Just the bare bones for now
Wednesday May 3 Headlines:
▪️Ukraine tried to strike at the Kremlin at night.
⁃ Russian President Vladimir Putin was not injured and continues to work as usual after Kiev’s attempt to strike the Kremlin with drones.
▪️”We are not attacking Putin or Moscow, we are fighting on our territory, defending our villages and cities. We do not have enough weapons even for this… Therefore, we did not attack Putin, we will leave it to the (international) tribunal,” the president said.
▪️Evgeny Prigozhin announced the start of the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
⁃ “The counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has actually begun, the active phase may be in the coming days.”
▪️AFU made an unsuccessful attack on the Zaporozhye front.
⁃ AFU forces were met with fire by Russian forces reconnaissance and motorized rifles.
▪️The United States does not encourage Ukraine to strike on the territory of the Russian Federation – White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
▪️Finland will not give its fighter jets to Ukraine, as it needs them itself, Finnish President Sauli Niinistö said during a meeting with Zelensky.
▪️The Victory Parade in the Zaporozhye region will not be held due to security measures – Governor of the Zaporozhye region Evgeny Balitsky.
▪️Rallies with Soviet and Russian symbols in honor of May 9 are banned in Estonia.
Purported footage of a Ukrainian drone strike targeting the Kremlin on Tuesday night has surfaced on a local Telegram channel.
The video shows plumes of white smoke rising into the night sky over the Grand Kremlin Palace, a 19th century building serving as the official working residence of the Russian president.
No sound can be heard in the video but witnesses claimed on Telegram that they heard at least one loud blast resembling “thunder rumbling.” People on the Kremlin embankment also reportedly saw sparks rising into the sky over the Kremlin wall.
An unverified video circulating on social media also shows a fire on the roof of the Senate Palace, the president’s second working residence in the Kremlin. Flames can be seen rising near the top of the roof.
Another unverified video published on Telegram purported to show the moment one of the drones struck the Senate Palace. The footage shows the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) approaching the building at a low altitude, before blowing up right over its dome. The blast appeared not to have dealt any significant damage to the building, as even the flagstaff with the presidential banner remained in place after the attack.
Russia’s regional channel TVC published another video, thought to be of the attack, showing a UAV flying over Red Square before blowing up over the Senate Palace. The channel also claimed that the two apparent attacks had occurred within 15 minutes of each other. The first drone struck the Senate Palace around 02:27 Moscow time, while the second one fell on the grounds of the Kremlin around 02:43am on Wednesday, the channel said, citing the videos it had obtained.
Earlier on Wednesday the Russian presidential office reported the attack, calling it a “planned terrorist act” targeting Putin’s residence. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov clarified that the president was elsewhere at the time and his schedule is unaffected.
The Moscow city authorities have banned the unauthorized use of drones in the Russian capital, explaining that such actions could hamper the work of the law enforcement. Russia also said it reserves the right to retaliate to that attack “anywhere and anytime it deems necessary.”
Kiev has denied responsibility for the strike. Ukraine “does not have any information about the so-called night attacks on the Kremlin,” President Vladimir Zelensky’s spokesman, Sergey Nikiforov, told journalists.
In late March, however, the head of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council, Aleksey Danilov, claimed on Twitter that Ukraine possesses “dozens of models” and “thousands of UAVs,” including those with a range of “more than 3,000 kilometers.”
Russia reserves the right to retaliate “anywhere and anytime it deems necessary” in response to the drone attack on President Vladimir Putin’s residence, the Kremlin has said.
Officials claimed two Ukrainian drones attempted to strike the Kremlin early on Wednesday morning, but the raid was thwarted.
The president was not hurt in the “terrorist attack,” and the Kremlin complex did not suffer any damage, Putin’s office said.
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told RIA Novosti that the Russian leader was not in the Kremlin when the raid happened. He added that Putin was working at his Novo-Ogaryovo residence near Moscow on Wednesday.
