Swede by birth, European by choice. Live in Kyiv. Interested in geopolitics. Non resident fellow at @cepa. I try to reply to comments but time is a constraint.

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Just posting this to make sure nobody says that Russia's current behavior and ideology came as a surprise to them. There were plenty of warnings, the characteristics of fascism were clear and present long time ago. My post below is from February 2015.
Fascist Russia? Check out the check-list. Via @Doesnotplaywel
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#Breaking French President Macron, German Chancellor Scholz and Italian PM Draghi are on their way to #Ukraine
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I wonder what my Twitter feed would have looked like during the darkest hours of World War II? 'Allowing annexation is better than more war.' 'Occupation is not so bad; some Germans are nice.' 'Well, the US did provoke the Japanese.' 'Don't embarrass Hitler.'
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No doubt it's trivial, but I must repeat: let's not dehumanize what's happening in #Ukraine (a classic trend in Bosnia, Rwanda, Syria, Yemen, Myanmar, Hong Kong). Let's talk every day about the victims of Putin's and his clique's murders. Because it's the most concrete thing. 3/3
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⚡️President’s Office: Ukraine will request 1,000 howitzers, 500 tanks from NATO. Ukraine is also planning to request 200-300 multiple rocket launchers, 2,000 armored vehicles, and 1,000 drones from NATO.
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Ukrainian officials make clear the size of the deliveries they require to contain and defeat the Russian offensive. Given that this is for all Europe's security, hopefully reality will sink in in Berlin/Rome/Paris and they'll get it.
Being straightforward – to end the war we need heavy weapons parity: 1000 howitzers caliber 155 mm; 300 MLRS; 500 tanks; 2000 armored vehicles; 1000 drones. Contact Group of Defense Ministers meeting is held in #Brussels on June 15. We are waiting for a decision.
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Good thread.
Very interesting conversation with a senior figure from Ukraine's defence ministry this morning, largely discussing Western military assistance and the progress of the war. Key takeaway; what you have sent is great, and we're extremely grateful, but it's not enough. 1/
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⚡️The European Union is supporting Ukraine to help it regain territories lost at least since the outbreak of a full-scale war on February 24. This was stated by the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, in an interview for the official journal of the European Union
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European countries are financing Russia's war against Ukraine.
1/2⚡️During the 100 days of the war, the Russian Federation earned 93 billion euros on the export of fossil fuels, - a report by the Center for Energy and Clean Air Research (CREA)
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Endless efforts of some colleagues to 'seek peace' at the expense of Ukrainian territory must be diverted while it’s not too late. #Ukraine needs heavy long-range weapons now and in big quantities. Not only the fate of Donbas is now being decided, but the course of the whole war.
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Scholz and Macron will visit Kyiv these days. Many say, they can bring a promise of EU candidacy. My biggest fear is, they will try to force Ukraine in some sort of "peace" in exchange for this. Ukraine needs EU candidacy AND the victory, not the candidacy and a de facto defeat.
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I think we all know - the political and business elite in Germany want this war over ASAP so they can get back to doing business with Russia.
⚡️Ambassador asks Germany why it refuses to ship armored vehicles. “Why are you refusing the Ukrainian army these Marder (vehicles)..., while Ukraine is bleeding dry in the Donbas before your eyes?” Andriy Melnyk, Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany, tweeted. Photo: Wikipedia.
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The effect of Germany obstructing weapons deliveries to Ukraine is to allow the Russian fascist invaders to regroup for new offensives and delay Ukrainian defenders from mounting effective counter-offensives. This is, of course, the intent of the German government.
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Fear of Russian nuclear weapons is fueling calls to appease Putin in Ukraine. But Russia is already wiping entire Ukrainian cities off the face of the earth. This photo is of Popasna in eastern Ukraine following its complete destruction by Russian forces. (Photo: @ua_industrial)
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If the troika attempt to pull a "Minsk 3" stunt, they will forfeit their voice in central, eastern and northern Europe: damage their national reputations beyond repair.
German @BILD writes that Macron, Scholz & Draghi will go on a joint visit to Zelensky in Kyiv in late June. Not bringing Johnson or Duda with them is a bad signal. The goal with the trip could be to put pressure on UA to accept a “Minsk 3” peace agreement, giving up more land.
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The Macron - Scholz - Draghi visit to Kyiv looming looks like a recipe for disaster. Fear that rather like the three stooges they will look to bully Zelensky to concede territory with Putin for peace which will not hold. Putin will take and expect more later.
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Some 🇩🇪Marder IFV modernized at the Rheinmetall factory can be "immediately" shipped to Ukraine - factory CEO However, federal gvt would rather send them to Greece in exchange for its Soviet ancient vehicles going to Ukraine m.bild.de/politik/ausland/po…
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Yes and yes “if it is true that peace in Europe is essentially due to nuclear weapons and the Americans, then that would mean that the whole cozy pacifist lifestyle was only possible because hawks were watching over it all the time.” spiegel.de/politik/deutschla…
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2/2 I don't think the Council of the Baltic Sea States should make a surprise visit to Algiers and launch a whole plan for EU-Maghreb relations without consulting with France and Spain. So, question for Paris, Berlin, and Rome: "Is this coordinated with Warsaw & Bucharest?"
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Macron, Scholtz and Draghi going to Kyiv to talk to Zelensky without taking Duda is probably the dumbest political misstep by Western EU leaders since Merkel and Macron decided in 2021 to hold a summit with Putin and didn't bother to consult with EU states bordering Russia first.
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Talk of helping Putin "save face" or "not be humiliated" is perverse. He may call himself president, but he's a dictator. He answers to no one - least of all the Russian people. Some democratic leaders are projecting their own concerns & motives onto a tyrant, which is absurd
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