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April 26, 2022

A Recap Of The War In Ukraine - by Gonzalo Lira

Gonzalo Lira just delivered a decent recap of the war in Ukraine.

Gonzalo Lira @GonzaloLira1968 - 10:28 UTC · Apr 26, 2022

Quick recap for those who haven't followed what's been going on in Ukraine but want to understand: 02/24: The Russians invaded from the south, south-east, east and north, in a lightning campaign. The Russians invaded with 190K troops—against 250K combat troops from Ukraine.

The RF put 30K troops near Kiev—nowhere near enough to capture the city—but enough to pin down some 100K AFU defenders. The RF also launched several axes of attack, with reinforcements on standby (including a famed 40km long tank column), to see where they might be needed.

Crucially—the Russian's blitz on several axes pre-empted an imminent UKRAINIAN blitzkrieg. The AFU had been about to invade the Donbas. This was the immediate motivation for Russia's invasion: To beat them to the punch and scuttle Ukraine's imminent invasion—which they did.

Also, by attacking from the north and south, the Russians disrupted weapons supply chain from NATO. Had the RF only attacked in the east to prevent the AFU invasion of Donbas, there would have been an open corridor for resupply from the West. Threatening Kiev stopped that.

So the main AFU army was left stranded in east Ukraine, with the rest of the Ukr. forces isolated and pinned down—with no easy resupply from the West. The RF then went about hitting AFU command/control and resupply links, further isolating and immobilizing Ukrainian forces.

The Russians soon nominally controlled land the size of the UK in Ukraine—but it was a tenuous control. The south of Ukraine was more fully in Russia's grip. The AFU around Kherson simply scattered. Mariupol became a clear battleground, as did the Donbas proper.

What the Russians initially wanted was to:

  • Short-circuit the imminent Donbas invasion - which they did.
  • Scare the Zelensky regime into negotiating a political settlement - which they failed to do.

Kiev had no intention of negotiating a ceasefire because of orders given to them from Washington: “Fight Russia to the last Ukrainian!” Also, the Neo-Nazi goons around Zelensky threatened him if he negotiated and surrendered because they are terrified of the Russians.

So Zelensky launched a massive PR and propaganda campaign, primarily to motivate AFU forces to fight to the death. Myths were created (Ghost of Kiev), false flags were carried out (Bucha, Kramatorsk) and relentless media stories were flogged relentlessly.

The Russians kept negotiating and trying to NOT destroy Ukraine infrastructure. In fact at first they were even trying to minimize AFU casualties. The evidence for this is overwhelming: The RF did not hit civilian infrastructure - water, electric, phone, transportation. They did not hit AFU barracks, command centers, government buildings, etc.

The Russians' initial priority was for a *negotiated settlement*. But by late March, they realized this was impossible.

This is why the RF withdrew from Kiev. There was no sense putting men near the city when they were not doing what they were supposed to do - putting political pressure on the Zelensky regime to negotiate. This withdrawal was claimed as a “victory” in the “Battle of Kiev”! lmao

Starting in late March, the Russians pulled back and solidified their control over the area they had captured, ceding to the AFU areas that were either pointless to or potentially too costly to control. The Ukraine propaganda machine called all these pull- backs “victories”.

There was still a glimmer that the war might end in a negotiated settlement but that ended in early April. After the Istanbul talks of 3/30, the Ukraine side gingerly agreed to some compromises but within a week publicly disavowed those concessions.

That's when the Russians realized the Zelensky regime was agreement-incapable: Their Washington masters, Victoria Nuland and Anthony Blinken in particular, wouldn't allow a peace. They want this war to sap Russia dry. It is a classic proxy war and Ukraine will pay the price.

Something else the Russians realized: Sanctions. They hurt but Russia bounced back with remarkable speed. They didn't really hurt that bad. But the theft of Russia's $300 billion in foreign reserves by the West DID hurt - badly. The Russians realized they were in a total war with the West and since their foreign reserves were lost forever (likely to be pilfered by corrupt Western politicos), the Russians now have nothing left to lose. By stealing their reserves, the West lost all power over Russia.

This has sealed Ukraine's fate: The Russians now have no incentive to give up what they have conquered. It has cost them too much in terms of men and treasure. And they know that they can't negotiate a ceasefire. The Zelensky regime will simply break it later.

Which means:

The Russians intend to conquer and permanently annex all the south and east of Ukraine. This is why their strategy on the battlefield has dramatically shifted: Now they are carrying out a slow, methodical grinding down and destruction of the AFU.

The war in the first 30 days was speed, feints, nominally capturing vast swathes of Ukraine territory, with the aim of pressuring the Zelensky regime into a negotiated settlement. But the West's total financial and political break with Russia means they have nothing to lose. And they have a lot to gain: The Donbas is mineral rich, the really productive farmlands of Ukraine are in the east and south, Kharkov is a major industrial city, the Sea of Azov has untold natural gas reserves.

And besides - the people love them. Why would the Russians now give up this hard-won prize?

And they *have* won - make no mistake. Ask any military man who is not a system pig, he'll tell you: There is no way for the AFU to retake their country. They have no armor, no air defense, no fuel, no comms - it's over.

The great tragedy is that so many THOUSANDS of young men will die, and die NEEDLESSLY!!,  in order to postpone the inevitable. These brave boys will have fought so valiantly - and died so young, so cruelly -because of the evil of the Zelensky regime.

That's the hard truth.

And in the end, this will be the map that will remain—a bitter image of Ukraine's future. Russia will pour billions into their newly acquired territory. It will prosper and flourish. But the rump-state of Ukraine will be left poor, destroyed, forgotten.

A tragedy.


I concur with the above except for two minor detail. The move on Kiev was not intended to hinder resupply to Ukrainian troops in Donbas but to 'fix' potential reinforcement around the capital. That enabled Russian troops to open the corridor from Crimea to the Russian boarder as well as to cross the Dnieper in the south and to take Kherson. Those were the most important moves for the further development of the war.

I also do not believe that Russia will 'annex' the areas it is liberating from fascist control. Once librated the people in those areas will vote on becoming independent from Ukraine and the various regions, Donbas, Luhansk, Kherson, Odessa, will form states that will become part of the Federal Republic of Novorossia.

That country will be recognized and supported by Russia and its allies.

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It seems obvious that the UK used the laws on homosexuality to punish non-conformity. While it was illegal it was also widely practised, particularly among the ruling class where buggery was taught in all the best schools.
This meant that half the Members of Parliament, journalists and other Establishment stalwarts could be shut up almost instantaneously unless like Oscar Wilde, they were ready to fight.

Posted by: bevin | Apr 26 2022 20:41 utc | 201

@Warren Tetlock | Apr 26 2022 20:26 utc | 194

Now that the SBU knows where he is , it would very helpful if he were to go out and find a recognizable landmark and take a photo of himself with a timestamp.

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 26 2022 20:41 utc | 202

#----War is violence. There's no such thing as "humanitarian war". War is no piecemeal business. War is onslaught. The days of Frederick II or Louis XIV are over. I'm afraid ça va mal finir...

Posted by: FMG | Apr 26 2022 14:25 utc | 45

It seem that axiom is being shamed by Russia. Remember we live in a time of "new-speak", when everything is turned on the head.

Posted by: Anne B | Apr 26 2022 20:44 utc | 203

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Apr 26 2022 19:04 utc | 161

oh jesus with respect to climate change Putin isn't "genuflecting" to a western ideological export, he's recognizing reality. He's a realistic person. You need to stop confusing gay rights etc with science.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Apr 26 2022 20:46 utc | 204

@ karlof1 | Apr 26 2022 20:32 utc | 197 - indeed... i recommend regulars don't respond to that stuff either..

Posted by: james | Apr 26 2022 20:48 utc | 205

@pretzelattack | Apr 26 2022 20:46 utc | 204

Maybe the climate will stop changing now that Poland and Bulgaria will get no more NATURAL gas?

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 26 2022 20:49 utc | 206

karlof1 | Apr 26 2022 20:30 utc | 195

"This will initially be an operation to evacuate civilians from the plant."

