Monday 20th of March 2023

panic chez les shadow dancers......

The fact that the US, Germany and several other countries announced they would be supplying Ukraine with main battle tanks doesn’t mean NATO is at war with Moscow, the French Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. The comments from Quai d’Orsay come after the controversial speech by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock in the European Parliament earlier this week. 

“We are not at war with Russia and none of our partners are,” ministry spokeswoman Anne-Claire Legendre said on Thursday, according to AFP. “The delivery of military equipment... does not constitute co-belligerence.”

The day before, Washington announced it would send more than 30 of its M1 Abrams tanks to Kiev, while Berlin said it would contribute over a dozen Leopard 2 panzers and not stand in the way of Poland and other EU and NATO members who wish to hand theirs over to Ukraine as well.

Seeking to drum up support for tank deliveries on Tuesday, Baerbock told the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) that the EU must move in lockstep “because we are fighting a war against Russia and not against each other.”

Asked to clarify her comments, the German Foreign Ministry said that Russia had launched a “war of aggression” against Ukraine and that international law was “clear” that Berlin’s support for Kiev’s “individual right of self-defense, guaranteed by the UN Charter, does not make Germany a party to the conflict.” 

On Wednesday, French PM Elisabeth Borne told the parliament in Paris that her government was “continuing our analysis” of the proposal to send Leclerc tanks to Ukraine. France has already promised Kiev a number of AMX-10 “light tanks,” earlier this month.

Meanwhile, French FM Catherine Colonna visited Ukraine on Thursday, meeting with her counterpart Dmitry Kuleba in Odessa to “show France's long-term support” and “assess Ukraine’s urgent needs in the humanitarian and military sectors in order to provide concrete responses,”according to a press release from Quai d’Orsay.





black market.....

Arms trafficking by Ukrainian gangs has made it possible to diversify stocks placed on the market at unbeatable prices in the countries of the European Union.

Through an unprecedented outpouring of solidarity (especially with regard to the management of the health crisis), Europe has sent massive arms to Ukraine. Weapons that will undoubtedly end up killing Pierre, Jacques, Anne, even you or me. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. 

This is the boomerang effect already seen through the ridiculous imposition of “sanctions trains”: Before releasing 100 million euros to equip the Ukrainian armed forces, it is hard to believe that French President Emmanuel Macron did not understand the risk that its weapons will be used to equip entities that do not care about France’s interests in protecting its own population.[1]

Since last March, the NATO and G7 countries have been massively feeding Zelensky and his clique with weapons of all kinds.[2]

The hunger of the Kyiv bloody clown is never satisfied, however.

In doing so, many of these weapons also end up in the hands of terrorist groups in Africa, fueling political instability there.[3]

The director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Samantha Power, indicated that Ukraine spends “the staggering amount of six billion dollars each month” on the war, this sum being provided to Zelensky by Western partners.[4]

These are hundreds of thousands of pistols, assault rifles, sub-machine guns and grenades, and hundreds of millions of cartridges of various calibers exported to Ukraine over the past eight months. Even Kosovo Albanians had not benefited from such largess. 

It can be argued that all deliveries to Ukraine are controlled by arms barons, be they Ukrainian criminal syndicates linked to Kyiv oligarchs and politicians, as well as international crime.

This is in no way Russian contraband. The operation is completely under Ukrainian control. Although the Finnish authorities have already raised this threat, Helsinki has been asked not to make waves.[5] 

These “warlords” are building fortunes by reselling the various systems on the black market. The latter is fed thanks to the diversion of all the models of portable arms which happen to be registered on the so-called lists of “solidarity supplies” for the Ukrainian army. In some cases, darknet traders point out that the weapons were “tested in the war against Russia.”

By taking a closer look at this most lucrative market, we learn, for example, that packs of 5.45 mm NATO caliber cartridges (1,080 cartridges) are selling like hotcakes at 120 dollars apiece. The prices are convertible in all currencies. An old Kalashnikov (AK-74, AKMS) assault rifle with a barrel that fired 10,000 rounds costs barely $300. The Makarov pistol (9 mm, Soviet standard) is estimated at $400. A model F.1 grenade (prized during the Soviet era and similar to the French Alsetex LU 213) is resold for $100.

Ukrainian Kalashnikovs are sold and bought by mafia networks at prices lower than those practiced during the conflict in Serbia.

At the time, all the mafias in Europe were supplied with assault rifles through Albania. Today, it is not only AK-74s that can be bought from Ukraine. The list has been expanded and completed to the delight of buyers.

Manual bazookas are on sale starting at $500 a piece. The price of the SPG-9 grenade launcher is set at 3000 USD. A sniper rifle with NATO unification optics is available for 1200 USD. The price of a Javelin ATGM anti-tank guided missile (stolen during deliveries from the United States to the Ukrainian army) is 30,000 USD.

Among the latest Ukrainian offerings is the remotely piloted Turkish Bayraktar TB2 with 4 suspended guided munitions.

Prominent Ukrainian blogger Shariy investigated Ukraine’s massive purchase of these combat drones and concluded that it was a corruption scheme involving the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense.[6]

In view of the profits at stake, we should not expect Europol, which from The Hague has been fighting against the arms market in the European Union, to launch an investigation.

