Russian News

Vladimir Putin will hold Security Council meeting on October 19

On October 19, Vladimir Putin will hold a meeting of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, via videoconference.

The participants will review issues related to the neutralisation of threats to national security in the migration sphere and the regulation of migration processes in the interests of the country's socioeconomic development and sociopolitical stability.

Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev will deliver a report.

Putin declares martial law in annexed regions of Ukraine

Putin said martial law will ensure safety and maintain public order, as well as ensure "anti-terrorist protection of critical facilities."

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday declared martial law in the four regions of Ukraine that Moscow annexed last month.

The regions – Donetsk People's Republic, Luhansk People's Republic, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson – will come under martial law Thursday, the Kremlin announced in a translated decree.

Martial law is essential defined as putting government-run operations under direct military control.

Putin said the change will ensure safety and maintain public order, as well as ensure "anti-terrorist protection of critical facilities."

Last month, Putin declared a "partial" military mobilization and a draft for the war against Ukraine as Kyiv began retaking some land captured by Russia earlier in the war.

1 Like

Security Council meeting

President in mode videoconferencing held a meeting of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.

Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, dear colleagues!

Before we move to our current agenda, I want to touch on one extremely important issue.

During the referendum residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics, Zaporizhzhya and the Kherson regions firmly and unequivocally expressed their will: they want to be with Russia. Constitutional Laws on Adoption four new regions have entered into force in the Russian Federation.

See also

Decree on the introduction of martial law in the territories of the DPR, LPR, Zaporizhzhya and Kherson regions

October 19, 2022

Decree « On measures implemented in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation in connection with the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of October 19, 2022. № 756 »

October 19, 2022

Kiev mode, like known, refused to recognize the will and choice of people, rejects any offers about the negotiations. On the contrary, shelling continues, peaceful people die. Neo-Nazis use openly terrorist methods, sabotage at life support facilities, arrange assassination attempts on representatives local authorities. Like their ideological predecessors – Bandera, Hitler's accomplices – are trying to create a gang underground, sabotage groups send to our territory.

It is Ukrainian special services organized an explosion on the Crimean bridge. We are suppressed terrorist attacks in other regions of Russia, including in places mass stay of people in relation to objects of transport, energy, I want to emphasize, including nuclear facilities.

In this regard, I recall, that in the Donetsk People's Republic, the Lugansk People's Republic, as well as in the Kherson and Zaporizhzhya regions to their entry into Russia, a martial law regime was in force. And now we need to formalize this regime already within the framework of the Russian legislation. Therefore, I signed a Decree on the introduction of martial law in these four constituent entities of the Russian Federation. He will be immediately sent for approval to the Federation Council. About the decision the State Duma is also informed.

Besides, in today's situation, I consider it necessary to give additional powers of leaders of all Russian regions – relevant Decree also signed today.

Senior Officials Federation entities should pay the necessary attention to the implementation of measures, designed to ensure human security, protection and anti-terrorism protection critical facilities, maintaining public order, increasing sustainability of the economy, industry, the establishment and expansion production of products necessary for a special military operation. For coordination of work of the heads of regions will receive the authority to create appropriate headquarters. I instruct the Government, the Ministry of Defense, and other departments to provide all the necessary assistance to them.

Obviously the situation, the situation in different regions is different, and the volume of measures taken, the circle the tasks to be solved by the heads of the regions should also be different, relevant situation in a specific subject of the Federation. Therefore the Decree provides for several levels of response to emerging risks.

I ask the mayor of Moscow, who heads the commission of the State Council in the direction « State and municipal government » jointly with the Presidential Administration to join in ensuring coordination the work of the regions in the implementation of the measures provided for by this Decree, and the interaction of the constituent entities of the Federation with federal authorities. I also instruct the heads of all regions of Russia to immediately begin to the implementation of the provisions of the Decree.


List of instructions on the issues of ensuring the needs arising during a special military operation

October 19, 2022

List of instructions on providing support to citizens called up for military service in mobilization and their family members

October 19, 2022

Further. Solving problems not only specialized military personnel are involved in providing a special military operation departments, but the entire public administration system. Needed continue to improve coordination. In this regard instructing the Government to prepare a draft presidential decree on the establishment of special coordination council. He will be led by the head of the cabinet, the council will include vice prime ministers, representatives of law enforcement agencies, socio-economic bloc of the Government, Presidential Administration, as well as the State Council, which will ensure close interaction with all regions of the country.

