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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Boy, 15, arrested in shooting death of 11-year-old Kyhara Tay's
[NYPOST] A 15-year-old who allegedly bumped off an innocent 11-year-old Bronx girl in a botched moped drive-by was caught Friday hiding out in a hotel with his mom, officials said.

Matthew Godwin was arrested for the broad daylight murder of Kyhara Tay, who was killed by a stray bullet Monday as the teen shooter was allegedly targeting a 13-year-old boy, who was not hit, police said Friday.

Officers took Godwin into custody at 2 a.m. Friday at Hotel 95 in the Harding Park area of the Bronx, where the family had checked in the night before, officials said at a news conference Friday.

"We will continue to fight for Kyhara. Also, the tragedy here is we are talking about a gunman who is too young to be a gunman," Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clarke told news hounds.

"It’s incomprehensible but no longer incredible for what has been going on in The Bronx," he went on. "Kyhara was, unfortunately, the second child in the Bronx killed by gunfire, being shot by a teen."

The teen was slapped with charges of murder, manslaughter, and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, all as an adult. Cops said they were still looking for the moped’s driver, 18-year-old Omar Bojang.

Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We need gun control laws that prohibit 15 year olds from buying guns...
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/21/2022 0:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Yup. Stolen or community gun likely
Posted by: Frank G || 05/21/2022 8:31 Comments || Top||

#3  .. was caught Friday hiding out in a hotel with his mom

Harboring a fugitive/felon. Mom coming up on charges too?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/21/2022 8:38 Comments || Top||



-Great Cultural Revolution
Hurrah for new HBO boss uncanceling J.K. Rowling
[NYPOST] Expelliarmus! And faster than you can say Severus Snape, the dork magic that is wokeness has been neutralized. J.K. Rowling is being let out of her PC jail cell by the new chief of Warner Bros. Discovery.

You may have noticed that when it came time to engineer a Harry Potter 20th-anniversary reunion on New Year’s Day for HBO Max, the company seemed to treat Rowling like a muggle. She appeared only in archival footage. That was strange, but then again, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and "Fantastic Beasts" star Katherine Waterston have all taken disgraceful/ungrateful little pokes at Rowling. HBO Max seemed uncertain whether she deserved a lot of attention at a Harry Potter celebration. It’s not like she was important to that franchise or anything.

But this spring a new headmaster, David Zaslav, came in to run Warner Bros., which made the Harry Potter films. Zaslav has already made two big, and hilarious moves: Canceling CNN
...formerly the Cable News Network, now who know what it might stand for...
+, and uncanceling Rowling. Zaslav is meeting with Rowling to discuss new Harry Potter projects, reports the Wall Street Journal.

That’s news because as the Fantastic Beasts series dwindles into oblivion, the industry trades have been a little quiet about new Rowling projects lately. (Lately she popped up in the news when 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...
complained that the West was canceling Russia just like it canceled Rowling. Rowling fired back that she didn’t invade Ukraine).

Presumably, we’ll be getting some new Rowling/Potter content. Hurrah! The Prisoner of Wokezkaban is free.
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under:


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Peyo, the therapist
[YouTube] This unusual therapist is bringing joy to patients in the most unexpected way. Peyo is a 14-year-old stallion living a normal horse’s life just like any other horse, he loves to run and play, but one thing separates him from most horses. He has an incredible aptitude towards humans Especially those who are sick. Two times a month, he visits hospitals and residential homes
This helps boost morale.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/21/2022 07:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:


Ohio deputy encounters 'drunk Amish guy' slumped over in moving buggy: 'The horse knows how to get home'
[FoxNews]
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/21/2022 00:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under:

#1  One of them fancy self driving vehicles.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/21/2022 8:35 Comments || Top||

#2  My horse new the way home from the burger and beer joint that was about 5 miles from my house.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 05/21/2022 9:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Many western movies would have been over quick if the horse with the dying guy on the back hadn't known the way to the sheriff's office or chuckwagon.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/21/2022 9:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Horses always know the way home, even after dark in the rain...
Posted by: 746 || 05/21/2022 11:31 Comments || Top||

#5  My grandfather used to go to Maysville, KY with his employer, the two would get roaring drunk, and their horse got them home safe. His boss's wife wasn't amused, but it worked.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/21/2022 12:36 Comments || Top||

#6  This my friends is how the saying “he got $hitfaced drunk” came from. Fall asleep behind a horses a$$ and you might regret it.
Posted by: Airandee || 05/21/2022 14:23 Comments || Top||

#7  Tobacco sale season in Maysville is a drunkfest.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/21/2022 15:36 Comments || Top||

#8  I worked with an old duffer at a dairy plant. He told me that there was a door-to-door dairyman they had that sometimes "had a few too many the night before" -- the horse knew all of the stops on the route and would wait at each one for him to wake up and make the delivery.
Posted by: magpie || 05/21/2022 17:52 Comments || Top||

#9  /\ Ranks up there with tales about 7 year old cavalry horses that knew the bugle calls better than the raw recruits!
Posted by: magpie || 05/21/2022 17:53 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
African scientists baffled by unusual spread of monkeypox cases in Europe, US
[IsraelTimes] European officials exploring whether disease is being sexually transmitted, something not seen before in Africa where most people are infected by contact with rats and squirrels.

Scientists who have monitored numerous outbreaks of monkeypox in Africa say they are baffled by the disease’s recent spread in Europa
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
and North America.

Cases of the smallpox-related disease have previously been seen only among people with links to central and West Africa. But in the past week, Britannia, Spain, Portugal, Italia, US, Sweden and Canada all reported infections, mostly in young men who hadn’t previously traveled to Africa.

La Belle France, Germany, Belgium and Australia confirmed their first cases Friday, while Israel said it had its first suspected case too.

"I’m stunned by this. Every day I wake up and there are more countries infected," said Oyewale Tomori, a virologist who formerly headed the Nigerian Academy of Science and who sits on several World Health Organization advisory boards.

"This is not the kind of spread we’ve seen in West Africa, so there may be something new happening in the West," he said.

To date, no one has died in the outbreak. Monkeypox typically causes fever, chills, rash and lesions on the face or genitals. WHO estimates the disease is fatal for up to one in 10 people, but smallpox vaccines are protective and some antiviral drugs are being developed.

On Friday, Britannia’s Health Security Agency reported 11 new monkeypox cases, saying "a notable proportion" of the infections in the UK and Europe have been in young men with no history of travel to Africa and who were gay, bisexual or had sex with men.
British health officials are exploring whether the disease is being sexually transmitted. Health officials have asked doctors and nurses to be on alert for potential cases, but said the risk to the general population is low. The European Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommended all suspected cases be isolated and that high-risk contacts be offered smallpox vaccine.

Nigeria reports about 3,000 monkeypox cases a year, WHO said. Outbreaks are usually in rural areas, when people have close contact with infected rats and squirrels, Tomori said. He said many cases are likely missed.

Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, head of the country’s Center for Disease Control, said none of the Nigerian contacts of the British patients have developed symptoms and that investigations were ongoing.

WHO’s Europe director, Dr. Hans Kluge, described the outbreak as "atypical," saying the disease’s appearance in so many countries across the continent suggested that "transmission has been ongoing for some time." He said most of the European cases are mild.

On Friday, Britannia’s Health Security Agency reported 11 new monkeypox cases, saying "a notable proportion" of the infections in the UK and Europe have been in young men with no history of travel to Africa and who were gay, bisexual or had sex with men.

Authorities in Spain and Portugal also said their cases were in young men who mostly had sex with other men and said those cases were picked up when the men turned up with lesions at sexual health clinics.

Experts have stressed they do not know if the disease is being spread through sex or other close contact related to sex.

Nigeria hasn’t seen sexual transmission, Tomori said, but he noted that viruses that hadn’t initially been known to transmit via sex, like Ebola, were later proven to do so after bigger epidemics showed different patterns of spread.

Happi also pointed out that the suspension of smallpox vaccination campaigns after the disease was eradicated in 1980 might inadvertently be helping monkeypox spread. Smallpox vaccines also protect against monkeypox, but mass immunization was stopped decades ago.

"Aside from people in west and Central Africa who may have some immunity to monkeypox from past exposure, not having any smallpox vaccination means nobody has any kind of immunity to monkeypox," Happi said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/21/2022 01:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10801 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yes, "stunning" indeed. "Young men" is it? What type of young men exactly? Penicillin, anybody try penicillin ?

Undoubtedly the wet markets again. No way it could possibly be connected to 'gain of function' research.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/21/2022 2:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Gerbilpox
Posted by: George Bluetooth || 05/21/2022 2:07 Comments || Top||

#3  African scientists baffled by unusual spread of monkeypox cases in Europe, US.

Wuhan isn't.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 05/21/2022 4:59 Comments || Top||

#4  Monkey handjobs?
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/21/2022 7:11 Comments || Top||

#5  Jussie Smollett: "Two guys in MAGA hats rubbed a monkey on my face"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/21/2022 8:03 Comments || Top||

#6  Hey, I've seen this movie!
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/21/2022 8:22 Comments || Top||

#7  Another horrible disease we can thank gay men for. They're just a petri dish of filth.
Posted by: Blackbeard Unereck7174 || 05/21/2022 10:43 Comments || Top||

#8  Coming soon, rash of articles about the risks and mortality percentges of Monkeypox for the unmasked, just in time for the mid-terms. Added bonus for the Demokrat base, Monkeypox can leave disfiguring scars, especially on large, white suburban women with university degrees in meaningless subjects.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 05/21/2022 12:22 Comments || Top||

#9  "Monkeypox will make you allergic to boxed grape juice plus!"
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/21/2022 13:22 Comments || Top||

#10  The biggest culprit was stopping routine smallpox vaccinations. That vaccine protected against monkeypox; younger people who didn't get a smallpox vaccination are providing a green field for monkeypox.

Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/21/2022 17:46 Comments || Top||

#11  ^ Those whacky millennials...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/21/2022 18:09 Comments || Top||

#12  Well, the smallpox jab was a normal in processing in the services back when. I don't know if they even stopped. My jab point is still prominent these many years later.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/21/2022 18:42 Comments || Top||

#13  Baffled???

Ii's almost as if someone was deliberately spreading it...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 05/21/2022 21:11 Comments || Top||

#14  Excerpts from Deutsche Welle today:

In recent weeks, more than 100 confirmed or suspected cases have been recorded in Europe, as well as the United States, Canada and Australia.

