Open Thread – Weekend 26 Feb 2022

Vicinity of Kiev. Over the Dnieper, Volodymyr Orlovsky, 1884

2,226 responses to “Open Thread – Weekend 26 Feb 2022”

  1. dopey Avatar

    Simon Sebag Montefiore. The Romanovs. (2016)
    Putin’s entourage call him the Tsar, yet it is not the great Romanovs who keep Putin awake at night but the memories of Nicholas 11. One evening in his Novo-Ogareva palace, his chief residence near Moscow, Putin asked his courtiers who were Russia’s ‘greatest traitors’. Before they could answer he replied, ‘The greatest criminals in our history were those weaklings who threw power on the floor – Nicholas 11 and Mikhail Gorbachev – who allowed power to be picked up by hysterics and madmen.’ Putin promised, ‘I would never abdicate.’ The Romanovs are gone but the predicament of Russian autocracy lives on.

  2. miltonf Avatar

    Time for a new COR I reckon.

  3. Rockdoctor Avatar

    Just did a run by Russia Today. Yup know a Kremlin mouthpiece but apparently offline, have used various go arounds but no joy. They really down or are the likes of Telstra acting on their own again?

  4. Frank Avatar

    Any reviews of Dordogne?

    Would recommend. Loire Valley too.

  5. Rabz Avatar

    Cats, in these troubled times, “The first thang I wanna say is – mandate my house sized ass”

    “Come with us back to those glorious days when heroes weren’t zeroes … ”

    “It’s looks like we’re in a B-M0vie*

    And we would rather have had John Wayne …” 😕

    *The first individual, as far as I know, to have used the term, “Hollyweird”.

  6. miltonf Avatar

    RT working for me

  7. Rabz Avatar

    Get off my planet by sundown, Squire! 🙂

  8. Dr Faustus Avatar
    Dr Faustus

    My aim, though, was to see if anyone knowing the bit about the US importing oil from Russia was correct.

    Platts tells us that the US is importing, on average, nearly 600,000 bopd from Russia.

    Keystone XL was going to transport 800,000 bopd from the Canadian Sedimentary Basin.

    Better that Russia gets the hard currency than Young Castro.
    Great call, Biden.

  9. miltonf Avatar

    Time for a new COR I reckon.

    without BP this time

  10. Rockdoctor Avatar

    Cheers miltonf, apparently refused to connect for me. Meh, if I need propaganda guess I’ll look at TASS just a lot less polished.

  11. rosie Avatar

    From prior experience train trip tarbes to bayonne hard to beat and spring has definitely arrived.
    I’ve seen a couple or French military jets exercising the last couple of days don’t know if that is normal or stepped up because of world affairs.

  12. miltonf Avatar

    oh they still have TASS? Thought that might have gone out with the commos!

  13. Winston Smith Avatar

    Doc Faustus:

    Keystone XL was going to transport 800,000 bopd from the Canadian Sedimentary Basin.
    Better that Russia gets the hard currency than Young Castro.

    So a key to the US oil market was given to the railroad company for ?$500,000?
    Someone is getting rich.

  14. Razey Avatar

    Live Romanian/Ukraine border crossing. Not a lot of activity as yet.

  15. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Dick Ed

    So, Putin pulling out of NetZero was A-OK with Schwab, Soros, and the Petroleum Industry?

    Putin needs the Russian petroleum industry to thrive. Net Zero is incompatible with that.

    I doubt that he holds Schwab, Soros et al in high regard.

  16. MatrixTransform Avatar

    They really down or are the likes of Telstra acting on their own again?

    its Teslra keeping you safe from heretical ideas,

    change yr DNS to cloudflare

  17. Zyconoclast Avatar

    Was’nt it Margaret Thatcher who during a previous bloody conflict said that every one should have weapons to defend themselves . Did I hear right Australia will supply “non lethal”support to Ukraine?

    Navy nail polish supplies.

  18. Razey Avatar

    Those cheering for Russia to be removed from Swift will soon understand the folly of this action. There are not enough LNG tankers in the world to supply Germany never mind the rest of Europe. Germany doesn’t even have a single LNG terminal. It takes 3-4 years to build one.

  19. feelthebern Avatar

    Every penny that goes to Ukraine comes straight back out into billionaire pockets.

  20. Speedbox Avatar

    RT working for me. Did have to do a Captcha thingy. Some mention of DDoS attacks.