I want to emphasize again, that we are proud of everyone who enters military service today, fulfills your duty to protect the Fatherland. And all our warriors, what tasks they did not fulfill, must be provided with everything necessary. It concerns equipment barracks and places of deployment, living conditions, equipment and equipment, food and medical care. We have all the possibilities to solve all the issues arising here – and they are – at a modern and worthy level of our country.

Famously and recent problems with payments cash allowances for military personnel called up as part of mobilization. Today I signed an order for strict observance established terms and sizes of payments. They should be, I remind you, at least 195 thousand rubles per calendar month, I emphasize, including the period of training and education of personnel.

Also entrusting the chapters regions together with the Popular Front, the movement « # We Together », volunteers take control of the provision of comprehensive support to families whose relatives are called to military mobilization service: children, parents, wives, relatives to the people of all our defenders.

Dear colleagues!

We are working on a solution very complex, large-scale security tasks and a reliable future for Russia to protect our people. And those who today at the forefront, who is training at the training grounds and in training centers, you should feel our support, know that behind them – a huge, great country, a single, united people. I'm sure, that our workers, engineers, entrepreneurs will continue to be effective solve the problems that the military-industrial complex faces today, in front of the economy.

I emphasize again: today collection from all levels of government is needed. Special responsibility assigned to the heads of regions who received additional powers. All leaders of the constituent entities of the Federation require agreed actions, willingness to make quick, verified decisions. Need to be constantly in contact with people, enterprises, and labor by collectives.

We will work tense, stable, rhythmic. But additional coordination and focusing on the most important, priority areas in demand, it is necessary. We will do it. I count on yours support.

See also

Participants in the Security Council meeting ( via video conferencing )

October 19, 2022

Comment by Nikolai Patrushev following a meeting of the Security Council

October 19, 2022

Dear colleagues!

Let's move on now to the agenda of the meeting of the Security Council, discuss some issues migration policy. This area is extremely sensitive for the national security, for the stable development of Russia and our society.

The situation in the world dynamically changing, new global and regional factors arise, affecting the migration sector, and we need to timely and respond effectively to these changes, improve our work based on a thorough analysis of new realities.

So obviously that it is necessary to adjust the current Concept of state migration politicians, it must fully take into account the whole complex as existing and potential challenges, become the basis for further improving legislation. The corresponding order was given by me back in March 2020, and today I am waiting for detailed reports about what has already been done, on what priorities it is necessary to focus attention in the near future.

Let's move on to discussion. Word to Deputy President of the Security Council Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev. Заседание Совета Безопасности • Президент России

1 Like

"Meanwhile on Russia's state-funded RT, director of broadcasting Anton Krasovsky suggests drowning or burning Ukrainian children, makes hideous comments about the rapes by Russian soldiers in Ukraine, says Ukraine should not exist and Ukrainians who resist Russia should be shot."

The War With Ukraine is Coming Home to Russians

Russia’s Putin says he won’t use nuclear weapons in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday denied having any intentions of using nuclear weapons in Ukraine but described the conflict there as part of alleged efforts by the West to secure its global domination, which he insisted are doomed to fail.

Speaking at a conference of international foreign policy experts, Putin said it’s pointless for Russia to strike Ukraine with nuclear weapons.

“We see no need for that,” Putin said. “There is no point in that, neither political, nor military.”

Putin said an earlier warning of his readiness to use “all means available to protect Russia” didn’t amount to nuclear saber-rattling but was merely a response to Western statements about their possible use of nuclear weapons.

He particularly mentioned Liz Truss saying in August that she would be ready to use nuclear weapons if she became Britain’s prime minister, a remark which he said worried the Kremlin.

“What were we supposed to think?” Putin said. “We saw that as a coordinated position, an attempt to blackmail us.”

In a long speech full of diatribes against the United States and its allies, Putin accused them of trying to dictate their terms to other nations in a “dangerous, bloody and dirty” domination game.

Putin, who sent his troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24, has cast Western support for Ukraine as part of broad efforts by Washington and its allies to enforce its will upon others through a rules-based world order. He argued that the world has reached a turning point, when “the West is no longer able to dictate its will to humankind but still tries to do it, and the majority of nations no longer want to tolerate it.”

