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Over the past three months I’ve authored six articles about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine: that’s six out of eleven installments that have showed up at MY CORNER and then published in such venues as LEWROCKWELL.com and THE UNZ REVIEW.

That may seem excessive—and I acknowledge that. But the issue is, I would suggest, one of staggering significance to the United States and, indeed, to the future of the world.

As you might imagine, I have some friends who disagree with what I’ve written and have taken me to task for my views and assertions. There has even been a suggestion calling into question my use of sources and how I evaluate information and news which comes across my desk top computer. While I freely admit that I have a longstanding predisposition to distrust the standard American sources on the conflict in that part of Europe—and that my reading about and study of post-Communist Russia over the past twenty years inclines me to be more open to the Russian position in this crisis—at the same time I am very conscious that the first thing to suffer and disappear during war time is truth. And that both sides in this gruesome conflict employ propaganda and whatever media sources available to them.

Obviously, the Western media, that is, the major American news organs (Fox, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, etc.) and their equivalents in Europe are unanimously and zealously pro-Ukrainian. And there are some very important reasons for that, including the fact that nearly the entirety of that media reflects a globalist and neoconservative perspective on the conflict.

Indeed, there is a real symbiosis between the major American media and the political establishment, centered in Washington D.C. That virtual unity includes both the Democrats and the Republicans, who, if anything, are more war like than their supposed opponents. Indeed, a friend of mine commented that he thought it significant that on the war the positions of Fox News and CNN were almost identical; he said that because he believed that since all the major news sources were in agreement, then certainly what they presented was truthful.

But that has not been and is not how I evaluate the news coming out of Ukraine and Russia. Every assertion I write about I try to back up with a variety of sources; I attempt to verify the best I can. Some of the information I present is highly contentious or debatable; I offer it to counter what I consider to be the over-the-top, at times hysterical reporting that shows up on Fox or CNN. As another friend recently said to me concerning the claims of Russian “war crimes”: “Maybe at the end of this thing we’ll see who was right?”

I am certainly willing to continue to evaluate seriously what is reported, and I hope that at some point there will be a final accounting of what is fact, what is mere supposition, and what is indeed fake and propaganda.

Nevertheless, the more I read, each morning dozens of sources from all over the world, the more I seriously doubt the commonly-held mantra of the near-totality of our major news media.

And that, given the critical issues involved in this question, is why I continue to write about it and offer a contrary view to much of what can be seen on Fox News or spewed forth by a Brian Kilmeade. And why I attempt to do that as intelligently as I can.

Just recently I came across perhaps the clearest and most reasonable account of what has been going on in Ukraine. Its importance comes due to the fact that its author, Jacques Baud, a retired colonel in the Swiss intelligence service, was variously a highly placed, major participant in NATO training operations in Ukraine. Over the years, he also had extensive dealings with his Russian counterparts. His long essay first appeared (in French) at the respected Centre Français de Recherche sur le Renseignement. A literal translation appeared at The Postil (April 1, 2022). I have gone back to the original French and edited the article down some and rendered it, I hope, in more idiomatic English. I do not think in editing it I have damaged Baud’s fascinating account. For in a real sense, what he has done is “to let the cat out of the bag.”

In the past I’ve read accounts and reports that either confirm or in some way match the narrative that he offers. Some of these that I’ve written about or cited are by: Dr. John Mearsheimer, Archbishop Carlo Vigano, Glenn Greenwald, Sohrab Ahmari, Colonel Douglas Macgregor, Mike Whitney, and others. But none of these writers has offered the first-hand, in depth, and comprehensive account as Colonel Baud, clearly and knowledgeably, has done.

It is still a bit lengthy, despite my editing. But I urge you to read and ponder Baud’s commentary. Along with the historical accounts of historian John Mearsheimer, it should be required reading for those zealous policy hawks, both in the GOP and the Democratic Party, who are pushing us into World War III:

The Military Situation In The Ukraine

https://cf2r.org/documentation/la-situation-militaire-en-ukraine/

March 2022 BY Jacques Baud

Part One: The Road To War

For years, from Mali to Afghanistan, I have worked for peace and risked my life for it. It is therefore not a question of justifying war, but of understanding what led us to it. [….]

Let’s try to examine the roots of the [Ukrainian] conflict. It starts with those who for the last eight years have been talking about “separatists” or “independentists” from Donbass. This is a misnomer. The referendums conducted by the two self-proclaimed Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk in May 2014, were not referendums of “independence” (независимость), as some unscrupulous journalists have claimed, but referendums of “self-determination” or “autonomy” (самостоятельность). The qualifier “pro-Russian” suggests that Russia was a party to the conflict, which was not the case, and the term “Russian speakers” would have been more honest. Moreover, these referendums were conducted against the advice of Vladimir Putin.

In fact, these Republics were not seeking to separate from Ukraine, but to have a status of autonomy, guaranteeing them the use of the Russian language as an official language–because the first legislative act of the new government resulting from the American-sponsored overthrow of [the democratically-elected] President Yanukovych, was the abolition, on February 23, 2014, of the Kivalov-Kolesnichenko law of 2012 that made Russian an official language in Ukraine. A bit like if German putschists decided that French and Italian would no longer be official languages in Switzerland.

This decision caused a storm in the Russian-speaking population. The result was fierce repression against the Russian-speaking regions (Odessa, Dnepropetrovsk, Kharkov, Lugansk and Donetsk) which was carried out beginning in February 2014 and led to a militarization of the situation and some horrific massacres of the Russian population (in Odessa and Mariupol, the most notable).

At this stage, too rigid and engrossed in a doctrinaire approach to operations, the Ukrainian general staff subdued the enemy but without managing to actually prevail. The war waged by the autonomists [consisted in].… highly mobile operations conducted with light means. With a more flexible and less doctrinaire approach, the rebels were able to exploit the inertia of Ukrainian forces to repeatedly “trap” them.

In 2014, when I was at NATO, I was responsible for the fight against the proliferation of small arms, and we were trying to detect Russian arms deliveries to the rebels, to see if Moscow was involved. The information we received then came almost entirely from Polish intelligence services and did not “fit” with the information coming from the OSCE [Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe]—and despite rather crude allegations, there were no deliveries of weapons and military equipment from Russia.

The rebels were armed thanks to the defection of Russian-speaking Ukrainian units that went over to the rebel side. As Ukrainian failures continued, tank, artillery and anti-aircraft battalions swelled the ranks of the autonomists. This is what pushed the Ukrainians to commit to the Minsk Agreements.

But just after signing the Minsk 1 Agreements, the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko launched a massive “anti-terrorist operation” (ATO/Антитерористична операція) against the Donbass. Poorly advised by NATO officers, the Ukrainians suffered a crushing defeat in Debaltsevo, which forced them to engage in the Minsk 2 Agreements.

It is essential to recall here that Minsk 1 (September 2014) and Minsk 2 (February 2015) Agreements did not provide for the separation or independence of the Republics, but their autonomy within the framework of Ukraine. Those who have read the Agreements (there are very few who actually have) will note that it is written that the status of the Republics was to be negotiated between Kiev and the representatives of the Republics, for an internal solution within Ukraine.

That is why since 2014, Russia has systematically demanded the implementation of the Minsk Agreements while refusing to be a party to the negotiations, because it was an internal matter of Ukraine. On the other side, the West—led by France—systematically tried to replace Minsk Agreements with the “Normandy format,” which put Russians and Ukrainians face-to-face. However, let us remember that there were never any Russian troops in the Donbass before 23-24 February 2022. Moreover, OSCE observers have never observed the slightest trace of Russian units operating in the Donbass before then. For example, the U.S. intelligence map published by the Washington Post on December 3, 2021 does not show Russian troops in the Donbass.

In October 2015, Vasyl Hrytsak, director of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU), confessed that only 56 Russian fighters had been observed in the Donbass. This was exactly comparable to the Swiss who went to fight in Bosnia on weekends, in the 1990s, or the French who go to fight in Ukraine today.

The Ukrainian army was then in a deplorable state. In October 2018, after four years of war, the chief Ukrainian military prosecutor, Anatoly Matios, stated that Ukraine had lost 2,700 men in the Donbass: 891 from illnesses, 318 from road accidents, 177 from other accidents, 175 from poisonings (alcohol, drugs), 172 from careless handling of weapons, 101 from breaches of security regulations, 228 from murders and 615 from suicides.

In fact, the Ukrainian army was undermined by the corruption of its cadres and no longer enjoyed the support of the population. According to a British Home Office report, in the March/April 2014 recall of reservists, 70 percent did not show up for the first session, 80 percent for the second, 90 percent for the third, and 95 percent for the fourth. In October/November 2017, 70% of conscripts did not show up for the “Fall 2017” recall campaign. This is not counting suicides and desertions (often over to the autonomists), which reached up to 30 percent of the workforce in the ATO area. Young Ukrainians refused to go and fight in the Donbass and preferred emigration, which also explains, at least partially, the demographic deficit of the country.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense then turned to NATO to help make its armed forces more “attractive.” Having already worked on similar projects within the framework of the United Nations, I was asked by NATO to participate in a program to restore the image of the Ukrainian armed forces. But this is a long-term process and the Ukrainians wanted to move quickly.

So, to compensate for the lack of soldiers, the Ukrainian government resorted to paramilitary militias…. In 2020, they constituted about 40 percent of the Ukrainian forces and numbered about 102,000 men, according to Reuters. They were armed, financed and trained by the United States, Great Britain, Canada and France. There were more than 19 nationalities.

These militias had been operating in the Donbass since 2014, with Western support. Even if one can argue about the term “Nazi,” the fact remains that these militias are violent, convey a nauseating ideology and are virulently anti-Semitic…[and] are composed of fanatical and brutal individuals. The best known of these is the Azov Regiment, whose emblem is reminiscent of the 2nd SS Das Reich Panzer Division, which is revered in the Ukraine for liberating Kharkov from the Soviets in 1943, before carrying out the 1944 Oradour-sur-Glane massacre in France. [….]

The characterization of the Ukrainian paramilitaries as “Nazis” or “neo-Nazis” is considered Russian propaganda. But that’s not the view of the Times of Israel, or the West Point Academy’s Center for Counterterrorism. In 2014, Newsweek magazine seemed to associate them more with… the Islamic State. Take your pick!

So, the West supported and continued to arm militias that have been guilty of numerous crimes against civilian populations since 2014: rape, torture and massacres….

The integration of these paramilitary forces into the Ukrainian National Guard was not at all accompanied by a “denazification,” as some claim.

Among the many examples, that of the Azov Regiment’s insignia is instructive:

In 2022, very schematically, the Ukrainian armed forces fighting the Russian offensive were organized as:

  • The Army, subordinated to the Ministry of Defense. It is organized into 3 army corps and composed of maneuver formations (tanks, heavy artillery, missiles, etc.).
  • The National Guard, which depends on the Ministry of the Interior and is organized into 5 territorial commands.

The National Guard is therefore a territorial defense force that is not part of the Ukrainian army. It includes paramilitary militias, called “volunteer battalions” (добровольчі батальйоні), also known by the evocative name of “reprisal battalions,” and composed of infantry. Primarily trained for urban combat, they now defend cities such as Kharkov, Mariupol, Odessa, Kiev, etc.

Part Two: The War

As a former head of analysis of Warsaw Pact forces in the Swiss strategic intelligence service, I observe with sadness—but not astonishment—that our services are no longer able to understand the military situation in Ukraine. The self-proclaimed “experts” who parade on our TV screens tirelessly relay the same information modulated by the claim that Russia—and Vladimir Putin—is irrational. Let’s take a step back.

  1. The Outbreak Of War

Since November 2021, the Americans have been constantly threatening a Russian invasion of Ukraine. However, the Ukrainians at first did not seem to agree. Why not?

We have to go back to March 24, 2021. On that day, Volodymyr Zelensky issued a decree for the recapture of the Crimea, and began to deploy his forces to the south of the country. At the same time, several NATO exercises were conducted between the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea, accompanied by a significant increase in reconnaissance flights along the Russian border. Russia then conducted several exercises to test the operational readiness of its troops and to show that it was following the evolution of the situation.

Things calmed down until October-November with the end of the ZAPAD 21 exercises, whose troop movements were interpreted as a reinforcement for an offensive against Ukraine. However, even the Ukrainian authorities refuted the idea of Russian preparations for a war, and Oleksiy Reznikov, Ukrainian Minister of Defense, states that there had been no change on its border since the spring.

In violation of the Minsk Agreements, Ukraine was conducting air operations in Donbass using drones, including at least one strike against a fuel depot in Donetsk in October 2021. The American press noted this, but not the Europeans; and no one condemned these violations.

In February 2022, events came to a head. On February 7, during his visit to Moscow, Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed to Vladimir Putin his commitment to the Minsk Agreements, a commitment he would repeat after his meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky the next day. But on February 11, in Berlin, after nine hours of work, the meeting of political advisors to the leaders of the “Normandy format” ended without any concrete result: the Ukrainians still refused to apply the Minsk Agreements, apparently under pressure from the United States. Vladimir Putin noted that Macron had made empty promises and that the West was not ready to enforce the agreements, the same opposition to a settlement it had exhibited for eight years.

Ukrainian preparations in the contact zone continued. The Russian Parliament became alarmed; and on February 15 it asked Vladimir Putin to recognize the independence of the Republics, which he initially refused to do.

On 17 February, President Joe Biden announced that Russia would attack Ukraine in the next few days. How did he know this? It is a mystery. But since the 16th, the artillery shelling of the population of Donbass had increased dramatically, as the daily reports of the OSCE observers show. Naturally, neither the media, nor the European Union, nor NATO, nor any Western government reacted or intervened. It would be said later that this was Russian disinformation. In fact, it seems that the European Union and some countries have deliberately kept silent about the massacre of the Donbass population, knowing that this would provoke a Russian intervention.

At the same time, there were reports of sabotage in the Donbass. On 18 January, Donbass fighters intercepted saboteurs, who spoke Polish and were equipped with Western equipment and who were seeking to create chemical incidents in Gorlivka. They could have been CIA mercenaries, led or “advised” by Americans and composed of Ukrainian or European fighters, to carry out sabotage actions in the Donbass Republics.

In fact, as early as February 16, Joe Biden knew that the Ukrainians had begun intense shelling the civilian population of Donbass, forcing Vladimir Putin to make a difficult choice: to help Donbass militarily and create an international problem, or to stand by and watch the Russian-speaking people of Donbass being crushed.

If he decided to intervene, Putin could invoke the international obligation of “Responsibility To Protect” (R2P). But he knew that whatever its nature or scale, the intervention would trigger a storm of sanctions. Therefore, whether Russian intervention were limited to the Donbass or went further to put pressure on the West over the status of the Ukraine, the price to pay would be the same. This is what he explained in his speech on February 21. On that day, he agreed to the request of the Duma and recognized the independence of the two Donbass Republics and, at the same time, he signed friendship and assistance treaties with them.

The Ukrainian artillery bombardment of the Donbass population continued, and, on 23 February, the two Republics asked for military assistance from Russia. On 24 February, Vladimir Putin invoked Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, which provides for mutual military assistance in the framework of a defensive alliance.

In order to make the Russian intervention seem totally illegal in the eyes of the public, Western powers deliberately hid the fact that the war actually started on February 16. The Ukrainian army was preparing to attack the Donbass as early as 2021, as some Russian and European intelligence services were well aware.

In his speech of February 24, Vladimir Putin stated the two objectives of his operation: “demilitarize” and “denazify” the Ukraine. So, it was not a question of taking over Ukraine, nor even, presumably, of occupying it; and certainly not of destroying it.

From then on, our knowledge of the course of the operation is limited: the Russians have excellent security for their operations (OPSEC) and the details of their planning are not known. But fairly quickly, the course of the operation allows us to understand how the strategic objectives were translated on the operational level.

Demilitarization:

  • ground destruction of Ukrainian aviation, air defense systems and reconnaissance assets;
  • neutralization of command and intelligence structures (C3I), as well as the main logistical routes in the depth of the territory;
  • encirclement of the bulk of the Ukrainian army massed in the southeast of the country.

Denazification:

  • destruction or neutralization of volunteer battalions operating in the cities of Odessa, Kharkov, and Mariupol, as well as in various facilities in the territory.

 

  1. Demilitarization

The Russian offensive was carried out in a very “classic” manner. Initially—as the Israelis had done in 1967—with the destruction on the ground of the air force in the very first hours. Then, we witnessed a simultaneous progression along several axes according to the principle of “flowing water”: advance everywhere where resistance was weak and leave the cities (very demanding in terms of troops) for later. In the north, the Chernobyl power plant was occupied immediately to prevent acts of sabotage. The images of Ukrainian and Russian soldiers guarding the plant together are of course not shown.

The idea that Russia is trying to take over Kiev, the capital, to eliminate Zelensky, comes typically from the West…. But Vladimir Putin never intended to shoot or topple Zelensky. Instead, Russia seeks to keep him in power by pushing him to negotiate, by surrounding Kiev. The Russians want to obtain the neutrality of Ukraine.

Many Western commentators were surprised that the Russians continued to seek a negotiated solution while conducting military operations. The explanation lies in the Russian strategic outlook since the Soviet era. For the West, war begins when politics ends. However, the Russian approach follows a Clausewitzian inspiration: war is the continuity of politics and one can move fluidly from one to the other, even during combat. This allows one to create pressure on the adversary and push him to negotiate.

From an operational point of view, the Russian offensive was an example of previous military action and planning: in six days, the Russians seized a territory as large as the United Kingdom, with a speed of advance greater than what the Wehrmacht had achieved in 1940.

The bulk of the Ukrainian army was deployed in the south of the country in preparation for a major operation against the Donbass. This is why Russian forces were able to encircle it from the beginning of March in the “cauldron” between Slavyansk, Kramatorsk and Severodonetsk, with a thrust from the East through Kharkov and another from the South from Crimea. Troops from the Donetsk (DPR) and Lugansk (LPR) Republics are complementing the Russian forces with a push from the East.

At this stage, Russian forces are slowly tightening the noose, but are no longer under any time pressure or schedule. Their demilitarization goal is all but achieved and the remaining Ukrainian forces no longer have an operational and strategic command structure.

The “slowdown” that our “experts” attribute to poor logistics is only the consequence of having achieved their objectives. Russia does not want to engage in an occupation of the entire Ukrainian territory. In fact, it appears that Russia is trying to limit its advance to the linguistic border of the country.

Our media speak of indiscriminate bombardments against the civilian population, especially in Kharkov, and horrific images are widely broadcast. However, Gonzalo Lira, a Latin American correspondent who lives there, presents us with a calm city on March 10 and March 11. It is true that it is a large city and we do not see everything—but this seems to indicate that we are not in the total war that we are served continuously on our TV screens. As for the Donbass Republics, they have “liberated” their own territories and are fighting in the city of Mariupol.

  1. Denazification

In cities like Kharkov, Mariupol and Odessa, the Ukrainian defense is provided by the paramilitary militias. They know that the objective of “denazification” is aimed primarily at them. For an attacker in an urbanized area, civilians are a problem. This is why Russia is seeking to create humanitarian corridors to empty cities of civilians and leave only the militias, to fight them more easily.

Conversely, these militias seek to keep civilians in the cities from evacuating in order to dissuade the Russian army from fighting there. This is why they are reluctant to implement these corridors and do everything to ensure that Russian efforts are unsuccessful—they use the civilian population as “human shields.” Videos showing civilians trying to leave Mariupol and beaten up by fighters of the Azov regiment are of course carefully censored by the Western media.

On Facebook, the Azov group was considered in the same category as the Islamic State [ISIS] and subject to the platform’s “policy on dangerous individuals and organizations.” It was therefore forbidden to glorify its activities, and “posts” that were favorable to it were systematically banned. But on February 24, Facebook changed its policy and allowed posts favorable to the militia. In the same spirit, in March, the platform authorized, in the former Eastern countries, calls for the murder of Russian soldiers and leaders. So much for the values that inspire our leaders.

Our media propagate a romantic image of popular resistance by the Ukrainian people. It is this image that led the European Union to finance the distribution of arms to the civilian population. In my capacity as head of peacekeeping at the UN, I worked on the issue of civilian protection. We found that violence against civilians occurred in very specific contexts. In particular, when weapons are abundant and there are no command structures.

These command structures are the essence of armies: their function is to channel the use of force towards an objective. By arming citizens in a haphazard manner, as is currently the case, the EU is turning them into combatants, with the consequential effect of making them potential targets. Moreover, without command, without operational goals, the distribution of arms leads inevitably to settling of scores, banditry and actions that are more deadly than effective. War becomes a matter of emotions. Force becomes violence. This is what happened in Tawarga (Libya) from 11 to 13 August 2011, where 30,000 black Africans were massacred with weapons parachuted (illegally) by France. By the way, the British Royal Institute for Strategic Studies (RUSI) does not see any added value in these arms deliveries.

Moreover, by delivering arms to a country at war, one exposes oneself to being considered a belligerent. The Russian strikes of March 13, 2022, against the Mykolayev air base follow Russian warnings that arms shipments would be treated as hostile targets.

The EU is repeating the disastrous experience of the Third Reich in the final hours of the Battle of Berlin. War must be left to the military and when one side has lost, it must be admitted. And if there is to be resistance, it must be led and structured. But we are doing exactly the opposite—we are pushing citizens to go and fight, and at the same time, Facebook authorizes calls for the murder of Russian soldiers and leaders. So much for the values that inspire us.

Some intelligence services see this irresponsible decision as a way to use the Ukrainian population as cannon fodder to fight Vladimir Putin’s Russia…. It would have been better to engage in negotiations and thus obtain guarantees for the civilian population than to add fuel to the fire. It is easy to be combative with the blood of others.

  1. The Maternity Hospital At Mariupol

It is important to understand beforehand that it is not the Ukrainian army that is defending Mariupol, but the Azov militia, composed of foreign mercenaries.

In its March 7, 2022 summary of the situation, the Russian UN mission in New York stated that “Residents report that Ukrainian armed forces expelled staff from the Mariupol city birth hospital No. 1 and set up a firing post inside the facility.” On March 8, the independent Russian media Lenta.ru, published the testimony of civilians from Mariupol who told that the maternity hospital was taken over by the militia of the Azov regiment, and who drove out the civilian occupants by threatening them with their weapons. They confirmed the statements of the Russian ambassador a few hours earlier.

The hospital in Mariupol occupies a dominant position, perfectly suited for the installation of anti-tank weapons and for observation. On 9 March, Russian forces struck the building. According to CNN, 17 people were wounded, but the images do not show any casualties in the building and there is no evidence that the victims mentioned are related to this strike. There is talk of children, but in reality, there is nothing. This does not prevent the leaders of the EU from seeing this as a war crime. And this allows Zelensky to call for a no-fly zone over Ukraine.

In reality, we do not know exactly what happened. But the sequence of events tends to confirm that Russian forces struck a position of the Azov regiment and that the maternity ward was then free of civilians.

