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May 25, 2022

Ukraine Propaganda - BBC Tries To Sell Telegram Rumors That Make No Sense

Do they really think that the people are dumb enough to believe such shit?

Russian media: retired Russian major general killed in skies over Ukraine


Which 'Russian media' one might asks:

A [Russian] fighter has been shot down in the skies over Ukraine, and Kanamat Botashev, a retired Major General of the Russian Air Force, was killed.

Source: Russian edition of BBC with reference to Botashov's three former subordinates

Details: Subordinates who had kept in touch with Botashev after leaving the service agreed to comment on condition of anonymity for reasons of personal safety.

Oh, the 'Russian media' is in fact the Russian language site of the BBC World Service which is financed and directed by the British government's Foreign Office. The same BBC World Service which since March has suspended its operation in Moscow and which had its its website blocked in Russia.

That BBC World Service will surely have reliable sources for making such nonsense claims:

One of Botashev's former colleagues confirmed that a retired general was carrying out missions in a Su-25 aircraft in Ukraine.

In one of the Russian Telegram channels, this participant reported on Botashev's death ...

'Russian Telegram channels' are anonymous and also widely used by Ukrainians. They are often unreliable.

The picture above is somewhat curious too. Its resolution is too low to read the name patch of the pictured officer who does totally not look like 63 year old retired man.

The plane the Ukrainians allegedly shot down was a Su-25 ground attack aircraft. Why then is the 'retired Major-General Botashev', should he actually exist, pictured in front of an Su-34, a supersonic fighter-bomber. According to Tineye the photo was first published on May 23 by a news site in Tbilisi, Georgia. There is no metadata in the picture and I am unable to find any caption for it.

The whole story makes absolutely no sense:

It is unclear how the 63-year-old retired general found himself at the controls of the Su-25 in Ukraine.
Botashev commanded a regiment of the Guards Air Base in Voronezh. His military career came to an end in June 2012, when he was accused of crashing a Su-27 fighter near Petrozavodsk. The general asked his friend-colonel to let him fly a Su-27, a flight permit he did not have.

So the dude was kicked out of the military? He hasn't flown military planes for 10 years? Somehow he steals an Su-25, which he probably did not know how to fly, and gets shot down over Ukraine? Yeah, that makes totally sense ...

What will the BBC World Service editors try to sell us next? Bridges?

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Saw somewhere that the guy was Wagner, but idk.

Posted by: T | May 25 2022 16:05 utc | 1

bbc ought to change its name to bbs - big bull shit..

Posted by: james | May 25 2022 16:14 utc | 2

regarding george soros and ukraine winning..... i find their bullshit confusing to decipher... what are they hoping for? ww3? is that where the hot money is going??

Posted by: james | May 25 2022 16:23 utc | 3

Must be another slow news day if this is all b can come up with... More British Bullshit Channel output... :-)

I commend to you once again the interview by the Russians With Attitude with Andrei Martyanov. They go into some of the minutiae of military "operational art" during the discussion. You also get a bit of biography from Andrei. I'm surprised RWA still has a Youtube channel given the censorship situation.

The Road Not Taken: Geopolitics with Andrei Martyanov

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 25 2022 16:25 utc | 4

The next thing they probably propagate is the world is starving shortly because of lack of grain/wheat/food because those bad Russians block the ports of Ukraine.
Just read an excelent article in the Saker analysing the real food/blockade situation.

Posted by: DutchZ | May 25 2022 16:25 utc | 5

The Filth displayed by the GBRits keep getting worse by the day.

Posted by: IronForge | May 25 2022 16:32 utc | 6

My sources tell me he died of 'gorilla measles'.

Posted by: par4 | May 25 2022 16:33 utc | 7

The Saker has a massive article up on the trope that "Russia is blocking wheat shipments from Ukraine" and "stealing wheat from Ukraine" nonsense. Goes into great detail.

Grains of deceit

There are several evolving issues that are being watched regarding plans and developments made by the West to open Ukrainian Black Sea commercial ports. A medley of articles has recently popped up on grain shipments from Russia and the grain shortage caused by the conflict. As always, these articles from the corporate Western MSM are part of a propaganda effort to portray Russia in the worst light possible, articles with little or no evidence, just allegations, skewed data or blatantly omitting awkward yet crucial information. This article outlines the developments and issues related to the Ukrainian Black Sea ports, where commercial shipping is trapped and NATO, as well as Ukrainian activities related to Black Sea shipping.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 25 2022 16:35 utc | 8

Posted by: DutchZ | May 25 2022 16:25 utc | 5

Damn! Just beat me to it in the time it took me to read it. :-)

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 25 2022 16:36 utc | 9

If the BBC and other western MSM were to bother to do any actual reporting they would find stories which illustrate the reality of war

As follows-There are many references to Russia’s advantages over the EU as producer/exporter of oil gas grains fertilisers etc

Under reported are descriptions of material conditions within Russia – although there are isolated gloatings from the MSM, witness

The WSWS provides a sober counterpoint :-

Posted by: Gerrard White | May 25 2022 16:38 utc | 10

The Ghost of Kiev got him.

Posted by: TimmyB | May 25 2022 16:39 utc | 11

What a belter!! He was clearly getting antsy what with all this action going on and on whim decided to go rogue and sneak onto an airfield and go flitting around at low altitude doing CAS in a war zone. He roared with laughter as the vaulted stingers shipped in from the dastardly USA ran out of batteries! He chuckled as he and his wingman swerved across the sky leaving a path of flares and destruction in their wake. But alas in his advanced years he had become a bit rusty and did not notice the igla-19 streaking up from the trenches. Try as he might, he simply could not shake it and lost control plunging into a soviet era war memorial in ball of flame!! His anonymous former colleagues have organized a funeral ceremony which will not be televised. The End.

Posted by: Chevrus | May 25 2022 16:41 utc | 12

Perhaps Major-General Botashev is Russia's Lindbergh.

Posted by: Wilikens | May 25 2022 16:42 utc | 13

I can only conjecture that this story is being used to "normalize" retired generals being involved with ongoing military operations....sort of like the one from Canada caught in Azovstal running the biolab and another one (Olson, I think is the name) that has been rumored about being in there.

Posted by: psychohistorian | May 25 2022 16:43 utc | 14

Comment from Telegram channel on Snake Island... Russia is beefing up its presence.

Detailed satellite images of the expansion of the Russian military presence on Snake Island have emerged.

After the recent battles for Zmeiny, several pieces of military equipment were brought to its territory, and around the island there are many ships of the Russian Navy for various purposes, including patrol, landing and anti-sabotage boats, as well as support vessels. Additional air defense systems are being transferred.

