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In Ñspel: The Observer view on negotiating with Vladimir Putin: it’s too soon

Ukrainians in Kyiv celebrate Russia’s retreat from Kherson on 12 November 2022. Photograph: Ed Ram/Getty Images
Ycreńnz in Cyīv seḷbret Ruśa’z rtrit fṛm Hersón on 12 Nvmbr 2022. Foṭgraf: Ed Ram/Geti Iṃjz

Ɖ Obzrvr vy on ngośietñ wɖ Vladīmir Pūtin: it’s tù sn

(Transcription of a Guardian editorial of 13 Nov. 2022)

Ycren z in a stroñ pziśn aftr rītecñ Hersón bt ɖ wst mst rzist ɖ rj t pś fr a setlmnt wɖ Ruśa

Súnde 13 Nvmbr 2022

Vḷdīmir Pūtin’z dsiźn t ste awe fṛm ɖs wīc’s G20 sumit v wrld līdrz in Bāli z telñ. Ẃl Inḍnīźa insistd ɖt Ruśa’z prezidnt wz welcm, hiz prezns wd hv bn an imbaṛsmnt. H z an inṭnaśnl p’raia – n h nz it. Īvn Ćîna apirz t b luzñ peśns.

Ɖ rīzn fr ɖs z, v cors, Ycren, ẃr Pūtin’z c’lamiṭs “speśl militri oṗreśn” dmiṇśz him n hiz cuntri bî ɖ de. Last wīc’s liḅreśn bî Ycreńn forsz v Hersón, folowñ vicṭriz arnd Cyīv n in Harcīv rījn, wz ɖ most sgnificnt Ruśn rvrs sins ɖ inveźn bgan in Febrri. Pūtin anxt ɖ Hersón oblast in Sptmbr aftr a foni reḟrendm n dclerd it soṿrin teritri. Ɖ pṛvinśl capitl, ɖ onli wn in Cremlin handz, wd “nvr” b srendrd, h vaud.

Nǎ, hiz trūps, firñ insrclmnt, hv cut n run, scuṭlñ of t ɖ reḷtiv sefti v ɖ īst banc v ɖ Dnipro Rivr. Xibtñ tredmarc p’liticl cawdis, a śelśoct Pūtin hz bn trayñ t distns himslf fṛm ɖs dzastr. H left it t hiz haplis dfnsministr, Serge Śîgu, n nyli apôntd hardlîn cmandr in Ycren, Jén. Serge Sŭrovīcin, t brec ɖ hymilietñ nyz t TV vywrz.

Bt evri Ruśn nz hu z rsponsbl. Fr dictetrz lîc Pūtin, ɖt z ɖ prîs v abṣlut pǎr. Ɖ Hersón dbācl hz frɖr dspeld ɖ ōra v a wîz, ol-nwñ, zar-lîc faɖrfigr ɖt h hz cultvetd ovr tū decedz. Sadli, Pūtin z nt yt finiśt, bt hiz public standñ z cnsidṛbli wìcnd. Ɖs sns ɖt Ruśa z on ɖ bac ft z wn v sevṛl factrz fylñ spekleśn abt pīstōcs. Jén. Marc Mile, ćermn v ɖ YS jônt ćīfs, argyd last wīc ɖt a “windo v oṗtyṇti” wz oṗnñ az wintr frizz ɖ fruntlînz. Cyīv’z trūps wr unlîcli t advans mć frɖr untl sprñ, h sd, n cd ɖen fes a betr-orġnîzd eṇmi. Ngośietrz śd “sīz ɖ momnt.”

Firz ɖt ɖ wor me drag on incnclūsivli fr yirz, repḷcetñ ɖ et-yir Donbas stelmet, fīd ɖ tōc abt tōcs. Ɖ hymn cost z undǎtidli hrific, wɖ an esṭmetd 100,000 militri caźltiz on ć sîd. Hundṛdz v ʈǎzndz v sviłnz hv olso bn cild, injrd, trōṃtîzd n dsplest.

Mnẃl, Pntgn ćīfs wuri abt esc̣letñ fînanśl costs n wepnzśorṭjz – a probḷm olrdi afctñ Yṛpiyn Nāto stets. Ɖ YS hz pṛvîdd $19.3bn (£17bn) in līʈl ed t Ycren, includñ an adiśnl $400m last wīc. Ɖr z tōc v a ny $50bn cngreśnl pacij bî yir’z end. Ɖs wl nt plīz sm nyli ilectd Rpublicnz, hu wont t cut ed. Rîzñ p’liticl preśrz r nt cnfînd t ɖ YS. Far-rît n far-left Yṛpiyn partiz, pīscampenrz n Pūtin admîrrz sć az Hunġri’z prîm̦inistr, Viktor Orbán, olso qsćn unliṃtd YY s’port fr a liṃtlis conflict amd an eṇji n cost-v-livñ sqīz. Ɖe wont ɖ wor t stop nǎ.

Ɖt z nt a vy śerd bî Ycren’z līdrśp n sitiznz. Prezidnt Vlodimir Zelensci n hiz advîzrz se bluntli ɖr z nʈñ t ngośiet abt ẃl Mosco’z agreśn cntinyz n, in eni ces, Pūtin canot b trustd. Ɖe pônt ǎt ɖt ɖr z no sîn Ruśa z redi fr sirịs tōcs. Rɖr, it z digñ in n pripẹrñ fr a loñ wintr v atriśnl worfér.

