🔴 Trump/Ukraine/Russia Files 2022

 
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With Tweets, Retweets, links to articles and excerpts, I’ve tried to document this national soap opera/tragedy we’re living through. The resources at the beginning are a mixed bag of timelines and documents and I provide a clickable cast of characters (Russians, mostly).

What does this have to do with The Blacklist? A lot, actually. Russian mob figures, spies and apparatchiks. Semion Mogilevich, the Smart Don, reminds me of Red, though Red is a lot nicer and much better-looking.

Featured are drawings (she calls them “maps”) by @Jzikah, and “Mueller, She Wrote” is the best podcast I’ve ever come across. The three women who do it are comedians, though they’re all super smart and A.J. (the lead) has a PhD and is a Veteran.

Caution: You may enjoy this feature a bit more if you’re of the liberal persuasion. This is the single place on this blog where *there are politics* though I tend to stick with MSM, specialized sources (ex-Intel Community, altGov, and reputable sleuths) and other people I’ve learned to trust.

 

🇷🇺 Press Here For Recent (2022) Articles

🇷🇺 Press Here For 2021

🇷🇺 Press Here For 2020

🇷🇺 Press Here For 2019

🇷🇺 Press Here For 7/26/2017 through 2018

📀 Press Here For Impeachment #1 Trial on Cspan (2020)

📀 Press Here For Impeachment #2 Trial on Cspan (2021)

📀 Press Here For January 6th Committee Hearings (2022) New

✅ Press Here For Biden/Burisma/Ukraine Fact Checks

 
💽Recommended⋙ Mueller She Wrote Podcast ⋙ http://bit.ly/2PgTKWs  or Press   ⇊  ⇊
 
Other Podcasts:

    All The President’s Lawyers (J Barro, R Lowry)
    The Asset (Center for American Progress) 🌟
    The Dworkin Report (Scott Dworkin)
    Gaslit Nation (Sarah Kendzior, Andrea Chalupa)
    The Lawfare Podcast (Benjamin Wittes, Brookings)
    The Josh Marshall Podcast (TPM)
    The Mother Jones Podcast (David Corn)
    Mueller Time (Eric Leval, Chris Carey)
    The Oath (Chuck Rosenberg, MSNBC)
    The Report (Lawfare)
    On Topic (Renato Mariotti)
    Skullduggery (Michael Isikoff, Yahoo)
    Trump Inc (q4- 8qProPublica)
    Trumpcast (Slate)

🔊 PlayerFM: Best Trump Russia Investigation Podcasts (2019) http://bit.ly/2MKbtV8
 
Twitter List: INVESTIGATORS: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/lists/investigators
// Investigative reporters, Trump-Russia sleuths, Intelligence Community, Legislators, “alt-gov,” and Targets
 

Russian Intelligence Services:

Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) – The Foreign Intelligence Service reports directly to the President of Russia.
GRU – Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces.
Federal Security Service (FSB) – The Federal Security Service is responsible for counter-intelligence, state security and anti-terrorist operations

 

 
🔄 ECFR , Mark Galeotti [EU] (2016): Introduction: Putin’s hydra: Inside Russia’s intelligence services http://bit.ly/2NZWN1h
// 5/11/2016, Intro
⋙ 📒 ECFR, Mark Galeotti [EU] (2016): Report: Putin’s Hydra: Inside Russia’s Intelligence Services [pdf] http://bit.ly/2NYjG5b 20p
// May 2016, Full report

 

 
Key People: Alexander Abramov, Roman Abramovich, Aras Agalarov, Emin Agalarov, Rinat Akhmetov, Rinat Akhmetshin, Yulya Alferova, Yuri Andropov, Anatoly Antonov, Anne Applebaum, Andrii Artemenko, Arron Banks, Andrey Baronov, Alexander Bastrykin, Sergey Beseda, Vitaly Bespalov, Leonid “Len” Blavatnik, Anna Bogacheva, David Bogatin, Alexander Bortnikov, Victor Boyarkin, Wm Browder, Mariia Butina, Carole Cadwalladr, Michael Caputo, Yuri Chaika, Igor Chekunov, Sergey Chemezov, Anatoly Chubais, Michael Cohen, George Cottrell, Igor Danchenko, Oleg Deripaska, Andrii Derkach, Igor Divyekin, Kirill Dmitriev, Aleksandr Dugin, Arkady Dvorkovich, Paul Erickson, Oleg Erovinkin, Nigel Farage, Dmitri Firtash, John Fotiadis, Gene (Evgeny) Friedman, Igor Fruman, Daniel Gelbinovich, Rob Goldstone, Sergei Gorkov, Henry Greenberg, Fiona Hill, Andrew Intrater, Ivan the Terrible, Bidzina Ivanishvili, Brittany Kaiser, Mikhail Kalugin, Vladimir Kara-Murza, Saak Karapetyan, Eugene Kaspersky (Kaspersky Lab), Denis Katsyv, Irakly (“Ike”) Kaveladze, Michael Khodarkovsky, Nikita Khrushchev, Konstantin Kilimnik, Sergey Kislyak, Artem Klyushin, Ihor Kolomoyskyi, Konstantin Kosachev, Mikhail Kovalchuk, Yury Kovalchuk, Aleksandra Krylova, Elena Khusyaynova, Simon Kukes, Sergey Lavrov, Alexander Litvinenko, Howard Lorber, Alexander Lukashenko, Yuriy Lutsenko, Simona Mangiante, Alexander Mashkevich, Michael McFaul, Viktor Medvedchek, Josef Mifsud, Alexey Miller, Sergei Millian, Semion Mogilevich (Don Semyon), Konstantin Molofeev, George Nader, Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, Lyudmila Narusova, Sergei Naryshkin, Alexei Navalny, Eduard Nektalov, Konstantin Nikolaev, Vyacheslav Nikonov, Yevgeniy Nikulin, Alexander Nix, Isabel Oakeshoff, George Papadopoulos, Lev Parnas, Sam Patten, Nikolai Patrushev, Alexander Perepilichnyy, Dmitry Peskov, Peter the Great, Igor Pisarsky, Petro Poroshenko, Yevgeny Prigozhin, Sergei Prikhodko, Vladimir Putin, George Ramishvili, Dmitry Rogozin, Alexander Rovt, Giorgi Rtskhiladze, Dmitry Rybolovlev, Konstantin Rykov, Mikheil Saakashvili, Felix Sater, Igor Sechin, Leonid Shebarshin, Anastasia Shevchenko, Sergey Shoigu, Viktor Shokin, Oleg Solodukhin, Christopher Steele, Ruslan Stoyanov, Oleg Solodukhin, Peter Strzok, Taiwanchik (aka Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov), Bill Taylor, Andriy Telizhenko, Gennady Timchenko, Oleg Tinkov, Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov (aka Taiwanchik), Aleksandr Torshin, Vyacheslav Trubnikov, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Yulia Tymoshenko, Anastasia Vashukevich (aka Nastya Rybka), Viktor Vekselberg, Natalia Veselnitskaya, Alexander Vindman, Vyacheslav Volodin, Curt Weldon, Andy Wigmore, Alexander Yakovenko, Viktor Yanukovych, Boris Yeltsin, Ivan Yermakov, Marie Yovanovitch, Viktor Yushchenko, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, Maria Zakharova, Joel Zamel, Volodymyr Zelenskyy
 

 
Bios w links (Wikipedia unless otherwise noted): Alexander Abramov, Roman Abramovich, Aras Agalarov, Emin Agalarov, Rinat Akhmetov, Rinat Akhmetshin, Yulya Alferova (National Compass), Yuri Andropov, Anatoly Antonov, Anne Applebaum, Andrii Artemenko, Arron Banks, Andrey Baranov (Bloomberg), Alexander Bastrykin, Sergey Beseda, Vitaly Bespalov (NBC), Leonid “Len” Blavatnik, Anna Bogacheva (NYT), David Bogatin (NYT), Alexander Bortnikov, Victor Boyarkin (TrumpRussia), William Browder, Mariia Butina, Carole Cadwalladr, Michael Caputo, Yuri Chaika, Igor Chekunov, Sergey Chemezov, Anatoly Chubais, Michael Cohen, George Cottrell, Igor Danshenko, Oleg Deripaska, Andrii Derkach, Igor Divyekin, Kirill Dmitriev, Aleksandr Dugin, Arkady Dvorkovich, Paul Erickson, Oleg Erovinkin, Nigel Farage, Dmitri Firtash, John Fotiadis (Archinect), Gene (Evgeny) Friedman, Igor Fruman, Daniel Gelbinovich (Daily Beast), Rob Goldstone, Sergei Gorkov, Henry Greenberg (Miami Herald), Fiona Hill, Andrew Intrater, Ivan the Terrible, Bidzina Ivanishvili, Brittany Kaiser (Cambridge Analytica), Mikhail Kalugin, Vladimir Kara-Murza, Saak Karapetyan, Eugene Kaspersky (Kaspersky Lab), Denis Katsyv, Irakly Kaveladze, Michael Khodarkovsky, Elena Khusyaynova, Konstantin Kilimnik, Sergey Kislyak, Artem Klyushin (National Compass), Ihor Kolomoyskyi, Konstantin Kosachev, Mikhail Kovalchuk, Yury Kovalchuk, Nikita Khrushchev, Aleksandra Krylova (NYT), Simon Kukes, Sergey Lavrov, Alexander Litvinenko, Howard Lorber, Alexander Lukashenko, Yuriy Lutsenko, Konstantin Malofeev, Simona Mangiante (Papadopoulos), Alexander Mashkevich, Michael McFaul, Viktor Medvedchek, Josef Mifsud, Alexey Miller, Sergei Millian, Semion Mogilevich (Don Semyon) …

 

Cover: KyivPost (10/18/2019): Shady Cast of Characters: Engineers of Trump-Ukraine Scandal http://bit.ly/2MZCilW
 
Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, Lyudmila Narusova, Sergei Naryshkin, Alexei Navalny, Eduard Nektalov (NYMag), Konstantin Nikolaev, Yevgeniy Nikulin, Vyacheslav Nikonov, Alexander Nix, Isabel Oakeshoff, George Papadopoulos, Lev Parnas, Nikolai Patrushev, Sam Patten, Alexander Perepilichny, Dmitry Peskov, Peter the Great, Igor Pisarsky (RIM), Petro Poroshenko, Yevgeny Prigozhin, Sergei Prikhodko, Vladimir Putin, George Ramishvili (Bloomberg), Dmitry Rogozin, Alexander Rovt, Giorgi Rtskhiladze (CNBC), Nastya Rybka (aka Anastasia Vashukevich) (WaPo), Dmitry Rybolovlev, Konstantin Rykov, Mikheil Saakashvili, Felix Sater, Igor Sechin, Leonid Shebarshin, Anastasia Shevchenko (Amnesty Intl), Sergey Shoigu, Viktor Shokin, Oleg Solodukhin, Christopher Steele, Ruslan Stoyanov, Peter Strzok, Taiwanchik (aka Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov), Bill Taylor, Andriy Telizhenko (BuzzFeedNews), Gennady Timchenko, Oleg Tinkov, Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov (aka Taiwanchik), Aleksandr Torshin, Vyacheslav Trubnikov, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Yulia Tymoshenko, Anastasia Vashukevich (aka Nastya Rybka) (WaPo), Viktor Vekselberg, Natalia Veselnitskaya, Alexander Vindman, Vyacheslav Volodin, Curt Weldon, Andy Wigmore, Alexander Yakovenko, Viktor Yanukovych, Boris Yeltsin, Ivan Yermakov (Moscow Proj), Marie Yovanovitch, Viktor Yushchenko, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, Maria Zakharova, Joel Zamel, Volodymyr Zelenskyy
,
 

By @WendySiegelman
 

Key Documents

 
🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 LawfareBlog: Litigation Documents Related to the Mueller Investigation http://bit.ly/2OVch6n
// new November 2018, to be continually updated

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 House.gov: Select Committee to Investigate the JANUARY 6TH Attack on the United States Capitol https://january6th.house.gov

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 JustSecurity: Public Document Clearinghouse: UKRAINE Impeachment Inquiry http://bit.ly/2CEsQ2F ‼️ Links to ALL documents ‼️

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 AmericanOversight: Trump-Ukraine Key Figures and Documents http://bit.ly/2C24bES
AmericanOversight: The Trump Administration’s Contacts with Ukraine http://bit.ly/2BYSY89 from FOIA requests

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 JustSecurity, Andy Wright: Just Security Launches the Russia Investigation Congressional Clearinghouse http://bit.ly/2L21uHz
// 8/22/2019

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 Lawfare: Full Text of the Mueller Report’s Executive Summaries http://bit.ly/2IFLewq
// 4/18/2019

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 Lawfare: Document: The Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2vcgNpN
// 4/18/2019

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: The Whistle-Blower Complaint: Read the Document [Interactive] http://nyti.ms/2nq4FAD
// 9/26/2019

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 WaPo: Trump impeachment inquiry: Latest news and updates http://wapo.st/2P09WuE [Continually updated]

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 WaPo, Kate Rabinowitz and Kevin Schaul: Who’s involved in the Trump impeachment inquiry http://wapo.st/2W673dg
// orig published 10/21/2019

 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 Court Filing (1/17/2019): Civil Action No. 1:18-cv-03501 [pdf] http://cnn.it/2CBddZy (111p) Democratic National Committee v.: Russian Federation, DJ Trump For President, Inc (and others)
// 1/17/2019

⋙ 💙💙🔄 TheAtlantic, Yoni Appelbaum: Impeach Donald Trump http://bit.ly/2FykFIP
//March 2019 cover story

⋙ 💙💙🔄 Politico Mag, Darren Samuelsohn: The Only Impeachment Guide You’ll Ever Need http://politi.co/2QHcJGi
// 1/11/2019, As talk of the I-word heats up, here’s POLITICO Magazine’s soup-to-nuts answers to all your questions about the politics—and the practical realities—of removing a president.

⋙ 💙💙🔄 WaPo, Max Boot: Here are 18 reasons Trump could be a Russian asset http://wapo.st/2D7IJQ9
// 1/13/2019
 

By @Jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄 TheAtlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg (Editor): UNTHINKABLE: 50 Moments That Define an Improbable Presidency http://bit.ly/2RvDFOn
// Jan 2019; Donald Trump’s 50 Most Unthinkable Moments ~ 50 Articles

⋙ 💙💙🔄 Wikipedia: Timeline of investigations into Trump and Russia (2018) http://bit.ly/2Bh12jP

⋙ 💙💙🔄 Axios: Timeline: Every big move in the Mueller investigation http://bit.ly/2Euh3H9
// 12/12/2018
 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄 Moyers&Co: Interactive Timeline: Everything We Know About Russia and President Trump http://bit.ly/2uVHc9j
// continually updated

⋙ 💙💙🔄📒 DocumentCloud: Steele Dossier [pdf] http://bit.ly/2y5ZhnF 35p

⋙ 💙💙🔄📒 FBIRecordsVault: Records Between FBI and Christopher Steele http://bit.ly/2KqLoF1

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ AP: Mueller Investigation documents http://bit.ly/2ihbK0l

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ CitJourno: Trump/Russian Mob Connections http://www.citjourno.org
 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ CNN, Marshall Cohen, Tal Yellen & Liz Stark: Tracking the Russia investigations (documents) http://cnn.it/2hVCpU5

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: Russian Hacking and Influence in the U.S. Election http://nyti.ms/2NqFXeY

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ BrennanCenter: Trump-Russia Investigations http://bit.ly/2yRKcu6

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ Politico: The people connected to the Russia probes [ Interactive ] http://politi.co/2FUDhz2 //➔ Democrats, Prosecutors, Law Enforcement/Lobbyists/Media,Team Trump, Foreign Nationals

⋙ 💙💙🔄 TheMoscowProject: Trump’s Russia Cover-Up By the Numbers http://bit.ly/2ycY959
// Center for American Progress; 80+ contacts with Russia-linked operatives https://themoscowproject.org/about/ http://bit.ly/2ycY959
 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NBCNews: Russia timeline: Key players, meetings and investigation details http://nbcnews.to/2vtR3YW

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ DailyBeast: Democrats Release the Fusion GPS Testimony on Trump and Russia http://thebea.st/2qMmH1d w attachment [pdf] ⋙ via Dianne Feinstein http://bit.ly/2FjtlPP

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: Justice Department Gives Congress Comey’s Memos on Trump http://nyti.ms/2HdLe2Z
// 4/19/2018 ➔ DocumentCloud: http://bit.ly/2HOGC4z

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ DOJ: Indictment of Internet Research Agency LLC et al … [PDF] http://bit.ly/2CqdHzD 37p //➔ Mueller Investigation
// 2/16/2018
 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ Amy Siskind: The Weekly List ~ “This is How Democracy Ends” https://theweeklylist.org

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: Mueller Has List of Questions for Trump http://nyti.ms/2rfDuqK + http://nyti.ms/2HExEKi
// 4/30/2018, Majority Relate to if Trump Obstructed Inquiry on Russia

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: The Trump Lawyers’ Confidential Memo to Mueller, Explained [ Document ] http://nyti.ms/2kKPgq9
// 6/2/2018, NYT article about document: http://nyti.ms/2swIZSc

 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ TIME: The Arguments President Trump Has Made Against the Mueller Investigation http://ti.me/2MdeARX
// 6/8/2018

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ TIME: Wikipedia: Links between Trump associates and Russian officials http://bit.ly/2K42VDF

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ WaPo: Who has been charged in the Russia probe and why http://wapo.st/2toNwH2
// continually updated; WaPo Russia page

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ ForeignAffairs Anthology: A New Cold War? Russia and America, Then and Now 1947- http://fam.ag/2KEA4dF

 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ Justice.gov: Mueller Indictment of 12 Russians in the GRU for Election Hacking [pdf] http://bit.ly/2NbphV6 29p
// 7/13/2018

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ FactCheck.org: Timeline of Russia Investigation http://bit.ly/2KZ4qaQ
// posted 6/7/2018, updated 7/13/2018; Key moments in the FBI probe of Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election; Readable

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ Legal Process Server: DNC Lawsuit vs Russia, Wikileaks, et al http://bit.ly/2KIOhBq

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT, Linda Qiu: Truth-Testing Trump’s 250-Plus Attacks on the Russia Inquiry http://nyti.ms/2MY609E
// 8/18/2018

 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ Justice.gov: Manafort Plea Agreement [pdf] http://bit.ly/2CZiVb7 17p
// 9/14/2018

⋙ 💙💙🔄💽 NYT: Opinion | Operation Infektion: A three-part video series on Russian disinformation http://nyti.ms/2OHqSSV
// 11/12/2018

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ PasteMag, Jacob Weindling: A Year of Trump and Russia: The 75 Stories That Defined the Mueller Investigation in 2018 http://bit.ly/2QWN1SU
// 12/28/2018

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ LawFareBlog: Document: Indictment of Roger Stone [pdf] http://bit.ly/2UdQgmj 24p
// 1/25/2019

 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄📋 NYT: Trump and His Associates Had More Than 100 Contacts With Russians Before the Inauguration [Interactive] http://nyti.ms/2MAZCps
// 1/26/2019

⋙ 💙💙🔄 BuzzFeedNews: These Secret Files Show How The Trump Moscow Talks Unfolded While Trump Heaped Praise On Putin http://bit.ly/2DWQ2ed
// 2/5/2019; ⏳TIMELINE ⌛️

⋙ 💙💙🔄 WaPo: What we learned about Trumpworld outreach to Russia since Mueller’s investigation began http://wapo.st/2twkXYE
// 2/19/2019, And what we still don’t know.

⋙ 💙💙🔄 ◕📋 NYT, Larry Buchanan and Karen Yourish: Trump Has Publicly Attacked the Russia Investigation More Than 1,100 Times http://nyti.ms/2T2HSsN
// 2/19/2019

 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄 ◕📋 WaPo, Philip Bump: The 81 people and organizations just looped into the Trump probe — and why they were included http://wapo.st/2SJrw41
// 3/4/2019

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: Full Document: Trump’s Call With the Ukrainian President [Interactive] http://nyti.ms/2lfBkbC (Annotated)
// 9/25/2019″

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: The Whistle-Blower Complaint: Read the Document [Interactive] http://nyti.ms/2nq4FAD
// 9/26/2019

 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ HPSCI: Trump-Ukraine impeachment inquiry report http://bit.ly/2LlnJsX
// 12/3/2019; House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ Report: House Judiciary Committee report on their articles of impeachment against President Donald John Trump http://bit.ly/2Ek2rIa 658p
// 10/15/2019

⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ Lawfare: House Releases Impeachment Trial Brief http://bit.ly/2ucCo3Y document 111p
// 1/18/2019
 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ Trial Memorandum of the US House of Representatives in the Impeachment Trial of President Donald J Trump http://bit.ly/2uePNsc
// 1/18/2020

 
⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ Trial Memorandum of President Donald J Trump http://bit.ly/2NGi2XK 171p
// 1/20/2020

 

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⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ Vox, Matthew Yglesias and Andrew Prokop: The ultimate guide to the Donald Trump impeachment saga http://bit.ly/2SoXpkm
// Updated: Feb 5, 2020, 8:06pm EST, Published: Nov 5, 2019, 8:06am EST

 
⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ 📀 Press Here For Impeachment Trial on Cspan
// 1/20/2020-2/5/2020

 
⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 This❗️⋙ LawFare: Confronting the Capitol Insurrection [Index Page] http://bit.ly/3mfMDNc

 

⏳WaPo: The full Trump-Ukraine impeachment timeline http://wapo.st/35odsUl

 

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⭕ Feb 2021 Second Trump #Impeachment Trial

Day One: Rules etc

Day TWO: C-SPAN: U.S. Senate Impeachment Trial Day 2, Impeachment Managers’ Constitutionality Arguments http://bit.ly/3aa1CCQ
// 2/9/2021;

Day 2 of the impeachment trial of former President Trump for incitement of insurrection began with senators voting 89-11 in favor of the trial organizing resolution. Lead Impeachment Manager Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) then made opening remarks followed by a 13-minute video showing footage of former President Trump’s January 6, 2021, speech and of the actions of those who stormed the U.S. Capitol that day. Afterward, impeachment managers Representatives Raskin, Joe Neguse (D-CO), and David Cicilline (D-RI) presented their arguments for the constitutionality of impeaching a former president. Representative Raskin in his arguments talked about bringing his daughter and son-in-law with him to the Capitol on January 6.

 

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Day THREE: C-SPAN: Senate Impeachment Trial Day 3, Part 1 http://bit.ly/374q3zm
// 2/10/2021;

The first part of Day 3 of the impeachment trial of former President Trump for incitement of insurrection began with House impeachment manager Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) asserting that the former president had “surrendered his role as commander in chief” and become “the inciter in chief.” He played the January 6, 2021, video Mr. Trump posted on Twitter in which he told his supporters who attacked the U.S. Capitol to “go home.” Representative Joe Neguse (D-CO) then outlined impeachment managers’ plan for arguing their case. In the final segment of part 1, Representatives Joaquin Castro (D-TX) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) described the former president’s actions leading up to and after the 2020 election

Day Three: C-SPAN: Senate Impeachment Trial Day 3, Part 2 http://bit.ly/3tYOS9Y
// The Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump continued with House managers presenting video and tweets they say indicate that former President Trump incited the deadly January 6 riot.

Day Three: C-SPAN: Senate Impeachment Trial Day 3, Part 3 http://bit.ly/372bYSY
// Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) Entire remarked on the breach of the Capitol and attacks on police officers.

Day Three: C-SPAN: Senate Impeachment Trial Day 3, Part 4 http://bit.ly/3aZ82DV
// An effort by Sen. Mike Lee to remove remarks by the House impeachment managers from the official record sparked confusion on the Senate floor.

 

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Day FOUR: C-SPAN: Senate Impeachment Trial Day 4, Part 1 http://bit.ly/3rXW1pf
// 2/12/2021

Former President Donald Trump’s defense lawyers made their case that Mr. Trump was innocent of charges of inciting an insurrection. They compared speeches by Democrats and others to the former president’s remarks in their defense, and stated that “the article of impeachment now before the Senate is an unjust and blatantly unconstitutional act of political vengeance.”

Day Four: C-SPAN: Senate Impeachment Trial Day 4, Part 2 http://bit.ly/3ddmmeG
// After a recess, Former President Donald Trump’s defense continued to make their case that Mr. Trump was innocent of charges of inciting an insurrection. In this portion of the impeachment trial, attorney Bruce Castor spoke.
Day Four: C-SPAN: Senate Impeachment Trial Day 4, Q&A http://bit.ly/3jLkwD0
// In this portion of the second impeachment trial of former President Trump, senators asked questions of both the House managers and Mr. Trump’s defense lawyers. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) then announced that Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman would be receiving the Congressional Gold Medal, due to his actions during the January 6 riots.

Day FIVE: C-SPAN: Senate Impeachment Trial Day 5 http://bit.ly/3b2haHL
// 2/13/2021

The Senate acquits former President Trump of inciting an insurrection, 57-43. Earlier, the House managers and the defense made closing arguments. Also, House Manager Raskin (D-MD) read a written statement from Rep. Herrera Beutler (R-WA).

● Majority Leader Schumer on Impeachment Acquittal of Former President Trump http://bit.ly/2OFAT8V
// Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) delivered remarks after the Senate voted to acquit former President Trump, 57-43. Seven Republicans joined all Democrats in voting to convict Mr. Trump.
● Minority Leader McConnell on Impeachment Acquittal of Former President Trump http://bit.ly/3djH5NM
// Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered remarks after the Senate voted to acquit former President Trump, 57-43. Seven Republicans joined all Democrats in voting to convict Mr. Trump.

 

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Twitter Threads

⭕ 9 Feb 2021 Impeachment #2: Day 1
💙 🧵 RT @atrupar Rep. Raskin’s opening impeachment trial statement: “Their argument is that if you commit an impeachable offense in your last few weeks in office, you do it with constitutional impunity.” 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1359206921039974406?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar Here is the entire video timeline of the January 6 insurrection as presented by the House impeachment managers 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1359216739054190593?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 10 Feb 2021 Impeachment #2: Day 2
🔄 💙🐣🧵 RT @jentaub It’s on. Day 2 of the Trump Impeachment Trial 2.0. February 10, 2021. We will have a dinner break at 6 p.m. ¤ 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1359548695038087169?s=20
🔄 💙🐣🧵 RT @atrupar Raskin: “This case is much worse than someone who falsely shouts fire in a crowded theater. It’s more like like a case where the town fire chief, who’s paid to put out fires, sends a mob not to yell fire in a crowded theater, but to actually set the theater on fire.”
🔄 💙 WaPo: See all the evidence presented in Trump’s impeachment trial http://wapo.st/3qeb1ii

 

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⭕ 11 Feb 2021 Impeachment #2: Day 3
🔄 💙🧵 RT @jentaub 🇺🇸 It’s on. Day 3. The Trial of Donald Trump 2.0 continues at 12:04 p.m. on February 11, 2021 📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1359911216588685317?s=20
// Defense
🔄 💙🧵 RT @atrupar The Thursday installment of Trump’s #ImpeachmentTrial begins with a Baked Alaska clip 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1359914413709492232?s=20

⭕ 12 Feb 2021 Impeachment #2: Day 4
🔄 💙 🧵 RT @jentaub We have begun. It’s Day 4 of the Trump Impeachment Trial 2.0. The defense is putting on their case. The first lawyer is Van Der Veen. 📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1360274181510807556?s=20

 

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🔄 💙 🧵 RT @atrupar “Lord, infuse them with the spirit of nonpartisan patriotism” — Senate Chaplain Barry Black’s prayer begins the Trump defense portion of the #ImpeachmentTrial 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1360275280775028740?s=20
⋙ 🔄 💙 🧵 RT @atrupar [Q&A] Lindsey Graham, Kevin Cramer, and Roger Marshall use an impeachment trial question to own the libs 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1360337066215804930?s=20

⭕ 13 Feb 2021 Impeachment #2: Day 5
🔄 💙 🧵 RT @jentaub Day 5 of the Donald Trump Impeachment Trial 2.0. February 13, 2021. Wonderful! They are going to debate whether to subpoena witnesses and documents ¤ 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1360605971198967809?s=20
🔄 💙 🧵 RT @atrupar “Lord, touch and move them to believe that end does not justify the means” — Senate Chaplain Barry Black’s prayer begins the Saturday portion of the #ImpeachmentTrial 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1360607971055656962?s=20

 

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⚖️ House Committee Hearings on the Jan 6, 2021 Insurrection ⚖️

 
Day 1: June 9, 2022: Overview

 
💙 ⚖️ 🧵 Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol https://january6th.house.gov

 
💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @jentaub Here we go ¤ The first public hearing of the January 6th Committee. Chair Thompson begins with his personal history and says each committee member has one thing in common “we swore the same oath . . to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
📌 💽 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1535050380429516801?s=20/photo/1

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @atrupar Bennie Thompson begins January 6 hearing: “I’m from a part of the country where people justified the actions of slavery, the Ku Klux Klan, and lynching. I’m reminded of that dark history as I hear voices today try to justify the actions of the insurrectionists on January 6, 2021”
📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1535050790720634891?s=20/photo/1

💙 ⚖️ 💽 CSPAN: First Open Testimony Before January 6 Committee http://bit.ly/3zynEvU
// After months of closed door investigations, the House January 6 Committee held its first hearing with public testimony about what transpired-and why-during the assault on the U.S. Capitol.

 
Day 2: June 13, 2022: “The Big Lie”

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @jentaub Here we go. Day 2 of the January 6th Committee Hearings gaveled in late at 10:46 am EDT. /1
📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1536359652514213888?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @atrupar The second January 6 hearing begins with Liz Cheney talking about how Trump listened to advice from “an apparently inebriated Rudy Giuliani”
📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1536361664601374721?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 💽 CSPAN: Second Hearing on Investigation of Capitol Attack http://bit.ly/39jgMrH
// The “Big Lie”; The House committee looking into the Jan. 6 attack at the Capitol held its second hearing with witness testimony to make public the committee’s findings after a year of investigations.

 
Day 3: June 16, 2022: “Mike Pence”

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @jentaub Here we go. Day 3 of the January 6 Committee hearing ¤ Focus today is on the pressure campaign on VP Pence to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. “We are fortunate for Mr. Pence’s courage” says Chair Bennie Thompson. ¤ “But the danger hasn’t receded.” ¤ 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1537481664821174278?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @atrupar The third January 6 hearing gets underway with a clip of Greg Jacob, former counsel to Pence, telling the committee that John Eastman admitted in front of Trump on January 4, 2021, that the pressure campaign against Pence violated the law
📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1537483292886601729?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @MSNBC LIVE BLOG: The House Jan. 6 committee returns today for a third public hearing focused on VP Pence. Follow along as we break down key moments.
📌 https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1537449714676793345?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 💽 CSPAN: Third Hearing on Investigation of Capitol Attack http://bit.ly/3xx77WC President Trump’s Campaign to Influence Vice President Pence
// 6/16/2022; The January 6 Committee held its third public hearing focusing on former President Trump’s efforts to convince former Vice President Pence to not certify the 2020 election results.

 
Day 4: June 21, 2022: “Fake Electors”

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @atrupar Bennie Thompson begins the fourth January 6 hearing by saying: “The lie hasn’t gone away. It’s corrupting our democratic institutions. People who believe that lie are now seeking positions of public trust.”
📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1539295123107991554?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @kyledcheney NEW: Trump’s plan to seize power on Jan. 6 depended on state legislatures adopting alternate electors. He leaned heavily on state and local officials to do that while his team of lawyers — Eastman et al — developed a fringe legal theory to back the push.
📌 https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/1539201863702261760?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @jentaub Joining @MaryLTrump for today’s January 6 hearing, Live now
📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1539289189920948224?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @MSNBC LIVE BLOG: Day 4 of the House Jan. 6 Committee’s public hearings begins at 1pm ET. Follow along for live updates as we break down key moments.
📌 https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1539262716677918721?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 💽 CSPAN: Fourth Hearing on Investigation of Capitol Attack http://bit.ly/3OhikBF President Trump’s Campaign to Influence Vice President Pence
// 6/21/2022; The January 6 Committee held its fourth public hearing to outline findings after a year of investigating the Capitol attack in 2021.

 
Day 5: June 23, 2022: “Department of Justice”

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @atrupar Cheney begins the fifth January 6 committee hearing by saying a focus will be an unsigned draft letter Trump and Jeffrey Clark wanted the DOJ to send to Georgia officials citing known lies to urge them to convene a special session to approve a fake set of electors
📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1540050703128862721?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @MSNBC LIVE BLOG: The fifth public hearing of the House Jan. 6 committee begins at 3pm ET. Follow along as we break down key moments.
📌 https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1540018644121427968?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 😆 RT @emptywheel Spouse, listening to his first bit of the Jan6 hearings, of Liz Cheney’s promise we’ll hear about what Trump did on 1/6: Is that called foreshadowing? ¤ Me, lit PhD: She’s making herself the omniscient narrator.
📌 https://twitter.com/emptywheel/status/1540049823365218306?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 💽 CSPAN: Fifth Hearing on Investigation of Capitol Attack http://bit.ly/3tX3gkK
// 6/23/2022; The January 6 Committee holds a fifth public hearing on the alleged pressure campaign by Trump administration officials on the Justice Department to help overturn the 2020 election results.

 
Day 6: June 28, 2022: “Cassidy Hutchinson”

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @atrupar we’re underway with the special June 28 hearing of the January 6 committee. Yes, Fox News is taking it live.
📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1541829781385248771?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @MSNBC LIVE BLOG: The Jan. 6 committee holds a last-minute public hearing at 1pm ET today, which will include testimony from a former top aide to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. Follow along as we break down key moments.
📌 https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1541789726960750593?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @jentaub Wow! On January 2 Rudy told Cassidy Hutchinson Trump and team were going to the Capitol on the 6th. Cassidy asked her boss about it and he said “There’s a lot going on Cass. Things might get real real bad.” ¤ She said today, “That was the first moment I remember feeling scared.”
📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1541834209265963012?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @emptywheel This woman is 26. She’s about to provide really damaging testimony about one of the most dangerous men in America.
📌 https://twitter.com/emptywheel/status/1541829534248566784?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @lrozen J6 hearing starting, featuring Cassidy Hutchinson, former special assistant to Trump and aide to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows
📌 https://twitter.com/lrozen/status/1541829799169122308?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 💽 CSPAN: Sixth Hearing on Investigation of Capitol Attack http://bit.ly/3bp657u
// 6/28/2022; Cassidy Hutchinson, former senior aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, testified that President Trump said, “You know, I don’t even care that they have weapons. They aren’t here to hurt me.” Her testimony came during the January 6 Committee hearing on the investigation of the attack on the U.S. Capitol. This is the sixth in a series of hearings – after months of closed-door investigations – detailing the committee findings on the January 6 attack. Ms. Hutchinson shared her experiences of the days leading up to and after the attack, including President Trump’s alleged altercation with Secret Service in the back of the presidential limo because the Secret Service refused the president’s demands to go to the Capitol after his rally speech.

 
Day 7: July 12, 2022: “Assembling the Mob”

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @atrupar Liz Cheney begins the July 12 hearing of the January 6 committee with this: “President Trump is a 76 year old man. He is not an impressionable child. Just like everyone else in our country, he is responsible for his own actions and his own choices.”
📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1546906042927353857?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @MSNBC LIVE: Jan. 6 Committee holds seventh public hearing, focused on the role far-right extremist groups Proud Boys and Oath Keepers played in Capitol attack. Get expert analysis in real-time on our live blog http://msnbc.com/jan6hearings
📌 https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1546903393297465344?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @emptywheel And we’re off! ¤ “We settle our differences at the ballot box.” ¤ [Note: I’m going to break off at 2 to cover some live hearings.]
📌 https://twitter.com/emptywheel/status/1546903190574071808?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @jentaub Pat Cipollone agreed that Donald Trump should have conceded the election at some point and time (at least, apparently on December 14 when Electoral College met).b
📌 https://twitter.com/jentaub/status/1546909222935445509?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @ECMcLaughlin Live tweet of today’s January 6th hearing is right here. ⬇️⬇️⬇️
📌 https://twitter.com/ECMcLaughlin/status/1546902951687467008?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 💽 CSPAN: Seventh Hearing on Investigation of Capitol Attack http://bit.ly/3P2quy5
// 7/12/2022; January 6 Committee Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) said that former President Trump “tried to call a witness in our investigation. A witness you have not yet seen in these hearings,” and that the matter has been reported to the Justice Department. The revelation came as Rep. Cheney delivered her closing statement during the January 6 Committee hearing on the investigation of the attack on the U.S. Capitol. This is the seventh in a series of hearings – after months of closed-door investigations – detailing the committee findings on the January 6 attack. Testifying before the committee was Jason Van Tatenhove, the former spokesperson for the extremist group the Oath Keepers, who said the group is a “violent militia” and “the best illustration for what the Oath Keepers are happened January 6th when we saw that stacked military formation going up the stairs of our Capitol.” Also testifying was Stephen Ayres, who pled guilty to breaching the U.S. Capitol.

 
Day 8: July 21, 2022: “Dereliction of Duty”

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @atrupar Liz Cheney begins the January 6 committee’s primetime July 21 hearing by announcing more hearings are coming in September
📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1550272235709296640?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @ECMcLaughlin Livetweet of tonight’s 1/6 hearing will be right here.
⬇️⬇️⬇️
📌 https://twitter.com/ECMcLaughlin/status/1550260159783378944?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🧵 RT @MollyJongFast Letsssssssss gooooo
📌 https://twitter.com/MollyJongFast/status/1550270058752102400?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 🔲 RT @MaryLTrump Join me and @JohnFugelsang @NormOrnstein @cmclymer @AdamParkhomenko @jentaub @georgehahn @BrianKarem @WajahatAli watching the hearings NOW
📌 https://twitter.com/MaryLTrump/status/1550272287772798976?s=20

💙 ⚖️ 💽 CSPAN: Eighth Hearing on Investigation of Capitol Attack https://tinyurl.com/36ea45sh
// 7/21/2022; “For the weeks between the November election and January 6, Donald Trump was a force to be reckoned with,” said January 6 Committee Chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), later adding, “and then he stopped. For 187 minutes on January 6th, this man of unbridled destructive energy could not be moved.” His remarks came as he delivered his opening statement during the January 6 Committee hearing on the investigation of the attack on the U.S. Capitol. This is the eighth in a series of public hearings – after months of closed-door investigations – detailing the committee findings on the January 6 attack. The chair went on to say if there is no accountability for January 6th, “I fear that we will not overcome the ongoing threat to our democracy.” During her closing testimony, Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) touched on the former president’s supporters, saying, “he is preying on their patriotism. He is preying on their sense of justice. And on January 6th, Donald Trump turned their love of country … ”
 

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💙 Ukraine Twitter List: https://twitter.com/i/lists/157259218?s=20

💙 Ukraine War Twitter List: https://twitter.com/i/lists/1545071393397784576?s=20

💙 Tim White’s awesome log: Search @TWMCLtd ✛ “Day 999” or use dates: https://twitter.com/search-advanced
(The War started on 2/24/2022)
 

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⭕ 2 Oct 2022

⭕ 1 Oct 2022

🐣 RT @mhmck The Russians were decisively defeated at Lyman. They’ll attempt to stabilize on the Kreminna-Svatove line but won’t hold out there for long. The Russians made a fatal mistake trying to hold Lyman at all costs and deploying most of their operational reserves to that doomed effort.
🌎 https://twitter.com/mhmck/status/1576388224678735872?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @OSINT_Eye_ As Ukrainian forces begin their assault on Kreminna, let’s look at the topography of the area for a moment ¤ The city sits in a valley surrounded on the S, E and W by hills that rise as much as 150 meters above the city. That may not sound like much, but I promise it matters.
🌎 https://twitter.com/OSINT_Eye_/status/1576422083088637952?s=20/photo/1 -2
⋙ 🐣 RT @OSINT_Eye_ Ukrainian forces will be approaching primarily from the west, and likely to a lesser extent from the south. This will allow them to take advantage of one, and possibly two of those elevated positions around the city as they attempt to liberate it in the coming days.

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Stunned reactions keep coming in with respect to Ukraine reclaiming Lyman. Andrey Gurulyov, former deputy commander of Russia’s southern military district, said he couldn’t explain the defeat. He blamed in on a system of lies, “top to bottom” and was suddenly disconnected.
💽 https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1576410989104627712?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @OlgaNYC1211 They are so close to understanding. If only they tried harder they might realize that the decades of theft from various budgets and contracts are the reason this is happening. The one time corruption is paying off

🐣 RT @Biz_Ukraine_Mag These are the buses that brought the “enthusiastic crowds” to Moscow for Putin’s war rally. As usual, most were state workers obliged by their bosses to attend. In other words, it was a staged farce
💽 https://twitter.com/Biz_Ukraine_Mag/status/1576136338180837376?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @EuromaidanPR There is no hope left for the citizens of ruzzia. Popular rapper Ivan Petunin made a final video saying he won’t kill for the Fuhrer or fight his immoral war. Then he jumped to his death from a high-rise building in Krasnodar. And he won’t be the last. [link]

🐣 RT @StevanBolton Good thread on why Russia’s retreat to the Svatove-Kreminna line will fail. Geography was already against them + Russia hasn’t had resources to build real defenses like at Lyman. Ukraine can hit Putin’s disoriented army at any point on this road it chooses to disrupt logistics.
⋙ 🧵 RT @putinsucks69 I found this elevation map, unfortunately it’s not labeled but I’m pretty sure I found the right spot. Anyway, there was speculation they would fall back to the Troitske-Svatove-Kreminna line, but it’s in a valley and it’s a nightmare to defend so idk what they’re going to do.
📌 https://twitter.com/putinsucks69/status/1574597408713019393?s=20/photo/1 -2
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @MrDanack My guess, Severodonetsk-Starobilsk-Troitske. It’d probably be too far for the Ukrainians to push Starobilsk right now. Whether the Russians can keep the train running from Troitske to Starobilsk for supply is going to be interesting.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @VictorishB123 I think that line is about right. Problem is, if they lose Troitske they might as well just evacuate Luhansk back to their pre-February 24 defense line. There is really no way to hold it once Troitske is under fire control.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @MrDanack Falling back that far would be bad for the Russians as they really need to keep the Ukrainians away from the train lines running west out of Luhansk, or that would be quite a problem for them.
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @MrDanack Well, I’d prefer the Russians to withdraw to the pre-2014 borders, but I don’t think the Russians could continue the war if the Ukrainians get too close to Luhansk. ¤ The train lines on the SW and NE of it look ‘quite’ important.
🌎 https://twitter.com/MrDanack/status/1573013006572785666?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @NOELreports Russian reporters write about a possible rollback of defensive lines (red dotted area) to the Svatove-Kreminna P66 highway. They also express a high doubt of stopping the offensive there also.

🐣 RT @ WarMonitor3 Russian positions in Rubizhne, Lysychansk, Kreminna and Sievierodonetsk are being hit hard by Ukrainian artillery.

🐣 RT @monitor_ukraine The Armed Forces of Ukraine did not win the Battle of Lyman by assault. They did it by manoeuvre and by siege through fire control. ¤ This is how Ukrainian defenders will win the Battles of Kreminna and Svatove, which we will see develop rapidly in coming days.

🐣 RT @NOELreports Russians allegedly leaving Kreminna after intense fighting this night. One soldier shouts: “Yes we are scared, but that’s okay because fear is normal and we have to be fearful”.
💽 https://twitter.com/NOELreports/status/1576086585300291584?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @EetuSeppnen1 From Russian sources, Lyman is lost. There’s nothing they can do to save kt. Ukraine is moving on right away towards Kreminna. Russian troops are leaving from there, some sources say. It’s all chaos with Russian troops.
🌎 https://twitter.com/EetuSeppnen1/status/1576172293247549440?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @NOELreports The road between Zarichne-Kreminna is an absolute killzone 😮 later we will find out once the area is clear, but horrific things happening for Russian forces there.

🐣 RT @mhmck The siege of Lyman is now a clean up operation. Russian casualties are high. ¤ Ukrainian forces are advancing to the Kreminna-Svatove line and the P-66 highway. ¤ All of the north of Donetsk oblast will be liberated by the end of the day.
🌎 https://twitter.com/mhmck/status/1576234022761472001?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @tomaburque Rybar is a Ruzzian blogger, his maps have been accurate in the past 🇺🇦👊🇷🇺💀
💽 https://twitter.com/tomaburque/status/1576229742096752640?s=20/photo/1
// Battle of Lyman animated video

🐣 RT @SecDef Yesterday, I spoke with my good friend and Ukrainian counterpart @oleksiireznikov to condemn Russia’s sham referenda on Ukrainian territory and provide an update on U.S. security assistance, including our most recent commitment of an additional $1.1 billion dollars.
[Readout:] /photo/1 https://twitter.com/SecDef/status/1576311996512841729?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer ENDLESS BUMMER: Special Kherson Cat @bayraktar_1love provides these photos of a large fire and secondary explosions near the Russian Naval Air Station at Belbek, Crimea. By now, posing on a Black Sea beach with a burning RU airfield in the background is totally normal.
⋙ bayraktar_1love Something reported to be on fire from the direction of Belbek military airport in Crimea. #Ukraine #Crimea
⋙⋙ 🐣 There were reports last night of a US recon drone circling in the Black Sea near there, noted to be ‘highly unusual’; possibly noted something of concern going on; wish I’d kept the tweetlink, but I didn’t @ChuckPfarrer

🧵 RT @KonstantinKisin I wish every single person in the West would listen to Putin’s speech. Obviously, that won’t happen so let me summarise as a professional translator for 10+ years. He states, as he has done from the outset, what his intentions and complaints are in the plainest terms possible.
📌 https://twitter.com/KonstantinKisin/status/1575853684852150272?s=20
Substack version: https://tinyurl.com/ycyr26j9

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews After seeing videos of freshly-mobilized Russians—so drunk they could barely stand—many asked me whether it’s for real. Hear it straight from the horse’s mouth: former deputy commander of Russia’s southern military district: “Never in my life have I seen any sober people there.”
💽 [tr]https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1576045751209431040?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @wartranslated Russian soldier in an encirclement is making a call to his wife.
💽 [tr] https://twitter.com/wartranslated/status/1576253518377521157?s=20/photo/1.

🐣 RT @KyivIndependent Russia confirms defeat in Lyman, Donetsk Oblast. ¤ According to Russia’s Defense Ministry, Russian troops have pulled out of the strategic city, fearing encirclement. ¤ Russian troops have been occupying Lyman since May.

NYT: In Washington, Putin’s Nuclear Threats Stir Growing Alarm https://tinyurl.com/3samvvpb “For the first time since the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, top government leaders in Moscow are making explicit nuclear threats and officials in Washington are gaming out scenarios”
// In a gathering Cold War atmosphere, American officials are gaming out responses should Russia resort to battlefield nuclear weapons.

NYT: Russia’s withdrawal from Lyman comes a day after Putin said he was annexing the region. https://tinyurl.com/bdeeesbv “The loss of the rail hub puts additional pressure on the Kremlin, which has been facing blowback at home over its losses on the battlefield”

🐣 RT @ChristopherJM Zelensky defiant as ever in tonight’s address, boasting about Ukraine’s liberation of Lyman and saying the counteroffensive will continue. “There were more Ukrainian flags in the Donbas this week. There will be even more next week.” He also jabs at Putin and military generals.
💽 [tr] https://twitter.com/ChristopherJM/status/1576297762592763904?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @wartranslated Wow. In light of Lyman defeat, Russian z-journalist and blogger Anastasiya Kashevarova goes to telegram to post a long rant asking the right questions because all the other military bloggers have “pu*sied out”. This is being picked up by other channels. https://t.me/akashevarova/5532
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/wartranslated/status/1576306261187907585?s=20/photo/1 -2

🐣 RT @DefenseU We thank the “Ministry of Defense” of 🇷🇺 for successful cooperation in organizing the “Izyum 2.0” exercise. Almost all russian troops deployed to Lyman were successfully redeployed either into body bags or into 🇺🇦 captivity. We have one question for you: Would you like a repeat?
🐣 RT @Apex_WW Chechen leader Kadyrov: Russia should consider using low yield nuclear weapon in Ukraine after Lyman defeat

🐣 RT @Apex_WW Chechen leader Kadyrov: Russia should consider using low yield nuclear weapon in Ukraine after Lyman defeat

🚫 🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer NO PLACE TO RUN: Anton Gerashchenko @Gerashchenko_en posts this video of a RU column, neutralized by UKR artillery as it attempted to flee the encirclement at Lyman. Scattered about are RU bodies, vehicles & the things they looted from the city. RU’s defeat at Lyman is biblical.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Gerashchenko_en Lyman. Russian convoy was trying to get out of encirclement unsuccessfully, taking their looted things with them.
💽 https://twitter.com/Gerashchenko_en/status/1576184111953113088?s=20/photo/1
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @sidebart Wasted lives it saddens me to the core. I hope the Russians in other parts of Ukraine learn from it that surrender is the safest and best option.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @militarynewsuk2 No escape and refused permission to retreat or give up.
// too graphic

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer LYMAN /1200 UTC 01 OCT/ RU forces at Lyman are now SURROUNDED. UKR units are in control of the O-0528 HWY and have established a blocking force E of Torske. It is estimated that from 2 to 5 thousand RU troops, plus their armor, artillery & vehicles, are now encircled.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1576179092663042048?s=20/photo/1

WaPo: Russian troops encircled in Lyman day after annexation ceremony https://tinyurl.com/4cn2fuk8 Ukrainian forces advanced on the key transport hub overnight

Ukrainian forces said they had surrounded Russian forces in the eastern city of Lyman, pressing their counterattacks in a region that Moscow now claims as its own. Ukrainian forces advanced on the key transport hub overnight even as Russia put on a show of celebrating its annexation of Ukrainian territory with a grand ceremony and a pop concert in Moscow.

The annexation has drawn forceful rebuke from Western countries and the United Nations. Washington responded with new sanctions against military and government officials, while President Biden called Russia’s illegal move a “brazen effort to redraw the borders of its neighbor.” Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.

🐣 RT @LvivJournal The inevitable photo gallery of abandoned (and undamaged) tanks. Many ruzZians trapped in the encirclement of Lyman contacted UA forces days ago to negotiate surrender. Yes, days ago. There are T90s that will be sent to USA for inspection.#lviv #kherson #donetsk #luhansk
¤ https://twitter.com/LvivJournal/status/1576139296599220225?s=20/photo/1 -2

🐣 RT @PhillipsPOBrien First ukrainian official Ive seen putting a specific figure on the number of Russian troops trapped in Lyman. 5000.
⋙ 🐣 RT @KyivPost⚡️Head of the Luhansk Regional Military–Civil Administration Sergiy Haidai: Around 5 thousand Russian soldiers are stuck in #Lyman. ¤ According to him, they asked their commanders to leave the city that has been cut off. The commanders turned down the request.

🐣 RT @GlasnostGone If confirmed, it’s fantastic news for #Ukraine. East of Lyman, the town of Kreminna is in the Luhansk region – region Putin claimed is part of Russia 😃. It’s also near the large occupied town of Rubizhne. Russian forces obviously struggling to fend off swift Ukrainian advances.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Flash_news_ua ⚡️ Russian soldiers declare that their troops have left Kreminna. The video is full of profanity. ¤ 👉 Follow @Flash_news_ua 💽

🧵 RT @tomiahonen My fellow Russians ¤ My quick & easy three day war into Ukraine has now run into its 8th month. We lost the battle of Kyiv, their capital & largest city. As you can see, my war started out tremendously well.. for the Ukrainians #SlavaUkraini #TableBoy #CzarLilliPutin #LilliPutin
📌 https://twitter.com/tomiahonen/status/1576106172587053056?s=20

After we lost the battle of Kyiv, we proceeded to lose the battle of Kharkiv too. Kharkiv is their second largest city. After a prolonged battle we lost at Snake Island. Then we lost the battle for Izyum, a town we had seized. As you can tell, this war is going remarkably well

When our army fled Izyum, they left all our heavy weapons there for the Ukrainians to use against us in this war. This is part of my glorious plan. We did the same in our loss at Snake Island. We abandoned all our valuable military gear there too. We’ve gifted Ukraine 500 tanks

We have been eagerly retreating so much since March, that half of the terrain we once held in Ukraine has already been handed back to the Ukrainians. In the words of my pet & sex toy, Donald Trump, I call this unconventional type of military maneouvering: ‘winning’

All of our Russian tanks have turned out to be death traps. Their turrets are prone to explode, with unfortunate results to the tank crews. One tank regiment was so furious about this war, they ran over their own commander with a tank. Rest assured, he was buried with his legs

The largest warship on the Black Sea, our Navy flagship, the mighty missile cruiser Moskva was sunk. And sunk by an enemy who does not operate a navy. The commander of our Navy has been fired. All remaining Russian warships from our naval base at Sevastopol have bravely fled away

We once had the second most powerful air force in the world. Half of it is now permanently grounded into Ukrainian soil. We lost so many warplanes in one day at our airbase in Crimea that our total remaining air force fled Crimea & is now proudly contributing to the war by hiding

We had a battalion of our own troops irradiated by their own commanders. They were ordered to dig trenches into the ground of the Chernobyl nuclear accident & inhaled radioactive dust. These men have lungs that glow in the dark. Some of them might live to see the end of next year

In the first 8 months so far we have lost 59,000 Russian soldiers. That is more than we lost in ten years of our failed war invading Afghanistan, and the two long wars in Chechnya. We’ve lost more soldiers in seven months than the USA lost in the Vietnam War over ten years

We have not just lost warplanes, tanks, ships, and soldiers. We also have lost Generals. So many generals have died, that I have lost count. I believe it is about 15. To help make winning this war even easier, I have myself fired another 7 Generals commanding this war

I cleverly decided to not supply the invasion army with enough war materials. I didn’t bother with things like food, and ordered our soldiers to go rob the locals. This led to a series of war crimes, which resulted in sanctions. Because of sanctions we cannot build modern weapons

The one thing Russia never, ever wanted to happen, was for NATO to expand, especially near our border. And I am proud to report, that thanks to my glorious 3 day war invading & pillaging Ukraine, both Finland and Sweden are now eagerly joining NATO. And Ukraine will join NATO too

At this point the army we have in the Donbas region is totally surrounded in the Lyman pocket & will have to surrender ¤ And in the South, the army defending Kherson is surrounded, out of ammunition & food, with only bridges for escape destroyed by Ukraine & will have to surrender

One third of the men I sent to invade Ukraine have died. Which is why I have decided that the men I send as reinforcements will not be trained properly ¤ As you can see, my 3 day war into Ukraine has been a tremendous success. The next phase in this war will be even more glorious

⋙ 🐣 Thank you! You write the BEST threads. ¤ Is it true about the task commander being run over and the air force flying off? Those I hadn’t heard. ¤ ♡ ૂི•̮͡• ྀ ♡
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @tomiahonen All true. Tank commander lost his legs, was taken to hospital. Later news reported he had died in hospital. Crimean air base (largest in Crimea) was vacated after the surprise rocket attack onto the base destroying about half the planes on ground. Much of Russian AF is grounded

🐣 📊 RT @Partisangirl Imagine alienating a large part of your population by allying with your enemies. Who could have predicted this outcome? #Ukraine ¤ And the poll is conducted by the Kyiv post so they are pro Ukraine source
🌎 https://twitter.com/Partisangirl/status/1576089454611025925?s=20/photo/1
// language poll
⋙ 🐣 1) this is from 2017, before the mass invasion, war crimes and genocide,
2) this asks about language; mother tongue is not the same thing as nationality (my mother tongue is English, but I am American) ~ in fact, many former Russian speakers are switching to speaking Ukrainian

🐣 RT @AndrewPerpetua Ukraine says Russia suffered over 500 casualties yesterday. There is no way it is that few. If you hear from any soldier there near Lyman, Russians are getting massacred. Same near Kupyansk. In Chernihivka so many died they had to send multiple trucks to Tokmak to cremate them.

🐣 RT @RomanKalisz1 ISW say Ukraine are likely to capture Lyman in the next 72 hours
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/RomanKalisz1/status/1576088556422197248?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] Eastern Ukraine: (Vovchansk-Kupyansk-Izyum-Lyman Line)
Ukrainian forces will likely capture or encircle Lyman within the next 72 hours. Russian forces continued to withdraw from positions around Lyman on September 30 as Ukrainian forces continued to envelop Russian troops in the area. [8] The Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) officials and Russian war correspondents stated that Russian forces still control Lyman but have withdrawn from their positions in Drobysheve (around 6km northwest of Lyman) and Yampil (about 13km southeast of Lyman). [9] Russian sources claimed that Russian forces still control one road from Lyman to Torske, while Ukrainian forces have cut off the Drobysheve-Torske road in the Stavky area. [10] Russian sources also noted the increasing activity of Ukrainian reconnaissance and sabotage groups on the Svatove-Torske highway northeast of Lyman after reportedly crossing the Zherebets River. [11] Geolocated footage also showed Ukrainian artillery striking withdrawing Russian forces near Torske. [12] Some Russian milbloggers claimed that Ukrainian forces have crossed the Siverskyi Donets River in Dronivka and are now operating in the forests south of Kreminna. [13] Russian sources uniformly noted that Ukrainian artillery continues to interdict Russian forces’ single remaining egress route on the Kreminna-Torske road. [14]

⭕ 30 Sep 2022

🐣 📊 RT @AlexKokcharov Putin: “No one asked people during the collapse of the Soviet Union where they wanted to live”
People of #Ukraine, December 1991:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1991_Ukrainian_independence_referendum
🌎 https://twitter.com/AlexKokcharov/status/1575978780023136256?s=20/photo/1
// 1991 Ukraine independence referendum

🐣 RT @timelock16 Putin is claiming to annex land still being ferociously fought over. It’s like claiming you won a baseball game in the sixth inning even though the other team has scored more runs. Russia’s 5th Army in Lyman is now completely surrounded by Ukranian troops. What a joke Putin is

🐣 RT @putinsucks69 Certainly Ukraine controls the Dibrova southeast of Lyman near Ozerne, that’s 100%. The one near Kreminna, the situation is murkier. Heavy battles were going on in that area as AFU tried to block reinforcements from getting to Lyman, and also AFU was trying to capture Torske.

🐣 RT @ukraine_map Up to 5,500 Russian Soldiers are trapped in the Lyman Region says Ukraine’s Presidential Advisor

🧵 RT @AndrewPerpetua Update for September 29-30 https://tinyurl.com/mrxbaa9s
📌 https://twitter.com/AndrewPerpetua/status/1576065672592883712?s=20

🐣 RT @duty2warn The dating app is real and some of the footage is from their own ad. @MeidasTouch just embellished it a bit. #MAGAWrongStuff
⋙ 🐣 RT @MeidasTouch NEW VIDEO A new dating app for insurrectionists and conspiracy theorists.
💽 https://twitter.com/duty2warn/status/1575983496245698562?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw Strong argument. ¤ DOJ asks 11th Circuit for expedited review to quash Judge Cannon’s exercise of jurisdiction/order. ¤ Reason: USG needs access to 11,000 docs to figure out how the classified records were transferred, stored, and who accessed them.👇
[CourtDoc:] https://tinyurl.com/yc2nfrrz

WaPo, Robyn Dixon: As war fails, Russia’s authoritarian grandmaster backs himself into a corner https://tinyurl.com/4jv7v7fm “Putin delivered another rambling, resentful diatribe, … lashing out fiercely at what he described as a predatory, thieving, lying neocolonial West”

🐣 RT @ WiredwaNGk Meanwhile Russian forces in Lyman face a double envelopment and that will be “NO BUENO” for them. Given the fact they suck at logistics they will not have enough body bags for the outcome.
⋙ 🐣 RT @IAPonomarenko The noose has been tightened
🌎 https://twitter.com/WiredwaNGk/status/1576020172414267397?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ mastersam2000 Putin won his public stunt in Russia on paper, while 3000 of his military is encircled in Lyman. Since Putin is not allowed retreat the Ukrainian military would gladly oblige by eliminating every one of them, a payback for the massacre of 500 unarmed soldiers in Ilovaisk in 2014
⋙ 🐣 RT @sugarcubedog2 Ukrainians aren’t going to massacre the soldiers they have kettled near Lyman unless the Russians don’t stop fighting. They’ll become POWs.
⋙🐣 RT @JasonSolinsky I don’t think that is what is happening. There is substantial evidence that there are huge casualties tonight as the Lyman pocket collapses. I think Ukraine is using the dark to press its advantage (and thus more quickly bring the encircling forces to the new front).

🐣 RT @PatriciaAlexann For the ppl asking, Why is Lyman important?
⋙ 🐣 RT @MSSpaint If the strategy is to take back the eastern territory, which it is, then,yes, it is decisive. It opens path towards Luhansk while cutting off supply and logistics hub to RU, from Donetsk north to South, depleting RU therefore faciitating UKR advance. Not possible without Lyman.

🐣 RT @McFaul I’ve been writing about Putin’s evil ways since 2000. But even I, before 2/24/22, would have had to admit that Putin had the chance to go down in Russian history as a great leader — the great restorer. He damaged that legacy by invading Ukraine. He threw it away for sure today.

🐣 RT @olgatokariuk Putin in his speech made it clear that Russia is at war with the West. Still, some people in the West continue to believe this war only concerns Ukraine, preach surrender and get scared of Ukrainian advances, while bleeding Ukraine is literally shielding them from this evil
⋙ 🐣 In an evenly divided US Senate, 96 of 100 Senators just voted to increase the funds for Ukraine by an additional $13B. Support is ~80% in polls, with. 45% saying the US should send troops. This will not happen, but it shows the high support in the US.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @KenganOisura While I agree with the support they get I do also question the motives of US politicians
🌎 https://twitter.com/KenganOisura/status/1576047385465479168?s=20/photo/1
// mineral resource map
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 there are always opportunities for investment and commerce, but the main reason there is such support is admiration for the heroism of Ukrainians and their determination to become an EU style democracy; in a way, we see in them our better selves

🐣 RT @DmytroKuleba By attempting to annex Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions, Putin tries to grab territories he doesn’t even physically control on the ground. Nothing changes for Ukraine: we continue liberating our land and our people, restoring our territorial integrity.

💙 🐣 RT @EliotACohen One of the marks of goodness: he gets down to look the children in the eye; one of the marks of strength: he keeps his composure, because as a leader he must.
⋙ 🐣 RT @saintjavelin .@ZelenskyyUa giving out posthumous awards to the families of the fallen defenders of Ukraine
💽 https://twitter.com/EliotACohen/status/1575846639075733505?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @McFaul Papers signed in the Kremlin don’t determine who has sovereignty over Ukrainian lands. Ukrainian soldiers marching on Lyman do.
⋙ 🐣 hm, I always thought sovereignty was something deemed implicit like “God given rights” in the Constitution, not something won in battle ¤ otherwise, if Russia wins in battle, it would have earned sovereignty over Ukr; but instead we look to history, culture, even genetics

✅🐣 RT @PolitiFact Russian soldiers haven’t surrendered in the Donetsk province of Ukraine, as one Facebook post claims. [link]
⋙ 🐣 fact-checking real-time OSINT reporting of battles in progress is perhaps not the best use of @PolitiFact’s time: fog of war and all ¤ just check back in a couple of hours

🐣 RT @ 🐣 RT @gtconway3d Nothing to see here. Just a former president of the United States seeking to incite violence against the minority leader of the United States Senate and launching a racist verbal attack on the leader’s wife.
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/gtconway3d/status/1576002973049798656?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] Is McConnell approving all of these Trillions of Dollars worth of Democrat sponsored Bills, without even the slightest bit of negotiation, because he hates Donald J. Trump, and he knows I am strongly opposed to them, or is he doing it because he believes in the Fake and Highly Destructive Green New Deal, and is willing to take the Country down with him? In any event, either reason is unacceptable. He has a DEATH WISH. Must immediately seek help and advise from his China loving wife, Coco Chow!

🚫 🐣 RT @Russialibreate Just a reminder that Lyman is till in Russian hands [?] and that the Russians are plannning something big[?] this Russian offensive will encircle the entire Donbas Ukraine army [!]
// pro-Ru; 3 followers; recorded then blocked

🐣 RT @AuldViking For the love of Peter, Paul and Mary and for the 1,036th time since 24 February, I ask you to please allow the professional journalists and the seasoned editors at the wire services of either AP News or Reuters to run-facts-to-ground on the Ukrainian C/O.
💙 ⋙ 🐣 RT @rf_in_the_bush If you don’t want to hear the non-professional reportage get off twitter – at the moment for those who are interested in up to the minute information and willing and able to sift through the rubbish for reality – there is no other source of information. #Kreminna #Lyman #Ukraine
⋙⋙ 🐣 totally agree; it takes experience and skill with using Twitter to glean what’s going on this way; but regular media is slow, overly broad and often politicised ¤ if there are better sources now (assuming you don’t speak Russian or use Telegram), I’m not aware of them

🐣 RT @Biz_Ukraine_Mag VIDEO: Putin discovers that you can force people to attend your pro-war rallies but making them cheer enthusiastically is not so simple
💽 https://twitter.com/Biz_Ukraine_Mag/status/1575953936401387520?s=20/photo/1
// pro-war rally at Red Square

🐣 RT @nonrev321 Today & tomorrow was/will be a most bloody battle. The battle for Lyman ¤ The russians are putting up a tougher fight than expected. These might be professional troops ¤ russia rushing troops & equipment to this area now, others retreating. Very dynamic & fluid. Night battles

🐣 RT @thomaszickell Military briefing: #Ukraine forces close to encircling Russian troops in key town via @FT ¤ As many as 5,500 #Russian #troops could now be #surrounded in the #Lyman area. ¤ #Military #UkraineRussianWar #UkraineWar #UkraineWillWin
https://on.ft.com/3y6cBIZ

🐣 RT @wartranslated Big channels not admitting this but smaller guys showing that Russians have it very hard at Lyman: “number of corpses is so great…”

🐣 RT @mhmck It’s 1 a.m. in Ukraine and there’s a battle underway on the outskirts of Kreminna, Luhansk region. ¤ Advancing Ukrainian troops are turning the Russian retreat from Lyman, Donetsk region, into a rout.
🌎 https://twitter.com/mhmck/status/1575971495435636737?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @mhmck Context for the previous video – the Russians retreating from Lyman had no time to disembark/unload before they were engaged in battle near Kreminna. ¤ Note that Ukrainian special operations forces have night vision devices. Rashist militants mostly do not.
⋙ 🐣 RT @loogunda #Kreminna outskirts, Luhansk oblast: Firefight is heard, the (pro-)Russian guy in the video says that “guys” (Russians) accepted battle having no time
⋙ 🐣 RT @ DB4WorldJustice Reckon they are going for Kreminna and Svatove to gain control of the road and rail supply routes to Severodonetsk. A tactical boss move! Ukraine Army will mop up Lyman later, when there’s time to take the POWs into custody. Meanwhile the orcs are camping on an island.
⋙ 🐣 RT @marleydq1 rybar says the complete opposite. stavky is under russian control, the reinforcements arrived and push the ukrainians away from the highway. only very mobile and small ZSU units are harassing the russians.
⋙ 🐣 RT @AngryXennial I think rout is premature, although I can’t refute it either. On many sources I’m seeing conflicting reports, reserves from Russia and Ukraine seem to have been activated but again those reports are also conflicting, I think at this point it needs to play out, the fog is thick
⋙ 🐣 RT @JCTripleC According to @TrentTelenko’s sources, RU committed their limited reserves to enable an escape from Lyman. Regardless of the result, the deployment had weakened the rest of their lines. UKR took advantage of this and punched three holes in the RU line.
⋙ ⋙ 🐣 RT @JCTripleC Trent says, “The Russians just committed most of their Luhansk reserves to salvage anything out of Lyman. That S.E. AFU push from Kupyansk is a ‘block Russian supplies going south from Svatove and collapse the whole front’ move..”
⋙ ⋙ 🐣 RT @JCTripleC Now it’s up to how mobile and aggressive UKR’s spearheads are and how much of a fight the mobilized troops can put up. Because if they can’t stop UKR mobile groups advancing into their rear areas, hoo boy.

🐣 RT @TpyxaNews Now is not the time for the process of Ukraine’s accession to NATO, – the adviser to the US president, Jake Sullivan. ¤ At the same time, he emphasized that the USA does not give up its support of the “open door” policy for NATO.
⋙ 🐣 Ukraine has shown itself to be the REAL “second best military“ in the world, after the US, and hopefully can join NATO after the end of the current conflict ¤ I don’t think China can be evaluated as their armed forces have not been proven in battle @McFaul @SecDef @oleksiireznikov

🐣 RT @mkraju Biden says leaks from Nord Stream caused by “a deliberate act of sabotage” by Russia, which he accused of “pumping disinformation and lies”
Biden also said that the “U.S. is prepared to defend every single inch of NATO territory” ¤ “Mr. Putin, don’t misunderstand what I’m saying”
⋙ 🐣 I don’t think he went so far as to blame Russia for the pipeline sabotage: he promised an “investigation” ¤ he did deny the US is responsible (as Putin‘s “disinformation and lies” claim)

🐣 When Biden says Russia cannot attack “one inch” of NATO, does that include fallout from even a limited or demonstration nuclear weapon drifting into a NATO country? It’s a serious question. ¤ @POTUS @RonaldKlain @SecBlinken @StateDept @DeptofDefense @SecDef @NATO

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ As promised to @KatiePhang, I added color to my Venn diagram and we’ll be discussing the Special Master and what he is sorting through on her show today!
◕ https://twitter.com/AshaRangappa_/status/1575872815211118592?s=20/photo/1

WaPo, A Navalny: This is what a post-Putin Russia should look like https://tinyurl.com/6knmb74s ‘Russia must not win this war. Ukraine must be independent. But this is a tactic. The strategy should be to ensure that Russia does not want to start wars & does not find them attractive’
// Only transforming Russia into a parliamentary republic will prevent future wars.
// Full (above): Russia (Putin) must not win this war. Ukraine must remain an independent democratic state capable of defending itself. ¤ This is correct, but it is a tactic. The strategy should be to ensure that Russia and its government naturally, without coercion, do not want to start wars and do not find them attractive.

🐣 RT @StateDept .@SecBlinken: The entire process around these sham referenda was a complete farce. The United States does not and will never recognize any of the Kremlin’s claims to sovereignty over parts of Ukraine that it seized by force and now purports to incorporate into Russia.
💽 https://twitter.com/StateDept/status/1575904616084111360?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @warmonitor3 While the Kremlin passes fake annexation laws. Russian forces around Lyman are facing a complete defeat. ¤ Out of touch with reality

🐣 RT @McFaul Papers signed in the Kremlin don’t determine who has sovereignty over Ukrainian lands. Ukrainian soldiers marching on Lyman do.

WaPo: 7 key moments in Putin’s annexation speech https://tinyurl.com/ks4c3pcd ‘I’m rubber. You’re glue’

1. Russia will never give up annexed regions.
2. Ukraine must give in.
3. The West is trying to destroy Russia.
4. The United States, not Russia, poses a nuclear threat.
5. ‘Anglo-Saxons’ sabotaged the Nord Stream pipelines.
6. Russia will never recognize LGBT rights. [?]
7. In the words of Ivan Ilyin, Russia’s ‘destiny is my destiny.’

WaPo: Putin illegally proclaims annexation of four Ukrainian regions at Moscow ceremony https://tinyurl.com/5jew558n

😅 RT @ChuckPfarrer LYMAN FALLING: RU sources: /Translation/ “If [Russian] groupings in Lyman are destroyed, [our] occupying units will not have enough strength to organize a defense of Kreminna and Svatove”. ¤ In short: the imminent collapse of the entire front. https://censor.net/en/n3370645

🐣 RT @McFaul Putin mobilized tens of thousands of Russian men…. to flee Russia. Molodets, Mr. Putin.

🐣 This morning on @Morning_Joe, it was reported that @POTUS and @SecBlinken would be announcing SANCTIONS on any country that recognizes Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk or Luhansk Oblasts as separate from Ukraine

🧵 RT @oonuch .@ZelenskyyUa addresses “the peoples of the Caucasus, Siberia and other indigenous peoples of Russia. ¤ Dagestanis do not have to die in a vile and disgraceful war of Russia. Chechens, Ingush, Ossetians, Circassians and any other peoples who came under the Russian flag.” 1/4
📌 💽 https://twitter.com/oonuch/status/1575608997897699328?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @WarMonitor3 Russian forces will attempt their breakthrough out of operational encirclement reportedly through Torske. ¤ Russian individual units are holding the town in order for the main forces to be able to withdraw- the escape route is under heavy fire by Ukrainian artillery.

🐣 RT @raging545 GRAPHIC VIDEO recorded supposedly near Lyman showing destroyed Russian armored vehicles and KIA Russian soldiers. These are some of Putin`s best troops #Ukraine #Russia #Putin #Putinswar #Ukrainewar #RussiaInvadedUkraine
💽 https://twitter.com/raging545/status/1575797908762660864?s=20/photo/1

⋙ Here’s WarMonitor3 [reverse chron]

🐣 RT @WarMonitor3 Russian units have completely withdrawn from Drobysheve they are currently trying to dig in near Lyman heaviest battles continue. ¤ Some units are completely surrounded and are attempting to fight their way out.
● Russian soldiers near Lyman are complaining about a complete lack of combat ready personnel and artillery support.
● Russian forces are attempting to reinforce their forces in Lyman via Zarichne however the area is fully under Ukrainian fire control.
● Yampil is under Ukrainian control🇺🇦
● Russian appointed First Deputy Chairman of the Kherson Regional State Administration for Security was killed by Ukrainian pinpoint strikes yesterday.
● Russian sources are saying Lyman is completely surrounded
“The estuary is surrounded. No conclusions were made on the Kharkov front after the failure. The enemy again did not go head-on at Limane. bypassed the city and simply surrounded”
● “Russian sources say their forces have withdrawn from Yampil”

🐣 RT @NOELreports My assesment on the current situation in and around #Lyman. Yampil is empty, Drobysheve is under AFU, some 🇷🇺 forces are encircled near Drobysheve or already captured and the remaining forces fled to Lyman.
Roads to Kreminna/Terny operationally cut.
Lyman is done for Russia.
🌎 https://twitter.com/NOELreports/status/1575751405649829888?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @lotti_pascal In Lyman ….tonight is christmas [link to song]

🐣 RT @ furfuzfabunker But don’t worry, the well-trained supersoldier conscripts will teleport to Lyman in no time, and save the day. That’s the masterplan 😬

🐣 RT @Guderian_Xaba RU still might be able to relief their semi-encircled forces in #Lyman area if they will be able to pull more reserves and expand the thin corridor at #Zarichne, which is totally under Ukrainian fire control now. They got some reinforcements yesterday, professionals+mobiks.

🐣 RT @Jarl64473295 Yampol has been abandoned by Russian forces. Lyman is fully encircled. Even Russian telegram channels reporting it. You still trying to convince people that this is not one big disaster again for Russian Army?

🐣 RT @AdinOfCrimea 55 busloads of mobilized to replace potential surrenders and KIA in Lyman.
⋙ 🐣 RT @KremlinTrolls About 3,000 Russian troops are encircled by up to 20,000 Ukrainian troops in Lyman

🐣 RT @DarthPutinKGB Day 219 of my 3 day war. Russian soldiers in strategically important Donbass town of Lyman are *not* surrounded. They have chance to fight Ukrainian army from all directions. ¤ I remain a master strategist.
🐣 RT @Prothean_Reaper Lyman is going to be a massacre of orcs for the ages.

🐣 RT @ Suriyakmaps Current situation in Lyman area:
Two hundred and nineteenth day of combats began with #RussianArmy & #DPR withdrawal from Derylove/Дерилове, Drobysheve/Дробишеве, Yampil/Ямпіль & Stavky/Ставки as #UkrainianArmy began advancing from different axis. [link]

– – – – – – – – – – – ⋙ Russians begin to flee Lyman ~ 3:00amCT, 11:am Kyiv time

🐣 RT @4n4lisis While Ukraine is retaking #Lyman, from tomorrow a new chapter is opening with the activation of the #LendLease aid. ¤ +800 defense contractors are waiting. 🛒🛒🛒🇺🇦
⋙ 🧵 RT @ukraine_world (8/25) What are the upcoming highlights and prospects for the Russo-Ukraine war over the next half year? UkraineWorld spoke to Oleh Zhdanov, military expert, reserve colonel. Key points – in our brief, #UkraineWorldAnalysis 1/11
📌 https://twitter.com/ukraine_world/status/1562698154922762240?s=20
// 8/25/2022

🐣 RT @McFaul To the leaders and citizens from countries who fought so heroically for decolonization and against imperialism, I expect to to hear from you tomorrow after Putin tries to annex territory of a former colony and sovereign nation. Silence or neutrality is not a moral option.
⋙ 🐣 RT @blinova14 Do you know history, Mr McFaul? Donbass, Kherson and Zaporozhye had been Russia-Russia-Russia until Vladimir Lenin created a Ukrainian SSR in 1920s and incorporated them in the “Ukrainian Soviet Republic”. Never suspected you of being a Lenin admirer.
⋙⋙ 🐣 sure
🌎 https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1575734351970545664?s=20/photo/1 -4
// Four old Ukraine maps (pre-1900)

⭕ 29 Sep 2022

KyivPost, Anders Aslund: Putin’s End Game in Ukraine https://tinyurl.com/5c7wcjfz “October could deliver a tipping point in the war. … The Ukrainian forces are engaged in a broad offensive, while the Russian troops are demoralized and decimated”

🐣 RT @ NNPonomarenko Russian “military journalists”: “Our troops are defending #Lyman surrounded. Encirclement. Reinforcements were cut off and could not come”.
Troops, encircled in the city:
– 20th Combined Arms Army
– BARS (Combat Army Reserve Special)
– Russian puppet troops from Luhansk

🐣 RT @SniperFella “The collapse of the Lyman pocket will likely be highly consequential to the Russian grouping in northern Donetsk and western Luhansk,” the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said in a daily update.
⋙ MoscowTimes: Russian Troops Face ‘Imminent Defeat’ in East Ukraine Supply Hub https://tinyurl.com/yjt87ray

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer THE PURGE: Pavel Pchelnikov was the director of Digital Logistics, a subsidiary of Russian Railways. He had been blamed for recent UKR hacks into RU rail systems. Moscow police say Pchelnikov committed ‘suicide’ on the balcony of his Moscow aprtment. https://bit.ly/3y39rpg

🐣 RT @LKaspersky Lyman is a logistics hub Russia needs to expand its invasion. Taking it allows Ukraine to push Russians back to the next logistics hub, maybe Svatove, or Starobilsk. Cut the logistics and bigger cities like Severo-donetsk, Lysychansk and Luhansk cant get supplies and Úkraine wins

🧵 RT @wartranslated Day 218, September 29, Summary of Arestovych and Feygin daily broadcast. This update was provided by @Anastasiya1451A https://tinyurl.com/2p9ybkhu
🔥 Lyman ¤ 🇺🇦 keeps advancing – liberated four more villages, another 2 reported to be under 🇺🇦 control by the Russian sources.
📌 https://twitter.com/wartranslated/status/1575631125455798273?s=20

WaPo: Cannon rules Trump lawyers don’t have to clarify claims on Mar-a-Lago documents https://tinyurl.com/6tw7656k lol
// Special master Raymond Dearie had told Donald Trump’s attorneys lawyers to address whether documents were planted or declassified

🧵 RT @rynkrynk Zelenskyy calls out Russian imperialism and attempts at ethnic cleansing: “The people of Dagestan shouldn’t be dying in this war. The people of Chechnya shouldn’t be dying in this shameful war. The Ignush people and the Buryats shouldn’t be dying in this war. None of the 200
📌 💽 https://twitter.com/rynkrynk/status/1575548623911165952?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews The mood of Russia’s top propagandist, Vladimir Solovyov in this clip can be summed up as “Hello darkness, my old friend.” He demands some victories and complains that people are running away from Russia. He also sighs. A lot.
💽 https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1575550915855392768?s=20/photo/1

WaPo: Russians rebel as Putin drafts more people in battle for Ukraine https://tinyurl.com/b96nrym “Through angry protests, acts of violence and an exodus of more than 200,000 citizens, Russians are rebelling against the prospect of further escalation of the war”

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer LYMAN / 0200 UTC 29 SEP/ The O-0528 is presently the only line of communication supply for RU units at Lyman. This road is registered by UKR precision strike artillery– negating its use and a path of reinforcement or retreat. UKR forces are reported to have cut the O-0526 HWY.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1575305932590010368?s=20/photo/1

🐣 wow. I think we have our “October surprise” ¤ its name is Ian
#FEMA #HHS #GoodGoverment #Unity #Bipartisanship #Leadership

🐣 RT @POTUS We are getting help to Florida families as they face Hurricane Ian. ¤ I approved the Governor’s request for emergency assistance as soon as I received it. And ahead of the storm, we dispatched FEMA and National Guard to prepare for the storm.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ I deployed search and rescue teams along with high-water vehicles and rescue helicopters to help get Hurricane survivors to safety. ¤ And the folks at FEMA pre-positioned millions of liters of water, millions of meals, and hundreds of generators.

🐣 RT @Sean_Breslin More apocalyptic scenes emerging from southwestern Florida, courtesy of the @AP:
🖼 https://twitter.com/Sean_Breslin/status/1575526950978088960?s=20/photo/1 -4

🐣 RT @Zbychus1 Out of curiosity, why Lyman is so important ? Why there is such concentration of RU military ?
⋙ 🐣 RT @horstengela From podcast “Russia Ukraine War Update” the fall of Lyman will force Russians to A. Reroute supplies, and B. form a line further back. There will be disorder and potential of another collapse as Ru try to re-establish the line.

🐣 RT @ WarMonitor3 There is now many reports of Russian mobilised units being in complete shambles. ¤ Some left without shelter and food others with commanding officers who have limited to non experience. ¤ They won’t last a day in a combat zone some these units.

🐣 RT @IAPonomarenko A Russian collapse in the Lyman-Yampil sector is almost imminent now. ¤ The pocket is about to be closed off if this is not the case yet. ¤ Russians need to leave before it’s too late, but now it would be hard as Ukraine can target their withdrawal route.
🌎 https://twitter.com/IAPonomarenko/status/1575373667894190080?s=20/photo/1
// 😅 map AARGH OMG LOL
⋙ 🐣 RT @armedpitchforks Just want to be clear to 🇷🇺 mothers about to lose their sons – this was a pointless war, launched by your dictator, with a military weakened and hollowed by corruption and greed, and led by some of the worst military command in modern history. So please don’t blame 🇺🇦.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @MrBijl Don’t jinx too much. You remember Bastogne 1944? Stalingrad? Both cities were suppose to fall too. Don’t get me wrong I hope Lyman will fall into Ukraine hands asap, but I hate jinxing.
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 Stalingrad damaged both of Putin’s parents and clearly traumatized him as well, so he re-creates it …
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” ~ F Scott Fitzgerald

🧵 RT @anders_aslund Putin appears remarkably lost in his war in Ukraine. Like Hitler, he seems to command the troops personally (Stalin was smarter). He insists that they stay put in Kherson & Lyman & they are likely to be slaughtered or taken prisoners.
📌 https://twitter.com/anders_aslund/status/1575392328939962368?s=20

The mobilization is possibly his biggest mistake after having started the war. Now, the whole of Russia is likely to be politically & economically destabilized. Will he survive that? I doubt it.

As if to upset the West, he & his propagandists threaten with nukes all over Ukraine & the West without credibility. He impermissibly blows up the defunct Nord Streams.

Does Putin really think that Germany & France are so weak that they will turn away from the West because of him proving every day that he is a state terrorist? I would rather expect that Western resistance to Putin will solidify. He is too irresponsible to rule any country.

The West needs to shape up:
1. Deliver all the weapons Ukraine needs to defeat Russia asap!
2. The EU needs to catch up with the US in its support of grants to the Ukrainian state budget. 24% inflation is too much.
3. Declare Russia a state terrorist!

4. Confiscate the $300 billion of Russian Central Bank reserves in the West and reserve them for Russian war reparations for Ukraine.
5. Demand that Russia returns all the 2.5 million or so Ukrainians that Russia has kidnapped & departed (if the deportees so desire).

6. Do not accept to even talk to the war criminals that now rule Russia until they have evacuated all Ukrainian territory, including Crimea!
7. Organize prosecution of all Russian war criminals either in the International Criminal Court in The Hague or in an alternative court.

Russia must be defeated & now is the time to do so. The faster it is being done, the better for all (but Putin).

🧵 RT @wartranslated Day 217, September 28. Summary of #Arestovych and #Feygin daily broadcast, kindly brought to you by Atis: @savaadaak https://tinyurl.com/4br8wkzw
🔥 Battlefield update: Most battlefield information is from 🇷🇺 sources, as 🇺🇦 does not comment much of their progress.
📌 https://twitter.com/wartranslated/status/1575391781868523522?s=20

🐣 RT @OxanaShevel Reports that putin may not announce annexation quite yet may be related to “🇷🇺 leadership likely failed 2 set information conditions 4 potential defeat of russian forces in #Lyman”. Doesn’t look super-power-y 2 annex territory only 2 promptly lose it – with 000′ of troops 2 boot. [link ISW]
⋙ 🐣 RT @ maximananyev I am struggling to understand what does it mean to “set information conditions”. Is it some military jargon I am supposed to know?
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @OxanaShevel I think it means 2 offer some (plausible) justification as to why area was lost/abandoned. Sth like “we executed brilliant strategic retreat from area of low importance blah blah.” Instead troops r reportedly ordered 2 hold 2 Lyman no matter what, but it’s not looking good 4 🇷🇺
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ @maximananyev @OxanaShevel Thanks for clarification! I guess the good old “goodwill gesture” does not work anymore.

⭕ 28 Sep 2022

🐣 RT @WarMonitor3 Ukrainian Foreign legion are taking part in offensives near Lyman alongside their Ukrainian brothers in arms. ¤ People from all over the world are fighting for the freedom of Ukraine. ¤ Big respect

🐣 RT @MSNBC Donald Trump demanded that Senate Republicans reject legislation to prevent future coup attempts. Mitch McConnell decided to ignore him. And he wasn’t alone. -MaddowBlog
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, Steve Benen: McConnell snubs Trump, backs bill to prevent future coup schemes https://tinyurl.com/4achsu6n
// Donald Trump demanded that GOP senators reject any effort to reform the Electoral Count Act. Soon after, Mitch McConnell decided to ignore him.

🧵 RT @DavidLarter I think its utterly fascinating how thoroughly Russia has screwed itself. Everyone feared its vaunted information warfare operation only to see it get thoroughly trounced first by US intelligence then by a torrent of Shiba Inu memes.
📌 https://twitter.com/DavidLarter/status/1574761797911220228?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @DavidLarter And that’s been the story of the whole Ukraine invasion: Russia is not as good as they made themselves seem. Its why when Putin says “I’m not bluffing” it has no credibility. His entire cache on the world scene was a bluff that he called on himself.
⋙ 🐣 RT @DavidLarter Ever seen a man call his own bluff? Well if you were watching TV on Feb 23 you did.
⋙ 🐣 RT @DavidLarter Russian info ops went from being credited with tipping the outcome of a U.S. presidential election to being unable to compete with “What airdefense doing” ¤ It’s truly remarkable.
⋙ 🐣 RT @DavidLarter There is a lesson in this about people who are super badasses online.

😅 RT @SpencerGuard Dang, they got me. Parody/inserted subtitles of Russian TV host drafted. I wish it were true!! “…I don’t want to be cannon fodder…I’m just too old…There are millions of men from ethnic minorities…take my place…Why don’t you go if you’re so brave? Go die in the Donbas.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @R82938886 Solovyov gets drafted and goes crazy.
💽 [tr] https://twitter.com/R82938886/status/1574865224108220423?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer AIR DEFENSE UPGRADE: UKR has confirmed that it will receive four IRIS-T air defense complexes. The IRIS-T can intercept fast-moving and small targets, missiles, rockets, UAV/drones, and cruise missiles. The missiles are equipped with Infra-red and and active radar.
¤ https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1575283431776440320?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Reuters The U.S. will impose economic costs on Moscow in coming days over ‘sham’ referendums held by Russia in occupied regions of Ukraine, the State Department said, as Biden administration officials look to the finance and energy sectors for future sanctions

🐣 Okay, so this $1.1B is for mid- to long-term contracts, not short term (which instead comes from Presidential drawdown authority, another tranch of which will be announced next week); so tbc …
⋙ 🐣 RT @Mike_Eckel .@DeptofDefense announces contents of new $1.1 billion arms package for Ukraine. Includes 18 new HIMARS. 🧐
⋙⋙ DefenseDept: $1.1 Billion in Additional Security Assistance for Ukraine https://tinyurl.com/2ndhks96

Today, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced approximately $1.1 billion in additional security assistance for Ukraine under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI). This USAI package underscores the U.S. commitment to continuing to support Ukraine over the long term. It represents a multi-year investment in critical capabilities to build the enduring strength of Ukraine’s Armed Forces as it continues to defend Ukraine’s sovereignty and territory in the face of Russian aggression.

Unlike Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA), which DoD has continued to leverage to deliver equipment to Ukraine from DoD stocks at a historic pace, USAI is an authority under which the United States procures capabilities from industry. This announcement represents the beginning of a contracting process to provide additional priority capabilities to Ukraine in the mid- and long-term.

Capabilities include:
● 18 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and associated ammunition;
● 150 Armored High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs);
● 150 Tactical Vehicles to tow weapons;
● 40 trucks and 80 trailers to transport heavy equipment;
● Two radars for Unmanned Aerial Systems;
● 20 multi-mission radars;
● Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems;
● Tactical secure communications systems, surveillance systems, and optics;
● Explosive ordnance disposal equipment;
● Body armor and other field equipment;
● Funding for training, maintenance, and sustainment.

In total, the United States has now committed approximately $16.9 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since January 2021. Since 2014, the United States has committed approximately $19 billion in security assistance to Ukraine more than $16.2 billion since the beginning of Russia’s unprovoked and brutal invasion on February 24.