  21. JC Avatar


    Every single comment you’ve made is directly referencing comments by others. Every single one. Stop the parasitical behavior and introduce your own topics. FMD you’re a parasite.

  22. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Russians believe in Abiotic Oil, so they’re not worried about it ever running out
    Americans believe in “FossilFuels”, so they’ve gotta act as though the Oil is gonna run out anyday now.
    Germans believe in the “GreenDream”, so they’ve closed their nukes and Coal Mines.
    The bottom line is that if America says “jump” all the other countries must ask “How High?”

  23. Rockdoctor Avatar

    Wow a Tropical Cyclone is now at 48km/h gusts in the edge of an elongated centre of circulation WA. LOL clutching at straws to justify season predictions…

  24. Dr Faustus Avatar
    Dr Faustus

    So a key to the US oil market was given to the railroad company for ?$500,000?
    Someone is getting rich.

    The cost of railing crude from Canadia is approx US$10/bbl more than running it through Keystone XL.

    A small price to pay at US$100/bbl.

  25. Rabz Avatar

    Politics 101:

    We are going to end up losing everything in the next few years as the unipardee sells us down the toilet to the Standartenführer and his cronies.

    Fat Cloive needs to bankroll some ads featuring an aesthetically pleasing, scantily clad young Ozzie woman strolling around in the sun near the surf talking about the Oz that she loves and what is at stake if we end up under a labore/greenfilth goat rodeo.

    She finishes the ad intoning, “Vote for good ol’ Fat Cloive, and the UAP, Ozzies, he has your best interests at heart”.

    This is not rocket science, peoples.

    Most voters turn up at the polling booth on election day dreaming about MAFS, their instagram profiles or what tasty treats they’ll buy their Shit’zu on the way home.

    Written and spoken by Rabz for the #informal4evahpartee

  26. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Russians believe in Abiotic Oil, so they’re not worried about it ever running out

    Silliest mineralographic comment I’ve ever read.
    I suppose copper mines never run out too, since they’re abiotic.

    Russians aren’t worried about such things because (a) they sit on a shed load of oil (b) they sit on a shed load of coal and know how to convert it to oil and (c) don’t believe in climate crap. If Putin wasn’t such an arsehole it’d be a great place to move to.

    Yes abiotic oil exists, and yes biotic oil exists. Deal with it.

  27. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Dick Ed is back on the magic ‘shrooms!

  28. Dot Avatar

    Yes abiotic oil exists, and yes biotic oil exists. Deal with it.

    Billions of leftists and environmentalists, crying out…a great disturbance…

  29. Dot Avatar

    Wow a Tropical Cyclone is now at 48km/h gusts in the edge of an elongated centre of circulation WA. LOL clutching at straws to justify season predictions…

    Have you got your CleanClimate PowerPass?

    ‘scuse me whilst I duck out to buy Scott Ukelele and Codpiece McGowan flowers in admiration of their leadership.

  30. Speedbox Avatar

    Razey says:
    February 26, 2022 at 9:36 pm
    There are not enough LNG tankers in the world to supply Germany never mind the rest of Europe.

    And you can be 100% certain that Germany is well aware.

    Gas covered more than a quarter of Germany’s primary energy use in 2021, making it the country’s second most important energy source. Germany is among the world’s biggest natural gas importers and around 95 percent of its gas consumption is met by imports, according to the BGR. The country re-exports about half of the natural gas it imports. In 2020, the country produced 5.7 billion cubic metres (bcm) of natural gas, but according to geologists, the fields are nearing depletion. Domestic natural gas production has been falling since 2004 and will likely cease altogether in the course of the 2020s. Strict regulations make substantial use of fracking highly unlikely for now.

    Oh dear….

  31. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Dot – One particular zinc deposit I know of was full of shungite. Three or four percent of the ore, basically abiotic oil that had solidified. Shungite is full of fullerenes. Since the deposit was very large I thought that the entire world could be kept fed with buckyballs for roughly forever, if someone ever bothered to extract them. All those natural buckballs still exist: in the tailings dam.

    Another ginormous mineral deposit I’ve worked on has several percent of abiotic oil in it. It’s clearly abiotic since the deposit (over a billion tonnes) was a late stage magma in which the good stuff was concentrated. The oil is a nuisance for processing, but not too much of one.

  32. Zatara Avatar

    Brimming European LNG terminals lack room for more gas

    LNG imports to the continent remain robust. After hitting a record high in January of more than 16 billion cubic metres (bcm), they have so far reached 6.9 bcm in February.

