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April 05, 2022

If The Pentagon Can Not Confirm The Bucha Tales, Who Can?

This was the most important one of yesterday's news items.


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Pentagon can't independently confirm atrocities in Ukraine's Bucha, official says

WASHINGTON, April 4 (Reuters) - The U.S. military is not in a position to independently confirm Ukrainian accounts of atrocities by Russian forces against civilians in the town of Bucha, ...
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"The Pentagon can't independently and single handedly confirm that, but we're also not in any position to refute those claims."

If the Pentagon, which includes the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, could not confirm what the government in Kiev claimed, who else could?

Certainly not the European minions who reacted to those dubious claims by removing more Russian embassy personal from their countries.

The U.S. is again pushing the Europeans into suiciding their economies. The U.S. would of course be the only country that would gain from that.

Its over. The Ukraine has lost the war. Its navy, air force and defense industry no longer exist. The Russia air force is doing hundreds of bombing runs per night eliminating any fuel and ammunition depot that is left in Ukraine.

Without fuel tanks and trucks are immobilized. Without ammunition artillery falls silent. The heavy Ukrainian units along Donbas are now unable to do maneuver warfare. They can not even flee. Replenishment and reserves are unable to reach them. They have the choice of giving up or getting destroyed in place.

Anyone who is still pushing more weapons into Ukraine or tells Kiev to prolong the war is putting more Ukrainian lives at risk for zero potential gain.

That's criminal.

Posted by b on April 5, 2022 at 11:09 UTC | Permalink

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There's no end in sight to the military aid provided by the US to the Ukrainian Nazi forces, they want Ukrainians to fight to the last man.

"The United States has said it will send up to $100 million in additional military aid to Ukraine as Russia’s military operation continues there.

The US State Department and the Pentagon, in separate statements on Tuesday evening, announced the aid which will go towards Javelin anti-armor systems.

"I have authorized, pursuant to a delegation from the President earlier today, the immediate drawdown of security assistance valued at up to $100 million to meet Ukraine's urgent need for additional anti-armor systems," Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.

Drawdowns allow the president to assist countries during emergencies without obtaining approval from a legislative authority or budgetary appropriations, according to a Defense Department handbook.

The latest drawdown marks the sixth such allocation the US has made for Ukraine since August 21, according to Blinken.

Meanwhile, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday that the extra funding would be used "to meet an urgent Ukrainian need for additional Javelin anti-armor systems."

According to reports, the Pentagon plans to send a variety of equipment to Ukraine including 10 Switchblade drones, which are armed with tank-busting warheads.

The US has provided Ukraine with over $1.7 billion since Russia’s operation began in late February and according to Kirby, the latest tranche brought the US military aid to the country to more than $2.4 billion since the beginning of US President Joe Biden's term in office.

On April 1, the Pentagon announced an extra $300 million in military aid."

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Apr 6 2022 11:50 utc | 501

Posted by: Olivier | Apr 6 2022 11:30 utc | 483

The Saker complains about these people as well all the time on his site. He's always ranting about it.

I don't trust the Russians either. But until they actually screw up, I give them the benefit of the doubt. Whereas it's pretty much guaranteed that the West will screw up.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 6 2022 11:50 utc | 502

Jirinovsky died.

Posted by: Olivier | Apr 6 2022 11:36 utc | 488

Who was that?

Posted by: Arganthonios | Apr 6 2022 11:52 utc | 503

Just responding to your initial fallacy in kind. (Except that by proclaiming it for others you automatically apply it to yourself, so it's not a fallacy as applied to you.)

Posted by: Flying Dutchman | Apr 6 2022 11:46 utc | 498

Oh I see, you are not an armchair computer general! Congratulations!

And of course you have the same information as Putin! Congratulations again!

If I wrote a fallacy, why you did write so firs time? Hummm?

Posted by: Olivier | Apr 6 2022 11:53 utc | 504

Posted by: Olivier | Apr 6 2022 11:44 utc | 497

Only if the CIA get him out before the Russians move into Kiev (assuming he's actually there, which I suspect is unlikely.) And even then, I suspect Russia will put him on a hit list for later. Not hard to have some clown in Florida whack him over a "cocaine deal gone bad."

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 6 2022 11:54 utc | 505

Richard Steven Hack | Apr 6 2022 11:47 utc | 499

"And if you're pretty sure you can beat the West in even a nuclear conflict, then you don't bend over backwards to be accommodating to every bleeding heart."

Well in spite of my criticisms of Putin I was still assuming that, regardless of whether his mindset is strong or weak, he'd still just as soon avoid nuclear war, and I was reasoning from that assumption.

But like you say that could be wrong.

Posted by: Flying Dutchman | Apr 6 2022 11:55 utc | 506

Russian forces look set to tighten the noose around the Nazi's necks in the Donbas region civilians have been urged to leave until the rats have been cleared out, as they will almost certainly be used as human shields and prisoners by the Nazi's.

"Ukrainian forces remained dug in around the village of Krasnopillia in the Donbass as they brace for an anticipated Russian offensive to take the eastern region.

"We know the Russians are reinforcing and are getting ready to attack," said a senior Ukrainian officer, echoing similar assertions by other unidentified sources. "We are ready... we've planned some surprises for them along the way."

The village sits on the road between the Ukrainian-held cities of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, and Izyum, to the northwest, recently captured by Russian forces."

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Apr 6 2022 11:55 utc | 507

Posted by: WhyCantWeJusGetAlong | Apr 6 2022 9:43 utc | 448

The Germans dropped 33,000 incendiaries over 11 hours and you suggest they calibrated "500 deaths" when no-one knows the true death rate but 4000 homes were destroyed and the Daimler works inter alia.

Truth is - Britain entered the war to win not to score points. Plan was to drop anthrax bombs 5000 of which were Made in USA.

Had GroFaz not committed suicide in May 1945 plan was to use one of atom bombs on Ludwigshafen or Halle and spare Nagasaki which was an afterthought by USAAF anyway......

You seem to think you win wars on points........mysterious really.

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | Apr 6 2022 11:59 utc | 508

The Saker complains about these people as well all the time on his site. He's always ranting about it.

I don't trust the Russians either. But until they actually screw up, I give them the benefit of the doubt. Whereas it's pretty much guaranteed that the West will screw up.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 6 2022 11:50 utc | 501

Then I will send my congratulations to the saker.

Before the war, I had some critics for Russians. Since the war began, I trust them completely. And there are many good news coming from Donbass. I hate defaitists.

Posted by: Olivier | Apr 6 2022 11:59 utc | 509

a lot of people are asking in this forum, why does “the west” and britain in particular hate russia? i see a lot of talk of the orthodox-catholic split, but you only have to read one of marx’s particularly smart articles on decay and hypocrisy of bourgeois european religion in the 19th century to see that that split never stopped catholics and anglicans allying with the orthodox against other catholics, against protestants — the schism ceased to have any real meaning centuries ago, but, yea, it left an indelible imprint.

let’s talk about race and let’s talk about communism. the very abstract construct of a “west” that generally does not include russia points you in the direction of the real problem: russians are an “affront” to europe’s “whiteness.” they’re the mongols, the asiatics, and the impure. next to them, even the slavs are acceptable to “the west.” the russians are something else, and so they became the frontline against which “whiteness” defines itself. as much as i don’t like to throw around the term “the other”, the russians are “the other” to europe par excellence. it doesn’t help that russia has reached the heights in every artistic and political pursuit it has tried. these accomplishments are also an affront; the so-called asiatics are not capable of these things, the west thinks, and if they nevertheless achieve them, then there must be some kind of “dark” sorcery at work.

which brings us to communism. please remember that as much as hitler thundered on about the “jewish-bolsheviks,” it seems, from my reading, he obsessed just as much or even more, in private, with goebbels & co., about russians’ “mongolian” and “asiatic” traits — please see that i’m putting these racial terms in quotations marks — and so did himmler. nazi anti-asianism is a massively underrated feature of its ideology, partly because of the misapperception that the japanese were ever designated as “honorary aryans” — they were not, not in any legal sense anyway, and discrimination against the small japanese community in germany continued. (in a similar sense, nazi anti-slavism is somewhat overrated, in my opinion, only because it was never quite systematic, and arose rather opportunistically when poland refused to join nazi germany in a campaign against the soviets, prompting the nazi invasion.)

the soviet union brought all the western fears together: fear of “the asiatics” and of alien religion, or, in this case, irreligion of soviet atheism, blown to new, mammoth proportions by all-encompassing class hatred: fear for the capitalist system and for property. for britain, the obsession with property focused on the oil fields the soon-to-be-nazified royal shell company lost to the revolution. the cold war cemented everything i’ve mentioned into place, particular seeing how “the west” didn’t hesitate to integrate the gehlen organization, i.e. the wehrmacht’s intelligence organization on the eastern front, into west germany and nato, while propping up a ukronazi terrorist insurgency that lasted into the early 1950s. an urge to avenge the so-called eastern front has never gone away in “the west,” no matter how grotesque that is.

two more points. the very origins of geopolitics are in the brit mackinder’s world system in which the british naval power must never allow russia to bridge europe with asia, hence the great game. russia is geographically positioned as the greatest potential threat to the british empire and its lingering shadow self, and will always be so unless russia’s broken up. finally, one of the great propaganda and revisionist history campaigns ever undertaken has successfully disguised nazi, french, british, and japanese subversion of the 1920s and 1930s soviet union, recasting it as stalin’s paranoia and the moscow confessions as “show trials” against widespread contemporary perceptions and even the congratulations churchill in his memoirs gave to stalin for purging a “fifth column” that would’ve ensured soviet defeat in wwii — the 1930s are ground zero. i could go on but won’t inflict anymore on this board.

