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"It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness." -- Leo Tolstoy

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US special operations forces are on the ground in Ukraine as part of a broad covert operation that includes CIA personnel, The Intercept reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed US intelligence and military officials.

The report said that the US withdrew its CIA and special operations assets from Ukraine shortly before Russia’s invasion, although one US official said the CIA “never completely left.”

On Monday Elon Musk posted a tweet urging a de-escalation in the Russian War on Ukraine.

Musk fears any escalation would cause great harm to not only Ukraine but the world.

Elon Musk also posted a poll on the end-game in the war. In response to his question Elon Musk was slammed by his pro-war critics.

The worst reaction came from Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany who made it personal.

Błaszczak on Wednesday started a three-day visit to the United States, where he is scheduled to hold a series of talks with American officials about European security and bilateral military deals, according to the Polish defence ministry.

NATO Military Committee headed by Admiral Rob Bauer paid a two-day visit to Georgia. The delegation of the highest military body of the North Atlantic Alliance is in Georgia for the fourth time.

U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft from the 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, arrived at Larissa Air Base, Greece, in support of operation Castle Forge, a U.S. Air Forces Europe-Air Forces Africa-led joint, multi-national training event.

Castle Forge is designed to provide a dynamic, partnership-focused environment that raises the U.S. commitment to collective defense in the Black Sea region while enhancing interoperability alongside NATO allies….

NATO faces a dilemma. Member states are divided on how to proceed regarding Ukraine. Nine countries want membership for Ukraine immediately, 21 disagree. Then there is the issue of what exactly Ukraine is today. Is NATO willing to 'liberate' the regions that are joining Russia?

The Ukrainian armed forces are intensely shelling the coastline near the town of Energodar, thus preparing a bridgehead for landing troops, Vladimir Rogov, chairman of the ‘We are together with Russia’ movement, said on Friday during a Soloviev Live TV broadcast.