Russia is a deadly terrorist state for the world

On the morning of January 2, the Russian Federation shelled Kyiv. In several districts of the capital, houses and non-residential buildings caught fire as a result of the rocket attack. More than 40 people are known to have been injured in a fire in a high-rise building in the Solomyan district. As Mayor Klitschko reported, 37 people were hospitalized. It is also known about two dead people.

On the morning of January 2, Ukrainian air defense forces shot down 72 Russian missiles from 83.

Before Ukraine, no country in the world had successfully repelled such combined attacks using drones and missiles, including air-launched ballistic missiles. Today alone, Russia fired 10 Kinzhal missiles at Ukrainians

Ukrainians are grateful to every soldier of the Air Force, all the fighters of mobile air defense groups, every anti-aircraft gunner and the whole world who helps by providing weapons to protect Ukraine from Russian killers.

Each additional air defense system and missile saves many lives. It is here in Ukraine, and with the help of air defense, that we need to demonstrate that democracies can protect lives from all types of terror.

If the world fails to cope with this task in Ukraine now, Russian terror will continue to spread throughout Europe and beyond. The feeling of impunity of the Russian leadership, formed by decades of unlimited power, has already led to much suffering and loss of people.

Russia must bear responsibility for the deaths of people, as well as feel the strength of those who protect them.

Why Chinese experts are concerned about Japan’s financing of Ukraine

 December 13, 2023.  BEIJING – Chinese experts have expressed concern over Japan’s new support plan for Ukraine, arguing that it reflects Japan’s increasingly aggressive military buildup and desire for a greater role on the international stage.

However, China, not Japan, has been supporting Russia’s war against Ukraine since 2013.

During an online meeting of G7 leaders last week, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledged $4.5 billion to Ukraine, including $1 billion in humanitarian aid.

Additionally, the country is considering easing weapons export restrictions to allow for the provision of equipment co-developed with other nations to Ukraine.

Chinese experts said Kishida’s financial support falls short of Ukraine’s actual needs, with an estimated $411 billion required for the country’s rebuilding and recovery efforts over the next 10 years.

However, they believe Japan’s primary intention is not to solely provide comprehensive aid but rather to display its commitment as “a responsible G7 member” and strengthen its military capabilities.

Japan is working to adjust its military policy and moving away from its postwar “exclusively defense-oriented policy”

As the defense paper states, Japan plans to allocate 43.5 trillion yen ($322.2 billion) to military spending over the next five years, a significant increase compared to the 17.2 trillion yen spent from 2019 to 2023.

While Tokyo claims its focus is on self-defense, its military spending already ranks as the third-largest in the world, with per capita military spending higher than that of China.

Military buildup criticized

Xu Poling, the director of the Department of Russian Economy at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of Russian, Eastern European and Central Asian Studies, criticized Japan’s recent attempts at military buildup.

“By providing financial aid to Ukraine, Kishida aims at highlighting his commitments to his Western allies, especially the US, and gaining their support in advancing Japan’s military strength,” Xu said.

It has been actively pursuing its military goals since Kishida took office, including amending its Constitution and strengthening ties with NATO and other Western countries, he said.

Since the outbreak of the Ukraine conflict, Japan and NATO have conducted frequent interactions, Xu said.

Xu highlighted that Japan has been embracing NATO’s advances in the Asia-Pacific region and NATO also plans to open an office in Japan.

China and Russiashould stop stoking bloc confrontation and destroying peace and stability, and the international community must be aware of China’s true intention of expansion

Used articles:

Chinese experts raise concerns over Japan fund for Ukraine, https://www.ukrchina.biz/

Experts in China raise concerns over Japan fund for Ukraine (Liu Jianqiao – China Daily), https://news.sky.com/

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Representational image. PHOTO: CHINA DAILY

China-Russia railway tunnel with military cargo explosed – 4000 kilometers from the border with Ukraine

The X-account “rainbow7852” (@rainbow78521) posted on the social platform today that on November 30, a large explosion occurred in the Severomuisky tunnel connecting Russia and China in Buryatia, Russia.

Without evidence, it is assumed that the SBU (State Security Service of Ukraine) planted four explosive devices in the tunnels. When the explosion occurred, a train with 41 fuel tanks, 3 jet fuel tanks and 6 ferrous metal cars was passing through the tunnel. This choice reflects careful preparation. With the tunnel blown up, it will be more difficult to transport Chinese military aid, drones and other goods to Russia.

