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-Great Cultural Revolution
Disney Lost $63 Billion in Market Capitalization Since Going Full Woke in Florida
[BREITBART] The Walt Disney Co. has lost nearly $63 billion in market capitalization since it decided in March to embrace radical LGBTQ activism and declare war on Florida by opposing the state’s Parental Rights in Education law.

Shares of Disney have plummeted 23.5 percent since the start of March, falling from $145.70. Market cap is down $62.6 billion, from $265.3 to $202.7 billion.

For the past 12 months, Disney has seen its stock drop more than 30 percent, making it the worst performing stock on the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Disney’s free fall comes as the company has embraced woke, far-left politics, specifically the exposure of young children to radical LGBTQ ideology. In so doing, the entertainment giant has alienated millions of customers and picked a fight with Florida GOP leaders.
Posted by: Fred || 05/05/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...In any other situation, and with any other company, some folks in the E-suite would be looking for new opportunities. If you think about it, however, Disney is kinda stuck - to do the things they need to do to recover would be to admit error, and The Mouse is never wrong.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 05/05/2022 6:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Once upon a time (see what I did there) breaking into the creative ranks was difficult. You had to have talent, get breaks and work hard. As the talent contingent leaned certain ways politically and sexually, they decided that they were in the driver seat, and the C-suite people let themselves be convinced that was so.

Maybe there would be no pretty entertainments without legions of ghey people. Will we find out whether that is so? Maybe, if they insist on poisoning the table at which they dine.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/05/2022 6:58 Comments || Top||

Businesses need to follow a very operational simple rule.

Provide a service and/or product equally, and stay the hell out and away from Social / Racial Politics. Because statistically, it will always piss-off over 50% of your customers.

So until the Disney Gates are locked, and its investors are in US Bankruptcy court, they have not lost enough.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 05/05/2022 8:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Remember the old Disney movies? Sleeping Beauty, Dumbo, Old Yeller, the Love Bug, Flubber, Pollyanna. They were just family friendly entertainment and Disney built an empire with them. Then Walt Disney died and the board of directors sold out to China. They bought Marvel and George Stephanopoulos. They bought Star Wars because they could never produce anything like it. They produced Frozen. We are watching that empire decay. Good riddance.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/05/2022 11:45 Comments || Top||

#5  The message seems to be get woke and go broke.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/05/2022 13:56 Comments || Top||

Woman, 21, Cops Plea In Oral Denial Shooting
[TSG h/t AOSHQ] MAY 3--A Louisiana woman who fired a shot at a male acquaintance who refused to perform oral sex on her has pleaded guilty to a felony gun charge as part of a deal that spares her prison time, records show.

In an April 27 sentencing hearing in the Baton Rouge courthouse, Anneisha Speed copped to a weapons charge, while prosecutors dropped a felony aggravated assault count against the 21-year-old.

Speed was placed on probation for two years and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service. She will also have to pay about $800 in fines and court costs and complete an "Effective Decision Making" course, according to a sentencing order. If Speed successfully completes her probation term, her conviction could be expunged.

Pictured at right, Speed was arrested in May 2019 following a confrontation in the victim’s Baton Rouge apartment.

As detailed in a probable cause affidavit, the victim told police that he had invited Speed to his home "due to the two ’hanging out’ earlier in the day." Speed, the man added, subsequently "asked for oral sex."

After the man declined the request from Speed, she "produced" a .40 caliber handgun and "demanded oral sex again stating if he declined she would shoot him," police reported. When the man grabbed Speed’s wrist, she fired the weapon, but the round did not hit him.

The victim then fled his home (seen below) and "jumped from the second floor balcony to avoid getting shot at again," a police lieutenant noted. "The victim stated that while he was fleeing, he heard another shot fired."

Crime scene investigators recovered a spent shell casing and a live .40 caliber round in the man’s residence.

Arrested shortly after the shooting, Speed was in possession of a spent .40 caliber shell casing and two live rounds when police searched her at the local precinct. "The Defendant admitted to picking up the spent casing because it had her DNA on it," according to the affidavit.

Speed, who was freed on $17,000 bond following her arrest in the shooting case, was busted earlier this year for battery on a dating partner. She pleaded guilty this month to the misdemeanor count and was placed on unsupervised probation.
Posted by: Frank G || 05/05/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under:


Is this a picture of her victim or of her?
Posted by: NN2N1 || 05/05/2022 8:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Pictured at right, Speed was arrested in May 2019

Guess the guy hadn't had Covid.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/05/2022 10:25 Comments || Top||

#3  refused to perform oral sex on her

Looking at the picture, can you blame the guy?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/05/2022 10:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Run, do not walk, away from that woman.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/05/2022 11:47 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Fossils of giant marine reptiles found high in the Swiss Alps
[GEO.TV] Fossils from some of the largest creatures ever to swim Earth's oceans - whale-sized marine reptiles called ichthyosaurs - have been found in a counterintuitive place: atop three mountains in the Swiss Alps up to 8,990 feet (2,740 meters) above sea level.
Three mountains in Switzerland? That sucker really was big!
Scientists on Thursday described rib and vertebrae fossils from two ichthyosaur individuals: one about 69 feet (21 meters) long and the other about 49 feet (15 meters). They described from a third individual the largest-known tooth from any ichthyosaur with a base 2.4 inches (6 cm) wide and an estimated length of 6 inches (15 cm), suggestive of a fearsome predator.
Yodeling ichthyosaurs!
The fossils, dating to around 205 million years ago near the end of the Triassic Period, make these three individuals among the largest of the giant ichthyosaurs that inhabited the oceans at a time when dinosaurs were beginning to dominate the land.

"The tooth is particularly interesting because it could possibly - but unlikely - represent the largest animal to ever inhabit Earth," said paleontologist Martin Sander of the University of Bonn, lead author of the study published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

It was found atop the Chrachenhorn Mountain near Davos. Based on the fact that a 59-foot-long (18-meters-long) ichthyosaur described last year had a tooth with a base eight-tenths of an inch (2 cm) wide, Sander said, "then a tooth 6 centimeters wide could possibly have come from an animal 54 meters (177 feet) in length."

The animal likely was not that big but still formidable, perhaps akin to a sperm whale, hunting giant squid, large fish and smaller ichthyosaurs. Some other giant ichthyosaurs apparently lacked teeth and ate small fish and squid, sucking them up or engulfing them in their mouths.

Posted by: Fred || 05/05/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  and Nevada: Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park
Posted by: Frank G || 05/05/2022 7:00 Comments || Top||

#2  This is actually where paleontology started: finding marine fossils in the alps. I guess they just heard about it.
Posted by: ed in texas || 05/05/2022 11:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Ever January the World Economic Forum stages a parade of dinosaurs at Davos ... carrion feeding dinosaurs
Posted by: magpie || 05/05/2022 14:37 Comments || Top||

Alligator enjoys Diet Coke in couple's garage
[GEOTV] A couple in the US encountered a massive alligator in their garage that had gulped down a slab of Coca Cola, NDTV reported.

Karyn and Jamie Dobson reported that they were watching TV in the living room when they heard a loud crash.

"The crash was big, like wicked," said Karyn.

The Dobsons said they thought it was a car accident nearby.

When Jamie went to the garage to investigate, he was shocked to see an eight-foot alligator enjoying a coke with froth all over it and cans spread out on the floor. Jamie had opened the door to take a peek.

"Very quickly closed the door [and said], 'Karyn, we have an alligator in our garage,' Coming from the Midwest, we really hadn't experienced this before," he said.

Jamie further added that the alligator quickly realised that it had been spotted. It began to back away and flash its teeth.

The couple immediately called a local wrangler to get rid of the reptile.

The alligator had attacked the box of Diet Coke they had saved up for an upcoming party.

"There was Diet Coke spewing everywhere, because the gator was interested, tore open the box, had a few cans," Karyn told a media channel, adding that the reptile "probably thought it was beer maybe."

The mating season for alligators begins in April which means more opportunities for encounters with communities. Gators emerge from swamps in search of partners.

Posted by: Fred || 05/05/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "probably thought it was beer maybe."
The mating season for alligators begins in April

Have you seem female alligators? You'd probably need a beer or a dozen.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/05/2022 9:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Have you seem female alligators?

Yes...one has the initials HRC
Posted by: Warthog || 05/05/2022 10:33 Comments || Top||

#3  and...there's not enough beer in the world
Posted by: Warthog || 05/05/2022 10:34 Comments || Top||

#5  "probably thought it was beer maybe."
When alligators start learning how to read, we will have a problem.
(Alligators always prefer canned beer. The bottles always break when bit.)
Posted by: ed in texas || 05/05/2022 11:27 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Commercial, Government Users To Start Paying For Twitter – Elon Musk
Posted by: Fred || 05/05/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I tried Twitter once. My first post was an Anthony Weiner joke. It was taken down and my account was banned. Not sure how they would have decided whether I was a commercial or government user.
Elon is just trolling every day. He will pull the offer soon.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/05/2022 13:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Never have; but I'd guess that little blue check mark counts as an official advertising proof.

"Branding", "Social Coaching", "et al" could easily be considered advertising.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/05/2022 13:17 Comments || Top||

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry face 'complete disaster'
[GEO.TV] Prince Harry and Princess Meghan Markle
...unlikable American former starlet married to the formerly likable Prince Harry. Chock full of lefty political opinions, Markle's most important characteristic is that she is Black, even though she doesn't look it. Her mother, y'see, is half black and her father is white, which would make her a quarter Black. Her half brother described her (to her husband, before their marriage) as a jaded, shallow, conceited woman that will make a joke of you and the royal family heritage. Once married, she was too good for the Royals and she and Harry decamped to Beverly Hills, kind of like the Clampetts did, thus making a joke of Harry and the royal family heritage...
are facing a "complete disaster" after video streaming giant cancelled its development of Pearl, an animated series created by the Duchess of Sussex, according to an expert.

Meghan Markle's series being dropped by Netflix is a "complete disaster" for her and Prince Harry, a commentator has claimed.

Rafe Heydel-Mankoo, a royal commentator, said the axing of the series was a "complete disaster" for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex , who are living in Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, after quitting royal duties.

Mr Heydel-Mankoo told GB News: "Archewell productions, their Netflix company which has had the catastrophic news that Pearl — its flagship production which was an animated series executively produced by Elton John and David Furnish — is to be axed.

"As you know, Netflix is having big problems with a dip in subscriber numbers, falling revenues, plummeting share prices and having spent too much on other problems, and is cutting back — particularly on animated series.

"So while Harry’s Invictus documentary is carrying on, there is nothing for Meghan to show for it and it’s really calling into question whether they can walk the walk. They’re good at talking the talk.

They signed up to Spotify but have only produced one podcast so far, the Netflix deal has been in place for over a year now and there’s very little to show for it.

"It looks as if, you know, apart from moaning about the royals there’s not much that they’re able to do."
Posted by: Fred || 05/05/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10803 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "It looks as if, you know, apart from moaning about the royals there’s not much that they’re able to do."

...You don't say.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 05/05/2022 6:02 Comments || Top||

#2  ...Oh, and while I'm at it: if I were King for a day (sorry, Harry) I'd be looking really, really hard at some of these sweetheart celebrity deals from Netflix, various and sundry publishers, and etc. Bluntly, I think the technical term for at least some of it is 'money laundering'.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 05/05/2022 6:13 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm no socialist, but just imagine if all the money lavished on "famous people" for lending their names to various projects and getting huge book deals for books they didn't even write instead went to widows and orphans.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/05/2022 6:50 Comments || Top||

#4  #2 THANK YOU, been saying these "deals" have been money laundering for awhile now.
Posted by: Chris || 05/05/2022 8:31 Comments || Top||

#5  Learn to code!
Posted by: Raj || 05/05/2022 8:45 Comments || Top||

#6  I didn't think they would have reflections.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/05/2022 10:13 Comments || Top||

#7  I suspect a number of shows were not actually real. Instead they were designed as a way for Netflix to funnel money to liberals they like. When Netflix suddenly didn't have enough money these shows were cancelled.
Posted by: ruprecht || 05/05/2022 10:56 Comments || Top||

#8  The really unpleasant thing about hubris is there's always plenty to go around.
Posted by: ed in texas || 05/05/2022 11:20 Comments || Top||

#9  Instead they were designed as a way for Netflix to funnel money to liberals they like.

