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

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France and Australia agree to supply Ukraine with thousands of NATO 155mm shells, - defence ministers

🔸Australia will supply gunpowder and French manufacturer Nexter will use it to make artillery shells.

🔸Defence minister S. Lecornieu said the countries would produce "several thousand" artillery shells for the Ukrainian armed forces. The first of these will probably start arriving before the end of March.

🔸"We sought to do this together - as a signal of the importance of Australia and France in supporting Ukraine in the current conflict," the Australian defence minister added
 

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The entire military and economic might of NATO is solidly behind and supporting the Kiev regime in the conflict with Russia and yet, rhetorically, Western leaders continue to pretend, with a smirk on their snide lips, that they are not party to the conflict - even as they send their own main battle tanks into the fray and openly admit to helping the Kiev regime attack Crimea. But as the Kiev regime's military forces suffer horrific casualties and are forced to retreat to the east, Western leaders and politicians are visibly starting to sound desperate and hysterical in their anti-Russian rhetoric.

Be very careful here, Germany. Have you forgotten the lessons of the Second World War so soon? The outcome of that conflict may indeed now be in question. It may not end in Kiev after all. It may, once again, only end in Berlin.
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The American colonel said that Ukraine is on the verge of extinction

Ukraine is close to defeat and serious demographic problems cast doubt on the state's sustainability. So said the former adviser to the Pentagon chief, retired US Army Colonel Douglas McGregor.

"Everyone in America now knows that Ukraine is losing. The Ukrainian resistance is collapsing. The country itself is in danger of disappearing - everything is so bad," he said.

McGregor added that Ukraine is now facing a serious demographic crisis, which has been caused, among other things, by the exodus of the country's population. "No one in the West is telling us the truth about the horrific losses. <...> Today, in Ukraine, there are about 18 to 22 million people under Zelensky's control. This number is roughly equal to the number of inhabitants of the Netherlands."
 

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SERGEY LAVROV SPEAKS
The programme is clear. The more long-range weapons, the more the Russian army will advance.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia's goal was to push Ukrainian troops to a safe distance for its territory.

"The more long-range weapons are supplied to Ukraine, the more they will have to be pushed back," he explained.

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RUSSIA WILL WIN THE WAR AGAINST UKRAINE AND ROMANIA WILL FALL UNDER THE RUSSIAN SPHERE OF INFLUENCE

Romanian oligarch and former media mogul Sorin Ovidiu Vintu is sure:

"Within five years at most, everything will change. Russia will win the war unconditionally. I don't doubt it at all. Of course, the Western propaganda is hysterical. But a nuclear power cannot be defeated. Putin personally or Russia will use nuclear weapons if they feel threatened.

Romania will enter the Russian sphere of influence. So look at all the pro-American propagandists who are now praising America, the -flicking-g country that has destroyed the entire Western world and, unfortunately, Europe.

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Russia issues warning to Israel

"PM Netanyahu told CNN he was “looking into” sending the Iron Dome to Kiev, prompting a reaction from Moscow"

"Anyone so much as speculating about sending weapons to Ukraine is escalating the conflict, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu."

Russia issues warning to Israel
 

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Putin issues warning to West at Stalingrad event

"The Russian president has condemned Western tank deliveries to Ukraine, promising a response that goes beyond armored vehicles"

"The Russian leader made the comments during a ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of victory at the Battle of Stalingrad."

“Unbelievable, but true – we are once again threatened with German Leopard tanks, with crosses on their hull. And once again seeking to battle Russia in Ukraine with the help of Hitler’s followers, the Banderites,” Putin said."

“Those seeking to defeat Russia on the battlefield apparently do not realize that a modern war with Russia would be entirely different for them. We’re not sending our tanks to their borders. Yet we have something to respond with, and it would not be limited to armor use only, everyone must realize that,” he added."