By way of illustration, our readers will note with interest the screenshots (see photos under the article) of the correspondence exchanged between the participants in one transaction among many others.

They both have Russian names. (Dmitri Obolensky and Mikhail) and communicate in Russian (it is easier for Ukrainians to communicate in Russian). The Bayraktar system (Turkish-made drone) arouses the lust of the buyer.









not at war, yet.....

 The Whole of Europe Turned Into a Battlefield


by Manlio Dinucci


The entire continent of Europe is now stockpiling weapons destined for a global confrontation, a world war.


The Federation of American Scientists confirms in January the news given by Grandangolo in December 2022 based on a U.S. Air Force document: the C-17A Globemaster aircraft has been authorized to carry the U.S. B61-12 nuclear bomb to Italy and other European countries. Since Biden Administration officials had announced that the B61-12 shipment would be brought forward to December, we believe that the new US nuclear bombs are already arriving in Europe to be deployed against Russia.

The U.S. and NATO are pouring into Ukraine huge amounts of heavy artillery munitions supplied to the Kiev armed forces. The U.S.-according to official figures-has so far sent more than one million rounds of ammunition for 155 mm howitzers to Ukraine, plus tens of thousands of missiles. About 300,000 rounds of ammunition come from U.S. military depots in Israel. The arms shipment is managed by an international network, in which Camp Darby- the largest U.S. arsenal outside the motherland, connected to the port of Livorno and Pisa military airport – plays a central role. Britain, France, Poland and Finland are supplying Kiev with tanks, and Poland is purchasing Abrams tanks from the U.S. Some of which may be destined for Ukraine.

At the same time, the U.S. and NATO are enhancing the deployment of their forces in Europe, increasingly close to Russia. In Romania, NATO deployed AWACS aircraft, equipped with the most sophisticated electronic equipment, kept constantly in flight near Russian airspace. Also in Romania, the Pentagon deployed the 101st Airborne Division, which is being deployed to Europe for the first time since World War II.

NATO and the EU establish “a task force on resilience and critical infrastructure.” “NATO,” declares the Council of the European Union, “remains the foundation of our collective defense. We recognize the value of a stronger European Defense that contributes to transatlantic security and is complementary and interoperable with NATO.”


Manlio Dinucci













top con......

The latest round of Western pledges of support for Ukraine includes a variety of armored vehicles and tanks, but also increased talk of sending Lockheed Martin F-16 Falcon multirole fighter aircraft to be used by Kiev.

Among its demands for more Western equipment, the government in Kiev has asked for F-16 Falcon fighter jets - a fourth-generation multirole aircraft in use with multiple US allied air forces for decades. Heated debate over the issue has raged in the Dutch legislature, although Amsterdam has so far rejected such a transfer.


On Thursday, plane maker Lockheed Martin said the company was preparing to "backfill" any donations to Ukraine by US allies with new F-16s, akin to how US defense contractors have pledged to do with other equipment given by NATO allies to Ukraine.


In all, the US has pledged roughly $100 billion to Kiev, including military hardware, support, and other types of non-military goods and financing.

However, a former Pentagon expert has said that in Ukraine's hands, the F-16 is more useful for domestic propaganda than attempting to turn the tide of the conflict.

Retired Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski, a former analyst for the US Department of Defense, told Sputnik on Friday that the only way an F-16 could be useful in Ukraine is a method that carries a risk of dramatically escalating the conflict.


I think we need to understand better what the politicians are trying to do in Ukraine, and why. Clearly the West cares nothing for the Ukrainian people. Success in modern war no longer hinges on the flying ability of a handsome fighter pilot - fighter squadrons have become a small and relatively vulnerable part of a land battle, best used for recon or launching standoff missiles - and if used that way in this NATO-Russia competition would mean that the war has gone hot, and will go nuclear,” she said.


“If this is to be a war against Russia, the Western democracies need to be able to whip their populations, many of which oppose this war, and certainly oppose it on their own backyards. The ubiquitous blue and yellow flags on every social media page have faded away now, and Americans and Europeans face new and continued economic hardship throughout 2023. The US government faces another threat of default in weeks, and no western country is in a financial position for an expanded and extended war.“


“Thus, an F-16 is a well-recognized and easily expendable icon of western ‘freedom’ in the media, a symbol of US pride,” Kwiatkowski said.


“Fighter aircraft as heroic saviors have been heavily indoctrinated into the US imagination for many decades. If we can ‘lose’ one of these at the hands of the Russian army, or air force, or even if a false flag can be generated to make this appear to be the case, Western politicians may be able to get their war - one that will massively eliminate liberties at home, and wipe out old government debt in transition to a ‘war footing’ - before they be replaced by wiser and more patriot leaders,” she explained.


“F-16s to Ukraine function only as domestic propaganda for more war, and they would create more opportunity for domestic rage on both sides, and they reduce the ability to get to real agreement and settling of the Ukrainian border in a war that serves the actual people who still live there. Russia does not fear the combat potential, but they are being forced to destroy more and more western equipment donated to Ukraine, which they will continue to do, and this does in fact serve the purpose of London and Moscow, and Warsaw as well.”