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Arkady Volozh, CEO of Russia's biggest internet company Yandex, has resigned after being added to the European Union's list of individuals sanctioned as part of its response to the illegal invasion of Ukraine. Yandex is an analogue of Google, having started as a search engine and then added numerous productivity, cloud, and …

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    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: In other news news

      “Why do I hate Tucker so much? Has Tucker ever called me a racist? Has he threatened to get me fired for disagreeing with him? Has he revelled as middle class job in my town are shipped to China? Did he undermine routine disease control turning it into a pandemic that wrecked my business and kept me indoors for two years? Is he teaching my children to embrace racial discrimination? Is he trying to commandeer Christianity? Does he try to get racists mass killers off murder charges with lies? Did he try to turn USA against NATO, and drum up support for Russias attack on Ukraine? These are fair questions, and the answer to all of them is yes. Tucker Carlson did all of these."

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Give Ukraine Nukes

    Russia's been attacking the west ongoing now for decades. He really ramped it up a notch when he starting buying politicians. If you want him pegged in, you have to give Ukraine nukes.

    How long before he flips another democratic country, and installs another pro-Putin dictator? There is no point in having a strong military force, if these f*ing traitors will backstab their own countries.

    Nip it at source, give Ukraine nukes.

    1. sanmigueelbeer

      Re: Give Ukraine Nukes

      Nip it at source, give Ukraine nukes

      Tell China that "if" China wants to "expand their borders" NORTH, the US, ASEAN and NATO would not mind.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Give Ukraine Nukes

        We share the same atmosphere, fool.

        The big game is akin to containing a rabid animal without spreading the virus. Less contact the better. Less gunfire the better. Letting it fall into a deep pit of its own making is ideal.

        Throwing a tiger at a rabid bear might be entertainment to you, but the spittle and blood will be far flung and poison us all.

      2. localzuk Silver badge

        Re: Give Ukraine Nukes

        Your analogy doesn't hold up.

        China is a single country - the only way for it to expand its borders is taking over other countries.

        NATO, on the other hand, is a defensive alliance. It isn't a country. It doesn't have borders of its own - its members have borders. NATO simply says "if one of us is attacked and they ask for our help, we will help".

        The only way to join NATO is for a country to want to join, and for all existing members to agree.

        About as different to China as you can possibly get.

        1. VoiceOfTruth

          Re: Give Ukraine Nukes

          -> NATO, on the other hand, is a defensive alliance.

          No it is not. It is a tool of American imperialism. It involves itself in matters entirely unrelated to defence.

          1. MiguelC Silver badge

            Re: Give Ukraine Nukes

            Calling yourself the voice of truth has about the same weight of countries calling themselves democratic or united...

          2. TeeCee Gold badge

            Re: Give Ukraine Nukes

            So sayeth the voice of Pravda. Delivering fake news to the proles since 1912.

            Colour me unsurprised.

            FFS! If you really must troll for Mad Vlad, you could at least go with a fake handle that didn't announce who you really are.

          3. Nightkiller

            Re: Give Ukraine Nukes

            "It is a tool of American imperialism"

            Compared to what? Russian Imperialism?

          4. localzuk Silver badge

            Re: Give Ukraine Nukes

            Examples needed. What is it that NATO has done which are not related to defence?

      3. DS999 Silver badge

        China has never been expansionist

        All the leading democratic nations are or have so in the past. US, UK, France, Germany, Israel, Japan all of them have attacked adjoining countries and seized territory to expand their borders.

        China has not done so. Now some may argue that based on what they say and what they've been doing they are paving the way for doing this in the future, but so far it hasn't happened.

        1. F. Frederick Skitty Silver badge

          Re: China has never been expansionist

          Not heard of Tibet then?

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: China has never been expansionist

            Or the invasion of Vietnam in 1979 and frequent attacks on the Indian border?

        2. localzuk Silver badge

          Re: China has never been expansionist

          The creation of China was in fact done via attacking and conquering neighbours. Qin Shi Huang conquered neighbours, gave himself the title "Huangdi" of the Qin - the start of the imperial state of China.

