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General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine daily briefing | Facebook , 18.00 02.09.2022 (machine translation)
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In the Zaporizhzhya region, the enemy shelled objects in the areas of Novoocheretuvate, Novosilka, Vremivka, Novopil, Novodarivka, Zaliznychne, Dorozhnyanka, Novodanilivka, and Biloghirya settlements.
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There is still a threat of missile strikes on objects and infrastructure elements deep in the territory of Ukraine.

The enemy company, which was based in the "Lost World" sports club, left Kherson and took the looted property to the temporarily occupied territory of the Republic of Crimea in 5 awning trucks.

In connection with the arrival of the IAEA commission, the occupiers removed all military equipment from the territory of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. About 100 units were moved to the Atom Energomash plant, the rest were distributed in the nearest settlements.

It has been confirmed that 3 enemy artillery systems, as well as a warehouse with ammunition and a company of personnel were destroyed by accurate strikes of our troops in the areas of Kherson and Ener*odar settlements. The wounded were taken to medical facilities near Borozenskoe, Kherson region. Due to the inadequate level of medical care, most of the occupiers died from their injuries.

Aviation of the Air Force, together with the army aviation of the Ground Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, continues to strike critical enemy objects, accumulations of manpower and military equipment, control points, and warehouses with ammunition and fuel.

We believe in the Armed Forces of Ukraine! Together to victory! Glory to Ukraine!

In the Slavyansk direction, enemy units fired from tanks, mortars, barrel artillery, and rocket salvo fire systems at the areas of Vernopillya, Brazhivka, Dibrivne, Dolyna, Bogorodichne, Donetske, Raihorodok, and Krasnopillya settlements. The enemy did not conduct active offensive actions.

by Cat on Fri Sep 2nd, 2022 at 06:39:52 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Sep 10th, 2022 at 03:10:31 PM EST
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Reuters | Ukraine says hundreds of bodies found in mass burial site

Ukrainian officials said on Friday they had found hundreds of bodies, some with their hands tied behind their backs, buried in territory recaptured from Russian forces, in what President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called proof of war crimes by the invaders.

Zelenskiy told Reuters in an interview many corpses were also interred in other sites in the northeast and appealed for foreign powers to step up weapons supplies, saying the outcome of the war hinged on their swift delivery....

Sky News | 'Mass burial site containing 440 graves' found in Izyum after city liberated by Ukrainian forces
"'We want the world to know what is really happening and what the Russian occupation has led to,' Volodymyr Zelensk* said in a nightly video address to the nation."
AP | Ukrainian president: Burial site contains torture victims
"Digging in the rain, workers hauled body after body out of the sandy soil in a misty pine forest near Izium."
CNN | Some bodies found at mass burial site in Izium show 'signs of torture,' Ukraine says
"Izium was subject to intense Russian artillery attacks in April...."

Slava Ukraini!

by Cat on Sat Sep 17th, 2022 at 03:41:00 PM EST
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My earlier post ...

UK Reuters As Main Purveyor of War Lies

Zelensky admitted 150-200 of his men died each day in the slaughter of war

24 Hours later ...

Reuters Pulls Article Bound Bodies Izium Graves

Advisory - Story has been withdrawn - Multiple bodies found at mass burial site in Ukraine's Izium with rope around necks | Reuters |

Yesterday's Reuters article

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 17th, 2022 at 04:09:50 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Sep 17th, 2022 at 10:19:57 PM EST
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DW | #NAFO: Ukraine's ["]info warriors["] battling Russian trolls, 17 Sep
The North Atlantic Fella Organization, or NAFO, is a global internet army employing witty memes -- most featuring a dog -- that challenge Russian disinformation online.

"For many years, Russia has been waging a serious information war globally," said Ivana Stradner, a NAFO member, fellow with the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute and writer for the Kyiv Post newspaper.

At the start of the Ukraine war in February, the [G7] had done little to counter Russia's fake news with "offensive information operations," she added.

This information war imbalance has been corrected to an extent by NAFO, or the North Atlantic Fella Organization, a play on NATO that creates humorous memes to satirize Russian claims, for example, that it is not invading Ukraine but simply liberating it from Nazis -- ironic considering Ukraine has a Jewish president....

