All things Russia Vs. Ukraine for March 13, 2022

1. Remnant TV 40 minute video on Ukraine and the Soros connection.
(Recommended by Oz-Rita)

2. No idea how reliable this fellow is. At the start of the video, I thought maybe it was a spoof and the guy would reveal he was really in Chicago or Detroit. But he appears to be in the DPR, which I guess is part of Donbas or maybe is yet another breakaway state from Ukraine. Its 21 minutes. The interview with the woman in the apartment building in about 5 minutes appears to be the point.

3. Red Pill Germany: The Potemkin German “opposition” wants NATO to stop Putin.

(Canada has the same problem. The “Conservatives” in Ontario and federally use the exact same technique as the media does. Which is to say, they pretend to oppose the government policies by demanding more of what the government wants to do, making the government appear moderate. For a hypothetical example, when the government suggests everyone get an experimental vaccine, media and opposition will insist that it be mandatory. But none of them will ask any questions about whether or not it’s needed, safe or effective.)

4. Russia Strikes Military Site Near Poland in ‘Significant Escalation,’ Dozens Dead

Russian airstrikes on the Yavoriv military training area in Ukraine have left at least 35 people dead, according to the Lviv regional administration in a statement on Sunday.

About 30 missiles were fired from warplanes over the Black and Azov and hit the military base, said Lviv regional military administration chief Maksym Kozytsky in a Facebook statement. Another 134 people were hospitalized in the incident, his office said.

The Yavoriv military site is about 12 miles away from the Polish border and is some 25 miles from Lviv, located in western Ukraine.

“Russia has attacked the International Center for Peacekeeping & Security near Lviv. Foreign instructors work here. Information about the victims is being clarified,” Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said on social media. “This is new terrorist attack on peace & security near the EU-NATO border. Action must be taken to stop this.”

(I wonder if this is true at all. Probably not given the next item:

5. The US wants a COMPLETE FREEZE on INDEPENDENT journalism. Now why would that be? Or did I misunderstand it?

We will update this post and in the comments as the day goes on.

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31 Replies to “All things Russia Vs. Ukraine for March 13, 2022”

  1. Appreciate the hard work Eeyore, and the analysis of the Conservatives is so good, I’m adopting and claiming it’s mine. It is so true.

    “Would the prime minister explain why he has not sufficiently terrified the citizenry of Putin and Covid?” It’s appalling.

    • LOL! yeah thats about it.

      I can’t listen to much CBC without needing BP meds. But occasionally when I do, or CTV or Global, they typically get on a legislator who enacted or put forward a horrible policy, then demand that they aren’t doing enough to keep Canadians safe or whatever other nonsense.

      The provincial NDP and Liberals do the same to Ford’s government. Its ubiquitous. Once you see the scam you can’t unsee it. Its very consistent.

      I think I even posted a video of the Ontario legislature with this exact scam and a similar explanation.

    • the conservative tree house – Another Round of Ukraine Hoaxes Discovered?

      The propaganda out of the Ukraine/Hollywood association is continuing unabated. In a Twitter video today, pushed by Buzzfeed Journalist Christopher Miller {SEE HERE}, the claim is, “President Zelensky walked to a hospital today to visit wounded Ukrainian soldiers and award them with state honors for their sacrifices.”

      MORE :

      https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/03/13/another-round-of-ukraine-hoaxes-discovered

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    • MARCH 13 2022 – Zelensky warns Russian missiles will fall on the West without a no-fly zone over Ukraine

      MARCH 13 2022 – President Zelensky warns Russian missiles will fall on the west without a Nato no-fly zone over Ukraine

      ( 4 min 53 )

      Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky issued a defiant video statement on Sunday (March 13), on day 18 of the war which began when Russian forces invaded.

      Addressing the Russian airstrike on the Yavoriv International Centre for Peacekeeping and Security earlier on Sunday, in which 35 people were killed, Zelensky said the day began “dark”.

      Zelensky also repeated his calls to NATO to implement a no-fly zone over Ukraine.

      Despite Sunday morning’s airstrike in Western Ukraine and the evacuation of thousands of civilians from cities across the country, Zelenskiy remained defiant in his message.

