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May 27, 2022

As Things Fall Apart Biden May Want To Escalate

Is reality setting in? Is that why a Washington Post reporter, who has been on the frontline in Ukraine, was allowed to write this?

Ukrainian volunteer fighters in the east feel abandoned

[A]fter three months of war, this company of 120 men is down to 54 because of deaths, injuries and desertions.

The volunteers were civilians before Russia invaded on Feb. 24, and they never expected to be dispatched to one of the most dangerous front lines in eastern Ukraine. They quickly found themselves in the crosshairs of war, feeling abandoned by their military superiors and struggling to survive.

In mid February these people were still civilians in some town in west Ukraine. They then 'volunteered', to avoid a draft into the army, for the territorial defense forces with the hope to serve near their homes:

Lapko, built like a wrestler, was made a company commander in the 5th Separate Rifle Battalion, in charge of 120 men. The similarly burly Khrus became a platoon commander under Lapko. All of their comrades were from western Ukraine. They were handed AK-47 rifles and given training that lasted less than a half-hour.

“We shot 30 bullets and then they said, ‘You can’t get more; too expensive,’ ” Lapko said.

They were given orders to head to the western city of Lviv. When they got there, they were ordered to go south and then east into Luhansk province in Donbas, portions of which were already under the control of Moscow-backed separatists and are now occupied by Russian forces.

The men were put into a frontline ditch and have since been shelled again and again without any ability to respond. They then disregarded the orders from above and left. They have now be arrested.

The military values of such units was zero to begin with. Untrained men under command of an inexperienced civilian and with no real weapons have no chance to hold out against a professional military force like the Russian army.

That 60 or so of them got killed or wounded for no good reason is the responsibility of the servant of the corrupt (recommended), President Vlodomir Zelenski, and those 'western' politicians, like Boris Johnson, who egg him on.

But the biggest part of the responsibility for the life of those men falls to the Biden administration. It tried to push Zelensky to invade Donbas in early 2021. Back then Russia started large scale maneuvers and made clear that they would intervene. Zelensky got cold feet and pulled back. As the Carnegie Endowment's Dmitri Tretin reported at that time:

In February [2021], Zelensky ordered troops (as part of the rotation process) and heavy weapons (as a show of force) to go near to the conflict zone in Donbas. He did not venture out as far as Poroshenko, who dispatched small Ukrainian naval vessels through the Russian-controlled waters near the Kerch Strait in late 2018, but it was enough to get him noticed in Moscow. The fact of the matter is that even if Ukraine cannot seriously hope to win the war in Donbas, it can successfully provoke Russia into action. This, in turn, would produce a knee-jerk reaction from Ukraine’s Western supporters and further aggravate Moscow’s relations, particularly with Europe. One way or another, the fate of Nord Stream II will directly affect Ukraine’s interests. Being seen as a victim of Russian aggression and presenting itself as a frontline state checking Russia’s further advance toward Europe is a major asset of Kyiv’s foreign policy.

When the 2021 attempt had failed the Biden administration did not change its general plan as it is part of a larger strategy to push the 'west' into a new cold war with Russia and China. After the 2021 attempt on Donbas had failed the U.S. immediately prepared for a new attempt to provoke Russia in Ukraine in spring 2022.

The first instruction that Secretary of State Antony Blinken got from President Biden was to “reset” America’s alliances and partnerships abroad so that the United States could deal with the challenges ahead. That strategy would prove decisive in combating Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

Blinken and other officials gave me new details this week, describing a series of behind-the-scenes meetings over the past year that helped forge the U.S.-led coalition to support Ukraine.
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The Biden administration’s secret planning began in April 2021 when Russia massed about 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border. The buildup turned out to be a feint, but Blinken and other officials discussed U.S. intelligence about Russia’s actions with leaders of Britain, France and Germany at a NATO meeting in Brussels that month. Their message was, “We need to get ourselves prepared,” a senior State Department official said.
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The Ukraine threat got red-hot in October, when the United States gathered intelligence about a renewed Russian buildup on the border, along with “some detail about what Russian plans for those forces actually were,” Blinken said. This operational detail “was really the eye opener.” The Group of 20 nations were meeting at the end of October in Rome, and Biden pulled aside the leaders of Britain, France and Germany and gave them a detailed readout on the top-secret evidence.

“It was galvanizing enough that there was an agreement … to fleshing out the consequences for Russia if it went ahead with the aggression,” Blinken said.
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Threatening sanctions can be an empty diplomatic ritual. But in December, Blinken and his colleagues began seriously discussing with allies what steps they would take. The initial venue was a Group of Seven foreign ministers meeting in Liverpool, England, on Dec. 11. The attendees publicly committed that there would be “massive consequences and severe costs,” Blinken remembered. As a result, he said, “when the aggression actually happened, we were able to move immediately.”

NATO military planning accelerated along with the diplomacy. Air Force Gen. Tod Wolters, the NATO commander, told me that his colleagues began preparing in December and January the “ground lines of communication” that would allow rapid shipment of arms into Ukraine. They studied entry points for supplies and other practical details. This weapons pipeline delivered Stinger and Javelin missiles before the invasion began Feb. 24 and has transferred huge numbers of heavier weapons since then.

That narrative is of course deeply misleading. The U.S. did not know of a 'Russian invasion'. What it knew was that Zelensky, pushed by the U.S., would make another attempt to invade the Donbas republics with overwhelming force and that Russia's leadership would have to react to such an assault on its compatriots.

The Ukrainian assault began on February 16 when over several days Ukrainian artillery increased its bombardment of Donbas by a factor of 40. Russia reacted to that and on February 24 preempted the planned ground assault.

The above part of Biden's plan to provoke Russia into a war as a means to strengthen the U.S. position in Europe has worked well.

But how long will the coalition of the 'west' hold when inflation, energy scarcity and hunger set in? European unity is already falling apart with each country scrambling to fulfill its own energy needs.

Everyone can now see that the Ukraine, and with it the U.S., is losing the war. Meanwhile Russia is doing much better than anyone had expected.

What is Biden's plan now as things fall apart? Escalating towards a wider war is an option but the risk of it is much higher than potential gains.

Still, for Biden it may be the only way he is willing to go.

Posted by b on May 27, 2022 at 15:36 UTC | Permalink

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US policy is to underwrite bad actors with unconditional security guarantees, creating the greatest moral hazard racketeering enterprise the world has ever known. All funded by failing fascist fiat financing. Unsustainable.

Posted by: FredF | May 27 2022 15:47 utc | 1

Everyone can now see that the Ukraine, and with it the U.S., is losing the war. Meanwhile Russia is doing much better than anyone had expected

Yes. Yes. and Yes.


A Russian Soldier thanks Biden for the NATO weapons in Ukraine and reveals that 7 American fatalities were recorded by Russia in Mariupol near Azov Steel plant last week.

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YfwxRbvHv8

Posted by: Dean Oneil | May 27 2022 15:48 utc | 2

thanks b... it is a good question - what is bidens plan here now? or is it soros plan? or who is pushing this war on russia to be more specific? aside from wall st, the military industrial complex and the west controlled energy sector, i can't see any merits to any of this.. and a lot of innocent people - mostly ukrainians - are being killed as a consequence.. essentially it is another war brought to us by the usa empire with uk ex empire and etc. - all in tow... they are leading the world over a cliff .... they don't appear to have the sanity to back down either... imran khan is right about a lot of things..

Posted by: james | May 27 2022 15:51 utc | 3

“We shot 30 bullets and then they said, ‘You can’t get more; too expensive,’ ” Lapko said.
That pretty much defines cannon fodder. For the glory of the Empire's oligarchs (the Global mafia) and Ukraine's oligarchs (the Ukrainian mafia). Glory to Nazis! Glory to the Empire! Glory to Global Dictatorshp!

Posted by: CalDre | May 27 2022 15:59 utc | 4

What is Biden's plan now as things fall apart?

US "plans" are mostly not real plans but wish-lists. "We make our own reality". As a result, such plans rarely survive first contact with the enemy, who always gets a voice on war plans. Russian plans always comprise exhaustive contingencies, but US "wish list" or "virtual reality" plans, once they fail to survive contact with the enemy, become totally void.

Thus, NO PLAN. In the absence of any plan, JUST PANIC, nothing else.

Russian actions are determined by detailed contingency planning. US actions are determined by PANIC. EU actions are determined by orders from above, and PANIC.

Which is effective, which is counterproductive?

Posted by: BM | May 27 2022 16:00 utc | 5

Ukraine is the continuation of the failed 2014 coup. The slaughter of civilians in Syria is the continuation of the Arab Spring invasion by the mercenaries who overthrew Ghaddafi in Lybia. Which was an addendum to the Drone War Obama was waging across the ME.

Biden was Obama's Goofy Sidekick for eight years. Now that he nominally runs things, he's still the Goofy Sidekick for Obama's campaign against humanity. That faint flicker of hope when he pulled out of Afghanistan dimmed out quickly.