Kyiv Post | Outrage as Ukraine Finds Mass Grave Near Liberated Izyum, 17 Sep
The European Union is "deeply shocked" at the newest discovery of a mass grave left by the Russians in the nearly seven-month-old war, said the bloc's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the graves likely provided more evidence that Russia is committing war crimes in its pro-Western neighbor, and French President Emmanuel Macron said what happened in Izyum were atrocities.
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Putin, at [the 22nd Meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)] in Uzbekistan, was told by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that now was "not a time for war".
...I know that today's era is not of war and we have spoken to you many times on the phone that democracy, diplomacy[,] and dialogue are such things that touch the world. Today we will get a chance to discuss how we can move forward on the path of peace in the coming days. I will also get an opportunity to understand your view point....
The discovery also came a day after Putin admitted that China[] whose leader Xi Jinping was also attending the [SCO] summit[] had expressed "concerns" about the situation in Ukraine[] which Russian forces invaded on February 24.
Kyiv Post | Zelensky Raises Ukrainian Flag in Liberated Izium, 14 Sep
Kyiv Post | China Isolates Russia, 17 Sep
< wipes tears >

archived PUTIN and XI 15 Sep, MODI 16 Sep  "readouts"

by Cat on Sat Sep 17th, 2022 at 11:22:27 PM EST
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Indian Punchline | India's gaffe at Samarkand, 20 Sep
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at Samarkand on September 16 after the SCO Summit turned into a media scandal. The Western media zeroed in on six words culled out of context in the PM's opening remarks -- "today's era is not of war" --  to triumphantly proclaim that India is finally distancing itself from Russia on Ukraine issue, as the US and European leaders have been incessantly demanding.

Of course, this motivated interpretation lacks empirical evidence and is, therefore, malicious. Besides, Modi also spoke with a rare interplay of emotions by underscoring the quintessence of the Indian-Russian relationship, as well as his two decade-long association with Putin.

The steamy part cooked up by the US media shows the desperation on the part of the "Collective West" to isolate Russia at a time when even western leaders have candidly admitted that the bulk of the non-western world does not identify with the western narrative on Ukraine and refuses to roll back their relationship with Russia. ...

oh
APsplainin | World opinion shifts against Russia as Ukraine worries grow, 23 Sep
by Cat on Sat Sep 24th, 2022 at 02:28:53 AM EST
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by Cat on Sat Sep 24th, 2022 at 03:27:26 AM EST
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Politio.com | China faces skeptics with UNGA pitch for global leader status, 23 Sep "concerns"
China's President Xi Jinping Zoomed into the U.N. General Assembly last year CROWING  about how his country had beaten Covid, opposed foreign military interventions[,] and led the way in advancing democracy and rule of law [trans. international norms?].

Since then, China has taken RUSSIA'S SIDE in the Ukraine war. It's menaced the democratic island of Taiwan and stamped out the vestiges of free rule in [British] Hong Kong. And its vaunted economy has sputtered due to its DRACONIAN zero-Covid strategy. No wonder DEMOCRACIES aren't so thrilled about Beijing MUCKING about The Global Order [trans. rules-based order?].
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Instead, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will address the General Assembly -- though now RELEGATED to a WEEKEND TIME SLOT < wipes tears > -- to project an IMAGE [trans. icon?] of his boss [??] as a resolute global statesman with innovative solutions to the world's most intractable problems.

Expect Wang to lace his speech [24 Sep] with the usual bromides about "win-win cooperation," "inclusive growth" and a "people-centered approach" [trans. people before profit?] designed to portray Xi as a staunch defender of the U.N. system.

But that verbal SMOKESCREEN aims to mitigate international dismay about China's ALIGNMENT [trans. free trade?] with Russia's Ukraine INVASION, its abuses of Xinjiang [U*GHURS,] and its AGRESSIVE military intimidation of Taiwan [trans. G7 arms sales?].
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Look for Wang to dole out some HONEY [trans. USD-denominated loans?] to the developing world while he SPRAYS VINEGAR  on what he referred to last month as U.S. "unilateralism and bullying."...

