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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 10:03:31 PM EST
prezydent.pl | The President of the Republic of Poland submitted a draft amendment to the act on the commission to investigate Russia's influence on Poland's security, 2 June machine translation
The amendment to the Act on the State Commission for the Study of Russian Influences on the Internal Security of the Republic of Poland in 2007-2022, signed on Monday, was submitted by President Andrzej Duda. He called on the parliament to adopt these amendments as soon as possible.
- This removes a lot of controversy that arises and I hope it will reassure at least some publicists. As for politicians - especially the opposition, those who shout the loudest - here you go, it's: I'm checking. Do you really think that the committee will act badly, or are you simply afraid of possibly standing up in front of the committee and testifying - telling the public what, how and why you did it? - said the President.
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by Cat on Sat Jun 3rd, 2023 at 12:36:21 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jun 4th, 2023 at 12:55:15 PM EST
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    MEPs demand a just transition to climate-neutral economy to tackle ongoing social crises.

Are they dumb? What a morons in union. Compromising the fundamentals of the European Union in the 21st century, surrendering to demands of the capitalist center of the New World Order, permitting Biden's Blitzkrieg across Europe demanding war with Russia in lieu of exertion in diplomacy after Angela Merkel was gone, leaving Macron standing alone.

Will never happen in this decade. we are all from Mars now.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 11th, 2023 at 06:47:00 AM EST
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Voting begins in general election second-round in Greece
if observers are right, Conservative leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, 55, is set to win a second term as prime minister with his New Democracy party, especially as under a new electoral system he will benefit from a bonus of 25-50 seats given to the winning party, depending on its performance.
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by Cat on Sun Jun 25th, 2023 at 03:18:47 PM EST
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auswaertiges-amt.de | Statement by Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock prior to her departure for Brazil, Colombia, and Panama, 4 June
The ocean giants that squeeze through the narrow passage that is the Panama Canal remind us what else Latin America is: a potential titan in the global economy. Secure supply chains, green energies, reduced dependency on raw materials - since the start of the Russian war of aggression, we are rapidly reorganising our global links. We want a dense and sustainable network, also across the Atlantic. The free trade agreement with the MERCOSUR states would be a major step forwards here. If we shape it in a sustainable way and ensure effective protection for the rainforest, it will provide the incentives and rules our regions need to become pioneers in the green, socially just transition.

Latin America has long since found its way to our labour market. Brazilian carers [?] and Colombian electricians are already being met with open arms in Germany. We want to develop this partnership further. As the Federal Government, we have undertaken to completely revise our immigration policy, because our economy urgently needs more skilled workers. This is one of the issues I will be canvassing [?] for in Brazil along with my cabinet colleague, Labour Minister Hubertus Heil.

zeit | Pretty complicated friends, 7 June machine translation
Annalena Baerbock calls Brazil friend, partner and key country. But the Foreign Minister's visit shows that the relationship is difficult—also because of UKRAINE.
Baerbock exudes a lack of down-and-out attitude in the old western way. The calendar is as full as it is small. Many appointments are lined up, no one really has red carpet potential. It has been rolled out at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brasília, but Baerbock makes a statement in front of a different entrance. Not including her Brazilian counterpart, whom Baerbock doesn't meet during her visit. Instead, the deputy foreign minister, the environment minister, the vice president and Lula's foreign policy adviser Celso Amorim. There is no joint press conference with anyone. The protocol, it is said, prevents a joint German-Brazilian appearance. Talking and negotiating is usually better in the back rooms lined with colorless carpets, and Baerbock has the chance to repeat her arguments in many conversations. The tedious diplomacy of small steps. But three days with the "friend, partner and key country," as the foreign minister puts it, without a real joint appearance, that's how it is.
And so the many small appointments made by the German Foreign Minister on this trip are combined into a complicated mosaic. In her speech in the small lecture hall in São Paulo, which was not completely full, Baerbock resorted to a not at all complicated sports metaphor. Football has a lot to do with democracy, says Baerbock. And you can only play together if everyone follows the rules. And a red card means a red card.
by Cat on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 09:30:04 PM EST
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euronews | EU countries strike major deal on migration rules, delivering the first breakthrough in years, 8 June
The agreement paves the way for introducing new rules to collectively manage the reception and relocation of asylum seekers. Last year [2022], the EU received more than 962,000 asylum applications, the highest figure since 2016.
At the end of the meeting, Malmer Stenergard confirmed the one-off payment for each rejected applicant will be provisionally set at €20,000, which will then be channelled into a yet-to-defined common EU fund. The number of relocation will be 30,000 asylum seekers per year. Additional provisions have been included in case the pledges fall short of the target.
concilium.europa.eu | Migration policy: Council reaches agreement on key asylum and migration laws (08.06.23)
"To balance the current system whereby a few member states are responsible for the vast majority of asylum applications, a new solidarity mechanism is being proposed that is simple, predictable and workable. The new rules combine mandatory solidarity with flexibility for member states as regards the choice of the individual contributions. These contributions include relocation, financial contributions or alternative solidarity measures such as deployment of personnel or measures focusing on capacity building. Member states have full discretion as to the type of solidarity they contribute. No member state will ever be obliged to carry out relocations.
The political agreement allows the EU Council to start negotiations with the European Parliament, which has a somewhat diverging position on the matter. The goal is to wrap up the legislation before next year's EU elections.
europarl.europa.eu | Legislative Train Schedule, 20 May
In "Promoting our European Way of Life"
statewatch.org |  Tracking the Pact: Compromise texts, member state comments, "balance between solidarity and responsibility", 22 May
On 17 May a revised compromise text (pdf) was circulated...This followed a previous version circulated on 15 May dealing with border procedures (pdf); on the same day, a document containing member states' comments (pdf) on a previous version of the text was also distributed within the Council.
by Cat on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 11:12:46 PM EST
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"Integrated Security for Germany," National Defense Strategy Position Paper, June 2023, 39 pp
preface, initial paragraphs
Olaf Scholz: Dear readers,
Providing security for its citizens is the most important job of every state, of every society. Without security there can be no freedom, no stability, no prosperity.
IMF head welcomes Europe's interest rate hikes in campaign against inflation
Annalena Baerbock: Dear readers,
Our peace is fragile. Our freedom is precious. For too long we in Germany considered our security in Europe to be something we could take for granted. However, our peaceful order is not set in stone, as has been plain at the latest since Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine. The climate crisis also threatens the security of the people in our country bringing floods and heatwaves.
Drought and rising heat bring unusual wildfire warnings in northern Europe
The COVID 19 pandemic, cyberattacks, disinformation campaigns—all these threats show how vulnerable we are. Making us more robust in all areas of life is the aim of this our first National Security Strategy. After all, in the 21st century, security also means making sure our heating works in winter. Security means being able to find medication for our children in our pharmacies. Having smartphones that work because supplies of the necessary microchips are reliable. Getting to work safely because our trains are not paralysed by cyberattacks.

Politico.eu.com | Germany to buy Iron Dome-style air defense system from Israel, 14 June €5B

"With the purchase of the German IRIS-T SLM and the acquisition of the Israeli Arrow, we are pushing ahead with two major projects from the Bundeswehr's special assets that will help build up a protective umbrella in Germany," Karsten Klein, a lawmaker for the Free Democrats in the committee, told POLITICO. The Arrow-3 system is developed and manufactured by Israeli Aerospace Industries in cooperation with U.S. aerospace giant Boeing. Klein said that the air defense systems combined would provide a 2,400-kilometer range.

The Arrow-3 system has been in use in Israel since 2017 as part of its Iron Dome protection network. Berlin is aiming for a binding contract for the Arrow-3 system by the end of 2023, according to a document seen by POLITICO, which then could be operational by the end of 2025. As part of a splurge in defense spending across Europe following Russia's war on Ukraine, aerospace firms fear that billions of euros will go to contractors outside the EU, including in Israel, South Korea, and Türkiye.

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Poverty, climate, regional stability on agenda as Saudi crown prince visits France, 16 June

France is a major weapons and defense supplier to Gulf nations. The leaders also are preparing for a global summit next week "aimed at bringing together private and public funding" to fight poverty, support climate transition and protect biodiversity, the French presidency said.
21.06.2023: European Business & Biodiversity Forum, 16-21.06.2024: World Biodiversity Forum
by Cat on Fri Jun 16th, 2023 at 03:03:32 PM EST
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hankyoreh | How a mature democracy formulates its security strategy, 26 June "triad"
Last week, I visited Germany at the invitation of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. The five members of the delegation -- two representatives from ASEAN countries, one from India, one from Pakistan, and me [ROK]-- had the chance to join focused discussions with a variety of figures including political leaders, high-ranking officials in the areas of foreign policy and national security, think tank researchers, and members of the press. The topic was Germany's strategy [sic] on China.

We tend to think of Germany as being a logical, methodical and meticulous country, but these discussions turned out to be quite chaotic. I noticed varying perceptions of China even among members of Germany's leadership as well as major differences in their desired approach.

Those differences were also evident in the German government's first report on its national security strategy [sic], which was published on June 15. That report defines China as playing three roles: partner, competitor and systemic rival.

ECFR: [EC Pres. Ursula] Von der Leyen dispensed with the EU's established triad
But groups that are friendly to China have a strong tendency to treat China as a partner, neutral groups tend to see it as a competitor, and hostile groups regard it as a systemic rival.
First, let's look at Germany's economic policy on China. Germany seems to have written off some aspects of the US' strategy of "decoupling," which is aimed at removing China from capitalism's international division of labor. But Germany's Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who is head of the Greens (which is in coalition with the ruling Social Democratic Party), strongly prefers a policy of "de-risking" with China because of human rights issues. De-risking, which means moving away from China in risky areas of the economy, doesn't seem to be that different from decoupling.
by Cat on Tue Jun 27th, 2023 at 09:38:45 PM EST
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Sparing some indigenous people from the "Jungle"

German open arms policy for migration from Latin America ...

We Want You!

Your carers for our elderly and your electricians and technicians to maintain our high standards of heavy (war) industry

Latin America has long since found its way to our labour market. Brazilian carers [?] and Colombian electricians are already being met with open arms in Germany. We want to develop this partnership further.

Almost echoes the words of CDU Chancellor Angela Merkel from 2015 when all hell broke lose with war refugees from Afghanistan. Iraq, Libya and Syria. Traces of US-UK-NATO aggression.

    The target looks achievable, however, given that the number of people arriving in Germany fell to about 280,000 last year from 890,000 in 2015. A further drop is expected this year.

    In addition, the two parties agreed to push for an immigration law that would give priority to migrants with skills to plug gaps in the labor market. There is broad support for that from the FDP and Greens.

For history's sake, the chancellor doing the talking ...

Mind you ... opening the gateways of hell to the gardens of Eden according to Borrell.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 11th, 2023 at 06:38:35 AM EST
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Battle of the Garden v. the Jungle ... can't think of a better location than a new start in the Rain Forests of Brazil.

German FM calls on Brazil to align more with the West | Euractiv - June 7, 2023 |

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has called on Brazil to align with other democracies on geopolitical matters, particularly regarding its stance on the Ukraine war and China, and is offering a closer relationship in exchange.

Brazil is the only country among emerging democracies that have so far backed all UN resolutions against Russia's war in Ukraine but still refuses to send Ukraine aid. Brazil also maintains a particularly close relationship with China, its top trading partner.

"Security and development are not opposites. They depend on each other," Baerbock said at the Digital Democracy Festival in São Paulo, pointing to the global impact of rising food prices due to the war, warning that democracies could thus not show restraint in geopolitical questions.

"Let's reach out and shape a future together that all of us can benefit from," Baerbock added.

The still not yet ratified EU-Mercosur trade deal could be among the main keys to the rapprochement of like-minded democratic states as it would "make it clear that democracies when they work together, can solve global challenges," said Baerbock.

The EU has been negotiating a free trade agreement with the Mercosur group of states - which includes Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay - since 1999. A summit of European, Latin American and Caribbean leaders on 17 July could provide new impulses on the matter.

Baerbock's visit aligns with increased efforts of Western governments to win over allies among emerging economies in their ongoing geopolitical feuds with Russia and China.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 11th, 2023 at 07:18:12 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 11th, 2023 at 07:39:20 PM EST
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Em SP, Ministra de Relações Exteriores da Alemanha diz que guerra da Ucrânia 'é sentida de forma diferente na América Latina'

Ao falar da guerra na Ucrânia, a ministra disse que é preciso nomear o agressor (ou seja, a Rússia), e que o Brasil de fato fez isso na assembleia da ONU, mas ela também insinuou que falta compreensão maior sobre as consequências da guerra em outros países.

"Quero dizer com toda clareza, a ameaça dessa guerra é percebida de forma diferente na América Latina do que na Europa", disse ela.

Lula e Scholz já se encontraram no Brasil

Scholz, o premiê alemão, estevem em Brasília no fim de janeiro. Na ocasião, Lula afirmou que o Brasil era um país de paz, e por isso não tinha vendido munição para o Ucrânia, como a Alemanha havia solicitado ao governo brasileiro.

