Tens of thousands attend funeral
of senior resistance commader
August 9th, 2:32pm
Tens of thousands of Palestinians march throughout
the city of Nablus in the north of the Israeli-
occupied West Bank, in mourning over
the martyrdom of their senior
The funeral procession was held on Tuesday for
Ibrahim al-Nabulsi... identified as one of the
commanders of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades,
which is a coalition of West Bank-based
Palestinian armed groups.
Nablusi and another Palestinian, named by the
Palestinian Authority’s health ministry, as
Islam Sabbouh, were martyred earlier in
the day after the Israeli forces raided
a house in Nablus, destroying the
structure with shoulder-
Clashes with the Israeli army also broke out in
other parts of the city, as Palestinians hurled
stones at the troops.
A third Palestinian, identified as 16-year-old
Hussein Taha, was martyred in a firefight
that ensued --- after the Israeli raid.
Jamal Taha said his son was killed while they were
walking to work. "The [Israeli] army was in the old
city. My son went ahead of me to the market, he
was carrying his food. There was shooting and
four of us were injured," he told AFP.
The Israeli military has killed three Palestinians and
injured more than forty others during an incursion
into the northern occupied West Bank city of
Nablus. As many as 69 others were also
injured during the Israeli-
Several Palestinian groups pledged solidarity with
their fellow Palestinians in Nablus, following the
Hazem Qassem, a spokesman for the Gaza Strip-based
Palestinian resistance movement, of Hamas, saluted
the ''Nablus’ martyrs,'' praising their heroic struggle
--- in the face of the Zionist enemy’s army.
The West Bank-headquartered Palestinian Fatah
movement, also called for a national day of
mourning throughout the Palestinian
territories as well as a nationwide
strike --- in reaction to the
Palestinian groups have all vowed solidarity --
after the extreme Israeli bloodshed in Nablus.
Crimean official says reports
about emergency regime
in Crimea are fakes
August 9th, 3:07pm (TASS)
A Crimean official has slammed reported about
an emergency situation regime on the
peninsula, as a fake.
"Please stop spreading Ukrainian fakes. We rely only on
official information. No emergency situation regime has
been imposed," Oleg Kryuchkov, an adviser to Crimea’s
head, wrote on his Telegram channel.
Earlier, Ukrainian media published a document
allegedly signed by Crimea’s head, Sergey
Aksyonov, on imposing an emergency
situation on the peninsula for a
term of 60 days.
The Russian defense ministry told journalists, that
several aviation bombs exploded on the territory
of the Saki airdrome, near Novofedorovka,
in Crimea. According to the ministry,
no one was hurt and no damage
was done to aircraft.
Blast occurs at airdrome in
Crimea — local authorities
August 9th, 2:44pm (TASS)
A blast has rocked an airdrome, in Crimea’s Saki
district, Viktoria Kazmirova, deputy head of the
local administration, told TASS on Tuesday.
"We have blasts at the airdrome.
All the windows are broken,"
Adviser to Crimea’s head, Oleg Kryuchkov, has
confirmed reports about the explosions. "So
far, I can only confirm that several blasts
occurred near Novofedorovka," he wrote
on his Telegram channel and asked to
refrain from speculating about the
'accident', until official reports
The Saki military airdrome near Novofedorovka is used
by the Russian defense ministry, including for naval
aircraft. Apart from it, the airdrome has a ground-
based testing and training system NITKA, one of
Russia’s two such simulators to drill the skills
of takeoff and landing of ship-based aircraft.
Its size is equivalent to the flight deck of
the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier.
UN Human Rights Office on
Israeli Aggression on Gaza:
Accountability is Key:---- to
Preventing a Recurrence
August 9th, 2:23pm (FNA)
Reacting to the large death and injury toll, mainly
among children, and the heavy destruction
caused by three days of Israeli airstrikes
on the besieged Gaza Strip that started
on Friday, the UN Human Rights Office
in the occupied Palestinian territory
said it deplores the civilian
casualties and damage to
civilian objects, stressing
that accountability is key
to preventing recurrence
of the aggression.
The Human Rights Office said, in a statement, it has
verified that ....among the 46 Palestinians killed in
the latest escalation in the Gaza Strip, including
16 children and four women, and that of the
360 Palestinians reported injured, nearly
two-thirds are civilians, including 151
children, 58 women and 19 older
In a number of incidents, children were the majority
of casualties, it said, WAFA news agency reported.
