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They definitely are. I don't know if they live in Ukraine now, but those who indicate their origin from Ukraine in the profile are on the forum for sure. In this topic, one or two somehow manifested themselves.I was wondering, any Ukranians here on the forum living currently in Ukraine? Curious to hear some of your stories and how things unfold there, cause i've been looking on the forum for possible POV's from possible ukrainians on the forum, but I am either bad at searching on there's none
'What a "convincingly" explanation.'Here, it seems, I have already got used to everything, but the degree of bloodthirstiness of the Ukrainian junta is striking every time. After reading the news about the strike on Yelenovka, I was surprised at first by the large number of victims, not typical for strikes on residential areas, and only then found an explanation that it was a targeted strike on the place of detention of Ukrainian prisoners of war.
Минобороны: ВСУ ударили по СИЗО с пленными «азовцами» из HIMARS (ВИДЕО 18+)
Вот, кажется, уже привык ко всему, но степень кровожадности украинской хунты каждый раз поражает. Прочитав новость о ударе по Еленовке, я сначала удивился большому количеству пострадавших, не характерному для ударов по жилым районам и только потом нашел разъяснение, что это был целенаправленный удар по месту содержания украинских военнопленных.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Even if the Ukrainian forces were behind the strike on the Elenovka detention facility housing Ukrainian prisoners of war in Donbass, “they did not mean to do that," a senior US Defense Department official said on Friday.
“If it happened to be a Ukrainian strike, I promise you, number one - they didn't mean to do that. They certainly care about their own people, and they care about the civilians and military, of their own army,” the official said during a press briefing.
The official said even though the Russian military presented some pieces of munition for the US-supplied High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), which, according to Moscow were used to shell the detention facility, it does not necessarily mean that Ukraine is the one to blame since the Russian forces have some of them.
Earlier on Friday, a Sputnik correspondent reported that the Elenovka detention center housing Ukrainian prisoners of war was shelled by Ukrainian troops with HIMARS. Medical personnel and troops of the Emergencies Ministry are currently working at the site.
The correspondent reported that some of the wreckage contained serial numbers of HIMARS missiles.
The building of the detention center had been almost destroyed by a scorching fire, the correspondent reported, adding that Ukrainian militants detained there were almost burned to the ground with their bodies still lying at the site.
The territorial defense staff of the Donetsk People’s Republic said on Friday that the death toll from the strike on the detention center in Elenovka reached 53 people, and the number of wounded detainees surpassed 130.
While Zelensky publicly insults the American people, the US has given over $50 billion in financial aid to Ukraine...
Scotland Today online - Zelenskyy: "Americans are ridiculous, decadent, over-fed and I have contempt for them"The Ukrainian authorities have stopped hiding that they only need money from the United States. They (Ukraine) treat us (USA) with complete contempt. They don't care about the United States at all.scotlandtoday.online
They (Ukraine) treat us (USA) with complete contempt. They don’t care about the United States at all.
TRANSCRIPT:Anna, CBC: Some of the world’s foremost military commanders are joining forces to help Ukraine defend its territory. The non-profit Ukrainian World Congress is putting together a Strategic Advisory Council, as we approach the five months mark of Russia’s war in Ukraine. Retired Canadian General Rick Hillier is leading that effort and joins me live from Campbellton, Newfoundland. I knew you’d keep busy with the Strategic Advisory Council, and you are running it. What’s your plan?
Hillier: Our plan is to help Ukraine, help Ukraine, you know, a democratic nation defend itself against a brutal dictator who’s invading it and destroying its country and killing its people. And so we want to help in our unique way by putting our shoulder behind the Ukrainian World Congress and helping people realize that they should advocate for support Ukraine and donate for support Ukraine. And so that’s what we want to do – help Ukraine.
Anna, CBC: And help – that can take many forms. What’s on your list when it comes to that to-do help list?
Hillier: Well, very practical, because we’re soldiers, after all, all of us who are part of the council. Dave Petraeus, General Wesley Clark, General Dick Lodewijk Berlijn from the Netherlands, and myself. And what we want to do is equip the defenders of Ukraine, specifically, the 100,000 Territorial Defense Force members. As a very recent organization, they are the moms and dads of Ukraine who have joined up to defend their families, defend their villages. They’ve gotten very little training and are absolutely poorly equipped. And we want to help change that by raising money and purchasing and getting to them the equipment they need to protect themselves.
