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🧵We are a group of volunteers exploring existing and non-conventional options for moving #Ukrainian #grains, #wheat and #agricultural products into the #European #Railway Network for distribution to EU #Export terminals, primarily, but not exclusively on the #Danube Waterway. Image
Why, what's stopping this?

Similar to @Apple, @Microsoft or @Android Operating Systems, #Ukraine's and #Europe's #trains, #locomotives & #wagons operate on physically different track widths.

While having similar functionalities, they don't "play well with each other".
Specifically, a Ukrainian train cannot travel on a European railway (track) and European trains cannot travel on Ukrainian railways.

The width, called "Gauge", between rails is different. Ukrainian is 1520mm wide, while European is 1435mm.
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#Donetsk Axis - #Russian forces have captured the town of Novoselivka, Donetsk Oblast. The capture of this town will allow #Russian forces to assault the town of Niu-York immediately to the N. Multiple pro-Russian accounts have reported #RUAF in Niu-York but that is inaccurate. ImageImage
Niu-York is a strategically critical, but tactically difficult city for #Ukraine to defend. If #Russia can capture the city it will open the door to bypassing #Ukrainian defenses to the E. #Russia has made no progress towards Toretsk in 3 months & is looking for a new approach. Image
Unfortunately for #Ukraine, Niu-York is positioned in a valley over 100m/300ft lower than the surrounding area. This will make the #UAF defense of the city very challenging. #Russian forces will have many advantages like better observation, cover and spotting for artillery. Image
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#Severodonestk - #Russian forces have destroyed the critical Pavlograd Bridge/Павлоградський Міст leading from the city to Lysychans'k/Лисичанськ. This was the main supply line from Severodonetsk across the Donets river and it’s loss could make resupply of the city impossible. Image
4 bridges lead to #Severodonetsk from the west side of the Donets River. 1 has been destroyed and out of operation for years. #Russia destroyed the middle bridge today and the other 2 bridges are being pressured by #RUAF. #Ukraine may already be unable to use the N & S bridges. ImageImage
If #Ukraine is unable to resupply the troops in #Severodonestk, 🇺🇦 may choose to abandon the city vice endure a #Mariupol style siege. Time will tell what the #UAF decides to do, but many combat hardened #UAF veterans are defending the city, who would not be easily replaced.
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Update #Ukraine .
Im Überblick:
- #Azowstal ist gefallen, fast 2.500 geraten in Kriegsgefangenschaft;
- Gezerre um NATO-Beitritte von Finnland und Schweden geht weiter - auch Kroatien droht nun mit Veto;
- Moskau bereitet Integration besetzter Gebiete vor.
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#Azovstal ist gefallen.
Alle ukr.Kämpfer, die sich dort seit Wochen verschanzt hatten, haben sich ergeben und geraten nun in russische Kriegsgefangenschaft.
Insgesamt ist die Rede von 2439 Soldaten und Azow-Kämpfern, die sich seit dem 16. Mai ergeben haben.
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Die Verletzten unter ihnen sollen zunächst medizinisch behandelt werden.
Die Azow-Kämpfer erwartet danach vermutlich das Gericht.
Soldaten der regulären ukr. Armee könnten dagegen durchaus auf einen Gefangenentausch hoffen.
Angeblich laufen zwischen Moskau und Kiew Verhandlungen. ImageImage
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🧵The editorial board’s @nytimes recent piece is appalling. Looks like #russian propaganda, something you do not expect from a renowned media. This thread is about that⬇️
In its new article, @nytimes writes that betting on 🇺🇦 military victory is only "dangerous assumption" & that returning all 🇺🇦territories under 🇺🇦 control is an unrealistic goal. The editorial office is worried that help of 🇺🇸 to 🇺🇦 will lead to protracted, costly & drawn-out war
Talking about costly war is low. It’s like putting price tag on freedom & democracy. For country proud of its democratic achievements this should be obvious!Furthermore might I remind u that protracted war has been going on for 8 years & world chose to pretend it wasn't happening
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The 87th daily 🧵 of the #Russia-#Ukraine war.

Russia's illegal invasion had a big boost in the last 72 hours.
Finally they claimed a 2nd big city in #Mariupol' while advances in the Donbas mean there's a real chance they can cut off 1000s of #Ukraine troops in #Luhansk region
But British intelligence is that #Russia is running out of drones.

