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    • #103709

        Carry on!

        Previous thread here.

      • #103692

          Crimea bridge blast damages key Russian supply route; 3 dead

          (these are just snap shots)





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          • #103700

              Now Putin is expected to make the declaration that Russia is claiming war with Ukraine and possible all NATO alliances and as we seem to have lost visual on a key Russian nuclear sub from it’s port, we should be flying up and out at any moment :flyup: :flyup: :flyup:

            • #103704
              Patricia N.

                Ukraine Pokes the Bear – Celebrates Massive Bombing of Russia’s Kerch Bridge to Crimea with New Stamp of Bridge Explosion:

                After annexing Crimea at the start of the Russo-Ukrainian War, Russia built the bridge. It is the longest bridge ever constructed in Russia, at 19 kilometers (12 miles), and the longest bridge in all of Europe.

                Besides transportation, Russia’s motivation for building the bridge was to legitimize its territorial claims in Crimea.

                And later today Ukraine released a new stamp commemorating the Kerch Bridge explosion.

                They may have been preparing for this moment for a long time.

                Ukraine Pokes the Bear – Celebrates Massive Bombing of Russia’s Kerch Bridge to Crimea with New Stamp of Bridge Explosion

              • #103705

                  It’s a wonder how they made that stamp so soon on the same day as the bombing!


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                  • #103780

                      I was reading this interesting conversation …

                      Russian missles hit Germany’s embassy in Kyiv.

                      Will Nato and Germany use that to do their Article 5?!?!? The Rapture is nigh!

                      Ukraine’s Zelensky called for NATO strikes on Russia, raising new fears WWIII is on the horizon.

                      NATO isn’t obligated to respond unless Ukraine is part of NATO, that is why Zelensky wants Ukraine becoming a member put on the fast-track. I don’t think NATO will get openly involved until then.


                      Nuclear war during the Tribulation?

                      Revelation 8:7-12
                      “The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.”

                      “And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;”
                      “And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.”

                      “And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;”
                      “And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.”
                      “And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.”


                      Nope, God doesn’t need nukes, He has this! “Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?” Job 38:22,23



                      APOPHIS aka Wormwood is scheduled to hit earth on April 13th,2029. If it misses, then it comes back for earth in the year 2036. This makes me wonder if the elite want to eliminate the population BEFORE Apophis hits earth, to reduce the chaos and panic. Makes their 2030 Agenda take on a new meaning. Tom Horne covers this topic. Either way, we have a date with Apophis in 2029. In the year 2025 Apophis will be visible with a telescope, in the year 2027 Apophis will be visible with the naked eye.


                      That which is called “Wormwood” by man, may not neccesarily be the TRUE Wormwood of the Bible.

                      This is true. Either way an Asteroid is expected to hit in 2029 below Mexico and California. If, it is wormwood, that put the Tribulation at some point within this decade most likely. Not too mention the military website posted a reduced U.S population by 2025.


                      Revelation 8:10 And  the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; 8:11And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.


                      As Angel’s are also referred to as Stars:
                      Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
                      No matter the fresh waters will be made bitter by either an Angel ( fallen or good ) or a Celestial object such as a comet / asteroid.


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                    • #103785


                        Prince Of The Covenant’ Mohamed Bin Zayed Flying To Russia On Tuesday To Meet With Putin To ‘Defuse The Ukraine Situation’ Before It Explodes, Can He?



                        By Geoffrey Grider


                        United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan will travel to Russia on Tuesday to meet with President Vladimir Putin, UAE state news agency WAM reported on Monday.

                        Wherever you look across the end times landscape, we see key players all doing exactly what we are expecting them to do, and that is to further the end times timeline. One of our favorites is Mohamed bin Zayed, the Crown Prince and Supreme Leader of the United Arab Emirates. His resume includes helping to create and promote Pope Francis’ Human Fraternity declaration that was officially ordained as Chrislam last month. He also is the creator, founder and patron of the Abraham Accords, need I say more? Now he is taking his significant skill set to Russia to solve the Ukraine situation. Funny thing is, he’ll likely do it.


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                      • #103786
                        Patricia N.

                          Amir Tsarfati:

                          Another wave of Russian cruise missiles is hitting now many Ukrainian cities. As per president Zelensky, the targets are energy installations and civilian populated areas.

                          The US Embassy in Kyiv has issued a warning to US citizens, urging them to take shelter and leave Ukraine.

                          With Russia launching missile attacks on Kyiv from Belarus, President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko is holding a meeting with the military and security forces right now.

                          A word from Amir:
                          We are on the verge of a major escalation that may quickly evolve into World War 3. Please avoid listening to irresponsible misinformed people, mostly on YouTube, that will give you the wrong understanding of what is really going on. Please share this channel with as many people as you can!
                          I’m flying tomorrow back to Israel and will get into emergency mode reporting with more breaking news in video format.
                          Please remember that elections in Israel and the US are a major factor in the decision-making of their leaders.

                          According to Ukrainian media, President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office has been destroyed by a missile strike in Kyiv today.

                          Cyberattacks reported at U.S. airports.  The attacker was within the Russian Federation, according to a senior official.


                        • #103788

                            The question again is what will we be here to witness and experience???  Hopefully not much longer!  Still looking to the 17th thru the end of the month!  Also realizing that none of us is worthy in and of ourselves, but for Christ has made a way for us!  Not holding my breath just yet, but we are getting closer and closer!  Looking forward to that joy filled reunion in the sky!  Let it be so Lord!  TR

                          • #103814
                            Patricia N.

                              It Is A Time Of Desperation, And That Means Anything Is Possible:
                              By Hal Lindsey

                              In Japan, people scrambled to find shelter as a North Korean missile flew overhead. The nation issued a J-alert. Train service was suspended. Officials ordered residents in the northeastern part of the country to evacuate buildings and find bomb shelters. Both Japan and South Korea sit minutes away from almost all of North Korea’s large ballistic missile stockpile. But they’re not alone. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea also has intercontinental ballistic missiles that can reach most of the world, including the United States.

                              On October 4th, the Los Angeles Times ran an article with the headline, “North Korea’s latest missile test reminds the world of Asia’s powder keg.” The article said, “With the war in Ukraine and Russia’s threats to deploy tactical nuclear weapons, it was easy to lose sight of the rising danger North Korea poses.”

                              But with a threat like Russia, such an oversight is understandable. When the nation with the world’s largest stockpile of nuclear weapons, repeatedly threatens to use them, it’s hard not to put your focus there. It may feel good to see Ukraine’s success, but we also need to understand the danger their success creates. Putin’s army is falling apart. Men fearing the draft have been fleeing the country at an astounding rate.

                              An ever-growing number of Putin’s inner circle have met untimely deaths, suggesting that it’s dangerous even in private to question the Czar-like Putin. But on the battlefield, another kind of desperation has set in. It has become increasingly common to see white flags attached to Russian tanks, and Russian soldiers walking toward enemy lines with their hands raised.

                              Vladimir Putin is being deeply humiliated. That feels like justice, but it has created an almost unfathomable danger for every person in the world. The Daily Beast ran an October 4th article with the headline, “It’s Time to Brace for Putin’s Greatest Meltdown Yet.” They called him a “cornered animal,” and said, “The great unraveling of Russian President Vladimir Putin could be right around the corner. It won’t be pretty.”

                              As Russia’s leader is further weakened, he becomes more likely to lash out with the only thing Russia has that scares everyone else — his nukes. He’s looking for a way to stay in power, and maybe even to stay alive. It is a time of desperation, and that means anything is possible.

                              That same day, October 4, 2022, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said it was purchasing $290 million worth of the drug Nplate, used “to save lives following radiological and nuclear emergencies.” Think about that. The United States is now stockpiling antiradiation drugs. What brought that on? One guess. Russia.

                              Vladimir Putin, a man who seems to be in poor health and showing increased mental instability, controls the world’s largest arsenal of nuclear weapons — larger even than that of the United States. In a televised September speech to the Russian people, Putin said he was not bluffing when he warned that he might use nuclear weapons against the West. He told them the very existence of Russia is now at stake in Ukraine. Since he said that, Russia’s strategic position in Ukraine has only grown more dire.

