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Apr 2 12 tweets 4 min read
Very concerning news. Marianna, the pregnant girl from #Mariupol, turns out to be one of the refugees that has been taken to #Russia in violation of the evacuation agreement.

There they put her in front of a camera and have her say there was no aerial attack on the hospital. She is able to admit there was an explosion om the maternity hospital, but remains very vague on what it could have been, leaving room for the interpretation the Ukrainians bombed it themselves, a lie pro-Kremlin actors have pushed from the very start.
Mar 24 4 tweets 4 min read
#Sudan 🇸🇩: mass protests in the capital #Khartoum today as thousands of Sudanese rally to march against the coup regime.

#مليونيه24مارس #Sudan 🇸🇩: confrontations erupted between protesters and military forces in #Khartoum. Tear gas and water cannons were deployed in an attempt to dispers the protests.

Mar 22 4 tweets 2 min read
The public humiliation and flogging of people accused of being thieves, marauders and saboteurs is unacceptable, even with a trial these kind of punishments are brutal and must stop.

The price for defeating the invasion cannot be a breakdown of law and order across #Ukraine 🇺🇦 This is not to lecture a society going through war. Ukrainians are dealing with invasion, death & destruction as any other society would.

Abuses like these are wrong, but do not undermine Ukraine's full moral high ground to fight & defeat this invasion, but the abuses are wrong.
Mar 16 8 tweets 2 min read
It should be clear by now that NATO membership was never the main issue. Ukraine's existence as an independent, democratic state is the problem, Putin made that very clear in his Feb 21st speech.

He doesn't think Ukraine should be separate from Russia & he'll always believe that If an agreement could lead to peace it will only be a temporary peace, one which leave Ukraine weakened military, and gives the Kremlin time to reassess the situation, rebuild its military, and re-invade when the time is right.
Mar 15 5 tweets 5 min read
On this day 11 years ago (15/03/2011) the Syrian people rose up against one of the most brutal regimes of modern history & launched a revolution for freedom & democracy.

Today, across the liberated areas of #Syria, people are coming together like here in #Raqqa to mark this day. #Syria: thousands have come together in #Idlib to mark the 11th anniversary of the Syrian revolution.

Some Syrians have also come to voice their solidarity with the people living under occupation in 🇵🇸🇺🇦.
Mar 5 172 tweets 130 min read
#Ukraine 🇺🇦: in #Berdyansk people have surrounded the Russian soldiers standing guard.

In cities across the occupied parts of Ukraine people are rising up against the Russian invasion force. #Ukraine 🇺🇦: residents of the #Kyiv suburb of #Irpin leave their embattled town over the remains of one of their main bridges, destroyed in the fighting.
Feb 28 4 tweets 1 min read
Before i go to bed I would like to mention that in the past week I, and many like me who try to cover the #Ukraine 🇺🇦 invasion as best as we can, have on occasion posted a video or photo which turned out to be old or taken out of context I'd like to stress that whenever this was the case this was not an intentional spread of misinformation. In the speed of which footage, updates and other information comes to us, sometimes something slips passed without the proper verification
Feb 24 111 tweets 81 min read
#Ukraine 🇺🇦: the mayor of #Mariupol is holding a press conference. He states the city has been facing heavy Russian shelling since the early morning but as of this moment remains under Ukrainian control. Image #Ukraine 🇺🇦: destruction in #Odessa
Feb 21 6 tweets 1 min read
Live footage if me just wanting this guy to get to the point and stop wasting everyones time with a revisionist and chronologically horrible history lesson. Has a declaration of war speech ever been this boring?
Feb 12 124 tweets 93 min read
#Ukraine 🇺🇦: pro-separatist Telegram sources are reporting a loud as explosion in government-controlled territory of #Donetsk.

This source describes the development as "disturbing" Image #Kyiv today.

Ukrainian and Belarusian flags being waved side-by-side as thousands rally to reject the #Kremlin's imperial ambitions in #Belarus and #Ukraine. Image
Jan 4 39 tweets 29 min read
Anti-government protests are spreading and growing across #Kazakhstan 🇰🇿 tonight.

