BLUF: Legally adult white racist arms up and goes to town in a Black neighbourhood grocery store in the big city. Mentally ill, psychopath, or just plain evil?
Update: see also here.
[NYPost] Workers and shoppers described the chaos and carnage at the Tops supermarket in Buffalo when an 18-year-old opened fire at the store in what officials called a racially-motivated mass shooting on Saturday that left 10 people dead and three others injured.
The shooting sent those in the store fleeing for their lives outside of the nearest exit, or hiding in coolers. Several friends and family members of those who were at the store are awaiting any news of their loved ones hours later.
Officials have not yet released the names of the victims, but said 11 of those shot were black and two were white. One victim is a retired Buffalo police officer.
Shonnell Harris, an operation manager at the Tops, told The Buffalo News she heard 70 shots ring out in the market, which was “packed” with weekend shoppers.
The shooter has been identified as Payton Gendron, of Conklin, New York, which is over three hours away from Buffalo. More at the link
[IsraelTimes] Screed posted online before mass shooting espouses white supremacist, anti-Black and anti-Jewish conspiracy theories; calls for ’real war’ against the Jewish people.
A man suspected of killing 10 people in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday appeared to target Black Americans, in what authorities called "racially motived violent mostly peaceful extremism."
In an alleged manifesto posted online before the attack, Payton Gendron, 18, also directed intense hatred at Jews, expressed support for Nazism and subscribed to the antisemitic and racist Great Replacement conspiracy theory, which says Jews are plotting to replace white Americans with non-whites.
The 180-page manifesto circulating online included the alleged shooter’s name, described the attack plans and matched statements from law enforcement. Researchers from the Anti-Defamation League cited the document and said it wasn’t clear where it was first posted.
The manifesto attributed to Gendron was rooted in the white supremacist Great Replacement conspiracy theory, which says Jews are responsible for non-white immigration, and that non-whites will overwhelm and wipe out the white race.
Robert Bowers, who killed 11 people at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue in 2018, also cited the conspiracy theory before his attack. The white supremacist who killed one worshiper at a synagogue in Poway, Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party,, said Jews were responsible for the genocide of "white Europeans."
The author of Saturday’s manifesto wrote that the shooting was meant to kill and intimidate non-whites and spread his ideas. He said he was mainly inspired by the shooter who killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2019. He also named the Poway attacker, Bowers and other white supremacist mass shooters.
Gendron’s alleged manifesto closely resembled a document posted by the New Zealand shooter, and in some cases appeared to duplicate it, the ADL said.
He said he was acting alone, not affiliated with any particular group, and had been radicalized online starting in 2020. The author explicitly endorsed neo-Nazi ...adherents of a philosophy that was seen even at the time as pure evil, which makes them either consciously and purely evil, or attention-seeking ratbags. Pick one, or both.... sm, white supremacy ...the pernicious doctrine that laws were intended to be obeyed, that society works better when people don't pour shreiking from their places of worship every Friday for a weekend of rioting over insults real or imagined; and that cannibalism, beastiality, incest, murder, theft, rape, and similar activities are bad. A Dead White European (which invalidates his opinion) philosopher once opined that societies thrive when a person's word can be relied upon, and that a society which puts individual happiness first will invariably fail. Strangely enough, other successful societies, such as China, Japan, Korea, and those kinds of places could also be lumped with white supremacist societies, since they push the same values... and fascism ...a political system developed in Italy, symbolized by the Roman fasces -- thin reeds, each flimsy in itself but unbreakable when bound into a bundle. Its distinguishing philosophical feature is the Corporate State, which is the alliance of big business and labor with the government in service to the all-powerful State. The word is nowadays thrown around by all sorts of oddballs who have no idea what they're talking about... in the document.
He said he had targeted Black people, but that Jews were "the biggest problem."
He said Black Americans were killing white people and taking public funding, and Jews were responsible, and that although he was targeting Black Americans, Jews "can be dealt with in time."
In the manifesto, Gendron allegedly called for a war between Jews and non-Jews.
"The real war I’m advocating for is the gentiles vs the Jews. We outnumber them 100x, and they are not strong by themselves," he wrote.
He also wrote that he was inspired to stream his attack online by another shooting that was broadcast on the platform Twitch for about 35 minutes, in a reference to the 2019 Halle Synagogue shooting in Germany, according to the ADL.
The ADL told The Times of Israel it was important for the public to know the alleged shooter’s motivations and be aware of the influence and danger of the Great Replacement theory.
Wearing a hospital gown, Gendron was arraigned in court Saturday evening on first-degree murder charges and ordered detained without bail. Another court hearing is scheduled for next week. He was being questioned on Saturday evening by the FBI.
This POS hunted down and murdered 10 people like they were part of some Electronic Game App. he played at home.
Since there is no legally useable death penalty in the state of New York. This POS will now be housed, fed, receive lots of comfort and attention over the likely next 50 years. Who knows, NY Liberals might even co-ed the prisons with Transgenders for some added comfort.
NOTE: A typical NY State Inmate will cost the taxpayers $82K per year, thus costing the NY Taxpayers well over $4,100,000.00 for his estimated 50 year stay.
In the meantime, 10 families will suffer the costs of burial, and loss of income and family. Plus the wounded will have hospital and rehab costs not covered by the NY Taxpayers.
Cause a law out there next year might have stopped this. Dem logic.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
05/15/2022 11:17 Comments ||
If you spew racism long enough as a political/media tactic to justify favoritism to a political ally, voila, you get "push back" as Maxine Waters is fond of saying.
Sadly, this is also exactly what the race-industry has been hoping for as a proof of their claims of widespread white-supremacist attitude. America is NOT a racist country, but the never-ending demokrat claims began in earnest with Obama and his political rise to the Presidency. Seen as a proven technique to advance the entire spectrum of "progressive" socialism and cultural revolution, it has been amped up ever since then. A hagiography of media stories about disproportionate victimhood has been built as justification for increasingly overt anti-white racism as public policy. This tragedy has its roots in the dreck of that miasma.
This is a hate crime and deserving of capitol punishment, and that standard needs to be applied equally every time!
A textual analysis and comparison found that the manifesto has about a 24% overlap with phrases, words, syntax used by that Christchurch New Zealand far right-wing maniac...
Posted by: Whotle Smiter of the Nebraskans5746 ||
05/15/2022 16:12 Comments ||
So who wrote it for the POS?
You might want to wear a tin-foil hat if you ever ready Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties by Tom O'Neill...or maybe not. It does kinda make you wonder. Gotta justify gun control somehow.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
05/15/2022 16:18 Comments ||
At least it made me wonder. Maybe I'm just paranoid but then, just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get me.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
05/15/2022 16:20 Comments ||
America is NOT a racist country...
As long as Affirmative Action is the law of the land, I disagree with this statement.
As long a BLM gets a pass for rioting, burning and looting while January 6 suspects linger in jail without charges or bail, I disagree with this statement.
As long as Joe Biden claims that white supremacy is the biggest threat to America, I disagree with this statement.
Racism is alive and well in America today. It's just not the kind that you might think.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
05/15/2022 16:25 Comments ||
Interestingly, www.bigcountryexpat.com times out or re-directs to Disney right now. Story in that somewhere.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
05/15/2022 23:05 Comments ||
As Yogi Berra said, "You can observe a lot just by watching."
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
05/15/2022 23:07 Comments ||
Once again I am in awe
So there's hope for you, and maybe Fred too, that at some pint (soon?) you'll wise up and realize that intervening in the Russo-Ukrainian clusterfuck is even stupider and more disastrous than our foolish forays into Iraq Afghanistan Libya - Syria etc etc etc
A prominent trans activist lauded by the New York Times & illegal immigrant activist groups has been arrested in Utah & charged with 16 felonies for the rape & sexual abuse of a boy. Carlos "Raiza Daniela" Aparicio Hernandez was given asylum in the US. https://t.co/ZLTkVY4GJz
It's always amusing when the gheys start breaking ranks and saying the trans are making them look bad.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
05/15/2022 8:13 Comments ||
I think it far worse than being safe in society. This isn't about humoring the local oddball. They want to hold the entire social order, Hell Western Civilization hostage and if they can do something of that magnitude over something so preposterous they can do it over anything.
Probably not as weapons and firearms are verboten in the sports venue (they check you upon entry looking for that verboten concealed sandwich/water bottle you tried to bring in, also 'weapons') where the victims had just been.
Posted by: Mullah Richard ||
05/15/2022 9:08 Comments ||
But lots of self-proclaimed African American royalty attend those games and do not deign to allow inferior beings to touch their royal personages.
You can hide all kinds of crap under a dashiki.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
05/15/2022 9:23 Comments ||
I didn't see anything in the article about the number of shooters, but the 10 arrested seems to suggest more than 1. That would seem to be an important data point.
[FoxNews] Atlanta rapper Lil Keed has died, according to a representative for the 24-year-old rapper.
"Can’t believe I seened u die today bro I did all my cries I know what u want me to do and that’s go hard for Mama Daddy Our Brothers Naychur and Whiteboy #ImaHoldthisShitDown," Lil Keed's brother, Lil Gotit, posted to Instagram. that's right up there with: "Alas poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio"
"Whyyy bra whyyy u leave me bra," Lil Gotit said in a separate post.
The cause of death is not yet known. I suspect grammar.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortion rights supporters demonstrating at hundreds of marches and rallies Saturday expressed their outrage that the Supreme Court appears prepared to scrap the constitutional right to abortion that has endured for nearly a half-century and their fear about what that could mean for women’s reproductive choices.
Incensed after a leaked draft opinion suggested the court’s conservative majority would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, activists spoke of the need to mobilize quickly because Republican-led states are poised to enact tighter restrictions.
In the nation’s capital, thousands gathered in drizzly weather at the Washington Monument to listen to fiery speeches before marching to the Supreme Court, which was surrounded by two layers of security fences.
The mood was one of anger and defiance, three days after the Senate failed to muster enough votes to codify Roe v. Wade.
"I can’t believe that at my age, I’m still having to protest over this," said Samantha Rivers, a 64-year-old federal government employee who is preparing for a state-by-state battle over abortion rights.
Caitlin Loehr, 34, of Washington, wore a black T-shirt with an image of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s "dissent" collar on it and a necklace that spelled out "vote."
1 - they haven't ever read the draft
2 - they can get what they want from the state capital (if they really are anything but a bunch of screaming banshees)
3 - it obvious their teachers didn't have time for non-Christian moral lessons. See - Aesop's fables "It all depends upon who's ox is getting gored"
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
05/15/2022 18:52 Comments ||
"Whoever, with the intent of interfering with, obstructing, or impeding the administration of justice, or with the intent of influencing any judge, juror, witness, or court officer, in the discharge of his duty, pickets or parades in or near a building housing a court of the United States, or in or near a building or residence occupied or used by such judge, juror, witness, or court officer, or with such intent uses any sound-truck or similar device or resorts to any other demonstration in or near any such building or residence, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both."
Where is Germany along the spectrum of refusing or embracing the mutilation of children? We know from the emotive language seen here where Deutsche Welle stands for Americans in Red states.
[DW] An Alabama ban on the provision of gender-affirming medication for minors has been blocked by a federal judge. Transgender rights have become a bone of contention for right-wing Republicans.
