Thursday, December 1, 2022

Strategic Bombers Seen Massing At Major Russian Air Base

Daily Mail: 'Imminent large-scale attack' on Ukraine feared as dozens of nuclear-capable bombers amass amid unusually high activity at Russian air base 

* Dozens of Russia bombers seen massing at Engels-2 air base near city of Saratov 

* Satellite images reveal what appear to be ammo crates for cruise missiles nearby 

* Analysts say bombers are preparing for new large-scale attack on Ukraine which will likely target its key infrastructure  

Russia appears to be preparing for another large-scale air attack on Ukraine with dozens of bombers spotted massing at a key airbase. 

Two dozen Tu-95 and Tu-160 long-range bombers have gathered at Engels-2 air base, near the city of Saratov, alongside fuel tanks, support vehicles, and repair supplies. 

Analysts say crates - likely ammunition boxes containing Kh-55 and Kh-101 cruise missiles - are also visible near the aircraft, suggesting a large-scale attack on Ukraine is 'imminent.'  

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WNU Editor: Some commentators are saying that this gathering of bombers is not unusual. 

I disagree. 

You do not gather two dozen strategic bombers alongside fuel tanks, support vehicles, and crates that are likely ammunition boxes to conduct a photo-op or exercise. You gather together this type of firepower because you have plans to use it. 

Strategic Bombers Seen Massing At Major Russian Air Base  

Surge In Russian Bombers At Air Base Not As Unusual As Reports Claim -- Warzone/The Drive  

Satellite images suggest Russia is planning 'imminent' large-scale missile strike on Ukraine, military analysts claim -- SKY News  

Russia Test Flying Nuclear-Capable Bombers Within Range of Border: Ukraine -- Newsweek 

Russia Test Flying Nuclear-Capable Bombers Within Range of Border: Ukraine -- Newsweek  

Russia is plotting ‘imminent massive strike’ on Ukraine, military analysts say -- News.com.au

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Warns A Conventional Clash With NATO Will Quickly Escalate Into A Nuclear Conflict

 

RT: Russia warns of ‘huge’ risks of sliding into nuclear war  

A conventional clash may very likely escalate into an outright atomic conflict, Sergey Lavrov has cautioned  

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned that any conflict between nuclear states is likely to escalate into an all-out nuclear war, and thus should be avoided at all costs. 

Аny war between nuclear powers is unacceptable. Π•ven if someone decides to start it using conventional means, there will be a huge risk of it escalating into a nuclear one,” Lavrov stated during a press conference on Thursday.  

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More News On Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov's News Conference  

Nuclear war risks, Pope’s ‘unchristian’ remarks, and ‘lies’ about Ukraine talks: Key points from Lavrov’s press conference -- RT  

Lavrov: Europe Building Security Not With Russia, But Against It -- Sputnik  

US and NATO are directly involved in Ukrainian conflict — Lavrov -- TASS  

Russian FM: US, NATO directly involved in Ukraine conflict -- AP  

Lavrov says NATO returned to Cold War agenda, Russians aren’t wanted in Europe -- TASS  

An unholy row! Russia’s Lavrov blasts ‘un-Christian’ Pope -- Politico

Russia's Wagnar Group's TikTok Videos Have Been Viewed More Than A Billion Times

BBC: Russian mercenary videos 'top 1bn views' on TikTok 

TikTok is hosting dozens of videos that glorify violence by Russia's Wagner Group of mercenaries and they have been viewed more than a billion times, according to a new report. 

Wagner has sent mercenaries into Ukraine in big numbers. US-based NewsGuard, which focuses on online misinformation, says some of the videos appear to show the execution of a former Russian mercenary. TikTok has said it will act against any content violating its policies. 

NewsGuard said it had identified 160 videos on the short-video platform that "allude to, show, or glorify acts of violence" by the mercenary group, founded by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin.  

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Update #1: TikTok videos which 'glorify' Russian mercenary violence in Ukraine 'viewed a billion times', reports says (SKY News)  

Update #2: Gory Russian mercenary videos top one billion views on TikTok (The Telegraph)  

WNU Editor: There is a lot of Russia-Ukraine war porn out there, and quite frankly most are not on TikTok.

EU Deletes And Edits President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen's Post That Ukraine Has Lost 100,000 Soldiers In The War

Ukrayinska Pravda: Mention of 100,000 Ukrainian soldiers killed during war removed from address of Head of European Commission 

The statement that Ukraine has allegedly lost an estimated 100,000 military and 20,000 civilians in the war against Russia has been removed from the address of the head of the European Commission.  

Source: European Pravda On 30 November, Ursula von der Leyen, the Head of the European Commission, dedicated her address to the plan of confiscation of frozen Russian assets and the creation of a special tribunal to punish Russia for the crime of aggression against Ukraine. 

The text and video of the address has been published on the website of the European Commission and on von der Leyen’s social media accounts. At the beginning of her address, von der Leyen said that Russia's invasion of Ukraine brought death, devastation and untold suffering, and that it was estimated that "over 20,000 civilians and 100,000 Ukrainian soldiers have died in Ukraine to date."  

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WNU editor: EU President Ursula von der Leyen slipped-up. This was a number that was suppose to be secret. 

The Ukraine government is now in damage control. Reassuring the Ukrainian people that only 13,000 Ukraine soldiers have so far been killed in this war .... Ukraine war: Zelensky aide reveals up to 13,000 war dead (BBC). The problem is that no one I know in Ukraine believes this low number is true. 