Posted by: jhill | May 27 2022 16:00 utc | 6

thank you b for this perspective. as out of touch (with their electorate) as the administration is, certainly a possibility to continue doubling down on horrible policy.war hysteria is the only thing unites the Biden team and its compliant media. For the last several months reaction to inflation has overshadowed their initial buy-in to the Democrats Ukraine gambit. school shootings, the economy and basically life have put it on the back burner. Rallying the troops (in a get out the vote sense) is a non-starter. Dems looking for a face-saving way out and none is presenting itself.
Meanwhile Davos undercurrent like the Five Families back in the day dealing with Crazy Joey Gallo, figuratively telling him the 40 billion a severance pkg. there will be less, not more $ in the campaign coffers of Democrats until they find a way out.

Posted by: Oso | May 27 2022 16:01 utc | 7

funny how the bezos blog had to send a reporter to the supposed front lines to learn what those of us sitting around reading russian-speaking bloggers already knew. could have saved the cost of a plane ticket.

the level of delusion required to maintain the "derp ukies r pwning the rush-ins" fantasy is not sustainable in the long term. it has been very illuminating, though...a few previously readable writers here and there have shown themselves as susceptible to hasbara as any MAGAtard or russiagater.

as for escalation, that's going to be an "all or nothing" prospect. anything short of an outright NATO blitzkrieg was going to be useless from the start and at this point the russians have become a mostly fine tuned machine so it wouldn't go well to say the least. that would leave nukes as the only option and then we'd have to depend on any "full birds" in the pentagon who haven't gone completely batshit insane like the entire civilian leadership (with a few rand paulian exceptions here and there.)

Posted by: the pair | May 27 2022 16:09 utc | 8

Plan?

The sociopathic gangster leaders at Davos want to "get" Putin somehow. They task their underlings with how exactly. The underlings compete with each other to be the most aggressive or innovative so they get a pat on the back from their "Don".

Putin is despised and seen as a weakling, a nobody who got to a position reserved for superior people like them through dumb luck.

Putin is dumb enough to talk straight when he should be talking in word salad cliches and helping them screw people over. The propaganda narratives that he is the richest oligarch in the world and a psychopathic thug are excellent examples of projection.

If one plan doesn't work they will try another.

Sociopaths are very concerned with maintaining control over their "inferiors" in the present moment. They don't have the cognitive ability to make long term plans. They just "go with the flow".

They will keep going with this attitude until a bigger gangster comes along and tells them to lay off, or else.

This general atmosphere of sociopathy propagates through western society, as the fish rots from the head down.

When did such open sociopaths gain institutional control in the West? Or was it always thus? It seems the period of 1945-1990 was exceptional - the Soviet Union had to be fought through hearts and minds, thus certain humanitarian aspirations were tolerated.

Not any more - it's the 19th Century now, but with more people. Cats fighting in a bag.

Posted by: moaobserver | May 27 2022 16:12 utc | 9

Biden and his manipulative team need a war to stem their domestic and foreign policy failures. But Biden dares not to ruffle Russia further. He tried and failed.

Biden is trying to sound like a strongman by taunting China. China surely will not hand him a mid-term election false flag. The Asian countries are more pragmatic, except the Anglosphere cult members. After Biden's Asia visits, all these countries have been asking for is, OK, Biden, where is the beef? But the depleted US can't offer anything real, it has no vigor to provide meaningful incentives anymore.

Only NATO countries were dumb enough to deplete their own resources in order to tow the US line. They got what they deserved.

Posted by: KitaySupporter | May 27 2022 16:14 utc | 10

As I just posted on the previous non-Ukraine thread, Blinken just gave a major policy speech about China where he stated the Outlaw US Empire doesn't seek a new Cold War along with other lies and projections we've seen before. There's no way those running the Outlaw US Empire will cease their quest to retain/regain its Unipolar status. The various talking heads--Biden, Blinken, Sullivan, Yellen, etc.--should be ignored as the actual policy aim to reduce Russia so China can then also be reduced remains the genuine policy goal. The growing fractures in the EU and NATO will expand as the economic blowback from the illegal sanctions impacts all EU economies generating national unrest that's currently being ignored by most Western media.

IMO, the main question being evaded is, Given that denazification is a required goal of Russia's SMO, how will Ukraine remain sovereign when it must lose its sovereignty to become denazified? Surely Zelensky won't remain President since he has no intention to denazify. And the current Ukrainian Constitution needs to be vastly rewritten, which the current Ukrainian government refuses to do. Furthermore, no militarized Ukronazi enclaves can be allowed to exist, so Odessa and the rest of Ukraine must be cleansed. IMO, all that together ought to inform us what will come after the complete liberation of the Donbass region. IMO, Kiev will be saved for last, even after Lvov. Just as in WW2, Hitler had to be eliminated for Germany to surrender, Zelensky and the current Ukrainian government must be eliminated for Ukraine to surrender.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 27 2022 16:23 utc | 11

Has it been established what the purpose was of the Russian buildups in 2021?

Posted by: Ivan | May 27 2022 16:25 utc | 12

In the May 16th Open Thread on Ukraine I wrote this in response to the prediction by Sushi:

Re: Prediction - France Will Veto Sweden / Finland NATO Entry

While Finland and Sweden have so far rejected NATO membership, NATO has been creeping in through the back door. Britain and the US have been developing a North European security alliance with Finland and Sweden, bypassing both NATO and the EU. The aim has been to get Finland and Sweden involved in defending the Baltic States, but more importantly, giving US and UK a foothold in Finland and Sweden.

Britain is no longer a member of the European Union. France should reject all attempts by Britain (and the US) to interfere in European affairs. NATO membership of Finland and Sweden must be seen as an attempt by Anglo-Saxons to control the EU by stealth. It will create a strong pro-UK and ultimately anti-France axis in Europe, that will diminish France's influence. France should veto it.

Today I read this from TASS: (mirror)

UK’s Johnson floats idea of alliance as alternative to EU, newspaper reports

MOSCOW, May 27. /TASS/. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has proposed establishing a new political, economic and military alliance as an alternative to the European Union, the Corriere della Sera said on Thursday citing sources.

The new alliance would have Great Britain as its leader and would include Ukraine, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as potentially Turkey at a later date, the sources told the Italian newspaper. According to them, the British initiative would imply an alliance of countries jealous of their national sovereignty, liberal in economy and determined to counteract Moscow’s policies.

The British premier first shared his idea with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky during his visit to Kiev on April 9, the newspaper said, yet Kiev neither rejected the proposal, nor supported it. According to the Corriere della Sera, Zelensky could take Johnson’s initiative more seriously if the EU does not recognize Ukraine’s status as a candidate for accession to the bloc when its leaders meet for a summit on June 23-24.

Posted by: Petri Krohn | May 27 2022 16:27 utc | 13


The US does not pursue pragmatic goals with its foreign/military policy. It pursues ideological or dogmatic goals, such as US supremacy, anti-communism, anti-terrorism, containment of perceived foes, etc. As history shows in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, to some extent even Syria, the US response to military failure is "The Surge", which eventually becomes self-defeating.

Russia has already warned the west that transporting military aide in Ukraine, could be a target. If the west increases the lethality of its military aide to Ukraine, Russia may see that as an active participation in the war.

I do not get the sense that Biden, Blinken, Nuland et al, have a firm understanding of the risks of a major war. They are blinded by their ideological, evangelical, dare I say, apocalyptic hubris.

Unfortunately the US does not know how to back down.

Posted by: john | May 27 2022 16:27 utc | 14

BM - 5

Responding ad-hoc could actually be a very effective plan. It requires the ability to respond with creativity, and if your forces have that plus full battle space awareness, it could be a very lethal concept.

I think Sun-Zu advises not to underestimate your enemy, too.........

Posted by: Peter Camenzind | May 27 2022 16:29 utc | 15

"“We shot 30 bullets and then they said, ‘You can’t get more; too expensive,’ ” Lapko said.

To put this in perspective, in the Vietnam war (IIRC) about 12,000 bullets were fired for each person killed.

Posted by: ian | May 27 2022 16:30 utc | 16

Here a genuine piece of info, not like the agitprop above.

FYI Strelkov is the one who initially organized the defence of the Donetzk and Luhansk Republics, the real hero. Not like the moneyman Shoigu and the armchair General Gerasimov who has zero combat experience.

https://boevojlistok.ru/34812-chem-grozit-nam-leto.html

Posted by: Duran | May 27 2022 16:37 utc | 17

I read some speculation a while back that no negative press was to be allowed in the West until after the $40b package had been signed. Mission accomplished so now it's ok to run stories like this. I think Don Bacon posted a series of negative headlines in the last Ukraine thread.

Posted by: the pessimist | May 27 2022 16:40 utc | 18

Still, for Biden it may be the only way he is willing to go.

Posted by b on May 27, 2022 at 15:36 UTC | Permalink

Do you honestly believe that Biden has the mental capacity for what you have described?
Is he the (far far more plausible) geriatric senile figurehead for the actions described?
So the question is who's driving the bus from the back seats?
Kissinger calling for cessation.
Soros saying fight to the last Ukrainian.
Both fronts for the people who decide policy.