A US district court issued an injunction on Friday partially blocking an Alabama law that criminalizes the prescription of hormone therapies and puberty blockers used to align transgender people's bodies with their gender identity.
The Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act came into effect in the southern state on May 8, not only banning medication treatments for gender dysphoria but also gender-affirming surgeries. Those convicted of violating the ban face up to 10 years in prison.
Judge Liles Burke left in place the latter part of the ban but ruled that the state had not been able to prove that medications used for transitioning were "experimental."
The injunction will remain in effect pending a trial to decide whether the law is in violation of the constitution.
In his ruling, Burke said that "the uncontradicted evidence is that at least twenty-two major medical associations in the United States endorse transitioning medications as well-established, evidence-based treatments for gender dysphoria in minors."
These medical associations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Endocrine Society, called on Burke to block the Alabama law.
He said that the provisions in the law are likely unconstitutional. The US Department of Justice, as well as several families with transgender children, have challenged the law, calling it a violation of equal protection and free speech rights, as well as an intrusion into a family's right to make medical decisions.
"Parents have a fundamental right to direct the medical care of their children subject to accepted medical standards," Burke said, adding that "discrimination based on gender non-conformity equates to sex discrimination."
BACKLASH AGAINST TRANSGENDER RIGHTS
The law, introduced by Republican politicians in the traditionally conservative state, is part of an ongoing battle over the recognition of transgender rights in the US.
Another part of the law that was not blocked by Burke's injunction was the requirement for schools to inform parents if a child says that they think they are transgender.
A similar law in Arkansas was blocked before it could come into effect, while another law in Texas that allowed authorities to investigate parents of transgender children for so-called "child abuse" was blocked in March.
However, Caliphornia hasn't yet slid into the ocean, no matter how hard it's tried... on Friday the Texas Supreme Court ...the political football known as The Highest Court in the Land, home of penumbrae and emanations... overturned this injunction, allowing the investigations to once again go ahead.
The slate of legislation against transgender rights has coincided with increasing limitations on child sacrifice abortion rights in some US states.
We are now in an era where "accepted" medical standards are unacceptable and where medical "authorities" have no credibility left.
Posted by: Bubba Lover of the Faeries8843 ||
05/15/2022 1:41 Comments ||
Children are not adults - they can not buy tobacco or alcohol, they can not vote, they can not 'bear arms', they have a separate judicial system of punishment. It's all for a reason. They can not choose.
Our government has turned into one big Rothingham with government officials and 'professional associations' protecting grooming.
I am at a loss to see any way out of this mess w/o a new constituion, ie a new us govt. We need to start 'offing' these radicals or re-patriating them but we cannot live under their laws. we need a penumbra-less constitution.
[NYPOST] It’s not every day that an 8-foot alligator comes to visit you at your front door. Well, maybe in Florida it is.
It was not the doormat Ed Ferraro was expecting Wednesday afternoon when he walked out of his home in Odessa. He heard a rattling at the front door and assumed it was some sort of package delivery. But that was far from the truth.
"I got up, and I went out there to go check on what it was, and fortunately, I cracked my blinds. I just looked out there, and I saw this monster alligator on my front porch," Ferraro said. "It definitely freaked me out. It’s not something you see every day."
He initially thought the giant reptile was fake, and he was simply the victim of a prank.
"But I then I started looking at it. I’m like, ’Oh no, this is definitely a real, very real thing. I was just completely dumbfounded," he said.
Thankfully, a neighbor driving by stopped her car and was on the phone with neighborhood security guards, who ended up contacting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The area was soon cordoned off to prevent any unsuspecting joggers or dog walkers from having a face-to-face encounter.
Ferraro said they occasionally see gators in their neighborhood’s lakes and ponds, but they really don’t venture near people.
"Apparently this one had come from across the street. Why the alligator crossed the road? I do not know," he joked.
Ferraro assumed the gator needed a place for shade to cool off. Temperatures at time were about 85 degrees. And before the trapper could even get to his home, the gator got up and moseyed back into the lake. And that was it.
"I had a bird fly into my house one time and that was a whole other experience and never anything even close to this," Ferraro said. "They kind of tend to keep their distance from the people in this neighborhood. They actually restock the lakes with fish to make sure that the gators have more than enough food so they don’t have to go after small pets," Ferraro said.
State officials say an alligator is considered a nuisance if it’s at least 4 feet in length and believed to pose a threat to people, pets or property.
[Breitbart] Military-grade weaponry in Ukraine is allegedly being sold on to international buyers on the encrypted messaging app Telegram, including some hardware made in the United States.
Weapons that have been allegedly collected in Ukraine during the country’s ongoing war with Russia have been put up for sale on Telegram channels, including various kinds of automatic rifles and small arms.
Weapons said to be for sale include not just Ukrainian-origin arms such as old Soviet-era AK-47 rifles, but also American-made rifles like the M16 and the M4, along with other NATO member-origin firearms like the ARX 160 A1 manufactured by the Italian weapons company Beretta, newspaper Il Giornale reports.
It remains unclear whether the weapons are being sold by Ukrainians or by Russians who have collected them over the course of the war.
Too late to.... 'Stay the fok out of it?' Well then, prepare to face the potential of other very unpleasant outcomes.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was a scheduled passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that was shot down on 17 July 2014 while flying over eastern Ukraine. All 283 passengers and 15 crew were killed. Wiki
On sale today American weapons cheap. As our materials depleted and no thought of replacement it is a fire sale thanks to Biden. Nothing said about replacing oil to national reserves either. Like children inheriting family wealth they immediately squander. Then add loses of personnel in all areas of systems. Slow death spiral.
[ALAHRAM] As the trial of 21-year-old Russian Sgt. Vadim Shyshimarin got underway in the capital, Russian forces suffered heavy losses in a Ukrainian attack that destroyed a pontoon bridge they were using to try to cross a river in the east, Ukrainian and British officials said in another sign of Moscow's struggle to salvage a war gone awry.
Ukraine's airborne command released photos and video of what it said was a damaged Russian pontoon bridge over the Siversky Donets River in Bilohorivka and at least 73 destroyed or damaged Russian military vehicles nearby.
Britain's Defense Ministry said Russia lost ``significant armoured manoeuvre elements`` of at least one battalion tactical group in the attack. A Russian battalion tactical group consists of about 1,000 troops.
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Posted by: Fred ||
05/15/2022 00:00 ||
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[KYIVINDEPENDENT] Moldova’s Russian-occupied Transnistria region is becoming a new focal point in Moscow’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
Tensions have been rising over the fate of the breakaway republic after several explosions have been reported in Transnistria, which lorussical Russian-led authorities claimed were attacks by Ukraine.
One theory is that Russia may try to use its stronghold in Transnistria to either launch an attack against Ukraine from the west, opening a second front, or divert the Ukrainian army’s attention from the more important battle for Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region.
Russia may also be trying to destabilize Moldova and discredit its pro-Western President Maia Sandu. A related purpose would be to send a signal to Romania, a NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants... member and Moldova’s strongest backer in the West.
Transnistria, populated by Moldovans, Ukrainians and Russians, proclaimed independence in 1991 but it has not been recognized by any state. Russia, which backed Transnistria, invaded Moldova in 1992 and permanently deployed troops in the breakaway region. Sandu has called Russia’s military presence in Transnistria illegitimate and called for the withdrawal of Russian troops.
The escalation in Transnistria in recent weeks seemingly followed the pattern of Russia’s provocations in the run-up to its large-scale invasion of Ukraine, which started on Feb. 24.
On April 25, Russia’s proxies in Transnistria said that the building of the self-proclaimed republic’s State Security Ministry (MGB) in the city of Tiraspol had been fired at from grenade launchers. They also claimed that a drone had attacked a military airfield near Tiraspol.
On April 26, the proxies said that radio antennas had been blown up in the town of Mayak in Transnistria. The towers were used to broadcast Russian radio.
The proxies also said that a military base in the village of Parkany had been attacked.
As a result, Transnistria raised its terrorism threat level to "red." Ukraine’s military intelligence claimed that Transnistria had also started military training as part of future mobilization.
Vadym Krasnoselsky, the leader of Russia’s Transnistria proxies, blamed Ukraine for the incidents. Meanwhile, ...back at the shootout, Butch shot Ike through the elbow. Take that, Ike! he yelled...... Russian propaganda accused Ukraine, Romania and Moldova of planning to invade Transnistria.
On April 27, Transnistria also claimed that Ukrainian drones had shelled unidentified objects "in the direction of" the Transnistrian village of Kolbasna, where a large arms depot is located.
At the same time, in late April-early May Russia shelled a bridge across the estuary of the Dniester not far from Transnistria three times, and destroyed it.
Posted by: Fred ||
05/15/2022 00:00 ||
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I'm definitely not here to shill for the Russians; but this article isn't historically accurate. If I may make a few points?
1) The Russians didn't "invade" Transnistria. There was a Soviet military base (basically a giant ammo dump) there when Moldova was an SSR. The Russian successor government kept it, and also support the Transnistrians, who are basically Russians.
2) There was a nasty little civil war there between 1990-1992. You can read about it here. Transnistria is (or was) the heavily industrialized region of Moldova, and mostly Russian. Moldova was talking about joining Romania, as Moldovans are basically Romanians. The Russians/Transnistrians weren't down with that. Hence, a thirty year stalemate.
3)The Moldovans, Transnistrians, and Russians together run something called the Joint Control Commission to oversea the Transnitrian/Moldovan border and keep things calm. You can read about it here. It's not perfect. But nobody's sons have come home in body bags for thirty years.
The Kyiv Independent isn't being very independent when it comes to specifically this topic.
Part of what we do here is tease out the needles from the hay, Choth Elmavitch6131. And given that both sides are spinning as hard as they can — perhaps we should call it marketing — that’s a lot of hay to work with.
[KYIVINDEPENDENT] Belarus’ parliament approved a bill on May 4 to amend the country’s criminal code, introducing capital punishment for acts of "attempted terrorism."
Previously, the death penalty was assigned to those that committed terrorist acts that resulted in casualties.
Belarus’ State Security Committee, or KGB, has a long list of alleged "terrorists," which include the "guerrillas" that disrupted the country’s national railway earlier in 2022, which means that the new legislation serves to further intimidate those that oppose Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko.
Belarus remains the only country in Europa ...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum... to impose capital punishment. While human rights When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much... activists had hoped for a moratorium on the practice prior to 2020, its application has now broadened.
Actively opposing Belarus’ involvement in Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine may now lead to death.
Posted by: Fred ||
05/15/2022 00:00 ||
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[KYIVINDEPENDENT] The perfect sunny spring morning in Donetsk Oblast was marred by the constant explosions going off every few minutes a dozen kilometers away.
The blasts were varied, coming from artillery and rocket barrages from both sides. A half-dozen soldiers held this outpost a short distance away from the front lines, north of the city of Sloviansk. Military cars hurried by, toward or away from the ongoing battle.
The woods seem packed with Ukrainian tanks, armored personnel carriers, artillery and other heavy weapons, concealed by the young green foliage.
Dark track marks could be seen on the paved roads, suddenly swerving into dirt furrows plunging into the woods. Driving through the forest, one can sometimes see the camouflaged outlines of the occasional Ukrainian combat vehicle, with servicemen resting, eating or being vigilant.
In a rare moment of silence, one could hear the hum of thousands of flies and mosquitoes hovering among the trees that cast dappled shadows onto the road. This was swiftly interrupted by violent mostly peaceful detonations in the distance.
