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Chief accountant of SE ranking and her two children killed in Ukraine

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Tatiana Perebeinis, the chief accountant for SE Ranking, an SEO platform, died under Russian attack in Ukraine on Sunday. With her two children, Alise and Tatiana (nine and 13 years old respectively) and a man, she was attempting to leave Irpin, Ukraine, when Russian forces opened fire, according to reports.

The final moments​

On Sunday, the New York Times documented the final moments of their lives. (Warning: the article contains a graphic image and video of the mortar attack and the aftermath):

“As the mortars got closer to the stream of civilians, people ran, pulling children, trying to find a safe spot. But there was nothing to hide behind. A shell landed in the street, sending up a cloud of concrete dust and leaving one family — a woman, her teenage son and a her daughter, who appeared to be about 8 years old; and a family friend — sprawled on the ground.
Soldiers rushed to help, but the woman and children were dead. A man traveling with them still had a pulse but was unconscious and severely wounded. He later died.
Their luggage, a blue roller suitcase and some backpacks, was scattered about, along with a green carrying case for a small dog that was barking.
Ukrainian forces were engaged in clashes nearby, but not at the site where civilians were moving along the street. Outgoing mortar rounds could be heard from a Ukrainian position about 200 yards away.
The shelling suggested either targeting of the evacuation routes from Irpin, something of which the Ukrainian authorities have accused the Russian army after a railroad track used for evacuations was hit on Saturday, or disregard for the risk of civilian casualties.”
Tatiana had not tried to leave sooner because she was caring for her ailing mother, according to New York Post.

Statement from SE Ranking​

Here is the full statement from SE Ranking, shared via LinkedIn and Facebook:

“We are devastated to say that yesterday our dear colleague and friend Tatiana Perebeinis, the chief accountant of SE Ranking, was killed together with her two kids by russian mortar artillery.
The family was trying to evacuate from Irpin – a small city right near Kyiv that has been left without water supply, electricity, and heating.
There are no words to describe our grief or to mend our pain. But for us, it is crucial to not let Tania and her kids Alise and Nikita remain just statistics. Her family became the victim of the unprovoked fire on civilians, which under any law is a crime against humanity.
The russian army are criminals, and they should be stopped.
Our hearts are broken. Our prayers are for all Ukrainians, who are fighting for their right to exist.”
Many of SE Ranking’s team are Ukrainian. They published a blog post to suggest ways in which people can help: How You Can Help Ukrainians Today (SE Ranking Team Included).

Why we care. If only this were the end of it and we should pray that it is, but editors at MarTech have been receiving messages from marketing and ad tech professionals currently under fire and nevertheless trying to continue with their work. LinkedIn updates also show agencies and marketing technology companies trying evacuate staff safely from Ukraine.
 

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Lots of rumours Russia is trying to set a pretext for the use of chemical weapons in Ukriane.

They called a security council meeting today over alleged bioweapons programs the US was funding in Ukraine.

This was the Russian ambassadors statement:

We call upon you to think about a very real biological danger to the people in European countries, which can result from an uncontrolled spread of bio agents from Ukraine. And if there is a such a scenario then all Europe will be covered.

The risk of this is very real given the interests of the radical nationalist groups in Ukraine are showing towards the work with dangerous pathogens conducted together with the ministry of defence of the United States.
 

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Lots of rumours Russia is trying to set a pretext for the use of chemical weapons in Ukriane.

They called a security council meeting today over alleged bioweapons programs the US was funding in Ukraine.

This was the Russian ambassadors statement:

We call upon you to think about a very real biological danger to the people in European countries, which can result from an uncontrolled spread of bio agents from Ukraine. And if there is a such a scenario then all Europe will be covered.

The risk of this is very real given the interests of the radical nationalist groups in Ukraine are showing towards the work with dangerous pathogens conducted together with the ministry of defence of the United States.
It seems more and more apparent that this conflict won't be contained. We need to be ready for the worst.
 

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Lots of rumours Russia is trying to set a pretext for the use of chemical weapons in Ukriane.

They called a security council meeting today over alleged bioweapons programs the US was funding in Ukraine.

This was the Russian ambassadors statement:

We call upon you to think about a very real biological danger to the people in European countries, which can result from an uncontrolled spread of bio agents from Ukraine. And if there is a such a scenario then all Europe will be covered.

The risk of this is very real given the interests of the radical nationalist groups in Ukraine are showing towards the work with dangerous pathogens conducted together with the ministry of defence of the United
Your right about people needing to be prepared, as life is unpredictable so you never know That said I don't think it'll get that far, Putin & Russia have too much to lose.

It's one thing to have a bigger military than your neighbors it's quite another to successfully wage an offensive war. If there's one thing this conflict has proven its that Russia cannot project their military power very far. I mean they haven't even achieved ful air superiority yet. Say what you will about their ultimate failing in Afghanistan but that's one thing the US does far far better, though I doubt that even the US could successfully invade Russia even waging full scale war. Not that they would want to and vice versa. An invasion of North America or even western Europe is a complete non-starter and hasn't a hope and a pray I'm sure Putin isn't that stupid to recognize that. So whats the point of escalation if you know you'll lose? Sure China is on Russia's side- for now. Because they have their own territorial interest in Taiwan but it think people over estimate how far they'll go to help them out.

