This morning.

Mariupol, Ukraine.

Via Reuters:

Ukraine’s military said  it aimed to evacuate its remaining soldiers from their last stronghold in Mariupol, as fighters that have held out for 82 days began to surrender, heralding the end of Europe’s bloodiest battle in decades.

Reuters saw buses leave the huge Azovstal steelworks overnight and five of them arrive in the Russian-held town of Novoazovsk. In one, marked with the Latin letter ‘Z’ that has become the symbol of Russia’s assault, wounded men were lying on stretchers three bunks high. One man was wheeled out, his head tightly wrapped in thick bandages.

The ‘Mariupol’ garrison has fulfilled its combat mission,” the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces said in a statement.

“The supreme military command ordered the commanders of the units stationed at Azovstal to save the lives of the personnel … Defenders of Mariupol are the heroes of our time.”

More than 250 Ukrainian troops surrender as Kyiv orders Mariupol to yield (Reuters)

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88 thoughts on “Stand Down

    1. SOQ

      ‘None So Blind as Those Who Will Not See’

      This is not a surprise to anyone who was following the pandemic and vaccine criminality- the same ‘hard of thinking’ people cheering on both.

      1. Nigel

        Like your refusal to see the nature of Putin, his army and the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine?

        1. SOQ

          Just keep repeating your scorecard buzz words there now- and let the adults have a conversation eh?

          1. johnny

            great,lets have a conservation on why you shamelessly promoted and fell like a sucker for Musk?
            what was it about his twitter deal that grabbed you?
            you were on here daily with his/your ‘talking points’.
            bring it on

          2. Nigel

            I’m sorry Mr ‘cokehead US puppet Nazi-infested bioweapons-labs NATO-general where-are-you-from’ SOQ. I know how much you hate scorecard buzzwords.

        2. Kin

          Unprovoked ?
          I can imagine if Mexico invited Russian exercises on the border of Texas

          1. SOQ

            Ah but is different you see- that is entirely provoked and the clapping monkeys would claim justified.

          2. Nigel

            What is? The made-up analogy that never happened and isn’t even very analogous? Wow, you pwned the shills in your head with that one!

          3. bisted

            …what about an un-made-up analogy Nigel…the Russian missiles…the Democrat President and the Caribbean Island…

          4. Nigel

            So you’re saying Ukraine SHOULD have a nuclear deterrent to protect it from Russia the way Cuba wanted a nuclear deterrent to protect it from the US? Bit extreme.

          5. bisted

            …I’d say the nazis in Ukraine would have fired it by now if the Democrat President had supplied one…just as well the Russians withdrew them before the nazis took control…what if sleepy Joe had pledged to help his Comical Ally to stand up to the nazis who were taking control…but then, sure somebody who thought arming Al Queda or forming ISIS…unlikely…

          6. Nigel

            It wouldn’t have been fired because it would have deterred an invasion. That’s why Putin invaded – he had to, before it became a member of NATO and he couldn’t invade any more. What a pity they didn’t let Ukraine join quicker, it would have saved thousands and thousands of lives, and you wouldn’t have to parrot Russian propaganda so cravenly.

          7. Nigel

            Deflection? You two keep bringing up old and made-up US history as if it somehow justifies Putin’s invasion, you don’t get to whine about deflection.

          8. bisted

            …so the Cuban missile crisis was a myth…JFK( praise be his sacred name) didn’t nearly start a nuclear war…all those duck and cover exercises were in vain…nukes are only deterents…lucky only the good guys have them…

          9. Nigel

            Pay attention. Kin’s Russian nukes in Mexico was made up. The Cuban Missile Crisis was real, and suggests that Ukraine should have nukes, or be in an alliance with nuclear powers, to protect themselves from Russia. These are your deflections. Haw Haw.

    1. Nigel

      Tens of thousands of dead civilians and a million turned into refugees later. Assuming they are all actual Nazis, of course, and Russia would never lie about that.

      1. bisted

        ‘…tens of thousands of dead civilians and a million turned into refugees later’…Libya, Syria, Afghanistan?

