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If they can evacuate 2, that’s a double improvement on Afghanistan.

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Radovan Stovanovic: "Putin and Biden are the same, both dictatorships".

This is a warped view of what constitutes a Dictator - Putin is an ex-KGB operative (during which time he ordered the elimination of thousands of opponents), who has never been elected in open / free-and-fair elections, and is seeking to run Russia as president for life. Putin is seeking to expand his territory by invading neighbours, having already walked into Crimea and taken control, he now requires Ukraine, and possibly Belarus; Finland will probably be next on his list. He rules Russia on a terrorist basis, state-sponsored terrorism, terrorising his neighbours in the process.

Whereas Biden, for all his shortcomings, was democratically elected in a free-and-fair system and can stand for 4 or 8 years as president. He doesn't seek to terrorise his neighbours, or invade other sovereign countries, and tries to seek peaceful outcomes wherever trouble flares up, which should be the job of the toothless U.N.

So not really the same at all.

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Ukraine must not have much oil, otherwise the US would be harping on about how they need some “freedom” 24/7.

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I hope if they commit the SDF to evacuate, they do better than the Afghanistan EVACUATION

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@Martimurano

The U.S has been interfering and sabotaging friendly states for decades !

A case of the pot calling the kettle black there !!

USA and Russia ~ two of the biggest bullies on Earth.

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Larr Fint, I thought the very same thing last night. God forbid that Beijing does invade Taiwan. Beijing's friend Putin is taking the focus and NATO forces away from the Taiwan Strait to Europe. I really hope that we are both wrong.

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Hopefully they have provided assistance in relocating and not just order it. It's very hard to uproot your and your family's life on such a short notice.

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gakinotsukaiJan. 25  05:44 pm JST

Without diplomatic international presence, you leave an open field to annexation, dictatorship or violence.

I think I agree. There may be options like having Japanese diplomats remain in the Ukraine but their families evacuate.

Who is going to take care of the Japanese civilians working/living/going to school in the Ukraine?

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Why would Russia have security concerns? They don't have anything NATO or any other country would want.

They suffer from a huge inferiority complex.

When was the last time anyone bought something Made in Russia ?

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Nothing but a distraction China paying off Russia to stage an invasion as China perform incursion in to Taiwan airspace to get the Taiwanese pilots tired. Once NATO and the rest of the world is on full alert China assumes the US and its allies can't fight on two fronts and attacks Taiwan. Little do the little panda know Putin cannot be trusted Putin he would pull his troops out and watch China get destroyed he does not want a strong China on his border he will sit back and watch as he played China to their own demise without firing one bullet!

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Some serious spit is about to go down in that country. Putin doesn't a give damn about repercussions. Stereotypical dictator.

If I were there for business, or were a gov't employee, I would have already requested transfer, and booked my flight home, regardless of whether of not my superiors approved.

One can always find a new job, if necessary. It's not as easy to come back from the dead.

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Biden:

He doesn't seek to terrorise his neighbours, or invade other sovereign countries,

Doesn't seek to invade? Judging from past POTUS' actions, that's a bit hard to believe. R or D, American foreign policy doesn't change. Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Syria, half of Africa. Ukraine wouldn't be in the news had USA not started meddling in its affairs in the 1990s, propping up neo-Nazis and Ukrainian leaders who were hell bet on causing trouble. When the Soviet Union collapsed, USA swore to Russia it wouldn't expand NATO. Why does the USA care so much about ethnic muslims in China while it turns a blind eye to what is happening to the Russian majority in eastern Ukraine and Crimea (which incidentally used to be Russian and was transferred to Ukraine after WWII purely for administrative purposes). USA is intent on causing trouble everywhere. We've seen it in HK, Taiwan, Thailand and Myanmar. Thank god Thailand is now making it a law for NGOs to say upfront who is funding them. Perhaps then we'll find out that there is no N in certain NGOs.

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Dan, Pusey 2:

I was talking about Biden - as far as I'm aware, Biden does not seek to invade, interfere, or sabotage any countries. If you still insist that this is what the man stands for, please enlighten us all.

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Canadian families and diplomats have already been asked to leave

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Wellington

When was the last time anyone bought something Made in Russia?

How about rides into space? Plenty of countries buy Russian arms, just like they do from the US.

