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Svetlana's cousin Anatoly( from previous posts) was decorated with a 9MM and 12 rounds.
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EGE SHOT ON MI 8 AL DUAL CAMERA MINISTRY OF DEFENSE EXCERPT EXCERPT FROM THE ORDER OF THE MINISTER OF DEFENSE OF UKRAINE (FOR PERSONNEL) "23" May 2022 Kyiv In accordance with Article 33 of the Disciplinary Statute of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for outstanding services in ensuring Ukraine's defense capabilities, strengthening national security, impeccable military service, exemplary military service during the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and high professionalism. honor and valor ORDER: to award the badge of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine "Firearms" -9 mm pistol V2-82 № 084506 complete with 12 rounds 1. GASYL Anatoliy Mykolayovych employee of the Department of State Protection of Ukraine, master sergeant 2606017970 Oleksiy REZNIKOV Minister of Defense of Ukraine According to the original Director of the Personnel Policy Department of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Oleh Yatsyno Jonny. co, 14

Slava Ukraini, Heryoim Slava!
 

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Three foreigners who fought for Ukraine sentenced to death
Author of the article:Associated Press
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Bernat Armangue And Yuras Karmanau
Publishing date:Jun 09, 2022 • 13 hours ago • 4 minute read • Join the conversation

BAKHMUT, Ukraine — Two British citizens and a Moroccan were sentenced to death Thursday for fighting on Ukraine’s side, in a punishment handed down by the country’s pro-Moscow rebels.


The proceedings against the three captured fighters were denounced by Ukraine and the West as a sham and a violation of the rules of war.

Meanwhile, as the Kremlin’s forces continued a grinding war of attrition in the east, Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared to liken his actions to those of Peter the Great in the 18th century and said the country needs to “take back” historic Russian lands.

A court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in Ukraine found the three fighters guilty of seeking the violent overthrow of power, an offense punishable by death in the unrecognized eastern republic. The men were also convicted of mercenary activities and terrorism.

Russia’s state news agency RIA Novosti reported that the defendants — identified as Aiden Aslin, Shaun Pinner and Brahim Saadoun — will face a firing squad. They have a month to appeal.


The separatist side argued that the three were “mercenaries” not entitled to the usual protections accorded prisoners of war. They are the first foreign fighters sentenced by Ukraine’s Russian-backed rebels.

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko condemned the proceedings as legally invalid, saying, “Such show trials put the interests of propaganda above the law and morality.”

He said that all foreign citizens fighting as part of Ukraine’s armed forces should be considered Ukrainian military personnel and protected as such.

British Foreign Secretary Luz Truss pronounced the sentencing a “sham judgment with absolutely no legitimacy.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman Jamie Davies said that under the Geneva Conventions, POWs are entitled to immunity as combatants.


Saadoun’s father, Taher Saadoun, told the Moroccan online Arab-language newspaper Madar 21 that his son is not a mercenary and that he holds Ukrainian citizenship.

Aslin’s and Pinner’s families have said that the two men were long-serving members of the Ukrainian military. Both are said to have lived in Ukraine since 2018.

The three men fought alongside Ukrainian troops before Pinner and Aslin surrendered to pro-Russian forces in the southern port of Mariupol in mid-April and Saadoun was captured in mid-March in the eastern city of Volnovakha.

Another British fighter taken prisoner by the pro-Russian forces, Andrew Hill, is awaiting trial.

The Russian military has argued that foreign mercenaries fighting on Ukraine’s side are not combatants and should expect long prison terms, at best, if captured.


In other developments, Putin drew parallels between Peter the Great’s founding of St. Petersburg and modern-day Russia’s ambitions.

When the czar founded the new capital, “no European country recognized it as Russia. Everybody recognized it as Sweden,” Putin said. He added: “What was (Peter) doing? Taking back and reinforcing. That’s what he did. And it looks like it fell on us to take back and reinforce as well.”

Putin also appeared to leave the door open for further Russian territorial expansion.

“It’s impossible — Do you understand? — impossible to build a fence around a country like Russia. And we do not intend to build that fence,” the Russian leader said.

In other developments, French President Emmanuel Macron told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that France was ready to send more “heavy weapons” to Ukraine, according to Macron’s office. French officials did not elaborate on the weaponry. The phone conversation came after Macron angered Ukrainian officials by saying world powers should not “humiliate” Putin.”


Zelenskyy said the Ukrainian army continued to push Russian forces back from Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city, which lies to the north of the Donbas. The transmission of Ukrainian television was restored after a TV tower was shelled.

“Hitting television centers, destroying communication channels, leaving people isolated — this is the tactic of the occupiers that they cannot do without, for openness and honesty also are weapons against all that the Russian state does,” he said late Thursday in his evening address.

