This Year’s Recipient of the Double-Headed Eagle Prize for Being the Antithesis of the Degenerate and Hypocritical West.

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Uncle Volodya says, “Totalitarianism in power invariably replaces all first-rate talents, regardless of their sympathies, with those crackpots and fools whose lack of intelligence and creativity is still the best guarantee of their loyalty.”

“For me, the most ironic token of it is the plaque signed by President Richard M. Nixon that Apollo 11 took to the moon. It reads: “We came in peace for all Mankind.” As the United States was dropping 7 ½ megatons of conventional explosives on small nations in Southeast Asia, we congratulated ourselves on our humanity. We would harm no one on a lifeless rock.”

Carl Sagan, from “Pale Blue Dot: a Vision of the Human Future in Space”

Before we congratulate the winner, a bit of background. This is an entirely new award, and its origins call for a bit of explanation. As most readers will be well aware, western nations – and most typified by the United States of America – have a wide range of honours and awards which recognize a significant and valuable contribution to the human condition. Recognition for advances in medicine, science, awards for inspiring moral courage, medals for bravery and skill and excellence in a plethora of professions.

And there’s nothing wrong with that. Winners should be proud of the contribution their  skill and perseverance made to the betterment of mankind. There is also a number of awards made to advancement of more amorphous concepts – such as ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’, two words that politicians like to sprinkle over everything like kids in control of the sugar bowl. The politically-minded have displayed a tendency in recent decades to honour those the west perceives as ‘Russian dissidents’ for no apparent reason other than that they appear to believe it makes Russians crazy with frustration and rage. Real contributions to such concepts as freedom and democracy – of which those handing out the honours have only the most rudimentary and imperfect understanding themselves – are much harder to measure. Being rewarded with a trophy for scientific excellence because you are the inventor of carbon fibre, for example, is easy to quantify and understand. Making a contribution to ‘freedom’ where most countries are already quite free is therefore often subjected to political spin, and politicians enjoy being able to give a shout-out to their proteges and friends, and to pretend that yahoos who are greatly disliked in countries those politicians regard as enemies are actually some kind of virtuous saints.

Look at the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for example. The highest civilian award in the United States, it was established by President John F. Kennedy in 1963. It is traditionally awarded by the President and is awarded to a person of his or her choice, or as a result of recommendations. It recognizes “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” It can be and frequently is awarded to non -Americans. Although it is a civilian decoration, it can be awarded to military figures, and when it is it may be worn on the uniform.

Colin Powell was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom twice. It would be difficult to deny his overall humanity and compassion in such cases as his obvious anguish in recall of how Saddam Hussein murdered the Kurds after they were persuaded to rise up against him by American instigators, who then whistled and looked out the window as if there were something interesting going on across the street while Saddam’s forces rolled over them like a sandstorm. The world turned its face away, blubbered Powell in memories of the event. It sure did – including Colin Powell, who was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time it happened. The President he served then – George H.W. Bush – is on record saying “There is another way for the bloodshed to stop: and that is, for the Iraqi military and the Iraqi people to take matters into their own hands and force Saddam Hussein, the dictator, to step aside and then comply with the United Nations’ resolutions and rejoin the family of peace-loving nations.” That was on February 15th, 1991. On February 24th, one of the ubiquitous ‘Free Insert Name of Nation Here’ radio stations the CIA frequently sets up to influence the national population, in this case Voice of Free Iraq, broadcast an exhortation to the people of Iraq to rise up and overthrow their leader.

Here’s an excerpt from CNN, with Brent Sadler: “Iraq’s infrastructure: bridges, roads, water, and electrical power systems were severely damaged. Many Iraqis lost services, vital to daily life. By war’s end, one of the most prosperous and modern Arab countries in the Middle East lay in economic ruin; if Iraqis had expected life to improve, they were mistaken. Indeed, 10 years on, their economy is barely functioning. Iraq’s oil revenues are managed by the United Nations, and strict sanctions remain in place on what can and cannot be imported. These trade restrictions have contributed to a spiraling humanitarian crisis for the country at large. A recent UNICEF study drawing a world health organization support and Iraqi data, states that half a million Iraqi children under 5 have died unnecessarily. Under prewar living conditions, they would have survived.”

But that wasn’t enough: the United States for some reason did not kill Saddam Hussein that time around, so it went back for another whack at Iraq, in 2003. Some countries were pretty reluctant, and required coaxing and convincing at the UN. Who convinced them? You know, don’t you? Colin Powell. Using fabricated evidence, pretending to be absolutely sure of facts when many were just assumptions based on Iraqi ‘defectors’ telling the Americans what they wanted to hear, and including Powell’s personal embellishments of recorded intercepts so that they appeared to show the Iraqis attempting to hide prohibited materials from inspectors. Those embellishments were not on the original intercepts.

But he got the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Twice.

George Tenet got the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was Director of the CIA during the run-up to Gulf War II. He assured those present in the Oval Office on a well-known occasion that the collected evidence of Iraq’s conspiracy to conceal weapons of mass destruction was ‘a slam-dunk’. He later did not deny saying it, but said he didn’t remember, and anyway it was taken out of context, inspiring the National Review to describe it as “the other Washington dodge for anyone quoted saying something he wishes he hadn’t.” I’m just surprised Dubya didn’t give the Presidential Medal of Freedom to everyone in the United States named George.

Anyway, I don’t want to get too deep into the weeds on this particular medal; my intent was to show that recipients of grand-sounding decorations rewarding the advancement of ‘freedom’ are often terrible people who did terrible things, but were rewarded nonetheless for their loyalty, and not trying to blame the debacle on their leaders.

Let’s take a look at the White Helmets. Officially known as Syria Civil Defense (to differentiate it from the Syrian Civil Defense Force, which is government-sponsored), the White Helmets were co-founded by James Le Mesurier as an outgrowth of the Mayday Rescue charity. Although discussion of Le Mesurier dances all around whether he worked for British Intelligence, it would not be much of a stretch to imagine it considering he was an intelligence officer in the British Army. But some coverage of the man and his work reveals a planner of amazing depth, a planner who understood and believed that humanitarian aid was ‘more effective than an army’ in theaters of war for steering, managing and prolonging the conflict as desired.

“Indeed, the White Helmets were founded when the West was losing on both the propaganda and military front regarding the push for regime change and foreign intervention in Syria. More specifically, as Beeley told MintPress, the group’s founding took place just after “the Syrian government had raised concerns about a terrorist chemical weapon attack in Khan Al Asal against the SAA [Syrian Arab Army].”

It should come as no surprise then that, since their founding, the White Helmets have been instrumental in blaming the Syrian government for any and all subsequent chemical weapons attacks in Syria, acting as both witnesses and responders to events that were later proven to be the work of the armed opposition in Syria or staged. As a result, Beeley argued that it’s well within reason to speculate that the White Helmets were explicitly founded with this purpose in mind.”

James Le Mesurier may have been a talented manipulator of public opinion, but the White Helmets were not; they were caught over and over staging scenes, rigging disasters,https://i0.wp.com/21stcenturywire.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/1-Al-Nusra-White-Helmets-MI6.jpg?fit=610%2C415 faking rescues – in which the victims seemed always to be covered in a white film of concrete dust (as they probably would be if buried under rubble) while their White Helmet ‘rescuers’ were as pristine and spotless as if they had stepped out of a display window of a disaster-rescue store. They were frequently photographed, sometimes carrying weapons, with al-Qaeda or al-Nusra Front militants, the outfits the west claimed their military presence in Syria was there to fight; sometimes they appeared to be sharing a celebratory moment with the militants, as they are here.

Showcasing how committed the western elite is to promoting a narrative regardless of its provenance or any claim to truth, the film about the organization – “The White Helmets”, which lauded and humanized the actors with maudlin pathos and formulaic emotion – won an Academy Award in 2017, for Best Short Film. The year before that The Syria Campaign – a shadowy outfit whose donors are mostly unidentified – started a push to nominate the White Helmets for the Nobel Peace Prize. It has become routine in the west to politicize awards and recognition so as to score points in narrative building, support spin and legitimize shady characters. As a consequence, the entire process of recognizing real altruism, selflessness and dedication has become so debased and grotesque that it is a mockery of itself.

So it sort of looks as though we need a new award. An award which recognizes real dignity, devotion to duty as assigned by the state the nominee serves, and – above all – a decisive rejection of the sly, reprehensible, cynical manipulation which now characterizes western political maneuvering. And when you get right down to it, there is little or nothing left in the western public purview which is not subordinated to politics – for example, the ‘canceling’ of a 198-year-old tree from recognition because it is Russian. You probably think I am making that up. Not only is it – sadly – completely true, the winner of the European Tree of the Year, a 400-year-old Polish oak, was selected because “Judges said it had become a symbol of Polish resistance to aggression after it welcomed Ukrainian refugees fleeing the conflict.” Saying a tree is a symbol of Polish resistance to aggression – especially when the Poles feature prominently among the mercenaries in Ukraine to fight Russia to satisfy American foreign-policy ambitions – is like saying the tree from which Gepetto carved Pinnochio is a symbol of deception-based growth.

Because of out-of-control stupidity like that is, because the very nomination for a western human-rights award or humanitarian prize is an invitation to jump headlong into a https://cdn2.bigcommerce.com/server5500/ammn9sj/products/2487/images/6924/russian-doubleheaded-eagle__09874.1491114454.1280.1280.jpg?c=2pool of sleaze…I am proposing the Double-Headed Eagle Prize for Being the Antithesis of the Degenerate and Hypocritical West. Here’s what it will look like; I’m thinking a tall cup or goblet, prominently featuring the eastward-westward looking twin eagle heads. I think this one is an Army hat-badge or something like that; you can see the prongs behind that hold it in place.

This is not a cash prize at present, although perhaps some day it will be, if it endures. I propose that it be awarded annually, and starting with the next award, we can make up the rules as we go forward; at the moment, they are simple. As indicated by the title, the winner must embody the rejection of phony western ‘values’, but that does not suggest no westerner can win it. It can be awarded to anyone who meets the criteria, and next year it will be awarded by popular vote. How about by end-November next year? Let’s say the call for nominees should go out by end-April, and the list of nominees – each of whom will have to be substantiated by the individual forwarding the nomination as to how their performance and conduct epitomizes the rejection of phony western values – out by end-August. Then the vote will take place sometime in November, online, here.

But because it was my idea, I get to pick the first winner, and the Double-Headed Eagle Prize for Being the Antithesis of the Degenerate and Hypocritical West for 2022 is…Sergey Vladimirovich Surovikin, ‘General Armageddon’, the ‘Butcher of Syria’.

Ha, ha!! Might as well start as you mean to go on, right? And that is a classic example of western nonsense right out of the gate – I believe they call it ‘branding’, like the way the Leader of the Russian Opposition (who at the moment is indisposed, in jail, and likely to be there for a long time), Alexei Navalny tried to ‘brand’ the ruling political party in Russia – United Russia – ‘The Party of Crooks and Thieves’. Leading up to the election which put Vladimir Putin back into the President’s chair –  let’s see, that’d be, what, 2012? – virtually every time Alexei Navalny appeared in print in the western media, he was spouting about ‘the Party of Crooks and Thieves’ as if he had thought of it himself, and trying to help it grow legs. Although that same western media testified, wide-eyed, that  ‘the Party of Crooks and Thieves’ was catching on in Russia like Eskimo Pies in Hell, it never caught on at all. No Russians said it except for spoiled ‘dissident’ liberals. Alexei Navalny was a nothingburger, just like he is now, and if you asked around in Moscow today you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who even remembers the slogan. And General Surovikin’s English nicknames are the same.

For example, “Armageddon” is not even part of the Orthodox religion, which dominates in Russia. The closest term to it is “великое побоище”, which translates to ‘Great Massacre’ –  ‘Armageddon’ in English has evolved to a generic term for any cataclysmic battle, although the word actually refers to a place; the location (in the New Testament) of the final battle between the forces of good and evil before the Day of Judgment. Why would Russian troops refer to their Commanding Officer using an English nickname – ‘General Armageddon’ – which has no parallel meaning in their beliefs? Well, then, where did this nickname come from? I’m glad you asked.

“Surovikin gained his ominous “General Armageddon” nickname while leading Russian forces in Syria — where he was accused of overseeing a brutal bombardment that destroyed much of the city of Aleppo.

“This is a man who regards terror as a legitimate, maybe even inevitable part of war,” historian Mark Galeotti wrote in The Spectator.”

Did Mark Galeotti give Surovikin his nickname? Gosh; he’s not a Russian soldier, nor has he ever been, although I would have to say I would not be surprised. Mr. Galeotti has a fondness for the bon mot, the catchphrase, such as ‘The Gerasimov Doctrine’. Remember that one? After the western media plastered it everywhere just as if it were a genuine military philosophy, Mr. Galeotti admitted that he made it up.

As for ‘overseeing a brutal bombardment that destroyed much of the city of Aleppo’, so much of what happened in Aleppo was western spin that I seriously doubt anyone really knows what happened there. I do know the ‘last hospital in Aleppo’ was ‘destroyed by the Russians’ not less than 20 times between June and November of 2016, because it is a matter of record. I do know the poignant Twitter messages allegedly sent to the world by 7-year-old Bana Alabed were fake; the child plainly cannot speak or understand English, as was painfully evident in a softball interview conducted in Turkey. When she was asked what she liked best about Turkey so far, she replied haltingly, “Save…save the children of Syria”. Then the story evolved so that her mother actually wrote the Tweets; her mother, the pro-western Syrian activist. Like ‘Syrian Danny’ Abdul Dayem, a British citizen and pro-western Syrian activist who spiced up his ‘reports from Syria’ for CNN with fake gunfire and hysterics.

It is, similarly, extremely unlikely that Russian forces in Syria awarded Sorovikin the nickname ‘the Butcher of Syria’, considering he was credited with the Russian/Syrian victory.

“But Western military officials and analysts note there are already signs of more tactical coherence than was seen under his predecessor General Alexander Dvornikov. “His war tactics totally breach the rules of war but unfortunately they proved effective in Syria,” a senior British military intelligence officer told POLITICO. “As a war strategist he has a record of effectiveness — however vicious,” the officer added.”

Yawn. Tactics that completely breach the rules of war, huh? Like…like shooting up a wedding celebration and then refusing to even apologize for it? Who was in charge of that fiasco?  Mmmmm…says ‘Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt’ – would that be General “the Butcher of  Makr al-Deeb” Kimmitt? Just kidding – you know the west does not award its senior military officers murderous-sounding nicknames; no, they call them, “Stormin’ Norman’ and monikers that imply martial prowess with a human touch. One exception I can think of is James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, and as I live and breathe, he was a part of this story as well.

“How many people go to the middle of the desert 10 miles from the Syrian border to hold a wedding 80 miles from the nearest civilisation?” said Maj Gen James Mattis, commander of the US 1st Marine Division.

“There were more than two dozen military-age males. Let’s not be naïve.”

Asked about witness testimony and film broadcast by the Dubai-based Al Arabiya television which showed weeping relatives lowering bodies, one of a child, into graves, he said: “I have not seen the pictures but bad things happen in wars. I don’t have to apologise for the conduct of my men.”

There you have it – bad things happen in wars. Mind your own fucking business. Oh, wait: I thought I had heard that name before- James Mattis, the Mad Dog. Where did he get that nickname? Uh oh. Fallujah.

Yes, indeed; General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis led his US Marines into Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004. His troops “shot at ambulances and aid workers. They cordoned off the city, preventing civilians from escaping. They posed for trophy photos with the people they killed.” A reporter who covered the story, and who is the author of the reference, said “During the siege of Fallujah, which I covered as an unembedded journalist, Marines killed so many civilians that the municipal soccer stadium had to be turned into a graveyard.”

Oh, look – there’s more. “In the years since, Mattis – called a “warrior monk” by his supporters – repeatedly has protected American service members who killed civilians, using his status as a division commander to wipe away criminal charges against Marines accused of massacring 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005 and granting clemency to some of those convicted in connection with the 2006 murder of a 52-year-old disabled Iraqi, who was taken outside his home and shot in the face four times.”

