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Berkey Water Filter Maker Sues EPA Over Claims That Its Products Are ‘Pesticides’

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From the Epoch Times

Texas-based New Millennium Concepts says the EPA has issued stop-sales orders for its silver water filter product to vendors without warning or due process.

The maker of Berkey water filters, New Millennium Concepts, is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over what it says are false claims by the federal agency that its products are “pesticides.”

Using COVID-19-era regulatory powers, the EPA issued a stop-sales order to several Berkey vendors and distributors in May, resulting in mounting financial losses for the Texas-based company, which was founded in 1998.

On Aug. 3, New Millennium Concepts filed a lawsuit in a Forth Worth federal court that challenges the EPA’s stop-sales order as “unjustified persecution.”

“They’re going after the vendors. It’s really a way of starving Berkey in the market so we have nothing available—that’s the problem,” the company’s attorney, Warren Norred, told The Epoch Times.

“The sad reality is [government] control is its own reward. That’s where we are.”

The 49-page complaint argues that Berkey has done business in the United States without incident or regulation by the EPA for 25 years. 

In 2022, the agency demanded the company register its mechanical filter as a “pesticide device,” and then recently as a “pesticide,” without compliance with Administrative Procedures Act (APA) guidelines, the lawsuit argues.

‘EPA Fail’

“The EPA’s failure to operate using plain language and follow APA guidelines has caused plaintiffs devastating damage,” the suit claims.

“What the EPA is doing is attacking the vendors to Berkey products,” Mr. Norred said. “They’re interfering in the supply chain.” 

The EPA has been regulating pesticides since 1947 under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). However, the lawsuit argues that Berkey filters don’t use chemical pesticides to treat water—its purification process is entirely mechanical.

“FIFRA is exactly what it looks like—a law that seeks to regulate chemical pesticides,” according to the Norred Law website. “But the law distinguishes between actual pesticides, ‘substances or mixtures of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pest,’ and ‘treated devices,’ which use registered pesticides in their construction, e.g. seeds that are sold after being treated with a registered pesticide.”

In February, the EPA issued a compliance advisory announcing changes in regulations governing the production, distribution, and sale of “pesticide devices.”

“There has been a significant increase in the number of devices being distributed or sold in the United States,” the advisory stated. 

“EPA has found substantial non-compliance with FIFRA in the device and pesticide marketplace. Examples of non-compliance include unregistered pesticides claiming to be devices, devices bearing false and misleading statements, and devices being sold and distributed that were not produced in an EPA registered establishment.”

The EPA said examples of pesticide devices include water or air filters, ultraviolet light systems, ozone generators, and sound generators.

“If a device incorporates a substance or mixture of substances to perform its intended pesticidal purpose, then it is considered a pesticide, not a device, and would require registration under FIFRA Section 3.”

Silver-Protected Filters

New Millennium Concepts agreed to an EPA condition designating Berkey water filters as treated devices, because they use silver to protect the filters that remove pathogens by means of a “tortuous maze of micropores.” 

The use of the antiviral silver in Berkey filters has been found to trap more than 99 percent of COVID-19 strains, Mr. Norred said.

“Silver is often used in pesticides for pesticidal purposes. The EPA has latched on to the use of silver to protect the filter, and said you’re using silver and you are making pesticidal claims—poof, you’re a pesticide.”

“We do use a registered pesticide that has silver in it. So the filters are technically a treated article because there is a pesticide Berkey uses to protect its filters. But that pesticide does not have any pesticidal purpose for the water. It just protects and lengthens the lifetime of the filter,” Mr. Norred added.

Not Enough

But the company agreeing to brand its Berkey water filters as treated devices “wasn’t enough,” the legal website added.

‘The EPA recently decided that the filters are actual pesticides, again without notice or warning, issued orders preventing Berkey filters from sale in some parts of the country, and preventing their export.”

“If the EPA wants to regulate gravity-fed mechanical water filters, it has a process to follow, at the very least. Berkey’s water filters have never caused any harm to anyone, and the removal of Berkey filters from the market inexorably means that the demand will be met with untested knockoff and counterfeit filters.”

The lawsuit regards the EPA’s actions as “arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion,” and asks the court for an injunction to block the stop-sales order.

New Millennium Concepts partner James Shepherd told The Epoch Times that the EPA crackdown on Berkey water filters is costing the company $2,500 in daily storage costs—$1 million yearly, by his estimates.

