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« Reply #420 on: March 26, 2022, 12:39:59 AM »


Wagner mercenaries enter Ukraine to assassinate Zelensky after Putin 'personally ordered them to take him out

Russian Wagner group mercenaries have traveled to Ukraine on a mission to assassinate Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, intelligence reports claim. Intelligence authorities attached to the Ministry of Defence said Russian President Vladimir Putin 'personally ordered another attack by one of his proxies', referring to the Wagner group.

'All previous attempts ended in the failure and elimination' of Wagner mercenaries at the hands of Ukrainian forces, the report added.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and the presidential chief of staff Andriy Yermak were listed as among the other alleged assassination targets. Operatives were reportedly given a 24-person 'kill list' including Ukraine's prime minister, the entire cabinet, mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko and his brother Wladimir - both boxing champions who have become iconic figures on the front lines of the capital (pictured together in Kyiv)

The Kremlin has long denied ties to the Wagner group, a 600-strong mercenary group deployed worldwide to carry out Moscow's dirty work. Reports have long claimed the force is Putin's personal assassination squad, but are far enough removed from the Kremlin to afford the Russian president plausible deniability. 

It is the latest in more than a dozen attempts by both the Wagner group and Chechen special forces to kill the Ukrainian president since Russian troops launched a savage invasion of Ukraine on February 24. 





Reports later claimed that between 3,000 mercenaries had actually arrived in Ukraine in January, but with different missions. The group was said to be tracking Mr. Zelesnky and his colleagues via their mobile phones - claiming to know where they are at all times.

A Chechen hit squad also attempted to kill Mr. Zelensky on March 1 after the Secretary of National Security and Defense said they encounter two death squads. The FSS also reported their movement. The Chechens are a part of Russia's National Guard and are known for using brutal tactics.


Mercenaries of the Russian private contractor Wagner Group have been moved from Libya to Ukraine to fight alongside Russian forces, according to a Libyan security analyst.

“There were 2,200 Wagner militants in Libya. Russia has withdrawn 1,300 and left just 900 here,” Adel Abdel-Kafi, a military and security expert, told Anadolu Agency.

He said Wagner paramilitaries were removed from their posts along a highway linking the areas of Sirte and Jafra in central Libya. Abdel-Kafi said the Wagner Group is increasingly relying on fighters from African nations and continues to recruit people from Mali, Chad and Sudan.

The Wagner Group has been in Libya since October 2018 to support the forces of warlord Khalifa Haftar, who has been fighting Libya’s legitimate government for control of the North African country, according to the UN.

This is not the first claim about Wagner involvement in Russia’s war on Ukraine, which started on Feb. 24 and has now entered its second month.

Just days after the war began, Ihor Ostash, Ukraine’s ambassador to Lebanon, accused Russia of sending 400 Wagner mercenaries to Kyiv to assassinate political leaders and other top officials. The group has also been targeted in the raft of sanctions imposed on Russia by Western countries.

The latest sanctions unveiled by the UK on Thursday were against “those aiding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine including the Wagner Group, multiple defense companies, and Russian Railways,” according to a British government statement.

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« Reply #421 on: March 26, 2022, 12:43:37 AM »

What is the Wagner Group?

The Wagner Group is a Russian mercenary organization. t is a network of companies and groups rather than a single entity.





The group is believed to be funded by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a businessman with close links to Vladimir Putin who is also alleged to run Russia's "troll farm", the Internet Research Agency.

Mr. Prigozhin is one of the many oligarchs recently sanctioned by the West in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. He has always denied any connection with Wagner.





The European Union said Wagner was founded by Dmitry Utkin - a former Russian soldier reportedly adorned with Nazi tattoos. It is said to have been named after Richard Wagner, Hitler's favourite composer.





The Wagner Group is privately owned but its management and operations are "deeply intertwined" with the Russian military and intelligence community, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), an American think tank.

The Russian armed forces reportedly provide the group with munitions and transport aircraft, and the head of Ukraine's security services has described it as a "private army of Putin".

The company has at least 6,000 employees and is said to be registered in Argentina, with offices in Saint Petersburg and Hong Kong.

Valery Zakharov, a former member of the Russian state security service, is "a key figure in the Wagner Group's command structure and keeps close links with the Russian authorities", according to the EU.





The Russian government denies any involvement with the group and insists it does not legally exist because private military contractors are not legal in Russia.

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« Reply #422 on: March 26, 2022, 01:13:38 AM »



'Will I be allowed a cleaner or a driver?' Sanction-hit Russian oligarch Petr Aven who is being booted out of the UK moans that he's unable to pay bills, his business is 'completely destroyed' and his family 'don't understand how to survive'

Petr Aven, who is allegedly friends with Vladimir Putin, said he and his family 'don't understand how to survive on their own. The billionaire businessman, 67, who lives in St James's, central London, fears he will never be allowed back into Britain following crippling sanctions by the West. Aven had his bank account and assets were frozen across the UK and Europe after Russia invaded Ukraine last month. He was pictured with despot Putin in the Kremlin on the day soldiers crossed into the disputed Donbas region. The former academic and politician - worth around £4.5billion - now wants to challenge the sanctions leveled against him. It comes as Russian bombs continued to decimate Ukrainian cities across the country on Friday. But the resistance movement kept up the fight and in some areas showed signs of pushing Moscow's forces back.
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« Reply #423 on: March 26, 2022, 05:37:04 AM »

Oh FFS! He's got a PhD in Economics!