"Minus one village," said one of the soldiers, turning his head in that direction.
The date was May 9, the anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II, the last time Europa ...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum... saw an offensive on such a large scale. Some expected the attacks to intensify for the occasion. But fighting’s been such a regular presence here since the war began that the holiday didn’t seem to come with a noteworthy escalation.
"The enemy is firing along the entire line of contact and trying to strike deep into the defenses of our troops," Oleksandr Motuzyanyk, a Ministry of Defense front man, said at a May 9 briefing.
"Well, it’s a special day for them," said one of the soldiers at the outpost. But another took a dismissive tone: "It’s been a special day for them for three months."
The Russian offensive in Donbas has bogged down, making at-best modest progress. While the soldiers at the outpost acknowledged that they’ve tactically withdrawn from at least one village recently, they continue to hold the line.
Since the latest Battle of the Donbas began, Russian forces have tried to execute a massive push along the highway leading from the city of Izium in Kharkiv Oblast to Slovyansk in Donetsk Oblast. It was supposed to link up with another push from the south and cut the Ukrainian forces off from their supply lines and the rest of the country. Over several weeks of fighting, the Russians advanced by no more than 20-30 kilometers along their attack axes.
Significant Russian forces remain north of the Siverskyi Donets River, which they are having trouble crossing, according to Volodymyr, a retired Ukrainian Lieutenant Colonel from Izium, who now lives in the city of Kramatorsk.
The southern banks of this river are considerably steeper than the northern banks, creating a difficult boundary, Volodymyr pointed out. This is especially apparent in the village of Bohorodychne, where a demolished bridge across the river sags into the water. The Ukrainian-held bank towers over its opposite, bristling with trees.
According to British Intelligence’s May 13 tweets, the Ukrainian forces are halting the Russians’ attempts to cross the river and forced them to take heavy losses during a fording attempt west of Sieverodonetsk.
"Images indicate that during the crossing of the Siverskyi Donets river... Russia lost significant armored maneuver elements of at least one Battalion Tactical Group," the British Intelligence statement read.
OSINT analyst Blue Sauron wrote that the Russians lost 73 combat vehicles.
The road into Bohorodychne is flanked by several plain, wooden orthodox crosses that look like they’ve been planted recently. "Eternal memory" one of them reads, the local version of the ’RIP’ placed on gravestones. "Save and protect us," says another.
A retiree named Volodymyr Semenets, sitting on the bench near his home in Bohorodychne, said the Ukrainian forces told him that Russians are unlikely to occupy this village, even though it practically straddles the line between the two opposing armies. Semenets hears daily exchanges of fire. Most munitions fly over the village but not all, as multiple broken windows and damaged houses can attest.
"This area is usually wreathed in smoke," Semenets said. "How could (the Russians) see what they are shooting at? They just shoot and that’s it."
Despite the danger, he and his wife refuse to abandon their property and animals for the uncertainty of western Ukraine. Humanitarian aid reaches them once a week, he said. Some other towns and villages along Russia’s attack path have it worse, with many cut off from regular supplies or medical professionals, said doctors in the city of Kramatorsk.
According to Brigadier General Oleksiy Hromov’s May 11 briefing, the town of Lyman is now seeing some of the region’s fiercest battles.
As they awaited their eventual turn in the meat grinder, soldiers smoked and discussed recent news, such as the visit to the country by actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie. One young soldier, nicknamed the Merry Milkman for his love of condensed milk, said that rather than munching croissants in Lviv, Jolie should come to hang out at their checkpoint.
"Isn’t she a little old for you?" quipped one of his fellows. "Are you going to be chasing pensioners next?"
Another soldier asked if it’s true that Russian President Vladimir Putin ...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances... is severely ill. Everyone’s seen the Russian leader clutching furniture, limping, coughing and being covered with a blanket in his recent video appearances. But Putin’s proximity to death’s door is not something this journalist could confidently confirm — only hope he’s getting there quickly.
"Yes, everyone hopes that," the soldier said.
Posted by: Fred ||
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Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[Korrespondent] 23:59 Kalush Orchestra's call to save Mariupol and Azovstal can cost the group victory in the competition and even threaten disqualification. Producer and presenter Igor Kondratyuk said that this is a gross violation of the Eurovision rules.
Meanwhile, some artists use the colors of the Ukrainian flag in their performances at the song contest. And Google statistics show a sharp surge in requests for "Mariupol" and "Azovstal".
23:45 Icelandic group Systur ended their performance in the Eurovision final with the phrase "Peace for Ukraine".
23:28 The director of the Kalush Orchestra group, Mykola Kucheryavy, said earlier today that the group was banned from making a performance with an emphasis on the war: “At first, our number had a fairly strong and clear expression about the war in Ukraine and a clear message. But we were banned, referring to the politicization of our numbers".
23:25 Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said that Russia would not capitulate: "We speak firmly and clearly and are unambiguously sure of this, at least the Russian diplomats working here - there will be no such capitulation, there never will be." According to him, all the goals that Putin set for the RF Armed Forces "will be fulfilled."
23:16 The leader of the Ukrainian group Kalush Orchestra, after his performance in the Eurovision final, addressed the world community from the stage: "Please help Azovstal, help Mariupol right now!"
23:14 The Luhansk region is gradually turning into a second Mariupol - there is no electricity, water, gas and mobile communications in the region, Ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova said. She noted that the Russian military continues to strike at the important Lisichansk-Bakhmut highway. This is the only road that can be used to evacuate people and bring in humanitarian supplies. More than 40,000 residents have not been evacuated. The situation in the region is getting worse day by day.
23:07 Zelensky said in an evening address that now support for Ukraine - primarily with weapons - means working to prevent global hunger: "The sooner we liberate our land and guarantee Ukraine's security, the sooner the normal state of the food market can be restored."
The president also acknowledged that the situation in Donbas remains very difficult: "Russian troops are still trying to show at least some kind of victory. On the 80th day of a full-scale invasion, it looks especially crazy, but they do not stop all these attempts."
22:55 German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock is skeptical about the possibility of transferring frozen Russian assets to Ukraine: "Access to frozen funds from a legal point of view is not an easy task at all."
22:52 The G7 foreign ministers sent an "unusually tough" message to Beijing. They called for peace and stability in Taiwan and urged "strongly urge Russia to stop its military aggression against Ukraine," writes Politico.
"We urge China not to assist Russia in its war of aggression against Ukraine, not to undermine the sanctions imposed on Russia for its attack on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, not to justify Russia's actions in Ukraine, and to refrain from engaging in information manipulation and disinformation," it said. in the message.
22:23 Ukraine has lost about 23% of its railway network, said Minister of Infrastructure Alexander Kubrakov. According to him, 6,300 km of main tracks were lost, 23,573 km of roads were damaged, 289 automobile and 41 railway bridges were damaged.
22:21 The occupiers are preparing to cross the Seversky Donets River in Belogorovka again, said the head of the Luhansk OVA Serhiy Gaidai. “Some idiots understood why they were being sent there, and the whole battalion refused to go on the attack. But the “fresh one” will soon come up. 2.5 thousand units of heavy equipment are already moving towards us from the previously occupied territories. ", he wrote.
Gaidai also said that in the occupied Rubizhne, medical equipment is being stolen by the chief collaborator doctor Eduard Kravchenko together with the Kadyrovites.
22:13 NATO countries are ready to support Ukraine in its opposition to Russian aggression until the victory of Ukrainian troops, Slovak Foreign Minister Ivan Korchok said before the meeting of the foreign ministers of the Alliance countries in Berlin. He stressed that Russia had already lost the political part of this war. The leadership of the Russian Federation failed to achieve the desired results and significantly worsened the situation of their country.
21:34 The head of the Lugansk OVA Serhiy Gaidai said that local residents are being massively taken out of Popasna to the occupied territories in order to mobilize and force them to fight against Ukraine. There is information that the occupiers are beginning to mobilize without a medical examination, besides, women will also be sent to war.
21:22 The Armed Forces of Ukraine are preparing for two large offensives of the Russian Federation - on Severodonetsk and on the Lisichansk-Bakhmut highway from Popasna and Belogorovka, the head of the Lugansk OVA, Sergei Gaidai, said on the air of the telethon. He explained that the Russians need the regional center "for show", and the road - to cut off the region from communication with other regions, that is, to surround it. To ensure this offensive, 2.5 thousand units of enemy equipment are sent to the region.
21:17 Kiev advises the Russian regime not to interfere in the affairs of Ukraine on the way to European integration, Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said in a commentary to the UP: "Russia has not yet reached historical development in order to reflect on European values. For Ukraine, values are freedom, democracy, respect for human rights, the rule of law. All the things for which Ukrainians are now defending their land from Russian aggression."
According to him, the "Russian world" is based on the suppression of its own population, depriving them of any rights and freedoms, enriching the ruling elite: "Therefore, let the Russian regime not stick its nose into the European integration of Ukraine, but go about its own business."
20:55 The G7 countries have decided not to impose sanctions against Russia that will affect the export of agricultural products to developing countries.
20:42 Turkey has proposed a sea evacuation of the wounded Azovstal fighters," Erdogan's adviser Ibrahim Kalin said. According to the plan, the evacuees will be transported by land to the port of Berdyansk, and the Turkish ship will take them across the Black Sea to Istanbul. The Turkish presidential adviser discussed this proposal with Zelensky in Kiev two weeks ago, but at the moment Moscow has not agreed to it, writes Reuters.
20:36 Zelensky signed a law banning the activities of pro-Russian parties in Ukraine.
20:33 Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that "the people are asking the country's leadership to block the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO" because of their support for the Kurdistan Workers' Party. The Minister added that Ankara is ready to discuss this issue with its allies in the Alliance.
20:27 Medvedev said that Russia "does not care about the non-recognition of the new borders by the G7, the true will of the people living there is important. Do not forget the Kosovo precedent, Western friends." He also added that the members of the G7 "forgot to say about the inevitable use by Russia of strategic nuclear forces in the conflict and the possible execution of Ukrainian nationalists at the Execution Ground of Red Square through quartering."
19:49 German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock said that Russia's actions cause interruptions in the supply of grain, a strong rise in prices. This is a deliberately chosen tool in a hybrid war, she stressed.
19:41 The command of the Pacific Fleet received the task to urgently form a BTG from 200 military personnel from the entire fleet for further dispatch to the territory of Ukraine, journalist Roman Tsymbalyuk said. According to him, the command of the fleet decided to select for the new unit mainly sailors from ships, submarines and fleet support units. The unit is planned to be assembled on the basis of the 40th Separate Marine Brigade (military unit 10103, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky).
After the selection of the required number of military personnel, the BTG is planned to be immediately sent to reinforce the forces of the Eastern Military District on the territory of Ukraine. "The command decided not to bother with the preparation and organization of the coherence of the unit, because they do not want to anger the high command with the untimely execution of the order," the journalist writes.
19:25 The mayor of Kramatorsk Alexander Goncharenko warned that gas could completely disappear in the Donetsk region, and advised to buy electric stoves. This is due to the stoppage of gas transit through stations in the recently occupied territory of the Luhansk region.
18:59 Near Kharkov, Russian troops have concentrated their efforts on countering the Ukrainian counteroffensive towards the border and the safety of their supply lines in the north and east of the city, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reports.
