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Welcome to Tuesday's thread covering #Russia's illegal war.

13 September is Day 202.
Not as much destruction overnight but Russia still hit #Ukraine.

If you missed yesterday's news, click and scroll here ⬇️

#StandWithUkraine #StopRussia

The damage came in #Zaporizhzhia when #Russia once again fired anti-aircraft S-300 missiles.

Gov Okeksandr Starukh says 4 rockets hit "technical buildings of one of the infrastructure facilities"

Locals say it's a recycling plant

With no enemy to fight in #Kharkiv, it's not surprising to see equipment numbers down.
But deaths of #Russian soldiers still relatively high.

#RussiansGoHome #StandWithUkraine
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‘Caravan of Light’: Mass Movement From Turkey to Europe

More than 100,000 migrants are ready to leave Turkey for Europe.

For the past few days I spent infiltrating what appears to be an organised network of smuggler Telegram channels, and here is what I’ve learned:
Due to “unbearable racism” and lack of financial support, many migrants are attempting to cross from Turkey into Europe.

A handful of these Telegram channels which I subscribed to encourage and provide useful information.
One channel with more than 72k members provide directions and contacts of smugglers in Cyprus, Russia, Bulgaria, Greece, Germany, Austria, Italy and Lithuania who can help them get into those countries.

They also provide information about how to apply for asylum and destroy IDs.
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2 children on the boat have died in recent days -- and the health of others are deteriorating.

To ignore such a tragedy, just off #Malta's coast, represents an unspeakable lack of humanity.

Time for someone to step up, @MaltaGov.
@MaltaGov That Syrians are still fleeing for #Europe is no surprise, particularly those in #Lebanon where authorities are preparing to *illegally force* them back to #Syria.

5+ million #Syria refugees remain in neighboring states & polling suggests ~0.5% would consider an eventual return.
@MaltaGov Why do almost all #Syria refugees refuse to consider any future return to #Syria?

The answer is obvious when you glance across basic facts -- see this thread from last week:

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As we receive many information requests on EU solidarity funding directed towards #Cyprus as frontline migration state, please note the following: In the period 2014-2020, Cyprus has received over EUR 117 million in financial support for migration and border management ... 1/8
... under the national programmes of the Home Affairs Funds, as well as emergency assistance (EMAS) to address urgent needs in the management of borders, migration and asylum. 2/8
Out of this amount and in order to step up the support to the First Reception Centre of Pournara, in December 2020, the Commission made available to Cyprus EUR 9.3 million under the Specific Action of the Internal Security Fund – Borders (ISF-B). 3/8
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Day 181 of #Russia's war on #Ukraine.

Yesterday, the thread was interrupted by @TwitterSupport banning me for 12 hours and their Execs refusing to reply to requests. Thanks to those who tried to help but the whole system is crazy
So what was my "crime"?

Errr.. I wrote about this story which is all over Twitter and international media.

It may have been Kremlin trolls, but I was almost instantly banned when mocking the FSB's videos.
Apparently I released "intimate details". WTF??…
When @TwitterSupport's arbitrary ban expires you have two options.
Only at that point can you dispute Twitter's ban.
If you challenge the reason for the ban you stay banned for two weeks while they "investigate"
If you accept your tweet was wrong it's deleted and you're "free"
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Thread: 20 August 2022: Day 178 of #Russia's invasion of #Ukraine
Latest @DefenceHQ update: "only minimal changes" along the front line in the Donbas over "the last week", after some minor #Russian advances in early August. #Ukraine moving on Kherson, increasingly frequent strikes behind the lines in the south are "stressing Russian logistics".
Credit to #France's President Macron for this: strongly preparing the French population for a rough winter, necessary to defend their security and values.
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Just gone midnight (UK time) and the weekend already.

I'm starting the daily thread covering #Russia's war earlier than usual as there are attacks taking place right now on #Ukraine

It's Day 178 of the full invasion of its peaceful neighbour

Right now ALL of #Ukraine is experiencing air raid warnings, but not everything is the same as usual.

A few minutes ago, at the end of yesterday's thread, I reported on explosions in occupied #Melitopol, but plenty of missiles being fired from #Russia into free Ukraine...
However, it seems as though #Russia's OWN air defences have taken out some of their own missiles leaving #Belgorod!

