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March 31, 2022

Twitter Fun With Dan Rivers


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Jonathan Alexander @SalomonLindros - 11:15 UTC · Mar 31, 2022

Replying to @MoonofA
Takes some really fat fingers to get from we to they. Even on a phone.

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Mikhas#83

southfront says that two captured helicopter ukies have told of 4-5 helicopters all up , and around 15 persons in each one.

Where are the two or three others choppers? I don't think we are talking about the two from the last few days.

It appears that 2-3 other helicopters were involved. Escaped with around 30 foreign spies, or downed secretly by Russia and it isn't admitted so NATO cannot bitch and scream?

Posted by: Brother Ma | Mar 31 2022 19:39 utc | 101

I think Dan Rivers meant we the Fellowship of the Zio-lensky Ring did not let the Lavrog pass by destroying the Bridge of Kievad-Dumb. Or something. The whole thing is just a joke now and no one cares. Local MSM is too absorbed in its own petty BS. Even the Wuhan great psychosis has disappeared.

Change the channel Marge!

Posted by: Patroklos | Mar 31 2022 19:43 utc | 102

@ Norwegian 76
This “contractual issue” re payment currency for gas, reminds me so much of this Western claim that Russia breached the Budapest Agreement which recognised Ukraine’s borders including Crimea. Naturally, the same Budapest agreement explicitly stipulated that neither the West nor Russia are allowed to influence Ukrainian internal politics, that Ukraine must remain neutral. Soon after, the West did a little $5B coup on a legitimately elected Ukrainian government. Yet, somehow that breach of Budapest Agreement was not relevant, whilst the acceptance by Russia of a legitimate referendum in Crimea and the subsequent change in Ukraine’s border was the only breach. The Western mindset of might-makes-right: “all contract clauses apply to you, but only the clauses I choose apply to me”. In other words, the contracts we sign are not worth the paper they are printed on, “nedogovornosposobnye” (incapable of making agreements). They completely forget that they do not have the might over Russia any more, neither economic nor military, but their mindset still remains.

Posted by: Kiza | Mar 31 2022 19:44 utc | 103

It really feels like a green screen Dan Rivers is standing in front of. something feels off. Watch closely. above my pay grade but would like someone qualified to confirm or deny.

Posted by: Exile | Mar 31 2022 19:49 utc | 104

The unfriendly states are smart if they pay in rubles now. Because the euro will lose massive purchasing power in the future. Think about it 🤗

Posted by: Idoho | Mar 31 2022 20:01 utc | 105

I'm no expert, but that is a very clean looking helmet. no scuff marks, no evidence it is has ever been anywhere near a battle.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Mar 31 2022 20:01 utc | 106

The procedure of payment has been defined to take place over the next ten days,

Posted by: GreyRaven | Mar 31 2022 19:08 utc | 99

I am not exactly sure. Notice, that all other bodies were *ordered* to be ready in 10 days, yet the bank - and only the bank - was *suggested* to be ready.

There has to be a reason for this difference, and to me it implies it was not carved in stone yet if the bank would publish the procedure or instead would say "we are not ready yet, stay tuned".

Additionally Putin just created a "single point of failure", literally put a target on this bank. All the USA lapdogs have to do to prevent the trade is properly, watertightly sanctioning that single bank.
I think they would do anything for it and, ultimately, would succeed.
However the fight behind EU closed doors gonna be bloody. "Sowing discords" yoy preached? Okay, let us not disaprove your accusations.

But let's assume the pendulum swinged the other way and after bitter fight pro-economy faction prevailed and the bank was exempted from sanctions (despite hawks piblic humiliation). And then, on the day 10, all the eurotraders are "ready at the low start" for implementing whatever procedure to be declared.

https://marathonec.ru/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/beg-s-nizkogo-starta.jpg

....and at the end of the day the bank just says "we have no procedure yet". Imagine the commotion and humiliation.

Posted by: Arioch | Mar 31 2022 20:35 utc | 107

I have read several articles now about this gas for rubles stuff. It's contradictory. When Putin says that Russia does not change prices, but it must be paid in rubles, then the question is: at what exchange rate? Demand for rubles is a breach of contract. At the same time, Putin does not want to commit to it.

If the Euros arriving at Gazprom Bank have to be exchanged first on the Moscow stock exchange in order to then pay for the gas at a fixed ruble price, then the Europeans bear the risk of the exchange rate. Then the NG could become very expensive even with fixed (ruble) prices.

But the contracts fix prices in Euro...

Who the f... will bear the risk of the risk of the exchange rate? That is the question!

Putin does not want to answer it. This makes me believe, he won't change anything. It is a big cloud of new conditions, which aren't really such. It a manoevre to strengthen the Ruble, but with no real change to the European importers. This is how german analysts think. A lot of noise about nothing.

Posted by: njet | Mar 31 2022 20:45 utc | 108

Interesting opinion albeit a bit cryptic from one of the channels close to the military, https://t.me/mig41/15855:


It seems to us that there is somehow a lack of clarity, certainty and an honest, direct conversation between the Russian authorities and the (Russian) people. Who, at a difficult moment, we can say, almost unanimously supported this government.

We hope that the authorities understand this. And the Army... The army will do its job.

Political goals not well defined?
Complexity and longevity of this military operation not communicated well?

Posted by: Boo | Mar 31 2022 20:46 utc | 109

I have now read some articles about this gas only for rubles rumors. It's contradictory.
If Putin is serious, he must break the treaties and set a ruble price.
If he does not want to set a ruble price, but the price in euros remains as agreed, then the question is: who bears the risk of the exchange rate? The payer? Or Russia?

Putin says they keep all agreements. The West pays in euros, and Russia then makes a show of exchanging euros for rubles.

Scholz is right: A lot of noise about nothing.

Posted by: njet | Mar 31 2022 20:52 utc | 110

It appears that 2-3 other helicopters were involved. Escaped with around 30 foreign spies, or downed secretly by Russia and it isn't admitted so NATO cannot bitch and scream?

Posted by: Brother Ma | Mar 31 2022 19:39 utc | 100

Given both of the captives were useless and/or not giving away2 much info, i think the two that were downed were filled with 300's as cannon fodders so the others with more valuable cargos can get away.

Posted by: A.L. | Mar 31 2022 20:54 utc | 111

sorry, double post. #107 and #109
Did not find my first one, then posted again.
Obviously it can take some time until a post goes public?