The enemy is also preparing for an attack on Severodonetsk, Soledar and Bakhmut - up to two battalion tactical groups have been moved there. The enemy has a partial success in the offensive in the Avdiivka area.
According to the General Staff, the armed forces of Pridnestrovie have been transferred from combat to normal operation. On the island of the Serpent, the enemy is trying to increase its military presence, strengthens the air defense system.
18:55 Two warships of the Russian Federation are currently on duty in the Odessa water area, the rest have gone to bases in the Crimea, OK Pivden reports. The day before it was reported that there were four ships and two submarines of the Russian Federation with more than 30 Caliber cruise missiles in the Black Sea.
18:52 In the south of Portugal, the house of Roman Abramovich worth 10 million euros was arrested, the local newspaper Publico writes. In mid-February, Millhouse Views LLC, owned by Abramovich's investment holding, tried to sell the house.
18:50 In the center of Sevastopol, the invaders opened a photo exhibition called Through the Eyes of Donbass , which presents photographs of the destroyed Mariupol, which was allegedly shelled by the Ukrainian army.
18:44 The Armed Forces of Ukraine pushed the Russian army to the border in the Kharkiv region, thereby cutting off one of the main supply lines for the Russians in Izyum. The turning point in the Russian-Ukrainian war is approaching, according to British expert Mike Martin. According to him, during the last week a culmination began at the front: Russian forces switched from offensive to defensive, and vice versa - the Armed Forces of Ukraine switched from defense to offensive.
"This trend is especially noticeable in two regions - Kharkiv and Kherson. In particular, in the latter, the Ukrainians pushed the enemy back into the city, which will complicate the annexation of the region planned by Russia," Martin explained.
18:42 New Hungarian President Katalina Novak condemned Putin's aggression and supported Ukraine's accession to the EU: "We condemn Putin's aggression, an armed attack on a sovereign state. We will forever say no to all efforts to restore the Soviet Union. We Hungarians want peace here and in neighboring countries, we want peace, not war. We demand the investigation and punishment of war crimes."
The role of the president in Hungary is predominantly ceremonial, and Novak is a representative of the ruling Fidesz party, also represented by Viktor Orban.
18:34 G7 countries do not recognize changes in the borders of Ukraine and will "support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine - including Crimea - and all states," said German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock.
The G7 also called on Minsk to "stop allowing Russian aggression and comply with its international obligations."
18:20 Adviser to the Mayor of Mariupol, Petr Andryushchenko, said that a large convoy of cars with Mariupol residents (from 500 to 1,000 cars) that had been waiting for a pass for more than three days was finally allowed into Zaporozhye.
18:18 Finland is ready for Russia's possible actions in connection with the country's accession to NATO, said the Minister of State Property and Relations with the EU, Tytti Tuppurainen. According to her, the time has come for Finland to "acquire allies and get more partners", but at the same time she "does not intend to provoke anyone."
18:09 Zaluzhny showed how American howitzers work in Ukraine:
17:56 The authorities of the Belgorod region of the Russian Federation reported that local residents on behalf of the Ministry of Emergency Situations receive SMS about the need to evacuate from the border areas. The Ministry of Emergency Situations says that this is a fake.
17:53 For the first time in a long time, 17 civilians, including three children, were evacuated from Severodonetsk, said the head of the Luhansk OVA Serhiy Gaidai. Previously, the evacuation was not carried out due to the shelling of the highway to Bakhmut, through which there is communication with the region.
17:47 Podolyak on Finland's entry into NATO: "Russia is finally tired of the whole world, Moscow's threats no longer interest anyone. NATO borders will reach the suburbs of St. Petersburg - this is how you can translate the conversation between the President of Finland and the Russian president from diplomatic language into simple. Welcome into a new reality, Mr. Putin."
17:45 Turkey has not closed the door for Sweden and Finland to join NATO, but wants to negotiate with countries and prevent "terrorist activities", especially in Stockholm, Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said in an interview with Reuters.
17:42 Zelensky, at a meeting with US Republican senators in Kiev, called on the United States to officially recognize Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism.
17:18 The war in Ukraine has dealt a severe blow to commodity markets, changing global patterns of trade, production and consumption in such a way that prices will remain historically high until at least 2024, the World Bank said in a report.
17:14 Putin has no choice but to negotiate with Ukraine, Scholz said in an interview with t-online. He recalled that since February 24, the Russian army has suffered much greater losses than the USSR during the decades of the campaign in Afghanistan. "It should gradually become clear to Putin that the only way out of this situation is to reach an agreement with Ukraine," the chancellor said and stressed that the sanctions pressure on Russia would continue until the Kremlin understood this.
17:11 The European Union is working to simplify the procedure for the confiscation of property of Russians. According to the Deputy Head of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas, the innovations will make it possible to confiscate criminal funds and manage them without waiting for a guilty verdict from the court.
17:07 Negotiations on the oil embargo against Russian oil have been raised to the level of EU foreign ministers. At the level of ambassadors, this initiative was constantly blocked by Hungary. According to Western media, the first meeting at the level of foreign ministers will be held on Monday, May 16, in Brussels.
16:56 Russian invaders are preparing a "census of the population" of the Kherson region, Ukrainian Ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova said. The Russians acted in the same way in Crimea in 2014. Residents of the Genichesk district have already begun to receive notifications about the need to apply to the village council. The occupiers plan to start the "census" on Monday, May 16, and complete it by the end of the month.
16:41 The Azov Regiment reports that the occupiers are continuing to storm Azovstal: they are dropping bombs, using heavy artillery and tanks, and using a large number of infantry.
16:24 The Russians are preparing a large-scale disinformation attack for the international community using the parents of children deported to Russia and Donetsk, adviser to the mayor of Mariupol Petr Andryushchenko reports. Due to threats of separation from children forever, parents are forced to record video messages, where they must "testify" that the separation of parents and children was arranged by Azov fighters and "nationalists". After such videos, the Russians are planning a "second series", where they "found and returned" the children to their parents.
16:02 Killed and wounded occupiers from Snake Island are being brought to Sevastopol. Of the forty signalmen of the RF Armed Forces seconded to Zmeiny Island, eight returned alive, while ten bodies of the dead were evacuated, the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine reported.
According to Ukrainian military intelligence, the Sevastopol military hospital is overcrowded with surgery and traumatology departments. Due to the high workload, forty beds are installed in the wards. The "authorities" of Crimea require entrepreneurs to send workers to blood donation points. Anyone can become a donor, no medical documents are required, no examination is carried out.
The "state enterprises" of Crimea received an order from the "authorities" to send a certain number of men to the local military registration and enlistment offices (depending on the total number of employees). They are invited to sign contracts with the Russian Armed Forces for a period of three months to a year. They promise to serve in the already occupied regions of Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. But, as practice shows, promises are not kept: many captured Russians complain that they immediately found themselves on the front lines.
15:47 About 5 million Ukrainians have lost their jobs since the beginning of the war, according to the International Labor Organization. If the fighting intensifies, this figure could rise to 7 million people. And if the fighting stopped immediately, 3.4 million jobs could be restored.
15:33 Zelensky met with a delegation of the upper house of the US Congress, headed by the leader of the Republican minority in the Senate, Mitchell McConnell, who is visiting Ukraine. "This visit is a powerful signal of bipartisan support for Ukraine by the US Congress, as well as the American people," the president said.
15:10 From May 16, electronic payment for travel in municipal public transport will be resumed in Kiev - both in the subway and in land transport, Klitschko said.
15:02 Kyiv City Council has renamed the Arch of Friendship of Peoples in the capital - now it is called the Arch of Freedom of the Ukrainian people, Klitschko said. The deputies also approved a list of more than 40 monuments and memorial signs that must be removed from the streets of the city and transferred to the museum of totalitarianism.
As for the renaming, this, according to the mayor, is a "resonant topic": "We heard both the opinions and wishes of the people of Kiev, and criticism. Therefore, in order not to make hasty decisions, we attract specialists from the institutes of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the Institute of National Memory and other institutions to completion of the naming process". The Kyiv City Council has extended the voting on renaming the capital's objects until June 19, it will be held in the Kiev digital mobile application .
14:53 Finnish President Sauli Niinostiio, in a conversation with Putin, said that Russia's demands to abandon NATO membership at the end of 2021 and its full-scale attack on Ukraine in February 2022 changed the security policy in Finland, the Office of the Finnish President said. The Finnish president also reminded Putin that he said at their first meeting in 2012 that every independent nation maximizes its own security.
"This is still the case. By joining NATO, Finland will strengthen its own security and assume responsibility. Finland wants to continue to solve the practical problems that the border neighborhood creates, factually and professionally," he said.
The President of Finland also conveyed to Putin a message from Zelensky about the need to ensure the evacuation of the civilian population.
14:36 Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu announced the resumption of the work of the Romanian embassy in Kiev.
14:29 The Russian Foreign Ministry said that if the EU really approves the procedure for starting Ukraine's registration in the European Union, "this will mean the end of the European Union."
14:11 The President of Finland spoke with Putin and told him that in the coming days the country would make a decision on NATO membership, Russian media reported, citing the chancellery.
According to the Kremlin, Putin stressed that Finland's abandonment of its traditional policy of military neutrality "would be wrong" and that "there are no threats to Finland's security." He also warned that "a change in Finland's foreign policy could have a negative impact on relations with the Russian Federation."
In addition, Putin said that the negotiation process on Ukraine "is actually suspended by Kyiv", and Kyiv "does not show interest in a serious and constructive dialogue."
14:05 Russian media write that in Kherson, prisoners in the pre-trial detention center rebelled and attempted to escape, the police stopped the riots.
13:59 The G7 countries are ready to supply weapons to Ukraine for a long time , it is said in a joint statement adopted by the foreign ministers of the G7 countries: "We will continue to provide our military assistance to Ukraine as long as it is necessary."
13:42 Ukrzaliznytsia stops running evacuation trains due to a significant decrease in demand for flights, said the head of the UZ, Alexander Kamyshin. According to him, there will be only one flight for the evacuation of people - from Pokrovsk, Donetsk region.
13:30 Defenders of Azovstal see the only way out for themselves - extraction to Turkey. But a guarantor is needed, which China can become, relatives of the defenders said at a briefing.
13:11 Relatives of the defenders of Azovstal asked China to intervene and become a peacemaker, to help save the Ukrainian military. The third country for the extraction of the defenders of Mariupol may be Turkey, Erdogan is not against it, they said at a briefing.
13:08 At a meeting of G7 ambassadors, Ukraine announced the need to create an influential organization of grain exporting countries that responds to global market challenges. "Due to the blockade of Ukrainian seaports, 7 million tons of wheat, 14 million tons of corn grain, 3 million tons of sunflower oil and 3 million tons of sunflower cake, as well as other crops, did not enter the world market," Minister of Agrarian Policy Mykola Solsky said.
Therefore, Solsky suggested discussing the creation of an influential organization of the main grain exporting countries in the world, which would respond to threats to food security, in particular from the Russian Federation. This organization, at the suggestion of Ukraine, will set the maximum volumes of grain exports to stabilize prices and predictability of the market.
13:02 The Moldovan Post reported that "for technical reasons" it suspends the sending of all shipments to Russia.
13:00 British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss urged the West to continue supporting Ukraine with heavy weapons, including aircraft, and to tighten sanctions.
