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Satellite images of the consequences of the attack on the airfield of the Lugansk Aviation School

A satellite image from May 28 shows traces of a large fire, a video of which local telegram channels published the day before. The fire site is located north of the runway. In a photograph of the same place taken on May 10, you can see parts of the Nebo-M radar complex, designed to detect aerodynamic and ballistic objects at medium and high altitudes. Local authorities claimed that the fire occurred “in the area of infrastructure facilities of the former Higher Military Aviation School of Navigators.”


https://t.me/radiosvoboda/62130

The video , which was presumably filmed shortly after the Ukrainian strike on the airfield of the Lugansk aviation school, shows the command vehicle of the Nebo-M radar complex, KU-RLK. This may mean that the radar was in place and deployed at the time of the strike.


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In Yakutsk, wounded soldiers are being forcibly detained and are set to be sent back to the war.

This was reported to ASTRA by representatives of the "Free Yakutia" Foundation. According to their information, 28 soldiers are refusing to return to the front, and they are being held in Yakutsk's pre-trial detention center.

Violence and torture are being used against them, the foundation's representatives claim. Additionally, they are prohibited from using the toilet — instead, the soldiers have been given a plastic bottle and a bag.

The detained soldiers are also being forcibly subjected to the song "I Am Russian" by Shaman.

Send photos/videos/information to: @redastrabot

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- Russian metal producers have primarily adopted blockchain-based alternatives to conventional payment systems to maintain their trading operations

- Previously, the Bank of Russia had considered a complete ban on all cryptocurrencies, but in November, Russian central bank governor Elvira Nabiullina said she supports experimenting with such payments in international transactions

Russian commodity firms have increasingly turned to cryptocurrency to circumvent financial hurdles posed by international sanctions.

With traditional banking channels facing challenges, companies are now leveraging stablecoins, notably Tether (USDT), to facilitate “seamless and swift cross-border transactions” with their Chinese counterparts, as reported by Bloomberg.

Major Russian metal producers have primarily adopted this transition, seeking efficient alternatives to conventional financial systems to maintain their trading operations.

How Stablecoins Are Transforming International Trade Finance

These developments respond to the extended economic ramifications of international sanctions following geopolitical tensions that began in early 2022.

According to Bloomberg, despite not being directly targeted by sanctions, these firms have encountered substantial obstacles in conducting business internationally, particularly in receiving payments and acquiring necessary materials and equipment.

Notably, adopting stablecoins appears to be a strategic move to preserve business continuity and mitigate the risks associated with frozen bank accounts and the slow pace of traditional banking transactions.

As disclosed, the appeal of using stablecoins like Tether’s USDT lies in their ability to facilitate transactions quickly and cheaply. Ivan Kozlov, a digital currency expert and co-founder at Resolv Labs, explained:

With stablecoins, the transfer may take just 5-15 seconds and cost a few cents, making such transactions pretty efficient when the sender already has an asset base in stablecoins.

Furthermore, Kozlov revealed that the use of cryptocurrencies in trade finance is gaining traction among unsanctioned firms and as a broader practice in countries facing financial restrictions or dollar “liquidity issues.”

This highlights a growing recognition of cryptocurrency’s potential to serve as a “reliable” medium for substantial international transactions, especially in environments where traditional financial systems pose considerable operational challenges.

Russia’s Current Crypto Stance

Meanwhile, integrating cryptocurrencies into Russia’s trade mechanisms also signifies a change in the country’s regulatory stance towards digital assets.

Bloomberg noted that initially skeptical, the Russian central bank has shifted its view, recognizing the potential benefits of cryptocurrencies in circumventing financial barriers.

The report read:

Previously, the Bank of Russia had considered a blanket ban on the use and creation of all cryptocurrencies, but in November, Governor Elvira Nabiullina told parliament that she supports experimenting with such payments in international transactions.

Amidst these developments, strategic advisors like Gabor Gurbacs from Tether and VanEck have advocated for the broader adoption of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin by central banks, especially for those countries experiencing fiat currency devaluation.

Gurbacs suggests that adding Bitcoin to national reserves could provide economic stability and diversification, proposing that countries start allocating a small percentage to cryptocurrencies and gradually increasing their holdings.

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‼️ Africans for $2,200 - Russia is intensifying the recruitment of mercenaries for the war against Ukraine

👥 The aggressor state Russia has significantly intensified the campaign to recruit foreign mercenaries for the war against Ukraine: it is about recruiting manpower in central Africa, in particular - in Rwanda, Burundi, Congo and Uganda.

✔️ A specially created unit of the Ministry of Defense of Russia deals with the recruitment of Africans for their participation in "meat" assaults on Ukrainian soil.

👉 Mercenaries are lured with an initial cash payment of $2,000 for signing a contract, a monthly security of $2,200, medical insurance, and a Russian passport for the soldier and his family members are promised.