Posted by: njet | Mar 31 2022 20:56 utc | 112

Exile @ 103

Yes, green screen. Pointing at the road and gesturing to his left there is no sense he is there. This should be “boots on the ground” reporting, there are no boots and no ground. Compare and contrast with Pat Lancaster. There is plenty of journalism waiting to be done, this guy never will.

Posted by: oldhippie | Mar 31 2022 20:56 utc | 113

Posted by: njet | Mar 31 2022 20:45 utc | 107

From https://t.me/rybar/30154:

About the sale of Russian gas for rubles

The Presidential Decree published today explaining exactly how to sell and pay for Russian gas was predictably misinterpreted.

The task, first of all, was to transfer all mutual settlements from the American and European control zones to the Russian zone. There is a need to transfer financial transactions to Russian jurisdiction in order to eliminate the risks of payment disruptions and blocking of Russian accounts.

That's exactly what was done.

For Europeans, of course, it is technically incomprehensible, difficult and undesirable to exchange euros for rubles. Therefore, they were offered an option: they open an account with the Russian Gazprombank, payments will be received in foreign currency, converted at the exchange rate of the Moscow Exchange and transferred to the accounts of counterparties in the same Gazprombank, and from there they will be received as payment.

That is, the Russian side thus guarantees that Gazprom will receive the money. And this is a fundamental point.

The scheme, to which the same Americans pushed the Europeans, was as follows: the money goes to Gazprom's accounts in Europe and, accordingly, is blocked there. And this is repeated endlessly until the special military operation stops. An uncomplicated financial trap.

For the Russian side, making settlements in the area of domestic jurisdiction is also a profitable step. This may not be the most thorough, but it is still a brick in building a parallel financial system, which has been talked about so much lately.

An alternative payment system is being formed now. This is not a violation of existing contracts in any way. This is a way of adapting to the unprecedented pressure that the Russian side is facing.
#Russia #economy
@rybar together with @econopocalypse

Posted by: Boo | Mar 31 2022 21:00 utc | 114

Posted by: njet | Mar 31 2022 20:45 utc | 107

Moreover, tying the price of gold from below to equivalent of 75 rubles per dollar (roughly equivalent to the exchange rate pre-invasion) guarantees some immutability of the exchange rate of the euro vs. the ruble. This will need further adjustments if the ruble becomes more desirable.

Posted by: Boo | Mar 31 2022 21:05 utc | 115

Who the f... will bear the risk of the risk of the exchange rate? That is the question!

Posted by: njet | Mar 31 2022 20:45 utc | 107

It definitely is.
Example of a heated discussion (and a very dovish interpretation): https://aftershock.news/?q=node/1088710

But the procedure would only be defined in ten days by the bank, maybe, hopefully. Or not (ch.16).
Maybe similar fierce discussions are taking place in many EU offices today and next week.

The legalese is at http://kremlin.ru/events/president/news/68094
And i really wonder what that even means.

Should i read ch.5 that once money are transferred to GPB they can not be withdrawn and can only be uaed for gas purchase?

And then ch.6 says that the payment is pnly done when rubles arrive into gas seller account.

Now, Moscow Exchange was not the largest international fair, not even close.

So imagine that EU companies really flush lots of Euro into GPB, which flushes them to MosEx. Euro price plunges, ruble price skyrockets.
Yet worse, rubles supply is exhausted soon and for few next days just nobody buys Euro for Ruble. No trade at all.

In few days later someone finally comes to MosEx and provides Rubles for Euro.

GPBank finally completes the trade and brings Rubble to the westeen companies accounts, and/or gas sellers account.

It would be some days delay, at very least. And exchabge rate might swing wildly.

If the bill/quotation Gazprom issues for has was nominated in Rubles (at few days ago rate), then Western traders are toasted. And Putin raises his eyes to heaven and complains that it is EU faukt they did not sell anything useful so there happenned a demand for Euro at MosEx.

If Gazprom's bill was nominated in Euro but at the pinned date for exchange rate - same as above.

And in the bill would be nominated in Euro at the rate of payment moment, then CrimsonAlter (Ivan Danikov) is correct and EU traders only suffer from delays but are shielded from rate swings.

Which one would happen is anyone's guess, maybe Gazprom would sort buyers and issue different kinds of bills to good and to bad ones?

Posted by: Arioch | Mar 31 2022 21:10 utc | 116

@Boo #94:

https://t.me/belvestnik/21018

The gaz for rubles scheme, simplified. Somebody needs to buy those euros on the Moscow Forex-change however. Help needed to explain this crucial step. Would it be the Chinese. Who needs euros in Russia?

Foreign companies that are selling their goods or services in Russia⁠, that is, for rubles via a Russian subsidiary⁠, need to repatriate their profits (Russian sales revenue sans Russian subsidiary’s operating and capital costs, debt service, if any, and tax payments). To do that, they sell rubles on the Moscow Exchange and buy dollars or euros, which they then repatriate.

Posted by: S | Mar 31 2022 21:13 utc | 117

Posted by: Boo | Mar 31 2022 21:00 utc | 113

Ok, I understand. Thanks.
But then the headline should sound:

You have to pay to Russian banks now!
That is quiet a difference to: you have to pay in rubles.

And what happens if the Euros cannot be changed to Rubles in Moscow?

Posted by: njet | Mar 31 2022 21:13 utc | 118

Posted by: Boo | Mar 31 2022 21:00 utc | 113

Thank you for that excellent explanation.

I would add that this arrangement affects current contracts immediately. Clearly what Russia has in mind is that future contracts will stipulate payment in rubles to be paid into Russian entity bank accounts held in Russia.

And this will apply not only to gas but all other Russian exports.

The ruble has already bounced back to pre-invasion levels. And the new arrangement hasn't even started yet! So much for destroying Russia's economy.

Posted by: Cyberhorse | Mar 31 2022 21:13 utc | 119

Posted by: S | Mar 31 2022 21:13 utc | 116

Thanks, S. The initial explanation was unclear. I don't think anyone is going to sell euros on the Forex exchange in Moscow birzha. Rather the 2nd explanation that the channel Rybar provided looks the closest to the truth

Posted by: Boo | Mar 31 2022 21:18 utc | 120

Posted by: Cyberhorse | Mar 31 2022 21:13 utc | 118

Yeah, the explanation posted by @rybar channel makes it clearer and simplified enough to understand even for an economic dummy as me.

Posted by: Boo | Mar 31 2022 21:20 utc | 121

in other words:
The gas will continue to flow. Nobody in Europe will have to worry for rubles.
The euros go to Moscow now instead of Lichtenstein.
It is not about the currency, it's about the jurisdiction of the bank.

