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- China has expressed hope that the situation in Ukraine will be "soon de-escalated" following the apparent Russian strikes on the capital Kyiv on Monday.

- Belarus accuses Kiev of preparing an attack on Belarus and announces the deployment of joint Russian-Belarusian troops / The entry of Belarusian forces into Ukraine would mark a new escalation of the conflict.

- Germany will deliver the first of four IRIS-T SLM air defense systems to Ukraine within days, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said on Monday, according to Reuters.

- DW Report:

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Latest Defence Intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine - 11 October 2022

via Ministry of Defence United Kingdom


The Full profile of this new general (via the New York Times) which is being refferenced above: 


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Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned Russia's "incessant bombing" of Ukrainian cities and called on "those who hold the fate of the war in their hands" to stop.

How a former Turkish intelligence colonel sees the war in Ukraine: "If Crimea is lost, nuclear war begins" via Turkish News. 

Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) announced on Wednesday that it had arrested five Russians and three Ukrainian and Armenian citizens in connection with the explosion that damaged the bridge in Crimea last Saturday, Interfax reports.

Poland announces that it detected a leak in the Drujba oil pipeline on Tuesday evening . Russia supplies Europe with about 3.2 million tons of crude oil per month through this pipeline.

Wednesday morning's British military assessment is about Iranian drones used by the Russians:

  • Russia has deployed Iranian-made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) since at least August 2022, including the one-way attack variant Shahed-136.
  • Russia included Shahed variants among the extended wave of strikes it carried out on Monday. Earlier, the Ukrainian General Staff reported that Russia launched a total of 86 Shahed-136s and claimed that 60% of them were destroyed in the air.
  • These UAVs are slow and fly at low altitudes, making lone aircraft easy to target with conventional air defenses. There is a real possibility that Russia could have achieved some success by attacking multiple UAVs at the same time.
  • Although it has a stated range of 2,500 km, the Shahed-136 has only a small explosive charge. It is unlikely to satisfactorily fulfill the deep attack function desired by Russia.
  • Given that Russian tactical fighter aircraft still have limited impact on Ukrainian territory, the lack of a reliable, sustainable, and accurate operational strike capability is probably one of Russia's most important capability gaps in Ukraine.

    What if we do not follow the money? Seen through western eyes, the dark art of world domination can be shrouded in ideology but must never be bad for business. Does Russia's president follow that logic? The Kremlin warned that Monday's targeting of major urban centres was "only a first step." What response from G-7 nations to a Vladimir Putin ready to cut off his own revenue streams when he targets energy infrastructure?  France24
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3 minutes ago, DogOnPorch said:


Good thing that the Russians don't have any of those rigs.


Meanwhile on: 

Insanity 2022 Kremlin TV -> Exposes the Real Goal of Putin’s Missile Strikes:

They were meant as a mood booster for Russian audiences:

“Symbolic strikes are very important—we live in the information age.”

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Some trending news: 

a) The UN General Assembly condemned with a large majority (74%) the annexation of four Ukrainian territories by Russia / Biden: Russia cannot erase a sovereign state from the map / Only Russia, Syria, Nicaragua, North Korea and Belarus voted against the resolution.

b) The high representative of the European Union for foreign policy, Josep Borrell, warned on Thursday that a potential nuclear attack by Moscow on Ukraine would attract a "military response" from the West so "strong" that it would "annihilate" the Russian army, which is why he asked Russian President Vladimir Putin "not to bluff", reports EFE.

c) The governor installed by Russia in the Ukrainian region of Kherson on Thursday called on residents to evacuate the city, in the context of fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces that are advancing, Reuters reports.

d) French President Emmanuel Macron has said that France will not respond with nuclear weapons if Russia uses them against Ukraine, Sky News reports.

e) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan again called for an end to the war in Ukraine on Thursday in a speech at a conference in Kazakhstan attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to CNN.

Drones war: 

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Police in Norway are investigating reports on Friday that a drone was seen flying over the Kaarstoe gas processing plant in the north's southwest on Thursday, while a Russian-Israeli national was arrested at the border with the Russian Federation when police found two drones in his car, Reuters notes.

Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko decided to decree a covert mobilization, writes Nasha Niva , one of the oldest newspapers in Belarus, citing several independent sources.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered his government to start work on the "gas hub" in Turkey proposed by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to export Russian gas to Europe, Turkish media reported on Friday, quoted by AFP.

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Two men from from an unnamed former Soviet republic fired at soldiers on a Russian military firing range near Ukraine on Saturday, killing 11 and wounding 15 before being slain themselves, the Russian Defense Ministry said.