Similar to how an author gets a big-ass advance on a book that never sells.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/05/2022 11:23 Comments || Top||

#10  Freeloading is a short-term vocation when all you can sell is dirt on your family. Once you have sold it, and money gets tight, your "friends" find you trivial and inconvenient. You were a useful foil for the hated British Monarchy, but that has run its course, so please move on. $4,000 a month will get you a nice 3 bedroom rental in Studio City if you can get a work visa Harry?
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 05/05/2022 11:36 Comments || Top||

#11  "As you know, Netflix is having big problems with a dip in subscriber numbers, falling revenues, plummeting share prices and having spent too much on other problems, and is cutting back — particularly on animated series.

Other problems...you mean like Baraq and Big Mike?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/05/2022 11:52 Comments || Top||

#12  Couldn't happen to a nicer couple,,, other than our neighbors, known locally as "The Evils".
Posted by: Mercutio || 05/05/2022 12:31 Comments || Top||

#13  That's a complete disaster? Gimme a break.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/05/2022 14:22 Comments || Top||

#14  Whoops watt’s this! rantburg it’s now a complete circus ….the royals?

where did ALL the USSA secret Ukraine Bio weapons "NEWS" go?

what's the latest on FJB's dishonorably discharged Cocaine Head son Hunter and the FJB families kickbacks, payoffs, bribes, extortions, etc., "NEWS" ? Where are the cia stories regarding their participation on spying on a president?
Or giving OUR MONEY to Ukraine 33 billion?
And why nobody is stopping this craziness
Where is the military!
Where are the republicans senators and congressmen?
Posted by: LOL…America || 05/05/2022 16:11 Comments || Top||

#15  The great thing about America. Even people born with all the advantages can fail here.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/05/2022 16:16 Comments || Top||

#16  #14 - your English teachers fucked you over
Posted by: Frank G || 05/05/2022 19:50 Comments || Top||

#17  rantburg it’s now a complete circus ….the royals?

We used to have a Stupid Animal Tricks category, but it seems to have been displaced by Stupid Human Tricks. When it comes to stupid, the animals don't have a chance.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/05/2022 19:58 Comments || Top||

#18  It's really too bad about Harry. I used to admire him. He went into the army and went to Afghanistan in a combat unit. They pulled him out when some asshole reporter revealed who and where he was. He was pulled because if the Taliban knew where he was, they would make him a priority target, which would endanger his whole unit. He then went on to become a gunship pilot.

But then he married Meghan ...
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 05/05/2022 20:06 Comments || Top||

#19  *A D-List actress who's racial-guilted everyone to an incredible level of social achievement. Unfortunately, the buzz is over, they have no real talents (See: her acting on "Suits") and everyone plays for bottom-line profits by dropping these losers
Posted by: Frank G || 05/05/2022 22:29 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Bill Gates is not cornering all the farmland in America
[Daily Wire] Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates reportedly owns more farmland in the U.S. than any other individual, according to Left-wing fact-checking site Snopes.

Snopes last week rated a claim that Gates owns "the majority of U.S. farmland" as "false," but admitted that the tech billionaire "does own a lot of farmland."
And, while his wealth is still mainly in the form of Microsoft stock, he hasn't written any Windows code since Windows 98 and left the Microsoft board of directors in 2020
"In fact, he reportedly owns more farmland than any other individual in America," the fact-check said. "According to 2021 article from the Land Report, a magazine about land ownership, Gates owns approximately 242,000 acres of farmland."

"While this is certainly a lot of acreage, it represents less than 1% of all the farmland in the United States," the report emphasized.

"According to a 2021 report from the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Agriculture Statistics Service, there are 895,300,000 acres of farmland in the United States. Gates’ 242,000 acres amounts to about 0.03% of the total," Snopes added.

The Land Report article linked by Snopes emphasizes Gates’ landholdings by naming his "alter ego" "Farmer Bill, the guy who owns more farmland than anyone else in America."

"The Gateses’ largest single block of dirt was acquired in 2017: a group of farmland assets owned by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board," the report said.

"Based in Toronto, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board began assembling an agricultural portfolio in 2013, when it acquired AgCoA, aka, Agricultural Company of America," Land Report explained. "This private US farmland REIT was a joint venture between Duquesne Capital Management and Goldman Sachs that launched in 2007. Over the next five years, AgCoA acquired more than 100,000 acres in nine states. By the time it was sold to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in 2013, AgCoA ranked as one of the leading institutional owners of row crop farmland in the US."

"Yet farmland assets aren’t the sole component of the Gateses’ landholdings," the report detailed. "In 2017, Cascade Investment bought a ’significant stake’ in 24,800 acres of transitional land on the western edge of Phoenix, the most populous city in Arizona and the 10th largest metropolitan area in the country. ... Cascade Investment doubled down on Phoenix transitional land two years later when it made a second major investment by acquiring more than 2,800 acres known as Spurlock Ranch in Buckeye for $25 million."

Gates has recently become a prominent fixture in the media, mostly featured for his opinions on pandemic-related activity, but also for his recent divorce from ex-wife Melinda Gates and his apparent friendship with late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/05/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Farm subsidizes - guaranteed income for not farming selected crops and running an absentee landlord racket for those sharecroppers that do.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/05/2022 7:59 Comments || Top||

#2  How much does he pay in land taxes?
Posted by: Glalet Slaiger2825 || 05/05/2022 9:38 Comments || Top||

#3  Many states have separate property valuation for farm lands that is far lower then the lands speculators and developers get their hands on. The intent is to prohibit the latter from inflating the value of the surrounding land so that the farm's property taxes are beyond the ability of farmers to sustain. thus moving arable land from food production. Tied to that is the demonstrative application of agriculture on the land.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/05/2022 10:02 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Don't Have Sex With Dogs, Other Animals, Lagos First Lady Appeals To Nigerian Youths
Good advice, that. We should all take it.
Posted by: Fred || 05/05/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Right. Who are we to judge?

Posted by: Frank G || 05/05/2022 6:49 Comments || Top||

#2  "Outside of a dog, a book is Man's best friend. Inside of a dog... well, let's just not go there."
-- Marx
Posted by: SteveS || 05/05/2022 8:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Where the Red Fern Shags was not an instruction manual.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/05/2022 10:53 Comments || Top||

#4  Africa has problems

(Understatement of the century)
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/05/2022 11:03 Comments || Top||

#7  Yeah,
Africa has problems.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/05/2022 11:08 Comments || Top||

#8  Every First Lady has a signature initiative. This is a little more edgy than nutritious school lunches but I am sure that it is a well needed PSA. Maybe a fresh water initiative could be done if her husband wins a second term and the kids have calmed down some.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/05/2022 13:08 Comments || Top||

#9  ^ Health Initiative: "Don't adulterate your bush meat with high fructose corn syrup. It's unhealthy"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/05/2022 13:33 Comments || Top||

#10  You mean there are people who miss-interpret or take the phrase "Screwing the pooch?" literally? Most normal people use that phrase to describe goofing off at work.
Posted by: JohnQC || 05/05/2022 14:27 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Chereng Angaique4639 || 05/05/2022 16:42 Comments || Top||

Nigerian Policewoman ‘Kidnaps Self’, Demands Ransom To Fund Her Wedding
I seen dis movie. "One false move an' da colored chick gets it!"
Posted by: Fred || 05/05/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sounds like dad didn’t want to pay for the open bar.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/05/2022 13:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Probably kidnapped herself, dude.

(looking forward to the news not lampooning Labowski)
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/05/2022 14:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Nobody did it better than the Sherriff in Blazing Saddles.

Posted by: jpal || 05/05/2022 17:03 Comments || Top||

What Made Me Charge My Church Members N310,000 To Fly Them To Heaven – Cleric
[PUBLISH.TWITTER] I'd say greed. What about you?
Posted by: Fred || 05/05/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What happened to the Old Tyme Religion topic?
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/05/2022 11:32 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Men and boys among alleged rape victims of Russian soldiers in Ukraine
Posted by: Fred || 05/05/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10801 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats

#1  Fuck you rantburg!
You are a filthy pro cia propagandist.
If you want to play journalist, a least get an education instead repeating like a trained American morons your tv cia propaganda.
Fuck you and fuck your Ukrainian nazi faggots
American love Russia

Posted by: Joe Beserelli || 05/05/2022 1:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Fuck you rantburg!
You are a filthy pro cia propagandist.
If you want to play journalist, a least get an education instead repeating like a trained American morons your tv cia propaganda.
Fuck you and fuck your Ukrainian nazi faggots
American love Russia

Posted by: badanov || 05/05/2022 1:38 Comments || Top||

#3  Shafaq News is an Iraqi source. They’re reprinting this report from The Guardian, which is decidedly Labour Socialist English establishment.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/05/2022 5:59 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm surprised the Russians would permit a UN agency make this announcement.
Posted by: The Walking Unvaxed || 05/05/2022 6:14 Comments || Top||

#5  #4 I'm surprised the Russians would permit a UN agency make this announcement.

The allegations have to do with Bucha and Irpin, near where the initial airborne landings at Gostomel Airfield took place, which are in the same oblast as Kiev.
Posted by: badanov || 05/05/2022 6:26 Comments || Top||

#6  Sounds like "Joe" is jealous "he" didn't get some
Posted by: Frank G || 05/05/2022 6:47 Comments || Top||

#7  "Get educated." Right out of the gate. It's almost as if the troll handbook isn't alphabetized. (Then again, I'm not up to speed on the Russian or Ukrainian alphabets.)
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/05/2022 6:52 Comments || Top||

#8  Nothing much good happens in a war.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/05/2022 9:08 Comments || Top||

#9  Yes, good comes from war.

Russia is being shown to the entire earth and it's own deluded people that Russia is a big corrupt nothing as long as the people tolerate thieves and liars( including the ROC leadership who are also filthy wealthy by playing ball with Putin) ruling their nation.

Here is a good Russian in action, hopefully about 100 million more of these come out of the woodwork soon. Bandanov and other Russian influencer agents won't be pleased and that's intrinsic good.

Posted by: Omaing Stalag1261 || 05/05/2022 11:28 Comments || Top||

#10  Judging from the comments we get from Russian and Ukrainian trolls, I get the impression they deserve each other.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/05/2022 11:57 Comments || Top||

#1 Fuck you rantburg!
You are a filthy pro cia propagandist.
If you want to play journalist, a least get an education instead repeating like a trained American morons your tv cia propaganda.
Fuck you and fuck your Ukrainian nazi faggots
American love Russia

Posted by: Joe Beserelli 2022-05-05 01:33

Dear Joe -

You're new here, aren't you?

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 05/05/2022 12:03 Comments || Top||

#12  Maybe it's me, but "American love Russia" is the wording I'd expect from someone for whom English is their second language and their first is from the Slavic family.

Could just be a typo, of course. I doubt he proof-read in the midst of his spittle-flecked rage.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/05/2022 12:18 Comments || Top||

#13  I think Abu has it.

Also, considering all the talk about getting into a Nuke Scrap, I am greatly impressed by the sheer lack of quality of everyone involved.

Its like watching Airplane! III....for you tiktokers, that is Airplane! 111.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/05/2022 12:35 Comments || Top||

#14  Back to offending various people:

Maybe the Russian military has gone woke.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/05/2022 12:56 Comments || Top||

#15  Boy raping Muslims fighting with the Russians so no surprise there.

To please the moon goddess of course.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/05/2022 15:48 Comments || Top||

#16  Apparently Chechens were in on the action in kyiv from day 1. They have also been used to "stiffen" the troops in the donbas.

I personally am surprised no rapes have been mentioned in mariopol.
Posted by: Whaviling Poodle1658 || 05/05/2022 16:10 Comments || Top||

#17  Boy raping Muslims fighting with the Russians so no surprise there.

The rape and atrocity charges being leveled at the moment at the Russian military are alleged to have happened in and around Gostomel Airport, which is near Kiev.

The "boy raping Moslems" you are speaking of, Chechen president Ramzen Kadyrov and his bunch, are/were in Mariupol, which is almost 800 kms from Kiev, as the crow drives.

Don't get confused. Everyone notices Kadyrov and his group from Chechnya because Kadyrov is such a loudmouth prick, Putin prolly let him partake in the room clearing festivities at Mariupol so he can be rid of him. Kadyrov is there so he can mug for the cameras just like every other socialist media grifter.

Plenty of Moslems fight for the Ukrainian side as well, but I doubt their crimes will be documented by Ukraine and its western sponsors.

