The West is getting more deeply involved for no obvious reason. Despite all the media hype about defending freedom, Ukraine is anything but democratic. President Zelensky has just banned the main opposition party.

So by arming Ukraine the West is doing nothing to promote democracy. It is only going to prolong the war and ensure more Russian, and Ukrainian, casualties. Is that the real reason for the West’s supplying arms to Ukraine?

The leaders of the G7 nations pledged open-ended support for Ukraine after the second day of a three-day summit in Germany.

In a statement, the leaders of the US, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, and Canada said they would provide Ukraine with military, economic, and humanitarian assistance “for as long as it takes.”

The Central Intelligence Agency is operating in Kyiv and has been for some time, according to new reporting by the New York Times. So, while Biden has insisted on “no U.S. boots on the ground” in Ukraine, there are soft-soled operatives, otherwise known as American spies, providing  intelligence and other tactical assistance to Ukraine in its war with Russia.

Sounds like Americans are in this war, like it or not. 

Washington’s cowardly proxy war against Russia reached a new level of absurdity over the weekend.

To wit, the G-7 knuckleheads declared an embargo on imports of Russia-sourced gold and forced Russia into technical default on its foreign debts by forbidding US companies from collecting the payments which Russian debtors had deposited in their accounts at non-sanctioned Russia banks.

The G7 countries will impose sanctions against those involved in the export of grain from the territory of Ukraine, the White House announced in a note on further measures of the Joe Biden administration in relation to Russia.

"G7 Leaders will decide to impose sanctions on those responsible for human rights abuses - including war crimes, exercising illegitimate authority in Ukraine, and involved in Russia’s tactics to steal Ukrainian grain," the document says.

The announced measures were timed to coincide to the G7 summit which is under way in Germany.

On Monday a major DDOS attack has targeted Lithuania's national network infrastructure, more than a week after EU sanctions took effect for Kaliningrad, and neighboring Lithuania took the dramatic step of banning land transport of goods, including transport of steel and ferrous metals to the Russian exclave.