        1. ce

          ‘…tens of thousands of dead civilians and a million turned into refugees later’…Libya, Syria, Afghanistan? … yep awful and I hope Blair, Bush, Cameroon, and Macron etc. all go to hell… and now add Ukraine to the awful list thanks to an idiotic invasion by Putin… make you feel better about things?

          1. hmmm

            You mean the Denazification of Ukraine operation?

            With the Azzov surrender it looks like the Russians are achieving the objective.

            Huzzah!!

          2. Nigel

            Yes, the WMDs are secured! Sorry, the Nazis. Alleged Nazis. And tens of thousands of civilians dead and a million displaced. Operation.

          3. hmmm

            Evidence for your claim that tens of thousands of civilian are dead?

            No, of course not.

            Potato lies all day everyday.

          4. Nigel

            I’m sure all those shells rockets and bullets fired into a city full of civilians didn’t hurt anyone.

          5. bisted

            …can’t understand why he sent in all those tanks when he could just have employed the yankee playbook and fired missiles from inside his own borders…he got blamed for targeting civilians anyway…

          6. Nigel

            You can’t understand why he killed all those civilians when he could have killed more civilians when he’d only get blamed for killing civilians anyway.

        1. Hughie Luas

          Russians in Ukraine as Nazis. BS commenters have you under their control making you comment at will.

        2. Nigel

          Yes, them and Saddam Hussein when I opposed the Iraq invasion and the Taliban when I opposed the Afghanistan invasion. The Nazis are Putin’s WMDs. You think there was at least one NATO general in there, but are dead cert everyone else in there is a Nazi because Russia says so? Maybe they are, maybe they aren’t. Time will tell.

          1. Me So Harney

            Note Nigel didn’t oppose the illegal Syrian invasion.

            1600 dead in the first week of shelling.

          2. Nigel

            Oh, I’m sorry, you wanted a comprehensive list of all the wars I opposed? All of them. Except maybe the Cod Wars. Go Iceland.

      2. Kin

        No it’s the result of an ex comedian poking a lunatic with a very small Willie
        Then of course NATO adding fuel to the fire
        But Biden got his war the EU one step away from its own army all put in place through the signing off on PESCO
        BYE BYE NATO HELLO PESCO

          1. Kin

            Nigel zelenskys people are the victims and a governments responsibility is their people
            Zelensky will after this is over most probably infact I will bet on it exit Ukraine with billions in his back pocket

          2. Nigel

            Blaming Zelensky for a war Putin started, accusing him of craven acts he has not committed. This is odious.

          3. Me So Harney

            Blaming Russia for 8 years of Kiev shelling leading to 30000 dead is also odious.

          4. Nigel

            Yes you hate blaming Russia for the things Russia does, like starting separatist conflicts in neighbouring countries.

  1. Hughie Luas

    Ruscists are gonna lose this one. Good to see Putin’s Nazis going home. It will also collapse the end of the Putin Regime.

    Roll on sending in those big howitzers from the U.S,

  2. stephen moran

    The bigger picture point is that Mariupol is a Russian speaking city and exactly the kind of place meant to be showering the “liberators” in flowers and playing boom boxes with rousing patriotic music celebrating their freedoms – that was the core assumption that Putin (whether he was gullible enough to believe his General Staff were feeding him) or they were totally deluded from years of drinking their own urine (myopic propaganda) believed and made a massive tactical plunder – its was the kernel of their 3 day war strategy – it was ill planned , under resourced with no secure coms or supply lines – why – because they didn’t think they’d need them plus the army is a disorderly rag bag following years of gross mismanagement and neglect by asset strippers – the fantasy that it has some secret bat cave of super duper all singing and dancing conventional military hardware tucked away for Sunday best is risible rubbish – they are a ill equipped under supplied poorly trained & badly led rump.

    1. Mr .T

      A bit of recent history in will explain all. Mariupol was fought for and “won” back by Azov on behalf of Ukraine following 2014 unrest. It has been a glorified military garrison since. It doesnt matter what the civilians think of Russia or of Ukraine – if you have 10k+ soldiers turning your city into an entrenched stronghold, your opinions arent worth squat.

      1. SOQ

        Apparently the Russians are strip searching the exciters from the steel works for Nazi tattoos- not just men but women too.

        And they are checking all against Russian intelligence for suspected crimes over the past eight years- which means that as far as the Russians are concerned- this war started back then.

