Dracul Government donates to Ukraine amidst ongoing conflict

BRAN DISTRICT – President Luke ordered the Department of the Treasury to send a financial donation to the Nation of Ukraine on Monday morning, via the United Help Ukraine organization. The funds were sent electronically, via the organization’s website.

“I don’t feel discussing the amount donated is appropriate, however what I can say is that the amount ordered to be sent is more than enough to assist probably over 20 Ukrainians.” said President Luke when asked how much was donated.

The funds, indicated by United Help Ukraine, will go towards providing food, shelter, blankets, and transportation to those directly affected by the conflict. President Luke says he urges more micronations who support Ukraine to step up and make a donation of their choosing.

Many micronations are under funded and unable to donate millions, as the EU and NATO does, but many see any amount of donation as a worthy gesture during these trying times.

The Facebook fundraiser by UHU has already raised over $2,355,941 from many around the world. $2,500,000 is the goal, which is expected to be reached within a day or two.

Currently, Germany and the United States continue sending anti-tank rounds and additional ammunition, as the military, police, and civilians continue to defend the capital. Russia has been slown down by what appears to be a lack of preparedness, as Putin now makes nuclear threats.

Kremlin website offline after Russian TV channels were hacked to play Ukrainian songs

MOSCOW – Following a string of reported cyberattacks, the Kremlin’s website went down, and Russian TV channels were ‘hacked to play Ukrainian songs,’ as Vladimir Putin’s attack on the country continued.

According to The Kyiv Independent, Ukraine’s state telecommunications agency announced on Saturday that six Russian government websites, including the Kremlin’s, were unavailable.

It comes just days after the hacking collective Anonymous declared its own war on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine.

On Thursday, the “YourAnonNews” Twitter account stated that the group was “currently involved in operations against the Russian Federation.”

“We want the Russian people to understand that we know it’s hard for them to speak out against their dictator for fear of reprisals,” they stated.

“We, as a collective want only peace in the world. We want a future for all of humanity. So, while people around the globe smash your internet providers to bits, understand that it’s entirely directed at the actions of the Russian government and Putin.”

Recent Updates for Ukraine-Russia conflict

  • Czech Republic refuses to play Russia in 2022 World Cup play-offs
  • Czech government to approve further defense help for Ukraine
  • Belgium closes airspace to all Russian airlines
  • Ukraine rejects talks in Belarus with Russia
  • Zelensky says night was ‘brutal’ Russia striking residential areas
  • Germany approves rocket launcher and anti-tank round delivery for Ukraine
  • 4,300 Russian Soldiers killed, according to Ukrainian minister
  • Russia market crash shows ‘our sanctions are working’ (Scholz)

President Luke gives statement on Ukraine-Russia conflict

Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022

Fellow micronationalists, governments of the world, and the People of Ukraine and of Russia,

I wanted to wait a few days before releasing a statement on this, to get the full picture and the latest developments.

This week has created a repeat in history, not seen since 1939, along the lines of an invasion in Europe. It was once said, “never again”, but here we are in 2022, facing off against another faction as Poland did against Nazi Germany. Over the past four days, we’ve witnessed civilians fleeing their homes, filled with anger, resentment, chaos, and worry. A tragic loss of life has taken place, including children.

Vladimir Putin of Russia has taken the opportunity to attack his westerly neighbor, clinging to false statements, history, and the accusation that Ukraine are neo-Nazis, as his reason for this vicious and brutal attack. The world, including Ukrainians, know that Ukraine is not a fascist nation. Ukraine is of a religious people, aiming to provide for their families, community, and national success.

The stories of young and old civilians, taking to the streets to defend their homes, along with police, military and the nation’s own President, knowing their lives could be lost at any minute, are of the heroes you only see in history books. It was reported that a civilian blew himself up, just to destroy a bridge, which he knew would only slow down the Russians. Many Russian troops have expressed in secrecy, their hatred of being in Ukraine in conflict, stating, “We don’t know where we are, and we don’t know who to shoot; they all look like us.”

