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Click to see the full-size image Written by Uriel Araujo, researcher with a focus on international and ethnic conflicts Israel will pay 120,000 shekels ($32,000) in legal fees to lawyers after the International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor, Karim Khan, requested arrest warrants against both Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself. Khan has also applied for warrants against the Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip Yahya Sinwar, as well as  Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh, and Mohammed Deif, the organization’s military commander. The Israeli officials are being charged with various war crimes and crimes against humanity, including employing the starvation of civilians as a warfare method. US President Joe Biden has described this decision as “outrageous”. In this, the ICC, also known as the Hague court, went one step further than the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which thus far has ruled that Israel should halt its military campaign against civilians in Rafah and has issued various injunctions in the same spirit. Netanyahu in turn has behaved in a manner that can only be described as arrogant and non-transparent, by showing contempt to all such requests. It is a diplomatic and political disaster that has also turned into further legal problems. Netanyahu has recently dissolved his powerful war cabinet a few days after Benny Gantz, a key member of that body, presented his resignation. The cabinet, which directed the conflict in Gaza, has been under a lot of scrutiny over its alleged intentional attacks on civilians (thus causing an unprecedented high number of civilian casualties) amid a major humanitarian crisis which many have described as a genocide campaign. Dorit Beinisch, retired jurist and former President of the Supreme Court of Israel, claimed this week, while giving a talk at a Reichman University conference, that the incumbent Israeli government has weakened the independence of the country’s judiciary to the extent of provoking both the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Criminal Court (ICC) into coming after Israel for war crimes. According to her, the “ongoing judicial overhaul” has led jurists internationally to doubt the Israeli legal system’s independence and trustworthiness. This, she reasons, may have indirectly weighed as a factor in their decision to go after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. Both the ICJ and the ICC claim that the country’s war cabinet is acting without oversight. Netanyahu opposes any such state inquiry for he fears that could undermine his ability to act as Prime Minister. As I wrote before, the Israeli Prime Minister’s presumed personal and political interests in the perpetuation of the ongoing military occupation of Palestine has been raised by various analysts. Marc Champion, for instance, writing for Bloomberg, stressed the fact that Netanyahu is “fighting corruption charges in court” (it goes without saying that it is indeed usually trickier to investigate incumbent leaders). Moreover, he is expected to “face a political reckoning over Oct. 7’s security failures as soon as the war in Gaza ends.” Therefore, writes Champion, “under cover of the country’s blinding rage and deep yearning for long-term security, Netanyahu is fighting to secure his own political survival.” Private as well as business interests (even involving shady deals in some cases) do shape, to some degree, foreign policy decisions, as one can clearly see also in the case of Ukraine. Considering the unprecedented extent of the humanitarian crisis in Palestine, what should strike any concerned observer is the blatant double standard with regards to nations involved in military campaigns. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s controversial indictment last year was indeed applauded by the American establishment. Even before it was issued, in 2022, S.Res.546, a bipartisan, unanimous resolution by the US Senate (which was agreed to without amendment) supported the ICC. It was a remarkable development, considering that the US Congress in 2002 passed into law the American Service members Protection Act, better known as  the “Hague Invasion Act”. It authorized the use of military force to “liberate” any American citizen being held by the ICC. More recently, former President Donald Trump okayed sanctions to retaliate against an ICC investigation into American war crimes in Afghanistan. Washington even threatened to arrest the court’s judges over this. On the ICC’s decision on Putin last year, US President Joe Biden also applauded it and said that the warrant “makes a very strong point.” The more recent application for arrest warrants against Israeli leaders, in contrast, is, in Biden’s words, “outrageous.” Moreover, on June 4, the US House of Representatives passed a bill to impose sanctions against the ICC. Although condemning the ICC’s ruling and having initially said the contrary, Biden has now announced he won’t go so far as to support sanctions against the court. Netanyahu responded by saying he is “ surprised and disappointed.” It remains to be seen how the Biden administration will deal with the matter and how the coming presidential elections will change things if at all. In any case, as I wrote before,  it is increasingly clear that Washington is always ready to hypocritically applaud the Hague court, as long as it only persecutes its geopolitical rivals (or African leaders) and never dares to point its finger to any US war criminal if so, Washington will be willing to literally threaten the court and its judges with invasion and arrest. Last week Washington in fact lifted a ban on training and supplying weapons to the infamous Azov regiment, whose links to neo-Nazism and extremism are well known. This may seem unrelated, but it is in fact yet another instance of the same cynical disregard for human rights or any coherence. Much is talked about the economic and geopolitical decline of the American superpower. The erosion of its supposed moral authority, however, is also a very concrete phenomenon, with implications for soft power, and credibility and may even have weighed as a factor in the rising Global South trend towards non-alignment. The stubborn American support for the Jewish state’s disastrous campaign lies at the root of several international crises today, including the Houthi imbroglio at the Red Sea. MORE ON THE TOPIC: Netanyahu Needs Chaos In The Region, In The Name Of Survival In Video: Palestinian Fighters Fire Igla Missile At Israeli Apache Helicopter Over Gaza Hezbollah Attacks Key Israeli Military Sites With Drones, Rockets (Video) The post ICC Arrest Warrant Against Netanyahu Highlights Once Again Western Hypocrisy appeared first on South Front.

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[l] at 6/22/24 4:42am
File image. Another wave of Russian drone and missile strikes targeted early on June 22 energy facilities in different parts of Ukraine. Ukraine’s state-owned power grid operator Ukrenergo said the strikes damaged equipment at facilities in the southeastern Zaporizhzhia region and western Lviv region. Meanwhile, Ivan Fedorov, Zaporizhzhias governor, said that the fire broke out at an energy infrastructure facility in the region and further damage assessment was underway as repair brigades and emergency workers dealt with the results of the attack. The Russian strikes also hit a key gas infrastructure facility in the west of Ukraine, the country’s energy ministry said, without elaborating. After eight massive attacks by the enemy on the power system since March, the situation in the energy sector remains difficult, the ministry said in a statement. Ukraine will import a record high 33,559 megawatt hours (MWh) of power following the attack, the ministry said. The government also would have to expand by several hours scheduled electricity cut-offs across the country. Also in the west of Ukraine, in the city of Ivano-Frankivsk the Russian strikes damaged a building of an oil and gas university. Photos of the damaged facility were posted to social networks. Despite the heavy damage reported by official Ukrainian sources, the Ukrainian Air Force claimed that its air defenses intercepted 12 of the 16 missiles and all 13 drones launched by the Russian military during the attack. The Russian military resumed large-scale group strikes against military infrastructure and affiliated power facilities in Ukraine last March in response to repeated attempts by the Kiev regime to attack energy infrastructure in Russia. Over the past week, 14 Russian group strikes targeted Ukrainian military infrastructure and depots, according to the Russian Ministry of Defenses. The strikes hit military equipment depots, airfield infrastructure, electrical substations and unmanned ground vehicle training centers with high precision, the ministry said on June 21 as a part of its weekly briefing on the special military operation in Ukraine. Despite sustaining heavy losses in recent Russian strikes, the Kiev regime continues to escalate its attacks with no concern to Ukraines infrastructure. On June 22 morning, the infrastructure facilities of the Russian-held Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) were powered down after a Ukrainian attack on the Raduga substation. As a result of the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ attack on the Raduga substation at the Zaporozhye NPP, the functionality of infrastructure facilities was disrupted, the station said in its Telegram channel. Kiev forces have launched dozens of attacks against the nuclear power plant over the last two years. Moscow describes these repeated attacks as “nuclear blackmail”. All in all, the Kiev regime is causing more and more damage to Ukraine’s infrastructure by insisting on continuing its attacks on Russian territory. The regime apparently views these attacks as a response to its recent defeats in the battlefield and a way to appease its Western backers. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence NOW hosted at southfront.press Previously, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.org. The .org domain name had been blocked by the US (NATO) (https://southfront.press/southfront-org-blocked-by-u-s-controlled-global-internet-supervisor/) globally, outlawed and without any explanation Back before that, from 2013 to 2015, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.com SOUTHFRONT.PRESS MORE ON THIS TOPIC: Nightmare Over Ukraine: Russian FAB-3000 Entered Battle What Is The Recent Reshuffling In Russian MoD Really About?   The post Another Wave Of Russian Strikes Targets Infrastructure In Ukraine (Videos, Photos) appeared first on South Front.