Through both PDA and USAI, DoD continues to work with Ukraine to meet both its immediate and longer-term security assistance needs. Together with our Allies and partners, our unified efforts will help Ukraine continue to be successful today while building the enduring strength of Ukraine’s forces to ensure the continued freedom and independence of the Ukrainian people.

🐣 RT @TrentTelenko Ouch. The lid on the Lyman “kettle” is about to be slammed shut. ¤ You are looking at a Russian version of the WW2 Falaise Gap being closed here. ¤ The unified national AFU doesn’t have the Western Allies SHAEF generals dithering among themselves to delay this gap’s closing.
⋙ 🐣 RT @brucewaynesaunt Yesterday vs today at 15:00h CEST…guess tomorrow the kettle is closed… ¤ source: Google war map
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @jjlong495 I am impressed by Russians in Lyman for holding so long. Maybe we should lower expectations.
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 they’ve ordered by Putin himself to stay; whether this a a wise tactical move is another matter, esp as Ukr has been able to establish fire control over the only way out, the road to Kreminna

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer ODESA /28 SEP/ UKR radars monitor the sortie of a Russian Su-35 naval strike fighter from Crimea. Detected, the Su-35 is forced to fire its Kh-59 missiles from long range. The missiles are interdicted by UKR air defense, and the Su-35 is forced to withdraw.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1575116886563590144?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @JimFraserUk 18 more HIMARs. That almost doubles what is currently ruining Russia’s ‘army’. Putin is going to go ape
⋙ 🐣 RT @TpyxaNews The Pentagon officially announced the allocation of a new tranche of military assistance to Ukraine for $1.1 billion ¤ The package includes 18 MLRS HIMARS, 150 off-road vehicles, radars and UAV countermeasure systems

🐣 RT @PhillipsPOBrien My latest piece for @TheAtlantic just dropped, why a smarter, more diverse and intellectually flexible (woke) army is much better than the hyper masculine, forces that are often seen as the military paradigm.
⋙ TheAtlantic, Phillips O’Brien: What Ted Cruz and Tucker Carlson Don’t Understand About War https://tinyurl.com/3ap59r9a
// On the modern battlefield, brains and adaptability yield far better results than ruthless brutality does.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his generals aren’t the only people who think that the more ruthless, hypermasculine, and reflexively brutal an army is, the better it performs on the battlefield. That view also has fans in the United States.

… “Perhaps a woke, emasculated military is not the best idea,” Cruz tweeted sarcastically. The Texas Republican is not alone in trumpeting a Putinesque ideal. Several months earlier, the Fox News host Tucker Carlson had similarly complained about a supposedly “woke” Pentagon, which he likened to the Wesleyan University anthropology department. By promoting diversity and inclusion, he insisted, military leaders were destroying American armed forces, supposedly the last great bastion of merit in the country. More recently, Carlson has complained that America’s armed forces are becoming “more feminine, whatever feminine means anymore,” just as China’s are “more masculine.”

Arguments like these were much easier to make before Putin unleashed his muscle-bound and decidedly unwoke fighting machine on the ostensibly weak Ukrainians, only to see it perform catastrophically. More than seven months into the war, the Ukrainian army continues to grow in strength, confidence, and operational competence, while the Russian army is flailing. Its recent failures raise many questions about the nature of military power. Before Putin ordered his troops into Ukraine, many analysts described his military as fast and powerful and predicted that it would “shock and awe” the overmatched defenders. The Ukrainian armed forces were widely assumed to be incapable of fighting the mighty Russians out in the open; their only option, the story went, would be to retreat into their cities and wage a form of guerrilla war against the invaders.

The success of the Ukrainian military over the past few months, along with the evolution of the Ukrainian state itself toward a more tolerant, more liberal norm, reveals what makes a better army in the modern world. Brains mean more than brawn, and adaptability means more than mindless aggression. Openness to new ideas and new equipment, along with the ability to learn quickly, is far more important than a simple desire to kill.

From the moment the Russian military crossed the border, the Ukrainians have outfought it, revealing it to be inflexible and intellectually vapid. Indeed when confronted with a Ukrainian military that was everything it was not—smart, adaptable, and willing to learn—the Russian army could only fall back on slow, massed firepower. The Battle of the Donbas, the war’s longest engagement, which started in late April and is still under way, exposed the Russian army at its worst. For months, it directed the bulk of personnel and equipment toward the center of a battle line running approximately from Izyum to Donetsk. Instead of breaking through Ukrainian lines and sending armored forces streaking forward rapidly, as many analysts had predicted, the Russian army opted to make painfully slow, incremental advances, by simply blasting the area directly in front of it. The plan seemed to be to render the area uninhabitable by Ukrainians, which would allow the Russians to advance intermittently into the vacuum. This was heavy-firepower, low-intelligence warfare on a grand scale, which resulted in strategically meaningless advances secured at the cost of unsustainably high Russian casualties. And in recent weeks, the Ukrainians have retaken much of the territory that Russia managed to seize at the start of the battle—and more.

I struggle to think of another case in the past 100 years when a major military power has performed as poorly against an adversary it was heavily favored to defeat. The supposedly second-strongest army in the world, with its martial spirit, brilliant doctrines, and advanced equipment, was thwarted and is now being pushed back by a Ukrainian military whose prospects most outsiders had dismissed before the war.

The persistence of the Putin-Cruz-Carlson vision of war is surprising, because we have decades, even centuries, of evidence to the contrary. Since the Industrial Revolution, and in many ways before, the ability to run a complex system has been the cornerstone of strategic success. Though much military popular literature likes to stress the human drama of combat—the bravery and sacrifice, the cowardice and atrocity—it is not nearly as important in victory or defeat as many people assume. In state-to-state wars—a category that includes the current Russian invasion of Ukraine as well as broader conflicts such as the two world wars—the side that can most efficiently deploy more effective equipment operated by better-trained personnel has typically emerged victorious.

The combination of education and technology overcame brute force during World War II, when the most militarily skillful and adaptable countries—the United States and the United Kingdom—were able to fight their enemies at a relatively small cost in casualties. The U.K., even though it fought around the world from 1939 to 1945, lost only 384,000 soldiers in combat. The U.S. lost even fewer, suffering approximately 290,000 battle deaths. The German armed forces, by contrast, lost more than 4 million soldiers.

That the British and American armed forces kept their casualties comparatively low is especially notable because they were confronted with an overwhelming majority of German arms, planes, and ammunition. Because of the sickening number of human casualties, the fighting on the Eastern Front between the Nazis and Soviets is widely deemed World War II’s largest engagement, but Germany had to send far more of its war production to fight the British and Americans than it did to fight the U.S.S.R.

The Ukrainians are trying, albeit with far fewer advantages, to do to Russia what the U.S. and the U.K. did to Germany. Ukrainian forces have learned to skillfully use advanced weaponry—in this case NATO-standard systems such as HIMARS and HARM missiles—to neutralize the brute strength of the Russian army. They have accomplished this because Ukrainian society is more flexible, technologically conversant, and willing to learn than the Russian invaders are. They have shown more cleverness and wisdom, and over time that advantage has allowed them to start taking the initiative.

Just as the ability to absorb information is better than lunkhead hypermasculinity in a modern army, diversity and societal integration also bring major advantages. As Ukraine has become more diverse and tolerant, its army has benefited. In contrast with Putin’s homophobic military, the Ukrainian armed forces include LGBTQ soldiers who have incorporated “unicorn” insignia into their uniforms. The valor of these soldiers, and the rallying of the Ukrainian people around a vision of a tolerant and diverse society, have led to an overall increase in Ukrainian support for gay rights—and it underscores the belief that everyone has a role to play in the country’s defense.

The Russian experience could not be more different. Putin has made suppressing gay rights one of the hallmarks of his rule. Determined to capitalize on culture-war tropes of the American right, he has portrayed Russia as a victim of cancel culture. He has retained rigid control over Russian society. While the Ukrainians are opening up, he is clamping down—with what we are now seeing as rather extreme results.

Last week, Putin called for a partial mobilization, which appears to be much broader than was originally announced. Now faced with the prospect of being forced into his army, large numbers of Russian men are desperately trying to get out of the country, and protests and even sabotage have occurred against government authorities. Whether Russian citizens generally view service in Putin’s army as a worthy national endeavor is in doubt. The Ukrainians, conversely, undertook a far more successful conscription at the start of the invasion.

Recent events should banish the idea that the more aggressive killing machine wins the war. Intelligence, technological savvy, and social integration are the assets that matter most on the modern battlefield.

Phillips Payson O’Brien is a professor of strategic studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He is the author of How the War Was Won: Air-Sea Power and Allied Victory in World War II.

🐣 RT @TetyanaWrites You know why this is clever? Because we are putting the psychological pressure on mothers and wives.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ZMiST_Ua ⚡️Ukrainian Ministry of Justice announced a new program that will allow every russian soldier captured by Ukrainian forces to contact their family and relatives for up to 15 minutes every couple of days using Voice over IP, improving their mental health and overall state.

🐣 RT @GlasnostGone With the Baltic Sea bubbling, due to gas leaks, #Sweden’s security service has opened a “gross sabotage” investigation regarding the incident at the Nord Stream pipelines, the agency saying that it cannot be ruled out “that a foreign power is behind it.” [link]

VOA: US Urges Americans to Leave Russia Quickly https://tinyurl.com/2p8nnyed The @StateDept warned that dual citizens could be drafted, US citizens should not take part in protests, and that options for leaving are becoming limited

🐣 RT @EHargneux If they leave Lyman it will be saw as another major victory for UA, but if they don’t it will be a major victory for UA

🐣 RT @WarMonitor3 Russian sources repeated that Ukrainian forces are in Kolodyazi and are “lining up in assault columns from the direction of the settlement of Kolodyazi”

🐣 RT @albir2024 Good morning. The situation in Lyman is changing fast. Some sources say is liberated but it’s not yet confirmed. This could turn up to be the greatest Russian defeat so far.

🐣 RT @EliotHiggins Lyman being recaptured by Ukrainian forces just before Putin’s September 30th speech will be another embarrassment for the Russian government.

🐣 RT @nexta_tv The #US Embassy in #Moscow urged its citizens to leave #Russia immediately. ¤ Earlier, Bulgaria, Poland and Estonia asked their citizens to leave Russia.

🐣 ♫ Do you know the way to Kreminna?
Da da da da da da-da-da dah …
I’ve got lots of friends in Kreminna
Da da da da da da-da-da dah …
♫ Luhansk is a great big oblast
Gonna steal a car and speed away
With half a chance I’ll make it real far
Until a howitzer or HIMARS
⋙ 🐣 BarBQs me and my washing machine
♫ All the orcs that made it to
Da da da da da da-da-da
Finland, Georgia or Kazakhstan
Da da da da da da-da-da dah …
Were the smartest ones, unlike me
♫ Do you know the way to Kreminna?

🐣 📋 RT @Flash_news_ua ⚡️ Russians are leaving the country en masse. According to the Associated Press:
– More than 53,000 Russians entered Georgia.
– 98,000 Russians entered Kazakhstan.
– More than 43,000 Russians entered Finland.
👉 Follow @Flash_news_ua

🐣 RT @zuidoki1974 Situation around Lyman right now 🇺🇦🇷🇺. Reportedly the 🇷🇺 started retreating now. Its way too late already and will be very costly for them. But every hour they wait it will even more costly.
Map: JulianRoepcke
🌎 https://twitter.com/zuidoki1974/status/1575051923535073280?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Tryzub2022 Russian bloggers are panicking that Ukrainian forces might liberate Torske today which would be the end of the russian forces who are in Lyman-Yampil. The main supply route runs through Torske.

🐣 RT @IAPonomarenko The possibility of major Russian defeat in the Lyman-Yampil area is now very high
🌎 https://twitter.com/IAPonomarenko/status/1575028962362765312?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 27 Sep 2022

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer Oops, they did it again? – From this, it looks like the Russian front is collapsing, and invasion forces will have to withdraw pronto or face encirclement at Lyman. We MIGHT (hopefully) see Ukraine take back another reasonably big chunk of its territory in the next few days.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer LYMAN / FLASH TRAFFIC / 2330 UTC 27 SEP / UKR forces reported to have registered advances north of Lyman. RU units are falling back in some disarray. Heavy combat reported at Shandryholove. FEBA within 3.5 Km of critical junction city of Zarichne.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1574906328619061248?s=20/photo/1

WaPo: Zelensky urges Western nations to act as Russia surges troops https://tinyurl.com/2p8e7tm8 Zelensky “urged world leaders to take ‘preventive’ action as Russia prepares to annex more territory and send hundreds of thousands of newly mobilized forces to the front”

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer LYMAN AXIS/ 2010 27 SEP/ UKR forces are reported to be in contact at Shandryholove. UKR has consolidated gains north of the Lyman urban area, and have engaged RU occupiers within the rail complex at Lyman. Reports from RU and UKR sources has been used in this map.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1574855433151516688?s=20/photo/1

AP (9/21): What’s in the House, Senate bills overhauling Jan. 6 count https://tinyurl.com/4pbsjwjy McConnell just came out in favor of the bipartisan Senate version, which at least 10 GOP Senators also support; the main substantive difference has to do with states certifying elections:
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1574862782649999409?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] CERTIFYING ELECTIONS
The House bill would add language to try to prohibit state or local officials from refusing to count valid votes in a presidential election or refusing to certify a legitimate election — an attempt to assuage some lawmakers’ fears that the next presidential candidate will follow Trump’s lead and try to pressure lower-level officials to overturn the results. Presidential candidates could go to court to force such a count. ¤ The Senate bill has no such language

🐣 RT @mkraju News — McConnell comes out in support of the Senate’s bill to overhaul the Electoral Count Act, a bill to make it harder to overturn a presidential election and a response to the Jan. 6 attack. Bill has enough GOP support to pass Senate, likely in the lame-duck session. 🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom Possibly; sets up the idea that this is “Russia.” More today on Putin’s #nuclear threats coming in @TheAtlantic Daily. Sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/mssdcatj
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ProfSwogger Is this as precursor for nuclear use under the guise of self defense?
⋙ 🐣 so … NATO will not be attacking a Ukr/Ru chimera either ¤ if the point was that ANY mil activity in the Ukr/Ru area would be considered an attack by NATO ~ Pootsie just said such activity would be addressed by counter-terrorist measures ¤ I understood this as Poots walking it back

🐣 RT @Johnyrocket69 No rush for Lyman. Its tying up Russian Forces as intended. Cutting the North off collapsing the entire occupation of the region is the main goal. #Ukraine
⋙ 🐣 RT @mhmck The Battle of Lyman ¤ The flag of Ukraine has been raised over Ridkodub in northernmost Donetsk region. The escape route for the rashist garrison in Drobysheve is likely cut off. The road out of Lyman is under Ukrainian fire control all the way to Kreminna.

🐣 RT @putinsucks69 Rybar says the only remaining supply line to Lyman is threatened from multiple directions. Highly likely Lyman will be in a tactical encirclement today, if it isn’t already.

🐣 📋 In the 20 years of the War in Viet Nam (1955-75) 58,280 Americans died
Russia has suffered that close to that many deaths in about 7 months
*(including non-combatants, MIA)
(all deaths, est. 2.5M, all countries)
Wikipedia https://tinyurl.com/2p6692jy
⇈ ⇊
🐣 📋 in 20 yrs in Viet Nam, the US lost just over 58K dead
⋙ 🐣 1955-1975
number of US dead includes non-combatant deaths and MIA
all tolled, ~2.5M died in the Viet Nam War
Source: Wikipedia

⭕ 26 Sep 2022

WaPo: How a QAnon splinter group became a feature of Trump rallies https://tinyurl.com/yc6ns24h “‘Biden is a fraud, he’s an actor,’ said a woman in an ‘I TQLD YOU SO’ T-shirt who declined to give her name. ‘He died in 2019’”
// An offshoot of the extremist movement called Negative48 is thronging Trump political events, causing tensions with the former president’s team

NYT: Two Cities, Two Armies: Pivot Points in the Fight in Ukraine’s East https://tinyurl.com/57kmvprk
// The battle for the critical Donbas region in Ukraine is centered on two strategically important cities: Lyman, held by the Russians, and Bakhmut, held by Ukraine. The fighting over the cities is fierce as both armies race to claim new ground.

Ukraine is pushing hard to reclaim Lyman, a railway juncture that serves as an important supply hub on the western edge of the Donbas. Russian forces control the city, but Ukraine is hoping to use it as a gateway to push farther east and maintain its momentum. ¤ Bakhmut is an entry point to part of the region still held by Ukrainian forces. Capturing it would also give Russia a win after being routed in humiliating fashion in the north. The Russians have been shelling Bakhmut incessantly for the past three months.

The fight for Bakhmut and Lyman comes down to strategic positioning for both sides before the front lines stagnate in the cold weather. If the cities are under Ukrainian control, Kyiv’s forces will be prepared to claw back lost territory in the coming months. Under Russian occupation, and with reinforcements, they will help Russia put Donbas’s two major cities — Kramatorsk and Sloviansk — under increasing threat and more frequent shelling. …

The Donbas, a region roughly the size of New Hampshire, is made up of rolling fields, postage-stamp sized mining towns and hulking plateaus of slag heaps discarded from the area’s constellation of coal mines. In 2014, Russian-backed separatists formed two breakaway republics there, fighting the Ukrainian government for eight years until the Russians launched their invasion in February. …

Unlike in Lyman, where there is a mix of Russian reservists, separatists and regular army forces, the area around Bakhmut is largely controlled by the Wagner Group, an infamous paramilitary force that reports directly to the Kremlin. …

🐣 RT @ RonFilipkowski Calling from jail on the eve of his trial, Oathkeepers leader Stewart Rhodes admits he had sent a letter urging Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act and declare the election invalid, then do a mass declassification “of all the dirty secrets of the elites.”
💽 https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1574516238004662272?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @ gal_suburban One thing people can’t deny is how coordinated they were in their demands and actions. ¤ Rhodes, Flynn, Patel, Ratcliffe, Grenell & the rest wanted everything declassified, voting machines seized and the Insurrection Act declared. ¤ Seditious Conspiracy

🐣 RT @GlasnostGone As U might expect, Putin’s conscripted cannon fodder told, only supplies their uniforms – everything else they’ll have to provide. Including sleeping bags, warm clothing, medical supplies. “Ask your wives, girls, mothers for sanitary pads” to use as tourniquets bandages.
⋙ 🐣 RT @bayraktar_1love Newly mobilized Russians are told what they need to take to the war. Spoiler – pads and tampons. (English subtitles)
💽 https://twitter.com/bayraktar_1love/status/1574476679539527680?s=20/photo/1
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @psarj “All the army provides you with is uniforms and armor.” ¤ Everything else they have to provide. ¤ This is how they’re getting around their logistics crunch! ¤ Doesn’t make sense to waste RU resources on cannon fodder ¤ Also, don’t look too closely at the armor, it’s packed with cardboard

🧵 RT @TCG_CrisisRisks [Cavell] Ukraine SITREP 1. Russian air/missile strikes continued yesterday and overnight with an impact on the Kryvyi Rih airport causing damage and disruptions. An impact in Kramatorsk also caused significant damage and casualties.
📌 https://twitter.com/TCG_CrisisRisks/status/1574619078051786752?s=20

🧵 RT @wartranslated An update from the Ukrainian military expert Oleg Zhdanov for 26th September 2022. https://tinyurl.com/2p87nw8r
🔥 The past day has been mostly stable, but in some areas, Ukrainians advanced, while in others they were pushed by the Russian forces.
📌 https://twitter.com/wartranslated/status/1574516941401776134?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @DeonteFord1 It doesn’t need to. Russia is going to win this war regardless of what the west tries to do.
🐣 RT @ArsenalOfShade Really? Take a look at the 1st forced conscripts got when they were being rushed to the frontline,Their train got eliminated in Luhansk. No wonder “how to break your arm” is the biggest Internet search in Ruska 😅
¤ https://twitter.com/ArsenalOfShade/status/1574599562672500741?s=20/photo/1
// train on fire, likely sabateurs

🐣 📋 RT @Boycott_RU 1/Multinationals’ entities are now obliged to assist the Kremlin’s war mobilization by helping conscript soldiers & provide other assets as asked by the state. Between them, they have at least 700,000 employees and $141 billion in assets, according to @B4Ukraine .
// 251K from US, 124K France, 91K Germany, 34K Swiss, 28K UK, 20K Japan, 15K Greece, 14.5K China, 12K Netherlands

🐣 RT @BrotherNumpsay Simonyan actually references Battleship Potemkin and mutiny. Yikes!
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Two of Putin’s top propagandists, head of RT Margarita Simonyan and state TV host Vladimir Solovyov, are aghast at how poorly his “partial mobilization” is going. They worry about the consequences that might follow in the near future. More in my article ⤵️
💽 [tr] https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1574491958101393411?s=20/photo/1
⋙⋙ DailyBeast, Julia Davis: Putin’s Top Cheerleaders Panic Over Russian Army ‘Mutiny’ https://tinyurl.com/yeyvu8nw
// Two of Putin’s most strident supporters are freaking out about the disastrous mass mobilization efforts, which they fear could lead to a major revolt against the war in Ukraine.

🐣 RT @MaddowBlog No longer respecting election results isn’t just about messing with elections themselves. It’s about a different kind of governance. ¤ If they do not want your vote to determine who is in power, that means they don’t want to have to use power to try to meet your needs.
💽 https://twitter.com/MaddowBlog/status/1574583366426443777?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @krides The sausage fest on the Georgian border is getting out of control.
¤ https://twitter.com/krides/status/1574468055710588928?s=20/photo/1
// pressing crowd of hundreds of men at border

WaPo Editorial: Putin’s debacle is breaking his country — and he might pay the price https://tinyurl.com/2ypekrs2 “Putin — the aggressor, the lone reason for this war — has wasted tens of thousands of lives for nothing and now threatens to add more atop a dismal pile of shame”

Like so much else in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s senseless and vicious assault on Ukraine, his attempt to mobilize Russian men to fight has turned into a debacle. After months of preserving relative calm about the war among the Russian public — through a combination of propaganda, lies, censorship and harsh punishment of criticism and dissent — Mr. Putin has broken the quiet himself. Thousands of Russian men are running for the exits.

Mr. Putin had announced a “partial mobilization,” saying that “only military reservists, primarily those who served in the armed forces and have specific military occupational specialties and corresponding experience, will be called up.” But in recent days, the call-up has grabbed men with no prior military service, including some who are too old or physically incapable of going to war. Moreover, the burden is falling more heavily on small towns and villages and among ethnic minorities.

Outright protest — and chaos — erupted. In the Irkutsk region, a young man shot the chief recruitment officer at a military enlistment station. In Omsk, social media video showed, fighting broke out between drafted men and the police officers forcing them onto buses. The draftees called on the police to die with them in the trenches. Arson attacks have hit recruitment offices in 16 regions since Mr. Putin’s announcement last Wednesday, nearly twice as many incidents since the Russian president launched the invasion in February. Since the call-up announcement, more than 2,300 people have been arrested for protesting. A traffic jam of 2,300 vehicles backed up at the border crossing between Russia and Georgia as men fled the draft, while many others walked and thousands more fled through Finland and other routes. Almost all flights out have been booked for days.

Behind the upheaval is a deeper fissure. For many years, Mr. Putin maintained what scholar Masha Lipman dubbed a “no-participation pact” with a swath of the Russian public: These people agreed to stay out of politics in exchange for the government not interfering in their daily lives. After the war began, many Russians kept quiet or just tried to ignore it; mass protests did not break out. But the mobilization threatens to destroy this compact. Sociologist Greg Yudin notes that Mr. Putin did not initiate a political mobilization before launching the military one. He says Russians are quickly snapping out of lethargy and asking questions that they hadn’t for a long time. This might weaken Mr. Putin still more. Ukraine and its allies must keep the pressure on.

Once again, Mr. Putin’s lies and absurdities fall before the truth. The “partial mobilization” of reservists turns out to be a desperate grab for canon fodder. The “referendums” in captured territory are a travesty of democracy. The “special military operation” turns out to be a long and painful war. Mr. Putin lashes out at “neo-Nazis,” but his own troops stand accused of the most horrible war crimes.

The darkest truth is that Mr. Putin — the aggressor, the lone reason for this war — has wasted tens of thousands of lives for nothing and now threatens to add more atop a dismal pile of shame.

🐣 RT @FreeCiviliansUA 🛡️According to president Zelensky, Donetsk Oblast is Ukraine’s main priority. He said Ukraine is doing everything to curb Russian activity in this key region http://donorbox.org/freearmyukraine
#WarInUkraine #UkraineRussiaWar #UkraineWar #Ukraine

🐣 RT @EuromaidanPress Participants of the Third Free Nations of Russia Forum called to decolonize, denuclearize “imperial, terrorist” Russian state ¤ As well, they called on northern nations to launch an active fight for liberation, and to avoid the Russian opposition
⋙ EuromaidanPress, Christine Chraibi: National minorities of Russia call to decolonize, denuclearize “imperial, terrorist” Russian state https://tinyurl.com/mrx2n8jv
// Free Nations of Russia Forum; National minorities of the Russian Federation discuss decolonization and reconstruction at the Free Nations Forum in Gdansk.
🌎 https://twitter.com/EuromaidanPress/status/1574579581557817367?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer 30 SEPTEMBER: Putin is scheduled to give his annual address to Federal Assembly. He is expected to give the ‘results’ of the ‘referendums’ in occupied Donbas, Kherson and Zaporozhye. His troubled mobilization might be expanded, and some form of martial law announced.

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 Putin has unleashed strong currents of dissent with his bungled and violently opposed “partial mobilization”. This is the tactic of 1941 imposed by idiots in 2022. Now all Russian men see the Ukraine military disaster as a threat to their own future.
🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Russians who don’t want to become cannon fodder for the sake of Putin’s imperial ambitions are trying to escape from Russia. It’s becoming increasingly more challenging.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Podolyak_M USSR 2.0… A country at is actively disintegrating until the Iron Curtain finally descends. A perfect illustration of Putin’s conscription.
💽 https://twitter.com/Podolyak_M/status/1574426933466652674?s=20/photo/1
// drone video of cars lined up to leave Russia

🐣 RT @McFaul I am pro-Russian. I want to save Russian lives. That’s why I want Putin to stop sending Russians to be killed in a senseless war that has nothing to do with Russian security and everything to do with Putin’s ego. The real anti-Russians are those supporting mass mobilization.

🐣 RT @duty2warn “F*ck the voting, let’s get right to the violence,” – Roger Stone, before the 2020 presidential election. ¤ Wednesday’s Jan 6 Committee hearing will show the video clips and present the context.
⋙ 🐣 RT @duty2warn Stone said this one day before the 2020 election. He said it in front of a documentary film crew, on video. What he was saying, in effect, is that he had no interest in waiting to tally actual votes before contesting the election results.

TheAtlantic, Tom Nichols: The Russian Clocks Are All Ticking https://tinyurl.com/ycy3fz9z “There is no way for the poorly supplied and corrupt Russian military to train, house, clothe, and arm 300,000 men anytime soon, and certainly not before winter arrives”
// Putin is running out of time.

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer LYMAN/ 1930 UTC 26 SEP/ Russian sources report that UKR troops are in contact south of the Lyman rail complex. UKR units reported to have cut the O-0526 HWY at Zelena Dolyna and are pressing toward the O-0526 HWY east of Drobysheve.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1574478065396244480?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @FreeCiviliansUA ⚡️🛡️ Understand why #Kherson Oblast is so strategic (1)
North Crimean Canal diverts waters from Dnipro River in Kherson. It is a lifeline to Crimea and supplies 85% of its freshwater needs.
https://donorbox.org/freearmyukraine
#WARINUKRAINE #UKRAINEWAR #UKRAINERUSSIAWAR #UKRAINE
🌎 https://twitter.com/FreeCiviliansUA/status/1574471410763927564?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @Cirincione I enjoyed my talk with @jeffpeguescbs @CBSNewsRadio last week. I thought I’d share some of our analysis on Putin, Ukraine and nuclear threats. ¤ You can listen to the podcast here: https://tinyurl.com/3vhxej26
Jeff asks: “Putin makes some pretty alarming threats. Is he desperate?”
📌 https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1574474702365638671?s=20

I said, “I believe it shows that he’s losing the war and he knows he’s losing the war. He’s been operating under the idea that a Russian victory was inevitable; that he had superior numbers and material; that he had the superior resources to sustain this occupation of Ukraine.

“The recent Ukrainian counteroffensive both in the south around the city of Kherson and then, to his surprise, in the north around the city of Kharkiv, has shaken those assumptions.That’s why he’s rattling the nuclear saber again. He knows he’s losing.

“He’s concerned that he may not be able to hold his current positions in Ukraine, as Ukrainians continue to advance.He’s trying to scare Ukraine, to scare the West into halting any offensive actions by threatening to escalate to nuclear weapons.

Jeff asks: “But Russia has a powerful military. Why is Putin losing now?’
I said: “Before the war most considered Russia the second most powerful military in the world. As it turns out it’s only the second most powerful military in Ukraine.

“Russia is losing for a number of reasons. (1) The war has exposed the effects of its corrupt system. A lot of the equipment isn’t working, a lot of the ammunition and equipment has proved to be defective. (2) It also shows the corruption in the military command structure.

“Many of the general have proved to be completely inept. (3) Russian strategy is very top-down, very controlled when modern warfare requires much more initiative on the battlefield. (4) It really shows the difference between an invading force and an army defending their country.

“Ukrainians have the benefit of superior morale, superior desire. They know what they’re fighting for. They see what happens when their towns are occupied by Russian forces. (5) Ukraine has superior strategic leaders, both in President Zelensky and in the military command.

(6) Finally, they’ve benefited greatly from Western arms that have flowed into Ukraine. The HIMARS, the M777 artillery, the drones, have given Ukraine the ability to strike deep behind Russian lines, disrupting their logistics, their supplies, their command headquarters. END

🐣 RT @wartranslated Girkin explains how the only direction where Russians are currently advancing, the Bakhmut direction, is completely pointless since they are being flanked by Ukrainians in the north of the so-called LPR.
💽 [tr] https://twitter.com/wartranslated/status/1574367403995435008?s=20/photo/1
// “either cretinism or betrayal”

🐣 RT @ NOELreports 🇺🇦 Ukraine does not plan to announce additional mobilization ¤ “We have already created reserves through the territorial defense system. We don’t announce additional mobilization. We have everything, and we are ready for a larger number of Russian troops,” said Mykhailo Podolyak

🐣 📋 RT @mrsorokaa Over 260,000 Russian men have fled the country after Putin launched his mobilization on Sept. 21. ¤ Can you imagine what could have happened if they would actually had the guts to take their country back?
⋙ 🐣 that’s in addition to the 120-170K tech workers who left at the outset
NYTimes: https://tinyurl.com/asjc7ujy

🐣 RT @IAPonomarenko If the Kremlin wanted to intimidate the West with this “mobilization,” it’s a total failure. ¤ What’s happening now only exposes the Russian military as even more chaotic, systemically flawed, primitive, and heavy-handed than we expected it to be.

🐣 RT @wartranslated An observation from Aleksandr “we are losing the copter” Sladkov pointing to the lack of accuracy of Russian artillery systems causing overloading of the whole chain including ammunition delivery and storage. As usual, he suggests finding and punishing those guilty.
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/wartranslated/status/1574430761826091009?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] WE HAVE A LOT OF ARTILLERY IN THE SMO. GUNS, HOWITZERS, MORTARS. WE PUT OUT A SEA OF FIRE.
The only problem is we’re not shooting accurately. Are the gunners to blame? I do not think so. If, as a quiz, you could tell me the latest systems that we use, I would be grateful. Think about it, and I will help you:

“Msta” – commissioned 40 years ago,
“Pion” gun – 42 years ago,
Mortar “Tyulpan” – 56 years ago,
D-30 – 60 years ago,
“Rapira” – 62 years ago,
Mortar 120mm – 63 years ago,
Mortar 82mm – 72 years ago.

Yes, experts will say: “Sasha, the West also has old guns, it’s all about the new ammunition.” And they will be right. But then why are we using the old Soviet ammunition? Why, when disposing of ammunition, we first destroyed new ammunition, but never got our hands to the oldest?

No, we have a new (born in 1986) Krasnopol guided projectile. But it is advisable to use it with laser guidance using the Orlan-30 UAV. But there are no Orlan-30’s. It’s so rare you could say we don’t have it. Therefore…

Therefore, if I start writing about artillery reconnaissance and guidance systems, it will become completely vulgar. They know this very well both in the higher ups and below. Don’t blame the gunner, he does the best he can.

Here is the video I posted above. You can see how our gunners hit enemy strongholds. See how many craters are scattered around in the field? If we had accurate artillery systems, then a hundred times fewer shells would be enough. War is costly, and we must thank those due to whom we are forced to load, reload, carry, hide and store, bring to firing positions, load, shoot a thousand times more than we should. Who is guilty? Find and punish them.

🐣 RT @ hugolowell The Guardian: After the Jan. 6 committee identified Roger Stone’s number, they found he called former Proud Boys chair Tarrio before and after the Capitol attack, and former Oath Keepers chief Rhodes on Jan. 19 — as well as Don Jr aide Arthur Schwartz.

🐣 📋 RT @SammyVult % of [Ethnic] Ukrainians in given oblast:
Donetsk – 56.9%
Kherson – 82%
Zaporizhzhia 70%
Kharkov – 70%
Odessa – 62%
[Luhansk 58%]
So Russia can f*ck right off with their grand plan. It´s imperialism, plain and simple.

🧵 RT @jgoldsto 1/Latest updates on Ukraine; still somewhat tentative based on tweets from various sources. It appears that in the last six-eight hours, AFU has made major progress to the north of Lyman, advancing the encirclement of ths critical gateway railhead. This follows a long and costly
📌 https://twitter.com/jgoldsto/status/1574407037282185216?s=20

2/two weeks of fighting over Lyman. The Ru army decided to defend Lyman furiously, pouring in all available experienced troops and attempting several counter-attacks against Ukr forces. Whlie this has delayed Ukr progress, it may end up making loss of Lyman far more costly for

3/costly for Ru in terms of men and equipment lost. Amazing that Ukr, despite considerable losses in the heavy fighting, has been able to maintain its offensive and encircle Lyman from N & S. Critical that Ukr has kept Ru air power at bay. Now if Ukr can take control of Lyman,

4/Ru may not have troops and armor to maintain a fallback defensive line. Way could open for Ukr to retake major portions of Luhank. Meanwhile, in the south, Ru using untrained fresh conscripts to reinforce positions in Kherson. Yet, Ukr keeps taking down bridges and pontoons

5/used to supply Kherson. Keeping up the pressure on logistic supply to Rus forces, Ukr may be able to force Kherson defenders to withdraw or surrender without a major offensive. Encircling Lyman in the East, while starving Kherson in the south, is a remarkable 2-way move by

6/Ukr strategists. If both moves succeed, Russia’s advances since Jan will be sharply reversed; momentum will build for Ukr to recover all occupied territory. While this seems ambitious, must recall that hardened and well-equipped Ukr forces will increasingly be facing untrained

7/Ru conscripts reluctant to fight, armed with old and outmoded equipment. The Kupiansk/Isyum advance, Lyman encirclement, and Kherson logistic isolation may mark the turning points of the war.

🐣 RT @INTobservers According to russian sources, There was a deep breakthrough of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Lyman direction – UA controlled 7 settlements at once and went to the border of the LPR. #Kharkiv #Ukraine️ ¤ We are waiting good news from the general staff
🌎 https://twitter.com/INTobservers/status/1574386224667807744?s=20/photo/1 -2

🐣 RT @ Da___Wolf A tank is a tank but the balance of tanks in most areas is now in Ukraine’s favour, just because they’ve destroyed and captured so many, and because Russia has so many trapped over the river in Kherson. Lyman and surrounds won’t last long. Then that’s another Russian army gone.

🐣 RT @ NOELreports Russian sources report that AFU 🇺🇦 has reached the borders of Luhansk at the front north of Lyman. ¤ We will wait for further confirmation, but it seems something collapsed 😊👋
🌎 https://twitter.com/NOELreports/status/1574380905027850241?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @y_decr Knock, Knock. We are here. ¤ #Lyman #Ukraine
🌎 https://twitter.com/y_decr/status/1574375830859304960?s=20/photo/1
// street-to-street fighting

🐣 RT @CXCarroll Girkin is a monster but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s correct here: the Russian troops being used to go on the offensive are a waste of resources. They should be used to reinforce Lyman which is existential.
⋙ 🐣 RT @wartranslated Girkin explains how the only direction where Russians are currently advancing, the Bakhmut direction, is completely pointless since they are being flanked by Ukrainians in the north of the so-called LPR.
💽 [tr] https://twitter.com/wartranslated/status/1574367403995435008?s=20/photo/1
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @SquireDigital 35/ Two weeks ago Izium was cut off, the RuAF were killed or are POWs. ¤ It is now groundhog day for Russia in Lyman and/or Svatove. ¤ They had two weeks to organize some rational defense, but instead throw their lives away against the ZSU rocks of Avdiivka, Soledar and Bakhmut.

🐣 RT @ mccaffreyr3 Putin’s criminal war on Ukraine is increasingly becoming a source of domestic bitterness and opposition. The so called partial mobilization has underscored the military disaster facing the Russian Armed Forces. The EU and NATO are coming together in horror.

⭕ 25 Sep 2022

🐣 RT @mhmck The russian fascist invaders have made a fatal decision to defend Lyman at all costs. ¤ The Armed Forces of Ukraine are engaged in offensives to trap the rashists in Lyman and liberate the north of Luhansk region.

🐣 RT @KrauseForIowa With Lyman almost surrounded, it appears that the offensive will shift to Svatove. Possession can block a key supply line from Russia to the deep south of occupied Ukraine. It picks the back door lock on Luhansk. Russians at Lyman will have to eventually surrender. 🌎

UAWire: Russian defense lines collapsing near Lyman under pincer attack of Ukrainian Forces https://tinyurl.com/2p958yb8 If the UA forces can reach Svatove, ‘the entire group of the Russian troops in and near Lyman will be in the operational encirclement’ ~ RU military sources

Russian telegram channels and military propagandists are sounding an alarm because of a difficult situation for the Russian army near Lyman, Donetsk Oblast. The military telegram channel Rybar (one of the largest in Russia) reports that the units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces attacked from Lozove, Lyman district, and broke through the Russian defense lines. Now the Russian troops are facing a threat of encirclement.

Russian military sources claim that if Ukrainian Forces manage to reach Svatove, the entire group of the Russian troops in and near Lyman will be in the operational encirclement.

The Ukrainian Forces, having taken control of the towns Oskil and Rubtsi, are now advancing towards Makiivka in order to encircle the Russian troops in Lyman from the north and move further to Kreminna in the Luhansk People’s Republic, reports Rybar.

According to Rybar, Moscow is sending reinforcements in order to slow down the advance of the Ukraine troops and stabilize the collapsing front.

According to Ukrainian military analyst Bohdan Miroshnikov, the Ukrainian Forces are expanding their foothold north of Lyman. Lozove, Rubtsi, Krymki and Oleksandrivka have been liberated.

“Lozove (Lyman district) is under the control of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Rubtsi, Krymki, Oleksandrivka and all other adjacent settlements too,” said Miroshnikov . According to him, the Ukrainian Forces have also taken control of Korovii Yar and a sweep operation is underway there.

“Our units in this area have advanced even further, so expect news,” Miroshnikov wrote. ¤ He stressed that the Ukrainian Armed Forces have taken a good pace and are moving quite quickly from the Oskil River to Lyman. The Russians have been unable to stop the offensive and stabilize the front.

“In the near future, orcs [Russians] will be in danger in Svatove, with the front line being moved further. In such circumstances, the capture of Lyman and advance to Kreminna will mean that Severodonetsk, Lysychansk and Rubizhne will also return home. Orcs captured them three months ago with great losses,” Miroshnikov said.

🐣 RT @EuromaidanPR Finally, Ukraine has received one of the world’s best air defense systems from the USA–the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS). Apparently, more of these are on the way to protect UA cities and citizens. Thank you, USA. [link]

🐣 RT @ GirkinGirkin Ушла 144 мсд… аминь…
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/SquireDigital/status/1574237643205902337?s=20/photo/1

[Text Tr:] Briefly on the Oskol Front. The enemy continues the offensive with large forces supported by tanks. According to some reports, Redkodub and Novo are under Khokhl. Fighting is underway on the southern outskirts of the Liman. Drobyshevo, Novoselovka, Shandrigolovo are under us, despite the attacks of the enemy. In Prishib, Khokhol deployed an artillery reconnaissance station and is conducting a counter-battery fight Hymars and Excaliburs.

🐣 📋 RT @Gerashchenko_en Why do Russians flee from 🇷🇺?
Why do they ask for shelter & get it from some countries?
Did anyone attack them?
It is reported that 260,000 men left Russia after mobilization was declared.
If all of them came out to protest – there would already be no need for them to leave.
💽 https://twitter.com/Gerashchenko_en/status/1574137426943025154?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @igorsushko This is what Ukraine is fighting for. To free her people from the tyrant. ✊
⋙ 🐣 RT @sumlenny The Ukrainian army liberates more towns from the Russian occupation.
💽 https://twitter.com/sumlenny/status/1574212959953244161?s=20/photo/1
💽 https://twitter.com/sumlenny/status/1574213635869528064?s=20/photo/1
// people waving to Ukr liberators

🐣 RT @RALee85 The Ukrainian General Staff said that Russia is sending mobilized men without training straight to the front line. https://tinyurl.com/4y97j9am
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/RALee85/status/1574207027135422464?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] In the city of Sevastopol of the temporarily occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea, about one thousand summonses were handed out to men of draft age. Representatives of the occupying forces assure the mobilized personnel that their service will take place in the temporarily occupied territory of the Kherson region until the end of the term of the so-called “special operation” ¤ The command of the russian occupying forces directs the new arrivals for the mobilization of servicemen without training to the replenishment of units that have suffered losses, directly to the front line. This significantly affects the decrease in the level of morale and psychological state of enemy servicemen and the quality of their performance of duties.

🐣 RT @DefenceU .@ZelenskyyUa
We will definitely liberate our entire country – from Kherson to the Luhansk region, from Crimea to the Donetsk region. We will not allow the occupier to go unpunished. Every murderer and torturer will be brought to justice for what he did against 🇺🇦. ¤ 📷 72 Brigade

🐣 RT @hdevreij ‘The United States would respond decisively to any Russian use of nuclear weapons against Ukraine and has spelled out to Moscow the “catastrophic consequences” it would face, U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday.’
⋙ Reuters: U.S. warns Putin of ‘catastrophic’ consequences over nuclear weapons https://tinyurl.com/3watvfxa

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote This is a great thread. While I keep pointing out that declassification is irrelevant, it’s only on the context that the docs would still be presidential records and not his. ⬇️
🧵 RT @BVanGrack The Declass Defense [thread]: FPOTUS’s recent stmts that he declassified “everything” and may have done it secretly (“by thinking about it”) merit a review of how a secret declassification order would impact an Espionage Act charge for retaining nat’l defense info (“retention charge”).
📌 https://twitter.com/BVanGrack/status/1574027797512732673?s=20

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer LYMAN/1430 UTC 25 SEP/ UKR forces have prosecuted a multi-pronged attack to isolate and dislodge RU troops occupying the important rail junction at Lyman. UKR has crossed and cut the O-0527 HWY near Drobysheve. UKR air defense is reported to have downed an Su-34 strike fighter.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1574044588343451653?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @JimmySecUK President Zelensky confirms in an interview with CBS News that the first NASAMS advanced air defence system has been delivered to Ukraine. 🇺🇸🤝🇺🇦

🐣 RT @DefenceU We understand that not all russian troops are like this;russia still has remnants of a professional army that #UAarmy hasn’t yet destroyed. ¤ We also know that soon these “soldiers” will be at the front,and with such a love for alcohol,it will be easier for them to die on our land.
💽 https://twitter.com/DefenceU/status/1573997205723222018?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer KHERSON/1230 UTC 25 SEP/ Partisans & deeply inserted SOF continue targeting ops. Precision weapons hit Nova Kakhovka and Kherson. A strike against the Play Hotel in Kherson is reported to have killed the RU collaborator Oleksiy Zhuravko. Russian Su-30SM strike fighter shot down.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1574007492367065090?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @ tomiahonen Special Master Thread 1/
So Trump’s gambit of the Special Masterbater went horribly wrong
His Magapuppet judge, Loose Cannon: Come On Aileen, did give Trump the Special Master
And DOJ even accepted 1 of 2 judges Trump nominated for it
What happened and… why this ploy?
📌 https://twitter.com/tomiahonen/status/1573950935772139520?s=20

TheGuardian, Peter Pomerantsev: The nuclear threat might change the mood in Russia itself, stoking widespread fear https://tinyurl.com/4z8tmnt4 “Putin has lost control of the military situation. Losing control of propaganda will show that beneath the shiny fascist boots are feet of clay”
// Putin’s propaganda glories in devastation but, like the Nazis, he is sowing the seeds of self-destruction

Do you want Total War?” Goebbels demanded of the Nazi faithful as the Second World War went south for Germany in 1943. He depicted a Reich surrounded by evil Jewish cosmopolitan conspirators bent on its destruction and he advocated for total mobilisation and to embrace a glory-in-death ideology.

Vladimir Putin delivered his own (partial) version last week. As the Ukraine war goes south for Russia, he claimed the defeats are the result of cosmopolitan conspiracies bent on destroying Russia and he had to announce (partial) total mobilisation. He called on Russians’ sense of historical mission and implied Russia was ready to use nuclear weapons. “This isn’t a bluff,” he insisted.

Putin likes to imitate the worst of 20th-century totalitarian propaganda, but does his message work, at home and abroad? Or is Putin starting to make the same propaganda blunders he made on the battlefield? Russian state propaganda drips with the pathos of martyrdom. Russians are meant to love the pain of proving how tough they are, surviving everything from the Gulag to the extreme weather, as compared with the effete west. The propaganda taps incessantly into the myth of the Second World War, in which Russians are described as unique among nations in their readiness to sacrifice themselves for a greater cause. On the anniversary of that war, the state organises marches where people carry placards of dead veterans, “the immortal regiment”: death in war brings immortality in the heaven of state propaganda. There’s a suicidal bravura, a “let’s destroy the whole world” implication in the popular catchphrase “What’s the point of the world if there’s no place for Russia in it?”. Putin’s nuclear threats are snarled with relish, as if sadistically summoning the Gods of Total Destruction.

As with the Nazis, rational self-interest is meant to be swallowed up in the community of the state. But look closer and the picture gets more complicated – and vulnerable.

The myth of martyrdom and resilience is suspect. Ukrainians have a genuine tradition of suffering for the cause of national liberation – and success through sacrifice. For centuries, Ukrainian poets and rebels proved themselves ready to bear unjust imprisonment, executions and genocide to fight for their national and linguistic rights. Many of Ukraine’s heroes, such as the poets Taras Shevchenko and Vasyl Stus, suffered Russian prisons and tortures, and their underlying spirit of resilience is being proved on the battlefield.

Russians have indeed been killed en masse, most often by their own state, but, unlike Ukrainians, they do not celebrate their own dissidents. These are hated and damned in state propaganda and by the public at large. Real courage is derided. Instead, mass oppression has resulted in a society that celebrates passive conformism. Bravura is celebrated on the screen, but as a way to compensate for the way society is actually cowed. You are crushed by the state and then compensated with patriotic heroics on television and sadism towards the weakest in your own society and others (in this case, Ukraine).

The great difference with Nazi propaganda is that while the former was geared to action and mobilisation, Putin’s propaganda is geared to demobilisation: sit on the couch, feel strong by watching propaganda and let the Kremlin run things. Beneath the rhetoric of self-sacrifice, Putin’s propaganda has traditionally allowed for self-interest or, at least, self-preservation. You go to war spouting patriotic rhetoric, but really you are in it because it allows for loot and rape. You enjoy the highs of patriotic rhetoric at home, but really your interest is in being allowed to pursue corruption, great and small. Putin’s trick is to dress self-interest in patriotic propaganda. Now those two things are splitting. Going to the front just means pointless death. It’s now clear the “partial” mobilisation is not partial at all; people are being grabbed on the streets and packed off to war. On social media, the sentiment towards mobilisation is highly negative. In polling, even the most pro-Putin Russians are against it. The war in Ukraine was meant to be a movie, not a personal sacrifice.

Putin’s threat of nuclear war may backfire, too. It’s meant to intimidate the west and Ukraine but it can upset his own people more. If there’s one thing Russians fear more than Putin, it’s nuclear war – and now he’s the one bringing it closer. For both the elite and the “ordinary” Russians who I’ve spoken to recently, the calculation is about whether the risk of going against Putin is bigger than the risk of sticking with him. So far, rebelling has seemed the bigger risk; does the nuclear topic change that? Much depends on how the international community reacts. We need to show that the closer he gets to a nuclear threat, the more devastating the reaction will be: military, economic and diplomatic. He will even lose China.

Losing public opinion in Russia is not the same as in a democracy. It doesn’t necessarily lead to protests, let alone losing non-existent elections. But being able to show you can control public opinion, through fear and propaganda, is one of the emblems of tsardom. Putin has lost control of the military situation. Losing control of propaganda will show that beneath the shiny fascist boots are feet of clay. Now stamp on them.

⭕ 24 Sep 2022

NYT, Maureen Dowd: Solo Soulless Saboteurs https://tinyurl.com/2p87vte2 “Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, long entwined, continue on vile parallel paths: They would rather destroy their countries than admit they have lost.”

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, long entwined, continue on vile parallel paths: They would rather destroy their countries than admit they have lost. …

As our ancestors did, the Ukrainians are fighting an abusive overlord, against all odds, for democracy. It’s especially inspiring as a split screen with Trump and his MAGA forces trying to bulldoze democracy and rip away women’s rights. The Ukrainians are battling for a luminous ideal — unlike Trump and Putin, who are smashing a luminous ideal for their own benefit, driven by their dread of being called losers.

Both thugs are getting boxed in, Trump by a bouquet of investigations into his chicanery and Putin by an angry public pushback against his bloody vanity war.

America has its own history of lying itself into wars, in Vietnam and Iraq, for example, and then prolonging the killing of young soldiers as a sop to male politicians’ egos. Now it’s Russia’s turn.

Putin has doubled down on his unprovoked invasion of a neighbor — red-washed as a “special military operation” by the Kremlin. Now he has conscripted 300,000 men to join the front lines, commandeering school buses to drag the men to training camps — a move that sent draft-age men fleeing across the border and flocking to airports, amid tears and howls from women and children. …

Pressured by allies and humiliated by his awful judgment in thinking that swallowing Ukraine would be a cakewalk, Putin seems ever more unhinged. The bodies of critics and oligarchs dying in “accidents” and “suicides” are piling up around him, like a scene in “Goodfellas.” He is ruining countless lives in concentric circles, from former friends, to Russian citizens yanked into a war they don’t believe in, to Ukrainians willing to die for freedom. …

WaPo: With Kalashnikov rifles, Russia drives the staged vote in Ukraine https://tinyurl.com/mvcjhxd8 “The speed at which the referendums were announced and carried out … reflect the Kremlin’s tacit acknowledgment of its deteriorating position in Ukraine”

WaPo: Propaganda newspapers show how Russia promoted annexation in Kharkiv https://tinyurl.com/sce63z48 ‘The papers sought to evoke nostalgia for the Soviet era, to turn residents against Ukrainian forces and to promote historical and cultural ties with Russia’

🐣 RT @DmytroKuleba Putin’s and Lavrov’s irresponsible statements on the possible use of nuclear weapons are absolutely unacceptable. Ukraine won’t give in. We call on all nuclear powers to speak out now and make it clear to Russia that such rhetorics put the world at risk and will not be tolerated.

🐣 RT @duty2warn Just In: Liz Cheney says the Jan. 6 Committee has obtained 800K Secret Service communications (!). Some missing texts are there, some are gone, there are also other forms of comms. Some SS agents were clearly lying (“not forthcoming”) with the Committee. Wednesday is gonna rock!

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 MSNBC. Is Putin desperate enough to employ a nuke weapon on UKR or NATO forces? Hard to imagine. The likely outcome catastrophic for Russia. Massive and permanent economic retribution. Likely stunning US/NATO air attacks. Possible strategic exchange.
💽 https://twitter.com/mccaffreyr3/status/1573833242393706497?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @PaulaChertok Now THIS is what Russia really wants—and now ofc has no chance in hell of getting: Lavrov wants Russia to be treated like a superpower. That’s what all that “unipolar-bipolar” “one hegemon world order” is about. Russia wants the respect the USSR once had. But w/o earning it.
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/PaulaChertok/status/1573819472397279233?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] “The future of the world order is being decided today,” he said, adding: “The question is whether or not this is going to be the kind of order with one hegemon at the head of it, making everyone else live according to their notorious rules, of benefit to that hegemon only. Or are we going to have a democratic, fair world.”

🐣 RT @duty2warn Trump’s merger partner in taking Truth Social public (DWAC) has lost 85% of its market value, making it one of Trump’s most successful business ventures ever.

🐣 RT @EuromaidanPress Ukraine has requested an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council on Russia’s sham referendums in the occupied territories
⋙ 🐣 RT @OlegNikolenko_ Ukraine has requested an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council on Russia’s sham referendums in the occupied territories of Ukraine. Russia must be held accountable for its further attempts to change Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders in a violation of the UN Charter

🐣 📋 RT @POTUS Congressional Republicans can talk all they want about spending. ¤ Their tax bill added $2 trillion to the deficit. ¤ My economic plan isn’t just paid for, it’ll reduce the deficit by hundreds of billions.

🐣 📊 RT @duty2warn Biden’s approval rating has increased to between 45% and 49% on recent Emerson, Politico, Morning Consul, and McLaughlin polls, up considerably on each. […]

🐣 RT @duty2warn Inhale, hold breath: Keep the House. Add 2+ seats to the Senate. Indict Trump. Codify Roe. Pass voting rights. Expand the Court. Put Trump on trial. Ban assault weapons. Pass immigration reform. Convict Trump. Protect Medicare and SS. Make DC, PR states. Sentence Trump. Exhale.

🧵 RT @TCG_CrisisRisks [Cavell] Ukraine SITREP 1. The Ukrainian counteroffensive in the east continues to advance east and southeast expanding its access across the Oskil river whilst consolidating its regained positions in many areas and securing resupply lines.
📌 https://twitter.com/TCG_CrisisRisks/status/1573531577811841024?s=20

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer IZIUM/1320 UTC 24 SEP/ Yesterday, UKR Partisans and Signals Intelligence Intelligence identified the HQ of the 144th Motorized Rifle Division in Svatove. A precision strike was directed on the building during a staff meeting, severely wounding Major General Oleg Tsokov.

⭕ 23 Sep 2022

TheGuardian: Putin needs nothing short of a miracle to avoid a devastating defeat in Ukraine https://tinyurl.com/229byh9t After going all in, it’s hard to see how defeat wouldn’t signal the end of the regime: The open question: how deep does the rot in the armed forces go?
// Troops melting away and Russians fleeing abroad to avoid mobilisation doesn’t augur well for Putin’s latest gamble

🐣 RT @USAmbKyiv Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, and Crimea are Ukraine. No sham “referenda” will change that.

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 MSNBC. If Putin opens the nuclear option he has no comprehension of the reaction of NATO/US forces. Almost sure to result at a minimum in massive conventional air attack on the Russian Armed Forces. Irrational. Would destroy Russia.
💽 https://twitter.com/mccaffreyr3/status/1573418168789311489?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ukrainewar24 ⚡️US will never recognize Ukrainian territory as anything other than part of #Ukraine, says @POTUS in a statement. #UkraineRussiaWar
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/ukrainewar24/status/1573426494528970756?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] The United States will never recognize Ukrainian territory as anything other than part of Ukraine. Russia’s referenda are a sham – a false pretext to try to annex parts of Ukraine by force in flagrant violation of international law, including the United Nations Charter. We will work with our allies and partners to impose additional swift and severe economic costs on Russia. The United States stands with our partners around the world – and with every nation that respects the core tenets of the UN charter – in rejecting whatever fabricated outcomes Russia will announce. We will continue to support the Ukrainian people and provide them with security assistance to help them defend themselves as they courageously resist Russia’s invasion.

DefenseOne, Elisabeth Braw: Putin’s War, and His Rule, Are In Trouble https://tinyurl.com/2jhcfcax “Putin’s problem goes far beyond the ugliness of war. Russia’s men are showing the world that Putin’s ‘partial mobilization’ demonstrates that they don’t believe in his war”
// Russia’s mobilization is an epic disaster. Can it become a movement against the regime?

🐣 RT @MarkHertling A declarative statement by a UN commission that has been obvious since February: War Crimes Have Been Committed in Ukraine.
⋙ NYT: U.N. experts find that war crimes have been committed in Ukraine. https://tinyurl.com/yc68tuva

🐣 RT @Heroiam_Slava “Putin’s current behavior reminds me of Hitler, who in the last days of the Third Reich drilled boys and old men for the Wehrmacht. Ironically, Putin is doing what the Nazis did,” -Ben Hodges.
// Frederick Benjamin “Ben” Hodges III is a retired United States Army officer who served as commanding general, United States Army Europe. He is currently the Pershing Chair in Strategic Studies at the Center for European Policy Analysis. Wikipedia

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews If Putin hoped that his invasion of Ukraine would conceal the way himself and his cronies have plundered Russia’s resources, it’s backfiring quite spectacularly and revealing some glaring shortcomings. More in my recent article ⤵️
💽 https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1572973369628446721?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Putin’s state TV mouthpieces insist that rich Russian oligarchs should pitch in to help save his failing invasion of Ukraine ¤ The Kremlin’s cronies are now demanding that Russians “who are fattened up” help fuel Vladimir Putin’s disastrous war.
⋙⋙ DailyBeast, Julia Davis: Team Putin Begs Rich Russians to Help Save His Failing War https://tinyurl.com/3m23afye
// The Kremlin’s cronies are now demanding that Russians “who are fattened up” help fuel Vladimir Putin’s disastrous war.

🐣 RT @RepLizCheney The 1/6 hearings have shown that Trump knew his effort to overturn the election was illegal & unconstitutional. He did it anyway. Trump’s conduct was illegal under existing law and would be under our new bill, too. Our bill also prevents other future efforts to steal elections.

🐣 RT @Klitschko Well, why don’t we hold our own referendum? A world referendum . “Do you want Russia to leave the territory of Ukraine immediately?
Yes: 96.7%
No: 3.3%
Votes: 23,876
📊 https://twitter.com/Klitschko/status/1573291689678176258?s=20

🐣 RT @caslernoel Trump met Putin 5x as POTUS, & each time he kept what was said a secret. During his campaign in ’16 he sought & received Russia’s help, his son in law set-up backchannels w/Kremlin. When he left office he stole top secret docs & Putin invaded Ukraine. Probably all a coincidence.

🐣 RT @ Kasparov63 Bingo. I wrote long ago that using democratic terms like elections and presidency, or even polls and popularity, for what happens in dictatorships like Putin’s Russia is a disaster. They exploit this insufficient vocabulary.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Kateryna_Kruk I think it is wrong for media to use word referendum when describing what russia is doing on occupied territories. There should be another concept or word that don’t have legitimizing connotation.
⋙⋙ 🐣 .@TimothyDSnyder suggested “media show”

🐣 RT @PaulaChertok Russia is forcing occupied people to “vote” to become Putin’s human shields in a war he’s losing. That’s why his militants have holding these sham referendums now. He’s desperate to scare the West from helping Ukraine defend its country and take back its territory. It won’t work.
⋙ 🐣 RT @PaulaChertok Can this be called “voting”?? Russia-installed “election commissioners” accompanied by heavily armed militants go door-to-door to homes of people living under military occupation to collect “ballots.”
Russia’s sham referendums are a grotesque perversion of a free & fair election.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @bayraktar_1love Mobile “referendum”. It is always more convenient to vote when two soldiers with machine guns are knocking at your apartment. Zaporizhzhia region
💽 https://twitter.com/bayraktar_1love/status/1573333979490824192?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer KHERSON/1230 UTC 23 SEP/ UKR Suppression of Air Defense (SEAD) sorties hit 15 RU SAM sites, allowing UKR to double the number of close air strikes to 41. UKR air defense detected, tracked and interdicted a drone swarm attack of Iranian-made Shaheed-136 UCAVs on the M-14 HWY axis.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1573289215718264832?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @StateDept .@POTUS: Let’s stand together to again declare the unmistakable resolve that nations of the world are united still, that we stand for the values of the @un Charter. We can do this — we have to do it — for ourselves and for our future, for humankind. #UNGA
💽 https://twitter.com/StateDept/status/1573250823882215426?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @iamabofh The USA has lasted 246 years now. Various other governments have lasted 60-80 years after independence from Britain. What would be the expected time any such would last, given the admittedly universal factors that article discusses? Complacence in power, senescence and decline.

🐣 RT @DON__WYOMING Russia depends on trains to supply their troops, since they do not have enough trucks to supply their army & the separatists. Lyman is not only a rail hub, but also a road hub. Take that away, and Russia will have to take the long way around to supply their people by truck.

🐣 RT @ @officejjsmart 🇺🇸 US Secretary of State Antony Blinken: ¤ “If Russia stops fighting, there will be no war. If Ukraine stops fighting, there will be no Ukraine.”
💽 https://twitter.com/officejjsmart/status/1573233360000155648?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @NOELreports Situation this morning in Lyman per RU reports: ¤ AFU 🇺🇦 enters the rear of the Russian garrison in Lyman from the north and also gained a foothold in Karpivka. ¤ In Drobesheve outskirts there is a 🇷🇺 BARS-13 detachment surrounded that was supposed to support the BARS-16 in Lyman.
🌎 https://twitter.com/NOELreports/status/1573228797511729152?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @AlexKokcharov #Ukraine’s president @ZelenskyyUa: #Russia’s decision on mobilisation is a frank admission that their regular army, which has been prepared for decades to take over a foreign country, did not withstand and crumbled.

🐣 UN Charter, Article 2, paragraph 4: All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.

🐣 RT @RF_OSCE #Lukashevich: The #NATO countries, led by the #US and #UK , have ceased to hide their main goal – to weaken, divide and destroy #Russia #Ukraine is used as a tool for the destruction of Russian statehood
⋙ 🐣 bullshit. ¤ the only goal is to ensure Ukrainian sovereignty, in keeping with the UN charter

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 On MSNBC. Friday. 23 Sept. 2pm ET. YASMIN VOSSOUGHIAN. Putin’s police dragging in ethnic minorities, convicts, protesters, prior service to feed into his failed war on Ukraine. The boys of the elites are running for the exits. This RU infantry won’t fight.

⭕ 22 Sep 2022

🐣 UN Charter, Article 2, paragraph 4: All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.

🐣 RT @SecBlinken Today at the @UN Security Council, we called on Russia to end its war of aggression. We will support Ukraine and its people for as long as it takes, as they bravely defend their country and its freedom, and we will hold Russia accountable for its atrocities.

🐣 RT @SamRamani2 Rossiya-1 propagandist Vladimir Solovyov is leading the Russian state media chorus calling for Ukraine’s obliteration: ¤ “Ukraine existed for 31 years. So it won’t exist anymore- Who Cares?”
⋙ 🐣 [1934 Map] https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1573212693154369536?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 1685 … https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1573218360078520320?s=20/photo/1
// old maps old Ukraine maps

🐣 RT @john_sipher “The outcome in Ukraine will set the rules for the 21st century. If Putin’s extortion succeeds…Chinese leaders see that the United States and its allies can be cowed by a nuclear threat, they will act with greater boldness.”
⋙⋙ WaPo, David Ignatius: To confront Putin, Biden should study the Cuban missile crisis https://tinyurl.com/4bpy85v5
⋙ 🐣 Khrushchev was more reasonable; for all his blustering, he really didn’t want the world to end ¤ Putin is trapped in delusions of Russia’s past greatness ¤ I don’t think the Cuban Missile Crisis offers lessons for us now

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews There was palpable frustration in the Russian media that many in the West misunderstood what Putin said—he was threatening the West, not Ukraine, with nuclear strikes. And so, droves of propagandists have been sent out to tell the West: push us into a corner and everybody dies.
💽 https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1573107219633438721?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Thorman_Lungie There’s no corner. Russia is not being attacked. They’re not suffering aggression from the West. They attacked another nation & they can *stop that* at ANY time. The only holdup is their false pride. They choose to do evil. All that follows thusly is on their own responsibility.

WaPo: U.S. has sent private warnings to Russia against using a nuclear weapon https://tinyurl.com/pcdrbm6u Russia has threatened the use of “‘any Russian weapon, including strategic nuclear ones and those using new principles,’ a reference to hypersonic weapons”
// The Biden administration has been sending messages to Moscow about the grave consequences that would follow the use of a nuclear weapon in Ukraine

🐣 RT @tomiahonen Donald Trump claims to have been even thinking
Priebus: Trump’s an idiot
McMaster: a dope
Mnuchin: an idiot
Cohn: dumb as shit
Kelly: unhinged & an idiot
Mattis: 5th grader
Barr: detached from reality
Roger Stone: greatest mistake
Bannon: 11yo child
Tillerson: a fucking moron

🐣 📊 RT @JoeNBC Headlines from Marquette poll (9/7-14):
Biden approval at 45%
Trump approval at 34%
Only 30% support Roe overturned
90% for exceptions on rape/incest
67% say Trump took top secret docs
Police & FBI most trusted institutions
Biden tops Trump & DeSantis
https://tinyurl.com/529ahj2s

🧵 RT @nataliabugayova 1/ Putin’s partial mobilization order is an acknowledgment that Russia is failing to accomplish its objectives in Ukraine, I tell @IamAmnaNawaz. We discussed the impact of Putin’s decision on the battlefield, its domestic implications, and the likelihood of escalation.
📌 https://twitter.com/nataliabugayova/status/1572995102435336192?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @NewsHour [PBS] Putin said more manpower is needed to win a war not just against Ukraine, but against its western backers. @nataliabugayova joined @IamAmnaNawaz to discuss. https://to.pbs.org/3f47hPz

🐣 RT @Andrew__Roth “It’s not a partial mobilisation, it’s a 100% mobilisation.” Midnight summons, vodka-fueled farewells, and showdowns at the draft centers. Russia says it’s recruiting 300,000 but the real number could be 3x higher.
TheGuardian: ‘It’s a 100% mobilisation’: day one of Russia’s drive to build its army https://tinyurl.com/h72c9xa6
// Reports ethnic minorities may be disproportionately affected while protesters in Moscow drafted on arrest

🐣 RT @MarkHertling What’s called “supportive influence.” A great leadership approach.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ChristopherJM Zelensky appeals to Russians in his eve address. “55k Russian soldiers died in this war in six months. Tens of thousands are wounded and maimed. Want more? No? Then protest. Fight back. Run away or surrender to Ukrainian captivity. These are your options if you want to survive.”
💽 https://twitter.com/ChristopherJM/status/1573026951832702976?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @b_nishanov Everything I’ve seen on this mobilization so far points to Yakutia, Saha, Buryatia, Dagestan, Chechnya being mobilized in disproportionately large numbers. If this bears out, no question this is a systematic effort to deploy Russia’s ethnic minorities as cannon fodder.

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer RIGHT ON TIME: Deeply inserted Ukrainian SOF and Partisans provide up-to-the-minute targeting data for deep strike munitions. @AndrewPerpetua posts this video of the arrival of a train load of RU armor arriving in Donetsk city. Minutes later, they’re hit by UKR artillery.
⋙ 🐣 RT @AndrewPerpetua A train full of t-62 tanks rolled up to the train station in Yasinovataya, next to Donetsk city, and then moments later the station exploded.
💽 https://twitter.com/AndrewPerpetua/status/1573012679953981440?s=20/photo/1

🚫 🐣 RT @lesiavasylenko #russia continues to breach the @UN Charter. Today leaders from #USA to #China recognized need to reform the UN Security Council and expel 🇷🇺 from it. #unrussiaUN is really picking up I must say
// China? need confirmation

🐣 RT @mhmck Putin directs battles like Hitler did. He’s just as bad. ¤ Little Vova is a brutal thug, not a competent general. He’s all attack, no manoeuvre, and to hell with casualties. ¤ Russian fascist invaders have been attacking Bakhmut for months with no result other than huge losses.

WaPo: Dearie asks Trump lawyers whether they believe FBI lied about seized documents https://tinyurl.com/39x9t67v //➔ looks like he watched Hannity 😅
// Order by Mar-a-Lago special master is the first time Donald Trump’s attorneys have been asked to confirm or deny his claims in court

Trump has said on social media and in television interviews that the FBI planted items when they searched his Mar-A-Lago residence and private club on Aug. 8. He also claimed to have declassified documents found in that search that were marked classified and were highly sensitive. His lawyers have not made similar assertions in court, however, instead saying they have not reviewed the seized materials and are unable to confirm whether the government’s inventory list is accurate.

Dearie’s order, in essence, demands that Trump’s lawyers back up their client’s claims. “The submission shall be Plaintiff’s final opportunity to raise any factual dispute as to completeness and accuracy of the Detailed Property Inventory,” he wrote. At a hearing Tuesday, Dearie pressed Trump’s lawyers to take a position on whether the classified documents were, as Trump has said, declassified, but they demurred.

🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ BREAKING: Dearie’s order means business. No more pussy-footing around. Third day of the rule of law holding Donald Trump to account.
🐣 RT @NormEisen NEW: Judge Dearie has issued his first order, and it’s a doozy ¤ It pushes the ball up the court fast & forces Trump to articulate the basis for his ridiculous claims for the return of each doc under Rule 41(g) ¤ He’s gonna be hopping mad
[CourtDoc:] https://tinyurl.com/bdhttvve

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer IZIUM/ 1214 UTC 22 SEP/ RU sources indicate that their counter-attacks have been rebuffed by UKR forces west of the P-66 HWY. Within the last 24 Hrs, UKR has consolidated holdings North of Yarova. Lyman isolated by UKR crossings of the Donets.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1572916590152417280?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @TimothyDSnyder Russia is undertaking a media exercise regarding Russian-occupied Ukraine, which its propagandists call “referendums” on annexation by Russia. People elsewhere are struggling to characterize this action. I am going to propose “obscenity” and “element of war crime.” 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/TimothyDSnyder/status/1572988432212963329?s=20

⋙ The point that people make about these media exercises is that it would be illegal to hold referendums during an armed conflict and under the threat of the use of force. This is of course true. 2/

⋙ But yes, the fictions provided in the media exercise will be implausible. And deliberately so. The way Russian propaganda works is to tell a lie that everyone knows is a lie, and then to show by force that there is no alternative to living as though the lie were true. 12/

⋙ When Russia claims that huge majorities of Ukrainians want to join Russia, they are claiming that Ukrainians like death pits, that Ukrainians like rape, that Ukrainians like torture, that Ukrainians like deportation, that Ukrainians like to have their cities obliterated. 18/

⋙ That is why the ongoing Russian media exercise (“referendums”) are an obscenity. The Russians are, in effect, claiming that Ukrainians want to celebrate their own ongoing genocide. 20/

⋙ The Russian media exercise (“referendums”) should therefore be understood as an element of Russian war crimes, and as nothing more. 21/21

😅 RT @DefenseU [Ukr] We continue to rely on russia for the provision of weapons while we await those that will be provided as part of the Lend-Lease program.
💽 https://twitter.com/DefenceU/status/1572947574016933888?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @duty2warn Judge Cannon has now issued a NEW order, reflective of the 11th Circuit’s order, and implementing it. The 100 documents with classified markings have been officially removed from the Special Master’s review process, allowing DOJ to resume using them in its criminal investigation.
⋙ 🐣 RT @duty2warn And of course, the removal of the 100 documents with classified markings from the Special Master’s review process not only allows DOJ to resume using them in its criminal investigation, but it allows them to resume using them in their national security review as well.
⋙ 🐣 RT @duty2warn We’re not attorneys but we’ve heard others comment that Judge Cannon’s modification of her order eliminates any chance of relief potentially coming the Supreme Court. The stay is moot since she’s eliminated the stayed portion from her order, with her new order.

🐣 RT @McFaul “Over the long run, the exodus of tens of thousands of Russian high-tech workers triggered by Putin’s war also will further diminish Russia’s military industrial base. Moving forward, the West should do more to facilitate a massive Russian brain drain.” 1/ THREAD
⋙ 🐣 RT @McFaul “Democratic countries should make it easier to accept Russian immigrants with technological expertise through a variety of residency and economic incentives.” 2/
⋙ 🐣 RT @ “Europe and the United States must also make it easier for political and media opponents to Putin’s regime to immigrate, to help further divide Putin from the Russian people.” 3/ END [link]

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer KHERSON/ 1250 UTC 22 SEP/ On 22 SEP, Ukrainian Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD) missions continued, with the destruction of 15 additional Russian air defense complexes. These SEAD missions have allowed UKR to double the number of close air sorties to 41 missions.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1572931640372133888?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 21 Sep 2022

🧵 RT @NTenzer Quick #thread on #Putin’s speech.
1 We in the West need to stop buying into the rhetoric about #redlines and the nuclear threat.
I reminded him yesterday on a program: he has been using this rhetoric for many years. 1/13
📌 https://twitter.com/NTenzer/status/1572521472199102465?s=20

To buy into it is to give up—with consequences for other countries elsewhere.
Not coincidentally, this is also a narrative picked up by Putin’s propagandists in the West who push for a negotiated solution, peace talks, not arming #Ukraine, no trial for Putin, etc.2/13

This narrative is what the Kremlin expects. Always keep in mind whose game you are playing and be ruthless to those who relay it.
More than time to throw this Putin #redline narrative in the trash. 3/13

2 This speech applies to the territories that #Russia has illegally annexed: #Crimea, tomorrow those in which the masquerade of referendums will be held. I recalled yesterday the lack of reaction to the beautiful Ukrainian strikes against Russian base in #Crimea.4/13

In a previous thread, I reminded that we must stop giving a specificity to Crimea among the Ukrainian territories. It is Ukrainian like the rest. The Allies must help Ukraine to reclaim it too.
It’s not optional.5/13

⋙ 🐣 RT @NTenzer Sep 18 Some consider Crimea a side issue. No, in terms of law #CrimeaIsUkraine and Western leaders must be consistent with their statements on Crimea’s territorial integrity. It comprehends Crimea. ¤ Full stop.

3 Partial mobilization cannot work. Even if reservists are theoretically better trained than new recruits, they cannot be said to be well trained… We have seen this with the regular army, whose debacle has surprised (quite) everyone.6/13

More than 50,000 Russian soldiers died and probably more than 150,000 were wounded and unable to fight.
They are cannon fodder, nothing more. This confirms a point that I often made: Putin’s goal is not power, greatness, but pure destruction—of others and of his own people.7/13

I stand with the Ukrainian civilians and soldiers, monstrously massacred by the Russians. Every day I not only think of them, but I ask that we, the Allies, do more to save them.
It’s our major failure and our guilt before history.
I mourn them as if they were my own.8/13

No one can rejoice over the death of Russian soldiers and Ukrainians do not. The Ukrainians are defending themselves, that’s all.
(And never forget the war crimes perpetrated by the Russian soldiers. They are responsible and the guilty ones will be brought to court).9/13

But you, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, fiancées of Russian soldiers, are you so insensitive, cowardly or stupid to see that Putin takes away your children, your brothers, your loves?
What are you doing?
Give up your passivity and fatalism at last!
Your guilt, too. 10/13

Putin has clearly named the West and NATO as his enemies—which is hardly new.
But the West and NATO have not attacked anyone. They are defending our principles, our values, our security.
When #Ukraine is attacked, we are all attacked.
Just propagandists blame the West. 11/13

Today, we must win this war quickly—very quickly, massively increase our deliveries of weapons to Ukraine, all weapons, with no restriction.
Not only #Ukraine must win, but #Russia must lose.
As long as Putin remains in power, there won’t be peace in the world.
Take action! 12/13

Let’s not let a miserable criminal against humanity and his henchmen threaten us! This regime must be destroyed, also for the sake of #Russia.
To say it again and again:
This is our war.
We are at war. 13/13

🐣 RT @warmonitor3 A clear shift in power dynamic today. ¤ More significant than people think.
🐣 RT @warmonitor3 “After the referendums, an attack on the liberated territories will become an attack on Russia”
Oooo scary 😂
🐣 RT @warmonitor3 “I have to mobilize all my men and bring the nuclear threat to the table in my 3 day war.
I remain a master strategist.”
😂😂😂😂😂😂

WaPo Editorial: Putin is getting desperate. Ukraine and the West must keep the pressure on. https://tinyurl.com/3s2hj8cc “The only thing worse than failing to prepare for Mr. Putin to carry out his threats would be to be cowed by them”

🐣 RT @SMcspankerson Putin is now blaming the West for what he calls “nuclear blackmail,’ saying NATO nations are the ones who made nuclear threats. In addition to a few of the Duma, more citizens & members of the Politburo are publicly speaking out against him [link]
⋙ 🐣 both the US and NATO have “no first strike” policies; no one is making nuclear threats against Russia, but no one accepts his fake referendums either
Trump thinks he can wave a wand and declassify documents; Putin thinks he can wave a wand and change Russia‘s borders

🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ LATEST TRUMP DEFENSE: he clicked his heels together three times while thinking about the docs: and said there’s no place like MAL, there’s no place like….and next thing he knew the docs were in MAL.
⋙ 🐣 RT @angieslife & then posted on his social media his plan to get outta dodge…
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/angieslife/status/1572788129328930820?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] 🐣 RT @AskDonaldTrump [TS] Many people asking about the horrible, racist attacks on the Trump Org by NY AG Letitia James. Terrible TV, full of NOTHING BUT LIES. Just look at that green army surplus tent she’s wearing and the three ghosts standing behind her. ALL FAKE! Horrible. Her despicable attacks on my children WILL NOT STAND!!! We will find someplace else to do business. Hungary looks VERY GOOD as both a business HQ and as exciting new vacation destination for MAGA!!!

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 MSNBC. Putin plays with fire moving the global discourse into nuclear threats. There can be no strategic victory in nuclear conflict. His language is irresponsible. Destabilizing. If he employs a tactical nuke against UKR -war would escalate catastrophically.
💽 https://twitter.com/mccaffreyr3/status/1572768362740215808?s=20/photo/1

Defense[.]gov: Conflict With a Nuclear-Capable Peer Possible, Says Stratcom Commander https://tinyurl.com/27x3mnp2 “In defending the homeland, combatant commanders will need to act quickly against an opponent in all domains: land, sea, air, space and cyberspace, he said”
// Navy Adm. Charles “Chas” A. Richard, commander of U.S. Strategic Command

🐣 RT @AdamKinzinger By the way, any target within Russia that contributes to the war is fair game, by the law of armed conflict. ¤ There is no escalation possible by a country fighting for survival… they are trying to simply remain existing. Anyone claiming Ukraine is escalating should stop

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 MSNBC. Putin has lost the strategic war in Ukraine he initiated. Now the question is how to bring the war to a stable conclusion. The objective must be bloodying the Russian forces until they refuse to fight. Putin will consider going “full Stalin.”

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ Omg he’s actually invoking the Secret Telepathic Unilateral Preemptive Irreversible Declassification (S.T.U.P.I.D.) defense
⋙ 🐣 RT @kyledcheney ! TRUMP to Hannity on declassifying documents: ¤ There doesn’t have to be a process, as I understand it. If you’re the president of the United states, you can declasify … **even by thinking about it**”

🐣 RT @neal_katyal It’s really hard to lose an appeal more decisively than Trump just did. ¤ This criminal investigation now goes forward with the imprimatur and blessing of the US Court of Appeals, and their explanation of how important this investigation is. […]

🐣 RT @duty2warn TO TRUMP SUPPORTERS: That uncomfortable awkwardness you’ve been feeling lately that you can’t quite describe, nor seem to be able to blame on anything in particular – that’s called cognitive dissonance. You feel it because – pay attention – you feel it because you’ve been played.

BBC: Ukraine war: Zelensky calls for ‘just punishment’ for Russia https://tinyurl.com/7xbba4r8
// Russia must face “just punishment” over its invasion of Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky has told the UN General Assembly in New York.

🐣 RT @duty2warn TODAY’S PHRASE: NARCISSISTIC COLLAPSE[:] Narcissistic collapse happens when someone with narcissistic personality disorder can no longer uphold their grandiose self-image and feels threatened, exposed, belittled, made fun of, and targeted, ALONG WITH a total absence of validation.
⋙ 🐣 RT @tracygee_ What happens when they reach this?
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @duty2warn He’s clearly moving more to the fringe elements of his cult, believing they’re more wont to be unpredictable. But I’m not sure that’s it entirely, he also could be embracing the fringe because their support is unwavering. The last rally was very fringe, but also half empty.

🐣 RT @KatiePhang JUST IN: The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals GRANTS the DOJ’s Motion for Partial Stay Relief.
⋙ CourtDoc: https://tinyurl.com/yckt5mpr

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 In reversing Judge Cannon’s horrific ruling, the appeal court states what was obvious to everyone (other than Judge Cannon):
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/glennkirschner2/status/1572734795951575040?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] “‘it is self evident that the public has a strong interest in ensuring that the storage of the classified records did not result in ‘exceptionally grave damage to the national security,’ the three-judge panel from the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals stated. “Ascertaining that necessarily involves reviewing the documents, determining who had access to them and when, and deciding which (if any) sources or methods are compromised.”

🐣 RT @TristanSnell BREAKING: DOJ wins at 11th Circuit, staying Judge Cannon’s order as to the 100 classified documents. ¤ DOJ now gets back full access to the classified documents and can use them for criminal investigation and national security review.

🐣 #Kharkiv oblast escaped a fake Russian “referendum” by about two weeks. All that matters is success on the battlefield. They might as well declare a fakerendum in Kyiv or Lviv! #NAFOfellas

NYT: President Biden said Russia “shamelessly violated” the core tenets of the UN by invading Ukraine and urged continued international solidarity with Ukraine: “We will stand in solidarity against Russia’s aggression, period.” https://nyti.ms/3BBlcEs

🐣 RT @anneapplebaum These are not the actions of a president sure of his support and confident of his army. On Putin’s strange, delayed speech:
⋙ TheAtlantic, Anne Applebaum: The Kremlin Must Be in Crisis https://tinyurl.com/2vt5mztu “Support for Putin is eroding—abroad, at home, and in the army. Everything else he says and does right now is nothing more than an attempt to halt that decline”
// Putin’s erratic actions are not those of a secure leader.

In part, the crisis stems from Putin’s fears that he will lose whatever counts as his international support. No ideology holds together the global autocrats’ club, and no sentiment does either. As long as they believed Russia really had the second largest army in the world, as long as Putin seemed destined to stay in power indefinitely, then the leaders of China, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, along with the strongmen running India and Turkey, were happy to tolerate his company.

But Putin’s supposedly inevitable military victory is in jeopardy. His army looks weak. Western sanctions make problems not just for him but his trading partners, and their tolerance is receding. At a summit in Uzbekistan last week, he was snubbed by a series of Central Asian leaders. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told him that “today’s era is not an era of war,” and Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed his “concerns” as well. On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told PBS that he had urged Putin to end the war: “The lands which were invaded will be returned to Ukraine.” And those lands, he made clear, should include Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014, following a sham referendum much like the ones it now plans to stage in other parts of occupied Ukraine.

But while losing support abroad is bad, losing support at home is worse, and there are some signs of that too. Putin might not care much about the Russian liberals and exiles who oppose the war, but he may worry (and should worry) about people who are supposed to be on his side—people such as Alla Pugacheva, a Soviet-era pop star who has millions of mainstream followers and has recently proclaimed both her patriotism and her opposition to the war. Putin may also worry about the disappointed, pro-war nationalist bloggers, active on social media, who have been criticizing the conduct of the war for some time. “Mobilization is, let’s put it bluntly, our only chance to avoid a crushing defeat,” one of them recently wrote. No one has stopped or arrested these critics, perhaps because they have protectors high up inside the security services, or perhaps because they are connected to the heavily armed mercenaries who are now doing much of the important fighting in Ukraine. If their loyalty isn’t assured, then Putin isn’t secure either.

Now events have forced Putin to change his language, but it seems there are limits. Thus he speaks not of a true mass mobilization—which would involve conscripting young men in enormous numbers—but of partial mobilization: no students, no general call-up, just the activation of reservists with past military experience. Supposedly Russia has 300,000 such people, though it’s not clear how many of them are actually fit to fight or whether there are enough weapons and gear for them either. Presumably, if better equipment were available, it would already be on the battlefield.

Finally, and perhaps most important, the speech and a series of legal changes announced yesterday reflect a crisis inside the military. In truth, the Russian army faces not just a logistical emergency or some tactical problems but also a collapse in morale. That’s why Putin needs more soldiers, and that’s why, as in Stalin’s time, the Russian state has now defined “voluntary surrender” as a crime: Under a law approved by the Russian Parliament yesterday, you can be sent to prison for up to 10 years. If you desert your guard post in Donetsk or Kherson (or change into civilian clothes and run away, as some Russian soldiers have done in the past few weeks). The state has also decreed new penalties for mutiny—“using violence against a superior”—and stealing while in uniform. If the Russian army were a reliable, enthusiastic, dedicated fighting force, then the state would not need to declare harsh punishments for deserters, looters, and mutineers. But it is not.

Over the next few days, the bogus referenda will gather headlines, and the nuclear threats will create fear, as they were designed to do. But we should understand these attempts at blackmail and intimidation as a part of the deeper story told by this delayed speech: Support for Putin is eroding—abroad, at home, and in the army. Everything else he says and does right now is nothing more than an attempt to halt that decline.

🐣 RT @olliecarroll Ukraine’s commander in chief Zaluzhny defiant after today’s news: “The Ukrainian army will exterminate every occupant, voluntary or mobilised. A full-scale war did not frighten us. We united & met the enemy with distinction. Mobilization in Russia is confirmation of that.

🐣 RT @DmytroKuleba The only appropriate response to Putin’s belligerent threats is to double down on supporting Ukraine. More sanctions on Russia. More weapons to Ukraine. More solidarity with Ukrainians. More businesses pulling out of Russia. More determination to hold Russia accountable.

🐣 RT @GlasnostGone President Biden: A permanent member of UN Security Council, 🇷🇺, invaded its neighbour & “shamelessly violated” core tenets of UN charter. Putin’s attempting to “erase a sovereign state from the map.” Called 🇷🇺 “sham” referendums an “extremely significant violation of UN charter”.
⋙ 🐣 RT @GlasnostGone Today at UN General Assembly: President Biden said “Russia’s war is about extinguishing #Ukraine’s right to exist as a state. Whoever you are, wherever you live, whatever you believe – that should make your blood run cold.”

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw The criminal referrals to IRS and DOJ may be among most significant implications of today’s action.👇
Recall: Scheme to which Allen Weisselberg (longtime Trump Org CFO) recently pleaded guilty included federal tax crimes. ¤ Many have been waiting for a fed criminal tax probe.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Tom_Winter BREAKING | NBC News: NY AG Letitia James is referring the results of her investigation into former president Trump, his children, and corporation to the IRS Criminal Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York for possible criminal prosecution

WaPo: Donald Trump, 3 of his children sued for business fraud by New York AG https://tinyurl.com/2ypmpnrv NY AG Letitia James filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing former president Donald Trump of manipulating property valuations to deceive financial institutions
// Lawsuit alleges $250 million fraud, seeks to bar the Trumps from serving as executives of any company operating in New York
⋙ CourtDoc: The 222-page civil complaint https://tinyurl.com/mrxtdhep

😅 RT @MaryLTrump Well, then.

🐣 RT @ ChuckPfarrer DRAFT EVASION: Sotiri Dimpinoudis @sotiridi now reports that the line of Russian cars attempting to enter Finland is now 35 kilometers long, and lengthening by the hour. [link]

NYT: The lawsuit accuses the former president of profiting from a ‘staggering’ fraud. https://tinyurl.com/38yhmypd

🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ Note Alan Weisselberg guilty plea last month in NYC Manhattan DA case is cited as proof of this new NY AG civil case; another fallout from that important guilty plea.
⋙ 🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ The “art of the steal” is what NY AG says occurred here.

🐣 RT @RonFilipkowski The Trump suit reveals what we’ve known all along from numerous sources and reports. Trump is a con man playing a shell game to fake his wealth to banks and investors who bankrolled his steady stream of failed business ventures. He is not, nor has he ever been, a billionaire

🐣 RT @MarkSZaidEsq Another domino has been added to the list that could potentially fall.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Tom_Winter BREAKING | NBC News: NY AG Letitia James is referring the results of her investigation into former president Trump, his children, and corporation to the IRS Criminal Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York for possible criminal prosecution.

🧵 RT @TimothyDSnyder 1/8. Putin’s speech demonstrates that Russia is losing. Given casualties and desertions, Putin wants bodies in occupied Ukraine to defend against Ukrainian counter-offensives. That’s pretty much it.
📌 https://twitter.com/TimothyDSnyder/status/1572573842115301378?s=20

2/8. It’s not just Russian forces in Ukraine that are in retreat. Putin himself is clearly afraid. He’s done something he plainly didn’t want to do. Announcing mobilization shows he fears his fascist rivals more than he fears the Russian public.

3/8. Russian protests are announced for tonight (this afternoon US time). Maybe they will happen, though it’s very tough. The main reaction will be that men flee the country (happened today) and hide.

4/8. Russian contract soldiers now required to stay indefinitely on the front will be further demoralized. I expect a slow burn of anger about this that will not improve Russia’s fighting capacity.

5/8. The Ukrainians factored all of this in a long time ago. Their reaction has been calm to non-existent. At most noting that this will be hard on a Russian demographic that has suffered a lot already and suggestions that surrendering makes more sense for Russians than fighting.

6/8. Oh and there was the Russian announcement of a social media exercise these next few days in which numbers will be invented to show how much Russian occupation is desired and loved in Ukraine.

7/8. And finally – the fact that Putin’s speech was not held when scheduled and that it had to be recorded suggests disorder and perhaps illness in the Kremlin. I for one interpret Putin’s distress as a symptom of a lost war, but not as some force that will end it.

8/8. The war is over when the Ukrainians win.