< wipes tears > memorable quotes
Express Tribune | Guterres to take up 'debt swaps' with IMF, WB, 11 Sep
IMF | Debt-for-Climate Swaps: Analysis, Design, and Implementation, 11 Aug
"partial debt relief operations conditional on debtor commitments to undertake ["]climate-related["] investments [capEx]" exchanged for creditors' ownership interest in public property
reference
What is a debt-for-equity swap?
selling the farm
by Cat on Sat Sep 24th, 2022 at 08:18:16 PM EST
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CBS | Transcript: National security adviser Jake Sullivan on "Face the Nation", 25 Sep "busy man watching the world"
...MARGARET BRENNAN: Vladimir Putin will carry out this annexation of eastern Ukraine within the next few days. If Russia is expanding its NUCLEAR UMBRELLA over this part of the country. Does that put the US in more direct conflict with Russia? And does a nuclear weapon being used there, p-put Russia in conflict directly with the US and NATO?
JAKE SULLIVAN: We have been crystal clear up to and including President Biden that we will not recognize the sham referenda, they in no way represent the will of the Ukrainian people. And we will treat this territory for what it is - Ukrainian territory, not Russian territory. And we will continue to support the Ukrainians as they seek to de[-]occupy this territory. So we've been clear, we're not going to stop or slow down our support to the Ukrainians, no matter what Putin tries to do with these-these fake elections and fake referenda and annexation. Now, when it comes to the question of nuclear use, President Putin's been waving around the nuclear card < wipes tears > at various points through this conflict the last few days are not the first time-
BRENNAN: -But he hasn't been as cornered as he is now.
SULLIVAN: It's true, and it is a matter that we have to take deadly seriously because it is a matter of paramount seriousness - the possible use of NUCLEAR WEAPONS for the first time since the Second World War [August 1945]. We have communicated directly, privately, at very high levels to the Kremlin, that any use of NUCLEAR WEAPONS will be met with catastrophic consequences for Russia, that the United States in our allies will respond decisively. And we have been clear and specific about what that will entail. We have, in public, been equally clear, as a matter of principle, that the United States will respond decisively if Russia uses NUCLEAR WEAPONS and that we will continue to support Ukraine in its efforts to defend its country and defend its democracy.
BRENNAN: Russia has been talking about this power plant rather than NUCLEAR WEAPONS just for the past 24 hours. Where does that fall? Is this an escalating threat?
SULLIVAN: So, for your viewers, there is a nuclear power plant < wipes tears > that is in Russian occupied portions of Ukraine. It has been put into cold shutdown to make it less likely that there's some kind of catastrophic incident at the plant. It is actually still being operated by the Ukrainian operators who are essentially at GUNPOINT from the Russian occupying forces. And the Russians have been consistently implying that there may be some kind of accident at this plant. ...
Readovka | Zaporozh* nuclear power plants and thermal power plants cut off the supply of electricity to the Kherson region, 19 Sep
archived Casualty, Jake Sullivan on NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, 'strategic ambiguity', GET A ROOM, En Route Madrid, Jake Set Out Threats, Jake Sullivan Warns
by Cat on Sun Sep 25th, 2022 at 09:17:50 PM EST
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Kherson, Khark*v counter-offensives and a NPP "cold shutdown"

Ukraine Today | The OPU confirmed the attack on Kharkiv CHPP-5, one of the largest in Ukraine, 9/11

On Sunday evening, September 11, the Russian invaders attacked the thermal power plant in Kharkov, one of the largest in Ukraine.

Mikhail Podol*ak, adviser to the chairman of the OPU [!], announced this.

"Direct deliberate strikes on critical civilian infrastructure, in particular on the largest Kharkiv CHP-5, is an unconditional manifestation of Russia's terrorism and its desire to massively leave civilians without light and heat. Such a cowardly" answer "for the flight of its own army from the [Khark*v region, Iz*um] battlefield," he stressed.
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"Kharkov and Donetsk regions are completely de-energized, partially Zaporozh*, Dnipropetrovsk, Sumy regions. Russian terrorists remain terrorists and hit critical infrastructure. No military facilities, only the goal is to leave people without light and heat," [Zelensk*] wrote on Twitter.
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As UNIAN wrote, on the evening of Sunday, September 11, an air alert was announced throughout Ukraine.

