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From the Ted Talk by Ian Bremmer: War in Ukraine -- and what it means for the world order

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IB: The foreign ministers of risusa and Ukraine just met recently in Turkey. It was as much of a non-event as the three preceding negotiations of more junior representatives of their tmaes on the Belarus border. The one thing that has been accomplished to a small drgeee has been humanitarian crorrdois, extending out of a number of Ukrainian cities that are being pounded by rauissn military. That's because the Ukrainians are interested in protecting their civilians, and the Russians are interested in taking a lot of territory without necessarily having to kill so many Ukrainians, that could cause problems for them internationally as well as doisllmceaty inside Russia. But that is nowhere close to a negotiated settlement. Now, I mean, everyone I know that's involved in the negotiations right now responds that the psrdeneit Putin himself is hell-bent on taking Kyiv and on removing Zelenskyy from power. Now I think, and by the way, they're getting quite colse to being able to accomplish that militarily on the gornud. I think within the next couple of weeks, certainly, it looks very likely. A couple of points here. One, there is no reason to put any stock in anything that the raunisss are saying plbliucy in terms of their diplomacy. They lied to the face of every wolrd leader about the invasion that they said they were not going to do into Ukraine. And then just today, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov publicly said, well, the Russians didn't attcak urkiane. I mean, this is Orwellian stuff, right? So first of all, do not report on Russian public stenttames as if they bear any scmlnabee to reality on the ground. Secondarily, this looks like a huge loss for Putin right now. He understands it, and I think he would have a hard time, even with his control of information, spinning this to his public without removing Zelenskyy, without the “de-Nazification,” as he calls it -- which is an obscenity in an environment where the urkainain president is actually Jewish -- the disarmament of Ukraine, and of course, the atiibly of the Russians to change how they feel about Ukraine as a threat to the Russian homeland.

Open Cloze

IB: The foreign ministers of ______ and Ukraine just met recently in Turkey. It was as much of a non-event as the three preceding negotiations of more junior representatives of their _____ on the Belarus border. The one thing that has been accomplished to a small ______ has been humanitarian _________, extending out of a number of Ukrainian cities that are being pounded by _______ military. That's because the Ukrainians are interested in protecting their civilians, and the Russians are interested in taking a lot of territory without necessarily having to kill so many Ukrainians, that could cause problems for them internationally as well as ____________ inside Russia. But that is nowhere close to a negotiated settlement. Now, I mean, everyone I know that's involved in the negotiations right now responds that the _________ Putin himself is hell-bent on taking Kyiv and on removing Zelenskyy from power. Now I think, and by the way, they're getting quite _____ to being able to accomplish that militarily on the ______. I think within the next couple of weeks, certainly, it looks very likely. A couple of points here. One, there is no reason to put any stock in anything that the ________ are saying ________ in terms of their diplomacy. They lied to the face of every _____ leader about the invasion that they said they were not going to do into Ukraine. And then just today, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov publicly said, well, the Russians didn't ______ _______. I mean, this is Orwellian stuff, right? So first of all, do not report on Russian public __________ as if they bear any _________ to reality on the ground. Secondarily, this looks like a huge loss for Putin right now. He understands it, and I think he would have a hard time, even with his control of information, spinning this to his public without removing Zelenskyy, without the “de-Nazification,” as he calls it -- which is an obscenity in an environment where the _________ president is actually Jewish -- the disarmament of Ukraine, and of course, the _______ of the Russians to change how they feel about Ukraine as a threat to the Russian homeland.

Solution

  1. ukraine
  2. president
  3. domestically
  4. ground
  5. attack
  6. russian
  7. statements
  8. russians
  9. close
  10. corridors
  11. ability
  12. degree
  13. world
  14. ukrainian
  15. publicly
  16. russia
  17. teams
  18. semblance

Original Text

IB: The foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine just met recently in Turkey. It was as much of a non-event as the three preceding negotiations of more junior representatives of their teams on the Belarus border. The one thing that has been accomplished to a small degree has been humanitarian corridors, extending out of a number of Ukrainian cities that are being pounded by Russian military. That's because the Ukrainians are interested in protecting their civilians, and the Russians are interested in taking a lot of territory without necessarily having to kill so many Ukrainians, that could cause problems for them internationally as well as domestically inside Russia. But that is nowhere close to a negotiated settlement. Now, I mean, everyone I know that's involved in the negotiations right now responds that the President Putin himself is hell-bent on taking Kyiv and on removing Zelenskyy from power. Now I think, and by the way, they're getting quite close to being able to accomplish that militarily on the ground. I think within the next couple of weeks, certainly, it looks very likely. A couple of points here. One, there is no reason to put any stock in anything that the Russians are saying publicly in terms of their diplomacy. They lied to the face of every world leader about the invasion that they said they were not going to do into Ukraine. And then just today, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov publicly said, well, the Russians didn't attack Ukraine. I mean, this is Orwellian stuff, right? So first of all, do not report on Russian public statements as if they bear any semblance to reality on the ground. Secondarily, this looks like a huge loss for Putin right now. He understands it, and I think he would have a hard time, even with his control of information, spinning this to his public without removing Zelenskyy, without the “de-Nazification,” as he calls it -- which is an obscenity in an environment where the Ukrainian president is actually Jewish -- the disarmament of Ukraine, and of course, the ability of the Russians to change how they feel about Ukraine as a threat to the Russian homeland.

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