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Day 480 of the war. #Russia defending stubbornly with reinforced lines in the areas of #Ukraine they stole.

But I think the real push, with most forces, is yet to come. Here's another daily thread. There's been one every day, but I do need support pls!
Yesterday's thread can be found on the link below, click and scroll if you missed anything.

Loads of nice photos and videos in Saturday's thread and how there seems to have been a #Russia-#Africa plot to deny missile strikes, but Russia's MoD messed up!

Who doesn't like a bit of alliteration? And here are some sweet Sunday sounds to start your day.

Less than 20km north of #Henichesk in #Kherson region there was a big explosion, then many, many more in the village of #Rykove as #Russia's weapon/ammo store there went up in smoke!
I think it's particularly noticeable how many strikes #Ukraine is making in the Occupiers' rear in #Zaporizhzhia and #Kherson. Stopping the supply lines from #Crimea helps in the multi-stage offensive to liberate territory, which the UK update today shows is extremely difficult: Image
Each day #Ukraine releases its daily estimate of #Russia's losses. Quite often we see numbers a little lower on Sundays and Mondays, which I think is probably a "clerical delay", collating + reporting

Today most categories are down, but #Russia's soldiers killed is above average Image
You'll also notice in the last tweet confirmation of #Russia losing 2 helicopters, the second one I reported late yesterday evening.

Also 12 drones were hit, five of them attack types (4 Shahed and one Lancet).

#RussiaIsATerroristState #StandWithUkraine Image
Speaking of drones, even during the war, err... special military operation😉, #Russia's elite cannot resist a bit, well a lot, of corruption.

Here's a story of how a UAV costing 2.5m rubles should be assembled for 0.2m. Nice mark-up on tax-payers' money!

Happy Father's Day to all Dads celebrating today in many countries of the world.

It's Father's Day in #Ukraine, but spare a thought this morning for all those children who've lost a parent in this monstrous and illegal war, started by one old man in a bunker.
A poignant video by #Ukraine's Border Guard for Father's Day:
"Hi Dad. How are you"
"Fine son, & you?"
"All good, I graduated school, pity you missed it"
"Sorry son, circumstances"
"I understand, Mum + I miss you. Take care. I'm proud of you. We're waiting for you at home❤️"
Here's a photo said to be from the latest hit on #Tokmak yesterday.

#Ukraine says this was a Command Post of #Russia's invaders in the #Zaporizhzhia region.

#RussiansGOHOME Image
And just half an hour ago in #Zaporihzhia, more explosions.

This time it's in #Mykhailivka once again, about 50km north of #Melitopol'

#Russia says air defence is working, which seems optimistic from reports I've read.

In #Belgorod, another drone attacked Russian territory according to the Governor

He says "3 explosive devices were dropped from a drone" in #Novopetrovka village. A couple of vehicles appear to have been damaged.

But he can't explain why #Ukraine would target a nondescript farm ImageImage
More believable is a reported drone attack in #Bryansk region.

There an electrical substation was targeted near #Sevsk.

Baza reports two UAVs dropped explosive an hour apart, causing power cuts in the town and 9 other villages.

Meanwhile also in #Bryansk, but 200km away from #Sevsk, another drone attack is reported.

Authorities claim #Ukraine tried to attack the Druzhba oil pipeline near #Novozybkov, which is just 40km from the border.

#Russia says there were 4 explosions, but they shot down all UAVs.
You probably know all about my love for #Ukraine. Like many countries, it has its own summer festivals, not just music, but special cultural events.

The Cherry Festival in #Melitopol is something special, it should be today, but let's hope this returns next year

Oh thank you @uberman21 for a wonderful donation. Coffee is assured💙💛

#Ukraine has liberated another village in #Zaporizhzhia region.

#Russia's mil-bloggers admit they've made a tactical retreat from #Pyatikhatki.

The maps shows the route to #Vasylivka is opening up.

#SlavaUkraini ImageImage
Local officials have banned restaurants/clubs in #Odesa from operating after 10pm.

It's one of the difficult decisions to make in a war. There was a lot of anger at videos of parties in the southern resort while other cities were being bombed.
But it will be unpopular in #Odessa

In #Bryansk again, and a military strike cannot be ruled out, but more likely someone smoking and a lack of Health & Safety.

