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March 06, 2022

Ukraine Open Thread 2022-22

News & views related to Ukraine ...

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Posted by: too scents | Mar 6 2022 18:14 utc | 91

Smartcards are so history now. I still have a creeping suspicion that there was a plan for the Ukies to invade and may have been a reason for Russia to kick off their special operation. History may tell us in a few years, but the Ukies were probably feeling pretty emboldened by all that west cheer leading and promise of miracle weapons.

Posted by: Ozz | Mar 6 2022 18:44 utc | 101

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Mar 6 2022 18:32 utc | 98

Mother of al sanctions not going that great. I was surprised by the non-submission of the arab gulf states an north africa. Then it struck me: it's the wheat stupid! If they run out of flour the masses rise up, that's already been tested.

BTW: I'm Clan Graham by marrige. In that republic of yours your'e not planning to make life unpleasant for nobility, are you? Because if you are, be warned: I know how to make a molotov coctail.

Posted by: Jörgen Hassler | Mar 6 2022 18:49 utc | 102

@Jonthan W, #36

Please see this fresh article on Anti-Spiegel, it`s based on the mentioned PK:

https://www.anti-spiegel.ru/2022/donezk-beweise-fuer-angriffsplaene-der-ukraine-auf-basis-von-nato-daten-gefunden/

Please also note this part:

"Einen Tag später, am 25. Februar 2021 hat Präsident Selensky auch die neue Militärdoktrin der Ukraine in Kraft gesetzt. Das Dokument zielte auf die Integration der Ukraine in die Sicherheitsarchitektur der NATO ab und wiederholte die Forderung, die Krim auch mit militärischen Mitteln zurückzuerobern."

Posted by: Luke | Mar 6 2022 19:02 utc | 103

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Mar 6 2022 15:10 utc | 32

As an simple example of possible pacification of Ukraine, there is Chechnya. That country from the first and second wars are complete different from what is now.

And let us knot forget that people usually love to associate themselves with winning side and strong ally, eg. Kadyrov is hotshot but cunning, he knows which way wind blows and that Russia/Putin are strongest ally worthy of respect and loyalty.

Same can be said for future independent Ukraine. Novorossiya is going its own way, of course. And it will definitely include coast, Odessa, all the way to Transnistria.

Posted by: Abe | Mar 6 2022 19:04 utc | 104

@ george # 100 who wrote
"
Hypothecated multiples of collateral already at event horizon disguised as liquid. Do tell more.
"
Derivatives trump all with superior financial position...but who is going to be the banker of last resort?

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 6 2022 19:06 utc | 105

Oh well, Colonel Cassad just announced they're stopping real time coverage / relaying off updates on the special military operation...

Something to do with the new fake news law in Russia, that they can categorically guarantee the authenticity of information they relay.

So now we're left with Baghdad Bob's Coverage (BBC) and friends with their weaponized propaganda...

Any barflies know of anywhere else to get good coverage?

Posted by: A.L. | Mar 6 2022 19:14 utc | 106

Geez, autocorrect gone rouge...

It should read:

Something to do with the new fake news law in Russia, that they CAN'T categorically guarantee the authenticity of information they relay

Posted by: A.L. | Mar 6 2022 19:16 utc | 107

@ ACPAL | Mar 6 2022 18:08 utc | 88... good comments....

some other possibilities which you didn't include in your list

russia loses and is no longer a player in the same way..

i can't see that myself, but i don't rule out the possibility either way..

@ Jörgen Hassler | Mar 6 2022 18:49 utc | 102

clan mcrae here... friends with the grahams! been in canada since late 1700's...

Posted by: james | Mar 6 2022 19:16 utc | 108

Posted by: A.L. | Mar 6 2022 19:14 utc | 106

https://t.me/intelslava

Posted by: Jörgen Hassler | Mar 6 2022 19:17 utc | 109

Oh goodie, the colonel cassad announcement relates to tiktok in RU, not themselves.... I blame machine translation :P

...Color me stupid

Have a round on me.

Posted by: A.L. | Mar 6 2022 19:21 utc | 110

Posted by: William Gruff | Mar 6 2022 15:49 utc | 42

I believe that major motivation in western hysteria now is due to realization of their objective impotence against Russia.

Simply put: if Russia, at certain point in future, decides to destroy in Poland airbase (that is used to fly planes into Ukraine) AND aegis ashore installation (because this is the perfect target to make a point) with conventional strike, other NATO counties would do nothing.

Yes, nuclear weapons as deterrent, but I am 99% certain US don't want to get nuked because some european proxies are dying fighting Russia. You can bet US would stay far away, keep finger off nuclear trigger, and keep sending weapons and solidarity to European vassals to keep dying instead of them. Because this is what US does, always.

Posted by: Abe | Mar 6 2022 19:22 utc | 111

@ BM

thanks for the lengthy post from the chinese militaries vantage point on the russian besiegement of parts of ukraine.. i thought it was interesting, but where i felt it lacked is in acknowledging up front this is not a war in the typical sense... russia has a mandate to protect the innocent people, much more then the usa in all of its foreign wars, or even with regard to the azov battalion in the mariupol area... funny enough cbc here was saying the humane corridor is still not happening because of the russian shelling that continues on... as far as canada, cbc and etc. etc. are concerned - there isn't an azov battalion in the area~!

but to the larger issue - his sources are from both the russian and ukraine military... i believe he hasn't factored in the unique nature of this dynamic happening in ukraine at the moment... he refers to ''passive' front lines... what else could they be if they are not going in and blowing the shit up everywhere? they cant be called aggressive front lines, can they? what are your thoughts on the lengthy post you shared on the previous thread? thanks..

Posted by: james | Mar 6 2022 19:22 utc | 112

Posted by: Jörgen Hassler | Mar 6 2022 19:17 utc | 109

Re intelslava

Yeah i look at that too but updates are not as frequent and quick as colonel cassad. Posts almost the same material, but in English.

Posted by: A.L. | Mar 6 2022 19:23 utc | 113

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Vlodomyr Zelensky
https://d.newsweek.com/en/full/1995573/screengrab-kvartal-95-studio-music-video.webp?w=450&f=92b869b09470fea4818ffc6387df5d5c

Posted by: IronForge | Mar 6 2022 19:24 utc | 114

Now Russia's MoD officially confirms (translation by Andrei Martyanov)

https://smoothiex12.blogspot.com/2022/03/well-well-well.html

Translation: MOSCOW, March 6 - RIA Novosti. Moscow received documents from employees of Ukrainian biological laboratories confirming that components of biological weapons were being developed in Ukraine, in close proximity to Russian territory. This was stated to journalists by the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Major General Igor Konashenkov. "In the course of a special military operation, the facts of an emergency cleansing by the Kiev regime of traces of a military biological program being implemented in Ukraine, funded by the US Department of Defense, were uncovered"

So, the official allegation appears to be that the US Department of Defense funded a military biological program in Ukraine developing components of biological weapons.

Posted by: Norwegian | Mar 6 2022 19:28 utc | 115

usa funds bioweapon labs in georgia, so it would surprise me if this isn't true... in other words - high odds it is true...

we went thru all the assad gassed his people with chemical weapons b.s. they were getting ready for round two... but they have also added nuclear power stations into the mix... now it is russia trying to blow them up and ukraine protecting them... well... up is down and down is up you know..

Posted by: james | Mar 6 2022 19:31 utc | 116

@IronForge | Mar 6 2022 19:24 utc | 114
You haven't seen the video?