I read through to that part and the reason for the visit by the ex EU president weasel became clear. Must be some very important people trapped under the steel works.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Apr 26 2022 20:50 utc | 207

@ Norwegian | Apr 26 2022 20:41 utc | 202

thanks norwegian.. looks legit.. picture appears to confirm with link to the zoo website

Posted by: james | Apr 26 2022 20:52 utc | 208

@181 malenkov

No, you are right, and I am unsure as to what I was getting at.

Putin has been repeatedly clear about gays and I think we are on the same page.

But my point stands that Russia has not openly challenged western ideological pressure OPENLY until recently. One recalls the term "partner" being used a lot when in reference to western players.

I repeat that he was forced to show his cards in Ukraine and now it is out of the bag and we can be sure that the west has been right about Putin all along: he is changing the world order, just as it can be through the lessons of the Tao Te Ching:

"Paradoxically, the way forward is back," and this is the means the wise have always employed in their goal of overcoming the foolish.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Apr 26 2022 20:56 utc | 209

Posted by: Norwegian | Apr 26 2022 20:49 utc | 206

nope, has eff all to do with that. whether Poland and Bulgaria get gas or not, the gigantic fossil fuel corporations will still avoid funding research into the subject, because they tried doing that and it didn't work. their propaganda campaign has worked a lot better tho. that's the science they are really good at, by necessity, since they can't refute the actual science. and no, the fossil fuel corporations aren't any more helpless than defense contractor corporations or any other oligarch interest groups. that they have convinced you they are is just more proof of the power of propaganda.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Apr 26 2022 20:58 utc | 210

malenkov@181 It seems obvious that the UK used the laws on homosexuality to punish non-conformity. While it was illegal it was also widely practised, particularly among the ruling class where buggery was taught in all the best schools. This meant that half the Members of Parliament, journalists and other Establishment stalwarts could be shut up almost instantaneously unless like Oscar Wilde, they were ready to fight.

Posted by: bevin | Apr 26 2022 20:41 utc | 201

This is absolutely correct; the history of the English "molly house" is further demonstration thereof. You can't easily condemn a vice if there's no obvious evidence of its existence.

And you're right about Wilde: If he hadn't made the mistake of prosecuting Bosie Douglas's dad, he would never have seen the inside of a prison.

Borderline cases present themselves when otherwise valuable people got caught in the legal trap just for having sex: Turing, for instance, or even (tragedy repeating as farce) George Michael. I'm unaware of similar instances in Russia or the USSR; maybe that's because there's less of a tradition of semi-public sex in that part of the world? I can't say I've made a study of the matter.

Posted by: malenkov | Apr 26 2022 21:00 utc | 211

donten | Apr 26 2022 17:45 utc | 121

Maria Zacharova is also said to have added that one of the first "Foreign Control centers" in Kiev to be eliminated would be the UK Embassy. She has a way with words....

This is reported from the "Azov telegram channel". (NOW I accidentally found they have one!)
However, I reckon the "civilians" mentioned must be foreign fighters, Bioworkers, and the Turkish, German and probably French "negotiators", who were sent to enable the release of their "experts - and who were taken prisoner in their own turn. (Version going around, but not confirmed).
"The Azovstal plant, where the defenders of Mariupol are located, where civilians are hiding in the basements from shelling, continues to be covered by enemy fire.

Last night alone, 35 air strikes were carried out, during which one of the shops caught fire. But most importantly, they affected civilians who are now trapped. Soldiers of the Azov Regiment provide first aid and make every effort to free civilians from the rubble.

Next quote is about the "quality" of the Uke forces now in Donbass. This is not to denigrate them, but they are being used as cannon fodder by Zelensky and the US. I really feel sorry for them as forced conscription is what many refugees were fleeing from.

"Already now, among the dead and captured, the bulk are mobilized middle-aged men. Frightened, dirty, hungry, with a doomed look. And in fact, those who were captured pulled out their lucky ticket.
A typical example from a conversation with such a lucky man: “Our unit was thrown into the forest belt, the defense sector was indicated, after which the officers left. For three days we lay under fire, we lost half of our personnel. Then they saw Russian tanks and surrendered.


The overall fighting.

One factor that is not really taken into account is the length of time that the hostilities will last. Most here on MoA are thinking that the simple control of land and frontiers will signal "the end". Why? This fight has been brewing for a long time and has ramifications in the disastrous financial situation of the "west" and "moral/immoral" control of the world.

One "off-centre" (and OT) estimate is that the wars will continue until 2024-25, because of the enormous debt load of the US and EU. Inflation will have to have the time to destroy any semblance of monetary integrity. ("you will own nothing and be....screwed"). A second reason is that the "Black" derivative markets of (at least...) $700 trillion are based on interest rates staying at zero until then. Otherwise they will not be profitable. (Actually the inverse, they will be wiped out). So the present situation of panic and mass manipulation has to last for another few years, to feed the filthy rich.
The recent Blinken pronouncements of a possible negotiation for a "neutral" Ukraine, (but armed to NATO standards!) should be seen in the light that the US is not "agreement capable".
Calls for armed security for "merchant" a ships in the Black Sea have been made by the US.

Posted by: Stonebird | Apr 26 2022 21:02 utc | 212

donten | Apr 26 2022 17:45 utc | 121

Maria Zacharova is also said to have added that one of the first "Foreign Control centers" in Kiev to be eliminated would be the UK Embassy. She has a way with words....

All of a sudden I'm fantasizing about architectural cleanup. How about the HQ of MI6, the most hideous postmodern Lego-block monstrosity this side of Michael Graves>

Or the double-SS insignia that is NATO HQ?

Posted by: malenkov | Apr 26 2022 21:08 utc | 213

How about a recent photo of Lira, not something from March 10.

Posted by: Warren Tetlock | Apr 26 2022 21:09 utc | 214

@ Warren Tetlock | Apr 26 2022 21:09 utc | 214

yeah.. it does confirm he was in ukraine march 10th.. lends legitimacy to this... still open question the rest of the story to my mind..

Posted by: james | Apr 26 2022 21:11 utc | 215

For starters, Crimea would never be donated to a future State of Novorussiya.

Posted by: Shyaku | Apr 26 2022 15:47 utc | 77

This makes sense to me.

I would also simply point out that in one of his earlier speeches, Putin stressed that the historic divisions of Ukraine were made without the input of the citizens of the area themselves.

Ideally, stability would need to be - not restored, as there hasn't been any for a long time - but initiated, perhaps through becoming a UN protectorate, or with plebicites in the various regions so that those living there could have their say.

But all that is simply a suggestion and probably, given my armchair status, completly impractical. (So I won't mind being ignored; will just go on with my Dostoievski explorations.)

I'm sure there are lots of good, determinative discussions going on, and hopefully it all will lead to a better situation for the country than the civil war, foreign aggression, tearing apart that has been Ukraine's nightmare now and for so long in its past. They really deserve a restful time of reconstruction, gathering together of communities for healing conversations and restoration of normalcy, so that they, the citizens, have a chance to become involved in their own destinies. (Truth and reconciliation - does that seem possible? Yes, if the land is loved.) I wish for them all that choice. And I'd also say that this ought to extend at least to three other countries: little Yemen, big Libya, middlesized Afghanistan...

Oh, and as things get worse for us here, the United States of America as well.

Posted by: juliania | Apr 26 2022 21:11 utc | 216

karlof1 | Apr 26 2022 20:30 utc | 195

Thanks for the long bed-time read. It never ceases to amaze me how coherent the Russians are. This side of the intellectual barrier, all we seem to get are appeals to our emotions.

Posted by: Stonebird | Apr 26 2022 21:25 utc | 217

Yes, Gonzalo, we knew all this ffs!

Glad to hear you're ok.

Posted by: Guy Thornton | Apr 26 2022 21:31 utc | 218

Posted by: karlof1 | Apr 26 2022 18:59 utc | 158

Once again, many thanks karlof1! I feel like I have been in the Klondike panning for gold...found it! And back I go to your link.

Posted by: juliania | Apr 26 2022 21:40 utc | 219

@ 160 said;"The US wants its blood-drenched hands on the fossil fuels in Russia and Central Asia and it will continue to kill for oil until it is stopped."
"It can't be stopped by killing Ukrainians, Russia has to go to the source."

All true, but, their drive can be blunted by removing an arrow from it's quiver..