Health officials in Berlin said the two patients were in stable condition. Efforts had begun to trace their contacts. Public broadcaster RBB said at least one patient was thought to have been infected at a Berlin club.

It is unclear which of the two groups (or "clades") of the virus the two patients have contracted. So far, all of the cases registered in Europe are of the milder West African group, rather than the more severe Central African one.

Authorities in Spain are investigating whether the Maspalomas Gay Pride Festival on the tourist island of Gran Canaria may have been the source of several infections, El Pais daily reported Saturday. Citing health sector sources, the newspaper reported that men from Madrid, Italy and the neighboring island of Tenerife who tested positive for the virus are said to have participated in the celebrations. Tens of thousands of people attended the Pride festival from May 5 to 15.

On Friday, authorities closed a Madrid sauna identified as a possible place of infection. Spain has so far confirmed 30 cases, with more than 39 suspected, media reported Saturday.

The virus can be transmitted through contact with skin lesions or droplets from a contaminated person, as well as through shared items such as bedding or towels.


That last makes it sound like it is not s3xually transmitted as such, unlike HIV, and could easily spread to the much larger heteros3xual population at a well-attended summer festival or dance club. Yay.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/21/2022 21:23 Comments || Top||


'Frustrated' longtime CNN editor-in-chief out the door amid network shakeups, new direction
[BizPacReview] Just two days after new CNN
...formerly the Cable News Network, now who know what it might stand for...
president Chris Licht announced the embattled news network will be moving away from cable news "extremism" and seek "a different way," longtime Senior Vice President and editor-in-chief of CNN Digital Worldwide Meredith Artley has announced she is leaving after 12 years.

Artley, who worked as a top executive under former CNN President Jeff Zucker, said she was frustrated by the corporate shakeups that have come in the wake of a mega-merger between Discovery and CNN’s parent company, Warner Media, sources told Axios.

Her exit follows that of CNN digital lead Andrew Morse, who left last month after CNN+, for which Morse led the charge, crumbled just weeks after it launched.

It’s the latest in a string of scandals and changes that led to Licht stepping in as head of the network in May.

Speaking at the Warner Bros. Discovery upfront presentation on Wednesday, Licht described the merger as an opportunity to chart a new course in cable news, American Wire News reported.
Posted by: Fred || 05/21/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10802 views] Top|| File under:

#1  CNN is CNN and will always spew Liberal crazy 💩 until someone buys it and flushes the staff top down.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 05/21/2022 5:10 Comments || Top||

#2  As always, watch for where this person lands in a new job.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/21/2022 6:01 Comments || Top||

#3  /\ She is in luck! The DHS 'Disinformation Governance Board' just announced a senior leadership opening.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/21/2022 6:06 Comments || Top||

#4  Frustrated that she couldn't bias CNN's coverage like she used to do.
Posted by: Blackbeard Unereck7174 || 05/21/2022 8:37 Comments || Top||

#5  ...or 'Frustrated' cause a lot of the pervs have been driven from the reservation. The coffee clutch has gotten too small. No one to share with.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/21/2022 10:29 Comments || Top||

#6  cnn was founded by ted turner, 'mouth-of-the-south' who put his money where his mouth is/was and won an 'americas cup'
Posted by: irish rage boy || 05/21/2022 10:30 Comments || Top||

#7  ..iirc ex husband of Hanoi Jane.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/21/2022 12:06 Comments || Top||

#8  Yes, Ted was Mr. Hanoi Jane.
Posted by: Abu Ga || 05/21/2022 19:00 Comments || Top||


From fire to ice: Denver braces for heavy snow as temps plummet nearly 60 degrees
[FoxWeather] It's a clash of summer and winter across the Rockies as the Denver metro braces for several inches of heavy, wet snow from an impactful late-season winter storm on the heels of Thursday's dangerous fire weather fueled by temperatures in the upper 80s.

Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories have been issued by the National Weather Service across the central Rockies and the adjacent Front Range.

Denver and Boulder, Colorado, are among the cities included in the Winter Storm Warnings along the Interstate 25 urban corridor.

Light to moderate snow was already ongoing Friday morning in the mountains and foothills of the northern and central Rockies, while rain showers were spreading into portions of the Front Range urban corridor, including the Denver metro area.

As much colder air continues to rush into the region, the rain showers in the Front Range will begin mixing with snow by early Friday evening, eventually changing over to all snow later in the evening and continuing through Saturday morning. Snow will lighten in intensity and mix with rain Saturday afternoon before ending Saturday night.

Denver already experienced its sixth-largest one-hour temperature drop on record Thursday evening. Temperatures plummeted 25 degrees in 23 minutes, from 84 degrees at 7:30 p.m. Mountain time to 59 degrees by 7:53 p.m.

While late-May snow is rare in Denver, it is not unprecedented. The latest that measurable snow has ever been reported was on June 2 in 1951, but if at least 0.1 inches of snow is measured this Saturday, it would tie with five other years for the 10th-latest snowfall on record.

The heaviest snowstorm this late in the season was on May 25-26, 1950, when 10.7 inches piled up in the Mile High City.

According to the NWS, April 28 is the average date of the season's last snowfall in Denver.

As this snowstorm exits the region Saturday night, a hard freeze is expected with low temperatures dipping into the mid- to upper 20s by Sunday morning.

The snow won't stick around long, however. Denver will climb back into the 60s on Monday and into the 70s by Wednesday.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/21/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Predictions this year are that the Rio Grande will run dry.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/21/2022 8:46 Comments || Top||

#2  So, no "wetbacks?"
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/21/2022 8:47 Comments || Top||

#3  1ft of heavy snow at AFA. Humming bird collapsed on deck, put it in warm area. 1 hr later it was flying..kept it over night and let it out this AM.
Posted by: Papa Cooky || 05/21/2022 11:58 Comments || Top||

#4  ^That's a nice thing Pappy.
Posted by: Secret Master || 05/21/2022 14:08 Comments || Top||

#5  The Hummingbird Whisperer!
Posted by: Chris || 05/21/2022 16:01 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
One more video of Ukrainian Stugna-P ATGM hit on a Russian BTR APC
I am just posting this short video in the hope that someone can explain the tactics here. "OK, guys, we're in enemy territory. Let's drive down this straight road that we haven't scouted. Driver, keep your speed constant. Infantry guys riding on top, don't bother checking the flanks. I got this." Poor bastards.
Posted by: Matt || 05/21/2022 12:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Probably on top to avoid the concussion if they hit a landmine. See pics from Vietnam with the troops sitting on top of the M113 carriers rather than being inside. The hit shows being inside would not have made much of a difference.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/21/2022 13:13 Comments || Top||

#2  I think that was a long distance shot. Also, if vehicle mounted, could be five minutes earlier that was a safe road.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/21/2022 14:09 Comments || Top||

#3  From the length of time from launch to hit, it was a fairly long shot. Was the missile laser guided or fire and forget? Crosshairs kept on target would suggest laser guided; but not clear, could be wanting to get video.
I agree, "Poor bastards!"
Posted by: Jise Elmeang4932 || 05/21/2022 20:30 Comments || Top||


Biden SIGNS $40 billion Ukraine package after aide flies commercial from Washington to South Korea to deliver bill to president
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News]
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/21/2022 08:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats

#1  Prior to heading to a state dinner with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, Biden signed the Ukraine bill and the Access to Baby Formula Act, which gives Americans on WIC, the government's food assistance program, more flexibility in buying baby formula.

Well isn't that sweet.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/21/2022 13:38 Comments || Top||


Ukrainian Perspective: Invasion of Ukraine: May 20th, 2022
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[Korrespondent] 23:09 Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said at a briefing that reports about the development of plans in the United States to destroy the Russian Black Sea Fleet are not true: "I can tell you with certainty that this is not true."

Earlier, Reuters, citing its sources among US officials, reported that Washington was working on organizing the supply of long-range anti-ship missiles to Ukraine to lift the blockade of the Black Sea.

23:00 The International Olympic Committee will punish every athlete or sports official who openly supported Russia's war in Ukraine, said IOC President Thomas Bach.

22:57 A $40 billion aid bill to Ukraine is being transported to South Korea for signature by Biden, who is visiting there, a spokesman for the National Security Council told CNN.

22:55 Cars that were not allowed out of the occupied territory were parked near Vasylivka, Zaporozhye region, for three days. Tonight they started moving towards Zaporozhye, said the mayor of Energodar Dmitry Orlov. According to him, from the queue of a thousand cars, about a hundred have already passed.

22:36 Zelensky said in an evening address that Ukraine is offering partner states to sign a multilateral agreement and create a mechanism through which every victim of the actions of the Russian army will be able to receive compensation for their losses.

“On the basis of such an agreement, Russian funds and property located in the jurisdictions of the partner states should be seized or frozen, and then confiscated and sent to a specially created fund, from which all victims of Russian aggression will be able to receive appropriate compensation. This will definitely be fair. And Russia will feel the true weight of every missile, every bomb and every projectile it fires at Ukraine," the president said.

22:22 The Ramstein group of countries will hold a new meeting on Monday, May 23, to discuss further defense support for Ukraine. The meeting will take place online, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said at a briefing. More than 40 countries will take part in it, the full list of participants will be known later.

21:59 Zelensky, on the air of the all-Ukrainian telethon, said that the operation to safely exit the defenders of Mariupol is being carried out with the participation of Western partners, but the details have not yet been disclosed. According to him, to date, all civilians, doctors, and the wounded have been removed from Azovstal. "In the near future, not even one of these days, the export of all will be completed," the president added.

He also said that he was trying to negotiate the unblocking of the plant with partners - Turkey, Switzerland, Israel, France. Zelensky claims that he persistently asked in a conversation with each leader of the partner countries to provide weapons to unblock Mariupol by military means. According to the president, part of the military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were ready, in the event of the provision of heavy weapons, to go to the military deblockade of Mariupol, despite the risks.

21:51 The authorities of the Japanese city of Hiroshima decided not to invite the delegations of the Russian Federation and Belarus to the events on the occasion of honoring the memory of the victims of the nuclear attack on August 6, 1945.

21:48 The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation stated that the territory of Azovstal was "completely liberated." According to Moscow, since May 16, 2,439 Azov fighters and Ukrainian troops have laid down their arms and surrendered. Today, the last group of 531 Ukrainian soldiers surrendered.

