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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Family & staff of the Asian-owned Princess Bride Diamonds jewelry store at the Bella Terra Mall in Huntington Beach, Calif. successfully fought off a group of black robbers who were armed with hammers.
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [247 views] Top|| File under: Mob Rule

#1 
The store owners had to physically fight off sledge hammer attackers bare handed. In OPEN CARRY states (eg. GA) the store owners would have just shot them.

Suppression of our Constitutional Gun Rights only protects Criminals from instant justice.

BTW: These looked like Teens that saw one too many YouTube videos and decided to try it themselves. Not full grown adult Thugs.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 05/24/2022 5:29 Comments || Top||

#2  DOJ investigating "hate crime" against "black shoppers" in 3..2..1...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/24/2022 6:02 Comments || Top||

#3  ...queue it. I'll go to my room now.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/24/2022 8:25 Comments || Top||

#4  They might want to look into transparent aluminum.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/24/2022 9:00 Comments || Top||

#5  P2K, I would have figured you would suggest Benetti's Defense.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/24/2022 10:14 Comments || Top||

#6  Feel good story of the day.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/24/2022 12:31 Comments || Top||

#7  I look for older, heavily armed, more experienced thugs to visit this store. Retributions for the young thugs getting their butts kicked.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 05/24/2022 12:45 Comments || Top||

#8  Looks like they got in some good shots. I especially liked the girl curb stomping one of them. Another comes in off the top ropes with a chair. That's a foreign object, Mean Gene!
Posted by: Lowspark || 05/24/2022 16:39 Comments || Top||


Wild weekend of violence spreads across the Northeast, leaves ten shot dead and dozens wounded as temperatures hit nearly 100F during heatwave
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news] Maybe climate change is good.
  • Violence spread across the Northeast over the weekend with cities reporting dozens of shootings and homicides as temperatures reached nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit

  • In New York City, police responded to at least nine shootings that left three men dead and a 17-year-old girl injured when she was randomly shot in the face at a Bronx party

  • In Philadelphia, detectives are investigating at least 18 shootings, six homicides and eight stabbings since Saturday morning, and in Washington DC authorities are investigating the death of an on-duty officer

  • In New Jersey, a party advertised on social media spun out of control, with police from multiple agencies responding to the scene Saturday night in riot gear

  • New Jersey police arrested a total of 15 people - including 11 adults and four minors - and had to set a curfew for 9pm

  • Studies show that heat can affect humans' ability to deal with aggression
    We have many years of long, hot summers behind us, and no doubt more ahead. This difference now is that the police aren’t permitted to arrest miscreants, and even if they do the prosecutors won’t prosecute ‘em.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/24/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [160 views] Top|| File under: Mob Rule

#1  ...as temperatures reached nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit

Um - it hit 92 in my neck of the woods on Sunday afternoon. I suppose 92 is 'nearly 100'.
Posted by: Raj || 05/24/2022 0:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Feral youts
Posted by: Frank G || 05/24/2022 6:15 Comments || Top||

#3  There is a new game called "Chicago or Pakistain" where you try to guess the geographic location from the headline. I picked Pakistain because it has been frosty here lately. -1
Posted by: SteveS || 05/24/2022 8:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Don't blame it on the youts. It's global warming...er, I mean climate change.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/24/2022 12:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Tribalism! Just what the oligarchs want… kill each other and do not hunt us!
Posted by: Papa Cooky || 05/24/2022 16:09 Comments || Top||


-Great Cultural Revolution
Alibaba Group president J. Michael Evans boasts at the World Economic Forum about the development of an "individual carbon footprint tracker" to monitor what you buy, what you eat, and where/how you travel.
[Twitter] It sounds like Davos is where the nuts go to see and be seen.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/24/2022 09:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [162 views] Top|| File under:

#1  We are about to find out if it works when shoved up their ass.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/24/2022 9:29 Comments || Top||

#2  I can but add my sainted mother's modifier, 'and make it sideways'.
Posted by: Cesare || 05/24/2022 10:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Imagine the Compliance!
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/24/2022 11:19 Comments || Top||

#4  ...These people really don't understand how human beings work, do they?

Mike
Posted by: MikeKozlowski || 05/24/2022 11:48 Comments || Top||

#5  Most of what I purchase is for someone other than myself. Good Luck.
Posted by: Airandee || 05/24/2022 11:54 Comments || Top||

#6  Play for social credits points! Win fabulous prizes like food, shelter and work permits!
Posted by: Ebbaise Brown5939 || 05/24/2022 14:08 Comments || Top||

#7  It's already on my AMEX statement.
No shoving necessary.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/24/2022 16:00 Comments || Top||


Judge Who Donates to Planned Parenthood Sides with Them in Case to Block Michigan Abortion Ban
[Townhall] Last week, Judge Elizabeth Gleicher ruled in favor of Planned Parenthood with regards to Michigan's state abortion ban, which would go back into effect should the U.S. Supreme Court rule to overturn Roe v. Wade. Judge Gleicher's decision comes not only as the Supreme Court does indeed look to be going in that direction, but after she had previously represented the abortion provider and continues to make donations. Dave Boucher, who has covered the case for Detroit Free Press, noted that Gleicher was "randomly" assigned the case.

The law, from 1931, would ban abortions in Michigan, except to save the life of the mother.

According to the injunction issued last Tuesday by Judge Gleicher, Planned Parenthood is likely to prevail in arguing that the abortion ban violates the state constitution.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/24/2022 02:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [72 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Should have been an immediate disqualification. I guess its no surprise baby killers have a different sorts of values.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/24/2022 8:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Judge Gleicher is simply attempting to reduce her future case load.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/24/2022 8:37 Comments || Top||


Bomb threat closes ALL schools in Wisconsin school district where three teens, aged 13, were accused of sexual harassment for using wrong pronouns to address their non-binary classmate
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • A bomb threat closed all schools in the district Monday, days after three middle schoolers found themselves under investigation over pronoun use

  • Kiel Middle School received the threat during school hours, as cops said they were investigating 'threatening communications' toward district staff

  • The students, all aged 13, were all hit with a formal complaint earlier this month, for referring to the unnamed student as 'she' or 'her,' rather than 'they' or 'them'

  • One of the children, Braden Rabidoux, spoke out about the investigation in an interview with Fox News last week, airing fears that he may not get into college

  • He along with his two classmates argue that the First Amendment allows them to refer to their nonbinary classmate with whatever pronouns they wish

  • The incident has since gained traction and has garnered national news coverage, thrusting the small Kiel Area School District into the spotlight
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/24/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [186 views] Top|| File under:

#1 
As was posted by well informed RantBurg commenter last week.

TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242. Deprivation Of Rights Under Color Of Law. Section 242 of Title 18 makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States.

Thus allowing the wacky liberal Wisconsin school district board, school admin and educators to be charged with violating the Civil Rights of the students.

Let the Lawsuits begin.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 05/24/2022 5:42 Comments || Top||

#2  what's the Vegas line for which side phoned in the threats?
Posted by: Mercutio || 05/24/2022 8:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Bets are that someone from the 'protected class' instigated them, M.

But we may never know for sure as the usual suspects will be implicated....without evidence of course.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 05/24/2022 9:55 Comments || Top||

#4  Yeah, funny how that gets walked around.

'We have to report the story, so do so in a way which makes these boys...these H8rs...appear to be the ones who are intolerant and unwelcome in polite society.'
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/24/2022 10:36 Comments || Top||

#5  So if an elected official's inaction in the enforcement of law constitutes actual impairment of a "right of priviledge", then willful failure to enforce law can be considered damaging to the privilege of sovereign citizenship. DA's that fail to prosecute entire classes of criminal behavior, or Federal Agents and Prosecutors that don't enforce Immigration Law? These acts are certainly "willful", and they certainly have the "color of authority" and the criminality permitted is certainly damaging to our rights as citizens?
Somewhere in this there has to be a remedy to public officials acting as arbiters of which laws they will enforce or ignore. Prosecutorial discretion has become Imperial Hubris! Lifetime civil service tenure is becoming a form of aristocracy, and the Swamp increasingly seems a Praetorian Guard in the late Imperial Era.
Franklin's commment about a "....Republic, if you can keep it" seems prescient now more than ever.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 05/24/2022 11:45 Comments || Top||

#6  An actual bomb attack on an entire school district would take a lot of materials, planning and effort. Alternatively, calling in a bomb threat takes the inverse of all of those elements. I believe this incident is a side order of additional stupidity to complement the main course of dumbness which is this entire incident. I think the chief suspect should be a stupid person or group of stupid people. That is the profile I am providing in this case. Please generate a BOLO.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/24/2022 12:55 Comments || Top||

#7  School bombing was America's first mass murder.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/24/2022 13:22 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Greta Van Susteren Joins Newsmax, Will Lead Nightly Lineup
[NewsMax] Boca Raton, Fla., May 24 — Newsmax announced today that veteran news anchor and broadcaster Greta Van Susteren will join the network as host of "The Record with Greta Van Susteren," adding her three decades of experience in journalism to the rising cable channel.

Based in Washington, D.C., and set to premiere on Tuesday, June 14, "The Record with Greta Van Susteren" will lead the network’s weeknight lineup with a solid hour of factual, fair, and independent perspective on the news.

"With all that is going on in the world, I am getting back to my roots — a daily live news show with real reporting from the places where things are happening," Van Susteren said.

"I have been friends with [Newsmax CEO] Chris Ruddy for years, and he is giving me this great opportunity to return, giving me the complete freedom to cover the news that really matters to people," Van Susteren said. "I have been impressed by Newsmax’s team and their success, and would love to be part of a news network that is really growing."
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/24/2022 08:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [206 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Stick a fork in it, then.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 05/24/2022 9:48 Comments || Top||

#2  I first thought it was the Swedish Scold Greta, and this'd be a Babylon Bee article.
Posted by: Bobby || 05/24/2022 11:03 Comments || Top||

#3  I don't think she is so bad, although I have only seen her a few times. I don't watch much television (like zero since January).
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 05/24/2022 11:31 Comments || Top||

#4  My pet peeve: she's a side-mouth talker

/weak, I know...
Posted by: Frank G || 05/24/2022 12:39 Comments || Top||

#5  My pet peeve is she worked at CNN, they are all shit in my eyes.
Posted by: Chris || 05/24/2022 13:54 Comments || Top||

#6  She has an impressive resumé, first as a practicing lawyer and adjunct law professor, then as a news analyst and reporter — it’s laid out in the final paragraphs of the article.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/24/2022 15:10 Comments || Top||

#7  she's a side-mouth talker

Some paralysis from the post Clinton/OJ trials facelift when she decided to be a TV legal analyst.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/24/2022 16:05 Comments || Top||

#8  alot of people have impressive resumes, doesn't mean they aren't shit. Kinda like saying an asshole was great person after they died.
Posted by: Chris || 05/24/2022 17:41 Comments || Top||

#9  ^ Hey! I'm right here.
Posted by: Frank G || 05/24/2022 19:34 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
GA Early Voting Sets Records; Contradicts 'voter suppression' meme
[JewishWorldReview] ... The surge in the early vote in Georgia shows that all the smears about the state's new voting law, repeated by everyone from the president of the United States on down, were complete nonsense.

On the Republican side, according to the secretary of state's office, there have been 453,929 early votes and 29,220 absentee votes this primary season (absentee votes are still coming in as of this writing). This is compared with just 153,264 early votes and 14,795 absentee votes during the last, pre-pandemic midterm, in 2018.

The Democrats have seen a similar surge. In 2022, there have been 337,245 early votes and 31,704 absentee votes, compared with only 134,542 early votes and 13,051 absentee votes in 2018.

The early vote among minorities in particular is up markedly.
Posted by: Lord Garth || 05/24/2022 07:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [156 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Voted ... I think this morning?
Richmond co. is still using DOMINON voting systems despite all the WELL known issues.
Posted by: TNN2N1 || 05/24/2022 14:01 Comments || Top||


Princeton University Fires Professor Joshua Katz
[LI] A Princeton classics professor was fired, "effective immediately," on Monday after the university’s administration found that he had not been fully honest and cooperative with an investigation into his sexual relationship with an undergraduate student about 15 years ago.

The dismissal of the professor, Joshua Katz, was a rare case of a tenured professor being dismissed, and came after a fierce debate on campus and in wider political spheres over whether Dr. Katz was being targeted for an article in an online journal that criticized anti-racist proposals by faculty, students and staff.

The board voted to dismiss him based on a "detailed written complaint from an alumna who had a consensual relationship with Dr. Katz while she was an undergraduate under his academic supervision," according to a statement from the university issued Monday afternoon. That relationship was in 2006-07, but the alumna did not file her complaint until 2021.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/24/2022 05:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [207 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Show me the man,” Stalin’s enforcer, Lavrentiy Beria, liked to say, “and I’ll show you the crime.”

Beria would have done well at Princeton.


Or anywhere else in modern-day U.S. politics or academia.


Posted by: Besoeker || 05/24/2022 6:02 Comments || Top||

#2  The Trustees need to be put up against a wall.
Posted by: Croque Fliting8030 || 05/24/2022 7:10 Comments || Top||


#4  The Trustees need to be put up against a wall.