    This means most of Europe’s LNG terminals are operating at full capacity, especially in north-west Europe, where they feed large economies Britain, France and Germany, raising the question of how much more LNG can be processed.

  33. Dot Avatar

    Thoughts on Thomas Gold’s Deep Hot Biosphere?


    You are banned from commenting for obvious reasons.

    Ed Case & srr can guard the bee in the glass jar in the basement with Graeme Bird.

  34. srr Avatar

    Bob Gallagher @2ndwatcher
    2m ·


    Hillary Clinton Calls for Non-Governmental Actors and Hackers To Lead the United States Military Into a Hot War Against Russia in Ukraine
    February 25, 2022 | sundance | 451 Comments

    Let us not forget the history of Egypt 2011, Libya 2012 and the original U.S. State Department Ukraine operations in 2014.

    Everything we are seeing in U.S. media surrounding U.S. interests in Ukraine is a massive propaganda operation with the headquarters in the U.S. State Department and U.S. intelligence community. The sense of sympathy you are feeling is part of an intentionally manipulative operation from within this DC matrix.

    The images, pictures, videos, speeches, soundbites and the cinematography broadcast by U.S. corporate media are all purposefully intended to create a very specific outlook within the American people toward the issues in Ukraine. The leftist United Nations, and the leftist U.S State Dept, will work together on this just like they have done in the prior examples (Ukraine 1.0, Libya, Egypt, etc.)

    If you question any of their constructs, if you point out the puppet strings, if you notice the collective distribution of specifically repeated patterns, you are a labeled a Russian apologist. However, it is critical to retain our reference points to recognize when we are being misled by this effort.

    This is not to say that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a good actor in this scenario, he’s not. This is also not to say that Volodymyr Zelenskyy is a willful participant in this geopolitical scheme, he’s not. Zelenskyy is stuck in a scenario that is not in his control. He is doing the best he can to avoid the worst outcome, which means he is aligning with the U.S. State Dept, because it is the least bad of the two current options.

    There are genuine Ukraine freedom fighters, and genuine leaders inside Ukraine who are fighting to remain an independent state free from the influence of Russia. However, the free Ukrainian elements are also stuck with the political manipulations of external forces like the U.S. and NATO.

    The ultra-leftists in the U.S. Deep State Department have been playing in Ukraine for well over a decade. Do you really think they will just walk away from their investments without fighting to retain that influence? Of course not.

    Additionally, do you think the DC system has put this much effort into their control over Ukraine politics for this long, and would walk away without putting forth a fight? Again, of course not. This is the playground of people like former Senator John McCain and current U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham. Within the DC alignment, there is no distance between the political parties when it comes to the benefits of geopolitical influence.

    Republicans and Democrats are united in “foreign policy”, and institutions like the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are aligned with the intents and purposes of the Deep State intelligence apparatus and U.S. State Department. This is an alignment based on mutually beneficial outcomes.

    ? Without a doubt, there are U.S. military “contractors” and dark money special operations forces embedded within the Ukraine fighting units, who can quickly melt into the civilian population if an insurgency approach is needed. If Russia takes all of Ukraine (that’s a big ‘if’), we can be certain that U.S. elements will be inside the country triggering conflict to retake western control. The U.S. will never give up on their Ukraine investments.

    Authorization ‘finding memos‘, permitting covert operations in Ukraine, from the White House to the Gang of Eight in Congress would easily find support. The DC system will collectively align in common purpose, and there will be no dissent permitted. We are seeing that now.

    All of that said… depending on how tenuous it gets, the western alliance is already positioning to trigger an actual ‘hot’ conflict with deployment of the NATO article five charter under the auspices of cyber warfare.

    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said today that “cyberattacks” against any NATO country by Russia can trigger article five of the NATO treaty. Meaning U.S-NATO forces will consider cyberattacks as justification for military engagement by the U.S. and NATO in Ukraine.

    The groundwork is being assembled for the United States to be pushed into more open military engagement. In order to pull this off, they need the media system to push a sympathy narrative, that’s where the Hollywood-centric U.S. State Department steps in. Watch out for this “pallywood” type propaganda when it surfaces, and recognize the intent is to manipulate the way you think, view and feel about the issues as they unfold.