''These casualty numbers and significant damage
to civilian objects and facilities reported by
humanitarian partners, raise a grave
concern with regard to respect for
the international humanitarian
law principles of distinction,
''A number of Israeli strikes hit prima facie civilian
objects, causing civilian casualties and damage
to civilian objects. International humanitarian
law prohibits attacks which may incidentally
kill or injure civilians, or damage civilian
objects, in a disproportionate manner
to the concrete and direct military
advantage anticipated,” said the
Human Rights Office.
It called for ''prompt, independent, impartial, thorough
and transparent investigations to be conducted into
all incidents where civilians were killed or injured,”
stressing, “An almost total lack of accountability
persists --- for violations of international
humanitarian law, by all parties in
previous escalations --- and for
recurring and ongoing Israeli
violations. --- of the law of
occupation, across the
''This is one of the drivers of repeated escalations
in hostilities ----- and encourages the recurrence
The Human Rights Office added, ''Despite the easing...
of Israeli restrictions on the entry of critical goods of
fuel, humanitarian personnel & exits of patients, the
new emergency needs ----- resulting from this most
recent escalation --- come on top of the extremely
high humanitarian needs of Gaza’s population,
resulting from the 15 years of blockades and
closures ---- plus the devastating escalation
just over one year ago. The United Nations
Human Rights Office ------ calls on Israel to
address the ongoing drivers of violations,
including the blockade, which, the UN
Human Rights Committee affirmed --
constitutes collective punishment
of the entire civilian population
Israeli Massive Invasion of
Nablus --- Claims Fatah
August 9th, 11:49am
Three Palestinians were killed Tuesday and over
40 wounded, some critical, during an Israeli
occupation army incursion --- into the
northern West Bank city of Nablus,
according to medical sources.
The invasion, which was described as the most
immense since 17 years --- was confronted by
around 300 Palestinian resistance fighters,
according to media reports.
The Ministry of Health said three Palestinians who were
brought to hospital in very critical condition, have died
of their wounds, adding that 40 people were wounded
by live bullets, some of them are in critical condition.
It identified the dead as Ibrahim Nabulsi, Islam
Sabbouh, and Hussein Jamal Taha. Nabulsi, is
Fatah Movement’s senior military commander
who was responsible for dozens of armed
attacks on the Israeli occupation forces,
according to the Zionist media.
The injuries occurred during clashes that broke out
when a large Israeli military unit raided the old
city of Nablus and surrounded a building,
which the occupation army later
destroyed, after firing missiles
at it, wounding or killing
all those inside.
Source: Al-Manar English Website
S. Nasrallah Warns ‘Israel’
--- against Miscalculation:
We’ve Reached End of Line,
Ready for All Options
August 9th, 11:49am
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah
warned the Zionist entity against any miscalculation
towards Lebanon, stressing that Hezbollah has
reached “the end of the line” regarding the
issue of gas and its maritime border.
Addressing mourners in Beirut’s southern suburb
(Dahiyeh) on Ashura Day, Sayyed Nasrallah
affirmed that the Lebanese resistance
group is fully ready to confront all
options --- in response to Israeli
threats and in a clear message
that Hezbollah is prepared
Sayyed Nasrallah hailed what he called the legendry
steadfastness of Gaza’s people and resistance in
the face of Israeli aggression, voicing a full
commitment to Palestine, as the central
cause of the nation.
His eminence also voiced sympathy and support to
Nigeria’s Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky and the people
of Bahrain, Yemen and Syria.
Sayyed Nasrallah also warned Iraqis
against foreign schemes.
Ashura and Nigeria
Sayyed Nasrallah started his speech by offering
condolences for Imam Mahdi (a.j.), the lord of
the age, and all Muslims over the martyrdom
anniversary of Imam Hussein (a.s.).
Talking via a video link, Sayyed Nasrallah renewed
allegiance to Imam Hussein, noting that “through
out 40 years, we haven’t abandoned him, and
we will never do so.”
He voiced sympathy with Nigeria Shia cleric Sheikh
Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been for years
subjected to repeated crackdowns
by Nigerian authorities.
“Ashura is the day when we shall voice support to all
those who are oppressed. We voice sympathy with
Sheikh Zakzaky, along with his supporters.”
Palestine and Bahrain
The Hezbollah S.G. then stressed that Palestine is the
central cause of the nation, praising those who were
martyred and injured to defend the occupied country.