The single major threat for us is the use of nuclear weapons following a miscalculation and escalation. But again that's a no-win scenario for Putin. He's knows this and I don't think he would dare to initiate such an attack as that is where the line in the sand would be drawn, much like how for conventional warfare the line is drawn on Poland's boarder, there is absolutely no way there wouldn't be a response in kind to that sort of attack. Putin is a power hungry dictator but I don't think he's suicidal. Even if he thinks he could survive it somehow he's got to know his nation wouldn't. What kind of a power base would he be ruling over and how would he wage war and properly protect himself when his nation's military industrial complex is turned to 'roubles'.
 

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Your right about people needing to be prepared, as life is unpredictable so you never know That said I don't think it'll get that far, Putin & Russia have too much to lose.

It's one thing to have a bigger military than your neighbors it's quite another to successfully wage an offensive war. If there's one thing this conflict has proven its that Russia cannot project their military power very far. I mean they haven't even achieved ful air superiority yet. Say what you will about their ultimate failing in Afghanistan but that's one thing the US does far far better, though I doubt that even the US could successfully invade Russia even waging full scale war. Not that they would want to and vice versa. An invasion of North America or even western Europe is a complete non-starter and hasn't a hope and a pray I'm sure Putin isn't that stupid to recognize that. So whats the point of escalation if you know you'll lose? Sure China is on Russia's side- for now. Because they have their own territorial interest in Taiwan but it think people over estimate how far they'll go to help them out.

The single major threat for us is the use of nuclear weapons following a miscalculation and escalation. But again that's a no-win scenario for Putin. He's knows this and I don't think he would dare to initiate such an attack as that is where the line in the sand would be drawn, much like how for conventional warfare the line is drawn on Poland's boarder, there is absolutely no way there wouldn't be a response in kind to that sort of attack. Putin is a power hungry dictator but I don't think he's suicidal. Even if he thinks he could survive it somehow he's got to know his nation wouldn't. What kind of a power base would he be ruling over and how would he wage war and properly protect himself when his nation's military industrial complex is turned to 'roubles'.

China will milk Russia's weakness for their own benefit - any "help" would come with a price tag, and beggars can't be choosers. Fundamentally Russia is not self-sufficient, and they are demographically challenged as well. Also reference Dugin's geopolitics - in the long run Russia has more to worry about China (the two actually fought border wars).

AoD
 

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More cannon fodder...

Russia recruits Syrian fighters for Ukraine assault; U.S., allies intensify sanctions

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Russia widened its offensive in Ukraine today, striking airfields in the west and an industrial city in the east for the first time, while the huge armored column stalled for over a week outside Kyiv was on the move again, spreading out into forests and towns.

The U.S. and its allies prepared to step up their efforts to isolate and sanction Russia by revoking its most favored trading status.

But with the invasion now in its 16th day, Russia appeared to be trying to regroup and regain momentum, with expanded bombardment and tightening of its stranglehold on cities already under attack, particularly the strategic port of Mariupol, where tens of thousands struggled to find food amid an intense 10-day-old siege.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said there have been “certain positive developments” in Russia-Ukraine talks but gave no details. He told Belarus’ leader that negotiations were being held “almost on a daily basis.”

For his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Ukrainian forces had “reached a strategic turning point,” though he did not elaborate.

“It’s impossible to say how many days we will still need to free our land, but it is possible to say that we will do it,” he said via video from Kyiv.

He also said authorities were working on establishing 12 humanitarian corridors and trying to ensure food, medicine and other basics get to people across the country.

Western and Ukrainian officials have said Russian forces have struggled in the face of stiffer resistance and heavier losses than anticipated, along with supply and morale problems. So far, they have made the biggest advances on cities in the south and east while stalling in the north and around Kyiv.

Today’s strikes targeted the west, away from the main battle zones. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Russia used high-precision long-range weapons to put military airfields in Lutsk and Ivano-Frankivsk “out of action.”

The Lutsk strikes killed four Ukrainian servicemen and wounded six, Lutsk Mayor Ihor Polishchuk said. In Ivano-Frankivsk, residents were ordered into shelters in an air raid alert

Russian airstrikes also targeted for the first time the eastern city of Dnipro, a major industrial hub and Ukraine’s fourth-largest city, situated on the Dnieper River. Three strikes hit, killing at least one person, according to Ukrainian Interior Ministry adviser Anton Heraschenko.
In images of the aftermath released by Ukraine’s emergency agency, firefighters doused a flaming building, and ash fell on bloodied rubble. Smoke billowed over shattered concrete where buildings once stood.

In another potentially ominous development, new satellite photos appeared to show the massive Russian convoy outside the Ukrainian capital had fanned out.

Howitzers were towed into position to open fire, and armored units were seen in towns near the Antonov Airport north of the city, according to Maxar Technologies, the company that produced the images.