      “We will win thanks to the fact that Ukrainians know how to unite. We can always count on our own people,” he said, referencing a visit to a checkpoint in Kiev on Sunday.

      The defiant President also visited wounded troops in hospital and handed out medals – despite Russia’s constant shelling and threats on his life.

      The brave war leader visited a military hospital in the Kiev region on Sunday to meet some of his hero soldiers who have been injured while putting their lives on the line to fight Putin’s army.

    • MARCH 13 2022 – Zelensky warns Russian missiles will fall on the West without a no-fly zone over Ukraine

      ( 8 min 04 ) Eng subs

      Zelensky recorded another video address to Ukrainians.

      “We are going through the worst ordeal in our history”

  2. JUNE 2021 – EXCLUSIVE DISPATCH: US GUARDSMEN TRAIN UKRAINIAN TROOPS FOR A NEW KIND OF WAR

    YAVORIV, Ukraine — At this former Soviet military base located some 750 miles to the west of Ukraine’s eastern war zone, the sounds of tank shots, machine guns, and small arms fire snarl throughout the course of this sweltering June afternoon.

    The Yavoriv International Peacekeeping and Security Centre was once a major meeting place for military leaders of the Warsaw Pact, the Soviet-led military alliance that opposed NATO during the Cold War. Some 30 years after the Soviet Union’s demise, the base is now home to a profoundly different mission.

    Under the watchful eye of about 130 US Army National Guardsmen, Ukrainian troops are training for combat against Russia, their former Soviet ally, as well as to operate alongside NATO militaries. For the Ukrainians, the training mission is an invaluable opportunity to hone their combat skills and professionalize their military according to NATO standards. For the Americans, their time at Yavoriv is a blunt reality check.

    After two decades of counterinsurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US is now neck-deep in a new era of great power competition against near-peer adversaries such as China and Russia. Thus, daily interactions with their Ukrainian counterparts remind the US troops based at Yavoriv that the next war America fights will likely be far different, and far more lethal, than the last.

    “It is definitely a change of pace” from “what we’re used to — especially the twilight years in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Capt. Chris Rothwell of the Washington Army National Guard told Coffee or Die Magazine.

    Rothwell, a Chicago native who served in Afghanistan, added, “[The Ukrainians] are very proud to be here. It’s extremely impressive to me because of the situation they’re dealing with in the east. They know that what they’re learning here can be used at any time.”

    In Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, which borders Russia, tens of thousands of Ukrainian troops remain hunkered down along an entrenched front line, engaged in a seven-year-old trench war against a combined force of Russian regulars, pro-Russian separatists, and foreign mercenaries. The conflict has, so far, killed some 14,000 Ukrainians and displaced 1.7 million people, according to the United Nations.

    The US-led training mission at Yavoriv began in 2015 as a means to prepare Ukrainian troops for daily combat in the Donbas — that is to say, combat in a static trench war defined by artillery exchanges, rocket attacks, tank skirmishes, and the ever-present threat of snipers.

    That original mission has evolved, however. Today, military personnel from the US and six other NATO countries are preparing Ukraine’s military to employ maneuver warfare as a defense against an outright Russian invasion. Known as the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine, or JMTG-U, the Yavoriv mission is also focused on professionalizing Ukraine’s armed forces according to Western standards, thereby increasing its ability to operate alongside NATO militaries.

    “We transformed from being actually trainers to being advisers,” said Sgt. Maj. Timothy Durr, a member of the Washington Army National Guard currently deployed to Ukraine.

    “If they don’t know something, we’ll work with them and help instruct it, but our focus here is actually the advising piece,” Durr said. “They have all the information. They have the knowledge.”

    Task Force Raven from the Washington Army National Guard’s 81st Stryker Brigade Combat Team assumed command of the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine mission on April 16. Each US rotation at Yavoriv lasts roughly nine months and comprises about 130 troops.

    At a small military museum at the Yavoriv base, generations of military uniforms are on display. They range from the Soviet army in World War II to the contemporary US Army. The items offer evidence of Ukraine’s complicated past as a borderland between East and West. There’s also a photo album filled with pictures of the Soviet army in Afghanistan. A Ukrainian soldier, who is an Afghanistan veteran of the Soviet army, thumbs through the photos. The names he pronounces would be familiar to any US veteran of Afghanistan — “Kunduz … Bagram … Kabul … Kandahar.”

