Moon of Alabama Brecht quote
April 27, 2022

Politico: "Germany approves tank sales to Ukraine, bowing to pressure"

Did Germany really decide to deliver tanks to the Ukraine?

The German government said Tuesday it will deliver anti-aircraft tanks to Ukraine after facing strong pressure at home and abroad to abandon its reluctance to supply heavy weapons to Kyiv.

The decision to provide the “Gepard” tanks, which come from German defense industry stocks, was made at a closed-door government meeting on Monday, Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht told reporters at a Ukraine security conference at a U.S. airbase in Ramstein, Germany. There was no immediate information on how many tanks Germany would deliver.

The announcement marks a notable shift for Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who as recently as last week was still ruling out sending German tanks to Ukraine, insisting it would make more sense for Eastern NATO countries to give Kyiv old Soviet-era tanks already familiar to the Ukrainian military. Scholz promised Germany would then send those countries replacement German tanks.

I find it amusing how many misunderstand this move. First off - the Gepard (Cheetah) is not a tank as the turret has very little protective armor.


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It is a short range (5 km / 3 miles) anti-air system on a tank chassis useful against helicopters, drones and low flying planes.

That Scholz decided to offer these, instead of real tanks or armored infantry carriers as the U.S. and the camouflage-Green party demanded, is a nice way out. It guarantees that the Ukrainians will not be able to use them before the war is over.

The Gepard system with its two 35mm cannons is more than 50 years old but has been upgraded two or three times. The Germany army retired their last one of these in 2010. They have since been held in storage.

I remember them well from my time in the Bundeswehr. While my primary training was as a gunner on a real tank, the Leopard 1A3, two people I knew were trained as gunners for the Gepard. There was a huge difference though. It took 6 months of training to become a reasonably good tank gunner. It took 12 month, including hundreds of hours in a simulator, to become a gunner on a Gepard. The commander role required even more training.

The system was excellent for its time but also really complicate. The two radars have various modes for different purposes. One would better use the right one or risk to attract explosive countermeasures. The startup of the turret systems and the handling of their various error modes that could occur were not easy to handle. The tank chassis is also more complicate than the original one. It has an additional motor which powers five electric generators, two Metadyne rotary transformers and a flywheel to handle the extraordinary fast movements of the turret (2.5 sec for a 360°turn).

There are probably less than ten people in the current Bundeswehr who still know how to operate and maintain a Gepard. There is thus little chance to find German crews for them.

If the Ukrainians really want to use these outdated systems they will have to train fresh crews for at least a year. Otherwise those guns will be ineffective and of little use.

My hunch though is that none of these will ever be delivered. The Swiss, who manufactured the cannons and their ammunition, have seen to that:

Neutral Switzerland has vetoed the re-export of Swiss-made ammunition used in Gepard anti-aircraft tanks that Germany is sending to Ukraine, the government said on Tuesday.

Germany earlier announced its first delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine to help it fend off Russian attacks following weeks of pressure at home and abroad to do so.

The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) confirmed a report by broadcaster SRF that it had blocked Germany from sending munitions for the Gepard tank to Ukraine.

Chancellor Scholz likely knew all that. The offer of Gepards is a safe way to relieve the pressure put onto him to send arms to Ukraine. It is an offer of a system that can not be used within the timeframe of the war and for which he can not deliver the necessary specialized ammunition.

Are there still some Lockheed F-104 Starfighter in German storage? If so those flying coffins should be offered next.

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Does Ukraine have a desert region?

It's regarded as the bread-basket of Europe, so no- it's pretty much the opposite. Deep, fertile soil with a lot of water.
It's extremely flat, though.

MY dream is to go there to experience the harvest season. I love the smell of golden wheat on a sunny august morning. I lost hope in 2014, now it's rekindled again.

Posted by: Anne B | Apr 27 2022 17:37 utc | 111

The coast of Ukraine is a dry steppe with insufficient rain for agriculture. However, as the rivers flow from more humid north, on the coast they have agriculture based on irrigation -- as it was in Crimea, and it will be again.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Apr 27 2022 23:10 utc | 201

@ Richard Steven Hack | Apr 27 2022 22:03 utc | 193

The NATO countries have five times the population of the RF. The NATO countries military spending is between 15 - 20 times that of the RF (though doubtless the RF gets more bang for the buck) The Turkish army alone has 350k active personnel with an even greater number in reserve. The RF undoubtedly has some well trained and experienced troops but we are not talking about the USSR here, the weight of numbers is decidedly on the NATO side, not on the side of the RF. As Stalin once said "quantity has a quality of its own". The war games you mentioned were based on limited objectives and currently mobilised forces, not on an extended war with the whole of Western Europe as a potential battleground. The RF is already getting somewhat bogged down in Ukraine and a long battle of attrition is on the cards.

On a somewhat different note, your aggressive and condescending tone just makes you come across as a prick, which is a shame because on the whole I regard you as an ally.

Posted by: MarkU | Apr 27 2022 23:17 utc | 202

Posted by: Henry Moon Pie | Apr 27 2022 17:21 utc | 105

Cerro Pelado fire about 15 miles north of us. It IS moving into the “black” of old burn sights. Stay safe all.

Posted by: Andaréapié | Apr 27 2022 23:19 utc | 203

" Bloomberg reports citing a person close to Russian gas giant Gazprom, that already Europe's fake united front is cracking as four European gas buyers have already paid for supplies in rubles as Russia demanded. "

Can someone explain to me how, by putting Euros into an account in a Russian bank, which then the Russian bank converts in Rubles inside of Russian territory is " paying with rubles ". How will Russia spend the Euros when its under sanctions ? How is any of this actually fighting the Western monetary systems ? Seems to me that this is just a cop out by Russia. Instead Russia should just say to the " unfriendly" nations " We dont care how you find them, but you must pay with Rubles end of story.

Posted by: Deplorable Commissar | Apr 27 2022 23:24 utc | 204

A reminder that Black Agenda Report is not just one of the best websites to be found but, for those who realise how rare and precious honest sources of information are, a constant ally of those promoting truth.
Among this week's offering are "Obama Wants Censorship" by Margaret Kimberley; "The OAS, Or the “Ministry of Colonies” by Dr. Jemima Pierre; "The Little-Known International Charter At The Center of Ukraine War and China's Future Defense" by Jacqueline Luqman and Imperialism by John Parker.
There's much more.
There ought to be free copies in every well stocked watering hole.
https://www.blackagendareport.com/

Posted by: bevin | Apr 27 2022 23:26 utc | 205

Raute | Apr 27 2022 23:10 utc | 201

A hodgepodge of hand me downs is meaningless compared to what Russia can bring to the party. The slaughter will continue until the cannon fodder turn their guns on those who are feeding them into the mincer. The extremists I don't care about. They have forfeited everything.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Apr 27 2022 23:36 utc | 206

Ministry of Truth

Hey!
The DHS is forming a new Ministry of Truth
headed by a former advisor to the Ukrainian government.

https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1519379124070068224

Look forward to another
Change
in the definition of
Terrorist.

Posted by: librul | Apr 27 2022 23:39 utc | 207

#The Zionist media hated Trump and his supporters in the same rabid, bloodthirsty way that they hate Russia.

Posted by: Obamavirus | Apr 27 2022 19:07 utc | 139

That must be why Sheldon Adelsons wife wanted a "Book of Trump" in the Bible.

Some- like me- would even claim Trump did more to make MIGA than MAGA.

After all - Nuttyahoo used to sleep in Jareds bed

Posted by: Anne B | Apr 27 2022 23:42 utc | 208

The US military's claim to morality largely rests upon the principle that it's guided by civilian authority. Due to this fact, the Secretary of Defense has been required to be a civilian until General Austin, former commander of CENTCOM(his Raytheon pedigree is harped upon to conceal this more disqualifying part of his resume). He answers directly to President Biden, whose intellectual autonomy is nearly nonexistent.

Back when President Reagan was president he was also incapacitated, but the US had a relatively independent press and critical media, Le Monde, the Manchester Guardian, La Republica, die tageszeitung, and other papers were antagonistic to US policy at times, and communist weeklies like the Guardian and the Militant were sold at hundreds of newsstands and bookstores. When a Lebanese paper broke the Iran Contra story it was picked up by Robert Parry and would have resulted in Reagan's impeachment if it wasn't for the CIA's crack running which Senator Kerry covered up "because the nation would have been damaged by another Watergate" as he said to me personally when I cornered him at a public event in 1990.

The histrionics about Jan. 6 is classic CIA disinformation to hide the fact that they, the State Department, and the Defense Secretary have themselves commited a coup right in front of a domestic population suffering from "information war," as the Canadian military posited they should at the start of Covid-19, which like AIDS, is biological warfare and social engineering in effect if not exact intent.

