Heart death increases since Covid jab


Queen Elizabeth II has died after 70 years of an extraordinary reign


Our Queen alas has died,English Monarchy now almost totally silent under Bonny Prince Charlie……

Only one week before her sad death,it’s believed she knew she was dying with limited time left,she received Mrs Truss as the new air b&b occupant of number 10. Tory Prime Minister’s come and go ,but the best scenario is when they’ve gone !!


In a rare moment of discord Leader of Ukraine (former clown?) ‘gives out’ to Kiev mayor (a noted and world famous boxer)


Vladimir Klitschko (not THAT long ago) shame really the clown has to do down a brave hero like Klitschko.


Spain are as deadly as a Matador

Spain and Costa Rica faced off for the first match of Group E. Spain got off to a fast start with their offense in Costa Rica’s box within the first 10 minutes. In the first 10 minutes, Dani Olmo scores for Spain giving them a 1-0 lead over Costa Rica. Olmo also scores Spain’s 100th goal in their World Cup history. In the 21st minute, Marco Asensio tips one in to extend their lead over Costa Rica to 2-0. Ferran Torres drew up a foul and scored off a penalty kick and scored again in the 54th minute. In the 74th minute Gavi scored another goal. The scoring wasn’t done there as Gave and Carlos Soler scored to make the score 7-0. This is the most goals (7) Spain has ever scored in a World Cup match.

D. Olmo11′

M. Asensio21′

F. Torres31′ (P), 54′


C. Soler90′

A. Morata90,+2



Existential threat?

Russia planning to draft ‘up to 700,000 troops’ in second mobilisation 

it seems like do or die for the Russian President now

he cant back down nor turn around….wars are so dangerous

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – AUGUST 29, 2019: Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev holds a meeting of the Russian Government. Yekaterina Shtukina/POOL/TASS

In new comments, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said his country “does not intend the ‘special operation’ to change the government in Ukraine”.

He said Vladimir Putin has “already spoken about this”. 

Russia has named a range of goals for its war in Ukraine, including helping Russian speakers in the eastern Donbas region and fighting against a so-called “anti-Russian enclave”.

Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said at the beginning of the invasion that regime change in Ukraine was not the goal – but he later made a conflicting statement. 

In July, he said: “We will definitely help the Ukrainian people to free themselves from the regime that is absolutely anti-people and anti-history.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Boy, 14, dies three weeks after Covid jab

Death of boy, 14, three weeks after Covid jab of ‘significant public concern’ – coroner

Joseph McGinty died at home on Achill Island in County Mayo, Ireland, three weeks after receiving the Pfizer Covid-19 jab, with a coroner describing the death as a “significant public concern


On Love

There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket – safe, dark, motionless, airless – it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.

C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves


Qatar World Cup fan zone descends into crowd chaos with riot police deployed

Qatar World Cup fan zone descends into crowd chaos with riot police deployed


‘There were so many families screaming’ – Riot police with batons and shields deployed to FIFA Fan Festival in Doha as one supporter feared ‘a stampede’

By Phil Spencer

20th November 2022, 6:20 pm

Updated: 20th November 2022, 8:05 pm

Riot police were deployed to a fan park in central Doha, with one supporter telling talkSPORT that he feared a stampede would result.

Thousands of supporters were trying to access the FIFA Fan festival in Al Bidda with the the World Cup opener between Qatar and Ecuador on a big-screen TV.

A number of riot police with batons and shields were deployed as fans tried to make their way into the park
Riot police could be seen making their way into the fan park in Doha

However many were denied entry, with armed police carrying batons and shields standing guard at the entrances and stopping supporters from accessing the dedicated fan zone.

With supporters pushing to try and gain access, scenes of joy and celebration turned to anxiety and chaos as fans started to worry for their safety.

It’s not clear if anyone has been injured or arrested.

talkSPORT were in attendance at the festival and spoke to one supporter outside who revealed that he could hear families screaming in the chaos.

The supporter told talkSPORT: “It was very difficult trying to get in and I just came out, luckily, fearing that there would be a stampede or something like that.

“It was a rush. There is enough space inside the fan zone but we don’t understand why they’re not letting people in.





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Russia is reorganizing on their Front

Russian forces are reportedly beginning to reinforce their positions in occupied Luhansk, Donetsk, and eastern Zaporizhia oblasts with personnel from Kherson Oblast and mobilized servicemen. The Ukrainian General Staff reported an increase in Russian military personnel in Luhansk City and noted that Russian forces are housing servicemen in abandoned homes in Krasne and Simeikyne about 30km southeast of Luhansk City.[1] Luhansk Oblast Administration Head Serhiy Haidai stated that Russian forces are transferring the remnants of the Russian airborne units from right (west) bank Kherson Oblast to Luhansk Oblast.[2] Luhansk Oblast Military Administration added that a part of redeploying Russian troops is arriving in Novoaidar, approximately 55km east of Severodonetsk.[3] Advisor to Mariupol Mayor Petro Andryushenko also noted the arrival of redeployed personnel and military equipment to Mariupol, stating that Russian forces are placing 10,000 to 15,000 servicemen in the Mariupol Raion.[4] Andryushenko stated that newly mobilized men are deploying to the presumably western Donetsk Oblast frontline via Mariupol. Russian forces are reportedly attempting to disperse forces by deploying some elements in the Hulyaipole direction in eastern Zaporizhia Oblast.[5] Russia will also likely commit additional mobilized forces in the coming weeks, given that mobilized units of the Russian 2nd Motorized Rifle Division of the 1st Tank Army have finished their training in Brest Oblast, Belarus.[6] Russian forces will likely continue to use mobilized and redeployed servicemen to reignite offensive operations in Donetsk Oblast and maintain defensive positions in Luhansk Oblast.


Russian Military Leaders Discussed Use of Nuclear Weapons, U.S. Officials Say

The conversations alarmed the Biden administration because they showed how frustrated Moscow had become over its battlefield setbacks in Ukraine.

President Vladimir V. Putin was not a part of the conversations, which were held against the backdrop of Russia’s intensifying nuclear rhetoric and battlefield setbacks.

But the fact that senior Russian military leaders were even having the discussions alarmed the Biden administration because it showed how frustrated Russian generals were about their failures on the ground, and suggests that Mr. Putin’s veiled threats to use nuclear weapons might not just be words.

Still, American officials said they had seen no evidence that the Russians were moving nuclear weapons into place or taking other tactical measures to prepare for a strike.

The intelligence about the conversations was circulated inside the U.S. government in mid-October.

U.S. officials would not describe the scenarios the military leaders considered for use of a nuclear weapon. However, William J. Burns, the C.I.A. director, has previously said that Mr. Putin’s “potential desperation” to extract a victory in Ukraine and setbacks in the war could lead Russia to use one.

John F. Kirby, a National Security Council official, declined to comment on “the particulars of this reporting.”

“We’ve been clear from the outset that Russia’s comments about the potential use of nuclear weapons are deeply concerning, and we take them seriously,” Mr. Kirby said. “We continue to monitor this as best we can, and we see no indications that Russia is making preparations for such use.”

The Pentagon estimates that Russia has a stockpile of as many as 2,000 tactical nuclear weapons, which are designed to be used on battlefields to overwhelm conventional forces. No tactical nuclear weapon has ever been used in combat, but one could be deployed any number of ways, including by missile or artillery shell.

Tactical nuclear weapons carry lower yields and are meant to be used at shorter ranges than the warheads carried on intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Military experts say the use of a nuclear weapon — for the first time in more than 75 years — would fundamentally change the shape of war. Although the resulting destruction would depend on many factors, including the weapon’s size and the winds, even a small nuclear explosion could cause thousands of deaths and render parts of Ukraine uninhabitable.

Mr. Putin has sole authority over whether to use a tactical device and would make the decision to deploy one regardless of the views of his generals.

The new intelligence surfaced when Moscow was also promoting the baseless notion that Ukraine was planning to use a so-called dirty bomb — a conventional explosive laced with radioactive material. And it came amid a flurry of contacts between U.S. and other Western officials and their Russian counterparts, including two calls between Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III and the Russian defense minister, Sergei K. Shoig

While the risk of further escalation remains troublingly high, Biden administration officials and U.S. allies also say that the phone calls between Western and Russian counterparts late last month helped ease some of the nuclear tensions. A speech by Mr. Putin last Thursday in which he denied that Moscow was preparing to use a nuclear weapon in Ukraine further lowered the temperature, according to some of the officials.

“We see no need for that,” Mr. Putin said in his speech. “There is no point in that, neither political, nor military.”

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February and suffered significant casualties, Mr. Putin himself has fanned fears that he might resort to a nuclear weapon.

A European official said the speech was seen among allies as part of Mr. Putin’s regular pattern of inflaming tensions, watching the reaction of the West and his own public, then taking steps to calm the situation.


Russia conducted an annual military exercise last week testing nuclear-capable missiles. Mr. Austin said U.S. officials did not believe the maneuvers were “some kind of cover activity” to use a tactical nuclear weapon against Ukraine.

In Washington, administration officials say they still do not think Mr. Putin has made plans to use a tactical nuclear weapon or even a dirty bomb.