Pūtin’z terristic misîl n dron atacs on ilectriṣti n wōtr infṛstrucćr apir onli t hv hardnd ordnri ppl’z rzistns. Last wīc, Zelensci riiṭretd Ycren’z dmandz: “Resṭreśn v teṛtorịl integṛti, rspct fr ɖ YN ćartr, compnseśn fr ol daṃjz cōzd bî ɖ wor, puniśmnt v evri worcriminl n gaṛntìz ɖt ɖs wl nt hapn agn.” Ɖ risc v growñ difṛnsz btwn Cyīv n Wośñtn z evidnt. Wɖ Yṛpiyn Nāto alîz, nt līst Britn, priokpaid bî conflict-rletd ic̣nomic probḷmz, ɖ Bîdn admiṇstreśn hz incrisñli tecn ćarj v ɖ wstn wor eḟt. Bt a rīsnt, informl YS sjsćn ɖt Ycren adopt a mor flex̣bl pziśn wnt dǎn vri badli in Cyīv. Dis’grīmnts ovr hǎ t pṛsid hv olso imrjd wɖn ɖ YS guvnmnt itslf, wɖ Jec Sulivn, Jo Bîdn’z naśnl-s’kṛti advîzr, rportidli rzistñ Jén. Mile’z advîs. Sulivn n uɖr Ẃît Hǎs eidz argy eni pōz in ɖ fîtñ wd gv Ruśa tîm t riinfors, rīgrūp n riarm.

Olɖo ɖ YS b’livd ɖ wor wd b setld ʈru ngośieśnz, it wz nt “preṣ́rñ” Ycren, Sulivn sd last wīc. “W’r nt insistñ on ʈñz wɖ Ycren. Ẃt w r dwñ z cnsultñ az partnrz.” Nvɖles, ɖ impreśn rmenz, aftr hiz vizit t Cyīv last wīcend, ɖt ɖ YS hz bgun t xplor ẃt a setlmnt mt ultiṃtli lc lîc.

A yrnñ fr a qc, penlis end z a naćṛl rspons t slōtr n miẓri. Dsruptd gren s’plîz t dveḷpñ cuntriz, firz v ńclir esc̣leśn, dîr invîrnmntl impacts, ɖ weṗnîześn v fosilfylz n ɖ ic̣nomic pen flt bî ppl evrẃr ol ad t preśr fr a swift reẓluśn. Endlis wor z nt an opśn. Ngośieśnz wɖ ɖ Ruśn guvnmnt, nt nesseṛli wɖ Pūtin, wl hapn ivnć̣li. Bt ɖ tîm z nt yt rîp. Ycren mst b alaud t ćūz its momnt n bgin eni tōcs fṛm a pziśn v maximm streñʈ. Pūtin mst nt b rwordd fr hiz bć̣ri. Mor vicṭriz lîc ɖt in Hersón cn pev ɖ we t pīs.

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In Ñspel: The Guardian view on Russia’s war machine: little more than a brittle facade

Vladimir Putin at a military training centre in Ryazan, Russia. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/AP
Vḷdīmir Pūtin at a militri trenñsntr in Riazan, Ruśa. Foṭgraf: Mihaīl Klimentiev/AP

Ɖ Gardịn vy on Ruśa’z wor mśīn: litl mor ɖn a britl fsād

(Transcription of an editorial published in the Guardian on 26 October 2022)

Vḷdīmir Pūtin’z dfit in Ycren z nīdd fr ɖ resṭreśn v hop t Ruśnz wontñ a betr fyćr fr ɖmslvz az wel az ɖer nebrz

Wnzde 26 Octobr 2022

Vḷdīmir Pūtin z luzñ ɖ wor in Ycren, bt ɖs dz nt mc him eni les denjṛs. A despot huz oʈoṛti at hom dpndz on pṛjctñ streñʈ abrōd canot aford ɖ hymilieśn v dfit. So far, ɖ Ruśn prezidnt hz rspondd t evri setbac wɖ mor agreśn. Ɖt involvz mor indiscrimiṇt atacs on sviłnz n sivl infṛstrucćr. Bt Mr Pūtin olso mcs mor dmandz v Ruśnz. Ẃn ɖ wor bgan, sviłn s’port fr ẃt snsrśp lwz insistd on cōlñ a “speśl militri oṗreśn” wz hî, bt mostli pasiv. Sać̣retd wɖ Cremlin propganda, most v ɖ cuntri axptd ɖ d’renjd ofiśl vrśn v ivnts – ɖt Ycreńnz wr crayñ ǎt fr “liḅreśn” bî Ruśn soljrz.

Bt ɖr wz olso dsnt n protest in dfayns v rpreśn. Tnz v ʈǎzndz v ppl left ɖ cuntri in horr ẃn ɖ wor bgan. Ɖer numbr wz ɖen swoḷn bî Mr Pūtin’z dsiźn last munʈ t dcler a “parśl moḅlîześn” v fîtñ-ej men.

Plenti hv sînd p wilñli, folowñ ẃt ɖe b’liv z ɖer petriotic dyti, or fr wont v betr implômnt. Bt mni r nt so cīn on spilñ ɖer ǒn blud fr a cōz ɖt wz mor apilñ ẃn cnfînd t fix́ṇlîzd nyzbŭḷtinz.

Ɖ scel v ɖ moḅlîześn hz md it hardr t cnsil ɖ abject cndiśn v Ruśn soljrz in ɖ fīld. Conscripts r biyñ snt t Ycren wɖt trenñ, worm cloɖz, fuñṣ́nñ wepnz or eni sns v ẃt ɖe r s’pozd t b aćivñ. Ɖer dsme rejistrz wɖ añśs faṃliz bac hom.

