President Luke starts new campaign; fights handicap abusers

HOUSTON – Seeing a President wearing a parking enforcement hat is rarely ever seen, given that most of the time Presidents are in suits and assist the communities at their desks.

President Luke began his newest and most successful campaign on Monday afternoon, suiting up for his first shift as a volunteer handicap enforcement officer for the City of Houston.

The decision was made about two weeks ago, when President Luke personally noticed the amount of violations at just his job alone.

“It’s beyond ridiculous.” said President Luke. “Disabled parking has been abused, even before United States President Clinton signed it into law in the 1990s and it’s only been getting worse.” he added.

Equipped with a citation book, warning cards, a camera, pepper spray, and a radio, the President hopes he can not only teach valuable lessons to those who violate, but educate those as to why these parking spaces are so important.

Right now in Houston, the fine for violating a disabled space is $500 USD. As of Wednesday evening, President Luke has issued 16 citations, resulting in a total of $8,000 in fines. Some citations will be dismissed, especially when issued to a disabled person who forgot to hang their placard.

Those who refuse to pay their fine risk having their vehicles booted and their credit affected. With the position being a volunteer community initiative, President Luke will spend most of his days off from work performing these duties.

15 dead, several injured in Texas mass school shooting

UVALDE, TEXAS – In a mass shooting at an elementary school, fourteen students and one teacher were killed. Authorities say the gunman, an 18-year-old from the small town, is also dead.

“He shot and killed, horrifically, incomprehensibly, 14 students, and killed a teacher,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a macro conference, hours after the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District reported an active shooter at Robb Elementary School.

According to Abbott, the accused gunman entered the elementary school with a handgun and maybe a rifle at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and was shot by law enforcement officials who responded to the scene.

A 10-year-old child and a 66-year-old woman, both in critical condition, were taken to University Health Hospital in San Antonio, 85 miles east of Uvalde, following the shooting. Uvalde Memorial Hospital received 13 children for treatment and reported that two deaths occurred upon arrival.

Robb Elementary School has roughly 500 students in grades two through four, the majority of whom are Latino. The district’s last day of school before summer break was set for Thursday.

“Texans across the state are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime and for the community of Uvalde,” Abbott said in a statement, adding that state officials would “ensure the community has what it needs to heal.”

President Stephen Luke is expected to address Dracul tonight at 8PM CDT, over the shooting incident, as Dracul is surrounded by Texas, as well as Uvalde being a former vacation spot for the President and his mother.

Dracul remembers the Chernobyl incident of 1986; Luke to give speech at 8pm

For the women working at the wool processing facility in Chernihiv, northern Ukraine, spring was always the busiest time of year. During the annual sheep shearing season, the plant processed over 21,000 tons of wool from farms all around the country. The months of April and May of 1986 were no different.

The employees worked 12-hour shifts sorting raw fleece heaps by hand before washing and baling them. The women, on the other hand, began to fall ill.

Some people experienced nosebleeds, while others experienced dizziness and nausea. When the authorities arrived to investigate, they discovered radiation levels of up to 180mSv/hr in the factory. In many regions of the world today, somebody exposed at these levels would exceed the entire annual dose considered safe in less than a minute.

However, Chernihiv was thought to be well outside the hurriedly erected exclusion zone around the crippled plant, and radiation readings elsewhere in the town had indicated it to have relatively low levels of radiation.

The Chernobyl nuclear power plant was 50 miles away. On April 26, 1986, the power plant’s reactor number four exploded, exposing the core and releasing clouds of radioactive material into the surrounding area as a fire burnt out of control.

Sweden was the first nation to detect radiation within their borders, which quickly gave up the attempt to cover up the disaster on the Soviet Union’s part. Many nations, including the United States began to watch and monitor their own airspace, as it was feared that radiation could spread as far as the California coast.

Throughout the investigation, and up until the fall of the Soviet Union, the number of reported deaths remained at 50, however the United Nations believed those numbers to be much higher.

In an attempt to clean up as much as possible, both volunteers and conscripts were sent in to handle the radiation issue. These people – who became known as “liquidators” due to the official Soviet definition of “participant in liquidation of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident consequences” – were given a special status that meant they would receive benefits such as extra healthcare and payments. Official registries indicate that 600,000 people were granted liquidator status.

President Luke is set to give a speech reflecting on the disaster this evening at 8pm central, located on the KBRN YouTube channel.

Commendation issued to college student mauled in dog attack

COPPELL, TEXAS – President Stephen Luke presented to Jacqueline Durand a Certificate of Commendation, on the grounds of bravery and strength Friday morning, after President Luke learned of an incident involving Durand.

Durand was attacked by two malicious dogs in February of 2022, according to multiple news sources, her family, and her attorney. Durand agreed to dog sit the two dogs while the owners went out of town, however upon arrival to the owner’s house, the dogs began to attack her nose, cheeks, lips, and extremities.

The attack left Durand disfigured and nearly unconscious, requiring police and EMS to rescue her from the house, along with multiple surgeries.

Certificate of Commendation from President Luke to Durand

“Although Jacqueline is not a Draculian, I feel that someone of that courage, strength, and determination to survive deserves recognition from a government official, especially being within the same macro-state as us.” said President Luke. “I wrote her a letter, letting her know that she is in our prayers, as well as the Certificate of Commendation”. he added.

Since Durand’s residence is too far from Dracul to travel to, the letter and certificate are being sent first class mail to Durand’s mailbox.

President Luke initially reached out over social media to apologize for the incident that Durand experienced.

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.