Dominant Biden regime hardliners put their money on crushing Russia’s economy by unprecedented sanctions war — along with creating quagmire conditions in Ukraine for its forces.
Things aren’t going as planned for the empire of lies, its NATO vassals and MSM press agents.
Russia economy is holding up well.
According to Bloomberg Economics, revenues from oil and gas exports are 36% higher year-over-year.
In Q I, Russia’s current account surplus was $58.2 billion — a three-decade high.
Why? Because of harebrained US/UK/EU policy to partially embargo these and other Russian commodities.
Russia’s ruble is outperforming the dollar and euro.
According to Bloomberg, it’s the world’s best performing currency this year, saying:
“The ruble’s gains result from a series of measures taken by the government to defend the…currency in the aftermath of Western sanctions,” adding:
Along with “imposing capital controls, Russia forced exporters to sell foreign-exchange and is demanding its (oil and) natural gas be paid for in rubles.”
What’s happening is “remarkable” at a time of all-out US/Western sanctions war on the country.
Hegemon USA’s plans laid an egg.
Economic and financial conditions in Russia are holding up well while US/Western economies are stumbling toward recession at a time of soaring inflation.
Even UK-based The Economist admitted the following last week, saying:
“(T)he Russian economy (is) defying predictions of collapse.”
Its “real economy is surprisingly resilient.”
US/Western gloom and doom “forecasts” were wrong, Bloomberg reported.
So did Foreign Policy magazine, saying:
“Despite predictions of doom for the heavily sanctioned Russian economy…(its) export revenues r(ose), and its financial sector is avoiding a liquidity crisis.”
Former State Department official, Edward Fishman, admitted that Russia is “mak(ing) at least a billion dollars a day selling oil and gas” alone.
Most European countries complied with Russia’s demand by paying for Russian oil and gas in rubles, strengthening the currency.
According to noted military analyst Andrei Martyanov, battered and beaten Ukrainian forces are demoralized.
Accomplishing Russia’s SMO objectives is just a matter of time — while Ukraine’s military and economy are collapsing.
Why did US war secretary Austin ask to speak to his Russian counterpart, Sergey Shoigu?
Clearly not because US/NATO strategy in Ukraine is going as planned.
Polar opposite is reality.
Russian forces are advancing steadily at the expense of badly battered and beaten Ukrainian troops.
According to the US war department on Friday, Austin called Shoigu, adding:
The spoke for the first time since Feb. 18 — six days before Russia’s SMO began.
“Austin urged an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine.”
There’s no ambiguity why.
Continuation of Russia’s SMO assures the demilitarization of Ukraine and collapse of its economy more than already.
That’s the reality faced by Biden regime policymakers.
Russia is winning the battle of Ukraine.
Kiev already lost.
Hegemon USA’s plans are in tatters.
Analyst Larry Johnson stressed the following:
If Russia faced quagmire conditions in Ukraine, “Shoigu would be the guy calling Austin…begging for mercy.”
“If Russia is on the ropes, why” would Austin urge an “immediate ceasefire?”
In response to his request, Shoigu likely said: идите стучите по песку — go pound sand in translation, Johnson explained.
Russian forces continue to advance at the expense of Ukrainian ones.
“The Russian offensive in Donbass ramped up significantly in the last week…”
It’s “carving up entrenched Ukrainian units with no hope of being reinforced or rescued by a counter-offensive.”
In stark contrast to MSM fake news, Russian forces liberated and now control Mariupol.
Life for its long-suffering residents is slowly returning to normal.
Thousands of tons of Russian humanitarian aid are turning things around — along with the beginning or rebuilding what’s been destroyed.
Vital services are being restored.
Remaining Nazified thugs inside the city’s Azovstal steel plant can only hold out so much longer.
Their fate is sealed.
If refuse to surrender, they’re doomed.
Since Russia’s SMO began on Feb. 24, Ukraine’s military achieved no battlefield triumphs over vastly superior Russian Federation forces.
Claims otherwise by US/Western regimes, puppet Zelensky and their MSM press agents have been bald-faced Big Lies.
Whenever these claims were made, no evidence accompanied them because there is none.
Decidedly on its back foot, Ukraine’s military is virtually defeated.
It can drag things out longer at the cost of thousands more of its troops killed, wounded or taken prisoner.
Or it can surrender to save their lives and protect their well-being.
What any responsible leadership would do, puppet Zelensky presses on in response to demands by his higher power in Washington.
The Biden regime and its subservient NATO vassals consider Ukrainian troops expendable.
So Russia’s SMO is likely to continue until their remnants are too battered, beaten, exhausted and entirely demoralized to go on.
The above reality may likely be achieved after Russia liberates Donbass entirely.
Perhaps at that time, Vladimir Putin may be able to publicly state that Russia’s mission was accomplished.
There’s virtually nothing the US/West can do to stop what’s coming — other than launch WW III, a frightening possibility that may lie ahead.