🧵 RT @MarkHertling Putin’s announced mobilization of 300,000 “reservists” was jaw-dropping to me this morning, but not for the reason some might suspect. ¤ Why? Because know how Russian soldiers are trained, in basic training & in their units. ¤ A brief [thread] on some fun facts. 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/MarkHertling/status/1572571676524838915?s=20

During 2 visits to RU, I saw basic & unit training. It was awful. Familiarization versus qualification on rifles, rudimentary first aid, very few simulations to conserve resources, and…most importantly…horrible leadership by “drill sergeants.” 7/

BTW, Ukraine’s army has taken the US model to heart after receiving training from US personnel in both individual and unit training techniques since 2014. ¤ The establishment of JMTG-U by US Army, Europe was instrumental in that. Heres a link to that. 10/
https://eucom.mil/topic/jmtg-u

But I digress… ¤ The issue is the Russian army is poorly led & poorly trained. That starts in basic training, and doesn’t get better during the RU soldier’s time in uniform. ¤ Mobilizing 300k “reservists” (after failing with depleted conventional forces, rag-tag militias…11/

…recruiting prisoners & using paramilitaries like the Wagner group) will be extremely difficult. ¤ And placing “newbies” on a front line that has been mauled, has low morale & who don’t want to be portends more RU disaster. ¤ Jaw-dropping. A new sign of RU weakness 12/12

🐣 RT @stavridisj Putin speech is a trifecta of mistakes born of desperation. Mobilizing reservists, conducting fake referenda in conquered territories, and once again rattling the nuclear saber is not a sign of strength but desperation
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Putin has announced the immediate “partial mobilization” of Russian citizens and threatened: “those who try to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the prevailing winds can turn in their direction.”

🐣 RT @McFaul Russias army has been terrorizing Ukrainian non-combatants throughout this war. Putin upped the ante today threatening to kill civilians with nuclear weapons. The US and allies must respond by designating Russia a state sponsor of terrorism.

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer MORALE IS A FACTOR: The Russian Duma is preparing a bill that would stiffen soldiers’ prison terms for desertion, evading service by ‘simulating illness’ and insubordination. It would also make voluntary surrender punishable with 10 years behind bars. http://shorturl.at/bjqs8

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer KHERSON/1215 UTC 21 SEP/ UKR Gen’l Staff reported 21 close air sorties had interdicted RU targets. UKR air defense (AD) claimed 4 Russian UAVs. On 20 SEP, there were reports that an Iranian supplied Shaheed-136 UCAV was downed on the M-14 HWY axis. 2 RU SAM complexes destroyed.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1572561733063151617?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ mbk_center Putin announces ‘partial mobilisation’,threatening nuclear retaliation: ‘I’m not bluffing’
His speech “Do you want total war?” will go down in history as either the beginning of his end,or the beginning of the world’s end
We must unite to stop this madman-if only for our own sake

😅 RT @GlastnostGone BREAKING: Live footage from Moscow: Russian military recruitment detachments are already hunting for the unfortunate 300,000 reservists. Today Putin said he wants them to die for him in #Ukraine.
💽 https://twitter.com/GlasnostGone/status/1572522129769529344?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @USAmbKyiv Sham referenda and mobilization are signs of weakness, of Russian failure. The United States will never recognize Russia’s claim to purportedly annexed Ukrainian territory, and we will continue to stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes.

🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Putin Calls Up More Troops as His War Effort Falters https://tinyurl.com/ypwjm9r6 “The speech was an apparent attempt to reassert his authority over an increasingly chaotic war that has undermined his leadership both at home and on the global stage.”
// In a rare address to the nation, the Russian president railed against the West for providing Ukraine with arms and made a veiled threat of using nuclear weapons. Russia’s defense minister put the number of new call-ups at 300,000.

⭕ 20 Sep 2022

🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ Dearie to Trump: you are the plaintiff, you have the burden of proof, you have set forth no evidence that the docs are not classified, whereas the govt has set out proof they are. So unless you overcome that proof, you are not getting classified docs returned to you. Case closed.

🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “It’s important to look at Trump’s arguments in the Mar-a-Lago case as an extension of the Big Lie that led to 1/6…The throughline between them is that Trump continues to assert that he has equal presidential power to the current…president”- @AshaRangappa_ w/ @NicolleDWallace
💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1572352498916294657?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ lilygrutcher Wow. US Department of Justice asked Congress to legalize the transfer of at least $ 300 billion frozen Russian assets to Ukraine in response to the announced “referendums”.

🧵 RT @JohnWDean It seems Trump’s lawyers are trying to protect his lie that he declassified all the Mar A Largo documents. GOP does not want him to declare until after 11/08 so he needs the lie. He feels (rightly) he won’t be indicted until after the midterms. After the midterms he will declare!
📌 https://twitter.com/JohnWDean/status/1572361510600724482?s=20

As a POTUS candidate he is not only the center of attention but he can claim any indictment is a political act to keep him out of the Oval Office. Running for POTUS is his best defense from going to jail. Who knows, he might convince one or more juror! If he wins…. No. He won’t!

Trump will be indicted in a RICO action in GA, and federally for Obstruction of Justice (at minimum) for his theft of classified information, plus Seditious Conspiracy and Conspiracy to Defraud (at minimum) for Jan 6th. In short, he should face three criminal cases BEFORE 2024!

He believes he can use the dictators ploy of mounting riots if the government comes after him, and some of his followers will comply so there will be violence. But law enforcement, the national guard and the US military will prevail. AND Trump will earn added criminal charges!

Trump and GOP enablers are an evil that must be addressed for what it is doing to our nation. The way to deal with it is stay informed for only fools want what Trump is offering.

🐣 RT @McFaul Putin’s wants you to believe that he wasnt really trying to win his war in Ukraine for the last half year, but now he’s going to really try. Dont believe the spin. He went all in — overextended– from the very beginning. After some quick battle wins, he’s been losing ever since.

🐣 RT @AnaCabrera Special Master to Trump lawyers: “If the government gives me prima facia evidence that they are classified documents, and you don’t advance any claim of declassification, I’m left with a prima facia case of classified documents, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s the end of it,”

🐣 RT @ @suzibitch1 … I just read that Trump’s Lawyers didn’t expect Judge Dearie to question why they went out of their way to take the case 75 miles to Judge Cannon instead of the appropriate jurisdiction. May MAGA be sweating bullets.🤨😱😫

🐣 RT @TheTweetOfJohn “You can’t have your cake and eat it too,” said Dearie, the “special master” picked by U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon to vet Trump’s effort to reclaim the materials taken by federal investigators.
⋙ Politico: Special Master expresses skepticism with Trump team’s assertions https://tinyurl.com/6yvsuwkp
// Judge Raymond Dearie pushed Trump’s lawyers repeatedly for refusing to back up the former president’s claim that he declassified the highly sensitive national security-related records discovered in his residence.

NYT: Trump Was Warned Late Last Year of Potential Legal Peril Over Documents https://tinyurl.com/4a8kfr4y “The lawyer, Eric Herschmann, sought to impress upon Mr. Trump the seriousness of the issue and the potential for investigations and legal exposure”
// A former White House lawyer sought to impress on him the need to return material he had taken with him upon leaving office.

🐣 RT @McFaul Smart thread by @k_sonin —
⋙ 🧵 RT @k_sonin Frankly, on the today’s news on new mobilization laws and referenda on the occupied territories – this is much ado about nothing. For six months, Putin does whatever it takes to win the war, constantly seeking any ways to escalate. 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/k_sonin/status/1572229092245901318?s=20

To inflict the maximum pain and win the war, Russian troops massively targeted civilians and employed all possible military means on the frontiers. On the home front, they have started a mass mobilization campaign months ago, offering 10 times the average wages to volunteers. 2/

This mobilization campaign failed and there are no reasons to believe that the stick will work where the carrot failed that spectacularly. No reason to think that the conscripted army will do any better (in fact, it will be much worse). 3/

The same about referenda. By the Russian official position, these are already independent states. This changes nothing in the world’s attitude towards their status as parts of Ukraine occupied by Russia. If in Russia they are called “parts of Russia”, who cares? 4/

And no, this does not create a pretext for Putin to use nuclear weapons as he does not need, and does not care, about pretexts. He will use nukes if he thinks that this gives him military advantage. 5/

So, the stronger is the Ukrainian army, the better weapons they have, the more territorial control they gain, the lower are the chances that Putin uses nukes. This is what matters, not the marginal changes in his mobilization efforts. 6/END

🧵 RT @ MarkHertling Let me get this straight:
1. Russia thought their “special operation” would last 3 days.
2. After 2 months of fighting with Spetsnaz, Airborne & 190+ BTGs, they achieved NONE of their Strategic, Operational or Tactical Objectives.
3. Based on #2, they decided to shift… 1/8
📌 https://twitter.com/MarkHertling/status/1572295602590912513?s=20

…their main effort to the Donbas, where they expended 70+% of their precision munitions hitting civilian targets, while failing to gain any significant military objectives.
4. Then, Putin announced RUF would secure Luhans’k & Donetsk by 15 September.
5. RU “mobilized”…2/

… the LPR & DPR militias, “recruited” prisoners, “drafted” locals, asked for soldiers from other countries & brought in the Wagner Group to execute #4.
6. But, after announcing & then delaying the Kherson referendum & under threat of a UKR offensive in Kherson…3/

…RU generals shifted effort from Donbas to Kherson due to threat of a UKR offensive.
7. After RU shifted forces as described in #6, UA instead conducted a Kharkiv offensive, gaining the equivalent of the land mass of Rhode Island & Delaware while capturing a…4/

Brigades worth of Russian tanks & BMPs and killing hundreds of RU soldiers.
8. Though now “paused” in Kharkiv, UA continues to execute attacks in Kherson, is slowly gaining ground in Donetsk, while threatening Melitopol. 5/

9. While this is happening, ships from the RU Navy – the “pride of the Black Sea” – are repositioning from their base in Sevastopol into the Azov for “security reasons” & RU subs are launching Kalibr missiles at UKR infrastructure. 6/

And – here’s my point – after all of this, Putin’s response is to INCREASE punishment for deserters & execute a partial mobilization of 18-60 year old men (who didn’t get much training the first time around & who will serve as “cannon meat”) and continue this madness? 7/

If this is an accurate summary of the last 210 days, Putin – and his supporters, generals & Army – will surely go down in history. ¤ But not in a good way. 8/8

🐣 RT @kajakallas The occupiers’ playbook in action. As #Russia moves ahead with fake referenda in occupied territories of #Ukraine, let me say it loud and clear: ¤ We will never recognize this. ¤ Ukraine has every right to take back its territory. Donbas, Crimea, Kherson = it’s all Ukraine. 1/2
⋙ 🐣 RT @ kajakallas Russia keeps using blackmail and illegally tries to take what doesn’t belong to it. ¤ Actions like this will have the opposite effect and rally our support to Ukraine. More military aid, more sanctions against the agressor, holding Russia accountable for its crimes. 2/2

WaPo: Russia moves toward annexing Ukraine regions in a major escalation https://tinyurl.com/58rf43ex “Such votes, which are illegal under Ukrainian and international law, have been widely derided in advance by Western officials as a sham”
// The Kremlin’s puppet authorities in occupied areas declared plans for staged referendums to approve joining Russia

🐣 RT @world_Breaking2 #BREAKING: NATO will consider upcoming referendums in Kherson, Zaporozhye, Lugansk and Donetsk regions on joining Russia as ILLEGITIMATE -Secretary General of Nato #Ukraine #UkraineRussiaWar

🐣 #Fellas need to remember that the #Referendums are themselves Russian propaganda: using a mindtrick to claim that parts of Ukraine Russia has NOT won were magically won anyway and claiming they are part of Russia #NAFOfellas

🐣 RT @IAPonomarenko With those shit show “referenda” in occupied Ukrainian regions, Russia admits — it can’t win. ¤ It has run out of offensive capability, and its current position is dead end at best. ¤ The “mobilization” will only give it some barely trained cannon fodder… in several months.

🐣 RT @Gerashchenko_en The so-called “referendums” won’t stop Ukrainian Army’s offensive and complete liberation of Ukrainian territory. ¤ No one in the world will recognize them.

🐣 RT @MattPPea What are the going to use in this new war which is not being used in the current one?
⋙ 🐣 so far, signing up to fight has been “voluntary”; this would be more like a draft (with ways $ out for the privileged) ¤ hard to say whether they can equip additional troops; more cannon fodder ¤ they’re increasing punishments for desertion, surrendering and disobeying orders

WaPo, Max Boot: Putin is reeling. Now is the time to help Ukraine win https://tinyurl.com/5dy6zwxp “Putin is reeling. Now is the time for the Ukrainians to press their advantage. Seize the moment. Don’t give the Russians time to reset and recover.”

[W]hile Russia is down, it is not yet out. More than 150,000 people have been freed from Russia’s yoke in recent weeks, but an additional 1.2 million Ukrainians still live under brutal occupation. Russia continues to occupy roughly 20 percent of Ukraine, and Ukraine will require more Western military equipment to finish liberating its soil. Ukraine desperately wants higher-end weapons systems such as F-16 fighter jets, Gray Eagle drones, Patriot air defense missile batteries, longer-range missiles, and main battle tanks such as the German Leopard 2 or the American M1 Abrams.

Even though the Ukrainian armed forces have shown they can rapidly assimilate sophisticated Western systems such as the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), the United States and its allies are still reluctant to provide the weapons that Kyiv is asking for. The essential reason, once all the excuses are stripped away, is that we are still deterred by threats of Russian retaliation. Indeed, the worse Putin does, the more scared we seem to get. Undersecretary of Defense Colin H. Kahl just put out a statement claiming: “Ukraine’s success on the battlefield could cause Russia to feel backed into a corner, and that is something we must remain mindful of.”

This seems, to me, a fundamental misreading of the moment. Putin is reeling. Now is the time for the Ukrainians to press their advantage. Seize the moment. Don’t give the Russians time to reset and recover. Given the pitiful performance of the Russian military, Putin should be more scared of us than we are of him.

In the end, the surest way to avoid the destabilizing economic and strategic consequences of a continuing conflict is to shorten the war by helping Ukraine win it — and that will likely require the relaxation of some of our self-imposed restrictions on the provision of higher-end weapons systems.

🐣 RT @kyledcheney Trump has 3 immediate problems with Dearie:
1) He sets a fast deadline that vets all the records by Oct. 7
2) He asks Trump for details of what he claims to have declassified
3) He suggests Reinhart might have to preside over 4th amendment suit
🐣 RT @gtconway3d Indeed. Judge Dearie could end up burying Trump. Stay tuned.
⋙ 🐣 RT @tribelaw Life 101: Be careful what you wish for.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @kyledcheney TO RECAP: Trump demanded a special master and won. He asked for Raymond Dearie and won. Now his legal team is upset that Dearie is asking for evidence of what he claims to have declassified and is setting aggressive deadlines.
⋙⋙⋙ Politico: Trump discovers he’s not in Cannon-land anymore https://tinyurl.com/2sv55kju
// The ex-president’s team of lawyers will get their first audience before new judicial bodies and judges on Tuesday.

🐣 RT @duty2warn Here’s a behavioral truth about Trump: Whenever he takes a defensive tact that’s odd or unexplained, it’s because the truth is worse than what we know. Let’s say he shared classified docs with foreign powers. To suggest he declassified them might help him avoid charges of treason

🐣 RT @robreiner Be careful what you wish for. Donald Trump’s Special Master is asking for proof that Trump actually declassified the documents he stole. His lawyers are arguing he can’t reveal that because it could hurt him if he’s Indicted. So sad.

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer KHERSON/1215 UTC 20 SEP/ Over the last 24 hrs, UKR Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD) missions destroyed 5 Russian air defense complexes. With RU Air Defense impacted, UKR conducted 15 Close Air Support missions against RU troop concentrations in the Kherson AO.

🧵 RT @Teri_Kanefield I haven’t done a Twitter Book Report for a while, so here we go. ¤ I finished reading Why We Did It: A Travelogue from the Republican Road to Hell, @Timodc’s tell-all mea culpa. ¤ The book opens with a splash:
📌 https://twitter.com/Teri_Kanefield/status/1571995824229593088?s=20
// Tim Miller Why We Did It

🐣 Everytime bipartisan groups of legislators have come close to solving immigration, the GOP has walked out. Why? Solving the issue would take it away as a xenophobia boogey-man

🐣 RT @DmytroKoluba Sham ‘referendums’ will not change anything. Neither will any hybrid ‘mobilization’. Russia has been and remains an aggressor illegally occupying parts of Ukrainian land. Ukraine has every right to liberate its territories and will keep liberating them whatever Russia has to say.

🐣 RT @KyivIndependent Russia’s proxies in temporarily occupied Melitopol and Kherson are also reportedly preparing for “pseudo-referendums.” [link]
⋙ 🐣 half of the populations have fled, some have been kidnapped, the rest are under occupation ¤ in no rational way can these “referendums” be seen by the world as anything but fraudulent, a travesty ¤ Putin’s desperation is showing

⭕ 19 Sep 2022

DemocracyDocket: U.S. Reps. Lofgren and Cheney Introduce Bill to Reform the Electoral Count Act https://tinyurl.com/2s39wbh2

🐣 RT @ AWeissmann_ Trump letter to Dearie is absurd.
1. if you want to argue the docs were declassified and are personal and shd be returned, you need to aver you declassified the docs.
2. the letter saying that wd give up a trial defense is wrong: classification is irrelevant to any trial.

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote NEW: The DoJ has sent a letter to Special Master Judge Dearie about the document review saying “Master WILL NOT review the documents with classification markings. If the 11th circuit does NOT stay their review, DoJ will propose a way forward.”
⋙ CourtDoc: Re: Proposed Agenda Items for Preliminary Conference (Donald Trump v USA) https://tinyurl.com/2p8edt8x
⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote The DOJ also attached a protective order they plan to file tomorrow with Judge Cannon. It says no one can use these documents for ANYTHING other than this case, AND it says the classified docs aren’t covered because the appeal for a stay is still with the 11th circuit.

YahooNews: Russian soldiers caught between Ukraines Armed Forces and right bank of Dnipro River seek ways to surrender Operational Command Pivden (South) https://tinyurl.com/mr3hfakx

⋙ EuromaidanPress: Russian units in south of Ukraine trying to surrender https://tinyurl.com/48u4cdmx

The units of Russian occupiers in the Kherson Oblast are trying to surrender because they are “wedged between the [Ukrainian] defense forces and the right bank,” the head of the joint press center of Operational Command “South” Nataliia Humeniuk reported on the air of the telethon.

Ukraine offered the Russian occupiers a way out either to transition under the auspices of international humanitarian law or returning to Russia.

🐣 RT @BenDoBrown Heavy damage seen in Ukraine’s east in Bakhmut, Donetsk Oblast, location: 48.599, 38.057. H/T @foofighters95 for geolocation
💽 https://twitter.com/BenDoBrown/status/1571675213347303424?s=20/photo/1
// surreal video

🐣 RT @vtchakarova All eyes on Lyman that helped Russian troops to consolidate their position in Donbas and secure supply lines, and then Lysychansk. Zelenskiy’s advisor Arestovich said that the capture of Lyman could accelerate the liberation of the entire Donbas. Map via ISW #Ukraine #geopolitics
🌎 https://twitter.com/vtchakarova/status/1571726014404874241?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 18 Sep 2022

‼️🐣 RT @disclosetv JUST IN – Biden: American troops would defend Taiwan if invaded by China.
// 60 Minutes

Newsweek: Top U.S. General Urges ‘High’ Alert Due to Concern Over What Putin May Do https://tinyurl.com/bd4324f3 “The war is not going too well for Russia right now,” Milley said. “…In the conduct of war, you just don’t know with a high degree of certainty what will happen next”

NBCNews Poll: Abortion, Trump boost midterm prospects for Democrats https://tinyurl.com/4d762cze Trump’s favorability has fallen to 32%; Biden’s has risen to 45%
// Trump fav 32%, Biden fav 45%; Republicans maintain significant advantages on economy, crime and immigration in the latest NBC News national poll.

The improvement for Biden has come primarily from core parts of the Democratic base, including women (who went from 47% approve in August to 52% approve in this survey), Latinos (from 40% to 48%) and voters 18-34 (from 36% to 48%).

NBC News poll shows where the midterm ‘persuadables’ live: These voters could decide the midterms https://tinyurl.com/4z8hdk69
// In the outer suburbs, voters are split when it comes to approval of the Supreme Court’s abortion decision, investigations into former President Trump and other issues. 
Persudables: Urban Core 21%, Urban Ring 23%, Outer Surburbs 43%, Rural 12%

🐣 RT @MikeSington New poll (NBC News): Just when he thinks he’s going to run again, Trump’s favorability rating sinks to 16-month low of 34%. Turns out people don’t like lying, fraud, grifting, bullying, stealing, incompetence, and criminal activity after all.

🐣 RT @fellarific Excellent work #Fellas #NAFOexpansion is non negotiable. Excellent work extracting the data @NovelSci
⋙ 🐣 RT @NovelSci When I charted NAFO tweets on a dual axis with the tweets containing keywords from the disinfo claim, they sure look related. Again, it will take time and many, many studies to know for sure. But Ukraine doesn’t have time. I feel comfortable saying NAFO is helping Ukraine.
◕ https://twitter.com/fellarific/status/1571639871470702592?s=20/photo/1

🐣 📋 RT @BrianMannADK Any time we talk about American democracy without factoring in the structural bias against highly urban, diverse, progressive states, we are getting the story wrong. https://nyti.ms/3Ul6SbN
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/BrianMannADK/status/1571548003575398400?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] The Senate today is split 50-50 between the two parties. But the 50 Democratic senators effectively represent 186 million Americans, while the 50 Republican senators effectively represent 145 million. To win Senate control, Democrats need to win substantially more than half of the nationwide votes in Senate elections.

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer IZIUM/2115 UTC 18 SEP/ The cutting of the P-66 HWY has curtailed maneuver options for RU forces. Situation of the roads, and continued use of UKR precision strike munitions, have largely negated what would be the advantage of Russia’s interior lines of communication & supply.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1571608421375377409?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @DreamsPirate Here is the video from DW where they cover #NAFO
.💽 https://twitter.com/DreamsPirate/status/1571525823336747008?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @WarintheFuture There is a lot going on in #Ukraine at the moment. The macro story is that Russia appears to have lost the initiative at every level. But there is also an interesting story to be told about Ukrainian campaign planning. 1/24
📌 https://twitter.com/WarintheFuture/status/1571563669783474177?s=20

2/ The Ukrainian offensive in the north east is continuing to exploit a bumbling and incoherent Russian defensive scheme to the east of Kharkiv. Thousands of square kilometres of Ukrainian territory have been recaptured, and many towns and their inhabitants have been liberated. [map]

3/ Even the Oskil Rver defensive line, rapidly established by the Russians, appears to be crumbling. Deception and operational art have been central to Ukrainian preparations for their achieving surprise against the Russians in this new phase of the war.

4/ Deception. That it was able to exploit this opportunity indicates that Ukraine had an excellent plan to deceive Russian overhead collection assets as well as their tactical reconnaissance and surveillance.

5/ As one military interlocutor in Kyiv confirmed, Russian tactical reconnaissance in the east of Ukraine has been poor. It has generally consisted of ‘advance to contact’ with infantry and armour, rather than through the use of dedicated air and ground reconnaissance assets.

6/ This means that the environment is ripe for tactical and even operational surprise, something the Ukrainians clearly recognised in their planing for the Kharkiv offensive.

7/ Operational Design. While the Russian focus was primarily on its operations to defend its holdings in the south, and conduct small scale attacks in the Donbas, #Ukraine planned and launched an operation in the north.

8/ This is not to say that Ukraine’s operations in the south were a feint. They were not, and this was recently confirmed to me by a senior Ukrainian military planner during my visit to Kyiv. The north & south are mutually supporting offensives in a larger operational design.

9/ Operational design is an important component of military professionalism. Through good operational design, military commanders and their staffs’ sequence and orchestrate tactical goals and actions to meet desired strategic and political outcomes.

10/ Ironically, it was the Russians in the early 20th who were early advocates for such operational thinking about military operations. This is not obvious with the current Russian military performance, which has demonstrated historic levels of incompetence and stupidity. [map]

12/ The Ukrainians will have carefully wargamed the best times to conduct their offensives. It would have been based on intelligence on Russian defensive dispositions, the location and quantities of Russian forces held in reserve, as well as logistics and key supply routes.

13/ What might this mean for the moving days or weeks?

14/ First, the concurrent Ukrainian offensives have totally compromised the Russian operations in the Donbas. It compromises Russian supply routes and introduces a larger psychological issue with Russian soldiers and commanders fighting in the east. [map]

15/ Second, it will be difficult for the Russians to continue to fight in the east without responding to the threat that Ukraine now poses to their rear areas and logistics. This problem will only get worse if the Ukrainians are able to continue their advance across the Oskil.

16/ To respond, the Russians will have to reorient their forces in the east, and possibly pull troops from the south. This effectively kills any Russian offensive capability across the east and south

15/ Second, it will be difficult for the Russians to continue to fight in the east without responding to the threat that Ukraine now poses to their rear areas and logistics. This problem will only get worse if the Ukrainians are able to continue their advance across the Oskil.

16/ To respond, the Russians will have to reorient their forces in the east, and possibly pull troops from the south. This effectively kills any Russian offensive capability across the east and south

17/ It also creates other opportunities for Ukraine. Because of a Russian reinforcement ‘shell game’, it is possible that we could see cascading Russian tactical withdrawals and failures in various regions as a consequence.

18/ This, and the resulting losses in equipment and personnel, compromises Russia’s capacity to dictate the pace and location of operations henceforth. The Ukrainians have seized the initiative in this war.

19/ Having surprised the Russians, the Ukrainians have generated shock among Russian troops and commanders. This period of shock is generally a productive time for those on the offensive.

20/ It during this period of shock when Ukraine can seize the most ground, and destroy the largest number of enemy troops. And it is exactly what they are doing. The Ukrainians, using mission command, are operating inside the Russian tactical and operational decision loops.

21/ While like all offensives, exhaustion and outrunning supply lines will eventually slow the Ukrainian advance, this one probably has a little way to go. The Ukrainians seem to sense the potential for a larger Russian collapse in the east.

22/ Not only has this been a stunning feat of arms, it has answered the question many of us posed several months ago about Ukrainian offensive capacity. The Ukrainian Armed Forces have demonstrated emphatically in the last few weeks their offensive mindset and capability.

23/ We will be studying this campaign for decades into the future. But for now, we need to ensure the west continues to provide the equipment and munitions for this campaign, and for those that will inevitably follow. End.

🐣 RT @WarintheFuture 24/ Thank you to the following whose images I used in this thread: @UAWeapons @War_Mapper @DefenceU @IAPonomarenko @TheStudyofWar @criticalthreats

🐣 RT @Conquerors1011 The Russians may have decided not to defend this area [pink], despite Russian President Vladimir #Putin’s repeated declarations that the purpose of the “special military operation” is to “liberate” #Donetsk and #Luhansk Oblasts. 2/
🌎 https://twitter.com/Conquerors1011/status/1571506433891438592?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @warnerta A very strong point from ISW: Russia continues to throw resources at trying to take Bakhmut even as Ukraine shapes in the NE for another major offensive that could undermine months of Russian slow gains in central Luhansk. Why the roboticism? I think it’s Potemkin-style command.
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheStudyofWar NEW: #Russian forces continue to conduct meaningless offensive operations around #Donetsk City and #Bakhmut instead of focusing on defending against #Ukrainian counteroffensives that continue to advance. ¤ Our latest with @criticalthreats: [link]
🌎 https://twitter.com/TheStudyofWar/status/1571319365076938752?s=20/photo/1 -4

🧵 RT @tomiahonen Let Trump Be Trump Thread 1/ ¤ The Former Guy held a Magarally in Ohio yesterday. He is moving ever closer to genuine Nazi rallies. Do we care? Actually yes we do. It is the Republicans who are terrified. If you support US democracy in general or Team Blue, we say ¤ #LetTrumpBeTrump
📌 https://twitter.com/tomiahonen/status/1571550436833763329?s=20

🧵 RT @wartranslated An interesting exchange occurred today between three large Russian military reporters (and fighters), Rybar (800k), Voennyi Osvedomytel (450k+) and GREY Zone Wagner page (311k), discussing the potential withdrawal of Russians from the Kherson region.
📌 https://twitter.com/wartranslated/status/1571573817671049223?s=20

TeriKanefield[.]com: Judge Cannon and the Future of Democracy https://tinyurl.com/msw54s9h “Whether democracy survives in America depends on us and what we are willing to do” Judge Cannon is a minor player: “When indictments come down, things will get a lot worse”
// Link to “To-Do List”: https://terikanefield.com/things-to-do/

[T]wo weeks after the FBI executed a search on Mar-a-Lago, Trump filed a lawsuit demanding a special master to review the seized documents. He put forward the outlandish claim that he had the right to possess the seized documents—a mindboggling claim given that most of the documents seized by the FBI were government documents, which, by law, must be housed in the National Archives. Moreover, about 100 of them were classified. Some of the documents were so sensitive that some FBI counterintelligence officers needed special clearance to view them. ¤ The DOJ filed a motion for a temporary stay pending appeal for those 100 documents. For more, see last week’s post.

Here are some highlights from Judge Cannon’s order denying the DOJ’s request:

● She ordered the special master to “prioritize” the 100 documents marked classified.
● She emphasized that she is not stopping a national security review of these documents.
● She rejected the idea that documents marked classified could not possibly be covered by executive privilege.

… Here is how Judge Cannon explains her order: Because Trump is a former president, she wants a neutral third party to double-check what the DOJ is doing. She says the special master is just checking to make sure (1) none of the documents are Trump’s personal property, (2) none are covered by attorney-client privilege, and (3) none are covered by executive privilege. …

No surprise, the day after she rejected the DOJ’s motion for a partial stay, the DOJ filed a similar motion in the 11th Circuit (Court of Appeals). It’s a good idea to first file the motion in the district court, and then, when that gets rejected, go up to the appellate court. The motion (which you can read here) was written for public consumption. It’s clear and lays out facts that are devastating to Trump.

It opens with a bang: “The district court has entered an unprecedented order enjoining the Executive Branch’s use of its own highly classified records in a criminal investigation with direct implications for national security.” ¤ The DOJ disagrees with the entire order, but they are seeking to stay, “only the portions of the order causing the most serious and immediate harm to the government and the public. . . ” They’re (wisely) limiting what they are asking for.

The DOJ points out the absurdity of Cannon’s order as applies to classified documents.

● The special master was supposed to consider claims for the return of personal property, but it’s impossible for government documents marked classified to be Trump’s personal property.
● The special master is also to consider attorney-client privilege, but classified documents cannot have any claims of attorney-client privilege.
● Finally, the special master is supposed to evaluate claims of executive privilege, but sensitive government secrets cannot be protected by executive privilege, and neither Trump nor the court explained how Trump can assert executive privilege against the executive branch. (They didn’t explain it because it makes no sense. Executive privilege is a separation of powers thing.)
● Her order forces the executive branch to show highly sensitive government secrets to Trump’s lawyers.

The DOJ also complains about Cannon’s lack of clarity in what they can and can’t do with the 100 docs. Because what they can’t do isn’t clear, they run the risk of being in contempt if the court later says they overstepped.

One of the most devastating parts of the DOJ’s motion is the part that sets out the history of the case since Trump left office. The pattern went like this:

● Trump said he had no government documents
● The DOJ developed evidence that he had documents
● Trump relented and handed over a bunch of documents and said he didn’t have any more
● The DOJ developed evidence that he still had documents
● Trump handed more over and said that was it, he didn’t have any others.
● After Trump’s lawyer signed an affidavit swearing that Trump had no more documents, the FBI developed evidence that he had more documents, searched, and found 11,000 government documents including 100 marked classified.

… Here’s what’s particularly devastating: During the extended process in which the government tried to get the documents back, Trump never tried to assert privilege. He never said, “I have them, but I have the right to possess them.” He said, “I have no government documents and I have no documents marked classified.” (He obviously didn’t expect them to come in and search.) ¤ After the search in August turned up classified documents, he changed his story to “I had the right to possess them under the Presidential Records Act” and “they may be privileged.”

Let’s game out some scenarios.

Best case scenarios:

● The 11th Circuit grants the temporary stay and Judge Dearie is so efficient (and refuses to expose the highly sensitive documents to Trump’s lawyer) that the entire matter is concluded and the remainder of the documents are back with the DOJ within a month or two.
● The 11th Circuit does not grant the temporary stay, but Judge Dearie keeps the top secret documents under wraps and manages to get the crucial documents back to the DOJ within a reasonable time.

Bad case scenario:

● The 11th Circuit does not grant the temporary stay, Judge Cannon starts rejecting Dearie’s reasonable orders, and everything gets tied up on appeal for many months.

Worst case scenario:

● Trump successfully claims privilege over some of the classified documents and the DOJ is unable to use these documents in its criminal investigation against Trump. (Notice charges can still be brought against Trump because there’s plenty of other evidence of violations of the Espionage Act and obstruction statutes.)

Even if Cannon is completely off her rocker, I can’t see the higher courts and the Supreme Court going along with this. After all, the judges appointed by Trump refused to hand him the election by going along with his bogus election claims. While he was president, they denied his claim that he had absolute immunity. Last year, when he tried to assert executive privilege over nonclassified documents to keep them out of the hands of Congress, he lost in the courts.

I just can’t see higher courts saying, “Sure, Trump can make off with top secret US documents and then keep them from the FBI by claiming privilege.” For a sense of how dangerous this would be, consider how likely it is that he is still stashing documents somewhere else. The courts are not going to give him the green light to do with these documents whatever he wants in clear violation of the law. … …

We are not even at the stage of criminal proceedings. This is just a lawsuit in which Trump is trying to keep evidence away from the prosecutors. I have no doubt from the way the DOJ is writing these motions that Trump is the target of multiple investigations for serious crimes. When indictments come down, things will get a lot worse. Trump defenders are going to try to defend him, and there are a lot of them. If an election were held right now, I can assure you that at least 40% of the voters would vote for him to return to the White House. ¤ Prepare yourselves.

Whether democracy survives in America depends on us and what we are willing to do. The outcome of the 2022 elections will tell us a lot more about what the next few years will look like than anything Judge Cannon does.

WaPo: How the St. Javelin meme raised a million dollars for Ukraine https://tinyurl.com/49e6ufkr Once a mere internet meme, St Javelin has blossomed into to a charity business earning money for the Ukraine war effort

🐣 RT @KyivIndependent General Staff: Russian units lost half of their troops when retreating from Kharkiv Oblast. ¤ According to Ukraine’s General Staff, some units of the Russian army lost “more than 50% of their personnel and more than 200 pieces of equipment” when retreating from Kharkiv Oblast.

🐣 RT @ europe4future 207 days and 🇹🇷 is moving in direction of #SCO😭 @TheStudyofWar reports 🇺🇦 continues its counter-offensive without meaningful defensive maneuvers from 🇷🇺, leaving most of the 🇷🇺-occupied parts of Kharkiv and Luhansk oblasts vulnerable. @ZelenskyyUa said “Crimea will return to 🇺🇦”
// SCO=China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan

🐣 RT @mhmck Closing in on temporarily-occupied Lyman, Ukrainian defenders liberated Yarova, Shchurove and Dibrova on September 17. ¤ The Armed Forces of Ukraine expanded their foothold in Luhansk region from Bilohorivka to contest for control of Zolotarivka and Verkhn’okam’yanka.
🌎 https://twitter.com/mhmck/status/1571374031546486787?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 17 Sep 2022

NYT, David Leonhardt: ‘A Crisis Coming’: The Twin Threats to American Democracy https://tinyurl.com/3eh23jv6

🐣 RT @tribelaw Like my former student Merrick Garland, “I wanted to repay my country for taking my family in when they had nowhere else to go. I wanted to repay the debt my family owes this country for our very lives.” That motivates everything I do.
⋙ NYT: As Trump Inquiry Heats Up, Garland Says Divisions Imperil the Rule of Law https://tinyurl.com/472jmaxk “There is not one rule [of law] for friends, another for foes; one rule for the powerful, another for the powerless; a rule for the rich, another for the poor” ~ AG Garland
// Addressing new citizens on Ellis Island, the attorney general emphasized that all Americans are equal under the law.

An emotional Attorney General Merrick B. Garland addressed new citizens on Saturday at Ellis Island, the site of his family’s American origin story, and warned that the country had become dangerously divided by political factionalism, which has imperiled the democracy and the rule of law. …

During a 10-minute speech in which he repeatedly stopped to collect himself, the attorney general recounted the tale of his grandmother’s flight from antisemitism in what is now Belarus before World War II, and the narrow escape to New York made by his wife’s mother, who fled Austria after Nazis annexed the country in 1938.

“My family story is what motivated me to choose a career in public service,” said the typically stoic attorney general, his voice dropping to a husky whisper. “I wanted to repay my country for taking my family in when they had nowhere else to go. I wanted to repay the debt my family owes this country for our very lives.”

Everything Mr. Garland says these days is parsed for deeper meaning — and prosecutorial clues — as the Justice Department plunges ahead with sprawling, open-ended investigations into former President Donald J. Trump and his allies. The attorney general often uses public appearances to address Mr. Trump and Trumpism in veiled but unmistakable terms, decrying division and vowing to hold “the powerful” accountable for crimes they commit.

But Saturday’s speech came at a critical moment, as Mr. Garland commits to an inquiry into possible criminality by a former president who remains a political force, and has repeatedly attacked Mr. Garland, his department and the F.B.I.

Mr. Trump has claimed that he continues to enjoy executive privilege as a former president, despite legal precedent to the contrary, throughout his battle with the Justice Department over his retention of highly classified documents. Mr. Garland has rejected that argument, and the department in its court filings has pushed back against the idea that the former president deserves protections not afforded to other citizens who are under federal scrutiny.

“The protection of law — the rule of law — is the foundation of our system of government,” said Mr. Garland, a slight, upright figure standing under the soaring barrel vault in the immigration museum’s great hall, which served as the point of entry for millions of immigrants from 1892 to 1954.

“The rule of law means that the law treats each of us alike: There is not one rule for friends, another for foes; one rule for the powerful, another for the powerless; a rule for the rich, another for the poor,” he said, adding that the rule of law “is fragile, it demands constant effort and vigilance.” ¤ It was incumbent on all Americans, he said, to “do what is right, even if that means doing what is difficult.”

🐣 RT @gtconway3d “Asked whether Mr. Trump had ‘committed any serious federal crimes,’ 62 percent of independent voters said they believed he had, and 53 percent said he had threatened American democracy …. ¤ “Republican candidates appear to be aware of such sentiments ….”
⋙ 🐣 RT @MichaelCBender The question of how to handle Mr. Trump has so bedeviled some Republican candidates for Senate that they have held private meetings about the best way to field the inevitable calls from his team. ¤ More here, w/ @maggieNYT:
⋙⋙⋙ 📊 NYT: Rally With Trump? Some G.O.P. Candidates Aren’t Thrilled About It. https://tinyurl.com/2fc24v37
// Whether he is invited or not, the former president keeps holding rallies in battleground states. It reflects an awkward dance as Republican candidates try to win over general-election voters; NYT/Siena College Poll (9/6-14): https://tinyurl.com/2p9d7xyx

Polls suggest these controversies could be taking a toll. Among independent voters, 60 percent said they had an unfavorable view of Mr. Trump, compared with 37 percent who had a favorable view [-27%], according to a New York Times/Siena College poll released this week. President Biden was also underwater among these key voters, but by a far smaller margin of eight percentage points

Asked whether Mr. Trump had “committed any serious federal crimes,” 62 percent of independent voters said they believed he had, and 53 percent said he had threatened American democracy with his actions after the 2020 election.

Republican candidates appear to be aware of such sentiments, backing away from Mr. Trump’s fixation on the 2020 election. While he has said that election fraud is the most important issue in the midterms, polls show that voters are far more worried about economic issues and abortion rights.

WaPo: ‘Look, these are our boys’: Ukrainian troops drive Russian tanks on new front line https://tinyurl.com/bd2hy66j ‘The front line is now a river, the Oskil, that runs through the middle of the eastern Ukrainian town of Kupiansk, which the Russians had used as a transport hub’

🐣 📋 RT @yellowpaiges 13% of republicans are MAGA.. republicans are 24% of registered voters. They aren’t as big as media portrays them. Did you see all the empty seats

🐣 RT @ @MeidasTouch. After reposting a photo of himself wearing a ‘Q’ symbol this week, Donald Trump is now all-in on QAnon at his rallies. ¤ Tonight, as he played the QAnon WWG1WGA theme song, his followers raised their arms and held up their pointer fingers towards him in a QAnon salute.

🐣 RT @mhmck Ukrainian defenders have a confident foothold in Luhansk region. Armed Forces of Ukraine have liberated Bilohorivka on the Siverskyi Donets River and contest for control of Zolotarivka and Verkhn’okam’yanka. The rashists are falling back on temporarily-occupied Lysychans’k

🐣 RT @kyledcheney JUST IN: Appeals court sets a Tuesday deadline for Trump to respond to DOJ’s motion for partial stay of Judge Cannon’s order
// response due by noon 9/20
⋙ 🐣 RT @kyledcheney We don’t yet know which three-judge panel is taking this up but that’s a pretty expedited response time that nearly coincides with the special master’s first conference with the parties in Brooklyn.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @weissbry18 The DOJ wants to keep reviewing the 100 classified documents it retrieved from Trump. “Judge” Cannon said they can’t. DOJ asked her to reconsider. She said no. So DOJ has to convince 11th Circuit appeals court that “Judge” Cannon is wrong and they can keep reviewing the docs.
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @thelibbiegrant …and the rapid response and quick heading from the 11th Circuit *seems* to suggest they understand how urgent this matter is to national security, which *seems* to suggest they won’t be inclined to side with trump, but we’ll see.
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @threedogdays Tight turnaround for appellee suggests 11th Circuit is taking seriously the urgency DOJ stated: “because the government and the public will suffer irreparable injury absent a stay, the United States respectfully asks that the Court act on this motion as soon as practicable.”
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @iamacruz Courts usually give a lot more time to respond. This is fast!
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @judicialmermaid This is a big deal, considering originally the time frame was to be responded by 10/7/22. Moving it up to Tuesday tells me they understand this is a matter of National dire consequences. I’m finally breathing a sigh of relief. 🙏🇺🇸
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 what were the “national dire consequences”? that evidence would be tainted or forever tied up in disputes over DOJ’s inability to meet Cannon’s impossible demands? sorry: I’ve looked for a long article on this but the closest I’ve found are Twitter threads
⋙⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @judicialmermaid The consequences are our sources & methods being exposed to foreign adversaries, our own “informants” being put in peril, and our foreign allies withholding information from us because we have failed to keep “secrets” secure. Cannon has put the entire Nation in grave danger.
⋙⋙⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 people have talked about balance of power issues; I assume then that is because Cannon is not respecting th right of the Executive branch to be able to decide what is secret or, in fact, whether there is one president or two (?)
⋙⋙⋙⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @judicialmermaid That is part of it, yes. She has also noted that because DT is a FPOTUS, he deserves special treatment. There is no legal basis to support that assertion. She also does not understand how the FBI/DOJ are part of Exec Branch and the Intelligence Community (IC). She is extremely 1/
⋙⋙⋙⋙⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @judicialmermaid under qualified for being a Fed Judge and not knowing this basic fact of our legal system. A person cannot exert exec privilege against the Exec Branch when they 1. Are no longer part of it and 2. The actual Executive has not waived theirs to that said person. /2
⋙⋙⋙⋙⋙⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 agree: unless their object is so totally corrupt that they appeal all the way to SCOTUS ¤ hard to believe it would prevail there, but this Court keeps surprising
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @DSRacer In all seriousness, what are they going to argue?
⋙⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ lisa_smith40 Same thing they already did: the Special Master is supposed to determine if the docs are actually classified and/or TFG’s personal papers (not subject to PRA). They’ll claim that lifting Cannon’s stay will let DOJ read & act on what might be personal (therefore acting illegally).
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @bonescarfer What’s the point of this other than for Trump to get to say “Uh-uh! I don’t wanna!”? Didn’t Cannon already reject the motion for a partial stay?
⋙⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @Soaps_Hope She’s not the final say. This is a higher court.
⋙⋙⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @JgRestore The final say will be clearance Thomas since he is the Supreme Court Justice assigned to this circuit when the court is not in term
⋙⋙⋙⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 and @nytimes said that (Trump’s team) ‘has a justice on board’ so then it goes to full SCOTUS, right? and they decide if Nixon v Archives was wrongly decided as Cannon said at the outset
lemme guess: 5/4
⋙⋙⋙⋙⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 Nixon v. Administrator of General Services, 433 U.S. 425 (1977)
⋙⋙⋙⋙⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @JgRestore It would go to Clarence Thomas directly. He could reject it or make a ruling on it. If the DoJ wants to do a full scotus hearing, they have to wait to see if the court will take it up this upcoming term and issue the decision next Summer

🐣 RT @general_ben Putin’s week: 1st Guards Tank Army destroyed, 101-7 at UNGA vote vs Russian bid to block Zelensky video address, Moscow Ferris Wheel broke down first day, humiliation at the hands of his “friends” in Samarkand, viral video of Wagner recruiting convicts, Izium murders exposed.

🧵 RT @atrupar Trump begins his rally speech in Youngstown by trying to take credit for Ohio State football
📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1571284553490210825?s=20
// Trump rally
⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar […] Trump’s rally in Youngstown, Ohio, ends with the dramatic music playing. Strange vibes.
⋙ 🐣 you can argue any of these points rationally but it’s not about reason or argument; it’s about tribal belonging; the incantation reminds me of church when I was a kid: we recited/intoned litanies ¤ no question that MAGA has replaced the role of relition in these people‘s lives

WaPo: Ukrainian strikes into Russia’s border towns compound Putin’s troubles https://tinyurl.com/3yuftvut “Kyiv has assured U.S. officials that donated weapons would not be used to strike targets inside Russia proper”

That Russian citizens are starting to seriously feel the impact of the war directly is another new source of pressure on Putin, who returned home this weekend from a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Uzbekistan where he faced a remarkable public rebuke by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and questions about the war from Chinese President Xi Jinping. ¤ In a stunning public rebuke, Modi told Putin that “today’s era is not an era of war, and I have spoken to you on the phone about this.” That followed an acknowledgment by Putin that he had heard “concerns and questions” about the war from the Chinese president.

🐣 RT @SpiroAgnewGhost He [Trump] is so terrified of what is coming—its amazing how he can’t help himself and has to post these stream of consciousness deranged & delusional rants which get more bizarre every day. ¤ The random capitalization he always includes is so bizarre.
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/SpiroAgnewGhost/status/1571214806346244096?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] I have great lawyers and legal teams, working closely together, to guard against the Greatest Witch Hunt of all times. Many lawyers want to come on board. Prosecutorial misconduct and Weaponization, the likes of which has never been seen before, is taking place at many different Radical left Democrat levels. I don’t know how much more our Country will be willing to withstand? We are living in a very angry and troubled failing Nation. We are, indeed, a Nation in decline!!!

⭕ 16 Sep 2022

🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ Imagine being fired and walking out the door with priceless company possessions. You don’t return them, lie about it, and when you are caught and the items are seized, you sue seeking return of the items. The judge doesn’t throw the book at you. And you are still free. ¤ You=Trump

🐣 RT @tribelaw And, of course, DOJ filed its appeal of Cannon’s lawless refusal to stay her intrusion into the Executive Branch last night. It totally crushed her decision. Left it in tatters. Killed it. The appeals panel in Atlanta will have to agree. Will it? Who knows?

🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ This ⬇️ is not getting enough attention. Ongoing insurrection by Trump and undermining the rule of law. Making Garland’s eventual discretionary decision whether to indict Trump easier and easier.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JaxAlemany Trump Called In to a Pro-January 6 Rally at the DC Jail
and said that prisoners inside the jail were “being treated very, very unfairly.”
⋙⋙ Washingtonian (9/14): Trump Called in to a Pro-January 6 Rally at the DC Jail https://tinyurl.com/3yzwwnyz
// The former President said the January 6 prisoners in the jail were “being treated very, very unfairly.”

🐣 RT @ EleMongelli⚡THE HAGUE, 16 September 2022. Denmark files a declaration of intervention under Article 63 of the #ICJ Statute in the case concerning Allegations of Genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (#Ukraine v. #Russia).
[Letter:] https://twitter.com/EleMongelli/status/1570831619568857088?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @MuellerSheWrote BREAKING::THREAD::There are a LOT of breaking stories in the latest NYT piece that just dropped. First, trump lawyers told Herschmann to invoke sweeping executive privilege with the DoJ stating they have a “chief judge” in their pocket that will rule in their favor. 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/MuellerSheWrote/status/1570933677810659330?s=20
⋙ NYT: Trump’s Team of Lawyers Marked by Infighting and Possible Legal Troubles of Its Own https://tinyurl.com/723ea4hr
// Several of the former president’s lawyers are under scrutiny by federal investigators amid squabbling over competence.

🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ Dearie’s first act. Moving this along.
[CourtDoc:] https://twitter.com/AWeissmann_/status/1570884411989852160?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @OccupyDemocrats BREAKING NEWS: The Special Master overseeing the top secret documents stolen by Trump drops bombshell, orders Trump’s lawyers to immediately come to his courtroom in New York for an urgent hearing. RT IF YOU THINK THAT TRUMP MUST BE CRIMINALLY CHARGED!

🧵 RT @rgoodlaw Excellent DOJ brief petitioning court of appeals.
Core truth, important throughout: “Plaintiff has no right to the ‘return’ of records with classification markings, which are not his property.”
Plus a powerful explanation of urgent national security injury from her order. 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1570952308019826688?s=20

WaPo: Justice Dept. appeals judge’s rulings on classified material in Mar-a-Lago case https://tinyurl.com/mwm4u433
// The Friday night filing asks a higher court to intercede against parts of the decision to appoint a special master to review documents seized from Trump’s club.

The new filing from the Justice Department notes that it disagrees with that decision but for the time being is asking the appeals court to intercede on two parts of Cannon’s ruling — one barring criminal investigators from using the seized material while the special master does his work, and another allowing the special master to review the roughly 100 classified documents seized as well as the nonclassified material.

The government filing asks for a stay of “only the portions of the order causing the most serious and immediate harm to the government and the public,” calling the scope of their request “modest but critically important.” ¤ It’s unclear how long the special master review, or the appeals, might take, but the new filing asks the appeals court to rule on their request for a stay “as soon as practicable.”

Dearie, 78, was nominated to the bench by President Ronald Reagan (R) after serving as a U.S. attorney. Fellow lawyers and colleagues in Brooklyn federal court describe him as an exemplary jurist who is well suited to the job of special master, having previously served on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees sensitive national security cases.

The appeals court filing also argues that the very premise of Cannon’s order, as it relates to the classified material, makes little sense because classified documents are by definition the property of the government, not a former president or a private club.

Trump “has no claim for the return of those records, which belong to the government and were seized in a court-authorized search. The records are not subject to any possible claim of personal attorney-client privilege,” prosecutors wrote, adding that Trump has cited no legal authority “suggesting that a former President could successfully invoke executive privilege to prevent the Executive Branch from reviewing its own records.”

The Justice Department contends that Cannon’s instruction for intelligence officials to continue their risk assessment of the Mar-a-Lago case, while criminal investigators could not use that same material in their work, is highly impractical because the two tasks are “inextricably intertwined.” … “It also irreparably harms the government by enjoining critical steps of an ongoing criminal investigation and needlessly compelling disclosure of highly sensitive records, including to” Trump’s lawyers. …

Similar arguments did not sway Cannon, who repeatedly expressed skepticism about the Justice Department claims, even on the question of whether the roughly 100 documents at the core of the case were classified. In her ruling Thursday, she rejected the argument that her decision will cause serious harm to the national security investigation. Evenhanded application of legal rules “does not demand unquestioning trust in the determinations of the Department of Justice,” the judge wrote. ¤ Cannon, a Trump appointee [was] confirmed by the U.S. Senate just days after Trump lost his bid for re-election … …

That [second] search, officials said, turned up roughly 100 more classified documents, including some that were at the highest level of classification. ¤ Two weeks after that search, Trump’s lawyers filed court papers seeking the appointment of a special master to review the seized material and hold aside any documents covered by attorney-client privilege or executive privilege.

Executive privilege is a loosely defined legal concept meant to safeguard the privacy of presidential communications from other branches of government, but in this case Trump’s legal team has suggested the former president can invoke it against the current executive branch.

The government’s appeals argument also tries to demolish the suggestion that Trump may have declassified the material while he was president, noting that his legal team has never claimed he did so at any point in the long months of negotiating the return of the documents, and since the raid has only suggested he might have or could have declassified them. ¤ In buying that reasoning, Judge Cannon “erred in granting extraordinary relief based on unsubstantiated possibilities,” the Justice Department lawyers wrote.

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Margarita Simonyan said: “It may take 3 months, 3 years or 30 years, so be it. What other choice do we have?”
Solovyov replied: “Our other choice? Reduce the whole world to dust. Just not yet.”
Smiling, Simonyan replied, “And we will go to heaven.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Head of RT Margarita Simonyan Belts Out Old Soviet Song in Cringey Push for More Troops ¤ To terrorize the audiences into volunteering to join the fight, Simonyan claimed that the West wants to enslave Russians and turn them into “yahoos.”
⋙⋙ DailyBeast: Putin Crony Belts Out Song in Cringey Push for More Russian Troops https://tinyurl.com/mdrsvw6d
// The Kremlin’s mouthpieces are desperate for more cannon fodder in Ukraine, and it’s leading to some terrifying—and awkward—TV moments.

Reuters: Exclusive: Zelenskiy accuses Russia of war crimes, sees no early end to war https://tinyurl.com/32wn7urc

🐣 RT @ukraine_map 10 Most Impactful Weapons ¤ USA provided Ukraine 🇺🇦
1. 16 HIMARS
2. 8,500 Javelins
3. HARM Anti-Radar Missiles
4. 2,000 Excalibur Rounds
5. 1,400 Stingers
6. 126 M777 Howitzers
7. 500+ Armored Vehicles
8. 1,400 Kamikaze Drones
9. 50 Counter Artillery Radars
10. Laser Guided Rockets

🐣 RT @petestrzok Agreed. Over 20 years of working with prosecutors on cases involving classified information, I have never – ever – seen anything like it. ¤ Courts have been universally and appropriately deferential to the executive’s determinations concerning classified info. ¤ Until Judge Cannon.
⋙ 🐣 RT @BarbMcQuade The most outrageous statement in the court’s order is her rejection of the government’s assertion that documents with classified markings are, in fact, classified. She reaches this conclusion despite an unrefuted affidavit from the head of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division.

EuromaidanPress: Russia’s wae is speeding up the Ukrainization of Ukraine https://tinyurl.com/yhzmtk8z
// Ukrainian language use skyrockets amid Russian invasion

[Summary:] Following the Russian invasion, 41% of Russian-speakers in Ukraine have switched to either fully or partially speaking the Ukrainian language. This trend is especially prominent in the southeast, where the Ukrainians Putin claims await liberation by Russian troops have started attending language courses to make the jump quicker. Ukrainian is gradually becoming the language of prestige and business, reversing a centuries-long trend of Russification as an imperial tool.

🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ BREAKING: this judge… [Thread, but not linked]
⋙ 🐣 RT @ZoeTillman NOW: Judge Aileen Cannon has denied DOJ’s request to carve out docs with classified markings from her order halting the use of seized materials in the criminal probe and has appointed NY federal judge Raymond Dearie to serve as special master. More to come
[CourtDoc:] https://tinyurl.com/fmkm338u

🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ Judge Cannon is a partisan hack: she says it is “disputed” that the documents are classified, but Trump never said in court he declassified them and submitted NO evidence, so the only evidence before her is that they are and are so marked. She really is totally in the tank here.
🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ As @tribelaw has noted, Cannon at the end of her decision directly says Trump is entitled to more process than anyone else — she says her decision is impacted by “the position formerly held by plaintiff.” ¤ So much for the rule of law and her sworn oath of office.
🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ And her Special Master Order is a study in stupidity: she divides the world into Presidential Records and personal records, but there are likely a host of govt records that are not presidential records (e.g. agency records). She makes no provision for those. So infuriating.
🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ Literally the only thing DOJ won is not paying for the cost of the Special Master, but as that is a sitting federal judge that cost is likely to be negligible even if he can charge for certain expenses.
🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ One telling little nugget is Cannon snidely noting that the only leaks she knows about are AFTER the search was done, to the press, glibly dismissing DOJ’s concern that the docs or the info in them may have been disseminated in the past 18 months.
🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ Another “brilliant” Cannon point: Trump could not be expected to “concretize” his position on the documents as he has not seen the seized docs – without the court ever saying he had them at MAL and in his friggin office for 18 months!
🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ I thought she would take the off-ramp DOJ provided her; I was wrong. This latest decision is both a stupid and profoundly partisan piece of work. ¤ Judge Dearie is jumping into this snake pit, and hopefully can right this ship quickly (to mix metaphors poorly).
🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ The only good news is because Cannon is not doing her job and is subcontracting to another federal judge, DOJ will be able to deal with Dearie and have some sanity imposed.
🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ So 💯⬇️
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Acyn Conway: This ruling is absolutely a disgrace. And I don’t think it’s going to take very much to overturn it. Barr told The New York Times that the original motion by Trump’s lawyers was a crock of shit, a crock of shit. This opinion is worse than that..
💽 https://twitter.com/AWeissmann_/status/1570575240593567745?s=20/photo/1
🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ Cannon’s Special Master order fails to give any guidance as to how to evaluate docs marked classified; it only deals with att-client issues and unclassified docs. So she never deals with plaintiff seeing docs marked classified.
🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ So great to be on with this group on a night like tonight.
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheLastWord “Outrageous and stupid, frankly.” ¤ Joining @Lawrence tonight, @AWeissmann_, @neal_katyal, and @BradMossEsq blasted the ruling by Trump-appointed Judge Aileen Cannon appointing a special master to review documents the FBI seized from Trump. #LastWord
💽 https://twitter.com/TheLastWord/status/1570601425440309248?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @ @TheLastWord Legal experts @neal_katyal, @AWeissmann_ and @BradMossEsq join @Lawrence to discuss why a Trump-appointed judge’s ruling that classified docs seized from Donald Trump’s Florida home are not classified is “the end of the rule of law.” https://on.msnbc.com/3xsLJT4
🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ You don’t have to take it from me: we have Lawrence Tribe on our side. And to be clear, this is not just disagreeing with Cannon on a law point; this is a fundamental violation of her oath of office and distortion of the rule of law. ⬇️
⋙ 🐣 RT @tribelaw I’m always relieved when @AWeissmann_ emphasizes the same thing I do: Cannon is openly trashing the principle that all are equal before the law. Not in her court, they’re not!
🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ “I know it looks like a duck, walks like a duck & quacks like a duck, and defendant submits an affidavit it’s a duck, and plaintiff does not dispute it’s a duck, but I say there is a factual dispute whether it’s a duck.” ¤ Judge Aileen Cannon
🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ Love ⬇️❤️
⋙ 🐣 RT @gtconway3d Also, the duck is wearing a big red-bordered sign that says, in big bold red capital letters, “THIS IS A DUCK.” ¤ And we have PHOTOGRAPHS of the duck and the red sign.
🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ Thank goodness Judge Cannon is a 🐓and subcontracted her work to another federal Judge so she can have him be the fall guy in ruling against Trump as she seeks to keep her injudicious hands clean.

🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ exactly ⬇️ Vanity Gupta to the rescue! You were born for this moment.
⋙ 🐣 RT @NikkiFried Just got off the phone with the @WhiteHouse. I’m asking the @TheJusticeDept to investigate Ron DeSantis’ political human trafficking. [thread]

🚫 🐣 RT @igorsushko 🚨#Russia budgeting for additional 134,000 soldier deaths:
RU Finance Ministry is asking for supplementary 271.5 billion RUB for 2022 & 724.1 billion RUB for 2023 for KIA soldier family payouts. 7.4 million RUB for each dead soldier. This budget anticipates 134k more KIA payouts.
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/igorsushko/status/1570818740044075010?s=20/photo/1
// never sure if I should trust this guy

🐣 RT @SenWhitehouse Here’s what I’d say to the Chief Justice, @Lawrence: There’s a compelling array of evidence that this Court has been captured by right-wing special interests – and that is the problem.
💽 https://twitter.com/SenWhitehouse/status/1570854460028747776?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Euan_MacDonald Ukraine has to get air defenses as soon as possible. Defeated on the ground, Russia will strike more civilian targets in Ukraine from the air. There should also be an immediate sanctions response – Putin shouldn’t be able to get away with making such threats unpunished. 💽

🐣 RT @sarahrainsford So neither China nor India are in favour of Putin’s war ¤ Russian troops have retreated from parts of eastern Ukraine with staggering haste, leaving evidence of more war crimes ¤ But Putin today said: ‘The plan is not subject to adjustment. We’re in no hurry…there’s no changes’
⋙ 🐣 RT @maryilyushina Wow. Indian PM Narendra Modi directly tells Putin that now is not the time for war in a stunning public accusation. “I know that today’s era is not an era of war, and I have spoken to you on the phone about this,” Modi said.
⋙⋙ 🐣 In fact, they’ve changed goals several times. Today he only cited protecting the Donbas(!). Next phase: 1) replace regular troops with Prighozin’s “private army” and 2) bomb infrastructure everywhere

🐣 RT @nytimes President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Friday threatened to escalate his war in Ukraine, even as he declared that the “main goal” of his invasion was limited to taking control of the Donbas region in the country’s east.
⋙ NYT: Putin threatens to escalate war after Russian forces deliver what he called ‘warning strikes.’ https://tinyurl.com/bd8ftu9r “His comments came after two days of meetings with Asian leaders showed that his war had strained Russia’s relationships”
⋙ 🐣 RT @milsma Hang on. Washington Post had this an hour ago.
⋙⋙⋙ https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/1570807557203103750?s=20
⋙⋙ 🐣 The @nytimes article covers the press conference at the END of the regional meeting Putin was at with Xi and Modi, who both were harsh on him; so afterwards he went back to his normal threatening self, even after they failed to support him. He’s incorrigible.

🐣 RT @tribelaw I’m not sure what’s gained by our piling on, and I’ve already tweeted a lot about what dangerous garbage I think Judge Cannon threw at the nation in her ruling denying even a limited stay, but let me say it again: No honest and competent legal analyst could have ruled as she did.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JohnWDean George Conway perfectly summed up Judge Cannon’s ruling: a crock of shit. This judge is so out of her league. George is correct is saying what he has never said publicly: she should not be on a federal bench! This is the work of Leo Leonard, and Mitchell McConnell!
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @Acyn Conway: This ruling is absolutely a disgrace. And I don’t think it’s going to take very much to overturn it. Barr told The New York Times that the original motion by Trump’s lawyers was a crock of shit, a crock of shit. This opinion is worse than that..
💽 https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1570570377486647296?s=20/photo/1

WaPo: The Justice Dept.’s Jan. 6 investigation is looking at … everything https://tinyurl.com/3yuam2zh “It strikes me that they’re going after a very, very large group of people, and … are going to make all of the charging decisions toward the end” ~ former prosecutor
// New batch of subpoenas spell out three general areas of interest as investigators seek sweeping range of information

The new batch of subpoenas point to three main areas of Justice Department interest, distinct but related:
● the effort to replace valid Biden electors with unearned, pro-Trump electors before the formal congressional tally of the 2020 election outcome on Jan. 6, 2021
● the rally that preceded the riot that day
● the fundraising and spending of the Save America political action committee, an entity that raised more than $100 million in the wake of the 2020 election, largely based on appeals to mount pro-Trump legal challenges to election results.

DailyBeast: Putin’s Allies Are Now Slamming the War Right to His Face https://tinyurl.com/yckm48k3 “The public rebuke from Modi comes just a day after Putin held a key face-to-face meeting with Chinese Pres Xi Jinping, during which Putin acknowledged publicly that Xi has ‘concerns’”
// Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made clear to Vladimir Putin in a meeting that he is not confident in Russia’s decisions about the war in Ukraine.

🐣 RT @GlasnostGone Putin’s clearly under pressure & will be fearing a growing backlash at home. He’s now doing his usual deflection trick, of blaming others for his self-inflicted crimes. So please keep pilling on the pressure #Ukraine & make Russia’s Z rated midget sweat.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Gerashchenko_en Russia will do everything so that conflict in 🇺🇦 finishes ASAP but Kyiv refuses negotiations, – Putin during a meeting with Indian Prime Minister ¤ Will he now nominate himself for the Nobel Peace prize?
💽 https://twitter.com/Gerashchenko_en/status/1570775711174242304?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Flash_news_ua ⚡️ Volodymyr Zelenskyi: Today the world should see what the Russian army left behind. More than 400 graves in the forest near Izium. Russia has already become the largest source of terrorism in the world. No other terrorist force leaves behind so many deaths.
💽 https://twitter.com/Flash_news_ua/status/1570794898001113089?s=20/photo/1

😅 RT @DarthPutinKGB Day 205 of my 3 day war. I dreamed I was being chased naked thru a field of sunflowers by a pack of cartoon dogs funded by CIA while Xi kept calling me “incompetent loser”. ¤ I remain a master strategist.

🐣 RT @tribelaw Judge Cannon says: “[T]here has been no actual suggestion by the Government of any identifiable emergency or imminent disclosure of classified information arising from Plaintiff’s allegedly unlawful retention of the seized property.” ¤ Fact check: WTF?

🐣 RT @ DmytroKuleba I welcome @Europarl_EN resolution on human rights violations, forced deportation of Ukrainians and forced adoption of Ukrainian children in Russia. It clearly states that the latter is a violation of the UN Genocide Convention. Russia commits genocide and must be held to account.

TheInsider: Democracy as a weapon. How Political Reforms Helped Ukraine Prepare for War https://tinyurl.com/374bt8yd “The Kremlin’s perception of Ukraine as a ‘failed state,’ was one of the reasons for the attempted blitzkrieg in February 2022, and then led to its failure”

NYT, Nataliya Gumenyuk: The World Now Has a Vision of Ukrainian Victory https://tinyurl.com/49pzr3uu ‘The counteroffensive in the country’s northeast seems to have taken the Russian troops by surprise. They fled, leaving behind hundreds of vehicles, ammunition and documents’

🐣 RT @AP BREAKING: The German government says it is taking control of Russian oil giant Rosneft’s subsidiary in Germany, citing the need to ensure continued operations at three oil refineries in the country. [link:] https://tinyurl.com/2p88pb64

📊 Politico, Ivo Daalder [EU]: Putin’s NATO bungle https://tinyurl.com/nhhunbzx “Russia’s actions have only cemented American support for NATO. It has helped strengthen and unify the military alliance itself — hardly the outcome Putin sought”: Chicago Council on Global Affairs poll
// Russia’s actions have unwittingly cemented American support for both Europe and the Alliance, bolstering transatlantic solidarity.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had high hopes for the invasion of his western neighbor earlier this year — he was going to bring all of Ukraine back into Russia’s fold; he was going to expand Russia’s influence throughout Eastern and Central Europe; he was going to fracture, if not force, the collapse of NATO. ¤ In short, the Russian president was going to regain everything Russia had lost when the Soviet Union disintegrated, and reverse what he saw as “the greatest geopolitical disaster of the 20th century.” 

But Putin’s hopes have been brutally crushed, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may well turn out to be the greatest geopolitical disaster of the 21st century — at least as far as Russia is concerned. ¤ Far from capturing Ukraine in a matter of weeks, Russia is now clearly on the defensive. … Far from fracturing, NATO and the West as a whole have responded to the war with remarkable unity of effort. Russia is now the most sanctioned country in the world. …

Meanwhile, attitudes toward Russia have shifted dramatically, undergirding the strong and unified opposition to Moscow and its policies. That change is perhaps most notable in the U.S., where a new survey released by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs shows strong support for Europe and NATO. 

Europe’s importance to Americans is also underscored by their view of NATO. In fact, the American public is now more committed to the Atlantic Alliance than in any time since our polling began nearly 50 years ago. Four in five Americans now want to either maintain (62 percent) or increase (19 percent) U.S. commitment to NATO. And while Democrats are most committed (at 90 percent), so are three-quarters of Republicans and Independents. 

Since earlier this year, the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden has substantially increased commitment to NATO, deploying about 25 percent more troops, aircraft, mechanized vehicles and naval vessels, many far forward in the east. ¤ Americans greatly favor such a long-term presence in Europe, with two out three supporting long-term bases in Germany (68 percent), the Baltic states (65 percent), and Poland (62 percent). In the case of Germany and Poland, those numbers are up by nearly 60 percent when compared to a decade ago. 

With U.S. support for NATO and European security at a historic high, many might ask how sustainable this support will be over the longer term. … But public opinion tends to be far less fickle than many assume. Indeed, support for NATO among Americans has risen steadily over the past decade — though less so among Republicans. It’s one of the few issues on which large majorities, on both sides of the aisle, can agree — not only now, but also when Trump was in office. ¤ Russia’s actions have only cemented American support for NATO. It has helped strengthen and unify the military alliance itself — hardly the outcome Putin sought.

⭕ 15 Sep 2022

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer RAN AWAY: The 1st Guards’ Tank Army was crushed and scattered at Izium. This rare Russian R-149MA1 vehicle provided Command, Control & Communications (C3) at the brigade/regiment level. Its crew (and the Regimental commander) bailed out, leaving an intelligence bonanza behind.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ UAWeapons #Ukraine: Another R-149MA1 command vehicle and BTR-82A APC [390] seen captured by Ukrainian forces in #Kharkiv Oblast, along with a supply truck. The other vehicles appear to have been seen before.
💽 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1570762120371015682?s=20/photo/1

WaPo Editorial: The E.U. must punish Viktor Orban, Hungary’s authoritarian leader https://tinyurl.com/yf7982w5 The European Union is preparing to cut off Hungary from the billions of dollars in aid on which his regime depends. “Better late than never.”

WaPo: Georgia 2020 election inquiry may lead to prison sentences, prosecutor says https://tinyurl.com/2bbswx88 “‘A decision is going to have to be made,’ [Fulton County DA Fani T. Willis] said on whether to seek Trump’s testimony, ‘and I imagine it’s going to be made late this fall’”
// Fulton County district attorney says her team has received allegations that serious crimes were committed

🐣 RT @ McFaul I said “badass” (to describe @ZelenskyyUa) on @KatyTurNBC
@KatyOnMSNBC today. Sorry.
⋙ 🐣 RT @KatyOnMSNBC “Nobody likes losers, and he’s losing now in Ukraine.” @McFaul talks to @KatyTurNBC about the meeting between Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, and China’s concerns about Ukraine
💽 https://twitter.com/KatyOnMSNBC/status/1570506198692265985?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @TimothyDSnyder As Ukraine re-establishes control over de-occupied territories, authorities once again have to chronicle Russian atrocities: torture facilities (everywhere), mass graves (Izyum), the absence of men (Horlivka). Russia’s war was genocidal in conception and is genocidal in practice.

🧵 RT @MarkHertling Warning: This will NOT be a popular thread. I anticipate a high degree of pushback from those who follow me. ¤ But…I thought it might be useful to provide some thoughts as to why the US may be “rebuffing” the request to provide ATACMS to Ukraine. 1/15 [CNN link]
📌 https://twitter.com/MarkHertling/status/1570619239572344833?s=20

USDeptDefense: $600 Million in Additional Security Assistance for Ukraine https://tinyurl.com/2ytuzj7s “In total, the United States has committed approximately $15.8 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden Administration”; Includes ⬇️
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1570644003821064192?s=20/photo/1
// Defense budget

[Text:] Capabilities in this package include:
Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS);
36,000 105mm artillery rounds;
1,000 precision-guided 155mm artillery rounds;
Four counter-artillery radars;
Four trucks and eight trailers to transport heavy equipment;
Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems;
Mine clearing equipment;
Claymore anti-personnel munitions;
Demolition munitions and equipment;
Small arms and ammunition;
Night vision devices, cold weather gear, and other field equipment

🐣 RT @Archer83Able Tajikistan is using heavy military equipment in clashes at the Kyrgyz-Tajik border, the Border Service of the State Committee for National Security of Kyrgyzstan claims. (TASS)
⋙ 🐣 Both are members of CSTO, the Russian version of NATO, ie supposedly Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan are allies. Plus, Kazakhstan has recently announced it plans to leave CSTO and China has cautioned Russian not to try to prevent this. “First gradually, then suddenly”
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @justartsndstuff “There are decades where weeks happen, and there are weeks where decades happen”

🐣 RT @McFaul This is remarkable. Xi is not supporting Putin. No weapons, no ammo, no chips, no real words of solidarity. Just a willingness to buy Russian energy at very discounted prices.
⋙ 🐣 RT @maxseddon Putin tells Xi Jinping that Russia “understands your questions and concerns” about Ukraine. Does that mean… China has some?
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @EulerID Xi was hoping for the quick 72-hour Russian victory promised by Putin just before the invasion. It didn’t happen because Ukrainians fought back. The whole world witnessed Russia is a paper tiger. China revised Taiwan plans. The Chinese are disappointed.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @KrauseForIowa My take? China will not attack Taiwan u til it figures out how badly wounded its Russian ally is. Who wants to start something that big knowing that your key ally could disintegrate at any time.

🧵 RT @MuellerSheWrote BREAKING: THREAD: In quite possibly the dumbest ruling I’ve ever read, Judge Cannon has denied the DoJ motion to stay part of her ruling (though I’m not surprised. I expected her to do this.) 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/MuellerSheWrote/status/1570564890104057859?s=20

🐣 RT @djrothkopf We are quickly heading for a test of our judiciary unlike any in the past–one that not only raises fundamental Constitutional principles but will reveal whether an ideological divide in our court system will lead to a profound threat to our national security.

🧵 RT @pravda_eng American historian @TimothyDSnyder: #Russia calls itself a democracy, but it’s obviously not
⋙ UkrPravda_Eng: Timothy Snyder: Russia calls itself a democracy, but it’s obviously not https://tinyurl.com/2w46ph34
📌 https://twitter.com/pravda_eng/status/1570361418385428483?s=20

🐣 RT @jamescrabtree “After Heritage Action, the organization’s political wing, opposed the $40 billion Ukraine aid bill in May, 2 of the foundation’s top Russia analysts resigned. Since then, 3 senior members of Heritage’s Asia team, a defense budget analyst & a trade analyst have all departed.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @joshrogin A conservative think tank turns away from Reagan and toward Trump [link] by me @PostOpinions
⋙⋙ WaPo: A conservative think tank turns away from Reagan and toward Trump https://tinyurl.com/2s35nffh

‼️ 🐣 RT @kyledcheney BREAKING: Judge CANNON has denied DOJ’s motion for a partial stay and has appointed Raymond DEARIE as special master.
⋙ 🐣 RT @kyledcheney On DOJ’s claims about the classified docs: “The Court does not find it appropriate to accept the Government’s conclusions on these important and disputed issues without further review by a neutral third party in an expedited and orderly fashion.”
[CourtDoc:] https://tinyurl.com/y4kkeju
↥ ↧
🧵 RT @emptywheel Aileen Cannon is dictating to the Executive that they do not own Executive documents. ¤ Radical
📌 https://twitter.com/emptywheel/status/1570550005798244352?s=20

🐣 RT @MarkRid89403375 The Russian Foreign Ministry threatened Washington with a response to the supply of longer-range missiles to Ukraine ¤ “If the United States decides to supply Kyiv with longer-range missiles, they will cross the red line and become a direct party to the conflict”

NYT, David Leonhardt: The Right’s Violence Problem https://tinyurl.com/5n7xuujc //➔ From 2012-2021, 75% of murders based on political hate were right-wing; 20% were Islamic; 4% were left-wing
Source: Anti-Defamation League
◕ https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1570519698974048256?s=20/photo/1
// 5/17/2022; The Buffalo killings are part of a pattern: Most extremist violence in the U.S. comes from the political right.

🐣 RT @McFaul Contrast the very tepid rhetorical, economic, and military support for Putin & Russia from the SCO with the overwhelming support for Zelensky & Ukraine from NATO & the EU. Democratic solidarity is much more valuable than autocratic solidarity.

🧵 RT @sumlenny As the Ukrainian army liberates more territories, the Ukrainians find two things that are always present where the Russians stayed: 1) torture chambers; 2) feces all over the places. The latter belongs to the Russian army’s tradition, described already by Tolstoi himself. THREAD:
📌 https://twitter.com/sumlenny/status/1509911168483311623?s=20

🐣 RT @ maxseddon Putin tells Xi Jinping that Russia “understands your questions and concerns” about Ukraine. Does that mean… China has some?

🐣 RT @mhmck The horrors of Izyum are worse than the horrors of Bucha. When Mariupol is liberated, the horrors revealed there will be many times worse. ¤ Russians commit genocide against the Ukrainian people. There is no limit to their savagery. Not enough is being done to stop them.

🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ If Cannon were going to agree with DOJ’s filing, ya think she could’ve done so already, even if she notes she will write a formal opinion later setting forth her reasons, which is often done. What she is doing now is holding up the national security review needlessly.
⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote Her only job is to help him delay. She doesn’t care about having her rulings overturned or her “legacy”. She has one job and I think she’ll continue to do it. We’ll know soon!

🧵 RT @TCG_CrisisRisks [Cavell] Ukraine SITREP 1. The Ukrainian counteroffensive continues to consolidate across the Kharkiv Oblast. President Zelenskyy visited liberated regions announcing the Ukrainian flag would again fly above all areas Russia has occupied, including Crimea.
📌 https://twitter.com/TCG_CrisisRisks/status/1570279328570822663?s=20

🧵 RT @KatStepanenko In our recent report at @TheStudyofWar, we assessed that Wagner Group financier Yevgeny Prigozhin is being established as the face of the Russian “special military operation” in Ukraine. https://tinyurl.com/yu5e9k2n A thread 1/7
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @yarotrof For the first time, a video emerges of a recruitment talk for Wagner by Prigozhin in a Russian prison camp. Absolutely bonkers. “Nobody goes back behind bars. If you serve six months, you are free. If you arrive in Ukraine and decide it’s not for you, we execute you.”
📌 https://twitter.com/KatStepanenko/status/1570481923675377664?s=20

🐣 RT @KatStepanenko Prigozhin’s persona is likely aimed to pay lip service to milbloggers’ requested operational changes following the defeat around Kharkiv Oblast to regain their support given that the Wagner Group has been able to make some incremental gains in Donetsk Oblast. 2/7
⋙ The Kremlin and Russian state media have been adopting milbloggers’ criticism that the Russian Defense Ministry has been setting Russian forces for failure, likely establishing the MoD the responsible party for the Russian defeat around Kharkiv Oblast. 3/7
⋙ Simultaneously, milbloggers have increased their discourse about Prigozhin and Wagner Group’s competency during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with some even calling for the replacement for Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu with Prigozhin. 4/7
⋙ Prigozhin gave prisoner recruitment speech, which some milbloggers deemed as a “Stalinist” recruitment approach. Such approach likely appeals to mibloggers who had been calling for more frontline reinforcements to continue to Putin’s war. 5/7
⋙ Prigozhin allegedly met with some milbloggers, which indicates that the Kremlin is attempting to address milbloggers’ months-long complaints that the Russian Defense Ministry did not hear their criticism highlighting the ineffectiveness of Russian higher command. 6/7
⋙ Prigozhin is Putin’s close confidant, and his developing relationship with milbloggers may help retain milblogger support for the Kremlin’s war effort while scapegoating Shoigu and the Russian Defense Ministry for the defeat around Kharkiv Oblast. 7/7

🐣 RT @HannaLiubakova President @ZelenskyyUa recorded part of his address in Russian for the 🇷🇺 military: “You are weaklings at war with civilians. The scoundrels who, having escaped from the battlefield, try to harm from far away. You’ll remain terrorists, of whom their grandchildren will be ashamed”

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom MAGA world seems less angry about immigration and more pissed that DeSantis’s expensive and hateful stunt of sending people to an off-season island didn’t own the libs, who instead did the Christian thing and took in the strangers and made sure they had food and shelter

📊 WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: White conservative Christians ignore their real problem: A fleeing flock https://tinyurl.com/3ya2zexm “The data does … show that ‘an association of Christianity with conservative politics has driven many liberals away from the faith,’ according to Pew”
◕ https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1570478178342260736?s=20/photo/1
↥ ↧
📊 PewResearch: How U.S. religious composition has changed in recent decades https://tinyurl.com/2szhc2wm Increase in “Unaffiliated”: assn with conservative politics, clergy scandals, declining births, intermarriage are all theorized to be behind the abandonment of Christianity
◕ https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1570476865764065280?s=20/photo/1

WaPo, Ishaan Tharoor: As Ukraine advances, Putin backs further into a corner https://tinyurl.com/388rkuwa “What we are seeing around Kharkiv is the psychological breaking point of certain Russian forces,” said Gen. H.R. McMaster,former White House national security adviser

Russian President Vladimir Putin now faces a narrower, more stark set of options in litigating the war of his choosing. For months, Putin has clung to fictions of inevitable triumph over Ukraine’s “artificial” state and peddled contradictory storylines to his countrymen — that the war they are waging is an existential battle for Russia’s future and yet also a mere “special operation” that the Kremlin has well at hand. The edifice of Putin’s propaganda has started to crumble, and he finds himself in a scenario where he cannot countenance defeat nor pursue a decisive victory.

Ultranationalist radicals close to the Kremlin are grousing over the defeats in Kharkiv and calling for drastic measures, including even a general mobilization of the Russian public. “In a sign of the pressure on Putin from pro-war hard-liners for tougher action, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, a longtime Putin ally, on Wednesday called for martial law and mandatory military mobilization, moves so far ruled out by the Kremlin,” noted my colleague Robyn Dixon.

“Putin certainly has the will to continue this war, but he has been largely operating under the illusion that the Russian military was winning and would eventually win,” said Michael Kofman, director of Russian studies at Arlington-based Center for Naval Analyses, to my colleagues. Once that illusion is dispelled, the political costs may rise for the entrenched autocrat.

🐣 📊 RT @Flash_news_ua Most Ukrainians are not ready to give territory to Russia to end the war, says a new poll of the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology.
◕ https://twitter.com/Flash_news_ua/status/1570431957623783427?s=20/photo/1
// In Ukr, but ~82-87% oppose

🐣 RT @stavridisj A “scorched earth” policy which plunges Ukraine into “darkness” is also known as a “massive war crime.” This course of action would almost certainly draw NATO into the fight with a no-fly zone. Bad idea Vladimir
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Russian State Media Threatens Scorched Earth Response to Bitter Defeats in Ukraine: “We need to scale up our strikes against critical infrastructure… so that Ukraine is plunged into darkness… By December, 20 million residents of Ukraine should flee…”
⋙⋙ DailyBeast, Julia Davis: Team Putin Threatens Maniacal Response to Bitter War Losses https://tinyurl.com/2s732wch
// Vladimir Putin’s mouthpieces are threatening to unleash “real hell” after a slew of staggering failures in the war.

🐣 RT @nexta_tv Zelenskyy: “History is written by people, never by savages”
Ukrainian president turned to the Russian military ¤ “Striking non-military targets, in fact hitting hundreds of thousands civilians, is another reason why #Russia will lose. And not just this war, but history itself.”

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer KHERSON/ 1345 UTC 15 SEP / Ukrainian air defense in the Kherson AO has been active and effective. UKR confirms that its MANPADS and air defense complexes shot down three Russian Su-25 ground attack aircraft, and an Su-24M fighter bomber. Kiselyvka captured on on M-14 HWY axis.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1570407076089810949?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 14 Sep 2022

🐣 RT @BulwarkOnline “Truthfully I kind of bristle every time I see, when I hear, people say it’s all about the Western technology…there are so many other complexities involved.” @MarkHertling joins @SykesCharlie on The Bulwark Podcast to talk the war and the Russian Army: https://tinyurl.com/4m7nyakr
🔊 https://twitter.com/BulwarkOnline/status/1570172299482959872?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @olliecarroll Zelensky directed part of nightly message to Russians + strikes on civilian infrastructure. Speaking in Russian, he said history made by humans, not subhumans. “You are fighting with civilians. You are weaklings. Scoundrels who fled the battleground to throw things in from afar”
💽 https://twitter.com/olliecarroll/status/1570263235458396161?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @SpencerGuard Historic leadership. Will take his place in the history books with greats like Washington, Churchill. He rose to the needs of his country. A role model, a communicator, an example or what right looks like even in modern times. /photo/1
// Zelenskyy in Izium with troops

KyivIndependent, Illia Ponomarenko: With successful Kharkiv operation, Ukraine turns the war in its favor https://tinyurl.com/5y8jdxsd “[W]hat happened in early September in the east of Ukraine’s Kharkiv Oblast may ascend in history as the Miracle on the Oskil River”

Ukraine’s offensive operation has done more than liberate most of Kharkiv Oblast, as Ukrainian units approach the Russian border. ¤ It has exceeded the most optimistic of expectations and rendered one of Russia’s strongest military groupings disorganized and combat ineffective.

The battle is an operational success and is bound to have long-lasting consequences for Russia. ¤ The loss of Kupiansk and Izium, the two transportation hubs, pulls the plug on Russia’s chances of seizing the entire eastern region of Donbas, comprised of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

The collapse also jeopardized Russian defenses in northern Donetsk Oblast, paving the way for new successful attacks by Ukrainian forces in the east.

The war’s third phase opens with Ukraine regaining the initiative. ¤ Experts say Ukraine has turned the war’s tide in its favor, while Russia’s power will likely continue to decline in the coming months. …

Ukraine’s military persuaded the Russian command that Kherson would be its counter-offensive’s primary, and likely only, axis. Indeed, experts doubted Ukraine had enough weaponry and hardware for a successful major strike at one frontline section, let alone two or more. ¤ Ukraine has performed well in this battle with operational security (OPSEC), keeping its adversary poorly informed regarding its planned maneuvers and capabilities. ¤ And when the time came, many of Russia’s best combat formations ended up isolated in Kherson, with all bridges crossing the Dnipro River ruined as their backs were turned. … …

“Ukraine has turned the tide of this war in its favor,” said the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), a U.S.-based defense think tank, in its Sept. 12 report. ¤ “Kyiv will likely increasingly dictate the location and nature of the major fighting, and Russia will find itself increasingly responding inadequately to growing Ukrainian physical and psychological pressure in successive military campaigns unless Moscow finds some way to regain the initiative.” …

🐣 RT @NoLieWithBTC Holy. Shit. Republicans’ newly-introduced national abortion ban would put doctors in prison for up to 5 years, force women to undergo extremely invasive transvaginal ultrasounds, and keep in place statewide bans that force rape victims to give birth.
⋙ Slate, Mark Stern: The Perverse, Potentially Lethal Consequences of Lindsey Graham’s Federal Abortion Ban https://tinyurl.com/3ya4dnb3

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Elena Kagan to her colleagues: You’re why the Supreme Court has lost legitimacy https://tinyurl.com/4ywyw7sx “Judges create legitimacy problems for themselves when … it looks like they’re an extension of the political process” ~ Justice Kagan

On Monday, she let loose a burst of refreshing clarity during a talk at Temple Emanu-El in New York. “Judges create legitimacy problems for themselves … when they instead stray into places where it looks like they’re an extension of the political process or when they’re imposing their own personal preferences,” she said. She added that the public has a right to expect that “changes in personnel don’t send the entire legal system up for grabs.”

[Kagan] identifies the primary catalyst for the court’s present crisis: the gutting of precedent by the newest justices. The dissent in Dobbs made plain the absence of any objective rationale for dispensing with nearly 50 years of precedent on abortion rights. As she and Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor wrote, “The Court reverses course today for one reason and one reason only: because the composition of this Court has changed.” They continued, “Stare decisis, this Court has often said, ‘contributes to the actual and perceived integrity of the judicial process’ by ensuring that decisions are ‘founded in the law rather than in the proclivities of individuals.’ … Today, the proclivities of individuals rule. The Court departs from its obligation to faithfully and impartially apply the law.” …

[I]f “we’ve got the votes” is the controlling sentiment, then it follows that the justices should be treated like politicians with binding ethics rules, term limits and greater transparency (on decisions to recuse themselves from cases, for example).

Dobbs is not the only reason for the court’s plunge in credibility. The right-wing justices’ rewriting of voting rights law (Brnovich v. DNC), their assault on the administrative state (West Virginia v. EPA), their inconsistent application of state power (New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen) and their thumb-on-the-scale treatment of the Establishment Clause (Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, Carson v. Makin) have all taken their toll. So has the majority’s manipulation of the shadow docket and partisan screeds by right-wing justices in public settings.

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote BREAKING: Jeffrey Clark confirms he’s under federal criminal investigation for conspiracy, false statements, and obstruction in the 1/6 probe. He confirmed this in a report issued in the DC bar investigation over his law license. [link cnn]

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer KHERSON /2230 UTC 14 SEP/ UKR forces on the M-14 HWY axis have liberated the town of Kiselyvka. In the last 36 hours, UKR has sortied more than 25 close air support missions in Kherson oblast. Partisans report RU will attempt to ferry pontooned supplies to Kherson tonight.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1570179965869756418?s=20/photo/1

ACAEW: Inflation around the world https://tinyurl.com/y9tzfrrb Causes listed:
1) Emergence from pandemic (recovery of demand with erratic supply availability);
2) Russian invasion of Ukraine: ● Grain export markets, ● Russian gas/oil markets
◕ https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1570186957719801858?s=20/photo/1
// 5/26/2022

Inflation has increased rapidly over the last year as the world has emerged from the pandemic. A recovery in demand combined with constraints in supply and transportation has driven prices, with myriad factors at play. These include the effects of lockdowns in China (the world’s largest supplier of goods), the devastation caused by the Russian invasion in Ukraine (a major food exporter to Europe, the Middle East and Africa), and the economic sanctions imposed on Russia (one of the world’s largest suppliers of oil and gas).

