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Avdeevka chemical plant captured - MOD

Avdiivka Coke and Chemical Plant
© Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via APThis photo taken from video released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, shows an aerial view of the Avdiivka Coke and Chemical Plant, eastern Ukraine. Russian forces have taken complete control of the Ukrainian city of Avdiivka. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told the Kremlin on Saturday that Russian forces were now working to clear the final pockets of resistance at the Avdiivka Coke and Chemical Plant, officials said in a statement.
Russian troops have captured the strategically important Avdeevka Coke and Chemical plant, the Defense Ministry in Moscow has said. Ukrainian troops had occupied the complex and turned it into a heavily fortified launchpad for attacks on the city of Donetsk. Kiev's forces in the area are in a headlong rout, the ministry added.

In a statement on Sunday, the ministry said that Russia's 'Center' group of troops had taken "full control" of the facility located on the northern outskirts of the city. "Russian flags have been hoisted on the administrative buildings of the plant. Units of the Ukrainian armed forces continued their disorderly retreat," officials said.

The ministry also shared aerial footage of intense fighting in the area, with multiple explosions taking place around the plant as several adjacent buildings came under artillery fire.



Yellow Vest

Indian union refuses to load Israel-bound weapons shipments

port israel india
© Adani Ports and LogisticsAn Israel official has explained how one key Indian port is being used to help bypass Yemen's Red Sea blockade
An Indian trade union that operates at multiple ports across the nation has refused to load or offload ships carrying weapons to Israel, days after the announcement of New Delhi sending Hermes 900 "killer" drones to Tel Aviv.

"Port workers, part of labor unions, would always stand against the war and killing innocent people like women and children," the Water Transport Workers Federation of India, representing over 3,500 workers at major ports in the country, said in a statement.

"The recent attack of Israel on Gaza plunging thousands of Palestinians into immense suffering and loss. Women and children have been blown to pieces in the war. Parents were unable to recognize their children killed in bombings which were exploding everywhere," the statement continued.

Comment: Israel's economy, and its society, are already showing signs of deterioration, and that's even without having suffered any significant boycott, sanctions, or experience of war. And so, whilst the above won't have any appreciable impact, the blowback may only just beginning - regardless of what it does next - and its looking like Israel is far more fragile than it led us to believe:


Eye 1

Czech prime minister labels protesting farmers 'supporters of Moscow'

prague farmers protest
© Getty Images / Lukas Kabon; AnadoluHundreds of Czech farmers with their tractors block a road in downtown during a farmers' protest in Prague
Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala has claimed farmers protesting against EU agriculture policies, environmental requirements and high energy prices are "supporters of Russia".

On Monday, hundreds of tractors blocked off sections of Prague and disrupted traffic outside the country's Agriculture Ministry as demonstrators demanded that the EU's Green Deal, which calls for regulations on the use of certain chemicals and greenhouse gas emissions, be rejected.

The farmers have argued that the Brussels' proposals place a heavy burden on their businesses, making products more expensive and less competitive, especially when compared to non-EU imports, such as those coming from Ukraine.

Explosion

'Catastrophic' Houthi attack sinks British ship and downs Reaper drone

Rubymar bulk carrier

The Belize-flagged merchant vessel Rubymar has suffered "catastrophic" damage and its crew has abandoned ship, a spokesman for the Yemeni military announced on Monday. According to Yahya Saree, the Houthi forces also downed a US Reaper drone over a Red Sea port.

The Houthis, which control the Yemeni capital, have been interdicting shipping related to Israel - and later the US and the UK as well - since late October, in protest over the Israeli military operation against the Palestinians in Gaza.

The Rubymar sailed under the flag of Belize, but its owner is registered as the UK-based Golden Adventure Shipping. It was carrying cargo from the UAE to Bulgaria. It was targeted with "a number of appropriate naval missiles," Saree said in a statement shared on X (formerly Twitter).

Comment: The ship sank:

The Houthis conditions are simple, which is for the Israeli genocide to stop.

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Arrow Up

Scott Ritter: Helping Crimea recover from decades of Ukrainian misrule is a tough but necessary challenge

Ritter
© Scott RitterScott Ritter (Left) handshake
Deliberate neglect, followed by a blockade and now war have failed to break the resolve of the peninsula's inhabitants...

As the Russian military operation against Ukraine approaches its third year, the focus on the ongoing conflict has allowed another anniversary to go relatively unnoticed - it's now around ten years since the violent events in Kiev's Maidan square that put in motion the circumstances which precipitated the current conflict.

Over the course of five days, from February 18 to 23, 2014, neo-Nazi provocateurs from the Svoboda (All Ukrainian Union 'Freedom') Party and the Right Sector, a coalition of far-right Ukrainian nationalists who follow the political teachings of Stepan Bandera and the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists, engaged in targeted violence against the government of President Viktor Yanukovich. It was designed to remove him from power and replace him with a new, US-backed government. They were successful; Yanukovich fled to Russia on February 23, 2014.

Soon thereafter, the predominantly Russian-speaking population of Crimea undertook actions to separate from the new Ukrainian nationalist government in Kiev. On March 16, 2014, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, both of which at that time were legally considered to be part of Ukraine, held a referendum on whether to join Russia or remain part of Ukraine. Over 97% of the votes cast were in favor of joining Russia. Five days later, on March 21, Crimea formally became part of the Russian Federation.

