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  • FROM PIED-PIPER TO TROUBLE-MAKER – U.S. INFLUENCE STARTS TO WANE, EVEN AT THE U.N. – ‘COUNTRIES ARE ASKING: IS IT REALLY SO WISE TO BE AMONG THOSE WHO BEAT DOWN RUSSIA?’

    08/17/2022 7:54:02 AM PDT · by JonPreston · 22 replies
    Malaysia Chronicle ^ | 8/17/22 | Malaysia Chronicle
    “As the war has dragged on, it has become harder to find meaningful ways to penalize Russia,” said Richard Gowan, U.N. director at the independent International Crisis Group.In some cases, Western countries are shying away from some specific moves, fearing tepid support, as rising vote abstentions have signaled a growing unwillingness to publicly oppose Moscow, diplomats and observers said.The European Union mulled a plan in June to appoint a U.N. expert to investigate human rights violations in Russia, according to diplomats, but it shelved the idea over fears nearly half the 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva might oppose...
  • Ukie terrorist activity in Kherson

    08/16/2022 8:55:35 AM PDT · by ganeemead · 71 replies
    "Intel Slava Z In the Kherson region, members of the organization "Civil Corps" Azov ", created under the battalion of the same name, were detained. The detainees prepared sabotage and terrorist attacks in Kherson, collected and transmitted data about the Russian military, and planned to assassinate representatives of regional authorities. Remarkably, Vadim Kravchenko, the detained head of the local cell, personally informed about this. The unfinished partisan said that he, along with several other militants who already had combat experience, were in touch with the Security Service and the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine, to whom they transmitted information about...
  • Putin smacks down Russia spy chief over backing Ukraine separatist regions (video and Vlad looks awful)

    08/16/2022 8:54:15 AM PDT · by dennisw · 14 replies
    NY POST ^ | February 22, 2022 | Mark Lungariello
    Russian leader Vladimir Putin gave his stammering spy chief a tongue-lashing at a security council meeting Tuesday, schooling him in a discussion about Moscow recognizing the independence of two separatist-controlled regions of Ukraine. The director of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Russia seemed to goof after a testy exchange with Putin, and said he supported absorbing the breakaway states into the Russian federation before backtracking and saying he supported their independence. Russia’s recognition of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic has been viewed as the possible first step of Russia’s expected invasion of Ukraine. Putin is...
  • More explosions rock Russian-controlled Crimea

    08/16/2022 2:01:26 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 161 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/16/2022 | Natalia Zinets
    Explosions shook an ammunition depot in Russian-annexed Crimea on Tuesday, the latest such incident in a region used by Moscow as a staging post for its war in Ukraine.
  • Invaders fled in tanks: eyewitnesses told about new explosions in the occupied Crimea. Video

    08/16/2022 3:13:26 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 19 replies
    https://war.obozrevatel.com ^ | 16.08.2022 | Marina Pogorelko
    1- Explosions occurred in the occupied Crimea, an ammunition depot detonated: a railway was damaged. Video https://player.obozrevatel.com/video/files/videos/0/37/632/480p.mp4 2- https://player.obozrevatel.com/video/files/videos/0/37/621/480p.mp4 3- https://player.obozrevatel.com/video/files/videos/0/37/619/480p.mp4 Explosions in the village of Mayskoye in the occupied Crimea began around 6 a.m. on August 16. The epicenters of events were engulfed in fires, the Russian military fled from there in tanks. This was told by eyewitnesses, local residents who were evacuated to the village of Kondratyevo. In total, 27 people were taken out of dangerous places, including two children, Crimean media reported (to watch the video, scroll to the end of the news). "I live on Rosa...
  • The invaders banned teachers from leaving Mariupol and started "visits" to their homes: what are they planning

    08/16/2022 3:23:45 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 7 replies
    https://war.obozrevatel.com ^ | 16.08.2022 | Olga Ganyukova
    The Russian invaders turned the temporarily occupied Mariupol into a continuous ghetto. The invaders banned teachers from leaving the city and began "visits" to their homes. This was announced by adviser to the mayor of Mariupol Pyotr Andryushchenko. "Strengthening the regime again. Now it concerns teachers," the report says. In particular, teachers were banned from leaving the city, because the loudly announced launches of most schools, lyceums and two universities failed due to the lack of teachers. In addition, the facts of "persuasion" of going to work because of beatings are becoming widespread. Separate patrols visit teachers ' homes and...
  • Plumes of smoke seen at Russian military airbase in Gvardeyskoye, Crimea – Kommersant