So very simply, a helmet to protect their head, their noggin from shrapnel and shock, ballistic goggles to protect their eyes from the shrapnel of rocks and dust and explosions, flak vests with the plates, knee pads, boots, and medical kits, like, which they can use to save their life or the lives of their battle buddies. And we’re looking at 100,000. You know, $2,500 a soldier so we’re looking at raising a lot of money to outfit those Territorial Defense Force men and women and maybe give them an increased probability, when they go into action, to defend their families against those russians who are so brutal and so vicious, that maybe they’ll have a chance now of surviving that fight, you know, the flak vests with steel plates as much better than a shirt at defeating a 7.62 round fired up?
Anna, CBC: Yeah, but my question would be this, you can have all the protective equipment you want. If I have steel-toed boots, but I don’t know how to use the jackhammer, I’m still gonna get hurt. You know what I mean? So is the equipment the important thing, or is the training to use lethal weapons to protect what’s important?
Hillier: So Anna, no one of these things will stand alone. And you know, I said earlier this morning,at an event we were talking about, if you combine the courage and the willingness to serve and sacrifice of the Ukrainian soldiers and the men and women in Ukraine, which I saw firsthand myself, because recently, and if you combine that with the equipment’s that the Western governments are providing them – not fast enough – but providing them and you combine that with training, which countries like Canada can do superbly. And then private donations to equip individuals like the Territorial Defense Force, then you’ve got a winning equation to defend the country and defeat the russian invaders. You can’t do it with just one of those silos or two. You have to have all four of them together.
Anna, CBC: You know, I’m an optimistic kind of gal. I’m a glass-half-full person. And while you can have all the optimism in your heart, sometimes, and I’ve spoken with other, you know, military leaders like yourself, who say this is going to be a protracted war. So in your heart, is there a chance? And could it be soon?
Hillier: Well, look, I’m an optimist also, Sue. So I’m, after all, I’m a Toronto Maple Leafs fan and I have been all my life. You have to be an optimist to be a Toronto Maple Leafs fan.
Anna: You’re absolutely right.
Hillier: You know, I observe firsthand, I’ll say again, the courage and the willingness to serve and sacrifice up the Ukrainian men and women defending their country. The West are getting the equipment to them. And I commend, I mentioned specifically the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Poland and Estonia. I mean, they have been incredible. And I would challenge every other NATO country to be able to stand up and deliver the kind of material that they have. But if you can’t deliver material, then deliver the training that goes, that’s required to bring all that together into fighting formations. And there’s a place where Canada could stand out because we’ve done it in the past and is desperately needed now. We can do it. So if you get those things to come together, and they can come together in part now, then I’m an optimist that Ukraine can win this fight. And eventually, over the longer term, yes, it will be a protracted struggle, over the longer term to eject the russians from eastern Ukraine and from Ukraine, from their homeland.
Anna, CBC: Yeah, I’ve heard soldiers say failure is not an option. And I can hear that in your voice. Let me ask you this. The four of you, are you working well together. Are you on the same page? And you have, you know, you get four military, you know, leaders together in a room, sometimes there can be some clashing of ideas or you’re working well?
Hillier: You know, superbly. First of all, we’re all battle buddies. Here, you know, and I know David Petraeus from Bosnia, way back when and all. Wes Clarke, of course, from European time and Dick Berlijn was the chief of defense staff in the Netherlands when we were, when I was chief of defense staff. We all work well together. We will have our own opinions. And we’ll come together and discuss those and bring forward the best concerted advice to the Ukrainian World Congress on how they can work best to support Ukraine. And then we will also want to work with the commanders in Ukraine to help them tell us what are their number one needs, and how we can help those needs in terms of priority and how they can go about themselves. We’ll also want to advocate on behalf of Ukraine with Western governments and convince people to go to Unite with Ukraine and donate to help support that non-lethal equipment that we want to buy.