On the battlefield:

— Fierce fighting dragged on in the city of Sievierodonetsk in a battle that could help determine the fate of the Donbas, Ukraine’s industrial heartland in the east. Moscow-backed separatists already held swaths of the Donbas before the invasion, and Russian troops have gained more.


— Residents of Kharkiv reported what appeared to be cruise missile strikes. One hit a supermarket. Another hit a coke plant. No details were immediately available.

— Russian troops are trying to resume their offensive to completely capture the Zaporizhzhia region in Ukraine’s southeast, Ukrainian authorities said. Kyiv continues to hold the northern part of the region, including the city of Zaporizhzhia.

— Thirteen civilians were killed in Ukrainian shelling of the separatist-controlled city of Stakhanov in the Donbas, a pro-Russian separatist envoy said on social media. It was not immediately possible to verify the claim.

— Russia claimed it used missiles to strike a base west of the capital in the Zhytomyr region, where, it said, mercenaries were being trained. There was no immediate response from Ukrainian authorities.
 

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Abandoned Ukrainian dog rescued from war zone, settles into Toronto
“He can feel that his horror days are over": dog rescuer Inna Portnoy

Author of the article:Scott Laurie
Publishing date:Jun 09, 2022 • 16 hours ago • 2 minute read • 12 Comments
Cash, a dog that was abandoned at a railway station in Kharkiv during the Russian invasion of Ukraine now has a new home after arriving in Toronto on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.
Cash, a dog that was abandoned at a railway station in Kharkiv during the Russian invasion of Ukraine now has a new home after arriving in Toronto on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. PHOTO BY SUPPLIED /Cause 4 Paws Toronto

Relaxing in his new home, Cash the dog is playfully chewing on a Teddy bear in Toronto.


This abandoned pet from northeastern Ukraine endured a four-month journey of almost 8,000 kilometers from a war zone to his new family.

“You can just see that it’s a huge adjustment, but he’s settling in beautifully. Definitely a sense of relief,” said Helen Antoniou.

She is co-founder of Cause 4 Paws Toronto, which organized the dog’s arrival Wednesday.

“We were able to find a really wonderful family that picked him up yesterday,” Antoniou said Thursday.

Inna Portnoy is a local Ukrainian with deep roots in the community and overseas who has been helping rescue dogs for years.

“He is so sweet and he was so calm,” she said. “He can feel that his horror days are over. He could feel it.”

Those “horror days” started at the beginning of the Russian invasion in February.


Cash, a dog that was abandoned at a railway station in Kharkiv during the Russian invasion of Ukraine now has a new home after arriving in Toronto on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.
Cash, a dog that was abandoned at a railway station in Kharkiv during the Russian invasion of Ukraine now has a new home after arriving in Toronto on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. PHOTO BY HANDOUT /Cause 4 Paws Toronto
Cash was abandoned and tied to a post at the railway station in Kharkiv as people – and his unknown owners – fled for western Ukraine as Russia started shelling.

“There were lots and lots of pets being abandoned in this railway station,” said Portnoy.

A chance encounter at the station started his long path to a new life in Toronto.

“Cash was lucky because a couple days later he was just picked up by total strangers who were also fleeing the city and going to Poland,” recounted Portnoy.

After a short stay in a Polish refugee camp, those strangers took him to Amsterdam where he eventually saw three vets, was taken in by a Russian-speaking family, and then linked up with people familiar with Cause 4 Paws Toronto.

“Despite this horrible conflict, it was Russian volunteers who took over right away without any hesitation when they heard there was a Ukrainian dog in great need in Amsterdam” said Portnoy.


Cash is the first dog the group has rescued from this war. But Cause 4 Paws has helped 60 dogs from Ukraine in the last ten years.

“We are hoping to be able to help more dogs from Ukraine,” Antoniou said. “It’s just the circumstances have changed.”

Even without those circumstances, bringing in a rescue dog internationally is not easy.

It easily costs several thousand dollars for Cash’s voyage, care, and paperwork.

“Sometimes there a perception you just throw a dog on the airplane and they come here,” said Antoniou, who has set up a GoFundMe to help rescue more pets.

“We call it the ‘rescue village’ because it really does take a village of people to rescue one dog. And that is really Cash’s story.”

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Moscow has been cancelled. It was a clerical mistake.

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EXECUTIVE BODY OF THE KYIV CITY CITY COUNCIL (KYIV CITY STATE ADMINISTRATION) ORDINANCE 07.06.2022 No. 367 The Decree of the Grand Duke of Kyiv, Ruler of Kievan Rus Yuri Vladimirovich Dolgoruky "On the Establishment of the City of Moscow", issued in 1147, is repealed as the historical misunderstanding of the Law of Ukraine "On Local Self-Government in Ukraine". Chairman W. Klitschko 020535 CORRE
 

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Vladimir Putin reportedly needed 'urgent medical assistance'
Russian president said to have been struck down by 'sharp sickness, weakness and dizziness'

Author of the article:Bang Showbiz
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Publishing date:Jun 10, 2022 • 23 hours ago • 1 minute read • 94 Comments

Vladimir Putin was reportedly in need of “urgent medical assistance” this week.