Na ocasião, Lula também disse que é preciso mudar os termos do acordo comercial entre a União Europeia e o Brasil, que está sendo negociado.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 11th, 2023 at 07:19:09 AM EST
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gov.br | Lula and the President of the European Commission talk about the environment and trade agreement in Brasilia, 6 June
For Lula, extra requirements in the environmental area presented by the European Union this year, which would provide for sanctions against Brazil, need to be revised.
» Full text of President Lula's statement to the press
This is the first visit by a European Union Chief Executive to Brazil in the last 10 years. The European Union and Brazil coincide in the importance attributed by both to multilateralism, democracy, the promotion of peace and respect for human rights. It was the recognition of the importance of this relationship that made us sign our strategic partnership pact in 2007.
Fifteen years later, we can confirm that this decision was correct. Our bilateral trade advances consistently. The European Union is Brazil's second largest trading partner and our trade flow could surpass the USD 100 billion [€ 92B, BRL 486B] mark this year.
Dear President von der Leyen, We are building a partnership founded on mutual respect and understanding. We recognize that the solution to the main problems we face on the global stage involves responses that take into account the interests of everyone, especially the most vulnerable....
UKRAINE - With regard to the war in Ukraine, President Lula emphasized that he has brought up the subject of peace negotiations with South American neighbors and with countries not involved in the conflict, such as India and Indonesia, and that he will return to address the matter in his official visits to France, Italy and the Vatican, and at the next BRICS summit, a forum in which Russia also participates.

The EC president declared that she had "great admiration for the way in which you defend international law and the UN Charter in all your international declarations" and stressed that "Europe agrees [?!] on the need for a negotiated peace between Russia and Ukraine".

eeas | College read-out by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell on a NEW! Agenda for Relations between the EU and Latin America and the Caribbean, 7 June LAC
Today, the European Commission and the High Representative are presenting a proposal to build a closer and modernised strategic partnership with Latin America and the Caribbean [LAC].
Q. Ha dicho que durante años se han ["]taken for granted, even neglected["] la relación con los países de Latinoamérica. ¿Me gustaría saber aquel achaca esto? ¿Ha sido porque algunos países europeos igual no veían la importancia geoestratégica de la región? ¿Porque hemos estado muy absorbidos con BREXIT? ¿Porque igual hemos mirado más a otros países del mundo como Estados Unidos o China?
Borrell: Sí. Es una pregunta relevante porque refleja una paradoja: que es que nadie duda del interés mutuo que tenemos. Nadie duda de la intensidad de nuestras relaciones humanas. De la enorme inversión que las empresas europeas han hecho en América Latina, y sin embargo, la dimensión política de esta relación se ha ido dejando ir, por razones seguramente imputables a las dos partes. En América Latina ha habido también problemas de fragmentación política en el continente con el caso de la crisis política en Venezuela o la deriva autoritaria en Nicaragua. Y es verdad que sí, Europa ha estado absorbida, pues por problemas, no diría que más importantes, pero más acuciantes. El BREXIT ha sido uno de ellos, los problemas migratorios, no digo que no sean problemas dignos de ser tomados en consideración, lo son sin duda. Hemos pasado por un proceso de ampliación también, que ha dirigido el centro de gravedad geográfico y político de Europa más hacia el este, y en su conjunto, sin darnos cuenta, el tiempo ha ido pasando y no hemos elevado nuestra relación política al nivel que merece. Probablemente, el cambio político que hay habido en muchos países latinoamericanos, las nuevas circunstancias geopolíticas, la emergencia de China, la guerra en Ucrania, han acelerado la toma de conciencia de que Europa no puede ser un actor geopolítico si no toma en consideración la relación con América Latina, que es muy fuerte en lo económico, en todas las dimensiones, pero que necesita estar bajo una dinámica política de alto nivel, que es lo que pretendemos hacer con esta comunicación y con la próxima Cumbre.
telesur | Brazil Expresses Concern Over Added EU Demands to MERCOSUR Deal, 12 June
Politico.eu.com | Von der Leyen vows to conclude EU-Mercosur deal by year-end, 12 June
by Cat on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 08:18:47 PM EST
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German Foreign Policy Her Style

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 11th, 2023 at 06:57:46 AM EST
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... per capita BRICS 🇨🇳 🇮🇳 🇿🇦 🇧🇷 is not quite there yet 🤣

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 12th, 2023 at 03:18:06 AM EST
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NEVER forget that in 2021 Baerbock bragged at the atlantic council about her German NZI granpa fighting in 1945.
"And my own grandfather fought like in the winter of [1945] at this river, at this border. [Oder-Neisse Line] And I was there standing in 2004 on this bridge."

Annalena Baerbock on a 'transatlantic green deal' and German strategies in facing Russia and China | Atlantic Council - May 6, 2021 |

FAREED ZAKARIA: Would it be fair to say what you're describing is a kind of a Green Party and your leadership that would, I think, be reassuring to most Americans, in the sense that it seems to affirm the Atlantic alliance, affirm NATO. You know, affirm the importance of thinking about human rights. And so I'm wondering, this is--this moment happened before when Joschka Fischer became foreign minister. And people who had worried that--in that case, I think he was a little older than you--so had in the 1980s thrown a couple of Molotov cocktails in anti-American demonstrations. That he turned out to be actually a very pro-NATO, pro--even pro-US foreign minister. Would you say that this is a model you look at favorably, that of Joschka Fischer in government?

ANNALENA BAERBOCK: Well, he's part of my party. And actually, when he was foreign minister, just at this moment I joined the party. This was in 2004, actually, like a really emotional moment for me because it was the first of May in 2004 when Europe did its enlargement to the east. So European countries joined the EU, especially from the east, and I come from a region around Berlin. It's called Brandenburg. It was eastern Germany. And it has a direct border over the Oder River to Poland. And my own grandfather fought like in the winter of [1945] at this river, at this border.

And I was there standing in 2004 on this bridge, which obviously was rebuilt between Poland and Germany, when Joschka Fischer as foreign minister, together with his colleague from the Polish side, was celebrating again the reunification of Europe.

And this was really the moment when I thought, wow, we are standing of the shoulders not only on Joschka Fischer, but also of our grandparents, who made it possible that countries who were enemies are again not only in peace but in friendship together. And this is what the ground where I'm standing on, fighting for a Europe which lives in friendship, in a common integrated market. And for this, we need institutions like the EU, like a strong transatlantic relation, because this wouldn't have been possible, our reunification, without support from the US. So it's, yeah, building on our history. But this is really important for me. Otherwise, it won't make sense to become a chancellor.

History is nothing which just flows like a river. It's always a moment where people have to take the courage to build the future actively. So it doesn't make sense to say I just follow up what Joschka Fischer did fifteen years ago. I take the best from the past to bring it in the future.

And coming back to your question also with the NATO, for example, I think the most important thing is to put out a new strategic agenda. What is the role of the NATO in the year of 2021 and not in 2004? And we have, unluckily, faced Ukraine situation. We have seen that what we believed back in 2004, that there is never again war in Europe, is not true. And therefore, we have to redefine our strategic goals within NATO, within the EU, and coming up with the new challenges ahead, also fulfill it with resources, for example with military expenditures.

But--this is also important for 2021--the threats are not only cyber, it's the climate crisis. It's COVID. It's pandemics worldwide. So for me it's so important that it's not building a new wall around Europe or transatlantic region, but really seeing that we work together in a world of institution of strong human rights, but being aware that we have other countries like China, like Russia who are also in a new strategic fight with us.

Related reading ...

From a European Neighborhood Policy toward a New Ostpolitik - The Potential Impact of German Policy

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 11th, 2023 at 07:41:56 PM EST
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No information given about her parents.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 11th, 2023 at 08:07:39 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 02:03:02 PM EST
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bloomberg | Germany to Seal Tank Repair Hub Deal With Poland in Coming Days, 13 June
Talks should wrap up "in the coming days," before the July 11-12 NATO summit in Vilnius, Thomas Bagger, Germany's ambassador to Poland, told Bloomberg in Warsaw on Tuesday. The hub will be used to supply badly needed spare parts for the German-made [UKRAINIAN] equipment, he said.
12 June It doesn't matter where it's made.
After months of pressuring North Atlantic Treaty Organization [OTAN] allies to deliver hardware, Ukraine is sending them into the battlefield as part of a much-anticipated counteroffensive against Russian forces to retake territory. Equipment, including Leopard tanks and US Bradley Fighting Vehicles, have shown up in images from the front line. At least four of Ukraine's Leopard 2 tanks and 16 of its Bradley fighting vehicles have been destroyed, damaged or abandoned so far, according to Oryxspioenkop.com, an online group that catalogues confirmed equipment losses on both sides.
defense.gov | Sabrina Singh Holds a Press Briefing (13.06.23)
Also today, the Department announced the results of its Foreign Military Sales Tiger Team effort. The Tiger Team analyzed all phases of the FMS process, including -- which illuminated best practices for the Department to benchmark and identify systemic challenges in DOD's FMS < wipes tears > ecosystems.

The team incorporated feedback from allies and partner nations and U.S. industry on ways to improve the efficiency of the FMS process. The team's recommendations cover six key FMS areas, to include improving the Department's understanding of ally and partner requirements, providing our allies and partner nations with the most relevant priority capabilities, and accelerating acquisition and contracting support for FMS.

2 June Foreign Military Sales Case Development
TARA: Thanks. A couple on Ukraine. First, can you say anything about Russia reporting that as many as 16 different types of armored vehicles the U.S. provided has -- have been destroyed in these early rounds of the counter-offensive? And then secondly on the dam, what can you say now about the attack on the dam and whether it was indeed Russia? And what can you share about what you know?
SINGH: Sure. Thanks, Tara, for the question. So on the report that 16 vehicles were destroyed, I've seen the reports but I can't corroborate some of the video and imagery coming out of that. So we're going to continue to monitor that but I just wouldn't be able to confirm the reports that the—at least what we're seeing from Russians of putting out those imagery.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz confirmed Monday in Paris that long-struggling talks on the hub were nearly at an end -- and that Germany, which has delivered Leopards, air defense systems such as [US] Patriots and [IT] Iris-T and [DE] Gepard anti-aircraft guns, will soon be in a position to help repair them close to the battlefield.
Service hubs have also been set up in Slovakia and Romania.
archive The cost of doing business, substantially transformed
by Cat on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 12:33:57 PM EST
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rollcall | Risch blocks Hungary arms package purchase over Sweden's stalled NATO bid, 15 June
"I decided that the sale of new U.S. military equipment to Hungary will be on hold. Hungary should take the actions necessary to allow Sweden into the alliance, and soon."
Congress hasn't yet received formal notification of the Hungarian arms sale, leaving it unclear what's in the package. But news reports said it was worth $735 million [HUF 250.4B] and included the Lockheed Martin-manufactured HIMARS rocket system. Demand for the high-mobility artillery rocket system has gone up sharply since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in early 2022.
firstpost | Russia repels Ukrainian drone attack on Druzhba oil pipeline, 17 June Bryansk, RU
archived Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia
by Cat on Sat Jun 17th, 2023 at 01:16:09 PM EST
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WTF ... What Are NATO's Values

Sweden is a ... strong capable defense partner that shares NATO's values ...

Fighting wars with integrity, impartiality, loyalty, accountability, and professionalism.

Former Soviet bloc nations qualified by sending armed forces to America's illegal wars and operations outside international law.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 17th, 2023 at 04:57:58 PM EST
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middleeastdiscourse | Macron asks for invitation to BRICS summit , 13 June
French President Emmanuel Macron has asked South African President Cyril Ramaphosa for an invitation to the upcoming BRICS summit in Pretoria, French newspaper L'Opinion reported on Monday. Macron's recent attempts to win over his African counterparts have fallen flat.
According to one "well-informed" source, Ramaphosa was non-committal. "Presence at this summit was mentioned during the conversation between the two leaders, but Pretoria gave no indication of whether or not to extend this meeting to other international leaders," the source said.

French President Emmanuel Macron has asked South African President Cyril Ramaphosa for an invitation to the upcoming BRICS summit in Pretoria, French newspaper L'Opinion reported on Monday. Macron's recent attempts to win over his African counterparts have fallen flat.

Macron raised the possibility of attending the summit during a phone call with Ramaphosa earlier this month, L'Opinion stated, citing sources in the Elysee palace.

If Macron were to attend the summit, he would be the first leader of a G7 nation to do so. BRICS leaders and Macron apparently share a desire < wipes tears > to overhaul the [PRICE CAP COALITION] financial and geopolitical order, with Macron hosting a conference in Paris next week aimed at overhauling the [G7] financial system to better benefit the developing world

voiceofeurope | Macron asked South Africa to invite him to the BRICS summit
South Africa is also facing a challenge [?] related to organizing the participation of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the summit, to avoid possible arrest at the request of the International Criminal Court [ICC]. Various options have been considered, including holding a video conference, granting diplomatic immunity, or relocating [?] the summit to China.
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blackagendareport | Putin, South Africa, and the International Criminal Court, 31 May details
ANN GARRISON: David, I think the ICC would be a laughingstock for its racist hypocrisy if there weren't so many lives lost in the crimes that it considers and fails to consider, but this indictment has the world's attention and it's awkward for South Africa. Can you explain South Africa's legal position as a state party that still accepts the jurisdiction of the court? What does the Rome Statute or any related documents say?
DAVID PAUL JACOBS: The Rome Statute gives the ICC the "authority to make requests to States Parties for cooperation."  South Africa is a state party to the Rome Statute, although in 2016, South Africa indicated its intention to withdraw from the Statute, and later reversed itself.