“We have not seen anything to indicate that Putin has made a decision to use a dirty bomb,” Mr. Austin told reporters at the Pentagon last Thursday. He said that even talk of the use of nuclear weapons was “dangerous.”

But he said the administration was “certainly concerned about escalation,” as it has been since the war started.


One day, Russian military leaders are discussing plans for the use of a tactical nuclear weapon; another day, the Kremlin is stating explicitly that a nuclear war should never be fought

Every few days, Russia’s rhetoric around the potential use of a nuclear weapon in Ukraine seems to shift back and forth. One day, Russian military leaders are discussing plans for the use of a tactical nuclear weapon; another day, the Kremlin is stating explicitly that a nuclear war should never be fought, and that using such weapons would have no political or military value.

While there are numerous rungs on the metaphorical escalation ladder before the nuclear question would come into play, there are at least three distinct scenarios for Russia’s use of a nuclear weapon, each of which differs in rationale and likely consequences.

Scenario 1: A Signaling Device

Rationale: Russia could test nuclear weapons as a warning to Ukraine and its supporters, demonstrating both its resolve and capability. Actions speak louder than words, so testing a nuclear weapon could drive home Russian President Vladimir Putin’s past statements that this “special military operation” in Ukraine is becoming an existential conflict for the Russian state.

The last Russian nuclear test occurred under the Soviet Union on October 24, 1990; and, apart from North Korea, no state has conducted a nuclear test since 1998. Russia could conduct a nuclear demonstration in its northern regions, international waters, or an uninhabited part of Ukraine. Each of these options would, respectively, be more brazen in the extent to which they would depart from decades-old norms surrounding testing. Russia would likely take care to ensure that the test causes no casualties and yields minimal radioactive fallout.

Likely effects: A nuclear demonstration would not tilt the balance in favor of either side. The efficacy of even Russia’s most advanced nuclear weapons is likely already known to relevant Western governments, and a test likely would not incentivize Ukraine to capitulate because Kyiv already feels that the conflict is existential. Russia’s recent aerial bombing campaigns have shown that, if anything, a nuclear demonstration is likely to harden Kyiv’s resolve and engender more sympathy and support from the West.

The humanitarian and environmental effects are also likely to be minimal, as the test site would be chosen with those impacts in mind. One unwanted side effect could concern Russia’s relations with China. China has tried to tow a careful line in maintaining the strong personal relationship between President Xi Jinping and Putin without kindling outright hostility from the West. China has thus far been sympathetic to Russia’s broader strategic goals in Ukraine, but a Russian nuclear test could put Beijing in a tough position. Xi recently stated China’s opposition to any country using or threatening to use nuclear weapons.

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Scenario 2: A Battlefield Weapon

Rationale: Russia could use nuclear weapons against Ukrainian military or energy infrastructure targets in an attempt to weaken the country’s will and damage its military capacity. Tactical nuclear weapons have a smaller payload and more precise targeting, which makes them conducive to battlefield use. Russia has about two thousand tactical nuclear weapons that it could deploy by plane, missile, or ship. It would most likely use the short-range Iskander-M missile system. These weapons have yields of 1–50 kilotons, the largest of which would have a blast radius about half a kilometer wider than the bomb the U.S. military dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, at the end of World War II.

A Russian nuclear test could put Beijing in a tough position.


We just entered a wintry period in London,with a newly placed PM and here it is “recession until next summer” others talk of renewed austerity

Following a forecast 0.3% decline in GDP in Q3, the UK economy is expected to contract around 0.2% each quarter from Q4 this year through to Q2 2023, resulting in GDP falling 0.3% in 2023 as a whole. This is a significant revision from the 1% growth forecast for 2023 in the EY ITEM Club’s July Summer Forecast – although the scale of the upcoming downturn is expected to be shallow relative to previous recessions thanks, in part, to the Government’s intervention on household and business energy bills.

As the squeeze on real incomes from high inflation eases, tax cuts take effect, the cheap pound boosts net exports and the tightening cycle for interest rates ends, GDP should return to growth in the second half of 2023. The economy is then expected to expand 2.4% in 2024 (unchanged from the Summer Forecast) and 2.3% in 2025.


Winter is coming in Russia and Ukraine

Winter is coming in Russia and Ukraine.  Ukraine is faced with the choice of digging in and waiting to renew its offensive in the spring or fighting on through the weather and maintaining its momentum and success.  Since it launched its counter-offensive in August, it has reclaimed some 74,000 square miles of its territory from the Russian invader while inflicting horrific casualties on the Russian army.  Not without cost though, since the war began Russia and Ukraine are both believed to have suffered casualties in the range of 100,ooo, each.  Ukrainian casualties are probably lower in terms of the number of dead because they have been much better at evacuating and caring for the wounded than Russia has.

Wars have their seasons and winter is definitely not the best one.  As Napoleon learned during his retreat from Moscow, as both the Germans and the Russians learned in WWII, as we learned during the Ardennes Offensive and in the battle for the Chosin Reservoir in Korea.  Fighting in winter is very different than in other parts of the year.

For all its gains so far, Ukraine cannot allow the Russians to dig in and fortify, train, and reequip its army for months before resuming operations in the spring.  A lull in the fighting until April means the suffering of Ukrainian citizens in the occupied areas will be prolonged.  It would mean months of Russian missiles landing on Ukrainian cities and towns. A lack of progress for months could mean a loss of interest by the West in continuing aid to Ukraine.

The lines become static and will turn into a nightmare of shelling and counter-shelling by both sides which will sap the fighting spirit of the troops of both armies.


The sheer scale of the Russian missile strikes on Ukraine on Tuesday was described by Ukraine as the most severe of the entire war and may have been designed as a show of force by Russian president Vladimir Putin to members of the G20 gathered in Bali.

The scale of the Russian missile strikes on Ukraine on Tuesday was described by Ukraine as the most severe of the entire war and may have been designed as a show of force by Russian president Vladimir Putin to members of the G20 gathered in Bali.

U.S. Army self-propelled howitzers are on positions during the annual exercise in Pocheon, near the border with North Korea, Thursday, March 10, 2016.

Putin refused to attend the summit himself, but Sergei Lavrov, his foreign minister and substitute was at a gala dinner hosted by the Indonesian president Joko Wikodo as the attacks were being launched.

Indonesia’s painstaking attempts to make the G20 agenda sidestep the war in Ukraine have been dealt a final blow by Putin’s latest assault on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.


Russians bed in on left bank of River Dnieper

The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) escalated claims of Russian territorial gains in Donetsk Oblast on November 13 and 14, likely to emphasize that Russian forces are intensifying operations in Donetsk Oblast following withdrawal from the right bank of Kherson Oblast. 

The Russian MoD claimed that Russian forces completed the capture of Mayorsk (20km south of Bakhmut) on November 13 and of Pavlivka (45km southwest of Donetsk City) on November 14 after several weeks of not making claims of Russian territorial gains.[1] 

As ISW assessed on November 13, Russian forces will likely recommit troops to Donetsk Oblast after leaving the right bank of Kherson Oblast, which will likely lead to an intensification of operations around Bakhmut, Donetsk City, and in western Donetsk Oblast.[2] Russian forces will likely make gains in these areas in the coming days and weeks, but these gains are unlikely to be operationally significant.

The Russian MoD is likely making more concrete territorial claims in order to set information conditions to frame Russian successes in Donetsk Oblast and detract from discontent regarding losses in Kherson Oblast.

Russian bloggers largely complained that Zelensky arrived in Kherson City and was able to move around with relatively little concern about Russian strikes in his vicinity and questioned why Russian forces did not launch strikes on Zelensky.[3] 

One prominent blogger noted that this shows that Russia does not want to win the war and criticized Russian forces for allowing Zelensky to step foot on “Russian territory.”[4]

 Russian bloggers have notably maintained a relatively muted response to the Russian loss of the right bank in the past days, as ISW has previously reported.[5] The clear shift in rhetoric from relatively exculpatory language generally backing the withdrawal as a militarily sound decision to ire directed at Russian military failures suggests that Russian military leadership will likely be pressured to secure more direct gains in Donetsk Oblast and other areas.

Source: ISW (Washington)


‘American Mark’ sorts us all out with his essay

Stalingrad was the Key … not London, not Moscow, not Leningrad, Not Alexandria, not Gibralter

If the Germans could have controlled downtown Stalingrad (including the train stations), by mid-October 1942, there is a fairly good chance that they could have fortified the high ground over the river, controlled the East bank, been able to winter in Stalingrad and been in an ideal position to strike the flanks of any advance out of Moscow.

This would have placed Germany in command of the strategic rail vital to using the Caucasus oil.

This would have removed the irritating southern attack, below the Caucasus, by the Russians.

The Russians would have drawn the line at the Volga and dug in on the east side (making it difficult to move an armor thrust against Germany, in the spring)

This would have essentially created the long defensive front the Germans needed to negotiate. It might be envisioned as a peace/pull-back detente with the Russians (stopping the carnage at Leningrad and the threat to Moscow)

At this point WWII would have been won for Germany and they would have been consolidating their gains in 1943

The 1930’s era map of Russian Railways below, provides a guide to the importance of Stalingrad … and just how much energy was applied to capturing it … It is hard to imagine any soldier defending or attacking that rail station ever survived.

