Putin Recognizes Donbass Republics, Sends Russian Military to 'Denazify' Ukraine

Probably not officially. Seems to me this is the media version of a tentative plan by the US/EU to put troops into Western Ukraine to 'hold' it in advance of the expected Russian expropriation of about 1/3 of Ukraine (Eastern part) including all territory along the Black Sea. Russia's operation in this respect will likely take a few more months.

I hope that you are right. I wonder how will Ukrainians react to Poland taking over the part of their country?

It's interesting how the west talks about Russian loses in the battle for Snake island, but mentions nothing about Ukrainian losses. Even when they are not lying, they are not telling the full truth.

The Russian Defense Ministry also revealed additional details regarding the situation with Zmeiniy Island, where Kyiv’s forces recently fell into a trap crated by the Russian military.

“I would like to point out that another Ukrainian Bayraktar-TB2 unmanned aerial vehicle have been shot down by Russian air defence means this afternoon near Zmeiniy Island.

The Kiev regime has thus lost 30 military UAVs alone in this area over the past three days.

9 of these, I remind you, are Bayraktar-TB2 strike UAVs.

The UAVs were all used in the failed “PR campaign” by the Kiev regime to seize Zmeiniy Island on the eve of May 9, the Great Patriotic War Victory Day.

In addition, 3 more bodies of Ukrainian saboteurs nailed from the sea were found by Russian servicemen on the shore today.

Now 27 bodies of Ukrainian special forces and nationalist fighters remain at Zmeiniy Island as a result of Kiev’s failed operation.

In total, the Kiev regime have lost 3 Su-24 bombers and 1 Su-27 fighter jet near Zmeiniy Island during militarily pointless attempt to seize the island.

10 Ukrainian Air Force helicopters have been destroyed. Among them, 3 Mi-8 helicopters with paratroopers on board and 1 Mi-24 support helicopter have been shot down in the air. In addition, 6 more Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters involved in the operation have been destroyed on the ground near Artsiz, Odessa Region.

▫️Also 3 Ukrainian Centaur armoured amphibious assault boats with marines on board have been destroyed.

Thus, this adventure ended in disaster for Ukraine. The Kiev regime’s mindless PR campaign to seize Zmeiniy Island on the eve of Victory Day resulted in the senseless deaths of more than five dozen Ukrainian fighters and members of elite AFU units, the loss of 4 aircraft, 10 helicopters, 3 boats and 30 unmanned aerial vehicles,” a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov, said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry: the Polish ambassador was told that Moscow was waiting for an official apology from the Polish leadership after the attack on the Russian ambassador and demanded that the security of employees of Russian diplomatic missions be ensured.

"There is a gross violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Poland has failed to fulfil one of its main obligations - not to ensure the immunity of Russian diplomats.

A decision on further steps will be taken depending on Warsaw's reaction to the Russian demands, the Foreign Ministry added.
A comet or comets comes to mind. I'd have to re-review Laura's 'Comets and the Horns of Moses', but comets and the various descriptions like dragons, swords, etc might have been discussed there. Or it might have been in another of her books or Pierre's first book...

Depiction of comets as swords in the times of plagues

Figure 1: Types of comet-like sword-like forms, Cometographia of Jan Hevelius. Link
Information from RIA Nowosti telegram channel about bio labs and research carried out in Ukraine:

The Russian Defence Ministry has said that the ideologists behind the US military-biological activities in Ukraine are the leaders of the Democratic Party, the involvement of controlled organizations there and the increase in their revenues allow the leaders of the Democratic Party to receive additional funds for election campaigns while concealing their distribution.

According to the agency, a legal framework for funding military and biological research directly from the federal budget has been formed through US government agencies, and funds from organizations controlled by the Democratic Party leadership, including the Clintons, Rockefellers, Soros and Biden foundations, have been raised under government guarantees.

Large pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer, Moderna, Merck, as well as Gilead, affiliated with the US military department, were involved in the scheme, the Russian Defence Ministry said.

Russian Defence Ministry: not only the US, but also other NATO countries, such as Germany and Poland, are implementing bioweapons projects in Ukraine.