You probably remember Mattis’s name, too, but in a different context – he was Donald Trump’s Secretary of Defense. Not bad for someone whose war tactics totally breach the rules of war, but are effective. You might even say that as a war strategist, he had a record of effectiveness – however vicious.

I don’t think we need to belabor the point of cruel-sounding nicknames awarded by western media, dipshit analysts and western ‘Human Rights’ organizations any further.

Actual details of General ‘Strategic Effectiveness’ Sorovikin are hard to come by in English, as you might expect, and are often couched in terms which suggest disapproval no matter what he did. For example, as Commander of the 34th Motor Rifle Division, he was accused in 2004 by Lieutenant Colonel Viktor Chibizov of “beating him up for leaving his post to participate in elections as an observer.”

Let’s just try to put that in context. The Commander of the East Anglia Horse Guards in the UK (I made them up, if there is any such formation, it is a coincidence) learns that one of his mid-level officers decided to skip being Duty Officer, and go to see “Braveheart” at the nearby cinema instead, because it is a military film, leaving the base with no Duty Officer for more than 3 hours. Upon learning of this, the Commander calls him into his office and punches him right in his stupid face. Do you think that would be the end of the Commanding Officer’s career? Probably not. Because sometimes, confronted with gross incompetence by someone who most assuredly knows better, bad things happen. Does a Lieutenant Colonel in the Russian Army know he is not permitted to leave his place of duty to be an election observer, a responsibility to which he was not assigned? Well, what do you think? Is creativity regarding your responsibility to the armed services encouraged in the west? As a former member of them for nearly 40 years, I can assure you it is not.

In November 2017, Sorovikin was appointed Commander of the Russian Aerospace Forces, by Presidential decree…over his objections. Gosh – certainly sounds a nepotistic social climber, doesn’t he?

“Under the command of Surovikin, a significant turning point in the fight against the Syrian opposition was achieved. The Syrian Government regained over 50% control of Syria by the end of 2017 after a string of successful military campaigns. According to several Russian military commentators, it was Surovikin who managed to turn the tide of the war in Syria.” Multiple substantiation citations for that one – gee, I can’t think why the Russian government would want him in command in Ukraine. Or why the west hates the idea so much it has to make up scary nicknames for him.

Congratulations, General. I don’t know much about Army tradition, having been a Navy man most of my adult life. But in honour of your award, I’d like to propose a toast. Let’s just keep it simple, and use the Toast of the Day, in naval tradition, for today, which is still Thursday where I am. Ladies and Gentlemen, raise your glasses please – “A bloody war, or a sickly season”.

Sounds prophetic on both counts.

986 thoughts on “This Year’s Recipient of the Double-Headed Eagle Prize for Being the Antithesis of the Degenerate and Hypocritical West.

  1. Another one in Valhalla
    Ukrainian social networks report the death near Artemivsk of this well-known fighter of ultra-right beliefs, Dmytro Sidorko, nicknamed “Sunset”.

    It is clear what values he fought for-it is written on the helmet.
    What he fought against is also clear — from the inscription on the T-shirt it follows that it was “against communism”.

    But is it really still not clear that wearing helmets of this shape and with such symbols is not tempting fate?

    N. A. Dolgorukov. “The Dnieper is wonderful in calm weather.” Poster of 1943.

    Evgeny Khaldey. Sevastopol, 1944. “This is how wars end”.

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    1. Mind you folks don’t go forget now that “Süddeutsche Zeitung” seemed pleased to report that the “extreme right” in Leipzig had failed to gather the support they had expected for a protest against German support for Banderastan.

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    2. So after the second photo was taken, Sidorko accidentally bit down on whatever he’s got between his teeth and in a matter of minutes, he was a smoking pile of ash or had shot himself into a state resembling Swiss cheese?

      At least he saved the Russian army precious bullets or missiles to use on more worthy opponents.

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  2. “Holy War Against Communism ” it says on his shirt below a Nordic-style pagan symbols dreamt up by someone and a slogan written in runes.

    Runes have an unjustified bad name since the Nazi Schutzstaffel decided to use two runic letters “S” for that organization. In actual fact, the Western Christian church started banning runes over 2,000 years ago, basically because the sky-pilots of the Roman Church didn’t know what they meant and wanted everything written in the Latin alphabet.

    The Old English and other Germanic and Nordic “primitives” used to associate each runic letter with magical properties and “read the runes”. Strictly forbidden by the Christian Holy Joes — work of the devil is telling fortunes. Superstition, they said, and still say, is stupidity based on unfounded belief.

    Bear in mind, their beliefs are not unfounded of course.

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    1. Strange thing is, I feel sorry for that now dead-as-door-nail stupid bugger pictured above in a Stahlhelm emblazoned with a runic “SS”.

      Just a bloody stupid kid who got infatuated with the “bad guys” and brainwashed, no doubt, about how the “Jew Communists” had inflicted “Holodomor” on the Ukrainian “Nation”.

      He looks no older than is my son.

      My Vova is no wannabe Nazi though, because he’s half-Orc and half-English — with fair hair and beautiful, blue eyes.

      See, my Aryan genes are mightier than his Orcish ones inherited from his untermenschliche Mutter.

      What am I saying???

      Must go for some psychoanalysis . . . .

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      1. I feel sorry for all the soldiers from both sides who fell in the line of duty, because they were simply following orders and/or were convinced of the rightness of their cause – you really can’t blame most people for falling for bullshit these days, because as I mentioned earlier, bullshit is getting harder to spot and there are more detailed ways of substantiating even a narrative that flies in the face of common sense. I feel nothing but contempt, though, for the Nazi-worshiping nationalists and their elitist notions of ethnic purity, for it is they who regard those who reject their ideology as vermin to be exterminated, and take pleasure in killing the defenseless. Like those in the SBU and the Ukrainian Special Forces who show up in recaptured towns to ‘discipline’ those who did not resist the Russians actively enough. I take comfort from their deaths, as if a sickness had been eliminated.

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  3. NYT reporting Yukietard defeat without mentioning the word, whilst putting “spin on Yukieshite victories:

    In Ukraine, Bakhmut Becomes a Bloody Vortex for 2 Militaries
    Even as they have celebrated successes elsewhere, Ukrainian forces in one small eastern city have endured relentless Russian attacks. And the struggle to hold it is only intensifying.
    Nov. 27, 2022

    In the nine months since Russia invaded, Ukraine has celebrated major victories, breaking the siege of its capital, Kyiv, and pushing Russian forces out of the Kharkiv region and the port city of Kherson. But Bakhmut, in Ukraine’s Donbas region, has become a destructive vortex for both countries’ militaries. For months, they have thrown masses of troops and matériel into battle here as the Russians mount desperate attempts to capture the city and the Ukrainians to hold it.

    When was this siege of Kiev?

    Pushing Russian forces out of the Kharkiv region? — The withdrawal of Donbass militiamen?

    Pushing Russian forces out of the port city of Kherson? — Walking into Kherson unopposed?

    Yeah, Banderastan is winning!!!

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    1. And now they’re walking out of Kherson unopposed, and all – today’s paper carried a story of how civilians are leaving Kherson in convoys of vehicles, because of Russian shelling. Oh, the cruelty of war!

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    2. 28 November 2022 16: 45
      Breakthrough at front, the situation is close to encirclement: even in the United States, the terrible losses of the Armed Forces of the Ukraine were recognized after the start of the Russian offensive
      NYT spoke about the terrible losses of the Ukrainian Armed Forces near Artemivsk

      In the battles near Artemivsk (Bakhmut) in the Donetsk region, the Ukrainian military is suffering losses, The New York Times (NYT) newspaper reported, citing doctors and eyewitnesses. According to the newspaper, only on Friday, about 50 people were admitted to local hospitals, on Thursday — 240.

      The figures are not secret, as last Friday the official representative of the Russian Defence Ministry, Igor Konashenkov, reported that the troops managed to eliminate more than 300 foreign mercenaries, mostly Poles, during the day. And this is not counting 220 soldiers and officers of the Armed Forces of the Ukraine. And this is only for 4one day.

      The NYT also reports that in recent days, Kiev has sent additional forces of the Armed Forces of the Ukraine near Artemivsk, including special forces and territorial defense units.

      But today it became known that not all of them have reached the front line. More than 100 servicemen were killed while boarding a train near the Moiseyevka station in the Dnipropetrovsk region. And these are not Territorial Defence Forces or reservists, but regular tankers.

      At this time, our units are pushing AFU units in all directions. Attacks are repelled, and then they are not allowed to take up their previous positions. They push the enemy further and further away with artillery and aircraft. Now, in the mud-bath conditions, this is the optimal solution.

      They are work ing more with high-precision weapons. And they work quite successfully: Defence Ministry units have learned how to intercept HARM guided missiles and Excalibur projectiles. This suggests that our scientists and specialists during the conduct of a special military operation have studied and managed to crack the electronic stuffing of NATO missiles and shells.

      As soon as the ground freezes, it will be possible to transfer equipment. And then the AFU may suffer even greater losses. Now the fighting is already going on in the centre of Artemivsk.

      The acting head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Denys Pushylin, has said that Russian troops were successful in their offensive in the immediate vicinity of Artemivsk. According to him, the allied forces are close to taking Ukrainian army units in the city in an operational encirclement.

      “We can say that a situation of operational encirclement is quite close,” he said on Russia-24 TV channel.

      Alexander Ivanovich Zhilin, a military expert and head of the Centre for the Study of Social Applied Problems, commented on the situation in the special military operation zone of KP Radio: “On the one hand, there are very heavy battles. The Russian armed forces are trying to liberate a number of settlements in the suburbs of Donetsk. The intensity of the fighting is off the scale, which leads to even greater losses on the part of the Armed Forces of the Ukraine. The publication, which could not have been published earlier, appeared after political forces in the United States again began to demand an increase in the flow of allocations for the purchase of weapons for the Ukrainian army. And all this against the backdrop of a confrontation between Republicans and Democrats. We cannot now accurately predict events on the front line. The most important thing is how the strategy will be built to achieve the final result. I am in favour of stating the events in fact.”

      Zhilin also stressed that ” the weather is playing a significant role, because when the ground becomes muddy, armoured vehicles sink into it and one of the main tasks today is to dress the personnel, transfer them completely to winter uniforms. Winter should be our ally.”

      And the weather is already working against the Ukrainian Armed Forces and Zelensky. Fixated on foreign weapons and money, the Kiev regime has not taken care of mobile hospitals, medical equipment, necessary medicines, and most importantly, teams of qualified doctors and paramedics.

      Total losses of the Armed Forces of the Ukraine are incurred not only on the battlefield. The survival rate of the wounded in hospitals is extremely low. Most even minor injuries in wet climates and delayed evacuation lead to blood poisoning and amputation of limbs.

      All this leads to an increase in the number of disabled people, who are also equated with irreparable losses. They will never be able to join the ranks again.

      This is a KP report on that same fighting reported by NYT, which I posted above earlier today:

      In Ukraine, Bakhmut Becomes a Bloody Vortex for 2 Militaries

      Note, however, how NYT gives whenever possible a negative spin after having been forced to concede success to the Orcs.

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      1. The thing that always lurks in the shadows, but is never allowed to come into the light, is that Russia retains escalation dominance – there is always something worse, some new punishment it could inflict which discourages escalation on the part of Ukraine. Its western backers cannot say convincingly, ‘all right, that was their worst, that’s all they’ve got, and you survived’. If, for example, America gave Ukraine the extended-range HIMARS rockets (or, more accurately, fired them from Ukraine to support Ukrainian objectives, because the Ukrainians are only guarding HIMARS, not operating it), allowing Ukraine to strike border towns in Russia, then Russia would turn the punishment up another notch, and precision strikes on infrastructure would give way to conventional weapons which are more broadly destructive and are designed to cause widespread and impartial damage, probably starting with the location from which the HIMARS attack came. This keeps Ukraine to a mostly defensive role and limits its military activities to within its own borders. The country has paid a terrible price for Ukraine’s terrorist adventures within Russia, but Russia always has recourse to something worse, something more destructive, until the final level experienced would be the destruction of all habitation in Ukraine and very many more of its people. And Ukraine’s western backers know it. They don’t care anything for the lives of Ukrainians, but if they are not very careful in their manipulations they will not be able to induce the country to keep fighting and ‘bleeding Russia’.

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  4. “Haben Russland unterschätzt” — “We underestimated Russia.”

    Reisner: “We underestimated Russia”
    Date:
    11/24/2022 23:22
    With the power grid, Russia is attacking “the central nervous system of the Ukraine”, says Colonel Reisner live on ZDFheute. This threatens to wipe out the successes of the Ukrainians.

    [Which success? Snake Island? The Ghost of Kiev? The raising of “The Siege of Kiev” etc., etc.? — ME]

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    The violent Russian attacks [Russian attacks are “violent”? Is there such a thing as a non-violent military attack in time of war? — ME] against critical infrastructure are affecting the people of the Ukraine. In Kiefv and other parts of the country, the power supply is largely interrupted, and on Wednesday there was no running water in the capital with its three million inhabitants.

    Although Ukrainian troops are achieving military successes [Where, when? Does he mean tactical forays? — ME], they are apparently not succeeding in protecting important infrastructure. Why can’t the Ukraine repel Russian missiles?

    The Colonel on Russia: “Reality has caught up with us”
    After nine months of war, the West has to realize “that the Russians still have capabilities that we have so far underestimated”, says Colonel Markus Reisner of the Austrian Armed Forces on ZDFheute live. As an example, he cited the recent use of cruise missiles, ballistic missiles and Iranian drones.

    “We’ve been telling ourselves for months that the Russian Air Force hardly ever flies missions” or that Russian missiles have a very low successful strike probability. “But now reality caught up with us”, said Reisner, at the moment when Russia decided to attack Ukraine’s central nervous system — the power supply. [They must have not noticed when months ago Russia sent a cruise missile winging down a spanking new, strategically important railway tunnel in the far west of Banderastan and right on the border with Slovakia — ME]

    VIDEO INSERT

    Reisner: “Sheer size of Ukraine” makes defense difficult
    [Really? Russia — by far the largest country in the world — seems to have admirably managed to defend herself against invaders — ME]
    The challenge for the Ukraine, he said, was to protect key areas with appropriate air defences. However, Colonel Reisner sees several sticking points: For example, he says, the Russian air force destroyed a third of Ukraine’s air defences early in the war. The Ukraine then used the air defences to secure its offensives.

    Then, when the Russians began attacking critical infrastructure in October, the Ukraine had few systems left to defend against it, according to Reisner. The West had delivered the first systems by then, but “the sheer size of the country and the many objects that would have to be protected make it almost impossible to do anything about it”. {Not forgetting the fact, Herr Oberst, that many do not get delivered, having been destroyed by Orc missiles — ME.]

    VIDEO INSERT

    Europe has “emptied all its stores”
    But Europe could only help to a limited extent, the Austrian military expert said. While Russia has spent months, possibly years, preparing for this war [unlike good o’, virtuous Uncle Sam of course — ME], Europe has spent 20 years disarming its forces, emptying all its stores, “and now they are trying to supply the front with what little they have”. A front that is 1,100 kilometres long.

    GRAPHIC:
    The Ukraine war in fast motion
    Nine months ago, Russia invaded the Ukraine and occupied parts of the country. But now Kiev is regaining territory. A chronology. [Regaining? The tide has turned? But is Russia really waging this operation for territorial gain? How much Yukietard territory have the Banderites lost already, namely territories in which former Ukrainian citizens told Kiev where to go? — ME]

    The war could only be waged with massive support, “but that’s not the case”, says Colonel Reisner. The [army/training] camps emptied continuously. “The Ukraine was only able to carry out its offensives in the summer after it had received heavy weapons from the West.” But there are not enough supplies, Europe is trying “to alleviate the suffering and hardship with small deliveries”.