Posted by: badanov || 05/05/2022 16:11 Comments || Top||

#18  Plenty of Moslems fight for the Ukrainian side as well, but I doubt their crimes will be documented by Ukraine and its western sponsors.

A group of Chechen volunteers are believed to be fighting for the Ukr side in the Zaporizhzhia area.

This conflict is a media war as well as a war war, false reports and false flags are tools of the trade. I would be especially suspicious of any event that was foreshadowed by an announcement that "Side X is planning to commit atrocity Y".
Posted by: SteveS || 05/05/2022 17:26 Comments || Top||

#19  And on a positive note, at least they are not boinking pets and livestock like in Nigeria.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/05/2022 17:28 Comments || Top||

#20  I would be especially suspicious of any event that was foreshadowed by an announcement that "Side X is planning to commit atrocity Y".

SOP for the Russians...
Posted by: badanov || 05/05/2022 18:09 Comments || Top||

#21  Any bets on how long before Elinskyy dons a Pu$$y Hat and hedges in on reproductive and sexual practices?

Fighting for Tranny rights, week 1, doesn't count.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/05/2022 18:53 Comments || Top||

Day 70 of invasion; day 16 of Battle of Donbas
from understandingwar.org

very little change in territory held since yesterday

some consolidation of Ukraine gains near Kharkiv

some minor advances by Russia in center of Donbas; Russia has probed in a half dozen or so spots in past 2 weeks making as much as 10 km of advance in some cases, but each time Ukraine forces have eventually stopped them

a hundred sq meters or two or so of additional territory captured by Russia in Mariupol -- Russia seems to want to hold a victory parade in Mariupol on May 9; Does Russia underestimate the forces needed to secure the route???
Posted by: Lord Garth || 05/05/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

Belarus launches 'surprise' military maneuvers
[Naharnet] Belarus, a Moscow ally that shares a border with Ukraine, launched "surprise" military maneuvers on Wednesday, to test the reactive capacity of its army, its defense ministry said.

Belarus military units were testing their capacity to "go on the alert, move to predetermined zones and undertake combat training," the ministry said in a statement.

"The aim is to evaluate the readiness and ability of troops to react rapidly to a possible crisis," it continued, describing the maneuvers as a "surprise" exercise.

It published photos of columns of vehicles, including tanks, moving along roads.

The exercise will be closely watched by Kyiv, which has repeatedly accused Belarus of planning to send troops into Ukraine to help Russia's military operation against its pro-Western neighbor.

Belarus has been ruled with an iron fist by strongman Alexander Lukashenko, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin
...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances...
, for nearly 30 years. The country serves as an air and logistics base for Moscow.

Nevertheless, not all Belarusians are in favor of participation, however indirect, in the current conflict and there have been acts of sabotage in recent months and several suspects have been arrested.

In 2020, Belarus was rocked by protests over the allegedly fraudulent re-election of Lukashenko, who ordered a ferocious crackdown on the dissent.
Posted by: Fred || 05/05/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats

#1  "But we don't have surprise tests?!"

Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/05/2022 14:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Pretty sure it wasn't a surprise to Putin. Belarus doesn't do anything without Kremlin approval.
Posted by: jpal || 05/05/2022 16:57 Comments || Top||

From a month ago: The notorious Rusich group (St Petersburg neo-nazis affiliated with Wagner) says it is now deployed in Ukraine.
Courtesy of Omaing Stalag1261 in comments yesterday:

Posted by: trailing wife || 05/05/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Is Badanov's photo in here?
Posted by: Omaing Stalag1261 || 05/05/2022 10:07 Comments || Top||

#2  So, there are nazis on both sides?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/05/2022 10:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Is Badanov's photo in here?

As a kid, we called him "Hitler" Badanov, never imagining that he would grow up to become a famous war correspondent and military analyst.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/05/2022 10:44 Comments || Top||

#4  You mean the Brother Shamus?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/05/2022 11:40 Comments || Top||

#5  So it's a case of "our Nazis can beat your Nazis?"
Posted by: Mercutio || 05/05/2022 12:30 Comments || Top||

Ukrainian Perspective: Invasion of Ukraine: May 4th, 2022
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[Korrespondent] 23:18 The Donetsk diocese of the UOC reported the shelling of the Svyatogorsk Lavra, two refugees were injured. At the moment, 300 refugees live in the Lavra, 50 of them are children.

23:13 The head of the Kirovograd OVA, Andrey Raikovich, announced a missile strike "on an infrastructure facility outside the regional center."

23:10 Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Russia is "trying to hit what we assess as critical infrastructure in the west" in Ukraine, including "electricity, transport hubs, etc." Despite these strikes, the US is still able to send military aid to the region, including "weapon systems" and other materials, Kirby said.

23:07 In Ukraine, cameras for fixing traffic violations will resume operation in the coming days to reduce the number of accidents, Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky said. According to him, this decision was made after a terrible accident in the Rivne region, in which 26 people died.

22:51 In the Kharkiv region, as a result of Russian shelling, an 11-year-old boy was wounded today in the Lozovsky district, one person died in the Balakleya region, the OVA reported.

22:48 Ukrzaliznytsia reports a large number of trains that are delayed due to damage to the railway by rocket attacks. Some trains are already over 11 hours behind schedule.

22:44 The media published the draft of the sixth package of EU sanctions .

22:43 Zelensky held a telephone conversation with UN Secretary General António Guterres and called on him to facilitate another evacuation mission from Mariupol.

22:38 Estonia expelled the organizer of the Immortal Regiment Alexei Esakov. Over the years, Esakov has publicly incited ethnic hatred, distributed Kremlin propaganda, collaborated with Kremlin propaganda channels, justified Russian aggression in Ukraine, and participated in smuggling in eastern Ukraine, the Security Police said. Yesakov has Russian citizenship.

22:36 Mayor Brovary announced the fall of debris from a downed rocket in the village of Trebukhov. The houses were not damaged and there were no casualties.

22:30 The commander of the Azov regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Denis Prokopenko, recorded a video message in which he said that it was already the second day since the enemy broke into the territory of Azovstal. There are heavy bloody battles, but the Ukrainian defenders continue to hold the line.

22:28 The invaders launched two missile strikes on the Dnieper, said the head of the Dnepropetrovsk OVA Valentin Reznichenko. One missile was shot down by Ukrainian air defense, the second hit the railway infrastructure, there were no casualties.

22:25 Great Britain will help Finland in the event of a Russian attack, regardless of whether the country is a member of NATO, British Defense Minister Ben Wallace said during a visit to Helsinki.

22:23 Anton Gerashchenko said that Ukrainian air defense forces shot down at least two cruise missiles today - one in the Dnieper, on approach to the bridge, the second - in the Brovarsky district of the Kiev region.

22:21 Ukrainian journalist Alexander Makhov died near Izyum in Kharkiv region. He fought in the Donbass in 2014 and was a war correspondent.

21:57 Hungary will agree to impose sanctions against Russian oil only if the embargo does not concern the import of crude energy through the pipeline, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said.

21:54 In the occupied Kakhovka district, local "authorities" demand that entrepreneurs go through "registration" before May 15 and obtain a "permit for economic activity," People's Deputy of Ukraine Serhiy Khlan said.

21:51 Russian media report with reference to the military of the Russian Federation that on May 5, 6 and 7 from 8:00 to 18:00 a humanitarian corridor will be opened for the evacuation of civilians from Azovstal. At this time, the militants of the Russian Federation and the "DPR" allegedly unilaterally "stop any hostilities, the units will be taken to a safe distance."

21:49 The European Union has prepared a new package of sanctions against the Russian Federation. The plans are to deprive the Russian economy of opportunities for modernization and diversification. A key element of the sanctions is the oil embargo, but there have been problems with its imposition. Read more in the material New package of sanctions against the Russian Federation .

21:48 The Ministry of Defense of Finland said that a Russian helicopter violated the country's airspace. So, the Mi-17 helicopter flew from 4 to 4.5 km through the Kesälahti and Parikkala regions in eastern Finland.

21:46 Anton Gerashchenko told how the invaders entered Azovstal: "Russian scum found a traitor from among the employees of the plant, some kind of electrician, who showed the tunnels that lead underground to the territory of the plant. And yesterday the Russians began to storm these tunnels, using the information received from a traitor."

21:32 Klitschko announced forest fires in the Kiev region. In particular, about one hectare of forest is burning in the Ivankovsky district near the village of Rozvazhev, and a forest is also burning near the village of Dityatki in the Chernobyl zone. Rescuers and pyrotechnicians are working, Kiev residents are asked not to panic and close windows if there is smoke in the city.

21:27 The representative of the US Department of Defense said that the first group of Ukrainian military, trained in the use of American artillery systems and UAVs, returned to Ukraine. Now a new group of 60 people is being prepared.

21:25 "DPR" began to return the names captured after February 24 to settlements that were canceled as part of decommunization in Ukraine. So, today in the village of Nikolskoye, Donetsk region, signs with the current name were replaced with the former one - Volodarskoye, local publics report. The replacement took place on the "decree" of the leader of the "DPR" Pushilin. In the coming days, signs with the names of districts, streets and squares are planned to be changed in Mariupol.

21:24 Mayor of Nikolaev Alexander Senkevich reported explosions in the city.

21:23 The mayor of Brovary, Igor Sapozhko, reported with reference to local residents about the explosions in the village of Trebukhov, the information is being verified.

21:19 Sberbank of Russia announced that it is sending information to Rosfinmonitoring about transfers, the possible purpose of which is to donate to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

21:17 Today, the Russians killed two civilians of Donbass - in Shandrigolovo. Another 11 people were injured in the region, Pavel Kirilenko, head of the OVA, said.

21:13 Since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24, at least 631 rockets have been launched at Ukraine from the territory of Belarus, the monitoring group Belaruska Gayun reported. Rocket launches began on February 24, 2022 at 6:20 am, the last one was on May 3 at 11:35 am.

21:11 Russia tried to sell grain stolen in Ukraine to Egypt. The ship Matros Pozinich loaded 27,000 tons of Ukrainian grain and was heading to the port of Alexandria. According to Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko, Ukrainian diplomats prevented the grain from being delivered to its destination.

21:09 The Netherlands is considering the supply of heavier weapons to Ukraine together with Belgium, Germany and the UK, said Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

21:06 Russia plans to hold fictitious referendums on its membership in the occupied territories, the US Permanent Representative to the OSCE said. According to Ukrainian intelligence, the decision on this has not been finally made. It is assumed that Putin may announce such a "victory" on May 9, the most sacred date of his regime. Details about the plans of the aggressor - in the material Annexation of the southeast .

21:01 About 2,000 Russian troops, or the equivalent of two battalion-tactical groups, remain in Mariupol, a spokesman for the US Department of Defense said, CNN reports. According to the Pentagon, ten Russian BTGs that were assigned to the city are now trying to move north and have stopped "either to create better defensive positions or to regroup" south of Velikaya Novoselka.

The remaining forces in Mariupol and its environs may include, among other things, the Kadyrovites. The official also noted that Russian military progress in Ukraine "remains slow and uneven" in the country's north. He added that while the Russians are moving their operations south, they are facing more resistance from the Ukrainians.

20:59 In the Dnieper, a missile attack was carried out on the railway infrastructure, said Alexander Kamyshin, general director of Ukrzaliznytsia. According to him, there were no casualties among the railroad workers.

20:58 In Kharkiv, Russians fired at the Kiev region today, residential buildings, outbuildings and private cars caught fire, Oleg Sinegubov, head of the OVA, said.

20:51 Moldova will help Ukraine to clear the liberated territories from mines, Igor Grosu, speaker of the country's parliament, said.

20:25 The Israeli edition of Ynet reported that Bank Naopalim blocked the account of David Davidovich, one of the close partners of billionaire Roman Abramovich, included in the US and EU sanctions lists.

20:23 Air defense works in Cherkassy, ​​the regional administration reported.

20:19 Filatov announced a missile attack on the center of the Dnieper. The network also reports on rocket attacks on Zaporozhye and Cherkassy.

20:13 The United States is ready to impose new sanctions against Russia after the EU adopts the sixth package of restrictions, Biden said. The US is "always open to additional sanctions," he said. The president said he was going to talk to G7 members this week "about what we're going to do or not do."

20:10 The Russian Foreign Ministry said that "the return of Crimea to Russia, the independence of the DPR and LPR are established territorial realities that Kiev and other countries need to recognize."

20:08 Communication with the defenders of Mariupol at Azovstal has been resumed, Russian troops are already on the territory of the plant , Arakhamia said, citing the words of the commander of the Azov regiment, Radio Liberty reports.