                              “Perilous times” have come, just as the Bible said they would. Stay close to the Lord in prayer and Bible reading. We must not despair, but walk in faith — getting the Gospel out in every way we can, for as long as we can.

                              It Is A Time Of Desperation, And That Means Anything Is Possible

                            • #103820

                                The hearts of men abound in evil and wickedness!   Just as in the days of Noah and Lot, prompting God to send death and destruction!  Though the sons of men have seen WWI and WW2 I doubt that the Bride will be here for WW3, but that’s up to the Lord!  As world wars come from the hands of men and not God!  He is still our high tower and refuge, our hiding place!  Oh that I would be able to tell the church the day of our escape and calm all fears, but that knowledge is given to no one man!  Again, perhaps a universal understanding and calm resolve will invade each of our spririts!  TR

                              • #103833
                                Todd Tomlinson

                                  From Hal Turner — nationwide alert sent to all Russians — what do they know that we don’t?
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                                  School children in every single city and town in Russia brought home official government notices today, telling families what to do in Civil Defense Emergencies like . . . radiation.

                                  Poster boards are going up in mass-transit stations, at city halls, in shopping centers with the exact same message.

                                  ENGLISH TRANSLATION:

                                  “Civil Defense
                                  The procedure for the actions of the population on the go signal when at work.
                                  The signal “ATTENTION TO ALL!”
                                  Accompanied by the activation of sirens with intermittent beeps followed by verbal information about the signal GO
                                  * upon hearing the SIGNAL, turn on your radio or television set and listen to the message about the situation and how to proceed
                                  * pass on the information you receive to your neighbors
                                  * Act according to the messages you have been given.
                                  Ways you should notify ALL!!:
                                  * Television
                                  * loudspeakers
                                  * sirens
                                  * bell
                                  *Howls from businesses and vehicles
                                  *phone, text message
                                  * mobile sound-amplifying installations
                                  * Information board
                                  *social networks
                                  Actions of the population
                                  (inscriptions on the signs)
                                  – Turn off lights, gas, water, heaters
                                  – Close windows and doors tightly
                                  – Cover gaps around doors, vents with a wet cloth.
                                  – use personal protective equipment.
                                  – Take cover in the nearest protective structure, buried room or other premises of the underground space, including the subway.
                                  – Report to the assembly area
                                  – evacuate to a safe area.
                                  ACTIONS FOR:
                                  * AIRBORNE ALARM
                                  * CHEMICAL ALARM
                                  * RADIATION ALARM
                                  * THREAT OF CATASTROPHIC FLOODING
                                  RESTRICTED SIGNAL
                                  * Return to your place of work
                                  * Be prepared for a possible repeat of the civil defense “ATTENTION TO ALL” signal.””


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                                  • #103847

                                      Hal Turner says a lot of things that never come to pass so I sent that flyer to the gal who cuts my hair. She is from Kyiv and her husband is from Moscow. They have lots of family and friends in both places so I sent the flier to her and asked her to validate it. She sent it to family in Russia and they said that it was not true. They haven’t seen anything like it and none of their children brought anything like it home. Hal likes to create controversy and is a sensationalist.

                                      • #103860

                                          Good job Yohanan! I was wondering……I thought if anything that the UN and the WEF are planning a false narrative and will tell people that there is radiation in the air from a nuke that was exploded above the country….that way they can make people terrified, stay home, wear masks again, and take a “radiation” pill that is an anticoagulant- makes blood clot… convenient. I don’t know if this is their plan but if we remain, I may buy a handheld geiger counter to see if they are lying.

                                        • #103867
                                          Todd Tomlinson

                                            Good to know Yohanan — Begley, MFATW, Hal, and so many others like to stir the pot with sensationalism.   Their predictions are about as good as weather forecasters here in the PNW.   The only career on the planet where you can be wrong every day and still keep your job.

                                            • #103887

                                                Yeah, these guys make a living feeding off of peoples fears. They take advantage of our lack of faith in the main stream media but they’ve cried “wolf” too many times.

                                                Speaking of weather forecasting, I think I’ll go back to the ancient method of hanging a rock outside my window. If it’s wet, it’s raining. If it’s dry, it’s not raining. If it casts a shadow it’s sunny. If it’s moving it’s windy. Does a better job than these folk with their supercomputers and countless models that aren’t right. 😂🤣

                                        • #103842
                                          Patricia N.

                                            Belarus Troop Border Build Up: Lukashenko Moves Towards Formally Joining Putin’s War in Ukraine:

                                            In a potential move towards formally joining the war in Ukraine, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Monday that he has ordered troops to join Russian forces in a deployment near the border of Ukraine.

                                            In a press conference from Minsk on Monday, Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko announced that he would be sending troops to the northern border of Ukraine in a joint deployment with the Russian military following a meeting with Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg over the weekend.


                                          • #103906
                                            Patricia N.

                                              Finland Preparing To Evacuate Citizens Along Russian Border Should War Arise:

                                              As tensions remain high due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, the Finnish Defence Forces and others are preparing to evacuate residents along the Russian border in the event of a possible conflict.

                                              The Finnish Defence Forces and other authorities may go as far as going door to door in the event of war to help evacuate those living along the border with Russia and gave a presentation on the issue in the eastern town of Lieksa this week.

                                              If a war were to take place involving Russia and Finland, some have estimated that over a million people would have to evaluate westward from Eastern Finland.


                                            • #103918

                                                Putin: ‘Impossible’ to Isolate Russia, Moscow Will Turn to Middle East

                                                Russian President Vladimir Putin said it would be “impossible” to isolate Russia and that Moscow would defy the West’s attempts to push Russia off the global stage.

                                                Speaking at an economic forum in the eastern city of Vladivostok, Putin said Russia saw more opportunities in entering markets in the Middle East and Iran, following the imposition of sweeping Western sanctions in response to Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine.


                                                No wonder “Sheba and Dedan and the young lions” will ask Gog “have you come to take spoil?” when Russia and co. make their move on Israel aka Ezekiel 38. Ol’ Pooty-boy is forecasting his intentions to the world right now. I can just imagine him answering that question by saying, “Yep! That’s right – I’m coming to take Israel’s spoil but YOU forced me to do it by imposing those sanctions!” :groan

                                                He’s calling it “entering markets” – yeah, right! :mdrmdr:


                                              • #103920

                                                  it’s getting more exciting than scary to me the more Bible prophecy we see on the verge of happening- He’s given Himself- available to all who choose to agree with their need of Him and place their faith in Him fully for the salvation they come to realize they need- i’m sooo excited for our big move!!! upward! :flyup:

                                                  i pray for more to be saved right away- even today!  and pray for those who will be later after we are gone…and for all of us in the meantime…

                                                • #103929

                                                    Well said Sis!  A smirk comes on my face when I think the last they see of me will be my behind!  TR

                                                    • #103934

                                                        Be sure to wear undies TR….



                                                    • #103963

                                                        This link from shows a map of how many nations would be affected by the radiation if Russia nuked Ukraine:


                                                      • #103964
                                                        Patricia N.

                                                          U.S. B-52 Stratofortress Bombers to Lead NATO Nuclear Drills over Europe:

                                                          U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bombers will lead fighter jets from Belgium, Germany, and 12 other countries across Europe’s skies on annual nuclear exercises Monday, amid reports Russia has increased the number of strategic bombers close to its border with NATO-member state Norway.

                                                          The annual NATO training is going ahead despite rising fears President Vladimir Putin might consider a real nuclear strike in Ukraine.

                                                          Up to 60 aircraft are taking part in training flights alongside the American long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bombers over Belgium, the North Sea and Britain to practice the use of U.S. nuclear bombs based in Europe, Reuters reports.  The jets will be escorted by other warplanes along with refueling aircraft and spy planes.

                                                          “Steadfast Noon” is likely to coincide with Moscow’s own annual nuclear drills, dubbed “Grom,” which are normally conducted in late October and in which Russia tests its nuclear-capable bombers, submarines and missiles.

                                                          NATO said the Western drills were not prompted by the latest tensions with Russia but simply a continuation of training schedules.  The training will run from Monday until 30 October.


