Wednesday, August 31, 2022


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“All warfare is based on deception." - Sun Tzu.

Deception is an aspect of warfare but only an element included in all war-making planes. That much I would agree with. "War is too complex a human endeavor to be explained by simple aphorisms."

"Ukraine lures Russian missiles with decoys of U.S. rocket system"

The Washington Post ^ | August 30, 2022 | John Hudson the tip from Freeper.

"Ukraine may be outgunned but in the latest sign it is not yet outfoxed, a fleet of decoys resembling advanced U.S. rocket systems has tricked Russian forces into wasting expensive long-range cruise missiles on dummy targets, according to interviews with senior U.S. and Ukrainian officials and photographs of the replicas reviewed by The Washington Post. The Ukrainian decoys are made out of wood but can be indistinguishable from an artillery battery [rocket] through the lens of Russian drones, which transmit their locations to naval cruise missile carriers in the Black Sea."


I have seen an image of an inflatable HIMARS decoy unit and it does look real. But that is not what we are talking about here. The Ukrainian seem to have created a WOODEN mock-up of HIMARS that under camouflage netting does fool Russian reconnaissance drones.



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Ukrainian aviation assets once more active over Russian airspace? Russian territory violated once more with helicopter attack Belgorod?

 "Russia rocked by airstrikes with hundreds of Russian citizens seen with suitcases ‘trying to flee inland’ to escape on trains"


"Russians citizens are frantically trying to flee Belgorod after multiple airstrikes rocked the city with giant fireballs seen high in the sky."

"Belgorod is 25 miles from the Ukrainian border and long queues could be seen where hundreds of Russian citizens some with suitcases were trying to flee on trains at the railway station."

"A foreign policy expert wrote, 'Russians are fleeing Belgorod as explosions rock the city and air defense activity lights up the sky.'”

See previous blog entries Ukrainian "bandit" intruder helicopter gunship raiders violating Russian airspace and creating considerable aggravation of both the physical and mental sort:



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Nothing to see here folks. Move along. Do not consider this to be a war warning!

Consider this strictly an exercise? A test of concept and nothing more?

"British Begin Moving War Planes to CIVILIAN Airports"

Courtesy here the Internet web sit of HAL TURNER |  29 AUGUST 2022.

Airfield dispersal of warplanes during a time of crisis can be interpreted as an "war-warning" specific indicator of possible hostile action.

"Britain is preparing to station combat aircraft in civilian airports for the first time since World War II in response to the Ukraine conflict." 

"The dispersing of planes across the country will allegedly help the Royal Air Force’s rapid-response units survive attacks on their bases."

EGGS not all not in one basket so to speak!

"The Agile Combat Employment (ACE) scheme was initially intended for potential hotspots overseas, such as the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe."

"A trial next month will have Eurofighter Typhoon and F-35 jet fighters based in Norfolk, Lincolnshire, and Scotland 'scattered in small groups and based discreetly' in several regional airports with suitable runways."

A trial. An exercise. A proof of concept. Russians please do not interpret any of this in an alarmist manner as was the case with Proud Prophet or Able Archer from the era of the Cold War.



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Once again from the Internet web site "Covert Shores". Russian naval contingents homeward bound create a stir.

"Heavily Armed Russian Navy Ships Sailing Between Britain And Ireland"

From | 30 August 2022.

"Heavily Armed Russian Navy Ships Sailing Between Britain And Ireland"

These Russian warships stationed for six months the Mediterranean now homeward bound their course suddenly unexpected and unwelcome!

"Russia In a proactive move, a group of Russian Navy ships are currently entering the Irish Sea. There are clear indications that they will sail up and around the United Kingdom. Among other things, this will take them close to major submarine base of Faslane."


"The group is led by the SLAVA class cruiser Marshal Ustinov. The UDALOY class destroyer Vice-Admiral Kulakov and a tanker, Vyazma, are with her (him)."

ВМФ Ustinov the sister ship of the late ВМФ Moskva?

"The exact positions of the cruiser and destroyer are not currently visible by open sources. But the tanker is broadcasting its position on AIS (automated identification system). It has passed the entrance of the English Channel and is sailing into the Irish Sea. A Royal Navy warship, indicated to be HMS Lancaster, is shadowing them."

Not the normal route north through the English channel but rather a transit through the Irish Sea

"Ustinov left the Mediterranean on August 24 and has slowly approached the UK, The Russian warships are understood to be returning home after over 6 months deployed to the Mediterranean to support Russia’s invasion of Ukraine."

Further from H.I. Sutton: UPDATE

"2022-08-30-0750Z Since posting this, the vessels appear to have done a U-turn and are currently sailing southwest. This is a fluid situation however, we will have to see how it plays out."


Tuesday, August 30, 2022


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If not the warplanes themselves, then the pilots!

Afghan pilots as trained by the USA to the rescue Ukraine? Fact is stranger than fiction?

See previous blog entry Afghan warplanes as were donated by the USA now seeing combat action the Ukraine Conflict.

From the Internet web site "South Front | 30.08.2022. First several paragraphs copied in entirety.


"According to recent reports, the US is recruiting Afghan pilots to fight in Ukraine. The objective would be to restore Ukrainian Air Force troops after the numerous casualties caused by Russian forces during the special military operation. With that, it remains evident that the US wants to prolong the conflict at all costs, even if it is necessary to sacrifice more and more lives."

"In a recent interview, an anonymous source from the US military and diplomatic circles informed Russian media that the Pentagon is running a secret training program for Afghan pilots who allegedly fled the Central Asian country with US forces after the Taliban took Kabul. The combatants would have fought alongside the American occupying troops, which is why they feared punishment from the Taliban government, and for that reason they received asylum in the US."

The "secret" program already in place location somewhere in California!

"South Front" quite brazenly and candidly very pro-Russian and also with an anti-American agenda.



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The long-awaited Ukrainian offensive the southern part of the country has begun? Counter-offensive the objective Russian-occupied Kherson?

Troops have massed. Preparations have been made. Everyone has made-ready. Now for the Big Push as it has been called since the days of the Great War.

First the good news:

"Ukrainians Claim Southern Counter-Offensive, Russian Lines Breached"

From the article by JACK MONTGOMERY | 29 Aug 2023. The tip from Freeper.

