Russia’s war in Ukraine challenges old comrades in Southeast Asia

AljazeeraVladimir Putin’s absence from the G20 Summit in Bali also undermines talk of a Russian pivot to the Asia-Pacific region.

Indonesian police line up during a security parade on November 7, 2022 in preparation for the G20 meeting in Bali, Indonesia.
Indonesian police line up during a security parade on November 7, 2022, in preparation for the G20 meeting in Bali, Indonesia [File: Firdia Lisnawati/AP] (AP Photo)

By Al Jazeera Staff

Published On 15 Nov 202215 Nov 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin has oozed a casual resentment when describing the “irreversible and even tectonic changes” that he says have led the West to become a spent force in the world.

“Western countries are striving to maintain a former world order that is beneficial only to them,” he told attendees at the Eastern Economic Forum in the Russian city of Vladivostok in September.

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Anti-Western and hyper macho, Putin’s appeal in Southeast Asia

AljazeeraSoviet-era nostalgia and anti-Western sentiment fuel online support for Russia’s Vladimir Putin and his war on Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks through the scope as he shoots a Chukavin sniper rifle (SVC-380) during a visit to the military Patriot Park in Kubinka, outside Moscow, in September 2018 [File: Alexey Nilkolsky/Sputnik/ AFP]
Russian President Vladimir Putin looks through a scope as he shoots a Chukavin sniper rifle (SVCh-380) during a visit to the military Patriot Park in Kubinka, outside Moscow, in September 2018 [File: Alexey Nilkolsky/Sputnik/ AFP]

By Al Jazeera Staff

Published On 18 Nov 202218 Nov 2022

While the West has united in condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, opinions differ markedly in parts of the developing world where Russia is not reviled but revered for what some see as its stance against the West and its hypocrisies.

In Southeast Asia, a region dominated for decades by “strongman” political leaders and where nostalgia for the Soviet Union persists in some quarters, Russian President Vladimir Putin has a strong following among social media users who are sympathetic to his invasion of Ukraine and find his macho self-image appealing.

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Ukraine’s true detectives: the investigators closing in on Russian war criminals – podcast

the guardian

Written by Lauren Wolfe, read by Kelly Burke and produced by Jessica Beck. The executive producer was Max Sanderson

Fri 11 Nov 2022 05.00 GMT Last modified on Fri 11 Nov 2022 17.40 GMT

Across the country, fact-finding teams are tirelessly gathering evidence and testimony about Russian atrocities, often within hours of troops retreating. Turning this into convictions will not be easy, or quick, but the task has begun 

empty graves after the exhumation of bodies in the mass grave created during the Russian's occupation in the town of Izyum, Kharkiv region, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine
 Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

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Russia bans 45 foreign-owned banks or banking units from selling their shares

Logo of Swiss bank Credit Suisse is seen in Zurich

[1/3] The logo of Swiss bank Credit Suisse is seen at its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland October 4, 2022. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

  • This content was produced in Russia where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine

MOSCOW, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Russia on Wednesday banned dealings in the shares or share capital of 45 banks or banking units, all either owned by parties in countries that Russia terms “unfriendly” or owned through foreign capital.

Western countries and allies, including Japan, have piled financial restrictions on Russia since it sent troops into Ukraine in late February. Moscow retaliated with obstacles for Western businesses and their allies leaving Russia, and in some cases seized their assets.

The list followed a decree issued on Aug. 5 by President Vladimir Putin banning dealings in stakes in the financial and energy sectors owned by parties in “unfriendly” countries unless specific permission was given. read more read more

The list, published on Wednesday, included Russian units of Intesa (ISP.MI), Credit Suisse (CSGN.S), Raiffeisen (RBIV.VI), Citi (C.N), OTP bank <OTPB.BU> and UniCredit Bank (CRDI.MI), as well as the Russian Yandex-Bank and Ozon-Bank.

