ロシアの資産没収 / CIA長官のキエフ訪問 / ポーランド退役将軍がウクライナ戦争について語る / ゼレンスキーの対ロシア制裁強化の要求は継続 / ウクライナ難民労働者の不当待遇: ずくなしの冷や水


ロシアの資産没収 / CIA長官のキエフ訪問 / ポーランド退役将軍がウクライナ戦争について語る / ゼレンスキーの対ロシア制裁強化の要求は継続 / ウクライナ難民労働者の不当待遇

Russia blasts US asset expropriation scheme
The illegal transfer of Russian assets to Ukraine would be a “breach of fundamental American values,” Moscow says

CIA head briefs Zelensky on ‘Russia’s next steps’ – media
The US intel chief reportedly made yet another trip to Kiev last week
CIA Director William Burns quietly visited the Ukrainian capital for a classified meeting with President Vladimir Zelensky and his intelligence apparatus, multiple outlets reported on Thursday. Besides sharing Washington's intelligence analysis, the official also allegedly warned that US military aid could wane in the coming months amid opposition from Republicans, who recently took control of Congress.

Burns arrived in Kiev sometime late last week and discussed “his expectations for what Russia is planning militarily in the coming weeks and months,” emphasizing “the urgency of the moment on the battlefield” for Ukrainian forces, according to the Washington Post.

“Director Burns traveled to Kiev where he met with Ukrainian intelligence counterparts as well as President Zelensky and reinforced our continued support for Ukraine in its defense against Russian aggression,” an unnamed US official confirmed in a statement to Reuters.

During the talks, Ukrainian officials reportedly raised concerns about US support and asked how long they could expect the aid to continue. Burns allegedly acknowledged that “at some point assistance would be harder to come by” with Republicans again holding a majority in the House, as a number of conservative lawmakers have grown increasingly critical of the American largesse. 

Since taking office, President Joe Biden has authorized more than $27 billion in direct military assistance to Kiev, with the latest $2.5 billion aid package approved on Thursday.

Last week’s trip was not Burns’ only visit to Ukraine over the last year, having met with Zelensky in January 2022 – weeks before Russia sent troops into the neighboring state – and again in November. He is said to be a “respected figure” among officials in Kiev due to his intelligence briefings, which have included warnings about plots to assassinate the Ukrainian leader and information about Russia’s military plans.

According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Burns also met with the head of Moscow’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), Sergey Naryshkin, in Turkey last November, around the same time he visited Kiev. While Lavrov said “no revelations” were made during the talks, he noted that the sit-down came at Biden’s request. Naryshkin, meanwhile, said he is ready for another round of talks with Burns earlier this week, provided the two sides can agree on the details.

A career-long diplomat before becoming CIA director, Burns previously served as the US envoy to the Russian Federation under President Barack Obama. As ambassador, he issued warnings behind the scenes about NATO’s continued expansion toward Russia’s borders, penning a 2008 memo obtained by WikiLeaks which discusses the subject in detail. Nonetheless, Burns remains vocally critical of Moscow in public comments, telling PBS last month that Russia is not “serious” about “real negotiation” to end the conflict with Ukraine.
CIAのウィリアム・バーンズ長官は、ウラジーミル・ゼレンスキー大統領と彼の情報機関との機密会議のために、ウクライナの首都を静かに訪問したと、複数の報道機関が木曜日に報じました。 ワシントンの情報分析を共有するだけでなく、最近議会を支配した共和党の反対で、米国の軍事援助が今後数ヶ月で衰退する可能性があると警告したと言われている。








Polish general proposes ‘mobilizing’ Ukrainian refugees
Even 100 Western-made tanks would not help Kiev defeat Moscow’s forces, the former Land Forces commander believes

Western nations should “mobilize” Ukrainians who have fled the conflict against Russia, train them, and send them to the frontlines, retired Polish General Waldemar Skrzypczak said on Thursday. The former commander of the Polish Land Forces expressed doubt, however, about whether there is anything the West can do to help Kiev achieve victory.

NATO should start raising a Ukrainian “army” in Poland, Germany, and France, Skrzypczak told Polish media outlet Wpolityce, adding that the West should not even ask the Ukrainians if they want to fight or not. “You have to mobilize, conscript [them] into the army and that’s it,” he said.

However, the general, who once served as an adviser to the Polish Defense Ministry and as deputy defense minister, painted a rather grim picture of Kiev’s prospects.

“There is no military chance for Ukraine to win this war,” he said, adding that the only way to beat Russia is to “suffocate” it politically and economically. Skrzypczak believes that even supplying modern, Western-made tanks will have little effect on the battlefield.

“Even 100 tanks will not change the situation, in which the Russians are building a multifold advantage over the Ukrainian army. The Ukrainians will not defeat the Russians with a hundred Leopards,” the general said.

Earlier, Warsaw and Helsinki considered sending German-made Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine. London also promised a dozen of its Challenger 2 tanks. Berlin, which has long resisted the idea, warned that sending any German-made military equipment to Ukraine without its consent would be illegal.

Skrzypczak maintained that control over Donbass is well within Moscow’s grasp, and the loss of the region would turn Ukraine into an “agricultural country.” He also expressed doubt that Russia plans to occupy all of Ukraine, saying it is unfeasible.

