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(FreedomWire.org) – Russian President Vladimir Putin stated in an interview that aired on Christmas that Russia is “prepared to negotiate some acceptable outcomes” in Ukraine.

Speaking to Rossiya 1 state television, the Russian leader said, “We are ready to negotiate with everyone involved about acceptable solutions, but that is up to them – we are not the ones refusing to negotiate, they are.”

Putin accused the West of “pulling apart Russia,” beginning with the 2014 toppling of a pro-Russian Ukrainian president in the Maidan Revolution.

“Actually, the fundamental thing here is the policy of our geopolitical opponents which is aimed at pulling apart Russia, historical Russia,” he said.

“I believe that we are acting in the right direction, we are defending our national interests, the interests of our citizens, our people,” Putin stated. “And we have no other choice but to protect our citizens.”

Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, took to Twitter and dismissed Putin’s claims, saying the Russian leader “needs to come back to reality.”

“Russia single-handedly attacked Ukraine and is killing citizens,” Podolyak said. “There are no other ‘countries, motives, geopolitics.’”

“Russia doesn’t want negotiations, but tries to avoid responsibility,” he added. “This is obvious, so we are moving to the Tribunal.”

Meanwhile, in response to a Saturday strike on the southern city of Kherson that Ukrainian officials say left at least 10 people dead, Zelenskyy stated, “We will find every Russian murderer,” according to Reuters.

Putin said Russia is a “unique country” and its citizens will “give everything” to defend it in what he has characterized as a “special military operation” in Ukraine.

“As for the main part – the 99.9% of our citizens, our people who are ready to give everything for the interests of the Motherland – there is nothing unusual for me here,” he said. “This just once again convinces me that Russia is a unique country and that we have an exceptional people. This has been confirmed throughout the history of Russia’s existence.”

Talks of peace aside, Zelenskyy — fresh off a trip to D.C. during which he stood before Congress in a sweatshirt and informed struggling Americans that the billions of dollars of their money that he was taking home with him wasn’t “charity,” it was an “investment” — posted on Twitter on Christmas Eve that Russia is “killing for the sake of intimidation and pleasure.”

“The world must see what absolute evil we are fighting against,” Zelenskyy tweeted, posting pictures of the strike on Kherson.

As part of the disastrous $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package passed quickly by a Congress that appeared more concerned with getting home for Christmas than they were with reading the bill, Ukraine received a $1.8 billion Christmas stocking that included for the first time a Patriot missile battery and precision-guided bombs for their fighter jets.

In response, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated that more Western weapons in the war-torn country “leads to an aggravation of the conflict and, in fact, does not bode well for Ukraine.”

When asked if Zelenskyy’s visit to Washington would potentially lead to peace talks with Moscow, the spokesperson said, “I don’t think so.”

(FreedomWire.org) – The U.S. has expressed concern at Russia’s military presence in Belarus and the prospect that it would again use its neighbor to stage attacks on Ukraine.

The comments from White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre came on Monday when Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting in Minsk with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

“We have long been concerned by Belarus’s role in Russia’s aggression,” Jean-Pierre said, referring to the support Lukashenko has offered Putin in allowing Belarusian territory to be used as a staging ground for attacks into Ukraine, which borders both countries.

“We continue to monitor Russia’s force posture closely,” she said, adding that the U.S. would “remain in close contact with Ukraine” over its defense from Russian aggression.

Before the visit, which was Putin’s first to Belarus since 2019, there had been speculation the Russian leader would pressure Lukashenko to send troops to Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed the reports “as totally stupid, groundless fabrications.”

During the meeting, Putin said Russia and Belarus were “united by a common history and spiritual values” adding that they were the “closest allies and strategic partners.”

Exiled Belarusian opposition leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, condemned the meeting, and tweeted that Belarus and its independence are “not for sale.”

While Lukashenko has previously spoken about a joint force of Russian and Belarusian troops, experts have cast doubt on that happening. There has been military activity in Belarus for months and Moscow did use the country as a launch pad for its attack on Kyiv in February.

Belarusian Hajun, a watchdog that monitors the movement of Russian troops, said Russia had transferred at least 50 Ural military trucks to Belarus on December 16. There are also reports that Russia has deployed military aircraft to Belarus, including those capable of carrying Kinzhal ballistic missiles.

Putin announced he would consider training Belarusian combat aviation crew to use “munitions with special warheads,” according to Russian agency Interfax.