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[l] at 6/22/24 3:45am
Illustrative image. (The Israeli Defense Forces) The al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, released on June 21 an interesting video showing its fighters targeting an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) over the Gaza Strip using a Soviet-made SA-18 Igla man-portable anti-aircraft system (MANPADs) The helicopter was targeted on June 20 as it was covering the evacuation of wounded Israeli troops from the Sheborah refugee camp in the southern Gaza area of Rafah, the group said. At the time, two soldiers were wounded there in an ambush claimed by the al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Gaza-ruling Hamas Movement. The Igla infrared-guided missile has a maximum engagement range of 5,2 kilometers. It is armed with a warhead weighing 1.17 kg. In the footage, the anti-aircraft missile is seen heading directly at the Apache which dumped flares in an attempt to dodge it. There were no reports of any Apache crashing in or near Gaza on June 20. However, it is very likely that the helicopter seen in the footage was damaged.  Palestinian armed factions in Gaza shot down an Israeli CH-53 transport helicopter during the October 7 surprise attack, which started the war, and later one managed to down dozens of drones of different types over the Strip. Despite the immense firepower used by the IDF, Israeli warplanes are still being targeted by MANPADs over Gaza more than eight months into the war. The IDF’s failure to neutralize the very limited air defense capabilities of Gaza factions could eventually lead to a serious disaster for Israel. With capable MANPADs like the Igla in the hands of Palestinian fighters, Israel could soon lose a helicopter over the Strip. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence NOW hosted at southfront.press Previously, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.org. The .org domain name had been blocked by the US (NATO) (https://southfront.press/southfront-org-blocked-by-u-s-controlled-global-internet-supervisor/) globally, outlawed and without any explanation Back before that, from 2013 to 2015, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.com SOUTHFRONT.PRESS MORE ON THIS TOPIC: Suspected U.S. Strike Kills Resistance Fighter On Syrian-Iraqi Border (Videos) Hezbollah Attacks Key Israeli Military Sites With Drones, Rockets (Video)   The post In Video: Palestinian Fighters Fire Igla Missile At Israeli Apache Helicopter Over Gaza appeared first on South Front.

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[l] at 6/22/24 2:45am
Click to see full-size image. (Ansar Allahs Military Media) The Houthis (Ansar Allah) in Yemen unveiled on June 21 a new uncrewed suicide boat dubbed “Tufan-1” [Flood-1 in Arabic], amid the ongoing confrontation in the Red Sea with the United States and its allies over the Israeli war on the Palestinian enclave of the Gaza Strip. The boat was clearly named after the October 7 Hamas-led attack on Israel, codenamed Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, which started the war. The Tufan-1 is armed with a warhead weighing 150 kg and has a top speed of 35 nautical miles, according to the Houthis, who said that the highly-maneuverable boat was designed to attack nearby moving and static vessels as well as naval facilities. Test footage released by the Houthis showed the boat sinking a small vessel near the Yemeni coast. In the footage, the boat is seen first with a driver.  During the war with Saudi Arabia, the Houthis pioneered the use of uncrewed suicide boats, launching several attacks against warships of the Kingdom and its allies. Since last November, the Houthis have attacked dozens of vessels affiliated with Israel or owned by the U.S. and the United Kingdom in the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea in response to the Israeli war and siege on Gaza. In addition, the group launched dozens of drones and missiles at the southernmost Israeli city of Eilat and shot down six American-made combat drones over Yemen and nearby waters. One of the group latest successful attacks was carried out using uncrewed suicide boats. The Tutor, a Liberian flagged, Greek owned and operated bulk cargo carrier, was struck by two boats in the Red Sea on June 12. The vessel was abandoned by its crew shortly after the attack. By June 18, it had completely sunk. The U.S. and the UK have carried out hundreds of strikes against Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen since January in an attempt to deter the group and degrade its offensive capabilities, but to no avail. Earlier this month, the Houthis unveiled a new solid-fuel ballistic missile dubbed “Palestine,” confirming that their capabilities are still growing. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence NOW hosted at southfront.press Previously, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.org. The .org domain name had been blocked by the US (NATO) (https://southfront.press/southfront-org-blocked-by-u-s-controlled-global-internet-supervisor/) globally, outlawed and without any explanation Back before that, from 2013 to 2015, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.com SOUTHFRONT.PRESS MORE N THIS TOPIC: The post Yemen’s Houthis Unveil New Uncrewed Suicide Boat (Video) appeared first on South Front.

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[l] at 6/22/24 2:02am
File image. Three MQ-9 Reaper combat drones of the United States-led coalition dangerously approached a Russian fighter jet over the Syrian governorate of Homs, the deputy chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria announced on June 21. From 12:33 a.m. to 12:46 a.m. on June 24, three coalition’s MQ-9 Reaper reconnaissance combat unmanned aerial vehicles dangerously approached a Russian Su-35 plane making a planned flight over Syria at an altitude of from 7,000 to 8,000 meters,” Major General Yury Popov said. The military official added that the Russian pilot demonstrated high professionalism and took timely measures to prevent a collision. The U.S.-led coalition expanded its aerial operations over Syria last year which created unprecedented tensions with the Russian side. Russian fighter jets operating over the country were harassed on several occasions, not only by drones but also by fighter jets. It’s worth noting that U.S.-led operations in Syria, which are allegedly directed against ISIS, are not authorized by the country’s government who consider the coalition to be an occupation force. On the other hand, the Russian military operates against ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria under an agreement with the government. The U.S.-led coalition attempts to expand its aerial operations over Syria will not likely lead to a confrontation with the Russian military. Nevertheless, these attempts are generating much tension and could eventually cause a serious incident in the countrys airspace. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence NOW hosted at southfront.press Previously, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.org. The .org domain name had been blocked by the US (NATO) (https://southfront.press/southfront-org-blocked-by-u-s-controlled-global-internet-supervisor/) globally, outlawed and without any explanation Back before that, from 2013 to 2015, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.com SOUTHFRONT.PRESS MORE ON THIS TOPIC: Russian Combat Drone Eliminated Militants Who Planned To Attack Refinery In Syria (Videos) Syria Says Officer Was Killed In Israeli Drone Strikes On Quneitra, Daraa   The post U.S. Drones Nearly Hit Russian Fighter Jet Over Syria appeared first on South Front.

