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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2022 12:48 am    Post subject:

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Nobel Peace Medal sold for 103 mill on 6/20/22 for displaced Uke kids charity. Good on Mr. Muryatov. First one of these to be auctioned that immediately. Someone found a NPP medal in a pawn shop a handful of years ago and bought it probably for scrap. Boggles mind that such a thing can even happen w/o someone thinking, Hey, this might be something here. Lemme research first. Nope. Sold for something like 2 mill and then a few more Peace Prize medals squoze out of their hidey holes thereafter. But 103 is about 22x more return than James Watson's (DNA) Medicine medal brought for context. Watson at 4.7 mill was the leading Nobel medal of any kind (Francis Crick's went for 2.7), but Peace medals are harder to pry because many of them are locked into institutions. Argentina tried unsuccessfully to repurchase the medal awarded to an Argentinian in 1968 that leaked out of the country in the above mentioned tale. Current medals are 18K green gold plated in gold, 2.6 inches in diameter at about 5.6 oz of gold.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2022 8:25 pm    Post subject:

CNN
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(CNN gets access to secret location of US artillery being used in Ukraine)

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CNN's Phil Black visits the secret location of one of Ukraine's most powerful weapons in its fight against Russian forces.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2022 9:18 pm    Post subject:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/sri-lanka-russia-vladimir-putin-fuel-rcna37038?

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Sri Lanka president asks Russia’s Vladimir Putin to help import fuel

July 6, 2022, 9:08 PM MDT / Source: Reuters

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s president on Wednesday said he urged Russian leader Vladimir Putin to help his cash-strapped island nation import fuel as it faces its worst economic crisis in seven decades.

Short of foreign exchange because of economic mismanagement and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Sri Lanka has been struggling to import even essentials, leading to severe shortages of medicine, food and fuel.

“Had a very productive telecon with the #Russia President, Vladimir Putin,” President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said on Twitter, adding that he had requested credit support from Russia to import fuel.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2022 9:46 am    Post subject:

The longer range artillery is just recently getting major use and the Ukrainians are starting to target supply depots, command centers, and Russian artillery from longer range.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2022 10:15 am    Post subject:

^^You can tell it is working magic by all the threats the Ruzzians are making towards the US/West lately..

Saw a video of *New Improved Ukranian air defense systems in action... and the supposed 7ish supply depots destroyed in a very short time... not good news anywhere for Russia.

Plus.. like I wish could have happened on day one... rail cars derailed all over the place and strategic strikes on military recruiting centers... I think Putin is facing a dvided Public regardless of what we hear... Ruined Russian life to steal land and lithium reserves etc
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2022 11:26 am    Post subject:

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The longer range artillery is just recently getting major use and the Ukrainians are starting to target supply depots, command centers, and Russian artillery from longer range.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2022 12:03 pm    Post subject:

It's important to look at this war in phases. Phase one was the simultaneous attack out of east and south with the push from the north to Kyiv. The strategy was to blitz and take the country quickly, and barring that, to keep all the defenses worried about kyiv while the east half fell. That didn't work out as planned, in either area.

Phase two was the regroup of forces east, attempted pincer movement from north and south and encircle the Donbas defenders and take the country east of the Dniper, with an eye toward being able to then head west if they wanted. That too failed, and in fact the Ukrainians mounted a counter attack from Kharkiv and nearly encircled part of the encirclement forces.

Phase three, which we are at the end of now, is that both the Ukranians and Russians are training large quantities of replacement troops (conscripts for Russia, volunteers for Ukraine), and in the interim, the Ruassians have massed their far superior artillery numbers (and range) and have gone to massive bombardment followed by troops filling in the recently bombed out space. Basically trading artillery pieces of which they have far more and reducing the area to rubble and dislodging the defenders, rinse and repeat. The Ukrainians are selling their positions dearly and slowly while they wait for reinforcements to be trained, as well as the new longer range weapons to be delivered and crews trained. They've maintained defensive positions at the river to keep the Russians from breaking out over the vast mostly undefended interior.