The attack took place as Russia prepares for Victory Day celebrations on May 9. The centerpiece of the commemoration of the victory against Nazi Germany and its allies in World War II is the annual military parade on Red Square, just outside the Kremlin walls.
Putin and other top officials, as well as foreign guests, will attend the event. Peskov said the parade would take place as scheduled.
Former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev drew a comparison between Ukraine and Nazi Germany on Wednesday, after two drones targeted the Kremlin. The vice-chair of the national security council urged Moscow to retaliate against President Vladimir Zelensky.
“After today’s terrorist act, there are no options left but the physical removal of Zelensky and his clique,” Medvedev wrote on Telegram.
“We don’t need him to sign [their] unconditional surrender. Hitler, as it is known, didn’t sign his either. There will always be someone like Admiral Doenitz to sit in as president,” he added, in reference to the Nazi officer who officially replaced Hitler after he committed suicide in April 1945 and presided over Germany’s capitulation.
Medvedev’s ire was provoked by last night’s drone attack on Moscow, which Russia blamed on Ukraine. Two UAVs exploded over the Kremlin and the Russian Senate, with authorities saying they were brought down by air defenses. There were no injuries or reports of damage.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was not in the Kremlin at the time, working from another residence instead.
“We consider this a premeditated terrorist action and an attempt against the Russian president,” the Kremlin said in a statement after the incident, adding that “Russia reserves the right to retaliate in a manner, place and time of its choosing.” City authorities in Moscow and St. Petersburg have already responded by imposing a ban on drone flights.
Medvedev was president of Russia between 2008 and 2012, and then prime minister until 2020. Currently, he serves as the deputy chair of the national security council, which is formally chaired by Putin. Despite his prior reputation as a moderate liberal, he has been far more hawkish on Ukraine than the official Kremlin.
Last week, for example, Medvedev advocated “mass destruction of personnel and military equipment” and a “maximum military defeat” of Kiev once the much-hyped Ukrainian counteroffensive begins, arguing that the “Nazi regime in Kiev” must be “completely dismantled” and “former Ukraine” entirely demilitarized.
Kiev has officially denied having anything to do with the drones. Zelensky insisted that Ukraine fights on its own territory and has no weapons to reach Moscow. His aide, Mikhail Podoliak, insisted Ukraine was fighting “an exclusively defensive war” and claimed the Kremlin attack was the work of “local resistance forces” in Russia. The Ukrainian postal service has already released a stamp design showing the Kremlin in flames, however, just as they did after the Crimean Bridge bombing last October – also denied by Zelensky and his government.
Senior Russian lawmaker Vyacheslav Volodin has called on Moscow to use any weapons necessary to remove the “Nazi regime” in Kiev. The comments followed a failed Ukrainian drone attack on the Kremlin that allegedly targeted President Vladimir Putin in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
“The terrorist act against the president is an attack on Russia,” Volodin, who serves as State Duma chairman, said in a Telegram post.
“[Vladimir] Zelensky, who gave orders to carry out terrorist attacks, now stands on a par with other international terrorists,” he added, referring to the Ukrainian president. Volodin claimed that the government in Kiev is as dangerous as groups such as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).
He further alleged that Ukraine’s “criminal methods” have become evident to the entire world, accusing it of tactics including nuclear blackmail, the assassination of public and political figures, the sabotage of civilian infrastructure, and attempts on Putin’s life.
“The Kiev terrorist regime, having seized an entire state, threatens the security of Russia, Europe, and the whole world,” the Duma official added. He insisted that Western nations which are pumping Zelensky’s government with weapons are now “direct accomplices” to terrorist activities.
Volodin proclaimed that there “can be no negotiations with the Zelensky regime” following the attempted attack on the Kremlin, and vowed that Russian lawmakers will “demand the use of weapons capable of stopping and destroying the Kiev terrorist regime.”
