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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Ex-con who shot rifle into NYC crowd has long rap sheet, was on parole
Not at all ex, as it turns out — merely between engagements.
[NYPOST] A career criminal is in jug after police said he shot up a crowded Brooklyn intersection last week, sending more than 20 people scrambling for safety, sources said.

Shocking surveillance photos show the gunman — identified by sources as Terrel Norman, 36 — clutching an automatic rifle on East 102 Street before jumping into a Nissan Sentra with a pal.

Cops pulled the car over several blocks away and arrested both men, the sources said.

None of the intended targets were hit.

Norman has a history of emotional disturbance and a lengthy rap sheet that includes more than two dozen busts, a stint in state prison on an armed robbery conviction, and a pending Brooklyn gun case, according to records.

In his most recent arrest police said Norman was pulled over in March on a traffic violation when cops determined he was allegedly driving without a license — and a loaded .45-caliber handgun inside the vehicle, the sources said.

He was initially released on bail but the bail was rescinded after prosecutors didn’t get an indictment in the case in five days — as required by state speedy trial statutes.

Police could not determine if the gun in the car belonged to him or one of his passengers, and are awaiting DNA results to determine if they have a case.

"This individual has no regard for consequence," one law enforcement source told The Post. "You have someone, multiple warrants, parole at various times or probation, and he has a wreckage every in his life.”
Mentally ill leads to poor impulse control? The usual story, and New York City is determined that such people will not get the help they need.
Posted by: Fred || 05/18/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [93 views] Top|| File under:

#1 


YEP! those NYC gun controls are really working for Felons, Thugs, and Gang Bangers.

Now convicted Felons need not worry of an Honest Citizen defending themselves.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 05/18/2022 7:35 Comments || Top||

#2  "Automatic" rifle? I doubt it seriously. Probably a semi-auto, but no one in NYC has the intelligence to understand the difference. Fully-automatic weapons have been banned (illegally) since at least the 1930s.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 05/18/2022 9:16 Comments || Top||

#3  ...well, not quite.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/18/2022 9:28 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Three men sentenced to jail and fined for wading with bears in Alaska
[USA Today] Three men who left the safety of a viewing platform to wade into the river to photograph brown bears at the famous Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park in Alaska were sentenced to jail and each fined $3,000.

"These individuals behaved carelessly and put themselves at great risk," Mark Sturm, superintendent of Katmai National Park and Preserve, stated in a press release. "Brown bears are fierce, territorial predators, especially when concentrated in order to feed on migrating salmon. Things could have easily ended very badly."

Brooks Falls is located on the Brooks River and is a popular summer destination to view salmon leaping over the 6-foot falls as bears congregate and feed on them, sometimes catching the salmon in mid-air.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/18/2022 02:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [137 views] Top|| File under:

#1 
If the judge convicted them of behaving carelessly and putting themselves at great risk? Think of what this judge could do in Portland.

Of course, it could be interrupting the 🐻‍'s meal, upset PETA?


Posted by: NN2N1 || 05/18/2022 7:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Timothy Treadwell to the courtesy phone, please.
Posted by: Cesare || 05/18/2022 8:21 Comments || Top||

#3  Timothy Treadwell to the courtesy phone, please.

"Grizzly Man, a documentary film by Werner Herzog, lays out the story of Timothy Treadwell who decided to go live with grizzly bears and came to a predictable end. Herzog can tell a tale. The film is gruesome without being gory. I found the story fascinating.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/18/2022 8:35 Comments || Top||

#4  John "Grizzly" Adams
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/18/2022 8:41 Comments || Top||

#5  Got jail time instead of a Darwin Award. I call that a light sentence.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/18/2022 14:58 Comments || Top||


Water Tower With Johnny Cash Silhouette Springs Leak In Most Unfortunate Place
[NotTheBee] In Kingsland, Arkansas, the hometown of the incomparable Johnny Cash, the water tower which bears his silhouette has sprung a rather unfortunate leak.

Actually, because it's Arkansas, the "leak" was started by someone who took a gun and shot the Man in Black in a rather compromising spot.

I'm sorry, I cannot stop laughing at this video.

Does that make me immature? Sure.

They say it's no laughing matter for the city, however.

Kingsland Mayor Luke Neal said the town is "losing about 30,000 gallons of water per day."

Now it's costing the town about $200 each day-- totaling about $1,200 so far.

"You kind of run on a tighter budget in small towns like this, because really all you've got to work with... things like this can set you back a little bit," Neal said.
Posted by: Beavis || 05/18/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [248 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So... someone pissed of the Man in Black...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 05/18/2022 1:34 Comments || Top||

#2  The video...

Posted by: CrazyFool || 05/18/2022 1:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Send up the Flexseal guy to patch it
Posted by: Airandee || 05/18/2022 6:36 Comments || Top||

#4  Maybe with a .50 BMG AP round.

Maybe...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/18/2022 7:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Run the tower level below the hole and temporarily seal it until it can be fixed permanently.
Posted by: Lowspark || 05/18/2022 10:48 Comments || Top||

#6  Cute.
Domestic Terrorism against public utilities.
Next targets will be transformers on power poles.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/18/2022 12:00 Comments || Top||

#7  The Belgians have Manneken Pis. Ours is bigger.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/18/2022 14:57 Comments || Top||

#8  Have Billy Jo, Bobby Jo or Betty Jo swim down and stuff one of those endangered Thai flower thingees in there from the inside.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/18/2022 15:06 Comments || Top||

#9  Back....and to the left. Back....and to the left.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/18/2022 15:33 Comments || Top||

#10  Call some former Navy damage control specialists and pay them in beer
Posted by: magpie || 05/18/2022 17:32 Comments || Top||

#11  Please don't tell me the current ones would show up with seltzers and a tampon.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/18/2022 18:34 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Elon Musk praises Netflix for telling staffers to quit if offended by content
[NYPOST] Billionaire Elon Musk praised Netflix after the streaming giant updated its corporate culture memo with a clear message for employees: embrace working on content from all viewpoints or find another job.

Netflix added a section dubbed "artistic freedom" in what was the first major update to its company mission statement since 2017. The section notes that Billionaire Elon Musk praised Netflix after the streaming giant updated its corporate culture memo with a clear message for employees: embrace working on content from all viewpoints or find another job.

Netflix added a section dubbed "artistic freedom" in what was the first major update to its company mission statement since 2017. The section notes that Netflix publishes content by letting viewers decide "what’s appropriate for them, versus having Netflix censor specific artists or voice."

"Good move by @netflix," Musk tweeted in response to a Wall Street Journal article on the change.

Netflix updated the memo — which is publicly viewable on its job site — following a lengthy episode in which the company faced criticism for backing comedian Dave Chapelle.

t Netflix publishes content by letting viewers decide "what’s appropriate for them, versus having Netflix censor specific artists or voice."

"Good move by @netflix," Musk tweeted in response to a Wall Street Journal article on the change.

Netflix updated the memo — which is publicly viewable on its job site — following a lengthy episode in which the company faced criticism for backing comedian Dave Chapelle.
Posted by: Fred || 05/18/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [137 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Asperger’s Syndrome couples autism with an IQ range between brilliant and genius.



I don’t hang out on Twitter, but the seen tweets below that — related or something as calculated by the algorithm — point out that an audit revealed half of President Biden’s followers are fake, that Elon Musk is switching to vote exclusively Republican, and a Project Veritas hidden video of of a Twitter executive explaining their secret anti-free speech evil plan.

This is so much fun to watch.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/18/2022 11:58 Comments || Top||

#2  ^ It's all part of the white supremacis disinformation conspiracy!
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/18/2022 12:22 Comments || Top||

#3  /\ As many here have suspected.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/18/2022 12:40 Comments || Top||

#4  Wouldn't you love to be a fly on the wall where tech elites decide what's information and what's disinformation?
Posted by: jpal || 05/18/2022 15:19 Comments || Top||

#5  I think in that room, the flies would be on their tongues.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/18/2022 16:45 Comments || Top||

#6  /\ Whahahahahaha, gasp....Whahahahaaha.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/18/2022 17:26 Comments || Top||


Pentagon shows Congress declassified videos of mysterious objects flashing past pilots and reveal 400 'unidentified aerial phenomena' reports in recent years - including 11 'near-misses' - in first UFO hearing in 50 YEARS
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News]
  • Last June, Congress requested a report on 'unidentified aerial phenomena,' and DNI offered an assessment focusing on 144 incidents dating back to 2004

  • The report said data was 'largely inconclusive' but most of the incidents definitely involved 'physical objects'

  • The number of incidents has now swelled to 400

  • 'We want to know what's out there as much as you do,' one official said, adding that he was a fan of science fiction
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/18/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [206 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Look! =====>>>> Shiny!
Posted by: CrazyFool || 05/18/2022 1:40 Comments || Top||

#2  In other news:

The Hill - Here’s why gasoline prices are spiking again

Somewhere between $6.50 and $8.00 per gallon, the economy will begin to come to a halt.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/18/2022 1:47 Comments || Top||

#3 
I love asking our Tree-Huggers and Democrats around here.

Why is it BAD to drill for oil here, pump it to the the refinery for processing? But is environmentally acceptable to ship it 1/2 way around the world, risk the polluting our coastal shores and rivers. Only to pumped it out of a ship to the same pipelines to be refined here?
Posted by: NN2N1 || 05/18/2022 8:08 Comments || Top||

#4  Ref #3: Domestic oil? Not enuf graft and kickback for our Foggy Bottom central planners.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/18/2022 8:14 Comments || Top||

#5  With prices like that you know they won't be stopping by anymore for a full tank and the one true pleasure of pulling off at Earth before hitting the ol' Hyperspace Expressway, a bag of Chuckwagons.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/18/2022 10:39 Comments || Top||

#6  "Bee de bee de beep...$10 for a cup of burnt coffee! What the chuck, Buck?"

"Sorry Twiki, it seems like we landed......during The Age of Brandon Sorrows."
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/18/2022 10:50 Comments || Top||

#7  "We don't see too many aliens around here"

"At these prices you are unlikely to see more"
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/18/2022 11:20 Comments || Top||

#8  Aliens, hell, Del Rio, TX has got a shit-pot full of aliens every night, mostly from Guatemala, but who knows where else?
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 05/18/2022 11:38 Comments || Top||

#9  And why isn't there a congressional hearing on THAT?
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/18/2022 12:06 Comments || Top||

#10  These idiots really have NO concept of the whole process and how things affect each other. Every step of the way costs more....resulting in higher prices.

