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05.10.2022 - 13:09 [ Oilprice.com ]

Oil Prices Jump As OPEC+ Considers 2 Million Bpd Production Cut

The first rumor was that Russia was pushing OPEC+ to implement a 1 million bpd production cut. The group was later reportedly considering a production cut between 500,000 bpd and 1 million bpd. Shortly after, yet another source said that OPEC+ was considering an even larger cut of more than 1 million bpd. The latest news from OPEC+ delegates suggests that the group is considering yet another option: a 2 million bpd cut.

03.10.2022 - 15:42 [ theHill.com ]

Biden adviser: US in private talks with Russia over nuclear weapons to avoid public ‘tit for tat’

(25.09.2022)

Sullivan on Sunday said the U.S. has been in contact with senior Russian officials “frequently” over the last few months, and as recently as in the last few days — despite worries since the start of the war that the U.S. was struggling to get in touch with Moscow.

01.10.2022 - 22:06 [ @ZMiST_Ua / Nitter ]

German Minister of Defense Christine Lambrecht has arrived in Odesa with an unannounced visit, where she met with Ukrainian Minister of Defense Oleksii Reznikov. Lambrecht has announced that IRIS-T air-defense systems will arrive in Ukraine in the „nearest days.“

01.10.2022 - 14:21 [ theGuardian.com ]

Ukraine’s EU trade deal will be catastrophic, says Russia

(22 Sep 2013)

The Kremlin aide added that the political and social cost of EU integration could also be high, and allowed for the possibility of separatist movements springing up in the Russian-speaking east and south of Ukraine. He suggested that if Ukraine signed the agreement, Russia would consider the bilateral treaty that delineates the countries‘ borders to be void.

„We don’t want to use any kind of blackmail. This is a question for the Ukrainian people,“ said Glazyev. „But legally, signing this agreement about association with EU, the Ukrainian government violates the treaty on strategic partnership and friendship with Russia.“ When this happened, he said, Russia could no longer guarantee Ukraine’s status as a state and could possibly intervene if pro-Russian regions of the country appealed directly to Moscow.

30.09.2022 - 20:02 [ BBC ]

Putin declares four areas of Ukraine as Russian

– President Putin has announced the illegal seizure of four areas of Ukraine – saying they are now Russian territory
– In an angry speech decrying the West, he claimed people living in the regions had made their choice – but „referendums“ held there have been labelled shams
– The territory being seized is in Russian-held Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions
– Ukraine has responded by asking Nato to speed up giving it membership of the US-led defence alliance

30.09.2022 - 10:24 [ Visegrád 24 / Nitter ]

Gazprom has just released a statement that basically says it will stop sending gas to Europe through Ukraine. It’s naturally connected to the Nord Stream explosions and it’s an attempt to either drive prices up much more ahead of winter or an indication that deliveries will stop

(28.09.2022)

30.09.2022 - 09:13 [ Oilprice.com ]

Oil Prices Could Be Set For Another Sharp Rise

OPEC and its sometime collaborator when interests align, Russia have fallen short of producing up to full quota levels by a significant amount. (…)

The Dallas Fed put out a report documenting the OPEC shortfall as well that points to key source of underperformance at the feet of none-other than Saudi Arabia.

28.09.2022 - 07:35 [ NowThis / Nitter ]

Drone footage shows the staggering line of cars waiting to cross over the Russia-Georgia border, days after Vladimir Putin’s military mobilization order. According to Reuters, the queue of vehicles is 3,000+, & the estimated wait time to cross into Georgia is as high as 48 hours.

28.09.2022 - 07:32 [ Maxar Technologies / Nitter ]

Our latest #satelliteimagery, from today, Sept 27, along the #Russia – #Georgia border and the extensive (~16 km in length) traffic jam approaching the Upper #Lars border checkpoint (lat/lon: 42.768, 44.631) as well as the Lars border crossing (lat/lon: 42.740, 44.627).

27.09.2022 - 20:53 [ IrishTimes.com ]

Two explosions reported near Nord Stream pipelines gas leak in Baltic Sea

Leaders of Poland and Denmark and experts have raised concerns that the leaks on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipeline were sabotage.

The incidents overshadowed the inauguration of a long-awaited pipeline that will carry Norwegian gas to Poland in efforts to bolster Europe’s energy independence from Moscow.

27.09.2022 - 12:14 [ Deseret.com ]

World leaders, experts, respond to Putin’s nuclear threats

Retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Kevin Ryan, a former defense attaché to Russia and senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, indicated that Ukraine’s counteroffensive successes might instigate the Kremlin. He told Business Insider, “I have been thinking about the pressure Putin must be feeling to do something dramatic — which causes me to think again about nuclear triggers.”

27.09.2022 - 00:01 [ Fox News ]

Vladimir Putin grants full Russian citizenship to Edward Snowden

Russian President Vladimir Putin granted full Russian citizenship to U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden on Monday.

26.09.2022 - 18:33 [ Rosa Luxemburg / Leipziger Volkszeitung / marxists.org ]

Peace Utopias

(May, 6/8 1911)

During these fifteen years we had this: in 1895 the war between Japan and China, which is the prelude to the East Asiatic period of imperialism; in 1898 the war between Spain and the United States; in 1899-1902 the British Boer War in South Africa; in 1900 the campaign of the European powers in China; in 1904 the Russo-Japanese War; in 1904-07 the German Herero War in Africa; and then there was also the military intervention of Russia in 1908 in Persia, at the present moment the military intervention of France in Morocco, without mentioning the incessant colonial skirmishes in Asia and in Africa. Hence the bare facts alone show that for fifteen years hardly a year has gone by without some war activity. (…)

Only were one suddenly to lose sight of all these happenings and manoeuvres, and to transfer oneself back to the blissful times of the European concert of powers, could one say, for instance, that for forty years we have had uninterrupted peace. This conception, which considers only events on the European continent, does not notice that the very reason why we have had no war in Europe for decades is the fact that international antagonisms have grown infinitely beyond the narrow confines of the European continent, and that European problems and interests are now fought out on the world seas and in the by-corners of Europe.

Hence the “United States of Europe” is an idea which runs directly counter both economically and politically to the course of development, and which takes absolutely no account of the events of the last quarter of a century.

That an idea so little in accord with the tendency of development can fundamentally offer no progressive solution in spite of all radical disguises is confirmed also by the fate of the slogan of the “United States of Europe.” Every time that bourgeois politicians have championed the idea of Europeanism, of the union of European States, it has been with an open or concealed point directed against the “yellow peril,” the “dark continent,” against the “inferior races,” in short, it has always been an imperialist abortion.

And now if we, as Social Democrats, were to try to fill this old skin with fresh and apparently revolutionary wine, then it must be said that the advantages would not be on our side but on that of the bourgeoisie. Things have their own objective logic. And the solution of the European union within the capitalist social order can objectively, in the economic sense, mean only a tariff war with America, and in the political sense only a colonial race war. The Chinese campaign of the united European regiments, with the World Field Marshal Waldersee at the head, and the gospel of the Hun as our standard – that is the actual and not the fantastic, the only possible expression of the “European State Federation” in the present social order.

26.09.2022 - 17:34 [ CNN ]

US warnings against Putin’s nuclear threats mark a sobering moment for the world

That the United States should be forced to warn Russia publicly, and in more strident terms privately, not to use nuclear weapons is a mark of how dangerous the battle for Ukraine has become — and how much more risky it might get.

26.09.2022 - 17:14 [ Yahoo.com ]

U.S. warns Putin of ‚catastrophic‘ consequences if nuclear weapons used in Ukraine

„If Russia crosses this line, there will be catastrophic consequences for Russia. The United States will respond decisively,“ Sullivan told NBC’s „Meet the Press“ program.

Sullivan did not describe the nature of the planned U.S. response in his comments on Sunday but said the United States has privately to Moscow „spelled out in greater detail exactly what that would mean.“

25.09.2022 - 17:35 [ Times of Israel ]

Report: Zelensky received PR advice from Netanyahu aides

(04.05.2022)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky consulted in recent weeks with a pair of public relations advisers to Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu in a bid to galvanize military support for his country as it defends itself from Russia’s invasion, according to a report Tuesday.

Walla news said Zelensky received advice from Srulik Einhorn, who was a senior adviser for Netanyahu’s Likud party during the last election. He also reportedly consulted with Jonatan Urich, a longtime Netanyahu aide who continues to serve as the former prime minister’s spokesman.

23.09.2022 - 03:49 [ UN.org ]

Secretary-General’s remarks to the Security Council on Ukraine

Madame President,
Excellencies,

Russia’s war in Ukraine shows no sign of letting up.

The past seven months have seen unspeakable suffering and devastation.

The latest developments are dangerous and disturbing.

They are further steps away from any prospect of peace – and towards an endless cycle of horror and bloodshed.

As I have said from the start, this senseless war has unlimited potential to do terrible harm – in Ukraine, and around the world.

The idea of nuclear conflict, once unthinkable, has become a subject of debate.

This in itself is totally unacceptable. All nuclear-armed states should recommit to the non-use and progressive elimination of nuclear weapons.

I am also deeply concerned by reports of plans to organize so-called “referenda” in areas of Ukraine that are currently not under government control.

Any annexation of a State’s territory by another State resulting from the threat or use of force is a violation of the UN Charter and of international law.

21.09.2022 - 21:55 [ Washington Post ]

Don’t let Putin bluff us. Russia is losing.

With defeat looming, Putin is trotting out a new strategy: He will annex Ukrainian territory and then threaten to use nuclear weapons if the Ukrainians and their allies in the West don’t let him get away with it. If the West were to give in to his nuclear blackmail, what would stop him from announcing tomorrow that Kyiv is also Russian territory (which he clearly believes)? Or Tallinn? Or Tbilisi? Or even Warsaw or Helsinki? We cannot live in a world where an evil dictator can redraw international borders at will with threats of nuclear annihilation. And we don’t have to.

21.09.2022 - 21:49 [ Robert van der Noordaa / Nitter ]

… didn’t Putin say that he would have used nuclear weapons if the West would have interfered with Krim annexation?

