Since the news is hot, I may as well comment on it, knowing in particular that I have some Canadian readers who are unlikely to get it on CBC.
It seems that one of the secrets of the rapidly collapsing Azovstal base at Mariupol was that it was sheltering a 4-star Canadian general, Trevor Cadieu, rumoured to be recently retired and, somehow, independently travelling to Ukraine and taking charge of “Biolab No. 1.” A rapid career change from soldier to scientist, it seems. But the timeline is interesting.
October 2021: accused of historical sexual misconduct just days before he was due to take over command of the entire Canadian army. Yes, that kind of general. Pleads his complete innocence, but appointment is delayed pending investigation for the sake of probity.
April 5th 2022: Several helicopters shot down at Avostol trying to get something or someone important out from the besieged Azov regiment people. This had been tried before, but after losing so many helicopters, you may remember a desperate and unsuccessful attempt to get people off by ship. Someone meant business – there was something bad to hide.
April 5th 2022: according to Canadian sources, Cadieu retires and decides to fight in Ukraine independently. Despite ongoing disciplinary investigation and his paramount military status (lots of juicy military secrets) he is allowed to go, much to the chagrin of his female accuser.
May 2nd (or thereabouts): Azov create a disturbance and civilians leave tunnels to cover escape of Cadieu along drainage pipe. He is nevertheless captured and taken to Moscow, where he is now under interrogation as a mercenary.
So in the interim, we are supposed to believe, although neither helicopters and ships, nor “a single fly” could get in or out of the Azovstal steel works, General Cadieu, eager to take up his new role as an independent fighter whose sympathies to Nazis had been kept hidden of his entire career, managed to break in. His chosen role, unless we believe the conspiratorial stories of Biolab 1 being down in the tunnels, was simply to skulk underground until bombed to smithereens by the encircling Russians and Donbas militia. Perhaps he considered such a wasted and terminal journey a better way to go than a dishonourable discharge back home.
Or here’s an alternative, and more plausible, account. Cadieu was sent by the Canadian government to Mariupol at or before the start of hostilities: maybe it was that or face exposure for his sexual misconduct. Either he was to assist the Azov Nazis, or to run a bio-weapons lab that might be used against the Russians or as a false flag. Neither possibility is attractive.
Numerous, very costly, attempts were made to extract him (and possibly other senior NATO military operating illegally in this non-NATO “democratic” country), and when they failed, he was hastily “retired” to give plausible deniability to his official NATO presence (though how plausible it is to say he got into Azovstal after April 5th is another matter).
Since we already know that Canada has been training the Azov regiment for years, and that the SAS and the Americans have also been equipping and training the Ukrainians (including the SBU, accused of war-crimes by the US State Department itself) since the US-backed coup of 2014, the picture adds up to this. NATO has been determined to make Eastern Ukraine a front-line against Russia for years, but has been determined to cover up the fact and blame Russia for being needlessly belligerent, with a madman for a president. No, I mean Putin, not Trudeau or Biden or Johnson or Macron or Morrison or Ardern , who are all as sane as each other.
Excuse me if I call this vile warmongering, backed by pervasive mind-poisoning propaganda used on the ordinary people of our nations to get them to play along willingly. Here is divine judgement indeed on the apostate West: to give us such loathsome creatures as our political leaders. And as far as the British involvement goes – which by all accounts is stronger than Canada’s and second only to the US Deep State (well, one can scarcely credit it to the senile Biden, can one?) – I have to say (before it becomes illegal to do so), “Not in My Name.”