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On Thursday, the Belgian Presidency of the EU announced an agreement on the 14th set of sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. According to leaked details, the sanctions will for the first time target Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG), which could have a major impact on the port of Zeebrugge.

Details of the sanctions will not be made public until Monday, when European Foreign ministers are expected to formally adopt them. But some details have been leaked, including that Russian LNG will be targeted for the first time.

There will not be an outright ban, as there is on Russian oil and coal. Ships coming from Russia will still be able to unload LNG in Europe to supply European customers. But transhipment to other countries will no longer be allowed.

 
Rheinmetall 8.7 billion order for 155mm artillery shells. Biggest order ever.

Here's to hoping they can fulfil that order in time!

In other news

Ukraine's use of US-supplied weapons in Russia not limited to near Kharkiv, Pentagon says​


WASHINGTON, June 20 (Reuters) - Ukraine can use U.S.-supplied weapons to hit Russian forces that are firing on Ukrainian troops anywhere across the border into Russia and not just in Russian territory near Ukraine's Kharkiv region, the Pentagon said on Thursday.
Last month, President Joe Biden quietly authorized Kyiv to launch U.S.-supplied weapons at military targets inside Russia.
But officials said at the time that Biden's decision applied only to targets inside Russia near the border with Ukraine's eastern Kharkiv region.

Pentagon spokesperson Air Force Major General Patrick Ryder told reporters that while there had been no change in policy, Ukraine's use of weapons against Russian troops was not limited to near Kharkiv on the Russian side.
"The ability to be able to fire back when fired upon is really what this policy is focused on... as we see Russian forces firing across the border, the ability for Ukraine to fire back at those ground forces using U.S.-provided munitions," Ryder said.

"It's self-defense and so it makes sense for them to be able to do that," he added.
Ryder's remarks echo comments made by Biden's national security adviser earlier this week.
"This is not about geography. It's about common sense," White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan told PBS. "If Russia is attacking or about to attack from its territory into Ukraine, it only makes sense to allow Ukraine to hit back against the forces that are hitting it from across the border."

Sullivan added that Ukraine could also use air-defense systems to fire at Russian planes flying in Russian airspace, if they are about to fire into Ukrainian airspace.
I agree with Mr. Ryder.
 
"Ukraine can use U.S.-supplied weapons to hit Russian forces that are firing on Ukrainian troops anywhere across the border into Russia"

Bad news for Russians Sukhoi.


The US is pausing the delivery of Patriot interceptor missiles to other nations so it can fast-track orders for Ukraine to bolster its air defences against Russian attacks.US National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby on Thursday confirmed that the US had made the “difficult but necessary decision” to prioritise delivering Patriot and NASAM missiles to Ukraine, delaying deliveries to other countries that had purchased them so that Kyiv can maintain its stockpiles “at a key moment in the war”.“We’re going to reprioritise the deliveries of these exports so that those missiles rolling off the production line will now be provided to Ukraine,” he added, saying the shipments were expected to begin in the late summer.

Not only missiles, but also two systems

The decision to bring Kyiv to the front of the production queue, as reported by the Financial Times earlier on Thursday, follows President Joe Biden saying last week that he had secured commitments for the delivery of additional air defence systems to Ukraine.
Romania on Thursday decided to donate one Patriot system to Ukraine, according to the office of President Klaus Iohannis. Zelenskyy thanked Romania for its “crucial contribution”.

And another SAMP/T

In addition, Italy said this month it would send Kyiv a second SAMP/T air defence system, a European-made alternative to the Patriot.
 

Drone crashes into Ilsky oil refinery in Russia's Krasnodar region​


MOSCOW, June 21 (Reuters) - A drone crashed into the Ilsky oil refinery in Russia's southern Krasnodar region on Friday, injuring at least two people and causing a small fire, local authorities said.
Ukraine has been systematically targeting Russian energy infrastructure to try to disrupt Russia's economy and its ability to fund its military effort.
The Ilsky refinery is one of the main fuel producers in southern Russia, with a capacity to refine 6.6 million tonnes of crude (132,000 barrels per day) a year.