(28 Oct 2016)

21.09.2022 - 21:12 [ White House ]

Remarks by President Biden Before the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Putin’s own words make his true purpose unmistakable. Just before he invaded, Putin asserted — and I quote — Ukraine was “created by Russia” and never had, quote, “real statehood.”

And now we see attacks on schools, railway stations, hospitals, wa- — on centers of Ukrainian history and culture.

In the past, even more horrifying evidence of Russia’s atrocity and war crimes: mass graves uncovered in Izyum; bodies, according to those that excavated those bodies, showing signs of torture.

This war is about extinguishing Ukraine’s right to exist as a state, plain and simple, and Ukraine’s right to exist as a people. Whoever you are, wherever you live, whatever you believe, that should not — that should make your blood run cold.

21.09.2022 - 21:10 [ Independent.co.uk ]

UN General Assembly – live: Biden condemns Kremlin’s ‘overt nuclear threats against Europe’ in speech to UNGA

Mr Biden’s speech comes a day after Russian president Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilisation of 300,000 reservists as his forces struggle to regain their footing after a series of Ukrainian victories on the battlefield.

Russia’s war in Ukraine dominated the first day of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) as world leaders gathered for the summit in person after three years in New York.

21.09.2022 - 20:58 [ Newsweek ]

Ex-Putin Advisor Threatens Nuclear Weapons in First 20 Seconds of Interview

Show host Justin Webb interjected to ask Markov if he believes Putin’s speech included „a clear threat“ to „start a general nuclear war that would kill everyone.“

„Not everyone,“ Markov replied, but it would „kill a lot of people in the Western countries.“

21.09.2022 - 20:52 [ theGuardian.com ]

‚I’m not bluffing‘: Putin warns west over nuclear weapons – video

In a national address on Wednesday, President Vladimir Putin says Russia will be mobilising further troops for the war in Ukraine. He claims the west is using the threat of nuclear weapons to blackmail Russia, and that ‚those who try to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the weathervane can turn and point towards them‘.

Putin also said Russia would give its full support to the referendums announced for this weekend in Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia to join the Russian Federation

21.09.2022 - 20:30 [ Washington Post ]

What does Putin’s partial military mobilization mean for Russia and Ukraine?

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “partial mobilization” of reservists as his country faces setbacks in its invasion of Ukraine. The move, announced in an address to his nation on Wednesday, marks Russia’s first military mobilization since World War II.

16.09.2022 - 20:47 [ CBS Evening News / Nitter ]

Dozens of bodies have been discovered in shallow graves in Izyum, Ukraine — an area only just recaptured from Russian troops after more than six months. CBS News‘ Debora Patta reports from the site, where the bodies will soon be exhumed.

16.09.2022 - 20:46 [ Amnesty.org ]

Ukraine: As Ukraine retakes territory from Russia, securing evidence of alleged war crimes is crucial

(12.09.2022)

“As Ukraine regains control of land occupied by Russian forces, it must prioritize securing evidence of their alleged war crimes. Gathering such evidence is extremely resource-intensive, and so we are calling on the international community to provide resources that will assist Ukraine’s efforts. All ongoing and future trials over alleged war crimes must meet fair trial standards.”

16.09.2022 - 15:18 [ Tehran Times ]

Putin meets Raisi, say ‘our positions are close’

The SCO heads of state are expected to finalize the admission of Iran and grant the status of a dialogue partner to Egypt, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.

Putin told Raisi that he was happy that Iran was joining the SCO.

16.09.2022 - 09:15 [ PML(N) / Nitter ]

PM Shehbaz Sharif with President Tayyip Erdogan and President Vladimir Putin at the #SCO2022 in Uzbekistan.

16.09.2022 - 09:11 [ nbianews.com ]

Pipeline gas supplies to Pakistan are possible, says Putin

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif held a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Samarkand on Thursday.

During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations and ways to further strengthen cooperation.

13.09.2022 - 10:30 [ Haaretz ]

How Mossad Chief Got Arnon Milchan to Boost Music Career of Oligarch’s Daughter

(13.02.2019)

On a summer evening about a decade ago, an unusual group entered the spacious Israeli beach house home of Israeli Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan. His guest at his home in Beit Yanai, to which he had made a special trip from his home in Los Angeles especially for the meeting, was Meir Dagan, the director at the time of Israel’s Mossad espionage agency.

Also in attendance was a Russian oligarch close to President Vladimir Putin and the oligarch’s young daughter. They were joined by several others as well.

(…)

While he was head of the Mossad, Dagan viewed the development of close ties with Russia, with Putin and with his close circle of associates as a strategic goal, and he accompanied the Israeli prime ministers under whom he served — Ariel Sharon, Ehud Olmert and Netanyahu — in their meetings with the president of Russia.

07.09.2022 - 19:25 [ SpectatorWorld.com ]

How the Saudis embarrassed Biden over oil prices

If the United States and Iran successfully wrap up their nuclear negotiations, Tehran will be free once again to sell its crude legally. According to one energy analyst, Iran could put 1 to 2 million barrels per day on the market rather quickly, which means an abundance of supply and lower returns (not to mention more competition) for the Saudis. While the nuclear talks have again hit a standstill over last-minute disputes, Riyadh doesn’t want to see oil drop to $65 a barrel and is therefore signaling to the market that adjustments will be made in the event Iran is able to return as a full player. Frankly, OPEC has gotten used to $100 a barrel crude, and it has no intention of going back to the days when supply vastly outstripped demand.

07.09.2022 - 19:17 [ Oilprice.com ]

Further OPEC+ Production Cuts Could Be Looming

(06.09.2022)

“The simple tweak shows that we will be attentive, preemptive and pro-active in terms of supporting the stability and the efficient functioning of the market to the benefit of market participants and the industry,” Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said.

07.09.2022 - 19:08 [ Ali Vaez / Nitter ]

An Iran deal „could add up to 1m barrels/day to the market, BofA said, estimating that oil prices could temporarily drop by $10 to $15 per barrel. But OPEC+ would likely react swiftly, with other members taking some production out of the market“.

07.09.2022 - 19:02 [ Daniel DePetris / Nitter ]

Brent Crude has declined by more than 25% since March, when it hit $127 a barrel. If the U.S. and Iran come around to re-signing the JCPOA, an additional 1m bpd of Iranian crude could enter the market. OPEC+ is taking preparatory steps to ensure prices don’t plummet

07.09.2022 - 08:12 [ Reuters ]

Biden will not declare Russia a state sponsor of terrorism – White House

U.S. President Joe Biden has made a final decision against designating Russia as a state sponsor of terror, White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre said on Tuesday.

07.09.2022 - 07:42 [ BNN United States / Nitter ]

Reporters at White House asked if Russia should be designated a state sponsor of terrorism, #Biden said “No.”

03.09.2022 - 07:51 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Russia’s Gazprom shuts European gas pipeline indefinitely as energy crisis escalates

Russia’s state-controlled natural gas supplier, Gazprom, heralded a major escalation in Moscow’s energy war with Western Europe on Friday when it announced that the Nord Stream 1 pipeline would remain closed indefinitely, a move that increases the prospect of blackouts and economic turmoil across the continent.

02.09.2022 - 19:49 [ theGuardian.com ]

Energy price inflation: how the UK and EU could fight it

Is there international action that can be taken now?

It appears increasingly likely that some forms of coordinated international action will be taken, mirroring responses to the global financial crisis, the eurozone debt crisis and the Covid pandemic.

The former Italian prime minister Mario Draghi floated the idea of “a cartel of buyers” at a meeting with the US president, Joe Biden, in May. This would involve large oil consumers working together to negotiate prices.

02.09.2022 - 19:15 [ CNBC ]

G-7 nations back plan to cap Russian oil prices in a bid to drain the Kremlin’s war chest

Energy analysts have been highly skeptical about the integrity of the proposal, however, warning the policy could backfire if key consumers such as China and India are not involved.

Oil prices were higher on the news.

01.09.2022 - 16:23 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Putin has pulled off a shock win that could destroy the free world

We risk ending up with calamitous poverty, civil disobedience, a new socialist government by next year, a break-up of the UK, nationalisations, price and incomes policies, punitive wealth taxes and eventually a complete economic and financial meltdown and IMF bailout. The situation in the EU is, if anything, worse.

This is not a plea for pacifism, for looking away when Ukraine is being illegally invaded by a savage regime. Britain was – and remains – morally right to back Ukraine in a carefully calibrated way. Instead, this is a plea for an economic counter-offensive, for Liz Truss, the next PM, to tackle Putin’s economic and energy war head-on.

30.08.2022 - 18:13 [ Yahoo.com ]

Could China’s Yuan replace the U.S. dollar as the world’s dominant currency? Here’s how the Asian nation’s trade supremacy is rapidly boosting its reserve status

Meanwhile, the Chinese Yuan has already become a de facto reserve currency in Russia. Russian leadership turned to China after facing sanctions from the West due to its invasion of Ukraine earlier this year. Now, 17% of Russia’s foreign reserves are denominated in yuan. The yuan is also the third most demanded currency on The Moscow Exchange.

As these partnerships become stronger, the yuan’s status as a reserve currency could be further entrenched.

29.08.2022 - 12:54 [ economictimes.IndiaTimes.com ]

Indian, Chinese troops to take part in military exercises in Russia: Chinese Defence Ministry

(Aug 17, 2022)

As per the annual cooperation plan between the Chinese and Russian militaries and the consensus of the two sides, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will send some troops to Russia to participate in the military exercise in the near future, Chinese Defence Ministry said in a press release.

India, Belarus, Tajikistan, Mongolia and other countries will also participate in the drills, it said.

28.08.2022 - 12:55 [ ArcticToday.com ]

A sweeping US Senate bill aims to address key Arctic issues

(August 4, 2022)

The bill would establish a year-round presence in Arctic waters while calling for deepwater port investment. The U.S. Coast Guard and Navy would be required to submit a report on establishing and maintaining a permanent presence at ports in Nome, Unalaska, Port Clarence, and potentially other deepwater ports in the American Arctic and sub-Arctic.

26.08.2022 - 09:35 [ CNBC ]

Putin signs decree to increase size of Russian military; 25 confirmed dead after Russian rocket strike on Ukraine’s Independence Day

The death toll rose following a Russian rocket attack on a train station in central Ukraine on its independence day.

