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This kissing couple photo tell it all, WAR IS UGLY, PEACE IS PRECIOUS.

19 ( +21 / -2 )

Ukraine has used cluster bombs had stocks of them and now has none!

Any thoughts on the Russian invaders using the same, or just whining about Ukraine?

12 ( +18 / -6 )

Bronco

Are these the ones that contain depleted Uranium which will harm civilians, animals and nature for the next million years?

No. Depleted uranium isn't dangerous.

"Kate Hudson, General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) said: “Like in Iraq, the addition of depleted uranium ammunition into this conflict will only increase the long-term suffering of the civilians caught up in this conflict. Depleted uranium shells have already been implicated in thousands of unnecessary deaths from cancer and other serious illnesses."

More conspiracy nonsense. Completely untrue.

11 ( +18 / -7 )

Kuku,

now, where did you get that information?

It's Ukraine doing it! And they also use petal mines against civilians, on which many people were blown up, children inclu.

Consulting the crystal ball again? Any reliable, verifiable sources?

Because if not, then it's just more PUTAin propaganda!

Here's a little more trustworthy information:

According to facts (easy to find on the net from independent sources): "They ( petal mines) are banned internationally under the 1997 Ottawa Treaty, signed by Ukraine but not by Russia."

11 ( +16 / -5 )

Zelensky is the man!

Go Ukraine!

11 ( +17 / -6 )

Except Ukraine was using them before From 2014 onward, and the victims were theoretically Ukrainian citizens.

From your link

"Ukraine Government forces and Russian-backed rebel forces used cluster munitions in the east of Ukraine in January and February 2015, according to in-depth research by Human Rights Watch"

Seems that you're angry about Ukraine using them, but are quite fine with Russia using them. Who'd have thunk it!

But Russia bad etc.

11 ( +16 / -5 )

Stay strong, Defenders of Ukraine! Bakhmut holds on for yet another day.

Russia, just go home already. This is as good as it gets for you, and it's not very good.

10 ( +25 / -15 )

Given what happened to babies born in Fallujah, Iraq after the US used depleted uranium and white phosphorus weapons there in 2004, this is extremely disturbing.

It's the use of white phosphorus that is extremely disturbing (leaving aside the fact that the invasion of a sovereign neighbour is in itself disturbing).

There have been reports of Russia using white phosphorus in Ukraine from early on in the invasion.

10 ( +21 / -11 )

Eastman

If you can use some search engines and have 5mins you will find many informations.

You can find many conspiracy theories on the internet.

And yet you find depleted uranium as armor in Abrams tanks. Surely if it was dangerous, the tank operator would get sick.

10 ( +17 / -7 )

The death toll from a Russian drone attack Wednesday on a high school and dormitories south of Kyiv rose to nine,

Drone attack on a high school? Iranian drones? The Russia/Iran/China bloc are showing what might happen in their world order. and it looks ugly.

9 ( +25 / -16 )

Eastman

I am not talking about conspiracy,I am talking about my relatives suffering as they lived in areas where NATO peacemakers have used uranium depleted shells and artillery in 90ies.In Serbia.That ones you are saying not dangerous.

Many kids have health problems-even 2nd generation!

Possibly their sickness is part of conspiracies on internet as well?

I'm not saying that people aren't sick, I'm saying that their sickness isn't caused by depleted uranium shells.

9 ( +15 / -6 )

Except Ukraine was using them before From 2014 onward, and the victims were theoretically Ukrainian citizens.

Does that justify Russia invading and using them too?

9 ( +15 / -6 )

Zelenskyy is a champion among men. Very brave. And so, this ‘ Putin might use the nuclear option’ fear people have, disturbs me. When you have a monster like this tearing into Europe, you need to display courage. More courage than him. You need courage like Zelenskyy. It’s not practical to fear or even utter that he might use the nuclear button. It plays into his hands. To not mince words, he needs to be eradicated, not tried. He’s a savage murderer. If he uses the nuclear button, that will be the end of Russia, it should be told to him today. Truly, I don’t fear it as it plays into the enemy’s hands.

