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Re: The Ukraine and U. S. Elections
« Reply #370 on: July 12, 2022, 04:49:01 PM »
Ukraine claims arms depot attack in occupied Kherson with Himars rockets
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-62132441

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« Reply #371 on: July 14, 2022, 08:57:37 PM »
Russian Military Expert Concerned About Ukraine's New Weapons From West

A Russian military expert admitted that new Western weapons being supplied to Ukraine could make Russia's chances of winning the war difficult.

Igor Korotchenko, editor-in-chief of the online military publication National Defense, made the comments during an appearance on Russia-1, a Kremlin-run station. Journalist and Russian propaganda expert Julia Davis captured a clip from the news segment featuring Korotchenko and posted it Wednesday on Twitter.

Korotchenko said that regions in Ukraine that Russia has claimed it now controls—Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv, Odesa and Mykolaiv—are now part of Russia and that attacks there should be considered attacks on Russia itself. He said his country's military should retaliate for Ukrainian strikes in these areas by taking out bridges and railways in western parts of Ukraine, where Western weapons arrive from Poland, as well as in the south, where weapons are transferred from Romania. 

"The scale of additional Western arms deliveries will seriously complicate our success of conducting our special military operation," Korotchenko said, according to translated subtitles on Davis' post.

Ukraine has benefited from Western weapons ever since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion in late February. In recent weeks, President Volodymyr Zelensky's military has seen an increase in heavy armaments provided by NATO countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom and Poland.

The U.S.-made M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, has been especially effective, according to reports. Serhiy Haidai, governor of the Luhansk region, told Newsweek recently that Russian troops are now in "panic mode" after the long-range weapons destroyed multiple Russian targets and bolstered Ukraine's ability to defend itself.

"As the whole world has seen over the past week or so, we have been able to inflict massive damage to their missile defense systems and ammunition storage facilities deep behind the enemy lines," Haidai said.

This, he added, "was largely down to the variety of weapons we have recently received from the West. And when we have sufficient amounts of such weaponry, we will be able to carry out further counterattacks."

Davis noted in her Twitter post that Korotchenko not only wanted to prevent new Western-supplied weapons from coming into Ukraine. He also called for the destruction of Ukrainian public administration and infrastructure.

"Let's not be too shy to do it. These are legitimate military targets," Korotchenko said. "The entire system of the public administration and military administration of Ukraine—all of its key objects are lawful, legitimate targets of the Russian army for the duration of this special military operation."

The Russian military journalist also warned about people traveling to Ukraine from other nations.

"We see the endless flow of Western visitors, who come to Kyiv without any fear and take part in propagandist performances," he said. "They should be afraid to come to Kyiv, and, physically, they should lose the ability to arrive to Kyiv by air or via the railways."

Watch video here: https://twitter.com/i/status/1547258008291475457

https://www.newsweek.com/russian-military-expert-concerned-about-ukraines-new-weapons-west-1724419

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« Reply #372 on: July 15, 2022, 11:23:51 AM »
Experts document alleged crimes against humanity committed by Russian forces in Ukraine
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« Reply #373 on: July 16, 2022, 05:40:20 AM »
Thank you President Biden! 

Ukraine Map Suggests U.S.-Supplied HIMARS Could Be Turning Tide of War

Maps of Ukraine created by NASA's FIRMS fire tracking system suggest American-supplied M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems—known as HIMARS—could be turning the tide of Vladimir Putin's war.

Side-by-side maps of Ukraine's eastern Donbas region—the frontline of the war—dated July 8 and July 12, show the number of major fires in Ukraine - an indication of Russian shelling - before and after Ukraine ramped up attacks using the HIMARS precision rocket weapon system provided by Washington.

24hr NASA FIRMS data from eastern Ukraine on July 8th vs July 12th. An interesting sharp decrease in returns.



NASA's Fire Information for Resource Management System or FIRMS was created to monitor large-scale fires.

The maps illustrate a sharp decrease in the number of fires detected by NASA satellites—an indicator that long-range strikes on Russian ammunition warehouses appear to be playing in Ukraine's favor.

"A big question mark of whether or not this indicates a decrease in Russian shelling, and whether or not the Ukrainian strikes on Russian ammunition facilities have had an impact on Russian fires capabilities," defense specialist @Osinttechnical posted on Twitter.

On July 9, Ukrainian presidential adviser and peace talks negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak named HIMARS as one of three weapons Ukraine needs to turn the tide of Putin's war in Ukraine, as clashes intensified in the battle for the country's eastern Donbas region

"Do we want a turning point in the war? 3 components... HIMARS for high-precision targeting rear bases, logistics," he tweeted. "Heavy artillery on the frontline allows matching number parity. APC [armored personnel carriers] for "breakthrough fists"... More tools faster we'll clean our land of the Russians."