The Russian president was said to have been struck down by “sharp sickness, weakness and dizziness” during a 90-minute virtual meeting with military bosses and has been told by doctors not to make any “lengthy” public appearances.

According to the General SVR channel on messaging app Telegram, the sudden illness was the real reason why Putin annual Direct Line live broadcast has been postponed with no plans in place to reschedule.

The Q and A session – which would see the politician take questions from Russian citizens – had been scheduled for later this month or early in July but it is now unclear if it will ever happen at all.

General SVR said: “The postponement of the live (Direct Line) with the President indefinitely is due to the unstable health of Vladimir Putin.


“A week ago, the president was preparing to answer the questions of the Russian citizens in late June-early July.

“But his doctors advised him not to make any lengthy public appearances in the near future.

“The latest argument in favour of not speaking to the public was an incident after a recent one-and-a-half hour video-link meeting with representatives of the military bloc…

“After the meeting Putin felt a sharp sickness, weakness and dizziness while trying to get up from the table.”

Despite the claims, the 69-year-old president made a rare public appearance in Moscow on Thursday when he addressed young entrepreneurs, engineers, and scientists at an event marking the 350th anniversary of the birth of Peter the Great.

He said in a speech:”What was (Peter) doing? Taking back and reinforcing. That’s what he did. And it looks like it fell on us to take back and reinforce as well.”

The General SVR channel claims to receive inside intelligence and have previously alleged Putin has cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
 

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"Russia has a hunger plan. Vladimir Putin is preparing to starve much of the developing world as the next stage in his war in Europe," Snyder, a professor at Yale University and expert on authoritarianism, began, noting the importance of Ukraine's food exports to the global food supply.

The area around the Black Sea, including Ukraine and Russia, has been referred to as the "world's breadbasket" due to its fertile soil and high rates of grain production. Collectively, the two countries account for 30% of the global wheat supply while Ukraine produces 10%.

"If the Russian blockade continues, tens of millions of tons of food will rot in silos, and tens of millions of people in Africa and Asia will starve," Snyder said.

Story in its entirety is at the link above.

The historian said he believed Putin's "hunger plan" had three main objectives. First, to cut off Ukraine's exports in an attempt to destroy its statehood. Second, to create instability in Europe by producing refugees from areas that rely on Ukraine's food, like North Africa and the Middle East.

Lastly, he said Putin wanted to use mass starvation as a "backdrop for a propaganda contest."

"When the food riots begin, and as starvation spreads, Russian propaganda will blame Ukraine, and call for Russia's territorial gains in Ukraine to be recognized, and for all sanctions to be lifted," Snyder said.

The historian also said both Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union, and Adolf Hitler had sought to control Ukraine's food supply, but that Putin's plan was "a new level of colonialism."

"Russia is planning to starve Asians and Africans in order to win its war in Europe," he said.
 
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"Russia has a hunger plan. Vladimir Putin is preparing to starve much of the developing world as the next stage in his war in Europe," Snyder, a professor at Yale University and expert on authoritarianism, began, noting the importance of Ukraine's food exports to the global food supply.

The area around the Black Sea, including Ukraine and Russia, has been referred to as the "world's breadbasket" due to its fertile soil and high rates of grain production. Collectively, the two countries account for 30% of the global wheat supply while Ukraine produces 10%.

"If the Russian blockade continues, tens of millions of tons of food will rot in silos, and tens of millions of people in Africa and Asia will starve," Snyder said.

Story in its entirety is at the link above.

The historian said he believed Putin's "hunger plan" had three main objectives. First, to cut off Ukraine's exports in an attempt to destroy its statehood. Second, to create instability in Europe by producing refugees from areas that rely on Ukraine's food, like North Africa and the Middle East.

Lastly, he said Putin wanted to use mass starvation as a "backdrop for a propaganda contest."

"When the food riots begin, and as starvation spreads, Russian propaganda will blame Ukraine, and call for Russia's territorial gains in Ukraine to be recognized, and for all sanctions to be lifted," Snyder said.

The historian also said both Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union, and Adolf Hitler had sought to control Ukraine's food supply, but that Putin's plan was "a new level of colonialism."

"Russia is planning to starve Asians and Africans in order to win its war in Europe," he said.
Kind of a shitty plan since he made a deal with Turkey to transport Ukrainian grain through the straights