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Fṛm Đ Obzrvr: The awful truth is dawning: Putin may win in Ukraine. The result would be catastrophe

Ɖ ōfl truʈ z dōnñ: Pūtin me win in Ycren. Ɖ rzult wd b ctastṛfi

(Transcription of an article published in the Observer on 24 April 2022)

A Ruśn vicṭri wd heṛld a ny ej v instbiḷti, ic̣nomic fragmnteśn, hungr fr miłnz n sośl unrest

Simon Tisdall

Sîmn Tizdl, Súnde 24 Epril 2022

Ɖ  contrast wz starṭlñ. In Ny Yorc, António Guterres, ɖ YN secṛtri jenṛl, lōnćt a b’letd, despṛtli nīdd iniṣ́tiv t hōlt ɖ wor in Ycren. “At ɖs tîm v gret peṛl n consiqns, h [Guterres] wd lîc t dscus rjnt steps t brñ abt pīs,” hiz spocsmn sd. Ɖ YN ćīf, h rvild, wz pṛpozñ imīɉt, in-prsn tōcs wɖ Vḷdīmir Pūtin in Mosco n Volodimir Zelensci in Cyīv.

At rufli ɖ sem tîm az ɖs hopfl dveḷpmnt unfoldd, ɖ YC’z Boris Jonsn, rîdñ a “Partiget” gt’we plein t India, wz cuḷrḟli ruḅśñ pīs eḟts. Pūtin, h clemd, wz an untruswrɖi reptîl. “I riyli d’nt si hǎ ɖ Ycreńnz cn īẓli sit dǎn n cm t sm cnd v acoṃdeśn. Hǎ cn y ngośiet wɖ a croc̣dîl ẃn it’s got yr leg in its jwz?” Jonsn asct.

Ɖs gepñ disc̣nct z dubli dstrbñ. It sjsts lac v coorḍneśn btwn ɖ YN ćīf n a prṃnnt membr v ɖ YN s’kṛticaunsl on hǎ bst t pṛsid. It olso hîlîts a wîdr probḷm: dvrjñ, smtmz opozñ, oceźṇli slf-srvñ, aproćz t ɖ crîsis bî wstn līdrz hu hv hiɖrtu trumṗtd ɖer yṇti v prṗs.

Ɖ ǎtrej in wstn cuntriz sparct bî Pūtin’z 24 Febrri inveźn z startñ t fed. Lîcwz ɖ brst v opṭmizm ɖt foloud Ycren’z s’xes in rpelñ ɖ Ruśn advans arnd Cyīv. Nǎ, az Mosco bginz a hyj, slo-mośn ofnsiv in ɖ īst, cnsrn groz ɖt ɖs conflict hz no endpônt n ɖt ɖ inorṃs ic̣nomic n hymn damij ɖt rzults me b prṃnnt – n globl.

Jonsn, tipicli, z nt lcñ mć bynd ɖ preznt momnt. Ɖ YC n Nato, h sd, wd jst “cīp gwñ wɖ ɖ straṭji” v impozñ sañśnz on Ruśa n s’playñ wepnz t Cyīv. Jonsn s’ports a fri, indipndnt Ycren bt, lîc uɖr alaynslīdrz, apirz t lac a ʈt-ʈru, loñ-trm plan t aćiv it. Ẃt f Ycreńn forsz start luzñ? Ẃt f ɖ cuntri z ptiśnd, or nirz c’laps?

Ɖ prîs v fełr – ɖ tru cost v a Pūtin vicṭri – cd b staġrñ. It z ptnṣ́li uns’portbl fr frax́s wstn dmocṛsiz n purr cuntriz alîc, bset bî simlteńs pospandemic s’kṛti, eṇji, fūd, infleśn n clîṃt crîsīz. Yt ǎt v mîopic slf-inṭrest ovr iśuz sć az Ruśn ôl n gas imports, n fṛm fir v wîdr esc̣leśn, wstn līdrz duc ɖ tuf ćôsz ɖt cd enśur Ycren’z svîvl n hlp miṭget sć ilz.

