Zarina Zabrisky is the author of EXPLOSION, IRON, CUTE TOMBSTONE, GREEN LIONS, a novel WE, MONSTERS. Journalist at @EuromaidanPress, @BylineTimes, @BywireNews.
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Jul 26 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
@nytimes has been amplifying the Kremlin narratives for a while. Last time: "Russian bombing of Odesa port is technically not a violation of the Istambul agreement, an unnamed source from the US said"!) And now the Kyiv bureau chief comes from... Moscow?! informnapalm.org/en/kramer/bywire.news/articles/kreml…
Jul 23 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Wow. Jesus. Really huge explosions, four in a row. The loudest I have heard so far since the start of war. #Odesa
Reportedly air defense.
Jul 18 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Explosions in Odesa. Big one.
Local channels: air Defense taking down drones; possible hits.
Jun 26 • 10 tweets • 6 min read
In #Kyiv, early morning on Sunday, a Russian missile hit the roof of a 9-storey residential building, destroying several upper floors. A fire is being extinguished now. Number of casualties TBA. ps. Late at night, Putin was seen heading to the Kremlin. #StopPutin
2nd hit of Putin's "high-precision" rocket: a kindergarten. The playground is now a funnel, 7 meters diameter. 14 missiles launched at #Kyiv Sunday morning.
Jun 17 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
#Odesa#Opera opened tonight for the first time since the Russian full-scale invasion on 24 February. It was the most moving performance I have ever been to. Got lucky, no air raid. #SlavaUkraine 🇺🇦
Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, Ukrainian opera. I will write about the Gala concert for the Ukrainian Army and the theater with bombshells but really want to share a few snippets now.
I am on a mini-bus Odesa—Chisinau, and a mother with a pre-teen daughter just said goodbye to the father. “I love you, papochka.” Everyone is crying quietly and discreetly, with sunglasses on. I never knew it is possible to hate Putin and Russia as much as I hate them now.
Elizaveta and Symba are fleeing Ukraine to Estonia via Moldova. A woman in her 80s is scared of music, thinks it’s a siren. Her house in Mykolaiv got bombed and she was left alone. Marina and Yoda flee to Germany, their man stayed in Ukraine.
Mar 25 • 1009 tweets • 464 min read
#Russia#NewsfromMordor Russian watchdog Roskomnadzor is preparing sanctions against Google, Telegram, Meta, Discord, Pinterest and Twitch. The Ministry of Education is ready to discuss Medinsky's proposal to introduce a prayer for the glory of Russia in schools.
#Russia#NewsfromMordor Medvedev: "No restrictions on the return of the death penalty in Russia, everything will depend on the situation. The moratorium may remain, if everything is calm, or be revised if necessary."
Feb 24 • 2780 tweets • 1719 min read
#war#Kyiv#Ukraine#Russia Collecting all reports thread; Ukraine's operational command says "cruise and ballistic missile strikes are underway at the control centres in Kyiv" from @lukeharding1968 Friends report explosions in #Kyiv, #Odessa#Kharkiv#Mykolaev thread, add info
Targets include airfields and military headquarters, operational command says
#Putin's speech here; he is a raging maniac, still speaking about the collapse of the USSR, the balance of powers in the world destroyed and using offensive language, basically challenging the US thttps://www.vesti.ru/video/2386956
"Due to the fact that after the collapse of the USSR, Moscow lost confidence in itself, the balance of power in the world was upset. At the same time, American politicians resorted to lies at the highest level, "blatant behavior." "chemical weapons" of Iraq, which did not exist."
#Putin sounds like an abandoned lover, bitter and despondent. He sighs, and confesses that the US would never accept Russia into NATO, clears his throat, sighs, "Why, why? Don't want to be friends, but why be enemies?!" "Cheated upon!" #Тижменепідманула
He needs urgent psychiatric help; a deranged speech, with. "Knife to our throat", "they spit on us", "dogs are barking, caravan walking" within one minute. "People w/PPD suffer from paranoia, an unrelenting mistrust & suspicion..., even when there is no reason to be suspicious.