    “The Ukrainians really do care,” Durr said. “They really do believe in what they’re doing. And there is a connection, I gotta say, especially for combat veterans, and when they find out you’re a combat veteran of the US Army.

    “There’s a connection there … I’ve met guys who fought in Afghanistan for Russia, and now they’re fighting for their freedoms in Ukraine.”

    Relations between Moscow and the West have devolved into tensions reminiscent of the Cold War era — a contentious state of affairs that was on full display during President Joe Biden’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva Wednesday. Against that historic backdrop, Ukraine’s overall military importance to NATO is on the rise as the Western alliance looks to shore up its eastern bulwarks against Russian aggression.

    “The overall mission is for Ukraine to be interoperable with NATO partners and NATO nations. And [to be] independent … the main mission here is that. Independent, but operable,” Capt. Sean Kelsey of the Washington Army National Guard told Coffee or Die during an interview at Yavoriv.

    Russia sent shock waves across the West earlier this year by massing tens of thousands of troops near Ukraine’s borders. Despite a partial Russian withdrawal, the situation remains volatile. Ukrainian officials say some 75,000 Russian soldiers remain deployed within striking distance of Ukraine’s frontier.

    Task Force Raven’s troops arrived in Ukraine at the height of those Russo-Ukrainian border tensions. While the crisis didn’t materially affect the US mission at Yavoriv, it certainly underscored the seriousness of the situation for the arriving US military personnel.

    “All in all, it did affect us. It was like, ‘Holy crap, this actually might happen. And we’re here,’” Durr said.

    When the US-led NATO training mission at Yavoriv began in 2015, American soldiers had a direct hand in training Ukrainian troops in tactical combat skills, such as raiding buildings, searching for improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and building tank defenses. That’s no longer the case.

    The tactical training at Yavoriv is now carried out by a dedicated cadre of about 300 Ukrainian instructors, including a specialized unit known as opposing forces, or OPFOR, which simulates Russian tactics during training exercises. In stark contrast to 2015, the Americans now mostly sit on the sidelines and observe while the Ukrainians run through their combat drills.

    “We have learned a lot [from the Americans]; I can talk about it for three hours,” Yevgen Golovkov, a Ukrainian Army OPFOR soldier, said. “I think they can learn something, too, from us.”

    In addition to learning combat basics, the Ukrainians are training to defend themselves against drones and Russian electromagnetic warfare. Counter-IED training is also on the syllabus, as are classes on the Geneva Conventions and the laws of armed conflict, and it is all done under the watchful eyes of US and NATO instructors.

    These days, the real value of the US training effort is not in the instruction of battlefield tactics and techniques. Rather, the American mission at Yavoriv is focused on the professional transformation of Ukraine’s armed forces; specifically, helping the Ukrainians ditch the rigid, hierarchical chain of command traditions they inherited from the Soviet Union.

    “It’s not tactics and techniques, it’s processes and procedures — it’s mostly about professional development,” Kelsey said, describing the new focus of the US training mission at Yavoriv.

    “[The Ukrainians’] professionalism has grown, and their ability to adapt is growing,” Kelsey continued. “They still have a ways to go, but they have come a long way from where they started. So as they grow, they’re able to push that flexibility and that decision-making ability closer and closer to the bottom of the organization.”

    The US military chain of command decentralizes decision-making from the upper ranks, teaching junior officers and noncommissioned officers to take the initiative and make tactical decisions based on battlefield realities. That empowerment allows American forces to be flexible and adaptive in the thick of combat.

    The Ukrainian military, for its part, is now divorcing itself from the Soviet chain-of-command model in which decision-making was concentrated at the top, leaving junior officers and front-line troops with little flexibility to exercise their own initiative while under fire. Additionally, the role of noncommissioned officers, considered to be the backbone of the US Army, was virtually nonexistent within the Ukrainians’ ranks until a few years ago.

