Turns out it wasn't Putin after all.

The Kremlin said on Friday that western suggestions that the Wagner group boss, Yevgeny Prigozhin, had been killed on its orders were an “absolute lie”, and it declined to definitively confirm his death, citing the need to wait for test results.

In a call with reporters, the Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, said: “There is now a great deal of speculation surrounding this plane crash and the tragic deaths of the plane’s passengers, including Yevgeny Prigozhin. Of course, in the west, all this speculation is presented from a well-known angle.

“All of this is an absolute lie, and here, when covering this issue, it is necessary to base yourself on facts. There are not many facts yet. They need to be established in the course of investigative actions.”

That's good enough for me.


Tight but Polite
Turns out it wasn't Putin after all.

"I'm shocked at the suggestion that we blew up the plane to kill Prigozhin. When we want to bump people off we do cool shit like sticking polonium in their tea, trying to pin this sort of amateur-hour stuff on us is frankly offensive."


Don't the Ukrainians appeal to their Slavic brotherhood with the Russians in attempting to discourage the latter from attacking?


Beast of Burden
Look, if you haven't read it, you really should. It is a key document in the rise of the new ethnonationalism. It's as important, in its own way, as the 1986 Memorandum of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Mr. Tea

Let's Talk About Ceps
The T-72B3, a product of Uralvagonzavod in Nizhny Tagil, is one of Russia’s newer tanks. And unlike, say, the T-64BV, the T-80U or the T-72AMT, Ukrainian industry doesn’t have much experience with the type.

So when a Ukrainian tanker with the callsign “Kochevnik” ran into problems with his captured Russian T-72B3—problems local expertise couldn’t immediately solve—he called Uralvagonzavod tech support.

And incredibly, the help line actually helped.