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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Orange County Church Shooting Called Chinese vs. Taiwanese Hate Crime
[Times of San Diego] Whoops! Down the Memory Hole
The man who allegedly killed a doctor and injured five others at a Taiwanese church in Orange County was a U.S. citizen born in China who hated Taiwan and drove from Las Vegas armed with guns, chains and numerous Molotov cocktails, authorities said on Monday.

David Chou, 68, allegedly chained shut the doors where up to 40 people were attending a luncheon in honor of a former pastor of the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church and began firing at congregants, Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said Monday.

Barnes said the violent assault Sunday afternoon at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in the retirement community of Laguna Woods was motivated by Chou’s hatred of Taiwan and recent tensions between Taiwan and mainland China.

"This is a manifestation of the ugliest part of our humanity that exists in our country today," Barnes said at a news conference on Monday, also referencing the weekend’s racially motivated mass shooting in Buffalo, New York.

The FBI said it was opening a hate crime investigation in the case.

Dr. John Cheng, 52, a physician with South Bay Medical Group in Aliso Viejo, was killed when he charged the gunman and attempted to disarm him, Barnes said. Cheng is survived by his wife and two children.

"Dr. Cheng is a hero in this incident," Barnes said, adding that the doctor’s actions bought time for other parishioners to subdue the suspect and eventually hogtie him.

"Without the actions of Dr. Cheng, there is no doubt there would be additional victims in this crime," Barnes said.

Barnes said four incendiary devices, similar to Molotov cocktails, were placed inside the church, and investigators also found bags of additional ammunition.

The sheriff said investigators have determined the shooting was an isolated incident carried out solely by the suspect.

Four other men of Asian descent aged 66 to 92 and an 86-year-old woman of Asian descent were injured in the mass shooting. Their names have not yet been released.
Posted by: Frank G || 05/17/2022 06:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [94 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Self hatred.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/17/2022 12:26 Comments || Top||

#2  He loved China so much he lived in the US. OK, CA which is relatively physically and politically (one party) close to China.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/17/2022 13:11 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Features Plus-Sized Model Yumi Nu
Caution: Once seen, this cannot be unseen.
[Breitbart] Joining the ranks of Ashley Graham and Hunter McGrady, the 2022 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue will feature plus-sized model Yumi Nu on its front cover.
Caution: Once seen, this cannot be unseen.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/17/2022 00:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [224 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We you sure this isn’t a Mad Magazibe parody issue? A tubby, a Kardasian, a granny and one typical model. The only thing missing is a guy using the tuck rule.
Posted by: Greater the Anonymous5721 || 05/17/2022 1:21 Comments || Top||

#2  That interesting black thing is a size too small on the bottom and two sizes too small on top. She would have looked a lot better in the right size — she looks striking in her other photos. Such an interesting face!
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2022 1:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Being fat causes heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, glocoma, cancer and you have to pay for two seats to fly, which is always a problem because they usually screw up by assigning you to seats 47 and 65.
Posted by: Crons Tholush7614 || 05/17/2022 7:16 Comments || Top||

#4  What happens when you think basically everything you see is yumi (to eat).
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/17/2022 7:20 Comments || Top||

#5  Well, I know that if aliens do arrive, I for one will not be on the "To Serve Man" menu.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/17/2022 8:16 Comments || Top||



#8  10 pounds of $hit in a 5 pound bag.
Posted by: Raj || 05/17/2022 9:36 Comments || Top||

#9  A far-left woman with a journalism degree is running the swimsuit issue. She sees her job as lecturing men, not entertaining them.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/17/2022 11:14 Comments || Top||

#10  Anybody even get Sports Illustrated anymore? I haven't see 1 in years.
Posted by: Chris || 05/17/2022 11:20 Comments || Top||

#11  Circulation down from 3.2 million to 1.7 million over the past twelve years. The latest confirms the fixation of mocking traditional heterosexuality with cartoonish examples as virtue signaling demonstrations of inclusivity and tolerance. Fat and old are fine, just not the pinnacle of sensual femininity for traditional male preferences.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 05/17/2022 12:21 Comments || Top||

#12  I don't consider kim hardashian to be either
Posted by: Chris || 05/17/2022 13:24 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
Guess which Cong. District - Georgia students sue over blocked protest against rebel flag
ATLANTA (AP) — Several Black students who were suspended for trying to protest Confederate flag displays at their school in Georgia have filed a federal lawsuit against their school district and its board members, accusing them of allowing an extensive pattern of racism including "overt bigotry and animosity by some white students and teachers against African American students."

The students, joined by their mothers as plaintiffs, already made news when their protest at Coosa High School was stifled last fall.

Now, in their lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Floyd County school district and its board members, they allege an extensive pattern of racism, including white students reenacting the murder of George Floyd and posting it on social media, and a student who carried what appeared to be a whip and told a Black student "we used to whip you."

They also allege unfair punishment: Students are banned from wearing Black Lives Matter shirts, but Confederate flag apparel is acceptable under the school’s dress code, the lawsuit says.

The suit faults administrators for "deliberate indifference to acts of racial animosity toward Black students perpetrated by white students and teachers; as well as the school’s viewpoint discrimination in its dress code and the inconsistent administration of disciplinary policies to the detriment of Black students."

Joining the students as plaintiffs are their mothers, Lekisha Turner and Jessica Murray. Murray claims she was pulled over by a police officer after picking up the suspended children, and detained until school officials presented her with a letter threatening criminal trespassing charges if she was found again on school grounds.

Superintendent Glenn White on Tuesday said the district disputes the allegations but had been advised by lawyers to not get into specifics at this time. "The Floyd County school system looks forward to presenting the facts on this situation in court," White told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

Coosa High near Rome is in the heart of northwest Georgia’s conservative 14th Congressional District, which sent Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to Congress. About 10% of the school’s more than 800 students in grades 8-12 are Black, state enrollment figures show. About 58% are white, while 26% are Hispanic and the the remainder are multiracial or some other race.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/17/2022 11:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [51 views] Top|| File under:


Senator Lummis apologizes for speaking the truth about science and two sexes
[Hot Air] A Republican from Wyoming, Senator Cynthia Lummis was a keynote speaker during several University of Wyoming commencement ceremonies in Laramie during the weekend. One speech quickly went off the rails when she dared to speak truthfully about science and "two sexes". Some members of the audience loudly booed her, interrupting her speech for 25 seconds. She has since apologized.

Everything seemed to be going ok until Lummis, a graduate of the University of Wyoming, spoke about a scientific truth. That truth is that there are two sexes, male and female. After the interruption to her speech, she made a point to say, "I’m not making a comment about the fact that there are people who transition between two sexes."
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/17/2022 06:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [117 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The origins of the leftest booing, rage, and denial are not found at the University of Wyoming or in biology, they are actually found in the Garden.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/17/2022 6:40 Comments || Top||

#2  I'll be glad to see anyone in the government grow a spine and quit apologizing everytime one of the mental cases is offended. They're always mad, offended, and crazy. Fuck em.
Posted by: Chris || 05/17/2022 8:45 Comments || Top||

#3 
Using the "SCIENCE" that the Liberal Democrats and others with Mental Appeasement Syndrome have demanded we always must use.

Has there been a NEWLY discovered pairing of sexual Chromosomes other than XX making a person female and XY making a person male?

If so what is it?

Simply stated Transgenderism is a Mental Illness, NOT a Physical or Medical Illness.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 05/17/2022 19:29 Comments || Top||


Indiana man shoots two intruders dead, holds others at gunpoint
[Washington Examiner] A homeowner in Indiana shot two intruders dead and detained two others at gunpoint while waiting for police to arrive after a gang of burglars broke into his home.

At least four individuals were armed when they broke into the homeowner's DeKalb County residence Sunday morning around 6:00 a.m., Indiana State Police said.

The homeowner greeted them with a firearm and began firing, according to a report.

Two intruders, identified as Rameica Moore, 36, and Dylan Morefield, 22, were killed.

Two others, identified as Tabitha Johnson, 42, and Shaun Kruse, 42, were held by the man at gunpoint until police arrived.

They were then taken into custody and booked into DeKalb County Jail on felony murder and burglary charges, the report noted.

Someone can be charged with murder if an individual dies while they are in the act of committing a felony, according to Indiana law, a report noted.

Autopsies are pending on the deceased intruders, and an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

The homeowner is facing no charges relating to the incident, police said.
ABC21 News video found here.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/17/2022 00:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under:

#1 
We need a RE-AMMO-ME website for these Self-Defense Heroes.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 05/17/2022 6:41 Comments || Top||

#2  "Broke Into The Wrong Rec Room Didn't Ya!"
Burt Gummer (An American Hero)
Posted by: Sonny Black || 05/17/2022 7:13 Comments || Top||

#3  Yeah, you all come down out of those urban islands looking to do a smash and grab.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/17/2022 8:25 Comments || Top||

#4  Too bad he didn't kill the other 2.
Posted by: Chris || 05/17/2022 11:14 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Biden expands flights to Cuba, eases restrictions on remittances and makes it easier for families to visit relatives on the island as he rolls back sanctions imposed by Donald Trump
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Supporting their brother commies as President Obama v.2.0.
  • Officials said Monday the administration was rolling back Trump-era restrictions

  • It comes after a months-long review of US policy to Cuba after protests last year

  • It means flights will be restored to airports other than Havana

  • And it lifts the $1000 cap on remittances to families on the island

  • But a senior Democrat said it risked sending the wrong message

  • Bob Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said allowing travel to the island had never helped spread democracy
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/17/2022 08:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [63 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Another special interest voting block [Miami Cubes] acquired.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/17/2022 13:41 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russian lawmaker warns Poland is next in line for 'denazification after Ukraine'
[FoxNews] A Russian lawmaker is warning Friday that recent comments from Poland’s leaders are encouraging Moscow to "put it in first place in the queue for denazification after Ukraine."

Russian State Duma Deputy Oleg Morozov, using language Russia has sought to justify its bloody invasion of Ukraine, made the remark on his Telegram page, according to Russian state media.

"By its statements about Russia as a 'cancer tumor' and about the 'indemnity' that we must pay to Ukraine, Poland encourages us to put it in first place in the queue for denazification after Ukraine," Morozov reportedly wrote.
I found Baghdad Bob! And boy is your mouth writing checks your body can't cash
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/17/2022 08:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [245 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hey, they're just using the DNC talk points about anyone not a member of the party.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/17/2022 9:10 Comments || Top||

#2  they won't have a military left by the time they reach poland.
Posted by: Chris || 05/17/2022 9:10 Comments || Top||

#3  And yet we will hear from useful idiots how we forced Putin into his invasion of the Ukraine.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/17/2022 9:18 Comments || Top||

#4  ..they come to the Rant to self identify :)
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/17/2022 9:45 Comments || Top||

#5  And this time we'll do it without Hitler!
Posted by: Oleg Scourge of the Poles4962 || 05/17/2022 10:10 Comments || Top||

#6  ...Oh, they really do not want to do this. The Poles have very, very long memories.

Mike
Posted by: MikeKozlowski || 05/17/2022 10:19 Comments || Top||

#7  Russia, if you think freaking Poland isn't ready for you to try it, you seriously need to lay off the drugs you're using.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 05/17/2022 10:24 Comments || Top||

#8  Poland is already a member of the EU and NATO. This isn't Putin feeling threatened by the expansion of NATO, either -- they joined in 1999.

This is just the Putinists threatening global war because they feel disrespected. They're street thugs with more resources.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/17/2022 10:43 Comments || Top||

#9  I read this as just some Russian pol running his mouth. To get to Poland, the Rus would have to get all the way across Ukraine. Ain't gonna happen.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/17/2022 11:07 Comments || Top||

#10  ^ Hey, what am I, chopped Lithuania? I tell ya, I don't get no respect...
Posted by: Belarus || 05/17/2022 11:18 Comments || Top||

#11  Russia is unlikely to invade more countries but they are not powerless. The best thing for all concerned would be peace at this point. Having everybody pour weapons into the conflict while Biden prints more money to pay the bill just fills body bags with young Russian men and a higher number of young and old Ukrainians of both genders. The only beneficiaries are Globalists, weapons makers and the CCP.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/17/2022 11:43 Comments || Top||

#12  Putin can always withdraw. He started it, he can end it.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/17/2022 13:26 Comments || Top||

#13  Hey, what am I, chopped Lithuania? I tell ya, I don't get no respect...
Posted by Belarus 2022-05-17 11:18|| 2022-05-17 11:18|| Front Page || Comments Top


And you shouldn't. You pretended to be neutral all the while acting as a marshalling yard and staging area for the invasion.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 05/17/2022 14:11 Comments || Top||

#14  ^8 Poland was an ally of Britain & France in 1939... didn't help much.
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/17/2022 15:57 Comments || Top||

#15  Unfortunately, Russia can sign its checks with 100 kt thermonuclear weapons. Wish it couldn't. But it can.
Posted by: Secret Master || 05/17/2022 20:20 Comments || Top||

#16  Russia will keep the land bridge to Crimea and the Donbas. They can withdraw from everywhere else.
Posted by: Blinky Grumble2505 || 05/17/2022 20:22 Comments || Top||


Russia is hit with yet another mystery blaze: Flames engulf chemical plant adding to speculation over Ukrainian 'sabotage' after series of deadly fires at military sites
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News]
  • The blaze engulfed a chemical plant that makes plastic in Berdsk, central Russia

  • The fire is the latest in a series of infernos at industrial and military facilities in Russia since Putin invaded Ukraine

  • Some experts say Ukraine is responsible for the 'sabotage' of the sites in Russia
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/17/2022 08:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [142 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Vodka and laziness are much more likely causes than Ukrainian saboteurs. For one, those saboteurs would need INCREDIBLE infiltration skills to get all the way to the Sakhalin coal site.

Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/17/2022 9:38 Comments || Top||

#2 
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/17/2022 9:39 Comments || Top||

#3  ^ NICE
Posted by: Frank G || 05/17/2022 10:23 Comments || Top||

#4  Rob Crawford
Actually the Russians are during the work for them:

The Russians have been forcing Ukrainian refugees to take jobs in Sakhalin Island and other areas that were depopulated after the Cold War.

There are probably a number of disgruntled Ukrainians working on the island now.
Posted by: Jirt Clomoting6714 || 05/17/2022 11:13 Comments || Top||

#5  Could be some Russians who don't want to be cannon fodder or are just against the war also. Early on their was a vid going around of a Russian burning a recruitment center.
Posted by: Chris || 05/17/2022 11:18 Comments || Top||

#6  Jirt-- reminds me of the Me262 in the collection at Wright-Patt. While restoring it, they found multiple instances of sabotage; it had been assembled by slave labor.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/17/2022 11:42 Comments || Top||

#7  Is the rate of industrial fires higher than normal, or are we just hearing about them more because of the extra attention to Russia?
Posted by: James || 05/17/2022 13:33 Comments || Top||


Figures from Azovstal
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.

Commentary by Russian military journalist Boris Rozhin:


Sladkov on figures from Azovstal.

1. In total, over 2,500 people were there at the time the commissioning began.
2. Of these, 804 people are "Azov".
3. Of the total number of wounded is 404, of which 55 are severe.
4. Over 200 frozen corpses.
5. Three are our prisoners (1 officer, 2 soldiers)

Video here https://t.me/boris_rozhin/49000

According to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, 265 people surrendered yesterday, 55 of them were wounded. The wounded are all in Novoazovsk. The rest are in the Yelenovskaya colony.

From the Twitter account of Reports of Novorussia, a film of the evacuation of detainees from Azovstal:



More from the Twitter account of Reports of Novorussia:

Khodakovsky writes that the AFU garrison at Azovstal is starting a mass surrender.