Posted by: line islands | Apr 6 2022 11:59 utc | 510

Southfront article with detailed technical challenge to the NYT's alleged satellite evidence, also cites sources on control of that area of Bucha from 9th to 11th March:

https://southfront.org/more-evidence-more-doubts-about-bucha-massacre/

The article relies on a "team of OSINT and GEOINT specialists" but does not name them.

It would be helpful to have other expert views on this.

Posted by: Cedric | Apr 6 2022 11:59 utc | 511

The surname Stoltenberg was first found in Lower Saxony, where the name was associated with the landed nobility and gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired estates and branches, such as the estate of Segeln in Osnabruck, always elevating their status by their great contributions to society.

https://www.houseofnames.com/stoltenberg-family-crest

They seem pretty proud of him

Posted by: Anne B | Apr 6 2022 12:00 utc | 512

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Apr 6 2022 11:50 utc | 500

A whole 10 anti-tank switchblades? And how many tanks does Russia have? Hint: thousands. From an Internet source: "Ukraine has 74 T-64 tanks against Russia's 2,000. Ukraine also has 3,666 T-72 tanks however Russia has nearly twice [Sic: more than twice - guy can't count) that number at 9,950." Of course, many of these on both sides are mothballed, but Russia still has far more than 10 drones can take out. Meanwhile, Ukraine has lost 1981 armored vehicles so far (although how many of those are APCs isn't broken out, which I wish the MoD would do.)

All this stuff is just PR for the rubes in the cheap seats. It's laughable.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 6 2022 12:01 utc | 513

Jirinovsky died.

Posted by: Olivier | Apr 6 2022 11:36 utc | 488

Who was that?

Posted by: Arganthonios | Apr 6 2022 11:52 utc | 502

Nevermind, just found out through Intel Slava Z.

Chairman of liberal party, prominent politician. Oh well.

Posted by: Arganthonios | Apr 6 2022 12:01 utc | 514

6 APR, 23:55
Russia’s Finance Ministry fulfils Eurobonds obligations for $649.2 mln in rubles
It transferred funds to National Settlement Depository at the official exchange rate of the Bank of Russia on April 4, 2022
MOSCOW, April. 6 /TASS/. The Russian Ministry of Finance for the first time fulfilled obligations on sovereign Eurobonds to foreign holders for $649.2 mln in rubles due to the refusal of a foreign agent bank to execute orders in foreign currency, the ministry reported.

Thus, according to the ministry, a foreign correspondent bank refused to execute instructions for the payment of coupon income and the redemption of the notional value of external bond loans of the Russian Federation maturing in 2022 -"Russia-2022", and in 2024 - "Russia-2042" in the total amount of $649.2 mln due on April 4, 2022.

To make these payments, the Ministry of Finance transferred funds to National Settlement Depository at the official exchange rate of the Bank of Russia on April 4, 2022.

Posted by: Kim | Apr 6 2022 12:02 utc | 515

Posted by: line islands | Apr 6 2022 11:59 utc | 509

Brilliant post, I applaud.

"the soviet union brought all the western fears together: fear of “the asiatics” and of alien religion, or, in this case, irreligion of soviet atheism, blown to new, mammoth proportions by all-encompassing class hatred: fear for the capitalist system and for property."

LET THEM QUAKE !

Posted by: Arganthonios | Apr 6 2022 12:07 utc | 516

It is time Russia cut the flow of gas. The ONLY way to stop this craziness now is to collapse the German economy - and the Polish. Unless Germany comes to its senses there can be no resolution.

Posted by: watcher | Apr 6 2022 12:07 utc | 517

The US wants Russia removed from the UN Human Rights Council, meanwhile one of biggest human rights abusers in the world Saudi Arabia holds a seat on the council.

The hypocrisy is breathtaking, but no doubt Russia will be suspended from the UN's HRC.


"The US ambassador to the United Nations has said that the United States will call on the UN General Assembly to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council, ratcheting up Washington’s offensive against Moscow over the Russian military campaign in Ukraine."


"Saudi Arabia has committed “gross and systematic violations of human rights” abroad and at home, and used its position on the UN Human Rights Council to effectively obstruct justice for possible war crimes, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said in a joint statement"

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Apr 6 2022 12:09 utc | 518

I live by these words:

"Don’t let anybody make you think
That God chose America as his divine, messianic force to be
A sort of policeman of the whole world.
God has a way of standing before the nations with judgment
And it seems that I can hear God saying to America
“You are too arrogant…
If you don’t change your ways
I will rise up and
Break the backbone of your power.
And I’ll place it in the hands of a nation that doesn’t even know my name.
Be still and know that I’m God…”
MLK

Posted by: thecelticwithinme | Apr 6 2022 12:10 utc | 519

Posted by: Arganthonios | Apr 6 2022 12:01 utc | 513
May be did he criticize negociations in his usual clumsy fashion, then had trouble breathing.

Posted by: Greg Galloway | Apr 6 2022 12:11 utc | 520

Listen to this lunatic... This is what a serious coke high will do to you - supposedly. I've never done drugs - I have my power fantasies instead. :-) He sounds like Adolf Hitler.


Zelensky Says Post-War Ukraine Will Be Like Israel, Won’t Be ‘Liberal, European’
Zelensky expects Ukrainian society to be highly militarized

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Tuesday that post-war Ukraine will be like a “big Israel” and won’t be “liberal” like Europe.

“Ukraine will definitely not be what we wanted it to be from the beginning. It is impossible. Absolutely liberal, European — it will not be like that. It [Ukraine] will definitely come from the strength of every house, every building, every person,” Zelensky said. “We will become a ‘big Israel’ with its own face.”

The Ukrainian leader said he expects society to be highly militarized. “We will not be surprised if we have representatives of the Armed Forces or the National Guard in cinemas, supermarkets, and people with weapons. I am confident that the question of security will be the issue number one for the next 10 years. I am sure of it,” he added,” he said.

Zelensky insisted that such measures wouldn’t threaten democracy and wouldn’t turn Ukraine into an authoritarian state. “An authoritarian state would lose to Russia. People know what they are fighting for,” he said.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 6 2022 12:13 utc | 521

„Guys like him end up in a hole in the ground like Saddam Hussein.“
Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 6 2022 11:41 utc | 493

Please allow me to remind you to your self given promise:
NO PREDICTIONS!

This is really essential. Let’s discuss the situation and the options of actions. Difficult enough.

Posted by: njet | Apr 6 2022 12:16 utc | 522

Olivier | Apr 6 2022 11:59 utc | 508

"The Saker complains about these people as well all the time on his site. He's always ranting about it.

Then I will send my congratulations to the saker."

On several occasions the Saker denounced the details of the "negotiations", invoked the specter of how often Russian politicians and diplomats have betrayed the military in war after war, expressed deep ambivalence about holding talks in principle, but then proceeded to exorcise his deep doubts by lashing out against his own commenters he was just agreeing with, and in that way apparently found his psychological way back to adherence to the Putin diplomatic line.

"I hate defaitists."

Only defeatists supported the talks. No one who has confidence in the goals of the war and the military's ability to accomplish these goals ever would have thought the time for anything but surrender talks had come, even if there was anyone credible to talk to.

Posted by: Flying Dutchman | Apr 6 2022 12:16 utc | 523

NATO says Ukraine to decide on peace deal with Russia — within limits
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2022/04/05/ukraine-nato-russia-limits-peace/

Some European countries, especially formerly communist ones with bitter memories of Russian invasion or occupation, are especially nervous about how the conflict will evolve, seeing themselves as next on the Kremlin’s target list. If Putin feels he has profited from the invasion, by winning territory, political concessions or other benefits, he may eventually be inspired to try the same thing against other neighbors, policymakers say.