Shoigu reported to Putin "on the completion of the operation and the complete liberation of Azovstal and the city of Mariupol." The underground facilities of the plant, he said, have already come under the full control of the Russian armed forces.

The Russian Ministry of Defense also reported that the commander of Azov "because of the hatred of the Mariupol residents and the desire of the townspeople to punish him for numerous atrocities, he was taken out of the territory of the plant in a special armored car."

21:43 Food prices around the world have already risen to historical levels due to the lack of Ukrainian grain on the market. The poorest countries on the planet suffer the most, for which hunger may soon become the main cause of high mortality, and the responsibility for this lies with the Russian Federation. For more details, see Putin's Weapons .

21:40 Zelensky said that many Ukrainian pilots died when trying to fly to Azovstal to help the defenders of Mariupol. He spoke about this in an interview on the occasion of the third anniversary of the inauguration as president, according to TSN. Zelensky also called all the defenders of Mariupol "absolutely heroic" - military, medical, and civilian.

According to the president, the pilots knew that in the absence of air corridors and with powerful enemy air defense, it was almost impossible to fly: “Fly to Azovstal and bring them medicine, food, water, pick up bodies, wounded. All this happened. I couldn't comment officially. Why? Because there were no air corridors to Azovstal because of their powerful air defense." He stressed that Ukraine "not just" asked the world to close the sky over its territory.

21:28 Zelensky, during an online meeting with Ukrainian students, said that Ukraine would build a new Mriya: "We wanted to build it, we needed $800 million. I turned to the President of Turkey with a proposal to build a second Mriya, but we did not find the money. But in this case, it's not a question of money, it's a question of ambition, it's a question of the image of our state and all the excellent professional pilots who died in this war."

21:25 Ukraine received 504 million euros from the World Bank donor trust fund. These are, in particular, funds from the United States and Great Britain, Shmyhal said. Also today, the European Commission paid Ukraine the second part of the tranche of macro-financial assistance in the amount of 600 million euros. According to the prime minister, in the coming months, Kyiv hopes to receive 9 billion euros from the EU, and almost 9 billion more dollars should come from the United States as financial assistance.

21:18 The United States will leave 100,000 of its troops in Europe for now, if Russia does not escalate and threaten Sweden, Finland or NATO members, writes CNN, citing US officials. At the same time, the number of US troops in Europe may temporarily increase if NATO conducts more military exercises in the region, or the US may establish additional bases in Europe if the situation changes.

The US increased its total force in Europe from about 60,000 to 100,000 even before Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

21:09 On the evening of May 20, the Russians launched a missile attack on Kharkov, the State Emergency Service told Suspilny. According to preliminary data, the enemy fired a rocket at the Kievsky district of the city, as a result of the shelling a fire broke out.

20:54 The new package of American assistance provides for the supply of Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine, writes The Washington Post. Long-range artillery supplies are also expected.

20:42 The EBRD will provide Naftogaz with a loan of 300 million euros for the purchase of gas, Irina Kravchenko, deputy head of the bank in Ukraine, said. In addition, it is planned to provide a loan to Ukrzaliznytsia for 50 million euros to support liquidity, as well as to allocate 100 million euros each for tools to support agro-industrial companies and food retail, and pharmaceutical companies.

20:37 This afternoon, Russia fired three missiles at the Kharkiv region, two of which were shot down, and one hit the House of Culture in the center of Lozovaya, Oleg Sinegubov, head of the OVA, said. As a result of the blow, eight people were injured, among the wounded was a girl of 11 years old. All of them were close to the room. The victims received shrapnel wounds, seven of them were hospitalized.

20:26 Oleksiy Kuleba is returning to the post of head of the Kiev regional administration, who was replaced by Oleksandr Pavlyuk for the period of hostilities in the region, said Taras Melnychuk, a government representative in the Verkhovna Rada.

20:21 Mayor of Nikolaev Alexander Senkevich reports explosions in the city and asks to stay away from windows.

20:05 In the area of ​​​​Chernobaevka, the enemy moved about 130 units of military equipment as part of the acquisition of units that suffered losses, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said.

19:48 The head of the Odesa OVA Maxim Marchenko said that after a rocket attack on an infrastructure facility in the region, no one was injured, while the facility itself was damaged.

19:43 In the Kherson region, residents were announced the issuance of Russian-style passports, said Ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova. According to her, in Skadovsk, Kherson region, a database of residents is being formed under the pretext of the upcoming passportization and social payments in Russian rubles.

19:41 Spain supports Ukraine's aspirations to become a member of the EU and is ready to support the country's admission to the European Union, unless the report of the European Commission recommends otherwise, said Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albarez, Sky News reports.

19:38 During the day, 416 Mariupol residents, including 46 children, were delivered from Mariupol to the filtration camp in Bezymennoye, Novoazovsky district. 512 people were deported to Russia from Bezymennoye after filtration, said Petr Andryushchenko, an adviser to the mayor of Mariupol.

19:32 Participants of the Summit of the International Transport Forum pledged to stop any cooperation with the Russian Federation and Belarus. All the delegations present also expressed their unanimous support for Ukraine, the Ministry of Infrastructure reported. In addition, the summit participants discussed specific measures to support Ukraine during the war and the participation of the international community in the post-war reconstruction of the country.

19:28 In Belarus, two missile divisions of the Tochka-U tactical missile system and a division of the Smerch multiple launch rocket system have been deployed at separate ranges. The threat of missile and bomb attacks and artillery shelling from the territory of Belarus remains, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said.

19:23 In Mariupol, the occupiers have completed the removal of the rubble and the removal of the bodies of the dead from the Drama Theater. The equipment has been removed, the zone is open, said Petr Andryushchenko, an adviser to the mayor of the city. The dead are buried under nameless numbers in a mass grave in Mangush, it is no longer possible to find out the number of dead in the Drama Theater.

19:20 The office of the Prosecutor General announced another suspect in the atrocities in the Kiev region - this is Senior Lieutenant Vasily Litvinenko, company commander of the 64th separate motorized rifle brigade of the Ground Forces of the RF Armed Forces as part of the 35th combined arms army. It was he who ordered the killing of civilians in the Kyiv region. In particular, Litvinenko was "senior" during the occupation of the village of Lipovka, Buchansky district.

19:06 As part of a new package of US military assistance in the amount of $100 million, towed howitzers, tractors for them and counter-battery radars were sent to Ukraine, the Pentagon said.

19:05 Shmyhal, at a meeting in Kiev with the Secretary for Interstate Relations of the Holy See, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, called for help in organizing safe corridors for the export of Ukrainian grain.

19:03 Reznikov said that today he had a "very productive meeting" via video link with German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht: "We discussed the launch of a new important project that will strengthen the capabilities of the Ukrainian army. Details will come soon. Thank you Christine for your participation and support!"

18:57 38 people were evacuated from the Lugansk region today, 12 of them are children. According to the head of the OVA, Sergei Gaidai, the police were also able to go to Belogorovka and take eight people from there. People from Lisichansk and Severodonetsk also left.

18:51 In the Bessarabian direction, Russian special services are spreading information about the mining of social infrastructure facilities and so-called government institutions in the cities of Tiraspol, Bendery, Dubossary and Rybnitsa. Thus, the enemy is trying to intimidate the population, reports the Command of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

18:41 A Russian missile hit one of the infrastructure facilities of the Odessa region, said Natalya Gumenyuk, head of the press center of the Defense Forces of southern Ukraine. A fire broke out at the scene, rescuers are working there. There is no threat to the life and health of the civilian population in the nearest settlements.

18:38 Volodymyr Lipandin from Feodosia, who was put on the wanted list by the Security Service of Ukraine in 2014, became the "head" of the police in Kherson, Anton Gerashchenko said.

18:31 The Russian invaders are shelling the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine north of Kharkov and Izyum, trying to advance in the Slavic direction, and also trying to establish a crossing over the Seversky Donets near the village of Yaremovka in the Izyum region, the General Staff said.

17:58 From tomorrow, May 21, the NBU lifts restrictions on setting the rate at which banks can sell cash. Previously, the exchange rate was not supposed to deviate from the official rate by more than 10%.

17:57 The head of the Nikolaev OVA, Vitaly Kim, reported on the missile attack: "The missiles hit where they hit. The smell of ammonia - there is a small lake. There is a smell, but the Ministry of Emergency Situations reports that everything is in order. The concentration is minimal, so don't worry."

17:43 Ukraine will receive the first 15 German anti-aircraft self-propelled guns Gepard in July. This was announced during a video chat between German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht and Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, DW reports. Another 15 units will be delivered during the summer. The aid package also includes almost 60,000 Cheetah ammunition and training for Ukrainian crews at Bundeswehr bases.

17:39 Canada introduces additional sanctions against Russian oligarchs and prohibits the import and export of luxury goods from Russia. The new measures will impose restrictions on 14 people, including Russian oligarchs, their families and close associates of Putin. The import ban will affect Russian goods, including alcoholic beverages, seafood and non-industrial diamonds, while the export ban will affect luxury goods such as shoes, clothing and jewelry.

17:26 The Ukrainian army needs a large amount of weapons for the counteroffensive, said the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense Kirill Budanov in an interview with The New York Times. So, according to him, the Armed Forces of Ukraine need medium and long-range missile systems, large-caliber artillery and strike aircraft.

“We are waging war on our own territory. If someone thinks that we should have restrictions on the use of certain types of weapons, I would like to remind you that Russia here uses absolutely all types of weapons that it has, from cruise missiles, which are launched from submarines, to strategic bombers. The entire spectrum of Russian weapons is used here, except for nuclear weapons," Budanov said.

17:18 Since the beginning of the open war on the territory of Ukraine, more security officials from the North Caucasus have died than during the armed conflict in the same region since 2014. According to the Caucasian Knot publication, 143 security officials have been killed in the North Caucasian Federal District over the past eight years of terror. And in the so-called "special operation" since February 24 of this year, only according to open data, it was possible to establish that at least 224 people died.

17:03 In each district of Kiev, a flower arrangement will appear, symbolizing the unbending spirit of the Ukrainian people during the war. According to the Kyiv City State Administration, the first such composition was the famous stamp depicting a Ukrainian soldier against the backdrop of a Russian ship. This is a panel measuring 14 by 4.5 meters, formed from several thousand flowers of different varieties near the Levoberezhnaya metro station.