    If massive anti-aircraft defences are not made available here, the Ukraine will be completely dark in a few weeks because there is no longer any critical infrastructure that works.
    Colonel Markus Reisner

    In order to change the situation, armaments capacities would have to be massively built up, according to Reisner. In turn, the armaments industry would need government guarantees to secure its investments. “Of course we’re running out of time here.”

    VIDEO INSERT

    Reisner: Ukrainians are in Kherson, but in the dark
    Europe is trying to scrape together “what one has and deliver it”. “We are rapidly falling behind, whilst Russia, which we have declared dead month after month”, is now taking the initiative again. It’s a paradoxical situation [Why paradoxical? You were, in your arrogance and conceit, all fucking wrong! — ME], says Reisner, adding:

    We have Ukrainian successes on an operational level, but these are being nullified by Russian strategic attacks. The Ukrainians are sitting in Kherson, but they are sitting there in the dark because the Russians have destroyed the infrastructure.
    Colonel Markus Reisner

    [Does he not realize that operational successes do not win wars? — ME]

    Regarding the supply problems for the Russians, which the British secret service has repeatedly reported on, Reisner says: “We’ve heard that Russia has had problems since the beginning of the war.” This is also about a war in the information space, about influence.

    “The fact is that Russia has so far managed to maintain momentum at the strategic level, and this momentum means: whenever the Russians decide, there will be a wave of attacks against the Ukraine.”

    [Yes, he does realize that strategy wins wars! — ME]

    You can find the latest news on Russia’s attack against the Ukraine at any time in our live blog:

    https://www.zdf.de/nachrichten/politik/ukraine-russland-konflikt-blog-100.html

    I should add that in my opinion the Austrian military in modern times has been pathetic: it was a walking punch-bag for Buonaparte, but I grant that it continued to come back for more of the same after Great Britain had refilled the Habsburg coffers, so one cannot deny the fact that the multiethnic k. u. k. armed forces were at least very plucky — plucky losers that is.

    And in WWI, the Austrian army got regularly whacked by the Russians — in Austrian Galitsia as it happened — basically destroyed by Ivan in September 1914.

    And the Serbs, who really were extraordinarily plucky, defeated the Austro-Hungarian army 3 times in 1914.

    Following the assassination of Crown Prince Franz Ferdinand in June 1914, what wasn’t the Austro-Hungarian Empire going to do to those dirty, retarded, uncivilized, regicide, heretical Orthodox Christian peasant Serbs!

    And the Serbs then went and pissed up the k.u.k. army’s back!

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    1. Mmmm…so we’re already at the ‘sheer size of the country’ rationalization; that didn’t take long. The Size Of The Country can be bent to serve any narrative, from The Sheer Size Of The Country makes it impossible to defeat because the invaders haven’t enough forces, to The Sheer Size Of The Country makes it impossible to defend because the invaders could strike from anywhere. Remember Dubya’s floundering explanations that Iraq is ‘a country the size of California’ as justification for not finding any of the promised WMD, week after week? These things take time; mustn’t be impatient. Conveniently not mentioned is that much of Ukraine is thinly settled or unsettled, and that attacks against infrastructure are always concentrated on major centers of population, where they will cause the most calamity. Ukraine has 43 cities with a population of over 100,000, and of those, some are already under Russian control; we’re not talking about a lot of missiles here. Can Russia make 35 missiles a day? I expect they can. And they don’t attack every day.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_towns_and_cities_with_100,000_or_more_inhabitants/country:_T-U-V-W-Y-Z

      100,000 is not a lot of people; at the low end, they’re more big towns than cities, and not all of them will need to have their infrastructure scrambled in order to teach NATO what they seem to think is an entirely new and diabolical type of warfare. And it may be new to them, because they largely paid no attention at all to Ukraine using the method against Crimea repeatedly, as well as other towns and cities in the east where they depended on Ukrainian energy supplies.

      ‘While Russia has spent months, possibly years preparing for this war’; dear God, give me strength. Try to get over yourselves, NATO – Russia has spent nearly the entirety of its existence preparing for any war that comes its way, and you are not special. Despite repeated overtures of friendship from Russia, the west has consistently and sneeringly sent it on its way, and greatly enjoyed any humiliation which might have resulted. At some level, Russia has always known much of the west regards it simultaneously as an enemy, and a treasure-house of coveted resources. It has always known it will have to fight, and it has always known that each such fight is unlikely to be the last. It takes defense seriously, and we know very well that there is no such thing as a ‘defensive weapon’, but only defensive and offensive roles. An air-defense system, for example, is routinely cited as purely defensive, but if it is used to enforce a no-fly zone, your troops are going to get slaughtered by enemy air because your own air forces cannot protect them. NATO might pause to reflect that Ukraine was armed under a similar philosophy, and had more than enough weaponry at the opening of hostilities to defend itself and a fairly-significant capability to project power, although corruption and looting had run down its readiness somewhat. All that armament has been methodically annihilated, while the systems which destroyed it remain largely untouched. NATO and its pet press organs routinely rattle on about ‘war of attrition’, but I suspect they regard it much the same way as ‘boots on the ground’ – a trendy phrase to show the speaker is hip and wise to the permutations of modern global combat, but that they don’t really understand what it means. NATO is not fighting for its life, although it may come to that, and for now this is just kind of a hobby war which is increasingly frustrating its imperial self-image.

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  5. German media outlet “Die Welt” has called its publication about the news of the “death of Zelensky on 29 November by a missile strike” a “technical error”.

    “Journalists” create the news?

    The “error” being that they published the “news” before the hit had been made.

    You’re on your way out, Zelensky!

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    1. Zelensky must know Russia could wipe him out any time it liked. I believe Moscow leaves him alive because it piques its sense of irony to leave him to explain his actions to his people, like the dramatic and doubtless-written-for-him ‘without you’ speech. All very well for him to reject Russian energy because of pride, because he will never go without what he needs.

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  6. “Celebrating” the anniversary of “holodomor”.

    He on the right contributed to it.

    In fact, he’s Ruslan Stefanchuk, chairman of the Verkhovna Rada and first in order of succession to the president should anything happen to Zelensky.

    So when the little creep gets it, big Ruslan becomes da Boss!

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  7. FT

    How “offshore journalists” challenge Vladimir Putin’s empire of lies
    Russians who want real news turn to reporters in exile
    Nov 22nd 2022

    The kremlin banned them, branded them “foreign agents”, criminalised them and chased them out of the country. It cut off their finances and tried to isolate them from their audiences. But they have regrouped, rebuilt and come back stronger. Never in the past 30 years have Russian journalists been under such assault, and never have they fought back with such vigour, calling out the Kremlin’s lies, exposing its corruption and unearthing evidence of its war crimes.

    Vladimir Putin’s dictatorship does not leave much scope for street protests, but independent reporters have formed a virtual resistance movement, lobbing explosive stories at his war machine and supplying news and opinions to those who look for them. Most are doing so from outside Russia, something they call “offshore journalism”. At least 500 journalists have left Russia since the invasion, according to Proekt Media, an investigative outlet.

    Scattered across Europe, in cities such as Riga, Tbilisi, Vilnius, Berlin and Amsterdam, such journalists reach a large audience, most of them under the age of 40. “Our job today is to survive and not let our readers suffocate,” says Ivan Kolpakov, the editor-in-chief of Meduza, a news website.

    Meduza has reported on the massacre of Ukrainian civilians in Bucha, and the extraordinary number of convicts being pressed to join Wagner, a mercenary group run by a crony of Mr Putin. Mediazona, an online outlet founded by two members of Pussy Riot, a punk band, is trying to count the true number of Russian casualties. It has also found an ingenious way to work out how many Russians have been conscripted, by analysing open-source data on the unusually high number of marriages since mobilisation began. (Draftees are allowed to register their marriage on the same day as they are enlisted, and often do, since they don’t know when they will see their partners again.) Mediazona estimates that half a million people have already been drafted—far more than the 300,000 the Kremlin said would be.

    For the Kremlin, suppressing real news is an important part of its war effort. Some outlets remain in Russia that are not propaganda organs, such as Kommersant, a private newspaper. But they are highly constrained—they cannot call the war a war, for example. Since Mr Putin invaded Ukraine he has muzzled most independent voices, lest they sow doubt among citizens or induce a split within the elite.

    tv Rain, Russia’s best known independent television channel, went dark eight days after the war started. Echo of Moscow, a radio station with 5m listeners, went silent on the same day. Soon after that Novaya Gazeta, the most outspoken newspaper, stopped printing. Alexei Venediktov, the editor of Echo, and Dmitry Muratov, the Nobel prize-winning editor of Novaya Gazeta, stayed in Russia while some of their former colleagues set up operations offshore. tv Rain is back on air, now based in Latvia and broadcasting via YouTube to 20m viewers a month, most of them inside Russia. Echo is in Berlin, streaming news and talk shows live via a new smartphone app, which the Kremlin tried but failed to block, and on YouTube.

    A dozen new digital outlets, most of them set up since Mr Putin first started grabbing chunks of Ukraine in 2014, are publishing investigative journalism. A recent probe by Insider, an online outlet, working with Bellingcat, an open-source intelligence group, unmasked dozens of engineers and programmers who have been directing Russian missile strikes on Ukrainian cities. “Investigative journalism, which is declining in many countries, is flourishing in Russia,” says Roman Dobrokhotov, who runs Insider. “There is plenty of demand for it, there are people who know how to do it and there is no shortage of subjects to investigate.”

    Russians find real news via apps and virtual private network (vpn) services, which can help them bypass censorship. Before the war Russia was the 40th-largest user of vpns; now it is the largest in the world. Nearly half of young Russians use one, according to gwi, a market-research firm. Most of the users are well-educated urbanites. But even in rural areas, a fifth of people use vpns.

    Remote working during covid was a good preparation for offshore journalism. “I am physically located in Berlin, but I live in the Russian information field,” says Maxim Kurnikov, the editor of Echo. Many of its talk-show guests and even some of his co-hosts are still in Russia. Finding the right tone so as not to alienate listeners is hard, says Tikhon Dziadko, the editor-in-chief of Rain tv. “We need to give voice to the people who cannot speak freely in Russia—not to blame or hector them.”

    Money is a problem for offshore outlets. No Russian firm would dare advertise with them. And wary of sanctions and public opinion, YouTube bars the monetisation of content in Russia. Even raising cash via crowdfunding and subscriptions is hard, since Visa and MasterCard block Russian transactions outside Russia. So offshore Russian media look for grants from foreign charities.

    Getting news from inside Russia is often hazardous. Sources are terrified. “You have to be extremely resourceful and fit to survive…You either die or you get stronger,” says Mr Dobrokhotov of Insider, who has many anonymous sources in Russia.

    Offshore journalists always have an eye on Russia’s political future. Russia has a long tradition of influential exiles: Vladimir Lenin once edited a paper called Iskra (the Spark) from London. In the late 1980s journalists helped Mikhail Gorbachev come up with his ideas for perestroika (reform). If and when Mr Putin wobbles, exiled scribblers will have ideas for how Russia might recover from his misrule.

    Many of these journalists, such as Mr Dobrokhotov, were previously also political activists. Some now help people they write about. Ilya Krasilshchik, for example, a former editor of Meduza, has started Helpdesk Media, a cross-over between a helpline for people affected by war, whether in Ukraine, in Russia or in exile, and a way to record their stories. It is staffed both by Russians and by Ukrainians.

    Yeah, right.

    Got news for you, FT: few here read or watch that shite about which you wax lyrically above.

    Russians find real news via apps and virtual private network (vpn) services, which can help them bypass censorship.

    “Real news”? Where? FT, NYT, WP, The Guardian, Die Welt, Der Spiegel, Le Figaro, the BBC, Deutsche Welle, CNN, Fox News, Sky News . . . .?

    Are you kidding me?

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  8. Most read Russian newspapers in Mordor?

    Izvestia – oldest popular daily.
    Rossiyskaya Gazeta – government-owned daily.
    Komsomolskaya Pravda – mass circulation, left-leaning daily.
    • Trud – left-leaning daily.
    Argumenty i Fakty – popular weekly.
    • Krestyanka – popular weekly.
    • Kommersant – daily, news and business-orientated.

    [Linked ‘cos I like ’em.]

    I read Izvestia, Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Komsomolskaya Pravda daily, and Argumenty i Fakty weekly.

    No one reads that arse-wipe Medusa.

    Founded by two members of the “artistes” known as “Pussy Riot”.

    Absolute nothings in Russia: despised by many.

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  9. When the drug-addicted Führer Zelensky is conscious: It will be a complete kaput!

    albert_nik
    November 28th, 22:43

    “Window to the Japs”: we comment on the Japanese media
    Nothing personal, just PRAVDA! #796

    TBS NEWS: ゼレンスキー大統領「ロシアは新たな攻撃を準備している」|TBS NEWS DIG
    Translation: “President Zelensky: “Russia is preparing a new attack” | TBS NEWS DIG

    Comment:

    The Japanese propaganda resource TBS NEWS DIG, shows and tells of the fears of Ukro-Führer Zelensky, who sometimes regains consciousness from his cocaine addiction, then begins to realize that closer to the New Year holidays, his regime is going to be totally kaput.

    “As the Russian military continues to attack Ukraine’s infrastructure”, the Kiev regime’s bunker Führer Zelensky is afraid and hysterical, constantly muttering to the camera that Russia is preparing a new attack.

    “We know that the terrorists are preparing a new attack”, Japanese – SMSI, quoting the hysterics and fears of Ukro-Führer Zelensky.

    In the territory controlled by the Kiev regime, where Ukrainians are “forced to lead a hard life because of the bombardment of infrastructure facilities”, Bunker-Führer Zelensky panics and declares: “As long as there are missiles, the Russian army will not stop attacking”.

    Ex-clown Zelensky also said that he was “ready” for any eventuality, and called for “overcoming the manoeuvres of Russia, which will take advantage of this winter and the cold weather”, Japanese media quoted.

    On the other hand, the American think tank “Institute for Military Studies” has pointed out that “currently the ground is muddy owing to heavy rain along the front lines, for example, in Donetsk, and operations on both sides have been delayed”. However, temperatures are expected to drop from this week, which could lead to ground freezing, increased military mobility and increased fighting, the analysis said.

    Ha so arse hole!

    By the way:

    Political commentator for “Russia Today” Vladimir Kornilov in his author’s column on RIA Novosti has drawn attention to an interesting phrase of the Ukrainian leader, uttered by him during the YES forum held in Kiev. Without deceit, Vladimir Zelensky directly stated that the country is waiting for “a terrible 90 days”. We are talking about the three winter months, which, according to the head of state, will determine much more than the 30 years of Ukraine’s independence and all the years of the EU existence have. It is noteworthy that Zelensky made this statement before the Russian Armed Forces attacked energy facilities.

    By all accounts, this will be the last winter of the Kiev regime!

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  10. Why Poland is the main threat to European security. The Voice of Mordor column
    November 27, 2022 12:32

    Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that defeat of the Ukraine in the conflict with Russia will be a defeat of the whole of Europe.

    This is a very loud statement and rather insincere, because, as it seems to me, Pan Morawiecki is secretly not at all against the defeat of the Ukraine. The only problem is that this defeat should be controlled, during which Poland will have time to “bite off” its part of the Ukrainian pie.

    In fact, Poland is working in this direction. Hardly anyone in the Polish government seriously believes that the Ukraine will be able to win. And the goal of active Polish assistance to the Ukraine is not to help it win, but to prolong the conflict as much as possible, which literally drains all the juice out of the Ukraine, drains the country. Another goal, but less important, is the depletion of Russia, if possible, of course.

    By the way, Polish President Andrzej Duda himself, in a conversation with Russian pranksters, admitted that he absolutely does not want a war with Russia. And it is true that a direct military clash between Poland and Russia is absolutely not part of the plans of the Polish elites, since this would cause the actual collapse of a subtle and well-thought-out plan.