The idea that such incompetents as Sullivan, Blinken, and Austin are actually powerful rather than figureheads beggars belief, on the other hand. If any of them threatened to resign like Vance or Shultz nobody would bat an eye.

The US Army was broken intentionally and structurally crippled by merging with Air Force Cyber Command gives it access to nuclear weapons, and the massive bloat of JSOC which integrates it into being a subsidiary of the CIA. So no secret teams to be exposed by Parry or Seymour Hersh, no independent medium to break through the noise of the anti-dis-misinform horde, and a polity that is a caricature of its WWII and Cold War structure.

If Lincoln hadn't been a tyrant to his incompetent generals during the Civil War, Eisenhower superior to McCarthur during Korea and his entire staff during the Suez Crisis, or Kennedy to General Le May and Alan Dulles during the Cuban Missile Crisis, US history wouldn't be all baseball, hotdogs, Chevrolet and apple pie to say the least. Since it's a miracle we're not all dead, presumably someone, a hidden Al Haig perhaps, is in control at the White House.

Posted by: Ralph Reed | Apr 27 2022 23:44 utc | 209

librul | Apr 27 2022 23:39 utc | 208

Orwell should have seen an optometrist. He could have been labeled a prophet if he knew which direction to look.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Apr 27 2022 23:48 utc | 210

MarkU | Apr 27 2022 23:17 utc | 203

Only a very small part of Russia mil is involved in the operation in Ukraine and that is now at the point where the US/UK allegiance is just feeding Ukrainian lambs into the slaughter.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Apr 27 2022 23:53 utc | 211

#--Posted by: Unnamed | Apr 27 2022 20:37 utc | 165

Still on with your BS?

It isn't difficult to read Putin at all. You just compare what he say to what he do. That's the same method I use on my own leaders, too- and why I cheer on Russia, and rejoice that the evil empire that have my country hostage is finally going down.

Posted by: Anne B | Apr 28 2022 0:06 utc | 212

Deplorable Commissar | Apr 27 2022 23:24 utc | 205

Gazprom had an office in Europe. Gas fees would be paid there in I think Euros and go into a European bank. Now those Euros have to be paid into a Russia bank. It is not so much payment in Rubles rather a payment in Euros into a Russian bank where they are converted to roubles on the moscow exchange and the proceeds go to gazprom. The bank apparently is also Gazprom.

The Euro twits are just a bit pissed off about having to pay Russia to clean up the shit they dumped in Ukraine.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Apr 28 2022 0:09 utc | 213

Here is where the "pressure" is coming from and this explains the warped mindset.

Why Neocons Hate Russia Even More Than They Hate Any Other Nation, Eric Zuesse

" Neoconservatism started in 1953 with Henry “Scoop” Jackson, the Democratic Party US Senator from the state of Washington (1953-1983), who became known as a ‘defense’ hawk, and as “the Senator from Boeing,” because Boeing practically owned him. The UK’s Henry Jackson Society was founded in 2005 in order to carry forward Senator Jackson’s unwavering and passionate endorsement of growing the American empire so that the US-UK alliance will control the entire world (and US weapons-makers will dominate in every market).Later, during the 1990s, neoconservatism became taken over by the Mossad and the lobbyists for Israel and came to be publicly identified as a ‘Jewish’ ideology, despite its having — and having long had — many champions who were ‘anti-communist’ or ‘pro-democracy’ or simply even anti-Russian,..."
https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/07/27/why-neocons-hate-russia-even-more-than-they-hate-any-other-nation...."

Have a look at their team of self described 'fellows' and 'experts', all available to look into a TV camera or stand in front of an assembled crowd of dupes and sprout lies, also known as HASBARA.

https://www.fdd.org/team/toby-dershowitz/https://www.fdd.org/team/richard-goldberg/ https://www.fdd.org/team/tzvi-kahn/">https://www.fdd.org/team/richard-goldberg/ https://www.fdd.org/team/tzvi-kahn/">https://www.fdd.org/team/toby-dershowitz/https://www.fdd.org/team/richard-goldberg/ https://www.fdd.org/team/tzvi-kahn/
https://www.fdd.org/projects/israel-program/
https://www.fdd.org/issue/syria/

These often interconnected 'think tanks' were exposed by Stephen J Sniegowski twenty years ago, a prescient and recommended study:

https://www.thornwalker.com/ditch/snieg_conc1.htm

Posted by: Paul | Apr 28 2022 0:10 utc | 214

#---You speak as if ideological milticulturalism and internationalism is the future.

My friend, that shit is DOA.

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Apr 27 2022 21:47 utc | 189

What about practical multi-culturalism? That seem very much alive. Pragmatic internationalism sounds good also. Live and let live, eh?

Posted by: Anne B | Apr 28 2022 0:20 utc | 215

If you need a little break:


The appointment of a new ambassador to Ukraine was a defeat for Biden
Vkontakte.ru
https://vz.ru/politics/2022/4/26/1155579.html

"...The most interesting thing about the current appointment is the combination of Brink's persona with the fact that she was appointed just now, although, according to The New York Times , her candidacy has been discussed for a long time, and the US has not had a full-fledged ambassador to Ukraine for three years - ever since how Donald Trump fired Mary Yovanovitch "due to loss of confidence."

The journalists of The New York Times are surprised by this - and they have no logical explanation for what happened. If so, we dare to offer a completely logical and quite exhaustive explanation - due to the fact that The New York Times cannot voice this obvious version because of its “party affiliation” (the newspaper is completely loyal to the US Democratic Party).

Biden did not need a "qualified officer" in Ukraine, a career diplomat and all that. He needed a person just the same completely loyal, and loyal to him personally. Because the main task of the US ambassador to Ukraine is to “clean up” compromising evidence that testifies to the cunning financial schemes of Biden himself and his son Hunter .

Moreover, part of this compromising evidence is already in the hands of "the most dangerous person in the world" (Biden's definition) - media mogul Rupert Murdoch .

This is exactly what Yovanovitch did in Ukraine - she “cleaned up” after the former vice president and other bosses of the Democratic Party , who since 2014 had managed to pretty much leave a legacy. In particular, it prevented the issuance of American visas to those Ukrainians who could testify in the United States against Biden and Co.

For this, Trump, who was interested in compromising evidence on the Bidens, fired Yovanovitch, after which she, with apparent pleasure, testified against the president in Congress when Trump was impeached for the first time by the House of Representatives.

Trump did not have time to appoint a new ambassador, and Biden, apparently, was waiting for the moment when it would be possible to approve one of his own. Unlike many other presidential republics, in the United States the candidacies of ambassadors to foreign states are approved by the parliament. If Biden were a popular president, this would not be a problem - both houses of Congress are now controlled by Democrats. But he has become very slow, extremely unpopular and possibly the worst US president in recent history.

In such conditions, an attempt to appoint "one's own little man" to such an important direction as Ukraine would provoke an aggressive confrontation on the part of the Republicans. Worse, some moderate Democrats (without whom the majority is not a majority) have already rebelled against the White House on a number of important political issues and have made it clear that they are not going to sacrifice their own ratings in order to cover up the failures of an unpopular president.

With the passage of the candidacy of a specialized specialist and non-partisan diplomat in Congress, Brink should not have any problems, but she will also go to Ukraine as a crisis manager, and not as a cleaning service.

Either the advisers suggested, or Biden himself realized that in the conditions of the Russian special operation, he would have to forget about “his little man”, and between protecting personal wool and state wool, it was necessary to make a choice in favor of state protection."

Posted by: daffyDuct | Apr 28 2022 0:23 utc | 216

@195 Aleph

My many thanks for your excellent post. I will reread it, but suffice to say, it is probably the best comment on the thread about this topic. I will try to respond better to it, later.

Re: Anglin. Remember, Anglin uses a shock-jock technique. He eulogized a Russian dude in the last couple weeks that was versed in the same crass tactics.

It is, in a sense, the antithesis to the globalist claptrap and their attempts at subverting Christian culture via a deranged deconstruction.

I also listened to a podcast episode recently with him on it and he speaks in exactly the opposite manner from his writing. He is patient, soft-in-voice, and patient.

Thx again!

Posted by: NemesisCalling | Apr 28 2022 0:29 utc | 217

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/apr/27/ukraine-war-end-putin-russia-talks

Further arming Ukraine will only destroy it. The west must act to end this war now
Angus Roxburgh

Posted by: Virgile | Apr 28 2022 0:41 utc | 218

Posted by: Paul | Apr 28 2022 0:10 utc | 215

I'll for sure read those links. Thanks.