    “It takes time because it’s actually an entire cultural shift. It’s a completely different way of thinking,” Kelsey said, adding: “It’s so ingrained in our soldiers that we’re sometimes surprised when we see where they are and the way that they’re making decisions. And conversely, they’re surprised when they find out how far down we push those decision-making abilities, and how we maneuver those below the platoon-leader level. So that’s a two-way road of learning as well.”

    Russia launched an unconventional-warfare invasion of the Donbas in the spring of 2014. Following two failed cease-fires, Ukrainian forces remain locked in daily exchanges of artillery and sniper fire with their combined Russian-separatist adversaries.

    The status quo stalemate has since developed into a volatile standoff. In some places, no man’s land is several miles wide. In others, the Ukrainians and their enemies are close enough to shout insults at one another. By dialing the level of violence in the Donbas up or down, Moscow attempts to extract diplomatic concessions from Kiev and delegitimize Ukraine’s pro-democratic ambitions.

    “We fight for freedom, for our independence. What else we can fight for if we have always been under someone else’s paw? Now we will finally live free,” Golovkov said.

    In the early days of the conflict, Ukraine’s regular armed forces, which had been plundered by corrupt officials during the post-Soviet era, relied on civilian militias and other volunteers to sustain combat operations. Today, Ukraine’s military is no longer a hobbled force, incapable of waging the war in the Donbas without help from volunteers or Western aid. Since 2014, and while fighting a war, Ukraine has rebuilt its joint armed forces into one of the biggest militaries in Europe.

    Ukraine’s strategic military doctrine now identifies Russia as the country’s top security threat. With that in mind, Kiev has rebuilt its military with the specific objectives of defending against a full-blown Russian invasion and adopting NATO standards — an effort that far surpasses the immediate needs of the war in the Donbas. Consequently, Ukraine is on course to become a regional counterbalance to a more militarily aggressive Russia.

    “Our army has changed radically since 2014 and 2015,” Vitaliy Ilyk, a Ukrainian army captain, said. “We’ve solved many of the downfalls we had at the beginning of the conflict against Russia. And we’re ready for a new era of warfare.”

    The American soldiers at Yavoriv interact daily with Ukrainian troops who have experienced combat against Russia. For that reason, the Yavoriv training mission is an invaluable opportunity for American troops to debrief their Ukrainian counterparts on what they’ve experienced in the Donbas. The end result is a de facto master class in modern warfare.

    “They have a pretty good grasp on full-spectrum [warfare],” Kelsey said. “Paying attention to intel gathering, things like when and when not to fire weapons systems, when to expose certain things, when not to expose certain things. And understanding electronic warfare is far more important to them than it has been traditionally in our military.”

    Ukraine now has a battle-hardened military that has been fighting a type of conflict in which virtually no active-duty US troops have experience. Trench warfare, tank battles, artillery and rocket barrages — Ukraine’s army has years of experience fighting a limited, conventional war with no air support, no possibility of medevac, and sparse supplies. Their communications are often jammed by the Russian side; in fact, Russia is able to target its artillery on radio and cell phone signals, so the Ukrainians have to weigh that risk every time they communicate.

    In short, the Ukrainians are used to being on the weak side of a fight against a peer adversary. And that’s not a familiar place for most Americans.

    “We’re used to having air superiority and electronic war superiority everywhere we go,” Kelsey said. “Well, [the Ukrainians] are used to fighting a peer that probably has more of that than they do. So their experience in dealing with that is something we can learn from.”

    The physical effects of the war in Eastern Ukraine extend only as far as the range of the weapons used. At Yavoriv, therefore, US troops are safely quarantined from combat in the Donbas. However, they remain in the crossfire of a country-wide “gray zone” war in the form of Russia’s unconventional warfare tactics, such as weaponized propaganda, cyberattacks, and sabotage.

    US troops deployed to Yavoriv are restricted from travel to the eastern part of Ukraine, and they play no role in active combat operations. Even travel to the country’s capital of Kiev requires special approval. Once off base, the Americans are constantly on guard against espionage or surveillance activity by Russian agents covertly operating inside of Ukraine.

    American military aid sends a deterrent message to Moscow and boosts the morale of Ukraine’s soldiers and civilians — particularly with the delivery of lethal weapons systems, such as the Javelin anti-tank missile. So, too, the ongoing mission at Yavoriv is meant to underscore American and NATO support and deter Russia from further aggression.