"Ukrainian officials claim that a long-awaited counter-offensive in the southern Kherson region is underway, and that the Russians’ first line of defense has been breached."

Now for the bad news:

"Ukraine SITREP: the promised 'major Ukrainian counter-attack' ends in disaster"

Courtesy The Saker August 29, 2022 the tip also from Freeper. 

"'The Defense Ministry [Russian] called the losses of the Ukrainian Armed Forces [AFU] during the failed offensive of Ukraine near Kherson Ukrainian troops attempted an offensive in the Mykolaiv and Kherson regions, as a result, the AFU units suffered heavy losses, the Russian Defense Ministry told reporters. 'Today, during the day, on the direct instructions of Zelensky, Ukrainian troops attempted an offensive in the Mykolaiv and Kherson regions in three directions. As a result of the active defense of the grouping of Russian troops, the AFU units suffered heavy losses,' TASS reports...."

[article translated by machine from the original Russian]

Good, bad, and nothing to report about the ugly!

Consider that The Saker evidently a Russian national residing in the USA with an unabashedly pronounced pro-Russian and anti-American agenda.


Monday, August 29, 2022


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Let the games begin. And by golly they have. International Army Games Russia.

As was the subject of discussion a prior blog entry from very recently. Now we have details of the games and in particular one event, the tank biathlon.

American tankers not impressed! And not without good reason!


From the Internet Webzine "Coffee or Die" | August 25, 2022 • Tom Wyatt.

"The Russian-hosted International Army Games is underway, and the main event — the Tank Biathlon — just might be the most Russian thing ever."

"Held since 2015 as part of Russia’s annual August military celebrations, the games appear to be a sort of Olympics for war, pitting teams from Russia-friendly militaries — usually using Russian-made gear — in events like the Chemical, Biological, and Radiation (CBR) Defense and Troop Intelligence."

"But the piece de resistance is the Tank Biathlon, a concoction of obstacle racing, target shooting, and what appears to be a demolition derby for giant battle tanks and heavy armor."

Go see at the links below video of the tank biathlon events in all explicit detail. Commentary of an English-speaking Russian observer almost comedic in nature:



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Here from the Binkov Internet web site everything you always needed to know about the deployment of the HIMARS rocket artillery system to the Ukraine battlefield.

See the two Binkov video and enjoy.

Aug 17, 2022.

"First HIMARS launchers have found their way to the battlefields in Ukraine. Are HIMARS systems really going to be a game changer? How are they used in Ukraine? And how might Russia respond to them?"

 Aug 19, 2022.

"This video is the second part of Binkov's coverage of HIMARS usage in Ukraine. It talks about the crucial role of targeting finding, which enables GMLRS usage in Ukraine. How big of a role does NATO play there?"

I doubt that HIMARS of itself is such a game changers as we might desire. It is a part of a much larger whole that if used judiciously can make a significant difference it can well be surmised.

Releasing for the ATCMS rocket artillery round [as can be fired from the HIMARS launcher] to the Ukrainian might be seen as even more important development. Able to hit targets in Crimea and wider afield [Russia]. Not without causing however a geopolitical stir of epic proportions causing a sequence of events to occur with consequences too terrible to contemplate.


Sunday, August 28, 2022


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Drone warfare the Ukraine Conflict. Combat drones and designed as such and not field expedient type of combat drone.

"Taiwan delivers 'gift' to Ukraine – Bild"

"Taipei supplied hundreds of shell-dropping drones according to the German newspaper"

"Taiwan delivers 'gift' to Ukraine – Bild."

From Russian controlled [?] media RT dated 26 Aug, 2022.

"Ukraine received a gift of 800 drones to mark its independence day this week, which are designed to fly over targets and drop mortar shells on them, German tabloid Bild has reported."

See Taiwanese DronesVision Internet web site. 

"The present came from Taiwan, the newspaper said on its Russian-language social media on Thursday. The claim was widely repeated in Ukrainian media. The drones are made by the Taiwan-based firm DronesVision, which also makes anti-drone equipment. The Revolver model is a quadcopter design that carries a package of eight 60mm mortar shells weighing over 10kg [22 pounds], which can be released by the operator, according to the producer. The package looks like the rotating barrel of a revolver, giving the weapon its name."

Again, these machines not combat drones field-expedient as might be the case. Mortar rounds referred to as "bombs" in the rest of the world. This Drones Vision designs both drones and counter-drone technology. I would be curious to know if Drones has incorporated some sort of counter-counter-drone technology into the Revolver! Thanks to for the video.

Revolver also able to carry and drop on target larger sized mortar rounds of 81 mm and 120 mm. size.

Русский берегитесь дрона с подарками. Вы были предупреждены.


Saturday, August 27, 2022


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As in 1930, as in 1975, as it is now in 2022. Yet one more cinematic adaptation of the Erich Maria Remarque novel "All Quiet on the Western Front".

Previous versions [both American] of "All Quiet" outstanding and I expect this most recent German production to be the same.

 "A strong statement against war: Germany's candidate for the best international feature film Academy Award is Edward Berger's new adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's classic anti-war drama."

"Director Lewis Milestone's unsparing portrayal of WWI quickly encountered Nazi censorship after its November 21, 1930 premiere. Based on the German novel by Erich Maria Remarque, no one had ever seen anything like it. 

Consider too one more outstanding motion picture within the context of World War One:

"Paths of Glory is a 1957 American anti-war film co-written and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on the novel of the same name by Humphrey Cobb."

"Set during World War I, the film stars Kirk Douglas as Colonel Dax, the commanding officer of French soldiers who refuse to continue a suicidal attack, after which Dax attempts to defend them against charges of cowardice in a court-martial."

Trench warfare The Great War in all gory detail, the French troops led by Kirk Douglas [playing Colonel Dax] waiting to go over-the-top and the certain death of maiming that awaits many of them. A suicidal attack ordered by the high command that Dax and every man with him knows is a futile assault. Such was quite often the case in WW1? Paths of Glory intended to be more of a court room drama than a war movie? Adolph Menjou I had always thought was born a European who became a famous actor in the USA. But Adolph was born and bred American.

And a movie highly controversial in many quarters. It was not for a period of decades that Paths of Glory [remember an American film 100 %] was allowed to be shown in France!!


D & D.