Posted by: njet | Mar 31 2022 21:22 utc | 122

Posted by: njet | Mar 31 2022 21:13 utc | 117

This is something that IMHO may happen in a situation where the ruble is overvalued, I guess. Then the contracts become too expensive.

Posted by: Boo | Mar 31 2022 21:23 utc | 123

https://tomluongo.me/2022/03/28/got-gold-rubles-russia-just-broke-the-back-of-the-west/

This article from few days back explains why the ruble is going back to pre war levels. Coupled with today's Gaz for ruble payment mechanism, it might become clearer how the Russians expect the payments to be transferred directly to them. My hypothesis is they are linking the price of gas to price of gold so that things are stable and nobody outside of Russia can manipulate the currencies for arbitrage.

Will be interesting to hear what Tom Luongo has to say about today's announcement.

Posted by: Boo | Mar 31 2022 21:38 utc | 124

Roger @95--

Imran Khan's troubles are straight from the Outlaw US Empire as deep ties (read bribes and control) exist between the Pentagon and Pakistani military. The economy is doing very well thanks to the vast increase in energy thanks to BRI/China whereas shortages and blackouts were the norm prior to his election. The inflation hitting the world and Pakistan isn't Khan's fault but related to the dollar's decline. The deficits are a chimera as that's how the energy system was built-up. The vote is Monday.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 31 2022 21:39 utc | 125

I would also suggest that the Euros transferred to a Russian bank (that is currently outside the sanctions regime) could then be exchanged for Yuan, Rupees etc. So the Russian economy will then still have access to stuff from outside its borders.

If it needs stuff from the EU it can pay for it in Rubles - which it could print, for free, if necessary.

Posted by: Awe | Mar 31 2022 21:39 utc | 126

Arioch @93--

I get a different translation from the one you provided:

However, Western countries have taken their step, and we, of course, must answer it. I suggest that we proceed from the fact that there will be no previous interaction with former partners in the near future. We are not going to close ourselves off from anyone and we will not be a closed country, but we must proceed from the realities that are emerging.

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 31 2022 21:41 utc | 127

NED's 2021 spending spree in Pakistan.

https://www.ned.org/region/asia/pakistan-2021/

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Mar 31 2022 21:51 utc | 128

@njet #107:

But the contracts fix prices in Euro...

Who the f... will bear the risk of the risk of the exchange rate? That is the question!

You have answered your question yourself. The exchange rate risks will be borne by Gazprom.

A lot of noise about nothing.

Wrong. The change may seem slight, but it’s important. All euros paid by European gas companies to Gazprombank will be immediately offloaded via the Moscow Exchange to other parties (e.g., foreign companies operating in Russia that need to repatriate their profits). Gazprom/Gazprombank will no longer be holding these euros. Also, European gas companies will have ruble accounts, so when their contracts expire or they decide to re-negotiate them, they will be asked to pay in rubles directly (i.e., they will have to buy rubles on the Moscow Exchange themselves, bearing the exchange rate risks, which they’ll be able to reduce with the help of forex futures traded on the Moscow Exchange).

Posted by: S | Mar 31 2022 21:56 utc | 129

Posted by: S | Mar 31 2022 21:56 utc | 128

Scholz is still not satisfied with this arrangement screaming about contract breach. Wonder why ;)

Posted by: Boo | Mar 31 2022 22:02 utc | 130

Brother Ma | Mar 31 2022 19:39 utc | 100

I thought that, earlier in the week, two helicopters were reported destroyed over the sea. That would make 4 in total.

Posted by: cirsium | Mar 31 2022 22:03 utc | 131

With contracts being converted to rubles and the ruble stabilized by linking it to gold, Russia has totally screwed the Europeans for their recent actions. As the value of the euro drops which I think it will, they are going to have to find a lot more euros to pay for the ruble gas and they have no option but to keep buying that gas for a number of years.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Mar 31 2022 22:11 utc | 132

S @128--

IMO, the several poster appearing to be obtuse are trolls aiming to take up our valuable time. IMO, we've done our part via explanations and should do no more as all the info is on this and the last three other threads.

I do have a question for you. After Putin made the Gas/Rubles speech, he went into the issue of Russia's airlines and civilian aircraft manufacturing. I saw an expectation forwarded that 100 million Russians are expected to travel via airplane; here's the specific passage:

"I will outline a specific benchmark: the volume of domestic traffic this year should, of course, grow compared to last year, and the number of passengers transported – we have just talked about this, I fully agree with this figure – should be at least one hundred million people by the end of the year."

That's an enormous percentage of the population and it's specifically "domestic traffic", although foreign tourists would account for some part. My question is, How realistic is the estimate? If correct, it tells me Russians have plenty of discretionary income and time to take vacations via airplane. And that's a sign the economy is doing well contrary to the propaganda. What's your take?

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 31 2022 22:15 utc | 133

Re helicopters...

I just hope some US or UK "advisors" have been captured alive. I want to see them stand trial in Donbass or Moscow for war crimes. Imagine the US/UK hysteria.

LDR's Basurin has said that any Ukrainian artillery gunners had better keep fighting and commit suicide, because they're not going to be treated well if captured.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Mar 31 2022 22:16 utc | 134

Re: Pakistan

A lifetime of US gov involvement, so the person-to-person links in institutions are well entrenched. Both direct sponsorship relationship from US (ie picture a big cohort of upper-level Pak bureaucrats with family in US, blob jobs in DC, kids in US colleges etc) and indirect via the Gulf monarchies. Only relatively recently that China eclipsed US. Certainly there will be enough of the old US/Gulf sponsorship networks to "make things happen". Understandably, US is desperate to either regime-change, or at a minimum create chaos. Question is if Pak government + China are up to the same kind of anti-sabotage game found in Iran or some of the central Asian 'stans. China + current Pak gov't would have to work pretty hard and/or be willing to resort to some brutality to squash it, but they are probably as well aware as anyone.

The Israel-Saudi-UAE group might also be into causing as much chaos in Pak as they can, due to focus on slowing the realization of Iran's potential -- and/or would ask China to throw Iran under the bus instead. (and if that doesn't work, down the road will call in US legislative investments to have US attack Iran directly, but that's getting way, way ahead of ourselves)

Posted by: ptb | Mar 31 2022 22:17 utc | 135

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 31 2022 22:15 utc | 132
"it tells me Russians have plenty of discretionary income and time to take vacations via airplane."