20:06 Yermak, in an interview with The Times of Israel, said that Russia poses an existential threat not only to Ukraine, and the anti-Semitic statements of the Russian Foreign Ministry are not just Holocaust denial and blaming its victims, this is revisionism in history, which Moscow is allegedly fighting.

"The denial of the right to exist of the Ukrainian state and the Ukrainian people, the extreme brutality with which Russian troops torture and execute our civilians, the systematic destruction of our cultural heritage - too much in these actions is reminiscent of the views and practices of the Nazis. Russia is trying to shift its crimes onto those , against whom he commits them. Even if for this you have to go against the historical truth, "said the head of the OP.

He stressed that "there was only one Holocaust in history," and neither the misanthropic worldview, nor the scornful rhetoric, nor the brutal methods of its organizers and perpetrators are a thing of the past. "Pages have now been added to the rich common history of Jews and Ukrainians," Yermak noted and called on Israel to "react harshly and resolutely to the dismissive and criminal Russian policy," to take the side of Ukraine.

19:58 The US Department of Defense says that 90% of the American howitzers promised to Ukraine have already been delivered to the addressee, CNN reports. Also in Ukraine are almost 90,000 of the 144,000 howitzer shells. The Pentagon assured that Washington does not track where all the artillery goes after the transfer of equipment to the Ukrainians.

19:56 The mayor of Lvov, Andriy Sadovy, proposed to nationalize the buildings located on the territory of the Lviv bus plant LAZ, which has been owned by Russians since the 1990s. According to him, on the basis of the plant, it is possible to build a municipal industrial park - this is a huge area close to the city center, which can become a base location for the production of electric vehicles. There are already Western investors who are ready to launch the production of electric motors.

In total, according to the mayor, about 80 enterprises are registered in Lviv, which are fully or partially owned by Russians.

19:50 The enemy is holding units from the 90th Tank Division of the Central Military District near the Ukrainian-Russian border near the village of Kozino, Kursk region, in order to prevent the transfer of reserves of Ukrainian troops to key areas, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reports. In this regard, the General Staff allows the intensification of shelling from the Kozino region on the territory of the Sumy region.

19:43 The second stage of the Russian-Ukrainian war has begun, Zelensky said at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council Summit session. According to him, the main task at this stage is to push the Russian troops out of Ukrainian territory as much as possible, since the advance of the enemy army has already been stopped.

19:39 Russia does not pursue any goals of a nuclear war on the territory of Ukraine, said the head of the Russian delegation at the talks in Vienna on military security and arms control Konstantin Gavrilov.

19:28 In the Kiev region, three people were blown up by mines in a day, the National Police reported. So, near the village of Gogolev, a tractor driver was wounded due to a collision with an anti-tank mine, and rescuers were wounded in the Exclusion Zone.

19:06 The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reports that blocking and attempts to destroy Ukrainian units continue in the Azovstal area. In some areas, with the support of aviation, the enemy resumed the offensive in order to take control of the territory of the plant, but was not successful.

19:00 Arestovich believes that the occupiers are arranging a protracted war, which they want to deplete Ukraine and discredit in the eyes of Western partners: “Everyone expected that the offensive in Donbas would be sudden and large, but this did not happen. stupidity from a military point of view. For what? They want to exhaust our forces. They don't want us to have time to stockpile enough Western weapons to enable us to go on the offensive. They are constantly attacking and we are wasting Western aid."

18:56 In the port of Nikolaev on Tuesday, May 3, a Singapore tanker came under fire from Russian invaders. The vessel was likely fired on with cluster munitions, according to the USM. The ship arrived at the port of Nikolaev even before the start of the war, in Ukraine it was supposed to be loaded with oil. However, the tanker was never able to leave the port.

18:40 Not a single tram survived in Kharkiv, the City Council reported. The substations that ensured their work were also destroyed, the depot was destroyed. As for the subway, it will not work for a long time.

18:37 If Belarus nevertheless joins Russia in the war unleashed by it, Ukraine is ready for such a development of events, said the representative of the State Border Service Andrei Demchenko: "We do not exclude that the Russian Federation may at some point use the territory of Belarus, the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus against Ukraine. Therefore, we are ready."

18:19 Mayor of Konotop Artem Semenikhin said that he had banned the activities of the UOC-MP on the territory of the Konotop urban community: “There is no difference between the enemy and his agent. agent network of the FSB.

17:55 Ombudsman Lyudmina Denisova, in an interview with Blick, said that Putin personally gave orders to rape Ukrainian women. She emphasized that violent actions against Ukrainians are a direct weapon of the enemy against the civilian population of Ukraine: "The bottom line is that they want to deprive women of the opportunity or desire to have children again. This is a clear genocide. Soldiers rely on Putin's orders to destroy the entire country."

17:52 Austrian Minister for EU Affairs and Constitutional Affairs Caroline Edtstadler said that Ukraine's accession to the EU cannot be achieved "in the next five to ten years."

17:50 In Ukraine, the lowest indicator of nostalgia for the USSR has been recorded in history - only 11% of Ukrainians miss the Soviet Union, the results of the Rating poll show.

17:47 On May 8 and 9, Ukraine will celebrate the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation and the Day of Victory over Nazism in World War II. The Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance presented a new slogan - We defeated Nazism - we will also defeat rashism!

17:42 Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar demanded a public apology from Lavrov for his words about anti-Semitic Jews, writes the Jewish Telegraphic Association.

17:27 New UK sanctions against the Russian Federation include a ban on Russian legal entities and individuals from using British services in the field of management consulting, accounting and PR. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the ban would cut off the export of services "critical to the Russian economy." The ban will help Putin fail in Ukraine, she said.

17:21 The Security Service of Ukraine has published a video of the interrogation of a captured Russian soldier who shot Ukrainian civilians.

17:17 The European Union plans to complete work on the sixth package of sanctions against Russia no later than May 9, Bloomberg reports citing diplomats.

17:16 The Parliament of Bulgaria, after five hours of discussions, voted in favor of providing assistance to Ukraine, including the repair of Ukrainian military equipment.

17:13 At the beginning of the war, Russia disrupted the supply of weapons to Ukraine several times, Deputy Defense Minister Anna Malyar said in an interview with NV: “From the first days of the war, the Russians have already disrupted several deliveries of weapons to us. They are experienced KGB agents, they have their own agents everywhere and work they are quite subtle, at the level of Western mid-level officials, political parties loyal to them in the parliaments of different countries.

17:10 Russia is trying to increase the pace of the offensive operation, Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk said: "The command of the Russian troops is trying to increase the pace of the offensive operation in eastern Ukraine in order to reach the administrative borders of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Also develop an offensive in certain directions of the Zaporozhye and Kryvyi Rih directions. To this end, the enemy is regrouping and strengthening its troops, building up the system of fire damage and logistical support."

17:06 Steinmeier, during a visit to Romania, announced his readiness to talk with Zelensky. The federal president said he would like to personally express his support and exchange views with Zelensky "if possible."

16:59 The Ministry of Defense expects provocations or intensification of shelling from Russia on May 9, speaker Alexander Motuzyanik said: "We understand that there is not much time left before this date. This forces us to be more vigilant in all directions, where there are not only military actions, but also a relative lull. That is, we fully expect some specific provocations or intensification of shelling by the Russian army."

16:54 On the border of the Nikolaev and Kherson regions, fighting is going on around the clock - not like in the east of Ukraine, but also "very tightly", said the head of the Nikolaev OVA Vitaly Kim.

16:42 The sixth package of EU sanctions may include a ban on the purchase of European real estate by Russians, reports Bloomberg.

16:33 Russia changed tactics in the war compared to the beginning of the invasion, Deputy Defense Minister Anna Malyar said in an interview with NV: "When they initially planned to capture Kiev quickly, they threw their elite military units here, which were destroyed by our Armed Forces. That's when they had "a certain plan and strategy was developed in advance. Now they are already acting according to the situation, studying and analyzing our tactics, looking for weaknesses."

According to her, the Russians have become more cautious, they have begun to plan steps, and not just take them in quantity, they are “building a chessboard”: “Therefore, the war is now a little different than it was in the early days. Now it has moved into the format of some kind of exchange of moves.”

16:18 As a result of an air strike by Russian troops in the Mariupol Drama Theater and near it, at least 600 people could have died , according to an Associated Press investigation.

16:05 EU ambassadors failed to agree on an embargo on Russian oil imports , negotiations will continue on Thursday, May 5, Reuters reports. In addition to Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria expressed their claims to the ban on Russian oil.

15:44 In the Kiev region, the bodies of four more civilians who died at the hands of Russian invaders were found, among them a ten-year-old child, the National Police reported.

15:37 Most employees of the Russian government, the presidential administration of the Russian Federation and State Duma deputies did not know about Putin's plans to start a war against Ukraine. The officials did not have a plan of action for this case, according to the opposition Russian publication Project.

15:22 May 9 Victory Day will be celebrated in Ukraine, Defense Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk said: "Of course, this is a public holiday. Victory Day over Nazism in World War II, and it will be celebrated in the state."

At the same time, he added that the holiday will be celebrated in the conditions that now exist in Ukraine.

15:20 The Minister of Economy of Slovakia said that his country supports a ban on the import of Russian oil, but asks for a transitional period of three years, Reuters reports.

15:16 Great Britain introduces new sanctions against Russians and Russian structures, the country's Foreign Ministry said. In particular, Russian state media and a number of journalists will be included in the sanctions lists. Britain also decided to ban Russia's access to services in the field of management consulting, accounting and PR.

15:12 The mayor of Mariupol, Vadim Boychenko, said that the military, who are on the territory of Azovstal, did not get in touch with him today. Yesterday they were talking, the invaders stormed the plant.

15:00 Shoigu again stated that Mariupol "is under the control of the Russian army," and the Ukrainian military, who hold resistance at Azovstal, are blocked around the perimeter of the plant. At a meeting with Putin on April 21, Shoigu already reported that Mariupol had been taken under control. Then Putin gave the order to cancel the assault on Azovstal.

14:46 The Parliament of Belarus approved the introduction of the death penalty for attempted terrorist attacks.

14:44 The head of the European Council, Charles Michel, during his visit to Moldova, said that Europe will give a signal about the possible enlargement of the EU in the next two months.

14:43 Hidden mobilization continues in Russia, currently the focus of agitators is on the recruitment of "volunteers" from among the Russian "Cossacks" of the Rostov Region and the Krasnodar Territory. Also in the focus of attention are citizens who have lost their jobs as a result of international sanctions, and former military personnel living in other post-Soviet countries, according to Ukrainian intelligence.

Also, in the military commissariats of Primorsky Krai, they are actively looking for those who want to take part in hostilities. "Volunteers" are promised a salary of 200 thousand rubles. Similar events are taking place in the Bryansk, Kursk and Belgorod regions. Military registration and enlistment offices offer the conclusion of short-term contracts for three months with training at the training grounds. The possibility of declaring partial mobilization in the Belgorod, Kursk and Bryansk regions is allowed in the event of a sharp deterioration in the situation on the Ukrainian front.

14:31 Beer giant AB InBev will present Ukrainian beer Chernihivske on the Belgian market in May. All proceeds from the sale of the drink will go to charity. Businesses in Ukraine are currently closed due to the Russian invasion, so the company will move production to the city of Leuven, Flanders, according to The Brussels Times.

14:26 There are about a thousand schools in the uncontrolled territory of Ukraine. In most of them, the directors have resigned and are not cooperating with the occupiers, Minister of Education and Science Sergei Shkarlet said. According to him, about 10-11 thousand teachers remain in the occupied territories.

The minister also said that almost 12.7 thousand schools out of 13.8 thousand in the country currently operate in Ukraine.

14:22 In Popasna and Rubizhne, people have enough food and water, access to the cities is complicated, said the head of the Luhansk OVA Serhiy Gaidai.

14:18 In occupied Berdyansk, not a single head of a budgetary institution or utility company has gone over to the side of the Russians. According to the Zaporozhye OVA, the new fake "authority" consists of "janitors, storekeepers, cleaners, locksmiths and other generalists." Meanwhile, City Council deputies are working as volunteers.

14:15 The invaders broke through to the Azovstal plant, which had been bombed and fired upon before, now there are heavy battles. There is no connection with the Ukrainian fighters, the UP reports, citing its sources.

14:13 Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic Józef Sikela said about the problems in the proposal of the European Commission on the oil embargo. According to him, the plan lacks a mechanism for distributing oil in case of a shortage in the European market.