Posted by: Jpc | May 27 2022 16:40 utc | 19

FYI: Lavrov's interview with RT Arabic is now available in English.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 27 2022 16:43 utc | 20

It is a remarkable dichotomy presented in the two WaPo articles: clever American leaders laying a decisive trap vs dispirited conscripts viewed contemptuously by their corrupt nominal leadership. A sharp reckoning lies ahead in Ukraine, particularly when the officer and political castes responsible for the war run away to other countries, flush with the skim off the resources poured in.

That Merkl endorsed a deal whereby Nordstream 2 would be cancelled in event of Russian invasion is new info. Why would she not suspect that this would redouble efforts to provoke such event? It is also clear the NATO governments had a full year to plan and coordinate, and somehow ended up with an all-or-nothing sanctions gambit and no contingency. Does not augur well for the future.

Posted by: jayc | May 27 2022 16:45 utc | 21

For those who want a clear view of what the US is doing with Russia, China, Iraq, Syria or for that matter the rest of the world - which the US is trying to dominate and control.......watch this fellows logical and documented analysis of how the US ACTUALLY DOES what it accuses everyone else of doing:

Blinken Lays Out US Plans for Everyone

Posted by: James Cook | May 27 2022 16:51 utc | 22

imo both parties are going to continue to support the warmongering, as they have done since (at least) the end of world war 2. there will be occasional disagreements for political advantage on the home front, but those military budget appropriations keep expanding year after year.

Posted by: pretzelattack | May 27 2022 16:52 utc | 23

a few previously readable writers here and there have shown themselves as susceptible to hasbara as any MAGAtard or russiagater...
@ the pair | May 27 2022 16:09 utc | 8

I've noticed a little of that, here and there. Actually, I've had to practically scrub my whole internal rolodex of "previously readable", and just start fresh with the occasional pleasant surprise -- such as John Pilger or Phillis Bennis -- someone who does not appear to have lost their bearings, as yet. Exceptions proving the general rule that basically everyone has now entirely lost their marbles, at this particular juncture, for some reason.

On the subject of what Biden or the West plan, it's not OT to recall that bizarre resurfacing of an ancient leviathan, the other day -- OMG, is that really Henry the K? I can tell you: It's been a month of Sundays since HK had anything interesting to say. Now he wants to shuffle Ukraine's deck to settle with the Kremlin? WTF do you suppose this clown-show signifies?

I keep missing the lesson that life is meaningless, continuing my search for significance in the utterly absurd.

Posted by: Aleph_Null | May 27 2022 16:53 utc | 24

Talk of dirty bomb making on southfront.
https://southfront.org/ukraine-was-building-dirty-bomb-the-advance-of-russian-troops-reveals-new-circumstances/

Possibly, that is why west is claiming no responsibility for choices of Ukraine.

Posted by: jared | May 27 2022 16:54 utc | 25

I see this as a US Policy Failure.

Trump stated The US would withdraw troops from Europe, unless Europe paid more. Biden stated the US would withdraw troops from Europe, and focus on Asia.
That is one Republican and one Democrat President, saying the same thing.

The troops from Europe, together with the troops freed up after the withdrawal from Afghanistan, could then be positioned against China.

Instead the US has had to send more troops to Europe, and massively increase the budget allocated against Russia. Where stated policy was a decreased presence in Europe, events have forced an increase.

Russia is buying time for China to prepare itself. Hope China uses the time wisely.

Posted by: Passerby | May 27 2022 16:59 utc | 26

the new alliance would have Great Britain as its leader and would include Ukraine, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as potentially Turkey at a later date, the sources told the Italian newspaper. According to them, the British initiative would imply an alliance of countries jealous of their national sovereignty, liberal in economy and determined to counteract Moscow’s policies.

Posted by: Petri Krohn | May 27 2022 16:27 utc | 13

Yeah, I heard about that one. It hasn't a hope in hell of working. Johnson is too lazy, and spouts fantasy projects which never see the light of day. The current one is for a bridge or tunnel from Britain to Northern Ireland right through the largest dump of WW2 ammunition dropped in the sea in a trench. People have got used to his fantasies now.

Posted by: laguerre | May 27 2022 16:59 utc | 27

Posted by: Aleph_Null | May 27 2022 16:53 utc | 24

I hope this particular clown show signifies that there are cracks in the edifice of the power structure in Washington, and that there is some significant resistance to this demented attempt to impose the US based order on the rest of the world at the risk of nuclear war. I would like to continue my fruitless search for significance for a decade or 2 longer; I'm not ready to be a smudge on a freestanding wall that used to be part of my home.

The last I heard of Kissinger he and his wife were vacationing on a yacht with the Clintons.

Posted by: pretzelattack | May 27 2022 17:03 utc | 28

"Biden" will not escalate. He's done. The main mission was accomplished and the war-mongers will consolidate their gains and wait for small opportunities to make the world a worse place. There is now a real though mainly symbolic dividing line between the US global empire and the rest of the world. Washington doesn't care about where the line is drawn as long as it's drawn. Europe is now completely in chains and will remain so for some time.

I think we will see a similar change in Biden's team much like Bush II's 2006 change after the RP got it's ass kicked. The interesting battle will be between the hawks and doves within the RP. Much depends on where the mainstream media goes in all of this--we all sense a change here because, people in the news industry know they are lying every day, they know they have to take orders from the CIA in forcing those lies on the public and some of these dweebs will grow some courage seeing as how many journos are now on Substack and other places doing what they want--Matt Taibbi and Glen Greenwald are just two examples of what is possible--you don't have to kiss ass your whole life. I'm optimistic we'll see change for the better in the USA at least.

Posted by: Chris Cosmos | May 27 2022 17:12 utc | 29

In recent few YouTube videos in Serbian only, Dejan Beric spoke about first phase of SMO, and shared a few war stories. He is a DPR militia officer fighting since 2014. Of interest here, and I am paraphrasing:
He was part of Kiev grouping (VDV, spetsnaz, Donbas militia veterans etc.), and he says their mission was to capture attention of as many of ukr army units as possible. (My comment: hence daring pushes and unexpected moves like trenches near Chernobyl, Gostomel airport capture from which they raided into Irpin…). He says they knew in advance they will be pulling out once their mission has been accomplished. They had orders not to enter settlements, and to treat locals and their property with utmost care. He says, “we couldn’t break window to get into suspicious house, which made fighting very complicated”.
He says most of Russian army casualties/surrenders in all of the SMO are from first weeks of the war, and from their grouping. He singles out overzealous officers as culprits, which ignored direct orders not to enter settlements. Once inside settlement, they were easy prey.
As for current Donbas fighting and slow progress, he says that they are taking their time because of orders to save manpower as much as they can. He briefly describes tactics - using relentless artillery barrages, then ATGM sniping of enemy hardpoints just before attack, and only then they advance. As a result, they have almost no casualties while advancing, only from occasional artillery shell. He also says that they extensively use small commercial drones all the time.
He was asked about Azov battalion fighters, and he derogates them as bandits, and in his opinion their military skill doesn’t live up to the hype. He also says that they were all clean when they surrendered, comparing their looks to his own after a week of fighting.
From an earlier interview, he says Russian are strict in not accepting any volunteers. He illustrates with example of fellow Serb, which went to Grozny to join Kadirov militia, but they turned him down because he had a son.

Posted by: Misa | May 27 2022 17:14 utc | 30

First off, let’s just settle the Biden issue…he was (as mentioned above) given the “sidekick role” for 8 years as a reward for being good little stooge his entire adult life. It’s even possible that he even had enough wits about him to wet his beak in the feeding frenzy at Ukraines expense…rather than having someone do it for him. Keep in mind that several others in “political royalty” were at the feeding trough as well. One look at a gaffe compilation and we can tell he is beyond senile and well into dementia. His handlers however do share some things in common, and one of them is a deep delusion about what reality is when it comes to full bodies warfare. ( All wars are hybrid wars, right?) These self appointed elites have been smelling their own farts for so long they actually believe their own propaganda. Sure they hire 150 or so PR firms to spin the war and they did a great job: PC Americans flew the blue and yellow flag and stoke the fire of Hate Russia even more. But as another poster said, not all people in the USA are buying it. The problem is, they are conditioned to let the MSM do the thinking for them.
“Nazis in Ukraine? Oh isn’t that just something Putin says?”

What I’m seeing here is the western desk-jockeys and MSM stoolies are getting beaten down by reality. So they pivot, circle back, do the hocus pocus or whatever will get the hot potato out of their grubby paws. And the would be leaders will do what they always do, obfuscate and double down. Expect a few more mass casualty events, and some other major crisis to appear right on cue. The problem is that the consequences of reality cannot be wished away. People in the USA are getting very pissed off, and the increased polarity and division due to social engineering is having some unintended consequences. IT has been mentioned that Sri Lanka and Pakistan both refused to condemn Russia SMO and thus were targeted with uprisings. But these things sometimes have a life of their own, and when citizens are hungry and desperate they my look up from turning on each other and say ‘you BOTH suck!’ in a uniquely American way. Ok maybe not unique, but definitely very “sleeping giant”. While there are some very dull tools, it does not take a master degree to know that you are being sabotaged. Billions off to the money laundering farm, while infrastructure crumbles is very easy to understand. “The Ukraine border is more important than ours” and other such nuggets. The level of disgust with the corporate political class is at an all time high.

