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    President Biden on Tuesday signed the ratification documents for Sweden and Finland to join NATO, bringing the two countries a step closer to formally becoming part of the alliance.

    Why it matters: Sparked by Russia's invasion of Ukraine earlier this year, Sweden and Finland's bids to join NATO would significantly change the security landscape in Europe and more than double the length of the alliance's borders with Russia.

    State of play: Biden's signing of the protocols follows the Senate's bipartisan vote last week to ratify the two countries' applications to NATO.


    • Biden spoke to Sweden's Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finland's President Sauli Niinistö ahead of the signing to congratulate them on the U.S.' ratification of the protocols and the progress it represents in their to join NATO, per a White House readout.
    • Sweden and Finland were formally invited to join the alliance in late June after Turkey — which had hampered their bids to join — agreed to lift its objection.
    • In early July, NATO ambassadors from all 30 member states signed the accession protocols for Sweden and Finland.


    What they're saying: Biden hailed Sweden and Finland's decision to join NATO as a "watershed moment" for the alliance that would bring greater security and stability to the whole world.


    • "In a moment, when [President Vladimir] Putin's Russia has shattered peace and security in Europe, when autocrats are challenging the very foundations of a rule-based order, the strength of the transatlantic alliance and America's commitment to NATO is more important than it's ever been," Biden said.
    • Biden added that NATO is an "indispensable alliance for the world of today and the world of tomorrow" and that Finland and Sweden's addition will make NATO "stronger than ever."


    What's next: All 30 member states must ratify the accession protocols, a process that could take months.


    • So far, 23 NATO member countries have completed the ratification process, according to the Atlantic Council.




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    • $1 Billion in New U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine


    Nearly six months into the unprovoked and brutal assault on Ukraine, Russia continues its destruction of Ukrainian towns and villages. President Biden has been clear that we will continue to support the Ukrainian people as they defend their country from Russian aggression, for as long as it takes. As part of those efforts, pursuant to a delegation of authority from the President, today I am authorizing our largest single drawdown of U.S. arms and equipment utilizing this authority. This eighteenth drawdown since August 2021 of up to $1 billion includes arms, munitions, and equipment from U.S. Department of Defense inventories for Ukraine’s self-defense.

    This package provides a significant amount of additional ammunition, weapons, and equipment that Ukrainians are using so effectively to defend themselves and will bring total U.S. security assistance to Ukraine to approximately $9.8 billion since the beginning of this Administration.

    The United States stands with Allies and partners from more than 50 countries in providing vital security assistance to support Ukraine’s defense of its sovereignty and territorial integrity against Russia’s aggression. As this war stretches on, the courage and strength of Ukraine’s military and its people become even more evident and even more extraordinary. Together, we will continue to consult closely with Ukraine and surge additional available systems and capabilities carefully calibrated to make a difference on the battlefield and strengthen Ukraine’s eventual position at the negotiating table.

    We stand united with Ukraine. https://www.state.gov/1-billion-in-n...e-for-ukraine/
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    Russia occupies and controls the plant. Why would they shell it? That be the Ukies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Curious how the US (well, neocons) think of Ukrainians except as dispensable cannon fodder.
    You do realise the Ukrainian "cannon fodder" (read men women and children) are being killed by Russian "cannons" you complete fucking moron.
    My greatest wish is that you have the oportunity in the not to distant future to express your thoughts on the war with the Klitschko brothers in person.

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    Philippines confirms Russia helicopter deal cancelled over US sanctions

    Philippines confirms Russia helicopter deal cancelled over US sanctions



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    I suppose the people killed by Ukrainian shelling don't count? Unworthy victims.

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    Russia summons UN Security Council over nuclear emergency

    Moscow has accused Kiev of striking the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, risking a repeat of the Chernobyl disaster .

    "Russia has summoned an emergency session of the UN Security Council to discuss the situation at Ukraine’s Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, which has been the subject of regular shelling attacks. Moscow wants the chief of the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), to brief the council on the situation.

    The move, which was reported by Russian media on Tuesday, was confirmed by the deputy head of Russia’s mission to the UN, Dmitry Polyansky, who said the public needed to learn about “Ukrainian provocations.” The meeting is expected to take place on Thursday.

    Russia says Ukraine has been responsible for a series of drone attacks and artillery strikes at the nuclear site. The latest shelling was reported last weekend.