Oh, they will be figuratively in court.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/24/2022 8:41 Comments || Top||

#5  Attention all tort lawyers: Princeton has a very, very large endowment. It puts Oberlin to shame!
Posted by: Tom || 05/24/2022 11:23 Comments || Top||

#6  And Oberlin is still being appealed; takes very deep pockets and high risk tolerance to sue these guys:
Posted by: Glenmore || 05/24/2022 15:41 Comments || Top||

#7  ^ I think it's over at Oberlin
Posted by: Frank G || 05/24/2022 15:53 Comments || Top||

#8  ..they'll keep appealing, just like anyone on death row, but when the plaintiffs start putting legal leans and claims against Oberlin's assets its over.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/24/2022 16:09 Comments || Top||


NYPD puts 4,650 vaccine firings on hold: insiders
[NYPost] The city’s vaccine mandate has been put on “pause” for the NYPD so the force can avoid losing nearly 5,000 cops and employees as the weather — and crime — heats up, The Post has learned.

Currently, 91 percent of the NYPD’s uniformed cops and other personnel are vaccinated, City Hall says. That leaves an estimated 4,659 NYPD employees unvaccinated despite a deadline to get the shots by Oct. 29.

“In a nutshell, no decisions will be made, no further members will be forced to leave until further notice,” said a veteran NYPD sergeant, explaining the unwritten rule. “There hasn’t been any memo, just basically keep everything status quo and if issues arise we will revisit it down the road.”

Last month, an undisclosed number of officers received final notices rejecting their requests for religious or medical exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for municipal employees.

But an unspecified number of requests remain pending, letting cops and others in a state of limbo keep working.

Currently, 91 percent of the NYPD’s uniformed cops and other personnel are vaccinated.

One veteran NYPD cop who works in Brooklyn said he was forced to get the vax last month after his appeal for a religious exemption was denied. “I got an email saying if I didn’t get the shot I would be placed on leave without pay and face termination.”

But he added that he knew cops who called the personnel bureau “after the newest denials came down this week.” They were told “the NYPD is not taking any action against anyone who is not vaccinated at this point.”

Said the officer: “For anyone who has been fighting up until this point I am happy there seems to be a pause and hopefully it’s permanent. I can’t undo having to get the shot.”

City Hall denied a slowdown in enforcement.
Posted by: Bubba Lover of the Faeries8843 || 05/24/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [103 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Make this unpleasantness go away Richard, we have an election approaching.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/24/2022 3:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Seems like street chaos, lib DA and disrespect of Law Enforcement will hamper recruitment. Also being assassinated is a real job risk for police or even subway commuters in NYC. Any officers close to retirement are probably counting the days and planning how to contract IBS to enhance their retirement paychecks. Staffing law enforcement jobs in the city will be very expensive going forward. The Defund crowd will end up with fewer heads at a higher cost.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/24/2022 12:40 Comments || Top||


Biden's @TheJusticeDept has appointed a new federal immigration judge who served on the board of directors of a George Soros-funded far-left group


Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [75 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Of course
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 05/24/2022 14:32 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia switches to Chinese CPUs instead of Intel or AMD.
[Twitter]
Posted by: 3dc || 05/24/2022 05:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [311 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  and Windows ME
Posted by: Frank G || 05/24/2022 6:45 Comments || Top||

#2 
CCP CPU's are just knock-offs with different 🕵️ spy circuits added.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 05/24/2022 7:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Zhaoxin KaiXian x86 CPU Tested: The Rise of China's Chips
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/24/2022 7:07 Comments || Top||

#4  I visit Tom's Hardware (the link above) every day. It's one of the more reputable tech sites in the sense that it leans towards actual tech as opposed to press-release fanboi stenography.

That said, all the tech sites are hopelessly infested with left wing politics and rooting for China is a common thing.

When I want to cause some agita, I drop a comment on such sites to the effect that "I don't go to knitting sites for recipes and I don't come to tech sites for politics." And the wailing begins.

On some tech sites, pretty much every comment thread is hijacked into politics within the first ten comments.

Tech people are sure that their narrow area of expertise (or interest, there are plenty of non-experts anxious to posture that they actually are experts) makes them smart in every other area of human endeavor. This gets you Bill Gates playing doctor and similar.

Consume their non-tech nonsense at your own risk.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/24/2022 7:16 Comments || Top||

#5  Tom's is often linked in Pixy's Tech Notes each AM on Ace's
Posted by: Frank G || 05/24/2022 8:30 Comments || Top||

#6  I usually read 'Day by Day' first, 'Dilbert' second and 'Pixy's Tech Notes' third. These give me a gentle glide path into the rest of the crappy news.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 05/24/2022 11:18 Comments || Top||

#7  Which chip is it a copy of?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/24/2022 11:22 Comments || Top||

#8  Can someone tell me why my nic keeps vanishing? One time it tells me I have posted 415 times, and the next it tells me I have posted 2600 times. What am I doing wrong?
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 05/24/2022 11:26 Comments || Top||

#9  And now it recognizes the nic.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 05/24/2022 11:27 Comments || Top||

#10  Perhaps someone else knows why, Whiskey Mike. My knowledge lies firmly elsewhere. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/24/2022 12:31 Comments || Top||

#11  When I routinely use CCleaner to cleanse my machine of digital droppings, I have to make sure that I enter my nic.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/24/2022 12:39 Comments || Top||

#12  When I routinely use CCleaner to cleanse my machine of digital droppings

Should I be doing that for my iPad, Procopius2k? I regularly clear my browser history and empty the gmail spam and trash.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/24/2022 12:54 Comments || Top||

#13  One time it tells me I have posted 415 times, and the next it tells me I have posted 2600 times.

It is possible that you are waking up in a different timeline every day and not realizing it. Tell me, does the world keep getting stupider and stupider? Because that is one of the signs.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/24/2022 13:00 Comments || Top||

#14  TW, I'm not sure on Apple based equipment if and how well it works. It is oriented to the specific browsers I employ and MS overall.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/24/2022 13:20 Comments || Top||

#15  Whiskey Mike, I regularly have two (2) counts of my postings for my 'nym ('magpie') when I clear my cookies -- one (the smaller) for when I reestablish my 'nym and the second (the larger) when it settles down and recognizes that the 'nym has been used for years... One of those 'features not bugs' things, I guess.
Posted by: magpie || 05/24/2022 14:44 Comments || Top||

#16  Ok, Procopius2k. Thank you.

Good to know, magpie.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/24/2022 15:15 Comments || Top||

#17  Each machine will have a nym cookie reference.
Something beyond the nym, plus the nym, is used by Rantburg to identify poster and poster counts. The same nym on different machines(phone, pad, PC, mainframe terminal) will have different counts.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/24/2022 16:11 Comments || Top||

#18  Thanks all for the insights. This time it had no idea what my nym was, and is back to 314 comments. I use an iPad as well, but a different nym. Never screws up. Well, THAT way anyway.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 05/24/2022 17:10 Comments || Top||

#19  #13, SteveS: Why yes, every day does seem to get stupider. :)
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 05/24/2022 17:14 Comments || Top||

#20  I lose my nic every time I clear cookies. FWIW.
Posted by: Ebbuger Whuque4103 || 05/24/2022 17:56 Comments || Top||

#21  I gave up long ago and accept whatever random name the site assigns me. Been hanging out here close to 20 years and it was initially frustrating to keep losing my nickname. Now I don’t care. I just enjoy the wit, insight and repartee. And the trolls - don’t want to leave anyone out!
Posted by: Slenter Panda4300 || 05/24/2022 21:05 Comments || Top||


Lithuania confirms it will withdraw its ambassador from Russia on June 1 and not appoint a new one
Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2022 00:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [128 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats

#1  The Baltic States know they're next.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/24/2022 8:27 Comments || Top||


Denmark will give Kiev US-made Harpoon missiles, the Pentagon has confirmed
[RT] Denmark will provide an unspecified number of Harpoon anti-ship missiles and launchers to Ukraine, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced on Monday. Last week’s rumors about the transaction prompted Kiev to declare the US would help Ukraine "destroy" the Russian fleet, which the outgoing Pentagon front man denied.

Officially, the missiles are intended to help "defend the Ukrainian coastline," according to Austin and Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley, who spoke with news hounds after Monday’s virtual meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group.

The panel — composed of 47 countries willing to supply Kiev with weapons — had a "highly constructive" meeting and got "a sharper sense" of Ukrainian needs from Defense Minister Alexey Reznikov and other Kiev officials, Austin said.

In addition to the Danish missiles, Czechia has pledged attack helicopters, tanks, and multiple rocket launcher systems (MLRS). Kiev has been asking for long-range artillery, tanks and armored vehicles, as well as drones, according to Austin.

Boeing’s A/U/RGM-84 Harpoon is the US Navy’s standard anti-ship missile, with an estimated range of about 300 kilometers. It has active radar guidance and skims the surface until it reaches the target, at which point it can execute a "pop-up" maneuver and strike from above. Harpoons are normally launched from either surface vessels or attack aircraft, but launchers can be removed from ships for use ashore — which appears to be what Denmark intends to do.

Last week, Rooters reported that the Pentagon was considering sending Ukraine either Harpoons or Naval Strike Missiles (NSM), directly or through a "European ally." The agency cited "three US officials and two congressional sources," all of them anonymous. They expressed hope that once the first country commits to sending Harpoons, others would follow.

According to Rooters, the NSM was regarded as "less logistically difficult" because NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
countries could send Ukraine the launchers and it only took 14 days to train operators how to use them — but it had a somewhat shorter range of 250 kilometers.

The story generated some controversy, however, when Ukrainian Internal Affairs Ministry adviser Anton Gerashchenko tweeted that the US was "preparing a plan to destroy the Black Sea Fleet," referring to Russia’s naval force currently off the Ukrainian coast. Asked about this, Pentagon front man John Kirby told news hounds he could "tell you definitively that that’s not true." However,
today is that tomorrow you were thinking about yesterday...
he did not deny that the US was considering sending Harpoons to Kiev.

On Monday, Austin confirmed that Kirby was leaving the Pentagon and moving to work at the White House’s national security council. Meanwhile,
...back at the pound, the little lost dog had finished eating the rat terrier...
Gerashchenko’s tweet has been deleted.

The US has just committed another $40 billion in military aid to Kiev, including weapons shipments, despite fears by some European allies that this could draw NATO into a direct confrontation with Russia. Moscow has repeatedly warned the alliance that any shipments of weapons and supplies into Ukraine will be considered legitimate military targets. Russia has been carrying out air and cruise missile strikes against Ukrainian supply facilities.

Last month, the Pentagon claimed to have provided intelligence that helped Ukraine launch a missile attack against the Russian cruiser Moskva, flagship of the Black Sea Fleet. According to Kiev and Washington, the Ukrainians fired two Neptune missiles that struck the ship, which eventually sank. The Russian Navy said that Moskva was lost while being towed to port in stormy seas, after an ammunition explosion on board caused a fire.

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#1  The pentagon has a problem of not knowing when too STFU.
Posted by: Chris || 05/24/2022 8:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Why is an anti-ship missile important in the current fight? Seems like transporting irrelevant missiles cross-country towards the Crimea would not end well if the Russians have air superiority and intel capability of some sort.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/24/2022 12:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Odesa?
Posted by: Frank G || 05/24/2022 12:44 Comments || Top||

#4  They land troops, weapons, ammo and other supplies by sea. They are also stealing their grain at the moment. So, if you could sink a few ships, you don't think that would help in the fight?
Posted by: Chris || 05/24/2022 13:58 Comments || Top||

#5  It keeps Russian ships away from Odessa and discourages any flanking attack on the river line they are holding to the east of Odessa.
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Situation near Kherson/Nikolaev sector
Situation near Kherson/Nikolaev sector (via V Kontakte):
🎯The situation in the Nikolaev-Kherson direction as of 20:00 on May 23, 2022

▪The long-awaited counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the positions of the RF Armed Forces in the Nikolaev and Kherson regions is still limited to sporadic shelling along the entire line of contact and strengthening positions.

▪Instead of full-fledged activity, only the work of the DRG is noted so far: the Armed Forces of Ukraine are most actively probing the defense of the RF Armed Forces near Aleksandrovka.

Army and tactical aviation of the Ukrainian Air Force works on the positions of the Russian Armed Forces from the airfields of Voznesensk and Dolgintsevo.

▪Units of 80 Separate Airborne Assault Brigade, after being re-equipped, are being transferred to the Soledar direction. Territorial defense units trained at the Shiroky Lan training ground will be transferred to their positions in the Nikolaev region.

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Ukrainian Perspective: Invasion of Ukraine: May 23rd, 2022
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[Korrespondent] 23:35 Zelensky on negotiations with the Russian Federation: "In principle, I do not accept any meeting with anyone from the Russian Federation, except for the President of the Russian Federation, even if there is one issue on the table - ending the war. That's all. About the other nothing to talk about".

23:31 Turkey has officially published the requirements for Sweden and Finland, the fulfillment of which is necessary for the approval of their applications to join NATO:

  • ending support for terrorism (PKK and Fethullah Gülen Movement);

  • ending the financing of terrorism;

  • stopping the supply of weapons to the Kurdistan Workers' Party;

  • the lifting of the arms embargo against Turkey;

  • global cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

23:28 Zelensky spoke about plan B in case of his assassination: "We were prepared and divided, I, the prime minister and the head of parliament. We have a parliamentary-presidential republic. We understood that if there was this or that loss, we would be ready for this process. We divided the Cabinet of Ministers into two parts, it was two takes, so that the country could be protected even from such results."