💙 🐣 RT @MeidasTouch Whew!! Jamie Raskin just said it all! 🔥
💽 https://twitter.com/MeidasTouch/status/1570114793129877509?s=20/photo/1
// awesome rant on women’s rights, freedom, Ukraine, inflation

🔄 💙 🐣 This looks like a close-to-original source for the claim about the liberation of Kyselivka, noting its proximity to Chornobaivka, with Samoilenko as source. The article is linked, but I don’t know Ukrainian. Thoughts? @Defmon3 @warmonitor3
⋙ 🐣 RT @hwag_ucmc 🔴In the #Kherson Region, the Ukrainian Armed Forces de-occupied the village of #Kyselivka. Today, the only settlement that separates the Ukrainian military from Kherson is #Chornobaivka. – Samoilenko, head of the regional council, Suspilne reports https://tinyurl.com/yywyade6
[TweetLink:] https://twitter.com/hwag_ucmc/status/1570132397852692480?s=20

🐣 RT @jimsciutto New: Ukrainian forces have retaken a town just north of occupied Kherson, says city council member. Oleksandr Samoilenko told Ukrainian television the town of Kyselivka was liberated and “occupiers are panicking, and the local population is in a state of expectation.”

🧵 RT @andersostlund The West spent 30 years trying to be friends with Russia but Russia rejected all attempts. The conclusion can only be that we need to hermetically seal Russia off from the rest of the world. Sanction anybody who loads a ship or plane bound for Russia, close all the land borders.
📌 https://twitter.com/andersostlund/status/1570113072898908165?s=20

🐣 RT @ DefMon3 This is what it looks like further up just above the dam gates. There are clear signs of explosions, this is a result of the russian missile attack. ¤ They have absolutely no regard for the safety of civilians. They are terrorists.
Source: https://t.me/mortisaeterna/1470?single

🐣 RT @AlexKokcharov In this video from #Russia, oligarch Prigozhin, who is close to Putin and runs the Wagner private military company, is pitching to prison inmates, trying to recruit them for his PMC to deploy in the #war against #Ukraine:
💽 https://twitter.com/AlexKokcharov/status/1570088045545771009?s=20/photo/1
[Tr:] He counts paragraphs on murder/robbery ok, sexual offenses “mistakes happen”, drug offenses only if no dependency/consumption was involved. Conclude an anecdote of how 30 hired crooks “cleaned” a UA trench with knives. [very loosely translated]2v2

🐣 RT @AlexKokcharov In this video from #Russia, oligarch Prigozhin, who is close to Putin and runs the Wagner private military company, is pitching to prison inmates, trying to recruit them for his PMC to deploy in the #war against #Ukraine: 💽

🐣 RT @TWMCLtd Following strikes by #Russia in #KryvyiRih there are now fears of both water shortages & floods in #Ukraine’s 7th largest city. ¤ Locals report the river has already risen by 3 metres in an hour. ¤ Engineers are already on site trying to repair the damage. ¤ #RussiaIsATerroristState

🐣 RT @MarkRid89403375 President Zelenskyy — Counteroffensive in north-east has confirmed once again: Ukrainians are waiting for 🇺🇦 Army. 6 months of 🇷🇺 occupation of Balakliya, Kharkiv region: darkness, murders, lack of humanitarian aid. Barbarians don’t value human life

🐣 RT @MarkRid89403375 A true leader has confidence, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. They do not set out to be a leader, but become one by the equality of their actions and the integrity of their intentions.
¤ https://twitter.com/MarkRid89403375/status/1570072061602562048?s=20&t=8qITNV4qYmyWaA2mgbqc4g/photo/1
// Zelenskyy with troops, Izium, Odesa, Mykolaiv

🐣 RT @ElbridgeColby “China will not change its willingness to develop ties with Russia, because that is determined by geopolitical dynamics,” said Yun Sun. “If Russia wins, China will gain a powerful ally. Even if Russia loses, it will likely become a vassal of China.”
⋙ WSJ: China’s Xi and Russia’s Putin Seek to Counter West in First In-Person Meeting Since Ukraine War Began https://tinyurl.com/3peh3s94
// Two leaders are expected to discuss a new gas pipeline as Moscow faces setbacks on battlefield and economic pressure

🐣 RT @UkrainePicture Today, in Izium, liberated by Ukrainian paratroopers, the flag of Ukraine was raised ¤ For this, President of Ukraine #VolodymyrZelensky arrived in Izyum. #UkraineNews
¤ https://twitter.com/UkrainePicture/status/1570072467946852352?s=20/photo/1 -2

🐣 RT @HerrDr8 #coup #1wayTrainRideRUS #coup #Ukraine #RussianArmyMutiny #1pageAssessUKRWar SEP 14 Update. We have reached that stage: coup rumors, assassination attempt chatter and what not. Heard the noise post APR RUS army rout from Kyiv. It surfaces again. Been a bad month for the mad tsar.
🖼 https://twitter.com/HerrDr8/status/1570058213273522176?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @🐣 RT @igorsushko 🚨 Rumors that Putin’s motorcade of armored vehicles was attacked. An ambulance blocked the lead car while another vehicle drove around the motorcade and dropped an explosive on the vehicle carrying Putin. All information surrounding the unsuccessful attack has been classified.

🐣 RT @ngumenyuk My recent on the counter-offense. I asked what was happening in a liberated village: “The Ukrainian soldiers who came were almost hurt, that’s how hard people hugged them; almost crushed them in their arms.”
⋙ TheGuardian, Nataliya Gumenyuk: Ukrainians are joyful as the Russian occupiers flee, but we must be wary of an ambush https://tinyurl.com/mpp9wv2h

… For the moment, the focus should be on the liberated regions. When the Kyiv, Chernihiv and Sumy regions were freed in March, the task was to bring back normal life as soon as possible: to rebuild, restore energy, gas and water supplies, and restore connection to the internet. A week after the fighting around Kyiv, the cities of Bucha and Irpin were full of people returning home.

Now, the residents in the newly regained territories have been advised to evacuate – they were not allowed to do so by the Russians during the occupation. Too many houses have been destroyed; the newly liberated villages are the new frontline, and they are without gas, water and light – but also without Russians. Zelenskiy’s recent address turned this scene into a slogan for the latest stage of the war. Ukraine will happily live without gas and electricity, so long as the Russians are gone. “Without you” is the new motto. …

📊 🔊 the1a.org: Iuliia Mendel on the Russian invasion, Ukraine’s president, and the latest counteroffensive https://tinyurl.com/3txfxjh9 “A recent poll found that 91 percent of Ukrainians approve of President Zelenskyy’s performance during the war”

🐣 RT @tomiahonen Peter [Strzok] makes vital point about these phones seized by FBI of #Trumpomobsters. FBI cannot seize a phone without a court-ordered search warrant. They have to convice a judge, they KNOW that phone has evidence of a crime ¤ Wait. There is more: ..that the FBI cannot get any other way
⋙ 🐣 RT @tomiahonen So the FBI has to KNOW (probable cause) there is evidence on that given phone – AND that the FBI cannot get the evidence any other way ¤ So almost certainly each of them has been under wiretap. FBI has any evidence collected by wiretap, of criming. And now need to take the phone
⋙ 🐣 RT @tomiahonen The most likely reason is, that these #Trumpomobsters have used a messaging service that is encrypted. And now FBI collects their phones ¤ If they kept the incriminating messages: guilty ¤ If they deleted ANY message that FBI has seen from the other party – is AWARENESS OF GUILT

🐣 RT @ WarMonitor3 “There will be great news tomorrow ¤ We are keeping calm ¤ We are waiting”

🐣 RT @ tomaburque There will be books written about this war and how precision guided weapons leveled the field and allowed a much smaller force to win ~ When every shot is a bullseye, you don’t need as many 🇺🇸🇺🇦👊🇷🇺💀

🐣 RT @WarMonitor3 President Zelensky In Izyum
¤ https://twitter.com/WarMonitor3/status/1569991475571613696?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @KBurgerDirven Prospects for further liberation by Ukrainian Armed Forces 🇺🇦 in the coming weeks:
1. Northern part of Luhansk region.
2. The mousetrap in Kherson region.
3. South to Azov Sea incl Melitopol Berdyansk to close overland connection from Crimea to Russia. 1/
📌🌎s https://twitter.com/KBurgerDirven/status/1569946331820576768?s=20

⋙ 🐣 RT @ The liberation of north of Luhansk region has begun. Ukrainian defenders retook Bilohorivka and crossed Siverskyi Donets River. An offensive develops to flank the Russian troops. Ukrainian partisans raise flags in several towns. Most Russian troops left Svatove and Starobilsk. 2/
⋙ 🐣 RT @ West/Kherson: Russian soldiers on the right bank of the Dnipro River are trapped. They have been abandoned by their commanders. The river crossings have been cut. They are running out of supplies and ammunition. The Russian position is hopeless. Surrender or death. Mousetrap 3/
⋙ 🐣 RT @ South: RU invaders flee Melitopol, Zaporizhzhya region, to Crimea. UKrainian partisans are active in Melitopol and Berdyansk and the Ukrainian army is advancing slowly from the north. When the UA army reaches ​​Azov Sea the connection from Crimea to Russia by land is cut off. 4/

🧵 RT @HeliosRunner 1/ #ГУРінформує !! Military units of the Russian Federation cancel sending units to Ukraine due to mass refusal of personnel to participate in combat ¤ In parts and connections that are in the territory of the Russian Federation, scheduled shipments of personnel to Ukraine are
📌 https://twitter.com/HeliosRunner/status/1569970714198904833?s=20
// Russian hordes described; somewhat racist; def creepy

⋙ 🐣 RT @ 2/ canceled. The reason is a mass refusal to participate in combat. ¤ Soldiers of 5 separate tank brigade of the 36th Army (Ulan-Ude), who write reports on discharge due to refusal to continue participating in combat in Ukraine, are dismissed from service without taking into
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 3/ account any benefits (service years – one year for three, status a veteran & so on). The personal staff of the brigade, which is in Ukraine, are granted vacations exclusively on family circumstances (death of close relatives). ¤ At the same time, in the units participating in
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 4/ the war against Ukraine, there is a catastrophic shortage of personnel. In order to “solve the problem”, the command of the occupation forces decided to significantly reduce the time for the rehab of the military after injuries and injuries. The wounded in hospitals purposely
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 5/ simplify diagnoses, do not conduct previously planned operations and offer to return to the war to Ukraine. Doctors are “recommended” to grant permission for scheduled surgical interventions only after the end of the war or with the direct permission of the wounded commander.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 6/ It is a known case when after a rupture of the drum intersection of the ear and a contusion, the soldier was discharged from the hospital in 3 days. The official diagnosis is “otitis”. It is recommended not to get an ear cold. At that, the surgical intervention was denied.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 7/ Currently, the invaders are trying to strengthen their grouping under temporarily occupied #Kherson at the expense of “available reserves”. 4 btgs of the so-called “kadyrív” r planned for this purpose. But these units are currently significantly understaffed.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 8/ Most personnel are not even Chechens, but mercenaries from the poorest regions of the Russian Federation. ¤ so i guess the “ultimate killers” are not so ready to come to fight right now… ¤ the word is out.. couple months ago.. they still believe in it.. now they know…
🤢 https://twitter.com/HeliosRunner/status/1569973737553858560?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 9/ so I guess we will have to wait to see about Hordes of Chinese, north Koreans, Sudanese, Syrians, etc etc ¤ if on one hand people now fear too much about useless death & on the other one their gvt (like China) hopes for a quick stop of this war.. we might never ever see them…

🐣 RT @Euan_MacDonald It’s simply immoral to suggest that any of Ukraine’s people be left under the rule of fascist Russia “for the sake of peace.” There can be little doubt that these are only the first of yet more savage atrocities that will be uncovered as Ukraine expels Russia’s invasion forces.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ OrlaGuerin “The Russians made sure everyone could hear the screams” – accounts of brutality and the killing of civilians emerge in areas in Kharkiv province newly liberated by #Ukraine. Our report from the city of Balakliya ¤ with @goktay @marianaMatveic1 @Wburema
💽 https://twitter.com/OrlaGuerin/status/1569944069295542272?s=20/photo/1
// Moving BBC video: Ukr discover Ru torture chamber

🐣 RT @Heroiam_Slava The military units of the Russian Federation are canceling the dispatch of units to Ukraine due to the mass refusal of personnel to participate in combat operations, GUR informs. /photo/1

🐣 RT @RANDCorporation #TruthDecay—the diminishing role of facts and analysis in public life—poses a serious threat to democracy. ¤ RAND researchers saw an opportunity to attack this problem at its roots, by improving media literacy among middle schoolers. [link]

🐣 RT @RexHuppke Lindsey Graham began explaining his federal abortion ban legislation by saying: “I picked 15 weeks…” ¤ Watching a man say “I picked” as it relates to legislation controlling women’s reproductive rights was about the most on-brand Republican move I’ve seen ¤ Vote, folks.

🐣 RT @Flash_news_ua ⚡The only ones surprised by the speed of the Ukrainian military offensive in the Kharkiv region were soldiers of the Russian army, General Pat Ryder, Pentagon Press Secretary says.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Flash_news_ua “The effectiveness of the Ukrainian counteroffensive near Kharkiv was not a surprise for the USA. According to the data that the Pentagon has regarding the response of the Russian occupiers, it may have come as a surprise to the Russians,” says the press secretary of the Pentagon
⋙ 🐣 RT @Flash_news_ua During the briefing, Ryder also noted that the offensive of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Kharkiv region forced a significant part of the Russian units to withdraw across the border into Russia

🧵 RT @TCG_CrisisRisks [Cavell] Ukraine SITREP 1. The Ukrainian counteroffensive in the Kharkiv Oblast continues to re-secure major roads, towns and settlements as it consolidates into liberated areas and salvages large amounts of abandoned Russian weapons and vehicles.
📌 https://twitter.com/TCG_CrisisRisks/status/1569921677563412480?s=20

⭕ 13 Sep 2022

AtlanticCouncil, Andriy Zagorodnyuk: Ukrainian victory shatters Russia’s reputation as a military superpower https://tinyurl.com/4de5nfry “[T]he Russian military suffers from endemic corruption, low morale, and poor leadership, with individual initiative in short supply”

The stunning success of Ukraine’s recent counteroffensive has exposed the rotten reality behind Russia’s reputation as a military superpower. More than six months since the onset of Vladimir Putin’s Ukraine invasion, it is now obvious that his army is in fact a deeply flawed institution that bears almost no resemblance to the immaculate fighting force of Red Square parades and Kremlin propaganda. Instead, the Russian military suffers from endemic corruption, low morale, and poor leadership, with individual initiative in short supply and commanders deeply reluctant to accept personal responsibility. Last week’s disastrous defeat in northeastern Ukraine will only worsen the situation, with officers gripped by fear as Moscow seeks scapegoats for what is shaping up to be one of the most shameful military defeats in Russian history.

The scale of Ukraine’s recent victory has stunned the entire world, but perhaps nobody was as surprised as the Russians themselves. Naturally, the Kremlin sought to suppress news of the counteroffensive, but the speed of events and the sheer scale of the collapse meant that details of the unfolding disaster could not be completely censored despite the best efforts of the authorities. …

… From now on, fear will shape every single decision made by Russian commanders in Ukraine. This will not be fear of losing precious lives or damaging Russia’s national interests; it will be a very personal fear of retribution from a vindictive hierarchy seeking culprits to blame for the rapidly declining fortunes of the Russian army. ¤ This reaction speaks volumes about the dysfunctional leadership culture within the Russian military, where fear of failure has been the dominant instinct since Soviet times and can arguably be traced all the way back to the czarist era. With the hunt now underway for guilty parties, nobody will want to take responsibility for decisions that could lead to further defeats. Instead, officers at every level will seek to act as loyal cogs in the system while forcing those higher up the chain of command to issue orders.

While the Ukrainian military has undergone a radical transformation away from Soviet traditions in recent years and has embraced NATO-style reforms that hand the initiative to individual units and commanders in the field, the Russian army remains a rigid fighting machine hamstrung by top-down decision-making and totally unsuited to the rigors of modern warfare. Today’s Russian commanders continue to seek inspiration primarily from the military achievements of the Red Army during World War II. It is therefore no surprise that they find themselves being consistently outmaneuvered by a far more mobile and quick-witted enemy.

… According to official figures, Russia had the world’s third-largest annual defense budget, at more than sixty billion dollars. Moscow was expert at staging impressive training exercises, while the Kremlin also invested heavily in prestige events that reinforced the impression of a mighty military. ¤ It is now clear that Western observers made the mistake of confusing quantity for quality. While most analysis focused on the number of troops, tanks, missiles, and planes, these figures were misleading and offered no real indication of combat readiness. Nor was Russian data entirely accurate. Thousands of Russian tanks turned out to be partially stripped and incapacitated, while hundreds of missiles have fallen short of their targets since the start of the Ukraine invasion. Corrupt practices appear to have artificially inflated the size of the Russian military while drastically undermining its fighting potential.

The Russian military’s difficulties in Ukraine have also served to highlight the limitations of Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian rule. The invasion force assembled in early 2022 was woefully inadequate for the task at hand, but Putin’s personal obsession with the destruction of Ukraine meant that nobody dared to warn him of the dangers. Instead, Putin’s blind faith in the invincibility of the Russian army and his unhinged insistence on Ukraine’s illegitimacy were allowed to prevail over more sober military judgments. After all, how can a superpower lose to a country that does not exist? Like so many dictators before him, Putin fell victim to his own propaganda. His commanders were simply too scared to contradict him. …

As the true state of the Russian military becomes impossible to deny, international faith in a Ukrainian victory is growing visibly. … ¤ In the coming months, much will depend on the continued flow of weapons to Ukraine. The country’s leaders are requesting tanks and fighter jets as well as more artillery, ammunition, and armored transports in order to force Russia out of Ukraine entirely. This support cannot be taken for granted, but at present it looks likely that arms deliveries will continue to expand, both in terms of the types and quantities of weapons being delivered. With the myth of Russia’s military superpower status now shattered, the way is open for the democratic world to arm Ukraine for a decisive victory that will secure peace in Europe and bring Putin’s imperial ambitions to an end.

WaPo, Robyn Dixon: Putin, tone deaf and isolated, pursues war ‘goals’ and refuses to lose https://tinyurl.com/2whwkt68

NYT: In Reclaimed Towns, Ukrainians Recount a Frantic Russian Retreat https://nyti.ms/3BEncwJ “[S]oldiers ran for whatever transport they could, leaving behind ammunition and weapons along with personal items in apartments where they had quartered”

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer IT BEGINS: Even pro-Kremlin telegraph channels are now blasting RU military leadership, and Putin personally, for the failure of his ‘Special Military Operation’. Having fired 6 commanding generals, Putin is now running out of people to blame.
⋙ DailyBeast, Allison Quinn: Moscow Officials Urge Putin to GTFO: ‘Everything Went Wrong’ https://bit.ly/3RINjZb
// Their plea came as Putin’s deranged “special military operation” next door took a spectacular nosedive

More and more Russian officials are urging Vladimir Putin to get the hell out of the Kremlin as Moscow suffered another series of humiliating defeats in Ukraine this weekend.

Just one day after several municipal deputies in Putin’s hometown of St. Petersburg called on the State Duma to try the Russian leader for treason, their colleagues in Moscow joined in and demanded he step down because his views are “hopelessly outdated.”

The open letter to Putin from municipal deputies in the Russian capital’s Lomonosovsky district started out by seemingly trying to let him down gently, telling him he had “good reforms” in his first term and part of his second. ¤ But then, “everything went wrong,” the deputies said. ¤ “The rhetoric that you and your subordinates use has been riddled with intolerance and aggression for a long time, which in the end effectively threw our country back into the Cold War era. Russia has again begun to be feared and hated, we are once again threatening the whole world with nuclear weapons,” the letter read. ¤ “We ask you to relieve yourself of your post due to the fact that your views and your governance model are hopelessly outdated and hinder the development of Russia and its human potential,” the deputies said in closing.

Though they made no mention of the war against Ukraine, their plea came as Putin’s deranged “special military operation” next door took a spectacular nosedive, with thousands of Russian forces fleeing as Ukraine’s military launched a series of surprise counter-offensives and reclaimed nearly 400 square miles of territory in a matter of days.

Even as Russian defense officials sought to play down the mass surrender as nothing more than a strategic maneuver, it was clearly not perceived that way even by many of Putin’s most loyal cronies. ¤ The same Russian propagandists who’d spent the first six months of the war thumping their chests about a supposedly “inevitable victory” suddenly changed their tune.

Margarita Simonyan, the editor-in-chief of RT who’d repeatedly called for Moscow to mercilessly obliterate Ukraine, suddenly posted a sentimental screed on Twitter calling for unity between the two nations. ¤ “In this situation, the best picture of the future is the overall picture of the past. Our shared past, recent. When everyone was together, when there was Victory Day, when there was a parade, when both Russian and Ukrainian were taught,” she wrote, waxing nostalgic over a time when “wonderful songs were sung both in one language and the other.”

Even the pro-Kremlin Telegram channels run by Russian military bloggers had a dramatic change of tune as Ukraine claimed new wins Saturday: They began to openly blast military leadership—and Putin personally—for the embarrassing failures. ¤ “Stalin, as much of a vampire as he was, never stooped to this and said how we lost nothing and there are no problems,” wrote one pro-Kremlin blogger. “For him, those who cowardly run away and ‘withdraw troops’ were the alarmists.”

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: Rapid loss of territory in Ukraine reveals spent Russian military https://wapo.st/3Uay396 “The result is an opportunity for Ukrainian forces, which despite significant losses of their own, are hoping to make more territorial gains before winter”
// Troop and logistics issues plus equipment losses could limit Vladimir Putin to defending the territory he already holds

Moscow’s rapid loss of more than 2,300 square miles of territory in northeastern Ukraine has raised the prospect that the Russian military is spent as an offensive force for the foreseeable future, which could limit Russian President Vladimir Putin to defending the Ukrainian territory he already holds while leaving him open to additional defeats, according to military analysts.

The situation is a sobering reality for Putin, whose forces barreled into Ukraine on Feb. 24 on a mission to “demilitarize” and “denazify” the country but retreated from Kyiv just over five weeks later to concentrate on expanding control over Ukraine’s east through artillery warfare. As Ukrainian forces roll back those eastern gains, Putin faces obstacles in replenishing the battered ranks and degraded equipment of his military to any degree that would allow Russia to again take the initiative on the battlefield.

The result is an opportunity for Ukrainian forces, which despite significant losses of their own, are hoping to make more territorial gains before winter conditions harden battle lines. Further gains by Ukraine — particularly around the southern city of Kherson — would deal additional blows to Russian morale and increase pressure on Putin, who is already facing calls by hard-line Russians to announce a general mobilization that could be politically toxic for his regime.

The rapid collapse of the Russian front around Kharkiv in recent days “reflects the structural problems with manpower and low morale in an overstretched Russian military,” said Michael Kofman, a Russian military analyst at Virginia-based research group CNA. ¤ “The Russian military’s approach is fundamentally unsustainable,” Kofman said. “Russian forces face exhaustion, retention problems and a steady degradation of combat effectiveness.” …

Retired Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the former commander of U.S. Army Europe, said the Russian military had reached what military theorist Carl von Clausewitz called the “culminating point,” or the moment when an attacking force can no longer proceed. Hodges said Ukrainian forces helped bring that about. …

Ukraine’s Western partners will continue to send weapons and intelligence to Kyiv to enable Ukrainian forces to keep up the pressure, Hodges said, but it will still be a challenge to maintain the operation with fuel, ammunition and rested personnel without losing momentum. Having so many external partners should help Kyiv, he said. ¤ “The Russians not only have manpower problems and will-to-fight problems, they don’t really have any friends,” Hodges said. “Iranian drones aren’t going to move the needle at all. I am very skeptical of reports of North Korean artillery ammunition coming in and making a difference.”

The Ukrainian military’s focus will probably shift to Kherson, the occupied city in Ukraine’s south, where Russian forces are defending a vulnerable swath of territory on the eastern side of the Dnieper River. Russia has moved elite units into the area to defend the position, which will make the fight difficult for the Ukrainians, analysts said.

“The next thing that Russia will want to do is make sure things don’t collapse in Kherson,” said Dara Massicot, a Russian military analyst at the Rand Corp. “I think it would be very difficult for them to recover from two rapid collapses in succession.” ¤ Massicot said the mounting pressure on Moscow, with separatist proxy fighters starting to mutiny and Russian military units retreating in some cases before engaging in combat, traces back to “the very abusive way that Russia has managed its fighting force.” … …

The Ukrainian offensive “also revealed that the organizational structure of the 1st Tank Army was completely broken due to a large number of casualties and prolonged participation in hostilities,” Leviev said, adding that losing these two formations is “a serious loss for the Russian army.” ¤ Russia’s 1st Guards Tank Army is considered an elite force, “allocated for the defense of Moscow, and intended to lead counterattacks in the case of a war with NATO,” the U.K.’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday in its daily intelligence update. ¤ But CIT said the tank army has suffered massive losses since February, forcing the Russian Defense Ministry to swap service members between various units. … “Russia doesn’t have the capacity anymore to regain the positions it lost to Ukraine,” Leviev added, but CIT noted that Russia may still prove able to defend its existing positions around Kherson.

The failures on the battlefield have caused problems for Putin among hard-liners at home. ¤ Disgruntled by the way Russia is faring in Ukraine, pro-war Telegram bloggers who boast a huge following, state media figures and even some officials have come out with rare criticism of Putin’s decision to not launch a general mobilization and attempt to portray the war as a limited operation. …

Even if Putin were to take the political risk of a general mobilization, it would take months to train and equip new soldiers and many of Russia’s battlefield woes would remain unsolved. ¤ “I have some questions about whether the system can even comply at this point with a mobilization order,” [Dara Massicot, a Russian military analyst at the Rand Corp] said. “Who is going to train or who is going to lead these people? You are going to be relying on reserve officers. What equipment are you going to use?”

🐣 RT @petestrzok At this point FBI may have more cell phones than a Verizon store
Rudy Giuliani
Victoria Toensing
Michael McDonald
Scott Perry
John Eastman
Jeff Clark
Boris Epshteyn
Mike Roman
Mike Lindell
The FBI can’t seize any of them without probable cause they contain evidence of a crime.

🐣 📋 RT @Heroiam_Slava Truly a lend-lease – Trophies of ZSU 🇺🇦 ¤ From August 29, the date when our Army began its offensive on the right bank of the Kherson region, to September 12, it was visually confirmed that the Russians lost 442 pieces of equipment!
◕ https://twitter.com/Heroiam_Slava/status/1569922707885625344?s=20/photo/1

🐣 📋 RT @washingtonpost Russia has secretly funneled at least $300 million to foreign political parties and candidates in more than two dozen countries since 2014 in an attempt to shape political events beyond its borders, according to a new U.S. intelligence review. https://wapo.st/3BCY21u

‼️🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer IZIUM AXIS: /0300 YTC 14 SEP/ UKR has yet to release figures on the number of RU prisoners taken, but at lease [sic] one unit, the 1st Guards Tank Army has been rendered hors de combat, defeated and disarmed, this unit numbers more than 10K men. The extent of this defeat is epic.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1569889497403510785?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @mhmck The Russian fascist invaders are fleeing Melitopol’, Zaporizhzhya region – heading for temporarily-occupied Crimea, Ukraine. The rashists in Melitopol’ have suffered repeated attacks by Ukrainian artillery and partisans. ¤ Ukrainian defenders are advancing from the north.
📌 🌎 https://twitter.com/mhmck/status/1569789322794270722?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @mhmck It is likely that the convoy moving out of Melitopol’ consists of families of Russian occupiers and local collaborators. This happened some time ago from Tokmak. Now the exodus has spread south. ¤ We will soon see more invaders and colonists fleeing Crimea as panic spreads.
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @defmon3 It’s very likely this is PSYOPS. But the statement is from the mayor of Melitopol. ¤ “The occupiers ran from Melitopol towards the temporarily occupied Crimea. Columns of military equipment have already been recorded at the checkpoint in Chongar. https://t.me/ivan_fedorov_melitopol/560
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/DefMon3/status/1569765122234617857?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] The occupiers ran from Melitopol towards the temporarily occupied Crimea. Columns of military equipment have already been recorded at the checkpoint in Chongar. This was expected – the rapid Ukrainian offensive leaves them no chance.

In order to remove the stolen goods from the Zaporizhzhia region, the soldiers of the “second army of the world” are already breaking into garages and stealing civilian cars. ¤ Car owners should secure their transport in advance. After all, it may happen that “asvabaditiels” will be evacuating on it.

🧵 RT @SamBendett 1/ QUICK THREAD on the Russian government’s (new/another) plan through 2030, developed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade to boost Russian electronics and microelectronics. Main points below: https://bit.ly/3eCigzq
📌 https://twitter.com/SamBendett/status/1569772561277353985?s=20
⋙ 🐣 📋 Good luck to them: Fortune (Aug 20): Russia’s young, educated tech and creative class are fleeing in droves. It could mean bad news for the already-faltering economy https://bit.ly/3QEJ9A7 “Over 3.8M Russians left from Jan to Mar this year, according to the FSA’s own estimates”
// Inside title: We realized that there’s no way we can return’: Russia’s best and brightest are leaving the country in record numbers. 6 young Russians explain why they left
⋙ 🐣 Meanwhile: SciAm (Aug 2): Nearly $53 Billion in Federal Funding Could Revive the U.S. Computer Chip Industry https://bit.ly/3DjFEfz The CHIPS and Science Act aims to support domestic semiconductor production, new high-tech jobs and scientific research—even NASA

Reuters: Putin and Xi to discuss Ukraine and Taiwan, Kremlin says https://reut.rs/3BDwE3t

🐣 RT @Flash_news_ua ⚡️ Volodymyr Zelenskyi: It is very important that together with our troops, with our flag, ordinary normal life enters the de-occupied territory. ¤ As an example, in Balaklia, in Hrakovo, pensions have already started to be issued immediately after five months.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Flash_news_ua ⚡️ Volodymyr Zelenskyi: As of this time, stabilization measures have been completed in areas with a total area of ​​more than 4,000 square kilometers, stabilization is still ongoing in approximately the same liberated territory.

🐣 RT @KyivIndependent ⚡️Police finds Russian ‘torture chambers’ in liberated Balakliia. ¤ According to the Deputy Police Chief of Kharkiv Oblast Serhii Bolvinov, during the occupation of Balakliia, Kharkiv Oblast, Russians were holding at least 40 people captive at the same time.
⋙ 🐣 RT @KyivIndependent According to witnesses, they were tortured in different ways,” Bolvinov said, adding that the “easiest” torture was with an electric shock. ¤ According to Bolvinov, Russians were searching for Ukrainian war veterans and volunteers who helped the Ukrainian army.

🐣 RT @MarkHertling For those geeking out on military terminology:
1. Ukraine’s operation in Kharkiv is a “terrain-oriented attack.” The force orients on key terrain objectives needed for future missions.
2. The operation in Kherson is a “force-oriented attack.” The focus in on the enemy force.

🐣 RT @Flash_news_ua ⚡️ “The occupiers ran from Melitopol towards the temporarily occupied Crimea”, – the mayor of the city, Ivan Fedorov. ¤ According to him, convoys of military equipment have already been recorded at the checkpoint in Chongar.

🐣 RT @iaeaorg Ukrainian engineers have made further headway in repairing vital power infrastructure in vicinity of #Zaporizhzhya NPP, providing plant w/ renewed access to a third back-up power line. This means all three back-up power lines to #ZNPP have been restored. https://bit.ly/3RF6tis
⋙ 🐣 RT @iaeaorg Despite these developments, IAEA DG @RafaelMGrossi again stressed that the nuclear safety and security situation at #ZNPP remained precarious. Though no shelling at or near the plant in recent days, it was still occurring in the wider area.
⋙ 🐣 RT @iaeaorg Separately today, as part of continuing IAEA-led support for nuclear safety and security in #Ukraine, DG @RafaelMGrossi said a second major assistance shipment had arrived in the country, including radiation monitoring and personal protective equipment.

🐣 RT @AndriyYermak The Russians can’t understand that their blackmail causes only a grin in the civilized world. And what the ZSU is doing is the best recipe against blackmail.
⋙ 🐣 RT @AndriyYermak Security guarantees for 🇺🇦 are exactly what is in the interests of our state. And the Russians should leave the 🇺🇦 territory immediately and prepare themselves to a retribution for all the crimes they’ve committed.

🐣 RT @McFaul Russian nationalists are not calling for Putin to be overthrown. They are calling for Putin to expand the war. And don’t be fooled. These are not “independent” voices on Russian state media channels. They are trying to lay the predicate for more war & more terrorism, not less.
⋙ 🐣 RT @McFaul The good tsar and bad boyars is an old tradition in Russia.

🐣 RT @KyivIndependent Document on security guarantees for Ukraine presented in Kyiv. ¤ Zelensky’s chief of staff Andriy Yermak and former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen presented the first document with recommendations on international security guarantees for Ukraine.
⋙ 🐣 RT @KyivIndependent Ukraine’s guarantors are expected to include the US, the UK, Canada, Poland, Italy, Germany, France, Australia, Turkey, and other countries.

🐣 RT @ dhbreiding “No one can stop this war, … Neither [Putin], nor Zelensky and not the West can end this war. This war can end only with the defeat of one of the sides. For us [Russia], this defeat may prove fatal. We should understand that it might lead to the disintegration of the country.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Even the most war-happy Putin loyalists on Russian TV are now pushing for the recognition of “serious defeats” Russia has suffered in Ukraine: “Where was our damn reconnaissance? All of their heads should be laying on Putin’s desk, hacked off at the base.”
⋙⋙ DailyBeast, Julia Davis: Kremlin TV Airs Call for Russia to Admit ‘Serious Defeat’ https://bit.ly/3qyJLfU
// Even the most war-happy Putin loyalists are now pushing for the recognition of recent “failures” Russia has suffered in Ukraine.
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @spdbump “Croesus then sent messengers to Delphi with the following question:
Should he go to war with the Persians?
The Delphic Oracle replied as follows:
If Croesus goes to war, he will destroy a great empire.”
[Comments]

🧵 RT @TetyanaWrites Some fun legends about #Ukrainian women, now that you see how vocal and fearless we can be. 🇺🇦💥
Traditionally, the eldest and experienced women were in the head of “Rada” (Council) and managed the community life while the men had to protect the land. /1
📌 https://twitter.com/TetyanaWrites/status/1516061858876243971?s=20/photo/1 -3
// legends of Ukrainian women

So, in contrast to the patriarchal systems in many other countries, where the last word in the family always remains behind the man, in a Ukrainian family, this right belonged to the eldest woman in the family. ¤ In Ukraine (unlike Russia) not very often did it exist /2

the stereotype of “a drinking husband” who beat his wife (altho every culture might have some of this, sadly). On the contrary, when a “drunk” Ukrainian husband returned home from the tavern, he /3

“lowered his forelock,” because he knew that his wife would probably slap him. ¤ In Ukraine, witchcraft has always been perceived as a manifestation of extraordinary abilities and wisdom. ¤ The attractiveness of witches make them especially dangerous for men because /4

“the one who sees her once, will fall in love to death [”?]. Ukrainians have never been frightened by witches and often ask them for help in desperate situations. ¤ The ancient Ukrainian symbol of Beregynia (means “a defender“) is the image of a woman who protects /5

family, clan, nation. She is depicted with her hands up – a symbolic gesture of protection and blessing. It is a sacred feminine image, which is also the central symbol of the Ukrainian national revival. Cossacks /6

believed that only the mother’s blessing could protect them in a war battle. Women in Ukrainian culture have always personified not only home comfort but also the preservation of spiritual values. In the ancient images of Beregynia, /7

her raised upwards hands are ended with horses’ heads or she is depicted among the riders which emphasizes her active position of women in Ukrainian society. Beregynia protects from danger for the entire nation, and was a guardian and teacher of culture. /8

Ukrainian women have always been, and will always be, the protectors of new generations of activists and storytellers. Never underestimate us. We will always persevere with fire, strength, and grace. #Ukraine️ #StandWithUkraine️ 🇺🇦💥🇺🇦💥🇺🇦

🐣 RT @Porter_Anderson Media: @MarkHertling: “This was all about a solid maneuver plan, deception, advanced weapons, use of intelligence, leadership, and morale … Having said all those things, there’s still a lot of fighting to go. Do not count me in with those saying this is going to be over soon.”

🐣 📋 RT @ProjectLincoln The total number of women registering to vote in KS, PA, OH, OK, FL, NC, ID, AL, NM, and ME rose by 35% this summer. ¤ Women will lead the charge in fighting back against the MAGA autocratic movement in November.

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw “NARA’s staff recently informed the [House Oversight] Committee that the agency is not certain whether all presidential records are in its custody” (in Aug 24 phone call). ¤ House Oversight Committee alerts to “serious risk” Trump “may still be retaining” sensitive govt records.
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1569688277501808643?s=20/photo/1 -4

🐣 RT @ Igor_from_Kyiv_ Don’t forget what price freedom is given🇺🇦 ¤ Let them slander the truth, let them hate love, let them kill life – the truth will triumph, love will win, life will rise!
🖼 💽 https://twitter.com/Igor_from_Kyiv_/status/1569686628016209922?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer ROAD CLOSED? Jason Jay Smart @officejjsmart reports that friends in Moscow have texted that: “The Ring Road around Moscow is closed by the National Guard”. And that, ” [he] hasn’t seen anything like this since the 1991 coup”. Developing.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1569684401134632963?s=20/photo/1

😅 RT @KvotheTheArcane Sometimes I get bored and just re-sun Downfall now.
💽 https://twitter.com/KvotheTheArcane/status/1567176788589019137?s=20/photo/1
// Ukrainian version of Downfall, Ukrainian version

🐣 RT @shaunwalker7 “Throughout August, at the behest of Ukrainians, U.S. officials stepped up feeds of intelligence about the position of Russian forces” ¤ “Together Britain, the US and Ukraine conducted an assessment of the new plan, trying to war game it once more.“
⋙ NYT: The Critical Moment Behind Ukraine’s Rapid Advance https://nyti.ms/3xjMVbw “Ukraine needed to demonstrate that this was not going to become just another frozen conflict, and that it could retake territory, for the morale of its people and to shore up support of the West.”

… Instead of one large offensive, the Ukrainian military proposed two. One, in Kherson, would most likely take days or weeks before any dramatic results because of the concentration of Russian troops. The other was planned for near Kharkiv. ¤ Together Britain, the United States and Ukraine conducted an assessment of the new plan, trying to war game it once more. This time officials from the three countries agreed it would work — and give Mr. Zelensky what he wanted: a big, clear victory. ¤ But the plan, according to an officer on the general staff in Kyiv, depended entirely on the size and pace of additional military aid from the United States.

Ukraine, a former Soviet republic that had used older Soviet weapons, exhausted most of its own ammunition. Learning how to use new weapons systems in the middle of the war is difficult. But so far the risky move has proved successful. More than 800,000 rounds of 155-millimeter artillery shells, for instance, have been sent to Kyiv, helping fuel its current offensives. The United States alone has committed more than $14.5 billion in military aid since the war started in February.

Before the counteroffensive, Ukraine’s armed forces sent the United States a detailed list of weapons they needed to make the plan successful, according to the Ukrainian officer.

Specific weapons, like the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, are having an outsize effect on the battlefield. The satellite-guided rockets fired by these launch vehicles, called GMLRS, each contain a warhead with 200 pounds of explosives and have been used in recent weeks by Ukrainian forces to destroy more than 400 Russian arms depots, command posts and other targets, American officials said.

More recently, Ukrainian forces have put American-supplied HARM air-launched missiles on Soviet-designed MiG-29 fighter jets, which no air force had ever done. The missiles have been particularly effective in destroying Russian radars.

“We are seeing real and measurable gains from Ukraine in the use of these systems,” General Milley said last week in Germany at a meeting of 50 countries that are helping Ukraine with military and humanitarian aid. “They’re having great difficulty resupplying their forces and replacing their combat losses.”

Ukrainian and American officials said the now weekly or biweekly Pentagon announcements of new shipments of weapons and munitions from American stockpiles have given Kyiv’s senior commanders the confidence to plan complex simultaneous offensives. …

As Ukrainian soldiers moved into areas in the northeast over the weekend, Russian forces crumbled. In some places around Kharkiv, Russian troops just walked away from the battle, leaving behind equipment and ammunition, according to U.S. defense officials.

The Kherson attack was never a feint or a diversion, according to people briefed on the plan. And it has succeeded in forcing Moscow to delay sham votes on whether parts of the Kherson region want to join Russia. But, as expected, the counteroffensive is moving more slowly given the much higher number of Russian forces there compared with Kharkiv. …

Russia has been weakened. By failing to detect Ukraine’s buildup around Kharkiv, the Russian military has demonstrated incompetence and shown that it lacks solid intelligence. Its command and control have been decimated and it is having trouble supplying its troops, giving Ukraine an opening in the coming weeks, U.S. officials said.

While Ukraine may have an opportunity to recapture more territory in the east, U.S. and Ukrainian officials say the south is the most important theater of the war. ¤ “Kherson and Zaporizhzhia are likely potential objectives,” said Michael Kofman, the director of Russia studies at CNA, a defense research institute. “We might see further Ukrainian Army operations to achieve breakthroughs there in the future.”

The plan that emerged from the midsummer discussions relied heavily on U.S. intelligence and high-tech weaponry. But American officials insist that credit for the offensive lies fully with Mr. Zelensky and the Ukrainian military, which led a relatively small force in Kharkiv to an outsize victory. ¤ “No one is spiking the football yet,” Mr. Kahl said. But, he added: “I think it really demonstrates to the world that the Ukrainians are capable of conducting complex, offensive operations.”

🐣 RT @ jftaveira1993 .@djrothkopf: “Russia is still the largest country in the world, with more nuclear weapons than anyone. And yet, remarkably, despite all that, #Putin’s disaster in #Ukraine may well leave #Russia as little more than a dangerous middleweight power.”
⋙ DailyBeast, David Rothkopf: What Happens to Russia After It Loses? https://bit.ly/3L8BF7k
// In the aftermath of Putin’s catastrophic war on Ukraine, Russia will never be the same.

🐣 RT @francis_scarr Russian state TV presenter Artyom Sheynin has been pushing the line that Russia is now fighting Nato in Ukraine ¤ As “evidence” he shows a video posted by @MalcolmNance, adding ironically: “Look at this Ukrainian! I think he’s from a small village in Ternopil Region”
💽 https://twitter.com/francis_scarr/status/1569614814330163204?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @marie_cast We need Ukraine in the EU. As @TimothyDSnyder writes: “Those who took democracy for granted were sleepwalking toward tyranny. The Ukrainian resistance is the wake-up call.”

🐣 RT @GlasnostGone Ukrainian forces have seized even more territory from Russia as they continue their counter-offensive. #Ukraine’s president Zelensky said troops have now retaken more than 6,000 sq km (2,317 sq miles) from Russian control in September, in east & the south. [link]

🐣 RT @mjluxmoore An absolute meltdown on Russian state TV this week. One political talk-show after another, after weeks of triumphalism, is now engaging in a sort of soul-searching denialism. Many commentators blaming everyone but Putin.
⋙ 🐣 RT @francis_scarr Last night Sergei Mikheyev urged Russia’s military bloggers to stop exaggerating the scale of the Kharkiv Reg withdrawal ¤ But moments later he was lamenting that Moscow’s military restructuring (begun in 2008) had failed because its authors had “watched too many Hollywood films”
💽 https://twitter.com/francis_scarr/status/1569587195350249472?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @KyivIndependent ⚡️UK intelligence: prestigious Russian army unit severely degraded in Kharkiv counteroffensive. ¤ Russia’s 1st Guards Tank Army – designated to protect Moscow in case of attack and lead counterattacks against NATO countries – took part in the chaotic retreat from Kharkiv Oblast.
⋙ 🐣 RT @KyivIndependent The losses suffered by the 1st Guards Tank Army, along with other units in Russia’s Western Military District, will “take years to rebuild”, says the U.K.’s Defense Intelligence said in its daily briefing.

🐣 RT @WarintheFuture [Zelenskyy:] “From the beginning of September until today, our warriors have already liberated more than 6,000 square kilometers of the territory of Ukraine – in the east and south. The movement of our troops continues.” [link]

⭕ 12 Sep 2022

WaPo: Intelligence points to potential turning point in Ukraine war https://wapo.st/3xGzXor “For all their shortcomings, the Russians still have the capability to regroup and hit back hard, some officials cautioned”
// Whether Ukraine’s gains are permanent, Western intelligence officials said, depends on Russia’s next moves, especially whether President Vladimir Putin orders up reinforcements

🐣 RT @sentdefender Ukrainian and Western Intelligence is reporting that Russian Military Command has not recently deployed any additional Battalion Tactical Groups into Ukraine and seems to have suspended all further Combat Deployments into the Country.

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer DEEP STRIKE: Major explosions rocked the RU air station at Taganrog, followed by a number of secondaries & fires. Russian AWACs, including the including the newest A-100 platforms, are forward deployed at Taganrog. This strike will negatively affect RU air defense in the region.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1569427642482302977?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @tomiahonen Remember, if Bill Barr flipped on Trump (and I believe he did immediately after he left the administration in Dec 2020) – he would need to confess everything. INCLUDING this corrupt pressure of SDNY to stop investigating Trump. Barr would need to testify against Trump in this
⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote BREAKING: Senate Judiciary will investigate FPOTUS and the Barr justice department for pressuring the SDNY.
⋙⋙ NYT: Senate to Investigate Charge That Trump Meddled in Prosecutor’s Office https://nyti.ms/3Dggnmp
// The allegations of political motivation are in a new book by the former U.S. attorney in Manhattan, Geoffrey S. Berman.

🐣 RT @katka_cseh A sad milestone: the European Parliament, the democratically elected voice of 450 million EU citizens is set to eject Hungary from the group of democracies. ¤ The first step of tackling a problem is recognizing there is one.
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/katka_cseh/status/1569396042591764483?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Igor_from_Kyiv_ They sent slaves to fight free people
💽 https://twitter.com/Igor_from_Kyiv_/status/1569348149164081160?s=20/photo/1

😅 RT @SergiyKyslytsya Exclusive video footage of russian troops “regrouping” as part of a “controlled withdrawal”. The innovative way of the “regrouping” supposedly support peskov’s statement of today that russia will continue its “military intervention” in Ukraine “until the objectives are achieved”
💽 https://twitter.com/SergiyKyslytsya/status/1569350490256805888?s=20/photo/1
// chickens fleeing

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom Honestly, even the mafia isn’t this obvious
⋙ 😅 RT @prchovanec “You’re telling me everyone here got a subpoena?”
¤ https://twitter.com/prchovanec/status/1569485156263628805?s=20/photo/1
// Trump meeting with collaborators on his Washington D.C. golf course (no golf clubs)

🐣 RT @mhmck The liberation of the north of Luhansk region has begun. Ukrainian defenders retook Bilohorivka and crossed the Siverskyi Donets River. ¤ An offensive is developing to flank Russian forces. The undefended P-66 highway is key. Most Russian forces abandoned Svatove and Starobil’s’k.
🌎 https://twitter.com/mhmck/status/1569537464989016064?s=20/photo/1

🧵 😅 RT @tomiahonen [Parody Putin:] My fellow Russians ¤ My quick & easy three day war into Ukraine has now run for 7 months. We lost the battle of Kyiv, their capital & largest city. Then we lost the battle of Kharkiv too, their second largest city. Just yesterday we lost the battle for Izyum, a town we had seized
📌 https://twitter.com/tomiahonen/status/1569434620197834752?s=20

🐣 RT @ KyivIndependent⚡️General Staff: Russia stops sending new units to Ukraine. ¤ Ukraine’s General Staff of the Armed Forces said on Sept. 12. that Russia’s military command has suspended sending new units to Ukraine, and that a large number of volunteers are also refusing to fight in Russia’s army

WaPo: Ukraine extends battlefield gains as Kremlin reels from setback https://wapo.st/3RWG2ED “[T]he stunning counteroffensive that pushed Russia into a messy retreat boosted optimism at home and abroad over a potential turning point in the war”

NYT: Justice Dept. Issues 40 Subpoenas in a Week, Expanding Its Jan. 6 Inquiry https://nyti.ms/3B5INga seized phones from Boris Epshteyn, an in-house counsel for Trump’s legal efforts, and Mike Roman, a campaign strategist who was the director of Election Day operations
// It also seized the phones of two top Trump advisers, a sign of an escalating investigation two months before the midterm elections.

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer FLASH TRAFFIC /KHERSON 1500/ UTC 12 SEP/ Breaking information from the UKR General Staff reports that RU units on the N bank of the Dnieper are presently negotiating the surrender of their positions and weapons. It is unknown if this a localized or a general capitulation.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1569338519302148101?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @KyivPost MUST READ: Jason J Smart @officejjsmart of the Kyiv Post interviews Garry Kasparov @Kasparov63 about Putin’s likely next moves following the Kharkiv – Izium offensive.
⋙ KyivPost: Exclusive Interview with Chess Champ and Russian Opposition Leader Garry Kasparov https://bit.ly/3RGGKGC
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JS: Then what’s next?
GK: Basically, the war is lost. If you look at all of the objectives that Putin set for the war, all of them have failed. All of them. So, continuing the war is the only way for Putin to stay in power. He wants to create extra chaos in the free world hoping that a new window will open for him. It’s really just a protracted agony. It is cynical and stupid, but Putin is willing to put thousands of civilians into graves in the months to come before the whole of Ukraine is liberated, if that will allow him to maintain power.

JS: What do you propose the West do now?
GK: We believe that the free world must do everything to help Ukraine win. There’s no other solution: Unconditional victory of Ukraine – and the unconditional defeat of Putin.

The only chance to defeat Putin’s fascism is to raise the Ukrainian flag in Sevastopol, Crimea. That’s the top priority for anyone who wants to see our planet safe from Putin’s existential threat of destruction.

We believe that Europe should demonstrate its resolve by banning Russian tourism all together – total ban on Russian tourists.

At the same time, we believe that those Russians who wish to leave Putin’s “North Korea,” as we jokingly call it, and who wish to come to “South Korea” and the free world, should be given this opportunity if they sign a decree simple that the war is criminal, Putin’s regime is illegitimate, and that Ukraine is whole. We are seeking a combined approach.

We hope that friendly governments will understand and that’s why we are already talking to a number of governments about this. There’s likely around 100,000 Russians who are ready to completely cut all ties with Putin’s Russia. …

🐣 RT @stavridisj Despite enthusiasm for the Ukrainian offensive, we need to remember Putin still has cards to play… Chemical weapons, amphibious assault, attacks on critical infrastructure like water, assistance from other pariah state like North Korea. This one is far from over
⋙ 🐣 RT @stavridisj Ukrainian offensive in the north and east is accelerating. Russian morale is weakened and Putin will have a hard time reestablishing dominance. Is this a pivot in the war? Quite possibly. https://on.msnbc.com/3BzdbB3 via @msnbc

🐣 RT @DefMon3 They need those units to defend the kremlin.
“The military command of the Russian Federation suspends the sending of new, already formed units to the territory of Ukraine.” – GSUA
.[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/DefMon3/status/1569348204197453825?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @PhillipsPOBrien Newest piece for @TheAtlantic, how the Ukrainian triumph in Kharkiv was anything but sudden and what it means about how Ukraine is waging this war (very intelligently).
💙 ⋙ TheAtlantic, Phillips O’Brien: Ukraine Pulled Off a Masterstroke https://bit.ly/3d6XVSt
// Ukrainian leaders announced one counteroffensive against Russia—but had another in the works.

… The stunningly swift advance of Ukrainian forces, which started around September 1 and sped up soon after, has easily been the most dramatic—and for Ukraine and its supporters, the most uplifting—episode of the war since the current Russian invasion began on February 24. In a few days the Ukrainians liberated about as much territory as Russia had captured in a few months, while causing the disintegration of Russian forces around Izium, Kupyansk, and other logistically vital cities. From the outside, Ukraine appears to have changed the whole complexion of the war.

This stunning Ukrainian advance was anything but sudden. It resulted from a patient military buildup, excellent operational security, and, maybe most important, the diversion of some of the Russian army’s most powerful units from Kharkiv Oblast itself. The overall planning by the Ukrainian government and armed forces worked well on so many levels that it produced one of the greatest military-strategy successes since 1945.

Only a week ago, the most important engagement for Ukraine appeared to be the battle for Kherson. For months, President Volodymyr Zelensky, his senior aides, and other Ukrainian sources had publicly proclaimed the goal of liberating the politically and strategically important southern city and the rest of the Russian-controlled territory on the west bank of the Dnipro River.

In response, Russian President Vladimir Putin—who seemed to agree that the city was the highest priority—did exactly what the Ukrainians hoped: He rushed forces to the area. Evidence exists that some well-armed Russian units were redeployed there from the Russian-occupied Donbas in the east.

… As Ukrainian Minister of Defense Oleksii Reznikov admitted Saturday, Ukraine’s generals had been planning to launch two campaigns simultaneously. If the Kherson offensive was designed to grind down Russian forces by drawing them in and then confronting them head-on, the Kharkiv Oblast offensive had greater territorial ambitions. Ukraine hoped to retake the city of Kupyansk. The Russians were using this road-and-rail hub to get supplies to Izium, a base for their operations in the Donbas.

In retrospect, both offensives were possible only because of a ghastly summer of attritional warfare in that region. Since April the Ukrainians have suffered horrifying losses in that region but have inflicted even larger ones on the enemy. … Ukraine, which has been conscripting soldiers since Putin started this war, has amassed an army larger than the Russian invasion force. Russian officials, meanwhile, are terrified of upsetting their populace and have avoided conscription—to the point of deploying mercenaries and sourcing soldiers from prisons and mental hospitals. So when Putin took the Ukrainians’ bait in Kherson, a shrinking Russian army moved forces away from the area that Ukraine wanted to attack and toward an area where Ukraine was waging a war of attrition.

The Ukrainians wrote a script, and the Russians played their assigned role. Unlike Kherson, where the invaders had massed forces and set up a multilayered defense, Kharkiv Oblast was thinly protected by the Russian forces. The Ukrainians were thus easily able to break Russian lines, which seem to have been held by poorly motivated and trained forces, and streak deep behind them. …

Though the war is far from over and Russia can find new ways to punish Ukraine, collapsing Russian forces have not only been pushed back; in abandoning their former headquarters in Izium, they also left behind large stores of equipment and ammunition that the Ukrainians can now use against them. Even if the Russians stabilize the line in the coming days, they will be in a far worse position than they were on September 1. Building on months of careful efforts to both prepare Ukrainian forces and waste Russian ones, Ukraine has achieved a strategic masterstroke that military scholars will study for decades to come.

🐣 RT @ DefenceU [Ukr DOD] It is official: Vysokopillya, Novovoznesenske, Bilohirka, Myrolyubivka and Sukhyj Stavok have been liberated. The occupiers are preparing to “regroup” in the Kherson region as well. As in Kharkiv, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are helping them with this.

🚫 🐣 RT @HeliosRunner 1/ IMPORTANT NEWS ! following the recent update (read down below after the announcement) of Command South regarding the recent progress of Ukr army today in lots of different area in the #Kherson Oblast ¤ Nataliya Humenyuk, the head of press center of command “South” just said :
⋙ 🐣 RT @HeliosRunner 2/ “The Russians are trying to negotiate the terms of how they will lay down their arms and come under the auspices of international humanitarian law” ¤ IF true, the entire area of #Kherson could collapse as entire Ru forces could “give up” within ddays!! ¤ Please share !!! #Ukraine
// unconfirmed

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand Meanwhile, down south …Ukrainian authorities claim that around 200 square miles of territory has been recaptured in the southern Kherson region in the past two weeks, including Vysokopillia, Novovoznesenske, Bilohirka, Myroliubivka and Sukhyi Stavok.
⋙ CNN: Ukraine says 500 square kilometers of territory retaken in southern Kherson region https://cnn.it/3d4TN5E

🐣 RT @McFaul This is a fascinating discussion, both because of what Nadezhdin says, but also others. Remember, it’s on a channel 100% controlled by Putin. If you want to get a sense of panic in Moscow right now, watch.
💙 ⋙ 🐣 RT @shaunwalker7 Russian chat shows always had the “NATO shill guest” who said relatively sensible things and could then be torn down by the others. ¤ But Boris Nadezhdin here speaking some dangerous truths, you wonder if he might simply get arrested soon.
💽 https://twitter.com/McFaul/status/1569307707680911361?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Euan_MacDonald Excellent dissection of Russia’s Blyatskrieg. The Russian army is rotten to the corps
⋙ 🧵 RT @ChrisO_wiki 1/ What are the reasons for Russia’s Blyatskrieg – its rapid collapse east of Kharkiv – and why might Napoleon Bonaparte have known some of the answers? Here’s a [thread] exploring some possible deeper reasons for Ukraine’s stunning successes in recent days
📌 https://twitter.com/ChrisO_wiki/status/1569087890466144261?s=20

⋙ 🐣 RT @ 2/ Without detracting in any way from the heroism of Ukraine’s defenders, it’s clear that there’s been a massive moral collapse among Russia’s forces in Kharkiv oblast. They’ve surrended towns with barely a fight and abandoned vast quantities of equipment. [link]
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 3/ In 1808, Napoleon wrote: “In war, three-quarters turns on personal character and relations; the balance of manpower and materials counts only for the remaining quarter.” (More pithily expressed as “In war, moral power is to physical as three parts out of four.”)
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 4/ With that in mind, over the past couple of months I’ve been covering Russian soldiers’ experiences of the war in several threads (see below), using published intercepted phone calls and personal accounts from soldiers and their relatives. [link]
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 5/ Such insights reveal that the Russian army is not in a happy place, even before its latest setbacks. Morale is low, training is poor, food is awful, equipment is inadequate, welfare and training is neglected, and commanders are seen as dishonest, uncaring and incompetent.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 6/ These factors have already led thousands of Russian soldiers to quit their contracts and return to Russia (which they can do, as they have that right in what’s still officially a peacetime establishment – it’s a ‘special military operation’, not a war). Let’s review.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 7/ GOALS: Most of those in the first wave on 24 February didn’t know they were going to be invading Ukraine, and many didn’t even know they had crossed the border before people started shooting at them. Large numbers deserted almost immediately.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 8/ Putin’s propaganda about ‘denazifying and demilitarising’ Ukraine seems to have attracted mixed responses. Some believed it, others – especially after interactions with Ukrainian civilians – realised it was a lie. 💽
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 9/ Russia’s goals have been shifting, confused and unclear, particularly after it became apparent that overthrowing the Kyiv government was not going to happen. Knowing why you’re fighting is fundamental to military success.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 10/ MOTIVATION: “A man does not have himself killed for a half pence a day or for a petty distinction. You must speak to the soul in order to electrify him.” – Napoleon again. ¤ It’s been very apparent from Russian soldiers’ accounts that personal motivation is lacking.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 11/ The Russian army is disproportionally manned by people from people from poorer regions and lower socioeconomic groups (especially non-Russian ethnic minorities) who see military service as a means of economic or social advancement. But most didn’t join to fight wars.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 12/ With the exception of Chechnya, Russia’s military interventions have had few or relatively light casualties (Transnistria, Abkhazia, Bosnia, Crimea, Donbas 2014, South Ossetia, Syria, Kazakhstan). Military service was very compatible with staying alive – an important factor.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 13/ This equation changes very substantially in a war with very high casualties (and the Ukraine war, on present trends, is likely to be one of the deadliest globally in the last 200 years). Serving now has a high probability of death or injury, and a certainty of much misery.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 14/ Evidence from intercepted calls and personal accounts shows that heavy casualties have, unsurprisingly, been very demotivating for Russian soldiers, some of whom have experienced their entire units being wiped out.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 15/ EQUIPMENT: A constant complaint has been the lack and poor quality of equipment. Tanks reportedly arrived from depots without vital equipment (or even working engines), ammunition was scarce, first-aid kits were basic and decades out of date, body armour wasn’t supplied.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 16/ For example, the former paratrooper Pavel Filatyev – a member of an elite unit – says that he was sent to Ukraine with a broken machine gun which he had to fix himself, and wasn’t given any body armour or infantry gear, which he had to find himself.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 17/ Many Russian soldiers have had to buy their own equipment – even the latest military radios – at their own expense on Avito, Russia’s equivalent of eBay, where it was likely being sold by corrupt military depot personnel who had stolen it from Russian army supplie
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 18/ Equipment losses in the field have been immense. Soldiers have spoken of motorised brigades losing most of their armour, bases being wiped out by HIMARS strikes, even their own boots and uniforms falling apart – with little or no replenishment due to poor logistics.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 19/ Troops from the LNR/DNR puppet republics have been given even worse equipment, such as World War II helmets, 1898-pattern Moisin-Nagent rifles and no body armour, while simultaneously being starved of supplies by the Russian army in retaliation for disagreements.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 20/ FOOD: Speaking of starvation, soldiers on both the northern and southern fronts rapidly ran out of food after the invasion. Before the attack on Kyiv they were given only 3 days’ worth of food, leading to near-starving soldiers looting supplies from Ukrainian civilians.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 21/ Logistical breakdowns in the south led to soldiers surviving on one ration pack per person every two days, then running out entirely. The products of food kitchens were so bad they were inedible and rejected even by hungry soldiers.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 22/ Resupply was hampered by severe corruption in the Russian supply chain. One soldier reported: “conscripts who were delivering [food] to our unit in Ukraine stole from it three crates of canned meat and sold it in our unit for 70 rubles each.” Packages from home were stolen.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 23/ Relatedly, conditions in the field have reportedly been terrible. Soldiers reported not even being given spades to dig trenches and shelters. They’ve suffered frostbite and plagues of mosquitoes while living in abject squalor. [link]
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 24/ Perhaps most infamously, apparently unbriefed Russian troops dug themselves into trenches and dugouts in Chernobyl’s Red Forest, the most radioactive area on the planet. They were subsequently reported to have been taken to hospital suffering from radiation exposure.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 25/ Soldiers have reported that frontline medical treatment has been severely deficient, with medics lacking even basics like usable tourniquets and bandages, and with no evacuation. It’s likely that many injured Russians have simply bled to death from entirely survivable wounds.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 26/ LACK OF TRAINING: Many soldiers speak of almost farcically low levels of pre-war training. One went “to shooting practice four times, where each time I fired 6 rounds”. At the start of the invasion, some were assigned to weapons systems that they’d never used before.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 27/ Training activities were often faked for the benefit of senior officers. One soldier said: “We would arrive at a firing range and stand with a rifle pointed at the target. And as soon you’re photographed, you are free to go.” Medical exercises consisted of posed photoshoots.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 28/ This kind of fakery has been reported not only in ordinary infantry divisions, but even in elite forces such as Russia’s paratroop brigades (the VDV) – suggesting that it’s common practice across the entire army.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 29/ MISTREATMENT: Russia’s soldiers in Ukraine work under contracts – under the current peacetime rules, they can quit at any time if they follow certain procedures. But contract soldiers have reported increasingly severe mistreatment as manpower shortages bite
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 30/ While thousands have reportedly managed to leave, many have reported the Russian army obstructing them through putting up bureaucratic obstacles or worse. Some have reportedly been imprisoned and beaten to persuade them to return to the front. 💽
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 31/ Contracts are only supposed to run for a year at a time. Soldiers have reported not being allowed to leave even when their contracts have expired, at which point they are not even legally being employed. Others have reported not being paid.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 32/ Soldiers should also be rotated off the front line regularly – the extract below from John Keegan’s classic ‘The Face of Battle’ explains why. But Russia’s undermanned invasion has meant increasingly exhausted troops staying on the front line for 6 months or more.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 33/ In contrast with Ukraine, which has much greater manpower (thanks to national mobilisation and a formal state of war), Russia simply doesn’t have the reserves to allow its exhausted and demoralised soldiers time to rest and recuperate in safety. This has led to mass mutinies.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 34/ BAD LEADERSHIP: A seemingly universal complaint is the poor quality of leadership in senior ranks. As Pavel Filatyev puts it, “the top doesn’t give a shit about us, they demonstrate in every possible way that we are inhumans for them, we are just like cattle.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 35/ Filatyev, like other soldiers, is scathing about the cowardice and dishonesty of commanders, who they say stay in bunkers while they order their men into suicidal assaults. They reportedly inflate their troop numbers and submit fake reports of success to their superiors.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 36/ Soldiers report brutal confrontations between senior commanders and their men, including threats and physical violence. One reported his unit’s political officer firing into the ground at the men’s feet. Another soldier held a grenade in a general’s face and pulled the pin.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 37/ Captured and injured Russian soldiers are reported to have been killed by their own side to prevent the Ukrainians capturing them. One soldier reported that Russian soldiers being led into captivity by Ukrainians were deliberately hit with a Russian anti-tank guided missile.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 38/ In one very recent instance, the Ukrainian army reported its drone operators seeing Russian troops shooting other Russian soldiers who were escaping from Ukrainian artillery fire – perhaps an example of Stalin-era blocking tactics being revived. 💽
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 39/ Others have reported Russian commanders shooting their wounded (see video below) to keep them out of Ukrainian hands. While this likely isn’t typical, the fact that it has apparently happened at all speaks volumes about Russian senior officer culture.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 40/ All of these problems are likely to have cumulatively eroded the Russian army’s willingness to fight. They’re not simply the result of individual bad decisions, nor even of Putin’s mistakes, but of an entire military system that has rotted and corrupted into ineffectiveness.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 41/ @paulkrugman describes what’s happened as “Dornbusch’s Law in action … the inevitable crisis takes longer to come than you can imagine, but when it does come it happens faster than you can imagine.” This crisis has been brewing for decades. It’s not over yet. /end

🐣 RT @EHunterChristie This thread, by the Foreign Minister of Lithuania, is essential reading. A fellow NATO and EU Ally, Lithuania has a depth of expertise and know-how on how to deal with Russia that is absent in Western Europe. ¤We must unite in being firm and uncompromising towards Moscow.
⋙ 🧵 RT @GLandsbergis Putin’s genocidal plan to wipe Ukraine off the map has failed. He is in no position to negotiate. The war must end with his unconditional surrender.
📌 https://twitter.com/GLandsbergis/status/1568932265031520257?s=20

⭕ 11 Sep 2022

TheAtlantic, Anne Applebaum: It’s Time to Prepare for a Ukrainian Victory https://bit.ly/3QBGfMB “The possibility of instability in Russia, a nuclear power, terrifies many. But it may now be unavoidable”
// The liberation of Russian-occupied territory might bring down Vladimir Putin.

WSJ: Ukraine’s Rout of Russian Forces Poses Challenge of How to Exploit Gains https://on.wsj.com/3Dg10u8
// Kyiv’s latest offensive has returned more than 1,000 square miles to Ukrainian control, says military chief

Newsweek: Cold, Hunger and Darkness in Ukraine ‘Not as Terrible’ as Russia: Zelensky https://bit.ly/3L69OEQ “There are 90 days ahead which will decide more than 30 years of Ukraine’s independence. 90 days that will decide more than all the years of the existence of the [EU]”

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed his nation Sunday night after reports of Russia firing upon civilian energy structures to take out power in communities. Zelensky said the “terrorist acts” were deliberate as the 200-day war curves into the winter season

Even through the impenetrable darkness, Ukraine and the civilized world clearly see these terrorist acts,” Zelensky said through his Telegram account. “Deliberate and cynical missile strikes on civilian critical infrastructure. No military facilities. Kharkiv and Donetsk regions were cut off. In Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, and Sumy there are partial problems with power.”

Zelensky shared this Telegram video of the alleged attack.

Zelensky just one day earlier said Ukraine’s 30-plus years of independence will come down to 90 days of harsh winter in the region.

“There are 90 days ahead, which will decide more than 30 years of Ukraine’s independence. 90 days that will decide more than all the years of the existence of the European Union. Winter will determine our future.”

On Sunday night, the Ukrainian president said his nation will prevail with or without food, gas or water, but that it would certainly be without Russia.

“Read lips: Without gas or without you? Without you. Without light or without you? Without you. Without water or without you? Without you. Without food or without you? Without you.

“This is the most difficult winter for the whole world. Russia is doing everything in 90 days of this winter to break the resistance of Ukraine, the resistance of Europe and the resistance of the world. Because this is what Russia hopes for, this is its last argument,” Zelensky said.

Cold, hunger, darkness and thirst are not as terrible and deadly for us as your “friendship and brotherhood.”

Zelensky particularly calls upon his nation’s allies to do their best efforts in providing air defense against Russian strikes on businesses and infrastructure that provide heating sources to Ukrainian people.

The targets of Russian missiles can and will be enterprises and infrastructure that provide people with heat and electricity,” Zelensky said. “We already export electricity to our neighbors, which helps replace dirty Russian energy resources, and we can easily increase exports to at least two and a half gigawatts, and later even more… But for this, the Russian military needs to withdraw from the territory of the Zaporizhia NPP. This fundamental European interest now, at this time before winter.”

Russia began building troops along Ukraine’s northern and western borders in late January, and they began attacking Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Since then, there have been heavy casualties on both sides. That includes Ukrainian civilians, foreign fighters, Ukrainian military and more than 52,600 Russians.

🐣 RT @KyivIndependent According to Ukrainian intelligence, Russian Lieutenant General Roman Berdnikov, who had commanded Russia’s intervention in Syria and was appointed commander of the Western Military District on Aug. 26, was removed from command.

Newsweek: Putin Faces Backlash From Russian Bloggers Amid Retreat: ‘Horrible Failure’ https://bit.ly/3d7sxU2 Pro-Russia blogger Yuri Podolyaka admitted on Telegram that losses were “large” and “cannot be ignored,” describing Saturday as “the most difficult day of this war”

🐣 RT @ SpaghettiKozak Russia’s mad about NAFO because they invested so heavily in a professional troll factory and similar influence ops, only to find themselves confronted and defeated by something they can’t understand- people who actually believe in something and coming together of their free will.

🐣 RT @iamjeamy [Replying to @GirkinGirkin]
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/iamjeamy/status/1569177616275365889?s=20/photo/1
// English translation of Situation Report posted by @GirkinGirkin]

[Text:] “The Russian Armed Forces continued to retreat from the Kharkov region, in a number of cases there was a loss of controllability of the troops, there are facts of the l[?] abandonment of military equipment, problems with the evacuation of the wounded. Ours are fixed on the eastern bank of the river. Oskol. The section of the front runs along the border of the Belgorod region, due to the high risk of enemy DRGs entering, the arrived units of the Russian Armed Forces took up defensive positions for the purpose of military cover. ¤ Several attacks on Krasny Liman were repulsed.

By nightfall, rocket attacks began on the critical infrastructure of Ukraine, which indicates the
adoption of an appropriate political decision, which the military had been waiting for 7 months. As a result, power outages were recorded in Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporozhye and Odessa regions, in Kremenchug (Poltava region). There have been reports of an imbalance in the energy system of Ukraine. At the same time, night strikes are not enough to blackout the country.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine are pulling up reserves to the Ugledar sector of the front, there are signs of preparations for an offensive, the risk of an attemnt to beak through to the south

On the Kherson sector, from Vysokopolye the enemy drove us out of another village. From the Kharkov direction, data are coming in about a large number of Polish mercenaries On the territory occupied by the enemy, the identification of persons who can be accused of cooperation with Russia continues.

1[?] There is evidence that against the backdrop or the success or the offensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the countries of the West will strengthen military-technical support for Ukraine. ¤ Summary compiled by: Two majors

🐣 RT @ Osinttechnical Russian air defenses have absolutely faced degradation in the face of continued Ukrainian attacks, allowing Ukrainian assets to contest the airspace over portions of the frontline. The Russian Air Force was noticeably absent in Kharkiv Oblast over the last week.

🐣 RT @IuliiaMendel Russia is threatening from the Black Sea with 14 warships, among which 4 surface missile carriers equipped with 26 Kalibras, and has activated the presence of 4 large landing ships.

🧵 RT @KathyGirouard What we know […]
– Trump landed at Dulles tonight
– Quickly deplaned alone wearing what looks like golf shoes, an open collar shirt and brown jacket
– Immediately entered an SUV
– license plates are USG
– plates possibly DHS
@AndrewFeinberg @gtconway3d
¤ https://twitter.com/KathyGirouard/status/1569146777147961344?s=20/photo/1
// [lightly edited]

🐣 RT @Russiaconflict The counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Kharkiv region went much better than expected, – ukranian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov.

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Life comes at you fast: pundits on Russian TV realize that their military is failing and their country is in trouble. They are starting to play the blame game. Some of them finally understand that their genocidal denial of the Ukrainian identity isn’t working in Russia’s favor.
💽 https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1569070513909022720?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @natsechobbyist Their expressions are forlorn. You can smell the desperation.
[See full comments]

🐣 RT @Russiaconflict BREAKING: The leadership of the western grouping of the Russian Armed Forces has been removed from command after only 17 days in his post. Reasons. in the comments

🔆 This❗️⋙ 🐣 RT @Russiaconflict Zelensky’s powerful address tonight directly to Russia’s Putin. [text reformatted]
💽 https://twitter.com/Russiaconflict/status/1569149142022164481?s=20/photo/1

Do you still think that you can scare us, break us, make us make concessions? You really did not understand anything? Don’t understand who we are? What are we for? What are we talking about? …
Without gas or without you? without you
Without light or without you? without you
Without water or without you? without you
Without food or without you? without you
Cold, hunger, darkness and thirst are not as scary and deadly for us as your “friendship and brotherhood”.
But history will put everything in its place. And we will be with gas, light, water and food.. and WITHOUT you! – zelensky.

NYT: Russia’s Retreat in Ukraine Pokes Holes in Putin’s Projection of Force https://nyti.ms/3REV5mM //➔ “Second Greatest Army in the World” has become an expression of derision on Twitter, as Russians abandon tanks, guns, and stockpiles of ammunition—even their uniforms—and run
// Russia’s military setbacks may be weakening President Vladimir V. Putin’s reputation at home as a savvy geopolitical strategist.

NYT: Ukraine Routs Russian Forces in Northeast, Forcing a Retreat https://nyti.ms/3RZWVyt “[T]he speed of Ukraine’s advances over the weekend in the northeast — an area used by Russia as a stronghold — has muted the gung-ho bluster of Kremlin cheerleaders”
// Russia acknowledged that it had lost nearly all of the northern region of Kharkiv after a blitzkrieg thrust by Ukrainian fighters

WaPo: White House alarm rises over Europe as Putin threatens energy supply https://wapo.st/3Di1Fvg “Since March, U.S. firms have delivered 30 billion cubic meters [of natural gas] to Europe — more than twice the amount over the same period of time last year”
// Biden aides have redoubled efforts to increase natural gas exports across the Atlantic but see few obvious solutions

WaPo: Amid Ukraine’s startling gains, liberated villages describe Russian troops dropping rifles and fleeing https://wapo.st/3BzGAeA ‘Half fled in vehicles in the first hours of the offensive. Those stranded grew desperate, calling unit commanders for someone to come get them’

In a forceful statement to Russia on Sunday night, Zelensky insisted the invaders would be expelled. “Read my lips,” he said. “Without gas or without you? Without you. Without light or without you? Without you. Without water or without you? Without you. Without food or without you? Without you. Cold, hunger, darkness and thirst are not as scary and deadly for us as your ‘friendship and brotherhood.’ ”

🐣 RT @wartranslated Girkin comments on the rumoured concentration of forces at the Vuhledar direction (says Uglegorks but I think it’s a typo?), says it makes sense and can lead to similar results as in Kharkiv Oblast.
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/wartranslated/status/1568941542227808257?s=20/photo/1-2

🐣 RT @TarasBerezovets Russia is not only a state sponsor of terrorism. Russia is also a state sponsor of cowardice. Russia lost the ground in the battle of Kharkiv region and suffered the humiliation before the eyes of the world. And what it does: Russia attacks the infrastructure, causing blackout.

🐣 RT @Gerashchenko_en Today marks 200 days on the war calendar.
200 days of suffering, pain, losses.
200 days of bravery, heroism, fighting.
200 days we live for one goal and crave one goal – Victory!
🎥: SoldiersOfUkraine
💽 https://twitter.com/Gerashchenko_en/status/1568936084930981890?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @OlgaNYC1211 On his Telegram, Kremlin chief propagandist, Soloviev, called for the execution of Russian commanders who allowed the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Kharkiv region 🤷‍♀️

🐣 RT @christogrozev Several Ukrainian cities report power outages, apparently as a result of vengeful Russian shelling at civilian infrastructure after the debacle in the last few days. Russian militant/nationalist channels are ecstatic, “we should have done that at the start of the war”

🐣 RT @EliotACohen I believe it was Moshe Dayan who said that every enemy soldier fleeing the battlefield carries with him a deadly germ of infectious panic. We may be seeing this in Ukraine as well. If so, a broader process of Russian collapse may be under way. 1/4
⋙ 🐣 RT @EliotACohen Way, way too much of Western military analysis has focused on the tangibles – the things you can count. In the end, the things you can’t count – courage or fear, cohesion or distrust, leadership or its absence – matter just as much and some times more. 2/4
⋙ 🐣 RT @EliotACohen When the Ukraine war settles down students of war and military organizations need to reflect on why our judgments about the intangibles were not faulty so much as often absent. But in the meanwhile….3/4
⋙ 🐣 RT @EliotACohen Cheer on the Ukrainian forces liberating their territory, celebrate the defeat of a cruel invader, resolve to support Ukraine to the end of the battle and in reconstruction — and keep the guns, ammo and intel flowing. @PhillipsPOBrien @WarintheFuture @CSIS @SAISHopkins. 4/4

🐣 RT @TarasBerezovets The much-publicised Ukrainian southern offensive was a disinformation campaign to distract Russia from the real one being prepared in the Kharkiv region, Ukraine’s special forces have said
💙 ⋙⋙ TheGuardian: Ukraine’s southern offensive ‘was designed to trick Russia’ https://bit.ly/3L5iFXm
// Exclusive: Russian forces wrong-footed by attack in Kharkiv region after preparing for offensive in the south

“[It] was a big special disinformation operation,” said Taras Berezovets, a former national security adviser turned press officer for the Bohun brigade of Ukraine’s special forces. ¤ “[Russia] thought it would be in the south and moved their equipment. Then, instead of the south, the offensive happened where they least expected, and this caused them to panic and flee.”

On 29 August, Ukraine’s southern command announced that the long-anticipated offensive in the Kherson region had begun. But soldiers on the Kherson frontline said at the time that they saw no evidence of said offensive or that the active battles taking place were a reaction to an attempted Russian offensive several days earlier.

For the past two weeks, Ukrainian forces in the south took several villages – no small feat given the reported strength of Russian positions and one which nevertheless resulted in injuries. ¤
But the gains were not remarkably different from the steady but limited progress Ukrainian forces had been making in the Kherson region over July and August. ¤ And yet, the capture of these tiny Kherson villages, with populations of a few thousands, suddenly became big international news.

Natalia Humeniuk, a spokesperson for Ukraine’s southern command, had insisted on a “regime of silence” and temporarily banned journalists from visiting the frontlines in Kherson. ¤ But Berezovets said the media stir around the southern offensive was a coordinated disinformation campaign by Ukraine, targeted at Russian forces, that had been building for several months. ¤ It was successful in provoking Russia to move equipment and personnel to the southern front, including partly from Kharkiv region, said Berezovets. ¤ “Meanwhile [our] guys in Kharkiv were given the best of western weapons, mostly American,” he said.

Part of the special operation involved rooting out informants in Ukrainian-controlled parts of Kharkiv to stop them passing information about Ukraine’s preparations to the Russians, said a military source with knowledge of the operation. ¤ “The [informants] were almost completely cleaned up. They mostly comprised normal Ukrainian civilians but there were some Russian agents undercover as Ukrainian civilians,” said the source. “The Russians had no idea what was going on.” ¤ Russia’s defence ministry has confirmed the retreat, describing it as a regroup. It says it has retreated from Izium and the town of to “bolster efforts” on the Donetsk front. …

In a video address late on Friday, the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, said Ukrainian forces had liberated more than 30 settlements in the Kharkiv region. ¤ A local resident of Izium, who preferred to remain anonymous, said that the Ukrainian troops had entered the city. Before that, “Russian occupying forces were rapidly withdrawing, leaving ammunition and equipment behind”.

Ukraine’s retake of Izium could be its most significant success in pushing back the Russians since the beginning of the invasion. ¤ By capturing the nearby town of Kupiansk, Ukrainian forces have managed to cut off the supply lines for the Russian formations in control of the Izium area,” said Serhiy Kuzan, a military expert at the Ukrainian Security and Cooperation Center. …

With Ukrainian operations also continuing in Kherson, the Russian defensive front is under pressure on both its northern and southern flanks,” it said. ¤ “We are actually surprised by how poorly the Russians have retreated,” said Kuzan. “Retreat is part of the art of war. When we retreated, we made sure they suffered losses as they advanced and we did to so to ensure that they only advanced 1, 2, 3 kilometres. ¤ “They were so confident that they didn’t prepare their defences,” he added. “This has shown that the only advantage they have is in the number of artillery pieces and heavy equipment. So all we need is the same amount.”

😅 RT @DarthPutinKGB Looking back, I should known it would be disaster as soon as Trump said it was “genius move”.

🐣 RT @fellaraktar What we saw yesterday was impressive. What we are seeing today feels monumental. As the scale of ruSSia’s defeat becomes clear, Putlers life expectancy is plummeting by the minute. ¤ As a westerner I just want to say Thankyou Ukraine, we are forever in your debt. ¤ SLAVA UKRAINI!!

🐣 RT @Flash_news_ua⚡️Putin is ordering Russian state corporations and oligarchs to create private military companies (PMCs), – journalist Hrysto Grozev says, citing his own sources.
⋙🐣 RT @christogrozev He says it’s all because of corruption and incompetence in the army (“the mercenaries were scammed of their pay”). But is again very optimistic, says each government corporation and oligarch are told to set up their own PMC for “new stage in October”.

🐣 RT @SamRamani2 Zelensky’s 9/11 message: ¤ “Facing missile attacks daily, Ukraine knows well what terrorism is and sincerely sympathizes with the American people. Terrorism is an evil that has no place in the modern world!”

🐣 RT @MarkRid89403375 📽️ created by @PolandMFA showing what has happened during these 200 days of #RussianUkrainewar ¤ Ukrainians express deep gratitude to the people of Poland for all-around support for #Ukraine in difficult times.#StandWithUkraine
💽 https://twitter.com/MarkRid89403375/status/1568921309823860738?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @GirkinGurkin [tr] [Situation Report]
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/KatushiLI/status/1568916136514682881?s=20/photo/1 -2

🧵 RT @RealCynicalFox The Collapse: ¤ Conventional warfare is rare in the modern era, even rarer is when a portion of one army effectively collapses. That is currently the situation facing Russian forces between Kupyansk & Lyman. The situation is highly fluid & only those UAF personnel at the 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/RealCynicalFox/status/1568692488931532801?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @RealCynicalFox fore of this advance will know for certain what the extent of the advance is. As it stands, despite some increased Russian resistance in areas not impacted by the immediate breakthrough, the Russian forces have not reestablished a coherent defensive line. 2/ […]

🐣 RT @vorobyov Gen. Zaluzhny, Ukraine’s Cmmdr-in-Chief of Armed Forces: “in the Kharkiv direction, we have started to move not only towards the South and the East but also to the North. There are 50 km left till the state border”. ¤ An unambiguous message, for sure.

🧵 RT @warinthefuture The last 48 hours have seen some stunning battlefield developments in #Ukraine. Ukrainian operations in the northeast continue to exploit its penetration of Russian defences. 1/18
📌 https://twitter.com/WarintheFuture/status/1568838599705243648?s=20

⋙ 🐣 RT @warinthefuture 2/ There is much that remains unclear about these offensives. But #Ukraine clearly achieved surprise against the Russians in the #Kharkiv region. Deception has been central to all Ukrainian preparations for this phase of the war.
ISW 🌎 https://twitter.com/WarintheFuture/status/1568838604423843842?s=20/photo/1-2
⋙ 🐣 RT @WarintheFuture 11/ The shift in the momentum of the war will have big impacts on the influence battle in Europe as well as China. In Europe, it will reinforce the case for ongoing military and economic support to #Ukraine despite Russia’s ‘energy warfare’.
⋙ 🐣 RT @WarintheFuture 12/ In China, this is a huge embarrassment for Xi in the lead up to the 16 October Party Congress. Not only has he shackled himself to a loser (Putin), but his ‘decline of the west’ narrative is again challenged. And support for defending #Taiwan is probably growing.
⋙ 🐣 RT @WarintheFuture 15/ The Russians, while not beaten, are in real trouble. Because of this, we should watch for some unexpected reaction from Putin. He (unlike some of his senior military officers) has shown no signs of believing the invasion is in trouble.

🐣 RT @Militarylandnet
🗺️🇺🇦#Kharkiv Offensive Sep 11 11:00:
– UA troops liberated Vasylenkove, Artemivka in the north
– UA entered Izium, there was minimal resistance.
– UA liberated Velyka Komyshuvakha in the south
– RU abandoning their positions in Kharkiv Oblast.
#UkraineRussiaWar
🌎 https://twitter.com/Militarylandnet/status/1568891888572272640?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @USAmbKyiv [Bridget Brink] Encouraged and inspired by the gains made by Ukrainians fighting for their future.

🐣 RT @olex_scherba This schmo’s name is Gazmanov. He is one Putin’s favorite schmos. Today he was supposed to give concert in the occupied Izyum titled “Russia is here forever”. It’s “postponed indefinitely” now. ¤ By the way, his son Filip (25) lives in the UK. Forever too? #StandWithUkraine

🐣 RT @Igor_from_Kyiv_ the occupiers fled so fast that they left all their military equipment .. a small lend-lease from the Russian occupiers
💽 https://twitter.com/Igor_from_Kyiv_/status/1568886014982389763?s=20/photo/1

💙 🐣 RT @Gerashchenko_en Warriors of the 92nd Mechanized Brigade found an army electrician’s “Manual for taking over the world” in Russian positions near Balakliia, Kharkiv Oblast. ¤ All the notes were made by hand. ¤ Straightaway we can see the power of the Russian army.
💽 https://twitter.com/Gerashchenko_en/status/1568840008001327104?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 “second greatest army in the world” 🤔

🐣 RT @UkrainePicture Zaporozhye NPP is completely shut down – Energoatom The only working 6th power unit, which fed the station, will be transferred to a cold state. #UkraineNews

🐣 RT @TpyxaNews There are heavy battles for Lysychansk, Sievierodonetsk and Rubizhne ¤ There was information that the Russians are trying to buy time for the militants to take their belongings out of Lugansk. We are waiting for confirmation from the General Staff.

⭕ 10 Sep 2022

RealContextNews, Brian Frydenborg: Russian Army Collapses—and Revolution Near-Certain as Russia Loses War: When/Where Harder to Predict https://tinyurl.com/22ne4v5r ‘Russian failures were the almost natural outcomes of years … of one man running the show’
// Losing this badly will help wake up millions of Russians to some level of reality, and they will blame Putin. It is doubtful that the Russian military will keep fighting under these conditions for much longer.

🧵 RT @AVindman Thoughts on Russia-Ukraine War. ¤ Military: Ukraine’s forces have routed Russians in the Kharkiv operational area (that’s not a premature conclusion). The Russians are unlikely to conduct a successful counterattack let alone an offensive. They have neither the forces or equipment.
📌 https://twitter.com/AVindman/status/1568730010399145984?s=20

⋙ 🐣 RT @AVindman … Routs are infectious. We’re likely to see spread at least to the Donetsk/Luhansk operational direction & there’s still a very effective offensive unfolding in Kherson. We’ll know in the next week or so. […]
⋙ 🐣 RT @AVindman Again, when faced w/ resolve, resistance, determined defense & force he [Putin] will blink. ¤ He will not escalate. ¤ This is a another lesson for U.S. & western policymakers. Failure to deter enables/emboldens Putin & other authoritarians. Resolute defense of interests is the answer.

🐣 RT @AdamKinzinger Ever notice that Ukraine’s officers look like regular nice people and Russias officers look like you found them under a bridge?
⋙ 🧵 RT @saintjavelin One of the brilliant architects of the successful counteroffensive operation of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the east of Ukraine is the commander of the Ground Forces, Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi.
📌 https://twitter.com/saintjavelin/status/1568256502481432577?s=20
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @saintjavelin […] Source: Ukrainian political expert Oleksandr Holobytskyi

💙 RealContextNews, Brian Frydenborg: Russian Army Collapses—and Revolution—Near-Certain as Russia Loses War: When/Where Harder to Predict https://bit.ly/3QOo4U9
// Losing this badly will help wake up millions of Russians to some level of reality, and they will blame Putin. It is doubtful that the Russian military will keep fighting under these conditions for much longer.

When this war began, I barely slept for weeks. What I and most others understood to essentially be the second most powerful military on earth had finally brought the hammer down on Ukraine, and was clearly going for regime change and who knows how much outright conquest (a lot; even before February 24, I noted it was clear Russian President Vladimir Putin was determined to have Ukraine at best be a vassal and at worst be annexed by Russia as part of a growing tsarist-like Empire). I was afraid that at any point in time, Kyiv would be turned into Grozny/Aleppo, killing thousands and thousands of civilians in the process, or that we’d find Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky dead, string up on a lamp post or shot in the head by assassins.

I thought Ukraine might put up a decent if brief fight, but that there was very little hope for fending off the Russians, and my dread was all consuming.

But then, even very early on, it was clear that Russia was taking horrific, historic casualties (as I pointed out, in not even two weeks, apparently more than U.S. forces suffered in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined). It was clear the Russian soldiers were not being well-led. It was clear that their logistics were terrible. It was clear that Russian troops did not have enough food or water. It was clear that their communications were not secure and their combined arms coordination was poor. It was clear that they did not have enough troops to take, let alone occupy, Kyiv. It was clear they did not maintain their vehicles well. It was clear they had no answer to or defense against Javelin and other anti-tank missiles. And then, starting in late March, there was that spectacular collapse of Russian forces on the Kyiv, Chernihiv, and Sumy fronts. Not long after, the sinking of the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet flagship, the Moskva (I am likely the only person who predicted in an article that it would be sunk), made it clear it could not defend against anti-ship missiles (and once you understood that, it was only logical that Crimea would be in play, as I noted in April).

