Americans To Provide Russian Propaganda

If this report is true then those trigger happy Americans that had to dash off to Ukraine to the new partisans will provide Russia/Putin a wealth of new propaganda for the folks back home.

Two US military veterans from Alabama are thought to be the first Americans captured by Russia while fighting for Ukraine. Alexander Drueke, 39, from Tuscaloosa, formerly of the US Army, and Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, 27, from Hartselle, formerly of the Marine Corps, volunteered to assist in the war effort but are now missing and feared to have been taken prisoner, according to family members, who are in contact with US congressional offices and the US Embassy in Ukraine, per the Guardian and Washington Post. “If it’s true, we’ll do everything we can to get them safely back home,” says John Kirby, National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications.

Family members tell CNN that the men haven’t been heard from since June 8, when they said they would be spending a few days on a mission. Another fighter, who provided CNN with photos of the men’s passports and entry stamps into Ukraine, said both vanished during a battle near the town of Izbytske, northeast of Kharkiv, on June 9, while under the command of Ukraine’s 92nd mechanized brigade. He described the battle as “absolute chaos,” with “about a hundred plus infantry advancing on our positions. We had a T72 firing on people from 30, 40 meters away.” The man said searches failed to turn up any sign of the men but a Russian propaganda channel on Telegram later claimed “two American mercenaries” had been captured, per the Telegraph.

Drueke’s mother, Lois “Bunny” Drueke, said her son told her he would be training Ukrainians on how to use US-made weapons, per the Post. He said “if [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is not stopped there he is not going to be satisfied, he will become emboldened and eventually Americans will be threatened,” she told CNN’s AC360 on Wednesday, appearing with Huynh’s fiancee, Joy Black. Huynh “really had this gnawing at his heart and this big burden on him to go and serve the people however he can,” Black said. “I’m still very proud of him. I just want to see him back safely.” (Russia has sentenced three foreign nationals to die for fighting on behalf of Ukraine, in what UK officials say is a violation of the Geneva Conventions.)

Like I said…..if true Putin just got boost to his war propaganda machine.

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Big Moves On Inflation

We are suffering from rising inflation….gas, food, housing, etc……and back in February Biden promised to do something to ease the monetary suffering of the American people…..

Biden To Attack Inflation

And then in May more promises and BS…..

Biden On Inflation

And now Biden has ‘big’ plans for inflation….

Amid sky-high inflation and a reeling stock market, the Biden administration is looking for remedies, and two are making headlines. However, neither is seen as being able to make a substantive dent in the problems:

  • Tariffs: The White House may roll back some or all of the tariffs imposed on China by former President Trump, reports the New York Times. If all such penalties were removed, it might save US households about $800 a year. However, given the fraught politics of the issue, it’s highly unlikely President Biden would wipe out all the tariffs, making any resulting benefits even more modest, per the Times. One estimate is that Biden’s rollbacks might shave, at best, a quarter of a percentage point off inflation, now running at a red-hot 8.6%.
  • Oil companies: President Biden on Wednesday sent a letter to major oil refiners, including Exxon Mobil, BP, and Shell, and urged them to ramp up production as a way to bring down gas prices, reports the AP. “At a time of war, refinery profit margins well above normal being passed directly onto American families are not acceptable,” he wrote, per NPR. A post at CNBC is skeptical about what this might actually achieve: “Refiners can’t just ramp up output, and utilization rates are already above 90%. Additionally, some refiners are now being reconfigured to make alternate products like biofuel.”

BRAVO!

This ‘big’ plan will do little to solve the problems of the average American….just what I anticipated from a politician of any stripe…..

Where will this be of immediate assistance to us mere mortals?

Do you really believe that agri-business cares about you or your family?

Or the shipping industry?

Then there is Congress that is more interested in the brides that can rake in ‘legally’ than your and your family’s well-being.

All this is so much bullsh*t….and yet we fall of these antics every election….the only real help is drastic measures not these half handed crap piles that actually aids NO ONE.

Let me know just how any of Biden’s ‘big’ plans will help you tomorrow.

I will wait!

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Bad News For Ukraine

I appears that the war in Ukraine is not going well these days……and our country seems to care less…..keep in mind that Ukraine is getting about $100 million a day from the US….we should care and care a lot.

As I stated the news is mostly bad…..

Ukraine is reporting that Russia is using WMDs……

Ukrainian and British officials warned Saturday that Russian forces are relying on weapons able to cause mass casualties as they try to make headway in capturing eastern Ukraine and fierce, prolonged fighting depletes resources on both sides. Russian bombers have likely been launching heavy 1960s-era anti-ship missiles in Ukraine, the UK Defense Ministry said, per the AP. The Kh-22 missiles were primarily designed to destroy aircraft carriers using a nuclear warhead. When used in ground attacks with conventional warheads, they “are highly inaccurate and therefore can cause severe collateral damage and casualties,” the ministry said.

Both sides have expended large amounts of weaponry in what has become a grinding war of attrition for the eastern region of coal mines and factories known as the Donbas, placing huge strains on their resources and stockpiles. Russia is likely using the 6.1-ton anti-ship missiles because it’s running short of more precise modern missiles, the British ministry said. It gave no details of where exactly such missiles are thought to have been deployed.

Ukraine is steadily losing territory….not looking good at all….

