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Trudy Rubin: Ukraine defense minister: We can win if West helps us close our skies to Russian attack

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Trudy Rubin: Ukraine Defense Minister: We Can Win If West Helps Us Close Our Skies To Russian Attack

KYIV, Ukraine — The day before I interviewed Ukraine’s defense minister, Oleksii Reznikov, Russian missiles slammed into a business district in the Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia, far from the front line or any military target.

Among the 23 dead was Liza Dmytrieva, a blond 4-year-old with Down syndrome whose mother proudly posted a video of her pushing a pink stroller just before the strike. That video went viral, as have photos of the overturned, blood-smeared stroller.

The attack on Vinnytsia was one of a stream of Russian missile attacks on malls, schools, hospitals, theaters and other public places in cities, suburbs and villages since I arrived in Ukraine earlier this month. I have seen smashed shopping centers in Kyiv, nine-story apartment buildings in Chernihiv with front walls sheared off and bombed university buildings in Mykolaiv. This is Vladimir Putin’s signature method of warfare.

As Russia’s ground forces stall, the Kremlin has launched a new rain of death from the air, from as far away as bases in Russia and Russian-occupied Crimea, from Belarus, and from war planes above the Caspian Sea. The precision-guided missile that killed Liza was fired from a Russian submarine hundreds of miles away in the Black Sea. Precision-guided, mind you.

So what does Ukraine need to stop Putin’s murderous attacks from the air on civilians (and on Ukrainian forces)?

“Ukraine’s allies must understand Russia is a terrorist state,” Reznikov told me at our meeting in a spare Defense Ministry conference room.

“Putin is starting real terrorist tactics, trying to convince people in Ukraine — and Ukraine’s Western allies — that he has no stoplight,” said the minister.

How to combat this Kremlin method of warfare? The answer comes swiftly: “We need to close the skies.”

Of course, Ukraine has been begging NATO to help it close the skies since the Russians invaded. Reznikov hopes this time will be different.

“We are aware there will not be a no-fly zone as there was over Iraq” — when U.S. planes protected Iraqi Kurdistan from Saddam Hussein in the 1990s — Reznikov said. “But we can get new weapons (from the West) to defend our cities and skies.” Those weapons are also needed, he said, to protect Ukraine’s nuclear power stations from possible Russian missiles.

There are some initial signs that NATO allies are finally recognizing the need to help Ukraine combat Russia’s war from the air.

The United States recently announced it would provide Ukraine two of the advanced surface-to-air missile defense systems known as NASAMS. That could enable Ukraine to protect civilian and military sites.

NASAMS are a huge step up from Ukraine’s antiquated Soviet-era air defense systems.

But two systems is nowhere near what Ukraine would need to protect against Putin’s war on civilians — and to bolster its military defenses. Reznikov offers no numbers, saying only: “It will be on the basis of discussion with our partners. They know all our gaps.”

Know, yes. Deliver? We’ll see.

The minister added that he has asked U.S. officials “a couple of times” for U.S. Patriot air and missile systems, which would be a true game changer. “However, we are not sure any one country is ready to give them because maybe it lessens the capability of their armed forces,” he said.

In other words, neither the United States nor allies who use Patriots are willing right now to part with them. But he added: “Who knows? Probably Patriots will be the next step in the future. It depends on the developing of the situation.”

The tragedy, of course, is that the United States, Britain and some other NATO allies are slowly offering Ukraine more sophisticated, long-range precision weapons systems that could have prevented Russian advances if they had been delivered earlier, and in larger numbers. A delay now only helps Russia and costs Ukrainian lives.

A prime example is the recent U.S. delivery of the long-range, multiple rocket launch systems known as HIMARS. They have made a major difference by disrupting Russian efforts to seize all of Ukraine’s Donbas region and move even farther west toward Kyiv.

The arrival of the HIMARS, with their range of 70 kilometers (about 45 miles), “has let us ruin the enemy warehouses, arms depots, and headquarters command sites,” Reznikov said. “It is really starting to change the situation on the front lines” — in the Donbas. “The Russians are very afraid of this weaponry.”

The results yielded by the new weapons have been impressive. In the spring, Ukraine was losing 100 fighters a day on the Donbas front lines, with as many as 400 injured. “But in June and July, the numbers are dramatically less, in June 50% less and in July probably more,” the minister told me.

“Russians can no longer store their weaponry near the front lines.”

But again, the question is speed of delivery and numbers. Ukraine has requested 100 of the systems. I’m told by U.S. and Ukrainian sources that 40 HIMARS is the absolute minimum number required to be effective on all three Ukrainian front lines — in the Donbas to the east; in the north near the Russian border; and in the south, along the Black Sea.

For Ukraine to push the Russians back to their pre-2022 invasion lines, Kyiv needs to start a counteroffensive in the south this fall, to force the Russians to retreat into occupied Crimea from the land they have occupied in the south.

“To mount a counteroffensive,’ Reznikov told me, “Ukraine needs more artillery, aircraft to bomb their fortifications, then tanks and armored fighting vehicles to liberate our territory. Plus antimissile systems like NASAMS or probably Patriots or something like this level of effectiveness.”