Apparently, no one intends to leave the island.


Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 25 2022 16:44 utc | 15

Richard #9: We agree on the quality of the content. Fascinating the amount of resaearch to write
that article as well as an eye opener to withstand UK/EU/VS propaganda.
By the way apreciate you comments in this blog.

Posted by: DutchZ | May 25 2022 16:47 utc | 16

Another comment from Telegram channel... Russia conducting exercises between Odessa and Crimea... Preps for taking Odessa? The 775, 1171 and 11711 are all landing craft, the "Okhotnik" is a border patrol boat, and the "Burevestnik" is an Admiral Grigorovich-class frigate. The landing craft can carry up to 500 troops.

Satellite imagery from May 24, 2022 also revealed major Russian Navy maneuvers between Odessa and Crimea, consisting primarily of landing craft and support forces.

The BDK of projects 775, 1171 and the newest 11711 "Ivan Gren", as well as RTOs "Buyan-M", the frigate of project 11356R "Burevestnik", boats of the BOHR PS FSB of project 22460 "Okhotnik" and other vessels took part in two different demonstration exercises.

Here is a translation of infographics about these events.


Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 25 2022 16:55 utc | 17

Sure. Most people wil swallow this like ice cream on a hot day.

People love to give credit to what makes them feel victorious.

Posted by: V Valente | May 25 2022 16:56 utc | 18

New Pepe Escobar from The Cradle. Will probably be up on The Saker eventually.

NATO vs Russia: what happens next
In Davos and beyond, NATO's upbeat narrative plays like a broken record, while on the ground, Russia is stacking up wins that could sink the Atlantic order.

Yet within the carnival of NATO psyops, aggressive cognitive infiltration, and stunning media sycophancy, much is being made of the new $40 billion US ‘aid’ package to Ukraine, deemed capable of becoming a game-changer in the war.

This ‘game-changing’ narrative comes courtesy of the same people who burned though trillions of dollars to secure Afghanistan and Iraq. And we saw how that went down.

Ukraine is the Holy Grail of international corruption. That $40 billion can be a game-changer for only two classes of people: First, the US military-industrial complex, and second, a bunch of Ukrainian oligarchs and neo-connish NGOs, that will corner the black market for weapons and humanitarian aid, and then launder the profits in the Cayman Islands.

A quick breakdown of the $40 billion reveals $8.7 billion will go to replenish the US weapons stockpile (thus not going to Ukraine at all); $3.9 billion for USEUCOM (the ‘office’ that dictates military tactics to Kiev); $5 billion for a fuzzy, unspecified “global food supply chain”; $6 billion for actual weapons and “training” to Ukraine; $9 billion in “economic assistance” (which will disappear into selected pockets); and $0.9 billion for refugees.

Something Ritter appears to not have noticed.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 25 2022 17:00 utc | 19

I would like to think this report is fake news, but based on history and behavior, I know it isn't:

"US military-led insect project feared to be weaponized and risks global food security, especially in ‘rival countries’ near its bio-labs."

We know the Outlaw US Empire has employed bugs as weapons before and will clearly do so again since it attacked Donbass citizens with resistant TB strains late last year. The program is run by DARPA, so we know its aim isn't to protect food crops. And if you guessed virus transmission, you would be correct:

Zhang Jie, an expert from the Institute of Plant Protection under the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), told the Global Times that the possibility of using insects as vectors for harmful bacteria and viruses to attack crops and cause a food crisis not only exists, but also has a lot of room for expansion.

He said that three main crops - rice, wheat and corn - all have deadly viruses, bacteria, or fungi. In reality, targeted pests, such as rice planthoppers and wheat aphids, can carry different viruses to infect the crops, causing huge losses.

"It would be deadly to transform an insect into a bioweapon, because until now, viruses in crops have been very difficult to control. Once an infected crop develops symptoms, it is almost impossible to save. And the virus keeps variating, creating even more difficulties in prevention," Zhang said.

Do read the entire article and spread it around. It's very unfortunate humanity can't just erect a glass dome over the USA and thus contain its madness.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 25 2022 17:01 utc | 20

Further misreporting by CNN, "Chinese delegation not applauding Zelensky in Davos? FM urges rumormonger US lawmaker to make correction":

The Vietnamese delegation at Davos did the correct thing and didn't applaud the War Criminal Zelensky as they aren't fooled by the West's Big Lies. But they were mistaken for the Chinese delegation which wasn't even attending the event:

"When Zelensky made the speech, the Chinese delegation was meeting with International Energy Agency chief Fatih Birol, the delegation told the Xinhua News Agency. CNN's report distorted the facts and slandered the position of the Chinese delegation."

Some ignoramus from the Outlaw US Empire, Michael McCaul, a Republican from Texas, misled CNN during its interview with him. It's unknown if either CNN or the ignoramus have issued a correction or apology.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 25 2022 17:09 utc | 21

UK reporting in this conflict has been firmly in the "don't even waste your time with it" category. They simply reprint the products of the Ukrainian Twitter PR operation. I doubt they even do the translation.

Posted by: ptb | May 25 2022 17:14 utc | 22

Google Lens came up with this. As they say the camera never lies.

Posted by: Ghost Ship | May 25 2022 17:16 utc | 23

Real credible article does not even give the guy's age.

Posted by: Lou Cypher | May 25 2022 17:19 utc | 24

Huge interview with Nikolay Patrushev, the secretary of Russia's Security Council. Read the whole thing.

The truth is on our side." Nikolay Patrushev - about the timing of the special operation

It's in Russian, so I did a Google Translate of the article and posted it to my Google Drive, the link is here (15K text file):

Nikolai Patrushev: - The style of the Anglo-Saxons has not changed for centuries. And so today they continue to dictate their terms to the world, boorishly trampling on the sovereign rights of states. Covering their actions with words about the struggle for human rights, freedom and democracy, they are actually implementing the doctrine of the "golden billion", which suggests that a limited number of people can flourish in this world. The destiny of the rest, as they believe, is to bend their backs in the name of their goal.

In order to increase the welfare of a handful of magnates in the City of London and Wall Street, the governments of the United States and England, controlled by big capital, are creating an economic crisis in the world, dooming millions of people in Africa, Asia and Latin America to starvation, limiting their access to grain, fertilizers and energy resources. By their actions they are provoking unemployment and a migration catastrophe in Europe. Uninterested in the prosperity of European states, they are doing everything to make them disappear from the pedestal of economically developed countries. And for unconditional control over this region, the Europeans were put on a chair with two legs called NATO and the EU, disdainfully watching how they balance...
What does denazification mean?