    Yesterday, from the White House podium, Deputy National Security Advisor Daleep Singh boiled down the leftist view of geopolitical power to a cultural issue of social likeability. Singh stated, “Strategic success in the 21st century is not about a physical land grab of territory; that’s what Putin has done. In this century, strategic power is increasingly measured and exercised by economic strength, by technological sophistication and your story – who you are, what your values are; can you attract ideas and talent and goodwill? And on each of those measures, this will be a failure for Russia.”

    This is the same outlook on geopolitical power that took us to an interventionist position in Egypt, by removing Hosni Mubarark, and in Libya, killing Mouamar Kaddaffi. This is an approach based on using Big Tech and social media as weapons to manipulate the perspectives of Americans to support the interventionist intents of the U.S. government. They succeeded then in the Middle East by igniting the Islamist Spring, and they succeeded again in 2014 in the original Ukraine intervention.

    Big Tech (Google, Microsoft) and Social Media operations like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, etc., are “non-governmental actors” who work on behalf of the intents of the U.S. government, specifically the U.S. State Dept. The intent is to shape opinion.

    Collaboratively, this network will coordinate with the messaging and narrative within corporate media. The alphabets, CNN, CNNi, Fox, MSNBC and the on-line allies at the New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, etc. then collaborate. Together the media and tech form a massive psychological campaign against the psyche of the American public. Everything is purposeful.

    That’s the backdrop for this important statement today from Hillary Clinton as she calls for all these interests and agencies to align in common cause to assist in the Ukraine “story”, to use the words of Daleep Singh yesterday. Listen to how former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asks for “non-governmental” actors to get involved. The video is only two minutes, but listen carefully at 00:36 forward {Direct Rumble Link}:

    Keep in mind that NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg said cyberattacks by Russia would be considered triggers for article five war. Now you see Hillary Clinton openly called for the United States government and NGA’s to conduct cyberattacks against Russia. “I think we could also be attacking a lot of the government institutions and again, the oligarchs and their way of life through cyberattacks,” she declares.

    We are being manipulated for military engagement within Ukraine.

    We are being manipulated by the propaganda of the U.S. State Dept.

    We are being manipulated.

    It is not Ukraine President Volodymyr’s fault. He is as much a victim in this as we are.


  35. Thefrollickingmole Avatar

    Was it the satanic neo Nazi pedos?

    I didn’t even mention tunnels…

  36. srr Avatar

    February 25, 2022 9:51 pm
    Reply to Nate
    Putin is acting for Russia, and he is taking out the NWO (Nazi World Order)’s bioweapons labs, armaments, and Nazi governmental elements installed in Ukraine by Nuland and the WEF and the DC grifters (Biden, Pelosi, Lurch, and Romney among others).

    More power to him. May it be quick and relatively bloodless. DeNazification should always be supported. The Freelands and Dasczaks and Bushes and Kesslers and other Nazi supporters and descendants must be exposed and rooted out, worldwide.

    Assuming Putin accomplishes the safe removal of the DTRA labs, the capture and removal of the DS henchmen and the DeNazification of the rest of the country, the resulting neutral Ukraine will have less corruption, much less human trafficking, a better economy, and less chance of a biological weapons disaster.

    In the meantime, the WEF grift machine has now lost its Afghan drugs and money operation, its Syrian oil through Turkey operation (a McCain specialty), and now its Ukrainian money laundering operation looks to be on the ropes. So much losing. No wonder the demons are screaming.

    Next up: the McConnell/Chao/CCP deepstate money operation that fliws through Taiwan. What a shame that will be when the Chao family finds its shipping empire bankrupted. Here’s looking at you Mitch, you SOB.

    Would not be surprised to see some action in Serbia too, where Petraeus set himself up as a cyber warlord. If there is going to be a cyber war, Serbia and Petraeus will probably be involved.”

  37. Razey Avatar

    February 26, 2022 at 10:23 pm
    Holy shit it’s Viper…

    There is also a USAF Stratotanker up there too. I’m guessing there is more than one F16 loitering.

  38. Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity Avatar
    Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

    While unvaccinated are lepers & not allowed by law into pubs/cafes/restaurants, the venue (pub in this case) is required to make a reasonable effort to check the vaccination status of persons entering.

    Reasonable effort.

    It depends upon how scared your local rubbity is of enforcement action + how ruthless the swine are in your town.

    Police have conducted one only Appell inside my place, & that was before Christmas. The appetite for enforcement seems to have pretty much dissipated since then.

    I’m still checking, but not everybody. My care factor for whether someone is vaccinated is considerably below zero.

  39. Rabz Avatar

    was full of shungite

    As opposed to shite. Which the evil imbeciles marching humanity into slavery are full of.

