I don't have the link yet, but yesterday Denis Pushilin, the Head of Donetsk PR has been heard as saying that Kharkov and all of Kharkov Oblast need to be liberated. Pushilin is a very noticeable figure as, for now at least, the Head of independent and recognized by Russia DPR, but also, de facto a fully integrated Russia's political figure now. Very important at that and fully coordinated with Kremlin. So, when figure of such prominence speaks aloud on such matters then we should pay attention. This matters in so far as our assumptions on territorial goals of SMO are concerned.
Now, three EU stooges talking about the "end of conflict" in 404 are yet another indicator of a desperation setting in and feeble attempts to save face in a face of inevitable result.
The German chancellor condemned what he called the “unimaginable cruelty” of the conflict in Ukraine, during a visit to the Kiev suburb of Irpin on Thursday. Olaf Scholz was joined in Kiev by French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. “The brutal destruction of this city is a memorial: this war must end,” Scholz wrote on Twitter. Irpin saw intense fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces in the first weeks of the conflict, following Russia’s attack in late February. Moscow withdrew its troops from the Kiev region and some other Ukrainian territories in early April, calling it a goodwill gesture aimed at aiding peace talks. The negotiations have since stalled.
Scholz is an idiot not just as a politician but in purely human terms, which is expected from average European "lefty", but even he can see the writing on the wall. Larry Johnson gave a good write up on the matter yesterday.
It appears that Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk is being performed by French President Emmanuel Macron and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. First up, Macron. You do not have to speak French to understand that his previous position of standing firm against Russia has changed and he believes Ukraine should cut a deal with Russia to save itself.
What also has to be noted, however, is the fact that we may be past the "make a deal" point and Pushilin's words give some credence to all that. We'll know soon enough. For those, however, who "rely" on all those Yuri Podolyaka types and other fanboys "analysts" who call, nay, demand "mobilization", here is Peskov verbatim today:
МОСКВА, 16 июня. /ТАСС/. Пресс-секретарь президента России Дмитрий Песков назвал лживыми информационными вбросами публикации в западных СМИ о том, что власти РФ якобы могут объявить о дополнительном призыве в войска. "Нет", - ответил он в четверг ТАСС на вопрос, планирует ли президент России Владимир Путин в своем выступлении на ПМЭФ 17 июня объявлять о мобилизации. Комментируя соответствующие западные публикации о том, что власти РФ якобы могут объявить о дополнительном призыве в войска, Песков сказал: "Это лживые информационные вбросы".
Translation: MOSCOW, 16 June. /TASS/. The press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov called the publications in the Western media that the Russian authorities could allegedly announce an additional conscription to the troops as false informational stuffing. "No," he answered TASS on Thursday when asked if Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to announce mobilization in his speech at SPIEF on June 17. Commenting on the relevant Western publications that the Russian authorities could allegedly announce an additional conscription to the troops, Peskov said: "These are false information stuffing."
I guess, I rest my case.
P.S. Announcement: I am scheduled tomorrow to do, now traditional, hour and a half (about that) with PolitWera and Colonel (officer-operator of the Central Apparatus of Russian MoD) Vladimir Trukhan. It should go live at VK at 10:00 AM Pacific Day Time and later Wera will upload it to Rutube.