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  #3065787 19-Apr-2023 18:41
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2nd Best Army in Ukraine? | Evolution of Tank Tactics in Ukraine

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Join us as Chris Copson provides a comprehensive analysis of the military tactics used in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, and how those tactics have evolved over the course of the past year.


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  #3065801 19-Apr-2023 19:45
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A 7 minute video of unhappy Russian soldiers, who've been on-duty for 7 to 8 months.

They don't know where they are; there's no commander; they're having to get food from undisclosed sources not the military; they haven't been given promised holidays; injured soldiers don't get paid, and are put back into duty, and much more

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  #3066162 20-Apr-2023 17:59
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https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2023/04/18/politics/us-warns-russia-zaporizhzhia-nuclear-plant/index.html

 

“The US has sensitive nuclear technology at a nuclear power plant inside Ukraine and is warning Russia not to touch it, according to a letter the US Department of Energy sent to Russia's state-owned nuclear energy firm Rosatom last month.”

 

How are they going to make Russia comply. They don’t care what is so called lawful or not.

 

 


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  #3066175 20-Apr-2023 18:37
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"Pay no attention to the sensitive nuclear technology behind the curtain".

 

 

It really depends on what it is, I can't imagine what the US would deploy in there apart from monitoring gear which is tamper-responsive and will zeroise encryption keys if you try and fiddle with it. Some of it is also tamper-discouraging in that it would take about three days to put up scaffolding and dismantle things to get to it while the radiation will kill you in one (this is the little-recognised third leg of the triad tamper-evident, tamper-responsive, and tamper-discouraging).

 

 

For gear run by the UN (IAEA), at least at Chernobyl, it kept running without interference throughout the Russian occupation, they just couldn't get the data out until the links were reconnected when Ukraine got the place back.

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  #3066176 20-Apr-2023 18:37
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rugrat:

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2023/04/18/politics/us-warns-russia-zaporizhzhia-nuclear-plant/index.html


“The US has sensitive nuclear technology at a nuclear power plant inside Ukraine and is warning Russia not to touch it, according to a letter the US Department of Energy sent to Russia's state-owned nuclear energy firm Rosatom last month.”


How are they going to make Russia comply. They don’t care what is so called lawful or not.


 




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  #3066196 20-Apr-2023 19:44
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Ah. The US sent Russia a strongly worded letter.

 

That will teach them.





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  #3066244 20-Apr-2023 19:57
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Ah. The US sent Russia a strongly worded letter.

 

That will teach them.

 

 

There's something else going on here which is entirely lost when the only reporting of it is "A sent B a letter". Given that the agency involved was the DoE's Office of Nonproliferation Policy, my guess is it was monitoring equipment and the letter was a reminder to continue not to interfere with it. Getting further into guesswork, it's possible some of the equipment went offline and they were trying to make sure it was due to the batteries running down or similar rather than deliberate interference.

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  #3066352 21-Apr-2023 08:42
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neb: There's something else going on here which is entirely lost when the only reporting of it is "A sent B a letter". Given that the agency involved was the DoE's Office of Nonproliferation Policy, my guess is it was monitoring equipment and the letter was a reminder to continue not to interfere with it. Getting further into guesswork, it's possible some of the equipment went offline and they were trying to make sure it was due to the batteries running down or similar rather than deliberate interference.

 

 

 

Yes, whatever is really going on here, it isn't that the US is worried Russia might steal a nuclear secret. Russia already has megaton range thermonuclear warheads and ICBMs which work perfectly well (at least as long as someone is consistently and correctly maintaining them, anyway). In that sense, there isn't anything that the US would install at a Ukrainian power plant that would give the Russians a huge leg up.

 

Edit to add: if anything they are there to make sure Ukraine sticks to the plan. A lot of the Soviet technical know-how was actually Ukrainian technical know-how. If the Ukrainians wanted to regain nuclear weapons the only thing they would lack would be the fuel, which could be diverted from civilian reactors and their waste stream.





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  #3067427 23-Apr-2023 20:13
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Gosh, who would have thought that if you take hardened criminals serving life sentences, murderers, rapists, serial killers, and let them run free after a your of duty in Ukraine, that they go straight back to doing what they were originally convicted of:

 

 

Murder, alcohol and prostitutes: Wagner convicts pardoned by Putin return to terrorise home towns

 

 

Violent criminals who served with the notorious Russian militia in Ukraine are terrorising the communities they return to.

 

 

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Many are believed to have died in Ukraine, but those who survived the six months in the group’s ranks have earned presidential pardons and are now returning to their home towns. According to the notorious Wagner head Evgeniy Prigozhin, more than 5,000 former criminals have already been freed.

 


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"Ramstein" is not the name of a heavy metal band; it's the name of an airbase.

With NATO friends like Hungary’s and Turkey, who needs enemies?

Kyiv Independent: Pentagon chief at Ramstein summit: Russia's war 'not result but cause of NATO enlargement'

Speaking after a meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group on April 21, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that Russia's war against Ukraine is "not the result of NATO enlargement" but "the cause" of it.

According to Austin, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin "made a series of grave miscalculations" when he ordered a full-scale invasion of Ukraine over a year ago.

