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

Alejo

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Just came across this, not sure if it has been shared before or not, it's from RT so I am pasting the entire article for those who do not have access:

What Ukraine’s block on Russian gas means for Europe​


Kiev has stopped flows via a key transit point, raising fears of European energy shortages

Ukraine’s gas network operator on Wednesday stopped the transit of Russian natural gas to Europe through one of its key cross-border stations, citing “interference by the occupying [Russian] forces.” Here is what this development means for the European gas market and economy.

  1. What happened?
    Ukraine’s gas network operator, GTS Ukraine, announced late Tuesday that it would stop receiving Russian natural gas into the Sokhranovka gas metering station starting on Wednesday because it can no longer control the infrastructure in territory “occupied” by Russian troops. According to the statement of the company’s press service, “the occupying forces” interfered in the technological processes, jeopardizing the security of the country’s entire gas transportation system. The company said it views the situation as a force majeure, stating it is unable to provide deliveries to Europe for reasons beyond its control.
  2. How does this effect European gas supplies?
    They are declining. GTS Ukraine initially said it would temporarily transfer the Sokhranovka flows to its second, and largest, transit station – Sudzha, which is located on territory controlled by Kiev. Russian gas exporter Gazprom, however, later announced that it is technically impossible to do so. As the Sokhranovka station handles roughly a third of the Russian gas flows entering Ukraine for further transit, this amount of gas will be lost to European buyers as a result of the station’s closure. Gazprom said it was set to supply 72 million cubic meters of gas to Europe via Sudzha station on Wednesday, while the day before, the total confirmed applications of European consumers amounted to 95.8 million cubic meters. At their peak, applications from Europe reached 109.6 million cubic meters in early March. This means that Europe has just lost between 25% to 34% of its Russian gas deliveries.
  3. How does this effect gas prices?
    Gas prices in Europe initially surged after Ukraine’s cutoff, surpassing $1,100 per thousand cubic meters of gas early Wednesday. Experts say the situation will inevitably lead to a price hike, as European consumers assess the decrease in volumes. For instance, data from the company Snam, which transports gas to Italy, shows that the flow of Russian gas has indeed dropped compared to yesterday, while Germany’s regulator said Russian flows through Ukraine decreased by almost a quarter compared to Tuesday.
  4. What are the other consequences?
    Russia covers around 40% of Europe’s total natural gas needs. The EU relies on cheap Russian gas to heat homes, cook meals, and generate electricity in most of the bloc’s 27 member states. The drop in supplies could, in the worst-case scenario, lead to problems in the power grid, rolling blackouts, and shutdowns in industries. Increasing gas prices could also propel prices for other commodities and consumer goods, pushing already historically high inflation even higher. Inflation in nine EU nations has already reached over 10%. European consumers urgently need to find alternatives.
  5. What are the EU’s alternatives to Russian gas?
    European buyers could demand an increase in gas deliveries from Europe’s second-largest supplier, Norway. In 2021, the country supplied close to a quarter of gas in the EU and UK. However, Norwegian oil and gas fields are producing at nearly 100% capacity, and while the country did recently pledge to ramp up production in the summer, it is unlikely to make up for the loss of Russian supplies. Europe’s other option is to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the US and the Middle East, but this commodity – and its transportation – comes at a much higher price than Russian gas. Also, there is a limit to how much LNG suppliers can produce and transport, and experts say the global liquefaction capacity is almost fully utilized. Plus, some EU countries have no access to LNG shipments as they are landlocked.
  6. Is there a way to fix the situation?
    Europe could come up with alternatives in the long run – for instance, it could finally grant the long awaited and currently blocked certification to Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which goes to Europe via the Baltic Sea and is capable of supplying nearly twice as much gas as the Sokhranovka transit station. Also, Kiev could reopen the station and not lose the money it receives from Russian gas transit. Finally, Kiev and Moscow could reach a peace deal – however, this outcome hinges on the participation of the US and EU, which at this point is unlikely.

It keeps on becoming so clear that while Russia is the big target of this operation, the EU is probably a very close second, that sometimes really looks like the main target. I wonder if the citizens of the EU realize this, Washington is telling the EU, instructing the EU, to commit suicide for no good reason.
 

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Translated: El Pentágono junto a Pfizer, Moderna, Merck y Gilead, realizaban experimentos con ciudadanos ucranianos en un hospital psiquiátrico cerca de Járkov

The Pentagon, along with Pfizer, Moderna, Merck and Gilead, conducted experiments with Ukrainian citizens in a psychiatric hospital near Járkov​


The Russian Ministry of Defense assured this Wednesday that it has evidence that the Pentagon, together with companies such as Pfizer, Moderna, Merck and Gilead, carried out experiments with Ukrainian citizens in a psychiatric hospital near the city of Járkov. "We have received new information revealing details of the Pentagon's inhumane experiments on Ukrainian citizens at Psychiatric Hospital No. 1 in the town of Strelechie," said Igor Kirilov, head of Russia's biological, chemical and radiological protection troops.

