US set to directly engage Russia

1. 101st Airborne deployed in Romania

2. NATO US Airborne and British army troops land in Latvia

3. CBS News in Romania with the 101

(There is more in the Daily Reader’s Links Post. They all seem to have the theme, “The fight started when he hit me back”. The US will directly engage Russia “if the war escalates”. Of course defining what escalation is will be at the sole discretion of the United States and will be as meaningful as the new definitions the US made for “Vaccines”, “Pandemics”, “Terrorism”, “Insurrection”, “Racism” and any other word that is subject to change for what is in the interests of the Democrat party and its ambitions at any given moment. These are neither NATO nations, nor are they even EU. But it does seem that the United States, NATO, the UK and the EU are all determined to put us all in the crosshairs of a world war with a nuclear armed nation that has vastly superior nuclear weapons and delivery systems than does the West. Russia, if open source material is to be believed, has hypersonic first strike nuclear missiles. Russia’s incursion into the Donbas was a bad move. But US refusal to allow Ukraine to negotiate a peace deal with Russia was a worse one. Once again it may be worth reading the Hungarian Credit-Swiss financial analyst, Zoltan Pozsar, who seems to have a pretty good grasp of the geopolitics of why this is happening, on the likely results of this scenario, and why it is playing out as it is.

Frankly I think between the WEF front men like Biden and Trudeau and Putin’s past as a KGB info-warrior, or at least the leader of a nation heavily involved in it, I think they have finally found a way to start a world war with no good guys.)

 

PayPal’s WEF connections, French protest NATO and some materials on Russia and Ukraine: Links 2, October 10, 2022

1. Globalist Blunder: WEF-Controlled PayPal Unleashes Chinese Social Credit Ambitions Prematurely

Based on PayPal and the WEF’s past statements, actions, and future goals, it is more likely they are mad they got caught, not sorry.

World Economic Forum’s (WEF) partner, PayPal, is walking back its new policy based on the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) “social credit” model after causing international outrage. Although PayPal claims its policy was released in error, it’s what the WEF and its “partners” have been threatening for years, a global social credit system that will give them the power to control citizens and punish those they deem “untrustworthy.”

(Please read the rest at RAIR linked above. PayPal and the WEF links are deep and previously unknown to this site.)

2. French take to the streets in numbers to protest, chanting: “let’s quit NATO immediately! Sortons vite de l’OTAN”

(The Democrats are doing irreparable harm to the West and its institutions. They are so good at it, it has to have been the intention.)

The next few items are updates on the Ukraine war. The only opinion I would care to offer is one from a US military intel friend of ours who said at the start of this conflict, “One should judge Russia’s actions by what they can do relative to what they actually do.”

Open this link in Chrome and translate. Its the process by which the bridge was attacked. At this point I don’t think there is any dispute as to who did it, but still, check this out.

As what is likely a response to the explosive film canister attack on the bridge, this all happened:

Kyiv says Russia launched 75 missiles on Ukraine Monday morning

The following is alleged to be Russian released footage, of the Black Sea fleet launching Cruise missile earlier today towards Ukraine.

The result of today’s Russian missile strikes:

??Metro in Kiev and Kharkov stopped

??Power cuts in:
– Lviv
– Zhitomir
– Sumy
– Kharkiv
– Khmelnitsky
– Poltava
– Ternopl
– Lutsk
– Rivne

??In many cities of #Ukraine , there are problems with water supply and the Internet

Daily Mail: Missile barrage unleashed on Ukraine is merely the ‘first episode’ of Putin’s revenge, Moscow vows as Poland carries out bomb shelter checks following rocket blitz and Belarus announces ‘joint military force’ with Russia

A huge missile barrage unleashed on Ukraine today is merely the ‘first episode’ of Russia’s revenge for a blast which crippled the Crimea Bridge and ‘there will be others’, one of Putin’s staunchest allies has warned today.

Dmitry Medvedev, a former Russian president himself, said Ukraine poses ‘a constant, direct and clear’ threat and that the Kremlin should aim to ‘completely dismantle the political regime of Ukraine’ which he described as ‘Nazi’.