The Russian leader claimed that the Western policies will foment more chaos, adding that “he who sows the wind will reap the whirlwind.”

Putin claimed that “humankind now faces a choice: accumulate a load of problems that will inevitably crush us all or try to find solutions that may not be ideal but could work and could make the world more stable and secure.”

Without offering evidence, the Russian leader repeated Moscow’s unproven allegation that Ukraine was plotting a false flag attack involving a radioactive dirty bomb it would try to pin on Russia.

Ukraine has strongly rejected the claim, and its Western allies have dismissed it as “transparently false.” Ukraine argued Russia might be making the unfounded allegation to serve as a cover for its own possible plot to detonate a dirty bomb.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters on Thursday that the U.S. has still not seen anything to indicate that Putin has decided to use a dirty bomb.

Putin said he personally ordered Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to call his foreign counterparts to tell them about the purported plot. He maintained that Russia knows the Ukrainian facilities working on the project.

He mocked the allegations by Ukraine and the West that Russia was firing on the territory of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in southern Ukraine as “ravings.” Russian troops have occupied the plant, Europe’s largest, since the early days of the conflict.

Putin also expressed bewilderment about Washington’s policy on China, noting that tensions sparked by a recent visit to Taiwan by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi come amid the U.S.-Russian showdown over Ukraine.

“Why spoil relations with China at the same time?” Putin said. “It seems to defy logic and common sense. It looks like ravings.”

He hailed Russia’s relations with China, but said he hadn’t warned Chinese President Xi Jinping about his intention to send troops into Ukraine when he visited Beijing days before that to attend the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Asked about Washinton’s threat to re-evaluate its relationship with Saudi Arabia over the Riyadh-led OPEC+ alliance’s move to cut oil production, Putin argued that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was acting in his nation’s interests and the need to stabilize global energy markets.

“They need to respect the crown prince and Saudi Arabia, and they will respond in kind,” Putin said. “And they will also respond in kind if they are spoken to in a boorish manner.”

The Russian leader said Russia isn’t the enemy of the West but will continue to oppose the purported diktat of Western neo-liberal elites, accusing them of trying to subdue Russia.

“Their goal is to make Russia more vulnerable and turn it into an instrument for fulfilling their geopolitical tasks, they have failed to achieve it and they will never succeed,” Putin said.

Putin reaffirmed his long-held claim that Russians and Ukrainians are part of a single people and again denigrated Ukraine as an “artificial state” that received historic Russian lands from Communist rulers during the Soviet times.

In that context, he acknowledged that the fighting in Ukraine effectively amounts to a civil war, although the Kremlin calls its actions in Ukraine a “special military operation.”

Putin said he thinks “all the time” about the casualties that Russia has suffered in Ukraine, but insisted that NATO’s refusal to rule out Ukraine’s prospective membership and Kyiv’s refusal to adhere to a peace deal for its separatist conflict in the country’s east has left Moscow no other choice.

He denied underestimating Ukraine’s ability to fight back and insisted that his “special military operation” has proceeded as planned.

Putin also acknowledged the challenges posed by Western sanctions, but argued that Russia has proven resilient to foreign pressure and has become more united.

John Kirby, a U.S. National Security Council spokesman, responded to Putin’s speech as it was underway.

“We don’t believe that Mr. Putin’s strategic goals have changed here. He doesn’t want Ukraine to exist as a sovereign, independent nation state,” Kirby said.

Hungary’s Orban lambasts Brussels sanctions mania: ‘EU fell into pit it dug for Russians’

The Hungarian Prime Minister said the restrictions against Russia had not been imposed democratically but that the decision was made by unelected bureaucrats and the elite in Brussels.

The EU’s anti-Russian sanctions have not lived up to Brussels’ expectations and these restrictions have boomeranged on the European Union, harming the continent, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told Kossuth radio on Friday.

"The sanctions have not worked as Brussels had expected when they imposed them. We had come up with a plan to dig a pit for the Russians, and then we were the ones who fell into it, and now we have to decide what’s to be done. The EU says keep digging. That does not look sensible though," Orban explained.

