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Abu Dhabi's Crown  Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Abu Dhabi crown prince
 has army of bots, trolls 
to promote him
January 22nd, 11:36am (FNA)
 
The social media posts of Abu Dhabi's Crown 
Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on 
his Twitter account are promoted by 
thousands of digital robots and fake 
individuals who support Israel and 
the widely-bashed normalization 
deal with the occupying Tel Aviv
 regime, revelations by a political
 expert shows.
 
Marc Owen Jones, an author and assistant professor
of Middle East studies at the Hamad bin Khalifa
University in Doha, Qatar, revealed in a thread 
of tweets that “91% of likes on UAE Crown 
Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed's tweets 
are created by at least 11,000 
bots/fake accounts.”
 
In backing his argument, Jones pointed to a series of
 strange tweets about an Emirati plan to build a canal 
in Afghanistan, adding that such fake personalities 
as Kate Johnson and Jessica Anderson “were 
really amped about the project.”
 
“What was odd about Johnson and her ilk
 is how specific they were,” Jones said.
 
“Another example is Lara Adams, who works in 
a Garden Centre in Dubai, but for some reason 
uses a stock photo that is popular with dentists. 
There were dozens of accounts like this, united 
by their love of the UAE, canal projects in 
Afghanistan, and stock profile photos,”
 the political expert said in 
another tweet.
 
Jones also revealed that in his research he had 
come across accounts with identical bios and 
that they shared liking for Bin Zayed’s tweets 
as well as similar opinions about the
normalization deals.
 
“Things started getting really weird when I found 
two accounts with identical bios. What are the 
odds of two people who are phd holders in 
the management of UAE's nuclear power 
plant who are also 'Swiss addicts',” 
Jones said.
 
“So, I explored what these accounts were liking. All of 
them liked tweets by @MohamedBinZayed. Many of 
them boosted tweets critical of Al Jazeera, 
supportive of normalization with Israel, 
and against Qatar and Turkey. The 
majority though were promoting 
the UAE and MBZ,” he added.
 
Jones said his analysis about the number of likes 
under the Abu Dhabi crown prince’s tweets 
showed that, “50% of the accounts were 
created in just 25 days,” and that, “41%
 of the accounts who liked/RT'd MBZ's
 tweet were created in just one month, 
June 2020!”
 
“Based on this, a conservative estimate is that 91%
 of the likes of that MBZ tweet are generated by 
bots,” he underlined.
 
Jones said, “Even if an MBZ post has say, 4k likes 
and not 6k, a large number of them will be fake. 
This is probably to give the illusion of some 
level of authenticity.”
 
“To sum up. There are at least 11,000 fake accounts
 that post pro UAE/MBZ content or content reflecting 
UAE foreign policy, including support for Israel, and 
flak against al Jazeera, Turkey and Qatar. It's not 
clear who runs them, but their stance is 
consistent!  It's also super creepy that
 bots are boosting other bots,” 
he concluded.
 
Four Arab countries – the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan and 
Morocco – agreed to normalize relations with Israel
 under US-brokered agreements in 2020, when
 former US President Donald Trump was 
in office.
 
Spearheaded by the UAE, the move has sparked 
widespread condemnations from Palestinians 
as well as nations and human rights 
advocates across the world, 
especially within the
 Muslim world.
 
Palestinians have condemned the accords as 
a stab in their back and a direct affront to 
their cause to liberate their lands from 
Israeli occupation.
 




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 LATEST NEWS
 
US Congresswoman urges 
end to Israel’s Palestinian 
homes demolition policy
January 22nd, 7:20pm (PressTV)
 
A US Congresswoman has condemned the Israeli
 practice of the demolition of Palestinian-
owned 
homes, in the occupied East
al-Quds 
neighbourhood of Sheikh
Jarrah --- 
calling on the Israeli
authorities
 to quit
the policy.
 
Democratic Representative Marie Newman made the
 appeal in a post on her Twitter account on Saturday
 ...after Israeli forces tore down the property of a
 Palestinian man in Sheikh Jarrah, earlier this 
week, displacing his entire family of over a 
dozen, mainly children, the Palestinian 
Information Centre reported.
 
Newman further noted that members of the Palestinian
 family became homeless... after Israeli police forced
 them out of their home in the middle of the night, 
while pointing out that Israeli forces have 
carried out over 1,000 demolitions 
since 2016, in the same area.
 
On January 19th, an Israeli mechanical digger, under 
the tight protection of Israeli soldiers, tore down the 
property of Mahmoud Salhiyeh, in Sheikh Jarrah. 
The Israeli police cordoned off the area where
the house was located, during and after 
the demolition. 
 
Local sources said a large number of police forces
 stormed the house and arrested 20 activists and 
six individuals from the 18-member Salhiyeh 
family, including Mahmoud. They assaulted 
the other members of the family, including 
his nine-year-old daughter and her aunt. 
 
The family said that the Israeli forces had cut off
 electricity from the house, as they raided it, 
and started firing tear gas, to block 
everyone’s vision.
 
The Israeli regime presses ahead with its settlement
 expansion & land-grab policy across the Palestinian
territories, despite the 
international outcry. Many
believe 
such a policy is aimed at forcing the
Palestinians to leave their 
homeland, by
making it 
difficult for them to
 live there.
 
Sheikh Jarrah has been the scene of frequent
 crackdowns by Israeli police, on Palestinians
 protesting at the displacement of dozens of 
Palestinian families from their homes.
 
Since Israel seized East al-Quds in the 1967 war,
 Israeli settler organizations have claimed 
ownership of land in Sheikh Jarrah and 
have filed multiple lawsuits to force 
Palestinians from the area.
 
Most of the international community considers Israeli 
settlement construction illegal under international 
law and an obstacle to the so-called two-state 
solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 
 
Nearly 700,000 Israelis live in settlements built since
 the 1967 occupation of the Palestinian territories 
of the West Bank and East al-Quds.
 
The UN Security Council has - in several resolutions, -
condemned the Tel Aviv regime’s settlement projects 
in the occupied Palestinian lands. Palestinians want 
the West Bank as part of a future independent state
--- with East al-Quds as its capital.


 
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 Daesh terrorists capture 
Syria prison - after failure 
of US-backed SDF to
 control Ghwayran
January 22nd, 6:18pm (PressTV)
 
Daesh terrorists have taken control of a major prison
 in northeastern Syria, two days after they launched 
an attack on the prison to free their comrades, 
marking one of the most serious Daesh 
assaults in Syria, since the Takfiri 
terrorist group was vanquished 
in the Arab country.
 
The attack began on Thursday night, when the Daesh
 terrorists detonated two car bombs at the entrances
 of Ghwayran prison in the northern city of Hasakah.
 
Sources said Saturday that clashes are still ongoing
 inside Ghwayran prison, which is controlled by the
 so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), after 
the Daesh attack.
 
“The clashes are still going on inside the prison, its 
outskirts, surroundings of the al-Basel roundabout 
and the highway,” Syria’s official news agency 
SANA quoted local sources as saying.
 
According to the sources, the freed terrorists 
have been fortifying themselves in 
surrounding complexes.
 
They added that the US-backed SDF failed to 
control the prison and its surroundings, 
despite aerial support by the US
 occupation forces.
 
The prison houses at least 3,500 
suspected members of Daesh.
 
Nearly 90 people have been reportedly killed 
so far, as fighting raged for the third day
 running on Saturday.
 
The SDF said on Saturday that “fierce clashes”
 broke out in the neighbourhoods north of 
Ghwayran, where it claimed to have 
killed more than 20 Daesh 
terrorists and seized 
explosive belts, 
weapons, and
 artillery.
 
The fighting has also triggered a civilian 
exodus from neighbourhoods around
 the prison.
 
According to SANA, people have been pushed 
by the SDF to leave their houses immediately. 
The SDF imposed a curfew on Ghwayran and
 al-Zohour neighbourhoods on Friday, the 
news agency added.
 
Syria has been gripped by a foreign-backed 
militancy since 2011, when the US and its 
Western and regional allies began their 
overt attempts --- to overthrow the 
government of Bashar al-Assad.
 
In recent years, the US has been maintaining 
an illegal military presence on Syrian soil, 
collaborating with militants against 
Syria’s legitimate government, 
and bombing the positions of
 the Syrian army and anti-
terror popular forces.
 
The US military has also stationed its forces and
 equipment in eastern and northeastern Syria --- 
with the alleged aim of preventing the oilfields
 in the areas from falling into the hands of the
 Daesh terrorists.
 
The Takfiri terrorists have been active in the oil-rich
 provinces of Syria, despite the heavy deployment 
of the US-led forces.
 
The terrorists have managed to regain a foothold 
in the region, after facing defeat at the hands of 
the Syrian army in 2019.
 
Since the toppling of its self-proclaimed ‘caliphate’, 
the group has killed at least 1,800 government 
and allied forces in the Syrian Desert... that 
stretches all the way from the Damascus
 outskirts to the Iraqi border.
 
Syria calls for US withdrawal amid ‘war crimes’
 
On Saturday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry condemned
 the actions that led to a displacement of thousands 
of Syrian civilians, in Hasakah province - calling for 
the withdrawal of the US forces from northeastern
 Syria, and Turkish forces from northwestern Syria.
 
“During the past few days, Daesh and QSD (SDF) 
gangs committed massacres against the 
civilians and massive destruction in the 
infrastructure in Hasakah province,”
 the ministry said in a statement.
 
It further described the acts committed by the
US
 forces and the SDF, as “war crimes” and
 “crimes against humanity”.
 
The Syrian Foreign Ministry also called on all
 international humanitarian organizations to 
provide assistance to thousands of Syrian 
civilians who were displaced in such 
harsh weather conditions.
 
It came after US warplanes completely destroyed
the Technical Institute building in Hasakah city, 
under the pretext of targeting the 
released prisoners.
 
 
 
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Ansarullah rebukes ‘bankrupt’ 
Riyadh-led coalition ------- says 
Saudis disillusioned about war
January 22nd, 3:07pm (PressTV)
 
The spokesman for Yemen’s Ansarullah resistance 
movement says the deadly airstrikes carried out 
by the Saudi-led military coalition against
Yemen, 
manifest the bankruptcy of
the coalition, in the 
face of
Yemeni resistance.
 
Mohammed Abdul-Salam said the countries that 
began the war on Yemen, in March 2015, still 
maintain the illusion of the first day of 
the war.
 
He said their recent attack on Yemen demonstrates
 their failure to achieve any of their political and
 military goals.
 
Saudi Arabia launched the war on Yemen in March
 2015, leading a military campaign consisting of its
 regional allies, including the United Arab Emirates.
 
Through its war, Riyadh sought to dismantle the
 popular Ansarullah movement --- and regain 
Yemen as its pawn by reinstalling former 
president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.
 
The kingdom estimated at the beginning of the war
 that it would come out victorious, within just a
 few weeks.
 
“The coalition, has reached the climax of bankruptcy,
 and these actions are the result of the fact that they
 are being defeated in the field... and they want to 
make up for these failures by bombing civilians,
 prisoners, public areas and communication 
centres,” Abdul-Salam said.
 
Coalition warplanes on Friday morning pounded a
 detention centre in Sa’ada province, killing over 
80 people and injuring hundreds more, with
 reports saying that the death toll... is 
expected to rise since many of the 
wounded were seriously hurt.
 
The airstrike followed a Yemeni drone attack on the
 UAE, on Monday, which itself came in retaliation
for
 Abu Dhabi's recently intensified role in the 
protracted war on the impoverished
 Arab country.
 
Despite the coalition’s increased attacks against
 Yemen, the UN Security Council condemned the
 Yemeni attack in a statement on Friday, saying
 in a statement, “The members of the Security
 Council underlined the need... to hold the
perpetrators, organizers, financiers and 
sponsors of these reprehensible acts of 
terrorism accountable and bring them
 to justice."
 
Abdul-Salam rebuked the statement as “an attack
 against humanity” and “an encouragement for
 the aggressor” to continue its attacks and
 siege against Yemen and whitewash
 its atrocities.
 
He said the atrocities and massacre committed by 
the war coalition countries will not dissuade the
 Yemeni people from defending themselves or 
using every possible and legal tool at
 their disposal.
 
Rather, the Yemeni spokesman continued, they will
 unify the Yemeni people and further persuade 
them to continue supporting the Yemeni 
forces fighting off the aggressive 
countries on the battlefield.
 
 
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China describes US as: 
‘biggest threat’ to global
 stability with its nuclear
 stockpile
January 22nd, 2:26pm (PressTV)
 
China has warned that the United States is the biggest
 threat to global stability, saying Washington should
 make the first move in shrinking its 
nuclear stockpile.
 
In a joint statement on January 20th, the US and 
Japan expressed concern over what they called
 China’s “ongoing increase in its nuclear 
capabilities” and called on Beijing to 
“contribute to arrangements that 
reduce nuclear risks, increase 
transparency, and advance 
nuclear disarmament.”
 
On Friday, Beijing lambasted Washington and Tokyo
 for sounding the false alarm - with Chinese Foreign 
Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian warning - that it is
 the US that is the biggest threat to global security
 and stability, with the largest arsenal of nuclear
 weapons in the world. 
 