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Not semper fidelis. American military personnel behaving badly. For shame. For great shame.


From August 25, 2022  the article • Jenna Biter.

"Dine and dash is the US phrase for a form of theft by fraud, in which a patron or patrons orders and consumes food and beverages from a restaurant or similar establishment with the intent not to pay. The act may involve the customer leaving the restaurant with the intent of evading payment, or, less commonly, of the patron eating the food and then stating that they do not have any money."

"According to local police, two Marines are accused of skipping out on paying at a local Waffle House and then climbing all over aircraft on display in a local park in Havelock, North Carolina, causing more than $1,000 in damage. Havelock is home to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point."

"Two Marines caused more than $1,000 in damage to a helicopter on display in a local park after dining and dashing at a Waffle House near Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, on Saturday, Aug. 20."


"According to police in Havelock, North Carolina, surveillance video of aircraft on static display at the town’s Tourist and Event Center showed two men walking up to and climbing on an RF-4B in the early hours of Saturday morning. Police say the pair also climbed on an HH-46E helicopter and tried to spin the Phrog’s blades, then broke the helicopter’s windows to get inside."

A variation of dine and dash involves order a huge meal of many items, eat three-quarters of the food, then saying it doesn't taste any good and walk out the door without paying, daring staff of the restaurant to challenge you.

These guys caught and punishment unremitting will be forthcoming. I sure hope so.


Friday, August 26, 2022


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A demonstration the Russian Navy Baltic fleet of the possible!

"Corvette [Russian] sailed north via inner waterways and launched Kalibr cruise missile"

"The special maneuver happened amid the Northern Fleet’s Barents Arctic exercise and shows how Russia can move highly potent missiles from the Baltic Sea to the North without sailing around NATO-controlled Scandinavia."

Article "The Barents Observer" by Thomas Nilsen | August 24, 2022.

"It was the corvette 'Mytishchi', normally based in Kaliningrad, that sailed north to the White Sea, from where a Kalibr cruise missile was launched towards a coastal target at the Chizha shooting range at Cape Kanin in the eastern Barents Sea."

"The small warship of the Karakurt class corvette had then sailed some 3,700 km [over two-thousand miles] through the Neva River in St. Petersburg, via Lake Ladoga, Lake Onega and further north through the White Sea Canal to the White Sea, the Defense Ministry reports."

That Russian EGTC inland waterway system allowing for expeditious movement of naval vessels. In this particular case the White Sea-Baltic canal a construction from the time of Joseph Stalin using Gulag labor being employed. 

I am sure Joe would be proud.


Sebastopol 2.

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Once more some articles of note as extracted from the outstanding H. I. Sutton Internet web site "Covert Shores". Thanks in all instances to H. I. Sutton. All items of interest as pertains to the Ukraine Conflict.

1. "Russia Forced To Reduce Navy In Mediterranean As Ukraine War Drags On"

24 August 2022.

"Russia: One of Russia’s two SLAVA class cruisers deployed to the Mediterranean has left the sea. The Marshal Ustinov was seen sailing out through the Straits of Gibraltar today."

Returning to home port the Baltic?

"This may be a sign that the Russian Navy forces in the Mediterranean, beefed up to support the invasion of Ukraine, are being forced to withdraw key assets..."

2. "OSINT: Ukrainian Drone Took Inland Approach To Attack Russian Navy Headquarters At Sevastopol"

21 August 2022.

"Russia: Sevastopol harbor, the main naval base for Russia’s Black Sea fleet (BSF) has, until now, been largely unaffected by the sharp end of the Ukraine War. But the past week or so has seen Ukraine bring the war to Crimea."

Crimea is not interested in the war but the war is interested in Crimea?

"On August 20 a drone hit the navy headquarters, in broad daylight. Interestingly, the drone approached from inland..."

3. "OSINT: Russian Navy Base At Sevastopol Defended By Inflatable S-400 Missiles"

14 August 2022.

"Russia: Russia's main naval base in the Black Sea, Sevastopol, is guarded by the latest S-400 air-defense system."

Inflatable rubber decoys as being employed by the Russian. S-400 decoy as to fool the Ukrainian!

"The real S-400 missiles have recently been moved from their permanent launch site however. Russian TV has shown inflatable replacements at the site."

Devoted readers to the blog all articles peruse at your leisure in entirety. Again thanks to H. I. Sutton for the input. I highly recommend without qualification or reservation the "Covert Shores" web site. Visit regularly and bookmark or indicate as a favorite.


Thursday, August 25, 2022


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The death of Daria Dugina a major [?] news item within context the Ukraine Conflict. Daria the daughter of Aleksandr Dugin, A man noted as being an inspiration to Vlad Putin. 

See Daria touring Avostal steel yard after the Azov battalion surrender. Video courtesy BITCHUTE. [An edit of a John Mark Dougan video with just the bits with the Dark Wizard's daughter Daria Dugina]

See further from and thanks to same.

"Vladimir Putin’s ‘Worst Nightmare’ Is ‘Power Struggle’ Within Moscow Following Car Bombing Death Of Darya Dugina"

"Investigators had earlier believed her 60-year-old father was the intended target before later backing down to suggest the woman was likely marked." 

This particular video was the catalyst that got the ire of some with Daria becoming a target for assassination?



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Nuremberg II Mariupol. The Ukraine Conflict.

Azov battalion fighters to be tried by an international tribunal. War crimes and crimes against humanity the charges I might suspect.

"International Military Tribunals to be Held in Mariupol, Ukraine!"

From and thanks to same. Tip from Freeper.

"The Russian Embassy in the US put out a statement at 10:47pm this evening, pertaining to the US State Department’s response to upcoming tribunal in Mariupol."

"See full statement from the Russian Embassy below."

“🇷🇺🇺🇸 Comment by the Russian Embassy in the United States on the State Department's statement on the upcoming Tribunal in Mariupol:

🔹 "We have taken note of another groundless accusations against our country related to the Tribunal over Ukrainian war criminals."

🔹 "The upcoming Trial is aimed at bringing justice to war criminals, among which there are Nazis from the Azov Regiment. Washington is clearly afraid of making public the evidence of the inhumane acts committed by the members of this terrorist organization."