Posted by: vetinLA | Apr 26 2022 21:40 utc | 220

Peter AU1 @207--

Thanks for your reply! I arrived at a similar conclusion, but I'd really like to read the remainder of the transcript. When the visit was announced, myself and others opined that it would be yet another attempt to delay or invoke a truce for reinforcing. Right away after Putin's manner of introducing the topic, it was clear the Guterres response was to do the tap-dance as displayed by Chicago (occasionally--and it's almost always Broadway--American entertainment gets something exactly correct). The man is a poodle--no, they're actually intelligent--a chihuahua. Also, Lavrov did an excellent job of explaining a UNGA proposal that the media is trying to say affects the UNSC; it does not (Lavrov's capacity for information is amazing). And I could say much more.

I did take all four transcripts and folded them into one article at my VK as I intend to add three other important documents to them for a Big Picture analytical article that demands to be written. It's my hope that barflies will take the time to read all those important words AND share them.

Posted by: karlof1 | Apr 26 2022 21:41 utc | 221

question for all - do you start to sense a little bit of panic? ,3

Posted by: Macpott | Apr 26 2022 21:44 utc | 222

With regards to a child's education; They should be taught tolerance towards others lifestyles, not adoption.

Posted by: vetinLA | Apr 26 2022 21:47 utc | 223

The purpose of US diplomacy is not to prevent war, not to do what is fair and correct, but to rally allies in the support of war.
. . .from Blinken's statement during a budget hearing at the Senate today:
"Our diplomacy is rallying allies and partners around the world to join us in supporting Ukraine with security, economic, humanitarian assistance; imposing massive costs on the Kremlin; strengthening our collective security and defense; addressing the war’s mounting global consequences, including the refugee and food crises that you both alluded to.
"We will, we have to continue to drive that diplomacy forward, to seize what I believe are strategic opportunities, as well as address risks presented by Russia’s overreach as countries are reconsidering their policies, their priorities, their relationships. The budget request before you predated this crisis, but fully funding it is critical in my judgment to ensuring that Russia’s war in Ukraine is a strategic failure for the Kremlin and serves as a powerful lesson to those who might consider following its path.". . here

So the forever wars never ceased and will never stop.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Apr 26 2022 21:50 utc | 224

Don't want to count my chickens,

But if diplomacy is on the table again, and it is readonable, Russia will indeed take it.

Then with the new paradigm launched, we can expect the "plan b" from the powerbrokers in the west: a full-on blitz domestically against dissenters via an economic reorganizing and launching of digital currency.

But like I said, don't want to count my chickens.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Apr 26 2022 21:53 utc | 225

v #20

Reminds me of an old line:
A libertarian, a shitlib and a fascist walk into a bar...

The bears in residence ate them.

On Ukraine future composition I speculate the natonazis will all exit with their families, leaving a jilted and resentful population behind to rebuild and form a new government and constitution.

This will not end soon and not one square meter will be left unincorporated into Ukraine.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 26 2022 21:56 utc | 226

Another NATO member--Croatia--objects to adding Finland and Sweden, but the position taken will be reversed as soon as Croatia's demands are met:

"Finland and Sweden joining NATO is 'very dangerous charlatanry' and amounts to provoking Russia, Croatian President Zoran Milanovic said on Tuesday. Zagreb will refuse to ratify their membership until the US and EU pressure the neighboring Bosnia-Herzegovina into guaranteeing ethnic Croats their basic voting rights, Milanovic added." [My Emphasis]

There's no notice given to any other NATO nation aping Croatia's stance.

Posted by: karlof1 | Apr 26 2022 21:57 utc | 227

donten | Apr 26 2022 17:45 utc | 121
Maria Zacharova is also said to have added that one of the first "Foreign Control centers" in Kiev to be eliminated would be the UK Embassy. She has a way with words....

Never going to happen. NATO strategic planners are well aware of the feckless incompetence of Putin. Russian leadership is excellent at whining and bleating but not at imposing costs on the real enemies. Escalation dominance will remain with NATO since a fearful Putin will keep blocking his military from targeting even Ukrainian infrastructure, let alone any NATO assets. Russia is powerless with Putin at the helm.

Posted by: Jar Blnken | Apr 26 2022 21:58 utc | 228

Polish Media: Russia Has Halted Gas Supplies To The Country

Poland announced on Tuesday that it was preparing to impose sanctions on 50 Russian oligarchs and companies, as Polish media report that Russia has stopped gas deliveries to the country, causing European gas prices to get hit with a double-digit surge.
Poland’s online news channel reported that Russia had suspended gas supplies to Poland under the Yamal contract, citing off-the-record sources claiming that the Ministry of Climate has now gathered its crisis team to deal with the situation. . . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | Apr 26 2022 22:06 utc | 229

Paco @ 189

I remember vacationing with family way back in ‘64 &’65 in northern Michigan listening to Radio Havana at night. Where I first heard James Brown. Big powerful station, away from the clutter of Chicago it came in just as clear as WLS. That was likely the absolute high point for WLS, Havana was far better. Also lots of news briefs from a perspective heard nowhere else. Vietnam was coming into focus, Havana was all over that.

What was possible sixty years ago would be possible today. Biggest difference would be fewer people listen to radio. If there were something good available they would.

Posted by: Oldhippie | Apr 26 2022 22:09 utc | 230

Russia warns Britain for provoking Ukraine

April 26 (Reuters) - Russia warned Britain on Tuesday that if it continued to provoke Ukraine to strike targets in Russia then there would be an immediate "proportional response".
Russia's defence ministry cited statements from Britain's armed forces minister James Heappey who told BBC radio that it was entirely legitimate for Ukraine to hunt targets in the depths of Russia to disrupt logistics and supply lines. . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | Apr 26 2022 22:11 utc | 231

@Posted by: Stonebird | Apr 26 2022 21:02 utc | 212

With the levels of debt the only way out is a period of sustained inflation with negative interest rates. The FED will keep making "hawkish" statements while taking tiny steps in raising rates as inflation accelerates. Stagflation is bad in real terms for holders of financial assets, including banks, but good for physical asset holders (although it may not be as good for property as it was in the 1970s given the massive over-leveraging against property and the pressure against raising even nominal earnings - US new home sales are already tanking).

Right now the US dollar is "the lesser of the dirty shirts" given the implosion of Europe and Japan but once the interest rate rise cycle has to end and QE restarted, maybe within a few months at most, that may very well change. Especially if China and Russia etc. successfully move away from US$ payments.

With the Russian move to cut off gas supplies to Poland we may be beginning the next stage of Russian economic escalation as Europe and the US keep escalating their military support for Ukraine. Spot gas prices in Europe spiked immediately with the Russian move. With only 20% of the Ukrainian wheat sown as it has been reported, Russia will also be in an incredibly strong position with respect to food exports - with the prices escalating. Russia should start turning the screw on Europe to bring their egos down to Earth.

Posted by: Roger | Apr 26 2022 22:17 utc | 232

Don Bacon #41

That quote from war on the rocks > last sentence ++

Putin and Russia with him have responded to the unrelenting ignorance and mendacity of the west. There really is no going back. Whilst Lavrov continues on his task, we are talking to Shoigyu now.

The natonazis are simply incapable of putting their vassals to the war for any enduring time.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 26 2022 22:22 utc | 233

vetinLA | Apr 26 2022 21:47 utc | 223
well said. during my brief stint at lockheed martin, 2007 or so, reading thru the fine print, i noticed their "diversity in hiring" policy (re: race, genitalia, age, disability, orientation and preference) was as gay as gay can get in God's country, way more gay than the state of VA, where LM's Pentagon foundation is. makes for good PR when selling weapons to new libs. (To make a statement for gay rights, move to MD or DC and commute to the Pentagon, right?) "Our drones are so smart & easy to fly, even autistic epileptics going blind from diabetes can distinguish the Putin-oppressed Ukrainian lesbians from the Stalin-loving mothers of Russia when they heroically bomb in urban areas for Uncle Sam."

