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Kiev's long-term "last resort" plan to blow up the Kakhova Dam exposed

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Ukraine’s Nova Kakhovka dam ‘blown up’
A day after Ukraine's much-heralded counter-offensive appears to have failed, almost before it had even begun, a major dam in the Russian-occupied region of Kherson is suddenly bombed, prompting mass evacuations as floods spread across the region.

As we detailed earlier, both sides accuse each other of the attack that puts tens of thousands of homes at risk and might even threaten the safety of Europe's largest nuclear power plant.

However, as Raul Ilargi Meijer writes, twice last year (here and here), Ukrainian officials discussed Kiev's plans to blow up the dam.


As if things weren't bad enough:


Ukraine operates network of saboteurs inside Russia - CNN

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Specialists inspect the damaged facade of a multi-storey apartment building after a drone attack in Moscow.
Ukraine has cultivated a network of well-trained agents and Ukrainian sympathizers inside Russia to perform acts of sabotage across the country, CNN has reported, citing officials familiar with US intelligence.

Kiev is believed to have provided those people with Ukrainian-made drones in order to stage attacks on Russian territory, the outlet claimed in an article published on Monday.

The unnamed US officials also told CNN that those pro-Ukrainian agents were responsible for an attempted drone attack on the Kremlin in early May and that the UAVs used in it were launched from inside Russia.

Comment: US intelligence should know, because US intelligence is directly involved: Airbase attacks deep inside Russia point to CIA covert ops and a planned war

Bizarro Earth

Globalists revving up plans to engineer global famine and starvation: 13 nations agree to convert over to less-productive 'green' farming methods

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The global climate cult is getting ready to kick its war on food into overdrive with 13 nations - many of them major cattle and food-producing states led by the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Spain - signing onto a commitment to place farmers under new restrictions intended to reduce emissions of methane gas.

The Global Methane Hub announced in a May 17 press release that agriculture and environmental ministers and ambassadors from 13 countries, including the United States, have signed a commitment that pledges to reduce methane emissions in agriculture. The U.S. was represented by Biden's climate czar, John Kerry.

What does this mean and why should you care? We'll break it down.

According to the press release issued by these nations and posted at Global Methane Hub:
"Last month (in April 2023), the Global Methane Hub collaborated with the Ministries of Agriculture of Chile and Spain to convene the first-ever global ministerial on agricultural practices to reduce methane emissions. The ministerial brought together high-ranking government members to share global perspectives on methane reduction and low-emission food systems. The gathering led to a statement in which the nations committed to support efforts to improve the quality and quantity of, and access to, finance for climate change adaptation and mitigation measures in the agriculture and food sectors and to collaborate on efforts aimed at lowering methane emissions in agriculture and food systems."

Evil Rays

WHO concludes 76th Assembly as debate over 'Pandemic Treaty' rages on

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As the WHO concludes its 76th assembly, the Pandemic Treaty continues to be a hotly contested topic, with supporters claiming it will prevent future pandemics and critics warning it will end national sovereignty.
"I think we'll get an accord in place if everyone realizes that our window before this next pandemic, this next health threat, is probably not far away."
Those were the words of U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra while speaking to journalists in Geneva, Switzerland last week for the 76th meeting of the World Health Organization's World Health Assembly. The statement is a reminder that world leaders and health bureaucrats who failed the people of the world during the COVID-19 panic continue to push unscientific theories and failed policies.

Becerra was among the heads of state and representatives gathered in Geneva from May 21 to 30 to discuss a wide array of public health issues. While the so-called "pandemic treaty" and International Health Regulations (IHR) were not officially on the agenda of the assembly, the topic was clearly on the minds of the various policymakers gathered in Geneva. The next round of negotiations on the treaty will take place in mid-June with with the goal of hammering out a legally binding agreement to be adopted by the WHO's 194 member nations by May 2024.


Russia claims they collected evidence of Avian Flu pathogens with lethality rate up to 40% in humans at US biolab in Ukraine

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It wasn't that long ago that Mitt Romney was threatening former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard for suggesting the US was funding biolabs in Ukraine.

Back in March 2022, RINO Senator Mitt Romney accused former Democrat Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of spreading 'treasonous lies' for simply talking about the US-funded biolabs in Ukraine.
"There are 25+ US-funded biolabs in Ukraine which if breached would release and spread deadly pathogens to US/world." Gabbard said at the time.

"We must take action now to prevent disaster. US/Russia/Ukraine/NATO/UN/EU must implement a ceasefire now around these labs until they're secured and pathogens destroyed," she added.


'Large-scale' Ukrainian offensive repelled - Russian MOD

Ukrainian soldiers on a tank ride along the road towards their positions in Donbass
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Ukrainian soldiers on a tank ride along the road towards their positions in Donbass, May 23, 2023.
Kiev's troops have unsuccessfully attempted to break through the front line in Donbass, the Defense Ministry in Moscow has said.

