Have the Russian’s sabotaged the underwater gas line to Germany ?
Russian Presiodent Putin in a rush to say the Ukraine territory he overan now is part of Russia based on small vote numbers in these place’s overseen by guys with guns….
The Russian ‘draft’ is causing more and MORE problems…
Russina are leaving their home land by an estimated 30% increase….
The EU and Germany are ingesting Ukrainanas and Russian’s in the tens of thousands….
We give the cost numbers for the conflict/war up to now below……
Here’s what we know:
Ukraine and Poland blamed Russia after blasts were recorded and two gas pipelines were ruptured under the Baltic Sea. The sudden leaks deepened uncertainty about energy security in Europe.
Leaks in undersea gas pipelines from Russia to Germany after blasts raise suspicions of sabotage.
C.I.A. warned European governments of potential attacks on undersea pipelines.
Putin is expected to annex parts of Ukraine after referendums end on Tuesday.
At United Nations, Zelensky rails against Russia for trying to ‘steal’ Ukrainian territory.
Vote-getting tactics in the staged referendums: Concerts, promises and armed men at the door.
The number of Russian citizens entering the E.U. has jumped 30 percent since Putin’s call for more troops.
Foreign minister denies Iran has sent arms to Russia to use against Ukraine….
- More rocket attacks against Kharkiv
The operator of the Nord Stream pipelines built to carry Russian natural gas to Europe reported Tuesday “unprecedented” damage to the system, raising suspicions of sabotage after mysterious leaks caused sudden drops in pressure in three underwater lines in the Baltic Sea.
Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
Nord Stream explosions
- Denmark’s prime minister said it was “hard to imagine” that the damage to the gas pipelines was “accidental.” At an event in Poland on Tuesday,Mette Frederiksen said, “We cannot rule out sabotage, but it is too early to conclude” — appearing to add credence to fears in Europe that the leaks were caused deliberately, possibly from within Russia. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also said he could not “rule out” the possibility of sabotage, describing the pressure drop affecting Nord Stream’s pipelines as “an unprecedented situation that needs to be dealt with urgently.”
- The incident won’t have much of an impact on already tight gas supplies to the continent since Russia’s Gazprom shut down Nord Stream 1 in August, while Western nations blocked Nord Stream 2 from becoming fully operational as part of sanctions over Russia’s war in Ukraine.
- Swedish police opened an investigation into “sabotage,” a spokesman for the Swedish public prosecutor’s office, Karl Jigland, told The Washington Post. Germany and Denmark were also investigating. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday that the United States is aware of reports leaks of the Nord Stream pipeline may be the result of an “attack or some kind of sabotage” but said that hasn’t been verified.
- Danish authorities released photographs of gas leaks forming what appeared to be severe gaseous turbulence in the Baltic Sea. A spokesperson for Sweden’s maritime authority told Reuters that Russia’s Nord Stream 1 pipeline was leaking gas into Swedish and Danish waters. The Danish authorities established prohibition zones around the leaks to reduce the risk to ship and air traffic. Experts have also expressed concern about the environmental impact.
- Putin could declare Russia’s absorption of the four regions — Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia — as soon as Friday, the British Defense Ministry said.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the referendums a “farce” in his virtual address to the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday, saying that the annexation of seized territories is the “most brutal violation” of the U.N. charter. “This is a very cynical attempt to forcibly mobilize men in the occupied territory of Ukraine into the Russian army,” Zelensky said.
- Zelensky, in remarks delivered by video link to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government on Tuesday, urged world leaders to take “preventive” action as Russia prepares to annex more territory and send tens of thousands of newly mobilized forces to the front, rather than waiting to “react” to the escalation and risk losing lives and time, The Post reported.
- Former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev defended Russia’s right to use nuclear weapons if threatened. In a Telegram post Tuesday, Medvedev, who is known for his aggressive defense of Russia’s war in Ukraine, said that “Russia has the right to use nuclear weapons if necessary” and in “predetermined cases.” Russia “will do everything we can to prevent our neighbors who are hostile to us from obtaining nuclear weapons,” he added. “This is definitely not a bluff.”
- Multiple missiles struck Kharkiv, causing some residents to lose power, the city’s mayor Ihor Terekhov said in a Telegram message on Tuesday. No fatalities were reported as of Tuesday.
- Zelensky said the Donbas region is “still the number one goal for the occupiers” and that Kyiv’s forces are “doing everything to curb enemy activity” in the occupied territories of eastern Ukraine. In his nightly address Monday, he also described Putin’s mobilization of reservists as “a frank attempt to give commanders on the ground a constant stream of cannon fodder.”
- The situation around a nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine “remains tense,” according to Ukraine’s military.Staffers don’t want to cooperate with Russian forces and are trying to leave the area, but a nearby occupied region “is completely closed for entry and exit,” Ukraine’s military leadership said in a statement. The claims could not be independently verified by The Washington Post. Russia has been accused of risking nuclear disaster at the Zaporizhzhia plant.
Mobilization and protests in Russia
- “The Kremlin’s efforts to calm the Russian population are struggling so far,” as unrest continues after Putin announced a military mobilization, according to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW). According to the U.S.-based think tank, protests against Putin’s military mobilization were organized in at least 35 settlements in Russia on Sunday and at least 10 settlements on Monday. Nearly 2,400 arrests have been made since Wednesday, when a wave of demonstrations broke out, according to rights group OVD-Info.
- Reports from across Russia indicate that people are being summoned in the mobilization despite having no military experience or being too old or physically incapable of serving. The reports mark an early sign — along with the number of people fleeing the country to avoid conscription — that the mobilization could be the latest misstep in Putin’s war. The Kremlin has acknowledged that some Russians who do not meet the criteria for mobilization have been summoned, and it has pledged to correct errors.
- A Ukrainian official accused Putin of repeatedly lying about Russian military involvement in Ukraine. Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Zelensky, shared a video with edited clips that showed Putin, at various points over time, making contradictory claims about the role of Russian forces in the invasion of Crimea, and announcing a partial military mobilization after previously saying there would be no conscription or calling up of reservists. The video highlights Ukraine’s successful use of social media to bolster support and counter the Kremlin’s narrative.
The cost of the Ukraine/Russian… War/Conflict……
Day after day for 181 days, the grim ledger of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine grows longer with each missile strike, burst of gunfire and report of atrocities.
Military losses have been heavy on both sides, with about 9,000 Ukrainians and as many as 25,000 Russians said to be killed.
Ukraine has lost control of 20 percent of its territory to Russian forces and their proxies in recent years.
The destruction has already cost Ukraine at least $113.5 billion, and it may need more than $200 billion to rebuild.
Donor nations have pledged to give Ukraine more than $83 billion in total.
Ukrainian agricultural production and other countries that depend on it have been hit hard. Even with grain ships on the move again, the world hunger crisis is dire….