The map below does not indicate the quality of the rail lines … or their capacity … The guidance I received was the lines radiating into and out of Stalingrad were stronger than the local lines crossing the Ukraine.

Stalingrad Rail Station is archived below (2 photos)

An Aerial view of the Railroad station being fought over


War begins to bite

Russia continues to use the ABP method of deflecting blame for the setbacks in Ukraine. The ABP method is Anybody But Putin.

Russia continues to fire military commanders to deflect blame for failures in Ukraine from the country’s leadership, according to British defense officials.

The latest victim is Colonel General Alexander Lapin who has been fired from his role as commander of Russia’s Central Military District in late October. (Above shaking hands with Putin)

Major General Alexander Linkov was reportedly appointed acting commander on Thursday.

The report said that Lapin had been “widely criticized for poor performance on the battlefield” by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and Putin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of the notorious Wagner Group. Putin is trying to placate both with the firing.

The reports follow a series of dismissals of senior Russian military commanders since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February. Commanders of the Eastern, Southern, and Western Military Districts were replaced earlier this year.

“These dismissals represent a pattern of blame against senior Russian military commanders for failures to achieve Russian objectives on the battlefield,” tHe report added. “This is in part likely an attempt to insulate and deflect blame from Russian senior leadership at home.”

Lapin’s removal has not been officially confirmed by Russia’s defense ministry.

Vlad Mykhnenko, an expert in the post-communist transformation of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union at the University of Oxford said: “Either a humiliating retreat or a devastatingly costly attack causes an uproar on social media, followed by the state-controlled TV propaganda, with the supporters of the Russian invasion… screaming for blood of the offending general and, increasingly, the Ministry of Defence and the General Staff.”

The same cycle is repeating itself after Russia’s failure to capture Pavlivka, a village in the Donetsk region, Mykhnenko said.

“The Russians lost many hundreds of troops and a lot of armor, but failed to achieve any of the attack’s objectives,” he said. “As the news from Pavlivka began to emerge, the pro-war social media channels, including Prigozhin and Kadyrov’s internet bots, started a new campaign calling for severe punishments to be dished out against the responsible generals in the Ministry of Defence and the General Staff. I would not be surprised to see another proverbial head to roll in Moscow.”

But the problem with the Kremlin’s strategy is the same as with their troops: “they are going to run out of generals—scapegoats— as many more failures and retreats from Ukraine awaits,” Mykhnenko said.

“Moreover, the senior military leaders and Army cadre generals at large will become increasingly demoralized and frustrated with social media and TV pundit attacks and tacit Putin’s approval of the criticism. How the Russian Army generals would react is anyone’s guess.”

So ABP will continue. The only issue is which will Russia run out of first-generals or soldiers?


Russia wants to hive off some of the occupation power sources

Russian forces are continuing to withdraw some elements from northwestern Kherson Oblast, but it is still unclear if Russian forces will fight for Kherson City. Kherson City occupation deputy Kirill Stremousov stated on November 3 that Russian forces “will most likely leave for the left (eastern) bank” of the Dnipro River urging civilians to evacuate from Kherson City “as quickly as possible.” ISW has observed that Russian forces are continuing to prepare fallback positions on the left (eastern) bank of the Dnipro River while continuing to set up defensive positions northwest of Kherson City and transporting additional mobilized forces there, despite Stremousov’s statement. Some Russian elite units — such as airborne forces and naval infantry — are reportedly continuing to operate on the right (western) bank of the Dnipro River and their full withdrawal from northern Kherson Oblast would be a clearer indicator that Russian forces will not fight for Kherson City or settlements on the right bank. Stremousov also hypothesized about the probability of fighting in Kherson City and northern Kherson Oblast in the next two weeks, which may suggest that he anticipates some battles for Kherson City despite his comments about withdrawal. Stremousov is also an unreliable source who has consistently issued contradictory statements and made emotional responses to events, and his public statements may be clouded by personal fears of losing his position within the occupation government.

Ukrainian and Russian sources also extensively discussed the reported closure of some Russian checkpoints in the vicinity of Kherson City, the theft of city’s monuments, and the removal of a Russian flag from the Kherson Oblast Administration building as indicators of an ongoing Russian withdrawal from the city. A Russian outlet claimed that Russian officials removed the flag because the occupation administration moved to Henichesk by the Crimean border. While the relocation of the Kherson Oblast occupation government may suggest that Russian forces are preparing to abandon Kherson City, it may equally indicate that they are setting conditions for urban combat within the city. Similar reports may arise in coming days given the ongoing forced evacuation of civilians from both right and left banks of the Dnipro River but may not indicate an immediate withdrawal of Russian forces from Kherson City. The disposition of Russian airborne forces remains the best indicator of Russian intentions.

Russian forces prematurely impaled an insufficient concentration of mobilized personnel on offensive pushes near Bakhmut and Vuhledar, Donetsk Oblast, wasting the fresh supply of mobilized personnel on marginal gains towards operationally insignificant settlements. Ukrainian General Staff Deputy Chief Oleksiy Hromov stated on November 3 that one or two Russian motorized rifle companies with artillery and tank support conducted ground attacks within the past week to seize Pavlivka in an effort to reach Vuhledar, but that Russian forces have suffered losses due to Ukrainian defenses. Russian sources also acknowledged on November 3 that the rate of Russian advances near Vuhledar is slow due to Ukrainian resistance and mud. Hromov stated that Russian forces continue ground attacks at the expense of mobilized personnel, private military company forces, and former prisoners, and that the Russians conducted over 40 ground attacks in the Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and western Donetsk Oblast areas in the past 24 hours, sustaining over 300 casualties (100 killed) in just one direction. ISW has previously reported on the slow Russian rate of advance in Donetsk Oblast and injudicious allocation of resources on the front lines. Russian forces would likely have had more success in such offensive operations if they had waited until enough mobilized personnel had arrived to amass a force large enough to overcome Ukrainian defenses despite poor weather conditions. Russian attacks continuing current patterns are unlikely to generate enough momentum to regain the battlefield initiative. ISW offers no hypothesis to explain Russian forces’ impatience or their continued allocation of limited military assets to gaining operationally insignificant ground in Donetsk Oblast rather than defending against the Ukrainian counteroffensives in Luhansk and Kherson oblasts.

Russian outlets continued to publish confused reports regarding the dismissal and replacement of Colonel General Alexander Lapin from either his role as the commander of the Central Military District (CMD) or as the commander of the Russian “central” forces in Ukraine. The CMD press service told Kremlin-affiliated outlet Kommersant that the head of the organizational and mobilization department of the CMD, Major General Alexander Linkov, will temporarily replace Lapin as the CMD commander. The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has not officially announced Lapin’s dismissal or replacement, and the CMD did not specify if Linkov will also take charge of the “central” forces in Ukraine. Unnamed Russian MoD sources had previously told other Kremlin-affiliated outlets that Commander of the 8th Combined Arms Army of the Southern Military District (SMD) Lieutenant-General Andrey Mordvichev would command “central” forces while Lapin is on a three-week medical leave. Milbloggers with ties to the Russian state media also recently claimed that Mordvichev will also command the CMD. Such incoherent announcements by Russian MoD officials about the possible replacement of the second most-senior Russian commander in Ukraine is highly unusual for a professional military during a critical period of a war.

Russian authorities may be setting conditions to imminently transfer the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) to the Russian power grid following the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) November 3 statements affirming that Ukrainian authorities are not misusing nuclear materials. The IAEA also stated on November 3 that shelling damaged external powerlines to the ZNPP in Ukrainian-held territory at points 50-60km away from the plant, completely cutting power to the ZNPP just one day after Ukrainian authorities transferred two reactors to a hot shutdown mode to generate heat for Enerhodar. This timing suggests that Russian authorities seek to force the transfer of the ZNPP to the Russian power grid by painting Russian control as the only viable option to provide electricity to the ZNPP and heat to Enerhodar and the surrounding area. The IAEA stated that backup generators are powering the ZNPP and have enough fuel for 15 days; Russian occupation authorities may transfer the ZNPP to the Russian power grid within this 15-day timeline. Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev claimed on November 3 that Russian authorities prevented a Ukrainian “terrorist attack” at the ZNPP, further suggesting that Russian authorities intend to paint themselves as the only safe operator of the ZNPP contrary to the IAEA’s findings of no indications of undeclared Ukrainian nuclear activities.

Key Takeaways

  • It is still unclear whether Russian forces will defend Kherson City despite the ongoing withdrawal of some Russian elements from northwestern Kherson Oblast.
  • Russian forces prematurely deployed newly mobilized personnel to offensive operations in western Donetsk Oblast in the pursuit of minimal and operationally insignificant territorial gains.
  • Russian outlets continued to publish contradictory and confusing reports about the dismissal of Colonel General Alexander Lapin from the position of CMD commander or commander of the Russian “central” forces.
  • Russian authorities may be setting conditions to imminently transfer the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant to the Russian power grid.
  • Russian sources claimed that Ukrainian forces continued to conduct counteroffensive operations in the direction of Kreminna and Svatove.
  • Russian forces continued offensive operations around Bakhmut, Avdiivka, and Donetsk City.
  • The Russian military continues to face pronounced issues in the supply of critical military equipment.
  • The Russian Ministry of Defense is likely continuing mobilization efforts covertly.
  • Russian occupation officials continued forced evacuations in Kherson Oblast

Billionaire has house snatched

Squatters have occupied the Amsterdam property of Arkady Volozh, the billionaire founder of  Russian search engine Yandex. The group’s members say they took over the sanctioned Russian’s building to protest the conflict in Ukraine, as well as the activities of capitalist “parasites.”

