Russia says Ukraine’s Western allies assisted in Black Sea Fleet HQ attack
Czech gov’t plans to buy 24 F-35 stealth fighters in $6.5bn defence spend
Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, September 26, 2023
"Likely degraded elements of the Russian 58th Combined Arms Army’s 42nd Motorized Rifle Division are increasingly counterattacking in the Novoprokopivka area, suggesting that Ukrainian counteroffensive operations may have degraded relatively more elite Russian Airborne (VDV) elements "
#EU #Pentagon #Military #War #Ukraine #NATO #Putin #Russia #Weapons #US #Zelensky #News #CounterOffensive #NAFO #Crimea #ISW
"Russia wanted to conquer Ukraine in just 2 days — it now says the war will last at least 3 years"
"Ukraine running out of time to use US Abrams tanks before winter, retired general says"
"Milley leaves Joint Chiefs with a legacy of controversy, consequence "
"Russia-Ukraine war at a glance: what we know on day 581 of the invasion
Russia releases interview video of Black Sea fleet commander Ukraine claimed to have killed; new details revealed about Nord Stream pipeline explosions"
"Nagorno-Karabakh: Third of ethnic Armenian population flees
Yerevan said more than 42,000 ethnic Armenians have fled in fear of reprisal from Azerbaijan. Meanwhile, Germany and the US are pushing to get independent observers into the breakaway region. DW has the latest."
"Day 581 of the Invasion of Ukraine: Russia blamed the US for the Nord Stream Explosion"
" Consensus builds for EU bank to finance shells and tanks
The war in Ukraine has changed Germany’s thinking after it previously opposed the idea."
"EXPLAINED: Sergei Shoigu’s Incredible ‘War Until 2025’ Speech
Russia’s defense minister is adamant the “planned goals” of the “special military operation” can still be achieved, albeit clearly not in the three days he originally envisaged."
#PlaneAlert ICAO: #3D7CC7 Tail: #DFTMT Flt: #EIS02
Aircraft: #Pilatus PC-12 47E
#PC12 #Weapons #Missiles #ArmsCompany https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qinetiq
"Residents in Annexed Crimea Turned Away From Bomb Shelter During Air Raid Alert"
Normal Island News
Police handing in guns because they're not allowed to shoot people
This woke nonsense is going too far..
Imagine you work your entire life to fulfil your dream of being a killer for the state, and when your colleague does what you assumed was your job - shoot a black man in a car - they get arrested and charged with murder.
Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, September 25, 2023
"The tactical situation in Verbove remains unclear amid continued Ukrainian offensive operations
Ukrainian forces reportedly struck the Khalino Airfield and a Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) building in Kursk Oblast
US-provided Abrams tanks have arrived in Ukraine"
"British Army train Ukrainian troops in vital mine disposal skills
Ukrainian soldiers will use British Vallon metal detectors and personnel mine extraction kits, while Royal Engineers teach them how to adapt the equipment they have available on the front line."
" Polish government whips up hate against director over migrant film
With an election looming on October 15, there’s a lot of politics behind the ruling party’s attacks on Agnieszka Holland."
"Drone strikes reported in Ukraine’s Odesa and Dnipro regions, Russia’s Kursk region targeted in Ukrainian attack"
"Spillover From Air War in Ukraine Violates Another International Border – This Time It’s Transnistria’s
In another example of how Moscow’s war seems increasingly to be in danger of spreading beyond Ukraine’s borders, another missile flew into another neighboring country, this time Moldova."
Amazing article... (my opinion)
"Overcoming setbacks, NATO-trained brigade breaches Surovikin line in Zaporizhzhia Oblast"
This could be important...
"Ukraine breaks Russia’s main defensive line with armor as forces make critical advances"
"Ukraine's 'army of drones' are bombarding Putin's forces, hitting a record 205 pieces of Russian military equipment last week, official says"
"Russian officers who hadn't been paid by Moscow sold key intel on the Black Sea Fleet to Ukrainian resistance fighters. Then the headquarters blew up."
Many of NJ’s most prominent Dem ldrs have called on #Menendez to step down. On Mon morning, he appeared at the lectern alone.
The #indictment depicted a far-reaching web of #political #corruption involving #aid & #weapons sales to #Egypt & efforts by Menendez to persuade state & federal prosecutors to go easy on his assocs in 3 #criminal cases.