23:25 US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin admitted that Putin's overall strategy for Ukraine is unknown. According to him, at the beginning of the war, the President of the Russian Federation planned to use superior force, speed, in order to "very quickly" take Kyiv and change the government, but he failed, and the Russian forces were driven back.

"And that's why we've seen them really move very slowly and unsuccessfully on the battlefield, and one would expect him to seek to use other levers of power or other instruments of power, and he does, but as far as his general strategy is unknown," the head of the Pentagon said.

23:21 The second meeting of the Contact Group for the Defense of Ukraine was held via videoconference. 20 countries have announced new security packages for Kyiv, including the transfer of critically needed artillery systems and ammunition. Details - in the material Ramstein-2 .

23:19 In the Dnipropetrovsk region, the enemy today launched four missile attacks on the railway infrastructure in the Pavlograd and Sinelnikovsky districts at once, said the head of the OVA, Valentin Reznichenko. There is serious damage to the railway track and contact network. It is not yet clear when traffic will resume. In 12 houses nearby, roofs were damaged and windows were shattered, but people were not injured.

22:47 Arestovich called the real threat of the complete encirclement of Severodonetsk. According to him, in the event of a fall, the city will become "the second major success of the enemy after Mariupol." He also said that west of Popasna, Russian troops "had success" in recent days, advancing 10 km.

22:34 Since February 24, the Russian army has launched 1,474 missile strikes on Ukraine, using 2,275 different missiles. The absolute majority - on civilian objects, Zelensky said in an evening address. In less than three months, he said, more than 3,000 airstrikes were carried out from Russian planes and helicopters. In Desna, Chernihiv region, 87 people died - "and that was only four missiles."

22:30 In the Seversk region of the Donetsk region, the Russians are trying to organize another crossing over the Seversky Donets, Arestovich said: "The same maneuver as in Belogorovka, only to the west." He also denied reports that the Russians entered Liman: "They fired, but did not enter."

22:28 Zelensky, in an evening video message, said that the coming weeks of the war would be difficult: "The most difficult situation now is Donbass: Bakhmut, Popasnaya, Severodonetsk ... The enemy has staged a massacre there, they are trying to destroy all life."

22:12 Zelensky said that the de-occupation of Crimea by military means would cost significant losses among the Ukrainian military: "Today, I'm sure it is hundreds of thousands of killed soldiers from our side."

22:10 The Russians have sent new troops to the north of the Kharkiv region in order to prevent the liberation of Volchansk by the Ukrainian army, Arestovich said.

22:08 In Donbass, Russian troops now have 20 times more equipment than Ukrainians, Zelensky said: "We lack equipment because we are fighting against such a large state and a large state army. They have 20 times more equipment, now in Donbass 1:20. Imagine how strong our soldiers are, what kind of people we have."

21:52 The Russians seized five defense enterprises on the territory of Ukraine, Ukroboronprom reported.

21:51 The head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Council, Nikolai Lukashuk, announced a missile attack on Pavlograd. There were also three strikes in the Sinelnikovsky district, information about the destruction and casualties is being specified.

21:49 Pushilin said that all prisoners of war from Azovstal are on the territory of the so-called "DPR", and that's where the "international tribunal" will be held.

21:37 Turkey did not take part in the "show to resolve the situation in Ukraine", but instead provided real assistance to Kiev, Erdogan said: "Instead of shows that did not contribute to the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis, we made the most sincere efforts to ceasefire and establish peace. We have provided Ukraine with serious, concrete and useful assistance. We have boldly expressed our position to Russia." At the same time, the Turkish president noted that Turkey continues to develop relations with the Russian Federation.

21:35 Russia has pulled together 25 battalion tactical groups to the Luhansk region, said the head of the OVA, Sergei Gaidai. According to him, it is about 12,500 people.

21:33 Senator and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney urged NATO to prepare for a nuclear strike from Russia on the United States and developed response options: "The use of nuclear weapons by Russia would undoubtedly be a redefining and reorienting geopolitical event. We must imagine the unimaginable, in specifically, how we will respond militarily and economically to a nuclear attack on the United States."

21:21 The Ukrainian government will cooperate with Microsoft in the issue of documenting Russian war crimes. The corresponding agreement was reached in Davos at a meeting with Microsoft President Brad Smith, said Mikhail Fedorov, head of the Ministry of Digital Development. In addition, the Microsoft team plans to help the digital industry in Ukraine during the recovery.

21:13 The meeting in the Ramstein format was successful, Reznikov wrote on Twitter and posted a photo of the "death star" - the most powerful weapon from the Star Wars universe .

21:10 Ukrainian special services conducted a special operation in the occupied Melitopol and left the Russians without the supply of weapons, the mayor of the city Ivan Fedorov said on the air of the national telethon: "The military, special services and partisans from Melitopol conducted a successful special operation. This concerns the paralysis of the supply of firearms, ammunition to Melitopol and all occupied territories.

According to Fedorov, this is the fourth successful work of the Ukrainian special services in Melitopol.

21:06 In the Donetsk region, due to Russian shelling, the largest salt mining enterprise in Europe, State Enterprise Artemsol, stopped its work, the company reported.

21:04 Lithuania proposed to create a naval coalition to lift the Russian blockade of Ukrainian grain exports through the Black Sea. This proposal was voiced by Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis during negotiations with his British counterpart Liz Truss, writes The Guardian.

20:47 US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and the head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley held a press conference on the results of the second coordination meeting on military support to Ukraine. The meeting was held in an online format, it was attended by defense ministers or commanders-in-chief of the armies of 47 countries of the world. The main results of the meeting:

  • Denmark will transfer Harpoon anti-ship missiles and launchers to Ukraine;

  • The Czech Republic will transfer combat helicopters to Ukraine;

  • Poland, Italy, Norway and Greece will transfer artillery systems and ammunition to Ukraine;

  • a total of 20 countries reported new arms deliveries to Ukraine;

  • the next meeting in this format will take place on June 15;

  • Austin said that Ukraine is still in dire need of artillery, tanks, armored vehicles and drones;

  • When asked about deliveries of HIMARS artillery systems, Austin replied that he "did not want to get ahead of the process" and would not discuss specific names.

20:32 The criminal case against Poroshenko and Medvedchuk was one of the key episodes in Ukraine's domestic policy before Russia's full-scale attack. After three months of war, this case was decided to be revived. More details - in the material Policy returns .

20:11 In the Donetsk direction, Russian troops are trying to break through the defense of the Ukrainian forces in order to cordon them off and reach the administrative borders of the Lugansk region, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reports . The main efforts are concentrated on the Bakhmut direction.

20:03 The Russian military blocked the checkpoint in Vasilyevka, Zaporozhye region and do not let local residents out of the occupied territories, the OVA reported. So, at noon, about 400 cars stood in line at the checkpoint. At the moment, there is no possibility of departure in the direction of Zaporozhye from Melitopol and Energodar.

19:49 Denmark will transfer Harpoon anti-ship missiles and launchers to Ukraine, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin said. Also, according to him, the Czech Republic transferred fire support helicopters, tanks, missile systems to Ukraine.

19:48 The UN recorded 3930 deaths and 4532 injuries of the civilian population of Ukraine as a result of a full-scale Russian invasion.

19:45 Russia has deployed two additional S-400 anti-aircraft missile divisions in the northwestern part of Crimea. According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the goal is to build up the air defense system.

19:41 Defense ministers from more than 40 countries took part in the second meeting of the Contact Group on Ukraine, which took place virtually, CNN reports. The meeting was attended by Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and a representative of the military intelligence of Ukraine. The meeting was joined by four countries that were not present at the Ramstein base last month - Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Ireland.

19:33 By September of this year, the Russian army will be defeated with the necessary supply of heavy weapons, said in Davos the US military Malcolm Nance, a former US Navy intelligence officer, analyst and writer who is now fighting for Ukraine in the International Legion.

“In my assessment of the situation before the invasion, I realized that the Russians are completely discounting the Ukrainian army and the Ukrainian people. I understood the main thing: these people will fight. These people will fight. And I was convinced before the invasion that Russia would fail.”

19:21 The White House clarified that Biden, speaking about readiness for military participation in the defense of Taiwan, had in mind the supply of weapons for the self-defense of the island.

19:16 Both Donetsk and Lugansk regions were completely left without gas, reports the GTS Operator of Ukraine. According to him, on May 23, as a result of shelling, the main gas pipeline, which transported gas to the settlements of both regions, was damaged. From 14:00, gas supply to this section of the GTS was stopped, it is still impossible to restore it due to hostilities.

19:01 In the Kharkiv region, the Armed Forces of Ukraine liberated 24 settlements, Zaluzhny said. Among them is the village of Kutuzovka, which was de-occupied in early May. "About 170 local residents lived in the basement of the kindergarten for more than two months. Among them, 40 children aged from three months to 12 years," said the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

18:52 Today, Russian invaders broke into the house of Serhiy Shvets, an employee of the energy repair unit of the Zaporozhye NPP, and shot him, Energoatom reports. Shvets was hospitalized with numerous wounds.

18:38 During the attack on Kiev, Russian troops used chemical weapons. Six fighters of the International Legion, who participated in the hostilities in the Kyiv region, were found to have sarin poisoning, the Center for Strategic Communications reports, citing a fighter of the International Legion Alexei Bobrovnikov.

According to him, seven people were in the hangar with the Mriya plane and a few hours after the operation they complained of nausea, swelling, problems with urination. Doctors stated that it was sarin, and this was confirmed by one of the laboratories in the NATO country.

18:35 In the border areas of the Kiev, Zhytomyr and Rivne regions, restrictions have been strengthened, the Rivne Regional State Administration reported. In particular, any movement of civilians is prohibited in the strip of terrain that is directly adjacent to the state border, 1000 meters wide, except for the territory of settlements that are directly adjacent to the border.

18:21 In Vinnytsia today they said goodbye to the pilots of the 7th tactical aviation brigade of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant Colonel Igor Khmara and Major Ilya Negara. According to the command of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the crew of the Ukrainian Su-24M bomber died heroically in the east of the country during a combat mission on May 19.

17:58 A number of Western countries are blocking granting Ukraine the status of a candidate for the EU, they said in the Office of the Polish President: "We - Poland, all of Central and Eastern Europe - believe that we will overcome the resistance of several Western countries, which we consider unfounded ... The richest countries in Europe have no reason to be afraid of Ukraine."

17:39 The speaker of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Oleksandr Motuzyanyk said that Russian troops are advancing in the direction of Severodonetsk. Active hostilities are currently ongoing. He also said that the Ukrainian defenders repulsed the Russian attack in the village of Metelkino. Having suffered losses, the invaders retreated.

17:30 The State Border Service did not disclose the identity of the author of the phrase "Russian ship, go f*ck" so as not to damage him in captivity, and for security reasons, it still cannot name him, Andriy Demchenko, the press secretary of the State Border Guard Service, said in a commentary to the UP.

According to Demchenko, when the media began to be interested in the name of the hero, neither the State Border Guard Service nor the Armed Forces of Ukraine publicly supported this topic and tried with all their might not to give it a significant impetus so that it would not threaten anyone during their stay in captivity.

And the media publicity of the Marine Roman Gribov, to whom the media erroneously attributed the authorship of the phrase, to a certain extent was an information cover operation, which guaranteed the safety of the island's defenders who were captured. Demchenko confirmed that only the border guards at the outpost had a channel of communication with the sea vessels, and not the marines. The Russians also obviously understood this, and therefore, in this matter, among the prisoners, they worked out more border guards.

17:16 Ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova said that Russia forcibly removed 1.4 million Ukrainians to its territory, of which more than 240 thousand children.

17:07 The German government, led by Scholz, is blocking the supply of Marder infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine. The defense concern Rheinmetall is ready to provide up to 100 of these armored vehicles, but its application has not yet been considered, writes Bild.

16:58 Russian servicemen who refused to go to war in Ukraine said during interrogations that they knew about Russia's large-scale invasion even before February 24, Sibir.Realii reports. According to the documents, the Rosguards were taken out for exercises on the eve of the war, and when they learned about the plan to invade Ukraine, some of the interrogated refused to obey the order and left the military unit, citing illness.

One of the interrogated employees of the Russian Guard said that the "task" for all redeployed detachments was "to guard the streets and intersections of Kyiv."

16:53 Biden wrote a text in Time about Zelensky, who was included in the ranking of the 100 most influential people in 2022:

"In President Zelensky, the people of Ukraine have a leader who is worthy of their courage and resilience, as citizens across the country - shopkeepers and soldiers, tailors and truck drivers - fight for their homes and their freedom. Every time we talk, I hear in the voice President Zelensky is the determination of a man who deeply believes in his duty to his people and is daily responsible for his nation in this dark and difficult hour.

The countries of the free world, inspired by the example of President Zelensky, are more united, determined and purposeful than ever in recent times. With the support of the United States, our allies and partners, he left his mark on history and proved to the world that Ukraine will last for a long time and its people will have the democratic future he has long desired."

16:39 Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Slovakia will call for the confiscation of Russian assets frozen by the EU to finance the reconstruction of Ukraine, the four countries say in a joint letter, Reuters reports.

16:10 Israel will grant Ukrainian refugees the right to employment - this decision was reached thanks to a long negotiation process between the Ukrainian Embassy and the head of the Israeli Interior Ministry.

15:59 Bogdan Gotsky, head of the border outpost of Zmeiny Island, said on the air of the national telethon that they managed to return the border guard from Zmeiny Island, who is the real author of the famous phrase about "Russian warship", from Russian captivity. His name has not yet been released. "This is my subordinate. He was in captivity for a month and a half, now he is free," Gotsky said.