Earlier, the Hungarian leader said Europe was divided into two camps: one zealously believing in these sanctions and the other calling for the continent-wide bloc to rethink its sanctions policy toward Russia. Orban said the restrictions against Russia had not been imposed democratically but that the decision was made by unelected bureaucrats and the elite in Brussels.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched Moscow’s special military operation in Ukraine in response to a request for help from the leaders of the two Donbass republics. He said that Russia had no plans to occupy Ukrainian lands but the goal was rather to demilitarize and denazify the country. Following this, the West announced sweeping sanctions against the Russian Federation and stepped up arms deliveries to Kiev worth billions of dollars at this stage.

Russia Builds New Nuke Shelters For Their People While Biden Cabal Continues Biowarfare Upon Americans - As Globalists Plan To Set The Earth On Fire, Putin Carries Out 'Operation Thunder'

While the Russians are once again building nuclear bomb shelters for their citizens, Joe Biden's government cabal continues to carry out bioweapon attacks upon the American people while, according to General Paul Vallely, the US Military is under all-out attack by the creep in the White House who is quite literally setting up the 'America's last days' via his pro-globalist, anti-America actions.

As this October 26th story over at AND Magazine's Substack titled "The Russians Are Building Bomb Shelters - This Is Getting Real" reported, officials in Moscow have been ordered to get the bomb shelters for their school children in working order in preparation of what may soon come to Russia, the US and the world, while Biden's CDC tries to make sure all American school children get their vaxxes, that are now killing and maiming Americans left and right.

Reporting also that Moscow's hospitals are getting involved in the efforts, as are their electrical companies and other utility companies, making sure all the bunkers have electricity and running water and working sewage facilities, the Biden cabal has done nothing of the sort for the American people, but we can be sure they're stocking up their own underground bunkers, where they'll be scurrying off to with their tails between their legs while they are setting fire to the rest of the planet.

Video in link:

Russia Vs UK Putin Holds Nuke Drill Amid War - Russia News - News18 Live

Russia’s not our enemy, the government of warmongers is our enemy,” the Associated Press cited one speaker at the rally as saying. A group named Czech Republic First, which has organized the protests, opposes NATO and has called for the country to adopt a militarily neutral stance.

Major protest in EU capital calls for direct gas talks with Russia

Prague rally demands resignation of government, decrying its support for Kiev and anti-Russia sanctions

Russia says ‘top priority’ is to avoid clash of nuclear powers

Russia said Wednesday the world’s “top priority” should be to avoid a clash of nuclear powers, stressing it could lead to “catastrophic consequences”.

“We are firmly convinced that in the current difficult and turbulent situation — a consequence of irresponsible and shameless actions aimed at undermining our national security — the top priority is to prevent any military clash of nuclear powers,” said the foreign ministry.

Moscow called on other nuclear powers to “abandon dangerous attempts to infringe on each other’s vital interests”.

The foreign ministry’s statement came amid rising fears of nuclear use in the Ukraine conflict, which has dragged on into its ninth month.

“Russia is strictly and consistently guided by the tenet that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought,” the statement read.

It said Moscow’s nuclear doctrine is “purely defensive in nature”, only allowing the Kremlin to use such weapons in the event of nuclear aggression or “when the very existence of our state is threatened.”

Russia has repeatedly suggested that Ukrainian territories it claims to have annexed are protected by its nuclear doctrine.

The statement called on the world’s other nuclear powers — the United States, Britain, France and China — to “work together to solve this priority task”.

British ambassador mum after leaving Russian Foreign Ministry

The ambassador quickly proceeded to her car without stopping for a word with the media.

British ambassador to Moscow Deborah Bronnert declined to make any comments to the media after visiting the Russian Foreign Ministry, where she was summoned on Thursday regarding the participation of British specialists in the planning of Kiev's attacks on Sevastopol, a TASS correspondent reports.

Bronnert stayed inside for more than half an hour.

About 20 journalists and cameramen were waiting for her outside. The ambassador quickly proceeded to her car without stopping for a word with the media.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Moscow would present evidence of Britain's involvement in the attack on the Black Sea Fleet base in Sevastopol and the act of sabotage against the Nord Stream gas carrier. The basic evidence will be disclosed to the public at large later.

Russian defense chief orders troop withdrawal behind Dnieper

It is reported that if the Kiev regime resorts to a larger water discharge from reservoirs or a more powerful rocket attack on the Kakhovka dam, this will create a flow of water flooding vast areas and causing civilian casualties.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has ordered to start pulling out troops behind the Dnieper River.

