The news just does not stop coming. In the big scheme of things, China is completely and unreservedly committed to Russia and the concept of mutual and indivisible security and a true multipolarity in the world.
CHINA WEIGHS IN
“While Europe and the international community are calling to end the war, the US continues to fan the flames and is ready to fight to the last Ukrainian.”
“The US continues to provide Ukraine with money and weapons. Its true goal is not to attain peace, but for the conflict to continue. As they themselves say, their goal is to weaken Russia.”
“As for whether the US brings peace or war, security or chaos, the world knows the answer to these questions.”
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian
From Russ-Warrior we have these surprising statistics:
- So far the Russian Army has used for its special military operation in #Ukraine:
- 12% of its soldiers (total includes trained draftees)
- 10% of its fighter jets
- 7% of its tanks
- 5% of its missiles
- 4% of its artillery
- And keeps advancing on a daily basis.
Maria Zakharova has spoken out on the continuing ‘Russia Bad’ meme being seeded in the western world. The new one is that Russia is on the verge of using some version of nuclear weapons. Best to read it in full here:
On the bright side, there are reports that the Red Babushka and her husband have been evacuated by Russian troops, and will be on the Victory Day Parade in Barnaul next month!!!!
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Regarding the US/UK/NATO/EU war on Russia (not going so well for the “West” in its opening “Ukrainian” phase) I seem to recall Scott Ritter in one of his many video interviews using the term “gone gopher” to describe the Ukrainian military strategy in the Donbas region of (formerly) Eastern Ukraine. Thinking this over last night as I often do when sleep won’t happen, the following arrangement of syllables occurred to me:
Genius Gopher “War” planning
The Nazi American Terrorist Op –
or, NATO: an acronym standing for “flop” –
has started a war and refuses to stop
till few can distinguish the crook from the cop.
So dig some more trenches and live in the slop
till orders arrive to go “Over the top!”
Then charge across steppes in the open, “Chop Chop!”
as men all around you catch bullets and drop.
From dragon’s teeth sown, Death will harvest His crop.
Your NATO instructor (his “doctrine” hidebound)
has taught you a thing guaranteed to astound:
Wage war from a bunker: a burial mound,
then wait for some “help” from the “West” to come round.
But quickly you witness your aircraft all downed;
and what you imagined your “navy” is drowned;
then you a red vapor, no trace ever found.
Eternity now. Absent all light and sound.
“Gone Gopher” like George Custer’s “take the low ground!”
Michael Murry, “The Misfortune Teller,” Copyright © 2022
A valiant attempt at doggerel but I suggest applying for copyright a mite too ambitious (and pretentious).
Shakespeare are you? Why disparage? Me layman think it’s nicely penned pun.
Pretentious hmm, it’a best to be careful about using that word, especially when it doesn’t apply.
An enjoyable (for us) use of your insomnia.
Very good. Maybe change the last line.
“Gone Gopher”, last stand, “take the low ground!”
The last thing I wanted was war, instigated and directed by a small family in Washington DC, originally from the Ukraine, with our useless politicians (US and across all of Europe and the UK) sucking up to them, when all of Europe, then the USA is their target for impoverishment and destruction.
“Ukraine : the Second World War continues by Thierry Meyssan”
I just do not understand, what their power and leverage is based on.
It certainly isn’t Christianity, common sense, or even basic survival instinct.
I do understand propaganda, and mass formation psychosis, but this appears to be lemming suicide culture.
By way of deceit do we wage war
For me, that is also a big mistery
Awesome stuff man. I love lyrical protests but I’m severely limited in my ability to simplistic (but hopefully funny) stuff.
I enjoyed this! (and I normally skip poetry)
Zelenskyy to launch operation to evacuate civilians in Mariupol steel plant Friday
Rolling on the floor laughing
I note that the report you cite from Fox News was co-written by a certain Brie something. It is Friday as I am writing this and no reports yet of any “elensky operation so I wonder if Fox News should nor fire Brie and hire Camembert instead. Or Stilton, or Roquefort or Ementhal or Gruyere or even Feta.
The other cheeses are busy collating bug recipes and writing victory speeches for the incoming shipment of boxes containing NATO troops that weren’t there.
Joe Biden called Superman (or was it Jill), who’s agreed to assist Zelensky in the evacuation. It’s done.
I’ve often wondered where was Superman on 9/11?
(And Batman, Captain America, Wonder woman and all the rest of them).
I think that means he plans on telling the Azov people to let the civilians go. And then claim a victory of him “evacuating” them. But as for FOX NEWS,they reported the other day when Russia cut Poland’s gas off for not paying in Rubles.FOX NEWS said they cut them off because of Poland supplying Ukraine with weapons.The US media can always count on the vast majority of US citizens not being able to know they are lying able foreign news.They have more of a problem lying about domestic news.More people don’t trust them.But stupidly people don’t seem to think that the same people they don’t trust about domestic news would also lie to them over foreign news.
All Zelensky has to do is order the Azov Battalion to release the civilians who they forced into the plant. Evacuation completed.
Unfortunately, Azov battalion is not under command of elensky
Has he even tried?
Why not? if Zelinski could play piano with his … then it means he’s fully capable of doing other seemingly impossible projects.
I think Ze would prefer tulips on an organ as opposed to roses on a piano, don’t you?
Zelenskyy to launch operation to evacuate civilians in Mariupol steel plant Friday – fox news
Do we have any good numbers on Russian losses in Ukraina? From Kiev they say that Russia has lost 22 800 soldiers. UK says Russia has lost 15 000 soldiers, US states 10 000 lost soldiers etc. I guess this is all exaggerations, but what are the numbers?
Trust the Russian Ministry of Defense. The best propaganda in the end is the truth.
Sure. Have they said anything on this matter? Links? Articles?
Yes, the last report stated Russian losses were 1,300 this was somewhere about a month ago, but since that time is when most fighting stopped and they began pulling back and regrouping so I don’t expect the losses to be too much more since then. I estimate anywhere from the 1300-2000 range right now in KIA. This is supported by other verified info we have, like the amounts of wounded in action which have been confirmed in Moscow hospitals etc which fit a corresponding ratio profile to the KIA’s so these Russian MOD losses are accurate and fully believable. The 10k – 30k western stuff is just fantasy meant for their own public consumption/propaganda to buoy Ukraine’s disastrously flagging morale.
On top of that dont forget Russians dont count LDNR loses as Russian Army loses
so 1500-3000 of Russian Army(its really hard to tell exact number) and 1000-2000 of LDNR Army of Russian ethnicity Ukranians
all i saw and read and watched LDNR guys are super furious and always go in attack even if it isnt necessary but i can understand em imagine you have been bombed for 8 years and now its revenge time. Plus they are poorly equipped cause equipment is provided by LDNR government which is poor and not by Russian Ministry of defence
So i saw several LDNR guys with mosins at the start but now its seems like they have thousands of tons of everything especially NATO anti tank rocket launchers etc that Ukies left behind.
An important detail is that DPR numbers are published separately and they have the biggest share of the losses.
Ukr and the west wont make this distinction
DPR will also probably count losses starting from 2014, since the war for their freedom has not started just this year
I early April DPR reported over 1000 dead and over 3000 wounded. Add these the the LPR and Russian numbers.
Maybe Russia could use some armored bulldozers to entomb the defenders.
A wall of dirt 30 feet high could advance and afford some added protection for them. Possibly the prospect of
being buried alive might cause a surrender of some fortifications.
interesting statistic. thx.
the main point here is “used” — but by no means “used up”. important difference, i think.
because in the german media it is often alleged or even directly claimed that the russian losses were so horribly high that … this and that. the russians are desperate etc etc.
i guess it is more like the western media is getting desperate …
Regarding the “Russia bad” memes:
“With the disappearance of the USSR, traditional Russophobia has changed only in appearance, not in essence. It is too deeply rooted culturally. As in the case of the Black Legend, this racist prejudice did not enter the minds of Westerners by chance, nor did it arise spontaneously. The European countries where it has been most cultivated are France, Britain, and Germany. Excerpts from the chapter “The Fear of Russians – Then and Now” in the book “Imperiophobia” by Elvira Roca Barea.”
https://www.nachdenkseiten.de/?p=83368 (in German)
Interesting and true. Although that book is focus in the Hispanofobia that the Protestant powers spread in the 17th and 18th against Spain their thesis are very much valid nowadays for Russia.
But unlike Spain in that centuries, Russia has a leadership that realised this and acted in consequence so the brutal propaganda against Russian people will not be spread there.
While things are progressing well for the SMO I still wonder why Russian funds were held in Western banks where they could be seized allegedly including part of the central bank gold holdings. This was a major mistake which needs to be investigated by the Kremlin.
After the experiences of Iran, Venezuela, and Afghanistan having assets seized was a clear threat the should have been anticipated.
Not a mistake. A masterstroke. The financial system depends on trust. The theft of Russian sovereign assets (as well as illegal seizures of assets of Russian citizens abroad) has, at a stroke, destroyed the trust that took a century to build. Think about the consequences. Other countries will now be understanding that their deposits are not safe, should they fail to toe the US line. This is the beginning of the unravelling of the house of cards that is western financial capitalism. Russia, imho, perfectly understood this could happen – it already has happened with Afghanistan’s deposits and Venezuela’s gold. They are not blind.
Neat explanation, BUT dont you think that this ‘masterstroke’ would have worked out quite well with a lot less than 300 billions?
@Chris – Agree. The “masterstroke” label is a post event rationalization or spin.
But, based on the Iran experience the inflation devalued money will eventually be returned. Or distributed as reparations. Or some combination. This is a long, long way from being over.
A long way from over, but off to a good start:
Russian Fossil Fuel Revenues Double Despite Western Sanctions
“Russia has effectively caught the EU in a trap where further restrictions will raise prices further, cushioning its revenues despite the best efforts of EU governments,” CREA explained.
Russia/China dream team also just gettin started
those funds in the central bank had to be stored in the US for contractual and regulatory obligations (i.e. they were in muti-year bonds/GICs, they were placed as collateral, etc…). Russia has been reducing their exposure for the last 4 yrs or so, but it appears there was a hard floor on what they could remove from the US system without restricting their economic relations. Basically, they left the least amount of money in the system and took a calculated risk that the US wouldnt steal it. But now that the US has stole the money there is no coming back, the US has no leverage over Russia. Even if the US gave the money back today, Russia wouldn’t come back and now we’ll see other nations make similar decisions and minimize their exposure to the US. Globalization died the moment the US stole those funds, now we get to watch the body bloat and rot.
Thank you Kadath!
People that complain that the funds were stored outside of Russia have no idea how international commerce works. Thanks for saying this!