  40. Gabor Avatar

    Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity says:
    February 26, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    My recollection may be hazy, we may not be thinking of the same person.

    I’m certain about that.

  41. Rabz Avatar

    Wolf Alice Silk

    An homage to This Mortal Coil?

  42. Zatara Avatar

    High prices turn U.S. LNG tankers to Europe

    About two-thirds of U.S. LNG volumes went to Europe in January, up from around 61% in December, according to Refinitiv data.

    Prices were so much higher in Europe that traders rerouted several U.S. LNG tankers to head across the Atlantic instead of the Pacific. One ship was on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal when the captain received orders to turn around, go back through the canal, and head to Europe.

    It got so busy earlier in February, with multiple LNG carriers making the short U.S.-to-Europe cargo run, that shippers found an oversupply of tankers returning to port to pick up another load weeks sooner than if they had sailed to Asia.

    It appears that the EU isn’t going to wither up and blow away due to lack of LNG for the moment.

  43. Beertruk Avatar

    Meanwhile in other news:
    Grrrrr…full time…Dirty Stinking Cheating Dragqueens 16 v Righteous Rabbitohs 10…
    and Cowboys 26 v Drongos 6 with 10 minutes to go.
    That is all. 😉

  44. Beertruk Avatar

    Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupiditysays:
    February 26, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    One of these days I would like to go to your establishment for a beer.

  45. rosie Avatar

    Train trip Dax to Bordeaux so far ordinary, as it was last time.
    Pine plantations, solar panels, occasional herds of long horned cows, the horns on one were gleaming so brightly in the sun, just for a moment they looked like they were made of stainless steel.

  46. Beertruk Avatar

    February 26, 2022 at 11:04 pm
    Thats it Matey. 🙂

  47. Razey Avatar

    Reports saying Australia has banned

    Typical tyrannical fascist government censoring information.

  48. srr Avatar

    After Success With Chavez and El Chapo, Hollywood Actor Sean Penn Heads to Ukraine To Document Russian Invasion Against Zelenskyy
    February 25, 2022 | sundance | 203 Comments

    Like a bad penny, the Hollywood actor shows up right before bad things happen; Vice News is likely in the background of the cinematography.

    Previously, Sean Penn headed to Venezuela to showcase support for Hugo Chavez, and that led to millions suffering starvation. A few years later, he turns up in Mexico supporting infamously brutal drug lord Joaquín Archivaldo “El Chapo” Guzmán. Conspicuously, right before the FBI nabbed El Chapo. Now Penn resurfaces in Ukraine to document the downfall of Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

    Hollywood is one of the more famous State Department Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s). They have been involved in deep state shaping of public opinion for quite some time.

    Please pay attention to this little sentence: “Penn previously visited Ukraine in November 2021 to prepare for the documentary.” If you find yourself wondering how Sean Penn would know in November of last year that Ukraine would fall to a Russian invasion four months later, well, you are a conspiracy theorist or something.

    (Via Yahoo) […] Penn was photographed in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, on Thursday attending a press briefing about the conflict. The Ukrainian government publicly thanked the Oscar-winning actor for coming to the country.

    “The director specially came to Kyiv to record all the events that are currently happening in Ukraine and to tell the world the truth about Russia’s invasion of our country. Sean Penn is among those who support Ukraine in Ukraine today. Our country is grateful to him for such a show of courage and honesty,” the Office of the President of Ukraine said in a statement to Newsweek.


  49. srr Avatar

    Why do drug dealers want to kill their clients?
    prompted to start at the question & answer –

    CCP Deadly Fentanyl Invasion in the US

  50. Razey Avatar

    February 26, 2022 at 11:24 pm
    Ukraine says it has inflicted one of Russia’s heaviest ever day of losses with more than 1,000 casualties: Putin’s losses now stand at 2,800 troops, 80 tanks and 516 armoured vehicles as fightback continues.

    A report also came in a few hours ago of 2 IL-76 transports shot down south of Kiev during a para-drop mission.

    Ukraine sounds desperate. Bagdad Bob anyone?

  51. Rabz Avatar

    Pack it up …
    Pack it in …
    Jump around, peoples! 🙂

  52. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Don’t know how to link to it, but there’s a “Downfall” parody on Hitlers reaction to Putin’s invasion of the Ukraine…

  53. Brislurker Avatar

    Not to reignite the truck v train discussion, the following article is a bit scary. Despite paying for hiring the truck, the driver had no control because the trucking company didn’t like what he did while hiring it. Think of the ramifications of that.