17:01 Belarus does not intend to participate in the war in Ukraine and is not a party to this conflict, Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko said in an interview with Al Arabiya TV channel. According to him, "it is beneficial for the collective West to present Belarus as an aggressor or co-aggressor."

16:59 Russian troops today at about 15:00 launched a missile attack on a recreation center in Lozova, Kharkiv region. At least seven people were injured, including an 11-year-old child, Viktor Zabashta, director of the Center for Emergency Medical Assistance, told Suspilny. Firefighting and rubble removal continues, the State Emergency Service said.

16:56 In Kharkov on Tuesday, May 24, the subway will start working. And people who live at metro stations will be gradually relocated to "more or less safe places," Mayor Igor Terekhov said.

16:53 Zelensky held a meeting in Kiev with the heads of the upper and lower houses of the Parliament of Ireland, Mark Daly and Sean O'Farilo.

16:51 Sappers have completed demining in the de-occupied territories of the Kiev region, the OP reported.
That was fast — the Russians only withdrew a few days ago.
16:38 American intelligence is skeptical that a change in Russian public opinion about the war in Ukraine, even a significant one, will force Putin to stop hostilities, writes CNN. Intelligence also doubts that the war will lead to the removal of Putin from power, at least in the short term.

16:17 Zelensky on Ukraine's lawsuit against Russia: "42 states took Ukraine's side in the case against Russia at the International Court of Justice and announced their intention to join our lawsuit. I am grateful to the partners who chose the right side of history. This is the side of truth, international law and justice ".

16:03 Russian troops are working out conditional missile launches from new positions, Defense Ministry spokesman Alexander Motuzyanik said: "The aggressor is defining new frontiers for launching missiles on the territory of our state. As it became known to our intelligence, the Russian crew of Tu-22M3 long-range bombers practiced conditional missile launches from airspace of the northern part of Crimea.

16:01 Relatives of the military from Azovstal will create an organization to protect the rights of prisoners of war. They also intend to establish contact with Russian soldiers' mothers, relatives of the soldiers said at a briefing in Istanbul.

15:56 The French region of Ile-de-France allocated 1.1 million euros for projects to support Ukraine and develop cooperation with the Kiev and Chernihiv regions, the Ukrainian Embassy in France reported.

15:53 ​​Europe will pay Russia a record 100 billion dollars for gas. As Citigroup analysts predict, due to rising gas prices this year, the Russian Federation may receive a record $ 100 billion from Europe, which is almost double the figure for 2021.

15:51 G7 finance ministers announced a new $19.8 billion in financial support to Ukraine.

15:50 The Italian Foreign Ministry confirmed the existence of a peace plan for Ukraine, submitted to the UN. It was also confirmed by the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Oleg Nikolenko.

15:48 The number of people in the filtration camps Bezymennoye/Kazatskoye in the Novoazovsky district has grown from 2,000 men to 3-4,000 over the past two weeks. The occupiers continue to take men from Mariupol to these filtration camps, Piotr Andryushchenko, an adviser to the mayor of the city, said. At the same time, not a single Mariupol citizen was released from the camp for five weeks.

The Russian military is actively disseminating information in private conversations that men are being prepared for mobilization into the “DPR” army due to the failure of mobilization in Donetsk and heavy losses at the front. It has already been instructed to conduct a census of men from 18 to 50 years old under the guise of forming a "labor reserve for removing rubble."

According to sources, the invaders plan to start a real and open mobilization of men in July-August after they receive DPR passports or Russian citizenship under a simplified procedure.

15:40 In the Black Sea, two ships of the Russian Federation with a total salvo of up to 16 Caliber missiles are ready for use, said Alexander Motuzyanyk, spokesman for the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

15:33 Putin posthumously awarded the Order of Courage to one of the former leaders of the "DPR" Motorola (Arsen Pavlov), who was destroyed in 2016.

15:22 A missile attack was carried out on the Odessa region with the help of aviation. As reported in the operational command of Pivden, the blow fell on the beach toilet. According to preliminary data, no victims.

15:17 All the weapons that the United States provides are delivered to Ukraine in a very short time, sometimes in less than a day, said Dan Langgenkemp, a spokesman for the US Embassy in Ukraine.

14:55 The head of the Bundestag Defense Committee, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, accused the federal government of delaying the delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine for too long: "You are waiting too long - everything could have already been delivered."

14:51 The Russian military blocked all exits from the occupied Kherson region to the territory controlled by Ukraine, the Pivden operational command reported. You can only go to the Crimea.

14:42 Finland received a message from Gazprom to stop gas supplies from Saturday morning, May 21, due to refusal to pay for gas in rubles. Moscow said it would cut off supplies to anyone who would not pay under the proposed scheme.

14:37 Sweden responded to Turkey's claims that it tacitly supports the Kurdistan Workers' Party. Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde said that her country was one of the first to list the PKK as a terrorist organization: "Due to the widespread misinformation about Sweden and the PKK, we would like to recall that Olof Palme's government was the first after Turkey to list the PKK as a terrorist organization. back in 1984. The EU followed suit in 2002. This position remains unchanged.”

14:19 In the National Bank of Ukraine, the growth in the cost of currencies in exchange offices is associated with the introduced currency restrictions, the head of the NBU, Kirill Shevchenko, said in a comment to the EP. In particular, the conversion of funds from hryvnia accounts in the banking system into cash was banned in Ukraine and significantly restricted abroad. As a result, the currency deficit leads to a weakening of the hryvnia, he explained.

The NBU intends to weaken the hryvnia devaluation trend in non-bank exchangers, in particular by lifting a number of restrictions on currency trading by banks, Shevchenko said: help increase the liquidity of the cash segment of the foreign exchange market and stabilize the situation on it.

14:02 Gerhard Schroeder announced the impossibility of extending his powers on the board of directors of Rosneft, the company confirmed this. On the eve of the deputies of the European Parliament voted for the imposition of sanctions against Schroeder and other Europeans who "continue to receive money from Russia" if they do not stop cooperation with state-owned companies of the Russian Federation.

14:00 In Moscow, "Foreign Ministers" of the "DPR" and "LPR" Natalya Nikonorova and Vladislav Deynego met with the DPRK Ambassador to Russia Sin Hong Chol. The meeting was devoted to "consultations on formats and mechanisms for further interaction."

13:58 Russian troops attacked the infrastructure facility of the Lubny community in the Poltava region, said the head of the OVA Dmitry Lunin. He promised to give details later.

13:56 The government of the Russian Federation has created a special headquarters for the "restoration of the liberated territories" of Ukraine, Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin said. According to him, the headquarters will allegedly work on the restoration of infrastructure damaged during the hostilities.

13:54 During the full-scale war in Ukraine, 11 Georgian volunteers were killed, Novosti-Georgia reports.

13:42 This morning, the invaders fired artillery at a school in Severodonetsk, where more than 200 people were hiding, killing at least three, said the head of the Lugansk OVA Serhiy Gaidai.

13:40 Three civilians were injured as a result of a missile attack on Malin, Zhytomyr region, Zhytomyr Mayor Sergei Sukhomlin said. An infrastructure facility and more than 100 residential buildings were damaged.

13:37 The United States destroyed the last M55 missile with chemical weapons, the Pentagon press service said. The missile was destroyed as part of the implementation of the International Convention for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The remaining stocks of chemical projectiles are planned to be neutralized by 2023.

13:35 The commander of the Azov Regiment Denis Prokopenko recorded an appeal in which he confirmed that the command had given the order to stop the defense of Mariupol in order to save the lives of the fighters. Azov's conditions were to bring out the civilians, the wounded, and also to take out the bodies of the dead. Prokopenko said that the task was completed.

13:33 Ukrainians fleeing the war along evacuation routes will be able to receive financial assistance directly upon arrival at the station in a safe area, Ukrzaliznytsia reported. The amount of one-time assistance is 3,000 hryvnia per child and 2,000 hryvnia per adult.

13:28 Russia has taken the first step towards the annexation of the occupied Ukrainian territories, Vadim Denisenko, an adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, said in a commentary to the Country. We are talking about a bill in which Putin is proposed to be given the authority to create interim administrations outside of Russia. "This applies not only to Ukraine, but, in fact, to any point where their bases are located. The project was created primarily for Ukraine and future conquests if they decide to go to Georgia, Moldova, Kazakhstan and other territories," Denisenko explained. .

He also said that this is a common practice of the Kremlin: first, a bill of authorship not by United Russia (in this case, A Just Russia) is introduced, then it is tested for several months, checking the reaction within the country and the reaction of the international community, and then the adoption procedure is launched.

According to the expert, this is a call that countries such as Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, as well as other territories that Russia obviously wants to include in the design of the USSR-2, should pay attention to.

13:23 There are no financial and economic grounds for the devaluation of the hryvnia, said the head of the Verkhovna Rada committee on finance, tax and customs policy, Daniil Getmantsev: "There are no financial and economic grounds for the growth of the exchange rate. And there will not be. If we do not play populism and remember that the country is at war."

Earlier, MP Yaroslav Zheleznyak said that the dollar could rise in price to 40 hryvnia.

13:21 Morning explosions in Kiev were associated with the work of air defense, said the deputy head of the Kyiv City State Administration Nikolai Povoroznik: "At the moment, no emergencies have been recorded in the city. Indeed, the air defense forces have worked, now the city is more or less calm."

13:17 China is quietly increasing purchases of Russian oil at favorable prices, Reuters reports, citing supply data and sources among oil traders. Thus, China "fills the vacuum" that was formed after Western buyers refused to cooperate with the Russian Federation.

Russian offshore oil imports to China will jump to a near-record 1.1 million bpd in May, up from 750,000 bpd in the first quarter and 800,000 bpd in 2021, according to Vortexa Analytics estimates.

13:13 Russian aggression in Ukraine is visible even from space, German astronaut Matthias Maurer, who observed the events on board the ISS, told Bild: “We could see clouds of smoke in the country, and at night - flashes from missiles. For me it was very sad ".

13:06 In Mariupol, the occupiers are planning to launch four schools since September. Teachers are not left with a choice, directly and indirectly threatening "consequences" - from filtration camps to limiting "humanitarian" aid, said Petr Andryushchenko, an adviser to the mayor of the city. According to him, the education system in schools will completely switch to Russian standards and programs, they will teach only three subjects - Russian language / literature, Russian history and mathematics.