Take note of this article my Thierry Meyssan (key: Neo-cons and Neo-libs are Straussians; all the crappy US wars are now understandable through this looking glass):
https://www.voltairenet.org/article215855.html

Posted by: Seer | Apr 28 2022 0:49 utc | 219

The Uktainians across the street brought their Daughter and Granddaughter from Ukraine last week flying into Mexico.

Posted by: Petar Mrkonjic | Apr 28 2022 0:55 utc | 220

#--Either the advisers suggested, or Biden himself realized that in the conditions of the Russian special operation, he would have to forget about “his little man”, and between protecting personal wool and state wool, it was necessary to make a choice in favor of state protection."

Posted by: daffyDuct | Apr 28 2022 0:23 utc | 217

Biden have a hard enough time realizing where the bathroom is, it's clearly not his call anymore. You need to take a look at his "advisers", and their affiliations. Do you spot a pattern?

Posted by: Anne B | Apr 28 2022 0:59 utc | 221

Posted by: Raute | Apr 27 2022 23:10 utc | 201
Good luck with that.

Posted by: MarkU | Apr 27 2022 23:17 utc | 203
"The NATO countries have five times the population of the RF."

LOL And they're all going to the fight, right?

"The NATO countries military spending is between 15 - 20 times that of the RF"

Which is irrelevant once the fight starts. Go look at what NATO actually has for that money.

"(though doubtless the RF gets more bang for the buck)"

Have you ever heard of hypersonic missiles?

"The Turkish army alone has 350k active personnel with an even greater number in reserve."

The Turks are not going to fight Russia for the EU.

"The RF undoubtedly has some well trained and experienced troops but we are not talking about the USSR here, the weight of numbers is decidedly on the NATO side, not on the side of the RF."

Numbers don't matter if they can't get to the battlefield - or the battlefield is on top of them. What matters is strategy and tactics.

"As Stalin once said "quantity has a quality of its own"."

Let me see, now, what country was he talking about? The USSR lost 27 million people in the last war. Do you think they can't mobilize a lot in a new one? Not that mobilization is going to matter in the next war anyway, either conventional or nuclear. Which is why numbers won't matter.

"The war games you mentioned were based on limited objectives and currently mobilised forces"

Which is what you have now. In the 90's, the US had 300,000 troops on the ground, not counting the rest of NATO. Go back and add up what NATO had then versus what it has now.

"not on an extended war with the whole of Western Europe as a potential battleground."

That's precisely why Europe loses - it is the entire battleground that Russia can hit from inside its own territory without moving an inch. NATO has limited capacity to do the same.

"The RF is already getting somewhat bogged down in Ukraine and a long battle of attrition is on the cards."

You're so wrong the butthurt, as Martyanov says, is going to be really painful for you. There is no "bog down" and no "long battle of attrition" - unless you think a couple months is "long".

"On a somewhat different note, your aggressive and condescending tone just makes you come across as a prick, which is a shame because on the whole I regard you as an ally."

I don't like people who have no clue. And I don't need allies.

Try reading someone with a military background that involves actually training to defeat the Soviet Union...

A war with Russia would be unlike anything the US and NATO have ever experienced
https://www.rt.com/op-ed/548322-war-russia-us-nato/

America couldn’t defend Ukraine even if it wanted to
https://www.rt.com/op-ed/547526-us-power-biden-ukraine/

Dr. Phillip Karber on the Russian Way of War
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CMby_WPjk4

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 28 2022 1:00 utc | 222

@203 MarkU

The problem with using NATO population and military spending numbers (and hence its' theoretical strength) in a possible conflict with Russia. Is that analysis ignores the fact that the NATO militaries do not exist to fight wars to protect the national state. The US military exists to launder money from the civilian economy into the pockets of the US oligarch class, the militaries in the EU NATO members are a joke, the armies exist on paper with wooden prop guns lead by officers and ministers appointed to their roles to fill gender quotas, not talent or ability. Turkey is the only NATO member with a real military that fights real wars, but it recently attempted a coup against its' own civilian government and had its' senior and middle ranking officer class thoroughly purged, which will take another decade or so to recover.

Russia on the other hand has a real army that is willing to fight and take losses to accomplish goals that serve the national interest. Most importantly of all, it has the support of the Russian civilian population which is willing to accept those costs. In a conflict between NATO and Russia, the European members of NATO will collapse long before Russia does because they do not have the industrial base, agricultural resources or energy supplies to leverage into for that conflict. The US does have the resources to do so (at least for the moment), but those resources are on the other side of the planet and it is unlikely that they can be brought to bare into the conflict before the European member state collapse. At which point the US will be left with a choice, let NATO die and retreat or escalate the conflict into a nuclear war

Posted by: Kadath | Apr 28 2022 1:02 utc | 223

Posted by: Ghost of Mozgovoy | Apr 27 2022 21:30 utc | 185

Fantastic link, thank you. I’ve read at that site before but this piece is a serious overview of a lot of undercurrents.

Posted by: Lex | Apr 28 2022 1:09 utc | 224

Give m a break! Lord I have never heard such bollocks! All the German aid to ukistan will prolong the fight for a fortnight at best. The ukies military exists now only in theory. They have lost most of their heavy weapons. Foot soldiers hiding behind civilians like terrorists are not a credible force no matter how much agitprop the dying western empire pumps out.

Posted by: Nook | Apr 28 2022 1:20 utc | 225

Posted by: Seer | Apr 28 2022 0:49 utc | 220

"...Take note of this article my Thierry Meyssan (key: Neo-cons and Neo-libs are Straussians; all the crappy US wars are now understandable through this looking glass):

https://www.voltairenet.org/article215855.html"

Thanks Seer, that is a great article. My anecdotal information from a friend is that more and more ordinary people are aware of it and are sick of it. The impact is too hard to ignore any more.

Posted by: Paul | Apr 28 2022 1:20 utc | 226

Possibly off-topic, but this... Apparently someone didn't like Macron winning... Or possibly - if you set fires in Russia...

Internet and telephone services collapse in several French cities; attackers intentionally cut fibre optic cables
https://www.exploitone.com/data-breach/internet-and-telephone-services-collapse-in-several-french-cities-attackers-intentionally-cut-fibre-optic-cables/

On Wednesday morning, telephone and Internet systems in several French cities began to fail or work slowly after some fibre optic cables were cut in what appears to be an attack on telecommunication systems in France. The incident appears to have mainly affected customers of Free, Bouygues Telecom and SFR...At the moment this malicious activity has not been attributed to any specific hacking group, although cybersecurity specialists point out that this is an unprecedented attack method: “This is the first time this has happened and we do not know who is behind it,” says a report by Associated Press France.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 28 2022 1:30 utc | 227

Either the advisers suggested, or Biden himself realized that in the conditions of the Russian special operation, he would have to forget about “his little man”, and between protecting personal wool and state wool, it was necessary to make a choice in favor of state protection."

Posted by: daffyDuct | Apr 28 2022 0:23 utc | 217

Slightly related:

Biden shows once again why he is a huge upgrade from Trump
Opinion·April 26, 2022 <-- Washington Post

Behind the paywall, so I shall remain ignorant on the matter. Why Biden is a huge upgrade? I could not tell it even in a dungeon of Ukrainian secret police. Such is the fate of a poor person who cannot cross a paywall. To paraphrase Bob Marley, how many paywalls do we have to cross on the way to be well informed?

How many rivers do we have to cross
Before we can talk to the boss?
All we got, it seems we have lost
We must have really paid the cost

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Apr 28 2022 1:33 utc | 228

Aleph_Null,

"My whole damn world has been walking a schizophrenic tightrope without a net for years. We start by finding some means of protecting our own mental health and spiritual integrity. If I'm constricting my outlook via some word, it feels like tunnel-vision -- like I'm making things more difficult for myself."

There is the possibility that history is just so many layers of narrative control, that there never was a logical reality.

Would a spiritual absolute be an ideal of wisdom and judgement, from which we fell, or the essence of sentience from which we rise? The light shining through the film, or the images on it? Ideals are not absolutes.
Remember democracy and republicanism originated in pantheistic cultures and Rome adopted Christianity as the Empire solidified and remnants of the Republic were being erased. All about the Big Guy on top.
To culture, good and bad are some cosmic conflict between righteousness and evil, while in nature, it's the basic biological binary of beneficial and detrimental. The 1/0 of sentience. What's good for the fox, is bad for the chicken.
That's because culture is about synchronizing the community into one larger social organism, so that its immune response will reject anything foreign, especially in times of stress.
Is money a social contract enabling society, or a commodity to mine from it? Hint; You can't store a medium. It's an oxymoron. Blood is a medium, fat is a store.
I could go on, but most people avoid the more philosophical aspects, until all convention has crumbled and we are not quite there. Yet.
As Philip K Dick put it, "Reality is what doesn't go away, when you stop believing in it."