    08/16/2022 5:49:37 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 23 replies
    WTVB ^ | 8/16/2022 | Reuters
    Plumes of black smoke were seen on Tuesday at a Russian military airbase near the settlement of Gvardeyskoye in the centre of Russian-controlled Crimea, Russia’s Kommersant newspaper reported. Earlier on Tuesday, Russia’s Defence Ministry separately blamed a series of explosions around Dzhankoi in northern Crimea on “sabotage”, state-owned news agency RIA reported. Ukraine has neither confirmed nor denied its involvement in a recent series of blasts in Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014.
  • Nuclear War Scenarios Would See Billions Dead From Famine Globally

    08/15/2022 7:11:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 62 replies
    newsweek ^ | 8/15/22 AT 11:00 AM EDT | JESS THOMSON ON
    According to the paper, a nuclear war between India and Pakistan could send between 5 and 47Tg of soot into the stratosphere. Even more devastating, a U.S.-Russian nuclear war may produce up to 150Tg of soot, causing a nuclear winter. When a nuclear weapon is detonated, the immense amount of energy released vaporizes everything within a certain radius, depending on the power of the bomb. Close to the epicenter of the explosion, it can reach temperatures of up to 180,000,000 F. These widespread fires and destruction, combined with the atmospheric disturbance caused by the shockwaves of the bomb, would cause...
  • Shoigu, after a "pause"...... announced sabotage at an ammunition depot in the Crimea

    08/16/2022 3:51:15 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 60 replies
    https://war.obozrevatel.com ^ | 16.08.2022 | Daria Durova
    Shoigu, after a "pause", announced sabotage at an ammunition depot in the Crimea The Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation said that the cause of the explosions on the morning of August 16 in the occupied Crimea was sabotage. This version was announced by the invaders only a few hours after the explosion. A new explanation of the "clap" was published by the press service of the Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation. The ministry claims that as a result of the explosions, damage was caused to power lines, power plants, residential buildings and a number of other...
  • Russia 'abandons 20,000 troops' near Kherson: 'Stupid orcs' cut off as commanders flee across river in the face of Ukrainian counter-attack, governor says

    08/15/2022 8:04:06 AM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 98 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/15/2022 | Chris Pleasance
    Russia has abandoned 20,000 troops near Kherson in the face of a Ukrainian counter-attack, the regional governor has claimed. Vitaly Kim said Russia is relocating command posts on the west bank of the Dnipro River to the east, leaving 'stupid orcs' - his term for Kremlin soldiers - behind. Ukraine has already blown up all three bridges under Russian control connecting the two banks, meaning its soldiers on the west side have no easy way of resupplying, reinforcing, or retreating as Kyiv's men continue their advance. Kim, the governor of Mykolaiv which sits on the west bank, said Monday that...
  • The photo that condemned Putin's Wagner thugs: Ukraine 'blows up Russian mercenary HQ in Donbas using HIMARS' after propagandist gave away its location

    08/15/2022 5:38:25 AM PDT · by dennisw · 45 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 15 August 2022 | WILL STEWART and CHRIS PLEASANCE
    The photo that condemned Putin's Wagner thugs: Ukraine 'blows up Russian mercenary HQ in Donbas using HIMARS' after propagandist gave away its location with picture of a street sign Sergei Sreda, a so-called 'war reporter', visited Wagner HQ in Ukraine last week He shook hands with man who appeared to be Wagner owner Yevgeny Prigozhin Experts used images to locate the base, and on Sunday it was confirmed to be hit It is not clear whether Prigozhin was still at the base at the time it was struck Ukraine has destroyed the headquarters of Russia's shadowy Wagner mercenary group in...
  • Ukraine is Losing the War, and So is Europe

    08/15/2022 6:22:15 AM PDT · by JonPreston · 126 replies
    Ron Paul Institute ^ | 7/27/22 | Ron Paul
    Beyond the damage in Ukraine, the war also has significant casualties in the rest of Europe as the continent is losing its most competitive energy supplies, compromising the region’s manufacturing edge and accelerating an inflation wave that through higher energy costs will severely affect the wellbeing of its population this coming winter.
  • Senior Kremlin official 'secretly approaches West to bring Ukraine invasion to an end'

    08/15/2022 12:08:45 AM PDT · by libh8er · 280 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8.15.22 | David Averre
    A senior Kremlin official has approached Western diplomats and intelligence chiefs in a bid to help end the war in Ukraine, it was alleged last night. The source is said to have claimed that much of Moscow's elite are highly concerned about the trajectory of Russian president Vladimir Putin's invasion into the neighbouring country and are alarmed by the bite of wide-ranging sanctions levied by the West in response. A document, purportedly circulated to Western intelligence agencies and seen by The Mirror, said: 'A representative of Putin's inner-circle sent a signal about the desire to negotiate. .. It is unclear...
  • Dr. Volodymyr & Mr. Zelensky: the hidden face of the Ukrainian president

    08/15/2022 3:16:21 AM PDT · by Cathi · 15 replies
    La Tribune Diplomatique Internationale ^ | July 10, 2022 | Guy Mettan
    Dr. Volodymyr & Mr. Zelensky: the hidden face of the Ukrainian president July 10, 2022 by Guy Mettan The Swiss deputy and former editor-in-chief of the Tribune de Genève, Guy Mettan, paints a portrait of the mountebank who plays the role of President of Ukraine. It shows how this public entertainer has become an ally of the banderists and sets up a dictatorship for them. Volodymyr Zelensky - “ Heroes of Freedom ”, “ Hero of Our Time ”, “ Der Unbeugsame ”, “ The Unlikely Ukrainian Hero Who Defied Putin and United the World ”, “ Zelensky, Ukraine in...
  • Global world order is changing - Has the US finally lost its grip?

