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Russia-Ukraine War: Update on the latest developments – July 11. 2022

Russia-Ukraine War: Unable To Even Fix Its Own Tanks, Russia’s Humiliation Is Now Complete – Opinion

Putin’s bid to take over industry propels the country back to the command economy of its Soviet past

Ben Marlow | The Telegraph

The simplistic take on events in eastern and southern Ukraine is that Russian troops have finally gained the advantage over their battle-weary, vastly outgunned opposite numbers.

The capture of Lysychansk, a key strategic city in the Luhansk region of the breakaway industrial Donbas republic by Russian forces suggests that Moscow has been able to grind down spirited resistance, western officials begrudgingly acknowledge.

On the other hand, Vladimir Putin is still a long way away from taking the whole of the Donbas, with half of the Donetsk area still under the control of tens of thousands of Ukrainian troops, and fighting in the east taking a heavy toll on his army.          Continue reading

UKRAINE: Russia is winning the economic war – and Putin is no closer to withdrawing troops

The perverse effects of sanctions means rising fuel and food costs for the rest of the world – and fears are growing of a humanitarian catastrophe. Sooner or later, a deal must be made
Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday.
‘The Kremlin thinks Russia’s threshold for economic pain is higher than the west’s, and it is probably right about that.’ Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday. Photograph: Mikhail Metzel/AP

UKRAINE: Russia pummels eastern towns in bid to encircle Ukraine forces

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RUSSIA-UKRAINE war in maps: Tracking the Russian invasion – BBC News

By The Visual Journalism Team – BBC News — 24 May 2022

Russian forces are continuing their slow advance in the east of the country after using heavy firepower to weaken Ukraine’s defences.

Here are the latest developments:

  • Bombardment of Donbas region by Russia forces is intensifying
  • Russian troops withdrawn from Kharkiv redeployed in Donetsk
  • Russia preparing offensive to take key city of Severodonetsk
  • Ongoing build-up of Russian navy around Snake Island                

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RUSSIA-UKRAINE: We Are Winning The Two-Front Information War – By Lucian K. Truscott IV

  By Lucian K. Truscott IV

LET US GET THIS OUT OF THE WAY UPFRONT:  The information in this story was not leaked to me from within the intelligence community, nor did I speak to a source or sources with inside access to the CIA, NSA, nor did anyone close to someone working for any of the nation’s intelligence agencies talk to me.

THERE.  See how easy that was?  All I had to do was give you a list of precut denials, and I had you!  I could be lying through my teeth, but at first blush, you believed me, didn’t you?

This kind of double and triple blind dealing in the release of top-secret information, or a version of it, has been happening all week on the front page of the New York Times and in reports on NBC News.            Continue reading

RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR: German energy firm Uniper ready to meet Russian pay demand … in roubles

By Daniel Thomas – Business reporter, BBC News

Russia imports nearly half of its gas from Russia

One of Germany’s biggest energy firms has said it is preparing to buy Russian gas using a payment system that critics say will undermine EU sanctions.

Uniper says it will pay in euros which will be converted into roubles, meeting a Kremlin demand for all transactions to be made in the Russian currency.

Other European energy firms are reportedly preparing to do the same amid concerns about supply cuts.

Uniper said it had no choice but said it was still abiding by EU sanctions.

“We consider a payment conversion compliant with sanctions law and the Russian decree to be possible,” a spokesman told the BBC.

“For our company and for Germany as a whole, it is not possible to do without Russian gas in the short term; this would have dramatic consequences for our economy.”

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UKRAINE: The awful truth is dawning: Putin may win in Ukraine. The result would be catastrophe – By Simon Tisdall

A Russian victory would herald a new age of instability, economic fragmentation, hunger for millions and social unrest

PHOTO: A Russian soldier patrols at the Mariupol drama theatre, which was hit by an airstrike last month. Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

The contrast was startling. In New York, António Guterres, the UN secretary general, launched a belated, desperately needed initiative to halt the war in Ukraine. “At this time of great peril and consequence, he [Guterres] would like to discuss urgent steps to bring about peace,” his spokesman said. The UN chief, he revealed, was proposing immediate, in-person talks with Vladimir Putin in Moscow and Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kyiv.

At roughly the same time as this hopeful development unfolded, the UK’s Boris Johnson, riding a “Partygate” getaway plane to India, was colourfully rubbishing peace efforts. Putin, he claimed, was an untrustworthy reptile. “I really don’t see how the Ukrainians can easily sit down and come to some kind of accommodation. How can you negotiate with a crocodile when it’s got your leg in its jaws?” Johnson asked.          Continue reading

UKRAINE: Zelensky’s Prayer On the meaning of “We are still here.” – By Franklin Foer | The Atlantic

Zelensky’s Prayer — On the meaning of “We are still here.”

By Franklin Foer | The Atlantic

This Friday, as Passover begins, my thoughts will turn to my late grandmother. Born in Ukraine, she survived the Nazis, the only one in her immediate family to escape the guns of the génocidaires. Each year, at the beginning of the seder, she would stand from her chair, if she could, and recount the story of her flight, never explicitly drawing comparisons to the exodus from Egypt. As she finished her testimony — which, like the seder itself, entailed the ritualistic repetition of details and phrases — she would stare across the table and tell us, “You are my revenge against Hitler.” 

This year, I began to think about those words long before the holiday season. They returned to me on the night of February 25, the second day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.         Continue reading

OIL: High energy prices could lead to ‘stagflation’ in Latin America – Arthur Deakin

April 8, 2022 – OilNOW

Stagflation, or recession-inflation, occurs in economies where the inflation rate is high, the economic growth rate slows, and unemployment remains steadily high as well.

Arthur Deakin

And Arthur Deakin, who is energy co-director at Americas Market Intelligence (AMI), believes that with the hike in global oil prices, plenty of nations run the risk of heading down this path.

The economic sting of the Russia-Ukraine tragedy has been felt by the fingertips of many across the world as fuel prices shot up, sending a ripple effect that saw hikes in commodity prices impacting small, developing states.          Continue reading

UKRAINE: Russia states more limited war goal to ‘liberate’ Donbass – Reuters

The announcement appeared to indicate that Moscow may be switching to more limited objectives after running into fierce Ukrainian resistance in a month of war.            Continue reading

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