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    Posted: September 16 2022 at 4:58am

Putin’s Mouthpieces Seem Worried About Russia Floundering In His War And Are Urging Him To Crank Up The Carnage In Ukraine

The Kremlin’s undoubtedly not feeling great about how Vladimir Putin attempted to swagger into Ukraine as though he could settle his imperialistic beef within days, after which the country would instantly fold. Over six months later, President Zelensky and his people keep standing firm while making stunning advances against Russia. Putin’s troops are now disguising themselves and fleeing while Putin’s regime isn’t sitting down for criticism. Rather, they have decided to punish local lawmakers (in Russia) who dared to call for overthrowing Putin over this war that’s hurting Russia’s economy, possibly to a point where it can’t come back.

So, removing Putin isn’t an option unless it’s an inside job. And you never know what will happen after the war is over, but the Putin gang is now hitting Russian State TV, where propagandists recently admitted that this war is a giant “failure” while asking Putin to abort mission. Fast forward less than a week, and The Daily Beast details how Putin’s mouthpieces are calling for increased bloodshed in “another phase” of the conflict in the hopes of continuing and maybe ending this thing by December. Yikes:

Konstantin Zatulin, deputy chairman of the committee of the State Duma for the CIS, said on 60 Minutes: “This military operation–or this war–is entering another phase… The idea that we could achieve a victory with little blood or one massive strike is now in the past… Last week, there was a widespread message–everywhere, except for our television– that this is no time to celebrate, while we’re experiencing difficulties and failures at the battlefront, while we’re retreating… We are pondering what they will do. We need to overcome that… because victory is our only option.”

From there, a military expert named Igor Korotchenko called for Putin’s troops to be “acting quickly, harshly and uncompromisingly.” He called for Russia’s army to “scale up our strikes against critical infrastructure in such a way that one region after the next, one district after another, Ukraine is plunged into darkness.” This, he believes, will cause all remaining Ukrainians to abandon the country, and this also seems like an admission that Russia’s army can’t win the war by fighting; rather, they have to play dirty with resources. Whatever happens, though, it’s clear that Putin’s war isn’t going as planned. The conflict is drastically affecting millions of lives, both in Ukraine and Russia, and it all appears designed to only serve one man’s ego.

(Via The Daily Beast)

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Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping: An increasingly unequal relationship

By Steve Rosenberg
Russia Editor, Moscow

The two leaders share a similar world view. Both promote the idea of an alternative world order: a "multi-polar world" in which their countries act as a counterweight to the West, in particular to the United States.

So, is it a case of Putin and Xi "best friends forever"?

Not quite. First, BFF rarely exists in global politics. And second, this is an increasingly unequal relationship.

Mr Putin's invasion of Ukraine, which has not gone according to plan, has weakened Russia. The Kremlin admits that the Russian army has suffered "significant losses", while Western sanctions are putting the economy under intense pressure. In the Russia-China relationship, it feels more and more that Russia is the junior partner.

In their meeting, Mr Putin conceded that China has "questions and concerns" about the situation in Ukraine. It was an unexpected admission, by the Kremlin, that Russia's so-called special military operation is causing some anxiety in Beijing.

Having burned bridges with the West and sparked an energy war with Europe, Mr Putin is attempting a pivot east (he's left himself little choice). He's hoping to reorient the Russian economy and find new markets for Russian oil and gas. It's quite a challenge.

"The hope is that this pivot will work and will have credible dividends for Russia. But I don't see this happening," believes Sergey Radchenko, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. "What Russia needs is ultimately in the West: its technology, its markets.

"Russia requires Western technologies to develop oil and gas fields off shore and there's a big question mark about whether Russia will be able to do that without Western support.

"It's very difficult to change the direction of gas flows. The Soviet Union and Russia spent decades building networks of pipelines to Europe and that's where the physical infrastructure is. It's very difficult to reorient Russian energy markets towards Asia."