The Ukrainians, as a result, are involved in a broader fight on behalf of Europe, NATO leaders say.

“I hope they will be hard as steel. I support maximum military support and maximum sanctions,” Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks said in an interview. “Russia must lose and criminals should stand in court.”

Even a Ukrainian vow not to join NATO — a concession that Zelensky has floated publicly — could be a concern to some neighbors. That leads to an awkward reality: For some in NATO, it’s better for the Ukrainians to keep fighting, and dying, than to achieve a peace that comes too early or at too high a cost to Kyiv and the rest of Europe.

“Many of us have, and it’s absolutely human, a willingness to see that the war ends as soon as possible, that people are not suffering, not dying, and that there are no bombings,” said a senior European diplomat who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk frankly about sensitive security issues. “There is an unfortunate dilemma. The problem is that if it ends now, there is a kind of time for Russia to regroup, and it will restart, under this or another pretext. Putin is not going to give up his goals.”

While U.S. officials say they are not trying to pressure Ukraine into a deal, the negotiations have been a frequent topic in the regular discussions between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba. Blinken has provided informal input about the talks during those calls. Kuleba will travel to Brussels to join the NATO meetings this week.

White House officials are also in “near-daily contact” with Zelensky’s team about the negotiations, Sullivan said.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 6 2022 12:18 utc | 524

Posted by: njet | Apr 6 2022 12:16 utc | 521

Just saying that's how it usually works out historically.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 6 2022 12:21 utc | 525

Posted by: line islands | Apr 6 2022 11:59 utc | 509:

your clear historic explanation of the fear of an russian or asiatic invasion into the heart of "civilised" Europe doesn't explain the inner development of the Soviet Union and later Russia since the Russian Revolution in 1917. The development from bureaucratic state capitalism (or however you may call stalinist forms of government) to an open capitalist society caring nearly exclusively for the needs of the oligarchic form of the new capitalist class still needs to be explained; and why those who have been fully expropriated of their share of russian national wealth in the 90ties by this new oligarchic class are now in full swing to support their imperialist war against Ukraine. Obviously very similar mechanics in place than in the West.

Posted by: thomas | Apr 6 2022 12:24 utc | 526

@Flying Dutchman | Apr 6 2022 11:46 utc | 498

Who are you, here? A nobody without credit, who presumes to challenge not only the host of this...extended conversation, but also one of the most viciously challenged voices herein.

Who are you, "Flying Dutchman"?

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | Apr 6 2022 12:26 utc | 527

A musical offering for all those fighting fascism:

Shostakovich, Symphony No. 8 (1943)

Valery Gergiev, Chief Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic, was sacked on 1 March 2022 for refusing to condemn Russia's Operation Z.

Posted by: Vintage Red | Apr 6 2022 5:51 utc | 388


Under the circumstances I prefer the Third Symphony, "Sevastopol" by Boris Tchaikovsky (no relation to Peter Ilyich).

Posted by: malenkov | Apr 6 2022 12:28 utc | 528

We really should not tolerate this sort of thing because it is dangerous. Certainly target the corrupt, oppressive institutions used to enslave and destroy societies, but be careful not to base hatred on religion/race, but rather on their actions. Yes the bankers who control London and Wall St are a cancer on society and should be destroyed (or their power base) but target them as bankers not because they happen to have Jewish owners.

Posted by: watcher | Apr 5 2022 22:24 utc | 286

This wonderful thing called the world wide web make it harder to disconnect the dots, so to speak - if it walks like a duck etc.
You might call it the zeitgeist.

Posted by: Anne B | Apr 6 2022 12:31 utc | 529

Not only can the Pentagon not confirm the Bucha narrative, nobody can confirm the hospital and theatre bombings, except those who were there. Now their stories are being heard.

But this piece just uses recent revelations to demonstrate how neo-Nazi governments are hellbent on pushing neo-Nazi lies. We have to start calling it what it is. So I have invented the word Diktatoriat to cover dictatorship by a cartel of dictators.

https://johnplatinumgoss.com/2022/04/06/the-last-mariupol-theatre-production-and-the-uk-diktatoriat/

Posted by: John Goss | Apr 6 2022 12:31 utc | 530

Posted by: Flying Dutchman | Apr 6 2022 12:16 utc | 522
"anything but surrender talks had come, even if there was anyone credible to talk to."

I still maintain they are surrender talks. But if Russia agrees to anything less than what they demanded in the first place, and more importantly, their "other demands", i.e., de-militarization and de-Nazification - than I will agree they aren't. That's when Russia will have failed in my opinion.

We're not there yet. Not even close. Remember, up until now every time the Ukrainians say they agree to "neutrality" (with no details as to enforcement), and "accept Crimea as Russian and Donbass independent", they always include "security guarantees" which even the Pentagon now says is the same as NATO Article 5. In other words, Ukraine offers "concessions" - with a poison pill. How can that be called "concessions"? How can that be called "negotiating"?

When Russia made their treaty proposals last December, they said, "This is what we want. You get to agree or not, not 'negotiate'." That's what Russia is supposed to be doing now. And it is what Ukraine, read: the US, is doing now. Obviously Russia is not going to agree to the equivalent of NATO Article 5 for Ukraine. Even without making a prediction, I'm completely confident in that being a fact.

So until Ukraine drops that requirement and Russia agrees to the rest, there's no agreement - and no "Russian betrayal".

Some people have said once the Donbass operation is over, Russia will then harden its demands because Ukraine will be that much weaker. Could be.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 6 2022 12:31 utc | 531

I'm going to bed. Later.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 6 2022 12:36 utc | 532

I suspect that one reason that Russia withdrew from Kiev is that it MUST consolidate. There seems to be murmuring about Kalingrad. if a full on war with NATO is imminent, Russia does not need troops bogged down in the Ukraine.

I hope like hell I am wrong becaue that really will be WWIII

Posted by: watcher | Apr 6 2022 10:02 utc | 452

Seems to me Russia has sent so few troops into 404 precisely because it anticipates a full-on war against NATO.

Oh, and please note: it's Kaliningrad. After Soviet head of state Mikhail Kalinin.

Posted by: malenkov | Apr 6 2022 12:38 utc | 533

The Pentagon can't independently and single handedly confirm that

I always thought the pentagon was more than a one-man operation - if fact, I thought they had a huge number of employees. Silly me, I must have been mistaken. That must be why they are so ineffective.

Posted by: BM | Apr 6 2022 12:42 utc | 534

the soviet union brought all the western fears together: fear of “the asiatics” and of alien religion, or, in this case, irreligion of soviet atheism, blown to new, mammoth proportions by all-encompassing class hatred: fear for the capitalist system and for property. for britain, the obsession with property focused on the oil fields the soon-to-be-nazified royal shell company lost to the revolution.

Posted by: line islands | Apr 6 2022 11:59 utc | 509

Yes, fear generated through words. Words have more Power than most people realize. The British Empire learned to weld this weapon very early in its existence. The shaping of imagery conveyed by words was done through literature, theater, more recently through the movie industry. The following article on the SAKER gives us a taste of how this is done.

https://thesaker.is/brutal-the-truth-about-japan-from-tokyo-university/
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11245-021-09743-4

Posted by: Tom_12 | Apr 6 2022 12:42 utc | 535

>blockquote> @Flying Dutchman | Apr 6 2022 11:46 utc | 498

Who are you, here? A nobody without credit, who presumes to challenge not only the host of this...extended conversation, but also one of the most viciously challenged voices herein.

Who are you, "Flying Dutchman"?

Let me ask that again:

Who are you, "@Flying Dutchman"--or rather, "Flying Douchedude"?

You've suddenly explooged upon this rather marginal blog, where ordinary people discuss extraordinary lies, and are now attacking an "online identity" that you have admitted to attacking because...you think CNN and Fox News are credible sources?

I am sure you have misjudged the values of these contributors, here.

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | Apr 6 2022 12:44 utc | 536

The Russian team doing GEOINT/OSINT analysis on satellite images of Bucha is called Rybar. Good to keep an eye on them in the future.

Posted by: ChasingGlowies | Apr 6 2022 12:44 utc | 537

Order No. 227 (Russian: Приказ № 227}, romanized: Prikaz No. 227) was an order issued on 28 July 1942 by Joseph Stalin, who was acting as the People's Commissar of Defence. It is known for its line "Not a step back!" (Ни шагу назад!, Ni shagu nazad!),[1] which became the primary slogan of the Soviet press in summer 1942.[2]

Posted by: Greg Galloway | Apr 6 2022 12:45 utc | 538

@ 424 uncle tungsten. I say, very scientifically, that the satrapy that used to have an empire that the sun didn’t set on keeps the gold. … wherever Her Majesty keeps some of her finer things perhaps.