Ukrainian and U.S. officials had warned of stepped up Russian attacks on this day, keeping the country on high alert with a ban on large gatherings in Kyiv for most of the week.

24.08.2022 - 15:26 [ Yahoo.com ]

Darya Dugina’s death in Moscow car bomb leads to more questions than answers

To hear Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) tell it, Ukrainian intelligence dispatched an assassin to kill Dugina, a state television commentator and staunch backer of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine…

22.08.2022 - 05:42 [ Matthew Plaza / Nitter ]

Aleksandr Dugin’s daughter was just incinerated in an apparent assassination attempt in Moscow. In this video you can see Dugin struck with grief at the sight of the burning car. Regardless of their thoughts or actions no parent deserves to see their child die. This is horrific.

22.08.2022 - 05:32 [ RT.com ]

NATO members pushing to brand Russia a ‚terrorist state‘ tells us that the US and its allies lack self-awareness

Perennial American Russophobes from opposite sides of the political spectrum, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Sen. Lindsey Graham, are now agitating members of Congress to include Russia in Washington’s list of ‘state sponsors of terrorism,’ which presently includes North Korea, Iran, Cuba and Syria.

22.08.2022 - 05:13 [ RT.com ]

Western media’s favorite Russian philosopher: Who is Aleksandr Dugin, whose daughter was killed in a Moscow car bombing?

Dugin has been dubbed ‘Putin’s brain’ and ‘Putin’s Rasputin’ by the anglophone press for his supposed influence on the worldview of President Vladimir Putin and the country’s ruling elite. Foreign Policy magazine included him in its 2014 ‘Global Thinkers’ list “for masterminding Russia’s expansionist ideology.”

However, the reality is that he’s not influential in the Kremlin. Nor is he even a mainstream figure in Moscow. Instead, he’s become a totem for ultra-nationalist campaigners, most of whom believe President Vladimir Putin is too moderate in his foreign policy.

Thus, Dugin has become a curious anomaly: famous in the West, but a fringe figure at home.

22.08.2022 - 05:05 [ ]

Car blast kills daughter of Russian known as ‚Putin’s brain‘

In this handout photo taken from video released by Investigative Committee of Russia on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022, investigators work on the site of explosion of a car driven by Daria Dugina outside Moscow. Daria Dugina, the daughter of Alexander Dugin, the Russian nationalist ideologist often called „Putin’s brain“, was killed when her car exploded on the outskirts of Moscow, officials said Sunday. The Investigate Committee branch for the Moscow region said the Saturday night blast was caused by a bomb planted in the SUV driven by Daria Dugina.

12.08.2022 - 18:17 [ Soldier of Fortune - sofmag.com ]

Mali’s Junta Rulers Slam France for Filming Wagner Mercs as They Staged a ‘Mass Grave’

(28.04.2022)

Mali’s military government on Tuesday night accused France of spying and deliberately violating its airspace in the latest tension between the junta and the former colonial power.

Speaking on ORTM state TV, Military spokesman Colonel Abdoulaye Maiga said France violated the government’s order to get permission for all flights over Mali.

12.08.2022 - 18:10 [ France24.com ]

France says mercenaries from Russia’s Wagner Group staged ‚French atrocity‘ in Mali

(22.04.2022)

The French military has said it has videos of Russian mercenaries burying bodies near an army base in northern Mali, which it says is part of a smear campaign against the French, who handed the Gossi base over to Malian forces earlier this week.

10.08.2022 - 11:16 [ Fox News ]

Former Trump official Michael Caputo blasts FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid: ‚Full-blown constitutional crisis‘

„America is in a full-blown constitutional crisis. The American people have endured a slow, creeping attack on our nation. I had a front row seat in the Russia hoax, and I’ve watched it get steadily and methodically worse ever since,“ Caputo said.

„With this militant raid on President Trump’s home, we have become Russia. The FBI is the KGB. I should know. I’ve seen them both in action and I see no difference at all,“ he said.

07.08.2022 - 17:06 [ trades-academy.com ]

Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vow to deepen economic ties

After a four-hour assembly at Putin’s residence in Sochi on Friday, the Russian and Turkish presidents launched a joint assertion pledging to lift their bilateral commerce volumes and deepen their financial and power ties.

Deputy prime minister Alexander Novak, Moscow’s high power official, instructed reporters that Turkey had agreed to start paying for Russia’s gasoline in roubles, in response to Interfax.

06.08.2022 - 20:42 [ Times of Israel ]

Report: Zelensky received PR advice from Netanyahu aides

(04.05.2022)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky consulted in recent weeks with a pair of public relations advisers to Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu in a bid to galvanize military support for his country as it defends itself from Russia’s invasion, according to a report Tuesday.

Walla news said Zelensky received advice from Srulik Einhorn, who was a senior adviser for Netanyahu’s Likud party during the last election. He also reportedly consulted with Jonatan Urich, a longtime Netanyahu aide who continues to serve as the former prime minister’s spokesman.

06.08.2022 - 19:53 [ Christopher Miller, World and national security reporter @politico / Nitter ]

President Zelensky urges @StateDept to designate Russia a terror state. “Formal legal recognition of Russia as a terrorist state, in particular, recognition by the US Department of State, is need not as a political gesture but as an effective defense of the free world.”

(31.07.2022)

06.08.2022 - 19:47 [ @creativelytired / Nitter ]

For one thing if it were labeled terrorism then Biden could arguably use the still in effect 2001 AUMF to commit US forces to Ukraine without the US having to declare war.

(08.04.2022)

06.08.2022 - 19:25 [ @tvtoront / Nitter ]

In response to a decision of the Russian Federation to recognize „Azov“ as a „terrorist organization“, the regiment itself called on the US State Department and authorized bodies of other states to recognize the Russian Federation as a terrorist state.

(02.08.2022)

02.08.2022 - 15:35 [ DefenseOne.com ]

House’s ‘Irregular Warfare’ Provision Risks Unintended War

Under both 127e and 1202, the use of proxy forces must support “authorized” U.S. military operations. The Defense Department has cited two sources of authority for engaging in combat through and with 127e proxies: the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, or AUMF—the authority for the United States’s endless “war on terror”—and the president’s constitutional prerogative to engage in “self-defense,” defined expansively by executive branch lawyers.

The Defense Department could cite similar authorities for the use of 1202 proxies. Although no AUMF was designed to counter Iran, North Korea, Russia, or China, the executive branch believes it has the authority to engage these countries militarily.

27.07.2022 - 16:10 [ Newsweek ]

Exclusive: Inside the Military’s Secret Undercover Army

(17. May 2021)

No one knows the program’s total size, and the explosion of signature reduction has never been examined for its impact on military policies and culture. Congress has never held a hearing on the subject. And yet the military developing this gigantic clandestine force challenges U.S. laws, the Geneva Conventions, the code of military conduct and basic accountability.

25.07.2022 - 18:55 [ Oilprice.com ]

Europe Does A Complete U-Turn On African Oil And Gas

„The gas here goes to Bonny and Europe to power homes and industries but we have no benefits from it,“ one local community development activist from the Niger Delta told Bloomberg recently. „Nothing comes to us.“

The comment was part of an in-depth analysis by Bloomberg on Europe’s mad dash for gas that has seen Nigeria, for example, send millions of tons of LNG abroad while local communities use illegally made fuels and wood to stay warm. Nigeria is far from the only one.

25.07.2022 - 18:47 [ bnnBloomberg.ca ]

Europe’s Rush to Buy Africa’s Natural Gas Draws Cries of Hypocrisy

The issue of climate finance will likely dominate this year’s COP27 talks in Egypt, which is set to focus heavily on solutions for Africa. The future of gas will also be a key topic given the host nation and many developing countries see it as a way to move away from coal, according to Kwasi Kwarteng, business secretary of the UK, which hosted last year’s summit. “For them, gas is part of the transition.“

The International Energy Agency, which last year called for an end to new fossil fuel developments, in a recent report argued that Africa should be allowed to exploit its gas resources.

25.07.2022 - 18:18 [ Express.co.uk ]

Germany ‘urgently’ begs for gas as Russia supplies running dry: ‚We can’t afford it‘

(Apr 28, 2022)

The Haidach gas storage facility near Salzburg is reportedly almost empty. This is where Russia’s state-owned energy giant, Gazprom, sends its gas. But Bavaria’s Economics Minister Aiwanger has warned that the German state urgently needs to ramp up its capacity before winter.

25.07.2022 - 15:03 [ @Ukraine66251776 / Nitter ]

Representatives of 22 states lined up to shake Foreign Minister Lavrov’s hand at the headquarters of the Arab League in #Cairo today

(24.07.2022)

US narrative that Russia is isolated has completely failed – no one believes this BS

25.07.2022 - 14:24 [ wfmz.com ]

Russia FM visits Egypt, part of Africa trip amid Ukraine war

Sergey Lavrov landed in Cairo late on Saturday, the first leg of his Africa trip that will also include stops in Ethiopia, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to Russia’s state-run RT television network.

On Sunday, he first held talks with President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, then his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shukry. Lavrov also met with Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit, before addressing the pan-Arab organization, the Arab League said.

24.07.2022 - 18:20 [ @Windmill128 / Twitter ]

Russia attacks Odessa port a day after signing grain deal, Ukraine says – The Washington Post this really isn’t surprising to anyone is it????? Disgusting!😡

24.07.2022 - 17:52 [ RT.com ]

Moscow reveals target of strike on key Ukrainian port

The Russian Ministry of Defense has confirmed striking targets in the major Ukrainian port of Odessa on Saturday, revealing that its missiles hit military infrastructure and arms stockpiles.

23.07.2022 - 19:27 [ RT.com ]

Ukraine claims Russia targeted major port city

Moscow has so far remained silent on the latest claims from Kiev.

23.07.2022 - 19:23 [ Washington Post ]

Russia attacks Odessa port a day after signing grain deal, Ukraine says

Air raid warnings rang at about 11 a.m. with the sounds of explosions echoing across the city. The military’s southern command reported no casualties. It said air defense systems shot down two other missiles in the attack, which the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine described as “outrageous.”

