Ukraine War, April 12, 2022 (II): Macron and the future of France, the EU, and NATO; Russian propaganda sets forth plans for “denazification” and eradication of Ukrainian nation


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Only force can stop Putin

See “Ukraine War, April 5, 2022 (II): Force must be used to stop Putin,” The Trenchant Observer, April 5, 2022.


1) Enric González, “Macron se queda solo como garante del sistema, de la actual Unión Europea y de la OTAN; Si el actual presidente sigue viviendo en el palacio del Elíseo, sobre su segundo y último mandato flotará la gran pregunta: y después, ¿qué?” El País, el 11 de Abril 2022¡ ((23:40 EST);

2) “‘Comme tous les leaders autoritaires, Marine Le Pen veut dynamiter la démocratie libérale en faisant appel au peuple’; Le recours au référendum pour imposer le principe de la priorité nationale, envisagé par la candidate du Rassemblement national, consiste à « violer la Constitution » et à attaquer l’Etat de droit, comme l’ont fait, ailleurs en Europe, les dirigeants hongrois et polonais, affirment quatre professeurs de droit public, dans une tribune au Monde,” Le Monde, le 12 avril 2022 (16h53, mis à jour à 17h08);

3) Ivanne Trippenbach and Franck Johannès, “Marine Le Pen wants to govern by referendum, bypassing Parliament and the Constitutional Council; The far-right candidate for the 2022 French presidential election presented on Tuesday her plans to ‘face an unprecedented democratic crisis.'” Le Monde in English, April 14, 2022 (01h43, updated at 10h25);

4) Pilar Bonet, “A Ucrania le espera el exterminio si vence Rusia; El objetivo del Kremlin es aniquilar a los ucranios, a los que la propaganda rusa equipara con los nazis, El País, el 9 de abril 2022 (23:40 ET);


4) Robyn Dixon, “Ominous rhetoric gains grounds in Russia as its forces founder in Ukraine,” Washington Post, April 13, 2022;

(12:27 p.m. EDT).


Bonet lays out in chilling detail the genocidal rhetoric that has recently appeared in Russian media.

Dixon describes a broader phenomenon, in which it is clear that such genocidal rhetoric is part of a media campaign directed by the state.

Both articles provide chilling insights into how the Russian government is preparing the public, and building support among the broad Russian public, for the mass killing of Ukrainians in a genocidal campaign to wipe their nation and their national identity from the face of the earth.

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