    Poland helps the Ukraine with weapons and mercenaries. Moreover, many of these mercenaries are regular Polish military personnel, deliberately sent to the war by the authorities. Of course, not by order, but on their own free will, but this does not significantly change anything. The truth is that while fighting with Russia, these mercenaries, like Polish weapons, are fighting with the Ukraine for the former eastern Polish territories. Very clever and well-thought-out tactics, quite Jesuit. However, Polish elites have always been very good at this.

    In history, it has been used very often and specifically in relation to the Ukraine. Tactically, it was successful, but strategically Poland always lost, but that’s another matter.

    And now Poland is playing the same game as it did hundreds of years ago. When Pan Morawiecki talks grandiloquently about the defeat of Europe: he should not be believed. Poland does not care about the rest of Europe, and its participation in the European Union is only a tool for achieving its own goals. When it ceases to be effective, Poland will leave the European Union without regret or remorse. Moreover, it will become exactly the same enemy for Germany as for Russia. Just let it grow a little stronger, arm itself and expand into the eastern territories and feel the forgotten imperial spirit again. It doesn’t matter that this imperial spirit has always led Poland to state collapse. What if it’s not like that this time?

    In fact, it is Poland and the Baltic states that are the biggest problem for the countries of old Europe and the reason for possible geopolitical defeat. In the countries of old Europe, too, they never flamed with love for Russia, but at some point they realized that it was possible to co-exist and even with very great benefits. All this could have led to a stable European political system, if not for NATO and the European Union, which worked as US agents to destroy the European geopolitical balance. This is why the expansion of NATO to the east was necessary, and why the mindless expansion of the European Union to include frankly impoverished countries such as Bulgaria or Romania was necessary. And Poland is the leader of this “group of US agents”.

    In fact, the historical pattern repeats itself: Poland implements its imperial aspirations, and as a result, Poland has to “calm down” the rest of Europe with the harshest methods, up to the division and deprivation of statehood.

    It turns out that it is Poland and its allies that pose an existential threat to European security. This is also confirmed by the fact that Poland is already beginning to get impudent. It demands reparations for the Second World War from Germany, requires a revision of the borders with the Czech Republic. I am sure that the Polish elites will definitely demand something else. And all this has already happened in history and more than once. And something tells me that they will also be able to easily throw off the United States when they have achieved their goals.

    But in the end, Poland may not get anything at all and remain a complete loser. Of course, it is unlikely that a new partition of Poland will come up now, but there are other ways to put a failed country with imperial phantom pains in its place. And this will always happen again, when the Poles themselves do not understand that their main enemy is their own ambitions. A source

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  11. TASS
    November 28, 17: 30
    Zakharova has called the Pope’s words about Chechens and Buryats an extreme perversion of the truth

    In an interview with the American media, the pontiff called the Chechens and Buryats “the most brutal part of the Russian troops in the Ukraine”

    MOSCOW, November 28. /tass/. Pope Francis’ statements about Chechens and Buryats demonstrated not just Russophobia, but also an extreme perversion of the truth, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a round table in the Federation Council on Monday.

    The diplomat drew attention to the words of Pope Francis in an interview with the American media, where he called the Chechens and Buryats “the most brutal part of the Russian troops in the Ukraine”, noting that “if there are people who are martyrs, then there must also be those who torment them”.

    “This is no longer Russophobia, this is a perversion, I don’t even know at what level. Remember, in the nineties and the start of the two thousands, we were told exactly the opposite, that it was the Russians, the Slavs, who were torturing the peoples of the Caucasus, and now we are told that it is the peoples of the Caucasus who are torturing the Russians. This just has to be a perversion of the truth”, she said.

    What gives him the right to pontificate so?

    I’m sure the the Pope knows that Chechens are Muslims.

    I wonder if he knows that Buryats, if religious, are Buddhists?

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    1. He is probably being fed the same lies as the rest of the West. The Catholic Church has no presence in either territory so he has no independent intelligence service on the ground.

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      1. November 29, 2022, 08: 37
        The head of Russian Buddhists called the Pope’s words about Buryats and Chechens unkind
        Ayusheev, the head of Buddhists of the Russian Federation, said that the Pope’s words about Buryats and Chechens participating in the SMO were “unkind”.

        The head of Russian Buddhists, Pandito Hambo Lama, called the words of Pope Francis about the “cruelty ” of Buryats and Chechens “unkind”.

        Earlier, the head of the Vatican, Pope Francis, in an interview with the Christian magazine “America”, called residents of two Russian regions Buryatia and Chechnya — the most violent during the armed actions in the special operation zone in the Ukraine. When asked about his position on what is happening in the Ukraine, the pontiff said that the Ukrainian people can be compared to those who were martyred.

        “Unexpectedly, the head of the world’s Catholics was forced to speak unkind words about our people”, Pandito Hambo Lama wrote on his Telegram channel.

        He expressed the opinion that the Pope does not understand that life in cold Siberia and the Far East makes people more resilient, patient and resilient to various challenges. Therefore, the representative of the Buddhists stressed, the Buryats are forced to “defend their Homeland” again.

        The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova , called the pope’s words “a perversion of the truth.”

        In the Russian original of the above translation, “homeland” is “родина”, from the Russian verb родить — to give birth, whence родиться — to be born: root: род, hence народ— “nation” and рождение — “birth”.

        “Родина” is also often translated into English as “motherland”, “mother country”, “land of one’s birth”.

        Note that the Buryat Buddhist religious leader, when talking about his “родина”, is talking about Mother Russia, the Russian Federation — Российская Федерация — of which Buryatia is part.


        XXIV Pandito Hambo Lama Damba Ayusheev

        See: Interview with Pandito Khambo Lama XXIV Ayusheev

        – Though Buddhism is considered as one of the most peaceful religions, some people say: “We commemorate the victims of the Great Patriotic War but we never would go to war”. What do you, as the Head of the Traditional Buddhist Sangha of Russia, think about this?

        – In this regard I wish to say that any religion is obliged and must defend itself – this is the first rule. The second rule is if an enemy carried the fight to your house, wherever it is – you must stop him. In the history of Buddhism there were such examples: Buryat Selenginsk Cossack regiments. The lamas served at these regiments as military monks and participated in military campaigns. So, if war comes to one’s homeland, one should defend it. And Buddhists are not forbidden to do this.

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  12. Mind reader!

    08: 38, 29 November 2022
    Ex-NATO commander named conditions for Putin’s interim victory in the SVO
    Ex-commander of the NATO Armed Forces Clark announced Putin’s intention to force Kiev to ask for a truce

    Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to force the Ukraine to make a request for a cease-fire or even a truce, the actions of Russian troops clearly demonstrate the intention to inflict damage on the Armed Forces of the Ukraine (AFU) as many losses as possible. Such conditions for an interim victory of Russia in the special operation (SMO) were called by the former commander of the NATO armed forces in Europe, General Wesley Clark, on CNN.

    “I am afraid that the vicinity of Artemivsk will become a fire trap for the Ukrainian Armed Forces. If before units from Kherson can arrive at this site, the Russian Armed Forces are able to push back the positions of the Ukrainian army so as to force the Ukrainians to request a respite and a cease-fire, Putin will win”, the ex-general said.

    In his opinion, the Russian army will be able to maintain a similar pace of attacks on Ukrainian energy infrastructure and military facilities for several more weeks or more. “We know that they can still produce most of their missiles, and the Russians have everything they need to do significant damage to the Ukrainians”, Clark said.

    Earlier, a senior White House official commented on the US position as reagards possible negotiations between Russia and the Ukraine and denied US pressure on the Ukraine to force negotiations. According to him, the United States welcomes the statements of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky about his readiness for a “just world”.

    An American general who can’t win battles but can read minds!

    And get this: “. . . the Russian army will be able to maintain a similar pace of attacks on Ukrainian energy infrastructure and military facilities for several more weeks or more”

    Before the Orcs run out of missiles, I guess.

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    1. Wesley Clark is no fool – he instantly spotted the intent of the Russian Army where few analysts would have been able to discover it. To inflict damage on the enemy and cause it to suffer as many losses as possible; so simple, and yet so diabolically cunning. The Americans will employ any subterfuge to keep the Ukrainians fighting for as long as they can stand on their feet, including the implication that a ceasefire means victory for Putin. Keep shootin’, boys! We’re with you, shoulder to shoulder!!

      I don’t doubt there are different groups in the US government, with differing agendas – there probably are those who want the war to end the only way it can, with some sort of Ukrainian submission, so that business of some sort can begin to resume and the crazy inflationary spiral be tamed. But there is another and very influential group that wants the war to continue for as long as it can be sustained. Both groups likely realize on some level that Ukraine’s chance to negotiate ‘from a position of strength’, such as it was, slipped away months ago, and now it faces the law of diminishing returns. In the end it will most likely have to surrender unconditionally because it cannot go on, but has nothing left to negotiate away.

      And when that moment comes, Russia must think only in terms of its own interests and through the lens of its objectives for this operation. Moscow must not be moved by pity, and give back to the Ukrainians anything that Russians fought and died for. What remains of Ukraine must remain weak and helpless and dependent on its western ‘partners’ for everything. Ukrainians who do not like it can move to Russian-held areas. I was not in favour of Russia absorbing more of Ukraine than the Donbas, which at the time of the Glorious Maidan was clearly and vocally opposed to Ukrainian rule and clearly and vocally supportive of Russia, and it paid a terrible price for its independence. But NATO has signaled that so long as a viable Ukrainian state remains on Russia’s borders, the west will arm it and train it and push it back into the ring for another round, under the jaded banner of freedom and democracy. Making a deal with surrounding countries to break up rump Ukraine and cede parts to them in exchange for their support might be a better option, but in my opinion Russia could never trust them and the proxy fight would simply move to a different country, probably Poland. So for better or for worse, Russia is probably going to have to keep Kherson and Zaporozhye and Kharkiv as buffer states to protect Donbas. And the sooner the war is over, the sooner Russia’s focus can shift to rebuilding and strengthening it as a bulwark against NATO, while the perfect rationale exists – who could reasonably argue Russia does not need strong defenses when it was just attacked by NATO?

      Nothing is certain anymore, but it is as close to certain as can be imagined that Ukraine will become a failed state, because it has become disastrously depopulated through refugees fleeing unsafe conditions, sharpies availing themselves of an opportunity to move to Europe on a sympathy dividend, and through the efforts of Ukrainian officials themselves to persuade people to leave so as to not overtax the remaining functioning utilities. The remaining population would have to be taxed out of existence in order to fund a functioning infrastructure, and there are few employment opportunities remaining because industry cannot work without energy. Ukraine is already mostly bankrupt and owes staggering amounts in loans from the west to fund its war efforts.

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  13. As I have pointed out above, in a comment to what a journalist had wrongfully stated about Russia-China relations : China is NOT Russia’s ally.

    Nov 29, 16:22
    The Ministry of Transport has announced refusals in China to recognize the insurance of ships from Russia

    Ministry of Transport: China refuses to recognize insurance documents of Russian shipowners
    According to the department, refusals appeared in other countries. The West had earlier imposed sanctions, banning its companies from insuring Russian ships. Previously, it was European and American companies that were engaged in this, now Russian

    Chinese authorities and companies are refusing to recognize shipowners’ insurance documents issued in Russia, Alexander Poshivai, deputy head of the Ministry of Transport, said at the Russian-Chinese energy business forum.

    “Russian shipowners are faced with refusals from the authorities and companies of the People’s Republic of China regarding the recognition of insurance documents for ships and cargoes”, he said (quoted by TASS).

    Now Russian ships are insured by domestic companies, although earlier this was done by European and American organizations. According to the Deputy Minister, the Russian National Reinsurance Company (RNRC) was established in Russia to “reinsure maritime risks and protect the interests of shipowners”, and the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank act as guarantors.

    Poshivay added that refusals are also coming from other countries. At the moment, Moscow has proposed to Beijing that the issue of recognizing Russian insurance certificates and reinsurance documents be considered, the deputy minister said.

    The ban on insurance by foreign companies of Russian ships with fuel was included in the sixth package of EU sanctions. As the “Financial Times” wrote, the UK had also joined this ban (it is a leading player both in the field of two main types of insurance – a shipowner’s liability (protection and indemnity, P&I) and the ships themselves (hull and machinery, H&M)). US President Joe Biden also pointed out that Western countries would not insure Russian ships with energy carriers.

    Russian Energy Minister Nikolai Shulginov said in September that in order to solve the problems that arose against the backdrop of these sanctions, Moscow is considering using the services of insurance companies from friendly countries and creating a new insurance company, but in this case, “mutual recognition by the countries of this organization is needed”.

    In November, a representative of the Russian company Challenge Group – Insurance Consultants and Brokers told RBC that Iranian insurance and reinsurance companies had created a consortium for the Russian market.

    So “Moscow is considering using the services of insurance companies from friendly countries”? So that must mean that China, by its refusal to recognize Russian insurance, now joins the ranks of the “unfriendly countries”.

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    1. The west is just swinging wildly in the dark, hoping to land a blow that will cause harm. It’s not a coherent strategy anymore. But I would be very surprised if the situation actually is as represented here, or that it cannot be adjusted. China must know there is no future for it in cooperating with the west to ruin its principal energy partner, and the only thing achieved by bunging up shipping from any country is to increase the cost of goods and services still further.

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  14. Just have to post his comment in MoA, November 28:

    From a Russian guy in Kiev:

    I’ve walked around Kiev during weekend. The biggest impression is the old houses on the Windy Mountains, if you lived in Kiev you know what I’m talking about. The old people in the yards cook food on bricks. It is tough to see. I suppose they should have gas, but well… Children in front of our eyes warmed instand noodles to eat in an aluminum bowl. Young people have completely switched to food delivery, not sure how they cook it but they do deliver pizza, though you have to wait for 3 hours.

    Supermarkets are kind of random. In the same district (Obolon) you go to Fora – there seems to be everything and not many people, but in a Silpo in 300 meters and there are no products.

    The main problem now in Kiev is that there is no work in the commercial sector and there will not be. Everything is closed, but young rich boys are not leaving yet, because there appeared a whole industry of plundering Western funds. Some associations of volunteers, assistants of some battalions, etc. By the way, it’s hard to believe, but warehouses of the former MaryKey, Avon, Procter & Gamble, Caterpillar, etc. are now rented by some humanitarian aid funds. Ridiculously huge amounts of money involved there.

    Do you know what infuriates ordinary Kievans most of all? These people in camouflage, half with weapons. There are hundreds of thousands of them in Kiev. The front is 700 km away, yet in every second car in Kiev there is a redneck with a machine gun. Not a single plant is working in the country, everything has gone down. But these 130-kilogram carcasses with huge bellies in camouflage and with weapons are everywhere.

    Our impression: the country is dead, this is some kind of militaristic agony. Abyss ahead.

    https://t.me/denatofication/4351

    Take: most of the economy in Kiev is composed of schemes to plunder western aid fund (big business) and large amounts mercenaries cowarding from the front line, rather collecting their average pay by hanging out in the city.

    Posted by: unimperator | Nov 28 2022 22:22 utc | 112

    The “Russian guy” writes word-perfect English.

    Just sayin’.

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  15. Olena Zelenska in surprise London visit to warn of rape being used as ‘weapon of war’
    Monday 28 Nov 2022 21:47


    Olena Zelenska said Putin’s troops were systematically using sexual violence during the Ukrainian invasion (Picture: Sky News)

    Russian soldiers have been ordered ‘from the top’ to use rape, castration and sexual abuse of children as weapons of war, the wife of Ukraine’s president has claimed.

    Speaking at a conference in London, Olena Zelenska said Vladimir Putin’s troops were systematically using sexual violence during the invasion of her country.

    She also alleged some Russian wives were even urging their husbands to rape Ukrainian women.

    Her demand to bring the perpetrators to account comes after a UN report last month found evidence that a string of war crimes had been carried out since the conflict began in February, with most violations committed by the invading Russian forces.

    Speaking at a conference in London, Olena Zelenska said Vladimir Putin’s troops were systematically using sexual violence during the invasion of her country.

    She also alleged some Russian wives were even urging their husbands to rape Ukrainian women.

