Ukraine – Russia … not more of the last thread

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Mr._Clark

Audioholic Field Marshall
This article discusses Russian spying activity in Ukraine before the war. For the most part, it looks like Russia was only partially successful.

Disclaimer: It looks like Reuters made significant efforts to find reliable sources, but I have no way to independently verify the content.

>>>Now a Reuters investigation has found that Russia’s success at Chornobyl was no accident, but part of a long-standing Kremlin operation to infiltrate the Ukrainian state with secret agents.

Five people with knowledge of the Kremlin’s preparations said war planners around President Vladimir Putin believed that, aided by these agents, Russia would require only a small military force and a few days to force Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s administration to quit, flee or capitulate.

Through interviews with dozens of officials in Russia and Ukraine and a review of Ukrainian court documents and statements to investigators, related to a probe into the conduct of people who worked at Chornobyl, Reuters has established that this infiltration reached far deeper than has been publicly acknowledged. The officials interviewed include people inside Russia who were briefed on Moscow’s invasion planning and Ukrainian investigators tasked with tracking down spies. . . .

Though Russia captured Chornobyl, its plan to take power in Kyiv failed. In many cases, the sleeper agents Moscow had installed failed to do their job, according to multiple sources in Russia and Ukraine. Ukraine Security Council Secretary Danilov said the agents and their handlers believed Ukraine was weak, which was “a total misconception.”

People the Kremlin counted on as its proxies in Ukraine overstated their influence in the years leading up to the invasion, said four of the sources with knowledge of the Kremlin’s preparations. The Kremlin relied in its planning on “clowns – they know a little bit, but they always say what the leadership wants to hear because otherwise they won’t get paid,” said one of the four, a person close to the Moscow-backed separatist leadership in eastern Ukraine.<<<

 
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Mr._Clark

Audioholic Field Marshall
The authors of this article should take up a profession more in line with their abilities. Knitting comes to mind.


 
Trell

Trell

Audioholic Ninja
Some good news at last for people depending on Ukrainian grain. Remains to be seen if Russia will continue to allow this.


>>>A ship carrying grain left the Ukrainian port of Odesa for Lebanon on Monday under a safe passage agreement, Ukrainian and Turkish officials said, the first departure since the Russian invasion blocked shipping through the Black Sea five months ago.

Ukraine's foreign minister called it "a day of relief for the world", especially for countries threatened by food shortages and hunger because of the disrupted shipments.

The sailing was made possible after Turkey and the United Nations brokered a grain-and-fertiliser export agreement between Russia and Ukraine last month - a rare diplomatic breakthrough in a conflict that is grinding on with no resolution in sight.

"The first grain ship since #RussianAggression has left port," Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said. "Today Ukraine, together with its partners, makes another step to prevent world hunger." ...<<<
 
Trell

Trell

Audioholic Ninja
Since good news today: US Senate voted 95-1 to accept Finland and Sweden as members of NATO. This means there are seven NATO members left that has to approve Finland and Sweden as members, and Turkey is one of the remaining ones.

 
mtrycrafts

mtrycrafts

Seriously, I have no life.
Since good news today: US Senate voted 95-1 to accept Finland and Sweden as members of NATO. This means there are seven NATO members left that has to approve Finland and Sweden as members, and Turkey is one of the remaining ones.

Who is that lone wolf?
 
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Dude#1279435

Audioholic Ninja
Russia sentences Wnba star Britney Griner to nine years in prison for cannabis oil. :(
 
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Mr._Clark

Audioholic Field Marshall
The Raptors have landed. I have no inside knowledge, but it appears to me that the U.S. deploys Raptors when it is getting really F*ing serious about a potential threat.

>>>Today, the U.S. Air Force in Europe released a statement detailing that 12 U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors assigned to the 90th Fighter Squadron forward deployed to the 32nd Tactical Air Base in Łask, Poland. Current reports dictate that six of those Raptors have now arrived in support of NATO’s ‘air shielding’ mission, which is centered around deterring “any possible Russian aggression” and shielding the airspace along NATO’s Eastern borders.<<<

 
highfigh

highfigh

Audioholic Slumlord
Russia sentences Wnba star Britney Griner to nine years in prison for cannabis oil. :(
I don't know why anyone would think that carrying CDB or any other drug would be seen as 'OK' in Russia, especially by an American.
 
D

Dude#1279435

Audioholic Ninja
so are the Russians, she should have used her head before going over there ......
Of course she should've known better, but it's still stupid. Looks like it's Operation Save Britney. Fucking Russians. :confused:
 
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