Russian forces trying to encircle Sievierodonetsk could be just days from cutting the city off, Ukrainian officials said Sunday. The government has reinforced troops trying to hold onto the last major urban center in the Luhansk region it still controls, the New York Times reports. Capturing the industrial city is a major goal of Russia’s military. “The situation in Sievierodonetsk is extremely difficult,” Serhiy Haidai, the regional governor, said on Telegram, adding, “The next two or three days will be significant.” A senior US defense agreed that Russia is likely to have all of Luhansk soon, per the Washington Post.

The fight in Severodonetsk: A chemical plant where hundreds of troops and civilians are sheltering is being bombarded by Russian forces, per the Post. Haidai said the shelling caused a huge fire, per the BBC. They knocked out a second bridge to the city and are shelling another one to cut off the inflow of supplies and people, the governor said. The mayor said Ukrainian troops control just one-third of Sievierodonetsk.
The twin city: Like Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk’s ability to hang on depends on getting supplies, including ammunition and equipment to replace what’s destroyed in the fighting, into the city. Thousands of troops already are there, per the Times. “If the help will come, it won’t be occupied,” said a military police officer in Lysychansk. “If there is no help with military equipment, of course they will drive us out.”
Missile strike in the west: Four Russian missiles fired from the Black Sea struck Chortkiv, injuring 22 people, local officials said. One hit a pipeline, prompting the shutoff of the city’s gas supply. The Russian Defense Ministry said its strike destroyed a warehouse in which Ukraine was keeping antitank and antimissile systems from the US and UK. Ukrainian officials did not comment on the Russian claim.
President’s assessment: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed pride in his nightly video talk over the way his country’s forces have fought in the east. “Remember how in Russia, in the beginning of May, they hoped to seize all of the Donbas?” Zelensky said late Saturday, per the AP. “It’s already the 108th day of the war, already June. Donbas is holding on.” He said Russia has had three times the number of military casualties that Ukraine has, saying: “For what? What did it get you, Russia?”

Ukraine is losing troops at an alarming rate…..

Mykhaylo Podolyak, a senior advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said Thursday that Ukraine is losing between 100 and 200 troops in the fighting against Russia each day.

The estimate is higher than the one offered by Zelensky last week, who said Ukraine was losing between 60 and 100 troops each day. Until last week, Kyiv had not been offering casualty rates, but now it seems Ukrainian officials are sharing their battlefield losses to get more arms from the West.

“The Russian forces have thrown pretty much everything non-nuclear at the front and that includes heavy artillery, multiple rocket launch systems and aviation,” Podolyak told BBC.

Podolyak said that Ukraine needs more of the rocket systems the US and Britain are starting to send, which can hit targets up to 50 miles away, more than twice the range of the M777 Howitzers the US has been providing Kyiv.

(antiwar.com)

They will always need more and more….and the American taxpayer will be on the hook….I say screw Ukraine that cash is needed here and badly.

This report illustrates why the news is the PR from Ukraine…..

As the war in Ukraine drags on, Ukrainian officials fear that Kyiv might lose some Western support due to “war fatigue,” The Associated Press reported on Friday.

The US and its allies have committed billions of dollars in weapons, but some Western European leaders have been calling for a negotiated solution to end the fighting, an idea Ukrainian officials have rejected.

“The fatigue is growing, people want some kind of outcome [that is beneficial] for themselves, and we want [another] outcome for ourselves,” Zelensky said.

The current situation on the battlefield is not looking good for Ukraine. An advisor to Zelensky said Thursday that they are losing between 100 and 200 troops each day as Russia continues to make slow but steady gains in the east.

Zelensky has made clear that his goal is to drive Russia out of the territory it has captured since February 24, which would require a massive military offensive.

While there is some sentiment among European leaders for Ukraine to make concessions to Russia to achieve peace, top US and NATO officials are encouraging Ukraine to keep fighting.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said last week that Ukraine shouldn’t drop the goal of driving Russia out of all of its territory, including Crimea, which Russia has controlled since 2014. Stoltenberg also said last week that the Western military alliance should be prepared to support Ukraine for the “long haul.”

(antiwar.com)

Is any of this true?

Or is this just another ploy to gain more funds and equipment from the US?

All this is now smelling of deception to me.

But not to worry…..Ukraine will continue to rake in cash……

The head of the Ukrainian parliament’s financial committee said Tuesday that Ukraine needs $5 billion in external financial assistance or it will be facing sharp budget cuts.

“We have to borrow $5 billion monthly. If we do not get it, we will have to cut spending,” Danylo Hetmantsev said, according to Reuters.

Hetmantsev said the Ukrainian government’s revenues cover less than half of its expenses due to the war. He said the government spent about 250 billion hryvnias ($8.46 billion) in May to finance the military and help people displaced by the fighting but only collected 101 billion hryvnias ($3.42 billion) in taxes.

The US and the EU have provided Ukraine with financial assistance through direct aid and loans, but it is far below the $5 billion each month that Hetmantsev said Kyiv needs. According to Ukraine’s Finance Ministry, the country received $5.12 billion in financial assistance from foreign countries between January and May.

So far, the US has authorized $54 billion in spending for Ukraine that is meant to last through the 2022 fiscal year, which ends on September 30 for the federal government. The majority will go towards military spending, but the $40 billion bill recently signed into law by President Biden includes $8.8 billion in economic support for Ukraine and other countries impacted by the war.

(antiwar.com)

So US needs to save the Ukrainians from budget cuts but not to help the US budget…..and sadly Ukraine is more important than the people in this country.

If you do not find this pathetic then you are a moron.

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