According to Kirillov, the US tried to hide the participation of its experts in biological experiments, reaching the Ukrainian territory through third countries. In January this year, foreign experts were evacuated in an emergency, while used equipment and drugs were transported to the western provinces of Ukraine.

I can't say for sure, but I get the feeling that the pandemic and vaccination has something to do with it...
 

youlik

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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.
All this is almost true, but the current situation is not taken into account. The railway infrastructure is being destroyed and it is already impossible to provide the figures indicated in the article. Motor transport is generally unrealistic in the conditions of fuel shortage, which already exists in Ukraine. In short, Biden will not see the desired 20 million tons of grain by the fall, as his ears. Of course, they will take something out, they will try as much as possible, especially since the Ukrainian authorities are vitally interested in this - kickbacks personally to officials, they say, reach 30-40% of contracts and even though they sell cheap, very decent profits stick to them, but it will not be possible to achieve the stated figures, the degradation of the logistics infrastructure will not allow.

Все это почти верно, но не учитывается текущая обстановка. Железнодорожная инфраструктура разрушается и уже сейчас невозможно обеспечить те цифры, что указаны в статье. Автотранспорт- это вообще малореально в условиях дефицита топлива, который уже существует на Украине. Короче, не видать Байдену желаемых 20 млн тонн зерна к осени, как своих ушей. Чего то конечно вывезут, постараются максимально, тем более, что украинские власти в этом заинтересованы кровно- откаты персонально чиновникам, говорят, достигают 30-40% от контрактов и хоть продают по дешевке, прилипают им очень приличные барыши, но заявленных цифр достичь не удастся, не позволит деградация логистической инфраструктуры.
 

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If you suffered an internet outage around the start of the operation, this was probably the reason. It could be the case of a REAL Russian cyberattack if those satellites were used also by western and/or Ukrainian military/intelligence. The article mentions that windfarms were affected in Central Europe, and mentions no other type of user, but could be reasonable to think that those satellites provided more than just service wind farms.

UK blames Russia for satellite internet hack at start of war​

Russia was behind a cyber-attack targeting American commercial satellite internet company Viasat, UK and US intelligence suggests.
The attack began about an hour before Russia invaded Ukraine, on 24 February.
It caused outages for several thousand Ukrainian customers - and affected windfarms and internet users in Central Europe.
Officials have long believed Russia was to blame but lacked the evidence to say so publicly.
Viasat provides high-speed satellite broadband to commercial and military customers.
The company has previously said "tens of thousands of terminals" were damaged beyond repair, in the cyber-attack, though its core network infrastructure and the satellite itself remained unscathed.

'Almost certain'​

Now, a joint announcement by the EU, UK, US and other allies confirms long-held suspicions the primary target was the Ukrainian military.
And the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said it was "almost certain" Russia was behind the attack.
Explaining the decision to publicly identify Russia, NCSC chief executive Lindy Cameron told BBC news: "It is important to challenge the ability to do this with impunity."
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Significant and destructive operation shows Russia's abilities​


The war in Ukraine has seen the most sustained offensive cyber-operations one country has launched against another, a British intelligence official says.
Some were surprised there was not more evidence of destructive attacks when the invasion began.
But it has taken time for a fuller picture to emerge - such as this major attack on satellite communications now linked to Russia.

Directly in support of military operations, this attack also spilled over to other countries.
So far though, Russia has not launched wider attacks against Western targets.
And one reason we may not have seen the scale of destructive activity inside Ukraine that some predicted, the intelligence official says, is Russia's offense came up against a country that had worked hard on its defences and could see off many of the attacks.
At the NCSC Cyber UK event, operations director Paul Chichester told me the Russians, for the past few years, had been making Ukrainians "match-fit".
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Russian military intelligence - the GRU - had been involved in the 13 January defacements of Ukrainian government websites and attacks using a type of destructive malware called Whispergate in the same month, it added.
Whispergate was deployed in the months before the conflict, against organisations in Ukraine, in an effort to "to destroy computer systems and render them inoperable", according to the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

The UK has already sanctioned the GRU, after a nerve-agent attack in Salisbury, Wilts, left one person dead and several others seriously ill.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said in a statement accompanying the announcement: "This is clear and shocking evidence of a deliberate and malicious attack by Russia against Ukraine which had significant consequences on ordinary people and businesses in Ukraine and across Europe."
Viasat told the BBC "We recognize international governments have identified who they believe to be responsible for the cyberattack on the KA-SAT network.
"We have and will continue to work closely with relevant law enforcement and governmental authorities as part of the ongoing investigation".
 