Previously, the authorship of the phrase was attributed to Marine Roman Gribov, who returned to Ukraine on an exchange in April. It was he who took part in the presentation of the iconic stamp of Ukrposhta.

15:51 The states of the Adriatic-Ionian region, including Serbia and Croatia, adopted a declaration in which Russia's invasion of Ukraine is called "illegal and unjustified." The countries expressed their commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine, writes Euractiv.

Among the signatories are Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Albania and San Marino.

3:43 pm Biden said China was playing with fire by threatening Taiwan with war and vowed that the US military would intervene if the island was attacked. The White House was quick to assure that the US has not changed its strategy regarding the island, but some experts believe that an attempt by China to seize Taiwan and US intervention are inevitable. For more details, see Will Biden fight China over Taiwan .

15:27 Zelensky said at the Davos forum that any world response to hunger is belated: "Any response to massive hunger is already belated by definition: hunger must be stopped only preventively, when it has not yet begun. But now the world does not have such a tool."

Therefore, Ukraine, according to the president, proposes to create an organization of food exporting countries to insure the world from hunger. Ukraine is ready to provide a platform for the work of such an organization.

15:03 On the liberated territory of the Kharkiv region, the Ukrainian military collected 63 bodies of Russian soldiers, said the captain of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Anton Ivannikov, Hromadske reports. He believes that the bodies can be exchanged for living or dead Ukrainian soldiers.

14:59 At a meeting with Putin, Lukashenka said that "the intention of NATO member countries, in particular Poland, to dismember Ukraine causes concern in Belarus," since the West allegedly builds similar plans in relation to Belarus. And the Ukrainians, he said, "will still have to ask us not to allow the separation of western Ukraine."

14:54 The Ombudsman's hotline has already received 44 thousand statements about Russian war crimes in Ukraine, which concern 87 thousand people. As Lyudmila Denisova said in Davos, the hotline receives 700-800 calls daily.

14:51 Zelensky at the forum in Davos called on international donors to join the support of Ukraine within the framework of the United 24 fund and expressed his conviction that in the future this fund should become a global structure for providing ambulance to countries in trouble: "This war of Russia against Ukraine convinces that assistance to a state that has been attacked is more valuable the faster it is provided: weapons, finances, political support, sanctions.<...> Under the United 24 brand, we propose to create a global structure that can provide sufficient support to any country within 24 hours subjected to a military attack, a natural disaster or, for example, a pandemic."

The President stressed that if Ukraine had received all the necessary support in February, the result would have been tens of thousands of saved lives.

14:43 Zelensky said at a forum in Davos that the war in Ukraine could be repeated: "The war can be repeated, I am sure of this. We must make sure that people and businesses are not afraid to develop in our country. Our task is to create the most modern air defense system , to have a security treaty with countries we trust, and that any future chances of an aggressor for an invasion are terminated before entering our land."

The President also expressed his conviction that the war could have been prevented if the West had introduced preventive sanctions against Russia in time.

14:32 Head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Kirill Budanov said in an interview with UP that an attempt was made on Putin after the start of the war against Ukraine: "There were attempts on Putin ... There was even an attempt on him along the line, as they say, representatives of the Caucasus not so long ago "This is not public information. A completely unsuccessful assassination attempt, but it really took place ... It was about two months ago."

14:21 Advisor to the Russian mission to the UN in Geneva Boris Bondarev has resigned. In his LinkedIn post, he wrote that he was "never as ashamed of his country as on February 24th." He called the war a crime not only against the Ukrainian people, but also against the Russians.

The diplomat spoke out against the war in Ukraine and criticized the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry: "Minister Lavrov is a good illustration of the degradation of this system. <...> He constantly broadcasts conflicting statements and threatens the world (that is, the Russian Federation too) with nuclear weapons."

14:15 The Russian-appointed "head" of the Kherson region Vladimir Saldo announced that from May 23 a "dual currency zone" will be introduced in the region and the ruble will go along with the hryvnia.

14:12 According to the UN, the number of Ukrainian refugees has reached 6.5 million people, of which 3.5 million went to Poland and almost a million each to Romania and the Russian Federation. Also, 644 thousand refugees left for Hungary, 471 thousand - for the Czech Republic, 422 thousand - for Slovakia.

14:06 Alla Dudayeva, the widow of the first president of Ichkeria, Dzhokhar Dudayev, addressed the Zelensky and Ukrainian people: "We have a common enemy. Ukraine is doomed to victory." Once her husband said that Russia would disappear when the Ukrainian sun rises over Ukraine.

13:54 Donetskoblgaz stops distributing gas to consumers in the region due to damage to main gas pipelines and the lack of alternative sources of supply, the Kramatorsk City Council said. Consumers are asked to turn off the gas taps.

13:25 In Chernihiv and the region, the invaders fired on and stole the equipment of base stations, as a result of which mobile communications do not work well in the de-occupied and war-damaged territory, the Ministry of Digital Development reports and promises to restore everything. So, Vodafone is already restoring its network in the region.

13:17 Zelensky at a forum in Davos called on foreign businesses to leave the Russian market and work in Ukraine: "We need to create a precedent for the complete exit of all foreign companies from the Russian market so that your brands are not associated with war crimes. So that your offices, accounts, goods are not used war criminals for their bloody interests. Values ​​should matter, especially when a full-scale war breaks out."

The President called on the international companies that are already represented in Ukraine to continue their work, and the rest to open their representative offices: "We offer every company that leaves the Russian market to continue operating in Ukraine. You will get access not only to our market of 40 million consumers, but also access to the common market of Europe. And your brands, positions will only get stronger, because you will support the defense of freedom."

13:12 Biden said that sanctions against Russia should be maintained after the likely "rapprochement" with Ukraine - this should help deter China from trying to take over Taiwan: "One of the reasons why Putin should pay a high price for barbarism in Ukraine is that that this applies not only to Ukraine."

At the same time, he noted that he does not expect China to try to take over Taiwan, but avoiding an invasion depends on whether the world clears up all the consequences for Beijing.

13:03 The court sentenced the Russian military Vadim Shishimarin to life imprisonment for the murder of a civilian. This is the first time a Russian soldier has been sentenced for war crimes in Ukraine.

13:01 In the village of Desna, Chernihiv region, on which the Russians launched a missile strike on May 17, the bodies of 87 dead were found under the rubble , Zelensky said during a speech in Davos.

12:58 In Kazakhstan, 21.6 million dollars have been blocked on the accounts of three subsidiaries of Russian banks due to sanctions. We are talking about branches of Sberbank, Alfa-Bank and VTB, writes Kommersant.

12:54 Ukraine, together with Switzerland, is organizing a conference to be held in Swiss Lugano in early July. As Swiss President Ignazio Cassis said during the forum in Davos, this will be an international conference on post-war reconstruction of Ukraine.

12:41 In Ukraine, at least 4,600 civilian victims have been confirmed at the hands of Russian invaders, 232 of them are children, Venediktova said in Davos. She stressed that these figures do not include data from the occupied territories. The Prosecutor General noted that Russian war crimes are confirmed by domestic and international investigations, journalistic investigations, and reports by human rights organizations.

12:35 The Russian Foreign Ministry said that it had received from Italy and was already considering proposals for a peaceful settlement of the situation in Ukraine.

12:31 In an attempt to cut off the Luhansk region from the Lisichansk-Bakhmut highway, the Russians damaged the main gas pipeline with a diameter of 1200 mm, as a result, the gas supply of the Donetsk region was under threat, said the head of the Lugansk OVA Serhiy Gaidai. It is extremely difficult to get to the depressurized area due to hostilities.

12:29 The Red Cross will not publicly disclose information about the number and personal data of the Ukrainian military from Azovstal, said the representative of the organization Mirella Khodeyb: "Our priority is to check the conditions of detention and treatment of prisoners of war, prevent disappearance and maintain their connection with their families. But we will not publish lists or names of people we have visited or those we will visit in the future."

12:26 Pushilin said that the Ukrainian military is now in the "DNR", in the future it is planned to hold an international tribunal, the documents are already being prepared.

12:23 Peskov, commenting on the possibility of exchanging Medvedchuk for the military with Azovstal, said that "it is hardly possible to talk about this, these are different categories."

He also commented on the trial of the Russian military, who is accused of killing a civilian in Ukraine and who pleaded guilty: "We do not have many opportunities to protect his interests on the spot, measures will be taken through other channels." The court is due to deliver its verdict today.

12:18 The number of initiated cases related only to Russian war crimes is about 13 thousand today, Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova said at the opening of the Russia War Crimes House exhibition in Davos. According to her, in this category, 49 people were reported suspected, whom Ukraine began to prosecute for war crimes. There are more than 600 suspects in the basic case against the Russian Federation, the Prosecutor General specified.

12:14 In Mariupol and the surrounding area, the road is controlled by mobile patrols from the Kadyrovites. First of all, unpaved roads leading to the detour of Mangush and Nikolsky towards Berdyansk and Zaporozhye fall under the patrol, said Petr Andryushchenko, adviser to the mayor of Mariupol.

According to local residents, yesterday afternoon in the area with. Demyanovka, Mangush district, such a patrol detained a car with people moving towards Berdyansk. People were stripped, mocked, resorted to physical violence, and then turned towards Mariupol. At the same time, the driver and passengers had certificates of filtration, but there was no pass.

Andryushchenko asks local residents to be careful and not yet try to break into the evacuation. He assured that Ukraine is working on opening official evacuation corridors.

12:03 Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko admitted the possibility of discussing with Ukraine the exchange of prisoners with Azovstal.

12:00 Now active negotiations are underway to exchange Medvedchuk for fighters from Azovstal, which is why the detainee decided to testify against Poroshenko, said Viktor Andrusiv, adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs: "Today Medvedchuk told us what we already knew from his tapes. And about the pipe which Poroshenko considered compensation for the lost business in Crimea, and about the coal schemes, when the whole country was buzzing about Rotterdam +. In fact, there are active negotiations now to exchange Medvedchuk for our heroes Azovstal. Therefore, he decided to clarify this shameful story about how Poroshenko made money in the war.

11:48 The Pentagon and the US State Department are discussing sending special forces to Kiev to protect the embassy, ​​reports The Wall Street Journal. Also, according to the publication, the Americans want to return instructors to train the Ukrainian military. So far, we are talking about sending dozens of military personnel. In addition to special forces, one of the guard detachments of the US Marine Corps can be transferred to Kyiv.

11:44 Russian opposition publication The project has created a guide to the war in Ukraine. The journalists identified the names of 166 Russian commanders leading the invasion, as well as the names of more than 150 units. The publication notes that all combat-ready units of the Russian army take part in the war in Ukraine. Even the only special peacekeeping brigade in the country was sent to the war, which Russia used as a peacekeeping contingent under the auspices of the UN.

11:30 The Russian Defense Ministry said that sea-based missiles near the Malin railway station in the Zhytomyr region "destroyed weapons and military equipment transferred to the Donbass of the 10th mountain assault brigade of the Ukrainian army from Ivano-Frankivsk."

11:27 Zelensky at the opening of the forum in Davos: "What is the difference between what is happening in Ukraine and what the terrorists did? Except what a permanent member of the UN Security Council does."

11:24 Podolyak on the results of three months of the war: "The third month of Russia's invasion of Ukraine is coming to an end. Europe continues to send a billion euros a day to Moscow, buying oil and gas. Russia continues to kill children, rape women and destroy cities. Ukraine continues to defend European borders and democratic civilization. Draw your own conclusions."

11:10 Lukashenka sent a message to the UN Secretary General, in which he listed "steps to end the conflict" in Ukraine and "to prevent it from escalating into a global war." According to Lukashenka, first of all, the West should "refrain from the supply of weapons, information wars and provocations," Belta reports.

11:07 Germany is ready to refuse Hungary's participation in the issue of banning the import of Russian oil to the EU, German Economy Minister Robert Habek said: "If the President of the European Commission says that we are doing it as 26 countries, without Hungary, then I will always support such a path."

11:00 The IMF called the current state of the world economy the worst since the Second World War. The reasons were the pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the threat of climate change. Fund economists propose easing trade restrictions to alleviate shortages and lower prices for food and other commodities, as well as stepping up joint efforts to address countries' debt problems.

10:57 Medvedchuk spoke about the scheme for withdrawing from state ownership of a part of the main oil pipeline Samara - Western direction and detailed Poroshenko's role in it.

10:45 Chinese Foreign Ministry protested the United States in connection with Biden's statement about the readiness to defend Taiwan by military force: "The United States should stop underestimating China's determination and ability to protect sovereignty and territorial integrity. China will not allow any country to interfere in its internal affairs, including the issue of Taiwan ".

10:26 Zelensky signed law No. 7194, which allows taking property from those who support Russian aggression. The law will allow "quickly and effectively replenish the Ukrainian budget at the expense of enemies," the presidential press service said.

10:23 The Polish government announced that it was terminating the agreement on the supply of Russian gas, without waiting for its completion at the end of the year: "On May 13, the government of Mateusz Morawiecki adopted a resolution to break the agreement between the government of Poland and the government of the Russian Federation. That agreement, which is called Yamal and which was signed in 1993.

10:13 Due to problems with the resumption of the work of the Mariupol port, the occupiers are trying to take out rolled metal and grain residues from the port area by rail. Urgently began repairing the railway track in Mariupol and Art. Sartana. They also report a simultaneous attempt to restore railways in the Volnovakha area, said Petr Andryushchenko, an adviser to the mayor of Mariupol.

