Zelensky’s wife makes emotional plea to media to share ‘terrible truth’ of Russian forces murdering children | The Independent

The wife of Ukraine’s President Zelensky has made an emotional plea to international media to report the “terrible truth” of Russian forces killing children in their attack on Ukraine.

In five posts on Instagram, written in Ukrainian, French, German, English and Russian, Olena Zelensky shared pictures of some of the young children who had been killed so far in the war.

She claimed that at least 38 children have already died as a result of the invasion, adding: “This figure might be increasing this very moment due to the shelling of our peaceful cities.”

Ms Zelensky pleaded with the international community to recognise Russia’s crimes, saying: “When people in Russia say that their troops are not hurting the civilian population, show them these pictures!”

She appealed directly to “all the unbiased media in the world” to “tell this terrible truth”.


40 thoughts on “Help!”

  1. Alexander died, Alexander was buried, Alexander returneth into dust; the dust is earth; of earth we make loam; and why of that loam, whereto he was converted, might they not stop a beer barrel?
    Imperious Caesar, dead and turned to clay, Might stop a hole to keep the wind away. Oh, that that earth, which kept the world in awe, Should patch a wall t’ expel the winter’s flaw!

  2. speaking of help, any rants you may wish to get off your chest and worthy of a thread topic, please do not hesitate to rant away.  PRETTY PLEASE.  

  3. Saw Nikki Hailey on MTP yesterday trying to burnish SFB’s tough on Pootie bona fides last night during a period of insomnia and she showed her high blah blah blah quotient when Chuck pointed out dumbass’ repeated efforts to remove or lessen the existing sanctions on Russia and its oligarchs while he was in office. Dump signed but opposed the sanctions passed by Congress in 2017 that affected the pipeline and lobbied to ease the sanctions. Too bad they record this stuff in the press, Nikki. 

  4. pogo, too bad they didn’t show her the letter and ask for response

    Trump Letter to Putin: “I’m a Big Fan!” (

    A series of letters Donald Trump wrote to Vladimir Putin in 2007 have been uncovered, with Trump offering congratulations to the Russian dictator for being named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year, saying he’s a “big fan” of the Russian dictator on official Trump letterhead.

    “Dear President Putin,” the letter began. “Congratulations on being named Time magazine’s ‘Man of the Year’—you definitely deserve it. As you probably have heard, I am a big fan of yours! Take care of yourself. With best wishes, Sincerely, Donald J. Trump.” Trump used his signature Sharpie to sign the letter and also underlined the words “I am a big fan of yours!”

  5. Morons groping in the dark.  Wapo  

    The organizer of the “People’s Convoy,” a group of hundreds of trucks, cars and SUVs protesting the government’s response to the pandemic, announced a delay Monday morning in the group’s plans to leave the Hagerstown Speedway and head to the Capital Beltway for a second day of demonstrations in the D.C. area.

    Organizer Brian Brase said the group, which circled the Beltway twice on Sunday, told the hundreds gathered Monday that they would have to wait to hear the day’s plan. Brase also acknowledged there’s a passionate faction of the convoy that wants to head into the nation’s capital.

    “A lot of people want me to say certain things and put this convoy into a certain direction,” he said. “I’m not going to listen to all of them. I’m going to listen to the people.”

    He promised the crowd an update and urged its members to be patient. In the meantime, he asked truckers to drop trailers and campers to drop their fifth wheels, and said “we are going bobtail only.”
    * * *

    He reiterated that he did not want to go into D.C. “at this time” or block the Beltway.

    “If we shut down the Beltway, we lose our public support,” Brase said. “We do not want to shut down the Beltway. We just want them to hear us roar.”

    In future loops around the Beltway, Brase said that drivers must meet a minimum speed limit of 55 mph. He instructed vehicles to turn on their flashers to indicate they are part of the convoy after the group became spread out and merged with normal traffic Sunday.

    “We also do not want to be some big glorified tailgate,” Brase said. “We are a serious mission that needs to be taken serious, it needs to be understood that we are here for a reason.”

    Utter morons.  If they can maintain 55 on the beltway during peak hours, that would be a great day for traffic there.  I don’t get that way often – and even when I’m headed for Baltimore, DC or Richmond I avoid getting on 459 if at all possible, especially between 7 & 10 and 3 & 6.

    Sorry, here’s the link:

  6. That truck convoy needs to go home, they picked the wrong time to get attention. How do you compete with the endless picture of a dead family laying in the street?

  7. I always take the more westerly interstate up to Jersey just to miss Richmond, DC, and Baltimore.  

  8. Growing old with the internet. One would think that after 20+ years playin around on the internet that one would not be surprised. But I am pleasantly so. While looking for the “war is hell” quote I discovered the wiki quote pages for William Tecumseh Sherman. His ability to write quotable materil in his letters was remarkable. In my education, Lee always gets the credit for being smart. This was even in college. Sherman got the credit for being brutal but not intellectual. These quotes all prove that wrong.

  9. old tecumseh sher-man had him a squeeze in Charleston so he took his burn circus on up to Columbia. Way I heard it.

