While I am working on a piece about western-funded biolabs in Ukraine I hand my blog over to Russian commentator, Vera Zherdeva. In her latest article she makes pertinent observations about there being no mention of foreigners among Azov battalion prisoners and others who surrendered from the network of tunnels under the factory complex. She... Continue Reading →
More Azovstal fighters surrender – video
The Russian Ministry of Defence said today, a further 694 Ukrainian militants blocked at Azovstal surrendered, including 29 wounded. https://vk.com/video_ext.php?oid=-133441491&id=456259120&hash=14afb9e913faad98 According to the ministry, since May 16, a total of 959 militants have surrendered at Azovstal, including 80 wounded, of whom 51 who needed confined hospital treatment and who were placed in the Novoazovsk hospital... Continue Reading →
Evacuating the wounded
Sometimes unofficial reports can bring details onto the table which mainstream miss, or choose to ignore. Sometimes they are way off mark. However they should all be considered. This is Facebook from the normally newsworthy Rosa Primavera. Pregnant service-women! 2,227 people! Anyway, Russia's Pravda says that the nine fighters who surrendered yesterday were an advance... Continue Reading →
Azovstal, Snake Island – British involvement?
It’s some five weeks since I questioned how many British soldiers were, and are, trapped in the underground network of Azovstal steel production plant. Over the weekend it has emerged that there are at least three. In a Daily Express article, which by all appearances carries the stamp of intelligence services’ approval, bearing the byline... Continue Reading →
Azovstal tunnel blocked
Earlier tonight news.ru broke the story that DPR fighters had blocked the tunnel through which the APU was going in and out of the Azovstal plant. The report says: Alexander Khodakovsky, commander of the Vostok (East) battalion of the People's Militia of the DPR, announced the blocking of a tunnel at the Azovstal plant. His... Continue Reading →
Lieutenant General Trevor Cadieu and Azovstal
For the last three days civilians held in the tunnels of the Azovstal industrial complex have been evacuated during ceasefire intervals agreed by Russia for that purpose. Up to now 182 civilians have been released in these latest evacuations. Russian media outlet Ria Novosti reports that those wishing to go to Kiev-held territory have been... Continue Reading →
Azovstal – the pit and the pendulum
They call the 18 or so miles of tunnels under the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol "the catacombs", the original meaning of which is an underground complex of burial tombs. Right now the Azovstal tunnels are being used by Ukrainian fighters as a refuge. Civilians are being held there too. Many wounded lay in a makeshift... Continue Reading →
Where is Lieutenant General Roger Cloutier?
When stories of the capture of Lieutenant General Roger Cloutier began to surface just over a week ago (4 April) I checked around and summarily dismissed them. There were two reasons for this. The fact checkers seemed to have evidence that he was in Turkey, though I do not have much faith in corporate fact-checkers.... Continue Reading →