The problem is that the paramilitary militias that defend the cities are encouraged by the international community not to respect the rules of war. It seems that the Ukrainians have replayed the scenario of the Kuwait City maternity hospital in 1990, which was totally staged by the firm Hill & Knowlton for \$10.7 million in order to convince the United Nations Security Council to intervene in Iraq for Operation Desert Shield/Storm.

Western politicians have accepted civilian strikes in the Donbass for eight years without adopting any sanctions against the Ukrainian government. We have long since entered a dynamic where Western politicians have agreed to sacrifice international law towards their goal of weakening Russia.

Part Three: Conclusions

As an ex-intelligence professional, the first thing that strikes me is the total absence of Western intelligence services in accurately representing the situation over the past year…. In fact, it seems that throughout the Western world intelligence services have been overwhelmed by the politicians. The problem is that it is the politicians who decide—the best intelligence service in the world is useless if the decision-maker does not listen. This is what has happened during this crisis.

That said, while a few intelligence services had a very accurate and rational picture of the situation, others clearly had the same picture as that propagated by our media… The problem is that, from experience, I have found them to be extremely bad at the analytical level—doctrinaire, they lack the intellectual and political independence necessary to assess a situation with military “quality.”

Second, it seems that in some European countries, politicians have deliberately responded ideologically to the situation. That is why this crisis has been irrational from the beginning. It should be noted that all the documents that were presented to the public during this crisis were presented by politicians based on commercial sources.

Some Western politicians obviously wanted there to be a conflict. In the United States, the attack scenarios presented by Anthony Blinken to the UN Security Council were only the product of the imagination of a Tiger Team working for him—he did exactly as Donald Rumsfeld did in 2002, who “bypassed” the CIA and other intelligence services that were much less assertive about Iraqi chemical weapons.

The dramatic developments we are witnessing today have causes that we knew about but refused to see:

  • on the strategic level, the expansion of NATO (which we have not dealt with here);
  • on the political level, the Western refusal to implement the Minsk Agreements;
  • and operationally, the continuous and repeated attacks on the civilian population of the Donbass over the past years and the dramatic increase in late February 2022.

In other words, we can naturally deplore and condemn the Russian attack. But WE (that is: the United States, France and the European Union in the lead) have created the conditions for a conflict to break out. We show compassion for the Ukrainian people and the two million refugees. That is fine. But if we had had a modicum of compassion for the same number of refugees from the Ukrainian populations of Donbass massacred by their own government and who sought refuge in Russia for eight years, none of this would probably have happened.

[….]

Whether the term “genocide” applies to the abuses suffered by the people of Donbass is an open question. The term is generally reserved for cases of greater magnitude (Holocaust, etc.). But the definition given by the Genocide Convention is probably broad enough to apply to this case.

Clearly, this conflict has led us into hysteria. Sanctions seem to have become the preferred tool of our foreign policies. If we had insisted that Ukraine abide by the Minsk Agreements, which we had negotiated and endorsed, none of this would have happened. Vladimir Putin’s condemnation is also ours. There is no point in whining afterwards—we should have acted earlier. However, neither Emmanuel Macron (as guarantor and member of the UN Security Council), nor Olaf Scholz, nor Volodymyr Zelensky have respected their commitments. In the end, the real defeat is that of those who have no voice.

The European Union was unable to promote the implementation of the Minsk agreements—on the contrary, it did not react when Ukraine was bombing its own population in the Donbass. Had it done so, Vladimir Putin would not have needed to react. Absent from the diplomatic phase, the EU distinguished itself by fueling the conflict. On February 27, the Ukrainian government agreed to enter into negotiations with Russia. But a few hours later, the European Union voted a budget of 450 million euros to supply arms to the Ukraine, adding fuel to the fire. From then on, the Ukrainians felt that they did not need to reach an agreement. The resistance of the Azov militia in Mariupol even led to a boost of 500 million euros for weapons.

In Ukraine, with the blessing of the Western countries, those who are in favor of a negotiation have been eliminated. This is the case of Denis Kireyev, one of the Ukrainian negotiators, assassinated on March 5 by the Ukrainian secret service (SBU) because he was too favorable to Russia and was considered a traitor. The same fate befell Dmitry Demyanenko, former deputy head of the SBU’s main directorate for Kiev and its region, who was assassinated on March 10 because he was too favorable to an agreement with Russia—he was shot by the Mirotvorets (“Peacemaker”) militia. This militia is associated with the Mirotvorets website, which lists the “enemies of Ukraine,” with their personal data, addresses and telephone numbers, so that they can be harassed or even eliminated; a practice that is punishable in many countries, but not in the Ukraine. The UN and some European countries have demanded the closure of this site—but that demand was refused by the Rada [Ukrainian parliament].

In the end, the price will be high, but Vladimir Putin will likely achieve the goals he set for himself. We have pushed him into the arms of China. His ties with Beijing have solidified. China is emerging as a mediator in the conflict…. The Americans have to ask Venezuela and Iran for oil to get out of the energy impasse they have put themselves in—and the United States has to piteously backtrack on the sanctions imposed on its enemies.

Western ministers who seek to collapse the Russian economy and make the Russian people suffer, or even call for the assassination of Putin, show (even if they have partially reversed the form of their words, but not the substance!) that our leaders are no better than those we hate—sanctioning Russian athletes in the Para-Olympic Games or Russian artists has nothing to do with fighting Putin. [….]

What makes the conflict in Ukraine more blameworthy than our wars in Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya? What sanctions have we adopted against those who deliberately lied to the international community in order to wage unjust, unjustified and murderous wars?….Have we adopted a single sanction against the countries, companies or politicians who are supplying weapons to the conflict in Yemen, considered to be the “worst humanitarian disaster in the world?”

To ask the question is to answer it… and the answer is not pretty.

Jacques Baud is a former colonel of the General Staff, ex-member of the Swiss strategic intelligence, specialist on Eastern countries. He was trained in the American and British intelligence services. He has served as Policy Chief for United Nations Peace Operations. As a UN expert on rule of law and security institutions, he designed and led the first multidimensional UN intelligence unit in the Sudan. He has worked for the African Union and was for 5 years responsible for the fight, at NATO, against the proliferation of small arms. He was involved in discussions with the highest Russian military and intelligence officials just after the fall of the USSR. Within NATO, he followed the 2014 Ukrainian crisis and later participated in programs to assist the Ukraine. He is the author of several books on intelligence, war and terrorism, in particular Le Détournement published by SIGEST, Gouverner par les fake news , L’affaire Navalny . His latest book is Poutine, maître du jeu? published by Max Milo.

This article appears through the gracious courtesy of Centre Français de Recherche sur le Renseignement, Paris.

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  1. Dutch Boy says:

    Tucker Carlson has cited yet another reason for the American policy on Ukraine: it has allowed the Biden administration to implement a stealth Green New Deal policy. The gas and fuel shortages are all Putin’s fault now.

    • Agree: ariadna, GKWillie
  2. cutting to the core:

    America is subject to a Zioni\$t Globo-homo Occupation Government, as is Palestine, and all the remnant White nations, except Hungary and Russia.

    Ukraine, via the 2014 Kiev Coup, is also subject to a Zioni\$t (((Poroshenko, Zelensky))) globo-homo Occupation Government.

    any individual or state that resists Zioni\$t Globo-homo will be attacked in every possible way

    by Uncle Schmuel and its minyans.

    • Replies: @simple mind
    , @aleksander
  3. TG says:

    I don’t know what is going on in Ukraine, I mean, sure, the western elites will lie about everything, but sometimes they tell at least some of truth, when it suits them. How can I tell?

    I would however like to indulge in a bit of “comparative propagandology.” I checked the leading headlines of two of the main state organs of propaganda, CNN, and Sputnik. What did I find?

    CNN: Russian forces are in disarray and Ukrainians are regaining the initiative.

    Sputnik: Something about Hunter Biden’s laptop.

    Conclusion: Granted that the Russians were provoked, and perhaps Putin will force a victory out of this, but my reading is that things are not going exactly as the Russians had planned.

  4. tyrone says:

    Western intelligence services in accurately representing the situation over the past year….

    …….are these the same “intelligence experts” that told use that Hunter’s laptop was a Russian fake?

    • Thanks: GKWillie
    • LOL: Spanky
    • Replies: @rgl
  5. Cookie says:

    A shortcut to understand any conflict is to witness who does well out of it.

    Arms sales, energy coast increases and stopping a pipeline that will create a relationship with so called allies and a competitor?

    The U.S may have this short term win but it has now set in place its long term collapse.

    If Europeans don’t start moving away from a friend who seems more like an enemy then they will bear the cost of the new cold war.

    It is no accident that a declining power tries to go back to the time of its greatest power by provoking an old enemy.

    Do Europeans want this? Only they can stop it by distancing themselves from a troublemaker, asking for your gold back is a good start.

  6. Wokechoke says:

    Good explanation of the sequence of events. Putin made sure the Ukrainians have no offensive capability. Dangerous when cornered but no operational threat.

  7. Notsofast says:

    the azov insignia is just a mirror image of the s.s. insignia. i could never understand why the germans hate the slavs so much and as far as ukranazis, they are as blind as clayton bigsby.

    • LOL: Bro43rd
    • Replies: @Old Brown Fool
    , @Bro43rd
  8. Anonymous[226] • Disclaimer says:
    @TG

    Russia simply doesn’t want to go into the details of the operation and disclose the actual military objectives and strategy. This has been obvious since day 1. The reason is probably because if they would state the objectives in a clear manner like “We aim to take city X by date Y” anybody could then say the Russians are losing when that wouldn’t happen. A war is a complicated thing with a lot of moving pieces, so it’s hard to make accurate predictions.

    The Russian media like RT and Sputnik talks more about the politics, economics and diplomacy aspects than about the military ones. They’re also not bragging about their successes all that much.

    • Agree: Tom Welsh, showmethereal
    • Replies: @meamjojo
  9. Right_On says:

    During WWII, Allied peoples could listen to Lord Haw-Haw, Axis Sally and Tokyo Rose. (And Ezra Pound!) Whereas, in Nazi-occupied Europe, German technicians jammed signals emanating from the BBC.

    Today, on the Continent and in the UK, RT (aka, ‘Russia Today’) has had its broadcasting license cancelled and internet access cut off. Seems our lords and masters have decided that Goebbels had the right idea all along.

    • Agree: Rogue
    • Replies: @Tess
  10. anonymous[139] • Disclaimer says:

    Western coverage is wall to wall fabrication, totally fake stories out of the movie ‘Wag the Dog’. It’s almost impossible for the average person to get the real picture. One has to really dig and sift through things, something most can’t or won’t do. First one has to get the bare facts and then decide what they mean. In his book ‘Homage to Catalonia’ Orwell recounted his experiences in the Spanish civil war and how media journalists consistently lied. Battles that never took place were reported as fact while actual ones were never mentioned, credit given to those who had nothing to do with it, legends woven out of nothing, the whole nine yards. Journalists are people who lie for a living, according to Orwell. That was in the 30’s and they’ve gotten more slick in the lie game. Outside of the English-speaking world how is the situation being perceived? There’s billions in China, India, Middle East, Asia, Africa; are they buying into the US-UK propaganda factory? Perhaps all that’s needed is to bamboozle those who’ll bear the cost for this grand effort.

    • Agree: Bugey libre
    • Replies: @dindunuffins
  11. Notsofast says:
    @TG

    southfront is a much better source for a military perspective. imo the russians are concentrating on cleaning out the kettles in eastern ukraine, their true objective. the whole idea that this was a walk in the park, is pure mockingbird media propaganda. there are reports that the illegally occupied oil fields in northern syria were hit with rocket fire today, the u.s. claims they were just conducting “a controlled explosion of war remnants”, who you gonna believe?

  12. That may seem excessive—and I acknowledge that. But the issue is, I would suggest, one of staggering significance to the United States and, indeed, to the future of the world.

    Only if you name the Jewish Power as the culprit behind this madness.

    Jewish Power took over and purged American politics and thought of all people like George Kennan, Mearsheimer, and of course the ‘Arabists’ who warned against being 100% for Zionism/Yinonism.

    It’s not just Russia. The pedo-globo-homo and BLM nuttery have also been enabled by Jews who control media, academonia, whore state, and the ‘science’, which is now schwience. Consider what Jewish power did with Covid.

    If you really want to make a difference, attack Jewish supremacism. You don’t have to attack Jews or Jewishness but Jewish supremacism must be denounced. It’s like one could admire German history and culture but could still denounce Hitlerianism.

    BroNat knows.



    Video Link

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    , @Anonymous
  13. meamjojo says:
    @Anonymous

    [ROFLOL] “They’re also not bragging about their successes all that much. ”

    Russian media would LOVE to brag about successes/victories. If they had any you can bet they would be broadcast far & wide.

    Right now, the cowardly Russians are executing civilians and booby-trapping their bodies when they get forced out of an area. As this would not be suitable to broadcast across Russia, they stick to their usual propaganda.

    I predict that with the help of NATO+USA, the Russians will be forced to put their tails between their legs and leave all of Ukraine, including Crimea and Donbas, just as they were in Afghanistan.

    This is a proxy war now and our forces are going to teach Putin/Russia an expensive lesson.

  14. Great article!

    Great insight here from the great Doug Macgregor:

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
  15. @meamjojo

    This is a proxy war now and our forces …

    All wars fought to serve the interests of world Jewry are proxy wars, since Jews are too base to do their own fighting. And what do you mean by “our forces,” mama’s boy? Have you ever hoisted a weapon that wasn’t a table knife, a dessert fork, or a teaspoon?

    I’d thank you for contributing here, as you do elsewhere, the official (i.e., transparently false) Mossad response to whatever matter is under discussion, except for one nagging reservation: Although you have all the unwarranted self-assurance and disdain for truth of an Israeli operative, you are plainly even thicker than the dancing Jersey City “art students” of 9/11 fame. In other words, even Abe Foxman is a more persuasive blowhard than you are.

  16. An article of variable quality, often telling me no more than I knew already. Baud makes no mention of the heavy Jewish/Zionist/Israeli involvement in all of this, but, there again, neither does Cathey. So no change there.
    Baud doesn’t have the best of track records.

    Jacques Baud also believes that the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal was caused by “food poisoning” and that the poisoning of Alexei Navalny is probably “the fact of the mafia” [ 18 ]

    The Skripals were not poisoned. It was a hoax peretrated by MI5, as anyone who has followed the evidence closely surely knows. Likewise Navalny was not poisoned by anyone other than himself. Examination of the medical evidence indicates acute pancreatitis, the result of Navalny’s alcoholism, drug addictions and diabetes.

    Then we get this from Baud.

    What makes the conflict in Ukraine more blameworthy than our wars in Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya?

    Admittedly, Baud stopped being a member of Swiss Intelligence in 1990. Since then he has worked as a consultant/ employee for the UN, UNHCR, NATO, The African Union etc. No doubt he has worked for private companies as well.
    However, he is still a Swiss citizen. How are the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya Swiss wars ? They’re not. Baud would be better advocating for traditional Swiss neutrality, which is severely under threat at the moment.
    In 2015, the EU forced Switzerland to reveal the bank holdings that EU residents had in Switzerland, effective from 2018. This ended “secret”Swiss bank accounts for EU residents, on which they could evade tax in their homelands. Admittedly, it was enshrined in treaty and reciprocal. Nevertheless, it was an infringement of Swiss sovereignty and neutrality engendered by threats from the EU,

    Since then Swiss neutrality has required EU permission. Unsurprisingly, Switzerland has sanctioned Russia over Ukraine. Russia has counter-sanctioned. Both are significant, especially the latter. This is the first time that Switzerland has ever been sanctioned by another country. It is no longer regarded as neutral. More and more countries will come to regard Switzerland in that light. The end of Swiss neutrality is clearly in sight.

    • Replies: @mocissepvis
  17. Anonymous[226] • Disclaimer says:
    @meamjojo

    Good to know you’ve exposed yourself as a shill for Western policy. We’ve seen them with the Covid/vaccine issues as well. Do they pay you or do you do this for your own pleasure?

    BTW, the site should have a “shill” designator besides “troll”. Shills and glowies are much worse than trolls.

    • Replies: @Realist
  18. BuelahMan says:

    As an ex-intelligence professional, the first thing that strikes me is the total absence of Western intelligence services in accurately representing the situation over the past year…

    You wrote that, expecting it to give you some clout?

    LOL

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
  19. Steved says:
    @meamjojo

    And I bet that you, like most Americans, had no idea the US was losing in Afghanistan until they were all mobbing Kabul airport scrambling to get out. LOL

    • Agree: Wokechoke
  20. Wokechoke says:
    @BuelahMan

    That’s the Swiss author. He was in charge of weapons control of region a few years ago.

  21. Wokechoke says:
    @meamjojo

    The Russian land grab speaks for itself. They own the Dneiper estuary. They own the Donets valley.

    • Replies: @davidgmillsatty
  22. anonymous[232] • Disclaimer says:

    Thanks for an invaluable report. You’ve found a unicorn – an objective source in Europe.

    One important note about this Tiger Team. There is no way in hell it bypassed CIA. Note when you read the article by CIA’s WAPO house organ, Wisner’s Wurlitzer tells you that the intelligence community is involved without mentioning CIA. But it’s run by Alex Bick at NSC, CIA’s direct report. So who are we kidding? Note that no members are quoted, except for a plug by a CIA retiree, one of the AFIO pom-pom girls.

    WAPO’s CIA mouthpiece stresses the interagency angle. This is how CIA works. As a subordinate agency detailee you will sit in the meetings, come to a conclusion, and see it reversed overnight. Or one designated loudmouth has a dotted-line report to CIA and browbeats the group into line. You will be pushed to scope your guidance to leave gaps. CIA will fill those in.

    So the linked WAPO propaganda is an ass-covering exercise for CIA. They hide behind agencies they control so they can blame the failure of their ratfuck on “The White House -” the senile bribed-and-blackmailed puppet they installed when they purged Trump with electoral fraud.

    Baud exemplifies the ideal of Charter Article 100. That takes brass balls. So he should look out that he doesn’t get Hammarskjölded, rat-a-tat-tat-ka-FOOM, or framed like CIA framed Hiss.

    • Replies: @Anon
  23. Well, on one side you have a media that has lied to us about every war we’ve been in, directly or by proxy, from Vietnam to Syria, and about domestic events from BLM and the Bidens to Trump and Russiagate and COVID. On the other, you have the Russian MoD whose daily briefings seem way more related to the stated objectives of the intervention and the known abilities of the rival militaries than the absurdist fantasies pumped out by Kiev’s expensive PR firms.

    You have an aggressively expansionist US-controlled NATO essentially turning the most corrupt and impoverished country in Europe into a heavily armed aircraft carrier docked on Russia’s border, just daring the nationalist patriot Putin to do something about it. Then you have Russia, with decades to prepare for the final battle of the Hundred Years War that America began when the US first sent troops into Russia in 1919. Working with the #1 and 3 world economies, the Russian response is underway, to replace the petrodollar with a new world currency based on the value of actual commodities rather than on debt. Putin tempted the greedy west by parking some three hundred billion in Russian assets in western banks just for that purpose, and when the fools jumped at the prize, illegally sanctioning it, the Big Three sprung the trap that is aimed to collapse western economic colonialism once and for all.

    The military outcome in Ukraine, whose defeat was always a foregone conclusion, is almost irrelevant now. No war in history has been fought for any other reason than economic rivalry, and this one is no different.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    , @showmethereal
  24. Wokechoke says:
    @Carlton Meyer

    This is cognitive dissonance. Meant for memejo not you Carl.

    You fight with the army you have. That’s goes for Germany and the USSR.

    The main trouble with the USSR was that much of it sat on foreign territory. Entire units that surrendered were not even Russians. Vast swathes of the USSR frontier welcomed Germans or saw them indifferently. The Balts immediately formed SS brigades and policed the conquered areas. Ahem, and Ukrainians were cheering them on for several months using the Germans as cover for Polish, Jewish and Russian massacres by auxiliary police.

    The Romanians and Italians were mountain troops anyway with mere mountain artillery and light gear. At the Corps level their artillery had to be German. I understand that the mountainous Caucasus was the place they saw most combat along with the Spanish and they did well in those roles until operation Uranus when they were overrun by T34s and massed artillery on the flanks of Stalingrad. Barbarossa was a pan continental invasion. Norwegians, French, Belgians, Spanish, Italians, Dutch, Hungarians, Slovaks, Croats, Danes, Swedes and Finns all joined in. The Ukrainians appear to have watched on gleefully and I suspect the Americans and British might have had some regret that it wasn’t them directing Barbarossa for their own ends. I don’t hold anything against the the two sides but the view from Moscow was that Europe was coming to exterminate.

    The vanguard of the push on Moscow was SS Charlemagne btw, a French volunteer force of assorted Panzers and Panzergrenadiers. They were stopped quite close to battlefields that Napoleon and Kuznetsov traded blows.

    • Thanks: Pierre de Craon
    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
    , @Blissex
  25. Wokechoke says:
    @Observator

    The man had a doctorate on the intersection of Energy Policy and Security Policy. Was it published?

    If he’s playing at that level he’s quite brilliant. There might be clues in the manuscript.

  26. anon[387] • Disclaimer says:

    “. Indeed, a friend of mine commented that he thought it significant that on the war the positions of Fox News and CNN were almost identical; he said that because he believed that since all the major news sources were in agreement, then certainly what they presented was truthful.”

    CNN , BBC, MSNBC, and Fox agree with each other whenever there is a war going on.Even the war, that is instigate by neither Russia nor US nor UK nor Israel, soon finds this out.
    It doesnt mean much excepting the fact that the interests of the west touches everything on the globe .Honestly ,a consensus of this degree is only seen in the weather report,sports,and invariably for any Issue that affects Israel.

    War and Israel bring Americans together and bring the media to the same point even if they turned out to be indefensible even before the actual incident had been analyzed . Consensus doesnt break down even long after the war has ended or Israeli behaviors have been exposed.

    But the moron Americans belive them because those wars and those nasty pieces of Israeli behaviors dont affect them and when it affects ,it is still less influential ,consequential and less impacting than the weather or the sport . They dont blame the government for the Israeli behaviors or for the wars ( despite 100% involvement ) just like they dont blame the gov for the weather .

    • Replies: @JR Foley
  27. There are war crimes being committed by the Russians in Ukraine. They are the invaders. The Hague will now have war crime trials and Vladimir Putin will also be center stage. We he be hung?

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/human-rights-watch-says-russian-military-has-committed-apparent-war-crimes-in-ukraine

    • Agree: meamjojo
    • LOL: GMC
  28. Phibbs says:

    Ms. Boyd should state the obvious: Jews own the media and the politicians. The Synagogue of Satan is just doing what it does best, which is to serve Satan. Satan is the father of lies and Jews are the world’s best liars. Why? Jews have been practicing deceit for 2,000 years — and that’s a long time. (Practice makes perfect!) Jews are also the world’s most intelligent race. That makes them extra good liars. Indeed, only high-level demons can compete with the Jews when it comes to cunning, deception, manipulation and treachery.