Q: There is still a lot of controversy about neo-Nazis in Ukraine. In the West, they unanimously repeat that they are not there. President Biden, asking Congress for billions of dollars in arms supplies to Ukraine, calls this country the front line of the struggle for freedom ...

A: Probably, Westerners will not take off their rose-colored glasses until the brutalized Ukrainian thugs start to rage on their streets. By the way, not only in Europe. Remember the recent shooting in American Buffalo. I would like to ask the Americans what is the difference between a neo-Nazi who shoots people in a supermarket and the Azov militants (banned in the Russian Federation), who humiliated and destroyed the civilian population of Donbass every day, year after year.

Q: What is meant by denazification? There has been a lot of talk about it in recent months, but not everyone understands this term.

A: Everything will become clear if you remember the history. During the Potsdam Conference, the USSR, the USA and Britain signed an agreement on the eradication of German militarism and Nazism.

Denazification meant a number of measures. In addition to punishing Nazi criminals, the laws of the Third Reich were repealed, which legalized discrimination based on race, nationality, language, religion, and political beliefs. Nazi and militaristic doctrines were eliminated from school education.

Our country set such goals in 1945, and we are setting the same goals now, freeing Ukraine from neo-Nazism. However, at that time England and the USA were with us. Today, these countries have taken a different position, supporting Nazism and acting aggressively against most countries of the world.

Q: What will happen to Ukraine?

A: Some of our readers sometimes express concern, as they write, about "the delay in the timing of the special operation in Ukraine."

We are not chasing deadlines. Nazism must either be 100% eradicated, or it will rear its head in a few years, and in an even uglier form.

Q: How do you assess the chances of a successful completion of the special operation?

A: All the goals set by the President of Russia will be fulfilled. It cannot be otherwise, since truth, including historical truth, is on our side. Not for nothing that General Skobelev once said that only our country can afford such a luxury as to fight out of a sense of compassion. Compassion, justice, dignity are powerful unifying ideas that we have always put and will put at the forefront.

Q: And what fate awaits Ukraine? Will it survive as a state?

A: The fate of Ukraine will be determined by the people living on its territory. I would like to remind you that our country has never controlled the fate of sovereign powers. On the contrary, we helped them to defend their statehood. We supported the US during their civil war. France was given repeated assistance. At the Congress of Vienna in 1815, they did not allow her to be humiliated, and during the First World War they saved Paris twice. It was the USSR that did not allow the British and Americans in 1945 to divide Germany into many states. It is well known about the decisive role of Moscow in the unification of Germany, which was most opposed by the French and the British. Russia played an equally important role in the history of Polish statehood. At the same time, today the West in every possible way obscures the contribution of our country to the preservation of other states.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 25 2022 17:23 utc | 25

Gonzalo Lira talks about the coming collapse and provides a characterization of Jens Stoltenberg that I agree 100% with.

2022.05.25 Everyone Is Positioning Themselves For The Incoming Ukrainian Disintegration

Posted by: Norwegian | May 25 2022 17:23 utc | 26

Richard #9: Another thing Ritter may have missed so far is the remark by the Defenmce Secretary of the US, J.Austin made on the 24 of May.

War end defined by Ukraine, not us: Lloyd Austin, US Secretary of Defense

Looks like he is backing out of the situation of the Ukraine.

The same thing is happening in the New York Times.

Russia too strong to be grinded down...

Posted by: DutchZ | May 25 2022 17:23 utc | 27

I wonder anyone working in the west media organizations that create and spread lies and biased reporting has any conscience. It's because a person with real conscience would not stay on it for a nanosecond.

There is no limit downward for the known named media outlets from amerkkka and britian now, they just get lower and lower. Those working for these orgs must realize about what they do- creating and spreading lies are just wrong.

Posted by: LuRenJia | May 25 2022 17:24 utc | 28

From Alexandr Dugin at Stalkerzone, referred by Pepe Escobar's Telegram channel... Pretty much nothing we didn't already know or surmise...

After the First Interrogations of the “Azovstal” Surrendered Ghouls, the Following Picture Emerges…

2. The heads of the units testify that in February-March 2022, on the instructions of Zelensky, active preparations were made for an offensive on Donetsk and Lugansk, and then on Crimea. Plans were being developed to invade the territory of the Belgorod and Kursk regions....

7. Contradictory information is received from the interrogated about biological weapons. So far there is no reliable evidence of its existence. Some say they’ve heard about it.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 25 2022 17:29 utc | 29

Posted by: karlof1 | May 25 2022 17:01 utc | 20

“It's very unfortunate humanity can't just erect a glass dome over the USA and thus contain its madness.”

* * *

That, in nutshell, fully expresses what many across the world feel about the insane asylum the U.S. has become.

Sadly, self-recognition is not one of America’s strong suits.

Thanks for all your great input, karlof1.

Posted by: GreyRaven | May 25 2022 17:31 utc | 30

Something Ritter appears to not have noticed.
Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 25 2022 17:00 utc | 19

Like the first $13.5B stuck in the CONSOLIDATED APPROPRIATIONS ACT of 2022?

Posted by: sln2002 | May 25 2022 17:32 utc | 31

Posted by: karlof1 | May 25 2022 17:01 utc | 20

"[CORNS] of deceit"! and now this?

It is reported that one of Insect Allies' experiments in 2017 involved maize and tomato plants and dispersal insect species including leafhoppers, whiteflies, and aphids.

Posted by: sln2002 | May 25 2022 17:35 utc | 32

DutchZ @ 5; Thanks for the link. Here in the U$A, MSM is non-stop saying Russia is the reason the U ships are blocked.

Posted by: vetinLA | May 25 2022 17:37 utc | 33

From Donbass Insider Telegram channel... This is one of the payoffs for Zelenskyy...

Volodymyr Zelensky's parents received Israeli citizenship and became the owners of a country house in the city of Rishpon worth $8 million. The area of the house is 950 square meters, a small pool with 9 tons of sea water and a 120-meter house for security. Four ex-SAS bodyguards guard the elderly Zelensky couple at a monthly cost of £12k plus upkeep of two armored Lexus LXs. The relatives of Igor Kolomoisky and Gennady Bogolyubov became neighbors of the parents of the President of Ukraine, and Mikhail Prokhorov settled in 10 minutes away on foot.

@kedmi (

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 25 2022 17:44 utc | 34

Posted by: sln2002 | May 25 2022 17:32 utc | 30

Interesting. Didn't know that. So in essence Ukraine has basically gotten no money so far. :-)

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 25 2022 17:46 utc | 35

For some unknown reason I loose my comments after I posted them. I get the message that they are posted. Then I do a f5 on my laptop to refresh the page to see the new comments. Then my post does not show up anymore. Any suggestions...?