Opińnpoulz ɖt śo masiv s’port fr ɖ wor r unrilaybl, sins oponnts v Mr Pūtin r wẹrịr v śẹrñ ɖer vyz wɖ strenjrz. Indipndnt aṇlists se ɖt ɖr probbli z stl a mjoṛti in fevr, bt ɖt it z nt moṇliʈic. Ɖr r hardlîn naśṇlists hu si ɖ conflict az a crūsed agnst ɖ wst, bt olso a les îdịlojicl segmnt ɖt bacs ɖ cuntri’z armd forsz az a matr v culćṛl habit. Ɖ formr grūp z cmitd t totl wor wɖt limits. Ɖ latr camp wd gladli si ɖ hol ʈñ bròt t a swift cncluźn. Ɖt dviźn z incrisñli rflectd in dbets on stet propganḍćanlz, ẃr it z no longr tbu t sjst ɖt ʈñz hv nt gn t plan.

Ɖ prezidnt z stl bynd criṭsizm. In draftñ sviłnz t fît, Mr Pūtin intndd t hardn opińn, apilñ t naśnl miʈs v slf-sacṛfîs fr ɖ gretr glori v Ruśa, cnvrtñ wevrrz intu crūsedrz. Hvr, h mt b aćivñ ɖ oṗzit.

H badli undr-esṭmetd ɖ cpaṣti v Ycren t rzist inveźn in Febrri, n h hz oṿesṭmetd ɖ redinis v Ruśnz t martr ɖmslvz fr hiz vaṇti. Indipndnt Ruśn mīdia in xîl rport ɖt sīńr guvnmntfigrz hv lost feʈ in Mr Pūtin, bt hv no we v rplesñ him. Ɖ imij v ttaḷterịn cntrol śoun t ɖ wst z a fsād, cnsilñ a wìc strucćr hld tgɖr bî fir, c’rupśn n inrśa.

Mr Pūtin’z oʈoṛti canot wɖstand unliṃtd militri setbacs n hiz reźīm mt b mor britl ɖn it lcs. Hiz meʈ̇d v rspondñ t fełr wɖ esc̣leśn z līdñ t yt mor fełr. Hiz dfit in Ycren wd b ɖ just ǎtcm fr ɖ ppl v ɖt cuntri. It z olso a nesṣri step on ɖ loñ rod t a betr fyćr fr Ruśa.

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In Ñspel: The Guardian view on Putin’s escalations: dangerous times

The aftermath of a Russian missile strike on a residential block in Zaporizhzhia. Photograph: Future Publishing/Ukrinform/Getty Images
Ɖ afṭmaʈ v a Ruśn misîlstrîc on a reẓdnśl bloc in Zaporīźa. Foṭgraf: Fyćr Pubḷśñ/Ycrinform/Geti Iṃjz

Ɖ Gardịn vy on Pūtin’z esc̣leśnz: denjṛs tîmz

(Transcription of an editorial published in the Guardian on 11 October 2022)

Ɖ Ruśn prezidnt z mcñ sviłnz sufr fr ɖ s’xesz v Ycren’z cǎnṭ’fnsiv

Tyzde 11 Octobr 2022

Ɖ  misîlz ɖt hv rênd dǎn on Ycreńn sitiz far fṛm ɖ fruntlîn sins Munde mornñ, strîcñ plêgrǎndz n uɖr sviłn targits, r rtalieśn fr ɖ blast at ɖ Crć brij btwn Ruśa n Crîmīa. Bt it z Vḷdīmir Pūtin’z rej at ɖ brōdr s’xes v ɖ Ycreńn cǎnṭ’fnsiv ɖt hz śiftd ɖ wor fṛm a grîndñ militri stelmet intu a mor denjṛs fêz. Ɖ Ruśn prezidnt hz riylîzd ɖt h z luzñ on ɖ grǎnd; ɖt mejr dmocṛsiz wl nt īẓli b bŭlid ǎt v s’portñ Cyīv; n consiqntli ɖt h cn no longr cǎnt on Ycren’z ivnćl cpićleśn. Hiz rspons – anxeśn n moḅlîześn – hz onli incrist ɖ preśr on him, crietñ hayr xpcteśnz amñ hōciś dmestic ilīts v hǎ far h wl g, n ełnetñ brōdr p’liticl s’port. Ɖ frst deʈs v moḅlîzd soljrz wr rportd ɖs wīc.

Ẃl Ruśa canot ssten ɖs ret v atac – 80 misîlz on Munde alon – ɖ sviłn deʈs n damij t wōtr n pǎr fsiḷtiz wl cntiny. Ɖo ɖ asōlt hz so far stifnd rzistns, rɖr ɖn sapñ mrāl, ɖ aproć v wintr n ɖ dtirịreśn v infṛstrucćr wl tec ɖer tol on sviłnz. Ycren wl hv t ćūz btwn dployñ er-dfns sistmz t pṛtct sitiz, or imployñ ɖm in its cǎnṭ’fnsiv.

Wl Mr Pūtin nǎ g frɖr? Ɖs wor’z rvrḅreśnz r olrdi flt far bynd Ycren’z bordrz. Ɖ IMF wornd on Tyzde ɖt ɖr z a growñ risc v globl rseśn nxt yir dy in part t ɖ fōlǎt. Az Josep Borrell, ɖ YY foṛn-poḷsi ćīf, obzrvd in a strîcñ spīć, ɖs z a wrld “ẃr evrʈñ z biyñ weṗnîzd”. Mor frîtnñli, Mr Pūtin hz olso rtrnd t ɖ ńclir blacmeil ɖt h frst atmtd in sprñ; nǎ hiz desṗreśn mcs ɖ ʈret mor sirịs. Jo Bîdn last wīc wornd ɖt ɖ wrld wz ɖ closist it hd cm t ńclir ctastṛfi sins ɖ Kbn misîlcrîsis 60 yirz ago, n cd fes Arṃgedn f Ruśa yzz a tacticl ńclir wepn. A tacticl wepn wd b far mor devstetñ ɖn ɖ bomz dropt on Hrośima n Nagsaci, ẃć md ɖ wrld vǎ nvr agn.

