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Ukraine: Tensions Rising Between U.S. and Europe, Russians Pushed Back From Kharkiv

Ukraine: Tensions Rising Between U.S. and Europe, Russians Pushed Back From Kharkiv

Humanitarians have described Mariupol as a “medieval ghetto” but most of the civilians have evacuated from the steel plant.

Tensions have risen between the U.S. and its European allies when it comes to Russia. France is reportedly “frustrated” with the U.S. sending aid, military weapons, and sanctions.

Humanitarians have described Mariupol as a “medieval ghetto” but most of the civilians have evacuated from the steel plant.

On the plus side, Ukraine has pushed Russia back from Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city.

Ukraine Pushes Russia Back From Kharkiv, But Russians Leave Behind Traps

Ukraine is getting closer to pushing Russia completely out of Kharkiv:

The apparent success at pushing back Russian troops outside Kharkiv — Ukraine’s second largest city, which is about 20 miles from the Russian border — appears to have contributed to reduced shelling there in recent days, even as Russia makes advances along parts of the front line to the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine.

Closer to Russia than any other large Ukrainian city, Kharkiv has been a major target of Russia’s invading forces during the war. With a large population of Russian speakers and ethnic Russians, the city has a special place in the Kremlin’s version of history, which portrays it as the place that demonstrates the folly of Ukraine trying to live apart from Russia.

Shelling in Kharkiv had halted on Tuesday for the first time since Russia’s invasion started in February, according to the Ukrainian military and local officials. “For the first time since the beginning of the Russian invasion, we have been living without constant shelling of Kharkiv for the second day,” Kharkiv’s mayor, Igor Terekhov, said in a video interview on Tuesday. “The city is reviving, and business is starting to work.”

But officials warned people to stay in their shelters to avoid any “deadly traps” left behind by the Russians.

Civilians in Mariupol Steel Plant Likely Gone

Some good news:

Ukrainian Capt. Svyatoslav Palamar, who is hunkered down inside Mariupol’s besieged Azovstal steel plant, tells CNN that he believes all civilians sheltering inside the plant are now out — with the caveat that due to the constant bombardment, it is difficult to make a full assessment of the situation across the massive facility.

Palamar, the deputy commander of Ukraine’s Azov regiment, made the comments to CNN’s Erin Burnett on Wednesday.

“If you’re talking about the Azovstal plant itself, then the civilians that we knew about, the civilians that we had with us, the civilians that we were taking care of, they are not with us. They managed to leave the plant. And as far as the – I cannot tell you for sure, maybe there’s someone else further down in the territory because no international organization at any point came or had access to come and assess the situation,” he told CNN.

Palamar added that a ceasefire was needed so that an international NGO could enter the steel plant to properly assess the situation, because the current siege did not allow for a proper assessment of current conditions.

“Basically what needs to be done is [that] a ceasefire is called upon so that some international organization can come and assess the situation, because under this constant bombardment, we are not able to go around and check anything,” Palamar said.

On Saturday, Ukraine’s President Voldomyr Zelensky said in his nightly addressed that “phase one” of the Azovstal evacuations was over and that essentially all civilians —meaning women, children and elderly — had exited the plant.

The president said “phase two” would involve the exodus of the wounded and medics, as well as military still inside the plant.

But Mariupol is Described as a “Medieval Ghetto”

Doctors have to amputate limbs:

Mariupol has become a “medieval ghetto” with medics forced to amputate limbs to stop new epidemics erupting, officials in the devastated southern port city have warned.

The country’s human rights chief Lyudmyla Denisova appealed to the UN and Red Cross to help evacuate wounded fighters stuck in the city’s Azovstal steel works. She said the destruction of a makeshift hospital there meant many were dying as power and water supplies are cut off.

“Due to the risk of infection because of a lack of antibiotics, medical instruments and sterile dressings, doctors are forced to amputate the limbs even with minor injuries,” she wrote online.

The city’s mayor Vadym Boichenko, who has fled, said “the [Russian] occupiers have turned Mariupol into a medieval ghetto,” while one of his aides said Azovstal was ablaze again after fresh bombing, warning: “If there is hell on earth, it is there.”

“Without medicine and medical care, the restoration of the water supply and proper sewerage in the city, epidemics will erupt. Today, the majority of the current population is old and sick. Without proper conditions, mortality among vulnerable groups will increase exponentially,” Boichenko said.

Russia Tells Poland to Apologize

Russia demanded Poland apologize after someone threw red paint on its ambassador to Poland. The Kremlin also threatened reprisals:

The ambassador, Sergey Andreev, was accosted by people protesting against Russia’s intervention in Ukraine as he went to lay flowers at the Soviet Military Cemetery in Warsaw on Monday.

Russia’s foreign ministry summoned Polish Ambassador Krzysztof Krajewski to receive its protest.

