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Monday began with an air raid warning throughout Ukraine: Russia launched kamikaze drones and cruise missiles from the Black Sea in different directions. Russia carried out the previous missile and drone attack on Ukraine on Saturday night: out of 15 Shaheds launched in Ukraine, 14 were shot down (the one that was not shot down damaged a critical infrastructure facility in the Dnieper), the Odessa region was attacked by Onyx missiles, two of them hit resort facilities .
In the rear war, the news is as follows: on Sunday evening, Moscow airports were closed due to the approach of Ukrainian drones; It was reported about drones shot down over the Tula and Bryansk regions. On Sunday, the FSB office in Kursk, as well as an oil refinery, came under drone attack: supposedly there were four drones, but the authorities did not officially explain anything, but only canceled the fireworks display planned for the evening in honor of the city’s day. On Saturday morning, explosions were heard in occupied Sevastopol: the Ukrainian army attacked piers in the Troitskaya Balka area with Neptune missiles; according to Ukrainian data, there were six missiles, but again there was no official Russian information. Over the weekend, Ukrainian intelligence continued to talk about the attack on the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet on Friday: according to its data, it was carried out while a meeting was underway at the headquarters, allegedly killing nine people, and wounding generals. There is no independent confirmation of this information.
On Saturday, a 65-year-old woman became the victim of Russian shelling of Kherson; on Sunday, two more people in the region were killed, and Russian troops dropped two guided bombs on the city itself, and there were wounded.
There is no news from the fronts, except that General Tarnavsky, who is leading Ukraine’s offensive on the southern front line, confirmed in an interview with CNN that the Ukrainian Armed Forces had broken through the Russian defense line near the village of Verbovoye, Zaporozhye region. Here is a report from the frontline Pavlovka, which has been on the front line since the beginning of the war.
According to the Financial Times, the United States decided to supply Ukraine with ATACMS long-range missiles long before Zelensky’s visit, but did not officially announce this so as not to anger Russia. CNN talks about how the United States, Russia and China are reconstructing their nuclear test sites, WSJ writes about the military lessons that Russia has learned since the start of the war in Ukraine, and from the so-called “DPR” they report the introduction of curfews and military censorship.
The Russian-appointed “heads” of the occupied regions of Ukraine officially became “governors,” and the former head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogizin, was sent to Moscow to serve as senator for the occupied part of the Zaporozhye region.
International echo of war
The President of Ukraine completed his foreign tour: from Canada, where he met with Prime Minister Trudeau and spoke in parliament, Zelensky flew to Ireland, where he had an unscheduled meeting with the head of Sudan, which indirectly confirms the CNN report about the participation of Ukrainian special services in operations against the Sudanese police , associated with PMC Wagner. (On Sunday, an Il-76 belonging to PMC Wagner crashed in Mali, but nothing indicates the involvement of Ukrainians in this). Zelensky returned to Ukraine through Poland: in Lublin, he presented awards to Polish volunteers for helping Ukrainian refugees. US authorities have asked Poland to clarify its position on military support for Ukraine after Polish officials refused to supply Kyiv with new weapons. Poland accused Belarus of trying to break through the border, illustrating this message with a video from two years ago; Germany, for its part, threatened to introduce controls on the border with Poland, explaining this measure by the growing flow of refugees from this country (in Poland itself there was a scandal related to the distribution of work visas for bribes to migrants from Asia and Africa). In Germany, about 90 Russians who evaded mobilization received refugee status (3.5 thousand applications were submitted). A new seasonal cycle of talk about winter, gas reserves and the energy crisis has begun in Europe, which may still be aggravated by Putin – here are the forecasts.
The Security Council of Armenia announced that negotiations between Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev will take place on October 5 in Granada. The authorities of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic announced the evacuation of part of the population to Armenia, and the first groups of refugees have already crossed the border. Nikol Pashinyan made a video message on Sunday in which he declared his readiness to accept refugees and explained how Russia has put Armenia in an extremely vulnerable position (previously, Pashinyan’s chief of staff accused the Russian propaganda machine of waging a “hybrid war” against Armenia). Against this background, the Armenian opposition announced a general action of disobedience, which should begin today (the stated goal is the resignation of Pashinyan, who could not protect the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh; here is a commentary on the future that awaits those who decide to stay in the region).
On Saturday, Russian “military correspondents” distributed a video that allegedly showed an attack by the Azerbaijani army on an ammunition depot of Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh. There was no official comment from the Russian Ministry of Defense.
Meanwhile in Russia
“Vandalism”. The suspect in the arson of the Z-installation in Belgorod said that he was tortured in the forest using a stun gun and a gas torch, and then they planted a grenade and a TNT block in the room he was renting. Two criminal cases have been opened: vandalism motivated by political hatred and illegal possession of explosives. Fake makers. Politician Vladimir Kara-Murza, sentenced to 25 years in a maximum security colony, including for “fakes,” was brought to correctional colony No. 6 in Omsk, where he was immediately sent to a pre-trial detention center for a violation he had previously committed in pre-trial detention center No. 1 in Omsk. A court in St. Petersburg arrested programmer Nikolai Veprikov in absentia under an article about “fake news” for two links published on VKontakte. Here is a conversation with human rights activist from Zlatoust Natalya Guseva, against whom a criminal case has also been opened for “fakes”. Failed treason. “First Department” told the story of an IT specialist from Novorossiysk, whom the FSB persistently accused of treason for a year, but never failed. Wagnerites. In the Rostov region, a criminal case was opened against a Wagnerian recruited in a colony because he stabbed an acquaintance with a knife during a drinking session and raped him with a broom handle. In Norway, while trying to cross the border with Russia, the former commander of a Wagner unit, Andrei Medvedev, was detained – in January he requested political asylum in Norway, and already in May he spoke about his desire to return to his homeland. Changing history. Speaker of the Chechen Parliament Magomed Daudov (aka Lord) wrote on Telegram that in the region all history textbooks for 10th grade were seized from schools due to the explanation of Stalin’s deportation of peoples by their collaboration with the Nazis, but he quickly edited the post, removing the paragraph about the seizure ( one of the authors of the textbook is Putin’s assistant Vladimir Medinsky). In Priozersk, Leningrad Region, a monument to Finnish soldiers who died during the Soviet-Finnish and World War II disappeared. Loss. In the Leningrad region, near the village of Toksovo, the director of the Bolshoi Drama Theater named after. Tovstonogov Alexander Nikanorov (probably suicide). The writer, editor, soul of literary life and one of the founders of the underground Andrei Bely Prize, Boris Ostanin, died in St. Petersburg; he was 76 years old.
Topical. A conversation between Sergei Medvedev and Ukrainian political scientist Alexander Sushko about how to force Russia to abandon empire and violence when the war in Ukraine ends. Or an essay by Berlin-based composer Sergei Nevsky about life after February 24, 2024. The life of an emigrant. Nikolai Telesnitsky (1912–2008), the son of a white colonel, after the revolution made his way across the country to Vladivostok, then spent several years in a Chinese monastery, was adopted by a Japanese family, lived in Korea, witnessed the revolution in China, and many years later helped in the creation of the Faculty of Asian Languages in Australia, where his descendants now live: part one, part two. Movie. A fragment from Quentin Tarantino’s book “Film Speculations” (Individuum publishing house) – about the emergence of the New Hollywood of the 1970s, which sent the previous generation of directors to the dustbin of history. Or a story about the life and cinema of Sergei Parajanov.