Russian forces have successfully repelled a "large-scale offensive" by Ukrainian troops along five sections of the front line in Donbass, the Russian Defense Ministry said in the early hours of Monday.

According to the ministry, the assault began on Sunday morning.
"The enemy's goal was to breach our defenses in what they assumed was the most vulnerable section of the frontline," it said in a statement.

"The enemy has failed to reach its goals and was unsuccessful," the ministry added.
Russian officials said Ukraine had deployed the 23rd and the 31st mechanized brigades from its "strategic reserves," which were supported in battle by other units.
"The Ukrainian Armed Forces have lost more than 250 service members, 16 tanks, three infantry vehicles, and 21 armored vehicles," the Defense Ministry claimed.

NATO-supplied tanks destroyed in failed Ukrainian offensive - Russian MOD

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Russian forces have repelled a renewed large-scale attack by Ukrainian troops in several parts of Donetsk and Zaporozhye Regions, the Defense Ministry in Moscow said in the early hours of Tuesday, claiming that Kiev's armed formations and military units suffered "significant losses."
"Having suffered heavy losses the day before, the Kiev regime reorganized the remnants of the 23rd and 31st mechanized brigades into separate combined units, which continued the offensive operations close to Novodarovka and Levadnoye," said the ministry's spokesman, Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov.
The renewed offensive mainly focused on the village of Vremevka in Donetsk Region, but was stopped by missile, artillery and heavy rocket-propelled flamethrower strikes, according to Konashenkov.
"The Ukrainian Armed Forces' total losses in south Donetsk direction were over 1,500 servicemen, 28 tanks, including eight German-made Leopard tanks and three French-manufactured AMX-10 wheeled tanks, as well as 109 other armored fighting vehicles," the Russian military spokesman said.
It was unclear if the tally included the losses from Sunday's botched attack, which was described as "large-scale" yet "unsuccessful" by the Russian military. In that attempt alone, Kiev lost more than 250 service members, 16 tanks, three infantry vehicles, and 21 armored vehicles, according to the ministry.

Some videos circulated by military bloggers on Telegram showed what appeared to be several abandoned French AMX-10 light tanks, but did not include visual confirmation of the German-made Leopards reportedly lost in battle.

The Russian Defense Ministry has yet to release footage of the latest strikes on Ukrainian military vehicles. On Monday, it published a video of Ukrainian heavy equipment, supplied by Western nations, being destroyed by Russian strikes the day before.

Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Anna Maliar confirmed that Kiev's forces were moving to "offensive actions" in some areas, but provided no comment on the failed attacks and claimed that Moscow's talk about Kiev's "counteroffensive" blunders was an attempt to "divert attention" from its own alleged failures.
Russian forces shoot down Ukrainian Su-25 strike fighter - media

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Russian forces have stopped Kiev's troops from crossing the Dnieper River in the Kherson region and shot down one of the two Su-25 strike fighters providing air cover for the Ukrainian landing operation, RIA Novosti reported on Monday, citing a source "familiar with the situation."

"Another attempted ... landing operation of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has failed," the source told the news agency. According to the report Kiev's troops sought to cross the river near the village of Babino, some 124 kilometers from the strategic town of Novaya Kakhovka, site of a dam on the Dnieper that also served as a bridge before being seriously damaged by Ukrainian strikes.

During the clashes near Babino, the Russian troops managed to shoot down a Su-25 strike fighter, the source claimed, adding that the aircraft fell in territory controlled by Ukrainian forces. The second strike fighter then flew away, leaving the landing party without air cover, the source said.

Kiev has not commented on the reports. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry mentioned neither the failed landing operation nor the presumably downed aircraft in its Monday evening public statement. Instead, it said that the "situation ... on the Kherson front has not seen any particular changes."

The Russian Defense Ministry did not comment on the situation. The news came as Russian troops successfully repelled a major Ukrainian offensive in the southern part of the Donetsk People's Republic. Kiev's troops, which deployed six mechanized and two tank battalions, lost up to 300 service members, 16 tanks, 26 armored and 14 ordinary vehicles in the botched operation, according to a ministry statement.

Later on Monday, the Russian ministry also published a video of the Ukrainian heavy equipment, supplied by Western nations, being destroyed by Russian strikes.
VIDEO shows Russian forces repelling Ukrainian offensive

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A video showing losses suffered by Ukrainian troops in their unsuccessful attack in the south of the Donetsk People's Republic has been released by the Russian Defense Ministry (MOD). It shows Ukrainian heavy equipment, mostly supplied by Kiev's Western backers, being destroyed by Russian strikes during the clashes on Sunday.