Elon Musk abruptly reversed himself on Saturday by saying that his company would continue to fund the operation of the Starlink internet service in Ukraine, where it has become a digital lifeline for soldiers and civilians. "The hell with it," he said.


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a) Several explosions were heard in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, on Monday morning, according to The Guardian correspondents on the scene.


b) The EU is stepping up its military support for Ukraine by launching on Monday a mission to train 15,000 Ukrainian soldiers on the territory of the Union and a new installment of 500 million euros for the delivery of armaments.

c) Iran again denies it supplied kamikaze drones to Russia for use in Ukraine: "We have not provided weapons to any of the warring countries," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said during a weekly press conference.

d) A loud blast was heard and smoke was seen rising near a heliport in Belgorod, Russia.

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On 10/3/2022 at 3:40 PM, DogOnPorch said:



As I understand it, the Russians inside Ukrainian borders have similar complaints re: their treatment at the hands of the Ukraine Army since the war's actual start years ago. Thus they want to be part of Russia.

They'll all figure it out if we let them. Less casualties if they do it. But NATO has their bio-lab interests not to mention all the money laundering via the corrupt Ukrainian government...so it's tough seeing them letting go. In for a penny...in for a pound as they say.

Danielle Smith, is that you???

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- Billionaire Elon Musk, the world's richest person, said that SpaceX's Starlink services had not received any funding from the US Department of Defense , a day after reports suggested the Pentagon would consider paying for the Starlink satellite network in Ukraine, reports Reuters. 

- Russian news agency TASS reports that on Tuesday the acting governor of the Moscow-imposed Kherson region, Volodymyr Saldo, announced that "civilians on the right side of the region will be evacuated to the left bank of the Dnieper River due to the threat of flooding that could occur if the Ukrainian army will attack the Kakhovka hydroelectric plant."

Iran has sent military personnel to Russian-occupied territory inside Crimea to train and advise the Russian military on the use of Iranian-built drones, which Moscow has used with devastating effect in its war in Ukraine, according to of two sources familiar with the American secret services. 

- United Kingdom's mysterious defence secretary trip to Washington amid fears of Russian escalation. 


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Russian President Vladimir Putin declared martial law Wednesday in the four regions of Ukraine that Moscow annexed and gave additional emergency powers to the heads of all regions of Russia.

Putin didn’t immediately spell out the steps that would be taken under martial law, but said his order was effective starting Thursday. His decree gave law enforcement agencies three days to submit specific proposals and orders the creation of territorial defense forces in the annexed regions.


Israel won't give Ukraine weapons, will help make missile warning system - Gantz.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz said due to what he called “limitations” and “a variety of operational considerations,” Israel will not deliver any weapon systems to Ukraine.


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On 10/15/2022 at 8:51 PM, Aristides said:

Not a huge fan of Elon but he realizes this is the right thing to do in spite of the cost. Koodo's to him.

It's invaluable advertising for SpaceX.  His little fuss was all about making sure everyone knew about his contributions.  

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Apparently Ukraine(actually Americans, Polish, Chechens and assorted mercenaries) are preparing a major counter offensive on one of the regions Russia took control of.  
Just a thought, there wouldn’t be an election coming up somewhere would there?  Say the USA, where Biden just released millions of barrels of oil from the strategic reserve to bring down the price of gas?  

These people are so transparent…

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Latest information from the United Kingdom: 


US-donated M984A4 recovery vehicle spotted in Ukrainian service, Kherson Oblas:

- The military aid granted to Ukraine by NATO "brings the alliance closer to the dangerous line of a direct military clash with Russia" , said the spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, on Thursday, reports the Russian news agency TASS. 

- The 20 bottles of vodka sent by Russian President Vladimir Putin as a birthday present to former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi violate EU sanctions against Russia, the European Commission said.

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Today's report is from Al Jazeera (trending article):

Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 240

  • The United States said Iranian military trainers were in Crimea helping Russian forces operate Iranian-made drones to attack targets in Ukraine.
  • A series of blasts rocked Ukraine’s second-largest city of Kharkiv early on Friday morning, according to local officials.
  • Four people were killed when a Ukrainian rocket artillery struck a ferry crossing in the Russian-controlled Ukrainian city of Kherson late on Thursday, the Moscow-appointed deputy regional governor said.
  • It was not possible to independently verify each side’s claim.

    Full Report in Diplomacy, Power Plants, Economy:

    Videos (via The Sun)

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There's growing anger in Russia over the forced mobilisation of men to fight in the war in Ukraine.  

President Putin originally said the call-up was a temporary measure but  the Kremlin is refusing to say when it will end.   

As Russian forces struggle to hold territory in Ukraine, men with no military experience are being sent to the frontline.

BBC is a British public broadcast service.

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