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West Leads Local Conflict In Donbass Towards Global Nuclear War
South Front, Mar 22 2023

During the state visit of the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping to Moscow, London announced the imminent supply to Ukraine of ammunition using depleted uranium. The West must bear the primary responsibility for leading what was a local conflict in the Donbass towards a global nuclear war. Another phase of the conflict began in Feb 2022, when Russia launched its special military operation to protect the Donbass’s Russian-speaking residents from the Kiev regime’s aggression. The West immediately declared support for Ukraine by non-lethal means and equipment. Shortly afterwards, the West began supplying Kiev with defensive weapons. Further, the West armed Ukrainian forces with offensive weapons, including US-made HIMARS MLRS. Thereon, NATO decided to supply heavy military equipment to Ukraine, including its main battle tanks. They are now preparing supplies of combat aircraft and the most advanced weapons systems. On Mar 21 2023, Great Britain announced that they would supply ammunition manufactured using depleted uranium, designed to more easily penetrate tank armour, albeit highly toxic. The modus operandi of the West demonstrates that the next step will probably be to send NATO troops to the Ukrainian front, or to supply nuclear weapons to the Kiev regime. Russian President Putin and Xi Jinping of China reacted sharply to London’s announcement:

While the Chinese President and I were discussing the possibility of implementing the Chinese peace plan, and the Chinese President devoted considerable attention to his peace initiatives during our one-on-one conversation yesterday, the UK deputy defense minister announced that the UK would supply not only tanks to Ukraine, but also depleted uranium shells. It seems that the West really has decided to fight Russia to the last Ukrainian, no longer in words but in deeds. But in this regard, I would like to note that if all this comes to pass, then Russia will have to respond accordingly. What I mean is that the collective West is already starting to use weapons with a nuclear component.

The leaders of China and Russia objectively assess the risk of the conflict in Ukraine escalating into a global war. Their joint statements and signed documents are filled with theses on the need to jointly counter the aggressive imperialist policy of the US and NATO. In fact, the talks between Moscow and Beijing were the first real step in the formation of a new military-political alliance in Eurasia. London has well contributed to this process.

Sino-Russian Technological And Military Cooperation Exponentially Strengthens Both Superpowers’ Capabilities
Drago Bosnic, South Front, Mar 22 2023

After the end of the (First) Cold War and the start of what Francis Fukuyama dubbed the “End of History,” the world seemed firmly in the hands of the political West. For the next two to three decades, this resulted in one of the most disastrous and unstable periods in recent human history, with the political West ravaging much of the world, while most of the rest was held under near-constant self-defeating subservience. The US-led power pole engaged in what can only be described as war hopping, starting one aggression after another, or worse yet, several consecutive invasions against countries on multiple continents, with its numerous vassals and satellite states sending auxiliary forces or at the very least providing support in logistics and financing. America’s superiority was both quantitative and qualitative, leaving nearly everyone else far behind. The only exception was Russia, whose only advantage was its massive strategic arsenal, the last vestige of the (First) Cold War that kept the US from exerting absolute dominance.

Moscow’s main trump card was also the world’s trump card, providing precious several decades of peace to other sovereign-minded powers, primarily China. Beijing’s meteoric rise to superpower status would have been all but impossible without it and the Asian giant’s leadership is well aware of this. It could be said that both Russia and China “have each other’s backs,” with the cooperation reaching unprecedented levels, not seen in approximately 60 years. Not counting the purely ideological “cold war” in the aftermath of the Sino-Soviet split, the relationship between Moscow and Beijing has been cordial at worst. However, in the last 30 years, particularly since President Putin consolidated Russia’s geopolitical standing, this relationship has transformed into a fully-fledged strategic alliance in virtually every aspect, truly limitless, as Putin and Xi Jinping recently described. Since the early 1990s, Russia has transferred copious amounts of its massive technological know-how, particularly in military tech, helping push China’s defense capabilities nearly half a century ahead in less than a decade.