He spoke shortly after Putin let rip with 83 missiles at what he claimed were military, energy and communications networks in Ukraine. Kyiv said the missiles actually hit power plants and busy civilian areas in major cities, killing at least 11 and wounding scores more. It was Russia’s largest single barrage since the opening day of the war.

Looking at these materials reminds me of the movie, The Fog of War. A lengthy interview with secretary of Defence under Kennedy, Robert Strange Mcnamara. A very interesting man. If I remember correctly, he basically invented the seatbelt for cars. Was the first President of the Ford Motor Co. who was not a member of the Ford family and other major accomplishments.

In the film he discussed the letters that passed between Chairman Khrushchev and President Kennedy about the Cuban Missile Crisis. It was an attempt by two men to deescalate a situation which was brought about by a series of events, and IMO the public perception of which, was created by media lies. Something Julian Assange is quite adamant about in terms of the causes of wars. In this instance, it is that few people knew that the US had nuclear missiles in Turkey, spitting distance from the USSR. This fact changes the complexion of the Soviet move to put missiles in Cuba. 

Here is a link to the second letter. The one which references the missiles in Turkey.

The relevant segment of The Fog of War

From the first soft message letter to Kennedy:

Mr. President, we and you ought not now to pull on the ends of the rope in which you have tied the knot of war, because the more the two of us pull, the tighter that knot will be tied. And a moment may come when that knot will be tied so tight that even he who tied it will not have the strength to untie it, and then it will be necessary to cut that knot. And what that would mean is not for me to explain to you, because you yourself understand perfectly of what terrible forces our countries dispose.

It continues:

I have participated in two wars and know that war ends when it has rolled through cities and villages, everywhere sowing death and destruction.

I have a request to all of you who may grace this post.

Take your own personal estimate of Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin. Not the one you speak publicly of, but your own personal private estimate of the characters and natures of these two men, and replace Kennedy with Biden and Khrushchev with Putin. Then ask yourself how things would have resolved in the Cuban Missile crisis. More importantly, ask yourself how these two men, Biden and Putin are dealing with Russia and Ukraine and where it is likely to go.

Thank you for your kind attention to these pages.

Eeyore for VladTepesBlog.

Putin’s speech yesterday

First, Dr. Steve Turley does his analysis of Putin’s speech and actions within that speech yesterday:

Below is the entire speech with a live, real-time English translation voice over. I asked our long standing Russian translator to check it and she said it was honest, but sloppy and lacked nuance as all live voiceover translations do. But you get the gist.

Below, English subtitles. It may be a better translation

 

Various clips and news items on Nordstream II which might hint at who dunnit

1. Victoria Nuland, January 27, 2022

2. February 8, 2022: Biden threatens to stop crucial gas pipeline if Russia invades Ukraine

3. Click here to see actual video footage of the gas leak from Danish sources

It is reasonably suspected that the pipeline was blown up by the special services of Britain or the United States in order to finally close the issue of gas supplies to Germany and complete its full economic vassalization. 
??The width of the leak on the surface is several hundred meters?? 
Damage from loss of gas in gas pipelines. If we do not take into account the cost of restoration, then there were only about 500 million cubic meters of gas in the gas pipelines. 
This corresponds to an average consumption in Germany of about two days. Based on current prices on the EU gas market, this volume has a market value of more than €800 million. 
The gas in the Nord Stream—2 gas pipeline belongs to Nord Stream 2 AG itself, and Gazprom is a 100% shareholder. The gas in the Nord Stream-1 gas pipeline also most likely belongs to Gazprom, i.e. all losses today are losses of the Russian side. Someone will have to pay the bill. 

4. The people at Richter appear to have registered a 2.2 event in the area of the Nordstream pipeline leak. This suggests quite an explosion.