Is it all vacations in that figure? Or does it include all commercial flying? Russia is a big country, I expect there's a lot of flying around on business across the country, just like in the US. Supposedly 12% of US passengers are flying for business. in 2019 supposedly the figure was 30%. (Presumably Covid reduced it.)

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Mar 31 2022 22:23 utc | 136

Given both of the captives were useless and/or not giving away2 much info, i think the two that were downed were filled with 300's as cannon fodders so the others with more valuable cargos can get away.

Posted by: A.L. | Mar 31 2022 20:54 utc | 110

The story goes like this: four Mi-8 copters and one Mi-24 for protection. Two fallen, three escaping. But those are only the words of the two surviving nazis. You are free to believe them... or not. The second copter: 2 stories, hit but not falling immediately and either crashing in the see or on land.

Posted by: Olivier | Mar 31 2022 22:29 utc | 137

njet @117

What happens if the euros cannot be changed to rubles in Moscow?

That is an excellent question. Entirely possible there would be no traders willing to do that. If the market is not sufficiently liquid the euro sellers will have to arrange a series of trades and a series of catspaws to execute those trades. With the house taking a cut at each step. They made their bed and they get to sleep in it.

Posted by: oldhippie | Mar 31 2022 22:29 utc | 138

Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 31 2022 22:15 utc | 132

Maybe the number is passengers rather than individuals? For example, pre-covid figures for "Number of passenger movements on domestic flights within the United Kingdom" were almost 40 million (about 60% of the population ??)


Statista

Posted by: Awe | Mar 31 2022 22:33 utc | 139

Prologue ...

Singular they, along with its inflected or derivative forms, them, their, theirs and themselves (or themself), is an epicene (gender-neutral) third-person pronoun. It typically occurs with an unspecified antecedent, in sentences such as:

"Somebody left their umbrella in the office. Could you please let them know where they can get it?"[1]
"The patient should be told at the outset how much they will be required to pay."[2]
"But a journalist should not be forced to reveal their sources."[2]

The singular they emerged by the 14th century,[3] about a century after the plural they. It has been commonly employed in everyday English ever since and has gained currency in official contexts. Singular they has been criticised since the mid-18th century by prescriptive commentators who consider it an error.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singular_they

Slightly redacted[Oh, you know why.] analysis.

Seems like he was trying to write 'were' and failed and Twitter didn't light it up as a spelling mistake. The English sentence 'we held back' makes no sense in context, however, 'were held back' makes perfect sense.

Posted by: Altai | Mar 31 2022 12:07 utc | 4


In the third tweet Rivers says what he meant[?] to say: `they'[?] held them[?] back not 'we'[.]

Comment 3, 4 and 6 are thus [']wrong['] with their interpretations.

Posted by: b | Mar 31 2022 12:23 utc | 7

Easy to drop a couple of letters that leaves no spellcheck mark — especially on Twitter. Also common to second-guess one's autopilot and compound the error. Then again ...

... The Russians attacked last night but"— ...¹[]#ShitHappened

‘There's something wrong here, there can be no denyin'.’ ... https://advice.writing.utoronto.ca/revising/passive-voice/
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......... they held them back.

Epilogue

While there is a convention of tolerating(or more precisely, auto-deducing, pro tem) the referent antecedent of an `it' extra-contextually,[It was unprecedented. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antecedent_(grammar) ], such is not the case with they/them.

pronoun: them

1.
used as the object of a verb or preposition to refer to two or more people or things previously mentioned or easily identified.
"I bathed the kids and read them stories"
used after the verb “to be” and after “than” or “as”.
"you think that's them?"

referring to a person of unspecified sex.
"how well do you have to know someone before you call them a friend?"
referring to a person whose gender or sexual identity does not correspond to the traditional binary opposition of male and female.
"Rowan stopped being a mod on this blog, but we still contact them"
2.
archaic
themselves.
"they bethought them of a new expedient"

determinerinformal•dialect
determiner: them

those.
"look at them eyes"

https://www.google.com/search?q=them+meaning

Posted by: Laurence | Mar 31 2022 22:44 utc | 140

From Russian MoD Telegram channel...

Briefing by Russian Defence Ministry

Units of the Lugansk People's Republic continue their offensive on the outskirts of Severodonetsk, advancing 2 km deep into the defence of the 57th Separate Motorized Infantry Brigade. More than 40 Ukrainian brigade personnel, 3 IFVs, 3 vehicles of various purposes and 2 field depots for missile and artillery weapons were destroyed.

The grouping of troops of the Donetsk People's Republic, continuing an offensive, has taken control of part of Novobakhmutovka. They are fighting units of 25th Ukrainian Airborne Brigade on the outskirts of Novoselovka II. During the day, more than 50 nationalists, 1 tank, 4 IFVs, 1 field ammunition depot and 1 fuel convoy of five vehicles were destroyed.

During the day, operational-tactical and army aviation hit 28 military assets of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Among them: 4 command posts, 3 field depots of missile and artillery weapons, as well as 6 areas of military equipment concentration.

Russian air defence means have shot down 1 Ukrainian Mi-24 helicopter 30 kilometres west of Izyum city and 4 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles near Tamarino, Lisichansk and Volnovakha.

On the morning of March 31, the Kiev regime attempted to evacuate the command staff of the Ukrainian nationalist Azov regiment from Mariupol by 2 Mi-8 helicopters.

1st Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter was shot down by a crew of portable anti-aircraft missile system of the People's Militia of the Donetsk Republic, using a trophy US Stinger system, and crashed near Rybatskoe.

2nd Ukrainian Mi-8 - damaged by a missile hit, dodged towards the sea, but crashed 20 kilometres off the coast.

In total, 124 aircraft and 80 helicopters, 345 unmanned aerial vehicles, 1,826 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 195 multiple launch rocket systems, 702 field artillery and mortars, as well as 1,704 units of special military vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed during the operation.

#Russia #Ukraine #Briefing
@mod_russia_en

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Mar 31 2022 22:47 utc | 141

From Russian MoD Telegram channel... Get 'em all! Complete the set! Paint a target on yourself as "Putin's Puppet"! LOL

#Z_Heroes
Following numerous requests from regular subscribers and visitors to the Russian Defence Ministry's web resources, we are publishing a set of original wallpapers for your smartphones.
Z&V are in your heart and phone!

https://disk.yandex.ru/d/XwqSuj8PcQ6-Rw (Zip File Download)

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Mar 31 2022 22:50 utc | 142

Video of Ukrainian ambulances holding armed soldiers inside accidentally caught on a news cast... From Russian MoD Telegram channel...