So far, ɖr r no sînz v Ruśa pripẹrñ sć wepnz fr ys. Ɖ asōlt on Cyīv, Lviv n Zaporīźa z a rmîndr ɖt h hz uɖr brūtl mīnz v atmtñ t impoz hiz wil; ńclir wepnz r a last rzort. Ɖr z no gaṛnti ɖt a lōnć ordr wd b carid ǎt. Ɖ YS wornñ v “caṭstrofic” consiqnsz śrli weiz on ɖ mîndz v Ruśn hardlînrz, n Ćîna n India hv dǎtlis md ɖer dis’pruvl clir. Nnɖles, it nǎ apirz a mor sirịs posbiḷti ɖn it sīmd īvn ɖs sprñ.

Z ɖr an oltrṇtiv t frɖr esc̣leśn? Ruśa wd lîc t frīz ɖs conflict: ɖ Cremlin sjsts ɖt it z opn t pīstōcs wɖ Ycren ʈru mīdietrz – bt līdñ vôsz simlteńsli pṛclem maxiṃlist objctivz includñ reźīmćenj. Ycreńnz n uɖr obzrvrz cnclud ɖt eni sīsfîr wd b yzd bî Mosco az an oṗtyṇti t rīgrūp n riarm, streñʈ̇nñ its forsz fr ɖ nxt fêz v ɖ wor.

Soḷdaṛti wɖ Cyīv in ɖ fes v ɖs ʈret z isnśl. Bt cer, az wel az cnvix́n, z nīdd. Ɖ G7 wz rît t stet clirli on Tyzde ɖt it standz frmli wɖ Ycren n wl pṛvîd it wɖ fînanśl, hymaṇterịn, militri, dipḷmatic n līgl s’port “fr az loñ az it tecs”. Līdrz mst mnten ɖ closist woć on Ruśa’z planz. Ɖt includz alrtnis t ɖ mni wez in ẃć Mosco me atmt t xact rvnj agnst ɖoz bacñ Cyīv. Bt it z, v cors, Ycren’z ppl hu r at gretist risc. Ńclir or cnvnśnl, ɖ ʈret t ɖm hz nvr bn gretr in ɖs conflict.

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Fṛm ɖ Gardịn: As the missiles strike Kyiv, of course we are scared – but war has made us practical

A firefighter helps his colleague out of a crater after a Russian missile attack on Kyiv, Ukraine, on Monday. Photograph: Roman Hrytsyna/AP
A fîrfîtr hlps hiz colīg ǎt v a cretr aftr a Ruśn misîl’tac on Cyīv, Ycren, on Munde. Foṭgraf: Roman Hritsina/AP

Az ɖ misîlz strîc Cyīv, v cors w r scerd – bt wor hz md s practicl

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 10 October 2022)

Wns agn ślṭrñ unḍgrǎnd, w trî t raśṇlîz ɖs asōlt on ǎr parcs, yṇvrṣtiz n ḿziymz

Nataliya Gumenyuk

Natālia Ğmeńec, Munde 10 Octobr 2022

Frst v ol, it’s scẹri t b bombardd. Fr fîv aurz n 37 minits duznz v rocits lōnćt fṛm ɖ Caspịn n Blac sīz hit Ycreńn sitiz, includñ Cyīv, ẃr I liv n wrc. Ć v ɖm cd dstrô yr hǎs. Az a rportr traṿlñ in ɖ eriaz most afctd bî ɖ wor, I’v sìn ɖ hrific damij ɖz strîcs cn cōz. Jst wn hit cn dstrô a multi-stōri apartmntbildñ, līvñ a brnt scelitn – ovr ɖ wīcend an atac lîc ɖs in Zaporīźa tc at līst 13 lîvz.

Tde Ycreńnz xpirịnst wn v ɖ larjist er’tacs sinz ɖ start v ɖ Ruśn inveźn. Fr ɖ frst tîm, misîlstrîcs hit ɖ vri sntr v ɖ Ycreńn capitl, ẃr at līst fîv ppl wr cild, n duznz wūndd. Ɖz wr mnli cḿtrz gwñ t wrc on Munde mornñ. Fîv mor erstrîcs foloud.

Ɖ Cremlin tarġtd ol mejr Ycreńn tǎnz, includñ Dnipro n Ħarcīv, Lviv n īvn Ivano-Francivsc in ɖ reḷtivli sef wst v ɖ cuntri. Acordñ t ɖ stét imrjnsisrvis, at līst 11 ppl hv daid, wɖ a frɖr 60 wūndd.

Prezidnt Zelensci hz rcordd a vidiostetmnt seyñ ɖ prîṃri targits wr infṛstrucćr, in ptiklr ɖ pǎrgrid. Ɖ guvnmnt acnolijd at līst 11 importnt targits wr damijd, bt most pǎr hz nǎ bn rstord. In mî Cyīv flat ɖ ilectriṣti wnt of fr no mor ɖn 10 minits, bt eriaz on ɖ ǎtscrts v ɖ siti n parts v Ćrnīhiv, Lviv n Tsŭmé stl hv no pǎr.

Ẃt mcs ɖz atacs so uņrvñ z ɖ imprisiźn v ɖ Ruśn misîlz. Ɖer erstrîcs constntli mis targits. Y cd si ɖs az gd fṛm a practicl militri pspctiv – bt it mīnz ɖt enbdi, at eni gvn momnt, cn bcm a victim. Ɖ Ycreńn vīgn n animl rîts dfndr Pavlo Viśebaba, hu nǎ srvz in ɖ armi, postd a foto v a bomcretr ẃr a plêgrǎnd yst t b in Cyīv sntṛl parc. H refṛnst a prīvịs Ruśn stetmnt ɖt ɖe wd b atacñ militri dsiźn-mcñ sntrz. “It wz ǎr ‘sntr fr dsiźn mcñ’, ẃr w dsîdd ẃɖr mî dōtr îɖr wontd a con or an îs-crīm on a stic,” h joct. At ɖz tîmz, blac hymr z a sort v sîc̣lojicl slf-dfns.