Not too mention that 'profit' winds up getting used to pay for the drilling to continue. An offshore rig in the gulf costs 1 million PER DAY whether it's drilling or not. You also have to plan on things like hurricanes and loop currents which don't permit you to drop the BOP, so you sit there waiting for -6- weeks until you can do it....at 1 million per DAY.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 05/18/2022 13:54 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
Tucker Carlson Responds to Claims That He Inspired Buffalo Shooter
[PJ] In the immediate aftermath of the mass shooting in Buffalo, N.Y. on Saturday, the political left (and several RINOs) rushed to blame conservatives, Fox News, and even Tucker Carlson specifically for radicalizing the shooter.

This, of course, goes against the shooter’s alleged manifesto, in which he describes himself as a former communist who now falls in the "mild-moderate authoritarian left category."

But that hasn’t stopped the radical left and its allies from playing the "Blame Fox News" and "Blame Tucker Carlson" cards.

And Carlson responded Monday evening on his show.

"You’ve probably heard this document described as a racist manifesto, but that’s not quite right," Carlson noted. "It’s definitely racist, bitterly so. Gendron reduces people to their skin color. That’s the essence of racism, and it’s immoral. But what he wrote does not add up to a manifesto. It is not a blueprint for a new extremist political movement, much less the potential inspiration for a racist revolution. Anyone who claims that it is is lying or hasn’t read it. Instead, Gendron’s letter is a rambling pastiche of slogans and internet memes, some of which flatly contradict one another."

"The document is not recognizably left-wing or right-wing. It’s not really political at all. The document is crazy," Carlson correctly observed. "It’s the product of a diseased and organized mind. At one point Gendron suggests that Fox News is part of some global conspiracy against him. He writes like the mental patient he is. Disjointed. Irrational. Paranoid."
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/18/2022 01:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [47 views] Top|| File under:


Britain
Pound falls as UK inflation hits 40 year high
[Reuters] London, May 18 - The pound fell against the dollar on Wednesday after data showed British inflation rising to 9%, the highest level in 40 years.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/18/2022 07:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [83 views] Top|| File under:



#3  Is this a competition to see who can free fall the fastest?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/18/2022 10:00 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
MSNBC contributor and retired four-star general Barry McCaffrey deletes tweet showing Russian plane 'getting nailed' by Ukraine that's from a VIDEO GAME
[MAIL] A decorated retired Army General and MSNBC contributor unknowingly shared footage of a video game and claimed it was a Russian plane being shot down by Ukraine before quickly deleting the Tweet when he was corrected.

Four-star general Barry R. McCaffrey's gaffe did not go unnoticed, with some pointing out at the mistake by the former Clinton advisor.
It was noted here, no doubt because some Rantburgers play the game.
'Russian aircraft getting nailed by UKR missile defense. Russians are losing large numbers of attack aircraft. UKR air defense becoming formidable,' McCaffrey wrote in a now-deleted Tweet.

The animation shared by McCaffrey was actually from Digital Combat Simulator (DCS) footage from the video game 'Arma 3.'
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/18/2022 02:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [205 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I guess, it's been a while since he's seen actual combat.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 05/18/2022 6:57 Comments || Top||

#2  The animation shared by McCaffrey was actually from Digital Combat Simulator (DCS) footage from the video game 'Arma 3.'

Those are two separate games. DCS vs ARMA 3
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/18/2022 7:56 Comments || Top||

#3  You believe me or your lying eyes?

Well, its going to be harder and harder to tell whether 'its real or Memorex?'*

* classical reference
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/18/2022 9:00 Comments || Top||

#4 
MS-NB $hit
They only hire the best for nothing.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 05/18/2022 13:55 Comments || Top||

#5  Barry McCaffrey was the Last Starfighter.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/18/2022 15:01 Comments || Top||

#6  I'll give Barry a pass on this one. Like me, he's an old fok who enjoys seeing the Russians getting their arses handed to them. Until I saw the video with the paratroopers, I too was fooled.

Technology passed me by a long time ago :-(
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/18/2022 15:09 Comments || Top||

#7  Getting fooled by Arma 3 is a bit like getting stung by the Bee - it happens.

The auto-retweet, oh, the auto-retweet. Turning off the bullshit filters for social acceptance.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/18/2022 15:46 Comments || Top||

#8  Sorry, I don't buy it. Think of the footage of actual shoot downs that have been posted here: jerky handheld video with excited foreign speaking voices captured on what's usually a smart phone.

Too good to check will always make you look bad. As it should.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/18/2022 15:54 Comments || Top||

#9  Maybe McCaffrey was the "Ghost of Kiev".
Posted by: DooDahMan || 05/18/2022 17:04 Comments || Top||


Russian MoD releases video showing May 14 engagement in Zaparozhye
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[RIA Novosti] The Russian Defense Ministry published a video showing the destruction of armored vehicles of two Ukrainian mechanized battalions, which on May 14 tried to launch a counterattack.

The video shows footage from a drone that loiters over the countryside. Artillery hits on tanks and infantry fighting vehicles of the Ukrainian troops are shown. You can also observe the results of fire damage - Ukrainian armored vehicles burned to the ground, a tank with a turret torn off after an explosion of ammunition.

The Ministry of Defense showed footage of howitzers "Msta-S" in Ukraine
"On May 14, Russian servicemen in the Zaporozhye direction stopped an attempted counterattack by Ukrainian armed formations, inflicting damage on nationalists in manpower and armored vehicles.

In the area of ​​the village of Vishnevoe, Zaporozhye region, the Kiev regime made an attempt to attack units of the Russian Armed Forces with the forces of two Ukrainian mechanized battalions on tanks and infantry fighting vehicles," — the Ministry of Defense commented on the video.

As noted in the department, Russian units destroyed 26 Ukrainian tanks and 12 infantry fighting vehicles, the irretrievable losses of the enemy in manpower amounted to about a hundred militants.

The ministry clarified that the advancing of enemy armored vehicles and preparations for the attack were spotted by drones and technical intelligence equipment.

Armored vehicles were hit by unmanned aerial vehicles, artillery was operating, and the Russian military also fired oncoming fire from tanks and infantry fighting vehicles. Ukrainian troops took to flight.

Earlier, the Russian military took control of the entire Kherson region and the Azov part of the Zaporozhye region . Civil-military administrations were formed in the regions. Thus, it was possible to completely cut off Ukraine from the Sea of ​​Azov , as well as connect these territories with the DPR.

Posted by: badanov || 05/18/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [116 views] Top|| File under:

#1  https://www.the-sun.com/news/5365916/russian-killer-shot-ukrainian-civilian-pleads-guilty/

My grandson doesn't look like that.
Posted by: badanov || 05/18/2022 11:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Someone's getting desperate. Mariupol's surrender is a game changer.

If Biden had a functioning brain he'd be reaching out for peace talks now.
Posted by: Bill Unogum2518 || 05/18/2022 11:46 Comments || Top||


Ukrainian Perspective: Invasion of Ukraine: May 17th, 2022
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[Korrespondent] 23:10 Negotiations between Ukraine and Russia are not currently being conducted in any format, said a member of the Russian delegation, Leonid Slutsky.

23:08 Arestovich on the evacuation from Azovstal: "There is a solution, which is that while the operation is underway, we do not comment. Everything is too fragile there, and one careless word can bring everything down. We will not substitute the guys and girls. When they Those who are involved in the evacuation will say yes, we will comment."

23:05 Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin visited the occupied Kherson region and said that it "has great prospects, the region will take its rightful place in the Russian family."

23:02 The Russian army went on the defensive along the entire section from Kherson to Kharkov. The only place where they still do not do this is the Izyum and Lugansk directions, Arestovich said. According to him, the occupants are trying to reach areas that are more convenient to defend - mainly hills, settlements and natural boundaries such as rivers, ravines. They began to dig very actively, added the adviser to the head of the OP.

22:57 Elizabeth II in a yellow and blue outfit opened a new line of London Station

22:24 Zelensky today delivered a speech via video link at the Cannes Film Festival. "I am sure that the dictator will lose. We will win this war," the president said.

21:56 The Russians are trying to make a breakthrough in the Popasnaya area and in the Severodonetsk direction, said the head of the Lugansk OVA, Sergei Gaidai. According to him, Severodonetsk, Gorskaya hromada and the Lisichansk-Bakhmut highway are under constant shelling. However, the evacuation along this route continues.

Gaidai also said that new attempts by the Russians are expected to cross the Seversky Donets near Belogorovka and cut the Lisichansk-Bakhmut highway at this point, which is the only route connecting the Lisichansk-Severodonetsk agglomeration with the Donetsk region.

21:51 The founder of the Azov Regiment, the leader of the National Corps party, Andriy Beletsky, said that he was in contact with the Ukrainian defenders of Azovstal, and asked not to comment on their evacuation: “The main thing now is not to harm with your conjectures, ideas, any insiders of the rescue operation itself Therefore, I have a big request to everyone who wants to share their thoughts about what is happening at Azovstal, or to those who have some kind of "secrets", "insiders" and want to share these "insiders" with the whole world, - keep them to yourself, as well as your opinions. In two or three days, I think that the garrison itself will prove it, make it clear how everything went."

21:37 Russia can beat the world record for the loss of an army that invaded the territory of another country, Borrell said at a briefing after a meeting of the EU Council.

21:33 Despite the ongoing war, the EU is already developing a plan for the restoration of Ukraine, writes Sueddeutsche Zeitung. According to the draft document, the allocation of funds will be strictly monitored for corruption and the efforts of the Ukrainian government to carry out reforms. Such reforms should bring the country closer to the EU. According to the document, the reconstruction of Ukraine may take more than ten years. At the same time, the principle of "doing better than it was" should be applied, which will include concern for the climate.

21:26 Because of the destroyed water supply system, Mariupol is threatened with the spread of infectious diseases, including cholera, said Dorit Nitzan, Regional Director for Emergency Situations of the WHO. According to her, WHO is preparing cholera kits and vaccines, and is also collaborating with other non-governmental organizations to help residents in the occupied territory.

According to her, the water supply in Mariupol has been "partially restored", but many pipelines have been destroyed: "It's just a swamp on the streets, and sewage water is mixed with drinking water. This is a huge danger of the spread of many infections, including cholera. We remember that before 2011 there were cases of cholera in Mariupol, and we are getting ready."

21:18 The Cabinet of Ministers has expanded the list of citizens who can qualify for monthly payments of 2,200-2,500 hryvnias from international humanitarian organizations, Shmyhal said. Previously, such payments were provided only to internally displaced persons from among the most vulnerable social categories, and now Ukrainians from the de-occupied territories, settlements located in the zone of active hostilities, as well as citizens in the temporarily occupied territory will be able to receive them.