That #OOPS moment when the truth comes out... even on the MSM. On air.
The unexpected reveal of "innocent patients" with assault rifles showcased how the Ukrainian military uses ambulances. That same modus operandi involves exploiting civilians and using them as human shields.
https://t.me/mod_russia_en/573

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Mar 31 2022 22:52 utc | 143

From DPR MFA forwarded by Donbass Insider Telegram channel...

After incident with the Italian newspaper “La Stampa” (https://t.me/MariaVladimirovnaZakharova/2170), their colleagues from the United States took relay to spread lies and outright disinformation.

In chase of colorful illustrations, the "New York Post" published an article with a title video showing destruction in a residential area of Kirovsky district in Donetsk. Yesterday, two floors of an apartment building were demolished there due to a direct hit by a rocket fired from the Uragan multiple rocket launcher system from the Ukrainian-controlled (https://t.me/DNR_SCKK/7242) village of Orlovka. Two civilians were killed, five were injured, including two children. One of them, a girl under two years, is in a coma, in a very serious, inoperable condition.

But in the "respected" American edition, video from scene of this terrible shelling is accompanied by the headline "Russia continues bombardment of Ukrainian cities despite peace talk claims." At the same time, shelling of Donetsk is mentioned, but very briefly, without accents and details regarding victims and the direction of shelling.

Thus, it is obvious that this brief paragraph about Donetsk is just a formality, which, according to the publication's authors, should protect them from accusations of disseminating fake information and a one-sided approach to covering events. Nevertheless, editors of the "New York Post" are not at all embarrassed by the fact that the house shown in video is not located on the territory of Ukraine at all, but in the Donetsk People's Republic. And that it is not the Russian military, but the armed formations of Ukraine that are shelling these houses. Just for a month and a half of the escalation in 2022, 70 civilians were killed in the Republic and 857 civilians were injured. However the leading American media did not say a word about this.

And as for who actually uses civilians as a shield and does not disdain to hide in ambulances, we offer you for review a fragment of today's live broadcast, which was recorded by a correspondent of the Al-Jazeera television company in Irpen, a Kiev's suburb controlled by Ukrainian authorities. This video (https://twitter.com/dpol_un/status/1509503640377118722?s=21&t=SghbfghCFXowgt65NONHHA) fragment is an excellent confirmation of the simple and immutable truth that in one way or another, what is done by night appears by day.

The Twitter video referenced is the same as the ambulance video I referenced above.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Mar 31 2022 23:10 utc | 144

Canadian veterans on the ground in Ukraine with ambulances and medical supplies https://rock101.com/news/8708117/ukraine-ambulance-mission-kyiv/


More than a week after leaving to help deliver three fully equipped ambulances to war-torn Ukraine, a Surrey, B.C., man is now on the ground in Kyiv, helping to build a field hospital and train civilians in first aid.

Chris Ketler, a Canadian Forces veteran and Canada Border Services Agency officer, flew to the U.K. on March 13 with a small team of Canadian and British volunteers, where they collected the ambulances, then drove them to Ukraine.

Posted by: Laurence | Mar 31 2022 23:12 utc | 145

@Posted by: karlof1 | Mar 31 2022 21:39 utc | 124

Thanks, the dynamic between the Chinese and US influence must be quite complex, perhaps China has more influence in one area of the state and the US another? Really stupid for Pakistan not to be aligned with China given all the hassle and disrespect from the US side. It will be an interesting vote...

Interesting in the French election, in the run off Macron is forecast to be 57/43 against both Le Pe and Melenchon. A 3.5% swing would make it 50/50. Run off on April 24th so still time for rubles for gas etc. to help that lead dwindle. The US would not be happy with either Le Pen or Melenchon.

Posted by: Roger | Mar 31 2022 23:19 utc | 146

@ oldhippie | Mar 31 2022 22:29 utc | 137

buyers and sellers.... if the price is low enough, someone will buy euros for rubles...

the way i see it russia had to do this because the west can't fuck with banks inside russia... they can fuck with them outside russia, but not inside.. thus for those who want to trade with russia - set up a bank on russian soil and be subject to russian laws, as opposed to the reverse where you are subject to western thievery..

@ Richard Steven Hack | Mar 31 2022 23:10 utc | 143...

here in canada all stories and publications start with, or include a statement at the beginning that sounds like this ''ukrainian officials said..." or uk sources say, or usa intel says and etc. etc.... nothing is coming out from the russian side... all bad stories are said to be owned by russia and none by ukraine... after a while, anyone feeding on this b.s. either throws up and is fully on board with the propaganda... it was the same over mh17, skripal case, novichok, and etc. etc. - russia is bad and we can't let you hear the russian side of the story... what are you a putin bot? lol.. shit like that..

Posted by: james | Mar 31 2022 23:20 utc | 147

@Posted by: Peter AU1 | Mar 31 2022 21:51 utc | 127

@Posted by: ptb | Mar 31 2022 22:17 utc | 134

Thanks for all there info on Pakistan, so a lot of corrupted by the US and Gulf comprador officials that will need to be cleaned out. Not a quick exercise. China is in it for the long haul, so it may take a few years bit it will be done.

Posted by: Roger | Mar 31 2022 23:28 utc | 148

It really feels like a green screen Dan Rivers is standing in front of. something feels off. Watch closely. above my pay grade but would like someone qualified to confirm or deny.

Posted by: Exile | Mar 31 2022 19:49 utc | 103

I'm no expert either, but this just looks wrong. If he's standing on the road, either there is an upward incline that's outside of the frame (notwithstanding that he's at the "bottom" of a bridge), or he has freakishly long legs. And then there are the "weatherman" hand gestures (low pressure system coming in from the southwest....)

Many of Zelinsky's "outdoor" videos have a similarly contrived look.

Posted by: farm ecologist | Mar 31 2022 23:33 utc | 149

Republicofscotland @88

Definitely looking for gas. I seem to recall George Bush doing something similar on a stage, looking for WMDs, during an event in the US.

Posted by: digital dinosaur | Mar 31 2022 23:58 utc | 150

@karlof1 #132:

I saw an expectation forwarded that 100 million Russians are expected to travel via airplane […] My question is, How realistic is the estimate?

It’s entirely realistic. In 2021, domestic air travel was 87.5 million passengers (source), intercity rail travel was 92 million passengers (source) and intercity bus travel was 7.42 million passengers (source).