Posted by: Norwegian | Mar 6 2022 19:33 utc | 117

Posted by: james | Mar 6 2022 19:22 utc | 112

On the guancha.cn piece:

At the end of the previous troll fest thread many posters (including native speakers like myself), have already brushed off this piece. It's an opinion piece, There's nothing in it. The author seems like a military porn fanatic that does unspeakable things to his stack of Jane's magazines in his spare time.

I didn't dig deeper but it seems its a piece trawled from their forum.

An internet sleuth does not an analyst make. Not one without relevant background, and if that author had any, it wasn't listed. And i couldn't be bother going into his back catalogue given the quality of this piece.

I wish BM didn't repost it AGAIN in this thread. I'm embarrassed as a Chinese that a trashy piece of critique from someone who's still wet behind the ears got published.

Let it die.

Posted by: A.L. | Mar 6 2022 19:37 utc | 118

What we in the West dont get to hear is that basically nobody outside of the West joined in with the sanctions against Russia: Africa, South America, Asia, Middle East. It seems like as if the countries that were under thumb of the US after WW2 and before that under the thumb of colonial and imperialist Europe are giving us the middle finger. Does the Western establishment realize what that means? What I found most interesting was that the US couldnt even get the Saudis and UAE, countries that rely on US security, to open up oil procudtion to keep the oil price down. RThis shows the waning political power of the US and the West in general.

Posted by: Arne Hartmann | Mar 6 2022 19:39 utc | 119

Pakistani premier hits out at Western envoys' joint letter on Russia

pakistan actually has a real leader, not afraid to speak the truth!! so refreshing... if i was a pakistani, i would be very proud...

Posted by: james | Mar 6 2022 19:39 utc | 120

Okay, I finally watched RT's interview with Bolton that 2 people here recommended.

Circumspect wrote it was unusually tame, so I was very curious to see it.

If, circumspect, you were equating his demeanor to tame, then I agree because he appeared relaxed and much to my surprise actually has the capacity of laughter.

However, let me emphasize to leave no doubt, the man continues to be a sly fox Neocon and excellent tool for U.S. domination and supremacy. He is dangerous and nothing has changed.

When the interviewer brought up the question of why Russia is held to another standard when the U.S. invaded Libya and Iraq; Bolton completely dodged the question instead bringing up the 1st invasion of Iraq when Saddam attacked Kuwait therefore it was justified.

Also, he took a dig at the fact that China may have influenced Cuba's and Venezuela's abstention on the UN vote on Russia's military operation in Ukraine, slyly suggesting that Russia is the junior partner to China and therefore should reject aligning its interests with China. Of course, what he fails to say is for the benefit of U.S. dominance.

Russia and China will always be equals since they balance each other's strengths and weaknesses; China is an economic power with sizable military strength; Russia is a top military power with unlimited gas and oil resources and other important exports that China depends on.

Both Xi and Putin use U.N. votes strategically based on domestic political interests, and I kind of wish they were stronger allies, and more aligned geopolitically, if they want to effectively challenge U.S. dominance. I guess it's a reserved check on each other as well, because that's the beauty of multipolarity; you get to check the other guy without throwing your weight around.

Anyway, Bolton is not tame by any stretch of the imagination, and he said a lot more that repulsed and offended me. He continues to shill and work for U.S. domination.

However, I'm glad I watched it. It's always a good idea to check in on the enemy.

Oh, there is one thing Bolton and I agree on: Biden is weak. However, Bolton thinks it's very bad for the U.S., and I think it's great for the birth of a multipolar order, and the end of a unipolar order led by U.S. dominance.

Posted by: Circe | Mar 6 2022 19:40 utc | 121

@ A.L. | Mar 6 2022 19:37 utc | 118... thanks! i am sorry i missed the follow up on the previous thread... i appreciate your commentary here!

Posted by: james | Mar 6 2022 19:41 utc | 122

Posted by: james | Mar 6 2022 19:41 utc | 122

Pleasure.

Posted by: A.L. | Mar 6 2022 19:44 utc | 123

There was a few carrying on the other day about Russia somehow losing a propaganda war as if that meant something.
I think there will be more than bio weapons come out of Ukraine. The bio weapons which is US seems to have solid evidence now and witnesses that will be made public, at the UN and other places, a bit of information on Ukraine building nuke weapons perhaps more will come on that, perhaps not. There will be a lot more information on the nazi's and their killings in Ukraine.
The majority of the world that is not the US west will be seeing all this.

I read something about Russia will be announcing counter sanctions in a few day. EU countries have shown their colours, especially Germany The Biden admin trying desperately now to secure oil from Venezuela and Iran. This is going to be good to watch.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Mar 6 2022 19:44 utc | 124

Posted by: Cerena | Mar 6 2022 15:06 utc | 30

I appreciate your input with respect to Canada. I’m quite motivated to pursue the topic of the Freeland/Liberal government role in this nasty NATO/US business. Other than what you’ve posted or linked to here, can you recommend a good primer on the subject?
How do we get some traction with the fact our fuzzy and warm PM is busy supporting real life Nazis in every possible way? In an earlier time this stuff would be political dynamite - as it should - and his career would have ended. Now there is so much noise. Too much noise.

Posted by: Macmuir | Mar 6 2022 19:46 utc | 125

@BM | Mar 6 2022 14:47 utc | 20

@Richard Steven Hack | Mar 6 2022 14:51 utc | 22

I am familiar with those so called military commentators with that website, and they're far from professinal. They're natinalists in the first place, and, apparently, also deeply influenced by the so called Western advanced weapon systems. As such, they often disparage Russian weapons systems. One of them even denied that Russia has "wave rider" hypersonic missiles.

However, I am also interested in the point they all raised. Why did Russia not use a large number of surveillance and strike drones(like Turkey's TB-2) against the Ukrainian army in military operations, which could have reduced Russian casualties significantly and made it much easier for Russian army to take well-defended cities?

Their explanation is that Russia does not have a large number of surveillance and strike drones due to financial reasons, while my explanation is that Russia does not want to show the weapon systems they prepare to use for the conflicts with NATO. What do you think about this?

Please keep in mind that Chinese netizens mostly support Russia.

Posted by: Chen Laoshi | Mar 6 2022 19:46 utc | 126

@Posted by: Arne Hartmann | Mar 6 2022 19:39 utc | 119

The fact that the sanctions are from Europe+UK+White Settler Colonies+The Odd Vassal only is the biggest thing to come out of this, the Rest of the World are not supporting the West. This includes India, Turkey, and Brazil (and much of the rest of South America) and the Middle East and Africa. The West is once again forcing nations to pick a side, and those nations are picking the other side, same as with all the pressure on the Association of South East Asian Nations to gang up on China that came to nought. The West is in reality sanctioning itself, while showing to the Rest of the World how dangerous it is to open up your economy, media and financial system to the West.

The other big impact will be the major damage to the German economy, they have basically committed industrial suicide. VW is already closing production lines because they rely on Ukrainian parts. The cost of energy to the German economy is about to go through the roof, making them completely uncompetitive with other nations. The German car industry is also massively lagging with respect to the rapid growth in EV market share, with big impacts in 2022 and 2023, which will add to the destruction.

Posted by: Roger | Mar 6 2022 19:52 utc | 127

Chen Laoshi | Mar 6 2022 19:46 utc | 126

I read early on, Russia was using very little in the way of advanced systems in Ukraine. it is also using only a small percentage of its military. I suspect Russia is maintaining a large reserve for if NATO countries are foolish enough to get involved. There is a large US force in Poland now, I read the numbers some days bag and was surprised, plus other NATO elements. US and I think other NATO countries have also been moving forces to Romania though I have no idea how large the overall NATO force is there.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Mar 6 2022 19:54 utc | 128

Have a round on me.
Posted by: A.L. | Mar 6 2022 19:21 utc | 110

Thanks. Pour me a Lagavulin, please. It has a way of filtering out the dross from the MSM.