"They are moving everywhere (from all holes), digging out and pulling towards our bridge..."

Khodakovsky is the name of a Donetsk formation commander.
Posted by: badanov || 05/17/2022 07:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How pathetic that we can't even get straight news and basic facts from our own media outlets. China's state media, Indian media, even Russia Today provide more objective, balanced and accurate reporting than the American and British news outlets.
Posted by: Winky Angavimp8054 || 05/17/2022 9:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Just because they tell you what you want to hear doesn't mean they're accurate.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/17/2022 10:40 Comments || Top||

#3  ^ Back at you with that comment. Everyone has their corner on the news. Take your pick.
Posted by: Dale || 05/17/2022 15:23 Comments || Top||

#4  balanced and accurate

This is one of the most balanced and accurate brief summaries available:

"Azovstal serves as the last bastion of Ukrainian troops in Mariupol, a major port city that saw some of the most intense fighting during Russia’s offensive in Ukraine. The vast facility has an extensive network of underground tunnels and shelters, where Ukrainian fighters are holed up.

"Russia decided not to storm the site, saying it would take too many lives of its soldiers, and opted for a prolonged siege instead. Ukrainian troops stationed there, many of whom belong to the controversial nationalist Azov battalion, have been complaining about a shortage of food, medical supplies and ammunition for weeks.

"The German- and French-brokered Minsk protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it was planning to retake the two republics by force."

Posted by: Crump Clolurong2658 || 05/17/2022 15:34 Comments || Top||

#5  That’s from Russia Today yesterday. link

Russia Today is a Russian state-controlled international television network funded by the Russian government.

So yes, dreadfully balanced and accurate.

(No sarcasm when that last sentence is understood literally. Otherwise very heavily sarcastic indeed — both statements are true because words are fun.)
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2022 18:08 Comments || Top||

#6  I read through the text at #4 and found it to be exactly what the poster said: balanced and accurate. They presented the Russian view, and then presented the Ukrainian view, fairly and concisely, with no attempt to slant the story. It doesn't use any inflammatory language. It just recites facts; it's reporting the way it used to be done.

What exactly about those sentences Is not balanced or accurate?
Posted by: Snakes Angetch4655 || 05/17/2022 18:36 Comments || Top||

#7  The guy in the top hat at 0:48...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/17/2022 18:46 Comments || Top||

#8  Now even The New York Slimes is admitting it -- using Tge 'S' word in a huge headline and making only weak efforts to spin it as other than a devastating loss for Ukraine:

Surrender at Mariupol

"The surrender at Mariupol solidified the conquest of a once-thriving southeastern port, which unlocks a land corridor between Crimea and east Ukraine. This would give President Vladimir Putin a stronger position in any negotiated settlement to end the war, U.S. officials have said."

Posted by: Jase Snetle1858 || 05/17/2022 19:48 Comments || Top||

#9  give President Vladimir Putin a stronger position in any negotiated settlement to end the war, U.S. officials have said

Great news. Finally a lasting peace settlement is in sight.

This is the time to start serious talks and bring this foolishness to a conclusion. Putin has achieved what he wanted: Ukraine in ruins, the entire Azov Battalion exterminated or in Russian custody, and complete control of the southern land bridge to Crimea. Now his tanks and troops need to exit the rest of Ukraine.

This is the time to make the best bargain Ukraine can possibly hope for: withdrawal of all Russian troops in all areas West of the Donbas and not bordering the Black Sea or Azov in exchange for a guarantee of neutrality for Ukraine.

The US MIC can sell Ukraine $40 billion of hardware for its defense and keep the stolen Russian assets.

Russia will keep its possessions in the south and east.
Posted by: Gerthudion Snolung8939 || 05/17/2022 19:55 Comments || Top||


Russia fires TOS-1A thermobaric missiles at Ukrainian troops as generals try so save Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Heavy breathing modifiers deleted — I’m sure you have no problem imagining them for yourself, dear Reader, or you could just click on the headline to check that while looking at the photos and video.
  • Video shows Russians firing thermobaric missiles on Ukraine-controlled land

  • Thermobaric weapons release a flammable vapour before igniting it

  • That causes a ripple-like explosion capable of vaporizing bodies close to the explosion and demolishing buildings or rupturing human organs in the blast

  • Yet unlike cluster bombs, their use is not banned under international law
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/17/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [882 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Never served in the military myself, but I saw nothing out of the ordinary in the video. Hyperventilating?

BTW, DM, 'Generals try TO save Russian'...
Posted by: Bobby || 05/17/2022 2:01 Comments || Top||

#2  We got all that elsewhere, my dear Deadeye Thrang5605. Do calm yourself and read the other articles — the really, really long ones with all the words. It’s all there and more. And some even reported from the Russian side, just like you keep demanding with your shockingly naughty words.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2022 2:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Hyperventilating

In the headline, Bobby.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2022 2:05 Comments || Top||

#4  Daily Mail is a complete joke. Their 'reporting' on Ukraine is nothing but MI6 disinformation and planted stories. This has been public knowledge for decades.

It's bizarre that Fred Pruitt would allow clowns to post such obvious Info Ops lies and bullshit on Rantburg.
Posted by: Deadeye Thrang5605 || 05/17/2022 2:23 Comments || Top||

#5  imagine the BS headline these buffoons would have published on May 9, 1945: "Germany ends combat mission in Berlin"
🤡

NYT, August 1945: "JAPAN ENDS COMBAT MISSIONS IN HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI"
Posted by: Caesar Sforza7139 || 05/17/2022 2:29 Comments || Top||

#6  Hilarious: "Putin's soldiers have so far failed to achieve their military objectives in eastern Ukraine..."

This, on the day of total capitulation by the most ferocious of Ukraine's Nazi shock troops, the Azov Battalion fuckers who started the whole mess in 2014.

Mariupol is FINALLY rid of these vermin -- all but a few dozen mutilated wrecks shuttled off to hospitals. The biggest story of the war so far, and this gutter tabloid, on orders from MI6, not only ignores it, they blatantly lie about it. Lovely.
Posted by: Deadeye Thrang5605 || 05/17/2022 2:38 Comments || Top||

#7  Heavy breathing modifiers deleted — I’m sure you have no problem imagining them for yourself, dear Reader

WTF does this attempt at sarcasm even mean?

Is this person trying to make fun of DM? Or DM/MI6's critics? Rantburg readers? Weird.

If the target of this weird sneering is DM, then presumably this person realizes what a shit rag it is. So why link to it in the first place?

Posted by: Deadeye Thrang5605 || 05/17/2022 2:45 Comments || Top||

#8  "You'll pay no attention to them..."
Growled Judy. "Okay, Auntie M."
"Just little guys hurtin'
Behind the Iron Curtain."
"Hmm... '83 Chateau d'Yquem?"
Posted by: Josh McCoy8941 || 05/17/2022 3:51 Comments || Top||

#9  It's bizarre that Fred Pruitt would allow clowns to post such obvious Info Ops lies and bullshit on Rantburg.

Frankly, you're the first person to complain the in five+ years we have been linking to the Daily Mail.
Posted by: badanov || 05/17/2022 6:51 Comments || Top||

#10  TF does this attempt at sarcasm even mean?

Is this person trying to make fun of DM? Or DM/MI6's critics? Rantburg readers? Weird.

If the target of this weird sneering is DM, then presumably this person realizes what a shit rag it is. So why link to it in the first place?


It means the over-the-top shrill garbage hasn't been displayed, but you are welcome to click over and read what the Daily Mail wrote.

Posted by: badanov || 05/17/2022 6:53 Comments || Top||

#11  Our new trolls are very unfamiliar with years and years of sarcasm at the Rant. It's deep and long and its compounding. Going on the fourth month, they're still behind the curve.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/17/2022 8:14 Comments || Top||

#12  Trolls aside, If the Russians are using their thermobaric weapons, this is an escalation, not unlike they did in Georgia. They seem to be following the same model they used in Georgia. Attacking cities, then leaving them in the rubble with no real intent to occupy. They are going to be here a while, regardless of the misinformation. They know we dont have the stomach for a battalion size loss. We will stay out.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 05/17/2022 8:36 Comments || Top||

#13  Love the pathetic attempts to spin the complete and total surrender by the Nazi Azov Battalion in the biggest and most important battle of the war so far.

Look at the press in the US and U.K. and compare it to coverage by publications in the rest of the world.

In Australia, Singapore, India, China, Greece, South Africa etc the leading media companies all use the correct term, "surrender." You can see photos of these battered, mutikated, thoroughly defeated scum, similar to the photos of the Nazi soldiers who surrendered at Stalingrad.

But in the propaganda-fueled USA and U.K. we get the following:
the brave "rescue" of "heroes"
an "end of their combat mission"
an "evacuation" of "heroes" after weeks of "successful Ukrainian counter-attacks"

🤡

Such obvious fucking liars.

So pathetic that the only way for us to get objective and reliable coverage is to seek foreign media outlets in countries like China or India. This is how you steal $60 billion with lies and misdirection.




were almost certainly concocted to cover up the announcement of the complete surrender of the last remnants of nazi #AzovBattalion i
Posted by: Winky Angavimp8054 || 05/17/2022 9:11 Comments || Top||

#14  #12 We will stay out.
49 Pan

How us giving $60 billion to known Nazis "staying out"? Or maybe your "we" doesn't refer to Americans?

Biden and about 90% of Congress are plunging us Americans into this mess, head first.

So foolish. In Iraq we destroyed a third world country's entire infrastructure before we put any troops on the ground. Here we're sending some surplus junk to a fight in the front yard of a nuclear-armed Russia that hasn't even begun to use any of its awesome firepower against Ukraine. This is the world-beating stupidity of Biden and his Freakshow on display. Unbelievable.

But hey, it's early days. Let's see how much damage they can do when we add recession to hyperinflation and the price of unleaded hits $10 a gallon.
Posted by: Winky Angavimp8054 || 05/17/2022 9:20 Comments || Top||

#15  Dude, the Russian clown government is calling EVERYONE "Nazi". Finns worry about Russian invasion -- NAZIS! Poles take in Ukrainian refugees and get supplies to the Ukrainian defenders -- NAZIS! Girl scouts insist on payment in advance for cookies -- NAZIS!

Sane people don't care anymore. It's just a word leftists and the Russian government (BIRM?) toss around thinking it has emotional weight. Except it has been used so much it just doesn't.

Stop crying wolf. Or just STFU.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/17/2022 9:28 Comments || Top||

#16  Glenn Greenwald has catalogued all examples of US and IK news outlets that correctly called Azov Battalion neo-Nazis for years suddenly adopting Newspeak and scrubbing all references to their fascist ideology and racist terrorizing.

@ggreenwald: "Western media spent years warning the Azov Battalion and related militias were not just neo-Nazis but were the most powerful neo-Nazi force in Europe given their integration into the military and state.

"That's now not only taboo to say but these same outlets have renounced this."

TIME magazine, Jan. 2021:
Like, share, recruit: How Ukraine's white-supremacist militia uses Facebook to radicalize and train new members https://ti.me/3qr2Oqn

"Back in 2015, when James Clapper wanted Obama to flood Ukraine with lethal arms -- something Obama opposed because, he said, Ukraine wasn't vital enough to the US -- I detailed the power of Azov using mainstream media sources. This is all now erased:

theintercept.com
Clapper Calls for Arming Ukrainian Forces: Who Would That Actually Empower?


"Azov's power doesn't justify a Russian invasion of Ukraine. But that doesn't make it irrelevant.

"At the very least, efforts should be made to prevent the massive amount of lethal arms flooding Ukraine ending up in their hands. And we shouldn't make stars of their adherents.

"Among so many examples, a Guardian article headlined: "Azov fighters are Ukraine's greatest weapon and may be its greatest threat." It describes the "neo-Nazi leanings of many of its members."

You can't just re-write history when convenient.

theguardian.com
Azov fighters are Ukraine's greatest weapon and may be its greatest threat

7:26 AM · Mar 25, 2022 Twitter





Posted by: Winky Angavimp8054 || 05/17/2022 9:52 Comments || Top||

#17  Frankly, you're the first person to complain the in five+ years we have been linking to the Daily Mail.

Hee, hee! I actually laughed out loud at that.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/17/2022 9:53 Comments || Top||

#18  Stop crying wolf. Or just STFU.
🤡
So typical of you to desperately deny what every American and British outlet has reported for nearly ten years and what our own government and every human rights organization recognized.

The New York Times called them neo-Nazis. The Guardian did so. So did the Telegraph, Washington Post, ABC News, TIME magazine and nearly every other major news organization.

Fascist, far-right, racist, Nazi... use whatever term for racist and etho-nationalist organized terror you prefer.

But stop denying reality.

Posted by: Winky Angavimp8054 || 05/17/2022 9:58 Comments || Top||

#19  Just learned that the rumor about the Russian capture of a retired USN Admiral was FALSE.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/17/2022 10:03 Comments || Top||

#20  Winkey, Not sure if your serious or just a trolling. Thermobarics kept us, I'll clarify--Troops, out of Georgia. Thermobarics dont burn all the bodies, its an over pressure system. Shatter the body at a cellular level. Second, calling the Ukrainians Nazis is nothing but propaganda that has stuck here in the US. The government is no more or less corrupt than the rest of the Eastern European countries.Stopping Russian expansion is important, if we can help by sending equipment, I'm in. there was a 300 million dollar contract with LockMart to make more Javelins. This is a good example of the money spend. We dont send much cash to Ukraine, we send equipment made in America, so the funding is pumped back into our economy. When we send troops, the cash flow starts.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 05/17/2022 10:03 Comments || Top||

#21  Flinging around the Neo-Nazi and Nazi labels to justify your own ill-mannered behavior doesn't work, Comrade Wimpy
Posted by: Frank G || 05/17/2022 10:04 Comments || Top||

#22  Well, to make it clearer: I don't care. The people they're fighting are also socialist racist ethno-supremacists. Putin funded (and sent troops to create) the "break-away republics", and some Ukrainians took up arms -- and unpleasant ideas -- while resisting.

Don't care. Putin made the mess. He created "Nazis" by reviving memories of the Holodomor. His invasion gave them an opportunity to be more than local thugs. He can end the invasion, stop supporting the terrorists in Eastern Ukraine, and the Azovs would just be local thugs again.

(And for that matter, he's sent Russian neo-Nazis to the Ukraine. Why aren't you condemning Russia for them?)
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/17/2022 10:10 Comments || Top||

#23  Just learned that the rumor about the Russian capture of a retired USN Admiral was FALSE.

You are a darling, Besoeker. Thank you!

For those who missed it yesterday, Besoeker is referring to Acapulco Joe’s triumphant comment yesterday:

https://iamamalaysian.com/2022/05/16/us-gen-eric-olson-british-ltc-john-bailey-nato-officers-surrendered-at-azovstal-steel-plant/

BREAKING! US Admiral Eric Olson–a highly decorated special ops commander–captured in Azovstal steel work


about which there was some skepticism here. Justified, as it turns out. Rantburg University, this place is sometimes called.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2022 10:11 Comments || Top||

#24  49 Pan, your math is off. By a factor of 200.

We're talking about the biggest boondoggle ever, presided over by a corrupt US administration whose president actually intervened in Ukrainian politics in order to protect his and his son's million dollar per year payoff by Ukrainian thieves. YJCMTSU.

Again, this isn't $300 million. It's SIXTY BILLION.

This mind-bending lunacy is occurring while this same administration is iiterally destroying our economy.

Every single top economist now says what these assholes have done is a catastrophic mistake. Larry Summers, Ken Rogoff and all the other Democrat economists are saying we can't afford this shit. Jesus, even Ben Nernanke just came out and said we're now going to have stagflation.

