Vladimir Putin’s authorized strikes on Kiev’s military infrastructure to halt years of aggression on Donbass were long overdue.
He deserves high praise for taking this step after years of futile diplomatic outreach to the US-dominated West on this and related issues.
They failed because both right wings of the US war party prioritize endless hot and cold wars over peace, stability and compliance with the rule of law — notions they abhor and don’t tolerate.
According to Russia’s Defense Ministry on Thursday, Russian airstrikes overnight Wednesday and on Thursday destroyed 74 Ukrainian military targets, including:
three command centers
a navy post
18 S-300 radars (NATO reporting name SA-10 Grumble), and Buk (NATO reporting name Gadfly) air defense systems.
A Ukrainian attack helicopter and four Turkish-made Bayraktar strike drones used for aggression on Donbass were destroyed.
Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu created safe corridors for surrendering Ukrainian forces to exit combat areas unharmed.
He issued an order for Russia’s military to “treat them with respect.”
No Russian strikes on Ukrainian cities occurred.
No attacks on civilian areas.
No invasion of Ukrainian territory.
No intent to capture and occupy it.
Russian operations are all about ending years of Kiev aggression on Donbass and restoring peace over endless war.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stressed that what’s going on is “not a beginning of war.”
“It is prevention of a situation that could lead to global military confrontation.”
It also aims to “end (years of) war” waged by Kiev on Donbass.
On Thursday, Sergey Lavrov was scheduled to meet with interventionist Blinken to discuss Kiev’s aggression on Donbass and related issues.
The “American side” unilaterally cancelled the meeting and “refused to conduct further” talks, said Zakharova.
Further summitry between Vladimir Putin and the fake Biden was also cancelled.
On Thursday, cyberattacks shut down Russia’s Kremlin and other government websites.
Last week, Russia’s Foreign Ministry’s site was attacked.
There’s no ambiguity about where blame lies for what happened.
Turkey’s NTV News said a cargo ship sailing under the country’s flag was attacked in the Black Sea.
The incident happened about 50 miles south of Odessa, Ukraine.
In response to harsher US/Western sanctions to come, a Russian statement said the following:
“The government has formed clear-cut plans for measures to protect financial markets and individual companies from possible sanctions and other threats.”
“As part of this work, simulations (stress tests) of the consequences of the imposition of sanctions have been carried out.”
“As a result, clear action plans have been created.”
“Financial markets and the largest companies are fully prepared for their implementation.”
At this time, Ukraine’s air bases and air defenses are inoperable.
They’ve been “neutralized,” Russia’s Defense Ministry announced.
Russia’s Tass website was briefly taken down earlier. RT’s website was temporarily interfered with.
Operating again normally, RT reported that numbers of Ukrainian motorized infantry soldiers “laid down their weapons and defected to the Lugansk People’s Republic.”
They’re free to remain or go home when hostilities end, a People’s Militia statement said.
On Thursday, the Donetsk News Agency reported that “a special military operation has been launched jointly with Russian forces in the territory of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions” to liberate them from Kiev’s control.
Evacuation of Donbass civilians to Russia was suspended on Thursday.
Over 90,000 mostly women, children and elderly Donbass residents crossed into Russia’s Rostov region and were given safe haven status.
On the same day, LPR head Leonid Pasechnik said the republic is “provid(ing) all resources and means to accommodate (Ukrainian) refugees” who cross into Lugansk.
Separately, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the following:
Vladimir Putin “formulated his vision of what we would expect from Ukraine in order for the so-called ‘red-line’ problems to be resolved.”
“This is neutral status, and this is a refusal to deploy weapons.”
Moscow is willing to negotiate with Kiev “if its leadership is ready to talk about it” and agrees to end years of aggression on Donbass.
Separately, Peskov said that Putin will decide when Russia’s special military operation achieved its objectives and will end.
At this time, no diplomatic ties between Kiev and Moscow exist after the Zelensky regime cut them on orders from or permission granted by Washington.
Zelensky is a pawn in the hands of his US puppet master, taking orders, saluting and obeying.
At this time, Russian strikes on Ukraine’s military infrastructure continue.
According to Russian General Igor Konashenkov:
“DPR and LPR forces continue their counteroffensive operations against the Ukrainian Armed Forces with fire support of Russia’s military.”
Ukrainian “resistance is mostly coming from (Nazi-infested) nationalist armed units.”
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said a UK BoJo regime warship provocatively crossed into Russian waters near Crimea.
Last June in response to a similar BoJo regime provocation, Russian border guards and troops fired warning shots after which the HMS Defender backed off and left waters where it didn’t belong.
Chairman of Russia’s lower house State Duma Leonid Slutsky said the following on Thursday:
Moscow has “no aggressive plans” against Ukraine.
“We do not intend to unleash any war.”
“We are not going to invade Ukraine as we are being (falsely) accused of” by Kiev and the West.
Russia’s precision airstrikes aim to “ensur(e) security within the contemporary borders of the Donetsk and Lugansk.”
Screaming MSM fake news headlines falsely claim otherwise.
NYT fake news: “Russia Invades Ukraine (sic).”
WaPo fake news: “Russia is aiming at Ukraine’s big cities (sic).”
WSJ fake news: “Russian Airstrikes Hit Dozens of Ukrainian Cities (sic)”
Lots more of the same perversions of reality are virtually certain ahead.
All rubbish all the time is longstanding MSM policy, journalism as it should be long ago banned.