Tuesday, August 16, 2022

UK Says Russian Mig-31 Fighter Jet Conducted An ‘Unsafe Close Pass’ Of An RAF Spy Plane Over The Barents Sea

Russian media channel share the route of RAF RC-135W plane, reportedly intercepted over the Barents Sea

Daily Mail: Russian MIG-31 fighter jet carried out an 'unsafe close pass' of an RAF spy plane while it was in international airspace over Norwegian and Barents Seas, MoD reveals after Moscow claimed British aircraft crossed its state border 

* Moscow said it 'intercepted' a British RC-135 spyplane over the Barents sea 

* A leading pro-Putin politician demanded a 'harsh' response from the Kremlin 

* MoD refuted the claim, arguing the spyplane did not breach Russia's airspace 

* The plane maintained constant contact with Russian civilian air traffic control * An MoD spokesperson said a Russian MiG-31 jet made an 'unsafe close pass' of the RAF aircraft to force it away 

A Russian MiG-31 fighter jet made an 'unsafe close pass' of an RAF spy plane yesterday, Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD) said, after Moscow claimed the plane had infringed on its airspace. 

The RAF spyplane was flying over the Norwegian and Barents seas on Monday on a flight path which took it close to Russian territory, but at no point did the British aircraft enter Russian sovereign airspace. 

The MoD said the RC-135 spy plane's crew maintained radio communications with Russian civilian air traffic control throughout its flight.  

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Update #1: UK accuses Russian fighter jet of ‘unsafe close pass’ of RAF spy plane after Moscow claims airspace violated (The Independent)  

Update #2: Russia accuses British spy plane of violating airspace north of Kola Peninsula (The Barents Observer)  

WNU Editor: This is weird. According to the Kremlin the UK asked the Kremlin if it was alright to conduct a spy flight over Russia .... Russia Says Britain Requested Permission for Spy Plane to Fly Over Russia (Reuters). More here .... Russia accuses UK of ‘deliberate provocation’ (RT).

British Royal Air Force No Longer Offering Pilot Jobs To White Men . Will Accept Only Women And Ethnic Minorities


SKY News: RAF 'pauses job offers for white men' to meet 'impossible' diversity targets 

The alleged move has prompted the head of recruitment for the Royal Air Force (RAF) - herself a senior female officer - to resign in recent days in protest. 

The head of RAF recruitment has resigned in protest at an "effective pause" on offering jobs to white male recruits in favour of women and ethnic minorities, defence sources have claimed. 

The senior female officer apparently handed in her notice in recent days amid concerns that any such restrictions on hiring, however temporary and limited, could undermine the fighting strength of the Royal Air Force (RAF), the sources said.  

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Update: RAF forced to PAUSE job offers to white men to 'hit diversity targets' – bombshell claim (Express).  

WNU Editor: Someone has already quit over these allegations .... RAF jobs boss quits amid claims 'offers to white men are paused to meet diversity targets' (Daily Mail).

Singapore’s Next Premier Warns US, China May Be ‘Sleepwalking Into A War’

Daily Mail: 'We are reaching dangerous territory': Now Singapore's next PM warns US and China are closer to war after Pelosi's Taiwan visit, American missile tests and Beijing's military drills 

* 'Following the visit, tensions have gone up one notch,' Lawrence Wong said in an interview with Bloomberg 

* 'We're starting to see a series of decisions being taken by both countries that will lead us to more dangerous territory' 

* Pelosi and a congressional delegation of Democrats visited Taiwan two weeks ago despite fiery warnings from Beijing, after a stop in Singapore 

 Singapore's prime minister-in-waiting warned that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan had put the U.S.-China relationship on a 'very worrying' trajectory and warned the two nations may 'sleepwalk into conflict' if neither side takes action to deescalate. 

'Following the visit, tensions have gone up one notch,' Lawrence Wong said in an interview with Bloomberg. 'And that's the risk that can happen, that we're starting to see a series of decisions being taken by both countries that will lead us to more dangerous territory.'  

