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🇷🇺 propaganda is boasting of the "🇨🇿 tank captured". Probably wrong.

I am covering CZ supplies extensively, so let me explain the reasons why I don't think this one was supplied by @ArmadaCR. 🧵 Thread👇

@UAWeapons @DefMon3 @oryxspioenkop
#UkraineRussiaWar #Czechia #Tanks Image
1/ In early April we managed to take pictures of one of the first batches of T-72s clearly supplied from CZ miliary stocks. We delayed the info due to OPSEC, but the rumor spread fast. Within a month, the first of those was seen somewhere in Donbas, with old Kontakt-1 ERA added. Image
2/ 🇨🇿 was a pretty big operator of T-72s. While the Soviets retained other types themselves, ČSLA (People's army of Czechoslovakia ) invested massively in T-72s with a production line set up in Dubnica, now in 🇸🇰.
In 1991, there were 815 T-72s on the roster. Image
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Recent Publications & Threads (A 🧵)
I. Articles & Commentaries Published
II. Interviews with me on (European) Politics & Security
III. Threads on #Ukraine #Germany #EU #UK #CEE and more.
Gathered in one place ...
I. Articles and Commentaries

8. Are #Czechia & #Slovakia the #EU's New Radical Centre
for @RUSI_org
rusi.org/explore-our-re…
I. Articles and Commentaries

7. Ukraine Doesn't Need Half-Measures from the #EU
for @ForeignPolicy
foreignpolicy.com/2022/04/07/ukr…
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Good God, this is a real scandal to reckon with.
- especially because the attitudes still much of #Germany's political & public discussions on #Ukraine
Security & Self-determination for me (🇩🇪)
- but not for thee (🇱🇻🇱🇹🇪🇪 or🇺🇦)
short 🧵
spiegel.de/international/…
@MiRo_SPD
See these sections for example on seeing #Estonia, #Latvia & #Lithuania's independence as 'the wrong path' while 'rapidly moving ahead with #Germany's reunification'
Or on deflecting #Czechia, #Slovakia (then Czechoslovakia), #Poland & #Hungary's #NATO
ambitions, while ensuring the DDR was included in the alliance ...
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A quick follow up on dangers of German exceptionalism & 🇩🇪's insular political culture arising
from yesterday's thread on #Germany's approach to #Ukraine (& some great responses to it) in the context of #Emma #offenerbrief (open letter to Olaf Scholz)
1. Many ppl claim '#Germans have been told for 70 years that nothing but diplomacy & non-military solutions are acceptable' They're wrong but prove the 🇩🇪insularity point.
This was the message INSIDE #Germany for (some) understandable reasons. But OUTSIDE it was very different:
#Germany has been warned by allies (in #CEE, #US, #UK) for years about #Russia
& about Cheap-riding in #NATO.

But, as (e.g.) this piece shows,🇩🇪ignored those warnings & went its own way on defence, on🇷🇺& ended up trampling #CEE & #Ukraine's agency
warontherocks.com/2015/07/are-ge…
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#Germany's leaders, especially Chancellor #Scholz seem reluctant to really help #Ukraine-especially by providing #heavyweapons.

(Too) many reasons are given for this, even avoiding #nuclear war, but there's a problem with these excuses for🇺🇦- AND for🇩🇪& its #NATO allies
a🧵
Here's the latest interview with #Scholz in @derspiegel He steers a question about supplying proper weapons to
1) #Germany becoming a party to the war in #Ukraine
2) The danger of a direct confrontation between NATO & Russia
3) WW3 & Nuclear war

