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‘Apocalyptic Conflict’: Attack On Russian Aircraft In Neutral Airspace Will Be Seen As Declaration Of War — Top Diplomat

A deliberate attack on a Russian aircraft in neutral airspace would be an open declaration of war against a nuclear power. This was announced by Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov.

“Some lawmakers’ calls go far beyond common sense,” he said, commenting on US Senator Lindsey Graham’s (from South Carolina) threats to shoot down Russian planes approaching US aircraft in international airspace.

Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry published a statement stating that there was no impact between the two aircraft (MQ-9 and Su-27) and that the Reaper drone maneuvered abruptly, losing control and crashing.

The ministry added that the US drone was flying without transponders and entered airspace that the Russian government had designated as restricted following the start of their special military operations.

“The Russian aircraft did not use onboard weapons, did not come into contact with the unmanned aerial vehicle, and returned safely to their home airfield,” the ministry explained.

According to Ambassador Antonov, not the Russian pilots but US politicians are inciting the start of an apocalyptic conflict. We do not seek a conflict with nuclear power. We continue to maintain contacts, including through the Ministry of Defense, to prevent unintentional collisions. I would like American politicians to have the same attitude towards relations with Russia,” the ambassador emphasized.

Ukraine: 3rd Biggest Importer Of Weapons

Ukraine became the world’s third largest arms importer after Qatar and India in 2022, because of Russia’s full-scale invasion last year, according to a recent report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

The SIPRI report compares weapons sales globally between 2013–17 and 2018–22. It shows that Ukraine imported a few major arms from 1991 until the end of 2021.

However, “as a result of military aid from the USA and many European states following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Ukraine became the 3rd biggest importer of major arms during 2022 (after Qatar and India) and the 14th biggest for 2018–22,” the report by SIPRI stated.

The report noted that the deliveries to Ukraine were mainly second-hand items from existing stocks, including 228 artillery pieces, an estimated 5000 guided artillery rockets from the US, 280 tanks from Poland, and over 7000 anti-tank missiles from the UK.

Some newly produced arms were also delivered to Ukraine, such as air defense systems from Germany, Poland, the UK, and the US. In most cases, one country’s supply of these arms was financed by other countries or the European Union (EU) through its European Peace Facility.

For instance, by the end of 2022, the EU had allocated €3.1 billion for military equipment for Ukraine, according to SIPRI.

Overall, Ukraine accounted for 2 percent of global arms imports in the five years ending in 2022, as per the estimates by experts at SIPRI.

It is also essential to bear in mind that the supply of arms to Ukraine from the West has evolved significantly since the start of the conflict in February last year. While initially, the West was reluctant to fulfill Kyiv’s requests for main battle tanks (MBTs), Ukraine is now slated to receive various Western-made MBTs like the British Challenger-2s, German-made Leopard-2 tanks, and US-made M1A2 Abrams.

The Challenger-2s and Leopard-2s are expected to be delivered to Ukraine by the end of March. So, the scope of the military aid to Ukraine and the value thereof is only poised to increase going ahead.

Arms Shipments To Europe Doubled After Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine

The Russian invasion of Ukraine pushed Kyiv up the world’s top arms importers and nearly doubled the arms imports into Europe in 2022. However, a considerable portion of those imports was destined for the war-torn nation.

Ukraine alone was the destination for 31 percent of arms shipments to Europe and eight percent of global deliveries in total, according to SIPRI’s data.

However, the rise in arms imports was, in large part, also driven by an increase in spending by European states, including Poland and Norway, because of the rising threat posed by the Russian aggression in Ukraine, and the rate of imports is expected to accelerate further, according to SIPRI.

“The invasion has caused a significant surge in demand for arms in Europe, which will have a further effect and most likely will lead to increased arms imports by European states,” Pieter Wezeman, a senior researcher at SIPRI, told AFP.

However, there was already a surge in arms imports by European countries against the backdrop of Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, and the war in Ukraine only accelerated this trend.

Wezeman further said that European countries have either “already ordered or are planning to” order weapons ranging from “submarines to combat aircraft, from drones to anti-tank missiles, from rifles to radars.”