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Singapore’s Next Premier Warns US, China May Be ‘Sleepwalking Into A War’  

US-China relations entering dangerous territory; countries may 'sleepwalk into conflict': DPM Wong -- CNA  

Singapore’s Next Premier Wong Warns US, China May ‘Sleepwalk Into Conflict’ -- Bloomberg  

China and US don't want conflict but could 'sleepwalk' into it amid rising tensions: DPM Wong -- Straits Times  

Singapore PM-in-waiting: Recent decisions by US, China 'will lead us to more dangerous territory' -- FOX News  

US may ‘sleepwalk’ into war with China – Asian leader -- RT

EU Nations Move To Bar Russian Citizens From Entering Their Countries

A visa center in Moscow. Gleb Schelkunov / Kommersant  

Republic World: Poland Preparing Mechanism For EU-wide Tourist Visa Ban On Russians Amid War In Ukraine  

European Union foreign ministers are expected to hold a meeting to discuss the possible visa restrictions for Russian citizens at the end of August

Poland on Sunday, Aug 14 announced that it is working on a proposal to ban Russian citizens from entering the country under tourist visas in support of Estonia, Finland, the Czech Republic and other EU member states. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Piotr Vavzyk, told Polish Radio that Poland is in favour of more sanctions as well as a Russian tourist ban across the entire EU in an attempt to punish the Russian Federation for invading Ukraine. While Warsaw agrees on the enactment of a total suspension of the visa regime for citizens of the Russian Federation, major EU members are against it, said Vavzyk.  

“Major member states, including Germany, France and the Netherlands, are against it. Due to the fact that it is impossible to overcome the resistance of these countries regarding the suspension of the agreement on visa facilitation for citizens of the Russian Federation, Poland is working on a new solution," Vavzyk told the Polish broadcaster.  

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WNU Editor: Russians are now scrambling for EU visas .... Russians Scramble for Visas as EU Mulls Travel Restrictions . More here .... Russian Demand For Schengen Visa Surges Amid Calls For European Travel Ban (RFE). 

EU Nations Move To Bar Russian Citizens From Entering Their Countries  

‘The west doesn’t want Russians partying in the streets of Europe’: calls grow for a visa ban -- The Guardian 

Finland will slash Russian visas by 90 percent -- Politico  

Finland limits visas to Russians amid rush of Europe-bound tourists -- Reuters  

EU could give Russians 'humanitarian' visas only, Lithuanian FM says -- DW  

Estonian visa cancellation has ordinary Russians worried -- Reuters  

Latvia Stops Issuing Entry Visas to Russian Citizens -- Schengenvisa  

Russia Visa Ban in EU Wins Key Backing From Czech Presidency -- Bloomberg

Latvian Parliament Declares Russia Is A State Sponsor of Terror

MPs in Riga (parliament pictured) today declared Russia a 'state sponsor of terrorism'  

VOA News: Latvian Parliament Declares Russia State Sponsor of Terror  

Latvia’s parliament declared Russia a state sponsor of terror Thursday for its targeted military attacks against civilians and public places Lativia’s unicameral parliament, known as the Saeima, approved a resolution noting that Russia has supported and financed terrorist regimes and organizations for years. 

The Saeima used as examples Moscow’s support for the Assad government in Syria shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 and the poisoning of British intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in 2018. 

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Update #1: Latvian parliament declares Russia a 'state sponsor of terrorism' and accuses it of 'targeted genocide against the Ukrainian people' (Daily Mail).  

Update #2: Latvia Designates Russia a 'State Sponsor of Terrorism' Over Ukraine War (Reuters)  

WNU Editor: The Kremlin has responded .... Russia condemns Latvia's "xenophobia" in calling Moscow terrorism sponsor (Reuters). The Kremlin is also warning the U.S. on what the consequences will be if Russia is designated as a state sponsor of terror by Washington .... Moscow warns of end to Russia-US relations if assets seized (Reuters).  

Update #3: Latvia is also moving to ban the Russian language .... Former USSR Member Looks to Ban Russian Language in Blow to Putin (Newsweek). Almost 30% of Latvia's population is Russian speaking (link here). You can take this to the bank. Such a ban is going to cause social unrest in the Latvian regions that are dominated by Russian speaking populations.

Europe's Energy Crisis Continues To Get Worse. Russia’s Gazprom Warns of 60% Price Increase in Gas In The Coming Months

OilPrice.com: Heatwave Sends European Gas Prices Higher 

* Europe’s benchmark gas prices at the Dutch TTF hub increased by 2% to $215.50 per MWh on Monday. 

* Power demand is growing amid heatwave in most of Europe. 

