🤨 Will We Send What We Promised and Help Save Ukraine? 🧐

RD Jeffress Shared with Public😳 On 15 Feb, 2022, I predicted and posted my intelligence that Russian Forces would attack Ukraine before the month was over. Nine days later on 24 Feb, Russia did attack. For about three months, I wrote and posted my opinions and weekly events on this and other media, but finally quit as I realized that few readers seemed interested in what was happening a third of the World away. I wrote to officials there in Ukraine, suggesting that they use missiles to strike Sevastopol, Yevpatoriya, Simferopol and the Kerch Strait Bridge connecting Crimea to the Russian main land… or at least hit the Naval Base at Sevastopol. Well, this past week they did hit Sevastopol, and IF they hit it a few more times and do some real damage… and if they disable the Kerch Strait Bridge, then Ukraine can further and significantly cripple Russian Naval forces and supply lines across the bridge. The Kerch Bridge is a magnificent bridge, but is critical to Russia’s mobilization, and IF Ukraine can use USA supplied missiles… IF we have actually supplied what we have promised to them… then Ukraine can gain an advantage in the Black Sea Area. The “Prize” to be protected at all costs in my opinion is the City and Seaport of Odesa. IF Odesa is lost to Russia, Ukraine becomes an insignificant, land-locked little country, and Russia retakes the “Bread Basket of Europe.” That would be sad.😰Jeffress.Com, 220819, 2045 hrs.

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Ukraine-Russia NewsAugust 19, 2022 – Author Headsho , By Yana DlugyHello. This is your Russia-Ukraine War Briefing, a weeknight guide to the latest news and analysis about the conflict. The U.S. is sending a new shipment of weapons worth up to $775 million to Ukraine. A series of blasts targeted ammunition depots in Russian-occupied territory in Ukraine and in the Russian city of Belgorod. President Vladimir Putin accused the Ukrainian military of risking a “large-scale catastrophe” by shelling the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Ukraine’s state nuclear energy company said that Russia was preparing to disconnect the Zaporizhzhia plant from Ukraine’s grid to divert power to Crimea and Russia. Follow our live updates. Track the invasion with our maps.

ODESA, THE BIG PRIZE: Catherine the Great established the city of Odesa in 1794 as the Russian Empire’s opening onto the Mediterranean. Since then, it has been populated by Greeks, Italians, Tatars, Russians, Turks and Poles. By 1900, a third of the city’s population was Jewish.The multicultural city is the big strategic prize in the war and a personal obsession for President Vladimir Putin, writes the Times foreign correspondent Roger Cohen, who spent three weeks in the city.Without Odesa and its port, Ukraine would shrivel to a landlocked rump state.“Militarily, it is the highest-value target,” said François Delattre, the secretary general of the French Foreign Ministry. “If you control it, you control the Black Sea.”Almost six months into the war, Odesa resists — not untouched, but unbowed. Restaurants and the Opera Theater, founded in 1810, have reopened. Residents stroll along the storied Derybasivska Street.The flea market Starokonnyi, also known as Starokonka, is one of the most colorful places in Odesa.Laetitia Vancon for The New York TimesThe war is close, its front line no more than 80 miles to the east of Odesa. Sandbags filled from deserted city beaches and anti-tank “hedgehog” obstacles made of angled metal bars form barricades on many city blocks. Night patrols enforce an 11 p.m. curfew.Ethnic Ukrainians were always in the minority in the city’s ethnic mix. Many residents looked to Russia long after independence in 1991, and Russian remains the lingua franca. So in theory, this should have been a place to roll over during Russia’s invasion. But like so many towns and cities in Russian-speaking Ukraine, it did the opposite. The war has spread and redoubled Ukrainian national consciousness, although a substantial number of Odesans retain some sympathy for Russia.“People crossed the line to full belief in Ukraine,” said Serhiy Dibrov, a researcher on recent Odesan history.

EVERYONE IN ODESA, it seems, has a relative in Russia. Generally, they have broken off all contact because any communication is futile. They share a language but have no shared conception of truth.“Russia is destroying its claim to be a cultural nation, and Odesa is the intercultural capital of Ukraine,” said the mayor, Gennadiy Trukhanov, who is himself a former Russian sympathizer. “Mr. Putin has turned Russia into the nation of killing and death.”A view of the Odesa port.Laetitia Vancon for The New York TimesPerhaps nothing illustrates Odesa’s parting with its Russian past as much as the portrait of Catherine the Great that hangs in the Fine Arts Museum.The museum’s staff members have removed more than 12,000 works for safe keeping, but the portrait of Catherine remains — a towering figure with ships behind her symbolizing Russia’s victory over the Ottoman Turks.“The painting’s too large to move, and besides, leaving it shows the Russian occupiers we don’t care,” said Gera Grudev, a curator.Catherine now stands alone in the museum, contemplating how Putin has alienated the largely Russian-speaking population of the port she founded.The portrait of Catherine the Great at the Fine Arts Museum.Laetitia Vancon for The New York Times JOIN US ON TELEGRAM Follow our coverage of the war on the @nytimes channel.

BARING RUSSIAN TOURISTS: Should the European Union ban visas for all Russian tourists? The Czech government, which holds the current E.U. presidency, will raise the proposal with foreign ministers at the end of this month.Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Poland have already tightened visa restrictions for Russian nationals or paused issuing them to most Russians. The measure is raising questions about morality, legality and collective guilt.Among those opposed to the proposal is Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany. “This is Putin’s war,” he said, “not the Russian people’s.” It was “important to us to understand that there are a lot of people fleeing from Russia because they are disagreeing with the Russian regime,” he added.But Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the former president of Estonia, told the BBC a visa ban would be “one of the most humane kinds of sanctions, because it doesn’t affect poor Russians and affects the middle class and the rich ones.”Radoslaw Sikorski, a former Polish foreign minister, said the measure was misguided, noting the experience of Poles who, through travel, could compare life under communism to that in the West. “The objective should be not only for Ukraine to defend itself, but for Russia to be transformed,” he said.What else we’re followingTo provide comprehensive coverage of the war, we often link to outside sources. Some of these require a subscription.

The aftermath of a Russian missile strike on a settlement in the Odesa region, southern Ukraine, on Tuesday.

The aftermath of a Russian missile strike on a settlement in the Odesa region, southern Ukraine, on Tuesday.

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