Putin Recognizes Donbass Republics, Sends Russian Military to 'Denazify' Ukraine


Dagobah Resident
I wonder if these gentry will be "calibrated" there, in Pavlodar, or will they wait until they arrive at the front? There, at the front, the range of counter "honors" can be wider, from "Grads" to "Hurricanes" and "Tornadoes".
A couple of hours ago there was a message about an explosion in Pavlograd. The message was accompanied by a clip in 3 seconds. from which, in general, nothing is clarified. I have looked for other confirmations, but so far there are none. We'll see what they say tomorrow. I will not be surprised that the Polish guests have already been welcomed.

Пару часов назад появилось сообщение о взрыве в Павлограде. Сообщение сопровождалось роликом в 3 сек. из которого в общем ничего не проясняется. Я поискал других подтверждений, но пока их нет. Посмотрим, что скажут завтра. Я не удивлюсь тому, что польских гостей уже поприветствовали.


Jedi Master
I translated the full speech of Polish President Andrzej Duda in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

Dear friends!
How can I speak now, when emotion blocks my larynx?

Thank you with all my heart,

Thank you on behalf of Rzeszów, on behalf of its residents, thank you on behalf of Podkarpacie, the entire Polish border region with Ukraine, the residents of this region, thank you on behalf of all Poles. Thank you so much for your wonderful words. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Honestly, Ukraine, its fame and glory, and its will,
so happy are we, brother Ukrainians.

Poland is not yet dead,
while we live,
what foreign violence has taken from us,
we will take back with a sword.

Dear Mr. President, Dear Friend, Volodymyr,
Dear Mr. President,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
All Dear Guests,
Dear Ukrainian friends!
Today I am in beautiful, proud Kiev, in the capital of free, independent, democratic Ukraine, which for almost 90 days has put up heroic resistance to barbaric aggression. I was also here on February 23, just hours before the Russian invasion began. I was there to support Ukraine and its people at an extremely difficult time and to assure them that Poland would never leave Ukraine alone.

I was also here just over a month ago with the Presidents of the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, tried friends of your country, to talk about concrete help for you.

But during that visit to Kiev in the first half of April, I was also in Borodzianka and Irpin. I saw with my own eyes the traces of crimes. I saw the enormity of human misery. I saw suffering, I saw pain, I saw destroyed houses. I saw the unimaginable tragedy of your nation. I know what terrible deeds the barbarian invaders committed in Bucza and other places.

They must answer for this before national tribunals! This is a necessary thing if the world is really to be a just world! If the world is truly to be a free world!

But despite the great destruction, despite the terrible crimes, despite the great suffering that the Ukrainian people experience every day, the Russian invaders have not broken you. They did not succeed in doing so. I believe deeply that they will never succeed.

And I want to say it forcefully: the free world today has the face of Ukraine!

As President of the Republic of Poland, I have the honor to speak before you - representatives of the Ukrainian people - in the Ukrainian Parliament, in the place where the heart of free, independent and democratic Ukraine beats. This is a great privilege and honor. I treat this as a great gesture of friendship towards Poland and the Poles, and I thank you for it from the bottom of my heart. Thank you, my friends.

Most Honourable Deputies,
All Distinguished Guests,
but first of all Volodymyr,
Honourable President,
Mr. President!
The moment of history makes Ukraine and Poland have an incredible political opportunity as two closely related nations of the same part of Europe.

Mr. President, Volodymyr!
You said yourself that there are more than 80 million of us together and that we are stronger together. We must not waste this opportunity.

Dear Ukrainian friends!
I would like you to know that your loved ones - wives, parents, children, grandchildren, those millions of people who had to leave Ukraine, including Poland, to escape the tragedy of war - are not refugees in our country today. They are our guests.
I assure you that while you are fighting so bravely to defend the independence of your country, they are safe in their Polish homes. And they will safely be able to return to their homeland after you defeat the Russian occupier. I believe deeply that this is what will happen.

It is a peculiar paradox that such great evil done in Ukraine by the invaders has released such great good on the other side. I believe that this goodness, these friendships established between millions of Poles and Ukrainians, will make us good neighbors forever. This is a great historical opportunity and a great historical breakthrough.

Mr President, Volodymyr!
Mr. President, Mr. Chairman!
Verkhovna Rada!
I stand before the august Supreme Council as the President of Poland to thank you - I emphasise: I stand to thank you. Until now you have been thanking us. You say that Poland has opened its border to 3.5 million Ukrainian refugees and has become home to over 2 million of them. This is true.