Germany launched its own biosecurity programme in 2013 with the participation of 12 countries, including Ukraine. Between 2016 and 2019 alone, military epidemiologists from the Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology took 3,500 blood serum samples from citizens living in 25 regions of Ukraine, the Defence Ministry has said.

According to the ministry, the Polish Institute of Veterinary Medicine has also confirmed the involvement of the Polish Institute of Veterinary Medicine in research of the rabies virus in Ukraine, which was conducted jointly with the US Bettel Institute, one of the Pentagon's key contractors.

In addition, Polish funding was confirmed for the Lviv Medical University, which includes a participant in US military biological projects - the Institute of Epidemiology and Hygiene, where specialists with experience in working with dual-use materials have been retrained since 2002, the ministry said.

The Russian Defence Ministry has reported that in Ukraine in 2020, Ukraine deliberately infected residents of Slavyanoserbskiy district (LNR) with drug-resistant tuberculosis - the organizers of the incident began to distribute counterfeit banknotes infected with the tuberculosis agent among children in Stepovoye village.

Russian Defence Ministry: Mariupol under Ukrainian control in cooperation with the US military was used as a regional centre for collection and passportization of cholera pathogen.

The selected strains were sent to the Public Health Centre in Kiev, which then forwarded the biomaterials to the US, an activity that has been ongoing since 2014, the ministry said.

According to the Ministry of Defense, the laboratory has found an act of destruction of pathogen collection dated February 25, 2022, according to which cholera, tularemia and anthrax pathogens were handled there - but part of the collection of the veterinary laboratory was not destroyed in a hurry, Russian specialists took out 124 strains for safe storage.

The presence in the collection of pathogens uncharacteristic of veterinary medicine - typhoid, paratyphoid, gas gangrene - is a cause for concern and may indicate the involvement of the laboratory in a military biological programme, the Defence Ministry said.

Other source:
The Russian Defence Ministry commented (IZ.RU) on seized documents on biolaboratories in Ukraine:

🦠 Ukraine is a Western testing ground for the development of biological weapons components and for conducting pharmacological tests that are banned in Western territories.

🦠 The US has tried to destroy traces of its involvement in the research. The Democrat Party and US foundations are the main sponsors and US pharmaceutical companies are the main cover for the labs.

🦠 In 2020, counterfeit money infected with a resistant strain of TB was distributed in the LNR.

🦠 The Pentagon conducted tests on mentally ill people in Kharkiv's Regional Psychiatric Hospital No 1.

Here's an article from Ria Nowosti: Минобороны опубликовало новые данные об опытах США над жителями Украины
The Ministry of Defense published new data on the US experiments on the inhabitants of Ukraine

The Ministry of Defense reported on the experiments of the Pentagon in a psychiatric hospital in the Kharkiv region

MOSCOW, May 11 - RIA Novosti. The Ministry of Defense has received new data on American experiments in biological laboratories in Ukraine, said Igor Kirillov, head of the Radiation, Chemical and Biological Defense Forces of the Russian Armed Forces.
"We have received new information revealing the details of the Pentagon's inhuman experiments on Ukrainian citizens in the psychiatric hospital No. 1 (the village of Strelechie, Kharkiv region). The main category of experimental subjects was a group of male patients aged 40-60 years with a high stage of physical exhaustion," the general said. .
He noted that experts who conducted biological research came through third countries to hide their affiliation with the United States . So, Kirillov showed a photograph of a native of Florida, Linda Oporto, who was directly involved in the work.

The Ministry of Defense came to the conclusion that Ukraine , in fact, has become a Pentagon testing ground for the development of biological weapons components and testing of new types of pharmaceuticals.

The agency confirmed that the participants in this scheme were non-governmental funds controlled by the leadership of the US Democratic Party, and large pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer, Moderna, American Merck and Gilead associated with the Pentagon.
"American specialists are working to test new medicines bypassing international safety standards. As a result, Western companies are seriously reducing the costs of implementing research programs and gaining significant competitive advantages," Kirillov said.
In addition, Ukrainian government agencies also participated in this program, hiding illegal activities, conducting field and clinical trials, as well as providing the necessary biomaterial.
The head of the RKhBZ troops stated that in this way the Pentagon has significantly expanded its research potential "not only in the field of creating biological weapons, but also in obtaining information about antibiotic resistance and the presence of antibodies to certain diseases in the population of specific regions."

