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  • Zelensky Declares No Peace Talks with Putin Until Russia Leaves Crimea and Donbas, 1991 Borders Restored

    07/02/2023 7:10:13 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 82 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/02/2023 | Kurt Zindulka
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky declared that he will not participate in any peace negotiations with Vladimir Putin until Russian forces have left the occupied Donbas region and the Crimean Peninsula. Casting doubt on the prospect of bringing the conflict in Ukraine to an end in the foreseeable future, President Zelensky stated that his country will not entertain a diplomatic solution until Ukraine’s 1991 borders are re-established, meaning that Russia would have to retreat from its heavily entrenched positions in the Donbas and Crimea.

    07/02/2023 9:10:57 AM PDT · by Kazan · 70 replies
    Sonar 21 ^ | 1 July 2023 | Larry Johnson
    Many leaders in the West now are pushing the propaganda theme of an inevitable stalemate in the Ukraine war. In other words, Ukraine will fight Russia to a stand still. Well, that’s the delusional hope. Don’t take my word for it. Peruse these recent headlines:America Must Plan for a Stalemate in Ukraine (New York Magazine)Ukraine trying to end battlefield stalemate in what may be … (AP News)Opinion | Ukraine must seize opportunity from Wagner … (The Washington Post)Truce or a bloody stalemate? It all rides on Ukraine’s spring … (The Guardian)What planet do these folks inhabit? A stalemate means that...
  • Zelenskyy reproaches partners for delaying training of Ukrainian pilots on F-16 fighter jets

    07/02/2023 9:24:22 AM PDT · by Mariner · 27 replies
    The New Voice of Ukraine via Yahoo ^ | July 1st, 2023 | Unattributed
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said he is concerned about the delay in the schedule for training Ukrainian pilots to fly Western F-16 fighter jets — urgently needed by Ukraine as it fights to eject Russian invaders from its territory.The Ukrainian leader was speaking during a joint press conference with visiting Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez in Kyiv on July 1, answering questions about the schedule of F-16 deliveries to Ukraine."I have the same questions as you do for our esteemed partners," Zelenskyy said.“Ukraine can get the F-16s. We have agreed, we have pressed, and we have a coalition of...
  • All aboard the gravy train: an independent audit of US funding for Ukraine

    07/02/2023 9:42:44 AM PDT · by thinden · 22 replies ^ | June 27, 2023 | Heather Kaiser, Anya Parampil and Max Blumenthal
    Though many Americans likely believe that US dollars allocated for Ukraine are spent directly on supplies for the war effort, the lead author of this report, Heather Kaiser, conducted a thorough review of Washington’s budget for the 2022 and 2023 fiscal year and discovered that is far from the case.
  • The Wagner 'Coup' Was Staged by Putin—and the West Fell for It | Opinion

    07/01/2023 3:29:36 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 73 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 6/29/23 AT 5:23 PM EDT | REBEKAH KOFFLER
    By now, everyone has heard about the narrowly avoided coup in Russia: Last Friday night, Yevgeniy Prigozhin, one of Putin's most trusted allies and the commander of the notorious Russian mercinary Wagner Group, marched on Moscow in an apparent coup d'etat, only to come to a swift agreement with Vladimir Putin and decamp for Belarus. While most commentators acknowledged that things didn't quite add up, the "expert" class happily concluded that at least it had weakened Putin in his war against Ukraine. None seemed to realize the obvious truth: The coup was staged, and completely faked false flag operation. Think...
  • Russia Isn’t Going to Run Out of Missiles

    07/01/2023 9:09:44 AM PDT · by AndyJackson · 104 replies
    .... Russia’s continued strike campaign in 2023 has made one thing quite clear: it is unrealistic to expect Russia to ever “run out” of missiles. Despite sanctions and export controls, it appears likely that Russia will be able to produce or otherwise acquire the long-range strike capacity necessary to inflict significant damage upon Ukraine’s people, economy, and military. Ukraine’s air defenses have performed remarkably well under challenging circumstances. Nevertheless, the Russian military has continued trying to identify gaps and seams to exploit to gain an advantage. There is no one-off fix for this problem. Sanctions and export controls can, at...
  • Ukraine’s costly counteroffensive must produce results before NATO summit – Zelenskyy