“As we all know, it is the US that is the biggest threat 
to global stability with the world’s biggest and most 
advanced nuclear stockpile,” Zhao said.
 
The United States, he added, has deployed missile 
defense systems around the world. “Despite
 possessing the world’s largest, and most 
advanced nuclear arsenal, the US is still
 investing trillions of dollars.. to upgrade 
its ‘nuclear triad’, developing low-yield 
nuclear weapons, and lowering the 
threshold for using nuclear 
weapons.”
 
He also said the US should “mind its own business”...
 before criticizing China, and cut its nuclear stockpile
 to set an example for other countries, emphasizing 
that China remained firmly committed to a self-
defensive nuclear strategy and no-first-use 
policy on nuclear weapons.
 
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman denounced
 Japan for accumulating large quantities of weapons-
grade plutonium and “desperately trying to prevent
 the US from adopting the no-first-use policy.”
 
“If the Japanese side is sincere about promoting 
nuclear arms control and non-proliferation, it 
should adopt a responsible attitude... and 
respond to these international concerns,”
 Zhao stated.
 
Separately in his remarks... Zhao censured Washington
 for imposing “hegemonic” sanctions on three Chinese
 companies over the charges of “missile technology 
proliferation”, urging the White House to “revoke
the
 relevant sanctions --- and stop suppressing
Chinese
 enterprises and smearing China.”

The spokesman
 accused the US of hypocrisy
for selling nuclear-
capable cruise missiles.
 
 
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US denying visa to cosmonaut 
may endanger cooperation on
 ISS, space chief says
January 22nd, 1:17pm (TASS)
 
 The US denial of an entry visa to Russian cosmonaut
 Nikolay Chub, creates a dangerous precedent for
 cooperation on the International Space Station
 (ISS), General Director of the Roscosmos 
space agency, Dmitry Rogozin, said.
 
"What the US authorities have done with the entry visa 
of our cosmonaut is a dangerous precedent for 
cooperation on the International Space 
Station," he wrote on his 
Telegram channel.
 
Earlier, a source familiar with the situation... told TASS
 that, without any explanation, the US refused to issue
 an entry visa to the Roscosmos cosmonaut Nikolay 
Chub, who was supposed to undergo training in
 the US. The Roscosmos CEO later confirmed
 this information, specifying that he asked 
NASA to clarify their position on
 the matter.
 
The training of foreign astronauts at Russia’s Yury 
Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center & of Russian
 cosmonauts at the Johnson Space Centre...  is a 
routine practice, giving space crews knowledge 
of the US and Russian segments of the Inter-
national Space Station. Such training 
sessions are held regardless of what 
kind of spacecraft will be used to 
deliver the cosmonauts and 
astronauts to the orbit.
 
Nikolay Chub is a member of the backup crew of ISS
 Expedition 68, which is to fly to the orbital outpost
 aboard the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft in September
 2022. He is also a member of Expedition 69’s 
main crew, to be delivered to the ISS by a 
Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft, next spring.
 
 
 
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Afghans Call for Recognition 
of US Drone Attack in Kabul 
as War Crime
January 22nd, 1:12pm  (FNA)
 
 Relatives of Afghan civilians killed or injured in a 
US drone bombing in Kabul last August called for
 recognition of the deadly attack as a war crime
-- and due punishment of the US perpetrators.
 
"It is well known that they were looking at us from
 above when the airstrike happened. You can also
 see in the video, that they are targeting civilians 
and children,” the brother of one of the victims, 
Emal Ahmadi, said in an interview with China 
Central Television (CCTV), citing the recently
-released video of the strike by US military’s 
Central Command (CENTCOM).
 
Those killed in the allegedly mistaken US 
bombing in Kabul included seven children.
 
“The US military admitted it had made a mistake but
 did not punish anyone for carrying out the strike," 
Ahmadi added, questioning the oft-repeated
trend --- 
of US forces conceding guilt in
bombing non-
military targets, but not
punishing those 
responsible for
the massacres.
 
In September of 2021, the US military officially
 acknowledged... that the US airstrike that was 
conducted just prior to its hasty withdrawal
from Afghanistan 
after the Taliban’s victory
 march across the country --- was a
tragic “mistake".
 
However, three months later, it announced that 
no one would be held accountable for the 
brutal carnage and destruction of 
properties.
 
Ahmadi further emphasized, that the US military 
nearly always proclaims that it "made mistakes"
 in conducting strikes that kill or hurt civilians,
 but has never bothered to punish anyone for
its  
deadly bombings.
 
He went on to say that the US drone strike
 last August, amounted to a war crime.
 
CCTV also pointed out, in a report regarding US
 atrocities in Afghanistan that Afghans generally
 believe that US occupation forces have killed 
many innocent people, not only in Kabul, but 
across many other Afghan provinces 
and cities.
 
"As I said, US forces bombed Kabul and other 
provinces many times. We've seen families 
killed, so it's not a mistake. This is a war 
crime. Because the strike was planned, 
we can't just call it a mistake," added 
an Afghan university student –
 identified as Faisal Amarkhil 
– as quoted in the report.
 
"Although the US armed forces admitted it had 
made a mistake, until now, they have done 
nothing to help the family,” stated another
 Kabul resident, identified in the report 
as Zarifullah.
 
“Honestly, it's a war crime," Zarifullah stressed.
 
The Taliban took control of the Afghan government 
in mid-August last year, in the midst of a hasty,
 reckless withdrawal by the US military and 
diplomatic forces and their affiliates 
from the country.
 
The US pullout, 20 years after it invaded the country, 
was followed by Washington’s imposition of cruel 
sanctions and the cessation of humanitarian aid 
...leaving millions of Afghans on the verge of 
starvation, including women and children, 
who are particularly at risk.
 
The US also froze nearly $10 billion of Afghanistan’s
 funds after the Taliban’s takeover, dismissing the
 Taliban’s call to release the funds --- in spite of 
public demonstrations by Afghans.
 
 
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The German Chancellor 
Snubs Biden’s Ukraine
-Themed Invite
January 22nd, 1:01pm (FNA)
 
 German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has turned down 
an invitation for talks sent by US President Joe 
Biden, on short notice, according to a report.
 
According to Der Spiegel, Scholz cited a busy
schedule, as the reason why he could not 
discuss the situation around Ukraine...
with
 his counterpart in Washington.  
 
The German leader had arranged an official visit 
to Spain, by the time the invitation from the
White
 House reached him, the outlet
reported 
on Friday.

Furthermore, Scholz was 
allegedly eager
to spend more time
 in Germany, as the
country 
grappled with Omicron. 
 
The two sides are now reportedly working to
 arrange a bilateral meeting by mid-February.
 
German journalists claim to have found out that 
the canceled meeting was meant to bring the 
two countries’ positions closer together, vis
-a-vis Russia. Biden had, reportedly, hoped 
to convince Scholz to adopt a tougher line
 on Moscow. To...''prepare the ground'' for 
that, CIA head William Burns is reported 
to have paid the German chancellor
a visit, in 
Berlin, last week.
 
Both the German government and the 
White House have officially denied 
the claims made by Der Spiegel.
 
When asked to comment on the report, 
a spokesperson for the White House 
National Security Council branded
 it as..... “completely made up”, 
adding that nothing of the
 kind “happened”.
 
 The official went on to say that the initiative to 
hold talks actually came from Berlin, and that
 Washington is expected to welcome Scholz
 in February.
 
Speaking on Tuesday, following talks with NATO
 Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Scholz 
made it clear that Germany would not 
export lethal weapons to Ukraine.
 He stressed that “on that point, 
nothing has changed” since 
his government took over
 in December. 
 
Earlier in the week, UK Defence Secretary Ben 
Wallace told MPs that Britain had “taken the 
decision to supply Ukraine with light anti-
armour defensive weapon systems”.

small group of UK military personnel 
would also be sent to the Eastern 
European country --- to provide
 training. The delivery flights 
reportedly bypassed 
German airspace, 
however.
 
 
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Spanish MPs Oppose
 Sending Country's 
Warships to Black Sea 
Amid Tensions in Ukraine
January 22nd, 12:52pm (Sputnik) 
 
Nine Spanish parties have signed a joint manifesto
 against the sending of Spanish warships to the 
Black Sea as part of a NATO mission, as well
as 
the country's participation in the NATO
air 
mission in Bulgaria amid tensions on
the
 Ukrainian-Russian border.
 
The manifesto was published on Twitter by the 
Spanish left-wing party, Podemos, which is 
part of the government coalition....
together 
with the Socialists.

On Thursday, 
Podemos urged the Socialists to
weigh its actions regarding 
the Ukrainian
crisis ------- saying that Madrid is
categorically 
against war.
 
"We strongly oppose any threat or military aggression
 against a sovereign state -- as well as the sending of
 Spanish troops to the Black Sea and Bulgaria in the
 framework of NATO. This conflict can only be 
resolved through dialogue, easing tensions, 
and with the belief that peace is the
only 
way", the manifesto said.
 
The nine parties also expressed serious concern 
about the growing tensions in relations between 
the United States and Russia over the situation 
surrouding Ukraine.
 
In addition, the parties urged NATO to abandon
 the idea of Ukraine's membership in the bloc.
 
On Friday, Spanish Defence Minister Margarita Robles
 said that Madrid had accelerated the sending of two
 warships to the Black Sea as part of the NATO
 mission there, amid a deteriorating 
environment on the Russian-
Ukrainian border.
 
According to Radio Bulgaria, Robles said that the
 Spanish authorities had also decided to send six
 Eurofighter jets & nearly 100 military personnel
 to Bulgaria in February as part of NATO military
 training. However, the Spanish Ministry of 
Defence did not confirm to Sputnik that
 the decision had been made officially.
 
Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares said
 that Spain and the European Union preferred
 diplomatic means... to resolve the conflict,
but
 if they did not lead to de-escalation..
then the 
allies would carry out a policy
of deterrence 
against Russia.
 
Over the past few months, the West and Ukraine 
have accused Russia... of amassing troops near 
the Ukrainian border in alleged preparation for
 an invasion. Moscow said that it has no 
intention of invading Ukraine, while 
stressing that it has the right to 
move forces within its 
own territory.
 
Russia has also expressed concern over NATO's
 military activity near the naiton's borders and 
the ongoing military support for Ukraine, 
including an increase in the number of
 Western instructors in Donbass.
 
 
 
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Fatah Military Wing 
Announces Mobilization 
in Occupied West Bank to 
Confront Zionist Escalation
January 22nd, 12:22pm (al Manar)
 
Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Fatah Movement’s 
military wing, announced, on Saturday, the 
general mobilization among its fighters in 
the occupied West Bank, stressing that
 the Zionist crimes will be faced with 
ambushes and painful strikes.
 
The spokesman of the Palestinian movement
 indicated that the crimes committed by the 
Israeli occupation forces and settlers -- in 
Beita, Jabal Sabih and Barqa will be met 
with painful strikes in the depth of the 
occupation... emphasizing that the 
enemy... will never enjoy security 
and stability before abandoning
 the Palestinian lands 
and sanctities.
 
Fatah military spokesman added that the 
Palestinian territories can never be 
invaded by the Israeli occupation 
forces and settlers, noting that
 the ambushes will be waiting 
for them.
 
The battle will remain open-ended, as long as 
the Zionist entity occupies Palestine, the 
spokesman of the Palestinian 
movement concluded.
 
Source: Al-Manar English Website
 
 
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Russian Foreign Ministry called 
a provocation, US publication 
on Russian policy in Ukraine
January 22nd, 12:13pm (TASS) 
 
The US Department of State publishing a bulletin 
on Russia’s policy in Ukraine on the eve of talks
between Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergey 
Lavrov and US Secretary of State Antony 
Blinken, is an open provocation, states
a commentary by Russia's Foreign
Ministry, made public on Saturday.
 
"The very fact of the State Department publishing
 such ‘instructional guidelines’, immediately 
before the talks between Russian Foreign 
Minister Lavrov and US Secretary of 
State Blinken in Geneva, can be 
called nothing more than an 
open provocation," the 
commentary said.
 
The diplomatic agency noted that since December 15th,
 2021, when Washington officially received the drafts
 on security guarantees, and the measures of 
ensuring the security of Russia and NATO 
member states, the US, generally, was 
making obvious attempts to draw 
out the negotiation process of 
specific parameters proposed 
by Russia on various expert 
levels and formats.
 
"Instead of pausing......   and concentrating on
substantively answering the questions posed
in Russian documents, the White House and 
its Western allies, launched a highly toxic 
information and propaganda campaign - 
painting our country as an ‘aggressor,’  
the ‘enemy of civilized Europe’ and a 
‘threat’ to international stability. All 
this, is coupled with the incessant 
threats of ‘painful’ sanctions ------ 
designated to drain our domestic 
economy & solidify a systematic
challenge to Russia," the 
diplomatic agency 
pointed out.
 
On her Telegram channel, Russian Foreign Ministry
 Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova emphasized that 
the document was "shaped on the basis of 
separate scenarios taken out of context" 
and approaches attributed to Russia 
"that have nothing in common 
with reality."
 
