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THE WAR TALK IS GETTING FRIGHTENING – OVERNIGHT: As the Ukraine war heats up, and casualties rise, the language of the conflict is also reaching the boiling point. Horrible conflicts usually begin with words. From Fox:

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned of a third world war if peace talks with Russia fail during a television interview that aired Sunday.

Zelenskyy said that "any format" should be used in order to have a possibility of negotiating with Russia, in particular Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I think that we have to use any format, any chance in order to have a possibility of negotiating, possibility of talking to Putin. But if these attempts fail, that would mean that this is a third World War," Zelenskyy said.

"If there is just 1 percent chance for us to stop this war, I think that we need to take this chance, we need to do that," he added.

The president of Ukraine also said that without negotiations, he does not believe the war will end.

"I am ready for negotiations with him. I was ready over the last two years, and I think that without negotiations, we cannot end this war," Zelenskyy said during the interview with CNN.

In terms of negotiations, Zelenskyy said that he would not give up territorial integrity and Ukraine's sovereignty.

"There are compromises for which we cannot be ready as an independent state. Any compromises related to our territorial integrity and our sovereignty and the Ukrainian people have spoken about it — they have not greeted Russian soldiers with a bunch of flowers, they have greeted them with bravery, they have greeted them with weapons in their hands," he said.

COMMENT:  There are rumors of peace talks, but what is there to talk about? The Russian attacks of the last few days have been the worst of the war. Many Ukrainian sites that have been hit
no doubt hold bodies that have not yet been recovered. It is clear that Russia is engaged in mass murder.  Meanwhile, the Biden administration, supposedly the leader of the free world, has very little to say. We did get a glimpse of the president riding a bike this weekend, but nothing else. No one seems terribly bothered by Ukraine.  We wonder where Kamala Harris is. If you see her, tell her to write.

The president will be attending an "emergency" meeting of NATO in Brussels this week. The world will want to know whether the United States has anything to say. They may start looking elsewhere for leadership.

March 20, 2022