Critical infrastructure attacked, in several regions of Ukraine there is no electricity and water: what is known
"Dear citizens! At the moment, the territory of the community is completely de-energized due to the fact that the occupiers hit critical infrastructure facilities! Please remain calm. Kharkovoblenergo is already working on resolving this issue!", the message says.
Aftershock | Ukropressa: Decommunization [BWAH!] of infrastructure has begun
In addition, there were reports in social networks about the blackout of settlements in the Dnepropetrovsk, Khark*v, Poltava, Odessa [?!] and Zaporozh* regions. There are also reports of problems with the water supply. 

The head of the Poltava OVA [!] Dmitry Lunin, without giving any reason for the problem, said: "Electricity and water supply in the region will soon be restored. Power engineers are already working." 

The speaker of the Odesa OVA Serhiy Bratchuk said that the situation in the region is completely under control. All services work in accordance with certain tasks....

well, alrighty then
by Cat on Mon Sep 12th, 2022 at 12:24:09 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Sep 12th, 2022 at 03:32:28 PM EST
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"Hear what Zelensk* would tell Trump about Putin"

Politico.eu.com | Ukraine intends to push Russia entirely out, Zelenskyy says as counteroffensive continues, 9/11

"Our main goal is to de-occupy our whole territory," Zelensk* said through a translator on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS. "The main goal is de-occupation. We just cannot allow Russia to continue the same occupation that they started back in 2014."
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Zelensk* referred to Russia's occupation as "cannibalism," but said the source of Ukraine's strength lies in its willingness to hold out. He met with host Zakaria in an outdoor walking interview, which Zakaria pointed to as significant, given the threats on Zelensk*'s life.
by Cat on Mon Sep 12th, 2022 at 05:00:38 PM EST
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BBC | Ukraine President Zelensky involved in car accident but 'not seriously hurt', 14 Sep Freud
c. 1914 critical injury
The president was examined by a doctor, no serious injuries were found," he said. The driver of the car that collided with the motorcade was treated at the scene and driven away in an ambulance.

Mr Nykyforov said all the circumstances of the traffic accident were being investigated by law enforcement officers. He provided no further details....

archived APsplainin not that "resistance", the other one
by Cat on Thu Sep 15th, 2022 at 04:12:51 PM EST
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APsplainin Kherson, Khark*v counter-offensives, 12 Sep
Ukraine makes more gains, pushes back to NE border in places - video
As blue-and-yellow Ukrainian flags fluttered over newly liberated towns, the Ukrainian military said its troops had freed more than 20 settlements in 24 hours. In recent days, Kyiv's forces have captured territory at least twice the size of greater London, according to the British Defense Ministry.

After months of little discernible movement on the battlefield, the momentum has lifted Ukrainian morale and provoked rare [Russian] public criticism of Russian President Vladimir PUTIN'S WAR. While Ukrainian cities began emerging from Russian occupation, a local leader alleged that the Kremlin's troops had committed atrocities against civilians there similar to those in other places seized by Moscow.
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"The Russians were here in the morning. Then at noon, they suddenly started shouting wildly and began to run away, charging off in tanks and armored vehicles," Dmytro Hrushchenko, a resident of recently liberated Zaliznychne, a small town near the eastern front line, told Sky News of the quick withdrawal.

MSN Newsweek | Ukraine Map Reveals How Invasion Is Being Rolled Back 200 Days to 24 Feb
Video taken by the Ukrainian military showed soldiers raising the Ukrainian flag over battle-damaged buildings. In one scene, a fighter wiped his boots on a Russian flag on the ground. Other videos showed Ukrainians inspecting the wreckage of Russian military vehicles, including tanks.
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Denis Pushilin, head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, told Russian television that Ukrainian troops were mounting assaults on the town of Lyman, a rail hub captured by Russia in late May that offers access to bridges over the nearby Siversky Donets river. Pushilin said that pro-Kremlin soldiers "are holding them back, and the situation, despite the fact that it remains difficult, remains controllable."