Russia is the top exporter in the world of wheat, semi-finished iron, coal tar oil, gold and fertilizer. It’s the world’s largest exporter of natural gas and the 2nd largest producer and 2nd largest exporter of oil.

How about diamonds, copper, etc.? Shall I go on?

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I think it's pretty obvious that nobody, including the Americans and Brits, believes that Russia has had any intention of invading Ukraine. But pretending to think so allows them to justify moving militarily into Ukraine, ostensibly to protect it. As time goes by and no invasion occurs, they will claim that they scared Russia out of it, and probably retain their military presence there, thus achieving much of what allowing Ukraine into NATO would be intended for.

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Learn from what happened to Afghanistan. Sound off to evac all Japanese nationals: Biden and NATO is NOT going to save them.

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Agreed @KazuakiShimazaki 7:59pm: “I hope if they commit the SDF to evacuate, they do better than the Afghanistan EVACUATION. 4 planes and only 1 evacuated. Too much foot dragging waiting for other countries to play their cards first.

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Invasion is inevitable. You'll see.

Countries should get their embassy staff out.

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Ukraine must have plenty of oil or rare minerals, otherwise the rogue state of the USA wouldn't be interested.

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I tried to get some information about this recent hysteria on western media about Russia and Ukraine from a newschannel in the Ukraine (what could be a better source), namely Ukraina24 and translated with Google.

Oleksiy Danilov (sekretary of national defense and security) was quoted two days ago as follows (did my best to summorize):

Up to these days there's no indication of an imminent Russian attack on Ukraine. We repeatedly emphasize that there are no reasonable grounds in believing in a large-scale Russian attack against our country. The Russion troops movements exist but they do for years, that is nothing to be surprised about. It may be news for our international partners to finally see that the Russion Federation has troops across the border and that the move around. But the Ukraine functions in a normal mode.

In an apparently BBC interview he also commented about the evacuation of diplomats: To those who evacuate, money seems to be more important than democracy.

And adding my two cents: Why is the West hyping this conflict now? Especially after Afghanistan, is it a possible sales place for certain goods currently not needed elsewhere? Do some governments need confirmation? Why does the EU suddenly start justifying new sanctions with outdated Crimea, did Russia not respond as hoped after all these war scenario buildup (even incl. a possible invasion of Sweden) since last year? Why? Is it just to show off power? I could be wrong in my conclusions but the question still remains: Cui bono?

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Nothing will happen, that’s an artificial hype. They will just wait in Moscow until a Russian friendlier regime takes over by election or whatever and then will be peacefully invited, including militarily. They are all not stupid there and very much like brothers and sisters in culture and history for centuries. Even the name Russia stems from those early times when it all was founded in the now Ukraine area as ‘Kiyiv Rus’. They always like to do some internal family brawl , also sometimes a bit bloody , but never will really and hard fight each other. They have too strong common roots, by tribe, character, history and religion.

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Hey Japan, why do you have to imitate all the clownery US does to pretend that it is a country that "defends democracy"..

Russia does not intend to invade Ukraine, they are just lies from the US to try to sustain a hegemony that is lost..

Again, if the US is going to put its "democratic missiles" in Ukraine to intimidate Russia, Lord Putin can do the same in Cuba and Venezuela..

Putin and Biden are the same. Same dictatorship. The only difference is that in Russia they call it communism and in the USA the democrats.

Lord Putin is a man who really knows what power is, communist or not.. Biden and other US politicians belong to a decadent circus that has no redemption, democrat or republican are the same bazaar of melancholic decadence..

It is very smart to evacuate as soon as possible as invasion might start anytime soon, also I would consider the Taiwan situation as if Russia invades Ukraine then China will seek their chance to get to Taiwan.

War is closer than you think!

Another one bites the bait.. Lol..

Ukraine must not have much oil, otherwise the US would be harping on about how they need some “freedom” 24/7.

Correct, the typical US "modus operandi"..

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It is very smart to evacuate as soon as possible as invasion might start anytime soon

No, it's not.

Without diplomatic international presence, you leave an open field to annexation, dictatorship or violence.

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It is very smart to evacuate as soon as possible as invasion might start anytime soon, also I would consider the Taiwan situation as if Russia invades Ukraine then China will seek their chance to get to Taiwan.

War is closer than you think!

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Putin and Biden are the same. Same dictatorship. The only difference is that in Russia they call it communism and in the USA the democrats.

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