 

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Interesting news from web page South Front - Croatian president Milanović added to the Ukrainian kill list, probably because of strong opposition to the whole insanity a la "lets make collective seppuku together with Ukrainians". The local MSM didn't say a word about this news, the Croatian government continued to send money and aid to the Kiev regime without any protest, I guess they can't do anything else.

South Front article:
In the last week of January, Milanovich’s name appeared on the website of the “Myrotvorets” group, in the “list” section, which is intended to expose the data of the people the Kiev regime wants to kill. The site also informs the groups that helped it to obtain the data of the listed. The information is provided by various intelligence agencies, both Ukrainian and Western ones, including American institutions such as the CIA and FBI. In the case of Milanovich, this was provided by Ukraine’s GRU.
 

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Putin pointed out the facts of the sale of a fertile layer of land and roundwood from Ukraine

on February 2, 2023, 21:59

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the sale of a fertile layer of land and roundwood from Ukraine. He said this on Thursday, February 2, during a conversation with representatives of patriotic and youth organizations.

"I do not know who and when was engaged in the sale of a fertile layer of land from Ukraine, but there are such facts. And they sell roundwood there, although there is not so much of it, not like in Siberia. Soon all the Carpathians will remain bald there," the president noted.

So he commented on the story of one of the participants of the meeting, a member of the "Unarmia" Lev Kravchenko about how the medal of the Red Army soldier, who died in 1944 in battles on the territory of present-day Ukraine, came to Germany as a result of the sale of a fertile layer of soil. According to Kravchenko, we may be talking about the sale of land together with the remains of fallen soldiers.

The Russian leader agreed that similar cases of selling Ukrainian soil still occur.

"It's their business. But I can't imagine that the land is being sold together with human remains, it just doesn't fit in my head," the president said.

On the same day, Putin pointed out that people without understanding the past have no future. He stressed that there is no future without understanding what kind of land the people live on and thanks to whom they live on their land. The Head of State also noted that the work on declassification of documents from the Great Patriotic War, which is currently underway in Russia, will continue further.

Earlier in the day, Putin laid a wreath at the Eternal Flame in the Hall of Fame on Mamayev Kurgan and observed a minute of silence in memory of the defenders of Stalingrad. After that, he laid flowers at the grave of Marshal, twice Hero of the Soviet Union Vasily Chuikov.

The President of Russia also congratulated on the anniversary of the victory in the Battle of Stalingrad, noting that it was a battle for the existence of a "tortured, but unconquered country."
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Ukraine predicted a social explosion
Ex-adviser to Kuchma Soskin predicted a social explosion in Ukraine due to mass arrests


Oleg Soskin, a former adviser to the ex-president of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma, predicted a social explosion in the republic. He warned about this in a video on his YouTube channel.

According to Soskin, the situation may become destabilized due to mass arrests and the collapse of the economy. "People are put in prison, that is, there is nothing else to do in Ukraine. <...> The National Bank barely holds the hryvnia exchange rate, it is constantly falling," the ex—adviser said.

Earlier, Soskin called the situation in Ukraine a dead end. "The situation is just a dead end, and so far we see that all the power of Russia is concentrated against Ukraine," he said.

The politician also noted that if the West and Washington had not supported Kiev, Ukraine would have been defeated. According to him, weapons are not produced on Ukrainian territory. He stressed that Kiev lacks money, equipment and supplies.
Украине предрекли социальный взрыв

Defense Ministry: Russian forces destroyed a HIMARS launcher near Kramatorsk

MOSCOW, Feb 2 — RIA Novosti. Russian aircraft and artillery have eliminated two American launchers near Kramatorsk in the DPR, the Defense Ministry said.
"In the area of the city of Kramatorsk of the Donetsk People's Republic, the M-142 HIMARS and M-270 MLRS launchers manufactured by the United States were destroyed," the summary says.