The obligation to cooperate with the ICC is tempered by Article 98 of the statute [ p 55] which provides that:

10 June 2023 All systems go
by Cat on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 06:11:59 PM EST
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La mort lente de la Françafrique

« Cet âge de la Françafrique est révolu. » À Libreville, première étape de sa tournée africaine, Emmanuel Macron a entériné un fait qu'il est de plus en plus difficile de cacher : Paris n'est plus la première puissance mondiale en Afrique francophone - mais qu'est-ce que cela signifie concrètement ?

Dans cette étude, Ken Opalo revient sur les options qui restent à la diplomatie française pour renverser sa politique africaine.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 07:02:28 PM EST
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Beijing has its sights on Francophone West Africa

If France's influence is waning, there is little doubt who is poised to step into the gap. China's presence in Francophone West Africa is booming, having previously lagged other parts of the continent. Drawn to growth rates over seven percent in countries like Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire, China has displaced France as the leading exporter to most of France's former colonies.

Chinese lending to these countries increased 332 percent in 2010 - 17 compared to 2000 - 09, and contracts awarded to Chinese firms trebled in value in the same period - with Chinese contractors taking on high-profile projects like the Soubré dam in Côte d'Ivoire. Chinese companies and entrepreneurs are highly visible throughout the region.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 07:04:20 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jun 21st, 2023 at 07:25:59 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jun 21st, 2023 at 11:04:17 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | France deploys 40,000 police as Macron seeks to avoid 2005 riots rerun, 29 June national security
On Thursday, Macron again called for calm after 180 people were arrested overnight, public buildings were attacked, and a tram set alight in a Paris suburb.
family entertainment Athena (2022)
And then there's the situation in the banlieues. In recent years, things have been relatively calm despite predictions that tensions would rise during the COVID-19 pandemic. The government says this is, in part, due to greater access to jobs under Macron and more investment in poorer suburbs.
F24 | Live: French policeman formally placed under arrest over teenager's killing
The 17-year-old victim, identified only as Nahel M., was shot at point-blank range by a police officer on Tuesday morning in the Paris suburb of Nanterre. He was driving a yellow Mercedes in Nanterre when he was pulled over for traffic violations. Police initially reported that he was shot after driving his car at police, but this was contradicted by a video that rapidly went viral across social media and was later authenticated by AFP.
mal/mis/disinformation crisis averted
NY Post | obligatory "dictator" Wutabout
by Cat on Thu Jun 29th, 2023 at 06:04:16 PM EST
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ecfr.eu | Keeping [US] close, Russia down, and China far away: How Europeans navigate a competitive world, 7 June propORnot
In the years to come, the European Union will likely face difficult [PLANNED] decisions: whether to back the United States in its geopolitical ["]competition["] with China; whether to punish CHINA for its support of Russia; whether to rebuild relations with RUSSIA after the war.

These decisions will affect European citizens - whose support European leaders will need for their foreign policy choices. Two years ago, the European Council on Foreign Relations conducted a study of public opinion about how Europeans see their place in the world. The results pointed to a cooperative European mindset whereby, in a world of competing great powers, Europeans preferred to cultivate [DELIBERATE] partnerships with various countries and advocated a largely values-based foreign policy.
The [PLANNED] direction of European foreign policy will have a massive impact on the lives of every European citizen - be it through their exposure to security threats, supply chain disruptions, or the volatility of the financial market. Their opinions will enable or constrain European leaders' ability to negotiate a common European foreign policy. As these leaders re-adjust their relationships with the US, CHINA, and RUSSIA, they not only need to reach agreement among themselves - they also need to build a public consensus around European foreign policy. Otherwise, there is likely to be growing mistrust of the elites < wipes tears > and the EU, and a populist backlash in the European parliamentary election in 2024 and in national elections.

In April 2023, ECFR conducted an opinion poll across 11[/27] EU member states - Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and Sweden - to understand how European citizens see their place in the world today. The results of the poll show that their cooperative foreign policy instincts are adapting slowly to the new geopolitical reality that is characterised by growing polarisation.
[EC Pres. Ursula] Von der Leyen dispensed with the EU's established triad [?] to describe China as a "partner, competitor, and [PERVASIVE] rival" and emphasised the need for active, [DELIBERATE], multidimensional risk minimisation in Europe's dealings with Beijing. With this strategy [sic] of "de-risking", she pushed for a new consensus in Europe on the importance of revisiting its relationship with China.
The findings of ECFR's latest poll show that, in many ways, European citizens are more on Team Macron than Team von der Leyen.

by Cat on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 05:47:21 PM EST
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Just wait some months as Atlantic Council war propaganda gets a hold on European corporate media ... polling quickly turns around ... Huawei - Xinjiang - Spy balloons - Hong Kong - Tibet - Cuban listening posts ...

Expert: U.S. Should See China as 'Number One' Adversary, Not Trading Partner | USNI - Sept. 15, 2017 |

The People's Republic China needs to be seen by the United States as its principal potential adversary in the years ahead, not as a commercial partner that America cannot live without, a leading expert on maritime issues said.

Answering an audience question at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. Seth Cropsey, director of sea power programs at the Hudson institute, said, "China should be our Number One concern; it's not." He added that Chinese leaders want to restore it to the status of a great state, overcoming a 19th and early 20th-century history of European imperialism, "not only at sea, but especially at sea. They've invested a lot in satellite technology, in cyber technology, building a fleet" that potentially could be larger than the United States' in the not-too-distant future.

Cropsey, the author of Seablindness: How Political Neglect is Choking American Seapower and What to Do about It, said, the Chinese "have their own way of looking at things" from their island-building campaign to their use of "lawfare," to bolster territorial claims in the East and South China Seas and disregard international court rulings when those claims are rejected. He said President Donald Trump was correct in judging Beijing's commercial policies. "They're mercantilists, not free traders."

While China's close neighbors say how important their economic and commercial ties to Beijing are for their own development, privately they are very concerned about its increasingly assertive behavior on their borders. Cropsey said out of the limelight and away from microphones they say, "if you guys [the United States] get out ... if China becomes the hegemon, they will treat us like dogs" as it did in the past when it was a great power.

In his remarks before the question-and-answer session, he said, "I wish I could be optimistic about the future" of the challenges facing the United States not only from a transoceanic Chinese navy, but as it concerns Russian behavior in the Baltic and Black Seas, Iran's continuing development of anti-ship weaponry and the tolls the continuing wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan are taking on the fleet and the Marine Corps.

Trying to meet the combatant commanders' requirements for presence that call for 370 to 400 ships with the 276 ships now in the fleet "is an exercise in futility" and leads to accidents such as the ship collisions suffered in U.S. 7th Fleet. Cropsey said 350 ships "is the absolute bare minimum to meet [today's] requirements." He pointed out the administration's call for a fleet that size is to be built over 30 years and "it doesn't provide the immediate kind of relief that is necessary" to reduce today's high operating tempo.

As to the additional $50 billion more in the coming year's defense program over this year's, he said much of the money that will go to the Department of the Navy is earmarked for repairs, maintenance and fixing shipyards and port facilities not shipbuilding.

US Navy at the forefront of false flag attacks to create any opportunity for a hot war ...
Cuba invasion 1960 - Vietnam Gulf of Tonkin attack 1964 - Reverse Israeli attack on USS Liberty 1967 - USS Vincennes downing Iranian civilian aircraft killing 290 passengers in 1988 - sabotage Nord Stream 1 & 2 pipelines 2022.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 06:32:55 PM EST
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US President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize four years ago. Today, the country he leads is seen -- according to a new poll -- as the biggest threat to world peace.

The global survey, conducted by WIN/Gallup International, polled residents in 68 countries on everything from the global economy to politics and living conditions.

According to the poll, 24 percent of the surveyed countries ranked the United States as the greatest threat to world peace today, followed by Pakistan at 8 percent, China at 6 percent and four countries (Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and North Korea) tied at 5 percent. [Russia near bottom at 2%]

Thirty-seven percent of Mexicans ranked their northern neighbor the top threat to the world.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 07:48:01 PM EST
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I found a couple published since 2014. One might expect PUTIN's WAR OF AGGRESSION to have influenced "threat" perceptions, but I can't immediately locate a comparable survey in 2022. These don't evaluate perceptions of international threats. They evaluate perceptions of intranational threats to peace. Accordingly, index crieria and methodology are...abstruse.

europarl | Normandy Index

vision of humanity | Global Peace Index

Maybe Politico will get around to another "poll of polls" to vidicate NATO's mission?

by Cat on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 09:03:52 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | EU capitals want media law carve-out to spy on reporters, 20 June
blue screen of death
Governments' deputy ambassadors are set to give their blessing at a Council meeting on Wednesday to a national security exemption in a new media regulation whose original purpose was to safeguard media independence and pluralism.
archived Media Freedom Act matrix in Crisis as Discipline
by Cat on Tue Jun 20th, 2023 at 05:13:13 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 20th, 2023 at 05:34:19 PM EST
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Pandora's box

Unsurprisingly, journalists and privacy advocates are not happy with the Council's suggested tweaks.

"National security is a classic exception. It opens the door to all kinds of abuse," Julie Majerczak, head of the Brussels bureau of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), told POLITICO, calling it a "Pandora's box."

Together with 59 other civil society organizations, RSF wrote an open letter to EU deputy ambassadors, urging them to reconsider their position. The current compromise "is not only weakening safeguards against the deployment of spyware but also strongly incentivizes their use based solely on member states' discretion," the signatories said.

Majerczak is calling for strong legal safeguards -- failing the withdrawal of the national security clause -- like involving judicial authorities, should a government decide to spy on a reporter.

Nothing is set in stone. Once the Council has agreed on its mandate, it will have to negotiate with the Parliament -- which has yet to reach its position -- and the Commission before the new rules can enter into force.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 20th, 2023 at 05:35:31 PM EST
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smh | Hawkei armoured cars bound for Ukraine war in Australian support deal, 6 June
Although a formal commitment has yet to be sealed, there has been serious progress informally and Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov told the Herald and The Age the vehicles were number one on his list of "demands" from Australia. He described the Australian-made vehicles as "very, very famous armed vehicles with air defence systems" in an interview in Singapore after meeting his Australian counterpart, Richard Marles, at the weekend.
10-point security guarantee Peace Formula
Reznikov was full of praise for the performance of the Bushmaster armoured troop carriers supplied by Australia, which he said had been critical in Ukraine's ability to recover the city of Kharkiv from Russian forces.

"It was surprise for Russians. Honestly, it was surprise for me, also."

Among Ukraine's other requests, Reznikov said he had asked that Australia join the so-called "birds coalition" to support its use of F-16 fighter jets that NATO nations are supplying. He said Ukraine needed training for its pilots as well as [mechanics] and sustainment [sic] support. He had requested Australian personnel and cash.
The Australian Army has raised serial objections to supplying the Hawkei. It first said its brakes were faulty. Next it said that so many spare parts would need to be supplied to Ukraine that the whole fleet would be unusable.

Liberal senator David Van, the chair of the parliamentary Friends of Ukraine group, said it was "complete bollocks" that the vehicles could not be sent to Ukraine.

"There are 450 Hawkeis sitting in the Thales compound in Bendigo. Why won't we send them?"

by Cat on Tue Jun 6th, 2023 at 11:21:49 PM EST
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wsj | U.S. Set to Approve Depleted-Uranium Tank Rounds for Ukraine, "ecocide" watch
The United Nations Environment Program said in a report last year that the metal's "chemical toxicity" presents the greatest potential danger, and "it can cause skin irritation, kidney failure, and increase the risks of cancer."
John Kirby, the National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications, said in March that the Russian argument was disingenuous and that Moscow's principal concern was the heightened threat to its tanks. "This kind of ammunition is fairly commonplace," he said, adding that studies indicate it isn't a radioactive threat. But at the time the U.S. wasn't providing Ukraine with any depleted-uranium rounds.
amended ICC war crimes complaint developing? nah.
Some Pentagon officials favor providing cluster munitions--known as ["]dual-purpose improved conventional munitions["]--to Ukraine's forces to help them counter Russian forces. NATO's top commander, Gen.
Christopher Cavoli, has told Congress that that such weapons could be "very effective" against concentrations of Russian troops and equipment.
Officials at the NSC and State Department have resisted providing cluster munitions. Human-rights activists and some allied nations have raised concerns that unexploded ordnance in the ground could lead to civilian casualties long after the conflict is over.
archived center of psychoville, Depleted Uranium Oversight Board, UK to Send Armour Piercing Rounds with Depleted Uranium to Ukraine
by Cat on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 09:29:25 PM EST
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Joining in war crimes in the Ukraine ... the end is near.