US made HIMARS (High Mobility Advanced Rocket System) on static display during live fire exercises on April 14, 2016 in Crow Valley, Tarlac province, Philippines. HIMARS was developed in the late 1990s for the U.S. Army, and missiles fired from the system have a range of some 50 miles.

A day earlier, President Joe Biden signed a $400 million weapons package for Ukraine, including four additional high mobility artillery rocket systems. The U.S. began to supply Ukraine with the system in June, after Ukraine said it would not use HIMARS to attack Russian territory.

HIMARS was developed in the late 1990s for the U.S. Army, and missiles fired from the system have a range of some 50 miles.

Ukrainian forces said Thursday that they used HIMARS to destroy a second Russian ammunition warehouse in the city of Nova Kakhovka, in the occupied Kherson region, in southern Ukraine.

And on Friday, Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said on his Telegram channel that a Russian ammunition depot was on fire in the occupied city of Kadiivka, in the Luhansk region.

"Another ammunition warehouse of the occupiers is on fire in Kadiivka," Haidai said.

It isn't clear if Ukraine's armed forces targeted the ammunition depot with HIMARS.

Multiple Russian commanders have been killed in HIMARS strikes in the past week, according to Ukraine.

Haidai told Newsweek this week that Russians are "in panic mode" over strikes by American-made HIMARS.

"As the whole world has seen over the past week or so, we have been able to inflict massive damage to their missile defense systems and ammunition storage facilities deep behind the enemy lines," Haidai explained.

This, he said, "was largely down to the variety of weapons we have recently received from the West. And when we have sufficient amounts of such weaponry, we will be able to carry out further counterattacks."

Newsweek has contacted Russia's Foreign Ministry and Ukrainian authorities for comment.

https://www.newsweek.com/ukraine-map-reveals-us-american-himars-turned-tide-war-donbas-1724939

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« Reply #374 on: July 16, 2022, 09:17:19 AM »
Ukraine strikes significantly reducing Russia's offensive potential, Kyiv says



KYIV (Reuters) - Ukrainian rocket strikes have destroyed more than 30 Russian military logistics centres in recent weeks and significantly reduced Russia's attacking potential, Ukraine's defence ministry spokesperson said on Friday.

The official, Oleksandr Motuzianyk, singled out the role played by U.S.-produced HIMARS rocket systems, one of several types of long-range weapon supplied by the West to help Ukraine fight back against Russia.

"In the last weeks, over 30 of the enemy's military logistical facilities have been destroyed, as a result of which the attacking potential of Russian forces has been significantly reduced," Motuzianyk said on national television.

Motuzianyk told Reuters in separate comments that the 30 targets were destroyed by multiple launch rocket systems, including HIMARS.

If confirmed, the comments would suggest that Western weapons are having an impact on the battlefield and could indicate a shift in the war's dynamic after nearly five months.

Russia, which invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, has captured a chunk of territory in southern Ukraine and used its artillery supremacy in the east to make gradual territorial gains, eventually capturing Luhansk region.

A top Ukrainian general said on Thursday that Russia had not taken a "single metre" of land in the last week and that Ukrainian strikes were disrupting Russian supply lines, forcing Moscow to keep its ammunition further back from the front line. Reuters was not able to immediately confirm battlefield reports.

HIMARS have a longer range and are more precise than Ukraine's Soviet-era artillery, allowing Ukrainian forces to hit Russian targets that were previously unreachable.

On Friday, Ukraine's defence minister said Kyiv had taken receipt of a first consignment of M270 multiple rocket launch systems, without specifying which country provided them.

Russia on Thursday criticised the United States and Britain for helping train Ukraine's armed forces, calling it part of NATO's "hybrid warfare" against Moscow. It said Washington was providing Ukraine with instructors to help use HIMARS.

Kyiv said this week that its forces carried out strikes on Russian military infrastructure in a city that lies deep in Russian-occupied territory in southern Ukraine.

Motuzianyk also said that only 30% of Russian strikes were hitting military targets, with the rest landing on civilian sites. That assertion could not be verified by Reuters. Russia denies deliberately targeting civilians in what it calls a "special military operation" in Ukraine.

https://news.yahoo.com/ukraine-strikes-significantly-reducing-russias-184305089.html

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« Reply #376 on: July 21, 2022, 01:15:51 AM »
Zelensky suspends top officials over staffers' 'collaboration' with Russia
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« Reply #377 on: July 24, 2022, 10:39:42 AM »
Ukraine war: Zelensky widens purge of security services
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« Reply #378 on: July 24, 2022, 04:12:19 PM »
As Russia's invasion of Ukraine hits five months, here are the issues you need to know
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2022/07/24/ukraine-russian-war-five-months/10119434002/?gnt-cfr=1

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Russia tries to blame West for food shortages as Lavrov rallies support on Africa tour
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