In other words, Ukraine needs weapons to prevent the Kremlin from offsetting its poor-fighting, disorganized, low-morale Russian military with the vast Russian superiority in numbers of missiles, rockets, and shells.

This may seem like a huge Ukrainian ask. But consider the skill with which Ukrainian forces have deployed the HIMARS, along with their success in driving Russian ships away from the Black Sea coast once they were finally given U.S. and British Harpoon anti-ship missiles.

It seems pretty clear that Ukrainian forces could push the Russians back if NATO allies provided the weapons. “We have the understanding of how to fight with the Russians. We are creative. We are fighting for our land, our freedom,” Reznikov said firmly.

“If our partners continue to deliver new kinds of weapons, we will have enough power to change the battlefield scenario,” he said. “If we will use partner resources precisely, accurately … we have a real chance to win this war against the endless resources of Russia.

“But we need numbers, not slow and in small pieces. We have to write together this recipe for victory.”

The real question is whether the allies want Ukraine to win.

Reznikov is skeptical about the Europeans. “Some countries,” he said, in a not-so-subtle dig at France and Germany, “want to continue trading with the Russians, even if the price is pressuring Ukraine to cede its territory to Moscow.

“They have to understand that Russia’s main goal since February is to rebuild the Berlin Wall — to restore the Russian empire,” the minister said, adding, “You can give them part of Berlin if you want, or the French seacoast where there are a lot of Russians with villas.”

The minister is also doubtful that the Russians will uphold any negotiated deal, even a possible agreement with Turkey and Ukraine on a safe passage for grain exports from the port of Odesa. “I still don’t believe the Russians,” he said.

However, Reznikov is effusive about his relationship with U.S. Defense Minister Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mark Milley. “I am sure the U.S. wants Ukraine to win, I saw it in the eyes of Austin and Milley, not only in their words. I felt it. They are on our side.

“I think the next decision by the United States could be that Russia is a terrorist state.”

Reznikov didn’t ask Austin why U.S. weapons delivery was so slow. “I don’t like to put him in an awkward position,” he explained. “Some things we understand silently and smile. What for me is important is his personal involvement for Ukraine. He knows all the bureaucratic and political obstacles. He can say ‘help me to help you.’”

As I prepared to leave, Reznikov told me, “Things are going to change by the end of this year. I am an optimist. But I am an optimist who is informed.”

Trudy Rubin is a columnist and editorial-board member for The Philadelphia Inquirer, P.O. Box 8263, Philadelphia, Pa. 19101. Her email address is [email protected]



Country star John Rich thanks FBI for Joe Biden after Trump raid: ‘See you in November!’

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Country Star John Rich Thanks Fbi For Joe Biden After Trump Raid: 'See You In November!'

Country music star John Rich reacted to the FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home by proclaiming, “See you in November!”

“A BIG thank you to Joe’s FBI for raiding Trump’s house! You just poured 81 million gallons of premium Patriot octane on an already blazing Freedom fire! See, you’re good at something after all: ) Much appreciated! See you in November! Rich tweeted on Wednesday.

On Monday, in an unprecedented act, the FBI raided President Trump’s home. Federal agents reportedly zeroed in on documents the former president may have taken with him from the White House to Mar-A-Lago after leaving office.

Rich isn’t alone in his thoughts, as most Americans say the FBI raid on President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home motivated them to vote in the 2022 midterm elections, a survey finds. of the Convention of States Action/Trafalgar Group published on Wednesday.

This isn’t the first time the country music star has voiced conservative views.

Last month, Rich released a new anti-revival anthem, ironically titled “Progress,” which hit No. 1 on iTunes’ country music charts after the singer promoted the single on President Trump’s Truth Social platform. .

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Last year, the country star told Breitbart News over the weekend that the “very liberal” majority of country music industry players had become “emboldened” to publicly push left-wing ideology woke, in violation of the views of the majority of country music audiences.

Rich said the mere ‘threat of cancellation’ stops conservative-leaning artists from speaking out, arguing it’s actually a ‘step deeper than’ cancel culture – ultimately creating a gap between the country music industry and the country music audience.

“There are plenty of conservative country music singers out there who won’t say anything to push back against ideologies that seek to erase what interests them,” Rich tweeted last year. “Why? You know why. Hopefully soon we’ll see them start talking. The country music industry is out of touch with the public.

“If the greatest generation had the same attitude as the ‘leaders’ of today, we would all be speaking German or living under the flag of Japan,” Rich said in another tweet last year.

“Patton/MacArthur weren’t fueled by soy and awakening,” the singer added. “It was fierce patriotism and a willingness to die for America that saved the world.”

You can follow Alana Mastrangelo on Facebook and Twitter at @ARmastrangeloand on Instagram.

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California drought: Governor Newsom to discuss climate change and water use in California during his visit to the Bay Area

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California Drought: Governor Newsom To Discuss Climate Change And Water Use In California During His Visit To The Bay Area

ANTIOCH, Calif. — Governor Gavin Newsom will be in the Bay Area on Thursday to discuss water supply measures California is taking to adapt to hotter, drier conditions caused by climate change.

