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By John Helmer, Moscow 

It has been 46 years since the evacuation of the US Embassy in Saigon. Not since then have US  forces under the direction of the State Department suffered such a defeat in the face of superior defending military force. Until these days.

The Bornholm operation in the Baltic Sea on March 29-31; the Donbass disengagement  announced on April 1 by Ukrainian chief of the general staff, Ruslan Khomchak; then the Black Sea mission-abort of the USS Donald Cook and USS Roosevelt  on April 14 – this has been a three-front defeat of the Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his Under Secretary for war against Russia, Victoria Nuland (née Nudelman),  and their Polish and Ukrainian proxies.

No Russian shot has been fired; no Russian life lost. Marshal Mikhail Kutuzov’s golden bridge strategy has allowed the adversary to make an orderly retreat from the Russian red line. 

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“The final stage of the exercise of the Southern Military District and the Airborne Forces, which took place within the framework of a snap preparedness check, ended at the Opuk [Crimea] range today,” announced Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on April 22.   “The forces successfully accomplished every training mission in providing military security to the southern borders of the Russian Federation. I believe that the goals of the snap inspection have been fully achieved. The troops demonstrated the ability to reliably defend the country.”

Shoigu followed by a few hours the announcement on April 21 by President Vladimir Putin: “Hopefully, it won’t occur to anyone to cross the so-called red line in regard to Russia, and we’ll decide where this line goes by ourselves in every particular case.”  

The red line in the Donbass had been announced on April 8 by Dmitry Kozak, the Kremlin’s chief negotiator for Ukraine: “In the event of the resumption of large-scale military operations in the Donbass, Russia will be forced to stand up for its citizens… By February more than 600 thousand residents of the DPR and LPR had received Russian passports.”  

Left to right: Lloyd Austin; Mark Milley; Antony Blinken; Victoria Nuland.

It remains to be seen whether culpability or credit in the defeat of the Blin-Noodle Gang* is also claimed in Washington by General Mark Milley, chairman of the US chiefs of staff, who spoke  by telephone with his Russian counterpart General Valery Gerasimov on March 31. Their negotiation covered “issues of mutual concern.” 

They were followed the next day by a telephone call between General Lloyd Austin, the Defense Secretary, and his Ukrainian counterpart, Andrei Taran. Austin says he assured Taran of  “unwavering US support”. Taran said he heard “a clear demonstration of the proactive position of the United States.”

[*] TRANSLATION NOTE: Blin (блин) means a small flat pancake. Nudel, reports the food encyclopedia, is from the 15th century German when the word originally meant a small dumpling or a turd.

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