12:58 On the territory of the Avangard community of the Odessa district, pyrotechnics will destroy ammunition today from 13:00 to 15:00. The State Emergency Service asks citizens not to panic - an explosion will be heard.
12:55 This morning, the occupants fired at the border settlement of Bleshni in the Chernihiv region from the Russian side. Eight explosions were recorded on its outskirts, preliminary shelling was carried out from a mortar. There are no losses among personnel and equipment, OK Pivnich reported.
12:48 Russia today disconnected Finland from the supply of electricity, said the operator of the national energy system Fingrid. At the same time, the company assured that there would be no serious problems, since Sweden would provide sufficient capacity. Electricity from Russia accounts for about 10% of Finland's total consumption. The official reason for the shutdown is "problems with payments."
12:46 Banks that help Russians circumvent sanctions may themselves be subject to restrictions, the US Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control has warned. At present, the department is focused on preventing Russian institutions and citizens from evading sanctions, Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyem said.
The Office of Foreign Assets Control, which is responsible for the imposition and implementation of sanctions, expects banks to "conduct their own due diligence" to ensure they do not transact with sanctioned individuals or companies.
12:44 There is no immediate threat to Kiev today, the defense plan in case of another Russian offensive is ready, said the chief of staff of the Kiev military administration, Sergei Korniychuk. He assured that in the event of a second offensive, the Kyiv defense plan was developed taking into account the shortcomings and miscalculations during the first Russian offensive.
"There is no direct threat to the capital today. But given that the capital is a major political and economic center, Kyiv will always be one of the enemy's main strategic targets. Considering this, we are preparing for the worst-case scenario - this is a second offensive," Korniychuk explained.
12:41 The Ukrainian military went on a counteroffensive in the Izyum direction , Oleg Sinegubov, head of the Kharkiv OVA, said: "The Izyum direction remains the hottest point. Our armed forces have launched a counteroffensive there. The enemy is retreating in some directions."
12:39 Covert mobilization continues at the state level in Russia. In the Belgorod and Rostov regions, on the basis of conscripts and mobilization resources, new units of troops are being formed, which are sent to Ukraine. However, the use of such troops is mostly ineffective, said the representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, Vadym Skibitsky. According to him, Russia has already exhausted the reserves of combat-ready tactical battalion groups.
Skibitsky also confirmed information about depression and a depressive moral and psychological climate in the units of the Russian troops. The most depressed morale is among the servicemen of the 1st and 2nd army corps from ORDLO, because it is there that forced mobilization takes place. Untrained personnel are now being sent to the most important areas.
12:31 In three days, the invaders lost about 250 pieces of equipment and up to 1,500 soldiers and officers near Belogorovka, Anton Gerashchenko reports and publishes a video:
12:25 Deputies of the Mariupol City Council appealed to the Foreign Ministry with a request to use all international instruments to save the Ukrainian military from Azovstal. Such an appeal was adopted at an extraordinary session held online today, the city council said.
12:23 Russia is planning the third phase of the war in Ukraine at least until the end of the year, adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Viktor Andrusiv believes: "I will explain why - according to their calculations, a serious energy crisis will begin in the world closer to winter, problems with heating will begin, and in Ukraine too these problems will begin, and serious problems with the economy, because energy prices are growing very strongly, and now the Kremlin’s stake will be that towards the end of the year the West will understand, let’s say, that it is necessary to negotiate with the Russian Federation, and if they hold out until the end years, then they expect that they will be negotiated with what they demand.
12:18 Ukraine can avoid prolonging the war if it receives enough weapons from partners, says former Supreme Commander of NATO Allied Forces in Europe, four-star General of the US Army Wesley Clark: "If Ukraine has the combat ability to push back Russian troops in Donbas, cut them gradually forces in Kherson, Kherson region, close their access to the Crimea and go in two directions, both in the east and in the south, and cut their troops. In addition, you need to get mobile protective equipment and then close these boilers or the cordon in two places " .
According to the general, this requires tanks, and MLRS, and helicopters, and aircraft, such as Su, F-16, etc. It also requires proper logistical capabilities and relevant intelligence data.
"If Ukraine has high moral standards, the proper spirit and motivation, receives the proper equipment, weapons and equipment, including the MiG-35, other types of helicopters and aircraft from friend countries, then we can avoid a scenario of a long war," Clark is convinced. .
12:06 In Mariupol, in areas where there is electricity at least from generators, people began to watch Ukrainian television through T2, adviser to the mayor of the city Petr Andryushchenko reports. He asks the employees of TV channels to start a running line that Ukraine is fighting for the Mariupol residents and is waiting for the liberation of the city, and that everything the occupiers are talking about is a lie. In particular, they lie to Mariupol residents about criminal liability and forced mobilization when crossing the line of confrontation.
11:56 The problem with fuel in Kiev should be completely resolved before the end of the month, said the deputy head of the Kyiv City State Administration Nikolai Povoroznik. According to him, now, first of all, those structures that urgently need it are provided with fuel, and "for all other consumers, this is a market issue."
11:42 This weekend, the US will try to find out why Turkey opposes Sweden and Finland joining NATO, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. In particular, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is scheduled to meet with his counterparts in the Alliance, including the Turkish foreign minister, this weekend at an informal meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers.
11:17 In the occupied Melitopol, many strangers have appeared spreading gossip, the Zaporozhye Regional Military Administration reported. As residents of the city note, they were brought before May 9 from the Crimea and the so-called "LDNR" and settled in empty houses and apartments.
"Missed Cossacks" in city markets, in squares and parks sit down with people and say that in the city 60% of the population has allegedly already gone over to the side of the Russian Federation, and Ukraine, they say, has already forgotten about Melitopol.
11:14 Lukashenka and Putin will hold bilateral talks in Moscow on May 16 as part of the CSTO summit, Minsk said.
11:12 The "DPR" reported that almost 500 people, including 63 children, were "evacuated" from Mariupol to Bezymennoe in a day.
11:07 The situation in Pridnestrovie is destabilized by internal forces, although the growth of tension is really connected with the war in Ukraine, Moldovan Foreign Minister Nicu Popescu said. According to him, the purpose of these forces is to ignite the conflict and prevent the country from joining the EU.
"We want to resolve the Transnistrian conflict through dialogue and diplomacy. We see that the vast majority of citizens in the Transnistrian region do not want to live in a war zone and want peace, but there are forces inside that want to fuel destabilization," Popescu said on the sidelines of the meeting of heads Foreign Ministry of the G7. He added that Moldova is making every effort to prevent the war from starting inside the country.
11:01 Ukrainian intelligence suggests that a "referendum" in Kherson on joining Russia can be held in September, namely on September 11th. "And we must not forget that about 800,000 passports of citizens of the Russian Federation have been issued on the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, in the occupied territories," Vadim Skibitsky, a spokesman for the Main Intelligence Directorate, said.
10:57 The American Institute for the Study of War admits that Russia intends to annex the occupied south and east of Ukraine in the coming months and include them in its composition. Further, the doctrine will spread to these regions, allowing the use of nuclear weapons to protect Russian territory. This threatens Ukraine and its partners with a nuclear attack in the event of an attempt to recapture these areas.
Analysts note that this option could have “devastating consequences for the long-term viability of the Ukrainian state,” so the West urgently needs to support the Ukrainian counteroffensive and thwart such a scenario.
10:52 In the Kherson region, the invaders are handing out "leading positions" to waitresses and bouncers, the SBU reports, citing the interception of conversations. Collaborators admit that due to unprofessionalism they are leading the region to a humanitarian crisis, and they are already planning to flee to Crimea.
10:43 The Armed Forces of Ukraine can return the entire Donbas if the Russians do not stop the offensive ahead of schedule, analysts at the American Institute for the Study of War say. According to them, the new phase of the war will follow one of three development paths:
Russia will stop and annex already occupied territories;
RF will try to mobilize additional forces;
Putin will continue to pursue unrealistic military goals with insufficient resources and will eventually collapse in the coming months.
10:37 In Mariupol, after an attempt by the invaders to return water supply to the city, all basements are flooded, water flows through the streets, since all pipes are damaged by shelling. Workers of the water utility received diving equipment and are trying unsuccessfully to repair gusts in the basements, said the mayor's adviser Petr Andryushchenko. Drinking water, according to him, is still inaccessible - it, like food, is sorely lacking.
In the city, about 150-170 thousand people remain hostages of the occupying authorities, with almost no chance to leave for Ukraine.
10:23 For Ukraine, the proposal on "alternative options for European integration" is unacceptable , Yermak said: "We believe that it creates the same illusion of open doors as in the case of NATO." The head of the Presidential Office emphasized that both a powerful sanctions policy and Ukraine's accession to the EU is a matter of mutual security - for Kyiv itself and for all of Europe, "although not all European capitals are aware of this yet."
“Ukraine today deserves to be applied special unprecedented mechanisms for EU membership. In June, our state should receive the status of a candidate for the European Union, because otherwise it will be an extremely negative and wrong signal,” Yermak said. “The EU and NATO should finally "to understand that as much as Ukraine needs the EU and NATO, NATO and the EU need Ukraine to the same extent. I believe that today neither the European Union nor NATO will be strong without Ukraine."
Yermak is also convinced that Ukraine will become one of the founders and leaders of the new security system that should be created after the war. "And we want to do it together with our European friends," he added.
09:59 The General Staff announced the approximate combat losses of the enemy on the morning of May 14. The enemy suffered the greatest losses over the past day in the Slavic and Bakhmut directions.
personnel - about 27,200 (+300) people liquidated,
tanks - 1218 (+13),
armored combat vehicles - 2934 (+34),
artillery systems - 551 (+9),
MLRS - 195 (+2),
air defense systems - 88 (+0),
aircraft - 200 (+0),
helicopters - 163 (+1),
UAV operational-tactical level - 411 (+6),
cruise missiles - 95 (+0),
ships/boats - 13 (+0),
automotive equipment and tankers - 2059 (+17),
special equipment - 42 (+1).
09:41 Ukraine is negotiating the evacuation of 60 seriously wounded from Azovstal, Irina Vereshchuk told Suspilny. According to her, about 600 wounded are now on the territory of the plant.
09:28 The occupiers continue to attack Azovstal from the sky, the earth and are trying to advance by land, adviser to the mayor of Mariupol Petr Andryushchenko reports. In addition, yesterday the occupiers published in social networks personal contacts (phone numbers, profiles) of the brides and wives of Ukrainian defenders.
09:26 On the evening of May 13, Russian troops fired on one of the border villages of the Shostka district of the Sumy region with unguided aircraft missiles, the State Border Service reported.
09:25 British intelligence reports that "the fact that Russia managed to impose a pro-Russian local leadership only in Kherson highlights the inability of the Russian invasion to make progress in achieving its political goals in Ukraine."
Analysts note that if Russia holds a referendum in Kherson on joining the Russian Federation, it will almost certainly manipulate its results in order to show a clear majority in favor of secession from Ukraine. "Residents of the Kherson region, most likely, will continue to demonstrate their disagreement with the Russian occupation," the intelligence service believes.
09:08 The Turkish ruling party clarified its position regarding the membership of Sweden and Finland in NATO: Ankara wants these countries to reconsider relations with the Kurdistan Workers' Party banned in Turkey.