Posted by: DutchZ | May 25 2022 17:47 utc | 36

Isn’t this the plot of a Clint Eastwood movie?

Posted by: Anunnaki | May 25 2022 17:50 utc | 37

"It's very unfortunate humanity can't just erect a glass dome over the USA and thus contain its madness."

Posted by: karlof1 | May 25 2022 17:01 utc | 20

At last, a solution to our "empire problem".......

Posted by: vetinLA | May 25 2022 17:50 utc | 38

Chevus @ 12; Fuk'in LMAO! thanks, needed it.....

Posted by: vetinLA | May 25 2022 17:57 utc | 39

I was wondering what Viktor Yanukovich was up to, so I did a little search and found this article on Fortune.

Yanukovich article

According to the writer, President Putin wants him back in power. That seems laughable at best. I hope he doesn't come back. I would far prefer Viktor Medvedchuk, provided he is still alive.

@ karlof1 - The lunatics have indeed taken over the asylum here in the USA. The weaponizing of insects is so insane. The opening of Pandora's hive. I am reminded of War with the Newts by Czech writer, Karel Čapek.

Posted by: lex talionis | May 25 2022 17:58 utc | 40

Posted by: Gerrard White | May 25 2022 16:38 utc | 10

"Fortune Magazine" doing a news story, I think you will find that they get paid for running news stories by their advertisers. That goes for all the business web/print, all the MSM, the MIC, and the list goes on forever. The guardian, have not run anything true for so long they are now a gossip rag, pay to play.
It is all the creation of Hollywood minds that the Ukraine is wining. It is like reality TV, it is just like regular tv only it pretends to be real. The worst are probably the ones run by governments, because they ask you to trust them which means they are lying.
Entities earn trust by doing the right thing. You won't find that in the MSM. They get paid to lie, and more than they would if they printed the truth. Since the truth for western nations is so bad, they have to distract you with pure junk to capture our attention. Truth is much easier to find with our lying eyes.

Posted by: Tard | May 25 2022 18:03 utc | 41

@DutchZ #35
MoA blocks some web sites: if you put one of them in a post, that post never appears.
There is also apparently some type of filtering mechanism or lag. Sometimes posts take appreciable time to appear: whether due to CDN lag or moderation, not obviously clear to me.

Posted by: c1ue | May 25 2022 18:04 utc | 42

In other news, (Sir) Jimmy Saville died a free man.

Do people really expect integrity from an organization that shelters known pedophiles?

Posted by: Opport Knocks | May 25 2022 18:05 utc | 43

Posted by: DutchZ | May 25 2022 17:47 utc | 35

There could be several issues. One tactic is to wait thirty seconds before refreshing the page. Sometimes the site is slow, especially when a lot of posts are being made like now.

Next issue is what kind of link is being posted. The filter won't allow some sites to be referenced. Use a URL shortening site to obfuscate the link. Don't post too many links in one post.

The filter gets weird some times. For no known reason it has on occasion essentially banned me under my user name, forcing me to use an alternate.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 25 2022 18:07 utc | 44

Posted by: karlof1 | May 25 2022 17:01 utc | 20;

They may put a dome around us. They may put up a dome that tells anyone that comes near that radiation is at high levels and won't be safe for human occupation again for a few centuries.

Posted by: Tard | May 25 2022 18:08 utc | 45

Relax, this geriatric pilot story it is part of the effort to give credibility to the resurrected "Top Gun" movie with a 60 yr old Tom Cruise.

Posted by: Opport Knocks | May 25 2022 18:09 utc | 46

Amidst all the tumult, the Eurasian Economic Forum will be held in Bishkek over the next several days, with Putin addressing tomorrow's Plenary Session and will also take part in the meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council on Friday.

I should also note that in Russia today's Africa Day. Lavrov delivered these and other words by Putin:

"Please accept my warmest congratulations on the occasion of Africa Day, a holiday symbolizing the aspirations of the countries of your continent for freedom, independence, peace and prosperity.

"This year marks the 20th anniversary of the transformation of the Organization of African Unity into the African Union. This event marked the emergence of the pan-African multilateral structure to a qualitatively higher level of interaction in the political, socio-economic and other spheres."

Lavrov had the following and other words to say:

It [The SMO] is not so much about Ukraine, which has become a bargaining chip in the global anti-Russian game. The main problem is that a narrow group of Western states, led by the United States, does not abandon attempts to impose the concept of a "rules-based world order" on the international community. Under this slogan, openly, without any hesitation, a unipolar model of the world order is being promoted, which involves the division of countries into "exceptional" and all others who are obliged to obey the requirements of the "club of the chosen".

An organic part of this neocolonial course was the work of American congressmen, who are now preparing a draft law on countering "Russia's hostile activity in Africa." The United States and its allies pursue a similar line regarding the development of cooperation between Africa and the People's Republic of China.

Attempts to reverse history and rejudge the peoples of the continent flagrantly violate the sovereignty and independence of the States of the region. They jeopardize the entire system of international relations, which are based on the UN Charter and the principle of respect for the sovereign equality of states.

I am pleased to note that African countries are taking a balanced, objective position on what is happening in and around Ukraine. We know that the unceremonious course of behavior of Western countries causes the discovery of rejection on the African continent. I am sure that our friends will not succumb to Washington's discriminatory pressure. We highly appreciate your readiness to further expand the political dialogue with our country, to increase economic, humanitarian and other cooperation. [My Emphasis]

Lavrov closed with these reassuring words:

"I would like to assure you once again that Russia is fulfilling and will continue to faithfully fulfill its obligations under international contracts regarding the export of food, fertilizers, energy and other goods that are urgently needed by Africa.

"At the same time, we call on our friends and the African Union to persistently demand that the West lift illegal unilateral sanctions that undermine the transport and logistics infrastructure necessary for world trade, which creates risks for vulnerable segments of the population. Africa's voice must be heard. A more principled position on this issue should be taken by the UN Secretary-General."

Do take note that the Imperialist Disease has deeply infected the political process within the Outlaw US Empire as it aims to legislate other nations behavior in the international arena while it threatens all humanity with its Biological Weapons Program and uses it to attack Ukrainians.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 25 2022 18:10 utc | 47

From Rybar Telegram channel... View of US/NATO surveillance aircraft and apparent preparations for another stupid Ukraine attack on Snake Island...