"Start withdrawing the troops and take all measures to ensure the safe relocation of the personnel, armaments and hardware behind the Dnieper," the defense chief said, setting the task for Commander of Russia’s Integrated Group of Forces in Ukraine Sergey Surovikin.

Surovikin reported to the defense minister earlier on Wednesday on the situation in that area.

Defense along the Dnieper barrier frontier is the most expedient option of operations in the zone of the special military operation, Surovikin said.

"If the Kiev regime resorts to a larger water discharge from reservoirs or a more powerful rocket attack on the Kakhovka dam, this will create a flow of water flooding vast areas and causing civilian casualties. A further threat for civilians and of a complete isolation of our group of forces on the right bank of the Dnieper will emerge. Under these conditions, it is expedient to organize the defense along the barrier frontier of the Dnieper River," the commander said.

"Comrade defense minister, after comprehensively assessing the current situation, the proposal is to assume defense along the left bank of the Dnieper River," Surovikin pointed out.

"I understand that this is a very uneasy decision. At the same time, we will preserve, which is the most important thing, the lives of our servicemen and, as a whole, the combat capability of the group of forces, which is inexpedient to be kept in a limited area on the right bank. In addition, this will release a part of forces and capabilities that will be involved in active operations, including for offensives in other directions in the zone of the operation," the general reported.

Prior to that, the Russian defense chief requested Surovikin to report on the situation in the Kherson area. After listening to the report, the defense minister agreed with the commander’s conclusions and proposals.

"For us the life and health of Russian servicemen is always a priority. We must also take into account the threat for the civilian population," the defense chief emphasized.

Top Russian collaborator in Kherson Oblast reportedly dead

Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of Russia's illegal occupation government in Kherson Oblast, died in a car accident on Nov. 9, according to Ukrainian and Russian media, as well as another Kherson collaborator.

Stremousov, a local Ukrainian politician and blogger, welcomed the Russian occupation of Kherson and became a key pro-Russian voice in the region.

Before Russia launched its full-scale invasion on Feb. 24, Stremousov was known for his pro-Russian views and headed local pro-Kremlin groups.

He also used to be a member of Unity, a party that supported conspiracy theories, occultism, and neo-Stalinism.

Ukrainian media reported that he also allegedly attacked a police officer in 2017.

Stremousov had a conflict with Kherson-based civic activist Kateryna Handzyuk, who accused him of organizing an attack on her in April 2018. Handzyuk died in November 2018 after being assaulted with sulphuric acid in a separate attack in July 2018.

In 2019 he was arrested on suspicion of organizing an attack on the office of Novy Den, a local newspaper.

After Stremousov was appointed deputy head of Russia’s illegal occupation government in Kherson Oblast in April, he participated in organizing an illegal referendum on the region’s annexation to Russia on Sept. 23-27.

In October Stremousov recited a poem predicting the Russian annexation of territories all over the world, including Warsaw, Sri Lanka, Washington, and Dallas.

Key Putin official mysteriously dead; Ukraine skeptical, ‘may be staged’ death

Russian officials and state media have reported the deputy governor of the Russian-occupied Kherson Region in Ukraine has died in a car crash. Ukrainian officials expressed their doubts about the reported death, which cannot be independently verified at this time, and which at least one official has said may have been staged.

On Wednesday, the Russian state-run TASS News Agency reported that Kirill Stremousov was killed in a road accident on Wednesday, citing the Russian-backed regional administration’s media office.

Stremousov was Russian President Vladimir Putin’s appointee to serve as deputy governor of the Russian-occupied Kherson and had been a proponent of Russia’s occupation of the territory.

While Putin-appointed Kherson Governor Vladimir Saldo reiterated the reports of his deputy’s death, Ukrainian officials are less certain Stremousov is actually dead, the BBC reported.

“Regarding the information spread by the occupiers and Russian sources regarding the death of collaborator Kirill Stremousov in an accident, so far we can neither confirm nor deny the information,” said Yuriy Sobolevskyi, first deputy head of the Ukrainian Kherson regional council, in a Telegram post reported by CNN.

Sobolevskyi said the Russian claim of Stremousov’s death “may be true, or it may be staged.”

