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  1. Thank you for the fact based report with no sensationalizing of what is a horrific invasion against Ukraine.

    1. @qwertyuiopas Yes, because Ukrainian hotels & beaches will currently be packed with tourists following an invasion of the country, won’t they? 孝褍邪褌…

    2. The US-provoked war to trigger international food and economic crisis : deliberated moves
      馃煛馃煛The Baghuz strike was one of the largest civilian casualty incidents of the war against the Islamic State, but it has never been publicly acknowledged by the U.S. military. The details, reported here for the first time, show that the death toll was almost immediately apparent to military officials. A legal officer flagged the strike as a possible war crime that required an investigation. But at nearly every step, the military made moves that concealed the catastrophic strike. The death toll was downplayed. Reports were delayed, sanitized and classified. United States-led coalition forces bulldozed the blast site. And top leaders were not notified.

      The Defense Department鈥檚 independent inspector general began an inquiry, but the report containing its findings was stalled and stripped of any mention of the strike.

    1. Why the US-provoked this war? Why the US did not push fir peace but pushed for war? Have the intentionally arranged this war, food supply crisis?

  2. Lovely hotel in my hometown of Odessa. It is interesting that it was in this hotel and restaurant that russian politicians and journalists who came to Odessa liked to arrange banquets and conferences. But now, according to the Kremlin, this is a “military facility”

    1. The US-provoked war to trigger international food and economic crisis : deliberated moves
      馃煛馃煛The Baghuz strike was one of the largest civilian casualty incidents of the war against the Islamic State, but it has never been publicly acknowledged by the U.S. military. The details, reported here for the first time, show that the death toll was almost immediately apparent to military officials. A legal officer flagged the strike as a possible war crime that required an investigation. But at nearly every step, the military made moves that concealed the catastrophic strike. The death toll was downplayed. Reports were delayed, sanitized and classified. United States-led coalition forces bulldozed the blast site. And top leaders were not notified.

      The Defense Department鈥檚 independent inspector general began an inquiry, but the report containing its findings was stalled and stripped of any mention of the strike.

  3. They should give that guy one of those yachts that were seized from Russian oligarchs.

    1. @John Smithe There again perhaps the vessels are being maintained and serviced, ready for a quick sale once the original owners are behind bars?

    2. @Ross Kneebone Who would pay for that? Nobody. Those ships will sit there in the water with zero maintenance probably for years.

    3. @John Smithe 馃槀馃槀馃槀馃槀馃槀馃槀馃槀馃槀馃槀馃槀馃槀馃槀馃槀

      Trust you not to spot that one!

      The money is in Russian bank accounts, held in the Western banking system.

      I would suggest no expense is spared what with the cash filtering into the local economies and ending up like a lot of cash, as tax.

      Cash gets used again and again, income tax, corporation tax, etc, etc, even fuel duty and green tariff to promote “greenness”.

      Those Russian oligarchs had no idea their cash would stimulate local coastal economies.

      And let’s not forget private jets that appear not to belong to anyone …

      “That’s illegal” I sense you protest.

      Governments pass laws as required.

      Now that is “proper” money laundering of the proceeds of crime, call it what you will.

      Well done the honest governments.

      And it takes a government to do it.

      And no mistake.

    4. The US-provoked war to trigger international food and economic crisis : deliberated moves
      馃煛馃煛The Baghuz strike was one of the largest civilian casualty incidents of the war against the Islamic State, but it has never been publicly acknowledged by the U.S. military. The details, reported here for the first time, show that the death toll was almost immediately apparent to military officials. A legal officer flagged the strike as a possible war crime that required an investigation. But at nearly every step, the military made moves that concealed the catastrophic strike. The death toll was downplayed. Reports were delayed, sanitized and classified. United States-led coalition forces bulldozed the blast site. And top leaders were not notified.

      The Defense Department鈥檚 independent inspector general began an inquiry, but the report containing its findings was stalled and stripped of any mention of the strike.

  4. I’m sorry about your hotel Mr. D. It is beautiful still and I hope the Gopniks leave the rest of it alone.

  5. Russian military actions; objectives, and logistics give a whole new meaning to the word Indiscriminate.

    1. @SPECIAL MILITARY OPERATION Are you aware that your comment sounds like an anti Russian joke? Because you don’t intend it that way, it actually is.

    2. @SPECIAL MILITARY OPERATION There you go again man, stop it, I get it, you’re a funny guy, but this is serious.

    3. Nope, still the same definition. Have you tried opening a dictionary? No you haven’t!

  6. Those Russian missiles are dead accurate on civilian targets. The Russians claim that they are using ‘precision guided’ weapons. If that is true, they are either poorly performing, or striking where intended. Which is it, Russia?? You can’t have it both ways.

    1. Is Russia bogged down in Ukraine or about to take over the rest of Europe? Can鈥檛 have it both ways. Has Ukraine deemed total war and every able body man now a combatant or are they a civilian only after they get killed? Can鈥檛 have it both ways. Is it a school or is it housing military equipment? Can鈥檛 have it both ways..

