Group-Therapy Alt Media Is So Trash Now That Literally the Neocon Washington Post Has More Guts

WaPo has dared do for Ukraine what alt media would never dare do for Russia

WaPo dares to veer off the group therapy script

Editor’s note: A reporter for WaPo traveled to Donbass and spoke to two Territorial Defense militia commanders (who were civilians three months ago) who pulled their company from the front without orders from above. The pair told WaPo of heavy losses (going from 120 to 54 men), of lack of training, equipment and support, deprivation, danger, stress, enemy firepower, and poor and callous leadership they have had to live and die with.

For its trouble of doing great reporting (for once), Washington Post was denounced as “Russian propaganda” by its own readers in the comment section.

So this is an article interesting in two ways. One for what it says about the state of the Ukrainian front, and for what it says about the state of the alt media in the English language.

Many of the horrific hardships experienced by Ukrainian troops and militias are reproduced on the Russian side of the front. Particularly the experience of Donetsk fighters from the hastily formed, untrained, and underequipped regiments with numbers above 100 (eg the 105th and 107th Infantry) has been eerily similar to that of the Ukrainian Territorial Defense.

They have issued similar complaints and have on at least two occasions reacted in similar ways. They too speak of having been reduced to 60% of their starting strength, having received no training, of having had promises to them broken, and treated as a sort of a consumable resource by an uncaring command.

But this is something the English-language alt-media won’t touch. It is eager to drum on the unenviable situation of Ukrainian soldiers as it should be doing, but disappears when it’s time to talk about the sacrifices Russian and Donetsk fighters are asked to bear.

Where The Washington Post will risk the ire of its readers to give them a more realistic and closer look at the Ukrainian side it sympathizes with, the Russia-sympathetic alt media will do no such thing.

We are now in a moment when the mainstream shyster Washington Post has more courage and integrity than the alt media. I never thought I would live to see the day.

And pays the price

Source: The Washington Post

Stuck in their trenches, the Ukrainian volunteers lived off a potato per day as Russian forces pounded them with artillery and Grad rockets on a key eastern front line. Outnumbered, untrained and clutching only light weapons, the men prayed for the barrage to end — and for their own tanks to stop targeting the Russians.

“They [Russians] already know where we are, and when the Ukrainian tank shoots from our side it gives away our position,” said Serhi Lapko, their company commander, recalling the recent battle. “And they start firing back with everything — Grads, mortars.

“And you just pray to survive.”

Ukrainian leaders have projected and nurtured a public image of military invulnerability [kind of like Ru MoD] — of their volunteer and professional forces triumphantly standing up to the Russian onslaught. Videos of assaults on Russian tanks or positions are posted daily on social media. Artists are creating patriotic posters, billboards and T-shirts. The postal service even released stamps commemorating the sinking of a Russian warship in the Black Sea.

Ukrainian forces have succeeded in thwarting Russian efforts to seize Kyiv and Kharkiv and have scored battlefield victories in the east. But the experience of Lapko and his group of volunteers offers a rare and more realistic portrait of the conflict and Ukraine’s struggle to halt the Russian advance in parts of Donbas. Ukraine, like Russia, has provided scant information about deaths, injuries or losses of military equipment. But after three months of war, this company of 120 men is down to 54 because of deaths, injuries and desertions.

The volunteers were civilians before Russia invaded on Feb. 24, and they never expected to be dispatched to one of the most dangerous front lines in eastern Ukraine. They quickly found themselves in the crosshairs of war, feeling abandoned by their military superiors and struggling to survive.

“Our command takes no responsibility,” Lapko said. “They only take credit for our achievements. They give us no support.”

When they could take it no longer, Lapko and his top lieutenant, Vitaliy Khrus, retreated with members of their company this week to a hotel away from the front. There, both men spoke to The Washington Post on the record, knowing they could face a court-martial and time in military prison.

Lapko and Khrus

“If I speak for myself, I’m not a battlefield commander,” he added. “But the guys will stand by me, and I will stand by them till the end.”

The volunteers’ battalion commander, Ihor Kisileichuk, did not respond to calls or written questions from The Post in time for publication, but he sent a terse message late Thursday saying: “Without this commander, the unit protects our land,” in an apparent reference to Lapko. A Ukrainian military spokesman declined immediate comment, saying it would take “days” to provide a response.