In January of this year, foreign citizens who conducted experiments were urgently evacuated, and equipment and drugs were taken to the western regions of Ukraine.
Specialists of the Ministry of Defense visited two biological laboratories in Mariupol and recorded traces of emergency destruction of documents.
It has been established that this activity has been carried out since 2014, which is confirmed by the acts of transmission of strains. In addition, the act of destroying the collection of pathogenic microorganisms dated February 25, 2022, discovered in the laboratory, confirmed the work with the pathogens of cholera, tularemia and anthrax.
As reported in the Ministry of Defense, a network of more than 30 biological laboratories operated in Ukraine, working in the interests of the Pentagon. After the start of the Russian military special operation, everything necessary for the continuation of the military biological program of the United States has already been removed.

And another one: США изучали на Украине возможности формирования управляемых эпидемий

The United States studied the possibility of forming controlled epidemics in Ukraine

Kirillov: the United States studied the possibility of forming controlled epidemics in Ukraine​

MOSCOW, May 11 - RIA Novosti. The United States was studying the possibility of forming controlled epidemics in Ukraine, said Igor Kirillov, head of the troops for radiation, chemical and biological protection of the RF Armed Forces.
"Thus, the information received confirms the implementation by the United States of an offensive military biological program on the territory of Ukraine , the purpose of which is to study the possibility of forming controlled epidemics in specific territories," Kirillov said at a briefing.
He noted that the special operation of the RF Armed Forces made it possible to cross the expansion of the US military-biological presence in Ukraine and stop criminal experiments on civilians.

A site with documents about the research in Ukraine:

All in Russian and Ukrainian, but it's possible to translate whole documents through different sites if someone is interested.
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"Russia's state-run RIA Novosti news agency is reporting for the first time Wednesday that the Russian military occupied southern Ukrainian city of Kherson will soon petition the Kremlin to become part of the Russian Federation."

"Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has in his latest statements invoked Crimea - which came under Russian control due to a Kremlin-backed 'popular referendum' in 2014 - as a model for what could happen regarding Kherson's political future. He stressed it would be "up to local residents" and that the process would be "absolutely clear and legitimate".

"Additionally, according to The Moscow Times, "Occupied Kherson, as well as the Pryazovske region on the Sea of Azov, reportedly began trading with Crimea shortly after Russian forces installed pro-Moscow administrations in the area."

"And Reuters writes of more signs of annexation of the city coming soon as follows: "TASS cited the Russian-controlled administration as saying that pension bodies and a banking system would be created from scratch for the region, and that branches of a Russian bank could be open there before the end of May," according to its report."

"However, some correspondents are saying there won't be a referendum, or possibly just the appearance of one as a pretext..."

"Meanwhile, Ukraine's defense ministry is vowing that the local population will "resist" such annexation attempts, despite eastern and southern areas of the country having large pockets of pro-Russian and Russian-speaking citizens."

"The media outlet Al Jazeera accused Israeli forces of "deliberately targeting and killing our colleague" on Wednesday after Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot in the face while covering a raid on the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank."

"Al Jazeera Media Network condemns this heinous crime, which intends to only prevent the media from conducting their duty. Al Jazeera holds the Israeli government and the occupation forces responsible for the killing of Shireen. It also calls on the international community to condemn and hold the Israeli occupation forces accountable for their intentional targeting and killing of Shireen."

Why am I not surprised?

‘Syrian scenario’ possible in Ukraine, Russia warns

11 May, 2022
A potential false-flag chemical attack would trigger a probe to blame Moscow, using fabricated evidence, the military says

Moscow has accused the Ukrainian authorities of plotting to use weapons of mass destruction (WMD) to frame the Russian military. The incident would be used to trigger a “Syrian scenario” investigation to falsify evidence and assign blame, Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov, the head of the Russian Radiation, Chemical and Biological Protection Force, said on Wednesday.

