5 December 2022
On their call today, @POTUS and @OlafScholz "underscored the importance of continued transatlantic coordination on diplomacy and deterrence measures and the reinforcement of NATO's eastern flank if Russia further invades Ukraine," according to the @WhiteHouse
Imagery—again, taken by Capella Space and analyzed by @CSBiggers—shows a thinning Russian military footprint at Bakhchysarai in Crimea and vehicles being loaded onto railway transfer points. Though it's unclear where they're headed & for how long9 month ago
Imagery—again, taken by Capella Space and analyzed by @CSBiggers—shows a thinning Russian military footprint at Bakhchysarai in Crimea and vehicles being loaded onto railway transfer points. Though it's unclear where they're headed & for how long
Israel told Russia ahead of a possible invasion of Ukraine it will need help in evacuating its citizens & diplomats from the country. Israeli officials said the message was passed today in a phone call between foreign ministry DG @AlonUshpiz & Russian DFM Bogdanov
New @Maxar satellite images from the past 48 hours continue to show heightened military activity in Belarus, Crimea, and western Russia. Pics below are from Feb. 15 and show a new pontoon bridge over the Prypyat River in Belarus9 month ago
New @Maxar satellite images from the past 48 hours continue to show heightened military activity in Belarus, Crimea, and western Russia. Pics below are from Feb. 15 and show a new pontoon bridge over the Prypyat River in Belarus
WSJ reported that Saudi is snubbing US demands to up production, sticking with Russia, member of OPEC+
9 month ago
Russia continues to build up military capabilities near Ukraine, including armored vehicles, helicopters, and a field hospital: Britain's top defense intel official "Russia has the military mass in place to conduct an invasion of Ukraine" said Lt Gen Sir Jim Hockenhull
There's been some imagery going around social media that is allegedly the "counter-measure" Russia used to ward off what Moscow says was a US submarine in its territorial waters in the Pacific (see below). The US military now says it's classic Russian MOD misinformation
The State Dept has stood up a task force on Ukraine in recent days, says @StateDeptSpox. He says it's a large team operating. Task forces are often stood up at the department to coordinate response to high-level situations, often crises, that cut across bureaus & agencies
[email protected] Ned Price says Russia is spreading falsehoods, making up false claims of "genocide" of ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine-possibly as a pretext for another invasion
"We are particularly concerned" of mention by President Putin and others about baseless claims of "genocide" in Donbas as a pretext for military action by Russia in Ukraine, adds @StateDeptSpox
"More Russian forces, not fewer" at the border with Ukraine and they're "moving into fighting position," according to @StateDeptSpox
The @StateDept announces that @SecBlinken will travel to Germany for the Munich Security Conference @MunSecConf-coordinating with allies on Russia's threat to Ukraine will be high on the agenda
Sentinel-1 shows signs of activity at the outskirts of Oktyabrskiy, Belgorod Oblast
9 month ago
US has a range of options in response if Russia recognizes Luhansk as an independent republic, says @PressSec
9 month ago
Ukraine's Defence Minister says latest intelligence report shows no evidence of Russian withdrawal, still has 140,000 troops near borders
9 month ago
In Moscow, Russia, the security agencies detained prominent political commentator, professor Valery Solovey @V_Solovey on a criminal charge of inciting hatred. They also detained his son Pavel. Police searched their homes and seized devices
CNN has learned a Navy P-8 had an "extremely close" encounter with multiple Russian military jets over international waters in Med this weekend, according to multiple US officials. Maneuvers by the Russians were described as "unsafe and unprofessional."
