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Discover the unvarnished truth behind Ukraine's tumultuous situation as Aaron Matei and I, Judge Andrew Napolitano, traverse the obscured narratives of the war and the U.S. media's depiction. Our conversation cuts through the fog to reveal President Zelensky's desperate appeals for American support and the stark contrast between the Ukrainian military's actual predicaments and the polished presentations of U.S. officials. The exchange shines a necessary light on the inner turmoil of Ukraine's leadership and provides an honest assessment of their military standing against Russia, all while challenging the American public's perception shaped by media and government rhetoric.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Six Russian crewmembers, three Russian servicemen and 65 Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed in a Ukrainian surface-to-air missile attack targeting an Ilyushin Il-76 strategic airlifter over Belgorod region last Wednesday. The plane was on route to a planned prisoner exchange, which was subsequently cancelled.

The Russian Il-76 transport plane full of Ukrainian PoWs downed over Belgorod region on January 24 was targeted using an American-made Patriot missile system, Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced, citing the findings of Russian investigators.

"The plane was shot down by the American Patriot system. This has already been established for certain in an expert review," Putin said, speaking to election campaign surrogates in St. Petersburg on Wednesday.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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After farmers blocked highways leading into Paris last week, farmers from several other European countries have followed suit, protesting against their countries’ dropping of fuel subsidies, green regulations and dropping sale prices.

Veteran war correspondent Elijah Magnier told Sputnik’s Fault Lines on Wednesday that the root causes of the protests stem from Europe’s decision “to follow the United States policy and join the war against Russia.”

“We shot ourselves in the foot, basically that’s very soft – we shot ourselves in the head and now we are paying the price,” Magnier said.

Tags: ECONOMY, EUROPE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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NATO’s Steadfast Defender 2024 war games that kicked off in Europe last week present a threat to Russia’s national security, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated on Wednesday, noting that the US-led bloc is an “instrument of confrontation.”

The exercises, hailed to be the largest NATO has held in decades, are said to involve some 90,000 troops from all 31 member states as well as Sweden and will last for several months, ultimately ending in May, according to the bloc’s Supreme Allied Commander for Europe Christopher Cavoli. 

It’s also noted that some 1,100 combat vehicles, including 133 tanks and 533 infantry fighting vehicles, as well as over 50 naval vessels and 80 helicopters, drones and fighter jets are set to take part in the exercises.

Commenting on the war games, Peskov pointed out that NATO has always been intended as a “instrument of confrontation” that is controlled by Washington.

Tags: NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Russia needs to create a large “demilitarized zone” in Ukraine, one that is big enough to ensure no longe-range weapons can strike Russian cities, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday

Russian border regions have been subjected to frequent drone and missile attacks, as well as shelling by the Ukrainian military, since the start of the conflict between Kiev and Moscow. One of the deadliest attacks took place on December 30, when Kiev’s forces struck the Russian border city of Belgorod with multiple rocket launchers, including the RM-70 Vampire – an upgraded heavier version of the Soviet BM-21 Grad system.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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An object believed to be an explosive device was found outside the Israeli Embassy in Stockholm on January 31 and destroyed by the national bomb squad.

Swedish police said that it was notified about the object by embassy staff. The device was later detonated in a controlled manner, a police spokesperson told the broadcaster TV4.

Police declined to give any detail on the nature of the object, or of how it had got into the embassy grounds. The embassy building was reportedly cordoned off by Swedish police at a distance of about 100 meters after the discovery of the object.

Commenting on the incident, Israel’s Ambassador to Sweden, Ziv Nevo Kulman, said there was an “attempted attack” against the embassy and its employees.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, EUROPE, ISRAEL
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Hezbollah launched on January 31 another wave of attacks against the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) from its heartland, southern Lebanon.

In three separate statements, Hezbollah said its fighters targeted a building occupied by Israeli soldiers in the settlement of Metulla and attacked two other gatherings of troops on al-Tahihat Hill and in the Mitat barracks using rockets and other “suitable weapons”.

The group announced in two other statements that it had targeted an Israeli Merkava main battle tank at the Bayad Blida military site and destroyed surveillance equipment of the IDF at the Hanita military site, also using “suitable weapons”.

The attacks were carried out “to support the steadfast Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and in support of their brave and honorable resistance,” Hezbollah noted its statements.

Tags: ISRAEL, LEBANON, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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On January 31, a large prisoner exchange took place between Russia and Ukraine. Russia has returned 195 servicemen from Ukrainian captivity, handing over 195 POWs to Ukraine. The Russian Ministry of Defense declared that the United Arab Emirates provided humanitarian mediation for the exchange.