The fact that these moneys were ‘frozen’, woke up the world! What was supposed to be ‘money good’ changed overnight to ‘money with no value’.
” People that complain that the funds were stored outside of Russia have no idea how international commerce works. ”
How many countries keep their funds in Russia ?
I still think a masterstroke bc it was irresistible for the west to go for a quick kill and yes after letting this sink in worldwide, meaning letting the hysteria calm down and then coming with the you pay in Ruble or gold at the right moment to turn defeat into victory is genius. Remember how we were all cursing the head of the national bank for leaving so much money outside Russia. Now we know why Puttin extended her, genius. Unfortunately we are on the receiving end.
Im not an economist but from what i read thst Russia has nearly $300 Billion in Western investments in Russia which it can and probably nationalise. good percentage of this is hard investments like in oil infrastructure etc. Russian planes about 100 were confiscated in return 700 western planes were stuck in Russia which will meet the same fate.
Plus Euro lost 14% value against Ruble from before war. Now this was before the news of countries accepting Ruble payments came. As the payments in Ruble become normalised what will be the effect on exchange rate? This is the indication where the war is going.
While 20 countries have ganged up with full spectrum media dominance and populations, businesses, and leaders fully pumped up on propoganda this is the case.
what happens when the reality starts to emerge through the fog of propoganda? This stage will tell the true picture of the situation.
Russia has over 1.5 TRILLION of USD in western assets on Russian territory
so its great trade deal in the history of trade deals may be ver lol
on top of that Russian companies has about 400+ billions debt to western banks and financial institutes so President can just let it go and say to western banks like you know your government stole our 300 b so compensate your losses from that money.
I think its brilliant win win situation for Russia
Agree. The control of the financial system has been the main strength of the Anglo-Saxons.
With this Judo move they essentially destroyed themselves and their finance economies.
It’s historic in my opinion, the disintegration will take some time, but they got defeated without a single bullet being fired. Impressive.
Their economy is broken. They’re doing the equivalent of dumping the game board to hide culpability.
There are many people in the US who think they have rights to that money, either as banked wealth or pension obligations. By burning the system down they can escape culpability and lay blame elsewhere.
Their goal is to replace the USD with Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC). We will all have a unique global, verifiable digital ID through which we will own and spend this currency. All transactions will be traceable, and rights to those funds will be instantly revocable, just as the US did to Russia.
A very valid point. The west won’t be able to do this again. Other ‘US allies’ have to be concerned even thought they won’t admit it. Seizing assets especially private citizen assets without going though the legal system is outright theft.
We fail to account that other non western countries president and leaders are criminals outside a very handful… they are already bought.
” Think about the consequences. Other countries will now be understanding that their deposits are not safe, should they fail to toe the US line. ”
Do you actually believe they didnt understand that after the US permanently ” borrowed ” other countries’s gold holdings that were stored in the US ? Nations are alot more aware then you give them credit for, therefore, there was no need for this Russian ” example “. Logic states that subversive elements inside of Russia were responsible for this massive ” mistake”.
It isn’t a mistake.it is how the global economy works. That was the price for doing business in the West. Divorces are painful
Russia never lost one ounce of physical gold. Their long of spot gold in London was frozen and that was it!
China gave Russia 1.5 Trillion yuan of credit line so Russia will not suffer from West theft.
Combined west can’t break Russia and China partnership
USA is throwing in everything to hang in there because if Russia wins war in Ukraine then it is the DEATH of the dollar.
Death of dollar it comes!! Welcome!!!
Yes, the move by the West to freeze assets is an act of desperation, as was the nonstop propagandizing and coercion during “COVID” as was the theft of the American election by 20 million votes. Truly, the Western elites are suiciding their own populations (and themselves in the end) to maintain temporary control.
Unfortunately they did, as the CB boss/advisors had put a lot into investments to make money.
The “funds” has to be held abroad, that’s their whole purpose. It’s used as a security for all other trade.
You might call it a hostage. It has no value if you don’t trade in that currency.
Think of it like the West sacrificed a queen for a bishop. Yeah, the West has a head lock on a wad of Russian money. The small piece of the sacrifice is, as others noted, that finance is base on trust, and no nobody with serious money to play with any longer the West to act as an honest fiduciary.
The bigger sacrifice is that worldwide payment for petroleum in dollars is the artifice that props up the dollar. In the past, other petroleum exporters who suggesting moving payment out of dollars found that the US treated the move as a casus belli. Remember Iraq and Libya. It’s seemed to me for a few years that Russia (and a number of other important non-West economies) might want to yank this rug out from under the dollar, but they couldn’t without it appearing as a blatant and unfriendly provocation. Well, the West just provided the perfect justification. Since the West has made it plain that Russian ownership of dollars and Euros is to be voided, the Russia must obviously respond by refusing to do trade in those forbidden currencies. Poof goes the petrodollar.
I remember reading about franciscan priest and other representatives of europe in India during the peak of Mughal dynasty.
Europe was a poor backwater then. When the Mughal Emperors made their frequent moves towards the periphery of their empires to either put down an wayward rebel or conquer a trouble some border kingdom they Travelled in huge numbers.
Infact their group was so big that it was as big as a whole city not just the army and support group.
they had their court, artisans, entertainers basically a whole city with armed soilders moving for months .
They were a sight to behold and unprecedented in extravagance having no equal in the world
However these foreign representatives saw in them a weakness. The correctly summarised that this very extravagance will become the weakness of the empire.
Empires fail when it gets too costly to hold the periphery. There were physical limits to how far you could travel from the center to take care of the periphery on one direction when some one takes advantage in the opposite side.
Often such empires collapse not because of a powerful enemy but because they become unviable.
i often wondered if technology has removed the physical restrictions on distance and the periphery does not exist for modern Empires.
what we are seeing in Last 20-30 years that despite the overwhelming effect of technology the physical limits cant be denied.
Afghanistan, Iraq ,and now Russia have conclusively demonstrated that extravagance itself is what limits empires.
when reading that episodes of history i often
I suspect the funds were left where they were so as to able to achieve tactical surprise. No doubt the US and Ukrainian government thought that as long as the funds stayed where they were there would be no major attack.
In addition stealing them will prove to be a phyrric victory.
Russia should be very encouraged by the U.S. announcement of the the latest version of its wartime “lend-lease” program. Bankruptcy and total ruin (à la post-war Britain) should follow for current U.S. allies in the not too distant future.
In the meantime, Canada has the answer for those pesky Russian bears annoying the neighbors. Its Polar Bear International research project has programmed a new SpotterRF AI system with the movements of different animals and they’re now testing it near Churchill, Manitoba, nicknamed the “Polar Bear Capital of the World”. Unfortunately, however, “it picks up everything and so there needs to be a way to filter out the unwanted movement alerts.”
Obviously the polar bears are Russian agents.
Trudeau and Freeland will seize their bank accounts immediately.
And most of that “Lend Lease” is for old weapons that would have had to be retired / destroyed. Now they go to Ukraine, get fired off/expended and the Pentagon places orders for modern weapons to replenish its stock. And the Ukraine economy will need to spend the next 75 years to pay for it all. (lol)
The SpotterRF AI system. You mean like the 1 that the Russian forces are using in Ukraine right now?
I don’t link. But today on Nightvision’s post there is a video of a Russian soldier using a hand held device in a house somewhere to direct tank shelling of Ukrainonazis. He can see them through the walls and other buildings using this device.
An email sent today to my MP:
‘Dear Mr XXXXXX
Perhaps you are not aware of the global laughing stock that the UK now is, whilst getting the world’s worst genocidal murderer (the US) to use its financial murderers on Wall Street to conduct a rigged ‘beauty parade’ to award the club to a US vulture capitalist with a long track record in funding genocide via the Republican Party?
It is not possible for anyone fit to be an MP to claim that either the Democrats or the Republicans in the USA have not funded every foreign genocide committed by the World’s Premier Terrorist organisation. You would have to be badged as mentally defective.
It is not possible to claim that the USA is demanding sanctions against Russia in Europe without concluding that the USA is at war with Europe, despite NATO members being predominantly European. The USA’s purchase of Russian oil has INCREASED since the ‘sanctions’ started, not decreased. The USA has been playing the currency markets going both short and long on the Russian Ruble and making billions of dollars doing so, even if they are doing it quietly in jurisdictions a long way from Wall Street or the Square Mile. The USA has zero principles about anything other than global genocides to achieve global hegemony. Any fool who will not acknowledge that is unfit to be a Representative of any human being, either inside or outside the United States of Murdering Americans.
Todd Boehly has been continuously funding the Republican Party for well over a decade and thus is an enthusiastic funder of murder overseas, looting overseas and wars of aggression overseas (the same would be true through funding the Democrat Party). It is not possible for him to deny this, nor is it possible for him to be a fit and proper person to own a football club in the UK based on his enthusiastic dedication to foreign murder. He does not have the right to answer for his crimes, since those he has funded the murder of are dead and gone, unable to charge him for his evil.
No-one in Westminster has any credibility on earth claiming that Vladimir Putin ‘is the worst war criminal of the 21st century’. The short list for that title goes exclusively to US psychopaths. The war in Iraq was off the scale worse than what is going on in Ukraine, despite every lie told by Zelensky, by the CIA, MI6, the prostitutes of the MSM, Tobias Ellwood, Liz Truss or the like.
Was a single sanction placed on the USA and the UK for their Iraq war crimes? Of course not. Were the assets of Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, the Koch Brothers etc etc seized for ‘being too close to the Republican and/or Democrat party’? You jest.
There can be no place for any war crimes trials against Russia until proceedings against the USA, the UK and other western genocidalists have been concluded. Any attempt by any American to challenge that needs peremptory firing squad death sentences. It is a non-negotiable basic truism and the time to treat US citizens as human beings passed 20 years ago, when they murdered their own citizens on 9/11 to justify murdering a million more in the Middle East.
Any US owner of any UK sports club must state, categorically, the following:
1. The world’s worst genocidal murderer since 1945 is the US Government.
2. Both the Republican and Democrat Parties have colluded in genocides over that 80 year period, never voting against a single genocide of strategic importance to the genocidal hegemonists who rule the USA (none of whom reside on Capitol Hill).
3. The US sports market is a closed shop cartel, rigging outcomes routinely and guaranteeing superprofits to cartel owners. It is the absolute opposite of capitalism, a free market and free competition.
4. The US has contempt for the concept of ‘community assets’, considering sports clubs to be ‘movable franchises’, a concept which is absolute anathema to over 95% of all UK sports fans.