Difficult to confirm this, but looking at confirmed radar reports of missiles being fired from Russian territory, towards east #Ukraine this does seem very likely.
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This is the start of the daily thread documenting #Russia's war of choice on #Ukraine.

It's Day 164 if you're counting (me too!)
All the news in one place, check back throughout the day.

DMs open for tips, all appreciated, as are any coffees donated (see my profile)😉
We ended yesterday wondering if the Dar'ivky Bridge just outside occupied #Kherson had been hit.

No update on that yet, but #Ukraine has claimed hits on 6 ammo dumps, numerous weapons and command posts in #Chornobaivka #Oleshki #Beryslav #Bruskinskyi and Kherson city itself.
#Ukraine is already hitting #Russia's stores again this morning.

This video from occupied #Makiivka (RU #Makeevka) - a lot of explosions followed the first strike, so looks likely to be an another ammunition dump.

#StopRussia #StandWithUkraine
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🧵 1/51

This thread has very revealing data showing that mRNA-vaccinations create majority of the covid cases. Largest covid waves come always after the booster rounds. Not before. AFTER.

🧵 2/51

Isn't it weird coincidence that the EU suffered the most largest covid wave right after the boosting started?

Ofcourse this can be coincidence but with
what possibility the very same thing happened also in every EU memeber country? Keep reading...

#EU #COVID Image
🧵3/51 - Norway.

#Norway #COVID19 #CovidVaccine #Facts Image
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may I have your attention, please?🧵

new atrocities by #RussiaIsATerroristState in the last 24 hours:
> Russian soldier castrating alive Ukrainian prisoner
> attack on bus stop in my hometown. 5 people are dead
> Russians murdered 40 Ukrainian POWs

share info & join protests!🔽
find the country & city / date & time, print or draw posters and #StandWithUkraine. the whole world should know about Russian fascism

if Europe does not help stop this war, it has no future. we demand actions, not promises

follow Vyriy to stay updated:
now I will post announcements for each city separately. so spread this information to your European friends, organizations and allies

in the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends, you know

#RussiaIsATerroristState #ArmUkraineNow
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🔵 Not even two months after #Cyprus opened up its beneficial ownership register to the public, we are already seeing the benefits of knowing who really owns companies. 🧵
A new @OCCRP investigation has uncovered a network of shell companies – mostly registered in #Cyprus – controlled by a man likely acting as Russian banker Andrei Kostin’s proxy.

A couple of months ago, this investigation would have hit a dead end.…
Back in March, we became concerned that the government of Cyprus was further delaying opening its beneficial ownership register to the public.

At that time, the country was already 4+ years behind on its EU commitment to establish such a register.
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🧵Άκουσα την τηλεοπτική συζήτηση με τρείς ανεξάρτητους υποψήφιους προέδρους (Δημητριάδης, Κολοκασίδης, Ηλιάδης). Είτε συμφωνεί είτε διαφωνεί κανείς με τα όσα λέχθηκαν πρέπει να αναγνωρίσει ότι το επίπεδο της συζήτησης ήταν πολύ ψηλό και με ουσιαστικό περιεχόμενο,

αντίθετα με τις φανφάρες και τους λαϊκισμούς των mainstream.
Ωστόσο είναι πρόδηλο ότι υπάρχει μια κοινή και διαχρονική αδυναμία σε όλους -ανεξάρτητους και εξαρτημένους- στο θέμα του Κυπριακού (και της εξωτερικής πολιτικής). Αυτή έχει να κάνει

είτε με τις ιδεαλιστικές είτε με τις αδιέξοδες απόψεις (ένθεν κι ένθεν) που εκφράζονται για την από τούδε και στο εξής διαχείριση της κατάστασης. Επιπλέον, υπάρχει σοβαρό πρόβλημα στο να στοιχειοθετηθεί το πως οι όποιες θέσεις/απόψεις μπορούν να φέρουν αποτελέσματα.

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I dont know if every single country has this shape of human, like Finland? #Denmark looks like a gnome who lost his shoe, and a bat. Image
#UK and #Ireland, like a little owl and mongoose working in burger place Image
#Finland as we have pictured the shape here Image
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Eight weeks ago at exactly this time, #Russia launched its first bombs on peaceful #Ukraine

The bombardment never lets up. Even as I type missiles are fired and some get through air defences.
But the ground war is where this war will be won

Day 56 - welcome to the daily thread:
Last night I reported on sounds from #Kharkiv, while now #Mykolaiv is receiving a pounding from the skies too, but anti-aircraft fire heard too.