The result was quite positive for Beijing, but was seen with contempt in Washington DC, which loathes the idea of having to deal with “another Soviet Union”, especially after investing nearly half a century into dismantling the original and after the Clinton administration announced the US will “never let the rise of another superpower” with the equivalent or close to the power of the USSR. However, despite US attempts to prevent it, exactly this happened. Russia, at first a mere shadow of its former glory and essentially dismissed as a “done deal” by the political West, started regaining its strength, but this time not as a socialist empire, but perhaps the world’s premier realpolitik superpower. With such an approach, Moscow kept most of its historic geopolitical partnerships and was also able to expand them, including with China. President Xi Jinping’s latest visit, the first foreign trip he went on after being reelected for his third term, serves as a testament to this growing alliance.

The superpowers signed over a dozen key strategic agreements outlying the prospects of their unprecedented cooperation by the end of this decade and beyond. Apart from the growing trade exchange, which is racing towards $200b annually, one of the key aspects of this is a technological and military partnership. China and Russia will further expand their cooperation in areas such as information technologies and advanced AI, involving approximately 80 new projects assessed at over $165b. This includes aircraft and machine tools manufacturing, space research and strengthening of military cooperation, including further unification of Moscow’s and Beijing’s know-how. In a joint statement, the (Eur)Asian giants reiterated their commitment to regularly conduct bilateral naval and aerial patrols, as well as regular military exercises, expand cooperation within and beyond the framework of existing bilateral agreements and deepen mutual trust and interoperability between their armed forces.

One particularly important segment of this growing alliance is the exchange of military technologies in which both countries excel. China’s impressive strides in microelectronics and semiconductors are of great interest to Russia, while Moscow’s traditionally world-class expertise in rocket/missile and space technologies is greatly appreciated in Beijing. This includes the latest Chinese developments in new network-centric capabilities, with drone swarms being of particular interest for Russia, which could provide key tactical advantages on the battlefield. Moscow has certainly developed a plethora of its own similar capabilities, but getting Beijing to participate in these efforts will help expand the said capabilities even further. On the other hand, China is greatly interested in Russia’s unrivaled hypersonic technologies, especially naval, as the primary threat to its security and development comes from the belligerent thalassocratic powers of the political West and their regional vassals.

Russian military expert Andrei Martyanov outlined the virtually unknown (to the vast majority of mainstream media) aspects of this cooperation, including the immediate threat that the AUKUS represents for Beijing. With virtually all of China’s Tier 1 cities and provinces being exposed to naval aggression from the US, the Asian giant is seeking ways to nullify this possibility or at the very least push it to a minimum. Of particular concern is the US Navy’s AGM-158 JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile), a stealthy air-launched cruise missile deployed by American CBG (carrier battle groups), including the 2000-km range JASSM-XR variant. And while such missiles can hardly be considered comparable to the latest Chinese weapons, they are relatively cheap (by US standards) and numerous (at least 2000 procured by USAF and USN), providing a strong first-strike capability for Washington DC. According to Martyanov, precisely this was very likely one of the key topics of the behind-closed-doors talks between Russian and Chinese delegations.

Top US Lawmaker Exposes Weaknesses In American Defense Industry
Lucas Leiroz, South Front, Mar 22 2023

America’s desire of war may be hindered by its own ability to produce weapons. According to an important American politician, the country would not be able to produce weapons fast enough to protect its allies in a conflict scenario. The report comes after several analysts commented on the unsustainability of Washington’s warmongering. It remains to be seen whether the evident weakness of the defense industry will be sufficient reason to change the government’s pro-war policy. According to the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the US House, Michael McCaul, the military industrial sector is unable to produce weapons “fast enough” to guarantee the security of partner states.

The parliamentarian mentioned the example of Taiwan, with which Washington has a series of military agreements. McCaul told a media outlet during an interview that he “signed off on weapons three years ago that have yet to go into country.” In addition, he says that Taiwan is “incapable of fighting their own war if invaded.” The politician criticized the fact that the agreements signed by the US are time-consuming, always established in the long term, and even having multiple delays. For him, it would be necessary to keep production at constant levels, always sending weapons to the allies, thus ensuring that they are prepared for possible war situations. In this sense, continuing on the topic of Taiwan, McCaul also stressed the importance of safeguarding Taipei has enough weapons to defend itself against a “Chinese invasion.” McCaul said during the interview:

When we sell an ally or somebody like Taiwan our foreign military sales. Why does it take three years? Why don’t we have any weapons systems in country right now to provide a deterrent to Chairman Xi from invading? Because, the fact is, we don’t. And I don’t think (Blinken) can answer that question other than to say our defense industrial base system is broken and we can’t make these weapons fast enough.