“War breaks people down,” said Serhiy Haidai, head of the regional war administration in Luhansk province, acknowledging many volunteers were not properly trained because Ukrainian authorities did not expect Russia to invade. But he maintained that all soldiers are taken care of: “They have enough medical supplies and food. The only thing is there are people that aren’t ready to fight.”

But Lapko and Khrus’s concerns were echoed recently by a platoon of the 115th Brigade 3rd Battalion, based nearby in the besieged city of Severodonetsk. In a video uploaded to Telegram on May 24, and confirmed as authentic by an aide to Haidai, volunteers said they will no longer fight because they lacked proper weapons, rear support and military leadership.

“We are being sent to certain death,” said a volunteer, reading from a prepared script, adding that a similar video was filmed by members of the 115th Brigade 1st Battalion. “We are not alone like this, we are many.”

Ukraine’s military rebutted the volunteers’ claims in their own video posted online, saying the “deserters” had everything they needed to fight: “They thought they came for a vacation,” one service member said. “That’s why they left their positions.”

Hours after The Post interviewed Lapko and Khrus, members of Ukraine’s military security service arrived at their hotel and detained some of their men, accusing them of desertion.

The men contend that they were the ones who were deserted.

Waiting to die

Before the invasion, Lapko was a driller of oil and gas wells. Khrus bought and sold power tools. Both lived in the western [Transcarpathian] city of Uzhhorod and joined the territorial defense forces, a civilian militia that sprung up after the invasion.

Lapko, built like a wrestler, was made a company commander in the 5th Separate Rifle Battalion, in charge of 120 men. The similarly burly Khrus became a platoon commander under Lapko. All of their comrades were from western Ukraine. They were handed AK-47 rifles and given training that lasted less than a half-hour.

“We shot 30 bullets and then they said, ‘You can’t get more; too expensive,’” Lapko said.

They were given orders to head to the western city of Lviv. When they got there, they were ordered to go south and then east into Luhansk province in Donbas, portions of which were already under the control of Moscow-backed separatists and are now occupied by Russian forces. A couple dozen of his men refused to fight, Lapko said, and they were imprisoned.

The ones who stayed were based in the town of Lysychansk. From there, they were dispatched to Toshkivka, a front-line village bordering the separatist areas where the Russian forces were trying to advance. They were surprised when they got the orders.

“When we were coming here, we were told that we were going to be in the third line on defense,” Lapko said. “Instead, we came to the zero line, the front line. We didn’t know where we were going.”

The area has become a focal point of the war, as Moscow concentrates its military might on capturing the region. The city of Severodonetsk, near Lysychansk, is surrounded on three sides by Russian forces. Over the weekend, they destroyed one of three bridges into the city, and they are constantly shelling the other two. Ukrainian troops inside Severodonetsk are fighting to prevent the Russians from completely encircling the city.

That’s also the mission of Lapko’s men. If Toshkivka falls, the Russians can advance north toward Lysychansk and completely surround Severodonetsk. That would also allow them to go after larger cities in the region.

When the volunteers first arrived, their rotations in and out of Toshkivka lasted three or four days. As the war intensified, they stayed for a week minimum, sometimes two. “Food gets delivered every day except for when there are shellings or the situation is bad,” Khrus said.

And in recent weeks, he said, the situation has gotten much worse. When their supply chains were cut off for two days by the bombardment, the men were forced to make do with a potato a day.

They spend most days and nights in trenches dug into the forest on the edges of Toshkivka or inside the basements of abandoned houses. “They have no water, nothing there,” Lapko said. “Only water that I bring them every other day.”

It’s a miracle the Russians haven’t pushed through their defensive line in Toshkivka, Khrus said as Lapko nodded. Besides their rifles and hand grenades, the only weapons they were given were a handful of rocket-propelled grenades to counter the well-equipped Russian forces. And no one showed Lapko’s men how to use the RPGs.

“We had no proper training,” Lapko said.

“It’s around four RPGs for 15 men,” Khrus said, shaking his head.

The Russians, he said, are deploying tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, Grad rockets and other forms of artillery — when they try to penetrate the forest with ground troops or infantry vehicles, they can easily get close enough “to kill.”