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                                                          • #104007

                                                              Here is Lisa take …  on Russia threatening Israel now … :popcorn :popcorn :popcorn

                                                              This update shows the church hast to be gone soon! :whistle:


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                                                            • #104104

                                                                Regarding images in the sky of Kiev that look like angels:


                                                                “And during the first weeks I felt a lot to pray especially for the city of
                                                                Kiev and that God will release mighty angels and there was really
                                                                a miracle how it happened that the russian army could not invade the
                                                                city of Kiev !

                                                                And there was also in the internet a wonderful story and the clouds
                                                                in Kiev skyline like a strong angel over the city (see google “Gloria TV
                                                                Engel ueber Kiev am Vorabend des russischen Angriffs” Joannes
                                                                Battista 2. März) and Kiev has the archangel of Michael and in white
                                                                colour in the official city flag of Kiev. ”

                                                                Go here to see images of angels:


                                                              • #104115
                                                                Patricia N.

                                                                  Newsweek: US States can join Russia, Russian official says:

                                                                  A Russian lawmaker said the country would consider admitting any U.S. state that wants to join the Russian Federation, according to Newsweek.

                                                                  Alexander Tolmachev, a member of Russia’s parliament, reportedly told Russian media that Moscow will consider any state’s desire to join up after seceding from the U.S.

                                                                  Newsweek quoted Tolmachev as saying the U.S. is starting “to decay” and the European Union is “bursting at its seams.” He reportedly blamed America’s so-called decay on its foreign policy, adding that it’s “a signal that the citizens of the United States are dissatisfied with their leadership and are ready to take extreme measures, up to secession, if the current policy of America continues.”

                                                                  Newsweek: US States can join Russia, Russian official says

                                                                • #104138

                                                                    That’s interesting about Russia wanting to accept United States states that wish to secede.  The topic has come up in the Arizona governor race as one of the candidates has mentioned secession.  She is Kari Lake and a Republican, sadly.  The Democrats are running all kinds of ads against her saying older people and invalids would lose their social security and Arizona would lose military protection.  I wasn’t aware secession had been mentioned in any other state.  By the way, I understood that the Civil War was partly fought because of the southern states seceding.

                                                                  • #104183
                                                                    Patricia N.

                                                                      Biden Inches Closer to WWIII: US Troops on Ukraine-Romania Border in “Combat Deployment” Prepare to Invade and Fight Russian Forces in Ukraine:

                                                                      A report by CBS News this past week shows the Biden administration has about 4,700 U.S. troops with the 101st Airborne Division near the Ukraine border in Romania holding live fire exercises with the NATO ally, practicing ground and air assaults in preparation for invading Ukraine and fighting Russian forces there.

                                                                      Earlier this week British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace made an emergency flight to Washington where he met with Biden officials about the war in Ukraine.

                                                                      Biden Inches Closer to WWIII: US Troops on Ukraine-Romania Border in “Combat Deployment” Prepare to Invade and Fight Russian Forces in Ukraine

                                                                    • #104184
                                                                      Patricia N.

                                                                        Transparently False: US Slams Russian “Dirty Bomb” Claims On Ukraine:

                                                                        Russia-Ukraine War: Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the allegation about a dirty bomb in a round of telephone conversations with Western defense chiefs.

                                                                        Washington: A senior US official on Sunday dismissed Russian claims that Ukraine is preparing to use a dirty bomb as “transparently false,” while the Pentagon chief “rejected any pretext for Russian escalation.”

                                                                        Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sharply denounced it, calling the allegation a Russian pretext for just such an attack. “The world should react as harshly as possible,” he said.

                                                                        A statement Sunday from US National Security Council spokeswoman, Adrienne Watson said, “We reject reports of Minister Shoigu’s transparently false allegations that Ukraine is preparing to use a dirty bomb on its own territory.

                                                                        “The world would see through any attempt to use this allegation as a pretext for escalation.”


                                                                      • #104185
                                                                        Patricia N.

                                                                          David Petraeus: US May Lead Multinational Force Against Russia in Ukraine:

                                                                          On Saturday in an interview with L’Express from France, David Petraeus stated a “multinational force” led by the US may intervene in Ukraine.

                                                                          “We are talking about the intervention of the North Atlantic Alliance in the event of an attack on one of the NATO members. But it is necessary to consider the option of using not NATO forces in Ukraine, but multinational forces that have nothing to do with NATO,” Petraeus said.

                                                                          David Petraeus was the former general of the American army, commander of the International Assistance and Security Force in Afghanistan between 2010 and 2011 and director of the CIA from 2011 to 2012.

                                                                          Washington might form a new coalition of the willing in such a scenario and use it instead of NATO, Petraeus, who also briefly served as the CIA director, believes.

                                                                          Russia could take some actions in Ukraine that would be “so shocking and so horrific” that it would prompt a response from the US and other nations, he said, adding that they “might react in one way or another, but as a multinational force led by the US and not as a NATO force.”

                                                                          The military alliance would still likely be bound by its treaty and would only join the conflict if Article 5 is invoked, i.e. if one of its members is attacked, the general believes. Petraeus also said that Moscow is not interested in escalating the conflict and turning it into a global war. A wider conflict is “the last thing” Russian President Vladimir Putin needs right now, he added.

                                                                          David Petraeus: US May Lead Multinational Force Against Russia in Ukraine


                                                                        • #104228
                                                                          Patricia N.

                                                                            Amir Tsarfati:

                                                                            The Russian Ministry of Defense claims: “Ukraine is in the final stages of developing a dirty bomb.”


                                                                          • #104239
                                                                            Patricia N.

                                                                              Amir Tsarfati:

                                                                              An American official to the New York Times: “There are new and alarming developments related to Russia’s nuclear arsenal.” The source refused to provide any details, given the sensitivity of the issue.




                                                                            • #104245

                                                                                :popcorn :popcorn :popcorn :popcorn :popcorn :popcorn

                                                                                Perhaps we fly home in the next 2 – 3 more weeks?   Because …..


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                                                                                    In the comment section:

                                                                                    The British may of assisted but the U.S blew the Pipeline. Monkey Werx showed the proof of the U.S Plane Targeting it. The Plane comes in, refuels, then hits it’s target, then gets out of Dodge.


                                                                                    Monkey Werx channel showed what plane come in and left out when the pipeline was hit. Very eye opening

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                                                                                  • #104353
                                                                                    Patricia N.

                                                                                      Escapes increase as North Korean workers in Russia are told to ship out to Ukraine:

                                                                                      This article was originally published by Radio Free Asia and is reprinted with permission.
                                                                                      More and more North Korean construction workers deployed to Russia are escaping from their jobs after hearing they are to be sent to Russian-controlled areas in Ukraine, sources in Russia told RFA.

                                                                                      The cash-strapped North Korean government sends legions of workers to Russia to earn desperately needed foreign currency. Workers forward the lion’s share of their salaries to the government, but what they get to keep is greater than what they could earn doing similar work back home.

                                                                                      But now that there is demand for construction in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, increasing numbers of North Korean construction workers are abandoning their jobs and going into hiding, a Russian citizen of Korean descent told RFA’s Korean Service on condition of anonymity for security reasons.

                                                                                      “After getting the news that the workers would soon be moved to a new construction site in Ukraine, and needed to settle everything by the end of September, many have escaped. It’s not only the construction workers, but also management officials escaping,” said the source.

                                                                                      Escapes increase as North Korean workers in Russia are told to ship out to Ukraine

                                                                                    • #104577
                                                                                      Patricia N.

                                                                                        White House “privately” asks Ukraine to be open to peace negotiations with Russia:

                                                                                        National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan was dispatched to Kyiv this week to meet with Volodymyr Zelensky. The stated purpose of the meeting was to inform the Ukrainian president that yet another round of fiscal and military aid was on the way, courtesy of the United States taxpayers. The latest package weighed in at $400 million and includes refurbished T-72 tanks, unmanned drones, and the initial steps to refurbish 250 HAWK surface-to-air missiles that will be delivered later. Zelensky is always happy to pose for some photos and accept more foreign aid, so this was a pretty easy lift for Sullivan.