I don't believe that people who make "Song of the South" give a shit how many blacks are in Mickey suits on staff or about diversity in the boardroom. #Metoo is fully endorsed by Corrections Corporation of America, right? sure, why not? prison rape doesn't qualify for the concern of the morality police, not in men's prisons, not in women's prisons, no matter their pronoun preferences.

still, it is disturbing and kind of funny to see how often someone here asserts that the army that is less gay will win, while drooling all over who's got the bigger harder faster missiles. so much more heroic to be penetrated by bullets than know...though in the end, both are the same in that they take it "just like a woman..."

like people casually blaming that welfare queen Israel for everything. Goldmembers, Mini-Me is not responsible for Dr Evil.

Posted by: rjb1.5 | Apr 26 2022 22:25 utc | 234

On Gazprom's gas cutoffs--It appears these are being done since the affected nations refused to pay in rubles and won't get anymore gas until they do:

"Russian energy giant Gazprom will cease delivering gas to Bulgaria on Wednesday, the country’s energy ministry announced on Tuesday. The news comes after the Saint Petersburg firm confirmed it will also halt supplies to Poland, with both countries refusing to pay for energy supplies in rubles."

Posted by: karlof1 | Apr 26 2022 22:27 utc | 235

Posted by: Don Bacon | Apr 26 2022 14:16 utc | 41
that war on the rocks article is nasty:

'Putin’s reputation for ruthlessness and vindictiveness went beyond simply using force to overcome opposition to his schemes. He would pursue opponents and critics for a long time, waiting to get even. While still in St. Petersburg, Putin had the organized crime police beat up and imprison a former city aide who went public about financial corruption in the city government'

that doesnt sound like Putin that sounds like a USA image of Putin

Posted by: brian | Apr 26 2022 22:30 utc | 236

The article collecting the four important transcripts is located here.

Posted by: karlof1 | Apr 26 2022 22:31 utc | 237

So is Putin, for that matter ...

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Apr 26 2022 15:53 utc | 83

Putin isnt a bigot, nor is he rich or brutal. The Putin haters are on a role these days doing everything to sully his reputation

Posted by: brian | Apr 26 2022 22:32 utc | 238

Posted by: karlof1 | Apr 26 2022 22:31 utc | 237

Thanks very much for the work to get this available.

Posted by: naiverealist | Apr 26 2022 22:35 utc | 239


A country’s problems usually lie with its leaderships. Poland’s aggressive leaders are creating problems then blaming russia. The people should choose more wisely

Posted by: Brian | Apr 26 2022 22:37 utc | 240

#----Just to remind the admirers of Putin: Sweden and Finland are about to apply for NATO-membership coming May, abandoning a long tradition of military neutrality.

Another victory for the chess-master, right?

Posted by: Gleb Nershin | Apr 26 2022 19:54 utc | 177

I contribute it to the local harpies- this runs like the curse in Isaiah 3: 4;

“And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them." Them being the babes of course.

Posted by: Anne B | Apr 26 2022 22:39 utc | 241

#----Just to remind the admirers of Putin: Sweden and Finland are about to apply for NATO-membership coming May, abandoning a long tradition of military neutrality.

Another victory for the chess-master, right?

Posted by: Gleb Nershin | Apr 26 2022 19:54 utc | 177

According to RT, the Croatian president will reject their application . . . well, sort of: "Zagreb will refuse to ratify their membership until the US and EU pressure the neighboring Bosnia-Herzegovina into guaranteeing ethnic Croats their basic voting rights." So he's naming a price for his vote that NATO may or may not be willing or able to play.

I can't imagine Hungary would be terribly enthusiastic about increased NATO membership, but might go along. Turkey would at very least drive a hard bargain for its assent.

Posted by: malenkov | Apr 26 2022 22:44 utc | 242

What about Germany? . . . ft: The plan is for Germany to all but wean itself off Russian gas by mid-2024 and become “virtually independent” of Russian oil by December.
That's Germany's position, before they decided to send arms to Ukraine.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Apr 26 2022 22:46 utc | 243

Down South | Apr 26 2022 19:34 utc | 170

The United States is ready to accept a possible
peace agreement between Ukraine & Russia,
as a result of which Ukraine will become a
neutral country.
But armed according to NATO standards.

Yeah, sure...And I got a bridge, cheap, just for you!

Posted by: donten | Apr 26 2022 22:54 utc | 244

A Chechen soldier in Mariupol gives an emotional heartfelt account of recent storming of building to save civilians from Azov snipers. Very moving.

Posted by: PJB | Apr 26 2022 22:54 utc | 245

Posted by: RJB | Apr 26 2022 13:48 utc | 35

Agreed. A quick look at the first link to the Max Keen story shows quite a bit of disagreement over his own responsibility. Business disputes of the "he said, she said" type are a waste of everyone's time. These days, everyone in business is a crook by definition. Read Robert Ringer's "Winning Through Intimidation" and "Looking Out For Number One" books.

Posted by: james | Apr 26 2022 15:32 utc | 72

Thanks for the reference. I see most of the comments today are the same old, same old "partition Ukraine" - as if Ukraine is the issue to Russia, which it clearly is not. What is the issue is Russia's "security guarantees" and the "military-technical measures" to achieve them. Ukraine is just the first of those and will not work until Ukraine is made into a compliant state in its entirety.

But then, maybe Russia is too stupid to do that. Seems everyone else is.

Posted by: james | Apr 26 2022 16:18 utc | 93
"single issue people are so yesterday..."

LOL Agreed. Your one liner wins the thread.

Posted by: Peter Camenzind | Apr 26 2022 16:51 utc | 102

Dreizin had two short videos up on his site, which I referenced yesterday. I watched them - basically the same as Lira's analysis. In other words, nothing we don't already know. I'm downloading The Duran video now.

I will reiterate what Martyanov says: NO ONE knows Russia's plans except Putin's team and the General Staff. Period. End of story.

All I'm saying is that there are logical consequences to Russia's stated intentions of restoring its security vis-a-vis NATO and what everyone thinks will be done in Ukraine is NOT going to achieve that.

So the remaining question is: Does Russia understand what it needs to do?

Posted by: Rob | Apr 26 2022 17:25 utc | 111

Agreed. Lira is a commentator like everyone else who isn't in a government on one side or the other. His past, like everyone else's who is commentating, does not matter (unless they have military experience like Ritter and Martyanov and Macgregor) and neither do his opinions on any other subject.

The character assassins are just butthurt (to use Martyanov's favorite phrase) that Lira has more influence than they do.

Posted by: Et Tu | Apr 26 2022 18:46 utc | 150
"Why exactly are foreign fighters being spared?"

Why waste an expensive missile on X number of people who are not on the battle lines and can not affect the outcome of the war?

Which is why Zelenskyy is still alive, since he doesn't control anything.

People just don't get it. Russia does not care about anything that doesn't directly affect the outcome of the war, whether it's in Ukraine or outside Ukraine. If and when they do care, they'll take care of it.

Otherwise all you're doing is assuming that Russia is dumber than you are. Which may be true, but is not in evidence at the moment just because you assume your notions are true.

Posted by: Et Tu | Apr 26 2022 19:15 utc | 163

You're not puzzled. You're a concern troll - which IIRC we established long ago.

Posted by: Down South | Apr 26 2022 19:23 utc | 165

No, it's not "huge". It's undoubtedly bullshit since it comes from Blinken.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Apr 26 2022 20:03 utc | 182
"TL/DR: CTFD and take a deep breath."

And since you've admitted to misinterpreting his words, I suggest you do the same.

Posted by: karlof1 | Apr 26 2022 20:30 utc | 195

"The United Nations is not part of political negotiations. We have never been invited or allowed to participate in the Minsk process or in the Normandy format."

Has the Secretary forgotten that Minsk was made into a UNSC Resolution? They may not have been part of the negotiations but they compelled all the parties by way of that Resolution to implement Minsk. So the UN bears responsibility when that did not happen.

"I personally read all the comments of the legal, administrative and political authorities of the United States and European countries – all this was supported."

Impressive if true. You don't catch Putin unawares.

"There is no fighting in Mariupol, it has stopped."

Well, in Mariupol, that's true. In Azovstal, it's not. Gotta watch Putin's very careful words.

"I gave the order not to conduct assault operations there. There is no direct fighting there."

