“Russian officials have denied that Moscow had any role in the hacking attempts.” Russia has no honor and never will. By Karen Weise Feb. 20, 2019 SEATTLE — A group of hackers associated with Russian intelligence targeted civil society groups across Europe ahead of May elections there, Microsoft said on Tuesday. The attacks, […]
Russia considers Jehovah’s Witnesses a criminal organization and treats them as such. This is religious persecution of the first degree, and it is state-sanctioned. From Newsweek,WHY IS VLADIMIR PUTIN’S RUSSIA SO AFRAID OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES? The Russian Supreme Court maintains that the country needs to be protected from disloyal religious fanatics. “Disloyal”. In other words, […]
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Russia’s ranty OSCE delegation has been busy tweeting this week. Tweets are the usual it’s all Ukraine’s fault nonsense, which as seen below, makes them handy for retort tweets.
Yesterday’s daily OSCE report proved a little more interesting than usual.
On events for Feb 15th, they reported seeing a plane flying over Russian occupied Ukraine. There “hand held imagery,” which is probably film footage, described the plane as likely to be either a Russian made – Tupolev TU-95 or Tupolev TU-142. Wikipedia
The Tupolev Tu-142 is a maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. The Tu-95 turboprop is a strategic bomber. These are old planes. One can surmise Russia’s sent an older plane into Ukraine to first test the water. If it got shot down, no great loss. If not shot down as in the case here, it’s a propaganda victory. With the large, slow moving plane having flown during the day, it was hardly going to be missed.
The OSCE report.
The Tupolev TU-142.
The OSCE monitors were “positioned in an area north-west of Liubivka village (formerly Leninske), which is…
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The increased daily attrition along the front line shows no sign of letting up.
Use of mortars and infantry fired guided missiles is on the up. What we have in eastern Ukraine is modern day tit-for-tat warfare. Russia’s forces fire and Ukrainian troops fire back. Also at this time, you can add into the mix the Ukrainian presidential elections. The Kremlin will be keen to blame president Poroshenko for any increased fighting, especially if any civilians get killed or wounded.
Yesterday, Ukraine reported Russia’s forces fired 117 Russian mortar shells at Ukrainian held territory. In total they opened up 12 times, with a further 3 firing attacks launched so far today. Four Ukrainian soldiers were reported wounded yesterday.
The OSCE report below details how one of their UAV was downed over Russian occupied territory. Feb 18th it crashed near Berdianka in the Luhansk Oblast (province) of Ukraine. For some time…
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