“Russia expects an official apology from the Polish leadership in connection with the incident and demands the safety of the Russian ambassador and all employees of Russian foreign institutions in Poland are ensured,” it said in an angry statement.

“A decision on further steps will be taken depending on Warsaw’s reaction to our demands.”

Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said authorities had warned Andreev that attending the cemetery, when Russia was commemorating Victory Day, risked provoking an incident.

U.S. vs. Europe

The New York Times detailed the fracturing relationship between the U.S. and France caused by Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

The U.S. keeps sending money and military aid to Ukraine along with military intelligence to take out ships and generals.

France wants a ceasefire and Russian withdrawal. It also wants diplomatic dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin:

“We must, together, never cede to the temptation of humiliation, nor to a spirit of revenge, because they have already, in the past, ravaged the paths of peace,” President Emmanuel Macron said this week in a speech in Strasbourg.

He added: “We are not at war with Russia. We are working in Europe for the preservation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and for the return of peace on our continent.”

A person close to Macron said France has grown frustrated with the U.S. due to all the aid but also the constant sanctions on Russia:

France, he said, wants to push hard for negotiations because there is no other way to secure Ukrainian security and strategic security on the European continent.

The official said that in the end, a relationship with Mr. Putin was unavoidable.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi echoed similar thoughts in front of President Joe Biden on Tuesday:

“We must support Ukraine,” Mr. Draghi said. “But we must also start talking about peace.” He added: “All parties must make an effort to sit around a table, even the United States.”

Mr. Draghi continued: “We must not try to win, the victory is not defined. For Ukraine it means rebuffing the invasion, but for others?”

Poland and the Baltic States are in line with the U.S. Can you blame them? They know a thing or two about Russian occupation.


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Mike-in-Mass | May 12, 2022 at 9:35 am

You folks know that the Ukraine Military has been attacking ethnic Russians for the past 8 years right? Our media doesn’t want to report this as it doesn’t fit the narrative “RUSSIA BAD”.

Maybe Mr Putin has had enough with the threats from the 13 biolabs funded by the American taxpayers? What if these biolabs were releasing these diseases to test their effectiveness? Was this constant biological weapon threat similar to a gun pointing at Russia?

    Yes, ethnic Russians, Jews, gypsies and other native Ukrainians have been under assault (e.g. Crimea) since the Biden/Maidan/Slavic Spring by a Kiev-aligned regime, military, and paramilitary axis. The illicit operation of Wuhan-style labs was a bonus.

    AnAdultInDiapers in reply to Mike-in-Mass. | May 12, 2022 at 2:29 pm

    I know that the Ukrainians have been fighting a Russian invasion since 2014. I know that Russia illegally occupied Crimea. I know that Ukrainian rebels in the Donbas attacked and killed their fellow Ukrainians.

    What, you expect the rest of Ukraine to not fight back?

      Mike-in-Mass in reply to AnAdultInDiapers. | May 13, 2022 at 9:22 am

      Why are Dems and Repubs VERY eager to send more $Billions to Ukraine?

      They couldn’t approve a border wall to protect Americans for 3 years, but oops, “Russia Bad” is exposing the biolabs in Ukraine and we better send CA$H right away! Seriously, who audits and polices exactly how the money goes to the right people? Follow the money, please, I dare you.

      Maybe there is a HUGE money laundering network in Ukraine. Maybe our State Department is in on it (LT. Col Vindman, Marie Yovanovitch, Fiona Hill), maybe Hunter Biden, Devon Archer and John Kerry’s stepson Chris Heinz (Rosemont Seneca Partners) are all part of the laundering and helping obscure the path the money flows to finance these biolabs? What was 0bama doing there back when he was just a senator?

      Glenn Beck was asking these important question back in 2019.

      The news you are being spoon fed is lying to you to shape your opinion. None of my friends wanted to watch it either, it’s easier to flip on Netflix and scroll MSNBC for “real” biased news.

      Why do so many aborted baby parts end up in Ukraine? What are they doing with them, all? Maybe testing the effectiveness of new diseases? Did you get all your shots and boosters? You must see dozens of covid deaths laying in the street on your way to work everyday. I’m glad I have a 4 X 4 just to get to the grocery store.

    geronl in reply to Mike-in-Mass. | May 12, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    Putin has been fomenting “ethnic Russians” to uprise for 20 years. He finally made the big moves in 2014 and 2022.

    You are just repeating propaganda.

They want to talk about ‘peace’ with Russia. This is not about peace. You talk about freedom first. Peace may come only after wards.

The Gentle Grizzly | May 12, 2022 at 10:24 am

Off topic: more labs are in.

The good news: I’m negative on a ton of things including the suspected Valley Fever.

The bad news: I’m negative on a ton of things including the suspected Valley Fever.