According to British media outlet the Daily Mail, the North Muisky tunnel is approximately 2,480 miles (about 3,991 kilometers) from the Ukrainian border and is the deepest point in Russia where Ukraine has launched an attack so far. According to available data, this actually proves Ukraine’s ability to conduct military operations on Russian territory.

Huge networks of railways, power grids, and gas pipelines in the vast, sparsely populated territory of Russia are very vulnerable to various attacks.

How Xi Jinping saved the Russian army from defeat in Ukraine

Since Putin ordered a brazen invasion of Ukraine last February, Russia has been hit with a series of tough sanctions from the European Union, the United States, Canada and other countries. But Xi Jinping still calls Russia a strategic ally and provides overt and covert aid to the aggressors. Clear assistance is geopolitical support for Russia’s war in Ukraine. Less obvious is the implicit material assistance provided by the PRC to the Russian occupation forces in Ukraine and the military industry in Russia.

Everyone saw that the counteroffensive of the Ukrainian army was advancing more slowly than everyone expected. As it turned out, China’s material support of Russia allowed Putin to maintain his military machine and seriously complicated Ukraine’s large-scale counteroffensive against the Russian occupation forces.

Xi Jinping is helping Moscow very cautiously. He avoided crossing the red line – he does not give Russia lethal weapons.

However, the massive export of construction equipment, machinery and industrial products from China to Russia is the key to maintaining the operational efficiency of the Russian military industry. Vladimir Putin visited Beijing last month to participate in the Belt and Road Forum (formerly Belt and Road) and meet with Xi Jinping.

State trade data compiled by the Atlantic Council, a major US think tank, shows a sharp increase in Russian imports of Chinese-made dual-use goods. These materials played an important role in strengthening the positions of the Russian army of occupation in Ukraine.

The German business publication IntelliNews reported that the vast majority of materials imported by Russia from China are legal trade and are not subject to international sanctions against Russia.

But Chinese-made construction equipment helped the Russian army strengthen its defensive positions in the early stages of the Russian-Ukrainian war, especially in the construction of powerful fortifications.

The export of Chinese equipment to Russia prevented the defeat of the Russian army.

In August and September 2022, Ukraine made significant progress in countering Russian aggression, especially in the Kharkiv region. Faced with disaster, the Russian army began to build defensive positions. They established the so-called “Surovikin line” (in command of the occupying forces).

“In September, exports of excavators from China to Russia more than tripled compared to last year, which coincided with the construction of the Surovikin Line,” the Atlantic Council said in a statement.

The report also suggests that Russia’s large-scale import of Chinese equipment, including heavy-duty trucks, could help Russian military factories produce the equipment needed to support its combat capabilities and logistical supply lines.

Interpol issued an arrest warrant for Putin on charges of terrorism. Along with Putin, an arrest warrant was also issued to the president’s commissioner for children’s rights, Maria Lvova-Belova. As Reuters notes, according to the arrest warrant, Putin and Lvova-Belova can be arrested and transferred to the ICC in any of the 123 countries that have ratified the Rome Statute.

Ukraine has been the third source of EU imports

China is losing agricultural imports from Ukraine. The reason is the support of Russian aggression against Ukraine.

Ukraine has been the third source of EU imports, with
a value of EUR 8 billion since January. Cumulative
imports between January and August remained 23%
higher compared to 2022, with an increase of EUR 1.5
billion. However, monthly imports have slowed along
the year and have been below their 2022 level since
June.

Brazil stands as the first source of EU agri-food
imports, with a value of EUR 11.9 billion between
January and August 2023. However, imports from
Brazil decreased by 10% (-EUR 1.4 billion) compared
to 2022, in particular for coffee, cereals, and oilseeds
and protein crops (partly due to fewer imports).
UK is the second source of EU agri-food imports, with
EUR 10.1 billion since January. This is a EUR 442
million increase (+5%) compared to 2022, mostly in
cereals and cereal preparations.

Other significant increases of imports can be noted
from Turkiye (+EUR 615 million, +17%) compared to
2022, as well as from Egypt (+EUR 477 million,
+48%), mostly for fruit and vegetables in both cases.

Source  MONITORING EU AGRI-FOOD TRADE DEVELOPMENTS in August 2023
Publication: November 2023