    “I grew up with the Cold War, so definitely there’s a mindset change when you’re here … You have a feeling you’re always being watched,” Durr said.

    “I personally feel that our presence here is a deterrent to Russia,” Durr continued. “Knowing that multinational NATO forces are here, I think is a deterrent. And I think it’s necessary for us to be here.”

    The US has provided Ukraine with roughly $2 billion in security assistance since the war began in 2014. When it comes to the war in the Donbas, US military aid has a focused, tactical utility, giving Ukraine’s armed forces the modern military technology necessary to increase their survivability. US assistance also allows the Ukrainians to fight with limited means without relying on Soviet-era warfare tactics, thereby reducing the risk of collateral damage.

    Ukraine has a long way to go in modernizing its armed forces, mainly when it comes to producing high-tech tactical battlefield tools, such as counterbattery radars and night vision systems. Ukraine also lags in its ability to field certain big-ticket items, including warplanes and anti-aircraft defenses. In that broader modernization effort, US assistance plays a key role, particularly in the rebuilding of Ukraine’s littoral navy.

    But assisting Ukraine’s military transformation requires more than dollars and weapons. For their part, the US soldiers at Yavoriv take pride in the reaffirming message their presence sends to Ukraine’s soldiers and civilians.

    “I would say probably the bulk of the people who serve in the US military probably have some aversion to bullies and have some kind of strength to stand up,” Kelsey said. “So it’s encouraging for me to see that I’m helping somebody beat a bully.”

    https://coffeeordie.com/ukrainian-troops-train/

    • DEUTSCHE PRAVDA – Russia attacks military base in western Ukraine, reportedly killing 35, injuring 134

      An area outside the major western Ukrainian city of Lviv was targeted by a missile attack early Sunday.

      Eight missiles are believed to have been fired at Ukraine’s Center for International Peacekeeping and Security, according to Lviv’s Regional Military Administration on Telegram.

      The center is located in Yavoriv, not far from the Polish border and some 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Lviv. Lviv regional governor Maksym Kozytskyy said on Telegram that 35 people have died in the strike and a further 134 were injured.

      The strike on the military base could possibly be a Russian message intended for NATO.
      The US and other NATO countries previously conducted training exercises with the Ukrainian military at the center called Rapid Trident 21, according to the US Army website.

      A Ukrainian general cited by the US army website said the Rapid Trident 21 exercises held at the Yavoriv center were “not just another stage of military skills improvement, but also an important step towards Ukraine’s European integration.”

      Ukraine’s defense minister said in a tweet that “foreign instructors” work at the training center. A NATO official told Reuters news agency that there were no alliance personnel at the base. The mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk, Ruslan Martsinkiv, said on Facebook that the western Ukrainian city’s airport was also targeted in an attack early Sunday.

      A Russian airstrike in the southern city of Mykolaiv near Odesa left nine people dead, according to regional governor Vitaliy Kim. Mykolaiv serves as an important transportation hub within Ukraine.

      The mayor of Dniprodrudne, Yevheniy Matvieyev, was kidnapped by Russian forces, according to Ukrainian officials such as Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. Dniprorudne has around 20,000 inhabitants. Earlier, Russian troops kidnapped Melitopol Ivan Federov on Friday, Ukraine’s parliament said.

      The UK’s Defense Ministry (MOD) said Russian forces are attempting to “envelop” Ukrainian troops in the eastern parts of the country “as they advance from Kharkiv in the north and Mariupol in the south.”

    • twitter @KofmanMichael

      Aftermath of Yavoriv training center strike

      + 21 sec video

      https://twitter.com/KofmanMichael/status/1503085950909440011

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      Canadian Freedom fighter on twitter :

      Anthony Walker, Temporary Ukrainian

      My base was destroyed by missiles this morning. A few dead. I’m okay. War sucks.

      https://twitter.com/anthonycwalker/status/1502977178065063937

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      channel 4 UK – Russia threatens Western weapons supplies as missiles hit near Nato border

      ( 15 min 20 )

    • global news – Russia strikes Ukraine military base near Polish border, kills at least 35

      A Russian airstrike on a large Ukrainian military facility near the border with Poland, a NATO member, on Sunday killed 35 people and wounded 134, a local Ukrainian official said, as other officials reported intense Russian attacks around the country.