You say that Poland has given Ukraine a huge number of tanks, armored personnel carriers, rocket launchers, weapons, ammunition - almost $2 billion worth, that it keeps telling others that Ukraine must have the support of the free world. This is true.

That Poland has been carrying aid and has not been frightened by Russian, Moscow threats. That's also true. You say that Poland opened its border and gave Ukrainians the same rights that Poles have and admitted your children to schools. And that is also tru

However, we are not the heroes. You are the heroes.

I say this with pride, because Poland supported Ukraine, because we believed in you and we still believe in you. Many months before the outbreak of war, I was convinced that Ukraine would offer effective resistance to Russia; that it would be like the hero in the poem by the great Ivan Franko, like "the spirit of szczo tiło rwe do bojju, rwe za postup, szczastiaj woliu".

Thank you today for defending Europe from the onslaught of barbarism and new Russian imperialism; for showing tyrants their place; for proving that the spirit of a free people is stronger! Thank you for this from the bottom of my heart. You have shown, Ukraine, that you are - as your anthem says - of Cossack stock. You are great!

I turn to your soldiers - to the Ukrainian soldiers who are fighting in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the National Guard, the Territorial Defense units, to the heroic defenders of Mariupol, including those who are now in Russian captivity, and to those who are putting up fierce resistance to the invaders all along the front line.

You are the heroes of Ukraine. But you are also heroes of Poland, of Europe and of the entire world.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Accept our great respect. Great! From the bottom of my heart, on behalf of the Polish nation, I thank you for your resistance, for your sacrifice, for your courage, for your love of freedom and your homeland. It will be the source of your victory. We believe in it deeply.

Ladies and Gentlemen!
Our enemies have repeatedly tried to divide us and turn us against each other. Today they are also trying to do the same, by scaring Poles with Ukrainians and Ukrainians with Poles. They use painful topics from our mutual past, from our history. But they will not succeed! We know these methods too well. We know that tensions in Polish-Ukrainian relations serve only foreign interests. And they harm us, Poles and Ukrainians!

Our two nations have a long history. A wonderful history, but at many points also a very difficult one.

We made many mistakes, for which we paid a high price.

Pope John Paul II, the great advocate of peace and Polish-Ukrainian reconciliation, spoke of this in Ukraine, in Lvov. Let me recall his memorable words:
"May, thanks to the purification of historical memory, all be ready to place higher what unites than what divides, so that together they may build a future based on mutual respect, on fraternal communion, fraternal cooperation and authentic solidarity." So said John Paul II in Lviv.

Today, more than ever, we realize this message together. And we must continue to carry it out on the basis of truth and mutual respect. During my last visit to the Vatican, not so long ago, I laid two wreaths on the tomb of St. John Paul II: one white-red and one blue-yellow. And I prayed together with my wife, with our colleagues, with the Poles who happened to be in St. Peter's Basilica, but also with the Ukrainians present there, for a free, independent, sovereign Ukraine, which will live in friendship with a free, sovereign and independent Poland, for happiness and mutual cooperation between our countries and nations, for all of us, for your families; for peace and friendship, for a safe future.

Dear friends!
It is for a safe future that the Ukrainian people have been heroically fighting against the Russian invaders for three months now. Many countries, many experts, the world media predicted that this would be Russia's quick and victorious war, that Kiev would fall in three days. But they could not have been more wrong. It did not fall in three, nor in 33, nor in 53, nor in 83 days! And it will not fall! It will not fall! I have no doubt about that!

And when almost everyone, convinced that Kiev was going to fall, evacuated their embassies, the Polish Ambassador Bartosz Cichocki stayed in Kiev. He was here with you during the bombing and during the attack on Kiev, and he is here with me. Thank you, Mr. Ambassador, for representing the Republic of Poland with dignity where it is most needed. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Ladies and Gentlemen!
The victorious battle for Kyiv, the victorious battle for Kharkiv, the heroic defence of Mariupol are now forever written in the pages of history. Nobody can erase this. Ukraine has shown the whole world that it is able to stand up to imperial Russia. Nobody believed in it, but it happened and is happening! Russia has not fully realized any of its strategic goals. It has suffered huge losses and is suffering them all the time. This is a great success of the Ukrainian state, this is a great success of the Ukrainian armed forces, this is a great success of the Ukrainian authorities - this is your great success, of the whole nation!

The Western world has united around Ukraine. Much credit for this goes to the United States and the leadership from President Joe Biden. In a situation of real danger, it is confirmed that strong American leadership is still needed by the world. Kiev is a place from which it is clear that we need more America in Europe - both militarily and economically.

Unfortunately, there have also been and are also recent disturbing voices in Europe for Ukraine to give in to Putin's demands. I want to make it clear: only Ukraine has the right to decide its future.