8 ( +22 / -14 )

it is necessary to read the two-sided information!! Two-sided! I see the atrocities of the Ukrainian side every day, every minute from oficial rus tv!!!! 

Be careful Kuku, if you’re in Moskovy watching official Moskovy TV and imbibing undiluted Moskovy propaganda, you’re next in line for mobilization. Vladimort needs his cannon fodder. Don’t wait to be called up, go and volunteer, get a free one-way ticket to the killing fields of Bakhmut, from where you can regale us with first-hand reports of who’s doing what to whom. I don’t imagine we’d get more than one or maybe two reports from you.

8 ( +15 / -7 )

Ukraine president visits front-line areas as new phase nears

Great leaders in the past also visited front line areas to help the morale of the troops, and it always seems to have a positive effect.

Ukraine's offensive is indeed imminent in the coming weeks and probing all along Russian lines will precede the push and be part of planning their areas of attack to rout the enemy.

I look forward to seeing the news of Russians retreating en mass as happened last year. I wonder how much Russian equipment will be gifted to Ukraine by panicked Russian soldiers. Probably much less than last time and of inferior quality as they run out of servicable equipment and rely on 1950's gear.

8 ( +14 / -6 )

The Governor of Florida Desantis called the Russian war a "territorial dispute". Guess he needs to get out more.

8 ( +13 / -5 )

Sven Asai

I have no understanding for that war. Those two idiots there have just only to end it immediately. 

One idiot. Ukraine didn't choose this. Putin did.

7 ( +13 / -6 )

@antQsaving Russia holds the largest nuclear weapon stockpile, the largest Nuclear bombs, etc....

And that seems to please the warmongering anti-west extremists. They seem to take pride in knowing their Putin-Medvedev/Prigozhin/Kremlin and Chinese/Iranian/North Korean masters have the ability to start another war, this time one that will end life on Earth, at least life as we have known it.

6 ( +17 / -11 )

Here is an example of the sort of "intelligent" comment that has no value to the world:

Haha. Putin went the first and drove a car around. He seems like an at Tento seeking drama queen. It seemed on MSM western media footage that he had more reporters and camera operators than security detail.

Same team, proxy. Same team.

6 ( +12 / -6 )

May God bless the brave Ukrainians defending THEIR beloved land from the fascist Russian invaders. Do everything you can to prevent this outrageous genocide - which is targeting innocent children, women and civilians.

Keep sending the cowardly fascists home in body bags.

6 ( +15 / -9 )

I have no understanding for that war. Those two idiots there have just only to end it immediately

One of them had his country invaded. The other didn’t.

What should the one who had his country invaded settle for if they end it?

Be specific.

6 ( +12 / -6 )

I have no understanding for that war. Those two idiots there have just only to end it immediately. It’s a geographical fact that they both have enough territory for all people living there, independent of seeing them as two peoples , Russians and Ukrainians, or if it is considered only one people, that doesn’t change much. They just have to end it and to find a way to coexist in that combined or separated and maximum territory available, very much more and also resources filled than anyone else on this globe has. All the rest of us on the globe has very high costs, less own life quality and less future potential because of those two stupid amoebas and their war over there. That really shouldn’t be tolerated or even supported so much longer, period.

You don't tell a rape victim they need to quiet down or just marry their attacker.

6 ( +12 / -6 )

The Governor of Florida Desantis called the Russian war a "territorial dispute". Guess he needs to get out more

He knows what’s on the hymn sheet.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

There have been many reports of Russia using cluster bombs. It has used white phosphorus bombs and Thermobaric bombs.

Journalists found that in early March, Ukrainian troops used rocket-propelled cluster munitions in the village of Gusarivka when they tried to recapture the territory captured by Russian soldiers.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

the main problem and reason to war: there are different nations in Ukraine. mainly Ukrainian and Russian.

lol No. They reason for war is Russia chose to invade. The war can end as soon as the invaders love. Go home. You're not welcome in Ukraine.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

I see the atrocities of the Ukrainian side every day, every minute from oficial rus tv!!!!

