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US-made missile suddenly 'transformed' into a 'Russian' one and killed 40 civilians

© komersant.infoThe first footage from the site of the rocket’s impact on one of the buildings of the Okhmatdyt children’s hospital in Kyiv
On July 8, the Russian military launched large-scale strikes on various targets across Ukraine. According to the mainstream propaganda machine, one strike was "particularly deadly", as it allegedly "killed 41 civilians" and "destroyed a children's hospital". Reuters says:
"Russia blasted the main children's hospital in Kyiv with a missile in broad daylight on Monday and rained missiles down on other cities across Ukraine, killing at least 41 civilians in the deadliest wave of air strikes for months."
The report tried playing into the emotional aspects with the graphic descriptions of parents and children affected by these "evil Russian strikes". Reuters says that "parents holding babies walked in the street outside the hospital, dazed and sobbing after the rare daylight aerial attack", while "windows had been smashed and panels ripped off, and hundreds of Kyiv residents were helping to clear debris".

While on his way to the NATO summit in Washington DC, the Neo-Nazi junta frontman Volodymyr Zelensky claimed more than 170 people were injured, while around 100 buildings were damaged, including the aforementioned children's hospital and a maternity center in Kiev, as well as children's nurseries, a business center and homes. He also stated that "Russian terrorists must answer for this" and that "being concerned does not stop terror, condolences are not a weapon". The Kiev regime announced a day of mourning for today, calling the strikes "one of the worst air attacks of the war", insisting it "demonstrated that Ukraine urgently needed an upgrade of its air defenses from its Western allies". Interestingly, they also claim that their air defenses allegedly "shot down 30 of 38 missiles". Quite peculiar that the Neo-Nazi junta forces are "so successful" in shooting down Russian missiles.

Comment: This attack is not in Russia's playbook, but evidently a page out of Kiev's.


Ukraine timing tragedies to coincide with important international events - Kremlin

© Maxym Marusenko/NurPhoto/Getty ImagesDamaged building of the Ohmatdet Children's Hospital
Kiev's attempts to organize PR operations "on blood" are dishonest and "jesuitical," spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.

Kiev is deliberately using tragedies for publicity ahead of important international events, such as this week's NATO summit in Washington, so that Vladimir Zelensky can push for more support from the West, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has claimed.

In an interview with journalist Pavel Zarubin, Peskov suggested that Ukrainian authorities are effectively organizing PR campaigns "on blood," referring to Monday's deadly tragedy at the Okhmatdet children's hospital in Kiev, where a missile killed two people and injured dozens more.

Kiev and its backers have blamed Russia for the incident. Moscow has denied the allegations, insisting that it has never targeted civilian facilities. Instead, it claims that the hospital was struck by a Ukrainian air-defense missile.

Peskov claimed that such tragedies in Ukraine often occur right before international events that are important for relations between Kiev and the West. Suggesting that the Okhmatdet incident had been another "PR operation", Peskov said:
"I believe that there are no coincidences in this regard. This is truly a tragedy, but it is being deliberately used to create a backdrop that would accompany Zelensky's participation in the NATO summit. Kiev's methodology is quite unclean, jesuitical, well-known, and has been repeated many times."

Comment: Ukraine has learned the ways of the West all too well:
A deadly missile incident at a prominent children's hospital in Kiev will be used by Western nations to justify sending more weapons to Ukraine, Russian Ambassador to the US Antatoly Antonov has claimed.

The Okhmatdet (short for "protection of motherhood and childhood") medical facility in the Ukrainian capital was seriously damaged by a powerful missile explosion that landed near it amid a Russian long-range barrage on multiple targets in Ukraine. Kiev and Moscow have accused each other of firing the projectile that damaged the facility.

