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Jim W. Dean - Somehow some resistance to this madness has to surface or we are all going to pay for the looming disaster.
After 8 years of opening proceedings, there is still no accused for the 2014 coup in Kiev in which Georgian mercenary snipers fired on the crowd, nor for the massacres in the pro-Russian Donbass carried out by the neo-Nazis of the Azov Battalion.
Civilians leave Azovstal. Serbia sanctions pressure. Pelosi and Schiff visit Elensky. Update 2.
Washington wants to arm Kiev forces with hundreds of Switchblade 300 and 600 loitering munitions.
The Western mainstream media ignored the Ukrainian army assaults on the people of Eastern Ukraine, who were forced to survive in underground bunkers, and act as if the war started in February, when it actually started in 2014 as a war by the Ukrainian government against its own people.
There are more urgent tasks to encircle and destroy the AFU grouping in the Donbas, than taking Odessa.
Key events, news, statements April 22.
NATO and the West's hope was that Putin would succumb to temptation and send military to Kazakhstan, and tie up Russian troops, while Ukrainian troops would strike at Donbas. Putin did not bite.
Russian President Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the European Council Charles Michel. Oligarch Igor Surkis was detained on the border with Poland. American and Chilean journalist Gonzalo Lira, who was thought to have been killed by the far right, was found alive.
During the second phase of the special operation, Russian armed forces plan to establish full control over Donbas and southern Ukraine, to provide a corridor to Crimea. And Ukrainian saboteurs detained.
The suspect, Mikhail Petrov allegedly passed secret information related to the defense sphere to foreign special services.
The war in Ukraine is first and foremost a mass event. In addition to crises, such events also bring opportunities. For Eastern Europe, it is an opportunity to trade equipment.
On April 21, the Russian Defense Minister told President Putin that Mariupol is “liberated” and the remnants of Ukrainian nationalist formations are hiding in the Azovstal industrial area. Putin said that it is needed to avoid a direct storm of this fortified area. He ordered to block it and once again propose fighters remaining there to surrender.
The Russian Federation and the DPR liberated Mariupol. The remnants of the formation of Kiev nationalists took refuge in the industrial zone of the Azovstal plant.
Putin tells Shoigu at a meeting at the Kremlin, "This is the case when we must think about saving the lives and health of our soldiers and officers. There is no need to crawl underground through these facilities. Block off this zone so that the fly does not fly through."
Does Zelensky want Russia to wipe out everyone at Avostal? Sergey Volnya, a commander of Ukraine's 36th Marines Brigade (AFU), said that there are 500 wounded fighters at the facility, as well as hundreds of civilians. "This may be our last appeal."
Patrick Lancaster reports from an active battle as Chechen and DPR forces pushed into Ukrainian Azovstal positions, and destroyed two machine gun positions.
Mariupol: In the ceasefire regime proclaimed by the Russian side, on April 19, Azov fighters did not use their chance to leave the facilities nor to let civilians go out of the basements. The pause in hostilities only allowed evacuating 140 civilians from the buildings located near the plant.
Key events, news, statements April 20.
Yo, Yo ♬ Heave Ho. The Armed Forces of Ukraine flaunt around the cities, hung with MANPADS and ATGMs, demonstrating their militancy and patriotism. But few strive to get to the front, where tanks and armored vehicles drive.
Zelensky is not shy about giving interviews every day. Sometimes, however, he goes on the air either tipsy, or in a state of drug intoxication.
SouthFront: On April 18, the AFU General Staff claimed the beginning of the second phase of the Russia's military operation in Ukraine.
The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation continue a special military operation in Ukraine.
Washington continues to support the AFU, as it has done for the past ten years, just in a more open manner and on a larger scale. Major developments took place on the front lines near Izyum. In recent days, several villages to the northwest of Izyum in the Kharkiv region have come under the control of Russian forces.
SouthFront: On April 19, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov confirmed that the new stage of the Russian military operation in Ukraine aimed at the complete liberation of the Donetsk and Lugansk Peoples’ Republics had begun. Ukrainian forces resumed shelling on the Russian border regions.
Hostilities have significantly increased, and Russian missile strikes are pounding the territory of Ukraine. Some report that the northern part of the Mariupol industrial plant is under the DPR control.
Russia will need greater action to achieve its goals in Ukraine.
SV Pressa: The current situation around Azovstal is very clear. The remnants of the Nazis and foreign mercenaries who settled there on Sunday refused to surrender in response to the “final warning” of the Russian Defense Ministry and will now be destroyed.
Columns of the Russian Army are drawn into the LPR under the cover of combat helicopters. On the way, their fighters are not averse to stopping to greet the locals or share army rations with those in need.
The DPR and Russian forces have taken control of the Mariupol seaport and the Ilyich plant. The crews of foreign ships that were blocked by Ukrainian nationalists are completely evacuated from the seaport. In the Left-Bank district of Mariupol, fighting continues, but almost everything except the 6th microdistrict, is under Russian control.