Activities of NATO reconnaissance aircraft in the Black Sea

Today, in the immediate vicinity of Zmeiny Island, suspicious activity of reconnaissance aircraft of Western countries was noted:

UAV RQ-4B Global Hawk of the US Air Force and strategic reconnaissance aircraft RC-135 of the British Air Force over the Black Sea.
Electronic intelligence aircraft EP-3E Aries over the territory of Romania in the Tulcea region.
NATO E-3 AWACS airborne early warning and control aircraft near the port of Constanta.
CL-650 Artemis reconnaissance and target designation aircraft near the Romanian-Moldovan border.
US Navy P-8 Poseidon anti-submarine aircraft along the coast of Romania.
As well as the Bayraktar TB2 drone of the Ukrainian Air Force in the south of the Odessa region.

All aircraft operated in close proximity to Snake Island. Radio engineering and radio-electronic means on board allow reconnaissance and target designation to destroy ground and surface targets.

The activity of NATO aviation looks logical against the background of the preparation ( of the Ukrainian Marine Corps for the landing operation on Zmeiny, as well as the upcoming delivery ( of coastal missile systems Harpoon from Denmark.

Just a reminder: earlier, each time, behind intensive flights of reconnaissance aircraft in a given area, the Armed Forces of Ukraine always tried to land on Zmeiny.

High resolution map (

#NATO #USA #Ukraine

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 25 2022 18:11 utc | 48

Firefox maybe?

Posted by: Chevrus | May 25 2022 18:12 utc | 49

Posted by: Opport Knocks | May 25 2022 18:09 utc | 45

they could insert the ghost of kiev guy via cgi, not sure if he would be a computer animation or they could dredge up some over the hill actor to play the role. and then Tom Cruise could lead the whole cast in a rousing chorus of Slava Ukraini, with an invitation to the audience to stand up and sing along.

Posted by: pretzelattack | May 25 2022 18:28 utc | 50

I can only conjecture that this story is being used to "normalize" retired generals being involved with ongoing military operations....sort of like the one from Canada caught in Azovstal running the biolab and another one (Olson, I think is the name) that has been rumored about being in there.

Posted by: psychohistorian | May 25 2022 16:43 utc | 14

Very coherent. Doesn’t mean it’s true, but, nice conjecture, given the context.

Posted by: anon2020 | May 25 2022 18:29 utc | 51

An empire built on lies needs to keep creating lies to fill the media with stuff that is just maybe, maybe plausible - if you don't think about it too hard.

This is a war of "who is most likeable" and the UK and US have recruited hundreds of teenage girls to create mean-girl media stuff to fill the media space with plausible lies so that they will be the most "likeable".

What I am waiting to see is how they are going to handle the reality of Ukraine disintegration into a rump of new Polish territory, ruled over by the UK and USA????????

.......and how they are going to sell the fact that "the west" is going to have to pay to keep this corrupt rump of a once-country alive?????????

Posted by: James Cook | May 25 2022 18:30 utc | 52

Thanks for the Glass Dome replies. I envisioned a massive snow globe or cake dome type of apparatus that would serve to contain the pathogen that's the Outlaw US Empire, but that doesn't eliminate the extraterritorial parts which are just as deadly. In Asimov's Foundation series, Trantor, the epicentric planet of the Galactic Empire, is encased almost completely by domed structures except for one area where the Imperial Palace and its grounds are located. For those who've never read that amazing SciFi series, I won't divulge anymore except to say you must read the prequels to the Trilogy to learn about all that.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 25 2022 18:32 utc | 53

Thx for your answers. Indeed I think waiting a while, 20/30 sec will do the trick.
Possibly a busy website with many commentators causes the disappeareance of the comments.
Some patience, some self-dicipline needed :).

Posted by: DutchZ | May 25 2022 18:33 utc | 54

RSH 47: What could possibly go wrong?! At some point the RF forces may just have to take a whack at one of those aircraft..... I can imagine the screeching.

Posted by: Chevrus | May 25 2022 18:35 utc | 55

Yes, it does.Waiting a 30sec. Post not lost.

Posted by: DutchZ | May 25 2022 18:36 utc | 56

The grand-daddy of modern day war crimes, the USA, starting with crimes against indigenous Americans, then in many other countries, along with its European puppets, is going to help Nazi-ist Ukraine take action against Russians.
...from State--

Today, the European Union, the United States, and the United Kingdom announced the creation of the Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group (ACA), a mechanism aimed at ensuring efficient coordination of their respective support to accountability efforts on the ground. The ACA will reinforce current EU, US and UK efforts to further accountability for atrocity crimes in the context of Russia’s ongoing war of aggression against Ukraine. It advances commitments made by the European Union, the United States, and the United Kingdom to demonstrate international support and solidarity at this crucial historical moment for Ukraine. The overarching mission of the ACA is to support the War Crimes Units of the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine (OPG) in its investigation and prosecution of conflict-related crimes. . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 25 2022 18:44 utc | 57

What will the BBC World Service editors try to sell us next? Bridges?

Covid! Oh wait, they already did that! Hmm...

Posted by: meheekan | May 25 2022 18:44 utc | 58

Afraid that piece of news might be correct. There was a goodbye message on Fighterbomber telegram channel. There was no name but a citation from Gen Botashev interview was given. The channel is very much pro Russian and has been active for quite a while giving seemingly correct info.

Posted by: AmigoS | May 25 2022 18:46 utc | 59

This is a "nice" comment from the Ukro head of propaganda. Just from Intel Slava:

Top Ukrainian propagandist Arestovich who up until this day continuously said Russia is literally about to withdraw — is now saying that Russia paid off western media & that the switch up in western media from the false narrative of “Ukraine winning” and now almost showing the reality is because, — listen to this — “the west is preventing the defeat of the Russian federation & western elites have been paid off by Russian corruption”

It does not seem to go according to the wishes of Ukro-Nazi's.

Posted by: DutchZ | May 25 2022 18:48 utc | 60

Posted by: AmigoS | May 25 2022 18:46 utc | 58

doesnt seem too likely it is correct.

Posted by: pretzelattack | May 25 2022 18:50 utc | 61

Opport Knocks #42

With Jimmy out of the way, Charles is free to be King some time soon.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | May 25 2022 18:56 utc | 62

Today's MFA briefing by Maria Zakharova as usual provided info on several things of interest. One is a notification of a new publication, "War Crimes of Kiev, which is available in several languages, the English version is linked. The second is the announcement of this bilingual publication to inform both English and Russian speakers of the views expressed by FDR and Churchill, "Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt on the Role of the Red Army in the Victory over Nazi Germany":

The purpose of the publication is to objectively and impartially demonstrate, on the basis of authentic archival documents and official transcripts, the assessment by the leaders of the two great powers of the key role of the Soviet Union in the defeat of Hitler's Germany. The publication is bilingual (in Russian and in English) and covers the period from 1941 to 1945.