The British monarchy has the gold. Dissenting voices, what say you?

(You know the UK and US have that special relationship and all whereas in Canada, we’re just “special” in the Western world, yes that definition of special but, well that’s us and there you have it)

This editorial slant never gets old (domestically) - ask an average Canadian why Canada did something and this might come up

« Le Canada songe à imiter ses alliés européens »
https://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/2022-04-06/expulsion-de-diplomates-russes/le-canada-songe-a-imiter-ses-allies-europeens.php

A US nuclear sub suddenly appeared in Tromso Norway yesterday
https://www.highnorthnews.com/en/new-nuclear-sub-suddenly-appeared-tromso-norwegian-defense-more-restrictive-information

Heads up, republicofscotland - Bizarre invasive jumping worm squirms it’s way into Nova Scotia for the first time
https://globalnews.ca/news/8736818/jumping-worm-invasive-species-nova-scotia/

Make of that what you will. And this —
(satire) “New law forbids tourists from leaving Montreal until they eat a poutine”
https://twitter.com/TheBeaverton/status/1511470391616843781

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Apr 6 2022 12:54 utc | 539

I just read on anti-spiegel.ru that Kaufland is selling nazi flags, which is a criminal offence in Germany. The Russian embassy in Berlin should file an action in the Bundesverfassungsgericht (a) against Kaufland and (b) an injunction against the German Interior Minister to force State prosecution of Kaufland.

[I'm not quite sure if there is a legal limitation on the rights of an embassy to file an action in the courts, but I think it should be possible; if not, then some related individual or organisation should do so, such as ethnic Russians of German nationality.]

Posted by: BM | Apr 6 2022 12:55 utc | 540

Posted by: ChasingGlowies | Apr 6 2022 12:44 utc | 536

Not to tooth my own horn here, but I posted the initial findings in the posts starting from 61 when they showed up yesterday. I find the Rybar (Fisherman) team the most honest among the main Russian telegram channels, they quickly fixed some of the mistakes in their initial OSINT/GEOINT analysis of the Bucha FF. Big thanks to them for quickly uncovering the MAXAR issue. Also, turns out MAXAR which is controlled by the Pentagon is now not selling those images from Bucha at the relevant time period anymore...

Posted by: Boo | Apr 6 2022 12:55 utc | 541

@Paul Greenwood | Apr 6 2022 11:59 utc | 507

What I'm saying is that obviously the Germans must have done something differently in their attack on Coventry vs the British attack on Dresden when one left about 500 dead and the other 25,000. One explanation is that the Germans focused on military targets whereas the British bombed indiscriminately.

If, as you say, the plan was to nuke Ludwigshafen after May 1945, that would have made the genocidal intention obvious because almost all of Germany was under allied control. Including, I believe, Ludwigshafen -- how do you explain nuking a city you already control?

Posted by: WhyCantWeJusGetAlong | Apr 6 2022 12:57 utc | 542

@412

“That too makes little sense to me. If the Donbass cauldron has been so effectively sealed off the way the expert bloggers have been saying for so many weeks now, they ought to leave it to die on the vine while putting the main post-Mariupol effort into the opposite, conquering the western regions, which is a necessity for all the proclaimed goals of the SMO.”

Russian military strategy going back to Stalin has never been to kettle large numbers of enemy forces and then press forward. That was one of Hitler’s mistakes, and how he ended up 30 km outside Moscow with 1000 km of Soviet partisans at his back, leaking out of loose cauldrons and tying down reinforcements. Russian military doctrine calls for slow, grinding, frontal offensives, in which encirclements take their time as much as the situation allows. It’s not graceful, but it tends to work. Schlieffen sweeps and shock and awe are left to the speedheads and Disney magicians, aka the Wehrmacht and the Pentagon.

Posted by: line islands | Apr 6 2022 13:05 utc | 543

Posted by: Felipe | Apr 6 2022 10:18 utc | 457


Ukraine will be a 'big Israel' – Zelensky.

Y los rusos palestinos.

I've been predicting for decades that if The World doesn't step up and defend the Palestinians against the Zionoids we are going to all be Palestinians one day.

I wasn't clear exactly how this would happen but it's becoming pretty clear.

We are all Palestinians now.

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Apr 6 2022 13:09 utc | 544

Posted by: theresamarquesa | Apr 6 2022 0:58 utc | 340

About Kool-Aids...relax.

It's a meme, not a factual statement.

Careful not to make it a red herring.

Posted by: Anne B | Apr 6 2022 13:15 utc | 545

Posted by: Anne B | Apr 6 2022 12:31 utc | 528

One of my favorite games ,well sort of game, is to try to spot the "duck" when I read history. It's a hell of a lot of fun. At times not easy but what is.

Personally I give a hoot what others think about this, because in the end there is no denying, ducks are much different than sheep. :-)

----------------------------------------------------------------------
I've been predicting for decades that if The World doesn't step up and defend the Palestinians against the Zionoids we are going to all be Palestinians one day.

I wasn't clear exactly how this would happen but it's becoming pretty clear.

We are all Palestinians now.

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Apr 6 2022 13:09 utc | 543

Klaus Schwab and Hi Fellow Travelers are upfront about it,
"You Will Own Nothing And Be Happy"

EU is definitely heading there in more ways than one. Merkel gave it a nice start with Opening of the Gates.

Posted by: Tom_12 | Apr 6 2022 13:16 utc | 546

“The strategy was class-oriented - hit working class housing to create a Marxist revolution since industrial targets were too well protected by AA

Never hit middle-class targets or villas in Dahlem - they would not overthrow the elites only the working-class could do that in Western ideology.”

This is a valid reason to think Bomber Harris did a lot wrong, I agree. I’ve read Krupp would come out of his velvet-upholstered bunker at night to light a cigar and watch the bombings as light entertainment.

Posted by: line islands | Apr 6 2022 13:16 utc | 547

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 6 2022 12:13 utc | 520

The Sheikh predicted all this years ago, down to the fact that Ukraine would be used by (((The Cabal))) as a hammer to smash Russia, and next the world:

10 months ago:

"Russia And The Great War"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkKpT4Rbivs


7 years ago:

"Islam, Russia, Ukraine and Alliance with Rum By Sheikh Imran Hosein"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfoYn-TT1Bc


Some arrive at truth by way of reason, others by religious inspiration, but arrive nevertheless they do.

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Apr 6 2022 13:20 utc | 548

Posted by: Tom_12 | Apr 6 2022 13:16 utc | 545

"You Will Own Nothing And Be Happy"

If that were true I could live with it, except I believe the truth will be more along the lines of:

"You will Be Owned and Less than Nothing"

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Apr 6 2022 13:23 utc | 549

Posted by: Useless meat beater | Apr 6 2022 5:09 utc | 384

Stop being such a navel-gazer. The world has turned it's back on Europe and our values, and we can only blame ourselves for it.
Don't fret- it'll make you grow wiser.

Posted by: Anne B | Apr 6 2022 13:23 utc | 550

Posted by: Sundial | Apr 6 2022 1:05 utc | 343

I think that as others here have subsequently stated, it's not Russia's aim to occupy locations. If Helmer's recent article is correct (I've read similar), Operation Z came in with only 40k to 60k troops: if this turns out to be proven then this operation will go down as one of the greatest military operations ever. There may have been the expectation that civilians would have welcomed them, and that is the reason they went so light, but even then that's a pretty small troop count to cover the ground they did and then to trap in all those Ukie forces along the Donbass line of contact. Again, Helmer's recent article covers the point that the Russians were forced to be a bit reactionary due to an impending offensive from the Ukrainian forces against the Donbass. The most strategically important aims in warfare is to stop supply lines. Russia effectively did this. NOW it's on to Operation V (phase II), in which Russia will use it's secured lines to completely shore up the kettled Ukie troops. Russia will provide one last warning, and if unheeded (probably) it'll annihilate those troops (about 50k of them?). Military victory is then "in the books." Next phase political and geographical reconstruction.

I suspect that Russia wasn't so much holding back troops in case of NATO jumping in, though it could have been an additive for that reason, a reason of not wanting to blast Ukraine to smithereens (which for sure would have likely resulted in NATO jumping in). Russia had a "job" to do. Success would be highly compromised if NATO had jumped in: leaving out the "nuke" aspect, and though Russia could beat NATO in a conventional war, it would have been an insane mess, one that would have resulted in the death of a lot of Russian troops in addition to an exponentially larger number of civilian deaths.