“The situation is controllable but difficult,” Khrus said. “And when the heavy weapons are against us, we don’t have anything to work with. We are helpless.”

Behind their positions, Ukrainian forces have tanks, artillery and mortars to back Lapko’s men and other units along the front. But when the tanks or mortars are fired, the Russians respond with Grad rockets, often in areas where Lapko’s men are taking cover. In some cases, his troops have found themselves with no artillery support.

This is, in part, because Lapko has not been provided a radio, he said. So there’s no contact with his superiors in Lysychansk, preventing him from calling for help.

The men accuse the Russians of using phosphorous bombs, incendiary weapons that are banned by international law if used against civilians.

“It explodes at 30 to 50 meters high and goes down slowly and burns everything,” Khrus said.

“Do you know what we have against phosphorous?” Lapko asked. “A glass of water, a piece of cloth to cover your mouth with!”

Both Lapko and Khrus expect to die at the front. That is why Lapko carries a pistol.

“It’s just a toy against them, but I have it so that if they take me I will shoot myself,” he said.


Despite the hardships, his men have fought courageously, Lapko said. Pointing at Khrus, he declared: “This guy here is a legend, a hero.” Khrus and his platoon, his commander said, have killed more than 50 Russian soldiers in close-up battles.

In a recent clash, he said, his men attacked two Russian armored vehicles carrying about 30 soldiers, ambushing them with grenades and guns.

“Their mistake was not to come behind us,” Lapko said. “If they would have done that, I wouldn’t be talking to you here now.”

Lapko has recommended 12 of his men for medals of valor, including two posthumously.

The war has taken a heavy toll on his company — as well as on other Ukrainian forces in the area. Two of his men were killed, among 20 fatalities in the battalion as a whole, and “many are wounded and in recovery now,” he said.

Then there are those who are traumatized and have not returned.

“Many got shell shock. I don’t know how to count them,” Lapko said.

The casualties here are largely kept secret to protect morale among troops and the general public.

“On Ukrainian TV we see that there are no losses,” Lapko said. “There’s no truth.”

Most deaths, he added, were because injured soldiers were not evacuated quickly enough, often waiting as long as 12 hours for transport to a military hospital in Lysychansk, 15 miles away. Sometimes, the men have to carry an injured soldier on a stretcher as far as two miles on foot to find a vehicle, Lapko said. Two vehicles assigned to his company never arrived, he said, and are being used instead by people at military headquarters.

“If I had a car and was told that my comrade is wounded somewhere, I’d come anytime and get him,” said Lapko, who used his own beat-up car to travel from Lysychansk to the hotel. “But I don’t have the necessary transport to get there.”


Lapko and his men have grown increasingly frustrated and disillusioned with their superiors. His request for the awards has not been approved. His battalion commander demanded that he send 20 of his soldiers to another front line, which meant that he couldn’t rotate his men out from Toshkivka. He refused the order.

The final affront arrived last week when he arrived at military headquarters in Lysychansk after two weeks in Toshkivka. His battalion commander and team had moved to another town without informing him, he said, taking food, water and other supplies.

“They left us with no explanation,” Lapko said. “I think we were sent here to close a gap and no one cares if we live or die.”

So he, Khrus and several members of their company drove the 60 miles to Druzhkivka to stay in a hotel for a few days. “My guys wanted to wash themselves for the first time in a month,” Lapko said. “You know, hygiene! We don’t have it. We sleep in basements, on mattresses with rats running around.”

He and his men insisted that they want to return to the front.

“We’re ready to fight and we will keep on fighting,” Lapko said. “We will protect every meter of our country — but with adequate commandments and without unrealistic orders. I took an oath of allegiance to the Ukrainian people. We’re protecting Ukraine and we won’t let anyone in as long as we’re alive.”

But on Monday, Ukraine’s military security services arrived at the hotel and took Khrus and other members of his platoon to a detention center for two days, accusing them of desertion. Lapko was stripped of his command, according to an order reviewed by The Post. He is being held at the base in Lysychansk, his future uncertain.

Reached by phone Wednesday, he said two more of his men had been wounded on the front line.

  1. Pink Unicorne says

    As i.said, f=ma regardless of the side you’re on. If you think f=1/2ma because your side is boy scout good, you’re an embarrassment to your species name.