What we were witnessing, in the social media age in an unprecedented way in its ultradocumentation, was one of the most thrilling upsets in military history, and it was only just getting started. It was the most surprising, remarkable thing I have witnessed in my entire adult life.

… The truly sad part is that Russia has already lost, but much fighting and death happens in war when the result is essentially a foregone conclusion, from the ending of World War II to the ending of the U.S. Civil War to the Vietnam War, and sometimes the worst battles happen close to the end. …

Thus, the main hope I have is that Russian forces will just get tired of fighting and dying for lies and nothing more, will start refusing to fight in Putin’s disaster of a war, and, that, much like Russian units that mutinied against Tsar Nicholas II’s regime in 1917, will turn around and march on Moscow to end the war by ending the rule of a tyrant—as has been my hope since early March—or, that someone in the Kremlin will do a truly patriotic duty and we will have an announcement that Putin has died peacefully in his sleep. …

🐣 RT @EuromaidanPress Ukrainian concept artist Denys Tsiperko, who creates characters for Marvel, has posted illustrations of Azovstal heroes defending Mariupol steel plant from the Russian invaders. ¤ Reminder – Azovstal warriors are still held captive by Russia. 📷Denys Tsiperko #StandWithUkraine
🖼 https://twitter.com/EuromaidanPress/status/1568826109906624514?s=20/photo/1 -4

🚫 🐣 RT @igorsushko #PANIC: #Ukraine’s General Staff report that Russian 3rd Motorized Rifle Division are in a panic due to encirclement with all supply lines cut off in #Kharkiv region. ¤ This Division has 6 regiments and 2 battalions. A typical division has 10k-20k soldiers.
// unconfirmed

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews On Russian state TV, Rodion Miroshnik, the so-called “Ambassador” of LPR— Russia’s faux “Republic” in occupied Ukraine—claims that Ukraine no longer exists. He says that what used to be Ukraine is now just an English-speaking tribe, full of foreigners, fighting against Russia.
💽 https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1568748943567110152?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews On state TV, Zakhar Prilepin talks about some of Russia’s miscalculations during its invasion of Ukraine, including the Kremlin’s assumption that it would be welcomed by Ukrainians. Prilepin also tells the audience that they’re constitutionally obligated to support Russia’s wars.
💽 https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1568727504805937152?s=20/photo/1

WaPo: Russian troops in big retreat as Ukrainian offensive advances in Kharkiv area https://wapo.st/3quMZkM Ukraine “has cut enemy supply lines, revealed disarray in the Russians’ ranks, … forced occupying authorities to flee and infuriated Kremlin boosters”

The stunning rout of Russian forces by Ukraine’s flash counteroffensive in the Kharkiv region does not, on its own, signal a decisive shift in the war to Ukraine’s advantage. ¤ Russia still occupies extensive Ukrainian territory, including the cities of Mariupol, Melitopol and Kherson, and Russian troops still control Putin’s coveted “land bridge” to Crimea, which Russia annexed illegally in 2014. … But the Ukrainian campaign has cut enemy supply lines, revealed disarray in the Russians’ ranks, electrified Ukrainians, forced occupying authorities to flee and infuriated Kremlin boosters.

“A major defeat,” Igor Girkin, a hard-line former commander of separatists in Ukraine, lamented in a pro-Russian military Telegram channel. ¤ Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said his country was still far from claiming any triumph. “A sign of victory for me will be boarding a plane in Kharkiv and landing in Mariupol,” Reznikov said in a speech Saturday at a conference in Kyiv.

🧵 RT @EHunterChristie 1-7 ¤ The trends favour Ukraine ¤ Prior to the current Ukrainian offensives, some deep trends were already moving in Ukraine’s favour:
📌 https://twitter.com/EHunterChristie/status/1568756891815411712?s=20

💙 🧵 RT @JominiW 1/ UTW – Operational Update: ZSU Counter Offensive in the Donbas, 04-10 Sep. The ZSU is engaged in what may likely become the most stunningly successful counteroffensive since the IDFs OPERATION GAZELLE during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. #ukrainecounteroffensive #UkraineWillWin
📌 https://twitter.com/JominiW/status/1568737425597386752?s=20

🐣 RT @Flash_news_ua “These days, the Russian army is showing its best, showing its back. And, after all, it is a good choice for them to run away. There is no place for the occupiers in Ukraine and there will be no place” – the president said.

🐣 RT @ Igor_from_Kyiv_ Russia is faced with people who are fighting for their freedom, life, children, country. Not for the sake of money and nasty ambitions of the bloody Russian government. Our heroes fight for truth and freedom. Russians die for Putin and fascism. And so Ukraine will win! 🇺🇦
💽 https://twitter.com/Igor_from_Kyiv_/status/1568682205848780805?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @anneapplebaum The Ukrainian defense minister, Reznikov, on a panel with @radeksikorski, today. Agreed on definition of victory: Russia leaves all of Ukraine, pays reparations. World holds war crimes trials.

🐣 RT @ MiekeTweeting Reuters Headline: The swift fall of Izium in Kharkiv province was Moscow’s worst defeat since its troops were forced back from Kyiv in March, and could prove a turning point in the war, with thousands of Russian soldiers abandoning ammunition stockpiles.🌻

🧵 RT @EHunterChristie Amazed, like so many others, with the pace of positive news from the front. Europe owes an enormous debt of gratitude and respect to the heroic defenders of Ukraine. There is still plenty of work ahead, and every success will, we hope, be secured and leveraged for more.
📌 https://twitter.com/EHunterChristie/status/1568618024130977796?s=20

Over the coming weeks and months, NATO, EU, and other free nations must redouble their support to Kyiv.
Our common cause must be:
1- full restoration of Ukrainian sovereignty within Ukraine’s internationally recognised borders
2- transformation of the UAF into a fully-equipped high-precision force, able to deter Russia for decades to come
3- full reconstruction of Ukraine…… including reparation payments to be seized from Russia
4- the bringing to justice of all Russian decision-makers and executioners linked to the crime of aggression, to war crimes, to crimes against humanity
5- the return of all Ukrainian deportees and hostages to Ukraine
6- containment, aiming at minimising Russia’s future ability to harm its neighbours
7- a parallel project of re-education of the Russian state, making future economic ties with the free world conditional on the approval of an Allied Control Commission for the Russian state
8- inside our nations, the launch of an #OperationCleanHands to rid our political and business elites from tainted and corrupt pro-Kremlin elements
Justice will come. Justice will be done.

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer KHERSON/ 1630 UTC 10 SEP/ With the recent success of the Kharkiv offensive, the world’s attention had shifted from Kherson. UKR troops are reported to have made advances N and S of the M-14 HWY axis. UKR reports 35 close air support sorties in the Kherson AO.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1568623220961550336?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @PhillipsPOBrien Does anyone seriously think the Russians can regenerate the force needed to come back and retake these territories? Theyve lost most of the best soldiers and equipment. Any new force will be more poorly trained and equipped.
⋙ 🐣 no, I don’t; I worry the bombing, however, won’t stop, or that Putin will do something crazy (nuclear) ¤ I think the US should allow the use of HIMARS to take out artillery etc bombing Ukr civilians
⋙ 🐣 RT @PhillipsPOBrien The Ukrainian Army, otoh, is getting more and better advanced systems, better training, and will be arguably the most combat experienced force in the world. No way the Russians can retake this.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ IsaacGolino If full mobilization were to happen today, it would take weeks for units to be formed, equipped, and and arrive at the front. At that point Putin would be asking his army to go in any take parts of Ukraine a second or third time. And for what? Seem like too much.

💙 🧵 RT @ 🐣 RT @Igor_from_Kyiv_ The Cossacks are coming! The occupiers will be expelled from our land. Glory to the Armed Forces of Ukraine✌️🇺🇦
📌 https://twitter.com/Igor_from_Kyiv_/status/1568556145496694792?s=20
// nice thread

🐣 RT @McFaul For months, I’ve attended elite discussions where worries about softening support for Ukraine are expressed because of Putin’s threats to cut off energy. Maybe we elites are underestimating how pissed off people can get when being blackmailed? Encouraging numbers out of Germany.
⋙ 🐣 📊 RT @RugeBoris We should expect lots of turbulence across Europe over the next months given Mr. Putin’s weaponization of energy. But right now, according to a new poll a full 70% in #Germany are in favor of supporting #Ukraine despite high energy prices 🇺🇦🇩🇪🇺🇦

🐣 RT @RALee85 “A Ukrainian military intelligence source says that the success of the offensive was contingent on American-supplied harm…missiles…It also relied on surface-to-air systems that threatened Russian aircraft: Ukrainian sources single out Germany’s Gepard” https://econ.st/3Dj32ts

A Ukrainian military intelligence source says that the success of the offensive was contingent on American-supplied HARM anti-radiation missiles, which home in on the emissions of Russian air-defence radar and other equipment. It also relied on surface-to-air svstems that threatened Russian aircraft: Ukrainian sources single out Germany’s Gepard, a set of anti-aircraft guns on tracks. This threat left Russia reluctant to deploy air power; when it did, it suffered losses. Unconfirmed reports suggest that at least one Russian fighter jet and two helicopters were downed during Ukraine’s operation. Russian aircraft have reportedly struggled to distinguish between Russian and Ukrainian units in the pell-mell of fighting, with frontlines shifting rapidly. ¤ “They are blind, and we see everything,” claims the Ukrainian official. …

🐣 RT @ IntelArrow Based on multiple reports, majority of the evacuated Russian forces are converging towards the city of Svatove, which is 30 km away from the current Ukrainian positions (as of yesterday). ¤ We will see if they will try to launch a counteroffensive from there soon.

🐣 RT @TpyxaNews President Zelenskyy: The issues of freedom, security and choice, the role of truth in politics and diplomacy were discussed today with Yale University Professor Timothy Snyder. I shared my memories of the beginning of the full-scale invasion and the Normandy Four meeting of 2019.
⋙ 🐣 RT @TpyxaNews The U.S. historian plans to use parts of our conversation in his new book. I am grateful that even more people will know about Ukraine and our struggle for independence!

🐣 RT @AdmiralWarspite It gets better and better. Officials in the city of Volchans’k are suggesting that Russian and Ukrainian military have met to discuss surrender of that city to the UAF. This city is right by the Russian border and was a major entry point for the supply lines cut in last 2 days.
🌎 https://twitter.com/AdmiralWarspite/status/1568633611116756992?s=20/photo/1 -3

🐣 RT @Noel_dotsol Now Russians are fleeing not only from the cities occupied after February 24, 2022, but also from the cities occupied since 2014, – Serhiy Gaidai, chairman of the Lugansk OVA. ¤ 🔥👀

🐣 RT @SpencerGuard Just in case you are still not informed. Ukraine has launched the greatest counteroffensive since World War II. Ukraine has regained/liberated over 1,000 km of land & cities. Ukraine is winning. Ukraine is defeating Russia (once thought to be the second most powerful military)!

🐣 RT @McFaul To all of those helping the world watch in real time the Russian retreat in Ukraine right now, thank you for your reporting and posts. Deeply appreciate your work.

🐣 RT @dpatrikarakos Amid all the celebration we must remember that the situation is still grave. #Kharkiv is still being bombed intensely – and RU forces increased their bombing overnight.

🐣 RT @AdmiralWarspite Multiple reports on Telegram of UAF entering Kremennaya. The Russian collapse is happening so quick it seems even the social news networks are struggling to keep up. As ever though, we await pictures.

🐣 RT @IntelCrab An entire 6 months of Russian territorial gains erased in 4 days…
⋙ 🐣 RT @Gerashchenko_en Lysychansk residents already noticed Ukrainian Army in the outskirts of the town. ¤ During the night Ukrainian flag was raised over Kreminna. ¤ Russians and collaborants leave the territory of Luhansk region in large numbers, – head of Luhansk military administration Serhii Haidai.
⋙⋙ 🐣 will this mean they bomb the cities more than before, now that Ru Armed Forces have left and pro-Russian partisans are leaving?
⋙⋙ 🐣 I wish Biden would allow HIMARS to take out artillery inside Ru that are bombing civilians ¤ HIMARS are so precise, they could do this to prevent Eastern Ukr from being “mariopulized”

🐣 RT @nolanwpeterson ‘Rout’ ¤ Noun: A disorderly retreat of defeated troops. ¤ Synonyms: overwhelming defeat, beating, debacle, drubbing, disaster, embarrassment, thrashing, whipping, clobbering.

🐣 RT @Kasparov63 Chess is only a military metaphor, but I do know the difference between a “retreat” and a “regrouping”! Glory to Ukraine.
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheStudyofWar NEW: #Ukrainian forces have captured an estimated 2,500 square kilometers in #Kharkiv Oblast in the Kharkiv area counteroffensive as of September 9. /1
The latest with @criticalthreats: https://iswresearch.org
🌎 https://twitter.com/TheStudyofWar/status/1568456177922736129?s=20/photo/1 -4

🐣 RT @TrentTelenko This is another Russian “Goodwill Gesture.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @Faytuks #UPDATE: I can’t believe what I am seeing. The russian miliary is actually leaving Volchansk to: “save the lives of the population, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation decided to leave our city” – Deputy says https://t.me/mig41
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/TrentTelenko/status/1568613232486621186?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] Yes, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation are actually leaving Volchansk, which is already bordering on the border ¤ United Russia Deputy Yevgeny Yevtushenko announced the transfer of headquarters from Volchansk to Belgorod ¤ “To save the lives of the population, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation decided to leave our city. ¤ Kursk, Yakutsk, Vladivostok and St. Petersburg, until the situation in the city stabilizes. The units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation will definitely return all Russian lands in the Kharkiv region under their control”
⋙ 🐣 Telegram MIG ¤ Volchansk publics write that the Russian army is leaving the city – the country UA. ¤ If, under the thunder of the Moscow salute, the Armed Forces of Ukraine remove the installation of the border pillar

Being much maligned on Twitter:
ForeignPolicy, Samuel Charap and Scott Boston (Jan 21): The West’s Weapons Won’t Make Any Difference to Ukraine https://bit.ly/3d4qYGk
// 1/21/2022; U.S. military equipment wouldn’t realistically help Ukrainians—or intimidate Putin; By Samuel Charap, a senior political scientist at the Rand Corporation, and Scott Boston, a senior defense analyst at the Rand Corp.

🐣 RT @michaelh992 #Russia’s Ministry of Defense finally mentions the current debacle in Eastern #Ukraine saying that a “decision was made to regroup Russian troops stationed in Balakliya and Izyum” and transfer those troops to the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic ¤ (translated statement)
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/michaelh992/status/1568605179594903553?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @wartranslated Russian military reporter group Rybar in tears, begging the Russian Ministry of Attack to start telling truth. ¤ Could you imagine this level of panic just a few months ago? https://t.me/rybar/38565
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/wartranslated/status/1568579775966466049?s=20/photo/1-2

[Text:] Dear representatives of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. Employees of the Department of Information and Mass Communications. Servicemen of the 5th Main Operational Directorate. Duty shift of the Center for Rapid Response to Information Security Threats.

We know that you are reading us. ¤ We know that the Rybar Telegram channel, the Gray Zone channels, the Milltary Informant, Andrey Medvedev, Starshe Eddy, Povyornutie Na Voyne, Pis’ma Yaroslava of the Kyiv regime sitting on the salary of the Ukrainian information-psychological operations centre. ¤ We know that we are all on your blacklists because we are the most inconvenient for you. Because we are not in line with the party. We understand and accept this. It is normal that outside-of-the-system critics are not considered and you pretend that they do not exist [it is true that this has become normal in the current configuration of the system].

But let’s be frank: now is not the moment when you can be silent and not say anything. Now is not the moment when you can arrange an information vacuum and work with some kind of hybrid methods, bringing information to the population in doses and tiny streams. ¤ We ask you: please take the information situation at the front into your own hands.No need to act on the principle of “prohibit and say nothing.” This is very detrimental to the cause.

🐣 RT @wartranslated Russian military reporter group Rybar in tears, begging the Russian Ministry of Attack to start telling truth. ¤ Could you imagine this level of panic just a few months ago? https://t.me/rybar/38565
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/wartranslated/status/1568579775966466049?s=20/photo/1-2

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer FLASH TRAFFIC / KHARKIV / 1300 UTC 10 SEP/ History will record the UKR Kharkiv operation as one of the most daring and successful counter-offensives of the 21st century. UKR has seized the important transportation hub of Kupiansk, with RU forces retreating in disarray.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1568578726513852417?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @DrewPavlou The Kharkiv Miracle: Ukrainian forces seize almost 3,000 sq km in a lightning offensive, completely routing Russian forces. Russian reinforcements never arrive as Putin the master strategist sent tens of thousands of Russian troops to practice war drills with China.
🌎 https://twitter.com/DrewPavlou/status/1568587989282099201?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @JSharp1436 🌍🇪🇺✊🇺🇦🇲🇩🇬🇪🌏🇦🇫🇲🇲🇭🇰🇹🇼
ℹAt a meeting in #Prague Sept.9, 🇺🇸@SecDef Lloyd Austin reconfirms 🇺🇸 support for #Ukraine will continue for “as long as it takes” ¤ Austin also commended the progress Ukrainian troops have made recently in both #Kherson and #Kharkiv
✊#StandWithUkraine🇺🇦
🌎#UnitedWithUkraine🇺🇦

🐣 RT @DrOmarAshour #Kherson to #Kharkiv counteroffensive is looking more and more like a combined-arms “upper-cut” a la the “left-hook” of General Shwartzkof in Iraq. This time it is the smaller defender outflanking, outfighting, out-manoeuvring a much bigger aggressor. #Ukraine
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @Mariia_Zolkina As of Sept.9, #UAarmy has recaptured 2500 sq. km in #Kharkiv region. @TheStudyofWar map illustrates this rapid offensive and destruction of #Russia’s defense. 🇷🇺 forces in Izyum are in operational encirclement. #UkraineWillWin
🌎 https://twitter.com/Mariia_Zolkina/status/1568483937600798720?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Flash_news_ua The United States, the G7 and the EU ban Russian oil shipments, reports the U.S. Treasury Department. ¤ Crude oil transportation will cease on December 5 this year, and oil products – on February 5, 2023.
[Letter:] https://twitter.com/Flash_news_ua/status/1568507528199159808?s=20/photo/1
// this is about capping the price

🐣 RT @EuromaidanPress Ukraine’s Def Min Oleksii Reznikov @oleksiireznikov: ¤ “I am convinced that a few more successes at the front in the form of certain, albeit insignificant, but victories, and the Russian troops will flee” [link]

🐣 RT @OlivierBinda This is what Ukrainians worked for the past 6 months. Tying the enemy, bleeding him day after day. At Kyv & Kharkiv, at Mariupol, at Mykoilav, at Severodonetsk, at Bahkmut… ¤ All this blood, all these lives were sacrificed so that THIS would happen.

🐣 RT @IAPonomarenko I can’t believe my eyes. ¤ Izium retaken, Lyman retaken (Svyatohirsk likely too) ¤ The Russian front sector in the northeast is collapsing by hours.
// map: Izium and Lyman circled [See comments]
🌎 https://twitter.com/IAPonomarenko/status/1568549025728569344?s=20/photo/1

🔄 🐣 RT @WBearpJr You can also support the people of Ukraine by donating to Ukrainian groups on the ground…saving Ukrainian lives every day
@georgian_legion
@saintjavelin
@LegionOfFellas
@WCKitchen
@UkraineAidOps
@belwarriors

🐣 RT @Spatanbld There is the fear that Russia will bring in more forces. The problem with that is that is the foundational strategy by Russia is heavy arty followed by armor. ¤ Arty is now scarce and coming from N Korea and armor is scarcer. Dipping into older and older equipment.

🐣 RT @andersostlund “Manhunt”. The Russians are really being routed.
⋙ 🐣 RT @StateOfUkraine Russian forces are fleeing Lyman (east of Izium) as Ukrainian forces enter the city. Scattered Russian soldiers (apparently some dressed as civilians) are desperately trying to escape east to the Luhansk region. In some areas the Ukrainian offensive is now a manhunt.

🐣 RT @Spatanbld Let’s not forget…
Ukr strategy was helped by the most advanced war strategy and simulation by those evil US guys.
Having all the data in real time from US satellites makes ALL the difference in knowing were the enemy is vulnerable and exploitable.
SLAVA UKRAINI

🐣 RT @IAPonomarenko The Kharkiv miracle
⋙ 🐣 RT @IAPonomarenko Of course, what’s now happening is about truly masterful recon, command, control, op sec, the concentration of force, initiative, morale, accuracy etc etc.
But the result is so stunning that I just can’t help but try to give this historic event a romantic name :))

🐣 RT @ChakhoyanAndrew Colossus with Feet of Clay – is what Soviet Union has become in the ‘80s. ¤ russia is no different. I’m not predicting it’s immediate collapse, but when it comes it’ll come fast. ¤ #russia has revealed its true – fascist – nature to the world. It’s ultimate demise is inevitable

🐣 RT @TpyxaNews We will remember the deed of each hero. Because you provide us with peace, defend our country, and do priceless feats.
We will always be grateful. And we will show our gratitude in actions, in support. We will prove that we are worthy of your efforts.

🐣 RT @apmassaro3 Ukraine is deterring an invasion of Taiwan

🐣 RT @vtchakarova Putin, the “realist” understood the 21st century very well, but failed to adapt state, society and army to it. He steered Russia from the “biggest geopolitical catastrophe” in the 20th century to probably the final & complete dissolution of the Russian empire in the 21st century.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ulrichspeck Putin, the “realist”, fails to understand the 21st century.

🐣 RT @matejcuchna Oh, there was a global plan, but it got blown up and burnt down on the roads to Kyiv, sunk to the bottom of the Black Sea and now it’s being trampled East of Kharkiv. It’s just… glorious!

🐣 RT @leonidragozin Girkin/Strelkov says Kharkiv retreat is Mukden – a battle in the Russo-Japanese war which the Russians lost and then lost the war. ¤ DNR propagandist Bezsonov says it is Narva – a battle Russia lost but won the war later. ¤ Pessimist is a well-informed optimist, they say.

🐣 RT @roos42890879 Kharkiv is a combined arms offensive, those are swift and focused on gaining land. ¤ Kherson is a motti, focused on trapping enemies. Finishing a motti off is slow and done by letting it mellow without resources, breaking it up and slowly crushing it pieace by piece.

🐣 RT @OAlexanderDK Wow, even Russian propagandist Andrey Rudenko is having an absolute crisis of confidence in the Russian military this morning.
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/OAlexanderDK/status/1568512140213878784?s=20/photo/1 -2
⋙ 🐣 RT @OAlexanderDK Alexander Kots is also not only playing off the retreat and loss of ground as the right thing, but also stating that NATO military forces and PMC forces from Academi (which actually recently change named again to Constellis) are to blame for the Ukrainian advance.
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/OAlexanderDK/status/1568516005043011586?s=20/photo/1 -2

⭕ 9 Sep 2022

Politico Mag, Aziz Huq: The Ominous Debate Over ‘Trump Judges’ https://tinyurl.com/mr4htnje “With so much money sloshing around, skepticism about what’s law and what’s politics is foreseeable”
// A fight over a special master in Trump’s documents case underscores how fragile an independent judiciary really is.

🐣 RT @Flash_news_ua The United States, the G7 and the EU ban Russian oil shipments, reports the U.S. Treasury Department. ¤ Crude oil transportation will cease on December 5 this year, and oil products – on February 5, 2023.
[Letter:] https://twitter.com/Flash_news_ua/status/1568507528199159808?s=20/photo/1
// this is about capping the price

🐣 RT @ EmmanuelleChaze 🇺🇦 While the world is mostly looking away, these soldiers taking part to the Kharkiv counteroffensive accomplish what many thought would take months, years, or wouldn’t happen at all. ¤ Never underestimate the determination of Ukrainians to defend, and retake their homeland.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Militarylandnet 📽️🇺🇦 Ukrainian soldiers hours prior to the #Kharkiv offensive, singing the anthem
💽 https://twitter.com/EmmanuelleChaze/status/1568465822854660097?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Watch this roundup of clips, featuring panicked Kremlin propagandists on several state TV programs, discussing impressive gains by Ukraine’s Armed Forces in reclaiming control over Ukrainian territory. More in my article
💽 https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1568310989149605888?s=20/photo/1
↥ ↧
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Faced with Ukraine’s mounting counteroffensive, which is rapidly achieving impressive gains, concerned Russian propagandists say their forces are battling an “enormous horde,” armed with the best Western weaponry and swimming in foreign specialists.
⋙⋙ DailyBeast, Julia Davis: Team Putin Admits Their Worst Case Scenario Is Coming True https://bit.ly/3Qzso9B
// In the face of major new setbacks in the war, Vladimir Putin’s cronies are now confessing that “mistakes” were made—and they’re getting “worried.”

🐣 RT @OlgaNYC1211 CIA Chief Burns: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine looks like a FAILURE. ¤ “Not only has the weakness of the Russian military been exposed, but there is going to be long-term damage done to the Russian economy and to generations of Russians as a result of this.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @OlgaNYC1211 Now that is going to burn (no pun intended) Putin and Russian intelligence services hearing this from the CIA Chief and I am here to watch their meltdown [link]

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom Reading about Ukrainian operations around Kharkiv, I am struck yet again by the reality that the biggest conflict in Europe since World War II is taking place because a not-very-bright mid-level KGB guy thought he could recreate an empire that’s already failed at least twice.

🧵 RT @WarintheFuture The last 48 hours have seen quite a lot happening in #Ukraine. While the southern offensive continues, the Ukrainian operations around Kharkiv have achieved a significant penetration of Russian defences on the Kupiansk-Izium axis. What might this mean? 1/25
📌 https://twitter.com/WarintheFuture/status/1568390526734598145?s=20

🐣 RT @mhmck Ukrainian defenders are driving south into Izyum district of Kharkiv region and are less than 20 km from joining UA forces in Slov’yans’k district of Donetsk region. ¤ Rashist occupiers are fleeing Svyatohirs’k and Lyman and going to the east. They aren’t reinforcing Izyum.
🌎 https://twitter.com/mhmck/status/1568351539592404992?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews The statement came in the form of a request to the State Duma, asserting that Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine led to a massive loss of life, turned countless Russian men into disabled veterans, hurt the economy & fast-tracked NATO’s eastward expansion.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Police pursue local Russian lawmakers who urged charging Putin with treason and removing him from office. ¤ A local police station told the lawmakers they were facing legal charges “due to actions aimed at discrediting the current Russian government.”
⋙⋙ WaPo: Police pursue local Russian lawmakers who urged charging Putin with treason https://wapo.st/3TZiEYV

🐣 RT @JavanshirValiye NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg:”Ukrainian forces were able to stop Moscow’s offensive in the Donbass, strike at the Russian rear and retake territory,Literally over the past few days, we have seen further progress both in the south in the Kherson in- in the Kharkiv region.”

🐣 RT @IAPonomarenko If Ukraine is capable of moving out and isolating Melitopol as well now, the Russian war is absolutely done.

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer KHARKIV/ 2300 UTC 9 SEP/ Late reports on 9 SEP indicate that some UKR task units have engaged Russian armor within the city limits of Izium. At present, UKR artillery commands the only road entering or leaving Izium, the 0-211437. This will seal the urban battle space.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1568373140480221184?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @flashman_andy The US was clearly joining in on the Kharkiv fun when they talked about war gaming the Kherson offensive. Very deliberately said they told Ukraine to pull back and limit scope of attack to Kherson. It’s been weeks of subterfuge and misdirection. Caught Russian forces off balance

WaPo, Philip Bump: Trump presented his Russia hoax theory to a court. It went poorly. https://wapo.st/3xbNYKy “The judge made very clear that he understood Trump’s suit for what it obviously is … a ‘political manifesto outlining his grievances against those that have opposed him’”

The judge made very clear that he understood Trump’s suit for what it obviously is. ¤ “At its core, the problem with Plaintiff’s Amended Complaint is that Plaintiff is not attempting to seek redress for any legal harm,” he wrote. “ … instead, he is seeking to flaunt a two-hundred-page political manifesto outlining his grievances against those that have opposed him, and this Court is not the appropriate forum.”

The appropriate forum is cable news or Truth Social. You can’t simply pluck a mushroom off a rotting log and transplant it onto a table and expect it to thrive. It needs the right environment, one in which credulity and fealty are abundant.

UAWire: Russia announces evacuation from Izyum and Kupyansk amid rapid advance of Ukrainian Forces in Kharkiv region https://bit.ly/3qntGtH

🐣 RT @DonLew87 WHOA! Trump filed a baseless lawsuit v. Hillary Clinton, ex-FBI Agent Peter Strzok et al in Florida. Back in April, Trump tried to get the assigned judge kicked off the case. The judge said no & basically accused Trump of judge-shopping. For what judge? Yup, Aileen Cannon ⬇️ /1
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/DonLew87/status/1568233958134915072?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] I note that Plaintiff filed this lawsuit in the Fort Pierce division of this District, where only one federal judge sits: Judge Aileen Cannon, who Plaintiff appointed in 2020. Despite the odds, this case landed with me instead. And when Plaintiff is a litigant before a judge that he himself appointed, he does not tend to advance these same sorts of bias concerns. See, e.g., […]

TheDailyBeast, Shan Wu: The Justice Dept. Just Eviscerated the Trump-Appointed Judge in the Mar-a-Lago Case https://bit.ly/3BqwegS DOJ: The “real potential irreparable harm [is] the risk … to the government and public from delaying the criminal investigation in this case”
// In its appeal after Judge Aileen Cannon ordered a special master and banned the DOJ from reviewing the classified docs seized from Trump, the DOJ turned her case against her.

🐣 RT @NormEisen BREAKING: now it’s official. DOJ is appealing the atrocious order stopping the criminal investigation & appointing a special master ¤ This goes with DOJ‘s filing yesterday requesting a stay pending appeal ¤ If Judge Cannon won’t give them the stay they will get it from the 11 Cir. /photo/1

🐣 RT @tribelaw This is one helluva rant. Listen and enjoy. Having threatened to sue #TheLincolnProject, Donald deserves every bit of it, and it’s great that @TheRickWilson is up to giving it to him. Good for you, Rick. Keep at it.
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheRickWilson Donald Trump is “Truthing” that he’s going to sue @ProjectLincoln. I have words for him.
💽 😅 https://twitter.com/TheRickWilson/status/1567893032023769088?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @MattFoulger I hope one day we learn how much of this Kharkiv offensive was planned in conjunction with the Kherson campaign and how much of it was opportunistic. Must be a bit of both but I’d love to hear how it all came together.

AtlanticCouncil, Janusz Bugajski: Russia may not survive Putin’s disastrous decision to invade Ukraine https://bit.ly/3d5XQyj “The approaching rupture of the Russian Federation will be the third phase of imperial collapse following the unraveling of the Soviet bloc”
// book: Failed State: A Guide to Russia’s Rupture

🐣 RT @petestrzok Trump’s lawsuit against me and many others just dismissed. The Court had some things to say.
[Court Doc:] https://bit.ly/3Rz5ssb

🐣 RT @MeidasTouch This Trump lawsuit was just laughed out of court. Alina Habba was the attorney and was absolutely eviscerated by the judge. The judge also called out Trump for trying to ‘judge-shop’ the case to none other than… Judge Aileen Cannon! The judge also hinted at possible sanctions. [link]

🐣 RT @charlie_savage I am hard-pressed to recall ever reading a judicial opinion that is more scourging than how the judge wrapped up his dismissal of Trump’s lawsuit. It’s like the “I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul” clip from “Billy Madison.”
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/charlie_savage/status/1568253251782410242?s=20/photo/1
// Judge response to Trump suit against Hillary Clinton et al

🐣 RT @Tribelaw Those pesky EMPTY ENVELOPES marked “classified” or “top secret” should make it tough for anyone, not least Judge Cannon herself, to get a good night’s sleep as long as her order bars FBI experts from using any of the material seized at Mar-a-Lago in their criminal investigation.
⋙ 🐣 RT @hugolowell The Guardian: Barring FBI from using the classified docs “could impede efforts to identify the existence of any additional classified records that are not being properly stored”, DOJ said – suggesting more classified material might be unaccounted for.

🐣 RT @ wartranslated Igor Girkin – Ukrainians will continue advancing aiming to strike approaching Russian reserves during the march. Russians may be forced to abandon Izyum very soon. ¤ https://t.me/strelkovii/3192
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/wartranslated/status/1568201294418001923?s=20/photo/1 -2

🐣 RT @AdmiralWarspite Plain for all to see, glad the IAEA had the balls to report the truth and squarely blame the aggressor side. However, as with all other international organizations post Feb 24, 2022 – they are now powerless to do anything about it.
⋙ 🐣 RT @KyivIndependent Reuters: Draft IAEA board resolution urges Russia to leave Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. ¤ A draft resolution prepared ahead of the IAEA’s Board of Governors meeting next week condemns Russia’s “persistent violent actions against nuclear facilities in Ukraine,” reports Reuters.

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer FLASH TRAFFIC/ KHARKIV /1440 UTC 9 SEP/ UKR forces have reached the Oskil River south of the important transport and rail center of Kupiansk. RU units are in increasing disarray with the capture of RU Lieutenant General Andrei Sychevoi, who was the frontal commander.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1568243180394483713?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Axios JUST IN: A judge threw out Trump’s lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, saying that he’s “seeking to flaunt a two-hundred-page political manifesto outlining his grievances against those that have opposed him.” ¤ “And this Court is not the appropriate forum.”
⋙ Axios: Judge throws out Trump’s lawsuit against Hillary Clinton https://bit.ly/3eGfo4s
⋙⋙ [Court Doc:] https://bit.ly/3RvhAKF

🐣 RT @tomishonen Enjoy the moment, my dear Tweeps ¤ This is the ‘brain fucker’ (his own words!) the mind rapist and alleged human being Steve Bannon, in cuffs. Perp walk baby! ¤ This moment is coming to ALL Trumpomobsters. One by one they’ll go down. Also remember Tom Barrack trial is starting now
¤ https://twitter.com/tomiahonen/status/1568236096303022080?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @AndrewPerpetua This whole front collapsed. It is gone. Kupyansk will be liberated, Izyum will be liberated, Russia lost it all. Now it is a question of how many Russians can escape, how many will die trying, and how many will surrender. [link]

🐣 RT @Mariia_Zolkina 🇺🇦 breakthrough in #Kharkiv region is the fastest assault that has taken place since 24.02. #Russia’s army hasn’t broken any 🇺🇦 defense line in such a rapid way. This a momentum of change, proving that strategic initiative is being re-captured by 🇺🇦. #RussiaIsATerroristState
⋙ 🐣 @Auriandra impressive that Ukr can launch two counterattacks of such different character in Kherson and Kharkiv, coordinated into an effective overall strategy ~ agile, determined, and smart

🐣 RT @ HerrDr8 [Replying to @WarMonitor3] #OperationKupcake #2MagicBridgesUkraine #1PageAssessUKRWar #ORCLossRate #Ukraine One punter’s take on the advance SE of Kharkiv: “Operation Kupcake”. SEP 9 update.ORCs lacking effective reserves (they be busy on Kherson front) and UKR going full Sherman/Stonewall/BHLiddellHart.wm
😅🌎 https://twitter.com/HerrDr8/status/1568214280209666049?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @mhmck If they haven’t already, Russian commanders will abandon their troops in Izyum. That’s the way the rashist horde works. ¤ The invaders will make an attempt to defend Kup’yans’k, then fall back to Vovchans’k, then leave Kharkiv region altogether and fall back to Belgorod.

🐣 📋 RT @vchorashniy Russian Ministry of Finance confirms 48,759 Russian soldiers KIA. This doesn’t include Russian MIA or Donetsk & Luhansk “Republic” conscriptions. The report is from 28 August – BEFORE the Kherson and Kharkiv counteroffensives opened. Ukraine has NOT been inflating the numbers.
⋙ 🐣 RT @mbk_center A leaked letter from the Russian Finance Ministry says that as of 28.8., 361.4 billion rubles have been paid to the families of the deceased
For each fallen soldier,it’s 7.4 million rubles‼️ In total,this gives 48,759 confirmed dead ¤ Missing and DPR + LLR soldiers are not counted /photo/1

🐣 RT @ NATSEC09⚡️Ukrainian forces are likely to liberate Kupiansk, Kharkiv region, within the next 72 hours, seriously disrupting supply routes for Russians in eastern Ukraine — Institute for the Study of War (ISW)
🌎 https://twitter.com/NATSEC09/status/1568193641620938752?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ThomasVLinge #Ukraine : this pro-Russian map illustrates the extant of the Ukrainian push eastwards in #Kharkiv. ¤ It looks like the Ukrainians managed to reach the Oskil river, placing them between #Kupyansk and #Izyum.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ThomasVLinge/status/1568188191294869506?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @warminitor3 Ukrainian Kharkiv Counteroffensive Map: 08/09/2022 Ukrainian forces have liberated 20+ villages in a spearhead operation and are fighting in the settlements just west of Kup’yans’k.
🌎 https://twitter.com/WarMonitor3/status/1567988834918350855?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @WarintheFuture Throughout the Russian invasion of #Ukraine, I have watched and written about Russian #strategy in the war. In this thread, given ongoing Ukrainian offensives, I examine whether Russia has ceded the initiative to Ukraine. 1/25
📌 https://twitter.com/WarintheFuture/status/1568116583100481539?s=20

⭕ 8 Sep 2022

🐣 RT @KyivIndependent ¤ ⚡️US to intensify efforts to reform UN Security Council due to Russia’s war. ¤ Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, said the U.S. will push for reforms within the Security Council, including its veto rule. She noted that since 2009, Russia has cast 26 vetos.
⋙ 🐣 Ukraine lost a higher percent of its citizens in WW2 than did Russia
⋙⋙ 🐣 Here’s the source: ¤ Wikipedia: https://bit.ly/3LgBnuw ¤ Of the former Soviet Republics, only Belorussia lost a larger share of its population.
◕ https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1568116844187291651?s=20/photo/1

🚫🐣 RT @ berkoff_ryan Putin and the Russian military will be a laughingstock if the Kharkiv front collapses. There are murmurings of discontent, a possible coup in Russia against Putin, and talk of bringing treason charges against him. NATO expanded eastward, Donbas was not liberated, high casualties
// no source

🐣 RT @Kasparov63 What I called “the axis of autocracy” in 2006, referring at the time to Russia, Iran, and Venezuela. It shifts, but the key is that dictatorships stick together, learning from and supporting one another.
⋙ 🧵 RT @WilliamYang120 By @joshrogin: “…, Russian President Vladimir Putin is devoting considerable time and energy to fostering a new axis of autocrats that is bringing Moscow into ever tighter collaboration with #China, North Korea and Iran.”
⋙⋙ WaPo, Josh Rogin: Putin is trying to build a new axis of autocrats https://wapo.st/3BonMP7
📌 https://twitter.com/WilliamYang120/status/1568035980661374976?s=20

🧵 RT @WilliamYang120 By @joshrogin: “…, Russian President Vladimir Putin is devoting considerable time and energy to fostering a new axis of autocrats that is bringing Moscow into ever tighter collaboration with #China, North Korea and Iran.”
⋙ WaPo, Josh Rogin: Putin is trying to build a new axis of autocrats https://wapo.st/3BonMP7
📌 https://twitter.com/WilliamYang120/status/1568035980661374976?s=20

🐣 RT @andersostlund It has shocked me too. Ukraine and Ukrainians have been continuously underestimated.
⋙ 🐣 RT @AndrewPerpetua It shocks me that there are people who supposedly work in ”intelligence” or “geopolitics” on any level who actually believed Russia would win a war with Ukraine. It is baffling to me. Complete ignorance of the Ukrainian people. There was never any chance of that happening.

🐣 RT @komarnyckyj T[h]e stab in the back myth is inevitable and one reason why Russia needs to be utterly defeated and broken into its colonies. We do not want Strelkov to reprise Ludendorff’s role with a potential Hitler in fact several waiting in the wings.
⋙ 🐣 RT @letheisslow Russian Telegram channels continue screaming for a nuclear blast, obliteration of the Ukrainian cities, and “hits of the decision-making centers.” They are still waiting for the advent of a mythical “real” Russian military.

🐣 RT @ AWeissmann_ The new DOJ brief and attached FBI declaration – as well as the taint team motion to unseal its prior filing on the taint review process – are A+ filings; well-written, legally cogent and supported, and strategically 100% dead on. Will help any appeal to have this in the record.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ AWeissmann_ Nerd point re new DOJ filing: DOJ dropped reference to the PRA, recognizing it doesn’t govern a host of docs that are likely at issue here (eg docs from agencies are NOT presidential records); & there is better law for proposition that classified docs belong solely to the USgovt.

🐣 RT @00a03d Although many presidents met with Queen Elizabeth, Barack Obama was the only President invited by the Queen to return after he left office. She reportedly regarded him as a pillar of integrity – a man of stability, decency, and rectitude.
🖼 https://twitter.com/00a03d/status/1567968066612637697?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ AWeissmann_ DOJ used the big crayons to spell out for Judge Cannon why Trump has no right to review of classified docs. Trump:
-does not own govt classified records
-has no right to have government records returned
-docs don’t contain attorney-client privilege info between Trump and attys.

🐣 RT @atrupar if i have this straight, Trump’s line now is that the FBI planted classified documents in his house, but also he declassified them. or something.
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1567993870125830145?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] ….They leak, lie, plant fake evidence, allow the spying on my campaign, deceive the FISA Court, RAID and Break-Into my home, lose documents, and then they ask me, as the 45th President of the United States, to trust them. Look at the I.G. Reports on Comey, McCabe, and others. Things are safer in the middle of Central Park!

🐣 RT @RonFilipkowski Trump isn’t happy about DOJ appealing his favorite judge.
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1567978380573945856?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] So now the FBI & Biden Department of “Justice” leakers are going to spend Millions of Dollars, & vast amounts of Time & Energy, + to appeal the Order on the “Raid of Mar-a-Lago Document Hoax,” by a brilliant and courageous Judge whose words of wisdom rang true throughout our Nation, instead of fighting the record setting corruption and crime that is taking place right before their very eyes. They SPIED on my Campaign, lied to FISA COURT, told Facebook “quiet,” preside over worst CRIME WAVE ever!!

🐣 RT @TimothyDSnyder 1/3. “Putin’s propaganda machine, like the rest of his regime, is funded by revenue from oil and gas exports. The current Russian order, in other words, depends for its existence on a world that has not made the transition to sustainable energy.
⋙ 🐣 RT @TimothyDSnyder 2/3. “Russia’s war on Ukraine can be understood as a kind of preview of what uncontrolled climate change will look like:
⋙ 🐣 RT @TimothyDSnyder 3/3. “petulant wars waged by mendacious hydrocarbon oligarchs, racial violence instead of the pursuit of human survival via technology, shortages and famine in much of the world, and catastrophe in parts of the global South.”
⋙⋙ ForeignAffairs: Ukraine Holds the Future https://fam.ag/3D7yWsV
// The War Between Democracy and Nihilism

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer KHERSON/0130 UTC 9 SEP/ UKR continues to identify and strike logistical & ammo depots on the S bank of the Dnieper. Often Partisans identify ammunition and fuel convoys as they arrive at crossing points; these depots are rapidly interdicted by UKR precision strike artillery.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1568046415863074816?s=20/photo/1
// Kherson front

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer MORALE IS A FACTOR: “Soldiers” of the puppet Luhansk People’s Republic confront an officer about the conditions of their service and complaints that “officers loot everything”. Count on it: such troops will not stand and fight. Putin’s allies will soon scatter to the wind.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ VolodyaTretyak Very chaotic conversation, but we could hear some interesting things. “LNR” soldiers are not satisfied that:
– they fight for 7 months without rotation;
– officership loot everything.
💽 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1568051711071117312?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @harrylitman The DOJ filing is devastating on several of the errors in Cannon’s opinion. It will tie both the judge and Trump in knots. Here are a few of the highlights.
1. She held that there could potentially be some interest for Trump in executive privilege materials.That was far-fetched
📌 https://twitter.com/harrylitman/status/1568019616395558912?s=20

⋙ on its own, but 100% untenable under the circumstances, which is that Biden has waived and there’s a special need for the evidence in a pending criminal investigation. That’s the Nixon case, and he Supreme Court itself already has made that clear re Trump in Thompson.
⋙ she whiffed on it completely but the DOJ brief makes it unavoidable: “although this Court suggested that Plaintiff might be able to assert executive privilege as to some of the seized records, Supreme Court precedent makes clear that any possible assertion of privilege
⋙ would be overcome by the government’s “demonstrated, specific need” for that evidence. United States v. Nixon. That point a) unassailable and b) completely blows out of the water any need for a special master to analyze executive privilege (which would be completely amorphous).
⋙ 2. Her opinion totally misunderstood the separation of powers issue, confusing the case with ones involving Congress, not the Exec Branch. DOJ clobbers her: “it would be especially unwarranted to prohibit that review and use while authorizing other personnel
⋙ in the Executive Branch to review and use the same info.”
3. The opinion shows a profound misunderstanding of the way that counter-intelligence and criminal reviews are integrated, as a result of which impossible to tell the DOJ to just stand down on the criminal side.
⋙ So, “The Intelligence Community’s review and assessment cannot be readily segregated from the DOJ and FBI’s activities in connection with the ongoing criminal investigation & uncertainty regarding the bounds of the Court’s order and its implications for the activities of the FBI
⋙ has caused the Intelligence Community, in consultation with DOJ, to pause temporarily this critically important work.” They have to do that lest the criminal investigation wind up being undermined. I.e. She is causing irreparable harm to national security now.
⋙ 4. She made the same ham-handed gambit at least 3 times, holding that b/c Trump has some interest in the few A-C materials, that suffices for standing,for showing of irreparable injury, and for showing likelihood of success as to the whole kit and caboodle. Wrong.
⋙ “even if Plaintiff has made “a colorable showing of a right to possess at least some of the seized property” sufficient to establish his standing to request that a special master. . .he categorically cannot make that showing with respect to documents marked as classified.”
⋙ Now all this was obviously wrong on Monday when she wrote it, so can’t just expect the scales to fall from her eyes. But she has been pilloried on all sides, and DOJ is now tagging her w/ a harm to the national interest that she can’t possibly rebut. And they are intelligently
⋙ seeking just a modification of the stay for now.
The most important point is she will be forced to re-consider and defend if she can (and she can’t cogently) her implicit ruling that Trump has a potential possessory interest in the public docs. If she backs away from that

🧵 RT @ KofmanMichael Brief thoughts on UA Kharkiv offensive. It appears ambitious, intended to envelop Izyum and try to trap Russian forces there. Likely seeking to interdict ground lines of communication at Kupyansk. The Oskil river east of Izyum makes the pocket vulnerable for RU forces. 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/KofmanMichael/status/1567982819770798080?s=20

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer. TAKEN: Yesterday, videos featured a RU officer captured on the Kharkiv front. He was assumed to be a local commander– he was, in fact, Lieutenant General Andrei Sychevoi, General in command RU’s “West” Group. Sychevoi is the most senior Russian officer captured since WW II.
¤ https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1568035564452024321?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @GlasnostGone #Ukraine’s president Zelensky famously said – I need ammo, not a ride (to safety). Meanwhile leaving their Russian flags behind, Russian soldiers scream – I NEED A RIDE, NOT AMMO. Liberated large town of Balakliya in northeastern Kharkiv region.
💽 https://twitter.com/GlasnostGone/status/1567959217662984192?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ BREAKING – I sense a White Flag being raised here by Cannon, who-to extend the metaphor-may hold her fire on the 100 documents. She is seeing if Trump will just agree to DOJ proposal; she does not have to say she was wrong; and she avoids the embarrassment of losing on appeal.
⋙ 🐣 RT @kyledcheney UPDATE: Judge Cannon has issued an order asking the parties to consider, in Friday’s filings, DOJ’s views about the 100 classified documents retrieved from Mar-aLago
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/AWeissmann_/status/1568033246209884161?s=20/photo/1
[Text:] PAPERLESS ORDER: In formulating the proposed order of appointment to be filed tomorrow, which shall include the special master’s schedule and order of operations, the parties are instructed to consider Defendant’s position as to the approximately 100 documents discussed in the Motion for Partial Stay 69 Signed by Judge Aileen M. Cannon on 9/8/2022. (dsy) (Entered: 09/08/2022)

WaPo: Queen Elizabeth II, who reigned over the U.K. for 70 years, dies at 96 https://wapo.st/3RqRMiW
// The monarch was a constant and reassuring figure as she helped lead her country through a period of radical shifts in the latter half of the 20th century.

🧵 RT @ISW #Kharkiv Update:¤ #Ukrainian forces advanced at least 20km deep into #Russian-controlled territory north of #Izyum toward #Kupyansk and recaptured about 400 square kilometers on September 6-7. /1
📌 🌎 https://twitter.com/TheStudyofWar/status/1567707899186802688?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 7 Sep 2022

🚫 🐣 RT @GirkinGirkin [Tr] “The beginning of a catastrophe you understand is a matter of a couple of days.”*
(*) From a telegram to Headquarters, sent on September 13 on behalf of the command of the Southwestern Front and signed by the chief of staff of the front, Major General Vasily Ivanovich Tupikov
// no idea how authentic this is @GirkinGirkin is sopposedly Igor Girkin
⋙ 🐣 RT @ @HickPhilistine [Replying to @GirkinGirkin]
[TextLink Tr:] https://twitter.com/HickPhilistine/status/1567718440257060864?s=20/photo/1
// panicked message to @GirkinGirkin; spacing added
[ Comments: 13 Sept “It’s a link to 1942, means that UAF is going to repeat the operation Fredericus”; “1941, the encirclement of Soviet troops in the Kyiv region” ~ comments]

[Text Tr:] Risk of catastrophe near Izyum. Opponent by reports from the field comes it and along the line Shevchenko-Kupyansk, and not only on Kunya. If he manages to take Kupyansk, then he will be able to successfully advance south along the P79 road, covering himself from the left flank with a reservoir on the river. Oskol. At the same time, the Izyum group is completely cut off from the rest of the RF Armed Forces. Our troops will not be able to escape to the neighboring coast of Oskol. There are only two bridges, in Gorokhovatka and Senkovo, they are easy to destroy with the HIMARS MLRS. And our main reserves are far away, and it is simply unrealistic to transfer them quickly to the area needed for the counteroffensive within a reasonable time. The RF Armed Forces, in theory, have one “Road of Life” – through the settlement. Shard to the east. But for it, in a few hours, battles with the APU grouping from the Valley may begin. If those troops that are now available north of the Shevchenkovo-Kupyansk road do not perform a miracle in a couple of days, and if the Armed Forces of Ukraine have enough strength to complete the operation, and if the grouping that is now launching an attack from the Valley can cut the Oskol road – Yatskovka, then Russia will face the most heavy military defeat after the defeat near Kharkov in the winter of 1943. Sergei Shoigu and Valery Gerasimov are one step away from an unthinkable achievement – the strategic defeat of the RF Armed Forces by a deliberately weaker enemy with almost no aviation, and with their own aviation. No, actually there are still chances Banal stubborn resistance on the ground can buy time to maneuver reserves. But he may not be allowed to. Ukrainians may not have enough strength for such maneuver. But for now it’s enough. It is possible that they provide a blow applied to the north, and the main one on Kunya, to the south. But that doesn’t change much.
I wonder if they will report this to V. Putin? Most likely not today. Today he will still be in control.

RealContextNews, Brian Frydenborg: Why Is Russia Losing on 3 Fronts? Math (the Short Answer) https://bit.ly/3BntIYP
// In moving troops from stronger positions in Ukraine’s east to weaker positions in the country’s south, Russia exposed those troops to more danger in the south while making its eastern positions more vulnerable to counterattack, with predictable results playing out now

🐣 RT @DmitryOpines We are witnessing the deflation of a staggering, unshakeable hubris: ¤ That Russian leaders could neglect leadership and logistics, brutalise troops, steal endlessly and ubiquitously… yet still remain an unstoppable fighting force because 77 years ago the Red Army took Berlin.
⋙ 🐣 RT @wartranslated I’ve been waiting for 12 years for someone to beat the shit out of the Russian army and their fake grandeur. I still can’t believe this is finally happening.

🐣 RT @ thedailybeast More than 370 people in the Oath Keepers’ records are believed to work in law enforcement, including as police chiefs and sheriffs, while an additional 100 are thought to be serving in the military.
⋙ DailyBeast/AP: Leaked Oath Keepers Member List Includes Cops, Soldiers, and Elected Officials https://bit.ly/3LaBKYp

🐣 RT @andersostlund Now that General Zaluzhnyi has admitted the strike on Saki was made with long range weapons and not a special forces action the Crimean Bridge seems like a well chosen next target.
⋙ 🐣 RT @DefenseU [Ukr DOD] The weather forecast says it is going to be very hot in Crimea. ¤ It’s time for the rus invaders to prepare for a swim. It takes a lot of strength to swim to Sochi or Yeysk. ¤ BTW the Guinness Book of World Records may include a new record for the longest open water swim.

🐣 RT @will_doran In a rare move, the group of all 50 states’ Supreme Court chief justices wrote to SCOTUS, urging them to shoot down the argument NC Republican lawmakers are making–that there should be no checks and balances for election laws–in their “Independent State Legislature” case #ncpol
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/will_doran/status/1567576239602339841?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] The Conference files briefs amicus curiae only when critical interests of the state courts are at stake. This case involves the authority of state courts to interpret and review the constitutionality of state laws regulating the time, place, and manner of federal elections, and this Court’s resolution may determine the constraints, if any, that the U.S. Constitution places on such state-court review. The Conference has a strong interest in the States’ sovereign right to determine the structure of their state governments, including the authority of state courts and the role of state constitutions within that structure. …

🐣 RT @POTUS Barack and Michelle helped lift the American people’s burden of fear with the blessing of hope. ¤ That’s the gift of the Obama presidency to history. And it’s a gift I felt personally. It was my honor to unveil their White House portraits today.
¤ https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/1567640240533168130?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @McFaul Xi so far has made the decision that he doesn’t want to get dragged into Putins invasion of Ukraine. Xi is not sending chips, ammo, weapons, etc. just profiting from lower than market prices for Russian energy. Let’s see if Putin can change his mind in Samarkand. I doubt it.

🐣 RT @MthrSuperiorBen Fun fact: ¤ Spock himself has links to Ukraine. He was born in Boston to Jewish immigrants from Iziaslav, which is in present-day Ukraine. His parents left Iziaslav separately: his Dad walked over the border into Poland while his Mom and Grandma hid under bales of hay in a wagon.
¤ https://twitter.com/MthrSuperiorBen/status/1567658339563372544?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ Gerashchenko_en President @zelenskyy congratulated intelligence officers on Military Intelligence Service Day in Ukraine. ¤ He thanked for important results near Kyiv, on Zmiinyi (Snake) Island, in Kharkiv, Donbas, Mariupol, defending Azovstal, in other directions as well as behind enemy lines.
💽 https://twitter.com/Gerashchenko_en/status/1567585412675260416?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @KyivIndependent Ukraine’s military appears to have launched an unexpected counteroffensive in northern Kharkiv Oblast while keeping up its southern campaign centered around the city of Kherson.
⋙ KyivIndependent: Ukraine reportedly liberates Kharkiv Oblast settlements in its second recent counteroffensive effort https://bit.ly/3D965oc

🐣 RT @McFaul Putin claims that Ukraine is not a separate nation or identity. And yet few have done more to consolidate Ukraine as a united nation and strong identity than Putin.

🐣 RT @SecDef Just landed at @RamsteinAirBase in Germany, where tomorrow I’ll host the next in person Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting. These dozens of nations coming together to meet in person is proof of the world’s unwavering commitment to our Ukrainian friends.

🐣 RT @OriginalRamayan ‘This week we’ve good news from the Kharkiv region. Probably, you all have already seen reports about the activity of 🇺🇦 defenders. And I think every citizen feels proud of our warriors. It is a well-deserved pride, a right feeling.’ ~Zelenskyy ¤ 💪🏼🇺🇦💪🏼

🐣 RT @ABlackPolitical A New Mexico judge just removed disgraced January 6 rioter and Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin from his elected position as a county commissioner for his role in the US Capitol attack.
⋙ 🐣 curious to see SCOTUS find anything but the “original meaning” in this act
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1567450946430435333?s=20/photo/1
[Text:] 18 U.S. Code § 2383 – Rebellion or insurrection
“Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.”

‼️ 🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer PUTIN’S FIZZLE: Cutting Europe’s gas supply has been Putin’s threat of choice– with consumers dreading extortionate prices for winter heating. But with US another supplies now flooding in– the price of Nat Gas just dropped 37%. Jay in Kyiv @JayinKyiv reports.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JayinKyiv With the US and others now flooding gas into Europe, even Putin’s “nuclear option” didn’t work. ¤ EU gas price now down -37% from 2 weeks ago. It’s over.
◕ https://twitter.com/JayinKyiv/status/1567087612485111811?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @RALee85 According to the Russian Starshe Eddy channel, not only is Balakliya encircled but Ukrainian forces appear to have taken Volokhiv Yar over night. They think Ukraine will try to push towards Kupyansk.
// Action around Kharkiv yesterday; links to Vets only site; text atts in Ru
📌 https://twitter.com/RALee85/status/1567395435685216256?s=20

⋙ 🐣 RT @ Another Russian Telegram channel says that Ukraine increased the intensity of missiles strikes, particularly HIMARS, over the past week on Izyum, Kupyansk, and other areas. They say Ukraine has been preparing for the offensive for at least a month. 2/
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Another Russian channel says “don’t expect good news today” before saying Russian units there are below 50% manning levels while the staff are bloated. Two Rosgvardia detachments have been fighting for more than a day encircled near Volokhiv Yar. 3/
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Vladlen Tatarsky says he trusts the info from the Starshe Eddy and Zapiski Veteran channels who are both involved in the fighting in the Kharkiv-Izyum direction. He says the two encircled Rosgvardia units are SOBR from Samara and Bashkiria. 4/
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Another Ru account says they are only fighting at partial strength and that the Russian state must be fully mobilized. They question why capabilities are being shown at Vostok 2022 when Russian soldiers lack artillery and aviation. “We have a long and difficult fight ahead of us” [5/]
⋙ 🐣 RT @ [Link to Ru channel; asks for phone] 6/
⋙ 🐣 RT @ [Link to ⇊]
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ Interestingly, a number of Russian Telegram channels have been talking about a Ukrainian buildup in Kharkiv over the past month, but it appears Ukraine may still have achieved surprise today
💙 ⋙ 🐣 RT @ This was Putin, Shoigu, and Gerasimov at Vostok 2022 yesterday as Ukraine launched its offensive in the Balakliya area. 8/
💽 https://twitter.com/RALee85/status/1567407664883277835?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Tatarsky tells Rosgvardia troops to learn how to call for fire before deploying and how to use AGS grenade launchers, ATGM, and SPG-9. A reminder that they aren’t trained for conventional war. 9/
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Another Russian Channel questions why battalion and company commanders didn’t see the offensive coming and prepare and that they shouldn’t have made a public warning if higher ignored them. They suggest senior officers are incompetent and ignored Intel.10/

⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ChrisO_wiki [Replying to @RALee85] Translation: The Khokhols [Ukrainians] managed to take the northern road to Kupyansk at least under fire control. At night there were battles near Volkhov Yar, and it is quite possible that the enemy managed to knock us out of it. /1
⋙⋙⋙⋙🐣 RT @JJanegle Khokhol: A derogatory Russian term for Ukrainians. Khokhol literally means a sheaf or tuft of cereal stalks and is derived from an old Slavic word. As a term used to describe Ukrainians, it may have originally referred to the customary tufts of hair worn by Cossacks, oseledtsi”. /photo/1
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ChrisO_wiki Balakleya is in an operational encirclement, the AFU will continue to develop success and it is likely that they will try to reach Kupyansk, cutting off both Balakleya and Izyum. They have the strength to do so, as amateur bloggers have repeatedly written. /2
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ChrisO_wiki Let’s see how the Russian General Staff responds and what level of operational art it will demonstrate. Well, ordinary soldiers and officers of the Izyum front continue to fight, as they did for the previous six months of the war. /end

⭕ 6 Sep 2022

🐣 RT @ vonderleyen There can be no business as usual with Russia. ¤ We propose to fully suspend the EU Visa Facilitation Agreement and not to recognise Russian passports issued in occupied regions. ¤ Visa facilitation is a token of trust, which Russia’s war of aggression has completely shattered

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Dobbs makes all the difference. Both sides know it. https://wapo.st/3D4qWJg “This is a moment to throw old political assumptions out the window and to consider that Democrats could buck historic trends this cycle.” ~ TargetSmart CEO Tom Bonier #abortion

Afflicted by a combination of arrogance, insularity and shortsightedness, political analysts for months prematurely declared that Republicans would sail into power on a red wave, that abortion would be a nonissue and that President Biden would drag down his party. Just as they entirely missed the rise of MAGA voters in 2016 (only to then fixate on Rust Belt diners for the next four years), their prognostication appears to have gone haywire again.

Few analysts have captured the political effect of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision overturning the right to abortion as well as TargetSmart CEO Tom Bonier. “In my 28 years analyzing elections, I’ve never seen anything like what’s happened in the past two months in American politics: Women are registering to vote in numbers I’ve never witnessed,” he wrote for the New York Times. “I’ve run out of superlatives to describe how different this moment is. … This is a moment to throw old political assumptions out the window and to consider that Democrats could buck historic trends this cycle.”

A recent Wall Street Journal poll provides a snapshot: “60% of voters said abortion should be legal in all or most cases, up from 55% in March.” When it comes to which party voters trust on abortion, “48% said Democrats, 27% Republicans, 16% said neither and 6% said both equally. A total of 41% of independents said they trust Democrats most to handle abortion policy, compared with 18% who said Republicans were best.”

🐣 RT @Jose_Pagliery Yesterday, a South Florida federal judge issued a bizarre ruling halting the FBI’s investigation of Trump. She went out of her way to help him. @thedailybeast
took a look at how Trump has been trying to get this judge for a while.
⋙ DailyBeast, Jose Pagliery: Trump Went Judge Shopping and It Paid Off in Mar-a-Lago Case https://bit.ly/3x1L3E9
Trump got the judge he wanted in the Mar-a-Lago case: One he appointed. And she just gave him the first decision he wanted.

🐣 RT @MilesTaylorUSA Donald Trump had the Chernobyl of presidencies. We will be dealing with the fallout for decades.

🐣 RT @Biz_Ukraine_Mag Putin’s 3-day invasion of Ukraine is going so much “according to plan” that after almost 200 days he is now recruiting soldiers in Russian prisons, begging Iran for drones, and buying ammunition from North Korea

🧵 RT @NoahBookbinder BREAKING: A huge victory. @CREWcrew represented residents suing to disqualify from office under the 14th amendment a New Mexico county commissioner who participated in the January 6 insurrection. Today a court ordered Couy Griffin removed from office.
📌 https://twitter.com/NoahBookbinder/status/1567172073461522434?s=20
⋙ CREW: Judge removes Griffin from office for engaging in the January 6 insurrection https://bit.ly/3RpPL6w

🐣 RT @McFaul Striking to me that Putin has to buy weapons and ammo from North Korea because Xi won’t sell him stuff. Some “alliance.”

WaPo: Material on foreign nation’s nuclear capabilities seized at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago https://wapo.st/3etZ0UT //➔ think such information might be valuable to that country’s enemies?
// Some seized documents were so closely held, only the president, a Cabinet-level or near-Cabinet level official could authorize others to know

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🧵 🌎 RT @MarkHertling Reports indicate Zelenskyy will announce tonight (Ukraine time) that UA is executing operations in Kharkiv Oblast. ¤ This confirms RU inability to maneuver forces between theater locations & within their force’s defensive “stance” to counter Ukrainian offensive actions. ¤ Why? 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/MarkHertling/status/1567180051057082368?s=20

As noted from the start of the RU illegal invasion, intel indicated RU had aligned a force estimated in size of 190,000 troops around UKR’s ~1400 mile border, with a plan of attack along 9 main axes. ¤ A large part of that force was in the north & it was decimated. 2/

In phase 2 (starting in April), RU shifted their northern forces to the eastern Donbas to try to achiever more limited objectives. ¤ Remember, there was a shoddy attempt to “regenerate” the forces for that second offensive…they rushed it, and UA kept up the pressure. 3/

Yesterday, UAF proclaimed they had reached the level where 50,000 RU soldiers are “casualties.” Not sure if those are killed, wounded, captured, deserted…but if close to the truth, that’s 1/3 of the original RU force ¤ Most were likely fighting forces, not support troops. 4/

After successful Donbas defense, Zelenskyy & Gen Zaluzhnyi saw an opportunity to shift forces to southern Ukraine. ¤ Very smart move, since it was difficult for a depleted & immobile RU force to move to counter. ¤ Plus, UKR has interior lines, easier for shifting. 5/

Add to that, UA has reinforced their forces with new soldiers, new equipment. Plus, they are resisting in areas where RU is trying to defending. ¤ RU is nursing wounds, bearing loss of combat capabilities (people & equipment), have bad leaders. 6/

UA defense & small-scale counterattacks in Donbas along w/ recent deliberate attacks in Kherson (destroying RU logistics, bridges & ammo dumps) has generated a commander’s favorite ally: momentum! 7/

Russia’s additional problems:
-a massively depleted force with few reinforcements
-hard to move/maneuver
-active UKR resistance + more capable & precision UKR conventional force (with good targeting)
-hampered supply lines + dysfunctional logistics
-crush of sanctions 8/

If I were Ukraine’s field commander, here are my questions:
-Can we continue Donetz defense (all indications, yes).
-Are actions in Kherson Oblast achieving objectives (yes)
-If we attack toward Kharkiv will it draw RU forces away from Donbas & increase pressure (likely) 9/

I have no insight into Gen Zaluzhnyi’s thinking, but he’s a good commander. ¤ He’s likely considering these things…knowing a move on Kharkiv is bold & risky. ¤ My guess: we’ll see continued offensive in Kherson, continued active defense in Donetsk, smaller Kharkiv offensive 10/

🐣 RT @ @GlasnostGone If #Ukraine’s launched an offensive of some kind in Kharkiv region, this will be another master stroke of military genius. Putin’s medieval 🇷🇺 no longer dictates what happens in 🇺🇦. Its bedraggled forces are on the defensive & for many, it’s a defence of their bloodstained lives.
x https://twitter.com/GlasnostGone/status/1567169483889934347?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Leshchenkos Tonight there is going to be a great news from President Zelenskyy on counteroffensive operation in Kharkiv region.
// bio: “Advisor of President Zelensky’s chief of staff. Deputy head of supervisory board of Ukrainian railways. Former MP. Anticorruption Activist and Journalist”

🐣 RT @PhillipsPOBrien If the Ukrainians have achieved operational surprise around Kharkiv, will demonstrate just how the Russian military is In disarray. I assumed through all the different monitoring devices (from satellites, to UAVs to cyber and more) that such operational surprise would be…
⋙ 🐣 RT @PhillipsPOBrien Almost impossible. Plus it’s right over the border from Russia. If the Russians missed this, their military is in worse shape than expected. Also a really good·Also a really good sign that Ukraine has its security in the best possible shape.
⋙ 🐣 RT @PhillipsPOBrien Had some reports that the Russians did have an idea that the Ukrainians were going to attack in [Kharkiv] and just couldn’t respond. If so, that’s a disarray of a different kind and shows the inflexibility in the Russian military

🐣 RT @ mhmck Today, Ukrainian defenders are making some territorial gains over the Russian fascist invaders in every region along the battlefront: Mykolayiv, Kherson, Zaporizhzhya, Donetsk, Kharkiv and Luhansk.

🐣 RT @NikaMelkozerova As Armed Forces of Ukraine storm Russian occupied Balakalia in Kharkiv Oblast, Russian military reporters are crying: we thought main strike would be in Kherson. Aaah we got f.cked hard!”

🐣 RT @mhmck I created a new map for the battlefront in Kharkiv region between the Pechenihy reservoir and the Izyum pine forests. ¤ The red line for the battlefront is indicative only. “Grey zone” settlements are steadily becoming Ukrainian-controlled, such as Verbivka today.
🌎 https://twitter.com/mhmck/status/1567161383854252035?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @wartranslated There’s a rumoured advance of Ukrainian forces in Balakleya in Kharkiv Oblast, and the Russians are practically in shock from what I can see.
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @TarasBerezovets So, Ukrainian counteroffensive near Kharkiv has begun. Keep our fingers crossed.
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @WarMonitor3 There is some interesting development happening on the Kharkiv frontline. ¤ Godspeed to the warriors of Ukraine🔥😉
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🧵 RT @SteveSchmidtSES 1/ President Biden has offered a compromise to tens of millions of Republican voters who don’t want to abandon democracy. He has said let’s work together and destroy the MAGA movement. That is the compromise. It is necessary. It must be crushed to save America.
📌 https://twitter.com/SteveSchmidtSES/status/1567128357258596353?s=20

⋙ 2/ Trump’s rhetoric is becoming more overtly extreme and is filled with promises of violence and revenge. He means every word. The Political coverage is filled with stories about fascists like @JDVance1 and @bgmasters trying to soften their anti woman extremism in time for Nov
⋙ 3/ The American people must end this madness. The American people must rise up against the coward politicians who have gone off the rails and vandalized the American Republic to sate Trump and protect themselves from his ire. The fall campaign is underway and the choice is here
4/ Donald Trump is deranged, addled and depraved. He is unfit, disgraced and incompetent. He leads a minority faction that is beyond belligerent. They are teeming with menace. Enough. What they stand for is the worst cause since the last stand of Jim Crow and the Confederacy.
⋙ 5/ The American way of life is utterly dependent on the American people picking their leaders in fair elections. The lies about the election results by MAGA extremists and Trump parrots have poisoned faith and belief in AmerIcan democracy and convinced millions of susceptible
⋙ 6/ suckers that they live in an occupied dystopia that is plotting against them in a massive conspiracy that only Trump and his loyal team of patriots can stop. It leaves the overwhelming majority slack jawed while the Trump minority led by some of the worst politicians in our
⋙ 7/ history stoke the most feeble among them with crude masturbatory fantasies about Civil War, race war, religious war, the end times and a thousand other permutations of apocalyptic idiocy. Around all of the teeming madness is a level of grift and corruption that beggars belief.
⋙ 8/ America has endured great crisis-is in its history. Perhaps what is different about this one is the staggering investment on the part of so many in insisting that what is clearly happening isn’t at all. The great national gaslighting rolls along for now. Time to stop it cold

🐣 RT 📊 @SimonWDC Biden’s job approval has improved dramatically in recent weeks, moving up 10 points from -18.7 to -8.7. ¤ He is at now 44% approval. This is a BFD. 2/
◕ https://twitter.com/SimonWDC/status/1567121151779897345?s=20/photo/1
// 538 poll average, likely or registered voters

🐣 RT @MarkHertling Recall last February’s assessment predicted “about six months needed” for sanctions to affect Russia. ¤ August 24 was the 6 month date. ¤ Indicators: need for nKPR ammo, drones from Iran, T62 tank callup, 60% failure rate of precision missiles, Nord Stream extortion….
⋙ 🐣 RT @EU_Commission We have mobilised our economic might like never before. ¤ Our far-reaching sanctions are causing colossal damage to the Kremlin’s ability to wage war. And the damage will only grow over time. ¤ Putin himself has admitted it. ¤ #StandWithUkraine

🐣 RT @GlasnostGone No ones happy in Mordor. Typically #Putin’s disguising his bullet proof vest under the bulky military jacket. Tries in vain to see anything good happening through the binoculars & ignores Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu & chief of the general staff Valery Gerasimov.
⋙ 🐣 RT @carlbildt Would anyone describe this is a happy and confident trio? Putin obviously doesn’t even want to talk with the commander of the armed forces.
💽 https://twitter.com/carlbildt/status/1567091333986140161?s=20/photo/1
// very sullen group taking seats

🐣 RT @mhmck Today, Ukrainian defenders are making some territorial gains over the Russian fascist invaders in every region along the battlefront: Mykolayiv, Kherson, Zaporizhzhya, Donetsk, Kharkiv and Luhansk.

🐣 RT @hrvatina1989 What Russia has achieved: 1. Finland and Sweden in NATO 2. Lost major European customers for energy forever 3. Pariah of the world 4. Economy in toilet 🚽 5. 50k+ dead Orcs and counting. 6. Ukraine armed to the teeth forever. 7. Known for genocide. #Kherson #SlavaUkraini 🇺🇦

⭕ 5 Sep 2022

🐣 RT @wartranslated ¤ Summary of the daily livestream with Aleksey Arestovych, kindly brought to you by Stepan: https://twitter.com/childsacrifice1
// war update
📌 https://twitter.com/wartranslated/status/1566934770399019010?s=20

🐣 RT @Gerashchenko_en Russian Gazprom published a video “Winter will be big” where company turns off gas flow & ice age begins in Europe. ¤ Do they really think they can kill thousands of Ukrainians, capture territories of another country, and Europe will look the other way, afraid of gas blackmail?
💽 https://twitter.com/Gerashchenko_en/status/1566904072766095363?s=20/photo/1
// Gazprom video

🐣 RT @tribelaw Yup. Totally lousy opinion. Utterly lawless. But 6 of the 11 judges on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals are Trump appointees rather like District Court Judge Cannon. Sadly, that tells you more than the learned analysis by @neal_katyal does. Sigh.
⋙ 🧵 RT @neal_katyal This special master opinion is so bad it’s hard to know where to begin: 1. She says Biden hasn’t weighed in on whether docs protected by Exec Privilege. Nonsense. The archives letter (which DOJ submitted to the Judge) makes it clear current President thinks none of this … ¤ is privileged. Archivist says it is “not a close” question
📌 https://twitter.com/neal_katyal/status/1566906085365235712?s=20

⋙ 2. Judge enjoins the entire investigation because some of the material might be subject to Executive Privilege. But Executive Priv isn’t some post-presidential privilege that allows Presidents to keep documents after ¤ they leave office. At most, it simply means these are Executive documents that must be returned to the archives. It doesn’t in any way shape or form mean they can’t be used in a criminal prosecution about stolen docs…
⋙ 3. She says the “reputational” harm to Trump justifies a special master. That’s insane–every crim deft has reputational harm. Are we now going to have special masters in every crim investigation?
⋙ 4. She says the Special Master should screen materials for exec privilege, without ever once explaining what specific material is subject to exec priv, particularly when the incumbent President rejects the assertion. How is the Master supposed to figure that intricate Q out?
⋙ 5. She says that because some tiny percentage of materials might be privileged, the entire investigation over all the materials has to stop. That’s a bazooka when one needs at most a scalpel.
⋙ 6. She tries to enjoin the Exec Branch from using these materials in an investigation, but the govt has already reviewed all the materials. It makes no sense.
⋙ 7. She says Trump suffers irreparable harm in interim, but the only harm she isolates is he won’t have the docs back during the investig. That’s not irreparable, he can get them back later &if they are improperly used to bring an indictment, he can move to dismiss the indictment
⋙ 8. Her analysis of standing is terrible. Trump wouldn’t own these docs anyway, so why does he get a Master over them? If there is some marginal claim to some attorney client docs, that handful of material can be separately dealt with–you don’t enjoin the entire investig for that
⋙ 9. Her jurisdictional analysis is similarly awful. She let Trump forum shop for a judge, instead of letting the magistrate judge evaluate these claims. The appearances here are tragic.
⋙ That’s just a few of many more problems. Frankly, any of my first year law students would have written a better opinion.

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw I spoke to the New York Times: ¤ “Judge Cannon had a reasonable path she could have taken—to appoint a special master to review documents for attorney-client privilege and allow the criminal investigation to continue … Instead, she chose a radical path.”
⋙ NYT, Charlie Savage: ‘Deeply Problematic’: Experts Question Judge’s Intervention in Trump Inquiry https://nyti.ms/3wX6oOI
// A ruling by a judge appointed by former President Donald J. Trump surprised specialists and could slow the documents investigation.

[Judge Aileen M Cannon] granted the arbiter, known as a special master, broad powers that extended beyond filtering materials that were potentially subject to attorney-client privilege to also include executive privilege.

A specialist in separation of powers, Peter M. Shane, who is also a law professor at N.Y.U., said there was no basis for Judge Cannon to expand a special master’s authority to screen materials that were also potentially subject to executive privilege. That tool is normally thought of as protecting internal executive branch deliberations from disclosure to outsiders like Congress. ¤ “The opinion seems oblivious to the nature of executive privilege,” he said.

The department had argued that even if a special master were appointed, there would be no legal basis for that person to examine issues of executive privilege. It cited a 1977 Supreme Court case involving the papers of former President Richard M. Nixon, who had tried to use executive privilege to shield them even though the sitting president disagreed. ¤ But Judge Cannon wrote that she was not convinced and believed the Justice Department’s stance “arguably overstates the law.” In that case, she said, the Supreme Court also stated that former presidents retained some residual power to invoke executive privilege. ¤ The Supreme Court also said the incumbent officeholder is in the best position to assess such issues. But Judge Cannon wrote that the justices had not “ruled out the possibility” that a former president could ever prevail over the current one. …

🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ Judicial branch enjoining exec branch pursuing a criminal investigation is a serious abuse; and although she claims not to enjoin ODNI (although not clear why not that too), in fact her order will interfere with that review as well (e.g. who touched/had access to the docs).
⋙ 🧵 RT @OrinKerr I know it’s un-Twitter-like to ask a genuine Q, not try to score points, but a Q. I understand how a court can enjoin further execution of a warrant. But does a federal court have authority to enjoin executive branch “use” of seized materials for “investigative purposes”?
📌 https://twitter.com/OrinKerr/status/1566858604644143104?s=20

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer KHERSON/1340 UTC 5 SEP/ UKR continues to expand a bridgehead across the Ingulets River, east of Snihurivka. Exploiting this breakthrough, advanced units of the UKR army are reported to have taken the village of Bezimenne.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1566782359764074498?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @mhmck Putin taking personal control of the army is as foolish and ineffective as Hitler was when he did the same thing. ¤ The Russian dictator ordered his commanders to hold Kherson at all costs and take full control of Donetsk by September 15 – impossible, crazy objectives.

🐣 RT @RevChrisMcM Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Mark Hertling predicts a Russian surrender in Kherson. What a development that would be.
⋙ Newsweek: Putin Forces ‘Confused’ by Ukraine Strikes, Headed for Surrender: General https://bit.ly/3KNXfOa

🐣 RT @gtconway3d Correct. Irreparable injury means injury that can’t be corrected later. Here, if documents are his, he can get them back. If they are the government’s, he is not harmed. If illegally seized material is used to charge him, he can move to dismiss the indictment or to exclude.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @harrylitman she finds no adequate remedy at law b/c “Trump wd have no legal means of seeking the return of his property FOR THE TIME BEING and no knowledge of when other relief might become available.” That is NOT what no adequate remedy at law means — all his remedies are down the line.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ gtconway3d These are perfectly sufficient remedies to correct any potential harm he could suffer. And to the extent he has already suffered harm by the DOJ already having reviewed the materials, the dispute is moot.

🐣 RT @J oyceWhiteVance This is a very important point. If DOJ subsequently finds more documents marked classified under Trump’s control in other locations, in violation of this subpoena, the kinds of factors that influence a decision about whether to prosecute in records cases go off the charts.
⋙ 🐣 RT @rgoodlaw In its most recently disclosed filing, the Justice Department makes a large point out of the fact that the grand jury subpoena demanded all documents with classified markings in Trump’s custody or control. NOT JUST FLORIDA [link to court doc]
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @rgoodlaw 2. The Justice Department is also suggesting that – even on its own terms – Trump lawyers’ claim that the former president was responsive to the subpoena falls short, because the subpoena was not geographically limited.

🐣 RT @phildstewart (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin on Monday approved a new foreign policy doctrine based around the concept of a “Russian World”, a notion that conservative ideologues have used to justify intervention abroad in support of Russian-speakers.

🐣 RT @MarkSZaidEsq Can’t wait to cite this opinion in our many classified cases challenging Executive Branch decisions! ¤ Anyone like to guess how many other federal judges will follow suit? @BradMossEsq @AndrewBakaj
⋙ 🧵 RT @ryanjreilly NEW: Judge grants Trump’s special master request to review “personal items and documents and potentially privileged material subject to claims of attorney-client and/or executive privilege.” ¤ The executive privilege review component is a doozy, expect more from DOJ on this.
📌 https://twitter.com/ryanjreilly/status/1566816274344251395?s=20
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ryanjreilly “the Court is not convinced that similar concerns with respect to executive privilege should be disregarded in the manner suggested by the Government.” […]

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ Expert on fascism here 👇🏽
⋙ 🐣 RT @jasonintrator Once you have the courts you can pretty much do whatever you want.

🐣 RT @officejjsmart Wow! Igor Strelkov (Girkin 🇷🇺) was a BIG figure in the ‘14 invasion of 🇺🇦:
• 🇺🇦 AF created a powerful artillery group
• All crossings of 🇷🇺 AF have been destroyed
• Ingulets expanded and breakthrough near river
• 🇷🇺 AF surrendered Lyubomirovka
• 🇷🇺 doesn’t have enough infantry
[TextLink [Ru]:] https://twitter.com/officejjsmart/status/1566398428933939200?s=20/photo/1
[TextLink [Eng]:] https://twitter.com/r_evolutie/status/1566519591123156992?s=20/photo/1

[Text (Tr):] At the same time it is too early to talk about overcoming the operational crisis of our defense on this front. Because:

1) [T]he enemy managed to create a powerful artillery grouping (primarily a missile grouping), capable of fighting our artillery units on an equal footing and tangibly supporting their attacking combined-arms formations;

2) The main thing is that the Armed Forces of Ukraine managed to destroy ALL stationary crossings to the point of impossibility of moving even light military equipment over them (yesterday, an armored car “Tiger* failed while trying to cross the bridge in Kherson), and they also inflict constant strikes on engineering crossings pontoon ferries. This creates significant difficulties in supplying our Zadneprovskaya grouping, which will increase as the accumulated stocks of ammunition and equipment are exhausted:

3) The Armed Forces of Ukraine managed to expand their bridgehead on the southern bank of the Ingulets River and will now certainly accumulate forces for a further offensive in the direction of Berislav – threatening to cut our grouping and surround its western part in the Davydov Brod – Vysokopole – Lyubimovka area.

It is impossible to allow this for the Rf Armed Forces but it will not work to eliminate the threat without a powerful counterattack. And for a counterattack, the most important thing is sorely lacking – infantry. Since neither superiority in aviation nor in artillery will in itself defeat the enemy, not to mention his defeat and the elimination of a dangerous bridgehead.

P.S. They just confirmed the surrender of Blagodatovka, and also – on Nikolaev direction – Lyubomirovka / Red Banner (north of Ternovy Pod) and another (an hour and a half ago) because hit by “Haymers” on a military crossing.

🐣 RT @ PaulaChertok Trump-appointed Judge Cannon just proved Republicans have eroded another pillar of democracy—an independent judiciary. Giving Trump a special master is wrong, absurd & dangerous. Esp. since Bush v Gore, the GOP pack the courts for power they know they can’t get at the ballot box.

🐣 RT @BradMossEsq This is Cannon making a special exception to the case law just for Trump. Criminal defense lawyers will be salivating over this analysis but every other judge will reject using it because this is meant for Trump and Trump alone.
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/BradMossEsq/status/1566824114194681858?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @duty2warn Judge Cannon never should have taken this case, from out of the hands of the magistrate judge. She knows Trump’s lawyers picked her because she’d been a Trumpist. She had no jurisdiction here. She tried to navigate a middle ground, but there really was none. She’s a coward.

🐣 RT @harrylitman Ironic: Trump faces “an unquantifiable personal harm by way of improper disclosure of sensitive information [ie med docs, tax correspondence] to the public.” So we need to shut down a criminal investigation driven by risk of disclosure of national security material

🐣 RT @WarMonitor3 Kherson-The headquarters of the Russian FSB unit, which guarded the ballot warehouse, was destroyed. The exact number of killed and wounded is being clarified. Survivors and wounded are urgently evacuated in the direction of occupied Crimea.

🐣 RT @TheStudyofWar The #Ukrainian counteroffensive is making verifiable progress in the south and the east. Ukrainian forces are advancing along several axes in western #Kherson Oblast and have secured territory across the Siverskyi Donets River in #Donetsk Oblast
🌎 https://twitter.com/TheStudyofWar/status/1566625317631950848?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @BradMossEsq This ruling is ridiculous and will be immediately appealed by DOJ.
1) the standing argument makes no sense with respect to any executive privilege invocations and Cannon barely addresses it.
2) is Trump arguing every classified document is subject to executive privilege?
‼️ ⋙ 🐣 RT @kyledcheney NEWS: Judge Cannon has granted Trump’s request for a special master to review attorney client and executive privilege — she also says her order will not stop the intelligence community review of the records. Unclear how that’s going to work.
⋙⋙ [Court Doc:] https://bit.ly/3KNRv7a 24p

TheExpress [UK]: Putin facing army capitulation as troops ‘riot’ and refuse to fight on Kherson front https://bit.ly/3KLafEp
// VLADIMIR PUTIN is facing a major rebellion by his troops on the southern front, as Ukraine’s counteroffensive gathers pace.

Last Monday, Kyiv confirmed it had launched its eagerly awaited counterattack in the south. Ukraine’s army made rapid early gains in their original push, breaking through Russian lines in several directions towards Kherson. Over the weekend, the army made further progress, managing to cross the Inhulets River and capture Blahodativka, located just 42 miles from Kherson city.

Now, reports have emerged that Russian troops from the 127th regiment are “rioting” and refusing to fight. ¤ In an update posted to its Facebook page on Sunday, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine wrote: “In the area of the settlement of Kherson, servicemen of the 127th regiment of the 1st army corps rioted and wrote a letter refusing to participate in hostilities. ¤ “It is known that one of the reasons is unsatisfactory all-round support: in the advanced positions, the personnel of this regiment was left even without water.” s They added: “Some of the servicemen were taken away by enemy counterintelligence representatives, their further fate is unknown.”

Putin is also facing another potential rebellion from angry troops recruited from the occupied Donbas region. ¤ Soldiers of the 2nd Army Corps from the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic are complaining that they are not receiving the same treatment as their Russian counterparts. ¤ In particular, they claim they are not receiving the same allowances or medical care as other Russian units.

Ukraine’s General Staff noted: “Once again, servicemen of the 2nd Army Corps note the discrimination of their status in comparison with the Russian military. ¤ “The personnel of the units of the said army corps do not receive certain declared allowances, unlike Russian troops in other military units. ¤ “In addition, there is no quality medical care.” “All this significantly affects the deterioration of the moral and psychological state of the personnel.”

Ukraine’s President acknowledged in his Sunday night address to the nation that Ukraine’s army is making progress in its southern campaign. ¤ Volodymyr Zelensky told the nation that the armed services were pathing the way for the liberation of “all our lands and all our people”. ¤ He said: “These steps can be heard. And everyone can see that the occupiers have already started fleeing Crimea. ¤ “This is the right choice for all of them.” ¤ It comes as the Kremlin signalled on Sunday that Putin might be looking for a way out of the war.

🐣 RT @HughMurnaghan1 (Replying to @michaelh992) Kherson in 2022 is a replay of Singapore in 1942. ¤ The Russians, trying to hold an outpost of Empire, are being outthought & outfought by a nimbler opponent that their political & military leaders have consistently underestimated. ¤ Like Singapore, the collapse & defeat will be…
⋙ 🐣 RT @HughMurnaghan1 …both sudden & overwhelming, & will be a cause of some humiliation. ¤ This time, though, the might & wealth of the Free World is not on the side of those losing this battle, so the chances of similar recovery & winning of the war are remote. ¤ The Empire will, however, fall.

🐣 RT @GalileoArms Quite silent in the channels 🇷🇺 about the offensive 🇺🇦 in Kherson for 2 days.
Has something happened that you don’t like?
The first few days they were all very euphoric talking about the absolute Ukrainian failure and that nothing was happening…..

‼️ 🐣 RT @ Flash43191300 ⚡️ “This is not according to plan,” – deputy Konstantin Zatulin for the first time on federal TV said that the so-called “special operation” does not reach the goals.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Flash43191300 «The fact that we say that we are waiting for a blow in the other direction means that six months after the start of the special military operation we do not rule out that Ukraine can strike. This is a disturbing sign that we are not achieving in time the goals we have set.»

⭕ 4 Sep 2022

🐣 RT @mackookc What a load of BS! Another slimy effort to grab twitter headlines after the disastrous Kherson offensive! Ukrainian PR is no better than Kremlin’s own, they’re all full of it!
⋙ 🐣 oh, how many residents of Mariopul did Russians kill then? who’s in all the mass graves and under acres of crosses? who’s under the buildings being bulldozed and cemented over? ¤ oh ~ and which picture of Mariopul do you prefer, the one above or this one:
#NAFO
¤ https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1566686115586867201?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @svitlanax People from the occupied #Kherson are reporting that the #Bucha scenario has begun unfolding in the city.
⋙ 🐣 Russians should understand that, unlike Bucha, there will be no escaping; they are (about to be) surrounded; so they will be held to account

🐣 RT @Tribelaw In addition to his loftier aims, “Biden came to Philadelphia to deliver a wound to Trump’s boundless yet fragile ego. Trump obliged with a monstrously self-involved meltdown 48 hours later. And now his party has nowhere to hide.” Bazinga!
⋙ TheAtlantic, David Frum: Biden Laid the Trap. Trump Walked Into It. https://bit.ly/3wW4IFw
// At his Pennsylvania rally, the former president gave exactly the narcissistic display his Democratic nemesis tried to provoke.

