On Sunday, Russia’s Defense Minister, Sergey Shoigu, reported that its armed forces and Lugansk freedom fighters liberated the People’s Republic from the scourge of Nazified occupation.
A separate Russian Defense Ministry statement reported the following:
“As a result of successful offensive operations, the troops of the Center group under the command of Colonel General Alexander Lapin captured the settlements of Verkhnekamenka, Zolotarevka, Belogorovka, reached the Seversky Donets and, together with the Southern Group of Forces under the command of Army General Sergey Surovikin, closed the encirclement around Lisichansk.”
Remaining Ukrainian troops in and around the city are surrounded.
Mopping-up operations continue until they surrender or face elimination.
It’s all over in Lisichansk and Lugansk except for completion of what’s ongoing and postmortems.
At the same time, long-suffering LPR residents still face cross-border shelling by Ukrainian Nazis, including use of banned cluster and other terror weapons that aim to cause maximum numbers of civilian deaths and disabling injuries.
While almost admitting that Russian and LPR forces liberated Lisichansk, the last Nazified stronghold in the republic, the Times failed to report the liberation of Lugansk entirely.
Instead, it published Kiev’s fake news claim about continued fighting in Lisichansk.
WaPo reported similar fake news.
The WSJ headlined the following on Sunday:
“Russia Claims Control of Lugansk as Ukrainian Forces Retreat From Lisichansk, admitting the following:
“Russian forces captured Lisichansk, the last major Ukrainian stronghold in Lugansk, effectively placing (the People’s Republic) under Russian (and LPR) control.”
In contrast to the above Times and WaPo fake news, the Journal said that a “Ukrainian official confirmed that their troops were withdrawing from Lisichansk.”
Claiming it was “to avoid being surrounded” ignored the absence of escape routes.
Russian and LPR forces control them.
There’s no way out for surrounded Ukrainian troops.
They’ll likely surrender, knowing the alternative is death.
According to BoJo regime controlled BBC propaganda — citing Ukraine’s so-called war minister, Yury Sak — Lisichansk and Lugansk are not under “full control” of Russian and LPR forces (sic), the beeb adding:
“Claims from Russia that it has taken Lisichansk are still heavily disputed by the Ukrainian side” — instead of admitting that the Russian report is accurate, what Kiev reports is fake news.
The Journal admitted that Russia turned “the tide of” conflict — instead of explaining that the battle of Ukraine and Donbass was won straightaway after launching its SMO.
In the last 24 hours through Sunday local time, Russian and LPR forces “liberated (about) 182 square km” of Lugansk territory — freeing it entirely from Nazified occupation, except for completion of mopping-up operations.
At the same time, according to Russia’s Defense Ministry:
Pre-dawn Sunday, “the Kiev regime carried out deliberate strikes using Tochka-U ballistic missiles with cluster munitions and Tu-143 Reis drones against residential areas of Belgorod and Kursk, where there are no military facilities.”
“The missile attack was purposefully planned and carried out against the civilian population of both Russian cities.”
Two Kiev drones with explosives targeting Kursk were destroyed in flight before reaching their intended targets.
Separately according to Russia, Ukrainian authorities pressure and intimidate journalists, covering what’s going on in Donbass, to operate by Kiev’s rules.
French photojournalist Veronique de Viguerie said the following:
“When it came to taking photos on the front line, there was always a note that arrived from nowhere” — pressuring her and other reporters “to always present Ukrainian soldiers as victims and not as attackers.”
A journalist wishing to remain anonymous said “I was detained for several hours by local militias and then interrogated by (Ukraine’s Security Service) over harmless photos, although my accreditation was in order.”
French journalist Guillaume Ptak said he was detained by Ukrainian forces several times, an intimidating tactic.
Separately, Turkey’s Erdogan regime once again proved its untrustworthiness.
Bowing to Ukrainian Nazis, it illegally detained a Russian-flagged cargo ship on the phony pretext of transporting grain that the Zelensky regime falsely said was stolen.
Russia hasn’t commented on what happened so far.
No evidence suggests that its forces stole grain or anything else from Ukraine.
Grand theft is longstanding empire of lies practice.
Stealing $330 billion of Russian assets is Exhibit A, billions more from Iran, Afghanistan and other targeted countries.
Hegemon USA operates exclusively by its own rules — in flagrant breach of the UN Charter, other international law and its own Constitution.
Its ruling regime are the world’s leading sponsors of state terrorism.
According to US law, terrorism involves “violent acts or acts dangerous to human life…(that) intimidate or coerce a civilian population…influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion…(and engage in) mass destruction.”
The US Army Operational Concept for Terrorism calls it “the calculated use of violence or threat of violence to attain goals that are political, religious, or ideological in nature…through intimidation, coercion, or instilling fear.”
These definitions explain what the US war OF terrorism is all about.
Martin Luther King called the US “(t)he greatest purveyor of violence in the world” when its high crimes were less extreme than today.
The late William Blum documented its global state terror — including by assassinating foreign leaders, removing others by coup d’etats, propping up friendly despots, operating secret torture prisons, other unlawful practices, and perpetual wars of aggression on invented enemies.
Its hostile to peace, equity and justice agenda includes virtually every conceivable form of wrongdoing.
Mass slaughter and destruction of one nonbelligerent, nonthreatening country after another attest to its brutality and contempt for the rule of law — while falsely blaming victims for US crimes of war and against humanity committed against them.