Russia blocks expansion of NPT, Moscow pensioner is “hypnotized” to attack general’s car, and the view from Kherson

29 August, 03:26 PM

This newsletter was compiled by Romeo Kokriatski, Managing Editor of the  New Voice of Ukraine, August 29, 2022.

The woman, identified as Elena Belova, says she committed the act because of her opposition to the “special military operation” – a Russian propagandist euphemism for their full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The general targeted was Evgeniy Sekretarev, the Deputy Chief of the 8th Directorate of the Russian General Staff. Sekretarev’s department is responsible for maintaining secrecy, including information encryption and military censorship. Sekretarev is said to be unharmed.

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  • According to Belova’s relatives, she was supposedly “hypnotized by Ukrainians” to commit the arson attack. Belova’s son-in-law claims that she was abducted by Ukrainian special services who “hypnotized” her, and then demanded RUB 500,000 (about $8,300) for her release.

The document was meant to bolster the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which regulates the spread of nuclear weapons technology. However, the United Nations failed to agree on a joint statement – in part due to Russian objectives over language in the final draft that referenced the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, which is occupied by Russia and has been the target of numerous Russian attacks. The Russian delegation was the only one to speak against the agreed text, but blamed the breakdown of the conference on Ukraine and its “protectors,” calling the negotiations a “one-sided game.”

According to Vadym Skibitsky, a representative of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense, there are about 20% or less left of the Iskander missiles compared to what Russia had at the beginning of the full-scale invasion. Kalibr missile stocks are also running low, and Russia has only 30-40 of its advanced hypersonic Kinzhal missiles. In total, Russia has at most 45% of its missile stocks remaining, compared to the pre-war period.

Czechia and Poland will patrol Slovakia’s skies while it decommissions its Soviet-era MiG-29 jet fighters – transferring all 11 to Ukraine. It will replace the decommissioned MiGs with U.S.-made F-18s, which are to be delivered in 2024. Slovakia previously transferred S-300 air defense systems, Mi-series military helicopters, self-propelled howitzers and Grad multiple launch rocket systems to Ukraine.

FM Annalena Baerbock said that support for Ukraine – including in heavy weapons – will continue for “as long as necessary.” “Unfortunately, we have to assume that Ukraine will still need new heavy weapons from its friends next summer,” she told German Sunday newspaper Bild am Sonntag. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Aug. 23 that Germany planned to deliver further arms to Ukraine worth more than EUR 500 million ($498.55 million).

The assembly plant, completed in 2019, has yet to realize a return on investment, allowing to retain a buyback option. A possible buyer may be Mercedes-Benz’ Russian dealer, Avtodom – but even if they buy the plant, they will be unable to manufacture Mercedes-Benz vehicles, as Germany has suspended shipments of parts necessary for their creation and maintenance.

Konstantin Ryzhenko spoke to Radio NV on how to objectively cover the situation in the temporarily occupied region, while not forgetting about the expectations of Ukrainians who are under Russian occupation.

From Neptune anti-ship missiles to Furia UAVs, NV takes a deep drive into the domestically-created weapons systems changing the face of the battlefield.

Journalist Kristina Berdynskykh reports on the mood in the city and their unfailing displays of Ukrainian resilience in the face of nuclear terrorism and constant attacks.

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