If that is how your day is spent, then when do you have time to see the other side of the story?

4 ( +10 / -6 )

While PUTAin is hiding behind his long table and a fake dictator visits Mariupol -

real Presidents, of, by and for the people go to the front line!

That's what real leadership is all about.

Concerning the depleted uranium ammo, maybe it's worth reading this:

*"To date, there have been no adverse clinical effects noted in these individuals related to DU; specifically, there has been no kidney damage, leukemia, bone or lung cancer, or other uranium-related health effects. No babies born to this group have had birth defects." *(reliable sources and no conspiracy theories!)

3 ( +20 / -17 )

Are these the ones that contain depleted Uranium which will harm civilians, animals and nature for the next million years?

Yes, some are depleted uranium rounds for the 14 Challenger 2 tanks being donated to Ukraine by the UK. Given what happened to babies born in Fallujah, Iraq after the US used depleted uranium and white phosphorus weapons there in 2004, this is extremely disturbing.

"Kate Hudson, General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) said: “Like in Iraq, the addition of depleted uranium ammunition into this conflict will only increase the long-term suffering of the civilians caught up in this conflict. Depleted uranium shells have already been implicated in thousands of unnecessary deaths from cancer and other serious illnesses."

https://declassifieduk.org/britain-supplying-depleted-uranium-rounds-to-ukraine/

3 ( +18 / -15 )

AS - We are in peacetime mode right now and jobs are aplenty in the US. If Russia does something stupid, like attack us or a NATO member, then this will change tout suite.

3 ( +13 / -10 )

...have the ability to start another war, this time one that will end life on Earth, at least life as we have known it.

I'm stocking my wine cellar with good Barolo and my chest freezer with Matsuzaka Wagu.

Will be going out bbqing like a madman and drunk as hell.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

I see the atrocities of the Ukrainian side every day, every minute from oficial rus tv!!!!

I think I may have found the reason for your problems.

You do know that you are just watching what Putin allows you to watch, don't you?

3 ( +11 / -8 )

It seems even western news is slowly getting tired of the lies.

Oh yes, what a thing to lie about! It:'s gotta be right up there with all the lies to Russian government told to justify their imperialist invasion.

this is extremely disturbing.

More or less distrubing than what the Russian invaders are doing in Ukraine? There wouldn't be any DP being used in Ukraine had Russia chosen not to invade. Funny that always gets left out of certain posts.

0 ( +13 / -13 )

The only ones who seem to be afraid of Russia these days are the ones who side with Russia over Ukraine. Why is that?

-2 ( +12 / -14 )

Depleted uranium shells or the Agent Orange of the Middle East, is reported to cause birth defects and retardation.

-4 ( +7 / -11 )

Kuku,

now, where did you get that information?

It's Ukraine doing it! And they also use petal mines against civilians, on which many people were blown up, children inclu.

According to facts (easy to find on the net from independent sources): "

They ( petal mines) are banned internationally under the 1997 Ottawa Treaty, signed by Ukraine but not by Russia."

ok1517, have you fallen from the moon? I repeat for the hundredth time: it is necessary to read the two-sided information!! Two-sided! I see the atrocities of the Ukrainian side every day, every minute from oficial rus tv!!!! Bloomberg does not write about it, unfortunately. Jackson Hinkle was called here a clown because he went to Russia to take a look on what is going in reality.

-6 ( +8 / -14 )

It seems even western news is slowly getting tired of the lies.

This is old news but the original news released by Zelensky and Ukraine claimed he was visiting Bakhmut.

Made quite a big deal about him being in Bakhmut.

Oops Netizens geolocated the photos to another town 30 km away where there hasn't been any fighting since last year if any!

The great offensive coming!

The claim Bakhmut was some great strategy to waste Russian troops.

Problem with that is Russian military isn't doing the conquering in Bakhmut Wagner is, Russian troops are dug in elsewhere rested and prepared for a "counter offensive."