Posted by: Chevrus | May 27 2022 17:15 utc | 31

Lavrov doing his job: Statement by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the XXXVIII meeting of the Council of Heads of Constituent Entities of the Russian Federation under the Foreign Ministry where in his opening remarks Lavrov describes what's occurring which provides the basis for the following discussion and decisions.

Dear colleagues,

A regular meeting of the Council of Heads of Constituent Entities of the Russian Federation under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is being held. We are conducting it against the backdrop of a special military operation that is being carried out in Ukraine in connection with the tasks set by President of Russia Vladimir Putin to protect civilians, eliminate threats to the security of the Russian Federation from the territory of Ukraine, and to denazify this country close to us, whose people have suffered greatly and continue to suffer from a regime that encourages ultra-radical neo-Nazi sentiments and practices.

You see how the United States and its satellites are doubling, tripling and trusting efforts to contain Russia using the widest range of tools – from unilateral economic sanctions to completely false propaganda in the global media space. In many Western countries, domestic Russophobia has become unprecedented, which, unfortunately, is encouraged in a number of countries by government circles.

Under these conditions, it is of fundamental importance that the foreign policy course adopted by President Vladimir Putin is based on broad national agreement, which is supported by key political forces in Russia and leading public and business associations. We also feel the daily support of all Russian regions. The consolidation of all healthy and patriotic forces is taking place in the country. This is an important feature of the current stage.

Dear colleagues,

At the last meeting, the cultural diplomacy of the regions was discussed. The adopted recommendations made it possible to give a new impetus to international humanitarian ties between the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, to expand the geography and circle of partners (of our republics, regions and territories). However, since then, the situation has changed: the West has declared us, and indeed the entire Russian world, an all-out war. No one hides it anymore. The "culture of abolition" of Russia and everything connected with our country is reaching the point of absurdity. Under the ban of classics: P.I. Tchaikovsky, F.M. Dostoevsky, L.N. Tolstoy, A.S. Pushkin. Figures of national culture
and art, who represent our culture today, are also persecuted.

It is safe to say that this situation is with us for a long time. We must be prepared for the fact that it revealed the true attitude of the West to those beautiful slogans put forward thirty years ago after the end of the Cold War about universal human values, about the need to "build" a united Europe as a "common home" from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Now we see what the price of these words is. [My Emphasis]

Rallying the nation in anticipation of war conditions that will be "with us for a long time" while strengthening connections to the Russian Diaspora through the use of all possible government and non-government entities and how to proceed in those tasks is the main business of the meeting. But there's one particular task where extra effort will be required that deals with the deep insidiousness of the West:

5. What is happening in Ukraine confirms the importance of constantly countering the falsification of history and the glorification of Nazism. The absurd content of modern Ukrainian textbooks is a clear confirmation of this. But the problem is not limited to Ukraine alone. Westerners do not abandon attempts to quarrel the peoples of the former USSR, using a tendentious interpretation of historical facts.

The other day, the German government approved the concept of the documentation center "World War II and the German occupation in Europe." This concept, when first acquainted with it, raises serious questions about the correspondence to historical facts. The structure of the planned center is planned in such a way as not only to belittle the decisive contribution of the Soviet Union and all the peoples of the USSR to the defeat of German fascism, but also to obscure the crimes of the Third Reich aimed at the peoples of the USSR. In the planned expositions, these topics are not indicated. The concept also includes formulas aimed at equating German criminals and liberators of Europe. This is another step within the framework of the line taken by modern Berlin to rewrite the history of the Second World War and to rehabilitate the Third Reich.

It is important to pay increased attention to the preservation of common pages of history, primarily the Great Patriotic War, to promote joint military memorial and search activities, a dialogue of historians in the CIS, where appropriate mechanisms have been created. [My Emphasis]

I'm sure most barflies will agree that Germany's rewriting its history in such a manner constitutes a Crime Against Humanity that differs little from the Outlaw US Empire's erasing of the genocide it waged against Native Americans, while providing us with insight into the nature of the minds of those running the Outlaw US Empire, UK and its WEF adjutant.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 27 2022 17:20 utc | 32

Israel uses the same system as Russia and apparently Ukraine with no NCOs. Whereas US and UK and Germany have trained NCOs the Russian-oriented (Israel) system is to appoint senior soldier as NCO.

That is why with high loss rates Ukraine forces are rudderless

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | May 27 2022 17:21 utc | 33

Nobody really knows what Biden's thinking, other than God, Jill, and the Easter Bunny.

Posted by: metamars | May 27 2022 17:22 utc | 34

elsewhere, from the tit-for-tat department:

https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2022/05/27/682854/Iran-Greece-US-oil-tanker-Nour-News-Punitive-action-seizure-

IRGC seizes Greek oil tankers in response to US/Greek theft of Iranian oil

Posted by: ptb | May 27 2022 17:23 utc | 35

The consensus from the Western governments is that there's no way out of this conflict for Putin without losing face, but that's a two-way street, if you ask me, if Russian completes its SMO and is successful, that will surely be seen as blow to the Western powers that one country Russia took on the might of Nato the EU and the US and prevailed, so I suppose in reality the West cannot afford to lose this one, so even after Russia has completed its goal, the conflict will continue so the West can save face with its citizens, and say this conflict isn't over and we'll make Russia pay.

I don't see a direct conflict between the US and Russia, I do see a Eastern European country being duped into deploying its forces into Ukraine to assist its desperately flailing forces, that country could find itself caught in the RF's crosshairs if its stupid enough to fall for Nato's and the EU smooth talkers.

Posted by: Republicofscotland | May 27 2022 17:24 utc | 36

Today we saw the united kingdom and usa openly testing the water with their plan to send nato mlrs to the Ukraine, 1 salvo destroys a square mile.

Those mlrs are intended to govto the charkov region, and with a 500 km range it puts st petersburg and other large russian cities in their crossbars.

Neanwhile, and rightly so the Russian government is going bonkers over this.

And they say it next , if those weapons go, it's not longer a US and UK proxy war. But an straight out attack on russia, an exitentional threath.

Do not be surprised if russian cities are hit, rusdian cruise missiles hit London and American cities.

Because that is where they are playing with.

And that is a conservative approach , because it can get worse, bigger and really fast to.

Someone needs to put biden and Johnson into their places and whistle them back.

Posted by: Bas vos | May 27 2022 17:24 utc | 37

Posted by: Chevrus | May 27 2022 17:15 utc | 31

Vice Presidents are chosen to balance tickets.
Obama was a junior Senator plugged into Senate by the Governor of Illinois to fill a vacancy when the incumbent had to resign.

Biden had been a Committee Chair and knew the Senate so he could deliver votes. Obama was a newbie and Biden was not that is why Obama needed - but loathed - Biden.

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | May 27 2022 17:24 utc | 38

@ Petri Krohn | May 27 2022 16:27 utc | 13

thanks petri.. aside from what laguerre said - yeah, this is not going to fly.... it is irrelevant if it does... i think you have perceived all this very well off sushis prediction..

@ Chevrus | May 27 2022 17:15 utc | 31

thanks for your take on biden and etc.. did you read the link someone else shared from tom luongo yesterday? here it is again.. basically soros is pushing the dems with his agenda and of course it is a losing agenda... this is worth the read as i see it.. but as you say - this is a much bigger problem then that!!

Davos 2022: The Octogenarian Oligarch Cage Match

Posted by: james | May 27 2022 17:25 utc | 39

But the biggest part of the responsibility for the life of those men falls to the Biden administration. It tried to push Zelensky to invade Donbas in early 2021.


This formulation is a bit misleading. The Kiew troops already are in Donbass, which is divided between Kiew and DPR/LPR.

Biden planned to invade the DPR/LPR controlled parts of Donbass.

Posted by: Achim Duebel | May 27 2022 17:25 utc | 40

The US is a kleptocracy run by the kleptomaniacal. The sum total of their activity is called GDP. The government has to keep things churning while simultaneously inflating the currency on a compound basis in order to finance the dollar printing presses. This is known as economics. Ordinary people are in a daily cat fight for survival with government always posed to seize their homes for non-payment of taxes. Economic crime is epidemic. What a country. The Ukraine war, with stammering Brandon at the helm, is the latest kleptocratic scam. Can anyone tell me I am exaggerating?

Posted by: Richard | May 27 2022 17:28 utc | 41

Posted by: Passerby | May 27 2022 16:59 utc | 26
Exactly. A conflict with Russia is diametrically opposed to the pivot to Asia strategy. The US is in strategic disarray, which has been getting worse since its failure in Iraq and confusion in Syria.