Posted by: S | Apr 1 2022 0:03 utc | 151

I'm no expert either but considering how many people in the world spend a lot of time making videos using background replacement software I would think there should be quite a few able to see through it if they scrutinize it.

Ask the gamers, YouTubers, streamers, Twitch people, and whatnot? Someone might even name the software used. And what about all the countless people having fun with backgrounds on Zoom or similar video-link software used by so many during the last few years? (I don't fall into any of these categories but I have heard of these things and seen a little).

The reach of the "news" and the video in question probably doesn't include all that many of them or the younger or young-ish generations.

Posted by: Sunny Runny Burger | Apr 1 2022 0:11 utc | 152

It is never a good time to be an 'ally" of the US, its 'century' is over.

Now it's time for Russia to write Ukraine's terms of surrender.


https://johnmenadue.com/time-to-talk-peace-terms-with-russia/

Posted by: Paul | Apr 1 2022 0:27 utc | 153

American Rocket Enterprises like SpaceX for example bought rocket engines from Russia.

Seems embarrassing and humiliating. That Russia builds better rocket engines than the USA.

Wonder if sanctions will impact US space programs and those of billionaire space cowboys like Musk and Bozos.

Posted by: Chaka Khagan | Apr 1 2022 0:30 utc | 154

S @150--

Thanks for your reply. I presume that confirms the anecdotal evidence as correct. Next up for discussion will be shipping. The contrast between the two governments--Russia/US--is stark with Russia coordinated and very busy making the nation better versus lethargy and no effort to bettering people's condition.

And Friday dawns on the day of reckoning for EU and Russian gas.

Posted by: karlof1 | Apr 1 2022 0:40 utc | 155

Is there a recent video of Zelensky walking outside in Ukraine with recognisable landmarks? All I've seen are either inside or green screens. I hope he gets caught. I hate to see another oligarch leave the country alive after he has destroyed it. This "Western Hero" deserves execution.

Posted by: Sundial | Apr 1 2022 0:44 utc | 156

Outlaw US Empire urges all its citizens to leave Russia and Ukraine now because WNBA star Britney Griner got busted at Moscow's airport having possession of illegal vaping drugs. But as this article informs, she was busted back on the 17th of February; so, that can't be the real reason for the sudden hysteria.

Posted by: karlof1 | Apr 1 2022 0:48 utc | 157

RT links still block comments.

Outlaw US Empire urges all its citizens to leave Russia and Ukraine now because WNBA star Britney Griner got busted at Moscow's airport having possession of illegal vaping drugs. But as this RT article informs--"US tells Americans in Russia and Ukraine to leave immediately"--she was busted back on the 17th of February; so, that can't be the real reason for the sudden hysteria. Must be because rubles are to be paid for Russian gas and then for all Russian exports. It must be the dollar that's screaming, not Ned Price.

Posted by: karlof1 | Apr 1 2022 0:51 utc | 158

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/germany-mulls-nationalization-gazprom-rosneft-units-handelsblatt-2022-03-31/
"March 31 (Reuters) - The German economy ministry is considering expropriation of Gazprom (GAZP.MM) and Rosneft (ROSN.MM) units in the country amid concerns about security of energy supply, business daily Handelsblatt reported on Thursday, citing government sources."

"Both companies are irreplaceable on the German energy market with Gazprom Germania operating large gas storage facilities and Rosneft Deutschland being a key player in the petrol, diesel and kerosene refinery markets, Handelsblatt reported."

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Apr 1 2022 0:59 utc | 159

Paul@152
I notice that John Menadue fudged the issue of Crimea. The position of Crimea is quite clear- it is Russian, inhabited largely by Russians and only included in Crimea because, when Krushchev ceded it in 1964 it was unimportant. Nothing changed. It was part of the Soviet Union. It was like transferring a city from one county to another. The Soviet Republics were creatures of the Soviet Union.
What Krushchev was doing was rounding out a regional administrative boundary to bring it into line with the Stalin government decision in 1945 to hand New Russia over to the Ukraine, in order to bolster the Russian speaking minority there and to enhance the case for Ukraine to be accepted in the UN as a voting member.
There was never any perspective of Crimea being used as a base to attack Russia, just as there was no idea of handing one of Russia's great industrial and agricultural regions over to an enemy government.
If the "Ukrainians" want independence- and good luck to them holding onto it- none of New Russia should be ceded to them.

Posted by: bevin | Apr 1 2022 1:02 utc | 160

Correction: "only included in the Ukrainian Socialist Republic"

Posted by: bevin | Apr 1 2022 1:04 utc | 161

Peter AU1 | Apr 1 2022 0:59 utc | 157

Nationalising Gazprom and Rosneft in Germany would be a stupid move. All that storage and distribution capacity with no gas or oil going into them. Where would supply come from?

Posted by: Cyberhorse | Apr 1 2022 1:05 utc | 162

@Peter AU1 | Apr 1 2022 0:59 utc | 157

Nobody in German government is able/allowed to count to .ehn anymore.

Posted by: bjd | Apr 1 2022 1:10 utc | 163

Pepe Escobar on the new currency, "Meet the New, Resource-Based Global Reserve Currency", although it's more about the rubles/gas equation and at bottom--LAW. He cites Medvedev, but omits the crucial part where he invokes the new currencies will be based on national resources which will kill fiat.

But don't leave the site without reading Pushkin, "Alexander Pushkin: And, Frankly, You Are Hating Us", from 1831!

Posted by: karlof1 | Apr 1 2022 1:11 utc | 164

Scott Morrison says Australia will send Bushmasters to Ukraine and fill Volodymyr Zelenskyy's request

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-01/scott-morrison-australia-send-bushmasters-ukraine/100957634

Likely more about optics than practical reality but there is no debate and they seem so confident that “facts on the ground” will not penetrate the propaganda. They have no end game that doesn’t require full spectrum dominance.

Yeah it does get very confusing with the we, them, us… time for some gardening.

Posted by: Rae | Apr 1 2022 1:13 utc | 165

Have to wait and see what comes of it but Germany looks to be doing its very best to destroy its own economy. i have been thinking about Germany's involvement in creating the current nazi Ukraine and also its involvement in the bio weapons labs. I think Germany was fully aboard the scheme to destroy Russia rather than being forced into it.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Apr 1 2022 1:13 utc | 166

Peter AU1 @157--

I'll bet that idea came from Washington, which of course ignored the consequences that Cyberhorse @160 noted as usual.