          More recently, they have annexed Tibet, Aksai Chin, the Paracel Islands, etc... Not to mention their current claims to Taiwan.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Give Ukraine Nukes

      The Ukraine shipped the nukes it had to Russia. So that no one could say it threatened Russia with nukes. So that Russia couldn't use nukes against Ukraine. You're a fool for fireworks and don't understand how to play the big game.

      Ask Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, or Finland if they want nukes. You *really* don't understand.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Give Ukraine Nukes

        If Ukraine had its nukes at invasion time, Putin would *not* have invaded. Now Ukraine's children have been stolen and its civilians murdered.

        Now Putin is able to threaten to use nukes because his target does not have them. It is asymmetric fear.

        Give Ukraine nukes, restore the balance, pin Putin into his borders, create an uncertain safety for Russia, a *fear* that they cannot let a war monger like Putin into power, lest they get nuked themselves.

        The fear you clearly live in, *they* should live in too.

        Also you do not speak for Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, or Finland..... and they don't speak for Ukraine.

        1. TheFifth

          Re: Give Ukraine Nukes

          Ukraine do not want nukes. When they became independent in 1991, they specifically said they did not want to keep any nuclear weapons on their territory and shipped them all to Russia. In fact, although Bush was playing the 'we won the Cold War' card at home, in the background he was trying to hold the USSR together long enough to ensure all nuclear weapons were sent to Russia and he was also backing a new union of states proposed by Gorbachev. It was Ukraine who were one of the main reasons that the new union did not succeed. They wanted independence and to be free of all things USSR, including the nuclear arsenal.

          Also, giving nuclear arms to a country that is currently at war with a nuclear power would be amazingly idiotic. It would make them and the country that supplied the weapons a target of nuclear attack. Putin is paranoid enough already. The 'nuclear deterrents work' line is incredibly simplistic thinking if you know anything about the history of the region or the current situation.

      2. DS999 Silver badge

        No nation will ever give up nukes again

        Because the Ukraine war has proven that it is a bad idea. So forget bringing back the Iran treaty, they will never agree to stop their development when they are so close. Forget getting North Korea to give up its nukes, even if there's a revolution and a reasonable guy takes and/or it reunites with South Korea why would a country bordering two much larger countries that have nukes (Russia & China) want to give up its insurance policy?

        Plus countries that have not thought it was worth the expense to develop nuclear weapons might now rethink that decision. Putin's stupidity is going to guarantee nuclear proliferation around the world and no one will ever give them up. We just have to wait until one of the countries so armed has a revolution and someone insane enough to actually use them gets control.

        Thanks Vlad, you fucking tool.

    3. UCAP Silver badge

      Re: Give Ukraine Nukes

      I can only assume that the original poster is a complete and utter idiot. Apart from breaking the various nuclear weapon non-proliferation treaties (yes, they do exist, and yes, they are still active), only a total moron would want to give someone currently engaged in a conflict nukes. You would actually be giving Putin plausible deniability (at least in his eyes) for starting a nuclear exchange that can only hurt everyone on the planet.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Give Ukraine Nukes

        He cannot win a nuclear exchange, it is not "plausible denability" that stops him firing nukes at Ukraine, it is lack of a win scenario. Give them nukes and keep it that way.

        It calls his bluff. It secures Ukraine from a murderous enemy attack it. It secures the countries behind Ukraine.

        1. localzuk Silver badge

          Re: Give Ukraine Nukes

          Putin wants to win, but he also is willing to say "if we can't win, no-one wins" with regards his nukes. He has stated multiple times, if he considers Russia to be at risk, he will use nukes without a second thought.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Give Ukraine Nukes

        Oh and on the treaty. I would remind you that shortly after Putin put Trump in power, Trump cancelled the Intermediate range missile treaty unilaterally. Putin them moved nuclear missiles onto the southern and western borders to threaten its neighbors.

        Likewise Trump pulled out of the Open Skies treaty, fly-overs of Russian missiles sites stopped too.

        A treaty is a piece of paper you hold in your hand, as Neville Chamberlain would put it.

        Nuclear deterents work, and if anyone needs a deterent right now, its Ukraine. Nuclear deterents have held the peace for decades.

        1. Cederic Silver badge

          Re: Give Ukraine Nukes

          Oh dear. There are still people that believe the Russian hoax? Even now, when people have testified in court that they were investigating while knowing it was a hoax?