21:09 Budapest is ready to be a mediator in peace talks between Kiev and Moscow, Hungarian President Katalina Novak said: "This is not our war, but it is also being waged against Hungarians who love peace, strive for security, mutual respect and well-being. We demand an investigation of the military crimes and punishment of the guilty. Novak also stressed that Hungary supports Ukraine's accession to the European community.

21:06 Germany will expand military cooperation with Finland and Sweden, Scholz said: "We will intensify our military cooperation, especially in the Baltic Sea region and through joint exercises." He also stressed that Berlin would seek "very fast" ratification of the entry of European partners into NATO.

21:00 Russian Transneft has restricted access to the monthly schedule of oil shipments from seaports in an attempt to save the Russian oil market, writes Reuters.

20:58 The Russian army uses the Belgorod airport, which previously served only civilian flights, Schemes (Radio Liberty) report, citing satellite images and data from military analysts. So, Planet Labs recorded eight helicopters and several cars on the territory of the civil airport on May 14. The military expert identified the helicopters as Mi-8s.

This explains the fact that, according to the Russians, all flights at the Belgorod airport and a number of other airports in central and southern Russia are "limited." One of the assumptions about the purpose of such a "schedule" is the reception of transport aircraft and helicopters for the transportation of military cargo and personnel, urgent medical evacuation of the wounded.

20:47 The Cabinet of Ministers will temporarily suspend the regulation of prices for gasoline and diesel fuel in order for operators to saturate the market. According to First Deputy Prime Minister Yulia Sviridenko, such an agreement was reached today with market operators. The government expects prices to be up to UAH 58 for diesel fuel and UAH 52 for gasoline.

Sanctions will be applied against market participants abusing the market situation, "the situation will be monitored daily," Sviridenko warned.

20:41 Macron, in a conversation with Zelensky, said that arms supplies to Ukraine would increase in the coming weeks, the press service of the French president said. He also noted that the issue of grain export from Ukraine was discussed.

The heads of state also spoke about post-war security guarantees for Kyiv. Macron also confirmed that the Ukrainian application for EU membership will be considered in June, and reiterated his idea of ​​​​creating some kind of "European political community" for countries that are not members of the European Union. Earlier, Kyiv categorically rejected the possibility of replacing EU membership with other entities. For Ukraine, the proposal on "alternative options for European integration" is unacceptable, Yermak said.

20:39 Seven buses with Ukrainian defenders of Azovstal arrived at a former penal colony in the DPR-controlled city of Yelenovka near Donetsk, Reuters reports.

20:32 The war is moving into a protracted phase, Reznikov said in an address to the EU Foreign Affairs Council and the UN Secretary General. According to him, in the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, the invaders are carrying out engineering and fortification work in order to go on the defensive. At the same time, the minister stressed that the war is destroying the Ukrainian economy, and its prolongation entails the risk of a global food crisis, as well as another migration crisis.

Reznikov noted that Belarusian troops are actively maneuvering near the border with Ukraine, so Ukraine reserves forces in case Moscow nevertheless forces Minsk to invade.

The head of the Defense Ministry is convinced that Russia can be defeated on the battlefield - this will free the world from tyranny, and Europe from a constant threat.

In connection with the upcoming NATO summit in Madrid, Reznikov wants the alliance to answer the question - what future does he see for Ukraine: "The NATO Strategic Concept for the next ten years will be adopted. What place will Europe see for Ukraine in the interests of protecting its eastern borders? All of us present here are thinking about updating the security architecture of Europe, at least."

20:13 The NATO leadership says that they will accept Sweden and Finland as soon as possible, but the President of Turkey was on the way. To expand the alliance, the votes of all members are needed. What the international press writes about this is in the article Why Erdogan is against Finland and Sweden in NATO .

20:07 Investigators will interrogate the Ukrainian military from Azovstal, the RF IC said.

20:06 The Coca-Cola plant in Bolshaya Dymerka, Kiev region, will resume work. The company said it plans to restore 100% capacity by the end of May.

19:50 Washington sees no systemic attempts by China to circumvent Western measures to tighten export controls on Russia, US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said.

19:48 Slovakia will send a payment for the supply of Russian gas in euros to an account with Gazprombank, which, in turn, will convert the funds into rubles and credit them to Gazprom's ruble account, Deputy Prime Minister, Economy Minister Richard Sulik said. "We will have nothing to do with the second part of the operation. What is important for us is that we pay in euros to Gazprombank," he explained.

19:36 Zelensky reported on a "long and intense" telephone conversation with Macron: "He spoke about the course of hostilities, the operation to rescue the military from Azovstal and the vision of the prospects for the negotiation process. He touched on the issue of fuel supplies to Ukraine. It was also about defense support from France, the preparation of the sixth package of sanctions, possible ways of exporting Ukrainian agricultural products. We discussed in detail the consideration of our application for obtaining the status of an EU candidate."

19:23 In all regions of Ukraine, mobile teams have been created to monitor chemical, radiation and biological threats, Igor Kuzin, chief medical officer, said. He said that mobile groups would respond quickly to emergencies if the Russians use new banned weapons.

In addition, the teams are engaged in epidemiological well-being in the de-occupied territories - they test drinking water, carry out disinsection, disinfection and deratization, examine the soil, etc. Such work has already been completed 100% in the Kyiv region, 70% in the Chernihiv region and 40% in the Sumy region.

18:58 Putin accused the West of what is happening around Ukraine: "Everything that is happening today, including, unfortunately, around Ukraine, is connected with the ill-conceived policy of the so-called collective West, which for decades has ignored Russia's absolutely legitimate concerns in the field of security his security and encouraged the nationalist neo-fascist elements in the Kiev leadership in every possible way.

Also, according to him, the West allegedly "disregarded the problems that developed in the south-east of Ukraine and, in fact, contributed to the continuation of hostilities initiated by the Kyiv regime for eight years."

18:56 In the Donetsk direction, the Russians are trying to conduct offensive operations along the entire line of collision, shelling settlements from artillery, rocket and bomb strikes from Su-35 aircraft, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reports. In the Severodonetsk direction, with the support of artillery, the occupiers are trying to launch an offensive in the direction of the settlements of Borovenki and Severodonetsk.

In the Bakhmut direction, the enemy tried to break through the defense of the Ukrainian troops, but had no success, retreated. In the Avdeevka direction, the enemy carried out assault operations in order to take control of the section of the Novobakhmutovka-Novoselovka Second road, but was not successful. In the Kurakhovsky direction, with the support of artillery and aviation fire, he is advancing on Novomikhailovka, the fighting continues. Also, the units of the invaders made an unsuccessful attempt to attack in the direction of the settlement of Maryinka.

Enemy ship groupings in the waters of the Black and Azov Seas carry out the tasks of isolating combat areas and blocking civilian navigation. In Crimea, measures are being taken to restore the combat capability of Russian units that have suffered significant losses.

18:48 Dmitry Polyansky, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, said that the Ukrainian military from Azovstal "surrendered without any conditions."

18:39 The head of the Donetsk OVA, Pavel Kirilenko, confirmed the blow to the Knauf building materials plant in Bakhmut. According to him, rescuers are still putting out the fire, no one was injured.

18:31 Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto signed an application for the country's accession to NATO.

18:16 At least seven buses with the Ukrainian military left Azovstal on Tuesday, accompanied by Russian armored vehicles, Reuters reports, citing eyewitnesses.

18:00 The Tverskoy Court of Moscow fined Radio Liberty 18 million rubles for refusing to remove materials about the war in Ukraine and the number of civilians and Russian soldiers killed.

17:57 Russia used long-range missiles from a submarine in the Black Sea to bomb Lviv. The American publication Defense One cites the opinion of military experts who believe that the use of long-range missiles from submarines in the Black Sea may indicate that the Russian Federation is running out of precision-guided missiles.

17:53 The evacuation bus from Lisichansk and Severodonetsk was fired upon by the Russians with Gradami, said the head of the Luhansk OVA Serhiy Gaidai. According to him, patrol officers took 36 people from Severodonetsk and Lisichansk. Near the oil refinery and in the Vladimirovka area, the bus came under fire. "Everyone is alive. They got through. The armored truck is working. Everyone is already safe," he said.

17:49 The representative of the US Treasury at the G7 meeting will propose the EU to impose duties on Russian oil as a faster alternative to a direct oil embargo, writes Reuters. Funds from the payment of the fee can be directed to the Fund for the Reconstruction of Ukraine.

17:47 In Mariupol, the occupiers are imitating Ukrainian military attacks on civilians to shoot propaganda videos. So, near the 33rd school, a checkpoint "disguised" in the form of the Armed Forces of Russia of Russians was set up, the City Council reports. The reburial of the bodies of Mariupol residents killed by the Russian army is taking place nearby, a lot of equipment and cleansing brigades are working. Residents report that the occupiers can arrange provocations with real attacks on the local population.

17:41 Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said that Finland and Sweden will jointly apply to NATO on Wednesday, May 18.

17:38 On May 18, the State Duma of the Russian Federation will consider a draft resolution banning the exchange of "Nazi criminals".

17:37 The Ministry of Justice of Russia asked the Supreme Court to recognize the Ukrainian association of Azov as a terrorist organization. The meeting will take place on May 26, 2022.

17:34 Ukraine for the first time received two important awards in the field of cybersecurity CYBERSEC Award - for the heroic resistance to Russian aggression and the protection of the digital borders of the democratic world. The ceremony was held today at one of the largest cybersecurity events in Europe, the CYBERSEC European Cybersecurity Forum, Fedorov said.

17:22 The Russians launched a missile attack on Bakhmut in the Donetsk region, as a result of which a five-story building was completely destroyed and caught fire, said the head of the OVA, Pavel Kirilenko. According to him, at least one person died, and a nine-year-old child was also seriously injured. It is possible that there are other people under the rubble.

Earlier today, local publics reported a severe fire at the Knauf dry building mix plant in Soledar near Bakhmut.

17:06 The Italian Eni has officially announced that it has begun the procedure for opening a double account with Gazprombank to pay for Russian gas in rubles.

16:48 In Kharkov, the only bank of plants in Ukraine and one of the largest in the world burned down. The seeds of many species have been destroyed, some of which can no longer be restored, said the doctor of agricultural sciences, a leading researcher at the Institute of Plant Industry. Yuryev Sergey Avramenko. According to him, more than 160 thousand samples were kept in the bank for hundreds of years and even survived the Nazi occupation.