The Collective Beltway's tearing its hair out because their crafty plan has blown up in their faces, much of the damage done by themselves.

Posted by: karlof1 | Apr 1 2022 1:17 utc | 167

Listening to Scott Ritter live with Richard Medhurst right now...74 minutes in...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8Kt2p97VGE

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 1 2022 1:20 utc | 168

karlof1 | Apr 1 2022 1:17 utc | 165

Escobar's latest piece sure helps put the big picture in perspective. I had always felt Putin would ensure US was no longer a threat to Russia before he left office.

Re Germay's Talk on nationalizing Gasprom assets. Watching the minions, they seem utterly confidant US will win against Russia and Germany. Perhaps they believe US bullshit on US military power. from what Martyanov has written US is now starting to scrap or retire its F-22's to put the funds into a new aircraft. i guess they must have tested them against S-350 or S-400 and realized Russia could see them and shoot them down if necessary. also the javelins, although no doubt useful on light skinned vehicles have turned out to be useless against Russian tanks.
Lira strongly believes a large false flag is coming. Biden further reinforces that by getting a bit forgetful and talking publicly about what US have been scheming in private.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Apr 1 2022 1:47 utc | 169

Posted by: bevin | Apr 1 2022 1:02 utc | 158

I agree with your analysis and history.

However John Menadue is the publisher and Jeffrey Sachs is the author. Crimea is important as a naval base. Russia would never allow it to become a NATO naval base.

The article signals the surrender is imminent.

Posted by: Paul | Apr 1 2022 1:48 utc | 170

Someone has to accept euros and hand equivelant in roubles to gazprom - leaving them holding euros and depleted of roubles.

They would need to be able to exchange the euros for roubles to replace what they paid out or they will run out of roubles - either euros for roubles (on foreign market) or euros for product (on foreign market) and product for roubles or euros for gold (on foreign market) and gold for roubles. Something like that.

Problem I have is what is exchange rate if no market is exchanging euros for roubles ? Would have to be based on gold I would think.

Posted by: jared | Apr 1 2022 1:58 utc | 171

Re payment in Rubles: I wonder if the hawala (havaleh in Farsi) system has been considered. This is how Iran has been getting around the sanctions for decades. One of the safest ways to move money, w/o moving money.

Russia, you ain't seen nothing like what Iran has, so, learn.
Like Zarif said: "We've got doctoral degrees in sanction busting." Well, not an exact quote, something like that.

Posted by: Sakineh Bagoom | Apr 1 2022 2:04 utc | 172

The bushmaster lookes like madmax or tesla version of a pickup truck. Who picks up the tab I wonder?

Posted by: jared | Apr 1 2022 2:05 utc | 173

I think having the Ukraine/Russia discussion divided into two threads is hard to follow. Everyone should be on the same page.

Posted by: Circe | Apr 1 2022 2:07 utc | 174

jared | Apr 1 2022 1:58 utc | 169

a lot Asia, Africa and wherever else that buys good from Europe will no doubt be able to buy those euros.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Apr 1 2022 2:21 utc | 175

jared 169
they will run out of roubles
1. I know nothing about money, except it talks to me and says goodbye.
2. This whole strategy requires more rubles, and Russia has presses which can print them.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Apr 1 2022 2:46 utc | 176

@ karlof1 154
And Friday dawns on the day of reckoning for EU and Russian gas.
. . .happy (t)roubles day, EU!

Posted by: Don Bacon | Apr 1 2022 2:54 utc | 177

@ 167
Germany's Talk on nationalizing Gasprom assets.

Sure, do it. By the way, the German automotive industry – manufacturers and suppliers combined – maintains around 43 production sites in Russia. German manufacturers produced 170,000 cars in Russia in 2021, most of which were also sold there. . .here. . . That's just one industry.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Apr 1 2022 3:01 utc | 178

If the helicopters were flying below the radar, how do they know the second one crashed into the sea?

Posted by: Pete Jones | Apr 1 2022 3:46 utc | 179

This seems to be the main thread so will repost here

Scott Ritter. I think this is the interview Richard linked to live which I missed. A must watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6QlFoh56KU

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Apr 1 2022 3:58 utc | 180

April fools day? Nah, change that to European fools day.
European fools day - the day the dollar died.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Apr 1 2022 4:04 utc | 181

Bye bye American dollar. The day the April fools day America lost its pie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yHTpGog0IY

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Apr 1 2022 4:09 utc | 182

@mastameta | Mar 31 2022 15:21 utc | 38:
"the existence of these documents prove that the Pentagon really thought there would be no Russian attack, despite the US propaganda saying the opposite right before the actual Russian operation. otherwise they would have disposed of these documents. chalk it up to incompetence as well. there is always that."

I think they did expect a large attack, but they didn't expect the biolabs to be targetted and reached so early on. They thought they would have days/weeks to deal with those documents.

Posted by: pepa65 | Apr 1 2022 4:11 utc | 183

Pete Jones | Apr 1 2022 3:46 utc | 177

On land they where flying below the tree line. Over the sea there is no trees. Sounds like Russia did not have surveillance aircraft up? Or perhaps they did and got them all.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Apr 1 2022 4:16 utc | 184

@177 "If the helicopters were flying below the radar, how do they know the second one crashed into the sea?"

They were looking right at it, perhaps?

Anyway, if it crashed into the sea of Azov then it won't take the Russians long to find it and haul it out of the water.

Posted by: Yeah, Right | Apr 1 2022 4:22 utc | 185

@171 "The bushmaster lookes like madmax or tesla version of a pickup truck."

That it does.

"Who picks up the tab I wonder?"

It is an election year in Australia, and the sitting government is behind in the polls.

So I'll give you three guesses who pays for it, though I imagine the last two are unnecessary.

Posted by: Yeah, Right | Apr 1 2022 4:24 utc | 186

What kind of Nazis are we talking about here?
Cuz the bad Nazis, I just punch em in the face.
I don’t support the bad Nazis, the ones who kill Jews.
Just the good ones.
The good Nazis, the moderate mostly peaceful ones,
Who fight for freedom
They are ok in my book.
I only hang with good Nazis, bruh.