5. Operation Shock N Awe makes the ‘Special Military Operation’ in Ukraine look like a walk in the park.
6. The murder of 500,000+ Iraqi citizens was genocide, not Acceptable Collateral Damage.
7. Fallujah is a stain on US history and was the date when the legitimacy of the US empire died a timely death.
8. The genocide of Libya was an act with but one goal in mind: preventing the sale of oil and gas in non-dollar-denominated currency. Libya represented zero military threat to the USA and Hillary Clinton needs the death sentence for her psychopathically deranged description of that disgusting, inhuman, genocidal operation.
9. The people of Syria support their president, Bashar al Assad, and there is no place whatsoever for US psychopaths to challenge their right to choose their own leader.
10. The Chagos Islands are not an appropriate place to displace people from to create a US military base. US military bases further than 1000 miles from US territory are an outrage, an abomination and a sign of the US’ terminal bloodlust.
11. Europe is NOT a satrapy of the USA and the continent has an absolute right to tell the USA where to get off.
12. The USA does not believe in free markets, as evidenced by its shocking behaviour concerning Nordstream II, sanctions on Russia and its never-ending stock market corruption on Wall Street.
I hope Nadine Dorries will enunciate these principles, if she wishes to be seen as a fit and proper person to be an MP.
Rhys T. Jaggar
Postcode: XXXX XXX
Bravo! Do let us know if you get a response.
Kudos Rhys! That’s a beautiful letter. I heartily commend everyone do this. I do it in America. I do it to the White House and State Department Youtube pages. On FB too before they kicked me off. Same with Twitter. People can make a profound impression on the overt obnoxiousness of these cunning combination of rat and ape. They sometimes become less prone to conducting their business affairs with all the beery, leery frivolity of the red nosed music hall comedians if they think more jaundiced eyes are watching them make their platitudinous pork butchery of whatever language they speak with their smarmy attitudes, comb overs and padded baskets. Here in California we have politicians who don’t speak English, not to mention state functionaries at every level. Have a good weekend mate
There is some kind of war ongoing and any the people they die. But strange kind of tings happen:
Why we can having this article with the USA can delivering many the weapon to Ukraine to killing us?
All the big company they do the business and making the money while the boys go and dying!
And why they have the NATO targeting spying in Odessa to hunt our ship?
Can some body say what is happening?
Please not pretending this is normal kind if situation now!
Georgy, Gonzalo Lira calls them System Pigs and the trough is huge. There is so much graft griffted off the Russia gas pipelines that transit the Ukraine that no one dare attack them. It’s like an unwritten code between the big boys …like letting NATO run comms from Odessa and Kiev…..it’s an inside joke, ha ha, on us. Must be nice to be on the inside filling the poke with free scheckels while death gets piled high all around. An example, 8 plus weeks into the SMO and just now Russia severs the resupply rail lines…..huh!!!!!????????
The gas markets are interconnected worldwide. Whoever wants gas can get it from somebody.
Russia’s response (Russia’s enemies will now pay in Russia’s currency) has punished Russia enemies and strengthened Russia’s currency.
It’s like Europe is playing checkers against a Chess master. Sad.
US Russian gas imports went up 43% in one week, just two weeks ago. I don’t know where it is now. Biden is a lying bastard, not the brains, but the Fireman Bill as the face for all of this. I think that’s why so many politicians are old in the US. One foot in the grave and won’t have to live with the outcomes. The present sitting Congress is the oldest one in US history.
To the degree that nat’l gas is sold to europe by Russia, LNG is not sold by the U$A. Thus, the derivatives on LNG speculation do not perform, and the banks lose. Of course they’ve covered their asses in other ways. It’s been said that all wars are bankers’ wars.
such hubris..Poland and Bulgaria are getting gas from Germany who buys it from….Russia. Wonder if Germany is adding extra profit…does that bother Russia despite they still sell the gas?Some areas not getting any gas…apparently gas supplied in April has not been payed for.. so is that stolen?
Finland will not buy with rubles.
if other EU countries are asked to supply be Poland and Bulgaria ….will they so no…buzz off? Will Russia demand payments in advance? Some countries are paying via the new systems.. defying EU . will they punish them? How far can these diktats go…..splitting up the EU? Will it also apply to oil% ?
Can Visegrad 4 break up considering Hungary will not support west aims against Russia what does it feel or really think re the other 3 supplying arms to ukr as Orban seems to more switched on..(Slovakia wants 63 m Euros compendation for loss of its s300…Sweden demands compensation 65 equivalent dollars
On the subject of Poland seems to amassing stockpiling weaponry troops etc in order to regain “historical territories”…..could be a humanitarian excuse.. would west Galicia become sole Polish territory … or a joint Poland Ukranian protectorate of sorts .. would Zed have to accept this when if peace talks fail(considering never to be trusted Bayracter and Montreux Convention blackmail Turkey still offering to host direct Zed Putin negotiations…is Z so delusional with his sociopathic rhetoric he believes he can out talk him..chances Putin will say as he did to Gueterres you have been decieved but Z is also himself is deliberately the great pretentious deciever he has been trained in western media hysteria and propaganda techniques in his endless begging for arms and money and EU seems particularly taken in and will bankrupt itself……..?
Now Slovakia says will pay rubles for gas reverses previous decisions.
Bulgarian producers demand to negotiate with Gazprom and restore gas supplies
This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Industry of the country Cornelia Ninova.
Also, during the negotiations, they demand to freeze the prices of blue fuel and introduce additional taxes on the excess profits of fuel companies.
Germany refused to pay in rubles, but the gaz is still flowing to it. Or by panishing small and inconsequential countries we want to scare the big ones?
I admit, I cannot understand that decision and it reminds of another decision in 1941 – the bombs were falling on the Russian cities, but the train compositions with Soviet oil were still going to Berlin.
The gas they get at the moment is already paid for. The next payment is due in may I believe.
All countries, including Germany and Poland, who are clients of Gazprom have paid to the end of April, 2022.
Rt .com begs to differ. They have said that all gas transported since April 1 was free , and had to be paid for by April 24 ? . So no, the gas is supplied on credit at this stage. Yes, Russia should be forcing Prepayment and I do not agree with credit for hostile nations, only for friendlies.
I’m not sure, but I think Germany is paid up for gas until the end of May, at which point gas supplies will be halted if Russia does not recieve payment in Roubles. Perhaps someone more familiar with the situation can comment.
Germany is excluded from “pay in rubles”, they pay in euro to Gazprombank, Gazprombank then does the exchange to rubles. At least for now.
I thought all the countries were supposed to do that which actually defeats the purpose of paying in Rubles. Russia backed down on this scheme IMHO, they should demand Rubles and tell the oil purchasing nations to find the Rubles on their own. If they cant, then tough luck. This would spur on other purchases from Russia besides natural resources and diversify Russia’s economic output. Wouldn’t it be great to see Russian made computers for instance ?
Unbelievable carry-on only possible with war hysteria.
Poland and Bulgaria do not want Russian oil stained with Ukraine blood, some of them said.
So getting Azerbaijan oil is pure? And Germany will have to filter out impurities and reverse pipe it to Poland?
Perhaps this imbecility is a new version of Blut und Boden?
Since US and NATO countries are already violating the rules of engagement in this conflict, as in when is a proxy war not really a proxy war, one hopes that the Russian military will quickly control areas of Ukraine from which to be able to launch against NATO countries. That would be preferable to involving more Russian territory in the conflict. There seems to be some inevitability to some widening of the conflict even if it’s short-lived…
china russian relationship a “new model” for the world. headline runs on major western papers. but china has just laid out its position clearly
Thank you, Amarynth (+moderators, and herb and Saker)!!
Posted about this in the latest sitrep comments but without a screenshot so here it is.
US F16ma flew into Ukie airspace today after circling for about 40m near the Romanian/Ukrainian border aparantly repeatedly pulling some hefty G’s (from about 300knots to 580) just a few miles from the border. Could be ads b malfunction perhaps but i haven’t seen this kind of activity the last 2 months. Transponder signal was lost about 2 min after entering Ukraine. Can anyone confirm or explain pls?
Keep us posted on the airway situation – very significant
As a aside – I noted since 24.Feb NATO aircraft are again using my Bavarian Alpine valley for Nap of the Earth Training runs. It’s a good training geography for flying up a valley below the mountain tops on either side and then tight turns up a perpedicular valley. They haven’t done this since the 1980s.
It seems to me that we are approaching the end game. With the toughest part of the Kiev Regime Army and their NATO instructors and equipment destroyed or encircled in the Donbass, or else surrendering, and no way that Western arms and ammunition can reach the Ukraine intact (even if they did prove to be of any use and Ukrainian troops knew how to operate them), what is left?
Now is the time when perhaps secret negotiations are under way between the Russian Federation and those countries with territorial claims to bits of the far west of the Ukraine: Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Belarus.
The bits to go to Poland, maybe two, three or even more provinces in the far west, notably Lvov, Russia will only be glad to get rid off, providing that that zone is left demilitarised, as a buffer state. This will leave the Poles with the horrible task of denazification there.
Probably Romania will be allowed by Russia to take Moldova (minus of course Transdnistria, which will become part of the old/new Russian territory of the eight provinces in the east and south of what used to be known as the Ukraine). Also Romania may be given back the small border area south of Chernivtsy, where Romanians live. All of this would of course depend on the will of the people. And all again be dependent on the areas being demilitarised.
However, any territorial concessions will have to be agreed on with Moscow. If Polish or Romanian troops and their equipment enter anywhere without Russian approval, they will be destroyed.
Slovakia could take back most of Transcarpathia (Carpatho-Rus/Subcarpathian Russia/Ruthenia), with a small part going to Hungary.
Belarus could take a small border area in the north-west of the Ukraine, where Belarussians live.
This will leave a new Ukraine, basically Central Ukraine, to become a new landlocked state, similar to Belarus. There will be little military presence and the whole region will be denazified.
All I would add is a corridor from Belarus to Kaliningrad in exchange for Poles to expand eastwards (as you describe). This would complement the other Transnistria enclave and allow a land terminus for the Nordstream II to compress and ship LNG (e.g., to the USA so that they can magically ‘de-Russify’ it (with a middleman commission and ‘new economic theory’ ritual) and then ship it back to the EU etc.). The the Russian world should be able to sit back and eat Chinese popcorn and watch the Euro-hysteria trash the western peninsula suburbs.
Imo, anything less than the total capitulation of Ukraine and capture of its territory would be a defeat for Russia. No NATO country would abide by the agreements, and the US will certainly use those areas West of the Dnieper for their military bases.
Even now, the western propaganda machine paints Russia as defeated, and without a total destruction of the Ukrainian state, they would humiliate Russia. Of course, that doesn’t have any effect inside Russia, but such a scenario would embolden the NATO for more provoking and escalation in the future.
Brute force is the only language they know. If Russia defeats the Ukrainian military that is supported by NATO, it would demonstrate the uselessness of NATO and that it’s a paper tiger.