9 month ago
Ukrainian FM Dmytro Kuleba: We continue to demand transparency from Russia, which ignored yesterday's meeting in the framework of the Vienna Document
Russia has 'just as many troops' as before on Ukraine border: French foreign minister
NATO chief Stoltenberg: "What we see today is that Russia maintains a massive invasion force ready to attack”
"Over the last several years, we have observed and documented a host of malicious activity conducted by Russian state-sponsored cyber actors targeting US critical infrastructure" per @CISAJen in statement
[email protected] @FBI @NSAGov warn Russia cyber actors targeting defense contractors with: - Brute force techniques; - Spearphishing emails; - Harvested credentials; - Mapping Active Directory; - Maintaining access for months
[email protected] @FBI @NSAGov issuing cybersecuurity advisory on Russia targeting US defense contractors supporting @USArmy @usairforce @USNavy @SpaceForceDoD & intelligence agencies Goal was to get info on weapons development, communications infrastructure, research & more
NATO defense ministers say they are "gravely concerned" by Russia's "large scale, unprovoked and unjustified" military build up around Ukraine. "Russia's actions pose a serious threat to Euro-Atlantic security," the stmt says
[email protected] says Russia's military moves show it is willing to contest the fundamental principles of Europe's security, including by using force. "This is the new normal in Europe
Speaking in Brussels, NATO's @jensstoltenberg calls the Russian threat vs Ukraine the "most serious security crisis in decades." "There are signs from Moscow diplomacy should continue. But so far we see no signs of de-escalation on the ground, not troops or equipment
Tos-1A at Zolotukhino station. Kursk Oblast
These aggressive remarks by a spokesperson from China's MOFA during today's briefing are quite telling--an indication that China is further backing up Russia's rhetoric over Ukraine
Tanks filmed in Tomarovka, Belgorod region
Military equipment possible in the forest near Unecha, Bryansk region9 month ago
Military equipment possible in the forest near Unecha, Bryansk region
9 month ago
Russia's Investigative Committee claims mass graves of hundreds of civilians killed by Ukrainian shelling found
9 month ago
The Russian Security Council said that the West is conducting a carefully planned information operation against Russia, as on the eve of the American invasion of Iraq, it is aimed at limiting the combat training of Russian troops
[email protected] says the US is not seeing evidence that Russia is pulling back troops from the border of Ukraine, despite Moscow's claims, and they "see forces, especially forces that would be in the vanguard of any renewed aggression against Ukraine" continuing to mass
9 month ago
Russian Foreign Ministry: Russia conducts military exercises, as neighboring Ukraine and the region are pumped up with weapons, the consequences of these steps are unpredictable
"Kremlin approval of this appeal would amount to the Russian government's wholesale rejection of its commitments under the Minsk agreements," says @SecBlinken of Duma resolution on eastern Ukraine
Putin met with President of Brasil Bolsonaro in Kremlin9 month ago
Putin met with President of Brasil Bolsonaro in Kremlin
Military echelons unloading in Kursk region today9 month ago
Military echelons unloading in Kursk region today
9 month ago
The Russian Ministry of Finance said that Moscow is ready to help Belarus refinance its debt (in Minsk they said that due to Western sanctions, $3.5 billion is needed)
9 month ago
In case of a public refusal of NATO, Kyiv must proclaim its neutral, non-bloc status, as provided for in the declaration of state sovereignty of Ukraine, - Russian envoy Gavrilov
NATO's @jensstoltenberg: says Russia retains capability for full-fledged invasion of Ukraine without warning. "What we see is that they (Russia) have increased the number of troops and more troops are on their way. So far, no de-escalation
Russian Troops still coming west. With identification numbers painted over
9 month ago
The Kremlin: NATO is wrong in saying that there is no evidence of the withdrawal of Russian forces
NATO Defence Ministerial is about to start. Poland's Defence Minister @mblaszczak and Allied ministers will discuss the security situation in Europe amid Russia's military build-up in and around Ukraine & other topics
US Secretary of Defense: We are committed to the principle of collective security, which is a firm and solid commitment
9 month ago
Kremlin spokesperson said that Russia is not involved in any DDoS attacks, including in Ukraine
A column of Russian military trucks and tractors was spotted today (16.02), moving from Mozyr towards Babruisk (Mogilev region, Belarus)9 month ago
A column of Russian military trucks and tractors was spotted today (16.02), moving from Mozyr towards Babruisk (Mogilev region, Belarus)
NATO Secretary General: We will welcome any reduction of Russian forces at the Ukrainian border
Helicopters continue to be spotted in Mogilev region today (16.02), flying from Smolensk region of the Russian Federation9 month ago
Helicopters continue to be spotted in Mogilev region today (16.02), flying from Smolensk region of the Russian Federation
9 month ago
Russia will not participate in a special meeting in the OSCE on the issue of exercises on the territory of Belarus, - head of the delegation Gavrilov said
Heavy artillery shelling from Assad's forces and Russia targets the outskirts of the city of Al-Dana in the northern Idlib countryside.