Posted by: Pete Jones | May 27 2022 17:30 utc | 42

What is Biden's plan now as things fall apart?

I’m not sure this is correct.

If the plan (the way I see it) was to rupture German (EU)-Russian relations and tighten US control over the EU it’s been quite successful actually.

The US seems to have raised the Iron Curtain 2.0 with which to keep the EU curbed in and under their control.

As Crooke noted the US was prepared to lose militarily in Ukraine if that brought them a political win in Europe. So far that seems to be the case.

Posted by: Down South | May 27 2022 17:33 utc | 43

re: whether Biden's handlers will further escalate

probably, but they are at their limit of political (ie big $$) support, in fact well over it. Because of the multi dimensional global economic and in many places governmental crisis. There is no hiding the fact that these crises are the immediate consequence of upending trade in energy, materials, and finance, all in the name of the overly ambitious US vs Russia "strategy".

Plus for EU, the atte the refugee flows, whose inevitable political consequences are not yet felt.

In addition US State Dept is signaling it intends to do exactly the same, but on an even larger scale, for China.

When all the bulls#it and sycophancy of WEF is set aside, the giga$$ constituency who gather there know it perfectly well. Don't expect them to suddenly lobby for peace - war is still good for business. But clumsy imperialists, indiscriminately wrecking the wealth of their sponsors, will tend to get corrected.

Posted by: ptb | May 27 2022 17:36 utc | 44

Further evidence of support for Russia at the expense of the Outlaw US Empire at the 78th session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP):

During the session, the Russian delegation used its work to further develop regional integration, including with the involvement of structures outside the UN system, such as the EAEU, SCO, ASEAN, etc., to increase the collective efforts of the member states to increase the socio-economic sustainability of the region and accelerate recovery after the pandemic, as well as to highlight the measures taken by the Government of the Russian Federation to implement the Agenda for Sustainable Development for the period. until 2030, in particular in the field of economic development, digital economy, education, improvement of the labor market and social protection....

At the end of the session, a declaration was adopted by consensus confirming the primacy of multilateralism in the activities of the Commission and determining the guidelines for further cooperation of the states of the region in all other thematic clusters of the ESCAP mandate - environmental protection and sustainable development, improvement of statistics, development of science and technology, reduction of the risk of natural disasters, assistance to countries with special needs.

Attempts by the United States, relying on its allies, to bring the Ukrainian plot to the work of the session did not receive the support of the majority of its participants.

Russia has been elected to the Governing Council of the ESCAP Asia and Pacific Centre for ICT for Development. [My emphasis]

That the Outlaw US Empire isn't a participant in this 75 year-old organization is a wonder.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 27 2022 17:36 utc | 45

The Ukraine forces are falling apart and the west is barely able to hide it now.

https://askeptic.substack.com/p/daily-report-from-the-ukraine-field-966?s=w

Daily Reports from the Field

Posted by: Will | May 27 2022 17:41 utc | 46

Let’s not forget what the actual purpose of NATO was and still is

Lord Hastings Lionel Ismay, NATO's first Secretary General, famously said the purpose of the Alliance was “to keep the Soviet Union out, the Americans in, and the Germans down”.

Swop Soviet Union for Russia and Isn’t that in fact what is happening now? Almost a rehash of the Red Scare!

Posted by: Down South | May 27 2022 17:42 utc | 47

@ Misa comment # 30

Thanks for the translation. Mr. Beric's experience is very interesting, but not everybody can speak serbian.
Please, if you have the time, do it again. If need be, I can help with french, italian and spanish.

Posted by: Fyovin | May 27 2022 17:43 utc | 48

@3 Actually james I don't think Wall Street is very happy with the situation. Maybe they were in the beginning but with interest rates going up and inflation out of control they may like to see an end to it. Lockheed Martin and Raytheon haven't done as well as expected and 401K holders can't be pleased with this month's statement.

Posted by: dh | May 27 2022 17:46 utc | 49

karlof1 | May 27 2022 16:23 utc | 11
I don't know how accurate this particular piece of information is but sooner or later this will occur.

https://t.me/JokerDPR/96
Ukrainian generals understand the ongoing circus led by a crazy clown and begin to consider the option of eliminating Zelensky with the help of the "Russian" DRG. According to my information, someone from Zelensky's inner circle is in cahoots with the generals. Probably the one who will take Vovchik's chair. We are waiting for very interesting events, cooler than in Game of Thrones.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | May 27 2022 17:48 utc | 50

I'm sure most barflies will agree that Germany's rewriting its history in such a manner constitutes a Crime Against Humanity that differs little from the Outlaw US Empire's erasing of the genocide it waged against Native Americans...
@ karlof1 | May 27 2022 17:20 utc | 32

It's most perceptive of you to set this contrast, where the latter sets the pattern for the former. Why is Leonard Peltier the longest-held political prisoner in the world? Because his story is so meaningful, even such an old man remains a threat, a carrier of dangerous truth, in his very person.

The genocide Hitler engineered patterned itself after how we US Americans treat the original inhabitants of North America. The roots of Naziism delve into champion genocidaires such as (Senator) John C. Fremont, whose squadron of goons cured the hides of slain Indians, employing Indian-skin in their horse-tack. How could we possibly rename everything we've named after such monsters, here in California?

Here's a book which is very hard to read. This California Genocide is so unremitting, unrelenting for decades, the horror becomes repetitive torture. How many were lost in this far-west campaign of extermination? We're only beginning to scratch the surface, those of us interested in unearthing California's grotesque history. Most essential reading:

An American Genocide
The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe

by Benjamin Madley

Posted by: Aleph_Null | May 27 2022 17:52 utc | 51

Biden is a senile puppet who makes no decisions and has no power. It is misleading and a disservice to your readership to aid the regime by obscuring its true leaders (the troika of Klain (secretary general), Majorkas (domestic policy) and Blinkin (foreign policy)).

Posted by: Older Ez | May 27 2022 17:52 utc | 52

RT (URL blocked) published Lavrov's main message at his meeting today I commented on @32 above:

The current behavior of the Western nations amounts to “total war on the Russian world,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday during a meeting with the heads of the country’s regions.

Russian society and major political forces support the government’s decision to face this challenge, he added.

Western nations “are doubling, tripling, and quadrupling their efforts to deter our nation. They use a wide array of tools, from unilateral economic sanctions to totally deceitful propaganda in the global media,” Lavrov said, noting that “low-level Russophobia, which to our deepest regret is promoted by a number of governments, has risen to unprecedented levels.”

“The West has declared total war against us, against the entire Russian world. Nobody even hides this fact now,” Lavrov stated.

Total War, and as with Vietnam et al, without any corresponding Declaration of War, which ought to also be a message as to the actual nature of those self-declared democracies. For if they're actually democracies, then where are their Declarations of War since that's what they're waging. IMO, that absence is the best indicator that the nations in question are Fascist in the Inverted Totalitarian sense and ripe for the sort of Nazification deployed in Ukraine.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 27 2022 17:53 utc | 53

@ James: Gawd that was funny...in a dark way. Gotta love Jimmy Volmer fighting Timmy!!
IT's truly what some wretched old iguana like Soros is capable of, with all the friends, money and connections. Might be nice if he were "kalibrated" along with next of kin...

Posted by: Chevrus | May 27 2022 17:55 utc | 54

The above part of Biden's plan to provoke Russia into a war as a means to strengthen the U.S. position in Europe has worked well.

But how long will the coalition of the 'west' hold when inflation, energy scarcity and hunger set in? European unity is already falling apart with each country scrambling to fulfill its own energy needs.


But what is the high strategy here? The elephant in the room is how deeply the neocons freaked out after the Russian intervention in Syria to counter their own. That is what made Russia go from defeated declining great power (With nukes but who cares we're far from ever being in a situation where we'd need to invade Russia and it's not a threat to us so they may as well not exist) to Putin being literally Hitler.

But did their anger (Mediated by deep atavistic hatred for Russians and Ukrainians) lead them to chase Russia down long after both the damage had been done in terms of their intervention and after it became clear that Russia had a limited taste and ability to deploy to any future targets in the Levant which are down to what anyway? Lebanon? That'll be a brutal civil war if they can ignite it. Assad isn't gone but Syria is much diminished as a threat. But yet they still can't let them go.

What was the endgame? The Russians didn't take the bait and seem content to leave their aspirations to just the Eastern-most areas that are ethnically Russian enough and close enough to the border to have come under ethnic Russian governments. The vast expanses of territory between them and the Dnieper from which a potentially serious insurgency could form is land the Russians haven't been stupid enough to try to annex knowing full well the Americans want them to so they can arm and fund a bloody insurgency that would lead to much death and even deeper longer lasting ethnic hatred between Ukrainians and Russians with a probable domestic terrorism campaign in Russia proper. The Russians have been very cautious to maintain a narrative that they don't hate Ukrainians and want to keep casualties among civilians and even Ukrainian military down. So why would they engage in actions that could only end in horrific mass population exchanges or fighting ethnic Ukrainian militias in order to pacify new territories peopled by their 'brother peoples'.

