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  1. "I did not know that there were so many ways in the English language to convey a simple message: the Azov Nazis have surrendered unconditionally"


    - Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the United Nations Dmitry Polyanskiy


    🤪 ->


    'Western' media are nothing but Zelenski regime megaphones.

    Liveuamap @Liveuamap - 21:30 UTC · May 16, 2022
    Zelensky confirms Azovstal troops evacuation: «Ukraine needs Ukrainian heroes alive. This has been our principle»
    https://liveuamap.com/en/2022/16-may... via @myroslavapetsa
    The New York Times @nytimes - 22:59 UTC · May 16, 2022
    Breaking News: Ukraine ended its “combat mission” in Mariupol and said fighters were being evacuated, signaling that the battle at a steel plant was over.
    CNN International @cnni - 23:39 UTC · May 16, 2022
    Ukrainian forces say they have ended their "combat mission" in besieged Mariupol, as hundreds are evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant. https://cnn.it/3FQALcV
    Reuters @Reuters - 3:35 AM · May 17, 2022
    Ukraine's military said it was working to evacuate all remaining troops from their last stronghold in the besieged port of Mariupol, ceding control of the city to Russia after months of bombardment https://reut.rs/3wlYbUG

    From the false headline down the Washington Post report on the issue is a master piece of propaganda:

    Ukraine ends bloody battle for Mariupol, evacuates Azovstal fighters

    Ukrainian fighters have ended their weeks-long defense of a besieged steel plant in the strategic port city of Mariupol, as hundreds of combatants — dozens of them seriously wounded — were evacuated from the complex Monday.

    One has to read beyond 323 words of falsehood to find out, down in paragraph 7, what really has happened.

    Moscow hasn’t yet publicly responded to the developments in Mariupol, which were described by Russian state media as an order from Ukrainian military command for its troops to “surrender.”
  2. 17 hours ago, stewarty said:

    What about the attacks neighbouring/ nearby nations under Putin’s regime?


    Regardless, surely it’s down to those nations as to what alliances they strike up?


    seems to me they’ve both democratically decided that this is in their best interests.


    And when you look at the way Putin’s Russia is trying, and arguably failing, to throw its weight around, who can blame them?

    Who apart from Ukraine has Russia attacked since Afghanistan in the 80s? As opposed to countries aligned or being members of NATO, the defensive shield of "the West"? Obviously, saving ethnic Russians from their own government`s attacks and attempts of genocide does not hold up against defending New York and Los Angeles in the depths of Iraq`s deserts, a desert ladden with sand and no weapons of mass destruction ...


    Where does Putin fail? The MSM might make you think otherwise, but Ukraine`s east is more or less "liberated", a land bridge to the Black Sea and Crimeria has been established ... which was the sole target of this conflict. If people would actually look and listen to what is being said. They left northern Ukraine after drawing the Ukraine forces away from the south and can de facto fire at any military position in Ukraine`s west at their leisure.

  3. Eintracht sure know how to play in Europe, despite their domestic form:



    Eintracht kicked off their 2021/22 European campaign in the UEFA Europa League group stage and go into the final undefeated after 12 matches.

    They topped Group D with 12 points ahead of Olympiacos, Fenerbahce and Antwerp to qualify directly for the round of 16, where they eliminated Real Betis after extra time.

    They then claimed another Spanish scalp in the quarter-final, knocking out Barcelona with a memorable 3-2 victory in the Nou Camp following another 1-1 draw in Frankfurt, before winning both semi-final legs against West Ham United, 2-1 away and 1-0 home.



  4. As I wrote elsewhere, there hardly ever was any sort of "danger", perceived or otherwise, to Finland and Sweden coming from Russia*. As a mark of accepting their neutrality, Russia had no troops within 1,000 km of Sweden`s or Finland`s border. All NATO is doing by getting these two countries into their once-upon-a-time-defensive gang of countries that saw the Soviet Union and now Russia as a threat is .... getting Russian weapon 1,000 km closer to the West and Bill`s backyard. What a clever thing ...



    *Mainly because no Russians or ethnic-Russian people or people being pro-Russian have been living in Finland or Sweden and have been killed or threatened by their own government.

  5. Itten doing rather well playing the target man and keeping the ball up. Nice run to free himself for the header and 1-1. Lowry with the corner. And then that break with Devine finding Ramsey who slips in Lowry on the left and what a goal. People look for summer signings, but I would say that promoting this lad to the first team will be one of the more important things on Gio`s agenda. And maybe getting Ramsey too, if only for 20 cameos per season. The vision and skill of them two is a joy to watch. Wonder what the plans for Amad might be.


    Hearts scored a bit of a worldy, then just rely on quick counter attacks, remain dangerous, but we could easily hit them for another three or four too.