  29. Anonymous[226] • Disclaimer says:
    @TaterSalad

    Who’s funding Human Rights Watch? What did Human Rights Watch have to say about what Ukraine has been doing in the Donbass for the last 8 years?

    Shills are out in force about this conflict. You can see it here, on 4chan, Southfront, pretty much any English-language board that allows open comments. CIA, MI-6, other NATO secret services must have activated every cyber-asset to parrot their propaganda. The same people repeating the same message in every comment section.

  30. Realist says:
    @Dutch Boy

    If you think Carlson is on your side…you are wrong.

    • Agree: follyofwar
    • Replies: @follyofwar
    , @Kermit
  31. @Wokechoke

    Thanks for this. The author’s WWII references, as with most others, is seldom put in context. Until Versailles, large chunks of Ukraine were part of Austria, Hungary, and Poland that were essentially handed over to the USSR. The Waffen SS were volunteers, and the countries you list were all in Waffen SS units fighting communists, not Slavs. There was no requirement that these volunteers be “Nazis”. My rhetorical question has always been, why wouldn’t Ukrainians, who had millions of family, friends and neighbours starved to death see the Germans as liberators and join them in pushing out (((Russians)))? It is surprising more didn’t join in.
    The reference to the 1944 Oradour-sur-Glane massacre in France is selective. US bombing killed more people in several Norman towns than were killed at Oradour-sur-Glane, and more Normans were killed by the Allies “liberation” than during the entire German occupation.
    There are no “good guys” in wars, only in propaganda.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    , @Mefobills
  32. Realist says:
    @TG

    I don’t know what is going on in Ukraine, I mean, sure, the western elites will lie about everything, but sometimes they tell at least some of truth, when it suits them. How can I tell?

    Never believe anything the U.S. tells you. Figure the truth for yourself…it will be obvious someday.

    From your last paragraph, it is obvious you believe Western propaganda.

    • Agree: acementhead
  33. Realist says:
    @Anonymous

    Good to know you’ve exposed yourself as a shill for Western policy. We’ve seen them with the Covid/vaccine issues as well. Do they pay you or do you do this for your own pleasure?

    He accomplished that a long time ago. If he is being paid they are throwing their money away.

  34. The reference to the 1944 Oradour-sur-Glane massacre in France is selective. US bombing killed more people in several Norman towns than were killed at Oradour-sur-Glane, and more Normans were killed by the Allies “liberation” than during the entire German occupation.
    There are no “good guys” in wars, only in propaganda.

    The British and Americans slaughtered thousands of Frenchmen, and not by accident.

    • Thanks: Pierre de Craon, Franz
    • Replies: @Pierre de Craon
  35. do chere says:

    The reason why the peace accord between Ukraine and Russia was never implemented is the fact that the goal has always been Western intelligence planned regime change in Russia which can never be stated in obvious terms by Western regimes. The obfuscation by the Zelensky regime is a mere facade that the Western masters are utilizing to engineer tactics as they go along to destroy Russia. By all accounts, this is far more bigger than Zelensky and the real participants in the conflict are seen throwing spears from the sidelines. One can only feel sad for the innocent people of Ukraine on the ground. The only country that they know best which is their home on earth has been taken over by the charlatan Zelensky for blood money obviously together with his greedy and war-monger masters. The war with Russia in Ukraine by now, it should be simple to compute has long been a plan by the US and Allies to advance their obnoxious aims of not only expanding but to go on conquering more territories to spread their false ideals of freedom and economic exploitation and environmental plundering. Good, China saw through it all and others are following suit hopefully. The ruse by the West has been properly dissected and dealt with by China and others As much as war is detestable, this conflict was inevitable as a result of Western obstinacy and their hired agent Zelensky. Winston Churchill was spot on: “war is terrible but slavery is worse”. The US and Allies wanted to encircle Russia and with time enslave her. The option was clear on Russia’s side. If the west wants the kind of Russia that they’d like they must go and resurrect Boris Yeltsin.

  36. The article is not bad. For the most part correct.

    Here are two English-speaking reporters / experts, who provide with reliable information. One of them is in the field with the Russian troops.

    [MORE]

    Patrick Lancaster
    Former US soldier. Journalist covering the Russian – Ukraine war.

    Scott Ritter
    Former United Nations Weapons Inspector, former Marine Corps Intelligence Officer. Author, analyst.

    • Replies: @Ukraine Tiger
  37. cassandra says:
    @TG

    Grammar-school children watching a chess game think the boring quiet player must be losing to loudmouth opponent because he doesn’t reveal what he’s thinking.

    • Agree: mocissepvis
  38. Notamason says:

    It was rewarding to read this article, I give a big thank you to the author. The shame of those involved in this accumulation of a typical clusterfuk designed by money grubbers and property stealers should be exposed to the hang em high court decisions.

  39. Thomasina says:

    Excellent article. Thank you!

  40. Wokechoke says:
    @Curmudgeon

    This talk of a crusade against Moscow is terrifying.

    • Agree: Curmudgeon
  41. niceland says:

    Interesting, thanks for translating and publishing!

    Even if much of this is has already been discussed it’s valuable to read it from different sources, and with each new source often comes new angle (or two) to think about.

    • Agree: Spanky
  42. The reference to the 1944 Oradour-sur-Glane massacre in France is selective. US bombing killed more people in several Norman towns than were killed at Oradour-sur-Glane,

    According to Wikipedia:

    On 10 June 1944, the village of Oradour-sur-Glane in Haute-Vienne in Nazi-occupied France was destroyed when 642 civilians, including non-combatant women and children, were massacred by a German Waffen-SS company.

    The massacre was in response to attacks by French partisans.

    According to Wikipedia:

    “Between the time of the German victory in the Battle of France and the liberation of the country, the Allied Forces bombed many locations in France. In all 1,570 French cities and towns were bombed by the Allies between June 1940 and May 1945. The total number of civilians killed was 68,778 men, women and children (including the 2,700 civilians killed in Royan). The total number of injured was more than 100,000. The total number of houses completely destroyed by the bombings was 432,000, and the number of partly destroyed houses was 890,000.

    The American massacre at peaceful Royan is disturbing because it occurred three weeks before the war’s end, as Allied armies marched into Germany, explained toward the end of this short video.

  43. Thanks for the insightful article. The interesting discussion following the article is something the western “Maytag” media would never allow. We can agree to disagree on many points. But with Russia pushing countries to pay in rubles instead of dollars, the picture in Ukraine becomes clearer.

  44. Is it possible…is going on in Ukraine? Not if you follow the MSM, and not if you follow alt-media either. Only eye witnesses know, and only eye witnesses in a particular place. Take for instance the new alt-media “know it all” on what’s happening in Ukraine, Gonzalo Lira, who lives in Kharkov… he claims to know what’s happening in Kiev, in Mariopul, in Donbass, etc….though he really only knows what’s happening in Kharkov since he’s not in Kiev, Mariopul, Donbass, etc. In other words, he being snarky about it all, and blaming average Americans for the whole thing… he’s from California (born in Chile) so of course he’s blaming average Americans whom he hates.

    Sorry folks, I cannot trust haters even if they claim to be eye witnesses…. But hey, it’s cool these days to hate average Americans now isn’t it?

    • Replies: @Badger Down
  45. @Cookie

    Do Europeans want this? Only they can stop it by distancing themselves from a troublemaker, asking for your gold back is a good start.

    According to an article I read earlier today, asking for repatriation of your country’s gold may be starting a clock which will be running for years. Many years!

    NATO´s internal gold war
    https://thesaker.is/natos-internal-gold-war/

    And if the holding nation can manufacture some sort of a national Sin/Crime as a justification, you may not get your gold back at all.

  46. Seraphim says:

    The smell of the panic that seems to overwhelm the ‘Kosher Nostra’ reveals the realization of the accuracy of Bismarck’s advise that ”Do not expect that once taking advantage of Russia’s weakness, you will receive dividends forever. Russian has always come for their money. And when they come – do not rely on an agreement signed by you, you are supposed to justify. They are not worth the paper it is written. Therefore, with the Russian is to play fair, or do not play”.
    Do you think that the Russians have forgotten that the IMF loans (to the amount of \$22.6 billion) of 1998 have been stolen from them, money laundered and landing in the pockets of the American ‘elites’ (Biden family among them) courtesy of the Madoffs and Browders, Khodorkovskys, Moghilevichs, Kolomoyskis, Zelenskys? The time of reckoning has come.

    • Agree: Bugey libre
    • Thanks: Badger Down
  47. Ryan Dawson lucidly explains the Biden’s dealing in Ukraine.

    Attwood Unleashed 52 Dawson on Ukraine, Bidens Biolabs, and Brunel
    By Ryan Dawson|April 3, 2022|
    https://www.ancreport.com/attwood-unleashed-52-dawson-on-ukraine-bidens-biolabs-and-brunel/

    https://www.ancreport.com/hunter-biden-tied-to-chinese-intelligence/

    https://www.ancreport.com/why-would-a-jewish-president-work-with-nazis/

    Why would a Jewish President work with Nazis?
    By Ryan Dawson|March 31, 2022|Report|0 Comments

    I keep hearing confusion from the sports team mentality crowd about Ukraine. “Why would a Jewish president and Jewish prime minister work with neo-Nazis?” This is not a silly question, if your knowledge of history stems from public school and Twitter. I noticed the people getting confused about this are the same people who are shocked to find out that Israel works with Saudi Arabia to kill Shia Muslims. If your world view was Jew vs Muslim then that would be confusing. But if you do not fall for orientalization, then you’d understand that Israel and Saudi Arabia are states not religions or ethnic groups. Zionist worked with the original Nazis.

    Yes, the largely Jewish Ukrainian regime supported and took foreign funding to back the Azov Battalion and other far right racist groups. Neo-Nazis got money and protection in the media by Jewish Oligarchs like Ihor Kolomoisky and Pavel Fuks. (the spray paint guy). Israel had no problem taking in Ukrainian refugees something they did not do for other nations. But they only allow the chosen ones in. They need a power base demographically suited for their brand of tribalism to maintain a majority in Palestine. They don’t care about refugees having to leave where they are from.

    • Replies: @Seraphim
  48. Anon[321] • Disclaimer says:

    Retired US Intel Officer article on the various false flags promoted by the War Party and the Kiev regime

    https://sonar21.com/bucha-massacre-a-ukrainian-false-flag/

  49. @TG

    I think the Russians overcomplicated things by sending a large part of their army to encircle Kyiv, Sumy etc. This meant their forces were spread too thinly and some troops and equipment were captured/lost in localised counter attacks by the Ukrainians. They probably should have advanced on a narrower front and gone straight for the main Ukrainian force in what is now being ominously referred to by Russians pundits as the Donbass Cauldron.

    Having said that, they have two objectives, clear the Donbass area of Ukrainian forces, and put pressure on Zelensky to formally reject joining NATO. The first objective is relatively easy, at least in cold military terms, but the second is a lot harder.

    Long term though, the West could be the loser. If the Ukrainian nationalists come to the realisation that they have been played by the West after suffering severe losses, then they could end up becoming allies of Russia. It’s already happened with the Chechens, and conservative/nationalist Hungary is having second thoughts about going into bed with team liberal hegemony. Maybe the Poles will go the same way when they find the West isn’t that keen on footing the bill for all those refugees they are now having to support.

    • Replies: @Ukraine Tiger
    , @RUR
  50. he said that because he believed that since all the major news sources were in agreement, then certainly what they presented was truthful.

    I’ve heard a lot of that argument during the 1990s and the war of the West and their local proxies against Serbs in the former Yugoslavia. Every time someone used it was the last time I ever talked to that someone. Life is too short to waste it arguing with morons.

  51. Sepp says:

    On 18 January, Donbass fighters intercepted saboteurs, who spoke Polish and were equipped with Western equipment and who were seeking to create chemical incidents in Gorlivka.

    History repeats. Poland started World War Two with its sabotage at Gleiwitz, and now it started World War WEF with its sabotage at Gorlivka. Why is it that Poles are always such willing dupes for Jews? Of course Serbia is no better, they murdered the Archduke to start World War One, and of course Serbia started the Yugoslav civil war as well.

    What the German reports said at the time

    A communication was sent from the chief of police in Gleiwitz on the night of August 31 that the radio station was assaulted by irregular Polish troops who, for a short time, succeeded in occupying the station before being chased out by the German Frontier Police. During their defense [of the station] one Polish irregular was mortally wounded and left behind.

    Another communication came from a representative of the town of Troppau about the customs house of Hohenlinde. In the night of August 31, it was attacked by Polish irregulars who succeeded in occupying it; but thanks to a counterattack by Waffen-SS auxiliary troops, the irregulars were routed.

    Of course there is one other way that history has just repeated. Just as the Zio-Media is covering up for the Poles in the Gorlovka incident which was a real chemical attack on ethnic Russians, so did the media cover up for the Poles in the Gleiwitz incident. Of course Poland shamelessly took advantage of tortured confession of Naujocks extracted by the Jewish Ritchie boys at Nuremberg. But today Poland is taking advantage of the terrorization of ethnic Russians in the Donbas. Sometimes one is tempted to conclude that Poland got what it deserved at Katyn Forest in April, 1940.

    • Replies: @Passing By
  52. Dumbo says:

    I don’t know what’s going on in the Ukraine exactly, but, in the rest of the world, I see that prices of food are increasing and some things starting to become rare, energy prices are skyrocketing, people are protesting in Spain, France and Germany, and the authorities seem to want to keep pushing the virus hoax after the summer break. Things ain’t gonna end nicely.

    • Agree: Old and Grumpy
  53. MotGOD says:

    This article, and many commenters, have a pro-invader slant (enjoy your Russian war crimes).

    But here are some useful sources of information for the more daring:

    https://funker530.com/
    https://www.youtube.com/funker/videos

    https://www.youtube.com/c/SpeakTheTruth1/videos

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM-eRxEc_TutiPIbOS1YYbw/videos

    Good stuff, even for RF partisans.

    Don’t buy the false dichotomy of “Western” Jews-media versus “Russian” Jews-media.
    Break out of the bubble, start with these and find your own way.

    You also have to WANT to know the truth and be intellectually honest or you will never really know.

    Probably last you will hear from the much maligned MotGOD, lol — just these helpful links,
    but do read my stuff elsewhere, if you dare!

    Good luck everyone, however it goes, and lets all pray for peace.

    • Troll: Badger Down
    • Replies: @Kurt Knispel
  54. JR Foley says:
    @anon

    The CIA writes the scripts for Fox CNN ABS NBC CBC BBC newspapers Washington Post – New York Times – and people are conditioned –not to think or reason.

  55. JR Foley says:
    @TaterSalad

    Who will do the hanging? Perhaps Justin “Jackboot ” Trudeau or Boris Bozo Johnson or Amtrak Joe or ever perhaps Scottie Morrison ——all men of integrity and wisdom.

  56. peterAUS says:

    The Frenchman’s article is so wrong that I just can’t be bothered to write about it.

    As for this

    …Vladimir Putin will likely achieve the goals he set for himself…

    No way he will.

    Now…I guess there will be a couple of guys here who believe Kremlin badly fucked up and the Russian military is surprisingly inept. So, a question, should you like to chat: how do you see this..ahm…Russian “Phase 2” developing? Will they be able to even complete the encirclement? My gut feeling: no.

    • Troll: Ukraine Tiger
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @littlereddot
    , @Sepp
  57. Seraphim says:

    ‘Is It Possible to Actually Know What Has Been and Is Going On in Ukraine?’
    But ”The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind”:
    ”Dnepropetrovsk could be renamed – Jerusalem-on-the-Dnieper”! The hometown of Kolomoisky BTW. It sports already the ”Menorah center (Ukrainian: Центр “Менора”, Russian: Центр “Менора”)… cultural and business center of the Jewish community in Dnipro in Eastern Ukraine. Some sources declare it to be the biggest multifunctional Jewish community center in Europe”. Built with Kolomoisky’s money BTW.

  58. Dr. Cathey,

    I have thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from your contributions to Reckonin’ and other websites, and I consider you a tower of integrity and honesty. Accordingly, I’m grateful for this article, which comports with every reasonable account of this conflict that I’ve managed to scrape from trusted Internet sources, while providing additional facts that tie the story together.

    Thanks for your imprimatur on things already gleaned and clarification of things not previously understood.

    Deo Vindice,
    -L

  59. The unbelievable reality is well reported in this article by Fulvio Grimaldi, an italian indipendent political analist.
    https://fulviogrimaldi.blogspot.com/

    • Replies: @MotGOD
  60. @TG

    Not sure if duplicated . Russian military tactics as outlined by the US military. Chapter 4 will tell you all you need to know.
    https://docs.google.com/viewer?docex=1&url=https://www.mitre.org/sites/default/files/publications/pr-19-1004-russian-military-thought-concepts-elements.pdf
    Manipulating an opponent to your advantage…..

  61. Of course it is easy to understand what is happening in Ukraine. Read or listen to or view the Western MSM sewer, and believe the EXACT opposite. When people LIE EVERY day of their lives, why would they start telling the truth now?

    • Replies: @MotGOD
  62. @Dutch Boy

    You really can be sure that Near Term Human Extinction was already set in stone. There is at least one hundred years of further warming and climate destabilisation baked in, with positive feedbacks eg loss of Arctic albedo with the melting of northern ice, melting permafrost releasing CO2 and methane and organic matter for digestion by micro-organisms, melting submarine methane hydrates, warming seas and soils releasing sequestered CO2, tropical forest turning to savannna etc, kicking in. So the argument is moot, and was one by the Life-hating denialists.
    The reaction to the Green agenda is just a sick, sad, joke at the end of the human comedy. Burn baby, burn. Or drown, baby, drown. Take your pick.

    • Replies: @RestiveUs
  63. @TG

    Things are going exactly as the Russians have planned. How else do you explain russian tanks and troops sitting outside the city limits of Zaporozhye for 3 weeks doing nothing but waiting. Fully supplied including humanitarian assistance to the areas east and south of the city to the coast.

    There is no serious contingent of Azov in this part of the country so no need to enter the city as far as I can see. I could be wrong about this and they could be waiting until Donbass has been cleaned up but that is weeks away so maybe the plan is to establish new borders along the Dnipro. That would suit us fine.

    I think that the end result will be a new border to the west of the Dnipro because several major cities sit astride the river. Krivoy Rog also is further west and has major iron ore mining. At a guess the border could follow the existing oblast borders along the north of Odessa, Mykolaev, Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv. I mean, if your gonna go in you may as well go as far as you need because you don’t want it coming back to bite in the years that follow.

  64. AndrewR says:
    @Priss Factor

    Jewishness and Jewish Supremacism are utterly inextricable. All sects of Jews including avowed atheists are driven by the urge to dominate goyim, and it’s rare for any of them to even deny this (although some of them are artful enough to not explicitly state their agenda). Oftrn this agenda gets couched in quasi-legitimate rhetoric like “fighting white supremacy,” “defending the existence of Israel,” and “Never Again.”

    What’s still slightly debatable (as in 0.000000001% debateable) is whether Jews and Jewish Supremacism are extricable, barring extreme outliers like Ron Unz and BN, as well as irrelevant, apolitical, irreligious types who end up miscegenating out of the tribe.

    • Agree: Yukon Jack
    • Replies: @Yukon Jack
  65. @Here Be Dragon

    Patrick Lancaster seems to think that because he is living in a hell hole like Mariupol that the rest of Ukraine is doing the same. It isn’t, not even Kiev. Unsafe, I grant but not a hell hole.

  66. – It is mildly amusing (were not people dying) to see an old professional
    tiptoeing around the obvious:

    Every military intelligence, political or “anti-terror” police, every secret
    service in the “West ™ ” is 100% kosher.
    They are not “bad at analytics”.
    They are not “misunderstood” or “not listened to”.

    They are the enemy (and the politicians are comparably guiltless).

    • Agree: Lurker
  67. @Cookie

    “If Europeans don’t start moving away from a friend who seems more like an enemy then they will bear the cost of the new cold war.”
    You’ve hit the nail on the head here.
    My god, the Europeans are just such… dogs. They persist in acting against their own self interest. It’s actually mind boggling. Clearly their elites have sold themselves, body & soul, to the US (Tony Blair is the ideal
    , the gold standard, of Euro corruption).
    It reminds me of the 80’s, thinking “will the Berlin wall ever fall ?”
    And similar to then, it’s hard to imagine real change …. Yet still it can happen.
    For the sake of the average idiot European (& for the rest of us, too) I hope they reject US interference sooner rather than later.

  68. @Notsofast

    why the germans hate the slavs so much

    Rivalry of a thousand years…

  69. Anonymous[379] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dutch Boy

    Characteristic of simple psychopaths, the Biden administration hasn’t thought past the first step in their scheme. With no energy or rare earth mineral mines to manufacture with, electric vehicles are a dream; in addition, the quantitive easing necessary for the green new deal is reliant on a tenuous petro dollar.

  70. @meamjojo

    There should be a button (ie like “troll”) for comments like this — “moron”, “kool-aid” or “wanker” come to mind.

    • Agree: Wade Hampton, Lurker
  71. Zombies? Dead people moving inside body bags after “Russian massacre”

  72. Anonymous[511] • Disclaimer says:
    @Priss Factor

    The core decision-making inner circle of Zelensky:

    1. The Chief of Staff of the Presidential Palace, Andre Yemark, is a comedy producer

    2. The head of the Presidential Administration, Andre Bodin, is a lawyer in the entertainment industry

    3. The president’s chief policy adviser, Sergey Sheffey, is a comedy writer

    4. Ivan Bakanov, deputy chairman of the Ukrainian Supreme Intelligence Service, is the boss of a comedy film company

    5. Senior adviser to the Ukrainian National Defense Committee, Sergei Sivoko, is also a comedian and is Zelensky’s partner in acting

    🇺🇦 ✡️ 🤡

    • Replies: @Wade Hampton
  73. Anonymous[369] • Disclaimer says:
    @peterAUS

    The Frenchman’s article is so wrong that I just can’t be bothered to write about it.

    And yet you do, smh.

    Russian “Phase 2” developing? Will they be able to even complete the encirclement? My gut feeling: no.

    Oh, ok, your gut. Thanks. Compared to commenters here who provide useful and thoughtful analysis (e.g., Ukraine Tiger) you should feel embarrassed by wasting bandwidth and space with your worthless shitposts, boomer.

    • Thanks: Ukraine Tiger
  74. Thanks, Mr. Cathey, for the helpful overview.

    By the way, one of the best sources for current information on the Russian SMO is “The Duran” available on Locals, Youtube, et al. In fact, Alexander Mercouris and Alex Christoforou have Scott Ritter on right now 8am live as a guest.

  75. @Alt Right Moderate

    The arm chair general who just switched on the TV, caught the end of the show and knows everything to be known.

  76. @Anonymous

    And they wonder why we call them inhabitants of clown world.

  77. Renoman says:

    Took a terribly long time to say “no new information here”. a waste of time.

  78. If we had insisted that Ukraine abide by the Minsk Agreements, which we had negotiated and endorsed, none of this would have happened.