The central place in the brochure is occupied by the correspondence of the leaders of the Big Three during the Second World War, their radio addresses to nations, speeches at the Tehran and Crimean conferences. Original photographs, declarations, communiqués and other legal acts are used as illustrations.

The unbiased assessment of these events by contemporaries – Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt – of the USSR's contribution to the destruction of the Third Reich presented in the publication is fundamentally different from the politicized approaches of Western leaders today.

The other main item of note is the announcement that FM Lavrov will have his interview with RT-Arabic broadcast tomorrow and subsequent publication of the transcript by the MFA.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 25 2022 18:59 utc | 64

So wait…AmigoS-58, we are meant to believe that because there is some sort of goodbye message from who knows where that a 63 years old officer actually decided to go moonlighting on a close air support mission. Do I have that right?

@DutchZ 59: It is fuggin laughable what these jokers will do to cling to the narrative! No matter what happens, they do some more mental gymnastics and then double down. Kinda reminds me of a Whitney middle schooler who just plain sucks at lying, gets caught and will STILL not admit to being dishonest. Toadies the lot of them.

Posted by: Chevrus | May 25 2022 19:00 utc | 65

The Russians must have some special weapon that can resuscitate dead people and have their body rebuild all the shot off bits (just like the magical nerve agent Novichok that black-magically doesn't kill people), how else can so many Russian Generals and Majors come back from the dead?! Putin is in league with the Devil who can resurrect the dead! He must be stopped to save humanity against the Devil-worshipping Bear that endangers the Free World (trademark WEF).

Why doesn't the BBC/MSM do something like the above article, rather than pussy-footing their way there? Who needs small and medium lies when you can have HUGE ones? Like the Huns bayonetting babies, or Iraqis throwing more babies out of incubators than are born in a whole year in Kuwait, or Gaddafi's men on blue pills to rape the population, or Pooh Bear putting Uyghurs in concentration camps. Come on man, Make Anglo Lying Great Again!

I have now had my 30 minutes of sarcasm (coping strategy #7) and will go back to researching this shitty fucking world somewhat refreshed.

Posted by: Roger | May 25 2022 19:02 utc | 66

b, thanks for reporting on this, sincerely - though personally I generally avoid anything and everything from such sources. Your crowd here are far more interesting and better aligned with what may or may not be happening given the degree of thick black fog in the mix.

Posted by: Scorpion | May 25 2022 19:03 utc | 67

"Do they really think that the people are dumb enough to believe such shit?"

Actually, and this is very unfortunate, they know that 80% of the people are dumb enough to believe such shit. When you expose the lies and explain the inconsistencies, the next day when they digested a new dose of MSM propaganda it's like groundhog day occurred. They will have totally forgotten why such lies don't add up or what you explained the other day. They know 80% is too dumb and lazy and prefer the neatly presented sweet lies instead of the uncomfortable truth.

Posted by: xor | May 25 2022 19:06 utc | 68

In a separate item, Zakharova provided this short recap of the recent APEC trade ministers' meeting:

The aggressive pro-Western minority in the multilateral associations of the Asia-Pacific countries does not abandon attempts to impose a confrontational agenda on the regional community.

This was once again clearly demonstrated by the meeting of trade ministers of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum on May 21-22 this year in Bangkok. The unfriendly demarche against Russia by the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Japan, which joined them, failed: APEC is dominated by a mood for depoliticized, constructive, future-oriented interaction. The demonstrative exit of the delegations of the five countries from the hall during the speeches of the Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Mikhail Reshetnikov was not supported by the other participants and only allowed them to focus on discussing key issues of the development of the global and regional economy in a calm atmosphere. The majority of APEC members also did not miss the attempts, a priori focused on disrupting important decisions of the ministerial meeting.

In this situation, the above-mentioned group of countries unfriendly to Russia, to which the Republic of Korea and Chile were fastened in the spirit of "Western solidarity", had no choice but to adopt a separate, in fact narrowly bloc, statement for the media with absolutely unsubstantiated accusations of Russia in the troubles of the world economy. At the same time, it is clear to everyone that this is a clumsy attempt to blame others on the consequences of its own miscalculations in financial, climate and food policy, the course taken by the West to break the existing production and supply chains, to unleash sanctions wars against its competitors.

We would like to highlight the balanced work of the current Thai presidency aimed at strengthening APEC. Russia, as an integral part of the Asia-Pacific region, remains committed to working in this important forum for the region and multiplying its accumulated experience in ensuring fair terms of trade, free and equal access to the achievements of technological progress, sustainable development and enhancing connectivity.

I doubt the South Korean delegation would have had the same behavior if Moon were still President. Also, it's clear Chile remains under the sway of Neoliberal Parasites directed by Washington.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 25 2022 19:09 utc | 69

The West has descended to a level of stupidity, untrustworthiness, and villainy unrivaled since the fall of Rome. Empires really become idiocracies before they fall! I don't watch the MSM, but the propaganda and lies still permeate through in this technological age. I am tired of living in the MODERN West surrounded by liars and hypocrites chasing after power and greed to such a great extent as I have ever witnessed.

Posted by: Prometheus | May 25 2022 19:11 utc | 70

The American officer named Olson allegedly captured by the Russians at Mariupol would be not a general but 4-star Admiral Eric Olson, who commanded the Special Operations Command until about 10 years ago, when he retired. There were repeated reports of his having surrendered to the Russians at the Azovstal plant a couple of weeks ago.

At the time of those reports, I heard Scott Ritter, who apparently knows the admiral, emphatically deny on radio that Olson could possibly have been at Azovstal. But that denial was about the same time that Ritter made his 180-degree shift on how the war was going. So take it for what it is worth.

Posted by: Lysias | May 25 2022 19:12 utc | 71

"'Russian Telegram channels' are anonymous and also widely used by Ukrainians. They are often unreliable."

Followed by scores of comments referencing Russian Telegram channels. Truly priceless :) Can't remember when I last laughed so hard! Somebody owes me a new keyboard.

Posted by: Joe6pack | May 25 2022 19:16 utc | 72

Norwegian @ 26

Good one. Try this.

He is right. Where the would be insurgents will go is newsrooms, think tanks, direct to State Department. Ukrainian irredentism is what we will live with for so long as a vestige of Empire survives. Victories in thinktankland way more important than any physical insurgency.