Do the math. Face reality. This is the most insane policy that this demented Freakshow has come up with so far -- and they're just getting started.

The only rational response to which is, FUCK NO. Not with our money.

Get the fuck out of this shithole.
Posted by: Winky Angavimp8054 || 05/17/2022 10:16 Comments || Top||

#25  Wait, are you all saying Daily Mail hypes opinions as facts? List examples please and show your work.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/17/2022 10:26 Comments || Top||

#26  "Putin price hike"
😂

You guys are such saps. Biden and his freaks, Pelosi, McConnell and the rest of our incompetent and lying Congress is so obviously trying to distract us from their across-the-board failures with this pointless war.

"Russian expansionism" - LOL

This is just a civil war in a corner of SE Europe that doesn't remotely affect you and me. We have no vital interest, none, in that shithole. There is literally nothing that justifies us getting involved.

If anything we should be helping Russia. We need them against China. Instead we've created a Chinese-Russian-Indian alliance -- against us. Unbelievably stupid.

Stop being so naive. You're just being played by the stupidest, most corrupt and incompetent US administration in our history.
Posted by: Winky Angavimp8054 || 05/17/2022 10:29 Comments || Top||

#27  After near a century of facing off COMMIES they are seen as way more bad than NAZIs who were only around from 1933-1945 along with another decade or 2 hiding in jungles in South America.
The hunt and execution of Che is still something we're proud off.

Perhaps a tune from the past might clue you in:

Sing a song of quetzals, pockets full of peace! The junta's in the palace, they've taken out a lease. The Commies are in hiding, just across the street; To the embassy of Mexico they beat a quick retreat. And pistol-packing Peurifoy looks mighty optimistic For the land of Guatemala is no longer Communistic.
Posted by: 3dc || 05/17/2022 10:29 Comments || Top||

#28  Winky, you really are a flaming moron if you think we wouldn't have stagflation regardless of the Ukraine or not. I'd much rather spend money blowing up Russians and their minions than see it going to some craptastic program like midnight basketball. Compared to all the money we waste in this country in government boondoggles, getting our weapons combat tested without blood is a bargain. If the Azov crew is killing russians, good for them. They're far less scummy than all the African and Middle Eastern vermin we've showered with money for decades.

I'm bored of these trolls, Putin needs to flush these turds and hire new ones.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 05/17/2022 10:33 Comments || Top||

#29  Troll, I used the Javlins as an example. Not the whole think, dont let your anger and desire to show me, control your conversation. With that said I do agree out administration is a mess.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 05/17/2022 10:43 Comments || Top||

#30  Putin
trolls

🤡

Here's your best argument - a fake choice and a reference to ... the Clinton Administration!
I'd much rather spend money blowing up Russians and their minions than see it going to some craptastic program like midnight basketball.

Think, people, THINK. It's not 1995. Clinton is not president and our deficit is not measured in the millions. It's 32 fucking TRILLION you goofs. We don't have $60 billion to piss away on another wag the dog adventure by another corrupt failed Democrat administration.

The threat is 1) this insane administration and 2) China. Putin doesn't threaten us in the slightest.

Put aside your Cold War-era blinders and face the reality of where we are in 2022.

Posted by: Winky Angavimp8054 || 05/17/2022 10:44 Comments || Top||

#31  Jesus, even Rip Van Winkle woke up after 20 years. While you old Cold War obsessives think it's still the early 1990s.

Biden too: he actually thinks it's 1993, and time to for more fun and adventure in SOMALIA!

YJCMTSU
Posted by: Winky Angavimp8054 || 05/17/2022 10:49 Comments || Top||

#32  Winky, I think it's time for your nap.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/17/2022 10:55 Comments || Top||

#33  Glad to see your Valium's kicking in, Screamer.
Posted by: Winky Angavimp8054 || 05/17/2022 10:57 Comments || Top||

#34  Behold wit and wisdom of Rob Crawford:
Stop crying wolf. Or just STFU.
Time for your nap
Nazis aren't "NAZIS"
Posted by: Kojo Sforza8353 || 05/17/2022 11:00 Comments || Top||

#35  Trolls gotta troll, or Pootie will decide they'd be better used down in the Donbas, clutching a quality AK recycled Mosin-Nagant while waiting for an M777 to blow them to shit.
Posted by: Nero || 05/17/2022 11:04 Comments || Top||

#36  You're so obsessed with Putin, you don't even see how Biden and his freaks are destroying your country. You care more about fourth world Ukraine than you care about your own homeland. No wonder the Chinese own you.
Posted by: Kojo Sforza8353 || 05/17/2022 11:07 Comments || Top||

#37  what a good idea to bring home from E. Ukraine

Posted by: 3dc || 05/17/2022 11:11 Comments || Top||

#38  Winky, I think it's time for your nap.

Not to pick on Winky in particular, but I can see this becoming a Rantburg catch phrase. Hmmm, we will need a graphic...
Posted by: SteveS || 05/17/2022 11:12 Comments || Top||

#39  Shift change?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/17/2022 11:12 Comments || Top||

#40  so obsessed with Putin, you don't even see how Biden and his freaks are destroying your country.

What's new? Every few years since the end of the Cold War, a US administration has to create another faux-threat to justify another pointless intervention that wastes American money, completely trashes the foreign country and ends in failure. Saddam! Assad! Khadaffi! Putin!

Same old shit designed to dupe the rubes. Pay no attention to our failures!

Even Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are laughing out loud at this administration's pathetic attempts to redirect. Bezos yesterday: "Look! A squirrel!"

🤣
Posted by: Vortigern Theans2467 || 05/17/2022 11:16 Comments || Top||

#41  Nomination for #38:
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/17/2022 11:21 Comments || Top||

#42  Nice to see an end to the embarrassing non sequiturs and 1990s woolly thinking. Playground insults are so much clearer and more concise.

Now, back to business... let's have a show of hands:

All in favor of impoverishing America by throwing a ridiculous $60 billion boondoggle into the Biden-MIC-Ukrainian thieves' sinkhole, raise your hand.

Same for those in favor of building up China by trying and failing to crush Russia.

And all those who prefer stupid insults to reasoned argument: raise your hands.
Posted by: Winky Angavimp8054 || 05/17/2022 11:24 Comments || Top||

#43  You think they drink from a glass?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/17/2022 11:24 Comments || Top||

#44  So you're being beaten by a fourth world Ukraine funded with US pocket change? Interesting.
Posted by: Nero || 05/17/2022 11:25 Comments || Top||

#45  No, WE'RE being robbed by a shitty fourth world regime's kleptocrats in cahoots with our own politicians who are destroying everything here at home.

Why can't you admit that this is a con job? We don't have any vital interest in that shithole. Russia does. It's their patch, and none of our business.

Go ahead, put aside your stupid insults and tell us: What is our vital interest there? Why does it justify destroying our own economy?

Why the hell are we prolonging a stupid, pointless, totally irrelevant war whose only winner is China?

Are you just shilling for the Chinese? Is that what this is all about?

I'm genuinely curious. What has invaded your brains?
Posted by: Winky Angavimp8054 || 05/17/2022 11:34 Comments || Top||

#46  What's new? Every few years since the end of the Cold War, a US administration has to create another faux-threat to justify another pointless intervention that wastes American money, completely trashes the foreign country and ends in failure. Saddam! Assad! Khadaffi! Putin!

Just for my vriend Badanov.

Posted by: badanov || 05/17/2022 11:34 Comments || Top||

#47  Go ahead, put aside your stupid insults and tell us: What is our vital interest there? Why does it justify destroying our own economy?

Why the hell are we prolonging a stupid, pointless, totally irrelevant war whose only winner is China?

Are you just shilling for the Chinese? Is that what this is all about?

I'm genuinely curious. What has invaded your brains?


You sound like a drunk teacher who hasn't settled on the subject of his lecture.
Posted by: badanov || 05/17/2022 11:36 Comments || Top||

#48  More stupid and incoherent insults.

Obviously, you can't articulate any vital US interest in Ukraine because there is none. It's a brutal and savage civil war that no more concerns us than the civil wars in Libya, Yemen, Somalia or any number of 4th world shitholes.

Except this one if it lasts much longer will increase China's power and influence while greatly diminishing ours.

Try again. Describe our vital interests at stake in this war.
Posted by: Winky Angavimp8054 || 05/17/2022 11:41 Comments || Top||

#49  More stupid and incoherent insults.

Obviously, you can't articulate any vital US interest in Ukraine because there is none. It's a brutal and savage civil war that no more concerns us than the civil wars in Libya, Yemen, Somalia or any number of 4th world shitholes.

Except this one if it lasts much longer will increase China's power and influence while greatly diminishing ours.

Try again. Describe our vital interests at stake in this war.


It wasn't an insult, but my impression of how you sound.

I suggest you dial your shrillness back some, start listening more, and learn to STFU when time is ripe.
Posted by: badanov || 05/17/2022 11:45 Comments || Top||

#50  🤡
You obviously can't define any vital US interest that's worth building up China and destroying our and the world's economy.

Go back to your Google-translating, "Boris."
Posted by: Winky Angavimp8054 || 05/17/2022 11:48 Comments || Top||

#51  If you think you can step over our well established line of online conduct here, ad then step back, you are mistaken.

You didn't take the hint, so I will make it clearer so we both understand.

Dial it back.
Posted by: badanov || 05/17/2022 11:51 Comments || Top||

#52  Circling back, because I’ve been away from the internet dealing with Real Life. Or real life, because it wasn’t anything major, just something that required my presence and attention.

WTF does this attempt at sarcasm even mean?

For our anonymous visitor, I refer you to those funny things called emoticons, used eons-long in internet conversations to replace visible facial expressions, and also the typed equivalents like LOL. If I’d meant to be sarcastic, I would have added /sarc at the end, because it isn’t
fair to expect the subtler emotions to be correctly intuited, especially for those dealing in a language not their native tongue.

You obviously can't define any vital US interest that's worth building up China and destroying our and the world's economy.

Each discussion to its own thread. We’ve covered China and the deliberate impoverishment of the U.S. by the Democrats with the aid of too many Republicans — the Biden administration being only the latest example — in innumerable discussions over the past two decades. Just because you weren’t around to participate at the time does not mean we must respect your rude demand that we repeat all that in each thread about the current Russia-Ukraine unpleasantness.

It occurs to me that something of that unpleasantness results from the fact that President Putin must be at least as determined to keep Russia’s financial connections to the Bidens out of the public eye as the Bidens are to protect their Ukrainian connections. The record clearly shows that the Bidens profited massively from Russia as well as China and the Ukraine. So, dear anonymous troll, be aware that each time you reference the Bidens’ corrupt dealings in that part of the world, you threaten Russia’s interests as much as Ukraine’s.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2022 12:30 Comments || Top||

#53  Define any vital US interest in Korea?

OK
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/17/2022 12:31 Comments || Top||

#54  Late to the thread, I am struck by the depth, quantity and increasingly strident tone of guest Winky.Clearly A-team level and by volume, skilled at repetitive-theme argumentation as a sales technique. Given that, he fails to get that you go for the close and STOP talking. That he can't suggests ongoing oversight of his efforts, which suggests this as an assignment, not mere passion.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 05/17/2022 12:44 Comments || Top||

#55  I would also add, most sales training seminars pretty early on teach that beginning your sales pitch "You c*cks*ckers..." is not an effective approach.

Just sayin...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/17/2022 12:47 Comments || Top||

#56  Depends on the audience, Murcek. At a Baptist convention, no. But at the Adult Video Awards?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/17/2022 13:28 Comments || Top||

#57  ^ Also, the Folsom Street Fair in SF would seem to be the appropriate audience.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 05/17/2022 13:35 Comments || Top||

#58  I think we need to rename trolls on assignment to Winkeys...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 05/17/2022 13:56 Comments || Top||

#59  You sound like a drunk teacher who hasn't settled on the subject of his lecture.

Grom?
I love the engagement of new readers.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/17/2022 13:57 Comments || Top||

#60  *Snicker* Really good points about salesmanship, NoMoreBS and M.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2022 13:59 Comments || Top||

#61  I'm getting to the point that I ignore almost anyone whose nym ends in 4 digits. There are a few exceptions - those who have been around for a while.
Then there's Acapulco Joe - so maybe the trolls are getting smarter.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 05/17/2022 14:22 Comments || Top||

#62  Except no one answered the poster's reasonable question. What vital American interest is at stake in Ukraine?
Posted by: Crump Clolurong2658 || 05/17/2022 15:19 Comments || Top||

#63  Bogging down Putin's New Russian Empire is a vital interest.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/17/2022 15:28 Comments || Top||

#64  Except no one answered the poster's reasonable question. What vital American interest is at stake in Ukraine?

One I can see.

Bleed Russia dry and grind their capability down so they can't keep invading and going after NATO members. Russia would be humiliated and have a choice between a long and very public retreat or nukes.

Best not to give them that choice.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/17/2022 15:28 Comments || Top||

#65  New Russian Empire

What are you talking about? There is no "Empire." There's just Russia, the Donbas and Ossetia. None of the latter two regions has anything to do with NATO or the West.

keep invading and going after NATO members.

Ukraine was never a "NATO member." Biden and Zelensky both said it will never be a NATO member. Russia did not invade any NATO member state; it invaded Ukraine, a war torn country bitterly divided between a Russian-leaning eastern part and an EU-leaning western part.

These are really lame responses.
Posted by: Crump Clolurong2658 || 05/17/2022 15:42 Comments || Top||

#66  Crump, Putin has made it clear her wanted other territories beyond Ukraine.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebboting9735 || 05/17/2022 15:54 Comments || Top||

#67  ref # 65
Actually no, they are valid strategic options. If you reckon that the next decade, and perhaps one thereafter, will remain the chessboard for three superpowers and several emergent regional hegemons, then grinding down and exposing the limited conventional abilities of one (Russia) serves quite well. It limits Russian economic and political alliances for years, places increasing strain on the second superpower (China) to support the decimated Russian economy and morale of the depleted partner in triangulation against the West, and chills the hegemons (India/Brazil/?) from making the wrong choice about the supposed "cleaving" of the East-West factions. Further, it allows the Third Superpower(s) (NATO/USA/Japan/Korea) to focus almost exclusively on the Pacific threat, re-industrialization, energy dominance, and economic distancing from the Chinese soft-warfare and elite-capture strategy that has so deeply damaged the West. Said distancing will weaken the over-extended Chinese economy as the West increasingly spends it money at home or elsewhere, impoverishing the growth-or-die Chinese ponsi-style business model.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 05/17/2022 16:03 Comments || Top||

#68  ^ Lots to like in that take, there...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/17/2022 16:12 Comments || Top||

#69  Speaking in very approximate terms, the Chinese economic issue is "Who can we sell our stuff to?" And in those oversimplified terms, this what the world looks like to China:

China’s Top Trading Partners (Chinese Exports, 2021):

1- United States: US$521 billion (17.2% of China’s total exports)
2- Hong Kong: $313.1 billion (10.3%)
3-Japan: $151.3 billion (5%)
4-South Korea: $135.1 billion (4.5%)
5- Vietnam: $125.8 billion (4.2%)
6- Germany: $103 billion (3.4%)
7- Netherlands: $91.6 billion (3%)
8 -India: $87.9 billion (2.9%)
9- United Kingdom: $78.8 billion (2.6%)
10- Taiwan: $70.8 billion (2.3%)
11- Malaysia: $69.1 billion (2.3%)
12- Thailand: $62.1 billion (2.1%)
13-Mexico: $61.1 billion (2%)
14-Australia: $59.6 billion (2%)
15- Russia: $59.5 billion (2%)

I'm sure those numbers can be massaged 50 different ways, but accepting them at face value: Russia is on the verge of becoming a rounding error.
Posted by: Matt || 05/17/2022 16:31 Comments || Top||

#70  Thermobaric missiles against guys with paintball guns. Tsk, tsk.
Posted by: DooDahMan || 05/17/2022 16:39 Comments || Top||

#71  Russia looks better in 2021 projected GDP terms, but even then it doesn't crack the top ten. To put it harshly, 50 million South Koreans outproduce 140 million Russians.
Posted by: Matt || 05/17/2022 16:39 Comments || Top||

#72  50 million South Koreans outproduce 140 million Russians

Well to be fair, the Koreans aren't drunk on Vodka most of the time.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/17/2022 16:42 Comments || Top||

#73  So, how was Russia in the G8 in the first place? The same reason France is on the UN Security Council?
Posted by: DooDahMan || 05/17/2022 16:45 Comments || Top||

#74  ^ I may be misinterpreting the numbers or my sources may be in error, so if you have numbers that show Russis to be an economic powerhouse -- from China's perspective-- I'll certainly look at them.
Posted by: Matt || 05/17/2022 16:50 Comments || Top||

#75  Except no one answered the poster's reasonable question. What vital American interest is at stake in Ukraine?