The Donetsk [oblast] is one of two ["breakaway republics", "Russian puppet states"] that make up Ukraine's industrial heartland known as the Donbas [DPR, LPR], which continues to be a key target [?] of Russia's offensive.
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The Washington-based Institute for the Study of War said Monday that Kyiv "will likely increasingly dictate the location and nature of the major fighting."
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Some analysts praised Ukraine's initial move on the south[west] Kherson area for drawing the attention of enemy troops there, before pouncing on more depleted Russian lines in the northeast [Khark*v]. Even around Kherson, Russia is struggling to bring forces across the Dnieper to stop the Ukrainian offensive there, the British military said.

by Cat on Mon Sep 12th, 2022 at 05:48:42 PM EST
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Without You! - Zelensky's Address to Russia
"Without gas or without you? - The answer is without you. Without electricity or without you? - Without you. Without water or without you? - Without you. Without food or without you? - Without you.

"For us, cold, hunger, darkness and thirst are not as dangerous and deadly as friendship and brotherhood with you. But history shows everyone and everything in its place. And we will have gas, electricity, water and food, and it will be without you!", Volodymyr Zelensky addressed to Russia.

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Sep 12th, 2022 at 06:32:54 PM EST
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Euromaidan Press | Ukraine LIBERATES one more village in Donetsk Oblast, improves positions near Bakhmut - GenStaff, 23 Sep illustrated
Ukraine has liberated Yatskivka village (Donetsk Oblast) from Russian occupation and improved their tactical positions near Bakhmut, Deputy Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Oleksiy Hromov said
kalerkantho AFP | Two dead in Kherson hotel strike: Officials, 25 Sep
"Today, at around 05:30 (0230 GMT), the Ukrainian armed forces fired a missile on the Play Hotel by Ribas" in Kherson, the regional Russian-controlled administration said in a statement....
Al Mayadeen | Ukrainian troops shell hotel housing journalists, staff in Kherson, 25 Sep
Ukrainian troops shell a hotel in the center of Kherson with US-supplied HIMARS systems, killing two people.
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This comes as the Kherson Region, along with Donetsk, Lugansk, and Zaporozhye are holding referenda that began on September 23 on the accession into the Russian Federation.

Observers from France and the United States are monitoring the courses of the referendum taking place in Kherson, according to Marina Zakharova, the chairperson of the region's election commission.

US, French observers monitoring referendum in Kherson region

"Foreign observers have already arrived, they are representatives of two countries - France and the United States. They expressed a desire to travel to remote areas of the Kherson region, and we provided them with such an opportunity. At the moment they are working with our voters," [Kherson election commision chair Marina] Zakharova told reporters...

RFERL | Russia, Ukraine Trade Accusations Of Shelling In Southern Ukraine Amid Sham Referendums In Occupied Territories, 25 Sep
by Cat on Sun Sep 25th, 2022 at 02:22:49 PM EST
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I confess that piqued my curiosity :

Xavier Moreau, André Chanclu, Yvan Benedetti ou encore Arnaud Develay... Plusieurs figures de l'extrême droite radicale et du complotisme hexagonal ont fait le déplacement côté russe pour jouer le rôle d'«observateurs étrangers» des référendums d'annexion organisés par Moscou dans le Donbass.

(but why do you quote only secondary sources, rather than the horse's mouth, ou HMV?)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Sep 29th, 2022 at 12:33:49 PM EST
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So long Lyman! You so nearly made it to Russia

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Sep 29th, 2022 at 12:35:52 PM EST
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tabloid USAToday | Ukrainian troops OVERRUN Russian forces, break through lines in recently annexed Kherson: Updates, 3 Oct LIVE
A Ukrainian counteroffensive that already has reclaimed thousands of miles is breaking through Russian lines in the Kherson region recently annexed by Moscow, Kremlin-installed officials said Monday.

Vladimir Saldo, the Russian-installed head of Ukraine's Kherson region, said on state television that multiple settlements about 70 miles northeast of the city of Kherson on the bank of the Dnieper River had been overrun.

"It's tense, let's put it that way," Saldo said in a translation by Reuters....

by Cat on Mon Oct 3rd, 2022 at 05:51:57 PM EST
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Wait! Slow down! Did we cross a red line? Anyone see a red line?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Oct 4th, 2022 at 10:35:37 AM EST
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