  54. DrBeauGan Avatar

    Don’t know how to link to it, but there’s a “Downfall” parody on Hitlers reaction to Putin’s invasion of the Ukraine…

    It’s not very good or I’d put it in.

  55. rosie Avatar

    RT has doss protection?

  56. rosie Avatar

    DDos protection

  57. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    It’s not very good or I’d put it in.

    I just thought it ironic, that’s all.

  58. srr Avatar

    Maajid Nawaz Lays Out The Checkpoint Society

    Feb 26, 2022
    The Podcast of the Lotus Eaters
    247K subscribers

  59. Rabz Avatar

    Beaugy – agreed. Bluddee hell – these “parodies” no longer work, I just hear and understand the adolph going postal.

    “und Stalin!”

    The latter outsmarted you, before (allegedly) dying peacefully in his bed surrounded by his lackeys.

    After listening to il Kurylenko playing this* …

    *As one does. Before donning the jackboots and marching westwards! 🙂

  60. rosie Avatar

    “Moscow says it has repelled an armed border incursion
    Ukraine has denied a Russian claim that five of its service personnel were killed on Monday during a firefight near the two countries shared border.

    Kiev added that none of its forces have a presence in Russia’s Rostov region, dismissing Moscow’s assertion as “fake news.”

    “I reiterate that the Ukrainian armed forces have not attacked Donetsk and Lugansk, have not sent saboteurs or APCs across the border, have not shelled Russia’s territory or its border checkpoint. All of these are the products of Russia’s fake factory,” Ukrainian military spokesman Pavlo Kovalchuk told reporters.

    The official also insisted the country’s military has not taken any “aggressive actions” at all lately, claiming the forces of the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk have been shelling themselves to ramp up the ongoing tensions.

    “The occupiers themselves are blowing up infrastructure facilities in the occupied territories, carrying out erratic shelling of settlements and staging other provocations to escalate the situation,” Kovalchuk alleged.

    Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba had a similar message, taking to Twitter to deny any intrusion and urge Russia to “stop the fake factory.”

    The Russian Army claimed that a small reconnaissance unit crossed from Ukraine into Russia’s Rostov Region around 6am local time. Moscow said that when its forces were sent to confront the intruders, two Ukrainian armored infantry vehicles crossed into Russia as well.

    According to Moscow, both Ukrainian vehicles were destroyed and five service members were killed. There were no casualties among the Russian troops and border guards, Moscow said.

    Russian officials earlier said that a border guard post was destroyed on Monday by a shell launched from Ukraine. No one was hurt in the reported incident. Kiev branded the allegations part of Moscow’s “information war waged to pin the blame on Ukrainian armed forces.” Ukrainian officials have repeatedly accused Moscow of trying to lure them into a conflict.

    The recent flare-up between the Ukrainian army and the two breakaway regions in the country’s east began last”

  61. rosie Avatar

    “blaming each other for ceasefire violations.

    The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) claimed that Ukraine was planning a full-blown assault. The rebels mobilized military-age men and are evacuating civilians to Russia. The Ukrainian military, meanwhile, denies plans to return the two breakaway regions by force.’

  62. srr Avatar

    Again Biden tells Ukraine what to do, Ukraine obeys.
    Ukraine WANTED to Negotiate PEACE with Putin, Biden said NO!

    26 Feb, 2022 12:51 RT
    Ukraine’s leadership has rejected negotiations – Kremlin

    Russia says it has resumed the military operation in Ukraine after Kiev refused to negotiate
    Ukraine’s leadership has rejected negotiations – Kremlin
    Russia’s military operation in Ukraine has continued after the country’s leadership had declined to negotiate, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Saturday

    President Vladimir Putin previously ordered the Russian troops to halt their advance on Friday, awaiting a response from Kiev, Moscow said. It added that the offensive continued on Saturday.

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Friday that he was ready to sit down for talks with Russia in order to end hostilities between the countries. The same day, Peskov told reporters that Moscow was ready to hold talks in Minsk, Belarus. He later claimed that the Ukrainian side first offered to move the meeting to Warsaw, Poland, and then stopped responding.

    Earlier, at America’s Conservative Treehouse –

    Ukraine and Russia Officials Negotiating a Meeting – Biden Administration Tells Zelenskyy to Stop, Only U.S. Permitted to Negotiate With Russia

    And the same people trying to wash Biden’s bloody hands out of this, also tell you that our enemies don’t use drugs as a weapon of war against us.