The talks between Lavrov and Blinken within 
the framework of the agreement on security
 guarantees in Europe proposed by 
Moscow, were held in Geneva,
 on Friday.
 
 
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Zelensky commented on
possible evacuation of US 
diplomats from Ukraine 
- CNN
January 22nd,  8:27am (TASS)
 
 
 A possible evacuation of the family members of US
 diplomats from Kiev - would be an "overreaction" to
 the situation around Ukraine. According to a source
 close to the Ukrainian government, the opinion was
 expressed by Ukrainian President Zelensky, in a
conversation with the US State Secretary
 
Blinken, CNN reported on Friday.
 
The television channel did not report 
Blinken’s reaction to these remarks.
 
Meanwhile, according to another CNN source, the 
US has informed Ukraine that it is "likely to start
 evacuations, as early as next week" of the 
families of diplomats from the embassy 
in Kiev. The embassy has also 
requested, that the State 
Department authorize 
the departure of all 
nonessential staff.
 
Earlier on Friday at a regular briefing for journalists,
 White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that 
the US Department of State was planning for the
 'possibility' of the evacuation of the Americans 
from Ukraine as it is done when "any security 
situation deteriorates -- in any country around
the world." She added that the US authorities 
were not advising US citizens to visit Ukraine.
 
Lately, in the West and Ukraine, the claims of 
an alleged possible Russian "invasion" into
 Ukrainian territory, are being touted 
increasingly more often. 
 
Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov branded such 
information, as the empty and groundless 
escalation of tension, emphasizing that 
Russia, does not represent a threat to 
anyone. That said, he did not exclude 
the possibility of provocations being 
whipped up, in order to justify such 
claims and warned that attempts to
resolve the problem in S. Eastern 
Ukraine through the use of force,
 would have the most serious 
consequences.
 
 
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Plane with US weapons arrives
 in Kiev, US Embassy says
January 22nd, 7:29am (TASS)
 
 A shipment of military cargo, including ammunition,
 weighing over 90 tonnes, arrived in Ukraine, the 
press service of the US Embassy in Ukraine 
reported on Saturday.
 
"The first shipment of assistance recently directed by 
President Biden to Ukraine arrived in Ukraine tonight. 
This shipment includes close to 200,000 pounds (90 
tonnes - TASS) of lethal aid, including ammunition 
for the front line defenders of Ukraine," the 
diplomatic agency posted on its 
Twitter page.
 
The embassy noted that, last year, the US provided
over $650 million worth of military aid to Ukraine
 while since 2014, the country has received $2.7
billion
 for these purposes. It stressed that this
move... 
"demonstrates U.S. commitment to
helping 
Ukraine bolster its defenses -- in
the face of 
growing Russian aggression."
 
On Thursday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Dmitry 
Kuleba confirmed information by Western media 
outlets, that Kiev would receive $200 mln worth
 of military aid from Washington. He noted that 
the country received the total of $650 million
for 
these purposes, from the US last year. 
 
According to the foreign minister, the last
$200 mln
 were not scheduled and were
an
"emergency defense aid.".
 
 
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Washington asks Russia..... 
to keep the US response on 
security guarantees secret 
- paper
January 22nd, 3:58am (TASS)
 
 US officials have asked their Russian colleagues
 not to publish Washington’s written response to
 Moscow’s proposal on security guarantees, 
The Washignton Post has reported.
 
However, according to the paper, "a senior State
 Department official acknowledged... that the 
Kremlin may decide to publish it after the 
United States sends it next week."
 
Department of State sources also told The Post that
 the written US response will include US proposals 
in the security domain and will demonstrate the 
country’s interest... in maintaining the dialogue 
with Moscow. At the same time, the document 
will not contain any commitments regarding 
NATO’s open-door policy and accession of 
new members.
 
However, the US administration believes that 
providing a written response is important,
 because in this case the document can 
be read directly by Russian President 
Vladimir Putin.
 
"There‘s one decision-maker in Russia and it’s
 President Putin," the paper quoted another 
Biden administration official as saying. "If 
this then allows the ultimate decision-
maker in Russia to look at these
 ideas and decide whether to 
move forward, it’s in
 our interest."
 
"We don’t want to be the ones who foreclose 
a potential diplomatic solution," he added.
 
Following Friday’s meeting between Russian Foreign
 Minister Sergey Lavrov, and US Secretary of State
 Anthony Blinken in Geneva, Washington agreed 
to provide written responses to Moscow’s 
proposals on security guarantees. 
 
After that, the US Secretary of State and Russian
 top diplomat, plan to hold the next meeting. At a 
news conference after the meeting, Lavrov told 
reporters that, in his opinion, publishing the US 
response would be a right thing to do. However, 
Russia will request Blinken’s consent to do so, 
he added.
 
 
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Ukrainian expert describes 
Blinken’s briefing as 
‘pathetic babble’
January 22nd, 3:28am (TASS) 
 
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s recent 
news conference can only be described as 
"pathetic babble," Director of the Kiev 
Centre for Political Research and 
Conflict Study, Mikhail 
Pogrebinsky said.
 
"How would you describe Blinken’s press 
conference in just 2 words? My version
 is ‘pathetic babble.’ He appears to be 
scared of his own shadow," 
Pogrebinsky wrote in a
 Facebook post.
 
After talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey 
Lavrov, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken 
said his counterpart assured him that Russia
 had no plans to attack Ukraine. At the same 
time, he said that if Russia wants to prove
 its peaceful attitude, it should withdraw 
its troops from areas adjacent to the 
Ukrainian border, and engage in
a diplomatic dialogue with the 
Kiev government. 
 
In his words, this was necessary in order to 
continue talks with the United States on
 security guarantees.
 
The US top diplomat also said.. US President Joe 
Biden was ready to meet with Russian President 
Vladimir Putin if it helps to resolve the crisis. At 
the same time, he reaffirmed US support for 
Ukraine, and pledged more deliveries of
US 
weapons to the country.
 
 
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Germany blocks Estonia's 
arms supplies to Ukraine
 - paper
January 22nd, 2:20am (TASS)
 
 Berlin has blocked Estonia’s attempt to deliver
 German-made weapons to Ukraine, the Wall 
Street Journal reported on Friday.
 
Earlier, several European countries started delivering
 modern weaponry to Ukraine, as the situation 
surrounding the country has escalated.

The
 US has permitted Baltic countries to
transfer US-made weaponry to Kiev, 
including air defense and anti-tank 
missile systems.  At the same
time, 
Germany firmly refused
to 
supply weapons to Kiev.
 
According to Wall Street Journal, Berlin insists that
 the transfer of German-made weapons to Ukraine 
by third countries, is possible only upon a 
special permission, which was not 
granted in this case.
 
Earlier, Western media expressed doubts about
 Berlin’s readiness to fully support its NATO 
allies in case of a standoff with Russia.
 
The West and Kiev have recently been spreading
 allegations about Russia’s potential invasion of
 Ukraine. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov 
castigated these claims as "empty and 
unfounded", and serving as a ploy to 
escalate tensions, pointing out 
that Russia does not pose any
 threat whatsoever to anyone.
 
 However... Peskov did not rule out the possibility of
 provocations aimed at justifying such allegations.. 
and warned that attempts to use military force to
 resolve the crisis in southeastern Ukraine, 
would have serious consequences.
 
 
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Ukrainian president authorizes 
sanctions against 24 Russian 
companies
January 22nd, 00:46am (TASS)
 
 The Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky approved 
on Friday, a decree by Ukraine’s National Security 
and Defense Council, to impose sanctions on 
several Russian companies.
 
According to the document, published by the 
presidential website, the blacklist includes
 construction firms Lenpromtransproyekt
 and Geozemstroy, as well as a Russian
 insurance company, Insurance
Business Group.
 
The list also mentions Sevastopol’s state-run Culture
 Development Centre, the National Culture Heritage
 foundation for social and cultural projects, the 
Departmental Security Service of the Russian 
Transport Ministry and the Transstroy 
holding company.
 
Overall, the list has 24 companies whom the Kiev
government holds responsible --- for the "illegal
construction and use....  of the railway section 
of the transport route across the Kerch Strait,"
organizing a rail service between Crimea, and 
mainland Russia... and "damaging the national 
cultural heritage on the territory of Sevastopol."
 
After the February 2014 government coup in Ukraine,
 the authorities of Crimea and Sevastopol held
 referendums on the issue of reunification 
with Russia. 
 
The voting took place on March 16th, with turnouts
 exceeding 80%. Reunification with Russia was
 supported by 96.7% in Crimea and 95.6% in
 Sevastopol. On March 18th, the Russian 
president signed a treaty on the 
accession of the Republic of 
Crimea and Sevastopol to 
the Russian Federation. 
 
Russia’s Federal Assembly ratified the treaty on
 March 21st. Despite the unequivocal outcome 
of the referendum, Kiev has refused to 
recognize Crimea as part of Russia.
 
Zelensky also has approved a decree by Ukraine’s 
National Security and Defense Council to impose
 sanctions on the Russian Presidential 
Plenipotentiary Envoy to the North 
Caucasus Federal District,
 Yury Chaika.
 
The sanctions, imposed for a five-year period, 
include the blocking of assets in Ukraine and 
the suspension of financial transactions.
 
 
 
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Russian diplomat on Blinken’s
 remarks: US confused about
 its values
January 21st, 8:29pm (TASS)
 
Our US partners have found themselves 
confused about ‘values,’ the Russian 
Foreign Ministry’s official spokes-
woman, Maria Zakharova, said
on 
Friday, commenting on US 
Secretary of State, Antony 
Blinken’s recent remarks.
 
The US top diplomat said earlier that the situation
 in Ukraine cannot be discussed without Ukraine,
 NATO-related issues cannot be addressed 
without NATO, and so on.
 
Commenting on his words, Zakharova wrote in her
 Telegram channel: "Then why is it possible to
 discuss the situation in Belarus without 
Belarus, to count Venezuela’s money 
without Venezuela’s government,
or
 to distribute Russian gas
in Europe
 without Russia?
 
"Discussions on issues... beyond the Group of 
Seven’s sphere of competence... take nearly 
half of the G7 summits’ total time, although 
no one ever invited them to deal with the 
problems of other countries. But it’s ok 
[for them], [and they] keep discussing 
[those matters]," the Russian 
diplomat continued.
 
"Our partners are confused about
 their values," she added.
 
 
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Lavrov warns Blinken about 
consequences... of ignoring 
Russia’s concerns - ministry
January 21st, 8:20pm (TASS)
 
 The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, made it 
clear to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, that
 further ignoring Russia’s legal concerns would
 entail the most serious consequences, the 
Russian foreign ministry said on Friday, 
after the talks between the two top 
diplomats in Geneva.
 
"It was made clear to Antony Blinken that further
 ignoring Russia’s legal concerns, first of all, 
those linked with the United States’ and its 
NATO allies’ advance in Ukraine amid the 
large-scale deployment of the alliance’s 
forces and weapons near our border,
 will have the most serious 
consequences," it said.
 
"It can be avoided, if Washington positively responds
 to our draft agreements.. on security guarantees. We
 expect to receive the American side’s written article
-by-article response, next week," the ministry said.
 
The sides also discussed bilateral relations and 
stated they are "in an unsatisfactory state." 

"It was agreed to invigorate expert work to 
normalize the operation of the countries’ 
diplomatic missions --- and stabilize the 
visa regime.'' 
 
''The Russian side... stands for the resumption of a
full-scale diplomatic presence...  on a reciprocal 
basis. We demand that the American authorities
immediately return the seized Russian 
diplomatic property," it said.
 
The situation in Ukraine was also among the topics
 at the talks. "Special attention was paid to the
 Ukrainian conflict. It was stressed that Kiev 
must fully implement the Package of 
Measures...  including establishing 
direct dialogue with the LPR and 
DPR (Lugansk and Donetsk 
People’s Republics - TASS) 
authorities, as soon as
 possible," it said.
 
Apart from that, "the sides compared their positions
on the prospects for 
the restoration of the Joint 
Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian 
nuclear program," the ministry added.
 
 
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Biased UN Security Council
Disregards UAE/Saudi 
Massacres of 
Yemenis
 Denounces
 Missile 
Fire at Emirates
January 21st, 6:22pm (al Manar)
 
As expected, the biased United Nations Security
Council condemned, in a statement, the Yemeni
response to the ongoing Saudi-led aggression 
on Yemen -- disregarding horrible massacres
by the coalition forces against the Yemenis.
 
“The members of the Security Council expressed 
their deepest sympathy and condolences to the 
families of the victims of the Yemeni attacks,” 
the statement read.
 
The members of the Security Council reiterated: that 
any acts of ‘terrorism’ are criminal and unjustifiable,
 according to the statement. However, the statement 
disregarded the Saudi-led aggression’s massacres
 against the Yemenis.
 
Yemeni sources reported a brutal massacre was
 committed -- as Saudi-led warplanes struck on 
Friday, a prison in the northwestern province 
of Saada.
 
Saudi fighter jets targeted a temporary prison in 
Saada, killing or injuring more than hundred, Al-
Massirah TV quoted the sources as saying.
 
Local sources reported that at least 150 people 
have arrived at hospitals in Saada, including 
martyrs.
 