The strike threatens an agreement that diplomats had hailed less than 24 hours earlier as a breakthrough after months of negotiations.

23.07.2022 - 12:41 [ RT.com ]

Ukraine grain deal signed: Why it matters

While not all details of the agreement have been revealed, shipments from Ukrainian ports will begin in full in a couple of weeks, according to the UN. The ports will reportedly not be fully demined and the Ukrainian Navy and Coast Guard captains will be allowed to escort ships avoiding mined waters. Officials from Russia and other countries are expected to inspect the shipments to ensure no weapons are smuggled.

23.07.2022 - 12:29 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Istanbul initiative to unblock maritime agricultural exports from Ukraine must be fully implemented – UN Secretary General

The initiative for the safe transportation of grain and food products from Ukrainian ports, the documents on which were signed on Friday in Istanbul, must be fully implemented, UN Secretary General António Guterres said during the signing of the documents.

22.07.2022 - 19:31 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚War will end at the negotiating table. This is a turning point‘: Ukraine and Russia sign grain export deal with Turkey and UN in first breakthrough of the conflict

– Russia and Ukraine sent defence and infrastructure ministers to Istanbul, Turkey
– They signed the landmark deal alongside U.N. gen sec and Turkish president
– The accord opens the way to significant volumes of vital commercial food exports from three key Ukrainian ports – Odesa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny
– Russia had been blockading the ports, preventing essential grain from leaving
– The deal, seen by many as the first breakthrough in the conflict, comes after almost six months of war

22.07.2022 - 19:27 [ Hurriyet ]

Historic deals for grain corridor signed in Istanbul

Ukraine and Russia, two neighboring countries in war since February, have signed two historic deals with Türkiye and the U.N. for the creation of a secure food corridor through the Black Sea under a comprehensive plan, dubbed the Black Sea Initiative, that would prevent a major global food crisis.

Ukraine and Russia signed two memorandums of understanding with Türkiye and the U.N. on July 22 to begin exporting their grains and other food products.

20.07.2022 - 15:22 [ Julia Davis / Nitter ]

Meanwhile on Russian state TV: Apti Alaudinov, the commander of Ramzan Kadyrov’s Chechen detachment „Akhmat,“ tells state TV host Olga Skabeeva that Russian forces in Ukraine are fighting „holy war“ against the LGBT & the Antichrist. He hopes Russia will soon face off with NATO.

20.07.2022 - 15:12 [ Julia Davis / Nitter ]

More genocidal rhetoric on Russian state TV: hosts and pundits repeatedly assert that Ukraine no longer exists, Ukrainians who refuse to see themselves as Russians and fight back against the invasion are described as Nazis and compared to insects (bugs, worms).

Here’s an example:

20.07.2022 - 14:51 [ Yahoo.com ]

Right before meeting with Putin in Iran, Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to ‚freeze‘ Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday once again threatened to stand in the way of Finland and Sweden joining NATO — a day before he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Iran.

20.07.2022 - 14:34 [ Washington Post ]

Russia seeks to annex Ukraine’s east, south later this year, U.S. says

“First, these proxy officials will arrange sham referenda on joining Russia. Then, Russia will use those sham referenda as a basis to try to claim annexation of sovereign Ukrainian territory,” Kirby told reporters during Tuesday’s White House press briefing. Kirby added that the referendums “will take place later this year, possibly in conjunction with Russia’s regional elections.”

19.07.2022 - 10:07 [ Axios.com ]

Putin to make rare trip abroad to meet Erdoğan and Raisi in Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin will make a rare foreign trip Tuesday for a summit in Iran with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

Why it matters: With Syria, Ukraine and oil on the agenda, all three leaders have something to gain from the summit.

18.07.2022 - 14:53 [ Natasha Bertrand, @CNN reporter covering the White House and national security / Nitter ]

President Zelensky announces he has fired Iryna Venediktova – the Prosecutor General – and Ivan Bakanov, head of the powerful SBU, or State Security Service. Zelensky said many officials within both of those departments were suspected of treason.

via @TimListerCNN

16.07.2022 - 21:43 [ Reuters ]

Exclusive: Saudi Arabia doubles second-quarter Russian fuel oil imports for power generation

(15.07.2022)

Energy analytics firm Vortexa found rising flows of Russian-origin fuel oil cargoes through Egypt and Estonia boosted imports, Vortexa said.

It found Saudi fuel imports from Egypt spiked to a record 110,000 bpd in June as Egypt’s imports of Russian fuel oil jumped to a record 70,000 bpd in the same month.

16.07.2022 - 13:02 [ Bernie's Tweets / Nitter ]

SAUDI ARABIA – the world’s largest oil exporter, more than doubled the amount of Russian fuel oil it imported in the 2nd qtr, to feed power stations And have just told Biden they will be increasing oil in small amounts & sticking to OPEC ie. Russia. That went well then

12.07.2022 - 10:22 [ Oilprice.com ]

Saudis Unwilling To Upset Putin As Biden Begs For More Crude

(Jul 03, 2022)

The world’s largest crude oil exporter, Saudi Arabia, continues to keep close ties with Russia while the top oil consumer, the United States, pleads with major producers—including the Kingdom—to boost supply to the market and help ease consumers’ pain at the pump. While the U.S. and its Western allies are sanctioning Moscow and banning oil imports from Russia, U.S. President Joe Biden is also turning to Saudi Arabia to ask it to pump more oil as Americans pay on average $5 a gallon for gasoline.

08.07.2022 - 08:58 [ Dr. S. Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India / Nitter ]

Met FM Sergey Lavrov of Russia on the sidelines of the Bali #G20FMM. Discussed bilateral matters of mutual interest. Also exchanged views on contemporary regional and international issues including the Ukraine conflict and Afghanistan.

03.07.2022 - 07:49 [ Al Jazeera ]

Lukashenko says Ukraine fired missiles at Belarus military posts

“We are being provoked,” Lukashenko was quoted as saying by state news agency Belta on Saturday.

“I must tell you that around three days ago, maybe more, they tried to strike military targets in Belarus from Ukraine.

“Thank God, our Pantsir anti-air systems intercepted all the missiles fired by the Ukrainian forces.”

The claim, which Lukashenko did not provide evidence for, came one week after Ukraine said missiles struck a border region from Belarus, a long-term Russian ally.

01.07.2022 - 10:37 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Death toll of missile attacks in Odesa rises to 18

Earlier it was reported that rockets hit a high-rise building and a recreation center.

30.06.2022 - 02:59 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Indonesian President hands over invitation to Zelensky to personally attend G20 summit

He noted the need for a peaceful resolution of the conflict. Widodo said he would soon meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and express his desire for peace.

„I will have a meeting very soon with President Putin, and I will also express our desire for peace to him,“ the Indonesian president said.

30.06.2022 - 02:31 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Russian occupiers preparing provocation accusing Ukrainian nuclear scientists of storing weapons at ZNPP – Energoatom

„For this, several workers were detained and tortured with a demand of confession, or rather, slandering themselves, that they allegedly dropped some kind of weapon into the concrete bowls of the cooling pools at Zaporizhia NPP in March,“ the company informed.

The company explained the invaders, under this pretext, insist on draining the cooling pools – to check its bowls – and stopping the pumps that supply water to the security systems of power units.

„If this happens, then the security systems of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant will be left without cooling, which in itself is a serious violation and can threaten nuclear safety.

29.06.2022 - 18:25 [ Manchester Chronicle / Nitter.net ]

PICTURE: President Vladimir #Putin greets President #Raisi of #Iran at the start of 6th Caspian Sea Summit in #Ashgabat, #Turkmenistan. #Russia

29.06.2022 - 18:20 [ ]

Putin Travels To Friendly Central Asian Countries In 1st Trip Abroad Since War Began

President Vladimir Putin arrived in the ‚Russia-friendly‘ central Asian country of Tajikistan on Tuesday, for a one-day visit with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, in what marks Putin’s first trip abroad since launching the Feb.24 invasion of Ukraine.

The two leaders discussed „bilateral ties, the development of cultural and economic relations, and regional and global issues, especially the situation in Afghanistan.“ He then went on to Turkmenistan on Wednesday to attend an important regional summit of allies.

28.06.2022 - 08:23 [ FinancialPost.com ]

Oil rises $2/bbl after G7 vows new Russian sanctions

Oil rose $2 a barrel on Monday on the prospect of even tighter supplies loomed over the market as the Group of Seven nations promised to tighten the squeeze on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war chest while actually lowering energy prices.

28.06.2022 - 08:18 [ Reuters ]

OPEC+ to stick to oil supply rise plan as Biden heads to Saudi – sources

(23.06.2022)

OPEC and allied producing countries including Russia will likely stick to a plan for accelerated oil output increases in August, sources said, hoping to ease surging oil prices and inflation pressure as U.S. President Joe Biden plans to visit Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.

28.06.2022 - 07:24 [ Bloomberg / Nitter.net ]

Saudi Arabia’s energy minister traveled to Russia in a show of support for the fellow OPEC+ member just as the US encourages the cartel to pump more oil and isolate Moscow

(18.06.2022)

27.06.2022 - 20:29 [ Rappler.com ]

NATO to have over 300,000 troops at higher readiness – Stoltenberg

(27.06.2022)

BRUSSELS, Belgium – NATO will massively boost the number of troops on high readiness to over 300,000, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday, June 27, with allies set to adopt a new strategy describing Moscow as a direct threat four months into the Ukraine war.

26.06.2022 - 10:51 [ Nexta / Nitter.net ]

Air-raid alarm sounds can be heard in the central and western regions of #Ukraine.

26.06.2022 - 10:48 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Russia resumes attacks with Iskander missiles, uses Tu-22M3 long-range bombers for first time from territory of Belarus

On June 25 at night, the Russian army mounted a massive missile attack on several regions of Ukraine, Russia resumed attacks using Iskander missiles from the territory of Belarus, and for the first time used Tu-22M3 long-range bombers from the air space of Belarus, the Command of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has said.

26.06.2022 - 10:39 [ Veterans for Peace ]

Veterans For Peace Statement on Ukraine

Veterans For Peace (VFP) unequivocally condemns Russia’s horrific invasion of Ukraine. VFP opposes western militarism and increased US military spending, and we are deeply concerned about even the possibility of nuclear warfare.