Western military aid only enables Ukrainians “to fight but not win,” the general said, raising the question of whether “all Ukrainians are to die on the battlefield.”

Moscow launched its military operation in Ukraine last February, citing the need to protect the people of Donbass, as well as Kiev’s failure to implement the 2014-15 Minsk accords. Kiev has maintained that the attack was completely unprovoked.

Moscow has repeatedly warned the West that sending weapons to Kiev only prolongs the fighting and increases the risk of a direct confrontation between Russia and NATO.











Top EU official comments on sanctions ‘debate’ with Kiev
European Council President Charles Michel says dialogue with Ukraine has become “more difficult”
Negotiations regarding further sanctions on Russia with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky are becoming increasingly complicated with each new round, European Council President Charles Michel said during a trip to Kiev on Thursday. The statement came after Zelensky urged the EU to impose even tighter restrictions on Moscow.

“Each debate on sanctions is much more difficult than the previous one,” Michel told reporters, as quoted by Bloomberg. “We have good debates with President Zelensky, and I will brief my colleagues on what are the Ukrainian proposals and we will consult. I’m confident we will be able to strengthen the pressure on the Kremlin.”

Michel added that the EU will adopt a tenth sanctions package on Moscow. “We have to see which additional sectors can be targeted in the future,” he said.

The EU imposed sweeping restrictions on Russia after Moscow launched its military operation in Ukraine in late February. Zelensky called on Brussels on Thursday to target Russia’s nuclear industry, including “all entities involved in the Russian missile program.” He also asked for a full ban on Russian energy exports.

The bloc’s efforts to completely relinquish Russian oil and gas have been met with resistance from countries such as Hungary, whose economy is heavily dependent on Russian energy. Budapest has managed to gain several carve-outs that allow it to continue receiving supplies from Moscow. “Russian [energy] accounts for 85% of Hungary’s gas consumption and 65% of oil demand. This cannot be changed overnight,” Tamas Menczer, the state secretary for foreign affairs, explained last week.

The Hungarian government shared survey results this month indicating that “97% of Hungarians reject sanctions that cause serious damage.” It added that “the message is clear: the Brussels sanctions policy must be reviewed.”

The Kremlin stated last month that the Russian economy has adapted to the sanctions and that it is impossible to deny that the restrictions are hurting the EU countries as well. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused the West on Wednesday of trying to use sanctions to incite “a revolution” in Russia and assert “the dominance of the US by all means.”
シャルル・ミシェル欧州理事会議長、ウクライナとの対話は "より困難になっている "と発言




ロシアの石油とガスを完全に手放そうとするEUの努力は、ロシアのエネルギーに経済を大きく依存するハンガリーなどの国々から抵抗を受けている。ブダペストは、モスクワからの供給を受け続けることを可能にするいくつかのカーブアウトを得ることに成功した。「ハンガリーのガス消費量の85%、石油需要の65%をロシアが占めている。これは一夜にして変えることはできない」と、外務事務次官のTamas Menczer氏は先週説明した。

ハンガリー政府は今月、「ハンガリー人の97%が深刻な損害をもたらす制裁を拒否している」という調査結果を発表した。さらに、"メッセージは明確だ:ブリュッセルの制裁政策は見直されなければならない "と付け加えた。


Ukrainian refugees mistreated in EU country – report
Those who fled the conflict to Finland are being severely underpaid, a builder’s union inspection has found
An investigation conducted by a Finnish builder’s union has revealed that Ukrainian refugees working on a construction site in the northern city of Tampere were being significantly underpaid and mistreated by the contractor in charge.

According to a report released by the Finnish Construction Trade Union (Rakennusliito) on Wednesday, Ukrainian builders working on the Sulkavuori wastewater treatment plant were forced to apply as self-employed entrepreneurs instead of entering an employment contract. Because of this, the union says the workers were paid less than half of the appropriate rates for the job.

Rakennusliito found that experienced steel fixers at the Sulkavuori site, who were pulling 10-hour shifts on weekdays and six-hour shifts on Saturdays, were being paid less than half of the amount that would allow them to work as actual entrepreneurs – around 14 euros per hour. However, after service fees, insurance fees and pension contributions, their net salary came to just ten euros per hour. Moreover, the inspection also found that salaries for the month of November were only paid out in mid-January.

It was also unclear who was even supposed to pay for their work, the union’s contracts expert, Toni Malmstrom, said in a statement. “Management on-site and the workers themselves had different information about who pays their wages,” according to Malmstrom.

The site managers explained to the union that the Ukrainian workers arrived at the Sulkavuori plant via a Latvian charity. However, the union claims it has discovered that the organization is in reality an employment agency called SIA UNA R. 

“Disguising the exploitation of foreign labor, in this case Ukrainian war refugees, as charity crosses all boundaries,” said Kimmo Palonen, the vice chair of the union. “It’s about the gray economy and the exploitation of people. It is clear that the main contractor of the construction site bears a heavy responsibility for the way a public construction site financed with tax funds treats the workforce.”

The union says it has reported the case to regional authorities, the police, the tax office, and the immigration administration.
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