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Putin explains why peace talks with Ukraine collapsed

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
© SputnikRussian President Vladimir Putin.
Any discussions on the conflict must address global stability and focus on multilateral security guarantees, the Russian president says

Russia has never ruled out talks for a peaceful settlement of the Ukraine conflict, but any discussions must take into account the interests of all parties involved, including Moscow, President Vladimir Putin has said.

In an interview with the Xinhua news agency on Wednesday ahead of his visit to China this week, Putin commended Beijing's peace initiative for the Ukraine conflict, saying it showed "the genuine desire of our Chinese friends to help stabilize the situation" in the region.

The proposal, which was first released by Beijing last February, calls for a ceasefire, "respecting the sovereignty of all countries" and "abandoning the Cold War mentality." It also stipulates that "the security of a region should not be achieved by strengthening or expanding military blocs."

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Interview: Join hands for future success of Russia-China partnership, says Putin

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, March 21, 2023.
© Sputnik / Alexey MaishevChinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, March 21, 2023.
MOSCOW, May 15 (Xinhua) -- On the eve of his two-day state visit to China, which starts on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated in a written interview with Xinhua that Russia and China are promoting the prosperity of both nations through expanded equal and mutually beneficial cooperation in economic and cultural fields.

In the interview, Putin emphasized that the coordination of foreign policies between the two countries is propelling the establishment of a fair multipolar world order, which underpins the future success of the Russia-China comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for the new era.

Putin highlighted that contemporary Russia-China relations transcend ideology and are a strategic choice made independently by the two countries regardless of the political situation. This choice is grounded in the extensive common interests, deep mutual trust, strong public support, and the genuine friendship between the peoples of the two countries. Both nations are jointly committed to safeguarding sovereignty, territorial integrity, and security.

Comment: The policy makers of the US and allies could learn from the above, but they have their own century old trusted ways of doing business. Their citizens on the other hand may have a chance to reflect on the changes taking place all around them.

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Warning

New report to Congress shows US determined to militarize space

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Back in mid-February, the mainstream propaganda machine bombarded us with a slew of reports about "big bad Russian space nukes", claiming that Moscow is using its technological prowess to build strategic space-based weapons. And while it's true the Eurasian giant is a cosmic superpower and that it certainly has the know-how to accomplish such a feat, the mainstream propaganda machine conveniently "forgot" to explain why the Kremlin would make the decision to expand its space capabilities. Namely, Russia is indeed planning to deploy a nuclear-powered anti-satellite weapon (ASAT), but there's a massive difference between having thermonuclear warheads pointed at Earth from space and having a nuclear-powered spacecraft. The Russian military is already in possession of the former, as it was the world's first operator of the FOBS back in the early 1960s.

Comment: Space: The 'final' frontier.


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Dmitry Trenin: A massive transformation is taking place in Russia, and the West is blind to it

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© Vyacheslav Prokofyev/SputnikRussian President Vladimir Putin taking the oath of office during his inauguration ceremony at the Kremlin
A societal transformation in Russia that started before fighting broke out in Ukraine in early 2022 now seems irreversible

Two and a half years into its war against the West in Ukraine, Russia certainly finds itself on a course toward a new sense of itself.

This trend actually predated the military operation but has been powerfully intensified as a result. Since February 2022, Russians have lived in a wholly new reality. For the first time since 1945, the country is really at war, with bitter fighting ongoing along a 2,000-kilometer front line, and not too far from Moscow. Belgorod, a provincial center near the Ukrainian border, is continuously subjected to deadly missile and drone attacks from Kiev's forces.

Occasionally, Ukrainian drones reach far deeper inland. Yet, Moscow and other big cities continue as if there were no war, and (almost) no Western sanctions either. Streets are full of people and shopping malls and supermarkets offer the usual abundance of goods and food items. One could conclude that Moscow and Belgorod are a tale of two countries, that Russians have managed to live simultaneously both in wartime and peacetime.

This would be a wrong conclusion. Even the part of the country that ostensibly lives 'in peace' is markedly different from what it was before the Ukraine conflict began. The central focus of post-Soviet Russia - money - has not been eliminated, of course, but has certainly lost its unquestionable dominance. When many people - not only soldiers but civilians, too - are getting killed, other, non-material values are coming back. Patriotism, reviled and derided in the wake of the Soviet Union's collapse, is re-emerging in force. In the absence of fresh mobilization, hundreds of thousands of those who sign contracts with the military are motivated by a desire to help the country. Not just by what they can get from it.

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Ukrainian military stole money intended for fortifications - local media

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© Diego Herrera Carcedo/Getty ImagesUkrainian soldiers keep watch from a trench in Kharkov region, Ukraine • March 10, 2024
With millions of dollars reportedly embezzled, Russian armor was free to roll across the border into Kharkov.

Military and civilian authorities in Ukraine's Kharkov Region paid millions of dollars to fake companies for the supply of non-existent building materials to construct defensive fortifications, the newspaper Ukrainska Pravda reported on Monday. With no fortifications built, Russian forces have advanced rapidly through the region.