In addition, in the Zaporozhye region, aviation forces managed to eliminate the 35D6 low-altitude target detection radar and the American AN/TPQ-37 counter-battery radar.
In the areas of Malinovka and Avdiivka in the DPR, as well as Druzhdovka in the Zaporozhye region, Russian units attacked three warehouses of rocket and artillery weapons of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

During the day, tactical aviation, missile troops and artillery hit 78 artillery units in firing positions, as well as manpower and military equipment in 105 districts. Air defense means shot down four HIMARS MLRS rockets and five Ukrainian drones near Golikovo and Kremennaya in the LPR, Berestovoye in the Kharkiv region and Sandy in the Kherson region.
Российские силы уничтожили пусковую установку HIMARS в районе Краматорска

Daily NK: North Korea will send military and police workers to the LPR and DPR

The DPRK government has instructed North Korean trading companies in Russia to select personnel who will be sent to the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR) to participate in reconstruction work. The corresponding decree was issued on January 20, the South Korean edition of Daily NK reported, citing sources.

According to Daily NK, the order was received by the companies Cholhyon Construction and Kumrung Construction associated with the DPRK Defense Ministry. They had to select young people from 19 to 27 years old by the end of January. The publication assumes that the country will send military or police, not civilians. The exact number is unknown, but we are probably talking about 300-500 people. In the future, the presence of North Koreans in the region may be increased.

Security forces from the DPRK will arrive in Donbass in February or March. According to the source of the publication, the tasks of the military are unknown, but they most likely will not perform combat missions. Most likely, the military will participate in the restoration of the region, the source added.

According to Daily NK, it is unknown what the DPRK will receive in return for sending the military to the LDPR. The North Korean military in the war zone can receive three times more than in Russia, while they are also paid a salary in North Korea. The publication notes that the DPRK government can turn additional military income into the country's budget.

The head of the republic Denis Pushilin and Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin spoke about the involvement of builders from North Korea in the restoration of the DPR in the summer. According to Mr. Khusnullin, workers from the DPRK have 2.5 times higher productivity than Russian workers.

It should be noted that the DPRK has become one of several countries that have recognized the DPR and the LPR as independent states. The DPRK Foreign Ministry also expressed support for the entry of the republics into Russia. At the end of January, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Kim Yo-jung, said that North Korea will always be on the side of Russia, "in the same trench" with its army and people.
Daily NK: КНДР направит военнослужащих и полицейских рабочими в ЛНР и ДНР
 

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Hard Drinking and Murky Finances: How an American Veterans Group Imploded in Ukraine

"KYIV, Ukraine — Andrew Milburn, a former American Marine colonel and leader of the Mozart Group, stood in a chilly meeting room on the second floor of an apartment building in Kyiv about to deliver some bad news. In front of him sat half a dozen men who had traveled to Ukraine on their own dime to work for him."

“Guys, I’m gutted,” he said. “The Mozart Group is dead.”

"The men stared back at him with blank faces."

"One asked as he walked toward the door, “What should I do with my helmet?”

"The Mozart Group, one of the most prominent, private American military organizations in Ukraine, has collapsed
under a cloud of accusations ranging from financial improprieties to alcohol-addled misjudgments. Its struggles provide a revealing window into the world of foreign volunteer groups that have flocked to Ukraine with noble intentions only to be tripped up by the stresses of managing a complicated enterprise in a war zone."

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Poland is appearing generous, on the surface. It is handing over 14 Leopard tanks to Ukraine and 60 other tanks, mostly PT-91 which are updated T-72 tanks.


So Poland sent 250 of the PT-91 last year, which all likely ended up in smoke and now they clear out the rest to end as scrap metal in Ukraine along with their 'forebears'.

Yes, Polish generosity is more about making space for US Abrams tanks and getting rid of outdated tanks. Here is an article from Dec. 2022.


That makes it 366 Abrams tanks. One wonders if those are meant to be put to use in annexing Western Ukraine as Poland has been actively looking to take back parts of Ukraine, which they feel belongs to them.