This was not Trump’s first 2022 rally speech. He spoke in Arizona in July. But this one was different: so extreme, strident, and ugly—and so obviously provoked by Biden’s speech that this was what led local news: “Donald Trump Blasts Philadelphia, President Biden During Rally for Doug Mastriano, Dr. Oz in Wilkes-Barre.” …

Trump spoke at length about the FBI search of his house for stolen government documents. He lashed out at the FBI, attacking the bureau and the Department of Justice as “vicious monsters.” He complained about the FBI searching his closets for stolen government documents, inadvertently reminding everyone that the FBI had actually found stolen government documents in his closet—and in his bathroom too. Trump called Biden an “enemy of the state.” He abused his party’s leader in the U.S. Senate as someone who “should be ashamed.” He claimed to have won the popular vote in the state of Pennsylvania, which, in fact, he lost by more than 80,000 votes. …

On and on it went, in a protracted display of narcissistic injury that was exactly the behavior that Biden’s Philadelphia speech had been designed to elicit. …

Every day since the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago has brought new proof that Trump still dominates the Republican Party. He has extracted support even from would-be rivals like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis—rituals of submission within a party hierarchy that respects only acts of domination. …

Biden came to Philadelphia to deliver a wound to Trump’s boundless yet fragile ego. Trump obliged with a monstrously self-involved meltdown 48 hours later. And now his party has nowhere to hide. Trump has overwritten his name on every Republican line of every ballot in 2022. ¤ Biden dangled the bait. Trump took it—and put his whole party on the hook with him. Republican leaders are left with little choice but to pretend to like it.

🐣 📋 RT @ IlvesToomas The Russians killed more people in Mariupol than Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. ¤ And then are offended at being called Orcs or by a mild tightening of visa policy. ¤ Some Western European leaders might also contemplate the first sentence above.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Biz_Ukraine_Mag This photo shows Mariupol in January 2022. Within weeks, the invading Russian army would transform this Ukrainian winter wonderland into a city of the dead. Putin’s troops killed tens of thousands of civilians in Mariupol, making it one of the worst war crimes of the 21st century
🖼 https://twitter.com/Biz_Ukraine_Mag/status/1566490450298654721?s=20/photo/1
// Mariupol at Christmas 2021

🐣 RT @AS7404542949 [tr] Retired American Lieutenant General Ben Hodges has hinted that the Russian Federation may cease to exist in the form in which it is now. A veteran of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan spoke about the need to “de-imperialize” Russia.
⋙ 🐣 here’s the link:
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @general_ben I think that US war-aims for this conflict should include “de-imperialization” of Russia. It seems to me that we are seeing the beginning of the end of the Russian Federation as it looks today. We need to be prepared for this…we were not prepared for the end of the USSR. twitter.com/AgendaGeorgia/…
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @AgendaGeorgia Former US Ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker on Sunday said Russia’s “imperialist wars” against its neighbours had not started in Ukraine but had “happened” in Georgia, and “we can’t forget that Russia is still in Georgia”
[ See comments ]
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🐣 RT @ForeignAffairs “Russia must decide whether it wants to continue to live in angry isolation, but Washington can remind Moscow that other options are available if Russia shows a genuine interest in correcting its destructive and self-destructive proclivities.”
⋙ ForeignAffairs, Dmitri Alperovitch and Sergey Radchenko: Another Russia Is Possible https://fam.ag/3D6fGf8
// 8/29/2022; The Kremlin Will Eventually Tire of Its Reliance on China
⋙ 🐣 what? – like another “Reset” button? ¤ if there’s one thing we should have learned by now it’s this: Russia Can’t Be Trusted ¤ the purported “russian empire” needs to decolonize – like every other colonial power did post-WW2

🐣 RT @uawarinfo China took hostage russia’s $100 billion reserve, – The Moscow Times ¤ The russian government has invested 17% of its own gold and currency reserves in yuan, but now it is forced to admit that it is simply impossible to withdraw funds from Chinese assets.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @uawarinfo [Tr] The Russians will understand that Putin with his stupid war pushed Europe and the USA to cut all relations with Russia and that he placed the Russian balls in the hands of the Chinese 😱 Believe me they will miss us 😂

🐣 RT @OARichardEngel Even war has rules. ¤ But in Ukraine, Russia has been accused of shocking war crimes. ¤ Join @RichardEngel on the ground in Ukraine and hear first-hand accounts from the victims of Russia’s atrocities. ¤ “Ukraine: The Search for Justice” airs Friday, Sept. 9th at 10pmET on @MSNBC

🐣 RT @mhmck The Russian fascist invaders have taken millions of Ukrainians by force into the Russian Federation. Because of this gross crime against humanity the war cannot end merely by the defeat of the rashist army and liberation of Ukraine. All captives must be rescued and returned home.

🧵 RT @MarkHertling While it’s not on the news, I’m watching the current fight in Kherson (and the renewed fight in the Donbas). ¤ The “Kherson pocket” (a smaller version of the WWII “Falaise Pocket” I mentioned a few weeks ago) is not a large “counteroffensive,” but it is interesting. 1/16
📌 https://twitter.com/MarkHertling/status/1566602361681977345?s=20

🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ Trump mastery of inciting his base–“It was not just my home that was raided last month. It was the hopes and dreams of every citizen who I’ve been fighting for.”–is why DOJ has to be at its very best now. ¤ No fear, no delay, no mistakes, & beyond reproach (Caeser’s wife).

🐣 RT @ PaulLahticks Fixed it. #TrumpRally
💽 https://twitter.com/PaulLahticks/status/1566275754035273730?s=20/photo/1
// Hitler speaks at Trump rally

NYT: How Russia Uses Low Tech in Its High-Tech Weapons https://nyti.ms/3RafhwB “[I]f you can’t keep up, steal the tech and do your best with it”
// Investigators who examined the electronics in Russia’s newest cruise missiles and attack helicopters were surprised to find decades-old technology reused from earlier models.

🐣 RT @danielsgoldman Donald Trump is a danger to democracy and a threat to national security. And while the latest info from DOJ points to criminal exposure, there is perhaps a bigger question: Why did he go to such extreme lengths to conceal possession of highly classified documents? Read more ⬇️
⋙ 🐣 RT @NYDailyNews OPINION | Democratic congressional nominee Dan Goldman lays out feds’ likely case against Trump ¤ @danielsgoldman list at at least three investigations closing in on the former president. https://trib.al/T7AnOXb

🐣 This is an odd statement coming from the most unreliable “partner” there is
⋙ 🐣 RT @ RussianEmbassy FM Sergey #Lavrov: If unfriendly countries curtailed the extent of our ties drastically, we will not knock on their doors. ¤ I have explained that we have drawn a fundamental conclusion that the #West is unreliable as a partner.
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🐣 RT @Euan_MacDonald The Kremlin now sending overt signals that it wants to negotiate: The aim is to “freeze” the conflict with the present territorial gains for Russia, so that more territory can be taken once Russia regains military strength. Ukraine understands this, but will the West fall for it?
⋙ 🐣 RT @nexta_tv 🤡Peskov: Putin is ready to negotiate with President of #Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy on how the “special operation” will be terminated and the observance not of conditions, but of Russia’s interests.

🧵 RT @wartranslated GREY ZONE “Wagner Group” channel recaps Ukrainian assault, dismisses amphibious landing claims. ¤ They accuse Russian artillery and aviation of inaction in this direction which leads to Ukrainians continuing their advance. ¤ Basically, GREY ZONE is the new Girkin.
📌 https://twitter.com/wartranslated/status/1566442334811787264?s=20

⭕ 3 Sep 2022

🧵 RT @atrupar hard to imagine why Trump is mad at the FBI
📌 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1566213235551903751?s=20/photo/1
// Trump Rally in Wilkes Barre PA

🧵 RT @SethAbramson Donald Trump just called Joe Biden an “enemy of the state” at his rally. ¤ He did this in the first 120 seconds of his speech. ¤ I assume the U.S. Secret Service will investigate?
📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1566210661658595328?s=20

🧵 RT @djrothkopf Blaming the media is one of the laziest arguments you’ll find on Twitter. Which is saying something because Twitter was, it seems, designed from the ground up to be the birthplace of lazy arguments, a museum of lazy arguments and the final resting place for most lazy arguments.
📌 https://twitter.com/djrothkopf/status/1566023866140557312?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @djrothkopf But it is hard not to read an article like this one in the New York Times and not be triggered on many levels including but not limited to disgust, contempt and profound concern for its approach, content and execution.

🐣 RT @EllenDibble 5 of the empty Classified folders were in the storage room; 43 were in his desk, or by his desk. Anyway, why didn’t he throw them out? Tempting fate? I think Avril’s skills will out where the dox went sooner than a truth comes out of Trump.

🐣 RT @andersostlund That awkward moment when it takes a while before you realize it’s mockery.
⋙ 😅 RT @JayinKyiv Russian recruitment ad
💽 https://twitter.com/JayinKyiv/status/1566268660343357441?s=20/photo/1

WaPo: Biden’s stark warning: The U.S. is threatened by its own citizens https://wapo.st/3eoHEc0
// Other presidents have warned of external menaces like Russia or Islamic terrorism. Biden’s speech was striking in identifying a danger within.

🐣 RT @Sky_Lee_1 Yes Trump has stolen items from time at the White House displayed at his new club “45 Wine and Whiskey”in Trump Tower. ¤ Of course he has stolen folder marked classified along with other items taken on display. [Chris Hayes video ⇊]
💽 https://twitter.com/Sky_Lee_1/status/1566088042020048896?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Sky_Lee_1 Source🔽
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @allinwithchris Tucked in the lobby of Trump Tower is “45 Wine and Whiskey.” At this Hard Rock Cafe knockoff, visitors can enjoy walls plastered with Trump presidential memorabilia that was likely snuck out of the White House—including a folder marked “classified.” https://on.msnbc.com/3wSyP0y

😅 RT @saintjavelin HIMARS has proven itself in Ukraine, but now it’s taking on the biggest stage in American television. ¤ HIMARS Got Talent
💽 https://twitter.com/saintjavelin/status/1565763731199610880?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @ReallyActivist Thread. 1/ What happened to CNN? ¤ I worked there for 18 years. ¤ This is what happened. ¤ Everyone wants to know why CNN is shifting. ¤ Let me explain why. ¤ What Fox News gets that MSNBC and CNN don’t get… ¤ Each quarter, the Cable Operators release their subscriber base.
📌 https://twitter.com/ReallyActivist/status/1566112660118069248?s=20
⋙ 🐣 Something I think is missed is the fact that 52% of young adults now live with their parents: live “off” them to an extent. That means a lot of the stuff bought by such households is by/for those young people. Are they watching tv? Maybe. But their parents buy stuff FOR them [chart Pew Research]
◕ https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1566185891038728194?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @JohnWDean Trump whataboutism re Hillary doesn’t work. None Of ‘Her Emails’ Were Classified? Zero. Trump’s Administration cleared her – TWICE! Trump’s theft of highly classified docs has no parallel. He must be held accountable!
💙 🔄 ⋙ NationalMemo, Joe Conason: How Many Of ‘Her Emails’ Were Classified? Actually, Zero https://bit.ly/3D0f3nt
⋙ 🐣 [Hillary’s emails in a nutshell]
◕ https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1566178022163714048?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 but– but– but– [butter emails]
😅 https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1566176324389142528?s=20/photo/1

… As more and more evidence of the former president’s reckless and potentially criminal misconduct comes to light, he and his defenders keep pointing to “her emails.” They insist that because the Justice Department declined prosecution of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after a long and thorough probe of how she handled allegedly classified information, there should be no investigation, let alone indictment or conviction of Trump.

But while we don’t yet know the extent or nature of Trump’s abuse of classified documents, we can determine how many were found by investigators, after exhaustive searches, among Clinton’s thousands of State Department emails. ¤ The accurate and definitive answer is zero – although few if any news outlets have informed the public of that startling fact. Moreover, it is a fact that the Trump administration itself confirmed three years ago.

In the recent coverage that references her emails, former FBI Director James Comey is sometimes quoted as saying that of the 33,000 Clinton emails examined by bureau investigators, three had classification markings. That’s less than one-hundredth of one percent, and not worth comparing to Trump’s malfeasance anyway, but it’s still false — apparently meant to bolster Comey’s absurd claim that other Clinton emails were “classified” although never marked as such.

Those three State Department documents were “call sheets,” innocuous memos reminding Clinton to make scheduled phone calls. During her FBI interview, investigators showed her one of those memos, reminding her to place a condolence call to the president of Malawi–not exactly a top secret matter. As Comey himself later admitted, any classification marking on that sheet had been wrongly applied.

In short, the three supposedly classified documents attributed to her emails were barely even confidential, let alone secret or subject to the sanctions of the Espionage Act. …

Again, the overarching absurdity of the State Department and FBI investigations lay in the fact that nearly all of the documents at issue had been classified retroactively – meaning they had carried no markings identifying them as such when Clinton handled them. Comey’s assertion that documents can somehow be deemed inherently secret, without proper markings or any classification history whatsoever, is extremely dangerous and hostile to the concept of open democratic governance. It is an idea that should never have been entertained by a free press.

Nobody in their right mind would hold Clinton, or any official, to be culpable under those circumstances. ¤ The same cannot be said for Trump in the current documents scandal, as must be obvious to anyone who has seen that photograph of the folders, clearly marked “TOP SECRET,” strewn around his office floor at Mar-a-Lago, or the folders emptied of their contents, who knows where.

Despite the hysterical accusations that persist to this day, Hillary Clinton was repeatedly judged to be innocent of jeopardizing national security, including twice by the Trump administration. It now appears frighteningly obvious that Donald Trump is not nearly so innocent. …

🐣 RTAWeissmann_ Just In: FLA Special Master hearing transcript. Happy Labor Day weekend
⋙ ≣ Transcript: https://bit.ly/3AEmXQI
For Trump: Kise, Trusty, Corcoran, Halligan
For Gov: Bratt, Gonzalez, Edelstein, Brill; For Gov (filter team) Benjamin, LaCosta

🐣 RT @tribelaw I think @JohnJHarwood was the best of the CNN journalists. Pushing him out, as Chris Licht, CNN’s new CEO has done, shows that CNN is on a scary new path. We don’t need a #FoxNews light. One dishonest cable network is more than enough.

🐣 RT @MFA_Ukraine 🇺🇦 #Ukraine has a long history of resistance and fighting for #Freedom. Cossack warriors have been fighting with the enemy’s neighborhood for centuries. This is why Ukraine is so skillful in combat today.
💽 https://twitter.com/MFA_Ukraine/status/1565983385092345856?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 2 Sep 2022

YahooNews: Losing Kherson would be devastating to Russia and could threaten Putin’s rule, expert says https://yhoo.it/3qdfqDK “There’s panic spreading in occupied Crimea; Russian citizens are fleeing the peninsula; there’s panic in Belgorod,” Reiterovych said

NYT: Trump Embraces Conspiracy Theories He Only Winked at Before https://nyti.ms/3cQixhD “His winks and nods to the far right became enthusiastic endorsements, and his flirtations with convoluted conspiratorial ideas became more overt”
// The former president’s activity on his social network, Truth Social, openly promotes far-right and conspiratorial ideas that are usually confined to corners of the internet.

📊 WaPo, Philip Bump: Figuring out how many ‘MAGA Republicans’ there actually are https://wapo.st/3wSJbgG
// various polls

The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake has walked through what Biden said and the context in which he said it, both on Thursday and last week, when he used the label “semi-fascism” to describe that group’s worldview. But what if we went one step further, trying to assign an actual numeric value to the group Biden is describing? It’s not “half the country” as Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and others have insisted. But how much of the country is it? ¤ We’ll start with Biden’s description of the group.

“MAGA Republicans do not respect the Constitution. They do not believe the rule of law. They do not recognize the will of the people. They refuse to accept the results of a free election. And they’re working right now, as I speak, in state after state, to give power to decide elections in America to partisans and cronies, empowering election deniers to undermine democracy itself. … They promote authoritarian leaders and they fan the flames of political violence that are a threat to our personal rights, to the pursuit of justice, to the rule of law, to the very soul of this country. They look at the mob that stormed the United States Capitol on Jan. 6, brutally attacking law enforcement, not as insurrectionists who placed a dagger at the throat of our democracy, but they look at it as patriots.”

Those who reject the election results

19% of GOP Adults (15% of Americans)

Support for candidates who reject the election results

11% of Adults (8% of Americans) ~ GOP ✛ leaners
14% of Adults (11% of Americans) ~ GOP only

Support for rioters taking over Capitol

7% of Adults (6% of Americans)

Support for the political use of violence

20% of Adults (15% of US) ~ GOP ✛ leaners
11% of Adults (9% of US) ~ GOP only (excl leaners)

Again, we can’t assume that these percentages all overlap. But we get a consistent picture. Over and over, about 10 percent of the population (plus or minus a few percentage points) expresses the sort of view that Biden articulated: Republican or Republican-leaning and in favor of the positions he associated with “MAGA.” ¤ If one agrees with Biden that this group poses a threat to American democracy, it is reassuring that it constitutes a tenth of the public — and not, as Biden’s detractors had it — half

↥ ↧
🐣 RT @ Bri4Change1
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/Bri4Change1/status/1566127214101516288?s=20/photo/1
[Text:] “MAGA” Republicans are tiny subset of all Republicans (~25%) & even smaller subset of all Americans (~6-9%)
6% of Americans support Jan 6 insurrectionist
8% of Americans “like” election denying candidates
9% of Americans support political violence
Source: http://www.wapo.st/3AKP6FF

🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ NEW DC govt filing Re Trump case. Confirms grand jury is out of DC which may become important as people speculate about where Trump NARA indictment wd be brought. Also references MAL not being only location looked at. ¤ Unusual for DOJ NSD to do case solo: assume others on it.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ ZoeTillman In its recent filing in FL in the fight over Trump’s request for a special master re: Mar-a-Lago seized docs, DOJ noted they’d gotten permission to disclose info about grand jury subpoenas. Closing that particular loop, the DC federal court unsealed that order today:
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/AWeissmann_/status/1565910727982039040?s=20/photo/1 -2

🐣 RT @tomiahonen As January 6th Committee hearings resume now in September… remember they only had PART of Mark Meadows’s texts. Now they get the parts that reveal the crimes ¤ Expect it to be bad, that Mark DECIDED TO HIDE those messages. But now has flipped against Trump & released them
⋙ 🐣 RT @duty2warn *** JUST IN *** CNN reports that within a week of the FBI search of former MAL, Mark Meadows handed over more texts and emails to the National Archives that he had not previously turned over from his time in the administration.

🧵 RT @jennycohn1 If we are really going to be honest, the Religious Right declared war on American democracy long ago. The Free Congress Foundation founded by Paul Weyrich published this in a training manual in 2001. 1/ https://bit.ly/3ek7j5F
📌 https://twitter.com/jennycohn1/status/1565512295286878208?s=20
// Paul Weyrich Heritage Foundation ALEC

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer UKRAINE’S ACE IN THE HOLE: CRIMEA’S WATER: A recent Ukraine precision strike took out a pumping unit at the dam complex at Nova Kakhovka. This was a not so subtle reminder that Ukraine controls the water supply to Russian occupied Crimea.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1565841850493276162?s=20/photo/1

TheAtlantic, Anne Applebaum: Biden Gambles That ‘We the People’ Still Exist https://bit.ly/3RvT1wN
// Countering Trump’s antidemocratic movement isn’t a normal political challenge.

🐣 RT @ rgoodlaw Good point: NARA has said some classified docs returned in January were “unfoldered.” (@Tierney_Megan @KatieBoLillis) ¤ So those that match empty folders: ¤ Could be (criminal) evidence of Trump handling docs, but less counterintell concern of missing docs
⋙ CNN: Mar-a-Lago search inventory shows documents marked as classified mixed with clothes, gifts, press clippings https://cnn.it/3cMsDAk

🐣 RT @RonFilipkowski When Trump was at his lowest point, defeated, out of the WH, condemned by many Rs in the aftermath of J6, it was McCarthy’s supreme act of cowardice that resuscitated him when he traveled to MAL to kiss the ring. One of the most destructive acts of personal ambition in history.
⋙ 🐣 [text] RT @GOPLeader Instead of trying to bring our country together to solve the MANY problems he has created, President Biden has chosen to divide, demean, and disparage his fellow Americans- simply because they disagree with his policies. Mr. President: you owe millions of Americans an apology.

🐣 RT @NoLieWithBTC The party that put a massive banner over their stage that said “WE ARE ALL DOMESTIC TERRORISTS” less than a month ago is really upset today about being called a threat to America.
💽 https://twitter.com/NoLieWithBTC/status/1565686503627403264?s=20/photo/1
// stage at CPAC

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote Here’s why I think the Biden speech was genius. The GOP is trying to break free from Donald (RNC, Coulter, Ingraham, Mitch, Shapiro, Alex Jones, all backing off.) This Biden speech unified the GOP under Donald and tied its name to his with a cord of steel (h/t Schiff)

🐣 RT @AndrewFeinberg Sad!
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/AndrewFeinberg/status/1565814890585067520?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] 🐣 RT @real [TS] Bill Barr had “no guts,” and got “no glory.” He was a weak and pathetic RINO, who was so afraid of being Impeached that he became a captive to the Radical Left Democrats – “Please, please, please don’t impeach me,” he supposedly said. Barr never fought the way he should have for Election Integrity, and so much else. He started off OK as A.G., but faded fast • Didn’t have courage or stamina. People like that will never Make America Great Again!

🐣 RT @atrupar “The facts are starting to show that they [the DOJ] were being jerked around. And so, how long do they wait?” — Bill Barr on Fox News
💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1565759610803425282?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote BREAKING: this is actually a stunning revelation. This is the newly unsealed more detailed inventory.
¤ https://twitter.com/MuellerSheWrote/status/1565710675531337728?s=20/photo/1
// “43 empty folders with “CLASSIFIED” Banners; 28 empty folders marked “Return to Staff SecretaryMilitary Aide”

AFSC (2020): Trump’s attacks on the legal immigration system explained https://bit.ly/3wMlTJt Trump made 470✛ changes to the LEGAL immigration system; Biden has been able to reverse some of them, but the damage to the system – and to America’s reputation – may be permanent

ElectionLawBlog: Electoral Count Reform Act picks up its 10th Republican, 8th Democratic co-sponsor in the Senate https://bit.ly/3ekdshV This means the proposed act can survive a filibuster “Senator Roger Wicker predicted earlier this year and such a bill could get 80 votes”

🐣 RT @McFaul Polling inside Russia these days is fraught with complexities to identify true preferences. And yet still, this number is striking. War fatigue in Russia is real.
⋙ 🐣 📊 RT @ Flash43191300 ⚡️According to a new poll by the Levada Center, 48% of Russians support the continuation of the war. In May, this indicator reached 72%.

🐣 RT @RonFilipkowski Normally, on Fox, Newsmax and OAN every day I watch hosts and guests call Democrats marxists who hate America, steal elections, recruit kids for sex trafficking, and want to impose a communist dictatorship. Today, I’m watching them call Biden divisive.

😅 RT @owillis NYTimes/CNN 1941: In what was billed as a response to the Pearl Harbor attack, President Roosevelt made a partisan attack against fascism, refusing to extend an olive branch to the domestic right-wing America First movement who has sided with Hitler.

🐣 RT @GlasnostGone Russian forces suffered “significant losses” in the southern Kherson region following #Ukraine’s counteroffensive launched this week. I think very soon we’ll be able to disclose more positive news,” – Natalia Humeniuk, spokeswoman for 🇺🇦 southern military
⋙ CNN [EU]: Ukraine claims Russia has suffered “significant losses” in south https://cnn.it/3RaqxZL
// Russian forces have suffered “significant losses” in the southern region of Kherson following the Ukrainian counteroffensive launched earlier this week, Ukraine’s military said Friday.

“The enemy suffers quite significant losses — losses in manpower have gone from tens to hundreds. Equipment also burns. […] Therefore, our successes are quite convincing, and I think very soon we will be able to disclose more positive news,” said Natalia Humeniuk, spokeswoman for the Ukrainian military in the south. ¤ “We continue to destroy the enemy in terms of its logistics, capabilities, capacities. Ammunition warehouses explode, pontoon crossings explode. It means that the enemy’s logistics and transport connections are undermined to such an extent that they cannot raise reserves.”

Operational Command South claimed that a range of targets had been struck, including a ferry crossing. ¤ “Our air forces carried out 18 strikes on command and support posts, warehouses with ammunition and fuel and lubricants, as well as logistics and transport facilities,” it said. 

According to Operational Command South, three important bridges across the Dnipro river— Antonivskyi, Kakhovskyi and Dariivskyi — are ongoing targets. ¤ Ukrainian forces have been trying to prevent Russian troops from resupplying their units north of the river, essentially cutting off Russian defensive positions. ¤ However, Russian forces continue to shell more than a dozen Ukrainian settlements behind a front line that runs roughly along Kherson’s northern border. ¤ There has been little indication of territory changing hands in the area.

🧵 RT @ tomiahonen Understand what Duty TW is saying. This is true. Let me show you how exceptional it is that we even know of THESE crimes..
⋙ RT @duty2warn
Donald Trump has done many terrible things that we know about. But the things he did that we don’t yet know about yet are likely to be worse.
📌 https://twitter.com/tomiahonen/status/1565584053193015297?s=20
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @duty2warn Donald Trump has done many terrible things that we know about. But the things he did that we don’t yet know about yet are likely to be worse.

🐣 RT @tomiahonen On January 6th crimes of Trump – largest criminal conspiracy in US history – the rioter prison sentences now getting real, as the worse perps get sentenced. This ex cop attacked other cops hitting one with a flagpole. Goes to prison for 10 years
⋙ 🐣 RT @AP A retired New York Police Department officer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for attacking the U.S. Capitol in the Jan. 6 riot. ¤ Thomas Webster used a flagpole to assault one of the police officers trying to hold off Donald Trump supporters. [link]

⭕ 1 Sep 2022

≣ NYT: Full Transcript of President Biden’s Speech in Philadelphia https://nyti.ms/3B6wyjF
// Soul of America speech; The president described what he viewed as threats to democracy, which he said stemmed from the actions of former President Donald J. Trump and “MAGA forces.”

🐣 RT @WhiteHouse MAGA Republican elected officials refuse to accept the results of free and fair elections. ¤ 147 Congressional Republicans voted to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
¤ https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse/status/1565493522886807558?s=20/photo/1

Meduza: The fog of war: Military analyst Rob Lee on Ukraine’s push to liberate Kherson and Russia’s manpower problem https://bit.ly/3KGJO2E Interview with Military OSINT analyst Rob Lee (@RALee85), a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (@FPRI)

Ukraine’s long-awaited counteroffensive to recover territories in the southern Kherson region is now underway, but the situation at the front remains under wraps. The Ukrainian Defense Ministry has barred journalists from reporting in front-line areas and has urged the press “not to question the actions of the command and not to serve as additional tools in the hands of Russian propaganda.” (Russian state media claimed that the counteroffensive had failed before it had even begun.) In this context, one of the only ways to assess the situation on the ground is to sift through and verify bits and pieces of open-source information. Military analyst Rob Lee, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), has been meticulously gathering operational data ever since Russia began its full-scale invasion in February. Meduza sat down with Rob Lee to talk about Ukraine’s push to liberate the Kherson region from Russian occupation. WaPo: In fiercely contested Kherson, Ukraine pushes to retake occupied lands https://wapo.st/3q3Z0gD Kherson is the only regional capital to fall to the Russians in the first weeks of fighting. It borders Russia-occupied Crimea, at the mouth of the Dniepro River and the Black Sea.

TheBulwark, William Saletan: “Semi-Fascism”: The Shoe Fits https://bit.ly/3wPnuyc “Trump’s cult has many fascist elements: “paranoia, fantastic lies, anti-intellectualism, a mythologized national past, selective appeals to law and order, and propaganda about enemies of the state”
// Republicans’ hypocritical reaction to President Biden’s use of the F-word.

🧵 RT @Kasparov63 I’m glad to hear Biden plainly address the need for Americans to wake up to the importance of institutions and the rule of law. Calling out Trump and his followers is politics too, but it’s democratic politics. Fomenting insurrection and denying elections is not.
📌 https://twitter.com/Kasparov63/status/1565501486582452224?s=20

⋙ I founded @Renew_Democracy in 2017 because it was clear America, a beacon for me and so many others behind the Iron Curtain and elsewhere, had taken its democracy for granted for too long. It was unprepared for direct assaults on its norms, laws, and institutions.
⋙ Talking about these things explicitly is important, but it’s not enough. They must be defended, promoted, their essential nature taught and made apparent. Otherwise their abuse becomes another partisan weapon, a downward spiral of illiberal civil warfare.
⋙ Mixing politics and the democratic mechanisms of politics is explosive. It’s the difference between saying your opponents are wrong in what they want and saying they are enemies who should not be allowed to speak.
⋙ Biden’s speech crossed that line itself, and unnecessarily, as it normalizes the practice. But there is a clear and present danger in Trumpist conspiracies & attacks on the cornerstones of the rule of law, and calling them out is important. Dismissing them as absurd failed.

🧵 RT @atrupar Biden begins his speech in Philadelphia: “Equality & democracy are under assault. We do ourselves no favor to pretend otherwise. So tonight, I come to this place where it all began to speak as plainly as I can to the nation… Trump & the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism”
📌 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1565491853402808320?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @PhillipsPOBrien For those wondering why the Ukrainian advance seems slow, I want to say it’s not. It’s unprecedented. The Ukrainians are trying to advance without air supremacy and tactical air support (the prerequisite for almos all successful offensive campaigns since 1939 or even 1918)
⋙ 🐣 RT @PhillipsPOBrien Moreover they are attempting to advance into an enemy with a lot of equipment. The fact that they are doing this in and of itself is notable in modern war. Neither the US or USSR/Russia has attempted anything similar with success for almost a century.
⋙⋙ [comments]

🐣 RT @SpencerGuard “Just by the fact that Russia has acknowledge the fact Ukrainian have conducted a counter attack is a big deal,” Another great talk with @TimesRadio If Ukraine takes Kherson they will seize the initiative in the war. [link]

🐣 RT @ vinm300 The Orcs have 25,000 defending a 100 mile front.
That is a quarter of a football stadium of demoralised Orcs, spread thinner than Gulag soup.
Ukraine has announced they have air superiority.
God bless the USA and Ukraine.

🐣 RT @aNdr0iz 🇺🇦🔥👊 The clearest video I have come across so far of the #Antonovsky bridge after receiving 🚀 HIMARS accurate missiles 🙂 ¤ #UkraineRussiaWar #UkraineWar #antonovskybridge
💽 https://twitter.com/aNdr0iz/status/1564815652065628160?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @dima_strakovsky It’s the battle for Crimea – whoever controls Kherson, controls the water flowing south. I don’t think loosing Crimea is an option for Russia. Agree that it’s gonna get brutal. A little too painful to watch.

WaPo: Biden names Trump as he warns that equality and democracy are ‘under assault’ https://wapo.st/3R9rUYX “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundation of our republic,” Biden said in Philadelphia

NYT: Biden will say that Trump-led extremism is a direct threat to America. https://nyti.ms/3QaIR3V “In several recent speeches, Mr. Biden has replaced his usual calls for unity with sharp condemnations of ‘MAGA extremists,’ saying Republicans have embraced ‘semi-fascism’”

🐣 RT @tribelaw Judge Cannon might discover that there’s just no way for her to draft an injunction with an accompanying opinion that could possibly withstand appeal — even to the conservative Eleventh Circuit. We’ll just have to stay tuned.
⋙ 🐣 RT @kyledcheney DOJ warned that if Cannon decided to block access to the documents, she would have to issue an injunction, complete with a formal process explaining her reasoning (which DOJ could/would presumably appeal)
⋙⋙ Politico: Judge considers temporary limit on DOJ access to Trump documents https://politi.co/3B6V6tS
// Government lawyers argue in hearing that there’s ‘evidence of three significant federal crimes’ but judge may allow special review

🐣 RT @RonFilipkowski In new interview, Trump says he met with J6ers recently and is “financially supporting” some of them. Then says if he wins re-election he will be “looking very strongly at full pardons” for all J6 defendants, “with an apology” from the govt.
💽 https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1565356176161873922?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ BREAKING: Judge to issue written ruling, not ruling from the bench orally. If Judge did not order DOJ to stop any review, that is a very good sign for DOJ.

🐣 RT @OccamsTazer getting real fucking tired of hearing “raided Trump’s home.” ¤ it’s a FUCKING RESORT HOTEL & GOLF COURSE! Not a secure location! ¤ Literally anyone can pay enough $$ & walk through the place. ¤ Fucking Kid Rock—Kid Fucking Rock—was talking about Trump showing him the document stash.
↥ ↧
RawStory, Sarah Burris (Mar 2022): Kid Rock feared Trump was showing him classified maps about North Korea https://bit.ly/3Bgb4SJ
// 3/22/2022

🐣 RT @ JoyceWhiteVance 1/2 There is no call in number for interested citizens to listen to the hearing Judge Cannon will hold this afternoon on Trump’s request for a special master. & there are no cameras in federal courts. We deserve more transparency into the proceedings of the judicial branch.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ JoyceWhiteVance 2/2 The Chief Justice should promptly develop rules to permit cameras in fed’l courts but even w/out that, the pandemic demonstrated how easy it is to let people to listen in. The courts work for us & they should embrace transparency to promote confidence in them.

📊 WSJ Poll: Democratic Midterm Prospects Improve as Races Heat Up, WSJ Poll Finds https://on.wsj.com/3RJ2wsX
90% plan to vote ✛7% will probably vote
45% Biden approval
50/44% Biden v Trump
Top Issues:
16% Economy
13% Abortion
11% Inflation
7% Immigration
6% Anti-rightwing
5% Democracy
// Independent voters, a key to victory in competitive general elections, are now tilting toward Democrats
⋙ Detailed poll results: https://on.wsj.com/3TxBiqM

🐣 RT @McFaul What? Again?
⋙ 🐣 RT @maxseddon The chairman of the board of Lukoil, Russia’s biggest privately held oil producer and one of the few Russian companies to criticize the invasion of Ukraine, has died after falling out of a hospital window, Interfax reports https://interfax.ru/moscow/860208

🧵 RT @ lhsingapura 1. I think this Ukrainian offensive will cumulate in 3 to 5 weeks, if it goes to plan. It’s not going to be a 3 to 5 day fight — it will be a mutual slug festival with lots of deaths. Oleksiy Arestovych said in a recent interview there will be “no quick success in Kherson”
📌 https://twitter.com/lhsingapura/status/1565250281817849856?s=20

🐣 RT @ CoD4Easy The main battle is in the Donbass. If Ukraine is trying stuff in Kherson it means it’s a political move not a military move. Zenlenski regime is playing for time and is prepared to sacrifice the lives of it’s men to see if something turns up,
⋙ 🐣 Kherson is a strategic move, not political; Ukr needs to push Ru at least east of the Dnipro, to protect Mykolaiv Odesa and Moldova; ideally they take all of Kherson Oblast, cutting off Crimea ¤ they only need to keep Kharkiv safe and hold Ru in East (for now)

⏳ RT @WarMonitor3 ⏳ Timeline 9/1/2022 (>1000 likes)
// ⏳= Reverse chronological: (Individual tweets, not a thread)

//➔ Glory to the heroes of Ukraine
//➔ Ukrainian forces reportedly hit a Russian FSB base in a police station in occupied Kherson tonight.
//➔ Russian forces have just launched missiles in the direction of Mykolaiv ¤ Take Cover!!!! 💽
//➔ Ukrainian airforce has just carried out airstrikes on Russian accumulation points in occupied Kherson.
//➔ ⋙ Locals report Ukrainian aircraft activity.
//➔ Russian aerospace is also reported to be active about 30 minutes ago several fighters were seen heading north from Kherson city area.
//➔ Take a moment to remember the Ukrainians soldiers that have made the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefield. ¤ Most of these soldiers held their positions and fought fiercely to the end. ¤ Bravery is hard to come by- but not in Ukraine.
//➔ Russian Spetsnaz are known to change their armbands and uniforms to Ukrainian colours and camo patterns. ¤ However what they don’t realise is that Ukrainian forces change between colours
//➔ Wagner PMC are reportedly recruiting prisoners in Russian prisons to send to Ukraine. ¤ It is also reported they are looking for primarily “robbers and murderers”
//➔ Is anyone having issues with seeing my tweets? ¤ Was told some people are being unfollowed or cannot see when I post…
//➔ Received some humbling messages from people in occupied territories In Ukraine. ¤ I do this for you guys! Keep safe and strong guys.
//➔ Columns of Russian equipment pass the Crimean bridge everyday.
//➔ List of Russian Divisions and Regiments deployed to Kherson Frontline /photo/1
//➔ Ukrainian anti-aircraft fighters shot down a Russian guided missile in the Kherson region this evening
//➔ Planning on doing a recap of: ¤ Battle of Mariupol ¤ Battle of Kyiv ¤ Is there an interest for this?
//➔ And of course there may be another battle of Mariupol in the future. ¤ Time will tell…
//➔ “A group of Russian soldiers raised white flags somewhere in the Kurakhove area, Donetsk region.”
//➔ Ukrainian forces hit Russian base in Nova Kakhovka /photo/1
//➔ Near Donetsk- Russian forces tried to improve their tactical position in the direction of the settlements of Pervomaiske, Nevelske, and Opytne, they were unsuccessful, suffered losses, and withdrew
//➔ There is information Ukrainian forces made some small gains on the Donetsk frontline pushing Russian forces back slightly in two areas.
//➔ “There is a lot of panicked Russians in the Kharkiv direction. We are not talking about details yet.” ¤ 👀
//➔ “The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation received an order from Putin to completely capture the administrative borders of the Donetsk region”
//➔ Russias Defence Ministry claims to have destroyed 44 HIMARS. ¤ Only 20 were supplied…
//➔ Guess they are counting the wooden decoys 😂😂😂
//➔ Accidents happen /photo/1
//➔ Big explosions are reported in Melitopol
//➔ Explosions are reported in Nova Kakhovka
//➔ Explosions in the Antonovsky Bridge direction(Occupied Kherson) /photo/1
//➔ Nearly 2000 Russian tanks have been destroyed in Ukraine. You tell me who is winning 😂
//➔ Fighting continues on the low ground of Yakovlivka. ¤ Russian forces attempted to storm the high ground with no success.
//➔ Russian Armour columns seen around Mariupol possibly heading out. /photo/1
//➔ Russian forces are still stuck in the Knauf plant in Soledar.
//➔ IAEA mission has arrived to the Zaporizhzhia NPP
//➔ Vysokopillya (Kherson) is contested
//➔ Ukrainian air force continues to work. ¤ Russian fighter jets are unable to challenge air superiority.
//➔ IAEA said that the arrival of the mission at the Zaporizhzhia NPP was delayed by three hours.
//➔ ⋙ It is very clear Russia is doing everything it can to disrupt the visit to the Zaporizhzhia NPP
//➔ Would like to thank my NAFO friends ¤ I will buy you all a beer in liberated Mariupol one day!
//➔ It is reported that Davydiv Brid became contested. ¤ (Unconfirmed)
//➔ Clear evidence of Russian war crimes. ¤ Using civilian infrastructure to hide military equipment in a combat zone /photo/1
//➔ The head of the board of directors of Russian oil company Lukoil, Ravil Maganov, died after falling out of the window of the Central Clinical Hospital” ¤ Not suspicious at all…

━━━━━━━▼ Hillary’s Emails (Again)
WaPo, Aaron Blake: What about Clinton’s emails? How Trump’s document controversy differs https://wapo.st/3RvuyrL
● willful mishandling
● intentional misconduct
● indications of disloyalty to US
● efforts to obstruct justice
Comey: “We do not see those things here.”
// Republicans have complained that Trump could face legal jeopardy when Clinton was never charged. But applying the ‘Clinton standard’ reveals key differences.

In explaining his agency’s recommendation not to prosecute, Comey cited the lack of four elements that he said had been present “in some combination” in previous prosecutions involving removal or mishandling of classified information:
● “Clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information.”
● “Vast quantities of materials exposed in such a way as to support an inference of intentional misconduct.”
● “Indications of disloyalty to the United States.”
● “Efforts to obstruct justice.”
Comey concluded: “We do not see those things here.” Thus Clinton was not charged.

💙 ABCNews: No, the FBI’s Trump investigation is not just like the Hillary Clinton email probe. Here’s why https://abcn.ws/3ADtYRL “There was no evidence that the senders or former Secretary Clinton believed or were aware at the time that the emails contained classified information”
// A review of government documents suggests there are key differences.

Prosecutors determined that the evidence and facts of Clinton’s case showed “a lack of intent to communicate classified information on unclassified systems,” especially since “[n]one of the emails Clinton received were properly marked to inform her of the classified status of the information,” and investigators found evidence that Clinton and her aides “worded emails carefully in an attempt to ‘talk around’ classified information,” according to the inspector general’s report. ¤ “There was no evidence that the senders or former Secretary Clinton believed or were aware at the time that the emails contained classified information,” prosecutors concluded, according to the inspector general.

“There was no evidence that the senders or former Secretary Clinton believed or were aware at the time that the emails contained classified information,” prosecutors concluded, according to the inspector general
.

🐣 RT @MSNBC Hillary Clinton didn’t take physical documents. She didn’t ignore pleas for cooperation. She didn’t store highly sensitive secrets at a private club that had an unfortunate habit of letting foreign spies walk around. (via @MaddowBlog)
⋙ MSNBC MaddowBlog, Steve Benen: What Republicans refuse to grasp about the ‘Clinton standard’ https://on.msnbc.com/3pY7eqP
// For those who don’t care about factual details, the GOP’s “Clinton standard” framing may very well have superficial appeal. But it’s still ridiculous.
━━━━━━━▲

⭕ 31 Aug 2022

DailyBeast, Julia Davis: Putin Cronies Threaten ‘Hundreds’ of American Coffins on Live TV https://bit.ly/3RrWqgo
// Moscow’s mouthpieces are now resorting to direct threats of terrorism against Americans as a way to “force” the U.S. to rethink its position on Vladimir Putin’s war.

… Experts on state-controlled television are now pondering whether American support for Ukraine would only change if “dozens or hundreds” of caskets draped in U.S. flags started arriving from all over the world.

During Tuesday’s broadcast of the television show The Meeting Place, hosts and panelists discussed Ukraine’s planned counteroffensive. While the Ukrainian will to defend their homeland is undeniable, the Kremlin’s mouthpieces are firmly convinced that it could be overcome—if only Americans would get out of the way. With former U.S. President Donald Trump no longer in office, convincing Washington to see things Russia’s way is not an option. As a result, Russian propagandists are now suggesting persuasion through violence.

🐣 RT @McFaul Putin ‘Failed In This War,’ We’ll Likely Not ‘See Him Recovering’: Ex-US Ambassador
⋙ 📋 IBTimes, Danielle Ong: Putin ‘Failed In This War,’ We’ll Likely Not ‘See Him Recovering’: Ex-US Ambassador https://bit.ly/3TJl1iL

Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul has said that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine, which marked its 188th day Monday, is failing. ¤ Speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, McFaul said that Putin “failed” to meet any of the “strategic objectives” he meant to accomplish in the war, adding that he is unlikely to recover from the mistakes made during the invasion.

“Remember, six months ago, he said he was going to unite Ukrainians and Russians because Ukrainians are just Russians with accents. He failed at that. He failed at denazification. He failed at demilitarization. He failed to take the capital of Kyiv,” McFaul said. “And now he’s just fighting in Donetsk and in Kherson. So, on the strategic level, I think he’s failed in this war. I don’t see him recovering.” …

McFaul is not the first foreign policy expert to suggest that Putin’s war in Ukraine is failing. Earlier this month, former NATO leader James Stavridis said he believes Putin is aware but refuses to admit that he made a “grave mistake” invading Ukraine. He added that Putin would likely continue to push the narrative that Russia was forced to invade Ukraine by NATO.

More than 150,000 Russian troops gathered along the Ukrainian border prior to the Feb. 24 invasion. Recent estimates from the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine stated that the Russian army so far endured as many as 47,100 deaths in the war. On the other hand, the Pentagon had said on Aug. 8 that Russia may have suffered as many as 80,000 casualties – meaning deaths or injuries – in its war against Ukraine.

🐣 RT @TheAtlantic “Almost nobody in history has ever had such a profound impact on his era, while at the same time understanding so little about it,” @anneapplebaum writes of Mikhail Gorbachev.
⋙ TheAtlantic, Anne Applebaum: Gorbachev Never Realized What He Set in Motion https://bit.ly/3cyNRl8 ‘Having lived much of his life atop the Soviet nomenklatura, he never understood the depth of cynicism in his own country or the depth of anger in the occupied Soviet states’
// Almost nobody has ever had such a profound impact on an era, while understanding so little about it.

CREW: Apple and Google should ban Truth Social https://bit.ly/3QdWzTG “Following the FBI search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, … conspiracy theories and violent posts on the app became more abundant. … [Users] made posts rallying people to prepare for combat”

🐣 RT @neal_katyal This language from DOJ’s filing last night makes clear this is NOT just about recovering stolen documents, it’s an active criminal investigation. And while it doesn’t come out and say it, the target is one Donald J. Trump.
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/neal_katyal/status/1565031946966777856?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] Plaintiff states that “It|here is no criminal enforcement mechanism or penalty” in the Presidential Records Act, and then suggests that DOJ may have “recognize[d] that deficiency, and then decide{d] to re-categorize this case as relating to national security materials[ ]simply to manufacture a basis to seek a search warrant” and may have “mischaracterize[d] the types of documents it sought.” D.E. 1 at 12. These accusations are belied by the statutes cited in the government’s search warrant, which make clear that this investigation is not simply about efforts to recover improperly retained Presidential records. Moreover, 18 U.S.C. $ 2071 criminalizes the concealment or removal of government records, including Presidential records.

🐣 RT @nexta_tv Lavrov hinted to the Moldovans that their country is next on the list to invade. ¤ He promised “to do everything to protect the Russian-speaking population of #Moldova and Transnistria.”

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer NUCLEAR ROULETTE: Russia claims that a ‘suicide drone’ struck the administration building of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. The attack came only hours after armed RU troops refused permission for an IAEA inspection team to enter the facility.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1565159104166985729?s=20/photo/1

CNN: Trump tells court that classified material should have been expected in presidential records found at Mar-a-Lago https://cnn.it/3ecNNIb … and also tweeted (“truthed”?) that anyway he’d declassified them (although the court filing avoided making this claim)

🧵 RT @MuellerSheWrote THREAD :: TRUMP RESPONSE :: Never have I seen such an exquisite legal work product with such masterful use of relevant case law, presented thoughtfully and plainly while addressing the legal questions at hand. Then trumps lawyers responded to it. 😳 1/
⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote […] [Court Filing:] https://bit.ly/3Rm2K9D
📌 https://twitter.com/MuellerSheWrote/status/1565165605753217024?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ DavidPenington2 Trapped by ambition. Odessa & Transnistria were core goals of Putin’s overall scheme. A bridge too far (Mykolaiv). Giving up Kherson & pulling back to the East bank of the Dnipro would amount to abandoning the goal of control of the Black Sea Coast & integrating Transnistria.

NBC: Mary Peltola defeats Sarah Palin in special election to become first Native American representing Alaska in Congress, NBC News projects https://nbcnews.to/3cANJS1
// The results come more than two weeks after the state used ranked-choice voting to determine which candidate would finish out the term of GOP Rep. Don Young, who died in March.

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer KHERSON: A US Gov’t briefing confirmed that Ukrainian forces are making progress in their Kherson offensive. HIMARS is making its effects felt; UKR Partisans and SOF have been providing targeting data for the timely interdiction of Russian ammo depots & troop concentrations.

🐣 RT @ WarMonitor3 Russian soldiers account of Kherson region ¤ Posted on his social media ¤ “The situation is extremely difficult, the bridges across the Dnieper do not function, in fact, the grouping of our direction is now cut off from constant supply there are losses”

🐣 RT @anders_aslund Kakhovka Operational Group: “There are virtually no large bridges left in Kherson Oblast for Russians to use. The bridges have been destroyed by the Armed Forces of Ukraine, thanks to the effective use of HIMARS missile systems; only pedestrian crossings remain.”

🐣 RT @KyivIndependent CNN: US conducted ‘war games’ with Kyiv before Kherson counteroffensive. ¤ The U.S. suggested keeping the offensive limited in geography to avoid overextension along the extensive front line, CNN reported citing multiple U.S., Ukrainian, and Western officials.
⋙ 🐣 RT @KyivIndependent To achieve better results, Ukrainian forces engaged in analytical exercises that were intended to better understand what force levels Ukraine would need to muster to be successful in different scenarios.
⋙ 🐣 RT @KyivIndependent Initially, Ukraine planned for a larger assault but decided to focus only on the southern front for the time being.

🐣 RT @KyivIndependent CNN: US conducted ‘war games’ with Kyiv before Kherson counteroffensive. ¤ The U.S. suggested keeping the offensive limited in geography to avoid overextension along the extensive front line, CNN reported citing multiple U.S., Ukrainian, and Western officials.

🧵 RT @RonFilipkowski Since this typically-deceptive clip is now getting circulated all over right-wing social media, let me again serve as the unpaid rapid-reaction team for the Dems and point out she didn’t say everyone who VOTED FOR Trump, she said people in the MAGA movement.
📌 [TextLink:] https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1565067888721108994?s=20/photo/1
⋙ [Text:] @thejcoop Karine Jean-Pierre says that people who voted for Donald Trump are “a threat to our democracy, to our freedom, to our rights.“
⋙⋙ 🐣 Similar to Hillary Clinton being accused of calling ALL Trump supporters “deplorable.” She said “half” ~ which is about right
⋙ 🐣 RT @RonFilipkowski It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to make this distinction. Many of us have and continue to work extremely hard every day to try and win over the hearts and minds of millions of moderate Rs and Indys who voted for Trump but are disgusted by J6, classified docs, their MAGA nominees, etc.
⋙⋙ 🐣 Biden is also working hard to make this distinction, giving Trump voters the opportunity to pick a side between whether they are MAGA or “Moderate.” ¤ He is trying to create a new coalition of mod GOP, Indies and Dems (exc some extreme, eg “defund the police” & pronoun types)

🐣 RT @RichardHaass Most people date the Cold War’s end as 11/9/1989, when the Berlin Wall came down. For many of us in the Bush41 administration, the true end to the Cold War came months later with Mikhail Gorbachev’s willingness to work closely with the US to oppose Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait.
⋙ 🐣 I was pregnant in July 1990. I remember the joy I felt, thinking “My son will be born into a world of peace.” Then Saddam invaded, starting a new period of war. The “world of peace” lasted only a few weeks.

🐣 RT @duty2warn You want a one-tweet summary of the DOJ filing? Try this: The documents were unmistakably marked. Never declassified. Trump took them. He resisted attempts to recover them. He delayed. He obstructed. His lawyers obstructed. He concealed. He crimed. And – he got caught red-handed.
⋙ 🐣 RT @duty2warn It needs this second tweet: The recovered docs were disorganized. They had been moved. And above all – the documents are not his, they belong to us. He made no arguments prior to the warrant and filed no actions. Every “excuse” has been debunked. He lied, lied, and lied some more

🐣 RT @jaspar “When I saw a 6.6 year decline over two years, my jaw dropped. … I made my staff re-run the numbers to make sure.” https://bit.ly/3AuZzVy by @sheridan_kate
◕ https://twitter.com/jaspar/status/1564960916260675584?s=20/photo/1
// drop in US life expectancy

🐣 RT @atrupar Trump is on one again this morning on Truth Social. You have to be immersed in the culture of right-wing conspiracy theories to even have a clue about much of what he’s trying to say.
💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1564976195917185029?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @BillKristol “Gorbachev was the indispensable man. Without him, the Soviet Union probably falls–eventually. But maybe it isn’t bloodless…When the system began to teeter, Gorbachev was the guy controlling all of the guns. He refused to use them.”
⋙ TheBulwark, Jonathan Last: The Accidental Great Man https://bit.ly/3cxCrhw
// Mikhail Gorbachev didn’t die a hero. He lived long enough to become the villain

🧵 RT @DaveKeating BREAKING: EU foreign ministers have just agreed to fully suspend the union’s 2007 visa facilitation agreement with 🇷🇺 #Russia, announces 🇪🇺 foreign affairs chief @JosepBorrellF in Prague. ¤ He says Russians entering neighboring EU states present a “security risk”
📌 https://twitter.com/DaveKeating/status/1564967965837205506?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @DaveKeating Borrell says this common EU approach ending visa facilitation will prevent #Russians from engaging in Schengen “visa shopping”. ¤ “We have seen many Russians travelling to 🇪🇺 for leisure and shopping as if no war was raging in #Ukraine. This cannot be business as usual.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @DaveKeating Borrell: “This [compromise] will allow visas to be granted on an individual basis after a thorough assessment of each individual case and especially specific groups of people.” ¤ “We don’t want to cut ourselves off from those Russians who are against the war in #Ukraine”
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Czech FM Jan Lipavsky (🇪🇺 Council presidency) says member states bordering Russia can take national measures at their borders to restrict Russians entering. ¤ But, ‘in accordance with the Schengen code’ (which means they have to honor a visa granted by a different EU country.)

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Trump’s loony rants should remind the GOP his nomination would be disastrous https://wapo.st/3cCFqFh “Years of sycophancy or silence, years of building a right-wing media cocoon … may prevent the party from engaging in rudimentary self-preservation”

🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ Key take aways: Trump and two of his attorneys are in big trouble for obstruction of justice; and proof of Trump knowledge got stronger: classified docs all over, including his office and with personal items, and deliberately withheld. Legal arguments compelling.

🧵 RT @MuellerSheWrote BREAKING :: THREAD :: my thoughts on the DoJ filing in response to Donald wanting a special master, wanting “his” stuff back, and wanting DoJ to stop going through “his” stuff. Right off the bat, “notwithstanding baseless accusations,”DoJ says no, and even then, no. 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/MuellerSheWrote/status/1564871602499596288?s=20

⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote First, Donald has NO STANDING to seek relief over PRESIDENTIAL records because THEY DONT BELONG TO HIM. No need to paraphrase that. And as I have said, the court lacks jurisdiction here. 2/

⋙ Summary of Argument
Plaintiff’s motion to appoint a special master, enjoin further review of seized materials, and require the return of seized items fails for multiple, independent reasons. As an initial matter, the former President lacks standing to seek judicial relief or oversight as to Presidential records because those records do not belong to him. The Presidential Records Act makes clear that “It]he United States” has “complete ownership, possession, and control” of them. 44 U.S.C.S 2202. Furthermore, this Court lacks jurisdiction to adjudicate Plaintiff’s Fourth Amendment challenges to the validity of the search warrant and his arguments for returning or suppressing the materials seized. For those reasons and others, Plaintiff has shown no basis for the Court to grant injunctive relief. Plaintiff is not likely to succeed on the merits; he will suffer no injury absent an injunction–let alone an irreparable injury; and the harms to the government and the public would far outweigh any benefit to Plaintiff. …

⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote Page 9 is Here is where we learn that evidence showed he still had classified stuff, so they issued a subpoena. The trump rep said they did a “diligent search”, and signed a letter saying “this is the last of it”, and then WOULDN’T LET the DoJ check the boxes to make sure. 3/

⋙ After producing the Redweld, counsel for the former President represented that all the records that had come from the White House were stored in one locatton-a storage room .. the Premises (hereinafter, the “Storage Room”), and the boxes of records in the Storage Room were “the remaining, reposttory” of records from the White House. Counsel further represented that there were no other records stored in any private office space or other location at the Premises and that all available boxes were searched. As the former President’s filins indicates, the FBI agents and DOJ attorney were permitted to visit the storage room. Sc D.E. 1 at 5.6. Critically, however, the former President s counsel explicitly prohibited government personnel trom opening or looking inside any of the boxes that remained in the storage room. giving no opportunity for the government to confirm that no documents with classificatior markings remained.

⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote Then DoJ found out that there were STILL documents at MAL (and I’m intrigued as to how they found out. My guess is USSS), and that there was obstruction of justice with the response to the subpoena, so they got a warrant. 4/ /photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote They point out that DoJ got 38 documents back from the subpoena in June, but then seized twice as many during the search, and they were in places other than storage including his desk. And that’s where they call out the passport bullshit 5/ /photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote The search warrant allowed them to seize all the “stuff” mixed in with the classified documents. That “stuff” proves intent because trump had to know they were there. Specifically in his desk with his passports. The passports tie him to the documents. 6/ /photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote One of my fave quotes: “That the FBI, in a matter of hours, recovered twice as many docs with classification markings as the “diligent search” that they had WEEKS to perform calls into serious question the June 3 certification & casts doubt on the extent of cooperation.” 7/ /photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote That means Bobb and Corcoran are now witnesses and should definitely withdraw as counsel and get their own lawyers, because they were either acting on their own, or under the direction of Donald, and obstruction carries a 20 year max sentence. 8/
⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote And since most special masters look for atty client stuff and not executive privilege, our privilege team already completed that work. Just one of the many reasons the appointment of a special master should be denied. 9/ /photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote Also, you can’t get injunctive relief (you can’t stop us from looking through the stuff) because you don’t meet the four criteria to get it. 10/ /photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote First, no way you’ll succeed on the merits. Next, you won’t suffer harm because these DONT BELONG TO YOU. Besides, you waited 2 weeks so your harm can’t be that bad. Third, the government will suffer more harm than you b/c were investigating and conducting a risk assessment 11/
⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote And fourth, an injunction is adverse to public interest because the public has more interest in a national security risk assessment and a criminal investigation than it does in you getting shit back that doesn’t belong to you. 12/ /photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote So for all those reasons, a special master is stupid, but if you DO appoint one, we have some conditions. Everyone needs to submit a list of candidates by 9/7. They should only look at the stuff our privilege team determined was atty-client privileged. 13/
⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote If they DO review classified stuff, they need to already have a TS/SCI clearance, and everything has to be done by September 30th. 14/
⋙ 🐣 RT @ And finally, here is the damning photo of just some of the classified material seized in august AFTER y’all lied about fully responding to the May subpoena. I go over all this on Wednesday’s @dailybeanspod as well. END/ /photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote SOURCE https://bit.ly/3CMgHcs

⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote If you cross reference this list with the list of classified document types found in the January boxes, you get what was found in June and August, along with what they haven’t found yet.
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/MuellerSheWrote/status/1564874272564056064?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] Any and all documents or writings in the custody or control of Donald J. Trump and/or the Office of Donald J. Trump bearing classification markings, including but not limited to the following: Top Secret, Secret, Confidential, Top Secret/SI-G/NOFORN/ORCON, Top Secret/SI G/NOFORN, Top Secret/HCS-O/NOFORN/ORCON, Top Secret/HCS-O/NOFORN, Top Secret/HCS-P/NOFORN/ORCON, Top Secret/HCS-P/NOFORN, Top Secret/TK/NOFORN/ORCON, Top Secret/TK/NOFORN, Secret/NOFORN, Confidential/NOFORN, TS, TS/SAP, TS/SI-G/NF/OC, TS/SI-G/NF, TS/HCS-O/NF/OC, TS/HCS-O/NF, TS/HCS-P/NF/OC, TS/HCS-P/NF, TS HCS-P/SI-G, TS/HCS-P/SU/TK, TS/TK/NF/OC, TS/TK/NF, S/NF, S/FRD, S/NATO, S/SI, C, and C/NF.

🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Documents at Mar-a-Lago Were Moved and Hidden as U.S. Sought Them, Filing Suggests https://nyti.ms/3R1G3qQ
// The filing by the Justice Department paints the clearest picture to date of its efforts to retrieve documents from the former president’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: Justice Dept. says Trump team may have hidden or moved classified papers https://wapo.st/3e9A8l8
// Prosecutors’ filing suggests Trump advisers misled officials trying to recover sensitive papers; photo shows papers marked “Top Secret” spread out on the floor.

⭕ 30 Aug 2022

NBC: DOJ says special master in Trump case would harm national security interests https://nbcnews.to/3Tp8mkR ‘The DOJ said that some of the documents were so sensitive & classified that FBI agents & DOJ attorneys needed additional security clearances to review them’
// The Justice Department’s filing came in response to a motion from Donald Trump for a third party to review the documents seized at Mar-a-Lago.

🧵 RT @Tom_Winter NEW: The Justice Department asserts in a filing that some of the documents seized from Mar-A-Lago were so sensitive and classified that in some instances the FBI agents and DOJ attorneys needed additional security clearances to review them.
📌 https://twitter.com/Tom_Winter/status/1564821787250249729?s=20

🧵 RT @WarintheFuturenThe situation with the Ukrainian #offensive in the south remains unclear. That said, we know enough about both sides – and from the history of such operations – to propose a few areas that are likely to determine success or failure in the coming weeks. 1/23 (Art: Rado Javor)
📌 https://twitter.com/WarintheFuture/status/1564801982900015104?s=20

🧵 RT @Teri_Kanefield Okay, I’ve got it. Here we go. The government’s response to Trump’s motion for judicial oversight and additional relief. ¤ The open with: Trump lacks standing and even if he had standing, he wouldn’t be entitled to the relief he seeks.
📌 https://twitter.com/Teri_Kanefield/status/1564821646115872768?s=20
≣CourtFiling: [pdf] https://bit.ly/3wHyCwX 36p

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote Okay. I’ve read the filing. Lots of significant new info I’ll thread about in the morning, but page 9 really stood out to me: that trump lawyers would not let the DoJ check the storage.

🧵 RT @BradMossEsq I have read the entire Government filing. I spend all day, every day, litigating against the Government, so some of this is familiar stuff to see. This particular brief is very well-done. ¤ Here are the highlights:
1) The facts. NARA negotiated in 2021 for the missing […]
📌 https://twitter.com/BradMossEsq/status/1564825192865611777?s=20

– – – – – – – – – – – > Court Filing drops

😅 RT @ProjectLincoln Elves, nuclear codes, and the dangers of global… cooling? Just another week in the Republican Party.
💽 https://twitter.com/ProjectLincoln/status/1564772585539309576?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ ChuckPfarrer KHERSON: Ukraine’s offensive in the south is expanding. Official UKR sources report that fighting has spread to nearly all parts of the Russian occupied Oblast. Local RU forces face logis tical challenges and are cut off from reinforcements.
⋙ 🐣 RT @KyivPost BREAKING There is “heavy fighting” in “almost the entire territory” of the southern Ukrainian region of #Kherson occupied by Russian troops, Ukraine’s presidency said.
⋙⋙ KyivPost: Heavy Fighting in ‘Almost Entire Territory of Kherson’: Ukraine Presidency https://bit.ly/3e6q24n

🐣 RT @ @Gerashchenko_en Mikhail Gorbachev, last USSR president, died at age 91.

🧵 RT @tomiahonen My Dearest Vladimir ¤ How’s your war going in Ukraine? Did I misunderstand? Wasn’t it supposed to last 3 days. It’s been over 6 months
I’m miserable. Karl Rove says I’m guilty of espionage. Ingraham abandons me. Chris Christie says I was wrong. Ronna has stopped paying my lawyers
📌 https://twitter.com/tomiahonen/status/1564691710126555137?s=20

🐣 🐣 RT @ JayinKyiv Kherson, Russians on the run.
💽 https://twitter.com/JayinKyiv/status/1564264919125696514?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ Anonymousurgent ⚠️⚠️ I have attained video I cannot wait for everyone to see!!!!!
I cannot post yet per Zelensky’s request about the current situations but friends
It IS GREAT NEWS!!!!!! ¤ GREAT NEWS!!!!!! 🇺🇦Slava Ukraine 🇺🇦🔱🇺🇦

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote BREAKING: It appears Merrick Garland is girding the DoJ loins for potentially politically-charged cases by tightening restrictions on employee participation in partisan campaign activity through the midterms. This is an excellent proactive step to preserve the integrity of DoJ.
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/MuellerSheWrote/status/1564664032749006850?s=20&t=THsNmCFsaG-u_j1TBGE4-Any/photo/1

🐣 RT @McFaul Hard to think of a single person who altered the course of history more in a positive direction than Mikhail Sergeevich Gorbachev.
// Gorbachev died today

🐣 RT @atrupar Donald Trump is having a total meltdown on Truth Social this morning. All of these posts are from just the last few hours.
💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1564617652471054338?s=20/photo/1
// truly crazy

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer YOU’RE FIRED? @wartranslated reports on a meeting between Putin and Viktor Zolotov, Commander of Rosgvardia, RU’s National Guard. Putin has appointed, and fired, 6 generals so far in his ’Special Military Operation’. From the took on Putin’s face, General Zolotov might be next.
⋙ 🐣 RT @wartranslated Rosgvardia head Viktor “My grandchildren are studying in England, so what?” Zolotov rambles incoherently telling Putin about full support of the population in “liberated” territories.
💽 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1564611255905697810?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @SkinnerPm Dear America. It’s the guns. Trust me. Or don’t. But trust your dying neighbors. It’s the guns.

🚫 WaPo: Ukraine lures Russian missiles with decoys of U.S. rocket system https://wapo.st/3Rk3b3M

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer KHERSON /1345 UTC 30 AUG / Information continues to evolve. Sources indicate that a multi-pronged UKR attack is developing on multiple axes of advance. UKR continues to interdict crossings of the Dnieper, making reinforcement, resupply or withdrawl difficult for RU commanders.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1564609158955016199?s=20;photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer NOTE: Indications & Warnings is observing OPSEC in its reports. The positions of UKR tactical units are never revealed. Reportage on RU units and battle status is based on RU Telegram channels and communications intercepts. RU is self reporting order of battle information.

🧵 RT @Mike_Eckel Senior U.S. @DeptofDefense officials commenting on Ukraine fighting; lots of questions about reported Kherson counteroffensive: “Are they on the offensive? I think they are. Is this a counteroffensive? I don’t know.”
📌 https://twitter.com/Mike_Eckel/status/1564502869608435717?s=20/photo/1 -2

🐣 RT @RFERL “If they want to survive — it’s time for the Russian military to run away. Go home,” the Ukrainian president said. “Ukraine is taking back its own.”
⋙ RFE/RL: Zelenskiy Tells Russians To ‘Go Home’ As Ukrainian Forces Press Offensive in South https://bit.ly/3Q23kaK

⏳ RT @WarMonitor3 Timeline 8/30/2022
// ⏳= Reverse chronological: (Individual tweets, not a thread); each tweet >1K Likes

//➔ Kherson-Heavy battles continue into the night across three directions mainly.
//➔ “On the first day of the Russian defence of Kherson, they fired so many artillery rounds their barrels were overheating and now are experiencing catastrophic failures.”
//➔ ⋙ They can barely get logistics over the river. ¤ I don’t see them being able to bring new barrels over anytime soon.
//➔ ⋙⋙ Although I don’t think they care about accuracy😂
//➔ Remember the war in Ukraine rages. ¤ Make sure to keep bringing this subject up with local representatives and friends and family! ¤ Ukraine needs weapons to defend itself still!
//➔ Russians ORLAN 10 is possibly the worst reconnaissance asset ever
//➔ Sometimes you have to make a move to hide your other move. 😉
//➔ Mikhail Gorbachev Former President of the Soviet Union has reportedly died.
//➔ Everywhere else in the world ¤ “Have a good day” ¤ In Ukraine ¤ “Happy hunting”
//➔ Russian forces were spotted moving several convoys of equipment directly north from Chernobaevka Kherson region.
//➔ Wagner social media groups claim Russian forces “retreat under heavy pressure” in some areas on the southern frontline. ¤ Surprising coming from them
//➔ Shared by GREY ZONE, this post claims that Russians in the South had to retreat under heavy pressure, and they are having issues with requesting artillery and aviation support. Also dismisses any official Russian claims about Ukrainian losses. https://twitter.com/wartranslated/status/1564684341376057345?s=20/1 -2
//➔ Russian forces attempted to build a pontoon in a secret location near L’vove their attempts were seen by satellite imagery and today one of their pontoon barges were hit.
//➔ I have never seen occupied Kherson be hit this much… ¤ Indication of something 😉
//➔ Clearly Ukrainian MLRS systems HIMARS and M270S are working constantly hitting positions across the whole of occupied Kherson.
//➔ Ukrainian forces conducted another strike on the Antonovsky bridge just now 💽
//➔ Ukrainian forces reportedly hit Russian positions near Kherson prison
//➔ Ukrainian forces liberated the settlement of Ol’hyne North East Kherson Frontline ¤ This information was confirmed by general staff reports of shelling.
//➔ Russian aviation continues to operate heavily on the Kherson frontline. ¤ Good thing their accuracy is terrible 😂
//➔ Ukrainian forces hit Russian depot in occupied Beryslav. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
//➔ Ukrainian forces hit Darivskyi Bridge in Kherson region again. ¤ Russian forces are truly cut off now
//➔ Ukrainian forces hit Russian ammunition depot in occupied Tavriisk ¤ The cookout continues
//➔ Ukrainian forces struck Russian positions in Nova Kakhovka again.
//➔ Ukrainian forces continue to advance south of the Inhulets river. ¤ Heavy fighting continues
//➔ Hunger riots take place in Mariupol ¤ Russian forces continue to not provide basic needs to civilians
//➔ Respect to the brave men and women in occupied territories sharing information with the armed forces of Ukraine. ¤ Not all heroes are in battle!
//➔ Yesterday Ukrainian forces launched a big assault towards Kyselivka and reportedly liberated the town. ¤ They were then counterattacked by Russians and were pushed back again fighting continues. ¤ This information is more than 24 hours old.
//➔ Ukrainian forces targeted the Antonovsky Bridge again just now. ¤ They are targeting the pontoon bridge /photo/1
//➔ Russian forces overnight in Kherson reportedly lost ¤ 159 eliminated Russians and 60 destroyed units of enemy equipment.
//➔ “During the night, Ukrainian bombers carried out 2 strikes on the areas of concentration of Russians in the area of ​​Kiselyvka and Kostyrka”
//➔ Russian soldiers near a checkpoint in Vasylivka fired at a convoy of people evacuating to Zaporizhzhia.
//➔ For reference ¤ List of commonly referred to Russian Military Vehicles ⋙ (thread]
//➔ Poland will more than double military spending next year, to as much as $29 billion
//➔ Several Russian train echelons are heading from Crimea to Kherson
//➔ Russian assaults on Avdiivka are all repelled. ¤ After the announcement of their big offensive west of Donetsk they have made minimal progress in any area.
//➔ Vysokopillya is reported to be liberated by Ukrainian forces ¤ (Unconfirmed)
//➔ Russian forces managed to respond to at least one attack in Kherson. ¤ In certain areas they are very well prepared
//➔ The next weeks will be telling to see if Ukrainian counterattacks in Kherson region have the longevity they need.
//➔ Ukrainian command did a very good job of tricking Russians on the first day. ¤ Lets see if they can do it again…
//➔ Ukrainian warriors in Soledar continue to hold all Russian assaults. ¤ They are real heroes all of them
//➔ Ukrainian forces hit Russian positions in Nova Kakhovka again /photo/1
//➔ Ukrainian soldiers currently training abroad with American M119A3 105mm howitzers. /photo/1
//➔ “The Russians spent at least 10 expensive “Calibers” on strikes against wooden mock-ups, which were mistaken, in particular, for advanced American HIMARS missile systems. ”
//➔ From occupied Nova Kakhovka ¤ “Also in Novaya Kakhovka tonight, the orcs massively took away from local cars, explaining this by the fact that they have a huge number of wounded and have nothing to take them out ”
//➔ Remnants of Russian headquarters hit today in occupied Kherson /photo/1
//➔ Convoys of Russian troops were seen rushing out of Kherson towards the frontlines today early morning.
//➔ Iran handed over 2 types of combat drones to Russia on August 19 ¤ This is their attempt to hunt HIMARS
//➔ Russian base was hit and destroyed in Kherson centre in the morning
//➔ In Melitopol Russian FSB base was blown up by Partisans last night.
//➔ Russian appointed “Head of Kherson occupation Police” was hit by car bomb this morning
//➔ Russian appointed “head of Kherson” Stremousov fled to Voronezh Russia.

⭕ 29 Aug 2022

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer KHERSON /0200 UTC 30 AUG/ UKR forces are maintaining a coordinated offensive along a broad front West of Kherson. UKR task units south of the M-14 HWY are said to have advanced as far as Tomnya Balka. RU telegram channels report that local occupation forces are in disarray.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1564432849574535168?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @DawggChilly Hey I like your posts but what about the whole keep it dark thing
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer Hi Chilly. You’ll note that I have never posted the location of a UKR unit. And currently my posts are informed by traffic sent by RU sources. They are self reporting their own positions. Maps reflect battlefield data 12-24 hours old, and of no tactical utility to the enemy.

🐣 RT @Kasparov63 Commanding?! The Putin power structure is dedicated to commanding money into its pockets. A few regional leaders had to work, but on a national level, it’s 95% mafia looting. Trying to actually do something, like run the military or economy, is hopeless.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @TpyxaNews Shoigu removed from command of troops in Ukraine – British Ministry of Defense.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Kasparov63 If it weren’t for Ukraine’s allies self-deterring and limiting weapons supply, and Ukraine’s need to be cautious around civilian areas (caution not shared by Russian forces), Russia would have been swept out of Ukraine by now.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Kasparov63 Ukrainians are fighting for their land, people, and freedom. Russians for what? Mercenaries for money, conscripts out of ignorance and fear. They don’t want to die for Putin’s delusions of conquest. They retreat as soon as Ukr weapons can reach them.

🐣 “Razzists” a combination of Russian/racist/Nazi/“Z” sign
“Orcs” are named after a race of goblins in Lord of the Rings
“Vatniks” are Russians who have swallowed Putin’s views on Ukraine
“Tankies” are Russians who buy into Stalinism/communism
“Katsap” ethnic slur (“billy goat”)
¤ https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1564485005765664768?s=20

🐣 RT @OlgaNYC1211 Russia’s top story. Nothing to see in Kherson. All is well and their ‘incredible’ military that are fleeing like rats will protect the area. When Russia denies it we know it’s opposite
¤ https://twitter.com/OlgaNYC1211/status/1564446603955654658?s=20/photo/1 -2

🐣 RT @BrimberryJay And yet the telegram channels of numerous Wagner Group fighters (actually known for speaking the truth as opposed to the “official take”) are saying that the Russian defense is in disarray and the first line of Russian defenses has failed in numerous areas on the Kherson front.

🐣 RT @OHareNY 🚨🚨 URGENT & CRITICAL: Armed Forces of Ukraine are requesting that everyone go dark on posting any information, videos, photos, with regards to the Battle for Kherson. Operation Security is critical. Please spread this message across all social media channels🚨🚨

🐣 RT @alphacentauriii Zelenskiy tells Russian forces to flee as Ukraine counteroffensive begins in Kherson ¤ President vows to push Russia’s military back to the border as advisers claim Ukrainian troops have breached frontline in several places
⋙ TheGuardian: Zelenskiy tells Russian forces to flee as Ukraine counteroffensive begins in Kherson https://bit.ly/3RlzC1K
// President vows to push Russia’s military back to the border as advisers claim Ukrainian troops have breached frontline in several places

🐣 RT @ReaganConserv83 From all accounts on the ground following the Russo-Ukrainian War, the Kherson Offensive for UKR seems to be going well. No specifics due to a requested blackout by UKR but seems to be an offensive from the Black Sea coast all the way to Central South UKR. #SlavaUkraini

🐣 RT @Angry_Staffer Zelenskyy tonight: “If they want to survive, it is time for the Russian military to flee. Go home…If they do not listen to me, they will deal with our defenders, who will not stop until they liberate everything that belongs to Ukraine.” ¤ Says they’re taking Crimea back, too.

🔊 RT @ MriyaReport 💥🇺🇦 Now on @MriyaReport – discussing the #Kherson counteroffensive with
@ChuckPfarrer
@SpencerGuard
@TrentTelenko
@CraigM_Regan
@domenpresern
@GJStathakis
@mykkuzmin
@Teoyaomiquu
@JimFraserUk
Join us on the space!
[link] https://twitter.com/MeanMotionMedia/status/1564363410913083399?s=20

🐣 RT @SpencerGuard While it is clear a Ukrainian counteroffensive in Kherson is happening, recent reports say Putin has fired 6 more top generals, sidelined his Defense Minister, and is directly commanding the Ukraine war. That is a great recipe for failure. #SlavaUkraini
⋙ DailyMail: Russia’s defence minister Sergei Shoigu ‘is side-lined by Putin – with commanders briefing Vladimir directly – and is routinely ridiculed by his own soldiers’, British military reveals https://bit.ly/3pWgn3c
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @Ditchcrosser The very person who triggered the debacle with a gigantic strategic blunder assumes full commmand. Way to go, Russia.

🐣 RT @ElyWBlack #StandWithUkraine 🇺🇦 #Kherson #GoHome
💙 💽 https://twitter.com/ElyWBlack/status/1564357960884797440?s=20/photo/1
// Zelensky to Ukraine

🐣 RT @AlanAbdo13The movement in Nova Kakhovka in the Kherson region continues. Meanwhile, 4 BCs, 2 bases and 1 CP were destroyed in the city
💽 https://twitter.com/AlanAbdo13/status/1564357062661906434?s=20/photo/1

NYT, Katie Benner: Document Inquiry Poses Unparalleled Test for Justice Dept. https://nyti.ms/3pVgMCY
// What had started as an effort to retrieve national security documents has now been transformed into one of the most challenging and complicated criminal investigations in recent memory.

🐣 RT @ saintjavelin #Kherson right now. Keep calm and trust in @DefenceU🙏
💽 https://twitter.com/saintjavelin/status/1564342030251311107?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer//FLASH TRAFFIC// KHERSON / 1500 UTC 29 AUG/ Sources indicate that Ukrainian forces have opened a broad based offensive against Kherson.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1564266450113675265?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @atrupar this is truly bonkers
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1564299019194605568?s=20/photo/1

[TS Text:] 🐣 RT @real So now it comes out, conclusively, that the FBI BURIED THE HUNTER BIDEN LAPTOP STORY BEFORE THE ELECTION knowing that, if they didn’t, “Trump would have easily won the 2020 Presidential Election.” This is massive FRAUD & ELECTION INTERFERENCE at a level never seen before in our Country. REMEDY: Declare the rightful winner or, and this would be the minimal solution, declare the 2020 Election irreparably compromised and have a new Election, immediately!

🐣 RT @esq_mike Front page CNN: “Yes, (Ukrainian forces) have started the offensive actions in several directions on the South front towards liberating the occupied territories,” Natalia Humeniuk, a spokesperson for Ukraine’s Operational Command South, told CNN,
⋙ CNN, Jim Sciutto: Ukrainian forces begin ‘shaping’ battlefield for counteroffensive, senior US officials say https://cnn.it/3e6vJiP

Express [UK]: Entire Russian tank unit SUBMERGED in muddy water after failed river crossing – new images https://bit.ly/3wCRX2j
// 5/18/2022; SIX Russian tanks have been pictured submerged in muddy water after a “failed river crossing” in eastern Ukraine.

🐣 RT @ aging545 Russian Igor “Strelkov” Girkin confirms Ukrainian offensive in Kherson region, all bridges are disabled, Russian forces evacuation,Ukrainian HIMARS strike on Berislav & Nova Kakhovka & Ukrainian attacks on Donetsk, Makeevka, Yasinovataya, Gorlovka #Ukraine #Russia #Putin

🐣 RT @ NelBluDipinto [Tr] The Ukrainian counter-offensive in the south, in the Kherson Oblast, seems to have begun. ¤ According to the Southern Command of the Ukrainian army, the Russian first line of defense gave way in three places and the Ukrainian troops took positions abandoned by the Russians.

🐣 RT @1982Javichu [Tr] There were powerful artillery attacks on enemy positions throughout the territory of the occupied Kherson region This is the announcement of what we have been waiting for since spring: this is the beginning of the end of occupation of the Kherson region”. Source UKR South C.

🐣 RT @Spleenlancien2 Ukrainian Freedom Song (Anarchist Song,)
🎶 Free song beckons the Cossack,
And the horse sings: “Igo-go.”
And he probably knows the trick
What yago spun. 🎶
¤ https://youtu.be/meiEsMdIVjA

⏳ RT @WarMonitor3 Today marks 8 years since Russia, despite the agreement and waving the white flags, attacked Ukrainian military retreating from the besieged Illovaysk.
// ⏳= Reverse chronological: (Individual tweets, not a thread)

//➔ Have a nice evening 👏
//➔ Reminder- Russian forces have not advance in Kharkiv region for more then 2 months.
//➔ Battles south of Bakhmut continue around three settlements. ¤ Ukrainian defenders hold their positions
//➔ Battles in Kherson region continue into the night in 7 key locations. 🌎
//➔ American RQ-4B Global Hawk “FORTE 10” ¤ Is still circling just south of Crimea ¤ They are constantly watching
//➔ It is reported that Russian conscripts fled when the attacks were launched near the Inhulets leaving the Russian paratroopers to defend on their own 😂
//➔ I am just reporting on what has happened. ¤ No operational information is given. ¤ Just history not future
//➔ ⋙ I would never report on current plans or operational information keep this in mind. ¤ All information I am releasing is confirmed to be fine to release.
//➔ ⋙⋙ Of course I will report all I want about what Russian forces are doing and what they are going to do 😂
//➔ Ukrainian forces are still pounding Russian positions in Nova Kakhovka. ¤ Big explosions are heard often
//➔ Explosions are reported in the Belgorod region Russia.
//➔ Im offering swimming lessons by the Dnipro river for Russian soldiers…
//➔ Ukrainian forces reportedly liberated Zolota Balka in Kherson region [unconfirmed now, of course]
//➔ It has become clear that Russian forces are still flying in a small amount of logistical capabilities into Kherson. ¤ The best way to solve this is with a stinger
//➔ Ukrainian forces reportedly liberated Zolota Balka in Kherson region.
//➔ Russian logistics are being flown into Kherson. ¤ I should of known…
//➔ Ukrainian forces reportedly liberated Zolota Balka in Kherson region.
//➔ Would you believe Russian forces are still parking planes at Kherson Airport…
//➔ Russian forces are looking for alternative places for their pontoon bridges. ¤ Good thing they are being watched😂 every move
//➔ Ternovi Pody was liberated in Kherson region reportedly. ¤ (Unconfirmed)
//➔ Russian forces have launched a large amount of missiles from Crimea just now! ¤ Listen to air raid sirens take cover!
//➔ Explosions in occupied Kherson ¤ Russian positions are getting pounded all night. 💽
//➔ More explosions are heard in Nova Kakhovka ¤ Nova Kakhovka has not been hit like this before at any point of the war…
//➔ 5 separate times now explosions are reported
//➔ Mayor of Melitopol Ivan Fedorov reports on explosions in the city.
//➔ “After a original breakthrough progress afterwards would be slow and steady to break their defences” ¤ Agreed 100 percent
//➔ Im trying to put out only confirmed information. ¤ There is so much information I am receiving it takes time to understand what is true and what is not. Russian forces are looking for alternative places for their pontoon bridges. Good thing they are being watched 😂 every move
//➔ Ukrainian forces also liberated 2 settlements across the Inhulets river after a massive breakthrough.s Heaviest fighting continues and control of several settlements is unclear at the moment.
//➔ Ukrainian forces reportedly liberated settlements of: ¤ Dmytrivka ¤ Arkhanhel’s’ke ¤ Pravdyne ¤ Claims of liberations west of Kherson city are premature however fighting continues.
//➔ The offensive in Kherson is not massive. ¤ We wait and see as I said… ¤ Maybe other areas are also vulnerable…
//➔ Russian Ka-52, Mi-28, Mi-8 helicopters are flying from Crimea to Kherson right now. ¤ Someone give them a surprise
//➔ The Russian aircraft are seen on this video continuing their journey north. 💽
//➔ On Kherson ¤ “Two villages near Kherson and two near Vysokopillia came under our control”
//➔ The operation began at night with a massive shelling of Russian forward positions and rear.
//➔ What the air defence doing?
//➔ Russian strategy: ¤ Shell everything to the ground ¤ Runs out of shells “Blyat”
//➔ “Ukrainian troops took back 4 villages in the south from Russian occupation”
//➔ Occupied Nova Kakhovka massive detonation of ammunition 💽
//➔ Russian ammunition depot in Beryslav Kherson was reportedly hit. ¤ The detonation of ammunition is reported
//➔ Ukrainian forces continue to launch strikes on Russian positions all over occupied Kherson. ¤ Russian A.D activity is reported all over occupied territory.
//➔ “The White House received information about the counteroffensive of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the south of Ukraine, but does not want to comment on specific Ukrainian military operations.”
//➔ White House-“regardless of the size, scale and scope of the latest counteroffensive, the Ukrainians have already affected Russia’s military potential.”
//➔ Explosions in Nova Kakhovka reported. ¤ Ukrainian artillery is pounding Russian positions all night.
//➔ Here is my take on what happened on the southern frontline today ¤ Ukrainian forces launched assaults in three key areas- the one with the most success is across the Inhulets other areas fighting continues defence is stubborn. ¤ It is unclear still if the attacks have longevity
//➔ Ukrainian counteroffensives also started south of Zaporizhzhia. ¤ These counteroffensives if successful will be slow progress so don’t expect anything massive immediately. ¤ The main areas which need to have success is North east if they can break that they are in a good spot.
//➔ Expectations are high. ¤ Let’s remember these are real people fighting for their country and many will fall In the process. ¤ War is not a game- Frontlines change but people move them!
//➔ These soldiers have families and loved ones. ¤ They are human
//➔ Ukrainian commanders are playing the worlds most tense chess game.
//➔ Russian forces are intimidating the workers at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant to ask the specialists from the IAEA, to leave the Russian military at the NPP for “security” purposes.
//➔ In Occupied Askania Nova(Kherson region) explosions are heard. ¤ Russian air defence is also noted to be active.
//➔ Antonovsky Bridge was targeted again my Ukrainian forces. ¤ Targeting the pontoon bridge /photo/1
//➔ Pontoon bridge was hit reportedly (Unconfirmed)
//➔ North East Of Kherson Ukrainian operations are continuing into the night. ¤ Ukrainian forces are pushing hard in this direction.
//➔ “The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation confirmed the counteroffensive of Ukrainian forces in the south.”
//➔ Antonovsky bridge is being hit again now. ¤ 2 strikes have been conducted in the space of 20 minutes.
//➔ Russian forces have been reinforcing the Kherson frontline for months. ¤ These fortified positions take time to remove.
//➔ In particular a lot of concrete bunkers have been put in place.
//➔ Ukrainian forces hit occupied Berdyansk Kherson region.
//➔ Early reports suggest impacts in the Antonovsky bridge direction
//➔ Ukrainian forces are all making gains on the Zaporizhzhia frontline in some areas I won’t specify yet. ¤ Remember they said “Southern offensive”
//➔ Explosions reported in occupied Kherson right now
//➔ “Lots of explosions be careful”
//➔ Russian air defences are reportedly being activated in several locations in occupied Kherson
//➔ On Kherson ¤ “We provoked the Russian troops into mass redeployment. Now the largest grouping of about 25 thousand is concentrated on the right bank and we have closed it.”
//➔ On Kherson ¤ “Now we are slowly and systematically reducing the combat capability of this group until they run away or start to surrender.”
//➔ American RQ-4 Global Hawk is circling just south of Crimea.
//➔ British RC-135W Rivet Joint is also circling closer to Kherson direction.
//➔ Russian assaults on Zaitseve were repelled
//➔ Photo from Kherson region. /photo/1
//➔ Russian assaults east of Bakhmut are still stuck near the Т1302-М03 intersection. ¤ Fighting continues
//➔ In Soledar fighting continues Russian advances west of Knauf plant are all repelled.
//➔ Russian forces renewed assaults on Ivano-Dar’ivka today(East of Siversk) all their attacks were repelled.
//➔ Russian forces attempted assaults in the directions of Dolyna and Bohorodychne they were repelled and retreated.
//➔ Russian forces attempted assaults in the directions of Dolyna and Bohorodychne they were repelled and retreated.
//➔ Now think about it. ¤ No logistics ¤ No escape ¤ Very bad situation to be in for Russian units
//➔ Summary of events I can talk about: ¤ Currently there is offensives in three main directions.
The one that is most reported about it across the Inhulets where Ukrainian forces have gained a deep foothold into occupied territory. ¤ Heaviest of fighting continues.
//➔ Kherson-I want to emphasise that it is too early to tell if the offensives will have the success it is looking for. ¤ But for now a good start definitely.
//➔ Pravdyne(Kherson) is fully in Ukrainian control
//➔ Russian response to breakthrough on the Inhulets bridgehead. ¤ “The enemy is trying to break through to the village of Bruskinskoe – on the Berislav-Davydov Brod highway in the depths of our defense.”
//➔ It is reported Ukrainian forces have broken through Russian defences near Davydiv Brid and are attempting to liberate several settlements.
//➔ ⋙ This was also mentioned by Girkin several times.
//➔ Ukrainian forces have stuck more Russian positions in occupied Nova Kakhovka just now
//➔ There is success north east of Kherson frontline!
//➔ Russian forces continue to attempt to finish the pontoon across the Dnipro river. ¤ Unfortunately for them this is a futile effort that only ends with one result. 🔥
//➔ Explosions are heard in the centre of occupied Melitopol.
//➔ Kodema is still in Ukrainian control
//➔ [Tr] Glory to Ukraine
//➔ Near Kherson all bridges over Dnipro are now disabled
//➔ Ukrainian HIMARS and M270s continue to hit Russian forward positions all across the Kherson frontline.
//➔ Ukrainian forces have hit Russian positions in Melitopol. ¤ 4 powerful explosions are reported.
//➔ “The Armed Forces of Ukraine managed to gain a foothold and create a foothold in one of the broken sections. ”
//➔ Ukrainian breakthroughs in Kherson are now confirmed. ¤ 3 directions
//➔ It’s unclear if these attacks have longevity yet. ¤ It’s a waiting game to see what happens.
//➔ There is a significant increase in fighting reported across the Inhulets river. ¤ This time Ukrainian forces are on the offensive with artillery and armour support. ¤ The fighting in this area has been very back and forth recently.
//➔ Residents of the Kherson region were urged to stay in safe places, stock up on food and water, and prepare first-aid kits
//➔ Near Soledar heaviest fighting continues in the settlement of Yakovlivka battles are undecided.@
//➔”In the Kherson region the Russian military flee from Tomarino” ¤ (Unconfirmed)
//➔ Photos of a reported impact on a facility at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. ¤ Just 430 feet from a reactor. /photo/1
//➔ Packing their belongings and equipment 😂 /photo/1
//➔”blyad we are going for a swim”
//➔ The Russian military evacuated its military hospital from occupied Melitopol
//➔ One of the objectives of the announcements in Kherson direction was to cause chaos. ¤ And Chaos it has caused😂
//➔ Just to be clear an offensive operation is ongoing. ¤ However the way it has been announced has been purposely done for the reason stated above.
//➔ Russian sources also report “strengthen active operations in a number of areas.”
//➔ The sounds of explosions are heard in occupied Kherson
//➔ It is reported Russian air defences in Kherson region are degraded.
(Unconfirmed)
//➔ Attention! PVS for special forces unit has just reached the frontline. Thanks to everyone that donated and @AlexBondODUA @necyrylfor making it possible. Special forces unit send regards to the WarMonitor account and everyone that donated!
//➔ There is increased activity of Ukrainian forces along three main stretches of the Kherson frontline.
//➔ Head of temporarily occupied Nova Kakhovka confirms evacuation
//➔ It is reported the main Ukrainian counteroffensive is coming from the Kryvyi Rih direction. ¤ This aligns with other reports
//➔ Fear is spreading ¤ Just as predicted
//➔ Ukrainian airforce activity Is reported in Kherson region ¤ (Unconfirmed)
//➔ Several videos are now coming out of abandoned Russian positions in Kherson region. ¤ It is not clear if they are old or not however they look legitimate
//➔”If it’s a psyop, then it’s a really good one I must admit.” ¤ Agreed
//➔ South of Bakhmut heavy fighting continues around Zaitseve.
//➔”Our breakthrough is already significant” ¤ 👀
//➔ Reports of Battles for Kherson centre are false.
//➔ Clashing with Partisans is possible
//➔ Russian pontoon barge of the Dnipro river is now 2/3rds done. ¤ 630m have been built 360m left.
//➔ Just a reminder ¤ Russian forces across the river in Kherson only have a pontoon barge to escape from. ¤ They also only have a pontoon barge to supply them…
//➔ Sukhyi Stavok is confirmed liberated.
//➔ Kherson counteroffensive confirmed from three frontline sources. ¤ It is not mentioned if it will be successful but it had definitely started
//➔ Im reporting on what I am told. ¤ I cannot confirm it with my eyes😂
//➔ Ukrainian forces have begun “shaping” operations in S. Ukraine to prepare the battlefield for a significant Ukrainian counteroffensive- US intelligence officials
//➔ “I am informed that the demand for inflatable boats and mattresses has increased sharply on the right bank of the Dnieper.” 😂😂😂😂😂😂
//➔ “The first line of defence of Russians on the Kherson Front has been broken”
//➔ This is a very vague statement from officials. ¤ I have an idea of where this would be but again I wait for further confirmation.
//➔ There is some reports from Russian soldiers on social media that they have sustained big losses. ¤ There is also hints at a breakthrough. ¤ Something to take into account…
//➔ This is going to be a long day😂
//➔ In the temporarily occupied Kherson region, explosions and shots are heard.
//➔ Very unconfirmed reports of the liberation of Sukhy Stavok Kherson region.
//➔ “Operations are ongoing but it is unclear if it will formulate into a bigger offensive” ¤ For now this is the rhetoric you should go with!
//➔ I would like to point out that PSY ops from either side are in play constantly.
If there is indeed a big counteroffensive you will see me post about it.
//➔ I am currently speaking to several people to confirm the information.
Only available information will be posted for the safety of the defenders.
//➔ Fighting continues across the Inhulets river.
//➔ Fighting continues around Pisky
//➔ What is known in the Kherson region at the moment🔥
Berislav. Getting into the machine plant, where Rusnya was based;
//➔ Hitting a post near the Mayachansky crossing of the North Crimean Canal ¤ Hit in the crossing in the Berislav region ¤ Gavrilovka, Berislavsky district ¤ All hit🔥
//➔ I still wait for confirmation from friends fighting in the area.
I have received some confirmation but not enough to be sure.
//➔”The Armed Forces of Ukraine launched offensive operations in many directions in the south of Ukraine”
//➔ Something is happening on the Kherson frontline more explosions reported amongst other things. ¤ I wait for confirmation
//➔ There is unconfirmed reports of a retreat in certain areas. ¤ I will say again this is extremely unconfirmed.