spiegel.de/international/…
As you can see from the quotes below
- and despite the best efforts of the journalists -
there's a lot of diversion, deflection & flim-flam going on here ...
The key point seems to be to keep stoking and manipulating fear among #Germany's population
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1/2Slovakia has requested @NATO to bring solution for air patrolling to replace MiG-29 until new F-16 are delivered. This could potentially led to delivery Slovak MiGs to Ukraine although this according to @JaroNad is not on table. Story from @dennikN
#UkraineInvasion
#Slovakia
2/2Slovak sky could be patrolled from #Czechia #Poland and/or #Hungary.
Slovakia have 11 MiGs, from which at least 3 are in working condition.
Source story from @dennikN
dennikn.sk/2818972/prvykr…
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“Why China Never Wanted Shock Therapy and Thus Needed No Escaping from It?" @clz030857 and mine review of @IsabellaMWeber ' bestseller on “How China Escaped Shock Therapy”. The whole review muse.jhu.edu/article/848484 is here. Some key highlights below🧵1/n
2. We argue that @IsabellaMWeber book is brilliant in how it analyses the rich intellectual debates in the 1980s in #China that, in the author's view, prevented it from embracing “shock therapy”, helped avoid econ. disaster and laid the foundation for its meteoric economic rise
3. Yet, while we really like the book, we take issue with the author's key arg., i.e. that China “escaped shock therapy” b/c “good” reformers, who learned from the policy mistakes of other comm. countries, won a “battle" against "bad" shock-therapy reformers. Four counterarg.👇
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Now confirmed. State of Emergency declared in #Ukraine.
More details later...
Govt pledging most citizens won't be unduly affected
Secretary of the Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov says "it can be restricting traffic, additional transport checks, documents checks. These issues are preventive, so that the country remains calm."

pravda.com.ua/news/2022/02/2…
#Ukraine's parliament has ratified the State of Emergency.

It is effective for 30 days from tonight.

#StandWithUkraine
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#Singapore, #Japan, and #Taiwan joining the Western effort to sanction #Russia for the assault on #Ukraine foreignpolicy.com/2022/02/22/bid…
Details on the #NATO (re)deployments to cope with the fallout from #Russia's invasion of #Ukraine
Details on #Ukraine's reservist mobilisation: far from complete (since that would require martial law), but still of a scale that it will take weeks to complete ... and the assault on the capital is days away at most
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对于中国朋友来说,这是一个很好的机会,以思考这个随时都有可能变成紧迫和致命的问题,即:如果您的国家与其他国家之间发生战争,您会怎么做?

这比战争本身更可怕,更复杂。

这篇文章很重要。

📌第3集《当你处在双面夹击的火力之下》

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局势:俄罗斯关闭大片黑海和几乎整个亚速海进行军事演习。

2月13日至2月19日,俄罗斯计划在黑海地区进行 “导弹和大炮演习”。当地记者担心俄罗斯正准备从海上封锁乌克兰港口。

自 2021 年 10 月以来俄罗斯一直在乌克兰边境附近增兵,现在在周围有大约 140,000 名士兵。

#Russia #Ukraine Image
3/ 局势:乌克兰内政部长和一群国际记者在顿巴斯遭到攻击。#Ukraine
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Yesterday I read a very important thread by @Jasonvj2005 about the #Thwaites glacier in #Antarctica.

The thread was in German, so I took the liberty to translate it. More people need to read it to understand where we stand.

Let's talk about it. And think about what to do. Image
The #Thwaites glacier in Antarctica is larger than #Czechia, #Austria and #Switzerland combined. It's already #melting and accounting for 4% of global sea level rise.

Now, researchers from the #American #Geophysical Union have found huge diagonal cracks across the ice shelf.
They're growing faster than ever before. The prediction: In the next five years, the ice mass could #collapse abruptly. What would that mean?

The ice shelf could disintegrate into countless icebergs, and the rest of the glacier will then flow into the sea 3x faster than before.
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Excellent news from #Czechia @JanLipavsky’s confirmation is a very positive step. BUT … a short 🧵on #czech politics.
1. Beware expectations raised a little high here. portraying @P_Fiala as #Havel’s heir is v. problematic - he has a strange rel to #EU

politico.eu/article/czech-…
2. @JanLipavsky is from a different party than @P_Fiala - the pirates, who along with STAN have a much stronger claim to be the standard bearers of Havelism in #Czechia today.
Fiala’s support 4 Lipavsky is great but this is as much domestic power politics (v Zeman) as principle
3. The two are, nonetheless, connected as Zeman as been not only a disastrous President morally (migration, Allegations of corruption & influence from kremlin,etc) but an enabler for both 🇷🇺 & 🇨🇳 in 🇨🇿.
We can expect to see that diminish without Babis facilitating Zeman.
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#BREAKING
WH issues readout of US Nat'l Security Advisor #JakeSullivan's conversation today with #Russia's presidential foreign policy advisor, #YuriyUshakov, re: Russia and #Ukraine.