The article goes on:

The above just confirms that Poland is getting rid of outdated 'useless' tanks in order to get newer US tanks. This war does a lot to clear out old military junkyards in the EU and replacing it with US hardware. No wonder the US weapons industry is gloating about their profit line.

Those Abrams tanks to Poland will likely arrive much faster than the proposed 30 Abrams tanks which the US would send to Ukraine...sometime later.
Actually, if Poland is smart they will avoid the Abrams tanks. They seem to be buying quite a lot from South Korea at the moment, who have sold them tanks that are more useful than the Abrams.

 
Found the link ( published 01 feb 2023 ) among the comments in an article in french military site, title's traduction :

"The Pentagon chose General Atomics and Aurora Flight Sciences to develop an Ekranoplan"

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In August 2021, Darpa, ie the Pentagon's agency dedicated to innovation, issued a request for information from industry with a view to developing a "new class" of aircraft capable of "s 'break free from the operational limitations of traditional air and maritime transport platforms' in order to transport a payload of 100 tonnes. All with an “extended out of ground effect to avoid obstacles” flight capability.

Ten months later, Darpa was able to unveil the “Liberty Lifter” concept, based on an aircraft combining the advantages of the seaplane with those of the Ekranoplan. Called to "revolutionize" air transport, this aircraft was also to be able to carry out search and rescue missions as well as amphibious operations.
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The comment :

"About General Atomics, its charismatic founding boss Linden Blue has just declared that his company is ready to offer Ukraine 2 available MQ9 Reaper drones taken from its internal stock, the ground station, the associated devices and the training of Ukrainian operators. , all for a symbolic $1. He believes that Ukraine must have its own SRI means.
He is just waiting for the green light from the US government, which is mandatory for this kind of technology transfer.


Statement from GA-ASI CEO Linden Blue on Ukraine conflict​


For nearly a year, the full might of the Russian military has battered -- but not beaten -- Ukrainian forces fighting for their very existence.
The world has reacted in almost unanimous support for the Ukrainian cause, but those efforts have overlooked one of the most obvious and force-multiplying technologies of modern warfare: Long-range and enduring, stand-off sensing, unmanned aircraft systems.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is dedicated to providing information dominance to its partners. From the outset of the Russian invasion, we began looking for options to respond to the requests of Ukrainian forces with our products, including the MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1C Gray Eagle. Both systems have been used to devasting effect in combat by U.S. and partner nations for more than two decades and remain the gold standard for high-quality, medium-altitude UAS in the world.
We have delivered more than 1,000 aircraft over 30 years and flown nearly 8 million flight hours, most of them in hostile areas around the world. This is all we do. We know that introducing these systems to the battlefield will provide an immediate impact.
We have offered to train Ukrainian operators on these systems at no cost to U.S. taxpayers or the Ukrainian government. We have offered flexible options and recommendations for delivery. We have discussed the situation endlessly at every level of the U.S. federal government, and with many international partners.
Recently, we offered to transfer two of our own, company-owned training aircraft, plus the ground control station and other hardware required to operate them, for the symbolic price of $1, and reiterated our offer to train the first cadre of pilots and maintainers at our expense.

Many of the additional costs associated with readying these aircraft for combat, outfitting them with the necessary equipment, transporting them to Ukraine, setting up operations in that country, obtaining satellite bandwidth and providing additional supporting labor, are outside of our control. Our estimates for launch and ongoing operations do not include one penny of profit to our company.
Factoring in hardware and training that is essentially free, the offer is a remarkable deal with no strings attached. All that is required is approval from the U.S. government. Our goal is now, and has always been, to help the Ukrainian armed forces defend and protect their homes and families, and help bring a rapid closure to this conflict before more lives are lost.
There are limits to what an American defense company can do to support a situation such as this. From our perspective, it is long past time to enable Ukrainian forces with the information dominance required to win this war.
Linden Blue
Chief Executive Officer
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc."
 
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