While both sides are suffering big losses of unmanned aircraft, #Ukraine is able to replace but Russians are struggling

#StandWithUkraine #StopRussia Image
#Finland's gas supply from #Russia has today been cut off fur refusing to pay in Rubles.

However it's reported #Germany and #Italy approve rouble accounts for Russian gas payments.

Germany and Italy told companies they could open rouble accounts to “without breaching” sanctions
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Notorious #Azov soldier David Kasatkin aka DavidKhimik surrendered at #Azovstal plant

#Mariupol #DPR #Russia
David Kasatkin aka Khimik David was part of notorious #Ukraine #Azov Group that called themselves Young Gods.
They liked to post online what they did to enemy soldiers.
Now we have to see is the rest of that Group alive.
#Azovstal #Mariupol #Russia #DPR ImageImageImageImage
On his telegram Channel on April 12 David Kasatkin posted video where he Said they captured Armenian Russian soldier Edgar.
Tattoo on hands say "Time to kill"
Later #Russian army found a dead soldier in a dumpster that looks similar like that captive.
#Azovstal #Mariupol #DPR ImageImage
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Why is #Ukraine struggling around #Popasna? Part of the answer to that question has to do with available troops, supplies, casualties and exhaustion. However, one often overlooked element that is working for the #Russian's and against the #Ukrainian's, is the area's topography. Image
#Popasna sits directly on a hill over 700ft/210m higher than Soledar. This gives #Russian forces a massive advantage in regards to artillery, observation and firing positions, since they can shoot down into #UAF trenches/defenses. It also means they are attacking downhill.
A close look at terrain gained around #Popasna reveals much of the terrain #Russia has captured has been from high ground, headed into lower elevations. In fact, current RUAF advances almost appear to specifically be riding the high ground in order to maximize this advantage. Image
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#Kherson Axis - No confirmed change in terrain control along this axis today. #Russia & #Ukraine continue to fire upon each others positions, while #RUAF fired missiles and rockets at nearby towns. Explosions were recorded in Kherson, Zaporizhia, Dnipropetrovsk, & Odesa Oblast.
#Russian military engineers have brought in excavation/construction equipment to construct a secondary defensive line along existing frontlines. This suggests that #RUAF is anticipating a #Ukrainian attack soon & that #Russia is not trying to expand this front in the near future.
Following a canceled April 27 Kherson Oblast referendum to create the Kherson People's Republic, the #Russian appointed leader of #Kherson Oblast has stated that #Russia will annex the region instead of creating it's own state and then petitioning to join the #Russian Federation.
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War is an incredibly destructive human endeavour. And despite their courage and resilience, the war in #Ukraine has been a violent tragedy for the people of Ukraine. But the war is also a learning opportunity for military institutions around the world. 1/25 Image
2/ In his book, “War: What Is It Good For?” Ian Morris argues that war throughout history has benefitted humans because it led to bigger, more complex societies, ruled by governments which then suppressed as much internal violence as possible.
3/ Clausewitz saw its ‘benefits’ in more simple terms – as an “act of violence intended to compel our opponent to fulfil our will.”
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#Kharkiv - #Russian forces struck the newly renovated Lozova, #Ukraine Palace of Culture (A community center) with a cruise missile. The center was recently renovated and hosted theatrical performances, concerts and events for the community. It has been completely destroyed.
The aftermath of the #Russian cruise missile strike.
This was likely a KH-22 Air Launched Cruise Missile as seen in the photos below. The strike was geolocated to 48.8791612, 36.2984821. A stock photo of the center is displayed below for reference. 7 people were injured in the strike including an 11 year old girl. ImageImageImage
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"We're constantly monitoring the threat environment w/escalation management clearly in mind" per @PentagonPresSec on US aid to #Ukraine "it would be irresponsible if we didn't do that"
"As we work these pkgs, these weapons & systems that we're sending to #Ukraine...we're doing it mostly with an eye towards what does Ukraine need in the fight that they're in right now" per @PentagonPresSec

"The consistent answer that we get back is they need long range fires"
"Our focus is on making sure that we can advantage #Ukraine on the battlefield & therefore hopefully advantage them when it comes to an ultimate peace there" per @PentagonPresSec
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#Ukraine marine #Volyn surrendered to #DPR #Russia forces in #Azovstal #Mariupol.