lilies

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It keeps on becoming so clear that while Russia is the big target of this operation, the EU is probably a very close second, that sometimes really looks like the main target. I wonder if the citizens of the EU realize this, Washington is telling the EU, instructing the EU, to commit suicide for no good reason.
Ukraine warned Hungary earlier of repercussions for not supporting the War Effort against Russia. As you can see, - I highlighted the route in this modified image - the Sokhranovka transit point enters Hungary.. So Kiev made true on its threatening words.
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ziutek

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Ukraine warned Hungary earlier of repercussions for not supporting the War Effort against Russia. As you can see, - I highlighted the route in this modified image - the Sokhranovka transit point enters Hungary.. So Kiev made true on its threatening words.
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It's that simple if you step into psychopathic shoes for a moment.
And the "analysts" in our media are wondering why Russia (Putin) is turning off the gas in Ukraine at the same time as pumping it into the place from Russia?:nuts:
 

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If you suffered an internet outage around the start of the operation, this was probably the reason. It could be the case of a REAL Russian cyberattack if those satellites were used also by western and/or Ukrainian military/intelligence. The article mentions that windfarms were affected in Central Europe, and mentions no other type of user, but could be reasonable to think that those satellites provided more than just service wind farms.

UK blames Russia for satellite internet hack at start of war​


Notice that they have no evidence. But they are 'almost certain'. In other words, they are hysterical. And the reason to go public is to decry Russia's ability to do so. By inference, it must be the Russians - after all, they poisoned people with Novichok!

We're living in a world of Dr. Strangelove levels of disintegration and paranoia. All in all, I don't see what the benefit would be to the Russian operation in shutting down the internet in Ukraine, nor the West, as this BBC article claims. I'd think that if the Russians were to engage in a cyber military operation, it would follow the same pattern of their physical missile strikes - precise targeting at military installations, with few civilian casualties.

I am thinking the internet shutdowns more generally are more likely a PTB operation, now being pinned on Russia... along with just about everything else. Rising inflation? Russia. No more food on the shelves? Russia! Lost your job? It was those despicable Russkies. Girlfriend break up with you? Yes, that was also somehow Russia. Stub your toe? 3/5 doctors agree that Russia is the leading cause of stubbed toes. And now, if your internet doesn't work, it should be clear who it is to blame.

I recall that many Russian websites, including the Kremlin site, RT and Tass were inaccessible to me at the start of the conflict. This leads me to think that the purpose of the internet shutdown was mostly a PTB 'fog of war' operation designed to cancel Russian news outlets so that the Western narrative was the only readily available reality. But there is also another complementary explanation - that the PTB were further testing some more of their WEF-promised cyber attack capabilities... much in the same way Ukrainians were used as lab rats in all of those bio-labs.

There could be some truth to what you're suggesting, in that there was most likely a cyber conflict, which is most likely ongoing. I haven't seen much reportage about it to confirm anything. Another option is that it was the PTB who was attacking Russian sites, and also the internet capabilities within Western nations, in order to create the semblance of a cyber war. Again - to pin on Russia.

I think this dynamic is going to be a continuing trend, perhaps for years into the future - the PTB will continue to target citizens and industries within NATO, creating domestic conditions of absolute misery, with Russia to blame.
 

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This new video purports to show the shooting of civilians by Russian troops.
A 'stolen' white van pulls up spray painted with V's and supposedly the words 'Russian Tank Special Forces'. So you know it's Russians, no question, right? A translator would be helpful here.

The Russian mod did warn several days ago that false flags involving vehicles with V's painted on them would be in western media soon.

For some reason I thought it might look a bit more convincing than this, it's just really lazy. The only credible reason I can see for Russian troops using such a vehicle is to avoid friendly fire, but it seems extremely unlikely to me.
 

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This new video purports to show the shooting of civilians by Russian troops.
A 'stolen' white van pulls up spray painted with V's and supposedly the words 'Russian Tank Special Forces'. So you know it's Russians, no question, right? A translator would be helpful here.
CNN did the same story: Exclusive: Video shows Russian soldiers killing 2 civilians

This apparently took place when Russians were still circling Kiev, so in March, but neither article gives the precise date.
The Russian mod did warn several days ago that false flags involving vehicles with V's painted on them would be in western media soon.
Could be, but showing surveillance footage with their faces doesn't seem in line with that.
For some reason I thought it might look a bit more convincing than this, it's just really lazy. The only credible reason I can see for Russian troops using such a vehicle is to avoid friendly fire, but it seems extremely unlikely to me.
Looks convincing enough to me. Every military has some idiot hot-heads, including Russia. Unlike allegations like Bucha of intentional mass atrocities that are created out of thin air or massively exaggerated, this is the type of thing that is unfortunately common enough in war. (Though I'd be open to any convincing debunking - just doesn't strike me as implausible on the face of it.)
 