5. February 7 2022: Biden says “We will bring an end to it”

Je répète

6. U.S. Blew Up Russian Gas Pipelines Nord Stream 1 & 2, Says Former Polish Defense Minister

former Polish Defense Minister, Radek Sikorski, has attributed to the United States the sabotage of two pipelines, Nord Stream 1 and 2, which carry natural gas from Russia to Germany. “Thank you, USA,” Sikorski wrote on Twitter. Sikorski was Minister of National Defense from 2005 – 2007 and served as Deputy Minister of National Defense and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, previously. He is currently an elected member of the European parliament.

Nord Stream 1 and 2 lie on the bed of the Baltic Sea. Nord Stream 2 was finished last year but Germany never opened it because Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.

7. US NATO training for deep sea ops in Scandinavia

8. Pipelines seem to also die by coincidence

More to come

Russia takes more militant stance on it’s war with Ukraine

This report is more spin than fact. But what isn’t in war time. More will be posted as it becomes available. But it isn’t good whatever view you get. This discussion on a referendum in Donbas is ludicrous. It needs to be looked into if the people of the Donbas actually held a referendum before the invasion, or if this is something the people of the Donbas actually want. In any case, here is a report on today’s announcement by Putin and we will post more as we get it. Hopefully we can find a factual one which details just what Putin said and you can make up your own minds.

(As soon as I can find a straight forward video that explains what Putin actually said, I will post it at the top. [Done] Meanwhile here are people interpreting it and its meaning for us all. As annoying as that is in the absence of knowing what he actually said.)

Executive Order on partial mobilisation in the Russian Federation

The President signed Executive Order On Declaring Partial Mobilisation in the Russian Federation.

As per federal laws No. 61-FZ On Defence, dated May 31, 1996, and No. 31-FZ On Mobilisation Preparations and Mobilisation in the Russian Federation, dated February 26, 1997, and Federal Law No. 53-FZ On the Military Duty and Military Service, dated March 28, 1998, the President declared a partial mobilisation in the Russian Federation as of September 21, 2022.

The Executive Order provides for calling up citizens of the Russian Federation for service in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation as part of the mobilisation effort. Citizens of the Russian Federation called up for military service as part of mobilisation will enjoy the status of military personnel serving in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation under contract.

The Executive Order sets forth money allowances for the citizens of the Russian Federation called up for military service as part of mobilisation, as well as the duration of the military service contracts signed by the military personnel, grounds for discharging military personnel serving under contract, as well as citizens called up for military service in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation as part of mobilisation.

Corresponding instructions have been issued to the Government of the Russian Federation and top government officials in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation.

Under the Executive Order, citizens of the Russian Federation employed by defence companies will benefit from an exemption from the mobilisation draft for the period of their employment by these organisations. The Government of the Russian Federation shall define the categories of citizens of the Russian Federation who have the right to draft exemptions and the manner in which these exemptions shall be provided.

http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/69391

UPDATE: Thank you JU for posting this

 

World’s largest nuclear power plant under heavy missile attack

And yes, the world’s largest nuclear plant is in Ukraine. It operates at SIX GIGAWATTS. And yes it was predictable as the Ukrainian leader publicly planned a 200,000 strong counter offensive right in that region. (Source)

First thing is first. The reactor itself is “out of control” and the UN Nuclear Chief has been begging both parties to let them in to fix it.

(Above link from August 3rd)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. nuclear chief warned that Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Ukraine “is completely out of control” and issued an urgent plea to Russia and Ukraine to quickly allow experts to visit the sprawling complex to stabilize the situation and avoid a nuclear accident.

Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said in an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press that the situation is getting more perilous every day at the Zaporizhzhia plant in the southeastern city of Enerhodar, which Russian troops seized in early March, soon after their Feb. 24. invasion of Ukraine.

“Every principle of nuclear safety has been violated” at the plant, he said. “What is at stake is extremely serious and extremely grave and dangerous.”

Grossi cited many violations of the plant’s safety, adding that it is “in a place where active war is ongoing,” near Russian-controlled territory.

Moving forward to now:

Europe’s largest nuclear power plant is hit by MORE Russian rockets as Ukraine demands international sanctions on Moscow for ‘nuclear terror’

Ukraine has accused Russia of once again firing rockets at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant overnight and has called for new international sanctions on Moscow for ‘nuclear terror’, after the site was also struck by missiles on Friday leading to warnings of a ‘very real risk of a nuclear disaster’.