16:44 G7 finance ministers plan to meet in Bonn this week to agree on the allocation of 15 billion euros to help Ukraine, Reuters reports citing a senior German official. The package will cover three months with short-term funding primarily in the form of grants, which, unlike loans, do not need to be repaid.

16:35 In the Luhansk region, there is electricity only in one settlement out of 42 controlled by Ukraine, said the head of the OVA Serhiy Gaidai. 818 transformer substations were destroyed or disconnected, 41 settlements are completely de-energized.

In addition, after the occupiers got into the main gas pipeline near Severodonetsk, gas supply remained only approximately in five settlements, in two of them there is gas only in certain areas.

16:27 The "Ministry of Emergency Situations" of the so-called "DPR", referring to the reports of the Ministry of Units of the Russian Federation, working in Mariupol, stated that 12 people were killed during the bombing of the Drama Theater. Even according to the minimum scenario, more than 300 people died there, said Petr Andryushchenko, an adviser to the mayor of Mariupol. “We also understand where the bodies of the rest have gone. They are hidden under numbers in the unmarked mass graves of Mangush,” he wrote.

16:04 Serbia plans to reduce its dependence on Russian gas by 40% in the second half of 2023, the country's Energy Minister Szopan Mihajlovic said. Now Serbia receives all gas only from Russia.

15:59 Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anna Malyar said that the Russians no longer have advantages in the air: "The possibility of air strikes throughout Ukraine remains. If until February 24 it was believed that there was almost no Ukrainian air defense, now we state that the enemy has no advantages in air. It is thanks to the work of air defense. And these are hundreds of thousands of saved lives. "

15:40 The Finnish state energy company Gasum refused to pay for gas in rubles and is filing a lawsuit against Gazprom in International Arbitration because of this requirement.

15:37 Biden on Thursday, May 19, will receive the leaders of Sweden and Finland at the White House to discuss their desire to join NATO.

15:30 The Parliament of Finland voted with 188 votes out of 200 for the country's entry into NATO.

15:16 Russian troops attacked the bridge across the Dniester estuary in the Odessa region for the fifth time, this time they fired two rockets. Repair work will require a long time, but so far they are impossible, as well as the operation of the bridge, the Pivden operational command reports.

15:12 Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Anna Malyar said at a briefing that the proposal of the State Duma of the Russian Federation to ban the possible exchange of Azov fighters for Russian prisoners of war is designed for the Russian audience: "This is a political statement designed for internal propaganda and internal political processes in the Russian Federation. From our side we can say that the negotiation process is ongoing and the rescue operation itself is also ongoing."

14:32 Russia is trying to attract foreign media to create fakes. According to the military intelligence of Ukraine, the Department of Information and Mass Communications of the Russian Defense Ministry is urgently preparing a "press tour" of foreign journalists to the occupied territories of Ukraine. From May 18 to May 21, the invaders plan to show the destroyed areas of Mariupol to the media representatives.

In order to accuse Ukraine of the destruction of the city and the massacres of civilians, Russian propagandists have already brought fragments of Ukrainian ammunition collected from all the occupied regions of the Donetsk region to Mariupol, and they are preparing "local eyewitnesses" brought from Donetsk and Gorlovka who will tell reporters about the "crimes" Ukrainian military in Mariupol.

The so-called "press tour" also includes the departure of the group from Rostov-on-Don and visits by journalists to Kherson, Nova Kakhovka, Skadovsk, Armyansk and Donetsk, where a meeting with Pushilin is scheduled. Moscow is trying to attract media representatives from France, the United States, Germany, Japan, Greece, China, Belarus, India, Venezuela, Bulgaria and the United Arab Emirates to participate in the "press tour".

14:13 The Ukrainian military are advancing in the northern and northeastern direction of the Kharkiv region. Active hostilities are going on in the Volchansk direction, said Oleg Sinegubov, head of the Kharkiv OVA.

13:59 In the Kharkiv region, since May 17, the sale of strong alcoholic beverages has been banned until the end of martial law. The ban does not apply to low-alcohol drinks, the sale of which is allowed from 9:00 to 15:00. In catering establishments, the sale of low-alcohol drinks is allowed until 21:00.

13:42 Podolyak confirmed that the negotiation process between Ukraine and Russia has been suspended. "However, it will be restored, and, it seems to me, Zelensky will be the moderator," said the adviser to the head of the Presidential Office. He also stressed that Ukraine is not going to give anything to "save Putin's face".

13:39 From an air strike on the village of Desna in the Chernihiv region, eight people were killed, 12 were injured , the State Emergency Service reported. The enemy fired on the village with four rockets from aircraft on May 17 at about 5:00.

13:37 Minister of Culture Oleksandr Tkachenko assured that Eurovision 2023 will definitely be held in Ukraine, no spare venues will be looked for.

13:29 In Ukraine, 363 people who have expressed a desire to go to the front have been released under the pardon procedure. According to Minister of Justice Denys Malyuska, they are not going to return them back to prison: “We released only those where we were convinced that such persons did not pose a danger to society. <...> As a rule, this concerned those persons whose sentence was served was in the final stages.

13:25 The massacre in Bucha was carried out by fighters from Rubtsovsk, a city in the Altai Territory, "where there is nothing but zones," said Olga Romanova , a Russian human rights activist and head of the Rus Foundation. Commenting on the information that Russian "volunteers" with serious convictions have been seen in Ukraine, she did not rule out that those who, according to documents, are serving sentences, may also end up in Ukraine. These people can be entrusted with the dirtiest work.

“Many were lured by parole. I wouldn’t be surprised if special, special tasks in this so-called army will be performed by people who have this criminal record and according to the documents they are in prison, this has already happened,” said Romanova in air channel Air .

And although the convicts have the option to refuse such an offer, they are unlikely to want to use it, the human rights activist notes: “The Russian prison is now very pro-Putin, Putin is his boy for the Russian prison, he is a godfather, he speaks this language. this violence. The massacre in Bucha was carried out by fighters from Rubtsovsk, a city in the Altai Territory where there is nothing but zones."

13:14 Mariupol was given under the "patronage" of the Kadyrovites, said the adviser to the mayor of the city, Petr Andryushchenko. According to him, the first working meeting was held today with the participation of the occupation "administration", State Duma deputy Dmitry Sablin (curator of the occupation of Mariupol since 2014), Adam Delimkhanov and Akhmed Dolgaev, who are, in fact, part of the political power of Chechnya.

The meeting participants discussed plans to "restore Mariupol", while the Kadyrovites behaved like masters, and the meeting itself was more like an assessment and inventory of what was left.

13:06 The Embassy of Israel has resumed work in Kiev.

13:05 Podolyak about the defenders of Mariupol: "The 83 days of the defense of Mariupol will go down in history as Thermopylae of the 21st century. The defenders of Azovstal broke the enemy's operational plans to seize the east of Ukraine, pulled back the huge forces of the enemy and proved to the whole world the real "combat capability" of the Russians. This is completely changed the course of the war.

13:02 Zelensky said that he had "productive talks" with Scholz: "We discussed the situation at the front, continued pressure on the Russian Federation, tougher sanctions, prospects for achieving peace. We appreciate Germany's support, including defense support. We count on Germany's further assistance on the path of Ukraine to full EU membership.

12:59 The State Duma of the Russian Federation intends to ban the exchange of Azov military for captured Russians. "Nazi criminals should not be exchanged. They are war criminals, and we must do everything to bring them to justice," said State Duma head Vyacheslav Volodin in response to the proposal of deputy Anatoly Wasserman to ban the exchange of Azov people.

12:54 In the Kharkov region on May 16, the enemy opened fire on the settlements of the Kharkov and Chuguev regions. According to the OVA, ten people were injured in just 24 hours, two died. Fighting continues in the Izyum direction, the invaders are trying to hold their positions and prevent the advance of Ukrainian troops.

12:49 Russians on May 16 fired at one of the districts of Nikolaev with prohibited cluster munitions, the Office of the Prosecutor General reported. As a result of the shelling, one man received shrapnel wounds, residential buildings, cars and urban infrastructure were damaged.

12:23 Law enforcement officers have identified another occupant who raped women in the Kiev region - he turned out to be a 20-year-old radio operator of the 30th separate motorized rifle brigade Bulat Fassakhov, Venediktova said. According to her, this is the second exposed Russian rapist.

12:18 The Russian Foreign Ministry said that there are no negotiations with Ukraine , Kiev has actually withdrawn from this process. According to Lavrov, "Russia has information that the Ukrainian negotiators are being 'led' by Washington and London," and they "want to drag out negotiations with Moscow, hoping to inflict damage and wear down Russia."

12:13 The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced that Ukrainian reserves were destroyed by missiles, "completing combat coordination in training centers near Akhtyrka in the Sumy region and Desna in the Chernihiv region."

12:03 Thousands of cars got stuck at the exit from the Kherson region. People who want to leave for the territory controlled by Ukraine have been standing in a multi-kilometer column near Berislav in the direction of Krivoy Rog for four days. Occupiers at Russian checkpoints do not let them through. Videos are published by Telegram channels .

11:59 Vereshchuk said that "in the interests of saving lives, 52 seriously wounded of our servicemen were evacuated yesterday, after their condition is stabilized, we will exchange them for Russian prisoners of war." Work continues on the next stages of the humanitarian operation.

11:57 The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation confirmed strikes on the Lviv region: sea-based Kalibr missiles near the Starichi station allegedly destroyed "personnel of Ukrainian reserve formations, as well as parties of foreign weapons and military equipment from the United States and European countries, prepared for shipment to Donbass."

11:54 The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation stated that on May 16 "surrender began" of the soldiers of the Azov regiment and the Ukrainian military, blocked at Azovstal in Mariupol. According to Moscow, during the day "265 militants laid down their arms and surrendered, including 51 seriously wounded, all those in need of medical care were sent to the Novoazovsk hospital in the DPR."

In turn, Lavrov said that Russia is ready "to continue to resolve humanitarian issues" in Ukraine, "as it was earlier with the removal of the wounded from Azovstal."

11:41 The enemy has been shelling the border settlements of the Sumy region from the Russian side all morning, the Pivnich Operational Command reports. So, today, at about 8:45 a.m., observers recorded five shots from Russia in the Esmani region, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - 70 explosions in the direction of Boyaro-Lyazhachy, and at about 10:10 a.m. six explosions were recorded in the area of ​​Sopich. There are no losses among personnel and equipment.