Posted by: Seer | Apr 6 2022 13:27 utc | 551

Larry Johnson brought up another good point:


But there is one other big piece of evidence that did not appear–Social Media. I have yet to see a single reference to a social media post from Bucha dated between 30 March and 1 April that had a worried parent, spouse or sibling agonizing over a disappeared relative. Not one post about people being gunned down in the street by fleeing Russians. Not a word.

Source : https://sonar21.com/western-intelligence-delusions-and-the-failure-of-the-bucha-op/

He says the Internet and power grid are always the primary targets of Western wars. Russia is not following the Western playbook - and the perpetrators forgot to account for that by creating appropriate noise in social media left by bereft neighbors.

Posted by: Martina | Apr 6 2022 13:32 utc | 552

The Empire of Lies, meeting to look for new ways to put pressure on China, as well as Russia.


"NATO plans to deepen its cooperation with partners in Asia as a response to a rising “security challenge” coming from China, which refuses to condemn Russia’s ongoing military operation in Ukraine, the US-led bloc's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg revealed during a press conference on Tuesday.

He announced that the bloc will host foreign ministers from member states as well as Finland, Sweden, Georgia, and the EU. However, the Norwegian-born official also noted that its Asia-Pacific partners – such as Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and South Korea – have been invited as well, stating that the current security crisis has “global implications.”

The ministers will discuss new strategic concepts which will account for the military conflict in Ukraine, but will also include for the first time the issue of China’s “growing influence and coercive policies on the global stage which pose a systemic challenge to our security and to our democracies.”"

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Apr 6 2022 13:38 utc | 553

Sorry to vers off-topic but I should have added one more link to my post above (538)

Edinburgh, Scotland recently passed a resolution on greater cooperation with Taiwan.
https://www.aninews.in/topic/edinburgh-city-council-taiwan-resolution/
Coincided with theTaiwan Film Festival Edinburgh. That’s clever, politically speaking

And the BBC advises against some New-Scottish-caught seafood
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-61007596

Another interesting day in the new world order.

Posted by: Bruised Northerner | Apr 6 2022 13:38 utc | 554

Posted by: Anne B | Apr 6 2022 13:15 utc | 544
About Kool-Aids...relax.

It's a meme, not a factual statement.
......................................

IMO it is a red herring created by the CIA to frame people not to think about what happend in Jonestown.

Posted by: theresamarquesa | Apr 6 2022 13:41 utc | 555

There are now talks or a blockade to Kaliningrad by NATO countries. They want to kill us all.

Posted by: maria | Apr 6 2022 13:43 utc | 556

Posted by: WhyCantWeJusGetAlong | Apr 6 2022 12:57 utc | 541

I fear your reading ability is not what might be expected. GroFaz killed himself 30. April 1945
First successful test of A-bomb 16 July 1945
Delivery on Hiroshima 06. August 1945

Why are you so obsessed with "genocidal intent" ?????? No-one cared about Germans - Stalin wanted to deport them all to Siberia. Churchill agreed with him that the entire German Officer Corps of 50,000 should be summarily executed.

What do you think Morgenthau Plan was ? The bright Green Future in the Morgenthau Plan would have led to 30 million deaths by starvation

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | Apr 6 2022 13:44 utc | 557

There's no spare coal in the world to replace Russian coal sent to Europe, lets see if the EU leaders are stupid enough to ban Russian coal imports, I just think they might be going by what sanctions they've already applied.

https://www.rt.com/business/553390-us-cant-replace-russian-coal/

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Apr 6 2022 13:45 utc | 558

An interesting RT piece on Sergey Korotkikh the neoNazileader of the 'Botsman Boys' Territorial Defense Group (and a former Azov commander). Among other interesting comments about his terrorist past and likely involvement in organised crime, it shows a social media post of his from April 1st:

"Boatsman boys work in Bucha. Actually there is nothing to do there. Just mountains of burnt equipment and houses."

It mentions destroyed Russian vehicles and dead Russian soldiers but nothing about dead civilians. Its worth taking a look at the crime that made Korotkikh infamous in Russia and remembering when people claim Russia also has neoNazis that Russia cracks down on them far more than Ukraine, where President Poroshenko personally awarded Korotkikh his Ukrainian passport.

Do be careful not to take everything you read purely at face value. While most of the information in the RT video seems reliable, they make a strange claim about Korotkikh doing a "Nazi Sun Salutation" when meeting Poroshenko. This is a fist to heart salute that I cannot find being linked to neoNazism, even at the site of the ADL who are quick to label anything they can as being far-right. In fact the fist to chest salute seems to be quite common in Slavic countries as a historical gesture of loyalty. Perhaps I'm missing something but, as I mentioned before, I can't understand why people will tarnish good information by including far less reliable and unnecessary additions.

Posted by: Brannagyn | Apr 6 2022 13:46 utc | 559

Ukraine

They call it the "Breadbasket of Europe".
Though incomplete.
It is also the center of the organ harvest festival of the West.
The center of the worst imaginable atrocities.
A place where rape and incest produces the organs for the rich and famous.
So nobility and Hollywood is cheering on.
All while their brains are rotting.

Humans are vile creatures.

I do not even dare to think of what will be found in the depths of Azovstal.

Posted by: Romanov | Apr 6 2022 13:46 utc | 560

Re my (557) comment, it looks like the Europeans are about to ban Russian coal, talk about lemmings and cliffs.

"The price of coal jumped in Europe, the US and Asia on Tuesday after the EU announced restrictions on imports of the fossil fuel from Russia, according to figures from the leading energy exchanges.

The price shot up by 14% to a three-week high, data from ICE Futures Europe show, doubling since the start of the year. The Asian benchmark also rose by 6.4% on the news. The international coal market has already been tight with Asian futures hitting an all-time high in March and coal prices in the US topping $100 a ton last week for the first time since 2008. Bloomberg has predicted that prices will rise further as European consumers step up efforts to find alternatives to Russian supplies.

The European Commission on Tuesday proposed a €4 billion ($4.4 billion) ban on coal imports from Russia as part of a wider package of punitive measures on Moscow over the conflict in Ukraine."

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Apr 6 2022 13:49 utc | 561

The single largest mass surrender of Nazi's occurred on the same day as the false flag Bucha event, coincidence?


https://www.bitchute.com/video/aEanhNSwYPoR/

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Apr 6 2022 13:52 utc | 562

Professor Marcello Ferrara de Noli has created a video which shows the timeline of the Bucha "cleansing" operation https://twitter.com/ProfessorsBlogg/status/1511063217174417409. Note the white armbands on the corpses. Russian soldiers, Donbass militias and Russian-speaking humanitarian helpers wear these. No wonder the Ukrainian government is not inviting a UN forensic team to report on the crime scene. The footage from the "cleansing" operation serves as propaganda material for Western media/governments and as a warning to Ukrainian civilians of what happens if they step out of line.

Posted by: cirsium | Apr 6 2022 13:59 utc | 563

Posted by: cirsium | Apr 6 2022 13:59 utc | 562

Twitter says it does not exist

Posted by: Jonathan W | Apr 6 2022 14:00 utc | 564

This bunch of delusional idiots are still alive,but for how long??
Fuken War Pigs.
This really gives me the shits.

Judging by the fresh appeal of the Ukrainian foreign legion, not all fools in European countries have died out yet. On the plus side, there are open faces. Of the minuses, they began to hide the bindings to the area so that they would not fly. The degree of inadequacy in handling delivers separately.

UPD. Comrades suggested that there is a more complete version of the video. The place of action is Nikolaev, the heroes work as instructors for the Ukrainian marines.

The name of the first hero of the video is Carl, he is an Englishman with 10 years of service in the paratroopers and two missions to Afghanistan. Medical instructor.

https://t.me/neoficialniybezsonov/10773

Posted by: Kim | Apr 6 2022 14:01 utc | 565

@527 Malenkov

https://youtu.be/pBx-tr1FDvY

Posted by: Circe | Apr 6 2022 14:02 utc | 566

Russian Su-35 pilot captured and tortured) and Russian M-i28 shotdown (crew escaped) by British Starstreak missile system, it is very difficult to defend against due to the speed of the missile, and that it has a very slight tail plume.

"Starstreak is a British short-range man-portable air-defence system manufactured by Thales Air Defence, in Belfast. It is also known as Starstreak HVM. After launch, the missile accelerates to more than Mach 4, making it the fastest short-range surface-to-air missile in existence"

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Apr 6 2022 14:06 utc | 567

Posted by: Romanov | Apr 6 2022 13:46 utc | 559

Don't forget about "surrogate motherhood" -that is, "rented uteri" - that is, the buying and sale of children

Posted by: Arganthonios | Apr 6 2022 14:07 utc | 568

Via the Saker, which dovetails nicely with the capture of the US Three-star General.