  6. It got lost in the hysteria that followed, but ...

    Ukraine - Putin On Why The War Started, Failed Attempts On Snake Island, Other Issues

    Updates below (17:15 UTC)


    It is Victory Day. As Ernest Hemingway said:

    Anyone who loves freedom owes such a debt to the Red Army that it can never be repaid.

    The most important part of Vladimir Putin's speech to the Victory Parade on the Red Square is the narrative that explains how the current war in Ukraine began. Putin is correct in seeing this as a NATO proxy war against Russia:

    [D]espite all controversies in international relations, Russia has always advocated the establishment of an equal and indivisible security system which is critically needed for the entire international community.

    Last December we proposed signing a treaty on security guarantees. Russia urged the West to hold an honest dialogue in search for meaningful and compromising solutions, and to take account of each other’s interests. All in vain. NATO countries did not want to heed us, which means they had totally different plans. And we saw it.

    Another punitive operation in Donbass, an invasion of our historic lands, including Crimea, was openly in the making. Kiev declared that it could attain nuclear weapons. The NATO bloc launched an active military build-up on the territories adjacent to us.

    Thus, an absolutely unacceptable threat to us was steadily being created right on our borders. There was every indication that a clash with neo-Nazis and Banderites backed by the United States and their minions was unavoidable.

    Let me repeat, we saw the military infrastructure being built up, hundreds of foreign advisors starting work, and regular supplies of cutting-edge weaponry being delivered from NATO countries. The threat grew every day.

    Russia launched a pre-emptive strike at the aggression. It was a forced, timely and the only correct decision. A decision by a sovereign, strong and independent country.

    The use of 'pre-emptive strike' is somewhat misleading. In fact the Ukraine started the war on Wednesday, February 16 2022, when its forces near the Donbas republics began preparatory artillery strikes for an all out ground attack on the Donbas republics.

    The February 15 report of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine recorded some 41 explosions in the ceasefire areas. This increased to 76 explosions on Feb 16, 316 on Feb 17, 654 on Feb 18, 1413 on Feb 19, a total of 2026 of Feb 20 and 21 and 1484 on Feb 22.

    The OSCE mission reports showed that the great majority of impact explosions of the artillery were on the separatist side of the ceasefire line.


    On February 19 the Ukrainian President Zelensky announced at the Munich Security Conference that the Ukraine would ditch the Budapest memorandum and all related agreements. The Budapest memorandum is about Ukraine committing to be a non-nuclear state.

    Those two issues, an imminent ground attack on Donbas and the Ukraine threatening to strive for nuclear weapons, drove the Russian decision on February 21 to recognize the Donbas republics as independent states. (The legal precedence for doing such is the 'western' recognition of Kosovo as an independent state.)

    Common defense agreements between the independent states and the Russian Federation were signed. Three days later, during which the Ukrainian attacks on the Donbas republics continued, Russian troops entered the Ukraine under Article 51 of the UN charter.




    None of the above applied or applies to Finland or any other country west of Moscow. 


    And BTW, Biden administration sent weapons to Ukraine 'well before' invasion: Pentagon press secretary


    ... so the US, Canada and Co. where preparing Ukraine for a war with Russia for the last 8 (as in: EIGHT) years, the proxy war that now has come to pass. They likely trained the chaps firing into Eastern Ukraine and killing scores of people, violating the deals being ironed out by Russia and various Western diplomats (as you can read above).




    Regarding the officers, much of the furore comes from reports from Ukraine, seemingly as reliable as the Seville calculator. As of May 6th



    U.S. Pushes Fake Stories To Goad Russia Into Escalation

    The geniuses (not) at the National Security Council want to goad Russia into direct attacks on U.S. forces or interests. That would give the U.S. an excuse to further escalate the war in Ukraine into an open confrontation. It would also diverts the attention away from domestic problems.

    To achieve this the NSC has pushed a number of stories to the media which claim that alleged Ukrainian successes are based on U.S. intelligence.

    U.S. Intelligence Is Helping Ukraine Kill Russian Generals, Officials Say, May 4, NYT

    WASHINGTON — The United States has provided intelligence about Russian units that has allowed Ukrainians to target and kill many of the Russian generals who have died in action in the Ukraine war, according to senior American officials.

    Ukrainian officials said they have killed approximately 12 generals on the front lines, a number that has astonished military analysts.

    The targeting help is part of a classified effort by the Biden administration to provide real-time battlefield intelligence to Ukraine. That intelligence also includes anticipated Russian troop movements gleaned from recent American assessments of Moscow’s secret battle plan for the fighting in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, the officials said. Officials declined to specify how many generals had been killed as a result of U.S. assistance.