So you get a Russian-Chinese security alliance and provoke the Chinese into thinking the US might just get more serious towards them than just trying to stop the flow of capital and industrial capacity from the US towards China for nothing.

The result of this will be Russia will become even more of a centralised state (Lada has recently been renationalised for the princely sum of just one rouble from Renault who are taking a massive hit from their virtual-signalling pull out of Russia) that is more of a geopolitical threat to the US and they're going to end up teaming up with China despite always wanting to join the West. I'm sure the Chinese will now get their hands on lots of Russian military aircraft expertise the Russians were wary of giving to them in the past, specifically in terms of engines which will push the Chinese even farther towards possessing the most technologically advanced military in the world.

The neocons just failed to remove a real threat to Israel and in doing so looked foolish by pretending the Ukrainians were winning. To top it off they have just thrown Russia out of the Western order, allowing it to becoming more of an autarky and more directly adversarial and you've awoken the sleeping giant of China to your willingness to get aggressive with minimal concern towards nuclear powers. And the non-Western world watched this insane gambit go on and has lost what little respect or trust it had left in US diplomacy or sanity.

But hey, Finland is joining NATO so somehow it's all a win...

Posted by: Altai | May 27 2022 17:57 utc | 55

MoAobserver @ 9; Excellent post, thanks!

karlof1 @ 11 said in part; "The various talking heads--Biden, Blinken, Sullivan, Yellen, etc.--should be ignored as the actual policy aim to reduce Russia so China can then also be reduced remains the genuine policy goal."

Absolutely....

Posted by: vetinLA | May 27 2022 17:59 utc | 56

Obama, Biden, Putin.

Here is IMO the crux of the matter, the deep contempt that Putin felt, and I guess still feels, about the hope bullshit and the Nobel price granted before doing anything president. Curiously very few serious pundits paid attention to it, but at the time I was following the news and I was truly shocked at the deep humiliation that VVP inflicted on the full of himself Nobel prize winner.

To understand the whole affair context is needed and that context is provided in this Guardian article in which Obama full of disdain talks about Putin before his Moscow visit "...saying Putin had "one foot in the old ways of doing business and one foot in the new”.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/jul/02/obama-putin-us-russia-relations

So a few days later Obama is in Moscow for a frigid breakfast at Putin's residence. The "no comment" clip by Euronews says it all, one leg here and another one there could be translated into Russian as раскорячиться, a word full of negative connotations up to an equivalent of the English croaking, dying, as well as implying instability, lack of character etc. etc. I think it came up during a news conference and Peskov explained that it was a typical way to heating up the Samovar by cossacks. Obama might be devious but he is no fool or alzheimer patient like his side kick, he got it, and I think the profound dislike if not hate is mutual.

https://youtu.be/5P1q3IDjBaI

Watch the frigidness of it all, it might explain some hard feelings.

Posted by: Paco | May 27 2022 18:01 utc | 57

...how will Ukraine remain sovereign when it must lose its sovereignty to become denazified?

Posted by: karlof1 | May 27 2022 16:23 utc | 11

You've raised one of the most interesting questions arising from the present crisis. What form, if any, will New Ukraine have?
Various options have already been discussed, broken up in independent parts, some of which wishing to become part of RF, Novorussia, Malorussia, with the future of western parts still a big unknown.

From the nature of Russian operations with respect to civilians and civilian infrastructure it is clear that Russia does not want to end up with a vengeful population in their midst or on their borders. But how to organize New Ukraine under Russian tutelage so to prevent meddling from the West. If the Eastern provinces want to go their own way, whatever that may be, New Ukraine will lose the population most friendly toward Russia, making it all the more difficult to manage the rest. This has already been mentioned with the prospects of all southern and eastern provinces seceding, which would leave Western Ukraine with a population of Russia-haters steeped in irredentism. I do not think anyone in Russia wants that.

From the Russian perspective, it seems to me that the best for Russia would be a New Ukraine in old borders with sufficient numbers of people friendly toward Russia so that Russian domination of their government would not cause major grievances. Not ideal. Is there an ideal solution, probably not, but the closest would be the disappearance of Ukraine altogether as an independent country, and becoming the newest member of RF.

Posted by: Pagan | May 27 2022 18:07 utc | 58

Peter AU1 @50--

IMO, Zelensky will escape with his life and stolen booty just as Cuban gangsters did in the 1950s and will be welcomed by the criminal resort state of Florida. IMO, it's very possible what remains of Ukraine after it's denazified will be partitioned, which will be the decommunization aspect Putin said would also occur.

Aleph_Null @51--

Thanks for the book recommendation. I took several very detailed, in-depth courses at the JC I eventually taught at about Native American and California history. The Indian Bounty is something that's completely suppressed but vital to know when dealing with the remnants of the state's First Peoples. The profs I had for those courses were old, very wizened and unafraid to teach unapproved but truthful content. I've tried to emulate those traits.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 27 2022 18:07 utc | 59

I estimate the distance between the Poposna pincer from the south, and the Yampul pincer from the north is about 40 miles. The north side hasn't moved in 2 weeks, but the south has.
With Lyman falling, look for the north pincer to gain momentum with a river crossing.

Only 1 east-west road and a large oil refinery remain in between the pincers.

Posted by: BroncoBilly | May 27 2022 18:07 utc | 60

We all know it wasn't Biden's plan...
Go along Joe will do what he is told.

Victoria Nuland, however...

Posted by: BroncoBilly | May 27 2022 18:09 utc | 61

"Cookies" Nudelman has not been looking well, and her additional girth may prove fateful...

Posted by: Chevrus | May 27 2022 18:19 utc | 62

BM @5: "Thus, NO PLAN. In the absence of any plan, JUST PANIC, nothing else."

Winken, Blinken, and Nod: "Panic?!?! We don't panic! We're Americans!!!! We're exceptional!!!!!!! Just look at all the exclamation points we need to use to express how exceptional we are!!!!!!"

Yeah, that's why you Swamp fools signed off on $40 billion for the Ukraine when you don't even have a fraction of that in military assistance available to offer. That's why you levied sanctions that resulted in blowback that is killing you and your "allies" economies. It's because you carefully and calmly thought through the consequences of your actions, just like someone who is definitely not panicking would do.

Panicky is definitely the correct way to describe America's behavior.

Posted by: William Gruff | May 27 2022 18:26 utc | 63

b writes "Everyone can now see that the Ukraine, and with it the U.S., is losing the war. Meanwhile Russia is doing much better than anyone had expected.

What is Biden's plan now as things fall apart?"

Obviously, tell China that if a war breaks out in Taiwan, then the US will commit its armed forces to repel Chinese aggression. This should leave Russia shaking in its boots.

Posted by: Toivos | May 27 2022 18:27 utc | 64

Lol someone here said that Blinkers is actually in charge or US foreign policy? The idiot couldnt run a 7-11. Even when he speaks from a script makes numerous mistakes every single time.

Not sure who is in charge of US foreign policy but it aint Blinkers.

More likely is that US foreign policy is currently like a rudderless ship.

Posted by: Comandante | May 27 2022 18:31 utc | 65

Ukraine is such old news that it has no posting on the Reuters main page when I just scanned it but they do report that the kids in the classroom that were killed in Texas called 911 while the police waited outside.....what would Biden, Blinken and Austin do?


Yeah, lets escalate because we can't talk about private finance and our form of social organization....keep doubling down until something big breaks.....

Posted by: psychohistorian | May 27 2022 18:38 utc | 66

Britain is dreaming of British empire 2.and is destabilising the non Anglo nations.
That is why I had written way back that Euro army is a. Ust
But Germans are stupid morons - they always fall into british plot.
They should have created Euro army long time ago.
Too lazy.


European army is a must for Europe and for world.

As for Germany, it’s only a matter of time before it joins the Russian/Chinese economic and political camp, something Bismarck advocated in the 19th century, which led to his dismissal. Germany then got two world wars ( plotted by the english between 1899 to 1907 ), when she gained nothing, but losing plenty. Of course the Anglo-Americans will try to this again. We shall see if they are successful on this occasion.

European army
7th June 2017

Good news for the europeans. .Have euro army and Kick out nato which was created by english losers to occupy germany and harass Russia on back of american arms. It is still a anglosaxon 5 evil eyes plot. Kick england out from europe and remove nato from europe.

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Exactly.
It was england who plotted both world wars to simultaneously destroy germany and russians together after which england created cold war and nato to use american power to occupy germany and kick rusdia out of europe. Now cold war 2 and syrian war were plotted by england as was told by ex french foreign minister dumas.
Russia and nirth korea must first annihilate england _ the source and head of evil anglosaxon 5 spying empire of evil.

