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Ukraine’s security service, the SBU, announced that it’s officially investigating the alleged coup that President Zelensky said last week was being plotted against him. The SBU said it is looking into the alleged involvement of Ukrainian and Russian citizens.
СБУ розслідує провадження за фактом готування окремими громадянами України та РФ дій з метою захоплення державної влади ➡ bit.ly/3xAifl4
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🤔 And… Zelensky has fired Oleksandr Rusnak, head of the counterintelligence department of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). Comes after Zelensky alleged a coup was being plotted against him and the SBU days later (today) opened an investigation into the matter.
Зеленський звільнив очільника контррозвідки СБУ pravda.com.ua/news/2021/11/2…
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NEW: The House Committee investigating the Capitol riot is considering bringing more contempt charges to Trump allies who keep defying congressional subpoenas. buzzfeed.com/kadiagoba/insur…
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An American teacher who ran the @BardCollege study abroad program at @SmolnyCollege in St. Petersburg was deported from Russia after Russia declared Bard an "undesirable organization." The guy had been living in Russia (with his family) for nearly a decade.
Из России по предписанию ФСБ депортировали преподавателя Петербургского университета, гражданина США Майкла Фриса. Он отвечал в вузе за студенческий обмен с Бард-колледжем, который Генпрокуратура РФ признала «нежелательным» amp.gs/jYicE
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“Putin-Biden meeting in the works, unlikely to be in-person,” says Deputy Foreign Minister. Preparation of the summit is in the “advanced stage,” Ryabkov says, adding, “the Americans are very nearly taking our calls again.”
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Ukrainian Foreign Minister @DmytroKuleba spoke to Western reporters this morning. Here's what he had to say: Russia refuses to explain its military movements in a transparent manner. Troops have been largely present since spring 2021 but there have been new, worrying movements.
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Kuleba said Zelensky is committed to a diplomatic solution, has no plans to take the Donbas back by force, and is ready to meet anytime with the Normandy 4 leaders (France, Germany, Ukraine, Russia). "Unfortunately, Putin does not accept invitations and does not want to talk."
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Kuleba: What we see instead is not only military buildup along our borders but an intensifying disinformation campaign and escalation in the Donbas. Intel shows a fresh Russian attack would likely include activities in the Black Sea.
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Why Russian escalation now? Kuleba says simply because Russia sees an opportunity to seize an opportunity. He cited elections and changes in political leadership, among other factors. “Putin thinks the West is weak and indecisive right now.”
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Kuleba: Ukraine’s main goal now is to deter Russia and demotivate it from further military actions. To achieve this goal, Ukraine has proposed to the West a three-tier package of support. The package is composed of political, economic, and security deterrence options.
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Political deterrence: Strong & timely messages supporting Ukraine & warning actions against it by Russia will be met with an immediate & overwhelming response. Economic deterrence: Significant economic restrictions against Russia applied if it launches a new invasion of Ukraine.
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Security deterrence: Deepen cooperation with Ukraine in this sector. The stronger this is, the less motivated Russia will be to launch an attack. "This package is already being put together," Kuleba said.
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The Belarusian Ministry of Defense today also announced joint military drills with Russia beginning Dec. 1 along its southern border near Ukraine. mil.by/ru/news/142016/
Lukashenko has just promised that if there is a new war in Donbas, "Belarus will not stay aside. And it is clear whose side we will be on." Seems like this map from the head of Ukraine’s military intelligence Kyrylo Budanov is not that alarmist after all.
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Germany already signaling it’s willing to do a whole lot of nothing whatsoever in the event of a renewed Russian assault on Ukraine. Doesn’t look great for Kyiv. axios.com/germany-nord-strea…
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Again, evergreen: “Incredible shit is going on in Ukraine.” Veronika explains below the other wild things currently unfolding in the country, including a vicious spat between the president and a journalist-provocateur.
Incredible shit is going on in Ukraine. So on Friday journalist Yuriy Butusov, who was first one to tell about Wagnergate, and released a video of Bayraktar attack in the Donbas, told president Zelensky that he was a liar. Zelensky in return blamed him for the people's deaths👇
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None of the weapons NATO is providing to Kyiv is a game-changer, but I think Russia wants to stop this support before it includes things like long-range missiles or missile defense. If Russia decides to escalate, they'll destroy Ukraine's TB2 on the ground in the first 30 minutes
Ukraine’s use of Turkish drones could be a complete game-changer, which is why Moscow seems so preoccupied with this issue.
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This could be the US possibly notifying Ukraine in advance of the alleged “coup” Zelensky went public with yesterday. But honestly, “an internal destabilization effort” orchestrated by an oligarch or two is pretty much an evergreen thing in Ukraine.
"One person close to Zelensky said the U.S. had provided Ukraine with intelligence in recent weeks indicating there would be 'an internal destabilization effort,' with the possibility that one or more Ukrainian oligarchs could be involved. politico.eu/article/ukraine-…
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