Ɖ prezidnt sd ɖ uɖr em wz t terrîz Ycreńnz, n atac ǎr mrāl. Fr ɖ last fy munʈs w hv woćt ɖ Ruśn armi sstenñ batlfīld losz. Ycren’z rli s’xesz in ɖ Ħarcīv rījn wr larjli atribytd t ɖ fact ɖt ɖ Ruśnz wr tecn bî s’prîz. Bt ɖz s’xesz cntiny; Ycreńn trūps, wɖ gret dificlti, hv cntinyd liḅretñ vilij aftr vilij in ɖ Donbas n Ħersón rījnz.

Ɖ 8 Octobr xploźn on ɖ brij cnctñ okpaid Crîmīa wɖ Ruśa – a prsnl project v Vḷdīmir Pūtin – wz olso a hyj simbolic blo agnst ɖ Ruśn līdrśp. Ɖ Ycreńn guvnmnt dd’nt cnfrm it wz its oṗreśn, bt Ycreńn s’kṛtisrṿsz gev hints ɖe mt b bhnd ɖ atac bî postñ a seḷbretri foto v ɖ brij on fîr. It cōzd an increḍbl str amñ Ruśn worproṗgandists, n cōlz fr imīɉt rtalieśn. Influenśl hōcs wɖn Ruśa hd olrdi bn criṭsîzñ ɖer forsz fr lacñ tufnis.

Tde’z atac on Ycren lcs lîc an atmt t plīz ɖt ptiklr Ruśn ōdịns, n śo ɖt ɖ Cremlin z ceṗbl v hrtñ Ycren. Olso on 8 Octobr, Srge Sŭrovicin wz nemd ɖ cmandr v ol Ruśn forsz invedñ Ycren. Noun fr hiz harśnis, Sŭrovicin, hu cmandd forsz in Siria jrñ ɖ Ruśn militri inṭvnśn ɖr, me yz ɖs imīɉt asōlt az a ćans t istabliś himslf.

N so, sviłnz hu hd injoid sm smōl amǎnt v pīs r on hî alrt agn. Tde, scūlćildṛn r muvd t besmnts. Bizṇsz r clozd dǎn, n mītñz cansld. Cyīv subwe – ẃć startd oṗretñ in ɖ sprñ – agn srvd az ɖ bomśltr. Aftr a fy munʈs injoyñ lîf in Cyīv, mni agn mt cnsidr līvñ.

Yt, aftr sevn munʈs v wor, ɖ Ycreńnz hv faund ɖer wez t cǒp wɖ angr. Aftr a fy aurz ćecñ in on colīgz, frendz, n reḷtivz ol ovr ɖ cuntri, ɖ Ycreńn inṭnet z fl v meṣjz abt hǎ mć ppl hv dnetd t ɖ armi.

Ycreńnz olso wuri ɖt aftr a fy aurz v cmpaśn fṛm ppl arnd ɖ wrld, w mt hír ny cōlz t srendr. Ɖz, cmñ fṛm ɖ sefti v far-of Yṛpiyn tǎnz, sǎnd nt jst in’proprịt, bt uneʈicl. Ɖ multipl crîmz cmitd in okpaid teritriz sć az Bŭća n Izịm śo ɖt ɖ oltrṇtivz t rzistns cn b nt jst prṣkśn, bt mas x’kśn n torćr.

W r scerd at ɖ momnt, bt ɖt z difṛnt t livñ in ppćl fir. Ycreńn dfayns dz’nt mīn bṛvādo. Mor ɖn enʈñ, ɖ fīlñ y gt ẃl sitñ in a besmnt lcñ at ɖ eŗêd-wornñ map fr fîv aurz n 37 minits z pragṃtizm. W ʈnc nt abt grand îdīaz, bt ilectriṣti n wōtr s’plîz, dokmnts, dêli raśnz n cntinjnsiplanz.

Ǎt v mor ɖn 80 rocits fîrd intu Ycren tde, at līst haf wr rportidli śot dǎn bî ɖ Ycreńn er dfns. Ẃt cn lc teṛfayñ n inevitbl cn b stopt wɖ propr dfnsz. Ɖs lcs lîc ɖ onli raṣ́nl ansr t ɖ iraśnl asōlt on ǎr parcs, yṇvrṣtiz, ḿziymz. It mst cntiny.

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Natālia Ğmeńec z a Ycreńn jrṇlist speṣ́lîzñ in foṛn aferz n conflict rportñ, n oʈr v Lost Îḷnd: Têlz fṛm ɖ Okpaid Crîmīa

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: ‘Putin will fail and Europe will prevail,’ EU chief tells MEPs

Von der Leyen sz YY soḷdaṛti wɖ Ycren ‘unśec̣bl’ – vidio

‘Pūtin wl fel n Yṛp wl privel,’ YY ćīf tlz MYPz

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 14 September 2022)

Yṛpiyn Cmiśn prezidnt olso vǎz t spīd Ycren’z YY intgreśn in wîd-renjñ spīć

Jennifer Rankin

Jenifr Rancin in Bruslz, Wnzde 14 Sptmbr 2022

Ɖ  Yṛpiyn Cmiśn prezidnt, Ŕsyla von der Leyen, hz insistd “Pūtin wl fel n Yṛp wl privel”, az ś vaud t pres on wɖ Ycren’z YY intgreśn.