    Kiev denies the allegations and claims that Russia has shelled the facility itself to discredit Ukraine. Kiev’s National Security Council has also alleged that Moscow was using the power plant as a military base, keeping heavy weapons and personnel there.

    The IAEA has not had access to the site since before the Russian-Ukrainian conflict escalated in late February and relies on reports from Ukraine to assess the situation on the ground. The Zaporozhye plant is manned by Ukrainian nuclear workers despite being under Russian control.

    On Saturday, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi expressed the IAEA’s concern over the artillery strikes, stating that they underlined “the very real risk of a nuclear disaster that could threaten public health and the environment in Ukraine and beyond.”

    “I condemn any violent acts carried out at or near the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant or against its staff,” he stressed.

    Grossi is expected to lead an inspection of the facility for an independent assessment of the situation and verification that non-proliferation safeguards remain in place.

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    Russia summons UN Security Council over nuclear emergency — RT Russia & Former Soviet Union
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    Ukrainian promises on African grain not being kept – NYT

    Ships are headed for Turkey, other parts of Europe and China, despite Kiev’s statements.

    "None of the grain ships that have departed from Ukrainian ports as of Tuesday were headed for African countries most at risk of starvation, according to the New York Times. The first ship to leave via the “grain corridor” arrangement saw its cargo rejected by the buyers in Lebanon, who cited the delivery delay.

    Since the arrangement took effect on August 1, ten ships have left Ukrainian ports, mainly carrying animal feed. One is headed to England, another to Ireland, while several are on their way to Turkey, Italy and China. None of them are bound for Yemen, Somalia, or other countries facing “catastrophic levels of hunger,” the Times reported on Tuesday.

    The first ship to reach its destination was the Turkish-flagged Polarnet, which docked in Derince on Monday with 12,000 tons of maize. Celebrating its arrival, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said it “sends a message of hope to every family in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia,” adding, “Ukraine won’t abandon you.”

    Meanwhile, President Vladimir Zelensky told his counterpart Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana on Monday that Ukraine was “ready to continue being the guarantor of world food security.”

    However, most of the 20 million tons of grain held up in Ukrainian ports for the past several months is animal feed, and not intended for human consumption, according to experts quoted by AP.

    The first ship to leave Ukraine under the “grain corridor” arrangement carried 26,000 metric tons of chicken feed, destined for Lebanon. The Sierra Leone-flagged freighter Razoni sailed out of Odessa on August 1 to much fanfare – only to be turned back from Beirut on Monday, after the Lebanese buyer refused to accept the shipment, on the grounds of it being several months too late. "


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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Russia summons UN Security Council over nuclear emergency
    Statement on Russia’s war against Ukraine - G7 Foreign Ministers - Federal Foreign Office

    G7 demand to return control of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant to Ukraine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeovers View Post
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    9 Countries v 2/3 of the worlds countries, (approx 138), according to advisor to the Ukrainian presidential office Mikhail Podolyak said on Tuesday.



    9 th Aug, 19:37

    Two thirds of nations either support Russia or cooperate with it, Zelensky’s office admits


    "Mikhail Podolyak noted that countries which remained neutral had been Russia-oriented for quite a long time and had been earning some dividends there

    KIEV, August 9. /TASS/.

    "A substantial number of countries maintain a pro-Russian stance or keep cooperating with Moscow despite the sanctions imposed by a number of Western countries, advisor to the Ukrainian presidential office Mikhail Podolyak said on Tuesday.

    "We understand that the world is not a homogeneous place," he said. Some countries "have designated Russia as an aggressor and imposed very severe sanctions," he added. "However, two thirds of countries either remain neutral and keep business contacts with Russia or have even taken a pro-Russian stance," Podolyak said in an interview with the BBC’s Ukrainian service.

    He assumed this was because "those countries have been Russia-oriented for quite a long time and have been earning some dividends there."

    Two thirds of nations either support Russia or cooperate with it, Zelensky’s office admits - World - TASS
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    This vile russian slag decided to go around Vienna abusing Ukrainians.

    Sadly I don't have the rest of it, but it consists of her bawling her shitty fucking eyes out because her hotel booking was cancelled and she was banned from booking sites for being the sort of repulsive individual that no-one wants in their hotel.

    Result!

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    Vile Russian slag? Gimme more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    Vile Russian slag? Gimme more!
    Once she scrapes the war paint off with a trowel and the rest is washed away by her salty tears, even you might balk at it.

