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Jul 1 26 tweets 15 min read
NEW: #Russia's #SnakeIsland retreat - "We not believe there is any credence to what Russia is saying, that this is a gesture of good will" per a senior US defense official

Says it is more abt #Ukraine's efforts & use of weapons like #harpoon missiles #Russia's #SnakeIsland retreat - "It does make it a lot easier to defend #Odesa & in the future to open up those sea lanes" per a senior US defense official
Jun 29 36 tweets 26 min read
Happening now: Most destabilizing factor in the world today - "There are so many" @ODNIgov Dir Avril Haines tells @SilveradoPolicy @Google Leadership & Service Forum NEW: "The mismatch between what we perceive to be #Putin's even near-term military objectives & the fact that his military can't actually achieve them is a destabilizing factor" per @ODNIgov Dir Avril Haines "It has raised the potential for escalation"

#Russia-#Ukraine
Jun 29 5 tweets 6 min read
NEW: Negative views of #China "remain at or near historic highs" in 19 countries surveyed by @pewresearch

Negative views of #Beijing highest in:

#Japan 87%
#Australia 86%
#SouthKorea 80%
#Sweden 83%
US 82%
#Netherlands 75%
#Germany 74%
#Canada 74%
pewresearch.org/global/2022/06… "Adults in #Greece, the #UnitedKingdom & the #UnitedStates have become significantly more critical of #China over the past year" per @pewresearch

"Unfavorable views of China have gone up by 21 percentage points in #Poland & Israel & 15 points in #Hungary..."
Jun 29 9 tweets 11 min read
Happening now: @NATO SecGen @jensstoltenberg news conference in #MadridNATO22

Says Madrid Summit reinforces an alliance and world view "based on norms & values instead of brute violence" Image #Indo-pacific countries at #MadridNATO22 - "We appreciate very much the partnership with them" per @NATO's @jensstoltenberg, asked abt #China

China's coercive behavior "matters for every country concerned abt the freedom of navigation" & trade in the region
Jun 29 4 tweets 4 min read
#Russia's "incremental" advance on #Lysychansk - Russian forces gained 2km on approach to the Lysychansk oil refinery, to the south of the town, per assessment by #Britain's @DefenceHQ #Britain's @DefenceHQ warns of more civilian casualties from #Russia|n missile strikes as #Moscow's war in #Ukraine drags on

Cites "Russia’s shortage of more modern precision strike weapons & the professional shortcomings of their targeting planners"
Jun 27 4 tweets 3 min read
"The #Ukrainian fighter has demonstrated an ability to win in a level of adversity that is is just surprising in many cases" per sr US defense official #Sievierodonetsk - "The small number of #Ukrainians that held the Russians at #Sievierodonetsk for as long as they did is really something I think we'll probably all study in the future" per sr US defense official
Jun 27 19 tweets 12 min read
Day 124 of #Russia war in #Ukraine: 4 #HIMARS in Ukraine - "All indications are they are employing them very well" per senior US defense official

Says US working to get the additional 4 HIMARS in country, training wrapping up soon #Russian missile strikes vs #Kyiv - "We're not quite sure abt the #Russian objective of the strikes", per senior US defense official

Says could be protest vs #G7 or due to introduction of #HIMARS to #Ukraine
Jun 24 8 tweets 4 min read
BREAKING: @DHSgov officials bracing for weeks of violence following the #SCOTUS abortion ruling

In new, updated analysis obtained by @VOANews officials warn domestic violent extremists will likely seek to exploit the ruling “to intensify violence against a wide range of targets" “We expect violence could occur for weeks following the release, particularly as DVEs may be mobilized to respond to changes in state laws & ballot measures on abortion stemming from the [#SCOTUS] decision" per the document
Jun 24 5 tweets 4 min read
#China threat-"What we are seeing is from my seat is the largest military buildup in history since WWII" @INDOPACOM Commander Adm John Aquilino tells @FDD

"That buildup encompasses all domains & all capabilities..to include strategic nuclear capability" Lesson from #Russia-#Ukraine: "The world is certainly unwilling to accept a single person's actions, illegitimate, unprovoked to change the world order" per @INDOPACOM's Adm Aquilino
Jun 24 4 tweets 4 min read
JUST IN: @DeptofDefense statement on release of Asadullah Haroon al-Afghani, aka Gul, from the GuantanamoBay

Gul transferred "in accordance w/the US District of Columbia’s order...ruling the United States no longer has a legal basis to justify the continued detention of Mr. Gul" Per @DeptofDefense, the transfer of Asadullah Haroon al-Afghani & repatriation to #Afghanistan was also cleared by the Periodic Review Board (PRB) in October 2021

The board includes senior officials from @TheJusticeDept @StateDept @DHSgov & @ODNIgov
Jun 24 17 tweets 12 min read
NEW: #Ukraine forces retrograde from #Sieverodonetsk - "putting themselves in better position" to defend themselves, per a US senior defense official, saying US #HIMARS, artillery assistance will help