                                                                                        But under the covers, there was more going on than that. The Washington Post later reported that one of their sources learned that Sullivan had been instructed to quietly pull Zelensky aside and tell him that he needed to change his public stance on the question of peace talks with Moscow. For many months, Zelensky has been saying that peace talks couldn’t happen until the Russian army pulled back fully to the pre-invasion lines, but he may have to change his tune in the near future. It’s not much of a stretch of the imagination to suspect that the upcoming midterm elections in the United States are a significant factor in this apparent policy shift. (The Hill)

                                                                                        . . . the White House probably realizes that they don’t have much of a choice in the matter. Barring some sort of unprecedented failure in polling, the Democrats are poised to lose control of the House on Tuesday and very possibly the Senate as well. Joe Biden can’t just keep writing checks for Zelensky without congressional approval, and both Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy have recently suggested that the days of limitless “blank checks” for Ukraine were coming to an end.


                                                                                      • #104704
                                                                                        Patricia N.

                                                                                          From Amir Tsarfati:

                                                                                          The Ukrainians are storming the Kakhovka dam right now in a blitz, attempting to take it from the Russians who were trying to blow it up.

                                                                                          Absolute chaos in Russian channels right now.

                                                                                          Zelensky: If Russia blows up the Kakhovka dam, it will be a war declaration to the whole world.


                                                                                        • #104804
                                                                                          Patricia N.

                                                                                            Missiles cross into NATO member Poland, where two people were killed:


                                                                                          • #104826
                                                                                            Patricia N.

                                                                                              Missile Hits Polish Territory Near Ukrainian Border:

                                                                                              Polish government calls emergency security meeting after explosion in village 3 miles from border with Ukraine.

                                                                                              PRZEWODÓW, Poland—A missile struck this Polish village near the country’s border with Ukraine on Tuesday and Warsaw said it was considering whether to summon other members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization for an emergency summit as Russia’s fight with Kyiv threatened to spill over.

                                                                                              The missile, which Poland’s government said was manufactured in Russia, slammed into a granary 3 miles from the frontier and killed two farmworkers, Polish officials said. In response, Poland summoned the Russian ambassador and put military units for air defense on high alert.

                                                                                              President Biden said preliminary information about the missile strike indicates that it was unlikely to have been fired from Russia and he pledged to investigate the incident. “I don’t want to say that until we completely investigate,” he said. “But it’s unlikely [based on the trajectory] that it was fired from Russia. But we’ll see.”

                                                                                              Mr. Biden spoke following an emergency meeting of G-7 and North Atlantic Treaty Organization leaders along the sidelines of the Group of 20 major economies summit in Bali, Indonesia. He said the countries agreed to investigate the incident and then determine next steps. “I’m going to make sure we figure out exactly what happened,” he said, adding there was total unanimity among the leaders at the emergency meeting about the steps they would take in response.

                                                                                              The meeting included leaders from France, Canada, Italy, Japan, the U.K., the European Commission and the European Council, the White House said.

                                                                                              European officials broadly held off from saying whose rocket had caused the damage. President Volodymyr Zelensky, however, directly placed the fault on Russia.



                                                                                            • #104828

                                                                                                Would it be too farfetched to wonder if someone else who wanted WWIII dropped those bombs and not Russia? Does that make me a conspiracy theorist to think that way?  :whistle:

                                                                                              • #104836

                                                                                                  No, it does not make you a conspiracy theorist. It makes you a critical thinker, something we could use more of in our day! :yes:

                                                                                                • #104844
                                                                                                  Patricia N.

                                                                                                    Poland, NATO: Missile ‘very likely’ fired into Poland by Ukrainian forces in ‘tragic incident’:

                                                                                                    American and European officials now believe the explosion that killed two people in Poland near the country’s border with Ukraine was “very likely” caused by Ukrainian air defenses. Polish President Andrzej Duda stated that “there is no evidence that it was launched by the Russian side.”

                                                                                                    Hours later, the Polish president indicated on Twitter that the explosion was instead an “unfortunate accident” caused by an “S-300 rocket made in the Soviet Union, an old rocket and there is no evidence that it was launched by the Russian side.”

                                                                                                    Barron’s reported that the Russian defense ministry corroborated the Polish president’s statement, stating, “Photographs of the wreckage … were unequivocally identified by Russian military experts as fragments of a guided anti-aircraft missile of a Ukrainian S-300 air defense system.”

                                                                                                    “It is highly probable that it was fired by Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense,” added Duda.  Duda noted that “there are many indications that it was an air defense missile, which unfortunately fell on Polish territory.”

                                                                                                    While it may have been a Ukrainian missile, Stoltenberg stressed that the “tragic incident” is “not Ukraine’s fault. Russia bears ultimate responsibility as it continues its illegal war against Ukraine.”


                                                                                                  • #105370
                                                                                                    Patricia N.

                                                                                                      Drone strikes show Putin his homeland isn’t safe:

                                                                                                      Reports of significant attacks against two Russian air bases are a new and dangerous twist in the Ukraine war.

                                                                                                      One of the explosions was at the Engels-1 Air Base in the Saratov region, the other at Dyagilevo in the Ryazan area — both hundreds of miles inside the Russia-Ukraine border. Several Russians were reportedly killed or wounded, and at least two aircraft damaged. Moscow immediately blamed Ukraine for the strikes, which appear to have been conducted using unmanned aerial vehicles.

                                                                                                      While the Kyiv government hasn’t openly taken credit, it hasn’t denied culpability.

                                                                                                      Assuming Ukraine launched the drone strikes against what are legitimate military targets, albeit over 300 miles into Russia, what are the implications for the overall conflict? Should we worry about serious escalation?

                                                                                                      Having watched the Ukrainians suffer for months from murders, rapes, indiscriminate bombing of civilian residences, and attacks on electricity, water and nuclear power plants, it is increasingly hard to counsel them to simply sit back and take what Putin wants to dish out.

                                                                                                      On the other side, these attacks will likely harden the Russian military’s resolve and provide Putin with the talking points he wants for the Russian population: Ukraine is attacking us! But more than nine months into his brutal war, his approval rating at home is suffering and his international support dwindling. Sanctions are biting the economy, and price caps on Russian oil went into effect on Monday. Europe is holding together well in the face of Russian energy blackmail.

                                                                                                      . . . the drone attacks show a weakness in a supposedly invulnerable home front. It may help ordinary Russians to see the mounting costs of what might best be termed “the war of Putin’s ego.”


                                                                                                    • #106133
                                                                                                      Patricia N.

                                                                                                        From Amir Tsarfati:

                                                                                                        The truth about the status of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine which is one of the main reasons for the Russian invasion on February 24th of 2022:

                                                                                                        In his nightly address about 3 weeks ago, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky said that he wanted a law that would “make it impossible for religious organisations affiliated with centres of influence in the Russian Federation to operate in Ukraine”, referring to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church affiliated to Moscow.

                                                                                                        Ukraine has long held valid concerns that the Moscow-affiliated Ukrainian Orthodox Church poses a security threat, and has instead promoted the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, which in 2019 was granted “autocephaly” – the status of a hierarchical Christian church whose head bishop does not report to any higher-ranking bishop- by the Patriarch of Constantinople, the symbolic “first among equals” of the world’s Orthodox churches.

                                                                                                        For Ukraine, it was a key moment, as it represented another step away from political, economic and religious subservience to Russia.
                                                                                                        The creation of an independent Orthodox church in Ukraine ended more than 300 years of dominance of the Moscow-based church.
                                                                                                        Indeed, as a result of the split, Russia lost property, priests, believers and, crucially, its spiritual and symbolic authority over Ukraine. Both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, condemned the move and broke off relations with the Constantinople Patriarch.

                                                                                                        Not only that Christians aren’t persecuted in Ukraine but for the first time Ukrainians are allowed by their own independent Orthodox Church to celebrate Christmas on December 25th as well as on their traditional January 7th day.


                                                                                                      • #106773
                                                                                                        So Ready

                                                                                                          Translation Of Section From Putin’s Jan 7 Speech
                                                                                                          If This Doesn’t Get Your Attention, Nothing Will

                                                                                                          I’m tired today. I am tired of everything. I want to talk to the countries of the World. What’s happening? What kind of Satan’s plan do you dream of?

                                                                                                          You want to deliberately reduce the world’s population by sacrificing innocent lives using unstable spirits who believe in your political correctness.