The EPA sent stop-sale orders to at least half a dozen vendors, which means New Millennium Concepts can’t move its products to many of its customers, he said.

“It appears to me what they want me to do is go bankrupt. Basically, when they shut down our dealers, we started working with the EPA,” Mr. Shepherd said.

“No company can sit there and continue with their expenses with no income. You can’t walk into a company, give it a bad name, and then two or three years later say now, it’s a pesticide.”

EPA spokeswoman Shayla R. Powell told The Epoch Times, “Because this is pending litigation, EPA has no further information to add.”

‘Biggest Loser’

Mr. Shepherd said the biggest loser in his company’s legal battle with the EPA is the consumers of Berkey products who desire a nonchemical method of purifying drinking water.

New Millennium Concepts recently issued a statement to its customers assuring it was working to resolve product availability issues.

“Due to an EPA stop-sale order, Black Berkey Filter Elements are currently unavailable. As a result, all systems which include Black Berkey Filter Elements (Travel Berkey, Big Berkey, etc.) are unavailable as well. Products without Black Berkey Filter Elements (such as Fluoride Filters, shower filters and accessories) remain available on our website.

“We understand the importance of access to reliable, filtered water and the peace of mind that your Berkey products provide. Rest assured the entire Berkey Filters Team is dedicating all resources and investing heavily in resolving this product availability issue as soon as possible.”

Mr. Shepherd said the EPA gave the company three choices: register Berkey devices as pesticides, a lengthy process that could mean “death” to the company; remove all previous marketing language around the world—a challenging, if not impossible task; or create a new water filter that doesn’t use the Berkey name or patented technology.

Option three would mean introducing a new product with no brand recognition in a highly competitive market, he said.

“We think something rogue is going on. I don’t know if I’m dealing with a rogue organization,” Mr. Shepherd said.

“We still do not know to this day what is the specific issue that makes [Berkey filters] a pesticide. They will not tell us.”

Editors note: I can tell you exactly why they are doing this to Berkey filters…BECAUSE THEY WORK AND DON’T HARM ANYONE! The Berkey filters also stop the Covid poison in it’s tracks and we can’t have that! After all the government has gone to great lengths to poison the water supply and they can’t have Berkey filters screwing up their mass depopulation plans. Keep in mind that the government provided water in Maui was POISONED and made people deathly sick!

In the meantime the EPA has no problem with Bayer (monsanto) pumping TONS of deadly cancer causing chemicals like roundup on your food daily. And some people still believe that the American government gives a sh*t about them? Yes they do, I see them everyday with their stupid face diapers on and lining up for their next vaccine. There is no hope for them. Come soon Lord Jesus.

Marburg Fever Emergency has already been Declared

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And they will use the PREP act from 2005 to keep their legal immunity. This is why no one gets arrested and no one has been successfully sued. Here is HOW they are getting away with it to include attorney Todd Calender, who explains it from the actual laws themselves.


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Dr. Buttar Discusses the Hidden Weapon in the Vaccines/Mark of the Beast

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A subscriber sent this video to me today that shows the late Dr. Buttar discussing how dangerous these “vaccines” truly are and how they’re really bioweapons. He also discusses the Marburg virus element that’s been programmed into these weapons, the same thing that Attorney Todd Calender has been discussing for the past 2 years. This is in their own documents so it’s not just things they’re making up. Prayed up and prepped up, this will get much worse!

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Open and concealed carry laws suspended in Albuquerque New Mexico for 30 days

The governor, using public health laws, has decided that guns are now a public health emergency. This makes perfect sense as the governments of the states and the federal government have been changing public health laws since the 50s. Now they’re written in such a way that the government can use them to take away any and all of your rights.

Legal gun owners are not the problem and the governor of New Mexico knows this, but she’s using her new found powers as directed by those above her at the WEF. Watch other sold out jack ass governors follow suit. The criminals of course will not give two rips about any proclamation the governor announces. She’d rather leave everyone else defenseless. This is a war on the law abiding while the criminals are coddled and given free reign in the cities.

You’re right to self defense and defense of your family is a God given right, it’s not granted by the government. When they do it here I will not comply. Prayed up and prepped up.

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Neo-Nazi junta raising its Volkssturm

In the last several months, there have been reports about people with severe physical disabilities getting conscription notices, including blind people, as well as those with no extremities. However, the madness doesn’t stop there. People with severe mental disabilities are not spared either. Their apparent “physical fitness” makes them “the perfect cannon fodder” for the criminal Kiev regime.