McCaul’s words are important because they endorse an analysis that has been made by several military experts, who point out that Washington is not capable of simultaneously protecting all of its allies. The situation has become particularly serious with the Ukrainian conflict. Due to the systematic sending of weapons to Kiev, Americans and Europeans are running out of stocks and endangering their own defense arsenals, thus making their ability to help other nations in possible conflict situations very questionable. The policy of military support for the neo-Nazi regime in Kiev is creating a vicious cycle in the American defense industry. The country is depleting its stockpiles and replenishing them just in order to send even more weapons to Ukrainian forces, not worrying to maintain sufficient strategic reserves to guarantee its own security and that of the non-Ukrainian partners. Currently, the capacity of the American defense industry is virtually restricted to the production of equipment to be used by Ukrainian soldiers, which is absolutely anti-strategic for the country.

US politicians make decisions without considering the capabilities of defense companies. These businessmen, in turn, aim at profit and want more and more military contracts to be signed, as they do not take into account what is strategically best for the US and its allies, but just want to make gains with arms production, speculation and sales. With this, an extremely dangerous scenario is created, as the US has openly encouraged the internationalization of the Ukrainian conflict, trying to make countries like Georgia and Moldavia to join the war, as well as, in parallel, has been preparing for a possible confrontation against China in Taiwan. In this situation, the American defense industry should be strong enough to supply weapons not only to regular American troops and allies that would face China, but also to non-NATO countries that would join the conflict in Eurasia, in the same way it has been doing with Ukraine. Considering McCaul’s reports, that would certainly be unfeasible.

There are a number of explanations to understand this. As the parliamentarian mentioned, the problem is old, given that until now Taiwan has not received some weapons purchased three years ago. So, this situation did not start with Russia’s special military operation. It is something that has been developing during the last few decades. Despite trillionaire spending on defense, the US has been experiencing serious problems of corruption and embezzlement of money for clandestine activities. Also, entrepreneurs in the military-industrial complex sometimes deliberately delay manufacturing or even retain fabricated equipment in order to raise concerns on the part of allied countries, and thus increase financial speculation over new weapons that will be launched in the future. The absence of internal organization and a cohesive strategy has generated the current institutional chaos. It is hoped that these reports will be reason enough to convince US officials that it is not possible to keep the country active on several fronts, sending weapons in a proxy war against Russia and in parallel facing China in Asia. The military-industrial complex is extremely rich and profits from wars, but these profits do not necessarily mean a military strength for the US and its allies.

Losing Positions On Donbass Front Lines, Kiev Strikes Crimea
South Front, Mar 21 2023

Since the Ukrainian military is yet to achieve any strategic success on the Donbass front lines, Kiev forces continue indiscriminate shelling of civilians in the DPR and LPR, Crimea as well as in the Russian border regions. On the evening of Mar 20, Russian air defense forces shot down several Ukrainian UAVs which simultaneously targeted the town of Dzhankoy in the north of Crimea. The Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine announced the “destruction” of Russian Kalibr-NK cruise missiles during their transportation by the rail. However, no evidence has been provided so far. While any damage to any military facility is yet to be confirmed, the wreckage of the intercepted UAVs damaged one civilian house and the local shop. One civilian was wounded. Crimea was targeted with the Chinese Mugin-5 commercial drones, but they were upgraded with US-made propeller blades. The UAVs were filled with shrapnel and their targets were civilian facilities. Kiev attempted to harm as many civilians as possible. Regular shelling of the border regions of Russia does not stop. Peaceful villages of the Bryansk and Kursk regions came under Ukrainian mortar fire again. Daily strikes continued in the city of Donetsk, where several houses were destroyed. Fortunately, civilian casualties were avoided over the past day.