It is unlikely that Russia will not impose an embargo on gas and oil exports to the EU, thus triggering the collapse of the West.
Hi, i’d like to now more about these statistics, can i have some source ?
“So far the Russian Army has used for its special military operation in Ukraine:
12% of its soldiers (total includes trained draftees)
10% of its fighter jets
7% of its tanks
5% of its missiles
4% of its artillery”
I have a similar query. I would assume the author’s use of the word “used” in this context means strictly the proportion of total resources available that have been engaged thus far, but not “spent”, ie as destroyed/killed/seriously winded. Words may be understood differently depending on your native tongue/command of english. If anyone could clarify? Thanks and a good weekend to everyone, especially to our Saker.
but have you every seen China talking this belligerently and directly?
China rejects US, EU groundlessly interfering in China’s internal affairs, hopes EU see the truth
Leaks from Finnish media are saying Sweden and Finland are sending an application to join NATO at 16th of May.
That would mean Finland is reneging on the Peace treaty of 1949, and resumes a state of war with Russia.
I’m sure there will be no referendum on the NATO issue for the poor Finns.
I am shocked that Sweden and Finland aren’t applying to join NATO, on May 9th.
Back in the days when the incontinent, senile, old grifter was vigorous enough to push the Iraq war and berated Scott Ritter for having opinions above his “pay grade”:
Russia is woefully isolated! Of the world’s 195 nations only about 160 refuse to accept the lead of the 35 wise states that condemn Russia for its, wait, let me get the correct wording, yes, for its brutal invasion of the democratic state of Ukraine:
They dont count! What matters is the free and civilised world, and the golden billion. Imagine all the 1000 homeless was in favour of your fight, but the 100 rich were against you.
Can anyone explain why is Russia still using the old soviet/communist flag? This symbol has brought lots of horrors to much of Europe.
I had some arguments with a friend trying to explain the reality of things, the fact that Russia is in a defensive war against the US/NATO proxy, but I was shut down by this old communist flag. What is the story with it?
That was the flag that defeated Nazi Germany.
It was the Victory flag, my friend!
And this flag most successfully unites people in different republics of the former Soviet union and many of the people of the former Warsaw pact. Note, the babushka with the flag is Ukrainian. Armenian or a Kazah might not be trilled to fight under the Russian flag, but will likely go under the red one.
I for one remember it fondly. There were shortcomings, but also plenty of good things.
And for the horrors, I doubt there were more than in the so called free states.
Do a search for Russian Flag over Reichstach .. you will probably get some Wikipedia, but the flag is well represented there. It signified the win over Nazi’s. And by the looks of things, we have a massive resurgence of Nazi’ism in various places particularly the Ukraine.
Like what ? Are you shure your not a victim of propaganda ?
It’s actually a regimental flag, not the official Soviet flag. It’s the same flag as they brought to Berlin in 1945.
See the star above the hammer and sickle?
For them it has the same symbolic value as the British poppies.
It is not aregimental flag, it is the Soviet state flag.
Correctomundo! Andrei Martyanov mentioned it just the other day. I’m sure he, unlike the 82nd Chairborne here, would be right. You win a daydream of your choice!
It means Russia is tired of backing down and accommodating the West (which has officially backfired).
The USSR, for all its faults, did stand up to the West and surpassed it in key areas.
Question, should Russia adopt a new flag after all this (and what should it be)? The Russian flag seems stuck in the 1990’s failures. If Russia adds South Ossetia and parts of Ukraine (and more?) maybe they should announce this new reality with a new flag and constitution…
“…the old soviet/communist flag? This symbol has brought lots of horrors to much of Europe.”
What “terror” is this flag supposed to have brought? I grew up in the GDR, we lived 4 decades with Soviet people in friendship, yes, we lived modestly, and no, not everyone had to be a communist, this is the usual nonsense that was and is spread in the West; we honored the Red flag with the hammer and sickle and the Soviet star; this flag is still honored today by very many Russians, also by me , it was hoisted by the Red Army soldiers on the Reichstag after the victory over Hitler’s fascism, I would welcome it if this could happen again.
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Thanks Anna, I am sure many Germans thnk like you.
As a fellow former GDR-resident I wholeheartedly agree with you.
If the Berlin wall was there today, Westerners would be pouring over it, wanting into the GDR. ‘Anarchy In The UK’ is truer now than ever!
@Nicucino, 100% agree.
As an American with Russian-Ukrainian ancestors (my great-grandfather was a Russian Orthodox Priest), I fully support what Russia is doing to de-militarize and de-nazify the Ukraine. But in conversations with friends, family, and co-workers, I find that most continue to conflate modern Russia with the communist Soviet Union. Their understanding of the Nazi influence in Ukraine and the war in the Donbas is slow in coming, but it is coming.
My arguments to my circle of influence is that modern Russia is Orthodox, Christian, and completely in the right to protect the Ukrainians and Russians from Nazi genocide and the Globo-Homo agenda.
But antipathy towards godless communism and the ‘evil Soviet empire’ is deep and unwavering. Some few are waking up and opening their minds that modern Russia is a different country and situation, but this progress will be immediately squashed and replaced by hardline support of US and NATO’s full involvement in the war (up to and including Nuclear strikes) if the hated (in the West) red flag of Soviet Communism replaces the White, Blue, and Red flag of Russia (same colors as the US flag).
If Total War, Annihilation, and Armageddon is desired, waving the red hammer and sickle of Communism will bring it to pass. The USA will go all in, fully supported by the populace, and all hope for a resolution to this conflict and a multi-polar world will end.
You are right about this perspective, the red flag creates more hate and antipathy in the West.
On the other hand, the flag also serves to unite the peoples of the old USSR more. They won’t be thrilled under the idea that they are going to get annexed by the new Russian Empire. The USSR was multiethnic in a way that is more acceptable to minorities like Ukrainians, Armenians and Kazakhs.
Maybe the Union State should adopt a flag similar to the Soviet one, there are already some proposals who indicate this. Similar enough so that people could understand it as a rebirth but different enough to highlight the changes in perspective, the notion that this new union isn’t going to repeat the same errors of the past, specially in regard to it’s economic perspective, which should be more in line with today’s Beijing than with yesterday’s Moscow.
I don’t want to go off-topic too much, but a good proportion of the human population sees being “godless” as a good thing. That does not automatically mean that one is evil, debased or whatever attribute you’d like to assign to them. Being free from, for example, institutionalized religion was once seen as a major step of the cultural and social development of mankind and I tend to see it that way, too.
In fact being “godless” puts much more emphasis on a persons inner strength and ability to uphold a certain moral codex, because one has to search and define these rules for themselves, instead being spoon-fed by their respective religious dogma.
Thank you Thor, Yes indeed.
It is just a symbolic use of the flag because the USSR defeated the Nazis in WW2 and there are Nazis like the Azov Battalion in Ukraine. The flag is just a reminder of the struggle against Nazism of which there are still remnants in Ukraine.
“This symbol has brought lots of horrors to much of Europe.” says who? Western propaganda. Soon after ‘liberation from Soviet Yoke of eastern Germany” people were saying “Communists, please come back, everything is forgiven”. Eastern Europe was not Heaven on Earth, but life was not that bad. In any case, life was better than what we see in USA/UK nowadays. it is not true that the West looks like USSR back then. There were no hungry and homeless people back in USSR. “Stans” were not fighting each other. For a period, living standard in the West seems to be much better than in communist countries, if you ask CNN.
Trust me, I lived in one of those countries, moved out because of civil war, not because life was much better in America.
Thank you all for responding. OK, indeed the red flag is a symbol of victory over Nazis, that is clear. However, a lot of people I know, and many of them from Eastern Europe, are taking it for the more palpable symbol of bolshevism, which represented dictatorship, a communist tyranny.
I grew up in Romania and escaped the communists during Ceausescu’s time. Yes the times were sweet and peaceful, if you complied. It was like living in a prison, in which those who complied had all the benefits. This was no liberty, no freedom. Churches were almost forbidden, you could not advance in the communist party if you were seen going to Church; some church buildings which stood in the way of the dictator’s plan were simply demolished. In the name of this red flag (communism), all true Christians were imprisoned right from the start and forced through some draconic truly horrific re-education program, to take God out of their head. This actually turned many into Saints of the Prisons, as they never renounced Jesus Christ. Gulags also existed in Romania (The Danube-Black Sea canal), where you ended up if you voiced opposition to official government lines.
From what I know and read about, like the story of Saint Arseny the Russian (books available in English), in the name of the same flag the millions of Russian were dragged into Siberian gulags for destruction, Churches and monasteries all over Russia were closed and destroyed.
So, yes, the red hammer and sickle flag is a symbol of victory over Nazism, but I am afraid that it is much stronger symbol of oppression. Not to mention that as I know from the past, the word was that Soviet Union wanted to expand communism to the whole world, to already then create a one world government. This may indicate that the old forces behind the old bolshevism/communism are the same as the criminals driving the Empire of Lies today, striving for the same world government, under the name of a NWO.
Point is that I don’t think this is a symbol to resonate through many nations, to rally them in support in understanding the Russian point of view. I am surprised that so many Russians think positively about it, knowing how much the Russian nation suffered under the communist yoke.
By renouncing this red flag, Russia would automatically imply: We are not the Bolsheviks of the past, don’t even think about it! We are Russia of today, a free and freedom loving country, in which traditional Christians, Muslims and Jews can live peacefully.
Oh dear, a passionate motivation for Russia to cancel their own symbols and deny their own history.
Perhaps the better way to go here is to explain and also to ask what you will do if you have a Nazi problem.
Take a look at how popular the Red Babushka has become, for just showing this flag to some Ukrainian soldiers. If I had a vote, let the Russian soldiers use their own symbology as they wish. They are the ones doing the fighting.
“This symbol has brought lots of horrors to…” fascist pigs.
Hurrah for the Red Babushka! Best news of the week.
Indeed, to think that her entire life was a build up for that moment.
Best news of the week!
“On the bright side, there are reports that the Red Babushka and her husband have been evacuated by Russian troops, and will be on the Victory Day Parade in Barnaul next month!!!!”
Remember who suggested this to Nightvision last week!
@ Russian Bear
“Remember who suggested this to Nightvision last week!”
I suppose you did, you braggart!
But I am several levels up on the scale of “implemented suggestions” with my proven record of suggestions to the big shots in the Kremlin widely trumpeted on previous comments as uncanny coincidences as if I have a direct telepathic line with VVP. Regrettably the line did not work in 2014.