Moscow and Kyiv have been blaming each other for the bombings of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear site in southern Ukraine, which has been under Russian control since the early days of the February 24 invasion but is still run by Ukrainian technicians. The allegations have not been confirmed by independent sources.

Ukraine’s state nuclear energy company Enerhoatom that operates the plant said the ‘Russian occupiers once again fired rockets at the site of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and the town of Enerhodar’, damaging three radiation sensors at the facility. […]

‘One… employee was hospitalised with shrapnel wounds caused by the explosion,’ it said in a statement.

The company added 174 containers with spent nuclear fuel were stored in the open air at the plant’s dry storage facility that was attacked.

‘Consequently, timely detection and response in the event of a deterioration in the radiation situation or leakage of radiation from containers of spent nuclear fuel are not yet possible,’ it said.

‘Russian nuclear terror requires a stronger response from the international community – sanctions on the Russian nuclear industry and nuclear fuel,’ Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy wrote on Twitter.

 

Duelling propaganda and a threat to Hungary either way

Someone attempted to blow up a pipeline that brings oil to Hungary. This was done within Russian territory.

First, from Ukrainian propaganda:

Russia tried to blow up Druzhba pipeline, there were three explosions – the media

ROMAN PETRENKO — SUNDAY, 12 JUNE 2022, 13:38

Russian media write that on 11 June, three explosions took place near the village of Gulivka in the Bryansk region (40 km to the border with Ukraine). At the same time a signal indicated loss of communication with the latch of the Druzhba pipeline.

Source:Meduza with reference to the [Russian Internet media] Baza

Details: It is reported that one of the explosions damaged the transformer substation with the power unit of the pipeline latch.

Another explosion occurred in the place where the cable was laid. There was a shell hole [measuring] 40 by 20 cm.

Russian propaganda:

Druzhba oil pipeline attacked in Bryansk region near the border with Ukraine – The Moscow Times

Unknown people tried to blow up the Druzhba oil pipeline in the Bryansk region, 40 kilometers from the border with Ukraine. Every fifth barrel of Russian oil exports is pumped along this route to Europe, Baza reports.

According to the Telegram channel, the incident occurred near the village of Gulevka early in the morning on Saturday, June 11. Three explosions thundered there, after which a signal was triggered about the loss of communication with the pipeline valve.

As a result, the electrical substation, protective mechanisms, cable and anti-dig pipe were damaged. The oil pipeline itself was not damaged and continues to operate.

According to the VChK-OGPU Telegram channel, sabotage groups allegedly constantly penetrate into the region from the side of Ukraine and mine various objects.

“At the end of May, six border guards were killed in a battle with a sabotage group in the Bryansk region. Last night, saboteurs planted explosive devices under the Druzhba oil pipeline, the publication says.

At the end of April, in the Bryansk region, two large oil depots burned down overnight. One of them is a storage facility with a capacity of 10 thousand tons, which is part of the Druzhba pipeline system. Rescuers from seven regions had to put out fires for seven hours. Presumably, the attack was carried out from drones.

(I guess, look at the bright side? CBC, Global News, CTV, CNN and a plethora of other professional news sites sell certainty, nearly all lies but certainty for a decent price. We offer uncertainty for free!)

Hungary Vs Ukraine. A curious side effect of the war

The past week or so have seen some remarkable and truly dangerous escalations and potential expansions in the war so far limited to Russia and its annexation of  the Donbas region of Ukraine.

The situation is fluid and ongoing and cannot be fully understood at this time. But a timeline can be described in terms of the salient events.

First, as RAIR reported on May 15th, the newly elected conservative Prime Minister of Hungary, who just enjoyed his fifth consecutive electoral victory by a large margin, made a public statement about refusing to accept all of the various European Union demands in terms of embargoes and other measures intended to punish Russia, as he felt those measures represent an existential threat to Hungary and the Hungarian economy. he did however, offer to take in as many Ukrainian refugees as needed and has taken more than many other European nations combined as a portion of their population.