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Mediterranean Europe and the Middle Eastern civilizations developed well before the civilizations of Northern Europe,

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US should be Number 1. The US is a nation built on the genocide of tens of millions of natives, the nuclear annihilation of hundreds of thousands of defenceless unarmed Japanese women and children, the 5,000,000 or so slaughtered in their own homes over the past 20 years in the Middle East and so on.

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It should be known that English Christians originated Zionism, in the 18th century. Some kind of fundamentalist brain fart caused these imperialists to identify the English race as a trible of Yisrael (wrong) and to develop fantasies of a special place for Poms in the divine plan.
From that grew Cecil Rhodes the Victorian white supremacist hustler and carpet-bagger to hatch out first Rhodesia, and then ''Jizzrael'' -- a real estate scam on a huge scale, seized onto by Herzl and his cabal of Talmudic heretics aka Zionist ''Jews''.
The hatred of Russia goes back about to the same period. Brits have had it in for the Russian people since well before Napoleon, more so after Czar Alexander warned them he would defend the American Union in the Civil War by declaring war on Britain if it took the side of the Slavocracy.
The Limey Empire also fought like tigers to seize Balaclava for a Pommy port on the Black Sea, wherefrom to threaten Russia.
I think I had a great-great-uncle who got a wound thereabouts. (He haunts me.)
No-one seems to know what it is about Russia that gets the Englishs' goat. Is it they have their own royal line, more distinguished and ancient than the Gotha interlopers -- or that they cannot be subdued by the usual English lies and back-stabs, or by main force?


Britain, as an isolated barbaric island, has never been culturally part of Europe. Even Roman rulers couldn't civilized British indigenous people. When I lived in Hong Kong My German and Italian colleges told me that was much easier for them to communicate with Chinese than with  uncultured British.


Posted by: Soi | May 27 2022 18:40 utc | 67

Peter AU1 @50--
"Ukrainian generals understand the ongoing circus led by a crazy clown and begin to consider the option of eliminating Zelensky with the help of the "Russian" DRG. According to my information, someone from Zelensky's inner circle is in cahoots with the generals. Probably the one who will take Vovchik's chair. We are waiting for very interesting events, cooler than in Game of Thrones."

thanks for the translation
Speculation indeed ..but logical , how long the army generals will afford such daily human loss ( or desertion )before unplugging the puppet in Kiev ? remember Zaluzhny already had to swallow the snake island fiasco.

Lira ask almost exactly the same question in his latest :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8mOw_HMSy4

not sure if this will even need the help of any russian, though

Posted by: malamatias | May 27 2022 18:41 utc | 68

The more on-target comments get to the vicinity of this statement:

"As Crooke noted the US was prepared to lose militarily in Ukraine if that brought them a political win in Europe. So far that seems to be the case."

So far. For me the military question has been largely answered, but it raises
1. What can Russia do to consolidate its win politically by eroding the NATO coalition?
2. What can US/NATO do to punish states that try to step back from sanctions?

I've seen that the EU is gesturing at the idea of formulating punishments for sanction violators. Is this going a be an occasion for the judicial powers of the EU to be turned against its most powerful members in the service of a strategy formulated by the US?

Posted by: dadooronron | May 27 2022 18:41 utc | 69

Do not be fool you Europeans.
After a long time you gave a chance to get rid of english yoke from your neck. Kick English out of Europe where they do not belong anyway-they are not an European race.
Kick nato out which was created by England only to occupy Germany and Europe and harass Russia.
Have Euro army with no England in it.
Then Europe will be secure.

Posted by: Soi | May 27 2022 18:42 utc | 70


Kick nato out

Kick nato out which was created by England to occupy Germany and Europe and bully Russia.
Iusa does not need nato
It is all English machinations.
Kick English out of Europe with no brexit deal and kick nato out and have English free Euro army to protect Europe from England.

Posted by: Soi | May 27 2022 18:43 utc | 71

Well it has been said by many before me, Elections have consequences, stolen elections have catastrophic consequences. Bumbling Biden and his horde of idiots, deep state neocons and maniacal media are proving just that. What complete morons and the numbnuts in the UK and EU just go blithely along with it. Does anyone in power have the ability to read or think? Fortunately I believe this will all work out for the best in the long run as the people finally get a belly full and throw the pretenders, cheaters and treasonous pigs in prison or maybe something a little more permanent.

Posted by: Ips Prez | May 27 2022 18:43 utc | 72

I'm sure "Biden" will escalate because the neo-cons that control the Biden Administration have no reverse gear and they are too stupid to think of any of tool. However, people are forgetting that the US is on a fixed timetable. Back in March Biden started emptying the US strategic oil reserves in a desperate bid to suppress the world oil price while the EU sanctioned Russian fuel. That release hasn't reduced the prices significantly, but the US oil reserves will be bone dry by December. So the US must have this sewed up by then or the world oil prices will exploded (the EU expects that a Russian oil ban will spike prices to $180 TODAY, if they ban Russian oil AND the US reserves run out, BAM! we're looking at $220-225/barrel oil). The US attempts to control the oil prices by bringing back Iranian & Venezuelan oil both crashed and burned because the US was unable to swallow even a tiny bit of their pride and remove the sanctions without pre-conditions. Everyone already on the oil market is already at maximum output there is no more oil for the world economy without Russia!

P.S. hey remember back in 2008 when the US was selling corn-based ethanol fuel and solar-panels as the "green" fix for the world's energy needs. Dont hear much about that anymore!!!!

Posted by: Kadath | May 27 2022 18:46 utc | 73

Posted by: Dean Oneil | May 27 2022 15:48 utc | 2

LOL "Thanks, Brandon!"

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 27 2022 18:47 utc | 74

Posted by: moaobserver | May 27 2022 16:12 utc | 9

And you're advertising a......BLENDER?

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 27 2022 18:52 utc | 75

@67 "Even Roman rulers couldn't civilized British indigenous people"

Maybe because they were Germanic. Danes, Angles, Saxons etc. The Romans didn't have a lot of luck in Germany either.

Posted by: dh | May 27 2022 18:54 utc | 76

Posted by: Richard | May 27 2022 17:28 utc | 41

Furthermore, if you subtract bullshit like derivatives trading and military spending, the actual US GDP shrinks considerably. Then remove real estate and I'd be surprised if we're any higher than Brazil.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 27 2022 18:55 utc | 77

malamatias | May 27 2022 18:41 utc | 68

Possibly more than speculation. I went back through some of the account and only posts intel - hacked documents plus what they get from contacts in Ukraine SBU/government contacts.
Seems to be a group of them operating from DPR. One post from some weeks ago was they had information on foreigners putting together a small team of the worst of the nationalist to dress in Russian Uniform and kill civilians. This would be videoed by security camera or passing dashcam. That occurred as described and I have seen bits of the propaganda video. They had received and posted very accurate information.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | May 27 2022 18:55 utc | 78

Paco @57--

Thanks much for your insightful comment. IMO, any good, in-depth bio of Putin will spend two chapters on his relations with Obama as Putin was PM when Obama was installed while his third presidential term coinciding with Obama's second and last. Since Obama was of CIA manufacture, enmity was a given. But given its perceived superiority in 2013, why did Obama's Outlaw US Empire submit to the deal brokered by Putin to decommission Syria's chemical weapons and not directly attack Syria as he surely wanted? It can't be chalked up to Kerry being outfoxed by Lavrov. The reasons for Obama to chicken-out have never been properly explained. There must be some aspect of "atonement" for that moment of weakness that's within the current motivation.

Pagan @58--

To expand upon my reply to Peter @50, my analysis of what will occur is directly related to the amount of time the task of denazification will take, which I've posited as at minimum two generations since its cultural roots go back to WW1, five generations ago. During that time period, Russia will need to oversee whatever Ukrainian national government exists. And that doesn't take into consideration what Russia will do relative to NATO's status, which it wants to see return to that of 1997. We have some insight based on Lavrov's words that it will be years. Much depends on how the EU crumbles as well as the rapidity with which the Outlaw US Empire loses its ability to project power.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 27 2022 18:56 utc | 79

It should be apparent by now that no magical weapons sent to Ukraine will turn the tide of an eventually Russian victory. The next step in escalation will be what the poster karlof1 has been saying: NATO or European boys and girls.

As I read as a non-military guy about the war, it seems to me that Russia has prepared itself for War, Big War. While NATO/US have not. The boys and girls of Western Europe play acting as soldiers will unfortunately see the difference.

Posted by: Erelis | May 27 2022 19:06 utc | 80

...the amount of time the task of denazification will take, which I've posited as at minimum two generations since its cultural roots go back to WW1, five generations ago.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 27 2022 18:56 utc | 79

It will certainly be a long process, but does time really heal all wounds? As you point out, the roots of present day conflicts go back many generations, or is it that they are made to appear so. Unscrupulous political operatives will always find suitable historical grievances to exploit and there will always be a good number of morons to take up the battle to right an alleged historical wrong.

Posted by: Pagan | May 27 2022 19:16 utc | 81

Nazis have a wonderful track record -- losing wars.