12:57 Russia, in response to Finland and Sweden joining NATO, will form 12 military units and divisions in the Western Military District by the end of the year. "The ongoing organizational measures are synchronized with the supply of modern weapons and military equipment to the troops," Shoigu said.

12:51 According to Shoigu, at Azovstal "already 1908 nationalists have surrendered, before that 1387 marines laid down their arms there." According to him, 177 civilians were also evacuated from the plant, including 85 women and 47 children.

12:48 Shoigu said that the "liberation of the LPR" is nearing completion. He also said that since the beginning of the war "from the dangerous regions of the DPR and LPR" and from Ukraine to Russia "evacuated" about 1.38 million people.

12:46 You can now get the status of unemployed in Dії - on the portal and in the application. The service is available for Ukrainians who lost their jobs during the war and live in temporarily occupied territories or territories where active hostilities are taking place.

12:43 For a month of work in the Kiev region, a special police mobile group identified 13 victims of sexual crimes committed by the occupiers, the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported. During this period, 21 settlements were worked out, about 340 people were interviewed, a pre-trial investigation was launched in two criminal proceedings on rape.

12:27 The EU transferred a new tranche of macro-financial assistance to Ukraine in the amount of 600 million euros, Ursula von der Leyen said.

12:13 Russia, during the war against Ukraine, uses the blockade of food exports as a weapon, Blinken said at a meeting of the UN Security Council: "It seems that the Russian government believes that the use of food as a weapon will help to achieve what was not possible during the invasion - to break the spirit of the Ukrainian people. Food supplies for millions of Ukrainians and millions of other people around the world are literally taken hostage."

12:01 Defender of Mariupol with the call sign "Orest" Dmitry Kozatsky, who is now in captivity, published his photo archive from Azovstal:

11:39 The Czech Republic will receive German Leopard-2 tanks to replace the Soviet equipment transferred to Ukraine by the end of the year. The shipment will also include a 30-day supply of 120mm ammunition, DPA reports. Equipment and ammunition come from industrial stocks and are financed by the FRG.

According to the German Ministry of Defense, at the first stage, the Czech Republic will receive 14 Leopard-2A4 battle tanks and one tank tractor. The tanks will come from the arsenals of the Bundeswehr, along with ammunition and spare parts. Germany will also finance the training of Czech soldiers.

11:23 Roskomnadzor demanded that the English-language Wikipedia remove a number of materials with "inaccurate information about the special operation" in Ukraine.

10:55 Ukraine will strengthen the border with Belarus in the Zhytomyr region in order to prevent the invasion of the invaders, Zhytomyr Mayor Sergei Sukhomlin said: “The enemy will not have a second attempt. There will be no opportunity to enter Ukraine the way they entered on February 24. began to build along the entire line and concrete blocks.

10:52 A bill on the abolition of the age limit for the conclusion of the first contract for military service has been submitted to the State Duma of the Russian Federation.

10:50 Duda said in an interview with Polski Times that he considers the victory of Ukraine with the complete restoration of territorial integrity to be the best end to the war: "I would like it to end with Ukraine returning all its territories within internationally recognized borders. This is very important for me , the security of Poland and for the future, because in a political sense, this would mean the victory of Ukraine in the war."

10:29 Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnik said in an interview with RND that Kyiv will sooner or later join NATO: "This war also shows that NATO is and will remain the only anchor of security in Europe and throughout the world. Therefore, it is logical that this process expansion must continue, and Ukraine must also join this alliance. And I think that this can happen faster than some people think. Not now, in the midst of the war, but perhaps immediately after it."

10:21 Polish President Andrzej Duda said in an interview with Polski Times that he does not really believe in the possibility of a Russian attack on a NATO country: "Of course, a potential threat still exists. But it should be noted that in Poland - more than 10 thousand soldiers of the largest army in the world - "The most powerful, the best and the most modern weaponry. These soldiers have combat experience. We also have American infrastructure, heavy weapons, air defense, thanks to which part of the territory of Poland is already protected by American Patriot systems."

If we imagine that this unlikely scenario is realized against Poland or another member of the alliance, NATO's reaction will be quick and decisive, Duda stressed.

10:16 As a result of morning shelling, three people were wounded in Shevchenkove, Kharkiv region. At night in Dergachi near Kharkov, a shell hit a private house. In the village of Malaya Danilovka, a garage and a car caught fire from the impact, and at about 5:00 a.m., seven garages of the veterinarian academy were on fire, Oleg Sinegubov, head of the OVA, said.

10:09 G7 countries agreed to create an alliance to prevent global hunger. The alliance should organize both financing and cooperation of states in providing the world with food, says Spiegel.

10:03 In Energodar, fire brigade workers protested against the Russian invaders, who kidnapped the head of the unit, Vitaly Troyan. Ukrainian firefighters set up 14 pieces of special equipment in front of the recreation center Sovremennik and about a hundred soldiers. In response, the invaders sent 14 units of their military equipment there, after which they began to disperse the rally by force - beating people and damaging fire and rescue equipment, Energoatom reports.

09:59 In the Lviv region, a cruise missile was spotted at a visual observation post, air defense went off, the head of the OVA Maxim Kozitsky said.

09:55 The number of internally displaced persons in Ukraine has exceeded 8 million people, and the total number of those who fled the war is approaching 14 million, UNICEF reports. More than 52% of displaced households have children.

09:51 The United States is considering the possibility of a six-month lifting of sanctions against Belarusian potash fertilizers in exchange for the transit of Ukrainian grain, WSJ writes citing its sources.

09:48 As a result of attacks by the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Kherson region, another ammunition depot, two T-72 tanks, a self-propelled gun mount and a howitzer, two Grad multiple launch rocket systems and a TOR anti-aircraft missile system, armored and automotive equipment, as well as 40 invaders were destroyed, OK reported Pivden.

09:25 The war in Ukraine showed the effectiveness of the EU and the failure of NATO, Kuleba said on the air of the telethon: "War is the moment when the masks are torn off ... The EU has shown itself as an organization capable of acting as a united front and making powerful, important, difficult decisions, and NATO - vice versa".

According to the Foreign Minister, during the three months of a full-scale invasion, NATO did not take a single consensus decision that would benefit Ukraine: “The members of the alliance, individually or in small groups, are really doing extremely cool and important work, providing vital assistance. There are no questions. But NATO As an institution, nothing has been done during this time."

09:21 The countries of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Great Britain and the United States) will help Ukraine prosecute Russian war criminals. The ministers of justice of the countries of the alliance agreed on this. They will also contribute to the investigation of the International Criminal Court.

08:50 Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk criticized Scholz for the delay in the supply of weapons: "It seems that the Chancellor does not want to supply heavy weapons to Ukraine." According to the ambassador, everything looks as if Germany is "playing for time and waiting for a ceasefire." "Then the pressure on Germany will subside and there will no longer be a need to make bold decisions," Melnik said.

08:41 The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced the approximate losses of the enemy on the morning of May 20. The enemy suffered the greatest losses over the past day in the Bakhmut direction.

  • personnel - about 28700 (+200) people liquidated,

  • tanks - 1263 (+9),

  • armored combat vehicles - 3090 (+27),

  • artillery systems - 596 (+1),

  • MLRS - 200 (+1),

  • air defense systems - 93 (+0),

  • aircraft - 204 (+1),

  • helicopters - 168 (+1),

  • UAV operational-tactical level - 460 (+5),

  • cruise missiles - 103 (+0),

  • ships/boats - 13 (+0),

  • automotive equipment and tankers - 2162 (+5),

  • special equipment - 43 (+0).

08:35 Japan will allocate 2 million euros to support the security of Ukraine's nuclear facilities, Foreign Minister Yosimas Hayashi said after a meeting with IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi, writes Japan Today. The minister noted that Japan would finance the immediate dispatch of IAEA experts and the necessary equipment to Ukrainian nuclear facilities.

08:26 British intelligence reports that as soon as the Russians finally capture Mariupol, forces from there will be transferred to strengthen operations in the Donbass. Probably, about 1,700 Ukrainian fighters from Azovstal surrendered, intelligence reports. It is not known how many Ukrainian forces still remain at the plant.

Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol since the start of the war means that Russian forces in the area must be re-equipped and modernized before they can be effectively redeployed, and this can be a lengthy process.

Russian commanders, however, are forced to defiantly achieve operational goals. This means that Russia is likely to quickly redeploy its forces without proper training, fraught with further attrition, analysts say.

08:07 The American Institute for the Study of War reports that Russian troops are intensifying their attempts to move north and west of Popasnaya in preparation for an offensive against Severodonetsk. Here, groups up to a company are trying to capture villages near the Lisichansk-Bakhmut highway. Also, with reference to the "DPR", it is reported that the enemy surrounded Gorskoye and Zolote.

In Mariupol, the Russians and the "DPR" are trying to establish "consistent administrative control" over the city. Also, Russian forces were trying to regain control over the settlements they had lost during the Ukrainian counter-offensive north of Kharkov.

Russian forces are beefing up their naval presence around Zmeiny Island to reinforce their group on the island.

07:51 Russian troops are advancing on Lisichansk and Severodonetsk: there are 12 dead in the regional center, more than 60 destroyed houses in the Luhansk region, said the head of the OVA Sergey Gaidai. In Severodonetsk destroyed at least five high-rise buildings. In Lisichansk, 12 houses were damaged by shelling, 14 in Novodruzhesk, and 17 in Privolye.

07:44 Several Russian BTGs moved to Popasnaya under the cover of aviation. According to OSINTdefender analysts, this is done so that Russian troops can break through to the west of the city.

07:42 Volodymyr Zelensky has become the most influential person of the year according to Time magazine readers. 3.3 million people around the world voted for the Ukrainian president. In total, Zelensky received the votes of 5% of readers. In second place was Elon Musk with 3.5% of the vote. Third place - Boris Johnson, he scored 3.4% of the vote. The official results of the vote will be announced on May 23.

07:39 In the Dnipropetrovsk region, Russian troops again fired twice at Bolshaya Kostroma in the Krivoy Rog region, the head of the OVA, Valentin Reznichenko, said. Windows were shattered in several houses. People were not hurt.

07:37 Russian troops are advancing in the areas of Lisichansk and Severodonetsk and are equipping positions near the border in the Bryansk region, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said in the morning report .

06:36 The US Department of Defense officially announced that M777 howitzers were loaded onto C-17s by US Air Force personnel at the March air reserve base as part of US assistance to Ukraine.