14:11 Traffic between Kiev and Zhytomyr has been fully restored, the Warsaw highway is open, said Minister of Infrastructure Alexander Kubrakov.

14:08 In an interview with ZDF, Scholz called the refusal of the Ukrainian authorities to receive President Steinmeier a visit "problematic". According to the chancellor, Zelensky's reluctance to see Steinmeier is a notable development. Scholz believes that the Ukrainian authorities are doing the wrong thing. He also recalled how much economic and military assistance Ukraine receives from Berlin.

13:45 Avdiyivka coking plant will be mothballed, and the staff will be reduced, Metinvest said. According to the company, everyone who can do their work remotely was transferred to a remote mode in early March, however, specialists who ensure the storage of industrial facilities during the hostilities continue to work. Most of them ended up under enemy fire on May 3 after a work shift.

Recall that on the evening of May 3, the Russians attacked a bus stop where employees of the Avdiivka coke plant were waiting for the bus after a work shift. Ten people died and at least 15 were injured.

13:37 A US Stryker battalion and an F-35 detachment have been brought into Romania to defend NATO, said President Klaus Iohannis.

13:33 The Swedish Embassy announced that it was resuming work in Kiev.

13:32 Peskov called "nonsense" and "untrue" reports that on May 9 Russia will announce mobilization.

13:31 The Russians are artificially escalating the situation in Transnistria in order to use it as a psychological attack against Ukraine, and are looking for ways to disperse the forces of the Ukrainian army, according to Ukrainian intelligence.

According to experts, the number of really combat-ready and motivated personnel of the Russian troops in Transnistria does not exceed 300 people, whose task is to protect the ammunition depots in the village. Sausage. In addition, more than half of these munitions have expired and cannot be transported. Only 7-8 thousand tons are serviceable and can be used. Also, about two thirds of all military equipment on the territory of Pridnestrovie is completely or partially not combat-ready, there are no capacities for its repair and restoration.

Potentially, Transnistria can be used as a springboard for establishing supply lines and ensuring the deployment of the Russian group on the territory of Moldova, but this will become possible only if a land corridor with Russia is created through the southern regions of Ukraine.

13:17 Hungarian government speaker Zoltan Kovacs called the EU's plan to ban Russian oil "unsatisfactory" because it threatens Hungary's energy security. Even though Hungary and Slovakia will be given until the end of 2023 to implement the sanctions - a year longer than other member states - Budapest's "concerns" remain unresolved, he stressed.

13:10 Spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said on Sputnik radio that "mercenaries from Israel" are fighting "shoulder to shoulder" together with units of the Azov battalion in Ukraine: "The very Israeli politicians who have inflated the current time for this information campaign. But maybe it will be of interest to them. In Ukraine, mercenaries from Israel are fighting alongside the Azov militants."

13:04 The EU may impose sanctions against a number of Belarusian companies: the world's second fertilizer producer Belaruskali and its export division, as well as the oil refinery Naftan.

12:58 Podolyak: "Russia is at war only with Ukraine. There is no war with the USA, NATO, the West, which the Russian Federation constantly hysterically declares, justifying its mediocrity, frequent defeats, the size of the invasion army and the number of irretrievable losses. Russia has been trying to kill for 69 days Ukraine, and totally gets it in the teeth."

12:55 In the Ivano-Frankivsk region will build 100 thousand square meters. m of housing for families who lost their homes due to the war. According to Svetlana Onischuk, head of the OVA, the apartments will be provided with repairs and minimal equipment with appliances and furniture. The possibility of buying out finished apartments is also being considered.

Onischuk said that all apartments will be state-owned. And after the settlers return to their restored homes in their native cities, these apartments will be provided to military personnel and those who were on the waiting list for housing.

12:51 Over the past 24 hours, 20 more bodies of civilians were found in the Kiev region, who were killed by Russian invaders, said the head of the regional police Andrei Nebitov. In total, as of May 4, the police of the Kyiv region had already discovered and examined 1,235 bodies of civilians. The 282 dead have not yet been identified.

It is also known that the invaders forcibly took many citizens out of Ukraine, communication with them was lost.

12:50 Lviv's power supply has been fully restored after yesterday's rocket attacks, Deputy Mayor of the city Serhiy Kiral said in a comment to CNN. According to him, there were also problems with the operation of pumping stations, but the water supply to the city did not stop.

12:46 Tap water in Nikolaev can appear by May 15, the government allocated financing for this, the head of the OVA Vitaly Kim said. There has been no water in the city since April 12.

12:44 Chairman of the Chaplinsky village council (the occupied part of the Kherson region) Alexei Faustov resigned "for health reasons." He stressed that he remains in the village and, if necessary, people can turn to him for help.

12:31 Shoigu again stated that "any NATO transport that arrived on the territory of Ukraine with weapons or means for the Ukrainian troops is considered as a legitimate target for destruction."

12:27 In the Kherson region, as of the morning of May 4, all mobile operators resumed the supply of communications, said Yuriy Shchigol, chairman of the State Service for Special Communications of Ukraine. According to him, the reason for the disappearance of communication in the Kherson and part of the Zaporozhye region was the damage to the fiber-optic network, which the Russians interrupted during the shelling, and the disconnection of the switching station in Kherson from the power supply.

12:25 The EU will provide additional military equipment to Moldova, as well as help counter disinformation and cyber attacks, said European Council President Charles Michel.

12:23 There are almost no people who want to leave Lisichansk and Severodonetsk - again only 29 people managed to be evacuated, said the head of the Luhansk OVA Serhiy Gaidai: "24 Lisichansk and five Severodonetsk residents are already heading to a safe place. For about two weeks, the evacuation bus leaves the regional center almost empty every day ... 10% of the townspeople are still in Severodonetsk. Shelling and the lack of communications do not seem to frighten people."

The situation is reversed in Rubizhne and Popasna: "There are hundreds of people who want to leave, but because of the density of shelling, evacuation from there is impossible." Gaidai also said that about 50,000 residents remain in the Luhansk region.

12:21 The European Commission will offer a large-scale assistance package for the restoration of Ukraine and victory in the war with Russia. According to the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, the package should bring huge investments.

12:20 The issue of supplying howitzers to Ukraine is still being studied, there is no concrete solution, said German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht.

12:13 The Kremlin has drastically reduced the use of the term "denazification" because the Russians do not understand what it means, journalists-researchers of the Project report, citing sources in the Kremlin.

12:11 Ukraine will not agree to a frozen conflict with Russia, Zelensky said during a speech at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council Summit session. According to him, Ukraine will no longer go into such a "diplomatic swamp" as the Minsk agreements.

12:09 Mine danger remains in the vicinity of Kiev, where hostilities were fought, the city military administration warns.

12:06 The war in Ukraine will be long-lasting, NSDC Secretary Oleksiy Danilov said in an interview with ISLND TV. In his opinion, Ukraine has been in a war for 30 years and Russia has never had the desire to leave us alone: ​​"Even Yeltsin already encroached on the Crimea and said that it was not entirely our territory."

Danilov does not believe in the imminent end of the hot phase of the war: "If we talk about this part of the hot phase of the war, then I am not an optimist that it will end in May. It will be a long war, and it will still continue on our territory."

12:04 The holiday season in the Odessa region is under threat due to mines in the sea and on the shore, said the representative of the OVA Sergey Bratchuk. According to him, one of the mines was neutralized yesterday in the waters of Odessa. How many of them are still in the sea, it is not known.

11:55 The Russians have destroyed another 30,000 tons of grain in Rubizhne, which increases the total volume of destroyed grain to 100,000 tons in the Lugansk region alone, said the head of the OVA Serhiy Gaidai. "This is more than the two-year need of the Lugansk region. There is no bread now, and so far it is not foreseen in the future," he wrote.

11:54 The whereabouts of 300 Mariupol residents who were deported to Vladivostok have been found. According to the mayor's adviser Pyotr Andryushchenko, people were settled in the village of Wrangel in a kind of hostel. They don't get paid, they don't have any contact with them. Three meals a day, but they don’t give any things, people don’t have documents. After "registration" they will be offered a low-paid job.

11:49 Petr Andryushchenko showed how Mariupol is being prepared for the "parade":

11:36 SBU launches two new chatbots to identify traitors and marauders.

You can send information about traitors and collaborators to the @Traitor_Search_bot chatbot, as well as about Internet agents who "leak" important information to the enemy or distribute content in social networks in support of the invaders.
The @stop_marauder_ua_bot chatbot is designed to collect information about marauders stealing other people's property during the war. This data will be verified and posted on the website created by the SBU stopmarauder.com.ua

11:34 Russians are preparing a "parade" in the destroyed Mariupol. According to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the first deputy head of the presidential administration of Russia, responsible for domestic policy of the Russian Federation, Sergey Kiriyenko, arrived in the city. It was he who recently became the new Kremlin curator of issues on ORDLO.

The official's main task is to prepare "ceremonial events" for May 9. The occupiers decided to refuse to hold a holiday in Donetsk, so Mariupol should become the center of "celebrations". The city is carrying out urgent cleaning of the central streets from rubble, bodies of dead and unexploded ordnance.

A large-scale propaganda campaign continues, during which the Russians will be shown stories about the "joy" of local residents from meeting with the occupiers. To do this, Mariupol was visited by propagandist Vladimir Solovyov and the head of the occupation administration of Donetsk Denis Pushilin.

11:26 In the Lviv region, as a result of yesterday's rocket attacks, about 250 thousand people were left without electricity, the OVA reported. Two people were injured.

11:20 The operators of Kherson, Skadovsk and Nova Kakhovka are connected to the Russian Internet after the Ukrainian communication channels are turned off there, Oleg Kryuchkov, adviser to the "head" of Crimea on information policy, said.

11:06 Russia plans to create a "Tavricheskaya province" on the territory of Kherson, as evidenced by intelligence data and indirect facts, Tamila Tasheva, the president's permanent representative in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, said: "For example, the Krym 24 TV channel began broadcasting from Kherson - that's what they called it: Krym 24 Kherson. And a campaign has begun on the peninsula, which wants to show how people live in the newly occupied territories, what is there in terms of the economy and social processes."

10:46 A new embankment on the Stugna River has been opened in Vasilkov, Kyiv region, it will be named after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Mayor Natalya Balasinovich said.

10:39 In the Kherson region, Russian invaders are shelling settlements that the Armed Forces of Ukraine managed to return under their control, said the head of the military administration of Krivoy Rog Alexander Vilkul.

10:36 The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced that six traction power substations near the railway stations of Podbortsy, Lvov, Volovets, Timkovo and Pyatikhatki were destroyed by long-range air and sea-based weapons.

10:33 In Finland, near the Gulf of Bothnia - on the opposite side from Russia, closer to the Swedish border, there are large international exercises Arrow 22, the Finnish military said. About 3.4 thousand soldiers from Finland, Britain, Latvia, the USA and Estonia and about 150 armored vehicles take part in the maneuvers. The exercises will last until May 13. British Minister of Defense Ben Wallace will arrive in Finland today to get acquainted with the course of the exercises.

10:17 Russian invaders continue to shell the Sumy region in the morning, infrastructure facilities are suffering, said the head of the OVA Dmitry Zhivitsky. According to him, between 06:00 and 07:00 there was shelling from Gradov along the border near Yunakovka, and several shots from a helicopter were fired at the territory near Mogritsy.

10:02 Several microdistricts of Slavyansk came under fire, said the mayor of the city Vadim Lyakh. An apartment building and a school were destroyed, there were no casualties.

10:00 The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced that the sixth package of sanctions against Russia will be presented on Wednesday, May 4. She confirmed that Sberbank will fall under the new sanctions, and the sixth package will also include a ban on broadcasting a number of Russian TV channels. The European Commission will propose to ban all imports of Russian oil to the EU.

The European Commission will propose sanctions against the Russian military, including those who "led the operation in Mariupol," von der Leyen said. The media also report that sanctions will be proposed against the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

09:55 The problem of fuel shortage in Ukraine will be resolved in the coming days, but prices for it will rise, Deputy Head of BP Oleksandr Korniyenko said:

09:54 The Moldovan authorities do not see a serious risk of Pridnestrovie's involvement in the conflict in Ukraine, Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration of the country Oleg Serebrian said.

09:51 The Principality of Liechtenstein has joined the fifth package of European sanctions against Russian trusts and other types of trust property, the country's government said in a statement.

