Putin Recognizes Donbass Republics, Sends Russian Military to 'Denazify' Ukraine

Seamus

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youlik

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The narrative among Western media seems to be changing. Like the Frenchies say: "the flies are flying to another donkey"
When I met the statement of the UN Secretary General about the attack on the nuclear power plant, I also thought about it. However, after reading it, I realized that this gentleman allowed himself to speak about this only because, as always, Russia is accused of this, without proof.
The UN Secretary General called the attacks on the Zaporozhye NPP suicide. Russian diplomats demand an independent investigation

The UN Secretary General called the attacks on the Zaporozhye NPP suicide. Russian diplomats demand an independent investigation
The United Nations hopes that the attacks on the Zaporozhye NPP will stop, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be able to visit it. This was stated by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The politician stressed that the international organization fully supports the efforts of the IAEA to stabilize the situation at the NPP.

"Any attack on a nuclear power plant is suicidal in itself, and I hope that these attacks will stop. I also hope that the IAEA will be able to gain access to the station," Guterres said at a press conference in Tokyo.

Ukrainian security forces fired at the Zaporozhye NPP from the Uragan MLRS. The rocket managed to release fragmentation combat elements. The distance between the place of their fall and the operating power unit was no more than 400 meters.

Russian diplomats have already called on the UN and the IAEA to condemn Kiev's criminal actions and take measures to prevent provocations at radiation-hazardous facilities in Ukraine

So, the Russian Embassy in the United States called on American journalists to stop "shouting Russophobic fabrications" about the strikes on the Zaporozhye NPP in Ukraine. The statement of the diplomats was published in the Telegram channel of the diplomatic mission.

The embassy pointed to the "disinformation campaign" unfolding in the American media in order to accuse the Russian military of launching artillery strikes on the territory of the nuclear power plant.

The real state of affairs is exactly the opposite, Russian diplomats stressed. They pointed out that it was the Ukrainian side that fired shells on the territory of the Zaporozhye NPP on August 5, as a result of which power lines and water supply were damaged as a result. At the same time, this is not the first provocation of Kiev, the embassy noted.

"We call on the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency to condemn the criminal actions of Kiev and take urgent measures to prevent provocations at radiation—hazardous facilities in Ukraine," the message reads.
Генсек ООН назвал атаки на Запорожскую АЭС самоубийством. Российские дипломаты требуют независимого расследования

The range of ammunition used by Ukrainians is expanding. So the anti-radar missiles arrived in time.

The APU struck for the first time with American AGM-88 anti-radar missiles

The first use of American cruise anti-radar missiles was recorded thanks to the surviving fragments of one of the missiles, which, allegedly, successfully hit a certain target. The name on the wreckage of the BSU-60 missile means that we are talking about the AGM-88 cruise missile – the latter were not officially delivered to Ukraine, however, the Pentagon announced the imminent delivery of "special cruise missiles" to combat air defense to Ukraine, as previously reported by the Avia information and news agency.about already reported.

In the photos presented, you can see the wreckage of the rocket after the latter hit the target. It was not possible to establish a variant of the missile, however, today there are AGM-88 missiles with a target range of up to 111 kilometers, which is a rather serious threat.

Where exactly the wreckage of the downed missile was found has not yet been specified, however, if the United States provided Ukraine with cruise anti-radar missiles in a sufficiently large number, this would pose a very serious threat to air defense systems covering the territories controlled by Russia, the LPR and the DPR and would make the APU strikes more effective.

It is not known from what exactly the launch of such missiles was carried out by the APU, however, in all likelihood, we are talking about a ground installation.
ВСУ впервые нанесли удары американскими противорадиолокационными ракетами AGM-88

The method of launching these missiles is not yet clear. Here are a few versions

The wreckage of the AGM-88 missile found in Ukraine may belong to the American F-16
The AGM-88 missile, the wreckage of which was found in Ukraine, can only belong to the American F-16.

Experts, as part of the investigation, came to the conclusion that the wreckage of the AGM-88 anti-radar missile, first discovered in Ukraine, can only belong to an American F-16 fighter. To date, the United States does not have ground-type launchers that allow launching such missiles, while there was simply no time to modernize the fighters in service with Ukraine.

As part of the investigation, experts found that unlike other types of missiles in service with the US Air Force, AGM-88 missiles can only be launched by fighters. This fact may indicate direct US intervention in the current situation, although there is no direct evidence to confirm that this type of missile was produced by US or NATO fighters.

"In a situation like this, a lot depends on the type of rocket. The AGM-88 missiles exist in several variants [ – the maximum range of the base version is only about 40 kilometers, while the maximum range of the upgraded version exceeds 150 kilometers," the analyst of Avia.pro notes.