Meanwhile, on the front lines, Russian forces are coming closer to the encirclement of the Ukrainian grouping in Avdiivka, from where Ukrainian forces are shelling the residential quarters in Donetsk. North of the town, Russian units broke through Ukrainian defenses and gained a stronghold in the eastern part of the village of Stepovoe. The strategically important railway used for military supplies of the Ukrainian garrison was cut off. On the north-eastern outskirts of Avdiivka, Russian forces entered Kamenka and launched the mop up operation on the streets. Russian advance was also reported to the south of Avdiivka. They broke through Ukrainian defenses north of Opytne and approached the southern districts of the town. In the north-west of Bakhmut, the Wagner units are still storming Ukrainian positions in Orekhovo-Vasilevka despite heavy mortar and artillery fire. Fierce battles for control of the Konstantinovka-Bakhmut highway continue on the outskirts of Krasnoe. In the southern Sobachevka district in Bakhmut, Wagner fighters advanced and straightened the front line along Mariupol Street. At the same time, in the Budenovka district, Russian forces approached the outskirts of the stadium, forcing the Ukrainian units to retreat. In the north of Bakhmut, the plant nursery and the Fantasia construction site came under Russian control.

In other regions, the front lines did not change. Ukrainian forces attempted several counter-attacks in the Zaporozhie and Krasny Liman regions, but failed to achieve any success.

Landmine Blast Wounds Two Israeli Soldiers On Front With Lebanon
South Front, Mar 21 2023

On Mar 21, two Israeli soldiers were wounded when a landmine exploded for unknown reasons near the separation line with Lebanon. In a statement, the IOF said that the landmine exploded during “routine engineering activity,” adding that there was no fear of the incident being an attack. An investigation to find out what set off the mine and why it was not detected by the soldiers had been launched. The two wounded soldiers were taken to Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya. One of them was listed in moderate but stable condition, while the other was slightly hurt. Ali Shoeib, a reporter for Al-Manar, published videos of the aftermath of the incident on Twitter. One of the videos shows a wounded Israeli soldier being carried on a stretcher to a Merkava IV main battle tank:

A second video shows a another wounded soldier being walked to a military jeep:

The reporter and a number of Lebanese activists said that one of the wounded Israeli soldiers lost his leg in the landmine blast. They alleged that IOF troops kept looking for the missing leg more than 24 hours after the incident. The incident came following a rare clash between Lebanese and Israeli soldiers along the separation line. On Mar 5, Lebanon troops pushed back an IDF patrol that violated the line at the village of Aita al-Shaab in south Lebanon by a meter. The separation line between Israel and Lebanon is infested with landmines, most of which were planted by Israeli troops a long time ago. The IDF is currently constructing a wall along the line, mainly to limit Hezbollah’s freedom of movement. Work on the line is expected to end within two years.

Russian Retaliation Strikes Hit Odessa Region
South Front, Mar 21 2023

On the evening of Mar 21, sirens sounded in the Ukrainian Odessa and Kharkiv regions. Residents of Odessa reported at least one missile strike on a city infrastructure facility. Clouds of smoke are seen rising on the city outskirts. The explosion was confirmed by the footage from the spot. The speaker of the Odessa military administration, Sergei Bratchuk, called for “praying for Ukrainian air defense forces.” However, his prayer did not help. One of the targets hit by Russian forces was likely the Shkolny airfield located on the outskirts of Odessa. On March 20, Ukrainian UAVs launched from this airfield targeted the Crimean peninsula:

Explosions also reportedly thundered in several other districts of Odessa. Large fire broke out near the village of Tairovo:

According to unconfirmed reports, the bridge in Zatoka in the Odessa region was also hit again by Russian forces. Russian precision strikes may continue in the coming hours. More details are likely to be revealed.

