Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
by Cat on Sat Jun 3rd, 2023 at 03:22:29 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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by Cat on Wed Jun 7th, 2023 at 04:21:33 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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'Sapere aude'
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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by Cat on Tue Jun 20th, 2023 at 09:09:37 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."

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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.
Website "Country" | YouTube | Submit news/photo/video

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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