11:37 On May 18, residents of Simferopol will take to a peaceful rally against the genocide of the Ukrainian people. The action was initiated by the public organization Zhovta strіchka . Crimeans will take to the streets to condemn the Russian invasion, to honor the memory of the Ukrainian heroes who died in this war, to support the territorial integrity of Ukraine in order to return home - to Ukraine.

11:32 The Kremlin authorities are exponentially punishing the commanders of units and formations of the Russian army for defeats in Ukraine. So, for the loss of the cruiser Moscow, the commander of the Black Sea Fleet, Vice Admiral Igor Osipov, was removed from his post and arrested. Investigative actions were also launched against his first deputy, Vice Admiral Sergei Pinchuk, according to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

Also, Vladislav Ershov, who led the 6th Army of the RF Armed Forces, was removed from his post for unprecedented losses of personnel, weapons and military equipment. For the same reasons, the commander of the 1st Tank Army of the Western Military District, Lieutenant General Sergei Kisel, was removed. "Contrary to the order of the top leadership," the general sent conscripts to carry out punitive operations in Ukraine.

In connection with the unsatisfactory fulfillment of the assigned tasks, the commander of the 22nd Army Corps of the Southern Military District in Crimea, Major General Arkady Marzoev, was removed from his post. The commander of the 103rd separate logistics brigade, Colonel Mikhail Ponomarev, was also removed from his post.

All these demonstrative punishments only contribute to the spread of distrust among Russians in their commanders, Ukrainian military intelligence notes.

11:24 Ukraine has already agreed with the EU countries on building alternative routes for the supply of Ukrainian food exports to world markets, Kuleba said.

11:18 Ukraine is opening a Diya.Business center in Warsaw - the first abroad, said Mikhail Fedorov, head of the Ministry of Digital Development. He said that he went with the team to a series of international meetings and events in Europe, and the main point of the trip was "Let's lead the delegation of Ukraine at the World Economic Forum in Davos, present to the whole world a digital Ukraine, which is without unnecessary bureaucracy and all in two clicks."

11:13 Scholz sees no signs of a quick end to the war in Ukraine. Moreover, he is concerned about a possible escalation. In an interview with RTL, the chancellor said that he personally asked Putin how long the war would last. So far, the Russian side has not taken steps to reach a peace agreement, he added.

"We must be able to make smart, very conscious, and also very courageous decisions. And we made them," Scholz said and promised further arms supplies to Ukraine, in particular Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns.

11:09 Peskov denied Turkish media reports about Putin's upcoming visit to Ankara.

11:07 Canada is ready to send cargo ships to transport Ukrainian grain, Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said. She clarified that many routes are being discussed with European, American and Canadian agencies. "We are also in contact with other jurisdictions - from Poland to Romania, the Baltic countries and Turkey," the Foreign Minister added.

11:04 Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde signed an application for the country's entry into NATO.

10:57 American M777 howitzers are helping Ukrainians to strengthen their counteroffensive, Pentagon official said: “You can already see how Ukrainians can go on a counteroffensive. In Donbass, they have returned several cities that the Russians captured earlier. And in Kharkiv, this is a great example of what they are doing more than just defending the city. Now they are pushing the Russians east and north, and we believe that howitzers are particularly affecting this, especially in Kharkov."

The Pentagon spokesman added that the M777 is not the only weapon that allows the Armed Forces to conduct a counteroffensive effectively.

10:53 Germany donated 2,450 RGW-90 disposable anti-tank grenade launchers, 1,600 DM22 anti-tank grenade launchers and 3,000 DM31 anti-tank mines to Ukraine, writes Spiegel. Information about new deliveries was confirmed to the publication in Ukrainian government circles.

Ukraine ordered and paid for the RGW-90 anti-tank weapon, which is called the Matador in the Bundeswehr, directly from the German manufacturer. Anti-tank mines apparently come from the stocks of the Bundeswehr. Berlin delivered to Ukraine mainly anti-tank weapons, armored vehicles, ammunition of various calibers and explosives. The supply lists also include 15 weapons to destroy bunkers. Deliveries of heavy weapons have not yet begun.

10:47 In Mariupol, the regime of silence is still maintained, adviser to the mayor of the city Petr Andryushchenko told Radio Liberty. According to him, yesterday the Russian forces still tried to storm Azovstal, but then negotiations began. "As far as I understand, a regime of silence has been declared, and so far, as far as we know, it has not been violated by any of the parties," Andryushchenko said.

10:31 Turkey is expecting Putin's visit in the coming days, local publications write.

10:18 The European Commission plans to adopt a document on May 18 that will call on EU member states to intensify preparations for a "complete cessation of Russian gas supplies", considering emergency measures such as a temporary cap on gas prices, writes Euractiv.

10:15 Positional war in Ukraine may drag on for 2-3 years, adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Viktor Andrusiv said in a commentary to the Country. The most likely scenario, in his opinion, is that the Ukrainian troops will be able to liberate some territories, while the Russians will defend some. In this case, by September the war will become positional.

The expert is inclined to believe that the hot phase of the war with a large number of shelling, rocket attacks and deaths will end before September 2022. And the positional war will drag on for at least two years, and its outcome will depend both on the sanctions pressure on Russia (which it will feel in full only in two years), and on the internal political situation in the Russian Federation.

In turn, his colleague Anton Gerashchenko urged not to hope that Russia is about to fall apart. In his opinion, "it takes 3, 4, 5 months and a lot of weapons to defeat Russia by military means."

10:07 Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi called the nighttime missile attack on the Yavorivsky district one of the largest in terms of the number of missiles. According to him, there were two waves of missile attacks, all missiles were shot down. However, in one of the villages of the Yavorivsky district, fragments of a rocket partially damaged a railway infrastructure facility, glass flew out in neighboring houses. This happened in a 20-kilometer zone to the border with the EU.

10:01 German Finance Minister Christian Lindner does not exclude the confiscation of the funds of the Russian Federation frozen by the West and their use for the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine. According to him, this issue is being discussed in the EU and the G7, separate proposals are already on the table.

09:58 On the night of May 17, a Russian cruise missile was destroyed by a unit of anti-aircraft missile forces of the Pivden air command, the Command of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported. The missile was fired by a strategic bomber that attacked Ukraine from the Caspian direction. She moved towards the western regions.

09:55 At night, the enemy launched a missile attack on the infrastructure facility of the Lviv railway in the Yavoriv district. The explosion damaged the railway infrastructure, there were no reports of injuries or deaths. Previously, the missiles were flying from the east, said the head of the OVA Maxim Kozitsky. Air defense also shot down three cruise missiles.

09:34 On Akhtyrka of the Sumy region this morning Russian troops launched a missile attack. Five rockets hit residential buildings and a kindergarten, five people were injured, said Dmitry Zhivitsky, head of the OVA.

09:19 The command of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that tonight the enemy launched a missile attack on infrastructure facilities in the Lviv region. Three cruise missiles were destroyed by air defense units. They attacked the Lviv region from the southeast with sea-based cruise missiles.

09:14 The General Staff announced the approximate combat losses of the enemy on the morning of May 17. The enemy suffered the greatest losses over the past day in the Liman and Zaporozhye directions.

  • personnel - about 27,900 (+200) people liquidated,

  • tanks - 1235 (+7),

  • armored combat vehicles - 3009 (+35),

  • artillery systems - 578 (+1),

  • MLRS - 198 (+3),

  • air defense systems - 90 (+1),

  • aircraft - 201 (+1),

  • helicopters - 167 (+2),

  • UAV operational-tactical level - 436 (+9),

  • cruise missiles - 97 (+0),

  • ships/boats - 13 (+0),

  • automotive equipment and tankers - 2109 (+8),

  • special equipment - 43 (+1).

08:55 Free travel in public transport cost Kiev 500 million hryvnia per month, Klitschko said. He explained that the return of paid travel was a forced decision, but they would not increase tariffs.

08:53 The governor of the Kursk region announced the shelling of the village of Alekseevka, bordering Ukraine, in the Glushkovsky district. Three private houses and a school building were damaged, there were no casualties, "the shelling was quickly suppressed by return fire from border guards."

08:50 In the Kiev region near Makarov, Buchansky district, the police found the bodies of three civilians killed by Russian invaders. Two were killed in the head, one in the stomach. Documents of one of the victims were found at the burial place - he was a citizen of the Czech Republic. The identity of the rest has not been established, but they were in civilian clothes.

08:46 British intelligence predicts that Russia will continue to rely on the massive use of artillery in this war, which will become the main offensive in the Donbass. As an example, analysts cite the Chernihiv region, where 3,500 buildings, mostly residential, were damaged during the Russian offensive. Intelligence also considers this a sign of unwillingness to risk their aircraft to deliver more accurate strikes.

08:41 In the Luhansk region, the Russians fired at the hospital and the building of the research and production association Impulse in Severodonetsk, launched airstrikes in the Popasnaya area. As a result, ten people died, three were injured, said the head of the OVA, Sergei Gaidai.

08:36 In the Chernihiv region, the invaders fired at the village of Desna this morning, the head of the OVA Vyacheslav Chaus said. Previously, there are dead and many wounded.

08:27 According to the American Institute for the Study of War, Russian troops near Kharkov are afraid of the advance of Ukrainian troops into the zone from which the artillery of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will reach the outskirts of Russian Belgorod. For this reason, the occupiers around Kharkov are trying to hold their positions and prevent the advance of the Armed Forces of Ukraine further north, which is different from their previous retreat from Kyiv, Chernihiv and Sumy.

08:01 Of the 106 operational battalion tactical groups that Russia deployed in Ukraine, more than 50 are concentrated in the south, the Pentagon said. On May 9, the Pentagon reported the presence of 97 BTGs in Ukraine.

07:39 Russian troops have concentrated their main efforts in the Donetsk direction, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said in the morning report . They don't have success. In the Severodonetsk direction, in the area of ​​\u200b\u200bthe settlement of Sirotino, during the hostilities, the enemy suffered losses and retreated. Near Bakhmut, the Russians also tried to carry out offensive operations, which were unsuccessful.

07:10 Ukraine manages to redeem Zaporozhye and Kherson activists from the Russian occupiers, Mustafa Dzhemilev said: “Now the question is how to take these activists out. of our fellow citizens. It starts from $250 and more. Depending on who you negotiate with. Not all of them are possible. For example, I managed to ransom seven people."

06:57 Greenpeace activists did not let a tanker with fuel from Russia into the British port. The Andromeda tanker, carrying what was believed to be 33,000 tons of Russian diesel fuel, was about to dock in Essex, but activists who stood on the pier with an anti-war poster turned around and is now anchored near Marghita. The tanker was carrying fuel worth £30m, Reuters reported. At the same time, the publication notes that the Andromeda tanker is Greek.