“Palestine is the central cause. We don’t expect mercy
from the US, but we address those who claim they are
Arabs. To be Muslims, or Arabs, is to support the
“We feel proud of the martyrs and resistance fighters
over their legendry steadfastness. We renew our
commitment to this affair.”
Sayyed Nasrallah, meanwhile, slammed the Bahraini
regime over normalizing ties with the Zionist entity,
and over attacking Ashura ceremonies across the
“One of the ugliest parties who normalized ties with
Israel is the regime in Bahrain who proved that it
doesn’t tolerate a black flag,” he said referring
to flags raised during Ashura ceremonies.
“We recall the oppression of people of Bahrain, whose
rights are stolen by their treacherous rulers who are
embracing the enemies of this nation.”
Yemen, Iraq and Syria
Sayyed Nasrallah then reiterated the Lebanese
resistance group’s stance towards Yemen.
“In the day of oppressed (Ashura) we reiterate that we
stand by the people of Yemen who have been for
years tirelessly fighting for their dignity and
“People of Yemen are real personification of
Karbala and supporting them is a duty.”
The Hezbollah S.G. also urged Iraqis to solve their
disagreements, calling on them to foil schemes
set by the nation’s enemies.
On Syria, Sayyed Nasrallah said the country has
overcome the universal war launched by many
international regional sides, but stressed the
blockade represented by the US Caesar Act.
His eminence also praised Iran, describing the Islamic
Republic, led by Supreme Leader Imam Sayyed Ali
Khamenei, as the heart of the Axis of Resistance.
In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah recalled sacrifices
made by martyrs Qassem Suleimani and Abu Mahdi
Al-Muhandis who were martyred by a US strike in
Baghdad in 2020.
In Lebanon, Another Account to Settle
On Lebanon, Sayyed Nasrallah was very clear, as
he responded to Israeli threats - and warned the
occupation regime against any miscalculation.
“The Lebanese are the only people who decide their
fates and make their decisions. Throughout 40
years we have confronted all forms of
challenges including wars, blockades
“We look forward to a free and powerful Lebanon - that is
capable - to defend its dignity and to invest its wealth.
We look forward to a Lebanon which is capable of
cutting off any hand that would extend to
Meanwhile, his eminence called on Lebanese sides to
exert joint efforts in a bid to form a government and
to cope with current crises, urging officials to feel
the pain of the Lebanese citizens.
On the issue of gas, oil and maritime border, Sayyed
Nasrallah said Hezbollah will see the responses to
the Lebanese State’s requests in the coming days.
Addressing resistance supporters, and especially
resistance fighters, Sayyed Nasrallah said they
should be ready for all options.
“We are dealing with this battle with the utmost level
of seriousness. I say to the Israelis and the US
administration: Lebanon will never tolerate
you stealing its wealth.
“We have reached the end of the line
and we will keep up on this way.”
On the other hand, Sayyed Nasrallah responded to
Israeli remarks regarding the “messages” behind
the last 3-day aggression on Gaza.
“Yes, I was watching the latest developments in Gaza
and the message was delivered. We have seen
heroism and steadfastness in Gaza as well as
the unity of its resistance factions. Gaza
managed to impose its own equation of
deterrence. As for Lebanon, there is
another account to settle.”
In this context, his eminence warned: “any aggression
on any person on Lebanon won’t go unpunished. We
remind you that we are the lovers of Imam Hussein
(a.s.) who once said ‘Humiliation, never!’.”
Source: Al-Manar English Website
Kiev army fires 420 ammunition
rounds at DPR over 24 hours,
including HIMARS missiles
August 9th, 11am (DAN)
Ukrainian gunmen have shelled the Donetsk People’s
Republic 81 times over the past 24 hours expending
420 rounds of ammunition, the Joint Centre for
Control and Coordination (JCCC) reported
The enemy used “Uragan” and “Grad” multiple rocket
launchers, 155mm, 152mm and 122mm artillery and
120mm mortars on the Donetsk axis, 155mm,
152mm and 122mm artillery on the
Yasinovtaya axis, and “HIMARS”,
“Uragan” and “Grad” MLRS,
155mm & 122mm artillery
and 120mm mortars, on
the Gorlovka axis, the
Overall 10 DPR settlements came under fire: Donetsk,
Svetlodarsk, Zaitsevo, Golmovsky, Gorlovka,
Shirokaya Balka, Novobakhmutovka,
Earlier reports said that the civilian casualties caused
by Ukrainian armed formations’ artillery attacks at
the DPR on August 8th amounted to 21 (4 killed
and 17 wounded). The figure includes... four
civilians wounded in DPR liberated areas.