This is the scene in the Volodarsky district.
It's said to be at a military hospital which is in the process of being built.
The Occupiers say the level of water in the #KakhovkaDam has dropped sharply again.

#Russia's installed officials announced a drop of over 4 metres in the last 24 hours.

It's unwise to trust the word of a businessman in #Russia during a war, but the UK govt didn't heed warnings.

News that ex Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich refuses to hand over billions to people of #Ukraine affected by the war and the Govt can do nothing

A sugar refinery in #Russia was hit by mortars last night according to officials.

They say there were no injuries at the factory in #Tyotkino, #Kursk oblast. ImageImageImageImage
In #Belgorod right now #Russia says #Grayvoron village is being attacked again.

No further details yet.

On Sundays I try catch up with research, reading etc. I found new controversy this week of one of #Zelenskyy's entourage.

The President's Deputy Chief of Staff Andriy Smirnov has previously been the focus of a few suspicions, here are 2 in English

As well as allegedly helping a judge escape in 2020, earlier this year a @pravda_eng invesigation found Smirnov's unemployed brother had miraculously bought expensive land in L'viv; equally strange at just 20% of market price

The story in English:
Now the Dep Head of President's Office has been linked with Roman Ignatov.

Mr Ignatov has just been made Chairman of the "High Qualification Commission of Judges"
The problem is he's accused of having 🇷🇺passport and not being open with 🇺🇦security:

My thoughts on that mini-thread..

Although #Ukraine needs stability and shouldn't waste energy on internal issues, there are too many question marks over senior staff in Zelenskyy's office.

Amid new allegations of "raiding" too, there needs to be unequivocal proof or a clearout
This photo is said to be from the village of #Rozdolne in the occupied part of #Kherson region.

Another environmental disaster following the blasting of the #KakhovkaDam.

No timestamp, but I've checked with 3 image search engines and it does seem to be new. Image
Also compulsive reading and well, bonkers!

Early in today's thread I showed a video looking from afar at the explosions taking place in occupied #Rykove.

Now here's a close up from the streets of the village in #Kherson in the wake of the #Ukraine missile attack.

Before and after satellite shots of the site of #Ukraine's attack this morning on #Russia's base in #Kherson region.

#RussiansGOHOME #StandWithUkraine ImageImage
London will host the #Ukraine recovery conference in the coming week.

PM @RishiSunak has called for industry to support the Ukrainian defence of democracy:

#Estonia's Intelligence says #Ukraine has lost under 10% of foreign military equipment donated in the war.

Their Head also confirms the main counter offensive has not started yet - #Ukraine is still in the "shaping" period and the full assault may not happen this week.
Reuters confirms bodies have been found inside flooded houses on the occupied left bank of the River Dnipro in #Kherson region.

Officially #Russia's appointed officials admit only 25 deaths, while independent reports say "hundreds" ImageImageImageImage
On Father's Day, in #Sumy region shelling by #Russia today has killed a police officer and his young son.

Senior police lieutenant Roman Babenko, and his 4-year-old boy died when their car was hit.

Well we found one of the western 'stars' at that economic forum in St.Petersburg.

Austrian traitor and #Putin's dance partner no longer pretends to hide her contempt for the west.

Stephen S bought me a coffee this afternoon.
Thanks Stephen, very much appreciated 💙💛

In his evening address, President @ZelenskyyUa says not one Patriot missile system has been destroyed.

"No matter what #Russia says about our destroyed "Patriots", they are all here and working, they are all shooting down Russian missiles."

#StandWithUkraine Image
#Ukraine claims it shot down another Ka-52 helicopter today.

Recently #Russia moved around 20 extra of these attack models to Ukraine.
There is no independent verification of the latest take-down, which would be the 5th in just over 2 days

Explosion in occupied #Skadovsk on #Kherson's southern coast.

Today @thetimes reported on instances of #Ukraine's soldiers being castrated by #Russia.

The evidence is based on testimony from a psychologist who says she has heard of many other such acts of barbarism from colleagues.

Ms Yatsenko says one of the men returned to the front. ImageImage
Here is the full speech from President Zelenskyy tonight with English subtitles. The first 2'33" is thank yous to military - you may find the last couple of minutes more interesting.