  2. evilsooty999 says

    Yep, I’m sure you’ve read the comments under the likes of Moon of Alabama etc.

    The groupthink on display is quite impressive. They are the reverse side of the coin to the “America, fuck yeah brigade”.

    US = evil
    Russia & China = a force for good and representative of all that’s moral in the world which cannot do any wrong

    Absolutely pathetic. Anyone criticising the glorious Russian leadership is shouted down as a paid Western troll. They have comments over there defending the recent Chinese lockdowns as the Chinese gov cares for their citizens unlike the west lol

  3. Oscar Peterson says

    It’s not that the WaPo has “guts.”

    It’s just that they see that the “Ukraine-will-win–Russia-is-incompetent line” they’ve been promoting is massively diverging from reality and is about to be revealed for the propaganda campaign/fantasy thinking it has been.

    As a result, they are forced to “transition” and prepare their readership to avoid looking completely idiotic as events unfold over the upcoming weeks.

    This is now a discernible pattern across the media.

    I’m not sure why you dismiss the alt media as “trash.”

    I thought Scott Ritter’s article at Consortium News yesterday was not bad.

    And this recent piece at The Tablet gives a much more realistic appraisal of Russia’s economy that the “gas station with an army” nonsense our media has been peddling for decades.

    1. Pink Unicorne says

      Everyone trashes Russia not because it can’t keep the lights on like Saudi Arabia (one day it will come to that, but perhaps in the 2030s but not now), but rather that it is a REGRESS from its Soviet years. The Soviets knew their oil stuff well, Russia owes its Siberian oil&gas field (most of its Soviet fields had long peaked, or are outside of Russia like Baku) almost entirely to the work of Western supermajors and oil service firms. The Soviets had Tupolevs and Ilyushens. Russia struggled to make even a 737-sized aircraft. The Soviets made most of their heavy construction equipment. Now it imported >90% from Germany, Japan & China. All that’s left is practically the Northern Eurasia landmass itself. When there’s nothing else to do, all you can do is look for mineral deposits (and oil&gas deposits of course) and sell them to foreigners because you sure as hell don’t know how and what to make out of them.

      On top of that, remember Russia had none of the USSR’s strengths, but ALL of its weaknesses. Its economy never truly recovered from the 1990s. Its border is just SEETHING with hostiles whom it had mistreated through the years. Its reliably Russian ethnic core is shrinking. The vast non-Russia non-Slav hinterland is plotting sweet revenge, salivating for the day when they finally no longer have to speak Russian. The 5 stans are drifting away, their old half-Russian elites themselves dinosaurs hapless in the new age of their multiplying youth’s fury. All these trends are frankly, killing Russia at an accelerating speed.

      History ITSELF has a message to deliver to Russia, the Empire is just the humble servant who knocks on its door. The message itself is quite simple: you can’t build a lasting Empire here, hon. Better luck next life.

      1. Oscar Peterson says

        Russia is resistant to being subordinated to the Empire. That–and no other reason–is why “everybody trashes Russia.” It’s the same reason that we are trashing China even though China undeniably has a massive and growing cutting-edge manufacturing sector. The the common denominator of all the “trashing” can’t be the things you are suggesting.

        As The Tablet article points out:

        “If you compare Russia’s gross domestic product (GDP) by simply converting it from rubles into U.S. dollars, you indeed get an economy the size of Spain’s. But such a comparison makes no sense without adjusting for purchasing power parity (PPP), which accounts for productivity and standards of living, and thus per capita welfare and resource use. Indeed, PPP is the measure favored by most international institutions, from the IMF to the OECD. And when you measure Russia’s GDP based on PPP, it’s clear that Russia’s economy is actually more like the size of Germany’s, about $4.4 trillion for Russia versus $4.6 trillion for Germany. From the size of a small and somewhat ailing European economy to the biggest economy in Europe and one of the largest in the world—not a negligible difference.

        “[Jacques] Sapir also encourages us to ask, ‘What is the share of the service sector versus the share of the commodities and industrial sector?’ To him, the service sector today is grossly overvalued compared with the industrial sector and commodities like oil, gas, copper, and agricultural products. If we reduce the proportional importance of services in the global economy, Sapir says that ‘Russia’s economy is vastly larger than that of Germany and represents probably 5% or 6% of the world economy,’ more like Japan than Spain.