So what is the true number of Ukrainian casualties? 

My gut tells me that EU President Ursula von der Leyen's numbers are on the low-end on how many have been killed. This is a high-intensity war not seen in years. I would not be surprised if the casualty numbers (killed and wounded) are now approaching 1,000+ per day for both sides.

EU Deletes And Edits President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen's Post That Ukraine Has Lost 100,000 Soldiers In The War  

Von der Leyen statement about death of 100,000 Ukrainian soldiers cut from speech -- New Voice Of Ukraine  

“100,000 Ukrainian soldiers are dead”, Ursula accidently reveals the ‘imprudence’ of Ukrainian military -- TFIGlobal  

Von der Leyen slipped up: Ukraine has given over 100,000 Casualties -- Novinite 

EU refuses to apologize for deleted post about Ukrainian casualties -- RT

EU Wants A Special Court To Try Russia For Ukraine War Crimes

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks in Dublin on Dec. 1, 2022. "Russia must pay for its horrific crimes," she said, laying out arguments to establish a United Nations-backed court to examine Russian aggression in Ukraine.  

The Guardian: France backs plans for tribunal for Russian officials over Ukraine war  

France is first major western country to publicly support proposal for special court to try for crime of aggression 

France has become the first major western state to publicly back the creation of a special tribunal to try senior Russian officials – potentially including Vladimir Putin – for the crime of aggression in Ukraine. 

The French foreign ministry said on Wednesday that it was working with its European partners on the proposal. 

The statement came after the European Union and the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, lent support for the tribunal in a speech on the bloc’s plans for Ukraine.  

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WNU Editor: The Kremlin has responded .... Kremlin hits back at Ukraine tribunal calls (RT). More here .... Tribunals to Prosecute Russia for Ukraine War Would Lack 'Legitimacy,' Kremlin Says (Moscow Times). 

 EU Wants A Special Court To Try Russia For Ukraine War Crimes  

EU proposes setting up specialized court to try Russian war crimes -- Politico  

EU seeks specialized court to investigate Russia war crimes -- AP  

EU Eyes Special Court to Try Russia for Ukraine War -- Moscow Times  

EU plans to set up a new court to prosecute Russia's war on Ukraine – but there's a mixed record on holding leaders like Putin accountable for waging wars -- The Conversation  

The EU wants a court to probe Russian war crime claims. Will it work? -- Euronews

Ukraine Military Says Russia Now Using Nuclear-Capable Missiles With Dummy Warheads To Exhaust Ukraine's Air Defences

Tests of missile fragments did not show abnormal levels of radioactivity, Ukraine's military says  

BBC: Ukraine war: Kyiv displays dummy nuclear-capable missile fired by Russia 

Russia is now using nuclear-capable missiles with non-explosive warheads to exhaust Ukraine's air defences, the Ukrainian military has said. 

It displayed what it said were fragments of Soviet-made X-55 cruise missiles - designed for nuclear use - found in Ukraine's two western regions. 

The rockets are being launched to "exhaust the air-defence system of our country," a Ukrainian official said. 

He said tests on the fragments did not show abnormal levels of radioactivity. 

Ukrainian military experts say Russia may have significantly depleted its vast missile arsenal after carrying out wave after wave of massive strikes on Ukraine's critical infrastructure in recent weeks. 

Moscow is now resorting to using blunt projectiles that still cause devastation, they say. A UK intelligence report in November came to similar conclusions. 

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Update #1: Ukraine says Russia 'distracting' air defences with dud nuclear-capable missiles (Reuters)  

Update #2: Russia's use of Soviet-made missiles aimed at distracting air defenses - General Staff (Ukrinform)  

WNU Editor: Pentagon officials reported the same thing a few days .... Russia firing unarmed missiles to deplete Ukraine air defense, says U.S. military official (Reuters). 

I know Russia has thousands of these old missiles. They are not running out of missiles as this report is claiming .... Putin fires cruise missiles with dummy nuclear warheads at Ukraine because their missile stocks are so depleted, UK government says (Daily Mail).

Kyiv's Mayor Warns Residents To Prepare For A Total Absence Of Electricity, Water, Drainage And Heat

FILE PHOTO: A view shows the city without electricity after critical civil infrastructure was hit by Russian missile attacks, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine November 23, 2022. REUTERS/Vladyslav Sodel/File Photo  

Reuters: Kyiv Mayor Tells Residents to Stock up on Food, Says Heating Could Be Hit 

(Reuters) -Kyiv's mayor told residents on Thursday to stock up on water, food and warm clothes in case of a total blackout caused by Russian air strikes, and said residents should consider staying with friends in the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital if they could. 

Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko warned that the temperature in homes could drop rapidly in the event of "a blackout and the destruction of infrastructure and a total absence of electricity, water supply, drainage and heat supply".  

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 Kyiv's Mayor Warns Residents To Prepare For A Total Absence Of Electricity, Water, Drainage And Heat

Kyiv residents warned to stock up on essentials in case of total blackout from Russian strikes -- ABC News Australia  

Uneasy calm grips Ukraine as West prepares winter aid -- AP  

Blitz spirit in Kyiv as heat, light and water supplies are knocked out for days -- SKY News  

Ukraine conflict: How much damage has Russia done to power supplies? -- BBC

Russia - Ukraine War: Military Summary And Analysis For 1.12.2022 (Video)

 

WNU Editor: A lot of updates today.

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