Testing all sorts of weapons against Russian/Soviet ones as China's weapons are based on them and also NKor's. It's also a good time to see strategy that works against Russian/Soviet styles over time and how Russian styles adapt.

I am well aware that Taiwan is doing so in full detail likely even embedding with Ukrainian troops.

I've seen evidence that Taiwan is placing lots of stingers and older M-60 tanks in strange places to surprise potential invaders. After all in INTERESTING TIMES life can be interesting.

Also, I know US weapons developers are watching everything with immense curiosity. I expect all sorts of new toys to appear.

Although I can't keep from mumbling "Bright Pebbles" and "Rods from God".

Posted by: 3dc || 05/17/2022 17:02 Comments || Top||

#76  There is no "Empire." There's just Russia, the Donbas and Ossetia.

Off the top of my head:

Georgia in 2008: Russia occupied the Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions.

Moldova in the 1990s: Russia occupied Transnistria.

Crimea in 2014: Russia annexed it as a prelude to starting the first round of Donbas nonsense.

And then there are the recent hysterical threats to attack former Warsaw pact countries next if they continue to support the Ukraine.

For the romantics in President Putin’s circle, the break up of the Soviet Union, the successor state to the Russian empire, is unnatural and fated to be reversed. For the pragmatists, the break up leaves the Russian rump dangerously exposed and must be reversed.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2022 17:08 Comments || Top||

#77  Almost everything asserted in #67 is false, to the point of being delusional.

grinding down and exposing the limited conventional abilities of one (Russia) serves quite well. It limits Russian economic and political alliances for years

This is the exact opposite of what is happening. Russia is bulking up its alliances with India and China. This is standard balancing behavior. When a super power becomes more aggressive and seeks to dominate, all the other powers seek to balance it. When the US stupidly invaded Iraq, Germany and Russia joined forces to oppose the US diplomatically and politically. The Germans and Russians and the French sought to offset what they saw as an out of control hyperpower.

The USA should be rallying all of China's powerful neighbors -- especially India and Russia -- against China. This is what Trump was trying to do. Instead, China India and Russia are drawing closer together to offset an aggressive and put of control, reckless, foolish Biden administration.

Thanks for this, though: you've shown clearly how myopic and upside down the current elite American understanding of global realities is.
Posted by: Crump Clolurong2658 || 05/17/2022 17:10 Comments || Top||

#78  Hot Damn, I made it to elite status! Is there an Oak Leaf Cluster hereafter for the subsequent awards?
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 05/17/2022 17:21 Comments || Top||

#79  ^ In due course you will receive the Order of Lenin. Don't hold your breath, though.
Posted by: Matt || 05/17/2022 17:25 Comments || Top||

#80  Russia is bulking up its alliances with India and China.

I'm not a geopolitical expert, but what exactly does that mean? The Russia Embassy is serving extra good cocktails at receptions?
Posted by: Matt || 05/17/2022 17:30 Comments || Top||

#81  A much more intelligent take is here: a debate on May 12 at Toronto's Munk Center on How to Bring to an End the Russo-Ukraine Disaster
Stephen Walt of Harvard and John Mearsheimer of U. Chicago
vs.
Michael McFaul of Stanford and Radek Sikorsky, former Polish gov't official
Posted by: Crump Clolurong2658 || 05/17/2022 17:33 Comments || Top||

#82  So, if I watch that debate I'll find out just how Russia is bulking up its alliances with India and China? Examples and everything?
Posted by: Matt || 05/17/2022 17:42 Comments || Top||

#83  I like the part where India and China are on the same team. /sarc
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/17/2022 17:48 Comments || Top||

#84  from the South China Morning Post:
China-Russia relations in 2022: an alliance by any other name?

"2021 saw the two countries draw closer together than ever in recent years, with bilateral trade surpassing pre-pandemic levels and cooperation on the energy front
Most outstanding, however, was military collaboration, which could deepen next year"

from the New York Post:
China and Russia forming a new axis to challenge the West
By Harry J. Kazianis
March 8, 2022

from the Georgetown Journal of Strategic Affairs
The Logic behind China and Russia’s Strategic Alliance-like Partnership
Author: Min Ye
Published: April 14, 2022

"Beijing and Moscow’s new-era strategic partnership of coordination reflects their shared insecurity and vulnerability in the U.S.-led global order. Their partnership is a declaration of joint counterbalancing on the global stage and an explicit commitment to support each other’s security concerns."

from the Jerusalem Post:
Russia-China ties: analysis of the decade's big story
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
Published: JANUARY 1, 2022
Posted by: Goober Flavitle7148 || 05/17/2022 17:54 Comments || Top||

#85  India's already on Russia's side. From The American Conservative:

America Should Be Realistic About India
"America and most Western countries cannot fill the void that would be left by Russia if India were to toe the line of the Western alliance and sever its relationship with Russia. Russia is India’s largest arms supplier, its partner for the development of its supersonic missile “Brahmos,” supplier of crude at discounted rates, and an old friend. America is none of those things. The U.S. will not supply India with the much-needed arms and ammunition, even as it supplies Pakistan -- at least, not until Henry Kissinger’s doctrines are discarded by the wayside. It is not going to jointly develop supersonic missiles with India, and in fact sanctioned India for nuclear tests.

"The difference between India and America’s foreign policy approaches lies in their visions of the world. India sees a multipolar global order. America under Biden is still living the unipolar dream. As Elbridge Colby puts it 'a moralistic foreign policy turns into hypocrisy when it inevitably meets reality'."
Posted by: Goober Flavitle7148 || 05/17/2022 18:12 Comments || Top||

#86  #84, #85 -- Thanks for the tangible references. So far I've only looked at the NY Post article, which says in part:

"Over time, the Russian people — who will still feel the bite of sanctions — will surely grow to understand that China will soon become a sort of imperial overlord. Chinese merchants, traders and labor will come to Russia in droves, doing what they have done to countless African nations: trade Chinese cash to prop up an evil regime in exchange for the looting of the country.

"In some respects, the coming Chinese-Russian axis is perhaps the greatest political-science experiment of all time. No nation has fallen so far, so fast, that it will need to be saved in such a manner. And knowing that China and Russia have been many times rivals in the past — they nearly went to war in 1969; so much for communist solidarity — such an arrangement may not last the test of time."

I'm not sure that's the argument you want to make, but your call.
Posted by: Matt || 05/17/2022 18:25 Comments || Top||

#87  And here's a link to the JPost story. The article is bylined January 1, and the actual title is: "Russia-China ties will be the big story of 2022 - analysis". The key graf seems to me to be:

“In 2021, Russia and south and east Asian powers pushed ahead with bilateral cooperation. At the beginning of December, Putin paid a visit to India. It was his second foreign visit for the entire year,” it says.

"The report also discusses close ties with China. “By and large, the situation on the world stage during the outgoing year often gave Putin a chance to cite Chinese wisdom. ‘One proverb, as you may know, says, “God forbid living in a time of change.” However, we are there already, whether we like it or not, and these changes are becoming deeper and more fundamental,’ Putin said while speaking at a meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club think tank in October.”

"The report appears to indicate that Russia sees the recent global crisis as an opportunity. It will use this to work more closely with China, and Beijing also looks to exploit the opportunity."

Which sounds good for Russia-China-India cooperation but isn't helpfully specific. And was written before the recent events in Ukraine.
Posted by: Matt || 05/17/2022 18:40 Comments || Top||

#88  You're welcome. Read them all. Don't rely on any one view. Thee are dozens of others. The Russia-China alliance is the biggest story of the decade.
Posted by: Goober Flavitle7148 || 05/17/2022 18:49 Comments || Top||

#89 
#62 Except no one answered the poster's reasonable question. What vital American interest is at stake in Ukraine?
Posted by: Crump Clolurong2658 2022-05-17 15:19


Answer: Can a small non-NATO, non-Western, former USSR country defeat the Russian Army using western military technology? i.e. Star-Link Satellite network vs Russia's walkie talkies. Foot soldier held laser guided rockets verses tanks/heavy armor. Unmanned drones vs manned aircraft. US artillery accurate at 30 miles against Russian artillery with effective range of 20 miles. Can the West's Intelligence gathering listen to every form of Russian army communication and then some (listen in on phone conversations of soldiers families)? This is a rare golden opportunity to beta test many things.

"Don't let a crisis go to waste." Hillary Clinton
Posted by: Crons Tholush7614 || 05/17/2022 19:10 Comments || Top||

#90  And they accuse us of ignoring things. As they say - actions speak louder than words.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/17/2022 19:12 Comments || Top||

#91  The Russia-China alliance is the biggest story of the decade.

The last time I checked they were tied at the Marxist waist since Mao consolidated his power in post WW2 China. It's been rocky at times, but I don't recall them being in aligned otherwise no matter the delusions of the West. The Chinese will do what's in China's interest. If that means exploiting the nativity of westerners, so be it.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/17/2022 19:17 Comments || Top||

#92  While you get to beta-test your toys, the cost of your fun to America is:

- The nightmare (for the USA) alliance of China + Russia, with India refusing to follow America or join America

- a sharp divide between the West and the pro-Russia, pro-China "Rest" of the world -- with the former comprising about two dozen nations with less than half the world's GDP and the latter comprising most of the world's GDP and about 80% of its population and natural resources

- a sharp decline in usage of the dollar as the Rest of the World turns away from the US toward China and Russia

- Devastating inflation and recession aka "stagflation" that will cause America's growth rate to fall even further behind China's and India's growth rates, accelerating America's relative decline

- thanks to stagflation, a sharp decline in living standards for American workers, leading to even greater political division and social unrest

.... that's one hell of a price tag for America to pay for your little Starlink beta test.

Accelerated American decline so a few geeks can play with their toys: Unbelievably foolish.
Posted by: Goober Flavitle7148 || 05/17/2022 19:27 Comments || Top||

#93  I am amazed by the Russian Troll commitment to our little site? Paid and lockstep in message. It must cost the Soviet Putin Government at least $15/hr with minimum wages kicking in. Memorial Day is a holiday, requiring double time, so I predict it'll be a troll-free day. Cheap bastards Heroes of the Proletariat!
Posted by: Frank G || 05/17/2022 20:35 Comments || Top||

#94  "troll"
🤡

Just a patriot who's sick of your mindless shilling for Shit-For-Brains Biden, Pelosi, McConnell and their retarded Freakshow's wag the dog adventures overseas
Posted by: Jase Snetle1858 || 05/17/2022 20:37 Comments || Top||

#95  "troll" - LOL

Not American or Russian here ... just an amused observer from Asia, enjoying the circus. Carry on!
Posted by: Goober Flavitle7148 || 05/17/2022 20:40 Comments || Top||

#96  I am amazed by the Russian Troll commitment to our little site

Curious indeed that a little news aggregator for the WOT attracts so much attention. Kinda makes you think there is something more going on under the covers, eh?
Posted by: SteveS || 05/17/2022 20:43 Comments || Top||

#97  Just a patriot who's sick of your mindless shilling for Shit-For-Brains Biden, Pelosi, McConnell and their retarded Freakshow's wag the dog adventures overseas

Do we need further proof they don't /read/ ANYTHING posted here?

Boring Trolls need to be flushed.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 05/17/2022 21:04 Comments || Top||

#98  I'm impressed. Remember here at Rantburg we try to refrain from feeding the trolls. It seems we have not played well in a while. Where is .com when we need him. For you trolling this site, he was a troll slayer...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 05/17/2022 21:43 Comments || Top||

#99  I like the part where India and China are on the same team.

No doubt they've set aside their recent dust-up and no longer have any border disputes.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/17/2022 23:29 Comments || Top||

#100  As for India -- there are 14,000 Indian citizens in Russia.

There are 2.7 million Indian citizens in the US, and another 1.8 million US citizens of Indian ancestry.

Which country has a bigger impact on the Indian economy?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/17/2022 23:33 Comments || Top||

#101  just an amused observer from Asia China?

A Chinese Doctor can't find a job in a Hospital in the US, so he opens his own clinic and puts a sign outside reading 'GET TREATMENT FOR $20 - IF NOT CURED GET BACK $100.'

An American lawyer thinks this is a great opportunity to earn $100 and goes to the clinic.

Lawyer: "I have lost my sense of taste."

Chinese: "Nurse, bring medicine from box No. 14 and put 3 drops in patient's mouth."

Lawyer: "Ugh. this is kerosene."

Chinese: "Congrats, your sense of taste is restored. Give me my $20."

The annoyed lawyer goes back after a few days to try to recover his money.

Lawyer: "I have lost my memory. I can’t remember anything."

Chinese: "Nurse, bring medicine from box no. 14 and put 3 drops in his mouth."

Lawyer (annoyed): "This is kerosene. You gave this to me last time for restoring my taste."

Chinese: "Congrats. You got your memory back. Give me $20."

The fuming lawyer pays him, then comes back a week later determined to get back $100.

Lawyer: "My eyesight has become very weak I cannot see at all."

Chinese: "Well, I don't have any medicine for that, so take this $100."

Lawyer (staring at the note): "But this is $20, not $100!”

Chinese: "Congrats, your eyesight is restored. Give me $20"
Posted by: バグMcGurk4586 || 05/17/2022 23:37 Comments || Top||

#102  Just a patriot who's sick of your mindless shilling for Shit-For-Brains Biden, Pelosi, McConnell

Too funny — Silentbrick nailed it.

49 Pan — PD.com did have a way with caustic words.

Procopius2k, if you do a search for Ladakh on this site, you’ll find several years of articles on the subject in Rantburg’s archives.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2022 23:38 Comments || Top||


Ukraine Forces reach the Russian Border northeast of Kharkiv
[CNN] A Ukrainian unit fighting north of Kharkiv says it has reached the Russian border, with the message: "Mr. President, we made it!"

Video released by the unit shows a small group carrying a blue and yellow stake to the border line.
Posted by: Lord Garth || 05/17/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [32 views] Top|| File under:


Ukrainian Perspective: Invasion of Ukraine: May 16th, 2022
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[Korrespondent] 23:59 The entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO after decades of neutrality is a clear statement that Russia's invasion of Ukraine ended the era of European illusions about Moscow. Read more in the material What does NATO expansion mean .

23:44 Putin has become so personally involved in the war in Ukraine that he makes operational and tactical decisions "at the level of a colonel or brigadier general," The Guardian reports, citing Western military sources. According to sources, the President of the Russian Federation helps to manage the movement of troops in the Donbass.

The sources also claim that Putin still works closely with Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces: "We believe that Putin and Gerasimov take part in tactical decision-making at the level that we usually expect from a colonel or brigadier general."