❗️ "The International Tribunal in Mariupol can shed light on the true essence of the Kiev regime, of which the United States diligently creates a bright and heroic image. American citizens will finally learn that in reality, their government is helping those who purposefully kill and torture the Russian people of Donbass and Ukraine."

🔹 "Russia fully complies with the Geneva Conventions and guarantees Ukrainian captives proper conditions of detention. The same cannot be said of the Kiev regime, which militants mistreated captured Russian soldiers."

Azov battalion fighters/militants often described as neo-Nazi. Adherents and practitioners of a fascist mindset and behavior.

An INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL the participants as drawn from which nations is not mentioned!

Azov do not expect this to go well!


Wednesday, August 24, 2022


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It is not that I don't believe this, it is more than I don't want to believe this! 

From the article by BRETT REDMAYNE-TITLEY • APRIL 28, 2022 • 

Shapes of things to come Moldova? Moldova right next door to Ukraine with a restive Russian-speaking population and the largest arms depot [Soviet/Russian armaments] in all of Europe.

Devoted readers to the blog pay heed this article was written in April of this year. A lot has changed since then.

"Ukraine, Romania, Moldova ... vs. Transnistria: A WW III Scenario"

"The tiny and peaceful nation of Moldova will soon be dragged into the Ukraine/Russia war. Historical and current geopolitical reasons are in play and being applied against Russia’s widening eastern front moving westwards. However, it is the southern Ukrainian region from Odessa to the Moldovan Transnistria that may trigger an escalation towards World War."

An expanding Ukrainian Conflict with the battlefield moving west along the northern shore of the Black Sea toward Odessa will greatly imperil Moldova. Especially within the context of the arms depot Cobasna. Compromise Moldova and you additionally compromise Romania? Romania hardly I think remind devoted readers to the blog a constituent member of NATO.

Further that current border between Moldova and Romania close to the geographic area of the great military interest and value called the Focșani Gate.

"The Focșani Gate . . . is a militarily and strategically vulnerable area in Romania and NATO. Control of the Focșani Gate allows entry into vast tracts of Romanian territory and several other regions of Europe."

Devoted readers to the blog also might want to refer to this pdf document from 2019 a staff study and [?] wargame of an attack by the Russian military on Romania the goal control of the Focșani Gate to further expedite offensive operations in case of a NATO/Russia conflict.

As extracted from the pdf document: "In the case of Romania, having in mind Romania’s neighborhood, it can be added to the general conclusion the reality that one of the most powerful, militarily speaking, country in the world, possessing, among other weaponry, one of the most destructive nuclear arsenal, has proved to be politically and strategically restless, choosing to tramp over its word by breaking promises, arrangements and treaties it put its signature on."

As to what country is seen as a threat to the Romanian, devoted readers to the blog draw your own conclusions!



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The hypersonic gap has been closed? American know-how with a proposal as was researched almost seventy years ago what was previously not worthy of consideration now is?

Admittedly this article is lengthy and discusses some arcane technology. But is worth the read.


From the story by Alex Hollings | July 26, 2022. The tip courtesy

"Last week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) quietly unveiled a new high-speed missile program called Gambit. The program is meant to leverage a novel method of propulsion that could have far-reaching implications not just in terms of weapons development, but for high-speed aircraft and even in how the Navy’s warships are powered.

"This propulsion system, known as a rotation detonation engine (RDE), has the potential to be lighter than existing jet engines while offering a significant boost in power output, range, and fuel efficiency.:


"The concept behind rotation detonation engines dates back to the 1950s. In the United States, Arthur Nicholls, a professor emeritus of aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan, was among the first to attempt to develop a working RDE design.


"But Gambit isn’t the first new weapon program to leverage rotation detonation engine technology. According to the Air Force Research Lab, RDE technology could make high-speed weapons much more affordable, which is of particular import following a recent Defense Department analysis that indicated the hypersonic (Mach 5+) weapons in development for the Air Force may cost as much as $106 million each."

Yowser! There it is in the nutshell as they say. Cost of a single hypersonic missile currently "in development" staggering! This RDE technology can make a significant contribution to lowering the cost? This remains to be seen.

Knight moves with checkmate in three? China and Russia your response?


Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Von Mackensen.

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Yet another instance of chivalry in the age of modern warfare.

"You are not going to the Italian, or Russian, or the French front. You are going into a fight against a new enemy who is dangerous, tough, brave and sharp. You are going to the Serbian front, to Serbia, and Serbs are the people who love their freedom and who are willing to fight for it to their last. Do your best so this minuscule enemy does not overshadow your glory and compromise the success you’ve achieved so far in the glorious German army“ - German Field Marshal August von Mackensen. 

"Hardened field marshal honors the defenders of Belgrade"

From 13. July 2014. Serbia in WW1.

Regarding the attack on Belgrade 1915 by a combined force of German/Austro-Hungarian/Bulgarian under the command of von Mackensen: [portions as extracted copied in entirety and unashamedly so]

"One Serbian soldier was attacked by four enemy soldiers, and for every Serbian cannon, Austro-Hungarians and Germans had nine. Part of city defense forces stationed themselves along the improvised barricades on the streets, and the other part was returning fire from the basement windows. Great deal of soldiers died beneath the ruins. Every time Austro-Hungarian army was held at the barricades, fierce artillery fire followed, all the way to the center of Belgrade. Women were fighting along men in the defending lines. Despite all the resistance, von Mackensen’s units outnumbered and outgunned the Serbs."

"Killed cattle lies on the streets. Nobody removes their remains because city is under constant fire. Nobody even dares to take their dead to the graveyard. People bury them in their backyards, in their meadows… Life is unbearable, and people are leaving city for the south. However, the escape is risky, too. Today, at 10 o’clock in the morning, a family with children and their things was blown to pieces” - Bogosav Vojnović Pelikan (September 1915.) He was one of the 1.300 Corporals."

Needless to say the attack of the German/Austro-Hungarian/Bulgarian army was successful. Von Mackensen knew the score, under his leadership his troop prevailing.

Von Mackensen his tribute to the valor of the Serb who he greatly respected with a monument: "Serbian heroes rest here“.



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Don't think so much the Taiwanese ADIZ. Air Defense Identification Zone. 

Think rather the Median Line. Referred to by some as the Davis Line.

ROC = Republic of China. Taiwan.

Chinese naval forces crossing the Median Line moving from west to east the Taiwan Strait considered a provocation to be taken seriously.