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If it turns out to be true, then I think a Russian statement should acknowledge it and state that the perpetrators will be identified and appropriately punished. Concealing or denying it would probably backfire.

I still think the writing on the van is suspicious. If it were a false flag though, it would seem more convincing if the vehicle was unmarked. They probably wouldn't make it so obvious. The uniforms could have come from dead soldiers.

It could of course be Russian soldiers, I posted it because I wanted to check that my reaction to it wasn't affecting my perception too much. Thankfully, I have you guys!
 
Last ̶u̶k̶r̶a̶i̶n̶i̶a̶n̶ ̶ Finnish soldier

Putin: "NATO would be happy to fight with Russia to the last Finnish soldier"

Russian President Vladimir Putin predicted back in 2016 what would happen if Finland joined NATO.

According to the President, with Finland's accession to NATO, Finnish troops will no longer be independent, sovereign. They will become part of the NATO military infrastructure, which will suddenly appear on the borders of the Russian Federation.

"Imagine Finland joining NATO. Do you think we will continue to act like this: our troops have withdrawn to 1,500 kilometers, so they will stay there, or what? We value Finland's neutral status and respect it, but it is not for us to solve this issue.

To paraphrase the statement of one of my Finnish friends, I could say that the NATO organization would probably be happy to fight with Russia to the last Finnish soldier. Do you need it?", the president said (speech of 01.07.2016).
 

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If it turns out to be true, then I think a Russian statement should acknowledge it and state that the perpetrators will be identified and appropriately punished. Concealing or denying it would probably backfire.

I still think the writing on the van is suspicious. If it were a false flag though, it would seem more convincing if the vehicle was unmarked. They probably wouldn't make it so obvious. The uniforms could have come from dead soldiers.

It could of course be Russian soldiers, I posted it because I wanted to check that my reaction to it wasn't affecting my perception too much. Thankfully, I have you guys!
Well that van is pretty shady! In the CNN video there is also footage of some military vehicles with the V at the same location - allegedly from the fight with the Ukrainian civilian fighters after the injured man called for help. Also, didn't notice but the date on some of the CCTV footage is 3/19.
 

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Looks convincing enough to me. Every military has some idiot hot-heads, including Russia. Unlike allegations like Bucha of intentional mass atrocities that are created out of thin air or massively exaggerated, this is the type of thing that is unfortunately common enough in war. (Though I'd be open to any convincing debunking - just doesn't strike me as implausible on the face of it.)

A white van with a V on the side and "Russian tank special forces"? Really? Whoever these guys were, they were clearly not engaged in any official or unofficial Russian military operation. Shameful reporting by the BBC (as usual) to portray them as if they were.
 

Alejo

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And this made the rounds in another "Russia is shaking in its pants" declaration by the media

Finnish leaders make statement on NATO​


Russia’s northern neighbor will seek membership in the US-led military bloc

President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin of Finland made a joint statement on Thursday morning, confirming their desire to become part of NATO. The country refrained from asking for accession during the Cold War, but made a U-turn after the Russian attack against Ukraine in February.

The statement expressed the view that “as a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defense alliance.” The two officials said their country “must apply for NATO membership without delay”.

NATO claims to be a purely defensive organization, but Russia, which shares a 1,340km (833-mile) land border with Finland, perceives the bloc’s expansion as a threat to its national security. Moscow warned that Helsinki will lose its status as a trusted mediator that its non-alignment stance granted it throughout much of the last century. It also said Finland’s security would be compromised rather than served by joining NATO, since Russia would have to respond to the expansion.

Russia’s attack on Ukraine, which Moscow said was partially motivated by NATO’s creeping expansion in the country, swung public opinion in Finland in favor of joining the bloc. According to recent opinion polls, around three-fourths of the population favor the move.
A special governmental body that includes the two top Finnish officials and several members of the cabinet are expected to meet later this week to pen a formal application, which will then be submitted to the Finnish parliament for approval.
https://www.rt.com/russia/555319-uk-sweden-finland-security/
The legislative bodies of each current NATO member will then need to approve the request before Finland becomes a member. Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said this week that the process will be complete no sooner than October and could take as long as 12 months.
Fellow Nordic country Sweden is also a potential applicant, but there is some disagreement in the government on whether it should seek NATO membership. The country has a tradition of non-alignment that dates back to the Napoleonic Wars. Opinion polls show that roughly half of Swedes currently favor joining NATO.

Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist said earlier this week that if his country submits an application to join NATO, he would prefer it to be processed along with Finland’s bid.

Russia has said, on countless occasions that should Finland join NATO, there would be consequences, this is yet another way the conflict could expand outside the borders of Ukraine, and as Russia has shown... they do what they say they're going to do.
 
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