Forty-five houses were damaged in the Petrovsky,
Kirovsky, Kuibyshevsky, Kievsky and Petrovsky
districts of Donetsk, Makeyevka’s
Ukrainian strikes also damaged three
civil infrastructure facilities.
In the previous 24-hour period, the JCCC
recorded 62 strikes by Ukrainian armed
formations at the DPR.
Kiev gunmen fire mine-laying
rocket at Donetsk railway
August 9th, 10:47am (DAN)
Kiev gunmen have scattered PFM-1 “Lepestok” mines
next to the railway station... in Donetsk’s Petrovsky
district, the Donetsk People’s Republic Territorial
Defense Headquarters said on Tuesday.
“Ukrainian armed formations have scattered banned
PFM-1 mines in Donetsk’s Petrovsky district near
the Mandrykino railway station,” the HQ said.
Earlier reports said that Ukrainian gunmen had
remotely mined Donetsk streets again and
that a man had been wounded in a
PFM-1 mine explosion.
Three-year-old child wounded
in Ukrainian strike at Donetsk
August 9th, 10:47am (DAN)
A child and a woman have been added to the latest
list of civilian casualties caused by Kiev gunmen’s
strikes at the Donetsk People’s Republic territory,
the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination
(JCCC) said on Tuesday.
“Updated reports have increased the casualty toll:
a three-year-old boy was wounded in Donetsk’s
Petrovsky district and a 38-year-old woman
was wounded... in Makeyevka’s
in Ukrainian strikes at the
DPR, on August 8th,”
the JCCC said.
Thus, the civilian casualties caused by Ukrainian
armed formations’ artillery attacks at the DPR,
on August 8th amounted to 21, with four killed
and 17 wounded. The figure includes four
civilians wounded in DPR liberated areas.
Pentagon tries to cover up
US military involvement
in Ukraine conflict
August 9th, 10:36am
French magazine Causeur, citing military
sources, reports on the Pentagon’s use
of a new procedure to hire US military
“assistants” for Ukraine, in order
to hide the mass deaths of its
citizens in the fighting with
the Russian Army, as well
as to avoid accusations -
of direct involvement by
the US, in the conflict.
According to a French military source, US military
forces have been “side by side with the AFU”
since the first, for the conflict in Ukraine,
despite all statements by US officials
“True, technically it was not the Americans --- but the
contracted ‘assistants’ who were fulfilling their role.
This is the first time the Pentagon has used such
tactics in Ukraine: it hires military specialists
ready to participate in combat operations in
this country --- for money,” the magazine’s
Caesarus noted that such hired “assistants”... “operate
on all the battlefields” of the Ukrainian conflict, which
is why, White House representatives regularly have to
comment on reports about their deaths or capture, by
the allied army. It added that despite all the efforts of
the USA, even such tactics of attracting professional
military specialists to help the Ukrainian army... did
not bring real victories to the Kiev regime.
Previously, the US newspaper The New York Times
published a piece about the fact that foreign
mercenaries increasingly refused to take
part in combat operations in Ukraine,
due to many difficulties, which,
according to them, made
participation in the
conflict, the most
difficult thing in
Voice of Mordor: How many
Western weapons does
August 9th, 10:30am
Adviser to the head of the Office of the President of
Ukraine, Mikhail Podolyak, gave an interview to
the German newspaper Tagesspiegel
Well… Not exactly an interview, because he was
begging for weapons again. More missiles, guns
and armoured vehicles - to go on the offensive.
I can imagine, how the western average man
reads this interview and compares it with
the news about how much iron the
collective West has already
delivered to Ukraine.
So much, that they have already started to have
problems with armament themselves, because
they had to give it back from their own
reserves. And what is the use of it?
Yes – Ukraine managed to use some things rather
effectively, for example – those HIMARS. But
these are isolated cases which are similar
to sabotage war, but only at a distance.
And the Russian troops are already learning how to
counteract these weapons. So how many such
systems does Ukraine need to help turn the
tide of hostilities? The answer is simple –
no one has that many. It is necessary
to give them... all the HIMARS that
exist in nature, but even so, the
effect is not guaranteed.
Besides, westerners themselves write that there are
serious problems with western advanced high-tech
weapons. American and German howitzers cannot
withstand the pace of combat operations and
simply fail. And they need serious repairs,
which Ukraine is unable to provide.