Protests initially started in #Zhanaozen over a rise in fuel prices but are now taking place in several cities, including the former capital #Almaty. #zhanaozen2022 #Kazakhstan 🇰🇿: in the western region #Mangystau people are trying to catch up with a convoy of military vehicles, hoping to prevent them from reaching thr protests in #Zhanaozen. #zhanaozen2022
Jan 3 9 tweets 14 min read
As #Myanmar 🇲🇲 enters 2022 the #PDF and allied resistance groups are taking the initiative across the country, launching multiple hit-and-run attacks on the military.

Fighting is especially heavy in the #Demoso Township in #Kayah state… #Myanmar 🇲🇲: one example was an attack by the Eagles Army (#PDF group in Tigayaing Township) on two military patrol boats going down the Ayeryawady river.

Around 20 soldiers were reportedly killed by mine attacks on the boats. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar
Jan 2 5 tweets 2 min read
#Sudan 🇸🇩: PM @SudanPMHamdok announces he will address the nation shortly. #Sudan 🇸🇩 BREAKING: @SudanPMHamdok has announced his resignation from the post of prime-minister following weeks of continues repression by the military which has repeatedly led to the deaths of innocent protesters. Image
Oct 29, 2021 14 tweets 18 min read
Are you ready for tomorrow #Sudan 🇸🇩?

These kids are!

#مليونية30اكتوبر #Sudan 🇸🇩: the March of Millions has begun. In #Omdurman the masses are moving through the streets, making there way down to #Khartoum. #SudanCoup

May 23, 2021 15 tweets 12 min read
So a Belarusian journalist who was travelling between two #EU 🇪🇺 destinations is now back in #Belarus against his own will after KGB operatives basically hijacked the plane and forced it to land. This is not just a grave violation of human rights, it is also an act of aggression against the European Union. They hijacked a plane full of EU citizens and forced it to land in another country, against the will of everyone on board
Mar 27, 2021 14 tweets 19 min read
Its a bloodbath in #Myanmar 🇲🇲 today as dozens of protesters have been killed by the #Tatmadaw. According to one media source the death toll stands around 91.

Last night state-TV was broadcasting warnings to the protesters, telling them they'd be shot in the head and back. #Myanmar 🇲🇲: in #Yangon a one-year-old infant was reportedly hit in the eye with a rubber bullet. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar #Mar27Coup
Mar 24, 2021 6 tweets 4 min read
#Belarus: fireworks over the streets of #Minsk as some Belarusians are already celebrating Belarusian Freedom Day, which is tomorrow, March 25th. #Belarus: small scale protests are taking place in #Minsk today as Belarusians are marking Freedom Day.

Larger protests are expected coming weekend.
Mar 24, 2021 6 tweets 5 min read
#Libya 🇱🇾 BREAKING: Mahmoud al-Werfalli, commander in the #LNA and wanted war criminal has been assassinated in #Benghazi today.

Al-Werfalli was wanted by the @IntlCrimCourt for the execution of several dozen prisoners and the killing of non-combatants. ImageImage #Libya 🇱🇾: @trbrtc did extensive research on all the execution videos posted by al-Werfalli. All the details are in this multiyear thread
Jan 31, 2021 15 tweets 12 min read
#Myanmar 🇲🇲 BREAKING: #AungSanSuuKyi has been arrested alongside the country's President according to her party the #NLD.

It seems that the military is commiting a coup. Unlike before it will be very hard for #AungSanSuuKyi and the #NLD to profile themselves as champions of democracy in #Myanmar 🇲🇲.

In the short period that they were in a shared position of power they allowed the #Rohingya genocide to take place and defended the perpetrators.
Jan 31, 2021 19 tweets 13 min read
It is the second weekend of anti-government protests in #Russia 🇷🇺 and across the country people are rallying.

In the city of #Chelyabinsk ruot police are arresting small groups of protesters. #Russia 🇷🇺: a protester sucker punches two riot policemen before disappearing into the crowd.
Jan 21, 2021 37 tweets 29 min read
Calls to protest in #Russia 🇷🇺 this Saturday are spreading like a wildfire on Russian TikTok.

Videos like this one show teenagers removing portraits of president #Putin in support of opposition figure #Navalny. #Russia 🇷🇺: protesters have started gathering in large crowds around the country following Navalny's call to protest.

Thousands are marching in #Novosibirsk, chanting "Putin is a thief!"