Posted by: John Merryman | Apr 28 2022 1:49 utc | 229

Ukraine is a hate group masquerading as a country

I wrote 15 years ago, that "Ukraine is not a nation. Ukraine is a racist theory about the inferiority of the Russian people." By paraphrasing John McCain the idea can be expressed in even fewer words.

Komsomolkaya Pravda has an article today, that explains why.

Ukrainian national battalions are pagan orders, and they don’t even consider Russians to be Slavs - Evgeny Umerenkov, Komsomolkaya Pravda, April 27, 2022

- Nazism, there is no need to be shy, because the ideology of Ukraine today has completely transformed into Ukrainian Nazism. As a matter of fact, today it is legitimate to put an equal sign between Ukrainianism and Nazism in its modern interpretation. The basis of the ideology of Azov is the concept of integral, or active, Ukrainian nationalism, which was developed in the pre-war and post-war period by the famous ideologist of Ukrainian Nazism Dmitry Dontsov. He created this ideology for the organization of Ukrainian nationalists, but later, through emigrant structures, it turned into the general ideology of modern Ukrainian nationalism. After 2014, this concept became dominant and was introduced through the education system, most political parties took it as their ideology.

- Dontsov's theory is based on the postulate that no Ukrainian nation exists today. It must be created. And few bearers of the spirit of true Ukrainianism should create it. And it is based, first of all, on Western culture and the values ​​of Western civilization. Secondly, on the racial theory, which is inherent in the concept of Dontsov's integral nationalism. The main task of Ukrainian nationalism is to get rid of that "biological mass", which is the modern Ukrainian people, everything that is connected with Russian culture and Russian civilization. Russian culture, Russian statehood are declared hostile to the very nature of Ukrainianism. Adherents of this new ideology, which also claims to be called a new religion, are always in the minority, but this is the same minority which is charged with the spirit of the struggle of the white race against the alien manifestations of the East, hostile hordes and their dominance on Ukrainian soil. And Russia in their understanding is just the embodiment of all this. Ukraine is the vanguard of Western civilization in the fight against Eastern barbarism.

That is, Russians are denied even the fact that they are Slavs. No, these are Asians, and the descendants are not even the Mongols, but some prehistoric tribes who were engaged in cannibalism. And the Ukrainians are just those who have long fought with these savages, protecting the Western world from the penetration of barbarians. Rave? But all this is included in the "Philosophy and Ideology of the Ukrainian Revolution", which was published by "Azov", and in Russian.

- Yes, the struggle with the very Russian essence. It is necessary to forge a nation of masters from Ukrainians, a nation of individuals, to get rid of Russian collectivism, which they consider a sign of racial inferiority.

Also read my previous comment on the Azov Battalion and their links to Nazi accelerationism.

Posted by: Petri Krohn | Apr 28 2022 1:51 utc | 230

@ Kadath | Apr 28 2022 1:02 utc | 224 with the pithy and succinct military summary

Nicely done! Thanks

The only part I am not sure about is the retreat or escalate part and who does the deciding. I posit that the US is a shell of a country led by global private finance cult and itself is on the edge of collapse.

I posit that the global private finance cult is playing all the global oligarchs against each other just like the US and EU countries led by the bought politicians.

Before this, empire has had proxy wars that it could control but not in Ukraine with the combined Russia/China axis.

Empire failed in its bio-chemical attack with Covid, is not able to project Might-Makes-Right on the battlefield anymore and does not have a willing new host to continue its God of Mammon ways, so here we are.

How will all this play out? I am just happy to be watching it transpire so far.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 28 2022 1:59 utc | 231

Not very effective but a deterrent if Russian satellites and drones spy them on the ground. can UAF get these to the front?

But this is just prolonging the inevitable (the USA's plan?). Russian artillery is vastly superior to UAF and is superior to basically every military on the planet. In a protracted front line fight three things matter most(assuming air power is sufficiently balanced): supply, geography and artillery. RF wins big on artillery, RF is close to winning big on supply(UAF must keep rail going), and UAF is holding geography but is slow drop losing it (they have some fallback but eventually geography says there will have to be a general retreat back to Kyiv/Dniepro river).
Interesting read on artillery. Russian military doctrine relies on it. USA doctrine much less so. USA fights over the last 4 decades weren't conventional front line. Artillery just not as needed versus air power (planes and missiles) as well as QRF/quick mobile warfare. Hopefully it doesn't come to this but USA direct intervention would mean USA must hit Russia lines heavy and see great success with AirPower. Any lack of success from AirPower and USA would need 16 to 24 months to revamp for warfare they are not accustomed to.

Posted by: Corsiar66 | Apr 28 2022 2:13 utc | 232

Posted by: Henry Moon Pie | Apr 27 2022 17:21 utc | 105

Thank you, Henry Moon Pie. Since the turn of the century this has happened every summer. And summer starts earlier each year. Rain would be good, but can cause its own problems. Your place must have been beautiful.

Posted by: juliania | Apr 28 2022 2:17 utc | 233

Deplorable Commissar | Apr 27 2022 23:24 utc | 205

What happens to the Euros after they have been converted by Gazprombank to rubles then credited to Gazprom for their gas?

Someone answered above but I didn't get the explanation and am still wondering what happens to those Euros that are deposited into the gazprombank. Who ends up with them?

Posted by: Scorpion | Apr 28 2022 2:36 utc | 234

Posted by: John Merryman | Apr 28 2022 1:49 utc | 228

Great post; thxs.

You might like this article debunking materialism, a well nigh universally believed superstition these days that only the physical is real and anything not made of matter is not.

https://besharamagazine.org/science-technology/mind-over-matter/

Posted by: Scorpion | Apr 28 2022 2:43 utc | 235

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | Apr 27 2022 18:38 utc | 131

Thanks, Tom Q. We came here to escape the Democratic Convention in Chicago, so that long ago. I'm very very far from rich, but I live on pueblo land; they own it. That helps. Sorry to be off topic, just the thought of the dumping of old war material brought the WW2 giant junk yard to mind. There is a book called "The Army at Dawn" in our library that describes this, a vast expanse, perhaps all covered by desert sand by now, or perhaps raided for parts, swords into plowshares...

Posted by: juliania | Apr 28 2022 2:51 utc | 236

Posted by: Anne B | Apr 27 2022 17:37 utc | 111

The coast of Ukraine is a dry steppe with insufficient rain for agriculture. However, as the rivers flow from more humid north, on the coast they have agriculture based on irrigation -- as it was in Crimea, and it will be again.

Posted by: Piotr Berman | Apr 27 2022 23:10 utc | 202

Thank you both.

Posted by: juliania | Apr 28 2022 3:26 utc | 237

bevin #148


Hitler summed up the essence of 'right wing nationalism' very succinctly
"Private enterprise cannot be maintained in the age of democracy,” the forty-three-year-old chancellor said."

Thank you for an informative post and I am certain that that Erdogan's Grey Wolves agree with every word.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 28 2022 3:29 utc | 238

Posted by: Petri Krohn | Apr 28 2022 1:51 utc | 229
"Ukraine is a hate group masquerading as a country"
"Ukraine is not a nation. Ukraine is a racist theory about the inferiority of the Russian people."

Good ones. I'll remember those.

And thank you for that link to the KP article. Fascinating stuff.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Apr 28 2022 3:45 utc | 239

Raute #201

In Michalovce daily arriving hundrets of tank fuel trucks with austrian and german tables on their way to the slovak ukraine border.
Not only fuel trucks also trucks with military equipment.
Never ever seen so many trucks in this part of slovakia.