06:40 US Senators are drafting a bill that would allow courts to hear war crimes cases even if neither party is a US citizen.

04:26 Borrell said that the EU is working to help take out the Ukrainian grain blocked by the Russians by trains through the "corridors of solidarity."

04:04 OK Pivden reported that a composition of fuels and lubricants near Chernobyevka was destroyed by rocket artillery fire. 29 people were liquidated, the Strela-10 anti-aircraft missile system, the T-72 tank and other armored vehicles were destroyed.

03:51 In the Lviv region, the Russians again fired at a military infrastructure facility on the territory of the Yavorivsky district, said the head of the OVA Maxim Kozitsky: "Thanks to the air defense for the work! Again, a military infrastructure facility was fired at on the territory of the Yavorivsky district, almost on the border with Poland."

03:37 The US Air Force reported a successful test of a hypersonic weapon.

03:23 The US Senate voted for the final consideration of the project on the allocation of assistance to Ukraine in the amount of $40 billion. The main voting can take place as early as Wednesday, May 18.

00:40 The Ministry of Defense explained what order the Azov regiment was talking about: “The Mariupol garrison completed its combat mission . Ukraine and the whole world - to save the lives of the defenders of Mariupol."

Among the defenders of Mariupol - a separate detachment of special forces Azov, the 12th brigade of the National Guard of Ukraine, the 36th separate brigade of the Marine Corps, border guards, policemen, volunteers, the terrorist defense of Mariupol.

Holding positions on Azovstal, they did not allow the enemy to transfer a group of 17 battalion tactical groups (about 20,000 personnel) to other areas, the Defense Ministry said. Thus, they prevented the implementation of the plan for the rapid capture of Zaporozhye, reaching the administrative border of the Donetsk and Zaporozhye regions and creating conditions for encircling the JFO group.

Pinning down the main enemy forces around Mariupol made it possible to prepare and create defensive lines on which Ukrainian troops are still today and give a worthy rebuff to the aggressor. Ukraine received critically needed time to form reserves, regroup forces, and receive assistance from partners.

00:25 264 Ukrainian soldiers were evacuated from Azovstal, all of them in the territory not controlled by Ukraine , said Deputy Defense Minister Anna Malyar: “53 seriously wounded were evacuated from Azovstal to a medical facility in Novoazovsk to provide them with medical care. Another 211 people were delivered through the humanitarian corridor to Elenovka. For their further return home, an exchange procedure will be carried out."

According to Malyar, the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the National Guard and the Border Guard Service are jointly carrying out activities to rescue the fighters who still remain on the territory of the blocked plant.

00:19 Zelensky confirmed the evacuation from Azovstal: "Thanks to the actions of the Ukrainian military - the Armed Forces of Ukraine, intelligence, the negotiating group, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN, we hope that we will be able to save the lives of our guys. Among them are seriously wounded, they are being helped. <. ..> The operation to rescue the defenders of Mariupol has begun to bring the guys home, the work continues, and this work requires delicacy and time."

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From the Russian Perspective: Operation on Denazification of Ukraine: operational summary May 17th (updated)
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[NewsFrontInfo] 00:06 Right now, crowds of Azov and Azov fighters are climbing literally from all the cracks in the ruins of Azovstal, DPR fighters participating in the reception of prisoners report.

“Large forces of the troops of the DPR and Russia have been assembled on the spot, special groups of the Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the DPR are taking prisoners,” our people report from the scene.

17:03 The Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation asked the Supreme Court to recognize Azov as a terrorist organization and ban its activities in Russia. This will make it possible to judge the militants by the fact of their belonging to the battalion. The final decision may be made on May 26.

15:04 Near Chernihiv, an air strike was carried out on the Desna training center of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The local administration claims at least eight militants killed.

13:20 The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation in Ukraine (05/17/2022). In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, the following have been destroyed:

  • 168 aircraft;

  • 125 helicopters;

  • 912 unmanned aerial vehicles;

  • 309 anti-aircraft missile systems;

  • 3,134 tanks and other armored fighting vehicles;

  • 385 multiple launch rocket systems;

  • 1,542 field artillery and mortar guns;

  • 2,983 units of special military vehicles.

13:15 The Russian military in the Kharkiv region destroyed a traction power substation that ensured the delivery of APU weapons and military equipment from the United States and Western countries to the Donbass.

11:55 Ukrainian negotiators are "led" by Washington and London, Lavrov said.

11:50 Russia is ready to continue to resolve humanitarian issues in Ukraine, as it was earlier with the removal of the wounded from Azovstal - Lavrov.

11:13 Russian humanitarian aid has been delivered to the village of Velyka Belozerka, Zaporozhye region.

11:05 Peskov about the special operation in Ukraine:

We are sure that we will win. Putin knows where he is leading the country. Ukrainians are talented, peaceful people, a people related to Russia, but they were “fooled” for a very long time - Peskov.

11:00 Territorial defense units are deployed to the settlements of Grabovskoye, Pokrovka, Slavgorod and Popovka of the Sumy region bordering on Russia. Military personnel are equipping fortified areas in close proximity to residential buildings. Ammunition and fuel are transported from warehouses in Mezenovka.

10:11 The Ukronazi missile attack on Lviv hit the railway infrastructure. This was reported by the head of the Lviv city administration Maxim Kozivitsky. There were no reports of injuries or deaths.

09:36 Commander of the Central Military District, Colonel-General Alexander Lapin handed overstate awards to servicemen who showed courage and heroism during a special military operation.

“Today it is a great honor for me to congratulate you on high state awards. I wish you all the successful solution of all assigned combat missions. Take care of yourself and your subordinates. Only forward and only to victory. Thank you, brothers,” said Colonel General Alexander Lapin, addressing the military.

Among the awards given to the servicemen are the Order of Military Merit, medals of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland with swords, Suvorov and Zhukov.

08:11 At night, an air raid alert sounded in almost all regions of Ukraine.

08:02 There were arrivals to Lviv at night. The most powerful since the beginning of the special operation.

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Perspective from the Breakaway Republics: Invasion of Ukraine: May 17th, 2022
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[NewsFrontInfo] 23:25 The representative office of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) at the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire reported that "shelling was recorded from the AFU in the direction of:

— n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Yasinovataya: 20 missiles fired from the BM-21 Grad,
— n.p. Nevelskoye - Donetsk: 20 missiles were fired from the BM-21 Grad.

23:00 Five DPR servicemen were killed in a day, another 22 were injured, said Eduard Basurin, deputy head of the People's Militia Department of the DPR.

21:30 According to the operational line of the DPR JCCC, information was received about the wounding of 3 civilians as a result of the shelling of the AFU on the previously liberated territory of the Republic:

n.p. Pavlovka: - a man born in 1954.
n.p. Gnutovo: is a man born in 1969.
n.p. Mariupol: - a man born in 1984.

21:23 Gorlovka again under the fire of Ukrainian punishers

Ukrainian militants continue to strike at civilians in Donbass. As a result of the shelling of the Gorlovka residential area "Komsomolets", a civilian resident of Gorlovka on the street received a mine-explosive injury. Lyubimenko. The victim was promptly taken to the hospital.

20:02 Information was received through the operational line of the DPR JCCC about damage as a result of VFU shelling at n.p. Gorlovka at the following addresses:

- st. Shashurina - damaged gas pipeline;
- st. Neverova - Vocational School No. 88;
- st. Vlasenko - the garages of the Sputnik car cooperative were damaged.

19:14 Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation: Russian investigators will interrogate the surrendered militants from Azovstal as part of the investigation of criminal cases on the crimes of the Ukrainian regime against the civilian population of Donbass.

18:56 Militants of the Azov group*, blocked at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol, surrendered without conditions - Russian Deputy Chairman to the UN Polyansky.

17:57 VFU is shelling the urban-type settlement of Panteleymonovka in Gorlovka. Shell explosions are reported in the area of ​​the park area, cemetery, and highway. Residents in the immediate vicinity of the shelling area are strongly advised to find shelter!

17:24 Shelling from the side of the VFU was recorded in the following directions:

n.p. Leninskoye - n.p. Gorlovka (settlement sh-you named after Gagarin): nine mines were fired with a caliber of 120mm;
n.p. Dzerzhinsk (sh-ta Yuzhnaya) - n.p. Gorlovka: seven shells of 122mm caliber were fired.

17:20 Air defense worked over Makiivka.

17:15 In the private sector of the Gorlovka housing estate Komsomolets, a direct hit of a Ukrainian shell on a house on the street was recorded. Kovpak, 26 without subsequent ignition.

Fortunately, no casualties.

In the area of ​​​​the garages of the autocooperative "Kometa", in the village of Komarova, as a result of shelling from the positions of the VFU, a flare burning of the gas pipeline is observed. Emergency services and the Ministry of Emergency Situations will begin to eliminate the consequences after the end of the shelling.

Affected as a result of the aggression of the VFU, a resident of the residential area "Komsomolets" S. I. D., born in 1969 delivered to City Hospital No. 2 Gorlovka in a state of moderate severity.

17:10 About 4,000 residents previously evacuated from Volnovakha returned to the city after it came under the control of the Donetsk People's Republic - acting head of the city administration Konstantin Zinchenko.

17:04 Fire was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction:

n.p. Novgorodskoye - n.p. Gorlovka: 10 shells of 122mm caliber were fired.

16:35 As a result of the shelling of the Gorlovka residential area "Komsomolets" from the VFU, a civilian resident of Gorlovka on the street received a mine-explosive injury. Lyubimenko. The ambulance went to the address.

16:30 LPR will completely switch to the phone code +7 in July - Lugacom mobile operator.

16:13 People's militia of the LPR freed Orekhovo!

15:20 Military investigators of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, within the framework of a criminal case initiated by the circumstances of the shelling of the Ukrainian Armed Forces of residential buildings and infrastructure in Donetsk, inspected a residential building located in the Petrovsky district on the street. Stakhanov.

14:46 The Knauf factory in Soledar is on fire. A powerful column of smoke rises above the city.

14:34 Footage from Taganrog: a convoy of FSIN paddy wagons passed through the streets of the city, escorted by a military police car.

Apparently, the first batches of those who surrendered in the Mariupol "Azovstal" are already in detention centers on Russian territory.