The United States military ignored its own guidelines for the use of depleted uranium ammunition in the 2003 Iraq War, firing the controversial weapons at unarmoured targets, buildings in populated areas and troops. These are the conclusions of an analysis of recently declassified military data.

The analysis also reveals that the number of sites known to be contaminated in Iraq has now tripled, to more than 1,000, even as fears grow that the US has used depleted uranium in Syria.

Archive key word | depleted uranium |

Basra: a 17-fold rise in birth defects | Sept. 9, 2013 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 06:52:28 AM EST
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It's not over until the next 1 BILLION DOLLAR gree zone US embassy is constructed!
by Cat on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 10:40:11 AM EST
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NATO confirms to United Nations use of Depleted Uranium (DU) during Kosovo conflict | 22 March 2000 |

The new information on DU, which was sent in a letter (and an accompanying map) to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan from the NATO Secretary-General, Lord Robertson, states:

    "DU rounds were used whenever the A-10 engaged armour during Operation Allied Force. Therefore, it was used throughout Kosovo during approximately 100 missions. . . A total of approximately 31,000 rounds of DU ammunition was used in Operation Allied Force. The major focus of these operations was in an area west of the Pec-Dakovica-Prizren highway, in the area surrounding Klina, in the area around Prizren and in an area to the north of a line joining Suva Reka and Urosevac. However, many missions using DU also took place outside these areas."

This information was reviewed yesterday by scientists from the BTF's Desk Assessment Group on Depleted Uranium -- an interagency group that was established last year as part of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)-led assessment of the environmental consequences of the Kosovo conflict. While welcoming the positive cooperation of NATO, the Group, which includes experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Department for Disarmament Affairs and the Swedish Radiation Protection Institute, concluded that despite the additional information there was still insufficient data available on the exact location of the DU ordnance to comprehensively carry out an objective and scientifically based environmental and human health impact assessment in Kosovo.

Depleted Uranium and Public Health

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 06:53:53 AM EST
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NY Yella Cake | In Rush to Arm Ukraine, Weapons Are Bought but Not Delivered, or Too Broken to Use "The biggest opportunity in Europes since the Second World War"
Ukrainian government documents show that as of the end of last year, Kyiv had paid arms suppliers more than $800 million since the Russian invasion in February 2022 for contracts that went completely or partly unfulfilled.
Two people involved in Ukraine's arms purchasing said [...]
Problems are INEVITABLE in an arms-acquisition frenzy the size of Ukraine's. Since Russia invaded last year, Western allies have sent Ukraine tens of billions of dollars worth of [AP-2] weapons. As of last week, the United States alone had committed about $40 billion worth of [AP-5] military aid (and more in financial and humanitarian assistance), and European allies have also contributed tens of billions. In addition, Ukraine has spent billions of dollars of its own on the private [?] arms market.

Many of the transfers from Western allies have involved modern weapons like American air defense systems that have proven highly effective against Russian drones and missiles. But in other cases allies have provided stockpiled equipment that, at best, needed extensive overhauls ["sustainment"?].

As much of 30 percent of Kyiv's arsenal is under repair at any given time -- a high rate, defense experts said, for a military that needs every weapon it can get for its developing counteroffensive.
Ukrainian government documents show that its Defense Ministry paid $19.8 million to an American arms dealer, the Tampa-based Ultra Defense Corporation, to have the 33 howitzers repaired. In January, 13 of those howitzers were shipped to Ukraine but arrived "not suitable for combat missions," according to one of the documents.

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Ukrainian officials have mostly refrained from complaining about broken equipment, so as not to embarrass their benefactors. "There were issues of quality to some of the howitzers, but we have to keep in mind that it was a gift," [UA dep. defense min Volodymyr] Havrylov said.
The documents obtained by The New York Times, generated by a government [not US] audit this year, showed that some of the most valuable sets of undelivered contracts are between the Defense Ministry and state-owned Ukrainian arms companies that function as independent brokers. In recent months, the ministry has sued at least two of those [UA] state firms over unfulfilled contracts, and Ukraine recently announced overhauls ["maintenance of effort"?] aimed at making those companies more efficient.
17 days ago cockroach alerts
The same Army unit in Kuwait was also supposed to send six M777 howitzers to Ukraine just weeks after the start of Russia's full-scale invasion. As it turned out, however, the howitzers "required extensive maintenance" before they could be shipped, because they had gone without regular service checks for 19 months, the Pentagon report found.
yahoo! Kyiv Independent | NYT: Part of bought weapons not delivered to Ukraine, some donated by allies were unusable
by Cat on Mon Jun 19th, 2023 at 06:28:27 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 19th, 2023 at 08:37:24 PM EST
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Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin, asked which ammunition his troops used, told POLITICO they had "a huge amount of NATO-issue ammunition left over from the Ukrainian army." In a sarcastic voice message sent to a POLITICO journalist, the Russian warlord also asked for help procuring F-35 combat jets and U.S.-made sniper rifles, machine guns, and grenade launchers.
soooo Politico missed the last 16 months of YouTube videos tracking RF salvaging CRATES of hastily discarded lethal aid on the "contact line"?  
by Cat on Mon Jun 19th, 2023 at 11:58:59 PM EST
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forbes.ua | "No connection with reality."
On June 21, Ukraine will present another "Marshall Plan" in London. Forbes learned the details of the energy part of the reconstruction program

By 2050, Ukraine will become the energy hub of Europe, electricity production will increase 7 times, gas production - 4 times, oil - more than 6 times. More than $400 billion [!] will be invested in the energy sector. The government will present this future of Ukrainian energy to international partners and donors in London at the international conference on the recovery of Ukraine (URC 2023). What else does the plan for rebuilding the Ukrainian energy industry include and how realistic it is.

archive July 2022 bootstraps

Almost a year ago, at the beginning of July 2022, the Ukrainian government in the Swiss city of Lugano presented to its partners a 10-year post-war reconstruction plan for Ukraine worth $750 billion. At that time, the government received many assurances of willingness to help, but no financial results followed. One of the reasons for the failure was that the plan covered too many directions and projects.
archived icog.es | The Mineral resources of Ukraine
How realistic are the plans

"These numbers have nothing to do with reality," says Oleksandr Kharchenko, director of the Energy Research Center. The plans significantly exceed Ukraine's already ambitious energy strategy, he adds. The energy strategy envisages the construction of 20.5 GW of nuclear generation, 29.1 GW of wind energy and 12.8 GW of solar generation by 2050.

"• The plan is based on a GDP growth forecast of 9% in 2023-2032 and 3% in 2032-2050."
The key role in the preparation of the presentation, which will be presented in London, is played by Rostislav Shurma, the deputy head of the President's Office, interlocutors in the government, the Ministry of Energy, state and private energy companies, who were involved in the preparation of the presentation to varying degrees, told Forbes. Forbes reached out to Shurma, but he declined to comment.

The preparation of the presentation took place virtually behind closed doors, says Forbes interlocutor in the government. "It is wrong. Materials for such a forum should be discussed in an expert environment," he adds.

archived investment guarantees from the "Big Seven" countries
by Cat on Sat Jun 17th, 2023 at 06:29:45 PM EST
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Ukranews | Zelensk* Appoints Beloved Ex-Ambassador To Germany Melnyk As Ambassador To Brazil, Deputy Defense Minister Polishchuk As Ambassador To India, 20 June
Zelensk* in December 2022 appointed a Maya scientist Poliukhovych as Ambassador to Peru
because Jake Ssssulivan was otherwised engaged.
by Cat on Tue Jun 20th, 2023 at 06:00:34 PM EST
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In Jewish terms, a severe punishment as reprisal.

The price tag attack policy (Hebrew: מדיניות תג מחיר), also sometimes referred to as "mutual responsibility" (אחריות הדדית), is the name originally given to the attacks and acts of vandalism committed primarily on occupied Palestinian land.

Very similar to fascist neocon policy appointing wrecking ball John Bolton to the United Nations as Ambassador. Similar to Israel sending Kahanist as envoy to Washington DC ... Danny Danon et al. comes to mind.

Interesting find ... interview

Ambassador Danny Danon & Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, on Israeli Annexation

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 20th, 2023 at 07:35:04 PM EST
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Yuriy Chernichuk, Director of Zaporozhye NPP, Jun 6 at 01:57
In connection with the situation at the dam of the Kakhovskaya HPP, I inform you that:

At the moment, there are no threats to the safety of the Zaporizh* NPP. 5 units are in "cold stop" state, 1 in "hot stop" state. The water level in the cooling pond has not changed and is 16.67 m.

The water cooling the spent nuclear fuel pools is a closed circuit that does not have direct contact with the environment and the water of the Kakhovka reservoir. The system of heat removal to the final heat sink can be replenished both with water from the Kakhovka reservoir and with several alternative sources.

The situation is controlled by the personnel of the nuclear power plant.

Update 161 - IAEA Director General Statement on Situation in Ukraine, 6 June
Director General Grossi, who addressed the IAEA Board of Governors earlier today on the evolving situation at Ukraine's damaged Nova Kakhovka dam and its impact on the ZNPP, said the loss rate had been changing, from around five centimetres per hour in the morning to nine cm/hour later in the afternoon.

Between 10 am and 8 pm local time, the reservoir fell by a total of 83 cm to 15.44 metres,  according to regular data received by the team of IAEA experts present at the ZNPP.

If and when the level goes below 12.7 metres, the ZNPP will no longer be able to pump water from the reservoir to replenish the reserves at the site.

a large cooling pond next to the site—the ZNPP's main alternative source of water in the absence of the reservoir—is currently full and has enough in storage to supply the plant for several months as its six reactors are in shutdown mode, Director General Grossi said, reiterating the vital necessity for it to stay intact. Also if needed, the site can access a deep water-filled excavation in the ZNPP cargo port area, the water system of the nearby city of Ener*odar, and use mobile pumps and firefighter trucks to fetch water.
the IAEA team of experts at the Chornobyl site reported that a fire had broken out in the forest near the Paryshev village, in a zone currently unreachable from the Chornobyl side, as the bridge over the Pripyat river had been damaged and fire trucks cannot reach it. The IAEA team were informed that it was not assessed to be a major fire. There has been no increase in the radiation levels reported to the IAEA International Radiation Monitoring Information System (IRMIS) and the fire does not present any radiological risk to the population or staff [!] working at the Chornobyl site.
by Cat on Wed Jun 7th, 2023 at 12:05:50 AM EST
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Update 165 - IAEA Director General Statement on Situation in Ukraine, 11 June
Experts of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) need access to a location near Ukraine's Zaporizh* Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) to clarify the reason for a significant discrepancy between different measurements of the height of the reservoir that is supplying water to cool the facility's six reactors and spent fuel storage, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today.

The level of the Kakhovka reservoir has been dropping rapidly since the downstream dam was severely damaged five days ago, but the ZNPP reported over the weekend that it had been stable for about a day as measured at the inlet of the Zaporizh* Thermal Power Plant (ZTPP) where water is pumped into a channel for use at the nearby nuclear power plant.

By 9am local time today, the water level by the ZTPP was estimated at 11.27 metres [!], down from nearly 17 metres before the dam was breached, according to data received by the IAEA experts at the ZNPP site.
At the current height of the reservoir by the ZTPP, the water pumps continue to be operable. At the moment, however, they are not continuously being operated as both the ZTPP channel and the large cooling pond near the ZNPP are full, holding sufficient water reserves for several months of cooling requirements.

The ZNPP cooling pond and the ZTPP discharge channel are both integral to continuing to supply cooling water and the Director General stressed again that maintaining their integrity is vital for the safety of the plant.

"The thermal power plant plays a key role for the safety and security of the nuclear power plant a few kilometres away. I fully expect that our experts will be able to go there very soon to independently assess the situation. I will also personally raise this important matter with the Zaporizh* Nuclear Power Plant," [Grassi] added.

voLDeMoRT | Safety at Europe's largest nuclear plant ensured after dam breach - operator
A new water pumping unit was sent to the Zaporozh* facility, a senior Russian official has said.
"We can say with high confidence that the nuclear safety of the Zaporozh* Nuclear Power Plant will be maintained in full," [Rosenergoatom adviser Renat Karchaa] told the Rossiya-24 TV channel. He added that a mobile pumping station was being delivered from a nuclear plant in Smolensk to help cool the reactors if necessary.
usnews reuters | U.N. Nuclear Chief Delays Ukraine Nuclear Plant Visit Over Security
Grossi had been expected to visit the facility on Wednesday following talks with President Volodymyr Zelensk* in Kyiv on Tuesday, but a diplomatic source said the visit would be delayed by "some hours"...Russian news agency Interfax quoted a Russian-installed local official as saying Grossi would visit on Thursday.
pravda.com.ua | IAEA head's visit to ZNPP postponed for "security reasons"
Details: "He is waiting to be able to travel safely," said a senior Ukrainian government official who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity. The official did not say when Grossi would arrive at the plant. At the same time, TASS writes that the visit has been postponed to [Thursday] 15 June.