It already began. Both the Vindman twins are still in the West Wing. How do refugees get to be colonels anyway? And colonels detailed to West Wing? Those twins are so brilliant we really need both of them right there to help out. Get used to looking at Chrystia Freeland and Nina Jankowicz.

No one in West is going to admit defeat. There won"t be a dolchenstuss legend. It will be flat denial. Saw a paper copy of WSJ yesterday. On front page it said Ukraine casualties so far are 2500. No more. Anyone who will believe the Russian army has not killed more than 25 soldiers a day is going to believe absolutely whatever they are told.

Posted by: oldhippie | May 25 2022 19:17 utc | 73

Ukrainians using child soldiers. Isn't that supposedly a war crime or something?

Posted by: Feral Finster | May 25 2022 18:57 utc | 62

The guns are obviously toys. I remember playing war games at that age with toy guns, forts, dug trenches and hand grenades from fallen pears or apples. Pull the fruit stem and then toss it at your enemy.

Posted by: Opport Knocks | May 25 2022 19:18 utc | 74

BBC has been infamous for not being able to tell different military equipment (its tendency to call any kind of military vehicle a "tank" is legendary). Ignorance makes for lousy propaganda (if you want to convince people with anything more than completely casual interest or less on a topic).

Posted by: hk | May 25 2022 19:19 utc | 75

The BBC World Service is the International arm of the state controlled propaganda machine the BBC, it wasn't that long ago that you couldn't get a job for the BBC without first being vetted by MI5

Posted by: Republicofscotland | May 25 2022 19:22 utc | 76

Bearing in mind the subject of this thread, perhaps I should mention that Admiral Eric Olson is 70 years old. If he really underwent the siege of Azovstal, that's impressive.

Posted by: Lysias | May 25 2022 19:23 utc | 77

...from KyivPost...
Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Dmytro Kuleba has criticized the mounting proposals to concede Ukrainian land to Russia.
Speaking at the Davos Economic Forum session “Ukraine and the EU: Everyone Will Win” in Switzerland, Kuleba underscored that the West’s appeasement and concession strategy toward Russian aggression has not worked since 2014 and, therefore, is destined to fail in the future. . .Kuleba’s Davos address comes after a series of proposals made by prominent Western figures such as former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger that Ukraine concede territory in order for Putin to “save face” and act “wisely”. . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 25 2022 19:30 utc | 78

Mass graves found in Mariupol in areas controlled by the Nazi's.

"A mass spontaneous burial was found within the boundaries of the liberated Mariupol in the old cemetery, reported Mayor of the city Konstantin Ivashchenko.
"We see two big trenches. Now we can understand that there are a large number of corpses here. <... > This territory was controlled by nationalist units such as Azov (against whose fighters in Russia a criminal case has been initiated). Of course, we will conduct an examination, which should show how people died," he said."

Posted by: Republicofscotland | May 25 2022 19:31 utc | 79

i think western press is claiming more than 30 Generals at least.. and even more Colonels too......sighs..

Posted by: Jo | May 25 2022 19:32 utc | 80

One thing that really rankles is the contempt for readers' intelligence implied by the abject lack of quality control in delusional western propaganda. Sadly a lot of victims seem willing to bring themselves down to the level of the pablum they are being fed.

Posted by: Figleaf23 | May 25 2022 19:33 utc | 81

Nato claiming immunity on bombing Serbia with depleted Uranium shells.

"NATO responded to lawsuits filed by victims of the 1999 bombing of Serbia using depleted uranium that it has judicial immunity under an agreement with the country's government of 2005, Serbian lawyer Srdjan Aleksic told RIA Novosti."

Posted by: Republicofscotland | May 25 2022 19:35 utc | 82

@Posted by: karlof1 | May 25 2022 19:09 utc | 68

It is sad that South Korea went back to a US-comprador for President, the previous one was a bit more independent. The "progressive" leadership of Chile has also shown itself to be more Clinton/Lula than Chavez, and the capitalist elite revolt against the Peruvian left-wing President is in full force. Next up will be Colombia, which this weekend may very well put a left-wing candidate in first place, but he could still lose in the later runoff. The recent US statements about Colombia being a close ally are a shot across the bows for the Colombian electorate and the possible next President. If he gets elected rampant elite obstructionism and a coup a la Bolivia should be expected.

ASEAN, apart from Singapore, really does seem to be taking a middle path of peaceful coexistence and development, especially with the outcome of the recent Philippine election and the moves in Thailand to get the foreign NGOs (i.e. Western controlled regime change operations) under control. The only negative is the ongoing war in Myanmar. It must be infuriating to the US and West that ASEAN will not support their war on China and Russia, especially with India keeping to its independent path. It makes sense that they would want to trigger something over Taiwan after the success of separating Europe from Russia over the Ukraine (although that may change over time). I think that they will be disappointed though, first in the patience of the Chinese and then in the ASEAN understanding that any Chinese actions are specific to Taiwan and do not constitute a reason to break relations - especially given the very high integration of Chinese and ASEAN economies. In such a case any pretensions to a "rules based order" would be thrown away by the US and the gloves would truly come off in an attempt to bully ASEAN and India; which will only lead to a further acceleration in Western decline.

Posted by: Roger | May 25 2022 19:35 utc | 83

I can only conjecture that this story is being used to "normalize" retired generals being involved with ongoing military operations..
Posted by: psychohistorian | May 25 2022 16:43 utc | 14

Makes sense... who knows... but the story on the face of it is nuts. So the shape of the story is the purpose to establish it as a norm....

Posted by: Scorpion | May 25 2022 19:44 utc | 84

Retreating Ukrainian forces blew up a large ship (The Donbas) and sunk it in the port of Mariupol, the RF are currently trying to free the port up for ships.

Posted by: Republicofscotland | May 25 2022 19:53 utc | 85

Admiral Eric Olson is 70 years old... that's impressive.
Posted by: Lysias | May 25 2022 19:23 utc | 76

Eschewing the poutine for regularity, perhaps?

Posted by: Aleph_Null | May 25 2022 19:59 utc | 86

"Do they really think that the people are dumb enough to believe such shit?"
Posted by: xor | May 25 2022 19:06 utc | 67

OMG, the question is autosoluble: it answers itself. Practically, no matter how desultory our definitions of the key terms they and the people. Honestly, from the depths of my shattered heart, people of MoA: Look around you, this might be the least stupid corner of the universe remaining, and we're surrounded.