About 2,500 people were reportedly in the prison
and, as the rescue operations are taking place, 
dozens are still reportedly under the rubble.
 
Meanwhile...  the Arab impoverished country has lost 
its connection to the internet nationwide after Saudi
-led air strikes targeted a site in the contested city 
of Hodeida, plunging the war-torn nation offline.
 
The disruption began around 1:00 a.m. (local time), 
on Friday & affected TeleYemen, the state-owned
 monopoly that controls internet access in the 
country, advocacy group NetBlocks said.
 
Yemen was “in the midst of a nation-scale
internet
 blackout, after an air strike on
(a) telecom
 building,” NetBlocks said,
without 
elaborating.
 
Yemen has been since March 2015 under a brutal 
aggression by the Saudi-led coalition. Tens of
 thousands of Yemenis have been injured 
and martyred in Saudi-led strikes, and
the vast majority, are civilians.
 
The coalition has also been imposing a blockade on
the impoverished country’s ports and airports 
as a
part of its aggression --- which is aimed
at 
restoring power to the fugitive
former president Hadi.
 
Meanwhile... Yemen is home to the world’s largest
 humanitarian crisis - with at least 7 million people 
on the brink of famine and hundreds of thousands
suffering from cholera.
 
Source: Al-Manar English Website
 
 
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China blasts
'hegemonic'
 US
missile sanctions
January 21st, 3:23pm (PressTV)
 
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian
 on Friday, also accused Washington of hypocrisy
 --- for selling nuclear-capable cruise missiles.
 
The US State Department on Friday announced 
sanctions against three Chinese companies, 
accusing them of “missile technology 
proliferation.”
 
The companies are: China Aerospace Science, and
 Technology Corp First Academy, China Aerospace
 Science and Technology Corp Fourth Academy, 
and Poly Technologies Incorporated.
 
The sanctions, which apply to the companies and their
 subsidiaries, mean that those entities are barred from
 US markets and from obtaining technology that can
 be used to make weapons.
 
“This is a typical hegemonic action. China strongly
 deplores and firmly opposes it,” Lijian told
 reporters, according to The
 Associated Press.
 
“China urges the United States to immediately correct
 its mistakes, revoke the relevant sanctions and stop
 suppressing Chinese enterprises and smearing 
China,” he continued.
 
China accounted for 5.2% of the global share of 
major arms exports between 2016 and 2021, 
while, in comparison, the US accounted for
37% of the global share, according to the 
Stockholm International Peace Research
 Institute.
 
The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said 
China strictly controls is exports of missiles... 
adding - “normal cooperation between China
and 
relevant countries, doesn’t violate any 
international law and doesn’t involve
proliferation.”


 
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Lavrov says his meeting with
Blinken 
will help the US
issue its response 
to 
Russia’s proposals
January 21st, 1:41pm  (TASS)
 
 Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov... said 
on Friday his meeting with his US counterpart, 
Antony Blinken, will help the United States 
issue a response to Russia’s security 
guarantee initiatives.
 
When asked about the duration of his meeting with
 Blinken, Lavrov said, "In principle, punctuality 
cannot be a bad sign, so, as you said, we 
planned a 90-minute meeting, because 
we knew what we were going 
to discuss."
 
"We did not need to repeat everything that had been
said at the Russian-US talks here, in Geneva, on
January 10th and at the talks during the Russia
-
NATO Council meeting on January 12th. And, 
naturally... we did not repeat that.  We have 
heard the United States’ first reaction, oral 
so far, to what was discussed in those two
 formats at the level of our deputies. And 
the reaction, the US side told us, when 
asking to organize this meeting, was 
preliminary.   We have been warned 
about that and it was accompanied 
by some follow-up questions to us, 
the answers to which will help the 
US side as Antony Blinken told me 
over the 'phone several days ago, 
to prepare a written response ---
to 
our written draft agreements 
with the United States & NATO.
As a matter of fact, 
this is
what happened 
today,"
Lavrov said.
 
 
 
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Yemen’s Ansarullah:
Prison Strike War Crime, 
and Retaliation Our
Legitimate Right
January 21st, 12:45pm (al Manar)
 
Yemen’s Ansarullah revolutionary group lashed
 out at the aggression powers on Friday, over 
the horrible massacre their warplanes had 
committed by striking a prison in the 
northwestern province of Saada.
 
In a statement, Ansarullah's politburo said that the
“aggression powers - on top of which, is the US -
bear full responsibility for this crime” that
killed 
or injured at least 150 people
in the prison
 in Saada.
 
“This crime is a war crime against humanity,” the
 group’s politburo said, stressing that retaliation 
for this attack “is a legitimate right, since the 
blood of our people is precious.”
 
The statement called on the United Nations and
 international organizations to bear their 
“moral and legal responsibility” by 
denouncing such crimes.
 
Ansarullah's politburo also called on the Yemeni 
people to go ahead with their revolutionary
 project against the aggression.
 
For his part, Head of Yemen’s national delegation 
and the Ansarullah spokesman, Mohammad 
Abdulsalam, said the Saudi-led crimes 
against civilians in Saada, Hodeidah
 and Sanaa, will neither force the 
Yemeni people to surrender,
 nor break their will.
 
“Such crimes will prompt our people to retaliate
 forcefully, and with all means,” Abdulsalam 
said in a tweet.
 
Earlier on Friday, Saudi-UAE warplanes committed
a horrible massacre by striking a prison in Saada, 
killing or injuring at least 150 people. The strike
 followed another raid on Al-Hodeidah -- where
the aggression powers’ fighter jets struck a 
state-owned company that controls the
internet in the Arab impoverished 
country, forcing the internet to 
go down... in most of the 
Yemeni governorates.
 
Source: Al-Manar English Website
 


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‘Outdated and arrogant’:
Russian 
Foreign Ministry
blasts the U.S.'s dual
containment policy
January 21st, 10:56am (TASS)
 
 Washington needs to understand that its dual 
containment policy towards Moscow and 
Beijing, is completely outdated, and has 
nothing good to offer the United States, 
the Russian Foreign Ministry said in 
response to media questions 
collected for top diplomat 
Sergey Lavrov’s press 
conference.
 
The ministry’s responses were 
published on its website 
on Friday.
 
"It’s high time that our American colleagues
understand that Washington’s dual contain
-ment policy towards Moscow and Beijing, 
is completely outdated ...and offers no
good 
prospects for the US. ''
 
The Americans... would do more good for them-
selves and the entire world, if they abandoned 
their arrogant claim for global dominance and 
engaged in an equal and honest dialogue, 
with Russia, China & other major players,
in order to search for balanced solutions 
to pressing global security, and develop-
ment issues. We are ready for such
work,"
 the ministry pointed out.
 
According to Russia’s diplomatic agency, relations
 between Moscow and Beijing, "don’t depend on the
global political situation" since both parties seek 
to boost them based on respect for each other’s
 sovereignty, and political culture, and on the
principle 
of non-interference in each
other’s internal affairs. 
 
"It’s crucial that Moscow & Beijing share the same
 or similar approaches to resolving key global 
issues. This is why our countries play a 
stabilizing role in global politics," the 
Russian Foreign Ministry stressed.
 
"Russia and China seek to boost [their] strategic 
partnership based on objective historical logic 
and the vast mutual potential...  that the two 
countries have. Another thing to remember 
is that there is a stable social consensus 
in Russia and China...  on the prospects, 
scale & depth of bilateral cooperation"
the ministry emphasized.
 
 
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Threat of Ukraine using 
chemical weapons
 persists - Basurin
January 21st, 10:16am (DAN) 
 
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The threat of the Ukrainian army using chemical
 weapons against Donbass Republics persists,
 the deputy chief-of-staff of the Republican 
People's Militia, Eduard Basurin, said.
 
"CBRN units, part of the 25th brigade, underwent
 intense training at the Anadol training range, 
thereby the possibility of the enemy using 
chemicals for provocations, remains. 
Some chemicals were delivered to 
Avdeyevka and Krasnyi Liman
in 
late 2021," he saaid.
 
Ukraine received several shipments of toxic 
substances from the United States, in the
autumn of 2021.
 
Botulinum toxin causes paralysis and is deadly.
 Basurin said that the toxin came in metal 
containers that can be used in grenade 
launcher attacks, as well as dropped 
by unmanned aerial vehicles.
 
Earlier, Russian Defence Minister, Sergei Shoigu, said
 that the Ukrainian side was preparing a provocation
 using poisonous substances. It was reported that 
tanks with unidentified chemical components 
were delivered to Avdeyevka and 
Krasnyi Liman. 
 
 
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DPR intelligence reports: 
NLAW anti-tank systems 
supplied to Ukraine
 from Britain
January 21st, 9:36am (DAN)
 
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 NATO countries have supplied Ukraine with more
 than 560 tons of weapons, including 2,000 NLAW 
anti-tank missile systems, the deputy chief-of-
staff of the Republican People's Militia
 Eduard Basurin said, citing 
intelligence reports.
 
"NATO has recently been flooding Ukraine with 
various weapons and equipment. Just in the 
past couple of days, nine C-17 aircraft 
shipped nearly 2,000 NLAW anti-tank 
missile systems from Britain,"
 he said.
 
The main battle tank and light anti-tank weapon 
is shipped to the 25th and 95th assault groups 
of the Ukrainian armed forces airborne 
brigades and nationalistic squads
 tasked with occupying
Donbass
 townships.
 
Military instructors have already trained Ukrainian
 troops in how to use the system; exercises were 
organized on the premises of the 199th 
training centre in Zhitomir Region.
 
The Main Battle Tank and Light Anti-tank Weapon
 (MBT LAW), also known as the NLAW, is a joint 
British and Swedish short-range fire-and-
forget anti-tank missile system.
 
Designed for use by infantry, the MBT LAW is 
shoulder fired and disposable, firing once 
before being disposed of. 
 
 
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Basurin:  Ukraine prepares 
to invade Donbass, deploys 
Uragan and Smerch MLRS
 to contact line
January 21st, 9:17am (DAN) 
 
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The Ukrainian army has deployed Uragan and 
Smerch MLRS to Donbass and embarked on 
refilling ammo stockpiles, the deputy chief-
of-staff of the Republican People's Militia,
 Eduard Basurin, said.
 
The DPR has been recording preparations
in 
the Ukrainian army to unleash active
military
 action in Donbass, he said.
 
"Six Smerch MLRS and two Uragan MLRS have 
been unloaded at Krasnoarmeisk (Pokrovsk
in Ukrainian) railway station," Basurin said.
 
Nationalistic armed units of the Right Sector 
have been deployed to the JFO zone: 
Shumy, Maryinka, Taramchuk and
Chermalyk, as well as snipers 
of the 74th reconnaissance 
battalion, and the Alfa 
special group of the 
Ukrainian Ministry 
of State Security.
 
Field artillery depots outside Dobropolye 
and Krasnoarmeisk, are being refilled.
 
 
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Kiev forces violate ceasefire
four times - in 24 hours
January 21st, 8:43am (DAN) 
 
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Ukrainian forces violated the ceasefire four times 
over the past 24 hours, the DPR mission to the 
Joint Centre for Control and Coordination 
(JCCC) said.
 
Shakhta Trudovskaya, Spartak and Novolaspa 
came under grenade launcher, mortar and 
high calibre machine guns fire.
 
No damage or casualties have been reported.
 
In the previous reporting period, Kiev 
forces violated the ceasefire once.
 
The Additional Measures to Strengthen the Ceasefire
 were signed at the Contact Group meeting, on July 
22nd, to reinforce and control the indefinite cease
-fire in effect since July 21st, 2019, the latest in 
the series of more than 20 reconfirmation and
 announcements of the “silence regime”. The
 package came into effect on July the 27th. 
 
 
 
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Iran, Russia, China Drill
 in Indian Ocean Kicks off
January 21st, 8:32am (al Manar)
 
A trilateral Combined Naval Drill, dubbed as 
“Maritime Security Belt 2022,” kicked off
on Friday in the North Indian Ocean with
the 
participation of military units from
Iran, 
China and Russia.
 
The joint naval drill participated by naval and 
airborne forces the Iranian Navy, Islamic 
Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy, 
and vessels from China and Russia, 
kicked off in the Indian Ocean, 
on Friday.
 
Rear Admiral Mostafa Tajeddini the Spokesman 
for the naval drill, said that this is the third 
combined naval exercise that will be held 
with the participation of Iran, China 
and Russia.
 
The naval drill was held with the aim of strengthening
security in the region, enhancing marine security, 
combating piracy and maritime terrorism, and 
the exchange of information, he added.
 
With the planning made in this regard, various tactical 
exercises such as rescuing the floating vessel from
 fire, freeing the hijacked vessel... and shooting 
against specific naval targets during day and 
night will be practiced by the naval units of 
Iran, China and Russia in the exercise, 
Rear Admiral Tajeddini emphasized.
 
He considered the North Indian Ocean region ‘very
 important’ due to the existence of waterways and
the important straits of Bab al-Mandeb, Malacca
and
 Hormuz and said, “These three straits are
mentioned 
as golden triangles in the region
and also, the 
Sea of Oman and the North
Indian Ocean, are 
among the crucial
trade areas.”
 