Only Ukraine has the right to decide for itself!

The world, the international community should demand Russia to stop its aggression, to withdraw completely from the territory of Ukraine, to stop violating international law. There is no question of any negotiating and deciding over the head of Ukraine! Nothing about you without you! Absolutely! This is an iron rule! It must be obeyed!

Today, it is not you, it is the Western world that is taking a test of credibility, of whether its values really mean anything. If Ukraine, even an inch of its territory and a piece of sovereignty is sacrificed for the sake of peace, economic interests or political ambitions, it will be a huge blow not only to the Ukrainian nation but to the entire Western community. I have no doubt about this!

It is time and your future that will show whether the foundations of the Western world, values such as democracy, human rights, and solidarity, only sound beautiful but, when confronted with brutal reality, mean nothing, or whether they really mean something. We must not allow them to become empty words. We must not allow that to happen. This is the great responsibility of the West towards Ukraine. It is a great responsibility of the international community towards your people and your country. I have no doubts about this.

After Bucza, Borodzianka, after Mariupol there can be no return to business as usual with Russia, Dear Presidents and Gentlemen, Dear Prime Ministers, Dear Members of Parliaments around the world!

There can be no return to business as usual! The honest world cannot do so by passing over crime, over aggression, over violation of basic principles.

Ladies and Gentlemen!

As Poland, we have long warned Europe against the imperial aspirations of Russia and Putin. We have been warning Europe for a long time against the imperial aspirations of Russia and Putin. Against dependence on Russian energy sources. We said that this is in fact a weapon that can be used against Europe, against nations. We said... Unfortunately, we were not listened to. Our warnings were downplayed. We were accused of Russophobia.

Today, the world quietly admits that we were right, but - believe me - this is an extremely bitter satisfaction.
The late President Lech Kaczyński spoke about the threat from Russia many times. My professor, my teacher, my president and a great friend of Ukraine. I saw from close up how he fought for Ukraine and Georgia to be admitted to the North Atlantic Alliance.

It is now 14 years since the Bucharest summit, where those historic decisions could have been made, giving Ukraine a blueprint for NATO membership. If President Lech Kaczynski had been listened to then, the aggression of 2014 probably would not have happened, there would not be the current war, there would not have been the massive destruction and human suffering. History would have turned out differently.

This should be a great remorse for some European leaders. That is why it is so important today not to repeat the same fatal mistakes that have led to so many misfortunes. We must never allow this to happen.

Ladies and Gentlemen!
Dear Friends!
Poland supports Ukraine and will continue to do so. I personally will not rest until Ukraine becomes a member of the European Union in the full sense of the word. It is my great desire and dream - both as the President of the Republic of Poland and simply as a man - that we can build a common future together. After all, it is very important not only for us, but above all for the next generations, for our children, for our grandchildren - what our part of Europe will be like in the future, how people will be able to live here. I believe that as free, happy, self-governing people, those who build the future, develop, can realize their ambitions. I believe in it deeply.

Let me remind you that Poland was the first country to recognise Ukraine's independence, in 1991. In 1992, our first presidents of the then fully independent countries signed the Treaty on Good Cooperation and Mutual Neighbourhood. But today I think it is safe to say that the historical moment is shaping our relations anew. These are the facts that I have been talking about and that I don't think anyone can deny.

Today the time has come, in my deep conviction, for a new Polish-Ukrainian treaty on good neighbourhood, for a treaty that will take into account all that we have built together in our relations, if only in recent months.

The current war has also shown how inadequate the network of road, rail, and infrastructure links connecting our countries is. It is time to make up for this backwardness. The Polish-Ukrainian border should unite, not divide. This should be our great goal at this time. Let one of the lasting signs of our relations be a fast railroad that will connect Kiev with Warsaw. We will build it together. I believe that we will be able to do it already in the coming years.

As I assured you a moment ago, we, as Poland, will actively support Ukraine on its way to membership of the European Union, now as a candidate. With all our might, Mr President! But also to EU membership, as I said, in the full sense of the word. Because the place of a free and democratic Ukraine is in a united Europe. I know it well, but most of all you know it well. And I deeply believe that this will be the decision of your society, the Ukrainian people, in the future. That this is the decision the Ukrainian people will make. That this is what they will say when the time comes.

I believe that together we will try to bring that time as close as possible. Personally, I am also very keen for Ukraine to join the Tri-Mora Initiative, which brings together the countries of our region, members of the European Union. This initiative will certainly be much stronger with Ukraine.

We want to support our energy independence, and also to take an active part in rebuilding your homeland from war damage.