Adresñ ɖ Yṛpiyn parḷmnt in Strazbrg, ɖ YY xektiv prezidnt iśùd a raliyñcōl intndd t ynît membrstets graṗlñ wɖ an eṇjicrîsis az wintr drwz nir. Von der Leyen dscrîbd ɖ Ruśn inveźn az nt onli a wor on Ycren, bt “a wor on ǎr icoṇmi, a wor on ǎr valyz n a wor on ǎr fyćr”.

Drest in ɖ blu n yelo culrz v Ycren’z naśnl flag, ɖ cmiśnprezidnt anǎnst ś wd vizit Cyīv lêtr on Wnzde n pland dīteld dscuśnz wɖ Ycren’z prezidnt, Vlodimir Zelensci, on enśurñ Ycren’z “sìmlis axes t ɖ sngl marcit”.

Ycren’z frst ledi, Olenca Zelensca, wz amñ ɖ ōdịns in Strazbrg n gvn a standñ oveśn bî MYPz.

Von der Leyen promist t wrc wɖ Zelensca on ɖ rīcnstrux́n v Ycreńn scūlz n plejd €100m (£87m) in YY fundz. An esṭmetd 70 scūlz hv bn damijd or toṭli dstroid bî Ruśa.

Ɖ Yṛpiyn Cmiśn prezidnt, hu hz olrdi viẓtd Cyīv twîs sins ɖ ǎtbrec v wor, olso sd ɖ YY wd ste ɖ cors wɖ its sañśnz on Ruśa. “Ɖ sañśnz r hir t ste,” ś sd. “Ɖs z ɖ tîm fr s t śo rzolv nt apizmnt.”

Ś sd ɖ YY’z ic̣nomic rstrix́nz on ɖ Ruśn icoṇmi wr wrcñ, n ofrd sm îcaćñ clemz. “Ɖ Ruśn militri z tecñ ćips fṛm diśwōśrz n rfriɉretrz t fix ɖer militri hardwér, bcz ɖe ran ǎt v semicnductrz.”

Az xpctd, Von der Leyen cnfrmd ɖ cmiśn wz pśñ ahd wɖ windfōl taxz on eṇjicumṗniz’ xes profits. YY ofiślz hop t rêz €140bn, ẃć wl b ćanld t vulnṛbl hǎsholdz n bizṇsz struġlñ wɖ a tenfold incris in gasprîsz sins bfr ɖ Covid pandemic.

“Mejr ôl, gas n col cumṗniz r olso mcñ hyj profits,” Von der Leyen sd. “So ɖe hv t pe ɖer fer śer – ɖe hv t gv a crîsiscontṛbyśn.” Ś olso cnfrmd ɖt ɖ profits v jeṇretrz v lo-carbn ilectriṣti, rnywbl n ńclir frmz, wd olso b capt, wɖ ɖ fundz rīdistribytd t ppl in nīd.

Ɖ cmiśn hz rtritd on ɖ îdīa v a prîscap on gas. YY membrstets wr split ovr ẃć cuntriz ɖ cap śd cuvr, ẃl sm wr flatli opozd t ɖ îdīa, firñ a ʈret t s’kṛti v s’plîz.

YY pṛpozz profits fṛm eṇjifrmz śd g ‘t ɖoz hu nīd it most’ – vidio

Von der Leyen sjstd ś hd nt abandnd a prîscap in sm form, proṃsñ t dveḷp “a set v meźrz ɖt tec intu acǎnt ɖ sṗsific nećr v ǎr rleśnśp wɖ s’playrz, renjñ fṛm unrilaybl s’playrz sć az Ruśa t rlaybl frendz sć az Norwe”.

N in a vicṭri fr cuntriz sć az Spen n Frans ɖt hv loñ cmplend abt YY ilectriṣtimarcit rūlz, ś promist “dīp n comprihnsiv rform” ɖt wd hlp cnsymrz beṇfit fṛm ćīpr rnywblz.

Ɖ wîd-renjñ spīć olso tućt on ɖ clîṃtcrîsis, wɖ Von der Leyen argywñ ɖ record-brecñ hot n drî sumr v 2022 śd galṿnîz eḟts fr adapteśn. Ś promist t dubl ɖ YY’z flīt v fîr-fîtñ ercraft n helicoptrz t fît foristfîrz.

Ś olso opnd ɖ dor t a rviźn v ɖ YY’z fǎndñtrītiz n promist tîtr rūlz agnst c’rupśn insd YY membrstets.

Wɖ Ruśa’z inveźn v Ycren ɖ mn ʈīm v ɖ spīć, Von de Leyen cōld fr a rīʈnc v poḷsiz fṛm eṇji t ɖ trītmnt v refyjīz. In a refṛns t ɖ YY’z loñ-stōld tōcs on ɖ comn manijmnt v asîḷmsīcrz, Von der Leyen sd: “Ǎr ax́nz twdz Ycreńn refyjīz mst nt b an xpśn. Ɖe cn b a blūprint fr gwñ fwd.”

Ś olso acnolijd ɖ loñ-vôst cmplents v Poḷnd n Bōltic stets ɖt ɖer wornñz abt ɖ Ruśn prezidnt hd gn unhīdd in wstn Yṛp. “W śd hv lisnd t ɖ vôsz insd ǎr yńn … Ɖe hv bn telñ s fr yirz ɖt Pūtin wd nt stop.”

Unlîc similr spīćz in rīsnt yirz, ɖr wz no d’rect mnśn v ɖ YC, olɖo Von der Leyen, an anglofîl hu studid at ɖ Lundn Scūl v Īc̣nomics, peid tribyt t Qīn Iliẓbʈ II. “Ś z a lejnd,” Von der Leyen sd. “Ś wz a constnt ʈrt ɖ trbyḷnt n trnsformñ ivnts in ɖ last 70 yirz.”

