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WEDNESDAY 17 AUGUST 2022
UKRAINE, THE LATEST Podcast, The Telegraph
- Day 175
- There have been strikes in Odesa.
- A grain ship left for Africa.
- The Ukrainian strategy is creating chaos in the Russian forces. The Crimean bridges to the east of Crimea, linking Crimea to Russia are illegal structures according to the Ukrainians. They will probably come under attack.
- There is no prospect of meaningful negotiations with Russia until they have experienced a significant military defeat.
- There have been some explosions in Melitopol, occupied Ukraine.
- The Russians are saying they have captured “terrorist cells,” something they use frequently when things aren’t going well.
- People in the south are preparing for an energy blockade in the near future.
- The operator of the nuclear power plant has been subjected to a massive cyber attack. There is shelling in the area which is extremely dangerous.
- Russian Arms Fair (Moscow)
- Russia is trying to cut deals (Article in Forbes) for arms sales.
- Some of the arms have been built in China and are being resold by the Russians. This is a pattern whereby Russians are buying cheap Chinese tech and reselling them at incredibly increased prices.
- India heavily invests in Russian armaments. A lot of this is not working as advertised. Radios that can be easily jammed, for example. Russian products have been shown to be less than desirable.
- Jewish Exodus from Russia
- 20,000 Jews are estimated to have left Russia since the war started. Jewish people who have left are not inclined to speak about it. There is pressure on the Jewish community to support the war.
- Growing repression of anyone who does not tow the line.
- A more totalitarian Russian state may spell great difficulties.
- The Jewish Agency works on immigration issues and repatriation to Israel. An order was given to shut down the organization. Normally quite friendly, Israel is furious at the shutdown of the organization.
- Whenever there is serious internal strife, the Jewism community suffers greatly. There have been pogroms. They are targeted as “enemies within.” There may be growing fears that a fascist state will not be a good thing for the Jewish community. There is a deep historical understanding of this problem. A more practical reason may be that if the war escalates, they may not be able to leave.
- Cyber War
- Earlier this week it was thought that the cyber war had settled down. Ukrainians, however, are saying that Russia is committing cyber “war crimes.” If civilians are targeted it is defined as a war crime.
THE HELL THAT IS THE UNITED STATES
- Hageman, who used to be a close ally of Liz Cheney, beat her in the Wyoming primary. Hageman is a lawyer who spent her career fighting environmental rules.
Ukraine used US-supplied Himars to destroy the military headquarters of notorious Russian private military contractor Wagner, after a Russian state television reporter seemed to give away its location by posting photos online.
— Read on news.yahoo.com/himars-strike-destroys-wagner-group-135329259.html
FRIDAY 12 AUGUST 2022
- The line on Fox News at 5:00 is that the documents seized from Mara-la-go were photographs and unimportant documents. They are laughing and making jokes about the documents.
- (Note: “The Five” includes five of the most obnoxious people in the world.)
- Trump world has evidently released some document which includes the names of the FBI agents who participated in the raid. This was released to Brietbart and they published it.
- The Cincinnati shooter’s postings changed from generalized violence to “we have to shoot FBI agents on sight,” after the search at Mara-lago.
- After the Ohio attack, FOX news personality, Kilmeade, released a doctored photograph of Jeffrey Epstein having his feet massaged by that woman (whose name I cannot remember and try not to think about), with the face of the judge who signed off on the search warrant superimposed on Epstein’s body.
- Neal Kaytal pointed out that as important as what was found at Mara-la-go is what was not found and was presumably destroyed.
- The Espionage Act is cited in the warrant.
- The warrant was very broad in terms of what could be searched on the premises.
- They had to show fresh probable cause of concealment or destruction.
- (Note: Who is the person who helped Trump bring these documents out of the White House? Trump is not smart enough to have selected these documents. In addition, he does not have the mentality capacity to read through documents and understand their import.)
- There are documents he could not have declassified without Congress. Declassification is a request.
- Somebody went through and hand-picked these documents. (Clint Watts and Harry Litman.)
- Clint Watts talked about “nuclear positioning.” This is, where nuclear weapons are positioned. This has been a highly contested issue with Putin.
- Heilemann (who is filling in for Nicolle Wallace on MSNBC) is calling Garland “meticulous” AGAIN. Jesus, there is no limit to this faux hero adulation. It reminds me of the Mueller nonsense.
- Stories that are not receiving the coverage they deserve: 1) the attack on the FBI office in Cincinnati, 2) the attack on Salman Rushdie. Can they seriously not cover more than one story at the time?