23:35 Reuters reports that buses with Ukrainian servicemen from Azovstal arrived in Novoazovsk "DPR".

23:29 Kuleba asked the EU countries not to stop hard pressure on Putin in order to stop the war in Ukraine. He emphasized that with his means of propaganda, Putin can end the war at any time - for this it is enough for him to declare victory to the people of the Russian Federation.

23:11 On the border of Belarus and Ukraine, the activity of the Belarusian military is observed. According to the leadership of the armed forces of the Republic of Belarus, we are talking about "protection from Ukrainians and NATO troops," Radio Svaboda writes. "Ukraine has concentrated about 10 thousand military against the Republic of Belarus in the direction of Rivne. All are armed, all with military weapons, so there may be some kind of provocation," the deputy chief of the General Staff of the Republic of Belarus explained.

23:08 In the occupied Energodar, the Russians were instructed to prepare the city for the so-called "referendum". Propagandists want to create a picture about the alleged desire of the locals to join Russia and seize the city and the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, the Zaporozhye OVA reports.

23:03 In the Kharkiv region, there remains a small area where Russian troops are stationed - there is a confrontation, and soon the Ukrainian troops will reach the border, Deputy Defense Minister Anna Malyar said. According to her, the front line is now very wide, and the Armed Forces of Ukraine should actually strengthen along this huge line.

22:48 According to unconfirmed reports, about ten buses with the Ukrainian military left the Azovstal plant, Reuters writes.

22:14 The Pentagon at a closed briefing for journalists said that Ukraine is already using 74 out of 90 American M777 howitzers in combat. It also became known that the United States sent ten aircraft with military assistance to Ukraine within a day. According to the US Department of Defense, Ukrainian troops pushed the Russians back from Kharkiv to a distance of several kilometers from the border.

21:53 Three Mi-17 helicopters arrived in Ukraine from the United States, Jack Detsch, a correspondent for the American Foreign Policy magazine, said. According to him, a total of 11 Mi-8 and Mi-17 helicopters are scheduled to be delivered as part of an $800 million US military aid package.

21:44 In the Donetsk region, nine civilians were killed today: three in Liman, two in Avdeevka, one each in Maryinka, Klinovoe, Drobyshevo and Yekaterinovka. Another six were injured, said the head of the OVA, Pavel Kirilenko.

21:32 Russian media show footage of allegedly transporting wounded Ukrainian soldiers from Azovstal to a hospital in the "DNR". Earlier today, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced an agreement reached, according to which the wounded defenders of Azovstal will be taken to hospitals in the "DPR". The Ukrainian side did not comment on this.

Later, the commander of the Azov regiment, Denis Prokopenko, recorded a video message in which he stated that "in order to save lives, the entire Mariupol garrison is following the decision of the high military command." What kind of decision, he did not specify.

Arestovich said that he could not comment on the situation, "in the evening the president will make a statement on this subject."

21:16 UN Secretary General António Guterres called for the return of potash fertilizers from Russia and Belarus to world markets in exchange for the passage of ships with grain from Ukraine: "Let me be clear: a serious solution to global food security threats requires the reintegration of Ukrainian agricultural production and the production of food and fertilizers in Russia and Belarus to world markets".

21:13 Borrell said that the EU does not recognize "not a single square kilometer seized by the Russians" in Ukraine: "We are defending the territorial integrity of Ukraine. And when we say this, we hope that Ukraine will win this war. This means that it will reject invaders beyond their borders."

21:10 The US Army ordered Javelin anti-tank systems and related equipment and services for $ 309 million, Lockheed Martin, which produces these weapons in conjunction with Raytheon Missiles & Defense, said.

The contract provides for the production of 1,300 Javelin missiles, some of which are intended for Ukraine and will be financed under the US military aid package, and some for international customers, including Norway, Albania, Latvia and Thailand. Lockheed Martin noted that the demand for these systems is now growing due to their ease of use and efficiency.

20:59 In Mariupol, the fourth mass grave site has already been recorded - it is located near the central cemetery. According to journalists from Schemes (Radio Liberty), the mass grave appeared in early March, as evidenced by satellite images from Maxar. The mass grave site consists of two trenches, one of which reaches more than 30 meters in length. The photographs of March 9 already show that two trenches where people were buried en masse are buried.

20:43 Erdogan will not give his consent to the admission of Finland and Sweden to NATO , since they have imposed sanctions against Turkey, and also support "Kurdish terrorists." The President of Turkey stated this at a briefing today, Anadolu reports.

Earlier, Sweden announced the visit of diplomats to Ankara, where they will try to convince the Turkish authorities of the expediency of membership of both Scandinavian countries in the alliance. Erdogan said they could "not bother with trips to Turkey."

20:34 As expected, today the EU foreign ministers failed to agree on the sixth package of sanctions against Russia, Borrell said following the talks. At the same time, the EU approved the allocation of another 500 million euros to Ukraine for the purchase of weapons, bringing the total amount to 2 billion euros. Borrell also announced the need to start negotiations on the admission of Albania and North Macedonia to the EU as soon as possible, since the delay harms the European Union and strengthens Russia's position.

20:12 Ukraine has already identified 45 Russians who committed war crimes in the country, said Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova. A trial is already underway against three people - one accused of killing a civilian and two more - Russian servicemen who fired at civilian infrastructure in the Kharkiv region.

20:05 The Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed a large stock of Russian ammunition in Izyum, as well as an enemy field ammunition depot near the village of Davydov Brod, Kherson region, the General Staff said.

20:03 Kuleba told reporters in Brussels that he had not received a promise from EU foreign ministers to give Ukraine candidate status at the EU leaders' summit at the end of June, but no member state has openly opposed this. "I know countries that are extremely supportive of this decision, and I know those who are following the developments and will make their decision closer to the date," the Foreign Minister explained.

The summit of EU leaders, where they will discuss the further European integration of Ukraine, will be held on June 25-26.

19:59 Italian energy giant Eni SpA will open ruble and euro accounts with Gazprombank no later than May 18, Bloomberg reports. The company decided to go along with Gazprom after the European Union eased the requirements for energy companies in the issue of gas payments.

The updated recommendations allow European companies to open accounts in dollars or euros with Gazprombank, while not mentioning the issue of a ruble account (a ruble account is opened by default, as this is the requirement of Gazprom).

Bloomberg reports that Germany's Uniper SE and Austria's OMV AG are on hold to see how the situation with Eni develops, but look forward to continued cooperation with Gazprom.

19:47 After 30 years of operation in Russia, the world's largest chain of fast food restaurants McDonald's has announced that it has made the final decision to leave the country. This is a significant event, more about which is in the material Mittens instead of Big Mac .

19:32 Yesterday, 340 people were deported to Russia from Mariupol, including 52 children, Petr Andryushchenko, an adviser to the mayor of the city, said. From the filtration point in the village. Nikolskoe, 42 people were deported, including nine children.

19:08 Zelensky said that today he discussed with IMF Director Kristalina Georgieva the need for financial support for Ukraine.

19:01 As a result of the shelling of the village of Pechenegy, Chuguevsky district, Kharkiv region, one person was killed, another was injured, the State Emergency Service reported.

18:59 Russia has already involved 80% of the BTG in the war against Ukraine, American reporter Jack Detch said, citing his sources in the Pentagon. An employee of the US Department of Defense said that now about 106 Russian battalion-tactical groups are fighting on the territory of Ukraine, while the military-political leadership of the Russian Federation planned to use 140 BTGs in the invasion of Ukraine. According to the official, Putin has little resource left to continue the fighting.

18:54 As a result of today's shelling of Severodonetsk, at least ten people were killed, said the head of the Luhansk OVA Serhiy Gaidai. According to him, the shelling of the city continues all day long, houses, the city hospital, the medical campus and the research and production enterprise are damaged.

18:47 Anton Gerashchenko said that the Kremlin's plans included creating a group of 10,000 militants in Ukraine. According to him, Medvedchuk can tell a lot about how the fifth column was built in Ukraine. "But Medvedchuk is greedy, and Kiva is a bastard, they stole this money. There was a plan - to gather 10,000 militants around the country, but they stole the money, and nothing happened," Gerashchenko added.

18:41 About 600 thousand people have returned to Kharkiv in recent weeks. More than 2,000 people return to the city by train alone every day, Oleg Sinegubov, head of the OVA, said.

18:39 Orban believes that Russia's "special operation" in Ukraine will last a long time, will have extremely serious consequences for the situation throughout Europe, and the world has entered a "decade of wars." He mentioned this in his speech on the occasion of his appointment as Prime Minister of Hungary for the fifth time in a row - today the country's parliament voted for it.

18:37 Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said that the appetites of the Russian Federation are unlimited, so everything must be done so that Ukraine wins: "I think if Putin is lucky, he can come to us. And this is not only about Lithuania, the next target could be Moldova, Romania, the Baltic States, Poland. This empire has an unlimited appetite."

18:35 Near Kiev, 200 corpses of Russians lie in a refrigerator, but the Russian Federation does not want to take them away, Anton Gerashchenko told Gordon on air. He added that "they were still lucky - many corpses were burned and left in the fields."

18:30 Borrell said that 500 million euros, which the European Union will additionally allocate for military assistance to Ukraine, will go "for heavy weapons." "Now we are providing armored vehicles, tanks, heavy artillery, ammunition - everything that is needed for such a war," Borrell said.

18:04 In Ukraine, the assets of the Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman in Alfa-Bank for more than 12.4 billion hryvnias have been arrested, Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova said. According to her, we are talking about securities of Cypriot companies affiliated with the businessman, as well as 469 million hryvnias of funds from accounts in Alfa-Bank, which were already being prepared for withdrawal to Russia, were arrested.

According to the Prosecutor General, the movement of funds in the Russian direction began a couple of weeks before the war and intensified after February 24. The money was withdrawn through Cypriot companies, "however, they were caught by the hand during the legalization of assets for 1.1 billion."

17:59 Ukrainian servicemen won the battle for Kharkiv and launched a counteroffensive in the Izyum direction. Despite the loss of positions in the region, the invaders are preparing for a new offensive in the Izyum region. However, the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be unstoppable, the government says. Details about the situation in the region - in the material Went to the border .

17:54 Norway, Denmark and Iceland have promised to support "all necessary means" to Finland and Sweden if these countries are attacked before they join NATO, Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stere said: "The security of Finland and Sweden is important to our security. Together with Denmark and Iceland, Norway is ready to help its northern neighbors."

17:50 The Russians launched artillery strikes on Severodonetsk and Lisichansk this afternoon, the head of the Luhansk OVA, Sergei Gaidai, said. According to him, Severodonetsk withstood very strong blows, the number of damaged houses is being specified. Rescuers extinguished the fire in the warehouse building of the local research and production association. In Lisichansk, as a result of shelling, a fire broke out in the housing stock, the State Emergency Service is working on the spot.

17:45 The war in Ukraine showed the inability of NATO to prove itself as an alliance in a critical situation, Kuleba said in an interview with Bloomberg: "This is NATO as an alliance, as an institution, it can do very little, if anything. The participants helped a lot, but NATO as the union has done nothing. From the EU - sanctions, strong political statements, economic aid, financing of military aid to Ukraine. The EU is back on the right track."

17:43 The European Commission will present a new financial assistance package to Ukraine on May 18 - it will include an obligation to provide Kiev with long-term loans to restore and ensure liquidity, Reuters reports citing European officials. As expected, the amount should cover the needs of Ukraine for two months.

17:41 Kuleba excludes concessions to Russia on Donbass and Crimea for a ceasefire. The Foreign Minister also said in an interview with Bloomberg Television that the EU would face a "moral collapse" if it did not approve Ukraine's candidacy for membership in June: "Looking for ways to save Putin's face is simply a false approach. Let Putin himself find a way to save face."

17:35 CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas said that the issue of involving the CSTO in the "special operation" in Ukraine was "not raised or discussed" at the organization's summit in Moscow.

17:18 Water in the territory controlled by the "DPR" is left for about three weeks, said the general director of the "republican" enterprise Water of Donbass Vitaly Kizhaev. According to him, the only source of water supply for settlements controlled by the "DPR" is the Seversky Donets-Donbass canal, but its equipment was damaged at the beginning of hostilities in February.

A stable water supply can be resumed only after gaining access to the sources of this canal in the Slovyansk region. In the meantime, residents of the part of the Donetsk region not controlled by Ukraine receive water every few days according to the schedule.

16:59 Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto announced his desire to receive 15-18 billion euros for the rejection of Russian oil: "The European Commission has created a problem with the proposal, so Hungary quite reasonably expects the EU to offer a solution: to finance investments and compensate for price increases, which requires a complete modernization of the energy structure of Hungary in the amount of 15-18 billion euros."

A few days ago, Szijjarto was hinting at a price of 700-750 million euros, which Budapest would like to receive for agreeing to the embargo.

16:50 In Belogorovka, Luhansk region, trying to cross the Seversky Donets, the Russians lost almost a thousand soldiers and about 100 pieces of equipment, said the head of the OVA Sergey Gaidai: "The shameful operation that they carried out in Belogorovka will go down in history of this war between Russia and Ukraine as their defeat in the Lugansk region. Because almost 100 units of equipment were defeated there by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, two battalions died there, and this is almost a thousand soldiers. Also, several pontoons were destroyed. All attempts to cross and create a bridgehead in Belogorovka, they all were shattered."

Earlier, the American Institute for the Study of War reported that about 500 Russian soldiers died while trying to cross the Seversky Donets, and Anton Gerashchenko called the figure 1,500.

16:39 Kuleba said that he went to Brussels, where he will promote the sixth package of EU sanctions, including the oil embargo. "I will also focus on further arms supplies and granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for EU membership. We believe that Ukraine deserves an individual assessment for its virtues," the Foreign Minister wrote.

16:37 The Ukrainian military is already being trained on the Slovak Zuzana 2 self-propelled guns, despite the fact that the agreement on their sale has not yet been signed, Slovak Defense Minister Yaroslav Nagy said: "I can confirm that Ukrainians are already being trained on this technique, therefore there is a serious and very intense interest."

16:24 Prime Minister of Sweden Magdalena Andersson confirmed that the country has made a formal decision on NATO membership. The ruling party announced this yesterday.

16:22 In the village of Leventsovka, Poltava region, a monument to Gorky was demolished and a museum in honor of him was closed. The bust of Maxim Gorky was moved to the Soviet Period Park in Putivl.

16:20 The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation stated that with the Ukrainian military blocked at Azovstal, "an agreement was reached on the removal of the wounded, a silence regime was introduced and a humanitarian corridor was opened through which the wounded Ukrainian soldiers were taken to the hospital in Novoazovsk ("DPR")."

16:18 In their statement, the CSTO leaders stressed the importance of "reducing tensions on the continent" and reaffirmed "the readiness to establish practical cooperation with NATO."

16:14 Sanctions against Russia will probably have to be maintained for years, and Europe must be ready for this, said German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock. She stressed that the rejection of Russian oil would be a difficult step for Europe, because some countries are really heavily dependent on it.

"This step should be prepared in the best possible way. We are approving sanctions packages, which, depending on the circumstances, will be in effect for years," Burbock said. Therefore, according to her, the restrictions should not become unbearable for the EU countries. She also predicted that an agreement with Hungary on an oil embargo would be possible in the coming days.

16:07 The Russians are trying to pass off their dead on Zmeiny Island as the losses of Ukrainians. Kyle Glen, co-founder of the Conflict News project and co-host of The OSINT Bunker Podcast, drew attention to this. He published a photo, which, according to Russian media, allegedly shows a dead Ukrainian soldier:

"Russian media claims that this is a picture of a Ukrainian soldier killed on Zmeiny Island during a recent successful assault, but there is a small problem. This Ukrainian soldier seems to be wearing a belt that Russian sailors wear."