14:17 According to the operational line of the JCCC DPR, information was received about damage as a result ofshellingVFU n.p. Yasinovataya at the addresses:

- st. Krasny Oktyabr, 39 - a private residential building;
- st. Lermontov, 20 - GBPOU "Yasinovatsky multidisciplinary technical school";
- st. Festivalnaya, 5 - apartment building;
- st. Skripnika, 91 - MOU "School №1 of the city of Yasinovataya";
- 55 quarter, d.2, d.3 - multi-apartment residential buildings.

13:28 "The Nazis of Azov asked not to film or photograph the evacuation." And then it is too similar to surrender.

13:10 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction of the settlement.

Nevelskoye - n.p. Lozovoe: fired five mines with 82mm caliber, 5 LNG grenades.

13:02 From the side of the armed formations of Ukraine shelling from the direction of N of the item is recorded.

Vrubovka on n.p. Pervomaisk with the use of artillery guns 152mm (six shells) - Representation of the Luhansk People's Republic in the JCCC.

12:35 On May 16, rescuers of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the DPR in Mariupol issued humanitarian aid to the population in the form of 8,380 sets, of which:

food packages - 4,150 units;
hygiene kits — 4,150 units;
children's sets - 80 units.
5,321 people were provided with hot meals.

12:30 The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation in Ukraine (17.05.2022)

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

  • 168 aircraft;

  • 125 helicopters;

  • 912 unmanned aerial vehicles;

  • 309 anti-aircraft missile systems;

  • 3134 tanks and other armored fighting vehicles;

  • 385 multiple launch rocket systems;

  • 1542 field artillery and mortar guns;

  • 2983 units of special military vehicles.

12:09 Afternoon summary of Headquarters of the Territorial Defense of the DPR on May 17, 2022

In the course of the joint operation of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, the DPR and the LPR to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine, the group of DPR troops continues to liberate () the settlements of the Donetsk People's Republic, which were previously under the control of the VFU.

Novoselovka Second came under our control.

11:50 The Gorlovka direction of the NM of the DPR is hitting the 30th Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

11:40 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction:

n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Yasinovataya: 10 missiles fired from the BM-21 Grad.

11:35 DPR troops, with fire support from the RF Armed Forces, liberated 185 settlements, including Novoselovka Vtoraya (Yasinovatsky district).

11:30 According to preliminary information, some of the Azov soldiers who surrendered have already been taken to correctional institutions of the DPR for further investigative actions. Those who are involved in crimes against civilians of the DPR will be tried as war criminals.

11:20 Shelling from the side of the VFU was recorded in the following directions:

n.p. Novomikhailovka - n.p. Dokuchaevsk: five missiles fired from BM-21 Grad.
n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Vasilievka: four shells of 122mm caliber were fired.

11:10 There is a group of Ukrainian soldiers numbering 15-16,000 people in the cauldron near Severodonetsk and Lisichansk in the LPR - the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the republic.

11:02 The headquarters of the territorial defense of the DPR said that so far 256 people have surrendered at Azovstal, of which 51 are wounded.

10:36 In the area of ​​the settlement of Novozvanovka, units of the NM of the LPR, with fire support from the RF Armed Forces, successfully cleared enemy fortified areas. The nationalists suffered significant losses in manpower and armored vehicles.

10:25 Ukrainian artillery has been shelling the village of Yelenovka near Donetsk with Grads since the morning. It is through this settlement that the prisoners of Azov are transported from Azovstal.

Looks like a deliberate attempt to destroy their own surrendered unit.

10:10 Over the past day, from 08:00 on May 15 to 08:00 on May 16, 544 people, including 74 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.

In total, for the period from March 5 to 08:00 on May 17, 33,182 people were evacuated to the Bezymennoye PPN.

09:55 The corridor for the delivery of new inmates from under the Azovstal plant was opened. There are many buses to receive them. For Kyiv, this is a corridor of shame.

09:25 Reception has begun at the polyclinic of the State Budgetary Institution "City Hospital #2 in Mariupol". On the left bank of the city of Mariupol, an appointment has been started at the polyclinic of the State Budgetary Institution "City Hospital # 2 of Mariupol", located at the address: Pashkovsky St., 36, by the following specialists:
- pediatrician;
– obstetrician-gynecologist;
- traumatologist;
– doctor of ultrasound diagnostics;
- pediatric surgeon;
- cardiologist;
- therapist;
- Dermatovenereologist.

The inpatient departments of the hospital are preparing to open.

09:15 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction:

n.p. Krasnogorovka - n.p. Donetsk (Petrovsky district): six shells of 122mm caliber were fired.

09:01 Samara region will sign a cooperation agreement with the city of Snezhnoye. This was reported by the press service of the government of the region.

08:54 Fire was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction:

n.p. Krasnogorovka - n.p. Donetsk (Petrovsky district): four shells of 122mm caliber were fired.

08:45 OBTF DNR denacifies Azovstal.

08:15 As a result of yesterday's shelling of the VFU of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk, two more civilians were injured: a man born in 1980. and a woman born in 1992 - Representation of the DPR in the JCCC.

08:10 Armed formations of Ukraine fired from N of the item. Novgorodskoye - n.p. Panteleymonovka: 10 122mm shells were fired.

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

n.p. Avdievka - Donetsk (Kuybyshevsky district): six shells of 122mm caliber were fired.
n.p. Novgorodskoye - n.p. Panteleymonovka: eight 122mm rounds were fired.
n.p. Krasnogorovka - Donetsk (Petrovsky district): four shells of 122mm caliber were fired.
n.p. Krasnogorovka - n.p. Aleksandrovka: four shells of 122mm caliber were fired.
n.p. Avdievka - Donetsk (Kuibyshevsky district): four shells of 122mm caliber were fired.
n.p. Krasnogorovka - Donetsk (Petrovsky district): six shells of 122mm caliber were fired.
n.p. Krasnogorovka - Donetsk (Petrovsky district): two shells of 152mm caliber were fired.
n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Yasinovataya: eight BM-21 Grad missiles were fired.
n.p. Krasnogorovka - Donetsk (Petrovsky district): five shells fired 122mm caliber

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Khodakovsky: another thousand militants from Azovstal are expected to be taken prisoner
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[REGNUM] According to the plan for May 17, 2022, about 1,000 Ukrainian neo-Nazis and military personnel who hid in the basements of the Azovstal plant in the city of Mariupol of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) should surrender. This was stated by the commander of the Vostok battalion of the People's Militia of the DPR, Alexander Khodakovsky , on the air of the 60 Minutes program on the Rossiya 1 TV channel.

However, so far the plan has not been fulfilled - the number of militants who have laid down their arms is lower than planned.

“Today's target is 1,000 people a day. Until we deal with it. From the northern side, we observed 250 people passing by our positions. There is such a system that guides lead groups out, come back and bring out a new one. Almost everyone is walking, there are few wounded , ”said Khodakovsky.

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Retired Russian colonel speaks out on Russian TV
More on this story from yesterday, though the Daily Mail spelt his name as Mikhail Khodaryonok.
BLUF:
[BBC] Russia's mainstream media outlets offer a view of the Ukraine war that is unlike anything seen from outside of the country. For a start, they don't even call it a war. But our Russia editor reflects on a rare exchange broadcast on state TV.
It was an extraordinary piece of television.

The programme was 60 Minutes, the flagship twice-daily talk show on Russian state TV: studio discussion that promotes the Kremlin line on absolutely everything, including on President Putin's so-called "special military operation" in Ukraine.

But on Monday night, studio guest Mikhail Khodarenok, a military analyst and retired colonel, painted a very different picture.

He warned that "the situation [for Russia] will clearly get worse" as Ukraine receives additional military assistance from the West and that "the Ukrainian army can arm a million people".

Referring to Ukrainian soldiers, he noted: "The desire to defend their motherland very much exists. Ultimate victory on the battlefield is determined by the high morale of troops who are spilling blood for the ideas they are ready to fight for.

"The biggest problem with [Russia's] military and political situation," he continued, "is that we are in total political isolation and the whole world is against us, even if we don't want to admit it. We need to resolve this situation.

"The situation cannot be considered normal when against us, there is a coalition of 42 countries and when our resources, military-political and military-technical, are limited."
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#1  Looks like Badanov's god, Vladimir Putin, has seen the handwriting on the wall and is preparing his robotic citizens for the reality, Ukraine is whipping Russia's murderous ass.
Posted by: Omineling Forkbeard1962 || 05/18/2022 11:01 Comments || Top||

#2  "Murderous ass"
🤡

While you were sleeping, the Azov Nazi Battalion surrendered, Mariupol fell, and Russia completed its domination of the entire southern coast all the way to Crimea. The land bridge is complete.
Posted by: Bill Unogum2518 || 05/18/2022 11:18 Comments || Top||

#3  So is the enormous ruination of much of your economy and national prestige. Enjoy your new Chinese friends and their expectations!
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 05/18/2022 11:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Not mine. Although it's true that my little country's being crushed by America's stupid sanctions. Yours, too, I'd wager.

Stagflation, here we come!
Posted by: Bill Unogum2518 || 05/18/2022 11:43 Comments || Top||

#5  the enormous ruination of much of your our economy and national prestige. We enjoy your our elite's Chinese friends and their expectations!

FIFY
Posted by: Hunter Pelosi9267 || 05/18/2022 12:06 Comments || Top||

#6  When you've lost your cheerleaders at the New York Times, you know the end is nigh:

NY Times shifts pro-war narrative

Documenting failure of American policy in Ukraine, the paper suggests the US end its proxy war on Russia
By JOHN WALSH
May 16, 2022
AsiaTimes
Posted by: Hunter Pelosi9267 || 05/18/2022 12:24 Comments || Top||

#7  The only "pro-war" people are Putin and his fan-boys. He started the war; he can end it.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/18/2022 16:17 Comments || Top||

#8  ^ Well, he wiped out the Nazis in Mariupol, so now he can go home. Mission accomplished, washing machines stolen!
Posted by: Matt || 05/18/2022 16:45 Comments || Top||

#9  Seems to me the entire MSM and political establishment here in the US is "pro war," on the taxpayers' backs.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/18/2022 17:07 Comments || Top||

#10  /\ Well, if the last 50-60 years is any indication...., yes.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/18/2022 17:24 Comments || Top||

#11  The only "pro-war" people are Putin and his fan-boys

I dunno. Was it Austin or Blinken (or both?) who said something about this being an opportunity to bleed the Russians. That suggests a certain enthusiasm.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/18/2022 18:45 Comments || Top||

#12  Have they noticed that be escalating this war, they're shedding more Ukrainian than Russian blood? If so, do they care?