Light Saber

Fed up: UK police launch grass-roots gender-critical network to fight back against woke trans policies

Britain police officers foot patrol
© Shutterstock/Tana888Serving officers have launched the Police Sex Equality and Equity Network, accusing the service of 'actions that embed gender ideology' within forces nationwid
They've accused the service of 'actions that embed gender ideology' which 'creates a culture of fear' within forces across Britain

Grassroots police officers have launched a gender-critical network to push back against forces they are concerned have adopted self-ID policies not recognised in law.

The serving officers have launched the Police Sex Equality and Equity Network, accusing the service of 'actions that embed gender ideology' within forces nationwide.

They called on bodies representing both rank and file officers, as well as chief constables, to recognise lobby groups and activists within policing in England and Wales had created a 'culture of fear' among those holding gender-critical views.

Comment: Bravo to the Bobbies. May commons sense prevail.


Jet4

UK to give Ukraine 'swarming' drones - Bloomberg

drone operator Ukraine
© AFP / Sergey BobokA Ukrainian operator uses a drone equipped with a metal detector to clear mines in Kharkov Region, Ukraine, October 1, 2023.
British officials hope the autonomous craft will help Kiev compensate for its artillery shortage, the news site reported.

Ukraine will soon receive thousands of AI-enabled drones capable of autonomously "swarming" Russian targets, Bloomberg has reported. However, Moscow has repeatedly pointed out that Western "wonder weapons" have thus far failed to change Kiev's fortunes on the battlefield.

The UK is working with the US to acquire the still-in-development technology, Bloomberg stated on Saturday, citing "people familiar with the matter."

Comment: Just more and more (expensive) toys to try to delay the inevitable.

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Tank

Musk agrees Ukraine conflict is 'war of lies'

SpaceX, X (formerly known as Twitter), and Tesla CEO Elon Musk
© Omar Marques/Getty ImagesSpaceX, X (formerly known as Twitter), and Tesla CEO Elon Musk

The tech mogul has apparently concurred with entrepreneur David Sacks that people are being told Kiev "is winning when in fact it is losing"


Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has seemingly agreed with American investor David Sacks, who believes that the Ukraine conflict will end in a heavy defeat for Kiev, but that the West will try to spin the narrative in a way to sweep the truth under the rug.

On Sunday, Sacks published a post on X (formerly Twitter) entitled "A war of lies," arguing that the Ukraine conflict is based on falsehoods and deceit about "how it started, how it's going, and how it will end."

The entrepreneur stated that citizens of Western countries are being told that "Ukraine is winning when in fact it is losing" while being lied to that Kiev's main problem is a lack of US funding, while in reality it is the "fact the West can't produce enough ammunition."

Comment: One wonders in this whole scenario whether they can even see through all their lies. It looks as if the West has no interest at all in ending the war, and certainly not with the help of negotiations. And the crowd looks on cheeringly, almost like in ancient Rome. Bread and circuses.

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Cult

Moscow condemns neo-Nazi march in US

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© Social media
The 'Blood Tribe' group has marched through Nashville, Tennessee, openly displaying Nazi symbols and chanting offensive slogans.

The US concept of freedom applies exclusively to the "forces of evil" and effectively boils down to unleashing everything that is "taboo," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has said, commenting on a recent rally held by the neo-Nazi group 'Blood Tribe' in Nashville, Tennessee.

The group's balaclava-clad members marched through the city on Saturday, carrying black flags bearing Nazi swastikas, while chanting anti-immigration slogans such as "Deportation saves the nation." Some of the masked individuals wore sport shirts with assorted runic symbols commonly used by neo-Nazis worldwide, as well as the code '2218', which stands the slogan 'Bring back Adolf Hitler'.

Comment: While the official narrative has talked about overt neo-nazi groups in the US for a long time now, it was previously not much more than a convenient boogie man. To actually see nazi's on the streets marching is a somewhat new phenomenon. What are they up to?

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Arrow Down

Judge rejects attempts to toss indictments against Texas AG Ken Paxton, keeps April trial on course

Paxton
© Julia Reihs/KUT NewsTexas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been under active indictment for alleged securities fraud since 2015.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton remains on track to be tried for felony fraud this spring after the presiding judge shot down his attempts to have the charges thrown out.

During a Friday court hearing in Houston, Harris County District Court Judge Andrea Beall rejected Paxton's arguments that his right to a speedy trial had been violated.

Beall's decision means that, barring another unexpected delay, Paxton's securities fraud trial will kick off on April 15. The proceedings are much anticipated; the attorney has been under active indictment for nearly nine years. He has pleaded not guilty.

Special prosecutor Brian Wice applauded Beall's decision and said Paxton was the reason these cases have not yet gone to trial.

"We think that the general's fingerprints, footprints and DNA were all over the delays," said Wice, a private criminal defense lawyer brought on to represent the state after the local district attorney recused himself.

During the hearing, Paxton's defense attorney Dan Cogdell blamed the prosecutors for much of the delay. He said their attempts to be paid — which have been unsuccessful since 2016 — put off the trial for years.
"That's what this food fight has been all about. This case has been pending longer than three out of four of my marriages lasted."
Other factors that led to the delay included the prosecution's successful motions to move the case from Collin to Harris County, Hurricane Harvey and COVID-19.

Paxton, donned in a blue suit and pink socks, sat quietly through the hearing.

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