Prigozhin answered Zelensky about the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Bakhmut: ‘There are a lot of their corpses here, one tried to escape in a woman’s dress’ (AUDIO). Yevgeny Prigozhin, the military guru of PMC Wagner, responded to Ukrainian President Zelensky’s statement that Artyomovsk (Bakhmut) had not been taken, and that the Ukrainian military was still present in some areas of the city.
In a period of understandable news fatigue, it is more important than ever to separate government-sponsored spin (mainstream media) from dissident media (Europe Renaissance).
Russian President Vladimir Putin called Russia’s opponents stupid because of their neo-colonial ideas. ‘And our opponents that I mentioned, people with neo-colonial thinking, idiots in fact, do not understand that it is this diversity that makes us stronger.
A radioactive cloud is threatening Western Europe, according to a Russian security chief. The lethal hazard was produced by depleted uranium munitions destroyed in Ukraine; Nikolay Patrushev has claimed.
Supporters of Ukraine are no longer hoping for a victory, French publicist Jacques Guillemain writes in the Hungarian daily Magyar Nemzet: It has become clear that, apart from the mainstream media’s pro-Kiev propaganda, there is no one left who has any reasonable hope for success in the Ukrainian offensive. What can 200 stone-age tanks do against the Russian BMPT Terminators? What is the old Soviet-era MiG-29s worth up against MiG-35 fighters and fifth-generation Su-57s?
What salary should a soldier receive in a war-torn country? Obviously, there is no number that can make up for the sacrifice Ukrainians make on the frontline. But a proper salary is still necessary. When Russia invaded last year, Volodymyr Zelensky increased the payment for the military to seven times of the average salary in Ukraine. ‘We will pay 100,000 hryvnias (£2,200) monthly to military personnel who hold weapons… so that they know that the country is grateful to them. And so it will be until this war ends,’ Zelensky said. The war, as it has turned out, is well into its second year – and the Ukrainian President is faced with the costs.
EU nations have privately urged the Ukrainian leader to end the fighting, a US official told the veteran journalist. Poland is leading a group of European nations that are clandestinely urging Vladimir Zelensky to find a way to settle the conflict with Russia, veteran journalist Seymour Hersh has reported, citing a ’knowledgeable’ American official.
Mikhail Podolyak, an adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, said that if Western countries stop supplying weapons to Kyiv, the number of terrorist attacks will increase in Europe, the hosts of the Redacted podcast noted. As the journalists noted, such words essentially pose a threat to the EU, and besides, they resemble the pro-Saddam rhetoric used by the US authorities to justify the war in Iraq.
MICHAEL WALSH SPECIAL REPORT: Whatever one’s political stance it is unpleasant to watch the death throes of a person or a nation. It is a time for somber reflection. I suspect that the post-mortem on Ukraine’s demise is already at the typesetters. Ukraine is in its death throes. The question arises, what if anything will rise from the ashes of a nation that before Washington’s coup in February 2014 was a stable and benign democracy?
BREAKING NEWS: Ukraine’s plan to blow up a vital pipeline supplying Hungary with oil would constitute NATO Article 5 violation, says security expert. ‘This is an attack on Hungary and therefore NATO, according to NATO Article 5.’