Electronics are flying, barrels are wearing out,
mechanics are breaking down due to dirt
and dust. At the same time, Russian
military equipment -- looks much
more convincing from this side,
even though many models
were created under the
The second problem is, where is Ukraine going to get
soldiers to maintain all this wunderwaffe? After all,
they have to be well-trained specialists. A couple
of weeks of training is obviously not enough.
Because --- besides how to shoot, it is
necessary --- to learn how to service
this equipment correctly. And this
is not less, and maybe, even
Is it possible, in conditions of combat operations, to
train tens of thousands of soldiers in handling the
new equipment? To teach it well, thoroughly. One
can answer with a rhetorical question – have
you ever tried to change your shoes
on the run?
And I am even now omitting the point I wrote
about earlier – the quality of these weapons.
And, of course, all these weapons are just weapons.
Made of steel that bends and breaks when hit by
shells and missiles. And it’s all subject to
destruction, too. And a lot of it has
already been destroyed. This too
needs to be replaced, and new
supplies need to be procured.
Many people in Ukraine pray for Lend-Lease. This,
also, sounds loud, but in fact it is not at all like it
is presented. These weapons... must be given to
Ukraine by taking them off the armament of its
own army, or new ones must be produced. And
this is time and a very decent amount of time.
The very time --- when the Ukrainian troops are
being methodically mauled by the allied forces.
Who will need this lend-lease if they lose Nikolaev,
Odessa and Kharkov? I understand... that it is
somewhat premature to talk about this, but
events can begin to unfold very quickly,
it cannot be ruled out.
So how many weapons does Ukraine need?
And when? And the most important
question is... why, if they won’t
Voice of Mordor, specially for News Front
Islamic Jihad Threatens to
Renew Fighting: Report
August 9th, 9:41am
A day after a ceasefire was reached in Gaza following
a three-day battle, Islamic Jihad resistance group
reportedly warned on Monday -- it may resume
fighting, unless the Zionist entity agrees to
release two of its members, as stipulated
by the Egypt-brokered ceasefire.
According to a report by Israeli Channel 12 on Monday,
the Islamic Jihad distributed pamphlets to residents
of the besieged Palestinian enclave, saying its
fighters were willing to renew the conflict -
unless the Zionist entity releases Bassam
Al-Saadi, the head of the organization’s
activities in the West Bank, and Khalil
Awawdeh, who is currently on a
hunger strike in protest of his
administrative detention by
the occupation regime.
The Palestinian resistance group announced on Sunday
it had agreed to the ceasefire after promises by Egypt
that the Israeli occupation regime would release
Al-Saadi and Awawdeh.
“From the very beginning, we insisted that the two
leaders be freed — the brother on hunger strike,
and Bassam Al-Saadi,” said Islamic Jihad
Secretary General Ziad Nakhaleh in an
interview that aired on Palestine
Today television network.
Nakhaleh said the Zionist authorities had agreed
to release Awawdeh and Al-Saadi “with explicit
Later on Monday, Islamic Jihad senior member
Mohamamd Al-Hindi said the group is
questioning Egypt, after Israeli
officials started to clear the
occupation regime of its
promises to release
Israeli media reported on Tuesday that the occupation
regime, is refusing demands of their release, with
Times of Israel reporting that Tel Aviv “is a wider
opening to negotiate with Hamas, as well as
Islamic Jihad, in the aftermath of the Gaza
operation (3-day aggression) to resume
stalled prisoner exchange talks.”
The Hamas resistance group holds two
Israelis as well as the bodies of two
Source: Israeli media
Russian security forces -
disarmed saboteurs with
enemy beacons and
Lepestok mines -
August 9th, 9:13am
Russian security forces disarmed saboteurs with
enemy beacons and Lepestok mines in Kherson
RIA Novosti’s source, reports the liquidation in
Kherson... of a Ukrainian sabotage group that
was scattering banned anti-personnel mines
PMF-1 “Lepestok” as well as radio beacons
to guide Ukrainian artillery.