Posted by: Activist Potato | Mar 6 2022 19:55 utc | 129

Someone has to encourage Zelinkski to open his borders to Islamists (ISIS, syrians and Turks) who hate Russia and love guerilla wars.
Then the world will understand what Syria went through when the opposition and turkey invited violent islamist to help 'liberate' Syria from Russia and Iran..
Maybe Assad could send all the Islamists in Syria's jail as a gift to Zelinkski!

Posted by: Virgile | Mar 6 2022 19:56 utc | 130

lagging with respect to the rapid growth in EV market
Posted by: Roger | Mar 6 2022 19:52 utc | 127

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I doubt very much that personal EV automobiles is a rentable business. Like water in Lake Mead, the raw materials for their construction do not exist in sufficient quantity.

Mr. Musk is a very clever con man.

Posted by: too scents | Mar 6 2022 19:58 utc | 131

Peter AU1 | Mar 6 2022 19:44 utc | 124

It'd be interesting to see. So far it seems all the western sanctions were thought up by clueless politicians a-la Truss without consultations.

They are totally oblivious to all the second order repercussions that they're only figuring out now.

They've condemned their own aircraft leasing industry to death already.

If Russia goes ahead and allow ru debtors to repay unfriendly creditor countries with rubles, it'll negate any effect of the foreign exchange reserve piracy the west has committed.

My only fear is that given the propaganda, the west didn't plan for an off-ramp.

Posted by: A.L. | Mar 6 2022 20:00 utc | 132

According to Facebook we Russians are the only bad and are the only white.

https://t.me/szagatin/216

Not sure if i have to feel offended now

Posted by: Arioch | Mar 6 2022 20:03 utc | 133

@Norwegian

I just found it on YouTube before coming back to Post it Here.

https://youtu.be/UPT4oGTOHRo

Thanks - ROTFLMAO!

The LGBTs can live out their Private Lives as long as they're not Committing Criminal Acts; but hopefully I'll have moved on to more Traditional Lands before "Males in Heels" and "Chicks with Sticks" become the Media MainStream MusicVids/Commercials/AdPosters Pushed/Shoved(Fisted?) Onto the Public.

Seriously, I've worked with/for LGBT Types as an IT/Financial Systems Contractor in the Corporate Offices; and most of their persuasion maintain their professionalism. Somehow, the SJWoked started to try and Daisey-Chain Work Environments in the 2000s; and I had a Twink follow/stalk me to the Gym After Work in NJ - prancing about the after my exercising stations and even following me CROSS COUNTRY after I moved to SoCal for an IT Contract Interview with a Biotech Giant (the Twink showed up in View at the Parking Lot as I was heading to my Car Post Interview. I just Ignored the Twink and Drove Off.) - considering the extent of the stalking, the Twink probably contacted my Interviewers beforehand and Sabotaged the Interview.

Posted by: IronForge | Mar 6 2022 20:13 utc | 134

@Posted by: too scents | Mar 6 2022 19:58 utc | 131

You need to do some actual research before making such claims. Ignorance is ignorance, not bliss.

I don't disagree that Musk is a great conman, but that doesn't change the dynamics of the EV business and its optimization of raw materials.

Posted by: Roger | Mar 6 2022 20:16 utc | 135

Posted by: Chen Laoshi | Mar 6 2022 19:46 utc | 126

Laoshi,

I'll have a go. For the same reason you will not see su57, armata, s400/500 or zircon etc. in this conflict. Its simply not hot enough to warrant the engagement of top shelf assets.

Its not an existential war for Russia, not yet anyway. The elint environ is extremely unfriendly for Russia as well.

Showing your hand with your best assets will allow your adversary to learn and time to develop a counter when you really need it later.

Decades of development can go down the drain.

Its the same reason you only have F22/35 and SU57 in uncontested airspace like Afghanistan and Syria.

I would venture to say the west has fallen into this very trap with the whole obsession on stealth.

You need to also realize the west will be studying Russia's every move to update their force doctrine. If it was up to me, I wouldn't be showing anything new either, be that toys or tactics (even at the expense of soldier's lives).

Also, Russia needs to clear their cold war inventory from their warehouses to make room for the new toys.

Posted by: A.L. | Mar 6 2022 20:19 utc | 136

This reeks of Western hypocrisy.

“Outcry is growing over the European Union’s comparatively red-carpet treatment of Ukrainian refugees after years of appalling treatment of non-White asylum-seekers.”

“Many in France are demanding that European nations take responsibility for all refugees, and especially for refugee crises, which have been fomented by Western violence. ”

“In a historic and surprising decision, the European Union has decided to give refugees from war the instant right to live within the bloc, and freely travel. They also have the right to work. They even now have rights to housing and medical care. There is one catch: this only applies to Ukrainians.”

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Mar 6 2022 20:20 utc | 137

This energy chart highlights why Europe is falling further and further behind the US as a business location. Gas prices are 5 times higher in Europe and the European gas price chart looks like from a crude cryptocurrency.

https://twitter.com/Schuldensuehner/status/1500537857030737923

Posted by: Arne Hartmann | Mar 6 2022 20:24 utc | 138

Posted by: Roger | Mar 6 2022 20:16 utc | 135

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The energy density of batteries is insufficient for travel beyond short distances. There is no efficiency in hauling a half ton battery as compared to 50 liters (40kg) of fuel. It is silly on the face of it.

Posted by: too scents | Mar 6 2022 20:25 utc | 139

dumb question -- so that 600+ billion of Russia's USD reserves that the US just confiscated, they can do that because it's just a number in a electronic system, and the US can prevent tbe system from processing any transactions for that account? is that an accurate description? same thing with Afghanistan's sovereign funds?

Posted by: mastameta | Mar 6 2022 20:32 utc | 140

Posted by: too scents | Mar 6 2022 20:25 utc | 139

Yup, and the numbers look even sillier for bulk haulage. When you're hauling tonnes of batteries you directly reduce your haulage as a lot of roads and bridges have a GVM limit.

Its like going camping with a backpack full of bricks, or your 5 days hike of water supplies in glass bottles that you must take home with you empty (as you should). You just wouldn't do it.

Battery EV in its current form will be a flash in a pan IMHO (has its place in urban short haul tho). Nevertheless it is a necessary step as without it we won't be moving forward with electric motor and power electronics tech at the pace we are. Which is also needed for hydrogen tech, which is what I'm backing.

Posted by: A.L. | Mar 6 2022 20:35 utc | 141

The US is urging South Africa 🇿🇦 to condemn Russia 🇷🇺

Acting Amb Todd Haskell:

“We think it’s really important when we look at this unprovoked aggression, this attack against democracy, Russia’s war against Ukraine, Putin’s war on Ukraine — it’s important to say this is wrong"

https://twitter.com/SamRamani2/status/1500561875418890241

US warns Pakistan of Ukraine war consequences

https://www.dawn.com/news/1678353

The US trying hard to get "disloyal" countries on her side and revert the emerging status quo: The US political power to influence world events according to her demands has vanished.