10:08 New Zealand will send more instructors to train the Ukrainian military, said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, CNN reports. The soldiers will be stationed in the United Kingdom until the end of July, she said. The Ukrainian military will be taught how to use the L-119 light gun.

09:53 Austria, within the framework of EU sanctions, has frozen about 254 million euros of Russian assets in 97 accounts, the ORF TV channel reported, citing data from the federal government. Compared with the data for March, the amount has doubled.

09:39 In Korosten tonight, the enemy attacked the railway infrastructure, said the head of the Zhytomyr OVA Vitaliy Bunechko.

09:36 The United States is ready to provide military participation in the defense of Taiwan, Biden said at a press conference with Japanese Premier Fumio Kishida: "These are the obligations that we have assumed. We remain committed to maintaining the peace and security of the Taiwan Strait and intend to do so, so that its status quo is not changed unilaterally."

09:33 British intelligence notes that in the first three months of the war in Ukraine, the number of dead Russians is probably the same as that of the Soviet Union during its nine-year war in Afghanistan. The combination of poor low-level tactics with limited air cover, a lack of flexibility and a team approach that is willing to compound failures and repeat mistakes has led to this high loss rate.

The Russian public has in the past been sensitive to losses incurred during wars. Therefore, as the number of victims in Ukraine grows, the losses will become more obvious, and public dissatisfaction with the war and the desire to voice it may increase, analysts say.

09:28 The General Staff announced the approximate losses of the enemy on the morning of May 23. The enemy suffered the greatest losses over the past day in the Bakhmut direction.

  • personnel - about 29,200 (+150) people liquidated,

  • tanks - 1293 (+8),

  • armored combat vehicles - 3166 (+25),

  • artillery systems - 604 (+5),

  • MLRS - 201 (+0),

  • air defense systems - 93 (+0),

  • aircraft - 204 (+0),

  • helicopters - 170 (+0),

  • UAVs of the operational-tactical level - 476 (+6),

  • cruise missiles - 110 (+3),

  • ships/boats - 13 (+0),

  • automotive equipment and tankers - 2206 (+12),

  • special equipment - 43 (+0).

09:11 The enemy shelled the village of Belopolye, Sumy region, from artillery all night, and then an air strike was launched on it. 11 houses were destroyed, but there were no casualties, said the head of the OVA Dmitry Zhivitsky.

08:47 Kharkiv rescuers reported that since the beginning of the Russian invasion, more than 150 bodies of the dead have been removed from the rubble in the city. In total, 98 destroyed objects were dismantled, more than 250 people were saved.

08:25 The military administration of the Odessa region reported that the Russian cruiser Admiral Makarov entered the water area, which could become the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet instead of the sunken cruiser Moscow. As OVA speaker Sergei Bratchuk said, in the Black Sea, the enemy is trying to gain a foothold on Zmeiny Island, pulling air defense systems there.

08:18 YouTube removed more than 70 thousand videos and 9 thousand channels related to the war in Ukraine. According to The Guardian - for violating the content rules, where the Russian invasion was called a "liberation mission."

08:11 Invaders from Hurricanes fired at the Dnepropetrovsk region, the blow fell on the Apostolic community, said the head of the OVA Valentin Reznichenko. Caught between villages, people were not injured.

07:50 In Mariupol, due to clogged storm drains and sewers, rainwater spreads along with garbage, the consequences of its decay and ptomaine throughout the city, adviser to the mayor of the city Petr Andryushchenko reports. According to him, the threat of an epidemic is becoming more real with every thunderstorm. At the same time, the occupiers continue to issue sanitary calls and are only engaged in the formation of "beautiful photos".

07:35 Russian troops have increased the intensity of the use of aviation in the zone of active hostilities, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said in the morning report . The Russian Federation is also preparing to resume the offensive in the Slavic direction and strengthens the police-administrative regime in Slobozhansky.

In the Volyn and Polesye directions, the armed forces of Belarus are intensively conducting reconnaissance, additional units are being deployed in the border areas of the Gomel region.

05:17 Johnson, during a telephone conversation with Zelensky, promised to "redouble efforts to provide Ukraine with vital food and humanitarian aid." Also, according to the British Prime Minister, the UK will seek to ensure that Ukraine can export grain and other food products.

04:39 White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan is convinced that Russia will not be able to prevent the United States from providing military assistance to Ukraine: "We have a diversified and stable supply chain of weapons to Ukraine. Therefore, even if the Russians can hit some kind of cargo on the territory of Ukraine , from a strategic point of view, this will not stop the military assistance that we provide."

Sullivan also noted that he had not received information about the alleged destruction of a large batch of Western weapons by Russian troops.

04:21 The American Institute for the Study of War (ISW) suggests that Russian troops are preparing an offensive in the southern direction, while on May 22 they received only minimal achievements in eastern Ukraine. According to analysts, Russian troops will provide additional reinforcement to hold their positions on the western bank of the Seversky Donets.

Ukrainian sources have confirmed that the enemy is likely seeking to open a new line of advance north of Popasna to complete the cordon of Severodonetsk while moving west towards Bakhmut, although Russian forces are unlikely to be able to actively advance in both directions.

Ukrainian sources also confirmed that Russian troops had advanced locally to the north and west of Popasna. The invaders are probably aiming to move further west towards Bakhmut and north towards Severodonetsk, but are unlikely to achieve a rapid advance.

The Russians will likely try to hold positions west of the Seversky Donets River against Ukrainian attacks (rather than pull back across the river) to prevent further threat of a Ukrainian advance towards Izyum.

In addition, the invaders will continue to try to cordon off Severodonetsk and Lysichansk (at least from the south) in order to cut off the connection along the Severodonetsk-Lysichansk highway with the rest of Ukraine.

03:37 The President of the World Economic Forum in Davos Berge Brende called for the creation of a Marshall plan for the restoration of Ukraine: "Even without a peace agreement, which is unlikely, we must begin work on reconstruction, at least in areas that are under the control of Ukraine."

03:22 As a result of an air strike on Malin, Zhytomyr region, on May 22, an employee of Ukrzaliznytsia was killed. Three more workers, as well as one resident of the city, were injured and were hospitalized, the mayor Alexander Sitaylo said.

01:49 In the Black Sea, Admiral Makarov, one of the newest ships of the Black Sea Fleet, advanced from Sevastopol to a group of seven large landing ships and two missile ships. The likelihood of missile strikes is increasing, the operational command of Pivden reported.

01:13 In Ukraine, the head of communications of the 98th Guards Airborne Division of the Russian Airborne Forces, Colonel Alexei Smirnov, has been liquidated, Russian media report. According to InformNapalm investigations, servicemen of the 98th Airborne Division of the Russian Federation have been actively involved in the aggression against Ukraine since 2014.

00:30 Occupants wipe Avdiivka off the face of the earth, today there is one of the strongest attacks since 2014, MP Musa Magomedov said. According to him, fires are raging in the city, which cannot be extinguished due to incessant shelling.

00:04 On Monday, May 23, Ukrposhta launches the Russian warship stamp for sale... That's it! , it can be purchased at post offices from 14:00. According to the company's CEO Igor Smelyansky, the day was not chosen by chance: on May 23, Ukraine will celebrate Marine Corps Day, in addition, May 23 marks exactly 40 days since the cruiser Moskva sank . The stamp is issued in a circulation of 5 million pieces.

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Russia says Ukrainian forces planning a provocation using chemicals.
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[RIA Novosti] The Ukrainian military mined containers with hazardous chemicals at the rare gases plant in Lysychansk in order to carry out a provocation and accuse Russia of indiscriminate shelling, Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the National Defense Control Center, said.

"In Lisichansk, Luhansk People's Republic, in the building and hangars of a rare gas plant, units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine placed cannon artillery and MLRS, mined containers with chemically hazardous substances, and employees of the plant and local residents are forcibly detained in underground structures.

At the same time, nationalists systematically fire from MLRS positions of the Armed Forces Russia and the formations of the Lugansk People's Republic , thereby provoking them to retaliate in order to further accuse them of killing civilians and creating a man-made disaster in the city," he said.

Ukrainian nationalists placed firing positions in schools in Odessa
The general also spoke about another upcoming action: according to him, in Putivl, Sumy region , Ukrainian neo-Nazis mined bridges across the Seim and Lyubka rivers, which they plan to blow up and accuse the Russian Armed Forces of supposedly indiscriminate strikes on vital civilian infrastructure facilities.

Mizintsev stressed that such facts once again demonstrate the complete disregard of the Ukrainian authorities for the norms of morality and the provisions of international humanitarian law.

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#1  Yeah, I've long suspected a false flag chemical attack that will provide the casus belli for US entry and a much larger war.

And if the nukes fly? Well, globalists are of the opinion that the planet is overpopulated anyway. A few billion dead is a plus, particularly if they're those deplorable Americans. It's win-win.
Posted by: Bertie Lumumba1577 || 05/24/2022 2:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Ambrose Pritchard-Evans reports from Davis that Kissinger has added his voice to calls for the US to force Ukraine to trade land for peace:

Henry Kissinger: Ukraine must give Russia territory
Former US Secretary of State warns against the defeat of Putin as Western unity on sanctions frays badly

Veteran US statesman Henry Kissinger has urged the West to stop trying to inflict a crushing defeat on Russian forces in Ukraine, warning that it would have disastrous consequences for the long term stability of Europe.

The former US secretary of state and architect of the Cold War rapprochement between the US and China told a gathering in Davos that it would be fatal for the West to get swept up in the mood of the moment and forget the proper place of Russia in the European balance of power.

Dr Kissinger said the war must not be allowed to drag on for much longer, and came close to calling on the West to bully Ukraine into accepting negotiations on terms that fall very far short of its current war aims.
Posted by: Palmerston || 05/24/2022 8:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Ref #1: And if the nukes fly? Well, globalists are of the opinion that the planet is overpopulated anyway. A few billion dead is a plus, particularly if they're those deplorable Americans. It's win-win.

Dead Trump voters or vaporized urban yoots, makes no difference to the Deep State and Bill Gates crowd.

Posted by: Besoeker || 05/24/2022 8:36 Comments || Top||

#4  #2 - Your rape is ineveitable. Best if you just lie back and enjoy it

/Kremlin Stooge
Posted by: Frank G || 05/24/2022 8:47 Comments || Top||

#5  Veteran US statesman Henry Kissinger

Is Kissinger a wise elder statesman or a murderous US warmonger? I've kinda lost track. Also, can we mention Kissinger without at least a passing nod to Jill St. John?
Posted by: SteveS || 05/24/2022 8:53 Comments || Top||

#6  /\ Is Kissinger a wise elder statesman or a murderous US warmonger?

Neither! He's a former US intelligence officer, displaced Antwerp Diamantkwartier, and China apologist.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/24/2022 8:58 Comments || Top||

#7  Macron is urging an end to the war based on trading land for peace. So is Draghi. So is US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, who is encouraging a ceasefire in calls to his counterpart.

Kissinger is stating the obvious. Eloquently and shrewdly as always, but everyone with a cool eye and a sound mind can see that there is no alternative to a peace settlement that requires Ukraine to give up Crimea and the Donbas.
Posted by: Palmerston || 05/24/2022 9:15 Comments || Top||

#8  displaced Antwerp Diamantkwartier

^ That's an uncharacteristically nasty and anti-Semitic lie from a poster who knows better. I'm very surprised to read this.

Kissinger's family was from Furth, Germany. They had no connection at all to either Antwerp or the diamond trade. His father, Louis Kissinger, was a teacher who was forced out of his position by the Nazis in 1938. The family left for England and then made their way to New York where his father took up employment in a brush factory and the Son excelled in US public schools. He served honorably in the Army and wrote movingly (essay, "The Eternal Jew") about his encounters with Nazi concentration camps.

Attack Kissinger's logic or arguments all you like but vile anti-Semitic slurs have no place here.
Posted by: Billy Budd || 05/24/2022 9:29 Comments || Top||

#9  /\ I am sure the 70,000+ Americans who lost their lives via his SE Asia vision and 'leadership' as Secretary of State might not agree. Worship at the alter of the Globalist, Kissinger Associates, Inc. if you must. Certainly your privilege. Meir, Dayan, and Netanyahu were great visionaries and leaders. Not everyone who keeps the Shabbat should be revered.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/24/2022 9:46 Comments || Top||

#10  Notice that everyone urging trading Ukrainian land for temporary Soviet peace is NOT UKRAINIAN?
Posted by: Frank G || 05/24/2022 9:51 Comments || Top||

#11  Attack Kissinger's logic or arguments

That would be quite difficult. His logic is compelling. Especially this:

“I hope the Ukrainians will match the heroism they have shown with wisdom,” Kissinger said, adding with his famous sense of realpolitik that the proper role for the country is to be a neutral buffer state rather than the frontier of Europe.

This is exactly correct. There can be no peace or security in Europe until Ukraine becomes a neutral buffer state. It cannot be a fault line without causing endless wars.

Kissinger is also persuasive in his critique of the futile and self-destructive attempts to isolate a nation as large and important as Russia.

Kissinger told the World Economic Forum that Russia had been an essential part of Europe for 400 years and had been the guarantor of the European balance of power structure at critical times. European leaders should not lose sight of the longer term relationship, and nor should they risk pushing Russia into a permanent alliance with China.