  10. Jack there was a goofy little movie made once about this guy who sets out on a quest to follow the whole trail of Sherman’s March to the sea. Hardly remember it, but it could be kinda interesting.

  11. sturge, you mean “Sherman’s March” ?

    Ross McElwee sets out to make a documentary about the lingering effects of General Sherman’s march of destruction through the South during the Civil War, but is continually sidetracked by women who come and go in his life, his recurring dreams of nuclear holocaust, and Burt Reynolds

    See the source image

  12. the guardian:

    ‘We will find every bastard’, Zelenskiy warns

  13. I do believe that’s it, Pat.   One of the women was Charleston’s own Dee Dee Geraty, a very fine singer lady

  14. business insider:

    “We never wanted this war, but it was brought to us,” Zelensky said in a speech posted on his Facebook page. “We never dreamed of killing, but we have to knock out the enemy — from our land and from our lives.”

    He added: ​​”We have to endure what no other European nation has seen in 80 years. And it is on our land that it is decided whether someone else in Europe will fall victim to the same aggression.”

    Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his country’s invasion of Ukraine in the early hours of February 24, and Zelensky said that in recent days, “the enemy is tired, demoralized.”

    “They came to our land to look for something that has never been here: cowardice, consent to slavery,” Zelensky said. 


    “We and terror are different universes. That is why there is no blood on our flag,” Zelensky said.

    “There are no and will never be black spots on it,” he said. “There are no and will never be any swastikas on it. The Ukrainian flag is the land: peaceful, fertile, golden, and without tanks. This is the sky: peaceful, clear, blue, and without missiles. So it was. And so it will be.”

  15. fox:

    There are a lot of different ways to protest.
    A diner in Quebec decided to show support for Ukraine in a truly unique way. While it hasn’t changed the items offered on its menu, it has decided to change the name of a popular Canadian dish.
    Poutine is a popular Canadian dish that includes French fries, cheese curds and gravy. Also, the word “poutine” sounds like the name “Putin” when said out loud.
    This connection prompted the apparent inventor of the dish to take action.
    Le Roy Jucep, located in Drummondville, Quebec, decided to show solidarity with Ukraine by taking the word “poutine” out of its trademark. The diner claims to have invented the dish and is considered a somewhat famous restaurant among Canadians.
    The diner posted its decision to Facebook last Friday, but it has since removed the post due to receiving hateful replies and phone calls, Montreal CTV News reports. The business’ Facebook page still lists it as the inventor of “poutine,” although the name has been changed to say “The Inventor of Fries, Cheese and Gravy.”
    When the story made headlines, however, the restaurant posted a follow-up, saying, “Very touching to learn that our tiny message of support has been sent from Drummondville all the way to Ukraine! If we could make someone smile there, that’s already a win! We are with you from the bottom of our hearts.”
    Poutine first started being served in the 1950s. It’s a popular dish in Canada and some northern U.S. states, although there are some regional variations.

  16. Ukraine’s army is using a nimble ‘game-changing’ drone called The Punisher that has completed scores of successful missions against the Russians, say reports


    Ukraine’s military uses stealthy Punisher drones that can fly long distances while remaining undetected.

    The “game-changing” drones are operated remotely and can carry 3kg of explosives.

    As the battle for Ukraine’s skies continues, experts have been surprised by Russia’s lack of air power.

    The Ukrainian military is using “game-changing” drones that can carry 3kg of explosives and hit targets up to 30 miles behind enemy lines, The Times of London reported.

  17. British defense secretary Ben Wallace told Sky News that Ukraine had stalled Russian advances partly by carrying out a “very clever plan.”
    “We’ve seen footage we can’t verify but we’ve seen footage of Ukrainians using UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) to attack petrol train convoys, to go after logistical lines, we’ve seen lines blown up, all the things you and I think of when it comes to resistance,” Wallace said.

  18. Empty Champlain Towers garage offers rare window into impact of sea rise underground

    As sea levels rose from climate change, a new study found, flooding in the underground garage at the beachside Champlain Towers South became more common. Much more common. Whether rising seas played a role in the collapse of the doomed Surfside condominium is unclear — and perhaps, unlikely — but the new research from Florida International University provides the data for what regular passersby have witnessed in the now-empty parking garage floor: Water rises and falls not just with rain but with the tides. It’s made the site of the tragedy a curious little observation tank, a window to watch how groundwater levels shift up and down at the site, and likely along the entire barrier island.
    Read more at:

  19. Bob
    A little more information on those drones. they are manufactured in Ukraine. Looks like like all you need to do is give the coordinates and it will lay the payload right on top of it. no pilot needed.
    I didn’t know they made their own, I knew they had bought some from Turkey and were using them to good effect.
    Ukraine is also developing an ATV autonomous vehicle. It will follow you around like a puppy dog hauling all you stuff. 

  20. It was 30 years ago the US Army showed what happens when you line a bunch of Russian tanks all in a row and shoot at them with modern munitions. 
    back in the 60’s we were worried about all those soviet tanks so we invented cheap ways to remove them.

  21. Peabody’s foray into renewables sparks surprise but also makes sense, coal experts


    ST. LOUIS — Coal giant Peabody surprised the industry last week with its announcement that it was getting into renewable energy. But as the shock faded, analysts said the move made a lot of sense.