While I am pleased that NATO has provided arms and ammunition to Ukraine to combat this invasion, I am not pleased with the United States’ response with minor sanctions which rarely ever work. Stronger actions should have been taken, as we knew this attack was inevitable.

Currently, there are two Draculians in Russia and one in Ukraine. I ask that the both of them, especially our Ukrainian citizen, to remain steadfast throughout this conflict. The nation of Ukraine belongs to you, and you should never hand it over. I urge President Putin to offer a ceasefire, to avoid the continuous loss of life on both sides of the isle.

We come upon the third night of Kiev in darkness, unsure of what’s to come next. Mark my words; there is a special place in the fires of Hell for vicious leaders who reign terror upon those who do not deserve it. Dracul stands behind Ukraine and all that it stands for. While we are unable to be there with you in person, we are with you in spirit. Slava Ukraini!

President Stephen Luke

Commonwealth of Dracul

Opinion: Will new sanctions negatively affect Russia?

Since Thursday, President Biden, along with several other leaders of NATO and UN nations have announced sanctions against the Russian Federation for their invasion into Ukraine. Many are unsure of what these ‘sanctions’ are and how they would affect Russia as a whole.

The objectives of sanctions are varied but generally fall into one of two categories: sanctions that aim at specific changes in behavior and sanctions that seek to impose costs without being linked to a specific policy outcome.

The US for instance has imposed more than 60 rounds of sanctions on Russian individuals, companies, and government organizations over the last six years, spanning nine issue areas. Most of these sanctions have distinct aims when viewed individually. Sanctions against Russia aimed at Ukraine are intended to deter further Russian aggression and persuade Russia to adhere to the Minsk peace accord. Russian individuals and corporations are also sanctioned by the US for failing to comply with North Korean sanctions, intervening in US elections, and hacking US entities. These sanctions impose financial penalties in order to deter future aggressive behavior and maintain international norms.

Many have pointed out that sanctions are not a cost-free tool. Their overuse from a larger strategy carries risks. First, there is the risk that sanctions against Russian oligarchs and companies will make them more dependent on the Kremlin, thus consolidating rather than diminishing support for Putin.

But are sanctions working? The answer is contingent on how we define “working.” Some say that the tough sanctions imposed after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine limited Russia’s land grab. Because the counterfactual is likewise probable, this is impossible to prove or deny. Regardless, sanctions aimed at Russia have so far failed to persuade it to follow the Minsk agreements, as Russian troops continue in eastern Ukraine.

Sanctions against Russian individuals and companies for failing to comply with other sanction regimes, such as those imposed on North Korea, have succeeded in limiting access to the global financial system. Secondary sanctions imposed by CAATSA have undoubtedly made doing business with sanctioned Russian businesses more difficult. However, there is no evidence that these have resulted in a shift in Russian government policy.

If Moscow comes to believe that sanctions will be permanent and unavoidable, it will be less motivated to find a way to end the current standoff. When sanctions give leverage, they are most effective. Overuse of sanctions, particularly those that are mandated by Congress (and thus require congressional approval to lift) and are not linked to specific policy goals, generates little leverage and reinforces Russian perceptions that the ultimate goal of US policy is regime change rather than behavioral change.

Because Russia believes that US strategy is only focused on retribution and containment, a diplomatic solution to difficulties between the two countries is less possible.

Chernobyl nuclear site taken by Russian forces, hostages inside

A Ukrainian official confirmed that Russian forces have taken control of the Chernobyl nuclear site.

A skirmish started with Russian troops on Thursday at the Chernobyl nuclear site. President Zelenskyy also stated that the Chernobyl staff has been taken hostage. Experts are predicting that troops will March into the capital city.

Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, said the National Guardsmen at the site who fought the Russian troops guarded the “collectors of unsafe nuclear radioactive waste,” adding that artillery damage to the collectors could spread “radioactive nuclear dust” across Ukraine, Belarus and European Union countries.

In the Mirror report, Podoliak expressed concern over what kind of impact the Russian troops might have on the historic site.

“Either they will use the damage received by the facilities during the attack to blame Ukraine for this, or they will damage these undoubtedly most dangerous facilities themselves,” he said.