    In the US, Fentanyl is The HIGHEST KILLER of 18 to 45 year olds by a long straw, and that’s not counting the greater number who are effectively the walking dead.
    All the fighting force ages the enemy doesn’t have to spend a bullet on.
    They pay the enemy to kill themselves for the enemy.

    There is such a reckoning coming for those who know all this yet lie otherwise.

  63. Rabz Avatar

    Vicinity of Kiev. Over the Dnieper, Volodymyr Orlovsky, 1884

    Perhaps most unbearable of all is the scene he describes a thousand miles to the East in the immense, remote peace that then enfolded rural Russia. As Ivan Kuchernigo was summoned to mobilization, his five-year-old daughter sat in his arms, pressing against him and saying, “Daddy, why are you going? Why are you leaving us?”

    The Foul Tornado

  64. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    That is a cracking link, Rabz. Excellent piece by Hitchens.

    To adapt and reverse Clausewitz: The European Union is the continuation of Germany by other means.

    Just excellent.

    I’m getting hold of Max Hastings’ book as well.

  65. rosie Avatar

    I saw a headline that Germany is supplying 400 weapons, missiles? to the Ukraine.
    Why on earth is the west interfering, they want a bigger body count?
    I suppose the next disgraceful thing will be Biden committing US troops.
    I don’t care who is the bad guy here. The quicker it’s over the better.

  66. Tom Avatar

    The Australian has picked up a comment piece from the Wall Street Journal by a never-Trumper from the National Post named Jonathon Kay comparing Donald Trump to Justin Trudeau:

    If Donald Trump were a woke Canadian, he’d be Justin Trudeau

    One of the Paywallian’s editors down the chain of command has figured out it’s indefensible nonsense and, while not having the authority to spike it, has made sure reader comments are closed.

    We’ll never know who the clown is who let it through, but it has reinforced how much the paper hates its readers.

  67. rosie Avatar

    “Germany will send 1,000 anti-tank weapons and 500 Stinger missiles to Ukraine, marking a complete reversal in Berlin’s restrictive arms export policy, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced Saturday.”

    French news under-reported.

  68. rosie Avatar

    How exactly is coal and gas usage different in principle to wind and sun.
    All have costs involved in converting to usable energy.
    Sometimes ýou can’t get coal for the price you’d prefer, and sometimes you can’t get sun no matter how much money you’re prepared to spend .

    cannon Brookes is a very stupid man

  69. Dot Avatar

    And the same people trying to wash Biden’s bloody hands out of this, also tell you that our enemies don’t use drugs as a weapon of war against us.

    In the US, Fentanyl is The HIGHEST KILLER of 18 to 45 year olds by a long straw, and that’s not counting the greater number who are effectively the walking dead.
    All the fighting force ages the enemy doesn’t have to spend a bullet on.
    They pay the enemy to kill themselves for the enemy.

    There is such a reckoning coming for those who know all this yet lie otherwise.

    Is this a “God speaks to me, my children!” moment you rambling bloody fool?

    Get this through your thick skull:

    1. You are talking about foreign enemies undermining the USA.
    2. Jansen Pharmaceuticals (Netherlands, a US/NATO ally) first made Fentanyl.
    3. Jansen is now a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (USA), subject to a stock split.

    Just stop.

  70. Dot Avatar

    Russian Toady isn’t blocked.

    I can read their pro terrorist, pro Al Shabbab articles without a worry.

  71. rosie Avatar

    The US enacted legislation last March to try to limit the amount of fentanyl being shipped anonymously in small packets from China. All parcels no matter how small have to be trackable, I don’t know how successful, but there it is.
    2020 article here

  72. Dot Avatar

    Who is allied to China?

  73. rosie Avatar

    Not me.

  74. Dot Avatar

    I’ll give you a hint.

    RUSH – ER.

  75. Dot Avatar

    Is England even celebrating 1100 years (2027) since Athelstan led a permanently united England?

    I can find an unofficial, private group on Facebook, but officially?

    They don’t hate themselves this much, do they?

    I thought they might want to get off their butts and start organising.

  76. rosie Avatar

    Like is ussr without the u?