    This conjectural statement seems very bold and was not supported by any supporting explanation. Since neither NATO, the US, the EU, nor Switzerland were a party to the Minsk Agreements, one wonders who exactly is being referred to by “we” (used twice), other than Macron and Merkel.

    It should be obvious by now, that the ongoing war of aggression by Russia against Ukraine is about much more than wanting to address, through illegal means, persisting grievances associated with the failed implementation of the Minsk Agreements, which Russia has also been accused of having violated.

    The indiscriminate civilian bombings of the larger cities of Kiev, and Kharkov, and Mariupol in past weeks are not related to the supposed protection of the territory within the self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, occupied by rebels, but are intended to achieve other objectives.

    Furthermore, if the war were only about the desired independence of the specific regions associated with the Minsk Agreements, then Chinese leader Xi would surely not have supported such a war because its goal would have been analogous with Taiwan wanting to attains its independence also.

    • Replies: @showmethereal
  79. Whatever else we may think of India but that’s a straw needed for the bundle that’s currently Russia and China that could astride the Zionist camel to break its back. After all, India did provide manpower during the WWI, WWII as well as the Korean conflict. If we think their huge army isn’t up to the snuff then Chinese Rambos with Russian expertise can bring them up to par. It would be a win-win for all involved and we can live in peace and harmony until the doomsday … no?

    • Replies: @Anymike
  80. Fred777 says:
    @meamjojo

    Keep your wig and dress handy Azov Boy.

  81. @peterAUS

    Somebody should get a wager going. That would be fun.

    \$100 USD says the Russians will complete the encirclement. Assuming there is no peace deal and the fighting continues. If I win, the loser will pay to Patrick Lancaster’s Patreon account so he can broadcast more firsthand eyewitness news out of Donbas and Mariupol…..and save more babushkas.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  82. @Sepp

    Nope, Serbia didn’t start WWI and didn’t start the Yugoslav wars.
    Austrian expansionism in the Balkans caused WWI. As for the mofo who was killed on June 28th, 1914, well, he chose the anniversary of the battle of Kosovo to visit a land that had a majority Serb population and that Austrians mofos grabbed from the Ottomans even though they had zero legitimacy to rule it. The mofo spat Serbs in the face and received a bullet in return.
    As for the Yugoslav wars, Croats and Bosnian muslims treating Serbs as Ukronazis treat Russians in the Donbas caused the conflict. The only difference is that Serbs were defenceless against the collective West whereas Russians can outright obliterate you. As a matter of fact, I wish that you push the Russians to do just that.
    Then, why do I waste my time talking to a German p o s?

    • Thanks: Automatic Slim
  83. Sepp says:
    @peterAUS

    He’s Swiss, can’t you read, you stupid cunt? Oh that’s right, you’re an Austrian.

    • Replies: @Badger Down
  84. Miro23 says:

    As an ex-intelligence professional, the first thing that strikes me is the total absence of Western intelligence services in accurately representing the situation over the past year…. In fact, it seems that throughout the Western world intelligence services have been overwhelmed by the politicians. The problem is that it is the politicians who decide—the best intelligence service in the world is useless if the decision-maker does not listen. This is what has happened during this crisis.

    The same as the politicians have been overwhelmed by ZioGlob activists and their media.

    Some Western politicians obviously wanted there to be a conflict. In the United States, the attack scenarios presented by Anthony Blinken to the UN Security Council were only the product of the imagination of a Tiger Team working for him—he did exactly as Donald Rumsfeld did in 2002, who “bypassed” the CIA and other intelligence services that were much less assertive about Iraqi chemical weapons.

    “Some Western politicians..” More accurate to say Victoria Nuland and the US NeoCon Jews who hate Putin and are liars to their last breath.

    The dramatic developments we are witnessing today have causes that we knew about but refused to see:
    • on the strategic level, the expansion of NATO (which we have not dealt with here);
    • on the political level, the Western refusal to implement the Minsk Agreements;
    • and operationally, the continuous and repeated attacks on the civilian population of the Donbass over the past years and the dramatic increase in late February 2022.

    If it doesn’t fit their narrative it doesn’t exist. IOW totalitarian political action.

    On February 27, the Ukrainian government agreed to enter into negotiations with Russia. But a few hours later, the European Union voted a budget of 450 million euros to supply arms to the Ukraine, adding fuel to the fire. From then on, the Ukrainians felt that they did not need to reach an agreement. The resistance of the Azov militia in Mariupol even led to a boost of 500 million euros for weapons.

    The EU is told how to vote with 9/11 style media hysteria allowing no dissent.

    What makes the conflict in Ukraine more blameworthy than our wars in Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya? What sanctions have we adopted against those who deliberately lied to the international community in order to wage unjust, unjustified and murderous wars?….Have we adopted a single sanction against the countries, companies or politicians who are supplying weapons to the conflict in Yemen, considered to be the “worst humanitarian disaster in the world?”

    There are NWO WEF/Davos ZioGlobalist insiders like the UK’s Tony Blair who lie through their teeth about Iraq WMD, 9/11, Covid 19 and Ukraine. They represent the Empire of Lies, always appear on TV, give interviews, write headline articles and are feted by the elite – apart from become mysteriously rich. It doesn’t matter that just about all the UK public hate him.

  85. @Realist

    Indeed! When discussing the Ukraine war, Carlson always begins by asserting that the war is all due to Putin’s aggression. His position may be less bombastic and more nuanced than the blowhard who follows him – the propagandist war lover, evil, uneducated Shaun Hannity. But, by starting with the same premise as Hannity, that Putin is an unstable madman who may start a nuclear war, Carlson’s position is ultimately not much different than Wallbanger*, no matter that he often brings on Col. McGregor.

    *Michael Savage’s description.

    • Agree: Realist, InnerCynic
    • Replies: @Realist
  86. Rodster says:

    I have read widely on this topic. When I saw the headline, I eagerly started reading the article, hoping for some insights. Particularly so, when the author was formerly a Swiss Intelligence officer.

    I am disappointed. There are two narratives in this conflict, and Baud chooses the one, where NATO is bad, and Russia is the victim. It’s a valid point-of-view, perhaps right up to the point where Russia invaded Ukraine. But I was hoping for some balance, some interesting anecdotes, some fresh insights.

    Or perhaps some interesting observations, from having visited Russia or Ukraine, talked to the senior leadership in both (or either) countries. None of that on display.

    This article was good, if you don’t know anything about the conflict, and want to claim as insight, events that happened years ago, which may not be relevant today. It’s a bit like claiming the treaty at Versailles was the most important consideration, as German tanks rolled through Poland in 1939. While arguably true, , it seems to miss the point.

    • Replies: @Blissex
  87. @AndrewR

    For the last ten years I have been actively involved in this online debate on what it is that makes a Jew. The final agreed upon answer is belief in the Torah. Jews are not a race (even though some outspoken persons like David Duke like to claim this), a Jew is a believer in the Torah. All races are in the Jewish group – including Chinese and Khazar Jews. Anyone can convert to Judaism just like any other religion.

    No one has to be a Jew – it is pure choice of the individual – I was raised Catholic and I no longer identify as Catholic because I made a choice NOT TO BELIEVE the idiotic doctrine being shoveled into my consciousness. Likewise no human being has to believe that they are chosen by god. This chosenness is an ego trap for the individual – and many people love this status – and thus love being Jews because it justifies them treating others with contempt, or ripping them off.

    It makes for the thief mentality. Either you work and buy what you need or you can steal it. The thief must have this superior mentality to rip others off – they make a decision to not work and just take what they want then justify their behavior by a psychological state of supremacism.

    The same is true for the mother f-cking pricks at the ADL who have decided to make themselves the online censors of hate speech. Censorship is hate. No one elected the ADL to do this, it is this supremacist mentality that causes them to not allow all to speak their truth.

    Thus, the only sane thing to do is outlaw Judaism and make owning these supremacist holy books a felony. Same for all the other Abrahamic variants.

    • Replies: @Joe Levantine
  88. “The funny thing about Vietnam is I was getting Time magazine every week. It came in the mail.
    I could

    “The funny thing about Vietnam is I was getting Time magazine every week. It came in the mail.
    I could read about my war, even as I sat in the middle of it. And I would read about what Lyndon Johnson would say.. What McNamara would say and what Russ would say.. And I could look around and see that, nope. I don’t know what war they’re talking about but that’s not what’s going on here.”
    -Bill Erhart, former U.S. Marine in Vietnam, ’67-’68.

  89. Blissex says:

    «Indeed, a friend of mine commented that he thought it significant that on the war the positions of Fox News and CNN were almost identical; he said that because he believed that since all the major news sources were in agreement, then certainly what they presented was truthful.»

    That’s a well known cognitive bias: almost all we know is hearsay, we regard hearsay as implausible if it is from a few sources, as plausible if it is from many sources. The problem is that is works only if the many sources are *independent of each other*. The “Washington Consensus” media are not.

    «As another friend recently said to me concerning the claims of Russian “war crimes”: “Maybe at the end of this thing we’ll see who was right?”»

    Maybe we shall know in 100-200 years. George Orwell already wrote a long time time ago:

    “Looking Back on the Spanish War”, 1943: “Early in life I have noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper, but in Spain, for the first time, I saw newspaper reports which did not bear any relation to the facts, not even the relationship which is implied in an ordinary lie.
    I saw great battles reported where there had been no fighting, and complete silence where hundreds of men had been killed. I saw troops who had fought bravely denounced as cowards and traitors, and others who had never seen a shot fired hailed as the heroes of imaginary victories; and I saw newspapers in London retailing these lies and eager intellectuals building emotional superstructures over events that had never happened.
    I saw, in fact, history being written not in terms of what happened but of what ought to have happened according to various ‘party lines’.”

    George Orwell “As I Please”, 4 February 1944: “During the Spanish civil war I found myself feeling very strongly that a true history of this war never would or could be written. Accurate figures, objective accounts of what was happening, simply did not exist. And if I felt that even in 1937, when the Spanish Government was still in being, and the lies which the various Republican factions were telling about each other and about the enemy were relatively small ones, how does the case stand now? Even if Franco is overthrown, what kind of records will the future historian have to go upon? And if Franco or anyone at all resembling him remains in power, the history of the war will consist quite largely of “facts” which millions of people now living know to be lies.
    […] During part of 1941 and 1942, when the Luftwaffe was busy in Russia, the German radio regaled its home audience with stories of devastating air raids on London. Now, we are aware that those raids did not happen. But what use would our knowledge be if the Germans conquered Britain? For the purpose of a future historian, did those raids happen, or didn’t they? The answer is: If Hitler survives, they happened, and if he falls they didn’t happen.
    So with innumerable other events of the past ten or twenty years. Is the Protocols of the Elders of Zion a genuine document? Did Trotsky plot with the Nazis? How many German aeroplanes were shot down in the Battle of Britain? Does Europe welcome the New Order? In no case do you get one answer which is universally accepted because it is true: in each case you get a number of totally incompatible answers, one of which is finally adopted as the result of a physical struggle. History is written by the winners.”

    • Agree: Miro23
    • Thanks: Z-man, InnerCynic
    • Replies: @Justvisiting
  90. sally says:
    @Cookie

    I think it is not a decline in national power but a change in systemic circumstance that has past leaders sweeping the floor instead of running the show. Technology has eliminated the need for local domestic banking <= controlled by a central global power; demand not credit will finance the future. Just as gas powered engines eliminated the need for horses. Buggy whip banks and stock market promoters, and global economy managers have allowed their greed to generate, in the effort others, a way to completely terminate past relevance.

    Nationalism is returning.. governed everyday people around the globe have thrown off global-ism; the Covid project killed off trust in centralize government, its just that the nation state leaders don't want to lose their jobs and the wealth that accumulated under the greed-based and biased single reserve system; insists that if the people want that private wealth, they are going to have have to take it by force. But it is indisputable, the governed people want their global thinking political leaders to step down and they want the wealth of their nation more equitably distributed. Monopoly (copyright and patent) powered capitalism is about to give way to socialism and a better quality of life for everyone. Humanity instead of a few Oligarchs and their knee breaker corporations is about to become the beneficiary of the products of all national and international systems.

    The greed displayed by those who control the single reserve currency truncated global trust in the foreign exchange currencies they manage, when they destroyed the "good faith and dependable credit" their system promoted (consider. Venezuela, Afghan, Iran, etc. ).

    Russia has shown the world <=trade exchange can be conducted without reserve currency. Trade can respect the nationalism of a domestic economies, and trade can make intra nation state trades swift, without using swift. Russia's system may fail, but the seed has been planted. Tag international trade exchange to the value of the underlying commodity being traded. What an idea block chains, not central banks, can swiftly conduct international trades without swift and the production of the nations becomes an open source provider to user supply network.

    Cut out the middle man, stock brokers, investment bankers, security regulators, investors will make their trades directly with the investee and instead of investing they might order goods and services and provide the funds for the supplier to produce from. Promoters of goods and services will avoid financial instrument brokers. The smallest companies will be able to raise as much capital as the world's largest.. and the lies in the system will be actionable because they are all part of the block chain.

    Now if the world could only get rid of monopoly (copyrights and patents) powers in private hands the distribution of wealth would normalize.

    • Thanks: Fred777
  91. Blissex says:
    @Wokechoke

    «The Balts immediately formed SS brigades and policed the conquered areas. Ahem, and Ukrainians were cheering them on for several months using the Germans as cover for Polish, Jewish and Russian massacres by auxiliary police.»

    Again, it was not the “ukrainians”, it was the fascist xenophobe *ruthenians* of the Galicia-Volinhya region:

    * “the ukraine” is a geographic expression like “the caucasus”, and is the area around Dnipro, historically.

    * The recent inhabitants of “the ukraine” are the malorussians and the russians.

    * Ruthenia is both a geographical expression and the main land where ruthenian speakers live, and used to be independent or part of the polish-lithuanuan-ruthenian commonwealth (but in in an inferior position to the poles).

    * The “ukrainian SSR” was extended post WW2 to include the southern ruthenian areas taken from Poland (the eastern ruthenian lands were attached to Belarus).

    * Therefore the USSR laid claim to Ruthenia calling it and “the ukraine” together as “Ukraine”, which it is not.

    * After the separation of the ukrainian SSR from the USSR, the ruthenians eventually took over “Ukraine” and turned it into “Greater Ruthenia”, laying claim to the original “the ukraine” as an extension of southern Ruthenia. They even put the Ruthenian colours in the flag of “Ukraine”.

    * The malorussians and russians of “the ukraine” now want to separate from “Ukraine” because it is actually “Greater Ruthenia” ruled by fascist xenophobe ruthenians who call themselves “ukrainian” and want to get rid of of the malorussian, russian, hungarian, romanian, rusyn, etc. “foreigners”.

    • Disagree: Badger Down
  92. Blissex says:
    @Rodster

    «I am disappointed. There are two narratives in this conflict, and Baud chooses the one, where NATO is bad, and Russia is the victim.»

    I think that the main argument is that the NATO *media* are ridiculously biased and very bad, and the russian *media* are also biased but a lot less bad. It is mostly an argument about how fraudulent are the media on either side, not how bad or good the sides are.

    Then that the NATO media happen to be far more fraudulent than the russian ones seems to suggest that the ukrainian side is badder than the russian one.

    «perhaps right up to the point where Russia invaded Ukraine»

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_in_Donbas
    “3,393 civilians killed (349 in 2016–2021)
    13,100–13,300 killed; 29,500–33,500 wounded overall
    414,798 Ukrainians internally displaced; 925,500 fled abroad”

    According to “aligned” media all those deaths are the result of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine in 2014, which he did solely to oppress and terrorize the people of the Donbas and Crimea, who are still fighting to regain their freedom from his monstrous regime; hundreds of thousands have been forced to take russian passports and hundreds of thousands have been deported forcibly to poor, dictatorial Russia, while they would have escaped to liberty and prosperity a democracy westward to the Ukraine otherwise.

  93. Why not tell us something we don’t know? Like about those many enormous underground military bases and tunnels built by the Ukrainians with NATO’s help over many years all over the place in preparation for this war which are stocked with weapons, ammunition, food, and machinery to last for a very long time. Where do you think all these Ukrainian airplanes and helicopters still popping up are coming from? Or Ukrainians popping out from behind Russian lines to launch ambushes? That’s why there is all this talk about gas because the most cost effective and quickest way for Russians to neutralise these underground bases is to release the gas into them. As gas is banned by international convention they will have to resort to other methods to deal with this once they control territory where these underground bases are situated. I don’t think it’s worth the human cost for them to fight it out underground like Yanks and Viets in their underground war. Perhaps they can seal he exits and ventilation shafts once they locate them and let the rats die out inside. But what if they have taken innocent civilian hostages in there?

  94. Z-man says:

    You forgot to mention the BBC, an organ even more pro Ukrainian than the American ones. The UK, even more jingoistic than their American NEOCON masters.
    In the dissenting column you forgot to mention Tucker Carlson, the one voice on Fox which is contrary to the Globalist narrative. Sadly, he is being intimidated into muting his opinions and drowned out. Colonel McGregor hasn’t been on his show for a while.

  95. @Blissex

    Excellent post.

    Those who have been around the block a few times have noticed that reporters badly mangle current events where you are present and know the true details.

    Inevitably it is because the reporter (and their bosses) have an “angle”, which is media speak for an ideology and or a bias.

    Since official “history” is based on such reporting, it must be garbage.

    At some point you realize “culture is not your friend” and “history” is not your friend either.

    It is all a pack of lies.

  96. MotGOD says:
    @upsidedownworld

    You should find the telephone intercepts of Russian soldiers calling home.

    In one a young conscript, after describing massive lying, incompetence, and heavy losses relates how his unit is now desperate to get some Ukrainian weapons and ammo so they can shoot themselves in the legs and go home — like this other unit they know of did.

    Of course it is all hateful lies of course even though as a technical intercept it is verifiable.

    What is really going on is Russian war crimes — rape, torture, theft, murder — the usual.

    • Replies: @showmethereal
  97. Mefobills says:

    The narrative about Minsk needs some more data, especially Merkel’s secret agreement with Putin:

    https://www.stankovuniversallaw.com/2015/02/merkel-in-moscow-and-minsk-der-spiegel-says-putin-has-won/

    Secondly, as we have also previously said, Der Spiegel shows this was a Western not a Russian initiative. The Russians did not initiate it. Merkel did. According to Der Spiegel she first floated the idea at the end of January when she was dining at a restaurant in Strasbourg with Hollande and European Parliament President Martin Schultz.

    This is the key to understanding what happened in Minsk. Because it is difficult for some in the West to acknowledge that the initiative was launched by Merkel because of the critical condition the Ukrainians are in and that this forced Merkel to make major concessions to Putin in Minsk, parts of the Western media are trying to deny the fact.

    Hollande was brought along purely to give Merkel diplomatic cover.

    It was almost certainly in the talks with Putin in Moscow, where the Ukrainians were not present, that the broad outline of what was formally decided in Minsk was actually agreed. Merkel then flew to Washington to brief Obama and obtain his consent. Poroshenko was then presented in Minsk with what had previously been agreed, leaving him scope only to quibble over the technical details in a way that it is in Merkel’s interests to highlight

    I would like to see the maneuvering of Merkel overlaid with Nordstream 2. Apparently Merkel twisted Putin’s arm for Nordstream, and this also is not part of globo-homos narrative. Putin did not want to do Nordstream , but Merkel convinced him. Germany shutting down Nuclear power plants was probably Merkel convinced that she could get energy via Nordstream.

    Merkel was supposed to use German leverage to help move the Minsk 2 process forward. Why did she fail?

    This leverage also was presumably what was agreed to behind closed doors, and is in alignment with Russia’s position, which has never wavered.

    Here is Russia’s position:

    Even more importantly, Der Spiegel says the two rebel regions are to have a veto over Ukraine’s future political orientation, including its joining either NATO or the EU.

    “Russia has likely already achieved its minimum goal, that of preventing Ukraine from joining NATO or the European Union.

    The deal agreed to in Minsk includes a kind of veto right for separatist areas in eastern Ukraine on important fundamental issues.

    That right would apply to membership in military alliances and to membership in economic blocks such as the EU or Putin’s Eurasian Economic Union”.

    These provisions do not appear in writing in the Minsk agreements. If they exist (which, given that the Der Spiegel article is sourced from Merkel’s office, they surely do) they must have been agreed verbally by Putin and Merkel, almost certainly during the talks in Moscow that preceded the ones in Minsk.

  98. Russian soldiers, the war criminals that they all are along with dirt bag scum Vladimir Putin will at some time in the future be brought up on war crimes and will be executed:

    Witnesses have told the Observer of alleged war crimes against civilians in Bucha, as the town was liberated by Ukrainian forces. In one account, a 33-year-old mother and her two sons, eight and four, were shot dead by troops in a Russian armored vehicle, along with a 62-year-old man, as they had sought to flee in two cars.

    The bodies of at least 20 men in civilian clothes, one of whom had his hands tied, have been found lying in a street in Bucha, as Russian forces made what authorities in Kyiv said was a “rapid retreat” from territory around the capital on Saturday.

    Ukrainian forces took around 30 towns and villages around Kyiv, including Brovary, a key city east of the capital. But President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the retreating troops were creating “a complete disaster” by leaving mines in homes and corpses as they retreated.

    Pope Francis has said he is considering visiting the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, and for the first time implicitly criticized the Russian president Vladimir Putin over the invasion of Ukraine. “We had thought invasions of other countries, savage street fighting and atomic threats were grim memories of a distant past,” he said.

    Ukrainian military intelligence reported that residents in Izium, a city in east Ukraine, had given Russian soldiers from the 3rd Motor Rifle Division of the Russian Federation poisoned pies, killing two and putting 28 in intensive care.

  99. I will tell you what is going on.

    Jew controlled Putin and Jew Zelensy along with help from Jews from the “West” orchestrated a war to genocide slavs and remake Khazaria they will recolonize partially from Israel.

    Putin is firmly against nationalism, and that means he is working for the jews, if he isn’t one himself.