Posted by: Arne Hartmann | Mar 6 2022 20:38 utc | 142

RT appears to be blocked and a senile sock puppet "approved" the transfer of jets to the Ukraine from the unicorporated territory called Poland. Without running Psiphon and claiming to be from India (perhaps a few other countries on its list but I doubt it) I get a 403 Error. The demented (in both senses) collective Biden finally have done it, gone full-blown Woodrow Wilson, Adolf Hilter, and Stephan Bandera merged in a 24th century transporter accident without (AFAIK) official suspension of the Constitution they have been stomping on with male bovine manure-laden dirty jackboots since at least half-way into the New Whirl Odor George Herbert Walker Bush misadministration.

3 March 2022, a day that will live in infamy by several orders of magnitude greater over 7 December 1941.

Posted by: William Haught | Mar 6 2022 20:39 utc | 143

Posted by: mastameta | Mar 6 2022 20:32 utc | 140

I don't believe its confiscated, its just frozen, russia can't access it, so yeah, confiscated... LOL.

Though I think it'll be released in tranches to compensate banks with Russian loans last they go bust or fail basel.

This is because Russians will soon be able to pay off their western debts with rubles in a holding account held at a russian bank, which cannot be accessed by the western to withdraw due to sanctions. Neat eh?

Posted by: A.L. | Mar 6 2022 20:40 utc | 144

@too scents | Mar 6 2022 20:25 utc | 139

The energy density of batteries is insufficient for travel beyond short distances. There is no efficiency in hauling a half ton battery as compared to 50 liters (40kg) of fuel. It is silly on the face of it.

Good to hear common sense! I have said this for many years.

Posted by: Norwegian | Mar 6 2022 20:42 utc | 145

This short video deserves a wide circulation.

https://dissidentvoice.org/2022/03/what-you-dont-know-about-the-war-in-ukraine/
Apologies if this link has already been posted.

Arne Hartmann@119
You make a very good point: governments representing the majority of the world's population abstained. The US was supported by its NATO whores and prostitute governments everywhere. This might explain the hysterical intensity of the Russophobic propaganda campaign

Posted by: bevin | Mar 6 2022 20:44 utc | 146

Posted by: Arne Hartmann | Mar 6 2022 20:38 utc | 142

Western hypocrisy in real time....

I don't see them taking to the south Koreans the same way.... Or Indians....

Antonym you there? What's your take? Finally something we might be on the same side of! I'll buy!

Posted by: A.L. | Mar 6 2022 20:44 utc | 147

EuroUnion runs amok...

https://www.vp.gov.lv/ru/novosti/dlya-zaschity-informacionnogo-prostranstva-planiruetsya-vvesti-otvetstvennost-za-ispolzovanie-nelegalnykh-sistem-takzhe-i-dlya-konechnogo-polzovatelya-potrebitelya

Latvia citizens would see fines up to 700 EUR for "using illegal content services".

"Not only rights of protected service providers [may be violated by use of illegal systems] but also customers might obtain services, which are illegal in Latvia".

This new law "is definitely not aimed at punishing citizens" but at protecting consumers and "protected service".

Posted by: Arioch | Mar 6 2022 20:44 utc | 148

I wonder if Putin's 20 ft table meetings with Westerners is connected to what was going on in the biolabs?

Posted by: Les7 | Mar 6 2022 20:44 utc | 149

Crooke's latest piece
https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2022/03/06/burning-globalist-structures-to-save-the-globalist-liberal-order/
Mostly about the EU. Apparently energy traders have stopped buying from Russia for fear of further sanctions or getting tangled in current sanctions. Both EU and US wanted energy and some metals left out of the sanctions. I guess this is why the Biden crew are desperately trying to do a deal with Iran and flying off to Venezuela. Even without Russian reciprocal sanctions, they are copping blow back from their own that they had not thought about.

But what of the unintended consequences to last Saturday’s ‘sanctions Blitzkrieg’: the ‘unknowable unknowns’ in Rumsfeld’s famous mantra? The unprecedented switch-off affecting a key part of the Globalist system did not download into a neutral, inert context – It developed into an emotionally hyper-charged atmosphere of Russophobia.

Whereas EU states had hoped to spare Russian energy shipments, they did not take account of the frenzy raised against Russia. The oil market has gone on strike, acting as if energy were already in the frame for Western sanctions: Oil tankers had already started to avoid Russian ports because of sanctions fears, and rates for oil tankers on Russian crude routes have exploded as much as nine-fold in the past few days. But now, amid growing fears of falling foul of complex restrictions in different jurisdictions, refiners and banks are balking at purchasing any Russian oil at all, traders and others involved in the market say. Market players fear too that measures that target oil exports directly could be imposed, should fighting in Ukraine intensify.

Commodity markets have been in turmoil since the Special Military Operation began. European natural gas jumped as much as 60% on Wednesday, as buyers, traders and shippers avoid Russian gas. A combination of sanctions and commercial decisions by shippers and insurers to steer clear has cut that contribution to global supplies sharply over the last week. A default cascade by western companies is perfectly possible. And Supply line disruption is inevitable.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Mar 6 2022 20:47 utc | 150

Posted by: Arioch | Mar 6 2022 20:44 utc | 148

2022 is 1984 in the European calendar! Who knew!

Posted by: A.L. | Mar 6 2022 20:48 utc | 151

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Mar 6 2022 20:47 utc | 150

If the sanctions persists then the west will also lose its stranglehold on the oil market as well.

Its only a matter of time before the South Koreans and Chinese churns out tankers to run the Russian routes. They'll also put those trades in shanghai instead of London or chicago.

There'll also be insurance coverage written by China for those routes, Switzerland and London - blowback much?

Will the west start sinking those Chinese tankers at open seas then?

The popcorns are getting crunchier by the day...

Posted by: A.L. | Mar 6 2022 20:57 utc | 152

RT is available on RAMBLER

Posted by: Mina | Mar 6 2022 20:59 utc | 153

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Mar 6 2022 20:47 utc | 150

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Next week in the financial markets will be one for the record books.

Posted by: too scents | Mar 6 2022 21:00 utc | 154

run the Russian routes.
Posted by: A.L. | Mar 6 2022 20:57 utc | 152

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https://polarjournal.ch/en/2021/04/07/north-east-passage-russia-moves-into-position/

Posted by: too scents | Mar 6 2022 21:04 utc | 155

Les7 | Mar 6 2022 20:44 utc | 149 "I wonder if Putin's 20 ft table meetings with Westerners is connected to what was going on in the biolabs?"

Easiest way to check is to see if Putin used the long table before Kazakhstan. CSTO secured the lab there so I doubt Russia would have passed up on the opportunity to have a look around.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Mar 6 2022 21:04 utc | 156

Just one more thought:

Russia has the wheat exports to avert conflict in many African countries, eg Egypt, with Ukraine out of the picture. If Sisi has to chose between keeping his population under control and giving in to US demands to join sanctions on Russia, what will happen? He will strike a deal with Russia, via Chinese payment clearance, to get wheat for a discount price (=normal pricing) and leave the US be. Russia in return is looking for buyers that pay for her commodities at a discount price.

If you have to chose between feeding your population and US demands, what are you gonna do? The supply of essential commondities is a political tool in itself. And the final outcome of all of this will be: China will be the new arbiter through her payment system CIPS and her currency. What country held this position before? Yes, the US.

Posted by: Arne Hartmann | Mar 6 2022 21:05 utc | 157

Posted by: Norwegian | Mar 6 2022 19:28 utc | 115

To call spade a spade yet published documents do not suggest bio-weapons development, nor even any active research into pathogens.

The yet published documents order emergent destruction of pathogens after Putin declared military operation on LDPR behalf. Basically that is what any responsible government shouyld had done. If you have dangerous things you can no more secure - destroy them safely while you still can.