Ukraine’s deputy interior minister, Yevhen Yenin, told the BBC on Monday that Kyiv was “building up” defense lines “all across the border with Russia and with Belarus.”

Although both leaders discussed a united defense space, “Belarus’ participation in Putin’s war against Ukraine remains unlikely,” according to the U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

It added that Lukashenko “likely deflected” Putin’s efforts to coerce Minsk into further integration with Moscow. Putin said on Monday that Russia “has no interest in absorbing anyone,” although this was rejected by U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price “as the height of irony.”

“We have seen the Lukashenko regime essentially cede its sovereignty […] to Russia,” Price said.

Dionis Cenusa, a risk analyst at the Lithuanian think tank, the Eastern Europe Studies Center (EESC), said Putin is using cooperation with Belarus “to spread the perception that Russia is totally isolated.”

“This works well for some segments of the Russian public when it comes to the narrative about the civilizational choice of the Pan-Slavic nations against the collective West,” he told Newsweek.

“It is almost impossible to rule out any scenario when it comes to the war in Ukraine,” he said. “However, the participation of Belarus in the war will require a reason to break the previous resistance of the Belarusian army.

“The deliberate or accidental event would have to take place on the border with Ukraine to somehow justify the military activation of Belarus against Ukraine.

“But most likely, Russia may try to use Belarusian territory to repeatedly attack from the north in the direction of Kyiv.”

(FreedomWire.org) – On Thursday, it was revealed that President Joe Biden’s administration had returned Griner to U.S. custody after she had been sentenced for a drug charge. In exchange, it gave Russia convicted arms dealer Viktor Bout.

Biden told reporters that Russia was treating Whelan’s case – who has been sitting in a Russian prison since 2018 – differently for “totally illegitimate reasons” but pledged to keep working to bring the former Marine home. 

Whelan was arrested in December 2018 and maintains that he was “set up” after someone he said was a friend gave him a USB drive that allegedly contained vacation photos. 

Minutes later Russian authorities stormed Whelan’s hotel room and later claimed the drive contained a list naming individuals that worked at a classified security agency.

Whelan was sentenced to 16 years in prison in 2020.

The State Department has rejected the accusations against Whelan and has argued that Russia has provided no proof to back its claims. 

Reports earlier this year suggested U.S. negotiators were attempting to swap Griner and Whelan for Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer dubbed the “Merchant of Death” for his involvement in fueling armed conflict around the world. 

But only Griner was released in exchange for Bout.

“This was not a choice of which American to bring home,” Biden told reporters Thursday. “We brought home Trevor Reed when we had a chance earlier this year. Sadly, for totally illegitimate reasons, Russia is treating Paul’s case differently than Brittney.”

Whelan was left behind in Russia, though the Biden administration had been telling reporters for months that the U.S. was trying to secure his release as well. He has been imprisoned on spying charges that he denies.

The former Marine once described his imprisonment in a BBC interview and said, “Russia says it caught James Bond on a spy mission. In reality, they abducted Mr. Bean on holiday.”

Whelan’s brother, David, has since ardently called for his release, appealing first to the Trump administration and then the Biden White House. 

“We will never give up,” Biden said Thursday, adding that his administration remains in close contact with the Whelan family. 

“We’ll keep negotiating in good faith for Paul’s release. I guarantee that,” he continued. “I urge Russia to do the same to ensure that Paul’s health and humane treatment [is] maintained until we are able to bring him home. 

“I don’t want any American to sit wrongfully detained in one extra day if we can bring that person home,” he added. 

The choice of Griner over Whelan may reflect the preferences of Biden’s political base. The WNBA star and celebrity is also a black lesbian, who protested the U.S. national anthem. Whelan is a retired middle-aged white Marine.

(FreedomWire.org) – Fox News host Tucker Carlson tore into Vice President Kamala Harris over her many failures and even speculated on what her next move will be.

Carlson said that the disaster in Ukraine is still spinning out of control, claiming it is “shocking to see Europe just lost a huge percentage of its energy supply, which is not a small thing. We’ve been taken by surprise by the whole thing. We’re not the only ones who were, but we’re willing to admit it.”

Carlson blamed Harris, who he said is not a “serious person” or someone who is capable of handling the situation in Ukraine.

“So, why didn’t we see this coming, this total loss of control? Well, because we assumed that if things were dire, serious people would be involved in fixing them, but we looked up and we saw Kamala Harris involved, and that reassured us,” Carlson said.