    06/30/2023 5:47:42 PM PDT · by Mariner · 16 replies
    The New Voice of Ukraine via Yahoo ^ | June 30th, 2023 | Unattributed
    Ukraine's partners expect rapid success in the counteroffensive before the July NATO summit in Vilnius, but every meter of liberated territory comes at a high cost, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in an interview with Spanish media, as reported by broadcaster RTVE on June 30."We must show results before the (NATO) summit (on July 11-12), but every meter comes at a cost of lives," said Zelenskyy.The president revealed that the plans for Ukraine's counteroffensive have been slowed down in recent months due to heavy rains. He called on partners to continue supporting Ukraine with weapons. Zelenskyy noted that during the...
  • Angered by counteroffensive complaints, Ukraine's top general says the expected mission is 'not feasible at all' with just the weapons his army has now

    06/30/2023 6:44:47 PM PDT · by delta7 · 9 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 30 June 23 | Jake Epstein
    Ukraine has fended off Russia's advances for more than 16 months, and it's now several weeks into its long-awaited counteroffensive. The pace is grinding in some sectors of the front, but Kyiv's top general says he doesn't want to hear complaints it's going too slow. Gen. Valerii Zaluzhnyi, the commander-in-chief of Ukraine's Armed Forces, told the Washington Post that it "pisses" him off to hear commentary that his counteroffensive operations are moving slower than anticipated. Kyiv's military is currently undergoing several offensive maneuvers along the front lines in the eastern and southern regions and has made small — but, at...
  • Ukraine’s top general, Valery Zaluzhny, wants shells, planes and patience

    06/30/2023 5:01:46 PM PDT · by Widget Jr · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 30, 2023 | Isabelle Khurshudyan
    KYIV, Ukraine — For Ukraine’s counteroffensive to progress faster, Gen. Valery Zaluzhny, the top officer in Ukraine’s armed forces, says he needs more — of every weapon. And he is telling anyone who will listen, including his American counterpart Gen. Mark A. Milley as recently as Wednesday, that he needs those resources now....So it “pisses me off,” Zaluzhny said, when he hears that Ukraine’s long-awaited counteroffensive in the country’s east and south has started slower than expected......“Without being fully supplied, these plans are not feasible at all,” he added. “But they are being carried out. Yes, maybe not as fast...
  • 78% of Ukrainians have relatives who died or were wounded in the war

    06/30/2023 12:35:14 PM PDT · by Kazan · 50 replies
    News In France ^ | 6/29/2023 | Staff
    78% of Ukrainian citizens have relatives or friends who died or were injured as a result of the Russian invasion. These are the results of a study conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology.According to the survey, 63% of respondents have at least one close relative or friend who died. It is noted that, on average, the respondents know closely at least three people who did not return from the war, and that the respondents’ answers are approximately the same in all regions of Ukraine, from east to west.The survey was conducted from May 26 to June 5 by...
  • Zelensky orders to strengthen border with Belarus

    06/30/2023 8:05:38 AM PDT · by AAABEST · 32 replies
    Ukrinform ^ | 06-30-23 | staff
    "The decision of the Staff - Chief Commander Zaluzhnyi and Commander of the "North" Naiev - was to implement a set of measures to strengthen this area," Zelensky informed. [snip] President Volodymyr Zelensky is convinced that the contingent of the "Wagner" PMC in Belarus will be insignificant, as more than 20,000 "Wagnerites" have already been destroyed by the Ukrainian defense forces.

    06/29/2023 10:24:53 AM PDT · by ganeemead · 20 replies
    Garland Nixon on the most likely way the Russian op went downRussian are now definitely targetting foreign mercenaries in Country404....
  • Belarus' second-rate dictator Lukashenko is 'humiliating' Putin by bragging about how he saved Moscow from an armed Wagner revolt, experts say

    06/28/2023 8:38:43 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jun 28, 2023 | Jake Epstein
    Wagner Group mercenaries appeared ready to clash with Russian soldiers defending Moscow from a sudden armed rebellion over the weekend. Hail-mary negotiations, mediated by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, stopped the potential bloodshed in the capital. Lukashenko, a second-rate dictator and close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has since seized on the opportunity to boast about how he saved Moscow from the mutiny — "humiliating" the Russian leader for being unable to do this himself, war experts say. After Wagner fighters captured the southern city of Rostov-on-Don early Saturday, they continued north toward Moscow as the city prepared its defenses...
  • Putin is given rock star welcome and even poses for kissing selfies with adoring fans in rare interaction with the public