He can teach to support his family. Dead

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« Reply #424 on: March 27, 2022, 03:44:16 AM »

WOW!

Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia has sent troops to Ukraine to “help protect Russia,” its leader said on Saturday, as Moscow’s military campaign in the neighboring country entered its 31st day. After a month of fighting Russian forces have been unable to break the Ukrainian army’s resistance. On Friday, Russia signaled it may dial back its aims in Ukraine to focus on the east.

“Our guys are going to fulfill their military duty with a proudly raised banner,” the leader of South Ossetia, Anatoly Bibilov, said on Telegram. He said the troops were “on fire”. “They understand perfectly that they are going to defend Russia, they are going to defend Ossetia too,” Bibilov said. “Because if fascism is not crushed at the distant frontiers, tomorrow it will again manifest itself here.” He did not say how many troops had been deployed but posted a video showing several buses and trucks on the move. The announcement came on the 31st day of the Kremlin's military campaign in pro-Western Ukraine, with thousands of people killed and more than 10 million displaced.

And they already have arrived > https://twitter.com/Hanna...tatus/1507745452938211331


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« Reply #425 on: March 27, 2022, 04:09:27 AM »

Today in Belarus
Brave and resolute women took to the streets of Minsk on Freedom Day. They brought yellow and blue umbrellas in addition to their white and red national colours in solidarity with Ukraine's brave fights against the Russian army.











Wonder how long they held out, before being arrested.  Sad
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« Reply #426 on: March 28, 2022, 05:01:45 AM »

Bit of light relief (that had a purpose) reported on Australia’s public broadcaster: Australian Kim Jong Un impersonator Howard X enlisted the help of his colleague, a Putin impersonator - and they both got a Vlodimir Zielinski impersonator safely out of Ukraine!
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« Reply #427 on: March 31, 2022, 04:28:08 AM »




Ukrainian serviceman Roman Hrybov, who entered history for his iconic quote "Russian warship, go fuck yourself!" received a well-earned medal today in the Cherkasy region.


Background:
On 24 February 2022, two Russian warships began an assault on Snake Island, a Ukrainian island located in the Black Sea. Being a small island with only a single village, populated by fewer than 30 people, only a small contingent of 13 border guards were stationed on the island at the time of the attack. During the onslaught, one of the Russian warships taking part in the siege of the island called on the soldiers to surrender in exchange for safety, at which point, the defenders agreed to curtly decline the offer, and responded with the remark. The soldier who is believed to have spoken the phrase was Roman Gribov.

Subsequently, Snake Island was captured by the Russian naval forces, and the thirteen soldiers defending it were thought to have been killed in the Russian assault. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced he would "posthumously" award the soldiers on Snake Island with the highest Ukrainian honour, the Hero of Ukraine.

On 28 February 2022, the Ukrainian Navy posted on its Facebook page that all the border guards of the island were thought to be alive and detained by the Russian Navy.

On 24 March 2022, some of the Snake Island border guards, including Roman Gribov, were returned to Ukraine in a prisoner exchange.

On 29 March 2022, Gribov (who is also referred to by his Ukrainian surname of Hrybov), returned to his native Cherkasy region and was given a medal for his actions.

The phrase also has been compared to the Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks, when the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire Mehmed IV asked for the surrender of the Zaporozhian Cossacks (who lived in modern Central Ukraine), who refused, answering with a profanity-laden letter.

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« Reply #428 on: March 31, 2022, 05:39:44 AM »

They survived!? I was heartbroken when they said they were all presumed killed, this news made my day! Thank you for sharing it, PeDe.
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« Reply #429 on: April 02, 2022, 12:53:46 AM »

https://www.reuters.com/w...sh-presidency-2022-04-01/

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« Reply #430 on: April 06, 2022, 06:36:23 AM »

These bastards - rescued female Ukrainian soldiers are coming home. In Russia, they were stripped naked in the presence of men, forced to film propaganda messages, after their hair was shaved off.





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« Reply #431 on: April 06, 2022, 08:28:00 AM »

It looks like their vile treatment by the Russians has only strengthened these Ukrainian women soldiers' resolve. They look strong, brave and beautiful. Another Russian tactic has backfired.
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« Reply #432 on: April 06, 2022, 09:30:41 AM »

How beautiful they are.
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« Reply #433 on: July 01, 2022, 11:35:38 PM »

The HORROR is continuing and on a lighter note...

The official tartan of Ukraine is registered in Scotland.




not that it helps them, but it's a nice gesture.
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« Reply #434 on: July 14, 2022, 11:43:22 PM »


This is horrific....no worries, no visible death/blood or anything else, just a feeling/visual of chaos.

Unimaginable to live like that: https://twitter.com/Hanna...tatus/1547684308160090113
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