Special funds are needed, funds for reconstruction. I will talk about this already in the coming days with world leaders at the Davos summit.

But let us remember that Ukraine must be rebuilt first of all at the expense of the aggressor - such are the requirements of historical justice.

At the expense of the Russian Federation, which attacked Ukraine, and which is now demolishing Ukrainian houses, destroying Ukrainian industry, taking away Ukrainian crops and killing Ukrainian people. It should be rebuilt primarily from war reparations. The Russian currency reserves frozen today in Western banks should be used for this purpose first, and they are huge. Enormous!

It was Russia that ruined Ukraine and it is Russia that must pay for it. I have no doubt about that. And I believe no honest person in the world has any doubts about it either. It is clear who is the aggressor and who has been attacked and whose land is being destroyed.

Dear Friends!
During our talks with Volodymyr, with your President, we often mentioned the Polish-Ukrainian EURO 2012. Someone will laugh, or perhaps be outraged that I am talking about this today, here in the Verkhovna Rada. But recall those joyful days. Remember that great action, those huge investments that we made back then. The joy that was poured into our societies that we succeeded. And that together we completed a great project.

I firmly believe, Dear Friends, that there will be many more such projects ahead of us, that we will carry out great European and world projects together, including sports, but also others.

Ukraine will win the war, overcome difficulties and will be rebuilt even more beautifully than it was before the Russian aggression. I am sure of it.

Long live free, sovereign, independent Ukraine!
Long live Poland!"

A cloyingly glowing steak of nonsense.(Ckliwo łechtliwy stek bzdur.)

And this passage tells me that defacto we are already a party to the war. For now, our rulers still have their positions to lose. But when they get assurances from the principals that they don't have to worry about anything then they will declare war on Russia:

Mr. President, Volodymyr!
You said yourself that there are more than 80 million of us together and that we are stronger together. We must not waste this opportunity.


The Living Force
Mr. President, Volodymyr!
You said yourself that there are more than 80 million of us together and that we are stronger together. We must not waste this opportunity.
It is either a big reality TV show put up or a big way to cover-up the US monkey business in Ukraine or both. I do not think the Polish president is that demented to restart a war with Russia and drag the entire Europe over the clif.


The Living Force
FOTCM Member
After the fall of Popasnaya as predicted, the cauldron is closing on Severodonetzk. Main road are under direct fire from the allied force artilleries.

Military Situation In Eastern Ukraine, Popasnaya Area On May 23, 2022 (Map Update)

To the north of Popasnaya, a big push to take Liman is under way.


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Russian Forces Storm Liman In Donetsk People's Republic (Videos)
Satellite imagery shows fierce battles for Liman.
On May 23, Russian-led forces launched an assault on the town of Liman in the Donetsk People’s Republic. The Russian Army broke through a heavily fortified area of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and entered the town from the north-eastern direction from the stronghold in the settlement of Stavki.
The assault began at night when Russian MLRS massively shelled the AFU positions on the outskirts. The Russian Ministry of Defence confirmed that last night, an ammunition depot in the Liman area of the Luhansk People’s Republic was destroyed.

Later in the morning, armored vehicles went on the offensive, infantry broke into the trenches of the AFU, seizing their military positions. Ukrainian troops were forced to retreat to the city.
As a result of the street fighting, the AFU units leaved the northern and western parts of the town and crossed the railways located on the western outskirts.

Most of the streets are currently under the LPR control. According to Ukrainian sources, the control of the Russian military on Podstepnaya, Kazatskaya and Yubileynaya streets was confirmed by the midday. The advance of Russian-led forces continued. Checkpoints have already been established in the northern district of the city, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation are checking documents of the local residents.
Judging by the footage from the town, the AFU artillery is massively shelling on the advancing troops of the enemy and cover the Ukrainian withdrawal. As a result, the civilian infrastructure is heavily damaged. According to some reports from the field, the notorious US-made M777 howitzers are also deployed with the AFU units in the area.

The city was called Krasny Liman (Red Liman) until 2014. Then, amid the ongoing decommunization in Ukraine, it was renamed to Liman. As soon as the DPR takes full control over the town, the name will be changed back, according to the decree of the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic.


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Battle For Liman And Liberation Of Svetlodarsk. Situation In Morning Of May 24 (Video, Photos)
Russian flag over Svetlodarsk
The situation around the town of Liman is developing. On May 23, the Russian Army broke through a heavily fortified area of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and entered the town from the northern direction from the stronghold in the settlement of Stavki. Under the Russian pressure, AFU units leaved the northern and western parts of the town and crossed the railways located on the western outskirts.
In the morning of May 24, Russian forces continued the advance to capture the city. Russian artillery hit positions of AFU units in the eastern and southern parts of the city. At the same time, street fighting reportedly continued in the urban areas in the center of Liman and its north. Some DPR and LPR sources initially claimed that the town came under a full control of Russian troops. Nonetheless, these reports appeared to be premature despite the bad situation for Kyiv’s forces.