        “…Such commanding importance in the production of so many essential commodities means that Russia, like few other countries on the planet, is in many respects a linchpin of the globalized production chain.”

        I agree that Russian manufacturing has suffered since the end of the Cold War. In the chaos of the period, and under the nonsensical guidance of Jeffrey Sachs et al, they made no attempt to distinguish what should be abandoned and what should be salvaged and nurtured to compete as national champions (e.g., aircraft manufacturing.) It’s also true that trying to destabilize the Russian economy and society and then fending off the predatory Empire has led Putin away from trying to resurrect Russian manufacturing, and US sanctions have been somewhat effective at denying Russia access to technologies needed for that purpose.

        But I think you are quite premature in your declaration of Russia’s demise. People were saying that in the 1990s too. There are many cards to be played yet. Being one of several key balancers–right now, the single most important–between China and the US is a plenty important role given how things are developing around the globe.

        >”History ITSELF has a message to deliver to Russia, the Empire is just the humble servant who knocks on its door.”

        I wouldn’t count on just what message history is sending and to whom until after the owl of Minerva flies. There is no country in the advanced parts of the world–the West and Northeast Asia–without demographic issues. It’s typical of imperial propaganda to focus on Russia and China while ignoring the fact that Taiwan and Japan are worse off and European and American whites are barely better. And yes, the Stans are, to various extents, asserting their sovereign autonomy but so too is Latin America. Have you not heard all the moaning in the US about participation in Belt and Road and the increasing trade relations between China and the Latins? And, perfunctory gestures aside, ASEAN refuses to help the US try to isolate China economically. Africa is also being slowly lost, as France is reduced to pauper status and the US simply can’t keep all the balls in the air anymore.

        With regard to history’s messaging, send not to find for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee.

        1. Pink Unicorne says

          Folks like you need to realize that the reason Russia and China are heading for the dustbin of history isn’t because the empire wrote in its latest defense posture review that they’re the biggest meanest baddies. The empire is just a kind of persistent external stimulus. What’s really hurting these countries are in fact modernization&modernity itself.

          To put it simply, there’s a baseline level of attrition just from being a nation state exposed to the long term toxic residual effect of modernity. Everybody suffers from it, including the Empire.

          However, societies like Russia&China suffers from an EXCESS rate of attrition. This is what’s really killing them.

          Economy, manufacturing, glorious ruler, infectious disease/ideology, etc. These things are important, but not so important so as to, according to apparently once popular saying by Chinese netizens, “sell your kidney for the latest model of iPhone.”

        2. Pink Unicorne says

          of course Taiwan and Japan are worse off. These societies are heading straight for oblivion also. Ditto for Germany, PIGS, etc.

          As i said, power is ephemeral.

          1. Oscar Peterson says

            So who remains after everyone is on the ash heap of history?

            The empire, having debased itself with its immigration conveyor belt, and the primitive third world, impervious to social collapse since they’ve never had social order?

            Is that your idea?

            Well, we’ll see.

            1. Pink Unicorne says

              You do realize most immigrants are family reunions right? Do you truly think whites are the smartest…genetic stock?

            2. Pink Unicorne says

              If uou tjink us is debased by immigration, then tje entire world is heading towards the dustbin. The only reliably monoethnic nation states to stay are sub Saharan ones. And something tells me those states aren’t long for this world either.

            3. Pink Unicorne says

              i’m just curious, by your criteria, Russia itself is debased by mongols 6 centuries ago, so shouldn’t your argument br that the TRUE white Russia was already lost?

  4. Abraham Lincoln says

    You are so pro racist supremacist global Judeo Nazi satanic slave empire dictatorship. All the Wash Post did was to give the view of the Kissenger Adelson part of the Zio empire as opposed to the Soros Rothchild side fo the empire. When an empire is collapsing the criminal elites turn on each other. When your Zio empire falls you will be arrested for crimes against humanity and genocide pro empire staff

    1. Nom de Plume says

      Commendable job of getting all the trance-hypnotic alt-media talking points into one, easy to read paragragph – it’s almost as if your purpose was to illustrate the article’s precis!

      Funny how all your talk of ‘war crimes’ leaves out the simple premise which appears to be central to this site’s existence. It’s a Slav on Slav, cage match war to the finish. Who could benefit from that?

