Ukraine military chief says ‘limited’ nuclear war cannot be ruled out

Ukraine’s top military chief warned Wednesday that a “limited” nuclear war between Russia and the West cannot be discounted, a scenario with grave global implications.

 

Ukraine military chief says ‘limited’ nuclear war cannot be ruled out© Heidi Levine for The Washington Post

“There is a direct threat of the use, under certain circumstances, of tactical nuclear weapons by the Russian Armed forces,” commander in chief Valeriy Zaluzhnyi wrote in an article published by Ukrinform, a state-run media outlet. “It is also impossible to completely rule out the possibility of the direct involvement of the world’s leading countries in a ‘limited’ nuclear conflict, in which the prospect of World War III is already directly visible.”

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Greece, Germany agree on arms swap deal for Ukraine

ANKARA 

Greece and Germany have agreed on an arms swap deal for Ukraine, state media reported on Tuesday.

Athens will send older BMP-1 armored combat vehicles to Ukraine from its own stock, and Berlin in return will deliver newer Marder 1A3s to Greece, according to AMNA news agency.

The swap deal was earlier announced by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the end of a two-day meeting of EU leaders in Brussels.

Meanwhile, Greece’s main opposition party SYRIZA urged the government to “stop taking decisions on critical issues of national significance in secret.”

“It is inconceivable that Greek people hear this news from the German chancellor rather than the Greek prime minister, who said nothing of the fact in his own interview, ” the agency quoted a spokesperson as saying.

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Russian Defense Ministry claims shooting down 1 Ukrainian Su-25 fighter jet, 6 UAVs

MOSCOW

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday that it shot down Ukraine’s one Su-25 fighter jet and six unmanned aerial vehicles on Monday night.

Russia’s aviation, rocket forces, and artillery hit over 500 targets, ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said at a press briefing in Moscow.

Also, Ukraine’s 45 command points and 499 areas of concentration of manpower and military equipment, along with 46 firing positions of artillery and mortar batteries were hit by the Russian strikes.

The rocket forces destroyed 36 pieces of weapons and military equipment, including the Ukrainian battery of the Uragan (Hurricane) and Grad multiple launch rocket launchers, two ammunition depots, and one fuel depot.

“In total, since the beginning of the special military operation, 184 aircraft, 128 helicopters, 1,070 unmanned aerial vehicles, 325 air defense systems, 3,342 tanks and other armored combat vehicles, 454 multiple rocket launchers, 1,738 field artillery and mortar guns, as well as 3,311 units of special military vehicles have been destroyed,” Konashenkov added.

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Ukraine Is Just The Starting Point Of A Bigger Crisis

We are most likely at the outset of a crisis that will take time to resolve. It is apparent that Ukraine is just the starting point of a bigger crisis and observing how it unfolds is crtical.

Why should every Russian and Ukrainian be concerned about Russian-Ukrainian relations? To some sense, what is taking place is a delayed civil war, which could have occurred in the early 1990s with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, when the first generation of Russian and Ukrainian leaders claimed that they had escaped a brutal divorce like Yugoslavia, writes Andrey Sushentsov in Russia Today.

Everyone in Russia has relations in the adjacent country, so what is going on there is primarily a domestic political issue. If the Ukrainian government, for example, shuts Russian Orthodox churches or outlaws a pro-Russian opposition political organization, the news is broadcast on state television almost immediately, and Russian politicians give responses.

Each of the post-Soviet governments acquired independence on the same day, and each of them is an experiment in state-building and creating international and internal political policies in some fashion.

The following challenge highlights the uniqueness of the Ukrainian state experiment: how can the two cornerstones of Ukrainian statehood — Galician Ukraine and the eastern Russian population – be reconciled? The latest Maidan was won because individuals from the western regions had a stick in their hands and began to wield it in their discourse with those representing the east. The trajectory of the Ukrainian experiment demonstrates a progressive reduction in the existence and importance of Russian identity.

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Ukraine cites “force majeure,” cuts off one-third of Russian gas bound for Europe Thursday, May 12, 2022 by: JD Heyes Tags: chaos, Collapse, contract, cutoff, energy, Europe, European supplies, force majeure, Gazprom, military aid, natural gas, natural gas supplies, pipeline, risk, Russia, Ukraine, Ukrainian aid

(Natural News) The Ukrainian government has just made a move that is sure to disrupt Europe and move the continent closer to a third world war than at any time since the last global conflict ended.