      The incident was just 25 km from the Polish border. U.S. President Joe Biden has said NATO would defend every inch of its territory if Russia’s invasion of Ukraine spills over into member states of the Western defense alliance.

      Lviv Deputy Mayor Andriy Moskalenko appealed to allies to impose a no-fly-zone over Ukraine.

      Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the U.S. and its allies were repositioning forces along NATO’s eastern flank, “to make sure that we can defend every inch of NATO’s territory if we need to.”

    • CNN – Russia fires 30 missiles at western Ukraine base

      Russia expanded its offensive to western Ukraine on Sunday, firing missiles near the city of Lviv and hitting a large military base close to the Polish border, killing dozens of people, the local governor said.

    • the conservative tree house – Sunday Talks, John Kirby Questioned About U.S. Military Presence at Lviv Military Center Bombed Earlier in Day

      Pentagon Spokesperson John Kirby stated in this interview that “no U.S. service members were killed in the attack” that took place near the Ukraine-Poland border in the town of Lviv. However, it is important to qualify that government “contractors” are often used in these Military training centers.

      The military compound in Lviv, which is only 15 miles from the border with Poland, was being used as a military “training facility” for Ukrainian forces. Knowing the U.S. and NATO were funneling weapons into Ukraine through this specific region, it stands to reason this “training facility” was targeted by Russia specifically because it was a weapons cache for arms flowing into Ukraine.

      John Kirby appeared on ABC shortly after the compound targeting was public

      https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/03/13/sunday-talks-john-kirby-questioned-about-u-s-military-presence-at-lviv-military-center-bombed-earlier-in-day/#more-229891

      ‘We have been consistently concerned about NATO’s eastern flank’: John Kirby

  3. the gateway pundit BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: New York Times Denies “Journalist” Killed in Ukraine Was Working for the Times – Was Likely a US Intel Collector

    […]This morning it was reported that an NYT journalist was killed in Ukraine.

    […]However, since then the NYT has denied that Brent Renaud was working for the NYT at the time of his death. It now appears that Renaud was some sort of Intel collector for the US.
    Already there are some noticeable issues with Renaud’s death. He was shot in the back of the head, which indicates he might have been killed by friendly fire. Also, it doesn’t look like Renaud was wearing a Media Press Bulletproof Vest or a helmet. However, Renaud did appear to be wearing a military green fleece.

    We also know that Renaud knew what a bulletproof vest was as he was pictured wearing one in the past.

    […]This is really sad news. But like everything coming out of Ukraine, the information must be vetted thoroughly.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/03/breaking-exclusive-new-york-times-denies-journalist-killed-ukraine-working-times-likely-us-intel-collector/

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    NYT – Brent Renaud, an American filmmaker killed in Ukraine, captured the human toll of war.

    When Brent Renaud, an award-winning American filmmaker and journalist, was killed in Ukraine on Sunday, he was there to do what he had done throughout his career: bear witness to the world’s most dangerous stories.

    Through his extensive film catalog, Mr. Renaud highlighted the human impact of war and conflict, said Vivian Schiller, who commissioned Mr. Renaud’s 2004 documentary series about the Iraq war for The New York Times and Discovery Channel.

    “He was just a filmmaker with tremendous heart,” Ms. Schiller said on Sunday. “It really sort of pervaded all of his work.”

    Mr. Renaud, 50, often collaborated with his brother, Craig, to produce film and television projects for The Times, HBO, NBC, Vice Media and other companies. He filmed in conflict zones and risky areas, including parts of Afghanistan, Haiti, Iraq, Mexico and Ukraine.

    One of his earliest projects was “Off to War,” an intimate 2004 documentary series he created with his brother. Over six months in Arkansas and then a year in Iraq, the brothers followed a group of Arkansas National Guardsmen from the training ground to the battlefields.

    The series was personal for the brothers because they too were from Arkansas. The film focused as much on the families ripped apart by war as it did on combat struggles. At one point, after multiple soldiers had died, a unit leader suggested that the brothers go home, Mr. Renaud said in a 2009 interview with Curator Magazine.