09:06 Ukraine is ready to return to Russia the bodies of the Russian invaders who died near Kiev and Chernigov. Volodymyr Lyamzin, head of the department for military-civilian cooperation in Ukraine, said that on May 13, the Ukrainian military authorities loaded the bodies of Russian soldiers collected after the fighting in the Kyiv and Chernihiv regions into refrigerator cars.
08:59 The Russians are again trying to install air defense systems on Serpentine, said the speaker of the Odesa OVA Sergey Bratchuk.
08:51 In the Lugansk region, seven high-rise buildings in Severodonetsk and one in Rubizhne were damaged from Russian shelling, where two private houses were also destroyed. In Lisichansk, as a result of artillery shelling, the administrative building of a rubber technical products plant was destroyed, said the head of the OVA, Sergei Gaidai.
In the Rubizhne area, the enemy continues shelling, so there could be much more damage there, Gaidai specified. The Russians also conducted assault operations in the areas of Zolote and Kamyshevakhi.
08:47 Today, early in the morning, the invaders fired at the Dnepropetrovsk region from Hurricanes, said the head of the OVA, Valentin Reznichenko. The Shirokovskaya bulk fell under the blow, people were not injured. Windows were shattered in several houses, cluster munitions were found in several yards, and pyrotechnicians were at work.
08:29 According to the Pentagon, there are now 105 Russian battalion tactical groups in Ukraine. The number of Russian BTGs in Donbas continues to grow.
08:21 The United States will rotate its troops in Europe in the coming weeks and months, said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby. According to the NYT, this signals that the temporary deployment of troops is likely to become permanent. 10.5 thousand US troops will go to Europe. Kirby emphasized that these forces are not going to fight in Ukraine, but intend to support the defense of NATO allies. The total number of American troops in Europe will remain at about 100,000.
07:55 Russia has entered the third phase of a full-scale war in Ukraine and is preparing for a long-term battle, Viktor Andrusiv, adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs, said. According to him, the first phase was an attempt to seize Ukraine "in a couple of days", the second - to carry out a large encirclement of the Ukrainian Defense Forces in the east. Now the occupiers have passed into the third phase of the war, when they begin to prepare for the defense of the lines where they stopped.
"This indicates that they have decided to turn the war into a very long one ... They expect that the crises that the war causes will put the West at the negotiating table with them, and the West will try to exchange us for something," the adviser explained.
07:48 In the Donetsk and Tauride directions, the enemy used mortars, cannon artillery, multiple launch rocket systems and aircraft in order to inflict maximum losses on the Defense Forces, deplete personnel and destroy fortifications, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reports in the morning report . In addition, the enemy is trying to improve the tactical situation in the areas of the settlements of Kamyshevakha, Krasnogorovka, Novomikhailovka, Konstantinovka and Pobeda - he has no luck.
07:22 Zelensky will speak via video link at the World Economic Forum in Davos on May 23. Personally in Davos, Ukraine will be represented by the Minister of Digital Transformation Mikhail Fedorov and the Mayor of Kyiv Vitaliy Klitschko.
07:16 Azov in Mariupol destroyed about six thousand Russian soldiers, along with the general, said the deputy commander of the regiment, Captain Svyatoslav Palamar, during the Kiev Security Forum. According to him, the enemy prevailed in terms of the number of people and weapons. The grouping consisted of about 14,000 people, including Wagner PMC militants. 78 tanks and more than a hundred armored vehicles were also destroyed.
07:08 The American Institute for the Study of War believes that Ukraine most likely won the battle for Kharkov. Moscow is conducting an orderly withdrawal of its forces from near Kharkov, not trying to hold positions. That is, the Russian Federation does not conduct large-scale battles for the liberated settlements.
Analysts note that the Russians failed to encircle Kharkov, these plans can be considered failed. At the moment, they call the goal of the Armed Forces of Ukraine the disruption of communications between the Belgorod region and the enemy grouping, which operates in the Izyum direction. However, according to experts, these lines of communication are largely inaccessible to Ukrainians. Especially to the east of Kharkov, where there is a water barrier - Seversky Donets.
00:02 The Russian army has big problems with personnel at the front in Ukraine, there are not enough people, but instead of open mobilization, they are trying to carry it out covertly. Details on how this happens are in the material To death by advertising .
[NYPOST] Ukraine "appears to have won the Battle of Kharkiv," a US think tank said.
The Russian military has withdrawn from its positions around Ukraine’s second-largest city "in the face of Ukrainian counteroffensives and the limited availability of reinforcements," said the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
Russian units were unable to hold ground against the Ukrainian fighters over the past several days, the ISW said, and were prevented from encircling the city in northeast Ukraine.
As they retreated, however, they continued to bombard the eastern Donetsk province in order to "deplete Ukrainian forces and destroy fortifications," the Ukrainian military said Saturday.
Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said the country was "entering a new — long-term — phase of the war."
The comments came two days after a major Ukranian victory at the Siverskiy Donets River, an area about 25 miles east of Kharkiv which Russia previously controlled. The battle ended with Russian tanks and other destroyed equipment littering the area around the river.
Ukranian forces have moved into some of the villages surrounding Kharkiv that have been controlled by Russia since the early days of the war, CNN ...formerly the Cable News Network, now who know what it might stand for... reported.
The mayor of Kharkiv told the BBC that the Russians withdrew from the city and were moving in the direction of the Russian border. Ihor Terekhov said Russian troops never occupied the city, but entered just a small part of it once, and had not been there for some time.
"The Russians were constantly shelling Kharkiv because they were staying very close to the city," Terekhov said. "Now it is calm in Kharkiv and people are gradually coming back to the city. We provide water, gas and electricity supply to all the citizens. However, we can't all be heroes. Somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by... unfortunately, many residential buildings are destroyed or damaged. So, in the future we will have to do huge reconstruction."
"There was no shelling in the city for the last five days. There was only one attempt from Russians to hit the city with a missile rocket near Kharkiv airport, but the missile was eliminated by Ukrainian Air Defense," Terekhov said.
Separately, Ukraine’s head of military intelligence said the war is going so well he expects it to reach a turning point by mid-August and be over by the end of the year.
Major General Kyrylo Budanov told Sky News he’s "optimistic" about the progress of the war.
"The breaking point will be in the second part of August," he said. "Most of the active combat actions will have finished by the end of this year."
The same official correctly predicted when the invasion would happen, while others in his government questioned the idea that Russia would start the war.
He now predicts Ukraine will not only drive Russia out, but reclaim both the eastern breakaway regions known as the Donbas and the Crimea, which Russia seized in 2014.
"We know everything about our enemy. We know about their plans almost as they’re being made," Budanov said. "Europa ...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum... sees Russia as a big threat. They are afraid of its aggression.
"We have been fighting Russia for eight years and we can say that this highly publicized Russian power is a myth. It is not as powerful as this. It is a horde of people with weapons."
Budanov also said a coup to remove Vladimir Putin ...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances... is already under way in Russia and the Russian leader is seriously ill with cancer.
Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said the country was "entering a new — long-term — phase of the war."
His bold predictions were countered by Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who said in his nightly address that "no one can predict how long this war will last."
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[NewsFrontInfo] 21:21 Since the beginning of the special operation, the RF Armed Forces have destroyed 864 UAVs and 3,067 armored vehicles of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
21:20 Rocketmen and artillerymen of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation hit more than 200 objects of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in a day.
21:19 During the day, 28 strongholds of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and two ammunition depots were hit by high-precision air-based missiles of the Russian Aerospace Forces during the day.
21:18 Russian air defense systems shot down six UAVs of Ukraine in a day, intercepted a Tochka-U missile and three Smerch MLRS shells.
21:18 Operational-tactical and army aviation of the Russian Federation hit 33 areas of concentration of troops of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
20:02 G7 countries do not recognize changes in Ukraine's borders.
20:01 G7 urges China not to provide military assistance to Russia, and also not to undermine the sanctions imposed against Moscow.
19:59 The Russian army captured the Ukrainian military in battle, the wounded soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are immediately provided with assistance. During the fighting, the "Brave" captured another group of the military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. All the wounded are immediately provided with the necessary medical care.
18:51 Scholz said that during a conversation with Putin, he did not see Moscow's desire to change its position on Ukraine.
18:48 Ramzan Kadyrov announced the dispatch of a group of 600 volunteers to Ukraine.
17:31 Humanitarian aid was delivered to kindergartens in the village of Konstantinovka, Zaporozhye region.
17:31 In the village of Priazovskoe, Melitopol district, Zaporozhye region, humanitarian aid was delivered from representatives of the Afghan people living in Pyatigorsk and Minvody.
17:29 Cossacks in the village of Rozovka, Melitopol district, hung the Banner of Victory on the building of the village council. Alexander Alexandrovich Yurtaev was elected village headman.
16:28 Vice Speaker of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Anna Kuznetsova laid flowers at the Eternal Flame in Kherson. Also, Anna Kuznetsova, together with the head of the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region and his deputy, laid flowers at the monument to Prince Potemkin.
16:27 Ukrainian militants, retreating, blew up the gateway in the Mironovsky reservoir in the territories of the LPR controlled by Kyiv. Andrei Marochko, representative of the People's Militia of the Republic, informed about another terrorist attack committed by the Armed Forces of Ukraine against civilians by publishing a video sent to him by subscribers. Marochko warned that due to the breakthrough of the locks, several settlements of the republic were at once under the threat of flooding.
“Video confirmation of the terrorist act of the VFU at the Mironovsky reservoir. A number of settlements of the LPR are under the threat of flooding, ”said a representative of the Republican People’s Militia.
15:19 Ancient American armored personnel carriers M113 are seen in Ukraine. Earlier, the Pentagon announced its intention to transfer 200 armored personnel carriers of this model to Kyiv. They were used during the Vietnam War.
14:56 Russian military transferred humanitarian aid to residents of the Kharkiv region.
14:41 If the EU really approves the procedure for the start of the admission of Ukraine, this will mean the end of the European Union - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grushko
“The role of Europe in international trade is falling, the centers of economic and political influence are shifting to the East,” he added.
The Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation also noted that the Russian Federation would take retaliatory measures if the European Union restricts the issuance of visas to Russian citizens.
13:37 Gasoline Ukraine is left for five days, DIESEL FOR 3. According to the Minister of Economy of Ukraine Yulia Sviridenko, gasoline reserves will last for five days, and diesel - for three.
12:49 Kyiv has now deployed military military reinforcements in three directions. Big fights are expected there.
1. Severodonetsk, Lisichansk. The goal is to defend according to the principle of Mariupol.
2. North of the Kharkov region. The goal is to reach the borders of the Belgorod region.
3. Nikolaev. They want to oust Russian troops from the right bank of the Dnieper. It is here that an unexpected blow is expected.
12:09 As a result of the strikes, up to 100 nationalists were killed.
12:09 In the Kherson region, in the city of Holaya Pristan, after Victory Day, members of the Territorial Defense laid down their weapons and ammunition to the military of the Russian Federation. They handed over more than 70 RPG shells, 20 grenades, artillery shells, and small arms.
12:08 The Armed Forces of Ukraine began to speculate in fuel for ambulances in the Kharkiv region.
“In the Kharkiv region, against the backdrop of a growing fuel crisis, the militants of the nationalist battalions, confident in their impunity, cynically speculate with misappropriated fuel coupons intended for refueling ambulances and other emergency services,” said General - Colonel Mikhail Mizintsev.