15:48 The US and the EU have agreed to work more closely to counter disruptions in the supply of industrial goods and food to Ukraine and fight disinformation from Moscow. The decision was made by senior officials who gathered in Paris for the second Trade and Technology Council, a forum that was originally seen as a transatlantic counterweight to China, but now with a clear focus on Russia as well.

15:46 The SBU blocked the work of the sanctioned plant in Dnipro, which was going to resume supplies for the Russian military-industrial complex. The plant produced components for aircraft, missile systems and submarines, as well as dual-use goods.

The enterprise came under the NSDC sanctions last year, and now, in order to circumvent the restrictions, the Russian side wanted to rewrite the plant to a Ukrainian legal entity and continue its work. The SBU blocked the work of the enterprise.

15:43 The invaders fired at the border settlements in the Chernihiv region. According to the Pivnich Operational Command, at about 12:00 shelling was recorded from the territory of the Russian Federation in the direction of the settlement of Nikolaevka. In total, from 9:20 to 12:10 there were about 30 explosions.

Approximately at 12:20 from the Russian side, seven explosions were recorded in the area of ​​​​the settlement of Gremyach, previously a mortar was working. There are no casualties among personnel.

15:41 Podolyak commented on the proposal of Western politicians to "save face to Putin" by ceding their territories to Ukraine: "Some Western politicians want to end the war with the opportunity for Russia to save face by giving it part of the territories. Save face after Bucha and Mariupol? Amazing logic, but if these politicians want to give Russia part of their territories, this is up to their voters."

15:39 Singer Ruslana Lyzhychko and the wives of the Ukrainian military blocked at Azovstal called on Erdogan to involve Chinese leader Xi Jinping in the operation to rescue the defenders of Mariupol. "Find, please, opportunities to carry out extraction and evacuation. People there are in terrible conditions," Ruslana said.

15:37 In the north of the Donetsk region, local residents today saw a column of red smoke. According to Pavel Kirilenko, the head of the OVA, the reason was the hit of a Russian shell in a warehouse with ammonium nitrate in the Kharkiv region. There is no reason to panic, the situation is under control.

15:35 At the CSTO meeting, Lukashenko again accused Poland of intending to seize part of Ukraine: "The most dangerous trend in Ukraine today is attempts to dismember Ukraine. Thousands of units have already been created to enter Ukraine under the guise of peacekeepers and" protect it ".

15:31 Putin said that Russia has no problems with Finland and Sweden, their accession to NATO "does not pose a direct threat to us." At the same time, according to him, "the expansion of the military infrastructure to this territory will cause our response, what it will be - we will decide based on what threats we will be created."

Putin also said that a "whole series" of joint military exercises of the CSTO was planned for the fall, and "their number will expand." He suggested granting the CIS an observer status in the CSTO.

15:10 Japan has allocated a $100 million loan to Ukraine on favorable terms, the Ministry of Finance announced. Thus, the loan repayment period will be 30 years, including a grace period - ten years, the rate - 1% per annum. The funds will be used to cover priority social and humanitarian expenses - healthcare, support for migrants, etc.

14:59 Speaker of the Odesa OVA Serhiy Bratchuk is convinced that Zmiyiny Island will be liberated in the near future: “I won’t comment, but I hope that in the near future we will see a few highlights. Because this island is strategic, the enemy understands this. But this Ukrainian land, and why not repeat what happened in the Kharkiv region"‎.

14:53 Lukashenka at a CSTO meeting: "Without the speedy rallying of the CSTO, we may not exist tomorrow. If we immediately acted as a united front, there would not be these hellish sanctions. Russia should not fight the attempt to expand NATO alone." According to him, in order to strengthen the CSTO, it is necessary to strengthen political interaction, improve the mechanism of consultations, since "positions must be united."

Lukashenka also suggested that the CSTO countries use China's experience in the field of information security and disconnect countries from the external Internet, make their own, where there will be only "correct" information.

14:40 The company commander of the Belarusian battalion Kastus Kalinovsky Pavel "Volat" died in the war in Ukraine, the battalion said. He was wounded during the operation to liberate the Ukrainian village, they tried to take him to the hospital in critical condition, but did not have time.

14:36 ​​Russian rocket artillery deliberately destroyed multi-storey buildings in Kharkiv, the SBU reports with reference to the interrogation of the captured occupier. The commander of the 25th artillery brigade from the Russian Federation admitted that the main target of the Russian rocket divisions were the Kharkov houses.

14:19 The European Union has received all of Ukraine's answers to the questionnaire for joining the EU. Now the European Commission is preparing a conclusion for the European Council, said European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Oliver Vargelyi following a meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Brussels.

14:13 Today, around noon, over the Odessa region, the Ukrainian military air command Pivden destroyed an X-type cruise missile, Natalia Gumenyuk, head of the press center of the Defense and Security Forces of the South, said. The missile was fired by a Russian fighter in the direction of Odessa.

14:08 Russian hackers from Killnet declared cyber war on the governments of ten countries: the USA, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and Ukraine. The hackers said that nothing threatens citizens, but governments must be destroyed.

13:39 Estonian Prime Minister Kaia Kallas urged Western leaders to stop calling Putin: "It seems to me that if everyone constantly calls him, he does not understand that he is in isolation. Therefore, if we want to convey to him the idea that" you are isolated "Don't call him - it doesn't make sense."

13:33 In Edinburgh, Scotland, they supported Ukraine by renaming one of the streets in honor of Volodymyr Zelensky, British Ambassador to Ukraine Melinda Simmons said and published a photo:

13:26 Russia is preparing in Mariupol the most large-scale forgery of "testimony of witnesses" that the city was destroyed by the Ukrainian military. Testimonies will be prepared in writing by the residents of Mariupol, who remained in the city, said the mayor's adviser Petr Andryushchenko.

He said that for this, the invaders announced registration for compensation for destroyed housing and / or the loss of a family member. For housing - 500,000 rubles (about $6,000), for a deceased family member - 3 million rubles (about $33,000). But when submitting an application, residents of Mariupol must necessarily indicate that the property "was destroyed by the Ukrainian military", and relatives "were killed by the Ukrainian army." Given the psychological pressure and information blockade, Mariupol residents, hoping for a miracle, submit applications with appropriate notes.

All these "testimonies" will be used to influence international opinion, incl. with wide publicity through propaganda media abroad. In reality, such compensation is impossible: Russia must spend at least $2.5 billion just to fulfill these promises to the people of Mariupol, Andryushchenko notes.

13:21 The United States intends to ratify Finland's accession to NATO before the fall, said the leader of the Republican minority in the Senate Mitch McConnell at a briefing with the Finnish president.

13:20 McDonald's announces permanent withdrawal from the Russian market and begins the process of selling its Russian business: "The humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine and the accelerated unpredictable operating environment have led McDonald's to conclude that continuing to own a business in Russia is no longer appropriate and not in line with the values McDonald's".

13:17 The decision to impose an embargo on Russian oil can be made by the EU at the summit on May 30-31, Reuters reports citing European diplomats. Probably, an agreement will be adopted on a phased ban on Russian oil within six months. For Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, the transition period will be extended.

13:12 Peskov said that the issue of Sweden and Finland joining NATO is serious, "causes concern": "We will closely monitor what will be the consequences of Finland and Sweden joining NATO in practical terms in terms of our security, which must be ensured in absolutely unconditionally."

At the same time, he added that Russia has no territorial disputes with either Finland or Sweden, while Ukraine "could potentially become a NATO member, and then Russia would have a territorial dispute with a state that participates in the alliance, which bears huge "huge risks for the entire continent."

13:09 Lend-lease for Ukraine will not lead to a large debt to the United States, US Chargé d'Affaires Christina Quinn said in an interview with European Pravda. Now, according to her, there is no talk that Ukraine should return everything that it receives under Lend-Lease. The purpose of Lend-Lease is to bypass export procedures and shorten the approval process: "It's just a procedure to speed up the delivery of weapons. Therefore, of course, Lend-Lease will not lead to any crazy debt for Ukraine after the war."

12:38 The Russians are accumulating forces for the next big offensive in the Lugansk region, said the head of the UVA Serhiy Gaidai. According to him, the enemy pulled up more than 2,500 pieces of equipment - most likely, these forces will be distributed to force the Seversky Donets River, to Popasnaya towards the Lisichansk-Bakhmut highway and to capture Severodonetsk.

At the same time, the Russians abandoned the plan to enter the administrative borders of the Lugansk and Donetsk regions, now it is only about Lugansk. "The situation in the Lugansk region is escalating, but the received Western long-range artillery will force the Russians to stop and retreat, and then we will be able to start the process of de-occupation of the territories," Gaidai said.

12:35 As a result of today's strike on Odessa, four people were injured, including one child, a car was damaged, the State Emergency Service reported.

12:33 The decision on the sixth package of European sanctions against the Russian Federation will be found in the coming days, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg is convinced: "I am sure that in the coming days we will be able to implement the sixth package of sanctions. It is clear that there is still a certain need for discussion , but I believe that we should strive to ensure that these discussions are held where they should be, in council, so as not to create a public image of disagreement. Russia is watching us."

12:29 If the war lasts longer than another three to four months, the Ukrainian government will have to take "painful measures" - cut budget spending, including salaries, pensions and social benefits, as well as raise taxes, the finance minister said in an interview with The Economist Sergei Marchenko.

He said that the Cabinet of Ministers was engaged in the issuance and sale of military bonds, external borrowing, additional printing of the money supply, but all these methods may be exhausted by the fall.

12:25 US Chargé d'Affaires in Ukraine Christina Quinn said in an interview with European Pravda that Ukraine has a chance to become a NATO member without the Membership Action Plan stage: "As for the possibility of Finland joining without a MAP, the Membership Action Plan has never been a legal requirement to join NATO, which means that Ukraine can also join the alliance without a MAP. However, I would not call it a short cut procedure."

12:14 Arestovich predicts the arrival of "sufficient volumes" of heavy weapons from partners "not earlier than July." Thus, according to him, the Ukrainian army will be ready for an active counteroffensive on the positions of the Russian Federation around mid-July.

12:09 The occupiers in Mariupol are trying to resume the work of the port, since this is the only way to export the stolen metal and provide minimal logistics for the Russian military. According to the mayor's adviser Petr Andryushchenko, romination was almost completed today, and yesterday a sunken boat of border guards was raised from the bottom of the Old Gate. "But for now, the flooded Meotida with our flag proudly holds the entrance to the New Gate, which is the main one for the resumption of maritime traffic," he wrote.

Andryushchenko also said that the occupiers began clearing the rubble in hospital No. 3, where at the beginning of the war an aerial bomb hit the maternity ward: “Surprisingly, the plan for clearing the rubble completely coincides with the places of the largest destruction and the demonstrative cynicism of the Russian army. hospital".

12:00 In Mariupol, fires do not stop in the 20th microdistrict, where the invaders tried to restore power supply. The supply of electricity is limited to this housing estate, because the office of the "administration" of the occupiers is located there, and there is no question of any concern for the inhabitants, said the mayor's adviser Petr Andryushchenko.

In the meantime, Russian propaganda media write today that in Mariupol "they gave light, and water supply is also being restored."

11:52 The wives of those mobilized in Lugansk staged a riot and demanded from the "Minister of Foreign Affairs of the LPR" Vladislav Deinego to help them return the men from the Kharkiv region home. They say that there are many dead, wounded and captured in the 206th regiment, and those who remained in the Kharkov region are not allowed into the territory of Russia.

11:48 The European Commission will give a conclusion on Ukraine's application for EU membership on June 8 or 15, journalist Rikard Jozwiak said. According to him, the status of a "potential candidate" for Ukraine is more likely and acceptable for some EU member states, "which puts the country in the same "basket" with Bosnia and Kosovo."

11:46 A humanitarian crisis is growing in the Kherson region, Ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova said. According to her, residents do not have the opportunity to travel to the territory controlled by Ukraine and the ability to move around the region is almost completely limited. The occupiers do not allow volunteers with humanitarian aid to pass and rob humanitarian supplies. Even in the first days of the seizure, the Russians plundered most of the shops and pharmacies, Ukrainian goods were taken to the Crimea and the Russian Federation.

The mayor of Kherson, Igor Kolykhaev, says that the medicines in the city will run out in two weeks, many drugs are already lacking. Russians are handing out expired medicines and five-year-old food as "humanitarian aid". In exchange, they demand passport data, lists of pensioners, social workers and just people living in a particular community. In total, about 500 thousand people remain in the region, about the same number left after the start of the war.

11:34 Podolyak on Moscow's plans: "First, the Kremlin dreamed of capturing Kiev, then Kharkiv and Odessa, then at least ORDLO. Now Russian troops are concentrating in the Luhansk region - there are not enough forces for other areas. We continue the treatment of imperial megalomania - it's tough" meeting "Moscow fantasies with reality".

11:29 In the Sumy region this morning, the Russians tried to break through the state border. According to the head of the OVA Dmitry Zhivitsky, the enemy opened fire on the border area of ​​the Shostka region from mortars, grenade launchers, machine guns and machine guns. Under cover of fire, enemy DRGs tried to enter the territory of the region. The border guards gave battle to the Russians, who retreated beyond the border line.

11:27 In the incomplete first three weeks of the war, as of March 15, the total losses of the 1st Tank Army of the Russian Federation amounted to 409 people, of which 61 were liquidated, 209 invaders were wounded. In addition, according to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine with reference to the documents received, 44 Russian tankers went missing during this period, another 96 surrendered. During the same time, the defenders of Ukraine destroyed and seized 308 units of military equipment from the specified army of invaders.

11:21 Austria respects the decision of Finland and Sweden to join NATO, but will remain a neutral country itself, Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said.

11:18 The Russians are trying to organize the supply of equipment to Zmeiny Island, OK Pivden reports. The invaders also continue lifting and rescue operations at the site of the destruction of a landing craft of the Serna type near the island.

As of May 16, there are two Russian ships with cruise missiles on board, as well as six large landing ships in the Black Sea. The threat of missile strikes and the likelihood of landings remain relevant.

11:05 Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine Mykola Solsky announced the aggravation of the shortage of diesel fuel needed by farmers: "In late April - early May, the situation with diesel fuel in Ukraine worsened ... Now it is more acute than a few weeks ago."

According to him, the market was not ready to carry diesel fuel from Poland or Romania in such a volume after the cessation of supplies from Russia and Belarus. In particular, "there is no required number of tanks, there are no transshipment capacities and other things," which "leaves its mark and leads to a shortage of fuel."

11:01 In Kiev, from May 16, the sale of alcohol in public catering establishments is allowed from 11:00 to 22:00, the Kyiv City State Administration reported. The sale of alcohol in stores is still possible from 11:00 to 16:00.

10:57 The General Staff announced the approximate losses of the enemy on the morning of May 16. The enemy suffered the greatest losses over the past day in the Bakhmut and Zaporozhye directions.

  • personnel - about 27,700 (+300) people liquidated,

  • tanks - 1228 (+8),

  • armored combat vehicles - 2974 (+16),

  • artillery systems - 577 (+22),

  • MLRS - 195 (+0),

  • air defense systems - 89 (+0),

  • aircraft - 200 (+0),

  • helicopters - 165 (+1),

  • UAVs of the operational-tactical level - 427 (+11),

  • cruise missiles - 97 (+2),

  • ships/boats - 13 (+0),

  • automotive equipment and tankers - 2101 (+14),

  • special equipment - 42 (+0).

10:43 Borrell doubts that the EU will be able to agree today on the issue of an oil embargo against Russia: "Of course, we will discuss this, and we will try to unblock the situation, but I cannot guarantee this, because the opposition is very strong."