Ɖ past wīc frniśt a grim glims v ɖ fyćr ɖt awêts f Pūtin z ebl t cntiny t wej wor wɖ impyṇti, cmit mor hīṇs crîmz, ʈretn ńclir n cemicl blacmeil n traś ɖ YN ćartr. Drasticli dǎngredñ its groʈfōrcasts dy t ɖ conflict, ɖ Inṭnaśnl Munitri Fund pridictd globl ic̣nomic fragmnteśn, rîzñ dét n sośl unrest.

Devid Malpas, hed v ɖ Wrldbanc, sd a “hymn ctastṛfi” lūmd az an unpresdntd, esṭmetd 37% rîz in fūdprîsz, cōzd bî wor-rletd dsrupśn t s’plîz, pśt miłnz intu poṿti, incrist malńtriśn, n rdyst fundñ fr edyceśn n hlʈcer fr ɖ līst wel-of.

Mor ɖn 5 miłn ppl hv fled Ycren in tū munʈs, n mor wl folo, xaṣbetñ an inṭnaśnl mîgreśn imrjnsi ɖt xtndz fṛm Afgaṇstan t ɖ Shel. In drǎt-hit īst Africa, ɖ Wrld Fūdprogram sz 20 miłn ppl me fes starveśn ɖs yir. Pūtin’z wor dd nt criet ɖ drǎt, bt ɖ YN wornz it cd hrt eḟts t rdys globl hītñ, ɖr-bî triġrñ frɖr dsplesmnt n forst mîgreśn.

Ɖ brōdr, neġtiv p’liticl impact v ɖ wor, śd it rej on indefiṇtli, z olmst incalkḷbl. Ɖ YN’z fyćr az an oʈorittiv globl foṛm, lwmecr n pīscīpr z in jeṗdi, az mor ɖn 200 formr ofiślz wornd Guterres last wīc. At risc, tù, z ɖ creḍbiḷti v ɖ inṭnaśnl cort v justis, huz injuñśn t wɖdrw wz scornd bî Pūtin, n ɖ intîr sistm v worcrîmz proṣkśnz.

In trmz v deṃcratic normz n hymn rîts, ɖ fl or parśl subɉgeśn v Ycren wd spel dzastr fr ɖ inṭnaśnl rūlz-best ordr – n a trîumf fr ōṭcrats evrẃr. Ẃt mesij wd it snd, fr xampl, t Ćîna ovr Tîwan, or indd t Pūtin az h cuvits ɖ vulnṛbl Bōltic rpublics? Izḷmist terrists hu nǎ frtivli plot t xplôt ɖ wst’s Ycren dstrax́n wd reliś sć a vicṭri fr vayḷns.

Fełr t stop ɖ wor, resk Ycren n puniś Ruśa’z rogreźīm t ɖ fŭlist xtnt poṣbl wd cm at an ispeṣ́li hî prîs fr Yṛp n ɖ YY. In prospect z a secnd cold wor wɖ prṃnnt Nato besīz on Ruśa’z bordrz, masivli incrist dfnșpendñ, an axeḷretñ ńclir-armz rês, unsīsñ sîbr n inḟmeśn worfér, endemic eṇjiśorṭjz, roc̣tñ livñcosts, n mor Frenć-stîl, Ruśn-bact rîtwñ popylist xtrimizm.

In śort, ɖ dōn v a ny ej v instbiḷti. Ẃ on rʈ wd poḷtiśnz sć az America’z Jo Bîdn, Jrṃni’s Olaf Scholz, n Frans’z Emmanuel Macron toḷret so frōt n denjṛs a fyćr ẃn, bî tecñ a mor r’bust stand nǎ, ɖe mt privnt mć v it fṛm mtirịlîzñ? Bî s’pozidli avôdñ riscs tde, ɖe enśur a mć riscịr tmoro.

Sndñ wepnz n bst wśz z nt inuf. Cnfŕñ last wīc, wstn līdrz dbetd pṛvîdñ s’kṛtigaṛntìz fr Ycren aftr ɖ wor. Ol wel n gd. Bt ɖs wor z haṗnñ nǎ. Hu wl gaṛnti Ycren’z svîvl in ɖ poṣbli dsîsiv nxt fy wīcs? Hu, f pś cmz t śuv, wl muv bynd trenñmiśnz n pṛvîd d’rect, in-cuntri militri s’port?