Anna, CBC: I’ll be watching with great interest. I certainly wish you great success and a pleasure as always. you take care, OK, General.
Hillier: Thank you, Sueanna. So I know we’re gonna be successful. It might take a while, but we’re going to be successful.
Anna, CBC: Again, the optimist. Retired General Rick Hillier. He is in Campbellton, Newfoundland.
Yesterday, Saturday, July 30, there was this situation since last week: + one plane and + one helicopter, + 44 unmanned vehicles, + three anti-aircraft missile systems, + 44 armoured combat vehicles, + 9 multiple rocket launchers, + 32 field artillery and mortars, and + 120 automotive equipment.Today, July 23, there was: + four planes, + five helicopters, and + 17 multi rocket launchers and a number of armoured combat vehicles and other automotive equipment. There seem to be fewer planes, but there may be less of them now.
The main battle activity has been in the center of the front.
In the report from yesterday, July 30, there was in the TG report at 2:03:oday July 23:
The front looks similar, though the equipment appears to be knocked out more to the west.
While on the topic of howitzers, Germany is as reported sending some of their own Panzerhaubitze 2000
It has a firing range of 30-67 km.Ukraine: During the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, an announcement was made on 20 April that five Dutch PzH 2000s would be transferred to Ukraine, with ammunition and training to be provided by Germany. On 6 May, it was announced that Ukraine would receive seven units from German Army stocks which were undergoing maintenance. On 7 May, Chancellor Olaf Scholz agreed to supply the ammunition required, straight from industry to Ukrainian forces, without having to go through the German government for approval in the future. Training of Ukrainian artillery crews started on 11 May 2022 at the Bundeswehr's artillery school in Idar-Oberstein. On 21 June, Ukrainian Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov announced that the first PzH 2000s had entered Ukrainian service. Der Spiegel reported on 27 July that Germany had agreed to sell 100 more PzH 2000s to Ukraine.
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Thousands of anti-personal mines were dropped over DonetskCurrent data for the past day
On the evening of July 30, the Armed Forces of Ukraine were again mined the center of Donetsk with anti-personnel mines-petals. Despite the work of air defense, mines fell to the ground from downed Ukrainian missiles, many of them did not explode, so moving along the streets of Donetsk is now deadly, both for drivers and pedestrians. Traffic in the city center is blocked - the roads are working Ministry of Emergency Situations and sappers.
The situation on the fronts for the past day:
In the Kharkiv direction, there are unconfirmed reports of the advance of the RF Armed Forces near Borshcheva. The troops of the Russian Federation are trying to take up strong positions in Liptsovo, Pitomnik, Uda, Tsupovka, Upper Saltov, Lower Passages.
In the Slavic direction, fighting is underway on the outskirts of Soledar, Belogorovka, Yakovlevka and Bakhmut.
On the Artyomovsky (Bakhmutovsky) direction, fighting is underway in the Veselaia Dolina area. You can also expect the start of imminent battles for Kodema.
In the Donetsk direction, the fighting is going on in the village of Peski. In Maryinka, there is progress in the village development. Heavy fighting is also taking place on the outskirts of Krasnogorovka. To the north of Avdiivka, Russian troops crossed the railway line and took fire control of the main highway.
In the southern direction in the Zaporozhye and Nikolaev regions, the situation remained unchanged. The Armed Forces of Ukraine are gradually strengthening the group in anticipation of the Russian offensive.
On our border from Ukraine this morning was made artillery shelling of the village of Lomakovka. There were no casualties. The Ukrainian side also fired Tetkino village, Glushkovsky district. According to preliminary data, no victims.
Following the TG link led to the channel of Vladimir Solovyov.Russian sappers and rescuers of the DPR have been clearing mines in the central part of Donetsk for the 15th hour after the Ukrainian army remotely threw banned Petal anti-personnel mines there. Thousands of deadly objects lie just on the central streets of the city
Sergey Makarenko (Makarenko 🅉 Donetsk ) especially for Nightingales Live from Donetsk
My favorite alternate news military intel says these Azov prisoners might have been singing a tad too much => secret info to the Russians. Zelensky-CIA regime probably didn't like that, so they missile bombed the prison.