View From Russian Orlan-10 UAV On Ukrainian Attempts To Strike It With MANPADs
South Front, Mar 21 2023

Another archive video showed a Russian Orlan-10 UAV surviving a Ukrainian strike with an anti-aircraft missile over the special military operation zone in Ukraine. Earlier, numerous similar videos confirmed impotence of Ukrainian forces to struck the Russian UAV, including with the foreign weapons. In the video, the missile, reportedly a man-portable air-defense system (MANPAD), passes next to the drone. However, it fails to inflict any damage. The drone continue its reconnaissance mission after the attack. The Orlan-10, which was developed by Russia’s Special Technology Center, has a flight duration of 16 hours and a range of 140 km. The drone can be equipped with several types of sensors to carry out a set of different missions including reconnaissance, 3D-mapping, electronic warfare and communication relay. Orlan-10 drones have been supporting the Russian special military operation in Ukraine since it started. More than 1k are known to be in service with the Russian military. Ukraine received thousands of MANPADs, including more than 1.6k American-made FIM-92 Stinger missiles, from the US and other NATO members in the months leading to the Russian special military operation, and after the start of the operation. Kiev forces also received several vehicle-mounted short-range air defense systems, including British-made Stormer HVM, French-made Crotale and American-made Stormer HVM. Despite all the support provided by the NATO, Ukraine is still struggling to rebuild its air defense capabilities. Russia says that it has destroyed more than 400 air defense systems of Kiev forces since the start of the special military operation in February.

Political West Doubles Down On ‘Russia Kidnapping Children’ Propaganda Narrative
Drago Bosnic, South Front, Mar 21 2023

With any credible evidence of alleged Russian mass kidnappings of children from former Ukraine sorely lacking, in order to justify this propaganda narrative, as well as give at least some ostensible “credence” to the recent ICC indictment against President Putin, the mainstream propaganda machine is mobilizing all of its forces. Supposed “horror stories” of the “ordeal” these kids and their parents “have to go through” are aiming to cause an emotional reaction and present Russia and its leadership as “monstrous” as they could possibly be. One such “horror story” was published by The Guardian on March 19, just two days after the Hague-based “court” issued an arrest warrant for Putin and Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, Presidential Commissioner for Children’s Rights. According to The Guardian, Yevgen Mezhevyi, a 40-year-old Ukrainian citizen now living in Riga (Latvia), claims his children were “abducted and forcibly transferred” to Russia last year. Mezhevyi’s children were apparently taken while he was serving prison time in the DNR due to his three-year service in the Kiev regime forces (2016-2019), including in the notorious Yavoriv military base in the west of the country, infamous for the training of various openly neo-Nazi units. According to his own admission, Yevgen Mezhevyi knew that the Russian military would be apprehending all former and current members of such Nazi-inspired cohorts, so he tried to hide his past and even threw away his uniforms in an attempt to leave no trace of his time in the Kiev regime forces. He claims that after Russian forces entered the city, Mezhevyi, his son Matvii (13) and daughters Sviatoslava (9) and Oleksandra (7) were “taken” by Russian soldiers and evacuated to Vinogradnoye, a village to the south-east of Mariupol. There, humanitarian volunteers offered assistance to Mezhevyi and his family, so they “stayed there for a while.” Yevgen didn’t specify for how long. But then, he lamented:

One day, after we were taken to a checkpoint and searched, a Russian official saw something in my document.

Mezhevyi was obviously referring to the fact that the official found evidence of his time in the Neo-Nazi junta forces. Mezhevyi was sent to a prison near the town of Olenovka, approximately 20 km southwest of Donetsk, where he remained for 45 days. Despite the fact that he could have easily been sentenced to long-term prison time for this, Mezhevyi was released after 45 days. In the meantime, his children were evacuated to Russia, as the Kiev regime forces, in which he served for three years, never stopped shelling the Donbass republics and other areas. Mezhevyi claims to have tried to get a job, but gave up after his son Matvii called him, allegedly saying that “the camp” he and his sisters were in “was closing in five days” and that “we have to either go to a foster family or an orphanage.” Using the word “camp” for the facilities Mezhevyi’s children were housed in is quite intentional, as the obvious goal is to present Russia in the worst light possible. Apparently, the alternative was to leave the children completely alone in the DNR, where they would’ve been targeted by the Neo-Nazi junta forces, in the case of which Moscow would also be “guilty” for not evacuating them. It seems you can’t win if you’re Russian. Mezhevyi claims:

I understood there was no time to look for a job. I needed to take the risk, travel to Russia and get them out of there, as soon as possible. Thank God, there are volunteers who helped me get to Moscow. It was very hard to cross into Russia from the occupied territories and I was interrogated, again and again, even though I had already spent 45 days in their prison and I just wanted to get my children. But no one cared about that. Eventually, I crossed into Russia and got on a train to Moscow.