                                                                                                          People brainwashing, vicious media systems, and shameless lies- constantly and intentionally. I am aware of your Satanic Plans to reduce the population of the planet.

                                                                                                          You are so Evil to use the weakest and marginalized. If you think your people will have to get used to being massacred , leave your position!

                                                                                                          If America and Europe do not end these plans, you will face not only God’s judgment, but mine as well. Stop your plans! Long live God and the Fatherland, or death is waiting for you.


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                                                                                                          • #106780

                                                                                                              I got goosebumps reading that article!  Makes Putin seem like a hero.  They are claiming Putin is near death … could that be the reason he is tired?

                                                                                                              Per the guardian .. Putin attended the orthodox Christmas service by himself inside a Kremlin cathedral on Saturday, January 7th.


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                                                                                                              • #106854
                                                                                                                Patricia N.

                                                                                                                  I saw that he went to church alone.  I wonder why?  It seems kind of sad.  He does have a family, right?  I would think they at least would come along.

                                                                                                                  • #106857

                                                                                                                      Putin and his wife divorced in 2014. He keeps his daughters out of the spotlight, probably for their protection.

                                                                                                              • #106781

                                                                                                                  Blind to his own ambitions yet aware of evil inspired agenda’s!  He also is very pro heterosexual!  TR

                                                                                                                • #106879
                                                                                                                  Patricia N.

                                                                                                                    Pentagon Announces Ukrainian Troops Will Train In Oklahoma:

                                                                                                                    Shortly after the US announced it will send a Patriot air defense system and more weapons to Ukraine, a Pentagon spokesperson has now announced a group of Ukrainian soldiers will come to the United States to train on a Patriot system so they’ll be ready when their own system arrives.

                                                                                                                    Pentagon Press Secretary  Gen. Pat Ryder in a press conference on Tuesday stated “Training for Ukrainian forces on the Patriot air defense system will begin as soon as next week at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.”

                                                                                                                    Gen. Ryder would note that 90 to 100 Ukrainian troops will train to operate and sustain a Patriot air defensive system.  The training will reportedly take several months.  The Department of Defense reports Ukrainian soldiers would receive hands-on training with the Patriot systems, classroom work and also time testing their new skills in a simulation lab.

                                                                                                                    Many Americans are concerned about the Pentagon’s new move and believe it is a National Security concern.

                                                                                                                    Republican State Senator Nathan Dahm is one of them and even recently filed a SCR2 in an attempt to stop any foreign troops from training on Oklahoma soil.

                                                                                                                    Pentagon Announces Ukrainian Troops Will Train In Oklahoma

                                                                                                                  • #106915
                                                                                                                    Patricia N.

                                                                                                                      Russia’s Vladimir Putin afraid of coup, will retire in 2023 – report
                                                                                                                      A former ally of the Russian President talked about the possibility that Putin might retire soon, rather than potentially getting killed in a coup:

                                                                                                                      A source who was close to Putin once claimed that “the president will nominate his chosen heir already this year, instead of risking his downfall,” the British Daily Mail reported on Friday. This comes after the Russian president’s popularity is reportedly in a freefall because of repeated military failures in the war in Ukraine.

                                                                                                                      According to his former ally, Putin will want to transfer the power to his chosen successor and retire to his palace near the black sea, rather than risk a coup against him, similar to what happened to Qaddafi and other dictators.

                                                                                                                      Putin got flustered by the rise of Yevgeny Prigozhin, one of the owners of the Wagner mercenary group. Since the start of the war, Prigozhin has been fighting for more power and resources, which shows his desire to push Putin to the side. Furthermore, he claimed Putin will seek to give up power, negotiate an end to the war in Ukraine and also not be part of the elections which are planned for 2024.

                                                                                                                      Earlier this month, British military experts estimated that Putin might have a revolution on his hands in the next two months, if he can’t change the situation in Ukraine for the better.


                                                                                                                    • #106966
                                                                                                                      So Ready

                                                                                                                        Is Biden Being Blackmailed to Send US Combat Troops to Ukraine?

                                                                                                                        by Michael Whitney

                                                                                                                        Billionaire elites are using their power over the media, the political class and public opinion to coerce Joe Biden into sending US troops to Ukraine to prevent a Russian victory. Idiot conservatives think the media is actually doing their job for once by accurately reporting Biden’s alleged transgressions. But, the fact is, the media is simply showing that it can switch sides at any time in order to pursue the elitist agenda.

                                                                                                                        No one should be surprised that Joe Biden’s ‘classified documents problem’ has emerged at the same time a key city in Ukraine (Soledar) has been liberated by Russian troops.

                                                                                                                        All of the recent reports from the frontlines indicate that the Russian army is steadily seizing more territory in the eastern part of the country while inflicting heavy casualties on the over-matched Ukrainian forces.

                                                                                                                        In short, the Ukrainian army is being beaten badly forcing US war planners to rethink their approach. What the US needs to do to prevail in its proxy-war with Russia, is to enlist a coalition of nations (US, Poland, Romania, and UK) that are willing to commit combat troops to the conflict with the tacit understanding that NATO will not directly participate in any ground war with Russia.

                                                                                                                        Biden previously rejected the idea of sending troops to Ukraine acknowledging that it would be tantamount to launching a Third World War.

                                                                                                                        But as the ‘classified documents’ scandal gains momentum, the malleable president will likely fall-in-line and do whatever the hawkish foreign policy establishment demands of him.

                                                                                                                        In short, the documents flap is being used by behind-the-scenes powerbrokers who are blackmailing the president to pursue their own narrow interests. They have Brandon over-a-barrel.


                                                                                                                        Most readers will recall that Hunter Biden’s laptop contains an abundance of information related to the Biden family’s vast influence peddling operation. All of this information was deliberately suppressed in the mainstream media in order to pave the way for Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. So why—we wonder—has this new scandal become headline news while the laptop story was completely buried?

                                                                                                                        And why are the most hawkish neocons in the senate, like Lindsey Graham, calling for a “special counsel” when they made no such effort to reveal the sordid details of the laptop? This is from an article at Zero Hedge:

                                                                                                                        Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Wednesday called for Attorney General Merrick Garland to appoint a special counsel to investigate the handling of classified documents by President Biden while he served as vice president…

                                                                                                                        “I think if you believe a special counsel is necessary to assure the public about the handling of classified documents by Donald Trump, you should apply a special counsel to the mishandling of classified documents by President Biden when he was vice president,” Graham said during an interview with Martha MacCallum on Fox News…

                                                                                                                        “Garland, if you’re listening, if you thought it was necessary to appoint a special counsel regarding President Trump, then you need to do the exact same thing regarding President Biden when it comes to handling classified information,” Graham said.” (“Sen. Graham Demands Special Counsel Probe As Biden Breaks Silence Over Classified Docs”, Zero Hedge)

                                                                                                                        So, now Lindsey Graham is a champion of truth and transparency?

                                                                                                                        Don’t make me laugh.

                                                                                                                        I assure you, if Biden announced the deployment of US combat troops to Ukraine tomorrow, Graham would withdraw his request for a special counsel immediately.This is about Ukraine, not classified documents or potentially unlawful presidential behavior. And—whatever you think of Biden—he doesn’t want to be the president who starts WW3. Unfortunately, the elites who control the media, the politicians and most of the nation’s wealth—are determined to widen the conflict which is why the narrative in the media has dramatically changed in the last week. Take a look at this short clip from an article at CNN that—until now—had been promoting the “Ukraine is winning” meme nonstop for the last 11 months.

                                                                                                                        “The situation is critical. Difficult. We are holding on to the last,” said the soldier said.

                                                                                                                        The soldier is from the 46th air mobile brigade, which is leading Ukraine’s fight to hold onto Soledar in the face of a massive assault from Russian troops and Wagner mercenaries…. The soldier said that he believed Ukraine’s military leaders would eventually abandon the fight for Soledar and questioned why they hadn’t done this yet.

                                                                                                                        “Everyone understands that the city will be abandoned. Everyone understands this,” he said. “I just want to understand what the point [in fighting house to house] is. Why die, if we are going to leave it anyway today or tomorrow?”…“No one will tell you how many dead and wounded there are. Because no one knows for sure. Not a single person,” he said. “Not at the headquarters. Not anywhere. Positions are being taken and re-taken constantly. What was our house today, becomes Wagner’s the next day.”