Citi, the largest Wall Street bank to have a presence in Russia with an exposure of $8 billion, plans to wind down nearly all of the institutional banking services as it is unable to sell the business amid the recent sanctions-related laws. read more read more read more

Khi các siêu cường phải đi nhờ vả

DANH ĐỨC 30/10/2022 07:04 GMT+7

TTCTCáo giác về xuất xứ những UAV “tự sát” mà Nga đang sử dụng ở Ukraine không mới khi đối chiếu lại quá trình trừng phạt Iran của Hội đồng Bảo an Liên Hiệp Quốc.

Nhưng việc Iran nay cung cấp UAV cho Nga cho thấy thế giới đang tiến đến một cục diện hoàn toàn khác.

Khi các siêu cường phải đi nhờ vả - Ảnh 1.

Ảnh: The New Arab

“Trong đêm 22 và 23-10, kẻ thù “truyền kiếp” đã tấn công miền nam đất nước bằng UAV tự sát. 11 UAV của đối phương đã bị tiêu diệt bởi lực lượng phòng không của Bộ Tư lệnh không quân phía nam ở khu vực Mykolaiv”, Bộ Tư lệnh các lực lượng vũ trang Ukraine đăng trên Facebook sáng thứ hai 23-10. 

Bản tin này còn cho biết “thêm 3 UAV Shahed-136 khác đã bị bắn hạ bởi các đơn vị khác ở phía nam”. Chưa hết, “thêm 2 UAV lảng vảng, tìm cách đột phá từ hướng nam, đã bị phá hủy bởi các khẩu đội phòng không của Bộ Tư lệnh không quân đông và trung tâm ở phía đông và bắc Ukraine”.

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Những chị đại gặp rắc rối ở châu Âu

TƯỜNG ANH 31/10/2022 07:05 GMT+7

TTCT Thủ tướng Anh Liz Truss “sẵn sàng bật nút hạt nhân nếu cần”, Chủ tịch Ủy hội châu Âu Ursula Von der Leyen không sợ bom rơi đạn lạc đến Kiev động viên đồng minh, và nữ Thủ tướng Moldova Maia Sandu sẵn sàng ban lệnh động viên. Chính trường châu

Hai phụ nữ đang là cái gai trong mắt người Nga: Maia Sandu và Ursula von der Leyen. Ảnh: Twitter

Đình đám nhất trong các nữ chính khách này gần đây chắc chắn là bà Truss vừa từ nhiệm. Không chỉ vì kỷ lục giữ ghế ngắn ngủi nhất, chỉ 44 ngày (trong đó hết 10 ngày gần như nước Anh không hoạt động vì tang chế của Nữ hoàng Elizabeth II), mà còn vì thành tích trong nhiệm kỳ ngắn kỷ lục.

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Russia using rape as ‘military strategy’ in Ukraine: UN envoy

By Philip Wang, Tim Lister, Josh Pennington and Heather Chen, CNN

CNN

Updated 2:35 AM EDT, Sat October 15, 2022

Pramila Patten, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, at a Security Council meeting in New York in 2018.

Pramila Patten, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, at a Security Council meeting in New York in 2018.Xinhua/ShutterstockCNN — 

Russia is using rape and sexual violence as part of its “military strategy” in Ukraine, a UN envoy said this week.

The claim follows data released by a panel of UN experts recently that verified “more than a hundred cases” of rape or sexual assault incidents reported in Ukraine since February.

“When you hear women testify about Russian soldiers equipped with Viagra, it’s clearly a military strategy,” Pramila Patten, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, said in an interview with AFP on Thursday.

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The Sources of Russian Misconduct – A Diplomat Defects From the Kremlin

Foreignaffair.com – November/December 2022

“the Author BORIS BONDAREV worked as a diplomat in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2002 to 2022, most recently as a counsellor at the Russian Mission to the United Nations Office in Geneva. He resigned in May to protest the invasion of Ukraine.