Citing “force majeure” — that is, a common clause in contracts that frees both parties from liability or obligation stemming from an extraordinary event beyond their control (like a war) occurs — Kyiv’s move reduces the flow of natural gas from Russian giant Gazprom by at least one-third at a time when the European continent cannot easily replace the lost supplies.

The move was reported by Kremlin-aligned news agency Russia Today, which noted:

Russian gas conglomerate Gazprom has received no confirmation of force majeure or any obstacles to continued transit of gas through a junction in Lugansk Region, the company said on Tuesday, after Ukraine’s operator OGTSU announced it would halt further deliveries starting May 11, due to the presence of “Russian occupiers.”

Gas Transit Services of Ukraine (OGTSU) declared force majeure on Tuesday, saying that it was impossible to continue the transit of gas through a connection point and compressor station located in the Lugansk area. As OGTSU personnel “cannot carry out operational and technological control” over the Sokhranovka connector point and Novopskov compressor station, the company cannot continue to fulfill its contract obligations, it said. 

Natural gas from that connection point won’t be accepted into the transit system dissecting Ukraine beginning Wednesday morning, according to OGTSU. The report noted that Sokhrankovka comprises nearly one-third of all Russian gas that passes through Ukraine into Europe, or around 32.5 million cubic meters daily, the transit operators said.

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Ukrainian military says it hit 17 air targets on Saturday

Ukraine’s military said it hit 17 air targets on Saturday, according to a Telegram statement from the country’s Ministry of Defense (MoD), APA reports citing CNN.

The targets included three Russian aircraft, five cruise missiles and nine unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), according to the statement.

“Air Force and Land Forces anti-aircraft missiles struck nine operational-tactical drones, three aircraft and five cruise missiles,” the MoD statement read.

Earlier on Saturday, the MoD said on Telegram that at 10pm local time, soldiers in the Odesa region shot down two Russian cruise missiles fired from the Black Sea by a Russian ship heading towards the South Port.

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Biden’s Folly In Ukraine President Biden and the foreign policy uniparty are restoring the strategic condition Washington feared in 1940.

U.S. President Joe Biden gestures as he delivers remarks on the jobs report for the month of March from the State Dining Room of the White House on April 01, 2022. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Americans find it difficult to determine whether the Biden administration’s policy decisions regarding Ukraine are the product of a deliberate strategy, extraordinary incompetence, or some combination of both. Threatening Russia, a nuclear armed power, with regime change and then annunciating a nuclear weapons policy that allows for the United States’ first-strike use of nuclear weapons under “extreme circumstances”—responding to an invasion by conventional forces, or chemical or biological attacks—suggests President Biden and his administration really are out of touch with reality.

American voters instinctively grasp the truth that Americans have nothing to gain from a war with Russia, declared or undeclared. A short trip to almost any supermarket or gas station in America explains why. Last week, inflation hit its highest point in nearly 40 years and gas prices have skyrocketed since the conflict in Ukraine began.

Thanks to the Western media’s non-stop dissemination of unfavorable images of Russia’s leaders and its military, it would appear that President Biden is able to espouse any narrative that suits his purpose. Obscuring the true origins of this tragic conflict, however—NATO’s eastward expansion to include Ukraine—cannot alter strategic reality. Moscow can no more lose the war with Ukraine than Washington could lose a war with Mexico.

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Gas rationing, food vouchers and hunger are now being normalized for the war phase of the plandemic

(Natural News) As predicted, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is advancing the next phase of the plandemic, which involves widespread shortages of fuel and food that lead to mass starvation.

Already in Ukraine, residents are running out of food and medicine. And the economic fallout from this is spilling over into the rest of the world, too.

The chance of a U.S. recession in 2023, according to banking giant Goldman Sachs, has risen to 35 percent. Conversely, global growth indicators are being slashed as everything continues to move downwards amid the conflict.

War in Europe is no longer a theoretical situation but rather a certainty, economists say. And the situation is going to get really ugly and cause a lot of pain for millions of people – though probably not the people at the top, who are getting richer by the day.

The goal is to usher in a global financial reset, which is exactly what we are now seeing take place as Russia takes the blame for everything bad that is currently happening.

Inflation and the Wall Street / central banking corruption that created it has been happening for years now, long before Putin entered Ukraine. But they needed a scapegoat, so here we are.

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