US fighter jets and other coalition aircraft escorted three Russian aircraft in eastern Syria on Tuesday when the Russians flew into coalition-restricted airspace
9 month ago
Russian Ministry of Defense shows video of echelon with tanks withdrawing from Crimea to Russia
This video, posted yesterday afternoon, purportedly shows a convoy tanks outside of Borisovka, close to the Ukrainian border9 month ago
This video, posted yesterday afternoon, purportedly shows a convoy tanks outside of Borisovka, close to the Ukrainian border
Military convoy filmed in Zhukovka, Bryansk region
Looks like Iskander transporter-loaders and possibly TELs in Lgov, Kursk Oblast9 month ago
Looks like Iskander transporter-loaders and possibly TELs in Lgov, Kursk Oblast
A total of 24 Russian warships have been operating in the Sea of Japan(East Sea) and the southern part of the Sea of Okhotsk since Feb. 1, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday, in what defense chief Nobuo Kishi called part of "unusual" large-scale military exercises
Quad foreign ministers discuss Russia/Ukraine
9 month ago
Internet services of Russian telecommunication provider Megafon are not available in Moscow, St.Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Nizhniy Novgorod, Novosibirsk and Krasnodar Krai
9 month ago
Czech Republic MoI @Vit_Rakusan: We are ready to welcome thousands of Ukraine refugees if there is a military conflict with Russia. But we still hope there won't be a war. We can see disinformation platforms are more active these days
"In our assessment, the Russian Armed Forces are ready to embark on a full-scale military operation against Ukraine from the second half of February" per assessment from Estonia Foreign Intelligence Service
"We are not seeking direct confrontation with Russia," @POTUS says but warns that if Russia provokes the US, it will respond. He specifically cites that in the event of any cyber attacks against "our companies" the US is "prepared to respond"
Biden: "We're not seeking direct confrontation with Russia. I've been clear that if Russia targets Americans in Ukraine, we will respond forcefully"
"I will not send American servicemen to fight in Ukraine. [but] the United States will defend every inch of NATO territory with the full force of American power. An attack against one NATO country is an attack against all of us." -Biden
"If Russia attacks Ukraine, it will be a war of choice or a war without cause or reason," Biden says. "The world will not forget that Russia chose needless death and destruction
If Russia invades Ukraine, "we will rally the world to oppose its aggression," continues @POTUS
Biden: Neither NATO nor Ukraine threatens Russia. We are not attacking Russia. We do not plan to destabilize Russia. I don't believe you want a bloody war
Biden: "To the citizens of Russia, you are not our enemy. And I do not believe you want a bloody destructive war against Ukraine, a country and the people with whom you share such deep ties of family history and culture"
Biden says there are 150,000 Russian troops encircling Ukraine
Biden: "The Russian defense minister reported today that some military units are leaving their positions near Ukraine. That would be good. We have not yet verified that. Indeed, our analysts indicate that they remain very much in a threatening position"
US "prepared no matter what happens" in Ukraine, says @POTUS, adding an attack by Russia is still "very much a possibility"
9 month ago
Washington Post: Russian government hackers have penetrated Ukrainian military, energy and other critical computer systems, U.S. government says
There's been a phone call today between @SecBlinken and his Russian counterpart, according to @StateDeptSpox
Russia recognition of Ukraine separatist regions would be 'attack without weapons': France
Ukrainian Minister of Defense:Very informative discussion with British colleague @BWallaceMP. We exchanged views on the results of his visit to Moscow & my call with the DefMinister of the Belarus. Our positions were synchronized before the meeting of the North Atlantic Council on Feb179 month ago
Ukrainian Minister of Defense:Very informative discussion with British colleague @BWallaceMP. We exchanged views on the results of his visit to Moscow & my call with the DefMinister of the Belarus. Our positions were synchronized before the meeting of the North Atlantic Council on Feb17
Paris: Macron and Biden agreed to verify the correctness of reports of the start of the Russian withdrawal from the borders of Ukraine
9 month ago