    The United States has focused on providing the location and other details about the Russian military’s mobile headquarters, which relocate frequently. Ukrainian officials have combined that geographic information with their own intelligence — including intercepted communications that alert the Ukrainian military to the presence of senior Russian officers — to conduct artillery strikes and other attacks that have killed Russian officers.

    The story is obvious bullshit because there are only two Russian generals who have died so far during the Russian campaign in Ukraine.

    Major General Andrey Sukhovetsky was killed on February 28 and Major General Vladimir Frolov was killed in early April. Both deaths were immediately officially acknowledged and reported in Russian media. Both men were buried with military honors.

    All other 'killed Russian generals' are victims of the 'ghost of Kiev'.  The Ukrainian propaganda apparatus likes such stories because it knows that 'western' media will pick up on them.

    Russia does not hide the death of high officers. It is impossible to do so over longer periods as such men are known by many others. It would be bad for any government to get caught in such a scheme. There is also no reason to do so.

    Some U.S. sources claim that a general's death will demoralize the troops he led. The opposite is the case. Generals getting killed on or near the frontline demonstrate to frontline soldiers that they are not alone in their fighting and that their officers are doing the job while carrying the same high risk than they do.

    The Pentagon denied any involvement:

    The Pentagon denied Thursday that the U.S. has shared intelligence with Ukraine with the intent of targeting and killing senior Russian military leaders, stressing that the goal of U.S. intelligence is simply to allow Ukrainian forces to defend themselves against Russia's invasion.
  7. On 07/05/2022 at 01:24, ranger_syntax said:

    This is bullish for Russia.


    Due to high Russian K.I.A. (some suggest 6000 men per day) the special military operation was becoming top heavy.


    The loss of high ranking individuals will rebalance things.

    They are not loosing 5 or even 6k a day, and sure not any significant numbers of generals. There would be reports on the Russian side on any high ranking officers as well (after all, it is the 21st century and telegram is working finely, so hiding that is of no use). If anyone has any sort of reliable source, feel free to link it.


    Finland fell nicely for the hysteria caused by the West. There are no Russians or ethnic-Russians in Finland or Sweden being killed since 2014, so Russia has no reason to go there at all. Or threaten the Fins. Obviously, your average Westener feels threatened by the sheer existence of Russia.

  8. At times it is really cool to see the old hands pull the passes, that passage with Sands, Davis and Arfield was so cool. Ramsey`s a bit off with his passes and shots, but always there, always willing. Sands and King strolling it - and they are part of holding the Arabs in their half and giving nothing away - Sakala a bit too enthusiastic as usual, but also always there and willing. Hope we put them to the sword early on now ...

  9. Unbelievable display again, despite not being at full strength. Lundstram and Jack work tirelessly in DM, Kent and Wright chase everything, some truly fine goals. Too bad Aribo swung free in front of goal, but one could not ask for more here. The yellows to our defenders add up, hopefully we stay clear of more fouls the ref deems naughty. That one foul against Kent was sure worth a card ...

  10. For some strange reason, Fate would have it, that my favourite (and local) ice-hockey team squared up to the Red Bull ice-hockey incarnation in Germany in the final round of the play-offs for the title. So I got my over-dose of Red Bull these last 6 days, with that one game in Leipzig and four over here. As it happens, with three wins needed in a "Best of 5" series, the Eisbären Berlin clawed their way back from an initial home defeat in the first match, to make last night`s game the decisive one of the series. The chaps in white are the "good ones" and here`s how it went. I just hope, the lads in Blue follow suit today!



  11. IMHO, Russia will more or less "secure" the regions with a Russian-ethnic background and pro-Russian people. As well as a strip of land connecting these areas to Crimeria and that part of the Black Sea coast in the Southeast. They will not allow the Ukrainian army to build up any sort of powerful resistance or potential threat, hence they will continue to lay waste to rail tracks, roads and airports, as well as targetting military-related installations all across Ukraine. They have the means and use them. They could use rather different means though, and I don`t mean weapons of mass destructions, but stuff the US used from day one in Iraq.



  12. 18 hours ago, the gunslinger said:

    They had their chance to be part of civilised society 

    They still are ... and in a year`s time or so, this war will probably be over and forgotten like so many others, e.g. Serbia. Quite a bit of western economy will lay in ruins, while Russia, who is largely self-sufficient, will get on with it. In fact, quite a few over there - people and countries alike - will most likely be welded together more closely against the West than they were ever before, while dealing with China (who likes Russian oil and gas), India et al. And if the West starts threatening China with embargoes and sanctions too, it would simply be another economical Waterloo, given how the world is dependent on China in this day and age.


    That said, it is quite remarkable how Westerners sling the word "civilised society" et al about, like they hardly behave in any way any different to the Russians when their own "spheres of interest" or "people" are threatened. Just look how the US openly threaten the Solomon Island`s government about their security deal with China. But we have debated that over in the Lounge before.

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