Antonov accused Western media of hiding some relevant facts about "the tragedy that occurred" from their audience, including the assessment of the Russian Defense Ministry that the missile came from a Ukrainian air defense system stationed inside Kiev. Instead, the press and the US government are "whipping up hysterics," the diplomat claimed on Monday.
"The reality is that the incident with the destroyed hospital, which happened on the eve of a NATO summit in Washington, was apparently taken by Kiev's backers as a 'perfect gift' to justify further escalation of the conflict and continuation of hostilities to the last Ukrainian."
Senior Ukrainian officials have suggested that the Russian military deliberately targeted Okhmatdet. Vladimir Zelensky has declared that the missile hit and Moscow's attribution of it to Ukrainian air defenses demonstrate "the cynicism of ugly bastards in the Kremlin."

Pro-Kiev media outlets have said that the weapon that struck the hospital was a Russian air-launched Kh-101 cruise missile. Critics of that claim allege that the projectile, which can apparently be seen in a video filmed from a distance by a witness, was probably an AIM120 fired by a NASAM missile system or an interceptor fired by the MIM-104 Patriot missile system. Western donors have provided those US-developed weapons to Ukraine.

According to Ukrainian officials, two adults, including a doctor, were killed at Okhmatdet, while ten others were injured. Two storeys of the facility's main building were reported destroyed.

A three-day NATO leaders summit is scheduled to start on Tuesday. Ukraine will reportedly be offered a "bridge to membership" at the event, and a Germany-based permanent mission to aid the delivery of western weapons.


Russia considering changes to nuclear doctrine - Kremlin

© Mikhail Voskresensky/Sputnik/File"The Mother of All Weapons"
Moscow needs to take "thoughtful, coordinated, and effective" measures to contain NATO, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.

Russian policymakers are considering making adjustments to the country's nuclear doctrine in response to rising tensions with NATO, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has stated.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, the official said the NATO declaration approved by member-states at a summit in Washington this week would require a "thoughtful, coordinated, and effective response" from Moscow "to contain" the US-led military bloc.

Against this backdrop, Peskov called NATO a "tool of confrontation" deeply involved in the Ukraine conflict, adding that "work on the nuclear doctrine is underway, these discussions involving experts are indeed taking place." Nuclear weapons are not the only deterrence at Russia's disposal, Peskov added, without giving further details.

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Macron complained to Netanyahu after Likud minister publicly backed Marine Le Pen

© Yonatan Sindel/Flash90Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu • Diaspora Affairs Minister Amichai Chikli • Knesset plenum in Jerusalem • June 26, 2023
Comments by Diaspora Minister Amichai Chikli further strain relations between two countries; PM claims he told cabinet to not make remarks on French election.

French President Emmanuel Macron protested to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a phone call last week after Diaspora Affairs Minister Amichai Chikli spoke in support of Macron's rival in the recent elections, far-right National Rally leader Marine Le Pen, a French official told The Times of Israel.

The official confirmed earlier reporting by the Walla news outlet, which noted that Netanyahu told Macron he had instructed his ministers to not make public remarks regarding France's parliamentary elections.

The day before the July 3 call, Chikli indicated in an interview that Israeli leadership would be happy to see Le Pen eventually become president of France, remarks the French viewed as an intervention in their internal politics.

Speaking to Kan public news, Chikli noted Le Pen's support for Israel and her recent participation in a march against antisemitism, which Macron did not attend. Chikli's ministry is tasked with combating antisemitism.


UN shown 'drone evidence' of Ukrainian attack on Europe's largest nuclear plant

RF and drone
© X/@RussiaUNRussian UN Representative Dmitry Polyansky holds Ukrainian drone
Moscow has rejected a resolution demanding the return of the Zaporozhye NPP to Kiev's control.

Russia has urged the UN not to support Ukraine's claims to the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, the largest such facility in Europe, accusing Kiev of launching strikes that frequently jeopardize the safety of the plant.

Speaking at a UN General Assembly meeting on Thursday, Russia's deputy representative to the organization, Dmitry Polyansky, displayed a Ukrainian drone that allegedly hit the plant earlier this year. He said that attacks on the station by Kiev's forces are "regular and numerous."