#Ushakov #Putin #Zelensky Image
#BREAKING
WH / US Nat'l Security Council spokesperson issues readout of US Nat'l Security Advisor #JakeSullivan conversation today with nat'l security advisors, foreign ministers & other officials from #BucharestNine of #NATO Allies re: #Russia & #Ukraine.

#B9 #Putin #Zelensky Image
#BREAKING
WH / US Nat'l Security Council spokesperson issues readout of US Nat'l Security Advisor #JakeSullivan's conversation today with #Russia's foreign policy advisor to the president, #YuriyUshakov.

#Putin #Zelensky #Ukraine #Ushakov Image
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#BREAKING
Nat'l Security Council Spokesperson Emily Horne issues readout of Nat'l Security Advisor #JakeSullivan's conversation today with #Ukrain's head of presidential office, #AndriyYermak.

#Russia Image
#BREAKING (via WH press pool)
#Biden talks with journalists re: #Ukraine.

#Russia Image
#BREAKING (via WH press pool)
#Biden says re: potential invasion of #Ukraine by #Russia:

"We’ve been aware of Russia’s actions for a long time and my expectation is we’re going to have a long discussion."

He adds that "won't accept" #Putin's red line in Ukraine. Image
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1) Coronavirus live news: Hong Kong authorises Sinovac vaccine for children aged 3-17, Rotterdam riots condemned theguardian.com/world/live/202…
2) Covid cases rate in Czech Republic hit a record 929 new cases per 100K residents (2nd record this week), its health ministry said Saturday.

Czech Rep’s daily cases tally ⬆️ to 22,936 Friday.

A further 110 people died on Thursday, the ministry said;
3) Thousands of people have marched in “freedom” rallies in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, with the largest crowds in the Victorian capital as protests against the state government’s pandemic legislation ramped up again;
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We're live 🔴 Our moderator Andrea Éltető is welcoming our participants to "European Solidarity and the #COVIDresponse: Hungary and the Czech Republic"

Follow the highlights along here!

/THREAD 🧵
This event is taking place as part of the pan-European book launches of "Solidarity in Action and the Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals", TEPSA's upcoming book edited by @MichaelKaeding (@unidue), @_PaulSchmidt (@oegfe), and @JohannesPollak (@WebsterVienna)

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Zdeněk Sychra, András Inotai, Norbert Szijártó, and András Bíró-Nagy are leading experts in European affairs, and contribute to the discussion on the basis of their expertise of the #solidarity situations in 🇭🇺 & 🇨🇿

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Thursday's #Coronavirus megathread starts here with the best #Covid19 global analysis and round up available on Twitter.

First a little quiz, answer in the next Tweet:
Do you know which country has had the most recorded cases of Covid19 as a percentage of population?
So I hope there was no cheating... I'll leave some blank lines here too in case some later viewers don't want the answer just yet...
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So the nation with more #Covid19 cases than any other based on population is highly vaccinated #Seychelles at more than 20% infected.
Today I spent quite a long time being filmed/interviewed by @bbcturkce about #Covid19 and #Turkey. Not sure how much they will use, let's see.

Coincidentally the cameraman Efe, just happened to be in Kyiv as one of those using Ukraine for a 10 day stop off to avoid hotel prison!
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Wednesday's #Coronavirus megathread starts here, with all the data, news and analysis as #Covid19 continues to cause problems.

Slightly less mega today on the thread as I am working abroad and struggling for time and internet. Doing my best!
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Starting with the case numbers from the islands of #Greece which I couldn't publish yesterday.

Broadly heading in the right direction, with exceptionally good numbers from #Crete again and #Zante

#Mykonos surges again and is still the most infected island.
2/3 #Covid19 cases Tuesday on the islands of #Greece

#Crete 196 (-148)
#Corfu 53 (-15)
#Andros 1 (-9)
#Chios 24 (+8)
#Ikaria 11 (-10)
#Ithaca 2 (-1)
#Kalymnos (-1)
#Karpathos (-1)
#KeaKythnos 1 (+1)
#Kefalonia 9 (-1)
#Kos 10 (-2)
#Lefkada 24 (-9)
#Lemnos 2 (-3)
#Lesbos 33 (+1)
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The daily #Coronavirus megathread for Tuesday starts early, from Manchester airport.