At the same time, local authorities do their best to ignore such crimes. According to Mizintsev, the militants are wreaking havoc, and the silence of the Kyiv regime is taken as approval of their actions.
11:15 In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, the following have been destroyed: 165 aircraft, 125 helicopters, 858 unmanned aerial vehicles, 304 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,051 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 372 installations of multiple launch rocket systems, 1507 field artillery guns and mortars, as well as 2,898 units of special military vehicles.
11:15 In the area of the settlements of Izyum, Semenovka and Snezhkovka of the Kharkiv region, three rockets of the Smerch multiple launch rocket system were intercepted.
11:14 Russian air defense systems destroyed 13 Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles during the night in the areas of the settlements of Chkalovskoe, Dementyevka, Klinsk, Glubokoe, Balakleya, Goptovka of the Kharkiv region, Staromikhaylovka, Spartak, Yelenovka of the Donetsk People's Republic, Petrovenki and Severodonetsk of the Luhansk People's Republic, including one "Bayraktar-TB2" over the village of Mankovka, Kharkov region.
10:35 Ukrainian Defense Ministry: Reznikov announced plans to mobilize up to a million people. The allocation of funds to provide this number of troops is already being worked out.
10:32 Loud pops were heard in the sky over Belgorod tonight. Presumably, the work of military aviation. As a result of shelling in the Belgorod region, 280 houses were damaged, according to local authorities. 85 vehicles were also damaged - agricultural machinery, cars and trucks. Most of the affected facilities are in the Belgorod region.
10:30 If NATO moves nuclear forces and infrastructure to the borders of the Russian Federation, it will be necessary to respond to this by taking adequate precautionary measures, said the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation.
08:35 Russian humanitarian columns continue to arrive in the Kharkiv region. People know exactly the time and day when they need to come for groceries and line up according to pre-compiled lists.
08:04 In the city of Turin in northern Italypassedthe first demonstration in support of Russia's special operation to protect Donbass.
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[NewsFrontInfo] 23:44 In Makiivka, a house is on fire, presumably after fragments of a downed air defense missile of the Armed Forces of Ukraine hit it. 23:00 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction:
n. Avdiivka — n.p. Yasinovataya: three shells of 122mm caliber were fired.
22:30 Information was received via the operational line of the DPR JCCC about damage as a result of VFU shelling n.p. Gorlovka at the following addresses:
- st. Tibet, 22, 24, 26 - private sector:
—st. Altaiskaya, 2a- the private sector, livestock died.
21:38 During the day, 19,387 people were evacuated from the DPR, LPR and Ukraine.
21:37 Ramzan Kadyrov announced the liberation of the Zarya plant in Rubizhnoye.
21:36 Military units of the NM of the DPR and Russia took up the positions of Ukrainian militants in the settlement. Avdiivka. At the strongholds of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, abandoned NATO weapons are everywhere, as well as prohibited anti-personnel mines.
20:30 As a result of hostilities, 19 transformer substations have been de-energized. 1960 subscribers of the Petrovsky district and Staromikhailovka village were left without electricity. Emergency recovery work will be carried out as soon as the situation permits.
19:17 Shelling from the side of the VFU was recorded in the following directions:
n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Yasinovataya: five missiles fired from BM-21 Grad;
n.p. Krasnogorovka - Donetsk (Petrovsky district): three shells of 122mm caliber were fired.
n.p. Novomikhailovka - Donetsk (Petrovsky district): eight shells of 122mm caliber were fired.
18:50 Shelling from the side of the VFU was recorded in the following directions:
n.p. Zaitsevo Severnoye - n.p. Zaitsevo South: three LNG grenades fired;
n.p. Krasnogorovka - Donetsk (Petrovsky district): three shells of 122mm caliber were fired.
18:15 Shelling from the side of the VFU was recorded in the following directions:
n.p. Novomikhailovka - n.p. Dokuchaevsk: 10 missiles fired from BM-21 Grad.
n.p. Krasnogorovka - Donetsk (Petrovsky district): five shells of 122mm caliber were fired.
18:10 According to updated data, as a result of artillery shelling of N. p. Pervomaisk, a woman born in 1969 was injured, six apartment buildings, a grocery store, the infrastructure of the Pervomaisk-Zolotoe checkpoint, as well as a gas pipeline - the Representative Office of the LPR in the JCCC, were damaged.
16:15 From the side of the armed formations of Ukraine, shelling was recorded from the direction of the settlement. Kamyshevakh along the settlement Pervomaisk with the use of 122mm artillery guns (eight shells) - Representation of the LPR in the JCCC.
16:10 According to the operational line of the DPR JCCC, information was received about damage as a result of shelling from the AFU of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk at the following addresses:
- Pobedy Square, 36 "a" - MBDOU "Nursery-garden of combined type No. 264 in Donetsk;
- st. Stepana Shchipachev, 41 "a" - MBDOU "Nursery-kindergarten of combined type No. 386 in Donetsk.
In addition, as a result of shelling from the side of the VFU, four supply substations of the Kirov high-voltage networks were de-energized, 160 transformer substations, 22,500 subscribers of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk were without electricity.
16:00 In less than an hour, the Ukronazis fired 46 shells from the Grad MLRS, as well as D-30 artillery with a caliber of 122mm, into Donetsk and its environs. Here is such an unpleasant density of attacks from the Armed Forces of Ukraine on peaceful settlements of the DPR. Counter-battery fire is also clearly audible.
15:30 As a result of hostilities, four supply substations of the Kirov high-voltage networks have been de-energized. 160 transformer substations and 22,500 subscribers were left without electricity. Power engineers will start emergency recovery work after the end of the shelling.
15:13 Video confirmation of a terrorist act of the VFU at the Mironovsky reservoir. A number of settlements of the LPR are under the threat of flooding.
15:02 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction: n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Yasinovataya: six missiles were fired from the BM-21 Grad.
14:50 Shelling from the side of the VFU was recorded in the following directions:
n.p. Krasnogorovka - Donetsk (Petrovsky district): five shells of 122mm caliber were fired.
14:25 Shelling from the side of the VFU was recorded in the following directions:
n.p. Avdiivka - n.p. Mineral: fired three shells of 122mm caliber.
n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Yakovlevka: four shells of 122mm caliber were fired.
14:20 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction: n.p. Krasnogorovka - Donetsk (Petrovsky district): six shells of 122mm caliber were fired.
14:04 As a result of the shelling from the side of the Armed Forces of the Kirovsky district of Donetsk, nine residential buildings were damaged. At the scene, all crimes committed by Ukrainian armed groups are recorded by employees of the DPR JCCC.
13:01 Social facilities in the city of Donetsk continue to suffer from shelling:
MBOU "School No. 50 in Donetsk": two double-glazed windows were damaged;
MBDOU "Nursery-kindergarten of the combined type No. 264 in Donetsk": the glazing of 1 window block was damaged;
MBDOU "Nursery-kindergarten of the combined type No. 386 in Donetsk": the entrance metal-plastic door and double-glazed windows of window blocks were damaged. The building has not been fully examined due to the ongoing shelling.
12:40 Shelling from the side of the VFU was recorded in the following directions:
n.p. Sands - Donetsk (Kuibyshevsky district): five5 shells of 122mm caliber were fired;
n.p. Krasnogorovka - Donetsk (Petrovsky district): five shells of 122mm caliber were fired.
12:17 Residential buildings in the Olenivka village were damaged by Ukrainian shells. Damage to glazing and roofing was recorded at the following addresses: st. Sadovaya, 118 and st. Frunze, 187. In addition, a civilian car was damaged.
12:05 As a result of the military aggression of Ukrainian militants in the territory of the Kuibyshev region, the following destruction was recorded:
- st. Shipyard, 79: roof, facade and glazing damaged;
- st. Ship, 71: the roof is damaged;
— 1 Kremlevsky Ave., Donetsk School No. 50: a double-glazed window was damaged in the assembly hall.
In addition, a fixed-route taxi car No. 10 was damaged, which was located at the final bus stop near the City Clinical Hospital No. 21 of Donetsk on Kremlevsky Ave.
11:50 Fire was detected from the side of the VFU in the direction: n.p. Krasnogorovka - Donetsk (Petrovsky district): eight shells of 122mm caliber were fired.
11:35 From the side of the armed formations of Ukraine shelling from the direction of N of the item is recorded. Kamyshevakh along the settlement Pervomaisk with the use of artillery guns 122mm (six shells) - Representation of the LPR in the JCCC.
11:30 The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue a special military operation in Ukraine. High-precision airborne missiles of the Russian Aerospace Forces hit five command posts and two ammunition depots in the areas of the settlements of Disputed and Berestovoye of the Donetsk People's Republic. As a result of the strikes, up to 100 nationalists were destroyed, 23 units of military equipment were disabled.
11:10 From the side of the armed formations of Ukraine shelling from the direction of N of the item is recorded. Nikolaevka Kirovsk with the use of the Uragan MLRS (two shells) - Representation of the LPR in the JCCC.
11:02 According to updated information, as a result of shelling on the street. Shchipacheva, 16 storage facilities of the Izyum supermarket are on fire. In addition, after the hostilities in the territory of the temporarily annexed territories, 400 houses in the village were left without electricity. Lugansk and 63 houses in the village. Signal - Kulemzin.
11:00 Almost 500 people were evacuated from Mariupol to Bezymennoye in the DPR. This was announced by the headquarters of the territorial defense of the republic. A total of 31,781 people have traveled in this direction since March 5.
10:50 Allied troops occupied the village of Aleksandropolye near Popasna and pushed the Ukrainian units back to Kamyshevakha. This advance continues to close the boiler over the grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the area.
10:40 The DPR servicemen, together with the RF Armed Forces, continue to liberate the settlements of the Republic. Over the past day, our servicemen destroyed 34 Ukrainian nationalists, one 152mm self-propelled artillery gun 2S5 "Hyacinth", three nomadic 120mm mortars, one1 reconnaissance chemical vehicle "Kashalot", four lightly armored vehicles. One armored personnel carrier and three cargo vehicles were captured - NM DPR.
10:35 Information was received through the operational line of the DPR JCCC about the wounding of a civilian born in 1952. as a result of the shelling of the VFU of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk at the address pl. Pobedy, 31. As a result of the shelling of the VFU in Donetsk, damage was recorded at the following addresses:
- pl. Victory, 31/1 private sector;
- sq. Victory, 35a "First republican supermarket";
- st. Schipacheva, 16 fire store "Izyum".
- st. Ship, 67 - a direct hit in a private residential building.
10:33 Petrovsky district of Donetsk was subjected toshellingAPU, the shell hit the supermarket, the building caught fire. There have been reports of casualties, but their number is still unknown.
10:30 NM LPR: During the clashes with units of the defense department, over the past day, the enemy suffered losses in manpower and military equipment, namely: eight personnel; three units of automotive equipment; three servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine made the right decision, laid down their arms and thus saved their lives.
10:24 As a result of the night shelling of VFU Yasinovataya on the street. Kirov, two people were injured.
10:20 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction: n.p. Novomikhailovka - n.p. Lugansk: two shells of 122mm caliber were fired.
09:53 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction: n.p. Novomikhailovka - Donetsk (Petrovsky district): six shells of 122mm caliber were fired.
09:30 Grad installations conduct counter-battery fire on nationalist artillery in the Maryinka area.