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict |AJ#shorts #aljazeeraenglish #armenia #azerbaijan #nagornokarabakh
Space ray guns. 🔫
I designed the grey on-board cannon as a replacement part for the 1970s Star Bird toy spaceship. It can be ordered in my 3D print store:
Ukraine to get US long-range ATACMS missiles, US media report
Poland’s PM tells Ukraine’s Zelenskyy to ‘never insult’ Polish people again
Sudan army chief warns UN that war could spill over, engulf region
V Kyivindependent.com: ' #Poland to stop supplying #Ukraine with #weapons . #Polish PM Morawiecki announced that Poland will no longer supply Ukraine with weapons as rifts over the import of Ukrainian grain products deepens.
Army tank stolen from military base in Israel found in scrapyard
"Despite export controls and sanctions, Latvia has imported microchips to Russia worth millions of euros since the onset of the full-scale war in Ukraine."
"The 5 Biggest Ukraine Developments From the UN Summit So Far
President Zelensky is set for a dramatic face to face today as he speaks in front of Russian officials for the first time since the launch of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine."
Russia calls for halt to fighting between Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh
The Inside Story of How the Navy Spent Billions on the “Little Crappy Ship”
Now the Navy is getting rid of them. One is less than five years old.
On Ukraine's drone ships / USVs, a/k/a Sea Baby
These look to be improvised from generally-available parts, including aluminium-hulled skiffs, Sea-Doo (a/k/a JetSki), and impact fuses possibly salvaged from Russian missiles. Payload in excess of 350 kg, range of 800 km. Top speed "faster than anything else on the Black Sea".
Ukraine calls these "Sea Baby".
What the boats are not is electrically-powered drones, which someone had been strongly implying on Hacker News.
I'd also be curious whether or not fibreglass hulls (possibly fabricated by Ukraine) might have even lower radar signatures as compared to aluminium, though with wave chop detection's already likely challenging.
Video (CNN): https://yewtu.be/watch?v=Iv1WbNY-yB0
Adapted from a recent HN discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=37327036
White man faces trial in US for shooting Black teen who went to wrong house
"Russia Sinks Line Of Ships To Protect Kerch Bridge
Russia is working to create an improvised barrier in an attempt to protect its critical Kerch Bridge against future drone boat attacks. "
"Vladimir Putin gave a video address to participants in the BRICS business forum, on August 22 in Johannesburg, South Africa, ahead of the main BRICS summit for member countries.
Journalists in the Kremlin pool report that the Russian president’s address was dubbed into Russian in a voice not belonging to Putin himself. Why ... is unclear. "
How Tennessee’s Justice System Allows Dangerous People to Keep #Guns — With Deadly Outcomes
Nearly 40% were shot by people who were legally barred from having a gun.
“#Russia is suspected of buying back military supplies previously shipped to #Myanmar and #India, according to a Nikkei analysis of customs clearance data. The survey found records of Russian repurchases of parts for tanks and missiles that had been exported to Myanmar and India. Russia may be reimporting the components to improve older #weapons destined for use in Ukraine, relying on help from countries with which it has long-standing military ties. | Nikkei Asia https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/Ukraine-war/Russia-buying-back-arms-parts-exported-to-Myanmar-and-India
Israel has had Palestinians under occupation for decades, and that allows weapons companies to test and develop new technologies on them that can then be sold abroad.
On #TechWontSaveUs, I spoke to Antony Loewenstein about how that tech is developed, what it means for Palestinians, and how the Israeli government uses oppressive tech for diplomatic leverage.
Russian defence ministry says Wagner handing over weapons
The Biden Administration is expected to announce a new military aid package for Ukraine that includes cluster munitions. The weaponry comes at a time when Ukrainian forces are struggling to make gains in their counteroffensive against Russia, but activist groups have been advocating a ban on their use. Read more about what cluster bombs are and why they are so controversial.
"Nuclear, yes. They're weapons too. #Tactical nuclear weapons."
"For months her relatives and lawyers have been denied access to her in #prison . Why?" I ask.
"I don't know anything about this," he claims." (cont.)
"In #Ukraine a whole army is fighting with foreign weapons, isn't it," the #Belarusian leader retorts. "#Nato weapons. Because they've run out of their own. So why can't I fight with someone else's weapons?"(cont.)
Mr. Brexit... and his buddy Putin.
"Nigel Farage's Аccounts were Closed after it was Revealed the Russians were Paying him"
I’m reminded of that Star Trek: TNG clip where Quark finds out that the people of Earth irradiated their own planet on purpose.