First Short video
Second short video of surrendered 'Volyn', commander of a unit of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of #Ukraine
He confirms his identity here
#Azovstal #Russia #Mariupol
Volyna answering
Are you all going out?
Does anyone else stay on the territory of the plant?
The entire 36th brigade are now here with me. There are no more Marines on the territory of the plant.
Are there foreigners on the territory of the plant?
In general, there were
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"We don't have any indication of the use of lasers...weaponized lasers" by #Russia in #Ukraine, per @PentagonPresSec

...this despite Russian claims its used a new generation of lasers to counter drones
US assesses #Russia is behind where it wants to be as far as progress in the #Donbas, w/Russian progress slow, uneven, per @PentagonPresSec

Says every day there are "hamlets towns and villages that are changing hands" between Russia & #Ukraine
US @SecDef Lloyd Austin to virtually host meeting of the #Ukraine Contact Group this coming Monday - more than 40 nations expected to take part, per @PentagonPresSec
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Heute soll es um eine Reihe von Konflikten gehen, die brisant sind, aber im Schatten der #Ukraine weitgehend unbemerkt bleiben, darunter:
- #Biden genehmigt die Entsendung von US-Truppen nach #Somalia ;
- Kämpfe in Libyen;
- #Israel fliegt Luftangriffe auf Syrien.
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US-Präsident #Biden hat die (Wieder-)Entsendung von US-Spezialtruppen nach #Somalia genehmigt.
Es wird erwartet, dass rund 450 US-Soldaten in das Land geschickt werden...offiziell, um gegen die Shabab-Terrormiliz zu kämpfen, die zuletzt wieder erstarkt sein soll.
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Die permanente US-Präsenz in #Somalia wurde eigentlich erst vor zwei Jahren von Ex-Präsident Trump beendet mit der Begründung, es sei an der Zeit, aus den "unendlichen Kriegen" auszusteigen.
#Biden will nun wieder eine kleine, aber "anhaltende Präsenz" in dem Land aufbauen
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That Annalena #Baerbock has a 74% approval rating for her handling of the #Ukraine war (it’s a war, @ZDF, not a crisis) is remarkable, esp compared to #Scholz’ dismal 50%. Image
Germans’ support for “heavy weapons like tanks” deliveries to #Ukraine continues to be high, though I would have hoped this to be north of 60%. SPD scaremongering has a price. Image
Support for Ukraine’s #EU membership, however, is surprisingly high, at 62%. The German public, IIRC, was never a big fan of enlargement. Enlargement to Ukraine would be a big deal for the EU. Image
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#Ukraine: Apparently, we were right in asserting that Ukraine is receiving Iranian weapons seized from the Houthis by the United States - here we see a pristine Iranian mortar in the hands of the Ukrainian army.
The mortar itself is very interesting - it very closely resembles an Iranian HM-15 81mm mortar but as the source claims uses 82mm mortar bombs. The name of this particular variant is also stated - HM-19. Image
We have not encountered such a designation anywhere before, but we believe these mortars are produced specially for Houthis in Yemen, where 82mm mortar bombs of Warsaw Pact are pretty common.
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reading #Afghanistan stuff (2), a theatre critics column (in german):
"Heute begründet die grüne Außenministerin mit Tränen in den Augen die Aufnahme von fast 110.000 Flüchtlingen aus der Ukraine damit, dass es sich um kriegstraumatisierte Kinder und Mütter handele. »Dies... 2/5
2/5 ... kann nur der Anfang sein«, sagte sie in Moldau. Und in New York vor den UN begann sie ihre Rede mit einem Kind, das im U-Bahn-Schacht zur Welt kam und Mia heißt, »es geht um Mia«. Während #Moria brannte und die Kinder im Schlamm ertranken, genehmigten die Grünen... 3/5
3/5 ... [als mitgl. von landesregierungen, d.tweep] Abschiebeflüge nach #Afghanistan. Keine paar Wochen später fiel #Kabul und Menschen hängten sich vor Verzweiflung an startende Flugzeuge. Die fast personengleiche SPD von damals, die vor zwei Jahren namentlich gegen die ... 4/5
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Putin’s image as a strategist has been shattered.

In this thread, I identify 10 things he got wrong in his barbaric invasion of #Ukraine.

