Sonja Van den Ende

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Sonja is a freelance journalist from the Netherlands who has written about Syria, the Middle East, and Russia among other topics. Sonja can be reached at: sonjavandenende@gmail.com.
Predictions of imminent collapse of Russian army are fanciful The Western media have widely celebrated the retreat of Russian forces from the city of Kherson, presenting the Ukrainians as liberators of the city and the Russian retreat as an example of the weakness of the Russian army and its impending...
Revelations further underscore mendacity behind Biden administration claim that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was unprovoked POLARIS 21 was a large-scale French naval exercise in the Mediterranean that took place from November 18 to December 3, 2021, off the island of Corsica between France and Italy. Officially, the aim of the training...
"King of Frugality" Promotes Fiscal Conservatism for Everybody Except Ukrainians Mark Rutte’s center-right government stands out among its European counterparts for its staunch anti-Russian policies and fealty to the corrupt government of Ukraine. Back in the era of the Napoleonic wars, Russian Czar Alexander played a central role in the restoration...
People of liberated territories likely to vote in favor of joining Russia in forthcoming referenda—just like Crimeans did in 2014 On my way from Severodonetsk to Lysychansk on the right bank of the Donetsk River in eastern Ukraine, I saw many destroyed buildings as well as a lot of cars,...
Owner of plant, Rinat Akhmetov, is allegedly connected to organized crime The Azov Steel factory was an important propaganda tool of the Western media since the Azov Battalion occupied the factory in March this year. In the official narrative, there were “good fellows” inside the factory, defending Mariupol and...
Points to wider western involvement in Ukraine war and association with Neo-Nazi Battalion Left amidst the ruins of the Azov battalion’s headquarters in Mariupol were the business cards from the German embassy. One was of an attaché named Michael Faul, a Canadian colonel named Colonel Brian Irwin and the French...
Where shall I begin? Can a man endure so much suffering? Can you write about so much suffering without getting emotional? Probably not. Mariupol has been wiped out, buildings have collapsed mostly due to rocket attacks and, of course, there have been bombings as well. The Western media, of course, blame the Russians...
As the war in Ukraine rages on, I visited the republics of Donetsk and Luhansk as an embedded reporter with the Russian army. Both of the republics are the trigger of the current conflict. Russian President Vladimir Putin declared their independence on February 24, 2022, something a lot of people were...
Last week I was embedded with the Russian army and visited two towns in southeastern Ukraine. The first town was called Henichesk, a port city along the Sea of Azov in Kherson Oblast (province) of southern Ukraine, bordering on Crimea. The Russian army, patrolling the city, went with us—the embedded...
Lebanon’s crisis has been precipitated in large part by the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and Israel and cannot be solved until these rogue actors stop their foreign meddling Wherever Victoria Nuland goes, she brings trouble. Nuland is the third most powerful person in the State Department. In February 2014, she famously handed out...