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The required width of ‘buffer zone’ in Ukraine to protect Russia’s territory may reach as far as the Polish border if the West sends Kiev long-range weapons, Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev wrote on his Telegram channel.

Medvedev recalled President Vladimir Putin’s words about the need to create a ‘buffer zone’ "inside which it will be impossible for the neo-Nazi regime to hit objects on Russian territory."

"Of course, including all the lands that have returned to our country," Medvedev explained.

"Once the Kiev regime uses Storm Shadow / SCALP-EG missiles with a range of at least 550 kilometers when the distance between Belgorod and Kiev is 429 kilometers, practically the entire central and most of the western parts of Ukraine fall within this sanitary zone," Medvedev said. "In other words, there must be Russia everywhere (550 kilometers plus 70-100 more to be sure). Otherwise, the security of our cities and villages cannot be ensured."

"If it goes on like this, the guaranteed sanitary zone will be somewhere at the border with Poland. Or even inside Poland," the deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council suggested.

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The Desyatynny Monastery's Vladimir-Olginsky Chapel which is part of the Canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church was demolished in Kiev, according to the monastery's social media.

Around midnight on Thursday, the monastery's Telegram channel reported that the chapel had been cordoned off by police and military.

"The chapel consecrated by His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir and His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufriy no longer exists," the message said.

The Monastery clarified that the miraculous icon of the Mother of God "Vladimirskaya-Desyatinnaya" is intact.

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The Russian military carried out 28 group strikes against vital targets in Ukraine over the past week, the Russian Ministry of Defense said in a briefing on May 17.

”From 11 to 17 May 2024, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation carried out 28 group strikes by high-precision weapons and unmanned aerial vehicles [UAVs], which hit command posts, military airfield infrastructure facilities, air defense equipment, fuel bases of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as well as a production and storage workshop for uncrewed surface vehicles and strike UAVs,” the ministry said.

It added that the strikes also targeted deployment areas of nationalist groups and foreign mercenaries fighting for Kiev forces.

Also in the briefing, the ministry provided details on recent Russian actions in different directions within the special military operation zone in Ukraine.

The ministry said that the Sever Group of Forces liberated 12 settlements in the Kharkov region over the past week: Borisovka, Bugrovatka, Gatishche, Glubokoye, Krasnoye, Lukyantsy, Morokhovets, Ogurtsovo, Oleynikovo, Pletenyevka, Pyulnaya, Strelechya and continue advancing to the depth of the Ukrainian defenses.

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Democrats brand themselves as the “compassionate” party. They are so compassionate, that they do nothing as millions of people drag children across miles of dangerous territory to illegally enter the country.

Many have accused President Biden of exploiting desperate migrants for cheap labor. Even blue cities are trying to get the thousands of migrants overrunning their communities to work jobs.

Instead of training hard-up Americans, liberals are trying to give these jobs to illegal aliens. One Democrat mayor was trying to defend his goal of using migrants for cheap labor. And he dropped a comment that would have ended a Republican’s career.

From Fox News:
On Tuesday, Eric Adams suggested the many vacant lifeguard positions across New York City could be filled by illegal immigrants.

The mayor claimed that those who entered the United States unlawfully would be perfect for the job because they’re “excellent swimmers.”

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Lord Walney - or John Woodcock to you and me - is the unelected Lord who was appointed by the Tories as a life peer after he endorsed Boris Johnson, and then an 'independent advisor' on political violence.

He's now trying to ban Palestine Action, and wants clampdowns on the right to protest, from the Palestinian movement to climate justice. But who is he? His links have been exposed - and it raises damning questions about our democracy.

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We discuss the disturbing trend of legal warfare waged against pro-Palestinian groups and dissect the potential overstepping of the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, which could unjustly silence legitimate critique. #MaxBlumenthal offers expertise on the delicate interplay of policy, rights, and the formidable sway of the Israel lobby in American politics.

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A government committee on Wednesday appointed Dr. Gilad Noam as the next powerful Deputy Attorney-General for International Affairs, with responsibility for handling International Criminal Court (ICC) war crimes controversies.

Noam, 48, has served in the Justice Ministry International Law Division since 2012 and was most directly involved in informal contacts with the ICC over war crimes issues.