That is not true, according to videos I've seen. They're still pressuring the plant and rooting out groups of Ukrainians. Unless what he means by "direct fighting" is something other than what is going on in Azovstal. Once again, Putin is VERY careful with his words.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 26 2022 22:56 utc | 246

Allies from 40 nations met to bolster Kyiv’s defence against Moscow during a meeting called by the US at its Ramstein airbase in southwestern Germany.
At the talks, German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht said Berlin has agreed to give the go-ahead to the delivery of used Gepard anti-aircraft tanks to Ukraine.
The move towards heavy weapons deliveries marked a turning point from Germany’s timid backing for Kyiv which has put Chancellor Olaf Scholz under fire at home and abroad.
Lambrecht admitted that the Bundeswehr’s weapons stocks are limited, but said it will turn to the inventory of Germany’s armaments manufacturers.
“Ukraine orders and Germany pays,” she said.. . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | Apr 26 2022 22:57 utc | 247

karlof1 #99

Poland with no gas and no transit fees. Good.

Thank you for your post.

I regularly remind myself of the treaty proposals made by Russia and distributed to the USA and the entire Natonazi cabal in December 2021.

Withdraw your aggression, weapons, bases to the 1997 status quo!

Now, recall the ensuing joint statements with China.

Barflies might consider the relentless media messages emanating from the UKUSA empire and in particular the frenzied pizza slicing nonsense re Ukraine.

It ain't going to be this way.

Russia is now firmly linked to the forces of the oppressed across the planet and that includes China. They are the object of an unrelenting, disgusting racist slander. I doubt that Russia will stay its hand as both blood and honour are at stake.

Perhaps we might better understand the world events by putting aside pretty maps of Ukraine and with every Ukraine thread include a map of the 1997 boundary that the empire faithfully promised. That will show Russia's objective, the Natonazi world edge, and remind us of the mendacity and perfidious betrayal of the west.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 26 2022 22:58 utc | 248

Strategic-Culture has published an infographic article hypothesizing another reason for the SMO. If that's correct, then to neutralize the threat, Russia must liberate Germany. IMO, what's hypothesized provides an additional reason, but doesn't alter the overall goal.

Posted by: karlof1 | Apr 26 2022 23:03 utc | 249

#---Posted by: Unnamed | Apr 26 2022 20:21 utc | 190

A very good example of pissing in the well. Is that why you're Unnamed?

Posted by: Anne B | Apr 26 2022 23:08 utc | 250

Pepe Escobar issues mean comments... LOL

Pepe Escobar, [4/26/22 8:17 AM]

Isn't it soooooo rich that the Empire of Lies is leading a "summit" of 40 or so vassals/straps/minions at one of the icons of the Empire of Bases - Ramstein - to "bolster Ukraine's defenses" (translation: keep the war going forever).

The soooo rich becomes soooooo absurd when the propaganda avalanche includes claiming NATO is not among the donors. Well, most of those at the summit are NATO minions.

The Ramstein summit follows weapons peddler Lloyd "Raytheon" Austin and Little Blinkie visiting the mediocre comedian in Kiev over the weekend and stating they want to "weaken" Russia.

It's really impossible to report about this serial tsunami of imperial excrement as if it was serious news.

Pepe Escobar, [4/26/22 8:30 AM]

You think my previous post was nasty? Baaaaah. It gets much worse.

Sitting beside weapons peddler Lloyd "Raytheon" Austin and General Woke Milley, the German Defense Minister - one Christine Lambrecht, of the von der Lugen school of mediocrity - said that Germany and the Empire of Lies are now teaching Ukrainian troops how to employ new artillery systems.

The teaching takes place in German soil.

Do these people even listen to Lavrov?

Or perhaps they want Mr. Sarmat to visit the Reichstag?

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 26 2022 23:13 utc | 251

Why is Republican Congressman, Michael McCaul, bragging to Blitzer that he just got back from the region and witnessed a lot 18-wheelers going into Ukraine loaded with lethal weapons?

It's not like you can easily hide a convoy of 18-wheelers, even on back roads. How are they even getting away with this?

Posted by: Circe | Apr 26 2022 23:15 utc | 252

uncle tungsten @248--

If you haven't gotten round to it yet, the Patrushev interview holds many good points and begins thusly:

"Nikolai Platonovich, today, perhaps, the term 'second Cold War' no longer seems an exaggeration. The Americans, without hesitation, declare that they won the confrontation with the USSR and now they will also win. How do you assess these views?

"Nikolai Patrushev: Tragic scenarios of world crises, both in past years and today, are imposed by Washington in its desire to consolidate its hegemony, resisting the collapse of the unipolar world. The United States is doing everything to ensure that other centers of the multipolar world do not even dare to raise their heads, and our country not only dared, but publicly declared that it would not play by the imposed rules. Attempts were made to force Russia to renounce its sovereignty, self-consciousness, culture, and independent foreign and domestic policies. We have no right to agree with this approach.

"In an attempt to suppress Russia, the Americans, using their proxies in Kiev, decided to create the antipode of our country, cynically choosing Ukraine for this, trying to divide essentially a single people. Having found no positive basis for attracting Ukrainians to its side, Washington, long before the 2014 coup d'état, instilled in Ukrainians the exclusivity of their nation and hatred of everything Russian. However, history teaches that hatred can never become a reliable factor of national unity. If anything unites the peoples living in Ukraine today, it is the fear of the atrocities of nationalist battalions. Therefore, the result of the policy of the West and the Kiev regime controlled by it can only be the disintegration of Ukraine into several states. [My Emphasis]

You can find the entire transcript on the week in review thread or at my VK.

Posted by: karlof1 | Apr 26 2022 23:18 utc | 253

Pepe Escobar explains how it is all so simple... Compare with Lira's limited viewpoint...

Pepe Escobar, [4/26/22 9:36 AM]

In 1933 the Anglo-American axis backed Field Marshall Paul von Hindenburg's selection of Adolf Hitler as the new Chancellor of Germany.

The plan was to rebuild Germany to balance against the growing power of Russia under Stalin.

England lent two billion gold dollars to Germany; the US lent one billion gold dollars - which was worth about 100 times what the dollar is worth now. England also opened its markets to Germany to strengthen it.

This parallels EXACTLY what the Empire of Lies and rotten Britannia are doing now supporting Ukro Neo-Nazis against Russia.

Nord Stream 2 was the last straw.

The Empire of Lies feared a Germany/Russia/China alliance - where the US would be relegated to the status of an isolated island, losing what was left of its fading control of the planet.

So the CIA ordered the Ukro neo-Nazis to prepare to launch a massive attack on the Donbass - and kill hundreds of thousands of its Russophone population by massive artillery bombardment.

Russian intel picked this up. And Operation Z became inevitable.

The immediate goal of the Empire of Lies was to force Germany to end all its natural resource imports from Russia - thus forcing Germany to remain a permanent US vassal.

The plan worked. Germany is cutting all relations with Russia and is slowly but surely preparing, alongside the Empire, for what might become a HOT - nuclear - war against Russia. Lavrov just had to issue another VERY serious warning.

The Empire of Lies easily gained control of the EU via the German poodle - and now is totally focused on bringing down Russia (“weaken”, in the language of Pentagon weapons peddler Austin and Ziocon Blinkie).

The sanction tsunami will of course backfire - already happening.

And so will the Empire of Lies supreme wet dream: to “weaken” Russia so that it may take back control - as in the Yeltsin years - via corrupt oligarchs, of ALL Russia's wealth of natural resources. That will ultimately mean control of China - because by land and sea the Americans will control all of China's natural resource inputs.

The planet was slipping out of the Empire of Lies' grip. Yet in one fell swoop they are back in the game.

Not so fast though. The only losers, so far, are poodles Germany and the EU.

The Russia-China strategic partnership excels in shadowplay.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 26 2022 23:19 utc | 254

The gonzalolira1968 account you linked is a fake afaik. His realgonzalolira account is still active and nothing new is there.

Posted by: Razer | Apr 26 2022 23:22 utc | 255

Posted by: Circe | Apr 26 2022 23:15 utc | 252
"How are they even getting away with this?"

How many times do we have to tell you? Russia does not care! When they do care, they take care of it.

1) They don't matter because they are too few, too obsolete and are used up too fast at the front IF they get to the front.
2) They have to cross all of Ukraine to get to the front which means they're late to the game.
3) When they get to the front - IF they get to the front - they get blown up AT the front.