The agency said one of the saboteurs had helped
to detect and detain his wife, who advocated a
Russian special operation in Ukraine. He said
that her husband was prompted to sabotage
activities, by his superiors on the railway
in Kherson. She also appealed to the
“After it became clear, where crumpled plastic bottles
with ‘beacons’ could be scattered, the spotters went
to mark targets for subsequent Ukrainian strikes,”
she told representatives of the Russian
One of the spotters was reportedly eliminated during
the arrest: he tried to snatch a submachine gun
from a Russian soldier but “failed in
The second man, who was detained, was taken
to the detention centre in Kherson. During the
communication with the Russian security
forces... he told about the cache with
weapons, which - according to him
- was found in the woods by his
son... at the abandoned
positions..... of the
Reuters: The US will
send Ukraine an
billion in ''aid''
by Denis Telmanov
August 8th, 11:54pm
The United States will send an additional $5.5 billion
in aid to Ukraine, of which, $4.5 billion will be used
to finance the country's urgent budgetary needs,
including pensions, social security and
healthcare, plus $1.1 billion for
This is reported by Reuters - with reference to
the US Agency for International Development.
The agency notes that the money will flow to the
government of Ukraine, in tranches, the first of
which, in the amount of $3 billion, is planned
in August. Thus, the total amount of US
assistance to Ukraine ---- since the
beginning of the Russian special
operation, will amount
to $8.5 billion.
The military aid package, includes up to 50
M113 armoured medical vehicles, as well
as the ammunition, for the US-supplied
HIMARS long-range missile launchers
---- plus the NASAMS anti-aircraft
missile system, Reuters notes.
Earlier, Adam Ellwanger, a professor at the US
University of Houston-Downtown -- expressed
doubt that many Americans will find Ukraine
on the world map. He noted that support for
Ukraine, has become just a fashion trend,
for ordinary Americans -- which will soon
be replaced by a more relevant agenda.
According to him, the coronavirus epidemic was still
raging in the US, when all public attention suddenly
switched to the Ukrainian crisis. However, the
popularity of discussing this issue in society
and on television, does not mean that the
Americans actually care about Ukraine,
At the same time, the deputy head of the Pentagon,
Colin Kahl, said... that Ukraine already has enough
Western HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems,
so... the priority of military assistance --- will be
to ensure the supply of GMLRS guided missiles.
Kadyrov announced taking
control - of the territory of
the Knauf plant in Soledar
August 8th, 11:18pm
The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, in
his Telegram channel, announced that the
Allied forces... have taken control of the
territory of the Knauf plant, in Soledar,
in the Donetsk People's Republic.
"Our fighters, are systematically advancing into
the occupied territory, through competent and
unhurried combat, thereby forcing the enemy
to leave their fortified positions," the head
of the republic wrote.
He noted that the acting commander of the special
forces "Akhmat", Akhmed Saidarkhanov, reported
to him, about the situation in the Donbas. "The
liberation of the Donetsk People's Republic
will not be long in coming," Kadyrov said.
Earlier, Ramzan Kadyrov reported that another group
of Russian volunteers is being sent from Grozny,
to the area of a special military operation in
the Donbas. According to Kadyrov, the
volunteers will hunt "for Bandera
Nazis, and devils." The head of
Chechnya wished them good
luck, in this matter.
The Syrian army prevented the
breakthrough of a group of
terrorists from the Idlib
August 8th, 8:05pm
The Syrian army prevented an attempt by a terrorist
group to break out of the Idlib de-escalation zone,
as a result of which three militants were killed.
This was announced on Monday, August 8th,
by the deputy head of the Russian Centre
for Reconciliation of Warring Parties in
Syria, Major General Oleg Yegorov.
"Today, from 06:40 to 07:10, soldiers of the Syrian Arab
Army prevented an attempt to break through, by a
terrorist group, of up to 15 people from the Idlib
de-escalation zone, in the direction of Saan
Jubas," Yegorov said, during a briefing.
According to the Major General, after 3 terrorists
were eliminated during the battle, the rest
immediately retreated. However, as a
result of the clash, one Syrian
soldier was killed.
Yesterday, Yegorov said that in Idlib, the militants of
the Jabhat al-Nusra group (a terrorist organization
banned in the Russian Federation) are preparing
to ''stage'' attacks by the Russian Aerospace
Forces and the Syrian army, on civilians.
For this purpose, staged videos are being shot
in the village of Kitian, in Idlib province.
On August 5th, the Russian Ministry of Defense
published a video, showing how helicopters of
the Russian Army aviation crews destroyed a
group of militants, from the Liwa Shuhada
Al-Qaryatein group --- trained by US
instructors, in the Syrian desert.
The Defense Ministry explained that the militants,
operating from the desert, committed sabotage
against the civilian population and civilian
The situation in Syria, also became a topic of discussion
between the presidents of Russia and Türkiye, Vladimir
Putin, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during talks in Sochi
on August 5th.
As Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said at the time,
it is very important - not to allow actions that could
lead to destabilization of the situation in Syria.
On August 6th, following the talks, the Turkish leader
called the Russian president's approach to resolving
the Syrian issue, fair. Erdogan said that Putin will
always be with Türkiye, in the fight against
terrorism. The leaders both stressed the
importance ------ of preserving the
political unity and territorial
integrity of Syria.
Ukrainian side using dwelling
houses in DPR to deploy
artillery — Russian
August 8th, 7:47pm (TASS)
The Ukrainian side uses residential houses in
Krasnotorsk and Artemovsk, in the Donetsk
People’s Republic (DPR) to deploy artillery,
multiple rocket launch systems and
mortars, Mikhail Mizintsev, the
headquarters head, and chief
of Russia’s National Defense
Management Centre, said
"In Krasnotorsk in the Donetsk People’s Republic,
Ukrainian nationalists deployed artillery and
multiple rocket launch systems on the
territories of private houses and are
using them --- to shell positions of
Russian forces, to provoke them
to open retaliatory fire," he said.
According to Mizintsev, who also heads the Russian
Joint Coordination Headquarters for Humanitarian
Response in Ukraine, local residents are forced
to stay at their homes as a human shield.
"In Artemovsk in the Donetsk People’s Republic, neo-
Nazis organized artillery and mortar positions in the
courtyards of residential houses," he said, adding
that locals are prohibited to leave their homes
under the pretext of security considerations.
Any attempts to get evacuated from the
area, are thwarted.
Zaporozhye Region government
doesn’t plan electronic voting
at referendum for now
August 8th, 7:24pm (TASS)
The Zaporozhye Region government, so far, has no
plans to allow electronic voting at a referendum
to join Russia, but it could be a backup option,
head of the Zaporozhye Region’s military-
civilian administration, Yevgeny
"We do not plan remote voting - and we plan to hold it
as honestly as possible so that everyone takes part,"
he said on Solovyov Live television. "We don't see
this as the main scenario, maybe it will be used
as an additional [option]."
Balitsky said, at the forum, We Are Together With
Russia, on Monday, that he'd signed a decree to
hold a referendum on the region's accession
More than 70% of the Zaporozhye Region has been
liberated, to date. Ukrainian forces control the
regional capital, that’s home to about half of
the region’s population. Melitopol now
functions as the capital.
Russian MFA says Kiev ‘effectively
DPR Supreme Court to
announce verdict in
Medvedi SS trial on
August the 10th
August 8th, 5:30pm (DAN)
The DPR Supreme Court is to announce the verdict in
the Medvedi SS sabotage squad trial on August 10th,
a source told DAN.
“Today, the hearing of arguments in the Medvedi SS
trial has concluded, the prosecutor asked for
capital punishment, execution by firing
squad,” the source said.
The case is heard in closed court.
“Chances are, that the court will agree with the
prosecution, considering what they did. Some
of the witnesses, are people who were
tortured by the militants, there are
videos of Medvedi shooting on
Donetsk. Most defendants
waived their right - of the
last word - they testified
during the hearings.
Only one of them
The trial, that began on August 1st, hears the
joint case of the Medvedi SS squad --- and
their commander, Alexander Kravtsov.
Members of the Medvedi SS extremist group, were
detained in May, when leaving the territory of the
Azovstal plant in Mariupol, where Azov militants
were blocked (the organization is banned in
The preliminary investigation established that, in
the period from autumn 2017 to May 20th, 2022,
members of this formation took part in the
armed conflict and military operations
against the DPR, while adhering to
the ideology of Nazism, and other
misanthropic ideas. The case of
the militants was transferred
to the DPR Supreme Court,
in early July.
The commander of the Ukrainian neo-Nazi group
Alexander Kravtsov - was charged under three
articles of the criminal code of the DPR. He is
charged with participation in an illegal armed
formation and actions aimed at overthrowing
the constitutional order of the Republic. The
militant has pleaded guilty.
The Duma considered that
Ukraine should be pushed
back from the regions
will be held
August 8th, 5:28pm
According to the deputies, the example of
the Kherson and Zaporizhia regions, will
encourage other regions, to get out of
Russia should push Ukraine to a safe distance from
those regions where referendums on joining the
Russian Federation will be held. Dmitry Belik,
member of the Duma's International Affairs
Committee --- made the corresponding
statement, on Monday, August 8th.