Stremousov, who is Ukrainian, has been wanted by the Ukrainian government in Kyiv for treason.

Within hours of Russian media announcing Stremousov’s death, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reportedly ordered Russian troops west of Ukraine’s Dnieper River to retreat back to the more heavily Russian-controlled east side. The city of Kherson lies on the west side of the Dnieper River, but much of the Kherson Oblast is on the east side.

Shoigu ordered the withdrawal of Russian troops west of the Dnieper amid concerns that Ukraine could let off a massive discharge of water from the Kakhovka Dam, potentially flooding parts of Kherson and making it difficult for pro-Russian forces in the city to retreat back to safety on the east side of the river.

If Stremousov were still alive and Ukraine did flood the Dnieper River, he could be cut off from escape and easier for Ukrainian forces to capture.

Lavrov to lead Russian delegation to G20 summit in Bali — Kremlin

The G20 summit to be held on November 15-16

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the Bali summit of the Group of 20 and the Russian delegation will be led by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS on Thursday.

"It was decided that Russia will be represented by Sergey Lavrov at the G20 summit," the Kremlin official said.

Earlier on Thursday, Reuters, citing a source in the Indonesian government, reported that, according to Jakarta, the Russian leader may participate in one of the summit’s sessions in an online format.

The G20 summit will be held on November 15-16.

Russia completes redeployment of troops from right bank of Dnieper — Defense Ministry

It is reported that the Ukrainian Armed Forces had tried to disrupt the relocation of civilians and the movement of Russian troops from Kherson last night.

The Russian Armed Forces have completed the redeployment of troops and military equipment to the left bank of the Dnieper River, Defense Ministry Spokesman Lieutenant General Igor Konashaekov said on Friday.

"In the Kherson direction, the redeployment of Russian troops to the left bank of the Dnieper River was completed at 5:00 am Moscow time today. Not a single piece of military equipment was left on the right bank," he pointed out. "There were no losses in manpower or military equipment and material resources of the Russian group of forces," Konashenkov added.

He specified that all Russian troops had crossed to the left bank of the Dnieper. The Kherson Region’s residents willing to leave the right bank of the river received evacuation assistance . "Russian military formations and units took up defensive positions that had been prepared in the engineering sense," the general said.

He added that the Ukrainian Armed Forces had tried to disrupt the relocation of civilians and the movement of Russian troops from Kherson last night. "The Ukrainian Armed Forces conducted five attacks on Dnieper River crossings during the night, using US-made HIMARS multiple rocket launchers," he specified. Konashenkov noted that Russian air defenses downed 28 rockets, while another five were diverted from their targets by electronic warfare. "Ukrainian troops have advanced no more than ten kilometers in certain directions in the past two days," he added.

On November 9, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu ordered that Russian troops be pulled from the right bank of the Dnieper River back to the left bank based on a suggestion by Army General Sergey Surovikin, chief of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. Surovikin pointed out that Russian troops were successfully thwarting Ukrainian attacks and one of the reasons for withdrawing was the risk that if areas downstream from the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant got flooded, Russian forces would be isolated. According to him, all civilians who wanted to leave the area - over 115,000 people - have been relocated from the right bank. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday that the Kherson Region had been legally enshrined as a Russian constituent entity and it could not be changed.

Russia Rejects Allegations Of Missile Attack On Poland, Slamming ‘Deliberate Provocation’

Update(1500ET): Russia has issued its first statements in the wake of conflicting reporting concerning the suspected missile attack on Polish territory, just across the border with Ukraine. Russia is calling the reports a “deliberate provocation” and is denying that its forces have aimed any missiles near the Ukraine-Poland border, per Interfax news.

The Russian Defense Ministry issued a statement saying it has not taken part in “strikes against targets near the Ukrainian-Polish border” using “Russian weapons” – as is being alleged by Polish sources. The Russian statement further said it’s Warsaw’s attempt to escalate the situation. The Pentagon has meanwhile said it can’t corroborate the reports at this early stage but is gathering more information. A Pentagon spokesman vowed the US stands ready to “defend every inch of NATO territory.”

According to Polish radio broadcaster Radio Zet, local reports have said what hit Przewowo is most likely the remains of a rocket shot down by Ukraine’s armed forces. But there are conflicting and many unconfirmed claims still circulating. The US State Dept. said, “We are working with the Polish government to collect information and assess what happened.” It also called the reports “incredibly concerning.”