“Everything is being looked at because the idea is to strengthen military capacity through the whole spectrum of available military technology,” he continued.

Sharp Decline In Russian Arms Export

Over the past five years, the world’s top five exporters of arms remained the US at 40 percent of the global arms exports, followed by Russia at 16 percent, then France and China at 11 and 5 percent, respectively, and Germany at 4 percent.

Together, these countries account for a third of all global exports.

However, there has been a sharp decline in the volume of Russian arms exports, particularly in the years 2020, 2021, and 2022, according to SIPRI, which suggests that these export volumes are only likely to decrease as several states decide to move away from Russian arms.

For instance, India, the largest buyer of Russian arms in 2013-17, imported 37 percent less from Russia between 2018-22.

Also, multilateral sanctions by the West on Russia, including various trade restrictions and the pressure from the US and its allies on countries not to purchase Russian-made arms, have impaired Moscow’s efforts to export arms.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is likely to exacerbate this trend. The conflict will constrain Russia’s ability to export arms, as it will probably prioritize the production of arms for its military over those intended for export.

Explosion at FSB Building in Rostov-on-Don, Russia

There has been an explosion at the Federal Security Service (FSB) building in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. At least two people have been reported as seriously injured. Fire department is responding. Video from nearby security cameras, shows the explosion below:

Explosion at FSB Building in Rostov-on-Don, Russia

Social media is filling with other videos showing the damage and debris:

40 African countries are in Moscow today

International Parliamentary Conference Russia – Africa in a Multipolar World

Vladimir Putin spoke at the International Parliamentary Conference Russia – Africa in a Multipolar World, held in Moscow under the auspices of the State Duma of the Russian Federal Assembly.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Dear friends,

I would like to sincerely welcome all the representatives of legislative bodies and leaders of political parties and public movements from African states in Moscow and at the international parliamentary conference.

Your conference is undoubtedly important in the context of the continued development of Russia’s multifaceted cooperation with the countries of the African continent. We also consider this event a key part of the preparations for the upcoming second Russia-Africa summit scheduled to be held in St Petersburg in July.

The first Russian-African summit held in October 2019 in Sochi was very productive and noticeably invigorated our ties with African states, gave a boost to business interaction and cultural and humanitarian exchanges. The partnership between Russia and African countries has gained additional momentum and is reaching a whole new level.

This conference brings together representatives of most countries on the continent. Given that it is legislators who are supposed to express the will of their voters in their countries and work in the interests of their people, your arrival shows that the peoples of Africa are interested in stepping up efforts to develop multifaceted and mutually beneficial relations with Russia.

I want to emphasise that our country has always and will always consider cooperation with African states a priority. It would not be an exaggeration to say that it is one of the unchanging priorities of Russia’s foreign policy.

Ever since the African peoples’ heroic struggle for independence, it has been common knowledge that the Soviet Union provided significant support to the peoples of Africa in their fight against colonialism, racism and apartheid, how it helped many African countries to gain and protect their sovereignty, and consistently supported them in building their statehood, strengthening defence capabilities, laying the foundations of their national economies and workforce training. The symbol of this cooperation was the construction by Soviet experts of the Aswan Dam, the largest in Africa. And today, the Russian Federation continues its policy of providing the continent with support and assistance.

NATO Forced Russia to Upgrade Missile Defenses, Russia is More Secure While NATO Cities are Undefended

Since the Pentagon was supposedly hit by a stolen/repurposed airliner going just over 120 knots, flown by an amateur, the US has only disarmed…when it comes to protecting the homeland…sending anti-missile systems to Romania, Israel and Iraq but deploying none at home. Every American city is 100% helpless to any air attack at all, much less Russia’s ‘dancing’ hypersonic missiles – TID

NATO’s attempts to paralyze the Russian rocket and space program have failed completely. This conclusion is made by the specialized publication Defense News, after analyzing the latest launches of Russian satellites.

In November, Russia launched its sixth Tundra early warning satellite. It now has just 4 to launch to reach its goal of 10 satellites by 2024. The next launches will cover medium Earth orbit, the best for observation at high latitudes, writes Defense News. In such an orbit, the satellite needs only 12 hours to make a complete revolution, and 8 hours “Tundra” is above the observed hemisphere.

