RUNNING UPDATES ON THE CONFLICT IN UKRAINE - 22.04.2023
Including geopolitical issues affecting the balance of power in the ongoing end game war to establish our common future, a closely monitored prison planet or tolerance for diverse modes of governance.
THE ROAD TO THE ULTIMATE CONCLUSION OF WORLD WAR III RUNS THROUGH HERE.
*** THE END OF THE UKRAINIAN REGIME IS DRAWING EVER CLOSER ***
“Ukraine. What is the truth...?
Why won’t western media tell both sides…?”
VIRTUALLY UNREPORTED ATROCITY IN LUGANSK, 2nd JUNE 2014
A lot has been said about atrocities in the western media claimed to have been perpetrated by the Russians, for example at Bucha and Mariupol among others. These assertions are conveyed on the say so of the Ukrainian authorities. How willing though are western news broadcasters to convey atrocities attributed to the Ukrainians? The following will I think provide the answer.
If anyone wonders if they are receiving accurate coverage of the conflict in Ukraine I would suggest watching the video below of an event which occurred on the 2nd of June 2014 and ask themselves if they recall hearing about it on any mainstream media news channel at the time.
The video is harrowing to watch. The bodies (five women and three men) are real. Yet across western media there was only one single news report that occurred a day later. This was from CNN and occurred only because a CNN team happened to be nearby at the time of the atrocity and so the network could hardly ignore it as all others so obviously did.
The video below shows the unvarnished truth that was not considered newsworthy in western mainstream news.
THE SINGLE WESTERN MSM REPORT ON THE LUGANSK ATROCITY, 3rd JUNE 2014
The video at the CNN link below is the crime scene sanitised by CNN, though played straight with honest reporting on the scene not playing things to Kiev’s tune.
(There was a time early in the war in the Donbass when CNN were not afraid to contradict the Ukrainian regime in Kiev.) Watch because it's the first and last time you will see this.
5 women and 3 men died, all civilians.
Air attack on pro-Russian separatists in Luhansk kills 8, stuns residents.
ALEXANDER MERCOURIS of THE DURAN
Road Cut and Encircled, Kiev Complains on Weapons; China Rejects Yellen, US-China Ties Worsen.
ALEX CHRISTOFOROU of THE DURAN
53 tanks short. Dutch secret patriot training. Lavra shock. Musk to Sheen, I feel your pain. U/1
Ukraine, calm before the storm. EU grain debacle.
Attack on Crimea, Fall of Bakhmut, Western Tanks, Chinese Peace Plan, Moscow's Warning to the West...
Morning Briefing of The Ministry of Defense of Russia (April 22, 2023)
What damage has Russia inflicted on Ukraine?! Zakharova. RU.
Bakhmut RETREAT Continues For Ukraine, Wagner PUSHES WEST.
JUDGE NAPOLITANO - ALASTAIR COOKE
Destroy Russia. The Goal of NATO & the West.
JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO - COLONEL DOUGLAS MACGREGOR
Ukraine War = Cash Bonanza. One big Wealth Transfer.
JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO - LARRY JOHNSON (EX-CIA)
U.S. Justice System Clown Show.
Russia and China DEFEAT U.S. Sanctions via De-Dollarization Says Janet Yellen.
It's over and NATO is finished | Redacted with Clayton Morris.
NATO Is Playing Ukraine.
Bakhmut RETREAT Continues For Ukraine, Wagner PUSHES WEST.
Wagner Swipes Through West BAKHMUT with FAB-500s.
Mainstream Media smears Robert F. Kennedy Jr. after announcing 2024 presidential bid.
'Use tech and trade as weapon!' Beijing slams Biden's China restrictions on semiconductor, AI.
VOICES: China-brokered Saudi-Iran deal pushes shift in Europeans' thinking on Ukraine -MartinJacques.
Is There A CIA Backed Coup In Sudan After Russian Base Announced?
2023.04.22 Western Leadership Miscalculations.
India, Bangladesh ditch Dollar; Rupee-Taka trade to replace U.S currency exchange | Details:
West's 'Leopards' bite Ukraine! Donated tanks give Kyiv logistical headache amid Russian blitz.