Let’s gt riyl. Fr ol its herǒizm n sacṛfîs, Ycren me lūz ɖs fît. Dredfl ɖo it sǎndz, Pūtin cd win. F ɖ wst so abandnz its prínsiplz n valyz t let ɖt hapn, ɖ loñ-trm prîs, fr evrwn, wl b a hol ny wrld v pen.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: ‘Putin is killing civilians’: the train station where Russians are greeted with images of war

Vilnius station: a large poster featuring a pregnant woman on a stretcher following the bombing of a maternity ward in Mariupol. Photograph: Petras Malūkas/AFP/Getty Images
Vilnius steśn: a larj postr fīćrñ a pregnnt wmn on a strećr folowñ ɖ bomñ v a mtrṇtiword in Mariupol. Foṭgraf: Petras Malūkas/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

‘Pūtin z cilñ sviłnz’: ɖ trensteśn ẃr Ruśnz r grītd wɖ iṃjz v wor

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on Saturday  9 April 2022)

In Liʈueńa, Ruśnz cḿtñ t Caliningrad cm fes-t-fes wɖ foṭgrafs v bomd Ycreńn sitiz n bludid bodiz

Philip Oltermann in Vilnius, Saṭde 9 Epril 2022

Az ɖ nîțren fṛm Mosco pld intu Vilnius sntṛl steśn fr its scejld 10-minit stop, a krịs per v îz pìct ʈru wn v its windoz – onli t dis’pir bhnd a hesṭli clozd crtn.

Ɖ pasinjrz on ɖ tren wr hedñ t ɖ Ruśn xclev v Caliningrad, ẃć cn b axest via rel onli bî crosñ ʈru Liʈueńa, n on ɖ platform ǎtsd ɖe wr fest wɖ iṃjz v wor n dstrux́n.

Twenti-for larj foṭgrafs, graficli dpictñ bomd-ǎt Ycreńn sitiz, ded Ycreńn ćildṛn n bludid Ycreńn bodiz wɖ śrapnl wūndz, hv bn instōld hir bî Liʈueńa’z relpṛvîdr ŁTG, ẃć olso pṛvîdz ɖ loc̣motiv ɖt plz ɖ Ruśn caṛjz ʈru YY teritri.

Ɖe ol cari ɖ sem mesij in Ruśn, ẃć z rpitd ʈru ɖ public-adres sistm az ɖ tren stops: “Tde, Pūtin z cilñ sviłnz in Ycren. D y s’port ɖs?”

“Ppl in Ruśa d’nt hv mć axes t unbayst inḟmeśn,” sd Mantas Dubauskas, an ŁTG spocsprsn. “Mbi w cn ćenj ɖ mîndz v jst a cupl v pasinjrz.”

Ɖ insṭleśn at Vilnius sntṛl steśn z simbolic v a Bōltic neśn ɖt dz’nt so mć lc caud bî ɖ wor in a felo formr Sovịt stet, az imboldnd t tel ɖ wrld it nīdz fîṇli t stand p t Ruśa.

A poster of the damaged caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine at Vilnius central station. The PA system asks Russians on their way to Kaliningrad if they support Putin’s actions. Photograph: Andrius Sytas/Reuters
A postr v ɖ damij cōzd bî Ruśa’z inveźn v Ycren at Vilnius sntṛl steśn. Ɖ PA sistm ascs Ruśnz on ɖer we t Caliningrad f ɖe s’port Pūtin’z ax́nz. Foṭgraf: Andrius Sytas/Rôtrz

In ɖ frst fy dez aftr Ruśn trūps stept on t Ycreńn sôl on 24 Febrri, añzayti spred arnd Liʈueńa, ẃć hz bn an indipndnt rpublic sins 1990 n a membr v Nato sins 2004.

“It bròt p a lot v historic firz in mî cuntri,” sd Linas Kojala, d’rectr v ɖ Īstn-Yṛp Studiz Sntr ʈnctanc. “I hd duznz v meṣjz fṛm frendz ascñ ẃt wd hapn nxt. Sm asct f ɖe śd līv ɖ cuntri, mbi t Spen or Porćgl. Y jst hv t lc at a map v ɖ rījn t fīl uncumftbl.”