    “It wasn’t a consideration for us — the danger was not an issue, and the story was not complete,” he said.

    The series marked the start of Mr. Renaud’s intrepid, globe-trotting career. He and his brother took their cameras around the world, from Black Lives Matter protests in Little Rock, Ark., to the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.

    In a 2015 documentary for The Times, Mr. Renaud scaled barbed wire fences and waded through rivers to film child migrants fleeing Central America for the United States.

    The brothers survived several near-death situations, including car crashes, blasts from improvised explosive devices and attacks from members of the Egyptian military, they said in a 2013 interview with Filmmaker Magazine.

    The Renauds learned to travel with little equipment, sometimes only using a cellphone camera if they needed to be discreet, they said. Shortly after Mr. Renaud finished college, he said he traveled to Cambodia with a small camera that he “barely knew how to use.”

    “I somehow managed to be taken seriously and landed an interview with one of the top operational generals of the co-prime minister,” he said.

    The brothers won multiple awards, including a 2012 duPont-Columbia University Award for the 11-minute film “Surviving Haiti’s Earthquake: Children,” and a 2014 Peabody Award for “Last Chance High,” a series about Chicago students with emotional disorders.

    Mr. Renaud was a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University from 2018 to 2019.

    Mr. Renaud’s final assignment on Sunday was capturing refugees fleeing across bridges in Irpin, according to his reporting partner, Juan Arredondo, who described the events in a video posted on the Okhmatdyt hospital’s Instagram page. As always, he was trying to capture the human toll of a geopolitical conflict.

    “We don’t seek out the dangerous assignments,” Mr. Renaud told Curator Magazine in 2009. “But once we are committed to a story, we are willing to do whatever it takes to tell that story.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/03/13/world/ukraine-russia-war#brent-renaud-irpin
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    global news U.S. journalist killed, one other wounded near Kiev

    Speaking from the stretcher before being taken into surgery, Juan Arredondo gave his account of what happened during the attack.

    “We crossed a checkpoint and they started shooting at us. So, the driver turned around and they kept shooting. It’s two of us, my friend is Brent Renaud and he’s been shot and left behind,” he said.

    At the time of the interview, Arredondo did not seem to know that Renaud had not survived the attack.

    Kyiv regional police chief Andriy Nyebytov initially said the journalist killed was with the New York Times.

    The Times confirmed Renaud had worked for them in the past but was not currently on assignment for them.

    • CNN – US journalist killed in Ukraine

      Award-winning American journalist Brent Renaud, age 50, was killed by Russian forces in Irpin, Ukraine, according to Kyiv police.

      Police also said Russian troops wounded another American journalist.

  4. europravda – Denmark deploys troops to Estonia as NATO strengthens its eastern flank

    As the war in Ukraine escalates, and Russian troops strike closer to the Polish border on Sunday, killing at least 35 people in a deadly airstrike in Yavoriv, NATO sends reinforcements to its Baltic members.

  5. abc news – Foreign fighters join the battle to defend Ukraine

    Martha Raddatz interviews Americans who have joined the fight against Russia on the ground in Ukraine on “This Week.”

  6. abc news -‘No chance’ Russia will take Kyiv the ‘easy way’: Ukraine military adviser
    Martha Raddatz interviews Ukrainian Defense Ministry adviser Markian Lubkivskyi on “This Week.”

  7. FOX NEWS – White House changes Kamala Harris’ ‘mistake’ in official transcript

    Harris said, ‘The United States stands firmly with the people of Ukraine in defense of the NATO alliance;’ the ‘Big Sunday Show’ reacts.

  8. Ukrainian bio labs were (among other things) playing around with the H5N1 avian virus.

    https://www.defenseworld.net/news/31563/Ukrainian_Project_Studied_Using_Migratory_Birds_to_Spread_H5N1_Influenza__Russia_Claims#.Yi655BcpAWM

    Now “suddenly” there seems to an outbreak of H5N1 that’s devastating US poultry:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/28-million-fowl-mostly-chickens-turkeys-have-died-first-month-americas-raging-new-bird

    Another amazing coincidence?

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