"Unconfirmed reports “NATO officers from France, Germany, Britain and “neutral” Sweden got stuck at Azovstal in Mariupol. Right now they are getting in touch with the Russian troops with a request to help them leave, to organize a corridor for the exit. – journalist German Vladimirov.”"

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Apr 6 2022 14:11 utc | 569

@487

“What's happening here and in other recent threads is that those like you who are vaguely ‘pro-Russian’ but gutless about it are losing your nerve and looking for the exit-ramp while all the necessary war goals are still unattained. That's the only way you could have supported ‘negotiations’ at this juncture in the first place, let alone the obscene results so far.”

You ought to take a deep breath or a walk. In the first hour of the war, Russia announced its goal was “not to occupy” but to “de-Nazify” and “de-militarize” Ukraine. It’s not Russia’s fault that you’ve tricked yourself into believing the goals were anything else, and they are attained through exactly what’s on display: taking the Ukrainian military offline, securing the east, and tightening the screws until Ukraine screams “uncle” and gives in on neutral, non-nuclear, Nazi-free status.

If and when it becomes clear Ukraine will never agree to those terms, then I expect we are going to see one of the most brutal military operations against another country in recent history. I’m not saying that would be the right approach, or that there aren’t other ways Russia will proceed at that juncture, of diplomacy failing. However, I wouldn’t rule out tactical nuclear weapons against military targets.

Posted by: line islands | Apr 6 2022 14:15 utc | 570

How SBU is treating detained civilians: videos 1 and 2 (using TinyURL because b’s blogging platform is blocking the direct link).

Posted by: S | Apr 6 2022 14:17 utc | 571

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Apr 6 2022 14:11 utc | 568

I'll believe it when I hear them chanting Ахмат-Сида!

Or an equivalent official, public proof of surrender.

Don't get me wrong, I'd break out the champagne for this if I had any, but extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and extraordinary evidence is not yet publicly available.

Posted by: Arganthonios | Apr 6 2022 14:25 utc | 572

@ Ardentasshole 567

Do not try to muddy the waters with your garbage. Surrogacy aims to to produce the best outcome for ALL participants, even the yet unborn.

Posted by: Romanov | Apr 6 2022 14:26 utc | 573

Excuse me - Ахмат-Сила.

Posted by: Arganthonios | Apr 6 2022 14:26 utc | 574

@ Jonathan W | Apr 6 2022 14:00 utc | 563

go on his website https://twitter.com/ProfessorsBlogg and click on the relevant link.

Posted by: cirsium | Apr 6 2022 14:27 utc | 575

Some informations first handed from somebody who ought to know pretty well:

(Pepe hinted at this piece on Twitter but it was very hard to find. That's why I copy it here from Saker's Sitrep Z of today. Pardon me it is important.)

buratino on April 05, 2022 · at 6:51 pm EST/EDT

Thanx!

I also got this somewhere, answers some of my concerns:

Analytical Note by Lieutenant General L.P. Reshetnikov
:::::
I consider it extremely mean to accuse our army of lack of communication systems without informing ordinary civilians that our units on the territory of the former USSR operate with three to five times higher manpower and with full support of the enemy by all NATO reconnaissance and radio technical power.

Any android, any iPhone is tapped continuously, any Facebook, WhatsApp and other vibes are continuously transmitting information, all processed by all the power of artificial intelligence systems and forming a map for targeting in real time. And that’s even if the Russian army is all on encrypted communication channels – where to put the population?

Over Romania and Poland there are airborne early warning aircraft of NATO with experienced crews, there are U.S. intelligence satellites in the sky all the time. I remind you that just in terms of budgets for our Roscosmos we allocated $2.5 billion a year, the civil budget of NASA is $25 billion, the civil budget of SpaceX alone is equal to Roscosmos – and that is not counting the tens of billions of dollars annually for the entire US feverishly unfolding control system of the entire planet.

In 2-3 years, we will have an order of magnitude higher density of U.S. intelligence and targeting.

The U.S. not only sees our troops on the ground, they see our aircraft, drones, study radar fields, estimate the time of approach of Calibers, they constantly give targeting instructions to Ukrainian generals online from the operations control center in Poland.

Is this all credit to the former Ukrainian SSR?

That’s where the accuracy of Ukrainian artillery is noted by our troops, that’s where the Tochka-U missile brigades know exactly where and how to advance, exactly what time to launch and how much time they have to get out of position.

That’s how the Ukrainian Nazis know where the gaps in the rear of our columns are.

It’s not their eyes and brains. It’s NATO’s eyes and brains. The Ukronazis are nothing but free controlled zombies. And the Ukrainian army is a remotely controlled zombie organism.

Naturally, the use of hypersonic Daggers and supersonic Onyxes has drastically reduced the ability to hide the most sensitive elements of this remotely controlled Nazi zombie organism.

Again, the masters of this remote-controlled Nazi zombie organism desperately need to know what innovations we have in RTR and REB (radio-technical reconnaissance and electronic warfare). Therefore, it is vital for the future victories of our Russian army to conceal these innovations.

The fact that, under these conditions, our few troops have zeroed in on the sky, taken the Saint Bayraktar factor off the map and are crushing the Ukrovermacht is an outstanding hard work of our military and home front.

This isn’t like destroying an ISIS bioreactor in Syria, no. There has never been such a war before. The tactics and strategy of this war are the subject of textbooks for military academies around the world.

Once again: the Russian army is smashing a Nazi zombie organism, fully integrated with the eyes and brain of NATO.

On the ground and in the sky, the Russian army smashes Russian zombies, brainwashed by 30 years of propaganda. Under the conditions of the total military-psychological terror machine, working for the West and raising Nazi zombies out of Russian children.

But the Russians have an outstanding resilience in combat.

Look into the future and tell me where else the maniacs of the United States and the European Union can find such infantry. How many “world’s best commandos” are left to fight after Yavorov’s calibration?

Reshetnikov L.P., Lieutenant General

Translated with http://www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

…so yeah, there is plenty room for employment for young IT professionals in the Russian Military…

This should clear some topics of the discussion with the drowning Netherlander!

Posted by: Piepenbrink | Apr 6 2022 14:30 utc | 576

Its perhaps telling that Bellingcat's most recent article addressing Bucha only looks at countering the low hanging fruit of (a) moving hand/corpse sitting up, (b) Russian statements of evidence coming on April 3rd when the was first was actually April 1st. They also attempt to discount Russian claims of having left the area on March 30th by saying the Secretary of the City Council said the town was still occupied on April 1st. Apart from the fact that Ukrainian troops were in the town by that day and may have instructed him directly to say that, and the Mayor claiming liberation the day before, we have messages from the Botsman Boys saying they had nothing to do when they arrived on April 1st.

Conspicuously absent are any references to, or attempts to address, the presence of troops on April 1st, statements that these troops were engaged in an operation cleanse the area of Russian collaborators, the video where they receive permission to shoot civilians, the fact that many victims wore white Russian bands, that victims had received humanitarian aid, that bodies had been moved and photographed in different locations, that victims were very recently dead, that there are counterarguments to the NYT satellite shots, or (a key factor in any criminal case) Russia lacked a clear motivation to do this, and a strong reason not to, while Ukraine has a very clear motivation.

Posted by: Brannagyn | Apr 6 2022 14:31 utc | 577

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Apr 6 2022 13:20 utc | 547

Yes, he's brilliant.

Another smart national leader was Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2006-12-15/malaysian-ex-premier-mahathir-and-billionaire/2154878

2006
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2006-12-15/malaysian-ex-premier-mahathir-and-billionaire/2154878

2007
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuala_Lumpur_War_Crimes_Commission

August 22, 2013
"Yaron was charged for his direct involvement in his capacity as the commanding general in the Sabra and Shatila massacre in Beirut in 1982.

This was the first time that Yaron was charged for war crimes.

The second charge was against the State of Israel for the crime of genocide and war crimes on the Palestinians.

The charges were the result of complaints received by KLWCT from victims from Palestine (Gaza and West Bank) and the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon, last year."
https://www.theborneopost.com/2013/08/22/war-crimes-trial-against-former-israeli-army-general-israel-ends-in-deadlock/

July 17 ,2014
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysia_Airlines_Flight_17

Posted by: Tom_12 | Apr 6 2022 14:32 utc | 578

For the reader's sake.