  100. Well-informed Americans do not believe the Bucha “massacre” tale
    Americans have got to think like lawyers to keep from falling prey to media lies, which are ubiquitous.
    How to do this?
    First of all, to be able to sort the lies from the truth, you have to have some knowledge of the obvious lies of the US Establishment, ie, the intel agencies (like the CIA and its extensions abroad like the MI6 and Mossad,) think tanks (like the CFR, Atlantic Council, Rand, whose objective is to promote hatred and mistrust of Russia and plot ways to break up and weaken that country), US elected and unelected officials, the education network, NGOs, Big Business, Big Banking, corporate media, etc.
    Here is a good primer on US media lies about Ukraine – what the big ones are and how to avoid being taken in by them.
    https://www.unz.com/article/the-ukraine-crisis-facts-versus-lies/
    Here is a list (non-exhaustive) of US false flags and media lies that were used to start wars. (I would add to this Operation Northwoods, a CIA plot that, fortunately, was never carried out, but only because JFK nixed it.
    https://21stcenturywire.com/2017/02/14/fake-news-week-a-guide-to-mainstream-media-fake-news-war-propaganda/
    Once you are aware of the media lies, in order to put the Bucha story in perspective, you need to know something about the Russian Federation, the nation accused by the Ukraine puppet government of a war crime.
    Do not let the propagandists equate the Russian Federation with the Soviet Union. That’s like equating the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) with the Third Reich.
    The most important considerations are
    1-MO (modus operandi – how the RF has behaved in the past and is behaving now), or past history
    2-Motive. Why would the RF senselessly murder people in Ukraine?
    But since there are two suspects, ie, Russia and Ukraine, you also need to apply this yardstick to the other, notably to the Ukrainian military. And please, do not let the Philistines accuse you of “whataboutism” here. In a court of law, if you have two suspects, it may be necessary to determine which one is the most likely culprit. No lawyer would dare call this whataboutism. It is standard procedure! The accusation of whataboutism is a cheap trick, the last resort of bullies in a debate.
    Re #1 above, the RF has no proven history of deliberately starting wars with false flags. The US does. Nazis are known to be hateful racists who wantonly slaughter innocents, and most people now realize that the top echelons of the Ukrainian military structure is imbued with this heinous ideology.
    After all, the Azov group has been the main culprit in the genocide taking place in Donbass since 2014 – which received almost no media attention in the West. The few reporters in Donbass are victims of character assassination and smears by the US Establishment. Their blogs depicting the atrocities by the Ukrainian side are often taken down. Donbass reporter who have been victims of US censorship include Christelle Neant and Russell Bentley.
    Ask yourself: does it really appear plausible that the Russians, who entered Ukraine for the express purpose of ending the Donbass genocide, would be the perpetrators of a massacre in a Ukrainian town?
    After all, it was the Russian military that established the humanitarian corridors used by civilians to escape the ravages of war. The Ukrainian forces bullied civilians into avoiding these corridors, deliberately exposing them to danger in order to use them as human shields.
    Re #2 above, the Russians have been winning militarily, having destroyed all major military infrastructure and weapons with their standoff missiles in the first few hours of the war – weapons the Ukraine puppets do not possess. No other military had achieved anything like this ever before in world history! (However, one of the most absurd US media lies is that the RF is weak militarily or low on ammo).
    However, the RF is lagging in the information war because the US controls the Western corporate media. In fact, to clinch their near-perfect control over your mind, the West has banned certain influential Russian media in some Western countries.
    Therefore, Russia has no motive whatsoever to carry out a massacre in a town center in Ukraine. To the contrary, it has every reason to behave professionally and humanely to avoid the unfair smears in the US-controlled Western press.
    On the other hand, the Ukrainian puppets have all the reason in the world to create such a news sensation and blame it on the Russians. Further, as we see in the translation provided below, from RIA Novosti, it was an incredibly shoddy staging job. This shoddiness fits the MO of a government that has the entire Western press behind it to convince millions that the “Russians done it.”
    Why do a good job of staging when the US lie machine will back up your false flag 100%?

    Translation from RIA Novosti, with my notes in red font and [in brackets].

    https://ria.ru/20220403/mid-1781584711.html?utm_source=yxnews&utm_medium=desktop
    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says disruption of the peace talks is the motive behind the crime of Ukrainian radicals in Bucha
    April 3, 2022
    © RIA Novosti / Vitaly Belousov
    MOSCOW, April 3 – RIA Novosti. The purpose of the crime of Ukrainian radicals in Bucha is to derail the peace talks, said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
    “On April 4, 2022, the Russian Federation requested a meeting of the UN Security Council in connection with the provocation of the Ukrainian military and radicals in the city of Bucha. [Russian authors often use the word “provocation” to mean “false flag.”] The purpose of this crime of the “Kyiv regime” is to disrupt the peace negotiations [in Istanbul] and to escalate the violence,” [Foreign Ministry spokespserson Maria] Zakharova wrote in her Telegram channel.
    Earlier, the Ukrainian authorities and the media distributed a video allegedly filmed in Bucha, where the bodies of the dead lie on the road. Users noticed that the “corpses” move their arms and remove their limbs so as to avoid the wheels of military equipment. Also, in the rear-view mirror of the operator’s car, you can see one of the “dead” getting up as soon as the car passes by. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation stated that all these photo and video materials are a provocation of the Ukrainian authorities. As noted in the military department, during the time the city was under the control of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, not a single local resident suffered from violent actions. The ministry noted that all Russian units left Bucha on March 30, the day after the Russian-Ukrainian talks in Istanbul. Exits to the north were not blocked, while the southern outskirts, including residential areas, were shelled by Ukrainian troops around the clock.
    [In other words, it is highly suspicious that the video showing corpses on the street would surface long after the Russians had left and would be blamed on the Russians. It all smells to high heaven – unless you are trained to trust “authority”]

    • Agree: Miro23, TKK
    • Replies: @peterAUS
  101. MotGOD says:
    @mulga mumblebrain

    False dichotomy.
    Standard deception technique.

    Jews-media west (Globo-homo), and Jews-media east (La Putina), BOTH lie.

    Whether professional or amatuer, you are selling the lies of Jews-media east.

    The better approach is to look at original material.

    The clumsy Pravda-edit style of the Russian videos (few released because they have little to brag about I presume) makes them less valuable but one can look between the lines, the Chechen “TikTok” brigade is revelatory (massive wild shooting with nobody shooting back, harrowing engagement with a traffic light, kidnapping a female goat, bragging not afraid of Ukrainian mortars then getting mortared falls down and crys — Katies Girls are really something).

    The phonecall intercepts are more useful, and evoke both empathy and disgust for the desperate Russian soldiers.

    The mostly un-edited masses of videos from Ukrainians are the real deal — watch them all and you can get a much better understanding of the reality there than any of the article writers here on Unz, let alone Globo-homo or La Putina TV.

    Start with the links I provided elsewhere in these comments.

    The main thing though is that this war needs to stop asap. And stop in such a way as to preclude further Russian aggression.

    • Replies: @Yukon Jack
    , @Kurt Knispel
  102. saggy says: • Website

    This article refers to a March 31 statement from the mayor Bucha https://kyivindependent.com/uncategorized/bucha-liberated-by-ukraine-says-mayor/

    and it points to this video that I think is the mayor of Bucha on Mar. 31 announcing the liberation of Bucha … but there are no subtitles ..
    https://t.me/UkraineNow/8146

    Can anyone give the gist ???

    And, btw the best source of day to day info I’ve found is http://smoothiex12.blogspot.com/

  103. Agent76 says:

    With a little luck and allot of skill anybody can be in the know.

    Mar 31, 2022 Zelenskyy rejects Russia’s ‘flowery words,’ thanks Biden for aid

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he doesn’t trust Russia’s “flowery words” at peace talks in Turkey because bombing continues around Kyiv.

    March 26, 2022 The History of Nazism in Ukraine. Who is Stepan Bandera?

    It’s a tragedy in the making. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is reprehensible and should never have happened, but it is a fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin for several years had been warning Washington and its allies of an impending danger, that NATO expansion to its borders could lead to confrontation.

    https://silentcrownews.com/?p=7205

  104. Mefobills says:

    From the article:

    The characterization of the Ukrainian paramilitaries as “Nazis” or “neo-Nazis” is considered Russian propaganda. But that’s not the view of the Times of Israel, or the West Point Academy’s Center for Counterterrorism. In 2014, Newsweek magazine seemed to associate them more with… the Islamic State. Take your pick!

    So, the West supported and continued to arm militias that have been guilty of numerous crimes against civilian populations since 2014: rape, torture and massacres….

    The Islamic State argument is accurate. The Azov Nazis are not NSDAP, they were funded by MI6 and CIA. MI6 and CIA were NSDAP enemies.

    The Islamic state are Takfiri warriors, a mercenary army, paid for by recycled petrodollars.

    In other words, both Azov neo-nazis and takfiris are dupe mercenaries receiving their filthy lucre from ZOG/Globo Homo.

    I explained the funding flow already here:

    https://www.unz.com/pescobar/make-nazism-great-again/#comment-5254617

    https://www.unz.com/jcook/the-wests-hands-in-ukraine-are-as-bloody-as-putins/#comment-5229649

  105. Bro43rd says:
    @Notsofast

    Gotta love ya some Chappelle reference!

    • Thanks: Notsofast
  106. The author conveniently leaves out that Jacques Baud is a widely discredited conspiracy theorist – look at the French Wiki bio – use Google Translate if you have to. He is firmly in Russia’s pocket and is not the intelligent, balanced, objective observer the author is trying to sell you on. Just another pro-Russian mind-fuck and people take from it only that which validates their preconceptions and forge blindly ahead. Mindless idiots with axes to grind are the reason this world is so screwed.

    • Replies: @ariadna
    , @Pierre de Craon
  107. Kermit says:
    @Realist

    That is way too simplistic, IMHO. Tucker’s view took a turn away from the real causes of the war, I would agree. It was plain to see. It was not unlike Trump’s turn away from dealing with COVID reasonably when he found himself riding alone out in front of a stampeding herd of cattle. He knew that if he tried to stop them they would run over him and kill him. So, he got out in front and did the best he could – and survived. Tucker has been the same. He was pointing out the real causes of the war when he found himself similarly out in front of a stampede. He survived, and he continues to point out the dangers and absurdity of what is happening daily. He is aware of the line that must not be crossed – and he is steadily pushing on it. Is there anyone else today in the media with a large following who is doing more??

    The real world is much more complex than the one you see, I think.

    • Agree: ariadna
  108. rgl says:
    @TG

    ” … but my reading is that things are not going exactly as the Russians had planned.”

    It is a common axiom of war that no plan survives first contact with the enemy. The ‘other side’ simply refuses to comply.

    A truer sense of a commander, or strategic flexibility if you will, is his or her ability to adapt, overcome, and endure when the plan – as it inevitably will – goes sideways. Russia has indeed accomplished one war goal, the near total destruction of the Ukrainian armed forces.

    (all those american dollars, first from Maidan, and now the billions spent arming ragtag remnants to the teeth, all gone for naught. A conservative estimate is around the 15 billion wasted USD. And you wonder why yanks can’t get decent healthcare … )

    Admittedly, de-nazification will be a wee bit trickier. How many times does the west expect the Russians to lose their citizens to nazi ideology? Russians nearly 0bliterated this threat once. A little help this time around may be appreciated.

  109. the scenario of the Kuwait City maternity hospital in 1990, which was totally staged by the firm Hill & Knowlton for \$10.7 million

    Citation please. (Not just the video of the Kuwaiti ambassador’s daughter testifying, but support for the proposition that H&K staged the whole thing for \$10.7 mil.)

    • Replies: @ariadna
  110. Americans would be shocked to learn about the billions of dollars quietly spent since 2014 to absorb Ukraine into the American empire. Funds were hidden within the \$3 billion annual slush fund known as the European Security Initiative. It was the US Army’s primary mission, evidenced by the 15,000 U.S. Army news articles about the US army in Ukraine. Browse through these to see what caused this conflict.

    https://search.usa.gov/search?affiliate=www.army.mil&query=ukraine

    • Replies: @Sepp
  111. Udo Ulfkotte, a former editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (which is one of Germany’s largest newspapers), has decided to go public about the corruption of himself and the rest of the Western ‘news’ media, because he finds that this corruption is bringing Europe too close to a nuclear war against Russia, which he concludes the U.S. aristocracy that controls the CIA wants to bring about, or else to bring closer to the brink. This was in 2014
    https://rinf.com/alt-news/editorials/leading-german-journalist-admits-cia-bribed-leaders-western-press/
    Udo Ulfkote died a year or so later of Heart Attack.

    The press, i.e. the MSM east, west, north or south is untrustworthy and should not be compared to women selling sex. Pox on the MSM.

  112. RUR says:
    @Alt Right Moderate

    The Polish government said that Poland isnt going to ask any country for the money to support the refugees because Poland has enough her resources to that end but of course any foreign help will be appreciated

  113. The war in the Ukraine has its genesis in the 2014 Nuland zionist coup in Kiev and then the bombing for 8 years of the Donbass breakaway region and this is the result.

    • Replies: @Been_there_done_that
  114. ariadna says:
    @TaterSalad

    “war crimes against civilians in Bucha’
    Some of the Ukrainian civilians killed by the Russians were not properly instructed on how to be dead and moved before the camera panned over.

    • Replies: @Iris
  115. ariadna says:
    @Sorel McRae

    Right… if the sum paid was less it invalidates the event….

  116. ariadna says:
    @KantNeverCould

    “Mindless idiots with axes to grind are the reason this world is so screwed.”
    Is that an epiphany about to become a confession?

  117. @TaterSalad

    It depends on who wins. If Russia wins this, its quite possible Putin’s enemies will hang, along with western leaders and judges from the Hague.
    This war has gone total already and it’s about money (US\$, Euros etc. vs Gold and gold backed Rubles) with Chinese and Indians on the russian side.
    If you are a believer, get down on your knees and balance your ledger as this world can go Ka-Boom.

  118. Mefobills says:
    @Curmudgeon

    Below is an interview I recommend. Han’s also spent time in Ukraine., so his impressions are relevant.

    In the videotaped interview of former Waffen SS man Hans Von der Heide by revisionist historian Michael Hoffman, Herr Von der Heide remarked that he and the other soldiers thought of their military as the first NATO or the first United Nations force because they were fighting shoulder to shoulder with men from nearly all of the nations in Europe, including France and Britain.

    The Christian heritage white men of Europe were fighting against the Bolsheviks/International Capital Jew.

    The International Capital/Communist had taken Russia by the short-hairs and thrown her around like a rag-doll.

    In is important to think in terms of pivots and evolved thinking. By the time the Waffen SS was taking in Ukrainians, Hitler had already evolved his thinking to being a defender of the white european race, and no longer toward only assembling Germans back under the umbrella of the Reich.

    Stalin had also evolved during the war, as National Communism came into being. What Russian would fight for something as nebulous as international solidarity. Stalin eventually turned on his (((handlers))) and started killing the “rootless cosmopolitans.”

    Putin could also be evolving his thinking. It takes some time for people to mature, as we humans no longer have received wisdom from generational families. Thanks globo homo for de-racinating us, and destroying our families. You are the mensch.



    Video Link

    • Thanks: Curmudgeon
  119. When I look at who Putin’s enemies are, I have to believe that he occupies the high moral ground.

    Biden, Clinton, Blinken, Nuland, Kagan, Sullivan, Hill, Romney, Graham, Soros, Schwab, Cruz, Pence, Hannity, Wicker, Keane, Kristol, Boot, Hollywood, Boris Johnson, Olaf Schitz, Trudeau, CNN, MSNBC, Murdoch Media etc. and on ad infinitum.

    “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me first.” —Jesus

    • Agree: Iris
  120. Bottolini says:

    Putin’s achievements so far:

    In the space of a few days, Putin’s vaporized 200 years of anti-Polish propaganda (of Austrian, German, Russian and Soviet Russian provenance) in the Ukraine. He’s led the Ukrainians to take up arms against their so-called Russian brothers in order to defend their country. The Ukrainians are now doing what the Poles did in 1920 during the Polish-Soviet War, when relatively few Ukrainians were willing to fight the Red Army. Without the Ukrainian “brother nation” under its thumb, the Russian Empire’s days are numbered. Unfortunately for Putin, the Chinese general staff are watching all this.

    What Germany and Russia really wanted was a return to what they had in the good old days, i.e. when Bismarck was in charge. Good old German-Russian imperial friendship at the cost of Poland and all the other smaller countries of Eastern Europe. In other words, a German-Russian Condominium. That had been Putin’s offer to Germany all along and Merkel wholeheartedly accepted it by building gas pipelines together with Russia on the bed of the Baltic Sea. Fortunately, these plans can be foiled by accelerating the process of bolstering Eastern-European integration at the cost of the neo-imperial interests of Germany and Russia.

    Britain and America now see that the best way to foil Merkel and Putin’s joint scheme to set up a German-Russian Condominium is to make a future united Eastern Europe “great again”. And that’s *exactly* why Putin has now invaded the Ukraine. Last year’s demonstrations in Belarus sounded all the alarm bells in his evil imperial mind. A strong and united Eastern Europe — a resurrection of the old Polish Commonwealth in some new form — is Germany’s and Russia’s worst nightmare.

    Putin’s also making exactly the same mistake as Stalin. Just as Hitler’s eyes were firmly fixed on Russia and especially the fertile lands of the Ukraine — the German equivalent of Britain’s India, as he used to say in his private conversations — the eyes of today’s Chinese leaders are also firmly fixed on all that Lebensraum which is temporarily owned by a mere handful of Russians. The conclusion to be drawn is obvious. It’ll be interesting to see who ultimately is surprising whom when the first missiles are fired.

    Putin will go down in history as the man who finally destroyed Russia and Russia’s final gift to the world: communism.

  121. @Desert Fox

    The war in the Ukraine has its genesis in the 2014 Nuland zionist coup in Kiev…

    You must have been asleep. Many people here have moved on from believing this lie you still spread.

    https://www.unz.com/aanglin/i-am-a-russian-cheerleader/#comment-5262930

    • Replies: @rgl
  122. peterAUS says:
    @littlereddot

    Somebody should get a wager going. That would be fun.

    Actually, a very good idea.

    Speaking of which I already lost one re this topic. Was a bottle of good Whiskey.
    A young fellow, I have chats every once and then, was positive the war would start within a week of Olympic games closing. I thought it would start in the second week of March.

    Now…re “complete the encirclement” there should be a clause that the majority of Ukrainian combat power IS encircled; not that encirclement completed AFTER that majority retreated. Which opens the question to clarify what that “majority” means. Etc.

    As for where the winner money goes we are in agreement there.

  123. Iris says:
    @ariadna

    Some of the Ukrainian civilians killed by the Russians were not properly instructed on how to be dead and moved before the camera panned over.

  124. Sepp says:
    @Carlton Meyer

    LOL. Ukraine absorbed the US into the Khazarian empire. The \$3 Billion are tribute. World War WEF is about the Khazars retaking Crimea, ethnically cleansing slavic people, and moving their eastern border to the Caspian sea.

  125. @Kermit

    I agree. Thanks for this input.

  126. Pablo says:

    “Indeed, a friend of mine commented that he thought it significant that on the war the positions of Fox News and CNN were almost identical; he said that because he believed that since all the major news sources were in agreement, then certainly what they presented was truthful.” HaHaHaHaHa!!!! And so now you know why Fox News exists. The American Media is tightly controlled by a tiny group of Billionaires. Fox News is Controlled Opposition. Fox News creates a False Impression that Fox News is like a Lone Warrior telling the Truth against the tidal wave of all those Damn Liberals and their Liberal biases. The purpose is for people to never look for alternative News sites.

  127. @Cookie

    If Europeans don’t start moving away from a friend who seems more like an enemy then they will bear the cost of the new cold war.

    It is no accident that a declining power tries to go back to the time of its greatest power by provoking an old enemy.

    Do Europeans want this?

    The European people most certainly do NOT want any of this. As long as they are under occupation by the same ZOG alien force as the U.S., however, they have no say in the matter.

    • Agree: Towey
    • Replies: @Bugey libre
  128. @MotGOD

    The main thing though is that this war needs to stop asap. And stop in such a way as to preclude further Russian aggression.

    If want the war to stop then first know the west baited Russia to go into Ukraine.

    And the west needs to stop arming Ukraine.

    And lying about the staged genocide by Ukraine forces blamed on Russia.

    And stop the cross border attacks into Russia.

    Remove the puppet Zelensky who wants to keep the war going.

    But that is not going to happen – the west wants this war and they want to expand it, especially those in the Washington beltway.

    Poland says it would love to host nukes – that sure will get Russia’s attention.

    So this war is about to get much bigger because the west wants that. And it will be the perfect distraction from the:

    Covid jab death kill off (millions and millions of injured and dying fools who got the jab),

    and the failed Biden sanctions policies which are causing shortages in raw metals,

    and rising oil prices – which will start pushing prices up on everything else,

    and rising inflation (+7.9% and going up),

    and rising interest rates (mortgage rates have already doubled off the low),

    and rising Treasury rates (when the average maturity of \$30Trillion is on the short end),

    and the after effects of FED QE hyperinflation policies,

    and Hunter Biden’s porn laced laptop (and upcoming investigation),

    and the midterm elections (big losses for the Demonrats),

    and war will be a big win for the defense contractors who can see that the huge budget deficit could lead to a huge chop in defense spending (as predicted by Deagel 2025 forecast)

    So it’s WAR baby. WAR WAR WAR

    • Agree: Towey
  129. @Verymuchalive

    This is the first time that Switzerland has ever been sanctioned by another country. It is no longer regarded as neutral. More and more countries will come to regard Switzerland in that light. The end of Swiss neutrality is clearly in sight.

    Without its famed neutrality, is there any reason for Switzerland to continue to exist as a political entity? Europe is already full of partisan satraps of the Globalists, so why add one more?

    Break Switzerland up. Parcel out Deutschschweiz to Germany and Austria, give Suisse Romande to France, and let Italy take Ticino.

  130. @Iris

    …moved before the camera…

    It looks like a loose portion of the coat or piece of plastic covering blowing in the wind created by the passing vehicle.

    • Troll: Boo
    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  131. “Obviously, the Western media, that is, the major American news organs (Fox, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, etc.) and their equivalents in Europe are unanimously and zealously pro-Ukrainian.”

    I don’t think it’s a matter of being pro-Ukrainian, (they’d throw the Ukrainians to the dogs at the first opportunity they ceased to be useful to them). It’s all about being anti-Russian, anti-tradition, and basically anti-white. Russia and a couple of other countries like Serbia are the only white nations that are standing up against the Globo-Homo alliance led by Klaus Schwab, George Soros et al.

    • Agree: Z-man
    • Replies: @Boo
  132. Uncle Jon says:
    @TG

    As Admiral Painter once said: “Russians don’t take a dump son, without a plan.”

    Be patient my boy. All in good time.

  133. @Yukon Jack

    “ a Jew is a believer in the Torah. ”

    The Torah does not count much for the Jews. Their real book is the Talmud. See the excellent book of Michael Hoffman “ Judaism’s Strange Gods”.

    Christians on the other hand are totally wasted when they try to treat the crude and primitive version of Hollywood called the Torah as being holy.

    • Replies: @Yukon Jack
  134. You have done a very good job of translating Jacques Baut. There are others like Mr Dénecé who have voiced their more realistic understanding of what is really going on in Ukraine.

    Something like two months ago, I had a conversation with a guy who is well acquainted with the nearest city political life. He told me that the mayors of a nearby ‘big village’ was planing to make East Europeans come to settle on his municipality because he couldn’t find the workforce the local industrialists needed (plasturgy, mainly).
    Here it is! Now the same Mayor is going to have his East Europeans, and very soon.
    I am presently working on an organic vineyard and winemaker tolf me last week that he is going to shelter Ukies in the coming week…

    • Replies: @Seraphim
  135. Long but interesting.