Sick bastards. Let's see what their attitude toward "bleeding" is when it's their own children's or brothers' and sisters' blood that's being spilled.
Posted by: Neville Grumble6683 || 05/18/2022 19:34 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
America's largest defense contractors have extensive ties to the Chinese government and military
[THEBLAZE] Several of the largest defense contractors in the U.S. have extensive ties to the government of China and the Communist Chinese Party.

Raytheon, Bell Flight, and Boeing — three of the nation’s most prolific defense contractors — continue to maintain close relationships with firms that conduct business with the Chinese government. Fox News reported that Lockheed Martin has business interests in China.

Issac Stone Fish, the CEO and founder of Strategy Risks, a China risk consultancy company, warned that these defense contractors’ relationships with the Chinese government present severe risks for the U.S.

Fish said, "Doing a relatively significant amount of business in China changes the risk profile now more than ever for any U.S. company, whether for compliance, cyber, reputation, security or other risks."

"Those risks are particularly critical for companies that safeguard U.S. national defense and security," he continued. "U.S. defense contractors need to better understand their risk exposure to China and the Chinese Communist Party, so they can reduce their China risks to better serve the needs of the U.S. military and national security."

Two of Raytheon’s subsidiary companies, Pratt & Whitney (P&W) and Collins Aerospace Systems, have ties to the Chinese military, the People’s Liberation Army.

P&W is a prominent player in the Chinese market and maintains offices in Shanghai and Beijing. P&W also reportedly powers two-fifths of China’s civilian helicopters with its engine technology. The company also manufactures engines for the Chinese state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, which is intimately tied to the People’s Liberation Army.

P&W also has joint ventures with Chinese companies including China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC) and Xi’an Aircraft.

AVIC is a conglomerate owned by the Chinese government and is tied to the People’s Liberation Army. It was previously placed on the Treasury Department’s Non-SDN Chinese Military-Industrial Complex Companies List and the Commerce Department’s Entity List.

Collins Aerospace Systems, Raytheon’s other subsidiary in China, has more than 15 locations and nine joint ventures in the Chinese mainland.

The company’s website said, "For close to 40 years, Collins Aerospace has been demonstrating our commitment to China. Our growing presence in China has been made possible by our company’s significant investments in the country as well as strong corporate and personal relationships that have been formed over the last three decades."

Bell Trexton, another contractor that produces military-grade aircraft, has a whole page on its website dedicated to its "China Service Center."

Bell’s website says, "Zhenjiang Bell Textron Aviation Services Center offers comprehensive maintenance, repair and overhaul services to our customers in the Greater China region, including Macao, Hong Kong, and Mongolia. Our in-country product and customer support engineers will ensure your aircraft is ready and operational at all times."
Who could have possibly known ?
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#1  I am so confused.

Washington Examiner - Janet Yellen urges West to band together against Chinese economic clout
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/18/2022 1:12 Comments || Top||

#2  ^ you do that by debasing the currency and issue paper without backing in the trillions? aka Modern Economic Theory
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/18/2022 8:51 Comments || Top||


Europe
Rider Abandons Giro d'Italia After Hitting Self In Eye With Champagne Cork
Poor bastard - his first big win in a Grand Tour and he hits himself in the eye with the cork from the celebration champagne bottle. First time I've ever heard something like that.

Biniam Girmay's celebrations on the podium after winning stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia have turned out to be race ending, with the Eritrean confirming on Wednesday morning that he won't be lining up for stage 11.

On Tuesday, Girmay was opening the traditional large bottle of sparkling wine during the podium ceremony when the cork flew out and hit his left eye. According to a statement from the Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux team, he has suffered a hemorrhage in the anterior chamber of the left eye.

Girmay was assessed on the scene in Jesi and taken to hospital for checks before returning to his team’s hotel to celebrate his victory, although a decision on his continued participation in the Giro was scheduled for the following morning.

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#1  Never set the legend of The Dread Biker Roberts with that attitude.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/18/2022 14:33 Comments || Top||

#2  There are worse places to be hit by a Champagne cork believe me. But that's a story for another day.
Posted by: jpal || 05/18/2022 15:23 Comments || Top||


Government Corruption
US sues casino mogul 'Republican' Steve Wynn to compel him to register as an agent of China
[Guardian] The US Department of Justice on Tuesday sued Steve Wynn, the billionaire former casino mogul and senior Republican fund raiser, to compel him to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act as an agent of China.

The department said Wynn, 80, had contacted then-US president Donald Trump and members of his Republican administration in 2017 to convey China’s request to cancel the visa of or otherwise remove a Chinese businessperson who had sought political asylum in the United States.

In a statement the Department of Justice said it was seeking to compel Wynn to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (Fara) as the agent of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and a senior official of the PRC’s Ministry of Public Security (MPS).

"The filing of this suit — the first affirmative civil lawsuit under Fara in more than three decades — demonstrates the department’s commitment to ensuring transparency in our democratic system," said assistant attorney general Matthew Olsen of the justice department’s national security division. "Where a foreign government uses an American as its agent to influence policy decisions in the United States, Fara gives the American people a right to know."
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#2  Was Wynn paid? I doubt it
Posted by: Frank G || 05/18/2022 6:45 Comments || Top||

#3  When is Biden gonna register as 1?
Posted by: Chris || 05/18/2022 8:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Selective enforcement yet again as a method of political intimidation and suppression. Why does it overwhelmingly seem to affect only one side of the political divide?
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 05/18/2022 11:27 Comments || Top||


Hunter Biden-Linked Firm Admits To Foreign Lobbying
[Free Beacon] A Democratic consulting firm linked to Hunter Biden registered with the Department of Justice as a foreign agent of Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings.

The founders of Blue Star Strategies said in filings under the Foreign Agents Registration Act that they arranged two meetings in 2016 between State Department officials and an attorney of Burisma owner Nikolai Zlochevsky. The founders of the firm, Sally Painter and Karen Tramontano, sought to assess the government's position towards Zlochevsky, who was under an international bribery investigation. They began working for Burisma in late 2015 after an introduction from Hunter Biden. Biden's work for the scandal-plagued Burisma drew scrutiny at the time because his father served as the United States' government's chief liaison to Ukraine.

The filing could mark a significant development in a federal investigation into Biden and his cronies' foreign business dealings. Federal prosecutors are reportedly probing Hunter Biden's work in Ukraine and China. Prosecutors have also reportedly investigated whether Painter and Tramontano, who served in the Clinton administration, violated foreign agent laws by failing to disclose their work for Burisma.

Biden, who joined Burisma's board in April 2014, has claimed his job was to advise the company on international energy deals. But emails from his abandoned laptop show he played a key role in Burisma's public relations efforts in the West. Biden served as the middleman between Burisma and Blue Star for a consulting deal to burnish Burisma's reputation in the eyes of U.S. government officials.

Blue Star's retroactive foreign agent disclosure could be related to the looming federal investigation, or even be part of a settlement deal with prosecutors. The firm said it is registering its work for Burisma "pursuant to guidance from Department of Justice personnel."

According to the foreign agent filing, Blue Star Strategies set up meetings for Zlochevsky's lawyer and State Department officials Amos Hochstein and Catherine Novelli to discuss the United States government's position towards Zlochevsky.

Painter and Tramontano later helped Burisma's public relations efforts by arranging a partnership with Atlantic Council, one of Washington's top foreign policy think tanks. Burisma paid Atlantic Council $300,000 beginning in 2017 to host policy events for the energy company. The think tank entered the partnership despite warnings from State Department officials regarding Burisma's negative reputation.
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#1  Sally Painter and Karen Tramontano

Former Clinton lowlifes and DC Swamp Rats. Hillary's little girls, making small fortunes out of whoring for every little East European shithole to gain NATO membership
Posted by: Slats Lazar9844 || 05/18/2022 6:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Send Painter and Tramontano to the Donbas front.
Posted by: Graith Guenther8869 || 05/18/2022 12:44 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
National polio drive announced after detection of three cases
[Dawn] As three cases of polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set. Currently the disease is only found in Pakistain and Afghanistain...
have been reported after a gap of 15 months, the national polio programme has decided to launch a campaign across the country to boost the immunity level of 43.3 million children up to the age of five years.

Moreover, considering a massive movement across the Afghan border, it has been decided to synchronise the campaign with Afghanistan.

Earlier, the campaign had to be held at sub-national level or in selected union councils but after detection of the recent cases it has been decided to conduct it across the country.

An official of the Ministry of NHS said the campaign will be conducted from May 23 to 27. As many as 43.3 million children under five years will also be given vitamin-A. He said that around 340,000 frontline workers will participate in the campaign.

On January 27, Pakistain marked a major milestone with no wild polio case reported for one year. But experts said there was still an imminent risk of poliovirus to any unvaccinated child across the border as children were moving with families and Pakistain and Afghanistan were the only two countries left with the virus.

However,
a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package...
during last few weeks, three cases of polio have been reported from North Wazoo.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/18/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [139 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Open borders, the downside.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/18/2022 2:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Is there an upside to open borders?
Posted by: Too Old To Work || 05/18/2022 7:38 Comments || Top||

#3  Vibrant and diverse jails?
Posted by: Frank G || 05/18/2022 7:40 Comments || Top||

#4 
Why the sudden panic?

Is it because the Polio Foundation has succeeded in its goal of wiping out Polio, and now they need to find a new jobs?

Posted by: NN2N1 || 05/18/2022 7:47 Comments || Top||

#5  It's NOT wiped out in Pak, Afghan, India....

Inoculation staff are regularly confronted and killed by the rustics. Polio was around in Mo's time. It's UnIslamic to prevent it. Allan's will and all that..
Posted by: Frank G || 05/18/2022 8:40 Comments || Top||

#6  On of our many road trip vacations in the family station wagon, parents took all of us to the Salk Institute to tour the place that "cured polio". For my parents, it was something of a pilgrimage. Now, behold the wonders of open borders.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 05/18/2022 10:00 Comments || Top||

#7  Bringing the third world to us and not even the courtesy of a passport stamp.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/18/2022 14:46 Comments || Top||

#8  Maybe a free trip to Rekall, inc.? Let us feel like we were on that fateful trip into Kabul to rescue a ZSU and Afghans, laze up a runaway family station wagon?

"Damn you Cohaagen! Those were my Marines who got killed! We are a rescue team, not assassins!"

"Wrong Quaid! Your mission was always to deliver the pallets of cash and bring home the interpreters. Interpreters Quaid, that's what we call them. Our vision of alien ruins!"
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/18/2022 14:53 Comments || Top||



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