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[l] at 6/22/24 1:48am
File image. A fighter of an Iran-backed armed faction was killed late on June 21 when a suspected United States strike hit the Syrian-Iraqi border. The strike was initially reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-base pro-opposition monitoring group, which said that a blast was heard near the eastern Syrian town of al-Bukamal right on the border with Iraq. Several videos showing the blast were posted to social networks. Later, Iraq’s Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhadakl mourned one of its fighters, saying in a statement that he was killed when a “treacherous American strike” hit his vehicle while on a reconnaissance patrol along the border with Syria.  Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhadakl is a key faction of the Islamic Resistance in Iraq (IRI), a coalition that emerged after the outbreak of the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip last October and began launching attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq and Syria as well as targets in Israel. The coalition suspended attacks against American forces last February after the death of three American troops in a drone strike on a base in Jordan, reportedly upon a request from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. However, it escalated attacks against Israel starting from March. Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhadakl is also a faction of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, which maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi border in order to counter the remnants of the ISIS terrorist group. If the U.S. was indeed behind the strike near al-Bukamal, the IRI could resume strikes against American forces in Iraq and Syria. Nevertheless, it is also very possible that the strike was carried out by Israel, who was blamed for several strikes that targeted the Syrian-Iraqi border after the outbreak of the war in Gaza. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence NOW hosted at southfront.press Previously, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.org. The .org domain name had been blocked by the US (NATO) (https://southfront.press/southfront-org-blocked-by-u-s-controlled-global-internet-supervisor/) globally, outlawed and without any explanation Back before that, from 2013 to 2015, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.com SOUTHFRONT.PRESS MORE ON THIS TOPIC: Will We See An Alliance Of The Muslim Brotherhood Of Jordan And Iran? Yemeni Forces Increase Attacks On Naval Targets. Tutor Bulk Carrier Sinks   The post Suspected U.S. Strike Kills Resistance Fighter On Syrian-Iraqi Border (Videos) appeared first on South Front.

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[l] at 6/21/24 12:51pm
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Also be aware that many email services such as Hotmail, Yahoo etc. may block correspondence from info@southfront.org and some others put it in spam. If you want to support SouthFront but have no opportunity to do it via cryptocurrency, please contact us: info@southfront.org and southfront@list.ru. On June 20, the first combat use of a three-ton gliding aerial bomb equipped with a course correction module by the Russian Aerospace Forces was confirmed. The control footage captured by a Russian drone shows the heavy aerial bomb hitting a three-story building in the village of Liptsy, turned by the Armed Forces of Ukraine into an important stronghold in the Kharkiv region. The affected building was used by the Ukrainian military as a temporary deployment point. The footage showed that the Russian bomb missed the target. The deviation of the FAB-3000 was no more than a dozen meters, which is more than a satisfactory result for a munition of this type. The range of direct damage from the FAB-3000 is 230 meters, and the fragments retain their destructive power at a range of more than 1200 meters. As a result of the strike, the wall of the house in which the Ukrainian military were hiding completely collapsed from the opposite side of the explosion, which definitely led to heavy losses of the Ukrainian military. Russian military experts note that judging by the depth of the crater, the bomb was set to instant explosion, so all the energy was spent on high-explosive impact, and not on digging a hole in the ground. The supermassive FAB-3000 are deployed via Su-34 tactical fighter-bomber aircraft. Russian heavy aerial bombs of various capacities, equipped with universal planning and correction modules, have become a nightmare for the Ukrainian military. Their massive use has had a significant impact on the course of hostilities. Previously, Ukrainian positions have already been pounded by the FAB-250, FAB-500, FAB-1500 bombs. Moscow has given a clear signal that it is not going to stop. In March, the former Minister of Defense inspected a military enterprise in the Nizhny Novgorod region. Then the general director of the plant reported that the factory had increased the production of FAB-500 bombs several times over, and FAB-1500 — by an additional 50%. There has also been mass production of FAB-3000 since February of this year. Russian aerial bombs have become a miracle weapon that Ukrainian troops cannot resist. The massive use of FAB-3000 bombs on the battlefield has become bad news for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. In its turn, Kiev recently announced the launch of tests of correctable bombs of its own production. However, the success of this initiative is questionable. Ukraine is able to create course correctable heavy bombs, but it is unlikely to be able to launch them into mass production since the industry in Ukraine has been destroyed. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence NOW hosted at southfront.press Previously, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.org. The .org domain name had been blocked by the US (NATO) (https://southfront.press/southfront-org-blocked-by-u-s-controlled-global-internet-supervisor/) globally, outlawed and without any explanation Back before that, from 2013 to 2015, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.com SOUTHFRONT.PRESS The post Nightmare Over Ukraine: Russian FAB-3000 Entered Battle appeared first on South Front.