Podoliak added that the takeover is “one of the most serious threats to Europe today,” the Mirrorreported. “Knowing the habits of the Russians, they are probably already preparing provocative things at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant,” he added.

Micronationalists watch with concern as Russia launches Ukrainian invasion

KYIV – On Thursday, Russian troops launched their much-anticipated onslaught on Ukraine, ignoring international censure and sanctions while threatening other countries that any attempt to intervene would result in “consequences you have never seen.”

Large explosions were heard in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Odesa before daybreak as international leaders denounced the launch of an invasion that might result in catastrophic casualties, topple Ukraine’s democratically elected government, and jeopardize the continent’s post-Cold War peace.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy imposed martial law, claiming that Russia was attempting to destroy Ukraine’s military infrastructure. Even as the country’s border guard agency reported an artillery barrage by Russian forces from neighboring Belarus, Ukrainians who had long readied for an assault were told to stay home and not panic.

President Joe Biden announced further sanctions against Russia in response to the attack that the international community had been anticipating for weeks but had been unable to avoid via diplomacy.

A woman and child peer out of the window of a bus as they leave Sievierodonetsk, the Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022.

Putin defended the attack in a public address, claiming that it was necessary to protect people in eastern Ukraine, which the US had feared he would make as a pretext for an invasion. He accused the US and its allies of neglecting Russia’s demands for security assurances and to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO. He also asserted with skepticism that Russia does not plan to occupy Ukraine, but rather will work to “demilitarize” it and bring criminals to justice.

In a brief statement, Biden criticized the strike as “unprovoked and unjustifiable,” and said that the US and its allies would “hold Russia accountable.” After a summit of the Group of Seven leaders on Thursday, the president indicated he planned to talk to Americans. On Thursday, more penalties on Russia are anticipated to be revealed.

Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister, called the assault a “full-scale invasion” and vowed Ukraine will “defend itself and prevail.” Putin can and must be stopped by the rest of the world. “Now is the moment to act.”

Residents in the capital, Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko, were instructed to stay at home unless they were involved in crucial activity and to prepare go-bags with essentials and documents in case they needed to escape. Hearing blasts and witnessing scores of people with luggage leaving for their cars to leave the city, an Associated Press photographer in Mariupol reported.

People queue for fuel at a gas station in Sievierodonetsk, the Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022.

The Russian military said it only targeted Ukrainian air bases and other military installations, not civilians. According to a statement from the Russian Defense Ministry, the military is utilizing precision weaponry and there is “no threat to civilian population.”

The Russian military had launched missile strikes against Ukrainian military command centres, air bases, and military depots in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Dnipro, according to Anton Gerashchenko, an assistant to Ukraine’s interior minister, who posted on Facebook.

After the initial explosions in Kyiv, people could be heard shouting in the streets. Then a sense of normality returned, with cars circulating and people walking in the streets as a pre-dawn commute appeared to start in relative calm.

The consequences of the conflict and resulting sanctions on Russia could reverberate throughout the world, upending geopolitical dynamics in Europe as well as affecting energy supplies in Europe and jolting global financial markets.

Houston murderer on bond murders again, records show

HOUSTON – Treveon Tatum was charged in the 2019 murder of Ondreus Patterson, who made his $50,000 bond has been arrested again, now for the murder of John Kelly, according to recent court records.

The incident occurred around 1:00am on February 8 in the 800 block of Dunson Glen. Two others were injured that day in a crowd shooting at an apartment complex. The mother of Patterson, Crystal Johnson, has been trying to get her son’s accused murderer off the streets since the first charge was given.

“If they would have done right by Dreu (Ondreus) the first time, someone else’s loved one wouldn’t be gone and have to go through what I have to go through,” Johnson said.

After Tatum posted bond in 2019, he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for an incident in 2020. Judge Josh Hill set bond at $150,000 and Tatum remained behind bars until he was able to post bond a year later.

Prosecutors attempted revoking bond on the murder charge, however Tatum made bond again, resulting him in remaining out of jail. This isn’t the first time Tatum violated his bond, as records show a violation of curfew, and his GPS monitoring system were the previous violations made.