He also previously served in IDF intelligence unit 8200 and Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar said that his experience in defending Israel’s legitimacy would be a huge advantage.

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Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

I never imagined that we would ever see a time when it takes $177,798 for a family of four to live comfortably in the United States.  Unfortunately, that day has arrived.  Our leaders have been pursuing highly inflationary policies for many years, and now we have reached a point where inflation is wildly out of control.  In fact, the latest wholesale inflation figure that was released on Tuesday came in much higher than expected.  Sadly, this is just the beginning and we are in far more trouble than most people realize.

According to an incredibly shocking new study, most Americans do not make enough money to “live comfortably” in the highly inflationary environment that we find ourselves in today…

A recent study has revealed the incomes needed for families to live comfortably across the United States – and the stark contrast in the cost of living between states is startling.

The study revealed that in the most expensive states, families need nearly $300,000 to simply live ‘comfortably.’

The least expensive state requires about half that salary – still over $100,000.

Meanwhile, the average annual salary in the US is $59,428, or $28.34 per hour, as of May 2024.

The study determined that Massachusetts is the most expensive state.

It takes a whopping $301,184 a year for a family of four to “live comfortably” there.

The least expensive state is Mississippi.

In the Magnolia State, it only takes $177,798 a year for a family of four “to cover their expenses and maintain a satisfactory quality of life”.

This is our country now.

I feel like I have been banging my head into a wall.  For more than a decade I have warned that this would happen, and now it is here.

Claire's Observations;  That.... is an absolutely gobsmacking number;  no wonder people are going DINK (double income; no kids) these days!!

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Authored by Ryan Morgan via The Epoch Times,

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has called for U.S. federal authorities to investigate whether foreign actors are promoting contentions within the United States, including recent protests over the war in Gaza taking place on U.S. college campuses and other venues around the country.

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During a Wednesday, May 15 episode of his personal podcast “The Verdict,” Mr. Cruz noted a recent report by the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI) alleging connections between the the “Shut It Down for Palestine” (SID4P) movement and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The NCRI report specifically alleges that convenor organizations that formed the SID4P protest movement, People’s Forum, the International People’s Assembly, and ANSWER Coalition, “serve as the conduit through which CCP-affiliated entities have effectively co-opted pro-Palestinian activism in the U.S., advancing a broader anti-American, anti-democratic, and anti-capitalist agenda.”

If you look at this report from NCRI, it details how China is spending millions upwards of potentially $100 million funding these protests that are occurring on campuses that are shutting down bridges that are shutting down airports,” Mr. Cruz said.

“And you might think, okay, ‘What does China care about Hamas? What does China care about Israel?’ And the truth of the matter is they don’t, but they care about America, they care about tearing our country apart, they care about chaos and fomenting dissent and dissension that paralyzes our country.”

During the podcast episode, Mr. Cruz also noted a recent article by the New York Post alleging ties between Manolo De Los Santos, a 35-year-old New York-based activist involved in recent pro-Palestinian activism, and Cuba. Mr. De Los Santos was born in the Dominican Republic and now works with The People’s Forum.

Claire's Observations: Senator Cruz, a word, please:you may, in fact, be correct about money coming from the CCP for these rallies.  And BTW, what are you pocketing from AIPAC and Israel these days?!?

First, let me introduce myself;  I am Claire Rivero, a Christian Pacifist Activist, who abhors what Israel is doing right now.  And in the most quiet,  peaceful, gentle, logical manner I can conjure, I aspire to become your worst nightmare, and the worst nightmare of all Israeli apologists, singing the same bloody tune.

As a loyal American and a patriot, I must witness to what I am seeing, and the only word for it, senator, is genocide, plain and simple.  

And as a nation, we cannot condone genocide, or it makes every genocide in human history, explainable; reasonable, and ultimately forgivable.

Pol Pot's massacres?!?  Understandable, through the lens of his logic and reasonable; The Holocaust?!?  Perfectly understandable, from the point of Nazi leadership. The Armenian Genocide in Turkey? Totally understandable.  The assassination of Palestinian women and children through gunshots; disease; and starvation?!?  Perfectly understandable, from the standpoint of Israeli  leadership, spouting Old Testament  Biblical phrases as a sort of "justification" for these murders.