'No Way': NATO Nation France refuses to help Ukraine target Russia's ally Belarus | Report.
'Bankrupt' Ukraine sells state assets to fund war as West fails to meet pledges | Report.
NATO 'falling short' in sending arms to Ukraine for counteroffensive against Russia | Report.
U.S. fumes at UN's Taliban recognition plan; Biden Admin rejects 'absurd' suggestion.
Russia threatens to put tactical missiles on NATO borders for Ukraine war 'provocations'.
Putin's drones catch Zelensky's men off-guard | Watch Russia decimate Ukrainian strongholds.
Ukraine concedes defeat? 'Russia has achieved all key goals, achieved a lot' | Kyiv's big admission.
Putin's hellish reply to NATO's trigger; Ukraine struck by biggest missile barrage in weeks.
AFRICAN DIASPORA NEWS CHANNEL
African Countries Must Walk Away From The Dollar If They're To Stablize Their Economies.
Is Russia going to restore the Russian military base in Cuba?! Lavrov, United States, Ukraine.
Deep state of siege - Friday Live w/ The Grayzone.
GEOPOLITICAL ECONOMY REPORT w/ BEN NORTON
'Dollar suffered stunning collapse in market share' media warns, as Global South de-dollarizes.
Inside the Saudi-Iran Peace Deal & How It Shakes Up Europe.
CHINA has OUTGROWN the US in SEMICONDUCTORS| has the US Fallen?
Experience life on China's most advanced destroyer, the Type 055.
Russia And India JUST DESTROYED All US And EU Sanctions With This The West Is TERRIFIED.
All NATO Members Agree Ukraine Will Join The Alliance: A Paper Tiger.
Dr. STEPHEN TURLEY
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. SURGES As Biden's Democrat Support Remains In FREEFALL!!
Breaking: White House Leak Exposes Criminal Misconduct!
Oh SH*T, the end of paper currency just go closer | Redacted with Natali and Clayton Morris.
The Consequence Of America’s Massive Debt.
THE NEW AFRICA CHANNEL
PLO Lumumba calls for De-Dollarization of Africa and Embrace Single Currency.
AFRICAN DIASPORA NEWS CHANNEL
Ukraine Pleads With South Africa To Arrest Putin If He Attends The BRICS Meeting.
THE NEW ATLAS
New Atlas LIVE: US Builds Consensus for War with China & a Closer Look at Taiwan w/Carl Zha.
The U.S. debt saga continues as the deadline to raise its debt ceiling nears.
Geleakte Pentagon-Dokumente enthüllen geringe Gewinnaussichten der Ukraine (TEIL 2),
THE DEFINITIVE THEORY of US leaks: reality or disinformation campaign? | liusivaya. (In Spanish.)
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
PROFESSOR JOHN J MEARSHEIMER: THE GREAT DELUSION
Article published by Russia Today (RT) - 22nd April 2023:
US lawmakers demand halt to ‘unrestrained’ Ukraine aid.
A group of Republicans has vowed to oppose any new assistance to Kiev that does not help bring the conflict to an end.
A coalition of 19 Republican legislators in the US Senate and House has urged President Joe Biden to focus on seeking a diplomatic solution to the Russia-Ukraine crisis rather than continuing to prolong the bloodshed by sending billions of dollars’ worth of weaponry to Kiev.
“Our national and economic security demand an alternative,” Senators Mike Lee, Rand Paul and other Republicans said on Thursday in a letter to the president. “Unrestrained US aid for Ukraine must come to an end, and we will adamantly oppose all future aid packages unless they are linked to a clear diplomatic strategy designed to bring this war to a rapid conclusion.”
Biden’s push to impose sanctions on Moscow and supply weapons to Kiev creates more risk of escalating the crisis and lacks “much-needed strategic clarity,” the lawmakers said. They warned that Biden has offered no clear strategy to end the fighting. “A proxy war with Russia in Ukraine is not in the strategic interest of the United States and risks an escalation that could spiral out of control.”
Congress has approved $113 billion in military, economic and humanitarian aid to Ukraine since the conflict began in February 2022. Some of the weapons recently committed to Kiev, including M1 Abrams tanks, require months of training and transport – suggesting that Biden’s administration is “settling in” for a long-term conflict, the lawmakers said.