        1. Kin

          That’s before they are processed by the Russians
          I suspect the gulags will be pretty cushy compared to when they find one tattoo or the remains after removal

          1. SOQ

            Yes it appears high end brass are to be moved to Moscow for ‘debriefing’- whatever that means.

            Mercenaries to be prosecuted under criminal law which is fair- not sure what happens to the Nazis but bon voyage etc.

            Lets face it, you are not sitting on the fence when you have a swastika tattooed on your body.

          2. Nigel

            Very fair, that’s the same law Putin uses to prosecute his political rivals and journalists.

          3. Nigel

            No I think Putin’s imprisoned orders of magnitude more political opponents and journalists.

    1. Kin

      Fanta was first produced by nazi Germany for sale in the 1930s and let’s face it very little difference between coke and dunnes stores run of the mill cola

  3. Cian

    A Russian wife turned to her husband and asked.
    “What’s this special military operation our glorious leader keeps talking about?”
    Her husband replied,
    “It’s a proxy war between Russia and NATO.”
    “Oh, right. How’s it going?”
    “Well,” he replied, “so far we’ve lost 24,000 soldiers, 2,000 tanks, 200 aircraft, numerous helicopters, loads of armoured vehicles and artillery pieces along with our ‘flag ship’.”
    “Wow! What about NATO?”
    “They haven’t turned up yet.”

  4. John

    Interesting, I just looked in to Broadsheet after some time and what do we have? The same uber gullible Qanon/4Chan and other utter racist trash scribblings from SOQ and his various non de plumes.

    SOQ after glancing through a few days worth of Broadsheet, at the rate you are posting I think in all fairness you should see a medical professional as it is not healthy. You need to give it a rest and get back to reality for your mental health.

    Needless to say Bodger/SOQ et al, are still pushing non scientific conspiracy medical tripe about COVID/Vaccines etc and driving away his dwindling readership.

    What decent company would want to have their adverts appear on Broadsheet these days? Very few I would say.

    Amazing that the same cohort of gullible easy led anti-vaxxers/facebook doctors junkies, are now pushing a despicable pro Putin narrative. It says a lot about how far down the rabbit hole they have descended.

    Goodbye folks and goodbye to Broadsheet.

    1. Bodger

      ‘What decent company would want to have their adverts appear on Broadsheet these days?’

      Outlets that defied the vax segregation.

      Ismael’s Kebap, Lower Baggot Street for one. And all those other places. I’ll get back to you with some names.

      1. Johnny

        Ya just gotta find your Elon,he/she is out there,trust the plan:)
        I’m quite a libertarian regarding free speech but,the older childless single man constantly accusing parents of oh say kids with cancer who’s immune systems are compromised while following medical advise with child abuse,is just wrong.
        He rams his opinions down our throats daily,but seriously leave those kids alone and parents – sorry child abusers !

          1. johnny

            its obv a non commercial enterprise,more like a charity ,or drop in center for fat losers like yourself,bodge should apply for a grant for keeping people like YOU off the streets glued to the sheet,its kinda sad to see you still sub commenting me,why don’t you us your other handle….oh right got it.

    2. SOQ

      So is this John character a whole person or one of a number of personalities? The second I expect as this place should be in the negative with the number of “good byes”

      Either way- don’t let the door hit you on the way out etc.

      1. johnny

        ..thats the spirit,soon it will be an echo chamber,just like weekends on here every day,with just you talking or arguing with yourself and your non de plums,
        fraud huh thats the best you can come up with,a fake false non fact allegation after falling hook line and sinker for Musk,post after post,what i want know is where is your pal Ron the gov’rn fits into all this…
        if your market analysis and business sense is any guide to your ‘medical’ advise id hang up your scrubs once and for all,you got taken by Elon-LOL LOL captured like a rube or schmuck,you fell for it..hahaha

        …critical thinker..im just asking questions-yeah sure-it was FRAUD i tell ya,FRAUD…

          1. Mad

            Beyond redemption I’d say
            Weird obsessive troll, Big Bang of homophobia off him, probably slight closet case, definitely dabbled in it, I’d say Gracie could bark and tell
            Do you attract the same sort of weirdo madmen IRL SOQ?

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