Posted by: Aleph_Null | May 25 2022 20:07 utc | 87

@Chevrus #64
@Joe6pack #71
jfyi, there're several 'go to' pro Russian telegram channels which cover the war. The owners have been known for years (e.g Colonel Cassad), covered Ukraine for years and migrated to telegram recently. FighterBomber is newer but popular, often refrenced and focused on all air support related with high chance of the owner being a pilot himself. Before dismissing that as a source ask your Russian speaking mates, if you have any, where they get news re:the war. There's no guarantee the info is correct hence 'might' in my original post. But I respect the owner of this blog too much not to give him a chance to review/verify the piece should the news eventually turn to be true.

Posted by: AmigoS | May 25 2022 20:16 utc | 88

It's not unusual for retired, even high officers to appear in PMC's like Wagner Group which has 1000's of operatives in Ukraine. They actually do operate Su-25's. Of course this does not mean this is the explanation for the Telegram rumor but just to say that there are other explanations. Warfare is not as simple anymore, we have militia, PMC's, volunteer mercs, false flags and loads of advanced disinformation of course. But the article above seems to paint a very simplistic picture nevertheless. The rumor seems pointless if the man turns out to be alive in days. The rumor would be way more effective if indeed something happened to this former military. But then as contractor not a general.

Posted by: John Dowser | May 25 2022 20:26 utc | 89

@ xor | May 25 2022 19:06 utc | 67 Re:

"Actually, and this is very unfortunate, they know that 80% of the people are dumb enough to believe such shit."

Only 80%? That might have been a reasonable figure 20 years ago but with the steep decline in critical thinking and the unprecedented level of censorship, I would estimate that less than 5% of UK citizens would question that story.

Posted by: MarkU | May 25 2022 20:34 utc | 90

Re this "dead general"...

1) If it comes from the UK, it's bullshit.
2) If it comes from Ukraine, it's bullshit.
3) If it's true, and this guy is an ex-general, then if he's not actually leading operations, who gives a shit? Just another dead Russian guy. It happens. If he's not responsible for operations, it doesn't matter.

In fact, it still doesn't matter. He'll be replaced. This war is not dependent on any given general. This is what Martyanov talks about - everyone in the US is brought up on "Patton was a genius", "Schwarzkopf was a genius". It's bullshit. They weren't and even if they were, they aren't the entire General Staff. They aren't personally responsible for the operational plan. If they're in the field, they're not the guys running the war. The General Staff does not go in the field.

People get distracted, obsessing over these minor meaningless tactical events that on the ground are forgotten five minutes or a day later, and in the 24-hour news cycle are forgotten at about the same rate. I guess that's because, as I said in my first post, it's a slow news day.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 25 2022 20:41 utc | 91

The Azov-Boogaloo pipeline:

CBP then details the questioning of six unnamed Americans who were traveling to Ukraine with the intention of joining the conflict. Five of them had been stopped and questioned by CBP officers at JFK Airport in New York and a baggage check was conducted on the sixth individual.

One of the men was revealed to be a former leader of the right-wing Boogaloo militia in Virginia, while another was a Marine veteran who apparently intended to join the Azov battalion along with his friend, also a US military veteran and an active-duty police officer. Border Control officers searched both men’s baggage and found military equipment such as body armor plates, gun slings, military-style clothing, M4 rifle parts and optics.

Incidentally, the terrorist who killed a guard outside a federal building in Oakland (along with further mayhem) -- a local "false flag" during a simultaneous Black Lives Matter protest -- is a "Boogaloo Boy".

Posted by: Aleph_Null | May 25 2022 20:43 utc | 92

BBC - State Affiliated Media. Nuff said.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 25 2022 20:50 utc | 93

From Donbass Insider Telegram channel... Apparently Russia is planning a major rebuilding project for Donbass. As I've mentioned before, people underestimate or ignore the massive humanitarian program Russia is running during this war. This tends to justify Martyanov's opinions about the capability of the Russian economy.

The capital of Russia is to restore the capital of the DNR!

Moscow plans to restore 1347 residential buildings, 288 healthcare facilities, 152 educational facilities, 39 cultural institutions and 22 sports facilities in Donetsk.

Also, the Moscow government has decided to send employees of its water utility and specialised equipment to the DNR to carry out measures to stabilize the situation with water supply in the domestic and social sectors.

It is expected that the first group of Moscow specialists will arrive in Donetsk in the first half of June.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 25 2022 20:51 utc | 94

Lex Fridman interview of Oliver Stone is a good interview:

Questions ranging from: "Do you think he was an honest man?" wrt Stone's Putin interviews; to "What is the meaning of life?".

Not likely any news in the details for barflies, and many will disagree with Stone describing Russian actions as a "mistake", but the conversation is quite nuanced and free-flowing. One of the things mentioned that I've not noticed discussed much here is the notion that Putin sincerely believed the leadership of the "west" was capabable of compromise. Not just in a holding out hope or hedging your bets kind of way - in a my brother has humanity kind of way. It would be a terrible tragedy for the elder leader of Russia to lose faith in humanity at this stage of the game. Makes me think of a petition sent to Putin reassuring him that some of the "west" still loves Russia. Except that our own nasty fucks would use it as a naughty boy list.

Posted by: Rae | May 25 2022 20:53 utc | 95

. . .from Ukrinform
Russian forces have now captured 95% of the territory of the Luhansk region.
Serhii Haidai, head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, said this on Telegram, Ukrinform reports.
"Some 95% of the territory of the Luhansk region is occupied. The situation in Donbas is extremely bad. The Luhansk region continues to restrain the horde, which is destroying our settlements. The shelling does not stop at all," he wrote. . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 25 2022 20:58 utc | 96

Amigo @ 87
Aah, but if one does not want a pro-Russian channel?
It is given, after all, that propaganda is rife on ALL sides.

Posted by: Joe6pack | May 25 2022 21:00 utc | 97

RSH, if I may, @ 92
So Gerasimov was not running the war? In Moscow all the time? But not in the Victory day parade? Curious...

Posted by: Joe6pack | May 25 2022 21:03 utc | 98

Posted by: Rae | May 25 2022 20:53 utc | 93

Listened to that yesterday and told the friend who sent it to me that Lex Fridman should start preparing for professional 'cancelation' such as what's been happening to anyone else that allows the official narrative to be questioned using their platform.

Good interview, though and it's broken up into segments by time-stamp and labels if you want to jump around to the parts you need to to save time.

Posted by: Tom_Q_Collins | May 25 2022 21:04 utc | 99

Posted by: sln2002 | May 25 2022 17:32 utc | 30

A sad case of black funding for next gen war toys. Since the current gen have a long list of basic defects and errors taller than the Empire State.....

Posted by: Bad Deal Motors On | May 25 2022 21:07 utc | 100

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