- John Heilemann, in for Nicolle Wallace, desperately needs a verbal editor. My God, he asks a question, and it takes 5 minutes. Listening to him, my mind is filled with red pen marks through phrases and sentences. Ari Melber is the same way. He has guests on and talks endlessly so that they don’t have a chance to say anything.
Man known as ‘Putin’s chef’ touring jails looking for physically fit murderers and thieves, offering presidential pardons and a salary
— Read on www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/08/07/wagner-group-recruiting-convicts-join-militia-promise-free/
International Atomic Energy Agency head responds to reports of strikes on the contested Zaporizhzhia plant on Friday
— Read on www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/08/06/real-risk-nuclear-disaster-fighting-around-ukraine-power-plant/
WEDNESDAY 10 AUGUST 2022
UKRAINE UPDATE: UKRAINE: THE LATEST Podcast , The Telegrah
“Nobody’s going to break us. We are strong. We are Ukrainians.”
- 168 day.
- Latest News
- There was an attack in Crimea yesterday. This was away from the front line. This was at a military air base. There were Russian tourists at the beach and they posted photographs of the blast.
- Much of the coverage has been kept from occupied regions of Ukraine.
- The Russians claimed that it was an ammunition fire. This does happens because the Russians don’t take care of their munitions. There is a small chance that it was just a fire. We don’t think that was what happened.
- We think it was a Ukrainian attack. But, we don’t think they have the munitions to reach such a distance. The US has publicly stated that they have not supplied weapons that can reach this far. It is thought that it some kind of modified armament. Perhaps it is a new ballistic missile we have not seen before. There is also speculation that it is partisan activity.
- This is a very long range strike. It may well influence the fight for the Donbas.
- Medvedev has said that any strikes on Russian soil would be “judgement day.”
- The first time the war has been brought to Crimea. Raises questions of how long Putin can keep saying that this is a special operation and not a war.
- Zelensky has said that the war would not be over until Ukraine recaptured Crimea. It would be a huge undertaking. You have to go over a bridge to get there. Kirtz bridge?
- Russia is struggling to find troops. This ups the stakes.
- If Crimea is non-negotiable, i.e., if the Russians would mobilize their entire forces. We need to consider the potential for nuclear strikes. Is the international community prepared for a “small scale” nuclear strike? Would all Russian oil and gas be cut off? Would China be pressured to turn off contact?
- This is not being discussed enough. It needs to be made clear to Russia what would happen. We need to take the degree Russia considers Crimea Russian theirs, seriously. Unfortunately, Crimea needs to be seen differently.
- In the Washington Post, there was a comment made by an Ukrainian official that the attack on Crimea was by them but not using a US supplied weapon.
- Ukrainians mined old railroad tracks because they knew that the Russians had old maps. The Russians used the rails and were blown up.
- Russian troops were moved to the South and suddenly their rear was attacked, the military base that was supposed to protect them in their offensive.
- The Russians fight an old-school war. Smash up the place with artillery and then move in the soldiers. The Ukrainians are doing a good job outsmarting them.
- Takes away some of the air power that could be used in the Kherson region. Think it is part of the wider plan.
- Ukraine has been good at pushing the edges in terms of weaponry that will be supplied, pushing for more and more powerful weapons.
- We are expecting a statement from the Russians in terms of a splashy attack.
- There is going to be immense international pressure for there to be a negotiated settlement in the Fall because of the impact of gas and oil supplies. Ukraine needs to show now what they are capable of. Ukraine still has the capability of making this kind of strike.
- Ukrainians know that any negotiated settlement with the Russians won’t be worth the paper it is written on. This is true unless there are specific safeguards from the international community.
- Any territory held will be used as a launching pad for future Russian attacks.
- This attack on Crimea is an important morale booster for Ukraine.
- Amnesty International Report
- Some of the employees have resigned over the report. The report is absurd. They see all war as evil and look at everything through that lens. It is an idealistic view and one that has nothing to do with reality.
- It is not a feasible moral position.
- The co-founder of Amnesty International Sweden has resigned.
- Why are we not seeing a lot of UN intervention in this war? The UN sees themselves as brokering a peace and trying to see that things don’t escalate. The work they do they have to do behind the scenes. That’s what they would say.
- The UN’s purpose is to provide a table for negotiations.
- Some of their interventions have been horrible. What is the point of this institution if Russia is on the Security Council with a veto?