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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Russia is conducting a sabotage campaign across Europe in an increasingly aggressive effort by President Vladimir Putin to undermine Western support for Ukraine, seeking to damage railways, military bases and other sites used to supply arms to Kyiv, U.S. and European officials say.



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... The attempted sabotage includes an alleged Russian-backed arson attack on a Ukrainian-linked warehouse in the United Kingdom, a plot to bomb or set fire to military bases in Germany, attempts to hack and disrupt Europe's railway signal network and the jamming of GPS systems for civil aviation, according to European and British authorities.

The physical sabotage campaign is part of a broader strategy that includes a flood of Russian propaganda and disinformation, increased espionage by Moscow and efforts to exert political influence in Europe to sow doubts about Ukraine's military prospects and divisions within the NATO alliance, according to Western officials and regional analysts.

"It's very disturbing, and it's not like Russia has finished this process. It's still ongoing," said Oleksandr Danylyuk of the Royal United Services Institute, a British defense and security think tank. ...

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-14 12:55 PM | Reply

Sounds like they are verging upon Acts of War.

That would be very dangerous, primarily for Russia who would lose to Nato even without the US... and they would be committing suicide if they use nukes, because that would end them one way or another.

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2024-05-14 01:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

@#2 ... Sounds like they are verging upon Acts of War. ...

I don't know what is needed to occur to become an act of war, but conducting sabatoge operations in another country does appear to be getting close.

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-14 02:56 PM | Reply


Polish leader says Russia can't be allowed to win in Ukraine

... Polish President Andrzej Duda said Russia would invade other countries if its forces are victorious in its war on Ukraine, as he predicted a fresh military push by the Kremlin in the coming weeks.

Though he said an assault on other neighbors isn't imminent, the Polish leader warned at the Qatar Economic Forum on Tuesday that NATO allies are vulnerable. He spoke as Ukrainian forces struggle to hold back a fresh Kremlin offensive.

"If they manage to win in Ukraine, if they manage to accomplish their goals, they will attack other countries," Duda, 51, told Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait in Doha. "This could be the Baltic states, perhaps this could be Finland, perhaps Poland." ...

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-14 08:44 PM | Reply

Tangentially related...

Putin backs China's Ukraine peace plan, says Beijing understands the conflict

... Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview published early on Wednesday, said he backed China's plan for a peaceful settlement of the Ukraine crisis, saying Beijing had a full understanding of what lay behind the crisis.
Putin, speaking to China's Xinhua news agency ahead of his visit to Beijing this week, said Russia remained open to dialogue and talks to solve the more than two-year-old conflict.

China's plan and further "principles" made public by President Xi Jinping last month took account of factors behind the conflict, Putin said.

"We are positive in our assessment of China's approach to solving the Ukrainian crisis," Putin said, according to a Russian-language transcript on the Kremlin website. "In Beijing, they truly understand its root causes and its global geopolitical meaning."

And the additional principles, set down by Xi in talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, were "realistic and constructive steps" that "develop the idea of the necessity to overcome the cold war mentality".
Beijing put forward a 12-point paper more than a year ago that set out general principles for ending the war, but did not get into specifics.

It received a lukewarm reception at the time in both Russia and Ukraine, while the U.S. said China was presenting itself as a peacemaker but reflecting Russia's "false narrative" and failing to condemn its invasion.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last month called the proposal a "reasonable plan that the great Chinese civilization proposed for discussion." ...

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-14 11:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Someone here posted the interesting etymology of the word "sabotage."

When industrialization began to appear in Holland workers threw their wooden shoes called "sabots" into the machinery.

#6 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2024-05-15 07:02 PM | Reply

#6 you got that from Star Trek V, the Undiscovered

#2 and #4... Poland alone could defeat Russia
if it weren't for the nukes.

#7 | Posted by earthmuse at 2024-05-15 07:43 PM | Reply

You think so?

Then why does NATO exist?

Why is Ukraine not already in Crimea and The Donbass?

I mean if Poland is such a Great Power....

#8 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2024-05-15 08:03 PM | Reply

#7 | Posted by earthmuse

LOL Someone posted that on a thread yesterday.

#9 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2024-05-15 11:48 PM | Reply

"know what is needed to occur to become an act of war, but conducting sabatoge operations in another country does appear to be getting close."
Blatant act of war and reprisals are just around the corner but Putin will whine and claim some ridiculous excuse why Russia should be allowed to attack targets in NATO nations with impunity and we have Americans, like Trump, who will agree with Putin; they're called traitors and should be treated accordingly!

#10 | Posted by danni at 2024-05-16 08:02 AM | Reply

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