    Her demand to bring the perpetrators to account comes after a UN report last month found evidence that a string of war crimes had been carried out since the conflict began in February, with most violations committed by the invading Russian forces.

    Investigators also uncovered multiple cases of sexual abuse and violence. Cases include allegations that Ukrainian prisoners of war were tortured and castrated, along with claims of children being sexually abused and women raped.

    However, UN workers are still looking into the extent to which the atrocities amounted to a ‘widespread pattern’.


    She was speaking in London at an international conference to tackle sexual violence during conflicts(Picture: Tayfun Salci/ZUMA Press Wire/Shutterstock)

    Continued below . . .

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    1. Continued from above . . .

      Millionaire comedian’s millionaire wife meets millionaire daughter of a multimillionaire:


      It was the first time Zelenska had visited the UK since Rishi Sunak became PM (Picture: PA)


      The prime minister’s wife welcomes the Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska to 10 Downing Street where they met a group of primary school children (Picture: Simon Walker / Downing Street)

      But speaking at the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict conference yesterday, the wife of president Volodymyr Zelensky said she had no doubt such horrific incidents were a tactical decision.

      ‘Sexually related crimes are not just about violence or threatening people, they are, in fact, another weapon in their arsenal in this war,’ she said.

      [VIDEO INSERT]

      ‘This is why it’s extremely important to recognise [these] as war crimes and bring all the perpetrators to justice.’

      Ms Zelenska added: ‘This is systematic, because it is coming from the top down, and Russian servicemen are very open about this – they talk about this over the phone with their relatives.’

      Ukraine’s first lady said intercepted phone calls had even shown ‘their wives are encouraging this, [they say] “go on, rape these Ukrainian women, just don’t share it with me”.

      ‘I do hope there will be, and has to be, a response from the free world to every- thing that’s happening in Ukraine now.’

      Representatives from 70 countries are attending the UK conference. Organisers said evidence had shown up to 30 per cent of women and girls in conflict-affected regions experience sexual violence.


      She also hung baubles on the tree outside of Downing Street (Picture: Getty)

      Foreign secretary James Cleverly said: ‘Sexual violence in conflict was a clear breach of international law.

      ‘We will not rest in our efforts to protect potential victims and prosecute the perpetrators.’

      Later, Ms Zelenska met prime minister Rishi Sunak’s wife Akshata Murty at No.10 and is due to visit parliament today to address MPs.

      In his Mansion House speech last night, Mr Sunak said: ‘In Kyiv, I saw how Russia’s focus is shifting from bruising encounters on the battlefield to brutalising the civilian population.’

      He said it was ‘written in the stories of the first responders I met from liberated Kherson, from the torture chambers to the booby traps left in children’s toys’.

      Russia has denied its troops have committed war crimes and, in some cases, has accused Ukraine and the West of ‘staging’ atrocities.

      And the lying bitch’s name is Zelenskaya [Зеленская] — NOT “Zelenska”!

      And she’s not a “Ms” — no such thing in the Ukraine or Russia, nor is there an equivalent to “Mr.” or “Mrs.” or “Miss”.

      And the term “First Lady” is a load of crap copied off the USA.

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      1. She can’t be fired ‘cos, as far as I know, she ain’t got no real job — just sleeps with that little bastard Ze — whereas that filthy perverted lying ombudsman bitch was a government employee.

        I wonder if the Clown wears drab green, fake military pyjamas?

        Zelenska spends a lot of her her time showing photos to heads of state and foreign diplomats of dead children, victims of Russian military action, unfortunates whom the US military in its wars simply brushes off as “collateral damage”. Of course, in her horror-photo portfolio, she has no images of the 14,000 0r so victims of the 8-year-long bombardment of the Donbass by neo-nazi “battalions” and the Banderastan armed forces.

        By the way — I stand corrected (by Mrs. Exile, in fact): Zelensky’s wife’s married family name is Zelenska — the Yukie shitwit dialect femine mominative singular ending for an adjectival family name.

        Her maiden name was Kiyashko, and that doesn’t decline at all, as do all Yukie names ending in “- o”.

        For some unknown damned Slavic reason, my wife’s Anglo-Saxon (and it is!) married name, which ends in “-ington”, is not declined either. This grammatical rule only applies to women that have a foreign name. My son’s family name, however, which is mine of course, declines: foreign family names are declinable for men but not for women.

        Sexual discrimination, that is!

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    2. “Investigators also uncovered multiple cases of sexual abuse and violence. Cases include allegations that Ukrainian prisoners of war were tortured and castrated, along with claims of children being sexually abused and women raped.”

      Investigators from where? ‘Uncovered’ how? By writing down and recording accounts from the Ukrainians? Did everybody not learn from the example of their Human Rights Ombudsman, whose lurid tales of gang rape and pedophilia were so over the top that she was fired because none of them could be substantiated? Ukraine’s best chance to keep hoovering up loose money from the ‘international community’ is to inspire pity, now that victory is about as likely as a Buddhist Pope. The claim that Russian wives are giving their husbands the green light to rape Ukrainian women is an obvious ploy to discredit and foment hate against the entire Russian population, not just soldiers, and the supposed abuse of children and infants is a reliable tearjerker that has westerners grabbing for their wallets no matter how many times it is employed. It’d be nice if one day westerners learned how cynically and ceaselessly they were milked, but they probably never will, and will be tagging their social-media messages with little blue-and-yellow flags ’til the judgment trump.

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  16. Rishi Sunak arrives in Kyiv to meet Volodymyr Zelenskiy

    Amazing tales Sunak has brought back from Kiev, where he made a flying visit the other day, did not venture out of the city and, no doubt, was back at Downing Street for afternoon tea and crumpets poppodoms with his millionairess wife. However, before saying toodle-pip to the Kiev Clown, he said the following:

    “In years to come, we’ll tell our grandchildren of your story, how [a] proud and sovereign people stood up in the face of an appalling onslaught, how you fought, how you sacrificed, how you prevailed”.

    Something wrong with that Yukie prick’s heart? He’s always clutching at it.

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    1. Source for the above and below:

      Rishi Sunak meets Volodymyr Zelenskiy in surprise visit to Ukraine

      Sunak said it was “deeply humbling” to be in Kyiv. “I am here today to say the UK and our allies will continue to stand with Ukraine, as it fights to end this barbarous war and deliver a just peace,” he said.

      “While Ukraine’s armed forces succeed in pushing back Russian forces on the ground, civilians are being brutally bombarded from the air. We are today providing new air defence, including anti-aircraft guns, radar and anti-drone equipment, and stepping up humanitarian support for the cold, hard winter ahead.

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    2. Well as the president’s wife I do not suppose that she can be fired as that woman who was dismissed for such egregious lies that even the Kiev Gov’t was embarrassed.

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  17. Kudrin gone at last!


    Kudrin and chums having a light lunch in some café

    As a matter of fact, it’s at the Rococo Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo, 30 km south of St. Petersburg. It was the summer residence of the Russian tsars. The Palace is part of the World Heritage Site Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments. And its where the great and good have their beanfeasts when at international conferences and state-funded cultural events, such as they were doing above: The White Nights of St. Petersburg Music Festival,June 23, 2012.

    At the table with former US Secretary of State and war criminal Henry Kissinger is the former head of RUSNANO Anatoly Chubais, now a resident of his ancestral homeland, Israel; the future chairman of the Central Bank of Russia Elvira Nabiullina and the now former minister Alexey Kudrin. Don’t know who the bint is. Chubais’s missus, I guess.

    Yes, it is. It’s his 3rd and present wife, Russian film director, producer, screenwriter, TV presenter, publicist and literary critic Avdotya Andreevna Smirnova — a kreakl no less, and of the highest rank.

    But I digress . . .

    Kudrin’s exit from politics:

    The politician announced this in his Telegram channel. It is worth recalling that it is Kudrin who is the main architect of the current financial and economic model of Russia. Continuing in many ways the course of Gaidar, “kudrinomika” was based on simple theses:

    — the issue of the national currency is strictly tied to dollar revenues from exports, more exports – more income, exports fall – the amount of money in the economy decreases;

    — the “budget rule”, under which the money received from the sale of hydrocarbons in excess of the cut-off price is sent to special “Kudrin pods” in the form of the National Welfare Fund and partially placed abroad; today, most of these savings are “frozen” by Western countries and are expected to be confiscated;

    — an artificial shortage of money in the economy, which leads to high interest rates (there is little money, the demand for it is high, and therefore the price of credit is high); the money deficit stifles economic growth and makes it impossible to make long investments (to repay an expensive loan, investments must be made quickly and with a large profit) – but it provides banks with fabulous profits (part of which is withdrawn abroad in the form of dividends to foreign shareholders);

    — encouraging financial speculation on the Moscow Exchange and attracting speculative money from abroad to play on the difference in bank rates (carry-trade: we take a cheap loan in country A and give out the money received in the form of an expensive loan in country B); such speculation from scratch siphons significant amounts of money from Russia and its economy abroad.

    The result of “kudrinomiki” is very eloquent. According to the World Bank, in 2000, the GDP of Russia and China at purchasing power parity was $ 1,537.9 and $ 3,657.5 billion, respectively. Today, these figures are 4490.5 and 27206.3 billion dollars. In other words, the ratio of the Russian and Chinese economies has changed from 1:2.37 to 1:6.06 over the past 20 years. A striking contrast!

    “Kudrinomika” has outlived its creator. After Kudrin left the post of finance Minister, this flawed policy was continued by his successor, Anton Siluanov. And now, when the SVO is making significant changes in the life of the country, “kudrinomics” still prevents Russia from developing and waging war with the collective West.

    Kudrin should not just leave the civil service – after him, his financial and economic policy should also go into oblivion.

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    1. Some of Kudrin’s ideas were good ones, although it remains debatable who was the originator in many economic policies – for example, many of the core philosophies are simply borrowed wholesale or slightly modified from previous economic theorists, and Kudrin muddied the water further by frequently arguing passionately against certain economic proposals, and then taking credit for their success when that proved to be the outcome. He’s not an idiot on economics, but he is a western reformer like Nabiullina and many western economic policies are geared solely toward usurious profits for owners and shareholders, while some socialist policies would never make any money at all. A shifting blend of the two is likely reasonable, completely divorced from ideology, which is an economy-wrecker.

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    1. Highly enjoyable, as always. As I mentioned there, I enjoy watching the west step on its own dick because it always approaches conflict with such brash overconfidence, huffing and puffing like the Big Bad Wolf about the thrashing it is going to administer. That it has made no plans at all for what it will do if its champion is the one who gets thrashed is evident from its stammering confusion and increasingly-incredible rationalizations, its sliding recalibrations of victory. Nearly everybody, whether they will say so or not, enjoys seeing a loudmouth asshole get his comeuppance.

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    2. Minus 12 °C [10.4 °F] here in Moscow at 07:00 this frosty 30 November morning.

      I see Doctorow’s pad in the Northern Capital is situated in Tsarskoye Selo [literally: “Tsar’s Village”], that same place where the summer palace of the tsars is situated and where Kudrin and chums are shown pictured above. During the times of the “Empire of Evil”, Tsarskoye Selo was renamed as “Pushkin”, but reverted back to its old name during those heady days of Boris the Drunkard, First President of Russia, when Chubais was riding high and raking it in.


      Not Doctorow’s Tsarskoye Selo home!

      The Romanovs and their ilk have long gone from the environs of Tsarskoye Selo, but the area is still very upmarket by Russian standards — meaning they use enamelled buckets in the toilets (or “bathrooms” as Americans seem to prefer to say) rather than the common or garden galvanized ones that the hoi-poloi (and only the better off ones at that) use.

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      1. re. Doctorow’s piece above and his criticism of Scholtz:

        . . . They are forgetting the one million Leningraders, one third of the city’s population at the time, who died of starvation and cold during the Siege put in place by….the Bundeswehr.

        A slip of the pen by Doctorow: not the Bundeswehr, the military of the present Federal Republic of Germany, but the Wehrmacht, the ones who wore a NASDP swastika on their tunics.

        And as usually, Finland doesn’t get a mention as regards the role it played during the “Blockade” (as Russians say) of Leningrad.

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      2. And hurrah for Doctorow! He reveals the sentiments of the mob, which I have also long noticed here, indeed he writes vox populi in his piece when describing the opinion of a fish-market saleswoman:

        The sales lady said they had no problem with supplies. In her words, “we get these from Turkey, and they are our friends; they are supporting Russia. What we don’t have is anything from Norway, who are not our friends.”

        Existential struggle and “Which side are you on?” ”

        “With us or against us?” and no: “It’s all Putin’s fault!”

        How did he know that the saleswoman was a “lady”, by the way?

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        1. Still, short memory – the Turks are the ‘friends’ who shot down a Russian ground-attack aircraft for which they were pretty clearly lying in wait, and then told all manner of fantastic stories about the detailed warnings which were ignored while they were frantically dialing NATO for backup. To the best of my knowledge Norway didn’t do anything like that. Turkey is an extremely useful ally at present, but it is important to bear in mind how slippery Erdogan is and how quickly he will turn on his ‘friends’ when his personal threshold of what’s worth his while is crossed.

          I reckon Russia is extremely lucky to have Putin running the show during this time of acute crisis – it could have gone wrong so many ways with a different president. It might have been a hothead, who went straight for a general mobilization and got the country into an all-up hot war with NATO. It might have been a gutless weasel with closet western sympathies who quickly capitulated. Putin is deliberate, measured and outwardly calm, but most important in my view, he knows when to stand back and leave major decisions in fields he knows nothing much about to the professionals, in this instance the military. He and his administration might be faulted for letting the western-backed poo-flinging go on for too long, and making the Ukies confident that Russia was all talk and wasn’t going to do anything; but, to be fair, he has said for as far back as I remember that such matters should be solved through diplomacy, and nobody could reasonably say he didn’t give it every chance.

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  18. A particularly meaty piece from Helmer speculates the conclusion of the SMO will be an armistice, not a peace treaty, and will establish a demilitarized zone similar to the Korean DMZ.

    http://johnhelmer.org/ukraine-armistice-how-the-udz-of-2023-will-separate-the-armies-like-the-korean-dmz-of-1953/

    Many will say, “That’s what they had before, with the DNR/LPR and the Minsk Agreements”, and that’s true; it’s also true that it did not stop Ukraine from firing into Donbas day in, day out, and inflicting thousands of civilian casualties.

    I’d like to think that shooting into Russia rather than into self-declared independent republics would invite much more immediate and severe consequences without the usual chest-beating at the UN. And according to the map provided, Russia would retain all the territory conquered thus far plus Odessa.

    I also strongly agree with his statement “Either way, Russian thinking is to “let the disaster zone that is rump Ukraine, west of the Dnieper, remain someone else’s problem.” Think-tanky sites like Foreign Affairs have shifted from rubbing their hands that the opening of hostilities marked the implosion of the Russian economy to speculating that trying to underwrite the rebuilding of all of captured Ukraine will break Russia. If you’re going to be horribly wrong, might as well be consistent.

    The piece includes screen grabs from a video of a seemingly-endless column of Russian armor, all painted winter white. According to the caption;

    “A Russian videoclip of Russian tanks repainted in winter white camouflage was recorded from a civilian car and posted this weekend on the internet; no location was identified. The car is travelling at about 40 kph; the clip lasts for one minute and when it stops, the line of tanks in the opposite lane is continuing to stretch to the horizon.”

    Could be a fake, of course. But it doesn’t cost NATO very much to be wrong, compared with what it costs Ukraine.

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    1. Yes, that white tank photo was a fake and Helmer fell for it. Hardly surprising: the free, open discourse that is the wonder of the modern age is full of shit.

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    1. That IS an interesting piece; the British ‘volunteer’ is quite a compelling character, sounds like he would be a laugh riot down the pub, and a natural storyteller. The attack he describes must be the one that took out a ‘NATO training center’, or so it was billed at the time. I didn’t know it was actually called the International Cooperation Center. Sounds like it was an expensive loss. I also did not have a very realistic idea of how many missiles were directed against the target; 50 or 60 is quite a large number for a single facility, but it was early in the conflict and Russia might have reasoned that some would be shot down.