Once again: Nothing that NATO sends to Ukraine is going to affect the outcome of the war - short of tactical nukes.

So stop worrying and stop asking.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 26 2022 23:24 utc | 256

Posted by: Razer | Apr 26 2022 23:22 utc | 255

Wrong. The 1968 account has been explicitly stated by him to be his. Go listen to his interviews since he came back.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 26 2022 23:25 utc | 257

Circe @252--

Russia unlike the Outlaw US Empire doesn't just go around blowing up every civilian truck it sees. If Russia has good intel saying such and such trucks are carrying contraband, then they'll blast them--but only then. As I've written before however, the best place to attack such arms is at their collection points, a task being done multiple times daily.

Posted by: karlof1 | Apr 26 2022 23:25 utc | 258

I agree with what Gonzalo said.
A Mr. B: I think Gonzalo meant that whatever political solution there will be in the provinces liberated by the Russians, they will remain under Russian influence, and therefore Gonzalo considers these provinces as "Russia" (for example in his videos he mentioned that Russia-Ukraine -Belarus and another make up about 40% of the world's grain... Ganzola said that these 3 country are "Russia", meaning that they are under the influence of Russia).
My guess is that what you call a "Federal Republic of Novorossia", Gonzalo calls "Russia". In my eyes both you n Gonzalo are saying the saming thing... Nobody really knows for sure the details of the final political solution, but one thing is sure: they will remain under Russian influence for at least a few generations.

Posted by: DanieleB | Apr 26 2022 23:28 utc | 259

How many times do we have to tell you? Russia does not care! When they do care, they take care of it.

1) They don't matter because they are too few, too obsolete and are used up too fast at the front IF they get to the front.
2) They have to cross all of Ukraine to get to the front which means they're late to the game.
3) When they get to the front - IF they get to the front - they get blown up AT the front.

Once again: Nothing that NATO sends to Ukraine is going to affect the outcome of the war - short of tactical nukes.

So stop worrying and stop asking.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 26 2022 23:24 utc | 256

All that, and a further possible explanation:

The congresscritter is lying.

Posted by: malenkov | Apr 26 2022 23:32 utc | 260

From Intel Slava Z Telegram channel...

Traces of terrorist attacks lead to Ukraine, - President of Pridnestrovie

Vadim Krasnoselsky called on Kyiv to investigate the penetration of Ukrainian combat groups for terrorist attacks in the PMR and called on Chisinau not to succumb to provocations and not allow Moldova to be drawn into aggression against Tiraspol.

Not surprising, the CIA wants to use Ukraine. Moldova and Romania to seize Transnistria, thus forcing Russia into starting a war with NATO. More and more, this is becoming a clear indication that the US wants a war between NATO and Russia, while thinking it will somehow manage to stay out of it.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 26 2022 23:35 utc | 261

China now calling the US ‘the devil’. , the rhetoric from China is approaching warlike posture.

Posted by: Oh | Apr 26 2022 23:36 utc | 262

Circe . . .from NPR . (got it with google search)
. . . The U.S. is really focused on these small portable weapons. And I'll mention a couple in particular - the javelins, which are shoulder-fired and are taking out tanks and armored vehicles; the stingers, which are pretty similar, again, shoulder-fired, but they're directed at helicopters, low-flying planes; and now the U.S. is going to be adding these so-called kamikaze drones to supplement the drones that Ukraine already has. Now, all of these weapons can be fired by a single soldier, and it's really in contrast to the big, bulky weapons that the Russians are using and relying on, like tanks.
So the Pentagon has been taking it off the shelf and flying it to Eastern Europe, countries like Poland and the Baltics. And a Washington Post reporter recently got to see how some of this works once it gets there. The weapons are loaded onto vehicles, jeeps and armor-plated SUVs and bank trucks. And then vehicles, like maybe eight of them, are packed with weapons, are placed on the back of those transport trucks that carry cars along the highway. These trucks travel for hours till they reach unmarked spots on the border between Poland and Ukraine. The vehicles with the weapons come off the transport truck. They're handed over to the Ukrainian military and volunteers who then drive them deep into Ukraine. . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | Apr 26 2022 23:37 utc | 263

This Empire began with the Portuguese in the C15th bulling their way eastwards towards China, using their seapower to make the bargains that their paltry trade goods could not.
And now in this crisis in the long history of the Empire, after its guidance had passed from Portuguese to Spanish to Dutch to British to American hands there is a certain symnetry in the fact that the UN is headed by a Portuguese, while Guterres' successor is, following a period as Head of the EU, non executive Chairman of Goldman Sachs.
All these jobs, like the one that former Norwegian Prime Minister Stoltenberg has with NATO, are well paid, in the gift, for reasons too complex to retail, of the United States and are reserved for European politicians who know which side their bread is buttered on and whose butter it is.
Both Guterres and Stoltenberg are or were what are called Socialists in Europe while Barosso was a Social Democrat! And people wonder why the British voted to get out of the EU.

Posted by: bevin | Apr 26 2022 23:40 utc | 264

#--- Actually Gleb it is a victory for representative democracy as opposed to popular democracy. The Scamdinavians are so wedded to the system that they will not allow the matter to be put to a popular referendum.
Of all the sordid stories related to NATO's war on the Donbas, none is sleazier than the eagerness with which, in defiance of any political logic, Finland and Sweden have tried to get onto the bandwagon for Valhalla.

Posted by: bevin | Apr 26 2022 20:35 utc | 198

Norway has tagged along since the inception, due to PTSD. We had no refrendum either. Only the usual prosecution of perceived enemies.

Posted by: Anne B | Apr 26 2022 23:41 utc | 265

Qustion is who makes out the best from the rebuilding?? Jewish Russian oligarchs or Jewish Ukranian oligarchs??

Posted by: JimmyC | Apr 26 2022 23:42 utc | 266

@Sundial | 134

At least this time they are not trying to get someone tortured and killed.

Posted by: aij | Apr 26 2022 23:43 utc | 267

So Transcarpathia gets split between Hungary and the Ruritanians? Where does this info come from? It would explain why Orbán has remained neutral in the conflict mind. He wants to recover as much Hungarian territory lost under the Treaty of Trianon.

Posted by: kevin king | Apr 26 2022 23:45 utc | 268

@Norwegian | Apr 26 2022 16:46 utc | 100
I cannot tell anything about Mr.Lira, as I never met him and do not know him. But the lots of slander against him tell more about the accusers, be it old barflies like oldhippie, or just trolls popping up.

I care for the message, not the messenger. Whether Mr.Lira is or was for real, or is now some dissident SBU proxy, I do not know and do not care.

The message proper is sound. Russia has realized that "our western partners" (Putin once) or just a bunch of thugs "Arianizing" Russian funds and property where they get hold on, as the Nazis did with Jewish property. Mind that even the Nazis made exceptions where their vital interests were hurt, so do Western countries with energy, commodities, etc.

Only this time, the victim has claws and teeth.

Posted by: aquadraht | Apr 26 2022 23:46 utc | 269

Latest briefing from the Russian MoD Telegram channel...

Briefing by Russian Defence Ministry

The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation in Ukraine.

During the day, high-precision air-based missiles of the Russian Aerospace Forces hit 32 military assets of Ukraine.

Among them: 20 areas of manpower and Ukrainian military equipment concentration, 4 missile and artillery weapons depots near Slavyansk and Druzhkovka in the Donetsk People's Republic, the command and control post of the 105th Territorial Defence Battalion, and 2 artillery batteries.

Operational-tactical and army aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces hit 33 Ukrainian military facilities.

Among them: 23 areas of enemy's manpower and military equipment concentration.

Up to 200 nationalists, as well as more than 40 armoured vehicles, artillery mounts and cars, were destroyed.

1 Buk-M1 anti-aircraft missile system near Slavyansk and 3 ammunition and fuel depots near Volnoe Pole and Chervonnoe were also destroyed.

Missile troops and artillery carried out 100 firing missions during the day. [MY NOTE: Slow day!]

5 command posts Ukrainian troops, 81 areas of enemy's manpower and military equipment concentration, and 8 artillery batteries were hit.

2 multiple rocket launchers near Berezovka and 1 Buk-M1 anti-aircraft missile system near Komar were destroyed.

