While most in the West are too savvy to take Russian propaganda at face value, Moscow’s experts are grateful to have the ones who broadcast Kremlin-friendly talking points. Referring to Tucker Carlson as “the most popular host in the United States” during Thursday’s segment of The Evening With Vladimir Soloviev, the host complained: “They’re accusing him of being a Russian spy.” Analyst Dmitry Drobnitsky replied: “Well, Tucker is most definitely ours. That’s that.”
As for Putin’s biggest cheerleader, former U.S. President Donald J. Trump, who described the Kremlin’s moves in Ukraine as “genius,” Putin’s men in Moscow anxiously await his return as their sole hope for relief from rapidly accelerating Western sanctions—which will soon include the disconnection of Russia’s biggest banks from a global messaging system known as SWIFT.
During his Friday broadcast, amid tense discussions of Western sanctions, Soloviev theatrically looked down at his watch and asked: “Is Trump coming back soon?”
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Yaakov Dov Bleich, Chief Rabbi of Ukraine, has issued a statement affirming the Ukrainian Jewish community’s solidarity with Ukraine’s government and armed forces in defending Ukraine. There have also been powerful messages of solidarity from, among others, the Chief Mufti of Ukraine and the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people. The statement from Chief Rabbi Bleich has additional significance, however, given the lies that Russian leader Vladimir Putin has again come up with to try to justify aggression against Ukraine. The Kremlin has claimed that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is aimed at the so-called ‘demilitarization’ and ‘denazification’ of the country.
While not directly mentioning this alleged ‘aim’ of Russia’s aggression, Chief Rabbi Bleich could not have been more unequivocal. He tweeted:
“The Jewish community is an integral part of Ukraine and stands with the Ukrainian people, government and armed forces in defending Ukraine.
The Government of Ukraine has stood by the Jewish community since Ukraine became independent in 1991.”
He then added: “It has defended and befriended the Jewish community. I don’t need to remind you that the President and former PM of Ukraine are Jewish.“
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Ukrainians residing in the North Macedonian capital of Skopje and local citizens protested against the Russian invasion of Ukraine in front of the Russian embassy on February 25.
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