      Thanks for posting it, and welcome!

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      1. Yes, I was surprised a few times, too. The casual mention of someone losing an eye running away into the woods reminded me of clearing tree branches before dark on the perimeters of our position when doing my infantry training long ago.
        The interviewer, Lindybeige , does not usually do interviews. He’s good though, he knows when to shut up and let the stories be told. He also has many other interesting videos on his site (depending what you’re into of course).

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      2. Fascinating and I did not realize Lindybeige, the interviewer did current affairs. He doesb fun series of historical wideos.

        I don’t remember the name of the base but International Cooperation Center sounds reasonable. It was/is huge, IIRC, from when it was in the news. As he said, 20 X 40 km. It was the main NATO training base in Ukraine. A couple of photos seemed to suggest it had its own armoured training facilities: a smaller and flatter Pettawawa?

        Estimates are that the USA had a permanent, rotating, cadre of 10,000 in the Ukraine at any one time with the implication that most of them were there though I belive there was a contingent at that naval base on the Black Sea near Odessa.

        I suppose it is quite possible that the Canadian training cadre would have been based there also.

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    2. “Obviously everyone from every ex-USSR country, ‘cos they all hate the Russians”.

      Right!

      You mean Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, the Ukraine and the rest, namely, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Georgia, and Armenia?

      Everyone from every ex-USSR country?

      CIS countries: Belarus, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgizstan, Moldova and Armenia.

      I think he really means the Chihuahua Baltics and the Ukraine, of course, in which “everyone” hates the Russians, aided and abetted by some disaffected Georgians, Armenians and Moldovians, when he says: “everyone from every ex-USSR country”.

      And it is “in the Finns’ blood to fight the Russians, that’s what they do”?

      Well, apart from the Winter War 1939 – 1940, since the time when Finland ceased to be a Swedish colony in 1809, courtesy of the Russian Empire, and then having become an independent republic in 1917, thanks to Lenin, I do not believe that the Finns showed extreme belligerence towards the Russian Empire/USSR until 1939, notwithstanding the famine in Finland in the 1860s, one of the worst famines in European history, during which an estimated 15% of the population perished.

      The raconteur sounds like he’s from the same part of the world as is that other mercenary “hero” Aiden Aslin, namely from Nottinghamshire — or maybe Staffordshire.

      He doesn’t elaborate on why he became a mercenary, though often says he and his ilk came to the Ukraine “to kill Russians” — as simple as that: on safari as it were.

      And the Russian haters love him!

      Comment to video made 42 minutes ago:

      “A healthy army wins wars” Well put, and exactly Russia has already lost. Great interview.

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      1. I’ve now watched that video and wonder: wasn’t the Ukrie Army the bestets and greatest in (at least) Europe? Trained and equipped to NATO standard, for eight years? Did all that money and equipment just vanish, like those two trucks of weapons and ammo he mentioned? Nah – don’t answer: we know where all that money etc went …

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        1. The European Commission (EC) announced the removal of the video message published on the morning of November 30, 2022 and the written statement of the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen about 100 thousand dead Ukrainian soldiers since the beginning of the special military operation of Russia on February 24, 2022.

          “Many thanks to those who pointed out the inaccuracy of the figures in the previous version of this video. The assessment used from external sources was supposed to relate to losses, that is, both killed and wounded, and was supposed to show the brutality of Russia”, EC representative Dana Spinant wrote on Twitter, commenting on the deletion of information.

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          Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev considered that the European Union is not independent after the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, removed from social networks a publication about “a hundred thousand losses” in the Ukraine. The politician called the EU the 51st state of the United States.

          Medvedev reacted on his VKontakte page to the publication on the head of the European Commission’s Twitter account about the “hundred-thousandth losses” of the Armed Forces of the Ukraine, which was “erased and edited.” In his opinion, the editing was due to the fact that the EU “had received a slap in the face from the Washington regional committee”.

          Earlier, Medvedev wrote that Russia “for obvious reasons to all reasonable people” had not yet used its entire arsenal of possible means of destruction. “And it did not strike at all possible enemy targets located in populated areas. And not only out of the human kindness inherent in us. There is a time for everything”, the politician emphasized.

          source

          He’s become a proper little tyke has old Dimka, hasn’t he just!

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          1. Kiev not happy with von der Liar shooting her big gob off:

            30 Nov, 2022 13:44
            Kiev reacts to redacted EU assessment of its casualties
            The number of killed troops is “sensitive” and up for President Vladimir Zelensky to voice, his spokesman told media

            A claim that Ukraine has lost more than 100,000 personnel in the conflict with Russia has been deleted from the Twitter account of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

            Kiev had objected to the figure, saying it was up to President Vladimir Zelensky and top Ukrainian officials to voice such numbers.

            Zelensky’s spokesman, Sergey Nikoforov, told Ukrainian media on Wednesday that such “sensitive” information should only be made public by the country’s top military commander General Valery Zaluzhny, Defense Minister Aleksey Reznikov, or the president himself.

            Earlier in the day, the head of the EU executive branch cited an assessment that more than 100,000 Ukrainian troops and over 20,000 civilians have been killed in the conflict with Russia. The video statement has since been pulled from her Twitter account and replaced with a new version, which omitted the figures. Von der Leyen did not identify the source of the assessment.

            Earlier in the month, US General Mark Milley, who serves as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that over 100,000 soldiers may have been killed and wounded on each side of the conflict, with 40,000 civilians killed as collateral damage.

            Milley, speaking at the Economic Club of New York, said that the winter season would cause hostilities to go “static” and open “a window of opportunity” for negotiations. The call for diplomacy reportedly outraged officials in Kiev, who pledged to continue fighting against Russia until it fully regains pre-2014 positions.

            In her Wednesday address, von der Leyen urged the UN to convene a special tribunal to try Russia for its alleged crimes against Ukraine.

            The Commission chief also shared the EU’s plans to invest seized Russian national reserves and “oligarch” money for profit that would later be used to rebuild Ukraine. She estimated Ukraine’s damage at €600 billion ($621bn) so far, which dwarfs the €319 billion ($330bn) of Russian funds blocked by the EU. The assets would only be unfrozen after anti-Russia sanctions are lifted, to be paid in compensation to Ukraine, the official stated.

            Top Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, have criticized the freezing of assets by the US and its allies, including the EU. At first, they devalued national reserves denominated in dollars and euros through inflation, and later “pawed and pocketed” them, Putin remarked in October.

            Only the Kiev Clown gives the official facts!

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      2. “He doesn’t elaborate on why he became a mercenary, though often says he and his ilk came to the Ukraine “to kill Russians” — as simple as that: on safari as it were.”

        In an earlier video when he was first going over to the Ukraine, he said he was wanting to do humanitarian/first aid things there – yeah right! I suspect 99% of the UK and US mercenaries say that to try and cover any legal action from their governments upon their (expected/hopeful) return later on.

        Given the media pro-Ukraine onslaught at the beginning of the SFO, his views at the time he went were probably held by the majority in the UK – probably still are now. How he still held them after going home injured to returning there, well …

        Safari – the American expression, ‘LARPing’ (Live Action Role Playing) is a pretty good description of it, too – as well as idiocy.

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        1. I remember during the hopeful period when the eastern regions of Ukraine and their Russian partners still sought to convince western guarantors of the Minsk Agreements to do something about enforcing them, units of the Ukrainian Army used to offer wealthy tourists the opportunity to fire weapons (weapons and ammunition plus, presumably, rudimentary instruction provided) into Donbas. It reminded me strongly, and does still, of the Israeli war junkies who brought their lawn chairs and sack lunches to the hills overlooking Gaza to watch The Most Moral Army In The World pound the shit out of the Palestinians, exacting a toll of a hundred indiscriminate dead for every Israeli killed by Palestinian stovepipe rockets.

          https://www.stalkerzone.org/ukrainian-nationalists-offer-tourists-shoot-peaceful-districts-donetsk/

          https://www.herald.co.zw/israelis-watch-bombs-drop-on-gaza-from-front-row-seats/

          War provides an outlet for the beast in all of us that will kill in its own defense or defense of family and friends; some just have a lower threshold than others. I wonder, if you got off a lucky shot that killed some farmer in Donbas, if they would let you bring him home tied to the hood of your car?

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      3. I was going to ask about the accent. I’ve heard it before but other than Yorkshire I can seldom distinguish them. I played rugby with a couple of Yorkshire men.

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        1. It’s the pronunciation of the vowel “u” in such words as “Russia” that’s a giveaway: he (and I too) would say the “Russ” in “Russia” to rhyme with “bush”. And he and I would have the same vowel sound that rhymes with “bush” in “mother”, ‘brother”, “butter”, “country” etc.

          But the “hero” above, who seemingly went to Banderastan in defence of Yukie sovereignty, for freedom and democracy and for the fun of killing Russians, is not from further north than English north midlands, namely from Lancashire and Yorkshire and further northwards, for he pronounces the vowel “o” in “no”, for example, as a diphthong — sort of like “eow”, whereas I and Yorkshiremen say a long, slow “noooh”, sort of.

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  19. As regards money transactions from abroad to here, it has been impossible to do so, for me at least, since the onset of Russia’s barbarous unprovoked attack against those nice Nazis in the Borderland.

    At last, a a month ago in fact, we found a way to get money from the UK to here. My British bank transfers money to The Bank of Serbia and without bank charges. My neighbour, “Zoran the Serb”, gets paid in euros via his bank in Belgrade, so I transfer money from my UK account to Zoran’s account in Belgrade, and then he withdraws it with his salary and gives it to me, or more exactly, Zoran’s wife, a Russian-Ukrainian from Mariupol (in fact, she is now a Russian from Mariupol in the Russian province of Donetsk) gives the money to my wife.

    The money in my UK bank account is my UK state pension and money from the UK Miners’ Pension Fund.

    The other day, I received a letter from the state pensions bureaucrats in the UK, requesting that I prove that I am still in the land of the living. I get such a request every 3 years and it bugs me! They request that I send a copy of my passport/driving licence etc. witnessed by someone of importance and stamped by the official stamp of that person. They give a list of “professional persons or persons of good standing in the local community” who should act as a witness:

    • bank official/accountant
    • lawyer
    • doctor
    • government official or mayor
    • magistrate/judge
    • minister of religion
    • care home/nursing home manager

    I know no such persons.

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    1. Would the principal of your youngest child’s school count as a professional of good standing in your community? One of your other children might also know a senior university lecturer who could act as a witness. Your employer surely has a senior accountant or internal lawyer, or might be able to recommend someone. I wouldn’t think British public bureaucrats, if they are anything like Australian bureaucrats, care too much about you personally knowing whoever will be your witness, assuming that caring is part of their psychological make-up. They usually expect you to go to a local Justice of the Peace at your local library, bank or pharmacy to witness your signing.

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      1. I don’t have an employer: I have been self-employed since 2018. I used to get the director of the language school where I previously worked contractually to act as a witness, but he and his Russian wife moved to the UK in 2018, having sold the business to some Russian businessman, who later, long after I had become self-employed, was hauled up for tax-dodging. I only found out about this after the taxman here summoned me to the tax office for the Moscow precinct that dealt with my former school. I had nothing to tell him of the Russian director’s nefarious deeds, of course, but the taxman had found my name on the school payroll. I was kosher, though: I’ve always paid my taxes here and have never accepted payment under the table as it were.

        As regards getting a school director acting as a witness, I asked my wife to ask the director of the school where she works to do that. She works at a Moscow secondary school. She refused to do so, Don’t know why.

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        1. You have probably had to register as a self-employed foreigner if you still don’t have Russian citizenship and you would have had to consult a Justice of the Peace or a similar notary to witness your signature on forms you later had to lodge with the taxation authorities to prove your identity, the nature of your business and any other information they wanted. That notary would be the appropriate person to witness and certify the copy of your passport or any other identity document required by the British authorities.

          Federal Tax Service of Russia: How to become an Individual Entrepreneur (Self-Employed Person)?

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          1. I am, in fact, a registered individual entrepreneur and I did not have to register as a foreigner when I was granted that status because I have a full residency permit, namely I have the right to live permanently in Russia as a foreign citizen and all the rights of Russian citizenship apart from the right to vote or join a political party: I can own businesses and employ Russian citizens if I wish, and I have unrestricted travel rights and need no visa to enter Russia.

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            1. Having a full residency permit for a foreign citizen is the final stage one reaches before one usually applies for Russian citizenship. After having lived for 5 years in Russia with a full residency permit, one usually applies for citizenship. I haven’t done that, but it would simply be a formality for me to acquire citizenship as I have lived here continuously for far longer than 5 years.

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              1. If all else fails and the place where you registered as an individual entrepreneur won’t for some reason witness and stamp a copy of your passport for the UK state pensions people, you might have to beg your wife’s priest to help – but he’ll probably require you to be baptised first. 😊 😊 😊

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  20. November 30, 2022, 13: 41
    From the address of the head of the EC removed the mention of the death of 100 thousand Ukrainian soldiers in the SMO
    The European Commission removed from the statement of Von der Leyen information about the death of 100 thousand soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Ukraine

    [Video insert showing Von der Liar making such a statement]

    Information about the death of more than 100,000 Ukrainian servicemen during the special military operation in the Ukraine has disappeared from the official Twitter account of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

    The text and video of von der Leyen’s appeal were published on November 30 on the website of the European Commission and in its social networks.

    At the beginning of her statement, the head of the EC said that, as of today, since the beginning of the Russian special operation in the Ukraine, “more than 20,000 civilians and 100,000 Ukrainian military have died”.

    Now, neither the EC website nor von der Leyen’s Twitter has this information.

    Currently, a special operation of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continues in the Ukraine. It was announced on February 24 by Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to him, the purpose of military action is to demilitarize the neighboring country and denazify its authorities.

    The decision to conduct the operation was the reason for new sanctions against Russia by the United States and its allies.

    Gazeta.Ru is broadcasting online.

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        1. That’s not a request from me — that’s what the EC did as regards her statement about the number of fallen Ukraine military.

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          1. Glory to the 100,000+ and counting heroes!

            It seems that Ukraine has over 10- times more heroes than Russia.

            What about the thousands of Polish troops killed? Glory to the 1,000’s of Polish troops killed. To the thousands of Polish troops killed, Glory!

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          2. Just saw that the person who changed those figures is called Dana Spinant who is Deputy chief spokeswoman and Director for Political Communication for @EU_Commission. She apologised for the higher figure saying that they wanted to show Russia’s brutality.
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            1. I blurted out too much: the video on which the president of the European Commission called the real number of losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was deleted


              Me and my big mouth!

              European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that since the beginning of the special operation of the Russian Federation in the Ukraine, the number of Ukrainian servicemen killed alone has exceeded 100 thousand people.

              “Russia’s actions in the Ukraine have brought death, devastation and untold suffering. We all remember the horrors of Bucha. It is estimated that more than 20,000 civilians and more than 100,000 Ukrainian servicemen have been killed so far”, von der Leyen said in a video posted on her microblog.

              The words of a high-ranking European official caused discontent among Ukrainian users, who began to gush with indignant comments under the relevant news on Internet sites.

              Ukrainian Presidential Spokesman Serhiy Nikiforov also responded to Ursula von der Leyen’s statement, saying that information about the losses was “sensitive”. Therefore, it could only be voiced by the president, the commander-in-Chief and the Minister of Defence, “when the right moment comes”. At the same time, the representative of the Ukrainian president did not refute the figures mentioned by the head of the EC.

              The video from the account of the European Commission was quickly deleted and published again, but without a fragment about the losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. EC representative Dana Spinant thanked those who “pointed out the inaccuracy”.

              “Many thanks to those who pointed out the inaccuracy of the figures in the previous version of this video. The assessment used from external sources was supposed to relate to losses, that is, both killed and wounded”, wrote Dana Spinant on Twitter.