                                                                                                                        The Stage Is Set for US Combat Troops in Ukraine? The Russian Army’s “Kherson Retreat”
                                                                                                                        “In Soledar, no one counts the dead,” he added.” “The situation is critical. Difficult. We are holding on to the last,” said the soldier said.” (“Situation in eastern Ukrainian Town is Critical”, CNN)

                                                                                                                        Can you see the difference in the coverage? No more stories about the ‘plucky’ Ukrainians beating back the ghoulish Russian Orcs. No. Instead, it’s the cold bitter truth: Ukraine is losing and losing hard. But how do we explain this sudden ‘narrative shift’?

                                                                                                                        And why has the Washington Post provided a platform for two dyed-in-the-wool warhawks from the George W Bush administration to make an impassioned plea for emergency military support to stave off Russia’s winter offensive. Here’s former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates making a desperate, last-ditch appeal for immediate assistance to prevent the collapse of the Ukrainian forces in the Donbas:

                                                                                                                        “When it comes to the war in Ukraine, about the only thing that’s certain right now is that the fighting and destruction will continue….although Ukraine’s response to the invasion has been heroic and its military has performed brilliantly, the country’s economy is in a shambles, millions of its people have fled, its infrastructure is being destroyed, and much of its mineral wealth, industrial capacity and considerable agricultural land are under Russian control.

                                                                                                                        Ukraine’s military capability and economy are now dependent almost entirely on lifelines from the West — primarily, the United States. .. Under current circumstances, any negotiated cease-fire would leave Russian forces in a strong position to resume their invasion whenever they are ready. That is unacceptable.

                                                                                                                        The only way to avoid such a scenario is for the United States and its allies to urgently provide Ukraine with a dramatic increase in military supplies and capability—sufficient to deter a renewed Russian offensive and to enable Ukraine to push back Russian forces in the east and south….

                                                                                                                        NATO members also should provide the Ukrainians with longer-range missiles, advanced drones, significant ammunition stocks (including artillery shells), more reconnaissance and surveillance capability, and other equipment. These capabilities are needed in weeks, not months….The way to avoid confrontation with Russia in the future is to help Ukraine push back the invader now.” (“Time Is Not On Ukraine’s Side”, Condoleezza Rice and Robert Gates, WVNews)

                                                                                                                        Normally, elder members of the political establishment are more restrained in their pronouncements, but not here. This is pure, unabashed desperation. Rice and Gates declare in no uncertain terms that Ukraine is in dire straits, their economy and infrastructure is in a shambles, millions have fled the country and most of the nation’s natural wealth is under Russian control.

                                                                                                                        It’s a disaster; and it’s a disaster that Gates and Rice want to address by pumping more weapons into a failed state that has zero prospects of winning the war. Does that make sense?

                                                                                                                        As we speak, the Ukrainian frontlines are crumbling just as the illusion that wars are determined by the proficiency of one’s propaganda services, is crumbling. What’s left is the looming prospect that the Russians are essentially on the verge of prevailing in this war’s bloodiest and most consequential conflagration, Bakhmut, the eastern transportation hub that will likely be the turning point in the broader campaign. When Bakhmut falls, the Ukrainians will be forced to retreat to their third and forth lines of defense pushing the war closer and closer towards the Dnieper and then onwards to Kiev. The checkered flag is gradually coming into sight. But don’t take my word for it; here it is from the horse’s mouth. This is an excerpt from an interview with General Valery Zaluzhny, who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine:

                                                                                                                        “Russian mobilisation has worked,” says General Zaluzhny….“The enemy shouldn’t be discounted. They are not weak…and they have very great potential in terms of manpower.” … Mobilisation has also allowed Russia to rotate its forces on and off the front lines more frequently, he says, allowing them to rest and recuperate. “In this regard, they have an advantage.”

                                                                                                                        Therefore, everything really depends on the amount of supplies, and this determines the success of the battle in many cases.” General Zaluzhny, who is raising a new army corps, reels off a wishlist. “I know that I can beat this enemy,” he says. “But I need resources. I need 300 tanks, 600-700 IFVs [infantry fighting vehicles], 500 Howitzers.” The incremental arsenal he is seeking is bigger than the total armoured forces of most European armies….

                                                                                                                        In private, however, Ukrainian and Western officials admit there may be other outcomes. “We can and should take a lot more territory,” General Zaluzhny insists. But he obliquely acknowledges the possibility that Russian advances might prove stronger than expected, or Ukrainian ones weaker…

                                                                                                                        “It seems to me we are on the edge,” warns General Zaluzhny… “I have no doubt they will have another go at Kyiv.” children start freezing,” he says. “What kind of mood will the fighters be in? Without water, light and heat, can we talk about preparing reserves to keep fighting?” (“Volodymyr Zelensky and his generals explain why the war hangs in the balance”, The Economist)

                                                                                                                        Does that sound like a general that is confident in his prospects for success or a military leader who is fatalistically resigned to defeat?

                                                                                                                        What Zaluzhny is saying is that he needs an entirely new army to even compete with the Russians. (“I need resources. I need 300 tanks, 600-700 IFVs, 500 Howitzers.”) And, even if his requests are met, the Ukrainian people will be left “freezing” in the dark “without water, light or heat.” This is why—according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)—8 million Ukrainians have already fled into Europe while another 3 million have escaped to Russia. (Tass)

                                                                                                                        Washington’s war on Russia has transformed the country into an uninhabitable wasteland supported entirely by foreign charity in exchange for a resolute commitment to the globalist agenda. In truth, “I Stand with Ukraine” means ‘I support the summary obliteration of a thriving civilization so that Washington can achieve its pernicious ambitions’. That’s what it really means.

                                                                                                                        We’re not criticizing Zaluzhny who is just doing his job. We’re criticizing the US warhawks and neocons who provoked this war but never anticipated the catastrophe they were creating. They never expected that there’d come a day when Ukraine’s highest-ranking Officer would demand an entirely new army in order to beat the Russians.

                                                                                                                        They never expected that the most comprehensive economic sanctions ever levied on a country would backfire and only hurt our closest allies in Europe. They never expected that those same sanctions would serve to enrich Russia and strengthen its ties with countries that are strategic rivals of the United States.

                                                                                                                        They never expected that China and India would thumb their noses at US sanctions and take full advantage of Russia’s cheap gas and oil to grow their economies leaving Europe to languish in a permanent slump brought on by their irrational attachment to the United States. They never expected any of these things which leads us to conclude that the Ukraine gambit is probably the most poorly-planned foreign policy debacle of all-time leading to the greatest strategic disaster in American history.

                                                                                                                        For people who have followed events in Ukraine closely, much of what I’m saying will seem obvious. For those who believe the media’s reports, well, we think they are going to be very surprised by upcoming events. The outcome of combined-arms ground wars is not decided by the fiction writers at the New York Times. The war in Ukraine is going to end in favor of the side that is the most powerful; that much is certain. Take a look at this brief summary by combat veteran U.S. Lt. Col. Alex Vershinin who worked as a modeling and simulations officer in NATO and U.S. Army concept development and experimentation:

                                                                                                                        Wars of attrition are won through careful husbandry of one’s own resources while destroying the enemy’s. Russia entered the war with vast materiel superiority and a greater industrial base to sustain and replace losses. They have carefully preserved their resources, withdrawing every time the tactical situation turned against them. Ukraine started the war with a smaller resource pool and relied on the Western coalition to sustain its war effort. This dependency pressured Ukraine into a series of tactically successful offensives, which consumed strategic resources that Ukraine will struggle to replace in full, in my view. The real question isn’t whether Ukraine can regain all its territory, but whether it can inflict sufficient losses on Russian mobilized reservists to undermine Russia’s domestic unity, forcing it to the negotiation table on Ukrainian terms, or will Russian’ attrition strategy work to annex an even larger portion of Ukraine.” (“What’s Ahead in the War in Ukraine”, Alex Vershini, Russia Matters)

                                                                                                                        The question of whether Russia made mistakes in the beginning of their military operation helps to shape our understanding of what is happening now. Think about it. Putin called up an additional 300,000 reservists in September. That is an admission that he miscalculated how many combat troops he needed to fulfill the mission. But now he has corrected that mistake. Why else would he call up 300,000 reservists and put the war on hold until they had joined their units and were ready for offensive operations?