Russian air defence means shot down 6 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles near Brazhkovka, Kolesnikovka, Komissarovka, Kozinka, Lozovaya and Lenina.

In total, 141 aircraft and 110 helicopters, 589 unmanned aerial vehicles, 272 anti-aircraft missile systems, 2,588 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 292 multiple launch rocket systems, 1,124 field artillery and mortars, as well as 2,403 units of special military vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed during the operation.

#MoD #Russia #Ukraine #Briefing

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 26 2022 23:52 utc | 270

So a couple bigots rushed to out themselves, using some particularly egregious language, which is what you'd expect from insecure bullies - like Gonzalo Lira.

"Posted by: Kim | Apr 26 2022 16:09 utc | 89
With all due respect,how about you and your community stop shoving your fuked up shit, in my face and at my Children."

Respect? You get respect by showing respect. As far as fuked up shit goes, bigots love to dish it out. Bad news for you, Kim, we're here to stay, and as far as kids generally go, they are quite tolerant and just don't care much, unless groomed by bigots.

"Posted by: Ru-Paul Simon LeGree | Apr 26 2022 18:28 utc | 139
Not everyone in the world needs a self-interest group thrusting their genitals in someone else's face ... [bunch of nonsense] ... Have a nice, er um genital."

Now that's what I call projection. Thanks for the offer, but not interested.

Posted by: Trisha | Apr 26 2022 23:52 utc | 271

@264 "This Empire began with the Portuguese in the C15th..."

The Anglo-Saxons will be pleased to learn that they aren't totally to blame. Not that there are many purebred Anglo-Saxons left.

Posted by: dh | Apr 26 2022 23:55 utc | 272

#---Why is Republican Congressman, Michael McCaul, bragging to Blitzer that he just got back from the region and witnessed a lot 18-wheelers going into Ukraine loaded with lethal weapons?

It's not like you can easily hide a convoy of 18-wheelers, even on back roads. How are they even getting away with this?

Posted by: Circe | Apr 26 2022 23:15 utc | 252

McCaul is the victim of a classic scam, IMHO. They only need him to keep signing checks, don't they?

Posted by: Anne B | Apr 26 2022 23:55 utc | 273

Andrei Martyanov's latest "talking head"... "Well, hello, that's me again"... :-)

Andrei Martyanov: Q and A session off the cuff

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 26 2022 23:58 utc | 274

Just looked at a video of Putin talking with some Russian Olympics winners:

The New York Post headline for the event: Putin still appears puffy during awards ceremony for Russian Olympians.

You look at the video, he's holding a drink, and joking about his first time skating, he's animated, laughing, everyone is laughing, there's absolutely no sign of the "paranoid, unstable" Putin the western media talks about. He's completely at ease, confident. And the two girls in the group are hot. :-)

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 27 2022 0:14 utc | 275

@275 They may be confusing him with Johnny Depp. Easy to do when the editor's desk gets cluttered.

Posted by: dh | Apr 27 2022 0:20 utc | 276

Cunningham grimly says: Welcome to WW3--the war the Outlaw US Empire's Fascist Hawks have always sought with Russia/USSR.

Many have gainsaid my notion that Russia must go all the way to NATO HQ and liberate Europe from Neoliberal Fascism once again in an existential Second Great Patriotic War. After the events at Ramstein and the last 48 hours worth of chatter, I'm even more convinced now than before. Guterres's performance was abysmal and rather transparent as just another pawn. These words by Lavrov at today's presser are weighted with meaning:

"Now we are engaged in the elimination of such threats and actions taken by the West in violation of its obligations not to strengthen its security at the expense of Russia's security." [My Emphasis]

If NATO keeps pouring weapons in then Russia will have little choice than to halt them at their source. Furthermore, all those on Russia's Security Council know that the genuine General in this confrontation sits in the Outlaw US Empire and that its policy is to destroy Russia. If that sounds to shrill or bellicose, then I'll reply those with such views aren't watching what's occurring closely enough.

Posted by: karlof1 | Apr 27 2022 0:20 utc | 277

Supposedly photos from inside the Azovstal bunkers...

If those are real, those boys are in real trouble. Sleeping on cots and mattresses, bandaged up, most of them look non-functional as fighters. My guess is they won't last another week down there. Of course, the photos only show a few of them out of the estimated 1-2,000.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 27 2022 0:25 utc | 278

Richard Steven Hack | Apr 26 2022 23:35 utc | 261 " More and more, this is becoming a clear indication that the US wants a war between NATO and Russia, while thinking it will somehow manage to stay out of it."

The amount of officials from various parts saying they don't want this war to spread beyond Ukraine makes me think that is the exact intent.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Apr 27 2022 0:25 utc | 279

@276 Second thoughts he probably needs a few drinks after the Russian army's humiliating defeat in Kiev. Not to mention low morale, shortage of supplies, collapsing economy etc. etc.

Posted by: dh | Apr 27 2022 0:27 utc | 280

@ Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 27 2022 0:14 utc | 275

Indeed, it seems that the MSM has been instructed to refer to Putin as "puffy," "paranoid," and "unstable." I've seen all three repeatedly in various "news" sources. The latter two are objectively risible. The first? You don't get to be 69 years old with the taut facial skin of a tween -- not without face lifts, at least. Putin ain't looking so bad for someone his age; quite frankly, most fifty-year-olds look worse.

Anything to keep us from talking about Biden, or that addle-brained wreck supposedly running 404, I guess!

Posted by: malenkov | Apr 27 2022 0:33 utc | 281

Posted by: karlof1 | Apr 27 2022 0:20 utc | 277
"If NATO keeps pouring weapons in then Russia will have little choice than to halt them at their source."

I disagree. Certainly possible, of course, and maybe even probable in some specific cases. But as I said to Circe, in my view Russia doesn't care for the most part and when it does it acts to deal with it, as the railway attacks and the missile strikes on the training camps earlier show. Russia is aware that nothing the West sends is going to affect the outcome, and they will ignore it as long as it doesn't cause too many unnecessary Russian lives, which so far doesn't appear to be the case.

There was a comment on a Telegram channel about Ukrainian artillery being something neither Russia nor anyone else has faced in the last 75 years, and that Russian counter-battery efforts are a priority for the Russian military. So these large-caliber weapons NATO is sending is likely to be hit as soon as it gets near the front, as they can cause significant Russian casualties. But the rest of the stuff being sent is junk. Even the tanks are obsolete, as another comment about old T-72s and British Challenger tanks pointed out.

Now, if NATO escalates beyond sending useless weapons, then all bets are off.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 27 2022 0:34 utc | 282

I'm baffled why so many have it in for Gonzalo Lira. Thanks Norwegian for the video of him in Kharkov - I hadn't seen it, but I seem to remember one he made outside his favorite Chocolate shop in Kharkov, the one with all its windows blown out.

I find lots of Lira's videos a bit pedantic, but Alexander Mercouris can be accused of something similar, *lots* of repetition. Having said that, I think Lira's style is absolutely great - he is guilty of self assurance, not so much self agrandizement - he is just telling what he thinks of the situation, as one might hear while drinking beers with a friend.

Apparently, Mercouris and Christoforou think enough of him to have him on their podcasts and that is good enough for me.

As for Lira going to Tel Aviv, he is not of Jewish extraction, rather of Spanish extraction. Perhaps a lot of the anti-Lira "feeling" is hidden racism?

Lira is typical Chilean - they are a very interesting nationality and formidable poets, engineers, and media artists, and Chile has a population of what, 18 million?

Posted by: Siimplicius | Apr 27 2022 0:36 utc | 283

Sea carriers demanded from NATO to ensure the safety of navigation in the Black Sea
April 26, 2022 20:56

London, 26 April. NATO naval forces are obliged to ensure the safety of navigation in the Black Sea. This was stated by Rene Kofod-Olsen, Executive Director of V.Group, one of the world's largest maritime traffic management companies.

According to him, the security situation that has developed in the Black Sea leads to interruptions in the supply of agricultural products from Ukraine and neighboring countries. They account for a quarter of the international trade in wheat, about a fifth of corn, and 12% of all calories sold worldwide.

He notes that the conflict in Ukraine has made shipping in the Black Sea dangerous, which has led to the inability to insure ships and cargo. According to Olsen, the North Atlantic Alliance must ensure safe passage for commercial vessels in dangerous waters "plagued by Russian warships and naval mines."