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan September 15, 2022.IMAGE SOURCE,REUTERS
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Mr Putin (far left) and Mr Xi (far right) met at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Samarkand

The summit Mr Putin and Mr Xi are attending is a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, or SCO. Along with Russia and China, members include four Central Asian states - Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan - as well as India and Pakistan.

For President Putin the event is an opportunity to demonstrate that, despite international sanctions and attempts by the West to isolate Russia for the invasion of Ukraine, Moscow still has powerful friends.

"Russia likes to point out that its isolation by the West is only in the West and that the world is very multi-polar," notes Prof Radchenko. "But what's interesting is that the whole balance of power in the SCO and in Central Asia is changing and moving away from Russia.

"Putin is in Samarkand at a time when the Russian leader is in the middle of a war he is losing.

"Meanwhile, for the first time, countries in Central Asia are pursuing their own policy. This is most noticeable with Kazakhstan, which has been very assertive in its relations with Russia. Kazakhstan hasn't been nearly as supportive as Putin had hoped for since Russia invaded Ukraine. There are interesting shifts in the balance of power."

As the Kremlin promotes its pivot east, it's worth remembering a key point about Russia. This country - the biggest in the world - spans two continents, Europe and Asia.

Instead of letting the pendulum swing, perhaps it makes more sense for Russia to look both ways.

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Office of the President says Russian occupiers taking their families from southern Ukraine back to Russia

UKRAINSKA PRAVDA – TUESDAY, 13 SEPTEMBER 2022, 22:11

The Office of the President of Ukraine says that Russian collaborators and occupiers in southern Ukraine and in Crimea have started to take their families back to Russia. Ivan Fedorov, Mayor of Melitopol, reports that convoys of Russian military equipment are heading towards Crimea, which is temporarily occupied by Russian forces.

Source: Mykhailo Podoliak, Adviser to the Office of the President of Ukraine, on Twitter; Ivan Fedorov, Mayor of Melitopol, on Telegram

Quote from Podoliak: "Key representatives of [Russian] occupation administrations in southern Ukraine and Crimea are urgently evacuating their families to the Russian Federation. At the same time, they are selling real estate and other property en masse.


The occupiers are beginning to recognise the contours of the future ‘negotiation process’: they will need to seek out lawyers to defend them in court."

Quote from Fedorov: "The occupiers are fleeing Melitopol towards occupied Crimea. Convoys of military equipment were seen at a checkpoint in Chonhar. This was predictable: Ukraine’s decisive counteroffensive has left them no choice." 

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Crimea seeing sharp fall in real estate prices, increased supply

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Signs in market point to drop in demand, fall in prices amid increasing panic
Signs in market point to drop in demand, fall in prices amid increasing panic

Read also: In wake of Kharkiv counter-offensive, Russian troops flee from Melitopol toward Crimea, mayor says

Housing has fallen in price by 30-50%, and home-buyers can mainly thank the Armed Forces of Ukraine for this.

Read also: Russian officials evacuating families from southern Ukraine and Crimea, Ukrainian intelligence says

The explosions at the Crimean airfields and the successful counter-offensive of the Ukrainian Army have led to mass sales of housing on the peninsula.

And when supply goes as demand goes down, prices nosedive.

Read also: Russian invaders must leave Crimea or prepare for the worst, says ex-Ukrainian FM


There are no official statistics, but the trend can be confirmed by indirect signs.

In April, Russian media outlet Lenta.ru counted 19,000 ads for the sale of apartments in the Crimea in the database of the Mir Kvartir (World of Apartments) real estate agency.

Currently, there are 33,200 of them, according to a study by NV Business. The analysis of the Avito online ads database shows the same picture: the number of offers for the sale of apartments increased from 10,000 to 15,500 from April to September.

Spinning dive

Currently, the Avito ads database includes 342 offers for the urgent sale of Crimean real estate, against 200 in April.

For example, a two-bedroom modern apartment with a total area of 51 square meters in Sevastopol on Kozacha Street, next to several beaches, a public transport stop and a kindergarten, is being sold for RUB 7.5 million (about $110,000). The owner is in a hurry to sell and is ready to conduct an online viewing.