    • Replies: @Pierre de Craon
  136. peterAUS says:
    @Lateinamerikaner

    And yet
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samashki_massacre
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alkhan-Yurt_massacre
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novye_Aldi_massacre
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Staropromyslovsky_massacre

    A plausible scenario:
    The troops were pulling out–>those people went out, some curious, some pissed; those pissed started yelling. Maybe somebody threw something–>a tired soldier saw a threat, opened up, some other joined, 5 seconds. That’s it.

    Oh, btw:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Sunday_(1972)

    • Troll: Boo
    • Replies: @Lateinamerikaner
  137. @mocissepvis

    There is no European people, all there is are Italian Spanish, German, Austrian, Greeks, Albanians, Serbs, French etc… Still we are all occupied by forces that occupy the US and even, sadly… Russia. These psychopaths want the transhumanist, technocratic, kabbalist nightmare à la Yuval Noha Harari, Schwab, Gates, Soros etc…

  138. @mocissepvis

    Swiss is not a creation like Ukraine. It’s people are genuine whatever their language may be. They are Swiss and your offer to split that country with a very long history is just ridiculous.

    • Thanks: Iris
    • Replies: @Z-man
  139. @KantNeverCould

    … Jacques Baud is a widely discredited conspiracy theorist – look at the French Wiki bio. … Just another pro-Russian mind-fuck. … Mindless idiots with axes to grind are the reason this world is so screwed.

    A useful rule of thumb is that anyone who cites Wikipedia in support of a position that is not directly related to a World Series or Super Bowl score is either naive or dishonest. Either way, a reader’s default reaction ought to be to assume that he or she is being misled. Nor should the knee-jerk resort to obscene insult inspire confidence in a commenter’s bona fides.

    With specific reference to this thread, it is also worth noting that about a third of the last eighty or so comments have come from people who, like KantNeverCould, have “hasbara” written all over them. Evidently, those with “axes to grind” are working overtime to move the discussion back toward the (((Narrative))) norm.

    • Agree: Badger Down
  140. Anon[243] • Disclaimer says:

    I recently encountered M. Baud in TvLibertes and thought his information first-rate and balanced. It is helpful to see and hear the person behind the writing, and that small YouTube outlet interviews interesting and knowledgeable persons.

    The Spanish historian and political analyst Pío Moa also has a weekly programe available on youtube where he does both current affairs and historical review.

    • Thanks: Bugey libre
  141. As you can see, Jacques Baud is a wise man. How will this struggle for influence in the area of the former USSR end? In the Book of Daniel, we read, “And both these kings [Great Britain and Russia], their hearts (will be) to do mischief, and at one table (they) will speak a lie; but it will not succeed. Indeed yet (the) completion to (the) appointed time. And [the king of the north] will go back (to) his land with great wealth [1945. This detail indicated that after the previous victories Hitler will attack the Soviet Union and will fight to the bitter end]; and his heart (will be) against the holy covenant [Soviet Union introduced state atheism and believers were repressed]; and will act [it means a lot of activity in the international arena]; and go back to his own land [1991-1993. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact. The troops from the Soviet military bases returned to their country]. At the appointed time [he] will return back [Russian troops will return to where they were previously stationed. It also means the big crisis, plus the break-up of the EU and NATO. Many countries of the former Eastern block will return to a military alliance with Russia], and will enter into the south [because of ethnic conflict (Matthew 24:7)], but it will not be as the former [Georgia – 2008] or as the latter [Ukraine – now. It also will not evolve into WW3. This will happen only later, after Russia returns], for the dwellers of coastlands of Kittim [the distant West] will come against him, and (he) will broke down [mentally], and will go back.” (11:27-30a) This will be a mutual slaughter. This time it will be a world war not only by name. “The great power sword” will also be used. (Revelation 6:4) Jesus characterized him in this way: “A frightening things both and extraordinary (related to unusual phenomena) from sky powerful will be.” For that reason there will be significant tremors along the length and breadth of the regions [of strategic importance] and famines, and pestilences. Some ancient manuscripts contain the words “and frosts”. The Aramaic Peshitta: “and will be great frosts”. (Luke 21:11) We call this today “nuclear winter”. In Mark 13:8 there are also words of Jesus: “and disorders” (in the sense of confusion and chaos). The Aramaic Peshitta: “and confusion” (on the state of public order). This extremely detailed sign fits only one war. Jesus stated: “All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.” (Matthew 24:8)

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  142. Mefobills says:
    @Iris

    Don’t listen to Been_there_done_that

    He is a propagandist.

    This video is in relation the 2April Bucha operation, where the Ukrainian National Police were crowing about their operation.

    Here is the Ukrainians crowing a day before the video went viral

    https://sputniknews.com/20220404/ukrainian-police-claimed-cleaning-op-in-bucha-a-day-before-publishing-videos-of-dead-bodies-1094458090.html

    Here is the original twitter of the video:

    The Ukrainians are known for putting out atrocity propaganda:

    https://sputniknews.com/20220404/dont-be-so-naive-netizens-divided-after-bucha-video-appears-to-show-dead-body-moving-its-hand-1094448817.html

    “Yesterday evening a Ukrainian station showed a video of Ukrainian troops driving through Bucha, north of Kiev, with several ‘dead’ people lying in the street allegedly ‘killed by Russians’.

    There are two difficulties with these claims:

    – One of the dead appears to move his arm.

    – Bucha was declared ‘completely liberated’ of Russian troops by its mayor on Thursday, March 31.

    Are we to believe it would take three days for such an ‘incriminating’ video to come out? Or that those ‘dead’ were lying there for three days with no one bothering?”

    Here is Russia getting pissed off at the West for pushing atrocity propaganda, and not doing any sort of forensic investigation. The press just makes claims.

    https://www.rt.com/russia/553257-bucha-war-crimes-peskov/

    Here is Russia demanding a security council meeting to look at the Ukraine provocations:

    https://tass.com/politics/1431949?utm_source=&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=&utm_referrer=

    Here is Britain refusing to hold a security council meeting, as (((Perfidious Albion))) once again works to undermine civilization.

    https://tass.com/politics/1431949?utm_source=&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=&utm_referrer=

    According to Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, the current UN SC president, Britain, once again refused to give consent to holding a Security Council meeting on Bucha

    One thing that propagandists do, is they twist narrative, then use some truth, and then sow doubt using pilpul or other diversion techniques.

  143. Anon[243] • Disclaimer says:
    @anonymous

    From the interview linked above, I did get the impression his was a balanced view. However, his last two or three books seem to counter the western narrative. Whether that is because he is honest, or is finding a niche or something else, it’s difficult to say.

    https://www.amazon.fr/s?k=jacques+baud&crid=170YAFEGSISZ7&sprefix=jacques+baud%2Caps%2C305&ref=nb_sb_noss_1

    He has written an Encyclopedia of the Intelligence Agencies that has very good reviews.

    • Replies: @Anon
  144. GKWillie says:
    @meamjojo

    I predict that with the help of NATO+USA, the Russians will be forced to put their tails between their legs and leave all of Ukraine, including Crimea and Donbas, just as they were in Afghanistan.

    You remind me of Captain Stransky in Peckinpah’s classic, Cross of Iron.

    “Yes Sir! We are attacking! We are counter-attacking!”

    “We need air cover!”

    “We are winning! We are winning!”

    All while doing positively JACK SHIT…lol

    Also, it’s beyond hilarious to listen to these neo lib/neo con military geniuses who pissed away TRILLIONS of dollars and God knows how many lives, while screwing around in Afghanistan for TWENTY YEARs, critique an obviously successful Russian operation in Ukraine.

    I won’t even mention the spectacular abortions known as Iraq War 1 and 2.

  145. Media = [mostly] jew owend

    Ukraine = jew run.

    Take it from there.

  146. THIS IS IMPORTANT They start off talking about Ukraine

    Day one of the World Government Summit 2022 Held in Dubai

    World Government Summit 2022 Livestream: Day 1

    The WGS2022, held at Expo 2020 Dubai on March 29-30, will host more than 4,000 individuals from 190 countries. Leaders, senior government officials, heads of international organisations, and global experts will participate in sessions to discuss and highlight global challenges and their potential solutions. The sessions will also focus on future developments in various sectors and how best to leverage them to help build a sustainable world, official news agency WAM reported.

  147. saggy says: • Website

    Moon of Alabama has an great thread on Bucha
    https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/04/the-bucha-provocation.html

    that includes …
    Vid of a smiling mayor of Bucha announcing the liberation of Bucha on Apr 1

    Vid of the Uke police going through the streets on Apr 2 – no bodies anywhere –

    dialog ‘can we shoot persons not wearing blue armbands? … Fuck yeah”

    Report – Apr 2 – Bucha, the territory was cleared of saboteurs and Russian accomplices
    https://www.unian.ua/war/bucha-u-zvilnenomu-misti-rozpochali-zachistku-teritoriji-vid-diversantiv-ta-rosiyskih-posobnikiv-novini-kiyeva-11770498.html

    Much more …

    including interview from girl in the hospital hoax
    https://thegrayzone.com/2022/04/03/testimony-mariupol-hospital-ukrainian-deceptions-media-malpractice/

    • Replies: @showmethereal
  148. Blissex says:

    «the abolition, on February 23, 2014, of the Kivalov-Kolesnichenko law of 2012 that made Russian an official language in Ukraine»

    It is not quite as nice as that, that is a rather optimistic description: the ruthenian language (re-labeled “ukranian”) was made the sole official language, and the limited autonomy and official status granted to the russian, hungarian, bulgarian, romanian, rusyn and even greek languages and communities was eliminated. The fascist ruthenian xenophobes trying to establish Greater Ruthenia (re-labeled “Ukraine”) want to eliminate *all* other cultures, not just the russian (or malorussian) one.

    The ukrainian SSR was like the USSR itself was, and the Russian Federation is today, an internationalist, multi-ethnic state; the fascist xeonophobic ruthenians are totally against that.

    This has caused a lot of protests not just from the Russian Federation but from Hungary, Romania and Moldova too.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_Ukraine#Ethnic_groups
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungarians_in_Ukraine
    «Since 2017, the Hungary–Ukraine relations rapidly deteriorated over the issue of Ukraine’s education law. Ukraine’s 2017 education law makes Ukrainian the required language of primary education in state schools from grade five. László Brenzovics, the only ethnic Hungarian in the Supreme Council of Ukraine, said that “There is a sort of purposeful policy, which besides narrowing the rights of all minorities, tries to portray the Hungarian minority as the enemy in Ukrainian publicopinion.”»

    • Thanks: Bugey libre
  149. saggy says: • Website

    Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia Addresses Bucha Allegations I LIVE

  150. @Joe Levantine

    “ a Jew is a believer in the Torah. ”

    The Torah does not count much for the Jews. Their real book is the Talmud.

    Not an expert on this, but I have listened and read every viewpoint I could find. The fact that the Jew can not be defined is just more obfuscation by Jews because they use it to their advantage. Are Jews a race, a religion, a people, or a pseudo-religious supremacy cult?

    [MORE]

    Problems with defining Jews:

    a. Most Jews today are atheists. So how can being a Jew be a religion?

    b. Most Jews today are blood related to Europeans and find their origin in the Khazar empire. So how can they be a race if the Bible/Torah is about people in the Levant?

    c. Birth by a Jewish mother. What if the Jewish mother way back was a convert,not a blood Jew?

    —————

    Here are what others say:

    1. Christian viewpoint based on Bible text:

    https://www.neverthirsty.org/bible-qa/qa-archives/question/who-is-a-jew-according-to-bible/

    Who is a Jew biblically? The answer is that any physical descendant of Jacob or Israel is a Jew at this point in history. Some teach that the real Jews are those who have been spiritually reborn. Such teaching misses the obvious that there are Jews by physical birth and there are those who are Jews spiritually (Romans 2:29; 9:6; Galatians 3:28-29).

    2. Jews as a people.

    http://www.renegadetribune.com/jews-people-first-foremost/

    The Jews are a People First and Foremost

    “Who is a Jew? While I’m often asked how I can be both a Jew and an atheist, this question hardly ever comes from Jews. According to all branches of Judaism, a person is Jewish if born to a Jewish mother. Since my mother was Jewish, so am I.”

    “Gentiles are often surprised to hear that there is no religious belief requirement to be a Jew. Well-known Jews with no belief in God include intellectuals like Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, and Karl Marx, as well as comedians like Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Jon Stewart, and Sarah Silverman (no relation, unfortunately). In fact, these Jews openly criticize or make fun of religion.”

    “A Pew survey shows that 62 percent of American Jews say being Jewish is mainly a matter of ancestry and culture, while just 15 percent say it’s a matter of religion. Secular Jews, atheist Jews, and agnostic Jews comprise the largest constituency of Jews.”

    So much for jews just being a religion, har har har.

    3. David Duke’s viewpoint: Jews are a race which can be proved by genetics.

    4. Israel’s Sephardic Chief Rabbi, Yitzhak Yosef: many fake Jews in Israel:

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-is-jewish-a-nationality-or-religion-israel-s-fierce-bitter-debate-about-identity-1.9408781

    5. Shlomo Sand: no such thing as a Jewish people

    5. Yukon Jack’s viewpoint: Who cares what they say they are, they are the problem and need to be stopped at once and for all time. Judaism must be outlawed and Israel nuked out of existence. Any survivors hunted down to extinction. Jews are a proxy for Reptilian control of earth, and since we can not deal directly with space empire running this prison planet, it is imperative that those who are acting in the interest of evil in heaven above be eliminated with great prejudice.
    Bloomberg is a reptile – just look at his damn face!Reptilian meme by Yukon Jack, Jews are reptilian proxy on earth

    • Thanks: Joe Levantine
    • Replies: @Ralph B. Seymour
  151. Realist says:
    @Kermit

    It was not unlike Trump’s turn away from dealing with COVID reasonably when he found himself riding alone out in front of a stampeding herd of cattle. He knew that if he tried to stop them they would run over him and kill him.

    Yes, Trump was as useless as Carlson.

    He survived, and he continues to point out the dangers and absurdity of what is happening daily. He is aware of the line that must not be crossed – and he is steadily pushing on it.

    Carlson is more interested in his survival (making big bucks) than truth.

    Is there anyone else today in the media with a large following who is doing more??

    More what?? That is inconsequential.

    • Disagree: RadicalCenter
  152. Z-man says:
    @Bugey libre

    Now Belgium, that is an Entity that needs to be broken up into its constituent parts, Dutch, French and German. As a bonus make Brussels, the seat of the EU abomination, an open city. Ha!

    • Replies: @simple mind
    , @Bugey libre
  153. Boo says:
    @Joe Paluka

    You can definitely name Hungary and its glorious leader Orban who mentioned the spawn of Satan Soros as one of his opponents before and during the recent elections. This was a crucial election to ensure that w/e happens in Ukraine next, Russia will have a trading partner in EU and some leverage in NATO!

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  154. peterAUS says:

    Interesting.

    My initial premise (an incident) was wrong.
    This looks deliberate. Probably a breakdown of discipline within the unit.

  155. Do you realize that your article’s first nine paragraphs are not about Russia or Ukraine but about yourself? Why would you think that an article by you about you would interest anyone but you?

    I have no idea what the rest of your article is about. After nine paragraphs, I gave up.

  156. Photo’s of Russian genocide committed by Putin’s Army on Ukrainian civilians and children:

    https://sarahwestall.com/yes-its-true-evidence-of-genocide-crimes-against-humanity-towards-russians-in-ukraine/

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  157. @Wokechoke

    Well they were part of Russia since before 1667.

  158. peterAUS says:
    @TaterSalad

    That article has this heading:
    Evidence of Genocide & Crimes Against Humanity Towards Russians in Ukraine.

    Headings within:
    The Ukrainian army has been shelling the cities of the DPR and LPR for 8 years
    From 2014-2021, the Ukrainian military has killed over 150 children and wounded countless more.
    Ukrainian authorities legitimize persecutions.
    Fascist organizations officially exist in Ukraine and are Supported at the State Level
    Etc…etc….

    For your supervisor: fire this fucking idiot, immediately, please. Don’t reuse the handle.

  159. Avery says:

    [Was the Russian Invasion of Ukraine Legal? | ft. Scott Ritter]

    • Replies: @Been_there_done_that
  160. @mocissepvis

    Subservience to the EU will lead to precisely what you say. Do enough Swiss realise this ? We will find ou shortly.

  161. @Haxo Angmark

    The Ukrainian government is supported by the vast majority of that country, and they are better people that you could ever be, forever hiding behind the internet.

    Both Hungary and Russia are friendly with Israel, so there’s another mind melt for the armchair retard. How come you know better than everyone else what’s best for them, but nobody cares about you at all?

    The Ukrainians will hate Russia forever, and your turn is next. These people know their enemies, and so does everyone else when it comes to that day. Mark these words!

  162. Seraphim says:
    @Yukon Jack

    ”Why would a Jewish President work with Nazis?”
    Remember that we live in the Orwellian world of Doublthink. One day the ‘Ministry of Truth decides that ‘Oceania was always at war with Eastasia and allied with Eurasia’, the next day decides that ‘Oceania was always at war with Eurasia and allied with Eastasia’ and all records that proved that it was at war with Eastasia are sent to the ‘Memory Hole’ and replaced with new ones that prove the contrary. The enemy of yesterday is the friend of today and vice-versa in an endless cycle. Historical revisionism is permanent.
    Revisit ‘1984’.

  163. @Z-man

    Belgium is an open country, which already includes “Brussels”.

  164. @TG

    Observe the first day of the US’ bombing of Baghdad. It has taken Russia almost a month to employ that amount of explosive. As in Dresden, Nagasaki, and Hiroshima, the US tries to kill everybody. Russia is trying to limit the loss of civilian lives: of Russian-speaking Ukrainians and of Ukrainian-speaking Ukrainians.

    Putin could kill everyone in Odessa tonight. He is showing admirable restraint.

    NATO is feeding weapons to “zelenski” regime; that’s throwing gasoline onto the fire and Ukrainians will burn.

    • Agree: Spanky
  165. Worst of all is that in the West, governments and media know that they are supporting a Nazi system, including that they all supported the election of the Jew Zelenski to hide Nazism. So nothing can be from the West.

  166. Athena says:

    Since 2014, it is estimated that 15,000 civilians were killed in Ukraine, as a result of a civil war created by US-led NATO forces backing ultra-right wing ”Ukronazis”.

    The media (Canada, US, UK, France) REFUSE to tell the truth about the massacre in Odessa in 2014.

    In 2014, ex- CIA’s Susan Lindauer posted pictures of the massacre carried out by US-backed Ukronazis: ie people burnt alive on her Facebook page. Many people saw them.

    MONSTERS

    Odessa inhabitants massacred by the US-backed Ukronazis: May 2014, Odessa

    How the thugs killed Odessa inhabitants in the Trade Unions House – the details of bloody scenario :

    (Warning, graphics:)

    https://ersieesist.livejournal.com/813.html

    ”People attacked and burned to the bones by the Right Sector thugs
    Firefighters only appeared when massive entrance doors were burned through.
    The number of killed people can be as high as 300. Most of people, especially children and women, were hashed with axes and clubbed to death with wooden sticks in the basement of the Trade Unions House.”

    ”From where has the barricade appeared? It was built by the Right Sector thugs in order to lock people trying to save themselves on the above floors.”

    ”This man was shot in the head. Judging from clearly visible blood puddle, the murderer fired at point-blank so the bullet passed through the skull.”

    ”Dead woman near the elevator with clothes absent below her waist. Most likely, she was raped, then doused with a flammable mixture and set aflame.”

    ”The same picture again: burnt heads, hands and shoulders, lower body untouched by fire.”

    ”The scariest picture. Most likely it is a pregnant woman, who was one of the employees working on holidays, cleaning offices and watering flowers. She was strangled by an electric wire. She tried to resist – one can see discarded flower on the floor.”

    ”Note: according to one of the main versions of what happened on May 2 in Odessa, the Right Sector thugs performed a false flag operation. They put St. George’s Ribbons (symbols of anti-Maidan federalism supporters) and organized violent provocation against Maidan supporters (i.e. against their own allies), in order to later blame federalism supporters and make them look responsible for death of many people.”

    • Agree: Iris
  167. Now that the truth is emerging that the NATO Nazis are losing the war and are committing horrific war crimes, we will hear a lot more about “the fog of war.” “Fog of war” is a great excuse to use for denying the evidence.

  168. ANON[181] • Disclaimer says:

    PRAISE GOD & PASS THE COCAINE!

    ALL HAIL THE GREAT AMERICAN EMPIRE!

  169. SafeNow says:

    A Wall St. Journal editorial, about a month ago, wrote that Biden’s problem is low “pep” and “vigor.” I love metaphors, and I cannot think of a better fake-news metaphor than that. The in-your-facedness of it is shocking. They knew they were lying, and they knew that you knew they were lying.

    • Replies: @Spanky
  170. Athena says:

    Mrs Anne-Laure Bonnel made the film below on what happened to civilians in Ukraine since the last 8 years. She says the film will allow Europeans and the EU to know the truth about the conflict that existed BEFORE Russia invaded, which the media refuse to cover.

    Since 2014, lots of peoples were killed in Ukraine, and a lot continue to die. Ukrainian peoples have been left without help for 7 years, and the conflict continues. (It is estimated that around 14,000 were killed.) Canada and the US trained and armed the Ukrainian army (ie ”Ukraonazis”).

    Reportedly, civilians who were pro-Russia were targeted by Ukrainian forces (trained and armed by US and Canada). Pro-Russia Ukrainians were

    – forced to live in their basements
    – not allowed to speak their mother language (Russian)
    – their children not allowed to go to school or kindergarten
    – not allowed to work anymore
    – pension funds robbed from older peoples.

    Mrs Bonnel says she must always repeat that, contrary to the popular belief (what the mainstream media are pretending), the conflict has not started last month (when Russia invaded). It started in June 2014, when the Ukrainian army carpet bombed its own population in Donetsk and Lugansk.

    The media put all the blame on Russia, however, the war has been going on for 8 years, and the media remained silent.

    She says she doesn’t want to be associated with one side or the other, but only wants fact checking what happened to civilians.

    She recommends to watch her film above.

    In it, you can see that, following the US-backed coup d’état of 2014, US-backed Ukraonazis and Poroschenko wanted to elimate 1.5 million peoples in Ukraine (because they were judged superfluous, ie they were Pro-Russia).

    Mrs Bonnel explains that civilians are completely exhausted because they’ve been kept under continuous stress by bombs for 8 years now.

    The Misnk agreements have never been respected. She has contacted Liberation, and people there know that they were not implemented.

    The OSCE came briefly 2 days ago, but left quicky.

    She says it would not have been complicated to know the truth about what’s really going on there. One must try to understand what’s happening to both sides of the conflict, not just one side, before expressing indignation (for one side only).

    Talk shows must know what happened in 2014, try to find pictures of Ukrainian army, the bombings, the calls to eradicate population.

    Human rights watch did the job. Amnesty international also did it, talked for BOTH parties of the conflict. This has then been modified by Amnesty International. Find their reports (2014, 2015, 2016). It’s on the Net.