Ukraine's delegation to trilateral contact group seeks meeting after Russian parliament calls for recognition of occupied areas in Ukraine
Video showing S-300 system and missile containers in Vesela Lopan, Belgorod region9 month ago
Video showing S-300 system and missile containers in Vesela Lopan, Belgorod region
Lavrov, in a conversation with Blinken, noted the inadmissibility of aggressive rhetoric pumped up by Washington, calling for a pragmatic dialogue on issues raised by Russia - Russian Foreign Ministry9 month ago
Lavrov, in a conversation with Blinken, noted the inadmissibility of aggressive rhetoric pumped up by Washington, calling for a pragmatic dialogue on issues raised by Russia - Russian Foreign Ministry
A White House Official says President Joe Biden talked with French President Macron by phone starting at 10:11a ET. That call lasted 49 minutes. They talked about Russian aggression
Russian Defense Minister Shoigu arrived in Syria to inspect the exercises, and also met with Assad. More than 15 warships and over 30 aircraft are taking part in the exercises of the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean Sea
9 month ago
Germany's @Bundeskanzler Olaf Scholz after meeting with Russian President Putin, calls for courageous action from all, says it is our "damned duty" to stand up for peace
Amid Russian statements about redeploying forces, @SecBlinken speaking now to FM Lavrov, a State Dept official says
9 month ago
Asked by @dpa if Russia will withdraw troops from border and commit to not invade, Putin says "we will act according to the plan..and the plan depends on what happens on the ground.."
A Russian invasion of Ukraine is highly likely, but there's a possibility the current stalemate could endure for an extended period, UK foreign secretary said in a letter to MPs.  @trussliz said any invasion, though, could be imminent & happen with no or little warning9 month ago
A Russian invasion of Ukraine is "highly likely", but there's a possibility the current stalemate could endure for an "extended period", UK foreign secretary said in a letter to MPs. @trussliz said any invasion, though, could be imminent & happen with no or little warning
9 month ago
Putin, re Ukraine joining NATO: "We need to resolve this question now"
9 month ago
Putin repeats his line that Russia was promised 30 years ago that NATO wouldn't expand. "And now we see NATO infrastructure right at our borders
9 month ago
Scholz says he told Putin a conviction of @navalny "is not acceptable in our opinion"
9 month ago
Putin, asked if Russian troop withdrawal will continue, says "who will be able to answer how it will develop? At the moment, nobody. It does not depend just on us."
9 month ago
Scholz: "If [war over Ukraine] does happen, it would have far-reaching consequences"
9 month ago
Scholz: "If we ignore the Minsk agreement and what was voted on today in the Russian parliament becomes reality, the process would end and that would be a disaster"
Putin seems to say he won't confirm vote: I've just been informed by my administration. Deputies follow public opinion. It's clear overwhelming majority sympathise with Donbass citizens. But need to resolve the problem that Donbass, but we need to do it via Minsk9 month ago
Putin seems to say he won't confirm vote: "I've just been informed by my administration. Deputies follow public opinion. It's clear overwhelming majority sympathise with Donbass citizens. But need to resolve the problem that Donbass, but we need to do it via Minsk"
9 month ago
Scholz pushes back against Putin's remarks on Yugoslavia - says that was a response to "mass murder." Putin cuts in: "according to our estimates, what is happening today in Donbas is genocide
9 month ago
Putin: what is happening now in the Donbass is genocide
9 month ago
Putin: Russia doesn't want war, that's why it put forward its security proposals
The US State Department: We are not sure of reports that Russia has withdrawn some of its forces from the borders of Ukraine
9 month ago
Russian President Putin says "there are mass violations of human rights being legitimised in Ukraine"
9 month ago
German Chancellor Scholz, standing next to Putin in Moscow, says it is urgent to have de-escalation so there is not a war in Europe
9 month ago
Scholz: I explained to the Russian President during the talks that the Russian military build-up on the borders of Ukraine is a threat
9 month ago
Scholz said that in his talks with Putin, he expressed hope that DW would be able to work in Russia
9 month ago
Putin says "we see threats in forceful constrain of Russia"
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