Drago Bosnic, independent geopolitical and military analyst

Anyone remotely familiar with the history of the Second World War knows about Nazi Germany’s desperate attempts to stay afloat, with the monstrous regime even forcing its elderly, underage children and people with various physical and mental disabilities into peculiar armed formations called Volkssturm. These units were officially part of the Wehrmacht, but were effectively used as suicide troops to slow down the advance of the Red Army and Western Allies. Needless to say, their military effectiveness was subpar, to say the least, leading to unnecessary loss of life among people who were essentially civilians forced into military service virtually overnight. And while they may have slowed down Allied advance by several weeks, the ratio of their losses was such that it was completely unjustified from a purely military standpoint, to say nothing of the (im)morality of such madness.

After the end of WW2, it’s safe to assume that nobody thought such formations would ever again be used in Europe, especially not in the much-touted 21st century. And yet, people also believed that the despicable Nazi ideology would forever be left in the dustbin of history, but here we are. The Kiev regime never hid its Nazi affiliation, a state of affairs that was always a huge PR inconvenience for the political West, particularly its propaganda machine that has been trying to whitewash the Neo-Nazi junta for well over a year and a half, despite reporting about this for years after the Maidan coup.  True to its ideological forefathers, the Kiev regime seems to be copying every aspect of this deranged ideology, including by mimicking it when losing. The Neo-Nazi junta is so enamored with the German WW2-era monstrosity that it’s literally emulating Volkssturm.

It’s important to note that this process started nearly a decade ago, right after the NATO-backed Maidan coup that brought Neo-Nazis to power in Ukraine. Since 2014, there has been a systematic nazification of Ukrainian youth, including underage children. The raising of hundreds of thousands of kids into a sort of Bandera-Jugend created the basis of the Kiev regime forces that were later used to wage war on the Donbass republics. Many of the children initially brainwashed into this rabidly Russophobic ideology (among other forms of hatred) are now in their early 20s, forming the core of the Neo-Nazi junta troops. Unlike the mainstream propaganda machine that at first tried ignoring the issue, while it’s now trying to justify and “normalize” such a state of affairs, independent media have been covering the story about this sort of indoctrination for years.

However, the difference between Bandera-Jugend then and Zelensky’s Volkssturm today shows that the Neo-Nazi junta has indeed come full circle. Namely, the Kiev regime recently established a new “legal” category that allows the mobilization of people with severe mental disabilities. Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, announced the establishment of the conscription category named “conditionally fit”. It seems there is an actual “legal” provision for this in the Neo-Nazi junta’s law, which is now starting to implement it. The law has been in force since February 24 last year and was once again extended in mid-August on orders by Zelensky. Apparently, it will be in force at least until November 15, although it’s extremely likely to be extended beyond that date as well. Danilov went on to explain the “reasoning” behind such desperate moves.

“In our legal documents there is a term – fit/suitable or conditionally fit/suitable. It is necessary to give an interpretation of who is conditionally fit and where people who have such an order in their documents can be used … so that there is no double or triple interpretation of this norm,” Danilov noted.

In the last several months, there have been reports about people with severe physical disabilities getting conscription notices, including blind people, as well as those with no extremities. In one particular case, a man who had both hands missing was given one such notice. However, the madness doesn’t stop there. People with severe mental disabilities are not spared either. Their apparent “physical fitness” makes them “the perfect cannon fodder” for the criminal Kiev regime. Back in late July, there was the case of Maksym Baida, a 34-year-old mentally disabled man from the western Vinnytsia region. Baida’s condition is so severe that he can’t even feed himself. According to local reports, his mother Nadia is still taking care of him due to his disability, but this didn’t stop the medical commission from declaring Baida to be supposedly “fit for military service”.

And this is certainly not an isolated case, as evidenced by footage released just last week, showing another unnamed man with an obvious mental disability being given instructions on how to use a hand grenade. Needless to say, forcibly conscripting people with such severe health issues is not just morally wrong, but also militarily unjustified, as they are not only a danger to themselves, but also to everyone else around them. However, it seems there’s simply no way to escape forced conscription by the Neo-Nazi junta, as evidenced by countless videos of regular Ukrainian men being snatched in the streets, often by men in uniforms with undisguised Nazi insignia. All this shows just how desperate the Kiev regime has become, as the losses of its troops are mounting by the day. Unfortunately, millions of regular Ukrainians are the ones paying the highest price.