“Tundra” is part of a single grouping of the Ministry of Defense, codenamed “Dome”. It is an integrated space-based detection and command and control system designed to track enemy ballistic missile launches.

The Dome became a replacement for the Soviet-era Oko and Oko-1 systems, which were operated from 1982 to 2019.

For the full functioning of the detection system, it is necessary that at least 10 Tundra satellites be in a highly elliptical orbit. In addition, a number of geostationary satellites are needed to support the system. Colonel General Sergei Surovikin , while still the commander-in-chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces, promised that the Dome would cover Russia by 2024.

As a matter of fact, already now we can talk about the functioning of the “Dome”. Indeed, back in May 2020, Igor Ozer, the CEO of the Energia rocket and space company, announced that the group had reached the “minimum standard capacity”, that is, it was actually capable of solving imputed tasks.

At that time, four Tundras were launched from Plesetsk. And this is really the minimum number of satellites that allow round-the-clock surveillance of NATO ballistic missile launches, space and missile expert Bart Hendrix says in an interview with Defense News . At the same time, further deployment of a satellite constellation allows increasing accuracy and reducing the likelihood of false alarms. And in general, it is always useful to have backup vehicles in orbit.

The launch of the sixth satellite of this system, according to Sergei Shoigu , will allow Russia to continuously monitor priority areas “in the northern hemisphere.” An absolutely transparent allusion to the most aggressive enemies of the Russian state – the United States and its NATO satellites.

NORTHCOM: Russia Close to Persistent Nuclear Cruise Missile Attack Sub Presence off U.S. Coasts

Russia could have its most powerful and quiet nuclear attack submarines on persistent patrols off either U.S. Coast in the next two years, the head of U.S. Northern Command told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday.

In response to questions from Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) on the threat of Chinese and Russian cruise missile submarines operating close to the U.S., NORTHCOM commander Gen. Glen VanHerck said that the deployments of the Russian Yasen-class nuclear cruise missile attack boats have been deploying more frequently.

“[The risk is] absolutely increasing. Within the last year, Russia has also placed their [Yasens] in the Pacific,” he said.
“Now not only the Atlantic, but we also have them in the Pacific and it’s just a matter of time – probably a year or two – before that’s a persistent threat, 24 hours a day. … That impact has reduced decision space for a national senior leader in a time of crisis.”

Also known by their NATO reporting name Severodvinsk class, the 13,800-ton Yasen-class attack boats are among the most capable submarines in the world. In particular, the three current boats in the class are capable of a special quiet operations mode that make them difficult to detect in the open ocean. In 2018, the lead boat in the class, Severodvinsk, evaded U.S. efforts to find it for weeks, according to press reports.

Navy officials have told USNI News that the service has become increasingly concerned with the efficacy of the Russian submarine force.

The growing ability of Russian submarines to operate undetected in the Atlantic pushed the Navy to reactivate U.S. 2nd Fleet and create a command for anti-submarine warfare across the Atlantic in 2018.

The Russian Navy has planned to build ten Yasen-class attack boats, with the fourth to commission later this year, according to Russian press reports.

The Russians have also recently delivered two new strategic nuclear submarines.

In January, the Russian Navy commissioned the 24,000-ton Borey-class nuclear ballistic missile submarine Generalissimus Suvorov. In July, the Russian Navy delivered Belgorod – a strategic weapons platform fitted with school bus sized nuclear torpedoes that can be fitted with a 100-megaton nuclear warhead.

VanHerck also emphasized the need for the U.S. to expand its operations in the Arctic, as Russia has modernized its assets in the region and China continues to push farther north.

“Russia has modernized their fleet of icebreakers. They’ve modernized their strategic defense along with their submarine forces. China is sailing into the Arctic under the guise of research [missions] and we know they’re doing military operations, surveying the seabed.”

VanHerck said the U.S. is short of assets in the Arctic as Russia and China continue to expand operations.

“We’re not organized, trained and equipped to operate and respond in the Arctic. Infrastructure is a big concern for me, whether that be runway links, whether that be buildings, whether that be weapons storage, whether that be fuel storage,” he said.
“We need persistence that requires icebreakers. We as a nation are in bad shape regarding icebreakers, and I fully support the Coast Guard’s plan. We need to go faster.”