09:48 The General Staff announced the approximate losses of the enemy on the morning of May 4. The enemy suffered the greatest losses over the past day in the Izyum and Novopavlovsk directions.

  • personnel - about 24,500 (+300) people liquidated,

  • tanks - 1077 (+15),

  • armored combat vehicles - 2610 (+43),

  • artillery systems - 491 (+16),

  • MLRS - 163 (+1),

  • air defense systems - 81 (+1),

  • aircraft - 194 (+0),

  • helicopters - 155 (+0),

  • automotive equipment and tankers - 1867 (+24),

  • ships/boats - 10 (+0),

  • UAV operational-tactical level - 303 (+12),

  • special equipment - 38 (+0),

  • cruise missiles - 87 (+3).

09:43 In Makiivka, after the shelling, an oil depot is on fire, according to the "authorities", there are dead and wounded.

09:41 Due to yesterday's rocket attacks on the railway infrastructure, dozens of trains are still delayed. The biggest deviation from the schedule is for the Truskavets-Kharkiv train, which is nine hours late.

09:29 Putin wants to send a warning signal to the West about the possible use of nuclear weapons, writes The Daily Mail. This may be evidenced by the fact that the so-called "doomsday aircraft" Il-80 was seen in recent days over Moscow. This plane will allow Putin to continue to rule the country during a nuclear war.

Officials in Moscow say the aircraft will be shown at a low-fly in the annual May 9 parade on Red Square, and it is participating in a rehearsal ahead of the display. However, the publication notes that the “flying Kremlin” has not participated in parades since 2010.

09:08 Zelensky will speak at an emergency NATO meeting on Thursday, May 5, presidential press secretary Sergei Nikiforov confirmed, writes The Wall Street Journal. The head of state also plans to hold talks with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

09:06 Rocket-bomb strikes were inflicted on Severodonetsk, Rubizhne, Lisichansk and Zolote-4, two people were killed in a day, said the head of the Lugansk OVA Serhiy Gaidai. In addition, the invaders carried out assault operations in the Popasna area, where the fighting continues.

09:02 Vereshchuk said that the Mariupol humanitarian operation continues: if the security situation allows, on Wednesday, May 4, it is planned to evacuate to Zaporozhye from Mariupol, Lunacharsky ring (near Berdyansk), Tokmak, Vasylivka.

08:58 Ukrainian artillery burned a Russian supply convoy with ammunition 20 km from Izyum. The destruction of the enemy took place on the territory that the enemy considered his rear, said the speaker of the Odessa Regional State Administration Sergey Bratchuk.

08:53 The American Institute for the Study of War noted that on April 30, Russia used Onyx anti-ship missiles during an attack on the Odessa airport. That is, the invaders used Onyx for ground targets, for which these missiles are not intended. Analysts believe that this may indicate a shortage of other types of long-range precision missiles.

08:45 More than 100 bodies of Russian servicemen who died on the territory of the Zaporozhye region were delivered to the Gorlovka morgue, and a group of Russians was captured in the Zaporozhye direction, the OVA reported.

08:42 Russia will boycott today's meeting of the UN Security Council with the participation of the EU Committee on Political Affairs and Security, AP reports, citing diplomatic sources. This is the first boycott of Russia at the UN since the start of full-scale aggression on February 24, the newspaper notes.

08:40 Biden appointed General Christopher Cavoli commander of NATO forces in Europe. Cavoli has an MA in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University and speaks Russian. He will replace Tod Walters, who served as Commander-in-Chief of NATO's Joint Armed Forces in Europe for three years.

08:32 British intelligence reports that Russia has deployed 22 battalion tactical groups near Izyum, trying to advance towards the northern Donbass. The Russian Federation plans to capture the cities of Kramatorsk and Severodonetsk, despite the stubborn resistance of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The capture of these places will strengthen Russian military control over the northeastern Donbass and become a springboard for their efforts to cut off Ukrainian forces in the region.

08:23 The European Commission handed over to the EU member states a draft of the sixth package of sanctions against Russia , reports APA. The project provides for a gradual ban on the import of Russian oil for six to eight months. Exceptions should be made for Hungary and Slovakia, and they should be allowed to extend imports until the end of 2023.

The oil embargo is the main component of the sixth package of sanctions against Russia. For adoption, a unanimous decision of all 27 EU countries is required.

07:37 Russian troops do not stop the offensive in the Eastern Operational Zone, and also carry out air attacks on transport infrastructure facilities throughout Ukraine, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said in the morning report .

07:19 A sudden check of the reaction forces has begun in the Armed Forces of Belarus, the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Belarus reported. As part of the check, "the units will operate in unfamiliar areas of the terrain in a rapidly changing environment." Minsk assured that the sudden check of the reaction forces "does not pose any threat either to the European community as a whole, or to neighboring countries in particular."

07:04 In Tokmak, Zaporozhye region, the Russian military began to massively sew the uniform of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and change into it, the Pivden operational command reported.

06:20 Australia has included 75 deputies of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, as well as a number of key "ministers" of the "DNR" and "LNR" in the sanctions list.

02:32 Financial Times writes that private refineries in China are buying oil from Russia - secretly, so as not to fall under US sanctions.

01:10 The command of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced that the forces of the Russian Federation fired 18 missiles on the evening of May 3 that hit the infrastructure facilities of the Dnepropetrovsk, Kirovohrad, Lvov, Vinnitsa, Kiev and Transcarpathian regions. The strikes were carried out by Russian Tu-95 or Tu-160 strategic bombers from the Caspian region. From other means, rockets were fired at the Odessa and Donetsk regions. Ukrainian air defense shot down at least eight cruise missiles.

00:54 Governor of the Lviv region Maxim Kozitsky said that six missiles were fired at the region, two of them were shot down. Shot presumably from the Caspian Sea. Three hit the power substations of the Lviv region, another one - in the Transcarpathian region. The damage is significant, two people were injured by shrapnel.

00:33 Russia must pay reparations to Ukraine, Zelensky said, speaking at a CEO meeting organized by The Wall Street Journal. According to the president, the Ukrainian government "receives appropriate signals from Western countries." Zelensky also believes that both Russia and European countries should take part in the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine.

00:20 Zelensky believes that Russia's numerous missile strikes on Ukrainian cities testify to its impotence: "Obviously, the Russian military today reacted extremely nervously to our successes."
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From the Russian Perspective: Operation on Denazification of Ukraine: operational summary May 4th (updated)
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[NewsFrontInfo] 22:36 The SBU received a command from the Office of the President to "dig up" any information about the connections of the new "occupation" leadership of the Kherson region with the former authorities and the old elites. Particularly interesting is the information about the links with the BPP, but the PR / HLE will do the same. Now it is important for Bankova to bring the image of the new "traitors" closer to any old players, thereby showing the "patriotism" of the SN against their background.

21:29 Report about the explosions in the Dnieper. According to eyewitnesses, this is a missile attack on the Amur railway bridge.

20:54 Russian special forces are cleaning up a forest belt in the Kharkiv region.

Subversive groups of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are equipping positions like these, where they can stay for weeks until they are found and denazified. The saboteurs use light vehicles of the "Buggy" type with ATGMs installed on them (mainly "Stugna"). Often in such positions there are modern Wi-Fi routers. This "good" will no longer be useful to them.

19:42 In the liberated territories of the Kharkiv region, they are preparing for the celebration of Victory Day. Municipal services put in order the monuments to the heroes of the Great Patriotic War.

18:28 The Verkhovna Rada approved in the final reading a bill that makes it possible to involve territorial defense units in performing tasks in combat areas.

17:30 Khokhols no longer know what to come up with:
Khokhols is a reference to the Cossack forelock, thus a Cossack.
"A website appeared on the network with a countdown of the fall of the Crimean bridge. The site also published an appeal to Russians living in Crimea." Everyone knows that Ukrainians cannot be trusted.

Only Cossacks can trust Ukrainians.

17:23 Russian Internet appeared in the south of Ukraine. The operators of Kherson, Skadovsk and Novaya Kakhovka are attached to it.

Ukraine disconnected the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions from mobile communications and the Internet on April 30.

15:27 Kyiv continues to fight against the monuments to the liberators of Ukraine from Nazism. Public utilities demolished a statue of a Red Army soldier in the city of Stryi in the Lviv region. Thus, the local authorities "get rid of the legacy of the communist regime." True, the monument was erected to the ancestors of those who demolished it. He stood at the cemetery of the inhabitants of Stryi, who died during the liberation of Ukraine from Nazism.

15:25 A memorial plaque to Ukrainian nationalist Dmitry Dontsov has been dismantled in Melitopol, and the memory of the legendary Chekist Pavel Sudoplatov will be perpetuated in its place. This was stated by Vladimir Rogov, a member of the Main Council of the Civil-Military Administration of the Zaporozhye region, on the air of Solovyov LIVE.

15:10 NATO vehicles with weapons and ammunition for the Ukrainian Armed Forces arriving on the territory of this country will be destroyed - Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

14:50 The village of Khotomlya in the Kharkiv region - across the river from Stary Saltov - was fired upon by cluster munitions from the Ukrainian military, one of the eyewitnesses told a RIA Novosti correspondent, he himself was wounded.

13:45 In the city of Rivne, Rivne region of Ukraine dismantled a monument to Soviet intelligence officer Nikolai Kuznetsov, who personally eliminated 11 generals and high-ranking officials of the occupation administration of Nazi Germany. Nikolai Kuznetsov - Hero of the Soviet Union.

13:18 Labor mobilization is starting in Ukraine. So, the decree was issued by the Chuguev regional military administration. The population aged 18-60 from among those who do not serve in the army, do not work in government agencies or do not have “armor” are mobilized to dig trenches.

13:17 Kherson returns to peaceful life. From May 10, art and music schools will open here. The new authorities of the region stressed that there will be no linguistic or cultural discrimination - students themselves will be able to choose the language in which classes will be held.

13:15 In the liberated Melitopol, the state flag of the Russian Federation and the Banner of Victory were raised at the Oleksenko stadium.

12:34 Ukrainian media you thought heroic "liberation" of the Kharkov village by his army, one of the residents, who recently left for Russia as a refugee, told RIA Novosti.

11:28 The Russian Guard has liquidated a large ammunition depot for the Grad multiple launch rocket system in the Kharkiv region.

11:12 Operators of Kherson, Skadovsk and Nova Kakhovka in southern Ukraine have been connected to the Russian Internet after Kyiv disconnected communications in the border areas, Oleg Kryuchkov, adviser to the head of Crimea on information policy, said.

11:10 "There was a command to shell houses. Those who refused were killed," said a prisoner of war soldier of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. A Ukrainian soldier who voluntarily laid down his arms told how Ukrainian militants engaged in looting, raped girls, took away food from residents and purposefully fired at residential buildings.

10:03 Ministry of Defense publishes video of the the work of the crews of Russian helicopters escorting Russian convoys in Ukraine. They detect sabotage and reconnaissance groups, single mortars and instantly hit military facilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

08:38 In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, the following have been destroyed:

▪️146 aircraft,
▪️112 helicopters,
▪️697 unmanned aerial vehicles,
▪️287 anti-aircraft missile systems,
▪️2,793 tanks and other armored combat vehicles,
▪️319 multiple rocket launchers,
▪️1,267 field artillery pieces and mortars,
▪️2,598 units of special military vehicles.

08:20 Personnel combat work of the crews of self-propelled artillery installations "Malka" in the conduct of counter-battery combat during a special military operation.

Competent actions of the calculations of the self-propelled guns "Malka" destroyed the positions of the artillery units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine of the 203-mm self-propelled guns "Pion" and the battery of 122mm howitzers D-30. As the gunners themselves stated, such goals are worthy and very difficult. To defeat them, you have to apply all practical skills and abilities.

08:08 Today, the RF Armed Forces finally dealt a good blow to traction substations in Lviv. Both AC and DC substations were put out of action. At the moment, strikes on the following substations have been directly or indirectly confirmed:

➖Sknilov-transitnaya substation — 49.829456, 23.945272
➖Electrical substation Kleparov-transitnaya substation — 49.864689, 23.948731
➖Traction substation 110/27.5/10 kV Podbortsy-T — 49.847452, 24.123376

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#2  Here's something for Badanov and the rest of the Russian agents in the west. This is awesome:

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#3  The 93rd Mechanized Brigade of Ukraine in #Kharkiv Oblast with T-80U and T-80BV tanks which were previously captured from the Russian army and now being successfully used by the Ukrainian forces in combat.