Polyansky, referring to the UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, said:
"The IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi formulated [principles] for ensuring safety at the Zaporozhye NPP. One of these principles - the prohibition of attacks on the plant - is regularly violated by Ukraine, as the agency experts at the [site] have the opportunity to verify. There is enough evidence of this - I have in my hands the wreckage of a Ukrainian UAV that attacked the Zaporozhye NPP on April 7."

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Saudis 'threatened' G7 over Russian assets - Bloomberg

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin
© Royal Court of Saudi Arabia / Handout/Anadolu via Getty ImagesSaudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin in Riyadh, December 06, 2023.
The US and UK had wanted to confiscate the frozen sovereign funds

The Group of Seven "likely" abandoned the US plan to expropriate Russia's frozen central bank assets due to a "veiled threat" from Saudi Arabia, Bloomberg has reported.

The US and UK had been pushing for outright seizure of around $280 billion in Russian sovereign funds, which the West had frozen in 2022 citing the Ukraine conflict. The EU, where most of the immobilized assets are held, was reluctant to see the euro endangered by the possible backlash.

Saudi Arabia "privately hinted" that it might sell some of its EU debt holdings if the G7 went ahead with the confiscation plans, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday citing "people familiar with the matter."

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Kremlin hits out at 'irresponsible' new British PM

© Sputnik / Vladislav ZolotovFILE PHOTO.
Keir Starmer has said Ukraine can use UK-donated weapons as it sees fit, according to Bloomberg

Remarks by UK Prime Minister Keir Starmer about Ukraine having a free hand in using donated British weapons against Russia are irresponsible and escalatory, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Wednesday.

Comment: The above statement from Keir Starmer and the response from Peskov is perhaps nothing new. Starmer continues the trend of his predecessors, Boris Johnson, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak. Still it may confirm for now the direction events are taking.

About two months ago, in early May, the now former British MP, Andrew Bridgen, gave his impression of the political situation. Bridgen said the UK is basically at war with Russia but the government is waiting until later to make it official. We don't know yet if that will happen, but he also said that Rishi Sunak wants out, that he does not want to become a wartime PM. In June, after the European Parliamentary elections, Sunak called for early election though he could have waited until the fall, and oh boy, did he get out!

There are probably other options on the table, what about this article: Okay, so who has "bubonic plague" on their 2024 disaster bingo card? Maybe it will be none of these. For now, we will have to wait and see.


US plan to deploy missiles in Germany a 'direct threat' - Moscow

FILE PHOTO: Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov.
© Sputnik / Alexey AgarishevFILE PHOTO: Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov.
Washington's announcement could revive the arms race and deal a blow to global stability, Ambassador Anatoly Antonov has said

US plans to deploy long-range missiles in Europe are a threat to global security and could pave the way for an escalation of already tense relations between Moscow and NATO, Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov has said.

On Wednesday, the US and Germany issued a joint statement that Washington "will begin episodic deployments of the long-range fires capabilities of its Multi-Domain Task Force in Germany in 2026, as part of planning for enduring stationing of these capabilities in the future."

The systems will include SM-6 and Tomahawk missiles with ranges of up to 460km and 2,400km, respectively, as well as developmental hypersonic weapons, according to Washington. The assets have a "significantly longer range than current land-based fires in Europe," the statement added.

From the same source:
11 Jul, 2024 12:16
Russia vows 'military response' to US missile deployment plans

Moscow views Washington's move as a method of intimidation, its Deputy Foreign Minister has said

Russia will calmly prepare a military response to US plans to station long-range missiles in Germany, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Thursday.

Washington announced plans on Wednesday to start deploying long-range weapons in Germany in 2026, including SM-6 and Tomahawk systems, "as part of planning for enduring stationing of these capabilities in the future."

The latest American plans are just another escalation of tensions by the West and "one of the elements of intimidation, which today is almost the main component of the NATO and US" approach towards Russia, Ryabkov said.