“With every new aid package and every new weapon provided to Ukraine, the risk of direct conflict with Russia climbs,” said the letter, which was also signed by Senator J.D. Vance and Representatives Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Anna Paulina Luna and Andy Biggs, among others. The legislators added that escalating US involvement in the conflict, including military training and intelligence support, “makes it increasingly difficult to deny Russian accusations of US complicity in a proxy war.”
Ukraine is burning through more artillery rounds each month than the US can produce in six months, according to the letter. Washington has given Kiev more Javelin anti-tank missiles than it can make in four years. “The US is in no position to expend $113 billion reinforcing a foreign military as our own military atrophies,” read the statement. Meanwhile, America’s burgeoning debt has put it at risk of its first-ever credit default.
READ MORE: US explains military presence in Ukraine
The Republicans also argued that Biden’s tactics have brought Russia and China closer together, giving credence to allegations that Washington is “inextricably opposed” to the interests of Moscow and Beijing. Biden and the Pentagon also have disregarded their top responsibility, keeping Americans safe, by pushing the limits of America’s security readiness to arm Ukraine, the letter said.
Open-ended aid to Ukraine is “fundamentally incompatible” with US interests, the Republicans said, adding, “There are appropriate ways in which the US can support the Ukrainian people, but unlimited arms supplies in support of an endless war is not one of them. Our national interests, and those of the Ukrainian people, are best served by incentivizing the negotiations that are urgently needed to bring this conflict to a resolution.”
READ MORE: US 'smart' bombs miss Russian targets – Pentagon leak
Article published by Russia Today (RT) - 22nd April 2023 : US lawmakers demand halt to ‘unrestrained’ Ukraine aid
* Updates will be added here as and when they become available.
MILITARY SUMMARY UPDATE
Fierce Fighting in Bakhum Continues. The Death Road. Military Summary And Analysis 2023.04.22
The Battle for Bakhmut - Full Update. Military Summary And Analysis 2023.04.22.
NWE WAR REPORTS UPDATE
No update posted so far today
DEFENSE POLITICS ASIA UPDATE
FRONTLINES BECOMING CLEARER - RSF controls half of Khartoum [ Sudan SITREP ] Day 4-7 (18-21/4)
DPA WAR UPDATE
No update posted so far today
THETI MAPPING UPDATE
No update posted so far today
BALKAN MAPPING UPDATE
Bakhmut Front Update [22 April 2023]
PROJECT GREAT UPDATE
Ukrainian Position Got Leaked Of Khromove Road | Russia's Advance In South Of Bakhmut City.
MILITARY AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS UPDATE
Battlefield Ukraine Bakhmut Pocket collapses.
Battlefield Sudan Heavy fighting as Khartoum burns.
Rybar Daily Digest of the Special Military Operation: April 21, 2023.
M MAPPING UPDATE
Ukraine: Day 422 [ 22 April ] New Russian Advance.
HISTORY OF MAKUS UPDATE
Battle for BAKHMUT, battles between PMC Wagner and Ukraine army.
WEEB UNION UPDATE
This Move Wins Russia The Battle of Bakhmut | Ukraine In Grave Danger | Full Front Update 22/04/23.
Detailed situation reports can be found on a daily basis concerning events in Ukraine over the past 24 hours at the ‘A SKEPTIC’ Substack account:
Link to 'A SKEPTIC' Substack channel.
SUPPORTING SCOTT RITTER
I've been listening to Scott Ritter describe how things are for him and I suspect have been for him for quite some time now.
He has been doing a LOT of unpaid work with a great many interview requests coming in that he has been ready and willing to agree to. But the work where receives some pay for have suffered due to this, being left until the wee small hours of the night to complete work on.
Scott, I think you will agree, has been one of the most influential voices out there on Russia and Ukraine.
I was moved by Scott's words to take an annual subscription to his Substack account that he runs in coordination with his colleague on 'U.S. Tour of Duty', Jeff Norman. This is the main way that Scott recommends to help him with finances with which to upgrade his delivery of comment on Russia and Ukraine, via a better microphone etc. and perhaps the creation of a recording studio in his basement to create a more professional and impressive look. To invest in these things he would like to be sure that this has a viable financial future.
Would you also like to help by subscribing at one of the various levels to Scott's Substack account? I hope so. If so the link is here:
Below you'll find the edited part of the video where Scott talks of his commitments to get the facts out on events in Ukraine and of the finances that would come in handy to enhance their delivery:
VICTORY BELONGS TO RUSSIA: IT IS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME
Each day that passes makes a conclusive Russian victory in the Donbass and beyond more certain. As Russia bolsters her forces, and weaponry, those of Ukraine decrease. Russian forces gain ready access to rest and recuperation as troop numbers increase. The increasingly exhausted and demoralised Ukrainian troops have an ever decreasing prospect of such respite. This situation is likely to bring them to complete breakdown as Russia unleashes the firepower of the more modern and advanced weaponry that is arriving with the newly mobilised Russian troops.
The various Ukrainian offensives are now weak when confronted by the reinforced Russian lines. A few futile efforts achieve quite miserable results before fire reigns down on the Ukrainian troops and they are forced back to their starting positions.
And now, all this being said, we have arrived at the wet, and later, freezing conditions where these pathetic Ukrainian forces will be subject to myriad forms of abject misery with death and injury all around them while they lie sodden or frozen, abandoned to their fate by Kiev.
The pitiable young and old of Ukraine have been frogmarched to their deaths as cannon-fodder while the bestial elites of the collective West urge their "president" to add more to their number there at the gates of Hell and their doom. We must feel for the majority of them as they are not the Nazis we revile, in most part they are decent men, fathers, sons, brothers, husband and uncles, who no doubt saw through the coup of 2014 for what it was. But sadly, their fate seems sealed.
Nothing will stop Russia now. Every factor favours them. Victory will be Russia's. In Donbass and beyond and in due course across the world.
Victory belongs to Russia: It is now only a matter of time.
UPDATES TO BE ADDED HERE AS AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
UPDATES TO BE ADDED HERE AS AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS
UKRAINE AND RUSSIA, WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE
Ukraine needs its ultra-violent extremists removed or neutralised to become a normally functioning state. This is the most vital challenge facing Ukraine and has been since at least 2014, and in fact long before.
This extremely negative factor within Ukrainian society has acted as an effective veto against Ukraine making peace with its own people in the Donbass and against it ironing out the problems that divide the nation in two regarding language and culture.
No nation has quite the split down the middle that Ukraine does. For historical reasons going back centuries and for many that currently manifest themselves going back to the events, loyalties and ambitions generated by World War II and especially the disruption of a unified democracy in 2014 the divide between east and west Ukraine has never been wider with those in the middle region having split loyalties.
In broad terms those Ukrainians who live in the west of the country tend naturally to look west toward the nations of the European Union while those in the east tend naturally to look to the east and their neighbour, Russia. In the west the language tends to be Ukrainian, in the east Russian. There is a sizeable minority in the west that is signed up to the mythology that Hitler and the Nazis were beneficial for the sought for sovereignty of a Ukrainian state during World War II by being virulently opposed to the Soviet Union that through Stalin had so harmed Ukraine. This legacy of honouring that bonding of Ukrainian ultra-nationalism and Nazism continues to this day. Those living in the east and south-east of Ukraine have a completely opposite outlook in general. They look back to the Second World War and honour the memory of those in the red Army who came to liberate them from Hitler’s Nazis. In this brief explanation I think you will easily discern why the demographic distribution and diverse outlook of either side has become problematic.
The problems inherent in the situation described above came to a head in the winter of 2013-14 when the broadly democratically-elected president of Ukraine (and the one most favoured by the eastern Ukrainians) was undecided about whether or not to accept an offer of assistance from the European Union or Russia. He was offered an agreement with the European Union that would have taken Ukraine some way toward joining it, not a full membership but a move in that direction. He hesitated and the protesters on Maidan Square in the capital Kiev began to riot. The result was that the government of Ukraine at the time fell and the president fled the country in fear of his life.
Perhaps consider for a moment how the people in Crimea and eastern Ukraine felt at that moment. Generally neglected by the central government in Kiev you can perhaps understand their dismay that what were in effect their enemies had just taken down both the government and president they had elected. And that there was an American hand linked to the whole process. Imagine their feelings if you can. They knew well that extremely violent men, young men in the main, had used every form of violence imaginable to effect their goal. These men were not knew to them. They recognised them as those who painted swastikas on walls and on Jewish headstones and memorials as well as on memorials dedicated to the liberation of Ukraine by the red Army. They knew also that these man had a name for all of them in the east, this name was ‘Moskals’, meaning Russians. They knew also of the chant that they used when marching, sometimes in torch-lit processions, “Russians on Knives!”.
It was clear to the people of the east and south-east that the balance of cultures and languages was about to be disrupted just as the democratic process was. The predictable calls by the violin ultra-nationalists were soon before the state parliament in laws seeking to ban Russian and make only Ukrainian the global language of Ukraine. The extreme forces that had done all they could to harm or kill the security forces on Maidan Square began to appear both on the Crimean Peninsula and in the main cities of the east and south-east. The expected trouble in the east from those fresh from warring on Maidan Square had begun.
What was to be done? Wait and see what happens? But they knew well in the east what was about to happen, Russian was to become a second and perhaps completely lost language to them, they were to be made second-class Ukrainians, reviled, indeed hated, repressed and totally dominated by those who had assumed power. They then of course, looked for a solution whereby they could be assured neither they nor the children to come would live under the conditions being planned for them.
Crimea asked for help from Russia, held a referendum which gave the go-ahead for reunification with Russia to reverse a decree in the Fifties that had separated them from her. The more mixed but still mostly pro-Russian population of the Donbass in eastern Ukraine sought something similar but their situation was not nearly as clear-cut as that on Crimea.
So it was that two republics announced themselves in the Donbass after a bloodless taking of administrative buildings in the region. It was after only a week or two with no dialogue called for the the new authorities in the capital Kiev sent in the military to forcibly remove those who had taken power in the Donbass.
Eight years and 14,000 deaths later that army is still in place surrounding the two republics and a state of war continues to exist with sporadic deaths reported on a regular basis.
Now to the solutions that may be arrived at through the special operations, Operation Z that Russia mounted some twelve days ago. Before we do so, perhaps a short description of a peace settlement that has already existed for seven long years without implementation, the Minsk Accords. In these accords Kiev promises to talk directly to the leaders of the republics and to pass a law granting the republics special status guaranteeing them a high degree of autonomy whereby they can retain and protect their unique culture, loyalties and language in posterity. Unfortunately Kiev has lived up to neither promise and this is the primary reason why we are where we are with Ukraine at this present moment.
Operation Z as it is called is the Russian response to the failure of Kiev to do several things:
1. Failure to engage in direct talks with the leaders of the two republics as promised.
2. Failure to pass a law providing the two republics and the greater Donbass region with the special status providing a high degree of autonomy as promised.
3. Failure to maintain a neutral status with regard to the security needs of Russia in respect of NATO.
4. Failure to deal effectively with the ultra-violent minority of militias who have a de facto veto regarding all governmental decision making.
The goals of Operation Z do not extend to a takeover of Ukraine. This is a common misconception. Russia requires a functioning Ukrainian president and government in order to effect the goals above seen as the only way Ukraine can return to being a reasonably normal nation in good relation with all neighbours.
These goals, effecting success in respect of factors 1 to 4, rather than the continuing failure require a functioning Ukrainian president and government, to effect them in any other way would lay Russia open to a world of troubles in years to come.
The object is to have a fully-functioning Ukrainian state with which to have good relations and trading partnerships with where all normal conditions between neighbouring states prevail. A puppet president and government is not sought for. It will take only an agreement with the present placeholders on effecting a successful conclusion to factors 1-4 above for Operation Z to come to an end and the work done to reach a successful conclusion on 1-4 to begin.
When all is said and done a new and normalised Ukraine will result, a good neighbour and willing trading partner becoming ever more successful economically with a population at peace with itself glad to be rid of violent extremism that had been so long in its midst and which had so devastated its desires for a stable and happy life for the Ukrainian people.