Not only that, the people of Earth were so feckless at self-governance, that they also let irradiation weapons into the hands of psychopaths.
If and when humanity succeeds in not irradiating itself to death, that will be the ultimate underdog story.
“The founder of one of #SouthAfrica’s biggest #weapons manufacturers is playing a key backroom role in a… #peacemission to #Ukraine & #Russia this week… Ivor Ichikowitz, who has financial interests in naval vessels & fighter aircraft among other military hardware, is helping to organize the visit to Ukraine & Russia by 7 #African presidents who hope to launch a process of shuttle diplomacy to resolve the war between the 2 countries.” | Geoffrey York, Globe & Mail https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-founder-of-south-african-weapons-maker-has-key-role-in-african-peace/
Nukes to Belarus
"Russia-Ukraine war: Belarus says transfer of nuclear weapons from Russia has begun – as it happened"
If you too have been finding out about #chemical #weapons from the excellent expert that is Dan #Kaszeta (his book #Toxic is a terrific read on the history of #nerveagents ) you would probably be quite surprised to hear he has been disinvited - watch his interview with BBC's Sima Kotecha on #Newsnight tonight on being “blacklisted”- from a govt conference 'after check on social media has identified material that criticises govt officials & policy' He wasn’t due to speak about policy matters.
Alleged #leaker #fixated on #guns and envisioned #racewar. Videos and chat logs reveal #JackTeixeira's preparations for a #violent #SocialConflict, his #racist #antisemitic thinking and a deep suspicion of the #government he served. This new information correlates with many other mass shooters in America. This man is not a #whistleblower. He is a #violent #extremist #hater w #automatic #weapons Read this WaPo article free https://wapo.st/3O3WX9N
"Reframing the US policy debate on a ‘long war’ in Ukraine"
"The US risks facing the same escalation risks under worse conditions if it does not help Ukraine liberate its territory through a series of successive counteroffensive operations.
The West has a profound ability to shape the outcome of the war in Ukraine. The West’s problem is not capability; it is perception."
BBC News - US and South Korea agree key #nuclear #weapons deal
"Seven Russian military planes in formation north of Finnmark. A pair of Tu-160 strategic bombers flew together with two Il-78 tankers and three MiG-31 combat jets. NATO scrambled two F-35 that met the Russian planes north of Finnmark. "
"...Such shortcomings could tempt #Xi, before moving on #Taiwan, to help further deplete #US #weapons [and #ammunition] arsenals through indirect #arms shipments to #Russia, forcing the West to increase arms supplies to #Ukraine...
Xi, after changing the territorial status quo in the #SouthChinaSea and the #Himalayas, is itching to move against Taiwan. With Russia tying the US down in the #European theatre, Xi has greater strategic room to forcibly incorporate..."
"...with #weapons in short supply, critical #munitions being depleted, and #US capacity to restock insufficient, even as the #American and #European political consensus on the war is weakening...
A dangerous thing about #AGI is that it destabilises international relations and calculus of war.
Destabilizing weapon systems are such which give an advantage to the side which starts the #war. #Nuclear #weapons were such before mutually assured destruction was constructed. Ballistic weapon shields threatened to return the destabilizing advantage to the side taking the initiative.
#AI powered weapon systems will not necessarily look like traditional weapons at all. They can take the form of deniable hybrid war, misinformation, mass surveillance and political manipulation. They can also take the form of collaborating, patient but quick and deviously intelligent autonomous weapons at the same time. We already have deniable drone strikes and hacking attacks which cannot be conclusively attributed to a specific state actor.
AI weapons are supremely destabilizing. There is no second strike retaliation possibility and massive, deniable warfare where amphibious tanks just rise up from the coast of Taiwan or manouver towards Washington D.C. are completely in the realm of possibility. Who to second strike against?
Tiny assassin drones which are capable of decapitating a head of state can almost be built out of consumer-grade components already. AGIs can make such things completely autonomous and deviously intelligent.
People talk about AI risks, but rarely mention this risk which in my opinion is both certain to realize and very dangerous.
And no, even if I say things like this, it doesn't mean I am an "AI sceptic". Quite the opposite. I am just saying that I hope someone is looking into all this because it's going to define our future.
In fact, getting a decent AI advantage is the best mitigation against this risk. We just need to push the gas pedal.