According to the estimates of the Avia specialist.missile defense, if the missile was fired by an American aircraft, then we can only talk about a long-range missile, since it is quite obvious that the Pentagon would not take the risk to launch a missile from the front line, since Russian air defense systems would easily shoot down a fighter.
Найденные на Украине обломки ракеты AGM-88 могут принадлежать американскому F-16

The AFU strikes with AGM-88 missiles were associated with the arrival of 12 F-22 fighters in Poland
The APU strikes by American AGM-88 anti-radar missiles coincided with the arrival of American F-22s in Poland.

Against the background of the recent arrival of American F-22 fighters in Poland, as well as strikes on the Kherson region with AGM-88 cruise anti-radar missiles, experts have come to the conclusion that these two events have a connection. There have already been suggestions that the American F-22 will be used on the border of Poland and Ukraine for covert missions, since today it is the most inconspicuous American combat aircraft for radar, however, against the background of AGM-88 missile strikes, this only confirms a similar version, especially since the American The F-22 is capable of launching AGM-88 anti-radar missiles.

At the moment, there are no official statements from Russia, the LPR and the DPR regarding the discovery of the wreckage of the AGM-88 missile, which has given rise to quite a few versions, the main of which is the direct intervention of the United States with the provision of its combat aircraft and their capabilities to Ukraine.

In the photos presented, you can see the wreckage of the AGM-88 cruise anti-radar missile found on the territory of the Kherson region. It is not specified against which targets the missiles were used, however, given the fact that the missiles are designed to counter radar stations, electronic warfare systems and air defense systems, this causes very serious concern.
Удары ВСУ ракетами AGM-88 связали с прибытием в Польшу 12 истребителей F-22

The launcher for the AGM-88 missiles used by Ukraine is in service with only two countries - Israel and the United States
The only countries with land-based launchers for AGM-88 missiles are Israel and the United States.

As part of a detailed study of the situation with the discovery of fragments of the AGM-88 cruise anti–radar missile on the territory of the Kherson region, Middle Eastern media reported that a complex for launching missiles of this type from the ground really exists - its owner is Israel. In the 70s and 80s, with the help of Israeli Keres installations, the Israeli military was able to launch AGM-78 anti-radar missiles, however, against the background of replacing AGM-78 missiles with AGM-88 missiles, the installation could be upgraded.

Among other things, in 2018 it became known that an experimental launcher for this type of missile was created in the United States – the latter is intended for use both on land and at sea, and can be placed in a conventional sea container.

This fact indicates that the AGM-88 missile, the wreckage of which was found on the territory of the Kherson region, could have been fired not only by an airplane, but also by a ground installation.

At the moment, there are no official comments on the strikes with AGM-88 missiles either from the allied forces or from Kiev, which has raised quite a lot of questions about whether the United States has resorted to carrying out attacks from the airspace of Ukraine using its own aircraft.
Пусковая установка для ракет AGM-88, используемых Украиной, состоит на вооружении лишь у двух стран - Израиля и США

The possible consequences of the underground arms trade are already coming.

The Palestinians attacked the Israeli F-16 from the Soviet Strela-2M MANPADS.
The Palestinians attacked Israeli fighter jets.

During the Israeli Air Force strikes on the Gaza Strip, Palestinians armed with a Soviet portable anti-aircraft missile system "Strela-2M" attacked an Israeli combat aircraft. The rocket was launched from the territory of one of the civilian buildings, which was the first evidence that the Palestinians are armed with air defense systems to counter the Israeli Air Force.

On the presented video footage, published by members of the terrorist group "Islamic Jihad" (banned in Russia – ed.), you can see the moment of the attack on the Israeli F-16 fighter. There is no information about the effectiveness of the use of such an air defense system by the current hour. At the same time, experts drew attention to the fact that the Strela-2M portable anti-aircraft missile system was purchased on the "black market", as evidenced by the presence of a homemade power source.

It should be noted that Israel and the Gaza Strip agreed on a truce the night before, however, 8 minutes after its offensive, Palestinian rockets were fired at Israel again, as a result of which Israel resumed strikes.
Палестинцы ударили по израильскому F-16 из советского ПЗРК "Стрела-2М"

Встретив заявление Генсека ООН об атаке на АЭС, я тоже было подумал об этом. Однако ознакомившись понял, что данный господин позволил себе говорить по этому поводу только потому, что в этом, как всегда бездоказательно, обвиняется Россия.
Номенклатура применяемых украинцами боеприпасов расширяется. Вот и противорадиолокационные ракеты подоспели.
Не ясен пока способ запуска этих ракет. Вот несколько версий.
Возможные последствия подпольной торговли оружием уже наступают.
 

Vulcan59

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Fire sale by the Kiev regime of land and assets to Polish companies. :-(

....We are talking about predatory speculation, the result of which could be a real humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine.

