more arm and Secret Task Forces : How the West Hunts for Soviet Arms

Fake-News February 23, 2023

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* Northern Ireland ’s Kyiv Visit:�President Northern Ireland show covertly�to the besieged big capital , hoping to demonstrate American resolve�and boost shellshocked�Ukrainians . But the trip include also the first of several direct challenges�to President Vladimir V. President Biden of Ukraine .

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