🐣 RT @MAURICI23722752 The Russian newspaper http://Gazeta.Ru also confirming the evacuation of Nova Kakhovka. This city is 50km north of the city of Kherson, which indicates that the Ukrainian offensive in the region is either coming from the north or is even much broader than previously thought [link]

🐣 RT @WarMonitor3 One of the objectives of the announcements in Kherson direction was to cause chaos. ¤ And Chaos it has caused 😅

🐣 RT @Faytuks Ukrainian sources sharing this map from the Kherson frontline.
🌎 https://twitter.com/Faytuks/status/1564221218106089480?s=20/photo/1
// extensive: arrows along the entire front west of Kherson ➔ Nova Kakhovka

🐣 RT @MarkRid89403375 Russian state affiliated media reporting a mass evacuation was ordered in Russian controlled Nova Kakhovka, Kherson Oblast. #Ukraine

🐣 RT @cathy39637692 In Kherson Oblast, the Armed Forces cut off the occupiers from military communication with Crimea ¤ The operative group of troops “Kakhovka” informs that HIMARS destroyed almost all large bridges – Antonivsky railway bridge, road bridge and Novokakhovsky bridge.

🐣 RT @Igor_from_Kyiv_ Every day we fight for our freedom, life, independence. We are on our God-given land. And no fascists and occupiers will change this. The truth is with us.#Ukraine️ #UkraineRussiaWar #Ukrainian #StopRussianAggression
💙 💽 https://twitter.com/Igor_from_Kyiv_/status/1563932291092684800?s=20/photo/1
💙 💽 https://twitter.com/Igor_from_Kyiv_/status/1564200957004627968?s=20/photo/1
// music video

🧵 RT @jimsciutto Scoop: Ukrainian forces have begun “shaping” operations in S. Ukraine to prepare the battlefield for a significant Ukrainian counteroffensive, two senior US officials briefed on the intel tell me. US believes the long-anticipated counteroffensive will include air & ground ops. 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/jimsciutto/status/1564206149783650304?s=20

⋙ 🐣 RT @jimsciutto 2/ Shaping operations are standard military practice prior to an offensive and involve striking weapons systems, command and control, ammunition depots and other targets to prepare the battlefield for planned advances.
⋙ 🐣 RT @jimsciutto 3/ The plans come as Russia’s war in Ukraine has passed its six-month mark, with US assessments indicating that Russia has been able to deploy fewer units to the frontlines than initially thought, according to a senior US official.
⋙ 🐣 RT @jimsciutto 4/ The official said many of the existing units — which Russia organizes into Battlefield Tactical Groups, or BTGs, comprising infantry, tanks, artillery and air defense — are deploying below strength, some even at half their normal manpower.
⋙ 🐣 RT @jimsciutto 5/ Ukraine indicated Monday the actions were underway. “Ukrainian armed forces have started the offensive actions in several directions on the South front towards liberating the occupied territories,” Natalia Humeniuk, spokesperson for UKR’s Operational Command South, told CNN.
⋙ 🐣 RT @jimsciutto 6/ She added: “All the details will be available after the operation is fulfilled.”

🐣 RT @BarracudaVol1 A Russian soldier from the Kherson front line: they are shooting from everything they have and now they have a lot, time is not in our favor, we need to radically change the strategy. The risk of losing Kherson is great. We have a lot of loss. Ru/photo/1

🐣 RT @NewVoiceUkraine BREAKING: #Ukraine military has breached the #Russia first line of defense near #Kherson, according to a spokesperson for Operational Command South. They believe there’s a real chance to liberate its occupied territories, considering the very successful use of Western weapons.

🐣 RT @Krma4Karma ⚡️🇺🇦⚡️Ukraine has broken through the Russian lines near Kherson City 👇
⋙ 🐣 RT @StratcomCentre The Armed Forces of Ukraine have breached the occupiers’ first line of defence near Kherson. They believe that Ukraine has a real chance to get back its occupied territories, especially considering the very successful use of Western weapons by the Ukrainian army.

🐣 RT @HromadskeUA [Tr] The Armed Forces of Ukraine broke through the first line of defense in the Kherson Region, reports the Operational Group of Forces “Kakhovka”. ¤ “The 109th regiment of the DPR withdrew from its positions in the Kherson region, the Russian paratroopers supporting them fled the battlefield,” the group reports
💽 https://twitter.com/HromadskeUA/status/1564189308633993216?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Conflicts BREAKING: Reports Ukraine has begun a significant counteroffensive against Russian positions in the occupied Kherson region this morning.

🐣 RT @WarMonitor3 Something is happening on the Kherson frontline more explosions reported amongst other things. ¤ I wait for confirmation

🐣 RT @bayraktar_1love Something very serious is definitely happening in the Kherson direction. I do not remember such an intense flow of information about explosions and attacks on Russian positions during the entire war. There are also serious reports about a counteroffensive operations.

🔄 🐣 .@JoeNBC @MorningMika @Morning_Joe
¤ https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1564003219063308293?s=20
// Hillary’s emails in a nutshell

🐣 RT @KyivIndependent ⚡️UK intelligence: Russian defense minister ‘side-lined’ within Russian leadership. ¤ The U.K. Defense Ministry said in its latest update that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is being “side-lined,” with Russian operational commanders briefing Putin on the course of the war
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/KyivIndependent/status/1564168200903950337?s=20/photo/1
// UK Defence Report

[Text:] Recent independent Russian media reports have claimed that due to the operational commanders briefing President Putin directly on the course of the war.

Russian officers and soldiers with first-hand experience of the war probably routinely ridicule Shoigu for his ineffectual and out-of-touch leadership as Russian progress has stalled. Shoigu has likely long struggled to overcome his reputation as lacking substantive military experience, as he spent most of his career in the construction sector and the Ministry of Emergency Situations.

🐣 RT @leonidragozin In a bout of depression, Kremlin war propagandist, former neo-nazi Dmitry Steshin laments that ordinary Russians are ready to return Donbas to Ukraine in exchange for normal life and that blood and soil means nothing to them. Predicts that it is their last peaceful summer. [TextLink: Ru]

⭕ 28 Aug 2022

🐣 RT @bayraktar_1love Something very serious is definitely happening in the Kherson direction. I do not remember such an intense flow of information about explosions and attacks on Russian positions during the entire war. There are also serious reports about a counteroffensive operations.

🔄 🐣 .@JoeNBC @MorningMika @Morning_Joe
¤ https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1564003219063308293?s=20
// Hillary’s emails in a nutshell

🧵 RT @ OPolianichev The history of colonial warfare knows numerous examples of atrocities unparalleled in the history of “conventional” wars within Europe itself. One of them was the use of skulls as military trophies. Tsarist Russia was no exception to the rule. An important [thread] 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/OPolianichev/status/1563871700835606528?s=20
[…]
💙 ⋙ 🧵 RT @OPolianichev One of the most ominous things in Putin’s 2021 article on the “historical unity of Russians and Ukrainians” was the description of Ukraine as “anti-Russia.” So far, nobody has traced the origins of this term. A [thread] on the rhetoric that paved the way for the Russian invasion. 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/OPolianichev/status/1563146619486232576?s=20

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance The law applies to Trump like it does to everyone else & I’m confident DOJ will make prosecutive decisions based on the law & the facts, not Trump’s veiled threats. ¤ That’s the point of living in a rule of law country. A strongman can’t hold us hostage with threats of violence.

🐣 RT @ harrylitman Well done piece and important for many reasons. Adding to pile: 1) exec priv was Trump’s arg to stonewall; and 2) if it had shred of validity, the NARA letter would have been wrong. No Special Master is needed but the bigger point is exec priv claim can’t get off ground.
⋙ 🐣 RT @rgoodlaw We generally do not publish on Sundays, but did today. ¤ This important article gets to the core of Trump’s request for a Special Master to keep “executive privilege” docs from FBI. ¤ A great expert @mls1776 analytically decimates that idea.
⋙⋙ JustSecurity, Michael Stern: Assessing Trump’s Claim of ‘Executive Privilege’ on FBI Access to MAL Docs https://bit.ly/3ATDyRI “NARA was not only justified in denying Trump’s assertion of executive privilege. It really had no choice in the matter”
[…]
⋙ 🐣 RT @SisterUnity How can you claim executive privilege if you are no longer the executive?
⋙⋙ 🐣 you can under the Presidential Records Act, unless the incumbent president needs the information; the claim is the FBI needs it as well as the Intel Community; both are part of the Exec Branch. so Trump is trumped
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 it’s a bit more complicated than that; but the main point is: the info is critical to the Exec Branch performing its functions: 1) investigating crimes, and 2) seeing if national security was compromised

🐣 RT @EuromaidanPress Russians shelled occupied Energodar, Zaporizhzhia last night – 🇺🇦President’s Office ¤ “They are trying to blackmail the world. They fire at Nikopol, Marhanets and imitate a [Ukrainian] return fire at Enerhodar, although they fire on their own,” he wrote.
https://t.me/ermaka2022/1201

🐣 RT @FrankFigliuzzi1 Using fake ID and posing as a European heiress, Russian speaking woman made multiple trips in and out of Mar-a-Lago: Federal authorities investigating Ukrainian immigrant who posed as a Rothschild, rubbed elbows with Trump and his allies at Mar-a-Lago
⋙ Post-Gazette: Inventing Anna: The tale of a fake heiress, Mar-a-Lago and an FBI investigation https://bit.ly/3QbFnOF A Russian-speaking immigrant, made several trips into Mar-a-Lago posing as a member of the Rothschild family & golfing w Trump & Lindsey Graham

🐣 RT @iaeaorg This week, DG @rafaelmgrossi leads the IAEA Support & Assistance Mission to #Zaporizhzhya (ISAMZ) to:
🔹Assess physical damage
🔹Determine functionality of safety & security systems
🔹Evaluate staff conditions
🔹Perform urgent safeguards activities
👉https://bit.ly/3pPfdWX
⋙ 🐣 RT @rafaelmgrossi The day has come, @IAEAorg’s Support and Assistance Mission to #Zaporizhzhya (ISAMZ) is now on its way. We must protect the safety and security of #Ukraine’s and Europe’s biggest nuclear facility. Proud to lead this mission which will be in #ZNPP later this week.

🐣 RT @ItsBorys For so many years, russian propagandists, trolls and tankies had a powerful effect on the narrative about Ukraine ¤ That’s why it’s so genuinely fulfilling to watch their heads explode now while internet dogs just dunk on them over and over and over again
⋙ SMH: NAFO, the furry fellas taking a bite out of Russia’s info war machine https://bit.ly/3wybPn1
// SydneyMorningHerald

😅 RT @letheisslow Here is a comprehensive guide explaining the origins of #NAFO.
◕ https://twitter.com/letheisslow/status/1563966547315539971?s=20/photo/1
// chart of conspiracy theories

NYT: Trump’s Legal Team Scrambles to Find an Argument https://nyti.ms/3AwhICE “[T]he legal arguments put forth by his team sometimes strike lawyers not involved in the case as more about setting a political narrative than about dealing with the possibility of a federal prosecution”
// The lawyers representing the former president in the investigation into his handling of classified documents have tried out an array of defenses as they seek to hold off the Justice Department.

🐣 RT @DefenceU [UA] We usually express gratitude to our international partners for the security assistance. But today we want to give a shout-out to a unique entity – North Atlantic Fellas Organization #NAFO.
Thanks for your fierce fight against kremlin’s propaganda &trolls.
We salute you, fellas!
😅 https://twitter.com/DefenceU/status/1563851548643426304?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer NUCLEAR ROULETTE: RU artillery is reported to have hit residential buildings in the town of Enerhodar, home to the plant’s technicians & administrators. Video from the scene shows vehicles on fire near apartment buildings. These fires were burning out of control at last report.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1563989020790628354?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @SpiroAgnewGhost The man is dangerously insane and so scared. My god. He really is falling apart in the last 30 minutes, even for him. He has this unique & incredible need to show his off the charts fear and terror of what is happening in the most unhinged way possible.
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/SpiroAgnewGhost/status/1564022228777242625?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] 🐣 RT [TS] @realDonald Trump The DOJ and FBI are practicing Election Interference at the highest and most dishonest level our Country has ever seen before, both in the Midterms, and the 2024 Presidential Election. They allowed spying on my campaign (and did nothing!), told Facebook and the Media that the Laptop from Hell was “Russian Disinformation” (it wasn’t!), and now they don’t want anyone to read the words and meaning of the very important Presidential Records Act, under which I did nothing wrong, BUT THEY DID – RAID!

🐣 RT @AndrewFeinberg A US senator is all but threatening violence if the ex-president he’s pledged his fealty to gets prosecuted for crimes.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Acyn Graham says there will be riots in the streets if Trump is prosecuted
💽 https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1564029020995469312?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @AmoneyResists We’ve watched Trump wage war on:
—Our free press
—Our democracy
—Our judiciary
—Our intelligence agencies
—Our department of justice
—Our Congress
—Our military
—Our global reputation/standing
—Our national security
—Our public health
—Our elections
—Our 🌏
But never Putin

━━━━━━━▼ Old Ukraine Maps:
🐣 RT @OksanaLviv2 Map of South_RU (Ukrainian) dialects and colloquials published in 1871, St. Petersburg by”Typography and Chromo-Lithography of A. Transhel”.Compiled by Ukrainian ethnographers of the 19c Pavlo Platonovych Chubynskyi (1839–1884) & Kostyantyn Petrovych Mikhalchuk (1841–1914)
🌎 https://twitter.com/OksanaLviv2/status/1563945364553703431?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @OksanaLviv2 Please note that Ukrainian is only referred to in the notes: UA language was official prohibited by RU Imperial edicts. The authors mentioned three UA colloquial dialects in the notes: Ukrainian (Central and SE UA), Poleshian (N UA on the border with BLR) and Red-Ruthenian (W UA)

🐣 RT @OksanaLviv2 In 1918 Ukrainian Republic announced that it was separating from Russia and becoming an independent state. To tell the world about the new country, a colorful infographic poster was published in Bucharest, which tells about UA history, language and economy in English and French
🌎 https://twitter.com/OksanaLviv2/status/1563941374004690946?s=20/photo/1
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @OksanaLviv2 Ukraine’s history of most of the 20c is a tragic story of survival:consecutive waves of conquests, genocides, artificial famines, state-lead repressions/assimilations. This map and info published in 1918 might be of interest to you. UA population at the time was 50mln(>42mln now)
⋙ 🐣 I’ve read “Bloodlands” by Timothy Snyder. It’s heart-wrenching. My daughter-in-law is from Krasnik near Lublin and my paternal grandmother was from Southeast Poland as well. The history of this borderland is full of tragedy. I’m glad Poland has been so welcoming to refugees
🐣 RT @Pegase68052945 it reminds of this map
🌎 https://twitter.com/Pegase68052945/status/1563600124533948416?s=20/photo/1
// La République UKRAÏNIENNE (1914)

🐣 RT @Real_Zaphod Ukraine could be entitled to the entire Krasnodar region…
🌎 https://twitter.com/Real_Zaphod/status/1563247024991916033?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 can you see a date for that map?
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @OksanaLviv2 1934 – one of the ethnographical maps published by Volodymyr Kubiyovych *Кубійович В. Етнографічна карта України і сумежних країв / В. Кубійович, М. Кулицький. – 1 : 5 000 000. – Львів : Літ. Унія, [1934]
━━━━━━━▲

WaPo, Marc Fisher: Is the United States headed for civil war? https://wapo.st/3Tn3vQX
// Fighting words and extremism are on the rise. We are not yet in ‘Turner Diaries’ territory, but that doesn’t mean the country will avoid violent conflict.

My Comment: Our political geography both cuts in favor and against civil war. Blue and Red states are dispersed awkwardly across the country, in a way that makes an easy division into two regions difficult. On the other hand, there is the urban/rural divide. The cities may not have as many guns (though that’s not clear), but they account for an overwhelming share of GDP and production. If rural areas don’t want to feed the cities, the cities can import wheat and corn. Red states can turn into Afghanistan.

That aside, if Biden and the Democrats can hold onto the levers of power, there’s a chance the “MAGA Republicans,” as Biden calls them, will come to their senses, especially if Trump implodes. They are seeing, as Jan 6 rioters are tried and imprisoned, that the Wheels of Justice still turn, and Trump-induced mass delusion has been just one huge cosplay. Go back to watching fantasy tv instead of turning our national experience into a kaleidoscopic nightmare.

🐣 RT @McFaul Disgusting. I hope all self-described “realists” watch this video, and then try to explain again to us how this war is just a defensive/preemptive/rational/logical “special military operation” aimed at stopping NATO expansion & has nothing to do with imperial ideas & identities.
⋙ 🧵 RT @den_kazansky Russian mercenary Igor Mangushev (Bereg) made a performance with the skull of a Ukrainian soldier killed near Azovstal. ¤ In his speech, Mangushev said that Russia is at war with the Ukrainian idea, so all Ukrainians must be killed. ¤ Still think trading with Russia is a good idea?
📌 💽 https://twitter.com/McFaul/status/1563768765036146689?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 27 Aug 2022

🐣 📋 RT @POTUS All the talk about the deficit from the same folks that gave an unpaid-for $2 trillion tax cut to the wealthy and big corporations. It makes you laugh. ¤ Under my Administration, the deficit is on track to come down by more than $1 trillion this year.

📋 WaPo: Truth Social faces financial peril as worry about Trump’s future grows https://wapo.st/3Re1GEe “The company has seen its stock price plunge nearly 75 percent since its March peak and reported in a filing last week that it had lost $6.5 million in the first half of the year”
// Payment disputes and a dwindling audience have fueled doubts about the former president’s Twitter clone

… Trump, the site’s most popular user, has fewer than 4 million followers, and the site’s most active trending topics, including #DefundTheFBI, have shown only a few thousand people posting to them in recent days, data from the site shows. For comparison, Twitter says it has about 37 million people in the U.S. actively using the site every day. …

… [I]n the days since the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago, Truth Social’s viewership has slowed, according to traffic estimates from Similarweb, an online analytics firm. Its U.S. audience has tumbled to about 300,000 views per day, down from nearly 1.5 million on the day of its launch.

While the site’s reputation suffered after its February launch was marred by fake accounts, a long wait list and other technical glitches, that time also marked the peak of the site’s online popularity, the estimates show.

🐣 RT @New_Narrative Gallup: The latest improvement in Biden’s overall approval rating puts him in better standing before midterm elections than five of his predecessors over the past 40 years – Reagan in 1982, Clinton in 1994, Bush in 2006, Obama in 2014 and Trump in 2018.
⋙ 📊 Gallup: Biden’s Job Rating Rises to 44%, Highest in a Year https://bit.ly/3CCVlhE

🐣 RT @Chris_D_Steele The killing of Dugina in Russia’s looking increasingly like the 1999 Moscow apartment bombings. If so, it’s a false flag op by an FSB faction, blamed on Putin’s enemies and designed to whip up nationalist fervour in support of military escalation (in Chechnya then, Ukraine now).

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ The most obvious reason that a Special Master is unnecessary in Trump’s case is that as far as unclassified presidential records are concerned, DOJ is not concerned with their *contents* (which is what EP protects), they are concerned with their *unlawful removal and retention*

WaPo: Inside Trump’s war on the National Archives https://wapo.st/3pS71oQ “Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in refusing to turn over documents, at times suggesting that the records are his and should not be given back to the Archives”
// The agency has been hit with a wave of threats and vitriol since the FBI retrieved scores of classified records from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club

🐣 RT @PoliticoEurope The Ukrainian government has begun carrying out a “mandatory evacuation” of nearly 750,000 people in areas of the country where the fighting is fiercest in what is being described as “the biggest movement of people” in the country’s history.
⋙ Politico [EU]: ‘The biggest movement in the history’ — Ukraine evacuates the front line https://politi.co/3Req0pw
// Under criticism from rights groups, Kyiv hopes to relocate 750,000 people away from the fighting.

🐣 RT @MeidasTouch Donald Trump gave a highly incriminating interview to Lou Dobbs in which he said he can take whatever documents he wants. He should really heed Karl Rove’s advice and remain silent.
💽 https://twitter.com/MeidasTouch/status/1563608461765918721?s=20/photo/1
🔄 ⋙ 🐣 NationalArchives: The Presidential Records Act (PRA) of 1978 (44 U.S.C. §§ 2201–2209) https://bit.ly/3TqkvpI
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1563650370588606469?s=20/photo/1 -2

🐣 RT @ BradMossEsq A preview of likely points in DOJ’s response to Judge Cannon re the Special Master.
1) there is no such thing as a SM for classified documents
2) there is no such thing as a SM for Executive Privilege documents
3) even if there was, it would all be in camera and ex parte.
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @ BradMossEsq This is a temporary victory for Trump’s team. It is not an injunction. The filter team has been doing its work for two weeks already. And this order goes out of its way to say this doesn’t mean she will ultimately appoint a Special Master.
⋙ 🐣 RT @MarcACaputo Federal judge just issued her preliminary order intending to appoint a special master that Trump sought to review the documents seized in the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/BradMossEsq/status/1563637421270523904?s=20/photo/1 -2

🐣 📊 RT @MorePerfectUS UPDATE: New poll shows overwhelming support for a Michigan ballot initiative that would enshrine reproductive rights in the state constitution. ¤ The measure would override a 90-year-old state law that makes abortion a felony even in cases of rape or incest.
// Yes, override 67%, No 24%, 9% Undecided (EPIC-MRA | AUG. 18-23 | 600 RESPONDENTS | +,-4%)

🐣 RT @BreakingNews [NBC] The Director of National Intelligence said the agency will conduct a damage assessment of the boxes of documents that were seized from former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, in a letter to congressional lawmakers obtained by @NBCNews.
⋙ NBC: Intel officials will assess ‘risk to national security’ from documents found at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago https://nbcnews.to/3AvK3sC
// In a letter to lawmakers, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines said her office is conducting a damage assessment of the documents recovered from the former president’s Florida club Aug. 8.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, or DNI, which oversees the CIA, the National Security Agency and 16 other agencies, will “lead an Intelligence Community assessment of the potential risk to national security that would result from the disclosure of the relevant documents,” director Avril Haines wrote in the letter, dated Friday.

The DNI and Department of Justice are “working together to facilitate a classification review of relevant materials, including those recovered during the search,” Haines added, and both teams will coordinate closely to ensure the assessment doesn’t interfere with DOJ’s ongoing criminal investigation.

The letter, first reported by Politico, was addressed to House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and House Oversight Committee chair Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., who had both asked for a security damage assessment days after the FBI searched Trump’s Florida club on Aug. 8. The Senate intelligence committee has also asked for a damage assessment as well as further details about the substances of the documents but is yet to receive any.

🐣 RT @anders_aslund US Republicans have to clarify their stand. Are they for Putin/Trump or for the USA? To claim to be both for Trump and the USA is not credible. @tedcruz @MarshaBlackburn @marcorubio @RonJohnsonWI

💙 🧵 RT @tomiahonen Affidavit Day Thread 1/ ¤ So we had fun with Affidavit Day. Now let’s do a Thread of what we learned, and where we now stand, on the largest espionage case in US history, in fact Trump’s theft of US secrets is one of largest in world, of all time #TrumpStoleClassifiedDocuments
📌 https://twitter.com/tomiahonen/status/1563514729284321280?s=20

🐣 RT @AndrewFeinberg I’m pretty sure the former president just confirmed the theory that fear of FBI leakers in SDNY was the reason James Comey sent that October letter re the Weiner laptop and admitted that the letter got him elected.
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/AndrewFeinberg/status/1563596673406074880?s=20/photo/1

[Trump Text:] When are the great Agents, and others, in the FBI going to say “we aren’t going to take it anymore,” much as they did when James Comey read off a list of all of Crooked Hillary Clinton’s crimes, only to say that no reasonable prosecutor would prosecute. The wonderful people of the FBI went absolutely “nuts,” so Comey had to backtrack and do a FAKE INVESTIGATION in order to keep them at bay. The end result, we won in 2016 (and did MUCH better in 2020!). But now the “Left” has lost their minds!!!

WaPo: Truth Social faces financial peril as worry about Trump’s future grows https://wapo.st/3Re1GEe
// Payment disputes and a dwindling audience have fueled doubts about the former president’s Twitter clone

🧵 RT @highbrow_nobrow Known Timeline:
1. 7/31/2019: Trump spoke with Putin (NYT)
2. 8/3/2019: Trump issued a request for a list of top US spies (The Daily Beast)
3. 10/5/2021: “CIA Admits to Losing Dozens of Informants”. (NYT)
4. 8/26/2022: Documents at MAL Could Compromise Human Intel (NYT) 1/5
📌 🖼 https://twitter.com/highbrow_nobrow/status/1563549407299383304?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 26 Aug 2022

🐣 RT @MilesTaylorUSA My take: Trump will probably be indicted for this.

🧵 RT @djrothkopf Trump has always had a deeply troubling relationship with the US intelligence community. At his initial briefings as president, he was uninterested in key revelations and instead used the meeting to press officials for a public denunciation of the Steele dossier.
📌 https://twitter.com/djrothkopf/status/1563492477109092352?s=20

⋙ Days later, immediately after taking office, he gave a highly political speech at CIA headquarters that, in the view of former DNI Gen. James Clapper and many others, “desecrated” the memorial to former CIA employees.
⋙ He regularly discounted Intelligence Community views, particularly on the issue of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and the threat they posed to future election security. He revealed classified information to Russian officials in the Oval Office.
⋙ He released classified information via the Internet. He insisted people including his family be given security clearances when it was urged by professionals that not happen. He publicly threw the US IC under the bus during his Helsinki press conference after his mtg w/Putin.
⋙ He forced out senior intelligence officials who he felt were insufficiently loyal to him and replaced them with unqualified political hacks he felt he could manipulate and use to protect him from IC revelations that he saw as threatening.
⋙ He used the classification process to keep politically damaging information (like notes of the Ukraine blackmail phonemail) from the public view. And as we now know, he stole and improperly handled massive number of highly classified documents.
⋙ We still don’t know how many. We still don’t know why. We just know that doing what he did was not simply an act of ignoring the law, it directly put at risk US intelligence assets and US national security. This is not a story about documents.
⋙ It is a story about a man with years of proven contempt for our intelligence community and disregard for their well-being and that of the country violating the law in ways that could profoundly compromise our security and threaten the lives of individuals who were serving the US.
⋙ We have never seen such behavior from a senior US government official, much less a president. And we are only speaking of what we know. Why was he so threatened by the intelligence community all along? Why did he feel they knew things about him that could be damaging?
⋙ Was it just consciousness of guilt due to his active solicitation of the support of a foreign enemy during the 2016 election? Was it more than that? What is it we don’t know? What did he seek classified that he should not have? What secrets went missing before this point?
⋙ What were the consequences of the apparently voracious appetite for secrets his son-in-law Jared Kushner had? Why was he so actively interested in them? What were Trump’s motives in taking secrets and obstructing the USG efforts to have them returned?
⋙ What happened to the documents while they were in Trump’s custody? Do we have all the documents back? Were there documents stored at places other than Mar-a-Lago? What did he get his lackeys to do when they ran the IC? What were his plans for them were he to be reelected?
⋙ These are not “political” questions. These are questions that must be answered to understand what damage Trump and his inner circle may have done to our intelligence community, our intelligence assets worldwide, their safety and our security.
⋙ What we do is this: The same man who undertook this assault on US intelligence, led an attempted coup against the US government, attacked our allies, sought to gut NATO, sought to empower our enemies. This is not hyperbole, not speculation.
⋙ This is the reality of the Trump presidency. It must be seen for what it was and the man at the center of it must be seen for who he was and is–one of the greatest, most pernicious threats to US national security we have ever seen.

🐣 RT @HelenKennedy Fox anchor: they could have just asked for the docs back
Rove: “My sense is they were asking for a year and a half, and why he was holding on to these materials when he had no legal authority to do so under the Presidential Records Act is beyond me.”

🐣 RT @OliviaTroye Thinking about the intel officers, sources & their families who are watching this unfold knowing their lives may be at risk if the classified info was compromised. The affidavit is a testament to Trump’s ongoing contempt for our nat’l security community & disregard for the law.

🐣 RT @SIfill_ A nightmare. Yes. This is what we should be talking about. What we must confront.
⋙ 🐣 RT @PaulaChertok “Last year, a top-secret memo sent to every C.I.A. station around the world, warned about troubling numbers of informants being captured or killed” ¤ Trump Inquiry Fueled in Part by Concern Over Human Intelligence Sources in Documents Trump Improperly Took
⋙⋙ NYT: Classified Material on Human Intelligence Sources Helped Trigger Alarm https://nyti.ms/3KnfhGZ
// Documents related to the work of clandestine sources are some of the most sensitive and protected in the government. F.B.I. agents found some in boxes retrieved from Donald J. Trump’s home.

NYT Editorial: Donald Trump Is Not Above the Law https://nyti.ms/3ctkAs0

NYT, Andrew Weissmann: We Knew the Justice Department Case Was Righteous. This Affidavit Confirms It. https://nyti.ms/3cmtTtN Trump had files marked HCS, FISA, ORCON, NOFORN and SI: the Crown Jewels of the national security community

An agent who reviewed that earlier material saw documents marked with “the following compartments/dissemination controls: HCS, FISA, ORCON, NOFORN and SI.” ¤
The markings for top-secret and sensitive compartmented information indicate the highest level of security we have. Those levels protect what is rightly described as the crown jewel of the national security community.

DailyBeast, Brad Moss: It’s Over: Trump Will Be Indicted https://bit.ly/3Cze1yu
// There is little left for the Justice Department to do but decide whether to wait until after the midterms to formally seek the indictment from the grand jury.

(1) Trump was in unauthorized possession of national defense information, namely properly marked classified documents.
(2) He was put on notice by the U.S. Government that he was not permitted to retain those documents at Mar-a-Lago.
(3) He continued to maintain possession of the documents (and allegedly undertook efforts to conceal them in different places throughout the property) up until the FBI finally executed a search warrant earlier this month.

🐣 RT @Acyn Weissmann: When I read this today, my big overarching takeaway is.. that the former President is going to be prosecuted
💽 https://twitter.com/Acyn/status/1563263204033122304?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @BradMossEsq Sorry @Redistrict, but I am stealing the line. ¤ I have seen enough, folks. Donald Trump will be indicted in the classified documents matter. I’m placing my marker.

🧵 RT @ MuellerSheWrote BREAKING :: THREAD :: AFFIDAVIT
184 CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS
67 CONFIDENTIAL
92 SECRET
25 TOP SECRET
HCS, FISA, ORCON, NOFORN, SI 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/MuellerSheWrote/status/1563217633800966144?s=20
// docs recovered from first 15 boxes turned over in Jan 2022
⇈ ⇊ ⋙ [Classification Abbreviations]
⋙ HCS = HUMINT Control System = a sensitive compartmented information (SCI) control system designed to protect intelligence information from clandestine human sources. 2/
⋙ FISA = Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act = a dissemination control designed to protect intelligence information derived from the collection of information authorized under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or “FISC.” 3/
⋙ ORCON = Originator Controlled = This marking indicates that dissemination beyond pre-approved U.S. entities requires ORIGINATOR APPROVAL. 4/
⋙ NOFORN = NOT RELEASABLE to foreign nationals/governments/non-US Citizens. Information that may not be released in any form to foreign governments, foreign nationals, foreign organizations, or non U.S. citizens without permission of the originator.5/
⋙ SI = Special Intelligence = an SCI control system designed to protect technical and intelligence information derived from MONITORING OF FOREIGN COMMUNICATIONS SIGNALS [SIGINT?] by other than the intended recipients. 6/ […]

🐣 RT @MarkWarner It appears, based on the affidavit unsealed this morning, that among the classified documents at Mar-a-Lago were some of our most sensitive intelligence – which is one reason the Senate Intelligence Committee has requested, on a bipartisan basis, a damage assessment… 1/2
⋙ 🐣 RT @MarkWarner … of any national security threat posed by the mishandling of this information. ¤ The Department of Justice investigation must be allowed to proceed without interference. 2/2
// chair Senate Intel Committee

NYT: Documents at Mar-a-Lago Could Compromise Human Intelligence Sources, Affidavit Says https://nyti.ms/3cmNDNV
// The search of former President Donald J. Trump’s Florida home was spurred by the discovery that he had kept classified material related to the use of human sources in intelligence gathering.

Politico: Trump Mar–a-Lago affidavit reveals ‘handwritten notes,’ highly classified material led to warrant request https://politi.co/3pLc3na
// Records the FBI obtained from Trump’s Florida home in advance of the Aug. 8 search bore indications they contained human source intelligence.

≣ CourtDoc [Unsealed]: AFFIDAVIT IN SUPPORT OF AN APPLICATION UNDER RULE 41 FOR A WARRANT TO SEARCH AND SEIZE https://politi.co/3CA42t1
// redacted affadavit for search warrant for search of Mar-a-Lago; ~21p of 38p redacted
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @kyledcheney 184 docs were found containing classified information in the first 15 boxes, including 25 marked top secret.
🐣 RT @kyledcheney Kash PATEL gets a mention in the affidavit.
🐣 RT @kyledcheney DOJ also explains the reason it asked Trump to lock his storage room — and it wasn’t as benign as Trump and his allies have described.
🐣 RT @kyledcheney NEW: DOJ revealed Friday that it is protecting a “significant number of civilian witnesses” by keeping aspects of its Mar-a-Lago search under seal. ¤ Materials at Mar-a-Lago included extraordinarily sensitive classified/defense info.

😅 RT @tomishonen MY WAY Frank Sinatra
And now, indictments near
And so I face humiliation
Voters, I’ll say it clear
To Vladimir, I sold our nation
I’ve told, my lies they hear
I’ve conned on Fox, the Maga airwave
And more, much more than this
I tricked you
My way
#WorstPresidentEver

⭕ 25 Aug 2022

🐣 RT @GOPChairwomanJoe Biden has still not said a word to mark one year since his disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal
⋙ 🐣 RT @rhonda_harbison
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/rhonda_harbison/status/1562981473887535104?s=20/photo/1
// Trump on Afghanistan withdrawal

[Text:] April 18, 2021
Statement by Donald J. Trump,
45th President of the United States of America

I wish Joe Biden wouldn’t use September 11th as the date to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan, for two reasons. First, we can and should get out earlier. Nineteen years is enough, in fact, far too much and way too long. I made early withdraw possible by already pulling much of our billions of dollars of equipment out and, more importantly, reducing our military presence to less than 2,000 troops from the 16,000 level that was there (likewise in Iraq, and zero troops in Syria except for the area where we KEPT THE OIL). Secondly, September 11th represents a very sad event and period for our Country and should remain a day of reflection and remembrance honoring those great souls we lost. Getting out of Afghanistan is a wonderful and positive thing to do. I planned to withdraw on May 1st, and we should keep as close to that schedule as possible.

🐣 RT @19120101new #UkraineWar #Crimea #UkraineRussiaWar #Ukraine #Russia #kherson #乌克兰 #俄罗斯 #烏克蘭 #俄羅斯 #kyiv #Київ #Україна 🇺🇦 🇺🇦 🇺🇦 🇺🇦 🇺🇦 🇺🇦 🇺🇦 🇺🇦 🇺🇦
💽 https://twitter.com/19120101new/status/1563036940362219520?s=20/photo/1
// patriotic video

Salon: “That’s not what our report said”: Ex-Mueller prosecutor says Barr’s Trump memo is “legally wrong” https://bit.ly/3QQg0mD

Former federal prosecutor Andrew Weissmann on Wednesday pushed back on a newly released Justice Department memo explaining the decision not to charge former President Donald Trump with obstruction in special counsel Bob Mueller’s investigation.

Weissmann, who served as a lead prosecutor on Mueller’s team and successfully convicted former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort, disputed the memo’s arguments and pushed back on the claim that Mueller’s investigation found no evidence of an underlying crime.

“That’s not what our report said,” Weissmann told MSNBC. “It said that there’s evidence. It’s just that we didn’t think there was evidence beyond a reasonable doubt. So, the sort of upshot is I can understand why the department fought long and hard not to have this see the light of day and it’s quite a shocking document.” ¤ Weissmann added that the DOJ reasoning is also “dead wrong.”

“That is legally wrong,” he said. “Our report actually addresses that… and this memo simply does not successfully, at least in my view, address the legal precedents, and it is not the case that you cannot be guilty of obstruction if you didn’t commit the underlying crime.” ¤ Weissmann called the memo a “doozy” and zeroed in on a specific passage of the memo urging Barr to make a decision. …

Weissmann added that the memo appeared to show why Barr did not consult Mueller on whether the president committed a crime. ¤ “We now know clearly from his memo that he did not send it back to Mueller — who reported to him — was because he knew exactly what the answer would be,” Weissmann said. “Because it says in black and white that this memo could be read to conclude that the president committed obstruction.”

Other legal experts also criticized the DOJ’s arguments. Norm Eisen, a former White House ethics lawyer and the co-founder of CREW, called the memo “garbage.” ¤ “NO wonder a series of judges have slammed Barr for dishonesty in connection with all this,” he tweeted. “Anyone else woulda been prosecuted. Barr should be disciplined.”

CREW President Noah Bookbinder said in a statement that the memo takes a “breathtakingly generous view of the law and facts” and “twists the facts and law to benefit Trump.” ¤ “The memo is not just wrong; it is dangerous coming from a usually respected office at the Department of Justice,” he said. “It is clear why Barr did not want the public to see it.”

🐣 RT @tribelaw This Barr/Engel/O’Callaghan memo is utterly absurd. It should be repudiated ASAP, by OLC if the occasion arises.
🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ Key “reasoning” of Barr/Engel/O’Callaghan memo: if you successfully obstruct an investigation, you cannot be charged with obstruction as you were not charged with the crime under investigation. ¤ Future defendants will have a field day with this memo unless DOJ repudiates it soon.
🐣 RT @JoyceVanceWhite Future defendants are going to offer the OLC memo that concludes Trump didn’t commit obstruction as evidence they shouldn’t be prosecuted. The lawyers who signed the memo contorted themselves so badly to exonerate Trump that under their standard, clear obstruction gets a pass.
↥ ↧
WaPo, Randall Eliason: Newly released memo to Barr was just cover for exonerating Trump https://wapo.st/3PKPNV6 “Merrick Garland’s Justice Department could still take an independent look — and potentially prosecute — but time is running out”

… As Mueller noted in his report, the prospect of charging a president with obstruction raises difficult issues. But this newly released memo is not a serious attempt to grapple with those issues. It’s a whitewash — a failed effort to provide legal cover for Barr’s foregone conclusion exonerating the president. And as the statute of limitations clock continues to tick away, we still don’t have an honest assessment from the Justice Department regarding Trump and obstruction.

Mueller infamously declined to make a prosecutorial judgment on this question, based on the long-standing Justice Department policy that a sitting president cannot be indicted. In the memo, dated two days after Mueller sent his 400-plus page report to Barr, senior Justice Department officials Steven A. Engel and Edward O’Callaghan urge Barr to make that judgment himself and declare there was insufficient evidence of obstruction. Barr did just that in a misleading letter to Congress released that same day.

… They argue … obstruction charges [would be] inappropriate, because it would be unusual to prosecute someone for obstruction when there was no underlying criminal offense. … ¤ [P]eople obstruct investigations for all kinds of reasons — including that the results might be politically damaging or embarrassing — even if they don’t fear criminal liability.

But the bigger flaw in this argument is that the obstruction itself might be the reason there was insufficient evidence to bring charges. According to this memo, if you are good at obstruction and succeed in thwarting the investigation, you get a free pass not only for the underlying conduct but also for the obstruction itself. That is not the law.

Engel and O’Callaghan also claim Mueller had a flawed view of obstruction because he believed that otherwise lawful acts — such as firing the FBI director — could constitute obstruction if done with corrupt intent. They argue this is incorrect, and that obstruction charges could not properly be based on conduct that is “lawful on its face.”

Wrong again. Obstruction charges often apply when otherwise lawful acts are done with the corrupt intent to obstruct. If I shred my personal files because my office is cluttered, that is perfectly lawful. If I shred those files because they have been subpoenaed by a grand jury, that same conduct is now obstruction of justice, based on my corrupt intent.

The memo also suggests Trump’s actions were not obstruction because they were motivated by his belief that the Mueller investigation was unfair and was interfering with his governing agenda. No doubt all public officials under investigation feel the same way. But that is no defense. Just as believing he won the election would not justify Trump unleashing a mob on the Capitol, being unhappy about the Mueller investigation would not justify obstructing that investigation.

But the strongest evidence of the memo’s true purpose is its suggestion that Barr himself decide the obstruction question. Engel and O’Callaghan argue it would be contrary to DOJ policy to leave that question unresolved. But if that were truly the concern, the best solution was obvious: Barr could have ordered Mueller to make that call. … Barr’s failure to ask Mueller for his view and decision to claim that role for himself suggests he knew he would not like Mueller’s answer.

Before he was even appointed as attorney general, Barr wrote an unsolicited memo to the Justice Department arguing that Mueller’s obstruction theories were “fatally misconceived.” There was never any doubt about where Barr was going to come down on the obstruction question, and the flimsy analysis in this memo does nothing to further illuminate the issue. Merrick Garland’s Justice Department could still take an independent look — and potentially prosecute — but time is running out.

🐣 RT @harrylitman It’s not his style, so you can’t say he did it on purpose; but Merrick Garland has been like an Akido master or a matador to Trump’s bull: while remaining passive and completely by the book, he and the DOJ have totally outmaneuvered Trump and now are seeing all his lies revealed

🔄 🐣 RT @JamesLBruno Here’s a list of 871 cases of sexual crimes committed by Republican/conservative operatives in recent years. (Not sure the source, but the cases appear genuine.) https://bit.ly/3QQUX3d

🐣 RT @visegrad24 This is what Russian state TV is telling 150 million Russians day in, day out. ¤ They are openly calling for war crimes against the Ukrainian nation and attacks on other European states.
💽 https://twitter.com/visegrad24/status/1562877790009315328?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @atrupar Biden campaigning in Maryland on stakes of the 2022 midterms: “The survival of our planet is on the ballot.”
📌 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1562949477337481217?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣[…] RT @atrupar This is a really strong speech from Biden — a nice mix of touting his accomplishments and owning the cons
⋙ 🐣[…] RT @atrupar Biden winds down his speech in Maryland: “In this moment, those of you who love this country — Democrats, independents, mainstream Republicans — we must be stronger, more determined, & more committed to saving America than the MAGA Republicans are to destroying America”

🐣 RT @ProjectLincoln “If your dreams of returning to normalcy, sanity, and comfort rest with DeSantis and his like, it’s time to wake the hell up.” Lincoln Project co-founder @TheRickWilson writes about the dead end dreams of a Trump-free future for the GOP in a new op-ed:
⋙ LincolnProject, Rick Wilson: Back Into The Matrix https://bit.ly/3PSuaCn “2024 won’t be a policy fight between competing ideologies. It will be a duel to the death over whether Trumpist authoritarianism or the American Republic dies”

In the world of Washington consultants and the gentry conservative media, business went on more or less as usual, with nothing to worry about except the occasional deaths of 500,000 Americans in a pandemic, a violent uprising, the wholesale emergence of government by tweet, and policy set by madhouse conspiracy theories.

They stared at the utter disappearance of a conservative political party based on the rule of law, individual liberty, the Constitution, personal responsibility, fiscal probity, and a robust foreign policy. Somehow, they believed this was a lacuna, not a transformation. And, catastrophically, they dreamed they could control what it became.

Instead of recoiling in horror, they looked at the unwashed, uneducated, and unhinged base of Trump’s red-hat army and decided they would milk them financially through a spectacular scam called WinRed and build what one staggeringly foolish GOP insider called “A permanent governing majority” on the backs of people who quite clearly were ready to burn the government to the ground on January 6, 2021 and who today talk glibly about slaughtering FBI agents. …

If your dreams of returning to normalcy, sanity, and comfort rest with DeSantis and his like, it’s time to wake the hell up. ¤ Elite Republicans’ isolation from and ignorance of the MAGA base is, even now, definitional to their delusion. They certainly don’t watch the media sewer that tells Republican voters Trump won and the election was stolen. They laugh off the daily agitprop sales pitch that millions accept blindly; that only Trump stands between America and a tidal wave of godless transexual illegal immigrant groomer Antifa caravans coming for their children, and that Joe Biden is somehow both a globalist socialist mastermind and a doddering Alzheimer’s patient. …

2024 won’t be a policy fight between competing ideologies. It will be a duel to the death over whether Trumpist authoritarianism or the American Republic dies. Imagining a younger, safer, Trump-lite will save them from the destruction Trump will wreak on this nation is both arrogant and utterly irresponsible.

Washington’s gentry conservatives, Lachlan and Rupert Murdoch, and the DC consultocracy will imagine they’ll get something better from the field, but Trump’s protean nature in the GOP will lead them to endorse and support a man who came close to destroying the Republic less than two years ago.,

🐣 RT @JoeBiden In 2020, 81 million Americans voted to save our democracy. ¤ That’s why Donald Trump isn’t just a former president. He’s a defeated former president. ¤ Now, you need to vote to save democracy again.

🐣 RT @justinbaragona CNN reports that Trump began taking legal advice from Tom Fitton of right-wing activist group Judicial Watch shortly after he first returned the 15 boxes to the National Archives in January — and that Fitton told him he shouldn’t have turned over any docs in the first place.
⋙ 🐣 RT @justinbaragona It should be noted that Tom Fitton is very much NOT a lawyer, despite being the president of Judicial Watch. ¤ He was, however, the third worst purveyor of misinformation about the 2020 election.
⋙⋙ 📋 JustSecurity: Researchers Release Comprehensive Twitter Dataset of False Claims About The 2020 Election https://bit.ly/3PR3vFO
// 6/15/2022

🐣 RT @PeterAlexander President Biden condemns MAGA at DNC fundraiser: “What we’re seeing now is the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA philosophy. It’s not just Trump, it’s the the entire philosophy that underpins the – I’m going to say something – it’s like semi-fascism.”

WaPo: Ukraine’s largest nuclear plant is cut off energy grid https://wapo.st/3dLSCb0 The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP) itself is operating on a backup generator, but electricity to the service area is down; the plant provides 1/5th of Ukraine’s energy

🐣 RT @gtconway3d This is like John Gotti tweeting “RICO!”
⋙ 🐣 RT @real [TS] PRESIDENTIAL RECORDS ACT!

NYT (3/23/2022): U.S. Makes Contingency Plans in Case Russia Uses Its Most Powerful Weapons https://nyti.ms/3wGuSMO Groups in the Biden Admin and NATO have been gaming out scenarios and working out responses for months, almost all of it in secret

⭕ 24 Aug 2022

WaPo: Judge blocks part of Idaho’s abortion law from taking effect https://wapo.st/3ALHlAF “The Biden administration on Wednesday scored its first legal victory since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade,” citing a federal law that ensures emergency care
// Ruling says doctors can’t be punished for terminating pregnancies that pose significant health risks

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Everyone who has ever had a top secret clearance with SCI access understands that they would be in prison if they’d done what Trump did. And continues to do.
⋙ 🐣 RT @WagnerTonight “I had a top secret clearance. I was an Army officer. If I had done what [Trump] did I would have been in jail. 100 percent.” @PatRyanUC calls out “traitorous” Donald Trump and talks about the “guardrails of democracy” with @alexwagner
💽 https://twitter.com/WagnerTonight/status/1562624521131110400?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Future defendants are going to offer the OLC memo that concludes Trump didn’t commit obstruction as evidence they shouldn’t be prosecuted. The lawyers who signed the memo contorted themselves so badly to exonerate Trump that under their standard, clear obstruction gets a pass.

🐣 RT @ AWeissmann_ Ok I’m taking a tweet break for a while or I am going to soon have to resort to simply using ^]^%]%[!?&@&! to describe the Barr/Engel/O’Callahan whitewash memo.

WaPo: Justice Dept. memo to not charge Trump in Russia probe released https://wapo.st/3QR4SWm
// A federal appeals panel ordered the release of the 2019 memo in response to a lawsuit by a watchdog group

🐣 RT @natasha367b Mariupol 1 year ago: 😢
⋙ 🐣 RT @Gerashchenko_en Mariupol. Celebrating Ukrainian Independence day on 24th August 2021. ¤ Mariupol is Ukraine! We will fight for our Victory. And we will restore Mariupol.
💽 https://twitter.com/Gerashchenko_en/status/1562545178941874176?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @EuromaidanPress How long has Ukraine been fighting for independence? Not 6 months, not eight years, and not even a century. Via @United24media
💽 https://twitter.com/EuromaidanPress/status/1562575488240992256?s=20w/photo/1

EuromaidanPress (2021): Forced migration in Crimea as part of Russia’s “hybrid strategy” https://bit.ly/3KqBQe0 “Since 2014, Russia has been employing traditional Soviet resettlement practices and forcibly changing the demographic composition of the population in Crimea”
// 3/30/2021

🐣 RT @atrupar Biden: “There is plenty of deficit reduction to pay for the program … I will never apologize for helping working Americans … especially not to the same folks who voted for a $2 trillion tax cut that mainly benefited the wealthiest Americans.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar Biden: “I ran for office to grow the economy from the bottom up and the middle out. Because when we do that, everybody does better … That’s what today’s announcement is about. It’s about opportunity. It’s about giving people a fair shot.”
⋙⋙ 🐣 my take is this is incredibly fair: we were able to help our kids out with college because we could afford to ¤ one of the reasons I’m a Democrat is I want to make things fairer for people who can‘t afford to ¤ ”there but for the grace of God go I” ¤ thank you, @POTUS!

@duty2warn Now that we’ve finally seen the “secret memo” Barr used to undercut the Mueller Report, twist the facts, and mutilate the law to protect Trump, I feel like … I don’t know how I feel, because as obnoxious as that memo is to read, I already knew IT, or something like it, existed.

🐣 RT @Reuters 🇺🇦 As Ukraine commemorates 31 years of independence, here’s a look at how Volodymyr Zelenskiy became an unlikely wartime leader six months into the Russian invasion
💽 https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/1562545282809749505?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @bneeditor Agree US will keep supplying ukr. Agree ukr will keep fighting as long as supplied. Agree if goes frozen the get Guerilla war against occupied territories. ¤ Don’t think eu resolve anywhere near that strong. Don’t think you can push Russia out now (maybe in Kherson) it’s a mess
⋙ 🐣 The US and Euro countries like Poland and the Baltics will continue to press the rest of EU/NATO. I think things will begin to improve after this winter. Biden admin, Congress, and 80% of Americans solidly support Ukraine

RealContextNews, Brian Frydenborg: A Brief History of Russian and Soviet Genocides, Mass Deportations, and Other Atrocities in Ukraine https://bit.ly/3QMycND
// 8/25/2022; War crimes, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, and mass killings carried out by their eastern neighbor are nothing new for Ukrainians; while not comprehensive, this brief outline focuses on what is most currently relevant from a series of horrors visited upon Ukraine, Putin’s latest round only continuing a long tradition of tsarist/Soviet oppression, brutality, and/or mass murder in Ukraine going back centuries.

💙 🧵 RT @NoahBookbinder BREAKING: After years of fighting and @CREWcrew’s recent appeals court win, the Department of Justice released the legal memo former AG Bill Barr relied on to say there was no basis to charge Donald Trump with obstruction of justice. And it’s a doozy.
⋙⋙ CREW: CREW gets secret Barr memo on Trump obstruction https://bit.ly/3wsVsIy
📌 https://twitter.com/NoahBookbinder/status/1562543993367379969?s=20

🧵 RT @MuellerSheWrote THREAD: BARR MEMO: in summary, this newly-released memo by Barr and friends about Donald obstructing the Mueller probe relies on prosecutorial discretion based on legal falsehoods. A complete whitewash of the crimes committed by Donald 1/ [att]
📌 https://twitter.com/MuellerSheWrote/status/1562538580576051201?s=20

⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote First, they argue that you can’t charge obstruction if there’s no underlying crime they’re trying to obstruct. That’s patently false. It would be like saying if I hid evidence from cops about an attempted crime, that’s totally cool. It’s not. 2/ [att]
⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote They also argue that because people didn’t go along with his obstruction that it’s not obstruction. ALSO false. That would be like if I told the getaway driver to blow up the bank and they didn’t, I’m off the hook. 3/ [att]
⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote NEXT, Barr argues that Donald telling McGahn to deny press reports isn’t obstruction because trump honestly believed the press lied. No discussion about the fact that the didn’t. Ridiculous. 4/ [att]
⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote Also, they argue that this would be a rare case so they wouldn’t be able to obtain and maintain a conviction, and that charging him would mean we could charge anyone who breaks the law. Uh, yeah. They also ADMIT there doesn’t have to be an underlying crime. 5/ [att]
⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote It is OF NOTE that Garland could have appealed to the full circuit or SCOTUS and asked for a stay pending appeal, but he DID NOT. Nor did he carry Barr’s “atty-client” privilege banner, nor did he make additional arguments for keeping it sealed. END/

🐣 RT @SecDef Today is Ukraine’s 🇺🇦 Independence Day, and the United States is underscoreing its long-term commitment to that independence with its single biggest tranche of security assistance yet — nearly $3 billion under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative. ¤ Here’s what’s included:
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/SecDef/status/1562498261336072192?s=20A/photo/1

[Text:] Nearly $3 Billion in Security Assistance for Ukraine
The Department of Defense (DoD) announces approximately $3 billion in additional security assistance for Ukraine under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI). Capabilities in this package include:

● Six additional National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) with additional munitions for NASAMS:
● Up to 245,000 rounds of 155mm artillery ammunition:
● Up to 65,000 rounds of 120mm mortarammunition:
● Up to 24 counter-artillery radars;
● Puma Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and support equipment for Scan Eagle AS systems;
● VAMPIRE Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems;
● Laser-guided rocket systems;
● Funding for training, maintenance, and sustainment.

🐣 RT @Reuters WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT – Six months ago today Russian forces rolled across Ukraine’s borders in the largest military invasion in Europe on President Vladimir Putin’s orders. Since then, scores [100s of 1000s!] of people have been killed and millions have fled https://reut.rs/3AjrF6i
💽 https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/1562511306736934912?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @RussianEmbassy [UK] Defence Minister #Shoigu: #Ukraine has been chosen as an instrument of hybrid warfare against #Russia.
🐣 whatever “choice” was made was based on Russia’s DECISION to commit an unprovoked, hideous war of aggression and genocide on a peace-loving sovereign nation ¤ INFAMY will be Russia’s eternal legacy ¤ 🌻 Slava Ukraini 🌻

🐣 RT @CMC_NATO On this 🇺🇦 Independence Day, we salute the courage of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. They have fundamentally changed modern warfare & outmaneuver their opponent time & time again.
#Ukraine can win this war & emerge victorious from the quagmire.
Slava Ukraini! #StandwithUkraine

🧵 RT @StevenBeschloss You know as the criminal vise tightens, Trump will intensify what he knows best: grievance, persecution, endless excuses, blaming others. With that in mind, I share with you my summary of the ridiculous crying of the rich boy who was given everything. 1/18 [link]
📌 https://twitter.com/StevenBeschloss/status/1562277579536535554?s=20

🐣 RT @ RonFilipkowski Navarro is asked who he expects to be in Trump’s Cabinet in a 2nd term: He says Judge Jeanine for AG, Stephen Miller in charge of the border, Robt O’Brien for Sect of State, Kash Patel, and he “guarantees” that Michael Flynn will have whatever job he chooses.

🐣 RT @mfa_russia 🕯 On August 23, 1942, over 1000 Nazi bombers annihilated the city of #Stalingrad in the most inhumane conventional bombing, killing 40’000+ civilians.
Although devastating, it failed to put a dent in the unbending will of the Soviet people.
🟥 In the end, Victory was Ours!

🐣 RT @StratComUA A trailer of a documentary currently in production, directed by Artem Litvinenko and co-produced by the Ukrainian Centre for Defence Strategies. Release is planned for fall this year. #StandWithUkraine
💽 https://twitter.com/StratcomCentre/status/1557793973447675904?s=20/photo/1

💙🐣 RT @mattia_n
“We Ukrainians already know what will come next.
We will win.
There will be new cities.
There will be new dreams.
There will be a new story.
There will be, there’s no doubt.”
Happy Independence day, my dear Ukraine! 💙💛
💽 https://twitter.com/mattia_n/status/1562350954984382465?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 23 Aug 2022

WaPo: FBI’s Mar-a-Lago search followed months of resistance, delay by Trump https://wapo.st/3AJrhQ0 Has it finally come time to dump that bowl of mashed potatoes on Donald’s head? @MaryLTrump

WaPo, Robin Givhan: Fauci carried all our angst and anger with patience and decency https://wapo.st/3KjpfZK ‘Fauci has dealt with a host of virologic menaces, but it may be that none have been quite so confounding as disinformation, as the demonization of intelligent inquiry’

🐣 RT @TheStudyofWar […] Additional headlines from tonight’s report:
– Russian officials may have conducted a false flag event in Donetsk City on August 23 to justify attacks against Ukrainian government buildings on August 24, Ukrainian Independence Day.
🌎 https://twitter.com/TheStudyofWar/status/1562267671743299584?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheStudyofWar – Russian authorities are deploying security forces to Luhansk Oblast likely in response to waning support for the war and growing unwillingness to fight among Luhansk residents. 2/
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheStudyofWar – Russian authorities’ deployment of Rosgvardia elements to security duties in occupied Luhansk Oblast diverts these forces from operations elsewhere in Ukraine, likely contributing to the broader Russian failure to translate limited tactical gains into operational successes. 3/
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheStudyofWar – Unverifiable sources reported that axis commanders in Ukraine are reporting directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin, bypassing both the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) and Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov in the chain of command. 4/

🐣 RT @bayraktar_1love Tokmak, Zaporozhye region, presumably strike on a Russian base.
💽 https://twitter.com/bayraktar_1love/status/1562198747517333504?s=20/photo/1
// for comments

🐣 RT @aryasolokha ‘Ukraine is the heart of Europe…‘
Volodymyr Zelensky
🇺🇦 #Ukraine #Europe#Kyiv
¤ https://twitter.com/aryasolokha/status/1562276535976935426?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @DefenceU [UA] Yellow and blue combined are the most beautiful colours in nature. Fascinated by this beauty, our children grow up realising that these are the colours of their Flag. These are the colours our soldiers are ready to give their lives for, because these are the colours of freedom.
🖼 https://twitter.com/DefenceU/status/1562107337262989312?s=20/photo/1

💙 🧵 RT @SpencerGuard Some terms to clarify. I’ve heard “shaping operations” in the news lately. It is indeed what Ukraine is doing in many areas. But let’s clarify the terms. Both “deep area” and “shaping operations.” [thread]
📌 https://twitter.com/SpencerGuard/status/1562091878589161472?s=20

🐣 RT @JakeLahut The Fetterman campaign is out with a letter signed by 100+ Pennsylvania doctors calling out Oz for his “ever eaten a vegetable in his life” comments: #PAsen
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/JakeLahut/status/1562187754934603776?s=20/photo/1
// promoted hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin

🐣 RT @na_intel Putin vs Zelensky.
💽 https://twitter.com/na_intel/status/1562257934909935616?s=20/photo/1
// Zelensky v Putin being greeted: Ze: “Go f––– yourself”

🐣 RT @CJTFOIR These @CENTCOM-conducted strikes were a proportionate & deliberate action intended to limit the risk of escalation & minimize the risk of casualties. They were necessary to protect & defend our forces & deter future attacks by Iran-backed groups like those conducted Aug. 15.
⋙ 🐣 RT @CENTCOM Statement Regarding Precision Strikes in Syria https://bit.ly/3AEyRLz
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/CENTCOM/status/1562262581783498752?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @TheStudyofWar The forcible transfer of children from one group to another “with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group” is a violation of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. 6/

RealContextNews: Brian Frydenborg: Ukrainian Prudence Meets Russian Limitations: Explaining the Current Pace and Nature of Russia’s War on Ukraine https://bit.ly/3CJ2FZ9
// The factors explaining why things are now happening the way they are happening

… Yet plenty of experts and reporters seem puzzled, as massive formations of Ukrainian forces not pouring into Kherson city and forcefully pushing the Russian lines back mean, from their perspective, there must not be any real Ukrainian counteroffensive or that it is stalled.  But Ukraine is not basing the timing of its operations to satisfy the impatience of itchy Twitter fingers of reporters and analysts who find it easier to tweet, write, and comment about heavy “action,” and it seems many takes on the war in the south are missing the bigger picture.

Contrary to such views, the offensive is very much underway, with Ukraine simply taking a prudent, risk-averse strategy while it can still easily hit Russian targets far behind the front lines.  Unlike Russia, Ukraine actually highly values the lives of its soldiers, a major factor in morale, as Ukrainian soldiers can count on their commanders to not throw their lives away carelessly or needlessly, unlike the clear, callous indifference that permeates Russian command (which I have detailed before).  And the very nature of the conflict is now defined by Russia’s inability to produce anything but marginally successful advances (if any progress at all) and Ukraine’s purposeful approach to strike Russian targets one-by-one with precision, distance weapons while keeping its own forces as much out of harm’s way as it can where it can. …

[W]while some analysts have seen this as weakness or inability on the part of Ukraine, it seems more likely that Ukraine knows it has a big comparative advantage with its ability to strike precisely at a distance with superior Western technology and that it is content to keep weakening Russia’s positions and logistics—keep baiting it to send more resources into bad satiation for Russia—as long as Russia keeps presenting juicy targets, targets that, if taken out methodically and patiently by Ukraine before any general infantry-led assault, will mean less resistance from Russia and fewer casualties for Ukraine.  Ukraine is biding its time while increasing its capabilities and all while continuing to degrade Russia’s capabilities.  This is what is called “good generalship” in a war, and it can easily lead to both a large part of Kherson west/north of the Dnipro River and, eventually, Crimea being cut off from other Russian-controlled sectors and from each other.  The fall of both to Ukrainian forces could follow and also open Zaporizhzhia and the Donbas to come under this Ukrainian counteroffensive in a way that could more or less end the war, as I have argued before.

Ukraine’s prudence is meeting Russia’s limitations, and this prudence will carry the day with more Ukrainian soldiers alive at the end than without it, than with a more rushed general assault that would occur with still more Russian targets Ukraine could have taken out before that assault.  Contrary to what some think, Ukraine knows what it’s doing and is still in the driver’s seat of this war thar Russia started and is now clearly losing.

🐣 📊 RT @LizSly NEW: US public opinion remains strongly behind for Ukraine: 80 percent support sanctions, 76 percent support welcoming Ukrainian refugees, 72 percent support sending weapons. @ChicagoCouncil poll [link]
⋙ ChicagoCouncil: Americans Show Few Signs of “Ukraine Fatigue” https://bit.ly/3wsPNSN
// 8/18/2022
⋙⋙ 🐣 In our polarized country, such high levels of agreement on anything are exceedingly rare ¤ The sacrifices Ukrainians are willing to pay for freedom and democracy have made us look at our own shortcomings ¤ (The poll also indicated 38% would like for the US to send troops)

🐣 RT @ChristopherJM 🇺🇦’Happy anniversary, Ukraine: Here’s $3 billion.’ via @alexbward
⋙ Politico, Alexander Ward: Happy anniversary, Ukraine: Here’s $3 billion https://politi.co/3PM830m

President JOE BIDEN is giving Ukraine quite the Independence Day gift: $3 billion in security assistance, signaling the United States is committed to the war for the long haul.

It’s the biggest one-time package to date in the six-month-old war, far exceeding the $1 billion delivery earlier this August. Some, though, are reserving their judgment until the official announcement on Wednesday. “We will have to see what’s in it,” said retired Gen. PHILIP BREEDLOVE, the former Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

Two people familiar with the package confirmed it’s coming together ahead of tomorrow’s rollout. Earlier today, the Associated Press’ LOLITA BALDOR and MATTHEW LEE, citing unnamed U.S. officials, reported “[t]he money will fund contracts for drones, weapons and other equipment that may not see the battlefront for a year or two.” And CNN’s NATASHA BERTRAND tweeted that “Western air defense capabilities & a large quantity of ammunition” will also feature in the transfer.

But since the money is coming from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), and not the Presidential Drawdown Authority, the weapons won’t make it to Ukraine for a while. That’s because they won’t come from current U.S. military stockpiles and instead will come from defense contractors fulfilling orders.

Congress typically allocates several hundred million dollars to the Pentagon-run account annually. But lawmakers just supersized the fund, granting a whopping $6 billion as part of a $40 billion emergency Ukraine aid package that passed in May.

A Pentagon document seen by POLITICO showed that, as of Aug. 1, only $1.8 billion of the $6.3 billion appropriated to USAI had been used, leaving a delta of $4.5 billion to play with. Which means the $3 billion will eat up a sizable chunk of the remaining funds.

The news comes as Ukraine and Russia have fought to a stalemate as the harshest weather fast approaches. “Winter is coming. And it will be hard. And what we see now is a grinding war of attrition. This is a battle of wills. And a battle of logistics,” NATO Secretary General JENS STOLTENBERG dramatically said Tuesday.

🐣 RT @stavridisj My candidate to start Alexander Dugin’s car this week…
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Top Russian propagandist Vladimir Solovyov (who boasts of not being sanctioned by the U.S.) self-identifies as a terrorist, describing what he would like for the Russian Armed Forces to do in Ukraine.
💽 https://twitter.com/stavridisj/status/1562207000045490176?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ MFA_Ukraine #StandForFreedom 🇺🇦 flies all over the world. ¤ Where people live for #Freedom. And where they die for it. ¤ #StandWithUkraine 💙💛 We chose Freedom and we fight for it!
💽 https://twitter.com/MFA_Ukraine/status/1562006933791543296?s=20/photo/1
// video for Ukraine Independence Day

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer PAYBACK: Ukraine’s attacks on Crimea stunned the world. Less well remembered is the fact that in the last six months, Russia has fired 750 missiles from Crimea at Ukraine. 675 of those Russian missiles hit civilian targets.

🧵 RT @atrupar Fauci on Fox News about if his retirement is timed to avoid the possibility of Republican investigations: “Not at all. Not even a little bit. I have nothing to hide.”
📌 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1562169778978099201?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar Fauci on Fox News: “I think we need to make sure that your listeners understand I didn’t shut down anything.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar Fauci on Fox: “I think the people who criticize me should talk about their own reluctance to promote vaccination. That’s the point that I would make.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar Fauci: “If somebody says that hydroxychloroquine works and is the miracle cure and I say it’s not, then I’m the bad guy to some people, when in fact it never did work and it doesn’t work now.”

🐣 RT @ officejjsmart 🇷🇺’s National Republican Army (NRA), views “war against Ukraine 🇺🇦 as illegal. The NRA unequivocally and fully supports Ukrainian sovereignty, including for Crimea and the Donbas.” ¤ Ilya Ponomarev @iponomarev tells the @KyivPost in an EXCLUSIVE interview.
💙 ⋙ KyivPost: Exclusive interview: Russia’s NRA Begins Activism https://bit.ly/3T5tIU9

‼️ 🐣 RT @KyivIndependent⚡️ Russia says over 1,000 children from Mariupol ‘adopted’ in its remote cities. ¤ The local authorities in Russia’s Krasnodar said that over 1,000 Ukrainian children from the occupied city of Mariupol “have found new families” in Tyumen, Irkutsk, Kemerovo, and Altai Krai.

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer INCOMING: TJ @te3ej closely monitors RU military radio signals; traffic analysis of 9128 and 6642 Kilohertz indicates that Russian strategic bombers are in flight. This signals pattern usually precedes a cruise missile strike.
⋙ 🐣 RT @te3ej Russian Air Force strategic bomber Morse code net active on Aircraft freqquencies 9128 Kilohertz CW and 6642 Kilohertz CW, 1824 UTC.

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer NO PLACE TO HIDE: Mykhailo Fedorov @FedorovMykhailo commends the +350K Ukrainian patriots who have posted real time intelligence on RU military troops, hardware and logistics. This geo-spatial information permits the rapid targeting of Russian assets.
⋙ @FedorovMykhailo 353K brave citizens sent reports on movement of Russian military troops & hardware in eVorog chat bot. Here you can see pretty large column of 🇷🇺 vehicles & weapons on temporary occupied territories of Ukraine. Such videos are realtime civil intelligence, using to attack enemy.

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer DELIVERY: The US is expected to announce an additional 3 Billion dollar package of military aid to Ukraine. This tranche will include more ammo for the HIMARS system, as well as additional units of the highly effective ATTACMS surface to surface missile.
¤ Himars: https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1562140110786895875?s=20/photo/1
⋙ Reuters: U.S. to announce $3 billion in new military aid for Ukraine -official https://reut.rs/3pFoUao

🧵 RT @HeliosRunner 1/ Operational situation update regarding the #russian_invasion in #Ukraine on August 23, 2022. ¤ Last report of the day – no major changes today – ¤ small skirmishes in the outskirts of villages. ¤ Major Ru attacks have all failed. couple fights ongoing
#UkraineMap #UkraineRussianWar
📌 🌎 https://twitter.com/HeliosRunner/status/1562145031565316106?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @HeliosRunner 5/ Ru apparently have consolidated their gain in some villages, in the south near #Kherson, but nothing more. i’ll try to take time to explain more about all the fuzz of pro russians there. ¤ they are going nowhere. just pushing bc of Putin will.

🐣 RT @SecBlinken In my remarks to the Crimea Platform Summit, I urged the international community to keep raising the costs and pressure on President Putin and his enablers until all Russian troops leave Ukraine. Crimea is Ukraine. That was our position in 2014, and it remains in 2022.
💽 https://twitter.com/SecBlinken/status/1562104111125897218?s=20/photo/1

AP: US to send $3B in aid to Ukraine as war hits 6 months https://bit.ly/3PDR2W0 “In addition to providing longer-term assistance that Ukraine can use for … defense needs, the new package is intended to reassure Ukrainian officials that the US intends to keep up its support”

As Russia’s war on Ukraine drags on, U.S. security assistance is shifting to a longer-term campaign that will likely keep more American military troops in Europe into the future, including imminent plans to announce an additional roughly $3 billion in aid to train and equip Ukrainian forces to fight for years to come, U.S. officials said.

U.S. officials told The Associated Press that the package is expected to be announced Wednesday, the day the war hits the six-month mark and Ukraine celebrates its independence day. The money will fund contracts for drones, weapons and other equipment that may not see the battlefront for a year or two, they said. …

Unlike most previous packages, the new funding is largely aimed at helping Ukraine secure its medium- to long-term defense posture, according to officials familiar with the matter. Earlier shipments, most of them done under Presidential Drawdown Authority, have focused on Ukraine’s more immediate needs for weapons and ammunition and involved materiel that the Pentagon already has in stock that can be shipped in short order.

In addition to providing longer-term assistance that Ukraine can use for potential future defense needs, the new package is intended to reassure Ukrainian officials that the United States intends to keep up its support, regardless of the day-to-day back and forth of the conflict, the officials said.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg noted the more extended focus Tuesday as he reaffirmed the alliance’s support for the conflict-torn country. ¤ “Winter is coming, and it will be hard, and what we see now is a grinding war of attrition. This is a battle of wills, and a battle of logistics. Therefore we must sustain our support for Ukraine for the long term, so that Ukraine prevails as a sovereign, independent nation,” Stoltenberg said, speaking at a virtual conference about Crimea, organized by Ukraine. …

To date, the U.S. has provided about $10.6 billion in military aid to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden administration, including 19 packages of weapons taken directly from Defense Department stocks since August 2021. …

🐣 RT @vonderleyen Today we honour the victims of totalitarian regimes. ¤ We are inspired by those who stood up to injustice then and we support those who do it today, as the horrors of war are back in Europe. ¤ Ukrainians are giving their lives to protect the values on which our Union is built.

🐣 RT @ AshaRangappa_ 300 classified documents. Intel from the CIA (HUMINT), NSA (SIGINT), FBI (CI cases, possibly ongoing). Unknown people accessing and moving from one location to another. Concealed them and lied about it. ¤ Trump’s defenders understand that this is going to get WAY worse, right?

Politico, Kyle Cheney: Archives warned in May of national security damage from Trump’s classified Mar-a-Lago docs, letter shows https://politi.co/3wjtz5J
// In the letter, posted on a Trump-aligned journalist’s website, NARA pushed back on Trump’s privilege claims.

The National Archives found more than 700 pages of classified material — including “special access program materials,” some of the most highly classified secrets in government — in 15 boxes recovered from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in January, according to correspondence between the National Archivist and his legal team.

The May 10 letter — posted late Monday on the website of John Solomon, a conservative journalist and one of Trump’s authorized authorized liaisons to the National Archives to review papers from his presidency — showed that NARA and federal investigators had grown increasingly alarmed about potential damage to national security caused by the warehousing of these documents at Mar-a-Lago, as well as by Trump’s resistance to sharing them with the FBI.

💙❤️ 🧵 RT @PhillipsPOBrien Interesting article because its a Ukrainian defence official from southern command commenting publicly on Ukrainian strategy (I think this is the 3rd or 4th time Ukrainian officials have spoken on this. Southern offensive is underway, its just people need to redefine ‘offensive’
📌 https://twitter.com/PhillipsPOBrien/status/1561976867409780742?s=20
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @NewVoiceUkraine Ukraine’s military is “systematically and methodically” carrying out a counter-offensive in the south.
⋙⋙⋙ NewVoiceOfUkraine: Ukrainian military shares details of counter-offensive in south of Ukraine https://bit.ly/3AgqBQv
// Ukraine’s military is “systematically and methodically” carrying out a counter-offensive in the south, the head of the joint coordination press-center of the Southern Defense Forces, Nataliya Gumenyuk, said on national TV on Aug. 22. ¤ “If everyone expected that they would see how troops rise up and march through the steppes of Kherson Oblast, too bad,” said Gumenyuk. “Because in the conditions of modern warfare, the counter-offensive looks different. Basically, it’s the depletion of the enemy’s forces.” ¤ According to her, Ukrainian tactics include the destruction of ammunition depots, command posts, and attacks on strongholds where enemy weapons and equipment are concentrated. ¤ “This significantly affects the morale of the invaders,” Gumenyuk added. …
⋙ 🐣 RT @PhillipsPOBrien The growth in the power of defensive firepower means that this offensive will not be one of AFV attacks, breaking through lines, encirclements, etc (at least at first). Its a campaign to degrade Russian forces to such a degree that an attack can succeed later.
⋙ 🐣 RT @PhillipsPOBrien The offensive actually started weeks ago with the start of a sustained campaign against Russian ability to maintain and reinforce its troops in the region. A number of us have been trying to explain this phenomenon, thought I might bring them together.
⋙ 🐣 RT @PhillipsPOBrien @WarintheFuture calls this corrosion in this thread that has aged extremely well. [🧵 link]
⋙ 🐣 RT @PhillipsPOBrien @MarkHertling has referred to selective Ukrainian offensives in this incise article [🧵 link]
⋙ 🐣 RT @PhillipsPOBrien @general_ben has referred to systemic logistic attacks in this great interview [🧵 link]
⋙ 🐣 RT @PhillipsPOBrien @IAPonomarenko imagines how the degradation campaign could force the Russians out of Kherson. [🧵 link]
⋙ 🐣 RT @PhillipsPOBrien I did my attempt with this thread on what I termed Ukrainian accelerated attritional warfare. [🧵 link]
⋙⋙ 🧵 RT @PhillipsPOBrien The Ukrainian offensive should not be conceived of as an offensive in a modern combined arms manor. Its basically a form of accelerated attritional warfare. What they have done is tried to tempt the Russians into sending forces into an area where its easier for Ukr to do this
📌 https://twitter.com/PhillipsPOBrien/status/1556177363938967552?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @PhillipsPOBrien And the Russians have obliged. So my guess is that the Ukrainians will not rush forward in Kherson over the next week–they will take advantage of the fact that the Russians are giving them much easier targets to hit from a safer Ukr perspective.
⋙⋙ 🐣 thank you for pulling together these various threads together in one place; I’ve been encountering them in my Twitter wanderings but having then collected under your insightful umbrella is super helpful

⭕ 22 Aug 2022

🧵 RT @PowerVertical [Brian Whitmore] A Ukrainian victory against Russia will be a paradigm-shifting event for European security – similar to what occurred in 1989. In fact, it could be something of a 1989 redux. 1/6
📌 https://twitter.com/PowerVertical/status/1561909180239433728?s=20

⋙ Just as a weakening of Soviet power in the late 1980s led to the fall of pro-Soviet regimes across the former Warsaw Pact, today, the weakening of Russian power will likely have repercussions across the former Soviet space. 2/6
⋙ The fallout would be felt in Russian clients like Belarus, where Alyaksasndr Lukashenka’s grip on power may not survive the defeat of his patron in Moscow. A Ukrainian victory could very well lead to a free Belarus. 3/6
⋙ The fallout will also be felt in countries struggling to free themselves from Moscow’s influence like Georgia and Moldova, weakening the influence Moscow is able to wield through oligarchic structures. 4/6
⋙ Ukrainians are fighting not just for their own sovereignty and independence, but also for the second liberation of Eastern Europe, finishing the process that began in 1989. 5/6
⋙ And finally, the West needs to prepare itself to manage this potential contingency. We still need to get there and this is, of course, by no means guaranteed. But we should not succumb to a failure of imagination on this. 6/6
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @k_klompenhouwer Interesting thread. Thank you. This scenario – 1989 redux – might also be what the Moscow ruling elite fears the most and is fighting to contain/avoid, next to saving the kleptocratic system of unrestricted plunder of the riches of its own country. @CatherineBelton @Billbrowder

🐣 📋 RT @WarInUkraine22 374 children were killed during full-scale war in Ukraine. 723 were injured, Office of General Prosecutor reports.
#russiaisaterorriststate

🐣 RT @marceelias Our country faces an enormous problem this November. Republican officials at all levels are bought into the Big Lie and will refuse to accurately certify elections. This is why we fight in court and this is why we must win.
💽 https://twitter.com/marceelias/status/1561913187846479873?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Chuckpfarrer USEFUL NO MORE: Aleksandr Dugin narrowly escaped a car bomb that killed his daughter. Nothing happens in Russia with Putin’s approval. The bombing should remind Dugin that Putin will not stand criticism from the right or left– and that a dead ideologue is as good as a live one.
⋙ 🐣 RT @nytimesworld Aleksandr Dugin, a Russian ultranationalist whose daughter was killed in a car bombing near Moscow on Saturday, called for revenge against Ukraine and for Russia to push on in its invasion. Ukraine has denied involvement in the attack.
⋙⋙ NYT: Dugina’s father, an ultranationalist, calls for Russia to punish Ukraine for her death. https://nyti.ms/3wpA4nr

🐣 RT @Chuckpfarrer WAR ON CITIES: @ChristopherJM reports that the US Embassy in Kyiv has issued a warning that Russia will accelerate strikes against UKR’s infrastructure and gov’t buildings. A recent study revealed that >90% of Russia’s munitions are expended against civilian targets in Ukraine. [link]

🐣 RT @duty2warn Dr. Fauci: “What has impeded a proper response to a public health challenge is something that goes well beyond public health. It’s a complete distortion of reality. A world where untruths have become normalized.” #Maddow

NYT: Trump Had More Than 300 Classified Documents at Mar-a-Lago https://nyti.ms/3pDy1bI
// The National Archives found more than 150 sensitive documents when it got a first batch of material from the former president in January, helping to explain the Justice Department’s urgent response.

🐣 RT @SenWhitehouse Let’s be clear: the creepy billionaire interests behind the massive dark-money machine would rather hold power in the smoking ruins of American democracy than live in a healthy democracy where they can’t sell their terrible ideas to a public that doesn’t want them.
⋙ 🐣 RT @SenWhitehouse That’s why they captured the Supreme Court (using loads of dark money): a captured Supreme Court can do things for them that the public hates. And their Court minions are doing just that.
⋙ 🐣 RT @SenWhitehouse It’s just a pity that the Republican Party is willing to hire itself out to this operation in return for unlimited dark-money election artillery.

🐣 RT @RonFilipkowski Trump issues a statement about his “major motion” filed today, where he is “strongly asserting” his rights, and claiming again that evidence was planted.
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1561834147118727170?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the
United States of America,
Re: Break-In of Mar-a-Lago

We have just filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida strongly asserting my rights, including under the Fourth Amendment of our Constitution, regarding the unnecessary, unwarranted, and unAmerican Break-In by dozens of FBI agents, and others, of my home, Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida.

They demanded that the security cameras be turned off, a request we rightfully denied. They prevented my attorneys from observing what was being taken in the raid, saying “absolutely not.” They took documents covered by attorney-client and executive privilege, which is not allowed. They took my passports. They even brought a “safe cracker” and successfully broke into my personal safe, which revealed……nothing!

We are now demanding that the Department of “Justice” be instructed to immediately STOP the review of documents illegally seized from my home. ALL documents have been previously declassified. We are demanding the appointment of a SPECIAL MASTER to oversee the handling of the materials taken in the raid.

We are further demanding that the DOJ be forced to turn over a REAL, without “plants” inventory of my property that was taken and disclose where that property is now located. We are demanding that all items wrongfully taken from my home be IMMEDIATELY
returned.

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews The Kremlin’s mouthpieces blame Ukraine, Estonia and the UK for Daria Dugina’s death, trying to use it to mobilize the population into what they call an existential battle with the West: “Prepare the bomb shelters… The time of peace has come to an end.”
⋙ DailyBeast, Julia Davis: Punishment Time: Car Bomb Sends Russia Into Peak Menace Mode https://bit.ly/3wn7WSa
// One thing is clear: The car bomb that killed the daughter of a notorious Putin ally will mark a sinister turning point for Russia.

🐣 RT @Geekstoy […] I think the real Kherson counter offensive has been well underway for over a month already. ¤ Can’t see them rushing troops in anytime soon. Just see them using incredibly smart tactics to eventually cause the Russians to pull back over the Dnipro River.

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer MOSCOW HIT: Jason Jay Smart @officejjsmart reports the Russian FSB has made an “arrest” in the bombing of Darya Dugina. Russian media repots that the suspect, Natalia Vovk, was helpfully carrying her ‘Azov Batallion ID’ when she was taken into custody.
⋙ 🐣 RT @officejjsmart 🇷🇺 worried about Dugin hit:
🇷🇺 Government press has accused 🇬🇪[Georgian] Special Forces, and now the Russian press’ favorite boogeyman:Azov Batallion. The theory NOT floated by 🇷🇺 press is National Republican Army. 🇷🇺 FSB would never admit they’re losing control of 🇷🇺, or have no idea who did it.

🐣 RT @ RFERL Both sides in the war have been extremely cautious in revealing any casualty figures since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.
⋙ 📋 RFE/RL: Kyiv Says Almost 9,000 Ukrainian Soldiers Have Been Killed In Its War With Russia https://bit.ly/3pEcnUN

🐣 RT @MarkHertling A combinied summary in @newsweek of what I said in a twitter feed and on @CNN on Sunday morning. ¤ Russia Now on ‘Defense,’ Ukraine Can ‘Pick Where They Attack’: Hertling – Newsweek – https://goo.gl/alerts/XxtrD9 #GoogleAlerts
⋙ Newsweek: Russia Now on ‘Defense,’ Ukraine Can ‘Pick Where They Attack’: Hertling https://bit.ly/3ABFiPs

🧵 📋 RT @ChristopherJM 🇺🇦 New official Ukrainian casualty figures: 9,000 soldiers have been killed since Russia launched its all-out invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, reported Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valeriy Zaluzhny.
📌 https://twitter.com/ChristopherJM/status/1561688802309160960?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @ChristopherJM To put the new casualty numbers provided today by Zaluzhny in perspective: Around 4,400 Ukrainian troops were killed fighting Russian forces over 8 years, between April 2014 and Feb 2022. This is double that in just 6 months.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ChristopherJM One caveat: Zaluzhny, who revealed the new casualty number at the Defenders. Roll Call forum in Kyiv, did not specify whether it refers to all branches of the Ukrainian defense (ie Army, Nat Guard, territorial defense, etc) or only Armed Forces service members. via @UKRINFORM
⋙ 🐣 RT @ChristopherJM Zaluzhny made sure to emphasize these are not just numbers but people. 9,000 Ukrainian defenders — sons, daughters, fathers, mothers… — is a huge loss. ¤ He also said Ukraine’s defenders on the frontlines “are in constant hell” and live with the “smell of death nearby everyday.” […]

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 On MSNBC. Monday. 22 August. 10 am ET. JOSE DIAZ-BALART. Ukraine six months into the Putin criminal invasion strikes back with a terrible vengeance. Huge Russian losses of equipment and casualties. A brutal RU attack targeting UKR civilians. NATO united.

⭕ 21 Aug 2022

📊 NBC News Poll: 57% of voters say investigations into Trump should continue https://nbcnews.to/3pAEHY1 58% disapprove of overturning Roe v Wade; 21% cite threats to democracy as the most important issue, more than cost of living (16%)

🐣 📋 RT @matthewroche Crimea voted in a referendum to separate from the USSR with Ukraine (1991) ¤ Russian Federation accepted Ukraine’s 1991 borders both in the 91 Belovezhskaya Pushcha accords and 94 Budapest Memorandum that finalized Ukraine as a non-nuclear weapons state.

🐣 It’s incorrect to say Crimea has “always” been Russian; it’s been Turkish, Ukrainian, independent, part of the Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth etc; in this volatile part of Europe, the 70yr period from 1954 until now is a long stretch

🐣 RT @WDMills1992 I feel like part of our consistent overestimation of Russian power is just due to the Mercator projection. #Maps
🌎 https://twitter.com/WDMills1992/status/1561412901516230657?s=20/photo/1
⋙ Nature: This animated map shows the true size of each country https://go.nature.com/3Kb79Ju
// 8/12/2019; Everything is relative.