Below is the full Russian statement in response:

Russia’s defence ministry has denied reports that Russian missiles hit Polish territory, describing them as “a deliberate provocation aimed at escalating the situation”.

“No strikes on targets near the Ukrainian-Polish state border were made by Russian means of destruction,” it said in a statement.

Wreckage reportedly found at the scene “has nothing to do with Russian weapons”, it added.

Meanwhile “Article 5” is trending on Twitter.

Are we about to test Art Cashin’s thesis that you should never bet on the end of the world (i.e. sell stocks as the ICBMs start flying). As a reminder:

Art Cashin, the dean of the NYSE floor, told a story on Tuesday at Barry Ritholtz’s Big Picture conference in midtown that illustrated this point perfectly. It was in the days before the Cuban missile crisis. Mr. Cashin was a young trader. One day a rumor mushroomed that the Russians had launched their missiles. World War III was starting. Mr. Cashin ran across the street to find the best trader he knew – who was in a bar having a drink. Mr. Cashin ran in breathlessly, hardly able to talk.

“Stop,” the trader said. “Have a drink. Explain everything.” After hearing all the information, the trader had one order: “Buy. Don’t sell. Buy.”

“Why?” Mr. Cashin wondered.

“Because if you’re wrong, the trade’ll never clear. We’ll all be dead.”

Well, moments ago futures ignored the venerable market strategist’s words and tumbled after a report from Polish Radio ZET according to which two stray rockets fell in the town of Przewodów on the border of NATO-member Poland with Ukraine (while unreported, the prevailing assumption is that the rockets are Russian).

The Associated Press is also confirming, citing a senior US intelligence official who says two people were killed by the missiles. However, the Pentagon followed by saying it cannot corroborate the reports at this time. Stocks quickly reversed higher on the headline.

And Polish sources are reporting – albeit emphasizing the report is still unofficial – that Polish military planes have been scrambled out of the airport near Tomaszów Lubelski. “The Polish Air Force took fighter jets into the air from the Tomaszow-Lubelski airfield in the Lublin Voivodeship,” the local reports say.

The rockets reportedly hit the grain dryers, leading to two casualties. The police, the prosecutor’s office and the army are on site.

And as Bloomberg also confirms, Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki has convened an urgent meeting of the Committee of the Council of Ministers for National Security. Hungarian PM Viktor Orban has also reportedly convened a national defense council meeting.

Estonia has meanwhile issued a statement saying it is “ready to defend every inch of NATO territory, We’re in full solidarity with our close ally Poland,” according to its ministry of foreign affairs.

The news has sent futures tumbling.

And further on the news:


It will be amusing when reputable news sources deny the whole thing but for now, stocks are dumping and are red on the day after soaring more than 2% earlier.

Hours earlier in the day Ukrainian authorities were reporting a series of fresh missile attack on the capital, and rare airstrikes in Western regions as well, including the city of Lviv.

This resulted in new emergency power outages across various cities effected.

Meanwhile, NATO’s collective defense article is trending on Twitter, which is never a good sign…


Satan Unzipped! Russia Shares Detailed Images Of Its Heavyweight ICBM Dubbed As One Of World’s Deadliest Missiles

The R-36M2 intercontinental ballistic missile’s payload bus, which contains the weapon’s nuclear warheads, has been made public by Russian state media outlets for the first time.

This missile, also referred to as the SS-18 Mod 5 Satan in the West, contains one of the heaviest payloads designed for an ICBM, making it one of the world’s most dangerous missiles.

The mechanism to deliver multiple warheads to different targets is known as a “multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle,” or MIRV.

The detailed images of the R-36M2 payload bus were first shared on Twitter by Dmitry Kornev, a Russian military analyst on his blog ‘Military Russia.’

The footage was released following the RS-28 Sarmat ICBM’s first full-scale launch in April 2022. The pictures Kornev posted online clearly demonstrate how big the R-36M2 is by showcasing the size of the payload bus alone.

Up to 14 warheads can fit on the bus, arranged in two rows of seven. Kornev believes that each of these missiles typically carries ten warheads.