    She says nobody wants to broadcast her videos. France International refused her work. Amnesty selected her work, then deleted it. She proposed the videos to France TV, RT, M6, nobody answered. She says she IS NOT on Russian side. That’s because they were the only ones to broadcast her videos. Civilians only is what matters for her. ALL other tv channels DELETED her videos. Ask France TV.

    For colleagues: she wants them to analyze her videos to verify they are authentic. They were not modified in any way, have geolocalization data. They can be authentified and sent to all redactions. DO IT.

    • Thanks: Iris, Spanky
  171. @Carlton Meyer

    Long but interesting.

    Isn’t that how the reviewer for the Mycenae Times (ca. 710 BC) described two videos by a fellow called Homer? It’s a pity he had so little ambition. You know, if he’d taken the trouble to learn English, he might have had a really big career. Ionic Greek is soooo yesterday.

  172. This swiss source is clearly a paid shill. The translator is either played or a shill as well. One can skip reading after the bold statement that there were no deliveries from Russia to the rebels.

    There were both arms deliveries from Russians, such as the Buk anti-air missile launchers, one of which was used to shoot down the MH17 (as well as other ukrainian aircraft), to the rebels as well as military personnel, some of which inevitably were killed in action and either had their bodies buried, as documented by some sources, e.g. Lev Shlosberg or accounted for as MIA with their relatives receiving gag orders and some rather low compensation.

    Yes, the western propaganda machine and the ukrainian disinformation exist and have place, but one can’t beat the lies with other lies. It’s just all lies.

    • Agree: peterAUS
    • Troll: mulga mumblebrain
    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  173. RestiveUs says:
    @mulga mumblebrain

    Then why don’t you do us all a favor and remove your hysterical self from this cruel, doomed earth.

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  174. Karl1906 says:

    It’s actually not that hard to understand.

    Our media constantly lies about Russia (and they have for about 100+ years by now), so it’s definitely our politicians who have started this conflict.

    Basically, NATO/US not keeping ANY of the treaties they have signed since 1991. And “replacing” government in 2014 with a coup d’etat. Ukraine’s regime consists of thugs, thieves and murderers placed into position by the US establishment. Biden’s son, as well as the rest of the current government, each hold their own stake in Ukraine. So they have “good reasons” to defend Zelensky and his murderous neo-nazi regime. No matter the cost.

    Also typical (ever since Trump was considered the “enemy” by these people) is the constant smearing on Twitter etc. As well as fake reports and the murdering of civilians/fake set-ups such as Bucha. And a false flag (most likely a chemical attack) is also coming. They may not have the balls to pull it through but certainly the intention.

    Watch Gonzalo Lira or Richard Medhurst. And every interview starring Scott Ritter. Don’t watch Fox News, CNN etc. And don’t trust Breitbart as they lied about the 2020 elections. The usual suspects.

  175. @Avery

    …Scott Ritter…

    …is not a reliable source of information. I have seen a bunch of his interviews, and he mixes interesting facts with nonsense, likes to exaggerate and indulge in hyperbole. Here he harps on about Article 51, “preemptive self-defense“, “eminent threat“, and “collective self-defense“, yet his rationalizations soon become rather contorted when he tries to extend these legal concepts to justify the massive destruction of civilian neighborhoods in Ukraine’s two largest cities and elsewhere. This character has likely deceived himself already, so he probably believes what he is saying.

    • Troll: Notsofast
    • Replies: @Avery
  176. Seraphim says:
    @Bugey libre

    Hello, mon ami. Comment ça va? Comment va le Macro?

    • Replies: @Bugey libre
  177. @omegabooks

    The armchair “general” receives reports from many eyewitnesses in many parts of Ukraine. E listens to statements from Putin and Lavrov, as well as from Winken, Blinken, and Zod. The Sage knows fake news when e sees it, and recognises semitism’s effects on the US. Who do you blame for the government of the Great Satan?

  178. @Sepp

    No, his name means he’s an exposeur (I can’t find the English word).
    https://sexcrimelawyer.home.blog/2020/10/30/indecent-exposure-explained/

  179. @Mefobills

    – One of the dead appears to move his arm.

    The unanticipated problem that old-timers such as Lavrov and others have in their reflexive public responses is the prevalence of high resolution satellite imagery that can recognize corpses lying on the street. Forensic analyses will expose these people as deluded liars.

    Currently the web portal of the NYT is highlighting a video (See Our Analysis of Satellite Images) that juxtaposes video footage taken from the ground with black-and-white satellite images showing them lying in the same spots relative to each other.

    Allegations of forged atrocity propaganda scenes are intended to reassure cultists and have a very short half-life. Are they going to want to claim that hundreds of murdered corpses lying in an open pit, with shot wounds in the back of the head, were faked by crisis actors?

    • Disagree: Bugey libre
  180. @Z-man

    Belgium is a very strange political/national entity that can exist without a government…

    • Replies: @PetrOldSack
  181. What we watch in Russia
    Butchа. Genocide or the great lie?

  182. @Seraphim

    Bună ziua ‘winged celestial entity’!

    I am doing as well as possible in that crazy world and I keep exercising and practicing Russian/Ukrainian Systema to stand against the streams of lies.

    I now work on an organic vineyard in one of the most sumptuous surrounding of Bugey. The spring snow and cold weather we are experiencing logically because we have entered a great solar minimum is unfortunately a big problem for vines. We won’t be able to work until maybe Thursday since branches are frozen and we could break them if we did try to bend them. Still, at that point all is not lost if we have a mild April and no freezing at that time.

    ‘micronus’ is embroiled in so many scandals, check that very important, possibly game changing and great journalist job that is now playing a huge role in the farcical presidential campaign:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEFGCs68E9Vr5te5qZuJsbg

    The UPR and François Asselineau has been barred from running in the presidential so that the characterless Dupont-Aignan is the only one with some flavour of frexit. Still Asselineau is doing a very great work in his frequent videos of bringing mental and moral sanity for France and the world.

    Is this present war a distraction to hide the very expending transhumanist, fourth industrial revolution? It is very likely… Very sadly.

    https://www.corbettreport.com/putin/
    https://edwardslavsquat.substack.com/

    Even Russian supporters of the highest quality like Karine Bechet-Golovko is wondering what the fuck Russia is really doing (a very interesting link for you):
    http://russiepolitics.blogspot.com/

    And what about you? How is it doing? Wish you the best and maybe one day we will share one bottle like this one we are working on, “Like in the granny’s cellar”:
    https://www.vinscheznous.com/vins-naturels-savoie-bugey/4130-renardat-fache-cave-a-meme.html

    Jah Bless you and those you love

    • Replies: @Seraphim
  183. anon[138] • Disclaimer says:

    Flemings don’t want to be Dutch.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  184. @TaterSalad

    Somebody please “remind” “Pope Francis”:
    invasions of other countries: US invaded Afghanistan,

    savage street fighting: US invaded Iraq

    and atomic threats: USUKisrael threatens Iran:

    https://original.antiwar.com/jorge-hirsch/2006/07/06/nuking-iran-is-not-off-the-table/
    Bush, Cheney, Obama, Trump, Biden, even Tamala Harris:
    9:09 a.m. ET, March 2, 2022
    US vice president says “everything is on the table” as US continues to assess sanctions on Russia
    From CNN’s Kate Sullivan

    C’mon Popey baby, ya think she’s talking bout cookies?

  185. @huwhyte ppl

    No Bukh was used against MH17. If so, there would be some evidence of the exhaust trail as it climbed upward. It was probably the Ukronazi jet seen by numerous eye-witnesses dogging the passenger plane, part of Heehaw Holomoisty’s fascist air-force.

    • Agree: Bugey libre
    • Replies: @huwhyte ppl
  186. @Boo

    And the liberal fascists have gone ape-shit at Orban’s stunning victory. They want Hungary kicked out of the EU, because the proles voted the wrong way. Soros fecked up by not rigging the count. Orban should issue an International arrest warrant for him. Make his travel difficult. Burden his final days.

  187. @Observator

    You make good points. People seem to insult Putin and his teams intelligence if they didn’t expect these types of sanctions. 2014 sanctions were pretty tough – so of course they expected worse. None of these were overnight decisions. The mainstream media turns people into fools.

  188. @Been_there_done_that

    The US caused the coup that led to the Minsk agreements having to be signed and the U.S. was the puppet master controlling the political strings.

    And Ukraine is not analogous to Taiwan since the UN sees Taiwan as part of China and the Chinese civil war has never officially ended since there was never any such agreement to end it.

    • Replies: @Been_there_done_that
  189. @MotGOD

    Hmmm. I know people who fought in two wars in the 21st century. They didn’t have phones to call anyone on the battlefield and in fact were never allowed to say how they could or would be deployed either. So explain that to me. Did the Russian commanders allow these soldiers to have phones to make calls?? How do you fight a war when you might worry about losing your smartphone??? I find that more than just a little strange. Or is a mobile phone now a part of standard military issue. Make sense of that for me. The average grunt would not have access. The officers who would I highly doubt would be calling home to mommy in a firefight.

  190. @peterAUS

    Thank you for the reminder, PeterA U. Yes, these ugly things have been reported and there is no doubt some truth there.
    Let’s not forget that virtually every report in the corporate media regarding Russia and Putin must first pass through the CIA filter before it reaches your eyes.
    There is a pattern here with the Chechen War and today’s Ukraine conflict.
    The CIA was in Chechnya long before the war preparing the minds, war chests and arsenals of Chechen radicals for a conflict made in USA.
    https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2013/04/29/washington-civil-society-cia-financing-chechen-other-regional-terrorists/
    The pattern was the same in Donbass. The genocide that occurred and is still occurring there was also made in the USA. It lasted 8 years, killing an estimated 13,000 innocent souls.
    During that long tragic period, not one Western journalist or politician raised their voice to condemn it.
    And now, the murderers are celebrated as heroic freedom fighters and, as usual, the people who risked their lives to stop the genocide are demonized. Not for what they are doing but for NOT being “our sons of bitches.”
    Some things never change.
    But there is a difference. Russia is strong now and doesn’t care one iota what Americans think or say about it.
    Killer sanctions?
    Next year’s GDP is expected to far exceed last year’s.
    NATO has ceased being a military alliance. It is reduced to financial retaliation, and that doesn’t work either.
    We are at the end of something and the start of something.

  191. @Bugey libre

    What they need is putting Bart de Wever, alas “Fritkot de Wever” as monarch, and head of the government combined. A politician of the sort that is in dire needs in WE. A real nAzI. He will go any way he is pointed at by the Global Finance Cabal. A true identitarian, even fluctuating weather forecasts can influence his decision-making. A champion of the short term.

    • Replies: @Bugey libre
  192. @showmethereal

    The US caused the coup that led to the Minsk agreements…

    More nonsense, so no evidence – which doesn’t exist – is needed.

    …Ukraine is not analogous to Taiwan…

    The issue is recognizing and supporting a smaller territory that wants independence.

    Did the Russian commanders allow these soldiers to have phones to make calls??

    No, so the soldiers probably used the mobile phone of somebody that was just murdered.

    • Replies: @Spanky
    , @showmethereal
  193. Avery says:
    @Been_there_done_that

    You haven’t been there, and you haven’t done squat.
    Ritter has.
    Case closed.

  194. @Mefobills

    Bucha was declared ‘completely liberated’ of Russian troops by its mayor on Thursday, March 31.

    Here is a satellite image from March 19 showing those “completely liberated” corpses already lying on the street of Bucha.

    • Replies: @Iris
    , @Commentator Mike
  195. @Kermit

    IOW Tucker sold out for the big bucks. Anyone who keeps self-censoring, so he doesn’t get Cancelled by the MAN, is a man without honor. It can be painful to watch Tucker when you know he is biting his tongue, afraid to go over the Line. His constant laughing is infuriating.

    If Tucker really “walked the walk and talked the talk” he could resign and start his own Podcast. He’s also a pretty good writer and could write a column on Substack, like Glenn Greenwood does after he was Cancelled by The Intercept. Doubtless the money would not be nearly as good, but hasn’t Tucker made enough moolah to last several lifetimes? What price is your dignity worth?

  196. @mulga mumblebrain

    > No Bukh was used against MH17.

    Buk was used to shoot down the MH17. It definitely wasn’t a jet who shot it down.

    The damage is to the front hull, which is inconsistent with air-to-air missile typical damage flying in the opposite direction to the aircraft. The damage is mechanical to the front hull, which is consistent with surface-to-air Buk missiles warheads.

    Based on the direction and the place of the event it’s likely that the said missile was launched from the rebel controlled territory.

    Multiple photos of said Buks, which were tracked down to specific Russian-based battalions.

    Multiple ukrainian jets were shot down by the rebels at high altitude prior to the events leading to the downing of MH17.

    Pro-Russian rebels (Girkin & Co) initially claimed the downing for themselves in social networks, as they previously did, until it became clear that they shot down a passenger jet.

    Anyway, it’s just one case, out of the many and many witnessed and filmed by the civilians armament transfers all across the Russia at the time. Plus military personnel sudden burials coming out of nowhere with no official explanation. This Swiss dude isn’t in position not to know that. Ergo, he’s paid not to know.

    • Agree: peterAUS
    • Disagree: Bugey libre
    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  197. Pablo says:

    How can I know what’s REALLY going on in Ukraine? Well I know this. If the Russian Media Outlets were churning out nothing but lies, the tightly controlled, Billionaire owned Western Media would not BAN Russian Media Outlets. Think about that. If the Russian Media were churning out Propaganda about events in Ukraine, there would be NO NEED to ban them!!

  198. Iris says:
    @Been_there_done_that

    How nicely and evenly displayed these “corpses” are, alternating each side of the road and at almost symmetrical distance.

    Stop taking people for a ride and look at the photos of the Russian Ukrainian victims burned alive in Odessa, posted by commenter Athena at comment 172. These show what real crimes against humanity look like, which have been going on since 2014 directly enabled by the US and without the freaking EU budging.

    https://ersieesist.livejournal.com/813.html

    • Thanks: Sepp, Bugey libre
  199. @Been_there_done_that

    It must be extremely dangerous to be a fighting age male in Ukraine nowadays, or just about any male as how can they tell your age from a distance without looking at your ID? Since Zelensky has mobilised all males of fighting ag and distributed arms to anybody and everybody then how is it a war crime shooting any male unless they’re in a uniform and coming with heir arms raised to surrender? Russian troops then have to consider every male an armed enemy unless surrendered and in their custody. This is the result of what Zelensky has done. But probably those are dead Ukrainian soldiers who were changed into civilian clothes before the media were called in. Standard stunt for the benefit of the Western media propagandists.

  200. Spanky says:
    @SafeNow

    As far as I can see, the in your face aspect of Biden was deliberate. The entire point of Biden’s selection as President was because it was in our face as a nation. Biden will be a convenient scapegoat as the Deep State’s carefully laid plans begin coming to fruition and apparently (and quite possibly actually) spin out of control in the public’s eyes. What better way to hide your deliberate mendacity from the world, than declare it the fault of a demented President?

  201. Spanky says:
    @Been_there_done_that

    The US caused the coup that led to the Minsk agreements… — showmethereal

    More nonsense, so no evidence – which doesn’t exist – is needed. — Been_there_done_that

    Remember that comment in which you were accused of ignoring facts which do not support your arguments? IIRC, you demanded proof…

  202. Sepp says:
    @Iris

    The Ukrainian war-whores should take a look at the videos of Ukrainian soldiers shooting Russian POW’s in the leg. Or how about looking at the videos of them taping civilians to posts and torturing them. Or how about listening to the testimony of civilians escaping through corridors. Or how about looking at the dead bodies strewn across these corridors by those valiant Ukrainian defenders. Or how about all the videos of brave Ukrainian soldiers hiding out in schools and kindergartens. Or how about all the sabotage and scorched earth policies targeted at vital civilian infrastructure that the glorious defenders of the Ukrainian people have committed.

    Any rational person can also instantly see that Zelensky, Nato and the US have been trying to set up Russia for “war crimes” with the assistance of their Zio-media since before the war even started. Hell, they even preemptively imposed sanctions before the invasion began, that is how certain they were that their coercion on Russia would work.

    So clearly we have the precedence and the motive for Ukrainian-Khazarian mercenary army having committed these “atrocities”. Finally, there is a total lack of proof that Russia did this.

    So anyone claiming that these alleged “atrocities” were committed by Russians is an idiot, a stooge or a deep state actor. That includes the deep state puppets Biden, Van der Leyen, Bellingcat and all the rest. That includes all the idiots like Been_there_done_that.

    • Agree: Bugey libre
    • Thanks: Iris
  203. Baud’s report is not even close to being related to reality. The ceasefire violations were entirely on the side of the Russian troops stationed in the Donbas. Ukraine didn’t have the required heavy weapons anywhere near the line of contact to enable them to carry out Russia’s false flags. Those false flags extended over 8 years, culminating in the lies Putin told back in February to try to justify restarting the war from 2014.

    To assert that no weapons were coming into the Donbas from Russia is risible.

    • Replies: @Bugey libre
  204. Mefobills says:
    @Iris

    Chaos isn’t symmetrical. Fighters also work in teams. You could also overlay this scene with real battle scenes and then note the differences.

    Our propagandist interlocutor will always ignore rational arguments, and continue along his line of pilpul narrative.

    Once you see what they do, it is hard to un-see it. He is probably paid to seed doubt, which implies that UNZ has become a threat.

    • Agree: Iris
  205. @PetrOldSack

    I’ve just checked the bio of the guy, he seems a real psychopath indeed. If he happened to be in power France might recognized the Wallonie as a French territory (lol) since these two people coexist in a very strange relationship and all the Belgium friend I have had never understand the Deutsh language.

  206. @Quartermaster

    When the special operation of the ukro-nazis started for real in Donbass (the army was more than reluctant to do the job) the Russian speaking military in the area deserted and took the ‘guns’ with them to protect the population in Donbass from the violent insanity of the Kolomoïski ethic nationalist sickos.

  207. @Iris

    How nicely and evenly displayed these “corpses” are…

    Here is the short video that appeared at the NYT today. Between 0:23 and 0:32 one can see the covered corpse on the right that you presented in message #127 – the one viewers were supposed to think was alive, due to some movement. The location of the corpses corresponds to the satellite image.

    The satellite images presented in the following video by the WSJ provides additional context. It was purportedly taken on March 18, the day before the image in message #203, above. The positions of the corpses coincide with video images from the ground taken at the beginning of this month.

    https://www.wsj.com/video/zelensky-addresses-un-satellite-image-shows-bodies-in-bucha-in-march/1C9EC820-CFA2-4757-AA72-80610B061BEC.html

  208. @TaterSalad

    So where was the Pope the past 20 odd years??? There have been wars non stop basically… Many as a result of NATO countries actions…

    Oh and what do you think will happen to supposed civilians now that Russians think they might get poisoned??
    Same as those who were given assault rifles to fight the Russians. You make yourself an enemy combatant and no longer a civilian. But the west wants more civilian deaths in Ukraine.. It makes for a better “story” in the propaganda wars.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  209. @saggy

    I’m just watching a report in western news about Bucha. The reporter is bending down in the supposed mass grave where the bodies are in plastic – stating that since the Russians got there they just kept dumping bodies there. So I would have loved to ask the reporter if those are rotting bodies – how come he is able to kneel down right next to them???? Where are the flies and maggots??? Why is he able to bear the stench so easily – no mask nor anything… One dead dog by itself would cause a miserable stench… Yet people just gobble up the foolishness.

    • Replies: @TaterSalad
  210. @Been_there_done_that

    “More nonsense, so no evidence – which doesn’t exist – is needed”

    You should stop commenting after that… No credibility do you have.

    “The issue is recognizing and supporting a smaller territory that wants independence.”

    You should stop commenting after that… You don’t understand what an analogy is. Ukraine is a sovereign nation. Taiwan is not. The only similarity is the US desire to use them as proxies against Russia and China respectively…. And like Russia’s red lines – the PRC is absolutely serious that the civil war will restart if the US and Japan and Europe try to recognize Taiwan as a country.

    “No, so the soldiers probably used the mobile phone of somebody that was just murdered”

    You should stop commenting after that. A soldier murders someone and takes their phone to call their mommy…??? Do you realize that makes you sound like an imbecile?

    • Replies: @Been_there_done_that
  211. Seraphim says:
    @Bugey libre

    Bună să-ți fie inima!
    I wonder what it is known in France about the French instructors for the Azov Batallion that have been allegedly captured by the Russians? Apparently the Russians have le Maquerau ”par les roubignoles”. Excuse my French!

    • Replies: @Bugey libre
    , @Bugey libre
  212. Anon[147] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    By the way, Jacques Baud recent book “Putin, master of the game?”, is #1 bestseller in Amazon France.

  213. @showmethereal

    Ukraine is a sovereign nation. Taiwan is not.

    The implied similarity is not between Taiwan and Ukraine but between Taiwan and the breakaway republics in Donbass, – apparently too difficult for you to have figured out by yourself.

    • Replies: @showmethereal
  214. @showmethereal

    The Pope routinely condemns war, but the Western MSM vermin only amplify his critique of non-Western ‘aggression’, although, here, of course, the real aggression is Western and began in 1917.

    • Replies: @showmethereal
  215. @huwhyte ppl

    Do feck off to the Australian or some other sewer. I’ve read that bullshite dozens of times. The first observer, an OSCE official I believe, to see the cockpit region, reported that he saw holes made by cannon fire. A Uke jet hit the plane with an air to air missile, and strafed it as it descended. Your Hero of Ukraine medal is in the mail, plus a couple of ‘Moskali’ ears, bronzed, for use as ash-trays. I DO hope you smoke. Angling for a job at Bellingcrap are you?

    • Replies: @huwhyte ppl
  216. @Carlton Meyer

    The British and Americans slaughtered thousands of Frenchmen, and not by accident.

    An exemplary video. No table-pounding, no haranguing—you let the facts speak for themselves.

    I entered college in 1962, and at that time there were still some French politicians and writers—not many, certainly, but a few—who could be heard to express either mixed feelings or plain bitterness about France’s treatment by the Allies during World War II. I was led to believe by my elders and betters that the complaints were somewhere between baseless and overstated, the product of a French mind-set that refused to accept responsibility for the consequences of France’s treacherous surrender to the evil Hun.

    I was not alone, of course, in being led down that path. Even now, eighty years after the events depicted in your video, very few show any interest in learning the truth. I certainly don’t expect to live long enough to see the day when even 10 percent of white Americans realize that Churchill and FDR outstripped all other wartime leaders when it came to perfidy and treachery.

  217. @Seraphim

    To answer the question, very few things are known about this. From what I have understood, they have been killed on sight in the helicopters trying to flee the Avoztal plant in the outskirt of Marioupol. micron had been trying hard to reach an agreement to “settle” a ‘human corridor’ for some officers entrapped in there but the Russians refused. But as the title of the article ask, is it possible to know what is going on in Ukraine? Some say the Belgorod bombing had been a rataliation by the nato/nazis after the incident… Who knows… At that point the most important issue is the bacteriological labs that the ‘Butcha’psyop is try to canceal.