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Ukraine’s F-16 squadrons could take “four or five years” to get ready for battle

However, these planes will be useless for Ukraine in this war, considering that, after learning English before flying, a pilot can only learn to take off, land, and some basic functions in half a year of training.

Ahmed Adel, Cairo-based geopolitics and political economy researcher

Three European countries – the Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway – have confirmed that they will deliver American F-16 fighter jets to Kiev. However, instead of military supremacy over the Russian air force, it will bring problems to Ukraine, which it must urgently solve – and one of the issues is language, as mundane as that might sound. In addition, Ukraine has an unrealistic timeframe for when it wants to complete pilot training.

Ukraine lacks the infrastructure to accommodate fourth-generation F-16 fighter jets, such as well-equipped airports. Entire airports would have to be built, not just runways, and must include command towers, radar fields, aircraft maintenance and servicing centres, warehouses for air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, etc.

In addition, pilot training is necessary, and not knowing English is the first obstacle for most Ukrainian pilots. Politico cited a US official and a source familiar with Ukrainian planning, who was not authorised to speak on the plan, who said only eight Ukrainian pilots are fluent in English, thus making them ready to begin training. According to the US official, 20 pilots who speak some English are available to start language courses in the UK in the coming days.

Effectively, Ukrainian pilots cannot master the basics of flying on American planes without knowledge of English.

In addition, learning to fly with modern technology takes several years of training, not the six months often quoted by Western and Ukrainian officials and media.

Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Patrick Ryder disclosed that the US will begin training Ukrainian pilots to fly F-16 fighter jets in October at Morris Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, preceded by an English language course for pilots in September.

The general said that “several pilots and dozens of maintainers” would be trained without specifying the exact number, adding that transferring F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine would take “months, not weeks.”

Ryder added that the F-16 fighter jets should strengthen the military potential of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and not meet the needs of the Ukrainian military in the current counteroffensive. He admitted that Ukraine does not have the necessary infrastructure to station F-16 fighter jets.

It was planned that European countries would train the Ukrainians, and the US would join if their capabilities were exhausted. Western media reported that a coalition of 11 countries will begin training Ukrainian pilots to operate the F-16 in August. These countries include Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, and Great Britain.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he expects 42 planes from the Netherlands and 19 from Denmark. At the same time, the Netherlands did not specify the number of aircraft or when they will be made available to Ukraine.

However, these planes will be useless for Ukraine in this war, considering that a pilot can only learn to take off, land, and some basic functions in half a year of training. Nonetheless, the training of Ukrainian pilots has already occurred, specifically in Romania.

A question raised is what kind of weapons the West will deliver to Kiev for American fighter jets. Some Western media indicate that the F-16 fighter jets, which will be handed over to Kiev next year, will only have access to short-range missiles as it is doubtful that the US will agree to supply Ukraine with JASSM missiles, which have a range of a thousand kilometres.

Another question is how long F-16s will last on Ukrainian territory, as there is no doubt that Russia will destroy them as soon as they arrive in that country.

All the supposed goodwill surrounding Ukraine’s pursuit of F-16s was blackmarked on August 25 with the death of three Ukrainian Air Force pilots, including a renowned fighter jet pilot with the call sign “Juice.” The crash marks a major upset for Kiev, which has been looking to secure advanced F-16 jets to strengthen its Soviet-era air force, but this will prove to be a significant morale hit for Ukraine.

The morale was also dealt a blow when General James Hecker, the commander of US Air Forces in Europe and Africa, told reporters that getting F-16 squadrons ready for battle could take “four or five years.”

“Hecker was talking about top expertise, but even for basic capability — such as solo air-to-ground attacks — six months will likely still be needed. And there’s no way around it either,” wrote Politico.

But as the West should have learnt by now, they are not dealing with AK-47-wielding peasants in Afghanistan, but the advanced and highly professional Russian military, where top pilots are vital. Six-month-trained Ukrainian pilots will end up in the same way as the Western-trained and armed Ukrainian army units involved in the counteroffensive – obliterated.

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Rabid Russophobia now mandatory in the political West

Johnny’s Note: Either you’re a true believer in the propaganda of the West or you are the enemy. I guess that makes me an enemy of the state. What else is new? So we say with confidence: “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:6

Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier, one of the most prominent European directors, “dared” to publicly state that “Russian lives matter also!” in an Instagram post. However, he didn’t stop there. To add “insult to injury”, he also criticized the Danish government for the delivery of US-made F-16 fighter jets to the Kiev regime forces. Von Trier is now accused of “hatred”.