Instead, the remaining four slots are occupied by decoys and other tools designed to make it difficult for opposing troops to intercept incoming projectiles.

There is some dissension about the estimated output of these warheads, with several reports claiming they are in the 550-750 kiloton range, while some claim they could be more lethal, ranging between 750 kilotons and one megaton.

Kornev also posted screengrabs showing several objects in front of the bus, including what appear to be decoys or at least mock-ups.

The bus appears to have four separate rocket motors at the back that would launch it into space and then deliver its warheads and decoys over numerous targets along a predetermined course.

Meanwhile, Kornev said that the Russian missile’s protrusion is a system component for detaching the nose cone from the rest of the payload bus to unleash the warheads and decoys.

R-36 (SS-18 Satan) Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

It’s unknown why the Russians now chose to showcase these R-36M2 in public. The RS-28 Sarmat, also known as the SS-X-30 Satan 2, is intended to replace these missiles completely. However, it is unknown when Satan 2 will be put into service.

The Soviet Union began working on the R-36M2, a two-stage liquid-fueled silo-launched ICBM, in the early 1980s as a more effective replacement for earlier R-36M versions. In the 1970s, the R-36M started to phase out earlier R-36-series missiles.

The R-36M, designed by the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau for the Soviet Union, served as the foundation for the R-36M2. This armament system consisted of an intercontinental ballistic missile modified from an earlier Soviet missile and stored in hardened silos.

The R-36M2, frequently referred to as a heavyweight ICBM, is massive, measuring almost 10 feet in diameter (three meters) and weighing just over 211 tons when fully fueled, according to the Federation of American Scientists (FAS).

Comparatively, the LGM-30G Minuteman III of the US Air Force measures just under 60 feet (18.3 meters) in length, is five and a half feet (1.67 meters) wide, and weighs just under 40 tons when fired.

The R-36M family of missiles is categorized as “heavies” because of their enormous size and power. The R-36M and its variations were at the core of arms control negotiations between the USSR and the United States for a significant portion of the latter half of the 20th century; these negotiations led to a cap on the overall number of R-36Ms built and deployed.

The missile’s extended range has concerned western analysts because they believe Russia may employ it as a first-strike capability. The importance of the weapon system in arms control negotiations has repeatedly demonstrated how seriously the West takes this missile as a credible threat.

The R-36M2 is a cold-launched weapon system, unlike its Minuteman III counterpart from the United States. This capability enables the missile to be deployed without seriously harming the silo it is housed in.

American missiles are “hot launched,” which renders the respective missile silos useless after launch. In the event of a protracted nuclear confrontation between Russia and the United States, this technological disparity could prove to be a significant advantage for Moscow.

European Parliament passes resolution recognizing Russia as ‘state sponsor of terrorism’

A total of 494 MEPs backed the resolution, 58 opposed it and 44 abstained

European Parliament EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER

PARIS, November 23. /TASS/. The European Parliament during a session in Strasbourg on Wednesday adopted a resolution designating Russia as a ‘state sponsor of terrorism’, according to the text of the document published on its website. The session was broadcast live on the European Parliament's website.

According to the resolution, the European Parliament "recognizes Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism and as a state which uses means of terrorism."

The document claims that Russia commits "acts of terror" against Ukraine. The MEPs called for increasing the isolation of Moscow, reducing diplomatic contacts with the country and completing work on preparing the ninth package of sanctions against Russia.

A total of 494 MEPs backed the resolution, 58 opposed it and 44 abstained.

European Parliament resolutions are not legally binding and are recommendatory, but are widely used in the EU media and political environment to promote and disseminate specific political positions.

NATO drones attempted crossing Pskov Region’s border before special military operation

According to Mikhail Vedernikov, this began before the special military operation, and now the problem has escalated.

NATO drones made attempts to cross the border of the Pskov Region of Russia even before the start of the special military operation, Governor of the Region Mikhail Vedernikov said.

"We have never provided extensive coverage to that but there were attempts of military unmanned aerial vehicles and other aircraft to illegally cross the border," Vedernikov said.

"All such ‘peaceful interaction’ [under border cooperation programs - TASS] was ‘flourishing’ even before the start of the special military operation," the Governor noted. "Clearly all that has aggravated further at present," Vedernikov added.

The Pskov Region is bordering on two NATO member-states, Latvia and Estonia.