RELATED: Newsom outlines plan for California’s 45-mile underground water tunnel

The governor will also announce new leadership for California’s infrastructure efforts.

The event comes as the state seeks new and creative ways to conserve water.

Last month, the governor released his plan to build a 45-mile tunnel between the Delta and Southern California.

State water officials say a tunnel is badly needed to modernize the state’s water infrastructure in the face of climate change, which scientists say is likely to cause both prolonged droughts and heavy downpours of rain and snow. It would also better protect the state’s water supply from the risk of an earthquake that could collapse levees and flood salt water from the ocean into the system.

Some cities develop their own plans.

Although California is in the third year of a punishing drought, it saw record rainfall last October and another major dumping ground of rain and snow in December, some of which the state was unable to capture.

You can watch Governor Newsom’s press conference in Contra Costa County live starting at 10:30 a.m. in the video player above.

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What’s in the Galaxy Z Flip and Fold 4 box? Not a lot

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What'S In The Galaxy Z Flip And Fold 4 Box? Not A Lot

New Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Turnaround Z 4 revealed to Samsung’s Unpacked event include many improvements such as bigger batteries, updated processors, better cameras and new software. However, the packaging of the phones does not include much else.

It turns out that buying a $1,000 or $1,800 phone in 2022 means getting little to no extras in the box. Gone are the days of having a pair of wired headphones with your new phone. In the past two years, wall chargers have ceased to be included. And you can forget about getting free cases.

Samsung stopped including wired headphones in the package with the launch of the Galaxy Note 20. Wall chargers started disappearing from Samsung phone boxes with the launch of the Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra.

The absence of so many extras is one of the ways Samsung is trying to reduce its impact on the environment as well as its own costs. In fact, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Fold 4 include components made from repurposed fishing nets, which is a first for Samsung foldables. So that’s pretty cool, right?

What’s in the Galaxy Z Fold 4 box?

Here’s what’s included:

  • A Galaxy Fold 4
  • A USB-C cable
  • A printed installation guide and instructions
  • A SIM card tool

What’s in the Galaxy Z Flip 4 box?

Here’s what’s included:

  • A Galaxy Flip 4
  • A USB-C cable
  • A printed installation guide and instructions
  • A SIM card tool

What's In The Galaxy Z Flip And Fold 4 Box? Not A Lot

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FBI says gunman tried to break into Cincinnati field office

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Fbi Says Gunman Tried To Break Into Cincinnati Field Office

A gunman wearing a body armor attempted to break into the Federal Bureau of Investigation field office in Cincinnati on Thursday, authorities said, and a standoff continued into the early afternoon after he fled to a highway.

The man attempted to enter the visitor screening facility at 9:15 a.m., the FBI said in a statement, but an alarm went off and officers responded as he fled to the north on Interstate 71. FBI, Ohio State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement arrived near Wilmington, Ohio, where gunfire was exchanged, according to the United States Emergency Management Agency. Clinton County.


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Longtime Bayport mayor not seeking re-election

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Undated Courtesy Photo, Circa Oct. 2018, Of Susan St. Ores, Candidate For Re-Election As Mayor Of Bayport In The Nov. 2018 Election. (Courtesy Of The Candidate)

After 12 years on the job, Bayport Mayor Susan St. Ores is calling it quits.

Undated courtesy photo, circa Oct. 2018, of Susan St. Ores, candidate for re-election as mayor of Bayport in the Nov. 2018 election. (Courtesy of the candidate)

St. Ores said Thursday that she has decided not to run for re-election; filings for the position close at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

St. Ores was elected mayor in November 2010 and ran — and won — five more times after that.

“I absolutely love our hometown community, and it has been a wonderful experience to serve the citizens of Bayport,” St. Ores said in a statement.

During her tenure, she said, Bayport has built strong partnerships with its neighbors and “made important investments in our infrastructure, parks, equipment and staff.”

The mayoral seat and two council seats are up grabs on Nov. 8.

St. Ores said she hopes more residents will get involved in local government “as new and more perspectives result in better representation.”

She also said she hopes that the city’s priorities will continue to be “preserving our strong financial position, strengthening public safety, enhancing the small-town culture, and ensuring transparency and good faith communication in all government decisions, all while holding the line on taxes.”

“Those have been my priorities … and my hope is that future city councils will reflect these same values in their actions,” she said.

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Washington pilot dies in plane crash in Jefferson County

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A pilot died Wednesday after his plane crashed near Blyn, Jefferson County.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, a witness reported seeing a low-flying plane with a possible sputtering engine and hearing a crash around 3:10 p.m.

There was significant fog in the area at the time. The sheriff’s office searched the area by car and drone for wreckage and also contacted US Navy Whidbey Island Search and Rescue for assistance, KING5 reported.


A Washington Pilot Died In A Solo Accident On Wednesday.

A Washington pilot died in a solo accident on Wednesday.

Search and Rescue was able to locate the aircraft, a single-engine Cirrus SR22. The pilot was found dead at the scene. It is believed that the pilot was the only passenger.


The accident is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.


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