Russian Pilots ‘Spill The Beans’ On How They Intercepted US MQ-9 Reaper Drone Over The Black Sea

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu awarded the Order of Courage to the pilots that ‘downed’ the US MQ-9 Reaper drone over the Black Sea.

Last week, the Russian Defense Ministry said a US MQ-9 drone plunged into the Black Sea after engaging in sharp maneuvering, noting that Russian fighter jets sent to intercept it did not come into contact with it nor used weapons against it.

The ministry said the air control of the Russian Aerospace Forces recorded the drone’s flight in the Crimean peninsula’s region in the direction of the Russian border.

The US European Command earlier said that the incident that resulted in the complete loss of the drone involved a Russian Su-27 aircraft, which allegedly struck the drone’s propeller during an “unsafe and unprofessional intercept” over the Black Sea.

“The Orders of Courage were awarded to the pilots of Su-27 aircraft who prevented the violation by the US unmanned aerial vehicle MQ-9 of the borders of the temporary regime for the use of airspace established to conduct the special military operation,” the statement said.

Pilot Speaks

Russian Su-27 fighter jets maneuvered alongside an American MQ-9 Reaper drone over the Black Sea to stop it from performing its mission, fighter pilot Major Vasily Vavilov said in a video released by the Defense Ministry.

The fighter pilot said, together with his colleagues, he was on air defense duty. Having received the orders to scramble, two crew took to the air to intercept the drone moving near the Russian border.

“After the takeoff, we approached the aircraft, identified it, and performed maneuvers to force it to abandon its mission,” Vavilov said. In turn, Major Sergei Popov accentuated that the pilots did not use weapons and did not come into contact with the MQ-9.

According to the Ministry of Defense, the incident with the MQ-9 Reaper drone occurred on the morning of March 14 in the Crimean region. An American drone with transponders turned off flew in the direction of Russia.

After discovering the drone, Russian fighters from the duty air defense forces took off. The drone went into uncontrollable flight with a loss of altitude and fell into the black sea due to sudden maneuvering.

Russian fighters did not come into contact with the MQ-9, did not use airborne weapons, and returned safely to their base airfield, the Defense Ministry emphasized.

On March 15, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, in a telephone conversation with his American counterpart Lloyd Austin, among other things, said that the flights of American strategic Global Hawk drones off the coast of Crimea were provocative.

Shoigu also noted that the reason for the incident with the Reaper was the actions of the United States in non-compliance with the restricted flight zone declared by Russia.

‘Crown Jewel’ Of Russian Navy, Putin Mulls Permanently Stationing Its Yasen-Class Submarines Near US Shores

A top US military commander has said that Russia could field its most potent and quietest nuclear attack submarines in two years to maintain a near-constant presence off US coasts.

The commander of the US NORTHCOM, Gen. Glen VanHerc, appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 23.

In response to questions from Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) about the threat of Chinese and Russian cruise missile submarines operating close to the US mainland, VanHerc said that Russia has been deploying its Yasen-class nuclear cruise missile attack boats more frequently in recent years.

“[The risk is] absolutely increasing. Within the last year, Russia has also placed their [Yasens] in the Pacific,” he said. “Now, not only the Atlantic, but we also have them in the Pacific, and it’s just a matter of time – probably a year or two – before that’s a persistent threat, 24 hours a day. That impact has reduced decision space for a senior national leader in a time of crisis.”

Yasen-class, also known as Project 885, is Russia’s newest line of nuclear-powered cruise missile submarines and among the most capable submarines in the world.

In the words of Edward Geist of the US-based RAND Corporation, Yasen-class submarines are “the crown jewel of the contemporary Russian Navy and perhaps the pinnacle of present-day Russian military technology.”

Yasen-Class Submarines

Also known by their NATO reporting name Severodvinsk class, the 13,800-ton Yasen-class submarine was designed by the Malakhit Marine Engineering Bureau and built by Sevmash Shipyard in Severodvinsk.

There is also an improved variant, the Yasen-M, which features new sensors, new quieting technology, and a nuclear reactor updated to make less noise.