Laughable, go look at maps of those presenting information without taking sides. See how much Russia holds and I mean extra since it invaded.

Look at the microscopic parts Ukraine "retook" in it's last counter offensive!

Russia since the fall has take more territory than Ukraine took back last offensive.

Again people in every country are now starting to realize the western countries are Ukrainian are living a fantasy thinking Ukraine will take back everything including Crimea.

NBC News chief international correspondent Keir Simmons went to Sevastopol,

admitted that it’s not at all realistic Zelensky and Ukrainian forces can ever hope to take Crimea.

For this statement he is now on the Ukrainian hit list known as Mirotvorets,.

But the fantasy of no negotiation until Russia leaves including Crimea continues.

-9 ( +15 / -24 )

If he uses the nuclear button, that will be the end of Russia, it should be told to him today.

Quite a strange comment!

You and others are clearly unaware that Russia holds the largest nuclear weapon stockpile, the largest Nuclear bombs, etc....

Nuclear war means we all are ended.

Can we please stop taking nonsense like we are somehow going to win let alone survive a nuclear war!

-9 ( +14 / -23 )

I have no understanding for that war. Those two idiots there have just only to end it immediately. It’s a geographical fact that they both have enough territory for all people living there, independent of seeing them as two peoples , Russians and Ukrainians, or if it is considered only one people, that doesn’t change much. They just have to end it and to find a way to coexist in that combined or separated and maximum territory available, very much more and also resources filled than anyone else on this globe has. All the rest of us on the globe has very high costs, less own life quality and less future potential because of those two stupid amoebas and their war over there. That really shouldn’t be tolerated or even supported so much longer, period.

-9 ( +2 / -11 )

2020hindsightsToday  12:16 pm JST

Sven Asai

I have no understanding for that war. Those two idiots there have just only to end it immediately. 

One idiot. Ukraine didn't choose this. Putin did.

AGAIN WRONG.

-9 ( +6 / -15 )

Antique, Ukrainain were so corrupt,they sold most of weapon on the black market,those left by Russian

-10 ( +6 / -16 )

ah the "spring offensive"!

-10 ( +5 / -15 )

Because unless they watch the telly, people in Ukraine don’t notice that they’re being bombed out of their homes, hospitals and schools? They need government propaganda to recognize

the main problem and reason to war: there are different nations in Ukraine. mainly Ukrainian and Russian.

And modern Ukrainian state created only for Ukrainian. So thewar will be very long.

-10 ( +3 / -13 )

The US faces two front lines: in Ukraine and against China.

Announcement from Russia during Xi’s visit: Russia will use the yuan for foreign trade in selling Russian products, and also buying imports.

Previously, Russia had only accepted the yuan for trade with China.

The U.S. lost the trade war. It cannot afford to lose this war. Best if another another commentator elaborates.

-11 ( +4 / -15 )

UChosePoorly

Today 08:19 am JST

The only ones who seem to be afraid of Russia these days are the ones who side with Russia over Ukraine. Why is that?

Seems USA young men are also authorized military strength is 485,000 this has dropped to 450,000 with a majority of those whose enlistment are ending chosing not to reenlist,

Recruiting nem members is failing and the number one reason given for it all is the on going war in Ukraine and the unwillingness to get involved and go up against Russia.

-12 ( +9 / -21 )

There have been reports of Russia using white phosphorus in Ukraine from early on in the invasion.

cleo again you messed up, ukrs do it !!! It's Ukraine doing it! And they also use petal mines against civilians, on which many people were blown up, children inclu. Never believe one-sade information!

-12 ( +7 / -19 )

Fake news article. All the big roads are closed off, and 2 smaller roads, which can't handle large amounts of people or equipment are under Russian artillery. Zelensky was in a dream different area. Good PR for when he begs everyone for more money.

-12 ( +6 / -18 )

Ukraine took back control of the Kherson region’s capital, also called Kherson, at the end of last year, pushing out the Russian occupiers

Sounds great... but it was no battle and no losses from Russian side. They just go on the other side of riva Dnepr

The strong side of Ukraine - they can loose as many people as they want.