Drago Bosnic, independent geopolitical and military analyst

From the “Ghost of Kiev” and “the last stand of the Snake Island defenders” to pickle jar air defenses and the “Goat of Kiev”, there have been many mindless anti-Russian tropes aiming to present the Russians as supposedly “inferior” or at the very least “incompetent”. And yet, such claims were just laughably obvious propaganda that serves as an IQ test of sorts. In terms of actual impact, it was all largely inconsequential. However, the real issue is when these tropes become anything but a laughing matter. For instance, on August 5, Michael John Cirillo (now pretending to be a “woman” named Sarah Ashton-Cirillo), an American-born spokesperson for the Neo-Nazi junta forces, boastfully proclaimed that the Russians are “most definitely not human”.

Ever since this glorified crossdresser characterized an entire nation as “subhuman” (although it’s unclear who exactly mandated “her” to issue such proclamations), it seems this has effectively become the state policy of some Western countries. It now seems that disagreeing with Cirillo’s racist rant is a “crime” of sorts and that the witch-hunt for the “perpetrator” is a must. Namely, Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier, one of the most prominent European directors, “dared” to publicly state that “Russian lives matter also!” in an Instagram post. However, he didn’t stop there. To add “insult to injury”, he also criticized the Danish government for the delivery of US-made F-16 fighter jets to the Kiev regime forces.

Von Trier made the post almost a week ago, on August 22, but the “backlash” persists. The mainstream propaganda machine is engaged in an unrelenting witch-hunt, while the Neo-Nazi junta is “demanding” a retraction of the statement and most likely an official “apology”. Von Trier addressed his post to “Mr Zelensky and Mr Putin, and not least Mrs Frederiksen (who yesterday, like someone head over heels in love, posed in the cockpit of one of the scariest killing machines of our time, grinning from ear to ear)”. Although F-16 fighter jets are hardly “one of the scariest killing machines of our time”, they certainly have killed a lot of people in countless US/NATO illegal invasions around the world, making Von Trier’s statement rather adequate.

Still, as the pressure isn’t subsiding in the slightest, Lars von Trier was forced to “clarify” his reasoning in a follow-up post, where he stated that he supports the Kiev regime “with every beat of [his] heart”. He further added that “[he] was just stating the obvious: that all lives in this world matter! A forgotten phrase it seems, from a time when pacifism was a virtue”. Von Trier obviously didn’t get the memo that pacifism is “only a virtue” when you’re fighting “humans”. And since Russians have been “disqualified” as such, hatred and hostility towards them is “perfectly fine”. Still, the Danish filmmaker stood his ground, so he’s now accused of “hatred” (!?) and for somehow being “sympathetic to the Russian side” in the Ukrainian conflict.

Von Trier’s example is very telling. Not only is it acceptable to spew poisonous hatred at an entire nation, but it’s even “desirable” at this point. Worse yet, any attempt to present the Russian people as human is simply unacceptable in the political West. According to this “logic”, the Russians are “disqualified from life” for the sole reason of being Russian. For well over a year and a half, both individual Russians and whole teams have been banned from various sports, including paralympic competitors. This mindless hatred also extends to Russian restaurants, tea rooms, churches, trees, cats, etc. In addition, Russia’s world-class culture (including its music, operas, literature, etc.) is still being banned in Western countries.

Von Trier should probably be sent to a reeducation camp, preferably run by former high-ranking NATO general and the current Czech President Petr Pavel. He’s (in)famous for his intention to place the Russians currently living in Western countries in “Japanese-style camps”. Had Von Trier stated something like that, he would’ve received no backlash. On the contrary, he would’ve been hailed as the “hero of pacifism”. The more absurd and hateful one is towards the Russian people, the more popular and “humane” he or she is in the political West. It’s the new “chic” that “should” be followed by everyone else. Unfortunately for the belligerent power pole, the (actual) world is doing exactly the opposite. Perhaps this is the main reason why Josep Borrell characterized it as “the jungle”.

It would seem the (actual) world simply doesn’t understand this highly peculiar form of “pacifism” that applies only to those who unequivocally adhere to the “rules-based world order“. The so-called “fence sitters” are just not “civilized enough” to understand it. However, fortunately for the rest of us who are “not blessed” with living in “the garden”, our “jungle” is expanding, so we get to live our “not human” lives together.

