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Thread: 24 July 2022: Day 151 of #Russia's invasion of #Ukraine
Latest @DefenceHQ update:

- #Russia is launching ongoing "small-scale" offensive operations in the Donbas, "focused on the Bakhmut axis", but it is "making minimal progress".

- Bizarre framing that Lavrov "expanded the scope" of Russia's attack on #Ukraine; nothing has changed
Good thread on #Ukraine's President Zelensky's visits to troops at the front, an important military-civilian trust-building exercise in themselves, a morale boost to troops, a way of gaining international attention, and of providing a contrast with Putin.
Denis Kustov, one of the volunteers who went to fight for #Russia in east #Ukraine, believing he was protecting Russian speakers, was tortured and murdered by his "own" side because he had witnessed another of their crimes. A gruesome and squalid business.
A good cause to support if you can, a fundraiser led by #Ukraine's First Lady Olena Zelenska, for emergency ambulances.
#Russia displacing #France as the Imperial power in West #Africa is going super well.
#US is sending inter alia four more HIMARS and "up to" 580 Phoenix Ghost drones to #Ukraine.
#Melitopol Mayor Ivan Fedorov said on 23 July 23 that #Russia's collaborationist authorities are preparing for a staged referendum to annex Zaporizhzhia Oblast by going door-to-door doing a census. Reminds people there are legal consequences for treasonous behaviour.
If you are able to help @SignMyRocket get ear protectors to #Ukraine, follow these instructions here:
#Russia holding together its propaganda really well!
Four foreign volunteers for #Ukraine were killed by #Russia on 18 July near Siversk in Donetsk Oblast in an hours-long fight: Luke "Skywalker" Lucyszyn and Bryan Young (#US), Edvard Patrignani (#Sweden), Emile-Antoine Roy-Sirois (#Canada).…
No reason to even announce this, but it is a good idea, and one assumes (hopes) that #NATO have already sent in advisers in as part of the foreign fighter flow to support #Ukraine.
#Ukraine's pressure on #Russia in occupied Kherson continues, with strikes on a bridge near the dam in Nova Kakhovka.
#NAFO, a meme army of Shiba Inu dogs, has raised $10,000 towards armoured brigade for #Ukraine in a single day ... which is the most surreal and wonderful thing ever.
#Turkey's Defence Minister Hulusi Akar says that #Russia has said it did not carry out the attack on Odesa - and really how can Akar be expected to comment beyond that? 🙄
Sergiy Khlan, an aide to the legitimate governor of Kherson Oblast, said, "We can say that the Kherson region will definitely be liberated by September". There is a race between #Ukraine's plans to liberate the area and #Russia's plan for annexation.…
Footage of two #Russian S-300s having being destroyed in Kherson by #Ukraine.
#Russia trying to reassure #Egypt, one of the states most affected by the disruption of the international food market caused by the Russian attempt to eradicate #Ukraine.
A #Russian Su-25 jet was reported shot down by #Ukraine's air defences, an Igla man-portable air defense system (MANPADS), in the Donbas.…
Rather on-the-nose modern edition of Vaclav Havel's greengrocer
#Hungary continuing to provide public rhetorical support for #Russia's positions over #Ukraine.
Great work from @natemook, reporting from Bakhmut on the frontline in the Donetsk Oblast of eastern #Ukraine.
#US Ambassador to #Ukraine Bridget Brink says careful consideration is being given to adding #Russia to the state-sponsor of terrorism list.…
Some phrasing: "The Russian system of political power has remained unchanged ... a pyramid of slaves worshipping the supreme khan. That's how it was during the Golden Horde, that’s how it was in Stalin’s time, that’s how it is today under Vladimir Putin"…
#pt: True that Alexander Herzen was sent into internal exile "for his anti-czarist sentiments", but what is most notable about his life is that he nurtured the doctrines of terrorist-revolutionaries who then declared him a sellout and set to burning down everything he valued.
#pt: In other words, it was not the Emperor that was Herzen's greatest enemy - Alexander II enacted large parts of his program, especially abolishing serfdom. It was the young men he thought were the future, who took his own logic and ran with it, and he had no way to stop them.

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