10:26 The process of Sweden's accession to NATO may take about a year, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said. She stressed that on this path, Sweden is ready to engage in dialogue with all 30 member countries of the alliance, including Turkey.

10:22 A missile attack on the Odessa region was carried out by strategic aircraft, OK Pivden reported. The object of tourist infrastructure was hit, buildings were destroyed, a fire broke out. Also, the enemy continues to attack the damaged and inoperative bridge across the Dniester Estuary. Previously, two adults were injured and a small child was seriously injured.

10:19 The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO "would be a mistake with far-reaching consequences," and "no one should have any illusions that Russia will simply put up with it." At the same time, Moscow's reaction "will depend on specific steps taken by Stockholm and Helsinki."

10:17 The New York Times writes that the complete failure of the Russian military operation to cross the Seversky Donets River was one of the deadliest episodes of the war. Russian losses could reach up to 485 people, more than 80 pieces of equipment were also destroyed.

10:11 In Kiev, public transport fares have been resumed today, the Klovska metro station has also been opened, the Kyiv City State Administration reported.

09:55 Ukrainian forces blew up the railway bridges between Rubizhne and Severodonetsk in order to contain Russian troops, said the head of the Luhansk OVA Serhiy Gaidai. According to him, the invaders suffer losses and retreat on the outskirts of Severodonetsk, but do not stop.

09:43 In Odessa, Russian troops hit the recreation center, people's deputy Alexei Goncharenko said.

09:24 The Ingulsky district of Nikolaev underwent enemy fire in the morning, reports Suspіlne. Because of the shelling, a fire broke out in a furniture store, a car parked next to the store caught fire. Not far from the scene, the remains of a cluster warhead of a multiple rocket launcher were found.

09:15 Russia has de facto terminated the cooperation agreement with NATO, German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock said: "The Russian government has made it clear that the Founding Act between NATO and Russia is worth nothing more. Therefore, we should now recognize that this basic act was unilaterally torn apart by Russia, not NATO."

09:13 Adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, Petr Andryushchenko, denied the information of the Russian media that Ukrainian defenders with white flags came out of Azovstal: "If you trust the sources of the invaders, they have already taken everyone prisoner three times in Mariupol." According to him, now the Russians do not stop trying to enter or block the exit from the bunkers. All ground operations are carried out only on the perimeter of the plant, no global approximation occurs, which is why the density of shelling is growing.

09:00 The head of the Kharkiv OVA Oleg Sinegubov said that the fighters of the 227th battalion of the 127th brigade of the Territorial Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine ousted the Russians and restored the border sign on the state border section.

08:58 Blinken is convinced that Ukraine will survive the war: "President Putin unleashed this brutal and unprovoked war, thinking that he could destroy Ukraine as an independent country and divide NATO. Instead, he only strengthened the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. NATO is stronger, more combat-ready, more united than ever."

08:56 InformNapalm reported that Russia is preparing provocations in Mariupol with the participation of captured Ukrainian servicemen and civilians abducted by Russians. According to the publication, the invaders intend to bring up to 2,000 captured people to Mariupol, send reconnaissance troops to the city, who were ordered to take gas masks without fail, and six tank trucks, the contents of which are unknown.

InformNapalm analysts suggest that the Russian command may use the prisoners to create a picture in the Russian propaganda media that the defenders of Azovstal allegedly surrendered, and then try to use the contents of the tanks (possibly chemicals) to “smoke out” the real defenders from their positions.

Today, Russian propaganda media are already reporting that a group of ten Ukrainian soldiers allegedly came out of the cellars of Azovstal with white flags.

08:49 British intelligence reports that the deployment of Belarusian special operations forces along the border with Ukraine is likely to delay Ukrainian troops in the area, so they will not be able to be transferred to support operations in the Donbass.

08:45 The Russian military satellite, which on the night of April 30 was launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome into a near-polar orbit on the Angara-1.2 rocket, could not stay there and will burn up in the atmosphere. The head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, “advertised” this launch in social networks with a message that the letter Z was depicted on the rocket body.

US astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted: "A Russian rocket with a Z on its side launched a military satellite that failed. It appears that the Z symbol representing war crimes has now also become synonymous with epic failure."

08:36 Russia announced the nationalization of the Russian assets of the Renault Group. Moscow Mayor Sobyanin announced that he had decided to take the Renault plant to the balance of the city and resume the production of cars "under the historical Moskvich brand."

08:24 The head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, said that he spoke on the phone with Reznikov, among other things, they discussed the needs of Ukraine on the battlefield. Austin also informed Reznikov about the results of his recent conversation with Shoigu.

08:10 In the Lugansk region, the Russians fired at Severodonetsk yesterday, two people died on the spot, another one was hospitalized, said the head of the OVA Sergey Gaidai.

07:35 The enemy is trying to restrain the offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine north of Kharkov and prevent them from reaching the state border of Ukraine, and is also preparing offensive operations by forces of units concentrated in the Izyum region, the General Staff reports in the morning summary .

06:31 Mayor of Nikolaev Alexander Senkevich reports explosions in the city and asks to remain in shelters or to observe the rule of two walls.

06:20 In Ukraine, 90% of people will fall below the poverty line if the war lasts more than a year, the UN says. As a result of the Russian invasion, half of Ukrainian enterprises have been closed, the other half are experiencing difficulties. The UN believes that if the war drags on for more than a year, the economic achievements of the past two decades may be lost.

05:17 The American Institute for the Study of War believes that the Russians are likely to focus on the capture of Severodonetsk, and not on reaching the administrative borders of the Donetsk region. Russian troops have likely given up on the goal of completing a large-scale cordon of Ukrainian units from Donetsk to Izyum to capture the Luhansk region.

Analysts note that Russian troops are likely to try to hold the line west of Volchansk in order to protect their land lines from Belgorod to Izyum. It is unclear whether they will succeed. Russian troops did not advance in the Slavic direction due to an unsuccessful offensive in the Izyum region.

Failed attempts by the Russians to cross the Seversky Donets at Kremennaya could push Russian operations further east. According to the ISW forecast, the Russians will finally leave their positions near Kharkov and in the near future, most likely, a Ukrainian counteroffensive will begin in the Izyum region.

At the same time, Russian forces are fortifying the occupied settlements in the south, which indicates that the occupying troops seek to establish permanent control in the region.

04:51 Germany will refuse to import oil from Russia until the end of the year, even if the EU does not reach an agreement on this issue as part of a new package of sanctions, Bloomberg writes, citing government sources. Work on concluding deals with alternative suppliers is underway, the German authorities are confident that they will be able to resolve logistical issues within 6-7 months.

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From the Russian Perspective: Operation on Denazification of Ukraine: operational summary May 16th (updated)
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[NewsFrontInfo] 23:33 Channel One military commander Irina Kuksenkova reports on the current situation around Azovstal:

“Today everything is over - the wounded who were taken from Azov were under guard in the hospital in Novoazovsk, the rest were taken to Yelenovka, the interrogation will begin in the morning.

Tomorrow, from four in the morning, ours will again continue to take prisoner the rest of the inmates from Azovstal. In total, as I was told, 2,227 people are blocked there. There are even pregnant servicemen (women). The intrigue of tomorrow is the fate of Kalina and Volyn ... "

22:38 According to preliminary information, about 300 militants left Azovstal. About 50 of them were wounded. They are now being taken to the Central Regional Hospital of Novoazovsk, where they will be provided with the necessary medical care. The rest were taken away by buses in the direction of Yelenovka.

17:40 The curfew has been reduced in Melitopol. Now it starts at 21:00 pm and ends at 5:00 am.

17:25 Putin informed his colleagues in the CSTO in detail about the course of the special operation in Ukraine, the issue of using the CSTO forces in Ukraine was not raised at the summit, the Secretary General said.

17:02 During the shelling of the outskirts of Kherson from the Smerch MLRS, an 84-year-old local resident was killed. The shelling was carried out from the side of the Nikolaev region, they hit with cluster munitions.

Thus, the Armed Forces of Ukraine once again signaled that they do not consider Kherson a part of Ukraine; that for them it is an enemy city with a hostile population, to which they will take revenge for the fact that they failed to arrange a “second Mariupol” there.

13:19 In Odessa, a former camp site was destroyed by a missile strike. Most likely, the Ukrainian servicemen converted it into a barracks.

11:35 The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation published personnel combat work of Russian mortars. Crews reconnoiter enemy positions using drones, after which they open fire almost immediately. 120mm ammunition allows you to destroy firing positions and strongholds at a distance of more than seven kilometers.

11:31 Another Belarusian Nazi named Pavel “Volat”, who arrived in Ukraine to kill Russians, was destroyed.

11:12 Washington deliberately "clouds" its military-biological activities in Ukraine - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

11:04 Briefing by the Russian Ministry of Defense (05/16/2022) The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue a special military operation in Ukraine.

During the day, high-precision air-based missiles of the Russian Aerospace Forces hit two command posts, including the command post of the 72nd Mechanized Brigade in the Tsapovka region of the Kharkov region, 16 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment, eight long-term firing points and five warehouses of rocket and artillery weapons in areas of the settlements Krasny Liman of the Kharkiv region, Vladimirovka and Konstantinovka of the Donetsk People's Republic, as well as Berestovoye of the Luhansk People's Republic.

As a result of the strikes, more than 360 nationalists were killed, 78 units of military equipment were disabled.

Operational-tactical and army aviation hit three command posts, 104 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment, as well as two fuel depots.

Rocket troops and artillery hit 325 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment, 14 command posts and 24 artillery batteries in firing positions.

Russian air defense systems in the areas of the settlements of Evgenovka, Mykolaiv region and Velyka Kamyshevakha, shot down two Su-25 aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force in the air.

In addition, one Ukrainian Su-24 aircraft was shot down near Zmeiny Island. Ten Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicles were destroyed over the settlements of Novosvetlovka in the Luhansk People's Republic, Dementievka, Izyum and Malye Prohody in the Kharkiv region, Donetsk, Vysokoye and Kalinovskoe in the Donetsk People's Republic, including two Soviet-made Tu-143 Reis jet aircraft.

In addition, in the areas of Malaya Kamyshevakha, Snezhkovka, Shpakovka, Ivanovka, Kharkiv region and Chernobaevka, Kherson region, 18 rockets of the Smerch multiple launch rocket system were intercepted.

In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, the following have been destroyed: 168 aircraft, 125 helicopters, 889 unmanned aerial vehicles, 307 anti-aircraft missile systems, 3,108 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 381 installations of multiple launch rocket systems, 1,529 field artillery guns and mortars, as well as 2,949 units of special military vehicles.

11:00 In Rubezhnoye, seven Americans who participated in the battles on the side of Kyiv were killed, Alaudinov, assistant to the head of Chechnya, said.

10:52 Air defense went off in Kherson. Seven missiles "Hurricane" were shot down.

10:04 Departure (loading on S-17) from the USA of the next batch of 155mm / 39 light towed howitzers M-777 of the BAE Systems company to Ukraine.

09:38 The Russian Armed Forces delivered another blow near Zatoka in the Belgorod-Dnestrovsky district of the Odessa region. According to local residents, another tourist center favored by foreign "tourists" has been calibrated.

09:30 The main results of the SVO in Ukraine for May 15, 2022:

The Russian Armed Forces attacked a warehouse with foreign weapons near Lvov.

The offensive near Izyum continues from the side of Pashkovka to Gusarovka, battles are being waged for the Slavyansk-Barvenkovo ​​road.

Under Severodonetsk, the zone of control is expanding, the battles for Voronovo have begun.

The cleansing of Toshkovka continues, as well as the attack on the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the New York area. In Avdeevka, Novobakhmutovka, Sands and Novomikhailovka positional battles.

A counter-offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was thwarted in the Gulyai-Pole area.

09:15 In the morning, the Russian Armed Forces struck near Ochakov: one of the barges that blocked the entrance to the Dnieper estuary in the section Ochakov - Pervomaisky Island - Kinburn Spit was hit. The last time the barges were hit was on May 10.

09:05 Economic convoys for sending goods began to form in the Kherson region. - Deputy head of the military-civilian administration Kirill Stremousov.

08:31 TASS: in Ukraine, they began to initiate criminal cases against Kherson doctors and teachers, who continued to work after the region was liberated by the Russian Armed Forces.

08:22 Kherson region has tuned in to full-fledged cooperation with the regions of the Russian Federation on agricultural products.

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Perspective from the Breakaway Republics: Invasion of Ukraine: May 16th, 2022
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[NewsFrontInfo] 22:15 As a result of the shelling in the Petrovsky district, on the street. Shestakova, a man and a woman were wounded. They are currently receiving medical care.

21:10 Ukrainian nationalists opened fire on a school and residential buildings in the Petrovsky district of Donetsk.

Today, several residential apartment buildings and gymnasium number 107 were under fire from Kyiv punishers.

Miraculously, civilian casualties were avoided.

20:23 According to the operational line of the DPR JCCC, information was received about damage as a result of VFU shelling Petrovsky district of Donetsk at the address:

- st. Gavrilyuk, 26 - the private sector.

Information about the consequences of shelling continues to arrive.

18:50 Shelling from the side of the VFU was recorded in the following directions:

n.p. Novgorodskoye - n.p. Panteleymonovka: eight 122mm shells were fired;
n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Yasinovataya: five missiles fired from BM-21 Grad;
n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Mineral: five missiles fired from BM-21 Grad.

18:42 At the moment, it is known about 20 non-walking wounded "Azov" who were taken to the Novoazovsk hospital.

18:33 Ukrainian Nazis are shelling the urban-type settlement of Panteleymonovka in Gorlovka! Residents hear shell explosions in the park area, cemetery, highway. On the video - arrivals in the village. Vasilievka. Residents in the immediate vicinity of the shelling area are strongly advised to find shelter!

18:00 Advancing on the enemy grouping in the Avdievka area, a separate assault battalion "Somalia" with heavy fighting captured a key height on the eastern flank - the village of Velikaya Novoselka-2. This will ensure a comfortable advancement of the DPR forces in this direction. It was almost completely destroyed by the artillery of the retreating forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

17:50 The DPR army entrenched itself on the southern outskirts of New York. There are no battles in the village itself yet.

17:30 Shelling from the side of the VFU was recorded in the following directions:

n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Yasinovataya: two missiles fired from BM-21 Grad;
n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Vasilyevka: two missiles fired from BM-21 Grad.
n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Yasinovataya: fired four shells of 122mm.

17:21 Artyomovsk is powerful arrival in the positions of the military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

16:56 In Mariupol, not only the wounded, but also several healthy "Azov" people are being taken prisoner from Azovstal* - a source from the scene.

16:50 Under the control of the Ministry of Transport of the DPR, since May 16, work has begun to provide temporary passage in the area of ​​​​the bridge destroyed during the hostilities, located in the area of ​​the settlement of Ilyichevskoye along the Ot / M-14 / - Shirokaya beam - Mariupol highway.

It is planned to restore traffic on the bridge within a week.

16:18 According to the operational line of the DPR JCCC, information was received about damage as a result of shelling of the VFU at the following addresses:

Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk:
- st. Lankaranskaya, 14, 15, 19 - multi-apartment residential buildings.

n.p. Yelenovka:
- st. Mayakovsky, 46 - private sector;
- st. Mayakovsky. 48 - direct hit on a private house, completely destroyed.

16:16 An agreement has been reached with the Ukrainian side on the removal of the wounded from Azovstal - Russian Defense
Ministry

16:10 As a result of the shelling of the Administrative "1 Ploshchadka" village of the Kuibyshev region, the glazing of windows in apartment buildings No. 12, 14, 15 and 19 on the street was damaged. Lankaran.