This image [click on image to see an enlarged view] shows the Taiwanese ADIZ and the dashed Median Line [Davis Line]. Warplanes in the ADIZ required to ID themselves. Taiwanese numbers of ADIZ violations inflated as a result? The dashed Median Line not running directly through the center of the Taiwan Strait. Chinese warships sailing eastward of the line considered a threat to Taiwan for which a obligatory response required.

"Taiwan Strait median line coordinates revealed"

"Taiwan defense ministry denies reports of Chinese military drills held across line"

Story from by Huang Tzu-ti 2019/07/30.

"TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s defense ministry on Tuesday (July 30) refuted reports that the military drill carried out by China on Monday took place across the median line of the Taiwan Strait."

"In a press conference, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) provided the officially recognized coordinates of the median line: 27°N, 122°E (north) and 23°N, 118°E (south). The announcement marked the first time in 15 years that the government of Taiwan has clearly defined the line separating the two sides across the strait, reported the Central News Agency."


"The last time Taiwan published the coordinates of the median line was in May of 2004. That information was consistent with the coordinates announced today."

My best approximate rendering of the median line. Chinese warships crossing the median line moving from west to east seen by the Taiwanese as a provocation and a matter to call for higher alert of the ROC armed forces. [Click on image to see an enlarged view]

That Taiwan ADIZ and even the Median Line [Davis Line] creations of American general officers. The ROC and Red China confrontation post-WW2  seen by many USA experts as a possible for nuclear confrontation. Obvious the USA military would have great say in such matters. But that has been over sixty years now.



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What was originally verboten is now greenlighted!

Threats of a widening war being made the Ukraine Conflict. 

1. "US Approves of Ukraine Striking Crimea"

"Ukraine's defense minister says there are no restrictions on using US-provided weapons in attacks on Crimea"

From by Dave DeCamp Posted on August 18, 2022.

"A senior Biden administration official told Politico on Wednesday that the US supports Ukraine striking Crimea, which Russia has controlled since 2014 but neither Washington nor Kyiv recognize as Russian territory."


"The comments came after a series of explosions at Russian military facilities in Crimea, including a major one at the Saki air base that reportedly destroyed nine Russian warplanes. Officially, Kyiv hasn’t taken credit for the incidents, but Ukrainian officials have strongly hinted at Ukraine’s involvement."

2. "US Implies Ukraine Can Use HIMARS Against Russian Targets in Crimea"

"The State Department told 'Crimea is Ukraine' when asked if the ban on using HIMARS on Russian territory applies to Crimea"

Once more from the story Dave DeCamp via tip From Zero Hedge JUL 19, 2022.

"The State Department on Sunday implied that Ukrainian forces are allowed to use US-provided High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) against Russian targets in Crimea, which Russia has controlled since 2014.

"When the US first announced it was sending HIMARS to Ukraine, Biden administration officials said they received 'assurances' from Ukrainian officials that the rockets won’t be used to target Russian territory."

Current HIMARS missiles being used in combat the Ukraine Conflict not capable to reaching Russian Crimean targets. ATACMS missile that can be fired from the HIMARS launch vehicle would be required. Providing ATACMS to Ukraine would be a marked step of planned escalation the Russian reaction I hardly think would be benign. Go for it Joe but fully understand the consequences that might transpire.

ATACMS range = Maximum firing range [190 mi (300 km)].


Monday, August 22, 2022


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Russian naval special purpose unit the Ukraine Conflict obliterated?

Special purpose the Soviet/Russian designation for the famed, highly touted Spetsnaz!

Войска́ специа́льного назначе́ния.

Mission in the case of Ukraine much less than an illustrious accomplishment of great merit. Rather the opposite. A total disaster? The invincible not so invincible!

"Northern Fleet sabotage-reconnaissance group eliminated, claims Ukraine Intelligence Agency"

Thanks to the Internet web site "Barents Observer" the story by Thomas Nilsen July 18, 2022.

"Russia has lost soldiers from the Northern Fleet’s 140th special purpose detachment in Vidyaevo after the group was hit by Ukrainian defenders in the Kharkiv region."

Image courtesy the Barents Observer. Those frogmen are carrying the Soviet/Russian underwater APS rifle. No SCUBA gear apparent or even snorkel for that matter.. They might be counter-frogmen whose mission would be protection of that large submarine in the background. Or are naval special purpose units. The naval version of the famed Spetsnaz. The friends and comrades of these divers now gone?

"It is the Defense Intelligence Agency of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense that posted the information via its Telegram channel on Monday. The agency added a video on its YouTube channel allegedly showing captured weapons, ammunition and communication gear from the Russian special sabotage group."


See previous blog entries the topic the contribution of Russian far-north military contingents to the Ukraine Conflict:



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Not since the year 1617?

Severe drought Europe, rivers drying up. Exposed objects normally underwater the military dimension.

1. "Low water levels on Danube reveal sunken WW2 German warships"

From the story by Fedja Grulovic.

"PRAHOVO, Serbia, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Europe's worst drought in years has pushed the mighty river Danube to one of its lowest levels in almost a century, exposing the hulks of dozens of explosives-laden German warships sunk during World War Two near Serbia's river port town of Prahovo."

"The vessels were among hundreds scuttled along the Danube by Nazi Germany's Black Sea fleet in 1944 as they retreated from advancing Soviet forces, and still hamper river traffic during low water levels."


2. "Hitler's Scuttled Black Sea Fleet, Centuries-Old 'Hunger Stones' Emerge From Dry Riverbeds In Drought-Stricken Europe"

"Extreme droughts across Europe are revealing thousands of years of lost history."

See the image! Awesome! Roman camp [castra] the outline still visible. River bed having dried up during the drought a military object from antiquity exposed as almost never. Click on image to see an enlarged view.

Devoted readers to the blog please recall that year 1617 one year prior to the start of the Thirty Years War! Drought and crop failure [?] exacerbating an existing political situation already unstable perhaps a contributing factor that led to the beginning of the war? I cannot find any mention on the Internet of such a correlation.



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Extended here can be reasonably inferred to have a meaning we don't want to contemplate.

"British soldiers to prepare for fighting Russia"

From and thanks to the tip from Jason. 21 Aug, 2022.

