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DAY 153

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-DAY 153

July 26,2022

RUSSIAN TERRORISM: MISSILE ONSLAUGHT IN SOUTHERN UKRAINE

Above: The enemy destroyed civilian infrastructure along the Odesa coast early Tuesday morning.  Image from a screenshot of video via Southern Operational Command

  • Ukraine’s Southern Operational Command announced early Tuesday morning that the enemy launched a mass of missile strikes from naval forces in the Black Sea, air-to-surface missiles and land artillery in occupied Kherson. Targets included the Odesa coast and port facilities in Mykolaiv.

MORE GERMAN GAS PAINS

Above: Germany has been working to build renewable energy production but has gambled that Nord Stream deliveries from Russia would be dependable. Photo via The Conversation

  • A couple of days after the Kremlin-controlled state gas monopoly Gazprom resumed gas flow to Germany via the Nord Stream-1 pipeline, Gazprom announced that it would cut pipeline gas deliveries to Germany down to only 20 percent of pipeline capacity.
  • Last Thursday, Gazprom restarted deliveries at 40 percent of capacity, judged by German officials as sufficient to fill gas storage units before winter.  Now, Germany is scrambling to instigate a 20 percent national reduction in energy consumption.  Hot water and electricity are being cut ahead of hard decisions on rationing to industries in the worst case scenario.
  • Gazprom blamed the reduction on problems with gas turbines, citing issues with paperwork for a second turbine that is in the process of being returned from Canada. Germany has rejected Gazprom’s claim that a damaged turbine was to blame for restrictions in gas flows, saying instead that the cutbacks were Russian punishment of Europe for supporting Ukraine.

RUSSIAN WAR CRIMES: AT LEAST 18 FILTRATION CAMPS OPERATIVE

Above: Deported Ukrainians held in a gymnasium in Taganrog, Russia.  Photo via Yahoo News

  • In a newly unclassified intelligence report, the US National Intelligence Council reported that the locations of  eighteen filtration camps in eastern Ukraine and across the border in Russia have been identified with likely more not yet found.  The camps are being used to detain, interrogate and force deportations of Ukrainian civilians to Russia. Russia was astounded by the scale of Ukrainian resistance to its unprovoked invasion and plans to use the camps to eliminate potential resistors as well as to identify and recruit collaborators.
  • According to the report: “We assess that many individuals face one of three fates after undergoing filtration. Those who are deemed non-threatening may be issued documentation and permitted to remain in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine…Others deemed …potentially resistant to Russian occupation, face forcible deportation to Russia and are subject to additional screening. Those deemed most threatening …, particularly anyone with affiliation to the military or security services, probably are detained in prisons in eastern Ukraine and Russia, though little is known about their fates.”

ARM UKRAINE: SLOVAKIAN FIGHTER JETS?

Above: Ukraine started the war with a little over fifty operational fighter jets and may have added an additional twenty thanks to Western provision of spare parts. Photo via The Drive

  • In what may signal an important milestone in Ukraine’s armaments race, “Slovakia is ready to discuss transferring its 11 MIG-29s to Ukraine”, according to Slovakian Defense Minister Jaroslav Nad.  Slovakia would like to make agreements with NATO allies to either replace the jets with modern fighters or to provide cash for procurement of new ones.
  • If a deal could be found, Slovakia would ground the jets from current airspace patrols, handing over to the Czech Republic and Poland to cover Slovakian airspace in the interim.
  • Ukrainian pilots already know how to fly MiG-29s. Early in the invasion, the US stifled a plan for Poland to hand over MiG-29s via a US base in Germany.  But analysts believe that the West is now softening concerns over escalation as Ukraine demonstrates extraordinary skill in utilizing increasing complex and powerful equipment and Russia demonstrates that it is a terrorist state utterly devoid of humanity.

UKRAINIAN FARMERS ARE HEROES

Above: Ukrainian farmers wear body armor and helmets to feed the world.  Photo via Farmers Weekly

  • Spokesperson for the Odesa Oblast Military Administration Serhiy Bratchuk announced that Odesa farmers harvested 2 million tons of grains and legumes this season despite the huge challenges of working under enemy missile attacks on fields, storage and transportation infrastructure.
  • Ukraine continues to prepare for the Black Sea shipment of agricultural products despite grave concerns over whether Russia will keep its promises on the agreement to end the blockade.  Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Yuriy Vaskov stated, “Within the next 24 hours, we will be ready to work on resuming exports of agricultural products from our ports. We are talking about the port of Chornomorsk – it will be the first. The next will be Odesa and then – the port of Pivdennyi.” Mr Vaskov expressed hope that the first shipments will be within the next week.

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