Was bombing of Mariupol theater staged by Ukrainian Azov extremists to trigger NATO intervention?

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GrayZone.com – It took two days for gangs of Azov and Ukrainian Army to round up to 400 local Russian speakers. They were moved into the Mariupol theatre where explosive charges were laid and it was blown up.  This video is from when the Azov Bn. did the same thing in Odessa in 2014 and they are planning it again, this time they will get every Jew remaining in Ukraine.

This war crime and mass murder of women and children was carefully coordinated with NATO-funded “fact-checkers” and “disinformation fighters” from organizations across Europe.  All of these organizations are run by right-wing groups originally funded and trained through Washington “think tanks” and the Israel lobby.

One hundred died instantly, 200 died in the rubble.  There were no rescue attempts allowed as Azov/Ukrainian Army “observers” fired on anyone trying to pull people from the rubble.

Of course this same scenario was played out in 2014 in Odessa.


Read it here:

Was bombing of Mariupol theater staged by Ukrainian Azov extremists to trigger NATO intervention?

By Max Blumenthal for GrayZone

Western media have reported that Russia’s military deliberately attacked the Donetsk Academic Regional Drama theater in Mariupol, Ukraine, claiming that it was filled with civilians and marked with signs reading “children” on its grounds.

The supposed bombing took place just as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appealed to US Congress for a no-fly zone, fueling the chorus for a direct military confrontation with Russia and apparently inspiring President Joseph Biden to brand Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, as a “war criminal.”

A closer look reveals that local residents in Mariupol had warned three days before the March 16 incident that the theater would be the site of a false flag attack launched by the openly neo-Nazi Azov Battalion, which controlled the building and the territory around it.

Civilians that escaped the city through humanitarian corridors have testified that they were held by Azov as human shields in area, and that Azov fighters detonated parts of the theater as they retreated. Despite claims of a massive Russian airstrike that reduced the building to ashes, all civilians appear to have escaped with their lives.

Video of the attack on the theater remains unavailable at the time of publication; only photographs of the damaged structure can be viewed. The Russian Ministry of Defense has denied conducting an airstrike on the theater, asserting that the site had no military value and that no sorties were flown in the area on March 16.

While the Russian military operation in Ukraine has triggered a humanitarian crisis in Mariupol, it is clear that Russia gained nothing by targeting the theater and virtually guaranteed itself another public relations blow by targeting a building filled with civilians – including ethnic Russians.

Azov, on the other hand, stood to benefit from a dramatic and grisly attack blamed on Russia. In full retreat all around Mariupol and facing the possibility of brutal treatment at the hands of a Russian military hellbent on “de-Nazification,” its fighters’ only hope seemed to lie in triggering direct NATO intervention.

The same sense of desperation informed Zelensky’s carefully scripted address to Congress, in which he invoked Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech and played a heavily produced video depicting civilian suffering to make the case for a no fly zone.

By instigating Western public outrage over grisly Russian war crimes, Ukraine’s government is clearly aiming to generate enough pressure to overcome the Biden administration’s reluctance to directly confront Russia’s military.

But Kiev’s most emotionally potent allegation so far – that Russia deliberately bombed innocent children cowering inside a theater – has been undercut by testimonies from Mariupol residents and a widely viewed Telegram message explicitly foreshadowing a false flag attack on the building.

Children undergo military training at a summer camp run by the Azov Battalion in 2015

Azov Battalion fighters grow desperate in Mariupol, a plea for Western military intervention

The strategic southeastern port city of Mariupol has been held by the Azov Battalion since 2014. Since its seizure, it has served as a political and military base for the ultra-nationalist paramilitary as it launched assaults on pro-Russian separatists in the breakaway republic of Donetsk.

Gathered from the ranks of extreme-right activists that provided protesters with street muscle during the 2013-14 Euromaidan coup, the Azov Battalion has been formally incorporated into the Ukrainian National Guard by the country’s Interior Ministry. It was founded by the openly fascist organizer Andriy Biletsky, who has vowed to “lead the white races of the world in a final crusade … against Semite-led Untermenschen.”

With the Nazi-inspired Wolfsangel symbol emblazoned on their uniforms and flags, Azov fighters make no secret of their ideological goals. Despite having been identified by the FBIUS Congress, and its own fighters as a neo-Nazi unit, and implicated in an array of sordid human rights violations, Azov has collaborated openly with US and Canadian military trainers.

Having accused Azov of seeking to exterminate the ethnic Russians of Donbas, Putin has marked its base in Mariupol as the front line of his stated campaign to “de-Nazify” Ukraine. Since Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine, the city become the site of ferocious urban fighting, with Russian special forces and Donetsk People’s Republic People’s Militia forces waging a block-by-block fight for control as artillery rained down on Azov positions.

On March 7, an Azov Battalion commander named Denis Prokopenko appeared on camera from Mariupol with an urgent message. Published on Azov’s official YouTube channel and delivered in English over the sound of occasional artillery launches, Prokopenko declared that the Russian military was carrying out a “genocide” against the population of Mariupol, which happens to be 40 percent ethnic Russian.

Prokopenko then demanded that Western nations “create a no-fly zone over Ukraine support[ed] with the modern weapons.” It was clear from Prokopenko’s plea that Azov’s position was growing direr by the day.

As Russia’s military rapidly degraded Azov positions throughout the second week of March 2022, Azov soldiers apparently directed elderly civilians as well as women and children into the wardrobe hall of the Donetsk Academic Regional Drama Theater in Mariupol.