                                                                                                                        The point we’re trying to make is simple: Putin has now assembled the army he needs to finish the job through military force. In simple terms, he’s ready to roll. In fact, his army is already making significant headway in the east where a key city was liberated on Tuesday. (Soledar) We expect that these regional victories will continue throughout the winter and into the spring. We do not think that the provision of tanks, armored vehicles, javelins, Patriots or other weapons-systems will make a significant difference in the outcome of the war.

                                                                                                                        The only way Washington can prevent a humiliating defeat in Ukraine is by leading a coalition of countries that are willing to commit combat troops and air-power to fight the Russian army. In other words, we are fast approaching the ‘moment of truth’ that many had anticipated from the very beginning; a direct clash between the United States and Russia.

                                                                                                                        This is the war the fanatical neocons want and, this is why, they are using the ‘classified documents’ to coerce Biden’s support. It’s blackmail.


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                                                                                                                      • #107047
                                                                                                                        Patricia N.

                                                                                                                          From Amir Tsarfati:

                                                                                                                          Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said today that he is not sure that Vladimir Putin is alive, and that the person seen in his speeches is not the President of Russia.

                                                                                                                          “I don’t understand who we’re supposed to be talking to, I’m not entirely sure that the president of Russia, who is speaking in front of the green screen, is really him,” Zelensky told the participants of the Davos conference in Switzerland for the leaders of the powers.


                                                                                                                        • #107054
                                                                                                                          So Ready

                                                                                                                            Russian Orthodox Church issues apocalyptic warning

                                                                                                                            Some “madmen” believe Russia could be defeated, but this could trigger the end of the world, Patriarch Kirill has said
                                                                                                                            Any attempts to destroy Russia could spell disaster for the entire world, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, warned on Thursday.

                                                                                                                            Speaking after a religious service marking the Orthodox Christian holiday of Epiphany, the primate claimed that both the international community and Russia are facing “very huge threats.”

                                                                                                                            According to Patriarch Kirill, the root of the problem is that some “madmen” believe that Russia, which “has powerful weapons and is populated by extremely strong people… who had never given in to an enemy and had always emerged victorious, could be defeated under the current circumstances.”

                                                                                                                            Neither would it be possible to “impose on them certain values that cannot even be called values, so that they would be like everyone else and obey those who have the power to control most of the world,” he noted.

                                                                                                                            “We pray to the Lord so that he enlightens those madmen and helps them understand that any desire to destroy Russia will mean the end of the world,” he added.

                                                                                                                            The Patriarch’s remarks echo a statement by former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday, who warned those countries wishing to see Moscow defeated in Ukraine that nuclear powers such as Russia had “never lost a major conflict on which their fate depended.” Should such a nation lose a conventional war, it could trigger a nuclear conflict, he added.

                                                                                                                            Earlier this month, the head of the Russian Church appealed to both Moscow and Kiev’s forces to establish a truce in the run-up to and during Orthodox Christmas on January 7 to give the faithful a chance to attend religious services.

                                                                                                                            Hours later, the proposal was supported by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who ordered Moscow’s troops to stand down for 36 hours. The ceasefire, however, was rejected by Kiev, with Ukrainian officials dismissing the offer as “hypocrisy” and a military ruse.


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                                                                                                                          • #107100
                                                                                                                            Patricia N.

                                                                                                                              US Considering Helping Ukraine Strike Crimea:

                                                                                                                              The New York Times reported Wednesday that the US is warming to the idea of helping Ukraine strike Crimea, something the Biden administration has previously avoided due to the risk of provoking a major response from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

                                                                                                                              Citing unnamed US officials, the report said that after months of discussions with Ukrainian officials, the administration is now “starting to concede that Kyiv may need the power to strike the Russian sanctuary, even if such a move increases the risk of escalation.”

                                                                                                                              US officials admit that they don’t know how Putin would respond to the US supporting Ukrainian attacks on Crimea. Putin has previously warned he could use nuclear weapons to protect Russia’s “territorial integrity,” and Russia’s military doctrine allows for the use of nuclear weapons if the country faces an “existential threat.”

                                                                                                                              [From the New York Times:  For years, the U.S. has insisted that Crimea is still part of Ukraine. Russia has been using it as a base for launching devastating strikes.]


                                                                                                                            • #107151
                                                                                                                              Patricia N.

                                                                                                                                Five Doves Neil Lipken (22 Jan 2023)
                                                                                                                                “Russia getting ready for nuclear war?”:

                                                                                                                                If news reports from the past few days are accurate, it appears that the conflict in Ukraine is about to go nuclear, as Russia prepares itself for nuclear attacks from NATO. Viral videos and photographs show that Russia has stationed missile defense systems on several Moscow building rooftops. Taking note of some of the photos, The Drive writes that the “Russian military appears to have emplaced Pantsir air defense systems on top of at least two different government buildings in Moscow, including the Ministry of Defense’s headquarters.” The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has warned that any attempt to “destroy Russia” by “madmen” trying to impose their values will lead to “the end of the world.”

                                                                                                                                Outspoken former Russian president and current deputy chairman of the security council Dmitry Medvedev has issued his latest stark warning to the West on Thursday, saying that if Russia is on the brink of defeat, nuclear war is likely to follow. He made the comments in a post on the Telegram messaging app. “The defeat of a nuclear power in a conventional war may trigger a nuclear war,” he began.


                                                                                                                              • #107261
                                                                                                                                Patricia N.

                                                                                                                                  Ukraine Corruption Scandal Deepens as Zelensky Sacks String of Officials:

                                                                                                                                  A string of senior Ukraine government officials were sacked or resigned amidst a flurry of corruption claims Tuesday, with those shown the door accused of taking illicit payments as the Ministry of Defence allegedly signed overinflated military contracts.

                                                                                                                                  Reports of foul play in Ukraine’s high offices first broke over the weekend, with critics pointing to under-the-table payments to deputy ministers and suspect military equipment contracts, however only now are details being made public and those accused named.

                                                                                                                                  Military-grade weaponry in Ukraine has previously alleged to have been sold to international buyers on the encrypted messaging app Telegram, including some hardware made in the United States, as Breitbart News reported.


                                                                                                                                • #107262
                                                                                                                                  Patricia N.

                                                                                                                                    Amir Tsarfati’s take on the situation:

                                                                                                                                    Four deputy ministers in the government of Ukraine resigned in addition to five district heads. This means that Ukraine is expecting a Russian attack!


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                                                                                                                                    Patricia N.


                                                                                                                                      A massive number of ravens in Kyiv’s skies causes the locals to fear what might be coming next. I guess it’s sort of a superstition.



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                                                                                                                                      Patricia N.

                                                                                                                                        Amir Tsarfati:

                                                                                                                                        The Russian ship Admiral Gorshkov armed with nuclear missiles is on its way to the west.
                                                                                                                                        The Russian ship armed with unstoppable Mach-8 nuclear-capable hypersonic cruise missiles has deviated from its course.


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                                                                                                                                        Todd Tomlinson

                                                                                                                                          I love the smell of rapture in the morning!   With all the craziness that is happening with the shipment of tanks, the group of B52 bombers that just left the US for Europe, Russia saying that the tank shipments cross the red line, and Russian threatening to send nuclear weapons to Iran since the US and Europe are sending tanks to Ukraine — its all lining up for an interesting couple of months.    How can we NOT be going home soon?   The craziness volume is already turned up to “10”.

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                                                                                                                                            Todd – a couple of months; surely you jest brother! :calvin  I am thinking a couple of very short weeks :yahoo:

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                                                                                                                                            Patricia N.

                                                                                                                                              From Amit Tsarfati:

                                                                                                                                              The US has officially informed Ukraine it will send 31 A-1 Abrams tanks. That paved the way for the Germans to agree to send their Leopard tanks as well.
                                                                                                                                              The West knows that the next two weeks can determine the future of the entire war. Both sides are preparing for a major move. Whoever has enough weapons and soldiers on the ground to hold the lines will be the victor.
                                                                                                                                              So far the Ukrainians are losing ground on both the east (Donbas) and the south (Zaporizhzhia) fronts.