    08/14/2022 11:04:43 PM PDT · by Cathi · 32 replies
    Express ^ | August 13, 2022 | James Lee
    Global world order is changing - Has the US finally lost its grip? THE GLOBAL world order appears to be changing at a rate not seen since the end of the Cold War, with new actors rapidly emerging, suggesting the US is fast losing its grip on the reins of power. By JAMES LEE 15:15, Sat, Aug 13, 2022 | UPDATED: 15:15, Sat, Aug 13, 2022 Major events have rocked the world over the last three years, from the global Covid pandemic to the outbreak of war in Ukraine, all of which are contributing to the changing face of world...
  • Anonymous Chinese shipowner spends $376m on tankers for Russian STS hub. ( England and .. mentioned )

    08/13/2022 7:43:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Lloyd’s List ^ | 09 Aug 2022 | Michelle Wiese Bockmann
    Thirteen tankers at heart of new ship-to-ship transhipment hub established mid-Atlantic to consolidate Russia-origin oil cargoes ... Evolving marine transport model seeks tankers to operate outside established markets, yet remain compliant with class, insurance and other regulatory and technical rules ... MYSTERY surrounds the identity of a China-based shipowner who has spent around $376m to acquire 13 tankers for deployment in high-risk, ship-to-ship transfers of Russia-origin crude in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Lloyd’s List has tracked five aframax tankers, seven very large crude carriers and one suezmax vessel to the anonymous buyer, via 20 separate but interconnected single-ship...
  • The media told how Shoigu and his entourage stole 80% of the money for the war (video)

    08/14/2022 10:19:40 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 80 replies
    https://ukrainetoday.org ^ | August 14, 2022 | veth
    Putin has no questions about the money allocated for the army, also for the reason that in exchange for the stolen, Defense Ministry officials are ready to carry out any, the most “dirty”, order of the head of the Russian Federation. Sergei Shoigu and his entourage profit from the money allocated for the Russian army / Screenshot Sergei Shoigu and his entourage profit from the money allocated for the Russian army / Screenshot High-ranking officials with real estate abroad and fabulous incomes that are not declared – this is what the new investigation of Alexei Navalny’s team is all about....
  • Heavy Losses Leave Russia Short of Its Goal, U.S. Officials Say

    08/13/2022 8:51:13 AM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 114 replies
    NYT ^ | 11-AUG-2022 | Helene Cooper
    The staggeringly high rate of Russian casualties in Ukraine means that President Vladimir V. Putin may not be able to achieve one of his key war objectives: seizing the entire eastern region of the country this year, officials in the Biden administration and military experts say. With 500 Russian troops killed or wounded every day, according to the latest estimate by American intelligence and military officials, Russia’s war effort has decelerated to a grinding slog, the officials said.
  • The Night of the Murdered Poets: Remembering One of Stalin’s Forgotten Killing Sprees

    08/12/2022 10:22:36 AM PDT · by T Ruth · 26 replies
    FEE ^ | August 12, 2022 | Lawrence W. Reed
    The ghastly event happened 70 years ago today, and teaches an important and timeless lesson. Power kills. Absolute power kills too many to count. Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin spoke with personal authority on the subject when he famously said, “A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” To write about any one or more massacres for which Stalin was responsible, one must first answer the question, “Which ones?” There are many. The slaughter of the kulaks during his collectivization campaigns of the 1930s. The Ukrainian Holodomor of 1932-33. The Great Purge of 1937. The killing of...
  • Hitler’s Watch Sells for $1.1 Million at Controversial Auction

    08/05/2022 1:36:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | August 5, 2022 | Sarah Kuta
    Jewish leaders opposed the sale, calling it “an abhorrence” in an open letterDespite fierce objections from Jewish leaders, a Maryland auction house has sold a wristwatch believed to have belonged to Adolf Hitler for $1.1 million. Alexander Historical Auctions, based in Chesapeake City, Maryland, sold the controversial artifact to an anonymous buyer on July 28, per the company’s website. The auction house also sold other Nazi-related items, including a golden eagle from Hitler’s bedroom, several of the genocidal dictator’s sketches and paintings and a dress that belonged to Eva Braun, Hitler’s wife. Report an ad Auction house officials believe Hitler...