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[l] at 6/21/24 8:15am
Click to see the full-size image Written by Drago Bosnic, independent geopolitical and military analyst The economy has always been a crucial aspect of military power. With adequate industrial output, a country could drastically enhance its military might and that has been the case since the dawn of warfare. This is particularly true nowadays when the human factor is increasingly less relevant than was the case just a few decades ago. While militaries required millions of soldiers until relatively recently, the era of ever-evolving modern warfare brought tectonic changes. Nowadays, a heavily armed military force of just a few hundred thousand men could defeat an entire nation with four or five times as many troops (if not more). This is putting a lot more emphasis on the economic performance of any given country. A good example of that is the ever-growing importance of various unmanned systems that now act as force multipliers. All this requires drastic improvements in production, technological innovations and logistics, among numerous other things. Another important aspect is the simplification of bureaucratic procedures that are often slowing down the process and generally making it less efficient than it could be. In the aftermath of the special military operation (SMO), Russia initiated a number of reforms in order to harness its growing economic might. This made it possible for the Russian military to dominate in Ukraine, despite always being massively outnumbered by the combined forces of the Kiev regime and its NATO overlords. The belligerent alliance itself now has up to half a million soldiers just waiting to engage in the US/EU-orchestrated Ukrainian conflict. This fact alone is more than enough for the Kremlin to realize it needs to further increase the efficiency of its military. With that in mind, its certainly not a coincidence that President Vladimir Putin chose former First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov to lead the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD). Belousov has been at the helm of the countrys most prominent ministry for over a month and his appointment also coincides with a massive increase in Russian defense spending, now slated to exceed half a trillion dollars in real (GDP PPP) terms. The new Defense Minister immediately decided to streamline his departments leadership, reshuffling positions to accomplish maximum efficiency. President Putin agreed to the shakedown (no doubt, thanks to Belousovs suggestions), which now includes not only changes in the MoDs leadership, but also an increase in the number of deputies from ten to twelve, of which four have already been replaced. Thus, Nikolai Pankov, Ruslan Tsalikov, Tatyana Shevtsova and Pavel Popov are being replaced by Leonid Gornin, Anna Tsivileva, Oleg Savelyev and Pavel Fradkov. This suggests that Defense Minister Belousov plans to continue strengthening the economic aspects of the MoD. Each of the appointed deputies is expected to improve the efficiency of the distribution of state funds allocated for defense. Belousovs first deputy, Leonid Gornin, previously served as first deputy minister of finance and his entire career has been in economics. He will oversee an entire range of budgetary aspects for the MoD, including the increase in transparency of financial flows and efficiency in defense spending. It could be argued that Gornins appointment also suggests that the Kremlin is now actively taking the war economy route, although the process is still in its initial stage. This is completely understandable given the simple fact that Russia needs to maintain normal economic activity for as long as possible. However, the leadership realizes that NATOs escalating enmity leaves them with no other choice but to be prepared. And the populace also understands this fully. On the other hand, social security remains an important aspect for the MoD, which is why Anna Tsivileva will be appointed as the deputy responsible for ensuring the social protection of military personnel. She also heads the Defenders of the Fatherland Foundation, which provides assistance to veterans and active duty personnel alike. Her colleague Oleg Savelyev is the new Chief of Staff of the Minister of Defense, a position he will take after previously serving as an auditor for the Accounts Chamber. His appointment suggests that stamping out corruption is a top priority. In order to strengthen other aspects of the MoDs resource allocation, Defense Minister Belousov appointed Pavel Fradkov to oversee the management of property, land resources and construction of facilities. Fradkovs significant professional experience, accumulated during his tenure at the Federal Property Management Agency and the Presidential Office, will help the MoD increase efficiency in this regard. All of these measures will improve the general state of the Russian governments most important department, particularly now that its getting the largest share of the state budget. Making sure that the funds are allocated in the most efficient way possible means that the military will be getting what it needs to complete the SMO and prepare the country for a possible confrontation with the perpetually warmongering US/EU/NATO. Increasing the production efficiency of the most important military enterprises is another top priority for the MoD, which is why it will be directly involved in the manufacturing of drones and other unmanned systems. The military and the MoD are determined to use the invaluable experience accumulated during the SMO to further improve not only the weapons, but also the logistics and other aspects that can accelerate the procurement process and get such systems to the troops as fast as possible. While the pro-Western liberals are extremely displeased with these changes, the vast majority of the population supports such initiatives, including prominent military experts and milbloggers. Vasily Dandykin, a combat veteran (also a captain in the reserve), reiterated Belousovs plan to ensure that every penny works for the needs of the military and the front. All appointments fit into this program of action, Dandykin told Izvestia, adding: To do this, we need to streamline expenses. The new minister knows the situation; he was involved in this when he oversaw the defense-industrial complex. He saw how things were going, theres no doubt about it. He had time to draw conclusions and understand what was happening. The military expert recalled that the MoD was previously criticized for the lack of efficiency in certain aspects such as housing. The appointment of new deputies is expected to resolve these issues. Still, the proper allocation of state funds and resources takes priority and will be the main concern of the MoDs new leadership. Other prominent Russian experts support Dandykins assessment. It seems to me that the main thing [MoD] should do today is to increase the efficiency of using each budget ruble, geopolitical expert Konstantin Kalachev told Izvestia, adding: Secondly, it is necessary to create such conditions for military personnel to feel they are truly cared for, that their needs and aspirations are the focus of the states attention, that they are a real priority in everything from ammunition to the technical re-equipment of the military with the most modern weapons systems. Military sources also told Izvestia that the new appointees are expected to improve budgetary efficiency, particularly as Belousovs first deputy, Leonid Gornin, has extensive experience in overseeing inter-budgetary relations. According to Izvestia, an unnamed source said that Gornin also worked in control and legal departments, but revealed that hes neither a bureaucrat nor a technocrat. [Gornin] always gave the impression of a military man; in his environment and secretariat there was precisely military discipline, clarity and scrupulousness. We can say that this is a person who understands finance, but with military precision and efficiency, the source stated. Such changes are of the utmost importance and serve to prepare Russia for any eventuality, including the worst one. This is only one segment of the general trend in the Kremlin, which is now also revamping the countrys nuclear doctrine to improve its deterrence capabilities. With the political Wests incessant aggression against the world leading to more global instability than seen in decades, Russia is positioning itself as the leading counterweight to this highly exploitative system. President Putins Asian tour is a good example of this, with the visit to North Korea yielding excellent results that the MoD itself will greatly benefit from. As NATO continues spreading its malignant influence (mostly through endless proxy wars and constant meddling in other countries affairs), Russia and its allies are streamlining their military spending and coordinating joint projects. MORE ON THE TOPIC: Russian Army Repels Massive Ukrainian Attack, Intercepts 120 Drones (Videos) Russian Combat Drone Eliminated Militants Who Planned To Attack Refinery In Syria (Videos) In Video: Russian Army Hunts Down Another Ukrainian HIMARS Launcher In Kharkiv The post What Is The Recent Reshuffling In Russian MoD Really About? appeared first on South Front.

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[l] at 6/21/24 8:11am
Illustrative image. Hezbollah launched on June 21 several drones and multiple salvos of rockets at key sites of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) near the Lebanese border. In two separate statements, Hezbollah said that it attacked the Israeli Ras Naqoura naval site with a “squadron” of drones and launched a single drone at an artillery position of the IDF in the area of Zaoura. In four other statements, the group announced rocket attacks against the border sites of Ruwaisat al-Qarn, al-Ramtha, al-Sammaqa and Zabdin. The attacks were carried out in support of the Palestinian people and resistance in the Gaza Strip and in response to recent Israeli strikes on southern Lebanon, Hezbollah noted in its statement. The IDF confirmed that several rockets were launched from Lebanon during the day and said that a drone was intercepted over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. However, it didn’t report any damage or casualties. In response to Hezbollah’s recent attacks, the IDF said it struck targets of the group in the southern Lebanese towns of Taybeh and Deir Seryan. Lebanese media didn’t report any casualties.  The clashes on the Lebanese-Israeli border first broke out after the start of the war in Gaza last October, with Hezbollah and its allies carrying out attacks in support of the Strip. So far, the border clashes have resulted in ten civilian deaths on the Israeli side, as well as the deaths of at least 15 IDF soldiers and reservists. On the Lebanese side, more than 500 people have been killed, including 330 fighters of Hezbollah and at least 90 civilians. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence NOW hosted at southfront.press Previously, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.org. The .org domain name had been blocked by the US (NATO) (https://southfront.press/southfront-org-blocked-by-u-s-controlled-global-internet-supervisor/) globally, outlawed and without any explanation Back before that, from 2013 to 2015, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.com SOUTHFRONT.PRESS MORE ON THIS TOPIC: Will We See An Alliance Of The Muslim Brotherhood Of Jordan And Iran? Two Israeli Troops Killed, Five Others Wounded In Central And Southern Gaza (Videos)   The post Hezbollah Attacks Key Israeli Military Sites With Drones, Rockets (Video) appeared first on South Front.