😅 RT @JoJoFromJerz @RandyRainbow parody: Yesterday
💽 https://twitter.com/JoJoFromJerz/status/1560305670452297728?s=20/photo/1

WaPo: Car explosion kills daughter of key Putin ally Alexander Dugin, Russia says https://wapo.st/3pAvKxY “The driver, identified by the committee as ‘journalist and political scientist Daria Dugina,’ died at the scene”; the bomb may have been meant for her father; she was 29

⭕ 20 Aug 2022

WSJ: Drone Hits Headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in Crimea https://on.wsj.com/3CoevaK “The incident follows a series of explosions and possible acts of sabotage that have exposed the peninsula’s vulnerability”
// Incident highlights Russia’s vulnerability in an area that has served as a stronghold for its occupation of Ukraine’s south coast

NYT: As Attacks Mount in Crimea, Kremlin Faces Rising Domestic Pressures https://nyti.ms/3c7xED2
// With the drumbeat of Ukrainian strikes inside Russian-held territory, the visceral reality of war is becoming increasingly apparent to Russians.

🐣 RT @ScottMStedman This will have a major impact on Putin. Expect to see some major geopolitical fallout from this, depending on who is behind the assassination.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ScottMStedman It appears like the daughter of Putin’s philosophical inspiration, the vile Nazi Alexander Dugin, was assassinated in Moscow tonight. She was a top Russian propagandist sanctioned by most Western countries. Dugin himself was reportedly supposed to be in the car but was not.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ScottMStedman “Holy shit if true” moment
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @TadeuszGiczan Wow, Alexander Dugin’s daughter Darya has reportedly been killed in a car explosion. Her Land Cruiser Prado exploded near the village of Bolshiye Vyazyomy. According to preliminary reports, she died on the spot.
💽 https://twitter.com/TadeuszGiczan/status/1561098991382589440?s=20/photo/1

RFERL: Moscow Accused Of Reshaping Annexed Crimea’s Demographics https://bit.ly/3QTvfKW “247,000 Russians have moved to Crimea since annexation. At the same time, about 140,000 people have left, mostly Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars”; forced resettlement is a war crime

“The population of the peninsula according to the Ukrainian census of 2001 was 2.4 million, of which about 60 percent were ethnic Russians, 24 percent were Ukrainians, and 10 percent were Crimean Tatars”

🐣 RT @nitrogen122 Well if you consider Donbass Kherson and Zaporizhzhia shit then sure they are doing shit. Also they dont really need to assimilate alot since Ukr and Rus have an almost identical culture since they used to be the same nation until abt 30 years ago.
⋙ 🐣 prior to 1990, Ukraine was a Soviet Socialist Republic, as was Russia. Both were part of the USSR. Ukraine has been independent of Russia many times, and is older by centuries. Russia even gets its name from the Kyivian Rus’; Ukraine’s culture has long been intertwined w Europe’s

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 MSNBC. Putin is stuck. The Russian Army is starting to crumble.
💽 https://twitter.com/mccaffreyr3/status/1560830445532508160?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @MarkHertling Informally engaging w/ MBA students & healthcare professionals over the last few days, I often hear “what’s going on in Ukraine.” ¤ Here’s a summary [thread] of what has happened in the last 6 months, what’s happening now, & some things I’m watching. 1/21
📌 https://twitter.com/MarkHertling/status/1561042285214810112?s=20

⭕ 19 Aug 2022

🐣 RT @McFaul If Putin wins in Ukraine, he emboldens autocrats all over the world. If Ukrainians defeat Putin, they will embolden democrats all over the world. The stakes of this war are global.

🐣 RT @chunkled ¤ Hi. ¤ I love you. ¤ (sound up)
💽 https://twitter.com/chunkled/status/1560643568854876161?s=20/photo/1
// Biden dancing to record of accomplishments

USDeptOfDefense (DOD): $775 Million in Additional Security Assistance for Ukraine https://bit.ly/3Tg4h2n “In total, the United States has committed approximately $10.6 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden Administration”
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1560785547655774209?s=20/photo/1
[Text:]

● Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS);
● 16 105mm Howitzers and 36,000 105mm artillery rounds;
● 15 Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial Systems;
● 40 MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles with mine rollers;
● Additional High-speed Anti-radiation missiles;
● 50 Armored High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV);
● 1,500 Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW) missiles;
● 1,000 Javelin anti-armor systems;
● 2,000 anti-armor rounds;
● Mine clearing equipment and systems;
● Demolition munitions;
● Tactical secure communications systems;
● Night vision devices, thermal imagery systems, optics, and laser rangefinders

★ NAMS: Menopause.org: The 2022 hormone therapy position statement of The North American Menopause Society https://bit.ly/3QD7Spk “Hormone therapy does not need to be routinely discontinued in women aged older than 60 or 65 years.”
// 5/2/2022; See pages 19 (“Key Points”) to page 20

WaPo: Court orders release of DOJ memo on Trump obstruction in Mueller probe https://wapo.st/3QABP9j The Trump DOJ said the Mueller investigation found no evidence to charge Trump with obstruction, but he lied; a memo Barr cited to support his claim will now be released

🐣 RT @tribelaw “BIDEN has delivered the largest economic recovery plan since ROOSEVELT, the largest infrastructure plan since EISENHOWER, the most judges confirmed since KENNEDY, the second largest health care bill since JOHNSON, and the largest climate change bill in history.” — @WHCOS Klain

💙 WaPo: Russia’s spies misread Ukraine and misled Kremlin as war loomed https://wapo.st/3dGMIbo “The directions came from senior officers of a unit [of the FSB]: ensure the decapitation of the Ukrainian government and oversee the installation of a pro-Russian regime”

In the final days before the invasion of Ukraine, Russia’s security service began sending cryptic instructions to informants in Kyiv. Pack up and get out of the capital, the Kremlin collaborators were told, but leave behind the keys to your homes.

The directions came from senior officers in a unit of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) with a prosaic name — the Department of Operational Information — but an ominous assignment: ensure the decapitation of the Ukrainian government and oversee the installation of a pro-Russian regime.

The messages were a measure of the confidence in that audacious plan. So certain were FSB operatives that they would soon control the levers of power in Kyiv, according to Ukrainian and Western security officials, that they spent the waning days before the war arranging safe houses or accommodations in informants’ apartments and other locations for the planned influx of personnel. …

And yet, the agency failed to incapacitate Ukraine’s government, foment any semblance of a pro-Russian groundswell or interrupt President Volodymyr Zelensky’s hold on power. Its analysts either did not fathom how forcefully Ukraine would respond, Ukrainian and Western officials said, or did understand but couldn’t or wouldn’t convey such sober assessments to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The humiliations of Russia’s military have largely overshadowed the failures of the FSB and other intelligence agencies. But in some ways, these have been even more incomprehensible and consequential, officials said, underpinning nearly every Kremlin war decision.

“The Russians were wrong by a mile,” said a senior U.S. official with regular access to classified intelligence on Russia and its security services. “They set up an entire war effort to seize strategic objectives that were beyond their means,” the official said. “Russia’s mistake was really fundamental and strategic.” …

Extensive polls conducted for the FSB show that large segments of Ukraine’s population were prepared to resist Russian encroachment, and that any expectation that Russian forces would be greeted as liberators was unfounded. Even so, officials said, the FSB continued to feed the Kremlin rosy assessments that Ukraine’s masses would welcome the arrival of Russia’s military and the restoration of Moscow-friendly rule. …

Adhering to these erroneous assumptions, officials said, the FSB championed a war plan premised on the idea that a lightning assault on Kyiv would topple the government in a matter of days. Zelensky would be dead, captured or in exile, creating a political vacuum for FSB agents to fill.

Instead, FSB operatives who at one point had reached the outskirts of Kyiv had to retreat alongside Russian forces, Ukrainian security officials said. Rather than presiding over the formation of a new government in Kyiv, officials said, the FSB now faces difficult questions in Moscow about what its long history of operations against Ukraine — and the large sums that financed them — accomplished. …

“If your security services put such a high priority on understanding Ukraine, and your military plan is based on that understanding, how could they have gotten it so wrong?” said William B. Taylor Jr., who twice served as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, including in an acting capacity in 2019. “How could they have assumed the Ukrainians wouldn’t fight, that President Zelensky would not resist so valiantly? The disconnect has to be somewhere between the FSB and the very top.”

Several senior SBU officers have been charged with treason. Among them is the former head of the agency’s directorate in Kherson, in southern Ukraine, who was accused of ordering subordinates to abandon their posts as Russian forces flooded the region. …

Zelensky’s decision to oust [childhood friend] Bakanov as SBU director after Kulinich’s arrest was driven by exasperation with his failure to “cleanse” the agency of Russia sympathizers, said Andriy Smirnov, deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office. “Six months into the war,” he said, “we continue to uncover loads of these people.” …

Overall, Ukraine has detained more than 800 people suspected of aiding Russia through reconnaissance or sabotage, according to Ukraine’s Interior Ministry. Authorities have also moved against suspected “agents of influence” in government, parliament and politics.

Chief among them is Medvedchuk, the opposition party chairman who has such close ties to Putin that the Russian leader is the godfather of his youngest daughter. Ukrainian officials described Medvedchuk, 68, as a savvy political operator who harbored ambitions of high office himself and probably would have served as puppet-master to any regime installed by the Kremlin. …

U.S. spy agencies were prescient on Putin’s intentions but underestimated Ukraine’s ability to withstand the onslaught — an error that contributed to the United States’ initial hesitation to send heavy and sophisticated weapons.

Ukraine’s services appear to have read too much into signs that Russian forces were ill-prepared for full-scale combat, resisting Western warnings of an invasion that came within miles of the capital.

Russia’s intelligence breakdowns in Ukraine seem more systemic, its work marred by unreliable sources, disincentives to deliver hard truths to the Kremlin, and an endemic bias that matched Putin’s contemptuous attitude toward the country.

The FSB fueled this dynamic, officials said, with assessments packaged to please the Kremlin and with sources who had their own reasons — political and financial — for encouraging a Russian takedown of the Kyiv government. …

In recent years, Medvedchuk appeared to use his business empire to lay the groundwork for a Russian move against Kyiv. His TV stations routinely bashed Zelensky and aired pro-Russian propaganda, including discredited claims that the United States had biolabs in the country to help Ukraine develop biological weapons. His companies, which included a stake in an oil refinery in southern Russia, served as a conduit for money that flowed to pro-Russian forces and backed plots to destabilize the Kyiv government, officials said. …

“We can see it playing out now in Mariupol, Melitopol, Kherson” and other cities that have fallen to Russian forces, a Ukrainian intelligence official said. FSB officials swoop in to implement a version of the blueprint the agency originally had for Kyiv.

“The aim is political control, economic control, control over criminal groups — all spheres of activity on seized territory,” the intelligence official said. “The final aim is to install a pro-Russian power.” …

🐣 RT @joewein Less than 300 km east of ZNPP begins south Russia which (like Ukraine) has the famous Black Soils, the best soils in Europe. ¤ Russian nuclear terrorism will not only threaten the lives and health of millions in both countries but also a crucial bread basket of the world.
⋙ 🐣 RT @stavridisj Somebody should tell them that Mother Russia is downwind from Zaporizhzhia. Plus their “protective suits” probably work as well as their tanks.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Meanwhile on Russia’s state TV: top propagandist accuses Ukraine of shelling Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, threatens the U.S. and NATO and says that the Russian military will continue the fighting even in the event of radioactive contamination: “They have protective suits.”
💽 https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1560391855468077058?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 18 Aug 2022

🐣 RT @Reuters Russia calls U.N. idea to demilitarise Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant unacceptable http://reut.rs/3AvoHwF

🐣 RT @StateDept @StateDeptSpox: The United States remains deeply concerned about Russia’s military takeover and continued control of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. @iaeaorg must be given access to ZNPP as soon as possible to help ensure the safety and security of the plant.

🐣 RT @OriginalRamayan ‘If now the world lacks the strength and determination to protect one nuclear plant, it means that the world loses. Loses to terrorists. Gives in to nuclear blackmail. And this may be a precedent that other terrorists will see.’ ~Zelenskyy

🐣 RT @votevets Letting us know that they’ll break their oath to the Constitution before ever taking it. The dangers of another January 6th are very much alive.
⋙ WaPo, Amy Gardner: Election deniers march toward power in key 2024 battlegrounds https://wapo.st/3dCdhyg
// GOP nominees who dispute the 2020 results could be positioned to play a critical role in the next presidential election

🧵 RT @ VolodyaTretyak Russian and Ukrainian languages. [Thread] As a Ukrainian, one of the most often questions people asked me before the war was about the language. Is Russian and Ukrainian the same? How do you know Russian? Are they similar?
📌 🌎 https://twitter.com/VolodyaTretyak/status/1560220027340587013?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ Gerashchenko_en “Negotiations with Russia are possible only if Russian troops leave illegally occupied Ukrainian territory,” – @ZelenskyyUa said after meeting with @RTErdogan and @antonioguterres

MSN/BI: Trump aides think a family member informed on him to the FBI because agents knew where to find a specific leather case, report says https://bit.ly/3wfUqiV “Agents appeared to have specific information about what to look for”

🐣 RT @ alexbward NEW: The Biden administration approves of Ukraine attacking Russian targets in Crimea. ¤ “Any target they choose to pursue on sovereign Ukrainian soil is by definition self defense,” a SAO said. “Crimea is Ukraine.” [Politico link]

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer CORRUPTION: A UK Defense Intel reports that the heavy losses in Russian tanks is, in part, due to failure properly employ adequate Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA). In many cases ERA blocks were found to have been filled with rubber, not explosive. Shoddy manufacture is suspected.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer Astounding, and another deadly symptom of the gangrenous corruption of Putin’s military. [Link to UKDef report]
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1560234793798930435?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @RonFilipkowski The day he has feared for many years is almost here, and all he can do is whine, cry, incite and rage. I’ve said for a year and a half that Fulton would charge him and would be the first to finally hold him accountable. Because this time, his not-so “perfect call” is on tape.
[TextLink:] https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1560211059524378625?s=20/photo/1

NYT, Oleg Kashin: Who Will Get Rid of Putin? The Answer Is Grim. https://nyti.ms/3Cfdsdh Historically, only defeat in war has broken through the Russian system of control & corruption. “If Ukraine manages to inflict heavy losses on Russian forces, a similar process could unfold”

⭕ 17 Aug 2022

🐣 RT @tbonier Wow. I’ve been sharing data showing a huge surge in women registering to vote since the 6/24 Dobbs decision. I just started to look at some age and party breakdowns of those new registrants, and the numbers are jaw-dropping.
⋙ 🐣📋 RT @tbonier Starting in PA, where women have accounted for >56% of new registrants in that time period. Those women new registrants are 62%D to 15% R and 54% are under the age of 25. Compare that to men new registrants at 41% <25 and 43% D, 28% R. ↥ ↧ 🐣 📋 RT @tbonier Here are the states with the biggest gender gap among new registrants since the Dobbs decision was handed down. This isn't just a blue state phenomena. In fact, it is more pronounced in states where choice is more at risk, or has been eliminated by the decision. ◕ https://twitter.com/tbonier/status/1559897880042868736?s=20/photo/1 🐣 RT @RepsAgainstTrump Make no mistake about it: When Trump gets indicted, there will be lots of violence on the streets by his supporters. Violent attacks on the FBI, DOJ, and other government targets. We should be prepared for it. ¤ And, of course, it shouldn't deter the DOJ from making this decision TheHill: US must arm Ukraine now, before it’s too late https://bit.ly/3PBuDIS “The war in Ukraine has reached a decisive moment and that vital U.S. interests are at stake” ~ signed by 20 national security experts

… By providing aid sufficient to produce a stalemate, but not enough to roll back Russian territorial gains, the Biden administration may be unintentionally seizing defeat from the jaws of victory. Out of an over-abundance of caution about provoking Russian escalation (conventional as well as nuclear), we are in effect ceding the initiative to Russian President Vladimir Putin and reducing the pressure on Moscow to halt its aggression and get serious about negotiations.

Moscow’s imperialist war against the people of Ukraine is not just a moral outrage — a campaign of genocide aimed at erasing the Ukrainian nation from the map — but a clear danger to U.S. security and prosperity.

American principles and interests demand the strongest possible response, one sufficient to force the Russians as much as possible back to pre-February lines and to impose costs heavy enough to deter Russia from invading a third time. With Russian forces struggling to regroup in the east and stave off Ukrainian efforts to retake Kherson in the south, now is the time for Ukraine’s allies to pull out all the stops by providing Ukraine the means it needs to prevail. Dragging out the conflict through so-called strategic pauses will do nothing but allow Putin to regroup, recover and inflict more damage in Ukraine and beyond. …

With the necessary weapons and economic aid, Ukraine can defeat Russia. ¤ If it succeeds, our soldiers are less likely to have to risk their lives protecting U.S. treaty allies whom Russia also threatens.

What does defeat for Putin look like? The survival of Ukraine as a secure, independent, and economically viable country. That means a Ukraine with defensible borders that include Odesa and a substantial portion of the Black Sea coast, as well as a strong, well-armed military and a real end to hostilities. That should ideally include the return to Ukrainian control of all territories seized since Feb. 24 and, ultimately, the lands stolen in 2014, including Crimea. Such a peace is only possible when Putin realizes he is soundly defeated and can no longer achieve his objectives of dominating Ukraine or any other nation by force.

Moscow’s plan now is to make as many gains on the battlefield as possible; to conduct sham referendums in the newly occupied Ukrainian territory as a prelude to their annexation; to undermine unity in the West’s support for Ukraine by cutting off gas supplies going into the winter; and to blockade Ukrainian ports to produce destabilizing food shortages in the Global South designed to blow back on the West. For all of these purposes, Moscow needs time. Which means the United States and its allies must keep the pressure on Moscow.

The Biden administration should move more quickly and strategically, in meeting Ukrainian requests for weapons systems. And when it decides to send more advanced weapons, like HIMARS artillery, it should send them in larger quantities that maximize their impact on the battlefield.

Ukraine needs long-range fires to disrupt the Russian offensive, including Russian resupply, fuel, and ammunition stocks. That means the U.S. should send ATACMS munitions, fired by HIMARS with the 300km range necessary to strike Russian military targets anywhere in Ukraine, including occupied Crimea. And Ukraine needs constant resupply of ammunition and spare parts for artillery platforms supplied from various countries, some of which are not interchangeable. These systems are constantly in use, which makes maintenance and spare parts resupply critical. How and where these tasks are accomplished and the logistics infrastructure to quickly get the equipment back where it can be of greatest use can also make a huge difference.

Beyond this, Ukraine needs more short- and medium-range air defense to counter Russian air and missile attacks. An increasing problem is the need to deploy adequate countermeasures to hamper the growing prevalence of Russian-produced drones and new ones it is trying to procure from Iran.

The administration has been reluctant thus far to take such decisive steps for fear of provoking Russia, or as National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan recently said at the Aspen Security Forum, “to avoid World War Three.” Putin and other senior Russian officials have at numerous points in the run-up to and following Moscow’s Feb. 24 offensive reminded the West of the dangers of nuclear war. But the U.S. is also a nuclear power, and it is a strategic mistake to suggest that nuclear deterrence no longer works. Nuclear deterrence still works.

It is to Putin’s advantage to threaten nuclear war, but not to initiate it. And we have seen the Kremlin make nuclear threats that proved hollow — for instance in connection with Finland and Sweden joining NATO. If we allow Putin to intimidate us from providing the weapons Ukraine needs to stop Russian revisionism, what happens when he waves his nuclear wand over the Baltic states? And why would the administration assume that Putin would not dare do that with Estonia or Poland if the tactic worked for him in Ukraine?

The stakes are clear for us, our allies, and Ukraine. We should not fool ourselves. We may think that each day we delay providing Ukraine the weapons it needs to win, we are avoiding a confrontation with the Kremlin. To the contrary, we are merely increasing the probability that we will face that danger on less favorable grounds. The smart and prudent move is to stop Putin’s aggressive designs in Ukraine, and to do so now, when it will make a difference.

General Philip Breedlove, USAF (ret.); 17th Supreme Allied Commander Europe and distinguished professor, Sam Nunn School, Georgia Institute of Technology

Debra Cagan, former State and Defense Department official; distinguished energy fellow, Transatlantic Leadership Network

General (Ret.) Wesley K. Clark, 12th Supreme Allied Commander Europe; senior fellow, UCLA Burkle Center

Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, former under secretary of state for global affairs

Ambassador Eric Edelman, former ambassador to Finland and Turkey; former under secretary of defense for policy

Dr. Evelyn Farkas, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia; executive director, McCain Institute

Ambassador Daniel Fried, former assistant secretary of state for Europe; Weiser Family distinguished fellow, Atlantic Council

Ambassador John Herbst, former Ambassador to Ukraine and Uzbekistan; senior director, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Ben Hodges, former commanding general, US Army Europe

Ambassador John Kornblum, former ambassador to Germany

David Kramer, former assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor

Jan Lodal, former principal deputy under secretary of defense for policy; distinguished fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council

Robert McConnell, former assistant attorney general; co-founder, US-Ukraine Foundation

Ambassador Stephen Sestanovich, former ambassador-at-large for the former Soviet Union; senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations;professor, Columbia University

John Sipher, former officer and chief of station, CIA Clandestine Service; nonresident senior fellow, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council

Ambassador William Taylor, former ambassador to Ukraine

Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, former NATO deputy secretary general; former assistant secretary of defense; former ambassador to Russia and NATO

Ambassador Kurt Volker, former ambassador to NATO; former special representative for Ukraine negotiations; distinguished fellow, Center for European Policy Analysis

Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, former ambassador to Ukraine

🐣 RT @GenMhayden I agree. And I was the CIA Director
⋙ 🐣 RT @EdwardGLuce I’ve covered extremism and violent ideologies around the world over my career. Have never come across a political force more nihilistic, dangerous & contemptible than today’s Republicans. Nothing close.
⋙⋙ 🐣 closest thing I’ve come across in US history were the Salem Witch trials: mass psychosis. ¤ and I was an American Studies major
¤ https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1560060559038586882?s=20/photo/1
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 or Jonestown
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 or or the David Koresh and the Branch Davidians

NYT: Walensky, Citing Botched Pandemic Response, Calls for CDC Reorganization https://nyti.ms/3pnmQnv ‘The CDC has been under fire since the outset of the pandemic. It bent to political pressure from the Trump White House to alter key public health guidance or withhold it’
// Among other flaws, public guidance during the coronavirus pandemic was “confusing and overwhelming,” the agency said.

The C.D.C. has been under fire since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic two and a half years ago. It bent to political pressure from the Trump White House to alter key public health guidance or withhold it from the public — decisions that cost it a measure of public trust that experts say it still has not recaptured. It also made its own serious errors, including deploying a faulty Covid-19 test that set back the nation’s efforts to curtail spread of the virus. …

She outlined in broad terms how she hopes to transform operations by emphasizing public health needs, especially with a quicker response to emergencies like infectious disease outbreaks. One of her top priorities is to deliver clear, concise messages about public health threats, in plain language that can be grasped without sifting through voluminous pages on a website.

🐣 RT @DmytroKuleba Weapons were the focus of my call with @SecBlinken: we coordinated further supplies from the U.S. and partners. Military aid to Ukraine shortens the war and remains the best investment in the long-term security of Europe and the world. Grateful for the unfaltering U.S. support.
⋙ 🐣 I hope @SecBlinken was fully responsive to all your requests and even went beyond them, as Congress and the American people fully support
Slava Ukraini! 🇺🇦
@POTUS @SecDef

🐣 RT @gorsushko 🚨 #RUSSIA: Putin’s fascist regime started covert Military-Industrial complex #mobilization. Round-the-clock work schedules have been introduced. Those refusing to work double shifts are simply issued 50% of their salary. (Pictured: #Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works)
⋙ 🐣 what do they do when they need sanctioned components like microchips and machined parts from abroad, esp when so many tech and engineering people have left? ¤ Biden said early on the US is increasing defense production, and there’s also the Defense Prod Act as an option

🐣 RT @McFaul After six months of fighting in Ukraine, who would have predicted that the Russian army would have achieved so little?
⋙ 🐣 … and been so depleted and humiliated in the eyes of the world

🐣 RT @cpoliticditto I can’t imagine why seasoned lawyers wouldn’t want to work for free and then get disbarred
⋙ WaPo: Trump is rushing to hire seasoned lawyers — but he keeps hearing ‘No’ https://wapo.st/3dDnc6A
// The former president’s current legal team includes a Florida insurance lawyer who’s never had a federal case, a past general counsel for a parking-garage company and a former host at far-right One America News

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom As I keep saying, democracy in America will become a patchwork: States that count votes, observe the rule of law and the Constitution, and states that won’t.

🐣 RT @therecount [Today] “It’s certainly the most important challenge our nation has faced in recent history and maybe since the Civil War.”— Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on the fight to save American democracy in the face of attacks from Donald Trump and his allies
💽 https://twitter.com/therecount/status/1559926931302359040?s=20/photo/1

🐣 The GOP is no longer conservative. It’s sole motivator is tax cuts for the rich. But that’s not popular. To get voters, they energized social causes (pro-gun, anti-abortion, anti-immigrant); when that wasn’t enough, they’ve turned against democracy itself and embraced a dictator
¤ https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1559858102408822784?s=20/photo/1
// Trump portrait

🧵 RT @andersostlund Fascinating how many people wait for the Kherson offensive to start. The battle of the South of Ukraine already started. Maybe the starting point was when Zelensky stated it would happen or when the first bridge over the Dnipro was attacked, but started it has.
📌 https://twitter.com/andersostlund/status/1559836184720859137?s=20

⭕ 16 Aug 2022

💽 ≣Newsweek: Liz Cheney’s Concession Speech as Congresswoman Ousted in Wyoming https://bit.ly/3PuWoCL
// 8/16/2022

We really are in God’s country. And it’s wonderful to welcome so many here. I want to say first of all, a special thanks to every member of Team Cheney, who is here in the audience, and to tell you our work is far from over.

Among the many, many blessings that we have as Americans, and as individuals and as human beings, the blessing of your family is surely the most important. And so I want to thank all my family and pay a special tribute to those who are here with us tonight. My mom and dad, Dick and Lynne Cheney, and my husband Phil, and four of our five kids are here—Katie and Gracie and Philip and Richard are all here tonight. Elizabeth is starting law school today, so we’ll have another generation carrying on dedication to the Constitution and to our freedom.

A little over a year ago, I received a note from a Gold Star father. He said to me, ‘Standing up for truth honors all who gave all,’ and I have thought of his words every single day since then. I’ve thought of them because they are a reminder of how we must all conduct ourselves. We must conduct ourselves in a way that is worthy of the men and women who wear the uniform of this nation. And in particular, of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

This is not a game. Every one of us must be committed to the eternal defense of this miraculous experiment called America and at the heart of our democratic process—our elections. They are the foundational principle of our Constitution.

A few years ago, I won this primary with 73 percent of the vote. I could easily have done the same again. The path was clear, but it would have required that I go along with President Trump’s lie about the 2020 election. It would have required that I enable his ongoing efforts to unravel our democratic system and attack the foundations of our republic. That was a path I could not and would not take.

No House seat, no office in this land is more important than the principles that we are all sworn to protect, and I well understood the potential political consequences of abiding by my duty. Our republic relies upon the goodwill of all candidates for office to accept honorably the outcome of elections. And tonight, Harriet Hageman has received the most votes in this primary. She won. I called her to concede the race. This primary election is over but now the real work begins.

The great and original champion of our party, Abraham Lincoln, was defeated in elections for the Senate and the House before he won the most important election of all. Lincoln ultimately prevailed, he saved our Union and he defined our obligation as Americans for all of history. Speaking at Gettysburg of the great task remaining before us, Lincoln said, ‘That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain. That this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom and a government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from this earth.’

As we meet here tonight that remains our greatest and most important task. Most of world history is a story of violent conflict of servitude and suffering. Most people in most places have not lived in freedom. Our American freedom is a providential departure from history. We are the exception. We have been given the gift of freedom by God and our founding fathers. It is said that the long arc of history bends toward justice and freedom. That’s true, but only if we make it bend.

Today, our highest duty is to bend the arc of history to preserve our nation and its blessings to ensure that freedom will not perish, to protect the very foundations of this constitutional republic. Never in our nation’s 246 years have we seen what we saw on January 6. Like so many Americans, I assumed that the violence and the chaos of that day would have prompted a united response, a recognition that this was a line that must never be crossed. A tragic chapter in our nation’s history, to be studied by historians to ensure that it can never happen again.

But instead, major elements of my party still vehemently defend those who caused it. At the heart of the attack on January 6 is a willingness to embrace dangerous conspiracies that attack the very core premise of our nation. That lawful elections reviewed by the courts when necessary, and certified by the states and Electoral College, determined who serves as president.

If we do not condemn the conspiracies and the lies, if we do not hold those responsible to account, we will be excusing this conduct, and it will become a feature of all elections. America will never be the same.

Today, as we meet here, there are Republican candidates for governor who deny the outcome of the 2020 election, and who may refuse to certify future elections if they oppose the results. We have candidates for secretary of state who may refuse to report the actual results of the popular vote in future elections. And we have candidates for Congress, including here in Wyoming, who refuse to acknowledge that Joe Biden won the 2020 election and suggest that states decertify their results.

Our nation is barreling, once again, towards crisis, lawlessness and violence. No American should support election deniers for any position of genuine responsibility, where their refusal to follow the rule of law will corrupt our future.

Our nation is young in the history of mankind and yet we’re the oldest democracy in the world. Our survival is not guaranteed. History has shown us over and over again how poisonous lies destroyed three nations. Over the last several months, in the January 6 hearings, the American people have watched dozens of Republicans, including the most senior officials working for President Trump in the White House, the Justice Department and on his campaign—people who served President Trump loyally—testify that they all told him the election was not stolen or rigged and there was no massive fraud. That’s why President Trump and others invent excuses, pretexts for people not to watch the hearings at all. But no citizen of this republic is a bystander. All of us have an obligation to understand what actually happened. We cannot abandon the truth and remain a free nation.

To believe Donald Trump’s election lies, you must believe that dozens of federal and state courts who ruled against him, including many judges he appointed, were all corrupted and biased, that all manner of crazy conspiracy theories stole our election from us and that Donald Trump actually remains president today. As of last week, you must also believe that 30 career FBI agents, who have spent their lives working to serve our country, abandoned their honor and their oath and went to Mar-a-Lago, not to perform a lawful search or address a national security threat, but instead with a secret plan to plant fake incriminating documents in the boxes they seized. This is yet another insidious lie.

Donald Trump knows that voicing these conspiracies will provoke violence and threats of violence. This happened on January 6, and it’s now happening again. It is entirely foreseeable that the violence will escalate further, yet he and others continue purposely to feed the danger. Today, our federal law enforcement is being threatened, a federal judge is being threatened. Fresh threats of violence arise everywhere. And despite knowing all of this, Donald Trump recently released the names of the FBI agents involved in the search. That was purposeful and malicious. No patriotic American should use these threats or be intimidated by them. Our great nation must not be ruled by a mob provoked over social media.

Our duty as citizens of this republic is not only to defend the freedom that’s been handed down to us. We also have an obligation to learn from the actions of those who came before, to the stories of grit and perseverance of the brave men and women who built and saved this union. In the lives of these great Americans, we find inspiration and purpose.

In May of 1864, after years of war and a string of reluctant Union generals, Ulysses S. Grant met General Lee’s forces at the Battle of the Wilderness. In two days of heavy fighting, the Union suffered over 17,000 casualties. At the end of that battle, General Grant faced a choice. Most assumed he would do what previous Union generals had done and retreat. On the evening of May 7, Grant began to move. As the fires of the battle still smoldered, Grant rode to the head of the column. He rode to the intersection of Brock Road and Orange Plank Road. And there, as the men of his army watched and waited, instead of turning north back towards Washington and safety, Grant turns his horse south toward Richmond and the heart of Lee’s army. Refusing to retreat, he pressed on to victory. Lincoln and Grant and all who fought in our nation’s tragic Civil War, including my own great-great-grandfathers, saved our Union. Their courage saved freedom. And if we listen closely, they are speaking to us down the generations. We must not idly squander what so many have fought and died for.

America has meant so much to so many because we are the best hope of freedom on earth. Last week in Laramie, a gentleman came up to me with tears in his eyes. ‘I’m not an American,’ he said, ‘But my children are. I grew up in Brazil. I know how fragile freedom is, and we must not lose it here.’ A few days ago, here in Jackson, a woman told me that her grandparents had survived Auschwitz. They found refuge in America. She said she was afraid that she had nowhere to go if freedom died here.

Ladies and gentlemen, freedom must not and will not die here. ¤ We must be very clear-eyed about the threat we face and about what is required to defeat it. I have said since January 6, that I will do whatever it takes to make sure Donald Trump is never again anywhere near the Oval Office.

This is a fight for all of us together. I’m a conservative Republican. I believe deeply in the principles and the ideals on which my party was founded. I love its history. And I love what our party has stood for. But I love my country more.

So, I ask you tonight to join me. As we leave here, let us resolve that we will stand together—Republicans, Democrats and independents—against those who would destroy our republic. They are angry and they are determined, but they have not seen anything like the power of Americans united in defense of our Constitution and committed to the cause of freedom. There is no greater power on this earth. And with God’s help, we will prevail. Thank you all. God bless you. God bless Wyoming. God bless the United States of America.

WaPo: An interview with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky https://wapo.st/3SQme7c “Some of our people left, but most of them stayed here, they fought for their homes. And as cynical as it may sound, those are the people who stopped everything”

🐣 RT @RonFilipkowski REPUBLICAN PARTY
Born – March 20, 1854, Ripon, WI
Died – August 16, 2022, Jackson, WY

🧵 RT @WarintheFuture It nearly 6 months since the Russian invasion of #Ukraine began. Today, I explore Ukraine’s potential counteroffensive in the south, and the considerations for planning and conducting such a large-scale campaign. 1/25
📌 https://twitter.com/WarintheFuture/status/1559718565808185344?s=20

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrerBEST INFORMATION: Jomini of the West @JominiW is the best source of battle-space information on Ukraine. This is his battle map of 16 AUG.
💙 ⋙ 🧵📌 RT @JominiW 1/ Ukrainian TVD, Day 159-172. The first half of August has seen an emerging shift in the strategic initiative moving decidedly away from the Russia to that of Ukraine. With fall fast approaching the next several weeks may prove as critical as the early days of the war. #Ukraine
🌎 https://twitter.com/JominiW/status/1559710631774781445?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Kylegriffin1 The Lincoln Project on Liz Cheney’s primary loss:
“Tonight, the nation marks the end of the Republican Party. What remains shares the name and branding of the traditional GOP, but is in fact an authoritarian nationalist cult dedicated only to Donald Trump.”

🧵 RT @ Cirincione This solid reporting from @washingtonpost decisively and definitively crushes the argument that Putin was provoked into invading Ukraines by the West. US knew for months of his plans to occupy Ukraine. A convincing refutation of Mearsheimer & Co.
📌 https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1559666748709900289?s=20
⋙ WaPo: Road to war: U.S. struggled to convince allies, and Zelensky, of risk of invasion https://wapo.st/3Qx4rAk

🐣 RT @AccountableGOP .@Liz_Cheney: “Those of us across the board—Republicans, Democrats, and independents—who believe deeply in freedom and who care about the Constitution and the future of the country, I think, have an obligation to put that above party.”
💽 https://twitter.com/AccountableGOP/status/1559635032339251201?s=20/photo/1

🧵 RT @atrupar Schumer before Biden signs the Inflation Reduction Act: “For anyone who thought Washington was broken and couldn’t do big things, Democrats have shown real change is possible.”
📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1559628327215824896?s=20/photo/1

NYT, Nona Aronowitz: I Still Believe in the Power of Sexual Freedom https://nyti.ms/3w8PNHD “What those early feminists understood is that sex had a role to play in helping women to break free from the various stereotypes — prude, slut, girlfriend, wife — that so dismayed them”

🐣 RT @SpiroAgnewGhost 🚨🚨BREAKING from NYT: Pat Cipollone and Pat Philbin, the White House counsel and his deputy under Trump, were interviewed by the F.B.I. in connection with boxes of sensitive documents that were stored at Mr. Trump’s residence in Florida after he left office

🐣 RT @Robert4787 U.S. intelligence constantly worried about how #Trump keeps government secrets after in 2017 he revealed #topsecret information about an Islamic State plot to a group of Russian visitors, including the foreign minister, that the US received from #Israel.
⋙ Vice, Greg Walters: A Brief History of Mar-a-Lago’s Infamously Bad Security https://bit.ly/3PAVgOk
// So who the hell else could have been rummaging through all those files before the FBI got there?

🐣 RT @AWeissmann_ One full week since the search was executed by DOJ and publicized by Trump, and Trump has still not said a word of explanation as to why he took the documents, why he did not return them all, and what he was doing with them for over 18 months.

🐣 RT @Visegrad24 Poland fought a total of 18 wars with Moscow.
Every single time Poland fought side by side with Ukraine, the Russians lost.
That is why Poland and Ukraine stand together today, just as they did then.
For our freedom and yours…

🐣 RT @tomishonen Trump: I know the best people
Campaign chairman Manafort: Convicted
National Security advisor Flynn: Convicted
Personal attorney Michael Cohen: Convicted
Personal attorney Giuliani: Criminal target
Chief Strategist Bannon: Convicted
Personal accountant Weisselberg: Pleads guilty

WaPo, George Conway: Trump didn’t take the cookies. Nope. Never. Why ask? https://wapo.st/3QqYB3u “It’s my cookie jar, so any cookies in the jar are mine. In fact, I had a Standing Order that any cookies in the jar automatically became mine when they went into the jar”

🐣 RT @BillKristol “Over the last year, one of the most extraordinary performances of civic grit in American history has played out before our eyes: Liz Cheney’s demonstration of principled constitutionalism…It is worth taking a moment to recognize what she has done.”
⋙ TheBulwark, James Banner: Liz Cheney’s Staunch Constitutionalism https://bit.ly/3piHy81
// Even those who disagree with her policy views ought to acknowledge her bravery.

⭕ 15 Aug 2022

WaPo, Dana Milbank: That red wave is looking more like a ripple. Here’s why. https://wapo.st/3w62ti8 “Donald Trump is back on the ballot”

Lawfare, Jeh Johnson: Thoughts on the Mar-a-Lago Search and the President’s Classification and Declassification Authority https://bit.ly/3dB3bNW “Nothing short of laughable”

[T]he defense asserted by Trump’s team—that while in office Trump issued “standing orders” that any “documents removed from the Oval Office and taken to the residence were deemed to be declassified the moment he removed them”—is nothing short of laughable. It’s a little like saying that the speed limit on the New Jersey Turnpike is whatever speed the governor chooses to drive at in any given moment.

As Jack Goldsmith noted in another context for Lawfare in 2017, in the first year of the Trump presidency, “[t]he current conundrum highlights again how very deeply our system of government depends on the People electing a President who is generally reasonable, prudent, and responsible.”

In 2016 the American people engaged in a dangerous experiment: electing to the powerful office of the presidency a man with virtually no public office experience, no understanding of the Constitution or history, no respect for law, no moral compass, possessed only of autocratic impulses and a thirst for power for the sake of power. With the violent events of Jan. 6, 2021 and each new facet of the many investigations surrounding Trump, we continue to pay the price for that experiment. ¤ In my opinion, whether our democracy recovers fully from this experiment remains an open question.

🐣 RT @RonFilipkowski When you’ve lost Laura Ingraham: “Trump’s been a friend of mine for 25 years. But, you know we’ll see whether that’s what the country wants. The country I think is so exhausted .. maybe it’s time to turn the page.”
⋙ TheHill: Laura Ingraham: Voters might say it’s ‘time to turn the page’ on Trump https://bit.ly/3AoCt49
// Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Monday said Americans might be ready “to turn the page” on former President Trump as he decides whether to run for president a third time.

🐣 RT @marceelias The most important news story of the day.👇
“A team of computer experts directed by lawyers allied with President Donald Trump copied sensitive data from election systems in Georgia as part of a secretive, multistate effort to access voting equipment” WaPo: Trump-allied lawyers pursued voting machine data in multiple states, records reveal https://wapo.st/3Qvs4ta “‘The breach is way beyond what we thought,’ said David D. Cross, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, … ‘The scope of it is mind-blowing’”

🐣 RT @Tom_Winter NBC News: Former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges tied to his indictment by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office as soon as this Thursday at 9am, according to two people familiar with the matter and a public court filing

🐣 RT @gtconway3d morons rea
⋙ 🐣 RT @cspan President Trump: “I thought it was a terrible thing when she ripped up the speech. First of all, it’s an official document. You’re not allowed. It’s illegal what she did. She broke the law.”
💽 https://twitter.com/gtconway3d/status/1559292533200535554?s=20/photo/1
// Pelosi ripping up Trump’s speech

🐣 RT @DonLew87 BOOM! There’s been speculation that perhaps the DOJ just wanted to get back the sensitive documents. But in the DOJ motion today to keep the probable cause affidavit sealed, this excerpt suggests there’s lots more to it. That a criminal investigation is ongoing & ppl are talking.
[TextLink]: https://twitter.com/DonLew87/status/1559282669497843719?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] Disclosure at this juncture of the affidavit supporting probable cause would, by contrast, cause significant and irreparable damage to this ongoing criminal investigation. As the Court is aware from its review of the affidavit, it contains, among other critically important and detailed investigative facts: highly sensitive information about witnesses, including witnesses interviewed by the government; specific investigative techniques; and information required by law to be kept under seal pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6(e). If disclosed, the affidavit would serve as a roadmap to the government’s ongoing investigation, providing specific details about its direction and likely course, in a manner that is highly likely to compromise future investigative steps. In addition, information about witnesses is particularly sensitive given the high-profile nature of this matter and the risk that the revelation of witness identities would impact their willingness to cooperate with the investigation. Disclosure of the government’s affidavit at this stage would also likely chill future cooperation by witnesses whose assistance may be sought as this investigation progresses, as well as in other high-profile investigations. The fact that this investigation implicates highly classified materials further underscores the need to protect the integrity of the investigation and exacerbates the potential for harm if information is disclosed to the public prematurely or improperly.

🐣 RT @ ChuckPfarrer ZAPORIZHZHIA NUCLEAR PLANT: Ukraine and Russia blame each other for shelling that has caused fires in the vicinity. Moldovan Civil Defense authorities have imported anti-radiation pills for distribution to civilians in the event of a nuclear incident. https://bit.ly/3JVVazj
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1559290706732138497?s=20/photo/1

NYT: Giuliani Is Told He Is a Target of Trump Election Investigation in Georgia https://nyti.ms/3JUMGse
// Rudolph W. Giuliani, as former President Donald J. Trump’s personal lawyer, spearheaded efforts to keep Mr. Trump in power.

⭕ 14 Aug 2022

🐣 RT @ KellyO .@AmbJohnBolton tells me and @NBCNews “I think that claim is almost certainly a lie,” on Trump standing declassify order “Nobody briefed me or informed me that this policy or order was in effect. I was never aware of anything even remotely approximating that policy.”
// on general declassification by Yrump

🐣 RT @MarkHertling A few days I did an overview of classified documents. This one provides MUCH more intricate details that most on cable news have no clue about. But this is detailed and spot on!!
⋙ 🧵 RT @OfficeBob “This week in Trumpland has been wild. So I thought I’d put my FSO hat back on and talk about document classification. This is a long one. ¤ A sitting president cannot wave his magic wand and declare something declassified. ” ¤ 2/
📌 https://twitter.com/OfficeBob/status/1558957818925154304?s=20/photo/1
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @OfficeBob […] “I have had people jailed for far, far less than what the FBI recovered at Mar-a-Lago. I’ve fired employees for taking a single Confidential document out of my facility by accident. Because at the end of the day, it’s MY document and MY ass on the line in an audit. ” 23/
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @OfficeBob “Put Trump in prison.”

NYT: Congress Is Shooting for the Moon, and Getting Close https://nyti.ms/3ppKwHz “For the past two years, lawmakers have paid workmanlike attention to a series of bipartisan bills on things that have been on the country’s to-do list for years”
// Alt Title: The Most Productive Dysfunctional Congress Ever
// For a gridlocked capital, Washington has been amazingly productive.

🐣 RT @ChuckPfarrer SAKI AIRFIELD STRIKE: The Washington Post was the first to publish the erroneous claim that the Saki airfield strike was carried out by a UKR Special Operation Force. Craters, and explosive placement are wholly inconsistent with a daylight commando raid. A Navy SEAL explains.
🌎 https://twitter.com/ChuckPfarrer/status/1558772392608120834?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @lyndastraffin Mary Trump may hold the key to taking Donald Trump down. I’m hoping a woman deals the final blow.🤞🏻 #DemVoice1 #FreshResists #TruBlue
[TextLink]: https://twitter.com/lyndastraffin/status/1558641406822031360?s=20/photo/1
[Text:] “I hear people say that Republicans areafraid of Donald Trump – no thev’re not. THEY ARE HIM. They are sticking with the guy who gives them permission to be their worst selves.”– Mary Trump

🐣 RT @jilevin On Jan 6th, Trump sent an armed mob to the Capitol.
He refused repeated requests to call it off – for over 187 deadly minutes.
Trump and MAGA extremists’ attacks on democracy are ongoing.
We must hold them accountable. Jan6Justice
CAP 💽 https://twitter.com/jilevin/status/1558844910651990020?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @jilevin Retirees pay more in income taxes so that billionaires won’t have to pay their fair share
[TextLink]: https://twitter.com/jilevin/status/1558707764112904193?s=20/photo/1
[Text:] 📋 In 1984 I lowered the top income tax rate from 70% to 28%. ¤ Then I imposed the first ever income tax on social security benefits to make up for it. (Ronald Reagan)
⋙ 🐣 RT @lindaflarson Is this really true? Do you have a good source? Why is this the first time I’m learning about this?
⋙⋙ 🐣 Yes. Then it was raised to 40% under Clinton, cut again by Bush2, raised to 39% under Obama, cut under Trump (see a pattern?) [Source: Statistica]
◕ https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1558844939475238912?s=20/photo/1
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 The first big cut after WW2 was actually under Kennedy who said ‘a rising tide lifts all boats,’ but after Reagan, inequality surged, wages stagnated and the wealth of the uber-wealthy took off ¤ People debate what happened. I am happy Congress just passed a tax on stock buybacks

🧵 RT @TCG_CrisisRisks [Cavell] Ukraine SITREP 1. Russian air/missile strikes continued yesterday and overnight, but remain far more subdued than the usual trend with still no obvious sign of any retaliatory strike for the Crimean Saki airbase attacks earlier this week.
📌 https://twitter.com/TCG_CrisisRisks/status/1558685209033248773?s=20

⭕ 13 Aug 2022

WaPo, EJ Dionne: The week that was: Trump screams. Biden governs. https://wapo.st/3vZGNEj “It was a debate over what democratic government should be doing for citizens, not a spectacle orchestrated by one terribly needy man”

Whatever else they were doing, the voters who put Biden into the presidency in 2020 were seeking something closer to a functional, normal democracy. This was the opposite of what we had when Trump rampaged around the White House, obsessed only with himself, his image and the attention-grabbing havoc he could wreak. ¤ That normality means Biden does not grab the headlines, particularly on cable news and social media, the way Trump still can. No one who runs for president lacks ego, but Biden is a fundamentally decent man who has spent his life thinking about what legislation he could pass, which problems he might start solving, and how he could tilt the economic playing field a bit more toward the kinds of people he grew up with in Scranton, Pa., and Delaware. ¤ And this is the month Biden finally came into his own.

Only history and future elections can decide the matter, but Biden may go down as achieving something like Ronald Reagan did, but in reverse. His time in office is altering the nation’s assumptions about government and its role in our economic life. ¤ This process began long before his election, after the financial collapse of 2008 underscored the limits of deregulation. But the two major bipartisan bills Biden signed — for infrastructure and for investments in semiconductors, science and technology — brought home how even many Republicans now acknowledge that large-scale federal investments are required to make a market economy work and that government can push it in useful directions.

Biden didn’t do this alone, and the past month was also when Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) came into his own as a negotiator, facilitator and dealmaker. And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), presiding over one of the narrowest partisan majorities in history, showed yet again why she is the most consequential House leader of the modern era. ¤ Notice something here: Whether you support everything Biden, Schumer and Pelosi did or not, it was all about workaday government as we understood it before Trump brought his destructive psychosis to the center of our politics.

Notice something here: Whether you support everything Biden, Schumer and Pelosi did or not, it was all about workaday government as we understood it before Trump brought his destructive psychosis to the center of our politics. ¤ If there were dramas, they were about substantive disagreements between center and left over what should be in a bill, how fast change should happen, which problems took priority. It was a debate over what democratic government should be doing for citizens, not a spectacle orchestrated by one terribly needy man. …

Joe Biden will never seize the public stage the way Trump does. He will never galvanize mobs, inspire frenzied loyalty — or encourage his supporters to embrace and defend lies. That happens to be why Biden was elected. At the end of a consequential week, those who voted for him can feel pretty good about themselves.

WaPo, Perry Stein: The Trump search warrant focuses on classified information. What you need to know https://wapo.st/3poYlGd
// FBI agents took 11 sets of classified documents, several marked ‘top secret’ from the Mar-a-Lago Club

When a federal magistrate judge unsealed on Friday the court-authorized warrant used to search former president Donald Trump’s home, he also made public an inventory list of all the items taken in the high-profile raid. ¤ The unprecedented search was related to an investigation into the potential mishandling of classified documents, including material related to nuclear weapons, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

The inventory of 28 seized items provides a glimpse of what was still being kept at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Florida residence and private beach club, more than a year after the National Archives and Records Agency began trying to retrieve presidential records improperly taken from the White House at the end of Trump’s presidency. It offers few details. …

FBI agents recouped four sets of “top-secret” documents, three sets of “confidential” documents and three sets of “secret” documents from Mar-a-Lago, according to the list of items seized in the raid and unsealed by a judge on Friday. Another set of documents was labeled “Various classified TS/SCI documents,” a reference to “top-secret” and “Sensitive Compartmented Information.” …

Can a president legally remove declassified information from the White House? ¤ No, according to security experts. There are other laws that protect the country’s most sensitive secrets beyond how it is classified. For example, according to Aftergood, some of the intelligence and documents related to nuclear weapons can’t be declassified by the president. Aftergood said such information is protected by a different law, the Atomic Energy Act.

Another law — called “gathering, transmitting or losing defense information” — states it is illegal to remove documents related to national security from their proper place if it could risk the security of the country, no matter the classification level of the information. ¤ “The classification is just one piece of the picture,” Aftergood said. There are other protections in the law that can make disclosure or unauthorized retention problematic or even criminal.

Removing certain property and documents from the White House would also violate the Presidential Records Act, which requires presidents to preserve official records during their time in office. The act says that records from a presidency are public property and do not belong to the president or the White House team. Violating the records act would be a civil, not a criminal, offense.

Speaking of violations, what laws did the warrant say may have been broken? ¤ The warrant lists the codes of three U.S. laws that may have been violated. That does not mean all of them were broken, however, or that these are the only laws that could have been violated in connection with the FBI’s investigation. The laws pertain to destruction or moving of government documents and carry criminal penalties.

Section 793 — “Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information” — is known as the Espionage Act. It’s a broad law, and violating it does not necessarily mean that someone committed espionage. The law states it is illegal to remove documents or records related to national security from their proper place if it could risk the security of the country. ¤ “It’s almost a misnomer, because when people hear ‘espionage,’ they think the classic definition of espionage spying,” Ali said. “But here it does not have anything to do with that, as far as we know. This may not be the cloak and dagger type of espionage.”

The second, Section 1519 — “Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations and bankruptcy” — criminalizes the destruction or hiding of documents to obstruct an investigation. The warrant does not detail which investigation the removal of these documents could be obstructing. It carries a prison sentence of no more than 20 years.

And the third, Section 2071 — “Concealment, removal, or mutilation generally” — makes illegal the willful theft or destruction of any government document. Every offense of this act could carry a sentence of up to three years of prison. A person convicted of violating this section is barred from holding federal office, according to the law.

WaPo Editorial: Green shoots of governability poke through a scorched political landscape https://wapo.st/3SOkYS8 “The key was to tune out the Twitterverse and engage in old-fashioned give and take, through negotiations across party lines and, sometimes, within them”

In Washington, the smart money is always on political and legislative gridlock. And lately, experts have taken to warning — all too plausibly — of far worse. Just the other day, President Biden met with a group of historians who told him of parallels between contemporary threats to democracy and the unstable periods just before the Civil War and during the 1920s and ’30s, which saw the rise of Hitler and Stalin. Perhaps it’s just some irrational late-summer exuberance, but we’d like to argue the other side: that the national cup is half full, at least regarding the United States’ basic ability to conduct public business. As a midterm election approaches, green shoots of governability are poking through the surface of what is otherwise a scorched political landscape.

Specifically, the 117th Congress has compiled a significant legislative record since it convened on Jan. 3, 2021. Albeit narrowly divided between Republicans and Democrats in the House and split three ways in the Senate — the third “party” being a de facto micro-group made up of Sens. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) — Congress has rebounded from the mob attack of Jan. 6 and gotten things done. Since March 2021, lawmakers have passed: a $1.9 trillion plan to help the economy recover from the covid pandemic; an infrastructure package with $550 billion in new spending on roads, bridges, ports and the like; a plan to repair the Postal Service’s balance sheet; a long-overdue anti-lynching law named for Emmett Till; a modest but meaningful gun safety law; a $280 billion bill, the Chips Act, to bolster scientific research and domestic semiconductor production; and the tax-climate-health plan known as the Inflation Reduction Act, which passed the House Friday.

Especially remarkable is that some of the measures — postal reform, infrastructure, anti-lynching, Chips and gun safety — enjoyed bipartisan support. That was true also of repeated measures providing military and economic support for Ukraine in its war with Russia and NATO membership for Finland and Sweden. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell got Senate confirmation to a second four-year term on a bipartisan basis. A bipartisan Senate group has made progress on Electoral Count Act reform, and there is a decent chance that vital measure will pass before this Congress ends. The Respect for Marriage Act to protect same-sex marriages from any possible adverse Supreme Court rulings is struggling to hit the 60-vote threshold in the Senate but might do so, given that it passed the House with 47 Republican votes. There was no federal default; the debt limit was raised enough to last through this year because Democrats agreed to a special procedure that let Senate Republicans who had been obstructing the bill save face. –

[F]or all the often justified despair over political dysfunction — and over institutions, such as the Senate filibuster, that make legislating such a slog — Congress produced incremental progress. The key was to tune out the Twitterverse and engage in old-fashioned give and take, through negotiations across party lines and, sometimes, within them. Given the backlog of unmet social, economic and environmental needs, incremental progress is frustratingly, well, incremental. And yet it has the advantage of probably being the sort of progress voters actually had in mind when they elected a divided Congress — and a relatively moderate president with long experience as a senator, Joe Biden — in November 2020.

Radical ideologies, such as the 1930s-vintage totalitarianism that the historians discussed with Mr. Biden, hold out the seductive — inevitably false — hope of redemption through upheaval. Democracy, by contrast, offers change with stability. Both at home and abroad, doubt grows that the system can still deliver on that more modest, but infinitely more humane, promise. All the more reason to take note of — and succor from — evidence that it can.

WaPo: Trump’s secrets: How a records dispute led the FBI to search Mar-a-Lago https://wapo.st/3SPbaal tick tick ⏳
// Donald Trump was huddled with lawyers in New York on an unrelated investigation when they learned FBI agents had arrived in Palm Beach, Fla., with a warrant, authorized to search for any and all evidence a crime had been committed.

🐣 RT @ general_ben Ukrainian Soldiers are the most innovative and tech-savvy Soldiers of any country I’ve ever met. Our Soldiers learned from them. They showed me our counter fire radar was even better than I realized. They will continue to outpace the Russians until final victory.
⋙ 🐣 RT @IlvesToomas This is cool. Ukrainian ingenuity and innovation is why the mindless slugs and low-brow thugs are losing so badly.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ Gerashchenko_en Ukrainian soldiers show the weapon that they made from the captured Russian military equipment. ¤ The infantrymen did all the design and construction work on their own. The system has already been tested and is now being used in the combat zone
💽 https://twitter.com/Gerashchenko_en/status/1558181068154478595?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Porter_Anderson Media: @gtconway3d to @Acosta: “The shortest distance between #Trump and an orange jumpsuit is this investigation with the documents. We haven’t heard a rational defense. That’s why, in #Bannon’s phrase, they’re flooding the zone with excrement. Because they’ve got nothing else.”

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance My favorite part is where Trump has someone reach out to Merrick Garland & expects a response like Garland is Bill Barr or Jeff Sessions 😂😂😂
⋙ 🐣 RT @juliaioffe So looks like Trump’s lawyers lied—in writing—to the DOJ. Amazing scoop by @maggieNYT and @GlennThrush
⋙⋙ NYT: Trump Lawyer Told Justice Dept. That Classified Material Had Been Returned https://nyti.ms/3QjjoGa
// The lawyer signed a statement in June that all documents marked as classified and held in boxes in storage at Mar-a-Lago had been given back. The search at the former president’s home on Monday turned up more.

The existence of the signed declaration, which has not previously been reported, is a possible indication that Mr. Trump or his team were not fully forthcoming with federal investigators about the material. And it could help explain why a potential violation of a criminal statute related to obstruction was cited by the department as one basis for seeking the warrant used to carry out the daylong search of the former president’s home on Monday, an extraordinary step that generated political shock waves. ¤ It also helps to further explain the sequence of events that prompted the Justice Department’s decision to conduct the search after months in which it had tried to resolve the matter through discussions with Mr. Trump and his team.

Shortly before Mr. Garland made the announcement, a person close to Mr. Trump reached out to a Justice Department official to pass along a message from the former president to the attorney general. Mr. Trump wanted Mr. Garland to know that he had been checking in with people around the country and found them to be enraged by the search. ¤ “The country is on fire” was the message that Mr. Trump wanted conveyed, according to a person familiar with the exchange. “What can I do to reduce the heat?”

🚫🐣 RT @ Thom_Hartmann Newsweek reports that the documents Trump stole include payroll records for US spies. ¤ Exactly the kind of thing for which Putin or Saudi Arabia would pay the Trump family billions. ¤ Was there a bidding war the Saudis won with their $2 billion to Jared?
⋙ Newsweek: Exclusive: Trump Raid Documents Could Reveal Informants on U.S. Payroll https://bit.ly/3du9bs2
// Hartmann may be extrapolating

🐣 RT @ JayinKyiv Is Ukraine about to pull off the greatest military heist in history? ¤ Russian forces in Kherson are now cut off, bridges have been blown so that men can retreat across river BUT not with their vehicles and heavy weapons. ¤ Now Ukraine just hit a big Russian ammo depot there.
🌎 https://twitter.com/JayinKyiv/status/1558475280221671425?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @JayinKyiv Putin probably didn’t expect to be the one that REALLY arms Ukraine.

🐣 RT @CREWcrew This week in Trump, a review:
● There were no classified documents, the FBI must have planted them
● Everyone takes classified documents now and again
● I took a bunch of classified documents, but I secretly unclassified them

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom If you just want to give in to the doom and spend the weekend with nuclear war, I have just the thing for you in @TheAtlantic Daily today.
⋙ TheAtlantic, Tom Nichols: Trump’s Vault of Secrets https://bit.ly/3zWqJVi
// What was in the boxes, and why does it matter?
[TextLink]: https://twitter.com/RadioFreeTom/status/1558270961618755587?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] P.S. I hate ending the week with doom and gloom about nuclear issues, but if you really want to fall down the rabbit hole of despair, I have just the thing for you. In 1984, the BBC made a movie about nuclear war called Threads. The ambiguous title refers to the slender and fragile connections, both physical and psychological, that bind human civilization together.)

This was the British version of the American TV movie event The Day After, and although The Day After is a fine movie with Hollywood production values, the BBC and director Mick Jackson made a smaller but more terrifying film that follows a young woman from a few months before a massive nuclear exchange (when she learns she is pregnant) to 13 years after. The script relied on experts (two of them my professors, from back when I was studying such things) for the scenario and its aftermath, including explanatory voice-overs that lend the movie a docudrama feel, and it is so accurate that I assign it as required viewing in my nuclear-weapons class at Harvard Extension School. Be warned, however, that the film contains some deeply disturbing and graphic images. I don’t recommend watching it alone. — Tom

⋙ 🐣 RT @MacMargi I watched it on Tom’s recommendation and it was so much more horrifying than “The day after” which was plenty scary-Threads doesn’t stop- it carries you through the ruination of the next toxic generation-basically, if you are reckless enough to use nukes there is no turning back.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ObserverTx From all the comments, here is your nuclear dystopian movie lineup for the weekend:
The Day After
Testament
Threads
When the wind blows
Just to add a little levity to nuclear annihilation, I am adding: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

🐣 RT @duty2warn Here’s our summary of all polls:
56% of Americans believe 2 + 2 = 4.
36% of Americans believe 2 +2 = whatever Trump says it is.
8% of Americans are undecided.

🐣 RT @ @RickPetree The latest Trump dodge (“I telepathically declassified everything at the last minute”) is so patently ridiculous, and so unlikely to affect the course of events, that I urge people to waste NO time in discussing it, refuting it, etc.
⋙ 🐣 RT @HCandler It wasn’t exactly telepathically. This is verified documentation of Trump orbicly declassifying 110% of every document he ever saw, heard of, or wished he’d heard of. Bigly.
😅 🌀 https://twitter.com/HCandler/status/1558460963334103042?s=20/photo/1
// flashing Saudi orb gif

🐣 RT @natsechobbyistSome good news! All gas, no brakes! Let’s keep talking and make sure people #VOTE
🐣 📊 RT @ katiebparis
Across race and education, Fox poll shows women shifting towards Democrats.
Since May:
Women + 7D
White women + 8D
Nonwhite women +10D
White college women +8D
White no college women + 8D
Suburban women (reminder: we are diverse!) +9D
https://fxn.ws/3zTVDO2

🐣 RT @CREWcrew A couple years ago, the Trump Administration sent Jared Kushner to Saudi Arabia along with Tom Barrack, who was trying to get them American nuclear technology. You may have missed it then, but you should read this now:
⋙ CREW (2019): Kushner, Barrack, Perry and plenty of ethics problems attend Saudi conference https://bit.ly/3SRXHPo
// 10/29/2019

🐣 RT @ fred_guttenberg .POTUS just had the most consequential and successful month of any President in the history of this country. While law enforcement will hold the former guy accountable, we must get out and VOTE because of what the President @JoeBiden is doing now!!!
⋙ MSN/NBC: Republicans are rallying around Trump following the FBI raid. That’s good news for Biden. https://bit.ly/3bZjhAy

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom I am more convinced than ever, now that we know obstruction was on the warrant, that Trump was panicking about hiding stuff that could implicate him in something big.

🐣 RT @DefenceHQ [UK] Latest Defence Intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine – 13 August 2022 ¤ Find out more about the UK government’s response: http://ow.ly/x6ZU50KjfIi ¤ 🇺🇦 #StandWithUkraine 🇺🇦

● The two primary road bridges giving access to the pocket of Russian occupied territory on the west bank of the Dnipro in Kherson Oblast are now probably out of use for the purposes of substantial military resupply.

● On 10 August 2022, Ukrainian precision strikes likely rendered the road crossing of the Dnipro River at Nova Kakhovka unusable for heavy military vehicles. In recent days, Russia has only succeeded in making superficial repairs to the damaged Antonivsky road bridge which likely remains structurally undermined. Last week, the main rail bridge near Kherson was also further damaged. Since late July 2022, Russia has been using a pontoon ferry near the railway bridge as its main military resupply route.

● Even if Russia manages to make significant repairs to the bridges, they will remain a key vulnerability. Ground resupply for the several thousand Russian troops on the west bank is almost certainly reliant on just two pontoon ferry crossing points. With their supply chain constrained, the size of any stockpiles Russia has managed to establish on the west bank is likely to be a key factor in the force’s endurance.

🐣 RT @McFaul In invading Ukraine, Putin tried to (1) unite the alleged “one nation” of Russians & Ukrainians, (2) de-Nazify Ukraine/overthrow Zelensky (3) capture Kyiv & Kharkiv, (4) stop NATO expansion, (5) demilitarize Ukraine. He has failed so far to achieve all 5 of these objectives.

⭕ 12 Aug 2022

TheAtlantic, Mark Leibovich: Liz Cheney, the Republican From the State of Reality https://bit.ly/3QKfmGw “Even in defeat, Cheney could emerge from Wyoming tough and unencumbered enough to serve as a one-woman wrecking ball against Trump”
// She isn’t really fighting to keep her seat in Congress. She’s fighting Donald Trump.

NYT, Glenn Thrush: Takeaways From the Unsealed Warrant for the Search of Trump’s Home https://nyti.ms/3bOXb3X “Prosecutors cited Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 793, better known as the Espionage Act”

● The Justice Department is investigating violations of the Espionage Act.
● The big question: Why did Mr. Trump hoard government documents?
● Merrick Garland had the right to remain silent. Not anymore.

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Meanwhile in Russia: Putin’s mouthpieces on state TV are taunting America about “Top Secret” documents sought during the raid of Trump’s estate, which they claim had to do with the newest nuclear weapons developed by the US and gleefully imply that Moscow already got to see them.
💽 https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1558289365004128264?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ BarbMcQuade Brilliant tactical move by DOJ on selecting statutes for the search. None of the crimes cited require the documents to be classified. Any claim by Trump that he declassified the documents is irrelevant. …
⋙ NYT: Files Seized From Trump Are Part of Espionage Act Inquiry https://nyti.ms/3C0oq6h
// The materials included some marked as top secret and meant to be viewed only in secure government facilities, according to a copy of the warrant.

WaPo Editorial: A disaster is looming at a huge Ukrainian nuclear power plant https://wapo.st/3dsUBAO “At Zaporizhzhia, it is a few minutes before midnight. A disaster must be averted”

🐣 RT @susanmcp1 Spot on from the imitable @MollyJongFast: “Perhaps the secret of the Biden presidency is that the moment all looks darkest, the moment he’s left for dead, he rises like a phoenix from the ashes and does a pretty good job of getting stuff passed.”
⋙ TheAtlantic, Molly Jong-Fast: Joe Biden Is Not a Victim of His Presidency https://bit.ly/3BZQhn7
// The “Dark Brandon” meme understands the secret of Biden: The moment all looks darkest, he rises from the ashes.

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🔄 Title 18 of the United States Code is the main criminal code of the federal government of the United States. The Title deals with federal crimes and criminal procedure.
Statutes: 18 U.S. Code § 793, § 1519, § 2071

18 U.S. Code § 793 – Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information ‼️
“Section 793 applies to activities such as gathering, transmitting to an unauthorized person, or losing, information pertaining to the national defense, and to conspiracies to commit such offenses.” https://bit.ly/3C3td71
Cornell (Detailed): https://bit.ly/3QCWKsb

18 U.S. Code § 1519 – Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations and bankruptcy
Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object with the intent to impede, obstruct, or influence the investigation or proper administration of any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States or any case filed under title 11, or in relation to or contemplation of any such matter or case, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.
Cornell: https://bit.ly/3Pnk10f

18 U.S. Code § 2071 – Concealment, removal, or mutilation generally
(a) Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
(b) Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States. As used in this subsection, the term “office” does not include the office held by any person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Cornell: https://bit.ly/3uDK8ZS

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🧵 RT @steve_vladeck Pulling a bunch of threads together, the fact that the search warrant was based on §§ 793, 1519, and 2071, but *not* 1924, suggests that DOJ was worried about affirmative *misuse* of materials in President Trump’s possession — and not just that he was wrongfully *retaining* them.
📌 https://twitter.com/steve_vladeck/status/1558208876239114242?s=20

WaPo, Max Boot: Republicans went crazy over the Trump search. Now they look idiotic. https://wapo.st/3SXXoCC “Anyone else caught with top-secret documents — and suspected of obstructing justice and violating the Espionage Act — would probably be in federal custody by now”

The more we learn about the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago, the sillier — and more sinister — the overcaffeinated Republican defenses of former president Donald Trump look. ¤ A genius-level spinmeister, Trump set the tone with a Monday evening statement announcing: “These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents. Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before.”

That description allowed his followers to imagine a scene straight out of a Hollywood action picture, with agents in FBI jackets busting down the doors and holding the former president and first lady at gunpoint while they ransacked the premises. Although Trump’s team had a copy of the search warrant, he gave no hint of why the FBI might have been there, claiming, “It is … an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024.”

His followers — which means pretty much the whole of the Republican Party — took up the cry based on no more information than that. Fox News host Mark Levin called the search “the worst attack on this republic in modern history, period.” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) called it “corrupt & an abuse of power.” Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) compared the FBI to “the Gestapo.” Not to be outdone, former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Whackadoodle) said the FBI was the “American Stasi,” and compared its agents to wolves “who want to eat you.” “Today is war,” declared Steven Crowder, a podcaster with a YouTube audience of 5.6 million people. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) tweeted “DEFUND THE FBI!” Former Trump aide Stephen K. Bannon, among many others, suggested that the FBI and the Justice Department (“essentially lawless criminal organizations”) might have planted evidence.

Only now, as Paul Harvey used to say, are we hearing the rest of the story — and what has been reported so far bears no relation to the persecution fantasies of Trump and his cult followers. On Thursday evening, The Post reported that FBI agents were searching for highly classified documents relating to nuclear weapons and signals intelligence — two of the most sensitive areas in the entire U.S. government. Months ago, Trump received a subpoena for documents, and the Justice Department was not convinced that he had complied with it.

Trump at first claimed “Nuclear weapons is a hoax, just like Russia,” even though his 2016 campaign’s collusion with Russia was well-documented, and then all but admitted he had done it by alleging (falsely) that “President Barack Hussein Obama” took nuclear documents. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the FBI removed 11 sets of classified documents, including some marked as top secret.

The New York Times, meanwhile, reported that the search was conducted by FBI agents “intentionally not wearing the blue wind breakers emblazoned with the agency’s logo usually worn during searches.” The club was closed, and Trump was not there. He was in New York, where he would plead the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination more than 400 times during a deposition with the New York attorney general. But according to Trump’s lawyer, Trump and his family were able to watch the entire search on Mar-a-Lago’s closed-circuit security cameras. So much for the crackpot claim that the FBI could have planted evidence!

This new information turns the Trump narrative — that he is being treated worse than anyone ever in all of U.S. history — on its head. Imagine what would have happened to a lower-level government employee who was suspected of taking highly classified documents without authorization. I very much doubt that the FBI would have dealt with such a person as gently as they dealt with Trump. Anyone else caught with top-secret documents — and suspected of obstructing justice and violating the Espionage Act — would probably be in federal custody by now. Reality Winner, a former National Security Agency contractor, was sentenced to more than five years in prison for leaking documents relating to Russian interference in the 2016 election a whole lot less sensitive than the ones Trump is suspected of taking.

The right now appears to be in disarray. The ex-president’s old story has been rendered “inoperative,” as Nixon press secretary Ron Ziegler used to say, and they need a new one.

But the damage has been done. The right’s hysterical, hyperbolic reaction has weaponized their unhinged followers. On Thursday, an armed man died in a standoff with police after trying to breach the FBI’s Cincinnati office. The gunman was evidently a prolific contributor on Trump’s Truth Social site. After the FBI search, a user with his name wrote that this was a “call to arms” and “we must respond with force.”

This should be a gut check moment for responsible Republicans — if any are left — to step back and take a deep breath before more violence erupts. But sadly, most Republicans don’t seem to care what furies they have unleashed in their devotion to the principle that their supreme leader must remain above the law.

NYT: The seized documents were part of an inquiry into violation of the Espionage Act and two other laws. https://nyti.ms/3QrqvMP “Federal agents who executed the warrant did so to investigate potential crimes associated with violations of the Espionage Act”

Federal agents who executed the warrant did so to investigate potential crimes associated with violations of the Espionage Act, which outlaws the unauthorized retention of national security information that could harm the United States or aid a foreign adversary; a federal law that makes it a crime to destroy or conceal a document to obstruct a government investigation; and another statute associated with unlawful removal of government materials.

Of the three criminal laws cited in the search warrant, one stood out as raising new questions: Section 1519 of Title 18 of the United States Code. While the other two laws clearly apply to a basic situation where someone has taken or retained certain government documents that do not belong to him, Section 1519 is an obstruction law. It applies to document crimes undertaken “with the intent to impede, obstruct, or influence the investigation or proper administration of any matter” within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies. That raises the question: What do investigators suspect that Trump, by hoarding the documents, was trying to impede?

WaPo: Agents at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago seized 11 sets of classified documents, unsealed filing shows https://wapo.st/3C3gAZm ‘underscores deep concern among government officials about information they thought could … potentially fall into the wrong hands’
// The search warrant lists potential crimes including mishandling defense information and destruction of records

The warrant said it is seeking all “physical documents and records constituting evidence, contraband, fruits of crime, or other items illegally possessed in violation of three potential crimes, including a part of the Espionage Act outlawing gathering, transmitting, or losing national defense information.” The warrant also cites destruction of records and concealment or mutilation of government material. The contents of the warrant and the inventory were first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

🐣 RT @JaxAlemany .@USNatArchives responds to Trump’s unsubstantial statement:
[TextLink]: https://twitter.com/JaxAlemany/status/1558151577751490561?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] August 12, 2022, statement ¤ The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) assumed exclusive legal and physical custody of Obama Presidential records when President Obama left office in 2017, in accordance with the Presidential Records Act (PRA). NARA moved approximately 30 million pages of unclassified records to a NARA facility in the Chicago area where they are maintained exclusively by NARA. Additionally, NARA maintains the classified Obama Presidential records in a NARA facility in the Washington, DC, area. As required by the PRA, former President Obama has no control over where and how NARA stores the Presidential records of hisAdministration.

🐣 RT @ BillKristol What Mitch McConnell & Respectable Republicans could say today:
We will do everything we can to deny Donald Trump the Republican nomination. ¤ If he nonetheless gets the nomination, we will support the Democratic nominee or field an independent Republican in the general election.

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote Keep in mind, this was likely obtained FOR the WSJ from trump allies or lawyers to get out ahead of the story. The WSJ does NOT provide a copy of the actual documents. We don’t know what wasn’t reported here.
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🔆 This❗️⋙ WSJ: FBI Recovered Eleven Sets of Classified Documents in Trump Search, Inventory Shows https://on.wsj.com/3Plpm87 No specificity as to the content of any of the Secret and Top Secret documents (some were “compartmentalized”)
// Trump allies claim the former president declassified the documents recovered from Mar-a-Lago
2) WSJ: FBI Recovered Eleven Sets of Classified Documents in Trump Search, Inventory Shows https://on.wsj.com/3Plpm87 Scope: ‘all storage rooms and all other rooms or areas used or available to be used by [Trump] and his staff & in which boxes or documents could be stored’
[TextLink]: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1558151533270794245?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] FBI agents who searched former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home Monday removed 11 sets of classified documents, including some marked as top secret and meant to be only available in special government facilities, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation agents took around 20 boxes of items, binders of photos, a handwritten note and the executive grant of clemency for Mr. Trump’s ally Roger Stone, a list of items removed from the property shows. Also included in the list was information about the “President of France,” according to the three-page list. The list is contained in a seven-page document that also includes the warrant to search the premises which was granted by a federal magistrate judge in Florida.

The list includes references to one set of documents marked as “Various classified/TS/SCI documents,” an abbreviation that refers to top-secret/sensitive compartmented information. It also says agents collected four sets of top secret documents, three sets of secret documents, and three sets of confidential documents. The list didn’t provide any more details about the substance of the documents.

Mr. Trump’s lawyers argue that the president used his authority to declassify the material before he left office. While a president has the power to declassify documents, there are federal regulations that lay out a process for doing so.

🐣 RT @ BillKristol Trump basically acknowledging he had classified documents pertaining to nuclear weapons or programs at Mar-a-Lago.
[TextLink]: https://twitter.com/BillKristol/status/1558129428617650176?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] August 12, 2022 – ¤ Statement by Donald J. Trump, ¤ 45th President of the United States of America
President Barack Hussein Obama kept 33 million pages of documents, much of them classified. How many of them pertained to nuclear? Word is, lots!

🐣 RT @anneapplebaum Notice how no one says “it’s totally implausible that Trump would remove classified documents from the White House because he has too much integrity to do that.” Not even his Republican claque.

🐣 📊 RT @ ianbremmer % of americans who think immigration is a good thing for the country, by age group
18-34: 83% (!)
35-54: 76%
55+: 57%
-gallup

🐣 RT @ JonFlan Schiff called out the orange menace for the clear and present danger Trump represents…
⋙ 🐣 RT @MeidasTouch It’s a good time to revisit Adam Schiff’s words: “He has betrayed our national security, and he will do so again. You cannot constrain him. He is who he is. Truth matters little to him. What’s right matters even less, and decency matters not at all.” h/t @DavidPepper
💽 https://twitter.com/MeidasTouch/status/1557897610773442560?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ZaleskiLuke It’s not that complicated—Trump refuses to obey the law and play by the rules and whenever he gets caught he insists rules aren’t rules and laws aren’t laws and the people enforcing them are just part of a giant conspiracy against him and what he’s done is fine and they’re guilty

😅 RT @djrothkopf Supreme Court will rule that since nuclear weapons did not exist at the time the Constitution was written that a.) there can be no prohibition against presidents keeping documents about them at their beach house and b.) the 2d amendment guarantees everyone the right to have one.

🐣 RT @duty2warn ANY behavioral psychologist familiar with Trump’s narcissism and sociopathy would read this and consider it an admission of guilt.
[TextLink]: https://twitter.com/duty2warn/status/1558064700121763840?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] 🐣 RT @realDonaldTrump Nuclear weapons issue is a Hoax, just like Russia, Russia, Russia was a Hoax, two Impeachments were a Hoax, the Mueller investigation was a Hoax, and much more. Same sleazy people involved. Why wouldn’t the FBI allow the inspection of areas at Mar-a-Lago with our lawyer’s, or others, present. Made them wait outside in the heat, wouldn’t let them get even close – said “ABSOLUTELY NOT.” Planting information anyone? Reminds me of a Christofer Steele Dossier!

😅 RT @mmpadellan donald trump: nuclear thief, seller of secrets, thrower of ketchup, choker of necks, grabber of p*ssy, dodger of drafts, insulter of veterans, inciter of insurrections, loser of elections, sharpie of hurricanes, worst of presidents

🐣 RT @HC_Richardson Yeah, my gut says this is it. This was the game plan all along.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuddLegum FLASHBACK (FEBRUARY 2019): “Whistleblowers Raise Grave Concerns with Trump Administration’s Efforts to Transfer Sensitive Nuclear Technology to Saudi Arabia” [Report: https://bit.ly/3peFOfV%5D
[TextLink]: https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/1557889064929468416?s=20/photo/1

[Text:] Whistleblowers Raise Grave Concerns with Trump Administration’s Efforts to Transfer Sensitive Nuclear Technology to Saudi Arabia
Prepared for Chairman Elijah E. Cummings
Interim Staff Report, Committee on Oversight and Reform, U.S. House of Representatives
February 2019
oversight.house.gov

🧵 RT @tomiahonen My first ‘serious’ reaction to the nuclear bombshell news about #TraitorTrump ¤ This opens my 6th path. Yes. This will now be the 6th certain path to take Trump to prison for life (each separate & certain convictions) ¤ Is POSSIBLY his most serious crime. Could face death penalty
📌 https://twitter.com/tomiahonen/status/1558001998049513474?s=20

⋙ We will know much more after we see the search warrant. Hopefully we see it today or early next week. If this is the subject matter, and Trump initially said yes release it, I believe judge will ok to unseal it, even if Trump suddenly says no no no, I do not want it unsealed
⋙ Why Path 6? Conviction? This is why ‘certain’ and ‘life sentence’ ¤ Trump was CAUGHT holding government docs including top secret docs earlier this year, when National Archives retrieved 15 boxes from Mar-A-Lago. We know THAT crime HAPPENED ¤ But it gets FAR WORSE
⋙ We just found out Thursday, that Department of Justice had sent a subpoena for these (nuclear) top secret documents in June – and Trump had ignored that subpoena ¤ It makes Trump’s SUBSEQUENT CRIME of hiding stolen government documents DELIBERATE ¤ He is now certain to be convicted
⋙ PLEASE NOTE TIMING ¤ The June subpoena was sent when DOJ knew Trump was HIDING documents. So LIKELY that someone has flipped between February 2022 & June 2022. Timing would fit Mark Meadows. Tail end timing would also barely fit Don Jr. Ivanka & Jared had already flipped last year
⋙ When Mar-A-Lago was searched we did not know which was the department who wrote the search warrant. We know now (from DOJ filing yesterday): ¤ Espionage ¤ And WaPo said those were nuclear secret documents. That means potential death sentence, certainly federal Life In Prison.
⋙ And the ridiculous Saudi golf tournament? That is a bribe in open sight. I am confident (but not certain) the timing involves secret documents and was bribe by Saudi paid to Trump to pay to receive or see or copy those documents. Trump would be SELLING our nuclear secrets
⋙ I want to make distinction here ¤ If Trump took top secret nuclear documents & refused to return them, but hid them in his home – that is life in prison ¤ If Trump sold them, or tried to sell them, or took a bribe even just to show them, then he faces up to death penalty
⋙ Part of the above is speculation by me. Part we know. We will know MUCH MORE once we see the search warrant ¤ I will then write our Path 6 for you, and we start to track this path to take Trump to prison for life

⭕ 11 Aug 2022

🧵 RT @AshaRangappa_ THREAD. Unpacking the Espionage Act, 18 U.S.C., Chapter 36. We are concerned here with Section 793 — Gathering, Transmitting, or Losing Defense Information. Pardon me while I pour myself a drink
📌 https://twitter.com/AshaRangappa_/status/1557912596484952069?s=20

NewYorker, Susan Glasser: Trapped in Trump, Trump, Trump https://bit.ly/3AgRuoE ‘With the GOP still in thrall to its defeated former President, the achievements of Biden … are subordinate to the country’s larger crisis: the collapse of the GOP into a cult of personality’
// The ex-President’s “Hell Week” overshadows Biden’s best week yet.

“Consider the developments of the past week or so. Gas prices are dropping, with the national average falling below four dollars a gallon for the first time in months. Inflation might be peaking, and unemployment remains vanishingly low. The Senate passed a sweeping bill to address climate change and health care, less than two weeks after the bill, the Biden Administration’s top priority, experienced an unlikely resurrection. President Joe Biden, finally recovered from covid and emerging from more than two weeks in quarantine, also signed bipartisan legislation to invest tens of billions of dollars into scientific research to aid veterans suffering from exposure to burn pits, and accepted the proposed accession of Finland and Sweden to nato. The President also announced the killing of Ayman al-Zawahiri, perhaps the world’s most wanted terrorist, after a two-decade manhunt”

🐣 📊 RT @anneapplebaum 98% of Ukrainians think they will win the war. 91% approve of Zelensky. 64% want to return to the 1991 borders, another 14% want to return to the February 24 borders. Just in case you were wondering what *they* think is happening, and should happen. https://bit.ly/3QB1ej1

🧵 RT @US_STRATCOM “Russia’s escalating rhetoric against NATO & the US shows they’re trying to exploit a perceived deterrence gap: a threshold below which they mistakenly believe they may be able to employ nuclear weapons” ¤ “Make no mistake – we’re ready” ¤ -Adm. Richard, USSTRATCOM commander ¤ (1/7)
📌 https://twitter.com/US_STRATCOM/status/1557763572960215042?s=20

WaPo: FBI searched Trump’s home to look for nuclear documents and other items, sources say https://wapo.st/3bPqhjy It’s not know whether the agents found what they were looking for or what kinds of documents were involved
// Attorney General Merrick Garland wouldn’t discuss the search but said he personally signed off on asking a judge to approve it

🐣 RT @ hugolowell Breaking via Washington Post: Classified documents relating to nuclear weapons were among the items FBI agents sought in a search of former president Donald Trump’s Florida residence on Monday, according to people familiar with the investigation.

🐣 Note: Documents on nuclear weapons could be anything, none of them good, but there’s still a huge variety of things it could mean. ¤ We really need to get the list of what the FBI actually found, not just what they were looking for. Please don’t jump to conclusions.

🐣 RT @ RonFilipkowski
MAGA Tuesday – We demand Merrick Garland immediately unseal the affidavit and tell the American people the grounds for the search warrant!
MAGA Friday – Unsealing the warrant is improper and just designed to damage Trump politically to keep him from running for office!

🐣 RT @ MuellerSheWrote BREAKING: HAHAHA: “Trump allies are discussing the possibility of challenging the Justice Department’s motion to unseal the Mar-a-Lago search warrant. They have contacted outside lawyers about helping them, according to a person briefed on the discussions.” @ktbenner

🐣 RT @ tribelaw So by 3 pm Friday Aug 12, Trump must put 🆙 or 🤫 🤐 zip it
⋙ 🐣 RT @SeamusHughes Newly filed order puts the deadline to tomorrow afternoon on whether President Trump would like to weigh in on keeping the search warrant sealed
[TextLink]: https://twitter.com/SeamusHughes/status/1557820430303612939?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @highbrow_nobrow 🚨Jay Bratt, the chief of the Justice Department’s counterintelligence and export control section, appears on the brief to unseal the search warrant used in the search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. https://bit.ly/3JP7WQ3
[TextLink]: https://twitter.com/highbrow_nobrow/status/1557815276988686338?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ Another courtesy to Trump: He has the option to weigh in on whether to unseal the affidavit (which would lay out the probable cause for the search), and whether it would affect his privacy interests. ¤ Trump court, meet ball 😂
⋙ 🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ Keep in mind that Trump loves an information vacuum, because it allows him to create his own narrative. Let’s see if he’s willing to acquiesce and let the public see exactly WHY the FBI had to conduct a search

🐣 RT @ MuellerSheWrote WOW. Garland is sick of your shit! What a remarkable statement. He just called Donald’s bluff. If Donald won’t release the warrant, DOJ WILL. They’ve filed a motion as only a judge can unseal the warrant.

🐣 RT @cnnbrk Attorney General Merrick Garland says the DOJ has filed a motion requesting the Trump warrant and property receipt be unsealed. https://cnn.it/3de1tly

Reuters: U.N. chief urges demilitarized zone around Ukraine nuclear power plant https://reut.rs/3PlMAei

⭕ 10 Aug 2022

WaPo (8/10): In the Ukraine war, a battle for the nation’s mineral and energy wealth https://wapo.st/3qgHENW “Ukraine is widely known as an agricultural powerhouse. But as a raw-material mother lode, it’s home to 117 of the 120 most widely used minerals and metals”

WaPo, EJ Dionne: The GOP makes its choice: Trump, yes. Rule of law, no. https://wapo.st/3JNsVmD “[T]he principle at work here seems to be that the law should be invoked only against political enemies, never allies”

🐣 RT @SWinstonWolkoff @TishJames has signaled she may seek the dissolution of Trumps business itself under New York’s so-called corporate death penalty-a law that allows the AG to seek to dissolve businesses that operate “in a persistently fraudulent or illegal manner.”
⋙ BusinessInsider: Donald Trump repeatedly pleaded the Fifth on Wednesday — but that won’t stop NY AG Letitia James from coming for his business https://bit.ly/3JK7D9p
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @sandibachom She went after the NRA like this. Remember Tish shared all resources with Vance. When Weisselberg was indicted they both did the perp walk. She has the taxes, Deutsche bank records. Cushman Wakefield and years of GJ testimony. She’s going to shut him down

🐣 RT @TimInHonolulu 10 August – Kremlin Insider: Putin rejects Patrushev’s Security Council experts’ report predicting losses in Kherson and Zaporozhe. Patrushev falls in line. https://bit.ly/3SSPkTE

🐣 RT @McFaul Historians privately warn Biden that America’s democracy is teetering
⋙ WaPo: Historians privately warn Biden that America’s democracy is teetering https://wapo.st/3QcAt4y
// When Biden met with historians last week at the White House, they compared the threat facing America to the pre-Civil War era and to pro-fascist movements before World War II

🐣 RT @thedailybeast Trump has been a multi-faceted national security threat since he arrived on the national stage.
⋙ DailyBeast: David Rothkopf: The FBI’s Search of Mar-a-Lago Is a Reminder That Trump Has Always Been a National Security Threat https://bit.ly/3QBKDeR
// The former president was the most dangerous person in the world when he held power, and he never had respect for the rule of law.

🐣 RT @ AWeissmann_ Key questions for Trump and Republicans to answer: Why did Trump steal a boatload of govt documents, why did he lie about having returned them all, and what did he do or plan to do with them?

🐣 RT @ brianschatz 1) FBI shouldn’t make the same mistake that Comey made in over explaining. 2) I don’t think we should defund the FBI. 3) Trump is under no obligation to keep the contents of the search warrant secret. 4) Talking about this in electoral terms is gross. 5) No one is above the law.

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote BREAKING! SUBPOENAS! Boy, DoJ is really pushing up to that 90 days from the election. Maybe they’re thinking 60.
⋙ 🐣 RT @SpiroAgnewGhost 🚨🚨🚨BREAKING: Federal investigators served subpoenas to several House and Senate Republican offices in the Pennsylvania Capitol. ¤ The information being requested centered around U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, & the effort to seek alternate electors to overturn the 2020 election

🐣 RT @GenMhayden I am. It’s very good.
⋙ 🐣 RT @MarkHertling I’m not an intel analyst, but it doesn’t look good.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @Biz_Ukraine_Mag Satellite images of the bombed Russian airbase in occupied Crimea following yesterday’s audacious Ukrainian attack reveal a scene of devastation
¤ https://twitter.com/Biz_Ukraine_Mag/status/1557485051306295298?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @Nerugui20 This post is approved by #NAFO and the #Fellas
¤ https://twitter.com/Nerugui20/status/1557520993463287809?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ AshaRangappa_ Can we say this louder for the folks in the back? TRUMP DOES NOT HOLD A SECURITY CLEARANCE
⋙ 🐣 RT @petestrzok That goes away the mome