15:38 Water supply in Donetsk remains for about 20-25 days -- Vitaly Kizhaev, General Director of the State Unitary Enterprise of the DPR "Water of Donbass".

15:25 Advancing on the suburb of Avdievka, the fighters of the separate assault battalion "Somalia" took possession of American anti-tank weapons. They were abandoned by the retreating Ukrainian military. Shows the battalion commander with the call sign "Boycott".

15:12 The removal of the Ukrainian wounded from Azovstal has begun, they will be taken to hospitals on the territory of the DPR.

15:10 Fighting in the cities resumes again. Severodonetsk, ahead, obviously, Slavyansk, Kramatorsk and others. And if the experience of Mariupol says something, then one of the main conclusions is the need for the troops to have specialized heavy engineering assault units designed to operate in fortified areas, in particular in urban areas.

They must have special weapons, including heavy infantry fighting vehicles and tanks for urban combat, obstacle and demining vehicles, heavy bulldozers and tractors, and, of course, infantry specially trained for operations in these conditions - with appropriate support, including a large number of drones that allow you to look and behind the house, and inside the house.

Such units would be useful in Mariupol, and in Severodnetsk-Lysichansk and in many other places. Of course, we must be aware that even if we start creating them now, they most likely will not have time for this operation. But the experience of urban battles that our army is now receiving at a high price should not disappear without a trace - especially since no one promised the absence of new wars in the future.

And yes, there have already been such units in our history. They were called ShISBR - assault engineer-sapper brigades. They fought in Stalingrad, broke through the German fortifications on the Dnieper and in Belarus, stormed the forts and fortresses of Posen, Breslau, Koenigsberg, Budapest, and finally Berlin. After the war, these units were disbanded, but now, apparently, it is time to remember them.

All the banners are in place, the regalia as a choice: the 6th assault engineer-sapper Rivne, or the 11th assault engineer-sapper Zaporozhye-Budapest that liberated Odessa, or the 12th assault engineer-sapper Melitopol, which fought in the Donbass, and others.

14:52 In the region of Kramatorsk, Ukrainian militants blew up another tank with chemicals. A little later, the Muscovites will once again be accused of using chemical weapons, and after some time their own administration will refute this. That was the case the previous three times.

14:50 Two kindergartens "Ivushka" and "Zvyozdochka" have resumed their work in the city of Shchastia of the LPR. They stopped working in February 2022 due to the outbreak of hostilities. In the nursery-garden "Ivushka", designed for 130 children, five groups are now opening, the institution will be attended by 86 children.

14:42 From the side of the armed formations of Ukraine, shelling was recorded from the direction of the settlement. Vrubovka on n.p. Youth with the use of artillery guns 152mm (five shells) - Representation of the LPR in the JCCC.

14:41 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction: n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Yasinovataya: four BM-21 Grad missiles were fired.

14:20 As a result of yesterday's artillery shelling of N. p. Zolote-5 damaged two apartment buildings - the representative office of the LPR in the JCCC.

14:14 They took Novoselovka Second. Regarding the talk about the Avdievka cauldron. De facto, of course, it is not surrounded, since there is a possibility of supply through Orlovka, although the enemy lost the opportunity to use the Konstantinovka-Avdievka road with the loss of Novobakhmutovka and Novoselovka-2.

However, since the road from Orlovka is periodically blocked by artillery, this allows us to talk about the type of operational environment of Avdievka, since there are problems with the safe supply of the group defending the Avdievka fortification. It seems that the real cauldron will begin there when permanent fire control is established over the Avdievka-Orlovka road.

14:00 Information was received through the operational line of the DPR JCCC about the wounding of a civilian born in 1955. as a result of the shelling of the VFU n.p. Novoselovka at st. Artem, 23. The victim was hospitalized in the Yasinovatsky central district hospital.

13:51 In Volnovakha, the monument to the Soldiers-Liberators and the memorial to the "Victims of Fascism" have been restored. Residents of Volnovakha, with the assistance of the All-Russian People's Front, restored the monument to the Liberator Soldiers and the memorial to the Victims of Fascism, erected during the Soviet Union.

13:30 Shelling from the side of the VFU was recorded in the following directions:

n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Vasilievka: four missiles were fired from the BM-21 Grad.
n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Mineral: four missiles fired from BM-21 Grad.

12:49 Information was received via the operational line of the DPR JCCC about damage as a result of shelling of the VFU in Donetsk at the following addresses:

Petrovsky district:

- st. Architects, 21 - MBOU "Gymnasium No. 107 of the city of Donetsk No. 107";
- st. Petrovsky, 189, apt. 1 - multi-apartment residential building.

Kuibyshevsky district:

- st. Lenkoranskaya, 12 - apartment building.

12:10 Daily summary of the Headquarters of the Territorial Defense of the DPR on May 16, 2022.

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

Currently, 184 settlements are under our control.

The enemy opened fire on the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic using 122mm Grad MLRS, 122mm cannon artillery and 120mm mortars. The areas of 10 settlements of the Republic fell under the shelling of the VFU, reports the UNM DPR.

According to the DPR Representative Office in the JCCC, 21 housing construction and four civil infrastructure facilities were damaged. The total number of ammunition used by Ukrainian militants is 200 units.

On the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic, previously liberated by the DPR group of troops, one civilian, wounded as a result of shelling of the VFU, received medical assistance. In total, for the specified period, medical assistance was provided to two wounded civilians throughout the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic, reports Ministry of Health of the DPR.

11:10 Shelling from the side of the VFU was recorded in the following directions:

n.p. Avdievka - Donetsk (Kuybyshevsky district): eight shells of 122mm caliber were fired;
n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Yasinovataya: five missiles fired from the BM-21 Grad.

10:51 Employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the LPR found nine grenade launchers, shots for them and other ammunition, including more than 40,000 rounds of ammunition, in the forest near the village of Krymsky, Slavyanoserbsky district.

10:25 Over 3,100 subscribers remain without power supply in DPR

As a result of shelling of the VFU in the Donetsk People's Republic, 57 transformer substations, one hospital, three educational institutions and over 3,100 household subscribers were de-energized, the DPR Ministry of Emergency Situations reported.

10:03 At the site of the fighting in Rubizhne (LPR)discovered facts of the presence of foreign instructors.

09:52 AFU attacked Yasinovataya from positions in Avdievka. War criminals continue to use BM-21 Grad MLRS against civilians

09:27 I plan to restore power supply throughout Volnovakha by the end of May. Now there is light in a school, a kindergarten, a hospital, the buildings of the police, the prosecutor's office, and justice.

09:20 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction: n.p. Krasnogorovka - Donetsk (Petrovsky district): eight shells of 122mm caliber were fired.

09:11 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction: n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Vasilievka: five shells of 122mm caliber were fired.

09:05 Soldiers of the operational-combat tactical formation of the DPR with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces clean up Azovstal.

09:00 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction: n.p. Novomikhailovka - Donetsk (Leninsky district): five shells of 122mm caliber were fired.

08:41 The DPR representative office in the JCCC recorded shelling from the AFU in the following directions:

n.p. Novomikhailovka - Donetsk (Petrovsky district): five shells of 122mm caliber were fired.
n.p. Novomikhailovka - Donetsk (Kirovskiy district): five shells of 122mm caliber were fired.
n.p. Novomikhailovka - Donetsk (Leninsky district): four shells of 122mm caliber were fired;

08:10 A source in the OP said that the technologists of the Office of the President launched an anti-crisis for Azovstal in order to shift the focus from the Azov regiment to the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, border guards, and police officers.

Bankovaya is well aware that no one will allow even the wounded to change the soldiers of AZOV, but the rest have a chance to shift the focus from the future “zrada”, now messages are being launched that Azovstal is not only national battalions.

08:00 The total number of recorded victims in the liberated territories of the DPR is 1,362 people, incl. 71 children.

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More than 200 Ukrainian soldiers are being evacuated from steel plant
[YouTube - Sky News] The Russian Defense Ministry has said it has reached a deal to evacuate wounded Ukrainian fighters from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.

Ukraine's defense ministry says 264 fighters have now left the plant.

From the Russian perspective:
Ukrainians from Azovstal surrender their wounded

[REGNUM] An agreement was reached on the removal of wounded Ukrainian Nazis blocked on the territory of the Azovstal plant in Mariupol to the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry reported on May 16.

As part of this agreement, a regime of silence has been declared in the area of ​​the plant.

"On May 16, as a result of negotiations with representatives of Ukrainian military personnel blocked on the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol, an agreement was reached on the removal of the wounded," the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

"Currently, a silence regime has been introduced in the area of ​​​​the enterprise and a humanitarian corridor has been opened, along which wounded Ukrainian servicemen are delivered to a medical facility in Novoazovsk of the Donetsk People’s Republic to provide them with all the necessary assistance," the Russian military specified.

Recall that the Nazis from the Azov Regiment (an organization whose activities are banned in the Russian Federation), as well as other Ukrainian security forces, are blocked on the territory of the Azovstal plant.

According to some reports, among them there may be about 600 wounded of varying severity.

Posted by: DarthVader || 05/17/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [34 views] Top|| File under:


Christopher Steele says sources tell him Putin is seriously ill
[NEWS.YAHOO] The former British spy who wrote an infamous dossier about Donald Trump
...The man who was so stupid he beat fourteen professional politicians, a former tech CEO, and a brain surgeon for the Republican nomination in 2016, then beat The Smartest Woman in the World in the general election...
's dealings in Russia told Sky News on Sunday that sources had told him 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 seriously ill.Remington Christopher Steele, who led MI6's Russia desk and worked as a spy in Moscow for years, told Sky News: "Certainly, from what we're hearing from sources in Russia and elsewhere, is that Putin is, in fact, quite seriously ill."
If you can't trust Christopher Steele who can you trust?
Claims about the 69-year-old leader's health have circulated for months. On Saturday, Ukraine's head of military intelligence, Maj. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov, told Sky that Putin is in a "very bad psychological and physical condition and he is very sick."

Budanov went on to suggest that the purported illness had incited plans within Russia for a coup.

In his interview with Sky, Steele suggested that Putin's health is "an element" of his decision-making in Ukraine.

"It's not clear exactly what this illness is — whether it's incurable or terminal, or whatever," he said. "But certainly, I think it's part of the equation."

On Thursday, New Lines Magazine said it had obtained a recording of a Russian oligarch saying Putin is "very ill with blood cancer." New Lines said it verified the oligarch's identity but was unable to authenticate the claims in the recording.

It is all but impossible to confirm rumors about Putin's health, which describe a panoply of ailments. The Russian investigative news outlet Proekt said in early April that the leader had received dozens of visits from a thyroid-cancer specialist.

In early May, a former KGB agent, Boris Karpichkov, told The Sun, without citing sources, that "there is a serious concern that Putin is suffering from" ailments including dementia and Parkinson's disease.

The Sun's report followed weeks of tabloid speculation over the leader's appearance, including images of him appearing to steady himself while seated in a meeting with his defense minister.
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#1  He has it all in a dossier for the CIA. Now do a Biden dossier next!
Posted by: Greater the Anonymous5721 || 05/17/2022 1:15 Comments || Top||

#2  "sources" LOL

Like his psychopathic drinking partner and fellow piss-fabulist Danchenko.
Or self-described "hack," the liar-for-rent Glenn Simpson.
Or Clinton attack dogs Michael Sussman and Natc Elias.
Or Ham Operator Extraordinaire Nellie Ohr.


Posted by: Whemble Grineting4171 || 05/17/2022 1:49 Comments || Top||

#3  This is the case where, considering the source, you must pretty much assume the exact opposite of what he's saying is the truth.

Look for Bidet to die suddenly in front of the cameras just before he is to sign the $40 billion for Ukraine boondoggle.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/17/2022 7:23 Comments || Top||

#4  Now, I look forward to that!
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/17/2022 7:29 Comments || Top||

#5  me too
Posted by: Chris || 05/17/2022 8:49 Comments || Top||

#6  ..just be prepared for a tsunami of trolls rejoicing the event proclaiming God has done Putin's work. XD
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/17/2022 10:58 Comments || Top||

#7  He has no credibility but he is still talking. Put a wig on him and declare him a host of The View. He’ll fit right in. Probably, more attractive than most of them.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/17/2022 12:22 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
Meeting of Guangdong Province of China: Normal to War State Transition
[Twitter]


Posted by: 3dc || 05/17/2022 05:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [183 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  They are Zhang Hu(张虎), member of the Standing Committee of the Guangdong Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, Secretary of the Political and Legal Committee, Zhou He (周河)
..Major General, Commander of Guangdong Military Region, and Wang Shouxin (王守信), standing committee member of the Guangdong Provincial Committee and a political commissar of the Guangdong Military Region.
5 major international sports events, "internal circulation" economic policy, the establishment of a unified national purchase and sale market, etc,
Posted by: 3dc || 05/17/2022 5:18 Comments || Top||

#2  How can you mbolilize for war and maintain a zero-covid policy at the same time?
Posted by: Matt || 05/17/2022 8:54 Comments || Top||

#3  China’s ability to rally its Covid troops showcased in rush to help Shanghai

Also, riot suppression.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/17/2022 16:20 Comments || Top||



Economy
GOP Rep. Kat Cammack reveals video of huge stockpile of baby formula at border center after being slammed by White House for sharing photo of supplies being given to migrants while Americans struggle to feed their children
  • [Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Rep. Kat Cammack took a trip to the southern border on Sunday and revealed more stock piles of infant formula, diapers, wipes and clothing

  • She claims there were several warehouses filled with supplies for migrants

  • Cammack says more supplies are headed to the border despite the nationwide shortage that has left American families struggling to find formula

  • The congresswoman was accused of lying about the stock pile last week

  • She hit back at her critics Monday night, sharing footage from the facility and branding members of the Biden Administration as liars

  • Meanwhile, Abbott Laboratories has reached a consent decree with the FDA, which is an important step towards reopening its Sturgis, Michigan plant

  • The company says it could reopen in as few as two weeks after it gets approval from the courts, which must now approve the consent decree

  • However, the FDA has yet to give them the authority to resume operations
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/17/2022 08:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [117 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats



#3  I think there is one thing we can rule out: accountability.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/17/2022 12:14 Comments || Top||

#4  Looking at the photos at the link, the baby formula was some sort of generic, not a name brand.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/17/2022 18:39 Comments || Top||


Europe
Renault starts exit from Russia
[Twitter]
Posted by: 3dc || 05/17/2022 05:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [34 views] Top|| File under:


India-Pakistan
India halts K-31 early warning helicopter orders worth 510 million from Russia
[YouTube - WarthogDefennce] India has halted negotiations with Russia for the former to acquire 10 Kamov Ka-31 airborne early warning helicopters for $520 million, following uncertainties in arms supplies amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/17/2022 14:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [107 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They has such a good experience with the aircraft carrier.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/17/2022 17:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Russians having a hard time getting parts from their overseas suppliers?
Posted by: jpal || 05/17/2022 17:57 Comments || Top||

#3  Part of our Russian Trolls new tripartite alliances? Oops
Posted by: Frank G || 05/17/2022 20:22 Comments || Top||

#4  Fundamentally, India is going to do what is in India's interest. China is going to do what is in China's interest. Russia is going to do what is in Russia's interest. Only in Washington, the Globalists don't care what's in America's interest.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/17/2022 21:02 Comments || Top||

#5  "Oh, Frankie, such news never troubles
Us Russians. Our sales force redoubles
Its efforts, aware
That what counts is, the Bear
Will insist on nonpayment in rubles."
Posted by: Dino tse Tung4922 || 05/17/2022 21:22 Comments || Top||



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