  77. Dot Avatar


    Okay princess, no more cooking, cleaning or mothering, but your chores now are:

    Fixing the family cars
    Beating/killing home intruders before the cops come
    Cleaning gutters
    Fixing the roof
    Being the family gravedigger for family pets
    Doing most of the driving on long trips
    Working when you are on maternity leave and paying the mortgage
    Paying most of the bills
    Unlicensed electrical work
    Any gardening/clean up beyond planting petunias
    Good old stinking tip runs to the waste management centre
    The majority of handyman work
    Unlicensed plumbing & electrical
    Getting quotes from tradespeople

    Yep, those men sure are lazy children!

  78. Dot Avatar

    Swap out a repeat of unlicensed electrical for killing pests and likely submitting the tax return/dealing with lawyers.

  79. Dot Avatar

    Fixing phones and computers. How many wives and mothers honestly do this?

  80. rosie Avatar

    You have to ignore this secular nonsense dot.
    Marriage isn’t a contract for goods and services and people that treat it as one get what they deserve.

  81. custard Avatar

    From Darren Beattie Revolver News

    The Truth About the Ukraine

    Way back in 2016, President Obama said Ukraine is simply not a core American interest that is worth killing and dying over.

    And the American people understand this.

    According to the AP, just 26% of Americans say the U.S. should play a major role in the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

    Thanks to the stubbornness, arrogance, and incompetence of America’s discredited foreign policy “elite,” yet another entirely avoidable conflict has gone hot.

    A diplomatic solution with Russia might have involved something as simple as demilitarization in the Ukraine and a signed treaty promising Ukraine would never join NATO.

    The Globalist American Empire and its European client states still have yet to sanction Russia’s critical oil and gas industries, lest Germany face a massive energy crisis, and energy prices go through the roof worldwide, which in and of itself could topple the Democrats in 2022 and the Biden regime in 2024.

    In a 2015 lecture, John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago, described how NATO’s relentless expansion east, support for regime change in Ukraine via color revolution, and repeated decision to double down against Russian opposition had created an unnecessary Ukraine crisis.

    Belligerent neocons and neoliberals of American foreign policy have always been wrong.

    Again and again, interventionism has led America into avoidable and humiliating catastrophes.

    It led to disaster in Vietnam, embarrassment in Iraq, and total national humiliation in Afghanistan.

    The War Party destroyed Syria and Libya as stable countries and turned them into hotbeds of chaos and terrorism, in return for absolutely nothing.

    Interventionists claim that America must fight to demonstrate its strength, yet nothing has depleted America’s strength more than the trillions of dollars wasted on wars that go nowhere.

    If America wants its role in the 21st century to stay on par with its role in the 20th, it cannot afford another Iraq-style error. And that means embracing competent realism rather than the unholy neoconservative/neoliberal alliance that has set US foreign policy for thirty years now.

    In other words, put America First.

    Back in 2003, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney masterminded a war in Iraq that Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden both voted for.

    The war was a total disaster, based on false premises, yet because American elites never face consequences for failure, nothing happened.

    Come 2011, when Libya became unstable, Hillary Clinton egged on the war, and then luxuriated in the slaughter that followed.

    In 2014, this same unholy alliance cheered on a color revolution in Ukraine that predictably led Ukraine down a primrose path of destruction.

    Now, eight years into a disaster they created, these interventionists again want to set US policy, and they again want a position of maximum aggression that will prove useless for the people of Ukraine and suicidally self-destructive to the people of America.

    The American foreign policy elite is useless, depraved, and discredited.

    They deserve no power and no influence whatsoever.

    Ignore everything they say on Ukraine and support the right policy of putting America First.

  82. Dot Avatar

    Only Putin could say “demilitarise Ukraine” with a straight face.

  83. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    An interesting article on the perspective of Hungarians towards the war on the other side of the border, and the echoes of 1956.

    ‘We fought Soviets with our fists, we are not naive’ Hungary says (Express, 26 Feb)

    Worth a read. The picture of the T-55 in the museum is interesting. Also interesting that Tony Abbott, who features in the article, was in Budapest for a foreign policy conference a couple days before the invasion commenced.

  84. Anchor What Avatar
    Anchor What

    Yes Tom, a very silly article by Kay, reprinted by The Australian, who have decided not to allow comments most days on any of their Perry Williams idiocies boosting renewables.

  85. Anchor What Avatar
    Anchor What

    The ABC while reporting that Orban of Hungary has sided with the EU regarding sanctions against Russia couldn’t resist the urge to add that Orban was usually a big supporter of Putin. Doesn’t sound correct to me.

  86. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Urgh, I’ll never be a journalist. The article is interesting though, I think I said that…

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