Feb 21 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
#Putin just told #Macron and #Scholz that he will recognize #Donetsk and #Luhansk oblasts of #Ukraine as independent. This violation of international law & territorial integrity of Ukraine will be used as a pretext for the #Russian invasion, most likely. #UkraineConflict#Zelenskyy tweeted that he will hold urgent consultations with Macron and Sholz and convene with the National Security and Defense Council.
Feb 17 • 17 tweets • 4 min read
BEFORE RETWEETING. An excerpt translated from a Soviet Psy-Op Textbook. These strategies are still being used, just adapted for cyberspace & hybrid war. "Psychological warfare is a complex of psychological operations and activities carried out 1/1 🧵#Ukraine#RussiaUkraineCrisis
...in accordance with specific goals and objectives. Usually, it begins in the time of peace, during the "high-threat stage," characterized by the following features:
Feb 9 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
In #Russia, the law on “traditional values” is about to be adopted. Threats to the values "are implanted into the citizens of Russia by extremist/terrorist organizations, the US & its allies & their non-profit organizations."Arrests daily. Russia is a threat to the world. Thread.
"Values": "cult of selfishness"
"denial of the ideals of patriotism"
"denial of the ideals of serving the Motherland"
"denial of the ideals of procreation"
"denial of the ideals of creative labor"
"denial of Russia's positive contribution to world history and culture."
Jan 26 • 58 tweets • 11 min read
#UkraineConflict The world is anticipating further Russian aggression against Ukraine. My summary (a podcast with @gregolear forthcoming), after talking to experts and friends in Ukraine. What's going on? 👇 #Ukraine#ukrainerussia#RussiaUkraine#Russia#RussiaInvadedUkraine
Russia has amassed between 100-200K troops on Ukraine's borders and in Belarus, moving troops from the Far East and Siberia and made a written ultimatum to the US: NATO should not accept any former Soviet republics, including Ukraine that is currently seeking admission...
Jan 7 • 41 tweets • 10 min read
If you are in Europe or the US, you might have not heard that #Russian troops "intervened" in #Kazakhstan where the president gave orders to "kill without warning" today. #KazakhstanProtest#Kazachstan (wrong spelling, btw) 🧵
To sum it up, the poor revolted against the reign of Nur-Sultan Nazarbaev, the former president who stayed in power for 30 years, and his puppet, a current president. The army (more or less) sided with the people.
IMPORTANT! Dr. Vasilieva, the Head of Doctors' Alliance and Navalny's personal doctor, was just arrested and dragged out of her Moscow office. In the video below you can watch a policeman putting an unidentified object into her purse during the arrest. Please share! #navalny 🧵
According to Dr. Vasilieva's lawyer, Dmitry Dzhulay, she was detained in connection with her failure to appear for a hearing for the so-called "sanitary case" despite an official report stating that she was not properly notified.
Aug 27, 2021 • 31 tweets • 4 min read
On Friday, August 27, 2021, a number of leading independent Russian mass media outlets published an unprecedented appeal to the Russian authorities. In this appeal, the journalists listed the recent attacks on the Russian media and journalists.
They demanded that the authorities comply with the law on mass media; abandon the practice of labeling publications and journalists "foreign agents" and "undesirable organizations"...
Aug 8, 2021 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
An exclusive interview w/Anastasia Vasilieva, #Navalny's personal doctor; a Russian opposition leader. She's facing a trial/prison sentence this week. The Kremlin's crackdown on the opposition has reached an unprecedented scale by August 2021. 🧵👇
Vasilieva is currently a defendant in the "Sanitary Case", along with nine other prominent opposition leaders (including Aleksey Navalny's brother Oleg Navalny and press secretary Kyra Yarmysh; two Pussy Riot members, including Maria Alekhina; opposition politician Lyubov Sobol.)