That sure is gonna make one big slovakian BANG! sometime soon. Looking forward to seeing the vids.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 28 2022 3:47 utc | 240

Once again, an excellent article. And the comments make it even greater! I have to admit that this has become my go-to site for expanding my perspective on the machinations of Empire.
Martyanov over at the Saker doesn't think that any of these military "donations", even the more advanced ones like advanced antiaircraft and antitank weapons will make a difference and his reasoning seems solid.
I have been arguing in my fumbly attempts at journalism here in Tokyho, that is, that this "war" is not a "war" in the sense most people understand it, since it is a war to save life -- the lives of Russian-speakers in the Ukraine -- not to dominate, exploit, or conquer. One need only to compare the siege of Mariupol and the siege of Fallujah to understand the difference. This war is indeed a "special" operation, with the Russians punching with one-hand tied behind their back -- the necessity to avoid "collateral damage". But it also demonstrates to NATO and especially the Pentagon that the Russian military has evolved far beyond the Soviet military -- and indeed beyond NATO and the US, especially in terms of command structure. So you have to revise whatever you thought war is and what you assumed about it.
In my article Putin and the Fighter Pilot https://julianmacfarlane.substack.com/p/putin-and-the-fighter-pilot?s=r I write about the similarities between Russian strategy and the strategic concepts of John Boyd, the mad, polymathic colonel whose strategy won the First Gulf War.
https://julianmacfarlane.substack.com/p/putin-and-the-fighter-pilot?s=r
Boyd didn't appear to like the word "war"; his was a theory of CONFLICT, which is a bigger concept. His ideas are often reduced to "maneuver" combat which became the mainstay of USMC strategy, but it is a lot more than that. Boyd also emphasized Auftragstaktik, (Moltke 1867) which was largely responsible for the Wehrmacht successes (when applied that is) in WWII, as compared to the complex, top-heavy, ideologically directed command systems in the West.
https://julianmacfarlane.substack.com/p/bidens-war-humpty-takes-a-fall?s=r
Auftragstaktik encourages innovation, situational awareness and adaptation and learning from experience of events . You can see that in Russian approach in the Ukraine, which is after twice as large as Germany and had until a lot of it was destroyed in the first two week, a numerically superior, well-equipped and well-trained military. A key element is Fingerspitzengefühl -- literally "finger tip feeling", intuitive awareness of situations. In aircombat this is "situational awareness". which is more than just "seeing" In the martial arts, is holistic perception.
Musashi writes: “Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things.” The Russians are looking at a total situation, on many levels. And this accounts of the apparent slowness of their progress, which my friends at Southfront (where I contribute) often remark on. I don't think it is slow.
Musashi again: "Whatever the Way, the master of strategy does not appear fast….Of course, slowness is bad. Really skillful people never get out of time, and are always deliberate, and never appear busy.”

Posted by: Julian Macfarlane | Apr 28 2022 3:58 utc | 241

Posted by: ping | Apr 27 2022 15:06 utc | 70

Didn't you once have a gig as the opening act for Zelensky's grand pianissimo penis puppet show?

Posted by: Jon_in_AU | Apr 28 2022 4:01 utc | 242

“Germany sends tanks” is just another lie from the west, that makes the low infos go “uh huh, yeah baby!”

Germany is screwed.
Has been for a while.
Germany gets to be the empires, and the Russians, little bitch.
Cuz Germany IS a little bitch for the western empire and Russia,
and won’t do a thing about it.

And if anything REAL hairy goes down,
Germany is gonna be right in the middle of the nukes.
Sucks to be Germany for like the last 80 years.

Posted by: Cadence calls | Apr 28 2022 4:38 utc | 243

I am a very conscious non consumer of media on the intertubes but I have to admit the deluge of Ukraine stuff on the edges of every web page is overwhelming...even for me....I got caught by a UNICEF ad video/text (I never have the sound on when surfing)

Are we seeing the BIG LIE they expect to use to sell nuke use of some sort?

The shit show continues until it doesn't and that time seems to be approaching.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Apr 28 2022 5:23 utc | 244

Kadath #224

At which point the US will be left with a choice, let NATO die and retreat or escalate the conflict into a nuclear war

Thank you far an excellent post. I imagine the USA will do some polite sidestep and keep the new NATO reality and mumble BS about facing a new terrifying geopolitical reality and agree to the 1997 boundary proposal that it itself made way back then through its promises etc etc, mumble, mumble. Then cruise on as if nothing happened.

They are BS artists from a long way back and can always suffer a 'small' setback from time to time. IMO they will eat crow and carry on as if nothing has happened and meanwhile everything has happened.

There will be a small issue of an Eastern CBW tribunal to manage and the westies BS will just spew forth as usual. They are psychopaths after all.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 28 2022 5:43 utc | 245

Jeremy Corbyn, serving up a fresh, vaccuously stentorian nothing-burger:

A huge question must be asked of the UN in the Ukraine conflict. When Russia brutally and illegally invaded Ukraine, was not that the moment for the UN to send its secretary-general to Moscow to demand a ceasefire? The UN has been too slow to act, and too much of the interstate system has pushed for escalation, not negotiation.

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Apr 28 2022 5:48 utc | 246

Anne B #209

Thank you and obummervirus should think of the Golan Heights gift from Trump the moron. Trump giving Syria's land to Israel was no mean feat.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 28 2022 6:00 utc | 247

Posted by: Aleph_Null | Apr 28 2022 5:48 utc | 245

µ“The road to hell is paved with political expedience.”

Posted by: Laurence | Apr 28 2022 6:02 utc | 248

What about practical multi-culturalism? That seem very much alive. Pragmatic internationalism sounds good also. Live and let live, eh?
Posted by: Anne B | Apr 28 2022 0:20 utc | 216

Sounds good and entirely possible to me too!


Posted by: Aleph_Null | Apr 28 2022 5:48 utc | 245
Jeremy Corbyn, serving up a fresh, vaccuously stentorian nothing-burger:

When did Mr Corbyn ever really deserve the piling on of lefty praise that happened since he was ousted? He is probably a decent man but no hero of the left I'm afraid.

Posted by: K | Apr 28 2022 6:14 utc | 249

Posted by: uncle tungsten | Apr 28 2022 6:00 utc | 246

"the Golan Heights gift from Trump the moron. Trump giving Syria's land to Israel was no mean feat."

Come om now Trump didn't give any Syrian land to Israel. Israel just took it and made in theirs. Syria was and is not in a position to take it back. That is exactly how almost all countries / territories have been formed: men with weapons took it and declared it theirs. Later on in history it somehow gets recognized / legalized.

So what did Trump do exactly , he recognized the annexation of the Golan heights by Israel right ? ok fine, but what material difference does did in fact make for he reality on the ground ? I would say none.

Posted by: Jimmy | Apr 28 2022 6:14 utc | 250

Really these so-called tanks are retired garbage unusable in the current context of the war. They are poisoned apples that will kill anyone who uses them. The only realistic use will be as close infantry support vehicles. They will be quickly identified and destroyed by Russian artillery and air resources as soon as they get into Ukraine. Or they will be paraded through Kiev streets as war trophies.

Posted by: Ricardo2000 | Apr 28 2022 6:14 utc | 251

'Win-Win Situation': Danish Plan to Send Inmates to Rented Prisons in Kosovo Inspires Neighbours 55 minutes ago https://sputniknews.com/20220428/win-win-situation-danish-plan-to-send-inmates-to-rented-prisons-in-kosovo-inspires-neighbours-1095115984.html

Denmark's “groundbreaking” agreement to rent prison places in Kosovo has sparked keen interest in Sweden and Norway, with politicians citing shortages, ballooning costs and problems with getting convicted criminals deported and claims that serving time in modern prisons with a high degree of welfare and comfort is not a human right.

To free up its own penitential facilities and reduce costs, Denmark will rent prison places in Kosovo and send there inmates sentenced to deportation.

The Danish Justice Minister, Nick Hækkerup, has signed an agreement with his Kosovan counterpart Albulena Haxhiu, according to which the Scandinavian country will rent 300 prison places in the prison in the city of Gjilan in southeastern Kosovo.


Da fuq. ...

Posted by: Laurence | Apr 28 2022 6:19 utc | 252

So what did Trump do exactly , he recognized the annexation of the Golan heights by Israel right ? ok fine, but what material difference does did in fact make for he reality on the ground ? I would say none.
Posted by: Jimmy | Apr 28 2022 6:14 utc | 249

Well Jimmy, it's just that we now supposedly have the UN and International Law, have you heard of that? It's what Nations of the world including the US and Israel agreed to after the second world war.
American's often do not understand the difference between the rule of law as per GW Bush and International Law as per the United Nations. Taking land from Syria with the backing of the US is using US Rule of Law: ie All Rules for Thee and No Rules for ME.

So yes Trump at the time being the leader or the Unipolar "Law" Empire, certainly it matters.
In fact he should go to jail for it. Ha ha ha only joking, US presidents NEVER go to jail.

Posted by: K | Apr 28 2022 6:22 utc | 253

Posted by: Raute | Apr 27 2022 23:10 utc | 201

Thanks for this very rich and detailed intelligence!


There is already a German crew in Slovakia training Ukros on 2 Gepards.
The German crew are quite old grandfathers but still good teachers.
They were from
"Traunsteiner Gebirgsflugabwehr" Gebirgspanzerflugabwehrkanonenbataillon 81
Both mountain anti-aircraft battalions consisted of three combat batteries, each with seven FlaPz 1 Gepard. In the case of defense, the GebPzFlaRgt 8 could have used 42 FlaPz 1 Gepard.
Gepard can be used effectively to combat russian helicopters, drones and especially infantry, Text ...