No further details yet, guess we will have to wait until the morning, til light and the end of the curfew to survey the damage.
Speaking of curfews... what happens when officers catch someone?
Well this was captured on film in #Kyiv late in the evening.

If you're not deemed a saboteur or a threat, it's possible they'll make you do some exercises, push-ups or like here - squats!

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BREAKING: we @citizenlab found signs of a #Pegasus spyware infection at the 🇬🇧Prime Minister's office, 10 Downing St.

We notified 🇬🇧.

We'd found other infections within the Gov.. THREAD 1/

Must-read by @RonanFarrow:…
2/ Meanwhile, we also found signs that multiple 🇬🇧 officials at the @FCDOGovUK had been infected with #Pegasus spyware.
3/ Many assumed that 🇬🇧's vaunted security apparatus could protect the government from the scourge of mercenary spyware like #Pegasus.


🇬🇧 got spectacularly burned.

So, which foreign governments might have hacked @10DowningStreet & @FCDOGovUK?
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#Cyprus, long known as “Moscow on the Med” for its popularity with Russians, has had some of the closest political ties to Russia of any EU member state but is trying to preserve EU unity towards Moscow.…
Since Cyprus became independent in the 1960s, “Russia has penetrated the entire spectrum of political life, economic activity, the country’s media and its church”, said Makarios Drousiotis, a writer and investigative journalist on the island.
Politically, Cyprus has long viewed Russia as a potentially useful ally over its longstanding dispute with Turkey, which invaded the north of Cyprus in 1974.

However, following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, Cyprus toed the EU line in sanctions against Moscow.
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🇬🇮 - Cathedral of Saint Mary the Crowned; 233 Main St, Gibraltar GX11 1AA, Gibraltar…

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Cathedral of Saint Mary the Crowned in #Gibraltar, #Gibraltar (🇬🇮) is around 2201 miles from our previous church Παρεκκλήσι Αγίου Μάμα in #Protaras, #Cyprus (🇨🇾) -
2/ A map showing the geodesic ...
#Gibraltar, (🇬🇮):
Gibraltar ( jih-BRAWL-tər, Spanish: [xiβɾalˈtaɾ]) is a British Overseas Territory located at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula. It has an area of 6... (
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🇨🇾 - Παρεκκλήσι Αγίου Μάμα; Evagorou, Paralimni, Cyprus…

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Παρεκκλήσι Αγίου Μάμα in #Protaras, #Cyprus (🇨🇾) is around 2073 miles from our previous church St Aubin On The Hill in #SaintHelier, #Jersey (🇯🇪) -
2/ A map showing the geodesic ...
#Protaras, (🇨🇾):
Protaras (Greek: Πρωταράς) is a predominantly tourist resort which comes under the administrative jurisdiction of Paralimni Municipality in Cyprus. In ancient... (
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For 40 days and 40 nights we've witnessed the horrors of #Russia's total war on #Ukraine (not forgetting the first invasion took place on 2014)

Overnight missiles landed in #Kharkiv #Odesa #Mykolaiv #Luhansk + #Ternopil' regions.

Below is the daily thread⬇️
President @ZelenskyyUa has invited Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy to Bucha to see war crimes for themselves.

The two leaders blocked Ukraine's bid to join NATO in 2008 to appease Russia…
Overnight @ZelenskyyUa also gave an emotional speech to the Grammys.
"Don't be silent" was his message to musicians. You can see a clip here:

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Για να κατανοήσει κανείς την πρωσοπολατρία στον #Putin σε χώρες όπως την #Cyprus & την #Greece πρέπει να ξεκινήσει από το βασικό πεδίο, ιστορικά, δράσης της ρωσικής επιρροής: Την εκκλησία.