05:24 The New York Times has published new evidence of Russian war crimes in Bucha. Testimony and video obtained by the publication show how the Russians executed at least eight Ukrainians in Bucha on March 4, in what is a potential war crime.

00:05 Zelensky: "The first trial in Ukraine against a Russian war criminal has already begun. And it will end with the full restoration of justice within the framework of an international tribunal. I am sure of this. We will find and bring to justice everyone who gives criminal orders and carries them out."
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Russian state TV pundit dubs Ukraine war 'rehearsal' for NATO clash
[NYPOST] Russia’s war in Ukraine may be a "rehearsal" for a possible large-scale conflict with NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
countries, a leading Russian political scientist has warned.

Alexei Fenenko, a research fellow at the Institute of International Security Studies and associate professor at Moscow State University’s School of World Politics, appeared on the state TV talk show "60 Minutes" airing on the Russia-1 channel and raised the prospect of a broader clash with the West.

"For us, the war in Ukraine ... is a rehearsal for a possibly larger conflict in the future," he said. "And that is why we’ll test and go up against NATO weapons, and will see on the battlefield how much stronger our weapons really are compared to theirs."

"Maybe it will be a learning experience for a future conflict," he added.

Olga Skabeyeva, the host of the show, who is considered to be a chief Kremlin propagandist, then chimed in, observing that "it’s a terrifying experiment."

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#1  Like the Kazakhstan intervention was a dress rehearsal for this one.
Posted by: Slenter Panda4300 || 05/21/2022 7:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Like the Kazakhstan intervention was a dress rehearsal for this one.

Kazakstan was a guided tour compared to the war in Ukraine.
Posted by: badanov || 05/21/2022 7:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Not going well, is it?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/21/2022 12:40 Comments || Top||

#4  Talking out of both sides of their mouths… blaming ‘the west’ one day and then saying it’s a proxy for fighting the west the next. All while the Joe Bidens hand over our industries to Russia.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 05/21/2022 17:19 Comments || Top||


Putin's daughter Maria Vorontsova defends dad in leaked posts: report
[NYPOST] 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...
’s daughter Maria Vorontsova slammed the US and the West for trying to undermine Russia’s economy, and likened Russians to Jews in Nazi Germany in leaked social media posts, according to a report.

Vorontsova, 37, was identified as the person behind a secret "Maria V" account, which has attacked critics of the Ukraine invasion on an alumni group on Telegram for her alma mater Moscow State University, the Times of London reported.

In screenshots obtained by the editor-in-chief of anti-Kremlin Russian news outlet Republic, Putin’s eldest daughter defended Moscow’s actions and claimed the West had "always done everything possible to ensure" that Russia failed.

"If suddenly, like almost happened in the 90s, Russia becomes a full-fledged raw-material appendage of the United States and EU, I’ll be interested to see whom you blame for the fact that we’re not living in a prosperous economy," Vorontsova reportedly wrote.

In the conversation about Ukraine, Vorontsova also mentioned how the US also starts wars and slammed comments about her father’s responsibility for the invasion.

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Azov commander was taken out of Azovstal in a special armored car
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[RIA Novosti] The commander of the Azov national battalion who surrendered (a criminal case has been initiated against his fighters in the Russian Federation) was taken out of the territory of Azovstal in an armored car in order to exclude reprisals against him by local residents, Major General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, said.

“Today, May 20, the last group of 531 militants surrendered. The so-called “commander” of the Nazis “Azov” ( a criminal case was initiated against his fighters in the Russian Federation ) because of the hatred of the Mariupol residents and the desire to reprisal him from the townspeople for numerous atrocities was taken out of the territory of the plant in a special armored car," the general said at a briefing.

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#1  Got to have that show trial in Moscow.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/21/2022 8:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Trial will more likely take place in Donetsk.
Posted by: badanov || 05/21/2022 8:57 Comments || Top||


Russia will create 12 new military units near the western borders
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[RIA Novosti] To respond to threats near the Russian western borders, 12 new military units and subunits will be created in the Western Military District by the end of 2022, Defense Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu said on Friday at a meeting of the Russian Defense Ministry.

As Shoigu noted, the situation in the western strategic direction is characterized by an increase in military threats near the Russian borders. In particular, the intensity of US strategic aviation flights in Europe has increased 15 times, and American ships have entered the Baltic Sea on a systematic basis.

The State Duma announced the disruption of NATO plans for the Sea of ​​Azov
“We are taking adequate countermeasures. Under these conditions, we are actively improving the combat composition of the troops. By the end of the year, 12 military units and subunits will be formed in the Western Military District,” Shoigu said.

He also noted that "the ongoing organizational measures are synchronized with the supply of modern weapons and military equipment to the troops." "This year it is planned to receive more than two thousand units of such samples," the minister said.

According to the head of the department, control checks following the results of the winter training period showed a qualitative increase in the level of training of the district's units by 25 percent compared to the previous year. The intensity of the combat training tasks performed by the ships of the Baltic Fleet increased by 42 percent. More than three hundred combat exercises were performed using various types of weapons. The air raid of the district has increased by four percent since the beginning of the year.

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#1  Russia should be — providing satellite intelligence, captured arms (NLAWS, Stingers) to Iranian proxies both in Syria and Iraq in order to destroy the pro American filth with their own weaponry.
Posted by: Rantburg is government disinformation || 05/21/2022 14:37 Comments || Top||

#2  ^ because the junk military equipment they've been buying from the Russians isn't up to the task?
Posted by: jpal || 05/21/2022 15:15 Comments || Top||

#3  You could probably buy some used Humvees for a few fifty-pound bags of flour in Kabul. Rock bottom prices, as is - no returns.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/21/2022 15:44 Comments || Top||


From the Russian Perspective: Operation on Denazification of Ukraine: operational summary May 20th (updated)
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[NewsFrontInfo] 22:41 The territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol, where since April 21 this year. the group of Ukrainian militants of the Nazi formation "Azov" * was blocked, completely released.

17:21 The city of Lozovaya in the Kharkiv region, where it is located military the arsenal was covered with missiles today.

13:45 In progress Russian special operation, all Moscow's fears about what the West was trying to do with Ukraine are 100% confirmed - Sergey Lavrov.

13:15 During the day, high-precision airborne missiles of the Russian Aerospace Forces hit:

- four control points,
- 45 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment,
- seven ammunition and fuel depots in populated areas.

In addition, the launcher of the Osa-AKM anti-aircraft missile system near Seversk and the radar for illumination and guidance of the Ukrainian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system near the village of Baravenkovo, Kharkiv region, were destroyed.

13:12 Aviation of the Aerospace Forces of the Russian Federation destroyed more than 280 nationalists, disabled 59 units of military equipment per day - the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

12:40 An attempt by the Ukrainian Armed Forces to seize Snake Island on the eve of Victory Day turned out to be a complete failure, such provocations will be severely suppressed - Shoigu.

11:35 In the settlement of Staraya Zburyevka, Kherson region, the Russian military discovered boarding school, which Ukrainian neo-Nazis converted into a military unit.

11:15 In the morning, a missile attack was carried out on an object in the town of Malin, Zhytomyr region. According to local residents, Ukrainian air defense managed to intercept one missile, but the other two successfully reached. Judging by the photo, the target of the raid was a railway station on the outskirts of the village.

10:02 According to the Ukrainian media, in Zaporozhye, taxi drivers went on strike. In this regard, among the inhabitants of the city, social tension is growing. Residents of the city are asking questions about the resumption of transport to the city leadership, but the mayor of the city does not give an answer. Minibuses, in turn, report that fares are low and fuel is expensive.

08:43 Published video footage the work of the Mi-28N helicopter of the army aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces in the zone of the NWO. Attention is drawn to the appearance on the suspension of 122mm S-13 unguided aircraft missiles, which are designed to destroy various types of ground targets (from manpower and armored vehicles to especially strong shelters).

08:06 To the liberated Energodar delivered another batch of humanitarian aid from United Russia. Dozens of tons of provisions were brought to the residents. We provided the necessary food for a kindergarten and a boxing school.

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Perspective from the Breakaway Republics: Invasion of Ukraine: May 20th, 2022
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[NewsFrontInfo] 22:43 Ukrainian punishers again tried to hit Debaltseve with the help of the Tochka-U tactical missile system. The missile was shot down, 4 houses were damaged. Miraculously, civilian casualties were avoided.

21:40 RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said that all the people who were there left Azovstal in Mariupol.

21:05 According to the operational line of the DPR JCCC, information was received about the wounding of two civilians, men: born in 1951 and 1946. as a result of the shelling of the VFU n.p. Yasinovataya on the street. Peace.

Victims with shrapnel wounds were taken to the Yasinovatsky Central District Hospital.

20:09 Ukrainian punishers continue to terrorize the civilian population of Gorlovka. As a result of artillery shelling, the private sector was damaged. As a result of this terrorist act, a civilian was wounded.

19:25 Basurin announced the successful actions of the troops of the DPR and Russia in the areas of Avdievka, Maryinka and Gorlovka.

19:03 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction of the settlement. Avdievka - n.p. Yasinovataya: five missiles fired from the BM-21 Grad.

18:40 From the side of the armed formations of Ukraine, shelling was recorded from the direction of the settlement. Zolote-4 by settlement Pervomaisk with the use of 120mm mortars (four mines) - Representation of the LPR in the JCCC.

18:32 As a result of shelling from the side of the Armed Forces of Vladimirovka (Volnovakhsky district), five civilians were killed, another woman was injured.

18:22 Shelling from the side of the VFU was recorded in the following directions:

n.p. Novgorodskoye - n.p. Gorlovka (settlement of the mine named after Gagarin): four RPG grenades were fired, small arms were also used.

n.p. Dyleevka - n.p. Gorlovka (settlement of the mine named after Gagarin): 15 shells of 122mm caliber were fired;

n.p. Noises - n.p. Gorlovka (settlement of the mine named after Gagarin): 15 mines were fired with a caliber of 120mm;

n.p. Novgorodskoye - n.p. Gorlovka (settlement of the mine named after Gagarin): six shells of 122mm caliber were fired;

n.p. Krasnogorovka - n.p. Staromikhaylovka: fired 15 mines in 120mm caliber;

n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Panteleymonovka: eight 122mm shells were fired;

n.p. Dzerzhinsk - n.p. Gorlovka (settlement of the mine named after Gagarin): five shells of 122mm caliber, 19 mines of 120mm caliber were fired.