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[l] at 6/21/24 7:18am
File image. The Russian military repelled over the night of June 20 and 21 a massive Ukrainian attack, shooting down 114 aerial drones and destroying six uncrewed boats in the Black Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry announced. In a statement, the ministry said that an “attempt by the Kiev regime to carry out a terrorist attack using unmanned boats and airplane-type UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles] on Russian infrastructure,” was foiled. At least 70 drones were intercepted by Russian air defenses over the Crimean Peninsula. Another 43 drones were downed over the Krasnodar region, while one drone was intercepted in the Volgograd region, according to the ministry, which also said that the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet tracked down and destroyed six uncrewed boats. In the city of Krasnodar, a boiler facility near the Yuzhny bus terminal was damaged. One worker was killed in the attack, and several more were injured, the region’s governor Veniamin Kondratyev wrote on Telegram Drones damaged several administrative buildings on the territory of an oil refinery in another part of the city, according to the governor.  Later in the morning of June 21, the Russian MoD said in two separate statements that three more drones were intercepted over the Bryansk region and another over the region of Belgorod. No casualties or damage was reported in the two regions. This was Ukraine’s largest drone attack on Russian territory this year so far. Despite causing some losses in Krasnodar, the attack mostly failed thanks to the quick and professional reaction of Russian air defenses and naval forces. The Kiev regime intensified attacks on Russia in recent months, damaging infrastructure and killing and wounding a number of civilians. In response, the Russian military resumed group strikes on military and energy infrastructure targets in Ukraine. It also stepped up offensive operations in the directions of Donetsk, Kharkiv and several others, capturing more territory from Kiev forces. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence NOW hosted at southfront.press Previously, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.org. The .org domain name had been blocked by the US (NATO) (https://southfront.press/southfront-org-blocked-by-u-s-controlled-global-internet-supervisor/) globally, outlawed and without any explanation Back before that, from 2013 to 2015, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.com SOUTHFRONT.PRESS MORE ON THIS TOPIC: In Video: Russian Army Hunts Down Another Ukrainian HIMARS Launcher In Kharkiv Number Of Ukrainians Against Compromises With Russia Declines – Poll The post Russian Army Repels Massive Ukrainian Attack, Intercepts 120 Drones (Videos) appeared first on South Front.

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[l] at 6/21/24 6:33am
Click to see the full-size image Written by Damir Nazarov Against the background of the epic in the Gaza Strip, where the forces of good (Palestinian resistance) and evil (Zionism with international support) collided, the situation in the predominantly Sunni part of the Ummah is overshadowed, where, apart from useless rallies and populist statements, nothing serious is happening. Here, it is worth paying attention to Jordan, which the spokesman for the al-Qassam Brigades, Abu Ubaida, has repeatedly noted as an important strategic pillar of the Palestinians. It all started with a statement by Abu Ali al-Askari (spokesman for Kataeb Hezbollah Iraq), in which the Iraqi resistance expressed its willingness to train 12,000 Jordanians to participate in the resistance to the Zionists. Earlier, the authorities of the Hashemite autocracy arrested three local residents on charges of smuggling weapons to the West Bank, after which Hamas demanded the release of the detainees. Some authors and journalists were quick to point out the presence of local Ikhwan cells that oversee their actions with Hamas and Iran, but no one provided concrete evidence. After these incidents, propaganda was organized in the pro-government media of the kingdom against local Ikhwans and Iran, both sides were attacked and accused of trying to “destabilize the country.” In an attempt to defuse tensions, the leader of the Islamic Action Front (the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood of Jordan), Murad al-Adaylah, pointed out that Jordans Ikhwans allegedly had no relations with Iran after 2011. In connection with the disagreements on Syria. In my opinion, the head of the Ikhwans proceeded from two points. 1 – at the moment, his main task is to prevent a confrontation with the regime of Abdullah II, so as not to return to a situation in which the Brotherhood of Jordan will be banned. 2 – due to the small number of seats that the “hawks” of the movement gained in the recent internal vote of the Muslim Brotherhood, the partys agenda remained moderate, which means that one should adhere to relative conformity and voice narratives convenient for the regime. In any case, all the justifications for the weak position of the Jordanian Brotherhood against the background of the genocide of the Gaza Strip look inappropriate, especially after Abu Ubaidas calls to intensify resistance from Jordan to help occupied Palestine. The most important question in this whole situation is, will the members of the Muslim Brotherhood of Jordan respond to Kataeb Hezbollahs proposal to organize a common resistance to Zionism? Time will tell, but the fact that a younger generation has grown up among the Ikhwans dissatisfied with the dominance of the old conformists is a fact. As well as the fact that among all the branches of the brotherhood there is a strong pro-Hamas line that sees the allies of the Palestinian resistance as like-minded people. MORE ON THE TOPIC: The Trojan Horse Of Zionism In Al-Muthanna The Mysterious Murder Of Ayatollah Raisi. Part One From The American Campus To Bahrain, The War In Gaza Is Taking On International Features The post Will We See An Alliance Of The Muslim Brotherhood Of Jordan And Iran? appeared first on South Front.

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[l] at 6/21/24 5:07am
A Forpost-R combat drone. Screengrab, via the Russian Ministry of Defense. A Russian Forpost-R combat drone destroyed a group of Syrian militants who planned a terror attack on an oil refinery in the country, the deputy chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria announced on June 20. In the past day, a Russian-made Forpost-R reconnaissance and attack drone destroyed a group of militants near the Faghdad oil refinery in the Syrian desert [Badiya],” Major General Yury Popov said. “They were plotting a terror attack on the Syrian oil infrastructure facility.” Videos showing the drone strikes reported by the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria and other recent airstrikes on militants in the Badiya surfaced online on the same day.  The Forpost-R is a modernized variant of the original Forpost drone, which is a licensed copy of the Israeli IAI Searcher. This version is made from Russian components and has a domestic software. The drone has a takeoff weight of 500 kg, a range of 400 kilometers and an endurance of 18 hours at an altitude of up to 6,000 meters. The combat drone is typically armed with KAB-20 light glide bombs or X-BPLA missiles, an air-launched version of the Kornet-D. Attacks on government forces and civilian infrastructure in the Badiya and other parts of central Syria have increased in recent months. Most of the attacks were blamed on ISIS, which rarely claims responsibility. In recent months, the Syrian Arab Army intensified operations in the central region in cooperation with the Russian Aerospace Forces. There were also reports of the Russia military supplying Forpost-R combat drones to Syria to boost operations in the Badiya. However, these reports are yet to be confirmed. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence NOW hosted at southfront.press Previously, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.org. The .org domain name had been blocked by the US (NATO) (https://southfront.press/southfront-org-blocked-by-u-s-controlled-global-internet-supervisor/) globally, outlawed and without any explanation Back before that, from 2013 to 2015, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.com SOUTHFRONT.PRESS MORE ON THIS TOPIC: Syria Says Officer Was Killed In Israeli Drone Strikes On Quneitra, Daraa Russian Strikes Hit Four Militant Hideouts In Hard-To-Reach Areas In Central Syria (Video)   The post Russian Combat Drone Eliminated Militants Who Planned To Attack Refinery In Syria (Videos) appeared first on South Front.

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[l] at 6/21/24 4:43am
Illustrative image. The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) announced on June 21 that its forces destroyed more drones of the Iran-backed Houthis (Ansar Allah) over the past 24 hours. In a statement, the command said that four uncrewed surface vessels were destroyed in the Red Sea and two uncrewed aerial systems were intercepted over its waters. It noted that there were no injuries or damage reported by U.S., coalition, or merchant vessels. “It was determined these systems presented an imminent threat to U.S., coalition forces, and merchant vessels in the region,” CENTCOM said. “These actions were taken to protect freedom of navigation and make international waters safer and more secure for U.S., coalition, and merchant vessels.” The Houthis didn’t announce any attacks in the Red Sea in the last 24 hours. There were no reports of any incidents in waters near Yemen. Since last November, the Houthis have attacked dozens of vessels affiliated with Israel or owned by the U.S. and the United Kingdom in the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea in response to the Israeli war and siege on the Palestinian enclave of the Gaza Strip. In addition, the group launched dozens of drones and missiles at the southernmost Israeli city of Eilat and shot down six American-made combat drones over Yemen and nearby waters. The U.S. and the UK have carried out hundreds of strikes against Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen since January in an attempt to deter the group and degrade its offensive capabilities, but to no avail. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence NOW hosted at southfront.press Previously, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.org. The .org domain name had been blocked by the US (NATO) (https://southfront.press/southfront-org-blocked-by-u-s-controlled-global-internet-supervisor/) globally, outlawed and without any explanation Back before that, from 2013 to 2015, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.com SOUTHFRONT.PRESS MORE ON THIS TOPIC: In Video: Houthi Unscrewed Suicide Boats Hit Merchant Vessel In Red Sea Yemeni Forces Increase Attacks On Naval Targets. Tutor Bulk Carrier Sinks   The post U.S. Army Says It Destroyed More Houthi Naval, Aerial Drones In Red Sea appeared first on South Front.