09:10 Artillery of the LPR near Svetlodarsk accurate blows breaks through the concrete line of defense of Ukrainian nationalists.
09:00 A series of arrivals in the Petrovsky district from the armed formations of Ukraine. They report a fire and an injured employee of the First Republican Supermarket.
08:53 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction: n.p. Krasnogorovka - Donetsk (Petrovsky district): three shells of 122mm caliber were fired.
08:40 Shelling from the AFU was recorded in the following directions:
n.p. Novgorodskoye - n.p. Gorlovka: 20 missiles fired from BM-21 Grad;
n.p. Novomikhailovka - Donetsk (Petrovsky district): 40 missiles were fired from the BM-21 "Grad";
n.p. Novomikhailovka - Donetsk (Petrovsky district): five shells of 122mm caliber were fired;
n.p. Krasnogorovka - Donetsk (Petrovsky district): four shells of 122mm caliber were fired;
n.p. Novgorodskoye - n.p. Mikhailovka: eight shells of 122mm caliber were fired.
08:00 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction: Avdiivka - n.p. Yasinovataya: three missiles fired from BM-21 Grad.
The cold war has returned. The red line Putin has drawn is no liberal minded woke response. He will follow thru on his concerns. China and many other countries are right there with him. I see no extensive support or coordination offered to return balance. It appears to me to be very unbalanced at this time. Money and the tools of war will not win against true power developing on the side of nationalism. Think about it. Western countries divided internally. Nationalism is fading fast. The glue that holds a country together.
[Dawn] Standing by the tiny grave of his five-year-old son in the Orthodox Christian cemetery of Schisto on the outskirts of Athens, Esfandiyar Fagkiri says he feels a "dual pain".
Not only has he lost one of his five children, but the Afghan family cannot mourn him according to Moslem rituals because the cemetery is Christian. Then send them all, including the dead kid, back to Afghanistan.
Hasibollah Fagkiri was hit and fatally injured by a truck in January 2021 while playing with other children near the entrance to the Malakassa migrant camp, north of Athens, where he had been living with his family since September 2020.
NGOs and local authorities blamed the accident on the camp's poor safety conditions and said it should be shut down.
After burying their son, the Fagkiris were shocked to be told that his body must be exhumed after three years — in 2024.
This is standard procedure in Greek cemeteries due to a chronic lack of space — especially in the greater Athens area where more than a third of the country's population of over 10 million live.
But for Hasibollah's grieving family, it is unthinkable.
Islam does not allow exhumation or cremation and the body remains buried forever, Fagkiri pointed out.
But for people without a paid family grave, "exhumation after three years is mandatory," insisted Dimosthenis Stamatatos, head of an association of municipalities near the cemetery of Schisto.
The remains of the dead are often kept in a special annex of the cemetery church.
Greece is a predominantly Orthodox Christian country, and Moslem cemeteries can only be found in Thrace, a region in the northeast of the country near the Greek-Ottoman Turkish border, 750 kilometres from Athens.
The area is home to a centuries-old Moslem minority, a legacy of the Ottoman Empire's presence in the area.
In Athens, the number of Moslems used to be negligible, but this has changed in the wake of the 2015 refugee crisis.
There are now about half-a-million Moslems in the Greek capital after successive migration waves and the arrival of thousands of families from the Middle East, North Africa and the Indian subcontinent fleeing war and poverty.
Thrace is too far away for most families to bury their dead there, and the cost of transferring the bodies is prohibitive.
"Given the high cost of transferring the dead to Thrace, the number of burials of Moslems in Orthodox cemeteries in Athens has increased in recent years," Rezai Mohtar, president of the Afghan community, told a presser last week.
The Covid-19 pandemic has made things even harder for grieving families, he said.
According to Javed Aslam, a leading member of the Pak community in Greece, Moslem migrant communities have long been calling for a cemetery in Athens.
SECTION FOR MOSLEMS
Municipal official Stamatatos pointed out that in 2016 the Orthodox Church of Greece donated 20,000 square metres of land at Schisto cemetery for a section reserved for Moslems.
But a legal dispute with the contractor has delayed the completion of the project.
A bigwig at the Greek ministry of education, which also oversees religious matters, said the project has been given the go-ahead and "will be carried out given the large number of Moslems in Athens".
But rights groups and the main opposition leftist party Syriza are not so optimistic, pointing to the current conservative government's strong anti-migration rhetoric amid recurring allegations of illegal migrant pushbacks at the country's borders.
"When it comes to respect for the rights of migrants colonists and refugees, the context in Greece is negative," said Syriza MP, Giorgos Psychogios.
The first official mosque in Athens opened in November 2020, taking more than a decade to complete after running into strong opposition from the Orthodox Church, as well as from nationalist groups.
The replacement population doing its thing. In this case they’re socialists instead of Moslems.
[Rudaw] Three Kurdish-German politicians in a northwestern region in Germany are seeking to be elected as members of the parliament, as the state prepares to vote on the 18th round of its legislature on Sunday.
The region of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), regarded the most populous in Germany, is home to the largest Kurdish diaspora community in Europa ...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum... and has good relations with the Kurdistan Region.
Twenty-nine parties will compete for 181 seats in the parliament, and the upcoming election is considered crucial for NRW’s Kurdish population, with three candidates being of Kurdish origin.
Berivan Aymaz, Serdar Yuksel, and Nasruddin Akay are three Kurdish-German politicians among the candidates running for NRW’s parliament. Yuksel and Aymaz are seeking re-election, while Akay hopes for first time election into the legislature.
Aymaz, 49, is the deputy of NRW’s Green Party and the bloc’s spokesperson for migration and foreign affairs. Born in eastern The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire... (Bakur) and residing in the city of Cologne ...the largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia and the fourth populated city in Germany.... , Aymaz has been an MP of the NRW parliament since 2017.
"According to the predictions, this is the first time in history of my circle that I’m leading in the polls as a Green Party candidate and I have the chance to benefit from the direct votes of this circle, as a woman who was not born in Germany, but it is her home," Aymaz told Rudaw.
Yuksel, 48, has been an active member of NRW’s Social Democratic Party since 1989, and their number one figure in the city of Bochum since 2001. Yuksel’s origins come from Bakur, but he was born in the city of Essen in Germany, and has been a member of the NRW parliament since 2010.
"We are now at a stage where great changes are occurring. There is a war, and we are constantly faced with issues of injustice which has made us very sad. The most important thing is to preserve the socialist state so that we don’t lose democracy and peace," Yuksel said.
The people of NRW highlighted the importance of the upcoming election for their region, and for the preservation of democracy as a whole.
"I will participate in the election process because I want democracy to live. Democracy survives when people go and vote. It is very important to me. I’m going to vote because I don’t want right-wing Lions of Islam to get more votes," social worker Natali Vogt told Rudaw.
The polls predict that the Green Party will see an almost 100% increase in their seats in the elections, while the social democrats are expected to maintain their wins from the previous elections and the Christian democrats are expected to lose many seats.
Turkey has room for such things, now that they’ve resettled so many Syrian refugees across the border in Syrian Kurdistan.
[AlArarabiya] NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants... member The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire... has proposed carrying out a sea evacuation of maimed fighters holed up in a steel works in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, President His Enormity, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First ...Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really more important... ’s front man said on Saturday.
Ibrahim Kalin told Rooters in an interview that he had personally discussed the proposal with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv two weeks ago and that it remains "on the table" although Moscow has not agreed to it.
Under the plan, people evacuated from the vast Azovstal steel plant would be taken by land to the port of Berdyansk, which like Mariupol is on the Sea of Azov, and a Ottoman Turkish vessel would take them across the Black Sea to Istanbul, he said.
"If it can be done that way, we are happy to do it. We are ready. In fact, our ship is ready to go and bring the injured soldiers and other civilians to Turkey," said Kalin, who is also Erdogan’s top foreign policy adviser.
Ukraine and Russia did not immediately comment on the possibility of an evacuation by sea.
After weeks of Russian siege and bombardment, Mariupol is in Russian hands, but hundreds of Ukrainian fighters are holding out under heavy fire at the steel works.
A number of civilians who were sheltering in the plant were evacuated this month with the help of the International Committee of the Red Thingy and the United Nations ...an idea whose time has gone... . Turkey’s proposal included evacuating the civilians who were still there.
Zelenskyy has said complex talks are under way to evacuate a large number of maimed soldiers from the steel works in return for the release of Russian prisoners of war.
Russia, which initially said the fighters should surrender, has said little publicly about the talks.
Kalin said the Russian position "changes day to day."
"They look at the security situation on the ground and other dynamics, their negotiations, their own internal coordination," he said. "So sometimes it is hard to get a firm response [or] commitment from either side."
Turkey neighbors Russia and Ukraine, has good ties with both and has tried to facilitate peace talks. It objected to Russia’s invasion and has supplied Kyiv with armed drones though it also opposes Western sanctions on Moscow.
Kalin said the naval evacuation from Berdyansk was one of a number of proposals to reach a ceasefire and carry out an evacuation.
"It may happen, yes. I believe it may happen," he said.
"The boat is still in Istanbul. It is ready to sail but we are waiting for final clearance from Russian and Ukrainian side for it to go to Berdyansk and bring those injured soldiers to Turkey."
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When it rains, it pours... or not, as the case may be.
[Rudaw] With drought and a lack of rainfall ravaging the country, Lake Hamrin, which once used to supply 80 percent of water to the people of Diyala province, has almost completely dried up.
Around 150,000 acres of farmland in the Hamrin area in northeastern Diyala province are on the brink of desertification, a dangerous development that may force myriads of locals to abandon their regions and seek work elsewhere in urban areas, according to local authorities.
"There was a lot of water here in the past that would reach the residential areas, and the sheep would drink water close to the households. The water has vanished and the sheep are thirsty. Nothing is left behind," Ali Jasim, a young shepherd, told Rudaw's Halkawt Aziz over the weekend.
Lake Hamrin is situated 55 kilometers northeast of Diyala's capital of Baqubah on the Alwand River. The water basin was opened in 1981 to protect the province from seasonal floods, soon becoming a strategic water reservoir in Diyala and capable of holding 2.4 billion cubic meters of water.
"By God, we have lost all we had in possession. You can no longer find a single farmer in this region because the lake has dried up. We used to make a living out of this water," said farmer Mohanad Khalid
Iraq's lakes are drying at an alarming rate. The country's second-largest lake, known as Milh or Razzaza lake, completely dried up in February.
Iraq's water resources ministry has previously warned that the country's water reserves have halved since last year.
Water levels in the Euphrates and Tigris rivers — shared by Iraq, Syria, and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire... — have dropped considerably in recent years. In the latest stark warning of the threats a heating climate poses to the country, a report by Iraq's Ministry of Water Resources late last year predicted that unless urgent action is taken to combat declining water levels and climate change, Iraq's two main rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates, will be completely dry by 2040.
Water scarcity is a severe issue in Iraq. The country is the fifth-most vulnerable nation to the effects of climate change, including water and food insecurity, according to the UN, yet it is lagging behind its neighbors when it comes to a plan to protect its water resources.
The effects of low rainfall in Iraq have been exacerbated as the levels of the country's two main rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates, drop due to upstream damming in neighboring Iran ...The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan. The abbreviation IRGC is the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both... and Turkey.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.