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    Ukraine Live Updates: Damage at Air Base Appears Worse Than Russia Claimed

    ODESA, Ukraine — Damage from a series of explosions at a Russian air base in Crimea appeared to be greater than the Kremlin has described, as officials on the Russia-occupied peninsula on Wednesday declared a state of emergency and said that dozens of nearby homes and commercial structures had been hit.

    After the explosions on Tuesday, which a senior Ukrainian military official said were the work of Ukrainian forces, Russia’s Defense Ministry moved quickly to play down the extent of the damage, saying no equipment had been destroyed and no casualties reported.

    The assertions were contradicted by a video from the scene and by a tally of the damage by officials in Crimea, a strategic peninsula in southern Ukraine that Russia illegally annexed in 2014.
    The Kremlin-installed leader of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, said on Wednesday that 252 people had been relocated to shelters because of damage to their homes. At least 62 apartment buildings and 20 commercial structures had been damaged in the blast, a statement on Mr. Aksyonov’s Telegram page said, and officials were still cataloging damage to private homes.

    Mr. Askyonov declared a state of emergency, apparently aimed at speeding up the rebuilding process. At least one person was killed and more than a dozen others wounded, officials said.

    Damage to the base itself was harder to assess, but one video that emerged in the aftermath, and that was verified by The New York Times, showed the charred nose cone of a fighter jet, its fuselage a black, shapeless mass.

    Although Ukraine has not officially taken responsibility for the explosions, a senior Ukrainian military official said on Wednesday that Ukraine’s special forces — along with local partisan resistance fighters loyal to the government in Kyiv — were behind the blasts. The explosions set off fireballs that startled beachgoers at a nearby Black Sea resort.

    The official said the air base, Saki, on the western coast of Crimea, has been regularly used by Russian warplanes that have attacked Ukrainian forces in southern Ukraine. Speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss delicate military matters, the official would not disclose the type of weapon used in the attack, saying only that “a device exclusively of Ukrainian manufacture was used.”

    The blasts are potentially important because any Ukrainian attack on Russian forces in the Crimean Peninsula would be a significant expansion of Ukraine’s offensive efforts. Until now, Ukrainian forces have largely focused on pushing Russian troops back from territories occupied after Feb. 24, when their invasion began.

    Ukraine possesses few weapons that can reach the peninsula, aside from aircraft that would risk being shot down immediately by Russia’s heavy air defenses in the region. The air base, which is near the city of Novofedorivka, is about 200 miles from the nearest Ukrainian military position.

    Videos verified and reviewed by The New York Times showed that a plume of smoke was rising from the air base just before at least three explosions: two in quick succession and a third a few moments later. It is unclear from the videos what caused the blasts.

    The senior Ukrainian official would not disclose whether the local resistance forces, known as partisans, carried out the attack or assisted Ukrainian military units in targeting the base, as has sometimes occurred in other Russia-occupied territories.

    To reach targets deep behind enemy lines, Ukraine has increasingly turned to guerrillas in those territories, officials said. Partisans have, for instance, helped Ukrainian forces target Russian bases and ammunition depots in the Kherson region, Ukrainian officials say.

    Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement that the explosion was caused by the detonation of stockpiled ordnance for warplanes at the base. While the ministry offered no speculation about whether Ukrainian forces might have been involved, a decision by Mr. Aksyonov to raise the terrorist threat level to yellow suggested that officials were concerned about security on the peninsula.

    “This measure is exclusively prophylactic because the situation in the region is under full control,” Mr. Aksyonov said on Tuesday.

    Russia-Ukraine War News: Live Updates - The New York Times

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    ‘We Need to Get Out of Here’: Fear Grips Annexed Crimea After Airbase Attack

    An apparent Ukrainian attack on a military air base in Russia-controlled Crimea sent people running for cover from a series of powerful blasts, causing shock among locals and tourists at the height of the holiday season.


    Towering plumes of black smoke were seen rising from the Saki air base in western Crimea on Tuesday afternoon, clearly visible from nearby packed beaches.


    “There were about 15 explosions. It lasted around 30-40 minutes. Many vacationers were trying to find shelter — some people were hiding behind the trees, children were crying. People were trying to stick together,” said Ksenia Korkina, a Russian visitor to Crimea who witnessed the explosions from a couple of kilometers away.


