From Jamie Peipon: The picture above is two shots of the same building. It is located in a little town west of Kyiv called Makariv. On the top is a picture from April of this year. On the bottom is a picture from August (this month). No, I didn’t get the dates or the order of the pictures backwards. It is glorious to see something… anything moving in the right direction even if it is hard to imagine repairing, fixing, and rebuilding while the war is ongoing. This is certainly the exception and not the rule, but it is sweet taste and reminder of what is to come.
Almost all news is on hold until Independence Day passes on the 24th. A similarly tense scenario played out around May 9th which was celebrated as “Victory Day” in the Soviet Union and was passed down to the post-soviet republics. That tension dissipated rather uneventfully. But… past performance is not an indicator of future results. There is plenty of speculation about what will happen. Will there be some sort of mass missile strike? Will there be a new attack from soldiers that have been held in reserve in Belarus? What about that nuclear power plant?
Ukraine has expressed concern about a false flag attack at the plant as Russia has reportedly ordered its staff to take an indefinite leave from their work there. Ukrainian intelligence is not taking any risks which is the right way to go, even if I believe (and hope) that there is relatively little chance of that in Zaporizhzhia as I wrote on Saturday.
The story of Daria Dugina’s murder via car bomb that I wrote about yesterday is rapidly developing. So rapidly in fact that Russia’s security service has cracked the case! That is quite a remarkable accomplishment considering the fact that there are several other murders (that were clearly politically motivated) which have gone unsolved for years. The difference, of course, is that Daria was a Putin ally, the unsolvable cold cases are murders of people who opposed Putin.
Please brace yourself as you may find this news shocking: Russia is blaming Ukraine for the murder. In less than 24 hours, the FSB has built the case against a Ukrainian woman named Natalya Vovk. Apparently, she rented an apartment in the same building as her victim, followed and tracked her, placed a car bomb in her vehicle, and then escaped in a Mini Cooper to Estonia. She did all this with her 12-year-old daughter in tow. Nevermind that Daria would be a bizarre choice as a target. She’s not a particularly well-known figure, especially when compared with her father. Plus, the FSB released surveillance footage of her along with miraculously perfect scans of her ID that shows her to be a member of the Azov regiment. It is like they just put together the perfect stereotype of a Ukrainian bogeyman, just so they could pin the murder on her. Ukraine has denied any involvement in the car bombing and claims that it is the result of fighting among the Moscow elites.
“How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.”