“Harris had just come back, where she’d been conducting diplomacy with our allies, and that appeared to be proof this could not really be a big deal. The situation in Ukraine had been legitimately serious. If the future of Europe and the world hung in the balance as now so obviously it does, of course, the Biden administration would not have sent Kamala Harris to fix it because that’s not her job. Kamala Harris’s job is to trot down to the Blue Room periodically to greet delegations of TikTok influencers or to cut occasional PSAs for the Children’s Dental Health Awareness Month, which is in February. So, we assumed she’d be working on that right now,” Carlson said.

“But averting war with Russia? Saving the civilized world? C’mon. That is absolutely not Kamala Harris’s job. That was our assumption, but as noted, we were wrong. Why were we wrong? Well, we spend a lot of time watching Kamala Harris. You probably don’t. Unless you are a junior producer at MSNBC, you’re probably not that familiar with Kamala Harris. We should say, by the way, we didn’t underestimate Vladimir Putin. We overestimated Joe Biden, but we knew that once Kamala Harris was involved, it couldn’t really be that serious and we knew that because this is what she’s like,” he added.

Former GOP Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich offered similar comments about Harris, saying her speaking blunders are a reason to pray for President Joe Biden’s health.

“Let’s be clear. Kamala Harris might be the dumbest person ever elected vice president in American history. And that’s why people keep resigning. If you are a national security advisor and you were competent and you worked hard and you knew what you are doing, and you watched her in Poland come up to break up laughing when she’s asked about Ukrainian refugees? You’d have a sense of total humiliation. So I’m not surprised that the particular advisor resigned. Because it’s very clear that Kamala Harris should never, ever, be allowed to leave the country,” he added.

He continued, “And I have a hunch that she is on a very, very short fuse right now because I think most Americans realize that the prospect of her being president is genuinely terrifying. I mean, it’s bad enough to think about Biden being president when he is clearly not totally in touch with reality, but the idea of being replaced by Kamala, I think, is astonishingly frightening.”

(FreedomWire.org) – On Saturday, the Associated Press falsely claimed: “Joe Biden has said he’s never spoken to his son about his foreign business, and nothing the Republicans have put forth suggests otherwise.”

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, stated as early as 2020 that whistleblower Tony Bobulinski, one of Hunter’s business partners, twice met with Joe Biden to discuss a business deal in China with CEFC China Energy Co.

“I directly dealt with the Biden family, including Joe Biden,” Bobulinski stated.

“An email found on Hunter’s laptop “outlined the proposed percentage distribution of equity in a company created for a joint venture with CEFC China Energy Co,” the New York Post reported about the CEFC energy deal. The proposed business venture, sent on March 13, 2017, included “10 held by H for the big guy?”

The CEFC deal was between Bobulinski, the Biden family, and high-ranking members of the Chinese Communist Party. Bobulinski confirmed “the big guy” was a reference to Joe Biden.

Tony Bobulinski, who says he is a former associate of Hunter Biden, holds one of three phones he displayed Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in Nashville. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Secondly, Joe Biden left a voicemail on Hunter’s phone about a New York Times story that was reporting on the CEFC deal in which Joe Biden noted, “I think you’re clear,” a reference to the family’s business deal. The voicemail directly contradicted Joe Biden’s statement in 2019 that he and his son had not spoken about the family’s business schemes.

“Hey pal, it’s Dad. It’s 8:15 on Wednesday night. If you get a chance just give me a call. Nothing urgent. I just wanted to talk to you,” Joe Biden said in the audio recording.

“I thought the article released online, it’s going to be printed tomorrow in the Times, was good. I think you’re clear. And anyway if you get a chance give me a call, I love you,” the message concluded.

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the third highest ranking House Republican, told the New York Post the voicemail “is just the tip of the iceberg” regarding the evidence against the “Biden Crime Family.”

“Joe Biden said he ‘never spoke’ with Hunter about his business dealings. That is simply not true. We need to know what Joe Biden knew and when he knew it,” Stefanik said.

“This voicemail is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the evidence mounting against the Biden Crime Family. When Republicans take back Congress, we will use our congressional power of oversight to uncover the truth for every American as a matter of national security,” she added.

Thirdly, in 2015, the day after Joe Biden dined with Hunter’s Ukrainian foreign business partners, one of them emailed Hunter his thanks for the “opportunity to meet your father.” The Post reported:

The never-before-revealed meeting is mentioned in a message of appreciation that Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, allegedly sent Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015, about a year after Hunter joined the Burisma board at a reported salary of up to $50,000 a month.