"He thought that Ukraine wouldn't dare to fight back, but Ukraine is standing strong with the help of its partners. Putin thought that our unity would fracture, but Russia's cruel war of choice has only brought us closer together," the Pentagon head said at a press conference.

His remarks come after defense ministers of 54 nations gathered at the U.S. Ramstein air base in Germany to coordinate efforts to provide further military aid to Ukraine. The Contact Group member Finland participated in the meeting as a NATO ally for the first time after joining the alliance on April 4.

Aljazeera: ‘What?!’: Hungary’s outspoken populist leader Orban tweets frustration as NATO makes Ukraine promises

Hungary’s populist leader Viktor Orban had a one-word response to the head of NATO, after he visited Ukraine and promised eventual membership to the war-torn country.

“What?!” Orban tweeted on Friday,
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Orban often clashes with his Western partners, even though Hungary is a NATO and European Union member.
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  #3068255 26-Apr-2023 21:30
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I should be shocked that Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov supporting Tucker Carlson, formerly of Fox "News", in his time of need.

See how Russian media depicts former Fox host Tucker Carlson

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Tucker was getting lots of airtime on Russian Propagandists shows in Russia, so pretty much seen by them as one of them.

 

On another note, Nuclear Power plants are very expensive to build, so a very attractive acquisition.
For Putin and Krill you keep what you kill. 

 

Russia wanted a quick victory in Ukraine, and it sent its spies after Ukrainian nuclear power plant workers to make it happen
https://www.businessinsider.com/russian-spies-targeted-ukrainian-nuclear-power-plants-before-invasion-2023-4

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The objective of the Russian intelligence services was to gain control of those plants and then use them as leverage against the Ukrainian government. As part of a broader effort to destabilize Ukrainian institutions, Russian spies began recruiting agents in Ukraine long before Russian troops crossed into Ukraine on February 24, 2022.

 

Ukrainian intelligence assessed that Andriy Derkach, a former member of Ukraine's parliament and head of Energoatom, Ukraine's state nuclear company, had been working with the Russian intelligence services for at least six years before the full-scale invasion.
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"Derkach is alleged to have been tasked with the establishment of a network of private security firms which would assist in maintaining control in a number of towns by pathfinding and assisting Russian forces upon their arrival," the RUSI report says.
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Ireland's National Public Service Media, RTE: Ukraine's Ambassador to Ireland urges Jameson whiskey boycott after Russian supply resumes

Ukraine's Ambassador to Ireland has urged people to stop buying Jameson whiskey in protest at the company’s decision to resume trade in Russia.

Larysa Gerasko has accused Jameson of playing a role in financing Russian aggression in Ukraine by continuing to trade in Russia.

Jameson, which is owned by the French company Pernod Ricard, resumed sales in Russia last year
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Ms Gerasko said she does not accept the company’s rationale for resuming its Russian business.

"On the one hand this company wants to protect a few employees, but tens of thousands of Ukrainians, every single day, have been killed by Russia," she said.

"We pay the highest price, by human life, and we call on all companies to stop any trade relationship with the aggressor state, the terrorist state."

Ms Gerasko said if Jameson wants to protect its employees it would be better to move them to safer countries, like France or Ireland.

She also said she will no longer be purchasing Jameson products and encouraged pubs, restaurants and customers to take a similar decision.

She said when Swedish farmers stopped supplying grain to Pernod Ricard for the manufacture of Absolut vodka, the company reversed its decision to trade in Russia.

"I want to say, I am not going to buy Jameson products anymore," she said.
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BBC: Analysis: Kremlin drone attack is highly embarrassing for Moscow

A dramatic statement from the Russian presidential administration claimed that Ukraine had used two drones to attack the Kremlin - at the heart of Moscow - overnight.

Russian forces apparently used radar equipment to disable the drones. There were no casualties, and the president was unhurt, it said.

But the Kremlin did call it "an assassination attempt" against Vladimir Putin.

A number of videos then surfaced. They appear to show at least one drone flying towards the Kremlin, followed by an explosion. Another appears to show smoke rising from a Kremlin structure, and a fire. The BBC has been unable to verify that it was a drone and it is unclear what really happened.

But if what the Kremlin is saying is true, and this was a genuine attempt on the president's life, then it would be a highly embarrassing incident for the Kremlin.
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kingdragonfly: BBC: Analysis: Kremlin drone attack is highly embarrassing for Moscow

A dramatic statement from the Russian presidential administration claimed that Ukraine had used two drones to attack the Kremlin - at the heart of Moscow - overnight.

Russian forces apparently used radar equipment to disable the drones. There were no casualties, and the president was unhurt, it said.

But the Kremlin did call it "an assassination attempt" against Vladimir Putin.

A number of videos then surfaced. They appear to show at least one drone flying towards the Kremlin, followed by an explosion. Another appears to show smoke rising from a Kremlin structure, and a fire. The BBC has been unable to verify that it was a drone and it is unclear what really happened.

But if what the Kremlin is saying is true, and this was a genuine attempt on the president's life, then it would be a highly embarrassing incident for the Kremlin.
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