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[l] at 6/21/24 4:06am
Illustrative image. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced on June 21 that reservists were killed as a result of a mortar attack in the central Gaza Strip a day earlier. The soldiers were both serving in the ranks of the Alexandroni Brigade’s 9203rd Battalion. Three other soldiers from the same unit were seriously wounded in the incident, the IDF said in a statement. The al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Gaza-ruling Hamas Movement, claimed responsibility for the mortar fire, saying it had targeted a position of the IDF near Gaza City’s Zeitoun neighborhood. Separately, two soldiers of the IDF’s 401st Armored Brigade’s 46th Battalion were seriously wounded during fighting in southern Gaza’s Rafah earlier on June 20. The pair were wounded as a result of anti-tank fire, according to an initial IDF probe. The attack was also claimed by the al-Qassam Brigades, which said that its fighters targeted two Merkava main battle tanks and two Eitan armored fighting vehicles of the IDF with rocket-propelled grenades in Rafah’s Sheborah refugee camp. Additionally, al-Qassam Brigades released videos showing clashes with the IDF in Rafah, an Israeli quadcopter drone that was captured there and an attack with a suicide drone that targeted gathering of Israeli troops in the settlement of Holit near Gaza.  The latest deaths brought the toll of slain Israeli troops in ground operations in Gaza and along its border to 314. The toll includes a police officer killed in a hostage rescue mission. A civilian Defense Ministry contractor was also killed in the Strip. More than 1,900 others have been wounded in Gaza during the same period. Some are reportedly still in a life-threatening condition. On the Palestinian side, the death toll from the Israeli war reached 37,431 with more than 85,653 others wounded, according to the latest statement by the Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza. Women and children make up most of the casualties. Despite taking more losses and failing to achieve any of its military objectives, Israel will not likely agree to a ceasefire in Gaza anytime soon. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence NOW hosted at southfront.press Previously, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.org. The .org domain name had been blocked by the US (NATO) (https://southfront.press/southfront-org-blocked-by-u-s-controlled-global-internet-supervisor/) globally, outlawed and without any explanation Back before that, from 2013 to 2015, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.com SOUTHFRONT.PRESS MORE ON THIS TOPIC: Israeli Army Announces Strikes On Hezbollah Commander, Air Defense System (Videos) Israeli Army Admits Hamas Can’t Be Eradicated The post Two Israeli Troops Killed, Five Others Wounded In Central And Southern Gaza (Videos) appeared first on South Front.

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[l] at 6/21/24 3:25am
File image. The Russian military has targeted and destroyed yet another American-made M142 HIMARS multiple rocket launchers of Kiev forces. The HIMARS was reportedly destroyed in a forest near the settlement of Khotimlya in the Kharkiv direction. Video footage showing what appears to be a Iskander-M tactical quasi-ballistic missile hitting the launcher and accompanying vehicles surfaced online on June 20.  The United States has supplied Kiev forces with at least 39 HIMARS launchers since the start of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine. Germany promised to buy three more for Kiev forces earlier this year. These launchers are typically armed with M30/M31 series GMLRS GPS-guided rockets, which have a range of more than 70 kilometers, or MGM-140 ATACMS tactical ballistic missiles with a range between 165 and 300 kilometers depending on the version. The Russian military has already damaged or destroyed many of Ukraine’s HIMARS launchers using precision-guided weapons, like the Iskander-M. In addition, Russian air defense and electronic warfare means have significantly reduced the effectiveness of the system. The Iskander-M has a range of nearly 500 kilometers. It can be armed with different conventional warheads, including a cluster munitions warhead, a fuel–air explosive enhanced-blast warhead, a high-explosive fragmentation warhead, an earth penetrator for bunker busting and an electromagnetic pulse device for anti-radar missions. The highly-maneuverable missile is guided by a GLONASS-aided inertial navigation system. It can be also equipped with an optical seeker with a digitized scene-mapping area correlator system for terminal guidance. The ongoing ground operations in Kharkiv allowed the Russian military to hunt down several HIMARS launchers which were recently brought into this direction by Kiev forces to attack Russian territory with permission from the U.S. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence NOW hosted at southfront.press Previously, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.org. The .org domain name had been blocked by the US (NATO) (https://southfront.press/southfront-org-blocked-by-u-s-controlled-global-internet-supervisor/) globally, outlawed and without any explanation Back before that, from 2013 to 2015, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.com SOUTHFRONT.PRESS MORE ON THIS TOPIC: Number Of Ukrainians Against Compromises With Russia Declines – Poll Russia’s New Offensive Brings Losses To Ukraine   The post In Video: Russian Army Hunts Down Another Ukrainian HIMARS Launcher In Kharkiv appeared first on South Front.

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[l] at 6/21/24 3:01am
Illustrative image. Hezbollah’s Military Media released on June 20 video footage showing a recent strike on a Drone Dome counter-drone system of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The system, which was deployed at the Metula border site, was struck by what appears to be na FPV suicide drone on June 14. The attack marked the first time Hezbollah is documented using such a weapon since the start of the ongoing confrontation with the IDF. It also shows that the Israeli system is not as effective as promoted. Drone Dome was developed by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. The system is made up of different sensors including a RADA Electronic Industries RPS-42 radar, a CONTROP Precision Technologies imaging system and radio signal detectors. The system costs a little over $3,2 million. Several systems of this type have been destroyed by Hezbollah since the beginning of the ongoing confrontation. In the same video, an optical surveillance system installed on the main tower in Metula is seen being hit by an anti-tank guided missile.  Hezbollah and its allies began launching near-daily attacks from Lebanon against the IDF in support of the Hamas Movement and other armed factions in the Gaza Strip after the outbreak of the Israeli war on the Palestinian enclave last October. A large part of the group attacks targeted surveillance systems installed in border sites, significantly degrading the early warning capabilities of the IDF. So far, the clashes on the Lebanese-Israeli border have resulted in ten civilian deaths on the Israeli side, as well as the deaths of at least 15 IDF soldiers and reservists. On the Lebanese side, more than 500 people have been killed, including 330 fighters of Hezbollah and at least 90 civilians. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence NOW hosted at southfront.press Previously, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.org. The .org domain name had been blocked by the US (NATO) (https://southfront.press/southfront-org-blocked-by-u-s-controlled-global-internet-supervisor/) globally, outlawed and without any explanation Back before that, from 2013 to 2015, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.com SOUTHFRONT.PRESS MORE ON THIS TOPIC: Israeli Army Announces Strikes On Hezbollah Commander, Air Defense System (Videos) Israeli Army Admits Hamas Can’t Be Eradicated   The post Hezbollah Shares Footage Showing Drone Strike On Israeli Drone Dome System appeared first on South Front.