The following report was made on May 15th, 2022 by RAIR Foundation.

In the following video, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán talks about where he draws the line on sanctions against Russia. He makes it clear that an energy embargo is off-limits because of the damage it would do to the Hungarian economy.

Then, on Tuesday May 24th at Midnight, PM Orban put Hungary on a war footing, effectively declaring martial law. He did specify though, that this was in response to what he felt was an economic threat. Potentially from the EU itself:

As of May 27th, several new developments. Here are two reports on a Ukrainian threat to cut off an oil pipeline to Hungary originating in Russia. One from Ukrainian news and first, one from Russian news site, Sputnik.

Ukraine Warns ‘Something Should Happen’ to Pipeline Delivering Russian Oil to Hungary

Budapest has spent weeks shooting down proposals by Brussels to ban Russian oil and gas in the European Union, with Prime Minister Viktor Orban warning that an embargo on Russian oil would be tantamount to “dropping an atomic bomb” on the Hungarian economy. Hungary purchases about 65 percent of its oil and 85 percent of its gas from Russia.
Kiev should make “something happen” to the Druzhba (“Friendship”) pipeline carrying Russian oil through Ukraine to Hungary to teach Budapest a lesson, Lana Zerkal, an adviser to Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Haluschenko, has suggested.

From Ukrainian news site, Ukrinform:

Hungary has taken advantage of Russia’s war against Ukraine, actually blackmailing the European Union, but Ukraine has something to respond with.
The relevant statement was made by Advisor to Ukrainian Energy Minister Olena Zerkal during the Kyiv Security Forum, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

According to Zerkal, Hungary’s appetites for EU funds are growing every day.

“They decided that their finest hour had come, when they could demand anything, so as not to destroy the European unity,” Zerkal said.

She expressed regret that Hungary had been allowed to do so.

“In fact, the European Commission had to change its policy and allow for investments, the use of European funds even to build a new oil pipeline, not to mention the re-equipment of oil refineries,” Zerkal noted.

In her words, they are also receiving all funds frozen under other programs.

The two news sites report the same issue but with distinctly different timbres.

Hungary has now issued a new policy. Hungary, they assert, will not vote in favour of the Brussels Oil Embargo proposal, to boycott Russian oil for the entirety of the European Union.

Should Ukraine make good on its threat to block energy to Hungary, it would represent the most serious threat to the EU since BREXIT, as Hungary would face a decision to either shoot itself in the left foot by joining a boycott that would cripple and nearly kill its economy, or shoot itself in the right by finding itself in a potential kinetic war with Ukraine alongside Russia. Of course there is always a third and usually fourth option. But these two are the most obvious.

UPDATE: From NPR.Org:

Hungary has “indefinitely” cut off its supply of natural gas to Ukraine, a move that Kiev’s state gas firm has described as “unexpected and unexplained.”

Russia’s ITAR-TASS news agency cites Hungary’s gas operator, FGSZ Ltd., saying that the pipeline cutoff “was made to meet the growing domestic demand.”

However, The Financial Times notes that the gas was shut off “days after the head of Russia’s Gazprom monopoly visited Budapest.” FGSZ’s move comes three days after Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller met Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Budapest.

It is noteworthy that nowhere in the NPR article do they mention the threat by Ukraine to cut off the energy pipeline from Russia to Hungary, which is linked above, both from Ukrainian and Russian news.

UPDATE 2:

Ukrainian president, Zelenskyy questions why any European nation should have the autonomy to make descisions in their own interests. Presumably meaning not in his.