I copied the whole thing and didn't dare to correct anything. But with all my respect to the author in the first paragraph it shoul not "the enemy's "instead of "ours".
PP

Posted by: Piepenbrink | Apr 6 2022 14:35 utc | 579

Sorry mistaken. Again:

I copied the whole thing and didn't dare to correct anything. But with all my respect to the author in the first paragraph it should note "the enemy's "instead of "our".
It's machine translated anyway.
PP

Posted by: Piepenbrink | Apr 6 2022 14:38 utc | 580

https://twitter.com/MelnykAndrij/status/1511465366475710473

The biggest aid to Russia right now in Germany is the Ukrainian ambassador Melnyk. He has been tearing down diplomatic restraint ever since German MSM gave him a platform. He wanted an apology from the German president Steinmeier for his Russian connection, told media that all Russians are the enemies now and demanded that Merkel wouldnt go on holiday to Florence in Italy but to Bucha in Ukraine (Merkel is without office, so WTF???). Melnyk has been burning bridges in Germany all over the place.

German MSM love him for the soundbites, but the ppl he actually want to influence detest his him. He will never be able to achieve anything in Germany, he is a spent force. While he has been living in Germany for 7 years, he doesnt seem to understand German customs. The best thing Ze or Kuleba can do is to call him back and give somebody with a clean slate a chance.

Melnyk has achieved something that I thought was impossible: The entire MSM, public opinion and politicians are going after Russia and Putin hard and he counters that with public tirades against his host country. Maybe that is the Ukrainian way of doing things, but clearly not our way in Germany. Now German twitter bubble even trends with "MelnykAusweisen" (expel Melnyk).

Posted by: Arne Hartmann | Apr 6 2022 14:45 utc | 581

@thomas

“your clear historic explanation of the fear of an russian or asiatic invasion into the heart of ‘civilised’ Europe doesn't explain the inner development of the Soviet Union and later Russia since the Russian Revolution in 1917. The development from bureaucratic state capitalism (or however you may call stalinist forms of government) to an open capitalist society caring nearly exclusively for the needs of the oligarchic form of the new capitalist class still needs to be explained; and why those who have been fully expropriated of their share of russian national wealth in the 90ties by this new oligarchic class are now in full swing to support their imperialist war against Ukraine. Obviously very similar mechanics in place than in the West.”

What to call Stalinism isn’t a question to pass over so lightly, and your “bureaucratic state capitalism” doesn’t exactly fit the bill. There were powerful capitalist elements in Stalin, but they were harnessed and sequestered: I’m talking about the countless German and American industrial concerns that heavily participated in the five-year plans, yet never got more than short-term contracts (except perhaps the Kochs and a few others who seem to have played to stay), always paid on time. I don’t have an answer to what Stalinism was, but I suspect it was a variety of communism.

Soviet history from Khrushchev on is, in my opinion, a drawn-out reversion to the NEP of the 1920s and then to an alternate reality in which the Whites defeated the revolution with “western” backing (“first as tragedy, then as farce”). Russia under Yeltsin was no different from America under Trump, if you accept that the Russian government did have some influence over him, one way or another, which I do and don’t begrudge Russia: Yeltsin was a crime, and turnabout is fair play. Putin, like Stalin, is an enigma, but not the Russian mirror of the capitalist process underway in West. There are many layers.

Posted by: line islands | Apr 6 2022 14:45 utc | 582

@ Allahakbar 567
Or is that your thing?
Going online and deliberatly misunderstanding people just to make a point? Reminds of that scene in Good Will Hunting - with the asshole in the Harvard bar.

Well do you, punk?

Posted by: Romanov | Apr 6 2022 14:49 utc | 583

Republicofscotland | Apr 6 2022 12:09 utc | 517

Though I can't think of any one thing that would make KSA look good, the US is by far the most prolific human rights abuser. Ignoring the genocide against indigenous Americans, and the history of slavery and just accounting for the years since 1945: Korea, Iran, Guatemala, Chile, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen. And that, sadly, is only a partial list. This nation - my nation - is up to its neck in blood and war crimes, and has absolutely no moral authority to be accusing anyone else of war crimes. Before any US petitions are heard or accepted, an accounting for this known and documented behavior must be made. Europe does not see any stain because the US is merely Europe's bastard son, and the patterns of ethnic and racial hatred and carnage were already well-practiced by the European colonialists.

I do not know what Russia/RF may or may not have done in Ukraine in the last 6 weeks - truly and honestly from my very distant observation point. What I do know is that the hypocrisy of the US is absolutely surreal. It is disconcerting to see realized the midget-sized character of Joseph Biden, a bland predictable minor political hack. Such men have done, and are capable of, much mischief and tragedy.

Posted by: vinnieoh | Apr 6 2022 14:53 utc | 584

Bruised Northerner #538

Thank you for confirming the British monarchy has the gold. But the German experience reveals an inventory management problem. They were tardy in returning the requested German hoard in its accurately hallmarked condition.

This, following its absolute refusal to repatriate the Venezuelan hoard defines it as an unreliable custodian. Now, before you suffocate from surprise or laughter at the thought, the punters in the world hold large enough stocks to cause mayhem should the British hoard be seen as a bubble.

The downside is that there could be a run on real gold. Plus a lot of angry nations looking at the British monarchy and its banks. I dont have a lot of confidence in Charles to manage that at all well.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 6 2022 14:56 utc | 585

Posted by: Republicofscotland | Apr 6 2022 14:06 utc | 566

Just to be precise.

Tragically for Johnson/Wallace/Truss this is not a British missile at all, it is French missile made at the Belfast factory of Thales Group.

Belfast is not in Britain. Thales is headquartered/registered in Paris.

Belfast is Northern Ireland’s capital. It was the birthplace of the RMS Titanic.

Great Britain refers to the whole of England, Scotland and Wales in combination, but not Northern Ireland; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Britain

Thales: https://www.thalesgroup.com/en

Posted by: Lapin | Apr 6 2022 14:56 utc | 586

Do you think the comedian has a fashion consultant, or is it the MSM trying to portray him as a hero in GTA or Black OPs? (never played but my son plays so I've seen it). I know I am thinking some friviolous stuff, but whenever I read anything about Ukraine his new look come and its so annoying.

Posted by: Calgary Guy | Apr 6 2022 14:59 utc | 587

Posted by: line islands | Apr 6 2022 14:45 utc | 581

Here is one of those "powerful capitalist elements" already busy in 1922 !!!

11.V.1922

Comrade Zinoviev or his deputy
Petrograd
To Comrade Zinoviev

I beg You to help the comrade Armand Hammer; it is extremely important for us that his first concession would be a full success.

Yours,
Lenin

I beg you to give every assistance to the bearer, Comrade Armand Hammer, an American comrade, who has taken out the first concession. It is extremely, extremely important that his whole undertaking should be a complete success.

With communist greetings,
V. Ulyanov (Lenin)"

https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1922/may/11d.htm

History is amazing.

Posted by: Tom_12 | Apr 6 2022 15:03 utc | 588

Seer #550

Agreed and that small Russian force supported by significant, almost total air dominance in both planes and missiles gives them a truly magnified power. There is no rush as part of the strategy imo is to give the nasty types plenty of time to exit stage West. Plus it gives the West plenty of time to accept and settle these refugees.

This leaves Ukraine progressively open to an improved type of settler. If NATO took from 1991 to relentlessly move east, then 5 to 10 years to relentlessly retract could be in order. Faced with that and the emergence of a changed world order then it will possibly avalanche into a changed circumstnce in a year or two. Russia seems just as tenacious as the West and has alliances to back that up.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 6 2022 15:18 utc | 589

Flying Dutchman @400 & 397--

According to Russia's MoD, the town of Bucha and much of Kiev's surround was taken without battle--Russia's troops just moved right in and set up camp. So, there was no "back stabbing" for abandoning hard won ground. Look at the pics and vids, Bucha sustained zero damage from the Russian side. Thus, your "argument" is specious and untenable as well as disgusting. And the choice wasn't Lavrov's alone; it was the decision of Russia's Security Council to make the concession, that also happened to accord with their overall plan to redeploy. Russia is NOT an authoritarian Dictatorship; Russia is far more democratic than the Outlaw US Empire, the EU and NATO. Instead of condemning the Evil of the West, you attempt to smear the noble efforts of Russians attempting to minimize civilian deaths, and in doing so you smear yourself.

Posted by: karlof1 | Apr 6 2022 15:24 utc | 590

Arne Hartmann #580

Thank you, that is very reassuring and amusing. There is something deep kharma about Ukraine and its ideological links to Germany and Poland that is truly ridiculous if it weren't so diabolically threatening.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 6 2022 15:27 utc | 591

@587

Armand Hammer isn’t a great example of a capitalist in the Soviet Union because he was, politically speaking, a socialist — look at the logo on the toothpaste.

Lenin brought in concessionaires to help build up the Soviet Union, it’s a fact. The NEP was a kind of capitalism, and he referred to it as “capitalism” — the party took “the commanding heights of the economy” to fashion the capitalist putty into something new. Lenin also used concessions to throw off imperialists. He offered oil of the Sakhalin Islands to a consortium of West Coast oilmen in a very little-known companion to the Teapot Dome scandal, as an incentive for the capitalists to call off their armies, or at least, he said, to confuse their squabbling factions — Eastern interests were salivating after the Trans-Siberian, which American troops controlled.