It would had been the opposite - if Ze won't decree emergent destruction of them - that would consittute a crime IMHO.

Now, do those yet published documents reveal there was any bio-weapon research? No.
Maybe there are more documents hidden somewhere in Russia and not published yet, this i can't know. Buyt the documents that were published do not show it.

Do yet published documents show any research at all - medical, civil defense, any - was being done oinn tose pathogens? Not even this.

So, basically we can only know of those documents two things:

1. Ukraine hade bio-medical institutions that had samples of dangeorous microbes. They did, and it was not secret. Russia also has such institutes, USSR had them, any nation serious aboout their healthcare is required to have them,
2. Zelensky well understood that Ukraine can not sustain war with Russia at the same time keeping those dangerous microbes safely sealed and secured from marauders. Everyone knew it, and understanding this reality - regardless the propaganda he was spinning on TV - and acting on it should serve credit to Ze. Of dozens things he screwed, this thing, maybe the only one, he did right.

Posted by: Arioch | Mar 6 2022 21:14 utc | 158

Strikes on all airports et harbours.
Posted by: Greg Galloway | Mar 6 2022 16:37 utc | 58

It would be interesting if all US carriers were hit at more or less the same time. Kind of Pearl Harbour in the reverse.

Posted by: Olivier | Mar 6 2022 21:15 utc | 159

RE: William Haught | Mar 6 2022 20:39 utc | 143

Got the date wrong, should be 6 March 2022, but I hope that was obvious.

Posted by: William Haught | Mar 6 2022 21:16 utc | 160

Now, do those yet published documents reveal there was any bio-weapon research? No.
Posted by: Arioch | Mar 6 2022 21:14 utc | 158

It is very naive to think that bio-weapon researches are not undertaken by USA, Ukraine and Georgia.

https://armswatch.com/documents-expose-us-biological-experiments-on-allied-soldiers-in-ukraine-and-georgia/

Posted by: Olivier | Mar 6 2022 21:26 utc | 161

Arioch | Mar 6 2022 21:14 utc | 158

From Martyanov's latest.
"MOSCOW, March 6 - RIA Novosti. Moscow received documents from employees of Ukrainian biological laboratories confirming that components of biological weapons were being developed in Ukraine, in close proximity to Russian territory. This was stated to journalists by the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Major General Igor Konashenkov."

All Russian government sites are blocked for me so I cannot check, but according to this Russian military are officially saying Bio weapons were being developed in the labs in Ukraine.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Mar 6 2022 21:27 utc | 162

Posted by: Waldorf | Mar 6 2022 16:34 utc | 56

I will be careful what I write because I do not want to expose this site or myself to any legal action, but those who are interested in the attitude or behaviour of Australian/Western troops might want to follow the case of "Stewart-Roberts" now being held as a civil law case in Australia. Stewart-Roberts is Australia's most recent VC winner and was much praised/loved by governments/medias etc. However one media released reports of his actually behaving badly and possibly shooting unarmed people in Afghanistan. He sued the media, but the media has retaliated, bringing in all sorts of witnesses to prove their case of serious misbehaviour. The allegations made against him are truly shocking and if true, suggest a culture in the Special forces that is very like what we here about in AZOV brigades. However it seems that there are still many decent people there and most of the allegations are coming from within the Australian army.

It is possible that something similar may be the case in other forces.

Posted by: watcher | Mar 6 2022 21:30 utc | 163

Posted by: Olivier | Mar 6 2022 21:26 utc | 161

It is one thing to say you have a plausible suspicion and another to say you have evidence.

If we would start spinning "highly likely" because "uor son of the bitch", then we would become nothing better than BBC ideologic drones just with mirrored direction.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Mar 6 2022 21:27 utc | 162

It was said indeed. However the only published docs i saw were those: https://aftershock.news/?q=node/1075557

Them are pictures (scans/photos) not text, and them are in ukrainian, so i do not think they would be of any help to you.
However what i was able to read there, all those documents were of three categories.

1) generic rules of operations, how specific site should react to declaring emergency w.r.t. safely disposing of anything dangerous
2) Ze's order to engage those protocols
3) reports from sites with lists of specific pathogens being properly destroyed

Posted by: Arioch | Mar 6 2022 21:33 utc | 164

Interesting background analysis!

https://swprs.org/2022/03/06/ukraine-war-a-geostrategic-assessment/

Posted by: Political Atheist | Mar 6 2022 21:37 utc | 165

All Russian government sites are blocked for me

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Mar 6 2022 21:27 utc | 162

I can only remind that RT suggested to western readers this "jail-breaking" software https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psiphon

Posted by: Arioch | Mar 6 2022 21:37 utc | 166

watcher | Mar 6 2022 21:30 utc | 163

Those special forces types that like going of to wars of choice. For a lot of them I think it something like a big game safari. Many are just scum that will go on to become mercenaries.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Mar 6 2022 21:40 utc | 167

@ Arioch 156

SO...Why did they have Anthrax pathogens? Wasthe US unwillingly share their cures??

Prior to 2001, they had been aerosolized.

Prior to 2001, their enhanced lethality had been perfected.

What is left other than ethnic targeting as requested by a DARPA proposal in 2016??

Get real. Russian stockpiles were from pre 1990. Russian scientists had told all to the US. Russia only reconstituted its research facilities starting in 2018, in response to the Darpa RFP.

Posted by: Les7 | Mar 6 2022 21:41 utc | 168

People out there are under sereous attack for speaking up for Russia,
I did a search (duck duck go) as follows ----
Roger Walters - ukraine.
Shocked by the results.
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Here in uk i have heavy lift us air transporters flying over head, i appear to be on a flight path.
Reality can be a wake up call.
Last week or so it was B52's overhead !

Posted by: Mark2 | Mar 6 2022 21:42 utc | 169

@mastameta #140
To be clear: it was not the entirety of the Russian Central Bank capital that was affected.
It was probably not even the entirety of dollars and/or euro held by the Russian Central Bank.
The Federal Reserve in New York and The Bank of England, as well as large American, British and European banks are major clearinghouses for transactions.
Foreign reserves held by national central banks are supposed to be to enable liquidity in trade transactions, so it should not be surprising that the CBR had dollars and euros and what not in accounts in the above financial institutions.
The CBR reserves are also not the only financial assets of Russia. Russia also has a sovereign wealth fund called the National Welfare Fund - which is built primarily from taxes on energy exports.
This article talks about both as of September 2020
This article talks about the NWF

There is some overlap between the 2 because part of the NWF is foreign exchange, and the NWF's purpose is to act as a financial reserve should oil prices fall below $44/barrel. Per the article above, the NWF is 13.6 trillion rubles = ~$180B before the sanctions attack and is ~$136B at the moment.

The NWF was supposed to be de-dollarized as of 2021 but not clear how far they got, whereas the CBR was never going to de-dollarize (prior to 2/22/2022 of course) due to its trade reserve responsibility.

This article shows how much foreign reserves are in the CBR as of Sep 2020

Note that the USD + euro portion of the CBR was $295B out of roughly $550B total CBR size as of September 2020.

Thus the $630B thrown about by MSM news is certainly not all that was "frozen". Unless RMB and/or gold was held offshore, it was likely around $300B. Possibly somewhat less if the NWF had successfully de-dollarized, possibly somewhat more if the CBR had been slow to rebalance after the energy price spikes/income windfalls of 2021 and early 2022.

Note also the historical breakdown: the rise in RMB and gold starting 2018 and accompanying reduction in relative USD/euro and complete apparent elimination in GBP in the first 9 months of 2020...