Therefore,the  Islamic Republic of Iran, China and
 Russia, with their collective efforts to achieve
 sustainable maritime security in this region 
and its vital waterways, are going to safe-
guard their interests in this area, the
 rear admiral added.
 
The Combined Naval Exercise, Maritime Security 
Belt 2022 is held under the slogan of “Together 
for Peace and Security” over an area of 17,000 
square kilometres.
 
Sources: Al-Manar English 
Website and Iranian media
 
 
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Raeisi: Iran, Russia, Reached
‘Fundamental Agreements’ 
on Expanding Ties
January 21st, 8:10pm (al Manar)
 
President Ebrahim Raisi has said that Iran and 
Russia reached “fundamental agreements” on
 expanding all-out bilateral relations to secure
 mutual interests.
 
“Undoubtedly, the development of relations with
 Russia, will contribute to the security and 
prosperity of the two nations. Certainly, 
such security-building cooperation will 
be for the sake of the region,” Raisi 
said after arriving in Tehran from 
Moscow at around midnight.
 
He said that during his Russia trip, which began 
on Wednesday, the two sides discussed steps 
to challenge the dominance of the US
dollar... 
and continue trade in
their 
national currencies.
 
“Our oil minister had good agreements with Russian
 energy officials, the effects of which, will emerge
 later,” he said, adding that good agreements 
were also reached, on removing obstacles
to
 boosting trade relations.
 
However, the level of trade relations is 
“not acceptable”, the president stated.
 
Officials have said the two sides seek to 
increase the current record $3 billion
 bilateral trade.
 
“We decided to increase the level of trade 
between the two countries to $10 billion
 in the first stage,” President Raisi said.
 
“In the field of agriculture, there were also 
good discussions, that will lead to real 
exchanges of agricultural products,”
 he said.
 
In the field of transportation, the two sides decided
to advance the North-South 
corridor, which will
facilitate 
transportation.. and greatly reduce
transportation times,
 the president added.
 
In 2002, Russia, Iran, and India signed an agreement 
for the International North-South Transport Corridor,
 a 7,200 km multi-mode network, of ship, rail and
road routes, for moving freight between India, 
Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Russia,
Central
 Asia, and Europe.
 
The INSTC is seen a game-changer that will shorten
 the distance and lower the cost of transportation 
from South Asia to Europe, through Iran and 
Russia... and, potentially, serve as an 
alternative to the Suez Canal for
 East-West trade.
 
Tehran and Moscow also reached agreements to
 expand their cooperation in the industry, 
defense, and aerospace sectors, 
President Raisi said.
 
On the first day of his two-day trip, which he described
 as a “turning point” in Iran-Russia relations, Raisi had
 a three-hour meeting, with his Russian counterpart, 
Vladimir Putin, during which, the Iranian president 
said the Islamic Republic seeks to forge strategic
 relations with Moscow.
 
Later on Wednesday, he met with Iranians residing
 in Russia. On Thursday, Raisi addressed the State
 Duma and attended the prayers at the Moscow 
Grand Mosque, at the invitation of Rawil 
Gaynutdin, chairman of the Russian
 Mufti Council.
 
‘US must be held accountable for 
General Suleimani assassination’
 
Speaking with Russia’s RT television... in an exclusive
interview, Raisi said the US must be held accountable
for assassinating Iran’s top anti-terror commander,
 Lt. Gen. Qassem Suleimani, in Iraq two years ago.
 
“Qassem Suleimani belonged not only to the people of
Iran, but also to the Muslim community. He came 
to save people’s lives. He made efforts in this
 direction, and all people, both Muslims and 
non-Muslims, of course, have great
respect 
for his work,” he said.
 
He said people respected Gen. Suleimani because
 they knew he managed to save people’s lives
 from Daesh and other terrorist groups.
 
“He was able to protect and save people’s lives. 
Therefore... his presence in Syria and Iraq in
the
 region was aimed at fighting terrorism,”
he said.
 
“Therefore, Qassem Suleimani is a hero and the
 Americans must give answers,” Raisi said. 
“They say they are flag-bearers in the fight
 against terrorism, but why was the hero
 of the fight against terrorism killed?”
 
He pointed out that the Americans committed such
 a great crime and openly confessed to their crime.
 
“The one who commits such a great crime and
 confesses to it naturally should be punished 
in a qualified court,” the president asserted.
 
“The promise to protect the oppressed and punish
 the oppressors is, of course, a sincere promise: 
and it will certainly be kept.”
 
US refusal to abide by JCPOA
 
Elsewhere in the interview, President Raisi said Iran
 takes the Vienna negotiations on restoring the 2015
 agreement “very seriously”. He made clear that the
 hurdle to restoring the pact, remains Washington’s
 refusal to abide by its terms.
 
“What we have seen so far ...is a violation of obligations
 on the part of the Americans,” he said, referring to the 
US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan
of
 Action (JCPOA) in 2018... and its subsequent 
sanctions on Tehran, in violation of the deal.
 
The Iranian president noted that the European parties
 to the treaty – France, Germany and the UK – have
 “also failed to fulfill their obligations” under the
JCPOA through “the lack of new appropriate 
measures” to deal with the US violation.
 
“The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), stated
 15 times that Iran had fulfilled its obligations, that Iran
 was committed to its obligations,” Raisi stated. 
“So, we have fulfilled our obligations, but they 
have violated theirs. They must fulfill their 
obligations. We didn’t break anything.”
 
“If the parties are ready to remove sanctions, 
the ground for reaching an agreement on
 nuclear issues, is absolutely ready,” 
he added.
 
Sources: Al-Manar English 
Website and Iranian media
 
 
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Ukrainian opposition party 
brands the US sanctions
 against its members
 as ‘political terror’
January 21st, 3:33am (TASS) 
 
Ukraine’s Opposition Platform - For Life (OPFL) party
 considers US sanctions against its members as an 
"act of international political terror."
 
"The OPFL states that sanctions and biased criminal 
cases against the representatives of our party  
directed at obstructing lawmaking activity,
 are an act of international political terror 
conducted on the orders of the criminal 
Ukrainian government," the statement
 published on Thursday on the party’s 
website said.
 
The opposition noted: that the US, and Ukrainian
President Vladimir Zelensky, instead of fighting
oligarchs and corrupt officials, are launching 
attacks on the OPFL. "There are no doubts, 
that the introduction of these sanctions is 
the result of close communication... and 
personal agreements between Vladimir 
Zelensky and US officials, in particular 
US State Secretary, Antony Blinken, 
& US senators," the party asserted, 
saying that this was...  the "direct 
result....  of the criminal policy of
depriving Ukraine of sovereignty, 
handing it over - to be externally 
governed. Precisely because of 
our party’s fight -- for Ukraine’s 
sovereignty its independence 
--- the fight against external 
governing --- the sanctions 
are being introduced 
against our party’s 
leadership."
 
Earlier on Thursday, the US Treasury Department 
imposed sanctions on four Ukrainians --- who, 
according to Washington, allegedly "engaged
 in Russian government-directed influence 
activities to destabilize Ukraine."

They 
included the former Deputy Head of 
Ukraine’s National Security and Defense
Council, Vladimir 
Sivkovich, Verkhovna 
Rada delegates from the OPFL, Taras
Kozak, and 
Oleg Voloshin... plus
Vladimir Oleynik, a former
lawmaker. 
 
The Treasury Department’s press release alleges 
that "the four individuals have played various 
roles in Russia’s global influence campaign 
to destabilize sovereign countries in 
support of the Kremlin’s political 
objectives."
 
On February 2nd, 2021, the National Security 
and Defense Council of Ukraine, on the
''recommendations'' of the Verkhovna 
Rada and Ukraine’s Security Service,
imposed personal sanctions against 
Kozak, and his TV channels,
NewsOne,
 ZIK, and
112 Ukraine.


 
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 UN chief alarmed: at continued
 Saudi airstrikes on Yemen
January 21st, 2:38am (PressTV)
 
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres voices
 alarm at continued Saudi Arabian airstrikes
 against various locations in Yemen, 
including hugely sensitive and
 lifeline targets.
 
Speaking through his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric,
 the United Nations chief singled out the Saudi attacks
 that have been targeting the Yemeni capital Sana’a
 and the impoverished country’s most important 
port of entry, namely the western coastal
city of
 al-Hudaydah, for criticism.
 
Guterres also noted with alarm that missile attacks
 and shelling had continued in several areas in the
 country, apparently referring to military actions 
by Saudi-led militants.
 
All of these actions have resulted in civilian casualties
 and damage to civilian infrastructure, Dujarric told a
 daily press briefing.
 
"The secretary-general reiterates his call on the
 parties to exercise maximum restraint and 
prevent any escalation amid heightened
 tensions in the region, as well as to 
respect their obligations...  under
 international humanitarian law,"
the spokesman said.
 
The Saudi kingdom and several of its allies, most
 notably the United Arab Emirates, have been 
attacking the Arab world’s already poorest 
nation, since 2015, in an unsuccessful
bid.. to change 
its ruling structure
in favour 
of its former Riyadh-
aligned officials.
 
The war has killed tens of thousands of Yemenis,
 and turned all Yemen into the site of the world’s
 worst humanitarian crisis.
 
UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg 
has just left Riyadh, after concluding a visit
to
 Saudi Arabia. 
 
During his meetings, Grundberg likewise denounced
 the recent wave of military escalation, including
the
 heavy airstrikes that have been
hitting Sana’a.
 
The envoy exchanged views on possible options 
to achieve immediate de-escalation and pave
the 
way for comprehensive political talks,
said 
the spokesman.


 
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At least one Russian soldier
crossing
 Ukrainian border
to be perceived 
as attack
- Blinken
January 21st, 00:02am (TASS)
 
"If a Russian soldier crosses into Ukraine," this will 
indicate an attack on that country, US Secretary
of 
State, Antony Blinken, said, in an interview
with 
Germany’s ZDF TV channel on
Thursday... 
made public by the
press service of 
the US
Department of State.
 
"If a Russian soldier crosses into Ukraine, then
we
 have a profound problem, a clear attack
on 
Ukraine, whether it’s one soldier or
thousand soldiers," the US 
diplomat asserted.
 
Lately, in the West and Ukraine, the claims of
an
 alleged possible Russian "invasion" into
 Ukrainian territory, are being touted 
increasingly more often. 
 
Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov branded such
 information, as the empty and groundless 
escalation of tension, emphasizing that 
Russia does not represent a threat to 
anyone. That said, he didn’t exclude
 the possibility of provocations 
being whipped up in order to
 justify such claims...   and 
warned that attempts to 
resolve the problem in 
southeastern Ukraine 
through the use of 
force, would have 
the most serious
 consequences.
 
 
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Finland ‘Very Unlikely’
to
 Join NATO for Now,
 ‘Neither US or Russia 
Can Influence Decision’, 
PM Says
January 20th, 4:36pm (Sputnik)
 
While it enjoyed non-aligned status after the end of
 WWII... Finland has drifted toward NATO since the 
end of the Cold War, taking part in alliance drills, 
participating in the NATO Response Force, and
 allowing the bloc to use its land, airspace and
 territorial waters. The Western bloc has been
 lobbying Helsinki toward formal membership.
 
Finland is... “very unlikely” to join NATO in the 
immediate future, but will support the US and 
Europe with “extremely tough” sanctions 
against Russia, if Moscow decides to 
invade Ukraine, Prime Minister 
Sanna Marin has said.
 
“Finland makes its own decisions when it comes to
 foreign policy and security. Nobody can influence 
us, not the US, not Russia, not anyone else. We
will make our decisions by ourselves, as we 
have been doing so far,” the prime minister 
said in an interview with Reuters.
 
NATO membership was not on the cards at the
 moment, according to Marin, because “We 
have... a very fresh new paper on foreign 
security policy and we have decided we
have the opportunity, the p
ossibility,
to become a NATO member state,
but we are not applying and 
we
are not discussing applying.
 But we've that possibility
in
 the future.”
 
On Tuesday, US President, Joe Biden, held his second
 talks with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in a month
 ...to discuss “the importance of Finland’s close 
defence partnership with the United States 
and with NATO” amid the current crisis 
between Russia and the West 
over Ukraine.
 
The US and its allies have claimed that Russia is
 preparing to “invade” its western neighbour. 
Moscow has vehemently denied the claims 
and accused Washington of using trumped 
up claims of “Russian aggression”..... to 
justify NATO’s eastward creep.
 
Marin’s remarks to Reuters follow on comments 
she made during her New Year’s address to the 
nation, when she said that Finland “retains the 
option of applying for NATO membership,” and 
will “uphold this freedom of choice and make
 sure it remains a reality, as this is part of
every
 country’s right, to decide its own 
security policies.”
 
President Niinisto echoed Marin’s sentiments in his
 own address... and criticized the Russian security 
proposals – which ask NATO to halt its eastward
 expansion, as an outdated notion about 
“spheres of influence.”
 
During the Cold War, Finland, which shares a 1,340 km
 border with Russia, was able to enjoy neutrality, with
 neither the Western nor the Eastern blocs interfering
 with its security, economic or political affairs. After 
the Soviet collapse, the country began a slow drift 
toward NATO... engaging in joint drills with bloc
 members, and allowing the alliance to use its 
territory under a ‘host nation support 
agreement’ signed in 1994.
 