The Polish annexation will be framed as “Peace Keepers” coming in after the final collapse of the Ukrainian Army to “protect” the Ukrainians from the genocidal Rooskies
False Flag Defcon 1 – the only thing that can save Biden, the Demorats and the Russian Genocide Narrative is the War Card – It’s the economy, stupid:
Economy tanking, along with Demorats chances in November:
A false flag, in DC just might do the trick. A smoking hole would garner more attention than phony Jan. 6th. Maybe the neocons are thinking about it
Bier Tisch Keyboard Kommandant NSA here. First day of the 2003 Iraq attack, the Baghdad power grid was taken down by maverick missile / carbon fiber strikes on all electrical substations. Under 100 missiles could similarly take out the substations attached to all west ukie power plants. No modern society functions in the dark – no internet, no communications, no TV, no online commerce, no transportation, no utilities, no free porn, no 200 trivial text messages a day. The eventual result is cannibalism or surrender or a mass exodus of the population.
So why is the west ukie power grid and internet still up and running? Why are the baltic state power grids still being supplied with Ruskie electricty? Is this a real war or kabuki theater or some kind of weird made-for-TV reality show? Some armchair general please explain…………
Because the Russian leadership are not animals.
Trucks can still access the non contested parts of Ukraine to feed people. How would cannibalism in Ukraine help the Russian smo?
UK mercenaries on a rescue-mission?
Anyone knows anything about Vira Hyrych/Vera Giritch person?
For jerusalem Post she is a former embassy-worker.
For the rest of the world she is an Ukrainian journalist working for Radio Liberty
In the first quarter of 2022 the US economy contracted 1.4% (probably double or triple the official figure since they lie a lot about everything) and the Chinese economy grew (4.8%)…..
It seems that the Russians have decided to carry out a slow-fire cooking plan. Example: Putin said: no storming attack on Azovstal. Azov nazis are going to surrender or die. They are going nowhere. The longer the military operation lasts, the price of energy will continue to rise and Ukraine, Europe and the USA will slowly but surely bleed to death. The higher the price of energy, the stronger Russia, Iran and Venezuela become.
The Russians have withdrawn 2/3 of the original SMO force….they now have 72 BTG ~ only 50-72 thousand troops towards the Donbass and that is why the advances are slower and more methodical to reduce casualties in their ranks. They have disqualified and challenged conventional military logic that says you must have a 3x ratio to invade fortified defenses. All NATO experts are speechless and barely conceal their pessimism.
Although it reverses logic that Bygone wanted to weaken Russia, it is plain to see that Russians will drag it out while Bygone is fighting for the Democratic party’s hold on US Congress later this year…..if this drags into the Summer when Europeans fill out their gas reservoirs…..their economies will tank
If it drags into summer when it is time to fill up with gas for winter, there will be howling and crushing of teeth sounds from Europeans.
Americans travel in summer season with their trucks and RVs. If gasoline keeps getting pricier there will be hell to pay in mid term elections, Bygone knows this. The longer it drags on the heavier the albatross anchor tagged to Bygone’s future. The longer this goes on the worse it is for Bygone re mid term elections and state of the economy.
Russian casualties are now considerably less than at the beginning of the SMO. Dead civilians are mostly the fault of Ukrainians. Civilians which Russia has been evacuating from the fighting are safer when Russia takes a little longer to encircle the Ukrainians. It takes a considerable amount of time and effort to rescue, feed and evacuate the large numbers of civilians.
Prolonging the war fits nicely into Russia’s objectives…..it hurts Bygone and the EU
NATO just poured out their war chest into the Ukrainian sinkhole. Russia & allies say thank you for weapons.
I have said it before as well. Alexander the Great conquered much larger and better equipped forces with a relatively small army. He had guts , motivated veteran soldiers and good strategy and tactics.So far Russia seems to be doing the same. Lots of manoeuvring.
A very good source for US economic data using old style metrics is SHADOWSTATS.COM
You can see unemployment measured using 1960 methodology, inflation using pre-1990 methodology etc.
So when the Jackal of Europe takes a chunk of Galicia what are Zel-baby and the Nazis going to do about it?
Zel-baby has British citizenship and his family is there. The high ranked nazis will find their way out, the brainwashed “nazis” will die for nothing. Some might find their way to sanity, I hope most of them.
“Red Babushka and her husband have been evacuated by Russian troops, and will be on the Victory Day Parade in Barnaul next month!!!!”
🇺🇦🇵🇱Poland delivered about 200 tanks to Ukraine
Warsaw delivered 200 T-72M1 tanks to Kyiv, which makes it possible to equip 2 tank brigades.
In addition, the Ukrainian military received several dozen Polish infantry fighting vehicles.
Deliveries are not limited to armored vehicles. Poland supplies Ukraine with self-propelled guns 2S1 “Gvozdika” and MLRS “Grad”, as well as air-to-air missiles.
The total amount of Polish supplies is almost $1.6 billion.
So Poland will deliver 200 tanks to an army that is essentially dessimated? Either the news is not exactly accurate or NATO are looking into a significant incursion into Western Ukraine. This is standard US practise to limit the amount of land mass that Russia will claim.
I love Maria Maria Zakharova, all her statements, her attitude, rise completely to the level of the position she holds. But Dmitry Peskov is a real disappointment these days. It is very erased, it does not honor the position it occupies at all.
what exactly is ‘ït’ required to do?
The US has decided to move in to Lvov to help their nazi puppets. Here’s a partial translation of an article.
The US headquarters for the Armed Forces of Ukraine was created in Lviv: the Yankees remove the “natives” from command
Americans fear that Ukrainian soldiers will “disgrace” NATO weapons and will not stop the Russian army
Zhovto-Blakit telegram channels report that a headquarters of specialists from the United States has been set up in Lviv, who work together with the military of the General Staff of Ukraine. Allegedly, the Yankees help the generals of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with quick information from reconnaissance aircraft and UAVs that circle around Ukraine, as well as from satellites hanging over the “square”.
It is also reported that as many as 50 Americans, including counterintelligence officers, work in the Lviv secret headquarters, located in one of the communication buildings. In general, there are now up to one thousand military specialists from the United States in Ukraine, which indicates the involvement of two nuclear powers in the conflict at once.
Clearly, neither we nor the Yankees want a nuclear apocalypse. But this is not why Washington so zealously supports the Ukrainian regime in order to surrender the “square” without powerful bloodletting. In short, it is very similar to the fact that the Pentagon took over the management of defense operations in Ukraine against the backdrop of an ambiguous state of affairs on the fronts.
Apparently, the Kremlin knows about it. In his speech on April 27, Putin said the following : “I emphasize again: if someone intends to interfere in the ongoing events (in Ukraine) from the outside, then they should know – yes, they will create unacceptable strategic threats to Russia – they should know that our response to counter strikes will be lightning fast.
The President of Russia also said: “We have all the tools for this. The kind that no one else can boast of right now. And we won’t brag. We will use them if needed. And I want everyone to know about it – we have made all the decisions on this matter. ”
By the way, insiders inside the office of President (OP) Zelensky reported that Mi-6 agents transmitted intelligence to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine that Russia was preparing attacks on decision-making centers and recommended not to use the command posts of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the coordinates of which are known to Russian special services. However, there is a big deal here as well.
The situation with the Russian “spies” greatly strains the SBU and the CIA. Yellow-black and star-striped counterintelligence is desperately looking for “moles” who leak the most important data on the supply of weapons, temporary warehouses and secret command posts of the Ukrainian army. There are reports from Kyiv that tough checks have begun on all foreign mercenaries, since arrivals often correlate with the arrivals of new “soldiers of fortune”.
In general, spy mania in the Armed Forces of Ukraine has reached maniacal proportions, also because compared to the first stage of the special operation, much has changed for the worse for Kyiv. Minimizing the losses of the RF Armed Forces and maximizing damage to the Armed Forces of Ukraine allows tactics that the American Institute for the Study of War described as “rather methodical than quick.”
Moscow, in fact, has nowhere to hurry, except for such an argument as the transfer of a large number of Western weapons and equipment. But so far, NATO’s military assistance has not had a strong effect on the balance of power, although its influence cannot be written off either.
As the experts of the British edition of The Guardian write, “If it turns out in May that the Armed Forces of Ukraine will not be able to go on the counteroffensive, despite the wave of supplies of Western weapons, including American howitzers, German and British anti-aircraft systems,. the question will be what other commitments the UK and other NATO members are willing to take on.”
You can say so: the Yankees created their headquarters in Lvov, fearing that the armament of the alliance would be disgraced by the inept actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. It must be understood that on the Ukrainian battlefield, among other things, the engineering schools of the Western and Russian defense industries compete, that is, there are battles for future contracts.
The Guardian emphasizes – “The turning point will occur in May.” If the supply of weapons is destroyed without any visible result on the fronts and damage to the Russian army, then there will be no point in pumping the Armed Forces of Ukraine with new weapons. It is not for nothing that Bloomberg, citing its military experts, reported that the US stockpiles of weapons could run out in a few months if the White House continues to supply them to Ukraine.
Nevertheless, the presence in the capital of Galicia, that is, in the very center of Bandera Ukraine, of American specialists, moreover, in the status of staff officers, cannot but disturb the Kremlin. Nothing is more valuable in battles than information about the enemy. There is no doubt that the Yankees, having the best technical means of intelligence, will use any mistake of the Russian Ministry of Defense in their own interests. This means that those experts who call for a strike on Ukrainian decision-making centers are right.
The arrival of American specialists in Lviv is associated by some of the Ukrainian truth-tellers not only with the deterioration of the position of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the battlefield, but also with the struggle for the souls of the inhabitants, especially that part of the “square”, which came under the control of Russian troops. In the social networks of Ukraine, for example, they write: “The zone of action of the Ukrainian hryvnia is narrowing and narrowing, like shagreen leather. Even from the war zone, as practice has shown, the hryvnia is washed out very quickly, which is dangerous for the future of our country.”
I can’t wait to read that Russia destroyed the location of the Nato team mercenaries in Lvov.
CNN showing long columns of destroyed “Russian” tanks and vehicles.
My personal favorite is the completely burned out and rusted tank with a freshly painted white Z on it.
Second favorite: the destroyed Russian “caged” tanks, which must have been captured by Russia before they were destroyed because only the AFU cages vehicles.
25 year ROI on Raytheon: 2,700%
Its reported here in the UK that two British aid workers have been taken by Russian forces,as far as i know tso far the Russians have not said they have them,so we have three possibilities,its said they were taken in South East Ukraine,thats where some of the fighiting is,either they are two well meanining idiots who were in the wrong place,or they were British inielligence agents spying,third more sinister option is the have been taken by the Ukrainians and murdered,they could turn up hands tied shot in a ditch,another false fllag like Bucha to blame the Russians,like i say i have seen no confirmation that the Russians have them.
