First a housekeeping note for my Dear Readers: Please don’t get scared if I go missing a day or two. It may not happen, but I just want to alert all of you, in case it does. I am on the road now, actually travelling to Russia to visit some relatives, and I am not 100% sure about the wifi in every place. When this war began I made a vow to my readers that, like the medieval Russian chronicler Nestor, I would post every single day until the conflict was over. And so I have done. Silly me, I thought the war would be over in a couple of months, but here we still are. And this is why the chain might break at last, now that I am adrift and subject to the whims of fate. Inshallah!
Anyhow, in the comments section were gossiping about the nation of Gruzia, and Zelensky’s demand that his Gruzian brothers open a “second front” against Russia. By invading and trying to re-take South Ossetia and Abkhazia; which would distract x number of brigades/divisions of the Russian army. This truly would be a boon to the Ukrainian army, which is playing whack-a-mole everywhere. However, it is unlikely that the Gruzians are eager to throw themselves onto the upturned Russian pikes, however much they want those provinces back. They learned their lesson back in 2008 and, unlike the Ukrainians, they are teachable. The lesson being: Don’t fuck with Mother Russia.
I have this piece by reporter Dmitry Alexandrov. There is a red-headed woman who goes by the name of Kelly Degnan, she is America’s Ambassador to Gruzia. To my untutored eye she bears a horrifying resemblance to Chelsea Clinton. Nonetheless Kelly is eager to deny the rumors that the U.S. is egging on the Gruzians to open a second front and go to war against Russia. In her speech she praises the Gruzians for their unbending support for Ukraine, and all the “humanitarian” aid they have donated. Not to mention supporting the sanctions against Russia.
This in response to “unfair” accusations from several Gruzian politicians that (a) the Americans actually are trying to get that second-front thing going; and (b) the Americans have also planted their “agents of influence” throughout the tentacles of the Gruzian government. For readers not all that familiar with Gruzian politics, the current government is somewhat moderate and doesn’t want trouble with Russia. I mean, they would love to get their old provinces back, but they know that war is not the answer, and they are not falling for American B.S. in this regard.
Also on our agenda today, and this is the main story:
Everybody is talking about Zelensky’s egregious acts of terrorism and assassination. Thus showing that he did not heed those gentle warning shots from Russia, in this past week. I have this piece by reporter Rafael Fakhrutdinov. Yesterday there was a series of terror bombings of persons and organizations in the Russian-liberated areas of DPR/LPR, Kherson, and Zaporozhie. Zelensky’s office has proudly taken credit for these terrorist acts. Putin has promised an appropriate response. Here are the casualties:
Sergei Gonenko, Prosecutor-General of LPR, was killed, along with his Deputy, Ekaterina Steglenko, when a bomb went off in their building. Their offices were side by side. Ironically, Gonenko/Steglenko were hot on the trail of Ukrainian terrorist/diversionary groupings assigned to do this sort of thing.
On the very same day the Ukrainians, using American HIMARS rockets, shot up the Administration building of the Kherson Oblast.
Here the two probable targets survived: Sergei Eliseev, who heads the Oblast, plus his Deputy Kirill Stremousov. However three people were killed and several others wounded, these were just random office workers, including a driver and a cleaning lady.
Also, on that very same day, in the city of Berdyansk in Zaporozhie Oblast, the Deputy Mayor Oleg Boyko was killed, along with his wife Liudmila. They were also targeted by American HIMARS. There was also an attack in the city of Melitopol, but this piece doesn’t give any further details.
Responsibility and credit for these attacks was assumed and confirmed, by Zelensky Chief of Staff Mikhail Podolyak. He listed Berdyansk, Kherson and Melitopol as the Ukrainian targets, and confirmed that they were considered fair game for Ukrainian diversionary groups and artillery.
Now the ball is in Putin’s court, so it’s his turn to lob it back. Everybody is waiting…