❗️ We will remind you that earlier mercenaries from Nepal, recruited by Moscow for the war against Ukraine, deserted en masse from the occupation army due to numerous losses and the brutal treatment of Russian field commanders.

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Russian planes dropped 2 more bombs on the Belgorod region in 24 hours, ASTRA sources

On May 27, an unidentified aerial bomb was found in the village of Pristen, Shebekinsky urban district. On the same day, the FAB was found in a field in the village of Novenkoye, Ivnyansky district. In both cases, no one was injured.

Thus, in just the last three months, the Russian Armed Forces dropped 70 aerial bombs on the Belgorod region and the occupied territories. Among them is the same “smart” bomb UMPB D-30SN that did not reach Kharkov, which ASTRA previously reported .

Subscribe to ASTRA. Stay informed about events that the Kremlin media are prohibited from talking about.

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The "Thunder" unit has its own atmosphere 🔬🧪

A sapper with the call sign Mozg prepares gifts for gifts 😏

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⚡️ THREE "SHAHED" DESTROYED

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On the night of May 28, 2024, the enemy attacked with three attack UAVs of the "Shahed-131/136" type from the Primorsko-Akhtarsk region - Russian Federation.

Enemy drones were shot down by Air Force units in the Zaporizhia, Dnipropetrovsk, and Cherkasy regions.

🇺🇦 Together to victory!

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🇺🇦 Air Force Commander Lieutenant General Mykola Oleschuk

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Загальні бойові втрати противника з 24.02.22 по 28.05.24 (орієнтовно)

#NOMERCY #stoprussia #stopruSSiZm #stoprussicism #ВІРЮвЗСУ

| Підписатися ГШ ЗСУ | t.me/GeneralStaffZSU/14984

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- Hungary takes over the rotating EU Council presidency on 1 July

- However, some EU diplomats say Hungary’s 'veto actions' might require a discussion about practical changes to the bloc’s decision-making processes

The foreign ministers gathered in Brussels focused on how the bloc could unlock funds from the EU’s off-budget European Peace Facility (EPF).

Hungary has been blocking partial reimbursements for weapons earmarked for Ukraine under the EU’s off-budget European Peace Facility (EPF) for almost a year, with the amount estimated at €6.5 billion – three reimbursement tranches and the new €5 billion-heavy Ukraine Assistance Fund (UAF).

Budapest initially cited Ukraine’s anti-corruption agency for having blacklisted Hungary’s OTP Bank as an “international sponsor of war” as one of the main reasons for their blockage. But while the bank has since then been removed from the blacklist, Hungary has kept the veto in place.

“There is growing frustration (to say the least), as the EU currently sits on €5 billion of support and very soon on the [Russian] windfall profits stemming from immobilised assets, which are at risk of not being used properly if there is no agreement,” one EU diplomat said.

In Monday’s discussion, Budapest was now quoted as saying that its economy is being discriminated against in Ukraine, according to people familiar with the discussions. The new explanation had drawn significant pushback from other EU counterparts, they said.

Inside the room, Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock called on Budapest “to finally allow aid to Ukraine once again, because Europe is only strong if it is united.”

An increasing number of EU member states are starting to point to Hungary’s overall track record, rather than the fact that Budapest has ‘not yet completely vetoed’ any EU decision on Ukraine.

“We looked into this and about 41% of resolutions by the EU on Ukraine have been blocked by Hungary,” Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrelius Landsbergis told reporters.

“The EPF is blocked; Ukraine’s accession talks are being held hostage by Hungary – and I could go on and on – the [EU’s] declaration on Georgia, the EPF [support] to Armenia – basically, almost all of our discussions and needed solutions and decisions (…) are being blocked by just one country,” Landsbergis said.

“We have to start seeing this as a systematic approach towards any efforts by the EU to have any meaningful role in foreign affairs – and we have to start talking about this,” he added.

Echoing the criticism, Belgium’s Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib, whose country holds the EU’s rotating presidency, told reporters ahead of the talks: “We cannot accept that a single country, which also signed up to this amount a few months ago at the heads of state’s Council meeting, is now blocking this crucial aid for Ukraine.”

Estonia’s Foreign Margus Tsahkna said: “Every time we are coming here, we have to convince Hungary about not blocking very important initiatives.”

“This is crucial now for Ukraine, and also for Europe, to use these EPF funds,” Tsahkna added.

Italy’s Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani told reporters Rome would be “against the blocking. We want to move on.”

Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto did not answer questions from reporters heading into Monday’s talks.

EU diplomats said they expect the discussion on EU military aid to Ukraine now to shift towards Tuesday’s defence ministers meeting.

Should there be no breakthrough, EU ambassadors “will come together when needed to unlock this very unfortunate situation,” a second EU diplomat said.

Hungary takes over the rotating EU Council presidency on 1 July.

