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Taking Ukraine Is Putin’s First Step In Restoring The Soviet Union Just As Hitler’s Goal In Starting WWII Was To Restore The German Empire

As Hitler before him restored Germany, Vladimir Putin is bent on restoring the former glory of the Soviet Union by taking Ukraine.

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New videos show the Russian army’s so-called ‘peacekeeping’ force on the ground inside Ukraine, as the United States was trying to convince European allies to follow their lead and impose tough sanctions.

History is a funny thing, and the main thing that history loves to do is repeat itself, according to the wisest man that ever lived, King Solomon. WWII, the largest global battle ever waged with an ever larger one coming up, was started because Adolf Hitler desired to restore the German empire. In 2022, that same spirit is exactly what is the driving force behind Gog, um, I mean Putin right now.

“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.” Ecclesiastes 1:9,10 (KJB)

Now, one of two things is going to happen, and you can take this to the bank. Either Putin is going to provoke, taunt and tease in some gigantic bluff, which after rolling in tanks yesterday is possible but ever-increasingly not likely. Or, Putin has taken the mantle of Gog and Magog, and is stepping up to perform what is written in the scripture of truth. Here on Day 708 Of 15 Days To Flatten the Curve, I’m placing my bet on the latter rather than the former. To the FIGHT!!!

Putin’s ‘peacekeepers’ in tanks roll into Ukraine separatist regions: Biden kicks off sanctions and UK will follow after issuing stark warning ‘the invasion has begun’

FROM DAILY MAIL UK: Military vehicles were seen after night fell on Monday in Makiivka, in the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), recognized hours earlier as an independent state by Vladimir Putin. Other footage showed armored vehicles at other locations in the DPR and neighboring Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), also recognized by the Kremlin. No insignia were visible on the vehicles, but there is little doubt they are Russian forces deployed on Putin’s orders.

At the same time, Ukraine said heavy shelling broke out along nearly all 250 miles of its frontline with the breakaway provinces, leaving two of its soldiers dead and 12 injured in a major escalation in violence. Videos showed pro-Russian separatists lighting celebratory fireworks and waving Russian flags in Donetsk city following Putin’s announcement of recognition.

The celebrations came as President Joe Biden issued an executive order banning US investment or trade with the two regions, but stopped far short of the ‘swift and decisive’ response that had been threatened. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the sanctions were designed to prevent Russia ‘profiting off of this blatant violation of international law,’ before tweeting: ‘Russia’s move to recognize the ‘independence’ of so-called republics controlled by its own proxies is a predictable, shameful act.

‘We condemn them in the strongest possible terms and #StandWithUkraine, as I told Foreign Minister tonight.’

White House spokesman Jen Psaki promised more sanctions will follow later today, while the State Department ordered its remaining staff to leave Ukraine for the safety of Poland. Biden was on Monday night trying to get European allies to follow him in imposing sanctions.

‘Clearly, the White House is talking to the Europeans,’ said Bill Taylor, former US ambassador to Ukraine, on CNN – suggesting the administration is holding off on tougher sanctions on Russia for the moment in order to get European partners on board.

A senior US official earlier declined to characterize whether Putin’s order for Russian armed forces to conduct ‘peacekeeping’ there counted as an actual invasion, which would trigger much wider and more severe Western sanctions against Moscow.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that ‘the first barrage of UK economic sanctions against Russia’ will be revealed today after Putin ‘completely tore up international law.’ After chairing an early morning emergency meeting of top ministers, Johnson told reporters: ‘This is I should stress just the first barrage of UK economic sanctions against Russia because we expect I’m afraid that there is more Russian irrational behavior to come.

‘I’m afraid all the evidence is that President Putin is indeed bent on a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the overrunning, the subjugation of an independent, sovereign European country and I think, let’s be absolutely clear, that will be absolutely catastrophic.’

Johnson said that Putin continues down on the path to ‘encircling Kyiv itself, which is what he seems to be proposing to do, capturing the Ukrainian capital’ then it is vital his efforts ‘should not succeed and that Putin should fail’. It comes as UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid declared that Russia ‘invaded’ Ukraine.

‘We are waking up to a very dark day in Europe,’ Javid said early this morning on Sky News. ‘We have seen that Putin has recognized breakaway eastern regions in Ukraine and from the reports we can already tell that he has sent in tanks and troops. From that you can conclude that the invasion of Ukraine has begun.’

European Union foreign ministers are also set to meet today to decide what sanctions to impose, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said.