What this means is that the AFU would get one or two chances to use the Gepard (perhaps within the next 3 months in a rush from the usual 6 - 12) and that would be it.

- The training requirements are too high, and you point out the small number and decrepit state of the trainers, so the output of effective operators will be low.
- The Gepard are essentially antiques, every single malfunction will put it "in the shop" for weeks, if not months ...
- Once they've fired and been spotted it would be game over , courtesy of Mr. Kallibr

And that's assuming:

- The Swiss ship out some shells through the back door
- The Gepards get to the front over the wrecked Ukrainian transport network
- The AFU people pass the aptitude test

Artisanal Armaments indeed.

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Apr 28 2022 6:22 utc | 254

Come om now Trump didn't give any Syrian land to Israel. Israel just took it and made in theirs. Syria was and is not in a position to take it back. That is exactly how almost all countries / territories have been formed: men with weapons took it and declared it theirs. Later on in history it somehow gets recognized / legalized.

So what did Trump do exactly , he recognized the annexation of the Golan heights by Israel right ? ok fine, but what material difference does did in fact make for he reality on the ground ? I would say none.

Posted by: Jimmy | Apr 28 2022 6:14 utc | 249

There's a little problem there with the the UN Charter, etc.

“Either we have a Charter and are bound by it, or we are free to do whatever we like …” http://unispal.un.org/DPA/DPR/unispal.nsf/9a798adbf322aff38525617b006d88d7/ce37bc968122a33985256e6900649bf6?OpenDocument&Highlight=0,El-Khouri

;#AnticipatoryBreach: http://www.duhaime.org/LegalDictionary/A/AnticipatoryBreach.aspx

"Anticipatory breach gives the party who is soon to suffer from the anticipated breach the option of suing for performance without waiting anymore, or to rescind the contract."

Posted by: Laurence | Apr 28 2022 6:25 utc | 255

"Alexej Arystowitsch, President Zelensky’s strategic communications advisor, asks in a Ukrainian university political communications class, "How can we cheat? Who can define the principles?", then noticing that the answers do not come, he says: "You have to say exactly the opposite. If you are strong, show that you are weak. If you are close, show that you are far. If you are far away, show that you are close. You have to do the opposite of the actual situation. Note that this is not a trivial matter. How exactly do you cheat? What direction to choose to cheat in order to cheat correctly and successfully. To deceive, to put it scientifically."

I found this quite interesting, even brilliant. And is this not precisely the strategy in implementation now by the Ukrainian authorities?

Posted by: Ludo | Apr 28 2022 6:29 utc | 256

It looks to me that Scholz is indeed playing an interesting game. Voicing total support to the US/NATO and increasing military spending to 2% of GDP. Pretending to send heavy weapons to Ukraine, but in reality doing nothing to support Ukraine. This keeps Russia and US both placated. When the war is over, Germany will have a stronger military and decent ties with Russia. Maybe then US/NATO will not be able to dictate terms to Germany? A long term plan, more like playing chess. This is speculation of course, but if true, that is smart.

Posted by: KenKam | Apr 28 2022 6:34 utc | 257

Scorpion | Apr 28 2022 2:36 utc | @233

gazprom bank will use the moscow exchange to sell the EUR to the OPEN market which will unleash a large buying pressure for the RUB. that is why Putin capped the price of RUB in gold, as it is not good for exports if the RUB price goes to the moon.

essentially the EUR for all Russian exports ends up being used by gold arbitrageurs to boost the price of gold and the RUB price can be set at most any price point.

the EUR will end up owned by private parties, most likely foreigners who use it for gold arbitrage

Posted by: ct | Apr 28 2022 6:41 utc | 258

They re training Gepard in combination with ManPads.
Slovakia has been turned to trainings and weapon hub for ukraine.
In Michalovce daily arriving hundrets of tank fuel trucks with austrian and german tables on their way to the slovak ukraine border.
Not only fuel trucks also trucks with military equipment.
Never ever seen so many trucks in this part of slovakia.

Posted by: Raute | Apr 27 2022 23:10 utc | 201

The same Slovakia as in this News story ????

https://www.euractiv.com/section/politics/short_news/russian-plane-with-nuclear-fuel-landed-in-slovakia/

Well.... I know what I would do in the future with such a Slovakia.

Posted by: Tom_12 | Apr 28 2022 6:48 utc | 259

Gotta say, MoA has its moments. 😂 ...

Posted by: Laurence | Apr 28 2022 6:49 utc | 260

Slovakia is fully dependent on nuclear fuel from Russia.

“The Slovak economy now has reserves of another strategic commodity. I am glad that we managed to bring the fuel,” Economy Minister Richard Sulík (SaS) has said.

Posted by: Laurence | Apr 28 2022 6:52 utc | 261

Posted by: K | Apr 28 2022 6:22 utc | 252

Posted by: Laurence | Apr 28 2022 6:25 utc | 254

O there is such a thing as international law a UN charter, but that does seem to apply at all to the US and there western allies not ? like in the real world, the west invades wherever they want to not ?, supports rebels and separatists wherever they want not ? overthrows any government wherever they want to right? and they get get sanctioned by anyone right ?

Posted by: Jimmy | Apr 28 2022 6:52 utc | 262

What about practical multi-culturalism? That seem very much alive. Pragmatic internationalism sounds good also. Live and let live, eh?
Posted by: Anne B | Apr 28 2022 0:20 utc | 216

Take a look at Afghanistan if you want to see what's in store for Europe.
The US withdrew from Afghanistan from one day to the next, abandoning Afghan allies.
When the US left, every political movement that was "good" during US occupation, suddenly was seen as "bad".

Posted by: Passerby | Apr 28 2022 6:53 utc | 263

The Germans obviously want to disengage from all this aid to Ukraine stuff. They were the ones who backed Nordstream II with Schroeders at the helm of the company when everyone else pulled back after 2014 coup and the Crimean takeover. Remember what happened to Southstream. See where licking Uncle Sam's a** got Bulgaria.

You are clearly short on data for your assertions !

Ronald Reagan did everything he could to block the gas pipelines across Ukraine being built in 1981 and refused to let Us forms supply compressor stations. It has always been the same with USA. Germany under Helmut Schmidt told Washington to take a hike and the pipelines were built and gas flowed.

Nordstream II was simply a way to increase capacity to Germany and by-pass the decrepit pipelines in Ukraine which Naftogaz was looting - go ask Yulia Timoshenko ! They dined on the transit fees and stole gas.

BASF the world's largest chemical company is ONLY viable with Nordstream II. It needs the chemical feedstocks to keep Ludwigshafen going. Germany has already lost Hoechst AG - its huge facilities outside Frankfurt are corroding and up for sale. Without BASF German industry can fold.

Maybe people nowadays have no notion of Chemicals and how critical they are to nations with industry ???

Nordstream II had BASF as investor and it swapped assets such as its German gas storage facilities with Gazprom in return for stakes in russian gas fields. BASF subsidiary is called Wintershall.

The construction of Nordstream II was first proposed 2011 and contracts signed 2015.

Germany has 30 year Take-or-Pay Contracts with Gazprom to ensure advantageous low prices far below current Spot rates. Current contracts to 2030 leave Germany on hook for €140 billion plus the damages suits for blocking Nordstream II from Shell, BASF, Uniper

Shell has a $25 billion loss on its Russian divestitures plus losses on Nordstream II. Which regime is going to compensate those shareholders for loss of value by US Fiat ?

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | Apr 28 2022 6:55 utc | 264

Jimmy | Apr 28 2022 6:52 utc | 261 pleads No contest.

What I said.

Posted by: Laurence | Apr 28 2022 6:58 utc | 265

Posted by: Passerby | Apr 28 2022 6:53 utc | 262

O yeah Afghanistan that was really funny, according to our media we were doing so much good for Afghanistan all those 20 years we were there. We were such do good people there. We gave the afghan people education, democracy, woman rights, build up there infrastructure etc, o we cared so much for the Afghan people.

And then the Afghan people turned their back on us , now they are dying of hunger and lack of medicine, serves them right who cares we are out of there.

Posted by: Jimmy | Apr 28 2022 7:00 utc | 266

Let's recap: from Visegrád to vanguard

10 months ago --after like 5 years of investigating infringements ("violations") of TEU and ECHR primacy-- the EC was all set to punish ("sanction") Poland and Hungary, 2 of 5 members of the Visegrád Group ("nationalists").

Poland slams EU 'aggression' as Europe mulls daily fines over justice reforms: "'The European Commission is unlawfully blocking funds for Poland and is applying for penalties. These are acts of aggression,' Deputy Justice Minister Sebastian Kaleta said on Twitter, calling the move 'an unlawful attack'."