The Yasen-class submarines were designed to attack carrier battle groups and could destroy hostile ballistic missile submarines, attack submarines, and ships. The Yasen-Ms can attack coastal targets, such as naval bases and ports.

To strike the enemy carriers, the Yasen class submarines carry the (3M55) Onik missiles with a range of 320 nautical miles (or 592.64 kilometers).

In contrast, in their land-attack role, the submarines carry the (3M14K) Kalibr missiles with a range of 1,600 nautical miles (2963.2 kilometers). The Oniks can also be used for land-attack purposes.

A Yasen-class submarine can attack the US East Coast from the mid-Atlantic with these missiles.

The Yasen-class submarines have eight СМ-346 complex (3Р-14В) vertical launch tubes for Onik and Kalibr cruise missiles. The system can launch missiles from both surfaced and submerged positions of the submarine.

The upgraded Yasen-M class submarine can also fire 3M22 Zircon hypersonic anti-ship and land-attack missiles, which are said to have a range of 1000 kilometers and speeds of Mach 8.

Also, there are eight torpedo tubes comprising four standard-diameter 533-millimeter torpedo tubes and four 650-millimeter torpedo tubes, which can accommodate homing torpedoes and 3M54 Klub missiles, as well as mines.

The submarines also have six countermeasure launchers carried externally under the casing, four placed forward above the torpedo tubes, and two aft of the VLS. These launchers are believed to carry a small 324-millimeter torpedo similar to the ‘Barrier’ system carried by TYPHOON and AKULA boats. These torpedoes are hydroacoustic decoys to divert incoming torpedoes.

US Military Impressed By Yasen-class Submarine

So far, three Yasen class submarines have been commissioned in the Russian Navy, namely the K-560 Severodvinsk, which is the lead boat of the class, followed by the K-561 Kazan and K-573 Novosibirsk. The Kazan and Novosibirsk are the improved Yasen-M variants.

As per Russian media reports, the Russian Navy intends to construct ten Yasen-class submarines, with the fourth K-571 Krasnoyarsk scheduled to enter service later this year.

The Yasen-class submarines’ capability to hit land-based targets is of particular concern to Western military experts and officials alike.

“For the first time in Russian history, the Russian Navy can lay off a European coast or in some cases even the continental United States and present a land-attack cruise missile threat … with very highly precise weapons,” Michael Petersen, director of the Russia Maritime Studies Institute at the US Naval War College, told Insider in 2020.

This new ability worried NATO military leaders, who perceived it as a threat to physical infrastructure, such as ports, that would be critical during wartime for supply and reinforcement.

Also, the Yasen-class submarine is the quietest of Russian-made submarines, as per a 2009 report by the US Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) assessment.

They are also amongst the most capable submarines in the world. For instance, in 2014, the officer responsible for US Naval Sea Systems Command submarines said he admired the K-560 Severodvinsk and put its replica in his office.

“We’ll be facing tough potential opponents. One only has to look at the Severodvinsk,” Rear Adm. Dave Johnson said at an October conference. “I am so impressed with this ship that I had Carderock [naval test center] build a model from unclassified data.”

Johnson was correct. In 2019, Pentagon officials told “60 Minutes” that the Severodvinsk sailed into the Atlantic in 2018 and could evade US efforts to find it for weeks.

Yasen-Class Submarines Pose Grave Threat

Russia has invested heavily in modernizing its submarine fleet, which has grown to 58 vessels presently. The focus on submarines has also brought back Cold War-era concepts of operations concerning the North Atlantic: ‘bastions’ and ‘bastion defense.’

Bastions are those maritime zones where Russia deploys its at-sea nuclear deterrent. The Russian Navy has to defend its bastions by denying the NATO warships access to the region beyond these bastions to keep these nuclear-capable submarines safe.

The ‘bastion defense’ perimeter stretches to the Greenland-Iceland-UK gap (GIUK gap). In times of crisis or war, US naval assets, armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles, could cross the GIUK gap to hit high-value targets inside Russia. The Russian tactical submarines’ job is to deny US naval assets access beyond the GIUK gap.