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Ukrainian terrorist drone attacks a “morale booster” – Western media

Unable to fight on the battlefield, Kiev’s armed forces launch drone strikes to show strength and capability to respond.

Lucas Leiroz, journalist, researcher at the Center for Geostrategic Studies, geopolitical consultant.

According to Western media, Kiev is launching drone strikes against Moscow to “boost morale“. Unable to counterattack effectively, the Ukrainian army is using a terrorist drone strategy to simply make it look like they are able to respond and keep fighting. This shows despair on the part of the Kiev regime’s forces and at the same time makes it clear how the western media normalizes terrorism.

On August 25, the New York Times published an article stating that the recent wave of drone strikes against the Russian Federation “is intended to demonstrate to the Ukrainian public that Kyiv can still strike back, especially as the counteroffensive against entrenched Russian troops moves slowly”. In another moment of the text, it is emphasized that the attacks are not “symbolic”, but “are meant to give heart to Ukrainians who may be anxious about the slow progress of the counteroffensive, buying time for Mr. Zelensky and his forces in the coming weeks.”

In an interview with journalists from the New York Times, Andrey Yusov, a spokesman for Ukraine’s military intelligence service, assured that the attacks will continue and also stated that one of the objectives is to show the Russian population that the war is also happening in Moscow and affecting ordinary people in big Russian cities.

“Russian elites and ordinary Russians now understand that war is not somewhere far away on the territory of Ukraine, which they hate (…) War is also in Moscow, it’s already on their territory”, he said.

In the article it is also said, citing the opinion of several experts, that Ukrainians are simply struggling with what they still have in their current circumstances. The sources consulted by the author of the text do not believe that there is a great strategic objective behind the attacks, being only a way of “boosting morale”, showing strength and bringing a situation of danger into Russia’s demilitarized territory. In other words, the article normalizes Ukrainian terrorist tactics, describing them as if they were a mere matter of military strategy, rather than illegal attacks on civilians, banned under international law.

The article also ignores the possibility of an escalation of the conflict. It is said that, despite previous US warnings about the risks of intense Russian attacks in response to Ukrainian strikes, Kiev’s use of drones has been “calibrated”, avoiding escalations. Furthermore, Ukrainian sources believe that the Russians are unable to respond on an escalatory way, given that Moscow is already using its maximum artillery, drone capacity on the battlefield.

“Earlier in the war, U.S. officials had warned of the possibility that Ukrainian drone strikes on Moscow could prove escalatory, giving Mr. Putin an excuse to intensify Russian attacks on civilian targets. But U.S. officials conceded that attempted Ukrainian strikes had so far been calibrated, and they had not provoked any drastic escalation by Moscow. Ukrainian officials said the drone strikes posed little risk of escalation because Russia could not further intensify its fight given that it was already firing as many missiles and drones at Ukraine as it could”, the article reads.

Obviously, this kind of rhetoric sounds merely propagandistic and without any material proof. The Russians are using only a small percentage of their military capacity on the special operation. Moscow’s artillery attacks are intense and constant because the Russian military avoids losing soldiers on the battlefield by using as much long-range technology as possible to prevent lives being lost needlessly in prolonged infantry attrition situations.

However, as already stated by several military experts, the Russians could do much more than they are actually doing. There is clearly a Russian intention to avoid major escalations, which serves some strategic objectives, such as the possibility of destroying as much western military equipment as possible on the battlefield, causing prolonged damage to Moscow’s actual enemies – which are NATO countries, not the Ukrainian proxy.

In addition, there is the simple Russian diplomatic willingness to give opportunities for Ukrainians to sovereignly choose to stop fighting for the West. Russia sees the conflict as friction between brotherly peoples, which motivates it to avoid causing heavy losses on the enemy side.

It must also be remembered that Russia has been efficient in ensuring the safety of its civilians, neutralizing in time most of the enemy drone attacks. Using air artillery and electronic warfare techniques, Moscow has shot down or diverted several Ukrainian drones that entered its airspace, avoiding civilian casualties. The absence of these casualties is fundamental for Moscow to continue avoiding appropriate responses, since in an eventual scenario of many civilian deaths it would be inevitable to strike back.