17:35 Kyiv, Kuibyshevsky districts of Donetsk, the nearest suburbs! In hiding! Shelling from MLRS Grad.

17:14 Residents of the DPR and LPR now have the opportunity to withdraw cash from the cards of Russian banks without a commission. Such a service was previously provided only by specialized organizations, the commission of which ranged from 5 to 7 percent of the withdrawn amount.

17:10 From the side of the armed formations of Ukraine shelling from the direction of N of the item is recorded. Novoivanovka in the settlement Pervomaisk with the use of artillery guns 152mm four shells).

17:06 On the operational line of the JCCC DPR, information was received about the wounding of a civilian - a man born in 1990. as a result of the shelling of the VFU n.p. Steep Beam on the street. Oktyabrskaya, 1. Information about the consequences of shelling continues to come.

17:04 Ukrainian militarylocked upfamily with children in the basement and put banners on the door. Civilians near Severodonetsk were liberated by the LNR fighters - they cleared the exit and took a mother with many children out into the street.

16:03 Another 239 people evacuated from Mariupol to Bezymennoye

During the day on May 20, from 08:00 to 16:00, 239 people, including 18 children, were evacuated from Mariupol to Bezymennoe, Novoazovsky district.

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

15:22 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction: Avdievka - n.p. Krutaya Balka: six shells of 122mm caliber were fired.

15:01 Vladimir Putin signed a decree awarding Arsen Pavlov (Motorola) with the Order of Courage posthumously.

14:28 There are fierce battles in Severodonetsk. The LPR military is conducting an offensive operation to liberate a strategically important city. According to various estimates, there are from 8,000 to 15,000 UAF fighters in the Severodonetsk region.

The Ukrainian militants, following their familiar methodology, went deep into the city to create a “human shield” around them in the face of civilians, of which there are still many in the city.

13:50 On the operational line of the DPR JCCC, additional information was received about the damage as a result of shelling of the AFU of the Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk at the following addresses:

- st. Shakhtoprokhodchikov, 111 - a direct hit in a residential private house;
- st. Shakhtoprokhodchikov, 108, 113 - private residential buildings;
- st. Luzina, 114 - a private residential building;
— 38 Kremlevsky Ave — a private residential building;
- 40, Kremlin Ave. - a direct hit on a private residential building, the gas pipeline was also damaged;
- st. Kurchatova, 120 - a direct hit in a residential private house;
- st. Slovakskaya, 23a - City Children's Hospital No. 2 of Donetsk;
- st. Slovakskaya, 19, 21, 23, 25 - apartment buildings;
- st. Kuibysheva, 214a - administrative building of the housing department-4 MUP AGD "Management company of the Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk".

Also in the area of ​​bhouses No. 19, 25 on the street. Slovak damaged power lines.

13:41 Artillery of the 100th brigade of the army of the Donetsk People's Republic correctingthe firewith the help of a drone received from the MOO "Veche", it destroys and puts to flight tanks and infantry of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Avdievka direction. Tankers in a panic almost crush their infantry, collide with each other and suffer losses.

12:56 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction: n.p. Sands - Donetsk (Kuibyshevsky district): three shells of 122mm caliber were fired.

12:41 Mr. Yasinovataya is again under fire from the nationalists. As a result of the shelling, two civilians were injured, and apartment buildings were damaged.

12:39 Kuibyshevsky district - children's clinic on the street. Slovak - damaged glazing. Also arrival st. Slovak, 23.

12:30 Shoigu: The liberation of the LPR is nearing completion. Already 1,908 Nazis surrendered at Azovstal, before that 1,387 Marines laid down their arms there.

12:06 As a result of the shelling of the VFU in the Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk, along the Kremlevsky avenue, a man was killed.

12:05 As a result of the shelling of the VFU in Gorlovka, 4,421 household subscribers have been de-energized.

11:38 At the time of surrender, the Azov regiment had:

Four 120mm mortars;
Four D-30 howitzers;
Two MLRS BM-21 "Grad";
Two tanks.

All with ammunition.

11:32 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction: n.p. Sands - Donetsk (Kuibyshevsky district): 4 mines with a caliber of 120mm were fired.

11:30 In the liberated settlement A free post office was opened: OPS address: 285,770, p. Free, st. Lenina, d.56.

11:20 Two people were wounded in Yasinovataya. As a result of the shelling of the VFU in Yasinovataya, in the Central microdistrict, a man and a teenager born in 2005 were injured. They are currently receiving medical care.

11:11 Residents of Gorlovka continue to send evidence of the crimes of Ukrainian Nazis. The video was filmed today during the shelling of the village. Komarova (Kurganka).

"Dear citizens of Gorlovka, I appeal to you to be more careful, not to risk your health and life by filming videos and taking photos during shelling. Such selflessness can only hurt."

11:04 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction: n.p. Novomikhailovka - n.p. Yelenovka: eight shells of 122mm caliber were fired.

10:35 According to the operational line of the JCCC DPR, information was received about damage as a result of shelling of the VFU in Donetsk at the following addresses:

Petrovsky district:
- Str. Malysheva, 26/2 - the private sector.

Kirov district:
- Str. Tokareva, 122 - private sector.

10:15 416 people evacuated from Mariupol today

Over the past day, from 08:00 on May 19 to 08:00 on May 20, 416 people, including 46 children, were evacuated from Mariupol to Bezymennoye, Novoazovsky district.

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

In total, for the period from March 5 to 08:00 on May 20, 34,368 people were evacuated to the Bezymennoye PPN.

10:04 Fire was detected from the side of the VFU in the direction: n.p. Dzerzhinsk - n.p. Gorlovka: eight shells of 122mm caliber were fired.

10:00 Gorlovka is again under fire from VFU! In the village of Komarova, located in the Nikitovsky district of Gorlovka on the street. Shashurina, 7, 15 damaged gas pipeline. A team of the Gorlovsky department for gas supply and gasification of the State Concern "Donbassgaz" went to the place. People hear shell explosions in the village of mine 19/20, as well as on the outskirts of Ozeryanovka. We kindly ask you to be extremely careful and limit movement on the streets as much as possible.

09:48 Allied troops of the LPR and Russia continue to closeringaround the grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Severodonetsk. Under the imminent threat of encirclement in Severodonetsk, more than 2,000 Ukrainian militants.

09:07 In the DPR, twenty servicemen of the 95th Airborne Assault Brigade voluntarily laid down their arms and surrendered.

09:06 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction: n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Yasinovataya: fired five shells of 122mm caliber.

09:00 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction: n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Yasinovataya: three shells of 122mm caliber were fired.

08:27 Shelling was recorded from the side of the VFU in the direction: n.p. Avdievka - n.p. Yasinovataya: five missiles fired from the BM-21 Grad.

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

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

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

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Leader of Azov was hidden from civilians of Mariupol - Ministry of Defense
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.

Sounds more like Russian theater.

[REGNUM] The leader of the Nazi unit "Azov" (an organization whose activities are banned in the Russian Federation), who was hiding on the territory of the Azovstal plant, had to be taken out in a separate armored car, said on the evening of May 20 at a briefing the official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov.

Such measures had to be resorted to to prevent extrajudicial reprisals against him by the residents of Mariupol.

“The so-called “commander” of the Nazis “Azov” (an organization whose activities are banned in the Russian Federation) because of the hatred of the Mariupol residents and the desire of the townspeople to punish him for numerous atrocities, was taken out of the territory of the plant in a special armored car ,” said Konashenkov.

Recall that the ringleaders and other members of Azov (an organization whose activities are banned in the Russian Federation) will be dealt with by investigators of the Russian Investigative Committee. They have long been prosecuted for war crimes.

Azovstal plant completely cleared of Ukrainian forces - RF Ministry of Defense

[REGNUM] Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the complete cleansing of the territory of the Azovstal plant from Ukronazis, Major General Igor Konashenkov , official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, said at a briefing on the evening of May 20 .

He clarified that all the underground facilities of the plant, in which Ukrainian Nazis had been hiding since April 21, were taken under the full control of the Russian military.

"The territory of the metallurgical plant" Azovstal "in Mariupol, on which from April 21 this year. the group of Ukrainian militants of the Nazi formation "Azov" was blocked, completely released.

The underground facilities of the enterprise, in which the militants were hiding, came under the complete control of the Russian armed forces ,” said Konashenkov.

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China-Japan-Koreas
Wuhan Lab Publishes Study Manipulating H7N9 Virus To Be More Lethal.
[National Pulse ht Insty] Back at it.
A scientific journal published by top Wuhan Institute of Virology researchers shared studies appearing to engage in gain-of-function type research, a controversial method of studying pathogens that can increase their lethality.

The Wuhan Institute of Virology is believed to have engaged in the risky form of research regarding bat coronaviruses, as now-deleted webpages reveal the lab manipulating bat coronaviruses to "replicate efficiently in primary human airway cells and achieve in vitro titers equivalent to epidemic strains of SARS-CoV."

Now, the latest edition of the lab’s journal, Virologica Sinica, appears to contain a similar style of research with the H7N9 virus in chickens and mice. The publication’s Editor-in-Chief is Wuhan’s infamous "bat lady," Shi Zhengli, who is the lab’s premier bat coronavirus researcher and a recipient of funds from Anthony Fauci through Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance.

Virologica Sinica published the study "Combined Insertion of Basic and Non-basic Amino Acids at Hemagglutinin Cleavage Site of Highly Pathogenic H7N9 Virus Promotes Replication and Pathogenicity in Chickens and Mice" in its most recent edition, published February 2022.

The paper’s abstract outlines how researchers "generated six H7N9 viruses," analyzing how various amino acids altered the virus’ virulence and infectivity.

"We characterized the reconstituted viruses in terms of viral replication in avian and mammalian cells, thermostability and acid stability, cleavage efficiency, the virulence in mice, and pathogenicity and transmissibility in chickens," outlined the study.

"The I335V substitution of H7N9 virus enhanced infectivity and transmission in chickens, suggesting that the combination of mutations and insertions of amino acids at the HACS promoted replication and pathogenicity in chickens and mice," explained researchers.

While the study conducted experiments on mice and chicken, it noted that H7N9 variants are "also highly transmissible in ferrets, posing the threats of pandemic potential in humans."