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                                                                                                                                              Patricia N.

                                                                                                                                                German FM Says the Quiet Part: “We Are Fighting a War with Russia”:

                                                                                                                                                Coming on the heels of Germany’s announcement to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, German foreign minister Annalena Baerbock has declared “we are fighting a war with Russia” at a meeting of the European Council.

                                                                                                                                                “We have to do more also on tanks,” Baerbock said. “But the most important, crucial part is that we do it together, and we do not do the blame game in Europe, because we are fighting a war against Russia, and not against each other.”

                                                                                                                                                NATO countries have so far scrupulously avoided insinuating that they are direct participants in the regional border conflict over ethnic Russian territories in Eastern Ukraine.

                                                                                                                                                42-year-old Baerbock is known for her gaffes and child-like, garbled speech. Still, she is the most popular politician in Germany, despite the fact she was found to have fudged her CV. . . .

                                                                                                                                                German FM Says the Quiet Part: “We Are Fighting a War with Russia”

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                                                                                                                                                  Rumors of wars ….

                                                                                                                                                  Is Isaiah  17  fulfillment on the horizon? :popcorn


                                                                                                                                                  Per Amir ….

                                                                                                                                                  Following the report on the placement of air defense systems at the Al-Jarrah military field in Aleppo, a joint Russian-Syrian ceremony was held yesterday in which the field was inaugurated after renovation and upgrading of its infrastructure and military equipment.

                                                                                                                                                  According to Syrian sources, it will be used by both Syrian and Russian air forces and Russian forces are expected to stay there. ;-)  

                                                                                                                                                  Syrian sources affiliated with the regime claim that the Russian air defense systems stationed in this field will be used to stop attacks by the Israeli Air Force in the Aleppo area (for example against the Center for Scientific Research and against weapons that the Iranians transfer through the international airfield in Aleppo).

                                                                                                                                                  The Russian presence at this base may present Israel with a new challenge: neutralizing the air defense systems, without harming Russian forces.




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                                                                                                                                                • #107348
                                                                                                                                                  Patricia N.

                                                                                                                                                    Trump Warns That Conflict in Ukraine Could Start WWIII, Says It Wouldn’t Have Happened if He Was Still President:

                                                                                                                                                    “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES.” President Trump calls for End to Crazy War with Russia:

                                                                                                                                                    There is now one world leader who is calling for peace.  That is President Donald Trump.

                                                                                                                                                    Only ONE global leader is calling for peace. Only one global leader sees the danger that lies ahead of these erratic decisions by the current crop of weak and erratic Western leaders.  Trump warned about this back in September.

                                                                                                                                                    Former President Donald Trump is warning that the conflict between Russia and Ukraine could end up starting World War III. In a post on Truth Social, Trump discussed Russian President Vladimir Putin threatening to use nuclear weapons and asserted that the conflict would never have happened if he was still president.  “President Putin of Russia is now threatening the use of Nuclear Weapons, saying ‘It is not a bluff.’”

                                                                                                                                                    “A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought,” Biden said.  “. . . .  they’re making irresponsible threats to use nuclear weapons.”

                                                                                                                                                    Trump Warns That Conflict in Ukraine Could Start WWIII, Says It Wouldn’t Have Happened if He Was Still President

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                                                                                                                                                    Patricia N.

                                                                                                                                                      Pentagon Won’t Rule Out F-16s for Ukraine: ‘We’re Not Going to Take Anything Off the Table:

                                                                                                                                                      The Biden administration would not rule out sending F-16s to Ukraine after it announced it was sending 31 Abrams M1A2 tanks.

                                                                                                                                                      After President Joe Biden announced the sending of the tanks, an adviser to Ukraine’s defense minister told Reuters that the country will now push for F-16s. “The next big hurdle will now be the fighter jets,” Yuriy Sak told the wire.


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                                                                                                                                                      Patricia N.

                                                                                                                                                        Amir Tsarfati:

                                                                                                                                                        The spokesman of the Ukrainian Air Force announced that infrastructure work has begun at the country’s military airports so that they will be adapted to the landings and takeoffs of F16 aircraft.


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                                                                                                                                                        Patricia N.

                                                                                                                                                          Head of NATO Military Committee Admiral Rob Bauer: NATO Is Ready for a Direct Confrontation with Russia:

                                                                                                                                                          Admiral Rob Bauer is the 33rd Chair of the Military Committee of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO.  In a recent interview this week Admiral Bauer says NATO is ready for a direct confrontation with Russia.

                                                                                                                                                          Joe Biden announced this week he is sending tanks to Ukraine to fight Russia.

                                                                                                                                                          These Western leaders are hell-bent on launching World War III.

                                                                                                                                                          Bauer added that he believes that Russia’s strategic objectives go beyond Ukraine, with Moscow wanting to claim the territory of the former Soviet Union.

                                                                                                                                                          Head of NATO Military Committee Admiral Rob Bauer: NATO Is Ready for a Direct Confrontation with Russia (VIDEO)

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                                                                                                                                                          Patricia N.

                                                                                                                                                            “This is Bad for America.  This is Bad for the World.  We are about to Enter Potentially World War III” – General Flynn on Biden’s Disaster in Ukraine:

                                                                                                                                                            We are about to enter a war and I still haven’t heard this administration talk about any vital national security objectives.  I don’t know what our objectives are…

                                                                                                                                                            We are going to creep into this war like we crept into other wars like Vietnam, like Afghanistan, like Iraq and this going to be turned into an absolute disaster.
                                                                                                                                                            General Flynn said that we can’t put the arms in Ukraine that we are putting there, without boots on the ground.  The administration spent $110 billion on Ukraine which is about $200 million per Congressional District.

                                                                                                                                                            That kind of money could be flowing into this country instead of Ukraine into somebody’s pocket.  This is bad for America.  This is bad for the world.  We are about to enter potentially World War III and the talk of nuclear weapons is absolutely outrageous.  It is definitely on the table because we’re hearing it from both sides.

                                                                                                                                                            They have forgotten what we just did in Afghanistan which was a complete and utter disaster.  They surrendered to the Taliban and left our own behind enemy lines to fend for themselves…We are being led into WWIII.

                                                                                                                                                            “This is Bad for America.  This is Bad for the World.  We are about to Enter Potentially World War III” – General Flynn on Biden’s Disaster in Ukraine

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                                                                                                                                                            Patricia N.

                                                                                                                                                              Zelensky Sent Out Government Decree to Destroy ALL INFORMATION on Hunter Biden’s Metabiota Company on Same Day as Russian Invasion:

                                                                                                                                                              Ukrainian President Zelensky ordered government officials to destroy all information on Hunter Biden’s Metabiota Company on the same day Russia invaded the country.

                                                                                                                                                              Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022.  Zelensky sent out this document on February 24, 2022.

                                                                                                                                                              Zelensky was trying to erase all documents associated with Hunter Biden’s Metabiota Company before the War with Russia.  And Ukrainian officials started burning the documents THAT DAY!

                                                                                                                                                              Zelensky sent out a decree on February 24, 2022 for government officials to destroy all information on the Ukrainian Research Anti-Plague Institute, Mechnikov Institute of Health of Ukraine, and the Zhytomyr Regional Laboratory Centers of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, who all worked with Metabiota Inc. (Metabiota) scientists.

                                                                                                                                                              Here is an image of Ukrainian officials burning documents as the Russians invade.  This was allegedly the scene at the military intelligence headquarters.  [at link]

                                                                                                                                                              Zelensky Sent Out Government Decree to Destroy ALL INFORMATION on Hunter Biden’s Metabiota Company on Same Day as Russian Invasion – Then Fire Spotted Outside Intel Headquarters

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                                                                                                                                                              Patricia N.

                                                                                                                                                                From DC_Draino from Twitter quoted in the same previous article:

                                                                                                                                                                Did Zelensky keep some of the more incriminating documents against Hunter at Metabiota and Burisma to use as extortion against Joe Biden to get more money and weapons?  We all know the answer.


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                                                                                                                                                                  Tick Tock Tick Tock  …   Putin is holding the football …

                                                                                                                                                                  Starts @ 1:40

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