“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent some time together. It’s realty an honor and pleasure,” the email reads.

An earlier email from May 2014 also shows Pozharskyi, reportedly Burisma’s No. 3 exec, asking Hunter for “advice on how you could use your influence” on the company’s behalf.

(FreedomWire.org) – U.S. Army Major Dr. Jamie Lee Henry, who came out as the first openly trans officer on 2015, is accused of betraying the military and country he serves by working with his wife Dr. Anna Gabrielian, an anesthesiologist at Johns Hopkins, to give medical records to Russia on patients at Fort Bragg and Hopkins, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday by the Department of Justice. The couple was dealing with an undercover FBI agent posing as a Russian embassy staffer after Gabrielien had allegedly reached out to the Russian embassy. Gabrielian reportedly calimed she was motivated by patriotism for Russia. Gabrielian’s profile at Hopkins says she speaks Russian and English.

A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Anna Gabrielian, age 36, and her husband, Jamie Lee Henry, age 39, both of Rockville, Maryland, with conspiracy and for the disclosure of individually identifiable health information (“IIHI”), related to their efforts to assist Russia in connection with the conflict in Ukraine. The indictment was returned on September 28, 2022 and unsealed today upon the arrest of the defendants.

Gabrielian is scheduled to have initial appearance at 11:30 a.m. today, in U.S. District Court in Baltimore before U.S. Magistrate Judge Brendan A. Hurson. Henry is also expected to have an initial appearance today, although a time has not yet been set.

The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron and Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Sobocinski of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office.

As stated in the indictment, Gabrielian is an anesthesiologist and worked at Medical Institution 1, located in Baltimore, Maryland. Henry, a Major in the United States Army, who held a Secret-level security clearance, is Gabrielian’s husband and a doctor. During the time of the alleged conspiracy, Henry worked as a staff internist stationed at Fort Bragg, the home of the Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps, headquarters of the United States Army Special Operations Command, and the Womack Army Medical Center.

(FreedomWire.org) – Russia and Belarus are being pushed to “accelerate the unification processes” in response to political pressure and sanctions from the “collective West,” Russian president Vladimir Putin said Friday.

The Russian president vowed to strengthen the technological, industrial, agricultural and cultural ties between the two allied neighboring countries, who have collaborated in launching attacks on Ukraine. Both Russia and Belarus have faced sanctions from the west, as Belarus has facilitated and supported the invasion.

“After all, together it is easier to minimize the damage from the illegal sanctions imposed, easier to launch the manufacturing of popular products, develop new competencies and expand cooperation with friendly countries,” Putin said at the Forum of Russian and Belarusian Regions.

The comments come days after NATO formally invited Finland and Sweden to join the military alliance on Wednesday. Putin responded to the historic expansion, threatening to respond in kind if military infrastructure or NATO troops are placed in the two Nordic countries.

On Saturday, Russian bombers fired cruise missiles from Belarus for the first time, hitting Chernihiv, Sumy and Kyiv oblasts, Ukrainian intelligence claimed.

Later that day, Putin pledged to give Belarus a missile system capable of launching nuclear missiles.

“Within the next several months, we will transfer to Belarus the Iskander-M tactical missile systems, which are known to use both ballistic and cruise missiles, both conventional and nuclear,” Putin told Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko in a meeting at St. Petersburg.

Belarusians voted in February, days after Russia invaded Ukraine, to allow the country to host nuclear weapons and Russian troops permanently.

(FreedomWire.org) – In a joint military exercise Russia and China flew nuclear-capable bombers through the Sea of Japan, continuing through the East China Sea and the Philippine Sea on Tuesday, during President Biden’s trip to eastern Asia.

The joint patrol lasted 13 hours and involved Russian Tu-95 strategic bombers and Chinese Xian H-6 jets.  

Planes from the Japanese and South Korean air forces shadowed the Russian and Chinese jets for part of the exercise.

Tokyo conveyed “grave concerns” to both Russia and China through diplomatic channels, Kishi said at a news conference.  He characterized the incident as a likely provocation by both Beijing and Moscow on a day when Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australia’s newly elected leader, Anthony Albanese, were meeting in Tokyo. 

The drills, are the most significant cooperation between the two countries since Russia invaded Ukraine three months ago. Bomber exercises such as this cannot be planned quickly, and was likely planned well in advance by both countries . Chinese naval vessels also likely participated.