Volozh is sanctioned by the EU and as such is currently prohibited from selling or maintaining the building, NRC reported on Monday. With the property held in limbo, squatters moved in on Thursday, and banners reading “against war and capitalism” now hang from the facade of the building, located on a residential street in the affluent southern part of the city…

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – FEBRUARY 07: A woman smokes a cigarette of marijuana in an Amsterdam cafe on February 7, 2007 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The city council in Amsterdam has recently voted in favour of introducing a citywide ban on smoking marijuana in public areas. A successful trial ban in the De Baarsjes district of Amsterdam has been declared a success after a reduction in anti social behaviour. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)


Norway on high alert as fears over Russian passchendaele surface for Russia to make a new tack

NATO member raises military alert level

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store says Norway is in the “most serious” security situation in decades

NATO member raises military alert level

FILE PHOTO: Members of Norwegian armed forces. ©  Global Look Press / Alfredas Pliadis

Norway has raised the readiness level of its armed forces, warning that Russia may be “resorting to other means” in the conflict with Ukraine, and declaring it faces an increasingly difficult security situation.

The move was announced by Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store on Monday. Store ordered the armed forces to shift from readiness level phase 0, known as “normal situation,” to readiness phase 1, according to EuroWeekly News.

“We are in the most serious security policy situation in the past several decades,” Store told the media. He argued that, since Russia is now “experiencing great resistance” on the ground in Ukraine, Moscow could be “resorting to other means” in its military campaign.

The prime minister admitted that his government had no reason to believe that Russia would “wish to involve Norway or other countries directly in the war,” but explained that putting Norway’s military on higher alert was necessary because “the situation dictates it.”


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Business was booming in fake “covid certificates”

A hidden pandemic market advertising fake vaccine and test certificates for as little as £25 has grown exponentially, with more than 1,200 vendors in the UK and worldwide, researchers have found.

After UK ministers announced the return of overseas holidays – with travellers required to show proof of negative tests, and vaccine passports on the horizon – the Guardian has also learned that anti-vaxxers and people arriving in Britain from poorer nations make up a significant number of those buying forged pandemic paraphernalia.


Spain drops restrictions

Spain has lifted almost every travel restriction in a new boost to UK travellers. The country is perhaps one of the most popular destinations for Brits looking for a holiday.

The lifting of the rules was confirmed by the Spanish government in its official bulletin. It says the restrictions on travellers was no longer justified given the drop in (covid) cases.


More about flooding

Urban pluvial (surface water) flooding – flooding in urban areas caused by intense and/or prolonged rainfall which overwhelms the capacity of the drainage system – is one of the principal hazards in modern towns and cities. This type of flooding often leads to major economic losses and devastating social and environmental impacts. 

Unlike other types of flooding, pluvial flooding is a direct, quick and localised consequence of rainfall. It often happens with little warning and in areas not obviously prone to flooding, making it hard to manage and predict. Whilst intense and/or prolonged rainfall events can also take place in rural areas, pluvial flooding is a predominantly urban phenomenon, as it is in urban areas that its effects are most pronounced and damaging.

The likelihood (i.e. hazard) of pluvial flooding occurring is higher in urban areas due to the high proportion of tarmacked and paved surfaces, which limit water infiltration and increase the amount of water running off the ground surface as well as it’s speed. This is exacerbated by the fact that natural drainage routes are often altered in cities, which results in reduced capacity for excess water. Further, the growing urban population and degree of urbanisation puts great pressure on the existing drainage systems, increasing the likelihood of them being overwhelmed. Moreover, the potential impacts of flooding are significantly greater in urban areas: a consequence of cities’ high density of population, properties and vital infrastructure.


Unvaccinated Children Are ‘Our Only Hope’ in Generating Herd Immunity: Vaccine Expert

For nearly two years, vaccine expert and virologist Geert Vanden Bossche has been on a mission to raise awareness of why healthy children should not receive COVID-19 vaccines.

Vanden Bossche, who has 30 years of experience in the vaccine industry, claims that it is primarily the unvaccinated children and adults who can generate herd immunity.

“The children are our only hope still, to generate herd immunity,” Vanden Bossche told The Epoch Times. “And herd immunity means, thanks to their natural immunity, they can kill the virus, they can sterilize the virus.”

It is only herd immunity that “will be able, at the population level, to dramatically reduce infectious pressure and to tame the pandemic so that it can transition into an endemic phase,” he added, since the “vaccines cannot do this. On the contrary, the vaccines lead to the breeding of more and more infectious variants, which is enhancing the infectious pressure in the population.”

Herd immunity is defined as when a percentage of the population becomes immune to a disease—either through a previous infection or vaccination—which acts to stop or slow down the spread.

Yet, vaccines have never significantly contributed to ending influenza pandemics in the past. The virus in each pandemic had largely run its course and became endemic.

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The 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, caused by the H1N1 virus, began in March 1918 and ended in the summer of 1919 without the use of any vaccines. The 1957 Asian flu (H2N2) pandemic ended in 1958 with limited use of the flu vaccine. And in both the 1968 H3N2 (pdf) and 2009 H1N1 pandemics, the pandemic had already reached its peak by the time the vaccines were ready, so demand for the vaccines declined.

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Table comparing influenza pandemics and the COVID-19 pandemic. (The Epoch Times)

The COVID-19 pandemic is the first time that mass vaccination is being done in the middle of a pandemic.

According to Vanden Bossche, mass vaccination with vaccines cannot prevent infection during a pandemic when there is high infection pressure because it leads to immune escape, a phenomenon where a virus can escape the host’s immune system.

The late Nobel laureate and virologist Luc Montagnier was also against vaccinating the entire population during a pandemic. In May 2021, he called the mass vaccination program “a huge scientific error” and that the “history books will show that it is the vaccination that is creating the variants.”

Supporters of vaccination allege that the vaccines do not create more variants, arguing that the virus has mutated several times prior to the vaccine roll out in December 2020 and that the benefits of the vaccines outweigh the risks.

Vanden Bossche disagrees. He said that while variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus can occur naturally, it is the COVID-19 injections that are driving the process. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes the disease COVID-19.

Protecting the Innate Immune System

The most important reason why children should not receive a COVID-19 vaccine is to protect their innate immune system from being compromised, according to Vanden Bossche. The innate immune system is the body’s first line of defense against foreign pathogens.

Children are “equipped with a special kind of antibodies that we call innate antibodies,” Vanden Bossche said in a video this summer, which “only lasts for some time during childhood and after that they disappear.”

“These innate antibodies have an incredibly important function because they will help the child to kick off its own immune system,” he said, adding that these antibodies may be able to neutralize SARS-CoV-2 and many other viruses that are encountered.

study of 65 pediatric participants (younger than 23 years) and 60 adult patients infected with COVID-19 in New York City found that children had a stronger innate response compared to the adult group and their immune system had a higher concentration of several innate compounds. This gives insight to why children, for the most part, fare better with COVID-19 disease.

In addition, when the innate antibodies bind with viruses, this process educates the innate immune system to recognize the virus if it enters the body again in the future.

In a 2009 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists investigated whether the innate immune cells can retain “memory of prior activation, a function until now attributed only to antigen-specific adaptive immune cells” by studying natural killer (NK) cells.

They found that the innate immune cells could recognize a memory of their previous activation and thus “respond more easily and effectively to the next call for activation,” according to Dr. Wayne M. Yokoyama, professor of Medicine, Pathology, and Immunology at Washington University School of Medicine and the main author of the study.

Vanden Bossche also added that by “binding to viruses, these innate antibodies will prevent your immune system from recognizing self components,” meaning the innate immune system is also trained to differentiate self from non-self, so it doesn’t attack the body’s normal cells, leading to autoimmune disease.

When children are administered the COVID-19 vaccine, Vanden Bossche said that the antibodies induced by the vaccine will outcompete the innate antibodies in binding with the virus, as the vaccinal antibodies have a higher binding affinity to the spike antigen and thus cutting off the innate antibodies in doing its job and to properly train the innate immune system.

Federal and local health authorities have been pushing to increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake in children in the past two weeks.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted authorization for the bivalent booster vaccine in children ages 5 and older on Oct. 12 and the advisory group to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) voted on Thursday to add the COVID-19 injections to the childhood immunization schedule, which then allows states to mandate them for students to go to school.

The CDC messaging now is to encourage everyone 5 and older to get the bivalent booster regardless if they’ve already received two booster doses.

“Anybody ages five years and older is recommended to receive this updated bivalent booster, but people need to have at least completed a primary series … or if they’ve gotten any number of booster doses in the past, they are also eligible to get this updated booster dose,” Dr. Sarah Meyer, chief medical officer at the CDC’s Immunization Services Division, said on Oct. 12.