Former Vice-President Mike Pence criticises Trump for not supporting #Ukraine and said Biden is too slow supplying arms.

He also made it clear if #Russia is not stopped now it will invade a NATO ally.
Good to see a Republican dare to speak the truth.

A well known #Ukraine military blogger has posted another photo with Commander-in-Chief of #Ukraine's armed forces whom #Russia said was dead.

Yesterday Putin admitted Valerii #Zaluzhny was alive and in a foreign country, which Shtirlitz verifies.

In the battle for #Pyatikhatki, it's known #Russia lost another officer.

Deputy Commander of the "Storm Ossetia" battalion was killed. Seems he was only 32, didn't age well and has now been denazified.

💙💛 Molly, @laurendarro and JD 💙💛

I want to thank each of you for supporting me and the Ko-Fi fund. I rely on donations.

#Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) has arrested 15 police officers in the city of #Dnipro.
The allegedly corrupt law enforcers were involved in drugs policing.

Still much work to be done, but Ukraine is ridding itself of corruption. Image

In #Crimea reports of explosions and shooting in the north of the occupied region.

Several loud explosions happened in #Krasnoperekopsk according to locals, then helicopters last night. Later, helicopters were spotted and machine gun fire was heard.
Explosions also reported in the free part of #Kherson region again tonight.

A little earlier two women were wounded in #Sumy region after #Russia shelled the village of #Velykopisarivsk.

#StopRussia #StandWithUkraine
Oops - looks like something went wrong for the invaders here in occupied #Zaporizhzhia.

This is on the road from #Kamyanske - looks like an Ural military truck has been hit, possibly at a blockpost.
#Crimea update:

Residents in Ishuni and Tankovoe also heard the shooting, whcih you can listen to on this video.

It doesn't seem like large calibre used to fire at drones.
It won't be night exercises.
Most likely deserters or a sabotage group.

Hopefully this will be my last tweet of the thread: I need sleep!

And what a way to end, with this from #NewYork

Fans of the @BKCyclones made a huge flag of #Ukraine, unfurled before their baseball match and the club also played the national anhem & "Oi u luzi chervona kalyna"

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Can you believe it's Day 482 of #Russia's full invasion?
Each day a new 🧵 with all the important news in one place, updated live.

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Also don't forget DMs open for tip-offs and stories % donations of coffee welcome too, see bio
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To review Sunday's thread, click here.
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Hello again. A new week begins and Day 467 of Europe's war.

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Updates throughout the day, each day.

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Mass brawls in Russia & a very sad story about dolphins.

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First let's look at why there are much lower excess death increases in say, Bulgaria and Romania than other nations.

Simple fact is these two countries have the worst life expectancy/most deaths in the EU, the fewest old people. Therefore any increase is likely to be lower.
It should be pointed out excess deaths are falling significantly in early 2023.

There are many good graphs and explainers in this report. 100% proof in there that vaccinated people are NOT dying more than unvaxed.

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Day 466 of the daily thread covering the #UkraineRussianWar begins here.

All the news and analysis, throughout the day and night - looks like little sleep again tonight as it's believed #Russia has fired cruise missiles, currently an hour away from hitting #Ukraine.

The situation is still developing. We hope the missile launch was a fake, or dummy warheads to "draw out" #Ukraine's air defence.

For all yesterday's news, including the terrible attack on #Dnipro, click and scroll here:

Also hearing now that cruise-missile laden ships are in the launch zone in the Black Sea. This is not uncommon, but #Russia's current tactic of a mixed missile attack increases the likelihood of ships being involved.

Estimated time of arrival of rockets: 03:10 Kyiv time.
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Good morning, welcome to Daily Thread number 465 covering #Ukraine's heroic defence against #Russia's illegal aggression.

I've been here from (before) the start of war, reporting on (sometimes from) a country I've loved, worked + lectured in many, many times.
Overnight was quiet
Before we get stuck in to today's news, a gentle reminder these threads are basically an unpaid full time job - actually more than that as you get days off with a job! Coffee donations welcome (link in Bio)

To catch up on Friday's news, click here
A few drones buzzed #Ukraine yesterday evening but air raids did not last long and no damage was reported.

The drone/cruise missile numbers on #Russia's daily losses are high as they include Friday morning's attacks.
Artillery, special equipment & fuel tanks way above average Image
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