We are now entering phase four, where the broader rollout of long range weapons is starting, and the Ukrainians are beginning to hit the russians from areas the Russians can't return fire, and taking out supply, command, and artillery. The next part of this phase is reinforcements and who can break the stalemate and flank the other's positions.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2022 3:26 pm    Post subject:

CNN
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(See how the war in Ukraine impacts hunger in Somalia)

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CNN's Clarissa Ward reports from Somalia, which is on the brink of famine. Hear how the war in Ukraine is affecting access to food there - and about the lives it's impacting.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2022 4:06 pm    Post subject:

BBC News
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(Russian UN veto could threaten aid deliveries to 3m people in Syria - BBC News)

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Russia has threatened to veto a UN Security Council resolution reauthorizing cross-border deliveries of vital aid into north-western Syria.

The closure of the last route from Turkey would immediately put more than 3 million people at risk of starvation.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2022 4:14 pm    Post subject:

Reuters
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(Ukraine raises a flag on a symbolic island)

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In a sign of defiance against Moscow, a Ukrainian flag was raised on a recaptured Black Sea island.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2022 9:19 am    Post subject:

CNN
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(Zelensky: Ukraine will not cede territory for peace with Russia)

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Thursday that Ukraine is unwilling to cede any of its land to Russia, standing firm that a concession of Ukrainian territory won't be part of any diplomatic negotiations to end the war.

"Ukrainians are not ready to give away their land, to accept that these territories belong to Russia. This is our land," Zelensky said in an exclusive interview aired Thursday on CNN's "The Situation Room."
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2022 12:19 pm    Post subject:

MSNBC
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(Former Ukrainian Pres. Poroshenko: "Ukraine Will Never Give Up")

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Military experts say Russia could be mounting a full-scale assault on Ukraine's eastern region— but former President Poroshenko says that doesn't change Ukraine's resolve.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2022 7:46 pm    Post subject:

Sky News
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(Ukraine War: The taxi driver who was beaten, stunned and kept in a forest pit)

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Mykhailo Orlovskyi spent two days in a hole in a bitterly cold Ukrainian forest after being arrested by Russians.

He was beaten with boxing gloves, electrocuted with a stun gun and made to sing the Russian national anthem repeatedly.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2022 3:29 pm    Post subject:

Sky News
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(Ukraine War: UK training thousands of Ukrainian recruits in England)

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Sky's Deborah Haynes reports from North West England where thousands of Ukrainian recruits are being trained by British soldiers.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2022 3:34 pm    Post subject:

CNN
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(Soldiers take rocket launcher out of hiding and fire at Russians)

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More than forty towns and villages in the Donbas region have come under attack in the last 24 hours, as the Russians push into the Donetsk region. CNN's Alex Marquardt is in Kharkiv to see how the most vulnerable live on the front line of the Russian invasion as Ukrainian forces prepare to push back
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2022 9:45 am    Post subject:

CNN
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(Fareed's take: The West risks failure in Ukraine)

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Fareed argues the West's strategy in Ukraine is at risk of failing — and that Kyiv's supporters must take more urgent action and prioritize military support for Ukraine over economic pressure on Russia.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2022 4:21 pm    Post subject:

Sky News
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(Ukraine War: Is Russia weaponising its gas supply?)

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Russia has turned off the taps on a major gas pipeline, Nord Stream 1, which runs from Russia to Germany.

There are concerns about whether it will turn them back on in ten days time.

The shutdown is for maintenance reasons, but some in Europe's biggest economy worry it could continue for political ones, as a point of pressure from Moscow over the Ukraine war.

Sky's Siobhan Robbins reports from Germany.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2022 4:51 pm    Post subject:

NBC News
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(Russian Military Strikes Another Apartment Building In Ukraine)

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The Russian military struck an apartment building in Kharkiv and Ukraine is saying that dozens of civilians are dead after a Russian missile hit another apartment building this weekend in eastern Donetsk. Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy accused Russia of targeting civilians as Russia now is gaining ground in eastern Ukraine.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2022 6:41 am    Post subject:

CNN
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(Video shows explosions rocking Russian-occupied town)

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A Russian-occupied town in Kherson was hit by a strike that left at least seven dead, Russian state news agency TASS said. The strike was in Ukraine's efforts to reclaim land along the Black Sea coast. CNN's Scott McLean reports.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2022 1:33 pm    Post subject:

CNN
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(Putin calls Ukraine's actions 'a crime against humanity')

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CNN's John Avlon looks at Vladimir Putin's recent gaslighting attempts as part of Russia's propaganda war against Ukraine.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2022 9:39 am    Post subject:

BBC News
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(Russian soldier's mum speaks out against war in Ukraine – BBC News)

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Since Russia invaded Ukraine, thousands of civilians have been killed and millions of Ukrainians have fled their homes.