Finland’s potential membership in NATO has been
 debated for decades. This week, polls conducted 
for the Helsingin Sanomat national newspaper, 
found that 42 percent of Finns, were opposed 
to the prospect of alliance membership,
with 
28 percent in favour, and
30 percent 
undecided.
 
In neighbouring Sweden, recent polling has found 
that 35 percent of Swedes are in favour of NATO 
membership, with 33 percent opposed and the
 rest undecided.
 
Late last year and again earlier this month, NATO 
chief Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance already 
enjoys close cooperation with Helsinki, and 
that Finland is welcome to join anytime
if it
 so chooses.
 
Last month, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman
 Maria Zakharova warned that the accession of
either
 Finland or Sweden into the Western
bloc would
 necessitate an “adequate
response” 
from Moscow. 
 
Accusing NATO of seeking to “draw the two countries
 into the orbit of its interests & opportunistic policies,”
 Zakharova stressed: that Russia sees the countries’ 
non-alignment as an important factor for ensuring
 stability in northern Europe, with the choice of 
a national defence strategy remaining in
the
 hands of each state.
 
 
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Ukrainian forces fire 
grenade launchers at
 Donetsk outskirts,
 DPR south
January 20th, 3:38pm (DAN) 
 
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Ukrainian armed formations fired grenade launchers
 at Donetsk outskirts and a village area in the south 
of the Donetsk People’s Republic, on Thursday
evening, the DPR Office at the Joint Centre
 for Control and Coordination
 (JCCC) reported.
 
Fire was opened at 16:00 and 16:40 at the Shakhta
 Trudovskaya in western Donetsk and Novolaspa
 village in the south of the Republic, from the 
Maryinka and Starognatovka areas, 
respectively. The enemy used 
grenade launchers expending 
20 rounds of ammunition. No 
casualties or damage were
 immediately reported, the
 JCCC said.
 
Earlier on Thursday, Ukrainian forces delivered
 a mortar strike at the Spartak village area in
 the northern suburbs of Donetsk.
 
 
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 Israeli Occupation Forces 
Launch Arrest Campaign 
in Jenin, Al-Quds
January 20th, 2:08pm (al Manar)
 
Clashes erupted at dawn on Thursday, as Israeli 
occupation forces raided the town of Qabatya, 
south of the West Bank city of Jenin.
 
Palestinian youths confronted the 
occupation forces, as they raided
the
 town, local sources reported.
 
The IOF arrested Nabil Khazimia and his disabled
father, Abdul Qader, as they raided their house in
Qabatya, the sources said.
 
Another Palestinian, Muatassim Kumail, was 
arrested from his house in the same town.
 
Elsewhere in Al-Quds, IOF arrested Abdul Hakim 
Elias, 29, from his house in Beit Anan town, 
west of the occupied city.
 
Another Palestinian, Nizr Abu Shalbak, was 
arrested by occupation forces who raided
his house in Qalindya Camp, north of 
occupied Al-Quds.
 
Source: Al-Manar English Website
 
 
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Ukrainian army 
opens mortar fire 
at Donetsk suburb
January 20th, 11:25am (DAN)
 
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 Ukrainian armed formations opened mortar fire 
at the Spartak neighbourhood in the northern 
suburbs of Donetsk, on Thursday, the 
Donetsk People’s Republic Office at 
the Joint Centre for Control and 
Coordination (JCCC) reported.
 
Fire was delivered from the Opytnoye settlement 
area at 11:35. The enemy used 120mm mortars 
(ten rounds were expended) ..and large calibre 
machine guns. No casualties or damage were 
immediately reported, the JCCC said.
 
The package of tighter ceasefire control measures
 has been formally in effect in Donbass since July 
27th, 2020. The document bans the use of any 
weapons, deployment of heavy armaments 
in & around settlements, engineer works
 at troops’ positions & unmanned aerial 
vehicle flights.
 
 
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After operation in Kazakhstan
 CSTO to strengthen military
 component — sec.-general
January 20th, 10:55am (TASS)
 
The Collective Security Treaty Organization 
is going to take measures to strengthen its 
military component  ---  in the wake of the 
peace-keeping operation in Kazakhstan, 
CSTO Secretary-General Stanislav Zas
 told the media on Thursday.
 
ALSO...
 
Kazakhstan passes a bill to abolish Nazarbayev’s 
lifelong chairmanship of the Security Council.
 
"We are going to derive conclusions from these
events. Alongside this, we will go ahead with 
our activity - to strengthen the military 
component - and with practical efforts 
to combat terrorism - and to plug the 
terrorist organizations’ recruitment 
channels and sources of financing.''
 
''We will continue the struggle against illegal
migration, drug trafficking and a number of 
other threats crucial to all of us, to all of
our 
countries" he said  ---  in reply to a
TASS 
question about the prospects of
CSTO 
activities  ---  after the events
in 
Kazakhstan.
 
Protests erupted in several Kazakh cities on January
2nd, escalating into mass riots with attacks against
police and military personnel. President Kassym-
Jomart Tokayev, stated there was a government 
coup attempt. The situation was stabilized, by 
January 7th and the state of emergency was
lifted on January 19th. The authorities say 
the unrest left 225 dead and more than
 4,500 injured.
 
 
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Diplomat blasts West’s ‘Russian
invasion of Ukraine’ rumours 
as cover-up for its own gambit
January 20th, 10:33am (TASS)
 
 The West’s claims of Russia’s alleged preparations
 for an invasion of Ukraine serve as an information
 cover-up, in order to plot its own provocations, 
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, 
Maria Zakharova, said on Thursday.
 
"Western and Ukrainian media outlets and officials
 have been increasingly engaged in rumours of
 Russia’s pending invasion of Ukraine. This, is
 how they formulate it. We're certain that this
 crusade is aimed at creating an information 
cover-up for preparing their own large-scale
 provocations, including those of a military 
nature... that may have the most tragic 
consequences for regional and 
global security," the spokes-
woman explained.
 
Moscow’s fears are confirmed by the West’s 
genuine inflammatory acts, the diplomat
 stressed.
 
"Britain has been delivering weapons on its Air
 Force military transport planes to Ukraine, for 
several days now. At least 6 flights have been
 arranged and each plane can carry up to 77.5
 tonnes of cargo on board, that is, around 460
 tonnes of armaments in total," the spokes-
woman pointed out.
 
It has also been reported that portable ant-tank 
missile systems... will be delivered to Kiev
for 
employing them in urban warfare, the 
Russian diplomat added  ----  stressing 
that Western instructors are training
Ukrainian military personnel at the 
Yavorovsky training ground... in 
Ukraine’s western Lvov Region,
for conducting this type of 
combat operations.
 
US military aid
 
Canada has already sent over 200 special operations
 forces to Ukraine under the pretext of protecting its 
embassy and evacuating its diplomats in the event 
of an emergency, the Russian Foreign Ministry
spokeswoman said.
 
However, it is the United States that is providing 
the bulk of military assistance to Ukraine,
 Zakharova stressed.
 
"In the past few months alone, Washington has
 delivered 30 Javelin anti-tank missile systems
 and 180 missiles to Ukraine," she emphasized.
 
Moreover, it was earlier reported that the next 
delivery of armaments, worth $20 million, is 
expected in January, the Russian diplomat 
pointed out.
 
"Ukraine perceives this aid as its carte-blanche
 for a military operation in Donbass," 
she maintained.
 
"We urge Western countries to halt the hostile anti-
Russian media crusade, [stop] abetting Ukraine’s
 militarization - by dragging it into NATO - and 
instead channel all efforts into prompting 
the Kiev regime to honour the Minsk 
Accords and other international 
commitments," the spokes-
woman stated.
 


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Russia doesn't mind getting 
written US response to 
security proposals... 
next week - Kremlin
January 20th, 10:38am (TASS) 
 
Moscow expects Washington to respond to 
its proposals on security guarantees in the
coming days, and does not mind getting
response next week, the Kremlin 
Spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, 
told reporters.
 
"Time is of the essence. We have said, that we 
expect to receive it [response] in the coming 
days, not necessarily tomorrow," he pointed 
out, commenting on US Secretary of State
Antony Blinken’s statement, that he
did not intend to hand a response 
over to Russian Foreign Minister 
Sergey Lavrov at their meeting 
in Geneva on January 21st.
 
When asked if Russia would be okay with the
US providing written documents next week, 
Peskov said "yes."
 
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Maria
 Zakharova, said earlier, that Lavrov will meet 
with Blinken in Geneva on January the 21st. 
According to her, Lavrov and Blinken are 
expected to discuss further steps in 
terms of Moscow’s proposals on 
security guarantees.
 
On December the 17th, the Russian Foreign Ministry
released a draft agreement on security guarantees
between Russia and the United States and a draft 
agreement on ensuring the security of Russia 
and NATO member states. Consultations on
the issue took place in Geneva on January
10th, followed by a meeting of the Russia-
NATO Council, in Brussels, on January 
12th and a session of the Organization 
for Security and Cooperation in 
Europe (OSCE) Permanent 
Council in Vienna, on 
January the 13th.
 
 
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Kiev forces open fire
 in Donbass once 
over 24 hours
January 20th, 8:41am (DAN) 
 
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Ukrainian forces opened fire at the Donetsk 
People’s Republic once, over the past 24 
hours; no ceasefire violations occurred 
on the contact line with the Lugansk 
People’s Republic... the Donbass 
Republics’ Offices at the Joint 
Centre for Control and 
Coordination report 
on Thursday.
 
Small arms and sniper fire was delivered at 
the Shakhta 6/7 settlement in Gorlovka, the 
JCCC said.
 
In the previous reporting period, 
Ukrainian armed formations 
violated the ceasefire once.
 
The package of tighter ceasefire control measures 
has been formally in effect in Donbass since July 
27th, 2020. The document bans, among other 
things, the use of weapons, the deployment
of 
hardware next to settlements... and 
engineer works at troops’ positions. 
 
 
__________________________________
 
 
 
US allows three NATO allies
 to send US-made missiles
 to Ukraine: Report
January 20th, 8:20am (PressTV)
 
The United States has given permission to three
 fellow-NATO member states in the Baltic region 
to send US-made missiles and other armaments
 to Ukraine, sources say, amid boiling tensions
 between Russia and the West, over the 
ex-Soviet country.
 
The US State Department has approved shipments 
of US-made missiles & other weapons from NATO
 allies Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, to Ukraine,
Reuters cited three unnamed sources as 
saying, on Wednesday.
 
Russia and the US-led NATO... have recently been
at 
odds over Ukraine. Western countries accuse 
Russia of preparing for an invasion of Ukraine 
by amassing troops and armaments near the
 border with that country. Moscow says, that 
it's free to move its military freely within its 
borders and that it is taking precautionary 
steps because of increased NATO activity
 near its territory.
 
The export control regulations require the countries to
first be granted approval by the US State Department, 
before shipping any weapons they received from the
US, to third parties.
 
According to the sources, the three Baltic countries 
had requested the approval to transfer missiles and 
other US-made weapons to Ukraine in recent weeks
 ...and the news of the approval... emerged late on 
Wednesday, after US President Joe Biden told
 a press conference, that Russia would pay 
dearly if it invaded Ukraine.
 
The US leader said at the time that his “guess is
 [Russian President Vladimir Putin] will move in”
 against Ukraine, though “I think he’ll regret 
having done it.”
 
Estonia can now ship Javelin anti-tank missiles to
 Ukraine, while Lithuania is allowed to send 
Stinger missiles, one of the sources said.
 
Russia: Tensions with US over Ukraine
 risk repeat of Cuba missile crisis
 
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov, 
says the escalation of tensions between Moscow
& Washington over the situation around Ukraine,
 could culminate in a repeat of the 1962 Cuban 
missile crisis --- that pushed the world to the 
brink of a full-scale nuclear war.
 
Washington has announced that it will also begin
 the process of shipping $200 million worth of 
anti-armour missiles, ammunition and other
 equipment to Ukraine, in the coming days.
 
This is while Russian officials have repeatedly 
denied planning to invade neighboring Ukraine.
 
Last month, the Russian government made 
demands on NATO and Ukraine, about the 
future of their relationship, calling on the 
Western military alliance to deny Ukraine 
membership to NATO and to roll back its 
military deployments.
 
Moscow also proposed that the US not establish 
any military bases in the former Soviet states 
that are not part of NATO, and not develop a 
bilateral military alliance with them.
 
Washington has rejected the proposals 
as "non-starters."
 
Russia has repeatedly warned that Moscow will act 
if the US-led NATO military alliance crosses its red
 lines in Ukraine.


Earlier this month, Russia held a series of diplomatic
 meetings with the US and its NATO allies in Geneva,
 Brussels, and Vienna, over the Ukraine crisis. 

During the talks, the Russian representatives
 reiterated Moscow's demand for the security
 guarantees to be taken seriously.
 
The Kremlin has ruled out any further talks with 
Washington and NATO over the situation around
 Ukraine, unless the West responds properly to
 its security demands.
 