The 40-mile line of tanks and other vehicles had massed outside Kyiv early last week. But its advance had appeared to stall amid reports of food and fuel shortages and attacks by Ukrainian troops with anti-tank missiles.

The purpose of the latest move was unclear, though Russia is widely expected eventually to try to encircle the capital.

Britain’s Ministry of Defense said that after making “limited progress,” Russian forces were trying to “re-set and re-posture” their troops, gearing up for operations against Kyiv.

But Nick Reynolds, a land warfare analyst at British defense think tank Royal United Services Institute, said the move, in part, looks like an attempt by the troops to better protect themselves by dispersing. He said it may indicate that the Russians are not ready to surround the city quickly.

In the meantime, Russia is increasing bombardments and regrouping its forces on the ground.

“It’s ugly already, but it’s going to get worse,” Reynolds said.

Moscow also indicated it plans to bring fighters from Syria into the conflict. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Russia knew of more than 16,000 applications from Middle East countries, many of them from people who had had helped Russia against the Islamic State group.

Since 2015, Russian forces have backed Syrian President Bashar Assad against various groups opposed to his rule, including the Islamic State.

On the sanctions front, revoking Russia’s “most favored nation” trade status by the U.S. and other nations would allow higher tariffs on some Russian imports. Western sanctions have already dealt a severe blow to Russia, causing the ruble to plunge, foreign businesses to flee and prices to rise sharply. Putin has insisted Russia can endure sanctions.

In Syria, Russia backed the government in imposing long, brutal sieges of opposition-held cities, wreaking heavy destruction and causing widespread civilian casualties. That history, along with the siege of Mariupol, has raised fears of similar bloodshed in Ukraine.

Temperatures sank below freezing across most of Ukraine and were forecast to hit 8 degrees Fahrenheit in the eastern city of Kharkiv, which has come under heavy bombardment.

Some 400 apartment buildings in Kharkiv lost heat, and Mayor Ihor Terekhov appealed to remaining residents to descend into the subway or other underground shelters where blankets and hot food were being distributed.

The bombardment continued in Mariupol, where a deadly strike on a maternity hospital this week sparked international outrage and war-crime allegations. Repeated attempts to send in food and medicine and evacuate civilians from the city of 430,000 have been thwarted by continued attacks, and Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk put the number of dead there at more than 1,300.

Some 2.5 million people have fled Ukraine since the invasion began, according to the United Nations.
 

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Ukraine is the poison pill for NATO.

As much as I would love for Ukraine to join the EU and NATO, I also don't want to bring about World War 3 in the process.

Sometimes you have to make sacrifices for the greater good. This is one of those times.
Yes, sometimes one does need to sacrifice for the greater good but these sacrifices need to be made carefully. In the case of Russia I suspect that if they are 'allowed' to take over Ukraine it will not be long before they decide that the Baltic States are really part of Russia (again) and maybe China will realise that nobody would put Taiwan before themselves. Precedents are dangerous and should be set very carefully. If one believes in 'freedom' one should allow a country with a representative government to make whatever alliances and treaties it wants to with other willing partners. The current government of Ukraine appears to be fairly representative of the views of Ukrainians (unanimity is never possible) so, if Ukraine wants to join the EU they can (and just have) applied to join. At that point there is a process and in the case of 'candidate countries' is well trodden. The applicants need to make many changes in their own country to be more 'compatible' before they are ready to move forward and achieve membership. This can take a decade or more and, in the case of Turkey, may never result in membership. I am not sure about the exact process of joining NATO but trying to join a defence alliance that promises (ha, ha) to protect its members is best done BEFORE one's country has been invaded. It is a bit like trying to obtain fire insurance while the fire brigade are at your home with the pumper trucks.
 

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Speaking with a coworker who’s Ukrainian but speaks Russian and has family over in Crimea. They said there’s chatter that Russia is planning on getting Belarus to take control over Ukraine after it’s been captured by Russian forces. Of course this is just a guessing game at this point. This would effectively create that iron curtain buffer that Putin wants.

Prior to the start of this invasion, apparently Belarus signed a deal to hand over all control to Russia if needed during a war or crisis. I would not be surprised if this is factual based on how dependent Alexander Lukashenko is on Russia and Putin. With news yesterday of how Russians fired a missile from Urkrainian territorial into a Belarus border village to try and drag Belarus into the war it’s concerning.
 

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Speaking with a coworker who’s Ukrainian but speaks Russian and has family over in Crimea. They said there’s chatter that Russia is planning on getting Belarus to take control over Ukraine after it’s been captured by Russian forces. Of course this is just a guessing game at this point. This would effectively create that iron curtain buffer that Putin wants.

Prior to the start of this invasion, apparently Belarus signed a deal to hand over all control to Russia if needed during a war or crisis. I would not be surprised if this is factual based on how dependent Alexander Lukashenko is on Russia and Putin. With news yesterday of how Russians fired a missile from Urkrainian territorial into a Belarus border village to try and drag Belarus into the war it’s concerning.

Lukashenko could barely control his own population, good luck to him acting as a proxy in Ukraine (nevermind the "after capture by Russia" part is quickly turning into a sick joke now).

AoD
 

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