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With Russia liberating village after village and Ukraine seemingly unable to secure a defensive line ahead of the onslaught, former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter predicts that the conflict will end this summer, in line with the timeline established by the Russian Ministry of Defense at the start of this year.

On Friday, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that Russia liberated Novokalinovo in the Donetsk People’s Republic and Kiselevka and Kotlyarovka in the Kharkov region, the latest in a string of villages to fall, this rapid deterioration of the frontline was the result of the consistent work of Russian forces to grind the Ukrainians down until they had no reserves to stabilize the front line.

“As we speak, the attritional warfare model has Ukraine losing around 1,500 troops a day. This number is going up now because Russia's expanded its operations into the Kharkov region. So, you can expect this number [to] easily top 2,000 a day,” Ritter told Sputnik’s Fault Lines on Friday.

What the Ukrainians have had to do is pull in reserves and take forces out from other fronts, including the Kharkov front and the Odessa front, to come into the battlefield where they've been eliminated, or they've been worn down and there are no replacements…what's going to happen is Ukraine will be compelled to withdraw reserves from the Kiev region and from Odessa, to go to Kharkov to fill that gap. While they do that, the Russians will then launch a second major attack somewhere in the Zaporozhye area, and Ukrainians are going to be put to the classic horns of a dilemma where if they go north they lose, they go south they lose, if they stay in the middle they lose - there's no good option for them,” Ritter explained, adding that we will then see “the total collapse of the Ukrainian army” and the “rapid withdrawal beyond the Dnepr River” to set up a new defense line, something he does not think the Ukrainians will be able to accomplish.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The majority of the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces) will be under NATO command by 2025, with around 35,000 soldiers placed on the “highest levels of readiness,” Defense Minister Boris Pistorius announced during a keynote speech at Washington’s Johns Hopkins University on Thursday.

The announcement comes as Germany struggles to resolve major personnel and equipment shortages in its army, with many replacement items purchased for the Bundeswehr being sent to aid Ukraine in its conflict with Russia. A parliamentary report in March revealed that the army is also “aging and shrinking,” with 20,000 unfilled positions and a “very high” dropout rate.

“The security of our allies is our security. Therefore, by next year, the majority of the Bundeswehr will be placed under NATO command,” Pistorius said in his Thursday speech, adding that “approximately 35,000 of them will be at the two highest levels of readiness.”

The minister said Berlin’s focus remains on “protecting our allies on NATO’s eastern flank,” and pointed to Germany’s recent moves to increase its military presence in the region.

Tags: GERMANY, NATO
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Israel will continue its military campaign against Hamas in Gaza regardless of disapproval from its key allies, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said. His remarks came shortly after US President Joe Biden warned the Israeli leadership that any large-scale operation in Rafah would mean a halt in the supply of key defense equipment.

The city in southern Gaza is the last major population center still not under Israeli control. Hundreds of thousands of internally displaced Palestinians have taken shelter there in recent months, with some estimates putting the current population of the city, usually around 400,000, at over a million. Movement of humanitarian convoys bringing food and medicine has reportedly been disrupted as the Israeli offensive continues.

Earlier this week, Israeli troops and tanks entered the eastern districts of Rafah in what itl described as a “limited” operation, after fighter jets bombarded the city.

Speaking on Thursday, Netanyahu stated: “If we have to stand alone, we will stand alone. If we need to, we will fight with our fingernails. But we have much more than fingernails.” He noted that in 1948 Israel gained independence despite an “arms embargo.”

Webmaster addition: Israel did not gain independence in 1948. They simply stole the Palestinians' lands.

 

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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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 pumpkin [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.”

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko believes that many countries are losing interest in using the dollar and the euro, and not only Belarus and Russia are abandoning them.

"No one needs neither the dollar nor the euro now. And it is not only in Belarus and Russia. It is happening in many countries," Lukashenko told journalists in Minsk on Thursday.

Tags: ECONOMY
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On May 9th, Russians celebrated the memory of the military victory against Nazism. This date is one of the most important in the entire Russian national calendar, being the holiday respected by millions of citizens who had their relatives and ancestors killed in the bloody battles against Hitler’s Germany. However, decades after the Russian victory, Nazism has been rehabilitated by the West in Ukraine, generating problems on Russian borders.

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported on the morning of the 9th the Ukrainian attempt to launch several simultaneous terrorist attacks against the border regions of Belgorod, Bryansk and Kursk. The Russian air force intercepted several Ukrainian drones in the airspace of these cities, however, even so, some UAVs hit civilian and residential areas, as well as non-military infrastructure, causing several victims.

Among those injured in the Ukrainian attacks, an 11-year-old child was hospitalized in the Belgorod region after being hit by drone shrapnel. The damage to civil infrastructure was serious in several areas, with many photos and videos circulating on the internet showing fires and the collapse of affected buildings.