‘Clearly, the response will be in the form of sanctions,’ he declared, but added that the aim is not to impose the whole range of sanctions that the EU has prepared should Russia invade Ukraine, but rather to address the recognition of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent.

Asked whether Russia’s decision to send ‘peacekeepers’ in already amounts to an invasion, Borrell said, ‘I wouldn’t say that’s a fully fledged invasion, but Russian troops are on Ukrainian soil.’  The bloc has repeatedly said it is ready to impose ‘massive consequences’ on Russia’s economy if Moscow invades Ukraine but has also cautioned that, given the EU’s close energy and trade ties to Russia, it wants to ratchet up sanctions.

An EU official said the bloc’s 27 ambassadors would discuss a wider package of sanctions this afternoon, but warned there would be difficulty in agreeing on an approach.

‘There’s a whole escalation ladder, starting with Russian individuals and moving up to finance, trade, and eventually energy. So, technically, a lot is possible,’ the official told Reuters.

‘The problem politically is how to craft sanctions that all can agree to.’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also refused to recognize an ‘invasion’ in a 2am address to the nation, instead speaking of a ‘violation of sovereignty’ before adding: ‘We are not afraid of anyone or anything. We don’t owe anyone anything. And we won’t give anything to anyone.’  Zelensky has also demanded an immediate halt to the Nord Stream 2 project to pipe Russian natural gas to Germany via the Baltic Sea. The President called on Europe to introduce ‘immediate sanctions’ that include ‘the complete stop of Nord Stream 2’.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz appeared to oblige his request, announcing this morning that he was suspending the pipeline project and had asked the German regulator for the pipeline to halt the review process.

‘There can be no certification of the pipeline and without this certification, Nord Stream 2 cannot begin operating,’ he said.

Nord Stream 2 has long been a point of contention between Ukraine and Germany, with Ukrainian authorities pointing out that Germany cannot effectively impose sanctions on Russia while simultaneously securing a dedicated pipeline for Russian gas. Scholz’s declaration that the project has been halted suggests that Germany is now willing to join Western allies in imposing strong sanctions. READ MORE

Ukraine crisis: Russia orders troops into rebel-held regions

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops into two rebel-held regions in eastern Ukraine, after recognising them as independent states.

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On Europe Day 2022, Emmanuel Macron Stuns By Calling For Creation Of A New European Political Body To Rival The European Union And With More Power

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Emmanuel Macron has called for a new political organisation to unite democracies on the European continent, as he warned that Ukraine would probably not join the EU for several decades.

Europe Day is a day to celebrate peace and unity throughout Europe. On this day, according to the official site, it is our collective duty to revitalize the European dream and re-invigorate European integration. COVID-19 has proven to us however that to protect the lives and health of citizens and preserve our economy, the European Union must take robust actions, proportionate to the dangers threatening us. Therefore, we call on liberals to join us in mobilising local politicians and civil society for a large pro-European movement on 9 May to celebrate European unity and peace. Emmanuel Macron used today to call for the creation of a new European political group with real power, with him ostensibly as its leader.

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” 2 Thessalonians 2:3 (KJB)

Every time the man opens his mouth to speak, he moves himself one step closer to the biblical man of sin that we have been telling you he likely is. In 2017, Emmanuel Macron said his desire was to “rule Europe like the god Jupiter”, and today during Europe Day 2022 celebrations, Macron reiterated his desire to do just that.

Macron calls for new European body and warns Ukraine of EU wait

FROM THE GUARDIAN UK: Speaking two days after being sworn in for a second term as French president, Emmanuel Macron called for big thinking on the future of Europe, saying the war in Ukraine showed the need for a “historic process of reflection”.

Emmanuel Macron also said that Europe must learn from its past mistakes to ensure Russia is not ‘humiliated’ in peace negotiations.

He proposed “a European political community … a new European organisation [that] would enable democratic European nations who adhere to our values to find a new space for political cooperation”, listing security, energy, transport, infrastructure investment and movement across borders, especially for young people, as issues that body would tackle. Being part of this organisation would not exclude a country from joining the EU, and the organisation could include “those who have left” the bloc, he said.

Macron’s intervention comes as EU states clash on how quickly to move forward with Kyiv’s membership application. The question is likely to reach a crunch point in June, when EU leaders decide whether to grant Ukraine candidate status, a procedural step that normally takes years to attain.

Macron suggested he favoured a quick decision on candidate status, while dampening Kyiv’s hopes of a speedy entry into the EU. The awarding of candidate status is followed by talks on accession and a process of reform so that a country meets the EU’s political, economic and legal criteria.