    • Replies: @Iris
  218. One of the nest comment I have read so far about the subject of that article https://www.sott.net/article/466314-The-truth-about-Bucha-is-out-there-but-perhaps-too-inconvenient-to-be-discovered:

    By’curse of canaan’:

    “The problem with all this war between Ukraine and Russia is how much can you trust what you are seeing/looking at.

    Some people will argue blue in the face they “know” this or that, but when it is all said and done everyone is being made to either trust/go with what is being offered, without anything beyond a casual look, a fleeting article or a video or photograph.

    [MORE]

    We live in times where the truth literally is the hardest thing to “see”. Even first hand accounts require trust to some “degree”.

    Crisis actors, crisis management companies, false flag, public opinion, public trust, persuasion, coersion, emotional investment, devils advocate, conspiracy theorist…..the list goes on…

    The protocols mention a time when nothing is real, men are women, women are men, nothing can be verified and everything is propaganda and nobody can trust even their own senses because everything is faked or contains deception on multiple layers…

    The only things I know are that there are pictures/photos of dead people in army uniforms, but strangely:

    I dont know if they are dead or acting.

    I dont know when or where the photos were taken.

    I dont know who took them.

    I dont even know why they were taken!

    All of it depends on myself simply “trusting” what has been convieniently put before my eyes.

    Dead people amd death acts upon the emotional senses, sorrow, fear and anger to name but a few…

    If I watch a hollywood film I know it is all fake, theatrical props used to make me the viewer believe the white house was blown up or someone was blown apart with there arms and legs flying off somewhere in different directions, but when I see the news I don’t naturally assume the same theatrics used for entertainment could be used to decieve me, because its presented as factual information, but all of it requires trust in what you are presented with to look at is genuine.

    I ask HOW CAN WE KNOW FOR CERTAIN?

    If we cannot ever know then it follows we could (the possibility exists) be told the truth or a lie.

    So it relies on trust.

    Do we still trust the media in ALL CASES, if not, when should we or when should we not?

    If I said to you or anyone else it could all be a massive psyop I would be saying so because I emphatically do not trust anything put before my senses or believe any media wishes to help keep me fully informed regarding the truth or offer true opinion on world affairs because I could not verify it myself.

    If I said to you or anyone I believe all what the media is telling me and Im thankful for what they are doing and have no reason to doubt the existence of a fully functioning free press that is looking out for me is more what is shaping opinion on both sides.”….
    “I feel inclined to believe all this Ukraine Russia is just OneWorldGovernment deception…..the problem is verification.

    Everyone has an opinion but who actually knows for certain beyond all the different media, alternative media, suspicion and trust etc??

    The whole narrative is deception.

    The net doesn’t exist…

    Nobody saw it fall….

    We are not caught in something we cannot see…

    What we feel is not netting its something nice…

    Its nice because we were told it is….

    We trust the person who told us….

    What net? (while it closes in on one massive school of thinking)”

    • Agree: Spanky
  219. @Seraphim

    Seraphim,

    I advice you to listen to that Asselineau’s interview which is very very interesting. Even though he can’t run for the presidential race, the guy has decided to comment the unfolding events with the honesty, accuracy as to facts he is used to. He couldn’t run because of the absurd system of selection and the corruption of politics in France. Presidential candidates Jean Lassalle (a very good heart but with a limited program) is unleashed to tell the truth about the post pseudo-democracy situation down here:

    https://qactus.fr/2022/04/04/france-il-y-a-une-dictature-en-france-qui-tue-impitoyablement-en-silence-lance-jean-lassalle-europe1/

    “There is a dictatorship in France that kills ruthlessly and silently” A couple of weeks ago he had said that micron was a Rottenchild creature and he denounced in the MSM the fact that oligarchs owns them.

    and the UPR president, François Asselineau’s very informative video titled “Brotherhood: The double game of Zelensky against France”:

  220. rgl says:
    @tyrone

    Western intelligence services have a difficult time discerning what day of the week it is …

  221. @showmethereal

    By your standards then a person riding a bike down the middle of a street and being 64 years old and then gets executed by a Russian soldier with nothing better to do is not a war crime? You are one sick bastard if you ask me.

    • Replies: @Spanky
    , @showmethereal
  222. @mulga mumblebrain

    You are too retarded to even assess the position of a first observer recognizing cannon fire on an aircraft hull. How many metal articles hit by cannon fire has he seen in his entire life before that? How many downed jets has he seen? Rhetorical questions.

    And of course, the opinion of some observer is not relevant, as pretty much 80% of the hull was reassembled and anyone can see detailed photos of the damage without the help of bellingcat. I’ve wasted hundreds of hours doing that. I may be wrong and be deceived of course, just like the agreeing audience in the comments to this article is, but so far I haven’t seen a single piece of evidence to pose significant threat to the Buk theory, so most likely it’s valid.

    To your comment’s point though, the Buk’s missile warhead damage is mostly mechanical, not explosive, so yes, it leaves holes in the hull as if it was shot at.

    But again, the MH17 case in particular, although significant, not that important, as it’s just 1 piece of evidence proving tons of official help from Russia to the rebels. And what’s amusing here, it’s not even necessarily a bad thing, yet retards like you keep fighting it as if it were.

    • Troll: Spanky
  223. Spanky says:
    @TaterSalad

    The Ukrainian government issued light weapons to civilians (indiscriminately) and formed civilian territorial guards (every Ukrainian male between 16 and 60 is considered eligible for conscription into military service), a paramilitary force in civilian clothing. Those guards were instructed, among other things, to approach Russian forces as if friendly, then ambush them when close.

    This, naturally, led to a situation where Russian troops, who were initially instructed not to harm Ukrainian civilians under any circumstances (on pain of prosecution), suffering serious casualties. So much so, in fact, that the Russians revised their ROE, on March 1, to reflect that reality and allow their troops to return fire if Ukrainian “civilians” attacked them.

    So, yes, a man riding by on a bike could be suspect… Is that the Russians’ fault? Or the Ukrainian’s fault?

    Is it possible Russian troops killed Ukrainians they believed or knew were territorial guards to protect themselves? Yes, all the bodies shown in the Bucha video were males in civilian clothing, there were no women and children evident.

    Is it possible Russian troops executed civilians in Bucha for no reason? Doubtful, according to Ukrainian civilian accounts of Russian behavior elsewhere in Ukraine and the Russian ROE.

    Is it possible the Ukrainian National Police commando unit sweeping Bucha for “saboteurs” immediately after the Russians pulled out, and one of whose members asked their commander if they were authorized to shoot people not wearing a blue armband (his answer was yes), killed Bucha civilians wearing white (or no) armbands? Yes, and this would also be consistent with Ukrainian civilian accounts of nationalist (or neo-Nazi, if you prefer) troop and police behavior elsewhere in Ukraine.

    Is it possible the Ukrainian’s staged the scene in Bucha as a propaganda ploy? Yes, the Ukrainian government and media have engaged in numerous propaganda ploys. It’s interesting that, immediately upon release of the Bucha video, western governments declared it, in unison, a Russian war crime with no further investigation. Contrast this response to that of video depicting Ukrainian troops deliberately shooting bound Russian POWs in the legs.

    What happened in Bucha? I don’t know, nor do you — but this incident reminds me of the White Helmets’ (financed by Britain) videos coming out of Syria a few years ago…

    • Replies: @showmethereal
  224. @MotGOD

    Tell us about the American crimes against the German people to this very day. The subtotal today far exceeds anything Russia dumped here at the end of the Second Jewish World War. You are still leading a war against Germany today and now against Russia.

    Russia did not start the Ukraine disaster!
    The Jewnightes States of Israhell with the help of American “servicemen” did it and still do it.

  225. @MotGOD

    Regarding your pronounced “…phonecall intercepts…” (let alone your other crutches of believes):

    How many phonecall intercepts out of how many daily calls out of a large force (of 200 000?)?
    You are judging an ant hill on the basis of how many videos with distress of how many single ants?

    Go home! Take care of America in America!

    • Agree: showmethereal
  226. @Been_there_done_that

    And Putin refused for 8 years to recognize those breakaway Republics… but Ukraine (by western puppet mastery ) did not live up to the Minsk Agreements and have killed thousands of civilians in that time.

    Taiwan was NOT a breakaway republic but was fighting for the right of who is the ruler of all China. It was not until the 2000’s any talk of ant Taiwan independence came up – which is a direct violation of diplomatic protocol at the UN and all but 14 nations on the planet (who have relations with Taipei and not Beijing). There are no civilian nor military deaths on either side in decades. So again – not like Donbass

    You don’t know what you are saying. The ONLY correlation is western machinations to weaken an opposing great power:

  227. @mulga mumblebrain

    Oh I know… I was being facetious

  228. @TaterSalad

    You addressed nothing I said in the comment. Have you ever been around a dead body???? Let alone a dozen???? Do you know the stench that would cause??? It’s the same nonsense with the chemical attack in Syria where the media were doing the same thing. Anyone with half a brain would know you don’t go to a chemical attack until it is made safe. It’s not a car accident.

    In any event – if you can prove a Russian soldier wantonly shot an old man riding on a bike then that soldier should face court martial. But did that happen??? Civilians caught in a cross fire is not actually a war crime. A tragedy – but not a war crime. And please spare me. When you discuss all the war crimes against civilians in Donbass the past 8 years then I will believe your concern. When you raise protest about the Pro Russian civilians murdered and burned alive in Odessa by the dozens then I will believe you. Other than that I don’t. You don’t want justice – you just want Russia under heel of the west.

    • Replies: @TaterSalad
  229. @Spanky

    You make great points. And in reality – the rifles are given to all those civilians in the hope that lots of them would be killed. The Ukrainian force is much larger than the Russian force. In an invasion and occupation the invaders need to have a larger force than the home army. So this has little to nothing to do with defense. It’s about optics and the propaganda wars. Dead civilians (well when you take up arms you are no longer one) are “good optics” for NATO.

    • Agree: Spanky
  230. @showmethereal

    Sounds like you have some mental issues. I have more war experience than most as a machine gunner wounded multiple times.

    As for civilians riding bikes and then cut down? So if a person() is/are riding bicycles there must not be any danger. Why were they shot at with .762 nato rounds then?

    There reports, pictures, documentation as we speak that war crimes have been committed but people like you have their heads up their own ass they can not breath properly. Pull it out, take a deep breath and the blow it our ass.

    • Replies: @Iris
    , @showmethereal
  231. Iris says:
    @TaterSalad

    As for civilians riding bikes and then cut down? So if a person() is/are riding bicycles there must not be any danger. Why were they shot at with .762 nato rounds then?

    If any Bucha civilian died on a bike or otherwise, it is because they were bombed at a safe distance for a couple of days by the retarded Ukro-Nazi NATO poodles , who did not know and did not realise that the Russian military had actually quietly and orderly left the town long before the 30 March deadline.

    So the retards kept shelling the town, which is probably the cause of the real civilian deaths and ensuing NATO media camouflage operation.

  232. Iris says:
    @Bugey libre

    The Donbass defence brigades, supported by the Russian army, have just confirmed that they have entered and started taking control of Mariupol.

    They estimate that there is approximately 3000 Ukro-Nazi militias members still inside, among them foreign “fighters”, who all have been prevented from leaving Mariupol by the Russian military over the past weeks.

    These news are true: I am watching the RT reporters reporting live from Mariupol as I write. With regards.

  233. @TaterSalad

    Your thoughts are not coherent at all… Slick talk doesn’t win anything here.

  234. @Been_there_done_that

    I have to agree with you this time.

  235. @Ewiak Ryszard

    Use paragraphs. And stop spouting conclusory idiocy from “the” bible.

  236. @anon

    They’re all going to be dominated by Muslims and whichever non-white “migrants” have enough children to put young bodies out in the streets.

    Doesn’t matter where the borders are between different groups of demoralized, deviant, unrealistic, self-hating pussies who don’t have children and are rapidly aging and starting to die out. It’s like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

  237. Che Guava says:
    @TG

    I appreciated the article, informative on many points, some I knew, many I didn’t.

    As for ‘reply’, contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop in general and of some of his ‘deals’, and connection to his father (direct at times, ‘pay to play’ at others)are a damning indictment of the absolute corruption of U.S. politics. Media, too, for so avidly hiding the filthy dirt. It seems that Biden’s daughter is also a drug addict, though on a lower level than her bro.

    If you want to play the ‘see no’ and ‘hear no’ monkeys on that, you are pitiable at best.

    I saw my one U.S. friend of now, except on-line, this evening, his brother was in U.S. milit., my friend says his bro. knows of many who went to work as mercs for the Ukraine’s Foreign Legion (LOL)and were killed or sacrificed by the Ukrainians.

    I wanted to ask more, but no time, though we LOLled together at the Reddit Divisions.

    • Thanks: Commentator Mike
  238. Athena says:

    “These are just a few short clips from a long interview with Mariana Vyshemirskaya, the pregnant woman form the hospital in Mariupol (her baby was born and is doing fine). [Press CC for English subtitles]. The full interview is over one-hour long, but it was for an Italian channel and is dubbed in Italian (with a strong Russian or Ukrainian accent). It was too long to translate everything, but if you understand Italian, you can watch the full one-hour version here, by Visione TV:

    Giorgio Bianchi is another independent journalist covering the events. For me it’s important to share voices such as Giorgio Bianchi, Anne-Laure Bonnel, Patrick Lancaster, Gonzalo Lira, etc, not because they are “pro-Russian”, but because they offer a different perspective from the mainstream media, which (like it happened with Covid), already seems to have a “narrative” decided beforehand, and any alternative viewpoints are ignored or even censored. I think it’s always good to hear both sides of any question, then we can decide who is closer to the truth.”

  239. rgl says:
    @Been_there_done_that

    Reading your posts, I’ve come to the conclusion that you are either 1 – a paid shill, or 2- utterly ignorant (in both definitions of the word).

    • Agree: DevilAdvocate
  240. Anymike says:
    @American Bulwark

    If anything, Israel might join in the coalition of renegades against the dollar empire. Other potential partners: Brazil, the other USA (South Africa, formerly the Union of South Africa), Iran. Politics makes strange bedfellows, but all have a common interest.

    I think George Orwell’s conception of the power bloc in his novel 1984 was spot on, as far as it went. What Orwell did not envision is that what we are starting to call the World South would not tolerate living in a perpetual state of colonization. Orwell’s divisions were called East Asia, Eurasia and Oceania. The new ones that could develop are Southasia, and Paniberia. Why should an Iberian civilization which spans from the Pyrenees to the Southwest of the present United States to Tierra del Fuego tolerate being submerged forever.

    The nations of South Asia are at each other’s throats in various way, but they have a common interest too imposed on them by a commen need to resist the ambitions of the other power blocs in their lands. Even Israel.

    Then there is the issue of Africa. In Orwell’s geopolitical scheme, Britian separates itself from the Eurasian power bloc dominated by Germany and Russia by being part of Oceania, or what we sometimes call the Anglosphere.

    Maybe France will want to separate itself from Eurasia also, and perhaps it will assume some kind of political leadership over the western part of the Mediterranean region and Africa. Black Africa has had several gates into the world ecumene during its history. In Ancient and Classical times, the Nile was the gate. In the modern era, it was the Atlantic. Always in these eras, Black Africa was afflicted by the slave trade. No more. Maybe it makes sense for Africa to look to France with its tolerant and magnificent culture and its position as the most western outpost of ancient Continental Europe for a source of its gate into the world culture. Right now, Black Africa is being penetrated economically by both China and India. If Black Africa wants to avoid recolonization, it will find to a counterforce.

    No part of the world will not be part of one or the other power blocs. In fact, none is today. It is just uncertain yet how all of these power blocs will settle out.

  241. Tess says:
    @Right_On

    Goebbels was talking about Jewish propaganda when he said that if you repeat a lie enough times that the people would believe the lie.

    Many propaganda lies have saturated the media since WW2 in order to blame THE VICTIMS, the Germans, who were blamed for things the Communist Jewish Bolsheviks were doing. The Boksheviks also made up the Holocaust fable too.

    Even today with the Israelis now exposed through Mossad agents Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell pedophile ring arrest We now know that the Mossad of Israel Is an enemy of the American people as they were using child sex rings in order to blackmail American politicians. THEY STEAL OUR MILITARY SECRETS, cause wars I have nothing to do with the security of America. Zionist wars to be FOUGHT WITH AMERICAN BLOOD AND PAID FOR BY AMERICAN TAXPAYERS.

    [MORE]

    The 16th AMENDMENT was NEVER LEGALLY ratified making INCOME TAXES ILLEGAL!

    Did you know that at the grocery store you are forced to pay a KOSHER TAX paid to the rabbis.

    Lets get this MONKEY OFF OUR BACK By exposing their many lies.

    The only war America needs to fight and fund is to FREE MEXICO from the drug, human trafficking CARTELS! Many Americans are Mexican and would definitely support this effort.

    These revolutionaries do not respect our government, our customs, they have infiltrated our grossly now perverted Christian religion with pagan Talmudism , and have sacrificed our children to their god Lucifer in many wars that have NOTHING to do with America.

    Their minions are in our government trying to DESTROY OUR US ECONOMY with their COVID SCAM .

    AMERICANS! DID YOU KNOW NGO’s are UN-Constitutional In our beloved America and its against the law to allow the CDC TO SHUT DOWN OUR ECONOMY!

    Now their fellow comedian/Tv actor is trying to LOOT 7 BILLION from tge American people PER MONTH to support UKRAINE during the war.
    WTF!!!!!! 😱

    HAS AMERICA BECOME THE INTERNATIONAL ATM MACHINE for war mongers, a war machine of the world for Israelis? Our FAKE Allies.

    They know their tit is in the ringer After the discovery of Israeli Mossad agent Jeffrey Epstein and his accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell were exposed using blackmail against American politicians.

    US HOLLYWOOD PROPAGANDA MACHINE… Is now become hard at work PUKING OUT FAKE WAR STORY AFTER ANOTHER today creating multiple WW2 fiction Movie FABLES. ( Book of Titus 1:13-16) and lying documentaries IN ORDER TO GAIN SUPPORT BY uninformed USEFUL IDIOTS , as the communist call Those who fall for their mini lies.

    Have you noticed since they have been exposed the MANY MANY BRAND NEW , New World War II PROPAGANDA STORIES PUKING OUT OF HOLLYWOOD, home Of the propagandist. of the propagandist.

    Fake stories used to pull your heart strings AND to cement their lies into your hearts & minds so that you will support the enemy that has INFILTRATED OUR GOV. and as their own history shows us, has come to kill us. , the New Bolshevik communist.

    Talmudism is communism. The Babylon Talmud is not Hebrewism.

    They created the Israeli Disneyland of lies in Palestine in order to perpetuate the lie , seperate the Christian from his money, and BRAINWASH THE WORLD POPULATION that they are the chosen people of God.

    One problem. The Bible does not support that lie.

    President John F. Kennedy said that When the lies about WW2 and Germany are finally exposed Adolf Hitler will be a hero. That day has already come.

    The Bolsheviks invaded Germany after WW1 and The WEIMAR REPUBLIC was created, and the German Nation was robbed blind by the USSR communists. Their homes were STOLEN from the Germans and given to
    communist.
    HOW COME WE NEVER WERE TOLD ABOUT THE COMMUNIST INVASION OF GERMANY BETWEEN WW1 & WW2???

    These communists promoted communism in Germany as well as , immorality, homosexuality, Cabarets, prostitution, Abortion, sex change operations, and much more, and to top it off,and their bankers created HYPER INFLATION in order to starve people to death just like they’re doing to the Americans today.

    LEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT WW2 and that truth will SET THE ENTIRE WORLD FREE!

    Learn the truth about the people who are behind all the wars, and that truth will set you free. Then we can take control back over our countries and our lives. Our children will no longer be sacrificed to their devil God in these wars which are basically a human sacrifice

    Learn about the FIREBOMBING of Germany by Zionists Churchill and Zionist Eisenhower. Now you will know who killed the prisoners on the WORK camps and the Germans will have been exonerated. Learn about CODOH.

    Learn about Zionist Eisenhowers BRUTAL inhumane RHINE MEADOWS CAMPS.

    LEARN THAT FAUX ISRAEL WAS BEGAT BY COMMUNIST BOLSHEVIK COMMUNISTS OF THE USSR. Commies such as Ben Gurion, Golda Meir, Menachiam Begin.

    In the USSR, Learn about the (NAZIno) NAZINO GULAG in Russia Nicknamed CANNIBAL ISLAND, located along the (NAZIna .) NAZINA RIVER IN THE USSR UNDER BOLSHEVIK CONTROL

    WHO WERE THE REAL BRUTES!!
    IF You said the Nazis you were right. The BOKSHEVIK NAZIS.. The Bolshevik KhazARIAN AshkeNAZI’s, who are The real The real white supremacists Who ran the Bolshevik armies .

    Alexsander Soltzhenitsyn EXPOSED that The Russian revolution The Russian revolution WAS NOT RUSSIAN!! BUT WAS FOREIGN!

    Bidens Mass immigration in the USA TODAY GOING TO BE USED AS IT WAS ON RUSSIA, TO FORM A FOREIGN ARMY AGAINST THE AMERICANS As I was done to Russia?
    as I was done to Russia?

    NOW BIDEN WANTS TO BRING IN 100,000 UKRAINIANS. Its obvious these must be Jews, so have they been trained by the Israeli IDF as happened and was discovered in New York state several years ago?

    Will these Ukrainians be Generals and leaders in a Joint With the American Bolsheviks in a revolution?

    Where have hundreds of thousands of immigrants I have just disappeared into thin air. That have just disappeared into thin air. Are they disappeared to Secret Military training camps As was done to Russia?

    Nazimova
    Nazino gulag
    Nazina River
    Nazio -young Turk Donmeh
    Nazione -www.jewgen.org
    KhazARIAN AshkeNAZI

    SEE… NO GERMANS HERE!! But a whole lot of REAL NAZIS.

    Thats another lie that MUST be exposed Because when it is the truth shall set the world free.
    .

    I promised To tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. So help me God.

    THE TRUTH IS HATE TO THOSE WHO HATE THE TRUTH!

    Only LIES NEED THE PROTECTION OF GOVERNMENT. The TRUTH CAN STAND ON ITS OWN.

    Investigate everything. Never trust the crap controlled media of today ran 98% by Talmudic globalists. No one race should ever have been allowed this huge amount of power to deceive the world with.

    BY A MANS ( races) WORKS, YE SHALL KNOW HIM. ( them)

    Who has roved the earth seeking whom they may devour with their Marxist communism?

    You don’t get kicked out of nation after nation 100 times all through history because you’re a good guy and you did nothing wrong. Only MENTAL MIDGETS Would buy that BS story.

    And You don’t get Kicked out of Europe in Germany because you did nothing wrong. That’s an obvious lie.

    WAG THE DOG
    WAG THE DOG
    WAG THE DOG
    My fellow humans, its time to dock that lying dogs tail.

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