Relations between Ukraine and Russia... have been
 deteriorating since 2014, when the then-Ukrainian
 territory of Crimea voted in a referendum to fall 
under Russian sovereignty. The US and the 
European Union backed Kiev, refusing to
 recognize the referendum results, and 
later imposing sanctions on Moscow.
 
Ukraine - as well as the EU and the US - also claim,
that
 Russia has a hand in an ongoing conflict that 
erupted in the Donbass region of Ukraine, 
between government forces and ethnic 
Russians in 2014. The West imposed 
sanctions on Russia after accusing
 it of ''interfering'' in the conflict. 
Moscow denies the allegation.
 
Ukraine claims, that Russia has deployed heavy-
armoured vehicles, electronic warfare systems,
and nearly 100,000 soldiers near its border, 
while Russia says Ukraine has deployed 
half of its army, or 125,000 troops, to
the
 Donbass, calling it “very
dangerous 
adventurism.”
 
 
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Concern in Europe: over 
 Israeli colonization
of Palestine
by Ileana Ferrer Fonte
January 20th, 7:13am (Prensa Latina) 
 
The governments of France, Italy and Germany 
on Thursday, issued a joint concern over the 
Israeli decision to build new settlements in 
East Jerusalem, in occupied Palestine.
 
The new settlements will further disconnect the 
West Bank from East Jerusalem... and will 
represent an additional obstacle to the
 two-State solution, spokesmen for the 
Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the
 three European countries said 
in a statement.
 
In the text, the three powers urged the Israeli 
authorities to reverse the decision, which is
 in addition to those adopted in the last 
decades, to alter the demography
of 
the West Bank --- and thus
perpetuate the occupation.
 
The intention is to build 2,092 settlements in 
the vicinity of Mount Scopus and 1,465 
others between Givat Hamatos
and 
Har Homa.
 
This action directly threatens the viability of a 
future Palestinian state, with settlements that 
constitute clear violations of international 
law and obstruct the way towards a just
 and lasting peace between Israelis 
and Palestinians, Paris, Rome 
and Berlin, stressed.


 
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DPR warns of Ukrainian plans
to attack vital infrastructure
January 20th, 6:53am (DAN)
 
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 Ukraimian armed forces are preparing sabotage
 attacks in the DPR, the deputy chief-of-staff of 
the Republican People's Militia, Eduard 
Basurin, said.
 
"We have received reliable reports... saying that 
Ukrainian command prepares sabotage attacks 
in the People's Republics, close to the line of 
contact."
 
The commander of the special task forces, Gen. 
Galagan, ordered the 8th regiment to prepare 
and carry out these attacks.
 
 Basurin said that these attacks are expected to
target the vital facilities of Donetsk, Gorlovka, 
Yasinovataya, Dokuchayevsk and other
 townships, along the line of contact..
 
 Among the aims are water ducts, power lines, 
transformer substations, industrial facilities, 
and objects storing hazardous chemicals.
 
In response to the threat...  the DPR builds 
up security at vital infrastructure facilities.
 
The Defense is calling on DPR residents to 
report any suspicious people or activities 
to emergency services, militray police,
or 
local law enforcement. 


 
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Yemeni Forces Confront 
UAE-led Mercenaries 
Attack on Hreib & Ain, 
Kill Scores of Them
January 19th, 6:42pm (al Manar)
 
The spokesman of the Yemeni Armed Forces, 
General Yayhya Sarea announced frustrating 
a major attack... launched by the UAE-led
 mercenaries and ISIL terrorists on  the
 two districts of Hreib and Ain.
 
General Sarea indicated that the Emirati-led
 mercenaries and ISIL militants failed to 
achieve any field progress despite the 
aerial support they received, adding 
that more than 50 of them were 
killed or injured .
 
General Sarea noted.. that the Yemeni forces fired 
two ballistic missiles on the UAE-led mercenaries
 and ISIL terrorists.. and destroyed many of
 their vehicles.
 
Source: Al-Manar English Website
 
 
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Situation fragile in Libya, 
country needs international 
support — UN adviser
January 19th, 5:13pm (TASS) 
 
The current situation is calm, but fragile in Libya, 
so the international community should help the
 country on its way towards national 
reconciliation, Stephanie Williams, 
Special Adviser of the UN Sec.
-General on Libya, said in an 
interview with TASS.
 
"The situation in Libya is calm but fragile. And
 in this, I think it’s a relay in common: on the 
entire international community to help the 
Libyans and also to encourage them to 
continue and energize their efforts 
towards national reconciliation 
and transitional justice," 
she said.
 
Williams also noted that "the people of Libya are 
not interested in another interim, transitional 
government... until the presidential and 
parliamentary elections are held, as 
they are now prioritized."
 
"What I have recommended is that the parliament
 focus its energies and efforts on the electoral
 process. I don’t believe that Libya's people 
want yet another, interim, temporary, 
transitional government. It would be 
something like the 6th government 
since the events of 2011. And
again, 
what they (Libyans -
TASS) 
really want to do is
to go to the 
ballot box,"
she added.


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DPR forces obtain information 
about sabotage planned by 
Ukrainian army near 
contact line
January 19th, 4:51pm (TASS) 
 
The Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) People’s 
Militia has information about sabotage actions
 being prepared by the Ukrainian Army.. at the 
contact line in Donbass, People’s Militia 
deputy head, Eduard Basurin, said
on 
Wednesday.
 
"We have obtained reliable information that the
 Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) command... is 
preparing sabotage actions in Donetsk and 
Lugansk People’s Republics... near the 
contact line. The Commander of UAF 
Special Forces, Major Grigory 
Galagan has ordered the 8th 
Special Forces Regiment to 
prepare & carry out these 
terror attacks," he said, 
according to Donetsk 
News Agency.
 
According to the intelligence... acts of sabotage 
may happen at life support facilities in Donetsk, 
Gorlovka, Yasinovataya, Dokuchayevsk... and 
other settlements in direct proximity of the 
contact line. Then, the Kiev army plans to
 orchestrate explosions at dangerous 
chemical industries.
 
In this regard, the DPR reinforced the security 
of all hazardous industries and socially
 important facilities.
 
 
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Militants Planning Terrorist 
Attacks in Syria's Ports
January 19th, 3:57pm (FNA)
 
Terrorists from the Idlib de-escalation zone are
 planning, according to the Syrian authorities, 
terrorist attacks in the ports of Tartus and
 Lattakia, a Russian official announced.
 
"According to information from the Syrian security
 authorities, sabotage and terrorist groups of 
radical gangs from the Idlib de-escalation 
zone are planning terrorist attacks in the
 ports of Tartus and Lattakia," Rear Adm. 
Oleg Zhuravlev, the deputy head of the 
Russian Centre for the Reconciliation 
of Warring Parties in Syria, said,
RIA 
Novosti reported.
 
He added that... in accordance with the appeal of the
Syrian authorities, the command of Russian airbase
 Hmeimim organized round-the-clock patrols. 
 
Military police units patrol the seaport and 
adjacent territory of the city of Lattakia.
He specified that the police use Patrul
and 
Tigr armoured vehicles.
 
According to Zhuravlev, the movement of units 
from the air is controlled by unmanned aerial 
vehicles of the Russian Aerospace Forces.
 
 
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Communists in Duma
propose
 message to
Putin for 
recognition
of 
Donbass republics
January 19th, 3:56pm (TASS) 
 
The Communist fraction in the State Duma and
 its leader, Gennady Zyuganov, on Wednesday,
 submitted to the State Duma a draft message 
from the lower house, to President Vladimir 
Putin, for the recognition of the Donetsk 
and Lugansk republics. The draft was 
uploaded to the State Duma’s 
electronic database.
 
As follows from the draft, the Communists want 
the State Duma to address the head of state 
"...with a request... for considering the
 recognition of the Donetsk People’s 
Republic and the Lugansk People’s 
Republic as independent and 
sovereign states."
 
Also, the Communist Party deems it necessary 
to ask the president, to consider the question 
of conducting early talks with the leaders of 
the DPR & LPR: "for creating a legal basis 
of inter-state relations... governing all 
aspects of cooperation and mutual 
assistance, including security."
 
 
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Russian delegation declares 
start of ‘countdown’ in wait for 
adoption of Russian proposals
January 19th, 3:47pm (TASS) 
 
The West faces the moment of truth, which has 
started the countdown in wait for the adoption 
of Russian proposals on security guarantees
addressed to the United States and NATO, 
Konstantin Gavrilov, the head of Russia's
delegation, at the Vienna Negotiations
on 
Military Security & Arms Control, 
said on Wednesday.
 
Gavrilov spoke at the meeting of the OSCE 
Forum for Security Cooperation, which is 
the first, in 2022.
 
"There arrives a moment of truth when the West 
either accepts our proposals --- or other ways
will 
be found to safeguard Russia’s security," 
Gavrilov said. 
 
"I am convinced that, with goodwill and a willingness 
to compromise in any situation, it is possible to find 
a way out to mutually acceptable solutions. We are 
running out of time. The countdown begins."
 
The Russian diplomat believes that what is at stake
 is to minimize military spending and to resolve the 
security issues, which are not pressing for Russia
 alone, but for all the nations in Eurasia and the
 Euro-Atlantic area, as well.
 
Gavrilov pointed out that the NATO actions had
 resulted in fragmentation of the pan-European 
space and inflicted huge damage to the 
authority of the OSCE, which has 
turned into a hostage of the 
narrow agenda of the
 "collective West."
 
In these circumstances, the Russian delegation will
 henceforth be coming up at the OSCE Forum for
 Security Cooperation with just the issues that 
meet its own national interests, the head of
 the Russian delegation stressed.
 
 
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'Horror Stories': Minsk 
Rejects US Claims That 
Russia plans to Invade 
Ukraine From Belarus
January 19th, 3:40pm (Sputnik)
 
Recent statements from the US State Department
 ...regarding Russia's alleged invasion of Ukraine
from Belarus and a deployment of nuclear arms 
in the neighboring country --- are nothing more 
than "horror stories", the Belarusian Foreign
 Ministry said.
 
A senior US State Department official said on Tuesday
 that proposed changes to the Belarusian constitution
 indicate Minsk's plans to allow Russian conventional
and nuclear forces to be 
stationed on its territory.

They also 
claimed that Russia could deploy its troops
to Belarus, under the 
pretext of military drills, to 
potentially attack Ukraine from the north.
 
"We had a look at this bizarre briefing... it is an
astonishing collection of fantasies and horror
 stories. Also, it was done absolutely intent-
ionally, even the anonymous delivery 
indicates this," the Foreign Ministry 
spokesman, Anatoly Glaz, stated, 
accusing Washington of making 
false statements to aggravate 
the situation and justify its 
"illegal actions."
 
The official stated that Minsk is not obligated 
to report to Washington but "if something 
causes concern, we are always ready to 
discuss it in a civilized manner."
 
 
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Iranians marking Gaza Day:
to voice support for popular 
Palestinian resistance... 
against Israeli crimes
January 19th, 11:27am (PressTV)
 
Iranians are commemorating Gaza Day across
Iran to show solidarity with the Palestinians
residing in the besieged coastal enclave: 
urging them to keep up their struggles 
against the Aviv regime’s incessant 
acts of aggression and 
criminal acts.
 
The ceremonies are mostly being held online,
 amid the concerns over the spread of the 
COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The day was designated after the full 
offensive on the Gaza Strip, which 
the Israeli regime recommenced 
on December the 27th, 2008 - by 
pounding a densely populated 
Palestinian territory, from the 
air, sea and land, for 22 days.
 
More than 2,000 Palestinians were killed in 
Israel's 3-week-long operation, named
 by Israel as "Operation Cast Lead,"
 including dozens of children and
 women. A total of 13 Israelis
were 
also killed - in attacks
by 
Palestinian resistance
 factions.
 
Nearly 200 Palestinians, mostly security 
personnel, were killed on the first day 
of the Israeli offensive on the
 seaside enclave.
 
Iranians also mark the Gaza Day to underscore 
the fact that resistance, broadly speaking, is 
not only the ability to fight back against an 
oppressor that is militarily more powerful,
 but also the ability to creatively resist
 the colonization of one’s land.
 
Even though Israel launched massive attacks 
against Gaza in 2009, 2012, 2014 and in May 
2020.... none of its “objectives” of these
genocidal onslaughts – putting an end
to the rocket fire from Gaza, and
destroying those tunnels used 
by resistance fighters, or 
obfuscating any form 
of unity... between 
occupied al-Quds 
and Gaza – has 
been achieved.
 
Retaliatory rockets are still being launched 
and the Hamas resistance movement has 
proved to be strong enough to respond
 to any act of aggression by apartheid
 Israel against al-Quds and the holy 
al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
 
 
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UK Supplies Ukraine With 
Thousands of Light 
Anti-Tank Missiles
January 19th, 10:39am (Sputnik) 
 
The United Kingdom has supplied Ukraine with
 several thousands of light anti-tank missiles...
 the UK Minister for the Armed Forces, James 
Heappey, told the LBC radio broadcaster 
on Wednesday.
 
The minister noted that Ukrainians are a proud
 sovereign nation and they are ready to fight 
for every inch of their country.
 