Daddy Warbucks Duda was tactically adept at manufacturing budget vetoes (eg. WWII "restitution"), domestic intrigues (eg. US mil side-deals) and existential threats to the Union (eg. CHINA! RUSSIA! espionage) to forestall procedural POLEXIT.

Until PiS seemed to run out of road: "#ECJ order of the vice-president - Action by @EU_Commission: #Poland must immediately suspend the application of national provisions relating in particular to the powers of the disciplinary chamber of the Supreme Court #RuleOfLaw (C-204/21)"

ECJ slaps $1.2M daily fine on Poland in rule-of-law fight: "the daily fine was necessary "to avoid serious and irreparable harm to the legal order of the European Union and to the values on which that Union is founded, in particular that of the rule of law."

EU Constitutional Crisis averted, right? nah. NATO withdrew from Afghanistan and ignited US 4Q2021 Revanche in Europe, and wound zloty carry trade around Germany's perfidious dependence on PUTIN GAS!

Poland's Debt Burden averted, right? Yes! EC discounted unpaid fines and transformed Warsaw's imminent bankruptcy into EUCOM's net importer of US "lethal aid" and EU "energy independence"--paid for with filthy German EUR instead of German tanks. Win-win for the Ukraine war effort and WWII justice denied.

But, wait! What does that have to do with rubles, EU "import bans" d/b/a an OPEC-like EU "embargo" and Gazprom "blackmail"?

Posted by: sln | Apr 28 2022 7:15 utc | 267

Where is the world headed?

https://consortiumnews.com/2022/04/27/patrick-lawrence-ukraine-the-strength-of-nonalignment/

Posted by: Undercutter | Apr 28 2022 7:20 utc | 268

good article reprinted in the Grayzone
https://thegrayzone.com/2022/04/27/madeleine-albrights-funeral-war-deceit/

Posted by: pretzelattack | Apr 28 2022 7:26 utc | 269

Posted by: Jimmy | Apr 28 2022 6:52 utc | 261

I guess it depends on what we call the "real" world, I can see why you would say it the way you did.
Russia and China and all the other signatories to the Friends of the United Nations Charter want to actually make the UN Charter real for the first time, I call the current regime fake.

Posted by: K | Apr 28 2022 7:58 utc | 270

Da fuq. ...
Posted by: Laurence | Apr 28 2022 6:19 utc | 251

I bet they are moving out the recently received (thanks to Merkel opening the Gates of Europe) with love bearded and praying on a rug criminals, so that they feel better in closer to their liking jail.

https://www.britannica.com/place/Kosovo/Religion

Posted by: Tom_12 | Apr 28 2022 7:58 utc | 271

@ Paul Greenwood | Apr 28 2022 6:55 utc | 263

Germany has 30 year Take-or-Pay Contracts with Gazprom to ensure advantageous low prices far below current Spot rates

Are these rates global for all gas routes into Germany or exclusively tied to NSII ??

Posted by: Lapin | Apr 28 2022 8:03 utc | 272

If you are a nazi ak Azov and the likes the Fun part is terrorizing, maiming and killing unarmed civilians. These "heroes" are sure to avoid contact with battle hardened enemy forces. At least some of their heroes, the SS did have real combat soldiers that fought bravely, but others tarnished their reputation for eternity.
The Wehrmacht also had its reputation tarnished, much to the chagrin of ordinary soldiers. Many years ago, around 38 years I had the opportunity to meet my then girlfriend's grand mothers brother in Hamburg. He made it to Stalingrad and back, got wounded a few times, had the Iron cross 1 st. class, combat badge in silver and other stuff, he was an ordinary soldier.
As he told me: I was drafted in 1934, then they found out I was a socialist, and sent me home. The again in 1937, well I was still a socialist, home I went, but in 1939 they did not care about that, so off he went: Denmark, Norway and finally the Eastern front for 3 years. He was demobbed in Hamburg by the Brits, who told him to go home, and rebuild, which he did and found his family alive.

I was a young sergeant in the Danish army at the time and there I sat listening to stories and seeing the few photographs and seeing his "soldbuch"
I remember it well even today, I was duly impressed by this rather frail old man (Wife long dead, 10 years previous) he was 84 I think.

Cheers people

Posted by: Den Lille Abe | Apr 28 2022 8:32 utc | 273

This off Ziohedge:


The CEO added, "DoD hasn't bought a stinger in about 18 years. And some of the components are no longer commercially available, and so we're going to have to go out and redesign some of the electronics in the missile of the seeker head."

Hayes said it's "going to take us a little bit of time" to ramp up production and doesn't expect DoD to place large replenishment orders for stingers until 2023 or 2024.

("Stinger Missile Production Hit With Delays, Raytheon CEO Warns")

Why is every single aspect of this entire drama starting to look like a Monty Python skit?

Are we living in a simulation?

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Apr 28 2022 8:40 utc | 274

TO READ https://thesaker.is/faina-savenkova-letters-from-the-front/

Posted by: Felipe | Apr 28 2022 8:48 utc | 275

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Apr 28 2022 8:40 utc | 273

next, they will supply Ukraine with the holy hand grenade of Antioch.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Apr 28 2022 8:48 utc | 276

we’ll also welcome 100,000 Ukrainians to the United States with a focus on reuniting families,” Biden said. . . .here March 24.
Posted by: Don Bacon | Apr 27 2022 14:00 utc | 48

Did you catch the footnote? "Orientation checks will be carried out on all potential immigrants before admission to the US, and priority will be granted to those applicants with the ability to fit in comfortably with radicalised neo-Nazi and Nazi oriented host communities."
/s

Posted by: BM | Apr 28 2022 8:53 utc | 277

To anyone thinking any materiel help from west would change the odds:

Few months ago when this thing started Ukies had far more tanks (more capable than old leopards), anti air systems (much more advanced than gepard), arty (better than towed crap from US) etc.
They had more trained personnel manning them. They had supply lines. They had command and control.

And they were decimated within weeks.

Where is logic in that anything west can pump in can change curse of war?

Posted by: Abe | Apr 28 2022 8:59 utc | 278

Posted by: pretzelattack | Apr 28 2022 8:48 utc | 275

I doubt they'll be able to manage the formidable count down sequence ...

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Apr 28 2022 9:02 utc | 279

A poster asked what difference the new payment arangement for Russian gas made since the European firm still has to transfer Euro to a Russian bank?

The key difference is that there has to an immediate transfer into Roubles bought on the spot market in Moscow. Previously the Euro would just be transfered
to the account of the Russian state bank. These would actually have been held as deposits by the Russian state bank with the ECB. But those proved liable to confiscation.

Now, any risk is taken by the private money market in Moscow. Dealers there will not be happy to build up large Euro accounts. Without a willingness of the Russian state bank to sell Roubles for Euro, what the private money market has to do is purchase Roubles from firms operating there who want Euro : basically this means firms either from Europe, or more probably from Asia who have exported goods to Russia.

Prviously Russia ran a large trade surplus. As subsequent events have shown, a nation running a large trade surplus with either the US or EU is effectively subsidising the latter two economies. In return for actually commodities they obtain Dollar or Euro, whose exchange value rests on these Dollar or Euro being the sole acceptable form of paying US or European taxes.
Since Russian and Chinese firms do not pay such taxes, the Euro accounts are only of use if they wish to purchase goods in Euros from firms which are subject to such tax.
That is to say they are only of use if Russia or China anticipates a future trade deficit with Europe.

Failing such a turnaround in the balance of trade, the trade surplus run up by Russia with Europe was just a disguised subsidy to Europe. Once the recent hostilities broke out and the Euro accounts of the Russians were effectively confiscated, the disguise was stripped from the subsidy.

Under the new arrangement it becomes unlikely that Russia will run a trade surplus. The available Roubles on the Moscow spot market will be controlled by the flow of real commodity exports to Russia, since it will only be firms that have completed deliveries to Russia an need Euros who will be in a position to sell Roubles to the EU Gas firms. In other words, the new arrangements mean that there will be no more disguised subsidy of the EU economy through uncompensated exports of energy.

Posted by: Dr W P Cockshott | Apr 28 2022 9:06 utc | 280

Lol,funny.

Putin's little Tuvan Rambo squad.
One of them looks like that little fat boy from North Korea.

https://t.me/intelslava/27011

Posted by: Kim | Apr 28 2022 9:07 utc | 281

TO READ https://www.voltairenet.org/es

Posted by: Felipe | Apr 28 2022 9:09 utc | 282

https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Hand-Grenade-Antioch-Python/dp/B01LYATMI9

i shoulda known.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Apr 28 2022 9:14 utc | 283

Posted by: Kim | Apr 28 2022 9:07 utc | 280

Now THAT is what I call healthy "Diversity" and Multiculturism!