25.06.2022 - 06:37 [ YnetNews.com ]

Zelensky says Israel not doing enough to support Ukraine

He also said he expects Israel to join the sanctions imposed by the West. „Unfortunately, we haven’t seen Israel joining yet,“ he said.

24.06.2022 - 04:41 [ BalkanInsight.com ]

Western Balkans Leaders Voice Frustration over EU Summit Failure

“I believe that our friends from Skopje and Tirana deserve the start of EU talks and I believe this should happen as soon as possible, which is not a matter of request, because both countries have done everything that was asked of them,” Vucic added.

He thanked Kovacevski and Rama for their “understanding” for Serbia’s unique position in its relations to Russia and for it not aligning with the EU on sanctions against Moscow over the war in Ukraine.

23.06.2022 - 19:22 [ Independent.co.uk ]

How the Kaliningrad stalemate could get serious for Russia and the West

Today it is a city of about a million, an important year-round naval base for the Russian Baltic fleet and for other military facilities. It is of vital strategic importance to Russia, which is why the Kremlin hung on to it when the rest of its empire dissolved in 1991.

18.06.2022 - 12:05 [ Haaretz ]

Russian Escalations in Syria Risk Direct Conflict With U.S., Military Officials Warn

According to the report, Russian forces on Wednesday struck al-Tanf, a U.S. military base, where some 200 U.S. military personnel are stationed alongside local fighters in a bid to suppress a resurgence of the Islamic State. The report however states that Russia informed the U.S. of the attack through a communication line set long ago, suggesting it was not targeting American troops, but looking to harass U.S.-led coalition in Syria.

Despite no U.S. or coalition casualties, a U.S. military official described the operation as a „significant increase in provocation“ this month, the report said.

18.06.2022 - 10:05 [ APNews.com ]

Russian TV shows videos of 2 US vets captured in Ukraine

His aunt, Dianna Shaw, said the video included both a key word and a gesture that Drueke and his mother had set up during one of his two tours in Iraq so she would know that it was indeed him and that he was OK.

Drueke, who served in the U.S. Army, and Huynh, who served in the U.S. Marines, went missing after their group came under heavy fire in the northeastern Kharkiv region on June 9.

15.06.2022 - 09:33 [ Nexta / Nitter.net ]

#Russia is discussing plans to divide #Ukraine into districts. A scheme for the administrative-territorial division of Ukraine in the case of its occupation by #Russian troops was shown at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

12.06.2022 - 18:55 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

It is too late to find understanding with Russia – Zelensky

„We respect international law, we respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of each state. But please do not forget that the war is being waged on our soil. This is a war on our land. Therefore, we put pressure on Russia, on our land. There is no longer any need to reassure the military and political leadership of the Russian Federation. It is too late. We needed preventive sanctions, when we had to talk to them on a daily basis, implement specific financial and economic sanctions before a full-scale invasion,“ he said on Saturday, speaking at the 19th Asian Shangri-La Dialogue Security Summit.

„Now there is no gray area. If you are for peace now, then you support Ukraine, if you support this particular war, then you find mutual understanding with Russia. That is all.

11.06.2022 - 19:44 [ Yahoo.com ]

Family of British man facing the death penalty in Donbas call for his release

„Shaun should be accorded all the rights of a prisoner of war according to the Geneva Convention and including full independent legal representation. We sincerely hope that all parties will co-operate urgently to ensure the safe release or exchange of Shaun.“

Britain has called the court’s decision a „sham judgment“ and condemned Russian proxy authorities in Donbas for what it called an „egregious breach“ of the Geneva convention.

11.06.2022 - 11:44 [ Morocco World News ]

Moroccan Man Who Fought With Ukraine Sentenced to Death in Donetsk

While the court tried the men on the basis of them being foreign mercenaries, the defendants and their families maintained that they were living in Ukraine legally and fought officially with Ukraine, which would grant them the protection of being legitimate prisoners of war, protected by the Geneva convention.

Only a small portion of the closed trial was made public through pro-Russian media. Observers said it’s a “show trial” with “trumped up charges” put on “to imitate trials of Russian soldiers in Ukraine.”

11.06.2022 - 11:06 [ Inews.co.uk ]

Who are Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner? How the British men sentenced to death sought a new life in Ukraine

Mr Aslin, 28, is known by multiple names. When he fought alongside Syria’s Kurdish militia the People’s Protection Units (YPG) against Isis he was known as Rojhat, he then adopted the name Cossack Gundi when he joined as a volunteer fighter in the ranks of the Ukrainian Army. To some, he is known simply as Johnny.

Mr Aslin, a care worker at his hometown of Newark, Nottinghamshire, had no military experience when he left the UK for Syria in 2015. Before he boarded a plane to Sulaymaniyah in northern Iraq, he reportedly told border authorities he was going on a backpacking trip.

11.06.2022 - 10:53 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

So-called court in Donetsk sentences two captive Britons and one Moroccan to death

UK citizens Shaun Pinner, Aiden Aslin and Moroccan Saadun Brahim were charged with being mercenaries and participating in operations aimed at seizure of power and overthrow of the so-called constitutional order of the so-called „Donetsk People’s Republic“, which is not recognized by anyone but Russia.

08.06.2022 - 06:10 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

EU excludes cloud services from 6th sanctions package for unknown reasons – Podoliak

„At first, the EU Council announces the blockage of Russia from EU cloud services in the Sixth Sanction Package. Then, the EU Council edits the message, removing these references. No clarifications or explanations from the officials,“ Podoliak said on Twitter.

„We must increase the sanctions pressure, not decrease,“ the adviser to the head of the President’s Office said.

05.06.2022 - 19:07 [ theHindu.com ]

Israeli private detective used Indian hackers in job for Russian oligarchs

(May 30, 2022)

Azari is currently being held in federal prison in Brooklyn awaiting sentencing in relation to a hacking campaign tied to the defunct German financial technology company Wirecard AG , his lawyer said last month.

Reuters reported last year that Azari was accused of hiring the Indian hacking firm BellTroX on behalf of powerful clients. BellTroX, which has also been accused of hacking by cybersecurity researchers at Facebook and elsewhere, could not be reached for comment.

28.05.2022 - 19:12 [ CBS News ]

U.S. leans toward sending powerful multiple launch rockets as Ukraine seeks „heavy weapons“ to stop Russia’s Donbas offensive

The appeals from Kyiv have apparently been heard in Washington, where a Biden administration official told CBS News senior national security correspondent David Martin that the White House was leaning toward providing multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) to Ukraine as part of the next package of military aid for the country.

No final decision has been made in Washington, officials told CBS News, …

28.05.2022 - 18:36 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Ukrainian military released from captivity reported severe torture, beatings, injection of unknown drugs

Ukrainian soldiers released from captivity reported facts of torture and ill-treatment by Russian invaders, captives were forced to have sexual intercourse, torture was used with particular cruelty against officers of the Armed Forces and Azov fighters, Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova has said.

„During a monitoring visit to a healthcare institution where the Ukrainian military released from captivity are located, they reported the facts of torture and ill-treatment by the occupiers. Most of the Ukrainian military personnel were taken prisoner by the occupiers near Mariupol. First they were kept in basements and outbuildings. Then they were transferred to guardhouse, pretrial detention center in Donetsk and penal colony No. 120, which are located in the temporarily occupied territory,“ she wrote on Facebook.

20.05.2022 - 22:48 [ Gasum.com ]

Natural gas imports from Russia under Gasum’s supply contract will be halted on Saturday 21 May at 07.00

On the afternoon of Friday May 20, Gazprom Export informed Gasum that natural gas supplies to Finland under Gasum’s supply contract will be cut on Saturday May 21, 2022 at 07.00.

16.05.2022 - 19:03 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Ukraine will develop like Israel as country always ready for war – expert

(today)

Oleksandr Komarov, the president of the Kyivstar mobile operator, believes that even under the best scenario, Ukraine will develop like Israel, becoming a country always ready for war.

„My vision of the future is this: even in the best scenario, Ukraine will develop like Israel, becoming a country always ready for war. And this factor should be taken into account in planning. We do not invest for a year, our horizon is 7-10 years. And therefore, all these factors must be taken into account.

16.05.2022 - 18:38 [ Haaretz ]

Rights Groups Demand Israel Stop Arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine

(Jul. 9, 2018)

A group of more than 40 human rights activists have filed a petition with the High Court of Justice, demanding the cessation of Israeli arms exports to Ukraine.

They argue that these weapons serve forces that openly espouse a neo-Nazi ideology and cite evidence that the right-wing Azov militia, whose members are part of Ukraine’s armed forces, and are supported by the country’s ministry of internal affairs, is using these weapons.

12.05.2022 - 16:21 [ theParadise.ng ]

EU, UK join US in Launching Online ‘Disinformation’ Policies, ‘One-World Governance’ of Social Media

These steps come as part of a broader crackdown on the “spread of disinformation” called for by the Act, requiring platforms to “flag hate speech, eliminate any kind of terrorist propaganda” and implement “frameworks to quickly take down illicit content.”

Regarding alleged “disinformation,” these platforms will be mandated to create a “crisis response mechanism” to combat the spread of such content, with the Act specifically citing the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the “manipulation” of online content that has ensued.

11.05.2022 - 09:51 [ AfricaNews.com ]

Sergei Lavrov: Wagner in Mali and Libya on a „commercial basis“

(03.05.2022)

In an interview with Italian television Mediaset, Lavrov reiterated Moscow’s position that Wagner „has nothing to do with the Russian state“.

Wagner, which is reputedly close to President Vladimir Putin, is accused of employing mercenaries who have committed abuses in Mali, Libya and Syria.

10.05.2022 - 13:08 [ Visegrád 24 / Nitter.net ]

French President Macron will hold a telephone conversation with Hungarian PM Orban and European Commission President von der Leyen today to resolve the Russian oil embargo.

09.05.2022 - 09:52 [ Nexta / Nitter.net ]

#Putin’s speech at the parade is over. There were no words about mobilization or an open declaration of war on #Ukraine.