    If proven to be a Ukrainian attack, it will be the first major Ukrainian strike on Crimea — annexed by Moscow in 2014 — since the start of Russia’s six-month invasion of Ukraine. It is likely to seriously disrupt life on the peninsula, a popular tourism destination thought of until now as safe from the fighting, and bring the war closer to many ordinary Russians.


    The explosions killed one person and injured 14 others, according to Sergei Aksyonov, the Russian-appointed head of Crimea.


    “The very first explosion was very powerful and strong. The walls and windows were shaking. The sound was deafening and scary,” Korkina told The Moscow Times.


    Videos published to social media showed Russian holidaymakers gathering their belongings and fleeing the beach after the initial blasts.

    “Mum let’s go, we need to get out of here,” one distressed onlooker can be heard shouting.


    Satellite imagery and alleged videos from the explosion’s aftermath showed the burned-out remains of a Russian military aircraft as well as rows of charred civilian cars.


    Ukraine did not openly admit that it was behind the blasts, but The New York Times quoted an anonymous Ukrainian military official Tuesday as taking responsibility. Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed the explosions were the result of an accident.


    Tourism is an important part of the Crimean economy and the peak vacation season has already been damaged by the closure of civilian airports near the Ukrainian border amid ongoing fighting to the north.


    Tuesday’s attack is likely to dissuade even more people from visiting Crimea.


    “My friends tell me every day that the territory is disputed and it’s better to stay away from the [Russia-Ukraine] border,” Russian blogger Diana, who was vacationing 10 kilometers away from the airbase at the time of the explosion, told The Moscow Times.


    The panic sowed by the blasts apparently even prompted some tourists to leave the region, with videos posted to social media appearing to show traffic jams on road approaching the bridge that links the peninsula to the Russian mainland.


    “Some tourists went home. There was a big traffic jam near Novofedorivka,” Korkina said. “Many people were afraid to go out after the explosions. I was afraid as well.”


    Exacerbating civilians’ fears is the lingering uncertainty over how Ukraine was apparently able to carry out such an attack on a target almost 200 kilometers from the front line.

    Russia has significant air defense systems in Crimea around the nearby city of Yevpatoriya and should have been able to fend off a long-range missile attack, according to Konrad Muzyka, an independent military analyst at the Polish-based Rochan Consulting.


    “If it was a large missile you would expect the Russians to have tried to strike it down, but we have seen no missile trails in the sky and no evidence that air defense near Yevpatoria was activated,” Muzyka told The Moscow Times. “So perhaps this was something smaller, like a loitering munition or unmanned aerial vehicle.”


    A Ukrainian official cited by Reuters on Wednesday suggested that the explosions could have been caused by partisan saboteurs inside Crimea.


    The attack comes as Ukraine is expected to attempt to launch a counteroffensive against Russian forces in the south of the country.


    In his nightly address Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky did not mention the Saki air base but said that Kyiv would press on to reclaim Crimea.


    “This Russian war against Ukraine and against the entire free Europe began with Crimea and must end with Crimea — with its liberation,” he said.


    While the most significant attack on Crimea to date, the airbase strikes are not the only time targets in the peninsula have been hit in recent months.


    Russia’s Navy Day celebrations in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol last month were canceled following what appeared to be a drone attack on the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s headquarters.


    Speaking at the time, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian military, Natalia Gumenyuk, did not confirm Ukrainian involvement but said Kyiv was targeting Russian military facilities inside Ukraine – and that Crimea was part of Ukraine.

    ‘We Need to Get Out of Here’: Fear Grips Annexed Crimea After Airbase Attack - The Moscow Times

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    I thought we'd already established that it was caused by a careless smoker?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Russia summons UN Security Council over nuclear emergency



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    Ukrainian promises on African grain not being kept – NYT
    Oddly enough Russia stops it from being shipped . . . surely even you can understand that


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    Two thirds of nations either support Russia or cooperate with it, Zelensky’s office admits
    TASS



    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Sadly I don't have the rest of it, but it consists of her bawling her shitty fucking eyes out because her hotel booking was cancelled and she was banned from booking sites for being the sort of repulsive individual that no-one wants in their hotel.

    Result!
    Does that mean our trio can't get hotel bookings? Result.