According to Mir Kvartir, the average cost of housing in Sevastopol amounted to RUB 185,000 ($2,700) per square meter back in the spring. Given these prices, the above apartment should have cost RUB 9.5 million ($139,000).

And a three-bedroom apartment with an area of 50 square meters in the village Lhovske of the Kirovskyi district, which is 75 km from Simferopol, can be bought for RUB 2 million (about $29,000). The apartment has cosmetic repairs, and it’s only 40 km to the Black and Azov Seas. Moreover, the owner is ready to exchange the Crimean asset for a car or an apartment in Krasnodar with an additional payment.


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Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a firebrand Russian nationalist who often said publicly what the Kremlin thought privately, issued a forecast during his speech at the Russian parliament’s closing session in December.

A war with Ukraine, he predicted, will start before dawn on Feb. 22. As a result, “Russia will become a great nation again,” he thundered. “Everyone will have to shut their mouths and respect us.”

Mr. Zhirinovsky, who died in April from Covid, was off by just two days on the date of the invasion that triggered Europe’s bloodiest conflict since World War II. But, instead of showcasing Moscow’s newfound might, the Ukrainian war—now in its seventh month—is laying bare Russia’s weaknesses.
Moscow’s recent military defeats, inflicted by a country that it never considered a serious adversary, have challenged Russia’s basic assumptions about itself and its role in the world.

The losses are also prompting Russia’s partners, allies and arms customers to reassess their relationships, with many voicing private shock about Moscow’s bungling even as they hold back from public criticism, according to diplomats.

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As India joins China in distancing From Russia, Putin warns of escalation

The televised admonishment by Modi at a regional summit in Uzbekistan came a day after Putin acknowledged that Xi Jinping, China’s leader, had “questions and concerns” about the war.

Written by Anton Troianovski, Mujib Mashal and Julian E. Barnes

Underlining Russia’s widening isolation on the world stage, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India told President Vladimir Putin on Friday that it is no time for war — even as the Russian president threatened to escalate the brutality of his campaign in Ukraine.

The televised admonishment by Modi at a regional summit in Uzbekistan came a day after Putin acknowledged that Xi Jinping, China’s leader, had “questions and concerns” about the war.

Taken together, the distancing from Putin by the heads of the world’s two most populous countries — both of which have been pivotal to sustaining Russia’s economy in the face of Western sanctions — punctured the Kremlin’s message that Russia was far from a global 

“I know that today’s era is not of war,” Modi told Putin at the beginning of their meeting, describing global challenges like the food and energy crises that were hitting developing countries especially hard. “Today we will get a chance to discuss how we can move forward on the path of peace.”

The implicit criticism of Putin underscored that he now faces perhaps his most challenging moment of recent months, suffering not just these diplomatic setbacks but also retreats on the battlefield and intensifying questions back home over how he has conducted the war.

But Putin’s own next steps remain a mystery, and Western officials believe that he could still drastically escalate the intensity of Russia’s assault if he is confronted with further defeats.

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Russia's isolation from global markets is withering its economy and will wreck its status as an energy superpower, experts say

  • Russia's isolation from the west is a disaster for the long-term health of its economy, experts told Insider.

  • Trade isolation limits what Russia can import, making production more expensive.

  • Russia's situation will also greatly decrease its status as an energy superpower.

Russia's resilience in the face of sanctions surprised experts in the early months of the war in Ukraine, but there are growing signs that deepening isolation will result in a withered economy for years to come, and a greatly diminished standing as an energy superpower.

Since absorbing the early blows of western sanctions, Russia has largely retaliated by shutting out the west, trading exclusively with "friendly" countries, and shoring up partnerships with nations that can stomach doing business with a pariah state.

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China's foreign ministry has called for dialogue and consultations with all sides to find a way to resolve security issues after Russian President Putin warned the West of what he called "nuclear blackmail," Reuters reported. 👉 Follow 


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