The footage published by the MOD on its Telegram channel shows six Ukrainian vehicles moving through open terrain. Five of them appear to be Western-supplied Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, with the sixth resembling an armored personnel carrier or an armored fighting vehicle.

Three of the MRAPs are then shown being destroyed by Russian strikes, with one of them engulfed in plumes of gray smoke. The video also shows four more examples of heavy equipment being taken out while apparently moving along a country road.

The presentation ends with several views of Ukrainian armored vehicles and at least one tank being hit by Russian projectiles. The exact quantity of destroyed Ukrainian equipment remains unclear.

Earlier, the Defense Ministry said that a large-scale Ukrainian offensive attempt in the southern part of the Donetsk People's Republic had been successfully repelled by Russian forces on Sunday. Ukraine fielded six mechanized and two tank battalions for the operation, the MOD stated.

The ministry reported that Kiev's forces lost up to 300 service members, 16 tanks, 26 armored and 14 ordinary vehicles over the last 24 hours. Later, a spokesman for the Russian 'East' troop grouping said in a video statement that one Ukrainian mechanized brigade alone lost over 250 soldiers, 16 tanks and 24 armored vehicles, including three US-made Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, during the botched assault.

On Monday, Ukrainian forces continued their attacks in the south of the Donetsk People's Republic and sent three fresh battalion tactical groups supported by tanks into action, the spokesman said, adding that the Ukrainian forces' advance attempt had been thwarted.

Kiev admitted on Monday that its troops had launched an offensive "on certain fronts." Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister, Anna Maliar, downplayed the situation "in the south" as "local fighting." She also claimed that the military had launched a major operation targeting the key Donbass city of Artyomovsk, known as Bakhmut in Ukraine.

Artyomovsk was captured by the Wagner private military company founded by Russian businessman Evgeny Prigozhin in late May 2023. Since then, Ukrainian forces have attempted to attack the flanks of the Russian forces holding the city. On Monday, the head of the Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, described the situation in the area as "difficult" but still "under control."

The Russian Defense Ministry has not reported on any major Ukrainian offensives in the Artyomovsk area.
Ukraine 'well prepared' for counteroffensive - top US general

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Mark Milley testifies during a Senate hearing in Washington DC, May 11, 2023
Ukraine is "very well prepared" for its long-anticipated counteroffensive against Russian forces, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley told CNN on Monday. However, Ukrainian forces suffered heavy losses in a multi-pronged attack earlier in the day, and Milley cautioned that it's "too early to tell" if the offensive will achieve its goals.

Citing the "training, ammunition, advice, intelligence, etc" provided to Kiev by its Western backers, Milley claimed that Ukraine is "very well prepared" to retake territory from Russian forces.

Ukrainian officials have promised for months to launch a counteroffensive, which was initially set to take place in spring. Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky claimed on multiple occasions that his military was "ready" for the anticipated push, but walked back these statements by saying that he needed more time, and Western weapons, to prepare for the operation.

Throughout this preparatory period, Ukraine reportedly lost around 50,000 servicemen in the battle for the Donbass city of Artyomovsk, also known as Bakhmut, as Russian missiles and drones continuously pounded ammunition dumps, fuel depots, and command centers, often deep into Western Ukraine.

Amid mixed messages from Kiev and with its combat potential seemingly degraded by the fighting in Artyomovsk, the Ukrainian military launched what appeared to be the beginning of a counteroffensive on Sunday. Throughout Sunday and into Monday morning, the Russian Ministry of Defense said that Kiev's forces attacked with six mechanized and two tank battalions along five sections of the frontline near Donetsk, and in other regions to the north and south.

The Russian military repelled the attacks with airstrikes and artillery fire, inflicting "significant losses" on the Ukrainians, the ministry said. According to Moscow, Ukraine has lost around 900 soldiers, 16 tanks, and 33 armored vehicles across the entire frontline since Sunday.

Milley has repeatedly stated that Ukraine is unlikely to achieve its goals - which include seizing Crimea - by military force. Speaking to CNN on Monday, he continued to hedge his bets, saying that it is "too early to tell what outcomes are going to happen."

Bad Guys

Iran says to form naval alliance with Gulf states to ensure regional stability

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Iran's navy commander said his country and Saudi Arabia, as well as three other Gulf states, plan to form a naval alliance that will also include India and Pakistan, Iranian media reported on Saturday.

"The countries of the region have today realized that only cooperation with each other brings security to the area," Iran's navy commander Shahram Irani was quoted as saying.

Comment: Say what? We that the U.S. Empire was the only official provider of "security" to the region. What a novel idea: regional cooperation.

He did not elaborate on the shape of the alliance that he said would be formed soon.

Iran has recently been trying to mend its strained ties with several Gulf Arab states.


