Phony US/Western claims about Russian war crimes in Ukraine are part of relentlessly bashing the country and its leadership with fake news.
Moscow categorically denied them.
Not a shred of credible evidence disputes its truth and full disclosure.
On Sunday, its Defense Ministry said the following:
“All photographs and video materials published by the Kiev regime, allegedly showing some kind of ‘crimes’ by Russian military personnel in the town of Bucha (near Kiev) are yet another provocation,” adding:
Russian troops pulled out from the area on March 30 for redeployment to Donbass.
“(S)o-called ‘evidence of crimes’ in Bucha appeared only on the fourth day” after withdrawing, when Ukrainian intelligence and “representatives of Ukrainian television arrived in the town.”
“(O)n March 31, the mayor of Bucha, Anatoly Fedoruk, confirmed in his video address that there was no Russian military in the town, but did not even mention any local residents laying shot in the streets with their hands tied.”
“It’s particularity concerning that…bodies of people whose images were published by the Kiev regime, after at least four days, have not stiffened, do not have characteristic cadaveric spots, and have fresh blood in their wounds.”
These inconsistencies show that Bucha fake news was “staged by the Kiev regime for Western media.”
Similar fakery was staged in Mariupol and elsewhere.
Unlike how US-dominated NATO and Nazified Ukrainian forces operate, Russia’s campaign complies with the letter and spirit of international law.
On Sunday, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov reported the following:
Overnight Saturday, “Russia’s Aerospace Forces has struck 51 Ukrainian military facilities.”
“They include(d) four command posts, two launching systems of the Osa-AKM surface-to-air missile systems in the vicinity of the Barvenkovo and Slavyansk communities, two artillery batteries, two multiple-launch rocket systems, four field artillery and missile warehouses in the vicinity of the communities of Konstantinovka and Krestische, as well as 32 defended posts and areas of concentration of the military equipment of the Ukrainian armed forces.”
On Sunday, “an oil refinery and three fuel and lubricants depots that were supplying fuel for the group of Ukrainian troops in the Nikolaev direction were eliminated using high-precision sea-and air-launched missiles.”
Two more Ukrainian UAVs were shot down.
Demilitarizing and deNazifying Ukraine remains on target for successful completion.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stressed it on Sunday, saying:
“I am confident that the goals of our military operation will be fully achieved.”
On Friday, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said the following:
“In the current political and legal realities, it has become impossible for the (OSCE’s) mission to exercise its functions in accordance with its previous mandate.”
It “covered territory of the now independent DPR and LPR.”
“Therefore, Russia has not supported its extension for the next year.”
“It means that its continued activities have no consensus support of the participating states, and therefore, cannot be conducted de jure.”
Moscow called on the organization “to immediately commence measures to curtail (its) SMM activities, to realize its assets, to terminate employment contracts with its staff, and settle contractual obligations to service providers and renting agencies.”
Its functions were terminated on March 7 — when its staff was withdrawn from Ukraine, the DPR and LPR.
“Regrettably, due to persistent resistance and pressure from Kiev and its Western backers, the SMM leadership did not fully communicate to the international community information that its observers collected about ceasefire violations, destruction and civilian casualties in the DPR and the LPR that resulted from the punitive operation of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and nationalist battalions.”
“Over time, the professionalism and impartiality (of) the mission’s work were increasingly replaced with political bias and a selective approach to facts.”
Its staff one-sidedly supports hegemon USA-dominated NATO aggression.
The OSCE “blatantly (backs Nazified) Kiev.”
It turned a blind eye to eight years of its aggression on Donbass.
“The contrast between the rosy picture painted in (its) reports and” and reality is strikingly obvious.
“Against this background, important practical results of the mission’s work, including the safeguarding of necessary security conditions for critical infrastructure in Donbass to be repaired, have become less noticeable.”
Separately on Sunday, Kremlin spokesman Peskov said payments in rubles for Russian gas “will be extended to new groups of goods.”
“It will occupy more and more space in our foreign trade relations.”
What applies to unfriendly countries may be extended to all others for all Russian exports at a future time.
That’s where things are heading in line with longstanding dollar hegemony loosing its mojo in world trade — as more countries abandon it in favor of their own currencies.
At this time, if unfriendly nations refuse to pay for Russian gas in rubles, their accounts will be declared in default and closed.
They’ll be cut off from vitally needed Russian gas.
A Final Comment
Whenever MSM defy reality by claiming that Ukrainian forces pushed back Russian ones or took control of territory lost to their advance, it’s fake news, not the real thing.
When Russian forces leave an areas, it’s with redeployment elsewhere in mind — notably to Donbass for an upcoming campaign to liberate the DPR and LPR entirely from Nazified and other Ukrainian forces.
So-called phase two of Russia’s special military operation will begin when ordered by its Defense Ministry.
Its outcome is clear before launched.
It’s just a matter of time to complete it successfully — mostly likely to include weeks of fighting, slow-going to protect civilians and vital infrastructure.