But unless, sir, you have been living under a rock since 7 October of last year. can you not understand is it just possible, as these kids, who have access to every media under the sun, and then some, don't like the genocide they are seeing against Palestinian women and kids?!?!?  Because so far, these are the people who have borne the brunt of the Assassination Nation's Murder Machine, FKA the IDF?!?!?

And what they are seeing, many times courtesy of TikTok, is not justice served, for the horrific attack against Jewish settlers by Hamas,  which I absolutely condemn, but the murder of people who had nothing to do with the attack; they are simply Palestinians who are still breathing air, then summarily shot and killed.  

No judge,. Senator; no jury; no judicial process whatsoever. 

They have been murdered because of their ethnicity, and had no relationship whatsoever to the people who committed that horrible crime committed against innocent Israelis on 7 October.   This is why you, and your fellow and sister Israeli apologists want to shut down TikTok; they are live-streaming this massacre, so people can see what Israel is actually doing in Gaza, and I can understand your not liking it at all.

Whatever you and your colleagues in the House and Senate are being paid to "look the other way" on this genocide, cannot possibly be enough; I suggest you are all due a raise from your handlers and enablers, and right the heck now.

And some final words, Senator Cruz; you have not converted people......because you have silenced them, as you are hoping to do by smearing these protests as "Communist-funded."

Some young Americans, who care  greatly about this country as well, do not like to see it complicit in providing bombs and bullets being used to massacre innocent civilians.  

Nor, Mr. Senator, do I.

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Hezbollah’s Military Media has released footage of two recent drone attacks that targeted a key surveillance base and a border site of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

The first attack, which took place on May 15, targeted Ilaniya base and damaged Israel’s state-of-the-art Sky Dew high altitude missile defense aerostat. Hezbollah used two suicide drones in the attack. Both appeared to be a twin-tail version of the Iranian-made Ababil-2. One of the drones was intercepted, but the second hit the base.

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The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) destroyed three militant bases in the Syrian governorates of Homs and Deir Ezzor, Major General Yury Popov, deputy chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria, announced on May 16.

“Strikes by Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed three bases of militants who came out of the [United States-controlled] al-Tanf zone and took refuge in hard-to-reach areas of the mountain ranges of al-Amur in the Homs province and al-Bishri in the Deir Ezzor province,” he said.

Al-Amur and al-Bishri mountain ranges are both a part of Syria’s central region, where ISIS cells have been active for years now.

Video footage posted to social media on May 16 showed airstrikes by the VKS against militants hideouts in the region. However, it is unclear if these were the same airstrikes announced by the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria.

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The UK and its allies got tricked into backing a “corrupt mafia state” in Ukraine and getting into a war of attrition against a Moscow-Beijing partnership, Dominic Cummings has said in an interview.

The longtime Tory political strategist led the Vote Leave campaign for Brexit and was one of the key aides to then-PM Boris Johnson until resigning in November 2020.

“We should have never got into the whole stupid situation,” Cummings told the outlet I News in an interview published on Wednesday, commenting on London’s full-throated support for Kiev. He also described Ukraine as a “corrupt s**thole that doesn’t matter at all.”

“This is not a replay of 1940 with the Potemkin [Ukrainian President Vladimir] Zelensky as the Churchillian underdog,” he added. “This whole Ukrainian corrupt mafia state has basically conned us all and we’re all going to get f**ked as a consequence.”

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The French armed forces are preparing a new unit of scouts to support potential offensive operations in Ukraine, the RTL radio station reported, citing its correspondent who observed the exercises of this unit in Estonia.

"We will infiltrate, try to get close to enemy positions and even bypass them. Then we will have two solutions for reconnaissance. We can use our drone, or we can use the good old-fashioned way: our eyes. We can see a little bit of the surrounding terrain. It's very similar to what we see in Ukraine and in the Middle East. So it's very interesting for us," one of the squad members, Staff sergeant Quentin, told the radio.

Members of this unit are said to be able to "hide in the bush for hours" thanks to camouflage and use drones to observe the enemy from 200-300 meters. This "experimental unit of super covert scouts" is designed to identify enemy strongholds, locate entrances to trenches, and coordinate assault teams to capture them.

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