The head of the local district, Andrei Doroshevsky, said on the Telegram messaging app that the fire has been put out.
"This night, the civilian infrastructure of our region was subjected to a massive attack by the criminal Kyiv regime," he said, adding that a drone damaged administrative buildings at the Ilsky oil refinery.
The plant had already been hit by drones in February.
Separately, regional authorities said on Friday that open fires were doused at oil depots in Tambov and Rostov regions.

Oh Mr. Doroshevsky, how deluded must you be to consider the Kyiv regime criminal when your dictator orders butchers to kill civilians and abduct their children!
 
.. or just opinions. Honestly I prefer the former, but the point of view by itself is an information, thx.
The article from 2023:

"South Korean law prohibits providing weapons to war zones, but U.S. officials sought to persuade Seoul to provide munitions, estimating that about 330,000 155-mm shells could be transferred by air and sea within 41 days from Korea, according to the WP.

"Senior administration officials had been speaking with counterparts in Seoul, who were receptive as long as the provision was indirect," the WP reported. "The shells began to flow at the beginning of the year, eventually making South Korea a larger supplier of artillery ammunition for Ukraine than all European nations combined."


 
The article from 2023:

"South Korean law prohibits providing weapons to war zones, but U.S. officials sought to persuade Seoul to provide munitions, estimating that about 330,000 155-mm shells could be transferred by air and sea within 41 days from Korea, according to the WP.

"Senior administration officials had been speaking with counterparts in Seoul, who were receptive as long as the provision was indirect," the WP reported. "The shells began to flow at the beginning of the year, eventually making South Korea a larger supplier of artillery ammunition for Ukraine than all European nations combined."


When an outdated or flawed law obstructs assistance to a nation facing an illegal and genocidal invasion, such a law must be overridden. Laws exist to serve humanity, not vice versa.
 
The article from 2023:

"South Korean law prohibits providing weapons to war zones, but U.S. officials sought to persuade Seoul to provide munitions, estimating that about 330,000 155-mm shells could be transferred by air and sea within 41 days from Korea, according to the WP.

"Senior administration officials had been speaking with counterparts in Seoul, who were receptive as long as the provision was indirect," the WP reported. "The shells began to flow at the beginning of the year, eventually making South Korea a larger supplier of artillery ammunition for Ukraine than all European nations combined."



Israel did that too IIRC.

Now SK may not just send ammo, but weapons too.
 
So, I suppose the question whether they already sent aid to Ukraine or not is resolved.

Yes, I now understand there is no difference between weapons and ammo, and indirect and direct help.

It's very possible that India and Brazil have also helped Ukraine in a similar (ie indirect) way.
 
Yes, I now understand there is no difference between weapons and ammo, and indirect and direct help.

It's very possible that India and Brazil have also helped Ukraine in a similar (ie indirect) way.
In this particular case, they apparently provided shells which were delivered by the US as their own.
So yes, indirect doesn't mean much - it's like if NK shells were sent to Russia through China or Belarus. End result is the same.

As for alleged Russia's assistance to NK, so far we haven't seen evidence of any, direct or indirect.
 
Sure we have,


“Food makes up the largest proportion of support from Russia,” he said, adding that the food shortage in North Korea seems to not have been as severe as of late. “There are about 30 percent more articles going into North Korea from Russia than the other way around.”

Presumably grain robbed in Ukraine is sent to NK.
 
Presumably grain robbed in Ukraine is sent to NK.
"Russia is sending food to North Korea."
wait, that portrays Russia as good, we need to spin doctor it somehow.
"Presumably grain robbed in Ukraine"
yeah that will do it. Evidence? Who cares about it.
 
Well you can lead the horse to water, but you can't make it drink :)

Everyone can look at the evidence and draw their own conclusion.
I saw evidence that Russia is sending food to North Korea.
And your speculation that this must be grain stolen from Ukraine.
Backed up by article from 2022 which doesn't say a word about Korea.
 
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