Pro-Russian sources reported that a large number of Kyiv’s troops surrendered to Russian forces. Some sources claimed that up to 500 pro-Kyiv fighters surrendered there. This number remains unconfirmed. However, at least several dozens of Kyiv’s troops were likely captured.
The fall of Liman will mark an important breakthrough in positional clashes in the Izum countryside and predetermine the fate of Svyatogorsk. Thus, Russian forces will be able to shorten the frontline on this particular area and even further expand their foothold around Slovyansk and Kramatorsk.
Photos from the ground show significant losses of Kyiv’s forces in military equipment in recent clashes in the Izum sector:
Battle For Liman And Liberation Of Svetlodarsk. Situation In Morning Of May 24 (Video, Photos)
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It is likely that after the full liberation of Liman, Kyiv’s units will try to retreat towards Slovyansk and use this city as their main strong point in the area.
At the same time, Kyiv’s forces continue attempts to defend their positions in the Severodonetsk-Lysichansk agglomeration despite the collapse of their defense north and south of it, which created a threat of the encirclement of the grouping of Kyiv’s forces there.
In the morning of May 24, Russian-led forces established a full control over the town of Svetlodarsk, which is located northeast of Gorlovka. This town, as well as earlier liberated Popasnaya, was heavily fortified points of Kyiv’s forces.


The Living Force
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As for the Severodonetsk-Lisichansk region,

While the advances by the warring sides were stopped in other regions, the area of Popasnaya became the main foothold for the advance of Russian-led forces in the Donbass region.

The assault on Severodonetsk continues. Fighting reached the outskirts of the city. Russian-led forces established control and completely mopped up the Shchedrishchevo district. The AFU attempt to reinforce their positions from Lisichansk. They are transferring military equipment through the last bridge remaining between the two cities.

The reinforcement of the AFU grouping in the Severodonetsk region is a very risky decision for the Ukrainian military command. Almost all the main roads leading to the cities have been cut off.

Advancing form Popasnaya, Russian-led forces have recently taken control over the villages of Vyskriva, Tripolie and Novaya Kamenka. The AFU acknowledged that Russian-led forces had reached the town of Soledar. This threatens, the main supply road for the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Severodonetsk region.

On May 22, the AFU recognized the loss of Vladimirovka. The village is located to the east of Bakhmut, where Ukrainian positions are already being shelled by Russian artillery.

To the north of Popasnaya, Russian-led forces are surrounding the AFU grouping in Kamishevakha. The battles follow the Kamyshevakha – Viktorovka – Lipovoye line.

The AFU grouping in the Severodonetsk-Lisichansk region that accounts about 12 000 servicemen, risk being surrounding by Russian-led forces. The Ukrainian military command does not change tactics and prepares for heavy fighting on the streets of another large Ukrainian city. The Ukrainian servicemen are already reinforcing their positions in the industrial facilities in the city, preparing another fortress for Ukrainian resistance. The AFU decision to fight on the streets of Severodonetsk to the bitter end, will lead to the same destruction that the city of Mariupol faced.

Kiev’s attempts to justify the fall of the Azovstal garrison in Mariupol and present the surrender of the most ideologically motivated military formations as an evacuation supervised by Ukrainian intelligence, failed. The ongoing interrogations and identification of the Ukrainian militants involved in crimes committed against the civilians as well as Russian prisoners of war clearly indicate that the Ukrainian nazi fighters should not avoid a trial and punishment.

While the AFU are retreating on the Donbass front lines, the Kiev regime is selling Ukraine’s statehood to the west. Zelensky decided to grant Polish citizens a special status. They reportedly receive the rights to hold elective positions, become judges, get access to secret data, etc. The Ukrainian authorities are putting the remaining territory under Poland’s control. In exchange the Polish military is expected to support the Ukrainian Army.


The Living Force
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In the last week, Russia armed force are using there laser weapon to target drone, here are a few article on this not so new technology as you will read.


