Dear friends,

I am creating an open thread about the SMO in the Ukraine.

As a “primer” I recommend this machine translation of a Russian article:

Version one:

Version two:

And, just to clarify, Sivkov (PhD in Military Sciences) is very critical of Putin and the Russian Military and while we can criticize much of what he writes, he is hardly a “flagwaver”.

Finally, please pay special attention to what he says in the last paragraph!


Thanks to some readers, I was informed that there is a very new blog out there:

So far, there are only two articles up, but both are very good (the blog is only ten days old!), so let’s welcome him and give him some visibility (please use your social media)!

Finally, a warning.

I am in contact with a lot of people and we are all observing the same thing: there is an ABSOLUTELY MASSIVE PSYOP operation being executed in support of the Kiev regime (and NATO and the Neocons).  The Russian segment of Telegram is literally flooded with fake Russian channels all doing the same thing: trying as hard as can be to create a total panic.  Sadly, this does have some effect, even amongst Russians who really ought to know better by now.

Over the past couple of days, this has affected our comments section too.  We are all trying our best, but we all get tired and miss things.  So I ask for your diligence.

I expect things to get a lot worse in the next 48 hours.

So, I beg for your patience if things go south in the comments section or if it takes more time than usual to moderate your comments.

As for myself, I do not plan to post any analyses until at least Monday.  Why?  Because 99% of the info currently out there is worthless trash and that I will therefore have to wait for the type of sources which themselves will wait for verifiable facts before making any statements.  Besides, in 2 days things will hopefully become easier to ascertain.

I wish you all a very good week-end!


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