But back home, there are consequences too, for the families of Russian servicemen who have been sent into battle.

A Russian soldier’s mother has shared her story about what she thinks of the Kremlin's "special military operation".
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2022 9:43 am    Post subject:

CNN
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('Pretty grim’: CNN reporter in Vinnytsia after Russian missile strike)

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Vinnytsia, a central Ukrainian town far from the front lines, has been struck by Russian missiles. The attack left at least 22 civilians including three children dead. CNN's Scott McLean reports from the scene.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 15, 2022 6:39 am    Post subject:

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A history of forced conscription

Russia's first military draft of 2022 ends soon. That could spell danger for recent college graduates.

9:19 am, July 14, 2022

Russia’s first military draft of 2022 will end on July 15. Since it began on April 1, enlistment offices have largely avoided using Chechen War-era methods of rounding up draftees, but that doesn’t mean they haven't broken laws. Protecting young people from forced recruitment is becoming increasingly difficult; if an enlistment office is given instructions to send a specific person to the army, there’s effectively no way to prevent the person from having to serve. Meduza looks at how Russia’s most recent conscription has played out.

Just days after Russia launched its full-scale of invasion Ukraine on February 24, news broke that conscripts — young men serving their year of mandatory military service — were fighting in the war. Russian law prohibits sending conscripts into combat without at least four months of training and a contract, and the Russian authorities denied the reports; Putin even personally vowed that no conscripts would be sent to Ukraine.

One conscript, Damur Mustafayev, was taken captive by Ukrainian troops in the early days of the war. His father, Sobirjon Mustafayev, told Meduza that Damur was drafted in June 2021. Damur, who had no interest in a military career, refused to sign a contract. In February, however, he told his father that he and his fellow service members had “been signed up as contract fighters.”

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If officials have specific instructions, there’s nothing you can do
Despite the lack of legislation allowing the police to forcibly bring people to recruitment offices and force them to enlist, it still happens.

In 2020, for example, Anti-Corruption Foundation employee Artyom Ionov was forcibly brought to a recruitment office and drafted into the army despite his asthma, which is sufficient cause for exemption from serving in the military.

The highest-profile case of forced conscription this year so far has been that of Ivan Fedotov, a 25-year-old goalkeeper for Russia’s national hockey team, who signed a contract in May to play for the Philadelphia Flyers. On July 1, he was detained in St. Petersburg.

According to Fontanka, the instruction to detain Fedotov came from the military prosecutor, who had “sufficient grounds to consider Fedotov a draft avoider.” Investigators reportedly waited from the early morning in various parts of the city Fedotov was known to frequent. He was eventually detained on his way out of an ice arena and taken to the enlistment office in an unmarked vehicle. “There were specific instructions [to conscript him]. Those situations are difficult to fight,” Oxana Paramonova told Meduza.

According to Paramonova, Fedotov’s conscription was improper not because he’s an athlete but because officials violated the rules for informing a person of his duty to appear at the enlistment office. “Fedotov has a right to oppose the decision to draft him and to appeal it. But forced conscription deprives him of that right,” she said.

Valentina Melnikova told Meduza that while the current conscription is almost over, “there’s still time” for officials to resort to illegal tactics to meet their quotas — and roundups tend to happen in the final days of a draft.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2022 12:03 pm    Post subject:

CNN
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(Drone footage shows Russian artillery pounding Ukrainian wheat fields)

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Russia is setting Ukrainian wheat fields on fire, putting a strain on the country's grain exports. CNN's Ivan Watson reports from a farm in southern Ukraine where farmers are racing to save their crops from Russian strikes.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2022 5:40 pm    Post subject:

MSNBC
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(Malcolm Nance Details Experience in Ukraine And Global Extremism)

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Anxiety lingers for the future of our government as domestic and global threats play out. Malcolm Nance joins after months in Ukraine to discuss his experience in the war, and battling extremism on U.S. soil.
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