They’ve learnt their lessons well.
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Perspective from the Breakaway Republics: Invasion of Ukraine: May 4th, 2022
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[NewsFrontInfo] 23:15 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the following directions:

— n.p. Majorsk - n.p. Gorlovka (settlement sh-you named after Izotov): small arms were used;
— n.p. Noises - n.p. Gorlovka (settlement of sh-ty named after Izotov): three grenades were fired from an underbarrel grenade launcher, small arms were also used;
— n.p. Majorsk - n.p. Gorlovka (settlement sh-you named after Izotov): 12 mines were fired with a caliber of 82mm.

22:10 “As a result of the artillery shelling of Irmino, a man born in 1944 died,” the LPR JCCC said in a statement.

21:36 According to the operational line of the DPR JCCC for the current day, information was received about the death of three civilians:

e.g. Makeevka (https://t.me/DNR_SCKK/8036): male, born in 1982;
n.p. Yasinovataya (https://t.me/DNR_SCKK/8047): male, born in 1956;
Donetsk, Kirovsky district (https://t.me/DNR_SCKK/8049): male, born in 1990.

25 civilians received injuries of varying severity:

n.p. Makeevka (https://t.me/DNR_SCKK/8027):
- men: born in 1992, 1973, 1990, 1966, 1965, 1989, 1983;
- women: 1961, born in 1987;

n.p. Yasinovataya (https://t.me/DNR_SCKK/8047):
— teenage girl born in 2008;
- two men born in 1958;
- women: 1958, born in 1988;

Donetsk, Kirovsky district (https://t.me/DNR_SCKK/8037):
- men: 1956, 1966, 1970, 1964, 1988;
- women: born in 1954, 1956, 1966, 1986, 1975.

Donetsk, Petrovsky district (https://t.me/DNR_SCKK/8053):
— teenage girl born in 2007.

21:05 VFU shelled Dokuchaevsk. As a result of the shelling along the streets of Teatralnaya, Bazarnaya, Svoboda, Shchors, six housing constructions were damaged.

20:06 The Armed Forces of Ukraine attacked a hospital in the DPR, burying people under the rubble...

Another crime of the Kyiv regime. In the village of Terny, Limansky district of the DPR, militants launched an artillery strike on the village clinic. Under the rubble were several people, four were rescued. The number of victims is specified.

19:10 Effects of today's shelling by VFU in Yasinovataya

Three apartment buildings, three private houses, a utility company, a distribution zone, and a store were damaged.

18:20 Air defense works on air targets in the sky over Gorlovka, DPR.

18:18 Preliminary information about the wounding of a teenage girl born in 2007 was received through the operational line of the DPR JCCC. on st. Katowicka, one as a result of shelling of VFU Petrovsky district of Donetsk. Also, damage to a private residential building was recorded at this address.

18:06 According to the operational line of the DPR JCCC, information was received about the damage as a result of shelling of the VFU in Donetsk at the following addresses:

Kirovsky district:
- st. Commonwealth, 43 - apartment building;
- st. Petrovsky, 120 - apartment building.

Kuibyshevsky district:
- st. Victor Isakov, 1, 4, 6.

17:45 Ukrainian authorities report the loss of communication with the Nazis blocked on the territory of the Azovstal plant in Mariupol.

17:34 Teremok nursery has opened in Volnovakha. So far, only three groups are open. In total, the institution is designed for 12 groups, in which up to 250 children can receive preschool education.

17:32 As a result of today's shelling of the Kirovsky district of the VFU, damage to residential buildings was recorded:
- st. Bilibina, 8, 21, 28: damaged glazing, fence;
- st. Onezhskaya, 20: glazing damaged;
- per. Seals, 4/1: damaged gas pipe, roof;
- per. Seals, 3: damaged roof;
- st. Gargaeva, 1: damaged gas pipe, glazing;
- st. Gargayeva, 13, 9: the glazing is damaged;
- st. Nevinnomysskaya, 37: direct hit on the roof;
- st. Nevinnomysskaya, 11, 35: the glazing was damaged, falling into the yard.

17:17 AFU fired at the Donetsk city police department. According to preliminary data, the fire was fired from the Grad MLRS. There were no casualties.

16:40 Another 223 people evacuated from Mariupol to Bezymennoye

During the day on May 4, from 08:00 to 16:00, 223 people, including 30 children, were evacuated from Mariupol to Bezymennoye, Novoazovsky District.

Currently, they are at the point of assistance to the evacuated population, which is deployed by the forces of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the DPR.

16:38 Information was received through the operational line of the DPR JCCC about damage to private residential buildings as a result ofshellingVFU of the Kirovsky district of Donetsk at the following addresses:

- st. Bilibina, 8, 21, 28;
- st. Onezhskaya, 20;
- lane Stamps, 3, 4/1;
- st. Gargaeva, 1, 9, 13;
- st. Nevinnomysskaya, 11, 35, 37.

16:27 Information was received through the operational line of the DPR JCCC about the death of a civilian born in 1990, as a result of shelling of the VFU in Kirovsky district of Donetsk.

Ten more civilians were wounded:

- women: born in 1956, 1954, 1986;
- men: born in 1970, 1966, 1955, 1964, 1966, 1988.
The personal details of another injured civilian are being established.

16:22 At 13:33 as a result of the shelling of the VFU without voltage, a total of 258 transformer substations, three hospitals, 10 schools, 10 kindergartens, 29,364 household subscribers in Donetsk (Kirovsky, Kuibyshevsky, Petrovsky districts), the village of Signalny, Lugansk, partially - in Yelenovka.

Emergency recovery teams try to repair the damage as soon as possible.

16:21 Extinguishing the fire at the oil depot in Makiivka continues for eight hours

Firefighters from four cities are involved: Donetsk, Makeevka, Yasinovataya and Yenakiyevo. As a result of the impact on the oil depot, four tanks with fuel with a volume of five tons each caught fire. The fire destroyed 11 vehicles.

16:06 Servicemen People's Militia of the DPR suppressed the positions of the AFU near Pesky, from which Ukrainian militants opened artillery fire on civilians in the Donetsk People's Republic.

16:04 The first bus route since the beginning of hostilities in the city has been opened in Mariupol

“Today we launched a bus route, there will be two buses in total, which will carry out four trips a day from the Volodarsky ring to the village of Sartana. As for the total number of buses that we can launch in the future, it is still unclear, because there is a problem - the lack of windows and failed batteries," the city's Tram and Trolleybus Department (TTU) told DAN.

15:15 As a result of shelling on the part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine of the Tekstilshchik microdistrict in Donetsk - one person died, ten civilians were injured of varying severity. The blow was inflicted on a peaceful quarter from the MLRS Hurricane.

15:11 As a result of hostilities, 236 transformer substations have been de-energized. 28,200 subscribers of the Leninsky, Kirovsky and Petrovsky districts of the city were left without electricity. Emergency recovery work will be carried out as soon as the situation permits.

15:05 Shelling of an oil depot in Makiivka: what is known at 15:00:

➖shelling was carried out from the side of the settlement. Ocheretino (area of ​​​​responsibility of VFU 56 OMPB under the command of Colonel Sergei Sirchenko);
➖the oil depot was fired from the MLRS BM-30 "Smerch";
➖as a result of the shelling, four tanks caught fire, the volume of each is 5,000 cubic meters.;
➖next to the oil depot, the building of the Metalist plant was damaged;
➖A total of 11 people were injured, of which six patients were hospitalized, five patients were treated on an outpatient basis;
➖on the territory of the oil depot, the headquarters of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the DPR will be deployed;

14:42 Resident of Mariupol told about an attempt to leave the city in mid-March, during which Ukrainian militants took away his car.

14:17 In Yasinovataya, a man was killed as a result of shelling, four adults and a child were wounded.

According to the Headquarters of Territorial Defense, doctors are fighting for the life of the injured teenage girl born in 2008.

14:12 Monuments are being restored in Mariupol

On the eve of May 9, representatives of the people's squad of Donetsk and Kirovsk are restoring a monument destroyed by Ukrainian nationalists, with the help of volunteers from among local residents.

14:11 As a result of the shelling of the VFU in Yasinovataya, the number of victims increased to six people: one person was killed and five were injured.

13:44 Just in the sky over Yenakiyevo worked Air defense of the DPR.

13:30 The number of victims of the shelling of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Makeevka has increased to 10, the head of the city administration said. Also known about one dead.

13:25 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction of the settlement. Vodyane - Donetsk (Kuibyshevsky district): four shells of 122mm caliber were fired.

13:24 Work Air defense in the skies over Khartsyzsk, east of Donetsk.

13:20 On the operational line of the DPR JCCC, information was received about civilian casualties: the death of a man born in 1982. and wounding two men: born in 1992 and born in 1983, as a result of an attack on a storage facility with fuel and lubricants in Makeevka.

13:06 Veterans of the Great Patriotic War living in the DPR will be paid 10,000 Russian rubles each, the corresponding decree on a lump sum payment was signed by the head of the republic Denis Pushilin.

12:35 Consequences of the shelling of the settlement Makeevka 04.05.22. According to the clarified data of military experts of the operational group of the DPR JCCC, the shelling was carried out from the positions of the VFU located in the area of ​​the settlement. Ocheretino with the use of multiple launch rocket systems BM-30 "Smerch". Area of ​​responsibility VFU 56 OMPB under the command of Colonel Sirchenko S.A.

Damage to civil infrastructure facilities along Antropova Street was recorded:

— Makeevsky Cable Plant LLC;
- fuel storage.

12:06 Preliminary information was received through the operational line of the DPR JCCC about the wounding of seven civilians as a result of the shelling of the AFU of the Kirovsky district of Donetsk.

Also received information about the damage to the Kirovsky district of Donetsk at the following addresses:
- st. Petrovsky, 110 - fixed-route taxi No. 58 was damaged;
- st. Petrovsky, 116 - apartment building;
- st. Petrovsky, 102 - two cars were damaged;
- st. Onega, 17 - the gas pipe is damaged.

11:43 Currently, units of the Russian army, together with the people's militia of the LPR and DPR, are expanding control over these territories - Shoigu.

11:26 In connection with the fire at the oil depot in Makeevka, residents of the cities of Donetsk and Makeevka are advised to close their windows and refrain from being outdoors - Ministry of Health.

11:17 It is reported that in the Kirovsky district of Donetsk, arrivals in the vicinity of the 19th stop, a minibus was hit by shrapnel. According to preliminary information, there are victims, they are taken out of the minibus. From the reports - at least four wounded.

11:07 From the side of the armed formations of Ukraine shelling from the direction of N of the item is recorded. Novozvanovka by settlement Pervomaisk using a 152mm artillery gun (four shells) - Representation of the LPR in the JCCC.

11:00 As a result of the shelling of the VFU in Yasinovataya, 3,553 household subscribers have been de-energized.

10:50 During the day, four wounded civilians received medical assistance in the liberated territory of the DPR.

Over the past 24 hours, from 09:00 on May 3 to 09:00 on May 4, on the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic, previously liberated by the DPR group of troops, four civilians wounded as a result of shelling of the VFU received medical assistance.

In total, during the specified period, medical assistance was provided to six wounded civilians throughout the entire territory of the Donetsk People's Republic, according to the Ministry of Health of the DPR.

10:36 During the retreat, the Armed Forces of Ukraine robbed the houses of the civilian population, and then purposefully fired at them.

10:14 Near the oil depot in Makiivka, the building of the Metalist plant was damaged by shelling

The building of the plant for the production of profile pipes "Metallist" was damaged near the oil depot "Artemida" in the Chervonogvardeisky district of Makeevka, which came under fire this morning, a DAN correspondent reports from the scene.

The plant is adjacent to the oil depot. As a result of shelling in one of the buildings of the enterprise, glass was broken in several places, and the facade was also damaged. In addition, several cars and a fuel truck were hit by shrapnel next to the plant.

09:55 One person was killed and two2 were injured due to the shelling of an oil depot in Makeevka.

09:53 A total of 100 rescuers and special equipment from Tula arrived in Mariupol to clear the rubble - Denis Pushilin on Soloviev-Live.

09:27 A source reports that in Severodonetsk a decision was also made by our General Staff to draw civilians into the basements of the Azov plant, where the Armed Forces of Ukraine are located. The formula is very similar to that of Azovstal in Mariupol, only here the enterprise is much more dangerous.