However, the more Ukraine insists on a terrorist practice, the greater the chances of Russian patience running out and Kiev facing a wave of bombings much more intense than that which has been seen so far. And then the Ukrainian strategy of showing strength, boosting morale and “buying time” will absolutely fail.

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Kiev’s slow counteroffensive makes Biden lose interest and consider talks with Russia

US cannot continue pumping money into Ukraine because elections are looming.  

Ahmed Adel, Cairo-based geopolitics and political economy researcher

The longer Ukraine’s counteroffensive goes on, the more difficult it is for the US to maintain its support in political terms, reported Bloomberg, citing an expert. Reportedly, European officials “worry” that US President Joe Biden “may eventually look to nudge Ukraine toward negotiations” with Russia if Kiev’s forces do not make any significant successes in its counteroffensive.

Support for Ukraine remains essential because Europe lacks the financial conditions and military capacity to maintain Kiev’s forces. However, an expert quoted by Bloomberg explained that because of Ukraine’s sluggishness, the US will be less interested in what happens in Ukraine.

“[If fighting grinds to an impasse over the winter], it’s a really big problem, there’s going to be war fatigue,” said Samantha de Bendern, an associate fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs. “The U.S. is going to be less and less interested in what’s happening in Ukraine and it’s going to be more and more difficult for Europeans to convince the Americans that Ukraine is an American problem.”

Bloomberg also pointed out that Russia has enough ammunition for at least another year of fighting, with the Kremlin deploying new troops on the front lines. The wear and tear of the long conflict is becoming an advantage for the Russians.

“More than two months into its counteroffensive, Kiev has made only tactical advances against heavily dug-in Russian forces, despite having committed many units trained and armed by the US and Europe for the operation. The window for further significant actions is narrowing as wet and cold weather looms in the autumn,” wrote the outlet. The Russian Ministry of Defence reported that Kiev suffered more than 26,000 casualties during the counteroffensive and lost 3,000 military equipment, confirming that the Western-backed attack failed in all its goals. Yet, this has not stopped Europe from continuing to back Ukraine, despite de Bendern’s warning that Biden could lose interest in the conflict, especially as Donald Trump surges in popularity following his interview with Tucker Carlson and the release of his mugshot.

The EU’s foreign policy spokesperson, Peter Stano, announced on August 22 that the bloc would continue to support Kiev “as long” as it takes, showing once again that the Union has little concern for the declining economic situation, which is hurting economies and working families.

According to EU data released earlier this month, the number of bankruptcy declarations of EU businesses reached a record high in the second quarter of 2023 compared with the previous quarter, which was up by 8.4%. This number of bankruptcies means this quarter is the highest since data collection began in 2015.

“Looking specifically at bankruptcies by activity, all sectors of the economy registered increases in the number of bankruptcies in the second quarter of 2023 compared with the previous quarter,” said the report published by Eurostat. “Accommodation and food services (+23.9%), transportation and storage (+15.2%), and education, health and social activities (+10.1%) were the sectors with the highest increases in the number of bankruptcies in the second quarter of 2023 compared with the previous quarter.”

Yet, with the economy performing dismally, European officials are still prioritising Ukraine over improving the declining living standards of European citizens.

“We are supporting Ukraine in its efforts to repair, recover and keep the state running. Today we paid a new €1.5 billion to Ukraine,” President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen posted on X on August 22.

It also appears that the US, like Europe, will support Ukraine unrelentingly. However, Biden could potentially lose interest in Ukraine. Next year’s election campaign will begin in the coming months, and the Ukraine issue will inevitably be a hot topic. Questions will be raised on how much money was wasted for no positive outcome in Washington’s view.

The latest poll by Gallup found that Biden had a job approval rating of only 42%. Less than half of those surveyed approved his handling of the situation in Ukraine, while only 37% supported the current state of relations with Russia. Eighty-three per cent of Democrats approve of Biden’s handling of the situation in Ukraine, while their ratings of his job on ties with Russia is at 78%. In contrast, only 13% of Republicans approved Biden’s handling of the situation in Ukraine, while 7% supported the current state of relations between Washington and Moscow.

Although Biden unsurprisingly has majority support in his Ukraine and Russia policies among his Democrat base, he has been an unprecedented disaster for the Independents and Republicans. As elections are looming and the Ukrainian military has been pulverised, a successful Russian offensive will likely see Biden scrambling to resolve the conflict peacefully, especially as the US cannot endlessly pump money into a war Ukraine has no chance of winning.  

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