"The mission is being postponed for a day," Renat Karchaa, advisor to the Director General of the Rosenergoatom concern, told the agency, without specifying the reason.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 03:35:18 PM EST
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Desna River of Russian-origin must be liberated
by Cat on Wed Jun 7th, 2023 at 04:26:14 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Jun 7th, 2023 at 05:47:20 PM EST
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vOLdEmRT | Deaths confirmed in frontline dam rupture (08.06.23)
At least 5 people were killed and 41 were injured in the wake of the breach of the Kakhovka [HPP] dam, the mayor of the city hosting the damaged structure has said.
"Reports came today that out of the seven people, who were grazing cattle, five died. We are in the process of evacuating the other two," Novaya Kakhovka Mayor Vladimir Leontyev reported during an interview on Thursday.
jwld.pl | Large and smal reservoirs of Ukraine (2022)
Novaya Kakhovka is located on the ["]left shore["] of the river and is controlled by Russia, while Ukraine controls the opposite side of the Kherson region. Ukrainian officials said there were some fatalities after the flooding on the ["]right shore["] as well. Water levels in the city rose by 12 meters [!] after the dam was breached, before starting to slowly recede by Tuesday [06.06.23] evening. Russian authorities estimated that 14 settlements were in the impact area. In addition to the direct damage to buildings, infrastructure, and fields, the incident caused the draining of a water reservoir, which was used to feed a canal transporting fresh water to Russia's Crimea.

Kiev claimed that Russian troops blew up the dam to prevent a possible [UAF] amphibious operation across the Dnieper in Kherson Region. Ukrainian officials say that charges were planted inside the dam, which the Russian Defense Ministry has denied. Moscow in turn blamed the Ukrainians, citing their [UAF] record of shelling the strategically important facility.

strana.ua | Zelensk* arrived in Kherson today and visited the crossing through which residents are being evacuated (08.06.23)
"Our task is to protect life as much as possible and help people," Zelensky said.
Dnieper River topographic map
On the eve of the Kherson region, they reported the evacuation of residents  from areas near the Kakhovka reservoir, in Kherson, water began to arrive in some areas. About 16 thousand [16K] people live in the flood zone.

Today, the governor of the [right bank] Kherson region, Alexander Prokudin, said that as of the morning, 1,999 people had been evacuated from the right bank of the Kherson region, of which almost one and a half thousand [1,500]  were from the Korabel district in Kherson. Earlier we wrote that residents are being evacuated from the Ostrov microdistrict in Kherson by boat. This is done by both employees of the State Emergency Service and volunteers. And in the flood zone on the day of the explosion of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station, 52 people were rescued .

Due to flooding in the [right bank] Nikolaev region, a resident of the village of Vasilyevka died, 8 June
by Cat on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 02:33:06 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | Russia bombs school where flood evacuees were sheltering after Zelensk* visits Kherson, 8 June
The shelling came just after Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensk* visited a ["]crossing point["] where people were being evacuated from flooded areas and called for "a clear and quick global response" to Tuesday's bombing of the ["left bank" of the] Nova Kakhovka [HPP] dam, which Kyiv and its allies say the Kremlin orchestrated [a/k/a mined].

"Orcs have just fired at School No. 2 where people from flooded homes were gathering," said Yevhen Rischuk, the Ukrainian mayor-in-exile of the occupied town of ["left bank"] Oleshky, which has been hit hard by the floodwaters. "Orcs" is the nickname Ukrainians use for Russian forces. Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office subsequently reported that nine civilians have been wounded in the city of Kherson.
On Wednesday, Zelensk* told Axel Springer [!], POLITICO's parent company, that Russian forces were shooting at Ukrainian rescuers attempting to reach those trapped in flood-struck areas of occupied Kherson. "As soon as our helpers try to rescue them, they are shot at," Zelensk* said.

"Russians are shelling the shores and the central district" of Kherson, the [Kherson] region's governor, Oleksandr Prokudin, said in a statement. ... Prokudin said that as of Thursday morning, the water level in Kherson had risen [?]  by 5.61 meters [from 11m - 12m?]. He said 600 square kilometers of the Kherson region is under water, of which 32 percent is on the Ukrainian-held ["right"] bank of the Dnipro River and 68 percent is on the Russian-occupied ["left"] bank.

pravda.com.ua | Three people dead due to flooding in occupied Oleshky in Kherson Oblast, 7 June
Source: Yevhen Ryshchuk, the mayor of Oleshky, on Facebook; Suspilne news outlet; Radio Liberty, referring to Tetiana Hasanenko, Head of the Oleshky Military Administration
Ukraine starts counteroffensive against Russia - Western media, 8 June
by Cat on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 03:25:40 PM EST
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Politico.eu.com | As Ukraine evacuates its dam-flooded towns, CRIES FOR HELP go unanswered in Russian-occupied territory, 7 June 38 ft (11 m) and rising
Kremlin-backed local authorities claim they are rescuing residents from the left bank of the Dnipro River, with some 1,300 out of 40,000 evacuated. Painting a rosy picture, Vladimir Saldo, the Russian-installed acting governor of Kherson, said in a statement that children have been removed from the flood zone and sent "to the sea to good holiday camps in the Kherson region, or Crimea." He continued: "As for the adult residents, few show a desire to evacuate. People want to wait until the water comes down and continue to work on their land."

But those on the ground report a different reality.

Hanna left Oleshky earlier in the war; Anna traveled to Poland; Lilia Left Oleshky last year...  
Ten natives of the town of Oleshky and the village of Kardashynka, located some 20 kilometers and 36 kilometers southeast of the city of Kherson respectively, told POLITICO that locals tried to flee immediately after the dam blasts—but Russian troops blocked them and forced them to return home to wait for an official list of evacuees who would be bussed out of the area. And Russian forces are actively preventing Kyiv's authorities from rescuing those who are trapped by floodwaters in occupied areas, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk* said in an exclusive interview.

"From the roofs of the flooded houses, people see drowned people floating by," Zelensk* said. "It's very hard to get people out of the occupied ["left bank"] part of Kherson region. When our ["volunteer"] forces try to get them out, they are shot at by occupiers from a distance."
[...]"On the territory of the left bank that is not under Ukrainian control, evacuation is required for 20 settlements [!], with an estimated population of 25,000 [!] people," [Ukraine's Environment Minister Ruslan] Strilets said, adding: "The Russian occupying authorities are not providing evacuation assistance to the people."

"behind enemy lines"
Russian troops seemed disoriented by the scale of the disaster after the dam burst, eyewitnesses indicated.

"They left their own soldiers and weapons there," said Oleksandra, a resident of Oleshky who has also been helping coordinate local rescue efforts. Oleksandra asked for her surname to be withheld due to safety concerns.
Some Russian soldiers have attempted to help those in some parts of the disaster zone, Oleksandra said, but the efforts are sporadic and complicated by a lack of trust in the occupying forces. Told that Russian authorities had arranged for busses to shuttle them to safety, locals were terrified at the thought of boarding them: "They did not know where Russians would take them. They were afraid to be deported to Russia," said Oleksandra.

archived November 2022 trick or treat! euronews
by Cat on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 04:50:07 PM EST
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Ukraine War Day #471: More Waterworld
...As is typical in these types of situations (Americans who remember Hurricane Katrina* can relate to this), up until the last minute people kept crossing their fingers and hoping that the water would not reach their houses, but eventually it did. At which point they had no choice except to climb up onto the roof. Whence they were rescued (if they were lucky), placed into boats, and floated away to a dry road, then placed into buses, trucks, and even heavy equipment like tractors, for further delivery. Many of these unfortunate people were able to retrieve only their most valued possessions. The water took everything else....
* Floriduh hurricanes,  Arizona "monsoons," Man'attan basement-dweller killer "noreasters", semi-annual tidewater floods up 'n' down the Carolinas, and most recently California "aTsmosphertic river" DELUGE
by Cat on Sun Jun 11th, 2023 at 02:10:00 PM EST
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The search for "Ukrainian" residents drowning behind enemy lines thwarted.
K**v's forces resume attemps to cross Dnieper after Kakhovka Dam was destroyed (15.06.23)
The Ukrainian landing operation was spotted in the area of the town of Golaya Pristan located in the  ["left"] southern Skadovsk district of the Kherson region. A group of about 40 Ukrainian servicemen on board four military boats crossed the Dnieper where numerous small islands are located. The military operation of the AFU was timely spotted by Russian forces. As a result, Ukrainian assault failed. The first boat was sunk by Russian fire. The others managed to escape back to the western ["right"] coast of the river...
by Cat on Thu Jun 15th, 2023 at 01:58:46 PM EST
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NY Yella Cake | Civilians fleeing Kherson are advised to travel to [Rostov] Russia or Crimea [!] (13.10.22)
Ukraine has cut four bridges close to [Kherson] city and has also targeted Russian military infrastructure in the province, using artillery supplied by the West. Mr. [Vladimir] Saldo [RU gov] said that the evacuation, which was organized initially by the local authorities, applied to people living on both banks of the river.
aljazerra | Russia to evacuate Kherson residents as Ukrainian forces advance (13.10.22)
Since the start of October, Ukrainian forces have burst through Russia's front lines there [Kherson] in their biggest advance in the south since the war began. They have since moved rapidly along the river's western bank, aiming to cut off thousands of Russian troops from supply lines and potential routes of retreat. Kyiv says it has recaptured more than 400 square kilometres (155 miles) in the Kherson region in less than a week, with its forces bearing down towards the three-kilometre-long (two-mile-long) Nova Kakhovka dam that provides one of the last river crossings.
reuters | Russia to evacuate 10,000 a day from Ukraine's Kherson region (19.10.22)
Russian-installed governor Vladimir Saldo said authorities were moving civilians to the left (east) bank of the Dnipro River in order to "keep people safe" and allow the military to "act resolutely".
Lars Wilderäng (22.10.22)
Modeled by Dämmningsverket AB using the US Army Corps of Engineers (SACE) software HEC-RAS 6.3. The terrain data comes from Nasa.'s Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) and are available from the United States Geographical Survey (USGS). The model is not based on actual measurements of the current state of the Dnipro flow, waterline, temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind speed and anytning else which would affect the model, but on assumptions for a worst case. Assumptions include that the water-level in the dam is 13 meters above the Dnipro downstream, and that the dam break over an hour expands to a width of approximately 200 meters break in the dam. The destruction of the dam by Russia woudl be a war crime according to the Geneva Convention.
ukranews | Russians[!] Damage Dam In Nova Kakhovka - Maxar Technologies, 12 Nov 2022 spin
The American aerospace company Maxar Technologies on its Twitter page released satellite images showing that the Russian occupiers damaged the dam of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant [HPP] in the Kherson Region. The images show that individual sections of the dam and locks have been destroyed. In general, the damage looks like significant. At the same time, according to CNN, referring to the analysis of satellite images of Maxar Technologies, water flows from three lock gates on the dam.
archived Wed May 10th 2023 crisis averted
CNN | Satellite images show Nova Kakhovka dam was damaged days before collapse, 6 June 2023
28 May 2023 photos
by Cat on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 08:36:57 PM EST
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CNN Report How does the collapsed Ukrainian dam impact their counteroffensive? Ret. Col. Cedric Leighton answers | video |

In May 2014, Ukraine cut water supplies to Crimea from the Kherson Region via the North Crimean canal

Col. Leighton failed to mention this fact in his analysis. American disinformation.

Crimea's water reservoirs have enough water for two years and will be able to meet the peninsula's entire demand in case the Ukrainian authorities implement their threats and blow up the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant's dam, Crimea's Prime Minister Vladimir Konstantinov said.

"From the point of view of the actual situation, Crimea is not dependent on water from the North Crimean canal. We have been living without it for eight years. We have done a lot. We have a program for water supplies until 2024. <...> Water resources in Crimea's water reservoirs - they are all full - are enough for two year, even if there is no rain. <...> Nevertheless, we count on the North Crimean canal as a source for Crimea's development," he said.

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov | Kyiv Post - June 7 |

The Crimean peninsula's water supply is fed by water from the Dnipro River, which flow through the North Crimean Canal, located in Nova Kakhovka. According to Danilov, water supply to Crimea will be impossible "for the next three, five, ten years, until this dam is rebuilt."

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 09:58:30 PM EST
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Yes! I actually looked into Crimea water sources a couple of days ago—when someone at MoA asked if RU had constructed desalination plants. Good question. I was astounded by how difficult it was to locate either RU or UA facilities reporting, and I hadn't known that Crimea has always been arid. (note topographical map above) Also, how very deeply G7 press is committed to propounding RF's ILLEGAL ANNEXATION of Crimea in 2014 and deprivations afflicting the population ever since since then. Naturally, I was curious HOW exactly people fed themselves after Ukraine dammed the canal—not to mention supplied water for "traditional" Tatar ppl's RICE cultivation—then declared allegiance to their oppressors' UNPROVOKED WAR OF AGGRESSION.