09:16 I would support the establishment of a civil state award for the residents of Mariupol, who steadfastly and courageously went through this difficult period and did not lose their humanity - Head of the DPR Denis Pushilin on the Solovyov Live TV channel.

09:12 Arrival in Makiivka, the area of ​​the oil depot, the services went to the place, the details are being specified - Denis Pushilin on Soloviev-Live

09:08 More than 1,000 private and multi-apartment residential buildings were damaged in the liberated settlements of the DPR, temporarily subordinated to the Starobeshevsky district. A total of 11 settlements are temporarily included in the zone of influence of the Starobeshevsky district: the village of Polnoye, the urban-type settlements of Blagodatnoye, Vladimirovka, Novotroitskoye, Olginka, the villages of Bogdanovka, Bugas, Viktorovka, Nikolaevka, Nikolskoye, Novognatovka.

09:07 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction of the settlement. Avdiivka - n.p. Makeevka: one shell fired caliber 122mm.

09:04 Behind the former Amstor store in Makiivka, they ended up in an oil depot.

09:04 Behind the former Amstor store in Makiivka, they got into an oil depot

08:23 Peacefula life returns to Mariupol: children ride bicycles on the square near the destroyed drama theater, where a couple of weeks ago there were active hostilities.

08:22 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction: n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Yasinovataya: fired three mines with a caliber of 12 mm.

08:07 Five bomb shelters at Azovstal in Mariupol are capable of withstanding a direct hit from a nuclear warhead. In total, there are 36 of them on the territory of the plant. Enver Tskitishvili, General Director of PJSC Azovstal Metallurgical Plant, told the BBC in an interview.

08:00 Shelling from the side of the VFU was recorded in the following directions:

n.p. Experimental - Donetsk (Kyiv district): six shells of 122mm caliber were fired.
n.p. Krasnogorovka - Donetsk (Kirov district): three shells of 122mm caliber were fired.

Posted by: badanov || 05/05/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

RF Armed Forces to open escape corridor from Azovstal for civilians
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[REGNUM] The humanitarian corridor from the territory of Azovstal in Mariupol (DPR) will be open for the evacuation of civilians: on May 5, 6 and 7 from 08:00 Moscow time to 18:00 Moscow time, the Interdepartmental Coordination Headquarters of the Russian Federation for Humanitarian Response reported on May 4.

It is noted that the gum corridor will be opened "for the evacuation of civilians (working personnel, women and children), whose presence in the underground facilities of the plant, once again, is announced by the Kiev authorities."

During the operation of the humanitarian corridor, the Russian Armed Forces and the military of the DPR "unilaterally cease any military operations."

The military will withdraw to a safe distance and ensure "the withdrawal of civilians in any direction they choose" - both to the territory of Russia, "and to areas controlled by the Kiev authorities."

From last May 1st:
About 300 civilians left at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol
MARIUPOL , DPR , May 1, 2022 , 14:13 — REGNUMOn the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol, where the remnants of Ukrainian Nazis are blocked in the city, and the territories adjacent to it, there may be about 300 more civilians. On May 1, one of the civilians who left the territories adjacent to the plant told about this.

“Man 300. Maybe a little more, I think so ,” RIA Novosti quotes him as saying.

As REGNUM reported , earlier one of the residents of Mariupol, who was in a bomb shelter and left the quarters near the plant, said that Kiev militants intimidated civilians so that they would not leave the territory of the Azovstal plant and the houses located next to it .

Posted by: badanov || 05/05/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

Fed Reserve Hitting the Brakes
[CNBC] The Federal Reserve increased its benchmark interest rate by half a percentage point, in line with market expectations.

In addition, the central bank outlined a program in which it eventually will reduce its bond holdings by $95 billion a month.

The rate move is the largest since 2000 and is in response to burgeoning inflation pressures.

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell underlined the commitment to bringing inflation down but indicated that raising rates by 75 basis points at a time "is not something the committee is actively considering."
and as a bonus, oil (WTI) was back over $105/barrel today
Posted by: Lord Garth || 05/05/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Couple years too late. The Fed no longer performs the function it was designed to do so its one of the bureaucracies that need to go.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/05/2022 8:01 Comments || Top||

#2  A dirty secret is that the Fd knows that inflation is the key to using cheap money to pay off the long term debt from years ago. In relative constant value terms, its a technique to kick the can down the road until the whole fiat money scam finally fails and people see its just paper (or used to be).

That grim reckoning will likely be coincidental with the new episode of the Dark Ages, perhaps during the middle of the new Mini-Ice Age. Happy Sinko da Mayo optimists and sandwich lovers!
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 05/05/2022 11:46 Comments || Top||

#3  This shit game is making E.T. look good.

-Federal Reserve has Entered the Game!-

Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/05/2022 14:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Dow, NASDEQ, S&P all taking a big hit today.

Oil is up again.

Fed announcement + horrible productivity numbers + no confidence in US Treasury Dept or FED or OMB
Posted by: Lord Garth || 05/05/2022 15:27 Comments || Top||

#5  The Fed is WAY behind the curve. They seem intent on repeating the errors of Arthur Burns and William Miller (Fed chairmen of the early and mid 1970s) who tried half-hearted measures to fight inflation. And who failed dismally, finally paving the way for the medicine Paul Volcker gave us.

The longer that the Fed (and the executive branch) delay a serious fight against inflation, the harsher the remedy will be.
Posted by: Tom || 05/05/2022 15:37 Comments || Top||

#6  Does this mean the interest rate on my saving account will go up?
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 05/05/2022 19:09 Comments || Top||

#7  seeking...

interest rates on saving accounts will probably go up a bit by mid summer, especially at the on-line banks

not that much however as US savings accounts became relatively bloated by the covid stimulus checks
Posted by: Lord Garth || 05/05/2022 19:49 Comments || Top||

#8  Quantitative stiffening?
Posted by: KBK || 05/05/2022 20:00 Comments || Top||

EU chief proposes gradual Russian oil import ban
[An Nahar] EU chief Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday said the EU would impose a gradual Russian oil ban, as Brussels unveiled new sanctions to punish Russia for invading Ukraine.

"We will make sure that we phase out Russian oil in an orderly fashion," the EU chief told a session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

"This is why we will phase out Russian supply of crude oil within six months and refined products by the end of the year," she added.

In a document seen by AFP, von der Leyen's proposal asked that Hungary and Slovakia, both hugely dependent on Russian oil, be given more time to meet the ban.

Ambassadors from the 27 European Union
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countries will meet on Wednesday to assess her plan, and it will need unanimous approval before going into effect.

Von der Leyen also said the EU would ask that the member states agree to deny Sberbank, Russia's biggest bank, access to SWIFT, the global banking communications system.

By hitting Sberbank and two other banks, "we hit banks that are systemically critical to the Russian financial system and Putin's ability to wage destruction," she said.

The draft of her proposal also said the EU was seeking to add the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, to the latest list of sanctioned individuals in the package.

The new list includes 58 people, including many Russian military personnel, but also the wife, daughter and son of Kremlin front man Dmitry Peskov.

Von der Leyen said the list would add high-ranking military officers and other individuals "who committed war crimes in Bucha and who are responsible for the inhuman siege of the city of Mariupol."

"This sends another important signal to all perpetrators of the Kremlin’s war: We know who you are, and you will be held accountable," von der Leyen said.

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Czech Republic has completely abolished the mask regime
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[REGNUM] The mask regime introduced due to COVID-19 has been canceled in the Czech Republic since May 5, ČTK reports on May 4.

The corresponding decision was made by the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic. The authorities of the country believe that it is high time to cancel the obligation to wear medical masks, the epidemiological situation allows this.

Recall that the anti-COVID measures were gradually softened in the Czech Republic. Until now, the mask regime has been maintained only for medical institutions and welfare organizations.

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Science & Technology
Moment £4m next-generation Russian super-tank with reinforced steel and special automatic defence system is blown up by Ukrainian army just days after making its battlefield debut
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • A video released by the Ukrainian military showed the destruction of some tanks

  • One of the destroyed tanks is believed to be a highly advanced Russian T-90M

  • As well as the tanks, the footage showed a thermobaric rocket system explode

  • It is claimed that this is the first Russian T-90M to be destroyed in Ukraine
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/05/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10801 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...Keep in mind the -90 is based on the T-72.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 05/05/2022 6:33 Comments || Top||

#2  I'd like to hear from a tank expert to confirm the claim.
Posted by: The Walking Unvaxed || 05/05/2022 6:34 Comments || Top||


T-90M or TU-90M (Tits-Up)
Posted by: NN2N1 || 05/05/2022 8:05 Comments || Top||

#4  The T-90 is a huge piece of shit. This guy breaks it down pretty well.

It is basically a T-72 variant. The upgraded features of the T-90M are a digital display, blow out panels and the commander finally has his own infrared display. The armor is still just the same rolled steel as the T-72 however and the full powered ammunition that can defeat western tanks that Russia made is too long for the autoloader so the T-90 still used the old ammunition. In fact the only tank that can use the new ammunition is the T-14 and that isn't going into full production runs anytime soon.

So, have fun Vladimir.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/05/2022 8:13 Comments || Top||

#5  I'd like to hear from a tank expert to confirm the claim.

The T-90M has a more advanced composite layered armor similar to the M1 and the Challenger, making it a tougher kill to both HEAT and solid shot.

Also included is a more advanced fire control system and Thermal sights.

As someone pointed out in a thread yesterday, the problem with Russian tanks aren't only the tanks, but how they are used.

Russian SOP regarding tanks is that they are just a big gun to bring into a fight. That makes them easy pickings for light or dismounted infantry.
Posted by: badanov || 05/05/2022 8:15 Comments || Top||

#6  Why is that tank operating on its own without any apparent support around it? One would think by now the Russians would have integrated air defense postures into their tactical battleplan.

It's not like they don't understand the concept. The Egyptians, under their tutelage, covered the airspace over the Suez in the '73 war. It was a mix and mass of air defense that the Israelis suffered heavily from. It took the armor leaping the canal and taking it out that allow the IAF to regain the skies. However, the Egyptians couldn't get out from underneath the air defense umbrella without suffering a check on ground operations.

Again a near total lack of combined arms integration at the tactical level.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/05/2022 8:17 Comments || Top||

#7  /\ The concept of a Combined Arms Task Force appears to be a bridge too far.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/05/2022 8:41 Comments || Top||

#8  ^ The concept of logistics seems to be a bridge to far
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/05/2022 9:26 Comments || Top||

#9  They're losing generals, and if Putin is paranoid enough they'll lose even higher ranks too.

I wonder if any of their replacements are taking notes about what works and what doesn't?
Posted by: James || 05/05/2022 9:32 Comments || Top||

#10  Because the Russian society has become a totally corrupt system, so the normal logic and equipment they could have is consumed in the theft process.

You become a general officer, police officer or politician to steal from the nation.

Caring about tactics and soldiers isn't part of that process.
Posted by: Omaing Stalag1261 || 05/05/2022 10:05 Comments || Top||

#11  ^ It's different here in the USA how, exactly?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/05/2022 10:08 Comments || Top||

#12  I'd be curious to see how a Tesla truck with that folded steal handles modern armaments.
Posted by: ruprecht || 05/05/2022 10:48 Comments || Top||

#13  Re #11: We do it in the name of reparations?
Posted by: Mercutio || 05/05/2022 12:36 Comments || Top||

#14  We bagged one last year on duck season opener.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/05/2022 15:33 Comments || Top||

#15  Experts have previously noted that older Russian tanks are plagued by the so-called “jack-in-the-box” effect — a defect that Western militaries have been aware of for decades

The invading country’s Soviet-era tanks — including the T-72 and T-80, which have been used in Ukraine — suffer from the defect, The Drive said.

The “jack-in-the-box” effect, the result of a pressure shockwave caused by the explosion of stored ammunition, makes them susceptible to losing their tops in direct hits.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/05/2022 15:46 Comments || Top||

#16  The top staying on after a direct hit probably doesn't help much.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/05/2022 15:55 Comments || Top||

#17  The Russians have been rebuilding older T-72s to the T-72BM and even building new ones rather than buying T-90's. They don't want the T-90.
Posted by: magpie || 05/05/2022 17:09 Comments || Top||

#18  Meanwhile, someone else is producing better knock offs.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/05/2022 18:16 Comments || Top||

#19  Russian Generals are the type of Yes Men that tell the Tyrant what he wants to hear. They are not really Generals.
Posted by: Bugs McGurque4586 || 05/05/2022 18:59 Comments || Top||

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