              But there is a version that a call was received from Kiev, as well as from the United States, where they are very unhappy with such revelations.

              “It flew in, it looks like it hurts. It looks extremely humiliating. There is no EU, there is [USA] State number 51, ” Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev commented on Ursula von der Leyen’s fuck up today. [In the Russian original: факап (fakap) — using English vulgarities appears to be “cool” amongst some Russians — ME]

              “From my point of view, 100,000+ is an understated figure.

              “According to my estimates, the AFU casualties (killed, captured, missing in action, non-combatant) range from 130,000 to 155,000-160000 (AFU, NSU, SBU, MIA, Border Troops, PMCs, NATO regulators mimicking the AFU or PMCs).

              “I understand that since the start of the war the wounded are well over 200,000-250,000.

              “Nevertheless, the European Commission has in fact independently set the bottom line of AFU losses at 100,000+ killed since the start of the SMO, not counting civilians. It is worth noting that back in the first half of autumn there were estimates of up to 190,000 AFU casualties.

              “I believe we shall learn the real figures to the nearest thousands after the war”, wrote military expert Boris Rozhin.

              “It could well be more. It should be understood that many are simply not counted here — these include the missing and those Ukrainians who were buried by our fighters. One way or another, the losses are high. Even if we rely on the figure of 100,000, this means that half of the regular army of the AFU is out of action”, said military expert Vasyl Dandykin.

              According to him, Ukrainian losses cannot be compared to the Russian losses.

              “Our losses are 80 times lower — this is our information”, the expert noted

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      1. I think it was Alexander Mercouris at the Duran who was speculating that Von der Leyen was working on a way to steal the seized Russian funds but even he did not mention private individuals’ funds.

        Good luck getting UN support with Russia’s veto.

        I am sure she will get a lot of international support as most of the world starts thinking, “Hey, wait a minute, if they can do this to Russia and private Russian citizens what happens if they suddenly take a dislike to me?”

        Price Mohammad bin Salman owns a modest €200 million chateau just outside Paris.

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    1. I imagine the count is still larger than that, although it might be realistic if those are just the dead, and the figure does not include casualties unable to return to the field. Because the original Ukrainian Army which existed last February has been statistically wiped out – not necessarily because it is no good, but because of incompetent leadership which kept throwing it in open-country assaults against well-defended positions on the assumption that enough determination would tip the balance, and bugger the cost.

      Ukraine has probably irrevocably lost – meaning dead – about half its army, and what they’re using now is mostly raw conscripts and foreign mercenaries. And it’s still losing. The kind of figures which, if cited before the conflict began – by the way, it’s going to cost us more than 100,000 lives – would have had the speaker buried under a fusillade of whatever projectiles were ready to hand. But I expect the principal reason the figure she offered was redacted, whether or not it is accurate, was that the Ukie government claimed its casualties were about a tenth of that the last time I heard an official announcement from The Clown.

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  21. MOSCOW, November 30-RIA Novosti. >Poland is stepping up preparations to seize territories in western Ukraine, Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) Sergei Naryshkin has said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

    “The information received by the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service indicates that Warsaw is accelerating preparations for the annexation of Western Ukrainian lands: the territories of the Lvov, Ivano-Frankivsk and most of the Ternopil regions of the Ukraine”, he stressed.

    The head of the SVR clarified that Polish President Andrzej Duda instructed the relevant services to quickly prepare an official justification for claims to Western Ukraine. According to him, the Volyn massacre of 1943 became the starting point in the ongoing archival research. At the same time, Warsaw wants to hold referenda in these territories in order to “ensure the legitimacy of the planned acquisitions”.

    According to Naryshkin, Warsaw intends to act proactively and aggressively because of fears that senior NATO partners will try to negotiate with Moscow in the winter. At the same time, the agreement may not take into account the interests of both Ukrainians and Poles, he stressed.

    In addition, as the head of the SVR explained, Poland is confident that they deserve generous compensation for military assistance to Kiev, providing shelter to refugees, as well as the recent incident with the fall of missiles, which the authorities had to “swallow” at the behest of the United States and European countries.

    Nevertheless, Naryshkin warned Warsaw against trying to annex Ukrainian territories. He noted that history “is filled with bitter examples of clashes between Polish and Ukrainian nationalists” and urged that they “not to step on the same rake”.

    In late April, Naryshkin said that Washington and Warsaw were working on plans to establish military and political control of Poland over “historical possessions” in the Ukraine. In fact, we are talking about an attempt to repeat the historic “deal” after the First World War, when the collective West, represented by the Entente, recognized Warsaw’s right first to occupy part of the Ukraine to protect the population from the “Bolshevik threat”, and then to include these territories in the Polish state, the SVR director noted. According to Naryshkin, the” peacekeeping contingent ” of Poland was planned to be deployed in those parts of the Ukraine where the threat of direct collision with the Russian military is minimal.

    The Hyena of Europe is prowling around what will soon be the remnants of the carcass of Banderastan.

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    1. Hmm…that smells of someone stirring the pot to me. It’s certainly true that the Pans would dearly love to have Lemberg and environs back under their control, but hyenas are afraid of bears, eh?

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  22. Stoltenberg faffing and spluttering about as per usual:

    Stoltenberg: Ukraine Should Focus on Preserving Sovereignty Instead of Joining NATO
    4 hours ago

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday that Ukraine should now focus on maintaining its sovereignty and not on joining NATO.

    “The most immediate and urgent task is to ensure that Ukraine prevails as a sovereign, independent democratic nation in Europe. And to do so, we need to mobilize as much as we can, when it comes to military, economic, financial, humanitarian support to Ukraine. If Ukraine does not prevail as an independent sovereign state, then of course the membership issue is not at the table at all,” Stoltenberg said at a press conference following the latest meeting of the NATO foreign ministers in Bucharest.

    The two-day meeting took place in the Romanian capital on November 29-30. It focused on the long-term challenges posed by China, as well as on the Ukrainian conflict.

    NATO allies promised Ukraine and Georgia back in 2008 that they would one day join the military alliance but said neither was ready to be admitted immediately.

    North Atlantic Treaty Organisation — not Pacific Rim Treaty Organisation; so why this NATO concern about China?

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    1. “If Ukraine does not prevail as an independent sovereign state, then of course the membership issue is not at the table at all,” Stoltenberg said at a press conference following the latest meeting of the NATO foreign ministers in Bucharest.”

      Ah ha ha hahaha!! He’s a laugh a minute, is Stoltie. So NATO only regards with favour those who are already independent, and free to make their own decisions? I’m surprised his tongue did not catch fire. That’s a totally fictitious position that might get a grim chuckle out of the Ghost Of Milosevic. Granted, Kosovo is not a NATO member, but I think it would be fair to call it a Special Project of NATO, and the ‘country’ that had its independence bought for it with NATO military might has been planning since 2014 to achieve NATO membership, forecast back then to be complete this year.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Membership_of_Kosovo_in_international_organizations

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  23. Take heed! “The Economist” hath spoken.

    Ignore what Gilbert Doctorow, and I, for that matter, tell you!

    It’s all lies!

    Russia is doomed!

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  24. The World Ahead | The World Ahead 2023
    Russia risks becoming ungovernable and descending into chaos
    There is growing opposition to President Putin at home


    Nov 18th 2022

    By Arkady Ostrovsky Russia editor, The Economist

    When russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, invaded Ukraine on February 24th 2022, he set out to grab territory, deprive it of sovereignty, wipe out the very idea of its national identity and turn what remained of it into a failed state. After months of Ukraine’s fierce resistance, its statehood and its identity are stronger than ever, and all the things that Mr Putin had intended to inflict on Ukraine are afflicting his own country.

    Mr Putin’s war is turning Russia into a failed state, with uncontrolled borders, private military formations, a fleeing population, moral decay and the possibility of civil conflict. And though confidence among Western leaders in Ukraine’s ability to withstand Mr Putin’s terror has gone up, there is growing concern about Russia’s own ability to survive the war. It could become ungovernable and descend into chaos.

    Consider its borders. Russia’s absurd and illegal annexation of four regions of Ukraine—Kherson, Donetsk, Luhansk and Zaporizhia—before it could even establish full control over them, makes it a state with illegitimate territories and a fluid frontier. “The Russian Federation as we know it is self-liquidating and passing into a failed-state phase,” says Ekaterina Schulmann, a political scientist. Its administration, she notes, is unable to carry out its basic functions. The annexation will not deter Ukrainian forces, but it will create precedents for Russia’s own restive regions, including the north Caucasus republics, which are likely to head for the exit if the central government starts loosening its grip.

    Another feature of a failing state is a loss of monopoly on the use of physical force. Private armies and mercenaries, although officially banned in Russia, are flourishing. Evgeny Prigozhin, a former convict nicknamed “Putin’s chef” and a front man for the Wagner Group, a private mercenary operation, has been openly recruiting prisoners and offering them pardons in exchange for joining his forces. Wagner, he says, has no desire to be “legalised” or integrated into the armed forces. The same could be said of the force controlled by Ramzan Kadyrov, a Chechen former warlord and now Chechnya’s president. Even Russia’s government security agencies are increasingly serving their own corporate interests.

    The Russian state is failing in the most basic function of all. Far from protecting the lives of its people, it poses the biggest threat to them, by using them as cannon fodder. On September 21st, faced with military defeat on the battleground in Ukraine, Mr Putin ordered a mobilisation of some 300,000 people. Ill trained and ill equipped, their only function is to stand in the way of the advance of the Ukrainian forces. Many are unlikely to be alive this time next year.

    There is growing concern about Russia’s own ability to survive the war

    The mobilisation caused a shock in Russia far greater than the beginning of the war itself. Some of its effects are already visible: recruitment centres were set ablaze, and at least 300,000 people fled abroad (on top of the 300,000 who left in the first weeks of the war). Most of them are young, educated and resourceful. The full impact of their departure on the country’s economy and demographics is yet to show, but social tension is rising.

    While urbanites flee, tens of thousands of their poorer compatriots are being rounded up and sent into the trenches. By bringing his “special military operation” home Mr Putin has broken the fragile consensus under which people agreed not to protest against the war in exchange for being left alone. Now they are being told to fight and die for the sake of his regime.

    Mr Putin cannot win, but he cannot afford to end the conflict either. He may hope that by making so many people collude in his war, and subjecting them to more of his poisonous, fascist propaganda, he will be able to drag things out. Whether he succeeds, or whether the flow of body bags, coupled with the discontent of the elite, results in his downfall, will determine how many more people will die and how far Russia falls.

    As Alexei Navalny, Russia’s jailed opposition leader, said in one of his court hearings: “We have not been able to prevent the catastrophe and we are no longer sliding, but flying into it. The only question will be how hard Russia will hit that bottom and whether it will fall apart.” The coming year will give some indication of an answer to that grim question.

    Arkady Ostrovsky Russia editor, The Economist

    This article appeared in the Europe section of the print edition of The World Ahead 2023 under the headline “What next for Russia?”

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    1. Yes, I am sure the west has only brotherly concern for the possibility that Russia ‘will not survive the war’. Nice country you have here. Be a shame if something…happened to it. Obliteration of Russia has been the USA’s goal since most Americans alive today learned to talk, and America’s only real concern is that in the event of Russia’s demise, control of all those lucrative and exploitable resources might fall to someone else.

      “While urbanites flee, tens of thousands of their poorer compatriots are being rounded up and sent into the trenches. By bringing his “special military operation” home Mr Putin has broken the fragile consensus under which people agreed not to protest against the war in exchange for being left alone. Now they are being told to fight and die for the sake of his regime.”

      How many times, how many variations on this ‘dying Russia, emptying out, elites and the upper class fleeing as Putin sends the peasants off to fight’ have we heard? How many times has Chicken Little shrieked that the sky is falling, how many times has the sheepherder cried ‘Wolf!!’? And yet people still believe? I can tell you if The Economist reported that the state of Tennessee was going to a four-day workweek starting in January, with no change in wages, and it didn’t happen, you would not be able to find a single Economist reader in the state by February. Yet they blissfully take in lie after lie after lie that claims Russia is in its death throes.

      How many stockbrokers’ sons and junior executives are you likely to find in the US infantry? Historically America’s soldiers in smackdowns of poor shitsplat countries in the Middle East and Africa are from the country’s middle class, claims the US government. But according to studies which might or might not be accurate, guess which is the fastest-growing demographic in the US Army? Black women.

      “In 2011, a study by the Pew Research Center found that black women are enlisting in the military at far higher rates than are white or Hispanic women, and they now represent nearly a third of all the women in the armed forces. And women are joining the military in record numbers at the same time that the military is seeing less people enlist overall.

      From 1973 to 2010 the number of active duty enlisted women in the military grew from about 42,000 to 167,000. Over that same period, the enlisted force as a whole saw a decrease of about 738,000 service members.

      The study, which utilized demographic data collected by the Defense Department, found that of the 167,000 enlisted women in the military, 31 percent are black, which is twice their percentage in the civilian female population. Black men represent about 16 percent of the male enlisted population, which is proportionally equal in the civilian population.”

      The same study acknowledges that ‘the economic elite are underrepresented in armed service.’ Gee; you think?

      “Lutz’s study also looks at the history of participation of the three largest racial and ethnic groups in the military — whites, blacks and Latinos — and examined ethnicity, immigrant generation and socioeconomic status in relation to military service. It concluded that significant disparities exist only by socioeconomic status, finding “the all-volunteer force continues to see overrepresentation of the working and middle classes, with fewer incentives for upper class participation.”

      https://www.mintpressnews.com/whos-joining-the-us-military-poor-women-and-minorities-targeted/43418/

      Don’t do as I do – do as I say. I note The Economist cements its position as the premier analyst of Russian affairs by closing with a quote from The Jailbird President-In-Waiting.

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  25. 30 Nov, 2022 21:44
    Germany declares genocide in Ukraine
    A Bundestag resolution says the label “obviously” fits the 1930s famine Kiev calls “Holodomor”
    Germany declares genocide in Ukraine

    The German parliament on Wednesday adopted a resolution declaring that the 1930s famine in Ukraine fits the historical and political classification of a “genocide,” blaming it on the Soviet Union. The resolution means Berlin should continue to support Ukraine against Russia, its authors said.

    “The mass deaths from starvation were not the result of failed harvests, but were the responsibility of the political leadership of the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin,” said the Bundestag press release. Referring to the 1930s famine by the Ukrainian term “Holodomor,” the German MPs said it represented a “crime against humanity” and that from today’s perspective its “historical-political classification as genocide is obvious.”

    According to the resolution, “in the winter of 1932/1933 alone, 3-3.5 million people starved to death in the Ukraine.” While “millions of people lost their lives as a result of politically induced famines” in other parts of the USSR, the authors acknowledge, they insist the famine in Ukraine was a Soviet project to destroy “the Ukrainian way of life, language and culture.”

    The resolution requires the German government to “continue to decisively counteract any attempts to launch one-sided Russian historical narratives,” while providing “political support” to the Holodomor victims, meaning the government in Kiev.

    Describing Ukraine as a victim of Russian aggression and imperialism, the Bundestag insists Germany should continue to give it “political, financial, humanitarian and military support.”

    As to what gives them the right to make such pronouncements, the German MPs pointed to their own country’s “historical responsibility” for the Holocaust of European Jews and the “racist German war of annihilation” against the Soviet Union. The resolution passed with a majority of votes from the ruling “traffic light” coalition and the opposition CDU, while the AfD and Die Linke MPs abstained.

    READ MORE: Rewriting Ukrainian history: truth or falsification?
    The Bundestag resolution comes just days after Pope Francis also called the famine “the genocide that Stalin committed against the Ukrainians,” which he claimed was “a historical antecedent of the [present] conflict.” His interview with an American Jesuit magazine drew condemnation from Moscow for racist characterizations of Muslim and Buddhist Russians.

    While the government in Kiev has long claimed that the 1930s famine was a deliberate genocide of Ukrainians, as late as 2010 they were blaming Ukrainian communist officials for it and insisting there were “no claims” against any third party, including modern Russia.