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 6 2022 21:42 utc | 170

@169
Roger Waters, for as much as I love his music, has been saying a lot things that I don’t agree with,
Over the past 15 years.

But on this Ukraine issue, I agree with him 100%.

Posted by: Cadence Calls | Mar 6 2022 21:48 utc | 171

SO...Why did they have Anthrax pathogens?

Russian stockpiles were from pre 1990.

Posted by: Les7 | Mar 6 2022 21:41 utc | 168

If Russia had stockpiles "pre-1990" then so could Ukraine. Both Russia and Ukraoine are ex-USSR shards.

Why to have ones? bacause if s-t hiot the fan (tourists from exotic land come with some untypical exotic disease) - your healthcare should IMMEDIATELY start responding, towards both public safety and thsis specific persons diagnosing and curing.

Would you say responsible government would instead be running around the globe pleaing "would anyone please send their microbiuologists and labs to our country to see what the hell our citizen contracted" ???

Having plausible suspicions is one thing, claiming having evidence when you don't is another.

Posted by: Arioch | Mar 6 2022 21:48 utc | 172

NATO Laptop With Ukraine Attack Found In Donbass UA HQ

the Armed Forces of Ukraine planned to attack Crimea and Donbass in the spring of 2022. "According to our intelligence and the testimony of prisoners, an offensive operation was supposed to begin on 8 March of this year. The facts indicate that the invasion was planned simultaneously both on the territory of the republics of Donbas and in Russia’s Crimea,"


A laptop with intelligence data has been found at one of the headquarters of the Right Sector* (Ukrainian nationalists). The computer allegedly has a licensed NATO registry number, Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) head Denis Pushilin said on Sunday.

"The militants of the nationalists battalions have a special level of security clearance from the North Atlantic Alliance. This laptop contains a detailed map of the area with the location of our units," Pushilin said at a press conference.
In addition, he said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine planned to attack Crimea and Donbass in the spring of 2022.

"According to our intelligence and the testimony of prisoners, an offensive operation was supposed to begin on 8 March of this year. The facts indicate that the invasion was planned simultaneously both on the territory of the republics of Donbas and in Russia’s Crimea," Pushilin went on.

This discovery, coupled by the likely shipment of Turkish drones modified for the delivery of toxic aerosols or other bio-toxins immediately prior to the launch of the Special Operation serves to explain the RF attack.

The modified drones are unconfirmed as of yet, but two Turkish Airbus freighters were tracked landing in Ukraine immediately prior to the attack.

The laptop is physical evidence of a close association between NATO and the Nazis. This association pre-dates the Special Operation and indicates NATO complicity in an attack on both Donbass and Crimea.

The attack planning shows NATO and Western government disregard for the Minsk Accord. The loss of life in Ukraine lies on the western hypocrites.

Posted by: Sushi | Mar 6 2022 21:50 utc | 173

@Political Atheist #165
Agreed - the background analysis was reasonably thorough and more or less objective.
The assessment of future outcomes, however, was clearly neither objective nor well reasoned.
The failure to address potential economic consequences in Europe and the US, as well as the rest of the world, is a particularly glaring oversight.

Posted by: c1ue | Mar 6 2022 21:53 utc | 175

NATO plans to invade Crimea and the republics on March 8 were snuffed by Russia's move on February 24.

Translated from German anti-spiegel.


Today Denis Puschilin, the head of the Donetsk People's Republic, announced a statement and invited journalists to it. Among them was Alina Lipp , who filmed his statement and sent it to me immediately. In the meantime she has also published this on her Telegram channel, the video with the five-minute explanation and Alina's breaking message on Telegram can be found here .

Pushilin told journalists that a notebook was found in a staff of the Right Sector, a Ukrainian Nazi organization fighting in the Donbass and linked to the so-called volunteer battalions, bearing a NATO registration and containing secret data . On it are data collected by US spy drones, which are constantly patrolling the Donbass border, which could even be tracked on Flightradar. The nationalist forces of the Ukrainian Nazi battalions thus had direct access to NATO reconnaissance data on military objects in Donbass and also in Crimea. Detailed maps were secured.


Anti-spiegel is a good source and easily translated by most add-ons.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 6 2022 21:53 utc | 176

I may be reading too much into this, but I think the west is getting cold feet over Russian sanctions.

https://tass.com/world/1416445?utm_source=google.com&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=google.com&utm_referrer=google.com
Yes, I know. The US cannot be trusted, especiall words coming from one victoria nuland. But that's not the point. if you take these words at face value, it somehow seems that The US is actually begging Russia to give them an excuse to walk back those crazy sanctions, As these measures eventually will endanger the dollar hegemony and implode the already struggling european economy.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/russian-banks-turn-to-china-to-sidestep-cutoff-from-payments-systems-11646578489
But of course, Russia will not let them off the hook so easily. After visa and master announcing that they are quitting the country, Russia is hitting back with deals With china's alternative unionpay system.

https://www.coindesk.com/policy/2022/02/16/bank-of-russia-proceeds-with-digital-ruble-renews-push-for-crypto-ban/
The pilot program of digital ruble seems to be working as planned as well. Once Russia has it properly up and running, they can link it up with china's CBDc and facilitate cross border transfers without swIft or chips. With these institutions being cut out from cross border payment, the day of the usd will be numbered as well. One should not forget that Russia also has a financial nuclear weapon against the west up its sleeve: by selling its energy and resources in RMB or gold. So far, it has yet to use this, mostly because it doesn't want to escalate the situation with the west.

https://www.asiafinancial.com/macquarie-kkr-in-talks-to-buy-uk-power-networks-ft
Another repercussion of western sanctions is that the oligarchs in the world can not trust having their dirty money stashed in the west anymore. Tycoon li ka shing has announced plan to sell off his holding in the UK power network. Even though the guy helped funded the hong kong color revolution, he can't change the fact that is ethnic Chinese. So when push comes to shove, and the eventual sanctions against China happen, his money will be stolen by the west mercilessly. In fact, he doesn't even have to wait that long. With skyrocketing energy costs in europe, an easy way for the UK government to play is to freeze electricity charges while forcing him to provide service to everyone, essentially gutting his investments. You can't help but wonder what will happen to western money centers after this whole thing.

Posted by: cindy6 | Mar 6 2022 21:54 utc | 177

It is one thing to say you have a plausible suspicion and another to say you have evidence.
Posted by: Arioch | Mar 6 2022 21:33 utc | 164

I posted a link to the evidence at 21:26. Obviously you did not have time to look into it. Too bad. Who is spinning?

Posted by: Olivier | Mar 6 2022 21:59 utc | 178

The Reason You Are Denied Access to RT

Russia claims Ukraine destroying evidence of US-funded bioweapons program

Russia’s Defense Ministry says Kiev ordered scientists to destroy samples of plague, anthrax, and other lethal pathogens


“In the near future we will present the results of the analysis,” the ministry said, adding that it believes the documents will prove that Ukraine and the US were violating Article 1 of the UN Biological Weapons Convention. The US, Ukraine and Russia are among more than 180 parties to this treaty, and under Article 1 of the agreement, all parties agree “never under any circumstances to develop, produce, stockpile, acquire, or retain” biological weapons.

As of the moment of this article’s publication, Washington has not commented on the ministry’s claims, and neither has Kiev.

In the initial days of Russia’s military offensive last month, claims circulated online that Russia was targeting western-funded biolabs with missile strikes. These allegations were never verified and were derided by western sources as conspiracy theories, although the Pentagon has publicly stated that it works with the Ukrainian government to “consolidate and secure pathogens and toxins of security concern in Ukrainian government facilities,” for “peaceful research and vaccine development,” according to the US embassy in Kiev.