“The Russian Ministry of Defense has information about the preparation of provocations with the goal of accusing the Russian Armed Forces of using weapons of mass destruction, followed by a ‘Syrian scenario’ investigation, which allows the necessary evidence to be fabricated and blame to be assigned,” Kirillov said, apparently in reference to the events surrounding the alleged 2018 chemical attack in Douma, Syria.

At the time, the US, UK, and France immediately blamed the government in Damascus and launched strikes on Syrian territory before an investigation could take place. The subsequent probe by the OPCW, which also pinned the blame on Damascus, was marred by inconsistencies and a whistleblower scandal.

Kiev was preparing to stage a chemical incident well before the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine broke out in late February, the official said.

“The high probability of such provocations is confirmed by the requests of the Kiev administration for the supply of personal protective equipment for the skin and respiratory organs which provides protection against toxic chemicals and biological agents,” he added.

The facts of the supply of antidotes of organophosphorus poisons to Ukraine are concerning. In 2022 alone, at the request of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, more than 220,000 ampoules of atropine were delivered from the United States.

Moscow has repeatedly accused Kiev of seeking to stage a false-flag attack to blame Russian troops. In late April, Kirillov outlined “three scenarios” for the potential use of WMDs by Kiev’s forces. At the time, he said that a false-flag attack on civilians or “an act of sabotage on Ukrainian sites which were involved in the development of the components of weapons of mass destruction” were the most probable.

Other options allegedly considered by Kiev include the “discrete” use of WMDs “in small quantities,” as well as the “open use of WMDs on the battlefield.” The latter, however, would be the least likely, Kirillov noted.

Russia attacked the neighboring state following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French brokered protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has since demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied claims it was planning to retake the two republics by force.
Does anyone have an idea of the type of weaponry used by the Russian forces? It looks like a red sphere that has a non-straight trajectory and a low speed!

MB anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) with laser guidance.
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US Takes Wheat Out Of Ukraine. War-Torn Country Doomed To Famine
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In exchange for weapons and illusory prospects of becoming a member of the “European family”, the Kiev regime is dooming its own people to a protracted food crisis.
After the launch of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Russian forces blocked the access to the Ukrainian vital seaports in the Black Sea. Before the war, around 5 million tons were shipped each month through the Black Sea. One of the main goods exported from Ukraine were grain crops for Europe.
This became another pretext for accusing Russia of provoking the food crisis in the West. However, a brief analysis of the policy of the Kiev regime and the decisions announced by the United States and European countries predict a long-planned famine in Ukraine.
US President Joe Biden attempted to reassure the Americans that there is no threat of food crisis in the country as the grain can be easily taken from the war-torn Ukraine. He claimed that there are 20 million tons of grain in Ukraine, and now the issue of its export is being resolved. In his opinion, this will help bring down world food prices.

On May 11, the European Commission will consider a strategy that would address technical and bureaucratic initiatives to speed up the shipping of vegetable oils, corn and wheat, some of Ukraine’s key exports, people familiar with the discussions said Bloomberg.
Europe intends to export crops by rail and , since the seaports are blocked by the Russian Black Sea Fleet. The problem is that the export capacity of the railway is low. Ukraine’s products also face a myriad of phytosanitary measures and quotas for land transport that complicate their ability to pass through various member states to their final destination, Bloomberg sources reported.
These are the main problems that the EU is set to resolve as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, giant columns of grain carriers are spotted in the Moldovan port of Giurgiulesti on the Danube. Hundreds of trucks are exporting grain from the territory of Ukraine to the EU countries.
“This reminds me of 1941, when Hitler exported grain from the USSR, took it out — and then attacked. So we export grain to Europe, so that they then take us for a naked ass, cold and hungry,” the author of the video comments.