Despite the obvious infringement of the national interests of the state, Kiev has created a new legal framework to ensure the plundering of the country – at the end of July this year, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a law on special guarantees for Polish citizens and a law on privatisation allowing the sale of Ukrainian industrial enterprises with a 50% discount. The Ukrainian authorities are in a hurry to sell everything they can before the end of their war, so that they can then escape from the country they have ravaged.

 

thorbiorn

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TG Link from MoD Russia. It appears to me that the green number to the right in the image below, could mean that there are less active than in the last report, while red could mean that there are more, summed up there are 549 less that are active than in the last report and that is what they claim.
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175 new arivals-335 more eliminated-389 more who have left Ukraine means that there now are 549 fewer people who are active in the war.
TG link
⚡️Russian Defence Ministry continues to monitor foreign mercenaries who have arrived in Ukraine to take part in combat operations.

▫️Over almost four weeks (from July 8 to August 5) the number of mercenaries in Ukraine decreased from 2,741 to 2,192 as a result of the offensive actions of the Russian Armed Forces and the units of the people's militias of Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics.

▫️Meanwhile, 175 more "soldiers of fortune" have arrived in Ukraine in recent weeks, including 81 fighters from Georgia.

▫️At the same time, the number of mercenaries arriving in Ukraine does not outweigh the losses in their ranks. 335 foreign fighters have been reliably confirmed eliminated during this period. Another 389 fighters left Ukrainian territory on their own.

▫️Poland still leads in the rate of reduction of mercenaries in Ukraine. 99 have been eliminated and 146 fighters have fled.

▫️In addition, in the past four weeks, 36 mercenaries from Canada, 33 from Romania and 21 from the United States have been eliminated.
Below, the blue are the people who have gone back home. The green are those that are no more, and the red the number that is active. If the numbers are real, the number of active might be reduced by about 20 a day.
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Something is going on.
 

SOTTREADER

The Living Force
I was in Krakow recently and can confirm the following

  • There are a lot of Ukrainians
  • Some of the Ukrainians are quite rich - saw some very flashy cars with number plates from Ukraine
  • There is some undercurrent of angst amongst Poles at all the Ukrainians
  • Poland has done quite well since it joined the EU from what I have seen. Krakow for example is quite beautiful, peaceful and calm.

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Seamus

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I was in Krakow recently and can confirm the following

  • There are a lot of Ukrainians
  • Some of the Ukrainians are quite rich - saw some very flashy cars with number plates from Ukraine
  • There is some undercurrent of angst amongst Poles at all the Ukrainians
  • Poland has done quite well since it joined the EU from what I have seen. Krakow for example is quite beautiful, peaceful and calm.

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Thanks for sharing your experience @SOTTREADER
 

unkl brws

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I was in Krakow recently and can confirm the following

  • There are a lot of Ukrainians
  • Some of the Ukrainians are quite rich - saw some very flashy cars with number plates from Ukraine
  • There is some undercurrent of angst amongst Poles at all the Ukrainians
  • Poland has done quite well since it joined the EU from what I have seen. Krakow for example is quite beautiful, peaceful and calm.

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Krakow is a beautiful city. I've been there twice and absolutely loved it! Interesting points about the Ukrainians that are there.
 

Gruchaa

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I was in Krakow recently and can confirm the following

  • There are a lot of Ukrainians
  • Some of the Ukrainians are quite rich - saw some very flashy cars with number plates from Ukraine
  • There is some undercurrent of angst amongst Poles at all the Ukrainians
  • Poland has done quite well since it joined the EU from what I have seen. Krakow for example is quite beautiful, peaceful and calm.

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Come to Warsaw also :) Changed to positive too.
However I prefer nature vs urban ;) Tatra's mountains or Masuria lakes :) That is the best
 

SOTTREADER

The Living Force
Come to Warsaw also :) Changed to positive too.
However I prefer nature vs urban ;) Tatra's mountains or Masuria lakes :) That is the best
I am slowly but surely understanding the angst of Poles towards Russia. Correct me if I am wrong.

It's not Russia per se that is the scary bit, it's the fear of going back in economic and cultural development that has been achieved over the last 20 or so years. Russia represents the Soviet days when the country was no where near as well off as it is now.

I noted that Poles actually don't want to "unite" with Ukraine in terms of taking their territory. The initial big fear was that Russia would invade Poland thereby taking it back to the "dark" days.

It is however, quite interesting to be in Krakow and it felt like a million miles from the "war". Life proceeds as normal though for those that understand the language, every other person on the street appears to be speaking Ukrainian.

It was funny, I was in a ticket shop for tourists and they had flags above guide books indicating the language. There was a Russian flag but not a Ukrainian one 😶
 
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