Andrei and the Saker Community, please tell me what is the source of this deep virulent hatred of Russia. How did it start. How has it evolved or expanded over multiple generations. Does its roots go back 2000 years in the form of grudges against Rome and all descendants of Rome (orthodox church, the Czars, etc.)? Or are its roots more modern, with competition for the resources of the planet? What motivates these lunatics to want exterminate Russia and Russians?
Start with Hitler in Paris at Napoleons mausoleum saying Mein Vorgänger – my predecessor.
Both Napoleon and Hitler invaded Russia.
Back a bit further to Attila the Hun, I know not Russian, at Paris, the one city he did not level, stopped by Genevieve ~452AD, followed by the Khan, are invasions from central Asia which devastated Europe (and Russia).
After that Mackinder formulated Geopolitics for King Edward VII where the famous phrase “they who control the World Island control the World.” Mackinder was translated for Hitler’s book by Haushofer.
It is political policy of deep seated oligarchical fears, which most have no inkling of. It gets more interesting when we find Attila was actually schooled by Rome, spoke numerous languages, and Marco Polo of Venice, the Second Rome, worked for the Khan at Samarkand, and his Dad was a spy for the Khan leading to Poland’s devastation. Venice is the key, and it moved to the City of London via Amsterdam around mid 1500’s, the current source of Global Britain, Global NATO that Liz Truss likes to expound just this very week.
Venice’s war against western civilization
It is a war against civilization itself, there is even an Attila management handbook. Genghis Khan destroyed China and Asia except Tibet, adopting their religion – and guess where the Nazi SS were at home – the Roof of the World.
Russia knows this is a civilizational war. Kadyrov’s Battalions know very well they are dealing with Shaytan.
The West has become so Satanic , it is behaving like Attila or the Khan but actually Venetian.
The Oligarchy knows full well it cannot survive great civilizational powers, Russia, China, India (and yes the USA) together as a force for civilization. They were close to extinction by the assault of the 1540 League of Cambrai, betrayed by a Pope.
So to delve into the oligarchy’s nightmare – a league of 4 Great Powers, and even when most here balk at , including the USA as originally intended, means the end of them forever. They are unleashing hell to prevent these 4 aligning.
Right now the Oligarchy has the USA (again) fully at odds with Russia. China, Russia, India are already aligned.
Let’s give the Oligarchy a lesson in economics – 4 Great Powers for a World Landbridge.
I am struck by this for the following reason.
Fascism is the politics of hatred. It is based on the hatred of enemies, and these can be internal or external. In the German form of the disease in the 1930’s, the internal enemy was the Jews. In the Ukrainian form of the disease in the 20th century, both the internal enemy and the external enemy is the Russians.
A fascist society must have enemies to hate. It is the sticky spider web that holds it all together. A mob of people all motivated and unified by hatred. Thus, the growing fascist movement in Ukraine was built on the hatred of Russians. It is a deliberate political move. They didn’t have to hate Russians. They used to be in the same country. I’d imagine there were some internal rivalries, kinda like Americans feel towards Texans, but it was not this sort of hatred. This hatred was deliberately created to build and power the Ukrainian fascist movement.
And, what is not commented on, is the way ‘The West’ has uniformly adopted this hatred of all things Russian. It is exactly as if at the outbreak of World War II, if countries had announced their hatred of the Jews and all things Jewish in full throated support of Hitler and not just his war but his beliefs. Its not just that the hatred is disgusting and vile. Its that it is in open support of the evil of fascism and its echoing of evil fascists who are themselves drenched in hatred.
It will not be forgotten. The world would remember still to today if some powerful country had rushed to Hitler’s aid spouting venomous hatred of Jews. That would not be forgotten, even in this age when the fascist west no longer celebrates the defeat of Hitler. What is occurring today will similarly ring through the future’s history.
Maybe from things like Katyn Massacre?
What about the fire bombing of Dresden? That was the greatest atrocity against civilians in the history of warfare before Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. That really is a good reason for hating the perpetrators for ever.
Oops! My mistake…
Doesn’t help that Russia is on a crusade to “denazify” the planet.
It seems that the same people that created communism in Russia at the end of ww1 did not have enough of revenge against all that is Rus. These people are the Khazarians. I recommend Arthur Koestler book, the 13th tribe. A nomadic folk , converted to Talmudic jewish religion, but destroyed by Rus vikings and the Bizantine empire. They were bloody and worrier like, living on the back of others, such as the Magyars and the old Bulgarians. According to this author, 90 or more % of today’s jews are from khazarian stock.
The same people, apparently, are now pulling the strings in the empire of lies and globally, in all places that matter. Old Khazaria just happen to have existed smack in South Eastern Ukraine. And, it seems they want it back, hence the hatred and the cleaning of the land from anyone else.
It looks like the DOJ, the SEC, and perhaps other nefarious actors of degenerate officialdom are fixing to go after the rogue Tesla mogul who had the effrontery to oppose totalitarian control of the narratives driving public life. It’s rumored that money-losing Twitter could not exist without the government footing the bill for the vast, backstage server arrays that enable all Twitter’s messaging. In an odd twist, though, the shareholders were not necessarily benefitting from that symbiotic relationship as Twitter’s stock fell from $71 a share in July ’21 to $32 in March ’22. But the C-suite of Twitter’s executives were already too massively rich to care about anything but punishing their political enemies — which they did with sadistic zeal — when Mr. Musk surprisingly stepped onto the scene.
If you think Musk is any better you should have your head checked.
Thanks for the advice Lez, it’s just part of an article you didn’t read. Who gives a toss what you think when you come at people like this. You must be an american. And a woke liberal. Before you come at me, consult the learned, I did. I won’t have to wait so long to call someone stupid. Read the article, you’ll see it doesn’t side with Musk at all, just the opposite.
You are right in me getting my head checked for continuing to talk to you when you obviously have anger issues or cognitive issues. I say American for the instant ad hominem attack without bothering to read what you criticize. A democrat too, correct?
Think carefully as I plan to use the race card here, I’m black. And yes, you can check out my head.
Does anyone have anything to rebut the argument that the Budapest Memorandum obligates us to go to war to defend Ukraine?
The Budapest Memorandum was signed by at the time recognized legal authorities of the Ukraine. In 2014, a coup took place, the current government is illegitimate. Also, the affirmation and inscription in the Constitution of the intention to join NATO is a breach of the neutrality commitments.
In other words, I would say the only party which can claim currently to uphold the Budapest Memorandum is Russia, as it is fighting against a junta which took hold of the Ukraine. Any countries helping this junta is an accomplice.
Here is the Budapest Memorandum Text – it is really a Non Proliferation treaty.
Ukraine: The Budapest Memorandum of 1994
When Zelensky announced at the Feb 2022 Munich Security Conference the intention to acquire nuclear weapons, he crossed THE red line. Immediately SMO plans were activated.
If nothing else, he clearly told the world that the agreement was now broken and that nobody had any obligation to come to the defense of the world’s newest rogue nuclear state.
Yes. Donbas Russian ethnic population was abused by Kiev and Russia in response came to honor their request.
Be careful when you cite agreements, because US has been the worst offender of treaty abrogation, legally or illegally, simply because it thinks it can get away with it.
Memorandum on Security Assurances in connection with Ukraine’s accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
Budapest, 5 December 1994
……2. The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, reaffirm their obligation to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine, and that none of their weapons will ever be used against Ukraine except in self- defense or otherwise in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations……
You disgust me to call this man pretentious, it’s really sickening.
Last 2 months of Q1 –
Russian oil volume dropped 17%
Russian oil income increased 40%
Biden = Andropov
Kamela = Cherneko
“Last 2 months of Q1 –
Russian oil volume dropped 17%
Russian oil income increased 40%”
Well they are Feb and March which actually means just cut off one month (March) and last week of Feb 2022. The volume cut off may be as high as 35% for March-Apri but slight increase of incomes.
The curse of ruble now stronger than 2 years ago. 1 € = 74,17 rubles.
But what is the situation of Russian oil sells to west and other countries?
Finally, the finance world at ZH picked up the new Russian monetary policy :
A New Gold Standard? Kremlin Confirms Intention To Back Ruble With Gold And Commodities
Looks like honest reporting from the golden bowels of western banking….
Bank of Russia Rejects Ruble-Gold Peg Idea, Differs With Kremlin
[link to finance.yahoo.com (secure)]
“It is not being discussed in any way,” Nabiullina told reporters at a briefing Friday after the central bank cut the key interest rate by 300 basis points. The ruble must continue to have a floating exchange rate, she said, though volatility of the currency will be higher amid capital controls imposed after Russia began its invasion of Ukraine.”
Her comment appeared to contradict President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, who said earlier Friday that “this question is now being discussed.” Peskov pointed to comments by Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev on linking the currency to gold and other commodities in an interview with a state-run newspaper this week, while offering no further details.
Unprecedented sanctions on Russia’s central bank over the invasion of Ukraine deprived it of access to about half of its holdings, leaving it in possession of only gold and yuan. Before the war, Putin repeatedly argued that Russia needs to cut dependence on the dollar as a global reserve currency.
Speculation has been rife that sanctions on Russia may herald a far-reaching shift that could bolster bullion. Analysts like Credit Suisse Group AG’s Zoltan Pozsar predict that the seizure of the central bank’s foreign exchange reserves will result in a new monetary paradigm where gold plays a greater role.
Paul Craig Roberts of course has commented on the issue of the central bank.
The Russian Central Bank Chief Is Doing 100 times Greater Damage to Putin and Russia than All the Sanctions and Ukrainian Forces Together
I will state it without qualification: Unless Putin Immediately Replaces Nabiullina with Glazyev, Russia Will Be Defeated by the West. Nabiullina is far more dangerous to Russia than US missile bases on Russia’s borders. Nabiullina either is completely stupid and incompetent or she is the worst traitor in Russian history.
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss made some noise about Taiwan being able to join NATO in order to “defend democracy.”
The hegemon is retarded.
it is insane…needs a formal psychiatric diagnosis and locking up in a padded room.
Africa and Latin-America and Arctic also need to be pressured to quickly join NATO.
Otherwise no one can guarantee their security against attacks from the axis of evilness. Either you are with us, or you too will be nuked.
If we know this whole story will only end bad bad if China, Russia, India dont man themselves up to neutralize this coalition of zombies, why dont they prepare a direct attack in the heart instead of this pussy footing around Donbass and Transnistria? There is no doubt in my mind the Coaltion are willing to do anything, anything, if they get the slightest opportunity or opening in Russia’s defences.
“5% of its missiles…”
It must be replacing these and the others, like in WWII.
“CHINA WEIGHS IN
‘While Europe and the international community are calling to end the war, the US continues to fan the flames and is ready to fight to the last Ukrainian.'”