For three years, my workdays began the same way. At 7:30 a.m., I woke up, checked the news, and drove to work at the Russian mission to the United Nations Office in Geneva. The routine was easy and predictable, two of the hallmarks of life as a Russian diplomat.читать статью по-русски (Read in Russian)
February 24 was different. When I checked my phone, I saw startling and mortifying news: the Russian air force was bombing Ukraine. Kharkiv, Kyiv, and Odessa were under attack. Russian troops were surging out of Crimea and toward the southern city of Kherson. Russian missiles had reduced buildings to rubble and sent residents fleeing. I watched videos of the blasts, complete with air-raid sirens, and saw people run around in panic.

As someone born in the Soviet Union, I found the attack almost unimaginable, even though I had heard Western news reports that an invasion might be imminent. Ukrainians were supposed to be our close friends, and we had much in common, including a history of fighting Germany as part of the same country. I thought about the lyrics of a famous patriotic song from World War II, one that many residents of the former Soviet Union know well: “On June 22, exactly at 4:00 a.m., Kyiv was bombed, and we were told that the war had started.” Russian President Vladimir Putin described the invasion of Ukraine as a “special military operation” intended to “de-Nazify” Russia’s neighbor. But in Ukraine, it was Russia that had taken the Nazis’ place
“That is the beginning of the end,” I told my wife. We decided I had to quit.

Resigning meant throwing away a twenty-year career as a Russian diplomat and, with it, many of my friendships. But the decision was a long time coming. When I joined the ministry in 2002, it was during a period of relative openness, when we diplomats could work cordially with our counterparts from other countries. Still, it was apparent from my earliest days that Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs was deeply flawed. Even then, it discouraged critical thinking, and over the course of my tenure, it became increasingly belligerent. I stayed on anyway, managing the cognitive dissonance by hoping that I could use whatever power I had to moderate my country’s international behavior.
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Addressing Putin’s Nuclear Threat: Thinking Like the Cold War KGB Officer That He Was

by Douglas London October 18, 2022 justsecurity.org

The powerful explosion that crippled Vladimir Putin’s showcase bridge over the Kerch Strait linking Russia and Crimea increased pressure on the cornered Kremlin potentate to do something shocking, as he loses control on the battlefield and inside his royal court. But will he stop at the intensified missile bombardments that are hitting apartments and playgrounds in Kyiv and other civilian infrastructure across Ukraine?

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Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s Remarks at the UN Security Council (Following a Vote on a Resolution Condemning Russia’s Sham Referenda)

United States Mission to the United Nations

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s Remarks at the UN Security Council Stakeout Following a Vote on a Resolution Condemning Russia’s Sham Referenda

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield
U.S. Representative to the United Nations
New York, New York
September 30, 2022

AS DELIVERED

Let me thank all of you for waiting to see us this afternoon.

The illegal referenda that Russia held in Ukraine and the purported annexations of Ukrainian territory by force are a violation of the UN Charter and international law. They change nothing about the status and borders of Ukraine. That is the firmly-held conviction of the United States. This is the firmly-held conviction of the Secretary-General. And as you saw just now, that is the conviction of the Security Council – besides, of course, Russia.

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Statement by the Members of the European Council (on Russian annexation of Ukraine territories)

  • European Council
  • Statements and remarks
  • 30 September 2022
  • 14:40

Statement by the Members of the European Council

We firmly reject and unequivocally condemn the illegal annexation by Russia of Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions. By wilfully undermining the rules-based international order and blatantly violating the fundamental rights of Ukraine to independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, core principles as enshrined in the UN Charter and international law, Russia is putting global security at risk.

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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Statement on the Illegal Annexation of Sovereign Ukrainian Territory

US STATE DEPARTMENT

MEDIA NOTE

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON

SEPTEMBER 30, 2022

The text of the following statement was released by the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union.

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We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union, are united in our condemnation in the strongest possible terms of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine and its continued violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and Independence.

President Putin’s efforts to incorporate Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya regions into the territory of the Russian Federation constitute a new low point in Russia’s blatant flouting of international law, and yet another example of Russia’s unacceptable violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty, the UN Charter, and the commonly agreed principles and commitments of the Helsinki Final Act and the Paris Charter.

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