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Thread: 28 July 2022: Day 155 of #Russia's invasion of #Ukraine
Latest @DefenceHQ update: "#Ukraine's counter-offensive in Kherson is gathering momentum", with a bridgehead established south of the Inhulets River. Ukraine has used HIMARS to damage the bridges in and out of Kherson, leading Russia's 49th Army to look "highly vulnerable".
Congress has been briefed that #Russia has suffered 75,000 casualties (killed and wounded) in #Ukraine
#Russia manipulating humanitarian aid to coerce the #Ukrainian population in the occupied areas.
Two #Ukrainians who were collaborating with the #Russian occupiers in Kherson, acting as policemen, have been killed with a bomb on Admiral Senyavin Avenue. Two collaborators were killed on the same road ten days ago.
The Bayraktar manufacturer in #Turkey has handed over a TB2 drone to #Ukraine without charge after a fundraiser in #Poland came up with the money to buy one.
Today is the Feast Day of Vladimir the Great in both the Orthodox and Roman Catholic calendars, and #Ukraine's Statehood Day. Vladimir as Grand Prince of Kiev (r. 980-1015) brought the Rus to Christianity in 988, thus is recognised as a Saint, and died on this day in 1015.
The Rus was pagan when Vladimir the Great came to power. Looking at monotheism, he did not see how the Jews' creed could be correct given their dispossession and rejected Islam when he found it banned alcohol. Orthodox Constantinople awed in a way the Roman Catholic West didn't.
There is a video circulating of #Russian soldiers using a Stanley knife (box cutter) to slice off the testicles of a #Ukrainian soldier, who is awake and bound with his hands behind him as they do it. This is not a one-off; it's just the first time a video of it has spread.
In ten years of seeing near-daily atrocity videos from Syria, I haven't seen much that is as hideous as this.
Do watch for those who threw themselves into a contrived tizzy yesterday because #Ukraine's President tried to reach a politically important audience through a "Vogue" photoshoot, and who will say absolutely nothing about this #Russian atrocity today.
Great video promoted by #Ukraine's Defence Ministry, thanking #Estonia, which has devoted one-third of its defence budget to Ukraine's defence against the #Russian invaders.
#South_Korea has signed its biggest ever arms deal to send 1,600 tanks and howitzers, and nearly 50 fighter jets, to #NATO-member #Poland, making it a major indirect supporter of #Ukraine.…
#Russia's Defence Minister Sergey Shoygu says his country's intention in invading #Ukraine is to restore the #Soviet Empire.
A #Ukrainian stands before a destroyed block of flats in #Russian-occupied Mariupol.
#Ukraine marking the two-year anniversary of the "Lublin Triangle" with #Poland and #Lithuania.
#Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson is extremely popular in #Ukraine because of his effective support against #Russia's invasion and his very public support for the Ukrainian government.
The #US Senate has called on the State Department to list #Russia as a state-sponsor of terrorism.
#Lithuania's President @GitanasNauseda met today in Kiev with #Ukraine's President Zelensky.
#Iran's media shoehorns antisemitism into its coverage of #Russia expelling the Jewish Agency.
Every zone #Russia has occupied has been scattered with booby traps, including in children's toys.
#Iran continuing its assistance to #Russia in trying to conquer #Ukraine.
Report on #Russia's political warfare in #Italy, trying to draw Matteo Salvini's Lega Nord (Northern League) out of the Cabinet and collapse the government.
A sanctioned ship owned by #Syria's Asad regime has docked in #Lebanon with grain stolen from #Ukraine by #Russia.
80 #Ukrainian medics abducted by #Russia in Mariupol 100 days ago have been kept in abysmal conditions and frequently tortured.…
The #Russian soldier who castrated the #Ukrainian captive with a Stanley knife has been named as Vitaly Valeryevich Aroshanov (b. 1983), from the city of Elista in the Republic of Kalmykia in the Caucasus.

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Thread: 27 July 2022: Day 154 of #Russia's invasion of #Ukraine
Latest @DefenceHQ update: #Russia making "tactical advances" around the Vuhlehirska power station in Donetsk. Lavrov in Africa, long an interest of Moscow's, trying to blame the West for the food crisis.

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[1/2] #Ukraine's President Zelensky in his speech tonight noted #Russia's troop losses in his country; lauded the improving relations with Latin America (Chile, Paraguay, Costa Rica, and now Uruguay); and thanked @BorisJohnson for the Churchill Award and #Britain's support.
[2/2] Zelensky: The awards in #Britain and the #Netherlands are a reflection of the changed attitudes toward #Ukraine: "Our bravery is truly an inspiration for all free nations and the community of democracies ... Just imagine how inspiring the Ukrainian victory will be".
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Brexit-as-policy faded once it was done; we're left now with Brexit-as-symbol, a marker of political instinct/tribe, class, and so on. And in that sense Sunak's libertarian, "Singapore-style" Brexit position is closer to the Remainers.
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Thread: 26 July 2022: Day 153 of #Russia's invasion of #Ukraine
Latest @DefenceHQ update: #Russia launched missiles at Odesa Port on 24 July. Russia sees anti-ship missiles as "a key threat" constraining the Black Sea Fleet and undermining the overall invasion plan, by making a landing at Odesa something "Russia cannot realistically attempt". Image
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Truss says this is a convenient flip; as recently as a month ago, Sunak was advocating closer collaboration with the CCP.
Sunak notably caveats his new hawkishness on #China by saying there are areas that collaboration can continue, which is code for continuing to trying to profit from the CCP and provide it openings to exploit us.
Truss is plainspoken about cracking down on TikTok and generally changing things up with #China.
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Thread: 25 July 2022: Day 152 of #Russia's invasion of #Ukraine
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