London said Tuesday, that the UK military 
...had airlifted a batch of light anti-tank 
weapons to Ukraine for self-defence.
 
Earlier this week the US & British officials 
made statements: about increasing arms 
deliveries to Ukraine, including shoulder
-launched anti-aircraft missile systems. 
 
Russia criticised the move, saying it will 
make the situation even worse. The 
West has been speculating about 
Russia's alleged plans to invade 
Ukraine, a claim Moscow has 
strongly denied.
 
 
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Izvestia: Why unscheduled
 military exercises in
 Belarus are needed
January 19th, 10am (TASS)
 
On February 10-20, Russia and Belarus will perform 
an out-of-schedule large-scale defense training
operation which will involve the entire military
potential of both countries, Russian Deputy 
Defense Minister, Alexander Fomin, said
on 
Tuesday, January the 18th. 
 
The drills dubbed Union Resolve 2022 will involve 
land troops being transferred to Belarus - along 
with several all-arms units, artillery and rocket 
subdivisions, and a squadron of Su-35S multi-
role fighter jets. The long-range air defense 
forces on Belarusian territory, will also 
be bolstered.
 
"Currently, the situation in Ukraine, is very complex.
Poroshenko returned - and Zelensky is in a difficult
situation. Chances are high that [Zelensky] will try 
to use the DPR and LPR factor, in order to resolve
his issues," Dmitry Abzalov, the Director of the 
Centre for Strategic Communications thinks. 
 
"In order to avoid risks, Russia has to preserve 
concentration.  So the upcoming drills may 
serve as a ‘safety switch’ of sorts, against 
the escalation in Donbass," he explained. 
 
The expert added that the maneuvers may serve as
 an argument in Russia-NATO talks. As a response
 to the increased military potential near Russia’s
 borders, Moscow may increase its presence in 
those countries that border NATO countries,
or 
are located close to the US.
 
Military expert Vladislav Shurygin, told the newspaper 
that transferring troops from other regions is needed
--- to practice rapidly concentrating forces and
 equipment in the necessary direction. 
 
"We, unlike the Soviet Union, cannot have a group 
of troops in every direction. Today, our goal is to 
conduct a quick transfer of troops & equipment 
and create strong units, that will follow a single 
plan." The expert explained that the large-scale
drills would involve practicing active defense
techniques, in the scenario of deflecting
external aggression.
 
 
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Kiev forces violate ceasefire
 once in 24 hours
January 19th, 9:20am (DAN)
 
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Ukrainian forces violated the ceasefire once 
over the past 24 hours, the DPR mission to 
the Joint Centre for Control and 
Coordination (JCCC) said.
 
The Alexandrovka township came under 120 mm 
mortar fire. The total of 20 rounds exploded in 
the area.
 
 
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Russia’s Central Military
Command
 to hold over
900 drills in 2022
January 19th, 6:49am (TASS)
 
 The number of drills scheduled for 2022 in Russia’s
 Central Military District has increased by 10% 
compared to last year ....to 900 exercises, 
Central Military District Commander 
Colonel-General Alexander Lapin 
said on Wednesday.
 
Basic efforts will focus on practicing the troop prompt
deployment and regrouping for other strategic areas,
and planning and conducting strategic operations. 
 
The drills scheduled for 2022 will run at training
 grounds in the Urals, Siberia and the Volga 
area, and also at the Russian military
bases
 in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan,
the
 commander specified.
 
"This year, we will hold over 900 troop combat 
and operational training measures, which is 
almost 10% more compared to last year,"
 the general said.
 
The upcoming drills will also focus on practicing the 
aspects of resolving armed conflicts and stabilizing 
the situation in Central Asian countries, the press
 office of the Central Military District added.
 
The Central Military District is the largest in Russia.
 It is based on the territory of the Volga, Urals and
 Siberian integrated federal districts & 29 Russian
 regions. Structurally, the Central Military District 
also includes some overseas facilities: the 201st 
military base in Tajikistan, the Kant integrated 
military base in Kyrgyzstan, & units stationed 
on the territory of Kazakhstan. The Central
 Military District is headquartered in
 Yekaterinburg in the Urals.
 
 
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Russian and Syrian
 military patrol port
 of Latakia
by Ileana Ferrer Fonte
January 19th, 7:52am (Prensa Latina) 
 
Syrian soldiers and members of the Russian
 military police have begun patrolling the 
commercial port facilities in the 
Syrian coastal city of Latakia,
 390 kilometres northwest 
of Damascus.
 
Footage broadcast by both countries’ media 
showed several Russian armoured vehicles 
patrolling the port complex that was twice 
attacked by Israel in December.
 
According to official sources quoted by Al-Watan 
newspaper, this presence is aimed at securing 
and protecting the port and deterring any 
aggression against its facilities.
 
Israel carried out two air strikes against the
referred 
facility on December 7th and 27th,
2021 --- resulting 
in huge material losses
in containers and 
imported goods.
 
Syria's authorities consider --- that these 
aggressions by Tel Aviv, are part of the 
economic war unleashed against this 
Arab nation, by the United States
and
 its allies.
 


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Armed men without insignia 
occupy village school, 
forestry company... 
outside Volnovakha
January 18th, 7:10pm (DAN) 
 
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Gunmen have occupied the school and the premises
 of an active forestry company in the Kiev-controlled 
Novognatovka village outside Volnovakha, Donetsk 
People’s Republic People’s Militia deputy 
commander Eduard Basurin said, 
on Tuesday.
 
“According to Volnovakha district administration,
 residents have been complaining about unlawful
 actions by Ukrainian gunmen,” Basurin said. 
 
“Reports said that about a month ago, some 60
 gunmen without identifying insignia occupied 
the Novognatovka secondary school and 
seized the premises of an operating 
forestry company to deploy 12 
armoured personnel carriers 
and infantry fighting 
vehicles there.”
 
The gunmen have been looting the abandoned 
homes and their tracked vehicles have been 
ruining the village road, he added.
 
Tensions have been mounting on the contact line 
in Donbass, since January 9th. Kiev army units 
deliver fire on all axes. On Tuesday afternoon,
 the Spartak village in the northern outskirts 
of Donetsk, came under Ukrainian army 
mortar fire.
 
 
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Kiev forces fire mortars at
 northern Donetsk on eve 
of Epiphany
January 18th, 6:12pm (DAN) 
 
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A Spartak village area in the northern outskirts 
of Donetsk, has come under mortar fire from 
Ukrainian armed formations, the Donetsk 
People’s Republic Office at the Joint 
Centre for Control and Coordination
 (JCCC), reported on Tuesday.
 
Fire was delivered from Opytnoye settlement area 
at 16:25, the JCCC said. The enemy used 120mm 
mortars expending six rounds. No casualties or
 damage were immediately reported.
 
 
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Israeli forces arrest 41 
Palestinians as Negev
 protests rage on
January 18th, 6:02pm (PressTV)
 
The Israeli regime’s forces keep up their crack-
down on ongoing protests in the Negev Desert 
in the south of the occupied Palestinian
 territories.
 
Tensions grew in Negev, early last week, after diggers
 and bulldozers of the so-called Jewish National Fund
 (JNF) razed some Bedouin farming lands there as 
part of a controversial tree planting program or 
afforestation. The provocative move triggered 
large rallies, which met with a brutal crack-
down and mass arrests.
 
Reporting on Tuesday, the Palestine al-Yawm
 television channel said the forces had 
rounded up at least 41 Palestinians, 
in their most recent bout of 
coming down hard on
 the rallies.
 
According to the channel, the 
arrestees included minors.
 
The Middle East Eye (MEE) news outlet said the
 victims were rounded up from the villages of 
al-Zarnouq, Abu Talool, Khashm al-Zina and 
Tel al-Sabe in Negev, adding that the 
youngest of the captives “is only 
10 years old.”
 
A rights group urged the occupying regime to 
stop its “life-threatening crackdown” on the 
protest rallies.
 
The Legal Centre for Arab Minority Rights in Israel 
(Adalah) said Israeli security forces had exceeded 
its authority and endangered protesters lives, by 
using rubber-coated bullets, teargas, and stun 
grenades, as well as skunk water.
 
 It further said the Israeli police had also used 
drones to drop teargas grenades on the 
protesters, condemning such use of 
drones as “extremely dangerous, 
disproportionate and unlawful”.
 
The desert houses around 300,000 Palestinians.
 
“Some 100,000 of the Palestinians are currently 
living in 35 unrecognized villages that Israel 
considers illegal, and it refuses to provide 
them with electricity, water, education, 
health, and transportation,” the 
MEE noted.


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Blinken to travel to Ukraine
 amid US propaganda 
against Russia
January 18th, 3:22pm (PressTV)
 
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to
 Ukraine on Wednesday to meet with the country’s
 president and foreign minister amid US claims
 that Russia is preparing to invade the 
neighboring country. Moscow has 
rejected the accusations.
 
US State Department spokesperson, Ned Price, said 
Tuesday that Blinken will meet with the Ukrainian
President Volodymyr Zelensky and Foreign 
Minister Dmytro Kuleba, “to reinforce the 
United States’ commitment to Ukraine’s 
sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
 
The spokesperson added that Blinken will also
 discuss "the Department’s efforts to plan for
 contingencies" with the US Embassy’s 
staff and their families.
 
The US secretary of state will later travel to Germany
 to meet with Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock...
and attend a meeting with the Transatlantic QUAD,
 which includes the US, UK, France, and Germany.
 
The State Department spokesperson said that the 
purpose of the QUAD meeting in Germany is “to 
discuss recent diplomatic engagements with 
Russia and joint efforts to deter further 
Russian aggression against Ukraine,
 including Allies’ and partners’ 
readiness to impose massive 
consequences... and severe
economic costs on Russia.”
 
“The Secretary’s travel and consultations are part 
of the diplomatic efforts to de-escalate the
tension caused by Russia’s military build
-up and continued aggression against 
Ukraine,” Price added.
 
This comes as a number of US war hawks earlier this 
week also announced they were traveling to Ukraine
 to meet with Zelensky and other Ukrainian officials.
 
Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Jeanne Shaheen (D-
N.H.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.),
 Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) 
and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced 
their trip on Monday.
 
Commenting to Press TV, US journalist Don DeBar
 said, “This is a freaking war party. Senator 
Shaheen, for example, at a hearing for the 
US intelligence propaganda outlets under 
the Broadcast Board of Governors, called 
Russian news services ''agencies of 
propaganda'' & said their presence
 in the US market, was ‘an act of
war, 
with a body count.’”
 
“If Donald Trump's presidency set the standard 
to allow observers to issue remote diagnoses 
of mental illness, Shaheen is, to use the 
appropriate clinical term, a genocidal 
maniac,” he added.
 
“Or, in plain English.. she is out of her freakin' mind,
 seemingly obsessed with making war with Russia. 
And she is the sanest of that delegation,” the 
analyst noted.
 
The US senators said they would hold discussions 
“to reaffirm the US’ commitment to Ukraine ---
which
 continues to face an increasingly 
belligerent Russia.”
 
The development comes as US intelligence 
agencies have accused Russia... of 
preparing a false-flag operation
 to invade Ukraine.
 
US officials told the media on Friday that US
intelligence findings.. point to Russia laying 
the groundwork for fabricating a pretext for 
invasion by blaming Ukraine for preparing 
an “imminent attack” against Russian 
forces in eastern Ukraine.
 
“The Russian military plans to begin these activities 
several weeks before a military invasion, which 
could begin between mid-January and mid-
February,” one official told The Hill. “We 
saw this playbook in 2014 with Crimea.”
 
 
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German Foreign Minister calls 
to revive Normandy Format to
implement Minsk Agreements
 January 18th,  2:55pm TASS)
 
Germany is certain that the Normandy Format 
must be "revived", in order to make progress
in implementation of the Minsk Agreements 
and a resolution of the Ukrainian conflict, 
the German Foreign Minister, Annalena 
Baerbock, said at a press conference 
...in the wake of the talks with her 
Russian counterpart, Sergey
 Lavrov, on Tuesday.
 
"Now it is important to flesh out the Normandy 
process again.. in order to move forward with 
the implementation of the Minsk agreements. 
This would contribute... to the reinforcement 
of security in Europe. It's encouraging that 
all sides to the Normandy Format and 
Minsk Agreements --- stated their 
adherence to the Agreements," 
the Minister noted.
 
She added that both Foreign Ministers reaffirmed 
their readiness to do everything to continue the
 Normandy Format talks - as soon as possible.
 
The peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbass,
is based on the Minsk Agreements, which not only
include a ceasefire, the withdrawal of arms, an
amnesty and the restoration of economic ties, 
but also deep constitutional reform, based on 
a dialogue with representatives of Donetsk
and Lugansk People’s republics which must
result in the decentralization of power with
consideration of the special status of
specific 
parts of the Donetsk and
Lugansk Regions 
of Ukraine. 
 
However, the negotiating process has effectively 
reached an impasse, because Ukraine refused
 to implement the political articles of the 
Minsk Agreements.
 
 
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Russia still awaits response 
on security guarantees from 
US, NATO, top diplomat says
January 18th, 1pm (TASS)
 
 Russia is still waiting for responses to its security