Posted by: Cadence calls | Apr 1 2022 4:36 utc | 187

Reference Scott Ritter, The Duran, i.e., Alex Christoforou and Alexander Mercouris, will have a live stream with Ritter and Gonzalo Lira at 1300 London time, Monday.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 1 2022 4:41 utc | 188

@karlof1 | Apr 1 2022 0:51 utc | 156:
"Outlaw US Empire urges all its citizens to leave Russia and Ukraine now"

It really might be that they are planning something dangerous, either to all people there, or stepping up their involvement that will put Americans at risk of revenge.

Posted by: pepa65 | Apr 1 2022 4:43 utc | 189

@Brother Ma

I read that too at SF . ..but it was full of weasel words..they cant confirm any of the versions any more than we can..Ive decided that SF is essentially clickbait that just repost shit from others sites with their own idiosyncratic interpretation to "keep it real"..basically the usual click bait "journalism"...remember when we were told constantly that internet was going to make us smarter ?

Posted by: Me | Apr 1 2022 4:51 utc | 190

Below is a Xinhuanet posting that barflies should find interesting....when do the war crime trials start?


MOSCOW, March 31 (Xinhua) -- A Russian parliamentary commission held its first meeting on Thursday, announcing the establishment of four working groups to investigate U.S.-controlled biological laboratories in Ukraine.

The commission heard information from the Russian Defense Ministry on the investigation into biological research by American specialists in Ukraine, the Russian State Duma or the lower house of the country's Federal Assembly said in a statement.

During Russia's special military operation, the dangerous biological activities of the United States on the territory of Ukraine were revealed, said Irina Yarovaya, co-chair of the commission and deputy chairperson of the State Duma.

"Dangerous both for Russia and for Ukraine itself. We are talking about secret activities controlled by the U.S. Department of Defense, with signs of the development of biological weapons," she said.

The four working groups will conduct a detailed analysis of all documents and facts, including at the expert level, the senior lawmaker noted.

"Today the commission has instructed the working groups on defense, security and international law to start working on materials on the involvement of Hunter Biden in the project in Ukraine, as well as an invitation for explanations from him and Victoria Nuland," Yarovaya said.

The investment fund Rosemont Seneca, currently managed by U.S. President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden, financed the Pentagon's military biological program in Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry said last week.

U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland has admitted that "Ukraine has biological research facilities."

The Russian parliamentary commission, which was founded last week, will report its findings to President Vladimir Putin, the government and international organizations. The next meeting of the commission will be held on April 4.

The noose is tightening.....

Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 1 2022 4:55 utc | 191

187

Ominous . They probably dont want their citizens to suffer whatever they have in mind.

Biological attack? Chemical or nuclear one?

The US is certainly up to something and it will not be flowers. Is it that they see their power waning all over and want to get to nukes now? Are thy planning a preemptive strike?

Looks like the Russians and Chinese should enjoin their citizens to vacate the US too.

Posted by: CarlD | Apr 1 2022 4:56 utc | 192

Imran Kahan speech.

https://twitter.com/BrutIndia/status/1508466442500509709

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Apr 1 2022 5:07 utc | 193

@ Posted by: Pete Jones | Apr 1 2022 3:46 utc | 177

This is a post I grabbed from ANNA NEWS thread.

The official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, General Igor Konashenkov, officially commented on the destruction of two helicopters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Mariupol region. ▪️On the morning of March 31, the Kiev regime attempted to evacuate the city of Mariupol by two Mi-8 helicopters of the command staff of the Azov regiment of Ukrainian nationalists. ▪️The calculation of the portable anti-aircraft missile system of the People's Militia of the Donetsk Republic from the captured American Stinger complex shot down one Ukrainian Mi-8 helicopter and crashed near the village of Rybatskoye. ▪️The second Ukrainian Mi-8 was damaged by a missile hit, evaded towards the sea, but crashed 20 kilometers from the coast.

Posted by: jared | Apr 1 2022 5:07 utc | 194

Why US is trying to get rid of Khan now.

https://www.voanews.com/a/khan-after-putin-visit-pakistan-to-import-wheat-gas-from-russia-/6463734.html
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan announced Monday that his country will import about 2 million tons of wheat from Russia and buy natural gas as well under bilateral agreements the two sides signed last week during his official trip to Moscow.

Khan pressed on with his two-day visit and met with President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin on Thursday, hours after Russian forces invaded Ukraine, with Western countries pushing to isolate the Russian leader for his actions.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Apr 1 2022 5:13 utc | 195

@jo6pac | Mar 31 2022 14:16 utc | 24

Thank you for that! I just love, love, love seeing pictures of dead Nazis!

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | Apr 1 2022 5:20 utc | 196

@Chaka Khagan | Apr 1 2022 0:30 utc | 153

American Rocket Enterprises like SpaceX for example bought rocket engines from Russia.

Seems embarrassing and humiliating. That Russia builds better rocket engines than the USA.

Wonder if sanctions will impact US space programs and those of billionaire space cowboys like Musk and Bozos.


If I am not mistaken, I believe SpaceX is not using Russian engines, they have much smaller Merlin engines I think. It is the United Launch Alliance that is using the Russian RD-180 engine, or shall we say was using them.

It is obvious that the US is unable to build engines comparable to the RD-180.

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 1 2022 5:25 utc | 197

@Sundial | Apr 1 2022 0:44 utc | 155

Is there a recent video of Zelensky walking outside in Ukraine with recognisable landmarks? All I've seen are either inside or green screens. I hope he gets caught. I hate to see another oligarch leave the country alive after he has destroyed it. This "Western Hero" deserves execution.

My guess is that he has been in Poland since several weeks ago. That's why you need these green screens video tricks.

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 1 2022 5:28 utc | 198

@ Peter AU1 | Apr 1 2022 5:13 utc | 193

usa wants pakistan back in the fold and it ain't gonna happen if imran khan remains in power.... that is it in a nutshell.. usa has had a tense relationship with pakistan for some time, and now the usa's relationship with india seems tenuous too...

Posted by: james | Apr 1 2022 5:30 utc | 199

@karlof1 | Apr 1 2022 0:51 utc | 156

RT links still block comments.

Outlaw US Empire urges all its citizens to leave Russia and Ukraine now because WNBA star Britney Griner got busted at Moscow's airport having possession of illegal vaping drugs. But as this RT article informs--"US tells Americans in Russia and Ukraine to leave immediately"--she was busted back on the 17th of February; so, that can't be the real reason for the sudden hysteria. Must be because rubles are to be paid for Russian gas and then for all Russian exports. It must be the dollar that's screaming, not Ned Price.

Linking to RT works fine here
US tells Americans in Russia and Ukraine to leave immediately

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 1 2022 5:31 utc | 200

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