Zelensky slams Russia's 'dirty bomb' claims, calls for 'harsh' responseby AFP Staff WritersKyiv, Ukraine (AFP) Oct 23, 2022Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday dismissed claims Kyiv was preparing to us a "dirty bomb", as suggested by Russia's defence minister during telephone calls with NATO counterparts. "If Russia calls and says that Ukraine is allegedly preparing something, it means one thing: Russia has already prepared all this," Zelensky said in a video address on social media. Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Sunday held rare calls with NATO counterparts in which they discussed Ukraine, the Russian defence ministry said. In calls with his British, French and Turkish counterparts, Shoigu conveyed "concerns about possible provocations by Ukraine with the use of a 'dirty bomb'". The Russian side did not however mention the alleged "dirty bomb" provocation in its account of that conversation.
Underground life endures near Ukraine frontBy Dmitry ZAKSKryvyi Rig, Ukraine (AFP) Oct 23, 2022Sergiy Miliutin was meant to be handing out competition awards to children at a nuclear bunker instead of sitting at his desk dealing with emergencies as his south Ukrainian city slowly lost its lights. But the burly and cheerful deputy mayor of Kryvyi Rig has grown used to his phone constantly demanding his attention after eight months of war. And as he navigates problems above ground, the competition continues in an adapted underground bunker, once a grimly-lit concrete basement but now a place where Ukrainians come to reaffirm their commitment to life despite the draining conflict. Like other Ukrainian industrial cities, life is finely balanced between exultation and despair as the war drags on. News of each downed missile is celebrated on social media by a nation that has moved a large part of its daily life online.1 month ago Space War News
N. Korea fires ballistic missiles ahead of major US-S. Korea air drillsBy Kang Jin-kyuSeoul (AFP) Oct 28, 2022North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles on Friday, the South's military said, the latest in a blitz of launches that Washington and Seoul have warned could culminate in another nuclear test. The US military's Indo-Pacific Command also condemned the launch, saying it highlighted "the destabilising impact" of North Korea's banned weapons programmes. On Wednesday, the United States, Japan and South Korea vowed such a test would warrant an "unprecedentedly strong response". It also announced it had staged what it called "tactical nuclear drills" that simulated showering the South with nuke-capable missiles. In response, Seoul has conducted live-fire drills, and the US redeployed a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to the region to conduct large-scale trilateral drills also involving Tokyo.1 month ago Space War News
US, Russian defence ministers hold rare call as Ukraine advancesKyiv, Ukraine, Oct 21 (AFP) Oct 21, 2022Russia's defence minister held rare telephone talks with his US counterpart Friday, after pro-Kremlin officials said they were turning Ukraine's southern city of Kherson into a "fortress" as Kyiv's forces advance. "Topical issues of international security -- including the situation in Ukraine -- were discussed," said Russia's defence ministry. Six months on, however, Ukraine's forces have pushed back. Zelensky told European leaders Thursday that Russian forces had mined the nearby Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant with the intent of blowing it up. Also Friday, the Ukraine presidency said Russian forces were shelling sections along the entire front line of Donbas and that two had been killed in the Donetsk region.1 month ago Space War News
Elon Musk today became the actual owner and boss of Twitter, although the completion of the company’s privatization has not yet been officially announced. Musk has spoken a lot about his intentions for Twitter, but it won’t be easy to implement all of the platform’s new owner’s initiatives. One of Musk’s ideas is to turn Twitter into a super app. Musk also wants to fundamentally change the way advertising is on the platform — exactly three years ago, he explainedWhat “hates ads”. In India, Twitter is actively trying to champion free speech, but Musk’s overzealousness could complicate things.1 month ago Tech News Space
Zimbabwe launches first nano-satelliteby AFP Staff WritersHarare (AFP) Nov 7, 2022Zimbabwe on Monday announced the launch of its first nano-satellite into space in a bid to help collect data to monitor disasters, boost agriculture and enhance mineral mapping. The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) tweeted Monday the rocket "will carry experiments about plant mutations and mudflow structure, as well as satellites from Japan, Uganda & Zimbabwe". He created the Zimbabwean National Geospatial and Space Agency (ZINGSA) to promote research and innovation in the embattled southern African nation. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords. SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter$5+ Billed MonthlyOption 1 : $5.00 USD - monthly Option 2 : $10.00 USD - monthly Option 3 : $15.00 USD - monthly Option 4 : $20.00 USD - monthly Option 5 : $25.00 USD - monthly Option 6 : $50.00 USD - monthly Option 7 : $100.00 USD - monthlypaypal onlySpaceDaily Contributor$5 Billed Oncecredit card or paypalLondon, UK (SPX) Nov 02, 202225 days ago Space Daily
Palestinian militant groups based in Gaza praised the attack, but did not claim responsibility for the bombings. [See FDD’s Long War Journal report, Hamas Operatives in Gaza Continue to Direct Attacks in the West Bank.] Lastly, the Jerusalem bombings have already been used to produce incitement material by some Palestinian militant organizations. Joe Truzman is a contributor to FDD's Long War Journal. Are you a dedicated reader of FDD's Long War Journal?9 days ago Long War Journal
Kakhovka hydroelectric station, Nova Kakhovka, Kherson Oblast, Ukraine (Wikimedia Commons) dpa correspondents Kiev — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned that Russia is planning to blow up the Kakhovka...Kakhovka hydroelectric station, Nova Kakhovka, Kherson Oblast, Ukraine (Wikimedia Commons)dpa correspondentsKiev — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned that Russia is planning to blow up the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant in the Kherson region where Ukrainian troops are making advances. ” Russia is deliberately creating the basis for a large-scale disaster in the south of Ukraine,” Zelensky said in a video address at the EU summit on Thursday. Should the power plant be blown up, there would be massive flooding that could affect the city of Kherson, for example, Zelensky warned. Thousands of civilians are already said to be in other occupied areas of Ukraine or Russia. Diaspora Minister Nachman Shai recently demanded that in view of the Iranian deliveries to Russia, Israel should take a bolder stance and supply Ukraine with weapons.1 month ago War Is Boring