“Even if we were to give it the status of candidate country tomorrow – I hope we move forward towards accession rapidly – even if we were to do that, we all know only too well the process for accession would take several years; in truth, it would probably take several decades. And that is the truth unless we decide to lower the standards for accession and rethink the unity of our Europe, and also partially the principles that we hold,” he said.

“The European Union, given its level of integration and ambition, cannot be the only way to structure the European continent in the short term.” READ MORE

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Russia Cuts Of Gas Pipeline To 2 NATO Nations In Dramatic Escalation Of Tensions Leading Speculation On Expansion Of Conflict Across Europe

Natural gas prices in Europe shot up 25% before the market opened Wednesday and then eased off but remained significantly higher. The gas cuts do not immediately put the countries into dire trouble since they have worked on getting alternative sources for several years now and the continent is heading into summer, making gas less essential for households. Yet the move and Kremlin warnings that more nations could be cut off sent shivers of worry through the 27-nation European Union, which immediately convened an emergency meeting.

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Russia dramatically escalated its standoff with the West over the war in Ukraine on Wednesday, cutting natural gas off to NATO members Poland and Bulgaria and threatening to disconnect even more nations. European leaders decried the move as “blackmail.”

Every time I hear people talking about how “unhinged” Putin is, and how he is mere steps away from collapsing, it makes me laugh because Putin is amazingly crafty, and has set this thing up incredibly well. It was a Hitlerian move to first get the majority of Europe addicted to his smooth flowing and affordable oil and natural gas before declaring was on Ukraine and daring Europe to do anything about it. This week Putin has started the process of cutting of NATO nations from the Gazprom teat.

“And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil.” Deuteronomy 33:24 (KJB)

Sending in the disposable conscripts instead of using up his actual soldiers is another evil genius move that is reaping benefits for Putin on many levels. As the war in Ukraine drags on, Putin is expanding the conflict zone to areas like neighboring Moldova, with Poland already looking over their shoulders. Hey, remember when Biden turned off the Keystone Pipeline? Look how wonderfully that fits into Putin turning off the pipeline to Europe, think they colluded on that?

Russia cuts natural gas to 2 NATO nations in escalation

FROM THE AP: A day after the United States and other Western allies vowed to speed more and better military supplies to Ukraine, the Kremlin upped the ante, using its most essential export as leverage. The tactic could eventually force targeted nations to ration gas and deal another blow to economies suffering from rising prices. It could also deprive Russia of badly needed income to fund its war effort.

Benchmark gas prices in Europe shot up on the news that Poland and Bulgaria were cut off, marking another dark turn in a war that has revived the geopolitical rifts of the Cold War.

In a memo, state-controlled Russian giant Gazprom said it was shutting off the countries because they refused to pay in Russian rubles, as President Vladimir Putin had demanded. The company said it had not received any such payment since the beginning of the month, though Bulgaria’s energy minister disputed that. Fatih Birol, the executive director of the Paris-based International Energy Agency, said the cutoff was a “weaponization of energy supplies,” while EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called it “yet another attempt by Russia to use gas as an instrument of blackmail.”

Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov also called the suspension blackmail. “We will not succumb to such a racket,” he added.

Natural gas prices in Europe shot up 25% before the market opened Wednesday and then eased off but remained significantly higher. The gas cuts do not immediately put the countries into dire trouble since they have worked on getting alternative sources for several years now and the continent is heading into summer, making gas less essential for households.

Yet the move and Kremlin warnings that more nations could be cut off sent shivers of worry through the 27-nation European Union, which immediately convened a special coordination group to limit the impact. Russia also more directly targeted support for Ukraine, claiming Wednesday that missiles hit a batch of weapons that the U.S. and European nations had delivered to the embattled country.

With the help of Western arms, Ukrainian forces have been unexpectedly successful at bogging Russia’s forces down, and they thwarted their attempt to take Kyiv. Moscow now says its focus is the capture of the Donbas, the mostly Russian-speaking industrial region in eastern Ukraine. The U.S. pressed its allies Tuesday to move “heaven and earth” to ensure Kyiv remains well-supplied with the weapons necessary for that battle.

The West has also sought to isolate Russia economically, by imposing punishing sanctions — but European countries have struggled to reduce their dependence on Russian energy. Wednesday’s cuts and threats marked a major economic counteroffensive by Moscow.