This piece is typical: moscowtimes | North Crimean Canal Fills With Water After Russian Forces Destroyed Dam, Mar 4, 2022

The North Crimean Canal has begun to fill with water, the Russian state news service RIA reported on Friday. The canal brought water from the Dnipro River to Crimea. The service reports that the canal is slowly filling water and is expected to be made usable on April 15.
Why did UA.gov dam the canal in 2014 to "their own people"?
Ukrainian officials reported that the Russian authorities did not pay for water delivery [transit fees!], and subsequently Ukraine dammed up the canal.

A 2015 study in a Russian journal reports that 85% of the water in Crimea came via the canal, of which 72% was used for agriculture, 10% for industry

82% of total import? This was a priority problem until it wasn't.
and 18% for drinking water and other public needs.
The study has shown that the territorial redistribution of local water resources (river runoff and groundwater) can provide Crimea with drinking and public water. However, the shortage of irrigation water remains a problem, because the region does not have water resources to the extent necessary for irrigated agriculture. ...We believe that a major way to decrease the water resource shortage and to meet agricultural and industrial needs is [KEY WORD] desalination of seawater.
Russia Considers Building Desalination Plants in Crimea (June 2014)
Aerospace ​Technology for ​Modern ​Desalination ​Plants in ​Coastal and ​Arid Regions (2018)
An Offshore Wind-Power-Based Water Desalination Complex as a Response to an Emergency in Water Supply to Northern Crimea (2019)
geopoliticalmonitor | The Water Crisis in Crimea (2020)
Russia's first seawater desalination plant will be built in Crimea (2020)
DW | Danish [Seimens!] pumps supply water to Crimea (2021)
suspilne.ua | Seawater desalination project in the occupied Crimea. What is known (2022), photo dated 2017
mdpi | Changes in the Water Surface Area of Reservoirs of the Crimea Peninsula and Artificial Increases in Precipitation as One of the Possible Solutions to Water Shortages (2022)
by Cat on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 12:28:00 AM EST
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BBC.ru | The Ukrainian Armed Forces disabled the Kakhovskiy bridge across the Dnieper. Can this be considered the beginning of the blockade of Russian troops near Kherson?, 13 Aug 2022 no by-line
The bridge across the Dnieper on the dam of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station was put out of action. According to the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, this happened on the night of August 12 as a result of accurate strikes by the Ukrainian army.

"As part of the performance of fire missions by rocket and artillery units, the automobile bridge of the Novaya Kakhovka dam was hit with a control exception of using it for its intended purpose," said Vladislav Nazarov, a spokesman for the South operational command.

Thus, the bridge is disabled and cannot be used to move military equipment.

The bridge near the hydroelectric power station in Nova Kakhovka is one of three crossings across the Dnieper in the Kherson region. The other two are the Antonovsky automobile bridge near Kherson and the railway bridge, located six kilometers apart.

Disabling any of these crossings means serious logistical problems for the Russian army based in the area on both banks of the Dnieper. The Kakhovskiy Bridge is already the second object that has become unsuitable for communication. Earlier, as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian army, the Antonovsky automobile bridge was damaged, and the transfer of heavy military equipment across it is now also impossible.
Ukrainian troops systematically strike at bridges in the Kherson region.

In July, the Armed Forces of Ukraine fired at the Antonovsky bridge. Also, the Armed Forces of Ukraine previously delivered strikes on the Daryevsky bridge across the Ingulets River, which connects two parts of the Russian-occupied territory on the right bank of the Kherson region.

There is no English language version for this title or the other.
Did you mean to search for: The Ukrainian Armed Forces disabled the Kakhovsky bridge across the Dnieper. Can this be considered the beginning of the blockade of Russian troops near Kherson? August 13, 2022
by Cat on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 12:48:25 AM EST
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English translated article with video of damage ... the intent was clear - Aug. 10, 2022

Ukraine strikes crucial bridge in Nova Kakhovka | Meduza |

Последствия обстрела моста в Новой Каховке. На нем видны пробоины. Впрочем, отдельные автомобили по нему проезжают.
Сайт «Страна» | YouTube | Прислать новостьфотовид ео

Consequences of the shelling of the bridge in New Kakhovka. Holes are visible on it. However, individual cars pass across it.
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More Ukrainian sources as verification ...

Plus earlier strikes and damage ... bridge has been target to stop Russian occupation of right bank of Dnieper towards Kherson high ground.

Ukrainian army destroys key bridge in Russian-held Kherson region | EuroNews - July 27, 2022 |

The Ukrainian military struck the Antonivskyi Bridge across the Dnieper River late Tuesday, the deputy head of the Moscow-appointed administration for the Kherson region, Kirill Stremousov, said.

He said the bridge was still standing but its deck was pierced with holes, stopping vehicles from crossing.

The 1.4-kilometre bridge sustained serious damage in Ukrainian shelling last week when it took multiple hits. It was closed for trucks but had remained open for passenger vehicles until the strike late Tuesday.

Ukrainian forces used the US-supplied HIMARS multiple rocket launchers to hit the bridge, Stremousov claimed. The claim could not be independently verified.

Google search has strict censorship on news not fitting NATO narrative ... useless tool.

Pravda UA added the video of damage to bridge ...

Video showing Ukrainian forces shelling Kakhovsky bridge appeared on the Web | Pravda UA - Aug. 10, 2022 | [cached version]

[video has been deleted]

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 06:21:52 AM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 07:14:37 AM EST
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Ukraine claims intercepted call PROVES Russia blew up Nova Kakhovka dam, 9 June EXTRA
Ukraine's domestic security agency, SBU, posted a one-and-a-half-minute audio recording on its Telegram channel in which two men are heard discussing in Russian the aftermath of the dam collapse.
"The invaders wanted to blackmail Ukraine by blowing up the dam and staged a man-made disaster in the south of our country."
Meanwhile, seismic data picked up by the NORSAR observatory in Norway showed activity at 2:54 a.m. local time on June 6 indicating an explosion -- with the timing of the explosion coinciding with media reports of the dam collapse.

"The signal that we are analyzing, the way the energy is recorded on the sensors at distance, clearly shows us that this is an explosive-type character compared to many other explosions that we monitored in the past," Volker Oye, head of research at NORSAR told Reuters on Friday.

well, alrighty then
by Cat on Fri Jun 9th, 2023 at 07:35:59 PM EST
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rg.ru | Khusnullin: All Crimean reservoirs are filled with water, there is a reserve for 500 days, 9 June
Kakhovskaya HPP Dam is the sixth, lower stage of the Dnieper Cascade. The North Crimean Canal feeds from the Kakhovka Reservoir. Earlier, the scientific director of the Institute of Water Problems, Viktor Danilov-Danilyan, explained to RG that Crimea could do without a canal at all and live more or less normally. The only thing that will have to be abandoned is RICE SOWING. "Crimeans don't have to worry this year: the reservoirs of the North Crimean Canal are about 80 percent full, and that's enough for the season," he stressed.
by Cat on Sun Jun 11th, 2023 at 01:19:00 PM EST
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ukranews | Water in Dnieper entered its natural riverbad in Kherson region
In the Kherson Region, the water level in the Dnieper has returned to its natural riverbad after the Russians [?] blew up the Kakhovka HEPP. Now the level fluctuations correspond to the natural fluctuations of this time of year. This is reported by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU).
Two settlements (two houses) on the ["]right bank["] of the Dnieper and 17 settlements in the temporarily occupied territory ["left bank"] of the Kherson Region remain flooded.

Work on pumping out water is ongoing. Over the past day, 72,000 tons of water were pumped out of 56 basements. Since the beginning of the works, more than 373,008 tons of water have been pumped out of 923 houses and basements.

What dam? Which bank?
As Ukrainian News Agency [ukranews] earlier reported [translator disabled], two weeks after the incident, the water level in the Kakhovka Reservoir Dnieper River dropped below the level at which water can be taken from it. Later, specialists of Ukrhydroenergo [19.06.23] assumed that the ["natural"] water level in the reservoir Dnieper could drop to 7 meters.
After the destruction of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant's dam by the Russian occupiers...
We previously reported that it may take at least 6 years to dismantle the destroyed dam of the Kakhovka HEPP and build a new structure.
Zelensk* for legalizing medical cannabis in Ukraine
He said this during a speech in the Verkhovna Rada, RBC-Ukraine reports. According to Zelensk*, all the world's best physical and mental rehabilitation practices should be applied in Ukraine.

"All the best world practices, all the most effective practices, all decisions, no matter how difficult or unusual they may seem for us, must be applied in Ukraine so that Ukrainians, all our citizens, do not have to endure the pain, stress, and trauma of war," the President said. Zelensk* supported not only the legalization of medical cannabis, but its controlled production in Ukraine.

"In particular, we must finally honestly legalize cannabis-based medicines, relevant scientific research and controlled Ukrainian production for all who need it," Zelensk* said.

Zelensk*: Ukraine's potential can ensure $1T GDP
President Volodymyr Zelensky stated this during a speech in the Verkhovna Rada on Constitution Day, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

"The specific goal for Ukraine's GDP is a trillion [US?] dollars [UAH 36,834,420,427,700]. Yes, a trillion dollars is a very, very high bar, and it seems to be unrealistic. But Ukraine's potential can provide it," the head of state said.

"Ukraine will abandon the idea that Ukrainian labor should be cheap. The cheap labor of our people was supposed to be a competitive advantage of Ukraine. We aim to achieve a level of wages that could be determined by the formula: neighbors in the European Union plus 30 percent. After the victory, Ukraine will rely primarily on skilled labor and therefore on education," Zelensk* said.
As reported, First Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Economy Yulia Svyrydenko said at Ukraine Recovery Conference in London that Ukraine aims to increase its gross domestic product (GDP) to USD 1 trillion in ten years.

PM: Ukraine needs new economic model for GDP to reach $1T in 10 years, 30 June
IMF structural adjustment programming
"Ukraine needs a new economic model. Without this, it will be impossible to achieve the set and very ambitious goal - Ukraine's GDP should total $1 trillion in 10 years," [PM Denys] Shmyhal said at the Cabinet's meeting, Ukrinform reports.

According to him, the Ministry of Economy will play the main role in the fulfillment of this goal and therefore will present a clear and comprehensive strategy for the new economy of Ukraine. Private capital and entrepreneurs will take the lead in this economic model.

In turn, the Head of Government added, the role of the state in the economy will be drastically reduced. Privatization will continue and corporate governance reform will be completed, radical deregulation will be carried out, and all business services will be digitized.
Pre-war taxes will return from August. Rada voted to abolish the single tax of 2% for businesses (30.06.23)
... The adoption of the bill is one of the conditions of the program with the IMF. wrote about it in detail earlier. ["Business is waiting for a double increase in the single tax - they paid 2% of turnover, it will be 5%."] ...
"As we said, the focus should not be just on the GDP figure. New jobs and new businesses are the indicators by which the work will be evaluated. One of the key elements of the economic philosophy is the principle that Ukraine bets on recycling. Not the export of raw materials, but the export of finished products. Inclusion of Ukraine in European and global production chains," Shmyhal noted.
by Cat on Sat Jul 1st, 2023 at 12:29:35 AM EST
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thepressunited | Kiev denies death of intel chief, 5 June
Officials in Kiev have dismissed recent media reports about the alleged death of Kirill Budanov, the head of the Ukrainian military's Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR), as a Russian "disinformation" attempt. The Ukrainian spymaster has not made any public appearances for around a week.

The last time Budanov appeared in public was in video published by the GUR on May 29, a day before a Russian missile strike on Ukrainian "decision-making centers." Since then, the GUR has only published a written statement by Budanov on June 4 but has not posted any official videos of him.

by Cat on Sun Jun 18th, 2023 at 02:25:02 PM EST
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Kyrylo Budanov promising enduring assassinations ...

  • Intelligence chief vows to eliminate Russian war criminals 'anywhere in the world'
  • Moscow court rules to arrest Ukraine's defense intel chief over Crimean Bridge blast |TASS |
  • Major-General Kyrylo Budanov, 37, was last seen in early June in a flashy promotional video from the Ukrainian military about their counter-offensive, titled Plans Love Silence.

    Fate Kyrylo Budanov @MofA

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 18th, 2023 at 03:03:28 PM EST
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    Reports on two casualties may have confused news media and bloggers ...

    Not Budanov, but too UA commander likely being treated in a German hospital with brain trauma and in coma.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin does not rule out that Ukrainian Army Commander-in-Chief Valery Zaluzhny could be abroad

    DARPA and Ukroboronprom

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 18th, 2023 at 06:06:15 PM EST
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    War means lives wasted. ☮️

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 18th, 2023 at 11:16:24 PM EST
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    Have you seen this person...alive?

    Today, Deputy FM Dzhaparova posted an undated photo-op of they/them/theirselves with assassin Budanov and Japanese Ambassador to Ukraine Matsuda Kuninori Kuninori Matsuda. Multiple state-controlled "media operators" have exactly copied they/them/their credulous assurances as well as Gen. Zaluzhny's active engagement with this season's Facebook counter-offensive.