“So instead of counting how many boosters somebody’s gotten, what we really want to emphasize is that everybody should get an updated booster this fall,” Meyer added.

The CDC says the booster, based on data from eight mice, provides protection against the original Wuhan strain and the Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5.



US Government Is Starting to Compensate the Vaccine Injured

Three additional COVID-19 vaccine injuries have met the bar for compensation, U.S. authorities announced Oct. 20.

Six claims lodged with the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP) have now been determined to be eligible for compensation, a Health Resources and Services Administration official told a meeting on vaccines. All the claims relate to COVID-19 vaccines.

One is the result of severe allergic shock. The five others are the result of myocarditis, a form of heart inflammation.

Of the six vaccine-injured people, only one has been partially compensated. Officials are reviewing “eligible expenses” for all six, the official said.

Due to the invocation of an emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic, COVID-19 vaccine injury claims must be made to the CICP, rather than a different program called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).

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Certain serious conditions and deaths are covered by CICP, but claims must be judged by a secret panel as having proven a link between the condition or death and the vaccine.

Some COVID-19 therapies are also covered by the program.

Forty-eight claims have been denied because they did not meet the standard proof of causation bar and/or the injury sustained is not covered, the administration official said.

As of Oct. 1, some 10,300 claims have been lodged. About 70 percent allege injuries from COVID-19 vaccines.

VICP Claims Drop

Many more claims are being made to the CICP than to the VICP, which was created in the 1980s to shield vaccine manufacturers from lawsuits.

VICP covers a number of vaccines regularly given to Americans, such as the measles vaccine, the Hepatitis A vaccine, and the Tetanus shot.

In fiscal year 2021, 2,057 claims were lodged with the VICP. U.S. authorities paid about $203 million to resolve claims, and another $36 million for fees to attorneys representing injured people.

In fiscal year 2022, just 995 claims were filed. That led to payments of nearly $196 million, as well as an additional $34.2 million to lawyers.

VICP has a gigantic backlog. There are more than 1,500 claims still awaiting review.

Zachary Stieber



British prime minister quits after just 44 days in number 10

Bringing back Johnson would “add insult to injury” for the public, Labour leader says

The return of Boris Johnson would “add insult to injury for the public”, Sir Keir Starmer has said.

Asked if he would mind facing Mr Johnson again, the Labour leader told the BBC’s Newscast podcast: “No. I share the view that (he) was unfit for office.”

Sir Keir added: “Let’s remember that it was three months ago pretty much that he resigned in disgrace.

“He resigned because dozens of his frontbench (colleagues) were resigning themselves, saying he was unfit for office…

“So if they’re going to go from this experiment, this chaos, this economic damage, (and) wind back three months to a man who was deemed to be unfit for office, I think that only adds insult to injury for the public (who will be) knocking on the door saying, ‘Hang on, why can’t we have a say on this?”‘


Life Expectancy Falls Again in ‘Historic’ Decline

Athletes were the canaries in the coalmine, with several hundred dropping dead despite 80% having no symptoms or family history of heart disease. With the release of the latest statistics, the historic life expectancy drop can no longer be denied.


  • According to the latest statistics, life expectancy in the United States dropped precipitously in 2020 and 2021. In 2019, the average life span of Americans of all ethnicities was nearly 79 years. By the end of 2021, life expectancy had dropped to 76 — a loss of nearly three years
  • Even small declines in life expectancy of a tenth or two-tenths of a year mean that on a population level, a lot more people are dying prematurely than they really should be
  • Native Americans and Alaska Natives have the highest rate of diabetes out of any ethnic groups — 1 in 7 — and obesity is also common. Both of these conditions have been identified as comorbidities that make you more susceptible to serious COVID-19 infection
  • Aside from COVID, causes of death listed as contributors to this loss of life expectancy include accidental deaths, drug overdoses, heart disease, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis. However, excess deaths from all causes are wildly elevated, across age groups
  • That life expectancy has dropped by three years since the start of the pandemic can be explained by the simple fact that the primary “remedy” for COVID — the experimental mRNA COVID jabs — are the most lethal drugs in medical history

According to the latest statistics reported by The New York Times1 August 31, 2022, life expectancy in the United States dropped precipitously in 2020 and 2021.

In 2019, the average life span of Americans of all ethnicities was nearly 79 years. By the end of 2021, two years into the COVID pandemic and one full year into the mass inoculation campaign, life expectancy had dropped to 76 — a loss of nearly three years.

Even small declines in life expectancy of a tenth or two-tenths of a year mean that on a population level, a lot more people are dying prematurely than they really should be. And this was nearly THREE years or 35 times more.

What Has Caused Drop in Life Expectancy?

According to The New York Times, Native Americans and Alaska Natives have the highest rate of diabetes out of any ethnic groups — 1 in 7 — and obesity is also common. Both of these conditions have been identified as comorbidities that make you more susceptible to serious COVID-19 infection, which could help explain why life expectancy among Native Americans and Alaska Natives dropped by four years in 2020.

They do not necessarily explain the continued drop in life expectancy in 2021, however. According to Minnesota Chippewa tribe member Dr. Ann Bullock, former director of diabetes treatment and prevention at the federal Indian Health Service agency, the COVID jab campaign was very successful among Native Americans and Alaska Natives, which made the continued drop during 2021 “all the more upsetting.”

Bullock told The New York Times,2 “The Native American population did quite well in the vaccination efforts, and that made us feel that 2021 would not be as devastating as 2020.”

Aside from COVID, causes of death listed as contributors to this loss of life expectancy include accidental deaths, drug overdoses, heart disease, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis. As you might expect, the idea that the COVID shots might have something to do with it is completely dismissed, even though it’s the proverbial elephant in the room.

Lethal Traffic Accidents Are at 20-Year High

The increase in “accidental deaths” seem particularly odd, considering the many lockdowns, but it’s possible the COVID jabs might have something to do with this as well. According to the U.S. National Highway Transportation .

Excess mortality, a statistic that is related to but separate from life expectancy, certainly plays a role. Excess mortality refers to the difference between the observed numbers of deaths (from all causes) during a given time period, compared to the expected number of deaths based on historical norms, such as the previous five-year average. (Formula: reported deaths – expected deaths = excess deaths.)

Across the world, excess mortality has dramatically risen since the start of the pandemic, and barely a day now goes by without a healthy adult suddenly dropping dead with no apparent cause. People have died during live broadcasts, in the middle of speeches and during dinner.

Clearly, they were feeling well enough to go to work, to an event or a restaurant, and something caused them to instantaneously die without warning. These are the people making up these excess death statistics. They shouldn’t be dead, yet something took them out.

While COVID-positive deaths were part of the equation in 2020, excess deaths really took off after the rollout of the COVID jabs, and in 2021 far exceeded deaths labeled as COVID deaths.4

In the video above, John Campbell, retired nurse teacher, reviews excess death data in Scotland, where excess mortality is now so high across all age groups that the government has launched a formal inquiry to determine the cause.5 Data show excess deaths are 11% above the five-year average, and has remained above average for the past 26 weeks.

Healthy Athletes Dropping Dead at Record Numbers

Campbell also reviews the individual case of Rob Wardell, a 37-year-old champion mountain biker who died in his sleep mere days after winning the Scottish MTB XC championship.6 His partner, Katie Archibald tweeted:7

“I still don’t understand what’s happened; if this is real; why he’d be taken now — so healthy and happy. He went into cardiac arrest while we were lying in bed. I tried and tried, and the paramedics arrived within minutes, but his heart stopped and they couldn’t bring him back.”

Wardell is just one of several hundred athletes who have suddenly dropped dead, worldwide, and the one common denominator is that they all had one or more COVID jabs.

Between January 2021 and August 2022 (a period of 19 months), at least 1,249 athletes suffered cardiac arrest or collapse after COVID injection, and at least 847 died,8 with more being recorded as reports come in. Historically, the annual average of sudden death in athletes has been between 299 and 69,10 so this is clearly nowhere near normal, regardless of what the “fact checkers” say.

Campbell goes on to review a paper in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology,11,12 which notes that 80% of athletes who die suddenly have no symptoms of family history of heart disease.

The authors suggest using genetic testing to identify athletes at risk of sudden cardiac death. Still, with the dramatic uptick in athletes suddenly dying, it seems beyond unreasonable to attribute such deaths to undiagnosed preexisting heart disease.

Excess Death Trend in the US

A National Institutes of Health preprint13 published mid-May 2022, reviewed excess all-cause mortality across 3,127 counties in the U.S. between March 2020 and December 2021. According to this paper:

“An estimated 936,911 excess deaths occurred during 2020 and 2021, of which 171,168 (18.3%) were not assigned to COVID-19 on death certificates as an underlying cause of death …

The proportion of excess deaths assigned to COVID-19 was lower in 2020 (76.3%) than in 2021 (87.0%), suggesting that a larger fraction of excess deaths was assigned to COVID-19 later in the pandemic. However, in rural areas and in the Southeast and Southwest a large share of excess deaths was still not assigned to COVID-19 during 2021 …

Excess death rates were highest in Mississippi (301 

followed by Arizona (246 deaths per 100,000 residents) in 2020 and in West Virginia (298 deaths per 100,000 residents) followed by Mississippi (271 deaths per 100,000 residents) in 2021.”