#1 #Putin thought attacking Ukraine would be a cakewalk. A few days at most. As 3 months approach, he’s far closer to defeat than victory. Image
#2 Putin believed Ukraine was divided — and that he could exploit the divisions to rally some Ukrainians to his side. Wrong. His invasion united Ukraine and strengthened national identity big-time. Hatred for Russia has grown exponentially across Ukraine.
#3 Putin viewed Ukrainian President Zelensky as a lightweight. With a background as an actor & comedian, how could he possibly lead a country at war? Not only has Zelensky done just that, but he’s the world’s most admired leader today & is being compared to Winston Churchill.
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In der #Ukraine haben sich die Kriegsziele erneut verschoben. Präsident #Selenskyj will nun das gesamte Land befreien, was Jahre dauern könnte. Zudem kommt wieder ein Nato-Beitritt ins Spiel. (1/10)…
In einer Fernsehansprache kündigte #Selenskyj an, zunächst den Süden des Landes zu befreien, einschließlich der gerade verlorenen Stadt #Mariupol. Das Kriegsrecht wird um 90 Tage verlängert – bis zum 23. August. (2/10)
Doch das ist noch nicht alles. Ein Präsidenten-Berater sagte, sein Land werde keinen #Waffenstillstand akzeptieren, solange die russischen Streitkräfte nicht vollständig aus der Ukraine abgezogen seien. (3/10)
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1/ update of the current situation near #Popasna
quite hard to assess the real situation overthere. Strong points & Gen staff reports.. :
"In the #Bakhmut #Бахмут direction, with the support of artillery and mortars, russian occupiers carried out offensive operations in the area Image
2/ of ​​the settlement of #Vyskryva, while trying to improve the tactical position of their units near #Volodymyrivka and #Vasylivka.
russian occupiers suffered losses in the area of ​​the settlement of #Alexandropil." Gen staff - 20 Mai 2022
#UkraineMap #ukrainemap #Ukraine Image
3/ Russians seems to "push" in every direction but are clearly not having any real success right now. don't panick. all small villages conquered were not stronholds. Ru still try to gain full control on the high grounds & fails.
They r also stretching their forces now. but weak.
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Après 3 mois de #GuerreEnUkraine et un mois après le recentrage de l’offensive #russie sur le #donbass, le point sur les différentes zones du conflit, notamment les difficultés #ukraine au nord est du Donbass (carte @War_Mapper) dans le saillant de Severodonetsk Long 🧵 Image
Au nord des oblasts de Sumy et Chernihiv, les forces #russie harcèlent les troupes #ukraine aux abords de la frontière. L’objectif est probablement de fixer les troupes ukrainiennes pour éviter qu’elles n’aillent renforcer celles dans le #donbass. Front stable et peu actif Image
Idem pour le nord de l’oblast de Kharkiv. La contre attaque #ukraine a beaucoup progressé mais les troupes #russie résistent, là encore pour forcer les ukrainiens à masser des troupes loin du #donbass et protéger la deuxième ville du pays #RussiaUkraineWar Image
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“We want to see a strategic defeat of Russia,” U.S. NATO Ambassador @Julie_C_Smith tells #Strategic_Ark in Warsaw. “We want to see Russia leave #Ukraine.”
On Indo-Pacific and Ukraine: “we can address both of these challenges and threats.”
Focus now is on Ukraine, but the US “can walk and chew gum at the same time.”
Expect news on NATO force posture for mid- long-term at Madrid summit. NATO-Russia founding act (which forbade permanent bases in new alliance member states) is not a factor in that discussion, Smith said.
“Russia’s actions have fundamentally upset the order.”
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Good morning! Day 86 of #Russia's war on #Ukraine.

This is the daily thread, with news and analysis updated throughout the day.

Things reaching boiling point in the #Donbas with danger for both sides and mass destruction once again.
Most British media this morning leading with news of @ZelenskyyUa's comments that east #Ukraine has been destroyed by #Russia

An update this this story for starters, where unfortunately the death toll is now 12 in #Severodonetsk alone, 50 houses destroyed
While the frontline in the east is described as "frozen" by some, it's not true. Not much movement with Ukraine generally holding strong

But there is one area of concern with a few thousand #Ukraine troops at risk of being surrounded as Russia opened up a spur in #Luhansk region
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