In one case study, the H7N9 variant caused a 35 percent mortality rate in mice, with researchers noting that certain amino acids "increased the pathogenicity":
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#1  I guess this is an example of publishing or perishing, but it is the first time I have seen evidence submitted as a scientific study. Maybe OJ will sell his bloody gloves on Ebay.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/21/2022 15:32 Comments || Top||

#2  BTW, Wuhan is downstream of the Three Gorges Dam.

Just sayin'...
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/21/2022 17:44 Comments || Top||


Economy
Nestle quick! US military jets from air base in Germany will fly Nestle Alfamina baby formula to Indianapolis in first 'Operation Fly Formula' flight
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News]
  • The first flights of infant formula from Europe will arrive in Indiana aboard military aircraft this weekend

  • The White House says 132 pallets of Nestlé Health Science Alfamino Infant and Alfamino Junior formula will leave Ramstein Air Base in Germany

  • The formula is headed to Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Another 114 pallets of Gerber Good Start Extensive HA formula are expected to arrive in the coming days

  • The Biden administration has dubbed the effort 'Operation Fly Formula,' as it struggles to address nationwide shortages of formula
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#1  I find it difficult to believe that neither Atlas, Amazon nor Kallitta had a wide body available to fly this freight given the great publicity it would entail. If these are standard 463L pallets built 96 inches high you’re looking at around 4 loads. Guessing there was no associated front haul USA-EU which would have effectively doubled the charter price with the empty positioning leg. And presume the military aircraft will fly “material” back USA-EU to support the Ukrainians (no empty legs that way).
Posted by: Slenter Panda4300 || 05/21/2022 7:55 Comments || Top||

#2  /\ The full C-17 payload can consist of a maximum of eighteen 463L cargo pallets. Normal troop seating is accomplished with 54 fixed sidewall seats and / or 48 centerline cargo floor seats.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/21/2022 8:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Dems airlifting food into an impoverished country.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/21/2022 8:17 Comments || Top||

#4  'Operation Fly Formula' is distinctly different from Kamala Harris' previous 'Operation Fly'
Posted by: Frank G || 05/21/2022 8:24 Comments || Top||

#5  Quick think of something we can do to show we're actually trying to cover our asses help.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/21/2022 8:32 Comments || Top||

#6  As it' a Bidet initiative desperate knee-jerk reaction to bad poll numbers, watch them kill any goodwill it might have generated by limiting the distribution to BIPOCLGBTQWERTY families.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/21/2022 8:43 Comments || Top||

#7  Military airlift. So, it will probably cost the taxpayers $15000.00/oz for the formula.

Nice.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/21/2022 8:46 Comments || Top||

#8  Third world country. Are they in boxes marked C.A.R.E.?

(If they're serious about ending their manufactured crisis they'll fly the illegals out on the return leg. Turn em loose in Ramstein.)
Posted by: Grereng Ometing1952 || 05/21/2022 9:21 Comments || Top||

#9  Wide bodies (747F) hold 43 main deck 463L positions depending on the configuration
Posted by: Cloluck Bourbon1058 || 05/21/2022 9:30 Comments || Top||

#10  Military airlift. So, it will probably cost the taxpayers $15000.00/oz for the formula.

IF they were going to return empty after unloading materials needed elsewhere, then it was a choice to 'use it or loses it' for transport. However, you know that means someone didn't get a piece of the action in moving it commercial. That says something about the panic level finally setting in.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/21/2022 10:04 Comments || Top||

#11  this administration is disgusting.
Posted by: irish rage boy || 05/21/2022 10:20 Comments || Top||

#12  So, it will probably cost the taxpayers $15000.00/oz for the formula.

You think the Democrats care? They are desperate for anything to tip the scales in the midterms. "We saved your babies" sounds like a great emotional pitch to me.

Hell, we just sent, what, $44 billion for war with Russia? We could have had our border wall for a mere $25 billion. We only have to build it once and it's done, plus that money gets recycled inside America. The only way we're getting that $44 billion back is through the ugliest part of our economy: the military-industrial complex. Gross.
Posted by: Blackbeard Unereck7174 || 05/21/2022 10:47 Comments || Top||

#13  My bet the formula 'best buy' date was something last year.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/21/2022 11:14 Comments || Top||

#14  I'll go with pallets stacked in general's garage next to ZSU technical.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/21/2022 11:33 Comments || Top||

#15  How much you want to bet Bidet will be there when the plan lands for a photo op?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/21/2022 11:36 Comments || Top||

#16 
Posted by: Frank G || 05/21/2022 12:17 Comments || Top||

#17  ^ The picture is at once brutal, hilarious and trenchant.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/21/2022 12:39 Comments || Top||

#18  stihl is more important for lawn care!
Posted by: Cholutle Thrans9751 || 05/21/2022 12:45 Comments || Top||

#19  BTW, isn't there a law or tariff in place barring or severely restricting importation of this stuff from outside sources? [not that I'd touch anything manufactured in China]
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/21/2022 13:17 Comments || Top||

#20  This is all government created and designed. There is NO excuse to have only one baby formula plant.

Same with Insulin. This FDA is off it's rocker

This government is making everything worse
Posted by: newc || 05/21/2022 23:10 Comments || Top||


DJIA On Longest Losing Streak Since 1932
[Breitbart] After a promising start to morning trading, the major stock indexes turned sharply negative Friday with the S&P 500 tumbling into bear market territory and the Dow Jones Industrial Average setting up for the longest streak of weekly losses since the Great Depression.

And then stocks turned around again, to end the day mostly flat.

The Dow ended the day nearly flat, which brings its weekly decline to 2.77 percent. This was eighth consecutive weekly loss for the index. That is the longest losing streak since 1932.
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Posted by: badanov || 05/21/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...My 401k let me know about this this morning. It's exact words were, "Aaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrgh...."

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 05/21/2022 7:36 Comments || Top||

#2  lets update that to 1923
Posted by: 746 || 05/21/2022 21:12 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Taking all steps to safeguard territory: India on reports of China building second bridge over Pangong
You don’t go to war with the government you want, but with the government the citizenry thought they were electing.
[OneIndia] Responding to reports of a second bridge being constructed across Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh by China, the Central Government said it was creating infrastructure along the border areas to not only meet India's strategic and security requirements but also facilitate the economic development of these areas.

"We have seen reports of a bridge being constructed by China on Pangong Lake alongside its earlier bridge. Both these bridges are in areas that have continued to be under the illegal occupation of China since the 1960s. We have never accepted such illegal occupation of our territory, nor have we accepted the unjustified Chinese claim or such construction activities," said MEA in a statement.

"We have made it clear on several occasions that the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
and Ladakh are an integral part of India and we expect other countries to respect India's illusory sovereignty and territorial integrity," it added.

"In order to ensure that the nation's security interests are fully protected, Government has stepped up development of border infrastructure especially since 2014, including construction of roads, bridges, etc," it said.

"Government remains committed to the objective of creating infrastructure along the border areas to not only meet India's strategic and security requirements but also facilitate the economic development of these areas. And of course, Government keeps a constant watch on all developments that have a bearing on India's security and takes all necessary measures to safeguard its illusory sovereignty and territorial integrity," the MEA concluded.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/21/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  This is part of the vaunted Russian-Chinese-Indian alliance.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/21/2022 8:36 Comments || Top||


International-UN-NGOs
UN expert slammed over $275,900 contribution from China
That Mercedes and that 5 star hotel ain't gonna pay for themselves, ya know.
[StraitsTimes] A watchdog said on Thursday (May 19) that an independent UN expert took a large payment from Beijing, alleging that she helped China "whitewash" its treatment of the Uighur minority and demanding that she return the money.

Professor Alena Douhan, the United Nations special rapporteur focused on the negative impact of unilateral sanctions, received a US$200,000 (S$275,900) contribution from Beijing in 2021, said Geneva-based rights group UN Watch, pointing to a UN filing.
Whores get paid
In a statement, the group called on her "to return US$200,000 that she received from the Chinese state while she helped the regime whitewash its ethnic cleansing of the Uighurs".

Prof Douhan, a law professor from Belarus, is an independent expert appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in March 2020. She does not speak on behalf of the UN.

Her mandate is controversial, with rights activists accusing the expert of playing into authoritarian regimes' propaganda by blaming their countries' woes on Western sanctions.

She has visited countries such as Venezuela and Zimbabwe, and concluded a trip to Iran this week, after which she decried the "devastating humanitarian impact of sanctions", insisting they were illegal and should be lifted.
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Posted by: badanov || 05/21/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Jordan king places 'erratic' half-brother under house arrest
[AnNahar] Jordan's king has gone public with a royal rift with his half-brother and formalized the former crown prince's house arrest, calling him "erratic" in an unprecedented harshly worded letter published Thursday.

King Abdullah II said in the letter that he had approved measures to detain Prince Hamzah in his palace and restrict his communications and movements, citing his half brother's "erratic behavior and aspirations."

"We will provide Hamzah with all that he requires to live a comfortable life, but he will not have the space he once abused to offend the nation, its institutions, and his family, nor to undermine Jordan's stability," the king said.

King Abdullah had tried to keep the rift within the family, in part to protect the Hashemite Royal family brand. His harshly worded public condemnation of his half-brother is a potentially risky move. Hamzah has enjoyed considerable popularity, particularly among the Jordanian tribes, traditionally a bedrock of support for the monarchy.

Abdullah and Hamzah are sons of King Hussein, who ruled Jordan for nearly a half-century before his death in 1999. Abdullah had appointed Hamzah as crown prince upon his succession but stripped him of the title in 2004.

The monarch had placed Hamzah under house arrest in April 2021 for his alleged plot to destabilize the Western-allied kingdom. Abdullah had accused his brother of sedition but said the matter was being resolved within the family, with Hamzah remaining in his palace under the king's protection.

In March, Hamzah apologized to the king, according to a letter released by the Royal Court, saying that he hoped that "we can turn the page on this chapter in our country's and our family's history."

But last month, the outspoken Hamzah formally relinquished his princely title and protested on Twitter, writing that his convictions could not be reconciled with the "current approaches, policies and methods of our institutions" in an oblique criticism of the king.

In Thursday's letter, King Abdullah lashed out at his half-brother, saying he would "never allow our country to be held hostage to the whims of someone who has done nothing to serve his country."

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a close Western ally and has long been seen as a stable Arab monarchy in a turbulent region.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/21/2022 00:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Option “B” is the bowstring, Hamza.
Posted by: Glavigum Sforza3275 || 05/21/2022 20:10 Comments || Top||



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