However, some EU diplomats have said they see Hungary’s veto actions as a pattern of behaviour that might require a discussion about practical changes to the bloc’s decision-making processes.

With Monday’s discussion having for the first time addressed the ‘overall picture’ of Hungary’s actions, a growing number of member states would increasingly see this as becoming a serious problem, people familiar with the discussion said.

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The man, identified only as Thomas H, had been a captain in the army's procurement office when he contacted Russian embassy in Berlin and passed on secret military information.

German police arrested him in the city of Koblenz in August and accused him of sharing photographs of munitions training systems and aircraft technology.

The 54-year-old admitted to a Düsseldorf court on Monday to passing information to Russia, saying it was a "stupid idea" and that he regretted his actions.

"It is the biggest mess I have ever made in my life," he told the court.

Prosecutors said the man approached the Russian embassy in Berlin and the consulate in Bonn unprompted and "almost persistently offered himself to Russia".

They said he photographed sensitive military files and dropped information through a letterbox at the consulate building in Bonn.

In a closing statement, the man said he had contacted the embassy after becoming concerned about the risk of nuclear war driven by Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

He added that he was especially concerned that Germany's supply of heavy weapons to Ukraine could draw it into the conflict. According to government figures, Berlin supplied about €6.6bn (£5.62bn) worth of military hardware to Ukraine in 2022 and 2023. This included 40 Leopard 1 tanks and 100 infantry fighting vehicles.

The man claimed that chronic overwork had impaired his ability to think critically about his actions.

His lawyer said he had been influenced by a stream of pro-Russian propaganda and disinformation that he had been consuming on TikTok and Telegram at the time. He noted that his client had also joined the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

He added that the decision came during a four-day period "in which [his client] crossed red lines".

While prosecutors said the leaks had revealed sensitive military information, they noted that he had not disclosed state secrets, an act which would have attracted a much heavier lifetime sentence.

The trial comes as a slew of Russian spy affairs have hit headlines in Germany.

In April, two men with dual Russian-German citizenship were arrested, accused of spying on US army bases in Germany where Ukrainian soldiers were being trained.

Since December, an employee for German domestic intelligence, Carsten L, has been on trial accused of passing on classified data to Russian agents.

And in February 2023, a former security guard at the British embassy in Berlin was sentenced to 13 years in prison for passing on large amounts of sensitive information to the nearby Russian embassy.

The affairs have sparked a debate about whether security measures in Germany are tight enough. The government has admitted that more cases are likely to come to light.

In a recent television interview, Justice Minister Marco Buschmann said that Germany was a target for foreign powers. He added that over the next few months, more spies were likely to be “unmasked”.

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Alleged first footage coming out of Luhansk airport which was struck by ATACMS missiles an hour ago.

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Looks like the Luhansk airfield area was hit. Not exacly clear what specifically was hit.


https://t.me/exclusiveuachannel/35071

Russian sources claim there was an ATACMS strike at the Luhansk Military Aviation School and the airfield attached to it. Air defense positions could be placed there.

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💥 Probably an air defense position was based in the area of the airfield, judging by OSINT, it arrived somewhere in that area; a map of fires should appear in the morning.

Satellite images show what appears to be an air defense position.

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Poland will introduce restrictions on the movement of Russian diplomats on its territory due to Moscow's involvement in what it deems a hybrid war against the European Union, Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said on Monday.

Relations between Poland and Russia have deteriorated sharply since Moscow sent tens of thousands of troops into neighbouring Ukraine in February 2022. Warsaw has also accused Moscow of spying and sabotage.

"These are national decisions, but we have evidence that the Russian state is involved in authorizing sabotage in our country as well. We hope that the Russian Federation will treat this as a very serious warning," Radoslaw Sikorski told journalists in Brussels.

The Russian embassy in Warsaw said it could not immediately comment as it had not received official information on the measures.

Sikorski said the embassy would receive a note on the matter soon and that the restriction would apply to all embassy and consulates' personnel except for the ambassador.

They will be allowed to travel only within the province where they are assigned.

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European Union foreign ministers decided on Monday to impose sanctions on Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service and on 19 Russians for human rights violations after the death of opposition politician Alexei Navalny in a prison in February.

"Alexei Navalny’s shocking death was another sign of the accelerating and systematic repression by the Kremlin regime. We will spare no efforts to hold the Russian political leadership and authorities to account," EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell said in a statement.

The Kremlin has denied any state involvement in Navalny's death.

The sanctions include Russian judges, prosecutors and members of the judiciary. Their assets in the European Union, should they have any, are frozen and European companies are forbidden from making funds available to them.

The 19 people under sanctions also cannot enter, or transit through, the EU.

The new sanctions also restrict exports of equipment which might be used for internal repression and equipment, technology or software for use in information security and the monitoring or interception of telecommunication, the ministers said in a statement.

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