    Moscow’s position on the “Holodomor” has been that describing it as genocide is “politically charged and contradicts historical facts.”

    Adjusting history so as to give a moral basis to government policy.

    Note that they say that other famines in the USSR were also politically motivated (evidence?) but not genocidal.

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    1. Funny that this German government so blithely disregarded the genocide of the ‘Wolgadeutsche’ who’d immigrated and settled in Russia – I think it was Catherine the Great who called them – and worked the land. Stalin removed them and ‘settled’ them in what is now Kazakhstan where they mostly perished. Some, during Perestroika, were permitted to go back to Germany where they are now despised for being ‘Russians’.
      I’m not surprised though that the current german government isn’t talking about those Wolgadeutsche – after all, ‘because: Hitler!’, Stalin must have been correct in geocoding yon Germans.

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      1. I remember Volga Germans arriving in Duisburg when I was living there. Yes, they were just foreigners according to most Germans. whom I associated with, in that they were Russians, albeit they begrudgingly conceded that their forefathers had been German.

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  26. The American Conservative

    Washington’s Carthaginian Peace Collides With Reality
    The Biden administration refuses to tell the American people the truth: Ukraine is not winning and will not win this war.

    Douglas Macgregor
    Nov 29, 2022
    12:03 AM

    The national political and military leaders who committed America to wars of choice in Vietnam, the Balkans, Afghanistan, and Iraq, did so as a rule because they were convinced the fighting would be short and decisive. American presidents, presidential advisors, and senior military leaders never stopped to consider that national strategy, if it exists at all, consists of avoiding conflict unless the nation is attacked and compelled to fight.

    The latest victim of this mentality is Ukraine. In the absence of a critical root-and-branch analysis of Russia’s national power and strategic interests, American senior military leaders and their political bosses viewed Russia through a narrowly focused lens that magnified U.S. and Ukrainian strengths but ignored Russia’s strategic advantages—geographic depth, almost limitless natural resources, high social cohesion, and the military-industrial capacity to rapidly scale up its military power.

    Ukraine is now a war zone subject to the same treatment the U.S. armed forces inflicted on Germany and Japan during the Second World War, on Vietnam in the 1960s, and on Iraq over decades. Power grids, transportation networks, communications infrastructure, fuel production, and ammunition storage sites are being systematically destroyed. Millions of Ukrainians continue to flee the war zone in pursuit of safety, with ominous consequences for Europe’s societies and economies.

    Meanwhile, the Biden administration repeatedly commits the unpardonable sin in a democratic society of refusing to tell the American people the truth: contrary to the Western media’s popular “Ukrainian victory” narrative, which blocks any information that contradicts it, Ukraine is not winning and will not win this war. Months of heavy Ukrainian casualties, resulting from an endless series of pointless attacks against Russian defenses in Southern Ukraine, have dangerously weakened Ukrainian forces.

    Predictably, NATO’s European members, which bear the brunt of the war’s impact on their societies and economies, are growing more disenchanted with Washington’s Ukrainian proxy war. European populations are openly questioning the veracity of claims in the press about the Russian state and American aims in Europe. The influx of millions of refugees from Ukraine, along with a combination of trade disputes, profiteering from U.S. arms sales, and high energy prices risks turning European public opinion against both Washington’s war and NATO.

    Russia has also undergone a transformation. In the opening years of President Putin’s term of office, the Russian Armed Forces were organized, trained, and equipped for exclusively national territorial defense. But the conduct of the Special Military Operation (SMO) in Ukraine has demonstrated the inadequacy of this approach for Russia’s National Security in the 21st century.

    The opening phase of the SMO was a limited operation with a narrow purpose and restricted goals. The critical point is that Moscow never intended to do more than persuade Kiev and Washington that Moscow would fight to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO, as well as the further mistreatment of Russians in Ukraine. The SMO was, however, based on invalid assumptions and was terminated. As it turned out, the limited nature of the SMO achieved the opposite of the outcome that Moscow desired, conveying the impression of weakness, rather than strength.

    After concluding that the underpinning assumptions regarding Washington’s readiness to negotiate and compromise were invalid, Putin directed the STAVKA to develop new operational plans with new goals: first, to crush the Ukrainian enemy; second, to remove any doubt in Washington and European capitols that Russia will establish victory on its own terms; and, third, to create a new territorial status quo commensurate with Russia’s national security needs.

    Once the new plan was submitted and approved, President Putin agreed to an economy of force operation to defend Russian territorial gains with minimal forces until the required resources, capabilities, and manpower were assembled for decisive operations. Putin also appointed a new theater commander, General Sergei Surovikin, a senior officer who understands the mission and possesses the mindset to deliver success.

    The coming offensive phase of the conflict will provide a glimpse of the new Russian force that is emerging and its future capabilities. At this writing, 540,000 Russian combat forces are assembled in Southern Ukraine, Western Russia, and Belarus. The numbers continue to grow, but the numbers already include 1,000 rocket artillery systems, thousands of tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and drones, plus 5,000 armored fighting vehicles, including at least 1,500 tanks, hundreds of manned fixed-wing attack aircraft, helicopters, and bombers. This new force has little in common with the Russian army that intervened 9 months ago on February 24, 2022.

    It is now possible to project that the new Russian armed forces that will evolve from the crucible of war in Ukraine will be designed to execute strategically decisive operations. The resulting Russian force will likely take its inspiration from the force design and operational framework recommended in Colonel General Makhmut Gareev’s work, If War Comes Tomorrow? The Contours of Future Armed Conflict. The new military establishment will consist of much larger forces-in-being that can conduct decisive operations on relatively short notice with minimal reinforcement and preparation.

    Put differently, by the time the conflict ends, it appears Washington will have prompted the Russian State to build up its military power, the very opposite of the fatal weakening that Washington intended when it embarked on its course of military confrontation with Moscow.

    But none of these developments should surprise anyone in Washington, D.C. Beginning with Biden’s speech in Warsaw effectively demanding regime change in Moscow, the Biden administration refused to see foreign policy in terms of strategy. Like a stupid general who insists on defending every inch of ground to the last man, President Biden confirmed the United States’s commitment to oppose Russia and, potentially, any nation state that fails to measure up to globalism’s hypocritical democratic standards, regardless of the cost to the American people, whether in terms of their security or prosperity.

    Biden’s speech in Warsaw was hot with emotion and mired in the ideology of moralizing globalism that is popular in Washington, London, Paris, and Berlin. But for Moscow, the speech was tantamount to a Carthaginian Peace plan. Biden’s “take no prisoners” conduct of U.S. foreign policy means the outcome of the next phase of the Ukrainian War will not only destroy the Ukrainian state. It will also demolish the last vestiges of the postwar liberal order and produce a dramatic shift in power and influence across Europe, especially in Berlin, away from Washington to Moscow and, to a limited extent, to Beijing.

    Sic transit gloria mundi

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    1. Yes, somebody linked that earlier, or perhaps I saw it at MoA. As a general rule, it is unwise to declare up front, without having anything really on your side except optimism, that this or that conflict is a ‘must-win’; the very future of freedom and democracy depends upon it. Because then if you don’t win – or your proxy cannot win despite all your shouting from the sidelines – and yet freedom and democracy go on in pretty much the same cynical pattern they did before…you look like an hysterical tit.

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  27. 19:34, December 1, 2022
    Medvedev has responded to the call of the head of the National Security and Defence Council of the Ukraine to destroy Russia
    Medvedev on the call of the head of the National Security and Defence Council to destroy Russia: it makes no sense to respond symmetrically to nonsense

    The call of the head of the National Security and Defence Council (NSDC) of the Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov to “destroy Russia” is nonsense, there is no point in responding to it symmetrically. This opinion was expressed by Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia Dmitry Medvedev, whose words are quoted by RIA Novosti.

    On 1 December, Danilov said that Russia should be destroyed rather than sitting down at the negotiating table with them, as doing so was not worthy of the Ukrainian people.

    “There is no point in responding to this nonsense symmetrically, and especially saying something about the destruction of the the Ukraine. We just need to destroy such Nazi bastards as the one who said this”, said the deputy chairman of the Security Council.

    Earlier, Medvedev had spoken about the actions of the Russian Armed Forces. According to him, they continue to consistently achieve the goals set for them by President Vladimir Putin.

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    1. It speaks well of Dima that he singled out a realistic target – the Nazi-worshiping nationalists – rather than simply thundering “It is UKRAINE that must be destroyed!!” as he was likely expected to do, and which would be pounced upon by western media as proof that it is Putin’s goal to erase all things Ukrainian and deprive the world of its priceless culture. I must say, Dima’s erstwhile naive dreams of a closer and more amorous role with the west have been well and truly dispelled.

      And the nonsense of Danilov’s pretense to speak for ‘the Ukrainian people’ is noted – has he forgotten already that Zelensky was elected on a tide of popular support owing to his resolution to mend fences with Russia?

      https://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2019/09/16/ukraines-new-president-zelensky-hints-at-peace-with-russia/?sh=54a3a6bc6a39

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  28. 02 December 2022, 09: 56
    Secretary of State Blinken said that the United States does not want to expand the conflict in the Ukraine and war with the Russian Federation.

    US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has said that US President Joe Biden wants to avoid an expansion of the conflict in the Ukraine, RIA Novosti reports.

    In an interview with France 2 TV channel, Blinken said that the US leadership “wants to end, but not expand” the conflict.

    “We don’t want a war with Russia, especially we don’t want a third world war”, Blinken said.

    The Secretary of State also noted that the United States is in contact with Russia, and the two countries have topics that need to be discussed.

    “For example, we continue contacts with Russia, because we are afraid that it will use nuclear weapons, which would be a disaster,” the politician said.

    According to him, while the United States does not see “a movement of the Russian Federation in this direction”.

    Earlier, Bonnie Christian, a researcher at Defense Priorities, wrote that Washington’s actions in the Ukraine resemble a direct conflict with Moscow more than the US authorities claim. According to her, the White House declares the inadmissibility of a direct clash with Russia, while sending weapons to the Ukraine, in particular MLRS HIMARS.

    The United States does not see “a movement of the Russian Federation in this direction”, namely the use of nuclear weapons, so why continuously talk about such a possibility?

    Laying a smokescreen?

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  29. 02.12.2022 14:09
    “Reveal a Moskal”. Ukrainians have launched a resource for hunting Russians


    What a busy little bee she is!

    Ukrainian activists have decided to go after Russians in Europe. It is not about slashing tyres, throwing rubbish at “enemies” and verbal abuse. This time, the Svidomies have decided to use high-tech.

    “You are reporting a potentially dangerous Moskal.”
    A group posing as Ukrainian lawyers has launched a digital service called “Report a Moskal”. The aim is stated to be “cleansing Europe of potential invaders by legal means”.

    “You report an alleged aggressor, a potentially dangerous Moskal who may be a carrier of propaganda and violence in Europe, and we do our best to have the relevant European authorities verify the legality of such a presence in Europe”, the website says.

    Those who report “enemies” are promised complete anonymity. The creators of the resource promise that they will demand that the authorities of a European country take measures against “Moskals” — up to their expulsion from the territory of the European Union.

    “Do you want to cleanse Europe of Moskals? Tired of potential invaders living near you? Let us know and we will try to resolve this issue legally”, the creators of the service state in their announcements

    The trail leads back to Lvov
    “Our system carries out identity checks only after sufficient evidence has been obtained that a person is a ‘Moskal’ (amongst the signs indicating that a person is ‘Moskal’: communicates in Russian, wears Moskal paraphernalia, promotes an aggressive ideology, etc.). A person who does display the characteristics of a ‘Moskal’ will not be screened”, the “legal team” explains. “Our service is not intended to incite ethnic, racial, religious or other hatred. We carry out the activities listed on the website only for the purpose of ensuring the identification and prosecution of individuals who may be involved in committing crimes on the territory of the Ukraine or against citizens of the Ukraine”.

    The owner of the “Report a Moskal” service is the law firm “Tanasyshyn, Mikhalevsky and Partners”.

    According to the Unified State Register of Enterprises and Organizations of the Ukraine, the head of the firm is Lvov lawyer Nazar Tanasyshyn. He is also the owner of the Media Enterprise Group, based in Kiev.

    There is no evidence yet that the project actually cooperates with the European authorities, but such a possibility cannot be ruled out.

    Shades of “Mirotvorets”
    To some extent, the “search for enemies” resource can be considered a development of the infamous Ukrainian website “Peacemaker” [Mirotvorets], which has been operating since 2014 and has not been shut down, despite the protests of international organizations. The “Peacemaker” database has been used by the special services of the Ukraine to impose sanctions against certain individuals accused of “anti-Ukrainian activities”. In addition to Russians, the lists of “Peacemaker” also includes citizens of third countries, whose position on the Ukrainian crisis does not suit the creators of the resource.

    As noted by international human rights organizations, “Peacemaker” has laid out the personal data of people for free access, thereby provoking acts of violence against them. In particular, the Ukrainian journalist and writer Oles Buzina was murdered in 2015 by neo-Nazis after his home address had been published by “Peacemaker”.

    In 2014, the Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky announced a “hunt for separatists” in the Dnepropetrovsk region, promising a cash prize for the extradition of “pro-Russian elements”. This “action” was advertised on Ukrainian radio and TV. According to the oligarch’s entourage, the money was indeed paid.

    The organizers of the resource “Reveal a Moskal” mention Kolomoisky’s project as a successful example of such actions.

    “Desecrates national symbols, waits for the arrival of the “Russian World”
    However, even without Kolomoisky, calls for the surrender of “domestic separatists” have been heard in the Ukraine in recent years. For example, the Security Service of the Ukraine (SBU) in Kharkov has published the signs of a “separatist”: “He desecrates national symbols, waits for the arrival of the “Russian world”. The authors of this text, posted on a billboard, urged that enemies be reported using a specified phone number, promising that offenders would be sentenced to 7 to 12 years in prison.

    Today, this practice has only intensified. For example, yesterday, the Ukrainian State Bureau of Investigation reported that in Odessa a man had been sentenced to 15 years in prison for displaying on one of the city’s houses a [Russian] tricolour with the inscription “Odessa is a Russian city”. Considering that summary executions are practiced in the Ukraine today, the man was lucky.

    “A document is issued stating that you are a pure-blooded Ukrainian”.
    It is no coincidence that the “Reveal a Moskal” website can be traced back to Lvov. Nazi initiatives have been flourishing in that city lately. [Lately??? Since at least 1939 and the Nazi invasion of Poland, when Lvov was situated in that state, resurrected by the Treaty of Versailles, 1919 — ME]

    In particular, one of the clinics in Lvov offers a new DNA-test for “Moskal genes”. For 6,500 hryvnia anyone can test his blood for the presence of “non-Ukrainian” impurities.

    “Based on the results of the test, a document is issued stating that one is apure-blooded Ukrainian”, reads the announcement. It is not yet clear where and to whom such a certificate can be presented, but it is possible that in the Ukraine it will soon be impossible to build a successful career without it. Discrimination on the grounds of language should logically be followed by the next step of dividing people into categories. All the more so since the Kiev regime is completely ready for this.

    Shades of the 1935 Nazi Nürnberg “Race Laws”.

    I suppose if my offspring had that Lvov DNA-test done, they would be classed as Mischlinge”.

    Nazis?

    In the Ukraine?

    Where?

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    1. 6,500 hryvna is 167 Euros. I can’t imagine too many Ukrainians have that kind of money to blow on self-stroking fripperies. I expect it won’t be long before they are simply selling the document, which is probably where they planned to go in the first place. In 2021 the average wage in Ukraine was 23,000 hryvna per month, so the ‘purity test’ would eat up a quarter of a monthly paycheck, in an economy considerably more stable than it is now.

      https://biz30.timedoctor.com/average-salary-in-ukraine/

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    2. This is insidious news if true: a supposed law firm encouraging people to spy on and report on one another in order to build up a database of suspects that it could sell to the people running Mirotvorets, if it is not already part of Mirotvorets. You don’t even need police in this police state society.

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