          1. DS999 Silver badge

            Re: Give Ukraine Nukes

            Are you mad that Trump's hand picked special prosecutor has been at it for longer than Mueller was and has so far found ZERO evidence to back up your specious claim?

            1. Nightkiller

              Re: Give Ukraine Nukes

              No. But I do know that Democrat Political strongholds produce Democrat Political verdicts. A person of your calibre would be willfully writing this frame accordingly.

              1. DS999 Silver badge

                Re: Give Ukraine Nukes

                But I do know that Democrat Political strongholds produce Democrat Political verdicts

                So you are saying that any ruling in states like Texas or Florida is equally invalid because they would produce "republican political verdicts"?

                Or that any verdict from the Supreme Court is invalid because 6 of its 9 members were appointed by republican presidents?

                Republicans are the biggest snowflakes in world history, the list of those conspiring against them is long and ever growing. Now they are so put out that a jury ruling (which must be unanimous, you do realize) is proof that the fix is in against their side. Both sides have the ability to exclude jurors they feel would be biased, and even if DC is majority democrat it isn't 100% democrat so the chances that all 12 members of the jury were democrat is vanishingly small.\

                But yeah, I know, this is what Fox News talking dunces are telling you to make you feel better. They certainly can't tell you the truth that there was plenty of Russian association proven by Mueller (if not collusion) as well as a lot of evidence of obstruction of justice that may well have successfully hidden the evidence of collusion.

                Durham can't find any evidence it was a fraud no matter how hard he tries because it was not. The case in question that led to the recent acquittal was about someone lying to the FBI (you know, like how Flynn did and all the republicans said it was terrible to go after someone for such a minor crime) not anything related to creating a so-called "witch hunt". It is just unlike with Flynn who was found guilty, this guy was not.

    4. Jellied Eel Silver badge

      Re: Give Ukraine Nukes

      Nuclear neo-nazis* might be one way to achieve annihalation via alliteration.

      But a few months ago, Ukraine boldy stated that it would pursue a nuclear weapons program. Not long afterwards, Russia expresses it's displeasure.

      But such is politics. See also-

      Mr Wallace said the UK was taking a leading role in supplying Ukrainian troops with the "vital weapons they need to defend their country from unprovoked invasion".

      He said: "As Russia's tactics change, so must our support to Ukraine.

      "These highly capable multiple-launch rocket systems will enable our Ukrainian friends to better protect themselves against the brutal use of long-range artillery, which Putin's forces have used indiscriminately to flatten cities."

      Because for the last 100 days, we've heard endless stories about how Russia's committed thousands of war crimes using indiscriminate artillery. We've heard less about Ukraine also using heavy artillery, because Ukraine is only using artillery shells and rockets filled with sunflower seeds.

      But there's a... logic to supplying a weapon system known as the 'grid-square', or 'square km' removal service to a country that's been indiscriminately shelling it's own population since 2014. This comment-

      The multiple-launch rocket system can fire 12 surface-to-surface missiles within a minute and can strike targets within 50 miles (80km) with pinpoint accuracy

      Is basically bollox, unless we're supplying Ukraine with M30/M31 guided missiles, in which case they're only precision for as long as GPS isn't being jammed or spoofed. But Ukraine had a lot of BM-30 MLRS, which have been crossing the Donbas front line in both directions since 2014. Much the same capability as the systems NATO is now supplying, and will probably be eliminated by Russia just as easily.

      *It's official. Azov's rebranded, and no longer wears it's 2nd SS Panzer Division patch, or the SS's black sun because nasty Russians were using Azov's nazi insignia for propaganda purposes. Amazing the way an ideology can be changed with just a sewing kit.

  3. Clausewitz4.0 Bronze badge

    Russian oil and gas

    "The most significant new sanction is a ban on Russian oil and gas – a measure that will deprive the nation of much revenue"

    Or it will drive oil and gas prices even higher and skyrocket Russian revenue.

  4. VoiceOfTruth

    The European Union

    The French invaded Russia, not the other round. Ever heard of Napoleon? The Germans invaded Russia. Ever heard of Hitler? How the Germans think they have some kind of moral high ground after murdering 20 million Russians I do not know. I think they are still smarting at their defeat at Stalingrad. Now they are sending more arms to murder more Russians. I expect there will come a day of reckoning for them.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Another day, another post from the self-appointed "VoiceOfTruth"

      > Ever heard of Napoleon?