Europe is not without its own leverage since, at current prices, it is paying some $400 million a day to Russia for gas — money Putin would lose in case of a complete cutoff. Russia can, in theory, sell oil elsewhere — to India and China for instance — because oil primarily moves by ship. But the gas pipeline network from the huge deposits in the Yamal Peninsula in northwestern Siberia to Europe does not connect with the pipelines running to China. And Russia has only limited facilities to export super chilled liquefied gas by ship.

Hence, even a partial stoppage marked a “historical turning point in the bilateral energy relationship” between Russia and Europe, said Simone Tagliapietra, senior fellow at the Bruegel think tank in Brussels. Russia’s goal, Tagliapietra said, is to “divide and rule” — hoping to pit European countries against one another as they gasp for energy. READ MORE

Russia cuts off natural gas supply to Poland and Bulgaria

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In France, ‘Man Of Sin’ Emmanuel Macron Easily Defeats His Challenger To Win The Presidency And Retain De Facto Control Of Europe

Walking out to the tune of the E.U. anthem, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” Emmanuel Macron on Sunday night claimed the election as a win for “an ambitious humanist project.” He also gestured to Le Pen’s supporters. “I know that the anger and disagreements that led many of our compatriots to opt for the far right, to vote for this project, must also be addressed,” Macron, 44, said as he spoke in front of the Eiffel Tower to a crowd waving French and E.U. flags. “This will be my responsibility.” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz were among the first world leaders to congratulate Macron. “Together, we will move France and Europe forward,” von der Leyen wrote on Twitter.

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Emmanuel Macron was elected to a second term as French president on Sunday evening with 58.8% of the vote, according to an estimate from the Ipsos polling institute

For the past few weeks, many have been emailing me, asking what happens to our end times estimations about the ‘man of sin’ if Emmanuel Macron gets defeated. My answer was simple, whether he stays or goes, at some point, he has to move on past the presidency of France anyway. From the day he was elected in 2017, his ambition was always to rule Europe like the god Jupiter, France is just the means by which he gets there. But no matter, Macron won in a landslide victory as I knew he would.

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” 2 Thessalonians 2:3 (KJB)

Today here on Day 770 of 15 Days To Flatten the Curve, everything is proceeding apace exactly like how you would expect things to be if you were living in the end times prophesied in your King James Bible, which you absolutely are. Emmanuel Macron remains a man on a mission, and if you read and believe your Bible you know exactly what that mission is. As of this writing, Emmanuel Macron is the twice-elected president of France, the current leader of the European Union and the reigning prince of Andorra. The literal definition of his last name is a ‘horizontal mark’, chew on that for a week or two. The only place he’s going is up, right up to the moment that he comes to his end, and none shall help him.

Victorious Macron vows to unite France after fending off Le Pen threat

FROM MSN: Emmanuel Macron became the first French president in two decades to win a second term on Sunday, holding off a far-right challenge by Marine Le Pen that could have upended Europe.

Macron’s decisive victory offers continuity for France and another five years of political stability for the 27-nation European Union, which has been buffeted by years of challenges from far-right populists, Brexit, an immigration crisis, and now Russia’s war in Ukraine. Le Pen, 53, is an anti-immigrant populist who has expressed admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Some European leaders had feared that having her in charge of the E.U.’s second-biggest economy and only nuclear power would have instigated an unraveling of Western institutions.

Instead, Macron won 59 percent of the vote and Le Pen 41 percent — as conclusive a result as any in an increasingly fragmented age.

Walking out to the tune of the E.U. anthem, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” Macron on Sunday night claimed the election as a win for “an ambitious humanist project.” He also gestured to Le Pen’s supporters.

“I know that the anger and disagreements that led many of our compatriots to opt for the far right, to vote for this project, must also be addressed,” Macron, 44, said as he spoke in front of the Eiffel Tower to a crowd waving French and E.U. flags. “This will be my responsibility.”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz were among the first world leaders to congratulate Macron. “Together, we will move France and Europe forward,” von der Leyen wrote on Twitter.

The European Council president Charles Michel tweeted: “Bravo Emmanuel. In this turbulent period, we need a solid Europe and a France totally committed to a more sovereign and more strategic European Union.” The European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, said: “I am delighted to be able to continue our excellent cooperation.” The German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, said French voters had delivered “a strong message in favour of Europe”. Macron’s first foreign trip as president is expected to be to Berlin to see Scholz. READ MORE

French President Emmanuel Macron wins second term

French President Emmanuel Macron will serve a second term as president, defeating far-right candidate Marine Le Pen for a second time. Macron is the first French president to be reelected in 20 years. CBS News foreign correspondent Elaine Cobbe joined Lana Zak to discuss what the victory means for France and its allies.

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