“We must demand that our navigation and shipping be protected in international waters. I am confident that NATO and other countries have a role to play in protecting the commercial fleet,” he said.

Despite the demands of carriers to ensure the safety of navigation, NATO representatives said that the Alliance will not conduct an escort mission for commercial ships in the Black Sea.

“NATO is not considering a naval mission to escort ships in the Black Sea, but NATO allies that have coastal borders - Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey - have deployed ships to search for and neutralize mines that may be in the area,” NATO said. , responding to Olsen's comments.

The main danger to ships in the Black Sea is now drifting mines, which Ukraine tried to mine approaches to Odessa and other cities on the coast. Some of the exposed minefields were swept away by a storm into the open sea, as a result of which Ukrainian mines were found off the coast of Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. Ankara has already expressed concerns about the safety of navigation through the Bosphorus.

NATO's reluctance to participate in organizing the escort of civilian ships in the Black Sea is mainly due to the need to comply with the Montreux Convention: after the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, Turkey closed the Black Sea straits for the passage of warships. At the same time, NATO still has the opportunity to conduct operations in the Black Sea thanks to the ships of the fleets of Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. Currently, the navies of these countries have deployed minesweepers, which are engaged in searching for and destroying Ukrainian mines to ensure safe navigation.
Oleg Klimov

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 27 2022 0:48 utc | 284

From ColonelCassad Telegram channel forward from Readovka... The Ukrainians are really pushing it - or perhaps we should say, the CIA and neocons are really pushing it...

Powerful explosions are heard right now in Kursk

According to eyewitnesses, at least three powerful explosions occurred in Kursk, air defense is operating in the city, presumably, Ukrainian UAVs were shot down. According to subscribers, explosions are also heard in Oboyan, a city in the Kursk region. Readers share footage from the scene.

There is no official confirmation yet.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 27 2022 0:51 utc | 285

Richard Steven Hack | Apr 27 2022 0:34 utc | 282

On the artillery war, whichever side can keep spotting drones in the air wins. I ran onto a few comments from the fronts there that Russia now has a lot more drones up and a lot stronger air defence when it comes to drones. Russia also had laser guided projectiles in which a drone can be used to illuminate the target so that may well be used in the counter battery work in Ukraine.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Apr 27 2022 0:57 utc | 286

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Apr 27 2022 0:57 utc | 286

Yes, I've seen some videos where it appears the drone is directing the counter-battery fire. Drones are definitely a new advantage in the artillery duels.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 27 2022 0:59 utc | 287

Posted by: Don Bacon | Apr 26 2022 23:37 utc | 263

Thanks for that. Makes a lot of more sense. I suppose they can get some loaded vehicles into 18-wheeler semi-trucks as well and let them loose at the border.

Posted by: Circe | Apr 27 2022 1:00 utc | 288

The Russians have themselves stolen Romanian gold reserves in the past.

120 tons of gold !

But that is $5 billion of worthless paper today. But it is not paper, it is actual goods.
The west also stole $300 billion of worthless paper from Russia. But Russia still has 120 tons of real assets = gold from Romania.

So in the end lets not cry for Russia too much. They are thieves who cry that others are thieves. Pathetic.

Posted by: Nemesis | Apr 27 2022 1:03 utc | 289

i> Kiev will become a city of itself...
Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Apr 26 2022 17:54 utc | 126

lol. Like Baltimore, MD, UsA? Or Jerusalem?

Like the Vatican..... Probably will end up a Religious & Cultural Center..... populated by priests and professors....


Posted by: Dr. George W Oprisko | Apr 27 2022 1:05 utc | 290

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 27 2022 0:14 utc | 275

Yes. He looks very relaxed.

Posted by: Circe | Apr 27 2022 1:13 utc | 291

@Nemesis can u provide any other sources for that claim aside from Romanian mythology?

Posted by: Lolgege | Apr 27 2022 1:31 utc | 292

Thank you for that transcript, Karlofi. It sad a lot about why he was sent to Moscow, as Peter pointed out.
I could read the whole thing, but I think he made his point clearly.
The UN is very, very concerned about those poor people in Ukraine and their humanitarian crisis, so it wants to go to the steel plant and rescue those in distress.
How noble a goal!

Posted by: wagelaborer | Apr 27 2022 1:36 utc | 293

richard steven hack - thanks for your many posts, including the post from pepe escobar...

dh - thanks for your humour...

karlof1.. thanks for the transcript.. i am reading it now..

Posted by: james | Apr 27 2022 1:37 utc | 294

@Stonebird @212

Regarding the length of the war - this is by no means an intelligent comment but it will cause some people to think about the possibilities:

in a book I read about Nostradamus in the 1980's, the author interpreted Nostradamus' predictions about WW3 as a low scale war starting between Russia (at that time, the Soviet Union) and the West. The Chinese and Arab world would ally with Russia. Then, the war would shift, so that it would become a war between the Arabs and Europe, and the Russians would change their allegiance. A final phase would occur where most of the fighting would occur in Asia. The war would last 30 years.

Now, bear in mind that an alliance between China and the Soviet Union was unlikely at the time although a rapprochement was occuring between the two, and this is why it struck me at the time.

Posted by: Manage without me | Apr 27 2022 1:39 utc | 295
This takes Australia's total contribution to Defensive Military Assistance to Ukraine to over $225 million.

The government will also provide $65 million in humanitarian assistance, focusing on protecting women, children and the elderly for food, shelter and emergency medical supplies.

Australia is also providing at least 70,000 tonnes of thermal coal to power Ukraine's resistance.

One thing about politicians- the can always find funding for war. As for the coal it could have been railed in through Europe prior to the substations being knocked out. Also last seasons grain stored in silos that has been exported by rail instead of by sea is also out.
From what I read some weeks ago, the bulk of last years grain was still stored silos when this operation began. With virtually all Ukraine grain off the market now there is like to be another grain price rise.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Apr 27 2022 1:39 utc | 296

Bevin@201 Rum, sodomy and the lash. Name that album. English punk rock.

Posted by: Immaculate deception | Apr 27 2022 1:50 utc | 297

"it does seem odd that a man under 'house arrest' and prohibited to post more than 'proof of life' lives through this post which calls out the 'evil of the Zelensky regime.' Doesn't pass smell test. imo."
gottlieb | Apr 26 2022 14:07 utc | 40

Hi. He said that he can't discuss his incarceration or case. He didn't elaborate in the two interviews I saw (The Duran). He did mention the manner of his arrest. "eight heavily armed guys"

Posted by: David G Horsman | Apr 27 2022 1:53 utc | 298

Don Bacon | Apr 26 2022 22:06 utc | 229

Poland had previously chosen to sanction Russia and not pay in rubles for gas: “On April 26, the Polish Ministry of Internal Affairs imposed sanctions against the Russian gas giant Gazprom, which owns 48% of the shares of the Polish company-co-owner of the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline.”

Apparently, Bulgaria has followed Poland in choosing not to pay in rubles.

Moldova has also chosen to not pay in rubles for gas and faces a gas shutoff. Moldova plans to conclude an agreement with Romania to purchase gas that Romania purchased from (drum roll) Russia.

This plan assumes that Romania will pay Russia rubles (or gold) for gas. This plan has two added goals:
destabilizing the breakaway republic of Transnistria by cutting off its gas supply;
Allowing Moldova to escape from its five-year repayment schedule for the Russian gas debt of 709 million. It should be noted that the government of Moldova has banned the letter Z and displays of the Saint George ribbon.

There is also a threat that two brigades of Ukrainian troops on the border of Transnistria may invade in an attempt to destroy the 1700 Russian troops, capture the arms depots and free up these troops to enter the fight against Russia.

These developments also impact transfer fees to Ukraine for Polish gas and Turkey for Bulgarian and Moldova gas via the South Stream pipeline.

Posted by: Krollchem | Apr 27 2022 2:02 utc | 299

A question regarding Strategic-Culture,is this think tank funded by the RF and if yes why?Why would they platform ,"white is right" confused cretins like this fella

I felt like vomiting reading this shit.

Posted by: Lolgege | Apr 27 2022 2:02 utc | 300

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