Again, while a majority of the excess deaths were attributed to COVID (which we know simply means they had a positive PCR test at the time of death, or within a certain time period of death), 171,168 excess deaths were not attributable to COVID. So, why did so many people die that “shouldn’t” have?

Working Age Adults Dying in Record Numbers

Life insurance data tell an even more horrifying story. In January 2022, OneAmerica, a mutual life insurance company based in Indianapolis, reported that the death rate of working-age Americans (18 to 64), in the third quarter of 2021, was 40% higher than prepandemic levels — and these deaths were not attributed to COVID. They also had an uptick in long-term disability claims. According to CEO Scott Davidson:14

“We are seeing, right now, the highest death rates we have seen in the history of this business — not just at OneAmerica. The data is consistent across every player in that business.

And what we saw just in third quarter, we’re seeing it continue into fourth quarter, is that death rates are up 40% over what they were pre-pandemic. Just to give you an idea of how bad that is, a three-sigma or a one-in-200-year catastrophe would be 10% increase over pre-pandemic. So, 40% is just unheard of.”

Dr. Robert Malone addressed OneAmerica’s finding in a Substack article, stating:15

“AT A MINIMUM, based on my reading, one has to conclude that if this report holds and is confirmed by others in the dry world of life insurance actuaries, we have both a huge human tragedy and a profound public policy failure of the U.S. Government and U.S. HHS system to serve and protect the citizens that pay for this ‘service.’

IF this holds true, then the genetic vaccines so aggressively promoted have failed, and the clear federal campaign to prevent early treatment with lifesaving drugs has contributed to a massive, avoidable loss of life.

AT WORST, this report implies that the federal workplace vaccine mandates have driven what appears to be a true crime against humanity. Massive loss of life in (presumably) workers that have been forced to accept a toxic vaccine at higher frequency relative to the general population …”

Excess Death Trends in England and Wales

Excess deaths are also soaring in England and Wales.16 As reported by The Telegraph17 August 18, 2022, for 14 out of the past 15 weeks, England and Wales have averaged an extra 1,000 non-COVID deaths per week above the seven-year average, and the percentage of people dying at home is disproportionally higher than expected (28.1% higher than statistical norm).

If this trajectory continues, the number of non-COVID excess deaths in the U.K. will outpace COVID deaths in 2022.

According to The Telegraph, the spike in excess deaths became very noticeable around the end of April 2022, and if this trajectory continues, the number of non-COVID excess deaths will outpace COVID deaths in 2022. The top three causes of non-COVID deaths in England and Wales are currently cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cancers.18


Bulgaria withdraws from Eurovision 

Bukgaria made a sulky announcement,they don’t want to take part anymore!!


Montenegro publicly announced it was withdrawing from Eurovision, Bulgaria has done the same.

In a direct message sent to OGAE Greece, the broadcaster’s official Twitter account said:

“Bulgaria will not be taking part at Eurovision 2023 and most probably in the future editions as well. After analysis it was decided that this program does not present an interest for the broadcaster any longer.

What! How could they say such a thing.


Met Police failing in areas of its work, inspectors say

The Met is “failing” in several areas of its work, according to the police inspectorate, which has raised “serious concerns” over the force’s performance.

His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) said the Metropolitan Police must make “urgent improvements”.

It follows a series of scandals that have engulfed Scotland Yard.

However, the report described “many successes” at the Met Police, which it said was good at preventing crime.

The force said it was “committed to making changes to address all of the issues that the report highlights”.

HMICFRS graded the Met’s performance in the way it responds to the public as “inadequate”, while finding it “requires improvement” in areas such as investigating crime, protecting vulnerable people and managing offenders.

The force was judged as “adequate” in two areas of its police work but only found to be “good” in one.

Inspector of Constabulary Matt Parr said his concerns about the force had been growing for a “considerable time” and this latest report “raises serious concerns about how the force responds to the public”.

Met Police officer

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the force’s new commissioner would need to work on restoring trust and confidence

Sadiq Khan has described the Metropolitan Police as a force facing “real challenges” and “real problems”.

London’s Labour mayor told Sophie Raworth on BBC One’s Sunday Morning that evidence of “systemic sexism, racism, homophobia, discrimination, misogyny” had emerged in recent months.

While he “recognised the dedicated, decent, brave officers” on the force he said its new commissioner would need to work at restoring trust and confidence.

The role has yet to be filled.

Stephen House became acting commissioner when Dame Cressida Dick quit in February after Mr Khan said he had lost confidence in her leadership.

Her departure followed a series of scandals, including the murder of Sarah Everard by a serving policeman and her handling of racist and homophobic messages shared by a group of officers at Charing Cross police station.

Dame Cressida Dick and Sadiq Khan
Image caption,Dame Cressida Dick resigned after Sadiq Khan criticised her handling of racist, misogynist and homophobic messages shared by a group of officers

Mr Khan said: “One of the reasons why i lost confidence in the previous commissioner was my lack of confidence in her plan to address the two big issues.

“Addressing the systemic racism, sexism, homophobia, misogyny, but also the trust and confidence required from our public.

“That’s one of the things that they will be checking the new commissioner for.”

When asked if the Met Police was a “failing force”, Mr Khan said: “We’re losing trust and confidence, so if that’s the criteria of measurement, you could say so.

“But actually, in relation to crime going down… we’re making huge progress.

“The police have made really good progress in the last six years in reducing those crimes but I can’t escape the fact that too many people on our city haven’t got the confidence they should have in our police service.”

Last year, the Met announced an independent review of its culture and standards would be led by Baroness Casey of Blackstock.

The force said the review would examine its vetting, recruitment and training procedures, as well as looking into cases of sexual misconduct and sexual abuse allegations where those accused remain in the Met.


Liberalism received its greatest blow from the collapse of the world economy after 1929

Historian E H Carr was both sceptical about the League of Nations considering that any social order implies a large measure of standardization, which was impossible due to the diverse countries involved; meaning there cannot be a different rule for every member of the community, and he was also critical of the liberal principles as his faith in liberalism received its greatest blow from the collapse of the world economy after 1929.

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5 billion people could starve to death following a nuclear war between the US and Russia

More than 5 billion people could starve to death following a nuclear war between the US and Russia, finds a study published on recently in the journal Nature Food. Ash and soot from cities burning following the war would enter the atmosphere and block out sunlight, consequently leading to crop failure, etc., and death.

The study findings should alert all the people around the world. “The data tell us one thing: We must prevent nuclear war from ever happening”, climate science professor and study co-author Alan Robock said. Robock said: “The five-year-old UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons has been ratified by 66 nations, but none of the nine nuclear states. Our work makes clear that it is time for those nine states to listen to science and the rest of the world and sign this treaty.”

Till today, most of the assumptions about nuclear war focus on the deaths and destructions due to the bombing.

But the latest study finds that the real suffering of humanity would come in the years after the war, as there’ll be breakdown of supply chains and devastation of infrastructure, and problems from these will increase with the effect of a nuclear winter on food crops. So, there’s no other option, but oppose war. On the question of nuclear war, imperialism, and economies and politics of interests leading to nuclear armaments are to be opposed.


Some of Us Don’t Think the Russian Invasion Was “Aggression.” Here’s Why

.By Mike WhitneyGlobal Research, October 11, 2022
“We are not threatening anyone.… We have made it clear that any further NATO movement to the east is unacceptable. There’s nothing unclear about this. We aren’t deploying our missiles to the border of the United States, but the United States IS deploying their missiles to the porch of our house. Are we asking too much? We’re just asking that they not deploy their attack-systems to our home…. What is so hard to understand about that?” –Russian President Vladimir Putin, YouTube, Start at :48 seconds

Imagine if the Mexican army started bombarding American ex-pats living in Mexico with heavy artillery-rounds killing thousands and leaving thousands more wounded. What do you think Joe Biden would do?

Would he brush it off like a big nothing-burger and move on or would he threaten the Mexican government with a military invasion that would obliterate the Mexican Army, level their biggest cities, and send the government running for cover?

Which of these two options do you think Biden would choose?

article, Some of Us Don’t Think the Russian Invasion Was “Aggression”. Here’s Why, can be read on globalresearch.ca.

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Prices are rising at their fastest rate for 40 years

Prices are continuing to rise at their fastest rate for 40 years with food costs, particularly for bread, cereal and meat, climbing.

UK inflation, the rate at which prices rise, edged up to 9.1% in the 12 months to May, from 9% in April, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Fuel and energy prices are the biggest drivers of inflation, but the ONS said food costs had pushed it up further.

Workers and unions are pushing for pay rises to cope with higher prices.

But the government has warned against employers handing out big increases in salaries over fears of a 1970s style “inflationary spiral” where firms hike wages and then pass the cost on to customers through higher prices.

Currently, inflation is at the highest level since March 1982, when it also stood at 9.1% and the Bank of England has warned it will reach 11% this year.

Inflation is the pace at which prices are rising. For example, if a bottle of milk costs £1 and that rises by 5p compared with a year earlier, then milk inflation is 5%.

UK inflation chart

Households were hit by an unprecedented £700-a-year increase in energy costs in April, and fuel price rises in June mean it costs more than £100 to fill an average family car with petrol.