07.05.2022 - 10:41 [ Bernie's Tweets / Twitter ]

CHINA – Every dot is a vessel stacked in queues at all ports, not just Shanghai. China’s lockdown policies will cripple western supply chains, destroy businesses and weaken economies & governments. Almost like sanctions.

05.05.2022 - 12:41 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Foreign Ministry: We hope that Hungary to contribute to unity in EU, including in terms of introducing embargo on oil from Russia, providing Ukraine with military assistance

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine hopes that Hungary will contribute to unity in the EU, including in terms of introducing the embargo in relation to the oil of the Russian Federation and the provision of military assistance to Ukraine, speaker of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Oleh Nikolenko said.

„We hope that Hungary will contribute to unity in the EU, including in terms of introduction of embargo on Russian oil and the provision of military assistance to Ukraine,“ Nikolenko told the Interfax-Ukraine agency on Thursday.

05.05.2022 - 12:31 [ The Associated Press / Twitter ]

Belarus president tells @AP it would be ‚unacceptable‘ to use nuclear weapons, but can’t say if Russia has such plans.

04.05.2022 - 14:57 [ Noga Tarnopolsky / Twitter ]

1. No Russian Jewish org has condemned Lavrov’s remarks about Jews or Israel’s support for neo-Nazis.“ They’re scared. Not a joke. @KseniaSvetlova has heard Jewish Muscovites that they’re being pressured to support the „special military operation“ & choose: Israel or Russia.

04.05.2022 - 14:37 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Israeli authorities discuss possibility of supplying defense systems to Ukraine – media

Also, „there is a consensus among the relevant Israeli officials that, at least at this stage, the Ukrainian army will not receive anti-aircraft systems, modern weapons, offensive weapons.“ Instead, for the time being, it is about the supply of „defensive systems that will protect troops on the ground, personal combat equipment and warning systems that could be sent without causing a crisis with Russia,“ Haaretz writes.

04.05.2022 - 09:22 [ Reuters ]

EU to remove Sberbank, two other Russian banks from SWIFT

The European Commission proposed on Wednesday to remove Russia’s biggest bank Sberbank and two other banks from the international SWIFT transaction and messaging system in another blow to the Russian financial system over the war in Ukraine.

03.05.2022 - 11:36 [ RepublicWorld.com ]

Putin can declare formal war on Ukraine by May 9 for full mobilisation of forces: US

The declaration of war, according to a CNN report, would allow the full mobilisation of Russia’s reserve forces as they attempt to conquer eastern and southern Ukraine.

02.05.2022 - 15:16 [ Ukrinform.net ]

Russian mole exposed in Ukraine Army’s General Staff – adviser to President’s Office chief

He added that this false-flag attack was allegedly supposed to be carried out using Ukrainian weapons – portable anti-aircraft missile systems. The spies planned to obtain the weapons, used by our troops, through volunteers. To this end, they had been trying to win trust of the latter, giving them real data on the movement of Russian troops, giving away the coordinates of Ramzan Kadyrov’s ethnic Chechen unit.

„There are three components to this story that describe everything that’s happening in the Russian army now. The first is shooting down a passenger plane, the second is deceiving their leadership, and the third is setting up the Kadyrovites,“ Arestovych concluded.

01.05.2022 - 18:16 [ @dreamer_crafter / Twitter ]

It’s raining generals in #Ukraine folks! Major General Andrey Simonov would be the ninth and youngest #Russian general killed so far in the latest blow to Putin’s disastrous invasion of Ukraine. He was seen as the leading electronic warfare specialist.

01.05.2022 - 18:10 [ The Kyiv Independent / Twitter ]

SBU: Russia planned a terrorist attack to blame on Ukraine. The Security Service reported that they neutralized Russia’s sabotage reconnaissance group that had been planning to shoot down a passenger plane over Russia or Belarus and blame it on Ukraine and its allies.

01.05.2022 - 10:58 [ John Oberlin / Twitter ]

It’s like Putin is going out of his way to encourage Sweden and Finland to join NATO as rapidly as possible.

01.05.2022 - 10:54 [ bnonews.com ]

Sweden says Russian plane violated airspace as NATO application looms

(30.04.2022)

A statement from the Swedish Armed Forces said the aircraft, an Antonov An-30, was first located when it was east of Bornholm and flying towards Swedish territory. It briefly violated Swedish airspace before leaving the area.

“Swedish fighter jets followed the incident and photographed the plane,” the defense ministry said.

29.04.2022 - 11:48 [ James Melville / Twitter ]

The lockdown in Shanghai is causing a massive logjam in maritime cargo transportation. A fifth of the world’s containerships are currently stuck in congestion. The largest share are stuck offshore around China. The global supply chain repercussions are enormous. Cause and effect.

29.04.2022 - 10:14 [ Japan Today ]

Scholz says Germany seeks closer ties with Indo-Pacific

„My trip is a clear political signal that Germany and the European Union will continue and intensify their engagement with the Indo-Pacific region,“ Scholz said after meeting Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

Kishida said he and Scholz agreed that as members of the Group of Seven industrialized nations they share a responsibility to work together to end Russian aggression and restore peace, stability and international order as quickly as possible.

27.04.2022 - 19:37 [ @bigrussianshop / Twitter ]

Minister for European Affairs and Property Management Tyutti Tuppurainen – on payment for Russian gas: „We have made a decision in the government committee on economic policy that Finland will not accept ruble payments.“ 94% of Finland’s gas comes from Russia.

27.04.2022 - 11:14 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Gazprom halts gas supply to Poland, Bulgaria over failure to conduct settlements in rubles

„As of the end of the business day on April 26, Gazprom Export did not receive payment for the gas supplied in April from these two companies, Bulgargaz (Bulgaria) and PGNiG (Poland) in rubles, as required by Russian presidential order No. 172 dated 31.03.2022. Gas supplied since April 1 must be paid for in rubles by means of new bank details, which counterparties were timely informed about,“ the company said.

24.04.2022 - 09:58 [ Times of Israel ]

Russian envoy: We’ll ‘respond accordingly’ if Israel gives Ukraine defensive gear

Speaking with Russian state television, Ambassador Anatoly Viktorov noted Defense Ministry Benny Gantz’s announcement a day earlier that Israel will provide Ukraine with helmets and flak jackets.

Gantz’s office stressed the equipment will go to Ukrainian civilian rescue and medical forces, not the military.

22.04.2022 - 17:25 [ Interfax.com.ua ]

Russia to remain under sanctions if there is no peace agreement on Ukraine – German Chancellor

„Russia is in a very difficult situation, the sanctions are seriously damaging the Russian economy,“ Scholz told Spiegel.

„A cold peace that is not secured by an agreement will not free Russia from sanctions,“ the chancellor added.

22.04.2022 - 16:36 [ theGuardian.com ]

Russian commander suggests plan is for permanent occupation of south Ukraine

A senior Russian military commander has said that the goal of Russia’s new offensive is to seize control of southern Ukraine and form a land bridge to Crimea, indicating that Russia plans a permanent occupation of Ukrainian territory taken in the war.

Rustam Minnekayev, acting commander of the central military district, also told members of a defence industry forum on Friday that control over southern Ukraine would give Russia access to Transnistria, a pro-Russian breakaway region of Moldova, indicating that Russia may attack the port city of Odesa.

22.04.2022 - 16:16 [ Shannon Vavra / Twitter ]

NEW: Satellite images show evidence of mass graves outside Mariupol—images the city of Mariupol is calling „crimes of the Russian army“—as Russians work to take the besieged city and renew the offensive in eastern Ukraine.

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22.04.2022 - 08:41 [ China Xinhua News / Twitter ]

#JulianAssange’s experience shows that those who expose so-called „atrocities“ of other countries are „heroes,“ and those who expose scandals of the U.S. are „criminals,“ says Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin.

21.04.2022 - 19:27 [ @khan_1995hp / Twitter ]

After stabilization of the situation in the liberated territories of the Kharkiv region, a referendum may be held, head of the provisional civil administration Vitaly Ganchev told RIA Novosti

21.04.2022 - 19:22 [ Jerusalem Post / Twitter ]

Russia has reportedly begun to consolidate power in areas of Ukraine under its control, shaking up the leadership of the Luhansk People’s Republic and trying to push a referendum in Kherson.

21.04.2022 - 19:05 [ theNationalnews.com ]

Ukraine fears Russia will hold sham referendum in occupied Kherson

(Apr 18, 2022)

Human rights commissioner Lyudmila Denisova said Russian forces were distributing propaganda material telling people in occupied Kherson that Moscow was acting for their benefit.

She said leaflets handed out “blame the Ukrainians themselves and their chosen government” for the aggression against their country, echoing the Kremlin’s messaging about the invasion.

21.04.2022 - 19:00 [ theGuardian.com ]

Putin wants ‘Korean scenario’ for Ukraine, says intelligence chief

(27.03.2022)

Vladimir Putin is seeking to split Ukraine into two, emulating the postwar division between North and South Korea, the invaded country’s military intelligence chief has said.

In comments that raise the prospect of a long and bitter frozen conflict, Gen Kyrylo Budanov, who foretold of Russia’s invasion as far back as November, warned of bloody guerrilla warfare.

20.04.2022 - 09:25 [ Bloomberg ]

China Says it Will Keep Boosting Strategic Ties With Russia

Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng called for deepening ties in a range of fields during a meeting on Monday in Beijing with Russian envoy Andrey Ivanovich Denisov, according to a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement. He said that a nearly 30% jump in trade between the nations during the first three months of 2022 demonstrate “the great resilience and internal dynamism of bilateral cooperation.”

20.04.2022 - 08:52 [ Bloomberg ]

India Soaks Up Every Major Russian Oil Variety as Flows Persist

State-run oil refiners are now looking at privately negotiated deals instead of buying through public tenders in order to get better prices, according to Indian refinery officials and traders. The South Asian nation has purchased everything from flagship Urals that ships from ports in the west, to a rare cargo of ESPO from the Far East, typically favored by China.

20.04.2022 - 08:12 [ Foxbusiness.com ]

UAE energy chief doubles down on OPEC alliance with Russia

The United Arab Emirates‘ energy minister doubled down Monday on an oil alliance with Russia that’s helped buoy crude prices to their highest in years as Moscow’s war on Ukraine rattles markets and sends energy and commodity prices soaring.