SOURCE
https://www.rt.com/russia/551374-ukraine-biological-warfare-labs/

Posted by: Sushi | Mar 6 2022 22:05 utc | 179

Arioch | Mar 6 2022 21:48 utc | 172

Most countries have civilian labs that test various pathogens and so forth. US has civilian labs, but these labs spread around the world by the US are military. They are run by the pentagon and the US refuses to agree to a bio weapons treaty.
But that is the big difference in pathogen research. Military vs civilian.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Mar 6 2022 22:11 utc | 180

Posted by: Sushi | Mar 6 2022 21:50 utc | 173

Yuri Podoliaka (with all my reservations about his person) today said interesting ideas.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLRLdbqthGo - "talking head", in Russian.

He said that Kiev's much touted counter-offensive was probably limited to Voznesensk town.
So, it was much smaller in scale than what they claimed.
However it was very important for them, as Voznesenk allegedly guards an important river crossing, loosing which would lead to Ukrainian front collapse.
So Ukraine threw significant defences into it, including some aircrafts they were hiding until now.
Ukraine allegedly managed to quickly amass much mroe troops than Russian avangarde and indeed knocked RusArmy out of the town, destroying few armored vehicles of ours.

Then he wonders, how can it be that Ukrainian armored forces still can successfully maneuvre?

He claims the reason is that those forces are provided with NATO realtime surveilence data via laptops like the found one.
I can also remember that Putin (or our MoD?) claimed that Ukrainian army is already de facto NATO army in everything related to Command and Control.
So, allegedly, when RusAirForse flies some sortie, UkroArmoredForces get realtime notice to hide in aglomerations. As RuAF jets fly away, UkroAF immediately get order to keep moving.

Y.P. claims RuAF can not set 24x7 "in the wing" monitoring like we did in Syria because Ukraine still has some air defense units hidden.

My personal idea is a bit different: Syria is mostly flat deserts, which allows destroying of spotted enemy by high-precision free-falling bombs from 10-15km altitudes. Eastern Ukrane, being almost continuous aglomeration, requires low-altitude "close air support" which puts aircrafts into MANPADs range. I think this is indirectly confirmed by the facts, that Ukrainian started scoring hits against our aircrafts last days, IOW when RuAF had to start CAS missions too, not only stand-of attacks.

Posted by: Arioch | Mar 6 2022 22:11 utc | 181

George 100

Thanks appreciate that.

"Hypothecated multiples of collateral already at event horizon disguised as liquid. Do tell more."

And beautifully said by you.

More? I'm just a sketch artist, remember? :)

I used to have somewhat more than a rough sketch of the derivatives market about a dozen years ago when that was right there on the cutting edge of the systems theory of Collapse but I've since had to let that go in order to keep riding the wave. You can't bring everything with you can you? I can't anyway.

They try and say that Hot Potato aren't derivatives but of course they are to a fundamentalist.

Always happy to talk more in general.

Posted by: reante | Mar 6 2022 22:14 utc | 182

Posted by: A.L. | Mar 6 2022 20:35 utc | 141

Go for Hybrid in the next 7 years or so, full EV to become more interesting when there is a wide network of chargers.

Posted by: Greg Galloway | Mar 6 2022 22:15 utc | 183

In response to

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Next week in the financial markets will be one for the record books.

Posted by: too scents | Mar 6 2022 21:00 utc | 154
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Agreed....its all Russia's fault.....LOL

Posted by: psychohistorian | Mar 6 2022 22:16 utc | 184

watcher #163

Is this what you are referring to?

During a dramatic and at times emotional three days in the witness box, the decorated former SAS sergeant, known before the court as Person 4, said he still believed Roberts-Smith was a deserving recipient of the Australian military’s highest honour. He said that he had “loved him like a brother”, and that he was “reluctant” to give evidence in the trial brought by his former comrade.

Compelled by a subpoena to give evidence for newspapers defending Roberts-Smith’s defamation claim this week, Person 4 has told the court he saw Roberts-Smith kick an unarmed, handcuffed Afghan civilian off a cliff before ordering the badly injured man be dragged underneath a tree where he was shot dead.
Ben Roberts-Smith leaves the Federal Court in Sydney, Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Witness in Ben Roberts-Smith trial objects to questions about alleged murder of Afghan civilian
Read more

Roberts-Smith is suing the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Canberra Times over reports he alleges are defamatory and portray him as committing war crimes, including murder, as well as acts of bullying and domestic violence.

There is no "Stewart-Roberts" that fits your picture. Always post a link to follow please.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 6 2022 22:17 utc | 185

Posted by: Misotheist | Mar 6 2022 16:24 utc | 50

Agreed. Russia will not use nukes unless they are in fear of losing a conventional war or nukes are used against them. It's not a question of whether they are a "first-strike" doctrine or not, just whether the situation is serious enough. Poland is not serious enough. Russia is in no danger of losing to NATO, as thirty NATO war games have established. However, I could envision a situation where a war with NATO - full-blown, not just planes from Poland - could trigger a first strike, at least on a tactical level. But Russia would be attacking NATO with hypersonic missiles - lots of them - well before then, without nukes.

It's simply not in the cards. People got spooked when Putin put the nuclear forces on alert, but that was a precautionary measure and a warning to NATO not to try anything drastic. "Due diligence" in other words.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Mar 6 2022 22:18 utc | 186

@A.L. | Mar 6 2022 19:37 utc | 118

I wish BM didn't repost it AGAIN in this thread. I'm embarrassed as a Chinese that a trashy piece of critique from someone who's still wet behind the ears got published.

Embarassed? You should be so happy that you're not a Western European.

@Arne Hartmann | Mar 6 2022 19:39 utc | 119

What we in the West dont get to hear is that basically nobody outside of the West joined in with the sanctions against Russia

Good points. It might also explain the extremity of the hysteria. It is like hearing a toddler screaming in a fit of rage when it begins to discover that its illusions of narcissistic omnipotence are seriously threatened by the cold indifferent laws of nature.

@Chen Laoshi | Mar 6 2022 19:46 utc | 126

Their explanation is that Russia does not have a large number of surveillance and strike drones due to financial reasons, while my explanation is that Russia does not want to show the weapon systems they prepare to use for the conflicts with NATO. What do you think about this?

Yes, these are my thoughts too. Russia is operating very cautiously and circumspect and not showing what is in the hand behind its back. Russia has obviously been preparing for many scenarios beyond the current action in the Ukraine. While they never admit this publicly, NATO is highly aware of the fact that they are outmaneuvered on the conventional theatre in Europe. It feels like they are shitting their collective pants (while screaming that Satan Putin farted.)

@Republicofscotland | Mar 6 2022 20:20 utc | 137

“In a historic and surprising decision, the European Union has decided to give refugees from war the instant right to live within the bloc, and freely travel. They also have the right to work. They even now have rights to housing and medical care. There is one catch: this only applies to Ukrainians.”

In the Netherlands we already had the primer of this with the stateless grifter M. Saakashvili being granted residence here without having to go through any of the usual extensive immigration procedures that others have to spend years percolating through (if at all.) Questions were asked publicly, but the government shrugged it all off, as if this is beyond public debate. Spoiler: he is married to a Dutch modern day Mata Hari.

@watcher | Mar 6 2022 21:30 utc | 163

It is possible that something similar may be the case in other forces.