In addition to Belgorod, Kursk and Bryansk, which are cities regularly attacked by Ukrainians, there were also at least six drone attacks in the Krasnodar region. The main target was an oil facility, with the UAVs causing damage, but without casualties. In the same sense, even Moscow itself was targeted by Ukrainian terrorists, with Russian defense forces neutralizing a drone attack in the outskirts of the Russian capital. Apparently, the Kiev regime tried to disturb Victory Day in as many cities as possible, but the attacks failed to prevent public celebrations.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Kiev forces launched on May 10 more drones and rockets at four regions in Russia, but most of the projectiles were shot down by Russian air defenses.

In an early morning statement, the Russian Ministry of Defense said that air defenses intercepted three drones over the Bryansk region, another over the Moscow region and one more over the region of Belgorod. No casualties or damage was reported.

The ministry announced later in the morning in three separate statements that three more drones and two heavy rockets fired from a Ukrainian-made Vilkha multiple launch system were shot down over Belgorod. Again, there were no reports of losses.

While most of the attacks were thwarted, local authorities in the Kaluga region said that a drone struck an oil refinery there.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The Islamic Resistance in Iraq (IRI), an umbrella group of Iranian-backed armed factions, launched eight drone and missile attacks against Israel within 24 hours.

On May 9, the IRI announced in separate statements that it had attacked Ashkelon oil port with an Arqab cruise missile and launched drones at Nevatim air base, a “vital target” in Eilat city, Yafalet base, Leviathan naval gas rig and Ovda air base. Video footage showing the attacks on Ashkelon and Nevatim were released.

The group said in two more statements released early on May 10 that it attacked another “vital target” and a military site in Eilat with drones.

The attacks were carried out in response to Israel’s “massacres” against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, according to the group’s statements.

Hebrew media didn’t report any warnings or interceptions in Israel due to attacks from Iraq. Nevertheless, this does not mean that the attacks failed as the Israeli military has the power to censor all news related to attacks and security incidents in the country.

Tags: IRAQ, ISRAEL, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The House must impeach President Joe Biden for withholding ammunition from Israel for political reasons, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) suggested Thursday.

Biden made a commitment on Wednesday to stop the shipment of offensive weapons to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to prevent Israel from attacking Hamas in Rafah.

Biden’s decision to withhold bombs from Israel has political implications. Biden’s base wants him to defund Israel, while many moderate Democrats support Israel’s ability to defend itself against terrorists. Biden appears stuck in the middle during an election year as he trails in the polls.

Some Republicans and establishment media pundits immediately characterized the commitment as a “political decision.”

Democrats’ impeachment of former President Donald Trump was for allegedly withholding military aid from Ukraine for political reasons despite Congress authorizing it.

“The House has no choice but to impeach Biden based on the Trump-Ukraine precedent of withholding foreign aid to help with reelection,” Cotton posted on X. “Only with Biden, it’s true.”

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Tags: IMPEACHMENT, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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A case of mad cow disease has been confirmed on a UK farm.

The case of the disease, officially called Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), was discovered on a farm in Ayrshire in Scotland. The Scottish Government said movement restrictions have been put in place as a precaution at impacted premises and covered animals which have been in contact with the infected case.

The case was identified as a result of routine surveillance and control measures and the animal did not enter the human food chain, officials said. Food Standards Scotland have confirmed there is no risk to human health as a result of what it called "this isolated case".

Further investigations to identify the origin of the disease are ongoing in accordance with standard procedures for a confirmed case of classical BSE, officials said.

Tags: GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander James Stavridis has suggested that the US-led military bloc’s members should “neutralize” Russia’s westernmost exclave of Kaliningrad if Moscow seriously endangers the security of the Baltic states.

Kaliningrad (formerly Konigsberg) belonged to Germany until the end of World War II, when it was handed over to the USSR under the Potsdam Agreement. It remained part of Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union and, after several consecutive waves of NATO expansion, found itself completely surrounded by the bloc’s members.

In an op-ed for Bloomberg, published on Thursday as Russia was celebrating the 79th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany, Stavridis outlined his views on Kaliningrad as the last remaining nuisance that prevents the Baltic Sea from turning into a “NATO lake.”

Tags: NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Traumatic footage show a transgender murder suspect running over a victim twice with a Dodge Challenger in suburban Houston - before kissing and stabbing his limp body.

Law enforcement sources close to the case said the footage was some of the most horrifying they've seen in their careers, and culminated with the victim's death. 

The incident on Woodridge Square Drive on May 3 happened in broad daylight - with 20-year-old Karon Fisher seen careening toward Steven Anderson, 64, as he walked to retrieve some mail.

Hit first and run over again as Fisher backed up, Anderson is seen looking back in disbelief seconds before he is struck. KTRK cut away before the moment of impact. 

As neighbors crowded around, Fisher is seen returning to the scene with a knife, flipping the victim over and stabbing him multiple times. Seconds before, she takes the time to straddle and kiss him, eventually running off. She is now in custody, cops said - crediting that with tips received from several horrified witnesses.

Webmaster addition: More evidence that transgenderism is a mental illness!

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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Gruesome new testimony details one of the worst atrocities of the year-long Sudanese civil war – the large-scale massacre of civilians as they desperately tried to flee an ethnic rampage in Darfur last summer.

Witnesses describe children, still alive, being “piled up and shot” by the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) as they attempted to escape the regional capital of El Geneina in June last year during a bout of ethnic violence in which thousands of civilians were killed.

