The West got both right and Russia was wrong when it comes to pre-war intelligence in Ukraine.
Now, according to an expert in the Russian intelligence services, President Vladimir Putin is looking for the spy who scammed him. “We heard some new rumors and more information about an apparent hunt for a traitor within the FSB, Russia’s federal security service, because many people are wondering right now in Moscow, why was American intelligence so accurate, so precise before? ? the invasion,” said Andrei Soldatov.
Soldatov believes the US and NATO learned the details of Russian planning from more than just electronic intercepts, because he says Russia has a Byzantine system and how decisions are made is never clear. So Putin would assume that someone sang. And it would be convenient to hang his military losses on that someone.
Read more: How paranoid is Putin?
Russia launches nuclear threat to Sweden and Finland for consideration of NATO
Russia will have to strengthen its defenses in the Baltic Sea, including a possible nuclear escalation, if Sweden and Finland join NATO, Moscow said on Thursday.
“There can be no more talk of a nuclear-weapon-free state for the Baltic; the balance must be restored,” said Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of Russia’s security council and a former Russian president, reported Reuters.
“Until today, Russia has not taken such measures and was not going to take them. If our hand is forced, well… take note that it was not we who proposed this,” he added, according to Reuters.
Read more: Russia launches a nuclear threat to Sweden and Finland in consideration of NATO
Russia’s finance minister plans to attend G20 meeting next week, says Indonesia
Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov plans to virtually attend a G20 meeting with other world economic representatives, Indonesia, which will host the G20 summit this fall, said on Thursday, according to a report.
Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to attend the G20 summit in Bali at the end of October, the country’s ambassador to Indonesia said late last month.
President Biden and other G20 leaders have spoken out in recent weeks against having Putin, whom Biden has called a “war criminal,” at the summit.
The president also told reporters last month that he thinks Putin should be removed from the G20.
Ukraine war is a ‘perfect storm’ threatening food, energy and debt crises around the world: UN
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine appears to have triggered a “perfect storm”, triggering multiple crises around the world in the areas of food, energy and debt, with devastating impacts for developing countries, the United Nations warned in a report on Wednesday.
“The war in Ukraine, in all its dimensions, is producing alarming cascading effects on a world economy already battered by COVID-19 and climate change, with particularly dramatic impacts in developing countries,” the report warns. “Recent UNCTAD Projections [the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development] They estimate that the world economy will be a full percentage point of GDP growth lower than expected due to the war, which is severely affecting already tight food, energy and financial markets.
The report describes this disruption as a “perfect storm”, arriving “on the brink of a global debt crisis”.
Read more: Ukraine war is a ‘perfect storm’ threatening food, energy and debt crises around the world: UN report
Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine Failed On Numerous Fronts, So Putin Turns To ‘Plan D’ To ‘Save Faces’
Former deputy national security adviser KT McFarland told Fox News Digital that Russia has turned to “Plan D” after failing to maintain a prolonged siege on kyiv.
Russia reassessed its strategy and on March 25 began to focus on securing eastern Ukraine, culminating in a surprise withdrawal from kyiv and surrounding cities, a move some military and intelligence experts say is little more than an attempt. to save face after a military disaster.
“Their Plan A was to mass along the border as if to invade and assume that Ukraine would capitulate to NATO membership and Donbas,” McFarland said. “When Ukraine didn’t do it, Russia’s Plan B was to invade and be in control in a few days.”
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Russia has repeatedly launched ‘indiscriminate’ attacks on Ukrainian cities: UK MoD
Russia has repeatedly launched “indiscriminate” attacks on urban centers in Ukraine since the invasion began, the UK Ministry of Defense said in a Thursday morning update.
“The cities of Kramatorsk and Kostiantynivka are likely to be Russian targets for similar levels of violence,” the update said.
The ministry added that Russia is preparing for a renewed offensive in Donbas, in eastern Ukraine.
“The combination of widespread missile and artillery strikes and efforts to mass forces for an offensive represents a reversion to traditional Russian military doctrine,” the update continued. “However, this will require significant levels of force. Ukraine’s continued defense of Mariupol is currently tying down a significant number of Russian troops and equipment.”
Fiji investigates the arrival of sanctioned Russian oligarch’s superyacht
Fiji is investigating the arrival of a superyacht owned by a sanctioned Russian oligarch without customs clearance, according to reports.
Billionaire Suleiman Kerimov has been sanctioned by the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union, according to Reuters.
The yacht was reportedly seized by Fijian authorities and the crew detained.
“The United States is committed to finding and seizing the assets of oligarchs who have supported the Russian Federation’s brutal and unprovoked war of choice against Ukraine,” the US Embassy in Fiji said in a statement about the yacht seizure. “We and several of our EU partners have already frozen or seized many assets from these oligarchs. We are working closely with governments and private sector partners in Europe and around the world, including Fiji, on this issue.”
Badly damaged Russian flagship of the Black Sea Fleet
Russia’s flagship of its Black Sea fleet was heavily damaged and had to be evacuated on Wednesday, Russia confirmed, according to reports.
The Russian government said a fire on the ship caused an explosion, according to Russian media, but Ukrainian officials said the ship had been hit by two missiles.
Maksym Marchenko, governor of the Odessa region, said “Neptune missiles guarding the Black Sea caused very serious damage” to the Russian missile cruiser Moskva, according to Reuters.
Last month Ukraine said it damaged another Russian ship in the Sea of Azov.
Read more: Russian warship badly damaged in the Black Sea
Ukrainian refugees enter the US through the southern border
Fox News Senior National Correspondent William La Jeunesse explains why Ukrainian refugees enter the US through Mexico in ‘Special Report.’
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