Here in .nl we have this military "hero" who was given the highest award for military valor. Next he owns a bar where coke and weapons are sold. Next he was urinating in public and when police officers tried to reprimand him, he attacked them with a violent headbutt. There is also a little controversy about him supposedly murdering civilians in Afghanistan. He stalked and killed someone, but claims innocense because "he feared for his life". Nice guy. Credible. Not.

Posted by: Lurk | Mar 6 2022 22:21 utc | 187

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Mar 6 2022 22:11 utc | 180

This may be or not be so w.r.t. labs in Ukraine, however the documents published by RuMoD to this moment do not claim such ownership.

Posted by: Olivier | Mar 6 2022 21:59 utc | 178

Those documents were not referenced by RuMoD yet, for the best of my knowlegde.

Also, them do not constitute proof but a plausible suspicion.

Basically, all they say is "We see no plausible scenario when sampling blood would trigger 'unexpected conditions' up to death, therefor what these documents describe as taking blood sample SHOULD HAD BEEN some other activity actively damaging participants health".

This "should had been" is exactly what makes it suspicion, not evidence.

Posted by: Arioch | Mar 6 2022 22:22 utc | 188

Thanks everyone for various updates and infos!

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Trains in Ukraine still run on schedule, everywhere in the country. So what kind of brutal, heinous invasion is this? ;-)
In addition to the regular schedule, there's extra evacuation trains going to Lviv (mainly), but also beyond, to Poland. They're free of charge! On their way back, instead of running empty, they transport humanitarian goods.
Plus, Ukrainian Railways has started a program for wheat and sunflower oil exports by train, as a substitute because all ports no longer work.

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Regarding our Black Monday tomorrow (well, perhaps), I'm going to buy myself an oil lamp, just in case.

Posted by: Scotch Bingeington | Mar 6 2022 22:22 utc | 189

https://aftershock.news/?q=node/1075077

interesting law enacted.... if any entity in Russia has a large loan from unfriendly foreign institution, payments of this load should be addressed to Russian banks not foreign banks

global economy unbundling gets steam... What was not yet unbundled by covid would be unbundled by economic war between West and Russia

Posted by: Arioch | Mar 6 2022 22:30 utc | 190

Looks like the far right are doing a bit of 'housecleaning'.

MP accused of treason

After the very public execution of Denis Kireev the MSM are performing some magnificent mental gymnastics worthy of a gold medal - simultaneously a Russian spy & Ukrainian hero.

Expect more to come.

Posted by: ted001 | Mar 6 2022 22:32 utc | 191

cindy6 #177

Thank you for those links on sanctions - paper tigers indeed.

I cannot see debt settlements being in gold unless clearances are monthly or sooner. Ask Venezuela about trust when their gold is stored offshore in a 'reliable' western nation. I am sure it is feasible and perhaps the only planes flying will be gold freighters from west to east and nitrate fertiliser from east to west.

Regardless of the west suddenly having a 'morning after' remorse, there may be no return to anything like the old normal. Nice to see the Visa/Mastercard team take a hit - Xerxes Biden does it again and this time to his closest pals.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Mar 6 2022 22:35 utc | 192

Posted by: ted001 | Mar 6 2022 22:32 utc | 191

That is interesting timing...
To me Ilya Kiva look a nasty troll of "weakling Putin, nuke them all if you're man" fame.
However being nasty troll should not constitute state crime, and it did not to the date.
I wonder what made them make troll hunting top state priority...

Posted by: Arioch | Mar 6 2022 22:37 utc | 193

Posted by: Abe | Mar 6 2022 19:04 utc | 104

Agreed. For the doubters, I don't say this project will be easy or that, as b says, it might not last longer than some years, but it's the best that can be done given the circumstances. People who say it won't work need to come up with a plan that works better, or admit they think Ukraine is lost and Russia might as well nuke Ukraine. In the real world, Russia will do what it can to salvage Ukraine as a compliant partner, regardless of what the population thinks. The only thing that matters is: 1) the new Ukrainian government is compliant and 2) that government's existence can be secured by Russian military guarantees and influence.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Mar 6 2022 22:39 utc | 194

The US has been "supporting" the "Far right" in the Ukraine since (about) 1990/1991.
Willy2@80
Try March 1945

Posted by: bevin | Mar 6 2022 22:44 utc | 195

@Posted by: too scents | Mar 6 2022 20:25 utc | 139

You live in a parallel universe, or have you just come out of a coma? There are millions of EV's with ranges of 300km and much more being sold in China. Go watch the reports below and learn something - this is not 2015. Last year 15% of Chinese car sales were battery-only vehicles, 10% in the EU. Please go educate yourself before seeming even more ignorant of reality.

The energy density for batteries in China has now reached a cost level that the cost of an EV is equal to that of an ICE vehicle, and that was before the most recent price hikes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qw11YEnToHE

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEs2JGb26nY

Posted by: Roger | Mar 6 2022 22:45 utc | 196

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Mar 6 2022 22:39 utc | 194

One of the options is for Ukraine to shrink to only western parts that were never pro Russian. New capital would be Lviv. That area is nazis home ground anyway, so having Russian troops there would not be option, but if they misbehave again, regular military incursions should be scheduled to remind them to be nice.

Will Russian military take that part of current Ukraine after stabilizing east is for us to see (most likely they will).

I believe Novorossiya will include its historical borders here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novorossiya with added Donets, Lugans, Kiev, so basically bigger part of current Ukraine. Most importantly, whole coast, Odessa and connection with Transnistria, which, if left isolated, would be place of another genocide against Russian people in future.


Posted by: Abe | Mar 6 2022 22:47 utc | 197

@Posted by: too scents | Mar 6 2022 20:25 utc | 139

Most recent OIL price hikes.

P.S. I picked the youtube reports because they are very straight-forward to understand, of course there is a ton of battery chemistry and engineering technical documents if you want to go deeper.

Posted by: Roger | Mar 6 2022 22:48 utc | 198

@too scents | Mar 6 2022 20:25 utc | 139
The energy density of batteries is insufficient for travel beyond short distances. There is no efficiency in hauling a half ton battery as compared to 50 liters (40kg) of fuel. It is silly on the face of it.

Good to hear common sense! I have said this for many years.
Posted by: Norwegian | Mar 6 2022 20:42 utc | 145

FTR and FWIW, once the vehicles and the oil-fired electric plants and the updated grid was built out to handle the load, electric vehicles are more than twice as efficient as internal combustion engine vehicles.

Never gonna happen of course.

Posted by: reante | Mar 6 2022 22:48 utc | 199

Posted by: Chen Laoshi | Mar 6 2022 19:46 utc | 126

I wonder whether the assertion that a lot of strike or surveillance drones weren't used is even true. I haven't seen anything but assertions on that point. If it is true, one simple explanation is that the Russians decided they didn't need to, for what reason I can't imagine, but it's certainly possible. Another possibility is that command and control of hundreds of drones consumes too much manpower better used elsewhere. After all, someone has to guide the drone except in cases where it's just a "go to these coordinates and shoot at a fixed installation" mission"; mobile targets and drones without AI target recognition software need to be manually guided, which is a lot of work.

While it's likely that most of the Turkish drones were destroyed early on, and it's true that most the Ukrainian drone videos are videos of other conflicts such as Syria, one has to wonder why Ukraine hasn't used those drones more often as well. I don't see a lot of use of drones on either side.

I think drones are the new "It Weapon" and people are ascribing too much capability and influence in combined arms operations to them. Certainly they're a great new weapon for pinpoint attacks on critical assets, especially undefended ones, but perhaps the hype has exceeded their actual practicality. It would be interesting if some expert somewhere would weight in on that, since I can't with any credibility.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Mar 6 2022 22:52 utc | 200

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