The Russians Have Invaded Before: The Battle of Kruty

Monument to the courageous students at the battle of KrutyVladimir Putin in his own words

“Everyone says I’m harsh, even brutal,” Putin acknowledged, without ever disputing such observations. “A dog senses when somebody is afraid of it, and bites,” he observes. “The same applies [to dealing with one’s enemies]. If you become jittery, they will think that they are stronger. Only one thing works in such circumstances—to go on the offensive. You must hit first and hit so hard that your opponent will not rise to his feet.”

(From First Person, by Vladimir Putin available on

Will Russia invade Ukraine?  Today the US State Department warned Americans to leave within 48 hours.  They believe war is imminent and Americans who do not leave now will not be evacuated.  (Of course, after Afghanistan, we knew that already).

The president of Ukraine asked America today and other countries to remain calm, and to ratchet down the hysteria.  Putin took Crimea in 2014 under President Obama, with Biden as the vice-president, and it is now eight years since that invasion.  The simmering war with Russia and the separatist republics has continued these last eight years.  The Ukrainians live with this reality.  However, this would not be the first full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Jeff Thompson