UPDATE 3:

Euronews: Orbán blasts allegations he’s ‘Putin’s puppet’

All things Russia Vs. Ukraine/NATO for May 29th, 2022

1. BBC interview with Russian Ambassador to UK on Ukraine

(I wonder if the Russians ever interviewed the British Ambassador with these exact questions and objections over the Falkland Islands war)

2. EU head claims they buy Russian oil so they can’t sell it elsewhere for more. (?)

3. For anyone who is thinking that Russia might be a path to individual rights, freedoms or privacy…

Russia fast-tracks CBDC: Digital ruble to be used in “real operations” in 2023

[…] Under the newly released roadmap, phase two—in which the programmable, trackable digital token will be integrated, small-scale, into “real money” operations—is now slated to start in April 2023. Vedomosti (Russia’s Wall Street Journal) has the details:

[…]

The digital ruble will also ensure the transparency of the terms of payment services, since it will allow tracking the targeted spending of funds by citizens, representatives of Promsvyazbank, Sberbank and Russian Standard Bank note. […]

Blockchain consultant and cryptocurrency researcher Denis Smirnov is critical of the idea of ??the Central Bank: “For people, the introduction of the digital ruble is the realization of the most terrible scenarios described by science fiction writers in dystopias.”

Please see comments as day progresses for likely a lot more on this delicate subject

All things Russia Vs. Ukraine for May 17th, 2022

1. Reuters: Ukrainian force begins evacuating from last Mariupol stronghold

KYIV/MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 16 (Reuters) – Troops holed up in the last Ukrainian stronghold in the besieged port of Mariupol began evacuating on Monday, appearing to cede control of the once prosperous city to Russia after months of bombardment.

Ukraine’s deputy defence minister said 53 injured troops from the Azovstal steelworks were taken to a hospital in the Russian-controlled town of Novoazovsk, some 32 kilometres (20 miles) to the east.

Another 211 people were taken to the town of Olenivka, in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatists, Deputy Defence Minister Anna Malyar said. All of the evacuees will be subject to a potential prisoner exchange with Russia, she added.

2.  BBC: Mariupol: Hundreds of besieged Ukrainian soldiers evacuated

Ukraine has confirmed that hundreds of its fighters trapped for more than two months in Mariupol’s Azovstal steelworks have been evacuated.

Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Maliar said 53 badly wounded soldiers were taken to the town of Novoazovsk, held by Russian-backed rebels.

She said another 211 were evacuated using a humanitarian corridor to Olenivka – also a rebel-held town.

Russia earlier said a deal had been reached to evacuate the injured troops.

About a dozen buses carrying Ukrainian fighters who were holed up beneath the besieged plant were seen leaving the huge industrial site in the southern port city on Monday evening, Reuters news agency reported.

3. Newsweek: Russia Opens Fire On Israeli Jets Over Syria—Report

Russian forces may have opened fire at Israel’s jets in Syria, according to a report.

The alleged attack is believed to have taken place in Syria on Friday last week, according to Israel’s Channel 13 news.

Newsweek has not been able to independently verify whether the attack did take place and whether it was the act of Russian forces.

The unsourced report alleges that Russia used its S-300 anti-aircraft missiles as the Israeli jets attacked targets in Northwestern Syria.

 

3.

We will add reports as they come in and meet some kind of impossible to define standard for what is worthy of reporting on this conflict. Please do check the comments under this post as the day progresses though.

All things Russia Vs. Ukraine for May 15, 2022

1. UK stoked on the Finns and Swedes joining NATO

2. Moscow responds to NATO advancing towards its borders

Moscow To Strengthen Its Troops On Border With Finland Should NATO Deploy Offensive Arms

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 15th May, 2022) Moscow will strengthen its military presence on the Russian-Finnish border in the event of Helsinki joining NATO and the alliance deploying striking weapons on its territory, Viktor Bondarev, the chair of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, said Sunday.

 

“We will strengthen the border, increase the presence of the Russian troops on the border if offensive, striking weapons of NATO are deployed in Finland, in our immediate vicinity,” Bondarev said on Telegram.

Finland announced the official decision to join NATO earlier on Sunday. The decision will be discussed in the Finnish parliament on Monday, and the voting is expected to be held on Tuesday.

The decision was followed by Sweden, which is expected to officially apply for NATO membership together with Finland.

3. Finnish president reveals what he claims was the contents of a phone call between himself and Putin:

Please check back on this post and the comments under this post as the day progresses for more on this critically important and basically impossible to analyze world threatening theatre of operations

“This is one of those wars you want both sides to lose”. -US General when asked about an Iran-Iraq war.