"As soon as we create an impenetrable missile defense
umbrella over the liberated territories, we can be sure
that people will come and stand in queues for the
referendum themselves --- because there is
nothing better for ordinary people, than
peace, tranquility and the opportunity
to do what they love. This is exactly
what today's Russia can give to the
liberated territories. But first, we
need to do a lot of work to push
back the Ukrainian forces at a
distance that will not allow
them to hit the liberated
territories, this is the
number one task.''
''And as soon as we do this, we can safely open the
polling stations, I am sure they will be full," RIA
Novosti quotes the parliamentarian as saying.
At the same time, Belik made it clear that the
annexation of the Kherson and Zaporozhye
regions could become a prologue to the
subsequent entry into the Russian
Federation and other territories
that currently belong to the
"I think that, in the near future, we will see the
successful holding of referendums... in the
liberated territories of the Kherson and
Zaporizhia regions --- and this will
become an example for others,
of how to choose a path with
clear prospects and the
triumph of justice
in their region,"
Earlier on Monday, the head of the Zaporozhye region,
Yevhen Balitsky signed an order to hold a referendum
on reunification with Russia in the region.
In response, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
said that holding such referendums would close any
possibility of Russian-Ukrainian negotiations for
the Russian Federation.
The State Duma, in turn, compared Zelensky
with the "pug", from the fable of I. A. Krylov.
takes all of Europe hostage’
by shelling nuclear plant
August 8th, 4:45pm (TASS)
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria
Zakharova, on Monday, said the Kiev regime
‘effectively takes all of Europe hostage’ by
shelling Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.
"Murders from around the corner, and under the cover of
night are a distinctive modus operandi, if not to say the
essence, of adherents of Bandera's ideology, that has
been known -- since the Great Patriotic War. But now
they have chosen as a target -- not only the peoples
of Russia and Ukraine. They are effectively taking
all of Europe hostage and - apparently - are not
averse to ‘setting it on fire’ ..in favour of their
Nazi idols," the diplomat said in a statement
commenting on the shelling of the
Zaporozhye NPP by Ukraine.
She said Ukrainian armed forces are making the
situation around the power plant "more and
more dangerous" by the day.
Maria Zakharova said by directing artillery fire
toward active reactors and spent nuclear
fuel storage facilities, "the Ukrainians
are taking aim at themselves."
"We regularly send the IAEA updated information ‘from
the scene,’ - which is reflected in the information
circulars of the agency, which clearly expose
the criminal actions of the Ukrainian armed
forces, the command of which, has
completely lost the ability to
think straight," the
Zakharova said that the plant again came under fire
from Ukrainian troops on August 5th and 6th, and
a major incident was avoided "only thanks to
the skillful and prompt actions of the NPP
employees, as well as Russian forces
--- that provide comprehensive
protection of this facility."
Moscow is encouraged, she said, by the statements
of UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, in
support of the IAEA's efforts to stabilize the
situation at the plant and gain access to
"We hope that the UN will now, really, not cause any
obstacles in organizing the agency's international
mission to the ZNPP, which, unfortunately, took
place in the past," she said.
The diplomat said that the current troubles could have
been avoided --- if Guterres' reaction to the situation
around the ZNPP had been "clear from the outset."
"Seeing his indecision or even weakness, the heirs
of Bandera and Shukhevich who have settled in
Kiev only raise their heads and hit the ZNPP
more and more recklessly, regardless of
victims and the consequences,"
Russia is taking note that IAEA Director General Rafael
Grossi is intent on following through with the plan to
travel to the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant,
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman
Maria Zakharova said in a statement
"We consider it necessary to state, again, that Russia
did everything that was required --- for a successful
visit a few weeks ago. There can be no complaints
against us in this regard. That the international
mission did not take place -- is entirely on the
conscience of Kiev," the spokeswoman said.
She said it’s the Ukrainian government that stands
to gain from keeping IAEA specialists as far as
possible from the Zaporozhye NPP.
Zakharova called on the leaders of the UN and the
IAEA to "call Kiev to order" --- and clearly indicate
that the threat, in this case, comes from Ukraine.
"Diplomats - especially of such a high rank - are given
the ability to speak in such a situation, in order to
express themselves very clearly, rather than
hide their thoughts. We have provided a lot
of supporting information for the UN
Secretary General -- and the IAEA
Director General -- to openly and
firmly point out to the Ukrainian
authorities --that strikes on the
ZNPP are unacceptable -- and
force them, to immediately
stop attacking the station
and all of its employees,
including their families
and other residents in
Energodar," she said.