      I love it when people throw around the “zio” adjective – without any seemingly awareness of how badly their bleached roots are showin!

      1. anon says

        Presumably the Soros puppet presdenti ‘Zeligensky’ and his ‘jewish’ oligarch handlers will be getting a make-over too… ( the term Zio is so trammeled and worn.. and useless)..

        because slavs killing slavs is symptomatic not causative… but you know that..

        Don’t you?..

        1. Nom de Plume says

          Slav on Slav is the site owner’s meme, not mine; I find it expedient to anchor the conversation to it – in order not to drift off into the usual [mis]directions. You could expend the concept to ‘white on white,’ and still not stray far from the truth.
          No, I don’t have a firm grasp on ‘causitive’ vs. ‘symptomatic’ in this case – my focus is entirely on ‘cui bono.’

          1. anon says

            Irregardless of the editorial policy of this website and the minor detour into irrelevance and sophistry .. evident truth is sufficient for those not yet afflicted by the incessant drone of vague and partisan opinion pieces.. and who haven’t presently succumbed to terminal imbecility…

            So the facts should suffice and we will stick to the ‘basics’.. in that regard it would be safe to assume Slavs actually are killing each other.. and ‘jews’ are making damn sure they continue to do so…

            wouldn’t you agree?…

  5. YakovKedmi says

    The so-called ‘alt media’ are like the militia and right-wing extremist “movement” was. As we found out, everyone and his uncle & cousin in Eloheem City was an agent of some secret service (FBI, West-German military intelligence, and everyone in between). The internet provides the means & opportunity for puppet-masters to control and guide the malcontents, and to keep them in ignorance.
    Early on, the Mellon family set up WND, the Coach brothers set up others, zionist Jews set up just about everybody, the Russian government set up others. You may search, you won’t find an honest alternator medium that is looking for truth and is trying to spread it. Beings who lived here in the 1980s, 1990s, and showed no interest in conspiracy and world government, suddenly appeared as poster boys and leading figures of the conspiracy industry.

    The alternator media are here to suck the oxygen out of the room, to make sure the malcontents never, for a second, look for or obtain information, to make sure that the groupies consume only what is fed to them, to maintain the party line, to keep the groupies ignorant and confused, to lead the sheep in circles to nowhere.

    Ask any consumer of the alternator media, what does he want, what does he oppose; and you quickly find out he has no idea what he is opposed to, no idea what he wants. If you ask a consumer of alternator media, given the chance, what would his grand solution(s) be to the bigger problems, and you quickly find out that he is a socialist and an internationalist; he subscribes to just about everything Karl Marx and NWO proposed, he is just too stupid to know it.

    The tragedy of Russia (a very small part of it). In the past 60 days McDonald left Russia. Instead of (Putin, Soloviev, Skabyeva, Simonyan) jumping with joy —free at last! free at last; now we once again are allowed to prepare food at home and have family dinners; we are allowed to have 100s of owner-operator restaurants— Grand-Protector V.V. implemented a 5D solution, he invited a robber baron to take over the feeding-trough chain and rename it.

    1. Oscar Peterson says

      You over-generalize about alternate media.

      It’s way too diverse to apply the sweeping charges you make to that many outlets uniformly.

      Do you forget that THIS outlet is alt-media by any definition of the phrase?

      Where do you think people should look to find out what is going on in the world?

      According to what you are saying here, we just throw up our hands and sob, I guess, or simply surrender to the Borg.

  6. YakovKedmi says
    Nurse Ratched of the Federation Senate talks funny.
    Did she just say ?
    a) during the time of the hard-to-comprehend 20-mile column and cluster-failure there were negotiations and even an agreement (in pursuance of which the Russian Expeditionary Force withdrew),
    b) the government of Ukraine were ready to sign a comprehensive treaty then and there,
    c) external controllers of Ukraine did not allow Ukraine to sign

    According to anti-Ukrainian propaganda (,, at all time there are seven NATO generals in Ukraine and in charge of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. These generals already gave up on Severodonets, that is why good heavy equipment is not sent there, and the fodder are abandoned to their fate. They are building a new defensive line where newly-arrived equipment is being deployed. (these generals were the ones who double-crossed and betrayed the Azov Brigade in the Mariupol Steel Mill)

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