Together, the 221 witness statements collated by Human Rights Watch offer the latest evidence that the Arab-led RSF has orchestrated a concerted 12-month campaign of ethnic cleansing against Sudan’s non-Arab Masalit tribe in West Darfur.

The United Nations and African Union should, says HRW, urgently impose an arms embargo on Sudan and deploy a mission with a robust police force to Darfur, the sprawling region in the west of the country, to protect civilians.

A HRW report published Wednesday calls for sanctions for those ultimately responsible for widespread war crimes, including the West Darfur RSF commander Abdel Rahman Joma’a Barakallah, along with the notorious commander of the RSF, Mohamed “Hemedti” Hamdan Dagalo, and his brother Abdel Raheem.

Since fighting erupted between the RSF and Sudan’s military in April 2023, more than 8 million people have fled their homes amid a humanitarian crisis that the UN warns is one of the largest in decades

Claire's Observations:  I am willing to bet that everyone  condemning this horrific genocide in Sudan, will be completely mum about the one Israel is carrying out against the Palestinians in Gaza!!!!!

Tags: AFRICA, ASSASSINATION, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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President Joe Biden called North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un the president of South Korea at a closed-door fundraiser Portola Valley, California Friday.

Biden, 81, was going after his 2024 rival, former President Donald Trump, for praising the North Korean leader after they met a handful of times during the Republican's administration. 

The president talked of Trump's pride from 'love letters from South Korean president Kim Jong Un.' 

The president of South Korea is Yoon Suk Yeol, who Biden has met a number of times - including at a White House state dinner, an official trip to South Korea and a summit at Camp David - since Yoon was elected in 2022.

Since being sworn-in, Biden has worked carefully to cultivate relationships with the leaders of South Korea and Japan to counter the rise of China

Tags: WHITE HOUSE
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The House GOP is drafting articles of impeachment against President Biden for threatening to temporarily halt some aid to Israel if they accelerate the humanitarian disaster in Gaza by invading Rafah.

According to our AIPAC-owned GOP leaders, America has an obligation under the Constitution or something to fund Israel's wars and supply them with arms indefinitely.

Webmaster addition: The GOP just aligned themselves with Genocide and it will cost them come November!

Tags: IMPEACHMENT, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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...the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has launched a $500 million fundraising initiative in an effort to offset the Oscars dramatic drop in viewership - which went from nearly 44 million in 2014, to just 19.5 million in the latest ceremony, according to Statista.

Bill Kramer, the Academy’s Chief Executive, revealed in an interview with the Financial Times that the organization has already raised about $100 million, with contributions from high-profile donors like billionaire Leonard Blavatnik. The campaign is further bolstered by sponsorship agreements with renowned luxury brands, including the Dorchester Collection.

The timing of this fundraising drive is crucial as the Academy’s current broadcasting agreement with ABC, a Walt Disney-owned network, is set to expire in 2028, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the Oscars. Negotiations for renewal are expected to commence shortly, with Kramer describing the existing deal as “very healthy” and lauding the partnership with Disney as “amazing.” However, the shift towards streaming and the upheavals in the television and film industry have prompted the Academy to pursue what Kramer calls a “revenue diversification campaign.”

"No healthy company or organization should rely on one source of support to a degree that could cause concern if that support decreases," he told the outlet.

Tags: ENTERTAINMENT
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There were fireworks at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Friday as Israel tried to fight back against a Palestinian bid to become a full UN member.

The assembly adopted a new resolution which puts the 'State of Palestine' on the pathway to future full membership in a vote of 143 to 9, with the US and Israel on the 'no' side. The resolution recognizes Palestine as "qualified to join" and the resolution text was described as essentially a global survey on the open question of full membership

The move formally recommends to the UN Security Council that it "reconsider the matter favorably." Since 2012 Palestine has been a non-member observer state. But now the General Assembly "determines that the State of Palestine…should therefore be admitted to membership" and it “recommends that the Security Council reconsider the matter favorably," according to the resolution text.

A few extra procedural rights were also granted by Friday's vote: "The General Assembly resolution adopted on Friday does give the Palestinians some additional rights and privileges from September 2024 — like a seat among the UN members in the assembly hall — but they will not be granted a vote in the body," Times of Israel writes.

Israel is of course fuming, and the below spectacle played out before the UN General Assembly, complete with an interesting prop...

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, UN, WHITE HOUSE
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The Biden administration on Friday announced its third tranche of new aid for Ukraine since President Biden signed into effect Congress' $95 billion foreign aid package, which includes $60 billion total funding for Ukraine.

This newest authorized package is for $400 million and is to include High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, Patriot missiles, and various munitions including anti-aircraft and anti-tank ammo, and armored vehicles like Bradleys.

"It will also provide a number of coastal and riverine patrol boats, trailers, demolition munitions, high-speed anti-radiation missiles, protective gear, spare parts and other weapons and equipment," according to further details in the Associated Press. "The weapons are being sent through presidential drawdown authority, which pulls systems and munitions from existing U.S. stockpiles so they can go quickly to the war front."

Webmaster addition: The country that runs out of money first loses the war!

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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