What's Next

"In this singular quest to win the [Eurasian] Heartland the West has bankrupted itself — economically, morally, and most importantly, spiritually. This has led to a political crisis gnawing at the center of western society." — Tom Luongo, the Gold, Goats, and Guns blog
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What's next? You must be wondering because the psychopathic regime running our national affairs seems to be fresh out of trips to lay on us. One thing for sure, as the sweet zephyrs of springtime merge into the punishing infernos of summer, is that the collapse of the USA continues apace. You can debate whether it is a good thing or a bad thing, but above all it is the thing.

Have you forgotten our Ukraine project (Let's you and him fight)? The idea was to bleed Russia dry because, you know... Russia! (They meddle in our elections... they collude with Trump... they tamper with our hopes and dreams....) It was years in the making, impeccably gamed-out in the State Department's sub-basement. Secret Agent Man Hunter Biden, the then vice-president's son, was even installed in the dark heart of Ukraine's power center to... to do what, exactly? Never mind, because what secret agent men do is... secret!

The Ukraine bear trap was supposed to put Russia out-of-business for the foreseeable future. Didn't work out. The crowning act of boobery was our demolition of the Nord Stream natgas pipelines, which had the predictable effect of putting our NATO allies out-of-business, while Russia turned around and found other customers for its gas. The sound of teeth gnashing down in Foggy Bottom might have kept "Joe Biden" up at night — except he was a hundred miles away on the beach in Delaware, medicated unto dreamland where it's always 1964 and you're tooling among the saguaros in your beloved Corvette, getting your kicks on Route 66.

So, let's face it: Ukraine flopped. The main result of the Ukraine project is that it destroyed the tiny shred of what was left of America's reputation for acting the global hegemon. In fact, Ukraine revealed that Russia has better weapons than we have (China, too) and that, given the emergence of hypersonic missiles, our gazillion-dollar aircraft carrier fleets are as obsolete as Roman triremes and liburnae. So, what's our Plan B for defending Taiwan? (Hint: there is none.)

Arrow Up

'Give war a chance' - A 'war that even pacifists can get behind'

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More than a year into Russia's Special Operation, the initial burst of European excitement at western push-back on Russia has dissipated. The mood instead has turned to "existential dread, a nagging suspicion that [western] civilisation may destroy itself", Professor Helen Thompson writes.

For an instant, a euphoria had coalesced around the putative projection of the EU as a world power; as a key actor, about to compete on a world scale. Initially, events seemed to play to Europe's conviction of its market powers: Europe was going to bring down a major power - Russia - by financial coup d'état alone. The EU felt 'six feet tall'.

It seemed at the time a galvanising moment: "The war re-forged a long-dormant Manichaean framing of existential conflict between Russia and the West, assuming ontological, apocalyptic dimensions. In the spiritual fires of the war, the myth of the 'West' was rebaptised", Arta Moeini suggests.

After the initial disappointment at the lack of a 'quick kill', the hope persisted - that if only the sanctions were given more time, and made more all-embracing, then Russia surely would ultimately collapse. That hope has turned to dust. And the reality of what Europe has done to itself has begun to dawn - hence Professor Thomson's dire warning:
"Those who assume that the political world can be reconstructed by the efforts of human Will, have never before had to bet so heavily on technology over [fossil] energy - as the driver of our material advancement".
For the Euro-Atlanticists however, what Ukraine seemed to offer - finally - was validation for their yearning to centralise power in the EU, sufficiently, to merit a place at the 'top table' with the U.S., as partners in playing the Great Game.

Ukraine, for better or worse, underlined Europe's profound military dependence on Washington - and on NATO.


Ukraine 'ready' to launch counteroffensive - Zelensky

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Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky
The upcoming military operation will come at a tremendous cost, and many soldiers will die, the Ukrainian president has warned...

Ukraine is ready to launch its long-awaited offensive, President Vladimir Zelensky told the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) in an interview published on Saturday. He did not reveal the exact date, but said Kiev can no longer "wait for months."

The operation is likely to inflict heavy losses on Ukrainian troops, and might not go exactly as planned, Zelensky admitted, adding that Russia's air superiority would inevitably mean Kiev's forces will be exposed to enemy fire.

"I don't know how long it will take," Zelensky said, commenting on the operation's potential timeframe. He added that "it can go a variety of ways, completely different."

The president admitted that the military equipment and weapons supplied to Ukraine by its Western backers are still not enough. "We would like to have certain things, but we can't wait for months," he said.

Zelensky also highlighted the need for stronger air defences, and claimed that the US-made Patriot systems are virtually the only ones in the world capable of countering certain Russian missile types. He claimed Ukraine would need as many as 50 Patriot batteries to ensure sufficient air defenses. The lack of such protection means "a large number of soldiers will die," during the offensive, he added.

Comment: The best equipment in the world won't solve the lack of expertise.