…from the Washington Post
First published May 3, 2022
[ Editor’s Note: Lviv is a world heritage site. I would add that, to every family that has had its home destroyed, it was a world heritage site to them.
Yet the Minsk agreement signers watched Donbass being shelled for eight years with no real effort to stop, when one word from the American president would have stopped it in a day.
Mariupol had a large, late 1800s historic area that is now a burned out hulk, and the song “Don’t cry for me Argentina” cannot be used for the liberated city. I don’t suspect the West will be contributing to its resurrection.
The Lviv attack did target the electrical substations which will be carrying NATO war supplies into Ukraine, supplies that create a disincentive for a negotiated settlement. We hear that direct talks continue daily, but nothing public.
Just now, I found this report from Republic World, a Hindu publication.
French President Emmanuel Macron held a telephonic conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. During the talks, Putin stated that Moscow is ready for talks with Ukraine.
“Despite Kyiv’s inconsistency and its lack of readiness for serious work, the Russian side is still ready for dialogue,” the Kremlin said in its readout of the call. Putin also briefed Macron on the status of Russia’s “special military operation,” according to the Kremlin.
It further stated that the two leaders also talked about global food security, with Putin emphasizing that Western sanctions have aggravated the problem, the AP reported.
Turning this monster around usually starts with small steps. But they must be followed by others. India is one of the countries that does not want to be economic ‘road kill’ … from this crazy war, where all that is needed is for Ukraine to be kept as a buffer between NATO and Russia.
The enemy of all of us are those that prefer the chaos and destruction. Now is the time to speak out to support a settlement. Peace is one of the things where you can vote early and often… Jim W. Dean ]
WaPo – First published May 3, 2022
In Lviv, missile strikes damaged the electrical infrastructure and caused power outages in some areas, local leaders said. The water supply may have also be affected.
Less than 50 miles from the Polish border, the city is considered relatively safe and has become a base of operations for foreign diplomats, aid organizations and journalists. It has largely been spared the Russian attacks that have pummeled other parts of the country.
…The strikes damaged at least three electrical substations, regional governor Maksym Kozytskyi said in a message on Telegram. Mayor Andriy Sadovyi said in a subsequent post that the shelling may have also disrupted the water supply but that the city was working to restore it. Both officials urged residents to seek shelter.