Land-based missiles with a range between 500km and 5,500km were banned on European soil under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. In 2019, the US pulled out of the Cold War-era pact, accusing Moscow of having violated it.

Ryabkov said deploying US missiles to Germany is primarily aimed at damaging Russia's security.

"Without nerves, without emotions, we will develop, first of all, a military response to this new game," the diplomat said, adding that the Russian military had already "taken this message to task."

The weapons systems to be deployed in Germany will include the SM-6 anti-air missile, which has a range of up to 460km, and the Tomahawk cruise missile, which can reportedly strike targets more than 2,500km away.

Berlin and Washington released a joint statement announcing the plan following talks at NATO's annual summit in Washington.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Moscow would respond in kind to Washington's deployment of intermediate and shorter-range missiles. In June, the president said that Russia might resume production of previously banned missile systems, citing the "hostile actions" of the US.
Does the US think that creating more tensions in Europe with the deployment will help European businesses and capital to shift to the "safe haven" of the US or help convince the tax payers to pay more for defence and and thus help to support the Military Industrial Complex, see NATO preparing for 'protracted wars' - Pentagon?
Is the US hoping to maintain its control of the vassals within Europe and prevent them from joining up with the rest of Eurasia?
Is it, as some bureaucrats. politicians and the media might say, to protect western values, freedom, equality, democracy, the rule of law, .... ?
Or is it rather to put the citizens in a state of fear that will make them more controllable?
A result of this move might be that more people in Europe will come to realize that the direction events are heading, is not what they would like, and peace movements will become stronger.

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IDF: 'Everyone must leave' Gaza City. And go where, another bombed-out city?

idf order evacuation gaza city
© Getty Images / Dawoud Abo Alkas/AnadoluPalestinians leaving a bombed-out Gaza City neighborhood after the IDF's evacuation orders on July 09, 2024
The capital of the Palestinian enclave will be "a dangerous combat zone," the Israeli army has warned

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has instructed all remaining residents of Gaza City to flee south towards Deir al-Balah. The call on Wednesday came as the Israeli military intensified combat operations in the Palestinian enclave, including a raid on a UN refugee agency compound that it claimed was being used by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad fighters.

The IDF has issued several evacuation warnings in Gaza City in the past few days, as Israeli troops carried out operations in its western, southern, and eastern neighborhoods, according to the Times of Israel. Around 200,000 Palestinians remain in the northern part of the enclave, the newspaper said, quoting IDF estimates.


BRICS could establish its own parliament - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the plenary session of the X BRICS Parliamentary Forum.
© Sputnik / Valeriy SharifulinRussian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the plenary session of the X BRICS Parliamentary Forum.
The group of developing economies should act together to strengthen their global influence, the Russian president has said

Members of the BRICS economic group could establish their own parliament in the future, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the tenth parliamentary forum of the bloc in St. Petersburg on Thursday.

The Russian leader noted that the number of participants had increased this year. He said Russia, as the current chair of the group, would ramp up efforts to ensure that the four new members of the bloc were effectively integrated following their accession earlier this year.

BRICS was founded in 2006 by Brazil, Russia, India, and China, with South Africa joining in 2011. The group expanded this year when Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates became full members.

For other recent articles about BRICS:
'We're leaving the dollar': BRICS to launch independent financial system, new single currency also proposed - Moscow
Lavrov reveals BRICS expansion stance
Pepe Escobar: BRICS+ Cities Unite in Kazan, Ushering in New Era of Cooperation
A tale of two summits: Elitist warmongering G7 and peacemaking multipolar BRICS
The BRICS weigh in on Palestine BRICS developing platform for transactions in national currencies - Lavrov
BRICS must prevent new 'Cold War' - China
Shanghai Cooperation Organization speeding up de-dollarization - Putin

The US and its military alliance aiming to break up Russia and prevent the rise of a multipolar world via its shenanigans in various countries will more likely end up destroying itself and ruining its so-called allies in the process.