Posted by: ChrisHerz | May 27 2022 19:22 utc | 82

Joe, Joe? Wake up dipshit. Go out there and try to read the telepromper. If you can't read it just repeat what you hear in your earpiece. Ok, dumbshit, get out there and do it, and remember, if you go off script you will get electro shocks tonight.

Posted by: Rangewolf | May 27 2022 19:23 utc | 83

karlof1 | May 27 2022 18:56 utc | 79

In this video that was linked by malamatias Lira puts into words and explains well what I have been seeing for sometime in that clearing Donetsk may well see the end of the military operation. I think the SMO is as much a psyops designed to bring Ukraine to a point where it will undertake its own denazification.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8mOw_HMSy4

Posted by: Peter AU1 | May 27 2022 19:24 utc | 84

Misa | May 27 2022 17:14 utc | 30 "He singles out overzealous officers as culprits, which ignored direct orders not to enter settlements. Once inside settlement,.."

They were in Bucha and other 'settlements' for a month or more and in all that time not one senior officer got on the blower and told them to get the fuck out?

Also Beric when it comes to small drones is completely at odds with telegram channels raising funds for LDPR forces and Russian forces and militia members which have telegram channels.

Posted by: Peter AU1 | May 27 2022 19:36 utc | 85

Isn't it ironic that the only reason for the US having a huge half-million soldier army is not because of major enemy China, where a US-China ground war is unimaginable, nor in Korea, where the US has a huge base complete with high-rise apartments for dependents not far from North Korea, a country which the US refuses to seek peace with, nor with US neighbors Canada and Mexico.

No, what drives the huge army budget is Russia, in Europe. But the army is not to be used there! . . .or is it.

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 27 2022 19:38 utc | 86

@Richard #41

That is a sound and succinct analysis. Thanks you.

Posted by: Tim | May 27 2022 19:46 utc | 87

what is bidens plan here now? or is it soros plan? or who is pushing this war on russia to be more specific? aside from wall st, the military industrial complex and the west controlled energy sector...

james | May 27 2022 15:51 utc | 3

I cannot emphasize Jame's comment enough. It's nice to always refer to the usual suspect (i.e. MIC) but, someone really need to focus on the individuals themselves. After all, a group consists of individuals. After what we've seen in the past, I'm still surprised there are people supporting all this "humanitarianism" that The Empire is advocating for. IMO, Russia, China and others needs to step up and start publishing names. Enough is enough.

Posted by: Ian2 | May 27 2022 19:46 utc | 88

@ Bas vos | May 27 2022 17:24 utc | 37

I agree with you, those (LMRS) weapon systems would be a lethal escalation bringing us to the brink of nuclear war.

Posted by: MarkU | May 27 2022 19:50 utc | 89

“Biden's plan to provoke Russia into a war as a means to strengthen the U.S. position in Europe” is in fact a plan of the major factions whose bribes to political parties control US foreign policy: The MIC, the rich anti-socialists, and the zionists. They do not gain by strengthening the U.S. position in Europe.

The MIC gains by any small war, especially where the US buys the weapons and someone else supplies the soldiers. They support constant prodding of Russia and China so as to build the militant right wing and MIC there, to create incidents to support US MIC demands for more weapons. The rich anti-socialists only want wars against socialist states closer to the US America, and may support prodding China to support propaganda against the success of communism there. Only the zionists benefit from prodding Russia, hoping to weaken it in Syria, which has happened.

Posted by: Sam F | May 27 2022 19:57 utc | 90

@Commandant #65

The US is run by some mafia don. But who is it? I never hear names mentioned. Does anybody know?

Posted by: Tim | May 27 2022 19:58 utc | 91

"Joe, my man. Either you become President or you end up with your son & brother in prison."(The Jewish Banking Brotherhood).

Posted by: nietzsche1510 | May 27 2022 20:04 utc | 92

Pagan @81--

It's impossible to predict what might have developed in Western Ukraine if the OSS/CIA/MI6 hadn't spent every year since 1945 trying to keep the OUN and its Naziism alive. USSR/Russia sent lots of people into that region to pacify it after WW2 but was never able to staunch its enemy's efforts. Recently a rollcall of those sent that didn't survive was published by a Russian media outlet, which I should've saved but didn't; the toll was 30-40 thousand if I recall correctly. By 1960, the attempt was abandoned.

Peter AU1 @84--

I understand the desire to see hostilities end. However, I can't reconcile that occurring anytime soon given the goals stated by the Russian government and its current pronouncements--goals that "will be fulfilled" as Patrushev recently stated. Do note that the pace of operations has markedly increased after Poland's "infiltration" gambit was revealed.

Don Bacon @86--

Big problem having large contingents of combat troops being used as occupation forces in Asia even if they are Green. Perhaps the plan is to perform another Inchon in Russia's Far East at the appropriate time.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 27 2022 20:06 utc | 93

re: Peter AU1 50
the ongoing circus led by a crazy clown
Okay, I've posted this before, but if you haven't seen it here's a video of Zelinskyy playing the piano with . . .you'll see. . .must be over 18 to watch

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 27 2022 20:11 utc | 94

Posted by: jayc | May 27 2022 16:45 utc | 21:

That Merkl endorsed a deal whereby Nordstream 2 would be cancelled in event of Russian invasion is new info. Why would she not suspect that this would redouble efforts to provoke such event? .............

Ahh...., good question! Perhaps she is not as smart as people generally make her out to be??? On many issues, especially those involving American 'Cold War' narratives against China on Human Rights regarding Xinjiang/Tibet/HongKong....., she came off to me as being rather naive (actually downright stupid) and combative. It could well be that she was ignorant of the possibility of uttering something in public that becomes the poison pill of Europe. So far she is hiding in anonymity with the excuse of non-interference with the present German political leadership. If she is sincerely concern about, or smart enough to wake to, the dire situation Europe is in, she should come out now to refute Scholz's policies so far and set EU on a more proper course of political sails. Ask for the turning on of Nordstream 2.

Does Dame Merkel has the political wisdom or courage???

Posted by: Oriental Voice | May 27 2022 20:15 utc | 95

The US is run by some mafia don. But who is it? I never hear names mentioned. Does anybody know?

Posted by: Tim | May 27 2022 19:58 utc | 91

Don't think about an individual. Instead, envision a "college of corporations." Video. Amazing how well that's aged over 40 years. Jensen could have given a talk at Davos this year and hardly sounded out of step except for the corporate names he mentions.

I do think it's more of a "college of billionaires" these days. Corporations are slaves to stock prices more than when Chayefsky was writing "Network," and those billionaires have a lot to say about those.

Posted by: Henry Moon Pie | May 27 2022 20:22 utc | 96

@90 Sam F

As I've been reading lately at Southfront, it's true that Turkey and especially Israel are encroaching on Syria and exploiting Russia's preoccupation with Ukraine.

Putin should put up a neon sign on each border with Syria: By Invitation Only.

Posted by: Circe | May 27 2022 20:23 utc | 97

My god, adult conversation, how refreshing. I'll be back.

Posted by: KateH | May 27 2022 20:30 utc | 98

@ Don Bacon | May 27 2022 19:38 utc | 86

what drives the huge army budget is Russia, in Europe

U.S. Military Aid Has Helped Ukraine [to escalate> "Since 2014" [and why]
https://www.npr.org/2019/12/18/788874844/how-u-s-military-aid-has-helped-ukraine-since-2014?t=1653681139796

When he was still commander of the U.S. Army in Europe, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges displayed a blue and yellow Ukrainian flag on his black backpack.[...]
Hodges,[...] , oversaw the expansion of U.S. military cooperation with Ukraine after 2014,[...] Since then, the United States has provided $1.5 billion in security assistance, including everything from Humvees and patrol boats to counterartillery radar and lethal weaponry such as Javelin antitank missiles.
Hodges, who helped set up the Yavoriv Combat Training Center, says that the U.S. has not only contributed to the Ukrainian war effort, but also benefited from the cooperation.

"We saw this as a great opportunity to learn because no Americans have been under Russian artillery or rocket fire or that kind of lethal environment with Russian capabilities. And so we were able to learn a lot from Ukrainian soldiers and officers," he said.


Once upon a time, somebody tried to escape the whirlpool

The US House of Representatives has impeached President Donald Trump, setting up a trial in the Senate. How did we get to this point?
Mr Trump [...] is accused of withholding nearly $400m in congressionally approved military aid

And just a few weeks after January 6th 2020, back to the future

This is the first half of the $250 million in Ukraine Security Assistance that has been appropriated by Congress.
The new assistance package includes counter-artillery radars and armed Mark VI patrol boats, the latter of which is seen as particularly important given Ukraine's tensions with Russia in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.


War or Peace?
Pray for Russia to succeed. ASAP

Posted by: La Bastille | May 27 2022 20:36 utc | 99

Add to @97:

Wolves piss on their boundaries to mark their territory. Maybe Bashar should unleash a pack of wolves on Syria's borders with Turkey and Israel to keep all free-loaders and interlopers out.

Posted by: Circe | May 27 2022 20:37 utc | 100

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