Ακολουθεί🧶για το ιστορικό πλαίσιο της εργαλειοποίησης της ρωσικής Εκκλησίας ως "όπλου"
Μπορεί η εμπειρία της ΕΣΣΔ να ήταν επί της αρχής, ιδεολογικά, βασισμένη στην μη ύπαρξη Θεού, ωστόσο η ηγεσία της χώρας, μετά το 1943, είχε διαφορετική άποψη και δη η περιβόητη ΝΚVD -υπό τις οδηγίες, προσωπικά, του Ι. Στάλιν
Το Πατριαρχείο Μόσχας ιδρύεται το 1943 ως οργάνωση που θα συνδεθεί, διαχρονικά, με την NKVD και μεταπολεμικά με την KGB -δουλεύοντας ουσιαστικά ως μια παράλληλη δομή του σοβιετικού apparatus ασφάλειας
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#Book Chapter:

Foreign Policy Maturity and Grand #Strategy: The Way Forward for the Republic of #Cyprus.

Issues covered

What's Foreign Policy (Maturity)?
What's grand strategy?
How r they related?
Grand strategy for small states?
How's Cyprus special?>…
This chapter concludes the book. It takes the rest of the chapters into account to assess the maturity of the Republic of #Cyprus’ foreign policy, and examines whether the RoC has—or is able to develop—grand strategic capacities.

I argue that the #Cyprus Problem has been inevitably and negatively affecting grand strategic formulation in the RoC even as it complicates and hinders the country’s day-to-day foreign policy and diplomatic practice.

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A 🧵 on aspects of the #EU's #StrategicCompass, including #EastMed

1. The release of this document is important in itself. Putting it together was a long and complex process. It was a difficult but valuable effort to bridge MS national interests/concerns & present a cohesive >>
"plan of action for strengthening the EU's #security and #defence policy by 2030."

2. The objective of making the EU "a stronger and more capable security provider" is rather ambitious. Especially since the doc admits that EU security & defense will be complementary to #NATO >>
"which remains the foundation of collective defence for its members".

3. However it should be noted that the objectives under the 1st of the 4 pillars (i.e. Act) can enhance the EU's military and security role. These include:

- a Rapid Deployment Capacity of up to 5000 troops>
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Ένα σύντομo🧶για τα βασικά αφηγήματα παραπληροφόρησης -ρωσικής προέλευσης- στον #UkraineWar -όπως διαμορφώνονται μετά από 20η #RussianInvasionOfUkraine & ποιούς επηρεάζουν σε #Greece & #Cyprus

#fakenews #hybridwar #DisinformationWar #factchecking
1. Παρουσίαση του Ζελένσκι & της #Ukraine ως ναζί/νεοναζί/φασιστών

👉στοχεύει σε όλο το φάσμα της ιδεολογικής κατανομής των πολιτών στοχεύοντας στην ιδεοληψία και την πολιτική αντιπαράθεση που μια τέτοια συζήτηση εγείρει στη Δύση

Επηρεάζει: οριζοντίως
2. Προσλήψεις του Ζελένσκι και του ουκρανικού στρατού ως "αδύναμων"

👉στοχεύει στην αποδόμηση του Προέδρου της #Ukraine ως "καραγκιόζη", "κωμικού", "έφυγε στη Πολωνία" & της υποβάθμισης της αντίστασης των Ουκρανών έναντι του > ρωσικού στρατού ως "καταστροφικής επιλογής"
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Ένα 🧵για το πως #Russia και #Ukraine θα μπορούσαν (ή και όχι) να δώσουν τέλος στον #UkraineWar και γιατί μια εκεχειρία εμπεριέχει αμοιβαίες υποχωρήσεις αλλά και τεράστιο ρίσκο -αποτελώντας μια πρώτη, ενδιάμεση, φάση στην διπλωματία της #UkraineCrisis (η οποία έχει ποοοολύ δρόμο)
για να αντιληφθούμε πως θα δούλευε μια εκεχειρία πρέπει να ανατρέξουμε στο ιστορικό κατανόησης των συμφωνιών του Μινσκ (2014, Πρωτόκολλο και 2015, Μινσκ ΙΙ). Η μετάβαση από το πρώτο στο δεύτερο μας εξηγεί "πως θα ήταν μια συμφωνία ΚΠ στην #Ukraine"
τo Μινσκ Ι δεν δούλεψε ποτέ ενώ η διπλωματία του Μινσκ ΙΙ (και η εφαρμογή του) την περίοδο 2015-2022 δεν προσέφερε τπτ στον διάλογο #Kiyv-#Moscow με την 2η ουσιαστικά να το σκίζει με την εισβολή της 24ης Φεβρουαρίου
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