Europe is fanning too. Spain sent a lot of military trucks and other things. Germany is sending things, etc. It sure adds emphasis to his anti-U.S. message, though.
The chances that China will do its own version of SMO against Taiwan if war breaks out between Russia and the U.S. is high. Any such estimation is a prudent one. I would give it at least a 90% chance of happening, and I take it for a fact that it’s a foregone conclusion for some military strategists, let alone for many people who are just “strategists.” If you’re Chinese, and there is to be a war with Taiwan, which time would be better? The question becomes rhetorical; it answer itself, doesn’t it?
Biden and Rice can’t think about such things well, and he could not when he was young in my opinion. It’s the job of others to let them know, and if no one lets them know this other thing, may they not leak anything bad about Biden and Rice.
I meant Biden and Harris, sorry.
Here is a larger photo of red babushka and her husband:
Nuland has been spotted with her tin of cookies in a front line trench near near misakalculativa
In the era of a declining US empire, censorship has become the last resort of an unpopular regime and its forever wars to make the truth disappear and critical thinking all but dead. If you read the board of any of these tech giants from Google, Twitter, Facebook and Paypal, they read like a rogues’ gallery of war mongers and their agenda is clear: To control the free flow of information and target the bank accounts of anyone who dares question the official narrative of the Pentagon or State Department.
Joe Biden – The Beer Hall Putz
US gives the game away.
‘ Former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Says, “We Are Using the Ukrainians as Our Proxy Forces” ‘
Zelensky is a pretty wealthy fellow, too bad he isn’t even a Ukrainian.
O OTANAZISTÃ0 ou OTANAZITERRORISTA é uma fraude completa. Se palavras fossem balas e as fakenews fossem bombas e a mídia maestream fossem tanques de guerrs e as redes sociais fossem bombas e o Google é o YouTube fossem foguetes a vitória estará assegurada, mas como a realidade não é fantasia outra coisa não há, conhecereis a verdade russa e ela o libertará, mas se você não pensa a verdade não faz nenhuma diferença.
Google-translate from mod:
Otanazistã0 or OctaNaziterrior is a complete fraud. If words were bullets and the fakenews were bombs and the masters media were guerrs tanks and social networks were bombs and Google is youtube were rockets the victory will be assured, but since reality is no fantas Russian truth and she will break free, but if you don’t think the truth makes no difference.
Russian Air Force Strategic bomber voice net has been noted active in the last 30 minutes on 8090 Kilohertz USB. Aircraft has been passing encoded 3 figure messages. Other radio listeners have noted it active.
This guy is living on a different planet!
This military expert is trolling so hard. Can no way be serious. Yet it may indeed be a severe case of wishful thinking. Quite enjoyable comedic relief.
One thing I don’t get is why the nazis are still within artillery range of Donetsk, so this can go on:
A good article on UN Amb Albright, by a long-time journalist who covered the UN.
“The Madeleine Albright I Knew” by Joe Lauria, special to Consortium News
It shows a bit of the history of how we got here, and the role of the lady who thought that killing half a million children under five was worth it to get here.
Includes a video the Serbs stoning her car during a visit to Croatia.
And this quote from Egyptian diplomat and UN Sec Gen Boutros Boutros-Ghali …
“Coming from a developing country, I was trained extensively in international law and diplomacy and mistakenly assumed that the great powers, especially the United States, also trained their representatives in diplomacy and accepted the value of it. But the Roman Empire had no need for diplomacy. Nor does the United States. Diplomacy is perceived by an imperial power as a waste of time and prestige and a sign of weakness.”
Maria Zakharova – Pure Class.
Angela Merkel – She protected the Interests of The German people as best as she could, and compared to the current useless idiots supposedly representing Germany – Pure Class
Last night I saw this video of some Irish Girl – in The European Parliament – Clare Daly – Pure Class
I never particularly liked Margaret Thatcher nor most of her Politics and actions, but at least she represented her Country – The UK to the best of her ability, and even people who really disliked her, maybe even hated her, respected her, and only the IRA wanted to kill her and nearly succeded. Ask Norman Tebbit – he lost his wife – Brighton Bombing
We now have no political talent whatsover in England, Scotland, Wales to represent us.
I have always had an affinity with Irish people, though I have only been to Ireland once.
But I look at the way the wind blows.
Its not about me, nor my wife.
We have already lived most of our lives (68 & 64) doing a lot travelling, but mainly peace and harmony. Never war.
The future is about our Grandchildren..It doesn’t matter about us.
Our son has got a sailing boat
My wife’s niece has got a farm in Ireland and she keeps inviting us
If they nuke New York, depending on the wind direction, what’s left of our family might still survive.
If they nuke London, well I have worked it out on the interactive nuke map..possibly survivable (we haven’t got a cellar)
Just bought some more fishing gear.
We got caught in a massive storm a couple of years ago.
Survived on the pollock. When you are hungry and catch a fish…
I used to fly Polish Pirat gliders
(I like Polish people)
.. never done this.
“Dr. Strangelove (7/8) Movie CLIP – Kong Rides the Bomb (1964) HD”
I used to like Maggie too, but when she said “There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families.” I changed my mind. Her dandy little war with Argentine was the last straw. I began to wonder what sort of “family” the great lady represented…if any.
For Muti, I failed to understand how the interests of the German People were represented by bringing in vast number of foreigners.
To go with Strangelove, see https://youtu.be/S0Xy91N20lQ (unspeakable under discussion, Fail-Safe clips)
Heartily agree about fishing! see Far Side! https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_UCHTL-r7y4/V-l1w64zq4I/AAAAAAAABv8/HPL7kRNVnG4Xv35KPFFlRX1T55rK4XA3gCLcB/s1600/limit.jpg
Thanks for posting Fail-Safe clips. I watched it till the end on my headphones (a bit deaf) I am intrigued with who produced this film. I recognise the reel to reel computer tapes (used to be a computer operator (not for the Ministry of Defence)
“..The only ones worth surviving… Where do you draw the line once you know who the enemy is. How long would the nazis have kept it up general if every jew they came after had a gun in his hand”
That is pretty weird paranoid shit.
The American kids were taught duck and cover
We didn’t do that in England.
I didn’t actual know any Jewish people until Paul Kossoff couldn’t take being Jewish any more.
We were all Christian Catholics or Christian Protestants
Almost no one knew any Jewish people.
The BBC had Paul Kossof’s Dad, David Kossof on the Telly during Songs of prayer on a Sunday night.
He seemed a realy nice man too,
We never hated any Jews, and almost no one had ever met a Muslim, nor even an American.
I thought Harold Wilson, did a good job as a Prime Minister. He told the Americans to Eff Off, which meant my older brothers who joined the Territorial Army – didn’t go to Vietnam and remained reasonably sane, compared to me, who unlike them are still here with my wife going to music festivals.
I do not understand why “Jew” is almost a banned word.
What is wrong with them? I don’t get it.
Maybe I am missing something, It doesn’t work quite as well as it did, but its still all there.
Is it about “Circumcision is a medical procedure that removes the foreskin from the human penis”
The foreskin is there for a purpose.
That would probably p1ss me off too.
“FREE – MR.BIG(LIVE 1970)”
Kinda a ramble>
The Jewish people are perpetually in civil war, imho. Most of my childhood friends were Jews, and I never found any material fault with their ethical or moral character, nor with a Rabbi who taught me a bit of Hebrew. The fault is with zionism…see Einstein’s letter> https://archive.org/details/AlbertEinsteinLetterToTheNewYorkTimes.December41948 Maccabees tells a biased story of such a civil war, and it’s ongoing. When I need expert professional advice I seek the Jewish council, lawyer, doctor, and so on. Of course there are also Jewish criminals, but even there I have had good experience, ethical fellas. And yes, there are Jewish bandits…Jewish nazis…a matter of class. Pick people of a decent class.
It’s a Jewish saying that if there are two Jews there are three opinions. A fractious people.
So far as I can determine, zionism and nazism are indistinguishable. In political philosophy they have a common origin, they’re twins.
My opinion is, and memory is, that before the Eichmann kidnap and trial the term “holocaust” was not in common usage. The genuine holocaust was the war itself. The murderers were quite broad-minded, slaughtering all “non-Aryans” with enthusiasm. Most victims of actual holocaust were Soviets and Russians. The term has been hijacked to refer only to Jews. The two largest Berlin Banks were Jewish (and zionist) run, and financed Hitler…they had a common interest in zionism…but the German “Yekkes” disdained the Eastern Slavic Jews. The common plan was to force the Jewish Class favored by the German Jewish zionists to move to Palestine and dominate, exercise “lebensraum”, at the expense of the Semitic Arabic people that inhabited that country. The assumptions of the late 1930’s didn’t quite work out. But as we see, after the German nazis’ defeat, there’s been a lot of progress insofar as extermination and displacement of the indigenous Semitic People in Palestine. And much of the German nazis’ Plan for Europe actually exists today. The earliest protozionist Rabbis who visited Ottoman Palestine telegraphed back “The Bride is Beautiful, but she is already married.”..They had imagine that Palestine was uninhabited. The Eichmann affair may be seen as propaganda campaign that continues today.
Circumcision in USA is ordinary with little or no religious significance…and it does reduce the cancer rate in the relevant “parts”, and also in intimate “parts” in friendly ladies.
Robert Green spoke to the Argentine war of esteemed lady Thatcher…https://vimeo.com/41072369 and the murder of his aunt, and how Maggi risked atomic war for her career, and wasted a lot of sailors. also> https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2371611/Why-I-believe-sinking-Belgrano-MI5-murder-crusading-aunt-A-death-surrounded-dark-coincidences-disturbing-belief-intelligence-chief-helped-mastermind-Falklands-campaign.html I had a pal who was at the Falklands affray. (and in Iraq, behind lines hunting…perhaps you understand that in that sort of job there are no prisoners) SAS fella. He was disgusted, and quit…became an electrician. He hated Maggi T. Hated what he’d had to do.
A Ukrainian false flag is again possibly being planned with them claiming that Russian forces are suffering “colossal” losses. Meanwhile, in the civilised world, the Bank of Russia is cutting interest rates as confidence in economy is high !