* The low water levels on the Rhine have already affected coal supply and contributed to record-high year-ahead power prices in Germany. 

European benchmark gas prices rose by 2% early on Monday as demand is high in a heatwave and supplies of other fuels for power generation is constrained by low water levels on Europe’s main petroleum transport corridor. 

Europe’s benchmark gas prices at the Dutch TTF hub increased by 2% to $215.50 (211.35 euro) per megawatt-hour in the morning in Amsterdam, per Bloomberg’s estimates.  

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Update: Gazprom does not rule out gas prices in Europe over $4,000 in winter (TASS) 

WNU Editor: Everyone in Europe is expecting sky-high prices and rationing (see below) ....  

European power prices hit a record for a 5th day straight as a perfect storm rocks the continent's energy system (Market Insider)  

Key European Power Price Doubles in Two Months as Crisis Deepens -- Bloomberg  

Just How Bad Will the Energy Crisis Be in Europe This Winter? (Bloomberg)  

Just how bad could things get this winter? European energy crisis is about to go global (RT)

Russia Claims Ukraine's Military Is Targeting The Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant 's Coolant Systems And Nuclear Waste Storage Site

This aerial view shows the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant located in the steppe zone on the shore of the Kakhovsky reservoir in the city of Energodar, Zaporozhye region, Ukraine. © Sputnik / Konstantin Mihalchevskiy  

RT: Ukraine bombs nuclear waste storage site – official  

Rockets also targeted the cooling systems of the facility  

Ukrainian artillery has fired multiple rockets directly at the coolant systems and nuclear waste storage site inside the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant in Energodar, local government administration member Vladimir Rogov told Russian media on Tuesday. 

He warned that a successful strike may result in a radiation release equivalent to a “dirty bomb.” “One of the guided missiles hit just ten meters” from the barrels with spent nuclear fuel,” Rogov told Soloviev Live. “Others hit a bit farther away, 50 to 200 meters.” 

Since the storage site is out in the open, any hit will result in the release of nuclear waste ranging from dozens to hundreds of kilograms and contamination of the area, the official explained. “In plain language, that would be like a dirty bomb,” said Rogov.  

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Update #1: UPDATES: Zaporozhye NPP Reactor Protected, to Be Intact Even If Plane Crashes There - Authorities (Sputnik)  

Update #2: Containers with nuclear waste at Zaporozhye NPP shelled by Ukrainian troops — authorities (TASS)  

WNU Editor: In a conversation held today between French President Macron and Ukraine President Zelensky, Macron called for an IAEA mission to the Zaporozhye nuclear plant to assess the situation .... French, Ukrainian Leaders Discuss Nuclear Crisis; Zelenskiy Alleges Russian 'Nuclear Terrorism' (RFE). More here .... France's Macron: underlined to Ukraine's Zelenskiy concerns over nuclear risks (Reuters).

Kremlin Blames Sabotage For Explosions At Another Military Facility In Crimea


RT: Crimea blasts were acts of sabotage – Russian MoD 

Civilian infrastructure was damaged following explosions at an ammo depot, the military has said 

The incident on Tuesday morning that resulted in explosions at a military site in northern Crimea was an intentional act, an update from the Russian Defense Ministry has stressed. 

Describing its response, the ministry said it was “taking necessary measures to eliminate the consequences of the sabotage.”  

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WNU Editor: It looks like there is a Ukrainian military/sabotage cell operating in Crimea. This is an embarrassment to the Kremlin, and will involve a diversion of Russian military resources to deal with this. 

Kremlin Blames Sabotage For Explosions At Another Military Facility In Crimea  

Munitions depot fire in Crimea’s north continues, regional leader reports -- TASS 

Ukrainian special forces behind attack on ammunition storage site in Crimea, Sky News understands -- SKY News  

Blasts at Russian base in Crimea suggest Ukrainian fightback -- Reuters  

Russia blames sabotage as blasts rock another military facility in Crimea -- CNN  

Massive explosions hit Russian military base in annexed Crimea -- ABC News Australia

Russia - Ukraine War: Military Summary And Analysis For 16.08.2022


WNU Editor: The war grinds on. Another must watch analysis from the Military Summary channel.

Russia - Ukraine War Maps -- August 16, 2022 (Click on Image to Enlarge)