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Advanced Anti-Drone Gun Spotted With Russian Troops In Ukraine
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Russian troops operating in the Donbass region have been spotted with the Harpoon-2M anti-drone radio-electronic gun.
On May 22, Russian sources shared a photo showing a Russian service member with the gun, which was developed by Russia’s New Telecommunication Technologies. It’s unclear when or where exactly the photo was taken.
Advanced Anti-Drone Gun Spotted With Russian Troops In Ukraine
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The Harpoon-2M gun was designed to counter the threat of light and ultralight drones with electronic warfare means. The gun, which was first presented at the Integrated Safety and Security Exhibition 2019, can jam the data links of commercial drones on eight different frequency bands. It can also suppress the drone’s navigation systems, whether they use GPS, Galileo, Beidou or GLONASS.
The radio-electronic gun can disable a Chinese-made DJI Mavic 2 Pro quadcopter, a commercial drone commonly used by Kiev forces, from range of up to one kilometer.
Kiev forces have been effectively using light and ultralight commercial drone to monitor and even attack Russian troops since the beginning of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine.
In response to this threat, the Russian military began to equip its troops in Ukraine with more anti-drone systems like the Harpoon-2M. Recently, a more advanced system with a detection and a jamming range of up to 3,2 kilometers dubbed the Harpoon-3 was spotted with Russian troops in Ukraine.
The Russian military is also reportedly working to equip the units taking part in the operation in Ukraine with more light and ultralight drones.


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Western Media Fail In Desperate Attempts To Ridicule Russia's Use Of Combat Lasers
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The “backwards” Russia has had lasers since at least 1964, that is, for nearly 60 years.
Written by Drago Bosnic, independent geopolitical and military analyst
Last week, Russia revealed it has been using combat lasers in military operations in Ukraine. Primary targets of these weapons are believed to be quadrocopter commercial drones the Ukrainian military has increasingly started relying on, as its much-touted “Bayraktar” TB-2 and other similar large drones have failed miserably, being picked off by Russia’s second-to-none air defenses. Commercial drones have the advantage of being much smaller and more readily available and, thus, easily replaceable, unlike expensive military drones such as the aforementioned “Bayraktar”. In addition, it is also more wasteful to fire expensive air defense missiles at such small targets, as most SAMs (surface to air missiles) cost tens of thousands of dollars or even millions in the case of strategic systems like the S-400.
Commercial drones, on the other hand, can cost as low as a few dozen dollars. The sheer production and financial discrepancy is severely affecting the economy of war. Thus, Russia decided to start using lasers to counter this new threat, to a crippling effect on the Ukrainian military. In this way, the Kiev regime forces are losing vital tactical ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) capabilities, which directly affects their ability to provide immediate fire support for their units or organize successful artillery ambushes, which have had some effect during the initial stages of the special military operation.
This most definitely isn’t the first time Russia has used lasers. In 1984 Russia developed the first handheld laser weapon, intended for use by cosmonauts. In the 1970s, a Russian laser-armed tank named 1K17 Szhatie (Russian: 1К17 Сжатие – “Compression”) was developed. Even earlier, in the mid-1960s, a project codenamed Terra-3 (Russian: терра–3) was initiated. It was a Russian laser testing center, located at the Sary Shagan anti-ballistic missile (ABM) testing range in the Karaganda Region, present-day Kazakhstan. It was originally built to test missile defense concepts, but these attempts were dropped after the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty was signed (from which the US unilaterally withdrew in 2002). In 1987, a Russian laser-armed spacecraft, the Polyus/Skif-DM was launched.
Development of lasers was also continued after 1991. In 2012, Sokol-Eshelon (Russian: Сокол-Эшелон, lit. ’Falcon-Echelon’) project, a Russian airborne laser weapon based on a Beriev A-60 aircraft was resumed and is intended for use by Russian Aerospace Forces. The Peresvet (Russian: Пересвет), a Russian air defense/anti-satellite laser weapon was unveiled by President Vladimir Putin on 1 March 2018. Numerous other similar projects are being developed in Russia.
And yet, Western mainstream media’s reaction to the news has been quite childish, to say the least. It ranges from ridiculing to outright rejection that Russia can field such advanced weapons. This frustration most likely comes from the media-imposed image of Russia being “backward”. For decades, and in many ways, for centuries, Western portrayal of Russia has been very unflattering, to say the least. The Eurasian giant has been presented as a dark, cold place populated by a miserable, depressed populace. Thus, no significant technological advances could ever come from such a “horrible” place, let alone advanced weapons such as lasers, right? Well, wrong. Regardless of how much the political West enjoys its “reality” bubble, the actual reality never fails to come back and bite the ones ignoring it.
Current Western depreciation of Russia and its many world-changing achievements wasn’t present during the (First) Cold War, or at least not as omnipresent as we see nowadays. During the Soviet era, Russia shook the West to the core by achieving numerous technological milestones, especially in rocketry, space exploration, chemistry, physics and applied mathematics, among many other scientific advances. The political West at least acknowledged Russian achievements at the time, even while both sides were aiming tens of thousands of nuclear weapons at each other. There were even hordes of Western specialists and pundits studiously researching Russia and its achievements.
Naturally, the Western media still kept trying to portray Russia as less advanced, as propaganda is an integral part of any conflict, but what we see nowadays has reached tragicomical levels. Just how tragicomical, we could see for ourselves back in March, when a US-based Space Foundation organization censored the name of Yuri Gagarin. Needless to say, anyone with a basic capability to read knows this is the name of the first human in space. But it doesn’t matter to the mindless Russophobes. They simply need to do anything they can to try and twist reality, just so they could keep their self-imposed image of “backward Russia”, even if it means something this extreme.
This also explains the need to denigrate Russian claims about the usage of laser weapons. However, again, this situation is no less tragicomical. In their pitiful ignorance, the mainstream media have “forgotten” about the “irrelevant” fact that lasers are partially a Russian invention. Or more precisely, a Russian-American invention. The 1964 Nobel prize in Physics is a testament to that and here is the exact text:
“The Nobel Prize in Physics 1964 was divided, one half awarded to Charles Hard Townes, the other half jointly to Nicolay Gennadiyevich Basov and Aleksandr Mikhailovich Prokhorov ‘for fundamental work in the field of quantum electronics, which has led to the construction of oscillators and amplifiers based on the maser-laser principle.'”
So, the “backward” Russia has had lasers since at least 1964. And here are the Western mainstream media, ridiculing Russia for claims of using lasers in 2022, nearly 60 years later. To put that into perspective, it would be equivalent to ridiculing Lebanese people for claims of using wheels, which their Phoenician predecessors invented. Or ridiculing Greeks for claims of using the alphabet. Or even Americans, for claims of using airplanes. Simply put, it’s rather ridiculous to try and negate a certain country’s achievements only because of geopolitical circumstances.
The United States is deeply unpopular in the world, as most of the planet sees the belligerent power for what it is, largely because most of that same planet has directly experienced this belligerence. And yet, none of those countries are ridiculing America’s technological contributions to the world. But, as the American society is pushed ever deeper into ideologically motivated hatred and divisions (such as blind Russophobia, Sinophobia or other similar phobias), we’ll likely be seeing more such attempts at twisting the reality.