Kissinger, the master of triangulation, understands this danger better than anyone. This is a far greater danger to the West than the threat of Russian aggression.

The comments came amid growing signs that the Western coalition against Vladimir Putin is fraying badly as the food and energy crisis deepens, and that sanctions may have reached their limits.

It's clear to everyone that now is the time to cut our losses and settle. To join wisdom to heroism, as Kissinger says.
Posted by: Jean-Paul || 05/24/2022 9:56 Comments || Top||

#12  Sorry, but Kissinger sold America out to the Chinese. He was among the Washington establishment that promoted economic integration at the expense of the American worker. Class One Globalist. Zero wisdom in that.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/24/2022 9:59 Comments || Top||

#13  /\ Kissinger is also persuasive in his critique of the futile and self-destructive attempts to isolate a nation as large and important as Russia.

It must surely have been the Ukrainian paratroopers descending upon the Kremlin that set Putin off. Yes, that must have been the root cause of the conflict.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/24/2022 10:06 Comments || Top||

#14  The arguments, if that's what they are, being put forth here are incoherent.

One angry riposte is that Kissinger caused the war in Vietnam, when it was Kennedy who inherited it from Eisenhower who inherited it from the French. Kissinger and Nixon extricated the US from the labyrinth that their Democratic predecessors had plunged into.

Also, the "globalist" slur is very strange in view of the opposition to the war from American anti-globalists such as Senators Rand Paul and Joshua Hawley.

Also, the bizarre comment implying that Ukrainians alone should be allowed to determine the outcome of a war that is destroying the global economy and threatening to make the West significantly weaker and poorer.

The South Vietnamese did not negotiate with the Viet Cong; the US president and his Secretary of State did. The Ukrainian president must have a voice but not the determining one. The world has too much at stake for our interests to be defined solely in terms of our client state's immediate desires.
Posted by: Jean-Paul || 05/24/2022 10:09 Comments || Top||

#15  So ending the globalists' favorite war is actually a sinister globalist plot? Those globalists are infinitely subtle.

Also sorry to see the poster refusing to back down from his earlier anti-Semitic "diamond dealer" slur. Pity.
Posted by: Billy Budd || 05/24/2022 10:16 Comments || Top||

#16  /\ The arguments, if that's what they are, being put forth here are incoherent.

The defense of globalism and men like Kissinger and Soros are hallmarks of "incoherence."

You do know the definition of 'metaphor' or perhaps you need a primer on Afrikan 'blood diamonds?'

My last on it. The garden calls.

Posted by: Besoeker || 05/24/2022 10:18 Comments || Top||

#17  "Diamond dealer" is an ancient slur against the Orthodox Jewry of New York and Western Europe.
Posted by: Billy Budd || 05/24/2022 10:28 Comments || Top||

#18  Democrats prolonged the war in Vietnam. Kissinger and Nixon signed a peace treaty and disentangled us from it.

Democrats want to prolong the war in Ukraine and plunge us deeper into that swamp. Kissinger wants to end the war and disentangle us from it.

I'm with Kissinger.
Posted by: Oye Como Va || 05/24/2022 10:35 Comments || Top||

#19  Appealing to Kissinger is nothing less than appeal to authority. He has demonstrated by the consequence of his actions that as such he holds no 'authority' when it comes to interests of average Americans.

Look I understand you. Three principles of human behavior - hierarchical, tribal, and territorial. Your loyalty is to your tribe, rationalize it as much as you want. Your tribe is now engaged in outright territorial aggrandizement against another tribe with a distinct identity, loyalty, and sense of territoriality of their own. Everything else is just rationalization.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/24/2022 11:05 Comments || Top||

#20  It's easiest to interpret the trolls and other peddlers of the Moscow line as being Putin's wish fulfillment, telling us what he would like to happen. The first level message is 'give up, let me keep my ill-gotten gains'. The second level is that the Russian offensive has nearly culminated, and he'd rather not find out if Ukraine can actually mount a counter-offensive.
Posted by: Nero || 05/24/2022 11:10 Comments || Top||

#21  So the Russians are planning to escalate to gas, and want to get their spin out ahead.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/24/2022 11:11 Comments || Top||

#22  Appealing to Kissinger is nothing less than appeal to authority.

It's an appeal to logic. Everyone can see that the logical thing to do now is to move toward a settlement that involves trading territory for peace. All of Europe's leaders are moving in this direction.
Posted by: Jean-Paul || 05/24/2022 11:24 Comments || Top||

#23  War is not logical but behavioral. Keep rationalizing.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/24/2022 11:26 Comments || Top||

#24  Your loyalty is to your tribe

What is with all these anti-Semitic attacks? What does my or Kissinger's being Jewish have to do with anything?
Posted by: Billy Budd || 05/24/2022 11:30 Comments || Top||

#25  War is not logical but behavioral. Keep rationalizing.

The goal is to end the war, not prolong it. Some people are seriously confused here.
Posted by: Oye Como Va || 05/24/2022 11:37 Comments || Top||

#26  All of Europe's leaders are moving in this direction.

And that's a herd of lemmings worth following!
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/24/2022 11:48 Comments || Top||

#27  reports from Davis that Kissinger has added his voice to calls for the US to force Ukraine to trade land for peace:

Realpolitiking to the last, which is certainly an internally consistent viewpoint. Though it’s proven wrong as often as right, even when Dr. Kissinger was the face of American international policy. During the Yom Kippur War in 1973, for instance, he would have left Israel hanging in the wind, just as he made it plain America was uninterested in the fate of the Soviet Jews; President Nixon had to override his orders in order to ship Israel the bullets and so forth they needed to win.

He is two years older than my mother, and from the other end of Germany, my mother being from near Hannover. He and his parents escaped to America around the same time as my mother and her parents got to Amsterdam, where they were stuck for the duration — so Mama’s understanding of the world, as a result of her very different experiences, is nothing like his, despite also having a PhD (or in her case, nearly two, but she feels no need to swan around about such things).

I’ve been to the diamond quarter in Antwerp, though not since the end of the last century. About half the dealers were the native Orthodox Jews, a quarter were very modern Israelis, branching out from the trade in Israel, and the remainder were from India. I had no idea that was considered an insult, which shows how sheltered I’ve been. Nor has Besoeker ever been anything but the gallant gentleman to me.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/24/2022 12:22 Comments || Top||

#28  The goal is to end the war, not prolong it.

Under conditions favorable to your tribe.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/24/2022 12:33 Comments || Top||

#29  Seeing that we are footing the rest of the bill for this, I vote we we sweeten the pot by offering to cede SanFrancisco as part of the peace process - as is.
Posted by: Super Hose || 05/24/2022 12:47 Comments || Top||

#30  Seeing that we are footing the rest of the bill for this, I vote we we sweeten the pot by offering to cede SanFrancisco as part of the peace process - as is.

Russians would nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
Posted by: badanov || 05/24/2022 12:51 Comments || Top||

#31  ^ golf clap
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/24/2022 12:54 Comments || Top||

#32  Did somebody mention Jill St. John?

Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/24/2022 13:03 Comments || Top||

#33  Max Hastings of The Times calls for peace:

Ukraine must seek peace talks to have any hope of revival
The West should stop gloating over Russian losses and focus on a deal
Posted by: Palmerston || 05/24/2022 13:06 Comments || Top||

#34  I think Chief Wahoo is just trying find loose threads.

If it makes you feel better, I don't think anyone here has confused you as being Kissenger's equal.

And Kissenger? Kissenger wants to end the war? Where has he been the last 6 weeks, shaving the dog's ass? This is them working on un-assing themselves before people find out where the $40billion went and the increased charges for such services. I'd bet a hogeshead of beer that if Albright were still topside, she'd be out there too pimping a similar message.

I'd bet another hogshead that Elenskyy is in for a rude awakening if he thinks he made the insider ring instead of being a backwater salesman whose popularity was as hot and fleeting as swamp rock.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/24/2022 13:23 Comments || Top||

#35  Ukraine must seek peace talks to have any hope of revival

Correct. Each month the war is prolonged adds about $70 billion to the cost of reviving Ukraine's dead economy.

Public opinion in Europe and the United States is turning against the war. The West simply doesn't have the resources to rebuild Ukraine. Trying to do so during a time of hyperinflation and fuel and even food scarcity will send the West into a downward spiral.

The leadership recognises this, which is why we're hearing so many calls for peace now. The Western economies cannot afford for the war to continue more than another month or two at most.
Posted by: Jean-Paul || 05/24/2022 13:43 Comments || Top||

#36  Each month the war is prolonged adds about $70 billion to the cost of reviving Ukraine's dead economy.

That's a low estimate that doesn't include ongoing operations. Uncle Sam us now paying the bills for the Ukrainian government -- paymaster for the Ukrainian military, all Ukrainian civil servants, plus pensions. And all the graft that comes with such a corrupt country.

All of that is another $10 billion per month at least. This war's bill will exceed $1 trillion very quickly. When the people realize how much they're paying for it, support for prolonging the war will evaporate.
Posted by: Billy Budd || 05/24/2022 13:56 Comments || Top||

#37  support for prolonging the war will evaporate

The support of the proles is irrelevant to those driving this thing.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/24/2022 13:58 Comments || Top||

#38  Kissinger's role in the American relationship with China is suspect to say the least. If he wants an end to the war in Ukraine it's most likely because he thinks it's bad for business...his business, that is. He doesn't care about yours.

That said, Crimea was never Ukrainian until Khrushchev made it so in 1954 when, after all, it was all part of the USSR so it didn't matter. As for the rest of the border between Ukraine and Russia, and the ethnic composition of those border regions, the disputes have likely gone on for centuries or even millennia. It was always either the Russian Empire or the Soviet Union that kept things from boiling over. Now that Ukraine is independent, which it never was until the Soviet Union collapsed, these disputes would be ideally settled peacefully by elections. But fat chance of that.

Whatever. Ukraine is not Poland, Lithuania, Finland or even Kazakhstan.

And then there's NATO. Some of you discount Putin's paranoia about NATO/Biden/Deep State intentions. But do you really trust Biden when he says his intentions are strictly peaceful? Can you not understand why Putin doesn't trust him? Do you believe that the State Department and CIA were not involved in the Maidan Coup or do you not care? I would wager that at this very moment a group of Deep State and/or State Department wonks are studying a map of Eastern Europe as if it is a geopolitical chess board...and they don't mean Putin any good. If it wasn't so, Biden wouldn't have been so insistent about NATO expanding into Ukraine. Biden wants this war because he thinks Ukraine can win. He'd be calling for negotiations if he didn't.

And, exactly, what do we gain by Ukraine's membership in NATO? Honestly, I can't think of anything unless it has something to do with the enrichment of the Biden family.

Further, we have the question of what happens in Russia when they lose big time and the oligarchs decide it's time for a putsch? Who knows the answer to this question? Will it be like Poland or will it be like Libya with nukes and Biden standing aside wringing his hands? Kissinger, whatever his faults, has a point about the danger of destabilizing Russia.

Ukraine is outside of the traditional American sphere of influence but well within Russia's. I think very few Americans, and certainly not Biden, know much of anything about the history of that part of the world. And why should we any more than we knew about Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq or Vietnam? All messes, all made worse by American intervention.

It's none of our business and we should stay out of it.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 05/24/2022 14:11 Comments || Top||

#39  ^ If people like Nuland and Vindman have a brief for Ukraine, then I'm opposed.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/24/2022 14:20 Comments || Top||

#40  Public opinion in Europe and the United States is turning against the war

Dude fails to notice that public opinion has landslided against the current occupant of the White House. That is going to do squat to change anything. Since when has the governing class done anything other than what they want which is why they went bat crazy over 2016 and continue with policies and actions totally disconnected from the public's interest.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/24/2022 15:34 Comments || Top||

#41  No opinion matters outside Putin's "head". He started the war, he can end the war. Public opinion in Europe and the US only matters to whether the Ukrainians have a chance of surviving.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/24/2022 16:48 Comments || Top||

#42  "I'm sorry baby Ukraine. I love you sooo much. I only hit you cause we're meant for each other. Gimme a hug land"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/24/2022 19:30 Comments || Top||

#43  This war's bill will exceed $1 trillion very quickly. When the people realize how much they're paying for it, support for prolonging the war will evaporate.

Pete Buttigieg, in Europe, Says U.S. Backs ‘Marshall Plan’ to Rebuild Ukraine

🤑

Do I hear... two trillion? Two trillion.. who's got two?
THREE TRILLION.. gimme three...
Posted by: Oye Como Va || 05/24/2022 20:26 Comments || Top||

#44  Pete Buttigieg, in Europe, Says U.S. Backs ‘Marshall Plan’ to Rebuild Ukraine

Hard to believe this. The fool who doesn't even show up for his day job jets off to Eastern Europe proposing to spend trillions we don't have on a shithole 8,000 miles away from our shores.... while we can't even get basic goods in our own stores at home.

Beyond parody -- except it's not funny anymore. These freaks are intent on destroying America.
Posted by: Billy Budd || 05/24/2022 21:21 Comments || Top||

#45  Buttgig's already found an Ambassador at Large for his Build Backdoor Better in Ukraine Plan
Posted by: Oye Como Va || 05/24/2022 22:40 Comments || Top||

#46  Go back to post #14 agreed. Thank you.
Prior to that, FrankG, funny how posts disappear on this site.
Posted by: The Walking Unvaxed || 05/24/2022 23:41 Comments || Top||


Six kindergarteners poisoned in Vladikavkaz
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[KavkazUzel] In Vladikavkaz, six pupils of a local kindergarten were hospitalized with symptoms of an acute intestinal infection. The preschool is closed for disinfection.