Sticking my neck out here as this may touch troll territory. Given the immediate anticipation of the weekend, hopefully this will pass moderation. Given the inevitable career change that awaits Mr Elensky, I am trying to start a not so serious, chain post about what Elensky’s linkedin page reads. I will start with older accomplishments, feel free to add where you see fit, or to flesh out the headlines…
Short summary from Mr Z’s linkedin page
Zelensky the little Jewish Russian boy
Zelensky the Russian speaker
Zelensky the histrionic teenager
Zelensky the comedian
Zelensky the homoerotic dancer
Zelensky the TV series star
Zelensky the drug addict
Zelensky the Kolomoisky protege, fellow tribe member and mouth piece
Zelensky the peace maker (before elections)
Zelensky the favorite
Zelensky the victim of neo-natsi bullying
Zelensky the bewildered aka not what I signed up for
Zelensky the compliant aka neo-natsi puppet
Zelensky the native russian speaker turned Ukrainian language promoter
Zelensky the aggressor aka fire brand nationalist and retaker of territories
Zelensky the awarder of 13 medals
Zelensky the sponsor of the Kievan ghost aka the looks better
Zelensky the green energy lobbyist, ie Greta’s best new friend
I am worried about 2 things. 1. Transnistria. If Romania goes there, Russia just wait and see? They need to intervene. But if they take odessa asap. Romania/Poland/ukronazi may abandon it
2. Finn’s and Swedes NATO application. At first, some news suggest Croatia may oppose it. Now it is clear that, this not gonna happen. Isn’t any other country, who foiled this attempt? Hungary? Austria? Any one?
Turkey has opposed it. But I dont know if this has been “handled”. https://avia-pro.net/news/turciya-vystupila-protiv-prinyatiya-shvecii-i-finlyandii-v-nato
As Pepe Escobar stated recently here, Zoltan Pozsar does not get it – we have an Anti-BrettonWods III.
Nabiullina is doing the job – not at all a Yellin clone…
By far the most informative site to follow the conflict in Ukraine at its most diverse levels, with contributions from all areas. Congratulations and many thanks to Saker and now to Amarynth.
So happy just imagining the happiness of Red Babushka and her husband at the Victory Day Parade in Barnaul. But why not Moscow?
An interesting comment on Zelensky by Mike Whitney (an independent journalist):
“McDonald’s is poised to take a bigger financial hit from the war in Ukraine and shuttered locations in Russia than any other major global restaurant chain”.
I have friends in RF who say the Mickey D’s are open. KFC have stayed open too.
Independent franchises will stay open using perhaps local suppliers for their menu which is likely to change over time
If Ukraine is divided up, will its colossal debt to the US, Europe, the IMF, etc. be as well? Will the Donbass have to pay any of it? Crimea-affixed Kherson? The possible state of Novorossya with capital in Odessa? Will rump Ukraine be responsible for all the debts racked up by the Maidan regime and its predecessors? If the latter, can a country saddled with debts it has no hope of ever paying and a desperate need to rebuild infrastructure and an economy ravaged by war possibly survive? Can Russia afford to ignore even failed state in the middle and west of the former Ukrainian space? Or will it have to do something for it, assuming the west will abandon a defeated Ukraine just as it has Afghanistan after being defeated there?
I wonder if what “the west” wants matters. The implied assumption that post Special Military Operation there will remain a State called Ukraine may be imaginary, Michael Hudson wisely speaks of debt, saying that debt that cannot be paid won’t be paid. Once long ago I knew a fella that was a debt collector for an illegal institution in Chicago, he told me about it. Said that yes, he worked with a thuggish big guy who could expertly whack a guy, on the knees, or simply whack the guy. But if they did that they forgave the debt, because after they did it he couldn’t pay, couldn’t go to work, etc. Naturally the poor fella lost his credit rating too. “86’d”. No hard feelings, just business. (My old acquaintance asked for a transfer to the porno-shop, the debt collection racket was too ugly.)
Midge, the SMO-Ukie is simply one campaign in a much bigger war. It may be seen to have begun in “404” (in 2014!), but it ends with global denazification, if we re-read the ultimatum of December…https://mid.ru/ru/foreign_policy/rso/nato/1790818/?lang=en Those terms were before the fighting got heavy, they’re probably going to be increased. As the “west” is presently constituted this ultimatum is unacceptable, this suggest big changes ahead for “west”. The semantic import of ultimatum seems to be “either you do it, or we will do it for you (and you won’t like it)”. Now the RF is “doing it for you”, in 404. Step by step, as they say… It is obvious where last phase of denazification ends. It may end in a nuclear tragedy, anytime…or by consent after gradations of persuasions.
Some say the nazi pow’s and criminals are going to be held as prisoner-labor to repair some of what they have smashed…I suppose that’s a debt-payment in kind. (like “you broke it you fix it”). This was the case after 1945 in USSR. Steinbeck heartily approved!
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/03/21/stei-m21.html (Revisiting John Steinbeck’s A Russian Journal from 1948) (Old Johnny S was, I think, a bit out of his sheltered Salinas depth, and naive, still, the book is worth reading, LBJ, later on, used him rather rudely as a propagandist. Pity)
@ Mr P
“The semantic import of ultimatum seems to be “either you do it, or we will do it for you (and you won’t like it).”
That is my reading too. From the very beginning of SMO I have stated on several occasions that the “operation” was not against Ukraine; therefore, considering the potential ramifications at play, a strategic reconfiguration in Europe was the objective, namely the defanging of NATO as an instrument of US foreign policy.
It is quite certain that the US reaction to SMO was predictable and expected by the Russian planners and probably hoped for to enable the spill-over of the conflict to adjoining NATO zone and justify serious reprisals against Poland and Romania or other interfering states, thereby discrediting NATO and its article 5 as a shield leading eventually to its dismissal as an anachronistic relic of WWII’s aftermath. Another advantage of the SMO is the masking of the conflict’s main purpose (weakening or removal of US influence in European affairs) and attempting to contain it within Europe to prevent a dangerous escalation leading to a nuclear exchange.
So about those Russian hit men that parachuted into Kiev to assassinate President Z, according to the Telegraph. Did they get stuck in the mud like all the Russian tanks? Has the Telegraph turned into a UK version of the Onion?
Ultimately the Ukraine will be broken into apieses for Poland, Belarus and Rumania with the largest part going to Russia.
The USA/ UK/ NATO ? Thanks for the billions in arms….Suckers !
That old dear with her flag deserves the retroactive award of Hero Of The Soviet Union.
This is noteworthy – just as there were tenders put out for US projects in Crimea before 2014, the lend-lease bill (the supply of weapons to Ukraine) was submitted to the US Congress on January 19 – more than a month before the start of the special operation in Ukraine.
A few videos for today.
Belarus military holds drills in Russia:
An interview with the most recently captured British mercenary:
Footage of sub-launched ‘Kalibr’ missile strike released:
Russian tanks, artillery units fire at Kiev-regime military positions:
The Victory Banner was unfurled in space:
The following is my opinions duly arrived at over a period of ~80 Earth Years (there is no other):
‘time’, is irrelevant to the Universe – ‘time’ is a man made technological construct based on observation and relevant only to those little creatures on the planet Earth so as to feel important whereas, a assumption totally without evidence, au contraire. Men are totally ignorant as they refuse to learn ‘subjective consciousness’ being complete with the consciousness of rats. Every minute progress made devolves as ‘subjective consciousness’ devolves as those accomplished through learned suffering, die.
Russia and China have already emerged as todays’ only relevant Principle (read: won) on the Earth’s stage (Shakespearean emphasis), while the West led by the Bolsheviks aka Trotskyite war vermin, have doomed their sphere of corrupt influence; possibly to a fate worse than death; although one is tempted to view this as an improvement of their condition.
However, as numerous Scientific studies have shown, supported by real History, such as the almost total destruction of North American and the creation of the Great Lakes period, as well as modern observation, that if Nuclear War is initiated, in earnest, by those morons-in-charge, expect more than a century or two in darkness, without food and with absolute cold – notwithstanding Russian Gas.
Okay, dismiss this opinion as you will, and allow your abysmal ignorance and vacuum fed ego as your guide, as I, in complete synchronized compliance with the ruling Universe and its Principles (read: Gods), have no feelings whatsoever for those who prefer to embrace fear as their mentor.
Let it be so.
The following is my opinions duly arrived at over a period of ~80 Earth Years (there is no other):
‘time’, is irrelevant to the Universe – ‘time’ is a man made technological construct based on observation and relevant only to those little creatures on the planet Earth so as to feel important whereas, a assumption totally without evidence, au contraire. Men are totally ignorant as they refuse to learn ‘subjective consciousness’ being complete with the consciousness of rats. Every minute progress made devolves as ‘subjective consciousness’ devolves as those accomplished through learned suffering, die.
Russia and China have already emerged as todays’ only relevant Principle (read: won) on the Earth’s stage (Shakespearean emphasis), while the West led by the Bolsheviks aka Trotskyite war vermin, have doomed their sphere of corrupt influence; possibly to a fate worse than death; although one is tempted to view this as an improvement of their condition.
However, as numerous Scientific studies have shown, supported by real History, such as the almost total destruction of North American and the creation of the Great Lakes period, as well as modern observation, that if Nuclear War is initiated, in earnest, by those ignorant morons-in-charge (read: USA, UK, EU, etc.), expect more than a century or two + in total darkness, without food and with absolute, non-life-supporting cold – notwithstanding Russian Gas.
Okay, dismiss this opinion as you will, and allow your abysmal ignorance and vacuum fed ego as your guide, as I, in complete synchronicity with the ruling Universe and its Principles (read: Gods), have no feelings whatsoever for those who prefer to embrace fear and ignorance as their mentor and impose such misery on the rest of Life..
Let it be so.
The Times war correspondent Anthony Loyd, unlike most of his Western colleagues, is not afraid to visit Ukraine and writes reports while on the line of contact between Russian troops and the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and does not invent propaganda stories in a safe office. This time he visited the location of Ukrainian troops in the village of Peski near Donetsk. The servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine told the journalist the trench truth, saying that in the past two weeks alone, Russian artillery had destroyed two Ukrainian brigades.
Wiki-The typical NATO standard brigade consists of approximately 3,200 to 5,500 troops-Not sure if Ukraine follows.
Most Kiev combat brigades are now NATO style with (4) Battlions and lots of support units. They are able to operate as indepdent formations ( ie they have their own support and Artie ) very roughly today’s NATO brigade is similar to a Division from 50 years ago.
Note – when a officer says a formation is destroyed it could mean many things. 30% casualties (KIA plus wounded plus MIA ) is generally the rule of thumb when a unit is no longer capable of anything but static defense from fortified positions.
is Russia getting screwed by the usual UN $ Co. suckers with the Azovstal civilians leaiving ?
I am terrified we lose the pigs officers from NATO hiding in there.
the civilians do not look like they have below ground for weeks.
i agree, hopefully everyone was thoroughly vetted and checked. @Nightvision addressed this in a comment in his 30 April Sit Rep. I am still concerned.
Putin at times seems to have a soft spot, which is good and merely projects his humanity. However, at this point in history, there is no room left for any of that with respect to the US empire of murder and lies.