"Warrant Officer Paul Carney advised troops to discuss a potential deployment with their families"

"The UK’s top ‘other ranks’ soldier has said that British troops must be ready to fight Russia, and should prepare their families for the prospect of an 'extended' deployment. His advice comes after the UK’s new head of General Staff said that British forces must become capable of  'defeating Russia in battle.'”

Further, and within context see this chart. Comparisons the Ukraine military 2022 as in comparison with the four largest European military contingents the NATO alliance.

Click on image to see an enlarged view. Strictly speaking the UK ground forces their organic firepower tanks/artillery to include rocket artillery about 1/12th that of the Ukrainian. The Ukrainian prior to 24 February 2022 firepower LESS than that of the Russian. You the devoted reader take it from there and draw the proper conclusions.

HEY! Nobody said any of this was going to be easy, did they?


Sunday, August 21, 2022


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"Russia properly notified the United States under its New START treaty obligations that it planned to test this ICBM. Such testing is routine and was not a surprise. We did not deem the test to be a threat to the United States or its allies," - US Defense Department spokesperson John Kirby.

The USA hesitates to scare the Russian but the Russian does not hesitate to scare the USA?

I vaguely recall this from back in April of this year but had to refresh my memory.

"Russia successfully launches ICBM Sarmat from Plesetsk spaceport"

By Al Mayadeen Net | 20 Apr 2022.

Russian dooms-day missile Sarmat [NATO code name Satan-2] flight tested with all systems working properly! A missile with multiple warheads and according to the Russian only three missiles of which would be needed to destroy the American state of Texas.

"Today, at 15:12 Moscow time [12:12 GMT], at the Plesetsk State Test Cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk Region, a Sarmat fixed-based intercontinental ballistic missile was successfully launched from a silo launcher," 

Vlad personally watching via live video feed!

See previous blog entries the USA postponing routine test flights of Minuteman III to assuage the tender feelings of the Russian and Chinese respectively. The USA mollifies the Russian and Chinese but the Russian and Chinese do not mollify the American:



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Again from the Russian controlled [?] Internet web site

The Ukraine Conflict the Afghan connection.

"Moscow warns about abandoned US military aircraft"

 16 Aug, 2022. 

"Dozens of aircraft were taken to neighboring countries after the fall of Kabul last year"

"Military aircraft flown out of Afghanistan by fleeing US-backed troops after the Taliban retook the country last year could now slip into Ukraine, Zamir Kabulov, Russia’s presidential envoy to Afghanistan, has warned."

Planes as flown by American trained Afghan pilots fleeing the Taliban.

"Russian news agency RIA Novosti asked Kabulov on Tuesday to comment on the fate of the Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters that the US originally purchased for the Afghan Armed Forces in the 2010s but ended up delivering to Ukraine in the spring in order to fight Russia."

According to my recollection these Afghan air force warplanes flown to neighboring nations with pilots requesting asylum. Nations on the receiving end of Afghan aircraft to include Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, maybe Kazakhstan. Planes not returned to the Taliban have been dispersed in some manner to include a Russian Mi-17 sold to the Ukrainian?

Any nation having it's own weapons used against it extremely galling.


Type B.

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Emergency action message the Ukraine Conflict. Bio-warfare being waged? Even as we speak?

"Putin's new false flag operation? Russian propaganda channel claims troops have been poisoned in Ukraine amid fears the Kremlin is planning to use fake news as an excuse to use chemical weapons"


False flag: A false flag operation is an act committed with the intent of disguising the actual source of responsibility and pinning blame on another party. 

* "Russia defense ministry claims its troops were 'poisoned in a chemical attack'" * "Russia Today [RT] alleges outbreak near Zaporozhzhia nuclear power plant on July 31" * "But Ukraine's interior minister said soldiers could have eaten contaminated meat" * "It comes amid fears Russia is looking for reasons to justify chemical weapon use"

NOT a chemical weapons attack. A bio-weapons attack!

"The Kremlin's propaganda arm  [RT] has claimed Russian troops were 'poisoned in a chemical attack in Ukraine', prompting fears Moscow will seek to justify the use of chemical weapons in the country."

"Putin mouthpiece Russia Today [RT] reported traces of Botulinum toxin Type B, which is an 'organic poison of artificial origin,' were found in samples taken from soldiers, according to a statement from Russia's defense ministry."

I can hear the allegations and see the headlines now. American funded bio-warfare laboratories Ukraine created this bio-warfare botulism concoction which is poisoning/killing Russian boys. Wait and see.


Saturday, August 20, 2022


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“'ASML has a monopoly on the fabrication of EUV lithography machines, the most advanced type of lithography equipment that’s needed to make every single advanced processor chip that we use today,' . . . 'The machines that they produce, each one of them is among the most complicated devices ever made.'” | Chris Miller.

I stand corrected and was admittedly wrong. I except my error unashamedly!

Control Holland and control the world? Machines used to fabricate micro-electronic semi-conductors as absolutely essential for modern technology a sole monopoly of the Dutch?

"Inside ASML, the wildly successful company that every advanced chipmaker relies on"

Previously my belief that the importance of Taiwan to the world economy cannot be understated. Something like 80 % of all micro-electronic semi-conductors are manufactured in Taiwan. My thought too was the MACHINES to FABRICATE the micro-electronic circuits were also almost entirely a product of Taiwan.


"In the southern Dutch town of Veldhoven, near the border with Belgium, sits the only factory capable of assembling a revolutionary machine that’s relied upon by the world’s biggest chipmakers."



"ASML has sold a total of about 140 EUV systems in the past decade, each one now costing up to $200 million, according to Wennink. The price tag for its next machine, called High NA, will be more than $300 million."


"Today, ASML sells the machines to only five chipmakers. The biggest three — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Samsung and Intel — made up nearly 84% of its business in 2021. TSMC says that in 2019 it was the first to deliver high-volume chips made with EUV and that it has stayed in front ever since, with chip technology at least one node ahead of Samsung’s and Intel’s."

Danger to the world economy let me reiterate extremely serious IF and WHEN there is an actual shooting war between China and Taiwan with intervention on the part of the USA and probably also Japan. We live in a fragile world. Everyone going to suffer.



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Apple Maps the Ukraine Conflict.