Russia has seized dozens of towns and villages in the northern part of Kharkov Region after launching an offensive last Friday. According to the latest update from the Russian Defense Ministry, Russian troops had captured the village of Bugrovatka on Monday and are inflicting losses on Ukrainian manpower and hardware near Veseloye, Volchansk, and Liptsi, the latter of which is located just 20km from the outskirts of Kharkov city.

Writing in Ukrainska Pravda on Monday, Ukrainian anti-corruption activist Martina Boguslavets explained that Kharkov's Department of Housing and Communal Services (ZhKG) and Regional Military Administration (OVA) had been given 7 billion hryvnias ($176.5 million) to build fortifications to hold back this advance.

Comment: US money bought Biden a war.


Pistol

EU shifts toward 'war economy'

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© Guillaume Souvant/AFP/FileEU commissioner Thierry Breton visits a factory that manufactures the belting of the 155 shells for the French-made Cesar howitzer.
The European Union's defense industry has partially switched to a war economy, European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton has said.

Kiev could face a "dangerous period" this year as the focus of Western politicians backing it has now turned to the European Parliament elections on June 6-9 and US presidential election on November 5. Breton explained in an interview with French broadcaster BFMTV on Monday:
"Russia may well take advantage of this uncertainty and move forward on the front line. Because of this, we in Europe have decided to significantly increase our subsidies in terms of weapons and ammunition for Ukraine."
According to Breton, the EU is now on track to be producing 2 million shells, including 155mm caliber, per year for Ukraine. He said:
"It is fair to say the EU has moved into a war economy at least in terms of shell production. Now the challenge is for us to move into a war economy in all segments of the European defense industry."

Comment: How to win a war of delusions? See it for what it isn't. One bullet at a time.


Attention

U.N. contributing scientist: 'Culling' human population could avert climate catastrophe

The suggested way of doing this would be a new, very fatal pandemic, so reports One America News (OAN)


Volcanologist and ultra-hysterical climate scientist Prof. Bill McGuire posted a comment on X: "If I am brutally honest, the only realistic way I see emissions falling as fast as they need to, to avoid catastrophic #climate breakdown, is the culling of the human population by a pandemic with a very high fatality rate."
Bill McGuire
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Reaction McGuire's comment came swiftly and harshly, so much you that McGuire took down the callous comment, claiming he didn't mean it and that readers misinterpreted the comment.

If anything, it tells us what kind of twisted fantasies are floating around in the heads of the members of the climate doomsday cult.

Evil Rays

Ex-Pentagon official says US lags behind Russia in electronic warfare

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© Sputnik / Press Service of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian FederationA Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicle shot down by a unit of Airborne troops in the Kiev region.
A retired general has reportedly warned that Washington is being outclassed in jamming technology

The US military has been surpassed by Russia and other potential adversaries in the field of electronic warfare, including jamming technology used to take down enemy weapons, a retired Pentagon official has reportedly lamented.

Speaking at the SOF Week conference in Tampa, Florida, retired US Army Lieutenant General Mike Nagata warned that Washington is "still falling behind" its rivals in electronic combat. "The gap between where the United States should be and where we are, in my judgment, continues to expand not everywhere, but in far too many places," Defense One quoted Nagata as saying.

Comment: Russia's focus on the electronic side of warfare was first evident in Syria


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The Russians are advancing and Ukrainians can't stop them

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© RIA Novosti/SputnikRussian servicemen of the Battlegroup South load a shell into a Giatsint-B 152 mm howitzer before firing at Ukrainian positions on the front lines amid Russia's special military operation in Ukraine, in an undisclosed location, Russia.
Russian forces have launched a large-scale offensive towards Kharkov, revealing apparent gaps in Ukraine's previously proclaimed fortified defenses along the northern border. According to military analyst Scott Ritter, the Ukrainian military, expecting robust defenses including anti-tank obstacles and minefields, was significantly outmaneuvered.

As Russian troops continue to push south from the Belgorod area, Ritter notes that the situation exposes a broader vulnerability within the Ukrainian defense strategy. "The Ukrainians are now in a panic, pulling forces from critical fronts elsewhere," Ritter explained. This reallocation of troops to the north leaves other strategic areas, such as Kherson and Odessa, potentially exposed to new Russian attacks.

Popcorn

N. Korea calls for 'epochal change' in war preparations

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© STR/KCNA via KNS/AFPFILE: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un delivering a speech at the Ministry of National Defense in Pyongyang
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for an "epochal change" in war preparations by achieving arsenal production targets during his inspection of a tactical missile system, state media reported Wednesday.

It comes as analysts say the nuclear-armed North could be testing and ramping up production of artillery and cruise missiles before sending them to Russia for use in Ukraine.

During his inspection of the tactical missile weapons system on Tuesday, Kim expressed "great satisfaction over the production results registered by the defence industrial enterprises" this year, Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said in a dispatch.

Kim "particularly stressed the need to bring about an epochal change in the preparations of the KPA for war by carrying out the munitions production plans for 2024 without fail," it added.

Comment: Whilst the tone of North Korea's announcements can often seem rather exaggerated, considering its acquisition of nuclear weapons to its supply of munitions to Russia, it has shown its ability to follow through on a number of occasions; much to the chagrin of the West: