Ukraine War Day #21

Dear Readers:

I’ll start with the scary news. Everybody is worried that NATO, in a final act of desperation, before losing the Ukraine forever, might launch a biological and/or chemical weapons attack against Ukrainians, and then blame it on Russia. This White Helmets type false flag would be the “red line” which finally brought NATO into the war. And then onto World War III, complete with flying nukes.

Check out this segment of the Jimmy Dore show, featuring journalist Aaron Maté. In which he lays out the dangerous possibilities.

One also recalls Victoria Nuland’s recent testimony before a Senate Committee, where she admitted to Senator Marcio Rubio that the U.S. had built “biological research facilities” in the Ukraine:

Rubio was clearly taken by surprise that Nuland admitted this; I think he expected her to commit perjury and deny it. I have my own theory about why she admitted it, which consists of two factors: (1) One can clearly see in Vicky’s body language that she is emotionally depressed. And with good reason. Nazi Ukraine was her pet project, and now she is forced to sit and watch all her hard work being flushed down the toilet; (2) It seems logical to assume that Vicky consulted with her attorney before testifying. She probably knew exactly which questions Rubio would pose to her, and her attorney probably advised her not to perjure herself. I mean, it seems highly doubtful that she would ever have to pay a price for perjury, people like her never do; but maybe she just wanted to stay on the safe side.

Putting that bit aside, though, here is the really worrisome moment: Quickly regaining his composure, Rubio sets up the Chemical Weapons False Flag (CWFF) by asking her the leading question: “If a chemical or biological attack were to happen on Ukrainian soil, then it goes without saying, that would be the Russians who dunnit, right?” And she agrees: “For sure.”

Around the same time, Pentagon spokestool John Kirby admitted that as yet “there are no signs” that Russia is planning a chemical attack in the Ukraine; but just give them time. Kirby said he wouldn’t put it past them because Russians are so sneaky, and they always accuse Washington of doing what they themselves are planning to do. Since that is actually a characteristic American trait (it’s called “Jungian Projection”), then we seem to have a Castrovalva type situation going on at this point. Sneaky Russians project their thought-crimes onto Sneaky Americans who project their thought-crimes onto Sneaky Russians who … [etc. unto endless recursive loop]

Back To Cadet School, You Cinderellas!

Meanwhile, I saw this story by reporter Dmitry Zubarev. The lads from the DPR/LPR armies are like kids in a candy store. The Russian army has given them a lot of new toys to play with, like tons of trophy stuff captured from the Ukrainian army. Which includes anti-tank Javelins and something called NLAW.

“Someday my Prince will come! tra-la-la”

Problem: A lot of this trophy equipment is Western-made, and the Donbass lads don’t how now to operate it.

Solution: They will receive the training they need. Russian military will set up special classes for them.

If one has a fanciful mind, like Yours Truly, one can even see a kind of Cinderella story in all of this. For eight effing years the people of Donbass were treated like piles of garbage: dismissed as subhuman “beetles” by the pro-Ukrainian fascists lording it over them; denied their history, their language, the most intimate parts of their heritage like their victory in the Great Patriotic War. Arrested, tortured, shot, unrelentingly shelled by Ukrainian artillery. For eight long years they endured this violence and humiliation. But now, with the snap of a finger, they are the ones calling the shots. Literally! They will get the best of the best, once just a ragtag crew led by completely ordinary people like Givi and Motorola, the Donbass people will now build one of the strongest armies in Europe. Such is the Wheel of Fortune, when Fortune finally smiles on the Oppressed.

Khersonshchina = Novorossiya

Continuing on that theme of Tables Turning, I have this piece by reporters Mikhail Moshkin and Fakhrutdinov. This is a long essay and goes beyond the purely military news, also bringing in history and economics. I won’t be able to get through it all today, so I’ll just start on it, and then continue working through it in tomorrow’s post.

Kherson has a rich and unique history.

The lede is the military victory: Kherson has the distinction of being the first purely Ukrainian Oblast (outside of Donbass) which is now fully under Russian control. This is a significant victory, in other words, which was announced yesterday by the Russian military. Although this region was Russian for centuries and the people are culturally Russian, the relatively brief period of Ukrainian rule has not gone without leaving its touch: Yesterday (I think) there was a peaceful protest of a couple thousand civilians against Russian occupation. Even though the protest was small, the reporters are amazed that any people at all would take the pro-Ukrainian side in a place like this.

In fact, the Russian occupational presence is not even being felt that strongly yet: The Banderite Mayor didn’t bother to flee and is still sitting in his office in Kherson. Some people suspect that he is the one, along with his friends in the pro-Ukrainian political class, who organized the demonstration.

Kherson Oblast boasts around a million people, of which 300,000 live in the urban center. This is a beautiful region overflowing with nature’s bounty, including watermelons, grape vines, and many other products of the rich “black earth” soil. Potentially, in the future, this Oblast is capable of producing annually up to 2 million tons of wheat. Agriculture is important, but so is industry.

Unfortunately, from the very moment of the dissolution of the USSR, Kherson started to de-industrialize rapidly, and focus just on agriculture. Foreign investors flowed in, setting up mini-enterprises. The old ship-building industry continued to function, but just on inertia, with no new inputs. On the other hand, the port was expanded, and Kherson became an ever more important river and sea port on the Dnepr. Also became a vital railroad hub for the nation.

[to be continued]

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5 Responses to Ukraine War Day #21

  1. colliemum says:

    Thank you, yalensis! I’ve been more-or-less out of the loop for the last few days, but I recall that warnings and talks about ‘;false flag’ incidents, from chemical to assassination, have been one main point talked about in various blogs. There was even talk that the drones landing in Romania and Croatia might have been attempts at creating such false flag events.

    I’m now worried that NATO is going to try to muscle in on the current negotiations and propose a NATO “Peace contingent” to be stationed in whatever form Ukraine will ultimately emerge. That surely would be the mother of all red lines for Putin.

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  2. Pavlo Svolochenko says:

    Before the war Kherson was known for being the most nationalist-heavy of the southern governates, so civilian opposition there should be no surprise. But the Russian government left Ukrainian affairs in the hands of retards like Viktor Chernomyrdin and Mikhail Zurabov for the better part of thirty years, so it is no wonder that they are continually surprised at just how far Ukrainians have fallen. One hopes that future generations will be less feckless now that they have seen just how quickly a ‘fraternal nation’ can be turned into demon hive.

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    • yalensis says:

      Yup! In my blogpost tomorrow I plan to review a very interesting videoblog by Yury Podolyaka, in which he makes analogous points. Namely, even after the start of the war (a few days in), Russian forces were surprised at the absolute treachery they encountered from the privileged elites in the regions. Certain illusions and misconceptions led to quite a lot of unnecessary deaths among the Russian troops, when they found themselves stabbed in the back by people they thought would seamlessly come over to their side. Namely, there were some illusions about “pro-Russian” tendencies among certain oligarchs and the people they controlled. But all of that fell apart, and Russia had to pivot rather quickly on that point and stop trusting people.

      I remember maybe the first couple of days in, I read something about Putin calling upon Ukrainian army and local officials to defect to the Russian side; and the Russians actually expected a lot of the elites to do this. In Kharkov, in particular, they expected this; and were stabbed in the back. Well, I’ll get into this in more detail in tomorrow’s post, hopefully.

      It’s isn’t all delusion, though. I was just reading that the Kherson Mayor and his second banana switched sides, just today, and joined the pro-Russian “Committee of Public Safety” that was just organized to run the Oblast.

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      • Pavlo Svolochenko says:

        One success at least, and hopefully the first of many. As for the other matters, WTF!? This is basic statecraft – opportunists won’t change sides until they think the side they’re on is losing, and the Ukrainians don’t believe they are losing. The Ukrainian regime was given eight years to consolidate their position undisturbed, and every regional governate has been stacked with ideological nationalists to ensure the loyalty of the opportunists – how could they think these people would just change sides before they had any obvious incentive? You’ll get them to defect by winning the war, not the other way around.

        I can only put this down to higher officials being incorrigible boomers who don’t use the internet at all because online it was obvious since 2004 which way the wind was blowing.

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        • yalensis says:

          You have to remember that the top Russian leadership (men like Putin and Lavrov) are a Soviet-reared gerontocracy, and they still have a lot of those attitudes. Hence, underestimated the strength and appeal of Ukrainian fascism. Well, they are receiving a very quick lesson, that’s one of the things that happens in war.

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