Furthermore, if the Russian submarines can pass through this gap, they could potentially cut off Europe from North America during wartime, threaten the US Coast, and maybe even track down a US ballistic missile submarine.

The range at which the Yasen and Yasen-M submarines can strike targets on land means that they do not necessarily have to try and break through the GIUK gap.

Ine Eriksen Søreide, who served as Norway’s defense minister from 2013 to 2017, said during a Hoover Institution event in July last year that with the help of Yasen-class submarines, Russia “can now effectively shut off the Greenland-Iceland-UK Gap and that also hampering the reinforcements to Europe in a situation of crisis.”

So, the land-attack capability of the Yasen-class submarines poses a real challenge to Western assumptions that their key challenge for anti-submarine warfare against Russian submarines is to stop them at the GIUK gap to defend Atlantic Sea Lines of Communications (SLOCs).


Russian authorities have confirmed the arrest of at least one suspect in connection with Sunday's explosion at a Saint Petersburg cafe that killed a well-known military blogger. The suspect had previously been detained for taking part in anti-war rallies. The explosive device was reportedly hidden inside a present given to Vladlen Tatarsky. Russian state media say 32 people were wounded in the blast.

Involvement in war reporter’s death to be yet further evidence of Kiev's terror — diplomat

Maria Zakharova stressed that "all those responsible will be punished".

Kiev's involvement in the terrorist attack in a cafe in St. Petersburg, where war correspondent Vladlen Tatarsky was killed in an explosion, will be yet another testament to Ukraine's terrorist ways, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a commentary circulated on Monday.

"Russian investigative agencies are investigating this crime. We are confident that those behind it will be punished. The involvement of the Kiev regime in this bloody action will be another confirmation of its use of terrorist methods," the diplomat said.

Zakharova also called on other states and international organizations, which "advocate the safety of journalists and bloggers," to give a fundamental assessment of "this blatant terrorist attack."

The diplomat stressed that "all those responsible will be punished."

The cafe bombing occurred on April 2 during a meeting being held by military correspondent Maxim Fomin, known under the pen-name Vladlen Tatarsky. He died instantly. More than 30 people were injured. The blast’s yield is estimated at 200 grams of TNT. The criminal case has been transferred to the central office of the Investigative Committee.

The National Anti-Terrorism Committee said that the terrorist act against Tatarsky had been masterminded by Ukraine’s special services with help from agents collaborating with Alexey Navalny’s anti-corruption foundation (recognized as an extremist organization in Russia). Trepova is a supporter of the foundation.


The Russian 6th-gen fighter MiG-41 aircraft is coming, first flight intended for 2025. Rumors are that it'll be capable to intercept hypersonic missiles and will be loaded with weapons able to take down satellites from the earth's orbit.

Russia Trained Belarusian Pilots in Nuclear Weapons Use

Belarusian air force crews have completed their training for using tactical nuclear weapons as part of Russia's plan to deploy the weapons to its ally Belarus amid the fighting in neighboring Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday.

Putin launches new chilling weapon capable of pulverising enemy defences from space

Russian President Putin also signed a bill allowing authorities to issue electronic notices to draftees and reservists amid the fighting in Ukraine, sparking fears of a new wave of mobilisation.

Vladimir Putin's forces have developed a new warfare system that could destroy enemy electronic equipment from 36,000km above sea level. The terrifying space tech adds another powerful weapon to Moscow's arsenal with the war on Ukraine raging.

A source told Russia state-owned media RIA said: "This (orbit) is approximately 36,000 kilometres above sea level."

The source did not disclose details about the new system, but said "the power of its emitters at short range allows not only to suppress, but also to permanently disable enemy electronics".

Electronic warfare involves the impact on the enemy's electronic systems, including radar, communication systems and other means, using interference or electromagnetic radiation.

As a result, devices temporarily fail or stop working properly.

Russia "has not really showcased its full cyber and electronic warfare capabilities, which many national security analysts assess to be the best in the world." The scholar added that these capabilities help Russian "blind early warning systems and severely disrupt or degrade military command and control systems [of potential enemies] making it difficult [for them] to conduct offensive or even defensive operations."