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I hope so my friend.
But this could get out of hand.
In addition, no one in Europe likes us as troublemakers.
The Polish president said long live Poland, and I say as well for all the Polish people I personally met while I was a tourist guide and for you ziutek and all the forum members from Poland... and for the fact that Poland was one of the most solid eastern european countries .... and last but not least for the Wiborowa vodka.
Keep our fingers crossed.


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I would say if the Poles should do that, it is likely that "defend" Ukraine has to be in quotation marks. I agree with Gonzalo that there is a good likelihood that the Poles will announce a "peace keeping mission" into Western Ukraine in the foreseeable future:

Also, notice the title of Gonzalo's video "Ukraine Will Be Russia's Vietnam? No—It Will Be Poland's"...
Could very well be, if the Poles decide to do that.

Seems the Poles are taking steps in that direction:



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Some clips for a Moon of Alabama open thread, and article below.

"The Pentagon reports about the continuing efforts to sell new U.S. weapons to those nations which discard their old ones in Ukraine."

"To express the seriousness of the situation in Ukraine the Pentagon decided to hoist Ukraine's blue-above-yellow flag upside down."

"Hanging a flag upside down is a sign of either dire distress or cultural ignorance. Given that this was a Pentagon event the later is the more likely to be the case."

"Let me help Mr. Landsbergis with some facts:

  • The port of Odesa is blocked by Ukraine, not by Russia.
  • Ukraine does not have 80 million tons of wheat to export. In a good year the total grain production in Ukraine is 80 million tons. Some 50% of that is corn and some 40% wheat. Only two-third of that will be exported.
  • The Ukraine is currently exporting 1.5 million tons of grains per month. Most of that is going through Romania.
  • Given that this years planting did not go as planned the Ukraine will hardly have any wheat to export later this year."

"It feels insane when Henry Kissing er is the only sane man in the room."