According to the authorities of North Ossetia, six children were hospitalized in Vladikavkaz with signs of an intestinal infection.

The incident took place in the kindergarten "Erudite", Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic Irbek Tomaev said.

"Pupils of a preschool educational institution were hospitalized in the Republican Children's Clinical Hospital with an acute intestinal infection. The victims received the necessary assistance," the 15th region quoted Tomaev as saying today.

An epidemiological survey is being carried out at the preschool institution, the chief health officer of North Ossetia Alan Tibilov said.

"A rotavirus of group A was found in the pupils of the kindergarten. Biological material is in the process. Control disinfection of the institution will be carried out today. Until May 26, the activity of the kindergarten is suspended," Tibilov was quoted as saying by the Osnova information website.

The "Caucasian Knot" also wrote that on June 23, 2021, the kindergarten in Alagir was closed for quarantine after five of its pupils were hospitalized with signs of an intestinal infection.

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#1  Jif peanut butter?
Posted by: ed in texas || 05/24/2022 13:52 Comments || Top||


From the Russian Perspective: Operation on Denazification of Ukraine: operational summary May 23rd (updated)
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[NewsFrontInfo] 21:29 US Secretary of Defense says 20 countries have announced new security assistance packages for Ukraine

Czech Republic hands over fire support helicopters, tanks, missile systems to Ukraine - Pentagon

Denmark to give Ukraine anti-ship missiles "Harpoon" and launchers for them - Pentagon.

20:22 A Ukrainian UAV was shot down over the Verkhnedonsky district of the Rostov region today. The wreckage of the apparatus was found three kilometers from the Kazansko-Lopatinsky farm.

20:16 Rockets struck targets in Pavlograd: black smoke over the city (Dnipropetrovsk region).

20:15 The United States will not set Ukraine its tasks in hostilities, Kyiv must make such decisions itself - Pentagon.

20:13 It is reported that during the battles for Krasny Liman, up to 500 Ukrainian soldiers surrendered.

19:14 RF Armed Forcesdestroyed foreign weapons and military equipment of the 10th Mountain Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Zhytomyr region.

19:12 APU made an unsuccessful attempt to undermining dams of the Uglegorsk TPP. Residents of the surrounding settlements - Svetlodarsk, Lugansk, Mironovsky - reported a powerful explosion, the shock wave from which knocked out windows in some areas.

17:44 In Kamyshevakh on the Lisichansk direction, confrontation of fighters of the special purpose regiment named after Akhmat Kadyrov and Ukrainian nationalists.

17:04 Western states should step up military assistance to Ukraine, as well as prepare plans in connection with the upcoming challenges.

17:03 The Ukrainian party "European Solidarity" of ex-president Petro Poroshenko called the testimony of politician Viktor Medvedchuk against his leader an order backed by the SBU

16:01 Started full-fledged battles for Liman. At the moment, the RF Armed Forces have occupied several streets in the northern part of the city (Podstepnaya, Yubileinaya and Kazatskaya).

16:01 Artillery is actively working in the Krasny Liman area. There are reports of continued fighting in the city, as well as shelling of the northern quarters by Ukrainian artillery - they are trying to prevent the advancement of the Russian Armed Forces in the southern part of the city.

15:36 Successful offensive development to Lisichansk. Russian units occupied the entrance to the city of Zolote in the LPR, the enemy was driven out of a powerful stronghold. The occupation of Zolote will be a key moment in the destruction of a large grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Severodonetsk and Lisichansk.

15:36 The Russian army broke into Liman with battles, the Armed Forces of Ukraine were driven out of a large part of the city.

Ukrainian militants are retreating, the artillery of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is hitting the lost city blocks, trying to slow down the advance of the allied forces of Russia and Donbass. Local authorities report a halt to the evacuation due to the loss of the northern part of the city.

15:35 A document that will determine how the tribunal will take place over Ukrainian nationalists who left the Azovstal Mariupol plant may appear within a month, said Viktor Vodolatsky, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots.

15:34 Captured servicemen of the Russian side must be saved at any cost, said the head of the LDPR faction in the State Duma, a member of the negotiating group with Ukraine, Leonid Slutsky.

“For us, the lives of our prisoners, Russian ones, are very valuable. They must be saved at any cost, ”the politician said during a meeting of the Liberal Democratic Party with war veterans. Prisoner exchanges are underway, he added. According to Slutsky, "Russian prisoners of war in captivity have an extremely difficult time."

15:34 In the Kherson region, liberated from Ukrainian occupation, a ruble zone is officially introduced from May 23 - while the Russian currency will go on a par with the hryvnia, but later it will completely replace it.

14:34 The Ukrainians will still have to ask Minsk and Moscow to prevent the "separation" of western Ukraine-Lukashenko.

14:34 Heroes of Donbass Avenue appeared in Nizhny Novgorod. The decision to perpetuate the memory of the heroes of Donbass in the name of one of the streets of the city was made by the city administration in April. At the same time, a place was chosen - a prospect under construction in the Sovetsky district, between Academician Sakharov Street and General Ivliev Street.

It should be noted that the official opening of the avenue has not yet been - however, the avenue has already been marked on Yandex.Maps. At Google. The maps of this update have not yet appeared.

14:33 Lukashenko said that the West is taking steps to dismember Ukraine.

14:32 SBU stated that Medvedchuk gives "important information" for the continuation of the investigation on the coal trade with the DPR and LPR, "confirms" Poroshenko's key role in this
There was trade in coal, and it didn't set too well with the Cossack contingent fighting for Lugansk.
14:32 RIA Novosti correspondent found on the border of Kharkiv and the north of the Donetsk region near Rubtsy, abandoned burnt Ukrainian military pickups with German numbers.

Retreating, the militants were forced to abandon their cars and burn them. At the same time, judging by the found things and weapons, cars with Brandenburg numbers were left in a hurry. As the fighters of the People's Army of the LPR said, these could be foreign mercenaries.

13:33 Zelensky announced the number of Ukrainian soldiers killed as a result of a Russian strike on the Desna training center in the Chernihiv region.

"Today we have finished work in Desna. Unfortunately, 87 victims were found under the rubble there. 87 killed," Zelensky said during a speech in Davos.

13:31 The Verkhovna Rada allowed foreign troops to enter Ukraine for joint military exercises in 2022. A total of 318 people's deputies voted for the corresponding presidential bill. Thus, about 11,500 NATO servicemen with their equipment will visit Ukraine in 2022 for joint military exercises.

12:29 The head of the Sumy region complains that Russian artillery and aviation were working all night in the vicinity of the Belopolye settlement.

12:28 Russia does not prevent the export of Ukrainian grain through Poland.

12:27 Volodymyr Zelensky's parents received Israeli citizenship and became the owners of a country house in the city of Rishpon worth $8 million. The area of ​​the house is 950 square meters, a small pool for 9 tons of sea water and a 120-meter house for security.

Four ex-SAS bodyguards guard the elderly Zelensky couple at a security company's monthly cost of £12,000 plus upkeep of two armored Lexus LX's. The relatives of Igor Kolomoisky and Gennady Bogolyubov became neighbors of the parents of the President of Ukraine, and Mikhail Prokhorov settled in 10 minutes on foot.

12:26 Moscow is ready to return to the negotiating table with the constructive position of Kyiv - Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation.

12:25 A new catastrophe for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. If the personnel of the regime formations do not leave the Severodonetsk bag in the near future, then the grouping will be destroyed or captured.

American military experts are already hinting at this to the Kyiv regime. The enemy has one, logical way out, to leave the city and retreat to Slavyansk. Otherwise - "evacuation 2.0".

12:24 The Kremlin does not see the possibility of exchanging Medvedchuk for those who surrendered from Azovstal.

12:23 Ukrainian sources report that in the Zaporozhye region, 9 commandos of the Kord special forces unit from Vinnitsa were liquidated by a missile attack. The Korda personnel were trained in the USA through the FBI and the DEA.

11:10 VKS of the Russian Federation destroyed more than 230 nationalists.

11:10 Russian air defense shot down three Su-25 aircraft and two Tochka-U missiles today.

11:10 Aviation of the RF Armed Forces struck 39 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment, more than 230 nationalists were destroyed.

11:09 Russian air defense systems intercepted two Ukrainian Tochka-U missiles and eight Smerch MLRS shells in the Kherson region in the Kherson region.

11:08 Rocketeers and artillerymen hit over 680 targets of the Armed Forces of Ukraine today.

11:07 The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation destroyed the weapons and military equipment of the 10th Mountain Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine transferred to the Donbass in the Zhytomyr region.

10:42 Artillery duels continue between Nikolayev and Kherson.

10:41 In Zaporizhia, a strike was made on the base of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

10:41 In the north of the Kharkiv region, fighting continues in the region of Liptsy and Rubizhne.

10:40 The military administration of the Odessa region reported that the Russian cruiser "Admiral Makarov" entered the water area. According to OVA speaker Sergei Bratchuk, in the Black Sea "the enemy is trying to gain a foothold on Zmeiny Island", pulling air defense systems there.

Also in this area there is a regrouping of the forces of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation. They were joined by "Admiral Makarov". This ship can become the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet instead of the Moskva missile cruiser.

10:38 Battery of self-propelled guns "Hyacinth-S" destroy Ukrainian unit of American M-777 howitzers.

10:38 The air defense forces of the Russian Federation did not allow a provocation by the Armed Forces of Ukraine at night in the Rylsky district of the Kursk region - the head of the district Andrey Lisman.

10:37 Zelensky signed a law on the confiscation of assets of Ukrainians who supported Russia's invasion of Ukraine - Office of the President of Ukraine.

08:23 Medics of the Russian Guard delivered medicines to the village of Borovaya, Kharkiv region. The footage shows the military unloading several large boxes of medical aid. Senior paramedic Irina thanked the staff of the Russian Guard for their support.

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Perspective from the Breakaway Republics: Invasion of Ukraine: May 23rd, 2022
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[NewsFrontInfo] 22:05 According to the operational line of the DPR JCCC, information was received about the wounding of 2 civilians as a result of shelling of the previously liberated territory of the Republic by the AFU:

n.p. Mariupol:
- man born in 1973;
is a woman born in 1960.

21:44 There are street fights in Krasny Liman. They say that the battle is going on at the railway station.

21:43 Consequences of shelling residential building on st. Stepnaya, 1 in the village "Administrative" of the Kuibyshev region.

21:41 In Lisichansk, Luhansk People's Republic, in the building and hangars of the rare gases plant of the Armed Forces of Ukraine placed cannon artillery and MLRS have been mined, containers with chemically hazardous substances have been mined, and plant employees and local residents are forcibly kept in underground structures.

20:38 Missile program of the city of Shakhtyorsk in the Donetsk People's Republic continues work.

19:18 "Mariupol Tribunal" at the initial stage will judge the prisoners from among those who surrendered at Azovstal - Interfax source.

18:55 Ukrainian terrorists are shelling the Gorlovsky village of Panteleimonovka. It is reported about the fall of Ukrainian shells in the area of ​​the local cemetery, highway, treatment plant and highway. Preferably, the AFU will shell the village with mortars, as reported by the locals.

Also, neo-Nazis fire from 82mm. mortars, the village of Zaitsevo, Nikitovsky district of Gorlovka.

18:52 Most of the city of Liman / Krasny Liman came under the control of the allied forces.

Alexander Kots reports that the Armed Forces of Ukraine rolled back to the west, behind the railway.

18:24 Soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine under threat of death forced Ukrainian children to scout for Russian troops. Zhenya from Drobyshevo in the Limansky district of the DPR talks about the threats from the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and their looting.

17:20 Relatively I saw the arrival of TOS in Krasny Liman. There, of course, not only the warehouse was hooked - a characteristic detonation is visible, but the adjacent houses also got it - both from the exploding ammunition of the APU warehouse and the TOS missiles that fell nearby.

Of course, if the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as usual, did not place military facilities in residential areas, no one would hit them with TOS. Well, since the city is liberated, let's look at the consequences of the strike.

16:09 There is an assault on the Krasniy Limon. The VFU also fired artillery from the city of Kremennaya (LPR).

As a result of the shelling, residential housing construction on the street was partially damaged. Uritsky. A family with a two-year-old child was evacuated from the housing construction.

The family received humanitarian aid in the form of food, baby food and medical products.

15:59 A captured militant of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, a native of Lugansk, met with his mother.

14:22 According to the operational line of the JCCC DPR, information was received about the wounding of two civilians - a man born in 1947. and women born in 1974 as a result of the shelling of the VFU of the Petrovsky district of Donetsk.

The victims with severe shrapnel wounds were taken to City Hospital No. 14.

14:08 Ukrainian militants attacked Yasinovataya from positions in Avdievka.

War criminals continue to use MLRS missiles and cannon artillery against the civilian population. Detailed information is being specified.

11:51 On the operational line of the JCCC DPR, information was received about damage to the Donetsk sports complex "Dolphin" as a result of the shelling of the village of the mine "Oktyabrsky Rudnik" of the Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk at the address: st. Marshal Zhukov, 2.

11:14 LPR fighters in Popasna help the residents of the city and bury abandoned Ukrainian soldiers.

11:12 According to the operational line of the JCCC DPR, information was received about damage as a result of the shelling of the AFU of the Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk at the address: st. Stepnaya, 1 - a private residential building.