The country very democratic but they do not consider losses

-12 ( +3 / -15 )

ok1517

Today 10:23 am JST

Kuku,

> now, where did you get that information?

> It's Ukraine doing it! And they also use petal mines against civilians, on which many people were blown up, children inclu.

> Consulting the crystal ball again? Any reliable, verifiable sources?

> Because if not, then it's just more PUTAin propaganda!

> Here's a little more trustworthy information:

> According to facts (easy to find on the net from independent sources): "They ( petal mines) are banned internationally under the 1997 Ottawa Treaty, signed by Ukraine but not by Russia."

Only one problem, if Ukraine signed the treaty then why this:

A 2008 pact prohibiting the production, use and stockpiling of cluster munitions has been adopted by 123 countries, including most of NATO's 28 members. The United States, Russia and Ukraine have declined to join.

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/ukraine-seeks-us-cluster-bombs-adapt-drone-use-lawmakers-2023-03-06/

And:

http://www.stopclustermunitions.org/en-gb/cluster-bombs/use-of-cluster-bombs/in-ukraine/cluster-munitions-use-in-ukraine-2014-2015.aspx#:~:text=Cluster%20munitions%20were%20used%20in,public%20on%2019%20March%202015.

Ukraine has used cluster bombs had stocks of them and now has none!

So where did Ukrainian cluster bombs go if they are now asking the USA for some?

Well they used all those they previously had.

-13 ( +5 / -18 )

Haha. Putin went the first and drove a car around. He seems like an at Tento seeking drama queen. It seemed on MSM western media footage that he had more reporters and camera operators than security detail.

-14 ( +4 / -18 )

so heroi are going to win over Russia .

finally.

main heroi just arrived there now.

uranium depleted shells over shovels.by very human and democratic.say humanitarian shells.

well noted.

-14 ( +5 / -19 )

2020hindsightsToday 09:52 am JST

Bronco

Are these the ones that contain depleted Uranium which will harm civilians, animals and nature for the next million years?

No. Depleted uranium isn't dangerous.

Dear local factchecker.

If you can use some search engines and have 5mins you will find many informations.

Say look for info from my homecountry Serbia and say it to my fellow countrymen and countrywomen face to face.And say to them that NATO uranium depleted shells used in 90ies were not dangeroys,say it to them and to their kids and grandkids.

I am sure that they will believe you. and will get fine and healthy.

-14 ( +6 / -20 )

2020hindsightsToday  10:26 am JST

Eastman

*I am not talking about conspiracy**,I am talking about my relatives suffering as they lived in areas where NATO peacemakers have used uranium depleted shells and artillery in 90ies.In Serbia.That ones you are saying not dangerous.*

Many kids have health problems-even 2nd generation!

Possibly their sickness is part of conspiracies on internet as well?

I'm not saying that people aren't sick, I'm saying that their sickness isn't caused by depleted uranium shells.

OK dear "factchecker".

So it was caused maybe by consuming of too much of pljeskavica than,or rakija...you are very pathetic.

Go to Serbia,go to Libya,Syria,Iraq,Afghanistan,Vietnam and say to all of sick people that NATO shells with depleted uranium are not reason why they are sick.Just go and say to all of them.

-14 ( +5 / -19 )

Cards fan

Today 10:51 am JST

Ukraine has used cluster bombs had stocks of them and now has none!

> Any thoughts on the Russian invaders using the same, or just whining about Ukraine?

Except Ukraine was using them before From 2014 onward, and the victims were theoretically Ukrainian citizens.

Guess you missed that part.

-15 ( +5 / -20 )

This war is like sending your child out to get beat up,by a bully instead you confronting the bully yourself on his own turf

-15 ( +4 / -19 )

These crazy Republicans are gonna give Ukraine supporters hell,next week in Congressional oversight hearing,it not gonna be a pretty picture explaining this lost cause

-17 ( +2 / -19 )

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