Ɖ suɖnmost v ɖ ʈri Bōltic YY cuntriz, Liʈueńa bordrz Caliningrad t its wst n Beḷrūs t its īst – a militri coṛdor btwn ɖ xclev n ɖ clayntstet wd cut ɖ Bōltic stets of fṛm ɖ rest v Yṛp.

Bt wɖn dez v ɖ start v Ruśa’z inveźn, añzayti in ɖ Baltics hd trnsformd intu rzolv. In ɖ sntr v Vilnius, Ycreńn flagz ǎtnumbr Liʈueńn wnz, wɖ ɖ yelo n blu drept arnd guvnmntbildñz, spreid on old sitiwōlz or rápt az scarvz arnd śopfrunt maṇcinz.

On 1 Epril Liʈueńa bcem ɖ frst YY cuntri t anǎns ɖt it hd abandnd Ruśn gas, instd mītñ its eṇji dmandz via a flotñ LNG trminl in ɖ porțǎn v Klaipėda.

It wz olso wn v ɖ frst YY cuntriz t dǎngred its dipḷmatic tîz wɖ ɖ Cremlin aftr rports v worcrîmz imrjd fṛm Būća, wɖdrw̃ its ǒn top dipḷmat fṛm Mosco n ascñ ɖ Ruśn ambasdr t līv ɖ Liʈueńn capitl.

Lithuanian champion swimmer Rūta Meilutytė takes a dip in the pond dyed blood-red in front of the Russian embassy in Vilnius. Photograph: Andrius Repsys/AP
Liʈueńn ćampịnswimr Rūta Meilutytė tecs a dip in ɖ pond dáid blud-red in frunt v ɖ Ruśn emḅsi in Vilnius. Foṭgraf: Andrius Repsys/AP

Ɖ mesij wz viẓ́li unḍlînd bî an artpformns jst a ston’z ʈro fṛm ɖ Ruśn Feḍreśn’z dipḷmatic bes in Vilnius: last Wnzde mornñ, Liʈueńn Olimpic ćampịn Rūta Meilutytė tc a swim in a nirbî pond ɖt hd bn culrd blud-red wɖ naćṛl dai.

“W wontd t rmînd ppl hǎ importnt it z t cīp lcñ at ẃt Ruśn agreśn z dwñ,” sd Berta Tilmantaite, a jrṇlist n artist hu hlpt orġnîz ɖ protest. “I cn unḍstand ẃ ppl lc awe or gt tîrd v ɖ nyz.

“Bt in Liʈueńa w nǒ Ruśa, n w d’nt fīl scerd at ɖs momnt,” Tilmantaite tld ɖ Obzrvr. “W fīl a lot v dtrṃneśn.”

Enwn wontñ t nǒ ẃt’s drîvñ Liʈueńa’z prominnt stans at ɖs juñćr in hisṭri nīd’nt lc mć frɖr ɖn Vilnius’z Ḿziym v Okpeśnz n Frīdmfîts. Lcetd in ɖ formr CGB hedqortrz acrs fṛm Lukiškės Sqer, ɖ ḿziym tlz ɖ stori v hǎ ɖ Sovịt Yńn in Jūn 1940 dlivrd Liʈueńa wɖ an ulṭmetm t alǎ Red Armi trūps t cros its bordrz.

Tnśnz btwn Mosco n Vilnius hd bn rîzñ aftr ɖ Sovịt foṛn ministr akzd Liʈueńa v torć̣rñ n cilñ ʈri v its soljrz. Wɖ Ruśn trūps mast on its bordrz olrdi ǎtnumḅrñ its ǒn, ɖ Liʈueńn guvnmnt handd ovr ɖ cuntri t a pupitreźīm. Most v ɖ xbiśnspes at ɖ ḿziym z gvn t ɖoz parṭzanz hu cntinyd t fît fr indipndns nnɖles.

Migle Kriksciunaite, 25, wz viẓtñ ɖ ḿziym intu ɖ afṭnunsún wɖ hr peṛnts. Wr ɖr lésnz ɖt ɖ rest v Yṛp cd lrn fṛm Liʈueńa’z hisṭri? “Ɖ lésn ǎr hisṭri tīćz s z qt simpl,” ś sd. “Fît fr yr frīdm. It’s ɖt stretfwd.”

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