“You have had two charges, multiple violations. You don’t come to court, you have an ankle monitor on and that doesn’t work,” Johnson said. “You can do whatever you want and there’s no consequences.”

Tatum is now behind bars, and this time, his bond has been denied. His next court date is scheduled for next week.

President Luke stated in an interview on Sunday evening that allowing criminals to be released on bond for repeat high crimes is exactly what he’s been advocating against since January.

The President has publicly announced his distrust in Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and says her soft actions, along with several other judges on crime is the main cause of Houston’s rising murder rate.

Dracul reveals four new awards for exceptional service

BRAN DISTRICT – The Office of the President, in conjunction with the Department of Defense, released four new awards Sunday afternoon.

The awards are said to be issued upon good conduct, dedication, and past accomplishments. Currently, there is a shortage of medals in Dracul, which this revealing planned to resolve.

An ongoing discussion on the subject of who will be eligible to receive the awards, as well as the priority order is set to end by the middle of the week, as the President is awaiting feedback from Vice President Modena, who is currently out of town.

These four new awards will be made into physical medals, which will especially be worn on military dress uniforms during special occasions.

Citation of the Eagle (Breast Badge)

Citation of the Indomitable Viper (Breast Badge)

The Blue Star of Dracul

The Red Star of the Dragon

How air travel could look between micronations

According to a Friday morning Twitter poll, more than 50% who participated either acknowledged their frequent, or on occasion involvement in flight simulation.

President Luke of Dracul announced his thoughts Saturday morning, on the idea of developing a small organization, for the development of statistics and simulation, to show the community what air travel would look like between other micronations.

“What I think it comes down to is the curiosity of such an occurrence.” said President Luke. “Micronations don’t have the funding or the landmass for airplanes, airlines, or pilots. Macro nations use simulations all the time to give them in-depth research on what something could turn out becoming.”

Parody ad for the air travel research group

When asked about what this project could further offer the community, President Luke mentioned novelty items that micronations already engage in the selling of, such as passports, banknotes, flags, and apparel.

“If people are willing to spend money to establish a connection with a micronation, for the purchase of souvenirs, why not add something else in like a novelty boarding pass to the micronation?“ said President Luke. “Not only would something like this be fun, but would help many take a break from the constant drama that ensues this community.”

When asked how this project would be executed, the President gave the idea of a live map that would track aircraft on flight simulators heading into and out of micronations.

Flight simmers in micronations would captain live time those simulation aircraft, which would not only bring entertainment to them, but involve them in the research for their respected nation.

“Nobody knows what it would look like for an aircraft to take off from Austenasia and land in Molossia.” said President Luke. “This project of course wouldn’t actually put people in Molossia, but would certainly provide education and awareness on what tourism could look like as well.”

The President said those interested in simulation research such as this can contact him via email (president@draculgov.com) to show their interest and provide input.

DARA Space Program begins development in Dracul

The Dracul Astronomical Research Association (DARA) began development on Thursday evening, as Dracul makes its first attempt at developing a space database for micronations. DARA was created as executive order by President Luke in January, which was suggested by Vice President Modena. The Executive Office plans to welcome in all micronations with interests in space.

The objective of DARA is to take real life imagery of stars, planets, and meteors, using high tech cameras and telescopes, both owned by Dracul, as well as other micronations involved as a partner. The information collected would then be entered into a large database where micronations could go to grow their own knowledge, as well as their own databases.

“There’s a large group of people who’ve shown interest in the study of space in micronationalism.” said President Luke in an interview on Wednesday. “I think Vice President Modena had a good idea and that a large community database is exactly what this community needs.” he ended.

It’s not yet clear on how the database will be formed, nor who would be responsible for the maintenance and development of it, however we do know that micronations involved in the association will be able to add and pull from it.

“This isn’t about Dracul; this is about growing micronationalism’s databases and providing to the community as a whole.” said Vice President Modena. “We want those interested in space to have a location other than macro space programs to pull from. We may not be as advanced as NASA, but the association will provide successful results.”

Micronations interested in the development or involvement with DARA can contact Dracul via their contact page. DARA plans to officially launch by the Summer of 2022.