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On Friday, a senior Pentagon official said the U.S. had been quietly supplying the Ukrainians with High-speed Anti-Radiation missiles — used for targeting radar systems — for some time. “[W]hen we first announced the initial provision of HARM missiles, the way that we characterized it in the announcement was not specific. We described that we were providing a counter-radar capability,” the official said.
There are rumours going around Washington that the US has given Ukraine more weapons than the administration has publicly acknowledged.
Two days later, Yahoo! News published an article arguing that, contrary to what Ukraine claims, special operations forces carrying explosives were not responsible for the recent strikes on Russian targets in Crimea. According to MICHAEL WEISS and JAMES RUSHTON, former U.S. special operators claimed that the explosions were actually caused by long-range missile attacks. However, they pointed out that Ukraine does not, at least not with the weapons that America and its allies openly claim they supplied, possess any missiles with the range to attack Saki air base in Crimea.
But if there’s anything to the secret-weapons theory, some experts would be supportive of the more-quiet approach. “It’s gratifying that the administration appears to be talking less and doing more in terms of the weapons transfers. That’s good because it gives the Russians a little bit of uncertainty about what we’re doing,” said the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ TOM KARAKO.
Rumors that America is giving Ukraine more assistance than it is admitting are simply escalating, not going down. We’ll keep an eye on it to see if it’s just a D.C. urban legend or if there’s some truth to it. 9,000 UKRAINIAN TROOPS DEAD: According to the top military official in Ukraine, since Russia’s invasion started on February 24, almost 9,000 Ukrainian soldiers have killed.
The number is a rare update on the number of casualties in Ukraine and was provided by Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine VALERIY ZALUZHNYY. Two important observations were made by our own CHRISTOPHER MILLER. First: “From April 2014 to February 2022, over 4,400 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in combat with Russian forces. In just six months, this has doubled that, he tweeted. Second, Zaluzhnyy “did not define whether it refers to all branches of the Ukrainian defence (such as the Army, National Guard, territorial defence, etc.) or only serving men in the Armed Forces.”
It’s realistic to assume that the Russians have likely suffered 70 or 80,000 casualties in less than six months, according to Undersecretary of Defense for Policy COLIN KAHL, who made this statement earlier this month. FSB BLAMES UKRAINE FOR DUGINA KILLING: The statement made by the Russian FSB, which has the potential to escalate tensions, accused the Ukrainian secret services of murdering the daughter of a well-known ultranationalist.
The murdered woman’s father, ALEXANDER DUGIN, is seeking vengeance. In a statement, he said, “Our hearts are not merely thirsting for vengeance or retribution. “All we need is to win [against Ukraine]. My daughter gave her young life to the cause of winning. Win, please!” U.S.-ROK LIVE DRILLS: The U.S. and South Korean military began their largest live military exercises in five years Monday, ending the pause instigated by the diplomatic effort between former President DONALD TRUMPand North Korean leader KIM JONG UN.
Indirect proof was offered by the FSB, Kiev denied any involvement, and Estonia maintained it had not received a request from Russia for assistance with the probe. But if it’s accurate — and that’s a very big if — that also means that Russia’s security service officially acknowledged that it permitted the murderer to flee the nation. According to state-run media, NATALIA VOVK, a Ukrainian woman, flew to Russia in July with her 12-year-old daughter to kill DARYA DUGINA. Vovk and her daughter travelled to Estonia via the Pskov Region on August 21 following the remote-controlled explosion of the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Dugina was driving, according to the FSB.
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