Ryska krigsförbrytare kan inte räkna med att få leva i säkerhet!Washington Post skrev:“We are seeing the birth of a set of intelligence services that are like Mossad in the 1970s,” said a former senior CIA official, referring to the Israeli spy service long accused of carrying out assassinations in other countries. Ukraine’s proficiency at such operations “has risks for Russia,” the official said, “but it carries broader risks as well.”
The initial phases of cooperation were tentative, officials said, given concerns on both sides that Ukraine’s services were still heavily penetrated by the FSB — the Russian agency that is the main successor to the KGB. To manage that security risk, the CIA worked with the SBU to create an entirely new directorate, officials said, one that would focus on so-called “active measures” operations against Russia and be insulated from other SBU departments.
The new unit was prosaically dubbed the “Fifth Directorate” to distinguish it from the four long-standing units of the SBU. A sixth directorate has since been added, officials said, to work with Britain’s MI6 spy agency.
Like other SBU plots, the operation involved unwitting accomplices, including the truck driver killed in the explosion. “We went through seven circles of hell keeping so many people in the dark,” Malyuk said in an interview about the operation, which he said hinged on the susceptibility of “ordinary Russian smugglers.”
Even while acknowledging responsibility for such actions, Ukrainian officials claim the moral high ground against Russia. The SBU and GUR have sought to avoid harm to innocent bystanders even in lethal operations, officials said, while Russia’s scorched-earth raids and indiscriminate strikes have killed or injured thousands of civilians.
That view appears to be in the minority. Others see the attacks as boosting morale among besieged Ukrainians and achieving a degree of vigilante accountability for alleged Russian war crimes that many Ukrainians are skeptical will ever lead to adequate sanctions from the United Nations and international courts.
Ett steg närmare Nato – men medlemskapet är inte avgjort
Turkiets president har undertecknat protokollet om Sveriges Natoanslutning, men Sveriges Natointräde är långt ifrån avgjort. Vem kan lita på Erdogan?DN skrev:De 29 Natoländer som redan har godkänt Sverige som Natomedlem har också väntat otåligt på att få göra en försvarsplanering för norra Europa, där Sverige är en central pusselbit. Därför gick flera länder ihop inför Natotoppmötet i Vilnius och skapade ett slags julklappssäck till Turkiets president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, med flera löften om att exportera krigsmateriel som Turkiet behöver i utbyte mot ett godkännande av den nya Natomedlemmen Sverige. Den finaste klappen till Erdogan var amerikanska F-16-plan.
Det har riktats hård kritik mot Sverige från fler turkiska politiker än presidenten. Efter terrorattentatet i Ankara den 1 oktober kritiserade flera turkiska politiker att terrororganisationen PKK, som tagit på sig attentatet, kan demonstrera fritt i Sverige.
Den amerikanska regeringen har för länge sedan sagt ja till att sälja amerikanska F-16-plan till Turkiet, men kongressen har inte velat genomföra affären. På senare tid har flera politiker svängt och velat sälja till Turkiet. Nu saknar representanthuset talman, och inga beslut kan fattas. Men även när en talman är vald kan en affär möta motstånd i den amerikanska kongressen, i synnerhet som Turkiet och USA är på väg att hamna i olika läger i kriget i Mellanöstern. Om Turkiet tvivlar på flygplansaffären kan Turkiet fortfarande stoppa Sveriges Natoansökan.
Israeli strikes said to knock Damascus, Aleppo airports out of commission
Det brukar sägas att Israel är beroende av Rysslands goda minne eftersom landet kontrollerar det syriska luftrummet. Men det verkar inte vara så längre:The Times of Israel skrev:Runways in both airports were damaged, causing all flights in and out of both airports to be canceled or diverted to an airport in coastal Latakia, SANA said. Official notices to international aviation authorities, known as NOTAMs, indicated that the runways would be unusable for at least two days.
Both airports were hit on October 12 and Aleppo was targeted a second time on October 14, according to Syria.
Following the second strike, a senior Foreign Ministry official on X confirmed a claim that Iran was trying to deploy arms in Syria to attack Israel and indicated Jerusalem was taking action to foil that effort.
Russia says Israel's air strikes on Syria violate international law
Notera det ryska hyckleriet.Reuters skrev:Israel's airstrikes on Syria on Thursday violated its sovereignty and international law, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
According to the ministry, Israel's air force damaged the runways of Damascus and Aleppo international airports, forcing them to suspend operations.
Avdiivka: Russian Losses from October 10th to October 20th
Av allt att döma har Avdiivka blivit ännu en kyrkogård för ryska militärfordon.Frontelligence Insight skrev:After conducting a thorough visual assessment of the available satellite imagery, our team successfully determined the extent of losses incurred by Russian military vehicles in the Avdiivka area in the period from October 10 to October 20. The results reveal that the number exceeds 109, indicating that within the span of a week and a half, Russia suffered the loss of approximately a brigade-sized force.
However, the situation remains far from stable or victorious. Russian forces persist in their extensive use of guided air-dropped bombs and artillery strikes, supported by the deployment of LMUR (Light Multipurpose Guided Rocket) launched from helicopters such as the Ka-52 and Mi-28. Several indicators suggest that Russians are actively working to adapt their tactics to maintain the operation. This is further confirmed by the deployment of additional resources from other parts of the frontline.
In conclusion, we want to emphasize several key points. This army-level operation, conducted through battalion or battalion-tactical groups, signifies not only the gravity of the operation but also shows an attempt to shift the strategic initiative from the Ukrainian side to the Russian side. The sustainability of these losses is in question, although this approach mirrors what we've observed in previous battles like Mariupol, Vuhledar, and Bakhmut. In these instances, the Russians committed significant human and material resources and were willing to accept substantial losses—what Western military standards might consider as unacceptable—to achieve their operational objectives. The operation originally aimed for a faster outcome and the advancement of Avdiivka through its flanks, but the resistance and skills exhibited by Ukrainian defenders have proven to be far more formidable than the Russians had anticipated in their plans.