Because of the early start I missed a few countries from yesterday's thread, first I'll update these #Covid19 totals. Tweets during the day may be delayed due to travel & connectivity issues
1/3 #GreekIslands - yesterday cases nudged lower again in #Greece and there were some very promising data from the islands too.

#Crete cut new cases of #Covid19 by 43% while for #Corfu it was a 48% fall and #Rhodes saw a reduction of 38%.

#Samos and #Chios need watching...
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#Greece - #Covid19 on the islands yesterday vs previous week

#Crete 129 (-98)
#Corfu 26 (-24)
#Andros 2 (-1)
#Chios 22 (+11)
#Ikaria 3 (+1)
#Kalymnos 4 (-6)
#Kefalonia 4 (-4)
#Kos 9 (-4)
#Lefkada 5 (-7)
#Lemnos 4 (+3)
#Lesbos 19 (-4)
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1) Coronavirus live news: WHO chief criticises booster campaigns; China says it has zero new cases theguardian.com/world/live/202…
2) UK government has agreed to a contract for 35M more doses of Pfizer/BioNTech💉, delivery from 2nd half of next year. Vaccine stockpiling criticisms made, as other countries need first doses for their residents. UK gov’t acknowledged it was “future-proofing” w/its surplus;
3) US FDA poised to give full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech
💉 later today, in the hopes it will facilitate further 💉 mandates and an increase in take-up rates – despite an absence of long-term data of the jab’s efficacy and safety;
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Europe is already very wet. Its about to get a lot wetter.

The 2021 #EuropeBigWet is already underway. Now the Atlantic is about to fully flood the zone.
This is a 16-Day animation starting today and running till June 22nd. Its going to be a very wet #SummerSolstice.

#EuropeWeather #Europe #Weather

#Portugal #Spain #UK #Ireland #France #Spain #Belgium #Germany #Poland #Italy #Switzerland #Hungary #Ukraine #Roumania #Czechia
This is the GEFS ensemble rain forecast for Europe also over 16 days. When the computer simulations think together the conclusion seems to be that it is going to rain everywhere every day.
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🇷🇸#Serbia 🇨🇿#Czechia #Belgrad #Coronavirus #VACCINE

Serbia wants to give the Czech Republic 100,000 corona vaccine doses with the Pfizer Biontech active ingredient free of charge. Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis wrote on Twitter that it was an "incredible gift".
He had previously received Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to conclude a three-day visit to Prague. On Tuesday, the Czech President Milos Zeman personally apologized to Vucic for the NATO air strikes on Serbia in 1999.
The Czech Republic had rejected a compromise proposal on the solidarity-based distribution of vaccines in the EU and was left out of the subsequent redistribution itself.
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3rd April 2021

flightradar24.com/RRR1615/2747d3…

BAe 146-200

RRR1615 ZE708

Troop transport, high wing quad-jet

Very active (daily) since February

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_A…

@Simonhartmp @BorisJohnson

YOU NEED TO TELL THE PUBLIC YOU ARE PREPARING TO ENTER CONFLICT ON FALSE PRETEXTS ImageImageImageImage
When were @BorisJohnson @Keir_Starmer @fmwales @NicolaSturgeon going to get round to letting us know ?

They have known for AT LEAST past three months that the intention of war under #phoney pretexts was on the cards

#Ukraine
#Crimea #Russia #NATO #war

newinform.com/281577-kievski… Image
flightradar24.com/RRR2300/2747b8…

Airbus KC2 Voyager (A330-243MRTT)

RRR2300 ZZ343

logged by me on most days thru' February and March

Just entering Romania from Hungary

planefinder.net/data/aircraft/… ImageImageImage
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"But if Czechia is doing so much worse than we in Austria, how come we don't hear horror stories from overcrowded hospitals or morgues?"
Is it all not so bad? Or are we just not hearing about it?
I did a back-of-envelope calculation to get an idea. #ICUs #Czechia 1/
/// So instead of going to sleep I spent last night doing this calculation and the results were pretty terrible. I think it's important but because it is so important I decided to put in a bit more time and have it checked by critical friends.
So I took the original thread down. Once I'm done with review, I'll bring it back up here, promised. Especially when results are harsh, I'd like to stick to how science works. First peer review, then sharing with the public. Thanks for your understanding!
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