The minister said Russia, with its 10 million barrels of oil a day, is an important member of the global OPEC+ energy alliance.

20.04.2022 - 07:55 [ New York Times ]

Europe Reluctantly Readies Russian Oil Embargo

Officials are drafting a phased import ban on Russian oil products, but the measure won’t be floated until after the second round of the French elections at the earliest.

19.04.2022 - 22:06 [ Oilprice.com ]

Putin, Saudi Prince Vow To Continue OPEC+ Cooperation

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed this weekend their countries’ cooperation in the OPEC+ oil production pact in their second telephone call since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Russia is a key partner to OPEC’s largest producer and de facto leader, Saudi Arabia, in the OPEC+ alliance, which has been working for years to manage oil supply to the market.

19.04.2022 - 21:52 [ Arctic Friend / Twitter ]

Why did Israel stop the US from selling the Iron dome to Ukraine? And one other question: Why are they excepting Russian oligarchs money? It’s essentially blood money. Israel should be enforcing our sanctions against Russia, not helping them skirt the sanctions.

19.04.2022 - 16:12 [ Andrei B. Sterescu, Economist @ECB / Twitter ]

2/6 Despite growing momentum behind a EU initiative to embargo Russian energy, Germany 🇩🇪 has been one of the most reticent Member States to consider a total embargo, citing heavy economic and social costs.

19.04.2022 - 14:20 [ Real Maverick ]

According to MSM report yesterday, #German intel agency BND knew about #Wirecard former COO Marsalek’s whereabouts in Moscow, they were contacted by #Russia FSB which proposed interrogation. Request was turned down, German chancellery was informed 2021.

(12.04.2022)

19.04.2022 - 13:40 [ Yahoo.com ]

An EU embargo on Russian oil in the works – French minister

„I hope that in the weeks to come we will convince our European partners to stop importing Russian oil,“ Le Maire told Europe 1 radio.

17.04.2022 - 22:35 [ Sky News / Twitter ]

Tens of thousands of people turned out in Karachi to protest against the removal of former Prime Minister Imran Khan from power. Imran Khan has accused the US of being behind his downfall because he asked Russia for economic help.

16.04.2022 - 16:03 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Olaf Scholz must choose between an energy embargo on Russia, or a moral embargo on Germany

The moral and political damage to the EU itself is becoming prohibitive. The policy is already a diplomatic trainwreck for Germany, stunned to discover that President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is a pariah – the Kurt Waldheim of our era? – so sullied by two decades as the dark lord of Kremlin collusion that Ukraine won’t have him in the country.

15.04.2022 - 05:26 [ New York Times ]

C.I.A. Director Airs Concern That Putin Might Turn to Nuclear Weapons

William J. Burns, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, cautioned that he had seen no “practical evidence” that would suggest such a move was imminent.

13.04.2022 - 14:38 [ EPP Group, The largest political group in the @Europarl_EN / Twitter ]

EU sanctions work and have made an impact on the Russian economy. However, we need to close the loopholes in order to cut off the financial drip for the war machine. We call on the EC to urgently extend #SWIFT sanctions to more banks from #Russia and #Belarus.

13.04.2022 - 14:28 [ The Kyiv Independent / Twitter ]

Russia uses white phosphorus bombs in Zaporizhzhia Oblast, no casualties reported. Using such bombs against civilians is prohibited by the Geneva Conventions. Source: The regional military administration spokesperson Ivan Ariefiev.

13.04.2022 - 14:03 [ Nexta / Twitter ]

Since yesterday, #Russian Telegram channels reported on hundreds of surrendering #Ukrainian Marines. However, the video shows no more than two dozen people in unmarked uniforms.

13.04.2022 - 13:55 [ Nexta / Twitter ]

#Russian propagandists faked a video and overlaid it with @BBCNews -style credits to blame #Ukraine for the rocket attacks on civilians in #Kramatorsk. Now this video is being actively rebroadcast by pro-Kremlin propagandists. There is no such video on the official BBC website.

12.04.2022 - 16:11 [ Washington Post ]

Will Israel Ever Move Past the Netanyahu Era?

(April 6, 2022)

Netanyahu has been relatively quiet on Ukraine, which would put him at odds with the current administration and key parts of the U.S. Republican Party. In the past he has seen Putin as a partner in fighting Iranian influence in Syria and in the effort to keep Iran from supplying Hezbollah and Hamas with cash and weapons. That is similar to Bennett’s policy, though it is hard to imagine Bibi trying to mediate the conflict or allowing his foreign minister to call Putin a war criminal, as Lapid is now doing.

12.04.2022 - 06:42 [ OpIndia.com ]

Allegations of white phosphorus munitions being used by Russia and Ukraine emerge: Read if it’s considered a chemical weapon and is illegal to use it during war

(28 February, 2022)

WP has not been categorised as an incendiary or chemical weapon by international agencies. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is an intergovernmental organisation and the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention, has not listed WP in any of the three Schedules of Chemical Weapons. However, United Nations considers it as an incendiary chemical.

10.04.2022 - 11:24 [ anews.com.tr ]

Zelensky reiterates embargo demands for Russian oil and gas

„Ukraine does not have time to wait. Freedom does not have time to wait. When tyranny launches aggression against everything that keeps peace in Europe, action must be taken immediately. It is necessary to act in a principled fashion,“ he said.

„And the oil embargo should be the first step. At the level of all democracies, the whole civilized world. Then Russia will feel it. Then it will be an argument for them – to seek peace, to stop pointless violence.“

10.04.2022 - 10:11 [ Washington Post ]

Why Pakistan’s Leader Is Facing the Risk of Ouster

(April 8, 2022)

Pakistan’s military has outsized power for a country conceived as a democracy. There have been three successful military coups. When Khan became prime minister, it was only the second time since Pakistan achieved independence in 1947 that a civilian administration had transferred power to another. Even when elected governments have ruled, the military, especially the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, has played a forceful role.

(…)

Khan, who has been critical of the U.S. while seeking better relations with Russia and China, has said he would continue to pursue an “independent” foreign policy. His opponents have vowed to improve ties with the U.S. and Europe if they win.

10.04.2022 - 09:52 [ thePrint.in ]

US asked Pakistan not to proceed with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Russia: Qureshi

Qureshi talked major foreign policy issues, especially the alleged regime change being plotted by the US in Pakistan.

“Today Pakistan is standing at a historic juncture and the people need to decide whether they want to live in an independent state or become slaves [to the West],” the 65-year-old politician said, acknowledging that today might be his last day as the foreign minister of Pakistan.

09.04.2022 - 19:07 [ Embassy of Ukraine in Brazil / Twitter ]

Conteúdo sensível. #BuchaMassacre. Novas evidências de atrocidades🇷🇺contra🇺🇦. Eles atiraram nas pessoas à queima-roupa, queimaram seus olhos, os torturaram e os mataram com as mãos amarradas. Speechless.Hard encontrar a palavra certa. rappers e assassinos🇷🇺vão queimar no inferno

09.04.2022 - 18:28 [ UN.org ]

General Assembly Adopts Text to Suspend Russian Federation from Human Rights Council, Continuing Emergency Special Session on Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine

The Assembly adopted the draft resolution by a recorded vote of 93 in favour to 24 against, with 58 abstentions, signaling the international community’s strong censure of Moscow’s aggressive actions towards a neighbouring State.

09.04.2022 - 18:24 [ Camila / Twitter ]

In terms of population, 73.73% of the world did not vote in favor of suspending Russia 🇷🇺 from the UN Human Rights Council. The figure is even higher when you factor in the 18 countries that didn’t vote.

09.04.2022 - 18:20 [ Washington Post ]

How isolated is Russia, really?

Though the United States, the European Union and other allies have imposed sanctions on Russian oligarchs and armed enemies of the Kremlin, most of the world’s population lives in countries that have not.

Even in the United Nations votes, condemners did not represent a majority of the global population — abstainers and supporters of Russia did.

09.04.2022 - 07:38 [ theGuardian.com ]

Germany will stop importing Russian gas ‘very soon’, says Olaf Scholz

The German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, has said his country is doing all it can to wean itself off Russian energy, but declined to endorse a claim by Boris Johnson that it would stop importing Russian gas by the middle of 2024.

05.04.2022 - 20:51 [ Seán Kelly MEP, MEP Ireland South | Leader @FineGael in EP / Twitter ]

Images of the massacre of civilians in #Bucha and the Russian war crimes in Ukraine are truly heartbreaking. Along with 207 MEPs, the @FineGael Delegation is calling for an embargo on Russian energy imports, exclusion of ALL Russian banks from SWIFT + ban Russia from EU ports.

05.04.2022 - 20:29 [ Inna Sovsun, Member of #Ukraine Parliament / Twitter ]

The EU boasted of #Russia’s disconnection from SWIFT. But they shut down only 7 of 300 banks. The largest bank, Sberbank, evaded sanctions. And Gazprombank too.

This bank helped Russian Defense Ministry buy unmanned aerial vehicles & electronic reconnaissance equipment.

05.04.2022 - 20:23 [ bank-code.net ]

GAZPRUMM XXX – SWIFT Code (BIC) – GAZPROMBANK (JOINT – STOCK COMPANY) in MOSCOW – RUSSIAN FEDERATION

GAZPRUMM swift code is the unique bank identifier for GAZPROMBANK (JOINT – STOCK COMPANY)’s head office branch located in MOSCOW – RUSSIAN FEDERATION and it’s used to verify financial transactions such as a bank wire transfers (international wire transfers). Check the GAZPRUMMXXX SWIFT / BIC code details below.

05.04.2022 - 20:18 [ BBC ]

EU targets Russian coal and ships in new sanctions

EU officials had earlier indicated the focus would be on enforcing existing measures.

05.04.2022 - 08:09 [ NDTV.com ]

Ukraine’s Zelensky Says He Will Address UN Security Council Today

„I would like to emphasise that we are interested in the most complete, transparent investigation, the results of which will be known and explained to the entire international community,“ Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address.