    06/29/2023 2:22:36 AM PDT · by dennisw · 28 replies
    Mail on line ^ | 29 June 2023 | DAVID AVERRE and WILL STEWART
    Prompting claims it's a body double Russian president lapped up praise from a fervent crowd in Dagestan last night It is the first time since before the pandemic he has attended such an event His uncharacteristic behaviour has fuelled speculation it was a body double Vladimir Putin is consolidating support in Russia following last week's short-lived rebellion by Wagner group chief Yevgeny Prigozhin in a rare meet-and-greet that saw him mobbed by a crowd as he posed for selfies with young girls. Stunning footage from the event - a presidential appearance during a trip to the city of Derbent in...
  • Russian strike targeted NATO-Ukrainian deployment point at a hotel in Kramatorsk

    06/28/2023 4:52:50 PM PDT · by ganeemead · 41 replies
    Americans in "ukraine"Thinking about making a lot of money working as a mercenary or adviser/contractor of some sort in Country404??
  • Russia's General 'Armageddon' vanishes amid suspicion he is being interrogated about prior knowledge of Wagner's mutiny in first sign Putin's purge has begun

    06/28/2023 6:22:33 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/28/2023 | Surovikin
    A top Russian general has 'vanished' amid claims he had advance knowledge of the weekend armed revolt which threatened Vladimir Putin's regime. One theory is that General Sergei 'Armageddon' Surovikin is under interrogation over a plot to oust defence minister Sergei Shoigu amid a hunt to purge the enemies within. Surovikin, 56, is the second-in-command of the Russian armed forces. He has known links to 'coup leader' Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Wagner mercenary army chief. US officials briefed on American intelligence said a top Russian general had advance knowledge of Prigozhin's plans to rebel against Shoigu and chief of the armed...
  • Ukrainian Troops 'Abandon' Battleground, Tanks To Avoid Fighting Russia | Reveal By Zelensky's Men

    06/28/2023 2:48:16 AM PDT · by ganeemead · 37 replies
    No shame in shanghi/press-gang victims chickening out....
  • Update from Ukraine | Z-Army runs again and opened the friendly fire | Crazy!

    06/27/2023 5:51:38 PM PDT · by · 45 replies ^ | 6-27-2023 | Denys Davydov
    Update from Ukraine | Z-Army runs again and opened the friendly fire | Crazy! The summary of the situation of Russian re-invasion to Ukraine covering the last 48 hours, as of 26th June 2023 – 22:00 (Kyiv time). *** Great interactive map with viewer controlled Map magnification tool to use for each Front!
  • Ukraine plays “Light Brigade” with British advice

    06/23/2023 4:01:30 AM PDT · by FarCenter · 26 replies
    American and European military observers in Ukraine described the Ukraine Army’s efforts of the past two days as a “suicide mission” that violated the basic rules of military tactics. “If you want to conduct an offensive and you have a dozen brigades and a few dozen tanks, you concentrate them and try to break through. The Ukrainians have been running around in five different directions,” complained a senior European officer. “We tried to tell them to stop these piecemeal tactics, define a main thrust with proper infantry support and then do what they can,” the officer added. “They were trained...
  • Early stages of Ukrainian counteroffensive ‘not meeting expectations,’ Western officials tell CNN

    06/22/2023 1:12:45 PM PDT · by Mariner · 39 replies
    CNN via Yahoo ^ | June 22nd, 2023 | Jim Sciutto
    In its early phases, Ukraine’s counteroffensive is having less success and Russian forces are showing more competence than western assessments expected, two western officials and a senior US military official tell CNN.The counteroffensive is “not meeting expectations on any front,” one of the officials said.According to the Western assessments, Russian lines of defense have been proving well-fortified, making it difficult for Ukrainian forces to breach them. In addition, Russian forces have had success bogging down Ukrainian armor with missile attacks and mines and have been deploying air power more effectively.Ukrainian forces are proving “vulnerable” to minefields and Russian forces “competent”...