Henry Kissinger: Ukraine must give Russia territory

Veteran US statesman Henry Kissinger has urged the West to stop trying to inflict a crushing defeat on Russian forces in Ukraine, warning that it would have disastrous consequences for the long term stability of Europe.
The former US secretary of state and architect of the Cold War rapprochement between the US and China told a gathering in Davos that it would be fatal for the West to get swept up in the mood of the moment and forget the proper place of Russia in the European balance of power.
Dr Kissinger said the war must not be allowed to drag on for much longer, and came close to calling on the West to bully Ukraine into accepting negotiations on terms that fall very far short of its current war aims.
He told the World Economic Forum that Russia had been an essential part of Europe for 400 years and had been the guarantor of the European balance of power structure at critical times. European leaders should not lose sight of the longer term relationship, and nor should they risk pushing Russia into a permanent alliance with China.
"It is likely too late to reverse the Russia-China alliance but I otherwise agree."



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Gonzalo attempting to ascertain a possible macro picture on what will happen over the coming weeks/months, primarily suggesting that the Americans will slowly push the Ukraine issue aside (in the west) and hype up distractions with other issues (such as Monkeypox or Taiwan?), in large parts because of the elections in November:



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Appeal Of Ordinary Heroes Of 3rd Battalion Of 105th Regiment Of DPR To Their High Command (Video)
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During the military conflict in Ukraine, dozens of videos were shared online showing Ukrainian servicemen claiming that they were thrown like cannon fodder to the front line without training and weapons. In the videos, the entire Ukrainian battalions refuse to follow the orders of the Ukrainian command and leave their military positions. Most of the Ukrainian units were abandoned by their command.
A similar video, the authenticity of which does not arouse suspicion, was recorded by servicemen of the 3rd Rifle Battalion of the 105th Rifle Regiment of the Donetsk People’s Republic. In the video, the DPR fighters appealed to the supreme command of the republic, describing the grave condition of the unit, which was not properly prepared before being sent to the front.
Such an attitude of the military command of a state that has been at war for 8 years cannot be considered the usual practice of deployment of their troops on the battlefield.
At the same time, the video recorded the appeal of former students, citizens who are older than military age, who were drafted into the armed forces of the DPR without the necessary training. These people have never refused to comply with the order of the military command. These guys fought on the front lines in Mariupol, where fierce street battles were taking place, withstanding counterattacks by Azov fighters and servicemen of other units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces trained by foreign instructors. They also conducted offensive actions to mop up the city. As a result, up to 40% of the battalion’s personnel were killed or wounded.
After the assault on Mariupol, they were immediately sent to another hot battlefield on the front in the Luhansk People’s Republic. At the same time, the battalion was not regrouped and did not have time to rest, as it was the case of the well-known battalion of the DPR Somalia for example. The 3rd battalion fulfilled its combat mission and carried out the order. Now the servicemen continues to hold their military positions in the LPR, despite heavy losses and lack of rest. The officers did not abandon their soldiers, but stay with them in the trenches.
Apparently, the situation has become complicated to the extent that an organized strike by superior enemy forces can lead to the complete destruction of the battalion due to the fact that only every second serviceman from the battalion’s roster is still in the ranks, and even those who remained on the frontline suffer massively from diseases and accumulated fatigue.
The servicemen of the 3rd battalion of the 105th regiment of the DPR, who can be fully called real but not media heroes, were forced to record the appeal to the high command of the republic, the translation of which follows:
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“To the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Vladimirovich Pushilin.
Dear Denis Vladimirovich!
The personnel of the 3rd Rifle Battalion of the 105th Rifle Regiment of the military unit 08818 addresses you with the following:
The servicemen of the 3rd Rifle Battalion of the 105th Rifle Regiment of the military unit 08818 were mobilized in the period from 02/23/2022 to the present. Contrary to your public statements that the mobilized reservists will not directly participate in hostilities, but will participate in the restoration and preservation of law and order in the liberated territories of the DPR, as well as hold the third line of defense.
The personnel of the 3rd rifle battalion of the 105th rifle regiment, being untrained and inexperienced in conducting combat operations, were studying in universities until the moment of mobilization, worked at various enterprises and in various industries unrelated to military service, as well as did not pass mandatory medical examination. Many of the mobilized have acute chronic diseases. They had been on the front line in the city of Mariupol since 13.03.2022.
Please note that in the period from 13.03.2022 to the present day, bearing combat and other losses, as of 23.05.2022 only 60% of the personnel remained.
The personnel of the 3rd Rifle Battalion of the 105th Rifle Regiment completed the assigned combat tasks, namely the defense of their positions in the city of Mariupol, conducting offensive combat operations. At the moment, the personnel is located on the territory of another state, namely the Luhansk People’s Republic, of which the mobilized are not citizens.
The servicemen of the 3rd Rifle Battalion of the 105th Rifle Regiment are mentally and physically exhausted, which complicates the performance of combat missions…”
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