"The Russians are just eeking out inch by inch of territory" per the official US training in place to make sure #Ukraine forces can use the #HIMARS & other "@NATO-standard systems", per a senior US defense official
Jun 23 8 tweets 7 min read
US sending another $450 million of security assistance to #Ukraine - including new #HIMARS, tens of thousands of ammo rounds & patrol boats, per @WHNSC 's John Kirby At upcoming G7 in #Germany, @POTUS will work to secure new commitments to isolate #Russia from the global economy & target #Moscow's defense supply chain - "tighten the screws" - per @WHNSC's Kirby
Jun 23 4 tweets 4 min read
US bracing for long slog btw #Ukraine, #Russia forces in the #Donbas

"This is a part of the country that both armies know well & both are digging in" @WHNSC's John Kirby tells VOA Ukrainian @holosameryky "The #Russia|ns are making incremental but not consistent progress. The #Ukrainians are pushing back" per @WHNSC's Kirby
Jun 23 5 tweets 4 min read
ICYMI: @USAmbOSCE Michael Carpenter accuses #Russia of exploiting extremism & ultranationalism

"This far-right ultranationalism is in fact being cultivated as a tool of war" he said in a speech to the @OSCE Permanent Council in #Vienna "The utter contempt shown by such large numbers of #Russia’s soldiers for the humanity of #Ukraine’s elderly, women, & children is the direct outcome of feeding its forces a pack of lies...&the inculcation of ultranationalist & dehumanizing ideas among its troops" per @USAmbOSCE
Jun 22 7 tweets 5 min read
#Russia-#Ukraine: "One of the worst effects...in my view is that it focused attention of the European member states on the eastern front, lowering the already low level of attention on the south" Deputy Dir General of the EU Military Staff LtGen Giovanni Manione tells #EUDFF22 "It is a tragic effect. It is a huge mistake" per the EU Military Staff's LtGen Manione

"We are keeping resources stick to just in case something happens, forgetting completely that actions should be taken now in another theater"
Jun 22 6 tweets 5 min read
#Russia-#Ukraine: "The real challenge though is not just kinda of gotten ahead of this & mounting a response in the early days" @WHNSC Principal Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer tells #EUDFF22

"The real challenge for all of us is going to be sustaining this over time" US, EU, @NATO sustaining support for #Ukraine - "I think on some level #Russia is counting on that not being the case & we're going to have to prove them wrong" per @WHNSC's Jon Finer
Jun 22 12 tweets 10 min read
#Kaliningrad - "The land border between the 3
#Baltic states & #Russia, #Belarus, which for all intents & purposes a military district of the Russian Federation, & Kaliningrad is 1,635 km..." #Latvia National Security Advisor Jānis Kažociņš tells #EUDFF22 "The land border between the #Baltic states & @NATO is a massive 104km" per #Latvia's Kažociņš

Kažociņš calls it "a massive challenge"
Jun 22 11 tweets 11 min read
NEW: #Russia waging #cyber war as part of its war in #Ukraine, per new @Microsoft report

"Microsoft has seen the Russian military launch multiple waves of destructive cyberattacks against 48 distinct Ukrainian agencies & enterprises..." per report Goal of #Russia's #cyberattacks vs #Ukraine has been to "penetrate network domains by initially comprising hundreds of computers & then spreading #malware designed to destroy the software & data on thousands of others" per @Microsoft
Jun 22 9 tweets 6 min read
#Russia-#Ukraine-#FoodCrisis

"When Russia invaded the Ukraine, we were already in the midst of hat we probably could have called a world food crisis anyway" @StateDept Special Envoy for Global Food Security Dr. Cary Fowler tells #EUDFF22

"This is built on top of that..." "When you look at the current acute crisis that we face, you have to say to yourself & you have to get into the mindset that this is a 3-year crisis" per @StateDept's Fowler

"Short term in this situation does equal 3 years..."
Jun 22 5 tweets 9 min read
Just in: Attitudes towards US, @NATO improving - +60% of ppl surveyed across 18 countries have "favorable" view of both

79% now see US as a very or somewhat reliable parter, per @pewresearch

85% have unfavorable view of #Russia Image Context: the @pewresearch surveyed 23,484 adults from Feb 14-May 11

Countries included:
#US, #Canada, #Belgium, #France, #Germany, #Greece, #Italy, the #Netherlands, #Poland, #Spain, #Sweden, #Britain, #Israel, #Australia, #Japan, #Malaysia, #Singapore, #SouthKorea
Jun 22 13 tweets 11 min read
Hindsight on #Russia-#Ukraine: "We did an enormous amount of diplomacy in advance, trying to give #Putin an off-ramp so he would not have to make this absurd & tragic decision" to go to war in #Ukraine, @DeputySecState Wendy Sherman tells #EUDFF22 Unity in face of #Russia's war in #Ukraine - "I've rarely seen the kind of unity that I've experienced...this sentiment is very much there" @SanninoEU tells #EUDFF22

But "the work that is needed is more intense"