Ex-Pentagon Officer: Russia’s Robust Capabilities in Electronic Warfare Second to None

The Russian army’s state-of-the-art electronic warfare systems are capable of significantly hampering the planned counteroffensive by Ukrainian forces, David T. Pyne, an EMP Task Force scholar and former US Department of Defense officer, told Sputnik.

On Monday, Lavrov and Vieira discussed plans to increase Brazilian meat exports to Russia and fertiliser imports for Brazilian farmers.

Brazil’s Lula meets Lavrov amid US barbs on Ukraine stance

Lula has condemned Western efforts to supply Ukraine with weapons, a position that Russia has praised amid its invasion.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, whose stance on Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine has fuelled consternation in the United States and elsewhere, has met visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Lavrov arrived in the capital Brasilia on Monday, where he discussed issues such as trade and Russia’s war in Ukraine with members of Lula’s administration.

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Russia Launches at least SIX Akula Fast-Attack Subs into PacificWithin the past 72 Hours, Russia sortied at least SIX (6) nuclear-powered ‘Akula’and o…

Within the past 72 Hours, Russia sortied at least SIX (6) nuclear-powered “Akula” and other model fast-attack submarines into the Pacific Ocean. It is now believed they are enroute to the U.S. west coast.

The Russian Ministry of Defense even published an official video showing the vessels all leaving port at the same time:

Deployment of nuclear-powered submarines of the Pacific Fleet of the :ru:#Russian #Navy during the recent exercises on April 17, 2023.

— Capt(N) (@Capt_Navy) April 19, 2023

Clearly visible are several Akula-class and even one ultra-modern YASEN-class ballistic missile submarines.

The YASEN-class are cruise missile subs that are designed to attack Carrier Battle Groups and can destroy hostile ballistic missile submarines, attack submarines, and ships. They can also be land-attack submarines.

To strike enemy Carriers, the YASEN’s carry the (3M55) “Onik” missiles with a range of 320 nautical miles or 592.64km. In their land-attack role, the submarines carry the (3M14K) “Kalibr” cruise missile with a range of 1600 nautical miles or 2963.2km.

Each YASEN has eight (8) (CM-346) complex (3p-14B) vertical launch tubes that can fire either Onik or Kalibr missiles, and can launch either surfaced or submerged.

The upgraded YASEN-M can also fire the hypersonic “Zircon” missile at either ships or land targets.

According to Michael Peterson of the Russia Maritime Studies Institute, for the first time in its history, Russia can now lay off the coasts of either Europe or even the United States, and present a persistent land-attack threat with very highly precise weapons.

This new ability concerns NATO leaders as a threat to physical infrastructure such as ports which would be critical during wartime.

A 2009 report by the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) says the YASEN is “the quietist of Russian-made submarines.”

Moscow has “significantly modernized its submarine force in recent years,” with 11 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines and 17 nuclear-powered attack submarines. By this data count, Russia also has nine nuclear-powered cruise missile submarines and 21 diesel-electric attack submarines.

The fact that all these submarines are now in the Pacific Ocean and heading toward the US west coast OUGHT TO BE a signal to the US to knock off its interference in the Russia-Ukraine situation. Sadly, it appears no one in the US is listening or even looking for messages from Russia.

It seems the US will only acknowledge the cost of our meddling in Ukraine when bright, white, flashes start appearing over US cities from Russian submarines and ICBM’s.

The incident came just hours after Russian and Chinese officials descended on the region's capital, also named Murmansk, to sign a memorandum strengthening cooperation between governmental agencies.

The two parties signed the memorandum in the early hours of April 26, according to Chinese state media, as they agreed to cooperate in several key sectors.

Russian warplane erupts into glowing fireball and crashes just miles from Finland border

A video of the incident showed the plane - which appeared to have caught fire - as it plummeted towards the ground in Murmansk.

A Russian warplane has reportedly crashed in the country's Murmansk region just miles from the border with Finland. Videos posted on social media showed the jet - a MiG-31 - rapidly losing altitude as it raced across the skies above Russia this afternoon. The footage showed flames billowing from the aircraft's rear, with a trail of smoke following it towards the ground. According to state media outlet TASS, the Russian defence ministry confirmed the jet crashed into a nearby lake, and that its two pilots had successfully ejected and survived the incident.