05.04.2022 - 05:32 [ Maxar Technologies / Twitter ]

High-resolution Maxar #satelliteimagery collected over #Bucha, #Ukraine verifies and corroborates recent social media videos and photos that reveal bodies lying in the streets and left out in the open for weeks.

05.04.2022 - 05:29 [ New York Times ]

Satellite images show bodies lay in Bucha for weeks, despite Russian claims.

Satellite images provided to The Times by Maxar Technologies show that at least 11 of those had been on the street since March 11, when Russia, by its own account, occupied the town.

To confirm when the bodies appeared, and when the civilians were likely killed, the Visual Investigations team at The Times conducted a before-and-after analysis of satellite imagery. The images show dark objects of similar size to a human body appearing on Yablonska Street between March 9 and March 11.

04.04.2022 - 06:10 [ Михайло Подоляк, Adviser to the Head of the Office of President of Ukraine / Twitter ]

🇷🇺 came in 🇺🇦 with military bands and columns of the Rosguard. But they were followed by mobile crematories. Why do you need them if you don’t believe in resistance? Now we know – to hide war crimes. This is not a performer’s mistake. This is a planned genocide. #BuchaMassacre

04.04.2022 - 06:10 [ Ukrinform.net ]

Podolyak: Russians delivered mobile crematories to Ukraine to hide war crimes

“Russians came in Ukraine with military bands and columns of the Russian Guard. But they were followed by mobile crematories. Why do you need them if you don’t believe in resistance? Now we know – to hide war crimes. This is not a performer’s mistake. This is a planned genocide. #BuchaMassacre,” Mykhailo Podolyak, Adviser to the Head of the Office of President of Ukraine, posted on Twitter.

03.04.2022 - 19:35 [ Jeruslaem Post ]

Israeli military surprised at how the war in Ukraine is going

(MARCH 29, 2022)

A month after Russia invaded, Moscow has yes to achieve its goals.

03.04.2022 - 19:31 [ ndweiss. a brokedown palace. / Twitter ]

Israel isn’t providing Ukraine with Iron Dome tech for which Ukraine has been begging because “A good working relationship with the Kremlin has long been seen as an essential component of Israeli national security.” A good relationship w/the Kremlin?

03.04.2022 - 17:56 [ Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine / Twitter ]

Bucha massacre was deliberate. Russians aim to eliminate as many Ukrainians as they can. We must stop them and kick them out. I demand new devastating G7 sanctions NOW: -Oil, gas, coal embargo -Close all ports to Russian vessels and goods -Disconnect all Russian banks from SWIFT

03.04.2022 - 06:12 [ theGuardian.com ]

Russia and India will find ways to trade despite sanctions, says Lavrov

Russian foreign minister meets Narendra Modi and praises India’s refusal to condemn Ukraine invasion

03.04.2022 - 05:59 [ IndiaToday.in ]

US warns India against buying discounted oil from Russia

The United States said India should not increase its oil imports from Russia and it could expose New Delhi to a „great risk“. Reports said the US might be looking to slap sanctions on the purchase of Russian oil.

03.04.2022 - 05:17 [ Nexta / Twitter ]

More and more bodies of civilians murdered by the occupiers are found in the liberated suburbs of #Kyiv. The whole world must see the atrocities of the invaders.

03.04.2022 - 05:13 [ AFP News Agency / Twitter ]

#UPDATE Bucha’s mayor, Anatoly Fedoruk, told @AFP by phone that they „have already buried 280 people in mass graves,“ since the Ukrainian army retook control of the key town outside Kyiv As witnessed by @AFP , he said the heavily destroyed town’s streets are littered with corpses

02.04.2022 - 18:03 [ circleid.com ]

The Danger of Weaponising the DNS in the Ukraine Russia Conflict and Good News

(March 12, 2022)

As a member of ICANN’s At Large community, having once served as an At Large Advisory Committee member, I watched with great interest the “politicization” of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). Management of the DNS has often been touted as a purely technical administration by the United States of America’s Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Far from being a technical task, DNS design and administration implicate public interest concerns such as trademark disputes, infrastructure stability and security, resource allocation and security

02.04.2022 - 17:50 [ Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI) ]

New blocks emerge in Russia amid war in Ukraine: An OONI network measurement analysis

(3rd March 2022)

– Different censorship techniques. To block websites, OONI data shows that Russian ISPs adopt the following censorship techniques (beyond throttling):

– DNS manipulation, redirecting in some cases to blockpages
– HTTP man-in-the-middle, serving blockpages
– TLS man-in-the-middle
– Injection of a RST packet after the ClientHello during the TLS handshake (most prevalent)
– Timing out the session after the ClientHello during the TLS handshake
– Closing the connection after the ClientHello during the TLS handshake

02.04.2022 - 17:43 [ PrivateInternetAccess.com ]

Russia wants to outlaw TLS 1.3, ESNI, DNS over HTTPS, and DNS over TLS

(Sep 22, 2020)

The Russian Ministry of Digital Development, Communications, and Mass Media has released a draft law which outlines plans to outlaw TLS 1.3, ESNI, DNS over HTTPS, and DNS over TLS. The draft law (text in Russian) “bans the use of encryption protocols allowing for hiding the name (identifier) of a web page or Internet site on the territory of the Russian Federation.” This is supposed to help the Roskomnadzor in their job as Russia’s censor. If a site is found to be using these encryption tools, they can be blocked by the Roskmonadzor within a day. Meduza, reporting on the news noted:

01.04.2022 - 22:30 [ apnews.com ]

China rejects sanctions as Ukraine war tops summit agenda

At a virtual summit, European Council President Charles Michel, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell sought signs from Chinese President and Communist Party leader Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang that Beijing would help to end the war in Ukraine.

01.04.2022 - 22:10 [ CNN ]

Russia accuses Ukraine of helicopter strikes on fuel depot in Russian territory

In a statement, Russia’s Ministry of Defense said that the helicopters „entered the airspace of the Russian Federation at extremely low altitude,“ at 5 a.m. Moscow time and „launched a missile attack on a civilian oil storage facility located on the outskirts of Belgorod.“

30.03.2022 - 16:45 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

Russian, US officials to attend meeting in China on Afghan situation, amid China’s efforts to mediate heated issues

While the third Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan’s Neighboring Countries is scheduled in China’s Anhui Province on Wednesday and Thursday, China will also host a Troika Plus meeting there with Russia, the US and Pakistan over the Afghan situation. Observers said that against the backdrop of the Ukraine crisis, the upcoming meetings on Afghanistan will help congregate the stake-holding parties to help Afghanistan despite their grudges, which showcases China’s efforts to promote regional stability and its capability to mediate heated issues.

30.03.2022 - 05:04 [ Washington Post ]

Why Israel Won’t Supply the Iron Dome to Ukraine

(March 13, 2022)

IDF and Russian commanders in Syria use a deconfliction mechanism that coordinates IDF activity and allows Israel to operate without endangering Russian assets.

This is well understood by Israelis. A poll published this week shows 67% of the public supports the government’s cautious approach to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and favors not taking a firm stance against Russia. Only 21% disagree.

27.03.2022 - 16:22 [ New Yorker ]

Naftali Bennett’s Calculated Effort to Engage with Vladimir Putin on Ukraine—and Iran

(March 14, 2022)

Bennett, like Netanyahu, has been a fierce opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, which lifts sanctions on Iranian trade. The Biden Administration and its European allies want the deal, but, in the Moscow meeting with Bennett, Putin elaborated on a new roadblock to its signing. Sanctions imposed on Russia by the U.S. and European powers mean that any third-party company or government entity that trades with Russia may itself be sanctioned. Putin now insists that Russia’s support for the final deal is contingent on its being able to trade freely with Iran—which the original deal allowed.

27.03.2022 - 15:51 [ MoroccoLatestNews.com ]

Burita speaks with Sergei Lavrov

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad, Nasser Bourita, had a telephone conversation on Tuesday 22 March with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.

It should be noted that the Kingdom preferred not to take part in the vote on the resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, calling on Russia to “immediately cease the use of force against Ukraine”.

27.03.2022 - 15:33 [ theGuardian.com ]

Dubai throws open the doors for the rich Russians escaping sanctions

The UAE has not followed western governments in using sanctions as retaliation for the invasion of Ukraine. Bankers, real estate agents, car dealerships and marinas are reporting extraordinary demand for homes, sports cars and mooring space as the influx settles in to an oil-rich monarchy that has charted its own course on Putin’s Russia and is not afraid to expose glaring tensions with the US in doing so.

27.03.2022 - 14:41 [ NewsOfBahrain.com ]

Bahrain King reviews bilateral relations with Russian President

(March 15, 2022)

A telephone call was held today between His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Both leaders reviewed historical bilateral relations and their steady developement in various fields.

27.03.2022 - 14:25 [ Al-Monitor.com ]

Egypt seeks middle ground between US, Russia as Ukraine fighting rages

(March 11, 2022)

According to a Kremlin statement, “The presidents discussed further development of the strategic partnership between Russia and Egypt, including major joint projects in nuclear energy and industrial production. Both parties expressed interest in continuing close cooperation in tourism and agriculture.”

The statement went on, “At the request of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Vladimir Putin explained the reasons for and goals of the special military operation to protect Donbass and spoke about Russia’s efforts during the talks with Ukrainian representatives. The president of Egypt thanked Russia for the efforts to evacuate Egyptian nationals from the conflict zone.”

26.03.2022 - 21:41 [ Reuters ]

White House says Biden is not calling for regime change in Russia

„The President’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change,“ the official said following Biden’s speech in Warsaw.

26.03.2022 - 21:35 [ BostonGlobe.com ]

‘Potentially very dangerous’: Biden’s Warsaw speech met with mixed reactions

Politicians and pundits had mixed reactions Saturday to President Biden’s impassioned speech in Warsaw, in which he rebuked Russian President Vladimir Putin and defended liberal democracy.

26.03.2022 - 21:29 [ CNN ]

Biden says Putin ‚cannot remain in power‘

The line was not in Biden’s prepared remarks, a separate White House official said.

But his remark was already reverberating as Biden departed Poland to return home to Washington after his last-minute trip to attend snap summits in Brussels and to reassure allies along NATO’s eastern edge.