Point-of-honor or point-of-view? Take your pick? Apple enters the battle on the side of the Ukrainian. Apple fear the terrible wrath of Vlad?

"Apple Maps now displays Crimea as part of Ukraine to viewers outside of Russia"

Thanks to Aisha Malik@aiishamalik1 / 12:47 PM CST•March 4, 2022.

"Apple Maps now shows Crimea as part of Ukraine when viewed outside of Russia, in what appears to be a new and quiet update. Mashable first reported the change, which comes amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Now, when you search or click on Crimea, it is displayed as Ukrainian territory. Apple did not respond to TechCrunch’s request for comment regarding the change and has not publicly addressed the matter."

INCORPORATION of Crimea into the Russian Federation NOT RECOGNIZED by Apple. Rather Crimea displayed on maps as UKRAINIAN sovereign territory.

Hardly this a new phenomenon. Currency, stamps, maps, television insets and even child's cartoons  historically used to display claims to disputed territory. See previous blog entry [with many additional embedded links] as relevant:



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“'It is not Russia, but the liberal-globalist circles ruling in the U.S., U.K. and the E.U. that allow themselves to talk about the admissibility of lowering the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons,' . . . 'We assume that the U.S. and NATO are aware of what the aggressive anti-Russian rhetoric with emphasis on the possibility of using nuclear weapons, which they themselves are ramping up, may lead into.'” | Russian foreign ministry spokesman Nechayev.

More menacing language the threat of atomic weapons! Intimations repeated more than a few times now.

"After Months of Russian Nuclear Bluster, Moscow Accuses the West of – Nuclear Bluster"

Story from by Patrick Goodenough | August 19, 2022.

"( – For months, top Russian officials have issued broad hints, in word or deed, about the potential use of nuclear weapons in the country’s standoff with NATO over Ukraine."


"Ivan Nechayev made the comments on the same day Russia’s defense ministry announced the deployment of fighter planes armed with the country’s nuclear-capable Kinzhal ('Dagger') hypersonic missiles in Kaliningrad, the exclave of Russian territory bordering NATO allies Poland, Lithuania, and the Baltic sea."

Thoughts precede words. Words precede action. Action with regard to atomic weapons in whatever form will be found to be exceeding regrettable for all.



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We are saved after all! World hunger and mass starvation on a cataclysmic level averted!

Vital shipments of grain from Ukrainian port facilities has resumed.

Commercial vessels moving to-and-fro the Black Sea final destination world-wide.


"43 ships have already passed through "grain corridor" - Turkish Ministry of Defense"

From ^ | 18.08.22 | Staff | tip from Freeper.

"43 ships have already passed through 'grain corridor' - Turkish Ministry of Defense News Censor.NET War in Ukraine. Since August 1, 43 ships have passed through the 'grain corridors': 25 of them left Ukrainian ports, 18 - entered. A total of 622 thousand tons of grain have been exported. This was reported by the Ministry of National Defense of Turkey, reports Censor.NЕТ with reference to Ukrinform. 'Since August 1, 43 ships have departed, 25 of which have left Ukrainian ports. For shipment of grain 18 vessels entered Ukrainian ports.'"

Let us hope the "grain corridors" hold and negative interference the shipments. Alleviate the threat of world hunger and food shortages and prevent calamity potentially of an epic scale.



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Consider this action within context of the Ukraine Conflict?

"French Foreign Legion [FFL] to Secure South Yemen Gas Exports"

"France negotiating for access to Yemen"

From by Jason Ditz Posted | August 19, 2022.

"It may sound like a bad adventure movie, but the French Foreign Legion could find itself in Yemen trying to stabilize and control areas."


"Recent fighting and exchanges of government figures in South Yemen’s Shabwa Province could be portending a deeper involvement, as France is reportedly negotiating for access to the area."

"France is interested in the potential of gas exports from Balhaf. Europe could use more exports with the Russia War. restricting supply to central Europe."

"Though Yemen isn’t a large exporter of gas in the best of times, it virtually exports nothing during the ongoing war. France seems keen to try to boost it from nothing to something."


Consider this to be a repeat of the "Banana Wars" from a period of one-hundred years ago? American military forces interventionists in unstable nations, restoring order for the greater good of capitalist investors and commercial interests.

"The Banana Wars were a series of conflicts that consisted of military occupation, police action, and intervention by the United States in Central America and the Caribbean between the end of the Spanish–American War in 1898 and the inception of the Good Neighbor Policy in 1934"

The various European nations now in mad-scramble dash to find alternative sources of energy including NG. Not any longer content with being obliged and grateful to the Russian.


Friday, August 19, 2022

12 Myronivska.

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“The [Armed Forces of Ukraine] successfully hit an enemy headquarters, which was pointed out by a representative of the Russian mass media,” . . . “This time yesterday in Popasna, a Wagner PMC headquarters was destroyed by a well-aimed strike. The number of dead is being clarified.” | Hayday the Ukrainian provincial Governor Luhansk oblast.

Before there was 2nd Corps there was Wagner PMC Luhansk?

Sharp-eyed Ukrainian OSINT practitioner making the correct conclusions from open-source images the battlefield Ukraine.

"‘A well-aimed strike’ Ukrainian forces destroy Wagner Group headquarters in Luhansk region after pro-Kremlin war reporter reveals its location"

August 15, 2022 Source: Meduza

"Ukrainian forces have reportedly destroyed a military headquarters in Popasna belonging to Russia’s Wagner Group after a pro-Kremlin journalist revealed its location. Luhansk Governor Serhiy Hayday confirmed that Ukraine was behind the strike on Monday, August 15"


"Earlier, on Sunday, RFE/RL’s Radio Svoboda [Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty] reported that photos of the destruction from the strike had allowed journalists to pinpoint the location of the Wagner Group HQ as 12 Myronivska Street. Pro-Kremlin war correspondent Sergey Sreda revealed this same address in a since-deleted Telegram post on August 8, where he claimed to have visited the mercenary company’s Popasna headquarters at the same time as Prigozhin."

This Sergey the Russian had better quit his job and go into deep-cover or defect to the Ukrainian and fast. Wagner operators not going to be pleased with him. 

Thanks to Sergey OSINT did the Russians in. HQ of Wagner in the Ukraine Conflict gone.

Again, American HIMARS apparently used in the attack on Wagner HQ. Chickens come home to roost and do so fast when they do!