This is a sign that China has decided that they’ll continue to closely align themselves with Russia as it brutalizes Ukraine. While many other countries are trying to isolate Russia, it is also a sign that Russia will stand with China in the East & South China Seas.

(FreedomWire.org) – While on the road in California this week, Vice President Kamala Harris made a stop at Vandenburg Space Force Base north of Los Angeles to announce a new U.S. policy that again handicaps U.S. defense capabilities when it comes to ensuring foreign threats are able to be deterred or destroyed. 

As ABC7 reported, “the vice president announced that the United States is committing to a ban on destructive, anti-satellite missile testing, and calling on other countries to do the same.” The Biden administration’s ban comes after Russia and China have already carried out such tests in the past and are unlikely to heed the Biden administration’s request that they stop pursuing offensive space capabilities. 

If the U.S. sticks to Harris’ commitment, that puts America at a disadvantage in space against foreign foes who may seek to take out critical satellites and now know there won’t be a retaliatory hit from the United States. So, not exactly the “peace through strength” that’s necessary to deal with nations like China and Russia. 

Harris also, in the course of her remarks to Space Force Guardians, attempt to explain…space. In a section of her remarks delivered Monday, ones that were reminiscent of her comments on the “significance of the passage of time,” she really went for it:

“I think everyone here recognizes how extraordinary space is,” Harris said. “Whether it is satellites that orbit the earth, humans that land on the moon, or telescopes that peer into the furthest reaches of the universe, space is exciting,” she told the Space Force Guardians who presumably were already aware of what space is. “It spurs our imaginations, and it forces us to ask big questions,” Harris added. “Space, it affects us all — and it connects us all.” 

Thank you, space cadet Harris. 

(FreedomWire.org) – The fatigue of war is beginning to set in for the Russian military. They are tired of fighting and want to return home. But their wacky leader will not let them come until he has achieved a victory or a total defeat. His relentless push has led several of his men to act out and sabotage their equipment and even shoot down their aircraft.

Deborah Haynes is a Sky News reporter. She wrote that “Demoralized Russian soldiers in Ukraine have accidentally shot down their aircraft, sabotaged their kit and refused to carry out orders. The @GCHQ director will also say Wagner, the Russian private military company, is understood to be prepared to ‘send large numbers of personnel into Ukraine to fight alongside Russians.’ They will likely be used as ‘cannon fodder’ to limit Russian military losses.”

Vladimir Putin started the war off wrong. His arrogance and pride got in the way of his ability to think through exactly what was needed to win a war before the rest of the world could react and intervene. The crazy Russian president miscalculated his enemy, and now his troops are done and ready to come home.

Putin never informed his soldiers about their mission and why they were massing at the border. He told them that it was for training, but instead, it was an invasion. They were told to cross the border and start shooting. He could not bring his troops up to speed with a battle plan or even a concept to motivate them to fight. There even appears to be no long or short-term goals.

Putin did not count on significant credit companies and financial centers to pull out of the country. He failed to save up enough money to complete the path to victory, and now that Russia’s economy has collapsed, he is finding out how hard it is to wage an effective war without having a foundation to build from.

Haynes reported that “Sir Jeremy is also set to say the risks are greater for China than Russia of the two authoritarian states being too closely aligned with each other. And he will reveal indications that Russian cyber attackers are ‘looking for targets’ in countries opposed to Russia’s war in [Ukraine]. The @GCHQ director will say Putin’s advisers are afraid to tell him the truth about what is unfolding in Ukraine, according to an advance copy of the speech, which is taking place at the Australian National University in Canberra.”

Putin’s advisors are afraid to give an accurate report of what is taking place with the war effort. The man has changed, and people are unsure how he will take the terrible news that he is losing the war.

The soldiers from Russia are struggling to fight. The Daily Wire has noted that some of the invaders are without weapons, and some of them have refused to obey the orders of their superiors. They have resorted to destroying their equipment and even shooting down their planes.

And what is even worse than Putin’s men fighting him is that, as the Daily Wire noted, some of his men ran over Colonel Medvechek because of the number of people he led to their death. His troops’ losses under his command were enough for his men to execute their commander. The total number of general deaths stands at seven for the Russian troops.

Putin is a president that does not care about his men. All he can see and wants is a victory. But when there is no plan to achieve any goals, a victory will never happen.

The Ukrainian people know what it takes to defend their country. They have targeted the key people running the war. They figure that if no commanders or generals are left to fight, the war will stop, and the Russians will go home.