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Fṛm Đ Obzrvr │ Lawrence Freedman: ‘Autocracies tend to make catastrophic decisions. That’s the case with Putin’

Vladimir Putin attends a meeting about the development of the shipbuilding industry via video conference in Sochi. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP/Getty Images
Vladīmir Pūtin atndz a mītñ abt ɖ dveḷpmnt v ɖ śipbildñ inḍstri via vidioconfṛns in Soći. Foṭgraf: Micîl Climentiev/Spŭtnic/AFP/Geti Iṃjz

Loṛns Frīdmn: ‘Ōtocṛsiz tnd t mc caṭstrofic dsiźnz. Ɖt’s ɖ ces wɖ Pūtin’

(Transcription of an interview published in the Observer on Sunday 21 August 2022)

Ɖ militri-straṭji xprt n oʈr v a ny bc on conflict sz ɖ flwd ʈncñ bhnd Ruśa’z inveźn stemz fṛm ɖ in’biḷti v ɖoz at ɖ top t tec rsponsbiḷti fr mstecs

Peter Beaumont

Pītr Bomont, Súnde, 21 Ōġst 2022

Ruśa’z wor agnst Ycren hz bn hamprd bî felñz xpirịnst bî ōṭcratic stets jrñ conflict, acordñ t a far-rīćñ ny studi v cmand in wor bî wn v ɖ YC’z most prominnt acdemics in ɖ fīld.

Cmand, a wîd-renjñ anaḷsis v post-secnd wrldwor conflicts bî ɖ līdñ stṛtījic-studiz xprt Loṛns Frīdmn, xaminz a siriz v wel-noun conflicts, fṛm ɖ Kbn misîlcrîsis t ɖ Frenć dfit at ɖ handz v ɖ Viet Min at Dien Bien Fu, ʈru t ɖ Fōcḷndz wor n Sadam Hsen’z inveźn v Cwet, p t ɖ preznt wor in Ycren.

“Ɖ big ʈīm,” sd Frīdmn, imeriṭs pṛfesr v worstudiz at Cñ’z Colij Lundn, “z ɖt ōtocṛsiz r vri bad at ɖs. A lot v most caṭstrofic dsiźnz cm fṛm ōṭcratic dsiźn-mcñ. Ɖt z srtnli ɖ ces wɖ Vladīmir Pūtin bt olso Sadam Hsen n īvn [ɖ Arjntīn militri dictetr Leopoldo] Galtieri jrñ ɖ Fōcḷndz wor.”

Bt h adz: “It’s nt ɖt dmocṛsiz olwz mc betr dsiźnz.”

Az Frīdmn’z bc sets ǎt t śo, in ci inṭax́nz btwn militri n p’liticl līdrz – ẃć īvn in ɖ bst srcmstansz cn b caṛcṭrîzd bî tnśnz n prsnl conflicts – it z ɖ lac v opn n ofn criticl fīdbac ɖt līdz t bad dsiźn-mcñ.

“Ōtocṛsiz d’nt hv ɖ fīdbac mec̣nizm, n dig ɖmslvz in bî b’livñ ɖt ɖ advantij v ōtocṛsi z bold n dsîsiv dsiźn-mcñ.

“Ẃl in srtn srcmstansz y cn toḷret qt a lot v bad dsiźn-mcñ n cm ǎt ol rît, bcz y hv s’pirịr numbrz, ẃr it z vri tît, wn pur dsiźn or bit v bad luc cn pt y ǎt cmplitli.”

N ẃl Ruśn militri oṗreśnz fr mor ɖn a snć̣ri hv ofn rlaid on yzñ oṿẃlmñ numbrz (ofn wɖ litl cnsiḍreśn fr losz), in Ycren, Ruśa apirz t hv bn cnstrend bî dmestic p’liticl cnsiḍreśnz fṛm intṛdysñ a jenṛl moḅlîześn, ẃć hz liṃtd ɖ scel v forsz it cn dplô.

Lawrence Freedman
Loṛns Frīdmn, imeriṭs pṛfesr v worstudiz at Cñ’z Colij Lundn, hz ritn a ny studi abt cmand in militri conflicts. Foṭgraf: Roberto Ricciuti/Geti Iṃjz

Wn iśu ɖt hz intrīgd Frīdmn, az wel az uɖr aṇlists, z ẃ Pūtin – huz ys v fors hd bn liṃtd in scop bfr Ycren – imbarct on sć a denjṛs n badli priperd-fr gambl in Ycren.

“Militri fors hd bn qt gd fr Pūtin p untl nǎ. H yzd it ifctivli in Ćećńa, Crîmīa, Jorja n Siria. H yzd it in qt a liṃtd faśn in Ycren’z Donbas rījn in 2014 ẃr ɖoz dwñ hiz drti wrc wontd him t tec an īvn mor agresiv aproć.

“Bt hiz aproć t ɖ cuṛnt Ycren conflict hz clirli bn dludd. Y hv t asym h dd’nt riylîz ɖ gambl h wz tecñ. H jenyinli ʈt Ycren wd crumbl qt qcli, n it’s hard t nǒ ẃ. “Īvn ɖoz [foṛn] aṇlists hu ʈt Ycren’z militri mt nt d wel dd’nt b’liv ɖt ɖ Ycreńn ppl wd s’cum. Bt h dd.

H dd si it az a speśl militri oṗreśn [ɖ trm ɖ Cremlin hz cnsistntli yzd rɖr ɖn “wor”] ɖt wd last a fy dez. N wns ɖt plan hd feld, ɖe wr on ɖ bac ft.”