    Interested dailies such as Japan Times cannot account for Amb. Matsuda's activities in Ukraine since 1 June 2023. Mainichi and Asahi Shimbun haven scarcely cared to "follow" him since Feb 2022. Please, contact editors at any one of these journals with proof of life.

    by Cat on Tue Jun 20th, 2023 at 09:35:06 PM EST
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    by Cat on Wed Jun 21st, 2023 at 04:45:07 PM EST
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    Comments @MofA

    Laughing for real! That Budanov-bot barely moves its head!

    AI "deep fakes" are impressive these days, but they still display an "uncanny valley" creepiness.

    Like the Ukraine itself, Budanov is dead. The West's best mass media tech gives both the illusion of life. Unlike making effective weapon systems, at least media fakery is something America is good at and has a large workforce skilled in bullshitting to produce that fakery in large quantities.

    Posted by: William Gruff | Jun 20 2023 14:20 utc | 6

    Frontline propaganda outlet Ukraine Pravda UA

    Russian State Media Amplifies Fake Reports of Ukraine Spy Chief's Death

    Earlier days ...

    Military intelligence of Ukraine should enhance strategic and fieldwork - Head of State | 10 Aug. 2020 |

    The twin saga of Kyrylo Budanov and Valery Zaluzhny.

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 22nd, 2023 at 05:43:41 AM EST
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    archived trending: 2023 Slava Ukraini! Urheimat
    by Cat on Fri Jun 23rd, 2023 at 02:11:55 PM EST
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    U.S. Suspected Prigozhin Was Preparing to Take Military Action Against Russia - Sanger
    American intelligence officials briefed senior military and administration officials on Wednesday that Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the mercenary Wagner Group, was preparing to take military action against senior Russian defense officials, according to officials familiar with the matter.
    U.S. spy agencies had indications days earlier that Mr. Prigozhin was planning something and worked to refine that material into a finished assessment, officials said.
    Russia Slides Into Civil War - Applebaum
    Maybe Prigozhin is collaborating with the Ukrainians, and this is all an elaborate plot to end the war. Maybe the Russian army really had been trying to put an end to Prigozhin's operations, depriving his soldiers of weapons and ammunition. Maybe this is Prigozhin's way of fighting not just for his job but for his life. Maybe Prigozhin, a convicted thief who lives by the moral code of Russia's professional criminal caste, just feels dissed by the Russian military leadership and wants respect. And maybe, just maybe, he has good reason to believe that some Russian soldiers are willing to join him.
    Moscow 'reaps what it sows': NATO members scramble to assess chaos unfolding in Russia - pool
    Officials across NATO are scrambling to make sense of the fast-moving events inside Russia, as the Wagner Group's mercenary fighters ended their march north toward Moscow and abruptly turned around. Many senior European politicians have issued carefully-worded statements that they are following the situation and consulting with allies. But some have already begun indicating that they see developments in Russia as a possible game-changer.

    "The Kremlin regime reaps what it sows. All the violence directed at Ukraine has backfired," tweeted Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda, whose country will host a gathering of NATO leaders next month.

    by Cat on Sun Jun 25th, 2023 at 11:44:25 AM EST
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    Kremlin reveals details of Wagner deal
    The criminal case against Wagner Private Military Company (PMC) founder Evgeny Prigozhin will be dropped and he will leave Russia, the Kremlin announced on Saturday evening. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov revealed that Prigozhin, a Saint Petersburg tycoon who made his initial fortune in catering, "will go to Belarus." He added that Wagner's fighters will not be persecuted, taking into account their efforts on the frontlines of the Ukraine conflict. Peskov explained that President Vladimir Putin's team "have always respected their exploits." PMC contractors who refused to take part in the mutiny—and whole units did not—will be allowed to sign contracts with the Russian Defense Ministry, Peskov stated.
    "Wait for the signal": Belarusian opposition leaders appeal to Belarusians
    Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya* has called on Belarusians to not let an opportunity to save Belarus go to waste. The Kastuś Kalinoŭski Regiment, a group of Belarusian opposition volunteers defending Ukraine since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion, has said the military and civilians in Belarus should "wait for a signal".

    Source: Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on Telegram; the Kastuś Kalinoŭski Regiment on Telegram (both made their appeals in Belarusian)

    Quote from Tsikhanouskaya: "Putin might try to drag the Belarusian military into his own internal conflict, and make us part of this conflict. I want to call on Belarusian diplomats, the military, and law enforcement agencies to remember that we have our own national interests. Putin and Prigozhin are no friends to Belarus. You do not have to choose their side. The people of Belarus have to defend their own country.

    * Tykhanovskaya [alias Svetlana]
    by Cat on Sun Jun 25th, 2023 at 12:04:42 PM EST
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    All the latest developments from the war in Ukraine - euronews
    Wagner group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko are not allies, exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana [!] Tikhanovskaya [!]  told AFP.

    "At any moment, Lukashenko can betray Prigozhin or Prigozhin can betray Lukashenko. They are not allies. They cannot trust each other," she said on Wednesday.
    "He [Lukashenko] did not act to save Putin's face, nor to save Prigozhin, nor to prevent civil war breaking out in Russia," she maintained. "He only cared about his personal survival, because Lukashenko knows that if the factions in [Bela?]Russia clash, he will pay the price."

    "If Prigozhin and Wagner's fighters were to FLOCK to Belarus in large numbers, it could THREATEN EUROPE," she said.

    by Cat on Thu Jun 29th, 2023 at 04:16:53 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 29th, 2023 at 04:37:00 PM EST
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    "Lukashenka Saved Russia. The West Revealed All Plans."

    The Situation In Russia Has Been Stabilized. Military Summary And Analysis For 2023.06.25

    People are joking that Belarus currently has nuclear weapons, and Belarus has Prigozhin, and basically Belarus has the most powerful weapons in the world.
    by Cat on Sun Jun 25th, 2023 at 12:15:05 PM EST
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    nepalpress | Everything you need to know about Nepali youths' entry into Russian forces, 25 June
    Why Nepali youths are joining Russian forces?
    Nepali youths do not find good job prospects in Nepal. They are all eager to try foreign lands, mainly Europe, America, and East Asian nations like Japan and Korea, among others. For them, joining Russian forces has been one of the options. Nepali has a natural ability to fight. They have been fighting on behalf of the British in all wars since 1815 and on behalf of India in all Indian wars since 1947. Joining the British and Indian military is part of Nepal's formal agreement. However, joining the Russian and other military is not part of a formal agreement.

    Are Nepalis attracted by Russian law of fast-track citizenship?
    Russian President Putin, on 16 May, made a law making a fast-track citizenship process for all foreigners who have fought for Russian forces for one year. One Nepali, who joined Russian forces in May, said, this law attracted him to try his luck at Russian forces.

    by Cat on Mon Jun 26th, 2023 at 02:46:09 AM EST
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    Green card cannon fodder

    Wherever the American military is, the star spangled banner is never far away. But it is a foreign flag for more than 37,400 US troops who owe no allegiance to the stars and stripes.

    This band of brothers known as the "green card soldiers"  are in fact non-US citizens who have been recruited to fight the Bush administration's foreign wars ... with promises of a fast-track citizenship, a college education and financial bonuses.

    Thousands of these foreign fighters, whose native language is mainly Spanish, are now serving in Iraq.

    They are not prepared to pay the ultimate sacrifice for their own country - but they are prepared to die for a green card ... the famous permit which allows non-US citizens to reside in America.

    The immigration crackdown that followed 11 September 2001 means that moving to America is harder than ever. Newcomers have been targeted for special scrutiny from the security services and asylum seekers have been jailed.

    I recall graveyards in Mexico of aspiring US citizens ... who didn't make it ... the American Dream as promised by Bush/Ridge.

    With the Blackwater mercenaries fighting US proxy wars across the globe, the Latino's hired got better pay, but no opening towards US citizenship ... always look at the secondary benefits in your contract.

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 26th, 2023 at 07:32:29 AM EST
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    Just about the best of the rest, commando training by the British. Really tough selection, one in fifty or a hundred win the prize of a contract. The income is needed to provide for the extended family in a poor nation. Excellent fighters, not what life should be about. Damn wars of the "Great " powers.

    Gurkha recruiting and welfare services in Nepal

    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jun 26th, 2023 at 07:45:33 AM EST
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    AP | An ex-convict returned from war and a Russian village lived in fear. Then police say he killed again (27.06.23)
    [CAPTION: In this image taken from video and released on Saturday, May 20, 2023, by the press servicee of Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Wanger private military contractor, his forces wave Russian and Wagner plags atop a damaged building in Bakhmut, Ukraine. Some convicts recruited by Wagner to fight in Ukraine are coming home to Russian and ...]
    TALLINN, Estonia (AP) -- When Ivan Rossomakhin returned home from the war in Ukraine three months ago, his neighbors in the village east of Moscow were terrified.

    Three years ago, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to a long prison term but was freed after volunteering to fight with the Wagner private military contractor.

    Despite police promises to keep an eye on the 28-year-old former inmate, he was arrested in a nearby town on charges of stabbing to death an elderly woman from whom he once rented a room. He reportedly confessed to committing the crime, less than 10 days after his return.

    Rossomakhin's case is not isolated. The Associated Press found at least seven other instances in recent months in which Wagner-recruited convicts were identified as being involved in violent crimes, either by Russian media reports or in interviews with relatives of victims in locations from Kaliningrad in the west to Siberia in the east....

    One day in the life of Price Cap Coalition media operators.
    by Cat on Tue Jun 27th, 2023 at 01:17:43 PM EST
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    Name that banned book.
    by Cat on Tue Jun 27th, 2023 at 01:26:30 PM EST
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    Where did cherries for 1200 hryvnias with raspberries for 2000 hryvnias come from and what will happen to prices next
    It is not clear who can feast on berries at such prices, except to buy by the piece, Kiev residents are outraged in social networks.
    According to Oleg Pendzin, head of the Economic Discussion Club, the record price tags for cherries, blueberries and raspberries can be explained by the fact that imported products are now presented. And since logistics has risen in price, so have the price tags. When the season of domestic berries begins, prices will decrease, but will still be higher than last year. For example, Ukrainian cherries will not be enough, because Melitopol and some other settlements of the Zapor*zh* region, where the main supplies came from earlier, remain captured by the Russians and there will be no supplies from there this season.
    Budanov said that the Russian Federation could arrange a nuclear accident at the ZNPP by raising the power supply voltage of the station
    According to him, nuclear reactors without cooling can melt down in a period of 10 hours to 14 days. He believes that Russia will be able to increase the voltage in the plant's power lines, which will lead to a nuclear accident in a shorter time.

    "The plan of the terrorist attack at the ZNPP has been fully developed and approved. They can use technical means to accelerate the catastrophe," Budanov added.

    The Embassy of Ukraine accused Israel of cooperation with Russia and indicated what position Tel Aviv should take
    "...The Israeli leadership hides behind verbal demagoguery about its neutrality (which it no longer hides) and forms ties with the Russian Federation. In reality, the alleged 'neutrality' of the Israeli government is clearly a pro-Russian stance.

    "We call on the Israeli government to change its position, support Ukraine with protective measures, support elections and the world democratic order. We expect Israel to be on the right side of history," the Ukrainian embassy said in a statement.

    The head of the Mukachevo counterintelligence department with his subordinates beat the ex-rector of the SBU academy - source
    "On Friday evening, June 23, in Uzhgorod in the restaurant "Three Aces", the head of the counterintelligence department of the SBU, Panarin Andrei, together with his subordinates, were loud during the rest. At the same time, General Mikulin was in the restaurant, who was meeting with an assistant to the people's deputy from the ruling Servant of the People party Lyudmila Marchenko - Ruman Vayel and representatives of an international European organization. Mikulin made a remark to representatives of the counterintelligence of the SBU that they were behaving loudly. They, without understanding, began to beat Mikulin, "says the source.

    According to him, the counterintelligence officers did not stop there.

    "Having beaten Mikulin right in the establishment, a group of counterintelligence officers took Mikulin to the forest, where they beat him again, knocked out his teeth and took away his iPhone 14 mobile phone," the source says.

    Will "Wagner" go to Kyiv from Belarus, that they are talking about Prigozhin's rebellion in the West, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will attack near Bakhmut. Results
    Today, the British general and member of the House of Lords, Richard Dannat, suggested that the forces of "Wagner" and Prigozhin could still be useful to the Kremlin and could launch an attack on the Armed Forces of Ukraine from the territory of Belarus to Kiev.

    "The fact that he left for Belarus raises some concerns," he told Sky News.

    According to Dannat, if Prigozhin "has retained combat-ready combat forces around him, then he again poses a threat to the Ukrainian flank closest to Kyiv." He considers it "quite possible" that Russia could use the Wagner PMC to go to Kyiv again.

    The Ukrainian command commented on this forecast and stated that the situation on the border with Belarus is stable and controlled.

    "I want to assure everyone that the situation in the northern operational zone remains stable and controlled. Our troops continue to build up defense assets. All services, from intelligence to engineering troops, are working in an enhanced mode.