Rail workers walked out on Tuesday causing severe disruption, with further strikes planned for Thursday and Saturday in a dispute over pay, jobs and conditions.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union is calling for a pay rise of 7%, while employers have offered a maximum of 3%.

Unison, which represents public sector workers, accused ministers of “living on another planet” over “talks of public sector pay restraint”.

“Under-pressure health, care, school and council services desperately need staff to be given a pay boost that matches runaway prices,” assistant general secretary Jon Richards said.

The biggest teachers’ union is also warning of potential industrial action over pay.

The National Education Union has criticised government proposals for a 3% pay increase for most teachers in England, and called for an “inflation-plus increase for all teachers”.

But Dominic Raab told the BBC’s Today programme: “We have got to stop making the problem worse by fuelling pay demands that will only see inflation stay higher for longer and that only hurts the poorest the worst.”

The ONS said rising prices for food and non-alcoholic beverages helped fuel inflation in May.

Russia’s war in Ukraine has severely restricted wheat and maize supplies, which are used to make bread and cereals, from two of the world’s biggest exporters.

Ukraine is also a major producer of sunflower oil, meaning the costs of alternatives have also climbed.

Market research firm Kantar has forecast that the average annual grocery bill in the UK is set to rise by £380 this year.

Supermarket Asda told the BBC some shoppers are setting £30 limits at checkouts and petrol pumps, with customers putting less in their baskets and switching to budget ranges.

Grant Fitzner, chief economist at the ONS, said “widespread food price rises” meant the cost of goods leaving factories had risen at their fastest rate in 45 years in May, with the cost of raw materials at the highest on record.

But he said the steep rises in food and record high petrol prices in May had been stemmed by the price of clothes rising less than they did this time last year, along with a drop in computer game costs.

The ONS also revealed average UK house prices increased by 12.4% in the year to April, with average prices now £281,000, £31,000 higher than this time last year.

Richard Lim, chief executive of consultancy Retail Economics, said after families paid for essentials, “the amount of spare cash left over to spending on days out, socialising and other treats is shrinking at an astonishing rate”.

‘We are not doing as much fun stuff’

Georgia and Harper-Faye
Image caption,Georgia looks for low-cost ways to have a day out, preferably not travelling by car

Mum Georgia, from Birmingham, said she was having to cut back on trips with her daughter Harper-Faye as a result of prices rises.

“I haven’t got the money to go to Sea Life Centres and stuff. That’s like, £25 a ticket,” said she said. “I can’t go out as much as I used to, not a chance. I can’t afford it.”

Responding to the latest inflation rate, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the government was “using all the tools at our disposal to bring inflation down and combat rising prices”.

The government has provided a package of measures, worth £15bn in total, to help people cope with soaring prices.

But Rachel Reeves, Labour’s shadow chancellor said the country needed “more than sticking plasters to get us back on course – we need a stronger, and more secure economy”.

Liberal Democrat treasury spokesperson Christine Jardine called for a cut in VAT, adding: “This chancellor has hiked taxes time and time again, refusing to slash them to help with the cost of living emergency.”

There’s no respite from the relentless rise in prices. While at least the rate of rise in inflation appears to have slowed, this is just a pause for breath. Further records in petrol prices and a renewed surge in the price of internationally traded gas after a fire at a key US gas terminal, mean a hot summer, and tricky autumn.

Right now we are also seeing the impact of a notable fall in sterling, compounding the global inflationary pressures, and helping to explain why UK inflation is higher than the rest of the G7.

Inflation this high is disastrous for the personal finances of millions of households, especially as food prices are unarguably surging. “Squeeze” doesn’t quite capture how some working families are seeing their entire disposable income wiped out by monthly energy direct debits, or turning up at supermarkets asking the cashiers to stop the till at £30 or £40.

The Bank of England may not see this data as a reason to “act forcefully” which many see as code for a half a per cent rise in August. They will continue to watch the evolution of wage settlements. While there is little evidence of a spiral in wages and prices so far, it is clear we are at a critical moment for the jobs market.

With vacancies at record levels, unions see a one-off opportunity to increase wages, and will continue to push for double digit rises, for example rejecting Rolls Royce’s £2,000 cost of living payment. Employers including the government will resist, but workers may find some wind in their sails in negotiations.

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One way to try to control how fast prices are rising is to raise interest rates. The aim of this is to increase the cost of borrowing and encourage people to borrow and spend less, and save more.

In a bid to stem the pace of soaring prices, the Bank of England recently increased UK interest rates from 1% to 1.25%.



In the past – Gang warfare breaks out in London’s Chinatown | The Independent |

Police and community officials admit they are baffled by the upsurge in violence among street gangs, after several years of harmony and low crime rates. In the latest attack, last Friday, the front of a renowned Chinese restaurant, the Royal China in Bayswater, was smashed up.

The law-abiding community in Chinatown was shocked when, on 3 April, the first evidence of a rise in tension surfaced in a restaurant in Gerrard Street, the area’s bustling main thoroughfare. Acting on a tip-off, members of Scotland Yard’s Chinese Unit and firearms officers raided two restaurants and in one, Jen, found machetes, CS gas, four handguns, one machine pistol and the AK-47.

good fellahs eh?

“We were very concerned because this is the first time in 20 years that firearms have been associated with crime in the Chinese community,” said a police sauce.🤩 



Air Fatale

Air France Flight 447 crashed hours after departing from Rio de Janeiro, having run into a high altitude thunderstorm. After a years-long search for the plane’s black boxes, investigators concluded that speed sensors on the plane failed and gave false readings, causing the plane to stall (should we believe all this? In the light of Lion Air,German wings controversies etc)?





We stand alone!

The band is currently composed of Eskil Simonsson and Joakim Montelius (born 22 August 1969) along with touring members Andreas Catjar, Daniel Jonasson from Dupont, and Daniel Myer from Haujobb. Their music comprises a mixture of synthpop and electronic body music.

Members: Eskil Simonsson; Joakim Montelius; Andreas Catjar-Danielsson; Daniel J…

Genres: ElectronicEBMelectro-industrialdance-popsynthpop;

Origin: Helsingborg, Sweden

Years active: 1988–present

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We love you big brother (1984)


Don’t talk of dust and roses
Or should we powder our noses?
Don’t live for last year’s capers
Give me steel, give me steel, give me pulsars unreal
He’ll build a glass asylum
With just a hint of mayhem
He’ll build a better whirlpool
We’ll be living from sin, then we can really begin

Please savior, saviour, show us
Hear me, I’m graphically yours
Someone to claim us, someone to follow
Someone to shame us, some brave Apollo
Someone to fool us, someone like you
We want you Big Brother, Big Brother

I know you think you’re awful square
But you made everyone and you’ve been every where
Lord, I’d take an overdose if you knew what’s going down

Someone to claim us, someone to follow
Someone to shame us, some brave Apollo
Someone to fool us, someone like you

Someone to claim us, someone to follow
Someone to shame us, some brave Apollo
Someone to fool us, someone like you

Someone to claim us, someone to follow
Someone to shame us, some brave Apollo
Someone to fool us, someone like you
We want you Big Brother

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: David Bowie


War is peace said Winston (1984)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is refusing to release the results of its investigation into post-Covid vaccination heart failure.

The CDC has been conducting a review of reports of post-vaccination myocarditis, a form of heart inflammation.

The federal health agency has been performing abstractions on reports submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.

However, the agency is now claiming that federal law prevents it from releasing the results to the public.

The abstractions “are considered medical records which are withheld in full from disclosure,” the CDC told The Epoch Times in a recent letter, responding to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request

One of the exemptions in the act says that agencies can withhold materials that are “specifically exempted from disclosure by statute, if that statute (i) requires that the matters be withheld from the public in such a manner as to leave no discretion on the issue; or (ii) establishes particular criteria for withholding or refers to particular types of matters to be withheld; and (B) if enacted after the date of enactment of the OPEN FOIA Act of 2009, specifically cites to this paragraph.”

The CDC pointed to the Public Health Service Act, which was enacted in 1944.

The agency claims that vaccine injury reports and other information that may identify a person shall not be made available to any person except the person who received the vaccine or a legal representative for that person.

The information sought is available through the CDC website without details that would identify patients, the agency also said.

The CDC said that it does not have a formal definition of “abstraction” but that it means the process of reviewing medical records, including autopsy reports and death certificates, and recording data in a database.



Solitary experiments are from Frankfurt-am-Oder

Source: Musixmatch

All attempts to end in sorrow
Always tried and failed their way
Never put off till tomorrow
What you can do still today

As you walk along, you wonder
What to do to make things right?
Every time you ask, I answer
Try to get the balance right

Turn the light on for the showdown
Give me something pure in heart
Bring the night on before our time’s gone
Show me how to leave a mark
Turn the light on for the showdown
Give me something pure in heart
Bring the night on before our time’s gone
That’s just what it’s all about

All efforts to solve the problem
Always led to poor results
Never try to change somebody
Just because it fits your goals

Every mistake makes you stronger
Self-awareness paves your way
Look ahead into your future
See the light and praise the day!