      Isn't he that guy that died over 200 years ago?

      > Ever heard of Hitler?

      Who he? Never heard of the guy. *cough*

      Anyway, despite Russia's risible "Nazi" propaganda and the admitted existence of a small number of far-righters in Ukraine- which the Russians have attempted to use to smear the entire country and justify their invasion- it's quite clear that Russia is the one closest to the historical Nazis in this scenario, right down to the Russian-speaking "Sudetenland" excuse.

      But yeah... let's not stop using things that happened (e.g.) 200 years ago as an excuse to de-legitimise any idea that things might be different now and the French or the Germans may have changed and be on the right side this time round.

      And let's not forget that between 1939 and 1941, the Soviet Union and Germany were allies- the former happily taking advantage of that to invade and annexe "their" half of Poland- until the Germans stabbed them in the back and they were pretty much forced to change sides.

      Yes, we know the Soviets sacrificed huge numbers of its people and helped the allies to defeat the Axis powers. But they did so because they had to- let's not pretend that they would have switched sides if the Germans hadn't invaded.

      1. VoiceOfTruth

        Re: Another day, another post from the self-appointed "VoiceOfTruth"

        -> the Soviet Union and Germany were allies-

        Do not confuse the non-aggression pact with being allies. The Soviet Union and Germany were not allies.

        1. F. Frederick Skitty Silver badge

          Re: Another day, another post from the self-appointed "VoiceOfTruth"

          Stalin certainly thought they were allies. He wasn't convinced Hitler would turn on him, and was shocked into inaction when the Axis invaded in 1941. He is on record as lamenting that if the pact had held together, then he and Hitler could have "ruled the world".

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Another day, another post from the self-appointed "VoiceOfTruth"

          You can nitpick the definition of "allies" if you like, but they were quite happy to support one another when it came to the partition of Poland (which is what that "non-aggression pact" supported)

      2. johndoex

        Re: Another day, another post from the self-appointed "VoiceOfTruth"

        Soviet Union and Germany were not allies. They made a non-aggression agreement in 1939, after UK and France stalled with similar agreement between UK, France and USSR.

        UK had the same agreement with Germany since 1938 and Poland since 1934. Polish ministers were regulars at NSDAP rallies.

      3. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Another day, another post from the self-appointed "VoiceOfTruth"

        Oh dear, VoiceOfTruth was caught napping on this one, and the much better trolls got in first.

        That will teach you to take a vykhodnoy den.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: The European Union

      If Putin hadn't decided to murder Ukrainians, then there would be no requirement to send arms to Ukraine.

      The simple fact is he doesn't give a shit about any Ukrainians, including those he is supposedly "liberating" or even his own troops. All the deaths, Russian and Ukrainian are on his hands.

      He is just trying to restore the Russian empire and secure a place in history. He has secured a place, but not the one he was wanting.

  5. Snowy Silver badge

    Yet more sanctions

    Meanwhile Russia is happy to trade with China, it is not going broke not selling oil and gas to the EU while China is happy to buy it.

    1. VoiceOfTruth

      Re: Yet more sanctions

      The European continent is controlled in the west by the USA. It has its boots on the necks of about 99% of the politicians. Who is benefitting from this war? Not Russia, not Europe as a whole. The USA is. It is selling more of its overpriced gas and oil thanks to sanctions against Russia. American gas cannot compete with Russian gas on price, so the USA brings in 'European sanctions'.

      Russia made a strategic mistake when the west was in Afghanistan. It should have armed the Taliban with whatever they wanted, and shot down every western aircraft. Instead it offered assistance. The Russians were fooled.

  6. To Mars in Man Bras!

    What's the Yandex Angle?

    I use Yandex Keyboard [on Android], Yandex Browser [on Android. The only one that supports extensions AND text-reflow] and Yandex Disc [on Android, OSX and Ubuntu].

    Sorry if that makes me a Putin stooge... as apparently having any connection to Russia whatsoever is a hate crime these days!

    We now return you to your scheduled Ukraine war themed name-calling.

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