The message comes after Ukraine allegedly launched two drone attacks intended to strike Putin’s Kremlin residence, as reported by the Russian president’s office on Wednesday. The aircraft were downed using electronic warfare measures and did not cause any casualties or damage. Putin was unharmed and was not present in the Kremlin at the time of the incident.
“We consider this a preplanned terrorist action and an attempt against the Russian president,” a message from the Kremlin read. It noted that the incident happened “ahead of Victory Day and the parade on May 9, when foreign guests plan to be present.”
Russia reserves the right to retaliate in a manner, place, and time of its choosing, the statement added.
The head of the private military company Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, said on Wednesday that the Ukrainian forces had begun their counterattack in Artyomovsk (known in Ukrainian as Bakhmut) and are threatening to overwhelm his undersupplied troops.
Wagner forces advanced more than 200 meters on Wednesday, sustaining 116 fatalities and leaving less than three square kilometers of the Donbass city in Ukrainian possession, Prigozhin said in an audio clip shared online.
However the PMCs leader then announced that the Ukrainian military has “…begun its counterattack,” with “…unlimited manpower and ammunition.”
Meanwhile, he painted a dire picture of Wagner’s own situation, saying “ammunition shortages are acute” and his troops have enough rounds remaining “for just a few days.”
The Russian Defense Ministry is refusing to issue artillery ammunition to Wagner, “ignoring our every request,” Prigozhin claimed.
Wagner forces have been at the forefront of street fighting in Artyomovsk, known by Ukrainians as Bakhmut, a key rail and road junction in Donbass. Kiev has funneled tens of thousands of soldiers to the city, even as Wagner and other Russian troops established fire control over all the supply roads, leaving the Ukrainians half surrounded.
From Hal Turner
US Embassy Kyiv sent an alert to Americans in Ukraine tonight: “In light of the recent uptick in strikes across Ukraine and inflammatory rhetoric from Moscow, the Department of State cautions U.S. citizens of an ongoing heightened threat of missile attacks, including in Kyiv…”
UPDATE 3:58 PM EDT —
President Zelensky has reportedly left Finland; this comes just hours after public reports claimed he would be EXTENDING his visit there. RUMORS say that after the failed assassination attempt on Russian President Putin, Finalnd told Zelensky he HAD to leave!
UPDATE 4:35 PM EDT —
I can confirm that after Zelensky departed from Helsinki, Finland, he traveled to the Netherlands for a visit with leaders from the Scandinavian countries and Iceland.
🇺🇦✈️🇳🇱Zelensky was on his way to the Netherlands aboard a Dutch government business jet.
Took of from Poland to Finland,going to Netherlands…
From Dmitry Medvedev
Here. Lived up.
Nazis in Kyiv demand to establish
Order of Stepan Bandera. what
trifle. If you establish, then immediately in three degrees, so that you can wear it over your shoulder on a ribbon. And not only Stepan Bandera. It is possible to win both the Order of Yevgen Konovalets and the medal of Roman Shukhevych.
We can recommend that the Germans create the Order of Adolf Hitler, and the Italians – the Order of Benito Mussolini. Well, you can order Horthy, Franco, Antonescu and other European allies of Hitler to the heap.
Why be ashamed? If to glorify, then all European Nazis en masse. This is now the main European ideology.
P.S. Or maybe it’s time to establish the Order of Volodymyr Zelensky? You never know. So, just in case…
After today’s terrorist attack, there are no options left except for the physical elimination of Zelensky and his cabal.
It is not even needed to sign the act of unconditional surrender.
Hitler, as you know, did not sign it either. There will always be some kind of changer like the Zitz President
He has also said
A long-range aviation source inside the Russian Air Force has now risked his life, namely the risk of going to prison for life, by informing that at least TWO (2) nuclear warheads have been removed from storage in Russia and have been taken to TWO airfields at
Engels and Shaykovka.
In addition, this source has confirmed that orders have come down from Russian military command to “prepare certain Tu-22M’s for flight.”
The Tu-22M, shown in a FILE PHOTO below, can be armed with nuclear missiles.