A video filmed inside the dimly lit building on March 11 featured a local man claiming that one thousand civilians were trapped inside and demanding a humanitarian corridor to allow them to escape. Only a small group of civilians could be seen in the video, however.

“I’m begging you to stop all this, give us the corridor to get people out, to get out women, kids, the wounded…” a bespectacled narrator (seen below) declared in the video.

Azov soldier (L) appears on March 11 with a local man outside the Mariupol theater

Since Russia launched its invasion, Azov Battalion soldiers have been filmed preventing civilians from leaving Mariupol – even forcing men out of their cars and brutally assaulting them while they attempted to break through the paramilitary’s checkpoints. If testimony from many Mariupol residents was to be believed, Azov had used many of them as human shields.

Days before the Mariupol theater incident, chilling warnings of a false flag “provocation”

On March 12, a chilling message appeared on the Telegram channel of Dmitriy Steshen, a correspondent reporting from Mariupol for the Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda.

According to Steshen, local residents told him an alleged Russian bombing of the Turkish-built Kanuni Sultan Suleyman mosque in Mariupol that day was a false flag intended to “drag Turkey into the war,” and warned that a false flag attack on the Mariupol Drama Theater was imminent.

The Telegram message read as follows:

“Look at what our readers from Mariupol sent us. If the information can be verified, it needs to be highlighted [for the media]:

‘Zelensky prepares two [false flag] provocations in Mariupol!!! One of the [false flag] provocation is against the citizens of Turkey, who hid in the mosque built by Akhmetov, and this provocation has already begun by the Ukrainian artillery gunners shelling the grounds of the mosque, from their positions at [Zinsteva] Balka in Nizhniaya [Lower] Kirvoka. Zelensky was unable to drag the EU, USA, and UK into the war against the Russian Federation. Now, Zelensky is trying to drag Turkey into the war, pinning his hopes on the explosive emotional character and the love the faithful feel for their sacred shrines. 

The second [false flag] provocation Zelensky is preparing for use by Western media, after unsuccessful provocation with the [Mariupol] maternity hospital, Ukrainian soldiers, together with the administration of the Drama Theater, gathered women, children, and the elderly from Mariupol in the Drama Theater building, so as to – given a good opportunity – detonate the building and then scream around the world that this was by the Russian Federation air force and that there should be an immediate ‘no-fly zone’ over Ukraine.’”

Steshin’s message recounting the warnings from Mariupol residents has been seen by over 480,000 Telegram users. It is below and can also be viewed here.

On March 12, Western outlets like the Associated Press repeated Ukrainian government claims that the Turkish mosque in Mariupol had been shelled by Russia with 80 civilians inside, including children.

However, Turkish state media revealed that the Ukrainian government had misled Western reporters. The Kanuni Sultan Suleyman Mosque was not only fully intact, it had never been hit by Russian fire.

“Our mosque remained undamaged,” Ismail Hacioglu, head of the mosque’s association, told Turkey’s Andalou Agency on March 12.

Still filled with civilians, the Mariupol theater was next on somebody’s target list.

Source:  GrayZone.com 

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Ukraine a Cheap Proxy against Orthodox Russia , which was just asking for more respect ! But the spirit of Satan children made these mad men jews in Ukraine shedding the blood of human , just because they have been borned russian or their language was russian. That is NAZISM alcoholism and vampirism and I think President Putin had no other chance as to fire khinzal on these smelly jewish Ukraine !

  2. Western MSM blames all of this on Russia. How would Russia benefit from blowing up a theater filled with children? As Mark Twain said, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”

    We’re all waiting for the next shoe to drop, like the USS Sitting Duck getting blown up in the Black Sea. That will force the USA into a catastrophic war with Russia that will go nuclear within hours. The same folks who brought us 9/11 and all the wars of this century would pull this off in a heartbeat. May Heaven preserve us all from the wrath of the chosenites.

  3. Fighters of Chechen units showed two terrorists from Azov today. See how these animals want to live! In the video, one militant is shaking with horror/cold and begging his brothers to lay down their weapons. Shouts “Ahmad is Power!” (the motto of the Chechen soldiers). He is ready to sell his mother, just to save his skin. Because he knows that Chechens can saw off his head with a blunt knife for a long time.
    And this bastard should be destroyed all over Ukraine.

    https://m.rusvesna.su/news/1648216346

    • The people in America do not understand the deep seated national, ethnic and religious hatreds that have built up among Europeans over many generations, including the terror and brutality shown by all sides. It’s in the history books. Americans have a distorted good guy-bad guy view of the world where they are always the good guys…..from a distance. We have never been subjected to bombs falling on us or up close brutality since the Civil War. We are really clueless chumps. Biden is no better than the rest. He never fought in a war or had his family brutalized in one. Yes, one of his sons died as a volunteer for nothing. This mess in Eastern Europe must play out until a conclusion among the Europeans. We are really better served staying home and pretending and hoping that good will win out.

    • @Mihail:
      I said that the Nazi from Azov probably knows that the Chechens CAN chop off his head. And what makes you think that a Russian soldier (Chechen) enjoys an interview? Do you know how cruel the Nazis from the Ukrainian Azov can be? So it’s still unclear which death is easier.
      The fact that Chechnya has become one of the most loyal regions is Putin’s merit. That this war has been stopped. And I know for sure: the entire Muslim world in Russia and beyond, without any doubt, is united with the Russians in the fight against fascism and Nazism!
      P. S. Is it a full moon now? A colleague here accused me of some presidential nonsense yesterday, today you attributed to me cutting off the heads. Don’t miss taking pills, guys! 😎😁

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