"Truth above all, though the heavens may fall!" -- Michael Rivero

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LPR Head Ivan Filiponenko condemned that the Ukrainian Army systematically opened fire on the territory of his country to provoke the People’s Militia to respond to the fire and create a pretext for the start of Ukrainian aggression in Donbass. Moscow accuses the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) of supplying arms to Ukraine and stoking tensions about the Donbass region control in favor of their geopolitical interests. So far, Ukraine has attacked 47 points along the conflict zone including a kindergarten in the Stanytsia Luganska City, where two civilians were injured.
Unguided Grad rockets launched apparently by Ukrainian government forces and pro-government militias have killed at least 16 civilians and wounded many more in insurgent-controlled areas of Donetsk and its suburbs in at least four attacks between July 12 and 21, 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. The use of indiscriminate rockets in populated areas violates international humanitarian law, or the laws of war, and may amount to war crimes.

The US will try to surge missile defense weapons into Ukraine by giving Kiev priority access to new production. Washington will take Patriot and NASAMS interceptors intended for other allies and ship them to the war-torn state.

According to the Wall Street Journal, President Joe Biden informed allies that their shipments of air defense munitions would be delayed as Kiev is prioritized over the next 16 months. The outlet says South Korea and the UAE are expected to be most impacted by the move.

Brent crude futures were flat on Friday amid rising geopolitical tensions in Eastern Europe, which seems counterintuitive as escalating war risks could result in supply disruptions. 

In the overnight hours, four refineries in southern Russia were targeted, with one facility damaged, in one of the largest drone swarm attacks since the war in Ukraine began, Bloomberg reports. 

Shortly after midnight, several masked men in boats began removing orange navigational aids on the Narva River that separates Estonia from Russia — a watercourse which demarcates the extent of NATO’s reach.

Even that late in the day it’s twilight in northern Europe at the end of May, leaving the Russian border guards who were working to lift the markers clearly visible to the watching Estonian authorities. 

2024: The Year The Israel Lobby Loses Its Grip on the World? MikeRivero

Israel cannot defeat Hamas. Israel cannot defeat Hezbollah. Israel cannot defeat Iran. So the Israeli leadership has decided to go to war with Hezbollah knowing that a sufficient number of atrocities will bring Iran and hopefully the US into the war. They hope that the US will blow up the Mideast and somehow the Israeli politicians will still have jobs and the Israeli voters will have a half way livable country.

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that South Korea would be making "a big mistake" if it decides to supply arms to Ukraine and that Moscow would respond to such a move in a way that would be painful for Seoul.

Russia demands US remove its nuclear weapons from Europe diplomat MikeRivero

Moscow demands that Washington withdraw all US nuclear weapons from Europe and eliminate the infrastructure for their deployment, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing.

US: F-16 fighters donated to Kyiv will be deployed in Ukraine MikeRivero

The F-16 fighter jets that the US plans to supply to Ukraine will be based directly on Ukrainian soil. This was confirmed by Jake Sullivan, the National Security Advisor to the US President. “The plan is to deploy the F-16s to Ukraine,” Sullivan mentioned in an interview with PBS.