    "So far, neither the build-up of equipment nor the manpower of the enemy has been observed. The border of the state is under reliable protection 24/7," said the commander of the Joint Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Sergey Naev.

    no wonder Zelenski* banned Strana

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Sun Jun 25th, 2023 at 05:53:37 PM EST
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    Do Ukrainians have a budget to read European newspapers?

    Welcome to the EU of inflated prices and profits ... need some years to be assimilated and in a decade or so than salaries will increase, but in capitalismwill trail so disposable income will always lag.

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 25th, 2023 at 07:42:00 PM EST
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    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
    by Cat on Sun Jun 25th, 2023 at 08:09:39 PM EST
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    rbc.ua | Support for arming Ukraine among Americans increased sharply after Prigozhin's rebellion abnormal statistical description
    ... The online Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted across the country and polled [n=] 1,004 adults, including 400 Democrats and 383 Republicans. Error of representativeness [sic] 4%....
    N = 260,836,730 (src: census.gov)
    by Cat on Sat Jul 1st, 2023 at 12:49:54 AM EST
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    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was now ready to launch a long-awaited counteroffensive but tempered a forecast of success with a warning: It could take some time and come at a heavy cost.

    In a wide-ranging, hourlong discussion [pure fiction, lacking options IMO], Zelensky, 45 years old, said he feared U.S. elections next year could bring a less-supportive administration to power and called on the NATO alliance to offer a clear path to membership for Kyiv.

    He also urged China to try to restrain Russia and said Ukraine urgently needed more U.S.-made Patriot missile-defense systems to protect citizens from aerial bombardments and to shield front-line troops.

    At WSJ more a pitch for more weapons ... needed urgently 😠 losing our men.

    Poroshenko's Losing Bet on a Clinton Win

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jun 3rd, 2023 at 05:12:00 PM EST
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    Ukraine won't attend NATO summit without 'signal' on accession: Zelensk* (03.06.23)
    "If we are not acknowledged and given a signal in Vilnius, I believe there is no point for Ukraine to be at this summit," the Ukrainian president told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published Saturday. "We understand that we will not be in NATO or in any powerful security alliance during this war. But tell me, how many Ukrainian lives is one sentence at the Vilnius summit worth?" Zelensk* said....
    RT | Zelensk* issues ultimatum to NATO - FT, 3 days ago
    Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensk* will skip a NATO meeting in Lithuania in July unless the alliance provides Kiev with the security guarantees it wants, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. Zelensk* has "made clear to NATO leaders that he will not attend the Vilnius summit without concrete security guarantees and a road map for accession," the newspaper said. ...

    by Cat on Sun Jun 4th, 2023 at 12:42:44 AM EST
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    "Ukraine won't attend NATO summit without 'signal' on accession: Zelensk*"

    Simple ... keep your side of the bargain ...WIN the war and reconquer all territory.

    Peace can only be reached through military might. 🤥

    By its conception, how it should have moved forward ...

    But no, the Empire decided to call the Russian Federation a pariah state that needed to be taken out. Stop the bloodshed you moron.

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jun 4th, 2023 at 07:22:50 AM EST
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    by Cat on Sun Jun 4th, 2023 at 11:10:20 AM EST
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    by Cat on Sun Jun 4th, 2023 at 01:09:17 PM EST
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    2 Apr 2022: "Big Israel"

    8 Jan 2023: "Korean scenario", "Korean-style armistice"

    360° thread music

    Allies Pressure Biden to Hasten NATO Membership for Ukraine, 14 June NSA "equities"

    The issue of how to define Ukraine's future in the alliance has overtaken a second question, how to come up long-term security assurances for Ukraine. Mr. Biden's aides are telling members of Congress they want to move to something akin to what they call "the Israel model," which has a 10-year-long < wipes tears > security commitment with the United States.

    While Ukraine's would almost certainly be shorter, the idea, administration officials say, would be to convince Mr. Putin that the flow of arms and training to Kyiv will not flag -- and to bleed some of the politics out of episodic debates about how much aid to commit to Ukraine in the next six months or a year.

    archived EU pledges over $1 billion in Neocon Years and NATO Expansion of 2008, Ukraine Pitches High Returns, The Year of Invincibility in Chinese peace principles for the war in Ukraine, 22 Sep 2022 UNGA "5 preconditions of peace" (@ 07:44:28) and The Kyiv Security Compact
    by Cat on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 02:35:02 PM EST
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    eurointegration.com.ua | "Vilnius NATO summit to not decide whether Ukraine will join Alliance - this decision has already been made", 8 June
    interview with Baiba Braže, NATO Assist. Sec-Gen for Public Diplomacy
    SYDORENKO: Firstly, Russia is responsible for this. Secondly, it was Russia itself that blew up the dam. Do you agree with any of these statements?
    NATO: Again, Secretary General was very clear in what he said. The dam would not have been destroyed if it were not Russia's war. It's very clear. Indeed it was in Russian hands already for a year. The Russians were running it. There are all types of evidence. NATO is not in the business of gathering evidence and neither running investigations. So let me stop with that.
    SYDORENKO: Mrs. Ambassador, I agree that practical assistance is much needed. However, for a country aspiring to become a NATO member and having strong support for membership within its society, it is also important to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
    NATO: The decision to grant membership future for Ukraine was made in 2008 in Bucharest. So the leaders at that summit in 2008 made that decision. It was also a clear sense that Ukraine will need a membership action plan [MAP, 23.05.23] to implement that which is not yet. It did not happen.
    This issue brief evaluates membership and other security options for the alliance and its members to consider. The options range from formal actions by NATO as a whole to collective or individualized efforts by member nations. The brief recommends that for geopolitical and values-based reasons, the alliance should, at a minimum, offer Ukraine a Membership Action Plan (MAP) or its equivalent supported by security guarantees that will help ensure success in its fight against Russia and strengthen security in Europe for the long term.
    SYDORENKO: I apologise, but I have to interrupt you here. Ukraine is clearly stating, at the official level, that it does not accept the option of receiving MAP (presidential decree of constitutional jurisdiction). President Zelensk* has made this clear. I understand that it is not up to you or me to make this decision and that it is a matter for the leaders of the Allies to consider.
    NATO: That was in 2008 what the leaders decided. The cooperation, the integration of Ukraine, the practical work is very, very comprehensive. It really includes all the areas from civil to military to everything. That is what makes Ukraine special. It's not only the words; it's not a sort of paper but real work. That's what NATO is about - real work.

    An essential part of all this is obviously, Ukraine has to leave victorious in the war. There has to be an independent democratic Ukraine that can join NATO after the war. During the war, the perspective is important. That's why Secretary General went to Kyiv, and we affirmed the decision of the Allies that Ukraine would be a member of NATO.

    archived Fri Jan 20th 2023 eurointegration.com.ua
    by Cat on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 04:37:53 PM EST
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    Declare Ukraine a member of NATO, may as well sign a declaration of war with Russia ...

    NATO Officially Declares Russia A 'Significant And Direct Threat' To Members' Peace And Security

    NATO searching diligently for an opportunity to draw an attack on member states by any means ... FALSE FLAG ATTACK ... to settle the disobedience of authoritarian states once and for all.

    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 14th, 2023 at 05:46:40 PM EST
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    tabloid USAToday | If Ukraine loses, U.S. must choose between the collapse of NATO or going to war, 16 June
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensk* warned in a television interview on Thursday that the United States could face the "collapse of NATO" or a direct conflict with Russia if Ukraine does not win the war.

    Zelensk*'s comments come less than four weeks before a NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, where support for Ukraine will be a central topic on the agenda for the military alliance. President Joe Biden is also expected to announce increased security guarantees for Ukraine ahead of the summit in July.

    Speaking through an interpreter, Zelensk* issued a stark warning to any American politician or 2024 presidential candidate who is skeptical about providing more aid to equip K**v in its war against Russia. "Is he ready to go to war? To fight, to send his kids? Are they ready to die?" Zelensk* asked. "Because anyway, they will have to do this if NATO gets involved."

    archived alias Sviatlana, ChatGPT, EP interpreters
    nltimes | Dutch financial institutions failing to freeze Russian assets, central bank finds, 12 June
    The financial institution which performed the worst in the DNB analysis was not identified by name. One of the problems is that they do not always search for every spelling of a name on the sanctions list.
    vOLdEmRT | Spelling errors slowing down EU state's seizure of Russian money, 15 June
    "These are really kindergarten mistakes. In the sanction regulations, the name of the sanctioned person is often spelled in five ways, so in English, Dutch, Russian, Ukrainian, and then possibly an extra spelling, because this has been handled poorly before," Heleen over de Linden, an expert on economic sanctions, told the NL Times.
    archived translations don't write themselves, yo
    by Cat on Fri Jun 16th, 2023 at 04:08:20 PM EST
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    Please define "proxy" for our good friend Zelenskyy ...

    Key words | проксі армія | צבא פרוקסי | прокси-армия |

    American MAGA and true National Security ...

    No boots on the ground ... lessons from Vietnam, and Iraq ... flag-draped coffins don't good war propaganda make ... the First Gulf War tab was paid by the rich Arab oil states ... unfortunately unleashed a fanatical Wahhabist scholar from Yemen, his father in Saudi building construction to provide for his extended family. Perhaps Volodymyr noticed, after Syria the Gulf States are done with proxy warriors dodging the aerial bombs of NATO buddies. No one fights a land war w/o fighter jets in the sky... target practice for your enemy. Losing so many lives and moving the contact lines back and forth. Has the president fired that aggressive mayor of Kyiv yet? The easiest job on his to-do list today. Is the Azov battalion his personal security guard, or did he hire foreign mercenaries just to be on the safe side 😂

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jun 16th, 2023 at 05:34:06 PM EST
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    almonitor | Syria: US sends F-22 stealth fighter jets to ward off Russian pilots' harassment, 14 June
    ...Stealth F-22 Raptors from the 94th Fighter Squadron based in Langley, Va., arrived at an airbase in the Levant region earlier this week from a deployment in Europe, defense officials said.

    "The presence of the F-22 and the overmatching capabilities they possess provide the strongest of deterrents to escalation," a US Air Force spokesperson told Al-Monitor via email. "Their primary purpose is to contribute to the enduring defeat-ISIS mission and to demonstrate our resolve to defend coalition forces with overwhelming combat air power." ....

    by Cat on Fri Jun 16th, 2023 at 08:16:20 PM EST
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    Rumble.com Clare Daly, Alexander Mercouri, and Glenn Diesen

    BTW, how many months did Eva Kaili idle in jail?

    by Cat on Wed Jun 7th, 2023 at 07:34:22 PM EST
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    imprisoned in Haren, Belgium: 9 Dec 2022
    pre-trial hearings postponed:14 Dec 2022, 22 Dec 2022
    pre-trial hearing, remand to prison: 19 Jan 2023
    pre-trail appeal denied: 16 Feb 2023
    pre-trail appeal denied: 16 March 2023
    granted "preventive detention": 14 April 2023, because exculputory evidence discovered: "This information had not been reported by the Belgian authorities".
    granted electronic tag release: 25 May 2023
    resumes MEP duties: 11 June 2023
    trial date?: none scheduled
    As Kaili re[-]emerges and starts pointing the finger back at the government, the Belgian prosecutor's office has decided to remain mum. A spokesperson on Monday said the prosecutor's office was "not going to respond" to Kaili's allegations.
    "This would violate the confidentiality of the investigation and the presumption of innocence," the spokesperson added. "The evidence will be presented in court in due course."
    ooo boy howdy am I relieved that "Brussels" arranges special tribunals to prosecute war crimes around the world—when US district courts are pre-occupied with ahem, constitutional "details".
    by Cat on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 01:17:49 PM EST
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    MEPs probing spyware 'stonewalled' by EU states ...

    Eva Kaili is back with a new story: There's a conspiracy | Politico |

    The Qatargate suspect is pushing to reframe her case as an anti-spying morality tale, prompting some incredulity.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 13th, 2023 at 03:44:37 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 06:21:38 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 8th, 2023 at 06:22:18 PM EST
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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 20th, 2023 at 06:59:33 PM EST
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    The former chief medical officer told the inquiry the UK did not have plans in place to cope with a Covid pandemic, but she added "it didn't have resilience either".

    Compared with similar countries, the UK was at the bottom of the table for numbers of doctors, nurses, beds, IT units and ventilators per 100,000, she said.

    During questions about preparation exercises for pandemics, Dame Sally broke off to say: "Maybe this is the moment to say how sorry I am to the relatives who lost their families."

    "I heard a lot about it from my daughter who was on the front line as a doctor in Scotland," she added.

    Dame Sally Davies became chief medical officer in 2010 and left in 2019 to be replaced by Sir Chris Whitty.

    In the Netherlands, PM Mark Rutte closely followed the lead of his friend and Conservative ally Boris Johnson. SHAME

    'Sapere aude'

    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 20th, 2023 at 07:00:57 PM EST
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    PM Johnson facing freedom rebellion from backbenchers | Dec. 12, 2021 |

    Unpopular Omicron Message Left to Chris Whitty

    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 20th, 2023 at 07:01:49 PM EST
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