    The St. Louis-based company — the world’s largest private-sector coal producer — has acres of land, willing investors and electrical lines already in place for the job.

    But it’s a sea change for the fossil fuel titan, long a fierce defender of the coal industry.

    “That’s one of the reasons it gets attention and raises eyebrows,” said Rob Godby, an associate dean and professor at the University of Wyoming’s Department of Economics. “It’s twice as shocking that it’s Peabody.”


    Old coal mines offer the land and available space that’s critical for renewable energy projects.

    And they’re already wired for heavy electrical use, with built-in access to the wider power grid, which could make it far cheaper to rewire them for solar. And grid access is so important some renewable energy developers value it even over especially sunny or windy sites.

  22. jack, wow, that autonomous RTV would be great on farms, parks and wildlfe management areas IF it really can do what was described in that link

     The vehicle can maneuver through lakes, rivers, swamps, snowy areas, deserts, and trenches up to ~3.3 ft (1 m) making it ideal for combat zones.

    just think, instead of being limited to dragging only one trailer to and fro at a time one could have a mechanized version of the old-timey mule/burro pack.  a veritable stable and they don’t require mucking out a barn.

  23. this gadget would also be a great farm hand and wouldn’t need gas/diesel either

    Image result for robot that looks like a dog


  24. WTF!!!  when did the scotus become commander in chief of the military?

    Pentagon asks Supreme Court to let it curb unvaccinated Navy SEAL deployments | TheHill

    The Defense Department filed an emergency request to the Supreme Court on Monday asking the justices to restore the department’s authority over the deployment of unvaccinated Navy SEALs.

    The request follows a January ruling by a federal judge in Texas who temporarily blocked the department from halting the deployment of SEALs who refuse to comply with the military’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate, and after an appeals court last month declined to put the judge’s order on hold.

    According to the Biden administration’s filing, the lower court rulings have tied commanders’ hands and already have eroded health and safety protocols for the armed forces, including by forcing the Navy to deploy an unvaccinated SEAL to Hawaii “for duty on a submarine against its military judgment.”


  25. Pat
    Since they drive themselves they can take the hay out to cows and I can sit with my feet by the fire.
    But yeah pack mules that don’t get stubborn or run off when it gets a little dangerous. as in fighting wild fires. 
    Would have like to have a small one that followed me around on the farm as I did fence repair. 
    The future is interesting.

  26. Jack –
    Yep,  I was surprised they were home grown as well. But the Kraines have been at it for 8 years.  Looks like “David”  went and made themselves some smart rocks. 
    No airports needed , no high dollar  pilot training needed. 
    With us suppling satellite data, they  can stand off  and  hit those massed formations .
    Just small teams moving around  shooting ammo trucks and diesel tankers.  
    They don’t need those Polish jets , they need 5,000 of those “Punishers” . 
    Good name for them as well. 

  27. btw that drone Bob was talking about only has a 7′ wing span. So you can carry it and the companion spotter drone in a rack on the back of your pickup truck or pack them by hand through hostile territory, quietly through the woods. So mud won’t stop them.

  28. Forgot to check on the progress of the SFB 2024 election convoy today.  A little digging around on Twitter and it seems that the “convoy” was more like a bunch of can’t read the map and where are we now types.  Day 2, Beltway 2, “convoy” 0.  The Beltway will win and make you very likely to cry.

  29. BB, breaker, breaker. It’s the Duck. Convoy my ass. CJ McCall is rolling over in his grave at the appropriation of his song’s title. 

    From WaPo coverage today:

    “ Members of the convoy will meet Tuesday with Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), although it wasn’t clear whether that would alter the convoy’s plans for the rest of the week.

    “An advisory from Johnson’s office indicated that the senators would meet on Capitol Hill with convoy members ‘to discuss the harmful effects of President Biden’s vaccine mandates.’”

    Is there anything else you need to know?

  30. Dana Milbank on the conspiracy convoy. 

    Convoy organizer Brian Brase, speakingfrom the same stage in Hagerstown as the “Q Patriot,” drew a cheer for announcing that Republican Sens. Ron Johnson (Wis.) and Ted Cruz (Tex.) would be meeting with them. Brase rallied those who would make the 200-mile round trip voyage of irrelevancy: “We’re taking two lanes up to let the world know that we’re here and we mean business.”

    Two lanes may sound like a lot — unless you know the Beltway has six in each direction at points. A few hundred vehicles clogging the interstate may sound like a lot — unless you know a quarter of a million vehicles a day pass any given point on the Beltway.

    The convoy drivers set off for their counterclockwise circling of the Beltway — and I set off for a clockwise circling of the Beltway to meet them.

    Those participating in the convoy numbered in the three digits. Those cheering on the convoy from overpasses numbered in the low two digits. I saw a handful of spectators at only four overpasses in all of Virginia (a fifth group turned out to be a crew from the Virginia Department of Transportation filming the convoy). On the Idylwood Road overpass near Tysons, seven convoy boosters hung Second Amendment flags, a Don’t Tread on Me flag, and a “Trump Won” banner.

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