    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    I thought we'd already established that it was caused by a careless smoker?
    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed the explosions were the result of an accident.
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    Russia warns of Polish plans for Ukraine

    Warsaw is looking to send “peacekeeping” forces into Western Ukraine and take over sectors of the economy, Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service claims .

    "Warsaw continues to carry out an apparent attempt to “reclaim” parts of Ukraine in accordance with its “far-reaching plans” for the country, Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) said in a statement posted on Monday.According to Moscow, Poland is not only setting up a scenario to deploy its “peacekeeping” forces to the western parts of Ukraine, but is also trying to establish control over promising sectors of the Ukrainian economy, first and foremost – agriculture.

    The SVR claims that Polish companies have taken advantage of the difficult condition facing Ukrainian farmers by arranging to purchase their goods at reduced prices, which is allegedly pushing some Ukrainian agriculture enterprises toward bankruptcy. The agency claims that Polish entities will then buy up these assets at bargain prices.

    “This can be illustrated, for example, by the purchase of new barley crop at $30 per ton, which is almost 5 times cheaper than the real cost of this product,” the SVR noted in its report.

    The officials further allege that Poland is investing in transport infrastructure and other logistics for the unimpeded export of Ukrainian food to the EU and other markets where prices are much higher.

    All of this is being done under the new legal framework created by Kiev, the SVR explains, referring to a law on special guarantees for Polish citizens introduced in late July, and also one that allows Ukrainian industrial enterprises to be sold at a 50% discount.

    Thus, the current Kiev authorities have essentially already started selling off the country, giving priority in this ‘business project’ to their Polish neighbors.
    In April, SVR chief Sergey Naryshkin claimed that intelligence obtained by Moscow suggested that Poland and the US were working on a plan for Warsaw to regain control of Ukrainian areas that they consider as “historically belonging” to it.

    He also suggested that the first phase of this “reunification” project would see Polish troops deployed to parts of Ukraine as “peacekeepers” under the pretext of protecting Ukraine from “Russian aggression.”

    Poland has categorically denied these claims, although President Andrzej Duda has expressed hope that there will be no border between Poland and Ukraine in the future, calling the two nations “fraternal.”"

    Russia warns of Polish plans for Ukraine — RT World News

    Potential of a NATO country becoming a military force on Ukraine land.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
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    Russia warns of Polish plans for Ukraine
    Is this the latest russian bullshit then?

    "We're only here to protect Ukraine from Poland"?


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    An article discussing how foreign companies can, and have, invested in Ukraine land.

    No locations of the land parcels indicated, nor any updates:

    THE CORPORATE TAKEOVER OF UKRAINIAN AGRICULTURE
    COUNTRY FACT SHEET
    DECEMBER 2014


    Some examples:

    Table 1: Foreign Investments in Agriculture in Ukraine -
    Company, Country, Land area (ha)

    Trigon Agri - Denmark 52,679

    Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia, - Saudi Al Rajhi Group, Almarai Co. Saudi Arabia 33,000

    Renaissance Group - Russian Federation 250,000

    MK Group - Serbia 50,000

    Glencore Xstrata PLC - Switzerland 80,000

    Sintal Agriculture Plc - Cyprus 146,800

    Agrokultura AB - - Sweden 68,700

    AgroGeneration - France 120,000

    Kernel Holding S.A. - Luxembourg 405,000

    MCB Agricole - Austria 96,000

    Mriya Agro Holding Public Limited - Cyprus 298,000

    Total 1,600,179


    https://www.oaklandinstitute.org/sites/oaklandinstitute.org/files/Brief_CorporateTakeoverofUkraine_0.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    An article discussing how foreign companies can, and have, invested in Ukraine land.
    You didn't answer my question about your bullshit.

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    Then again he might not...

    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Once she scrapes the war paint off with a trowel and the rest is washed away by her salty tears, even you might balk at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    You didn't answer my question about your bullshit.
    Of course not, and he won't, he is already on to posting the next piece of horseshit BS.

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    This video shows updated satellite photos of the airbase that was hit in Crimea. It was definitely hit by multiple rockets/missiles, as you can see the craters left behind. Confirmed losses;

    6 SU-30 destroyed
    7 SU-25 destroyed

    This would lead me to believe that the US is now covertly supplying Ukraine with the MGM-140 ATACMS which has a range of 300 km and is a larger missile that packs much more punch.

    Enjoy...


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    ^ I feel sure his name is Nigel. Don’t Nigels in the movies talk just like that?

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