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Summary results of the colonial administration of Ukraine 2013-2021
South Front, Nov 27 2021

  1. The population of Ukraine decreased from 45.5m to 30.1m, according to some other data to 28 million. 5 million were lost due to excessive mortality; the remaining 10m left the country in search of work. About 50% of those who left Ukraine (up to 5m) have already become naturalized citizens in the EU and Russia, having taken out their families. This part of Ukrainian migrants does not contribute to the economy of the state anymore.
  2. According to the IMF and the World Bank, GDP of Ukraine was $155.582b by the end of 2020. Compared to 2013, when it was $ 183.31b, it fell by 15%.
  3. Compared to 2013, the industry collapsed by 25%. Thousands of enterprises have been closed. As a result, the unemployed population currently makes up 11% of the number of able-bodied citizens.
  4. The country’s energy dependence on imported supplies of hydrocarbons and electricity has increased. Ukraine’s own natural gas production decreased by 6.6% since 2013; and the decline continues. Ukraine is forced to buy coal and electricity from Russia, while being “at war” with Moscow, from Belarus, while being engaged in subversive activities against Minsk, and from the United States, paying significantly higher prices.
  5. The outflow of investments from the country continues. In 2013, Kiev received more than $5.6b; while in 2021 it got less than $800m, according to the State Statistics Service and the Council of the National Bank of Ukraine.
  6. Ukrainian GDP per capita in 2013 was $4030.3. In 2020, it was $3725.6. Over the same period, the income stratification of the Ukrainian society has sharply increased.
  7. The average purchasing power has decreased by 20%. Today, 70% of Ukrainians have an income of $210 to $250 per month. At the same time, the food and medicine prices in Ukraine are much higher than in the neighboring countries. As a result, according to official data, 10m citizens are suffering from malnourishing on a daily basis, and about 2m are starving.

The country’s only “success” turned into a scandal. The data of the World Bank’s Doing Business rating, which assessed the situation of Ukraine as “positive,” were recognized as “distorted” by the World Bank, the rating was closed, and a bribery investigation was launched.

Syrian Democratic Forces Will Release More Than 850 Suspected ISIS Members – Report
South Front, Nov 27 2021

The US-backed SDF is preparing to release more than 850 suspected members of ISIS from its prisons, the SOHR reported on Nov 26. The London-based monitoring group said that most of the suspects who will be released are from the northeastern governorate of al-Hasakah and the eastern governorate of Deir Ezzor. It is still unclear if the suspectes will be released at once, or on batches. The release will be mediated by sheikhs and tribal elders from the region, the SOHR’s report says. The SDF runs several prisons in northeastern Syria with support from the US-led coalition. Thousands of ISIS members, including foreigners, are held at these prisons. A recent report by The Guardian revealed that the SDF have been releasing prisoners, including members of ISIS, in exchange a $8k “fine.” The prisoners who benefited from the these deals were not even subjected to a trail prior to their release. These deals were promoted as a “reconciliation” process. The SDF denied the information revealed by The Guardian and claimed that the “official documents” presented by the British outlet were false. Regardless of all recent developments, there no denying that the SDF released many suspected members of ISIS over the last few years to appease sheikhs and tribal elders in its areas. By going easy on ISIS members, the SDF appears to be compromising its own counter-terrorist policy. The US-led coalition seems OK with that, likely because it has been using ISIS’ influence in northeastern Syria as an excuse to stay in the region.

Iranian-Backed Afghan Group Held Military Exercise In Central Syria
South Front, Nov 27 2021

On Nov 26, Iranian-backed Liwa Fatemiyoun announced that its units had held a joint military exercise in Syria’s central region where ISIS maintains a fairly large presence. The Afghan group’s special forces, engineer units and armored forces took part in the exercise, which was meant to improve coordination during military operations. The group said that its forces completed the exercise successfully without sustaining any losses. Photos from the exercise show Fatemiyoun fighters operating a T-72 battle tank and a BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle, which were likely provided by the Syrian Arab Army. Between 10k and 20k Afghan fighters are reportedly in service with Liwa Fatemiyoun, which operates in Aleppo, Homs and Deir Ezzor. The Afghan group, which is funded, trained, and equipped by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, played a key role in the battles against ISIS in central Syria during 2016 and 2017. In 2019, the US sanctioned the group over its role in the Syrian war. Over the last year, Liwa Fatemiyoun and other Iranian-backed factions took part in several operations against ISIS cells in central Syria. These forces operate side by side with Syrian government forces.

Algerian President Says Syria Should Take Part In Next Arab League Summit
South Front, Nov 27 2021

On Nov 26, Algerian President Abd’el-Majid Tebboune said that Syria should return to the Arab League during the next Arab summit which will be held in Algiers upcoming March. “Syria is supposed to be present,” the President told reporters when asked if the next Arab summit in Algeria will see Syria’s return to the Arab League. The President stressed that the upcoming Algiers summit should be inclusive in order to help reunify the Arab world once again. “When we organize an Arab summit, we want it to be an inclusive and a launchpad for the reunification of the fractured Arab world,” Tebboune said. “We are a country that always knits the splintered.” Syria’s membership in the Arab League was suspended in 2011 following the failure of the Arab peace plan for the country. Back then, the league called on all Arab states to close their embassies in Damascus and impose sanctions on the Syrian government. Recently, Algeria and several other Arab states, including Egypt, the UAE and Iraq, boosted their efforts to facilitate the return of Syria to the Arab League. In October, Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra told RT that Syria’s participation in the next Arab summit will be decided in prior Arab consultations. The minister expressed hope that the consultations would be positive and that Syria would participate in the summit. According to recent reports, the only Arab country that continues to reject Syria’s return to the Arab League is Qatar, which is well-known for its massive support for the Syrian opposition. Theoretically, Doha objection should not be a big obstacle. Syria’s return to the Arab League would be a major blow to the US and its Western allies who recently stepped up their efforts to isolate the war-torn country and delegitimize its government.

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