Ukraine War, February 2, 2022: Brazil tries to be neutral in Ukraine war

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To see a list of previous articles, enter “Ukraine” in the Search Box on the upper right, and you will see a list in chronological order.

To understand the broad context within which current developments in Ukraine should be considered,see

“Ukraine War, October 26, 2022: The context for analysis of current developments; The “dirty bomb” as a Russian propaganda distraction from current war crimes,” The Trenchant Observer, October 26, 2022.


1) Dirk Kurbjuweit (Brasília), “Der Kanzler und die bizarren Momente von Brasília; Kuriose Szenen vor der Presse: Erst nimmt Brasiliens Präsident Lula in der Russlandfrage die Gegenposition zu seinem Besucher Olaf Scholz ein, dann wird über Fußball gewitzelt. Und sonst? Gibt sich der Kanzler als Engel der Demokratie,” Der Spiegel, den 2. Februar 2023 (07.57 Uhr);

2) Dirk Kurbjuweit (Brasília),”The chancellor and the bizarre moments of Brasília; Curious scenes in front of the press: First Brazil’s President Lula takes the counterposition to his visitor Olaf Scholz on the Russia issue, then there is jokes about football. And otherwise? The chancellor pretends to be an angel of democracy,” Der Spiegel, February 1, 2023 (07:57);

3) Tobias Käufer, “Der Mann, der Scholz abblitzen lässt und sich China zuwendet,” Die Welt, den 1. Februar 2023;

The translation provided on Die Welt’scwebsite is so bad it is unusable.,Interested readers can obtain a better translation using Google Translate (

4) Andreas Kluth, “Lula Can’t Tell Vladimir from Volodymyr,”
Analysis/ Bloomberg, Washington Post, February 1, 2023 (5:26 p.m. EST);


Olaf Scholz’s recent visit to Brasília provided a jolting reminder of the failure of U.S. and allied diplomacy to persuade the countries of the “Global South” to condemn Russian aggression in Ukraine, to contribute military aid to that country’s defense, and to join the international regime of sanctions against Russia.

Russia has invaded Ukraine and is conducting a war based a stretegy of systematic violation of the laws of war, executed with chilling brutality.

The Trenchant Observer


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