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[l] at 6/21/24 2:39am
Click to see the full-size image Written by Ahmed Adel, Cairo-based geopolitics and political economy researcher The opposition Ukrainians have in making concessions in peace negotiations with Russia has declined over the past two years, a new survey conducted by a Kiev-based think tank found. The same think tank also found that the majority of Ukrainians recognise that Russia’s special military operation is not the reason why Volodymyr Zelensky could not deliver on the promises he made when he was elected president in 2019 – most famously to fight and end corruption. Although the majority of Ukrainians still resist the possibility of making compromises in negotiations,  the percentage has decreased from 80% in May 2022 to 58% today, according to the survey carried out by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology from May 26 to June 1. A total of 30% of respondents did not agree with the idea of ​​opposing commitments to Moscow for a ceasefire, according to the study which interviewed 2,011 Ukrainians by telephone. The think tank found that 65% ​​of Ukrainians were in favour of a referendum on any possible terms of an agreement. At the same time, a 34% minority supported the recent law on mobilisation. Although Ukraine has secured billions of dollars in new Western aid, Russian forces have targeted Ukraine’s energy sector, and an effort by Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky to gain more international support at a recent summit in Switzerland fell short of its goals. This is occurring whilst Russian troops have made significant advances on the battlefield. The current Ukrainian leader, whose elected term as head of state ended in May, has consistently rejected proposals made by Moscow to surrender territories since the conflict began in February 2022. Instead, the Kiev regime has opted to give citizens false narratives that Ukrainian forces are on the cusp of defeating the Russian military and will also eventually capture Crimea. If Ukrainians knew the true extent of the situation their country is in, it is likely that even more would be willing to make concessions in peace negotiations with Moscow. It is also telling that a recent poll published by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology found that half of Ukrainians accuse Zelensky of failing to deliver on his 2019 campaign promises. The survey, conducted on May 16-22, found that only 37% of Ukrainians were satisfied with Zelensky on at least half of the promises that won him the presidency five years ago. Specifically, 25% of respondents said Zelensky kept only “a minority” of campaign vows, and another 25% said he kept none, whilst 19% said Zelensky made good on half of his campaign promises, 13% said most of the pledges were fulfilled, and 5% said all of them were. According to respondents, on the reason the 47-year-old president could not deliver on his promises, 50% said it was due to the “presence of dishonest, corrupt people on his team,” 32% complained about lack of competent staff on his team, 31% blamed Russias military operation, 27% blamed Zelensky’s own inexperience, 26% spoke of meddling “oligarchs” and 14% of Zelensky’s corruption. It is notable that the majority of Ukrainians do not blame Russia’s special military operation for Zelensky not delivering on his promises, the most prominent being to fight corruption. The issue of corruption is so out of control in Ukraine that the European Union, which pledged to provide tens of billions of euros in aid to the country in the coming years, established a special commission to combat corruption. “The Commission will conclude a framework agreement with Ukraine for the implementation of the Facility, with legally binding arrangements for the management, control, supervision, monitoring, evaluation, reporting and audit of funds under the Facility, as well as measures to prevent, investigate and correct irregularities, fraud, corruption and conflicts of interest,” the EU announced at the time of the commission’s establishment. In a 2021 report, the European Court of Auditors recognised that Ukraine’s problem is “grand corruption” that has escalated to high state levels. “Oligarchs and vested interests are the root cause of this corruption. Grand corruption and state capture hinder competition and growth, and harm the democratic process,” the report found. Given that Zelensky has not only failed to end corruption, but is also an active part of it, in addition to the desperate military situation being slowly exposed despite the Kiev regime’s best attempts to convince Ukrainians that they are winning, it is little wonder that there is growing backlash against him, as reflected in the polls. Since Zelensky’s presidential mandate has ended and he is now illegally ruling the country, it is also understood why the majority of Ukrainians want a say in the peace process, which will inevitably end with Russia gaining more territory. MORE ON THE TOPIC: Russia’s New Offensive Brings Losses To Ukraine Poland About To Deploy Mines On Russian Borders Military Overview: Ukrainian Counterattacks Withering Away In Kharkiv Region The post Number Of Ukrainians Against Compromises With Russia Declines – Poll appeared first on South Front.

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Click to see the full-size image Ukrainian UAV struck the Lukoil-Yugnefteprodukt oil depot in the Adygea region; Ukrainian UAV struck the Platonovskaya oil depot in the Tambov region; One civilian was killed by Ukrainian drone attack in the Krasnodar region; Two civilians were killed and seven others were wounded as a result of Ukrainian attacks in the DPR over the past day; Russian strikes were reported in the Vinnytsya region; Russian strikes were reported in Dnipro; Russian strikes were reported in the Kharkiv region; Russian strikes were reported in Krivyi Rih; Russian strikes were reported in the Kyiv region; Russian forces advanced in Krasnogorovka; Clashes continued in Volchansk; Russian forces approached Pivnichnoe in the area of Toretsk; Clashes continued near Sinkovka; Russian forces advanced near Sokil; Clashes continued in the Kanal district in Chasov Yar; Clashes continued in Urozhainoe; Russian forces eliminated 500 servicemen, one infantry vehicle, two M113 personnel carrier, five motor vehicles, one M777 howitzer, one M119 in the Krasny Lyman area; Russian forces eliminated 785 servicemen, five armoured vehicles, 17 motor vehicles, one FH-70, three D-20, two L-119 the Chasov Yar area; Russian forces eliminated 380 servicemen, one MaxxPro armoured vehicles, six motor vehicles, one 2A65 Msta-B, one D-30, one M119 in the Avdeevka area; Russian forces eliminated 140 servicemen, two armoured vehicles, six motor vehicles, one M198 howitzer in the Southern Donetsk area; Russian forces eliminated 70 servicemen, two motor vehicles, one M777, one M198, one D-20, one D-30 howitzer in Kherson region; Russian air defense forces intercepted 74 Ukrainian drones over the past day; Russian air defense forces shot down 21 U.S.-made MLRS projectiles over the past day.   Click to see the full-size image Clashes continue on the southern outskirts of Glubokoye; Having suffered heavy losses, the AFU reportedly pulled military reserves back for additional staffing in the Liptsy direction; Heavy fighting continued in the center of Volchansk but the intensity of Ukrainian counterattacks reporedly decreased over the past day; Clashes continued near Zelene; Up to 290 servicemen, three motor vehicles, one M142 HIMARS MLRS, one Panzerhaubitze-2000, two D-20, one D-30 howitzer were destroyed in the area.   Click to see the full-size image Russian forces advanced north of Arkhangelskoye; Clashes continued in Sokil; Clashes continue in the northwestern parts of Novoaleksandrovka; Clashes continued near Yasnobrodovka; Russian forces advanced north of the Karlovske water reservoir; Up to 380 servicemen, one MaxxPro armoured vehicles, six motor vehicles, one 2A65 Msta-B, one D-30, one M119 were destroyed in the area. Click to see the full-size image Russian forces advanced west of Mayorsk; Russian forces gained foothold on the eastern outskirts of Pivnichnoe; Clashes were reported in the area of Pivdenoe; Up to 785 servicemen, five armoured vehicles, 17 motor vehicles, one FH-70, three D-20, two L-119 were destroyed in the area. The post Military Situation On Ukrainian Frontlines On June 20, 2024 (Maps Update) appeared first on South Front.

