nation-states and the nuclear arsenal will be in the hands of international agencies.

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No traction there because no connection. China will broker a deal to get relief on The Chips Act that American impose. Check out my "The Fuss over Chips" newsletter awhile ago.

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Jun 29, 2023Liked by Diane Francis

I met Anna, a beautiful woman , maybe 40s, who was our waitress at Niagara on the lake.A survivor of Mariupol invasion.

Building gone, friends dead, stripped naked, violated,sent to crimea ,Moscow, Georgia and now Canada ( humanitarian program).husband lawyer now janitor, mother doctor now maid, Anna educator now waitress. Kids ptsd. Putin and the oligarchs ,the Brown shirt butchers of today. How can this happen again is the question that really haunts me. Does Russia deserve to exist with the potential of more corrupt, psychopaths ruling this morally and financially bankrupt state?

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Jun 29, 2023·edited Jun 29, 2023Liked by Diane Francis

What you have reported is devastating - that the free world have allowed Russia to destroy a democratic country & left them to fry because 'UKR was NOT a part of NATO'. THAT just sits like acid in my belly - NATO and Biden let Putin do this & are still allowing this to go on. My heart breaks for the people you know so deeply becuz I too have relatives in UKR who are lost & so close to giving up hope that the world will stomp on this MadMan & destroy him once and for all time!

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Jun 29, 2023Liked by Diane Francis

An excellent assessment, Diane. There is, however, one point in your blog that may require clarification: "Medvedev has gotten mixed reviews, due to his “partying” as well as a string of out-of-character, obnoxious, non-statesmanlike, and threatening tweets that he posted during the war."

The statement appears to suggest that Medvedev would be one of the better alternatives after putin. But all of Medvedev's statements appear to be even more extreme in their hatred for Ukrainians, the need to win the war at all costs, and elimination of the Ukrainian state and nation than even those expressed by the most deranged of the nationalist rabble. Where is the "mix" in his "mixed reviews"? Why are his statements and tweets "out of character"? Is there any indication that he harbors some private "moderate" sentiments but is merely currying the favor of the crazies as a political tactic? But - based on his public statements - the man is poison.

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Medvedev is considered a moderate but the point I'm making is that his drinking and posts disqualify him and they were out of character because his image was that he was considered to be a reasonable, pro-western PM/Prez before by the West.

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Thank you. The clarification is helpful.

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Jun 29, 2023Liked by Diane Francis

I don’t think it works as suggested in closing paragraph..nothing tidy about the future of this bad game of thrones..

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The last sentence is proceeded by "hopefully"

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I long ago lost hope…I did business there..

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Jun 29, 2023Liked by Diane Francis

Thank you, Diane. If China helps to broker a deal to restore the Ukraine, will they want the international community to support their desire to re-integrate Taiwan; i.e. restore their homeland?

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Jun 30, 2023Liked by Diane Francis

Every great negotiation ends with a win for both parties.

1.

In this case return all lands to the Ukrainian rightful owners and create a broadly based recovery for The great Ukrainian people .

Assist Ukraine to diminish residual corruption.

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For Russia pay reparations to Ukraine but don’t make the world war 1 mistake of continuous humiliation of Russia as we now know that fascist state could be the result. Create a western path for rehabilitation of the Russian state to truly serve the Russian people and establish a Democratic order. Think postwar Japan and Germany.

Putin and his imperialist cronies must pay.

Pergosin is a malignant force to be excised.

The West needs to reinforce its moral compass to clean up its many problems and weaknesses.

General Petraeus said it:

“ win the Peace” for humanity.

Dr Jack Pacey

Vancouver

Canada

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Well, Putin at least showed he can walk down a flight of stairs, though probably wishing he had a golden. escalator with a Melania to accessorize it. If Putin is weakened, who is strengthened? Presumably the siloviki, but about them Pope's line comes to mind: Willing to wound and yet afraid to strike. One is bound to feel sorry for them because it's a tough call in a corrupt and rotting dictatorship with a failed war like a bleeding abscess and knowing the moment of your greatness has already flickered. In London the bookmakers may already be setting odds - on who and when. I pray the Ukrainians will achieve a decisive breakthrough.

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china ....what about land grabs east when russia collapses????as for putin ....he cannot be gone soon enough...

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Jun 29, 2023Liked by Diane Francis

There was something very phoney and fishy about the so called Wagner group takeover , the March to Moscow , the leaked conversations, the sudden turnabout and then, the leader of Belarus (?!) negotiating in under an hour , amnesty for all concerned ? It smells like a set up to me! Now Putin looks somewhat more powerful , has quelled the dissent , incorporated the Wagner mercenaries into his Russian military forces , and was able to make a rallying speech on a regal looking red carpet to reassure his people that he is in fact in charge (Not to mention that he was able to walk down the red carpet steps without support or railings! ) . A two day exercise which was an attempt to show that he is in fact in control at home . Total set up in my view, just a bit of theatre, nothing more !

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Interesting theory... let's see what happens next.

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Jun 29, 2023Liked by Diane Francis

Thank you Diane. Let's not forget China and their quiet goal of Manchuria when they

discuss Ukraine. Your post

on that was excellent, Diane.

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Jun 29, 2023Liked by Diane Francis

Excellent post Diane. I hope everything you say comes true. Putin is a tenacious ogre and I fear when he asks himself-“what would Stalin do?”-he will decide to blow up the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. Surely, he wouldn’t go that far, would he?

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Jun 29, 2023Liked by Diane Francis

Very good thank you

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Agree. The question is , how do you kill this beast ?lots of foreign actors with big guns

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Thanks for your response

However I don’t think this is as simple as blaming NATO or Biden

I urge you to read Red Notice

Stopping Putin and the even more violent villains who may replace him is complex

Hopefully the human spirit will prevail to rid the world of corrupt and evil leaders

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Russia needs to fall apart and isn't a country -- https://dianefrancis.substack.com/p/russias-sopranos

It's a criminal enterprise

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