The price the Kiev regime pays for the supply of weapons and financial support of its allies is too high.
According to the official Ukrainian data, the total amount of wheat produced in 2021/2022 MY amounted to 32,4 million tons. Based on the analysis of exports over the last five seasons (2016-2021), Ukraine exports about 80 percent of its wheat. About 6 million tons traditionally remain on the domestic market. This year, about 26 million tons were designated for export.
According to the Ukrainian statistics, since the beginning of the season, which started on July 1 2021, and as of December 15, exports of crops and grain legumes from Ukraine already reached 28.7 million tons. Wheat exports accounted for 56%. Until December 15, at least 16 million tons of wheat were exported.
During the period from December 15 2021 to February 24, 2022, exports continued in full via the usual logistics chains. After the closure of the sea ports, exports did not stop, but were reoriented to land channels. Only railways allow to export about 1.1 million tons of grain per month. Millions of tons are transferred by trucks. According to the most conservative estimates, from December 15 to May 10, at least 6 tons of wheat were additionally exported.
The entire harvest of 2021 MY was already exported and used for the needs of the Ukrainian domestic market.
Various Western sources, including US President Biden, declare the need for the immediate export of additional 20 tons of wheat from Ukraine. This is grain from Ukrainian strategic reserves in the amount of at least four months of wheat consumption by the domestic Ukrainian market.
In the context of the impending global food crisis provoked by the Western sanctions against Russia and disruption of supply chains, the United States and European countries are aiming to replenish their reserves, thanks to the crops taken from the Ukrainian people.

The policy of the Kiev regime reveal clear signs of famine planning in Ukraine. Amid the ongoing military operations, the sowing season was disrupted in many of Ukrainian regions. The male part of the population were called up for military service, some regions are under control of the Russian Armed Forces. Moreover, the spring of 2022 is significantly colder than in 2021. Not to mention the dysfunction of the agricultural sector, which was sharply reoriented to foreign consumers to the detriment of the Ukrainian market.
In December 2021, Ukrainian experts reported that “representatives of the flour and grain industries announced an unbalanced wheat trade: high-quality food grades were supplied to foreign markets, and fodder remained for Ukrainian consumers. After the refusal of the Ministry of Agriculture to fix export limits by class in the export-regulating memorandum, the Association of Millers, the All-Ukrainian Association of Bakers and Ukrhlebprom withdrew their signatures under the document. This happened for the first time in 10 years and jeopardized the functioning of one of the most effective mechanisms of mutual understanding in the grain market.”
Regardless of the developments on the frontline, the harvest in 2022-2023 MY will be much smaller.
At the same time, other branches of agriculture in Ukraine also faced crisis phenomena long before the start of military operations.
According to the Ukrainian statistics, egg production decreased by 13.5%, milk – by 5.8%, meat – by 2%, wool by 6.3%. According to the Association “Union of Poultry Farmers”, Ukraine imported eggs from Belarus in July – August 2021 for the first time since 1991.
The number of various agricultural animals also critically decreased:
• Cattle – by 6.9% (2.93 million cattle heads):
• pigs – by 4.7% (5.83 million heads):
• sheep and goats – by 5.9% (1.19 million heads).
According to experts of the Association “Pig Breeders of Ukraine”, the cattle breeding in Ukraine has already passed the point of no return in 2021 and “the restoration of the livestock is almost impossible.”
As of November 2021, the food prices in Ukraine increased by almost 15%. In 2021, bread has increased in price by 18.9%, dairy products by 15.2%, meat products by 15.4%, sugar by 20.4%.
It is obvious that such a policy of the Kiev regime will lead to a critical shortage of food by the autumn-winter of 2022-2023.
A similar situation took place in the USSR in the early 1930s, when the young Soviet state, weakened by the First World War and the Civil War, was forced to export large volumes of grain, including wheat, to the United States and other Western countries, including Germany. In 1930-1031, the USSR exported about 2.5 million tons per year.
In 1932-1933, the agrarian policy of the USSR, which caused a crop failure, led to famine in Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. The number of deaths in Ukraine amounted to 3 million 917.8 thousand people, Russia — 3 million 264.6 thousand, Kazakhstan — 1 million 258.2 thousand people, in total 8 million 731.9 thousand people throughout the USSR.
In 2023, the tragedy may be repeated in Ukraine because of Kiev’s policy. Russia will once again be declared the culprit of the Ukrainian famine.
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