Posted by: line islands | Apr 6 2022 15:28 utc | 592

It’s worth adding that Stalin changed Lenin’s policy: Stalin mostly got rid of concessions, meaning territorial control for capitalist firms over Soviet resources, factories, and the like on long-term contracts, and switched to more arm’s-length agreements that entailed technical assistance, supply, expertise, and a lot else — but little leasing. At the same time, he drastically expanded capitalist involvement in the Soviet Union, such that the First Five-Year Plan would’ve been impossible without it, all while giving the capitalists less, if any, control. It was a clever strategy that produced the fastest and deepest industrialization ever seen, then or since — and during the worst downturn in modern history, at that — just in time for the invasion, which Stalin, announcing the plan in the late '20s, successfully predicted would come, in one form or another, in about a decade.

Posted by: line islands | Apr 6 2022 15:38 utc | 593

Piepenbrink #575

Thank you, that was a really clarifying post and cuts through a lot of crap. With resupply throttled by Russian forces, the Ukes are going to be reduced to bayonets :/

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 6 2022 15:41 utc | 594

(And the west has never forgiven Stalin for it.)

Posted by: line islands | Apr 6 2022 15:41 utc | 595

Posted by: line islands | Apr 6 2022 15:28 utc | 593

My point, not very clear, was that Westerners think that when Soviet Union came to existence all commercial activity with Capitalist countries were out of question. They read/heard about sanctions (like today) thinking, "No business with Commies".

Well the sad fact is that it was all a lot of BS. For instance, DeBeers was doing brisk business with the Soviet Union at the most tense of times on the West-Soviet axis and no western state objected. Smoke and Mirrors.

"Additionally, as has been noted in previous blog posts, cartel members are always haunted by the prospect of profits that could be made outside of the fixed arrangement. In 1957, Russia entered the picture following the discovery of large quantities of diamonds in Siberia. De Beers recognized the threat and struck a deal with the Soviet government to purchase 95 percent of Russia’s annual rough diamond output at a 10-20 percent premium, thus ensuring that all Russian diamonds could be properly channeled through the CSO. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia was in a state of economic decline and sensed the substantial revenue increase it could realize were it to take its diamonds straight to market. In 1984, Russia broke from the cartel and flooded the Antwerp clearing house with polished diamonds. As a result, De Beers experienced a sharp decline in profits, and other suppliers threatened to follow in Russia’s footsteps."

Now the West has a problem because Russia has the upper hand and that is not how they like it. The like people begging for them to come in and do business.

Posted by: Tom_12 | Apr 6 2022 15:44 utc | 596

I've just stumbled across Zbigniew Brzezinski's 1997 book "THE GRAND CHESSBOARD American Primacy and It's Geostrategic Imperatives" and skimmed it for references to Ukraine.

The entire Ukraine-Russia circus has been gamed out and planned in detail more than 25 years ago (at least)!


"Ukraine, a new and important space on the Eurasian chessboard, is a geopolitical pivot because its very existence as an independent country helps to transform Russia.
Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be a Eurasian empire.

Russia without Ukraine can still strive for imperial status, but it would then become a predominantly Asian imperial state, more likely to be drawn into debilitating conflicts
with aroused Central Asians, who would then be resentful of the loss of their recent independence and would be supported by their fellow Islamic states to the south.
China would also be likely to oppose any restoration of Russian domination over Central Asia, given its increasing interest in the newly independent states there.

The West fears a Ukraine under Russian influence as it represents loss of control over Eurasia by the Western powers:


However, if Moscow regains control over Ukraine, with its 52 million people and major resources as well as its access to the Black Sea, Russia automatically again regains the wherewithal to become a powerful imperial state, spanning Europe and Asia. Ukraine's loss of independence would have immediate consequences for Central Europe, transforming Poland into the geopolitical pivot on the eastern frontier of a united Europe."


"However, if Moscow regains control over Ukraine, with its 52 million people and major resources as well as its access to the Black Sea, Russia automatically again regains
the wherewithal to become a powerful imperial state, spanning Europe and Asia. Ukraine's loss of independence would have immediate consequences for Central Europe,
transforming Poland into the geopolitical pivot on the eastern frontier of a united Europe."

The role of Poland as a springboard into the Baltic states:


"Through Poland, German influence could radiate northward -into the Baltic states -- and eastward -- into Ukraine and Belarus. Moreover, the scope of the German-Polish
reconciliation was somewhat widened by Poland's occasional inclusion in important Franco-German discussions regarding Europe's future."

The American role in the plan:


"Three broad conclusions emerge from the foregoing discussion:

1. American engagement in the cause of European unification is needed to compensate for the internal crisis of morale and purpose that has been sapping European vitality, to overcome the widespread European suspicion that ultimately America does not favor genuine European unity, and to infuse into the European undertaking the needed dose of democratic fervor. That requires a clear-cut American commitment to the eventual acceptance of Europe as America's global partner.
2. In the short run, tactical opposition to French policy and support for German leadership is justified; in the longer run, European unity will have to involve a more distinctive European political and military identity if a genuine Europe is actually to become reality. That requires some progressive accommodation to the French view regarding the distribution of power within transatlantic institutions.
3. Neither France nor Germany is sufficiently strong to construct Europe on its own or to resolve with Russia the ambiguities inherent in the definition of Europe's geographic scope. That requires energetic, focused, and determined American involvement, particularly with the Germans, in defining Europe's scope and hence also in coping with such sensitive -- especially to Russia -- issues as the eventual status within the European system of the Baltic republics and Ukraine."


Even the projected timeline leading up to the accession of Ukraine to NATO membership was projected and appears to match the course of current events, including Sweden and Finland's potential accession:

"Assuming sustained American and Western European commitment, a speculative but cautiously realistic timetable for these stages might be the following:

1. By 1999, the first new Central European members will have been admitted into NATO, though their entry into the ELI will probably not happen before 2002 or 2003.

2. In the meantime, the EU will initiate accession talks with the Baltic republics, and NATO will likewise begin to move forward on the issue of their membership as well as Romania's, with their accession likely to be completed by 2005. At some point in this stage, the other Balkan states may likewise become eligible.

3. Accession by the Baltic states might prompt Sweden and Finland also to consider NATO membership.

4. Somewhere between 2005 and 2010, Ukraine, especially if in the meantime the country has made significant progress in its domestic reforms and has succeeded in becoming more
evidently identified as a Central European country, should become ready for serious negotiations with both the EU and NATO."

Khazakhstan also appears in the playbook, which explains it's intended role recent events (Putin seems to have stuck a fork in that part of the plan though!):


"The states deserving America's strongest geopolitical support are Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, and (outside this region) Ukraine, all three being geopolitically pivotal.
Indeed, Kiev's role reinforces the argument that Ukraine is the critical state, insofar as Russia's own future evolution is concerned.
At the same time, Kazakstan-- given its size, economic potential, and geographically important location-- is also deserving of prudent international backing and especially of sustained economic assistance.

In time, economic growth in Kazakstan might help to bridge the ethnic split that makes this Central Asian "shield" so vulnerable to Russian pressure."

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/694906.The_Grand_Chessboard)

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Apr 6 2022 15:45 utc | 597

Continuation of my comment no. 597

More reasons to hate Putin's Russia.

"Although De Beers was eventually able to renegotiate with Russia under new terms, the integrity of the monopoly had been compromised as the power had swayed in favor of the producer. By the 1990’s, several new sources of diamonds had emerged and De Beers could no longer maintain near-complete control of the diamond trade.

In 2013, for the first time in 100 years, market forces were recognized as the driver of diamond prices, not monopolistic behavior. De Beers now controls only 35 percent of the world’s diamonds, compared to 90 percent for most of the 20th century, and the company posted a 45 percent decrease in operating profit in 2015."

https://econ243.academic.wlu.edu/2016/02/16/the-diamond-trade-de-beers-russia-and-the-industry-today/

Posted by: Tom_12 | Apr 6 2022 15:49 utc | 598

@597

I don’t disagree with you at all, and the info on De Beers is fascinating and something I’ll read into, thanks.

Posted by: line islands | Apr 6 2022 15:51 utc | 599

@Tom_12

Also, very good point, that a widespread misconception the Soviets and capitalist world didn’t do business feeds into a willingness now to sanction Russia to hell. The public thinks they can return to the so-called Cold War, not realizing even during the Cold War the two sides were interdependent. So this is worse than the Cold War.

Posted by: line islands | Apr 6 2022 16:00 utc | 600

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