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Apr 28 2022 9:14 utc | 284

Germany has come very close to independence from Russian oil imports, said German Economy Minister.
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The United States is ready to accept a possible peace agreement between Ukraine and Russia, as a result of which Ukraine will become a neutral country - Blinken.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that Britain does not mind if Ukraine uses the weapons provided to it against targets in Russia.

And then they talk about diplomacy?

Sergey Lavrov's politics
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Russia imposes personal restrictions on 287 members of the British House of Commons.

Sergey Lavrov's politics
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Western countries are making attempts to undermine the foundations of the UN and establish a unipolar world.

Sergey Lavrov's politics
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The EU countries are intensively working on a new package of sanctions against Russia.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

Sergey Lavrov's politics
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Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus and Russia are building a union of sovereign states, to which other republics of the former USSR may want to join in the future.

Sergey Lavrov's politics.

Posted by: Kim | Apr 28 2022 9:37 utc | 285

Posted by: Kim | Apr 28 2022 9:07 utc | 280
I couldn't tell who they were firing at, presumably nazis behind that barricade.

Posted by: pretzelattack | Apr 28 2022 9:37 utc | 286

@ Raute 201

The Russians are not stupid you know, the Russians have only engaged like 5-7 % percent of their ground forces.
Whatever the Ukro-nazies put out of armor, it will be taken out fast, the S 400 systems will pinpoint them lightning fast, and either an airstrike or artillery/missile strike will hit them.
Ukraine is dealing with the third most powerful military in the world, of course they inflict casualties on the Russians, the ordinary Ukrainian soldier is brave and courageous, but his government stinks, badly.
Any Nazi or Nazi affiliated should be dealt with swiftly and decidedly. Against a wall.
But I think the Russians are aware of this, they amongst many suffered the most at the hands of Nazism.

Posted by: Den Lille Abe | Apr 28 2022 9:38 utc | 287

These would actually have been held as deposits by the Russian state bank with the ECB

and bank deposits at ECB carry a -50bp yield

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | Apr 28 2022 9:40 utc | 288

Posted by: pretzelattack | Apr 28 2022 9:37 utc | 285

Me neither,but looked like they were having fun.

Posted by: Kim | Apr 28 2022 9:42 utc | 289

Posted by: Lapin | Apr 28 2022 8:03 utc | 271

To my knowledge Germany ie Uniper SE contracts for Gas Volumes rather than pipelines.

Uniper Global Commodities SE trades at the spot and futures market for gas, coal, freight, oil, liquefied natural gas and emission rights on different stock markets and on the Over-the-Counter-Market.[16] Uniper Energy Storage GmbH is responsible for gas storage activities in Europe. The Power-to-Gas plants WindGas Falkenhagen and WindGas Hamburg store renewable energy in the form of electricity, gas or heat. Through electrolyze the gained wind energy is transformed in hydrogen and fed in the local gas network.[24] The Uniper Energy Storage GmbH operates gas storages with capacity of 9 billion cubic metres (3.2×1011 cubic feet) in Germany, Austria and the United Kingdom. . {wikipedia]


Funnily enough Uniper SE (formerly part of E.ON) is 75% owned by Fortum of Finland

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | Apr 28 2022 9:43 utc | 290

And again about the railways and the need to cut at least the railway bridges across the Dnieper.

Now the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation are advancing on the Donbass: success is most actively developing from the north - in the Izyumsko-Limanovsky direction. There is still a long way to go to Kramatorsk, but for some reason, along the still functioning railway, the enemy continues to replenish stocks of materiel and weapons.

Ammunition of all stripes was brought in cars “under coal”, from ordinary zinc to shots with ATGMs for grenade launchers and anti-tank systems. On civilian "evacuation" trains, reinforcements are brought in from Rivne and Ternopil - it's not even about rotation, but the delivery of new batches of "cannon fodder".

Tonight, for example, another batch of those mobilized in western Ukraine will be sent by rail. And again on the same bridges across the Dnieper.
#Donetsk #railroads #Ukraine
@rybar

Posted by: Kim | Apr 28 2022 9:50 utc | 291

And again about the railways and the need to cut at least the railway bridges across the Dnieper.

Now the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation are advancing on the Donbass: success is most actively developing from the north - in the Izyumsko-Limanovsky direction. There is still a long way to go to Kramatorsk, but for some reason, along the still functioning railway, the enemy continues to replenish stocks of materiel and weapons.

Ammunition of all stripes was brought in cars “under coal”, from ordinary zinc to shots with ATGMs for grenade launchers and anti-tank systems. On civilian "evacuation" trains, reinforcements are brought in from Rivne and Ternopil - it's not even about rotation, but the delivery of new batches of "cannon fodder".

Tonight, for example, another batch of those mobilized in western Ukraine will be sent by rail. And again on the same bridges across the Dnieper.
#Donetsk #railroads #Ukraine
@rybar

Posted by: Kim | Apr 28 2022 9:50 utc | 292

Posted by: Abe | Apr 28 2022 8:59 utc | 277

To anyone thinking any materiel help from west would change the odds:

Few months ago when this thing started Ukies had far more tanks (more capable than old leopards), anti air systems (much more advanced than gepard), arty (better than towed crap from US) etc.
They had more trained personnel manning them. They had supply lines. They had command and control.

And they were decimated within weeks.

Where is logic in that anything west can pump in can change curse of war?

Excellent point!

Made me think of the Monty Python Black Knight script. "Just a flesh wound."

Posted by: Seer | Apr 28 2022 9:54 utc | 293

Mmm,don't know why the double post,only sent the one.
Apologies.

Posted by: Kim | Apr 28 2022 9:55 utc | 294

Where is logic in that anything west can pump in can change curse of war?
Posted by: Abe | Apr 28 2022 8:59 utc | 277

Typo or not - well put.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Apr 28 2022 10:03 utc | 295

Den Lille Abe | Apr 28 2022 8:32 utc | 272

The so called nationalist battalions/nazi's are extremists. They seem to be well trained and fight to the finish using whatever means. From what I have read, their numbers had built up to about 100,000 over the last eight years. That the US now has to ship pure canon fodder to the front lines I think indicates their numbers are dwindling

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Apr 28 2022 10:10 utc | 296

the Russians punching with one-hand tied behind their back

Taking claims from all sides with a mountain of salt, it seems to me that Russia is applying something in the order of 5-25% of its military capacity.

So more like both hands and one foot tied up.

And… with a much larger “more than ally” watching their back. Some weird analyses comparing nato / us / ru / tr militaries but pretending China doesn’t exist?!

Posted by: Rae | Apr 28 2022 10:14 utc | 297

Posted by: Kim | Apr 28 2022 9:50 utc | 290


Tonight, for example, another batch of those mobilized in western Ukraine will be sent by rail. And again on the same bridges across the Dnieper.
#Donetsk #railroads #Ukraine
@rybar

I suspect the Russians allow these to get through to some kind of congregation point before interdicting them.
It's more efficient than bombing every little thing that happens to be running along the line.

I'd bet there are some transport lines that haven't been destroyed specifically because the Russians want to see what accumulates at then end of them over time ...

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Apr 28 2022 10:16 utc | 298

Terrorizing civilians in villages is our kind of warfare.
Posted by: Anne B | Apr 27 2022 16:25 utc | 90

I remember reading many years ago about the earliest recorded use of terrorism in combination with aviation: I don't remember the exact year but it was round about 1908 or so, just 2 or three years after the first ever successful manned flight.

Perpetrator: The British Army (No "air force" yet existed in the world)
Location: One of the British colonies in Africa
Purpose: Manipulation of election results (terrorising the population in order to get the desired result)
Aim: To produce maximum possible fear amongst voters
Methodology: Machine gun mounted on an early biplane flying low over sparsely populated bushland, RANDOMLY killing civilians, completely unselectively.

This was the classic dictionary definition of terrorism: using random violance to induce terror in the civilian population in order to achieve political objectives. Modern definitions of terrorism have been clouded by elitist interests that complicate modern usage of the word terrorism from its original meaning.

I think the next example after that, maybe a year or so later: again the British Army, this time dropping bombs from an aeroplane.

Posted by: BM | Apr 28 2022 10:20 utc | 299

Kim | Apr 28 2022 9:42 utc | 288

I don't who these are but Putin sure let loose the dogs of war.
https://www.bitchute.com/video/5fz54FMRypg0/

Posted by: Peter AU1 | Apr 28 2022 10:25 utc | 300

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