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To see a list of previous articles, enter “Ukraine” in the Search Box on the upper right, on The Trenchant Observer web site, and you will see a list in chronological order.
1) Ben Marlow, “The West must now wage total economic war against Vladimir Putin; Sanctions are losing their potency and have failed to crush the Russian economy,” The Telegraph, March 31, 2022 (5:52pm);
2) Tom Ough, “Vladimir Putin ‘visited by cancer doctor 35 times and bathes in deer antlers’; The Russian president also keeps a thyroid specialist at his side, according to Proekt, an investigative journalism outlet,” The Telegraph, April 1, 2022 (2:30 p.m);
3) “Project Media, designated as undesirable NGO in Russia, being liquidated – media team,” Interfax, July 16, 2021 (02:06);
4) Yaroslav Trofimov, “Russian Strategy in Ukraine Shifts After Setbacks, and a Lengthy War Looms; Moscow’s new focus on Donbas and retreats from Kyiv set the stage for a protracted war of attrition,” Wall Street Journal, April 1, 2022 (11:21 am ET);
Russia’s pledge to reduce military activity around Kyiv, as part of what it calls “de-escalation”, has rightly been met with scepticism in the West, though sadly not nearly enough.
The move has prompted talk at the highest levels about whether sanctions should be lifted if Russia retreats and commits to peace.
The possibility of sanctions removal was first raised by US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, a fortnight ago, on the basis that Vladimir Putin agreed to an “irreversible” withdrawal from Ukraine.
Then in an interview with The Telegraph last weekend, Liz Truss said the West could relent if Moscow withdraws and commits to “no further aggression”.
This is naive in the extreme and suggests America, Europe and Britain have learnt nothing about Russia’s psychotic regime. Have they forgotten what two decades of appeasement achieved?
Russian investigative journalism outlet (“Proekt”) reports Putin may have thyroid cancer
Ough reports a Russian investigative news outlet, “Proekt”, has published a report suggesting Vladimir Putin may be suffering from thyroid cancer. It bases its reports on travel and other records showing how often specialists visited Putin in Sochi or traveled with him.
While the report is intriguing, much more needs to be known to corroborate the thrust of the article, including a copy of the report itself and details on by whom and where it was published. Ough reports that “Proekt” was founded in Russia, but is now blocked in the country.
According to the Russian news platform Interfax, Proekt Media or Project Media was a U.S. NGO which was forced to liquidate its operations in Russia in July 2021, after being designated as an “undesirable organization”.
Readers should be aware that this report could be Russian government disinformation. If true, if Putin really does have thyroid cancer, that fact would change the calculus in any nuclear confrontation with the U.S. and NATO.
Putin knows this. So there is ample reason to take the report with a grain of salt.
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