The Russian Defense Ministry reported that the exchange took place according to the formula “195 to 195”. Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said that Kiev had returned 207 military and civilians. Probably, in addition to 195 members of the Ukrainian formations, 12 more civilians were transferred. However, it is also possible that Zelensky provided fake numbers in an attempt to claim another media victory.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Recently, Western support for Ukraine has been declining, leaving the regime’s officials concerned about the future of Kiev’s fighting capabilities. However, despite this tendency, there are still public figures in the West calling for a new escalation and the sending of more heavy weapons to Ukraine.

In a recent statement, American retired General Philip Breedlove, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, stated that the West should send heavy weapons to Kiev to enable intense attacks on the Crimea region. According to Breedlove, only by attacking Russian positions in the Black Sea will Ukraine be able to make Moscow “rethink its posture”.

Breedlove classified Crimea as the “center of gravity” and “the decisive terrain of the war.” For him, the key to “defeat” Russia is to hit Crimea as much as possible. He believes that the more attacks in the region, the more Russia will be affected and forced to retreat throughout the entire conflict zone. So, faced with the imminent depletion of Ukraine’s military capabilities, the general advises that NATO return to sending weapons at a massive level, mainly long-range missiles that allow deep attacks on Crimea.

Tags: NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The Ukrainian military resumed attacks on the Crimean peninsula. On the night of January 30, the Russian 31 Air Defense Division destroyed 11 Ukrainian UAVs over the western coast of Crimea. Most of them were shot down in the north-western part of the peninsula near Portovoe. More drones were intercepted near the western Cape Tarkhankut and Belbek military airfield located on the outskirts of Sevastopol. No damage was reported as a result of the attack.

As it was predicted, the massive drone attack was launched in an attempt to probe Russian air defense. The main strike took place on the evening of January 31. The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that Russian air defense forces destroyed 20 Ukrainian missiles. 17 of them were shot down over the Black Sea, 3 more were destroyed over the Crimean peninsula.

The local authorities confirmed minor damage to civilian buildings in several areas, where the wreckage of missiles fell. No civilians or servicemen were reportedly wounded or killed.

Tags: NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine is the result of a series of mistakes made by the US and its NATO allies, former Czech President Vaclav Klaus told the World Economic Forum in Davos in a speech published on Friday.

The West’s blatant disregard for the geopolitical context led to this “tragic historic event” that “could and should have been avoided,” Klaus, who led the Czech Republic between 2003 and 2013, said.

“This war started on 4 April 2008,” Klaus argued, referring to a NATO summit in Bucharest, where members of the US-led bloc decided to support Ukraine and Georgia’s “aspirations for membership,” saying both nations “will become members of NATO” at some point in the future.

Tags: EUROPE, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, MIDDLE EAST, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Houthi rebels last night claimed to have hit yet another US commercial vessel in a fresh missile strike in the Red Sea as US forces launched strikes on drones and ground control stations in Yemen.

Military spokesman Brig. Gen Yahya Saree claimed the US was unable to prevent one of his missiles from striking the Koi, a Liberian-flagged shipping vessel.

Saree declared the strike 'a victory for the oppressed Palestinian people and a response to the American-British aggression against our country'.

It comes just days after the Marlin Luanda, an oil tanker from the same company, was set ablaze by a Houthi rebel missile at the weekend.

Shocking images showed an inferno raging on the tanker's deck that took hours to extinguish. 

Meanwhile, American forces early this morning carried out strikes in Yemen against 10 attack drones and a ground control station controlled by Houthi rebels, the US military declared. 

Tags: MIDDLE EAST, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Texas is a state of mind and is currently under invasion. Encouraged by BIG AGRA Senator Lankford (RINO-Oklahoma). Texas factory activity contracted in January after stabilizing in December, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey. The production index, a key measure of state manufacturing conditions, dropped 17 points to -15.4—its lowest reading since mid-2020.
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In a staggering revelation, US government spending since 2020 has surpassed the combined expenditures of monumental events in history: World War I, World War II, and the spending spree spanning from 1970 to 1990. The sheer magnitude of this spending spree raises eyebrows and sparks concerns about its sustainability.
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The quarterly census reveals a stark contrast, with a meager 332k private sector job gains in Q2 ’23, painting a different picture than the advertised surge in nonfarm payrolls. The hefty downward revisions further add to the skepticism, uncovering a reality where job gains are roughly half of what was initially presented.
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