France has provided a lot of military equipment to Ukraine, and I fully approve of the French also seeking a sollution besides total war and regime change.

Libya, Iraq….No the geniuses in fake political science lab coats don’t have any good ideas for regime change.

We brought back slave auctions in the name of human rights for god sakes. The Kurds had it much better when they had an autonomous zone protected from Saddam than now that Bush created a truly unified Iraq under Iranian rule.

The French idea of a negotiated settlement beats the hell out of Joe Biden’s idea of fighting and escalating a proxy war.

By the way the things the geniuses in the Biden Administration say about Putin they believe it about you to, you aren’t earning any brownie points with them by going along with their regime change ideas.

    n.n in reply to Danny. | May 12, 2022 at 11:25 am

    “unified Iraq under Iranian rule”

    This happened during Obama’s administration of the second Iraq War, which progressed as transcontinental/global Spring from Tripoli to Kiev.

    AnAdultInDiapers in reply to Danny. | May 12, 2022 at 2:31 pm

    Ukraine would like a negotiated settlement too. Putin just refuses to agree obvious simple terms like Russians getting the fuck out of Ukraine and staying out.

      Dathurtz in reply to AnAdultInDiapers. | May 12, 2022 at 2:38 pm

      Why in the world would Russia agree to that? Even if we say that Russia invaded for absolutely no reason beyond aggression, why would they now leave with nothing? It may feel good for a government to mouth that position, but in what way does it materially improve the situation in Ukraine?

        txvet2 in reply to Dathurtz. | May 12, 2022 at 11:26 pm

        I don’t have a dog in this fight, but it seems likely that a dictator can’t afford to lose a war because his head is next.

I was reading a comment thread on a different platform regarding NATO/Europe response if Russia expands the offensive to other countries or uses a nuke. When I commented that they should not believe that NATO would respond if that occurred, people freaked out, calling me a Russian plant. Now, there is evidence that at least part of NATO is less than enthused about conflict with Russia. Well duh. Western European nations like France, Germany, and Italy are in the pocket of Russia.

    mailman in reply to Guardian79. | May 12, 2022 at 1:57 pm

    Well firstly the last thing Russia needs is another dirty unwinable war on its borders with Poland OR Finland.

    Secondly I hope Russia understands the impossibility of picking a fight with either country for its armed forces and its people.

    jrcowboy49 in reply to Guardian79. | May 12, 2022 at 2:59 pm

    And France, Italy, and Germany better re-fire their idle nuclear and coal plants as Russian natural gas will be too expensive if you can get it along with Russian currency.

    geronl in reply to Guardian79. | May 12, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    Putin has been wanting to rebuild the old Russian empire. He is obsessed

      txvet2 in reply to geronl. | May 12, 2022 at 11:29 pm

      But there is no way to do that without general, all-out war because the Poles, Germans, Hungarians, and all of the other former vassal states are going to allow that literally over their own dead bodies.

Fluffy Foo Foo | May 12, 2022 at 1:20 pm

Italy and France are right. US taxpayer dollars should not be sent to Ukraine. Work for peace, not war Republicans!

Oh no, France is upset! The only gear in their military is reverse!

    RCT64 in reply to jrcowboy49. | May 12, 2022 at 5:16 pm

    OT, the French get quite a bad rap as being “cheese-eating surrender monkeys”. Their armed forces are actually quite formidable. It’s amusing to remark on their WWII surrender, but their defeat can be more placed at the feet of bad leaders and lack of imagination in the what the Germans might do and how they might attack. French soldiers fought bravely in that war and many of their tanks were better that those of the Germans. Their employment left a lot to be desired, obviously.

      Barry in reply to RCT64. | May 12, 2022 at 11:39 pm

      “Their armed forces are actually quite formidable.”

      Conventional forces,no, they are not. They have some special forces that are quite good, but they are few. They do not have the hardware or the ability to move and support it.

      They have one thing only, nuclear weapons. They are just short of 300 nuclear warheads. They have four ballistic missile subs, the ace card.

      France is the equal of China (as far as we know) in the nuclear weapons front.

So the French Surrender Monkey Breck Boi has spoken. So? Putin is close to seizing the wheat production and oil fields of eastern and southern Ukraine. Why in the world would he negotiate and negotiate exactly what?
The first step towards recognizing evil is to admit it exists and forgive me for not taking someone that allowed the invasion and take over of large swaths of his country by Islamic Extremists seriously

Sundowner and Deep State can’t wait for a fight

Putin needs to be contained somehow or shown that if he invades, there will be consequences–otherwise, what’s to stop him from trying this again, with bigger aims–like the Balkans and Poland? I don’t see how we’re going to see peace or any talks while Biden is in office and calling Putin a war criminal. While there’s no doubt that Putin is a war criminal and a very bad man, it makes a difference if a citizen says it v. the President saying it.