11:11 On the operational line of the JCCC DPR, information was received about damage as a result of the shelling of the AFU of the Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk at the following addresses:

- st. Town planners, 98 - apartment building;
- st. Town planners, 1, MBDOU "Nursery-garden of the combined type No. 229 in Donetsk".

10:10 AFU attacked the Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk. Fixed damage to housing construction on the street. Steppe.

09:39 The DPR army took full control of the village of Novoselovka in the Gorlovsky direction.

9:00 Over the past 24 hours, the Mission reported 37 instances of firing by the AFU.

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy used - MLRS "Grad", artillery 152mm and 122mm, mortars 120mm and 82mm.

On Gorlovsky - 122mm artillery, 120mm mortars, RPGs, AGS, small arms were also used.

By releasing 170 units of various ammunition.

Under enemy fire were areas of thirteen settlements of the Republic: the capital city of Donetsk (Kuibyshevsky district), Makeevka (Chervonogvardeysky district), Gorlovka (settlement of mines 6/7, Gagarina, Gorlovka checkpoint), Zaitsevo, Zheleznaya Balka, Panteleymonovka, Mikhailovka , Ozeryanovka, Yasinovataya, Volnovakha, Vasilievka, Aleksandrovka, Lozovoe.

According to official data of the DPR JCCC, on the territory within the borders before the start of the NWO:

Over the past day, information was received about the death of two women born in 1947 and 1952. in Volnovakha and Vladimirovka.
Six civilians were injured of varying severity: men born in 1951, 1959, 1965 and 1978, women born in 1948 and 1976, in the Kuibyshevsky district of Donetsk, Makeevka and Volnovakha.

08:24 Sapper groups of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, together with the People's Militia of the DPR, are demining the Azovstal plant and the territories adjacent to the plant.

Demining works are carried out with the involvement of specialized equipment.

08:22 Over the past day, from 08:00 on May 22 to 08:00 on May 23, 257 people, including 30 children, were evacuated from Mariupol to Bezymennoye, Novoazovsky District.

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

In total, for the period from March 5 to 08:00 on May 23, 35,504 people were evacuated to the Bezymennoye PPN.

08:14 The Sea of Azov has now become a sea for joint use by Russia and the DPR, Deputy Prime Minister of the Crimean government Muradov told RIA Novosti.

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China-Japan-Koreas
Wuhan Institute of Virology Publishes New 'Gain of Function' Study Featuring Avian Flu Virus
BLUF:
[LI] The likelihood of the virus remaining hard to transmit to humans might remain low unless the scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology decided to add a few "gain of function" enhancements to H7N9.

Which, it appears, they have. The team there has just published a paper (hat-tip National Pulse): Combined insertion of basic and non-basic amino acids at the hemagglutinin cleavage site of highly pathogenic H7N9 virus promotes replication and pathogenicity in chickens and mice.

The paper was published in Virologica Sinica, the journal put out by the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Its editor-in-chief is Zheng-Li Shi. That name should be familiar to those of you who have been following the covid story, as she is the infamous "Bat Lady" of Wuhan.
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#1  The great work at the Wuhan Institute of Virology continues.

An old friend points out:

"Note that this report has come to your attention as the WHO meats to
vote on the Biden cabals amendments to the 2005 World Health Treaty that
will cede USA health sovereignty to the CCP controlled WHO."

Posted by: Besoeker || 05/24/2022 5:30 Comments || Top||


China reacts to Biden's remarks on Taiwan
[ALGHADEERTV] After US President Joe The Big Guy Biden
...46th president of the U.S. Sleazy Dem mschine politician, paterfamilias of the Biden Crime Family...
said on Monday he would be willing to use force to defend Taiwan, China’s foreign ministry said that "no one should stand against the 1.4 billion Chinese people."

US President Joe Biden in a joint presser with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in response to a question about whether the US would be prepared to defend Taiwan if attacked, replied, "Yes."

"That’s the commitment we made," Biden said, according to CNBC. "We agree with the ’one China’ policy. We signed on to it. All the attendant agreements [were] made from there. But the idea that that can be taken by force, just taken by force. It’s just not it’s just not appropriate."

Meanwhile,
...back at the palazzo, Count Guido had been cornered by the banditti...
a White House official who was asked to clarify the comment responded ’As the President said, our policy has not changed. He reiterated our One China Policy and our commitment to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. He also reiterated our commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act to provide Taiwan with the military means to defend itself.’

Taiwan’s foreign ministry thanked Biden for reaffirming US support for the island if Beijing attacked.

However,
death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate...
China’s foreign ministry expressed "strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition" to the remarks, before adding that Beijing has no room for compromise or concessions relating to matters of illusory sovereignty and territorial integrity.

"No one should underestimate the strong determination, firm will, and strong ability of the Chinese people to defend national illusory sovereignty and territorial integrity, and do not stand against the 1.4 billion Chinese people," China’s foreign ministry said.


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#1  The Feds are confused, why blame Joe? Support 'One China" but contribute to defense of Taiwan.

Ol' Joe was just trying to say China shouldn't take it by force. Why'd he hafta make it so complicated?
Posted by: Bobby || 05/24/2022 8:36 Comments || Top||


Economy
Average Age Of Vehicles On US Highways Keeps Getting Older
[ZERO] The average age of vehicles on US highways rose for the fifth consecutive year and to a record high, as supply-chain disruptions and inventory challenges prompt owners to hold on to their cars and trucks longer, according to research from S&P Global Mobility.

Semiconductor shortages and inventory challenges were the top drivers in pushing US average vehicle age to 12.2 years, another all-time high.

Chip supply constraints have caused continued parts shortages for carmakers, who have been forced to cut production. The constrained supply of new cars and light trucks, amid a strong demand for personal transportation, could have influenced consumers to continue operating their existing vehicles longer, as inventory levels for both new and used vehicles were depleted across the industry. - S&P Global Mobility

The finding reflects that used car life cycles are being extended because new vehicle supplies are tight. Kelley Blue Book recorded average new car prices at $46,526 in April, another obstacle for prospective buyers. Despite used car prices reversing from lofty levels, they remain out of reach for many, thus consumers are holding on to their vehicles longer.

About a decade ago, a used vehicle with over 100,000 miles would've been deemed a lemon by a consumer, though now, it's common to see multiple owners for one with 200,000 miles.

The increasing average vehicle age and higher mileage point to a "notable increase in repair revenue in the coming year," Todd Campau, associate director of aftermarket solutions at S&P Global Mobility, told Bloomberg.

There's reason to believe the average age of vehicles on US highways will continue marching higher as tight supplies of new and used cars have sparked an unaffordability crisis.
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#1  Globally, most people do not own an automobile. You are no better than most people. Use public transportation or your carbon neutral Chinese Cadillacs.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/24/2022 2:36 Comments || Top||

#2  The emergence of high quality used car merchants in the US began about 15 years ago.

It was enabled by the fact that cars were better than they were 20 or 30 years ago.

This is one reason, maybe the most important reason for the phenomenon cited.
Posted by: Lord Garth || 05/24/2022 7:22 Comments || Top||

#3  If it wasn't for the Gas Crisis of the 70s, American's by and large would never have had the experience of Japanese cars which strangely enough were build right to begin with, engineered well to last an owner, and came without a piece of MSRP paper dangling half way down the door from the window with all the $$ extras. In order to survive, American manufactures had to make a half way decent effort (beyond lobbying for import quotas) to make their products survive more than a model year or two down the road.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/24/2022 8:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Because there was a huge kill-off of older cars, called "cash for clunkers" that artificially reduced the average age of cars. Now things are returning towards normal.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/24/2022 11:19 Comments || Top||

#5  The "Car Allowance Rebate System" was a federal program active in 2009. About 700k cars were turned in.

It was part of the "help car companies' effort that year.

A lot of States had their own version of this.
Posted by: Lord Garth || 05/24/2022 12:50 Comments || Top||

#6  Last year, when I traded in my '04 F-150 (Drink up!) for a new one, I didn't get squat in trade-in value. Probably because it had 240K miles on it. Still running great and in good shape.
Posted by: Frank G || 05/24/2022 13:32 Comments || Top||

#7  carbon neutral Chinese Cadillacs

Carbon neutral except for when they burn or explode your face off.

Hyundai recalls 239K vehicles due to exploding seat belt component
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/24/2022 16:18 Comments || Top||

#8  Frank, you should have called me. I just scrapped my '89 Ranger.

Vehicles are getting better. It's the rust here in New England that finally gets them. My last car had 250K and the engine and drive train were fine, but the body was badly rusted and finally the gas tank needed replacing, which was a big deal, along with about $3K of "deferred maintenance". If I'd done all that, I'd still have a 15 year old rusty car.

Posted by: KBK || 05/24/2022 19:39 Comments || Top||


Europe
German Farmer Resorts To Horse and Buggy Due To High Gas Prices
[Green Jihad] Rising gas prices are only getting worse and a German farmer’s recent decision is an indication of this. From the Associated Press:

Stephanie Kirchner’s journey to work has got longer but, she says, cheaper: she has left her SUV at home and switched to real horse power.

Stud farm owner and horse trainer Kirchner, 33, says she decided "it can’t go on like this" after fuel prices jumped following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. "Since I also suspected hay harvesting and everything else will become much, much more expensive, we said, ’we have to save a little money,’" she says.

So she has switched to traveling the roughly 6 kilometers (3 1/2 miles) from her home in western Germany by horse-drawn carriage. That turns a one-way trip from 10-15 minutes to as much as an hour.

The AP states Kirchner can save about $250 a month making this switch, provided a horse and carriage is used daily. This is what environmentalists want, a return to primitivism and now the left’s new normal is beginning to be realized thanks to the environmentalist’s war on fossil fuels.

The AP might have also published this as a way to try to help deflect for Joe Biden by ensuring that Kirchner’s claim that the Ukraine conflict is to blame for rising fuel prices was included as a cynical way to keep that talking point alive. But gas price increases are mostly Joe Biden’s fault and no doubt environmentalists are gleeful due to the pain people are feeling at the pump.
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#1  Biden's back to the future. Horse and buggy days soon to appear. EV price increases already. Dead end track.
Posted by: Dale || 05/24/2022 3:56 Comments || Top||

#2  I always thought them a bit peculiar. Perhaps they were just smarter.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/24/2022 6:50 Comments || Top||

#3  ^ wait till the Greenies find out what its like in a major city with that kind of delivery. Daily tons of excrement that have to be removed along with the gazillion flies that accompany it. Not to mention the return of interesting pathologies that the vectors carry and redistribute.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/24/2022 8:39 Comments || Top||

#4  /\ I'm sure there is a downside, but I can't find it.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/24/2022 8:41 Comments || Top||

#5  I bet the folks living in the Dem $hitholes would rather have Horse Crap than the human crap in the streets today
Posted by: Airandee || 05/24/2022 11:56 Comments || Top||

#6  ...well, yes because the horse droppings are usually confined to the street and seldom on the sidewalk.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/24/2022 12:36 Comments || Top||

#7  In the 1890's there were 'doom and gloom' forecasts that New York City would have a 'horse shortage', a hay shortage and so much manure in the streets it couldn't be barged away fast enough. Now its Gerbil Werming™ and rising seas submerging everything...
Posted by: magpie || 05/24/2022 20:21 Comments || Top||

#8  In the 1890's there were 'doom and gloom' forecasts that New York City would have a 'horse shortage', a hay shortage and so much manure in the streets it couldn't be barged away fast enough. Now its Gerbil Werming™ and rising seas submerging everything... Pundits, you gotta love them.
Posted by: magpie || 05/24/2022 20:22 Comments || Top||

#9  /\ Now that was odd...?
Posted by: magpie || 05/24/2022 20:23 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
First human patient is injected with 'revolutionary' cancer-killing virus after successful tests on animals show it can shrink colon, lung, breast, ovarian and pancreatic tumours
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Scientists have injected the first human patient with a new 'cancer-killing virus'

  • The virus, known as Vaxinia, has been shown to shrink solid tumours in animals

  • Tests show it reduced the size of colon, lung, breast, and ovarian tumours

  • It also primed the patient's immune system for immunotherapy treatment
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#1  Ya know, before this whole mRNA "vaccine" thing, this news would have been exciting; now, I think I'll reserve judgement for a few years to see actual results and unintended consequences.
Posted by: Mercutio || 05/24/2022 8:57 Comments || Top||

#2  This treatment is nothing new. They have been working this type of treatment for a couple decades, with little success so far. The trick here is to give the cancer a cold or virus that the body recognizes and kills. This will be the treatment of the future when they figure it out.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 05/24/2022 9:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Isn't this how 3/4 of all zombie movies start?
Posted by: Silentbrick || 05/24/2022 13:40 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
At least 6 dead, 80 trapped after building partially collapses in southwestern Iran
Insh’allah.
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 05/24/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Insh'allah!
Posted by: Frank G || 05/24/2022 6:46 Comments || Top||

#2  It is the Will of Allan! And also a consequence of too much fly ash in the mix.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/24/2022 8:41 Comments || Top||

#3  The will of Allah and the arm of mossad!
Posted by: 49 Pan || 05/24/2022 15:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Gravity is unIslamic
Posted by: Frank G || 05/24/2022 15:53 Comments || Top||

#5  I wonder who/what was housed in that building.
Posted by: Papa Cooky || 05/24/2022 16:07 Comments || Top||



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