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Haidai = Ukrainian governor Luhansk oblast.

Russian military command post of the 2nd Army blown to bits. So as alleged.

"Russia loses ANOTHER HQ: '100 killed including 2nd Army commanders and 20 FSB officers' in Ukrainian strike just days after Wagner base was destroyed"

"Russia has lost yet another command post to a Ukrainian rocket strike after a headquarters in Donbas was blown up Thursday, officials have claimed."


This apparently is not the 2nd Army but rather 2nd Corps. Those units previously militia the Luhansk and Donetsk break-away provinces now incorporated into the Russian army.

See an entire article details the Russian First and Second Army Corps the Ukraine Conflict.

* "Ukraine says it destroyed Russian HQ in occupied Lysychansk city yesterday" * "Videos taken by Chechen special forces shows moment rockets hit the building" * "Governor Serhiy Haidai claimed 100 Russian soldiers died in the HIMARS attack"  * "Among them were leadership of 2nd Army and 20 FSB officers, Haidai added"

2nd Corps HQ extirpated by American HIMARS rocket artillery as given to the Ukrainian? The American giving munitions to the Ukrainian to kill Russian boys, reminding me of the Second Indo-China War the Soviet giving munitions to the North Vietnamese to kill American boys.

Sometimes it takes a long time for the chickens come home to roost but eventually they do.



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Place this one in the strange and true category. Yet more paranormal the military dimension.

Pulsa diNura. Jewish kabbalistic curse!

"Putin fears Jewish death curse – ex-Ukrainian official"

16 Aug, 2022.

"Fear of the purported Kabbalistic ritual Pulsa diNura may be preventing him from attacking Dnepr, an exiled figure told media"

"Putin fears Jewish death curse – ex-Ukrainian official

It is reputed that both Yitzhak Rabin and Ariel Sharon had a pulsa diNura invoked against them. In some quarters this sort of stuff is taken very seriously.

"Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely afraid to attack the city of Dnepr due to a threat that he will be cursed to death through an ancient Jewish ritual, a former Ukrainian official claims."

"In an interview on Friday with the news website Novoye Vremya, Gennady Korban said he had threatened to place the curse on the Russian leader if he attacks the city."


"Pulsa diNura, roughly translated from Aramaic as ‘lashes of fire’, is a ritual that is attributed to an old Kabbalistic text, though scholars believe the term was not used in the sense of a curse invoked by man."

See other previous blog entries the Ukraine Conflict the paranormal dimension:



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Continuing and completing the plight of the plight of the Ukrainian Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant [ZNPP].

Need I say to anyone that a nuclear power plant without the qualified operators on hand is in great danger.

"Russia tells workers at Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant to stay home Friday (Update)"

From Hotair ^ | 08/18/2022 | John Sexton tip from Freeper.

"In case you missed earlier installments of this story, the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant is in territory controlled by Russia; however, the Ukrainian energy company, Energoatom, is still operating the plant. There have been reports that Russia is using the site to launch artillery attacks on the Ukrainian front lines, knowing the Ukrainians don’t dare fire back for fear of damaging the reactor. Earlier this month there was a report from Energoatom claiming that Major General Valerii Vasyliev, the Russian in charge of the surrounding area, had mined the facility and was threatening to blow it up rather than leave"

Consider in addition this very ominous pronouncement:

"A spokesman for Ukraine’s defense department told NBC News that Russian employees at the plant have been told not to show up for work on Friday 19 August]"

“There is new information, it arrived about half an hour ago, that for tomorrow, August 19, there is an order for the majority of the staff not to go to work,” [spokesman Andriy] Yusov told NBC News."

That is today comrades! Beware! OH mercy!



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Russian nuclear power plant [NPP] under attack? The Zaporizhzhia [ZNPP] Ukraine threatened and now the Russian Kursk NPP also?

NPP = Nuclear Power Plant.

Russian nuclear power plant endangered? Ukraine strikes back. Saboteurs at work!

"Ukraine targeted operation of Russian nuclear site – Moscow"

From 16 Aug, 2022 and thanks to same.

"Agents sent by Kiev disrupted the work of the Kursk Nuclear Power Station, security officials say"

"Ukraine targeted operation of Russian nuclear site – Moscow"

"Russia’s Federal Security Service said on Tuesday that a series of explosions earlier this month at high-voltage power lines used by the Kursk Nuclear Power Plant were carried out by Ukrainian saboteurs."

"The plant is located in Kursk Region, which borders eastern Ukraine. The blasts, which occurred on August 4, 9, and 12, 'led to a disruption of the technological process of the nuclear power plant’s functioning,' the FSB said. Six transmission towers were targeted overall. These towers transmit power from the plant to crucial infrastructure, such as industrial sites and transportation systems."


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Thursday, August 18, 2022


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Witchery the American Civil War? Witchery?

From the Internet web site and thanks to same.

"Civil War find could be rare ‘witch bottle’"

March 9, 2020.

"It seems an unremarkable discovery. But a bottle found by archaeologists on the site of an American Civil War redoubt may have had a supernatural purpose."

"Back in 2016, the William & Mary Center for Archaeological Research (WMCAR) conducted a project near Interstate 64 in Williamsburg, Virginia."

"Among their findings was a green bottle, next to the remains of a hearth built by Union troops at Redoubt 9. This was one of a series of small fortifications erected by the Confederates, but later occupied by Federal troops."

"Filled with iron nails, the bottle was initially thought to have been placed there for storage. But Oliver Mueller-Heubach and Robert Hunter, staff members at WMCAR, have theorized that it is likely to be a rare ‘witch bottle’."

"Originating in England during the Middle Ages, this type of talisman was introduced to North America by colonial immigrants."

"Placed next to a hearth, it was believed the heat would warm the inside of the bottle and trap malevolent forces."

Practitioners too of Celtic magic ritual even evidenced during the American Civil War? Eating the brains of a vanquished enemy a "ceremonious" custom engaged in by Confederate troops of the Irish heritage:

"Hence the ancient Irish were known to eat a portion of a slain enemy's brain. The head-hunting practices of Irish fighters continued until the mid-19th century, when early Irish immigrants to North America fighting for the Confederacy were known to have hunted the heads of Union soldiers."

I pass on that one!