    2. @John
      It’s hopeless to hear from them about it..
      Seems to me they don’t have any clear answer by themselves..
      Very purpose of this aggressive, senseless war is really unknown for them.

  7. The war crimes these Russians have committed are so sickening that it’s hard to believe they are even human for what they have done to innocent people.

    1. @Mixed views not according to Sweeden and Finland. Mater of fact they know Puttin turned crazy man.

    2. @小小小袪 USSR yeah, must be something in schools, hospitals, and train stations with women and children…..DUH

  8. Yeah there is no way this is an accident….this is someone looking at a map, going “I want that place to explode” and pushing a button to designate the hotel as a Target.

    Russian cruise missiles might not be the best but they sure as heck know enough to avoid anything but their target

  9. Slava Ukraini!

    Glory to Ukraine. My heart is breaking for the peaceful people of Ukraine.

    the world sees putins armies actions

  10. This is not just any “beach hotel”!
    This is Grand Petine at Odessa. Odessa, as a remarkable port city with more than 500 years old culture heritage deserved more respect rather than just being called as “a merely beach” place without a name..
    Come on CNN, make a proper headline!

    1. @Andrew Breeze Do you know why Ukraine is so named? It is so named because it was on the edge of the border (from the edge). Russian example The outskirts of the earth (the Russian Empire) Originally the territory of Ukraine in area was like Crimea now. The rest of the territories were donated by the Russian Tsars

  11. I knew a fella from Dublin who worked in Odessa but I think he got out long ago. It’s sad seeing it on TV and being in the middle of a war zone… It’s like the Myrtle Beach of Russia to give you some context… Or it WAS…

    1. Myrtle beach? Lol. If you’re white middle class from the south. Try more like Palm Beach or the Hamptons.

  12. Targeting civilians is a strong sign of an army that cannot fight effectively against the opponent army. Such failure comes from low trained unmotivated soldiers and/or lower quality equipment than their opponent and/or incompetent command and control in the campaign/battlefield/logistics. Appears Russia suffers from all of these.

    1. @小小小袪 USSR there was something there alright. More Russian incompetence was there 馃う鈥嶁檪锔

    1. Wtf? Its russian 鈥瀖ir(peace) 鈥, they said!!! But it鈥檚 fu..king war馃檹馃嚭馃嚘

  13. The hotel owner isnt alone.
    Alot of people here in the west thought it was our fault, that Russia invaded, and that we were probably unfair to them. Thats why the sanctions werent so harsh, and thats we did nothing.

    But the entirety of Ukraine? Massacering civillians for zero reason? To restore a fictional dream of a previous empire in a ego-trip?
    Putin has lost every bit of support he has ever garnered. Every bit of progress he has made in the west. I pray for ukraine.

    1. @Adam Taylor That was honestly insane for alot of people to beleive imo. Even Trump, who was a populist himself, had a hard time beleiving Putin wanted that.

      Jesus christ. And I thought the US had a problem with populism.

    2. A lot is two words. You are allowed to try again. Just reading before the “read more” there are more mistakes. If you require assistance you can try kindergarten again.

    3. The US-provoked war to trigger international food and economic crisis : deliberated moves
      馃煛馃煛The Baghuz strike was one of the largest civilian casualty incidents of the war against the Islamic State, but it has never been publicly acknowledged by the U.S. military. The details, reported here for the first time, show that the death toll was almost immediately apparent to military officials. A legal officer flagged the strike as a possible war crime that required an investigation. But at nearly every step, the military made moves that concealed the catastrophic strike. The death toll was downplayed. Reports were delayed, sanitized and classified. United States-led coalition forces bulldozed the blast site. And top leaders were not notified.

      The Defense Department鈥檚 independent inspector general began an inquiry, but the report containing its findings was stalled and stripped of any mention of the strike.

  14. I guess it’s possible this was a poorly planned strike that put this hotel inadvertently into the path and it got hit by accident, but I suspect the Russians consciously and specifically targeted the hotel. It seems like targeting private property is the only thing they know how to do.

    1. That was a cruise missile. They don鈥檛 inadvertently hit targets. It鈥檚 not like they have a proximity trigger. They hit, and detonate, precisely where they were intended to hit.

    2. Yeah because war is fought in 鈥渨ar land,鈥 where everything is a military installation. Wake up jack.

  15. Wow, that鈥檚 brutal and terrifying. I hope that when this is over, that there will be Russian folks that want to help to rebuild places like this and the relationships that go with them. It鈥檚 the Russian government driving this destruction, not the people. Perhaps this is just foolish optimism, but I鈥檓 hoping not.

  16. Odessa, a remarkable port city with over 500 years of cultural heritage, deserves more respect than just being called an unnamed “beach”. From untrained soldiers and / or equipment of lesser quality than opponents and / or incompetent management and control in the campaign / battlefield / logistics.

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