A ci fełr, in Frīdmn’z vy, wz ɖt ẃl Ruśn intelijns hd wîdli infltretd Ycren – az īvn Cyīv hz acnolijd – ɖ ci figrz arnd Pūtin îɖr dd nt unḍstand Ycren or actd az an ecoćembr fr him.

“Xprts on Ycren in Ruśa d’nt sīm t hv bn cnsultd. It lcs lîc Pūtin wz tōcñ t hiz mêts in ɖ FSB [ɖ fedṛl s’kṛti srvis] n GRU [militri intelijns] hu śerd hiz preɉdisz. N ɖ rantñ spīć h gev on 21 Febrri [ʈri dez bfr Ruśa invedd] z stl az gd a gîd az enʈñ t ẃt h ʈncs. It z clir fṛm ɖt ɖt h fîndz it vri hard t tec Ycren n its prezidnt, Vlodimir Zelensci, sirịsli. I ʈnc h ʈt Zelensci wd mc a dīl. H dd’nt.”

At ɖ hart v ɖ probḷm, Frīdmn b’livz, z ɖ rijidli hîrarcicl nećr v ɖ Cremlin’z dsiźn-mcñ n hǎ ɖoz at ɖ vri top r iḿn t rsponsbiḷti fr mstecs.

“Ɖr r no insntivz t tel ɖ truʈ on ɖ grǎnd t ɖ hayr cmand. Ɖ sīńr militri – ppl sć az dfnsministr Serge Śôgu n ćīf v ɖ jenṛl stāf Valeri Gerasimov – r ol part v ɖ inr srcl. Ɖ’v sact lots v jenṛlz nǎ ɖe nǒ ɖt ɖr’z a probḷm. Bt it’s nt ɖm ɖt’s ɖ probḷm. It’s olwz smwn els.”

N sins Ruśa’z frst plan t topl Ycren wɖ a coup de main agnst Cyīv c’lapst wɖn ɖ frst fy wīcs amd firs Ycreńn rzistns n Ruśn l’jisticl incompitns, Mosco hz strugld t fînd a creḍbl plan B.

“Ɖe traid fr plan B – ɖ feṃs convô ɖt gaɖrd ǎtsd Cyīv – bt ɖe cd’nt fînd wn. It wz l’jisticli bynd ɖm. Ɖ lînz wr tù xpozd. So ɖe rvrtd bac t consntretñ on ɖ Donbas.

“Īvn ɖen it tc untl Me t foc̣s on ẃt ɖe cd d – artiḷribarāźz on a naro frunt, a tactic fr ẃć Ycren hd no īzi rspons, xpt t tec hevi caźltiz untl wstn wepnzsistmz bgan arîvñ.”

Īvn nǎ, six munʈs intu ɖ wor, Frīdmn struglz t unḍstand ɖ lojic v ɖ Cremlin, nt līst its tactic v crietñ a wintrtîm eṇjicrîsis in Yṛp t unḍmain s’port fr Cyīv.

“I ʈnc ɖ onli ‘ʈiyri v vicṭri’ ɖ Cremlin hz at ɖ preznt z ɖt ɖ wst trnz on Ycren bcz v ɖ eṇjicrîsis. Bt ɖ s’prîz ɖr z ɖt Mosco hz nt asct fr a sīsfîr nǎ. Ɖt wd pt Zelensci on ɖ spot bcz h cd’nt agri t wn.

“Instd, Pūtin z stl actñ az ɖo h xpcts mor fṛm ɖs wor ɖn h hz olrdi got. Ẃ I ʈnc ɖr r sm sînz v desṗreśn on ɖ Ruśn sîd z ɖt sm r bginñ t rec̣gnîz ɖt an eṇjicrunć z nt gwñ t līd t a btreyl v Ycren. In ɖ loñ trm, ɖt signlz ɖ risc v dīp damij t Ruśa’z icoṇmi.”

Ẃl Frīdmn z cōśs abt pridictñ ɖt Ruśn forsz cd fes a secnd big setbac – nt līst in ɖ sǎʈ v Ycren, ẃr Cyīv hz bn ifctivli presñ on Cersón – h siz ɖ sem lac v insttyśnl imaɉneśn dfînñ ɖ fyćr tṛjectri v ɖ wor.

“Z ɖr gwñ t b smʈñ big lîc Ruśn forsz gtñ insrcld n trapt [arnd Cersón]? Unls ɖ sistm gts a śoc lîc ɖ wn xpirịnst in lêt Febrri n rli Marć [ẃn Ruśa abandnd its eḟt t tec Cyīv], I ʈnc Ruśa wl dogidli cari on, f fr no uɖr rīzn ɖn ɖt it c’nt ʈnc v enʈñ betr t d. Ɖ Cremlin z paṛlîzd.”

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Cmand: Ɖ Poḷtics v Militri Oṗreśnz fṛm C’rīa t Ycren bî Loṛns Frīdmn z publiśt bî Aḷn Len on 8 Sptmbr

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Frank Poems: UNFORTUNATELY

In times of military tension
Call twenty-four random ordinary people
On each side
In off the street
And ask them if
They’d prefer peace or war,

Pointing out first in brief –
Because, after all,
Random ordinary people
Have non-random, not-so-ordinary
Lives to lead
And won’t be paid for this –

Pointing out the pros and cons
Of peace and war,
Especially regarding
Ordinary not-so-ordinary people
And in particular
The poor.

Then take a vote…

Result!

PS:
Unfortunately,
When it comes to war and peace
In times of military tension,
It tends hardly ever
To work like this.

The Guardian, 8 February 2022: "Putin’s massive table: powerplay or paranoia?" Photograph: EyePress News/Rex/Shutterstock.

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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