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August 10 Ukraine War News
52% of Russians support continuing the war against Ukraine, 38% of respondents were in favour of moving to peace talks with Ukraine, according to a new poll by the Russian Field sociological agency. The authors of the study note that over the period from mid-March to the end of July, the ratio of supporters and opponents of the special operation remained practically unchanged: now 69% of respondents support it, 23% hold the opposite opinion, and another 8% found it difficult or refused to answer. The environmental cost of Russia’s war in Ukraine is likely to be colossal, but amongst the devastation there is some good news from the Carpathian Mountains. Despite the ongoing war, the World Wildlife Fund successfully removed an obsolete dam in the Carpathian mountains, opening a river to migratory fish for the first time in 120 years. Powerful explosions rocked a Russian air base in Crimea and sent towering clouds of smoke over the landscape Tuesday. At least one person was killed and several others were wounded, authorities said. Russia’s Defense Ministry denied the Saki base on the Black Sea had been shelled and said instead that munitions had blown up there. Perhaps fearing that the Kyiv cabal will soon need a new sugar daddy, Zelensky openly solicits the most dangerous adversary of the United States, the Chinese Communist Party. With this appeal to the tyrannical and abusive Beijing politburo, Zelensky firmly forfeits any pretense of standing as an exemplar for human rights, no matter how many Ukraine flags adorn the social media accounts of high-minded wealthy Americans. The Uzbek Embassy in Moscow has warned its citizens residing in Russia of serious repercussions for joining Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In a statement issued on August 10, the Embassy said any form of participation in military activities on the territory of foreign countries is considered to be mercenary activity and will be punished by up to 10 years in prison. “The embassy calls on all our compatriots to stay away from provocations,” the statement says.
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Britain says Russia has “almost certainly established a major new ground forces formation” that could include “volunteer” battalions to support its Ukrainian invasion. The emergence of a significantly volunteer-style corps would underscore the challenges that face Putin and his war planners as they try to subdue Russia’s much smaller fellow post-Soviet republic. Denmark will send military instructors to Britain to help train Ukrainian soldiers and also to train Ukrainian officers on its soil, the Danish defence ministry said on Wednesday. The announcement preceded a conference in Copenhagen on Thursday when British, Danish and Ukrainian defence ministers are expected to discuss long-term support for Ukraine, including military training, mine clearance and weapons supplies. Co-founder of the Swedish Division of Amnesty International Per Wästberg has announced that he is leaving his post because of the organisation’s scandalous report on the Armed Forces of Ukraine. “I have been a member for almost sixty years. With a heavy heart, I am ending my long and fruitful cooperation because of Amnesty’s statements about the war in Ukraine.” Eleven people were killed following a Russian shelling in Ukraine’s central Dnipropetrovsk region, the area’s governor has said. It comes after one person was killed in a series of blasts at a Russian military air base close to seaside resorts on the annexed Crimean peninsula on Tuesday – some 200km inside Russian-held territory. Ukraine and the World Bank have signed an agreement providing a grant of U.S. $4.5 billion to Ukraine, the Ukrainian Ministry of Finance said in a statement released on Aug 9. Russian authorities raided the home of a former state TV journalist who quit after making an on-air protest against Moscow’s war in Ukraine, and launched a criminal case against her on the charge of spreading false information about the Russian armed forces, her lawyer said. The case against Marina Ovsyannikova was launched under a law enacted after the Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine that penalizes statements against the military, lawyer Dmitry Zakhvatov said. A conviction is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Lufthansa will not use Russian airspace in the light of current developments in Ukraine until March 25, 2023, the German air carrier said in the statement posted on its website. Is Ukraine’s PR Machine Sputtering? Ukraine’s fight depends on Americans’ and Europeans’ solidarity—but do they have the attention span? More than 60 countries are struggling to afford agricultural imports, according to a special U.N. task force created earlier this year to address rising food insecurity after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The task force is focusing its attention on dozens of countries around the world, including Colombia, Malawi, Pakistan and Myanmar, according to a document seen by POLITICO. At least 9 Russian military aircraft have been destroyed by several large explosions at the Saky military base in Novofedorivka on the western coast of Crimea, the Ukrainian Air Force said on Wednesday.
NOWHERE TO HIDE: Ukraine’s Aerorozvidka Drones Strike’s Russian Invaders Without Warning 7,621 views Jul 31, 2022 The operators are from Aerorozvidka, a group of volunteer IT experts who build and modify drones to fight against the Russian invasion. Formed in 2014 as a nonprofit in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, they work in concert with Ukraine’s military for both reconnaissance and attack. The group says it carries out hundreds of missions daily, flying about 20 hours a day. Among its achievements, the group says it was instrumental in halting the famed 40-mile-long convoy that attempted to reach the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, in the first weeks of the war. As the war continued, Russian forces adapted their tactics, making it more difficult for Ukraine to conduct its defensive drone warfare even with the much-celebrated Turkish TB-2 Bayraktar drones.