Turn the light on for the showdown
Give me something pure in heart
Bring the night on before our time’s gone
Show me how to leave a mark
Turn the light on for the showdown
Give me something pure in heart
Bring the night on before our time’s gone
That’s just what it’s all about

Don’t be ashamed of what you are
Just be yourself it’s all that matters
Dont be afraid of who you are
But always walk ahead with pride…

Turn the light on for the showdown
Give me something pure in heart
Bring the night on before our time’s gone
Show me how to leave a mark
Turn the light on for the showdown
Give me something pure in heart
Bring the night on before our time’s gone
That’s just what it’s all about


  • Years Active 1994 – present (28 years)
  • Members
    • Dana Apitz (1994 – 1998)
    • Dennis Schober (1994 – present)
    • Michael Thielemann (1994 – present)
    • Steve Graeber (1998 – present)

Solitary Experiments formed in 1994 as a collaboration between Dennis Schober and Michael Thieleman, who had briefly collaborated before as ‘Plague’. The following years saw occasional live shows and the release of a couple of demo tapes before the song ‘God, Where Are You?’ from the ‘New Violent Breed’ compilation in 1999, which would become a hit in their native Germany as well as Holland and the USA. Their debut album ‘Final Approach’ was released on Machinery later that year.

A couple of high-profile festival performances in 2000 (including a slot at that years chaotic Wave-Gotik-Treffen) preceeded their second album ‘Paradox’ in 2001, with their first performances in the USA later that year. The 2002 remix collection ‘Final Assault’ would be their final release on Machinenwelt, moving to Out of Line for 2003’s ‘Advance Into Unknown’. A tour with Icon of Coil followed a year later, with Solitary Experiments 4th studio album ‘Cause and Effect’ released in September 2005.

The Line-Up

* Michael Thielemann – Sampling, Programming, Keyboards, Engineering and Recording
* Dennis Schober – Lyrics, Vocals, Effects
* Steve Graeber – Keyboards, Programming, Sampling

The band briefly used a female backing vocalist (Dana Apitz) when they first formed, but she left in 1998.


Covid Shots Increase ‘Risk of Cardiac-Related Death’ in Young Men by 84%, Official Study Finds

Florida’s top health official has raised the alarm after the state’s government conducted a study into COVID-19 mRNA shots and found a staggering 84% increase in the “risk of cardiac-related death” among young men.

Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo has issued an alert warning against Covid vaccines for men aged 18-39 years old following the state’s official analysis.

The state’s Health Department immediately updated its guidance and now “recommends against the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines for males ages 18-39 years old.”

In a statement, Ladapo said that “Studying the safety and efficacy of any medications, including vaccines, is an important component of public health.

“Far less attention has been paid to safety and the concerns of many individuals have been dismissed – these are important findings that should be communicated to Floridians.”

Defensive positions Russian forces are establishing in eastern Kherson Oblast

 is publishing an abbreviated campaign update today, November 27. This report evaluates the defensive positions Russian forces are establishing in eastern Kherson Oblast and what those positions suggest about Russian expectations for future operations in this area.

The Russian military clearly assesses that Ukrainian forces could cross the Dnipro River and conduct counter-offensive operations in eastern Kherson Oblast, possibly threatening all of the critical ground lines of communications (GLOCs) from Crimea to the mainland. Russian forces have been digging trenchlines and concentration areas in eastern Kherson since early October 2022 in obvious preparation for the withdrawal from the west bank of the Dnipro River and Kherson City.[1] Russian troops are preparing either to defend in depth or to conduct operational or strategic delay operations. Russian forces clearly do not expect to be able to prevent Ukrainian forces from getting across the river, nor are the Russians prioritizing defensive positions to stop such a crossing. The Russian military is setting conditions for a protracted defense in eastern Kherson Oblast that could allow the establishment of a solid Ukrainian lodgment on the eastern bank of the Dnipro River. The assessment that follows examines the Russian defensive laydown and evaluates the expectations for the flow of operations likely guiding that laydown exclusively. This assessment makes no effort to determine whether Ukrainian forces intend to cross or are capable of crossing the Dnipro River in this region and offers no forecast about whether or not they will make any such attempt.

Russian forces are fortifying their positions along critical GLOCs in eastern Kherson Oblast against a possible future Ukrainian counteroffensive. Satellite imagery shows that Russian forces have prioritized digging trenches and erecting dragon’s teeth anti-tank defenses along GLOCs that connect Russian forces on the eastern (left) bank of the Dnipro River with southeastern rear areas in Kherson Oblast and Crimea as well as with eastern rear areas around Melitopol, Zaporizhia Oblast. Most of these field fortifications are situated directly on the GLOCs themselves and are primarily oriented perpendicular to the roads themselves. They are thus most like elaborate roadblocks rather than parts of cohesive defensive lines that stretch across multiple GLOCs and fields. Russian forces have also heavily fortified a 3km-wide strip of land separating the Kinburn Spit from mainland Kherson Oblast and along the beaches immediately south and east of the strip.

Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies

Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies

The Russian defensive positions suggest that the Russian military leadership views the prospect of a Ukrainian counteroffensive across the Dnipro River as a serious threat. The array of Russian fortifications on and around the Kinburn Spit (as shown in the map) suggests that Russian forces do not expect to maintain positions on the spit itself if Ukrainian forces launch a counterattack against the spit; rather, Russian forces very likely expect Ukrainian forces to take the Kinburn Spit but intend to prevent them from advancing to mainland Kherson Oblast and to defend against an amphibious attack on the land immediately surrounding the spit’s connection to mainland Kherson Oblast.[2] The layered lines of defense (as shown in the map) provide Russian forces with multiple fallback positions if one defensive line happens to fall while the rest remain intact. Defenses near the spit suggest that Russian forces are concerned that Ukrainian forces could establish themselves on or near the spit and use that base to launch a drive from the west against their defensive positions that are otherwise generally oriented to defend against counter-offensive operations from the north.

Russian defensive positions are optimized to defend against Ukrainian forces attempting to advance along GLOCs rather than driving cross-country as Ukrainian forces have previously done. Russian forces concentrated most of their defenses at multiple locations astride critical GLOCs, establishing only a handful in the open fields between the highways. However, Ukrainian forces have previously conducted long cross-country drives in Kharkiv Oblast to capitalize on their success in breaking through Russian defensive lines near Balakliya, enabling them to more quickly advance on and surround Russian strongpoints such as Kupyansk and Izyum and push Russian forces from the Siverskyi Donets River in Kharkiv Oblast to the international border in most of the oblast.[3]

Most of the Russian field fortifications in eastern Kherson are nevertheless optimized to defend against drives along the roads and would be very vulnerable to envelopments across the open countryside.  Many of the fortifications across the roads do not extend far past the roads themselves, often just far enough to provide good fields of fire from both sides onto the road itself.  Most of these positions have open flanks terminating in the middle of fields. The flanks are often not refused (drawn back) or otherwise well-designed to deter or defend against attacks from the sides or rear. Many of these positions are not in tactical supporting distance of one another, moreover, which would make each vulnerable to Ukrainian tactical envelopments. Satellite imagery shows that Russian forces have constructed dragon’s teeth anti-tank structures around their positions immediately on the roads, but those anti-tank arrays do not extend far enough into the open fields to prevent Ukrainian tanks and other tracked vehicles from enveloping the Russian lines. 

  • The Ukrainian General Staff reported that Russian officials are preparing for another wave of covert mobilization starting on December 10 in the Russian Federation and in Russian-occupied territories in Ukraine.
  • Russian milbloggers widely criticized the Russian Federal Customs Service for customs delays and exclusions of dual-use goods that volunteer movements have been sending to the Russian military.
  • The Ukrainian General Staff reported that the Russian forces along the Svatove-Kreminna line are conducting defensive operations around Kupyansk and offensive operations west of Kreminna.
  • Russian sources reported that Ukrainian troops continued counteroffensive operations toward Svatove and Kreminna.
  • Russian forces continued offensive operations around Avdiivka. The Ukrainian General Staff did not report that Ukrainian forces repelled any ground attacks around Bakhmut on November 27, suggesting that Russian forces may have advanced in the area.
  • Russian forces conducted strikes against Dnipro City, Kryvyi Rih, and Zaporizhzhia City.
  • Russian occupation officials continued to forcibly transfer Ukrainian children from occupied territories in Luhansk Oblast to Russia under the guise that the children require special medical care.

Russian reservists poorly trained and equipped says UK Ministry of Defence

Russian reservists poorly trained and equipped says UK Ministry of Defence

The Russian war effort in Ukraine is characterised by confusion among reservists over eligibility for service and inadequate training and equipment, according to the UK’s Ministry of Defence.

In its daily update, the MoD said some reservists were having to serve with “serious chronic health conditions” since they were called up during Vladimir Putin’s announcement of a “partial mobilisation”.

The soldiers are likely to have had heavy casualties while digging “ambitious” trench systems near the town of Svatove in the Luhansk oblast while they were under heavy artillery fire.

It added that Russian reservists have been killed in large numbers in frontal assaults into well-defended Ukrainian areas near Bakhmut in the Donetsk region. Both areas are in eastern Ukraine, towards the border with Russia.

The UK believes that the Kremlin is likely to be worried about reservists’ families who will risk arrest by protesting about the conditions their relatives face.

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