Feature image: Kyiv troops heavy shelling of the Donbas western border
…from the New York Times – (6:23pm EST)
[ Editor’s Note: It is beginning to look like nothing slick is going to be arranged for cranking up a new Ukraine war. The US has been telegraphing its plans openly with daily false flag theoretical stories, and apparently creating what it wants to exist to force Russia’s hands. The Pentagon has been an echo chamber.
Someone may have decided that this is a good time for war. The Donbas people don’t want it. They have had enough of it. But they will fight because they have to.
Biden’s line was a goof, “A spike in shelling heightens fears that Russian may claim a pretext to invade”.
Dear Mr. President, if Zelensky is crazy enough to allow heavy shelling all along the Donbas line, many would view that as baiting for the Russians to come in. It is not a pretext.
If the situation were reversed, then Biden would be interceding because he would look weak if he did not. But here in the US we have been hearing the ‘an attack is imminent for days, and it doesn’t come.
Earlier the Russians even went so far as to finally tell everyone what it would take to force them to go in, an attack by Kyiv and the West on Donbas. Today we had the Kyiv pitiful nursery school shelling a false flag, with three staff injured but none of the kids, a very strange story.
And of course, the teachers only have ‘concussions’ so there will be no ‘wound’ photos. And we are to believe not a single social media post was put up from any of the kids’ parents, not a word to the media, and no phone interviews we would be having translated for us tonight.
Here is the South Front story on it with some video.
Biden’s ‘false flag’ might have been a US-Ukie creation. We will know soon enough… Jim W. Dean ]
First published February 17, 2021
KYIV, Ukraine — A dramatic spike in shelling up and down the front line between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists on Thursday raised fears that a conflict that until now has consisted almost entirely of saber-rattling may now offer Moscow the kind of pretext the United States says it is looking for to invade.
Perhaps most worrisome, the separatists claimed that they had come under fire from the Ukrainians — precisely the sort of incident Western officials have warned Russia might try to use to justify military action. Moscow has long invoked what it says is its obligation to protect ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine.
The uptick in hostilities came as the United States and Russia traded conflicting claims about whether Russian forces were really pulling back from the Ukrainian border, as Moscow has insisted.
On Thursday, artillery shells struck a town on the Ukrainian government-controlled side of a war with Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, damaging a kindergarten and wounding three adult civilians, the Ukrainian military said.
And Leonid Pasechnik, head of the Russian separatists’ self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic, accused the Ukrainian Armed Forces of “massive strikes on civilians.” That claim could not be independently verified.