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Also be aware that many email services such as Hotmail, Yahoo etc. may block correspondence from info@southfront.org and some others put it in spam. If you want to support SouthFront but have no opportunity to do it via cryptocurrency, please contact us: info@southfront.org and southfront@list.ru. Amid the ongoing heavy battles, the frontlines have started moving in new directions in Ukraine. The Russian army launches new offensive operations, forcing the Armed Forces of Ukraine to deploy their depleted reserves on extended fronts. At the same time, precision strikes by Russian drones and missiles are pounding the Ukrainian rear. On the night of June 20, the Russian military launched a series of strikes in Ukrainian rear regions. Explosions thundered in the city of Dnipro, where a large fire broke out. Russian strikes hit targets in the city of Krivyi Rig. According to unconfirmed reports, the target was a military airfield of the Ukrainian Air Force. The Vinnytsia region also came under Russian attack. Local authorities confirmed damage to some strategic infrastructure facilities. A series of explosions thundered around Kyiv. Strikes were reported in the town of Brovary. According to a local report, Russian kamikaze UAVs inflicted damage to Ukrainian air defenses near the capital. The border regions in eastern Ukraine are pounded on a daily basis. The Russian aerospace and missile forces are destroying Ukrainian manpower and military equipment accumulated near the frontlines. In particular, massive strikes were launched in the Kharkiv region and continue to be launched every night and every day. At least three explosions were recorded in Kharkiv on June 19. The territory of a children’s camp used for the accommodation of Ukrainian servicemen and foreign mercenaries in the Shevchenko district came under another attack. On the same day, another wave of Russian strikes hit the southern Odessa region. Explosions thundered in the port town of Chernomorsk and in the village of Karolino-Bugaz located south of Odessa. Another recreation facility used by the Ukrainian military was destroyed. In their turn, the Armed Forces of Ukraine attempted to reach Russian rear facilities with their kamikaze drones. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, 15 Ukrainian UAVs were destroyed in six Russian regions. As a result of the massive drone attack, a fire broke out at an oil depot in Adygea. Another target was the Afipsky oil refinery but the drone did not reach it. A civilian woman was killed after a UAV fell on her house. Meanwhile, the Russian army launched an offensive in a new direction on the Donbass frontlines. After a prolonged pause, the Russian military advanced towards the town of Toretsk located on the border of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. The front has been almost unchanged there since 2014. The attacks caught the Ukrainian forces by surprise when they began a rotation of military personnel in the area. The Ukrainian military is forced to admit the loss of a number of important strongholds near Pivnichne. Over the past day alone, the Russian army expanded its zone of control by about 1.5 kilometers in the area. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence NOW hosted at southfront.press Previously, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.org. The .org domain name had been blocked by the US (NATO) (https://southfront.press/southfront-org-blocked-by-u-s-controlled-global-internet-supervisor/) globally, outlawed and without any explanation Back before that, from 2013 to 2015, SouthFront: Analysis and Intelligence was at southfront.com SOUTHFRONT.PRESS The post Russias New Offensive Brings Losses To Ukraine appeared first on South Front.

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Click to see the full-size image Written by Lucas Leiroz, member of the BRICS Journalists Association, researcher at the Center for Geostrategic Studies, military expert NATO continues to escalate its conflict with the Russian Federation. In a recent statement, an important Polish member of Parliament and ex-minister stated that his country will soon lift the ban on the use of anti-personnel mines on the border with the Russian region of Kaliningrad. The measure is seriously escalatory, since this type of equipment poses significant risks to Russian citizens, increasing tensions between Moscow and Warsaw. According to the lawmaker, former Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak, Poland should deploy mines on the border with Russian territory to strengthen NATOs eastern front. Warsaw is currently prevented from militarizing the region due to the rules of the Ottawa Convention. The treaty aims to gradually eliminate the use of anti-personnel mines, and Poland is a signatory. “As part of the program to strengthen the eastern border, the authorities must withdraw from the Ottawa Convention,” he said. Blaszczak’s statement is particularly worrying because he is an influential public figure in Polish society. In addition to having served as defense minister, Blaszczak is currently a member of parliament and has influence over both the armed forces and sectors of civil society. He is well positioned to encourage the approval of laws that will enable his irresponsible plans for militarization and anti-Russian escalation. It is also important to remember that he led the country’s defense until 2023, having been responsible for commanding the Polish armed forces during critical moments of the current conflict in Ukraine. Indeed, tensions between Poland and Russia have been one of the most discussed topics by experts in recent times. Warsaw is one of the most bellicose actors in Eastern Europe, constantly making aggressive moves towards worsening regional military pressures. With the end of the ban on antipersonnel mines, Poland could take even more significant steps in its tensions with Russia, given the border issue in Kaliningrad. Kaliningrad has long been a target of Western powers due to its strategic geography, which allows Moscow to maintain military positions in the Baltic Sea. Poland and Lithuania, which border the region, constantly provoke Russian forces with military exercises and threats, trying to “isolate” and “suffocate” Russia in the Baltic Sea. In this sense, with the possibility of deploying mines on the border, there will certainly be an exponential raise in risks to the regional security architecture. Previously, Prime Minister Donald Tusk had already spoken out condemning the possibility of positioning mines on the border with Kaliningrad and Belarus. Tusk is also against Poland leaving the treaty that bans anti-personnel mines. However, the pro-war lobby in the country is extremely strong, and there is a good chance that the government will be forced to obey the pressure from parliament to approve the withdrawal from the Ottawa Convention. With mines near Kaliningrad, Russian citizens, especially border guards and military personnel, would be at constant risk. If the mines were also placed near Belarus, the risks would be the same, since Russia and Belarus maintain a collective defense pact due to the Union State, which makes an attack on Belarusian citizens equivalent to an attack on the Russian Federation. The risks, therefore, would be high and constant, making the Eastern European scenario even more unstable and unpredictable. However, the Russians, for their part, are absolutely safe. Moscow has sufficient military strength to deter Poland and face any serious consequences of a possible escalation. Unlike Warsaw and the Baltics, Russia is actually in a position to face any security scenario. Poland and the other NATO members expect the full support of the Atlantic alliance in the event of a conflict with Russia, being not capable of dealing with the possible consequences of a crisis on their own. One of the most talked about topics among military analysts today is how NATO would react in a real-life confrontation with Russia. So far, the alliance has relied on non-member proxy states to wage war against Moscow, but it is possible that the dangerous escalation resulting from the initiative of countries such as Poland and the Baltic states could lead to direct friction in the future. If this happens, the alliance will be put to the test with regard to its collective defense clause. Many analysts predict that in this situation the US, which is the real leader of the alliance, would violate NATO norms and not authorize collective intervention. In the end, there is nothing Poland can gain by taking initiatives that escalate the security crisis with Russia. The most rational thing to do would be to simply avoid any measures that could worsen ties with Moscow, avoiding letting the tensions lead to a real conflict. But unfortunately, a fanatical Russophobic mentality is currently hegemonic among Polish decision-makers, preventing them from acting strategically. You can follow Lucas on X (former Twitter) and Telegram. MORE ON THE TOPIC: Powerful Explosion Occurred At The Mesko Arms Factory In Poland Poland Could Intervene In Ukraine, Polish Authorities Say Poland Encourages EU’s Militarization The post Poland About To Deploy Mines On Russian Borders appeared first on South Front.

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