The New York Times dismisses the story on the US-financed program
Charles, I just wish the devastation of the civilian areas and the slaughter of the civilian population would end. It's so horrible that bloodbath of so many civilians, women, children, babies continues without end. Why won't Russia agree to a ceasefire, allowing humanitarian corridors to be established to allow civilians to escape? It seems the carnage of women and children is Putin's current strategy. He's seemingly desperate and is resorting to war crimes to get his way. It's heart wrenching and deplorable and unforgivable. He claims to be protecting the Russian-speaking population of Ukraine- as he bombs into oblivion cities like Mariupol that has a population of over 95% Russian speakers.
Charles, how can we believe the "reports" by the Russian military when they aren't even being honest about the invasion of Ukraine, calling it a special mission and throwing into prison anyone who calls it a war or invasion? That's like taking CIA protestations of any accusations of assassinations they've been responsible for. Putin doesn't even recognize that Ukraine is an independent, sovereign nation that isn't wholly part of Russia.