It’s quite interesting how the apparent “Mordor of our time” let Mr Mezhevyi cross the border and undertake the “risky journey” where the “Evil Empire” even lets “volunteers” help people find their children, “kidnapped” for whatever reason. After he arrived in Moscow, Mezhevyi was contacted by Alexey Gazaryan, an official working at a children’s ombudsman office, managed by Maria Lvova-Belova, for whom the ICC issued an arrest warrant, along with President Putin. Apparently, Gazaryan told Mezhevyi that “he didn’t mind him taking his children back, but that he needed to get a permit” from DNR social services. The head of DNR social services, Elena Maiboroda, called Gazaryan and agreed, so on Jun 20, around 11 pm, Mezhevyi arrived at “the camp” on the outskirts of Moscow. He claims he was “interrogated” by at least five people, including Gazaryan, a psychologist, a nurse and the head of “the camp,” who “made him” fill out dozens of papers. Mezhevyi “managed” to cross into Latvia with his children with the help of “volunteers.” The Guardian claims he “still struggles” to understand how, among the documents that the Russians “forced” his son to sign, there was also a certificate asking the child to transfer the custody of himself and his sister back to their father. The wording is obviously a pitiful attempt to portray Russian officials as supposed “monsters” for following their own legal procedures, which, in fact, are less strict than in most Western countries. The article claims that Mezhevyi’s family has been reunited, “but only after he undertook a risky journey over the border to rescue them.” This implies that they had to be “rescued,” given his “ordeal,” including the “incredibly risky” task of “forced” signing of documents. It seems only in Russia “genocide” is conducted by getting the children safely evacuated from an active warzone to a summer camp and then helping the father, an enemy combatant, to pick them up and go wherever he pleases.

London To Arm Ukrainian Forces With Depleted Uranium Shells
South Front, Mar 21 2023

The UK will transfer depleted uranium ammunition to Ukrainian militants. London’s intention to supply the Kiev regime with dangerous radioactive weapons was announced by Deputy Defense Minister Annabelle Goldie on Mar 20 (above). Depleted uranium has a high mass density, due to which such ammunition provides a high armor-piercing effect and causes significant destruction to any obstacles. For the countries which have accumulated depleted uranium reserves, this is a cheaper material to produce such ammunition than for example, from tungsten. The use of depleted uranium in armor-piercing shells was first started by Nazi Germany, which was experiencing a shortage of tungsten. In the 1970s, the US began developing such shells intended to fight the new Soviet tanks. US troops used depleted uranium shells during Operation Desert Storm, during the bombing of Yugoslavia and during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Today, the armour piercing rounds which contain depleted uranium are used with the US-made Abrams tanks, as well as German Leopard 2 and British Challenger 2 tanks.

Although the use of these missiles is not prohibited, their danger to health has been proven. The countries which are actively using them, including NATO, the US and UK, assure that the material is harmless, although a number of experts claim that it infects the environment and lead to outbreaks of cancer. When a projectile hits, its part turns into plasma, which is the greatest danger due to the uranium dust. For example, experts concluded that due to the depleted uranium shells used during the bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999 by the NATO military, 60 more future generations of Serbs will feel negative consequences for their health. There, hundreds of children are diagnosed with oncological diseases every year, out of 400 who fall ill every year, 60 people cannot be saved. Such a number of oncological diseases had never been observed in Serbia before the NATO bombing. Iraqi children also began to suffer from hitherto unknown and rare diseases that are associated specifically with the American bombing.

The Kiev regime has been fighting its own people in the Donbas for nine years, killing children and civilians every day. Today, it is ready to bombard these regions with depleted uranium, polluting the territory for several decades. At the same time, Zelensky constantly shouts that Ukraine is fighting for “the liberation of its land from Russian aggressors.” That’s a lie! The only goal of this war unleashed by the West is the destruction of Russian statehood, and the complete destruction of Donbass, the lives and health of millions of people, is not a high price for the Anglo-Saxon globalist elite. Supply of depleted uranium ammunition is another clear evidence of their true goals.

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